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Pulp fiction Under certain conditions paper bags can degrade quite effectively.

I’m writing regarding Marin’s proposal to ban plastic bags in grocery stores [“Plastic Bags Fit to Be Tied?” April 2]. There has been some disagreement concerning the reuse of paper bags in stores, and some have questioned that Supervisor Charles McGlashan’s position on paper bags makes no sense as one would assume paper should be biodegradable. This is a reasonable assumption. However, it is wrong. William J. Rathje published the results of his excavations of landfills and garbage dumps since the 1970s in a book, Rubbish: The Archaeology of Garbage, in 1993. His general finding for paper—papers of all kinds but including poor quality acidic papers that are usually said by most environmentalists to be biodegradable and include garbage bags—was that they did not degrade. Certainly they can be reused and have several secondary purposes, but eventually they are disposed of and that is the problem. The specific and unique conditions of landfills and garbage dumps prevent the necessary conditions for degradation: air, water, bacteria, and leaching of some components of garbage can be toxic to biodegradation. Therefore, Mr. McGlashan is correct, paper bags are a major problem. Niccolo Caldararo, Fairfax

Thanks very much to Linda Xiques and to the Pacific Sun for your excellent article on finding help for older kids and adults with autism-spectrum disorders [“Autism Comes of Age,” April 9]. As a member of the Autistry Studios board, I am aware of the need for parents, teachers, community members, professionals, children and adults living on the ASD spectrum to have more information, understanding and resources about the needs, gaps and services available to people living on the autistic spectrum. The Pacific Sun is an excellent forum for our local innovators and experts to share their knowledge, advice and resources. One of the many wonderful things I’ve observed in Autistry Studios’ programs is how the young people are finding meaning and value in their social connections as they work on their projects and goals; given the social impairments that come with ASD, the relationship building at Autistry Studios is a compelling outcome that speaks to the deeply shared need for belonging and the capacity for connections in people with high-functioning ASD when the environment, providers and activities meet them where they are at with acceptance and high expectations. On Sunday, April 25, readers can support the Autistry Studios nonprofit organization by joining our Spin-a-Thon from 10am through 3pm at the Body Image Personal Fitness Center in Strawberry. To register, call 415/945-9788. Beth Hossfeld, Mill Valley

Commons denouement-ator At a recent candidates night in San Rafael, Kerry Mazzoni proposes the Marin Commons site as a future site for the Marin



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Your soapbox is waiting at ›› County public safety building—and Susan Adams takes credit for having the “idea.” Huh? Why hadn’t Supervisor Adams brought this idea forward? Emails to Supervisor Adams prove this idea came from a former employee of the Marin Commons site back in January 2010. This constituent tried to meet with Adams, but did not get to explain his proposal. He later explained the site was rated 8.1 on the Richter and has underground fuel tanks, emergency generators and 455,000 square feet of space. Adams stated she decided to keep the “idea” private to keep from driving up real estate values of the property? Is she a “public” official or a “private” official? And why didn’t she use this excuse for the 33 San Pablo Road site when it was proposed as a possible location? Supervisor Adams stated many times in this newspaper for over five years that the “location” for the proposed public safety building was not negotiable. Now Adams has the idea to utilize the Marin Commons and keeps it private. Supervisor Adams this is very confusing. Ron Ford, Santa Venetia

One good thing about Fairfax: criminals too drunk to get away... I have lived in Fairfax since 1983, and grew up in Marin. There was a lot to recommend for living in Fairfax for many years, but not anymore. I live on Forrest Avenue and in the last 10 years I have had my car totaled, keyed, side-view mirror destroyed, and two tires slashed. All in all I have spent $11,000 to $12,000 in car expenses that I would not have incurred, but due to the aforementioned incidents. The police caught the drunk, uninsured, hit-and-run 19-year-old who totaled my car, since he was so drunk that he left his car in the road and walked home. But, frankly, I wonder about the police force. The keying, side-view-mirror destruction, and tire slashing were all acts of vandalism and many other cars experienced the same vandalism at the same time I did. The police have never been able to catch the perpetrators. Since the incidents occur repeatedly in the same areas, vigilant early morning patrolling of these areas would have yielded results. It has been reported that a suspect has been found for the tire slashing, but the evidence is limited and

it will be decided in the next few days whether or not he should be released. It sounds like the problem may still not be solved. Until Fairfax can get a better handle on its town, I vote Fairfax one of the least desirable places to live in Marin. Debbie Coe, Fairfax

Roadrunner owners need not be alarmed... Having lived in Fairfax for the last 20 years, I have never seen a coyote until yesterday. All of a sudden my life would change...I have to lock up my cat who, thanks to her cat door, has had complete freedom to go outside and Don’t say you enjoy all that goes with it. weren’t warned. All my neighbors that have cats—and that’s most of them—will have to do the same. The kitty litter companies are in for big bucks and we are in for a new daily job with the cat box. The quality of life for my cat and I will not be the same. I am all for the natural wildlife that exists around us, but this is a new predator in our midst and—in contrast to the others like deer and squirrels...short of mountain lions— this one will eat our pets and roam both day and night very boldly around our houses. With all the rules of the Humane Society to leash and license dogs and yet to allow these predators to roam does not make sense. I am not suggesting leashing the coyotes or shooting them. But perhaps treat them as raccoons, and trapping them safely so they are not hurt and moving them to wilderness areas like the Sierras or someplace where they can survive in the wild with wild animals like rabbits to eat—rather than our domestic pets which are part of our families. How about neighborhoods getting together and hiring pest-control companies to do this so our pets can continue the lifestyle to which they are accustomed and we can relax that we will not have the tragedy of Spot or Puff, our beloved pets, maimed or killed by these animals? Jessica Green, Fairfax

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Wetlands of the lost Tides shift over strategies to save Marin’s ancient marshes by Peter Seidman


n innovative U.S. Fish and Wildlife about 35,000 [acres] were left by 1980,” says Service plan to restore and protect Marc Holmes, restoration program director tidal marshes includes some of the at the Bay Institute in Novato. “You will hear last ancient wetlands along the shores of that bay-wide there’s an 86 percent loss. The Marin and southern Sonoma County. math doesn’t add up, and here’s why: Only The plan, dubbed the California Tidal 8 percent of the marshes that existed before Marsh Recovery Plan, currently is in draft the Gold Rush remain. What is a little less form and open for public comment until clear is that there are another about 7,000 or June 10. The final version is expected later 8,000 acres of tidal marshes that grew out this year. The plan envisions a recovery effort post-1850 as a result of the altered hydrolthat will last 50 years— ogy [from Gold Rush which might seem like a activities].” BE A PART OF THE SOLUTION long time, but the shoreMost of those acres View the California Tidal Marsh line of the bay has a long are in San Pablo Bay, Recovery Plan at http://ecos. way to go to recover from and are easily visible. development and enviA large amount of TMRP_Intro_1.pdf and send written ronmental pressure that mine dredging from comments to Sacramento Fish and stretches back some 150 the gold fields came Wildlife Office, 2800 Cottage Way, years. Only about 8 perdown the waterways W-2605, Sacramento, CA 95825, atcent (from about 190,000 and ended up on the tention:Valary Bloom or Josh Hull. acres down to 16,000) of north shore of San ancient marshland along Pablo Bay, starting the bay remains. But when at the Napa River. “If counting the number of acres of tidal marsh- you go out today and look at that big strip es, it’s critical to understand the concept of marsh that’s easy to see along Highway 37... ancient marshes and “modern marshes,” that’s all new. It didn’t exist ecologically areas that actually increased because of hu- before the Gold Rush.” Additional new tidal man influence. Even combining the ancient marsh acreage grew between sloughs, where marshes and human-influenced marshes, the levees drained open marshes, as seen from number of remaining tidal marsh acreage still the bridge over Sonoma Creek, for instance. is a mere hint of what once ringed the bay. The water velocity slowed and marshes grew “Of the original tidal marshes in the bay, between the levees. “Throughout the 10 >

›› NEWSGRAMS We’d like to thank the Academy... Well, the Association, anyway. The California Newspaper Publishers Association has bestowed multiple honors upon the Pacific Sun in its Better Newspapers Contest 2010. This year’s recognition includes a first place for Ronnie Cohen’s feature story,“Mountebank Tamalpais,” about the unique ways Marin’s Madoff-scandal victims were coping with the loss of their fortunes; another first place went to the Sun for overall lifestyles coverage. The Sun also received blue ribbons for “general excellence,” and for business stories by Don Speich—”Trouble in Paradise,” about how the Great Recession was hitting Marin—and Samantha Campos’s “Entering the Work Farce,” about the importance of humor at the office. Nikki Silverstein received a blue ribbon for her “Single in the Suburbs” columns and a blue ribbon in writing went to Jason Walsh for “Corner Souls,” about one Marin town’s response to a tragic death. Ronnie Cohen’s feature on Bernie Madoff’s forays into Marin took first place in the Better Newspapers Contest. Phony fed forced to settle bill at Inn Marin This week in San Francisco, a federal judge sentenced a woman accused of impersonating an IRS agent and accruing thousands of dollars in bills in 2008 at the Inn Marin of Novato. Sherry Lynn Vertoch has been ordered to serve five years probation, as well as pay $55,000 to the hotel owners. Danielle Steel’s embezzler to serve 33 months in prison The woman—formerly of San Rafael but who now lives in Tiburon—convicted of wire fraud and tax evasion while working as a bookkeeper for author Danielle Steel has been sentenced this week. Kristy S. Watts (aka Kristy Siegrist), 48, was ordered to pay nearly $61,000 in restitution and must serve 33 months in federal prison. Watts pleaded guilty on Sept. 24, 2009, to embezzling more than $760,000 from Steel. As part of her plea agreement, Watts agreed to forfeit assets—including a $1.2 million home (with $1 million in furnishings) in San Rafael, and vehicles—to her former employer. Public works budget needs upgrade, says director At a recent budget hearing, Marin’s public works department was allocated about $80 million—from a combination of state, federal and county funds—to maintain roads, bridges, buildings and other public structures for the year. But the county’s director of public works, Farhad Mansourian, said $1 billion is actually needed to address flood control issues, repairs, pavement replacements, upgrades and disability access improvements to aging facilities. Marin County supervisors will review spending priorities—as well as eliminate an existing $8 million budget shortfall—on May 18.—Samantha Campos EXTRA! EXTRA! Post your Marin news at ››


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Friday, April 23 The Hills Marathon A whole weekend of The Hills? It’s like a lobotomy and a fake tan at the same time. MTV. All night. The Untouchables Excessive government regulations hamper the entrepreneurial dreams of a hard-working Chicago family. (1987) AMC. 6pm.

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Monday, April 26 Monster Quest A look at the mystery of Bigfoot and whether it is a coincidence that sightings peaked in the ‘70s at the exact time American sideburns were at their longest. History Channel. 6pm. Intervention This week it’s a compulsive gambler. It’s never a good sign when a recovering gambler asks the therapist to give odds on his recovery. A&E. 9pm. Law & Order A mother of 10 is found dead. Not only do the investigators have to find a suspect, they also have take over the school bake sale, get snacks for the soccer game, sew 10 Halloween costumes, do the laundry, pack lunches, get the car washed... NBC. 10pm. Tuesday, April 27 Tough Love Couples The troubled couples visit a sex shop together. That can be really awkward, especially when the clerk knows the husband by name. VH1. 7pm. The Biggest Loser This week’s challenges include wrangling calves and then, presumably, not eating them. NBC. 8pm. Wednesday, April 28 True Life Tonight’s documentary is titled I’m Hustling in the Hamptons. We imagine that could mean anything in the Hamptons, including using the wrong fork and wearing white shoes after Labor Day. MTV. 8pm. The Unit The team is assigned to capture a Nazi war criminal. Don’t expect much of a foot chase. CBS. 9pm.

Saturday, April 24 Mystic Pizza A group of young women working at a pizzeria comes of age in a seaside Connecticut town in a film that gives viewers a chance to see a young Julia Roberts with big ‘80s hair, the glow of youth and the nose she was born with. (1988) KOFY Channel 20. 8pm. Charlton Heston: A Man for All Seasons Or, as we see it: Charlton Heston: A Man for All Calibers. KQED. 8pm. Mothman A moth/human creature terrifies a small community, eating holes in everyone’s sweaters until he is finally lured out of town with a giant porch light. (2010) SyFy. 9pm.

We’ll have what he’s having. Thursday, 5pm.

Sunday, April 25 Into the Universe with Stephen Hawking Examining the life and studies of the British physicist and his groundbreaking work to make the rest of us feel really stupid. KQED. 9pm. Kirstie Alley’s Big Life We’d never realized that overweight and out of date could be such a powerful entertainment combo. A&E. 10pm.

Thursday, April 29 Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium It’s a toy store. It only sounds like a cannabis club. (2007) ABC. 5pm. Agent Cody Banks A teenager is recruited by a super-secret spy agency that trains him in forgery, espionage and evasive action, basically the same skill set all teens use on their parents. (2003) Disney Channel. 5pm.


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1. What two narrow bodies of water in northern and western Marin County were created by the San Andreas Fault? 2. What were the ancient Roman and Greek mythological names for the moon? 3a. In April 2009, Sweden became the fifth European country to legalize same-sex marriage. What were the first four? 3b. In what two other countries, in different continents outside of Europe, is gay marriage legal? 4. What is Eyjafjallajokull? 5. Under the category How Soon We Forget. Identify these 2010 Oscar winners, and their films: 5a. Actress; 5b. Actor 5c. Supporting Actor, playing a Nazi 5d. Director, first female winner ever! 6. Which Paris landmark is named after the peaceful and beautiful mythological place where the souls of good people go after death? 7. What are the two oldest major league baseball stadiums currently in use? 8.Pictured, at right: They’re all named Peter: 8a. Starred in Dr. Strangelove 8b. He sang “Sledgehammer” and “Shock the Monkey” 8c. Produced and directed the Lord of the Rings films 8d. German-born American artist famous for cosmic ‘60s art 9. Very few non-human animals recognize themselves in a mirror. Can you name three animals that do? 10. Can you find three 3-letter words that all differ in spelling by one letter to describe the following: head covering, popular song, in shape? BONUS QUESTION: It has been called the greatest real estate transaction in history. In 1803, Thomas Jefferson authorized the United States to purchase almost 1 million square miles of French-claimed land at 4 cents an acre, doubling the area of the United States. What was this deal called?



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▼ About three weeks ago, “Kimberly” called in to report a petty crime committed during one woman’s act of charity in Mill Valley. While the woman was unloading her bags of donations to the Goodwill drop box in the Safeway parking lot at Miller Avenue and Camino Alto, her purse was stolen right out of her car. The caller, who insisted she did not want to implicate anyone, also noted that Tamalpais High students were out for lunch at the time... hmm...and wonders if perhaps any of them saw or heard anything suspicious? After all, it’s possible this week’s Zero could turn into next week’s Hero. —Samantha Campos


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and a lot of times we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get them done very quickly.â&#x20AC;? The clapper rail and the salt marsh harvest mouse and four rare plants already on the endangered species are a focus of the plan. By boosting their chances of recovery, the plan also will aid 11 other imperiled species that currently have no formal protection under the federal Endangered Species Actâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;essentially making the recovery plan an outgrowth of the Clapper Rail and Salt Marsh Harvest Mouse Recovery Plan of 1984. The big change that Holmes mentions is the current planâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s concentration on habitat restoration rather than an effort aimed at one or two species. The holistic approach mirrors a change in the way some affordable housing advocates and environmentalists have begun to consider housing and wetland protection. Providing affordable housing in transitoriented development in the urban corridor in eastern Marin, for example, discourages development in sensitive wetland areas. That symbiotic relationship signiďŹ es the interconnected nature of a tidal marsh habitat. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There have been recovery plans before,â&#x20AC;? says Barbara Salzman, president of the Marin Audubon Society. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But they are for individual species. This one is innovative because it is a habitat recovery plan that will really beneďŹ t a broad range of species.â&#x20AC;? The plan, according to estimates in the draft version of the document, will take about $1.5 billion to bring to fruition. At the start, no funds will be allocated. But, as Salzman notes, the true worth of the plan will be its use as a substantiation doc-



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Joe, what is the single best argument for sticking with PG&E? The single best argument is you know what you’re getting. And in the end they’ll deliver a better product, a cleaner product and a more economical product than the MEA. Charles, what is the single best argument for going with the MEA? Lower prices and double the renewable power. Plus long-term local economic development. I guess that’s three best arguments. Why do you think your plan would save customers money over time? McGlashan: As we phase in renewable power and PG&E suffers price increases from fossil fuels, we will be cheaper. Fossil fuel prices are now at a 50-year low, and the only place 14 PACIFIC SUN APRIL 23 - APRIL 29, 2010

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they’re going to go is up. In the near future, reduced supply and increased international demand with the economic recovery will mean [fossil fuel prices] are going to have to increase. Nation: The electricity business is very tough. Here we have a start-up, the MEA, which has no experience. PG&E has been doing this for 105 years. Also, it benefits from economies of scale. Why do you think your plan would do more to help the planet? Nation: PG&E is now roughly 51 to 52 percent greenhouse-gas-emissions free. [Note: Nation explained that about 21-22 percent of the utility’s electric power comes from its nuclear plant at Diablo Canyon. Another 15-16 percent comes from hydroelectric dams. These are indeed greenhouse-gas-emissions free, but not widely considered environmentally benign sources of power.] Now the MEA has a clause that says it will provide 53 percent emissions-free electricity at the least, and you may look at that and say aha, that will be cleaner. But that assumes the balance of emissions would be identical, and they won’t be. PG&E provides much of the rest of its electricity from natural gas. MEA will have to purchase something called net-system power, which includes coal, which, as you know, is far more greenhouse-gas intensive. McGlashan: From the get-go, we double the renewable power our citizens consume and then redirect the revenue stream to energy efficiency and installing more local renewable power. Marin will serve as a national model for

cutting greenhouse gas emissions. What is the most objectionable thing the other side has done? Nation: They’ve failed to fully disclose the risks that are entailed when you’re going to be investing, in theory, hundreds of millions of dollars in a new venture that will risk, at some point, the local government’s general funds. They’ve said we’re going to give you nirvana. It’s not that easy. McGlashan: Blatant misinformation and outright interference with the law. The state law establishing Community Choice Aggregation specifically requires that PG&E not interfere with this process. But they have spread blatant untruths and interfered for the past three years. We have complained to the Marin County District Attorney, which is investigating two issues concerning the [critical] grand jury report released last December. These are: potential inappropriate influence over the documents released and the illegal early release of the report. [Note: McGlashan responds to Nation’s charge about the general fund in a later question.] What made you personally take on this fight? McGlashan: There is nothing more important for a local elected leader than finding economically responsible ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. This program will create jobs and cut emissions with no tax money. Nation: I was approached a couple of years ago and, before I agreed to do anything, I obviously looked at the issue...I be-

What is your financial compensation for your role? Nation: It’s exactly the same as every client pays me and will be disclosed when PG&E files its statement in June. My hourly rate for everyone I work for is $270...I don’t even know how many hours I’ve spent so far. Maybe a couple days a week for the past two years. McGlashan: Zero. It is strictly volunteer— although I’m paid a [$95,000] salary as county supervisor. How much money has your side spent so far purely on making its case to the public, and where have these funds come from? Nation: My guess is it’s been a few hundred thousand dollars. The most expensive piece has been the direct mail. This may have cost about $25,000. The spending on 16 >


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would be foreclosed upon, but the taxpayers could not be turned into indentured servants. Nation: It depends when and how theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d fail. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lots of different scenarios. Let me run through one that is not that unlikely. If the MEA were to fail, who would be The MEA launches its service, then natural on the hook? gas prices fall, and at the same time customMcGlashan There would be no [hook], it ers opt out of the MEA and would be over. Were it to fail, the go back to PG&E. The MEA county government would be out would have excess power which â&#x20AC;&#x153;People are rapidly the $540,000 it loaned us, and the theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d have to sell at a loss. So three citizen lenders would be out catching on to the the MEA ratepayers would have of luck. But taxes wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t go up self-serving conto pay more. These customers under any circumstances. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s include the county and cities because that money is coming out duct of a monopoly that are part of the plan. of a one-time reserve fund, not trying to retain its In the longer term, if MEA the operating budget. We only do advantage.â&#x20AC;? says weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to build a wind things like this when we have the going to have to â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Charles farm...theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re money available. This has been put up collateral. We think that an infuriating issue. Joe Nation McGlashan would be the general funds and the grand jury [in its report, of cities and counties. If that â&#x20AC;&#x153;Marin Clean Energy: Pull the project then fails, whoever put Plugâ&#x20AC;?] have been purveying junk economics, up the collateral will be on the hook. bamboozling our citizens into thinking thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s some big, scary, debt future. If we were to build Might there have been a way for PG&E a windmill and that windmill couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t gener- and the Marin Energy Authority to have ate the revenue to pay the bond, the windmill collaborated rather than squaring off 18 >



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A dirty fight for clean energy Currently, about one in five Californians gets power from public agencies, which often charge substantially lower rates for a greener product. But PG&E, which grew out of a merger in 1905 to become the nation’s largest utility in terms of the number of customers, has until now managed to keep the vast majority of its own 15 million customers in north and central California within the corporate fold. This is despite some serious breakaway efforts—from The MEA joint powers authority is currently made up Yolo County to the San Joaquin Valley to San of the County of Marin, and the towns of San Rafael, Francisco, the utility’s headquarters city, which Mill Valley, San Anselmo, Tiburon, Belvedere, Sausalito has held no less than 12 votes on public power and Fairfax. in the past several decades. PG&E has prevailed each time, but Marin’s so-far successful efforts may herald a new era. The MEA is the first such project to take advantage of a 2002 law known as Community Choice Aggregation. Under the law, local agencies may purchase their own electricity and deliver it to consumers over a private utility’s transmission lines. PG&E will also continue to provide gas, and to be in charge of billing. Marin’s plan is called Marin Clean Energy, managed by the Marin Energy Authority. In March, the MEA contracted with Shell Energy North America to provide local power for the first five years, with plans to subsequently develop local energy sources, such as wind and geothermal facilities. The MEA’s initial launch involves a small fraction of the residential and business customers in its potential future client base. So far, the county, Mill Valley, Sausalito, Tiburon, Belvedere, San Anselmo, San Rafael and Fairfax have joined the MEA joint-powers authority. If all goes as planned, more than 60,000 other customers may join in at least a year’s time. San Francisco is pursuing a similar project, to take effect in June. Under the CCA law, which PG&E originally supported, the utility is obliged to cooperate with these efforts. But PG&E has interpreted this clause narrowly enough to allow it to lobby hard against the projects, with personal visits to local officials, direct mailings to customers and contributions to date of more than $28 million to Prop. 16, a state ballot initiative that would change California’s constitution to require a two-thirds majority of voters to approve of any future public-power efforts.—KE

involved in the Prop. 16 effort. My focus is on the MEA. I think the MEA will probably launch.... Then if Shell does what we expect them to do and offers a loss-leader price, an artificially low price, the question is whether that can be sustained. There’s nothing magical about Shell or the energy market in general. The odds are the prices will increase over time. McGlashan: I don’t think the proposition is going to pass. People are rapidly catching on to the self-serving conduct of a monopoly trying to retain its advantage. And then we’ll see CCAs considered in Sonoma, Oakland, the Central Valley and of course, San Francisco. San Francisco planners are confident they’ve made it through the gauntlet already. Joe, do you feel the MEA information has been misleading? If so, in what way? If the MEA were to say this is something that is potentially risky but we think the benefits are worth pursuing, I don’t think there would be quite the fight that exists today. Instead what’s been promised is this utopia in terms of the energy world without any real path to get there. Charles, do feel PG&E information has been misleading? If so, in what way? They have been misleading people into thinking the MEA plan is risky for the taxpayer, when it is not.

You’ve both been outspoken champions of green causes. Do you think your current position will help or harm that reputation? Nation: It’s not a popular position. Some people don’t like me for the position. But...I think people are waking up to this issue. There are over 6,000 people who’ve signed up to be on the Common Sense Coalition mailing list. They’re saying that they want to know more about the MEA and what their options are. My reputation is what it is. I have a perfect voting record from the Sierra Club; I was a principal author of AB 32 [California’s pioneering global-warming bill]; I teach a climate change course at Stanford. Right now, I’m about to go hop on my bike to ride to the ferry, and commute by public transportation and bike all the way to Stanford. I do this two or three days a week. It reduces my carbon footprint by 3.5 tons per year, and it’s good for me. McGlashan: In my case, I will have done the best thing possible for the environment and our grandchildren. If I didn’t have this position, I never could have joined this battle. ✹ Katherine Ellison ( is a Pulitzer Prize-winning former foreign correspondent, Marin resident and author, most recently, of ‘Buzz: A Year of Paying Attention,’ forthcoming this fall from Hyperion Voice.

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his year marks the 25th anniversary of the ďŹ rst time somebody paid me actual money to write about food. I was working in the mailroom of the legendary and long departed Mill Valley Record, operating the addressograph and unloading papers at the old post ofďŹ ce, my primary source of income after four years in San Francisco Stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ďŹ lm department (a Cassandra-like advisory to all you budding moviemakers). The Recordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s managing editor was Tony Lewis, a democratic sort who wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t above bending an elbow with the paperâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s proletariat. Over cheap brandy at the Brothers Tavern he asked me to cover that yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Mill Valley Film Festival, which I did between my other jobs as janitor, library book-shelver and Mill Valley Chamber Music Society ticket-taker (heed my warning!). It was my ďŹ rst piece of published writing, and despite or because of its stream-of-consciousness tone (a result, no doubt, of its composition on bits of scrap paper between snatches of BartĂłk and Lemon Pledge), it ran on the Recordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s front page above the fold. A few weeks later, Tony asked me if Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d take the burden of cranking out the newspaperâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s monthly restaurant review off his shoulders. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m told that restaurant critic is one of the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s three most desired occupations, and when I tell highly qualiďŹ ed wannabe foodies how I fell into the racket I can actually see the bright loathing manifesting itself. Tony ďŹ gured, quite rightly, that writing up a restaurant or scribbling several hundred words about food in general doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t take any special talent or insight, and that any doofus out of the mailroom could handle it. All any food writer needs is a love of eating, the ability to construct a descriptive sentence, a fairly wide range of multicultural noshing experiences and a subsequently informed palate. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d been cooking since I was a kid (mostly chicken thighs dipped in barbecued potato chips, hamburger-kidney bean chili and other hits from the Better Homes and Gardens Junior Cookbook), and growing up in the Bay Area exposed me to all kinds of global cookery. (In Mill Valley alone we had El Rebozo, Le Camembert, La Veranda, Davoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, Chinese Kitchen, the Hickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ry Pit, a wonderful Hungarian restaurant in what is now the Mill Valley Market liquor department and the then-Teutonic Buckeye Restaurant, where I ďŹ rst sampled pickled pigâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s feet.) God knows I loved and love to eat, and if you ask me thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more drama, intrigue and romance in the century-long evolution of bouillabaisse into gumbo than in any three IMAX epics put together.

After a few years of ďŹ guring out what I was doing in the course of writing up Guernica, Der Wienerschnitzel and everything in between, the Record went out of business (my prose had nothing to do with it) and I started reviewing restaurants throughout Marin for the PaciďŹ c Sun. Better yet, I started reviewing restaurants throughout the wine country too, and there were many happy occasions when a couple of co-workers and I would head up to Glen Ellen or St. Helena or the town of Sonoma after work, settle under a vine-covered arbor with a bottle of wine, and sample hearty, inventive examples of California cuisine at its birthplace. (One time the car broke down and we ended up spending the night in Healdsburg and reviewing three restaurants.) Writing about the French Laundry with colleague Lois MacLean was especially memorable, even if we couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t resist bitching about the staff â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s radiating narcissism and the fact that when I got home after two dozen courses of ethereal culinary creations I had to make myself a peanut butter sandwich. Since then Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve reviewed San Francisco restaurants for the SF Weekly and East Bay restaurants for the East Bay Express, effectively spreading one addressograph operatorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s half-assed opinions throughout the entire unsuspecting Bay Area. My timingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been good: I was writing for the Weekly at the height of the dot-com boom when joints like Gary Danko, Fifth Floor and Aqua were opening on a weekly basis, and more recently for the Express as Oakland has undergone its dramatic culinary renaissance. No one believes that thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a downside to reviewing restaurants (chomping through a ďŹ ve-course meal despite a case of bruxism or yesterdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dose of food poisoning isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t advisable, and after a while itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s impossible to think up anything new to say about Caesar salad), and the drawbacks are unquestionably trumped by the high points: a Champagne and caviar tasting at the Ritz (my all-time greatest freebie), the fun of traveling incognito (I used to use several different monikers until the day arrived when I couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t tell the maitre dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; what was presumably my own name), and the squad of fellow diners who obediently order what I tell them to order, share their food with me and my appetite and, most important, tell me what they think about the food theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve just eaten. After all, everyoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a critic. â&#x153;š Make Matt eat his words at mstafford@paciďŹ

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reens are good for you. Everybody has heard that one, but it sure is hard to get through a big plateful. And yet spring is the season for those emerald leaves. Every market has piles of collards, chard in rainbow colors, turnip and mustard greens and all manner of leafy things meant for the braising pot. Considering their high nutrient content, it sure makes sense to find ways to make the leafy fellows tasty to everyone. During my youth in the Garden State, aka New Jersey, my parents planted a plot of vegetables every summer. One of the stars was Swiss chard for its abundant bounty and bullet-proof heartiness. As a child of parents who had gone through the Great Depression, I wasn’t allowed to leave the table until my plate was clean. I spent many long evenings pushing Swiss chard around while missing coveted episodes of The Man from U.N.C.L.E., until eventually my father would take pity on me and feed it to the dog when my mother wasn’t looking. Over time I’ve come to love greens —at least some of them. The key is to find a good recipe that boosts their flavor. In the South they use pork products to impart a haunting smokiness, in Italy they are thrown into a big pot of minestrone soup or showered with garlic and crushed red pepper, in France they might be combined with potatoes and

cream to make a hearty gratin. I hate to say that these treatments hide the flavor of the greens, but the fact is that they do hide the flavor, making the greens more palatable to a wider range of eaters. At my house, I’m always on the lookout for a creative way to use the piles of chard and kale that seem to grow year-round in my garden. Slicing them into ribbons makes it easy to add them to a soup, stir fry or frittata. It’s fun to use the large chard leaves as wrappers for salmon fillets with sauteed mushroom tucked inside. One of our favorite recipes is greens cooked with garlic and spicy Italian sausage, served over soft polenta. It’s a winning combination of flavors and textures that has most eaters cleaning their plates. Spring is also an excellent time to plant seedlings of favorite varieties in your garden; they are easy to grow and love our foggy climate. I planted some chard and kale in March last year and am still reaping the benefits; these plants just keep on giving. There are many interesting varieties at nurseries, such as tatsoi and dino kale, that are good to eat on their own or combined with other types. If planted now, you won’t be waiting long for your first harvest. And the greens are like most lettuces in that the more you pick them the more they will grow. Leafy greens are high in antioxi28 >

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If using chard, cut off the stems and save for another useâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;such as in a soup. Stack the leaves of the greens into a manageable pile. Using a sharp chef â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s knife, slice the leaves into ribbons about 1/2-inch thick. Heat the oil in a large wok or saute pan until it shimmers. Add the greens and toss, using tongs or two wooden spoons, until the leaves wilt, about 7-10 minutes. Mix in the garlic and keep tossing until itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fragrant. Stir in the seasonings, taste and adjust as necessary. Now the greens are

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No direction home Art Houses of Marin throws open the door on Marin’s homeless problem by B arr y W illis


COMING SOON Ritter Center’s Art Houses of Marin gala auction and raffle takes place from 5 to 9pm May 1 at the Santa family estate in Ross. For more information, call Ritter Center at 415/457-8182 ext. 106, or visit the Art Houses website:

cattered throughout Marin County are “We have a chronic homeless problem in compelling sculptures of houses. Made Marin,” says Ritter Center executive director by dozens of high-profile artists, the art Diane Linn, “1,700 as of the last count, with houses are intended to make passersby stop 100 new homeless people per month. We and consider the importance of home and all have a dire need for housing, food, clothing its implications. They are the most visible pub- and medical care.” lic aspect of a major fundThe Ritter Center raising effort by Ritter clinic has a nurse pracCenter to raise awareness titioner who deals with of the homeless problem many chronic ailments, in this county. most of them aggravated Weeks of public disby exposure. “Just getplay of these artworks ting people indoors does will culminate in a gala wonders in reducing auction and celebration illness,” Linn notes. set for Saturday, May 1. Launched in coopThe event also fetes Riteration with the Marin ter Center’s 30th anniverCommunity Foundasary. Based in downtown tion, the Art Houses of San Rafael, Ritter Center Marin project placed 25 has worked tirelessly for Marin Academy’s freshman class contributed this sculptures in the most house to San Rafael Community Center grounds. three decades to help the populated parts of the homeless, who have increasingly populated county, from Sausalito to Fairfax to Novato. the streets of American cities and towns since A few are on private property, but most are the Reagan era. on public lands. “The process of placing them Otherwise bucolic Marin is rife with required formal approval from every local homeless folk, a situation not always apparent bureaucracy,” Linn says. “Some officials were a to our more fortunate residents. bit slow on the uptake, but we gained unani-

mous approval.” The art houses vary from arresting to heartbreakingly beautiful. Every one of them says something significant about the comfort and security of home, realities typically taken for granted by the more fortunate. Designed by Michael Osborne and executed by artists such as Peter Allen, Kay Bradner, Joe Brubaker, Richard Lang, Kathleen Lipinski, Helen Stanley and Inez Storer, they feature imagery that works directly on the emotions of viewers. The visceral response that viewers experience is what makes visual art so effective as an educational tool. A simple piece in the shape of a house and festooned with house numbers says more than most written polemics on the ongoing, but not insolvable, homeless problem. Art Houses of Marin’s art committee includes Ariel Englander, Nicholas Wilton and Donna Seager. Patrons and benefactors include the City National Bank and the Jordan Shields Insurance Agency. The project has also won the support of Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey, state Sen. Mark Leno and state Assemblyman Jared Huffman. Marin Helpers and other agencies have

Joe Brubaker utilized dramatic profiles for his piece outside the Ross post office.

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Michael Osborne used address-style numbers on his piece, located on Magnolia Avenue in Larkspur.

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She stressed out and was 15 when they made the movie, the same angry about being there.” Middle-aged men live vicariously through story of teen-girl rock band... age Cherie Currie was when she joined The “It wasn’t a movie that glorifies rock ’n’ Runaways.” roll, that’s for sure,” Griffith agrees. “There “Yeah, well—there was a reason the was nothing that threatened to turn it into by Davi d Te mp l e ton Runaways had a song titled ‘Jail Bait,’” I a typical musical biopic. It was a very punk remark. “So, having lived through the ’70s, film. It had a lot of edge to it, a movie Writer David Templeton takes interesting rock, but it helps,” laughs Griffith, as we leave how do you think they did on portraying made without all the usual frills.” people to interesting movies in his ongoing the theater and make our way to a nearby all the details?” “So,” I ask, “as a film about the formaquest for the ultimate post-film conversabrewpub. “Rock music originally comes from “I thought they got the whole set decotion of a band, and its eventual breakup, tion. This is not a review; rather, it’s a a sense of youthful alienhow does The Runaways freewheeling, tangential discussion of life, ation,” he says, “from a stack up to, say, That Thing alternative ideas and popular culture. desperation to find a place You Do?” in the world, from loving I refer to the film directed his movie made me want to be and hating everything at by Tom Hanks in which a 16 again, playing rock ’n’ roll all the same time, so to cre’60s band accidentally crenight,” says Brian Griffith, long- ate really great rock ’n’ roll, ates a hit record, and is on time DJ and music-industry commentator. I think you do have to be its way to fame and fortune “I didn’t know what to expect from it, but young. But that doesn’t before flaming out. it made me remember being young and stop us old guys from “Well, as a rock ’n’ roll wanting to take over the world with my playing the old tunes and film, I thought That Thing rock ’n’ roll.” rocking out. I think that’s You Do was a pretty good The movie that has reignited Griffith’s part of the appeal for us Tom Hanks movie,” Griffith youthful juices is The Runaways, a raw, edgy who grew up with it. Rock laughs. “I don’t know. That independent film about Joan Jett’s first band, makes us feel young again. was a very different time in and her relationship with its troubled leadIt takes us back.” rock ’n’ roll, the mid-’60s. singer Cherie Currie. Based on Currie’s book, Born in Marin CounRock was still innocent. Neon Angel: A Memoir of a Runaway, the ty, Griffith played with You think of early rock, and movie stars Kristen Stewart (Twilight) as Joan several Northern Calithere was an innocence to Jett and Dakota Fanning (I Am Sam) as Curie. fornia rock bands in it, even with folks like the In the 1970s, fueled by the early wave of the the ’70s and ’80s. In the Chuck Berry’s and the Little punk rock movement, the Runaways were late ’80s, he worked in Richards.” a sensation. Among the first all-female rock Los Angeles, writing The original band, in one of their more contemplative moments. “Was it still about anarchy bands, they were created by legendary rock for various syndicated and rebellion?” producer Kim Fowley (Michael Shannon) radio shows, including ration stuff right, the stereos, the speakers, “Rock has always been about rebellion,” who, with Jett, co-wrote the band’s first big the Casey Kasem show. Eventually he be- the cars,” says Griffith. “This film doesn’t laughs Griffith. “That’s one thing that The hit, “Cherry Bomb,” during Curie’s audition gan producing radio programs, including just look likes it’s about the ’70s, it feels Runaways shows very, very well. If you’re for the band. That moment is captured in the Rockline, The Superstar Concert Series, Live like it was made in the ’70s. It looks all not offending someone, it’s not really rock film in all its gritty, exhilarating glory, perfect- from the BBC and In Concert. These days, washed out, like someone filmed it and left ’n’ roll.” ✹ ing reflecting the dually exciting and ugly he’s the host of the popular Morning Krush it slightly exposed for the last few decades. Talk more pictures with David at sides of the rock industry, while celebrating on Santa Rosa’s KRSH (95.9 FM), spinning I loved the look of the movie. It reminded It’s your movie, speak up at the youthful power of punk rock music. eclectic tunes between pithy musings on me of the TV shows of the ’70s, stuff like ›› “I don’t think you have to be young to play the state of the world. Mannix.”

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n August, everyone in Italy goes on vacation. Rome, as well as other cities and towns, becomes like an abandoned ant hill (except, of course, for the sweltering tourists). That goes double for Ferragosto, the sacred Aug. 15 holiday, when everything shuts down. These facts aid our understanding of Gianni Di Gregorio’s Mid-August Lunch (Pranzo di Ferragosto), a slight but charming and very Italian film about two days in mid-August. Gianni (played by the director) is a middle-aged man who lives with his 90-something mother (Valeria De Franciscis). Since his sole occupation seems to be caring for Mamma (and lubricating himself with vino bianco), he’s months behind on his condo payments. Then the day before Ferragosto the condo manager, Luigi, shows up to make a deal: If Gianni will keep Luigi’s mother for the night so that Luigi can get away, It was a Ferragosto for the ages… all will be forgiven. But when Luigi appears, he brings doctor’s mother, who is not supposed not only his mother (Marina Cacto eat this and to avoid that, eats everyciotti) but also Aunt Maria (Maria thing in sight. The ladies talk nonstop, OPENING SOON Cali). Gianni agrees, but soon develops keeping Gianni from sleep. Mid-August Lunch opens chest pains, so his doctor friend (MarAside from director/star Gianni Di Friday at the Lark. See page cello Ottolenghi) comes by to examine Gregorio and Alfonso Santagata, who 35 for showtimes. him—and also to request that Gianni plays the condo manager, all the actake care of his mother for the night. tors are amateurs. The old ladies were Mamma mia! recruited at senior centers and the like; The film treats the four old ladies with humor but the male actors, including Gianni’s shaggy pal from the without condescension. liquor store, Viking, are actual buddies of the director. They make nice and then they misbehave. Marina, Much of the action and dialogue was improvised, Luigi’s mother, won’t leave her room and demands giving the film (which runs only 75 minutes) an easythe TV. Valeria, Gianni’s mom (in monster blonde going, natural feel. It’s a gentle slice-of-Italian-life. ✹ wig and full war paint), wants it back. Maria escapes Review our reviews at for the lively cafe next door and later, when Gianni prepares a feast, criticizes his cooking. Grazia, the Reel off your movie reviews on TownSquare at ››

ViDEO Corruption, addiction and pet iguanas... “I wish these people die in Hell. I hope they’re all in the same streetcar and it blows up.” Relations between directors—Abel Ferrara commenting here on the proposed Werner Herzog remake of Ferrara’s greatest film—have seldom been less collegial. You do have to wonder what studio execs were smoking when they signed Herzog to direct Nicolas Cage in BAD LIEUTENANT: PORT OF CALL—NEW ORLEANS. After all, Ferrara’s New York-set original was an apotheosis of method acting and Catholic guilt—which doesn’t quite square with Herzog, whose love of jungles and bug-eyed maniacs hardly makes him an actor’s director. (His one demand: his pet iguanas get a full five-minute scene.) But a Herzog policier in postKatrina New Orleans? Of course. And it’s his new and completely Nic Cage hasn’t looked this together in years. reworked vision of corruption and downfall that truly haunts the imagination. Cage plays police Lieutenant Terence McDonagh, a man whose addictions and vices loom large as his professional star begins to rise. The execution-style slaying of a Senegalese family has him leading a manhunt through the drowned shell of a city. The film marks a welcome return to deranged form for Cage and a milestone for Herzog.—Richard Gould


Friday April 23 -Thursday April 29

Movie summaries by Matthew Stafford

Noah Miller, Ed Harris and Logan Miller follow the dream in ‘Touching Home,’ which is getting its world theatrical premiere at the Rafael Thursday.

● Alice in Wonderland (1:49) Tim Burton directs Christopher Lee, Anne Hathaway, Johnny Depp and a host of others in the latest screen adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s sociosurreal Victorian fable. ● The Back-up Plan (1:38) Artificially inseminated single gal Jennifer Lopez drags her new dreamboat of a boyfriend down the tangled path to childbirth. ● 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. ● 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 Carell star. ● Death at a Funeral (1:30) Resentments and recriminations are on the menu at a fun-filled family funeral; Neil LaBute directs Chris Rock, Tracy Morgan and Danny Glover. ● Diary of a Wimpy Kid (2:00) Familyfriendly comedy looks at a year in the life of a wiseacre 12-year-old. ● Exit Through the Gift Shop (1:27) Challenging prize-winning documentary by and about English graffiti artiste Banksy and his friends and fans. ● 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. ● 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-in-training who outrages his tribe by befriending one of his fire-breathing foes. ● The Joneses A Madison Avenue-concocted perfect family is placed in an all-American suburb to shill for their masters. ● Kenny Chesney: Summer in 3D Catch the country troubadour in all his three-dimensional glory as he tours the country, git-box in hand. ● 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 Losers (1:38) Six Special Forces ops pursue the mad supervillain who targeted them during a mission in the Bolivian jungle. ● Mid-August Lunch (1:15) A middle-aged Roman finds himself with four elderly women to tend to during the annual Feast of the Assumption. ● La Mission (1:57) San Francisco native Benjamin Bratt stars in an intense family drama about life along 24th Street; brother Peter Bratt directs. ● National Theatre: The Habit of Art Alan Bennett’s acclaimed drama about the troubled friendship between W.H. Auden and Benjamin Britten is transmitted via live satellite feed from London’s West End. ● Oceans (1:40) The latest underwater cameras capture dazzling glimpses of life beneath the seas; Pierce Brosnan narrates. ● The Perfect Game (1:53) True tale of a group of impoverished Mexican boys who overcome discrimination to win the 1957 Little League World Series; Cheech Marin IS Padre Esteban. ● Red Riding Trilogy Dark, haunting three-part epic based on the Yorkshire Ripper serial-killing spree of the 1970s and ’80s; 1974 is 105 minutes, 1980 is 96 minutes and 1983 is 104 minutes long. ● The Secret in Their Eyes (2:07) A retired Argentine criminal investigator confronts his inner demons as he writes a novel based on a rape and murder that took place 30 years earlier. ● The Secret of Kells (1:15) Beautifully rendered animated fantasy about a young artist’s adventures in an enchanted medieval forest. ● Touching Home (1:57) Local filmmakers Logan and Noah Miller write, direct and act in this memoir of their homeless father and their dreams of baseball stardom; Ed Harris stars. ● Vincere (2:02) True tale of Benito Mussolini’s discarded mistress and illegitimate son is brought to vivid, operatic life. ● Youth Film Festival Budding moviemakers from schools around the Bay Area screen their work at the Lark’s fifth annual event. ✹

›› MOViE TiMES Alice in Wonderland (PG) ★★ Century Northgate 15: Fri-Wed 4:15, 9:40 ❋ The Back-up Plan (PG-13) Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 11:30, 2:10, 4:40, 7:15, 9:50 Sun-Thu 11:30, 2:10, 4:40, 7:15 Century Rowland Plaza: 12, 2:30, 5, 7:20, 10 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri 2:30, 5, 7:20, 9:50 Sat 11:40, 2:30, 5, 7:20, 9:50 Sun 11:40, 2:30, 5, 7:20 Mon-Thu 2:30, 5, 7:20 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri 4, 6:45, 9:20 Sat 1:15, 4, 6:45, 9:20 Sun 1:15, 4, 6:45 Mon-Thu 4, 6:45 The Bounty Hunter (PG-13) Century Northgate 15: Fri-Wed 11:45, 5:05, 10:05 Chloe (R) ★★1/2 Century Northgate 15: Fri-Wed 2:20, 7:40 Clash of the Titans (PG-13) ★★ Century Northgate 15: Fri-Wed 11:55, 1:25, 2:40, 4:10, 5:10, 6:45, 7:45, 9:20, 10:20; 3D showtimes at 7:05, 9:45 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:30, 2:10, 4:40, 7:10, 9:50 Date Night (PG-13) ★★1/2 Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 5:30, 8, 10:20 Sat-Sun 12:30, 3, 5:30, 8, 10:20 Mon-Thu 6:50, 9:10 Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 10:45, 1, 3:15, 5:30, 7:50, 10:10 Sun-Thu 1, 3:15, 5:30, 7:50 Century Rowland Plaza: 12:10, 2:25, 4:35, 7, 9:20 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri 2, 4:40, 7, 9:30 Sat 11:30, 2, 4:40, 7, 9:30 Sun 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 Death At a Funeral (2010) (R) Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 5:15, 7:35, 9:55 Sat-Sun 12:15, 2:45, 5:15, 7:35, 9:55 Mon-Thu 6:45, 9:05 Century Northgate 15: Fri-Wed 12:20, 2:50, 5:30, 8, 10:15 Century Rowland Plaza: 12:50, 3:10, 5:40, 8:10, 10:25 Diary of a Wimpy Kid (PG) ★★ Century Northgate 15: Fri-Wed 12:15, 2:30, 4:45, 7:15, 9:35 Exit Through the Gift Shop (R) Rafael Film Center: Fri 4:30, 6:45, 8:50

= New Movies This Week

Sat-Sun 2:15, 4:30, 6:45, 8:50 Mon-Wed 6:45, 8:50 Thu 8:50 The Ghost Writer (PG-13) ★★★1/2 Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 10:50, 1:50, 4:50, 7:55 SunThu 1:50, 4:50, 7:55 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 Hot Tub Time Machine (R) ★★★ Century Northgate 15: Fri-Wed 12:05, 2:35, 4:55, 7:35, 9:55 Century Rowland Plaza: 8, 10:20 How to Train Your Dragon (PG) ★★1/2 Century Cinema: 11:30, 2, 4:30, 7, 9:30 Century Northgate 15: Fri-Wed 11:50, 12:55, 2:25, 3:30, 4:50, 6:15, 7:20, 8:45, 9:50; 3D showtimes at 11:40, 2, 4:25 (11:40, 4:25 on Sunday) Century Rowland Plaza: 11:50, 2:20, 4:50, 7:20, 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 Joneses (R) ★★ Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 12:25, 2:50, 5:25, 7:40, 10:05 Sun-Thu 12:25, 2:50, 5:25, 7:40 CinéArts at Sequoia: Fri 4:30, 7:15, 9:30 Sat 1:45, 4:30, 7:15, 9:30 Sun 1:45, 4:30, 7:15 Mon-Thu 4:30, 7:15 Kenny Chesney: Summer in 3D (Not Rated) Century Northgate 15: Sun 2 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri 7:30 Sat 2, 7:30 Sun 2 Wed-Thu 7:30 Kick-Ass (R) ★★★ Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 7, 9:50 Sat-Sun 1, 4, 7, 9:50 Mon-Thu 6:30, 9:15 Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 11, 12:30, 1:55, 3:20, 4:45, 6:10, 7:30, 8:55, 10:15 Sun-Thu 11, 12:30, 1:55, 3:20, 4:45, 6:10, 7:30 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:20, 2:15, 4:55, 7:40, 10:30 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri 1:50, 4:25, 7:05, 9:45 Sat 11:10, 1:50, 4:25, 7:05, 9:45 Sun 11:10, 1:50, 4:25, 7:05 Mon-Thu 1:50, 4:25, 7:05 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri 7:05, 9:40 Sat 1:30, 4:30, 7:05, 9:40 Sun 1:30, 4:30, 7:05 Mon-Thu 4:30, 7:05

❋ La Mission (R) Century Northgate 15: Fri-Wed 1, 4:05, 7:10, 10 The Last Song (PG) Century Northgate 15: Fri-Wed 12:25, 2:55, 5:25, 7:55, 10:25 Century Rowland Plaza: 12:30, 3, 5:30 The Last Station (R) ★★1/2 Lark Theater: Sat 4:30 Sun-Wed 6 Thu 7:45 The Losers (PG-13) Century Northgate 15: Fri-Wed 12, 1:30, 2:45, 4, 5:15, 6:30, 7:50, 8:55, 10:10 Century Rowland Plaza: 12:20, 2:50, 5:20, 7:50, 10:10 ❋ Mid-August Lunch (Not Rated) Lark Theater: Fri 8 Sun 4:20 Mon-Wed 4:15 Thu 6 National Theatre: The Habit of Art (Not Rated) Lark Theater: Sat 1 Oceans (G) Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 5, 7:25, 9:45 Sat-Sun 12, 2:30, 5, 7:25, 9:45 MonThu 7, 9:15 Century Northgate 15: Fri-Wed 12:10, 2:15, 4:35, 6:50, 9 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri 2:20, 4:35, 6:40, 9 Sat 11:50, 2:20, 4:35, 6:40, 9 Sun 11:50, 2:20, 4:35, 6:40 Mon-Thu 2:20, 4:35, 6:40 The Perfect Game (PG) Century Northgate 15: Fri-Wed 1:15, 7 ❋ Red Riding Trilogy (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Fri “1974” 6:30 Sat “1974” at 2, “1980” at 6:30 Sun “1980” at 2, “1983” at 6:30 Mon “1983” 6:30 Tue “1974” 6:30 Wed “1980” 6:30 Thu “1983” 6:30 ❋ The Secret In Their Eyes (R) CinéArts at Sequoia: Fri 4:15, 7, 9:45 Sat 1:30, 4:15, 7, 9:45 Sun 1:30, 4:15, 7 Mon-Thu 4:15, 7 The Secret of Kells (Not Rated) ★★★1/2 Lark Theater: Fri 4:30 Sun 2:40 Wed 2:30 Thu 4:15 ❋ Touching Home (PG-13) Rafael Film Center: Thu 7 (world theatrical premiere) Vincere (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Fri-Sun 4, 8:45 MonWed 8:45 ❋ Youth Film Festival (Not Rated) Lark Theater: Sun noon

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

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Benjamin Bratt astride his city in ‘La Mission,’ opening Friday at the Northgate. APRIL 23 – APRIL 29, 2010 PACIFIC SUN 35

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Plucky harpist Anna Maria Mendieta will seduce you with the power of the tango this weekend in Tiburon.

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Live music 04/23: Jose Neto Brazilian guitarist. 8-10:30pm. No cover. Whipper Snapper Restaurant, 1613 Fourth St., San Rafael. 256-1818. 04/23: Eugene Huggins Rock and blues. 7:30pm. No cover. Saylor’s Restaurant & Bar, 2009 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-1512. 04/23: Honeydust CD Release Party “California Sunshine.” The Stone Foxes open. 9pm. $10. 19 Broadway, 17 Broadway, Fairfax. 464-7735. 04/23: Jeb Brady Band R&B and blues in the bar. 8pm. Rancho Nicasio. 662-2219. 04/23: Redwood High School ‘Hope 4 Haiti’ Concert Redwood High students and local musicians, including Beautiful Losers, AfriCombo, Rapper Jacques Wilkens & Haitian guitarist Rosemond Jolissaint perform in a benefit show for Haitian earthquake relief. 7-11pm. $10-15. Hillside Church of Marin, 5461 Paradise Dr., Corte Madera. 215-4238. 04/23: The English Beat Hard-driving SKA legends return to the intimate Throckmorton stage. 8pm. $25. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley. 383-9600. 04/24: Jocelyn Steele Silky jazz vocalist. 7-10pm. Free. Saylor’s Restaurant & Bar, 2009 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-1512.

04/24: Johnny Allair’s Big Band Bash Rock’n’ Roll dance party. 8:30pm. $12-$15. Rancho Nicasio. 662-2219. 04/24: Live Music at Earth Day Marin Bluegrass on Earth Day with Dr. Elmo and Wild Blue as well as Terry and Oona Garthwaite. 11am-6pm. Free. College of Marin, 835 College Ave., Kentfield. 450-0110. 04/24: Los Pinguos Hailing from cosmopolitan Buenos Aires, Argentina, these guys are a mix of Latin rhythms with Spanish guitars, a Cuban Tres, Peruvian cajon and tight vocal harmonies. $28-38. 142 Throckmorton, Mill Valley. 383-9600. 04/24: Mystery Dance With Bonnie Hayes, Tim Eschliman, Kevin Hayes and Erik Schramm. 9pm. $10. Presidio Yacht Club, Travis Marina, Fort Baker, Sausalito. 381-1702.

04/24: Papermill’s 41st Anniversary Bash with The RevTones Rockabilly. 9pm-2am. Free. The Papermill Creek Saloon, 1 Castro St., Forest Knolls. 488-9235. 04/24: Stairwell Sisters This tribe of women musicians play old-time string music with the power and excitement of a great rock band. Evie Laden opens the show with some clogging. 8:30pm. $20-25. Lark Theater, 549 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur. 389-5072.

The English Beat will discuss bathroom decor Friday at 142 Throck.

04/25: Firewheel Roots Rock. In the bar 5pm. Rancho Nicasio, Nicasio. 662-2219. 04/25: Jai Uttal Haiti Benefit Kirtan music with Uttal, Tina Malia and Stephen Kent. Proceeds go toward Amma’s Haiti relief efforts to build an orphanage in Laboulle/Port au Prince. 6:30-9pm. $30-50. Showcase Theatre Marin Civic Center, 10 Avenue of Flags, San Rafael. 499-6800. www. 04/25: Namely Us Quintet Connie Ducey, Kurt Huget, Mike Klein, Levi Hooks and Brian Jones make up this group. Originals, jazz standards, blues, classic pop & rock. 6:30-10pm. No cover. The Sleeping Lady, 23 Broadway, Fairfax. 04/26: Masala Music Mondays With Kukoo G. Singh, tabla and Ben Kunin, sarode. 7pm. No cover. India Palace, 707 Redwood Hwy., Mill Valley. 388-3350. 04/27: James Moseley Trio Jazz, blues, r&b. 7-10pm. No cover. Panama Hotel & Restaurant, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 457-3993.

04/29: Robin Du Bois With Randy Vincent Jazz standards. 7-10pm. No cover. Panama Hotel & Restaurant, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 457-3993.

04/30: Debra Clawson and Paul Robinson Blues and rock. 7:30pm. No cover. Saylor’s Restaurant & Bar, 2009 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-1512. 04/30: Stompy Jones Cool swing. 8:30pm. $12. Rancho Nicasio. 662-2219. Sunday Open Mic with New Moon Players. 8pm. Smiley’s Schooner Saloon, 41 Wharf Road, Bolinas. 868-1311. Sundays: Caroline Dahl Boogie-woogie piano. 11am-1:30pm. Free. Mama’s Royal Cafe, 387 Miller Ave., Mill Valley. 388-2361. Sundays: Mal Sharpe’s Dixieland Jazz ... 3-6pm. No Name Bar, 757 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-1392. 36 PACIFIC SUN APRIL 23 – APRIL 29, 2010

Concerts 04/24: Anna Maria Mendieta Harp. Presentation of music of the Argentine tango with violin, cello, and percussion plus tango and flamenco dancers. 8-10pm. $15-20. Old St. Hilary’s Landmark, 201 Esperanza, Tiburon. 435-1853.

04/24: Schumann and Mendelssohn 200th Birthday Concert Bay Area soprano Christa Pfeiffer performs rarely heard masterpieces by Clara Schumann and Fanny Mendelssohn. With Marin County musicians Boyd Jarrell, baritone; Paul Smith, piano; and George Thomson, violin performing works by Chopin and Schumann. 7:30pm. $10. St Hilary Church, 761 Hilary Dr., Tiburon. 435-1122. 04/25: Dave Nachmanoff Guitarist/songwriter. This performance will feature a new piece wrought from a songwriting workshop at St John’s. 5pm. $5-15. St. John’s Church, 14 Lagunitas, Ross. 456-1102. 04/25: Tanya Tomkins Performing Bach’s “Six Suites for Solo Cello” on a 1798 Baroque cello. 4pm. $20. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley. 3839600.

04/30: Dominican University’s Winifred Baker Chorale “Annual Spring Concert.” Craig Singleton conducts the chorale with the Orchestra of St. Catherine in a program of works by Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Morten Lauridsen and Mozart. With Joe Bloom, piano. 8pm. $5-10. St. Raphael’s Catholic Church, 1104 5th Ave., San Rafael. 482-3579. 04/30: Marin Girls Chorus “Sound of the Waves; Water Songs & Sea Chanteys.” Celebrating their founder and artistic director, Martha Wall, who is retiring after 22 years of dedicated music education. 7-9pm. $7-15. First Presbyterian Church, 72 Kensington Road, San Anselmo. 827-7335. www.


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Marin-style vaudeville Brush up on your art-appreciation skills, folks, because two weekends of MARIN ARTS OPEN are about to start. As local artists fling open their studio doors, Marin art lovers will get a chance to see the creative process in action on May 1 and 2, and again on May 8 and 9. The first weekend culminates with the Marin Arts Open Concert, which is really more like a variety show—but, you know, in prototypical Marin fashion. The free “concert” features Mark Sum- ‘Marin Farmers Market’ by David Hardesty will be mer, founding member and cellist with on display as part of Marin Arts Open 2010. the Turtle Island String Quartet; Inverness resident Grandpa Banana, founding member of the Youngbloods and the original “Hippie from Olema,” performing with David Thom; and comedian Dan St. Paul. Additional performances by the outgoing and incoming Marin Poet Laureates, Albert Flynn DeSilver and C.B. Follett, plus poet Terri Glass; juggler/ clown/magician Johnny Kearns and more. 6pm May 2 at the Downtown San Rafael Plaza. Marin Arts Open kicks off April 25 with a public grand opening and artists’ reception at the new Marin Arts Open Gallery at 906 4th Street in San Rafael. Info:—Samantha Campos

Theater/Auditions 04/27-30:‘Some Kind Of Pink Candles for Breakfast’ The Drake Theatre Ensemble presents a musical comedy tribute to the movies of John Hughes by David G. Smith. 7:30pm. $5-8. Little Theater, Drake High School, 1327 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., San Anselmo. 455-8928. 04/30-05/02: Alice in Blunderland Presented by San Rafael Young Performers Theatre. April 30 performance is a gala event with wine and sweet treats served. Shows at 1 and 4pm on May 1; 3pm on May 2. San Rafael Community Center, 618 B St., San Rafael. 485-3333.

04/30-05/16: '59 Pink Thunderbird: Laundry & Bourbon and Lonestar College of Marin Drama Dept. presents a comedy in two acts. By James McLure. Directed by Jeffrey Bihr. 8 pm on April 30, May 1, 7, 8, 14, and 15; 2pm on May 9 and 16. $15. Studio Theater, Laurel Ave., College of Marin, Kentfield. 485-9385. 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. Through 05/02: The Music Man Marilyn Izdebski presents this youth musical theater production. Fri.-Sun. See website for schedule details. San Anselmo Playhouse, 27 Kensington Road, San Anselmo. 453-0199. Through 05/22: The Big Knife By Clifford Odets. 7:30pm Fridays; 6:30pm Saturdays. $15-25. Belrose Theater, 1415 Fifth Ave., San Rafael. 454-6422.

Art 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.

04/23-05/23:‘Make It Shine’ Artists of MarinMOCA Juried Spring Exhibition. Opening reception, 5-8pm April 23. Free. MarinMOCA, 500 Palm Dr., Novato. 506-0137.

04/24: Marin Arts Open 2010 Gallery Benefit Event The Marin Arts Council, now at its new location, opens the new gallery with this event to celebrate its new location. 5-7pm. $65. Marin Arts Council Gallery, 906 4th St., San Rafael. 459-4440.

04/25-05/23: Marin Arts Open 2010 Gallery Exhibit Open studios event and celebration. 11am6pm. Free. Marin Arts Council, 906 4th St., San Rafael. 459-4440.

04/30-05/02: Carly Ivan Garcia Exhibit The Fairfax artist will show his works in the space next to the Smith Rafael Film Center, which will be open during regular box office hours. Free. Smith Rafael Film Center, 1118 4th St., San Rafael. 454-1222. www. Through 04/25:‘Broad Brush’ Works by Nancy Cicchetti 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 student art exhibition. 11am-4pm. Free. 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Ross.

Through 04/25: Gordon Cook, Luis Delgado and Steve Lewis “A Retrospective of Real Magic,” “The Organic Manifesto” and “Stone Carvings.” Free. Bolinas Museum, 48 Wharf Rd., Bolinas.

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 04/30:‘The Altered Book Show’ Call for Entries Fundraiser for MarinMOCA. Show dates: July 24-Aug. 28. Go to for details. MarinMOCA, 500 Palm Dr., Novato. 506-0137. 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.

five art houses on display throughout Marin communities for two months leading up to a gala and auction benefiting homeless people in Marin County and Ritter Center. 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 05/29: 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 07/15:‘Where You Are’ Exhibition of mixed media artwork inspired by environmental issues. Open 9am-5pm Monday-Friday. Free. Marin Community Foundation, 5 Hamilton Landing # 200, Novato. 459-4440. Through 09/30:‘Artistic Sausalito’ Free exhibit featuring original works by artists from the 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.

Talks/Lectures 04/24: Marconi Center “Radio Days” Event A day of interactive activities in which Marin’s unique contribution to global communication will be explored in talks about early radio history. 10am-5pm. Free. Marconi Conference Center, 18500 Highway 1, Marshall. 663-9020. 04/24: Nutrition Presentation With Jeannie Pieters. Identify the patterns that keep you making poor food choices. Join in a discussion of the top two “food groups” in our American diet and how exploring why you eat what you eat can make all the difference. 2-3pm. Free. Larkspur Library, 400 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur. 927-5005. 04/26: Organizing for Democracy Panel discussion with George Lakeoff, linguistics professor; Cynthia Boaz, political science professor; Rose Aguilar, host of public affairs radio show; Norman Solomon, activist/organizer and author. 7-9:30pm. $10. San Rafael Community Center, 618 B St., San Rafael. 721-7241. 04/27: Craig Robinson The Oregon State basketball coach, author and older brother of first lady Michelle Obama in conversation with Brian Copeland. 7pm. Free. Conlan Recreation Center, 1475 Grand Ave., San Rafael. 458-3202. www.dominican. edu/academics/businesslead/leadership 04/28:‘Alcatraz: The Gangster Years’ Author David Ward brings to life stories of infamous criminals who passed through the penitentiary from 1934-1948 as part of the Wednesday Speaker Series. 7pm. Free. Tamalpais Valley Community Center, 203 Marin Ave., Mill Valley. 388-6393. 04/28:‘Politics and the Brain’ UCBerkeley cognitive linguistics professor George Lakoff explains how language has created the deep polarization we have in American politics today. 7:30pm. $12-15. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley. 383-9600.

04/29:‘Armchair Travel Series: Rainforests of the World’ Marin photographer Duncan MacSwain shares images and anecdotes from his travels in remote jungle areas of the world. His presentation of “The Intimate Rainforest” illustrates strange and

rarely seen life in the Amazon Basin, Central America, Borneo, Papua New Guinea, and Southeast Asia. 7-8pm. Free. Larkspur Library, 400 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur. 927-5005.

04/29: 2010 Marin Green Business Forum Forum features California 6th District Assembly Member Jared Huffman whose keynote theme will be “How State Environmental Policies Can Create Green Jobs.” 5:30-8:30pm. $35-50. Mill Valley Community Center, 180 Camino Alto, Mill Valley. 9994089. 4/23: Lyme Disease: Strategies to Heal Dr. Tedde Rinker will share holistic and traditional methods to treat Lyme disease. Connect with others who are working to eliminate this debilitating spyrochete from their bodies. 7-10pm. $15 suggested donation. Sunrise Center, 645 Tamalpais Dr. Suite A, Corte Madera. 924-7824.

4/26 Sacred Geometry: Harmonic Convergence Jonathan Quintin shows us how the shapes, patterns and forms of sacred geometry may be harmonic keys that can help align mind-body-spirit in a state of higher consciousness. 7-10pm. $15-20. Sunrise Center, 645 Tamalpais Dr. Suite A, Tiburon. 924-7824.

Readings 04/23:Katie Crouch The author talks about her novel “Men and Dogs.” 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 04/24: Benjamin Black Black discusses “Elegy for April.” 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 04/24: Jedi Mind Trick Judith Horstman discusses “The Scientific American Brave New Brain” with fantastic but totally feasible projections of what your brain may be capable of in the near future. 2pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 04/24: One Green Thing Author Mindy Pennybacker talks about “Do One Green Thing: Saving the Earth Through Simple, Everyday Choices.” With a foreword by Meryl Streep. 4pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www. 04/25: Super Cells Rebecca Skloot talks about “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,” the story of a woman whose cells have been unwittingly used for scientific research since the 1950s. 2pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 04/25: Writing Mamas Salon Writing Group Led by Dawn Yun. With vice president of content at Scribd, Tammy Nam. 5pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.

04/26: Braided Poetry by Lyn Follett and Susan Terri Poetry Reading by Susan Terri and newly appointed Marin Poet Laureate Lyn Follett. The poets will be presenting their newest braided reading. They have created a program in which they read together, alternating one voice with another, in a linkage of their individual poems on similar subjects. The lyrics will cover nature and freedom, myth and folklore and a little bit of politics. 7-8pm. Free. Larkspur Library, 400 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur. 927-5005. 04/27: Andre Aciman The author presents his new novel “Eight White Nights.” 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960.

04/27: Literary Luncheon with Isabel Allende Allende talks about her new novel “The Island Beneath the Sea.” This tale, set in Haiti & the southern United States during the 18th century. follows the life of a young woman sold into slavery. 12:30pm. $55, includes lunch and a signed book. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. APRIL 23 – APRIL 29, 2010 PACIFIC SUN 37


whole? 8:30-10am. Free. Brandeis Hillel Day School, 180 No. San Pedro Rd., San Rafael. (510) 845-6420 x11.

04/28: Marin Peace and Justice Coalition Presents A panel on “Reinventing the Press: Sav-

Swing out sisters Cranking out acoustic, old-time music with punk-rock intensity, THE STAIRWELL SISTERS are an all-gal San Francisco band that plays a deep and rowdy repertoire of classics and originals. Hard-working career women, activists and mothers by day, the five ladies all contribute vocals to the Stairwell, adding to their mix of guitar, tiple, harmonica, fiddle, cello, banjo, clogging, dobro, slide and bass. 9pm April 24 at the Lark Theater, 549 Magnolia Ave., The Stairwell Sisters will spiral down to the Lark Theater Larkspur. Info: Call 924-5111 or visit this Saturday.—SC 04/28: One Book One Marin Celebration with Michael Chabon Chabon will join KQED host Michael Krasny in a discussion of “The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay.” This event marks the end of a three-month celebration of the book in Marin County. 6:30pm. Free. Dominican University, 50 Acacia Ave., San Rafael. 485-3202. 04/29: Balance Shmalance Authors Amy Eschliman and Leigh Oshirak discuss “Balance is a Crock, Sleep is for the Weak” about the struggle to have a demanding job while raising a family. 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 04/30: Citizen Soul Paul Rogat Loeb talks about “Soul of a Citizen: Living with Conviction in Challenging Times, ”a handbook for budding social activists, veteran organizers, and anybody who wants to make a change. 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960.

Film Events 04/23-29: Red Riding Trilogy A neo-noir epic, based on events surrounding the “Yorkshire Ripper,” a serial killer who terrorized northwest England in the 70s & 80s. See website for schedule details. Smith Rafael Film Center, 1118 4th St., San Rafael. 454-1222. 04/25: Youth Film Festival at the Lark See the creations of young auteurs on the big screen at the Lark’s popular 5th annual Youth Film Festival. Two age categories, 10-13 and 14-18. Film categories are Narrative, Documentary, Music and Green. Noon-2pm. $10. Lark Theater, 549 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur. 924-5111. 04/26: Monday Night at the Movies “Laugh, Clown, Laugh” (1928). Starring Lon Chaney as a professional clown who happens upon an abandoned child, whom the troupe takes in and who eventually becomes a circus performer. 7:30-9pm. Free. Mill Valley Public Library, 375 Throckmorton, Mill Valley. 389-4292, x203.

Community Events (Misc.) 04/24: 21st Annual Benefit For Open Space in Ross Valley Event features a “Mt. Tamalpais Scenic Railway” pictorial history presentation by Fred Runner , appetizers, wine and dessert and a raffle. $20-25. 6:30pm. St. John’s Episcopal Church, 14 Lagunitas Road, Ross. 456-5476. 38 PACIFIC SUN APRIL 23 – APRIL 29, 2010

04/24-25: Buddhist Temple Rummage Sale Yummy home baked items (often including some kind of mochi treat) will also be for sale. 10am-4pm April 24; 11am-3pm April 25. Buddhist Temple of Marin, 390 Miller Ave., Mill Valley. 388-1173. www. 04/24: Earth Day Marin Festival Family friendly rain or shine celebration of the 40th anniversary of Earth Day featuring live music, fun for kids, food, chef demonstrations, new animation, exhibit booths, green forums. 11am-6pm. Free. College of Marin, 835 College Ave., Kentfield.

04/24: Grand Open House and Bridal Fair With games, food and prizes for the whole family. Many vendors will be providing free food, beer, wine and giveaways. 10am-4pm. Free. San Geronimo Golf Course, 5800 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., San Geronimo. 488-4030. 04/24: Mill Valley Evacuation Drill The city of Mill Valley will practice evacuating all homes in Warner Canyon/Scott Highlands. This drill will help residents and the city prepare for an actual fire emergency. 9am-1pm. Free. City of Mill Valley, Warner Canyon and Scott Highlands residents, Mill Valley. 721-4363.

04/25: Mountain Play Association Pre-Party Celebration for ‘Guys and Dolls’ Mountain Play’s 97th season production. Features sneak preview of music from the show, Gaspare’s Italian cuisine, wine, ticket raffle, and more surprises. 5-7pm. Free. Mary’s Futon, 4100 Redwood Highway, San Rafael. 383-1100. 04/25: Peace. Love. Swap. Bring all your gently used baby/kid stuff that you want to get rid of (ages 0-14 & maternity), and take home what you need. Meet other local moms, leftovers go to local charities. 9:30am-12:30pm. $5. Gymworld, 3040 Kerner Blvd., San Rafael. (530) 913-6848. 04/25: Sunday Afternoon Dance Break out your dancing shoes and fox trot and waltz the time away with live music by the Manny Gutierrez Combo. $8, includes snacks, refreshments and a raffle. 1:30-5pm. San Rafael Commuity Center, 618 B St., San Rafael. 485-3348. 04/26: Dine, Dialogue, Develop Marin Women’s Hall of Fame monthly dinner with spiritual teacher, author and counselor Miranda MacPherson. 5:30-8:30pm. $38-55. McInnis Restaurant, 350 Smith Ranch Rd, San Rafael. 455-4900.

04/27: Religious Identity for Children in Interfaith Families Children in interfaith families integrate Jewish identity with other family traditions. How do we weave disparate backgrounds into one

ing Democracy” with John Nichols, Don Dean and Peter Phillips discussing the importance of independent press, challenges facing newspapers and issues for a nonprofit independent news sources. 7pm. Olney Hall, College Ave., College of Marin, Kentfield. 388-6488.

04/29: Cooking Up a Healthier Financial Life Explore three valuable concepts to help you invest wisely. Discover common mistakes and enjoy a tasty new approach to investing. 6:30-8pm. $25. Sir Francis Drake High School, 1327 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., San Anselmo. 945-3730.

04/29: The Decision Tree: Navigating the Future of Health Care Thomas Goetz, executive editor of “Wired” proposes a new approach to health care decisions based on synthesizing new research and technologies and engaging people to make better decisions. 7-8:30pm. Free. Mill Valley Public Library, 375 Throckmorton, Mill Valley. 389-4292, x203.

Downtown San Rafael Thursday Evening Market Thursday nights through September. Farmers market, food, live music and bouncies. 6-9pm. Free. Downtown San Rafael, 4th St. between Lincoln and B St., San Rafael. 492-8007.

Through 05/26: Learn Irish Music Fearlessly 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. Isabella’s School, 1 Trinity Way, San Rafael. 342-4052.

Kid Stuff 04/23: Marin Poets in the Schools Terri Glass hosts a lively poetry reading by students from schools throughout the county. Songwriter Scott Kalechstein adds songs to accompany some of the children’s poems. 6:30pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 9270960. 04/24-0516: Peter and the Wolf With music from the Prokofiev score and a cast of youth and seasoned professionals. $7-10. 1pm Sat.; 1 and 3:30pm

Sun shows.Young Performers Theatre, Room 300, Third Flr., Bldg. C, Fort Mason Center, S.F. 346-5550. 04/24: Slide Ranch Spring Fling With live bluegrass music, local organic cuisine, farm and craft activities for everyone. Event emphasizes local farms and food as part of a hands-on event, with sheep shearing, goat milking, planting seeds and tastings. Interactive events designed to engage children include bread and cheese making, spinning wool and more. 10am-4pm. Slide Ranch, 2025 Shoreline Hwy., Muir Beach. 381-6155. 04/25: YES Fest Kid-inspired and kid-driven day of celebration for the budding poets, artists, thespians, musicians, and dancers of the Ross Valley District. Hands-on activities for all ages. 11am-4pm. Free. White Hill Middle School, 101 Glen Dr., Fairfax,. 721-1555. 04/27:Ridley Pearson Pearson presents “Kingdom Keepers III: Disney in Shadow.” 1pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960.

4/24: Open House at Cascade Canyon School Fall enrollment available in select elementary and middle school grades. Get a taste of their progressive approach to learning. 10am student-led tours; 10:30am teacher panel & demonstration lessons, 11:30am talk with teachers. 10am-noon. Free. Cascade Canyon School, 2626 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Fairfax. 459-3464.

Outdoors (Hikes & Bikes) 04/17-18: Sailing Open to the Public Aboard the Schooner Seaward The spring public sail schedule has started. Reserve your spot on one of several three-hour sails. Proceeds benefit nonprofit sailing organization. $25-40. Schooner Seaward, Bay Model, Sausalito. 331-3214. www.

04/27: Marin Orchid Society Spring Auction 6:30pm silent auction; 7pm live auction. Many special plants from great growers. Details at website. Free admission. Marin Art and Garden Center, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Ross. 457-0836. 04/27: Moonshiners Hike and Picnic A three mile hike with a mid-hike picnic dinner at moon rise/sunset. Hike begins and ends at the Pelican Inn. Please RSVP. 6:30-9:30pm. $15. Moonshiners Hike & Dine, Pelican Inn, Muir Beach. 331-0100. www.

04/29: Gardens, Art and Architecture Tour Annual Mill Valley Outdoor Art Club garden tour. Participants will be driven in vans to visit five won-

Oona Garthwaite will stretch her talents April 24 at College of Marin’s Earth Day fest.

derful gardens. An optional seated lunch and garden boutique available, too. 9:30am-2pm. $32-45. Mill Valley Outdoor Art Club, 1 W. Blithedale Ave., Mill Valley. 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.

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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,



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STARSTREAM Week of April 22-April 28, 2010 by Ly nd a R ay ARIES (March 20 - April 19) The planet needs respect—even beyond Earth Day. Fortunately, you feel the love toward all things natural. This bodes well for your plants, your pets and presumably the people in your life. A planetary battle between restrictive Saturn and progressive Uranus disrupts your daily routines. Add Mercury retrograde to the mix and forget the electric toothbrush, transferring data electronically or using the microwave to prepare lunch. Peanut butter and jelly sandwich anyone? TAURUS (April 20 - May 19) It’s not fair that during your once-a-year zodiac celebration you must deal with creative disappointments and confrontational friends. There should be an automatic ceasefire on your birthday. After all, you can be tranquil, patient and on time (if chocolate is involved). In spite of these admirable qualities, a family member or roommate may deliberately try to irritate you this week. My advice? Take the chocolate and run. GEMINI (May 20 - June 20) You’re not making nearly as much sense as you would hope. Your imagination is vivid, but slightly warped. Your ideas come quickly, but are not fully formed. Your creative efforts suffer from both inertia and chaotic impulses. By Sunday morning, Venus occupies your sign. She provides charm, but not enough to counteract the recent breakdown of your communication skills. Is it nap time yet? CANCER (June 21 - July 21) The Moon in the show-stopping sign of Leo on Thursday can help you advance the cause of Earth Day. Over the week, you have mixed feelings about clearing out your junk. You can see the advantages to freeing up space but your strong sentimentality refuses to give up anything with a memory attached. If tempted to buy back your garage sale items, you might want to shut down and try again next month. LEO (July 22 - August 22) Do something nice for the planet on Earth Day by promoting sustainable design and recycling your Italian leather goods. The Sun (your ruler) gets caught up in the throes of Pluto’s passion this weekend. Skip the superficial encounters and go straight for the intense ones. As for your professional life, Mercury retrograde makes you question your career path. Before jumping off your current track, make sure the new track actually leaves the station. VIRGO (August 23 - September 21) While the Sun in the earthy sign of Taurus brings a bit of stability, other planetary dynamics make this week anything but predictable. Mercury retrograde twists your philosophy on life. Irritating Mars in your house of hidden enemies makes you suspect that someone is out to get you. Indecisive Venus moves into your career house, making you wonder if you love or hate your job. Stop the world. You want to get off. LIBRA (September 22 - October 22) Your ruler (Venus) falls under the influence of many planetary bigwigs this week. The upshot is a wide variety of experiences for you. While likely to be spontaneously attracted to someone, you are also vulnerable to being disappointed by a romantic interest. By Sunday, Venus has entered the fickle sign of Gemini. If already attached, beware of distractions. If available, try to keep the number of “distractions” in the single digits. SCORPIO (October 23 - November 21) Letting the world know who you are is a dilemma: You want everyone to know you’ve got the power, but do not want everyone to know about the personal you. This is quite obvious now as dynamic Mars (at the top of your chart) practically screams for attention, while evasive Neptune (at the bottom) does his best to keep the inner you hidden from sight. There you go: a walking-talking contradiction. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 - December 20) As mentioned last week, it’s time to pay attention to your job. As Mercury moves retrograde, you cannot count on co-workers to cover for you when you’re late because you forgot to set your alarm before skipping out early for a cocktail on your favorite cantina’s patio. No amount of joking around can make it all better. Your personal life may be excitement personified, but your professional life cannot be ignored. CAPRICORN (December 21 - January 18) It is obvious that you need to let go of certain beliefs that chain you to old-fashioned philosophies. The idea that progress is the enemy to security is not doing you any good. Traditions can be great, but they all started from something that was new at one time. It is possible to embrace the future without completely abandoning the past. A message brought to you by this week’s sponsors: Uranus and Saturn. AQUARIUS (January 19 - February 17) The down-to-earth energy on Friday and Saturday makes it easy to stay home and relax. You may even get a domestic urge. Before inviting guests for dinner, have a menu backup plan. Retrograde Mercury is notorious for mishaps and a teaspoon of red chilies is quite different from a tablespoon. By Sunday, hedonistic Venus lights up your entertainment house. If you’re still planning that dinner party, have it catered and hire a band. PISCES (February 18 - March 19) No matter what you do, your sweetie is having a difficult time accepting it. And right now you feel like breaking all the rules. Even if you are without a mate, you attract someone who finds your uniqueness appealing—before immediately setting about to structure you into a more manageable persona. There is value to both sides. But remember: Having one foot gently brushing the ground is OK; having both feet stuck in the mud is not. ✹ Email Lynda Ray at or check out her website at 42 PACIFIC SUN APRIL 23 – APRIL 29, 2010

PUBLIC NOTICES CONTINUED FROM PAGE 41 11 MAJESTIC AVENUE, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94112. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on April 1, 2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on March 23, 2010. (Publication Dates: April 2, 9, 16, 23, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123641 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as SIMKINS CUSTOM BUILDING COMPANY, 27 CLAY COURT, NOVATO, CA 94949: CHRISTOPHER WILLIAM SIMKINS, 27 CLAY COURT, NOVATO, CA 94949. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein in June 2004. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on March 29, 2010. (Publication Dates: April 2, 9, 16, 23, 2010) STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF USE OF FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME File No. 304168 The following person(s) has/have abandoned the use of a fictitious business name(s). The information given below is as it appeared on the fictitious business statement that was filed at the Marin County Clerk-Recorder’s Office. Fictitious Business name(s): REDWOOD MEDICAL GROUP, 900 LARKSPUR LANDING CIRCLE, SUITE 200, LARKSPUR, CA 94939. Filed in Marin County on: January 29, 2010. Under File No.: 123093. Registrantâ ™s Name(s): ONE MEDICAL GROUP, INC., ONE EMBARCADERO CENTER, SUITE 2440, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94111. This statement was filed with the County Clerk Recorder of Marin County on March 16, 2010. (Pacific Sun: April 2, 9, 16, 23, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 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 busi-

ness 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) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123742 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as VFL TRADING INTERNATIONAL, 301 LAUREL WAY, APT. 8, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: VINCENT F. KATICS, 301 LAUREL WAY, APT. 8, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant will begin transacting business under the fictitious business name listed herein on May 5, 2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on April 7, 2010. (Publication Dates: April 16, 23, 30; May 7, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123720 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as RPB PROPERTY MANAGEMENT, 207 SECOND ST., STE. B, SAUSALITO, CA 94965: RPB CONSTRUCTION, INC., 207 SECOND ST., STE. B, SAUSALITO, CA 94965. 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 April 5, 2010. (Publication Dates: April 16, 23, 30; May 7, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2010123698 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as HOOK AUDIO, 11 HEARTWOOD COURT, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: HOOK AUDIO, LLC, 11 HEARTWOOD COURT, 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 April 1, 2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on April 2, 2010. (Publication Dates: April 16, 23, 30; May 7, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123765 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as IN THE WOODS PRODUCTIONS, 19 CORTE MADERA AVE., MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: THE WOODS MUSIC HALL, LLC, 19 CORTE MADERA AVE., MILL VALLEY, CA 94941. This business is being conducted by a limited liability company. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name listed herein on April 8, 2010.

This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on April 9, 2010. (Publication Dates: April 16, 23, 30; May 7, 2010) STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF USE OF FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME File No. 304173 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): BODY THERAPHY STUDIO, 1724 LINCOLN AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. Filed in Marin County on: December 15, 2006. Under File Nos.: 111805. Registrantâ ™s Name(s): STANLEY YOUNG, 1798 REX ST., SAN MATEO, CA 94403. This statement was filed with the County Clerk Recorder of Marin County on March 23, 2010. (Pacific Sun: April 16, 23, 30, May 7, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123655 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as VIRGINIA CLEANERS II, 61 CAMINO ALTO, UNIT# A, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: SAMJUNG CORPORATION, 1048 ARLINGTON LN., SAN JOSE, CA 95129. This business is being conducted by a corporation. 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 30, 2010. (Publication Dates: April 23, 30; May 7, 14, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123837 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as WHOLE FOODS MARKET, 790 DELONG AVENUE, NOVATO, CA 94945: WHOLE FOODS MARKET CALIFORNIA, INC., 5980 HORTON STREET, SUITE 200, EMERYVILLE, CA 94608. This business is being conducted by a corporation. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on April 22, 2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on April 20, 2010. (Publication Dates: April 23, 30; May 7, 14, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123838 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as WHOLE FOODS MARKET, 731 E. BLITHEDALE, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: WHOLE FOODS MARKET CALIFORNIA, INC., 5980 HORTON STREET, SUITE 200, EMERYVILLE, CA 94608. This business is being conducted by a corporation. Registrant will begin transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on June 9, 2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on April 20, 2010. (Publication Dates: April 23, 30; May 7, 14, 2010)

997 All Other Legals NOTICE OF APPLICATION TO SELL ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES. Date of Filing Application: APRIL 15, 2010. To Whom It May Concern: The Name(s) of Applicant(s) is/are: FERNANDES, NOEL D.; HANS, HANSRAJ SINGH. The applicants listed above are applying to the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control to sell alcoholic beverages at: 7282 SIR FRANCIS DRAKE BLVD., LAGUNITAS, CA 94938. Type of license(s) Applied for: 41 “ON SALE BEER AND WINE” Eating Place. (Pacific Sun: April 23, 2010)

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This girl I met on a dating site attends another college, three hours away, so weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve only talked on the phone. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve experienced the online/in-person divergence before, so Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m worried. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve seen photos, but theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re blurry face shots or half-body shots. My friends and family say Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m being shallow, that I should focus on how good a person she is. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not bad looking, but I could lose 10 pounds, so I see their point. But Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m a smart guy with a promising career ahead, and I really desire an attractive woman (at least better than average).â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Fearing Big Bertha


Careful what you wish for. If this girlâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s true to her pictures, sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll show up on your date with a blurry face and a body that ends where they cropped the photo. Ignore your friends and family, who wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be the ones sleeping with your girlfriend (well, presumably). Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s anything but shallow to make sure a woman has the looks you need to be hot for her. In fact, one of the unintentionally crueler things people do is tell themselves theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll work up an attraction simply because somebody is kind, funny and tells the cashier when she gives back too much change. These are lovely qualities, but if you arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t already attracted, the XXX-est youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll want to get with a woman is xoxo-ing herâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;as written in pink cursive in â&#x20AC;&#x153;To Grandma!â&#x20AC;? Hallmark cards. But, does a guy who could stand to depork a little get to be picky about a woman looking just like her photo (give or take 20 pounds)? Actually, yes. Less so in college, when women arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t worrying about how theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll pay the mortgage and tend to go for the cutest boyfriend they can get. But countless studies across cultures show that male sexuality is looks-driven, while women evolved to prioritize money and mojo in men. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s why itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s women asking â&#x20AC;&#x153;Do I look fat in these pants?â&#x20AC;? while the parallel question from men would be â&#x20AC;&#x153;Do I look unemployed on this couch?â&#x20AC;? (Answer: Even more so when itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sitting out on the curb.) Not surprisingly, in a recent University of Wales study, women found the same manâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s face signiďŹ cantly more attractive when he was pictured driving a rich-guy carâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;a Bentley Continentalâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;than a regular-guy car: the Ford Fiesta hatchback. The interesting thing about this study? When men hot-or-notted the same woman driving the two cars, they found her no more or less attractive in the Bentley than the Fiesta. So, whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s with going after the email-order girlfriends? Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s for the Rogaine generation: the 48-year-old guy whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s always either working late or working on convincing 28-year-old girls on dating sites that he is 35, really rich and still has hair (and not just growing out of his nose). Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re in college. Never again will you be in a place so swarming with dateable womenâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;women whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll want to know stuff like â&#x20AC;&#x153;You goinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; to that kegger?â&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Oh, cool, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re poli sci, too?â&#x20AC;? as opposed to â&#x20AC;&#x153;How do you feel about dating a single mother?â&#x20AC;? Grow a pair and lean over in class and talk to girls. Sure, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s scary, but nowhere near as scary as spending a month falling for somebodyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;English/Irish looksâ&#x20AC;? online, then looking across a candlelit dinner table at a woman whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s much more English bulldog.


I liked this guy I was dating until he started wanting to come over daily. When I said that was too much, he started using his sonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s illness (sickle cell anemia) as a reason he needed to see me. Last week, I learned he has several chronic diseases. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m a single mother with twin girls suffering from mood disorders. I really donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have time or energy for two new sick people.â&#x20AC;&#x201D;SelďŹ sh?


The guy does have a lot to offerâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;along the lines of â&#x20AC;&#x153;How â&#x20AC;&#x2122;bout I come over for a glass of wine and let you change my blood?â&#x20AC;? I can just hear him trying to smooth-talk himself into your bed: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve fallen and I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get up!â&#x20AC;? (Hmmm, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not working?) â&#x20AC;&#x153;OK, my sonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also fallen!â&#x20AC;? You owe your time and energy to your twins, not some dude who winked at you on inďŹ Beyond that, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s OK to want a man whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll take you away from your problems; a man who might sometimes ask you to put your nursie hat on for himâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;but only when your Girl Scout uniform is at the cleaners. â&#x153;š

Š 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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Section 1 of the April 23, 2010 of the Pacific Sun