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›› LETTERS In its game of Monopoly, PG&E wants us to be the shoe... PG&E has been paying Joe Nation obscene amounts of money to confuse Marin residents about the attractive alternative that the Marin Clean Energy plan (MCE) will provide [“PG&E vs. MEA...WTF?” April 23]. This is because PG&E realizes it will likely lose a truthful, honest competition for our business. Here’s the actual reality: For the same price to its customers, MCE will provide 78 percent carbon-free energy (including 25 percent renewable energy), as opposed to PG&E’s only 53 percent carbon-free (14 percent renewable). Or, for a little more a month, MCE can even provide 100 percent renewable energy to those who prefer that option. Why wouldn’t PG&E want the public to have those choices? Notwithstanding PG&E’s misleading scare tactics, Marin residents and businesses will actually have many opportunities to choose to stay with PG&E, if they prefer to, both before or after service has begun with MCE this year. Here’s another point of confusion for the average customer: Whomever you choose to supply your energy mix, PG&E will continue to deliver it to your home or business, to make repairs in case of outages, to come out to light your pilots, etc. This is anything but a government takeover. What it actually provides is—finally—an opportunity for true energy supply competition, in terms of both price and the absence of fossil fuels in the mix. The bottom line: For customers concerned about saving our planet, Joe Nation’s argument—that MCE’s a bad deal—doesn’t hold up to rational analysis. Hopefully, Marin residents will show PG&E that its under-

handed tactics, bullying, and $35-plus million expenditure (for its self-written Proposition 16, aka “the PG&E Monopoly Protection Act”) won’t work—that we’re smart enough to avoid being manipulated and don’t believe all the lies the corporation and its phony “Marin Common Sense Coalition” have been feeding us. Alexander Binik, Fairfax

The thin sustainable line Thanks to Katherine Ellison for a great article [“PG&E vs. MEA...WTF?” April 23]. I’ve been following this situation closely for two years and I think her article, contrasting the stories from the leading public figures on each side, does better than all the others I have seen. By the 12th round of a fight, it’s a lot easier to see who’s winning, and I think we’re just about there. Incidentally, there is another aspect of this battle that has mostly escaped notice: A local grassroots volunteer environmental group, “Sustainable Marin” (with local chapters for each town in Marin), has been extremely important in supporting the progress of the Marin Energy Authority through the political structure, and fighting the overwhelming strength and aggressiveness of PG&E and its $35 million legal and PR programs. The volunteers, with a core group of 150 or so, are predominantly female, and many have full-time jobs, families or both. They have dealt with many local environmental issues, such as recycling, weed and insecticide spray programs, and running educational programs. But over the last two years, the main focus has been to support the MCE program and counterbalance the relentless influence and expenditures of PG&E to fight the program.

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Mort Sahl, radical To the generation that remembers where they were when JFK was shot, Mort Sahl is a living legend. At the peak of his fame, he occupied that nexus of power and glamour where th... Letter of the week: In regard to your “Hero and Zero” column from April 16 in which Debbie C derides Fairfax’s recent rash of vehicular vandalism... Read the full story here ... Fairfax dispensary wants monkey off back’ A Fairfax medical marijuana dispensary is asking the town to change its dispensing rules--before the possible passage of a state initiative changes the rules first.

Your soapbox is waiting at ›› pacificsun.com I firmly believe that without the existence and vigorous support from these volunteers, the MCE program would never have succeeded through the many levels of approval and repeated votes in the county and the cities of Marin. I think there is material here for a really good documentary film that would also delve into new forms of social organization enabled by the Internet, and by the ready availability of computers and cell phones.

cumulatively toxic and dangerous poisons directly into the gutter which runs into the canal, bay and the ocean? Good ol’ San Rafael and forward planning, town of my childhood. The city where you take your life in your hands to walk anywhere, and you’d better beware of eating any blackberries, sourgrass or anything growing in the ground. This is a healthy thing to do for our community or any other living thing?

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They’re in the secret compartment under the mirror... One day Las Gallinas Drive in Terra Linda had lots of “Re-Elect Susan Adams, Supervisor” signs standing in the front yards of her many supporters...and then, puff! As if by magic, the next day they were gone! “Wow!” I thought. “I’m a good magician but not even I could do such an amazing trick!” “But, no,” I thought again. If this was such an amazing trick, why were there one or two Mazzoni signs still up? Then I realized it wasn’t magic at all that made Adams’ signs disappear overnight. It was just those cute little running-scared Mazzoni people who were taking down Adams’ signs acting just as though they were still in fifth grade! Dick Newton, magician, Novato

Who’s a-sprayed on the big bad Wolfe? Sourgrass, not as healthy as it looks...

I went over Wolfe Grade on a rainy day, shortly after Earth Day, and saw the unavoidable 2-foot-wide stripe of dead brown grass along the road. It continued up the hill until the Kentfield line at the top. It was in stark contrast to the living spring greenery everywhere. Are we so intent on saving a few bucks (even at minimum wage, at least it would be a job for someone) that we are willing to spray what many sane people consider to be 6 PACIFIC SUN MAY 7 - MAY 13, 2010

Good golly, Miss Molly! I wish I’d thought of this sooner. While Sausalito says “no, no, no, no” to Peet’s Coffee & Tea, how come Mollie Stone’s is allowed to remain? Their markets exist not only in Marin, but S.F. as well. Bev Vandre, Corte Madera

[Editor’s note: Good question, Bev. The answer has to do with city zoning policy, which allows certain chains as long as they’re not on the downtown waterfront. Thus, the Starbucks on Princess Street and Mollie Stone’s on the west end of Bridgeway are OK, but a Peet’s near Turney Street is a real Sausalito buzzkill].

But if zombies ever rise from graves, we’ll be ready! Definitely a job for the sheriffcoroner.

The election campaign between the sheriff and the county coroner this year makes as much sense as the county’s decision to merge the sheriff’s department with the coroner’s office. What does the sheriff know about performing autopsies and what does the coroner know about law enforcement? Martin Blinder, San Anselmo

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on’t call it “food waste.” Sustainability proponents find the term objectionable. Food material diverted from the landfill “is a resource, not waste,” says Ed Mainland, a member of the Green Coalition and Sustainable Novato. Mainland was part of a group that challenged the Redwood Landfill and Recycling Center’s expansion plans. Out of that effort, the Green Coalition blossomed. And one of its core principles is to stop all organics from going into landfill, where the material generates methane gas, a potent climate-change trigger. Instead, sustainability proponents urge, organic material should be composted and returned to the soil as an amendment that also acts as a carbon sponge, keeping the element out of the atmosphere. Organics that go into landfills “are misdirected,” says Mainland, who also is co-chair of the Energy/ Climate Committee of the California Nevada Regional Conservation Committee of the Sierra Club California. The first big efforts to take compostable material and keep it out of the landfill concentrated on curbside collection of yard waste for composting. Almost everyone in Marin now has a yard-waste can that is collected every other week, and in some areas every week. Now Marin is moving to the next step: collecting food material that also can be composted. The process poses much greater challenges than scooping up yard waste, but

nascent projects around the county are set to demonstrate the reliability and advantages of food-material collection. Mill Valley Refuse Service is the latest hauler to announce a foray into Marin curbside collection for food-to-compost. The company serves about 14,000 households in Mill Valley, Corte Madera, Tiburon, Belvedere and the unincorporated areas adjacent to those cities, which include Homestead, Alto, Almonte and Strawberry. Mill Valley Refuse plans to seek approval for residents to mix food material in with their yard waste. Regulations stipulate that food material must be collected every week. Mill Valley Refuse currently collects yard waste every other week. The increased hauling schedule necessitates adding about $3 to $4 a month to an average monthly bill, which now runs between $22 and $37. “We have to add trucks and drivers,” says Jim Iavarone, co-owner of the refuse company. There’s also a profit built into the fee. “We’re allowed to operate on about a 10 percent profit margin.” The increase in collection fee and the change in collection schedule mean Mill Valley Refuse must seek approval from the governmental agencies within its service area. The company expects to takes its case to city councils and boards in the next few months. The new food-to-compost plans in Marin are based on a business model. In the case of Mill Valley Refuse, the food-collection 9 > plan could add jobs���green jobs. But

›› NEWSGRAMS Fairfax dispensary wants monkey off back... A Fairfax medical marijuana dispensary is asking the town to change its dispensing rules—before the possible passage of a state initiative changes the rules first. The Marin Alliance for Medical Marijuana is hoping its clean record in Fairfax will persuade town officials to loosen some of the 84 restrictions it’s complied with since getting its license in 1997. Number one on the dispensary’s wish list is to offer home delivery. Marin Alliance is seeking its good-behavior rule changes as Californians ready for a November vote on whether to legalize the sale of recreational marijuana; passage of the measure would revolutionize the legal marijuana industry in ways as-yet unknown and many jurisdictions throughout the state would look to Fairfax for guidance. The Fairfax dispensary became California’s first authorized medical marijuana operation in 1996, following the passage of the “Compassionate Use Act.”—Jason Walsh San Rafael throws lifeline to hot Novatoans San Rafael councilmembers unanimously voted this week to bail out Novato’s beleaguered Hamilton pool. The 80-year-old water hole, located within the former Air Force base at 206 El Bonito Road, was recently renovated, costing the city $5 million to revamp the facilities and add solar power. With the summer swim season just around the corner, Novato desperately needed an outside source to run the pool after having $5 million slashed from its city budget—and as many as 20 percent of its city staff cut over the course of the next two years. Though the fiscal situation has left Novato high and dry, the pool is slated to open with San Rafael’s help by Memorial Day. If all goes well, the pool will cost $147,000 to run and should raise $155,000 in proceeds, leaving San Rafael $8,000 in the clear. Novato’s City Council will also weigh in on the issue May 11.—Sarah Strand PUC slaps PG&E The California Public Utilities Commission notified Pacific Gas and Electric Co. that it violated tariff rules by deceptive marketing to coerce people to opt out of Marin Clean Energy. In a May 3 letter, PUC Executive Director Paul Clanon told the utility company the unfair practices “must cease” and instructed PG&E to work with the PUC “to identify any opt-outs that occurred as a result of any unauthorized means, for the purpose of informing those customers that their opt-out was not properly obtained” and therefore invalid. Among the deceptive practices were phone solicitations, newspaper ads and mailers to homes that made it seem as though they were official opt-out avenues when in fact they were marketing practices that violated AB 117, which set the stage for local-power plans and stipulates opt-out rules.—Peter Seidman Spender in the grass... Potato salad won’t be the only thing picnickers will be forking over at Marin parks this summer. On Tuesday the Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a series of $2 weekend fee hikes at McNear’s, Stafford Lake and Paradise parks, raising the total to $10. (A $1 hike ($8 total) at McNear’s and Paradise would be in effect on weekdays.) The supes’ move is an attempt to cover some of a $110,000 budget shortfall for county parks.—JW

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Friday, May 7 Dead Calm Since when did the The Weather Channel start showing movies? Is it just the title? Can they show Gone with the Wind with an interactive radar graphic? “Frankly Scarlett, the humidity is a little high for that right now.” (1989) The Weather Channel. 7:15pm. 27 Dresses A young woman looks back at her life as a perennial bridesmaid and pulls out the ghastly dresses, some of the scariest stuff to come out of the closet since Rosie O’Donnell. (2008) FX. 8pm.

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of their faces for football games, talking about their exes, “Mom” tattoos and the inexcusable horror of the sweater vest. VH1. 10pm.

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1a. Starting in 1907, the Northwestern Pacific Railroad played a major role in the development of Northern California, providing service all the way from Tiburon at one end of the line to what city at the other? 1b. In what year did passenger service, as well as an electrified interurban railway, in Marin County cease to exist? In honor of Mother’s Day: Presidential Mamas: 2a. Which president’s mother was Rebekah Baines? 2b. Mary Ball was mother of what president? 2c. Pictured, at left: Stanley Ann Dunham gave birth to which president? 3. If you mix the three primary colors of red, blue and yellow, what do you get? 4. The Prolific Mama Award: The 18th-century wife of Russian Feodor Vassilyev (her name is unknown) holds the Guinness World Record for most children by any mother. How many? (ends with 9) #2c 5. Continuously published since 1771, what is the oldest reference work in the English language? 6. Pictured, at left: Moms affect public culture: In 1992, Vice #6 President Dan Quayle (1989-93) considered the portrayal of an unwed mother on national television an example of Hollywood irresponsibility. What was the TV show and who played the role? 7. It took generations of builders from 1078 until 1300 to complete this structure. Today it’s the oldest building still being used by the British government, and one of the most popular tourist attractions in London. What is it? 8. Henry John Deutschendorf Jr. was born in 1943 in Roswell, New Mexico, but by 1965 was living in Los Angeles, working as a draughtsman by day and singing folk music in local clubs at night. He took a stage name inspired by his favorite city. Who was he? 9. Although it’s the LARGEST division of time on the geologic time scale (about a billion years) it has a very small name. What is it? 10. What is the most populous city located on each of these lakes? 10a. Lake Michigan 10b. Lake Ontario 10c. Lake Tahoe BONUS QUESTION: The first recorded one of these took place in 1967 in Cornwall, England, and ever since then, every couple of years in Sweden or Oman or France or Morocco or North America or South Africa or Singapore. What kind of event? Howard Rachelson, Marin’s Master of Trivia, invites you to live team trivia contests Wednesdays at 7:30pm at the Broken Drum in San Rafael, as well as a Trivia Fundraiser to benefit Haiti on Saturday, May 1, 7:30pm, at Congregation Rodef Sholom in San Rafael. Contact howard1@triviacafe.com for more information.

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Samantha Smith saw the empty hanger dangling freely she knew the store had just been robbed. She called Amy Anderson, owner of the San Rafael boutique, to tell her that three teenage girls had left the store with a $130 salmon-colored dress— and while she was talking saw the same girls just down Fourth Street. She dropped the phone, closed the door and, according to Anderson, took off after them “in big-ol’ high heels...and she weighs all of 90 pounds!” Smith caught up to them, recovered the apparel, delivered a stern lecture about stealing (a “dressing down,” if you will...) and sprinted back to reopen the boutique. Anderson called Smith “my hero” on Wednesday, the day after the caper, and awarded her employee a certificate for a pedicure.—Julie Vader

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▼ We got an angry call from “Lily” this week about what she considered ill treatment at a local high-end supermarket. It seems the Novato resident was happily indulging in the market’s delectable array of free samples—perhaps over-indulging—when store staff became alarmed at their quickly disappearing niblets and took her aside to discuss the matter. But, according to Lily, her frenzied chewing received a frenzied chewing out from one of the shop’s managers who, she says, advised her to never bring her custom to the market again. We realize the term snack aisle shouldn’t always be taken literally, but we find this sort of customer service pretty hard to swallow. —Jason Walsh

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â&#x20AC;şâ&#x20AC;ş UPFRONT < 7 From munch to mulch if residents embrace the idea of setting out their food material in their green cans, they also could reduce the amount of material in their regular garbage cans. Iavarone says the company will be watching to determine how people adapt to the new collection system and be ready to make personnel and vehicle adjustments. It could end up being a wash in a few years if food-material collection becomes successful and less garbage material ends up in the regular garbage cans. Collecting food material and creating high-quality compost made news in the Bay Area when San Francisco made the ďŹ rst move. The cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s effort to reduce landďŹ ll material has been around a few years now, and the results are mixed. One Marin waste manager says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Insiders in San Francisco tell me that only about 25 percent of the people really put their food waste in the green cans. The other people are continuing to use garbage disposals, or they use a backyard compost or they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have a lot of waste to begin with because they eat out all the time.â&#x20AC;? Almost everyone agrees the effort requires a signiďŹ cant education component, similar to the one that has pushed the recycling movement. Getting food material out of the landďŹ ll waste stream could play a big part in reducing landďŹ ll deposits. The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that Americans throw away more than 25 percent of the food

they prepare. It estimates that in 2007, food scraps accounted for 12.7 percent of solid waste generation. By some estimates, food material accounts for 7 to 10 percent of the material that goes into the Redwood LandďŹ ll. Other estimates peg the number at 20 percent or more. The Mill Valley Refuse proposal â&#x20AC;&#x153;is terriďŹ c,â&#x20AC;? says Bruce Baum, a member of the Green Coalition. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been ďŹ ghting for [programs like this] for ďŹ ve years.â&#x20AC;? Iavarone says that during the past year, articles about food-to-compost got the attention of Marin residents, and they started asking why San Francisco and the East Bay had this program but Marin had none. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Really San Francisco got it started when AB 930 passed, the law that required waste diversion by 25 percent by 1995 and 50 percent by 2000. San Francisco was faced with a problem reaching those goals because they didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have much yard waste. They looked for other ways to divert waste and they hit upon the food-waste thing. It got picked up in the East Bay.â&#x20AC;? But until recently, no place in Marin existed where food material could be composted. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s changing. Jessica Jones, manager at the Redwood LandďŹ ll, says the facility has composted green material for the last 15 years, but not food material. Earlier this year, the landďŹ ll ran a pilot project to show the local landďŹ ll authorities that Redwood â&#x20AC;&#x153;could handle up to 5 percent food material mixed with green waste.â&#x20AC;? That amount can, Jones says, accommodate food material from Mill Valley Refuse. Novato Disposal Service also plans to

take mixed yard waste and food material to the composting site at the landďŹ ll. Redwood is looking at the food-to-compost as an opportunity. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re attempting to make a business out if it,â&#x20AC;? says Jones. The company sells compost wholesale. It also offers the material to the public at between $6 and $8 a cubic yard. Redwood expects to be able to add food material to composting efforts this summer. Carol Misseldine, sustainability director for Mill Valley, says of the Mill Valley Refuse program, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m particularly pleased with this development.â&#x20AC;? Misseldine is hopeful Mill Valley councilmembers will approve the rate hike that will allow food collection. (If not enough jurisdictions approve the hike, the program could fall ďŹ&#x201A;at.) â&#x20AC;&#x153;In general the council has been very supportive of all things sustainable. The good news on the rate front is that the $3 to $4 a month can be offset per household by going with smaller garbage cans. With the amount of recycling we doâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and now composting and diverting food scrapsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;it really can be a net-zero cost per household. And itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a better use of our ratepayer dollars to go to composting pickup rather than garbage pickup. That certainly supports our zero-waste goals.â&#x20AC;? Marin Sanitary Service also is launching programs to collect food material for composting. On April 5, the company started collecting food material mixed with yard waste in parts of Ross Valley and parts of the Las Gallinas Valley Sanitary District. And, says

Patty Garbarino, president of Marin Sanitary, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re hoping to start one in the beginning of June in Fairfax, when negotiations should be completed for that contract.â&#x20AC;? Marin Sanitary takes its food material and yard waste to a facility in Zamora in Yolo County for composting. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The problem with that,â&#x20AC;? says Mainland,â&#x20AC;? is that to truck the waste all the way out there is not â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;sustainableâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; because of all the diesel fumes and trafďŹ c and greenhouse gas emissions from the trucks. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not the way to do it.â&#x20AC;? (Mainland notes that Sonoma Compost has a food material organics system â&#x20AC;&#x153;that has worked well for years.â&#x20AC;?) Garbarino, who says Marin Sanitary is not raising its fees to collect food material, points out that the Zamora site makes sense because Marin Sanitary distributes its compost to agricultural destinations, although the company is starting a program to bring some compost back south to distribute â&#x20AC;&#x153;Marinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ownâ&#x20AC;? composted material for free. Garbarino also says her company saw a problem with the capacity of material that Redwood could handle, making the Zamora site more attractive. Marin Sanitary owns a 25 percent stake in Zamora, but Garbarino says that wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the deciding factor in setting up the hauling route for food material. Zamora was available for her companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s programs, and Redwood had not completed its permitting and approval process when Marin Sanitary started collecting food material. Using Redwood, she adds, still is an option, depending on its 10 >

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put his prized comics into plastic bags. She this country is a quintessentially American story,” he said. “And there are many was surprised, he said, at the lengths to respects in which the American story, the which her not-especially-tidy son would story of this country, is a Jewish story. In go to preserve a comic book. Wearing a beard, glasses, long hair and a my work, I feed off the way those narratives are wound up with each other. I get a black suit with an open-collar shirt, Chalot of mileage out of it and plot ideas and bon discussed his enthusiasm for comic story ideas and characters. books, his Jewishness, researching his “A lot of the people I’ve known best in novels and being married to a writer. He interspersed his thoughts with dry wit and my life have, not incidentally, been Jews. So if I’m just looking to create a quick, spoke quickly, almost breathlessly, with plausible, believable character, I’ll probchildlike awe. ably reach into my Jew bag.” “Things have changed,” Speaking of creating charhe said. “Comics have acters, Krasny asked Chabon gained at least some meahow he felt about writing sure of respectability. female characters. Chabon said Now parents are so gratehe struggles to create women ful their kids are reading and that all his female characanything. ‘You read a ceters are versions of the woman real box?!’” he knows best—his wife, Ayelet Chabon said he and Waldman. A friend mentioned his four school-age chilto Waldman that she thought dren all regularly read Chabon had written a loving comic books, and at tribute to her in a character in least one Wednesday a his 2007 novel, The Yidmonth go to Berkeley’s dish Policeman’s Union, Comic Relief, the which the Coen brothers Comic Bookstore, have made into a movie to buy hot-off-thescheduled to be released press new editions. this year. Waldman had Chabon’s father read the book at least began reading comeight times, Chabon said, ics as a child when but failed to recognize his father, a typogherself in it. rapher who worked “I’ve been able to in a New York City observe up close one printing plant, extremely interesting brought them home. zer-winning character,” Chabon said “I guess they had a lot The KQED host, left, and the Puoflit‘Kavalier & Clay.’ nesis of his wife of 18 years. of comic books lying author discussed the ge She set off a firestorm when in a 2005 esaround, and he would scoop them up—or steal them, it now oc- say titled “Motherlove” she bragged about curs to me, as I’m telling the story—and her passionate sex life and then confessed to loving her husband more than her bring them home for my dad,” he said. children. Krasny asked Chabon if Saul Bellow’s Chabon said Waldman, an attorney classic 1953 novel, The Adventures of Augie who now also devotes herself full-time to March, influenced Kavalier & Clay. Chawriting, and they guard each other’s time bon read Bellow’s book one-and-a-half so they can each be as productive as postimes while writing his historic novel, he sible. “It sometimes can be hard to look at said. Bellow lost him halfway through the book, but Chabon did use the urban expe- what a writer is doing and actually think of it as work,” he said. “At least when your rience of Bellow’s Chicago Jews to help set partner is a writer as well they’re not going his adventure book and acknowledged the to have that jaundiced view of you sitting favor in his nod to it in his title. there with your feet up reading someChabon said he began writing Kavalier one’s biography and claiming that you’re & Clay, set partly in Prague, in 1994, two working—because I’ve been there, I know, years after visiting the capital of the Czech that sometimes it is part of the job.” Republic, where he saw that “the Nazis Asked about the difficulty of writing with intended to create a museum of an extinct four school-age kids, he replied: “They have race there.” a really deleterious effect. I know I would get The novel tells the story of Kavalier, a a lot more writing done if I didn’t have so Jewish refugee from Prague, and Clay, his many children. But that’s OK. I’m more fond Brooklyn cousin. Kavalier vents his rage of them than I am of my books, generally toward the Nazis through a comic book speaking, on average.” ✹ superhero. The book also incorporates the medieval Jewish story of the Golem of To hear the Dominican University conversation between Michael Krasny and Michael Chabon, go to http://radio.dominican.edu/ Prague, a figure that made a powerful imils/chabon/100428chabon.mp3. pression on Chabon during his 1992 visit. How does being Jewish affect your writ- Email Ronnie Cohen at ronniecohen@comcast.net. ing, Krasny asked Chabon. Watch one of Mark’s cartoons at “There’s no doubt in my mind that the ›› pacificsun.com story of Jews and their descendants in

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QED radio host Michael Krasny began an onstage conversation last week at Dominican University with author Michael Chabon by praising him as the kind of novelist he would have liked to have been. Krasny then asked Chabon to discuss the genesis of The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, his Pulitzer Prizewinning epic about the golden age of comic books and this year’s One Book One Marin reading selection. Chabon talked about the passion he and his father shared for comics and said he so longed to live in his father’s mid-century New York City world that he set Kavalier & Clay there. “I was a regular and devoted reader of comic books when I was a kid,” he told Krasny and about 500 fans who gathered in Dominican’s Angelico Hall. “My father was the one who supplied me with them. He was my pusher. “When I started to read comic books, I always had this strong sense that I was sharing in my father’s own experience of childhood growing up in Brooklyn. It always felt like a passageway into the world of New York in the ’30s and ’40s. That time has always been

very present to me in my imagination, and I always have this longing to see it for myself and to wish I could have gone to the 1939 New York World’s Fair or played the games in the street that my dad remembered playing when he was a kid. “Eventually that longing to see that world for myself got strong enough that I felt that I would like to set a book there.” If there were such a thing as a writing superstar, Chabon would be one. The 48-year-old Berkeley writer, who says his name is pronounced like Shea in Shea Stadium and Bon as in Bon Jovi, mesmerized the San Rafael audience of book lovers as he talked about Kavalier & Clay, his magnum opus, which was published in 2000 and dedicated to his father. Parents and educators tended to scorn comic books for their perceived lack of literary value during Chabon’s childhood. Linking comics to juvenile delinquency, Krasny noted that congressional committees investigated the industry. But Chabon said his mother remained neutral about comics while his father fed his habit. Chabon remembered his mother being mildly impressed when she watched him carefully

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t the top of the ridge in Inverness, surrounded by their artist neighbors, photographer Richard Blair and painter and writer Kathleen Goodwin make a living recording the beauty that surrounds them. The land falls away from the house and studio they built with the help of firemen after the wildfire of 1996 cleared their lot. Previously, the undergrowth was so thick it would take hours to reach a place where the Pacific was visible. Now, punctuated by the Farallon Islands, the ocean sweeps to the horizon. Far below is the Point Reyes National Seashore, subject of their first and continuously selling self-published book, Point Reyes Visions, the first of four books under their own imprint, Color and Light Editions. But isn’t self-publishing, well, a little

suspect? Doesn’t it mean you couldn’t get a real publisher? “There is a real stigma with ‘vanity press,’” Blair says. “There’s always a sort of implication that talented people are in demand and a publisher would like to take their work—that if nobody is interested in their book, a vanity press is a poor second and the likelihood is there is a closet or garage full of books that nobody wants.” But as Goodwin—born in South Africa, she came to the U.S. to shun apartheid—points out, “Our books are real books, they’ve been published, they’re in bookstores.” (Another reality is that successful self-publishing is almost always of nonfiction; it is the unwanted novels of the world that are most likely to wind up in boxes. See sidebar.) The pair had been living for many years in a windowless warehouse in Berkeley, doing Goodwin and Blair’s locally themed photo journals include ‘Point Reyes Vision,’ ‘California Trip’ and ‘Visions of Marin.’

Vanity Fair Who decides if your self-published book is a runaway hit, or a train in vain? EXPERTS AGREE THAT HOW-TO BOOKS and other types of nonfiction are likely to prove most successful (if success is to be judged in terms of sales) when self-published. But what if fiction, memoir or poetry is what you want to write and publish? The big difference between a self-published book and one published through a commercial publisher is credibility and distribution. Many commercially published authors get a tiny advance and are expected to put out money to promote their book, so they certainly don’t make a big profit—but the potential for future profit is there. The book will be stocked in stores and libraries, may get reviews and the writer can be on his or her way up. However, the self-published book will not be bought by any libraries or stocked in most stores and won’t get reviews. And it’s usually up to the writer to sell every single book him- or herself—a daunting task, and one that can’t go beyond local venues. While some self-published books may be good—as good as traditionally published ones—most are in need of editorial oversight and some are downright awful. And the awful ones harm the whole industry as readers see them as the standard. But what if you don’t have much interest in being a career writer, and simply want to have a bound and printed record of your work to look at and to give to family and friends? What if you can’t get a publisher’s agent, or don’t want to make the rounds of writers’ workshops and conferences or do the endless secretarial work of attempting to find one? What if you have no time to or interest in learning the hands-on technical, electronic or design elements required to 12 PACIFIC SUN MAY 7 - MAY 13, 2010

produce a book? This is where a subsidy or co-publishing press comes in. Mill Valley novelist Jean Symmes came to writing late in life. The Englishwoman met her husband-to-be, an American GI, in London during World War II, and he brought her to Marin when the war was over.“I always thought I would write,” she says in her home on the slopes of Mt. Tam,“and my first novel, Home Front [Symmes uses the nom de plume Geraldine Boyce], follows six families through World War II. I did try to get an agent and could not; I went to agents’ days at the Women’s National Book Association and presented the book there. I went twice and followed up, but I really didn’t find them too satisfactory. I joined BAIPA [Bay Area Independent Publishers Association, an active, long-running nonprofit organization with classes on every aspect of self-publishing], went to meetings regularly and learned so much. But I knew I wasn’t up to the technical aspects of self-publishing.” Symmes believes that these days an author will find that “unless you are a bestseller, any which way, it costs you. I had a friend whose published novel sold quite well, but when I asked her how she’d done, she said,‘Oh, I could buy a little cabin in Alabama!’ So whether you pay to travel and market your book, or go ahead and self-publish, it costs—there’s no doubt about it.” However, she has found it rewarding enough to publish a second novel about life in England and America, Here and There, and is hard at work on a third. The novelist found what she was looking for at Fithian Press, a co-publishing imprint of the small publisher Daniel & Daniel, which, in addition to a couple of other regular imprints, also offers a wide variety of services to writers. The business is located in McKinleyville. Writer and publisher John Daniel (who runs the business with his wife, Susan), answered some questions the Sun put to him:

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commercial photography for such clients as Clorox and Apple, when “it started to dawn on us we were going kind of nuts.” After 15 to 20 years of dealing with art directors, Blair was “pretty much ready to design a book.” (Goodwin, with a wry nod at her genial, feisty, New Yorker bear of a partner, interrupts, “I had to do all the client interaction!”) Blair waves at the wall of tall file cabinets that line one side of the spacious high- and lowtech equipped studio: “We already had the pictures, and we got QuarkXpress—that was the software back then. I had really prepared for it; I worked as a platemaker at a printer for a while, so I knew how to prepare colors in a painterly kind of way to make the work more vibrant. So we made this book and we started to take it around to bookstores ourselves. All we really wanted to do was make back the $25,000 it took to do it, all we wanted was it to pay for itself. And when the first month our sales were $60,000 and the second month they were $70,000, we couldn’t believe it!” The couple would load their old truck with 20 boxes of books and race ’round to bookstores. (“There’s a really physical aspect to this, you know!” Goodwin says waving to the wall of boxes in their store room. “These are what’s left after the 3,000 books we sold at Christmas.”) To begin with, Book Passage would take 20 books one day, then 40 books the following day and 100 books the day after that. “This is important,” Blair says with emphasis. “People have asked us why we didn’t go to a publisher, but we didn’t want to lose control over it and when we figured out the pricing it just made more sense to do it ourselves. Our original first printing of 3,000 copies cost us $7 apiece...and the book store gave us $27—that’s 60 percent to us and 40 percent to the store, with the right to return. We got $20 a book—no publisher is going to give you royalties like that, that’s phenomenal. Part of it is we did everything: the graphic design, the

writing, the scanning, the proofing.” (With subsequent printings and books, though, they have hired an editor to go line by line: “They make you look better.”) A large part of Blair and Goodwin’s success, apart from the huge amount of time and hard work they devote to their books, is the sheer gorgeousness of their product. Goodwin always goes abroad (most recently to China) to supervise the printing. “You have to do that,” she says, “because even if the printer is excellent, there are always issues that come up and it’s the only way to be sure you are getting exactly what you want.” Blair adds, “A lot of the beauty of the book comes from the paper selected and the amount of ink—if you put a huge amount of ink on the printing press, you get really vibrant color. People think, ‘Oh, I’ll just take my picture and print it up with Photoshop and it’ll look great,’ but actually it has nothing to do with that. It has to do with the ink on the paper. There’s things you can do with varnishes, and layering color, and doing your own color separations; you can kind of paint. So sometimes our color isn’t exactly true to nature—they haven’t taken our artistic license away yet, but they might! “We like illustrative color,” Blair continues, “and some people try to do everything by the numbers [there’s some kind of computer mumbo-jumbo about how to get everything accurate], but it’s much better just to use our 44-inch Canon 12-color printer. It might be better than the printer can produce, but it gives them something to shoot for. There’s all kinds of tricks. We put the actual names of those who did the printing in the books, or we try. We treat them with tremendous respect, because we know how hard it is.” ●

BLAIR AND GOODWIN are perfectionists anyway, but with so much riding on each project, they have to be. Each book costs

UPCOMING EVENTS: Another day, another self-published book! k! Richard Blair and Kathleen Goodwin will teach a selfpublishing workshop,“Creating, Publishing and Selling your Book,” June 5 and 6, from 10am to 5pm. Participants will learn production—how to turn words and images into a finished book, printed by a real offset printing press—on the first day. Publicizing the book, getting it into bookstores and finding its audience ence (marketing) will be covered on the second day. The workshop will be at the Blair/Goodwin studio at 371 Drakes View Drive in Inverness Park. The cost of the weekend workshop is $195. For more information, call 415/663-1616. Class information and directions are posted on the website: visionsofmarin.com. Additionally, they will hold an Open Studio, over Memorial Day weekend, May 29-31, 11am-5pm. This will be part of the Point Reyes Open Studios. Maps for participants will be available at the studio. ✹

$30,000 to $50,000, which typically means borrowing against their house, so they push the production end of it. “We may have five or seven versions of a chapter, because each book has to sell. We store collections of images that we think could be candidates for a certain chapter; we might have 200 to 300 pictures,” Blair says. “Then we try 15 to 20 pages of them and see what images need text. What do we want to say about them? So we put in blocks of text and we can shrink or expand the pictures to fit that. One big advantage of self-publishing is that it is a sort of artisan approach; you can work on text and pictures at the same time. If you are doing it yourself, you can see it page by page [using their 30-inch Apple monitor]. We haven’t lost money on anything, and we’ve made money.” Another source of income for the pair is the popular Point Reyes Open Studios in which they and their 20 or so artist neighbors sell their work; Blair’s photographs and Goodwin’s luscious paintings bring a substantial sum, and it’s

another occasion to sell books. The team also teaches classes on self-publishing (see sidebar) and six books have seen the light of day because of them. The two-day classes cover actually making a book: “Some people say they want to publish a book, when they really mean print it; others know the production stuff but they’re trying to figure out the financial aspects and marketing strategies. Most people would be smart to hire a book designer. There are all kinds of tricks in book design. The rewards are phenomenal, but the challenges are great. The book may only cost you $5 apiece, but it will take several years of your life. We may be able to tell you whether you can expect your work to sell or not.” Adds Goodwin: “But I don’t think that’s why anyone should be doing it—they should be passionate about the subject.” ✹ Share your self-publishing adventures with Elizabeth at lizziestewart@yahoo.com.

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subsidy press, and co-publisher? “Vanity Press” is a derogatory term for subsidy press. Unfortunately, it’s often all too accurate. Historically, vanity presses accepted all manuscripts, did almost no editing, turned out rather cheesy-looking products and did little marketing and no distribution. None of these factors would be so dishonorable if the vanity presses did not promise, or at least imply, that the book would be beautifully made and aggressively marketed. A subsidy press is any publisher who requires that the author pay for part or all of the publication process. Co-publishing, by the above definition, is a form of subsidy publishing. It can be done in many different ways. We at Fithian Press require the author to pay the costs of book production [such as typesetting and design, printing and binding, and freight], in return for which we contribute our marketing efforts [press releases, brochures, etc.] and distribution fulfillment [our distributor makes books available to bookstores, wholesalers and online booksellers]. We pay the author a royalty of 60 percent of net receipts, and the author may have free books on request.

Given that self-publishing tends to be more successful with nonfiction, what is the likelihood of self-published fiction winding up in boxes? Do you find this upsetting to clients or do they tend to take it in stride? Alas, fiction is difficult to publish successfully. Ironically, that’s one reason we do publish fiction, since the co-publishing arrangement means we don’t have to take the risk. But we always, always, make sure the author knows the odds are stacked against success.

Do people typically make back their investment? No, most of our authors do not recover their entire investment. Profit, or even breaking even, should not be the motive behind co-publishing. The motive should be something else, like closure on a beloved project, or reaching the author’s own audience with a book to be proud of.

What can you tell me about the average cost to co-publish? I can’t do that because there’s no average book. We publish small poetry collections of 64 pages in editions as small as 250 copies, and we might print a 250-page novel with a print run of 1,000. I can say, overall, that it is a luxury, and given our production standards it’s an expensive luxury. And yet most of our authors feel they’ve received their money’s worth. In fact, in recent years, more than half of Fithian Press books have come to us from repeat authors, wanting a second, or a third, or a fourth, fifth or even sixth book published. ✹ For m ore information on Daniel & Daniel Publishers, Inc., contact them at 707/839-3495. www.danielpublishing.com

What is the Fithian Press criteria for accepting manuscripts and Daniel, at the control center of what percentage of submissions are accepted? Fithian Press. We have to know we’ll be proud to have the book on our list. We specialize in poetry collections and memoir, but do some fiction as well. Occasionally we publish nonfiction books. We reject most books we’re offered, usually because they’re not well written, or because they’re in genres for which we don’t have much interest: children’s books, cookbooks, how-to, etc. I haven’t kept track, but I’d guess I offer contracts to 25 percent of those submitted, and about half of my offers turn into books.

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Thanks in part to the following MCBC Sponsors who support Bike to Work Day in Marin: WTB Freedom, Sunshine Bicycle Center, Whole Foods, and Paradigm Cycles.

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or me, a bluegrass song should have haunting songs in the bluegrass canon. an otherworldly quality to it. One A Grammy Award-winner and fiveof the great strengths of bluegrass time nominee, Rowan has lived up to that is this inherited, Celtic, almost beyond-this- standard during a career that has spanned world sort of feeling,” says singer, songwriter five decades. and guitarist Peter Rowan Still, he’s not above spinduring a phone interview ning some “slinky, funky” from the Nashville airport, bluegrass tunes himself, COMING SOON bound for the annual Merbut these days his music is The Peter Rowan Bluegrass lefest bluegrass gathering steeped mainly in the legacy Band performs at a benefit in North Carolina. sound that infuses most concert and dinner Wednes“Bluegrass can handle of his latest material—the day, May 12, at 6:30pm, at the Station House Cafe, 11180 really big themes,” he night before his flight, Hwy. 1, Pt. Reyes Station. continues, “but bluegrass Rowan had wrapped up Tickets are $50 and $100; has lost its topical flaa weeklong Nashville concert only, $25. vor—traditionally, it was recording session for an informed by tragic events as-yet-untitled new album. and the lives of everyday The special guests included people. It often is expressed the dark side country stars Ricky Skaggs and Del McCoury of life.” as well as the progressive bluegrass duo GilRowan knows a thing or two about the lian Welch and David Rawlings. haunting side of bluegrass music. As a “If there is a theme to the songs [on the member of the pioneering band Bill Mon- new album] it’s built around redemption, roe and His Blue Grass Boys, he co-wrote, probably family redemption and reconwith Monroe, the oft-covered bluegrass ciliation,” says Rowan, who frequently has classic “Walls of Time,” one of the most performed with his Marin brothers Lorin and

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Chris, “the intensity of interpersonal relationships and how they drive our lives, really.” The core band—Rowan, guitarist and vocalist Keith Little, multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Jody Stecher and bassist Paul Knight—has roots in West Marin: It coalesced when Rowan sat in at the occasional Sunday jam sessions that Knight hosts at the Station House Cafe [note: My wife, Sheryl, owns the Station House].

That lineup returns to the restaurant this month for a benefit dinner and concert to raise funds for the cash-strapped art program at West Marin School, where Knight’s wife, Colleen, teaches. Rowan and his brothers grew up playing bluegrass around their home in Wayland, Massachusetts. In 1964, at age 22, Rowan became the first non-Southerner invited to join Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys. He stayed with Monroe until 1967, leaving to join mandolinist David Grisman in the progressive folk-rock band Earth Opera. Moving to the Bay Area, he teamed up with Grisman, Grateful Dead guitarist Jerry Garcia and others on 1975’s breakthrough progressive bluegrass album Old & in the Way, and contributed the song “Midnight Moonlight.” Beginning in 1982, and for the next 25 years, Rowan released a string of critically acclaimed and artistically diverse albums, ranging from folk (1990’s Dust Bowl Children) to straight-ahead bluegrass (2002’s High Lonesome Cowboy) to hybridized country (2005’s Reggaebilly). The ability to straddle the joyful sounds and otherworldly fare, he says, is something of a balancing act. “I’m always trying to write that bluegrass tune that might have something real in it, writing a song that’s based on a real-life experience as opposed to simply crafting a song in the singer-songwriter style,” he says. “These darker tunes range from challenging authority to mournful kinds of songs—bluegrass is famous for its mournful sound. But still, we also express joy in our music—we don’t want to be hidebound. So it’s a dance, really. After all, we’re in a business called ‘show.’” ✹ Whistle a tune for Greg at gcahill51@gmail.com. Tune up to the Marin music scene at

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he French documentary Babies, directed and mostly filmed by Thomas Balmes, occupies a niche somewhere between “awww!” and ethnology—a niche filled with delight and visual beauty. The film’s babies are four: Ponijao from Namibia’s traditional Himba tribe; Bayarjargal, from Mongolia; Mari from Tokyo; and Hattie from San Francisco (actually Oakland, but San Francisco sounds more glamorous). The movie follows each baby from birth to about 18 months, when they’re all able to stand and walk. Sort of. If they gave Oscars for Cutest Documentary, ‘Babies’ would The camera observes each baby’s activities, be a shoo-in. moving from one to another in no particular narration or subtitles. There’s music, but order. Ponijao and her many siblings play in it’s subtle and unintrusive. the dirt, which they sometimes eat, or at least Did I mention the humorous moments, put in their mouths. Bayarjargal, the only boy as when Bayarjargal amuses himself by in the group, plays outdoors near the family’s unrolling and chewing on a roll of toilet yurt, often alone or among the family’s goats paper? Or when the goat drinks the little and cows. Both Mari and Hattie have heaps boy’s bath water? Or when two babies of toys and books and are taken to parks and smear each other with food? baby exercise classes (as if babies didn’t move Comparisons are hard to avoid, though around enough on their own). Despite their the film never hamdifferent environments, all of the mers them home. The tots are loved and cuddled, and OPENING SOON Third-World kids they all seem healthy. Babies opens Friday at the are messier but have The babies all interact with aniRafael. See page 30 for more freedom and are mals in one way or another. Three showtimes. more in tune with the of the families (the Namibian one is natural world—even the exception) have cats that get on though the California just fine with the babies. There’s also a rooster mother takes little Hattie to a play group that strolls on the Mongolian child’s bed, dogs where the leader chants, “The Earth is our that lick the African child’s face, and many mother—she will take care of us.” goats, cows and donkeys, though not in Tokyo Just in time for Mother’s Day. ✹ or Oakland. Review our reviews at letters@pacificsun.com What’s missing—praises be!—is any

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Kurt Yeager and Jack Indiana in ‘Tenderloin,’ showing at the Rafael Wednesday with director Michael Anderson, screenwriter Ned Miller and star Yeager in person.

Babies (1:20) Thomas Balmés’s documentary follows four babies (a Namibian, a Mongolian, a Japanese and a San Franciscan) from birth to their first tentative steps into toddlerhood. ● 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. ● City Island (1:43) Hilarious havoc ensues when a middle-aged wannabe actor introduces his family to his long-lost ex-con son. ● Clash of the Titans (1:58) Liam Neeson IS Zeus in this thunderbolt-limned retelling of the Perseus legend; Ralph Fiennes costars as Hades. ● Date Night (1:28) A married couple’s night on the town goes kerblooey when they’re mistaken for a pair of desperados on the run from the Mob; Tina Fey and Steve Carell star. ● DCI 2010: The Countdown (2:00) Drum Corps International presents a pulse-pounding evening of perambulatory percussion in dazzling high definition. ● Death at a Funeral (1:30) Resentments and recriminations are on the menu at a funfilled 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. ● Furry Vengeance (1:32) Real estate developer Brendan Fraser has a battle on his hands when a brigade of forest folk wage war against an eco-unfriendly cul-de-sac. ● 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. ● Harry Brown (1:43) Michael Caine as a law-abiding bloke who goes all vigilante when his best friend is murdered. ● Hot Tub Time Machine (1:40) Four love●

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lorn dudes travel back to 1986 in a magical hot tub and get a second chance at creating their own lives. ● How to Train Your Dragon (1:38) Cartoon about a Viking dragonslayer-intraining who outrages his tribe by befriending one of his fire-breathing foes. ● Iron Man 2 (2:05) Robert Downey, Jr. is back as the now-famous superhero inventor, trying to keep his crime-fighting secrets out of the wrong hands; Don Cheadle and Mickey Rourke costar. ● 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. ● Letters to Juliet Vanessa Redgrave and Franco Nero, together again in the story of a woman who returns to Shakespeare’s Verona in search of a long-lost love. ● The Losers (1:38) Six Special Forces ops pursue the mad supervillain who targeted them during a mission in the Bolivian jungle. ● The Metropolitan Opera: Armida (4:15) Saucy Renee Fleming stars as Rossini’s sexy sorceress in big-screen high-def glory. ● Mid-August Lunch (1:15) A middle-aged Roman finds himself with three 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. ● A Nightmare on Elm Street (1:35) Jackie Earle Haley stars as Freddie Krueger in this remake of the 1984 horror classic. ● Oceans (1:40) The latest underwater cameras capture dazzling glimpses of life beneath the seas; Pierce Brosnan narrates. ● Please Give (1:30) Catherine Keener is steeped in bittercomic ennui as a Manhattan success story confounded by the ethics of her marriage, family and livelihood. ● 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 Square (1:56) Modern noir about a doofus everyman, the femme fatale he falls for, her surly mobster husband and a very demanding blackmailer. ● Tenderloin (1:20) The burnt-out manager of a Tenderloin residential hotel finds redemption in his relationships with the neighborhood’s junkies, alcoholics and hustlers. ● 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. ✹

›› MOViE TiMES A Nightmare on Elm Street (R) ★1/2 Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 5, 7:30, 10 Sat-Sun 12, 2:30, 5, 7:30, 10 Mon-Thu 6:30, 8:55 Century Northgate 15: 11:35, 12:40, 2:20, 3:20, 4:40, 5:45, 7:05, 8:05, 9:25, 10:25 Century Rowland Plaza: 10:20, 12:40, 3:10, 5:30, 7:50, 10:10 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri 2:30, 5, 7:25, 9:50 Sat 12, 2:30, 5, 7:25, 9:50 Sun 12, 2:30, 5, 7:25 Mon-Wed 2:30, 5, 7:25 ❋ Babies (PG) Rafael Film Center: Fri 4:30, 6:30, 8:30 Sat-Sun 12:30, 2:30, 4:30, 6:30, 8:30 Mon-Thu 6:30, 8:30 The Back-up Plan (PG-13) Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 11:45, 2:15, 4:45, 7:15, 9:45 Sun- Wed 11:45, 2:15, 4:45, 7:15 Century Rowland Plaza: 10:15, 12:50, 3:20, 5:45, 8:10, 10:35 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri 4, 6:40, 9:20 Sat 1:15, 4, 6:40, 9:20 Sun 1:15, 4, 6:40 Mon-Thu 4, 6:40 City Island (PG-13) Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 11:30, 2:10, 4:50, 7:30, 10 Sun-Wed 11:30, 2:10, 4:50, 7:30 CinéArts at Marin: Fri 4:30, 7:30, 9:55 Sat 1;40, 4:30, 7:30, 9:55 Sun 1;40, 4:30, 7:30 Mon-Thu 5, 7:40 Clash of the Titans (PG-13) ★★ Century Northgate 15: 12:15, 2:45, 5:15, 7:45, 10:20 Date Night (PG-13) ★★1/2 Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 5:20, 7:45, 10:05 Sat-Sun 12:30, 3, 5:20, 7:45, 10:05 Mon-Thu 6:50, 9:05 Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 11, 1:15, 3:30, 5:45, 8, 10:15 Sun-Wed 11, 1:15, 3:30, 5:45, 8 Century Rowland Plaza: 10:10, 12:20, 2:30, 4:40, 6:50, 9:10 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri 2, 4:40, 7:10, 9:30 Sat 11:30, 2, 4:40, 7:10, 9:30 Sun 11:30, 2, 4:40, 7:10 Mon-Wed 2, 4:40, 7:10 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 ❋ DCI 2010: The Countdown (PG) Century Regency 6: Thu 7:30 Death At a Funeral (2010) (R) Century Northgate 15: 11:50,

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4:55, 9:55 Diary of a Wimpy Kid (PG) ★★ Century Northgate 15: 12:25, 2:55, 5:10 Furry Vengeance (PG) 1/2 Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 5:15, 7:35, 9:55 Sat-Sun 12:25, 2:45, 5:15, 7:35, 9:55 Mon-Thu 6:45, 9 Century Northgate 15: 11:10, 1:35, 3:55, 6:40, 8:55; Sun 11:10, 1:35, 6:40, 8:55 Century Rowland Plaza: 10:05, 12:30, 2:50, 5:10, 7:30, 9:50 The Ghost Writer (PG-13) ★★★1/2 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri 3:50, 6:50, 9:35 Sat 1, 3:50, 6:50, 9:35 Sun 1, 3:50, 6:50 MonThu 3:50, 6:50 The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (Not Rated) ★★★★ Rafael Film Center: Fri 4:15, 7:30 Sat-Sun 1, 4:15, 7:30 Mon-Tue 7:30 Thu 8:45 Harry Brown (R) Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 11:10, 1:55, 4:30, 7:05, 9:55 Sun-Wed 11:10, 1:55, 4:30, 7:05 CinéArts at Sequoia: Fri 5:30, 7:55, 10:10 Sat 3, 5:30, 7:55, 10:10 Sun 3, 5:30, 7:55 Mon-Thu 5:30, 7:55 Hot Tub Time Machine (R) ★★★ Century Northgate 15: 7:40, 10:05 How to Train Your Dragon (PG) ★★1/2 Century Northgate 15: 11:55, 2:25, 4:50, 7:15, 9:35; 3D showtimes at 11:40, 1:40 Lark Theater: Fri 4:15 Sat 2, 4:15 Sun, Wed 2:30 Iron Man 2 (PG-13) Century Cinema: 10:45, 1:40, 4:40, 7:40, 10:35 Century Northgate 15: Fri-Sat 10:30, 11, 11:30, 12, 12:30, 1:30, 2, 2:30, 3, 3:30, 4:30, 5, 5:30, 6, 6:30, 7:30, 8, 8:30, 9, 9:30, 10:30, 11; Digital Projection showtimes at 4, 7, 10 Sun 10:30, 11, 11:30, 12, 12:30, 1:30, 2, 2:30, 3, 3:30, 4:30, 5, 5:30, 6, 6:30, 7:30, 8, 8:30 Century Rowland Plaza: 10, 11, 12, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 10:45 CinéArts at Marin: Fri 4:10, 7, 9:50 Sat 1:20, 4:10, 7, 9:50 Sun 1:20, 4:10, 7 Mon-Thu 4:30, 7:20 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri 1:45, 3, 4:30, 6, 7:15, 8:45, 10

Sat 11, 12:15, 1:45, 3, 4:30, 6, 7:15, 8:45, 10 Sun 11, 12:15, 1:45, 3, 4:30, 6, 7:15 Mon-Wed 1:45, 3, 4:30, 6, 7:15 Kick-Ass (R) ★★★ Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 11:05, 1:50, 4:40, 7:25, 10:10 Sun-Wed 11:05, 1:50, 4:40, 7:25 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:20, 2:20, 5:05, 7:45, 10:25 La Mission (R) ★★★ Century Northgate 15: 2:15, 7:10 The Last Song (PG) Century Northgate 15: 11:40, 4:45, 9:40 ❋ Letters to Juliet (PG) Century Northgate 15: Sun 4 The Losers (PG-13) ★1/2 Century Northgate 15: 12:20, 2:50, 5:25, 7:50, 10:15 The Metropolitan Opera: Armida (Not Rated) Lark Theater: Wed 6:30 Mid-August Lunch (Not Rated) ★★★1/2 Lark Theater: Fri-Sat 6:30, 8:15 Sun-Tue 4:40, 6:30 Wed 4:40 Thu 3, 4:40 Oceans (G) Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 7:10, 9:30 Sat-Sun 12:10, 2:25, 4:45, 7:10, 9:30 Mon-Thu 7, 9:10 Century Northgate 15: 2:35, 7:20 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-Wed 2:20, 4:35, 6:40 ❋ Please Give (R) Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 12:45, 3:05, 5:25, 7:45, 10:05 Sun-Wed 12:45, 3:05, 5:25, 7:45 The Secret In Their Eyes (R) ★★★ CinéArts at Sequoia: Fri 4:15, 7, 9:40 Sat 1:30, 4:15, 7, 9:40 Sun 1:30, 4:15, 7 Mon-Thu 4:15, 7 The Square (R) CinéArts at Marin: Fri 4:20, 7:15, 10 Sat 1:30, 4:20, 7:15, 10 Sun 1:30, 4:20, 7:15 Mon-Thu 4:45, 7 ❋ Tenderloin (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Wed 7, 9:30 (filmmakers in person) Touching Home (PG-13) ★★1/2 Rafael Film Center: Fri 4, 6:45, 9:15 Sat-Sun 1:30, 4, 6:45, 9:15 Mon-Thu 6:45, 9:15

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

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

Catherine Keener and Oliver Platt in ‘Please Give,’ opening Friday at the Regency.


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F R I D AY M AY 7 — F R I D AY M AY 1 4 Pacific Sun‘s Community Calendar Jonathan Poretz goes all Vegas-retro on us May 9 at the Throck.

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

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

Live music 05/07: Andoni’s Quartet Jazz, pop, blues and R&B. 7pm. No cover. Rickey’s Restaurant, 250 Entrada Dr., Novato. 883-9477. www.rickeysrestaurant.com 05/07: David Grisman Quintet The mandolinist/composer/”dawg” music creater will perform a blend of stylistic influences including folk, swing, bluegrass, Latin, and gypsy jazz. 8pm. $45-55. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley. 383-9600. www.142throckmortontheatre.org

05/07: Ken Husbands and Suzanna Smith Latin jazz. 7-10pm. Saylor’s Restaurant & Bar, 2009 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-1512. www.saylorsrestaurantandbar.com 05/07: Kevin Russell Contemporary Blues. 8:30pm. $10-12. Rancho Nicasio, Nicasio. 662-2219. www.ranchonicasio.com 05/07: The Mehanatones Balkan Band They play a variety of traditional urban folk and village dance music from the Balkans and Anatolia. Dancing for all levels. 8-11pm. $10, includes light refreshments Scout Hall, 177 E. Blithedale, Mill Valley. 497-4890.

05/07: Tony Marcus and Paul Anastasio Duo Guitar. Fiddle. Swing standards from their CD, “Anything Goes.” 8-10:30pm. $15-20. Eric Schoenberg Guitars, 106 Main St., Tiburon. 789-0846. www.om28.com 05/08: Blane Lyon Group Fundraiser party for Harmonic Humanity, a local music & outreach organization that helps the homeless. Evening features food, wine, live music and a silent auction. 7pm-2am. $30. Sabor of Spain, 1301 4th St., San Rafael. 302-8939. www.HarmonicHumanity.org 05/08: Craig Caffall Band Funky R&B. With

special guest David Laflame. 8:30-11:30pm. $5-10. Presidio Yacht Club, Travis Marina, under the Golden Gate Bridge, Marin side, Sausalito. 332-2319. www.presidioyachtclub.org 05/08: Hot Buttered Rum Pink Sabbath opens. 7pm. $18-25. Dance Palace Community Center, 503 B St., Point Reyes Station. 663-1075. www.dancepalace.org

05/08: Lavay Smith and her Red Hot Skillet Lickers Swing, jazz. 8:30pm. $15. Rancho Nicasio, Nicasio. 662-2219. www.ranchonicasio.com 05/08: Macy Blackman Rockin’ boogie blues. 7-10pm. No cover. Saylor’s, 2009 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-1512. www.saylorsrestaurantandbar.com

05/08: Mitch Woods and his Rocket 88s Part of the May Madness rockin’ street dance and cool car show from noon-6pm. 3-4:45pm. Free. Fourth Street, Between Lincoln and D, San Rafael. 720-5591. www.downtownsanrafael.org

05/08: Music at McNear’s Park: Furb on the Green V Live music from noon-6:00pm No pets, please. Food and drinks for sale or bring your own. Raffle/silent auction. 11am-6pm. $8 parking fee McNear’s Beach County Park, 201 Cantera Way, San Rafael. www.huntingtonsdance.org/events.html 05/08: Namely Us Quintet Connie Ducey, Kurt Huget, Mike Klein, Levi Hooks and Brian Jones perform originals, jazz and pop standards. 7-10pm. Two Bird Cafe & Restaurant, 625 San Geronimo Dr., San Geronimo. 488-0105. www.twobirdcafe.com

BEST BET Let the dawgs out

When David Grisman first picked up a mandolin, his decision was met with skepticism. The obscure and petite stringed instrument seemed like an odd choice for a trained pianist and the son of a professional trombonist. Now after receiving five Grammy Award nominations and founding an independent record label, Grisman is a figure of folklore in the music world and has even Grisman’s mandolin wind will blow into Mill Valley developed his own genre—”dawg” at 8pm. music. The signature style features a funky mixture of folk, bluegrass, jazz and even gypsy tunes. THE DAVID GRISMAN QUINTET (featuring Grisman and a few of his folk-star friends) has been showing concertgoers a “dawg”-gone good time for over 30 years. 8pm May 7 at 142 Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. Info: Call 415/383-9600 or visit www.142throckmortontheatre.com.—Sarah Strand

05/08: Rockin’ the Mountain Mountain Theater Play benefit concert with emerging young musicians Lara Johnston, Griffin Stoller & Kenny Blacklock, Third Rock, and Crunchy Frog. Hosted by Bay Area singer Susan Z. 8-11pm. $10. Phoenix Theater, 201 Washington St., Petaluma. (707) 762-3565. www.thephoenixtheater.com 05/09: Bella Cat Sassy Original indie/alternative music. 9-10pm. Free. Peri’s Silver Dollar, 29 Broadway, Fairfax. 459-9910. www.perisbar.com 05/09: Jonathan Poretz “Vegas In The Valley.” Music and comedy salute to the casino lounges of the swinging ’60s. With Lee Bloom, piano; Jeff Neighbor, bass; Kent Bryson, drums; Jeff Sanford, reeds and comedian Jeff Applebaum. 7pm. $20-30. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Downtown, Mill Valley. 383-9600. www.142ThrockmortonTheatre.com 05/11: Marianna August With Ron Borelli, electric accordion and Bill Belasco, percussion. 7-10pm. No cover. Panama Hotel & Restaurant, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 457-3993. www. panamahotel.com 05/12: Teja Gerken, Ruth Parry, Doug Young Acoustic Guitar Showcase. 9pm. The Sleeping Lady, 23 Broadway, Fairfax. 485-1182. www.sleepingladyfairfax.com 05/13: Andoni’s Quartet Jazz, pop, blues and R&B. 6:30-9:30 pm. No cover. Harbor Point’s

The Pleasure Is Mine Restaurant & Bar, 475 E. Strawberry Dr., Mill Valley. 381-6400. www. thepleasureismine.com

05/13: Audrey Moira Shimkas and Company Jazz/pop fusion. 7:30pm. No cover. Seahorse, 305 Harbor Dr., Sausalito. 847-8331. www. sausalitoseahorse.com 05/13: Wanda Stafford With Hal Solin, Si Perkoff and Bob Switzer. 7-10pm. no cover; dinner encouraged Panama Hotel & Restaurant, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 457-3993. www.panamahotel.com 05/14: Jeff Labes Piano favorites. 7-10 pm. Saylor’s, 2009 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-1512. www.saylorsrestaurantandbar.com

05/14: Johnny Vegas and the High Rollers Local Music Vibe presents this retro dance band. Early bird drink specials 8:30-10. 21+ 8:30pm. $10. The Vibe at Club 101, 815 W. Francisco Blvd., San Rafael. 606-7435. www.hotclub101.com 05/14: Petty Theft Tom Petty tribute band. 8:30pm. $12-15. Rancho Nicasio, Nicasio. 662-2219. www.ranchonicasio.com 05/14: Rubber Souldiers Beatles tribute band with Lorin and Chris Rowan. Garrin Benfield opens. 8pm. $20. Mill Valley Masonic Hall, 19 Corte Madera Ave., Mill Valley. www.woodsmv.com MAY 7 – MAY 13, 2010 PACIFIC SUN 31


BEST BET It’s the bee’s knees...

“You never can tell about bees,” said the lifetime honey-lover and sage bear, Winnie the Pooh. And just as mysterious is their global demise— recently purported to be the result of our ever-increasing use of agricultural chemicals. But across the country, small groups of beekeepers are combating the loss by husbanding sustainable populations of untreated We can’t drone on enough about our love for bees! bees—CELEBRATING THE BEES is a community gathering to benefit the local Survivor Stock Queen Bee Project. The afternoon includes native bee walks led by Dr. Gordon Frankie of the Urban Bee Lab, UC Berkeley; a honey bee talk by Mea McNeil, master beekeeper; demonstration and learning stations presented by the Marin Beekeepers Association; honey tasting featuring local varieties of honey; live Celtic music and a May Pole ceremony. 1-4pm May 8 at Hillside Gardens in Mill Valley. Info: Visit marincountybeekeepers.org and www.savorythymesevents.org.—Samantha Campos 05/14: Tom Rigney & Flambeau Fiery Cajun and zydeco music. 8pm. $20-23. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton, Mill Valley. 383-9600. www.142throckmortontheatre.org Fridays: Jose Neto Brazilian guitarist. 8-10:30pm. No cover. Whipper Snapper Restaurant, 1613 Fourth St., San Rafael. 256-1818. www.whipsnap.biz

Sun. and Wed: Family Night with Giovanni Italian and international accordion music. 6-9pm. Free. Ghiringhelli’s Pizzeria, 45 Broadway, Fairfax. 453-7472. www.ghirpizza.com Sundays: Caroline Dahl Boogie-woogie piano. 11am-1:30pm. Free. Mama’s Royal Cafe, 387 Miller Ave., Mill Valley. 388-2361.

Concerts 05/08-09: Marin Oratorio “Handel’s Genius.” Opera “Acis and Galatea,” Organ Concerto and other works by Handel. With John Fenstermaker, organ. 8pm May 8; 3pm May 9. 8pm. $15-20. College of Marin Fine Arts Center, Laurel Ave.

and Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Kentfield. 485-9687. www.marinoratorio.org 05/09: Russian Chamber Orchestra Mother’s Day concert. Works by Handel, Scriabin and Shostakovich. With Marilyn Thompson, piano. 3-4pm. $18-22. Mt Tamalpais United Methodist Church, 410 Sycamore Ave., Mill Valley. 664-1760. www.russianchamberorch.org

Theater/Auditions 05/07-08: Ascension of the Blues Musical theater experience which tells the tale of American blues music. 8-11pm. $30-35. Mill Valley Masonic Hall, 19 Corte Madera Ave., Mill Valley. 389-6637. www.woodsmv.com 05/07-16: ‘Big :The Musical’ The Stapleton Theatre Company presents a musical theater rendition of the 1988 movie. 7:30pm Fri.-Sat.; 2pm Sun. $14-20. The Playhouse, 27 Kensington Road, San Anselmo. 454-5759. www.stapletontheatreco.org 05/07-30: ‘Owners’ Dark comedy by

Artist Elisabeth Setten takes a break from ‘exploring indigenous dyeing techniques.’

renowned British playwright Caryl Churchill. $25. AlterTheater Ensemble, 1701 Fourth St., San Rafael. 454-2787. www.altertheater.org 05/08: ‘Carthage’ MTC New Works presents a staged reading of the 2009 David Calicchio Emerging American Playwright Prize winner. By Emily Schwend. 7pm. Free. Marin Theatre Company, 397 Miller Ave., Mill Valley. 388-5208. www.marintheatre.org

Through 05/15: ‘The Rhubarb Revue Now in 3-D’ 49th annual community cabaret style, comedy/variety show. Shows May 7-8 and May 14-15 7:30pm. Bring dinner. Rhubarb treats available. $20. Tamalpais Valley Community Center, 203 Marin Ave., Mill valley. 383-3691. www.tamvalley.org 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. www.thebelrose.com

Art 05/07-06/01:‘Figuratively Speaking’ Figure Artists Glen Miller, Oola Mar, Ayris Hatton, Larry Bencich display their approaches to depictions of the human body. Opening reception with guitarist James Sterritt at 6pm on May 7. 11am-6pm. elsewhere gallery, 1828 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Fairfax. 747 8696. www.elsewhere.com

05/07-06/02:’Get Covered’ Celebration Party and Exhibition Marin Magazine’s contest winner Edgar Soberon’s still life paintings. Celebration event 5-8pm May 7. Gallery Bergelli, 483 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur. 945-9454. www.bergelli.com

05/07-16: 20th Annual Spring Art Show Group exhibition in the Maurice Del Mue Galleries. Opening reception 6:30-9pm May 7. Free. San Geronimo Valley Community Center, 6350 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., San Geronimo. 488-8888. www.sgvcc.org

05/08: Susan Hall Mother’s Day Open Studios Painting and ceramic studio in the heart of the natural environment which inspires her work. 11am-5pm. No charge. Studio Hall, 11510 CA Route 1, Point Reyes Station. 663-8761. www. susanhallart.com

Through 05/09: Marin Arts Council 2010 Open Studios and Festival Various locations. Check website for all the details about this cool, annual, local event. 11am-6pm. Free. Marin Arts Council, 906 Fourth St., San Rafael. 499-8350. www.marinarts.org Through 05/09: Nancy Cicchetti Oil paintings, monotypes, watercolors and drawings. On display as part of Marin Open Studios 2010. 11am-6pm May 8-9. Free. Nancy’s studio, 119 Laurel Ave., San Anselmo. 453-6880. www.ncicchetti.com Through 05/09: Open Studios Karen Seaver Photography “HOG” series and KMW glass art studios. Part of Marin Open Studios 2010. Free. Seaver Photography Studio, 68 Sotelo Way, Novato, CA 94945. 892-5707. www.PicturePeace.com

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. www.galleryrouteone.org Through 05/23:‘Make It Shine’ Artists of MarinMOCA Juried Spring Exhibition. Free. MarinMOCA, 500 Palm Dr., Novato. 506-0137. www. marinmoca.org

Through 05/23: Marin Arts 2010 Open Studios Open studios event and celebration. 11am-6pm. Free Marin Arts Council, 906 4th St., San Rafael. 459-4440. www.marinarts.org

Through 05/23: Marin Society of Artists 2010 Spring Rental Show Exhibit of artworks 32 PACIFIC SUN MAY 7 – MAY 13, 2010

for rent. 11am-4pm. Free. 2010 Spring Rental Show, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Ross. 454-9561. www.marinsocietyofartists.com Through 05/28:‘Global Paw Prints’ Animals around the globe photographed by Allison Levenson. Free. Mill Valley Library, 375 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 389-4292. www.millvalleylibrary.org

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

Through 05/30: KWMR’s 8th Annual Art Exhibit and Auction “Homegrown Radio.” Silent fundraising art auction. Closing event 3-5pm May 30. See website for more details. Free. Toby’s Gallery, Main St., Point Reyes Station. 663-8068, ext. 3. www.kwmr.org

Through 06/04: Art of the Automobile Opening reception 6-9pm May 8 after the May Madness downtown parade. 10am-5pm. Free. Art Works Downtown, 1337 Fourth St., San Rafael. 451-8119. www.artworksdowntown.org/

Through 06/13:‘H2O: The Watery Medium in Art’ Group exhibtion. Deborah O’Grady, large format photographs John de Lormimier, paintings. ‘The Latin Photo Project.’ From Gallery Route One. 1-5pm. Free. Bolinas Museum, 48 Wharf Road, Bolinas. 868-0330. www.bolinasmuseum.org

Through 06/30:‘Ancient Process: New Perspectives’ Elisabeth Setten, new works on paper exploring indigenous dyeing techniques. 9am-5pm. Free. Bear Valley Visitor Center, 1 Bear Valley Road, Point Reyes Station. 464-5100. www.nps. gov/pore/index.htm

Through 07/04: Jan Gross and Gael Hunt Exhibition Pastels, monotypes and mixed media works. Opening Reception 3-5pm May 30. Landscapes, 625 San Geronimo Valley Dr., San Geronimo. 488-0105. 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. www.marinarts.org 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. sausalitohistoricalsociety.com

Talks/Lectures 05/07: Marin Audubon Society Speaker Series “The Natural Wonders of the Range of Light.” With John Muir Laws, artist, researcher and author of Sierra Nevada guidebook. 8-9pm. Free. Richardson Bay Audubon Center, 376 Greenwood Beach Road, Tiburon. 388-2821. www.marinaudubon.org 05/08: Jewish Museum Lecture Educator Susanne Strimling will give a lecture about the “Reinventing Ritual: Contemporary Art and Design for Jewish Life” exhibition on display through October 3. 11am-noon. Free. Larkspur Library, 400 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur. 927-5005. www.larkspurlibrary.org 05/08: Visions of Marin Author Talk Marin author/photographers Richard Blair and Kathleen Goodwin will give a talk and slide show about the process of creating their book, “Visions of Marin.” 2-3pm. Free. Larkspur Library, 400 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur. 927-5005. www.larkspurlibrary.org

05/11: Education and Brain Development Talk With award-winning author and brain development specialist, Jane Healy discussing her new book, “Different Learners.” 7-9pm. Free. Greenwood School, 17 Buena Vista Ave., Mill Valley, 388-0495. www.greenwoodschool.org 05/11: Marin Clean Energy Talk Find out how


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Readings 05/07: Christina Kim The author/LPGA golfer discusses â&#x20AC;&#x153;Swinging from My Heels: Confessions of an LPGA Star.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com 05/07: Robert Elias Elias talks about â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Empire Strikes Out: How Baseball Sold U.S. Foreign Policy & Promoted the American Way Abroad.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com 05/08: Anna Quindlen The author discusses her novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;Every Last One.â&#x20AC;? 2pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com 05/08: Left Coast Writers Launch Jessica Shepherd presents â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Love Alchemistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Notebook.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com 05/08: Lucy Jane Bledsoe Bledsoe talks about her novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Big Bang Symphony.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com 05/08: Nicholas Schou The author talks about â&#x20AC;&#x153;Orange Sunshine: The Brotherhood of Eternal Love and Its Quest to Spread Peace, Love, and Acid to the World.â&#x20AC;? 4pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com 05/10: Ann Hood Hood talks about her novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Red Threadâ&#x20AC;? about an adoption agency that places baby girls from China with American families. 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com

05/11: Summer Traveling Show Poetry Reading The Marin Poetry Center presents local poets Ethel Mays, Karen Benke, Praratho Sereno, Claire Blotter, Maggie Heaps and Bonnie Long in a reading hosted by Margaret Stawowy. 7-9pm. Free. Marin Arts, 906 Fourth St., San Rafael. 448-0369. www.marinpoetrycenter.org 05/12: Sacred Lions Linda Tucker talks about â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Mystery of the White Lions: Children of the Sun God.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com 05/13: Modern Thriftiness Califia Suntree talks about â&#x20AC;&#x153;Be Thrifty: How to Live Better with Less.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com 05/13: Over Eating Former FDA commissioner Dr. David Kessler talks about â&#x20AC;&#x153;The End of Overeating:Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Osher Marin JCC, 200 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael. 444-8000. www. marinjcc.org/performing_arts.html 05/14: Uncool Thomas Chatterton Williams talks about his memoir â&#x20AC;&#x153;Losing My Cool: How A Fatherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Love and 15,000 Books Beat Hip-Hop Culture.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com

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05/12: Live From the Met "Armida." Opera by Rossini broadcast live from NY in HD on the big screen. This event is four hours long with two intermissions and refreshments. 6:30pm. $22. Lark Theater, Larkspur. 924-5111. www.larktheater,net 05/12:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Tenderloinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Marin-based filmmaker Michael Anderson, joined by his writer and lead actor, present their touching drama, which premiered at the 2009 Mill Valley Film Festival. (US 2009) 80 min. 7pm. $5.50-10. Smith Rafael Film Center, 1118 Fourth St., San Rafael. 454-1222. www.cafilm.org 05/14-20:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;OSS 117: Lost in Rioâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Follow-up to the French comedy â&#x20AC;&#x153;OSS 117: Cairo Nest of Spies.â&#x20AC;? In French with English subtitles. (France 2009) 100 min. $5.50-10. Smith Rafael Film Center, 1118 Fourth St., San Rafael. 454-1222. www.cafilm.org Through 05/20: Cheech & Chongâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Hey Watch Thisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Feature film showcasing the duoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s successful reunion tour, Cheech & Chong: Light Up America. 9:30pm. $10. Lark Theater, 549 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur. 924-5111. www. larktheater.net/

Community Events (Misc.) 05/07: Power to the People State Senator Mark Leno, local businesses and clean energy advocates celebrate the first day of service by Marin Clean Energy. 1-3pm. Free. Near Lagoon across from Civic Center, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 473-6624. 05/08: 23rd Annual â&#x20AC;&#x153;May Madnessâ&#x20AC;? Classic Car Parade and Rockinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Street Dance The longest running Street Rod Show and Parade returns to Fourth Street San Rafael. Hundreds of classic autos, custom hot rods and vintage roadsters will be on display. Loads of live music is also scheduled. 11-4pm. Free. Downtown, Fourth St. Between Lincoln and D, San Rafael. 720-5591. www.downtownsanrafael.org

05/08: Clothing Swap/Benefit for Doctors Without Borders Bring a bag of wearable clothes to exchange and take home any cool clothes you find and like. All clothes left over will be donated. 2-5pm. $5-15, recommended donation. The Bicycle Works, 1117 San Anselmo Ave, San Anselmo. 419-5831. www.thebicycleworks.org 05/08: Falkirkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s First Annual Plant Sale Sale of plants propagated from Falkirkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gorgeous gardens at bargain prices. Orchids, Succulent â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dish Gardensâ&#x20AC;?, salvia, lupine and many other varieties. Shop and

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Home and Garden 05/08-09: In Spirit’s Annual Plant Sale This Marin county non-profit event will features a diverse assortment of flower and vegetable seedlings, perennials, shrubs and large garden plants. Proceeds benefit InSpirit non-profit which helps people with disabilities to live safely and comfortably at home. 11am-4pm. Free. IN SPIRIT, 2 Grant St., Woodacre. 488-0477. www. inspirit-marin.org

05/08: Marin Rose Society Spring Show Enter your own roses from 7:00 to 9:30am. Roseologists will be available to help you and answer all of your Rosie questions. Children’s activity table, presentations. At 4pm all blooms will be on sale in time for you to construct a Mother’s Day bouquet. 11am-4pm. Free. Mall at Northgate, San Rafael. 456-2640. www.marinrose.org

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‘Orange Sunshine’ author Nick Schou conducts his electric orange juice acid test May 8 at Book Passage. and sounds of orchestral music. Presented by the Marin Symphony. 3-4pm. $10-15. Marin Center, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 479-8100. www. marinsymphony.org 05/08: Bestival Festival Free outdoor Youth Culture celebration. With Anny Owen’s Youth Chorus from Bolinas and Lagunitas. Liev music with Cullen Gray, Hobie & Tony Owens and Jela, Menarchy, games, sports activities, crafts and food. 3-8:30pm. Free. The Loft Teen Center, 1 Lagunitas School Road, San Geronimo. 256-1816. www.sgvcc.org/Loft/ loftevent.html 05/08: Marin Youth Symphony “Spring Concert.” George Thompson conducts a program of works by Mozart, Weber, Beethoven, Wagner, Saint Saens and Bizet. 7:30pm. Marin Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium, Ave. of the Flags, San Rafael. 479-8100. www.marinsymphony.org 05/08:Water Safety Day May is National Water Safety month. This free community water safety event will show us how to keep our families safe in and around the water. Noon-5pm. Free. Mill Valley Community Center, 180 Camino Alto, Mill Valley. 383-1370 ext 114. www.millvalleycenter.org

05/09: Escort Sail with the Japanese Tall Ship Kaiwo Maru Sail over to the San Francisco Piers as the Kaiwo Maru leaves her berth and sails out the Golden Gate. This Sail to escort her out will be a reminder of the historic days of square-riggers in the San Francisco Bay. 3-6pm. $25-40, under 6 Free Bay Model Visitor Center in Sausalito, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 331-3214. www.CalloftheSea.org

Outdoors (Hikes & Bikes) Thursdays: Walk for Fun Put on your walking shoes and have a 2-3 mile walk around Tam Valley. Hang with old friends and make new friends. Every Thursday through the end of the year. 5pm. $10 donation per month Tamalpais Valley Community Center, 203 Marin Ave., Mill Valley. 388-6393. www.tcsd.us

Marin Master Gardeners give a best practices talk and tour, beginning in the library and moving across the street to the demonstration gardens at Falkirk Cultural Center. 10am-noon. Free. San Rafael Public Library, 1100 E St., San Rafael. www.marinmg.org

05/09: Larner Seeds Spring Open House Tour the nearly 30 year old garden of native California plants. Refreshments featuring native seed foods. Nursery plants on sale. Noon-4pm. Free. Larner Seeds, 235 Grove St., Bolinas. 868-9407. www.larnerseeds.com

05/11: Rose Society Garden Design Lecture "Garden Design Ideas to Expand the Beauty of Your Home and Garden." Simple, water wise, low maintenance garden design with Gloria Sanchez. 7:30-9pm. $5. Marin Art & Garden Center, 19 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Ross, 94957. 456-2640. www.marinrose.org

Nonprofits/Volunteers 05/08: 18th Annual Letter Carrier’s Food Drive Support the Marin Food Bank and your local letter carriers by donating cans or boxes of nonperishable food and leaving them next to your mailbox in sturdy bags or boxes. Help your neighbors in need. 5pm. Free. Letter Carrier’s Food Drive, 75 Digital Dr., Novato. 883-1302. www.marinfoodbank.org

05/30: Larkspur Flower and Food Festival needs Volunteers Join the fun at the Larkspur Flower and Food Festival. Volunteers needed for easy 2 hour shifts to set up or work the beverage booth. Shifts start at 9am and go to 4pm. Call Joanie at 924-3803 today! Free. Magnolia Ave., between. Ward and King, Larkspur. 924-3803.

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

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STARSTREAM Week of May 6-May 12, 2010 ›› by Ly n d a R ay ARIES (March 20 - April 19) Looking for new love or more excitement with your current squeeze? You could be in luck on Friday when lovable Venus connects with your ruler, sexy Mars. The familial Moon moves into your sign on Mother’s Day. Here’s your chance to show your sentimental side. Monday brings an unusual, but clever, idea for making money. Write it down, but wait until the planets change alignment to put it into action. TAURUS (April 20 - May 19) The loony Moon joins a couple of high-spirited planets in your friendship house over the weekend. It is a good time to party with your pals. Your upcoming year may bring family drama, but before blaming someone else and causing all sorts of flare-ups on Mother’s Day, maybe you should consider whether it is your own temper in need of taming. GEMINI (May 20 - June 20) Whether you are experiencing Venus in your sign as a creative muse, a clever matchmaker or your personal style consultant, you can count on life being pleasurable, thanks to the way others respond to your increasingly obvious charm. In spite of this lovely influence, you can’t quite relax. Your ruler, mischievous Mercury, continues playing trickster. So, while you might think your mom would like a copy of your latest screenplay as a gift, she may actually prefer flowers. CANCER (June 21 - July 21) The Moon in the whimsical sign of Pisces on Friday and Saturday gives you all sorts of ideas for celebrating the maternal bond on Sunday. This year, you want the experience to be magical. Hence the Mother’s Day card that not only sings, but releases iridescent bubbles into the air. Monday provides career motivation, but use caution. Any project started before Wednesday will not work out as planned, but a relationship that begins this day has holding power. LEO (July 22 - Aug. 22) You need to slow down and indulge your physical senses. The emphasis as the weekend begins is on your house of intimacy. Schedule time with your sweetie on Friday and Saturday, so that on Sunday you are ready to turn your generosity toward your mom. Meanwhile, by Wednesday, changeable Mercury starts moving forward again in your career house. Clear up any earlier misunderstandings or ill-conceived correspondence now. VIRGO (Aug. 23 - Sept. 21) An attempt to balance the old with the new may backfire over the weekend. So, maybe taking your croissant-loving mom out to the latest trendy gluten-free restaurant for brunch is not the best idea. If you need to make summer travel plans, your chances for getting what you want improve on Wednesday. And, since that is supposedly the day to find the best fares online, it’s a win-win. LIBRA (Sept. 22 - Oct. 22) Changing the routines in your life has become—well, routine. This weekend you feel a nostalgic longing for some part of your past that used to be a daily occurrence. Having dinner with Mom, for instance, could easily satisfy this craving and take care of Mother’s Day. Meantime, your ruler (Venus) moving through Gemini may cause you to ask too many questions. SCORPIO (Oct. 23 - Nov. 21) Friday and Saturday offer a chance for romantic adventures and creative fun. Of course, make time for Mom on Sunday, no matter how entertaining life is. After the weekend, your boss may get extra bossy. You don’t like being told what to do—unless you have already decided on your own to do it. In this case, it works in your favor because it appears that you’re being cooperative. When in fact, you know better, don’t you? SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22 - Dec. 20) A spontaneous getaway with your sweetie could make Friday and Saturday particularly magical. No sweetie? If you’re looking for love, to increase your chances, try going to places or events that have an ethnic theme. Wait until Sunday evening to celebrate Mother’s Day when you are less likely to make a tactless comment. On Wednesday, someone you work with or work out with may give you some clever financial advice; you might want to follow it. CAPRICORN (Dec. 21 - Jan. 18) Now that ambitious Saturn has backed out of your career house and pleasurable Venus is in your work house, it is OK for you to find ways to socialize on the job. Spending a little more time chatting in the break room is a good way to discover what is going on with the company without having to hack into the boss’s email account. As for Mother’s Day, your sibling might have a more exciting (and more expensive) celebration in mind. It’s your mother. Go ahead and be extravagant.

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AQUARIUS (Jan. 19 - Feb. 17) Hoping to change your current circumstances? Your ruler (innovative Uranus) gets some help withstanding conforming Saturn’s restrictions from free-spirited Jupiter. Authority figures might try to keep you on the straight and narrow, but you can branch out into the great unknown. Don’t forget your mom on Sunday. Always remember—she’s the one who still loves you even after you were expelled from kindergarten for refusing to color inside the lines.

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PISCES (Feb. 18 - March 19) You always have dreams—but you don’t always follow through. This weekend, your lunar high gives you the extra boost you need to get over your inertia. So, that song you promised to write in honor of your mom? You should have it ready by Sunday, right? Meanwhile, Mercury finally stops moving retrograde in your house of communication and transportation by Wednesday. You may now use your cell phone and start your car—just not simultaneously. ✹

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This man I dated for two weeks is sensitive, spiritual, talks with trees, appreciates astrology— basically, my ideal match. But, I think I messed up, repeating bad patterns: I kissed him first and had sex too soon. He called twice at 9:30pm, wanting me to come over and see a movie, but we ended up naked again. I asked him out twice—but only because he often waits till the last minute to decide anything. (I don’t know why one has to play a game of letting the man call.) I also asked if it was safe to open my heart to him. He said, “Why don’t you ask your heart that?” That was the last I saw of him. I called him, and he said he didn’t “feel a romantic thing,” and that I’d shared my feelings too fast. Help!! We had a past life together where I was the man and he was the woman, which he himself mentioned, yet now he’s not even sure we can be friends.—Distressed

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No. You didn’t. Two weeks in, you didn’t really ask a guy, “Is it safe to open my heart to you?” Answer: “Only if you open your front door at the exact same time so I can get the hell out of here.” Forget the old “anything worth having is worth waiting for.” You’re a woman in a hurry. Anything worth having is worth cornering like a trapped animal. Unfortunately, guythink doesn’t work on that timetable. Yeah, he might be sensitive, spiritual and chatty with trees, but he’s still a guy. The usual rules are in effect. For best results, you don’t kiss a guy first, you don’t initiate dates and you don’t chirp “I’ll be right over!” when he calls at 9:30 for a movie date at 9:35. What’s playing? Surprise, surprise, cable’s on the fritz, but he’s got a cellphone camera, and he could shoot you two doing it. There’s much sneering about game playing as a form of deception, but it’s more of a social intelligence test—a way of signaling people that you’re worth having or hiring. In a job interview, it probably means showing up in a dress and heels instead of your bra and underwear and clown shoes. In dating, “playing a game of letting the man call” is how you avoid playing the game of begging him to call after he loses interest. You know this, but you diss game playing to give yourself a pass to do what you know doesn’t work, but works for you in the moment: throwing yourself at a guy and hoping against hope you’ll stick. (“Hmmm, maybe if I rub my naked body with Super Glue?”) This hoohah about who you supposedly were to him in a past life only helps distract you from how you keep coming back in this one: as a bug under a man’s shoe. Do the work to fill the empty places in yourself so you won’t continue these desperate attempts to plug them with a boyfriend. Only when you’re OK alone are you fit to start looking for company. At that point, “playing the game” will come naturally. You won’t have guys calling at the last minute because you’ll seem like a girl who’d be busy—too busy having self-respect to make like Domino’s and have yourself delivered. Forget whether a guy’s into astrology; it’s whether you have dignity that determines your fate with him— not the fact that you were both born when Capricorn was in 7-Eleven.

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How about my date this past Saturday? He has the potential to be really cute, but I absolutely despise his bland style. How do you approach making someone over?—Bothered

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Does that someone need a new shirt or a new head? Once you have a bit of a relationship with a guy, you can flatter him into a better shirt. (“You know, that Cosby sweater would look so much more attractive in the Dumpster!”) But, on a first date, if you’re obsessed with tearing a guy’s clothes off, it should be because you want to see him naked, and not just for that brief moment before he gets into something that meets your dress code. It’s possible you aren’t ready for a relationship, so no guy is right for you—or you’re so desperate for a relationship that you’ll take any guy, then try to turn him into a guy you really want. People say style is a superficial thing—and it is, unless it’s a big deal to you. Ultimately, it isn’t going to work with a guy if your first date fantasy is “You’d be so perfect...if only we lived in a world of total darkness” (“Once you go pitch black, you never go back”). ✹ © Amy Alkon, all rights reserved. www.advicegoddess.com. Got a problem? E-mail AdviceAmy@aol.com or write to Amy Alkon, 171 Pier Ave. #280, Santa Monica, CA 90405.

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PUBLIC NOTICES 995 Fictitious Name Statement 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. Registrant’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

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