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›› LETTERS Socialite distortion In regard to your endorsement of Barbara Boxer over me in the California Democratic primary race for U.S. Senate, I find your comments racist, classist and regionally divisive— “Her Democratic primary challengers are Brian Quintana, a wannabe socialite from L.A.” No snide remarks were made about her other Democratic challenger or any of the Republican candidates. Brian Quintana, recent candidate for U.S. Senate, Los Angeles

Editor’s note: Brian, your own website,, describes you as “a fixture on the L.A. social scene” and features a dozen photos of you sidled up next to celebrities who look like they have absolutely no idea who you are. But maybe appearances are deceiving and you are on intimate terms with John Travolta, Diddy, Paris Hilton, Brad Pitt and Jamie According to the LA Times, most of Foxx. After all, you call yourself the candidate’s celebrity friends deny knowing him. “Producer to the Stars” (although we did notice that your debut feature is, according to your bio, “still in development”). Not sure

where you find racism, classism or L.A. bashing in the one sentence we dedicated to you in our endorsement of Barbara Boxer but, damn it, any politician with guts enough to scoot next to Diana Ross when paparazzi are sneaking shots of her at a People magazine party has got our vote. So, for the record, we hereby officially retract our enthusiastic endorsement of Barbara Boxer and endorse Brian Quintana, producer to the stars, for U.S. Senate. For an interesting L.A. Times’ story about Brian’s “relationships” with celebrities, check out me-quintana22.



Novato–the new Arizona? The clock is ticking for Novato officials debating whether to jump into the fray of one of the nation’s largest issues –illegal immigration.... Schoolyard Bully Politics at Work in San Anselmo A recent event brought to my attention in San Anselmo led to further investigation to determine whether it was isolated or whether there was a pattern... Upfront: Shock and awful When Marin Clean energy flipped the switch May 7 to send electricity flowing to the first community choice aggregation customers in the state, PG&E was ratcheting up its attack on local-power initiatives with a June 8 ballot measure that’s a cynical dagger aimed at the heart of community choice....

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League of Women spat with me just one big schoolgirl crush... Jason Walsh’s story on my beseeching the IRS to look at Marin League of Women Voters activities [“Two Things in Life Certain, IEs and Taxes,” June 4] has a few inaccuracies which need correction. First, omitted was the important fact that the notice of complaint to the IRS also went to the California AG. That department has a Registry of Charitable Trusts which oversees nonprofit groups. The California LWV was included, too. Second, the mailers in which I participated are not “negative.” They are information pieces. They provide crucial and relevant information to the voter. This helps them make an informed decision because so much information is left out of the daily papers. Here’s an example of a relevant fact: Marin LWV member and recent District 1 candidate for supervisor Kerry Mazzoni spent campaign

funds, raised during the year she termed out of the Assembly, on a personal safari to Africa. This news did not make it into any paper anywhere. Heck, even SEIU didn’t put this info in a mailer, but it’s crucial and relevant— it speaks to how she just might “do” her job if she were ever elected. Third, it was noted that the mailers have been successful in defeating candidates that the League supports. That’s...almost...partially true. While it should be emphasized that the LWV itself cannot support candidates, individual members of the League may privately support certain candidates as long as they don’t assume the aegis of the LWV to do so. But that’s what’s at issue, because in 2007, Marin LWV member Kerry Mazzoni ran former San Rafael fire chief Bob Marcucci’s campaign for San Rafael City Council. Aside from Mazzoni running a really bad campaign for Marcucci, the retired fire chief lost the 2007 race because of a bevy of opposing IEs from his former employees, the San Rafael firefighters. It was after that election that the Marin LWV, spearheaded by Mazzoni, started lobbying for donor disclosure on IEs, which are OK. It’s the LWV’s fingerprints, in the hands of Mazzoni, which are all over county documents and PowerPoints in lobbying for that law which makes for questionable activity. And the San Rafael firefighters spent way more than I did, but the Marin LWV made me the poster boy of IEs. I just don’t know how to take [a] bunch of ladies, aside from my wife, thinking I’m pretty...

It has always been obvious to me, as a chiropractor, as one who appreciates the wisdom of the body, that when you play with hormones, you will reap a whirlwind. Sex hormones are in the chemical class of steroids. Allow your M.D. to introduce such a massive chemical interference to the normal workings of your body and it is not difficult to imagine the emergence of all manner of serious diseases, not limited to breast cancer, or cancer in general. Rather than introducing an interference to the body, for the sometimes extreme symptoms of menopause, why not remove interference, to allow your nervous system to control and coordinate your hormones as best as it can? Yes, many women have done far better under wellness chiropractic care, without side effects like breast cancer. Way before the 2002 Framingham study came out, based upon my biological common sense, I have been warning women about the dangers of hormone replacement therapy ever since I started practice, almost three decades ago. Don Harte, doctor of chiropractic, Corte Madera

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Jonathan Frieman, San Rafael

Sublux be a lady Regarding your recent cover story on the Marin Women’s Study about the link between progestin and breast cancer [“Cancer on the Hormone Therapy Express,” May 28]. I am forever amazed when medicine, with great effort, finds out that something that they are doing is (a) ineffective and/or (b) dangerous, and they celebrate this discovery as some sort of medical advance. When the “discovery” has always been obvious, I have to marvel at how downright stupid medicine, as an industry, can be. And I marvel at how naive the pill-popping, surgery-submitting public is to be impressed by this process.

‘You’re so brutal to those who love you, Scarlett. You take their love and hold it over their heads like a whip.’

One-sentence movie review: Gone With the Wind The belle of the South is revealed as the ballbuster of the South. Craig Whatley, San Rafael

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He who LAFCO’s last... Sanitary districts holding their noses at idea of local agency formation by Pe t e r S e i d m a n


he week before Tuesday’s election, one of the five candidates for a seat on the Ross Valley Sanitary District board said the election’s outcome would have no bearing on a call to consolidate sewerage agencies in central Marin, a proposal that has generated contentious debate and bad blood. Rick Holland says the push to force consolidation will continue. He proclaims, “The [Ross Valley Sanitary District] will no longer exist by 2012.” Some proponents calling for consolidating central Marin sanitary agencies have created the Committee for Sanitary Consolidation. “By the end of this year,” says Holland, “we will apply to LAFCO [the Marin Local Agency Formation Commission] to consolidate the four sewer agencies in central Marin into one new district.” That would be the second time in about a year that LAFCO has entered the arena of sewerage agency consolidation. The state Legislature created LAFCO in 1963 to, according to an agency mission statement, “Discourage urban sprawl and encourage the orderly formation and development of local agencies.” Each county in the state has a LAFCO comprising seven members: two city councilmembers, two county supervisors, two special-district members and one public member. In 2009, Assemblyman Jared Huffman introduced AB 1232, which was passed into law and will take effect January 2011. It will

force the sub-agencies of the Sewerage Agency of Southern Marin (SASM) to consolidate— whether they like it or not. The usual procedure for LAFCO goes like this: If an annexation (or a consolidation) proposal meets LAFCO guidelines, the agency distributes notices to landowners and voters within the boundary of the proposed annexation or consolidation. Then comes the protest stage. If, within the boundary, less than 25 percent of the registered voters or less than 25 percent of the property owners protest, the annexation or consolidation proceeds. If between 25 and 50 percent of registered voters submit a protest, or if 25 to 50 percent of property owners representing at least 25 percent of the assessed value of property submit protests, then the annexation or consolidation goes to a vote. But Huffman’s legislation authorizes the Marin LAFCO to initiate and approve a reorganization or consolidation of the Southern Marin sewerage agencies without protest hearings or any election. The bill also allows the local LAFCO to impose terms and conditions on the reorganization or consolidation that would require SASM and its members to pay for the commission’s costs. The tough legislation came after two incidents in 2008 that poured more than 3 million gallons of sewage into the bay. The first, on Jan. 25, discharged 2.45 million gallons of 10 > raw sewage; the second, six days later,

›› NEWSGRAMS AND THE ENVELOPES PLEASE... Here’s a snapshot of the June 8 local election results as of presstime Wednesday, according to the Marin Registrar of Voters (Below are the results of contested elections; for a complete list of winners, visit: ★ County Supervisor, District 1: Fifty-two percent of voters gave incumbent Susan Adams a third term in a heated contest against veteran politico Kerry Mazzoni. ★ Assessor-Recorder-Clerk: Shelly Scott wins the job with 38 percent, edging Richard Benson by barely a single percentage point. ★ Sheriff-Coroner: Robert Doyle received 60 percent of the vote to remain in the sheriff’s saddle. ★ Ross Town Council: Carla Small and Rupert Russell will join the council of the picturesque town of population 2,500 and change. ★ Ross Valley Sanitary District: Pamela Meigs will join incumbents Patrick Guasco and Peter Sullivan in piping through the district’s sanitary policies ★ State propositions: Prop. 13 (seismic retrofitting tax relief ): Yes; Prop. 14 (open primaries): Yes; Prop. 15 (repeal ban on public funding): No; Prop. 16 (community choice energy allowed only by super-majority of voters): No; Prop. 17 (relaxes rules of auto insurance industry): No. ★ Measure A, B and C: The $49-a-year library tax measures all passed. ★ Measure D: The Santa Venetia flood control tax did not pass. Measure E: The Muir Beach Community Services District passed its annual tax on improved commercially and residentially zoned parcels ★ Measure F: The Novato Sanitary District is going to have to look to someone other than the Veolia Water company to run its new treatment plant; voters turned the contract down 50.7 percent to 49.3 percent.

IN OTHER ELECTION NEWS... The waters of controversy rarely ebb in the Ross Valley—and the tides are high once again with news that the State Supreme Court upheld the results of the disputed 2007 Ross Valley Flood Control District fee mail-in ballot. The on-again, off-again, on-again parcel fee was subject to intense debate after the measure passed three years ago and it became known that more than 20 percent of the ballots were thrown out because property owners failed to sign their names. Adding to the troubled waters: If that 20 percent of ballots had been counted, the fee proposal would have failed. Charges of unfairness were levied. Lawsuits were filed. In 2009, the 1st District Court of Appeal tossed out the fee on the grounds that requiring voters to sign their name was a violation of the voting right to privacy. The high court’s seven-member panel disagreed unanimously and it looks like property owners in Fairfax, Greenbrae, Larkspur, Corte Madera, Kentfield, Ross and San Anselmo will continue their $125-a-year wade toward flood mitigation.—Jason Walsh EXTRA! EXTRA! Post your Marin news at ›› 8 PACIFIC SUN JUNE 11 - JUNE 17, 2010

From the Sun vaults, June 6 - 12, 1980

Flesh for fantasy Benevolent hunk dedicates life to pleasing ‘ugly ladies,’ Dick Van Dyke... by Jason Walsh

30 years ago

“His business is pleasure”—poster tagline to American Gigolo, 1980 Marin was doing a lot of “business” 30 years

The ecdysiast, 1980.

gain on the horizon and his reputation on the local carpentry circuit in jeopardy, what part of the “dark and castrating nature” of male stripping made it all worthwhile? “It’s the fat, ugly ladies who go there, and they bring all their fat, ugly friends,” enlightened the ecdysiast. “They can get a thrill; we offer a service, like a bartender offers a service. Lonely people come in and we turn them on.” The other fringe benefits of the peeler lifestyle included hobnobbing with legends of stage and screen. “The other night Dick Van Dyke came in with his wife,” flapped Drawers. “I had her take off my shirt and tie. She was backing off, but Dick loved it! He was laughing louder than anybody.” Partying with TV’s Rob Petrie was all well and good, but this was one sprigger who took his job seriously—perhaps a bit too seriously. “We don’t know how to react if there’s no enthusiasm [from the crowd],” confessed Drawers. “It makes me feel like it’s ‘just a strip show,’ like we didn’t do our jobs.” “Like you’re being used?” Peters prodded, wondering if she’d finally reached the sensitive side to her demeaned, wounded story subject. Nah, I mostly “feel a lot of hatred,” he responded, “a lot of hostility. Sometimes I’d like to take a machine gun and shoot them all down.” Sensing some awkwardness from Peters over that last statement, Drawers added: But “not Dick Van Dyke—he was having a great time!” Since we were unable to track down the stripteasing star of this 30-yard-old story for comment, and due to the sensitive nature of his former career, we changed his name for the purposes of this column. E-mail Jason at jwalsh@

by Howard Rachelson

1. Pictured at top right: The secondlongest Interstate Highway in the United States, I-80, runs from downtown San Francisco, eastward across the USA (approximating the route of the Lincoln Highway, the first auto trail to cross the country), eventually petering out in what state? #1 2. Which two planets are sometimes called the Blue Planet? 3. Name ANY year during the lifetime of each of these well known people: 3a. William Shakespeare, writer 3b. Pythagoras, mathematician 3c. Louis XIV, the longest reigning Euro#5a pean monarch 4. Pictured at bottom right: Clint Eastwood was nominated for an Oscar as Best Actor for his role in this 2004 movie; he was not victorious for that award but did win as Best Director, for his work on what film? #4 5a. Pictured at middle right: Not too far from Afghanistan are what six other “stans”? 5b. What does “stan” mean, anyway? 6. What 1992 musical drama starred Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner? 7. The “funny bone” is at the lower end of what bone that runs from shoulder to elbow? 8. According to historians, what civilization was the first to develop surveying techniques to map out the land? 9. You buy a loaf of French bread, 12 inches long, and want to cut it into slices that are 2/3 of an inch wide. How many cuts of the knife will you need to collect all the pieces of bread? BONUS QUESTION: The only part of the human body with no blood supply takes its oxygen directly from the air. Starting with one of the earlier letters in the alphabet, what is it? Howard Rachelson, Marin’s Master of Trivia, invites you to a live Team Trivia Contest every Wednesday at 7:30pm at the Broken Drum in San Rafael. Send your best trivia question (with your name and hometown) to; if your question is used in the ‘Pacific Sun,’ we’ll give you credit!

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to Marin’s only 24-hour veterinary hospital, the Pet Emergency & Specialty Center in San Rafael. While waiting for our turn, we had the opportunity to watch the dedicated veterinarians and support staff do their stuff. Whether attending to a sick, scared cat or swiftly reacting to the arrival of a critically injured pooch that was struck by a car, the team is capable and compassionate. Sure, it’s their job, but we think they go the extra mile. They take the time to care about the folks accompanying their pets, reassuring them that their cat will recover or helping a family cope with the loss of their dog. Marin is fortunate to have these skilled specialists and we’re pleased to name them our Heroes of the Week.

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²Ê Reader Doug G. witnessed an incident that got his goat and ours. A man pulled up at a swanky Sausalito restaurant in a silver Ferrari. Instead of parking with other patrons in the designated lot, he tried to squeeze in next to a post near the dining patio. Unfortunately for Mr. Special, all of the diners were now able to watch as he scraped the side of his fancy-schmancy car on the post. We hope he enjoyed his just desserts and we’re not talking about the organic lemon verbena creme brulee. By the way, Special Guy, this is Marin and Ferraris are commonplace. Next time you want to impress us, try a Lamborghini. —Nikki Silverstein


ago this week. It was June of 1980 and Mt. St. Helens wasn’t the only thing bursting forth from its seams that month. With Pac-Man, The Empire Strikes Back and the Sony Walkman setting records for profitability that summer, it was clear that Americans were lusting for new modes of entertainment. And the Pacific Sun had dropped its quarters into the hottest craze of them all—male stripping. “For centuries, men have paid to see women take their clothes off, but in these enlightened times women have won the same dubious privilege,” wrote Pacific Sun historian/reporter Catherine Peters in her expose, “Take It Off!” Peters had just come from North Beach beefcake club the Off-Broadway, where she’d enjoyed local-defrockee Daryl Drawers’ [not his real name] American Gigolo routine in which the Mill Valley resident starts off in a $400 business suit and, to the tune of $25 a night plus tips, peels all the way down to his rhinestone-studded loincloth. Peters opened her in-depth piece into the world of female sexual fantasy by asking Drawers whether he felt the dehumanization of the male as “object” was more “liberation [for women] or reverse sexism” against men. But all Drawers wanted to discuss was the disappointing amount of cash tucked into his bikini briefs. “Nobody made a tip last night, not a dollar anywhere,” bemoaned the unwittingly degraded geisha guy. “No applause. There were only seven people in the crowd and nobody could crack a smile out of those ladies—total bitch night.” Drawers, a 26-year-old San Rafael native and carpenter by trade, had been a hot ticket on the male-stripclub scene ever since choreographing a dance routine based on the Richard Gere character from American Gigolo and performed to the beat of Blondie’s “Call Me.” But as the financiers of such films as Sommersby, Mr. Jones and Dr. T and the Women later found, capitalizing on the star power of Richard Gere isn’t always as lucrative as it sounds: Drawers could still only afford a sparsely furnished one-room apartment above a garage in Mill Valley. So, asked Peters, with little financial




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â&#x20AC;şâ&#x20AC;ş UPFRONT < 8 He who LAFCOâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s last... expelled 962,000 gallons of partially treated sewage from the SASM plant on Sycamore Avenue in Mill Valley. The discharges raised questions about the efďŹ ciency of the plant and why it was incapable of handling the amount of water that was ďŹ&#x201A;owing through the system. But not all sewerage agencies are created equal. SASM is a joint powers agency that includes the city of Mill Valley, the Almonte Sanitary District, the Alto Sanitary District, the Homestead Sanitary District, the Richardson Bay Sanitary District and the Tamalpais Community Services Sanitary District. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve replaced every sewer line as well as over 100 private laterals that ďŹ&#x201A;ow to SASM,â&#x20AC;? said John Elam, district general manager of the Tamalpais agency, last year after Huffman introduced AB 1232. Some critics of Huffmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s approach questioned whether consolidating the SASM districts would be more effective than the current structure. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A formal consolidation may result in a larger district that is more removed from local problem areas that need attention,â&#x20AC;? according to Elam. â&#x20AC;&#x153;On the other side, there are some districts that donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have the will or commitment to rehabilitate their older 50-year-old sewer systems, and it may well be that the consolidation option is the only thing left.â&#x20AC;? Elam said the Huffman bill and a grand jury report critical of SASM were a collective â&#x20AC;&#x153;shot across the bow.â&#x20AC;?

Marking a concern that the member agencies might be unlikely to propose substantive changes on their own, proponents of the legislation cautioned that the low threshold for protests could trigger a contentious election ripe for political shenanigans that would block ultimate reform. Hence the bypass of the protest and vote path. The experience in southern Marin did not go unnoticed in the Central Marin Sanitation Agency (CMSA), where a contentious debate over consolidation has raged for decades. CMSA, also a joint powers agency, is the largest sanitation agency in the county. Its treatment plant processes wastewater from Corte Madera, Ross Valley and the San Rafael sewerage districts; it also processes wastewater from Larkspur, which annexed its pipes to the Ross Valley Sanitary District (RVSD). Larkspur has a voting representative on the CMSA board, even though it is annexed to Ross Valley. The Larkspur representative can and does vote in opposition to Ross Valley, an example of the contentious atmosphere that has infused sewerage politics at CMSA. Some worry that a general push for merging small districts in the county could spread to CMSA. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am concerned,â&#x20AC;? says RVSD board member Sue Brown. She says the situation, â&#x20AC;&#x153;the real facts, not the spin,â&#x20AC;? are substantively different in central Marin than they are in southern Marin. When Huffman was working on his bill, RVSD hired a lobbyist to delineate those differences, and perhaps to ďŹ re its own shot across Huffmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bow. At least for now,

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resolution in 2007 to refrain from continuing consolidation talks. Councilmembers thought the costs of continuing to investigate the issue might become too costly. That left Ross Valley and San Rafael, with Corte Madera sitting by itself at the end of the table. Brown and other opponents of merging with San Rafael say ratepayers in RVSD would receive no substantive beneďŹ t from that kind of reorganization. And they could face an added burden because the sewerage infrastructure in San Rafael is in worse shape than it is in Ross Valley. A primary point in that argument concerns gravity and saltwater intrusion. San Rafael has more low-lying acreage than Ross Valley, according to opponents, and that means San Rafael faces increased technical and ďŹ nancial challenges from saltwater intrusion into its pipes. They ask, should Ross Valley ratepayers be on the hook for the San Rafael system? If the pipes in San Rafael are in potentially worse shape, how would a new merged district apportion infrastructure costs? Ross Valley ratepayers have a right to know the answers before committing to a merger or other reorganization structure, say merger opponents. Proponents, like Holland, say the opponents are obstructionists interested in protecting their own ďŹ efdom. Nonsense, say the opponents, and they add they have the documents to prove it. Holland and the proponents say the same. A pipeline rehabilitation program may be in better shape in RVSD than it is in San Rafael thanks to Garril Page, who ďŹ led suit in federal court against RVSD (under a previ-


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Toby’s has become the artichoke heart of the West Marin food movement.

Point of green returns Tiny Point Reyes Station may just be the green-food capital of the world by Pat Fu sco


or a town with a total population of little more than 818 people, Point Reyes Station has an impressive reputation: It’s home to nine certified Green Businesses, an astonishing ratio. Earning their titles by conserving energy and water, minimizing waste, preventing pollution and shrinking carbon footprints—as stipulated by the Bay Area Green Business Program—the West Marin establishments are involved with everything from herbs to saddles to arts and crafts. Three are directly connected to food from farm to table; among them are two organizations that champion green concepts—Marin Agricultural Land Trust and Marin Organic. Point Reyes Station has become a place where today’s catch phrases (locavore, sustainable, organic) mean something personal to the people who live there. Conscientious farming practices and political activism exist hand in hand along the shore and in the hills; battles are fought and won to preserve farms and ranches. Acres of deserted pasture for dairy farms and cattle ranches have been restored and specialty niche crops are grown where land lay fallow for over a century. All of this crusading results in food of such high quality that much of it is marketed throughout the country, winning awards and appearing on menus at the finest restaurants. It’s also sold right in town. A trip to Point Reyes Station can be a green gourmet experience for any visitor. (Even when a business is not certified green by BAGB, there’s an

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excellent chance that what you consume will be organic and local.) Toby’s Feed Barn, undeniably the heart of the village, is a familiar gathering place. The Giacomini family has owned it since 1942 when it was simply a big barn where feed and supplies were sold. Today, managed by Chris Giacomini, it still sells feed and supplies for farmers, and it has other kinds of feed and supplies as well: Toby’s Coffee Bar with organic treats, a market with a household/ gift section. Its art gallery might show the works of West Marin School kids one week, those of an internationally recognized artist the next. There is even a yoga studio. Toby’s space is used for public events, many focused on growing and enjoying food. (Coming up are talks by Deborah Madison, Alice Waters, noted sommelier Rajat Par). A street-side produce stand is open year-round, but the main attraction is the Saturday Point Reyes Farmers Market, the only one in the Bay Area that is exclusively local and organic. It doesn’t open until the start of the harvest season—this year, that’s June 26. The market is such an example of all things good and green that it was visited by British organic farmer Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall in 2005, resulting in worldwide interest in the tiny village. Another destination for food lovers is Tomales Bay Foods, a converted hay barn at 80 Fourth Street, just off the main drag. Here is where Cowgirl Creamery founders Sue Conley and Peggy Smith produced their first cheeses

using Straus Family cows supply milk for Creamery milk from the popular Point Marshall. They may Reyes Farmstead have shops in San Original Blue, the Francisco and Washfirst blue cheese to be ington, D.C., and a made in California. second production The Giacominis have facility in Petaluma, added fresh mozzabut this is where they rella and Toma to their started out. It’s now a line and the farm itself home for other busihas become a draw nesses, too. At Indian w with their new addiPeach Foods, an up- The Tomales Bay Foods barn is home to Cowgirl Creamery tio tion, the Fork at Point scale deli, it’s possible and a handful of other cool organic-food shops. Re Reyes, a hospitality to assemble a completely where tely organic lunch (with h center wh here cooking classes clas and other gathwine) to enjoy under an olive li ttree or on th the erings i are scheduled. hd ld lawn of the barn. Cowgirl still has a retail stand Another cheesemaker, this one concenin the barn with its own cheeses, local cheeses trating on sheep cheeses, lives at Barinaga and imported ones. A small produce stand Ranch in Marshall. Marcia Barinaga turns and racks of bread baked only blocks away add out traditional Basque styles: Baserri, a options for picnics. farmhouse cheese, Almost anywhere and Txiki (which food is served in the means “little”), its town, the emphasis is smaller version. The on what comes from ranch also raises the land and the sea lambs for meat and close by. Perhaps the to sell as breeders. most dramatic examFood comes from ple is Osteria Stellina, water, as well. Hog Isa modest corner spot land Oyster Company on the main street on the bay near Marwhere chef Christian shall is a well-known Caiazzo creates what West Coast pioneer he calls “Point Reyes of shellfish farming, Italian” with a menu supplying premium o that relies almost tooysters, mussels and c tally on ingredients That’s one certified Green Business per every 39 people! clams since the busin from Marin County. ness was founded in f d any- th id 1990 It’ Some of his dishes are nott tto b be found the mid-1990s. It’s an iinstructive adventure to where else in the area: tiny octopus in a minted stop by the site to watch the action beyond the chile sauce, shoulder of goat, wild and field- shore and buy pristine mollusks in the shell to grown special greens, foraged mushrooms, eat at a picnic spot or to take home. flatbread pizza baked in a wood-fired oven Among the farmers of the larger comand topped with Drake’s Bay oysters. Desserts munity are those who found ways to grow are also sourced locally, like organic cornmeal niche crops best suited to the natural pound cake with buttermilk ice cream and microclimate of the Point Reyes peninsula. warm fresh fruit compote. Little Organic Farm’s destiny came about The food producers of Point Reyes are part when David Little discovered that the soil of a close-knit neighborhood extending to the on his Tomales ranch was ideal potato terhamlets of Tomales and Marshall. Along the ritory. He specializes in an assortment of road from one cluster of homes to another varietal tubers popular at farmers markets. are ranches where herds of animals graze. Russell Sartori’s organic strawberries that One of the larger operations is David Evans’ brighten many a market are of such quality Marin Sun Farms with pasture-raised beef, they’re often called “Russellberries” by his goats, lamb, chickens and pork. These are fans. He farms 800 acres near Tomales. sold at Marin Sun Farms Butcher Shop just There is no way to overestimate the adoutside Point Reyes Station and elsewhere in vantage of living so close to people who care the Bay Area, including the farm’s new venue deeply about what they grow, how they grow in Oakland’s Rockridge Market Hall. On land it and how it gets to consumers. The small that has been in his family since 1902, Loren town in the far western part of the county Poncia raises Angus beef cattle and lamb, makes it possible to get to know about them grass-fed, sold directly to customers who firsthand. That their foods look beautiful and purchase quarters and wholes. His Stemple are so full of flavor is an added pleasure. ✹ Creek Ranch is in Tomales, only a few miles Tell Pat to eat her words at from the ocean. North of Point Reyes Station at the Robert Comment on this story in TownSquare, at Giacomini Ranch, black-and-white dairy ››

Great moments in green food! A free-range stroll through the history of organics by M at t hew St af for d

“There are encouraging signs that a consumer rebellion has begun against nonfood— food with no taste, no texture and, all too often, minimal nutritional value... More and more people are turning back to some of the old ways, baking their own bread, growing their own herbs and produce, insisting on food that is really fresh. Increasing numbers of shoppers are taking the trouble to buy naturally grown produce—that which has not been sprayed with pesticides or treated with chemicals—and a small but growing number of people are fervently embracing the pleasures of stalking and eating the many delicacies that still grow wild for the picking.” —Jose Wilson, The Eastern Heartland, 1971

c. 6500 B.C. Cattle are domesticated for the first time. ● c. 1300 Native American farmers develop the Three Sisters method, in which three crops are planted together in a biodiverse support system: the squash deters pests, the corn provides a trellis for the beans, the beans supply nitrogen for the soil. ● 1492 Columbus lands in the New World. Within a generation the Western Hemisphere’s peppers, potatoes, corn, tomatoes, chocolate, vanilla, squash and turkeys will be consumed around the globe, and the Eastern Hemisphere’s pigs, sheep, olives, wheat, rice, walnuts, oranges and peaches will be part of the Western diet. ● 1847 The Vegetarian Society is founded in ccording to our friends at Merriam- Kent, England. Webster, “organic food” is “food pro- ● 1867 Lucien B. Smith patents barbed duced with the use of feed or fertilizer wire: the beginning of the end for freeof plant or animal origin without employment range grazing. of chemically formulated fertilizers, growth ● c. 1870 “A tree has its wants and wishes, stimulants, antibiotics or pesticides.” Of course and a man should study them as a teacher the term itself is fairly new; until recently, all watches a child to see what it can do. If you farming was organic, with no chemicals, no love a plant, take heed what it likes, you will be artificial plant food repaid by it.”—anonand enough bioymous 19th-century diversity to ensure Shaker elder ● 1905 Sir Albert erosion-free, nutrient-rich soil. It wasn’t Howard, “the father until the benighted of modern organic 20th century that the agriculture,” begins development of nichronicling the trogenized fertilizers, indigenous farming mechanized tractors practices of Pusa, and large-scale plant Bengal, and later champions them in breeding made modhis influential 1940 ern agribusiness posbook An Agricultural sible and the decline Testament. and fall of natural, ● 1921 Wels, Austria sustainably raised cconstructs the first foodstuffs inevitable. Adolf Windaus didn’t do this clucker any favors... large-scale facility for la (The post-World War II introduction of pesticides and mass irriga- converting organic waste into compost. ● 1924 German philosopher Rudolph tion didn’t help.) In response to these planet-threatening and Steiner publishes Spiritual Foundations for often inhumane and culturally invasive devel- the Renewal of Agriculture, a pioneering opments, a rearguard natural foods movement work in the development of biodynamic began early in the century and flourished with farming. In it he establishes the intricate the “back-to-the-land” ethos of the 1960s. It linkage between healthy soil, healthy plants championed natural fertilizers, a ban on pes- and healthy livestock. ticides, crop rotation, free-range feeding with- ● 1928 Adolf Windaus wins the Nobel out antibiotics or growth sum, a Prize in Chemistry for his discovery of vireturn to the way farmers had raised their food tamin D. Previously, chickens had absorbed since the agricultural age began. Below are a the vital nutrient through natural sunshine; few highlights along the composted path of now they could be cooped up and fed the stuff artificially. the green food movement. ● c. 10,000 B.C. Agriculture begins. ● 1938 The Biodynamic Farming and Gar-




dening Association Within a decade or is founded in New so, “shade-grown York. coffee” would join ● 1940 In Look to the “grass-fed beef ” and “sustainable agriculLand, Walter James ture” as a green-food calls for a return to rallying cry. ecologically con● 1984 Leslie Kenton scious agricultural kicks off the modern methods and coins raw food movement the term “organic with the publication w farming.” That same The Three Sisters method was developed by Native Ameriof Raw Energy: Eat year, Japanese re- cans over 700 years ago. Yo Your Way to Radiant search scientist Mains his 30-year quest to Health, a paean to seeds, seeds sprouts and juices. sanobu Fukuoka begins develop small-scale ecosystem-friendly grain- Proponents include Uma Thurman and Frankie (“Rawhide!”) Laine. growing farming methods. ● 1942 The first issue ● 1986 As McDonof author/publisher ald’s threatens to J.I. Rodale’s Organic open a new franchise Farming and Gardenbeside the Spanish ing magazine hits the Steps in Rome, Carlo stands as Victory GarPetrini founds the dens begin to sprout Slow Food movein WWII-era U.S. ment. It promotes ● 1943 The Green small-scale organic Revolution begins in farming and local cuMexico. Despite its linary traditions while name, this large-scale fighting agribusiness, agricultural gamefactory farms, pestichanger involves pescides and genetic enticides, hybridized gineering. The 2008 seeds, synthetic fertilSl Slow Food USA event izers and an industri- Rachel Carson released ‘Silent Spring’ in 1962—and the in San Francisco is alized high-yield ap- environmental movement was born. th the largest celebration proach to farming. Thee movement spreads to of American cuisine of all time. India and the Philippines with plenty of help ● 1989 After the fall of the Soviet Union, from the Rockefeller Foundation. Cuba is forced to develop its own self-sustain● 1946 Founding of the Soil Association of ing food-production infrastructure, known as the United Kingdom, organoponicos. ● 1990 Congress the UK’s top organic advocacy group. Its passes the Organic aim is to promote Foods Production sustainable farming, Act, establishing stanto produce healthy dards for food labeled foods and to preserve “organic.” ● 2005 Berkeley chef the biosphere. ● 1962 Rachel CarJessica Prentice coins son’s Silent Spring the term “locavore” becomes a world(the OED’s 2007 wide bestseller. This Word of the Year) to damning look at pesdescribe someone ticides and their efwho subsists on fresh, fect on the environseasonal, locally proment leads to the U.S. d duced food. Their free-range days were numbered with the 1867 ● 2007 32 million government’s ban on invention of barbed wire. DDT a decade later. hectares h (or 1 percent) ● 1971 South African an scientist B.J. Meyer of the world’s farmland aare farmed organitrumpets the benefits of fruitarianism, a diet cally, up from 11 million in 1999. That same made up of nuts, seeds and fruit that has fallen year Liechtenstein wins a gold medal at the naturally from its tree. Organics Olympiad for devoting 28 percent ● 1980 Sunshine-tolerant, pesticideof its farmland to organic agriculture. ● 2010: A 1,100-square-foot organic garden is sprayed coffee bushes are developed. They replace bushes that required several layers planted at the White House. ✹ of shade canopy (from trees, plants and Forage with Matthew at bushes) to flourish. These ecosystems had enriched the soil and sustained birds, Comment on this story in TownSquare, at ›› animals and other plants for centuries. JUNE 11 - JUNE 17, 2010 PACIFIC SUN 13



Hellberg would like to see Marin become the first all-organic county in America.

Between heaven and Hellberg The Marin Organic director holds the keys to natural-food nirvana by Annie Spie ge lman


n 2004, Helge Hellberg became executive director of Marin Organic, an innovative association of organic producers dedicated to creating the first all-organic county in the nation. Currently, there are 52 certified organic farms in Marin County. Marin Organic addresses today’s environmental, economic, social and cultural challenges in new and creative ways and—possibly just as important—gets kids eating fruits and vegetables with lunch! The organization has created a connection of local farms to local schools. Each week Marin Organic delivers a combination of purchased and “gleaned” (aesthetically imperfect crops) organic food to more than 12,000 students. Over 130,000 pounds of local organic products have been gleaned and delivered so far. Throughout the year, schoolchildren visit Marin Organic’s farms and help farmers harvest crops and plant seeds and seedlings. The goal: teaching the next generation where “real” food comes from and how to respect the land—and, of course, to get them off the couch, away from screens and outdoors into nature. It’s estimated that 27 percent of American 17- to 24-year-olds are now “too fat to serve” (in the military). Can this food movement save us from becoming America: home of the blobs? I asked Helge Hellberg to shed some light on the issues of sustainability and human health. ●

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Is a society full of fatty- sugarysalty-food-eating globular pod-people so wrong? Well, yes, the United States is the third most obese country in the world, with 67 percent of all adult Americans being overweight. Sadly, in child obesity, we are already number one. And beyond the U.S., the problems of an industrialized food system are not much different: About 800 million people on this planet live in hunger, and 1.6 billion people are overweight, which means that twice as many people deal with the consequences of too much food—and the wrong kind—than people with not enough food. Yet there was a time during the 20th century when an ag system of low-cost, high-volume food would be the answer to so many of the world’s problems. I think it is fair to say that our current food system, as abundant and cheap as it may appear, is not working. While people have the right to have any body type they’d like, it is important to note that obesity costs our society about $150 billion in associated health expenses annually. But the story goes even further than this. We are what we eat, not just as individuals, but as a society. Beyond all food-related diseases, this so-called “cheap food” is polluting our soil, air and water resources, is destroying local communities, and is relying heavily on oil and gas for shipping, synthetic fertilizers and pesticide

production. The environmental cleanup costs are enormous; the way it’s produced, the way it is making us sick and the way the ingredients are grown and raised is completely unsustainable.

Going Glean Marin Organic offers Farm Days and the Marin Organic Glean Team—two program for kids and adults to come out, be in the field, learn where your food comes from and be part of the solution. Participants can harvest gleaned food, which would otherwise be left in the fields. Since the program started four years ago, more than 130,000 pounds of local certified organic products have been gleaned and delivered to participating schools, camps and underserved communities throughout Marin. Anyone can join the Glean Team (every Monday afternoon), or schedule a Farm Day with Program Manager Scott Davidson. Call Marin Organic at 415/663-9667, or visit www.marinor-

Can these trends be reversed? Yet it’s clear that we are waking up. We are in the middle of one of the largest environmental movements since the 1970s. The local- and organicfood movement here in Marin, as well as throughout the country, and actually all around the world, is rebuilding the connection that we have lost, the connection to what is real—real food, real flavors, the whole story of where your food comes from and how it was produced, in consideration of the eater, the environment we live in and the environment we create for future generations. Where does Marin’s involvement fit in? The New York Times calls Marin County the “epicenter of the organic movement,” and what we have built here is truly outstanding. It’s a collaborative effort of amazing farmers and ranchers, governmental agencies, the Board of Supervisors, nonprofit organizations such as Marin Agricultural Land Trust, Agricultural Institute of Marin, the Farm Bureau and Marin Organic, supporting businesses such as restaurants and committed retailers, and of course a growing number of ecoliterate residents that understand the value and critical importance of local agriculture for the well-being of the entire county. It’s the most rewarding work I can think of, because we are healing the land, and with it, all beings that rely on it. Most Americans now spend a smaller percentage of their income on food than any other people in history—slightly less than 10 percent. Cheap, fake, packaged food that’s flown in by jet and lightly seasoned with pesticides, animal parts, hormones and antibiotics is so trendy! Is buying our dinner at the Dollar Store, right near the plastic pink pony and comb set, next? I am sure this movement will not be able to turn around everything that has gone wrong in agriculture over the last 50 years in just a few years. On the other hand, the growth of awareness around the issues of food production is astonishing. We now have an organic garden at the White House, and even the USDA, a federal agency with over 100,000 staff, ripped up the concrete in front of their

building in Washington, D.C., and now features an organic vegetable patch.

But isn’t it also a matter of wealthy versus poor? Many people choose the cheaper food for economic reasons. There is nothing “cheap” about cheap food. Cheap is an illusion—there is no cheap food, or no cheap anything, for that matter. There is only the real cost of production—what it would take to produce the product in a way that is healthful, environmentally sound, socially just and culturally appropriate. If we buy it for less than the real cost of production, someone will pay the difference in price—either our health, or the environment or the child laborer somewhere halfway around the globe. Someone or something will pay the difference for what we perceive as “cheap,” always. But prices for organics are noticably higher—what about the people who can’t afford to eat organic? I’d say that as a nation we cannot afford not to eat local and organic. Many people live in food insecurity, even here in Marin County, one of the wealthiest counties in the country. So how would more expensive real food solve this issue? The answer is easy: A local food system benefits everyone. For example, only because we have local farms here in Marin County is Marin Organic able to “glean” produce left in the field after the harvest and deliver it to schools and resource centers in underserved communities. Up to 20 percent of everything that is grown throughout the country is not quite fit for market and usually plowed under. We are making great use of this food by delivering it to people that need it the most, and making it economically viable to give access to local and organic foods to 10,000 children, every week. This would not happen if the next farm was 200 miles away. You recently had author Temra Costa on your radio show,‘An Organic Conversation,’ talking about her new book, ‘Farmer Jane.’ How do you view the feminine power in the present-day food movement? That’s what it’s all about—this movement is based on a reverence for life, which includes soil as the life-giving force that gives us food, clothing and feed for animals. Organic farmers grow soil. Without healthy soil, a society

cannot exist. This movement also includes respect for seeds, and the freedom of the farmer to sow and harvest whatever he or she chooses toâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;without having their choice of plants being dictated by biotechnology companies. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a re-connecting to life, our birth, our time here on this planet well spent, our death and the inconceivable wisdom of nature and natural law. These are all universal feminine attributes, so yes, it is about a rising of the feminineâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;much less about gender, but rather an honoring of femininity as the lifegiving force on this planet. And while women leadership is so needed, we, as males, have a critical role in this danceâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;we are here to protect it, to be in service of the feminine. Wendell Berry writes,â&#x20AC;&#x153;The corporations will grow, deliver and cook your food for you...and beg you to eat it. That they do not yet offer to insert it, prechewed, into our mouth is only because they have found no proďŹ table way to do so.â&#x20AC;? It seems advancing beyond the corporations to receive our food is the keyâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;how do farmers markets ďŹ t in? Food at farmers markets is often harvested hours before the market and usually brought in from farms within a 150 mile radius. So as a shopper you get nutrientrich, delicious food that stays fresh longer in your fridge. As an additional beneďŹ t, you can enjoy community, and chat with and learn from your local farmer. What you pay for your food goes directly to the farmer, without any involvement of a distributor or other salesperson. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the most direct way of buying food, right along with being a member of a CSA [Community Supported Agriculture], a weekly box program, offered by some farms in the region. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve said how we buy our food is a political actâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;can you explain? Over the last 30 years, the pressure of industrialized food production has put 400 family farms out of business, every week!

Four hundred farms a weekâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 56 farms each single day, or one farm every 26 minutesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;for 30 years! And with the loss of family farms often goes the local economy, the sense of local community, the knowledge of the land and the culture of food production. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a tragedy. In this sense, buying local and organic food is a political actâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;we literally are voting with every dollar we spend, every day. Mrs. Obama recently suggested that the grocery manufacturers â&#x20AC;&#x153;not just tweak around the edges, but entirely rethink the products theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re offering, the information that they provide, and how they market those products to our children.â&#x20AC;?Will they listen or quietly shake more salt into her White House soup? To have the president and the ďŹ rst lady involved is fantastic, and gives this movement an unprecedented leverage. It started from the ground up, and is now met by regional and national leadership, so change will happen even faster. The well-being of our society depends on the way we grow and produce our food, and on our relationship to our soil and our farmer. We are entering an era of authenticity and transparencyâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s about the whole story.

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tâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s serendipitous that a book arrived just as I was searching for a story idea that would ďŹ t the theme of this weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Going Green issue on foodâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;something that would lead us into our kitchens to make meals that are green in all respects, but also delicious and satisfying. Lo and behold, a local chef came to my rescue with his new publication. Andrew Swallowâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cookbook Mixt Salads (Ten Speed Press) is a collection of recipes from the co-founder and executive chef of Mixt Greens, a revolutionary restaurant chain born in San Francisco in 2005. It now has branches in Southern California and Washington, D.C. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t use the term â&#x20AC;&#x153;revolutionaryâ&#x20AC;? lightly. The concept for these quick-service, affordable venues is far from familiar generic fast food. Swallow, a classically trained chef, worked at Gramercy Tavern in Manhattan and went on to become manager at Gary Danko in San Francisco. Driven by the urge to have his own restaurant, he took an unexpected direction, creating a place that would be considered casual/fast food instead of upscale/formal and a model for eco-conscious healthful dining in an equally green environment. Forming a partnership with his sister Leslie (who has a degree in biodiversity, conservation and management) and brother-in-law David Silverglide, Swallow developed a winning formula. All of the restaurants are energy efďŹ cient from design concept to building materials; packaging is 100 percent compostable and biodegradable, as are all cleaning products used throughout the operations. Naturally, foods are organic and locally sourced. Swallow said in a published interview, â&#x20AC;&#x153;We use the same ingredients found at the best restaurants in the city.â&#x20AC;? At his latest Washington site the pursuit of freshness goes even farther with

greens planted in rows of boxes up one wall, using low-energy, high-yield techniques for indoor growingâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and yes, the plants go to the kitchen. Last year Mixt Greens was named Greenest Restaurant in San Francisco by Thimmaka, a not-for-proďŹ t organization that certiďŹ es green businesses. While his restaurant menus offer sandwiches on artisanal organic breads and special house-made teas and fruit drinks, it is the salads that star. These are tossed to order (ingredients chosen from a counter of impeccably fresh offerings) or composed. Swallow produces generous, adventurous dishes that take center stageâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;inventive starters, accompaniments and entrees rather than side salads. He writes about choosing the greenest products from all categories, with advice (and charts) on shopping and eating seasonally; thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also a list of basic considerations for keeping an energy-conscious kitchen. But the real pleasure is in the salad recipes. ------------------------While the example that follows is listed in the â&#x20AC;&#x153;winterâ&#x20AC;? section of the cookbook, I include it because we are able to get properly sized carrots all year long and they seem a perfect addition to grilled summer meals. (Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also the advantage of making it well ahead of serving time.)

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An eco-heroine Last week the Crissy Field Center held its annual Community Heroes Awards where “10 ordinary people are celebrated for doing extraordinary things to preserve, protect, and raise awareness about the urban environment of the San Francisco Bay Area.” One of the 2010 recipients was Novato scientist Marie Chan. Chan’s particular concern is with multiple chemical sensitivities, a chronic medical condition resulting from exposure to pesticides, plastics, paints, etc. Because of her tireless work over the last few years, the Novato Unified School District now uses only sustainable, nontoxic cleaning supplies and is the only school district in the state to receive the California Department of Public Health’s 2010 Achievement in Respiratory Health award for its implementation of the Tools for Schools program. Because of Chan’s efforts, district officials are realizing that being “clean and green” doesn’t cost any more than traditional methods.As one of Chan’s groupies in her Green Schools Coalition of Novato, and as the selfappointed president of the Marie Chan Fan Club, I’m crowning her with a Dirt Diva-sparkly-green-tiara award, as well! May she continue crusading in style.

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The recently a sublime blend of creaminess and sharp opened Novato restaurant was well on its way radicchio kick. Our Pollo al Mattone ($16.95) to becoming one of our new local favorites featured a half-chicken char-broiled beneath when our voracious sipping of a stand-out a brick (the brick ďŹ&#x201A;attens the meat, putting minestrone ($5) was interrupted by the hur- more of its area in contact with the grill, if ried approach of our waitress and the ďŹ&#x201A;oor youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re wondering) and was incredible. manager, who wanted us to We also sampled the abandon our cozy table at Salciccia pizzaâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;one of CHIANTI CUCINA the end of a long cushioned Chiantiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s six thin-crust 7416 Redwood Blvd., Novato; bench for a smaller one â&#x20AC;&#x153;pizze rustiches,â&#x20AC;? most are 415/878-0314. www.chiansandwiched between two between $10 and $14â&#x20AC;&#x201D; other parties. 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Chiantiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more-uptown vibe is an intimate murmur to a reverberant holler a striking departure from the low-lit warmth across the din. of Capraâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. Each has its charms, but we really It also happened to be our 10th wedding dig the busy, spacious ambience of Chianti. anniversary; Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d mentioned this upon calling Chianti owners Mark and Bonnie Robertin a dinner reservation and speciďŹ cally asked son and Josephine and Ed Pizzuti are no for a nice table, if one was available. One was, strangers to the restaurant business (the as it turned out, but only for the ďŹ rst course. Pizzutis own Caffe Giostra in Petaluma and But special-occasion aside, moving patrons ran La Trattoria in San Rafael back in the from table to table in the middle of a meal is â&#x20AC;&#x2122;80s); Bonnieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an interior designer, accordnever an acceptable practice at restaurants of ing to the Chianti website, and we assume what we believe is Chiantiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s qualityâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;it leaves sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s to thank for the relaxed feel of the an impression that selling a few more blueinteriorsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;the main color is an easy-going plate specials is more important than allowing yellow, large mirrors reďŹ&#x201A;ect the natural light customers to enjoy their meal at their original from west-facing windows, and large decotable. If there isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t an available table for a rative utensils adorn the walls making for, larger party, then perhaps they should have at the very least, a good conversation piece. made reservations; if they did have reservaChiantiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been packed on weekends since tions and the restaurant still didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have a opening earlier in the springâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and doing table, then drinks are on the house while they good business (from what weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve seen driving wait in the bar for seats to open up. past) on weeknights, as well. (Hopefully, not Now, despite going on for three paragraphs because they seat by volume.) So itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s off to a about Chiantiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ill-advised re-seating habits, good start and Marinites should deďŹ nitely weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve still got to recommend this as one of give it a taste. 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hile I sit here alone, without and they began spending time together. He even an insignificant other, my always emphasized they’re “just friends,” yet friend Melissa is juggling the his actions said otherwise. Living nearby, demands of three different men. A forhe stopped over frequently, usually bearing mer model with bone structure that rivals gifts. Tapenade from Napa, a book for her Sharon Stone’s, a thick blonde mane and daughter—innocent enough, but Melissa’s legs that won’t quit, she’s used to fending been in this position before. off unwanted attention. Right now though, She enjoyed their friendship, yet there she’s dealing with a trio of pretty persistent were signs that made her uncomfortable. personalities. For instance, he insisted on calling her “People think I’m really lucky, but they Lisa, because he doesn’t like the name have no idea,” Melissa says. “I feel helicopMelissa. He also dropped hints about tered.” buying her expensive, inappropriate “Is that a word?” I ask. gifts, like a Bay Club membership for her “Yes. It means they’re hovering over me. birthday or a down payment for a house. Watching my every move,” she replies. She worried George was trying to take Karsten, a charming businessman from over her life and it scared her. Amsterdam, met her in January at the Turns out she was right. He recently Balboa Cafe in Mill Valley. Although she said he wants more time with her. She told was engrossed in conversahim she values his friendship tion with her friend Joan, and he quickly agreed they’re he sidled right up beside her “just friends.” Except, she and inserted himself in the hasn’t heard from him since, “He framed a conversation. despite leaving him message She liked Karsten well bunch of pictures after message. enough, though she didn’t give of me and has “It was a big lie,” Melissa him her phone number. Since says with a tinge of hurt in her he separated from his wife them hanging voice. “George didn’t want to just the month before, she felt on his wall like be my friend. He had an ultethere wasn’t much potential. artwork." rior motive the whole time.” Not a man to be deterred, the I feel sorry for George. next day he tracked down Joan Clearly, he lacked the selfthrough a Google search and confidence to share his true cajoled her into giving him intentions from the beginning. Melissa’s e-mail address. The funny thing is, Melissa was interested Always stressing she wants to keep it when she first met him; however, his “just casual, she sees him when he’s in town, friends” routine was so convincing that she which is about every month. During the abandoned the idea. Easter holiday, he flew her to AmsterMeanwhile, there’s Ian, who was always dam for a visit. a little too busy doing his own thing. A “I couldn’t believe it, Nikki,” Melissa says. couple of times a month he would call her “He framed a bunch of pictures of me and at the last minute to take a jaunt to Tahoe in has them hanging on his wall like artwork. his small plane or a sunset sail on his boat. My photo’s the background on his work And, of course, Melissa wanted the hardcomputer and his clients see me pop up on to-get guy. Only he couldn’t or wouldn’t his screen. On his iPhone, too.” commit, so she booted him. I’ve seen men go gaga over her before, Since we want what we can’t have, Ian yet Karsten’s case seems particularly bad. let that stand for all of two weeks. He’s now Though nine hours ahead, he manages to back and wanting more. Only Melissa isn’t call her every day. sure, because Ian’s more isn’t really enough. “If I don’t call him back, he keeps call“Sometimes I think no one will make me ing,” shares Melissa. “You’d think he’d be happy,” she confesses. asleep at 3am, but he’s still calling. Now, Maybe not, but I’m confident these guys he’s talking about moving to Marin and he and many more will keep trying. Her trials thinks we’ll live together.” almost make me grateful for my average Feeling stressed and pressured by looks and uncomplicated life. I said almost. Karsten, she reminds him he’s not divorced Is it so wrong to want to be helicoptered and she has a young daughter. Unfortunate- just once? ✹ ly, he’s not accepting it, writing and calling E-mail: even more to persuade her to reconsider. Offer Nikki some helpful advice on TownSquare at Then, there’s George, a man she met at a ›› friend’s barbecue. Melissa had fun with him


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FRIDAY, JUNE 11 Buffy the Vampire Slayer Marathon A loving look back at the pre-Twilight era when vampires weren’t neutered when their fangs grew in. LOGO. All night. Smallville Another virus that turns humans into zombies. How come there’s never a virus that turns people into thin, attractive go-getters with impressive people skills? CW. 8pm. Hippies The history of the counterculture revolution when young people stood up to their parents and their bourgeois values and demanded that their checks be mailed in soy ink envelopes. History Channel. 8pm. Shaft You say the Shaft remake was a bad movie? Shut yo’ mouth. (2000) FX. 9pm.

TUESDAY, JUNE 15 Addicted to Plastic A look at the part that cheap plastic plays in our lives and how every plastic action figure you had as a kid is buried in some landfill, waiting for the day when it can rise up and wreak its bloody revenge. Sundance Channel. 8:30pm. Cupcake Wars Has it really come to this? Food Network. 9pm. Late Show with David Letterman Whether or not you’re ready for a Devo comeback, it’s comforting to know that you can buy a red plastic Devo Energy SATURDAY, JUNE 12 Dome hat new on AmaThree Rivers A woman zon for $17.99. Really. CBS. wants to donate her kid- Must... eat... flesh... Tuesday, 8:30pm. 11:35pm. ney to a stranger in hopes that somewhere down the line, somebody WEDNESDAY, JUNE 16 TV’s Greatest Surwill donate a kidney to her husband. It’s prises We didn’t realize that Hugo from Lost like an organ chain letter, a Ponzi scheme was really the person who shot JR. CBS. 8pm. with body parts. At some point the music Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut In stops and somebody sits down in a chair the director’s cut there are more scenes of without a kidney. CBS. Clark asking Lois,“Do these 8pm. blue tights make my butt County Jail: Las Vegas It’s look big?”(1980) AMC. 8pm. like any other jail, but to Extreme Poodles This is make bail you have to get just poodle grooming. No three winning Keno cards animals were harmed in in a row. Discovery Channel. the making of this show. 8pm. They were just horribly Catch Me if You Can embarrassed. TLC. 8pm. Leonardo DiCaprio plays a Bridal Bootcamp Bridescheck-scam artist who uses to-be go through exhausthis wits and charm to bluff ing and humiliating mental his way into a high-flying challenges. Usually the lifestyle. Tom Hanks plays mother-in-law takes care of the FBI agent who really that. VH1. 10pm. needs to lighten up. (2002) They are Devo, Tuesday at 11:35. TBS. 8pm. THURSDAY, JUNE 17 The OCD Project Six people struggling with obsessive-compulSUNDAY, JUNE 13 Wrong Turn A group sive disorder move into a house together. of college students gets lost in the AppaWe are going to tape it and then file the lachian backwoods and encounters a tapes by episode date and create a character clan of savage inbred cannibals. They only log for each cast member and then alphaescape when they distract the murderous betize and integrate a database of charachillbillies with a NASCAR broadcast and teristic behaviors and then store the tapes in anti-gay-marriage rally. (2003) SyFy. 7pm. a box with a combination lock based on the Tony Awards People you’ve never heard square root of their combined ages divided of getting awards for plays you’ll never see by pi. VH1 7pm. unless they make it to the dinner theater Glee Will performs with an all-male a capcircuit and you get a free-prime-rib coupon pella group, just in case singing with the glee in the mail. CBS. 8pm. club wasn’t quite gay enough. Fox. 8pm. 2010 World Music Awards You have to MONDAY, JUNE 14 Pretty Little Liars This wonder if we are past the Michael Jackson new show centers on a group of beautiful tribute period. It’s a shame Gary Coleman’s girls at an elite school caught up in a missing “What You Singin’ about Willis?” never got person/murder mystery and searching for the musical acclaim it deserved. KRON clues, most of which show up as text mesChannel 4. 9pm. ✹ sages. ABC Family. 9pm.. Critique That TV Guy at CSI: Miami This week’s body has been chopped in half, which you would think Turn on more TV Guy at would make a good two-part episode. ›› CBS. 10pm. JUNE 11 - JUNE 17, 2010 PACIFIC SUN 27

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Bound for Guthrie Playwright’s folk pedigree had him a-courtin’ the music legend from an early age... B y G r e g Cah i l l


or Bay Area playwright Peter Glazer, Shakespeare Festival’s 2008 production the continued success of his musical and an ace band of bluegrass and folk Woody Guthrie’s American Song is musicians and singers. The show includes a mixed blessing. On one hand, it’s been in such popular Guthrie songs as “This Land production, someplace or another, since Is Your Land,” “Bound for Glory” and its premiere in 1988—the Marin Theatre “Ain’t Gonna Be Treated This Way,” all set Company is staging it this month [don’t in vignettes that lend context to the times miss Lee Brady’s review on page 29]. On from which those songs emerged. the other hand, the social injustice, In many ways, Glazer is uniquely Depression-era poverty qualified to have brought and foreclosures that inGuthrie’s music to the formed many of the legstage—his father, Tom NOW PLAYING endary folk singer’s balGlazer, was a popular Woody Guthrie’s American lads still dominate the New York City folk singer Song runs through June 27 at Marin Theatre Company, headlines. who performed with 397 Miller Ave., Mill Valley. “Here we are singing a Guthrie, Pete Seeger and 415/388-5208. song in the show about other prominent folkies. immigrants who decades “I certainly grew up ago were being arrested in the folk music idiom,” and deported,” Glazer Glazer says, “but I didn’t says, referring to Guthrie know a lot about Woody lament “Deportees.” “And yet here we find until I was working as a director and ourselves right in the middle of that same playwright in New York City, during the situation.” 1970s, and I came upon a fabulous book The MTC production, directed by of Woody’s prose called Born to Win.” Glazer, features the cast of the Colorado The collection of essays, letters, unpub-

lished lyrics, poems—edited by Robert Shelton—was the only published collection of prose by Guthrie, who wrote extensively in the 1930s and ’40s while rambling around the country and serving as a merchant seaman. “I realized the prose could become the landscape for his music, because he wrote so beautifully about how he saw the role of music and what he thought of the role of the folksinger in society.” The book also helped Glazer realize that his own stagecraft had something in common with Guthrie’s songcraft. “The first bit of prose in that book describes how the folksinger borrows what they do from the people around them and then gives it back,” he says. “Guthrie felt that sense of exchange—giving and taking—was an essential piece of the folksinger’s art. And that, to me, felt very much like what theater is, that kind of a dialogue across the musical footlights, if you will.” First, Glazer sought the approval of Harold Leventhal, the influential manager and booking agent who was handling

Guthrie’s ‘This Machine Kills Fascists’ sentiment made it pretty clear exactly what his music was about.

Sadly, says Glazer, Woody Guthrie’s lyrics are as relevant today as they were in the Depression.

business affairs for the Guthrie estate following the folk singer’s death in 1967 after a long debilitating illness. Glazer held a closed reading of his then work-inprogress for Leventhal and a small group of colleagues. “He and his wife came to the reading, and at the end he was in tears,” Glazer says. “He said, ‘I wish this material weren’t so pertinent.’” Ultimately, Glazer says, it is Guthrie’s genius as a storyteller that has made these songs so enduring. “Woody has a line in the play that goes: ‘I can’t invent the news, but I can do my little job, which is to fix the day’s news up to where you can sing it. You’ll remember it a lot plainer if I can make it easy for you to sing.’ “And that’s part of what the show is doing.” ✹ This land is Greg’s land at Tune up to the Marin music scene at

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any of us folkies grew up singing to now. Actors bring in their own props and songs we thought were old-timey set up temporary camps on Melpomene folk songs about hard times and Katakalosâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; workable set, and Jocelyn Leiser traveling men. Now, thanks to Peter Glazer, Herndonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s costumes all look authentic we know that â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hard Travelinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bound enough for a Dorothea Lange portrait. for Glory,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nine Hundred Miles,â&#x20AC;? and Woody Guthrieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s American Song has already the most famous of all, â&#x20AC;&#x153;This Land is Your been extended, and may prove to be a long Land,â&#x20AC;? came out of the life-experiences of summer runâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;a treat for Marin audiences. one man: Woody Guthrie. â&#x2014;? â&#x2014;? â&#x2014;? â&#x2014;? Glazerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s company of ďŹ ve talented actor/ tâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a set-up: a sleazy motel room with singers brings it all home to us in Woody rumpled sheets; an adulterous blonde Guthrieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s American Song, a celebration named Lola (Madeline H.D. Brown) that makes you think hard times couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have been all that bad. Musical director who has come from nowhere and doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t plan to go back there; Tony Marcus, along with a horny young idealist Chuck Ervin and Harry Asuncion (Chad DeverYaglijian joining in with NOW PLAYING man), who wants to turn ďŹ ddles, banjos, guitars Woody Guthrieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s American Lolaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s husband Charlesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; and mandolins, has audiSong runs through June 27 (Keith Burkland) proďŹ tences tapping, clapping at Marin Theatre Company, able pig farm into a public and singing along. 397 Miller Ave., Mill Valley; education park. Add Lisa Asher, Berwick 415/388-5208, www.marblackmail, revenge and, Haynes, Sam Misner, Matt The Apotheosis of Pig happily for audiences, Mueller and Megan Pearl Husbandry runs through some humorous twists, Smith begin the show in a June 12 at SF Playhouseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and you have The ApoďŹ&#x201A;urry of words about the Sandbox Series, 533 Sutter theosis of Pig Husbandry, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Oklahoma Hills,â&#x20AC;? where St., S.F.; 415/677-9596, www. by a fresh new voice, playoil ďŹ&#x201A;owed like money wright William Bivins. until it didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t, and the No character here is dust storms that followed all bad all the time. The left nothing but â&#x20AC;&#x153;burnt ground.â&#x20AC;? Misner sings of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dust Bowl Di- pig farmer admits to having had more idesaster,â&#x20AC;? and all join in to tell stories of hoppinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; als, but says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The life of a liberal is a life freight trains to jungle camps, with â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pastures of hell.â&#x20AC;? The idealist is led astray by Lola, which becomes clear through the course of Plentyâ&#x20AC;? just over the California border. of the play. But Lola gains sympathy as she Then itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s on to New York City where tells us why money means more than love. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hard, Ainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t it Hard?â&#x20AC;? describes Woodyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Directed slickly by Bill English, the three life there as he takes swipes at the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jolly Bankerâ&#x20AC;? and supports the union movement clever actors make The Apotheosis of Pig Husbandry into serious playtime. â&#x153;š with songs like â&#x20AC;&#x153;Union Maid.â&#x20AC;? Sing to Lee at Glazerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s staging is inventive in this documentary/musical that moves from the 1930s


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Sat 6/19 STEVE LUCKY & THE RhUMBA BUMS Cool, hip, playful reinvention of jump swing. Pre-concert Swing lesson

Sat 7/10 Nigerian brothers & west african highlife band A joyous night of African music. Pre-concert African dance lesson

Sat 7/17 sambaguru featuring katia moraes High-energy, dynamic 6 piece band rooted in Brazilian rhythms. Pre-concert Samba lesson

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Hold the male! ‘Women Without Men’ leaves a lot to be desired by Re nat a Po l t


f the austere, geometric images that open Women Without Men look like the work of an artist, that’s because they are. Director Shirin Neshat, an Iranian living in New York, is an accomplished photographer and video artist. Women Without Men, adapted from a novella by Shahrnush Parsipur, is Neshat’s first fulllength film. Unfortunately, the film’s visual There’s never a man around when you need one. pleasures don’t make up for the incoherhas committed suicide in the film’s first ence of its story. The “women without men”—not suffi- scene, rises from the dead and joins the ciently without them, as it turns out—are demonstrators, Zarin nearly drowns and four: Munis, almost 30, tyrannized by her Faezeh rejects Munis’ brother’s proposal to brother for refusing to marry; her more become his second wife. Confused yet? By this point, the film has conventional friend, Faezeh, secretly in love with Munis’ brother; the emaciated become almost impossible to follow. What prostitute Zarin, who scrubs herself bloody are we to make of Munis’ resurrection, and of Zarin’s semi-comatose in a women’s bathhouse; state after the near-drownand Fahkri, an upperNOW SHOWING ing? And what of the endclass woman of 50, whose Women Without Men is ing sequence, in which the husband, a famous genat the Opera Plaza in San women submissively serve eral, disdains her for being a group of armed soldiers menopausal and no longer Francisco. Call 267-4893 for showtimes. who invade their sanctuary? “satisfying” him. Neshat (with co-scriptThe setting is 1953 Tehwriter Shoja Azari) links ran, as an American and British-backed coup d’etat is about to Iran’s repressive political situation to the overthrow the democratically elected gov- repressed condition of its women, but that ernment of Mohammad Mossadegh and equation comes off as more schematic replace him with the Shah. In the streets, than heartfelt: Does liberation consist pro-Mossadegh demonstrators, some mainly of soirees in which educated womof them communists, skirmish with the en—together with men—sip cocktails and discuss Camus? Perhaps if more than one armed troops. woman, Neshat, were politically involved Fahkri leaves her husband and buys an the point would be clearer. ✹ orchard and farmhouse, a bucolic place outside the city, which becomes a haven for the women. But not before Munis, who Reel off your movie reviews on TownSquare at ››


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Few directors have provoked the extremes of reaction that Martin Scorsese has over his long career. In the ‘70s he was the heart and soul of the American New Wave, the wunderkind behind Mean Streets, Taxi Driver and Raging Bull, and Hollywood’s most dangerous guy. Then around the time of Goodfellas, as the noisy flashbulbs and swooping crane shots grew ingrained into his technique, Another tough-guy role for the stripling Leonardo DiCaprio. he became the poster guy for empty style over substance. SHUTTER ISLAND gives fodder for both estimates, and it’s easy to see what drew Scorsese—an artist in late career who knows auteurs’ careers better than anyone—to the Dennis Lehane potboiler. Leonardo DiCaprio stars as the federal maah-shal sent from the Port of Boston to investigate an inmate disappearance at Ashecliffe Hospital, an Alcatraz of crazies. Bad weather delays his return just as the clue list on lead psychiatrist Dr. Cawley, played by Ben Kingsley, begins to thicken. The unalloyed silliness of it all is told in the grammar of a master—Nurse Ratched meets The Shining meets Don’t Look Now—laid out in scene after scene as gorgeous noir tableaux. —Richard Gould


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Movie summaries by Matthew Stafford

Micmacs (1:44) Screwball comedy about a troupe of French eccentrics who take on two arms merchants with a battery of recycled gizmos and booby traps and their own explosive ingenuity. ● La Mission (1:57) San Francisco native Benjamin Bratt stars in an intense family drama about life along 24th Street; brother Peter Bratt directs. ● Monsters vs. Aliens (1:34) A 50-foot woman, a Ph.D. with the head of an insect, a missing link and other affable aberrations are enlisted to take down an invading force of nasty extraterrestrials. ● 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. ● Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (1:56) Iraqi princeling Jake Gyllenhaal takes on the Forces of Evil with plenty of help from a comely sorceress. ● The Prisoner of Zenda (1:41) Dazzling 1937 swashbuckler stars Ronald Colman as a commoner mistaken for the soon-to-be-dethroned crown prince of Ruritania; Douglas Fairbanks Jr. costars. ● Robin Hood (2:20) The greatest guerrilla insurrectionist in history is back (in the person of Russell Crowe), robbing from the rich, giving to the poor and wooing the spirited Maid Marian (Cate Blanchett). ● 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. ● Sex and the City 2 (2:00) Manhattan’s female fab four escape the bonds of marriage and motherhood with a great escape to the alluring Middle East. ● Shrek Forever After 3D (1:34) The now-domesticated ogre, yearning for the hair-raising days of yesteryear, gets mixed up with con man Rumpelstiltskin; Mike Myers, Jon Hamm and Antonio Banderas provide the voices. ● Solitary Man (1:30) Chronic womanizer Michael Douglas faces financial ruin unless he agrees to behave himself on a business trip to an all-girl college. ● Splice (1:44) Genetic scientists Adrien Brody and Sarah Polley cook up a halfhuman/half-animal critter that’s sweet, sexy and lethal in successive manifestations. ● 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. ● UFC 115: Liddell vs. Franklin (3:00) Martial artistes Chuck “The Iceman” Liddell and Rich “Ace” Franklin kick, chop and wrassle live from Vancouver, B.C., in bonecrunching high definition. ● World Cup Soccer: USA vs. England Catch all the action live from South Africa on the big, big screen. ✹ ●

Douglas Fairbanks Jr. crosses swords with Ronald Colman in ‘The Prisoner of Zenda,’ playing Sunday night at the Rafael with visual and sound effects Oscar-winners Craig Barron and Ben Burtt in person sharing rare behind-thescenes footage.

The A-Team (1:57) TV’s favorite rogue commandos storm the big screen led by Liam Neeson; Jessica Biel costars. ● Babies (1:20) Thomas Balmes’s documentary follows four babies (a Namibian, a Mongolian, a Japanese and a San Franciscan) from birth to their first tentative steps into toddlerhood. ● City Island (1:43) Hilarious havoc ensues when a middle-aged wannabe actor introduces his family to his long-lost ex-con son. ● 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. ● Get Him to the Greek (1:49) An ambitious nerdling finds himself escorting a downward-spiraling out-of-control rock star from London to L.A. ● 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. ● Hotel for Dogs (1:40) Two nimble-witted teens convert an abandoned hotel into a fabulous spa for abandoned canines. ● 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. ● The Karate Kid Fish-out-of-water Jaden Smith takes on all of Beijing’s bullies with a little help from kung fu master Jackie Chan. ● Killers (1:40) The tranquil suburban existence of retired government agent Ashton Kutcher is turned upside down when he realizes he’s the target of a professional assassin; Tom Selleck costars. ● 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. ● Marmaduke (1:27) The rambunctious, king-size Great Dane leaps from comic strip to big screen, wreaking havoc throughout greater Southern California. ● The Metropolitan Opera: Aida (4:00) Ancient Egypt comes alive in Verdi’s epic tale of love and loss, presented live from New York in all its high-def big-screen glory. ●

›› MOViE TiMES The A-Team (PG-13) Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 7:30, 10:20 Sat-Sun 1:30, 4:30, 7:30, 10:20 Mon-Thu 6:50, 9:35 Century Northgate 15: 11:30, 1, 2:20, 3:55, 5:05, 6:45, 7:45, 9:25, 10:30 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:30, 2:15, 5, 7:40, 10:20 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri 4:10, 7:05, 9:45 Sat-Thu 1:30, 4:10, 7:05, 9:45 Babies (PG) ★★★★ Rafael Film Center: Fri 4:45, 6:45, 8:35 Sat 12:45, 2:45, 4:45, 6:45, 8:35 Sun 12:45, 2:45, 6:45 Mon, Thu 6:45 Tue-Wed 6:45, 8:35 City Island (PG-13) Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 12:15, 2:45, 5:15, 7:45, 10:10 Sun-Thu 12:15, 2:45, 5:15, 7:45 Date Night (PG-13) ★★1/2 Century Northgate 15: 12, 5:40 Get Him to the Greek (R) ★★1/2 Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 5, 7:45, 10:20 Sat-Sun 11:40, 2:20, 5, 7:45, 10:20 Mon-Thu 7, 9:35 Century Northgate 15: 11:55, 1:15, 2:30, 3:45, 5, 6:30, 7:35, 9, 10:15 Century Rowland Plaza: 12:20, 2:50, 5:20, 7:50, 10:25 The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (Not Rated) ★★★★ Rafael Film Center: Fri-Sun 4:15, 7:30 Mon-Thu 7:30 ❋ Hotel for Dogs (PG) Century Rowland Plaza: Tue, Thu 10am Iron Man 2 (PG-13) ★★1/2 Century Northgate 15: 1:20, 4:20, 7:20, 10:05 The Karate Kid (2010) (PG) Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 7:10, 10:15 Sat-Sun 12:40, 3:50, 7:10, 10:15 Mon-Thu 6:45, 9:50 Century Northgate 15: 11:20, 12:45, 2:25, 3:50, 5:35, 7, 8:35, 10 Century Rowland Plaza: 12:50, 4, 7, 10 CinéArts at Marin: Fri 3:55, 7, 10:05 Sat 12:50, 3:55, 7, 10:05 Sun 12:50, 3:55, 7 Mon-Thu 4:35, 7:40 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri 4, 7, 10 Sat-Thu 1, 4, 7, 10 Tiburon Playhouse 3: 1:30, 4:30, 7:30 Killers (PG-13) Century Regency

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6: Fri 12:35, 1:55, 3:15, 4:35, 5:55, 7:15, 8:35, 9:55 Sat 12:35, 1:55, 3:15, 5:55, 8:35, 9:55 Sun-Tue, Thu 12:35, 1:55, 3:15, 4:35, 5:55, 7:15 Wed 12:35, 1:55, 3:15, 5:55 Century Rowland Plaza: 12:30, 2:55, 5:15, 7:30, 9:50 CinéArts at Marin: Fri 4:25, 7:30, 9:50 Sat 1:20, 4:25, 7:30, 9:50 Sun 1:20, 4:25, 7:30 Mon-Thu 4:55, 7:20 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri 4:40, 7:20, 9:40 Sat-Thu 1:15, 4:40, 7:20, 9:40 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri-Sat 2:30, 4:45, 7:10, 9:40 Sun-Thu 2:30, 4:45, 7:10 La Mission (R) ★★★ Rafael Film Center: Thu 7 (Benjamin and Peter Bratt in person) Letters to Juliet (PG) ★★ Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 12:05, 2:35, 5:05, 7:35, 10:05 Sun-Thu 12:05, 2:35, 5:05, 7:35 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri-Sat 1:45, 4:15, 7, 9:20 Sun-Thu 1:45, 4:15, 7 Marmaduke (PG) Century Northgate 15: 11:40, 12:35, 1:55, 3:10, 4:25, 5:20, 6:40, 7:30, 8:50, 9:50 Century Rowland Plaza: 12:10, 2:30, 4:40, 6:50, 9 Lark Theater: Fri-Sun, WedThu 3:20, 5:30, 7:30 Mon-Tue 5:30, 7:30 The Metropolitan Opera: Aida (Not Rated) Century Regency 6: Wed 6:30 Thu 10am CinéArts at Sequoia: Wed 6:30 Thu 1 Micmacs (R) ★★★ Rafael Film Center: Fri 4:30, 7, 9:15 Sat 2, 4:30, 7, 9:15 Sun 2, 4:30, 8:35 Mon, Thu 8:35 Tue-Wed 7, 9:15 ❋ Monsters vs Aliens (PG) ★★1/2 Century Northgate 15: Tue 10am Please Give (R) ★★★★ CinéArts at Sequoia: Fri-Sat 1:20, 3:30, 5:40, 7:50, 10 Sun-Tue 2:30, 4:45, 7:15 Wed 1:50, 4 Thu 4:45, 7:15 Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (PG-13) ★★★ Century Northgate 15: 1:30, 2:40, 4:15, 7:05, 8:10, 9:55

❋ The Prisoner of Zenda (1937) (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Sun 7 (Oscar-winning effects experts Ben Burtt and Craig Barron in person) Robin Hood (PG-13) ★★ Century Northgate 15: 1:10, 4:10, 7:10, 10:10 The Secret In Their Eyes (R) ★★★ CinéArts at Sequoia: Fri-Sat 1:40, 4, 6:55, 9:50 Sun-Thu 2:10, 5, 7:50 Sex and the City 2 (R) ★ Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 7, 10:15 Sat-Sun 12:10, 3:35, 7, 10:15 Mon-Thu 6:30, 9:45 Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 12:30, 3:45, 7, 10:15 Sun-Thu 12:30, 3:45, 7 Century Rowland Plaza: 1, 4:10, 7:20, 10:30 CinéArts at Marin: Fri 7:15 Sat-Sun 1:05, 7:15 Mon-Thu 7:30 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri 3:50, 6:50, 9:50 Sat-Thu 12:45, 3:50, 6:50, 9:50 Shrek Forever After (PG) ★★1/2 Century Cinema: 2, 4:30, 7, 9:20 Sat-Sun 11:30, 2, 4:30, 7, 9:20 Century Northgate 15: 12:50, 3:15, 5:45, 8, 10:20; 3D showtimes at 11:45, 2:15, 4:45, 7:15, 9:45 Century Rowland Plaza: 12, 2:40, 4:50, 7:10, 9:30 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri 4:50, 7:10, 9:20 Sat-Thu 12:30, 2:40, 4:50, 7:10, 9:20 ❋ Solitary Man (R) Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 12:40, 2:55, 5:10, 7:25, 9:40 Sun-Thu 12:40, 2:55, 5:10, 7:25 Splice (R) ★★★ Century Northgate 15: 11:50, 2:35, 5:10, 7:55, 10:25 Century Rowland Plaza: 12:40, 3:10, 5:35, 8, 10:30 CinéArts at Marin: Fri-Sat 4:10, 10:25 Sun 4:10 Mon-Thu 4:45 Touching Home (PG-13) ★★1/2 Rafael Film Center: Sat-Sun 1:30 ❋ UFC 115: Liddell vs. Franklin (PG13) Century Regency 6: Sat 7pm ❋ World Cup Soccer: USA vs. England (Live Broadcast) Lark Theater: Sat 11:30am

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

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

The forecast is ‘Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs’ at Fairfax’s Central Field Friday night at 8pm. Info: 272-2756. JUNE 11 – JUNE 17, 2010 PACIFIC SUN 31

SUNDiAL ] [ Highlights from our online community calendar— great things to do this week in Marin

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Live music 06/11: Kat Fitzgerald and the Supper Club Six Vocal jazz and cabaret performance. 7:309:30pm. $10. Belrose Theater, 1415 5th Ave., San Rafael. 823-4333. 06/11: Kathi McDonald and Friends With Rich Kirch, Snooky Flowers, Sam Andrew and Dave Getz (Big Brother and Holding Company). CD included with admission. 8-11pm. $20-25. Larkspur Blues & Rock at American Legion, 500 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur. 924-1133. 06/11: Lauralee Brown and Company With Malcolm Granger on keys, Mark Armenta on bass and Steve Malerbi on drums. Jazz. 7-9:30pm. The Pleasure Is Mine, 475 East Strawberry Dr., Mill Valley. 381-6400 . 06/11: Si Perkoff Lovely local jazz pianist. 7-10pm. Free. Two Bird Cafe, 625 San Geronimo Valley Dr., San Geronimo. 823-4333. 06/11: Terry Savastano Pop, Irish, Blues and Rock. 8-10:30pm. Free. Max’s Cafe, 60 Madera Blvd., Corte Madera. 924-6297. 06/11: The Stone River Boys Featuring Dave Gonzalez and Mike Barfield 8:30pm. $15. Rancho Nicasio, Nicasio. 662-2219. 06/12: Joan Getz Jazz Trio With Chris Huson, piano and Graham Bruce, bass and horn. 8-11pm. No cover. Caffe Divino, 37 Caledonia, Sausalito. 331-9355. 06/12: Saboteur Screening of a local short indie film “Background” followed by 2 sets of live rock. 9pm. $5. Presideo Yacht Club, Travis Marina, Sausalito. 06/13: Commander Cody Band Honky Tonk. 7pm. $20. Rancho Nicasio, Nicasio. 662-2219. 06/13: Harmonics Steel Band Reggae and steel drums. Part of Town Center Corte Madera’s Sum-

mer Music Series. 2-4pm. Free. Corte Madera Town Center, West side of Highway 101 at the Tamalpais Drive exit, Corte Madera. 924-2961. 06/13: Sunday Open Mic With the New Moon Players. 8pm. Smiley’s Schooner Saloon, 41 Wharf Road, Bolinas. 868-1311. 06/15: Swing Fever With Bryan Gould performs music of Frank Sinatra & Count Basie. 7-10 pm. No cover. Panama Hotel & Restaurant, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 457-3993. 06/16: Christopher Kilday San Francisco based singer/guitarist performs his songs on classical and electric guitar with oud and percussion. 7:3011pm. Free. Caffe Divino, 37 Caledonia St., Sausalito. 331-9355. 06/16: Compared to What Jazz. 7-10pm. No cover. Panama Hotel & Restaurant, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 457-3993. 06/16: Jazz and Blues Haiti Fundraiser With Mike Aragon trio, Mary Spalding on steel drums, and singers Judith Anglade and Jonathan Portez. Proceeds benefit nonprofit charities helping in Haiti families. 7-9pm. Donations. Mill Valley Seniors for Peace at The Redwoods, 40 Camino Alto, Mill Valley. 381-8354.

06/17: Lorin Rowan and Doug Harman Rattelbox. 7-10pm. No cover. Panama Hotel & Restaurant, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 457-3993. 06/17: Singer/Songwriter Series Hosted by Lauralee Brown. In the Bar 7pm. Rancho Nicasio, Nicasio. 662-2219. 06/18: DickyGee and Jan Guitar and mandolin. 5:15pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 06/18: John Craigie Folk singer/songwriter. 8-10:30pm. Free. Max’s Cafe, 60 Madera Boulevard, Corte Madera. 924-6297. 06/18: Revolver Rancho Debut. 60s rock. 8:30pm.

BEST BET Tie-dyed in the wool Fairfax’s green, tie-dye-wearing residents and laid-back vibe make it the festival capital of Marin. The town’s true colors are best seen at the annual FAIRFAX FESTIVAL, a two-day bonanza of local style and spirit. The fun begins with a parade that snakes over to the wooded parks where the rest of the weekend’s festivities unfold. The festival provides an eclectic mix of hearty fare, vegan delights, henna tattoos, an array of Every day’s a festival in Fairfax... crafts, children’s activities, live music and an EcoFest. Saturday, June 12, parade begins downtown at 10am; Sunday, June 13, 11am to 6pm, at Bolinas and Peri parks. Check out—Sarah Strand 32 PACIFIC SUN JUNE 11 - JUNE 17, 2010

$10-12. Rancho Nicasio, Nicasio. 662-2219.

06/18: The Egads, Evolfo Doofeht and Representative Local jazz funk, rock and soul bands. 8-10pm. $5-12. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley. 383-9600. Masala Music Mondays Live Indian Classical Music presented by Kukoo G. Singh and Ben Kunin. 7-9pm. Free, with dinner. India Palace Restaurant, 707 Redwood Hwy., Mill Valley. 819-8730. www. Through 06/13: Fifth Annual Djangofest A four day festival celebrating the music and spirit of French/Belgian Gypsy guitarist, Django Reinhardt. La Gaite and John Jorgenson Quintet will perform at 8pm on June 11. The Doug Martin Avatar Ensemble featuring Annie Staninec and Mozes Rosenberg with Gonzalo Bergara will perform at 3pm on June 12.On June 13 at 7pm there will be Duo Doug Martin is sure to draw a bigger crowd this weekend at Djangofest.

Gadjo-with Paul Mehling on bass and Euro Djam hosted by Gonzalo Bergara Quartet with Romane, Richard Manetti, Mozes Rosenberg, Paul Mehling, See website for further event details. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Downtown, Mill Valley. 383-9600.

Dance 06/05-27: S.F. Ethnic Dance Festival A month of world-class dance performances from around the world. Shows at 2 and 8pm on June 5; 2pm on June 6. Festival benefit gala at 6pm on June 11. See website for further details. $22-44. Palace of Fine Arts Theatre, 3301 Lyon St., San Francisco. 474-3914. www.

Theater/Auditions Through 06/13: ‘Cactus Flower’ Novato Theater Company presents this musical which had a long Broadway run and was made into a 1969 film starring Goldie Hawn. 8pm. $15-25. Pacheco Playhouse, 484 Ignacio Blvd., Novato. 883-4498. Through 06/20: ‘Guys and Dolls’ Luck be the theatergoers, today! The Mountain Home Play production will be performed on May 23 and 30, June 6, 12-13, and 20. All Shows begin at 1pm. Pre-show activities and entertainment begin at 11am. 11am. $21-36, children 3 and under are free. Cushing Memorial Amphitheatre, 801 Panoramic Hwy., Mill Valley. 383-1100. Through 06/20: ‘Top Girls’ Set in 1980s London, at the Top Girls Employment Agency, this play tells the story of an ambitious career woman who has just been appointed head of her firm. 8pm. $15-25. Ross Valley Players’ Barn Theatre, Marin Art and Garden Center, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Ross. 456-9555.

Through 06/27: ‘Woody Guthrie’s American Song’ Songs and writings by Woody Guthrie. Conceived, adapted & directed by Peter Glazer. Musical follows Guthrie as he rambles coast to coast and features many of his most famous songs. 8pm. $20-540. Marin Theatre Company, 397 Miller Ave., Mill Valley. 388-5208.

Comedy 06/16: Annual Evening of Comedy on the Plaza Open air laughfest with funny guys Marc Maron, Greg Behrendt, Kevin Hancock and Mark Pitta. Bring a chair or you’ll be sitting on the bricks, maties. Mature content advisory, so leave the toddler-teenage sets home for this one. 6:309pm. Free. Depot Plaza-Lytton Square, Throckmorton and Miller Ave., Mill Valley. 721-1856.

Art 06/11-08/13:‘Entwined by Nature’ Christine Walker, Cynthia Jensen and Susan Bercu, sculpture, painting & printmaking Opening reception 6-8pm June 11. Free. Falkirk Cultural Center, 1408 Mission Ave., San Rafael. 485-3328. 06/11: 2nd Fridays Art Walk | San Rafael Join Art Works Downtown and numerous merchants up

and down Fourth St for art shows, gallery receptions, open studios, refreshments and inspiration every 2nd Friday of the month 5-8pm. Free. Various locations, Downtown Fourth St., San Rafael. 451-8119. www. 06/16 and 23: Impressionism Class Art history professor Kerrin Meis will help you learn about the art and artists of the current exhibition at the de Young Museum through Sept. 6. 1-3pm. $35. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960.

06/16: Wabi Sabi Mask Making with Sha Sha Higby O’Hanlon Center and Sha Sha Higby present an evening of wild mask making. Incorporate natural found objects in your projects and learn about Sha Sha’s incredible mask making process. 6-9pm. $36-45, plus $10 materials fee. O’Hanlon Center for the Arts, 616 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 388-4331.

Through 06/13:‘100th Dipsea Race’ Special Exhibit The Marin History Museum celebrates the 100th Dipsea race with an exhibition dedicated to the history of the run. 11am-4pm. Free. Marin History Museum, 1125 B St., San Rafael. 454-8538. www.

Through 06/13:‘H2O: The Watery Medium in Art’ Group exhibtion. Deborah O’Grady, large

Kristen Neff, left, and Rebecca Faust will wax poetic June 12 at Book Passage.

format photographs. John de Lormimier, paintings. 1-5pm. Free. Bolinas Museum, 48 Wharf Road, Bolinas. 868-0330.

clay, papier-m’ch’ and plaster sculptures by Zwanda. Opening reception 5-8pm June 11. 10am-5pm. Free. Underground Gallery at Art Works Downtown, 1337 Fourth St., San Rafael. 451-8119. Through 07/15:‘Where You Are’ Exhibition of mixed media artwork inspired by environmental issues. Open 9am-5pm Monday-Friday. Free. Marin Community Foundation, 5 Hamilton Landing # 200, Novato. 459-4440.

Through 06/13:‘Picture Novato: Celebrating the City’s 50th Anniversary’ Regional juried exhibition. Free. MarinMOCA, 500 Palm Dr., Novato. 506-0137.

Through 06/14: Tiburon Art Festival 2010 Call to Artists The Art Festival is now accepting applications for their juried art event by the Bay. Seeking painting, sculpture, glass, woodwork, jewelry, photography and mixed media works. $25 application fee Historic Ark Row, Tiburon. 435-5633. www.

Through 06/20: Mary Mountcastle Eubank, Linda MacDonald and Suzanne Parker ‘Flotation Devices/Letting Go’ and ‘Stories from the North Woods.’ 11am-5pm. Free. Gallery Route One, 11101 Highway One, Point Reyes. 663-1347. Through 06/25: Marin/Scapes Preview An early opportunity to view and arrange to purchase selected pieces of the Marin/Scapes artwork by Buckelew artists. Proceeds from Marin/Scapes support Buckelew Employment Services. Noon-6pm. Free. Bank of Marin, 50 Madera Blvd., Corte Madera. 457-6964 x386. marinscapes/

Through 06/29:‘Latino Photo Project’ Group Exhibition Featuring works of eight local photographers. 10am-5pm. Free. San Geronimo Valley Community Center, 6350 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., San Geronimo. 488-8888(#) 252.

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. index.htm Through 06/30:‘Storybook Colors’ Exhibit of works by illustrator Katherine Lewis. Also celebrating the release of her new storybook “Simon and the Orange Scarf” 11am-6pm. Free. elsewhere gallery, 1828 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Fairfax. 747-8696.

Through 07/04: Jan Gross and Gael Hunt Exhibition Pastels, monotypes and mixed media works. Landscapes, 625 San Geronimo Valley Dr., San Geronimo. 488-0105.

Through 07/05:‘Mysterious Vistas and Unexpected Terrain’ Marty Knapp, photog-

Catch Susan Bercu on the astral plane with ‘Astral Imunu’ and other works this month at the Falkirk.

raphy. Free. Marty Knapp Photo Gallery, 11245 Highway One, Point Reyes Station. 663-8670. www. Through 07/06:‘Spiritz’ Solo exhibition of

Through 07/18:‘Sudden Intended Exhilaration: Art to Recall’ Exhibition featuring fifteen Bay Area artists. Noon-4:30pm. Free. Mona Lease Gallery, 39 Greenbrae Boardwalk, Greenbrae. 461-3781. Through 07/30:‘Realm of Dreams’ Collaborative exhibit by Phyllis Thelen and Barbara AndinoStevenson, also features poet Ann Rinehart and photographer David Leslie. Reception 5-8pm June 11 with singer/songwriter Terry Garthwaite. 10am5pm. Free. Art Works Downtown, 1337 Fourth St., San Rafael. 451-8119. Through 09/17:‘Dynamic Images’ Marin Arts Council sponsored group exhibition features diverse photographic images from Marin artists meant to draw the viewer inward. 9am-5pm. Free. Marin County Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Dr, Room 329, San Rafael. 459-4440. Through 09/30:‘Artistic Sausalito’ Free exhibit featuring original works by artists from the 1940s and ‘50s who gave Sausalito its reputation as an art colony. Hours: Wednesdays and Saturdays 10am-2pm. Free. Sausalito Historical Society, 420 Litho St.,, Sausalito. 289-4117. www.

Talks/Lectures 06/12: Left Coast Writers Book Release Event Celebrate the release of award-winning poetry by Kirsten Jones Neff and Rebecca Foust. Champagne and cookies will be served. 7-9pm. Free. Book Passage Bookstore, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera. 927-0960. 06/12: Sally Fallon Morell Lecture by best-selling author of “Nourishing Traditions.” 1-5pm. $22. College of Marin - Onlney Hall, 835 College Ave., Kentfield. 380-8448. 06/14: Rare Plants of GGNRA Talk by Michael Chasse of the National Park Service “Rare Plants of the GGNRA and the Rediscovery of the Franciscan Manzanita.” California Native Plant books, posters and cards for sale. 7:30-9:30pm. Free. The Redwoods, 40 Camino Alto, Mill Valley.

06/15: Real Dharma Buddhist Meditation and Inquiry Taught by Hal Blacker. 7:30-9pm. No charge, donations accepted. The Common Well, 85 Bolinas Road, Fairfax. 305-2101. www.

06/16:‘Science In The Park: How is Climate Change Affecting the Bay Area’s National Parks?’ GGNRA volunteer Steffen Bartschat discusses a national resource and science symposium of national park experts. All are invited on a 1 hr. hike to the Haypress project. Starting at Tenn. Valley. 7pm. Free. Tamalpais Valley Community Center, 203 Marin Ave., Mill Valley. 388-6393.

06/16: The A List Series: A Conversation with Dennis Muren Dennis Muren has nine Oscars on his mantle, winning Best Achievement in Visual Effects for such movies as Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, The Empire Strikes Back, E.T., and Jurassic Park. Check out this Interview with Joan Ryan. 7:30pm. $12-15. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley. 383-9600 . 06/17: World Affairs Council Retired Foreign Service officer Frank Rettenberg will talk about “The Kurds of Iraq: A Unique Political and Social System, But Can It Survive?” 7:15-9pm. Free. The Redwoods, 40 Camino Alto, Mill Valley. 293-4600.

Readings 06/12: Forbidden Pets Peter Laufer talks about “Forbidden Creatures: Inside the World of Animal Smuggling and Exotic Pets” which exposes the nefarious business of international animal smuggling. 4pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 06/12: Margery McAleer McAleer talks about “Doing Time in ‘Q’: the Story of One Man’s Life in Prison,” a compelling story that reveals the depths of madness, hope and compassion at San Quentin Prison. 2pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 06/12: Rebecca Foust and Kristen Neff Left Coast Writers poetry launch event. Foust reads from “All That Gorgeous, Pitiless Song” and Neff presents her Pushcart nominated “When the House is Quiet.” 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 06/12: Undervalued You Elaine Aron presents “The Undervalued Self.” 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www. 06/13: Goooaaalll In Celebration of the World Cup, Harry and Steven Stark present “World Cup JUNE 11 - JUNE 17, 2010 PACIFIC SUN 33

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51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www. 06/17: Gail Sheehy The author presents â&#x20AC;&#x153;Passages in Caregiving: Turning Chaos Into Confidenceâ&#x20AC;? which outlines nine crucial steps for effective, successful family caregiving. 1pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www. 06/18: Andrea Richesin Editor Richesin and contributors talk about â&#x20AC;&#x153;What I Would Tell Herâ&#x20AC;?â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 28 fathers explore their complex bond with their daughters. With Robert Dugoni, Mike Adamick, Nick Taylor & Rob Wilder. 7 pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www. 06/18: Male Brain Cosponsored by Buckelew Programs. Dr. Louann Brizendine presents â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Male Brain: A Breakthrough Understanding of How Men and Boys Think,â&#x20AC;? from the author of the NY Times bestseller â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Female Brain.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960.

Film Events 06/11: Film Night in the Park â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.â&#x20AC;? At Central Field in Fairfax. Popcorn, candy and sodas will be sold. Bring blankets, pillows, backrest and low chairs. Please leave pets at home. 8-10pm. Donations appreciated. Central Park, Broadway and Bank, Fairfax. 272-2756. www. 06/13: The Prisoner of Zenda Oscar winning visual effects supervisor Craig Barron and Oscar winning sound designer Ben Burtt will introduce a rare screening of the 1937 adventure/romance. 7pm. $5.50-10.25. Smith Rafael Film Center, 1118 Fourth St., San Rafael. 454-1222. 06/18: Film Night in the Park â&#x20AC;&#x153;Star Trek.â&#x20AC;? Popcorn, candy and sodas will be sold. Bring blankets, pillows, backrest and low chairs. Film Night suggests leaving pets at home. 8-10pm. Donations. Old Mill Park, 300 Block of Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 272-2756.

Community Events (Misc.) 06/11-13: 7th Annual Fairfax Ecofest Environmental groups, music, organic goods and services & food, wine and beer and art. See website for more details. 11am-8pm. Free. Fairfax Ecofest, Pavilion is located at the corner of Bolinas Road and Elsie Lane, Fairfax. 455-0218.

06/12 and 19: Free Song Workshop Learn to play rock classics with Travis Andrews. All ages and levels welcome. 12:30-1:30pm. Free. String Letter Music School, 55 San Anselmo Ave., San Anselmo. 485-6946 ext.600. 06/12-13: 17th Annual Youth in Arts Italian Street Painting Festival Stroll through and watch the artists at work, then kick back and listen to some live music while enjoying food and drinks. This festival is fun for everyone in the family. Proceeds benefit local arts education. 9am-7pm. Free. Mission San Rafael, Downtown San Rafael 5th & A Streets, San Rafael. 457-4878.

06/12-13: 27th Annual Novato Festival of Art, Wine and Music Event features 200 arts and crafts booths, food vendors, a premium wine garden, kids area and live music with Robben Ford, Ronnie Montrose and others. 10 am-6 pm. Free admission. Grant Ave., Between Redwood Hwy. and 7th St., Downtown Novato. 897-1164.

06/12: Call of the Seaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Annual Benefit for Youth Sailing Celebration features food, wine and beer, live music, and more. 3:30-6pm. $20-60. The Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 271-1858. www.CalloftheS. org/annual-fundraiser.php

06/12: World Cup Soccer on the Big Screen Bring the whole family to see the US team up against England in game one of the biggest sporting event in the world. Includes lunch, beverage & popcorn. 11:30am. $15-25. Lark Theater, 549 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur. 924-5111. 06/17: World Peace Diet Dr. Will Tuttle, recipient of the Peace Abbey award and bestselling author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The World Peace Dietâ&#x20AC;? will discuss war, oil, peace, justice and solutions that can be found in our food choices. 6:30-8pm. Free. Mountain View Room, Mill Valley Comunity Center, 180 Camino Alto, Mill Valley. 459-1666.

Synergy + Physical Therapy Community Mixer Chamber ribbon-cutting ceremony and complimentary refreshments. 5:30-7pm. Free. Synergy + Physical Therapy & Pilates Studio, 25 Tamalpais Ave. Ste. A & B, San Anselmo. 258-8228.

Kid Stuff 06/12: Marin Kids and Maternity Sidewalk Sale Half price items. 10 am-6 pm. Marin Kids and Maternity Consignment, 814 Francisco Blvd. West, San Rafael. 456-4943. 06/13: Strawberry Festival Features live music, entertainment, carnival games, petting zoo, contests, food vendors, free pool party, jump house, rock wall and more fun stuff fir the family. 11:30am-4pm. Free. Strawberry Festival, 118 East Strawberry Dr., Mill Valley. 383-6494.

Through 6/30:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Where the Mountains Meet the Seaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; An interdisciplinary exhibit of art, photography and writing from students of Bolinas/ Stinson School, Inverness School, Papermill Creek Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Corner- Supported by First Five of Marin, Tomales High School and West Marin School. Reception with the artists 1-3pm June 6 after the Western Parade. Free. Tobyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Feed Barn, 11250 Hwy. One, Pt. Reyes Station. 663-1223.

ers on the preserve. This is a 3-mile moderately easy hike. Meet at the Paradise Drive entrance to Ring Mt. Preserve. 10am-2pm. Free. California Native Plant Society. 06/12: Almost Night on Bald Mountain Join the Native Plant Society for a strenuous hike to the top of Mt. Baldy. We will look at the views and enjoy the vegetative mosaic of trees and shrubs. Meet at Deer Park, Fairfax. 4-8pm. Free. Fairfax.

06/12: Habitat Restoration Day at Lagunitas Creek Improve habitat for salmon by restoring native plant populations. We will be removing periwinkle and installing sheet mulch/erosion control fabric. Beginners and families welcome! Email or call for directions to meeting location. 9am-noon. Leo T. Cronin Fish Viewing Area, Marin Municipal Water District, Shafter Bridge on Sir Francis Drake Blvd, San Geronimo. 945-1128. roller?action=menuclick&id=253 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.

NonproďŹ ts/Volunteers 06/18-21: Johnnie Baker Sr. Fatherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day Invitational Great baseball in Marin County. The First Base Foundation presents the best California and Oregon high school U19 teams compete at four different locations throughout Marin and one in Contra Costa. 9:15am-7:45pm. Daily: $7 adults/$4 students, (Tournament Participants: $20 adults/$10 students) College of Marin, 835 College Ave., Kentfield. 235-8143.

Through 06/20: Birdwatchers Needed for Heron Research Project Audubon Canyon Ranchâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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 Ranchâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cypress Grove Research Center, Tomales Bay. 663-8203.

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

Thursdays: Ross Valley Farmers Market Meet and shop local, organic and regional farmers and artisan producers. 3-7pm. Free. Marin Art and Garden Center, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Ross. 382-7846.

Tuesdays: Tamalpais Valley Farmers Market Local and regional farmers, and food purveyors will showcase their high quality, seasonal bounty of organic and specialty foods. 3-7pm. Free. Tamalpais Valley Community Center, 203 Marin Ave., Mill Valley. 388-6393. â&#x153;š

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Week of June 10-June 16, 2010

ARIES (March 20 - April 19) Feel like you can do whatever you like without caring what anyone else thinks? Your innate fearlessness is amplified now that expansive Jupiter is in your sign. And, while your ruler (Mars) is providing motivation for working, he may have to step back and let you have some fun after pleasurable Venus moves into your house of romance and entertainment on Monday. It is summertime and every night has action potential—especially when you’re ignoring the rules... TAURUS (April 20 - May 19) Sometimes you simply have to indulge. Sensuous Venus (your ruler) is determined for you to have a lovely week. And you probably will—with a little help from earthy Saturn, exciting Uranus and upbeat Jupiter. Whatever you are seeking, you may have your dream come true. So, leave the hammock and go out to seek your fame or find the love of your life. Yes, now. These types of opportunities can be fleeting. GEMINI (May 20 - June 20) A fine birthday week is in store for you, as long as you avoid arguing with a family member or roommate on Friday morning. Everyone is appreciative of your ideas and your jokes. This is definitely a good time to hang out with your pals. If you’re single, you might want to accept a fix-up offer, as you are quite irresistibly witty this week. Monday and Tuesday could bring unexpected excitement. Oops. Did I ruin your surprise birthday party? CANCER (June 21 - July 21) It is time to listen to your inner voice as your intuition is heightened on Friday. Also, pay attention to a practical idea that someone shares with you on Friday or Saturday. On Sunday, your relationship must withstand a certain level of intensity. Monday and Tuesday could provide you with a financial boost or a great new plan for making money. Now I have your attention, don’t I? LEO (July 22 - August 22) It’s time to think about your summer vacation. If you planned it months ago, you are likely to change those plans. Excitable Uranus and freespirited Jupiter are making all sorts of suggestions for travel—and most of their ideas require going somewhere completely different. So, start with a globe and look at all the places you’ve never visited. One of these places will suddenly strike you as your destined destination. Bon voyage. VIRGO (August 23 - September 21) Watch out on Friday for a simple disagreement to escalate into full-scale war when your ruler, talkative Mercury, gets tangled up with bossy Mars. It’s an unusual sight—an out-of-control Virgo. As your ruler (restless Mercury) makes you question where your professional life is heading, impulsive Mars in your sign could cause you to take unnecessary chances. Before you quit your day job, consider whether your dream job is truly available. LIBRA (September 22 - October 22) Saturday’s New Moon plants a seed in your mind for taking your education one step further. Meanwhile, if you’re single, you could fall madly in love this week. If you’re already attached, you and your significant other may expand your romantic repertoire in unusual ways. Any relationship has the potential to be strange and wonderful on Monday and Tuesday. Oh, yes, Libra, it is an interesting time to be you. SCORPIO (October 23 - November 21) Chatty Mercury makes it hard for you to keep secrets on Friday. If you’re looking for romance, expect a certain amount of heat to build between you and someone you meet via a friend or a neighbor. If you’re already involved with the right person, you should notice the passion levels rising between you. If you’re happily solo, you can use all that charisma for promoting your professional life. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 - December 20) With two boisterous planets in your house of entertainment, life feels like one big amusement park. You, of course, are game for anything—the highest Ferris wheel or the fastest roller coaster. Meanwhile, you may encounter an attractive free spirit who wants to join you on your adventures. Though this may be a brief romance, it should be a satisfying one. Your career could get a boost on Tuesday. CAPRICORN (December 21 - January 18) While it is true that Jupiter and Uranus are disrupting your sense of peace, there is some support for earthy Capricorn now that mighty Mars is on your side. In fact, this week your personal power is compelling. If you are hoping to transform something or someone in your life, you should begin the process on Monday or Tuesday. Of course, your own transformation has already begun and will continue for many more years. AQUARIUS (January 19 - February 17) An Aquarian recently reminded me about the power of being grateful. A timely message since this week is all about being social and appreciating your environment. On Friday one of your co-workers makes your job easier. Then on Monday or Tuesday, one of your neighbors surprises you with an invitation to a pleasurable event that could have a positive influence on your love life. Oh, the advantages of being friendly and grateful... PISCES (February 18 - March 19) Although you are brilliant at understanding everyone else’s emotional state, you prefer remaining a mystery even to yourself. This week, in a change of pace, you may find yourself directing your intuitive skills toward your own psychological makeup. While still empathizing with the world, you also see that your own psyche is a fascinating study. As for your love life, you just went from craving stability to craving adventure. Or in movie terms, you’d rather be starring in Indiana Jones, than On Golden Pond. ✹ Email Lynda Ray at or check out her website at 38 PACIFIC SUN JUNE 11 – JUNE 17, 2010

PUBLIC NOTICES 995 Fictitious Name Statement FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 124012 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as MARY’S JEWELRY & ACCESSORIES, 1099 4TH ST. B 1/2, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: MARIA SOLEDAD CORADO, 63 CORTE MESA AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on May 12, 2010. (Publication Dates: May 21, 28; June 4, 11, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123986 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as Q INDOOR AIR, 446 W. LIVE OAK DRIVE, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: MICHAEL A. QUIJAS, 446 W. LIVE OAK DRIVE, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on May 10, 2010. (Publication Dates: May 21, 28; June 4, 11, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123963 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as ALI AKBAR COLLEGE OF MUSIC STORE, 215 WEST END AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: ALI AKBAR COLLEGE OF MUSIC, 215 WEST END AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by a corporation. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on May 6, 2010. (Publication Dates: May 21, 28; June 4, 11, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 124023 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as CADTRAK ENGINEERING, LLC, 31 SANTA BARBARA AVE., SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960: CADTRAK ENGINEERING, LLC, 31 SANTA BARBARA AVE., SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960. This business is being conducted by limited liability company. 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 May 13, 2010. (Publication Dates: May 21, 28; June 4, 11, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2010124016 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as MARIN HORTICULTURE LLC, 1 QUINCE CT., NOVATO, CA 94947: BENJAMIN G. BERMAN-BRADY, 1 QUINCE CT., NOVATO, CA 94947. This business is being conducted by limited liability company. 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 May 12, 2010. (Publication Dates: May 21, 28; June 4, 11, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123960 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as DIVINE DIVA/LITTLE BLESSINGS FAMILY HOME DAYCARE, 141 DRAKE AVE., MARIN CITY, CA 94965: KELLYE EBONI MCKINLEY, 141 DRAKE AVE., MARIN CITY, CA 94965 . This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on May 6, 2010. (Publication Dates: May 21, 28; June 4, 11, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2010124006 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as SOLE PROPERTY MANAGEMENT, 420 FAWN DRIVE, SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960: SOPHIE PAPPAS, 420 FAWN DRIVE, SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960; PETER PAPPAS, 420 FAWN DRIVE, SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960 . This business is being conducted by a husband & wife. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on May 1, 2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on May 11, 2010. (Publication Dates: May 21, 28; June 4, 11, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2010124010 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as MISSION BLUE CONSULTING, 27 AQUINAS DRIVE, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: KATHERINE D JOHNSON, 27 AQUINAS

DRIVE, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on May 12, 2010. (Publication Dates: May 21, 28; June 4, 11, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 124052 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as LIVINGSTON CARE, 270 BEL AIR DR. #31, VACAVILLE, CA 95687: RUDOLF LAURETA, 270 BEL AIR DR. #31, VACAVILLE, CA 95687. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on May 17, 2010. (Publication Dates: May 21, 28; June 4, 11, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2010124053 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as RACHEL WEILL PHOTOGRAPHY, 31 SANTA BARBARA AVE., SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960: RACHEL W LEVITT, 31 SANTA BARBARA AVE., SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on May 17, 2010. (Publication Dates: May 21, 28; June 4, 11, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 124061 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as THE GRACE INSTITUTE, 645 TAMALPAIS DRIVE STE A, CORTE MADERA, CA 94925: SUNRISE CENTER INC, 645 TAMALPAIS DRIVE STE A, CORTE MADERA, CA 94925 . This business is being conducted by a corporation. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on May 18, 2010. (Publication Dates: May 21, 28; June 4, 11, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 124004 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as GENJI SUSHI, 731 E. BLITHEDALE AVE., MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: GENJI RETAIL SUPPORT INC, 1500 JFK BLVD. SUITE 725, PHILADELPHIA, PA 19102. 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 May 11, 2010. (Publication Dates: May 21, 28; June 4, 11, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 124005 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as GENJI SUSHI, 340 THIRD ST., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: GENJI RETAIL SUPPORT INC, 1500 JFK BLVD. SUITE 725, PHILADELPHIA, PA 19102. 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 May 11, 2010. (Publication Dates: May 21, 28; June 4, 11, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 124021 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as D&M ASTOBIZA DBA: SOLE DESIRE, 5800 NORTHGATE MALL STE 130, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: D&M ASTOBIZA INC, 1400 GUERNEVILLE RD STE 4, SANTA ROSA, CA 95403. This business is being conducted by a corporation. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on 1990. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on May 13, 2010. (Publication Dates: May 21, 28; June 4, 11, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 124078 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as EAST BAY MODERN REAL ESTATE, 1292 LINCOLN AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: MARIN MODERN REAL ESTATE INC., 1292 LINCOLN AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by a corporation. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on May 19, 2010. (Publication Dates: May 28; June 4, 11, 18, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2010124077 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as BIG NOSE, LITTLE TOES PET SERVICE, 241 FAWN DRIVE, SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960: LAUREN E MACKBIADA, 241 FAWN DRIVE, SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting

business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on June 15, 2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on May 19, 2010. (Publication Dates: May 28; June 4, 11, 18, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 124070 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as KUMON MATH & READING, 818 FIFTH AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: JOHN R HAEUSER, 128 LAUREL PL., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on May 19, 2010. (Publication Dates: May 28; June 4, 11, 18, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 124104 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as ATTUNEABLE WOOD, 424 A IRWIN ST., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: NEWCOMB BARGER, 424 A IRWIN ST., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on May 21, 2010. (Publication Dates: May 28; June 4, 11, 18, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 124121 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as HORIZON GLASS TINTING, 39 DUTCH VALLEY LANE, SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960: DAVID CLEVENGER, 39 DUTCH VALLEY LANE, SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on January 1, 1977. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on May 24, 2010. (Publication Dates: May 28; June 4, 11, 18, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 124111 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as MARIN DATA CONSULTANTS, 53 TAYLOR DR. #101, FAIRFAX, CA 94930: JOHN R DANATO, 53 TAYLOR DR. #101, FAIRFAX, CA 94930. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on May 22, 2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on May 24, 2010. (Publication Dates: May 28; June 4, 11, 18, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 124108 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as ROYALTY SPA, 314 MILLER AVE., MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: SOON AE SHIN, 1052 REDWOOD HWY #201, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on May 24, 2010. (Publication Dates: May 28; June 4, 11, 18, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 124097 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as ARCO, 789 REDWOOD HIGHWAY, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: MEHRZAD SHAMSIAN, 14 ACELA DR., TIBURON, CA 94920. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on May 21, 2010. (Publication Dates: May 28; June 4, 11, 18, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 124001 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as HD CONSTRUCTION/HD SERVICES, 1356 SIR FRANCIS DRAKE BLVD., SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960: ROBERT W. MORRILL III, 1356 SIR FRANCIS DRAKE BLVD., SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on May 11, 2010. (Publication Dates: June 4, 11, 18, 25, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 124086 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as PACIFIC UNION RESIDENTIAL LEASING, PACIFIC UNION COMMERCIAL BROKERAGE, ONE LETTERMAN DRIVE, BUILDING C, SUITE 300, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94129: PACIFIC UNION INTERNATIONAL, INC., ONE LETTERMAN DRIVE, BUILDING C, SUITE 300, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94129. This business is being conducted by a corpo-


PUBLIC NOTICES CONTINUED FROM PAGE 38 ration. Registrantbegan transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on August 3, 2009. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on May 20, 2010. (Publication Dates: June 11, 18, 25; July 2, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 124085 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as MORGAN LANE REAL ESTATE, ONE LETTERMAN DRIVE, BUILDING C, SUITE 300, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94129: PACIFIC UNION INTERNATIONAL, INC., ONE LETTERMAN DRIVE, BUILDING C, SUITE 300, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94129. This business is being conducted by a corporation. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on August 3, 2009. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on May 20, 2010. (Publication Dates: June 11, 18, 25; July 2, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 124084 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as MORGAN LANE, ONE LETTERMAN DRIVE, BUILDING C, SUITE 300, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94129: PACIFIC UNION INTERNATIONAL, INC., ONE LETTERMAN DRIVE, BUILDING C, SUITE 300, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94129. This business is being conducted by a corporation. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on August 3, 2009. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on May 20, 2010. (Publication Dates: June 11, 18, 25; July 2, 2010) STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF USE OF FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME File No. 304189 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. Fictious Business name(s): MORGAN LANE, ONE LETTERMAN DRIVE, BUILDING C, SUITE 300, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94129. Filed in Marin County on: September 12, 2006. Under File No.: 2006110975. Registrantâ ™s Name(s): MORGAN LANE MARIN, INC., 23 ROSS COMMON SUITE 3, ROSS, CA 94957. This statement was filed with the County Clerk Recorder of Marin County on May 20, 2010. (Pacific Sun: June 11, 18, 25; July 2, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 124188 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as WEST END CAFE, WEST END PROPERTIES, WEST END APPLIANCE & SERVICE, 1133 4TH ST., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: AREF AHMADIA, 1133 4TH ST., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on June 3, 2010. (Publication Dates: June 11, 18, 25; July 2, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2010124205 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as BY YOUR SIDE HEALTH, 388 SUMMIT AVENUE, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: SABRINA M. GROSSMAN, 388 SUMMIT AVENUE, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941 . This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on June 7, 2010. (Publication Dates: June 11, 18, 25; July 2, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 124043 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as CAS MANAGEMENT GROUP, 206 EVERGREEN DR., KENTFIELD, CA 94904: CYNTHIA A. SULLIVAN, 206 EVERGREEN DR., KENTFIELD, CA 94904. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on May 14, 2010. (Publication Dates: June 11, 18, 25; July 2, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 124212 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as J&J SPA, 807-A FOURTH ST., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: FERNANDO JOSE ALBANDOZ, 182 HOWARD ST. APT 221, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94105. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on June 1, 2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on June 8,

2010. (Publication Dates: June 11, 18, 25; July 2, 2010)

997 All Other Legals PUBLIC NOTICE: NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE. Sausalito Mini Storage according to the provisions of Division 8 of the California Business and Professional Code, Chapter 10, Section 21707(a) hereby gives NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE. Sausalito Mini Storage will conduct a public sale of the contents of the storage units named below, with the contents being sold for lawful money of the United States of America. The Sale is being held to satisfy an OWNERâ ™S LIEN and will be held at: SAUSALITO MINI STORAGE, 415 COLOMA STREET, SAUSALITO, CA 94965. The property will be sold to the highest bidder on WEDNESDAY, JUNE 23, 2010 at 11:00 AM. Should it be impossible to sell all of the lots on the above date, the sale will be continued to another date as announced by the auctioneer, Duane M. Hines, Bond No. RED 1016142. The property to be sold consists of household goods and personal effects belonging to the occupant(s) identified below. For additional information call: (415) 332-6520, Monday â “ Friday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Name of owner is followed by lot number: SHARON MORTENSON: UNIT #262; LOU ENCINGER: UNIT #701; DONNA HICKEY: UNIT #208; STANLEY HUDSON: UNIT #D-104; TERRE LAYTON: UNIT #D-120. Pacific Sun: (June 4, 11, 2010) PUBLIC NOTICE: NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE. ALL OVER MARIN MINI STORAGE according to the provisions of Division 8 of the California Business and Professional Code, Chapter 10, Section 21707(a) hereby gives NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE. ALL OVER MARIN MINI STORAGE will conduct a public sale of the contents of the storage units named below, with the contents being sold for lawful money of the United States of America. The Sale is being held to satisfy an OWNERâ ™S LIEN and will be held at: ALL OVER MARIN MINI STORAGE, 2145 REDWOOD HIGHWAY, LARKSPUR, CA 94904. The property will be sold to the highest bidder on WEDNESDAY, JUNE 29, 2010 at 11:30 AM. Should it be impossible to sell all of the lots on the above date, the sale will be continued to another date as announced by the auctioneer, Duane M. Hines, Bond No. RED 1016142. The property to be sold consists of household goods and personal effects belonging to the occupant(s) identified below. For additional information call: (415) 927-1774, Monday â “ Friday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Name of owner is followed by lot number: DONALD LEBUHN, EVOLUTION FURNITURE COMPANY: UNIT #250. Pacific Sun: (June 11, 18, 2010) PUBLIC NOTICE: NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE. CORTE MADERA MINI STORAGE according to the provisions of Division 8 of the California Business and Professional Code, Chapter 10, Section 21707(a) hereby gives NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE. CORTE MADERA MINI STORAGE will conduct a public sale of the contents of the storage units named below, with the contents being sold for lawful money of the United States of America. The Sale is being held to satisfy an OWNER’S LIEN and will be held at: CORTE MADERA MINI STORAGE, 5776-B PARADISE DRIVE, CORTE MADERA, CA 94925. The property will be sold to the highest bidder on TUESDAY, JUNE 29, 2010 at 11:00 AM. Should it be impossible to sell all of the lots on the above date, the sale will be continued to another date as announced by the auctioneer, Duane M. Hines, Bond No. RED 1016142. The property to be sold consists of household goods and personal effects belonging to the occupant(s) identified below. For additional information call: (415) 927-1774, Monday – Friday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Name of owner is followed by lot number: DANIELLE JONES: UNIT #801. Pacific Sun: (June 11, 18, 2010 PUBLIC NOTICE: NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE. MINI STORAGE SAN ANSELMO according to the provisions of Division 8 of the California Business and Professional Code, Chapter 10, Section 21707(a) hereby gives NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE. MINI STORAGE SAN ANSELMO will conduct a public sale of the contents of the storage units named below, with the contents being sold for lawful money of the United States of America. The Sale is being held to satisfy an OWNER’S LIEN and will be held at: MINI STORAGE SAN ANSELMO, 208 GREENFIELD AVENUE. The property will be sold to the highest bidder on TUESDAY, JUNE 29, 2010 at 2:00 PM. Should it be impossible to sell all of the lots on the above date, the sale will be continued to another date as announced by the auctioneer, Duane M. Hines, Bond No. RED 1016142. The property to be sold consists of household goods and personal effects belonging to the occupant(s) identified below. For additional information call: (415) 927-1774, Monday – Friday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Name of owner is followed by lot number: STEPHEN MARTINEZ: UNIT #358; JULES HOWARD: UNIT #273; LORA O’CONNOR: UNIT #233; CRYSTAL MCDANIEL: UNIT #20;

TAMERA FREEMAN: UNIT #331. Pacific Sun: (June 11, 18, 2010) ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF MARIN. No. CIV 1002932. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner CHARLES THOMAS MARKHAM filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: CHARLES THOMAS MARKHAM to THOM MARKHAM. THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter shall appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. Any person objecting to the name changes described above must file a written objection that includes the reasons for the objection at least two court days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must appear at the hearing to show cause why the petition should not be granted. If no written objection is timely filed, the court may grant the petition without a hearing. NOTICE OF HEARING: July 19, 2010, 8:30 a.m., Dept. J, Superior Court of California, County of Marin, 3501 Civic Center Drive, Room 113, San Rafael, CA, 94913-4988. A copy of this ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE shall be published at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in the county of Marin: PACIFIC SUN. Date: June 4, 2010 /s/ JAMES R. RITCHIE, JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT (Pacific Sun: June 11, 18, 25; July 2, 2010) ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF MARIN. No. CIV 1002993. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner MOHAMED TARIK BOUKHARI filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: MOHAMED TARIK BOUKHARI to TARIK MOHAMED BOUKHARI. THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter shall appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. Any person objecting to the name changes described above must file a written objection that includes the reasons for the objection at least two court days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must appear at the hearing to show cause why the petition should not be granted. If no written objection is timely filed, the court may grant the petition without a hearing. NOTICE OF HEARING: July 29, 2010, 8:30 a.m., Dept. E, Superior Court of California, County of Marin, 3501 Civic Center Drive, Room 113, San Rafael, CA, 94913-4988. A copy of this ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE shall be published at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in the county of Marin: PACIFIC SUN. Date: June 8, 2010 /s/ JAMES R. RITCHIE, JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT (Pacific Sun: June 11, 18, 25; July 2, 2010)


›› ADViCE GODDESS® by Amy Alko n


I’m 26, and I’ve been looking at my stepsister’s dating life with a measure of worry. She’s 36 and wants children, but still hasn’t found “the one.” She’s gone from being ultra-picky to swearing she’ll just marry the next guy who doesn’t pick his nose at the dinner table. Wow. Is that what it comes down to for women—eventually having to give up and settle for a guy you’re less than on fire for? It horrifies me to think of being her at some point.—A Decade To Go


Women in their 20s are quick to rule a man out for deep character flaws like wearing Dockers, not knowing that you’re supposed to hate Nickelback and buying vegetables grown by multinational conglomerates instead of two aging hippies. Some women in their 30s, especially those who wake up with baby rabies at 35, continue to maintain high standards: demanding that a man be straight, single and paroled. Ideally, that is. At 39, they’ll pretty much consider anything with a paycheck and human sperm. The need to scale back from Prince Charming to Prince No Recent Felony Convictions starts with The List—the long list of demands no mortal man could ever meet. But, the problem isn’t being über-picky, but remaining über-picky. Many women in their early-to-mid 20s only think they’re ready for a relationship, so they sabotage every potential one that comes their way. Eventually, they get ready, and then ditch those tiny calipers they’ve been using to determine whether a guy’s nostrils flare at the proper angle. Other women need some hard lessons in what to be picky about. Sometimes, it takes a stint with Paul the Pot Cloud or the cruel Adonis to appreciate the nice guy who calls when he says he will and loves to surprise you, and not by letting you catch him in bed with your two best friends. Most women seem to get their priorities in order well before they come up against the “enjoy by” date on their eggs. But, as Jessica Grose quipped on Slate, “Nobody ever went broke underestimating the anxiety women feel about getting married.” Grose is referring to the bestselling Marry Him: The Case for Settling for Mr. Good Enough, by Lori Gottlieb, who, most charmingly, finds being single at 40 akin to being in a drunk-driving accident and left comatose and brain-dead. Personally, I find there’s nothing lonelier than feeling completely alone while in a relationship with somebody else. Of course, that’s easier to say if you don’t want kids. Gottlieb’s advice to women who do? “Settle!” Forget looking for love, passion or intense connection (aka “zing”); look to set up “infrastructure” for a family, and quick-quick, find a dependable guy with a nice fat salary to be your tool. Obviously, a 30-year-old woman who wants to have children before her ovaries start laughing at her can’t be as picky as she was at 22, and Gottlieb wisely notes that the search for a husband should be “about finding someone who is enough, as opposed to someone who is everything.” But, both her book and her 2008 valentine to “settling” in The Atlantic are filled with advice like “Overlook his halitosis or abysmal sense of aesthetics.” OK, you can be the one who decorates, but how do you spend your life with a guy when kissing him reminds you of licking a Dumpster? “Zing” isn’t everything, but you’ll probably have a pretty grim time staying married without it. Sure, zing fades—you’re probably not going to light up like you did on the first date the 30,000th time he walks into the living room—but having a base of love, attraction, affection and connection is what helps you not hate him when he’s being so annoying it makes your fillings hurt. Beyond all the love stuff, you shouldn’t get together with any man you don’t respect and admire; meaning you need to have the hots for a man not just physically but as a human being. If you want kids, do your best to make that happen, but accept that it might not, and develop yourself, your friendships and your life. If you feel complete without a man, men are more likely to feel incomplete without you. You, in turn, might not have to force yourself into that Gottlieb-style bliss of going from demanding that a guy have hair to demanding that a guy have a head. ✹ © Amy Alkon, all rights reserved. Got a problem? E-mail or write to Amy Alkon, 171 Pier Ave. #280, Santa Monica, CA 90405.

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Pacific Sun 06.11.2010 - Section 1  

Section 1 of the June 11, 2010 edition of the Pacific Sun

Pacific Sun 06.11.2010 - Section 1  

Section 1 of the June 11, 2010 edition of the Pacific Sun