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›› LETTERS All that glitters is not Pabst, indeed I agree with the sentence given to the man who killed the Novato girl and injured her father [“Maximum Sentence for Edward Schaefer,” July 16]. I also believe the alcohol companies need to take some responsibility here, and I don’t see anything about that. These companies spend hundreds of millions, billions of dollars in advertisements to get people to use their product. Every single weekend, these unnecessary deaths and injuries take place. This has been going This old Cutty Sark ad even promotes drinking and on for decades! yachting... You think secondhand smoke is dangerous? How about secondhand drunks? Why are the alcohol companies allowed to get away with this? The district attorneys need to bring charges against them, holding them liable as well. At least a fine. We need legislation that penalizes these companies for making such a dangerous substance if we are ever going to reduce the number of deaths and injuries these companies cause every single weekend. Paul Barrier, Novato

Patients, heal thyself I was appalled, but not shocked, by Dr. Kornfeld’s letter to the editor [“Getting

Opie Off Opioids,” July 16] where he touts the use of a drug, buprenorphine, to treat drug addiction. Is it just me that can figure this out, or is treating drug addiction with drugs the height of absurdity? Drugs are the cause. The overwhelming habit of looking to drugs for every imaginable disorder, physical and mental, and the overwhelming, even cultish belief in medicine, is the cause. Look to your own healing power, which comes from within. Only from within.



Vast Disparity in Paramedic Taxes San Rafael Fire Dept provides Paramedic services in NSR unincorporated areas through contractual agreements with the County for Marinwood, Lucas Valley, and Santa Venetia... Stand up to PG&E and Smart Meters! The growing controversy over PG&E’s Smart Meters that the Pacific Sun wrote about yesterday has really begun to disturb me, so I began wondering if there was a way I could...

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Marin swimming upstream in salmon protection A fact commonly overlooked in recent reporting on the salmon-streamprotection debate in West The anadromous strain. Marin [“If a Tree Falls in San Geronimo...” July 16] is that the county of Marin’s current tree ordinance legally allows the removal of five trees every year (regardless of species or size) on developed parcels adjacent to streams without any oversight or accountability in one of California’s most important watersheds left for endangered coho salmon, the San Geronimo Valley. Wild salmon require cold water, shelter, food and woody debris provided by healthy forests. Forests also provide invaluable ecosystem benefits to our communities, including preventing erosion and providing clean water. Under the current ordinance one could

legally remove five 200-year-old redwoods or oak trees along a salmon stream, or denude your property of trees, without any oversight or mitigation. This is poor, outdated policy that must change. Neighboring towns in Marin, and nationwide, have far more progressive and protective policies in place to protect their forest resources. Marin County, considering the importance of the Lagunitas Watershed, and with our salmon currently in an “extinction vortex,” should be leading the way not lagging behind. There are those who have been led to believe that protection of public trust resources can be achieved simply through voluntary actions. Time has proven them wrong, and time is no longer on the side of our endangered wild salmon. If volunteerism really were the silver bullet, our society would not have needed the Endangered Species Act or Clean Air Act to begin with. Voluntary actions are highly commendable but effective science-based regulation and incentives are necessary for a realistic and balanced approach to protection of public trust resources. Paola Bouley, Salmon Protection and Watershed Network, Forest Knolls

Nuclear power plants... talk about ‘too big to fail’! In your recent interview with Stewart Brand [“A New Brand of Environmentalism,” June 25] I was disappointed with Brand’s continued shortsighted position supporting America’s increased reliance on nuclear power plants to generate electricity. Barack Obama supports this plan as well, all cleverly rationalized by saying that the plants themselves are safe now, more solidly built and far less likely to suffer accidents like the Three Mile Island accident and panic of 1979. Brand makes no mention of the greatest hazard of all, the horrid toxicity of the spent, highly radioactive fuel rods and the problem of safely transporting them and disposing of them to our so-called “national sacrifice zones.” The federal government has already spent hundreds of millions to build one such “zone” at Yucca Mountain, Nevada, a mere 90 miles northwest of Las Vegas. Recently, however, I read that the Yucca project has been discontinued, and a new “national sacrifice zone “ is being built somewhere in New Mexico.

And, of course, Brand did not breathe a word about France. Today France generates 80 percent of its electricity from nuclear plants, transports its spent fuel rods by rail to its coast, then ships them to Congo, where they are then transported again into the interior of that country, and buried somewhere in the interior of that Third World country. Is a part of Congo now to be designated as an “international sacrifice zone”? Or as a financially needy ThirdWorld country, with low environmental standards, that will accept France’s incredibly toxic material for a fee? We have got to wake up. Some day a nuclear disaster will hit us, as did hurricane Katrina and now the BP disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. Human shortsightedness created these disasters. They were predictable and we were forewarned. Our world today is full of these potential disasters waiting to happen. Lulling ourselves with shortsightedness, it is easy to remain addicted to our lifestyle of convenience and comfort, seeing ourselves as entitled to everything we want, including all the electricity we want, regardless of the cost to future generations. In short, real environmentalism means we have not inherited the earth from our ancestors; we have borrowed it from our descendants. I am sure that Stewart Brand and his fans have not yet grasped this principle. Kenneth Kelzer, Novato

Reminds us of another fable—the Boy Who Cried Wolf... So Obama sues to block Arizona’s law to protect its borders from invasion, claiming it infringes federal government prerogative and preemption while, like the fabled “dog in the manger,” he won’t let the feds do the job either. A quick check of the Constitution reveals he is violating both Art. II, Sec. 1, paragraph 8, his oath that “I will faithfully execute the office of President...” and Art. II, Sec. 3, his constitutional duty that “he shall take care that the laws be faithfully executed...” (including immigration laws). How much longer must we wait until this super-secretive president, with his contumaciously concealed and unscrupulously protected background, faces his overdue impeachment? Fielding Greaves,San Rafael

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The buzz on Prop. 19 Would legalization mean greener pastures for marijuana dispensaries? by Pe t e r S e i d m a n


ities and counties across the state are seeing an explosion of medical marijuana activity, and they’re playing catchup to create guidelines, ordinances and tax structures for medical marijuana dispensaries. Now there’s a new wrinkle: A proposition on the November ballot that would legalize small amounts of marijuana for all adults has many wondering what would happen to the medical dispensaries if it passes. In 1996, California voters passed Proposition 215, which decriminalized marijuana use for medical patients. After obtaining a valid recommendation from a doctor, patients can possess and cultivate modest amounts for their personal use. In addition, a designated primary caregiver can obtain and cultivate marijuana for a patient. Prop. 215 passed with 55.6 percent of the vote. In 2003, the Legislature passed SB 420, which clarifies Prop. 215 and sets up the procedures under which patients today obtain, cultivate and use medical marijuana. State law now mandates that the Medical Marijuana Program, under the California Department of Public Health, issue identification cards to qualified medical marijuana patients. In Marin, for example, a patient can receive a recommendation from a doctor, take it to the county health department and receive

the state identification card. By April 2010, all counties but two had set up a procedure to obtain the state cards, according to the California Health Executives Association, which represents city and county health departments and their directors. Patients are allowed to possess six mature or 12 immature plants and up to eight ounces of processed marijuana—unless local guidelines specify increased limits. And it’s that kind of vagueness that has led to California’s Wild West of cannabis. California was the first state to decriminalize marijuana for medical use, and starting the process via the ballot box was bound to create quandaries. Prop. 19 generates even more questions. California’s laws permit patients to form collectives, or clubs, to distribute marijuana grown for the collective. Though not everyone has a green thumb, those with gardening aptitude can grow for the rest of the collective, which is how medical marijuana dispensaries broke into the big time in California. As groups of patients began using the medical marijuana club arrangement, dispensaries began popping up across the state—and the feds took notice. But the threat of federal legal action tamped down runaway expansion of the dispensa- 10 >

›› NEWSGRAMS Supes request PUC halt on SmartMeters Concerns over PG&E’s SmartMeter program were voiced at the county level Tuesday when the Marin Board of Supervisors declared it is against further installation of the meters until a study currently under way determines they are safe and accurate. The board voted 4-0 (with Susan Adams absent) to compose a letter to the state Public Utilities Commission president Michael Peevey, outlining their request for the commission to place a moratorium on the project.The supervisors stated that because of“the concern and uncertainty expressed by the public regarding SmartMeter operational accuracy and the wireless technology employed by the system, it seems not only fiscally prudent but appropriately protective of the public trust to suspend operation of the SmartMeter system until your independent investigation is complete and remedies implemented.” The county supervisors join an increasing number of groups that have publicly requested further study on the effects of the installation of SmartMeters. Responding to a article about the wireless meters, Fairfax Town Councilman Larry Bragman says that Fairfax has“long had a wireless-telecommunications ordinance which requires a obtain a use permit from our Planning Commission.” Bragman adds that“PG&E began installation of its SmartMeter project without obtaining the required permit.They have since notified Fairfax that they do not believe that they need to obey our ordinance.” —Elizabeth Cermak Enter sandman... and hikers Metallica vocalist James Hetfield has had his share of reviews over the years, but here’s one he won’t need to worry about—an EIR of a proposed trail to be blazed near the singer’s Terra Linda property. The county environmental coordinator’s finding that the trail would cause“no significant effects”to the open space sidesteps the painstaking environmental-impact-report process, paving the way for work to begin on the trail next year. Lobbying for the trail—dubbed the 680 Trail, after its elevation—began in 2008 after the “Creeping Death”songwriter erected a fence along his property after vandals trashed it. But the fence cut off the link between the popular Luiz Ranch and Loma Alta fire roads—and suddenly the voice behind“Leper Messiah”became just that, at least among avid open space users. The county still needs to acquire state EIRs and permits, but if the road toward those proves smooth, hikers could be ambling past the“Harvester of Sorrow”vocalist’s property by October 2011. —Jason Walsh Osheroffs to sue killer, his mom’s business and city of Novato The parents of Melody Osheroff, the 9-year-old girl killed last year in a Novato crosswalk, have filed a lawsuit against the city and the drunken driver who ran her down with his motorcycle. The lawsuit claims that the intersection, San Carlos Way and San Marin Drive—where Edward Schaefer killed Melody Osheroff and maimed her father when they were finishing their nightly walk—was dangerous.The city failed to calm traffic by reducing the speed to a safer limit and failed to enforce the 35-mile-an-hour limit, the suit says. Kimberly and Aaron Osheroff filed the wrongful-death and personal-injury lawsuit earlier this month in Marin County Superior Court. The suit says that Schaefer, who was sentenced to 24 years to life in state prison last week, was working for his mother’s company, Marin Beauty Company, at the time of the accident. In addition to Schaefer and the city of Novato, the suit seeks damages from Marin Beauty Company and Schaefer’s mother, Sheri Dunne. Dunne owns three beauty-supply stores and salons. Schaefer has worked for the company on and off for the past 20 years.—Ronnie Cohen EXTRA! EXTRA! Post your Marin news at ››

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Talk of the town Hippie schoolmarm brainwashes youth with tale of socialist utopia... by Jason Walsh


Rita and the band, 1970.

“The best thing the record has done is stop my parents nagging me to get married,” the hit-making schoolteacher told the Sun. “Now they’re proud that I’m ‘Miss Abrams.’” Though in the song Abrams contemplates “a time I’ll have to leave Mill Valley,” she still makes Throckmorton Boulevard her stomping grounds. She left teaching in the early ’70s to pursue a musical career—and after a series of children’s albums, countless songwriting partnerships with Elmo “Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer” Shropshire, and several long-running musical theater productions to her credit (For Whom the Bridge Tolls and New Wrinkles, among others), Abrams has carved out a successful career from the base of Mt. Tam. She even had a “Mill Valley” 40th anniversary reunion with the original Strawberry Point Fourth Grade Class— now in their late 40s—and is working on a book about the song. “Mill Valley is still a wonderful place to live,” Abrams says. “There are a lot of yuppies and people interested more in money than quality of life, but you’ll always find that you can’t do anything to hide the beauty of the mountain and the redwoods.” Despite her triumphs in stage, song and screen (she was married to Marin filmmaker John Antonelli), Abrams remains dubious about whether her decision to leave teaching was the right one. “If I had a crystal ball, I may have stuck with teaching,” she says. “It’s been a tough road making a living creatively. There have been a lot of great things about it, but it would have also been great to influence so many lives of so many kids over the years.” Adds Abrams: “And I’d be retired by now, which would have really been amazing.” ✹ Help Jason compose ‘The Novato Song’ at

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BONUS QUESTION: Strict Buddhist monks eat only at what times of day? 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!

±ÊThe sudden onset of vertigo incapacitated Eric Overholt last Saturday as he walked home from the Marin City Library. Barely able to stand, he grabbed onto a street sign. A woman waiting at the nearby bus stop took his number and contacted his wife. She then gave him water and found a man to help her get Eric over to a bench. The pair waited with him until his wife arrived. Although Eric doesn’t have their names, he wants to thank the kind people who came to his assistance. “For all the bad press Marin City receives, I am glad that I live in a community where strangers are still willing to help others,” said Eric. We couldn’t have said it better ourselves.

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²ÊWhat happened to progressive, tolerant Marin? Last week, a former San Marin High student and his friend allegedly committed a hate crime by spray-painting racist graffiti on school walls. This week, an invitation to the Tam High Class of 1980 reunion came our way—the invite uses an image of the school’s now-banned American Indian name and mascot—posted onto an Old West “Wanted” poster of all things—as well as a sexed-up caricature of a female Native American. We hope this insensitivity doesn’t become a weekly occurrence in our fine county.—Nikki Silverstein


America was “talkin’ ’bout Mill Valley” 40 years ago this week. It was summer, years ago 1970—and the bells were striking midnight upon the nation’s hour of chaos. The U.S. military was storming the Cambodian border, the bloodied Weathermen waged anarchy against the federal government and merciless National Guardsmen mowed down angry student demonstrators at Kent State U. But there was still one little place where life felt very fine and free—where people weren’t afraid to smile, and stop and talk to you a while. Yes, music lovers across the country were turning on and tuning in to the West Coast utopia described in Strawberry Point kindergarten teacher Rita Abrams’ hit single, “Mill Valley.” Miss Abrams’ detailed account of her North Bay Brigadoon of boundless creeks, towering trees and unremitting friendliness made the “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” landscape seem like an industrial-waste dump in comparison. The single, officially credited to “Miss Abrams and the Strawberry Point Fourth Grade Class,” drew radio airplay across the country and earned the self-described hippie schoolteacher write-ups in Rolling Stone, a photo session with Annie Leibowitz, an offer for a Jell-O commercial (she turned them down) and guest slots on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, the Steve Allen Show and a video of the song directed by Francis Ford Coppola. (YouTube it, you won’t be disappointed.) “It all began,” wrote Sun managing editor Don Stanley in July of 1970, “on Christmas morning when Miss Abrams took that now famous walk through town, watched the kid on his new bike, exchanged some smiles, met a dog and then wrote the song.” “The song,” inspired by her Christmas constitutional, was originally intended as something simple that her kindergarten students could handle. But when she played a tape of the kids belting out “Mill Valley” to her record-producer pal Erik Jacobsen—who’d worked with the Lovin’ Spoonful—he insisted they cut the kiddie canticle as a single for Reprise Records. After upgrading to 9-year-old Strawberry Point voices and promo-ing the 45 for record-company execs, Reprise demanded a “rush release”—and the label’s roster of Hendrix, the Kinks, Frank Zappa and Richard Pryor grew to include a group with a 7:30pm bedtime. The rest was child-chantey history.




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â&#x20AC;şâ&#x20AC;ş UPFRONT < 8 The buzz on prop 19 ries and their collective cultivation. Lynnette Shaw has operated the Marin Alliance for Medical Marijuana in Fairfax for 13 years. Although she has had her run-ins with the feds, sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been breathing a bit easier since U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder sent out a memo last year announcing that his Justice Department was backing off prosecuting medical marijuana cases, unless the circumstances clearly indicate a violation of state law and a level of criminality that reaches lofty proportions. The key there is that marijuana useâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;medical or otherwiseâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;still violates federal law, and the feds can step in at any time. Shaw notes that she has had a good relationship with local law enforcement, and she credits that in part to her careful compliance with local zoning and business regulations. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I went through months of Planning Commission review,â&#x20AC;? she says. By the time she came out of the process, Shaw had 84 conditions of operation on her dispensary. The number was reduced to 72 in 2002. Just this year, the good relationship with the town resulted in Shaw receiving approval to deliver medical marijuana to patients, the ďŹ rst service of its kind in the country. And the number of conditions has declined to 63. But during the years that Shaw complied with town rules and regulations, other marijuana dispensaries were opening in towns, unlike Fairfax, that had yet to enact medical marijuana zoning ordinances and regulations.

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BY THE AUTUMN of 1969, fledgling rock photographer Ethan Russell had shot sessions with members of the Rolling Stones and the Beatles. Not yet 24, he already had a knack for finding himself at the center of rock music’s most tumultuous moments. Russell’s playfully violent images of doomed Rolling Stone guitarist Brian Jones, at the house once owned by Winnie the Pooh author A.A. Milne, became a metaphor for wasted youth after the drug-addled founder of the band was discovered dead months later at the bottom of his swimming pool. Russell’s photos of the Beatles’ Let It Be recording sessions not only found their way to the covers of the that album and Hey Jude, but took on whole new levels of significance when it turned out to be the band’s final recording session—ever. And Russell’s photo assignments with history were only just getting started. Impressed with what they’d seen from the Bay Area-based photographer, the Stones hired Russell to capture their fall 1969 tour of America on film. From the first stop at Colorado State University—through Phoenix, Dallas, Detroit and their legendary Madison Square Garden shows that resulted in the Get Yer Ya Ya’s Out live album—Russell documented “the greatest rock ’n’ roll band in the world” at the height of its career, and at what may be the most infamous event in rock history—Altamont. 12 PACIFIC SUN JULY 23 - JULY 29, 2010

In response to the growing legend of “Woodstock Nation,” the Stones and their management haphazardly decided the final show of the tour would be a free concert—a Woodstock West, as it were—on Dec. 6, 1969, at the Sears Point Raceway near Novato. But negotiations for Sears Point broke down, and the venue quickly changed—to the Altamont Speedway in Livermore. The probability of disaster was sealed at the very conception of the event: The speedway was not set up for rock festivals; the 8,000-car parking lot was woefully inadequate for the expected hundreds of thousands of concertgoers; the “security” would be handled by Hells Angels, the counterculture biker group that reveled in its outlaw image. The Stones went on late. The impatient throngs had passed the time by doping, and then doping some more. As Charlie Watts dealt out beats with his drumsticks, the Hells Angels dealt out beatings with pool cues. As the band broke into “Under My Thumb,” a hopped-up 18-year-old black youth named Meredith Hunter pulled a gun, waved it at the stage and then disappeared beneath of a flurry of bodies. Five knife stabs to the back later, Hunter lay dead at the boots of Hells Angel Alan Passaro. The Stones, along with Russell and the rest of their entourage, fled the scene by helicopter. None of them knew until hours later there had been a killing—but what Ethan Russell did know was that he had just photographed a disaster of staggering proportions. Forty years later, the Stones are still touring, and Russell is still taking pictures. The Marin resident’s latest photo-essay collection, Let It Bleed, is a walloping 15-by-12-inch 420-page catalog of images and commentary about his year with the Stones, from the birth of the 1969 U.S. tour to its deadly conclusion. We asked Russell about his new book and the show that has come to symbolize for many Americans the end of the ’60s.



It’s been four decades since Altamont—why such an encyclopedic assessment now? I’m a fellow that will ask: What the f--k happened? I didn’t think there was a better vehicle to capture all this. In the book I went back and interviewed everybody that would talk to me, from the security guy [Tony Funches] to [writer] Stanley Booth, to the 16 people that were the core group from the tour. So...what happened? The purpose of the book is to let the reader be there with the people that were there and see what conclusion they would come to. What conclusion did you come to—was Altamont the “end of the ’60s”? There’s no question in my mind—it ended the ’60s. But there’s a caveat, and it’s an

A poorly chosen Livermore venue, Hell’s Angels security and obscene amounts of drugs became the mix for a deadly cocktail at Altamont.

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important one. If you’re just living in sort of the flow of time, there’s no “this is the beginning and this is the end.” But when people write about history, they like markers. They like—Hiroshima was the end of the second world war. Or maybe D-Day. But you’ve got to choose something. And if you’ve got to choose an “end of the ’60s,” there’s not a better thing to choose than Altamont. But what exactly ended? The anti-war movement continued; the counterculture continued; the drugs certainly continued... The point is that the one thing all those people had in common, all the people at Woodstock had in common—and what we as a generation had in common—was this attachment to music. And the attachment to music really came from Chuck Berry and early rock-androll and radio. It was Bill Wyman listening to Chuck Berry on armed forces radio in Germany; it was Mick Jagger when he was 13 years old listening to it in England, it was me listening to it when I was 11. It was that connection with that particular media that sort of hooked everybody in. I think that was true for the 400,000 that went to Woodstock and the 300,00 or 400,000 that went to Altamont. 14 >

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Photographer Ethan Russell’s new book rolls away the stone on Altamont

And that that ended after Altamont, I think is pretty clear. How much of Altamont’s baggage comes in comparison to how supposedly wonderful Woodstock had been? Woodstock was in part what it became because it was on the cover of the New York Times arts section. Within moments of its happening it was heralded as the event that signaled consolidation of this movement that everyone had been talking about since the mid-’60s. And it’s where the phrase Woodstock Nation was coined. So you had this notion that there was this cohesive group—but if there was anything about this group that held it together it was and drugs. So the Altamont concert was an attempt to cash in on Woodstock. I think that’s right. But there was a genuine sense of trying to do the right thing and be in the spirit of the times. I don’t think [the Stones] thought it was a huge deal, but they thought it was the right thing, so they offered to do it. But it had been three years since the Stones toured the states and the atmosphere had changed significantly in America. There was a real, genuine excitement that was building. There was something that was genuinely revolutionary happening. There was a big fundamental difference between what was going on in England and what was going on America. Americans just had no idea what England was. They were only just out of the second world war—which took them down. They didn’t lose, but they lost their empire. So there was really no relationship between the two [cultures], but there was this misunderstanding that there was—especially by Americans. They assumed a shared language meant similar lives. One of my favorite lines from the Beatles Anthology was when George Harrison was asked by some American whether he had a record player when he was a kid. And his response was—“I didn’t have a record player...I didn’t have sugar.” You make mention in the book about a press conference where the Stones appear confused as to why the American press keeps asking them questions about politics and Vietnam. This is the stuff that I find endlessly fascinating. But let me try in an experiential way. I was 21 when I went to England [in 1967]. And I roomed with an English kid that was younger than me that was going to go to Cambridge. And he had no sense at all—it wasn’t on his horizon or in the air that he breathed—that there was a war. There was no war in England; it wasn’t their war. But the Stones themselves were singing about it...”war is just a shot away” [from “Gimme Shelter”]...”went down to the demonstration” [in “You Can’t Always Get What You Want”]...”I’ll shout and scream, I’ll kill the king” [from “Street Fighting Man”]. 14 PACIFIC SUN JULY 23 - JULY 29, 2010


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I’ve got to find a place to live, got to think about the future, because obviously I can’t do this fore ever… we’ve been going for eight years… I mean, we’rre so old— Bill’’s 33!” —Micck Ja agger I also think it’s fundamentally true that Jagger would write things like “Street Fighting Man” like a dramatist would write a play. He would take it as an idea that he would develop it dramatically and he would develop it convincingly, but the difference is I, as an American, grew up with Bob Dylan and out of a tradition, that of the singer/songwriter being in the first person and telling you actually what they were thinking and doing. You believed them because they were telling you what was going on with them. I don’t think that Jagger’s writing about what’s going on with him when he’s writing “Street Fighting Man.” It’s a cultural difference. Which is why the British, as a rule, do not take that same position that Americans uniformly do—that Altamont was the end of the ’60s. The British just don’t see it that way. Then what do the British think of Altamont? [Former Rolling Stones guitarist] Mick Taylor, when I asked him if Altamont was the end of the ’60s, says—in such a perfectly dry English response—“well, it was the end of the ’60s. It was December of 1969.” Completely without irony. If he was able to be say that dryly, while knowing what he knows about it, then to me it’s obvious that [the English] just don’t get the same cultural relevance. Have you ever asked Mick Jagger about it? Jagger, right up to the very last minute said he’d be part of the book, then at the end didn’t do it. Jagger has never talked about it, except briefly here and there. [Editor’s note: In a 1995 interview with Rolling Stone, founder Jann Wenner asked Jagger how he felt after Altamont. Jagger replied, “Well, awful. I mean, just awful. You feel a responsibility. How could it all have been so silly and wrong? But I didn’t think of these things that you guys thought of, you in the press: this great loss of innocence, this

We’re splitting if those cats… don’t stop beating up everybod dy in n sight.”” —Keith Richards

cathartic end of the era.... I didn’t think of any of that. That particular burden didn’t weigh on my mind. It was more how awful it was to have had this experience and how awful it was for someone to get killed and how sad it was for his family and how dreadfully the Hells Angels behaved.”] What about the rest of the band? Bill Wyman, who is very interested in the history of the band, was very direct about it. And he said he’d never seen the Rolling Stones scared, ever, except then. And that it was the worst concert that ever happened to him. What do you remember from the concert? My personal feeling—from the moment I got to Altamont to the moment I got on that helicopter to get out—was I want to get out. I had no idea somebody had been stabbed, because you couldn’t see it well enough. There was no light on the audience, there was just the light from the stage. But what you did see, and what gave the flavor to the entire day, was these beatings that took place. The single greatest image is this 30 square yards of compressed people where nobody could move—and suddenly there being a big empty hole where people had scrambled away where you’d see these arms of these Hells Angels waving around. Were they just randomly beating people up? They’d knocked out [Marty Balin] the singer from Jefferson Airplane, so you knew there was a lot of violence. The violence that surrounded the stabbing of Meredith Hunter didn’t appear different to any of the other violence. And it’s actually at the exact

Torn and frayed, above. Inset, Meredith Hunter, wearing green looking up, in the moments before his fatal stabbing.

moment after that stabbing—which no one knew about yet—that Keith [Richards] goes to the front of the stage and says [to the Angels and the crowd], “If those cats don’t stop beating up on everybody, we’re splitting.” And after that a Hells Angel that was on stage walks up to Keith and says there’s a guy out there with a gun and he’s shooting at the stage. That, needless to say, changes everything. And the Hells Angel who killed Meredith Hunter was eventually acquitted in 1971 by a jury that found he’d acted in self defense. The question is—was [Meredith Hunter] shooting at the stage? When I first saw the stabbing [in the documentary on the concert, Gimme Shelter], my opinion was that the Hells Angels were responsible. That, fundamentally, it was the Hells Angels f--king up. As part of what I did for the book...I interviewed the detective who worked on the case, and there’s a very good case to be made that gun was in fact pointing at the stage. The Hells Angels may have saved the Rolling Stones? It’s one of the ironies of Altamont that if that had been the only violence of the day, the Hells Angels might have been heroes. And I don’t know that, of course. [Tour manager] Sam Cutler said he’ll believe forever that the Hells Angels saved Jagger’s life. [Cutler] says, if Hunter wanted to shoot Hells Angels, he could have shot them, they were all around him. But if you look closely at the film, that hand is going up and down pointing toward

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Last train to Clarksville Aging letch running out of sugar-baby options... by N ik k i Silve r ste in


erhaps you remember a couple of columns from early last year about the escapades of my friend Clark. He’s the wealthy senior who trolled Craigslist for 20-something women willing to exchange sex for a night on the town. Much to my surprise, he had no trouble finding women game for wining, dining and schtupping. Clark’s ultimate goal was to find one he liked well enough to keep around for a while. If a woman was fortunate enough to make it to the final round, the prize value increased significantly—an apartment and car. I’d like to say he was a benevolent old guy wanting to help a young gal just starting out; however, it’s more accurate to say he was a letch wanting to obligate her for booty calls whenever he felt the need arise. Lots of takers for that arrangement too. I ridiculed and harangued him on a regular basis. His main defense was that women his age have too many expectations. “Like what?” I asked. “Intelligent conversation?” “That’s one,” Clark answered. “You give in on that and next thing you know, they want a commitment.” “A fulfilling relationship with a woman who’s your equal. Scary stuff,” I said. The first woman he put in an apartment was Keri, a grad student. She left when she fell in love with an age-appropriate man. In no time flat, Hailey replaced her. “Isn’t that a little fast?” I inquired. “I have a lease,” he responded. “No sense letting it go to waste.” “Of course not,” I said. “Maybe you could get a two-bedroom apartment and have a lady-in-waiting. That way, there’s no lapse at all between your sugar babies.” Unfortunately for Clark, Hailey was a party girl and never around when he wanted to stop by. He hadn’t anticipated this issue, especially considering he only expected to see her once or twice a week. “I feel taken advantage of,” he complained. “You’re a 69-year-old man enticing vulnerable girls with your money, and you feel used?” I asked. “I’m not sure if I would call that irony or chutzpah.” Eventually he lost interest in the type of woman interested in a sugar daddy. Clark graduated from dating women his granddaughter’s age to dating women his daughter’s age. About six months ago, Clark confessed his true feelings. “I thought sex would be enough, but I’m lonely. I want a companion. Younger than me, but not too young. Maybe I’ll get married again.”

I was verklempt. Our dirty old man is growing up. “Hallelujah, Clark,” I said. “The first thing you need to do is ditch those nasty Craigslist personals. Try Match or eHarmony.” Today, he’s in a bona fide relationship with a 45-year-old woman he met on I’ve met Christine several times and I think she’s a great catch— successful, attractive and independent. Like Clark, she owns a beautiful home and loves fine dining. The couple always has reservations at a trendy restaurant and sometimes she even insists on paying the tab. Christine doesn’t want anything from Clark except his company. Great. That’s what Clark wants. Or, at least it’s what he claims to want. Just one problem. Clark’s a man and once a man has what he wants, he doesn’t want it anymore. Poor Christine, heading straight from head-over-heels to heartbreak. “She thinks we should be out constantly.” Clark explains. “She’s never been married, so she’s into that dating scene.” “What scene? You go to nice restaurants, not nightclubs,” I say. “I hate her dog,” he declares. “That’s not a reason for anything.” “She’s young and she stays up too late,” says Clark. “She calls me at 11 and says ‘what are you doing.’ What do you think I’m doing? I’m sleeping.” “You’ll never be happy,” I reply. “I think I should date a woman in her 50s,” he muses. “Of course,” I say, nodding my head. “A 50-year-old goes to sleep earlier than Christine, right?” “Probably,” Clark replies. “Admit that you have no idea what you want,” I demand. “First, it’s 25-year-olds, now we’re up to 45 and you say you need 50. You’re absurd.” “I’m a nice guy,” he says. “No baggage to speak of. Generous. I want someone just like me with a vagina.” “Why don’t you update your online profile with those requirements? Make sure you include your net worth in there, or nobody will respond,” I say. “You want to know the truth?” Clark asks. I nod. “If I loved Christine, none of that stuff would matter. The sad part is that I tried to fall in love with her. I really did,” he said quietly. ✹

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FRIDAY, JULY 23 The Late Show with David Letterman Paul McCartney and Bruce Willis are on tonight. It’s been so long since either one of them has had a hit, they got booked on the same night so they could comfort each other. CBS. 11:35pm. Supernatural Tonight they are sending Lucifer back to hell, and they are charging him for luggage, too. CW. 9pm. Dual Survival The two hosts are dropped in the harsh Arizona desert and must find each other before they find a way out.To make it harder, they have to use iPhones and AT&T service. Discovery Channel. 10pm.

ents need to change their wills or hire bodyguards. VH1. 10pm.

SUNDAY, JULY 25 Law & Order: Criminal Intent When a college student is exsanguinated, detectives have to look for witnesses, and a dictionary. NBC. 7pm. Jersey Shore This is the reunion episode where the cast members get back together. It’s like all the other reality show reunions only with more court order violations and mysterious rashes. MTV. 9pm.

THURSDAY, JULY 29 Community Jeff takes the post as editor of the school paper. That’s the kind of thing that looks really good on your resume, right between “fry cook” and “ditch digger.” NBC. 8pm. The Universe Tonight, we learn about the “seven wonders of the solar system,”five of which are in Las Vegas. History Channel. 9pm.

TUESDAY, JULY 27 Breakthrough with Tony Robbins The inspirational speaker and author has a new show where he helps unfortunate people get through crises. Tonight he helps a man who broke his neck on his honeymoon realize that he is a human being and not just a set-up for some lame joke your dad would tell. NBC. 8pm. The Colony The second season of the reality show challenges 10 new people to survive SATURDAY, JULY 24 No Country for Old in a post-apocalyptic sceMen The story of drug nario.To do this, they need to money, a desperate flight, find food, water, shelter and a ruthless killer and a a warlord with whom they haircut that never really can battle to save the future caught on. (2007) KICU. of mankind.The warlord is 7pm. optional though. Discovery Collateral A taxi driver Channel. 10pm. is held hostage by a hitCheerleader Nation The man who demands he team needs to raise money be taken to a series of to get to the national chamcontract killings. In the pionships.With cheerleaders larger cities, the meters Coifed and dangerous, Saturday at 7. we always recommend a car are programmed with wash, even if they don’t need a special rate for that. to raise any money. Lifetime. 10pm. (2004) TNT. 8pm. CSI: Crime Scene Investigation This weekend’s murder victim is a member of a motor- WEDNESDAY, JULY 28 Confessions: cycle gang. Investigators not only have to Animal Hoarding A woman who keeps 87 determine the time and cause of death, they dogs in a trailer. It hardly leaves room for the have to figure out what that one tattoo is meth lab. Animal Planet. 8pm. supposed to be. Is that a Tasmanian devil or Dirty Jobs We’re pretty sure we don’t want a teddy bear with a thyroid problem? CBS. to know what they do at a bone black plant. 9pm. Discovery Channel. 10pm.

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MONDAY, JULY 26 Lie to Me This week, a woman is shot at a political rally. If it were a Tea Bag rally, it would be classified as “death by irony.” Fox. 8pm. The Bachelorette Ali faces all the men she turned down on the show, which is likely good practice for her high school reunion. NBC. 8pm. You’re Cut Off The pampered young Always tip an extra 5 percent on contract killings. Saturday, 8pm. women“graduate” from the program. Turn on more TV Guy at That means their credit card bills no longer ›› go to their parents. It also means their parJULY 23 - JULY 29, 2010 PACIFIC SUN 23

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Spirit of ’70 Influential eco-themed album by West Coast band gets timely reissue by G r e g Cahill


t’s an album you might wish wasn’t so The LP, a loose-knit sci-fi concept album, damn relevant. became the best-selling album by one of The Gulf of Mexico is a toxic stew of the best, most eclectic and least apprecioil, chemical disated West Coast persant and dead bands of the fish.And“Nature’s 1960s and ’70s Way,” the cautionrock era. Neil ary tale from SpirYoung cohort it’s newly reissued David Briggs 1970 psychedelic produced the realbum Twelve cord. The album Dreams of Dr. Sarspawned the Top donicus, echoes 100 hit “Animal that haunting reZoo,” a social frain, “It’s nature’s commentary on way of telling civilization’s thin you, something’s veneer, as well as wrong.” the classic-rock Forty years afradio staple ter its release, the Smells like teen Spirit: The bandmembers ranged in age from 16 to 44! “Nature’s Way.” Sundazed label Spirit guitarist has reissued a hi-def LP edition of Twelve and boy genius Randy California penned Dreams of Dr. Sardonicus (Epic/Legacy), “Nature’s Way” in San Francisco one afterout-of-print on vinyl for two decades (and noon while the band waited to perform at a better use of petroleum products than the Fillmore Auditorium. killing sea turtles). That stark environmental anthem

coincided with the inaugural Earth Day celebration, becoming the first pop song to seriously address concerns about pollution and ecological disaster. The album presaged the glam rock of Marc Bolan and T.Rex and continues to have an impact: Walter Becker of Steely Dan, who lived in the same apartment building as Randy California, has credited the Spirit guitarist’s bluesy style as a major influence and has noted that Spirit’s jazz-inflected prog-rock paved the way for Steely Dan’s distinct 1970s pop sound (many have noted the similarity between the piano figure that opens “Space Child” and the intro to Steely Dan’s hit “FM”). More recently, the lo-fi indie-rock icon Sam Beam of Iron & Wine shaped part of his song “Wolves” after “Prelude—Nothing to Hide,” from Twelve Dreams, and hip-hop star Common and rocker Pink have sampled Spirit recordings. Five years after its release, and with the original lineup split up, the album went gold. That lineup was a musically diverse bunch. Ed Cassidy, who was guitarist Randy

Randy California, you have him to thank for ‘Stairway to Heaven.’

California’s stepfather, had played drums for Thelonious Monk, Roland Kirk and other jazz greats. He was a founding member—along with Taj Mahal and Ry Cooder— of the Rising Sons. Keyboardist John Locke also had strong jazz roots. And vocalist and percussionist Jay Ferguson was classically trained and immersed in bluegrass before turning to rock and then film and TV composing (most recently, he wrote the theme to the hit TV series The Office). At 15, Randy California (nee Randy Craig Wolfe) played guitar for Jimmy James and the Blue Flames, the New York band led by Jimi Hendrix—Hendrix dubbed him Randy California to avoid confusing him with another band member. The young guitarist turned down an offer by the future rock superstar to move to London when Hendrix headed overseas to start the Experience. Instead, he returned to his native L.A. At first, his genre-leaping, multi-generational band (ages 16-44) was named Spirits Rebellious, after the mystical writer Kahlil Gibran’s poem. Spirit released its self-titled debut in 1968. On its first tour of the United States, Led Zeppelin opened several shows for Spirit. Jimmy Page later pilfered the descending chord progression and main guitar riff from the Spirit tune “Taurus” for the signature Zep song “Stairway to Heaven.” Page never admitted the plunder, but Randy California did live to see others embrace his musical vision. In 1997, he drowned while saving his 12-year-old surfer son from a riptide near a friend’s home in Molokai, Hawaii. His body was never recovered. ✹ Hum a few bars for Greg at Tune up to the Marin music scene at

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the two of them climbing out the window together (in the authentically stale trophy room set by Bruce Lackovic). Or will Barney’s stuffy father, Charles (Alex Shafer), or her socialclimbing mother, Myra (Tamar Cohn), pull them apart? The parents have their own NOW PLAYING love affair: The Middle Ages runs through Aug. 15 at the Barn Cohn’s Mrs. Theatre, Marin Art & Garden Goldberg longs Center, 30 Sir Francis Drake to shed her JewBlvd., Ross; 415/456-9555, ish name and husband as she moves in on the passive widower Charles and takes charge. In a comic monologue, Myra plans her wedding, going from a small intimate event to one that wouldn’t be out of place at the Taj Mahal. She is a familiar character, a pushy mother, an arranger and enforcer. But Cohn keeps her both funny and real. Shafer’s Charles is sympathetic as a desperate man who asks his son, Sweater vests and ‘Ivanhoe’ add volumes to the surreal nature of their romance. “Was all of this meant to kill your father?” Smith and Sims keep us rooting for them—a couple who can’t decide whether to move on or stay put, and get stuck in the middle. The Middle Ages makes fun out of our struggle to be free and still comfortable. No RVP’s ‘Middle Ages’ shows how love can go medieval on your ass... small thing. ✹






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he Middle Ages begins with a funeral fair more meaningful. It doesn’t; the play rolls that marks the end of youth for Barney along on “dooms of love,” witty dialogue and (Peter Smith), another of playwright wry comedy. Thus, audiences must settle for A.R. Gurney’s whiny WASP characters who what they’re getting—a fleshed-out version of Gurney’s popular spends a lifetime fightLove Letters. ing off the past while Smith and Sims keep floating along on the Thus, audiences must settle for the long affair lively Mayflower of privi- what they’re getting—a fleshedand suspenseful, as lege. Barney meets a out version of Gurney’s popular Eleanor’s fun-loving young woman, Eleaside and Barney’s innor (Monique Sims), Love Letters. ventive shenanigans who desperately wants to belong, setting up a push-pull love relation- come together at family events. The actors ship that can’t work, but doesn’t stop. Name- become quick-change artists as they doff and dropping literary works like The Black Rose adopt costumes (by Michael Berg), postures and Ivanhoe, which deal with courtly love in and ages. Credit goes to each for keeping authe Middle Ages, is designed to make the af- diences wondering if this scene will end with T H E R O S S VA L L E Y P L AY E R S P R E S E N T S

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The bodies in the library Ancient library under siege— and you thought Marin’s return policy was strict... by Re nat a Po l t


words and sandals, astronomy, and Christians behaving badly: If this admittedly snarky description doesn’t quite sum up Agora, it comes close. A Spanish film directed in English by Chilean-born Alejandro Amenabar (The Others,


The Sea Inside), the film is set at the end of the fourth century AD in Alexandria, Egypt (but filmed in Malta). Governed by Rome, Alexandria is the site of the magnificent Royal Library. There, Hypatia (based on a historical character and played by Rachel Weisz) studies mathematics, philosophy and astronomy and teaches classes of eager young men, all of them, apparently, in love with her.

Shock and awe GREEN ZONEcould easily have become what its detractors claim it is, a Hollywood preachie trying to smuggle its left-wing politics into an action picture. But set your stopwatch: 10 seconds into the film’s opening frames you’ll know you’re in for a world-class gut-clutch. Set in the chaotic opening hours of America’s shock-and-awe invasion of Baghdad, Zone puts us on point with the first Army unit charged to find the WMDs that were the war’s justification. But squad leader Roy Miller (Matt Damon) and his men keep coming up dry—their intel doesn’t Night of the Damon. square with the pigeon poo-covered empty warehouses they keep finding. When Miller says as much at a tense military briefing for the brass, he gets the predictable slapdown, but nets a part-time job from CIA station chief Martin Brown (Brendan Gleeson) who shares Miller’s doubts about “Magellan,” the shadowy source who provided the Pentagon’s intelligence that brought us to war. Directed by Paul Greengrass, this big-budget military thriller has everything that’s missing from mainstream fare: realism and maturity, hurtling action, meaty internecine battles between rival branches of government. The lukewarm critical response to the film just mystifies me.—Richard Gould 26 PACIFIC SUN JULY23 - JULY 29, 2010

But there’s trouble in River—er, Mediterranean—City as the Christians aggressively proselytize while the Jews and pagans—or some of them—resist. These conflicts aren’t merely intellectual or theological: Battle after battle is fought in this two-plus-hour film, with massive digitally produced crowd scenes and plenty of blood. The film’s centerpiece is the Christians’ sacking of the library, as the pagans attempt to rescue some of its precious books (that is, scrolls). Two of Hypatia’s students, the upperclass Orestes, and her slave Davus, convert— Davus becoming a follower of the black-clad preacher Ammonius. But Weisz’s Hypatia floats ethereally above the fray, refusing either to convert or to get emotionally involved with her admirers, speculating about the shape of the earth and its position related to the sun, and occasionally uttering such lines as, “Why are slaves never around when you need them?” Agora makes some timely points about fundamentalist religions, as the radical Christian sect the Parabolani preaches women’s submission and “modesty.” You’d think the filmmakers had taken the fundamentalists’ advice, as, aside from Hypatia, women are virtually MIA from this film. Hypatia doesn’t even appear to have any female servants, which strikes me as odd. What the film does have, in splendid abundance, are impressive sets: the library and other public buildings, lavish interiors, a ship at sea. Agora leaves us with the impressions that the ancients lived amid constant religious strife, butchery and upheaval, interrupted by short periods of speculation about the solar system. Maybe that’s the way it was, but you have to wonder. —Renata Polt ●


bout a half hour into The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, after a particularly dramatic magical showdown, sorcerer-in-training Dave looks incredulously at his new master, Balthazar, played by Nicolas Cage. “Are you insane?” Dave asks. “Little bit,” Balthazar responds. That exchange can, in so many words, sum up “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice,” the latest offering from producer Jerry Bruckheimer, the guy who brought us “Pirates of the Caribbean” and “National Treasure.” “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” follows the Bruckheimer tradition of big stars and big special effects, often at the expense of truly compelling characters or a believable plot. However, what sets this film apart from other action-adventure blockbusters of the summer is that it is aware of its own absurdity and wastes no time attempting to convince the audience that what it’s watching has any significance whatsoever. The plot is pure inanity. While on a

Doesn’t anyone apprentice as chimneysweeps anymore?

school field trip, lovesick fourth-grader Dave meets Balthazar, a 1,000-year-old sorcerer literally locked in an epic battle against evil sorcerers Horvath (Alfred Molina) and Morgana (Alice Krige). The encounter leaves Dave the laughingstock of his classmates but Balthazar convinced that he’s the young boy he’s been looking for lo these many years who will succeed the greatest wizard of them all, Merlin. Fast forward 10 years. Balthazar manages to convince the nerdy (and still lovesick) college student Dave to learn the craft of sorcery and help him defeat Horvath and Morgana once and for all. Together, Baruchel and Cage have surprisingly good chemistry as the skeptical student and the tutor patient yet assured in his coaching methods. While Baruchel’s Dave is basically a live-action version of his chatty, dorky Hiccup in “How to Train Your Dragon,” Cage as Balthazar is understated and kind of cool. Mention must be made of the film’s clever nod to the Sorcerer’s Apprentice sequence in the 1940 Disney classic “Fantasia,” in which Dave makes like Mickey and tries to use his powers on a few mops and buckets. It’s this silliness that makes “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” enjoyable in a mindless kind of way. The film falls short in its supporting characters and smaller plot details, which ultimately leave the viewer detached from the film’s suspense. Alfred Molina does his best as the villainous Horvath, but we are told next to nothing about him or the extent of his wickedness. And don’t even try to understand how the sorcerers’ magic, an odd combination of spells and physics, works. But then, in a movie so confident in its own insanity, who really cares about making sense?—Robin Migdol Review our reviews at

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Fiona Glascott strolls the shores of the Black Sea in ‘Anton Chekhov’s The Duel,’ opening Friday at the Rafael.

● Anton Chekhov’s The Duel (1:35) A dissolute gambler and his widowed mistress come under the professional scrutiny of a cynical zoologist. ● Clifford’s Really Big Movie (1:13) The big red dog runs off and joins the circus! ● Coco Chanel and Igor Stravinsky (1:58) True tale of the passionate love affair between the Parisian couturiere and the avant-garde composer. ● Cyrus (1:32) Sundance fave about a divorcee’s battle of wills with his new girlfriend’s overprotective twentysomething New Age son. ● Despicable Me A wicked suburban supervillain is waylaid in his plans to steal the moon by three little girls in search of a papa. ● Elvis on Tour: 75th Anniversary Celebration (2:05) The King is back in dazzling 1972 concert footage and in vintage glimpses from his younger days edited together by Martin Scorsese. ● Eric Clapton Crossroads 2010 (2:00) The gitbox guru headlines Chicago’s Crossroads Guitar Festival alongside Sheryl Crow, ZZ Top and the great B.B. King. ● The Girl Who Played with Fire (2:09) Sequel to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo finds edgy computer hacker Lisbeth Salander accused of murder and on the run from the cops. ● 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. ● Grown Ups SNL vets Chris Rock, Adam Sandler, David Spade and Rob Schneider star as middle-aged buddies who reunite for a wild holiday weekend. ● I Am Love (2:00) A Milanese family dynasty is shaken to its core when Mama has an affair with her son’s best friend. ● Inception Christopher Nolan sci-fi thriller stars Leo DiCaprio as an outlaw adept at the art of stealing thoughts and secrets.

● Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work (1:24) Acclaimed documentary about the iconic, foul-mouthed 76-year-old comedienne and her struggle to keep up with the demands of her career. ● 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. ● The Kids Are All Right (1:44) The happy household of gay couple Julianne Moore and Annette Bening is upended when the spermdonor daddy of their two kids drops by for a visit. ● Knight and Day (2:10) Cameron Diaz’s mundane existence is turned upside down when she gets involved with international secret agent Tom Cruise. ● La Rondine (2:05) SFO’s sumptuous art deco production of the racy Puccini opera stars Angela Gheorghiu as a kept woman intrigued by a younger man. ● The Last Airbender M. Night Shyamalan fantasy about the balance of power between the four elements (and the sexy young stars who embody them). ● The Metropolitan Opera: Carmen (2:50) Bizet’s smoldering señorita is back and looking especially saucy in big-screen high definition. ● The Metropolitan Opera: Turandot (2:05) Catch Franco Zeffirelli’s dazzling production of the Puccini opera in big-screen high definition. ● Predators A group of cold-blooded mercenaries become the prey of alien big game hunters! ● Ramona and Beezus (1:44) Beverly Cleary’s mismatched sisters scramble onto the big screen. ● Robots (1:29) Family-friendly cartoon about a rambunctious troupe of mechanical critters. ● Salt (1:39) CIA agent Angelina Jolie uses all her superspy skills to outwit her fellow spooks when she’s fingered as an enemy counteragent. ● Samson and Delilah (2:35) Saint-Saëns’ version of the steamy biblical epic, grandiloquently presented by SFO and shown in big-screen high definition. ● The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (1:51) Aging Manhattan warlock Nicolas Cage joins forces with a young protégé to protect the city from an evil genius. ● The Tale of Despereaux (1:34) A literate little mouse takes on a vengeful rat, taking his inspiration from the Knights of the Round Table. ● Toy Story 3 (1:32) What’ll happen to everybody’s favorite playthings now that their owner is all grown up and heading off to college? ● The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (2:04) Teen angst at its bloodiest is back, as Bella is forced to choose between Edward the vampire or Jacob the werewolf. ● Winter’s Bone (1:40) A mountain girl from the Ozarks goes a-searching for her kinfolk when the law repossesses her house. ✹

›› MOViE TiMES ❋ Anton Chekhov’s The Duel (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Fri 4:45, 7, 9 Sat-Sun 2:30, 4:45, 7, 9 Mon-Thu 7, 9 Clifford’s Really Big Movie (G) Century Northgate 15: Tue 10am Coco Chanel and Igor Stravinsky (R) ★★1/2 CinéArts at Marin: FriSat 12:45, 7:30 Sun 12:45, 7:30 Mon-Thu 1:30, 7:20 Cyrus (R) ★★★ Century Northgate 15: 12:15, 2:45, 5:20, 8, 10:20 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri-Sat 1:30, 4:30, 7:10, 9:30 Sun-Thu 1:30, 4:30, 7:10 Despicable Me (PG) ★★1/2 Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 7, 9:30 Sat-Sun 11:35, 2, 4:30, 7, 9:30 Mon-Thu 7, 9:20 Century Northgate 15: 11:40, 12:50, 2, 3:10, 4:25, 5:30, 6:45, 7:45, 9, 10 Century Rowland Plaza: 12, 2:15, 4:40, 7:10, 9:40 Fairfax 5 Theatres: 1:40, 4:10, 6:40, 9 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri-Sat 2, 4:40, 7, 9:15 Sun-Thu 2, 4:40, 7 ❋ Elvis on Tour: 75th Anniversary Celebration (Not Rated) Century Regency 6: Thu 7 CinéArts at Sequoia: Thu 7 ❋ Eric Clapton’s Crossroads 2010 (PG) Century Regency 6: Tue 7:30 CinéArts at Sequoia: Tue 7:30 The Girl Who Played with Fire (R) ★★ Rafael Film Center: Fri 3:45, 6:30, 9:15 Sat-Sun 1, 3:45, 6:30, 9:15 Mon-Thu 6:30, 9:15 The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (R) ★★★★ Rafael Film Center: Fri-Wed 8:15 Grown Ups (PG-13) Century Northgate 15: 11:35, 2:10, 4:40, 7:25, 9:55 I Am Love (R) CinéArts at Sequoia: Fri-Sat 1:55, 4:35, 7:20, 10:05 Sun 1:55, 4:35, 7:20 Mon 4:35, 7:20 Tue 4:35 Wed 3:30 Inception (PG-13) ★★★1/2 Century Cinema: Fri-Sat, Mon-

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Thu 12:15, 3:40, 7:10, 10:30 Century Regency 6: Fri-Mon 10:40, 12:10, 1:55, 3:45, 5:20, 7:10, 8:40, 10:20 Century Rowland Plaza: 11, 12:30, 2:10, 3:50, 5:30, 7, 8:40, 10:10 CinéArts at Marin: Fri-Sat 12:30, 3:45, 7, 10:15 Sun 12:30, 3:45, 7 Mon-Thu 1:15, 4:30, 7:45 Fairfax 5 Theatres: 12:50, 4:05, 7:20 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri-Sat 1, 4:10, 7:30 Sun-Thu 1, 4:10, 7:30 Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work (R) ★★1/2 Rafael Film Center: Fri 4:15, 6:15 Sat-Sun 2:15, 4:15, 6:15 Mon-Wed 6:15 The Karate Kid (2010) (PG) ★★★ Century Northgate 15: 1, 7:05 ❋ The Kids Are All Right (R) Century Regency 6: Fri-Mon 11:30, 12:50, 2:10, 3:30, 4:50, 6:10, 7:30, 8:50, 10:10 CinéArts at Sequoia: Fri-Sat 1:40, 4:20, 7, 9:25 Sun 1:40, 4:20, 7 Mon, Wed 4:20, 7 Tue 4:20 Knight and Day (PG-13) ★★1/2 Century Northgate 15: 11:55, 2:35, 5:05, 7:35, 10:05 ❋ La Rondine (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Thu 7 The Last Airbender (PG) ★★1/2 Century Northgate 15: 4:15, 10:10 ❋ The Metropolitan Opera: Carmen (Not Rated) Century Regency 6: Wed 6:30 Thu 10am CinéArts at Sequoia: Wed 6:30 Thu 1 Lark Theater: Wed 6:30 The Metropolitan Opera: Turandot (Not Rated) Lark Theater: Sat 10am Predators (R) ★★1/2 Century Northgate 15: 11:45, 2:20, 5, 7:40, 10:25 ❋ Ramona and Beezus (G) Century Northgate 15: 12, 2:25, 4:50, 7:20, 9:50 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:50, 2:20, 4:50, 7:20, 9:50 Lark Theater: Fri, MonTue 5:15, 7:30 Sat-Sun 3, 5:15, 7:30 Wed 2, 4:15 Thu 7:30

Robots (PG) ★★★ Lark Theater: Fri 10am Salt (PG-13) Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 5, 7:30, 10 Sat-Sun 12, 2:30, 5, 7:30, 10 Mon-Thu 6:50, 9:15 Century Regency 6: Fri-Mon 11:15, 12:25, 1:50, 3:10, 4:25, 5:40, 7, 8:20, 9:35 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:30, 12:40, 1:50, 3, 4:10, 5:20, 6:30, 7:40, 8:50, 10 Fairfax 5 Theatres: 1:10, 3:50, 6:50, 9:40 Samson and Delilah (SFO) (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Sat 10am The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (PG) ★★1/2 Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 7:10, 9:45 Sat-Sun 11:25, 2, 4:35, 7:10, 9:45 Mon-Thu 6:45, 9:20 Century Northgate 15: 11:50, 12:35, 1:40, 2:30, 3:20, 4:20, 5:10, 6, 7, 7:50, 8:45, 9:40, 10:30 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:05, 1:45, 4:20, 6:50, 9:20 CinéArts at Marin: Fri-Sat 1, 4:15, 7:15, 9:45 Sun 1, 4:15, 7:15 MonThu 1:45, 4:20, 7:30 Fairfax 5 Theatres: 1, 4:15, 7, 9:45 The Tale of Despereaux (G) ★★★ Century Rowland Plaza: Tue, Thu 10am CinéArts at Marin: Tue 10am Toy Story 3 (G) ★★★★ Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 7:20, 9:55 Sat-Sun 11:20, 1:55, 4:40, 7:20, 9:55 Mon-Thu 6:30, 9:05 Century Northgate 15: 12:45, 3:15, 5:45, 8:15; 3D showtimes at 11:30, 2:15, 4:45, 7:15, 9:45 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:55, 2:30, 5, 7:30, 10:05 Fairfax 5 Theatres: 1:20, 4:30, 7:10, 9:35 The Twlight Saga: Eclipse (PG-13) ★★1/2 Century Northgate 15: 1:30, 4:30, 7:30, 10:30 Winter’s Bone (R) Century Northgate 15: 12:10, 2:40, 5:15, 7:55, 10:15 CinéArts at Marin: Fri-Sat 4, 10 Sun-Thu 4

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

Steve McQueen and company take on a nasty piece of ectoplasm in ‘The Blob,’ playing under the stars in San Anselmo’s Creek Park Friday night at 8pm. Info: 272-2756. JULY 23 – JULY 29, 2010 PACIFIC SUN 27

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

F R I D AY J U LY 2 3 — F R I D AY J U LY 3 0 Pacific Sun‘s Community Calendar

Barbara Higbie will take her bows July 23 at 142 Throck.

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

Live music 07/23: Loralee Christensen Trio Marinwood Music in the Park Series. With live music, food, drinks and a bounce house kids area. 6-8pm. Marinwood Community Center, 775 Miller Creek Road, San Rafael. 479-0775. 07/20: Joel Streeter Original pop/rock. 8-10:30pm. Free. Max’s Cafe, 60 Madera Blvd., Corte Madera. 07/23: Barbara Higbie Grammy nominated, award-winning singer/songwriter, piano/multiinstrumentalist/composer Barbara Higbie has something cool to share. 8-10pm. $20-23. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley. 383-9600 .

07/23: Big B and his Snakeoil Saviors Boogie-woogie western swing. 8:30pm. Rancho Nicasio, 1 Old Rancheria Road, Nicasio. 662-2219. 07/23: D’Bunchovus Part of the Live Music Friday Series. 5:30-8:30pm. Free. Marin Country Mart at Larkspur Landing, 2257 Larkspur Landing Circle, Larkspur. 606-7435. 07/23: Dedicated Maniacs With Pat Nevins band. 9pm. 19 Broadway, 17 Broadway Blvd., Fairfax. 07/23: Doc Kraft Band Swing, Latin, rock, zydeco. 8:30pm $5. Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor Dr., Sausalito. 331-0100. 07/23: Lauralee Brown Band Jazz. 7pm. Saylor’s Restaurant & Bar, 2009 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-1512. 07/23: Midsummer Music Party With

Audrey Moira Shimkas and the Doc Kraft bands. 7pm. Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor Dr., Sausalito. 331-2899. 07/23: New Rising Sons With Boudeeka. ’60s dance music. 7-10pm. Taste Of Rome, 1001 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-7660. 07/23: Swing Fever Jazz and Blues by the Bay series. 6:30-8:30pm. Gabrielson Park, Anchor and Bridgeway, Sausalito. 07/23: Tommy Castro Band Rock and blues. 8:30pm. $15-25. Palm Ballroom, Seafood Peddler, 100 Yacht Club Dr., San Rafael. 389-5072. 07/24-25: Paul Thorn Band 8:30pm July 24 performance; 3:30pm July 25 barbecue on the lawn outdoor show. $27-30. Rancho Nicasio, Nicasio. 662-2219. 07/24: Blues Kitchen Six piece band with Nancy Wenstrom and Sarah Baker. 9pm-midnight. Presidio Yacht Club, For Baker, Sausalito. 332-2319. www, 07/24: Jocelyn Steele Smooth jazz vocalist. 7-10pm. Saylor’s Restaurant & Bar, 2009 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-1512. 07/24: Orquesta Borinquen Salsa music and dancing. Dance lesson at 8:30pm. 8:30pm1:30am. $15. Seafood Peddler, 100 Yacht Club Dr., San Rafael. 601-3685. 07/24: Saturday Night Groove Fest With Cheap Therapy, Michael LaMacchia’s Organic Jive Collective and Jeconte. 8-11:45pm. $12. Mill Valley Masonic Hall, 19 Corte Madera Ave., Mill Valley. 389-6637.

07/24: Walter Strauss and Mamadou Sibide International duo: fingerstyle guitarist

BEST BET ‘Beware of the Blob!” A giant oozing substance will engulf San Anselmo this weekend—and you’re invited! Film Night in the Park’s latest sci-fi classic to terrorize families and friends is 1958’s THE BLOB, screening at Creek Park on July 23. Steve McQueen makes his big-screen debut in this tale of a jelly-like alien that drops from the sky and demonstrates a robust appetite for small-town middle Americans. McQueen was 28 when he took on his first starring role Or, as Burt Bacharach so deftly put as teenager Steve Andrews. it in his theme song for the film, “Beware of the Blob, it creeps and leaps and glides and slides across the floor, right through the door and all around the wall, a splotch, a blotch—be careful of the Blob!” Film starts at 8pm. For info, visit—Jason Walsh 28 PACIFIC SUN JULY 23 - JULY 29 , 2010

Walter Strauss and Malian Hunter’s Harp master Mamadou Sidibe. 8pm. $17-20, kids for less. San Geronimo Valley Community Center, 6350 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., San Geronimo. 488-8888. 07/25: Black Olive Jazz Band Part of the Town Center Summer Music Series. 2-4pm. Free. Town Center, Tamalpais Drive, Corte Madera. 07/25: Just Voices "Faces of Love." SingersMarin adult choir performance. 4pm. Communnity Congregational Church, 145 Rock Hill Dr., Tiburon. 07/25: Jonathan Poretz Jazz vocalist. Music ini the Park series. 1-4pm. Free. Creek Park, San Anselmo. 258-4640.

07/25: Steve Kimock, Greg Anton and Special Guests Part of the San Geronimo Valley Summer Fest. The evening features organic fare, vendors, jumpee, playground. Proceeds will benefit local food bank and programs of the San Geronimo Valley Community Center. 4-8pm. $25-30. San Geronimo Valley Community Center, 6350 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., San Geronimo. 488-8888. 07/27: Deborah Winters With Cedricke Dennis. Jazz. 7-10pm. No cover. Panama Hotel & Restaurant, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 457-3993. 07/28: Sherri Roberts With the David

Udolf jazz duo. 7:30-10:30pm. No cover. Caffe DiVino, 37 Caledonia, Sausalito. 431-1280.

07/29: Audrey Moira Shimkas Quartet Pop/rock, jazz and blues. 7:30-10:30pm. No cover. Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor Dr., Sausalito. 331-2899. 07/29: Lip-Sticks With Paula Helene. 7-10pm. No cover. Panama Hotel & Restaurant, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 457-3993. www. 07/29: Wanda Stafford Quartet Jazz. 6-9pm. Free. Jason’s Restaurant, 300 Drakes Landing Road, Greenbrae,. 925-0808. www. 07/30: Chrome Johnson Original rock. 8:30pm. $12-15. Rancho Nicasio, 1 Old Rancheria Road, Nicasio. 662-2219. 07/30: Deborah Crooks Acoustic Americana. Part of the Live Music Fridays series. 5:308:30pm. Free. Marin Country Mart at Larkspur Landing, 2257 Larkspur Landing Circle, Larkspur. 606-7435.

07/30: Jack Van Paris and Company Rock, R&B and originals. 8:30pm-midnight $5. Presidio Yacht Club, Travis Marina/ Fort Baker, Sausalito. 302-6180. 07/30: Macy Blackman Rock/blues. 7-10pm. Saylor’s Restaurant & Bar, 2009

Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-1512. 07/30: Mari Mac and Livin' Like Kings Jazz and Blues By the Bay series. 6:30-8:30pm. Free. Gabrielson Park, Anchor and Bridgeway, Sausalito.

Throckmorton Theatre, Downtown, Mill Valley. 383-9600.

Sundays: Mal Sharpeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Dixieland Band

07/24-08/28: â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Altered Book Showâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Sixty

Jazz. 3-6pm. No Name Bar, 757 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-1392. Tuesdays: Swing Fever Jazz. 7pm. Panama Hotel, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael.

artists give new life to old books. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Visual Word,â&#x20AC;? member show. Opening reception 4-7pm July 24, with a talk by Donna Seager. Free. MarinMOCA, 500 Palm Dr., Novato. 506-0137. www. 07/24: All You Can Art Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Hanlon, a nexus of creativity since 1969, is cleaning house and will be selling a large collection of works by local artists at low prices. 3-6pm. Free. Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Hanlon Center for the Arts, 616 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 388-4331.

Theater/Auditions 07/23-24:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Children of Edenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; The Stapleton Theatre Company presents a musical directed by Bruce Vieira and accompanied by a live orchestra. 7:30-10pm. $12-20. Drake H.S. Little Theatre, 1327 S.F. Drake Blvd., San Anselmo. 454-5759. 07/23-25:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Deadâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Presented by the Marin Summer Theater. 8pm July 22-24, 2pm July 25. $10-15. Marin Summer Theater, 15 San Marin Drive, Novato. 233-1552. Through 08/15:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The Middle Agesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Set in the trophy room of a menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s club from World War II through the late 1970s, Gurney illustrates the conflict between longstanding traditions and the need for change. 8pm. $15-25. Ross Valley Playersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Barn Theatre, Marin Art and Garden Center, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Ross. 456-9555. Through 08/15: Travesties Tom Stoppard whips up a clever, tasty dish about art and society. Presented by the fabulous Marin Shakespeare players. Check website for performance dates. 8pm. $20-35. Forest Meadows Ampitheatre, 1475 Grand Ave., San Rafael. 499-4488. www.marinshakespeare. org

Through 09/26:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The Taming of the Shrewâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Cast off with Marin Shakespeare for a swashbuckling romp for all ages with a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pirates of the Caribbeanâ&#x20AC;? setting. Visit website for more showtime information. 8pm. $20-35. Forest Meadows Amphitheatre, 1475 Grand Ave., San Rafael. 4994488 .

Comedy Tuesdays: Mark Pitta and Friends You never know who will show up at this weekly stand-up comedy night. 8pm. $15-25. 142


Through 07/24: â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Adding On: Repetition with Variationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Marin Arts Council and Art at the Cheese Factory present an installation where a variety of objects are repeated for dramatic and artistic effect. Wed.-Sun. 11am-6pm. Free. Marin Arts Council Gallery, 906 Fourth St., San Rafael. 459-4440. Through 07/30: â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Realm of Dreamsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Collaborative exhibit by Phyllis Thelen and Barbara Andino-Stevenson, also features poet Ann Rinehart and photographer David Leslie. 10am5pm. Free. Art Works Downtown, 1337 Fourth St., San Rafael. 451-8119.

Through 08/01: â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Something Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve Been Meaning To Tell Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Annual Members Exhibition features recent work by gallery artist members illuminating the showâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s theme. Free. Gallery Route One, Point Reyes Station. www.

Through 08/08: â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Land and Sea: Realistic and Abstract Landscapes and Seascapesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;

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07/23: Elizabeth George Part of the Book Passage Mystery Writers conference. 8pm. Free, some priority seating reserved for conference participants. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 07/23: Gregg Hurwitz Book Passage Mystery Writers conference event. 6pm. Free, some priority seating reserved for conference participants. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 07/24: Don Winslow Part of the Book Passage Mystery Writers Conference. With the author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Savages and A Cool Breeze on the Underground.â&#x20AC;? 5:30pm. Free, some priority seating reserved for conference participants. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 07/25: David Herlihy Herlihy talks about â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Lost Cyclist.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 07/26: Lily King Raymond Carver Prize winner talks about â&#x20AC;&#x153;Father of the Rain.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 07/27: Marin Poetry Center Traveling Show Barbara Brooks, William Landis, Yvonne Postelle, Maggie Morley, Roy Mash and Robert Swart in a reading hosted by Gabrielle Rilleau. 7-9pm. Free. Mill

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wear, psychedelic art and psychic readings with Carolyn Ferris. 10am-5pm. Free. Crystal Chalice, 1930 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Fairfax. 785-7119.

07/28: The A-List Series With Michael Krasny Charismatic KQED Forum host and author in conversation with the incisive and insightful journalist Phil Bronstein. 7:30-9:30pm. $12-15. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley. 383-9600. 07/30: Whistestop Tea Dance Party Social for Marin’s older adults. Bring friends and your dancing shoes. 5-7pm. Free. Whistestop, 930 Tamalpais Ave., San Rafael. 456-9062. www.

ate pace. Free post ride appetizers and cocktails. 6-8pm. Free. Luna Sport, 480 Gate Five Road, Studio #300, Sausalito. Thursdays: Walk for Fun Put on your walking shoes and have a 2-3 mile amble 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.

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Kid Stuff 07/16: Family Film Fridays Celebrate hot summer days with “Lassie.” 10am-noon. $1-5. Lark Theater, 549 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur. 924-5111. 07/24: Film Night at the Park “Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince”(2009). Creek Park, San Anselmo. 07/25: San Geronimo Valley Summer Festival Music with Steve Kimock and Greg Anton. Organic foods, vendors, jumpee and children's activities. 4-8pm. $25-30. Call 488-8888 or visit www. San Geronimo Valley Community Center, 6350 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., San Geronimo 07/28: Alphabet Rockers Kiddie hip-hop. 1-2pm. Free. Town Council Chambers, San Anselmo, 110 Tunstead Ave., San Anselmo. 258-4656. www.

Through 08/15: Living in Space Special Exhibit Take an out-of-this-world journey to the International Space Station in this brand-new, hands-on exhibit. Explore a “slice of life” in outer space as you live, work and play “aboard” the International Space Station. Free with museum admission. Bay Area Discovery Museum, 557 McReynolds Road, Sausalito. 339-3900. Tuesdays: Little Music Circle Kids Live music, bubbles, small instruments and fun. Little ones learn rhythm and movement, cause and effect and patterning, helping brain development. 12:30-1:15pm. $10, drop in. Heller’s, 514 Fourth St., San Rafael. 2337456.

Outdoors (Hikes & Bikes) 07/24: Marin History Dominican Area Walking Tour A special tour of the Dominican area of San Rafael which will cover many of historic homes and important buildings on the campus. Reservations are required. 10-11:30am. $5-10. Dominican Convent, 1520 Grand Ave., San Rafael. 454-8538.

07/24: Moonshiners Hike and Picnic Four mile hike with mid hike picnic dinner at moon rise/sunset. Hike begins and ends at the Pelican Inn Pub. 6:45-10pm. $15. Pelican Inn, Muir Beach. 331-0100. moonshinershike. 07/27: Full Moon Ride All women full moon bike ride. The ride is about 1.5 hours at a moder-

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Through 10/31: Marin Open Garden Project Veggie Exchange Wow, you grew that? Amazing! Bring the excess from your garden to exchange with other gardeners at locationc around the county every Saturday. Free. 9-10am. on the Novato Unified School District Lawn, 1015 7th St., Novato; 9-10:30am. at San Anselmo Town Hall Lawn, 525 San Anselmo Ave., San Anselmo; 9:30-11am. at Sun Valley Park, K & Solano St., San Rafael; 9-10am. at Boyle Park, 11 East Dr., Mill Valley; 3-4pm. at Sustainable Fairfax Backyard, 141 Bolinas Ave., Fairfax. 419-4941.

Food and Drink 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.

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PUBLIC NOTICES 995 Fictitious Name Statement FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 124366 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as M&R VENDING, 10 CATALINA BLVD., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: BLAKE MAYOCK, 10 CATALINA BLVD., 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 28, 2010. (Publication Dates: July 2, 9, 16, 23, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 124293 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as KINSHIP INITIATIVE NETWORK OF SERVICES, 300 SUNNY HILLS DRIVE, SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960: SUNNY HILLS SERVICES, 300 SUNNY HILLS DRIVE, SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960. This business is being conducted by a corporation. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on June 17, 2010. (Publication Dates: July 2, 9, 16, 23, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 124371 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as THE GRACE INSTITUTE FOR DEMOCRACY AND ELECTION INTEGRITY, 645 TAMALPAIS, CORTE MADERA, CA 94925: SUNRISE CENTER INC., 645 TAMALPAIS, 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 June 28, 2010. (Publication Dates: July 2, 9, 16, 23, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2010124273 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as K&K COMPANY, 64 CROSS CREEK PL., LARKSPUR, CA 94939: VALERIA KUZNETSOVA, 64 CROSS CREEK PL., LARKSPUR, CA 94939; VLADIMIR KUZNETSOV, 64 CROSS CREEK PL., LARKSPUR, CA 94939; ANDREI KUZNETSOV, 64 CROSS CREEK PL., LARKSPUR, CA 94939. This business is being conducted by a general partnership. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on June 16, 2010. (Publication Dates: July 2, 9, 16, 23, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 124360 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as BUSINESS FOUNDATIONSANNELISA MACBEAN, M.A., 130 GREENFIELD AVE., SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960: WHEALTHY PLANET, INC., 130 GREENFIELD AVE., SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960. This business is being conducted by a corporation. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on June 15, 2010. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on June 25, 2010. (Publication Dates: July 9, 16, 23, 30, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2010124369 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as BLACKOAK RESOURCE GROUP, 239 HILLSIDE AVE., KENTFIELD, CA 94904: DAVID L PAULI, 239 HILLSIDE AVE., KENTFIELD, CA 94904. 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 ClerkRecorder of Marin County on June 28, 2010. (Publication Dates: July 9, 16, 23, 30, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 124387-1,2,3,4 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as MARIN MMA; MARIN BJJ; MARIN MIXED MARTIAL ARTS; MARIN BRAZILIAN JIU JITSU, 222 GREENFIELD AVE., SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960: MIKYO RIGGS, 1005 SOUTH ELISEO DR. #2, GREENBRAE, 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 June 30, 2010. (Publication Dates: July 9, 16, 23, 30, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2010124423 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as MARINFIT, 60 TRELLIS, SAN

RAFAEL, CA 94903: EVAN FITZGERALD, 60 TRELLIS, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903. 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 July 6, 2010. (Publication Dates: July 9, 16, 23, 30, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 124345 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as MARINA’S DESIGN, 7 GENEVA WAY, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: MARINA MCKENNA, 7 GENEVA WAY, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on July 1, 2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on June 24, 2010. (Publication Dates: July 16, 23, 30; August 6, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 124458 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as LING LI INTERNATIONAL TRADING CO, 10 GRANADA DR., CORTE MADERA, CA 94925: JUDY PA, 10 GRANADA DR., CORTE MADERA, CA 94925. 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 July 8, 2010. (Publication Dates: July 16, 23, 30; August 6, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2010124456 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as BELLASANTE, 89 CENTER BLVD., SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960: MELANIE L TRAUB, 107 BROOKMEAD CT., 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 August 1, 2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on July 8, 2010. (Publication Dates: July 16, 23, 30; August 6, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 124452 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as SUNSHINE BODYWORKS, 1514 FIFTH AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: XIUMEI DONG, 3034 COLONIAL WAY #8, SAN JOSE, CA 95128. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on July 7, 2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on July 8, 2010. (Publication Dates: July 16, 23, 30; August 6, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 124476 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as BABY ANGELS DAYCARE, 41 WINDWORD DR., CORTE MADERA, CA 94925: NOUSHIN REZAI, 41 WINDWORD DR., CORTE MADERA, CA 94925. 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 July 12, 2010. (Publication Dates: July 23, 30; August 6, 13, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 124501 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as PIZZERIA ROSSETTI, 45 CALEDONIA ST., SAUSALITO, CA 94965: IL ROMANO, LLC., 133 MEADOCROFT DR., SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960. This business is being conducted by a 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 July 15, 2010. (Publication Dates: July 23, 30; August 6, 13, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 124365 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as HAIR N JOY, 310 MILLER AVE., MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: LAM VU, 2035 FLINTFIELD DR., SAN JOSE, CA 95148. 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 25, 2010. (Publication Dates: July 23, 30; August 6, 13, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 124444 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as SHIPSHAPE YACHT MAINTENANCE, 1300 MAR WEST #11, TIBURON, CA 94920: STEPHEN F. SPOJA, 1300 MAR WEST #11, 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 July 7, 2010. (Publication Dates: July 23, 30; August 6, 13, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2010124549 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as BAY AREA BLUESTONE, 170 GARY PLACE, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: BLUEROCK ENTERPRISES INC., 170 GARY PLACE, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by a corporation. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on May 17, 2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on July 20, 2010. (Publication Dates: July 23, 30; August 6, 13, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 124541 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as OPTIMUM NUTRITION THERAPY, 1300 MAR WEST ST. #11, TIBURON, CA 94920: STEPHEN SPOJA, 1300 MAR WEST ST. #11, TIBURON, CA 94920; SHARON MEYER, 1300 MAR WEST ST. #11, TIBURON, CA 94920. This business is being conducted by co-partners. 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 July 20, 2010. (Publication Dates: July 23, 30; August 6, 13, 2010)

997 All Other Legals ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF MARIN. No. CIV 1003385. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner GEORGE TSUKAYAMA LAGUA filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: GEORGE TSUKAYAMA LAGUA to GEORGE JOSEPH TSUKAYAMA. 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: August 11, 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 29, 2010 /s/ Verna A. Adams, JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT (Pacific Sun: July 2, 9, 16, 23, 2010) STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF USE OF FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME File No. 304202 The following person(s) has/have abandoned the use of a fictitious business name(s). The information given below is as it appeared on the fictitious business statement that was filed at the Marin County Clerk-Recorder’s Office. Fictitious Business name(s): SUNSHINE BODYWORKS, 1514 5TH AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. Filed in Marin County on: January 2, 2010. Under File No: 122975. Registrantâ ™s Name(s): RUI YUAN LI, 1767 27TH AVE., SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94122. This statement was filed with the County Clerk Recorder of Marin County on July 8, 2010. (Pacific Sun: July 16, 23, 30; August 6, 2010) ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF MARIN. No. CIV 1003552. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner KAREN MERYL PAREDES SANTOS on behalf of BELINDA RIHANNA PAREDES SANTOS filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: BELINDA RIHANNA PAREDES SANTOS to BELINDA RIHANNA CASTILLO PAREDES. 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: August 26, 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.



by Ly nd a R ay

Week of July 22-July 28, 2010

ARIES (March 20 - April 19) Ready for some good news? On Friday, upbeat Jupiter comes to a standstill in your sign, bringing optimism and a happygo-lucky attitude. Meanwhile, it is finally time to put away whatever instrument of drudgery you’ve been dragging around. The playful Sun is taking over your entertainment house and knows how to fire up your mojo. By Sunday, the Full Moon sets off a couple of days when everything and everyone you encounter requires making a choice. TAURUS (April 20 - May 19) Saturday has your name written all over it. Hedonistic Venus (your ruler) is stirring up fun in your house of play. Sunday’s Full Moon brings awareness of the personal sacrifices required to pursue professional success. Although your sign desires material security, for the next year, spiritual and emotional growth will be strongly emphasized in your chart. So, if you’re working (or looking for work) more than you are seeking inner peace, you might want to shift your priorities. GEMINI (May 20 - June 20) Someone from your past could make this a particularly interesting weekend. However, your chart shows a bit of conflict—especially in the realm of your romantic life. You’ve entered a cycle that favors serious affairs over casual ones. Meantime, your ruler (chatty Mercury) leaves the dramatic sign of Leo to enter the discreet sign of Virgo on Tuesday. For the next few weeks, you may actually be able to keep a secret.... CANCER (June 21 - July 21) Your birthday month is over and you enter the weekend a little exhausted. Friday is a challenging day. On Sunday, the Full Moon begins to replenish your energy levels, but it may not be enough. Planetary imbalances expose your desire to make big career changes without damaging your emotional well-being. Like the sign Taurus, you are prone to putting security before taking the kind of risks that can bring true progress. LEO (July 22 - August 22) The spotlight turns to you as your zodiac cycle gets off to a fabulous start. Both exciting Uranus and upbeat Jupiter connect with your ruler (the playful Sun) to ensure there is nothing dull or disappointing to spoil your birthday. As for your upcoming year, money can be made, but not without effort. The key is finding a job that provides so much meaning to your life that the paycheck is just icing on the cake. VIRGO (August 23 - September 21) A week of feeling good thanks to sociable Venus and active Mars in your sign while the creative Sun in Leo stirs your imagination. It’s the right time for romance and daring to do the extraordinary. If you need a loan, ask now. If you’ve been waiting for funds from an inheritance or a legal settlement, check your mail. Remember that for the next two years, you are expected to be financially responsible. LIBRA (September 22 - October 22) You believe that you must keep it together in spite of feeling tremendous pressure to fall apart. The planetary dynamics seem to have targeted you for a particularly intense week. On Sunday and Monday, the Full Moon in the objective sign of Aquarius provides an opportunity to stop taking it all so personally. Meanwhile, the entertaining Sun has taken over your house of group activities. For the next month, it’s the more the merrier. SCORPIO (October 23 - November 21) Your ruler, powerful Pluto, is currently at odds with the other planetary bigwigs. You may feel that you are misunderstood and unappreciated. This may be somewhat true in your work environment; however, your friends are quite fascinated with you and your views. Stop worrying about what isn’t working out and start being grateful for what is. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 - December 20) The Leo Sun brings a smile to your face as it lights up your natural house of travel and learning. It is the time of year when expanding your horizons is on the agenda, whether visiting a faraway location or signing up for classes at your local college. And don’t forget to add falling in love with a foreigner to your list of potentially mind-broadening experiences. Once again, your innate upbeat optimism kicks into high gear. CAPRICORN (December 21 - January 18) Your ruler, ambitious Saturn, has moved into your career house, where he intends to spend the next couple of years. If you’ve been a “good” Capricorn and worked very hard on your professional life, you will be rewarded. If you’ve been a “rogue” Capricorn, who played when you should have been climbing the ladder to success, you are expected to make up for lost time. In either case, the public is watching. AQUARIUS (January 19 - February 17) The generous Sun has entered your relationship house. If you are attached, you and your sweetie are in the mood to share. If you are looking for love (the permanent kind rather than the casual kind), you might discover someone close by to be a strong candidate. In general, your immediate environment is offering lucky opportunities in many areas—including romance and affection. Maybe you should reschedule that trip to Prague. PISCES (February 18 - March 19) You’re getting a late start on summertime sports and exercise, but you are getting a start and that’s what counts. And, there are still two months until autumn. This focus on fitness doesn’t have to be painful. Sensuous Venus and competitive Mars continue to encourage physical activities of a romantic nature as they remain in your relationship house all week. Hey, burning calories is burning calories. ✹ Email Lynda Ray at or check out her website at JULY 23 – JULY 29, 2010 PACIFIC SUN 33



by Amy Alkon


A girl in my college accounting class came to my mom’s house, where I live, to study with me for a test. While she was there, burglars broke in, made us strip to our underwear, then bound and gagged us. We were tied in chairs, back to back, but were able to hold hands. (We weren’t hurt, and my mom came home and untied us a couple hours later.) I’ve always been attracted to this woman, but she has a boyfriend. However, our experience intensified my crush. Are feelings generated in a trauma legitimate? Should I make my feelings known?—Rope Burns Sorry I took so long answering your question, but I got abducted by aliens and they didn’t have Wi-Fi on the mothership. If you’ll believe me, I’ll believe you—and forget that your question sounds like the script to a G-rated porno: You both strip down, get tied up and then the crooks leave and your mom comes in with a plate of cookies and a box-cutter. It is possible that danger amped up your feelings of attraction. The intuitive explanation is that you bonded over a shared scary experience. It’s hypothesized by researchers (but not yet well supported by evidence) that there’s “misattribution of arousal”: mistaking revved-up feelings from a scary situation for feelings of attraction. Anthropologist Helen Fisher speculates in Why We Love that “danger is novel to most of us” and “novelty elevates levels of dopamine—the chemical associated with romantic love.” You can make your feelings known to this girl, but you for sure shouldn’t make an announcement. Proclaiming your interest will not only be embarrassing for both of you, she’s sure to tell you what you already know—that she has a boyfriend—and leave it at that. Instead, take her out for drinks and try to kiss her afterward. She can always turn you down, and you can always blame it on the alcohol and go back to being study buddies. Act like it isn’t a big deal, and it shouldn’t be (avoid the temptation to lean over your textbook and ask, “Get tied up here often?”). Then again, if she likes kissing you, she might end up “confused” about her relationship—which is the gateway drug to maybe ending it and seeing if there’s anything “legitimate” with you. If girlfriend-poaching is against your principles, you could say something to her—not in some big pronouncement-type way, but with an offhand remark: “Hey, if you ever ditch that boyfriend of yours, I’d love to take you out for dinner and a mugging.”



I’ve been dating a woman for three months, but told her that I don’t ever see getting serious with her. Initially, she seemed fine with keeping things casual, but lately, she’s been teasing me, asking how long we have to date before I change my Facebook relationship status from “single” to “in a relationship.” Hers says “single,” but I get the feeling that if I changed mine, she’d change hers pronto.—Socially Networked This friend of a friend of a friend “friended” me on Facebook. OK, fine, I friended him back. A few days later, barely awake, I signed on Facebook to the announcement “Josh Fakename is in an open relationship.” Don’t know the guy, never met the guy, but at least I don’t have to wonder whether he’s having sex with multiple partners. Welcome to the Too Much Information Age. People sign up for Facebook or start blogging and tweeting without giving much thought to what their personal privacy policy will be. Because a button exists for them to give out information, they go ahead and do it. Facebook is a cesspool of ill-advised revelations, with some privacy settings, and just like in an arrest, you have the right to remain silent, and should probably use it more often than not. You’ve already informed your, uh, insignificant other of your relationship status. If your feelings are unlikely to change, gently make that known so she doesn’t hang around nursing false hope. While you’re at it, you might change your relationship status on Facebook to the default—not yet filled out. In the future, you can provide it on a need-to-know basis, like when the dinner party host wonders if there’s a plus-one, and when you’re ordering at Starbucks: “I’ll have a tall Americano and my life partner here will have a grande mocha with whip.” ✹


© Amy Alkon, all rights reserved. Got a problem? E-mail or write to Amy Alkon, 171 Pier Ave. #280, Santa Monica, CA 90405.

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PUBLIC NOTICES CONTINUED FROM PAGE 33 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: July 8, 2010 /s/ JAMES R. RITCHIE, JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT (Pacific Sun: July 16, 23, 30; August 6, 2010) AMENDED NOTICE OF PETITION TO ADMINISTER ESTATE OF: STEVEN JAMES ROBIN. Case No. PR-1003054. To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors and persons who may otherwise be interested in the will or estate, or both, of STEVEN JAMES ROBIN. A PETITION FOR PROBATE has been filed by: KENNETH E. ROBIN in the Superior Court of California, County of MARIN. THE PETITION FOR PROBATE requests that KENNETH E. ROBIN be appointed as per-

sonal representative to administer the estate of the decedent. THE PETITION requests the decedent’s will and codicils, if any, be admitted to probate. The will and any codicils are available for examination in the file kept by the court. THE PETITION requests authority to administer the estate under the Independent Administration of Estates Act. (This authority will allow the personal representative to take many actions without obtaining court approval. Before taking certain very important actions, however, the personal representative will be required to give notice to interested persons unless they have waived notice or consented to the proposed action.) The independent administration authority will be granted unless an interested person files an objection to the petition and shows good cause why the court should not grant the authority. A HEARING on the petition will be held in this court as follows: August 16, 2010 at 8:30 a.m. in Dept: K, Room: K, of the Superior Court of California, Marin County, located at Superior Court of California, County of Marin, 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael, CA. IF YOU OBJECT to the

granting of the petition, you should appear at the hearing and state your objections or file written objections with the court before the hearing. Your appearance may be in person or by your attorney. IF YOU ARE A CREDITOR or a contingent creditor of the decedent, you must file your claim with the court and mail a copy to the personal representative appointed by the court within four months from the date of first issuance of letters as provided in section 9100 of the California Probate Code. The time for filing claims will not expire before four months from the hearing date noticed above. YOU MAY EXAMINE the file kept by the court. If you are a person interested in the estate, you may file with the court a Request for Special Notice (form DE-154) of the filing of an inventory and appraisal of estate assets or of any petition or account as provided in Probate Code section 1250. A Request for Special Notice form is available from the court clerk. Attorney for Petitioner: RICHARD V. DAY, 563 JEFFERSON ST., NAPA, CA 94559, (707) 253-8500. (Publication Dates: July 23, 30; August 6, 2010)

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New at United! Local organic farmstead cheeses. Produced in Marin County â&#x20AC;&#x201C; old-world style. Three ďŹ&#x201A;avors to choose from: Formagella, Nicasio Square and Black Mountain.


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ORGANIC BLACKBERRIES OR RASPBERRIES Bake into a cobbler and top with vanilla ice cream. 6oz clam shell

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ROCKY FRANKS Made with all natural chicken for a delicious and healthy hot dog. 12oz. pkg.


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BAY SCALLOPS Wild caughtâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;previously frozen. Pat dry then roll in ďŹ&#x201A;our or cornmeal, salt and pepper, pan fry in skillet with olive oil for 2-3 minutes. Serve with rice pilaf and sautĂŠed veggies.



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