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›› LETTERS And now for something completely different... I’m writing about Nikki Silverstein’s Single in the Suburbs response [“Single Girl Conquers the Martian,” Sept. 3] to the Sun’s Aug. 27 cover story interview with John Gray. I’d like to share a universal truth that may surprise you: It doesn’t really matter whether the teacher is true, only whether the “student’s heart” is true. I realize that might sound like just a bunch of Marin New Age woo-woo. But it is universally true, and the movie that best expresses that view is the movie Leap of Faith, with Steve Martin, Debra Winger, Liam Neeson, (incredible cast so far, right, and there are many more). Steve Martin is a con-man-type preacher who, at times, will acknowledge perhaps he’s just putting on a show, “but if it gets the job done, what difference does it make?” This movie is all about “trickster” energy and themes, and as it is with the trickster archetype, in the very last scene in the movie, the last trick is on the con-man trickster himself. Stories are truth told through fiction, even if that sounds like a contradiction. Even though the movie is fiction, it is talking about a very real principle and truth, which can only be found in the “leap of faith booth.” Just thought I’d throw out a different perspective, for all you self-reflective detectives. Dennis Rafkind, San Rafael

Mars & Venus on a grift? As someone who has personally known John Gray for years and who even conducted interviews helping him research one

of his books—Mars & Venus on a Date— let me state that the only “conning” and “charlatan”—in the words of columnist Nikki Silverstein—here is Ms. Silverstein herself— pretending to be a columnist making a point. Call what Gray says “drivel,” if you will, but there’s an essential difference between someone who believes in what he preaches, as Gray does, and someone who cynically tries to hustle people out of their money. As for Silverstein (and her editors), they should know the difference between the two before printing her defamatory drivel. Stan Sinberg, Mill Valley

Hail Charlie, foal of grace Thank you for the great Behind the Sun article [“Charlie’s Angels,” Aug. 27] about Charlie the horse and Evelyn “Tinkerbell” Pervier! Tinker told me about it. I started riding at the “dairy” in 1966 until 1978; Melanie Pervier was my idol, Tink was my second mother, I basically lived there half of the time. When I retired my horse (not to the slaughterhouse), Tink asked if I would like to ride and show Charlie...I was so happy! I had won the “super horse lotto.” He was fearless and flawless; I could gallop him straight downhill in slippery mud, and he never missed a step. I rode him into the waves at Muir Beach, and bodysurfed him in to shore (most horses freak out at crashing waves). When I showed him, he was perfect. Tink called him the “push button horse” because he could hear the announcer and exactly execute the right moves. At one show, I came in fourth, so Mel and Tink said, “Go ask the judge what’s wrong.” The judge replied, “He looks like an old cowhorse.” Little did he know, Charlie had been to the Cal State Championships. Mel was not, the



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Your soapbox is waiting at ›› next class was Hunter Hack—you go over two jumps, gallop around the ring and come to a dead stop. Well, Charlie stopped so fast and quick, like a cutting horse, I almost flew over his neck! We won that class and several others after that...ha-ha! Charlie was a courageous, beautiful and very smart horse. He would follow me around and put his head on my shoulder. When Tink called him from across the pasture, he would come running to her. I am grateful to have had the opportunity to ride such an incredible horse, with the support of Tink, Melanie and Dick Pervier. Now I am lucky enough to ride “Trigger,” a big mustang gelding, over the same hills where I rode Charlie. Life is good! Sheila Fitzmaurice Lorne, Muir Beach

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Che cazzo stai dicendo, cacasenno?! Mr. Gerald Studier’s letter about Neapolitan pizza not originating in Naples [“Next You’ll According to our research, Tell Us Surfeitpizza emigrated to America in ing Children Isn’t the 1920s with Mama Celeste Homogenous to Lizio, a San Angelo native who saw no shame in eating McDonaldland...” Aug. 27] is a dispizza alone... concerting bit of bald-faced revisionist history. If I catch his drift correctly, (a) there is no indigenous history of pizza in Naples (he will only go as far as to say that the history of pizza in Naples is “debatable”! “Debatable”?);

(b) Naples only begrudgingly started making pizzas because the Americans were clamoring for it! Gosh, many thanks to America then, for giving pizza to clueless Italy! Who knew? What baloney! Or pepperoni, perhaps! I’m a native Italian from the northern-central part of the country. Though not myself a Neapolitan, I distinctly remember growing up in the 1950s with many tempting offerings of pizza in numerous stores in my hometown, and in any other town in the country that I would visit; like everyone else in the country, I knew of Naples to be the venerable birthplace of the original pizza that we all grew up adoring (and still do). But don’t take my word for it. Go to Google, look for “Storia della pizza,” and start reading, in Italian, from the source. (Being such an authoritative-sounding “expert,” Mr. Studier certainly speaks fluent Italian, doesn’t he?) For example, at Wikipedia under “storia della pizza,” among other bits of information, you read (and I will translate it for you): “L’Antica Pizzeria Port’Alba a Napoli Ë considerata la prima pizzeria della città. Iniziarono a produrre pizze per venditori ambulanti nel 1738, ma si espansero ad un ristorante-pizzeria con sedie e tavoli nel 1830.” (“The Antica Pizzeria Port’Alba in Naples is considered to be the first pizzeria in that city. They started producing pizza for street vendors in 1738, but in 1830 they expanded their operations and opened a restaurant-pizzeria with tables and chairs.”) 1738. 1830. Not 1968. Not a trivial detail. Also, it’s “pizza fritta”, with two “T”s, not one. Details, large and small, are important, sir. Marco Ugolini, Mill Valley

We’d like to see the Cheneys build a hunting blind at the Whittington’s... Building a mosque at the ground zero site would be as classy as the Kennedys building a mansion next to the Kopechne’s house, to show we really care, to aid in their healing, to you know, “bridge” the gap as it were. Eric Fransen, San Rafael

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t’s either the biggest threat on the horizon or the ramblings of a doomsday cult. Virtually everyone in touch with the modern world knows petroleum is a finite resource. The question is, how should we meet the challenge of peak oil? That term has been bubbling up through the cauldron of consciousness, triggering a call for action in some and refusal of acceptance in others. Put another way: What are we going to do when the oil runs out? The challenges inherent in peak oil entered the public sphere in a big way in Canada with the release of The End of Suburbia, a documentary that reached its own cult-like status. The film posits that when the world enters the era of peak oil, the suburban lifestyle that blossomed—or exploded—in the second half of the 20th century will self-destruct without a constantly expanding world supply of oil. In 2004, the film made its way to Kinsale Further Education College in Ireland. Students who saw it took action and founded the Transition Town movement. Using classic communityorganizing tactics, the students began spreading the word that rather than relying on arthritic political systems, concerned citizens around the world should confront the related issues of peak oil and climate change in their own ways in their own communities. Today, there are about 300 Transition Town organizations around the world, and

that number is growing fast. Seventy-four of them are in this country, according to Carolyne Stayton, executive director of Transition United States. That’s a lot, considering that Transition United States only started in January 2009. In the North Bay, residents in Sebastopol, Cotati and West Marin already have fired up groups, and Mill Valley is in the process of creating a transition organization. “We figure there are at least four significant [attempts] to mull it over, such as in Mill Valley, for each official transition initiative,” says Stayton, whose organization is based in Sebastopol, a hub for the North Bay transition movement. The foundation of the movement rests on the core principle that unless people take actions in their own communities to decrease carbon consumption and increase self-reliant communities, the country and the world will eventually face catastrophe resulting from declining petroleum supplies and a degraded environment. And the cornerstone is peak oil—a relatively abstract concept, which makes it easy for people to reject the idea of a declining oil supply. After all, the world has plenty of oil now, right? And there are even untapped reserves. So what’s the problem? In many venues, when transition movement proponents raise the specter of peak oil and 10 > caution that the issue needs attention,

›› NEWSGRAMS Scientists buoy hope for salmon State salmon populations are swimming against the current in their fight against extinction—and now a group of more than 100 scientists have signed on to a marine-life manifesto calling for the Marin County Board of Supervisors to stop chinooking around and enact policies to help cache the coho. Spearheaded by the Forest Knolls-based Salmon Protection and Watershed Network, the scientists are asking the supes to prohibit the removal of creekside vegetation, require new developments along the stream to permanently stabilize rainwater runoff, monitor illegal building or development within 100 feet of creek beds, and close development loopholes in the stream-conservation zones. SPAWN’s call to action comes a few weeks after the supes sent a proposal that would strictly limit the clearing of flora from San Geronimo creek sides back for revisions that would provide a bit more wading room for property owners. Meanwhile, the state coho population has plummeted by nearly 99 percent over the past 50 years. —Jason Walsh PG&E to listen to Fairfax residents Pacific Gas and Electric will be all ears in Fairfax when officials from the utility take part in a “listening session” with community members on Sept. 15. The 7pm forum is being held so that PG&E officials can take in questions or concerns regarding the controversial SmartMeter program, which has rankled many in Marin over the possible negative health effects of EMF exposure, the inaccuracies of some of the smart meters, and issues surrounding the sharing of data with other businesses. An “answering session”—when questions from the “listening session” will be responded to by PG&E—will take place later this month. Fairfax Mayor Lew Tremaine says he’s looking forward to the meeting “as a way to lay out all the possible questions and concerns the community may have” about the program. Attendees at the listening session will have three minutes to speak and five minutes if representing a group. It will take place at the Fairfax Women’s Club, 46 Park Road in Fairfax. For info, call 415-458-2345. Convicted music producer seeks home detention A Nicasio music producer convicted of marijuana possession is seeking permission to serve his 61-day sentence in home detention because of an acute panic disorder. Arrested in a pot raid last January, Richard James Mithun, 60, was found in possession of 160 pounds of marijuana, 1,000 live marijuana plants and at least half a pound of hash. Mithun’s attorney claims that he legally grew the marijuana for local dispensaries and that he had simply expanded the amount of plants beyond what he had permission to possess. His attorney also stated that Mithun had used a portion of the marijuana for personal and medical reasons. It remains to be seen whether Mithun’s recording studio, the Site, will remain open after he surrenders to law enforcement on Nov. 15.—Dani Burlison EXTRA! EXTRA! Post your Marin news at ››


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1. What has been banned along Highway 101 in Marin County since before the Golden Gate Bridge opened? 2. This food treat (often chocolate flavored), whose name comes from the French word for lather or foam, can range from light and fluffy to thick and creamy.What is it? 3. The 1783 Treaty of Paris formally gave independence to what country? 4. From 1949 until his death in 1976, who was the leader of Communist China? 5. Start with a three-letter verb—something you do every day, move the first letter behind the last letter, and you get the past tense. What’s the word? 6. Pictured below, great performances by movie duos: 6a. They played Jack and Rose in the 1997 blockbuster, Titanic 6b. Starred in Hitchcock’s 1959 classic, North By Northwest 6c. Played Vinny Gambini and Mona Lisa Vito in the 1992 comedy, My Cousin Vinnie



6b 7. Identify, in order, the world’s three longest rivers, which are located in three different continents. 8. Who was the president of the United States on the day Barack Obama was born in Honolulu, Hawaii? 9. Name the authors, whose names begin with “D,” of these novels. 9a. 1850, David Copperfield 9b. 1892, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes 9c. 1866, Crime and Punishment 9d. 1964, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory 10. This creature, which has more legs than any other, protects itself by spraying hydrogen cyanide gas at its predators. What is it? BONUS: Possibly the world’s second oldest structure still standing today is located in Europe. It was built just one or two hundred years after the Great Pyramids of Egypt. What is it? Send your best trivia question (with your name and hometown) to howard1@triviacafe. com; if your question is used in the ‘Pacific Sun,’ we’ll give you credit!

±Teachers play a crucial role in shaping the minds of our youth, yet are rarely paid as well as many in the private sector. Still, they take on the challenges of the job. This week, we recognize the dedication of Marin’s 1,900 public school teachers and take the opportunity to honor Maria Sharp Tinnel, Marin County Teacher of the Year 2011. An English teacher and department chair at Terra Linda High, Ms. Sharp Tinnel inspires students and colleagues, says Michael Watenpaugh, superintendent of San Rafael schools. Believing every child is capable of reaching high standards, she also understands that success is measured differently for each student. Her nomination will be submitted to the California Department of Education for consideration as one of the five California Teachers of the Year. Congrats, and best wishes for another outstanding school year.

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² If you use the streets of Marin, you probably have a story about a motorist oblivious to the notion of sharing the road with bicycles or a cyclist who believes traffic laws don’t apply to bikes. Last week, Kathleen G. of San Rafael witnessed a middleaged woman driving a white car intentionally hit a young man on a bike at the busy corner of Miller and La Goma in Mill Valley. She berated the cyclist and left the scene. Quick-thinking bystanders got her license plate number and called the police. Apparently, a verbal disagreement between the motorist and cyclist started in the previous block and the driver decided to finish it with a hit-and-run. Fortunately, the cyclist was not hurt. Lady, we recommend some anger management classes to keep that road rage under control.—Nikki Silverstein


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ful of years before the BP Gulf of Mexico oilrig explosion. Even with the raised awareness about the fragility of deep-well offshore oil and the increasingly risky attempts to extract increasingly remote pockets of petroleum, many people reject the notion that the well will run dry in the foreseeable future. But the concept of peak oil rests on the disturbing assertion that the well doesn’t actually have to run dry before problems erupt. The term refers to production, not reserves. Oil production from a reserve increases after discovery, reaches a peak and then gradually declines. According to the Hirsch report, an oil ďŹ eld typically reaches peak production in a matter of decades. The Alaska pipeline oil ďŹ eld is a good example. The oil doesn’t run dry in the reserve, but the amount extracted declines. Peaking typically occurs when half of the oil in a reserve is gone. Just as an individual oil ďŹ eld reaches a peak, so does the world’s total supply. When that happens, the supply of oil becomes irrevocably ďŹ nite, triggering violent and unavoidable price increases that disrupt the world’s economic system. The theory is that oil doesn’t have to run out, it just has to peak. Critics say the world oil supply is nowhere near that tipping point. But the Hirsch report includes a survey of experts who in 2005 predicted peak oil would occur anytime between 2006 and 2025 or later. The implication is clear: No one really knows exactly when it will happen (or has happened), but they know it will happen (or has happened), and the effects are imminent.

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says Transition West Marin is planning events for Oct. 10 that will include another garden and several other projects, culminating in a get-together at the Dance Palace in Point Reyes Station. Inclusion is a key to the West Marin group, says Stephan. Transition West Marin adopted a â&#x20AC;&#x153;consensus-based decision-making model, and we invite all people to our meetings and invite them to be heard and participate in this thing.â&#x20AC;? One effort that received attention recently was the creation of a West Marin coin, which local stores accept. The coins also are attractive souvenirs for tourists. The coins, tokens really, cost $1 to make; they sell for $3. The money goes to help nonproďŹ t organizations. What went unreported is that transition programs promote tokens as an alternative currency that will be handy when peak oil comes and gas prices run riot and national currency collapses. While that may seem extreme, the call for keeping as much commerce (and transportation) as local as possible makes sense to most people with even a cursory understanding of climate change. Stephan says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re constantly working to support local farmers and merchants and not be so reliant on UPS and FedEx to come over the hill for stuff.â&#x20AC;? â&#x153;š Contact the writer at

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< 13 Stop making sense consciously and diligently to challenge patriarchy by engaging in the tough and humbling work to acknowledge—and correct—their privileged roles in our sexist society. Honestly, these experiences factor heavily into my personal inability to jump onto the PAX train and just chug along with the masses. Still, I wanted to learn more about the PAX philosophy and why it wouldn’t sink in for me. I dove deeper. I spoke with women who had participated in the workshops, and they either loved the workshops—or hated them. I borrowed a colleague’s seminar notes, read Alison Armstrong’s articles and even listened to a PAX CD during a weekend road trip with friends. Still, as a strong feminist woman in the trenches single-handedly raising two daughters, I was flabbergasted and offended. My mind repeatedly referenced the infamous, and possibly apocryphal, 1955 “Good Wife’s Guide” in Housekeeping Monthly, in which the woman’s role as a secondary and less important participant in the relationship is clearly detailed. Also, I was sick of hearing about oxytocin and how it supposedly justified human behavior. I still had more questions. What about those of us who naturally or consciously defy traditional gender stereotypes with the hope that someday our kids will feel confident in expressing themselves, knowing that both women and men strive to understand one another? What about transgender men and women? What about bisexual men and women? What about men and women with distinct cultural differences? And what about drag queens? Although PAX has recently begun offering a new workshop titled “Celebrating Black Men, Satisfying Black Women,” it doesn’t appear that the myriad diverse lifestyles and backgrounds are taken into account and that PAX instead makes sweeping generalizations, which reinforce the traditional gender roles that simply don’t work for everyone in today’s changing and fun (drag queens!) times. Maybe it’s simple and the demographic of men that Alison Armstrong interviewed while doing her research live on a different planet from my male friends. I would like to believe that all humans have evolved from the ideologies of the Dark Ages (aside from a handful of extremely backward sexists and white supremacist wing nuts). I’ve read of amazing humans of both genders setting world records, building rocket ships that blast through space and even removing foreign matter from inside of brains—all of which we would never have dreamed of witnessing as a species even just 100 short years ago. Women and men have created musical and artistic masterpieces and have saved entire generations with the invention of medications and conflict-resolving communication techniques. It is for these reasons and because of the amazing, multitasking men in my life that I have faith that men have the ability to take out the trash and communicate openly— at the same time, even! Reinforcing gender stereotypes does little more than disempower women and encourage men to carry on as barbaric, simple-minded doofuses.



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I’m just screwed... As the program concluded, I was no longer perplexed, but felt anxious and annoyed as I gathered my things, passed the table of products that would presumably change my life and headed outside. Knowing that I couldn’t justify forking over a chunk of my rent money for a weekend workshop that would teach me the mysterious “six words” women should use in order to get men to do what they want— and come back offering to do more!—I was also a little bitter. “So that’s it?” I asked myself. “If I don’t go to the workshops and join this PAX movement then am I just screwed and deserve the miscommunication that comes up in my relationships?” As I pondered the question while pushing my way out onto the hot San Francisco street, I also understood how the programs have become so successful. People, regardless of gender, are looking for answers to all sorts of tough questions. Generally, we tend to feel more open to receiving them in well-structured formats like 12-step meetings, churches or organizations like Landmark forums. People also feel more secure when the information they are seeking comes from authority figures. Alison Armstrong is a marketing genius and her presenters are strong, confident women who provide fun, engaging conversations that are easily absorbed if one is curious and desperate enough to make changes in relationships with men. Still, some of us feel the forum only lets men and their choices off the hook, leaving the burden of relationship work on women and our pocketbooks. I held the door open for the 40-something divorcee and she looked at me, astonishment blazing from her face. “Did they just spend three hours telling us that it’s all our fault and all our responsibility?” she asked, flustered at the thought of returning to the dating world after the end of a 20-year marriage. We walked in silence for a few moments, but were thinking the exact same thing: “Yup. They totally did.” ✹ Speak ‘Menglish’ with Dani at

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Requiem for the Dead Marin Symphony goes a-truckin’ with Grateful Dead’s Bob Weir by G r e g Cahill


rainy quote of the day: “A love of classical music is only partially a natural response to hearing the works performed,” said pianist, educator and music writer Charles Rosen. “It also must come about by a decision to listen carefully, to pay close attention, a decision inevitably motivated by the cultural and social prestige of the art.” So, listen up, people. You have a chance to distinguish yourself from the short-attention-span limitations of those flashy digital devices you drag through life like a postmodern Jacob Marley with unlimited credit at the iTunes store. The North Bay resounds with classical music, including world-class chamber artists who are bringing world premieres to the ’burbs. These gifted players can dazzle with virtuosity that exceeds anything emanating from the fretboard of the region’s punk-funk bassists or rock-guitar shredders. And this fall, one of the North Bay’s rock heroes will take the stage with local classical musicians.

Check it out. On Oct. 22, Grateful Dead guitarist Bob Weir will join the Marin Symphony for a once-in-a-lifetime benefit concert that’s being billed as First Fusion. During the twopart concert, Weir will sit in with the Marin Symphony Orchestra, under music director Alasdair Neale, as they re-invent some of the Dead’s most popular songs, rearranged by Weir and noted composer-arranger Giancarlo Aquilanti. The second half of the show brings together selected Marin Symphony players and the Quartet San Francisco—led by Grammy Award-winning jazz violinist Jeremy Cohen—along with Weir and his allstar band to create imaginative, improvised works. ($50, $150, $350. 415/499-6800.) Marin Symphony’s star-studded 20102011 concert season kicks off Oct. 3 and 5 with a performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5, featuring pianist Joyce Yang. Meanwhile, the Redwood Arts Council will open its 31st season Sept. 25 with the highly acclaimed Ives Quartet. The program includes works by Haydn and Dvorak

We’re looking forward to their 45 minute version of ‘Dark Star.’

and the world premiere of a work by Dane Rudhyar. The home for the Redwood concerts is now the Occidental Center for the Arts, with improved acoustics and sight lines. Among the other series artists are the Chiara String Quartet, Scottish fiddler Alasdair Fraser and cellist Natalie Haas, and the Altenberg Piano Trio Wien. ($10, $25. 707/874-1124; If you need proof that the future of chamber music is in good hands, check out 20-something violinist Nigel Armstrong. A senior at the Colburn School of Music in Los

Angeles (where he studies with the illustrious Robert Lipsett), Armstrong is a rising star with a mantel full of national and international awards. On Oct. 3, he performs, with pianist Miles Graber, a program that ranges from Bach to Tchaikovsky, at the underrated Santa Rosa Junior College chamber concert series. ($12, $20. 707/527-4372.) On Oct. 10, in the intimate Mt. Tamalpais Methodist Church, the Mill Valley Chamber Music Society will host the Takacs Quartet, a foursome who can wrap their nimble fingers around their stringed instruments and their minds around a Beethoven late quartet like nobody’s business. The program will feature the music of Haydn, Shostakovich and Mendelssohn. Also appearing this season are the Manasse/Nakamatsu Duo, Albers Trio, the Ives Quartet and violist Jennifer Strumm with pianist Elizabeth Pridgen. ($25. 800/838-3006.) ✹

›› SPiN OF THE WEEK Roam (BC), The Beth Custer Ensemble Beth Custer sings and plays clarinet. She has a resume that boasts a stint in the eccentric Club Foot Orchestra. She’s a helluva songwriter specializing in lyrics that are somewhat theatrical, a bit quirky and a lot personal. And she heads an ace chamber-jazz ensemble. That’s a winning combination. As a talented film score composer, she knows how to spin a tale through vivid imagery and an uncluttered, but always engaging, soundscape. Dulcet tones with a splash of funk. Custer roams into 142 Throckmorton in Mill Valley on Thursday, Sept. 16, at 8pm. $18, $21. 415/383-9600.—GC

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Hold me while I’m Kuchar! Jennifer Kroot’s movie paean to a little-known film legend... by D av i d Te m p l e t o n

Kuchar in attendance. Asked what he thinks of the completed film, Kuchar laughs. “It’s fine. It’s colorful. It shows me working at school, and it’s positive! It could have gone either direction, up or down, and it went up, which is nice. When Jennifer first approached me, I wasn’t so thrilled. There was a documentary done about me 15 years ago or so, when I looked better, so at first thought, ‘Oh gee, I don’t look so good now, maybe you should shoot me working with my class, so you can have some better-looking people in your movie.’ Then I realized that Jennifer Kuchar has taught more than a thousand budding filmwas just getting into it totally, she really makers over the course of 38 years at the San Francisco Art got me and what I was doing, so I figured, Institute. OK, she should come over to my house, do eorge Kuchar, 68, has always been the interview with me and to hell with it. an underground filmmaker; his “As a filmmaker, Jennifer is fantastic,” films rarely screen in theaters, Kuchar adds. “She always completes her with the vast majority of filmgoers work.” entirely unaware of who George Kuchar Kroot, who played a character named is and what he’s done. Kuchar likes that, Princess Helen Darling in the film Sirens the not knowing. of the 23rd Century—the sci-fi epic she “You never know whose been looking worked on while taking Kuchar’s class in at your pictures,” he says. “When I was the 2003—has wanted to put Kuchar in a growing up, going to movies all the time, film since she first met him. I was influenced by so many people, and “When I first started taking George’s it’s been a little bit surprising—and kind film production of fun—to learn that class,” Kroot says, people have gone “I was just blown to my movies and away. Almost been influenced also. immediately I So that makes me started fantasizing happy.” about making a A died-in-thedocumentary. As I wool eccentric, went on and made Kuchar, with his other movies, that twin brother, Mike, idea kept commade a name for ing back to me. himself in the I really wanted underground film to capture the scene of the 1960s magic, and fun, and ’70s, his films— and inspiration of with names like Hold George Kuchar’s Me While I’m Naked, A typical Kuchar film moment... bizarre, FelliniThe Devil’s Cleavage esque classroom and Pagan Rhapsoexperience.” dy—are cited as strong early influences by That experience, captured with outrathe likes of John Waters, Buck Henry, Guy geous charm in the documentary, looks Maddin and others. All of those filmmaklike a blend of film school and kindergarers appear in the documentary It Came ten. In other words, it looks like a blast. From Kuchar, by Marin filmmaker Jen“People who take George’s class,” says nifer Kroot, who was influenced by Kuchar Kroot, “pretty much tend to never get in a completely different way—he was her over it. He’s definitely my favorite teacher film professor at the San Francisco Art I’ve ever had.” Institute, where he has taught 30 students “In my class,” explains Kuchar, “we actua year for the last 38 years. The documenally make a movie. So what my students tary, which Kroot began in 2005, will be screened this Sunday at the Christopher B. are taking away is the knowledge of how to start a movie and finish it. We try to speed Smith Rafael Film Center, with Kroot and


George Kuchar, with brother Mike and Jennifer Kroot behind, left a lasting impression on John Waters, Buck Henry and Guy Maddin, to name a few.

up the process in the class, because in real that fun will rub off on the audience, even movies you have to wait a long time. You if the picture is about serious matters.” have to do knitting between scenes, or read Because of their deliberately low-budget a book, stuff like that. In class, we have to looks, the type of underground films that speed it up, not only because we have less Kuchar has made his name with might be money than Hollywood, but because we dismissed by some as ephemeral oddities. have less time.” But to Kuchar, a successful movie is a sucThat appreciation of the down-andcessful movie, regardless of its price tag. dirty, no-time-to-waste method of film“A good movie, simply put, is a movie making is one of the key things Kroot took that works,” He says. “Some movies just away with her from Kuchar’s class, and it don’t work. Their characters don’t make was a major influence on an impression, the shots her approach to making the are lousy or the whole documentary. thing is dead. So it stinks. IT CAME FROM KUCHAR “I did have a very small But sometimes a picture One-time-only screening, crew, because it was a very can stink in a good way, Sunday, Sept. 12, at 6:30pm, small-budget film,” says where it’s kind of interat the Christopher B. Smith Kroot. “It wasn’t quite esting, where it shows a Rafael Film Center, 1118 as low-budget as one of particular aspect of huFourth St., in San Rafael. Call George’s films, because all man nature, like people 415/454-1222 for information he needs is a camera. And trying to put on a show and tickets. his cameras tend to be subby failing, and in so doing stantially cheaper than the expose something else cameras I was renting. The that is very human.” low-budget, high-creativity that George When told that over a thousand stuembodies is something that interests me dents have taken his class over the years, a lot, and it was certainly part of how we Kuchar is initially surprised. made this movie.” “Really? That many? A cast of thouIn discussing the influence his class sands!” He laughs. “You know, I get a kick has had on his students, and the power of out of that. It does feel good to know that his films over generations of filmmakers, somewhere out there are a thousand or Kuchar is characteristically shy. more people who I’ve influenced through “Have I influenced other filmmakers?” my class, and even more I’ve influenced he asks. “People tell me I have, so I guess I through my pictures. That does feel good, have to believe them. If I’ve inspired anyand none of them have ever come back to one, I hope it’s in inspiring them to simthreaten me, so that feels even better.” ✹ Level with David at plify, to have fun and to have their movies look like they were having fun. If you are It’s your movie, speak up at having fun, as a filmmaker, then perhaps, ›› when people are watching your movies, SEPTEMBER 10 - SEPTEMBER 16, 2010 PACIFIC SUN 21

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ademoiselle Chambon is a simple story about complicated though familiar emotionsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;love, loyaltyâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;a kind of Brief Encounter set in provincial France with working-class characters. Jean (Vincent Lindon) works in construction and lives happily with his wife, AnneMarie (Aure Atika), a factory worker, and little son, Jeremy (Arthur Le Houerou). One day, picking Jeremy up from school, he meets the boyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s teacher, Veronique Chambon (Sandrine Kiberlain, who in real life either is or was married to Lindon). She asks him to give a talk to Jeremyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s class about the work he does. The talk goes well, and Veronique asks Jeanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s advice about a leaky window. He replaces the window for her, then asks her to play him a tune on her violin. The tune is a romantic melody by early 20th-century Hungarian composer Franz von Vecsey, and it opens up something unexpected in Jean. Is it the music, or is it the willowy, mysterious Mademoiselle Chambon, who never stays at a teaching job for more than a year? Mademoiselle Chambon, directed by Stephane Brize from a novel by Eric Holder (no, not Eric Holder, the attorney general), excels in conveying the sweetness of family life: Jean playing with his son, washing his elderly fatherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s feet, the easy companionship of husband and wife. When the old man asks Jean to take him to look at cofďŹ ns and make funeral plans, it seems totally normal, and


Chambon plays a haunting piece by Franz von Vecsey, one of Europeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s preeminent violinists of the 1910s.

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● The Agony and the Ecstasy of Phil Spector (1:42) Insightful documentary about the savvy, smooth-talking rock music impresario and convicted killer. ● The American (1:43) Professional assassin George Clooney endangers his carefully nurtured anonymity when he stops and smells the roses at an idyllic Italian village. ● Cairo Time (1:29) Canadian journalist Patricia Clarkson makes an unexpected love connection on a sojourn to the Egyptian metropolis. ● The Concert (1:59) The long-retired conductor of the Bolshoi Orchestra gathers his former musicians together to perform in Paris with a young violin virtuoso. ● Despicable Me A wicked suburban supervillain is waylaid in his plans to steal the moon by three little girls in search of a papa. ● Dinner for Schmucks (1:50) Comedy in which well-meaning buffoon Steve Carell systematically destroys the well-ordered life of yuppie Paul Rudd. ● Eat Pray Love (2:13) Julia Roberts as a woman on the brink who circles the globe in search of meaning, romance and good gelato. ●The Expendables (1:43) Sylvester Stallone directs himself and a cast of aging muscles, including Mickey Rourke, Dolph Lundgren, Jet Li and the California governor (as “Trench”) in an action/thriller set in South America. ● Flipped (1:30) Kid-sized Rob Reiner romantic comedy about the push me-pull you relationship between two very different second-graders. ● Get Low (1:42) Spooky backwoods recluse Robert Duvall invites the local townsfolk (Sissy Spacek and Bill Murray among them) to find out exactly what he’s been hiding from for lo these many years. ● 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. ● Going the Distance (1:49) The summer fling between a San Franciscan and a New Yorker blossoms into true love despite 3,000 miles’ worth of texts, emails and phone calls. ● I Am Love (2:00) A Milanese family dynasty is shaken to the 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.

● It Came from Kuchar (1:26) Twin filmmakers George and Mike Kuchar and the groundbreaking underground films they’ve been creating since the Beat Era are the subject of this witty documentary. ● The Kids Are All Right (1:44) The happy household of gay couple Julianne Moore and Annette Bening is upended when the sperm-donor daddy of their two kids drops by for a visit. ● Ladies and Gentlemen: The Rolling Stones Flashback to 1972 (2:00) Return with us now to those thrilling days of yesteryear as Mick and the boys cut a swath through Nixon-era North America. ● The Last Exorcism (1:28) A con-artist preacher finds himself performing an honestto-goodness exorcism on a definitely demonic farmer’s daughter. ● Machete (1:45) Robert Rodriguez actioner about a rogue Mexican cop on the run from feds and assassins in the scorching American Southwest. ● Mao’s Last Dancer (1:57) Bruce Beresford biopic of ballerina extraordinaire Li Cunxin, who began her career at age 11 in Madame Mao’s Beijing Dance Academy. ● Mesrine: Killer Instinct (1:53) Biopic of notorious gangster Jacques Mesrine, whose robberies, murders and overall naughtiness made him France’s Public Enemy Number One in the 1960s. ● Mesrine: Public Enemy No. 1 (2:14) The Gallic gangster extraordinaire is back, plotting and executing a prison escape, living la vie demimonde and crafting his own gaudy legend. ● Nanny McPhee Returns The awesome au pair is back and better than ever, enlisting an animatronic statue and an agile piglet to inflict a series of life lessons on her unwary charges. ●The Other Guys(1:47) Mismatched detective partners Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg attempt to amuse audiences and solve crimes in New York City. ● Piranha 3D (1:29) Prehistoric razor-toothed fish turn a Spring Break resort town into a human smorgasbord. ● The Prankster An unassuming straight-A high schooler is torn between love and ambition and the demands of his secret life: leader of a gang of Robin Hood-like goof-pullers. ● Resident Evil: Afterlife 3D (1:36) Alice the Zombie-Slayer is back, leading her virus-free followers to the safe haven of…Los Angeles?!? ● Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (1:53) Righteous dude Michael Cera discovers his new girlfriend comes with a posse of wacky exes who want him out of the picture. ● Soul Kitchen (1:39) German comedy about a Hamburg greasy spoon that becomes a nouvelle cuisine hot spot. ● Sunday Salon Drop by the Lark for coffee, muffins, a (secret and unannounced) movie and a lively chat afterwards. ● The Switch Wannabe mother Jennifer Aniston impregnates herself with a turkey baster, not knowing that the sperm in question belongs to BFF Jason Bateman. ● Takers (1:47) An ingenious band of modernday outlaws is pursued by hard-bitten lawman Matt Dillon. ● 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? ● Vampires Suck (1:28) Parody of “Twilight” et al. follows the trials and tribulations of a troubled teen with no fangs to call her own.

›› MOViE TiMES ❋ The Agony and the Ecstasy of Phil Spector (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Fri 4, 7, 9:15 Sat 1:45, 4, 7, 9:30 (filmmaker Vikram Jayanti in person) Sun 1:45, 4, 9:15 Mon, WedThu 7, 9:15 Tue 9:15 The American (R) ★★ Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 7:20, 10 Sat-Sun 11:25, 2, 4:40, 7:20, 10 Mon-Thu 6:40, 9:25 Century Rowland Plaza: 12, 2:30, 5, 7:30, 10:05 CinéArts at Marin: Fri-Sat 2, 4:45, 7, 9:30 Sun 2, 4:45, 7 MonThu 4:45, 7:30 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri-Sat 2, 4:35, 7:15, 9:50 Sun-Thu 2, 4:35, 7:15 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri 4, 7:15, 9:40 Sat 1:30, 4, 7:15, 9:40 Sun 1:30, 4, 7:15 MonThu 4, 7:15 Cairo Time (Not Rated) ★★★ Rafael Film Center: Fri 4:30, 6:30, 8:30 Sat-Sun 2:30, 4:30, 6:30, 8:30 Mon-Thu 6:30, 8:30 The Concert (PG-13) Lark Theater: Fri-Sat, Wed-Thu 4:30, 7 Sun 2, 4:30 Mon-Tue 4:30 Despicable Me (PG) ★★1/2 Century Northgate 15: 12:10, 2:25, 4:45, 7:10, 9:25 Dinner for Schmucks (PG-13) ★★1/2 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri-Sat 9:15 Eat Pray Love (PG-13) ★★1/2 Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 7:10, 10:15 Sat-Sun 12:40, 3:55, 7:10, 10:15 Mon-Thu 6:45, 9:50 Century Rowland Plaza: 12:50, 3:50, 6:50, 9:50 Fairfax 5 Theatres: 1:20, 4:25, 7:30 Tiburon Playhouse 3: 4:10, 7:10 Sat-Sun 1, 4:10, 7:10 The Expendables (R) Century Northgate 15: 12, 2:35, 5:20, 7:50, 10:25 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:50, 2:15, 4:45, 7:20, 9:45 ❋ Flipped (PG) Century Northgate 15: 12:30, 2:50, 5:10, 7:30, 9:45

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Get Low (PG-13) ★★★ Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri-Sat 1:40, 4:30, 7, 9:35 Sun-Thu 1:40, 4:30, 7 The Girl Who Played with Fire (R) ★★ Rafael Film Center: FriSun 4:15, 9 Mon-Thu 9 Going the Distance (R) ★★ Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 7:30, 10:05 Sat-Sun 11:40, 2:15, 4:50, 7:30, 10:05 MonThu 7, 9:30 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:30, 2, 4:30, 7, 9:30 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri 4:30, 7, 9:30 Sat 1:45, 4:30, 7, 9:30 Sun 1:45, 4:30, 7 Mon-Thu 4:30, 7 I Am Love (R) Lark Theater: Fri-Sat, Wed-Thu 9:15 MonTue 7 Inception (PG-13) ★★★1/2 Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 7, 10:15 Sat-Sun 12:20, 3:40, 7, 10:15 Mon-Thu 6:30, 9:45 Century Northgate 15: 2:55, 8:30 Fairfax 5 Theatres: 1:10, 4:15, 7:20 ❋ It Came from Kuchar (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Sun 6:30 (filmmaker Jennifer M. Kroot and star George Kuchar in person) The Kids Are All Right (R) ★★★★ CinéArts at Marin: Fri-Sat 2:10, 4:45, 7:30, 10 Sun 2:10, 4:45, 7:30 MonThu 5, 7:40 ❋ Ladies and Gentlemen: The Rolling Stones Flashback to 1972 (Not Rated) Century Regency 6: Thu 7:30 CinéArts at Sequoia: Thu 7:30 The Last Exorcism (PG-13) Century Northgate 15: 11:55, 2:10, 4:20, 6:50, 9:05 Machete (R) Century Northgate 15: 11:45, 2:25, 5, 7:25, 9:50; digital projection showtimes at 12:55, 3:45, 6:15, 8:50 Century Rowland Plaza: 12:20, 2:45, 5:15, 7:45, 10:10 Mao’s Last Dancer (PG) ★★ CinéArts at Marin: Fri-Sat 1:50, 4:35, 7:15, 9:55 Sun 1:50,

4:35, 7:15 Mon-Thu 4:30, 7:20 Mesrine: Killer Instinct (R) CinéArts at Sequoia: Fri-Sun 1:45, 7 Mon-Wed 4:15 Mesrine: Public Enemy No. 1 (R) CinéArts at Sequoia: Fri-Sat 4:15, 9:25 Sun 9:25 MonWed 7 Nanny McPhee Returns (PG) ★★1/2 Century Northgate 15: 11:25, 1:55, 4:25, 7:05 Fairfax 5 Theatres: 1:30, 4, 6:50 The Other Guys (PG-13) ★★★ Century Northgate 15: 11:50, 2:30, 5:05, 7:40, 10:20 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:40, 2:10, 4:40, 7:10, 9:40 Piranha (R) Century Northgate 15: 9:35 ❋ The Prankster (Not Rated) Lark Theater: Sun 7 (writer/ director Tony Vidal and the film’s stars in person) ❋ Resident Evil: Afterlife (R) Century Cinema: 12, 2:25, 4:55, 7:30, 10 Century Northgate 15: 12:15, 1:30, 2:45, 4, 5:15, 6:30, 7:45, 9, 10:15 Century Rowland Plaza: 12:30, 2:50, 5:10, 7:30, 10 Scott Pilgrim vs. The World (PG-13) ★★★1/2 Century Northgate 15: 11:35, 2:15, 4:55, 7:35, 10:10 Soul Kitchen (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: 6:45 Sat-Sun 2, 6:45 ❋ Sunday Salon (Not Rated) Lark Theater: Sun 10:30am The Switch (PG-13) ★★★ Century Northgate 15: 12:05, 2:40, 5:25, 7:55, 10:30 Takers (PG-13) Century Northgate 15: 11:40, 2:20, 4:50, 7:20, 9:55 Century Rowland Plaza: 12:10, 2:40, 5:20, 7:50, 10:20 Toy Story 3 (G) ★★★★ Century Northgate 15: 11:30, 2, 4:30, 7, 9:30 Vampires Suck (PG-13) Century Northgate 15: 12:45, 6:20

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

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

Meet the cast of ‘The Prankster’ (filmed at San Rafael High!) Sunday at the Lark.



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

Pacific Sun‘s Community Calendar The Starduster Orchestra will have 142 Throck twinkling in a Sirius way on Sept. 12.

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

Live music

Acoustic Vortex, 82 Corte del Coronado, Larkspur.

09/10: David Grier Guitar flatpicker extraordi-

Country. 9:30pm. Peri’s Bar, 29 Broadway, Fairfax. 259-5597. 09/11: Em-K Extreme acoustic guitar. 8-10:30pm. No cover. Whipper Snapper Restaurant, 1613 Fourth St., San Rafael. 256-1818. 09/11: Jazz Philosophy Jazz. 7-10pm. No cover. Saylor’s Restaurant & Bar, 2009 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-1512. 09/11: Joan Getz Quartet Jazz, bossa and blues. 8-11pm. No cover. Caffe Divino, 37 Caledonia, Sausalito. 09/11: Mill Valley Fireman’s Ball Live music with Dan Hicks Bayside Jazz Band and Uphill Both Ways. 7-11:45pm. $25. The Woods Music Hall at Mill Valley Masonic, 19 Corte Madera Ave., Mill Valley. 389-6637. 09/12: Adam Heldring Original rock from Sweden. 8 p.m. 19 Broadway, 17 Broadway, Fairfax. 459-1091. 09/12: Marcia Ball Blues and barbecue on the lawn. 4pm. $25. Rancho Nicasio, Nicasio. 662-2219. 09/12: Michael: Images of Elvis Elvis tribute.

naire. Limited tickets. Call to reserve. 8-10:30pm. $20-25. Eric Schoenberg Guitars, 106 Main St., Tiburon. 789-0846. 09/10: Dr. Elmo and Wild Blue Americana. 5 p.m. Free. Marin Country Mart, 2257 Larkspur Landing Circle, Larkspur. 782-4600. 09/10: Jose Neto Acoustic guitar. 8-10:30pm. No cover. Whipper Snapper Restaurant, 1613 Fourth St., San Rafael. 256-1818. 09/10: Lisa Lindsley Jazz. 7-10pm. Saylor’s Restaurant & Bar, 2009 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-1512. 09/10:Dgiin Rock. 9:30 p.m. Peri’s, 23 Broadway, Fairfax. 485-1182.

09/11: Acoustic Vortex Benefit House Concert and Dinner Guitarists Stevie Coyle, Walter Strauss, Eric Schoenberg, Doug Adamz, John McCormick, Rory McNamara, David Siegler, Bruce Victor and Tom Neylan will all perform at this cool benefit for a cool collective. 7:30 p.m.

09/11: Buck Nickels and Loose Change

BEST BET The Wall of Spector One of the most successful, and completely insane names in music business, Phil Spector is the proverbial train wreck that you just can’t tear your eyes away from. A pioneer in the world of rock ‘n’ roll record producing, Spector worked with a variety of performers, including the Beatles, the Ramones, Leonard Cohen, Tina Turner and the solo ventures of both John Lennon and George Harrison. Through his decades-long career, Let’s just say he’d ‘lost that lovin’ feeling’... Spector drew attention both for his innovative recording techniques as well as his alleged collection of wigs and his abusive role in his family of adopted children. Spector’s reputation took a final decline as he was accused of murder in 2003—when actress Lana Clarkson was found, shot dead, in Spector’s Southern California mansion. Many argued that it was no surprise. After a mistrial in 2007, for what Spector claimed was Clarkson’s accidental suicide, he was convicted of second-degree murder in the 2009 retrial and sentenced to 19 years in prison. In the brief time between trials, BBC managed to engage in a three-and-a-half-hour recorded conversation with Spector, which is now the basis for a new documentary: The Agony and the Ecstasy of Phil Spector. Best known for his 1997 Mohammed Ali documentary, When We Were Kings, director Vikram Jayanti allows Spector to expose his own narcissism and idiosyncrasies (but leaves out answers to questions that the public may have about the details of Spector’s trials). Jayanti will be in attendance for a screening this Saturday at 7pm at the Rafael Film Center, 1118 Fourth St. San Rafael. $10.25. 415/454-1222. —Dani Burlison 24 PACIFIC SUN SEPTEMBER 10 - SEPTEMBER 16, 2010

Town Center Corte Madera’s Summer Music Series 2-4pm. Free. Town Center, Tamalpais Dr., Corte Madera. 09/12: Sunday Open Mic With the New Moon Players. 8pm. Smiley’s Schooner Saloon, 41 Wharf Road, Bolinas. 868-1311. 09/14: Lorin Rowan Sweet solo acoustic guitar and vocals. 7-10pm. No cover. Panama Hotel & Restaurant, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 457-3993. www. 09/15: Dick Fregulia Bill Evans tribute. Jazz piano. 7:30 p.m. Caffe Divino, 37 Caledonia St., Sausalito. 331-9355. 09/15: LynAnn King “Life and Times of Johnny Mercer.” Jazz vocalist. 7:30-10pm. $15. Aurora Ristorante, 8 Commercial Blvd., Novato. www.

09/15: Ms. Joey Davis and the Dogtown Players Jazz. 7-10pm. No cover. Panama Hotel & Restaurant, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 457-3993. 09/15: Rattlebox in the know and check out Lorin Rowan, Barry Sless and Doug Harmon tearing it up on the down low. 8 p.m. Free. Iron Springs Pub, 765 Center Blvd., Fairfax. 485-1005. 09/16: Beth Custer Ensemble Wide ranging, funky songs and instrumentals. Eclectic and awesome. 8-10pm. $18-21. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley. 383-9600 . 09/16: Deborah Winters With Jean Michel Hure. 7-10pm. No cover. Panama Hotel & Restaurant, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 457-3993. www. 09/17: Wonderbread 5 Rock. 9 p.m. $17. Mystic Theatre, 21 Petaluma Blvd. N, Petaluma. 707-765-2121. Danilo y su Orquesta Universal Salsa Sundays. Dance lesson at 3:30pm. 3:30-7pm. Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor Dr., Sausalito. The Tickets Rock, blues, country. 9pm-midnight. $5. Seahorse Restaurant, 305 Harbor Dr., Sausalito.

Concerts 09/11: 4th Annual Marin Phoenix Rising Experience Featuring the mantric voice of Yuan Miao and resonant chanting by Lama Norbu. They will be joined this year by “sound healers” including special guest Steven Halpern. 7:30-10:30pm. $15-25. Marin Center Showcase Theater, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 3323392 X102. 09/11: Classical Revolution String quartet

performs 18th and 19th-century chamber music. 12-2 p.m. Free. Bon Air Shopping Center, Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Greenbrae. 461-0200. 09/11:Harp Bard Chris Caswell “The Heart of the Harp.” 7:30-9:30pm. $22-25. Song & Spirit Center, 31 Commercial Blvd. Ste. F, Novato. www. 09/12: Starduster Orchestra Featuring Sheilah Glover and Noah Griffin with the 17-piece Starduster Orchestra. 2-5pm. $15-25. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley. 383-9600 .

Theater/Auditions 09/15:‘Immortality’ Staged reading of a new play by Playwrights’ Lab member Lynne Kaufman. 7:30pm. $10-20. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley. 383-9600 . 09/17-10/17:‘November ‘ Ross Valley Players presents David Mamet’s political comedy about bad behavior in high places. James Dunn directs. Visit website for performance dates and special events. 8pm. $15-25. Ross Valley Players’ Barn Theatre, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Ross. 456-9555. Through 09/19:‘As You Like It’ Presented by the Curtain Theatre Company. Shows are 2pm Sept. 4-6, Sept. 11-12 and Sept. 18-19. Free. Old Mill Park, 350 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. www. Through 09/25:‘Antony and Cleopatra’ Love story about a powerful man derailed by the enchantment of a powerful woman. See website for showtimes. $20-35. Forest Meadows Amphitheatre, 1475 Grand Ave., San Rafael. 459-4488.

Through 09/26:‘The Taming of the Shrew’ Cast off with Marin Shakespeare for a swashbuckling romp for all ages with a “Pirates of the Caribbean” setting. 11am and 8pm Sept. 10. $20-35. Forest Meadows Amphitheatre, 1475 Grand Ave., San Rafael. 499-4488 .

Through 10/03:‘In the Red and Brown Water’ Part One of “The Brother/Sister Plays Trilogy.” West Coast Premiere by Tarell Alvin McCraney. Directed by Ryan Rilette. 8pm Sept. 10-11. See website for additional showtimes. $20-53. Marin Theatre Company, 397 Miller Ave., Mill Valley. 388-5208.

Through 10/03:‘The Philadelphia Story’ Novato Theater Company presents the classic 1939 comic play that made Katherin Hepburn a star. 8pm Thurs.-Sat. 3pm matinee on Sun. $12-22. Novato Theater Company Playhouse, 484 Ignacio Blvd., Novato. 883-4498.

Comedy 09/10:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Get Rich Cheatingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Jeff Kreislerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hilarious one-man show based on the best-selling satirical how-to book which explores real world scams that have brought the world to its knees. 8-10pm. $17-20. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley. 383-9600. 09/17-18: Magic Circus With Benny Bendiniâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Incredible Magic Hat Showâ&#x20AC;? and Germarâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Comedy Magic with a Twist.â&#x20AC;? 8-10pm. $20. Belrose Theatre, 1415 Fifth Ave., San Rafael.

Art 09/03-11/18: â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Las Expresiones: Celebrating Latino Artists of the Bay Areaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Showcase of works by Latino artists from around the Bay Area. 9am-5pm. Free. Marin Community Foundation, 5 Hamilton Landing #200, Novato. 666-2442 .

09/10-11/13: Falkirk Bi-Annual Juried Exhibition Group exhibition of works by Marin and Bay Area artists. Opening reception 5:30-7:30pm Sept. 10. Free. Falkirk Cultural Center, 1408 Mission Ave., San Rafael. 485-3328.

09/10: 2nd Fridays Art Walk | San Rafael Join Art Works Downtown and numerous merchants up and down Fourth St. for art shows, gallery receptions, open studios, refreshments and inspiration. 5-8pm. Free. Various locations, Downtown Fourth St., San Rafael. 451-8119.

09/12-10/02: Marin Society of Artists Fall Rental Show Artworks to rent from the MSA Gallery. 11-4pm. Free. Fall Rental Show, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Ross. 454 -9561. www.

09/14-10/18: â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Flotsam and Jetsamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Art Exhibit An astonishing assortment of found objects from the shorelines of S.F. Bay have been recreated into art by artists Peter Tonningsen and Mark Olivier. 9am-4pm. Free. Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-3871.

09/17-10/24: Zea Morvitz, Madeline Nieto Hope, Anne-Katrin Spiess, and Vickisa â&#x20AC;&#x153;12 Views from the Countryside.â&#x20AC;? Morvitz, graphite drawings. â&#x20AC;&#x153;After Hours Stuff.â&#x20AC;? Hope. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nothingness Projects / Journey to Green Horizons.â&#x20AC;? Spiess, new works. 11am-5pm. Free. Gallery Route One, 11101 Highway One, Point Reyes Station. 663-1347.

Through 09/12: â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The Box Showâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Closing reception 2-3pm Sept. 12. Reputed to be a wild party with a live auction. Bidding starts at 3pm. 11am-5pm. Free. Gallery Route One, 11101 Highway One, Point Reyes Station. 663-1347. Through 09/13: â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Art of Peaceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 8th annual Sausalito Art Festival exhibit at the Bay Model. Encourages artists to depict the visual impact of peace found in art. 9am-4pm. Free. Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 3323871. Through 09/17: â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Dancing in the Streetâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Nancy Cicchetti, paintings and monotypes. Free Belvedere-Tiburon Library, 1501 Tiburon Blvd., Tiburon. 453-6880. Through 09/17: â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Dynamic Imagesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Marin Arts Council sponsored group exhibition features diverse photographic images from Marin artists meant to draw the viewer inward. 9am-5pm. Free. Marin County Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Dr, Room 329, San Rafael. 459-4440.

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BEST BET Get Your Write On The Marin Literacy Center has changed more than 9,000 lives since its inception in 1985. Serving as a catalyst into the world of literacy, the center has acted both as a tutorial center and an advocate for emerging readers, writers and speakers in Marin County. A testament to the hard work and dedication of a mostly volunteer staff, the center has recently published an anthology of work written by students in their programs and invites the public to join in celebration of 25 years Celebrate student authors! of success in the community. The book release party for Student Voices: Celebrating 25 Years will be hosted by ABC-7â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cheryl Jennings and includes refreshments and a meet and greet with student authors. Thursday, Sept. 16 , 6pm-7:30pm at Book Passage 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera. Free. 415/485-3318 â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Dani Burlison

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Readings 09/10: Linda Watanabe McFerrin Left Coast Writers Launch author talks about her supernatural thriller â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dead Love.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 09/10: William Gibson Gibson presents his novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;Zero History.â&#x20AC;? 1pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 09/11: Best Stressed List Carol Scott talks about â&#x20AC;&#x153;Optimal Stress: Living in Your Best Stress Zone.â&#x20AC;? 2pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www. 09/11: Build a Book Jane Vandenburgh talks about â&#x20AC;&#x153;Architecture of the Novel: A Writerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Handbook.â&#x20AC;? 4pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 09/11: Power Partners Gary Zukav presents â&#x20AC;&#x153;Spiritual Partnership: The Journey to Authentic Power.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 09/11: Todd Crawshaw Left Coast Writers Launch. Cranshaw talks about his debut novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;Exploits of the Satyr.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 09/12: Carolyn Scott Kortge The author discusses â&#x20AC;&#x153;Healing Walks for Hard Times: Quiet Your Mind, Strengthen Your Body, and Get Your Life Back.â&#x20AC;? 2pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960.

09/13: Literary Lives David Burke presents â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bad Boys and Bad Girls of Literature in Paris,â&#x20AC;? an illustrated talk based on his long years of literary detective work on his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Writers in Paris: Literary Lives in the City of Light.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 09/14: Elizabeth Rosner Rosner talks about her novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;Blue Nude.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960.

09/14: Traveling Poetry Show Reading Ken Dickenson, Marvin Hiemstra, Lonner Holden, Liz Underwood, Lynda Beigel and Martin Hickel in a reading hosted by Barbara Martin. 7-9pm. Free. Stinson Beach Library, 3521 Shoreline Hwy., Stinson Beach. 868-0252. www. 09/15: Rick Bass The author presents his novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nashville Chrome.â&#x20AC;? 1pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 09/15: Sunset Poetry by the Bay Poets Gillian Conoley, Stefanie Marlis, and Zara Raab, reading from their work. 7-9pm. Free. 333 Art Gallery, 333 Caledonia St., Sausalito. 332-4179. 09/16: One World, Many Voices Book Passage and Bank of Marin welcome Marin Literacyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Student Authors, honoring the achievement of those adults who have mastered the skill of reading, and writing as well. With host Cheryl Jennings. 6pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960.

Film Events 09/10: Film Night in the Park Presents â&#x20AC;&#x153;Alice in Wonderland.â&#x20AC;? Starring Johnny Depp. Popcorn, candy and sodas will be sold. Bring blankets, pillows, backrest and low chairs. Please leave pets at home. 8pm. Donations appreciated. Old Mill Park, 300 Block of Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 272-2756.

09/11:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Save Tibet - An Evening of Tibetan Filmsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Films by Tibetans living in exile in India and from The Tibetan Photo Project. Joe Mickey, founder of The Tibetan Photo Project will moderate a discussion after the screening. 4-9pm. $16-20. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley. 383-9600.

BEST BET All fun and gamesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;till someone loses an eye! For most of us, the days of the practical jokes, adolescent pranks and light-hearted revenge of our youth are but faint, smile-producing memories of yesteryear. Long gone are the days of scheming acceptable retaliations to cleverly triumph over the evils in the locker room. For those who have mostly grown up but cling longingly to the nostalgia of â&#x20AC;&#x153;I remember when...â&#x20AC;? The Castmembers from â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The Pranksterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; will be joyPrankster is the film for you. Filmed buzzing movie fans this weekend at the Lark. primarily at San Rafael High School, writer, director and Larkspur resident Tony Vidal walks us down the memory lane of his alma mater and through the changing life and times of his lead practical joker, Chris Karas. The delightful and sincerely warm film will play one night only at the Lark Theaterâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;with Vidal on hand to introduce several of the filmâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s actors on Sunday, Sept. 12, at 7pm. Lark Theater, 549 Magnolia Avenue Larkspur. 415/924-5111. â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Dani Burlison

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09/16: Whistlestop Multicultural Picnic Celebrate the last days of summer with older adults, friends and families. RSCP required. 11am-2pm. $6. Piper Park, 250 Doherty Dr., Larkspur. 456-9062 X 131. www.

09/17: San Rafael Santa Cop Fundraiser â&#x20AC;&#x153;Keep the Magic of Christmas Alive for All Childrenâ&#x20AC;? auction and museum tour. 6-9pm. $50. San Rafael Santa Cop Fundraiser, 565 Jacoby St., San Rafael. 302-1203.

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and Keynote Presentation with Patricia Sun: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Inspiring the Visionâ&#x20AC;? at 7pm. 9am-9pm. $15-55. Unity In Marin, 600 Palm Dr., Novato. 475-5000. 09/11: Annual Fall Bargain Bazaar Fashion, sporting goods, childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s clothing, jewelry, kitchenware and home decor and more. 10am-6pm. Free. Town Center, Corte Madera. 924-2961. 09/11: Dining with Democrats Annual Democratic fundraiser with keynote speaker Gavin Newsom and Master of Ceremonies Karel from Green 960 Radio. 5:30-9:30pm. $65. Dining with Democrats, 618 B St., San Rafael. 897-1224.

very successful annual Holiday Arts & Crafts Fair, which takes place on Nov 19 & 20. Deadline 09/13/10. 8:30am-4pm. $50 for 2 days. Tamalpais Community Center, 203 Marin Ave., Mill Valley. 388-6393.

Through 12/31: Louise A. Boyd Exhibition Learn the history of a local historical gold heiress/Arctic adventurer who was described by press as â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Girl Who Tamed The Arctic.â&#x20AC;? 11am-4pm. Free. Marin History Museumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Boyd Gate House, 1125 B St., San Rafael. 454-8538. www.

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12, 2010. (Publication Dates: August 20, 27; September 3, 10, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 124653 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as SPICY BODY JEWELRY (CART 45SF), 5800 NORTHGATE MALL DR., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: MAHMOUD MUNTASIR, 601 VERNON OAKS DR., ROSEVILLE, CA 95678. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on August 15, 2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on August 2, 2010. (Publication Dates: August 20, 27; September 3, 10, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 124631 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as ORIGINAL FACE, 300 POPLAR ST. SUITE 7, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: NICO EICHLSEDER, 300 POPLAR ST. SUITE 2, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on August 1, 2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on July 29, 2010. (Publication Dates: August 20, 27; September 3, 10, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 124602 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as MARK RICHARDS PHOTOGRAPHY, 61 SUNNYSIDE AVE., MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: CORE MEMORY PROJECT CORP., 61 SUNNYSIDE AVE., MILL VALLEY, CA 94941. 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 July 27, 2010. (Publication Dates: August 20, 27; September 3, 10, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 124699 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as NOR CAL BRAVES, 593 SAUSALITO BLVD., SAUSALITO, CA 94965: PETER WALSH LANGKAMMERER, 593 SAUSALITO BLVD., SAUSALITO, CA 94965. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on August 9, 2010. (Publication Dates: August 20, 27; September 3, 10, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 124780 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as MINI NOTARY, 310 HARBOR DR., SAUSALITO, CA 94965: JANICE L. CALLON, 310 HARBOR DR., SAUSALITO, CA 94965. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on August 19, 2010. (Publication Dates: August 27; September 3, 10, 17, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 124766 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as EUPHORIA SPA, 1104 LINCOLN AVE. SUITE 1, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: SON SUN SEO, 2005 MISSION ST. #45, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94110. 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 August 18, 2010. (Publication Dates: August 27; September 3, 10, 17, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 124745 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as E3: EDUCATIONAL EXCELLENCE & EQUITY, 1010 LOOTENS PLACE STE.17, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: FUTURE LEADERS FOR PEACE, 2910 DERBY ST., BERKELEY, CA 94705. 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 August 16, 2010. (Publication Dates: August 27; September 3, 10, 17, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2010124784 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as FOXFIRE COMMUNICATIONS, 80 CORTE TOLUCA, GREENBRAE, CA 94904: FOXFIRE CAPITAL, 80 CORTE TOLUCA, GREENBRAE, CA 94904. 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 August




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ARIES (March 20 - April 19) Disruptive Uranus backs out of your sign Friday night, easing a little of the stress you’ve been feeling. This could be helpful in making amends with your sweetie in the event you’ve been particularly hard to handle. Monday points out the challenge of experiencing freedom without damaging your one-on-one relationships. Can you be close to someone and still be true to your sense of individuality? This is the $64,000 question. TAURUS (April 20 - May 19) Your ruler, cooperative Venus, has to handle a mixed bag of influences as the mushy Moon, feisty Mars and ambitious Saturn all put in their two cents’ worth. It might take time to decide what you should be doing. Meanwhile, shocking Uranus has reentered your house of group activities. Before joining any new clubs, make sure you understand their purpose. A “naturalist group” may be more about not wearing clothes than learning botany. GEMINI (May 20 - June 20) Although filled with creative ideas, you are not making the type of progress that translates into financial security. The reality of the current economic climate can be a blessing in disguise as it forces you to focus on what makes you happy. Of course, if you have both an amazing social circle and a fascinating career, you do indeed have lucky stars. Count yourself as one of the fortunate few... CANCER (June 21 - July 21) While the Moon in Libra should be quite peaceful, being targeted by too many stressful aspects on Thursday and Friday spoils the effect. So, if you were planning to reconnect with an estranged family member, hold off for a couple days. In better news, unsettling Uranus has backed out of your career house. While this doesn’t mean you’re about to get promoted or find the perfect new job, it makes it less likely that you’re going to suddenly get a pink slip. LEO (July 22 - August 22) One is never too old or too young to learn something new. The planets are suggesting that you are meant to be expanding your mind while disciplining your thoughts. As mentioned last week, this birthday is not your usual one with lots of presents and self-indulgent celebrations. However, it could be the one that makes you realize there is more to life than catnaps, fine wines and a trendy wardrobe. VIRGO (August 23 - September 21) Your ruler, clever Mercury, in your sign may help you cope with uncertainty in financial matters. As for your love life, independent Uranus just returned to your relationship house. If already involved, reassure your sweetie that your detachment shouldn’t be taken personally. If casually dating, seek out those who don’t need constant attention. If attached, but not happy about it, now’s your chance to make a clean break—without feeling guilty. LIBRA (September 22 - October 22) You are overwhelmed with contradicting sensations on Thursday and Friday. While your pals want to help, your family may be making things worse by trying to control the situation. The good news: Aloof Uranus has left your relationship house, just in case you’ve lost that lovin’ feeling during the last month. With unruly Mars in your sign, you probably won’t suddenly return to being all mushy and softhearted. At least you’re not feeling like an ice cube, right? SCORPIO (October 23 - November 21) Your ruler, powerful Pluto, continues to experience certain limitations due to being in a difficult angle to constricting Saturn. This may be especially true if you’re attempting to persuade someone that your ideas should be taken seriously. But you are in a better place than many of the other signs—if you can only believe this. Overcome your own skepticism and your power returns. Sort of like Harry Potter... SAGITTARIUS (November 22 - December 20) Some friends need your help; some want to order you around; some want to play with you; and some want to cry on your shoulder. It’s all happening simultaneously and it is exhausting. On the other hand, isn’t it great to have so many friends? The Moon in your upbeat sign on Tuesday makes it easy to deal with any problems (or tyrants) with a sense of humor. CAPRICORN (December 21 - January 18) The opposition from jolly Jupiter to your ruler (serious Saturn) means that it is time to balance the duties in your life with an equal dose of delights. Look at the Dalai Lama. In spite of his rather serious role in the world, he is always smiling. It’s easy to find reasons to be unhappy, but it’s much more satisfying to ignore the depressing and laugh anyway. Try it. You’ll like it. AQUARIUS (January 19 - February 17) As the sign most associated with humanitarian efforts, the current state of the planet presents an array of worthy causes. 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PUBLIC NOTICES CONTINUED FROM PAGE 29 20, 2010. (Publication Dates: August 27; September 3, 10, 17, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 124809 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as SHROOMIN NEWMANS PHILIN STATION, 139 MONO AVE., FAIRFAX, CA 94930: DANIEL W. MACLENNAN, 139 MONO AVE., FAIRFAX, CA 94930; PHIL NEARY, 139 MONO AVE., FAIRFAX, CA 94930. This business is being conducted by a general partnership. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on August 23, 2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on August 24, 2010. (Publication Dates: August 27; September 3, 10, 17, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2010124776 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as PRIOLO & CO., 80 THROCKMORTON AVE., MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: SUSAN PRIOLO, 11 CRESCENT LANE, FAIRFAX, CA 94930; CARL PRIOLO, 11 CRESCENT LANE, FAIRFAX, CA 94930. This business is being conducted by a husband & wife. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on August 19, 2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on August 19, 2010. (Publication Dates: September 3, 10, 17, 24, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 124792 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as LITTLE MOVEMENTS DAY CARE, 424 WILLIAM AVE., LARKSPUR, CA 94939: ANN LASHELLE-SALVETTI, 424 WILLIAM AVE., LARKSPUR, CA 94939. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on December 2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on August 20, 2010. (Publication Dates: September 3, 10, 17, 24, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 124790;1-4 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as SEQUOIA FILMS;MADRONE POST; PLUTO ENTERTAINMENT; SUNRISE RENTALS, 155 N. REDWOOD DR. #250, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: INDIGO FILMS ENTERTAINMENT GROUP INC., 155 N. REDWOOD DR. #250, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903. 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 August 20, 2010. (Publication Dates: September 3, 10, 17, 24, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 124705; 1-2 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as KEY PROPERTY; KEY BAY PROPERTY, 700 LARKSPUR LANDING CIRCLE #199, LARKSPUR, CA 94939: BONNIE R. LEVINE, 16 CASTLEWOOD DR., 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 August 10, 2010. (Publication Dates: September 3, 10, 17, 24, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 124820 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as NOBLE BUILDERS, 233 PRINCE ROYAL DR., CORTE MADERA, CA 94925: NOBLE QUAIL CORP., 233 PRINCE ROYAL DR., 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 August 25, 2010. (Publication Dates: September 3, 10, 17, 24, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 124819 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as ROSS PLUMBING, 233 PRINCE ROYAL DR., CORTE MADERA, CA 94925: NOBLE QUAIL CORP., 233 PRINCE ROYAL DR., 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 August 25, 2010. (Publication Dates: September 3, 10, 17, 24, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 124837 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as CHEZ SUZANNE, 268 PRINCETON AVE., MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: SUSAN

PRIDMORE, 268 PRINCETON AVE., MILL VALLEY, CA 94941. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on October 1, 2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on August 27, 2010. (Publication Dates: September 3, 10, 17, 24, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 124855 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as MICRO-MED SERVICES, 2400 LAS GALLINAS AVE. SUITE 165, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: THOMAS ATTARDI, 2400 LAS GALLINAS AVE. SUITE 165, 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 August 31, 2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on August 31, 2010. (Publication Dates: September 3, 10, 17, 24, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 124870 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as APPETIZER MEDIA, 1 BLACKFIELD DR. #402, TIBURON, CA 94920: SHIFFCO, INC., 1 BLACKFIELD DR. #402, TIBURON, CA 94920. This business is being conducted by a corporation. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on September 1, 2010. (Publication Dates: September 10, 17, 24; October 1, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 124875 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as A FORCE OF NATURE, 111-C STREET, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: MYRA JEAN PANALIGAN, 111-C STREET, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by a individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on January 12, 2009. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on September 1, 2010. (Publication Dates: September 10, 17, 24; October 1, 2010) STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF USE OF FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME File No. 304221 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): PINK LILY, 111-C STREET, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. Filed in Marin County on: January 12, 2009. Under File No: 119589. Registrantâ ™s Name(s): MYRA J. PANALIGAN, 111-C STREET, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This statement was filed with the County Clerk Recorder of Marin County on September 1, 2010. (Publication Dates: September 10, 17, 24; October 1, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 124737 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as PAGE LARKIN EVENTS, #1 WEATHERLY DR. #204, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: KERRY DALY, #1 WEATHERLY DR. #204, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on August 13, 2010. (Publication Dates: September 10, 17, 24; October 1, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 124857 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as DOVETAIL COLLABORATION, 15 SAUSALITO BLVD., SAUSALITO, CA 94965: KARE ANDERSON, 15 SAUSALITO BLVD., SAUSALITO, CA 94965; KRIS SCHAEFFER, 200 VAN NESS AVE. #162, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94109. This business is being conducted by a 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 August 31, 2010. (Publication Dates: September 10, 17, 24; October 1, 2010)

997 All Other Legals STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF USE OF FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME File No. 304208 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): JAYNE SALON, 160 EAST BLITHEDALE AVE., MILL VALLEY, CA 94941. Filed in Marin County on: March 26, 2008. Under File No: 116699. Registrant’s Name(s): JAYNE WHITTLES, 153 SEQUOIA

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Connecting Bands, Fans and Venues PUBLIC NOTICES CONTINUED FROM PAGE 30 esta corte y hacer que se entregue una copia al demandante. Una carta o una llamada telefonica no lo protegen; su respuesta por escrito tiene que estar en formato legal correcto si desea que procesen su caso en la corte. Es posible que haya un formulario que usted pueda usar para su respuesta. Puede encontrar estos formularios de la corte y mas information en el Centro de Ayuda de las Cortes de California ( en la biblioteca de leyes de su condado o en la corte que le quede mas cerca. Si no puede pagar la cuota de presentacion, pida al secretario de la corte que le de un formulario de exencion de pago de cuotas. Si no presenta su respuesta a tiempo, puede perder el caso por incumplimiento, y la corte le podra quitar su sueldo, dinero y bienes sin mas advertencia. Hay otros requisitos legales. Es recomendable que llame a un abogado immediatamente. Si no conoce a un abogado, puede llamar a un servicio de remision de abogados. Si no puede pagar a un abogado, es posible que cumpla con los resquisitos para obtener servicios legales gratuitos de un programa de servicios legales sin fines de lucro. Puede encontrar estos grupos sin fines de lucro en el sitio web de California Legal Services, ( en el Centro de Ayuda de las Cortes de California. ( o poniendose en contacto con la corte o el colegio de abogados locales. AVISO: Por ley, la corte tiene derecho a reclamar las cuotas y los costos exentos por imponer un gravamen sobre cualquier recuperaciĂ&#x192;Š n de $10,000 Ă&#x192;Š mĂ&#x192;ÂĄs de valor recibida mediante un acuerdo o una concesiĂ&#x192;Š n de arbitraje en un caso de derecho civil. Tiene que pagar el gravamen de la corte antes de que la corte pueda desechar el caso. The name and address of the court is: (El nombre y direccion de las corte es) TULARE COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT, VISALIA DIVISION, 221 S. MOONEY BLVD., VISALIA, CA 93291. The name, address, and telephone number of plaintiffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s attorney is: (El nombre, la direccion y el numero de telefono del abogado del demandante es): BRIAN A. DUNN, 1510 W. MINERAL KING AVE., VISALIA, CA 93291, TEL (559)936-5163. Date (Fecha): June 25, 2010 /s/ LaRayne Cleek, Clerk, by (Secretario); Samantha Quevedo, Deputy (Adjunto) (Pacific Sun: August 27; September 3, 10, 17, 2010)

NOTICE OF PETITION TO ADMINISTER ESTATE OF: THOMAS N. WOOTERS. Case No. PR-1004374. To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors and persons who may otherwise be interested in the will or estate, or both, of THOMAS N. WOOTERS. A PETITION FOR PROBATE has been filed by: AARON L. IVEY in the Superior Court of California, County of MARIN. THE PETITION FOR PROBATE requests that AARON L. IVEY be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent. THE PETITION requests the decedentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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: September 20, 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: GREGORY R. BEYER, 3230 RAMOS CIRCLE, SACRAMENTO, CA 95827; (916)369-9760. (Publication Dates: September 3, 10, 17, 2010) AMENDED ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF MARIN. No. JV 24869A. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner MICHAEL DEHNERT filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: OLIVIA DAWN GARDNER to LEILANI LABOURDETTE. 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: October 19, 2010, 1:30PM, Dept. A, Room A, 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: August 24, 2010 /s/ Hal E. Goldfine, JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT (Pacific Sun: September 10, 17, 24; October 1, 2010)

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â&#x20AC;şâ&#x20AC;ş ADViCE GODDESSÂŽ by Amy Alkon


I met my dream girl in my poker group in grad school. I recently moved far away to start my own company, but I plan to move back in about six months, once itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s up and running. I just learned on Facebook that she and her boyfriend broke up, so I sent her ďŹ&#x201A;owers. She posted a picture of them and thanked me publicly on Facebook, but hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t answered my email asking about her plans after grad school. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s too interested in me, so I need some good ideas. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m on a shoestring budget, so what can I do from 1,000 miles away that would rub her the right way?â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Hopeful


Your best bet? Invent time travel, go back to the day you sent her those ďŹ&#x201A;owers and get drunk and pass out before you can click â&#x20AC;&#x153;submit order.â&#x20AC;? Sending ďŹ&#x201A;owers to a girl youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had no sexual or even romantic contact with is only appropriate if the girl is a racehorse who just won the Preakness. Once youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve slept with a girl, sure, send her a bouquet. Otherwise, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pretty much like going to the ďŹ&#x201A;orist and saying, â&#x20AC;&#x153;What color roses say â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m lacking in social intelligenceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;? Oh, yeah...and could you add a few sprigs of â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Boy, am I glad you stopped sleeping with that other guyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;?â&#x20AC;? As somebody whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s starting a company on a shoestring budget, chances are, your regular daily form of transportation isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t a Gulfstream V with a â&#x20AC;&#x153;My other car is a primer gray Volvoâ&#x20AC;? bumper sticker on the back. While you can keep in touch with the occasional witty email, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s otherwise no way but the wrong way youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll rub this girl by trying to pursue her from 1,000 miles away. Of course, the single best reason to stop pursuing this girl is that sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s shown no interest in you beyond whether youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re the one holding the ace of spades. But, letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s say you have a chance with her. If you spend six months obsessing over her (and worse yet, if sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the reason you move back), when you do see her, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re sure to radiate all the personality of a trapped animal. Quit clinging to your faraway â&#x20AC;&#x153;dream girl,â&#x20AC;? go ask a real live local girl out and rediscover the joy of old-fashioned instant messaging. No, no more sending questions off into space to sit unanswered on some girlâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s computer. Just whisper them straight from your pillow to the cute neighbor girl on the pillow across from yours, and get answers instantly to â&#x20AC;&#x153;Got plans after grad school?â&#x20AC;?â&#x20AC;&#x201D;or, better yet, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Got time to do that again before you leave for work?â&#x20AC;?


After a great date with a guy I met online, he suggested going out again. Later that evening, he texted that he looked forward to hanging out again. Four days later, he emailed, wanting to know my schedule. I emailed it to him and never heard back. A week later, I got an apologetic email, saying heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d had the stomach ďŹ&#x201A;u all week. Pardon my insensitivity, but how hard would itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been to email that he canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t hang because heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s puking his brains out? Part of me wants to give him another chance, part of me wants to say â&#x20AC;&#x153;See ya.â&#x20AC;?â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Flake Avoider


It takes a special kind of person to stare into a toilet bowl of his own vomit and wonder whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in his inbox. Come on. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not like the leaves changed while you were waiting to hear from him. Besides, he isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t your boyfriend, just some guy you had a single date with. And, by the way, he actually showed a pretty remarkable level of communication and considerationâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;verbally, and by email and textâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;before he found himself watching instant replays of his lunch. Part of you wants to give him another chance? Which part, the part that hopes to not be so prosecutorial as to ďŹ nd no guy appropriately perfect to be your boyfriend? Sure, we all have about ďŹ ve modes of near-instant communication, but having the ability to respond instantly doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t translate into a mandate that we do. OK, maybe youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d leap up out of a coma to check your email, but he isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t a bad person if he doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do the same. What kind of person is he? Go on a few more dates with him and you might ďŹ nd out. (Time, not angry assumptions, will tell.) Consider yourself lucky if his big character ďŹ&#x201A;aw is an inability to multitask while projectile vomiting. â&#x153;š Š Amy Alkon, all rights reserved. Got a problem? E-mail or write to Amy Alkon, 171 Pier Ave. #280, Santa Monica, CA 90405.

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Pacific Sun 09.10.2010  

The September 10, 2010 edition of the Pacific Sun

Pacific Sun 09.10.2010  

The September 10, 2010 edition of the Pacific Sun