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›› LETTERS Thinking outside the box It’s not the size of the shoe box that matters; it’s what’s inside that counts.

There is an error in your Aug. 27 Trivia Cafe question regarding the increase in volume of a shoebox [Howard Rachelson asked: “If the length of each side of a shoebox is increased by 10 percent, then the volume of the box is increased by what percent?”]. The question asks what the increase in volume would be if the “length” of each side was increased by 10 percent. The answer key says 33.1 percent—but that is the answer if you increased both the length and the height of each side by 10 percent. The volume would increase by 21 percent the way the question is posed in Trivia Cafe! Just thought I would point it out. Great paper by the way!! Jim Dietrick, Novato

Accurately quoting Bush IS a smear campaign... I was disturbed to come across a book in Barnes & Noble’s Corte Madera store called “The Obama Diaries.” This book is a spoof, but nowhere does it state that the quotes attributed to Obama are just invented (out of author Laura Ingraham’s vivid imagination), not actual quotes. This book looks more like a smear campaign and I am sure, unfortunately, a lot of Americans will believe that these

“diaries” are real. Even though liberals hated George W. Bush during his reign, he was still quoted accurately and honestly. Nadia Silvershine, San Rafael

Left scratching her phrenology head... I read with great pleasure (and not a little relief) Dani Burlison’s story on the making-sense-ofmen workshops [“Stop Making Sense,” Sept. 10]. After nearly gagging over Ronnie Cohen’s recent John Gray interview, reading your article was instant relief (have you read other books by Gray? Yikes! People actuWomen dominated by ally believe this stuff). the ‘domestic vortex’... If men are presented as little more than simple-minded errant children, and women wiser and more powerful, it’s the equivalent of racist polemics of the last century. Why don’t we just divine each other’s true natures by studying bumps on our noggins?

Truth sets you free—to finish all the housework, toots When I was a younger feminist I would have agreed wholeheartedly with Nikki Silverstein’s savaging of psychologist John Gray [“Single Girl Conquers the Martian,” Sept. 3]. But now that I’m older (and, hopefully, wiser), her article just felt snarky and mean-spirited. And while I don’t agree with everything John Gray said, I think in general he’s right. As a psychotherapist, I hear complaints each day from young women that men are



Penis on Blithedale An African art store located in the El Paseo complex a few doors up from the Sequoia Theater features in its front window, facing the sidewalk African warrior with an e... Feature: Stop Making Sense “When a man does something that offends us, there is probably a good reason for it,” beamed the well-dressed and attractive 30-something from the stage. “Men are simply respon...

Your soapbox is waiting at ›› too feminized. In spite of the feminist revolution, most women want men to take care of them and protect them, and, yes, to make a bit of cash. Men often feel obsolete and useless in a culture devoted to empowering women. With both men and women battling for control, very few relationships are successful. The truth is that men and women are different. The key to a lasting relationship is preserving and honoring the differences, not trying to make a man into a taller, hairier version of a female. And, yes, women walk into the house and scan the room for tasks that need to be done immediately. Men take off their shoes and get on the computer. Bemoaning reality simply leads to frustration and relationship alienation. Silverstein might want to demean and discredit John Gray. But as the old sayings go, the truth hurts. And: the truth shall set you free. Stacy Taylor, Berkeley

From what I can tell from listening to the CDs, Dani misses the entire point of the programs. They are not about glorifying and succumbing to stereotypes. They are about being clear about the cost of stereotypes and human patterning and celebrating and taking responsibility for our differences. Dani put her bitter feminist stereotype on external speaker in this article. I wonder how that is reflected in her own relationships. It is disappointing to say the least that the Pacific Sun provides such a great forum for communication throughout the county and wastes the cover on an article that doesn’t contribute to much of anything except whining and complaining. I only wish that the women who read this article will take it with a ton of salt and go with an open mind and see for themselves. Ironically, it is people with strongly held beliefs like Dani who can get the most from programs like PAX, ’cause the bigger they are, the harder they fall! Bill Cheek, Ross

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Stereotyping—how typical of a feminist... I read the cover article by Dani Burlison on the “understanding men” workshops and I felt compelled to write a response. I have not taken the PAX programs, but I have listened to the CDs many times and know people who have gotten great benefit from the programs. It is hard to miss the sarcasm in this article, of course. From what I can tell from Burlison’s brief description of her background, her roots are in the feminist movement and that would account for her point of view. But I am wondering what was the point of the article? To trash a program that the author has not even taken? In the early 70s when the est programs were getting started, there were lots of articles written about the program that were similar to this one: someone went to a guest event, made up what they thought the program was about based on what they heard, and then pretended to be an authority on the worthwhile-ness of the entire program. But the point of Landmark and similar programs is that we all create and therefore are responsible for our own reality (call it point of view of life). So what this article says then is that Dani’s creation of reality is that PAX programs are offensive to women (my paraphrase). So?

Mars & Venus on a Peer-Reviewed Research Project? Stan Sinberg is way off base with his letter [“Mars & Venus on a Grift?” Sept. 10] complaining about Nikki Silverstein’s skewering of John Gray. He gave the game away when he wrote he’d helped Gray “research” one of his books. While a survey review can be the beginnings of a research project, the term should be applied to actual research, which has, you know, data and analysis and stuff like that. Meta-analysis can constitute research if it looks carefully at other studies and quantifies the results. What Gray and too many others do on the matter of gender studies is more accurately characterized as dubious cherry-picking. They are regularly debunked, but somehow are given credence in the mass media over and over again, much like the Bush administration’s pre-invasion claims did of WMDs in Iraq, and with about as much validity. I recommend Cordelia Fine’s excellent “Delusions of Gender: How Our Minds, Society, and Neurosexism Create Difference” for a currently available, detailed— and sometimes very humorous—recently written dissection of this sort of nonsense for the popular audience. Edward Clapp, Corte Madera

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Median cool Medians Committee finds middle ground in Point San Pedro by Peter Seidman


hat’s happening to the medians along Point San Pedro Road is a confluence of weather, tax policy and citizen activism. The Point San Pedro Road Medians Committee in San Rafael has raised enough money to proceed with creating an assessment district to reinvigorate and maintain median strips along Point San Pedro Road. At last count, the Medians Committee had raised $57,394 from 205 donors, well above the target $50,000, to take the idea of forming an assessment district to property owners on 4.5 miles of Point San Pedro Road. About 2,500 residential and 15 commercial properties would be in the district, according to Andre Perry, chairman of the Medians Committee. The way in which the committee approached the problem of how to beautify the medians and the solutions the committee chose reflect issues that date back to 1978, when California voters, including those in Marin, passed Proposition 13. Reverberations from the proposition, designed to make it harder to raise taxes, indirectly give the citizen’s committee in San Rafael a powerful tool to convince voters that forming a benefit assessment district to beautify medians is a good thing. Proposition 13 mandated that property tax

shall not exceed 1 percent of the cash value of a property. The proposition also rolled back property values to 1975 values as a starting point and restricted tax increases to no more than 2 percent a year. There are, however, two big exceptions: When a property changes hands or when major construction takes place. The median beautification plan needs a simple majority vote from owners representing more than 50 percent of the assessed property in the area to form a benefit assessment district. The details of exactly how much it will take to beautify the medians will be determined by engineering studies and final design plans The goal, according to Perry, will be to create medians that feature native, drought-resistant landscaping. An initial estimate calls for borrowing through a bond mechanism $1,835,000 for a period of 30 years at a 7-percent interest rate. That amounts to an annual payment for each residential property owner of about $68. (Commercial property owners would see an annual payment of about $1,366.) Perry uses the now-familiar price-of-a-Starbucks equivalent to put into perspective that $68 annual payment for residential owners. In other words, it’s not much money for much-improved aesthetics along a portion of Point 10 >

›› NEWSGRAMS Film fest rolls out red carpet for Bening Annette Bening will be making something of a Bay Area homecoming this October, as the “American Beauty”star is set to be honored with a Mill Valley Film Festival Tribute at the 33rd incarnation of the local film frenzy. Bening, a former San Francisco State student who launched her acting career with American Conservatory Theatre before going on to star in“The Grifters” and“Bugsy,”will be on hand for an onstage conversation and overview of her career Oct. 14, according to festival officials who released the always-anticipated festival schedule this week. The festival, running Oct. 7 to 17 at the Sequoia in Mill Valley and the Rafael Film Center in San Rafael, will also feature an Oct. 9 career-tribute to actor Edward Norton (“American History X,”“The Illusionist”), a“spotlight”on the work of director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (“Amores Perros,”“21 Grams,”“Babel”), and an Oct. 8 event with groundbreaking director Julian Schnabel (“Basquiat,”“Before Night Falls,”“The Diving Bell and the Butterfly”). Opening the festival on Oct. 7 at the Rafael is“The King’s Speech,”starring Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush and, at the Sequoia,“Conviction,”featuring Sam Rockwell and Hilary Swank. Directed by Tom Hooper and set at the brink of World War II,“The King’s Speech”follows the plight of Britain’s George VI (the one that found himself on the throne after brother Edward abdicated to wed an American divorcee) whose leadership at a time of crisis was on the verge of catastrophe due to his embarrassing stammer. Firth stars as the not-so-smooth-talking monarch, Helena Bonham Carter as his wife, Elizabeth, and Rush as an unconventional speech therapist. Based on a true story,“Conviction”features Rockwell as a man wrongfully convicted of murder, relying on his high-school-dropout sister (Hilary Swank) to get him out of the clink. Rockwell— whose film credits include“Confessions of a Dangerous Mind”and“The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford”—will appear with“Conviction”screenwriter Pamela Gray at the Sequoia opening in Mill Valley.Tickets are $12.50 general; $10 institute members.Visit www. or call 415-383-5256. Look for the Pacific Sun’s comprehensive festival overview in our Oct. 1 issue. —Jason Walsh Novato Sanitary looking clean, says DOJ The Novato Sanitary District had some of its own trash hauled away this week, as it was announced that the U.S. Justice Department has abandoned its investigation into alleged environmental violations by the district. At the NSD board meeting on Sept. 13, district council Kenton Alm informed the board that the Department of Justice, working on behalf of the EPA, had declined to file criminal charges against the district or any of its employees relating to allegations that the district illegally dumped sewage into to San Pablo Bay in 2007. The FBI raided district offices in spring of 2009 after the EPA received an anonymous tip about the supposed NSD sewage discharges. Federal agents seized copies of hard drives and several boxes of paper printouts—but offered few specifics as for what they were searching.The quixotic raid has left the district somewhat in limbo about investigation for nearly a year and a half. District officials says they are“gratified”by the decision not to prosecute. Despite the good news, the district isn’t completely out of the water yet, as the DOJ says it is now referring the matter over to the San Francisco Regional Water Quality Control Board for potential civil action. In a statement to the press, district officials say they are looking forward to“resolving the matter with the SFRWQCB, and will continue to work closely with all environmental agencies to comply with environmental laws and protect water quality.”—JW

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Winters of discontent Revered comedian spurns Carson, Gleason, Hope; joins cast of ‘Mork’... by Jason Walsh

“Nothing is impossible. Some things are just less likely than others” —Jonathan Winters Jonathan Winters’ televiyears ago sion prospects were among the “less likely” things 30 years ago this week. The beloved comedian was in something of an irascible mood when Pacific Sun Managing Editor Hut Landon tracked him down for an interview prior to his sold-out appearance at Marin Center in September of 1980. Perhaps behind that moon-faced grin were the tears of a clown—a pyromaniac clown who was burning bridges faster than you could say, “Here’s Johnny.” And you’d better have said it fast—because Winters had just sworn off ever appearing on “The Tonight Show” again, and had a few more harsh words for his fellow yuckups in the industry. Later that year, the 55-year-old Winters would make his sitcom debut in longtime Marinite Robin Williams’ hit comedy “Mork & Mindy”; Winters would play Mork’s Orcan offspring Mearth, who hatches out of a giant egg as a hefty middle-aged man who ages backward (eventually meeting his demise, one presumes, as a 7-pound infant helplessly fed, nursed and changed by his own children). Shazbot, indeed! The audience got weirded out; the show got the axe. Winters’ next stop was a season on “Hee Haw,” where he spent a torturous 1983 with a cast he described as “illiterates.” Here are a few highlights of the Sun’s 1980 conversation with the honest-to-a-fault funnyman: I have to admit this is one interview I’ve been really looking forward to. Well I try to be an exciting interview. I practice that a lot. It probably helps to have a sense of humor. Humor isn’t universal, you know. People say it is, but that’s a lot of crap. There are a lot of joke people, and they are in the majority. From the leader of the country to a man that’s shining shoes down in the Mission, everyone has a joke for you. But that doesn’t mean they have a sense of humor. Why are you bringing your sense of humor to Marin? Money. People lie all the time and say, “Oh God, I’ve always dreamed of being in Marin, seeing all those healthy rosy faces, feeling the breezes, hearing the sound of KFOG and looking on the bridge for where people took their lives.” Me, I came for the bread. (laughs) I love your appearances on “The Tonight Show.” I don’t do Carson anymore. I quit Carson and [Mike] Douglas and all the rest. I worked for 25 years for $300 [per appearance], starting with Steve Allen right through to Carson. Carson is like Kenny Stabler, who gets $500


‘Fed up with that sh-t,’ 1980.

million and is throwing to guys getting $5,000 down in the end zone; that’s all. I quit Carson because I’m tired of being one of his funny little people on the couch and listening to that brown nose Ed McMahon. You don’t like McMahon? He looks like a part-time religious freak, a combination Catholic Buddhist, as he bends over with his hands together to greet Carson every night before he begins his long crawl up Carson’s dirt chute. And Doc does a thousand pardons with his hands. I’m fed up with that sh-t. You don’t mind being quoted on that? No, I don’t care. I’m not going back on anyway. But I do want to make one thing clear. I am not jealous of Carson; I feel very secure in my own field. And it isn’t the money per se. It’s the policy that stinks. When the show becomes something like 20 percent of NBC’s income and we’re getting $375, no matter who you are, that’s lousy. Many comedians are generational—Bob Hope’s audiences aren’t the same as George Carlin’s. Why do you think you’ve bridged the gap? First of all, anyone can be made to be funny. Take Hope; eight guys make him funny. But you can’t make a person think funny. Do you feel an empathy with young people? Sure. I sometimes talk about my school experiences. People think I was the class clown, but I wasn’t. I was petrified of failing. I just wanted to get my ass out of there. Sometime kids would tease me about being dumb in math. I was a fairly rough kid, so I’d wait until recess for the guy with steel rims and deck him. I was disturbed. I used to hang St. Bernards upside down and pour beer on them and say, “Bet you wish you were in Switzerland, don’t you?” Who makes you laugh these days? I always liked Mort Sahl, maybe because I came up with him. Mort always had something to say. Do you ever get any flack about any of your characters—the gay, the black, the southerner? No. I think it all depends on what you


by Howard Rachelson

1. Can you identify three colleges or universities located in Marin County? 2. When your skin is exposed to the sun, your body generates what vitamin? 3. Many historians believe that World War II in the Pacific region began on July 7, 1937, when Japan invaded what country? 4. Name that year—ending with 5: 4a. The San Francisco 49ers defeated the San Diego Chargers to win their fifth Super Bowl. 4b. A musical play called The Rocky Horror Show first opened on Broadway. 4c. F. Scott Fitzgerald published The Great Gatsby 5 5. Pictured at right: Will December 21, 2012, be the end of the world, or the dawning of the age of Aquarius? No one really knows.... the calendar of what Central American civilization is dated from the beginning of time until the “Long Count” expires on 12/21/2012? 6. Pictured at right: Arrange these U.S. presidents in order, oldest first. 6 7a. West Side Story was based upon what play by William Shakespeare? 7b. The plot of The Lion King was strongly influenced by what Shakespeare play? 8. Last weekend the United States won the gold medal in the world basketball championships after defeating what country’s team in the final game? 9. The name of this U.S. state contains the complete name of a foreign country, while the state capital contains the complete name of the state. What city and state are we talking about? 10. How many numbers between 1 and 100 are either divisible by 7 or contain the digit 7? (Example: for the number 77count it once) BONUS: When Hiram Cronk from Frankfort, N.Y., died in May 1905, he was the last surviving veteran of what war? Howard Rachelson, Marin’s Master of Trivia, invites you to a live Team Trivia Contest every Wednesday at 7:30pm at the Broken Drum in San Rafael. Send your best trivia question (with your name and hometown) to; if your question is used in the ‘Pacific Sun,’ we’ll give you credit!

say. Someone can say, “I undersand you’re a homosexual.” And I’ll do the voice and say, “Yes, and I understand you’re a heterosexual. So we’re two people basically the same. The only difference is that you see your kids and I don’t see mine. I don’t want to see them until they’re ready to know who Michelangelo really is.” So you try not to be intentionally mean? If you’re being cruel with anyone, it ceases to be funny. I never dug Jackie Gleason’s scene on “The Honeymooners” when he would say to Alice that she was the dumbest broad in the world and then 15 minutes later say, “Alice, you’re the greatest!” Well, that’s a lot of crap. You’ve insulted her and then you say, “I love you.” You can’t do that to people. Since your appearances are infrequent, what else do you do? I’m working on a film treatment about a man who is very nonviolent until his daughter gets raped and his son beat up by two clowns in San Francisco. The father becomes paranoid and you see what happens when a liberal, sweet family becomes one step away

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from the KKK and the Minute Men. It’s called “The Fortress.” Robin Williams told me that you sometimes go to a local House of Pancakes with a funny hat on and visit the tables. Oh yeah, I’ve done that. I’ll go around and say, “Hi, how’s your food? I’m Ed Caldwell, an American Food Taster; please continue to eat. The man in the kitchen, incidentally, is a prisoner of war and he’s really bitter, so... are you going to eat those waffles? Uh oh. That syrup was banned, you know. But put it on if you want to. Do people recognize you? Most of the time, but there are those that don’t and they’re looking around for the black and whites. That’s when you have to move on. You really are nuts, you know. Oh sure. I don’t make fun of the handicapped, but I do feel I am entitled to park in their parking places. ✹ Email Jason at

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â&#x20AC;şâ&#x20AC;ş UPFRONT < 8 Median cool San Pedro Road that stretches from Whole Foods to China Camp. In persuading property owners that spending $68 a year to bring sadly neglected medians into a state of renewal, advocates hear a refrain that has echoed ever since the Prop. 13 tax revolt. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The challenge is the argument from people who say they already pay their property taxes and (median beautiďŹ cation and maintenance) should be something that already is paid for with those taxes,â&#x20AC;? says Marin Supervisor Susan Adams, who represents the area. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is an outďŹ&#x201A;ow of what happened with Prop. 13, when you can only raise taxes a very small percentage when the cost of providing services has gone up higher. At some point you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have enough resources to do everything you did before. Either you raise new assessments or you just let it go by the wayside.â&#x20AC;? The story of what happened to the medians on Point San Pedro Road starts in 1969, when work crews widened the road, built the medians and beautiďŹ ed them with landscaping. Then the big drought hit Marin hard in 1976, and in the effort to conserve water, the ďŹ&#x201A;ow to the medians ended. After the drought relaxed its grip, water ďŹ&#x201A;owed back to the median irrigation system, but a signiďŹ cant number of leaks revealed that in the few years during the

drought, the irrigation system has taken some hits of its own. About two-thirds of the 27 medians along the 4.5-mile proposed assessment district are within San Rafael city limits. About one-third of medians are in the countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s jurisdiction. Complicating matters, the road runs in and out of city and county jurisdictions, requiring cooperation from both entities on the 4.5-mile stretch of roadway. The cooperation may have been there, but the money wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t, and both the city and the county had to forego repairing the irrigation system, which remained shut, a sign of tight-budget times. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Because of the ďŹ nancial situation of local government, a lot of the beautiful stuff, the aesthetic stuff, has been allowed to go by the wayside so that we can continue to support essential health and safety services,â&#x20AC;? says Adams. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Along Point San Pedro Road, there has been a pretty signiďŹ cant deterioration of the medians.â&#x20AC;? In the late 1970s, the city used a truck to water the medians. The county helped cover the costs of that stopgap watering until the early 1990s. Then, in 1998, a group of residents mounted an effort to pass a beneďŹ t assessment plan similar to the one proposed today. But the effort in 1998 failed, with 60 percent of homeowners rejecting the idea. The medians have received no signiďŹ cant maintenance since 2007. In 2009 the

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standing that city and county government simply have no assets to rip up existing median infrastructure, install new irrigation, plant new landscaping and pledge to maintain it for 30 years, all of which the bond mechanism and assessment district plan will ensure. The exact cost for a property in a beneďŹ t assessment district is based on the speciďŹ c beneďŹ t to a speciďŹ c property. In the case of Point San Pedro Road, coming to that calculation should be relatively easy because itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the only road serving the properties. It should be â&#x20AC;&#x153;a fairly ďŹ&#x201A;at assessment across the board,â&#x20AC;? as opposed to a situation where â&#x20AC;&#x153;a bunch of different roads come in and go out connected to a main road and some people live closer to the road,â&#x20AC;? says Perry. In speaking with about 1,000 people, Perry says, committee members found about 800 positive reactions. A big part of that positive reaction came from engaging the community early in the process, before going to government with a ďŹ nished concept. A few members of the Medians Committee participated in the failed 1998 effort, and they say proceeding before getting neighbors invested in the project accounted for a signiďŹ cant number of those negative votes. While the revived effort to create a beneďŹ t assessment district rests on community participation, emotional investment and sophisticated marketing strategy, another tool in the toolbox comes to the Medians Committee indirectly from Proposition 13. In November 1996, California voters approved Proposition 218, designed to give taxpayers the right to approve or reject tax increases and special assessments at the local-government level. Proposition 218 proponents pushed it to close loopholes in Proposition 13. Proposition 218 requires a majority vote for all local general taxes and

two-thirds approval for local special taxes. Proposition 218 also mandates a simple majority vote to form a beneďŹ t assessment district like the one the Medians Committee is trying to create. And it goes further: Under Prop. 218, funds raised through the Point San Pedro Road beneďŹ t district can be spent only on the medians project for which it was created. And the city, county and state cannot commandeer the money for any other reason. That kind of assurance should make a difference when residents receive their mail-in ballots next spring. (Property owners will have 45 days to return their ballots.) â&#x20AC;&#x153;In tight budget times, when cities, including San Rafael, no longer have the staff to do what we have been able to do in the past, the only way things are going to get done that residents want done is for them to roll up their sleeves and pitch in with work or money or both,â&#x20AC;? says San Rafael City Councilman reg Brockbank. The idea has led to, among other things, Friends of San Rafael, a nonproďŹ t public beneďŹ t corporation. It helps the city, ďŹ nancially and otherwise, with projects and programs such as the Pickleweed Park Community Center, the Freitas Park Playground, the city Library, Falkirk cultural programsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and the Point San Pedro medians project. With enough money raised to hire an engineering form to draw up boundaries and details of the assessment district, the Medians Committee will be concentrating on its savvy marketing campaign, which already has impressed city and county politicians. The goal, the marketing push, on Point San Pedro Road is simple: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Leave the place better than when you found it,â&#x20AC;? says Perry. He and the committee also have an eye for timing. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our target date is the end of April, maybe May, to get ballots in the mail. It could happen sooner, but the timing of getting a ballot when the weeds are the highest is probably in our favor.â&#x20AC;? â&#x153;š

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mid the season that moves us from the bikinis, hikes and d barbecues of the summer toward the rainy ainy winter, it’s easy to fade into a confined, reclusive and less social existence nce inside our homes. The kids have homework to do, the recreational soccer season explodes xplodes onto local fields and play-dates abound now that everyone’s back from vacation. tion. But autumn doesn’t mean you have to give up the good times of summer! mer! Marin offers some of its best performorming arts events at this time of year, and you really don’t want to miss thesee opportunities for entertainment. Unique events will take place at the Point Reyes Dance Palace th a Fashion Show ExtravaCommunity Center, beginning with ganza on Saturday, Sept. 25. This event is a fundraiser for West Marin Community Services, and will feature fashes and models of all ages ions from local designers, boutiques in a theatrical-style performance. On Nov. 12, The Unusual eir new, unusual and Instruments Trio will show off their handmade musical instruments in a concert sure to dazzle. ral Heritage Choir, a Then Linda Tillery and the Cultural nd vocal ensemble whose Grammy nominated, percussion and dition of African-Amerimission is to preserve musical tradition can roots music, will transform thee center into the historical Deep South on Nov. 13. There are also several particularlyy exciting appearances scheduled to take place at the 142 Throckmorton n Theatre this fall. The first is a not-to onot-tobe-missed Oct. 18 performance by PaP tricia Smith, a four-time champion n of the National Poetry Slam who is hailed haiiled as “a testament to the power of words to change lives.” Just a few days later the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble will open its season se eason with String


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Quartet Century on Oct. 21, then on Oct. 30 the Throckmorton will host Ghosts and Jazz, an amazing display of Japanese theatrical techniques, story, musical instruments, and visual motifs combined into a non-Western theatrical performance of jazz and spoken word traditions. The Lark Theater is offering another season of the Metropolitan Opera’s Peabody and Emmy Award-winning series The Met: Live in HD beginning Oct. 9. A dozen live transmissions are slated for the season, beginning Oct. 9 with a new production of Richard Wagner’s “Das Rheingold.” The Lark will also show Met productions of Boris Godunov by Mussorgsky, Wagner’s “Die Walkuere,” Giuseppe Verdi’s “Don Carlo”; John Adams’ “Nixon in China,” and more. For the schedule, visit www.larktheater. net or call 415/924-5111. The Mill Valley Chamber Music Society’s season gets the strings humming Oct. 10 with the Takacs Quartet’s unique blend of musical drama and humor, as they take on works by Haydn, Shostakovich and Mendelssohn. The society’s second fall performance takes place Nov. 21 and features the Nakamatsu Duo, a piano-clarinet twosome who’ll present a program of Brahms, von Weber, Mendelssohn and more. Performances are at Tamalpais United Methodist Church, 410 Sycamore Avenue, Mill Valley. The Marin Center’s vast array of performing art certainly 14 >

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rom next weekendâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival through the holiday season, art loversâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; minds will be framed on all kinds of painting, collage, photography, ceramic, sculpture and mixed media. And, as usual, Marinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s offerings are as bountiful as an Indian summer harvest. Hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a look at a few highlights of the upcoming season in the galleries: Through Sept. 30, Robert Allen Fine Arts in Sausalito features â&#x20AC;&#x153;Northern California Landscapes,â&#x20AC;? a group show of painting, drawing and photography by artists including Marla Baggetta, Elaine Coombs, Peter Loftus, John Maxon, John McCormick, Victoria Ryan, Wendy Schwartz, Connie Smith Segal and Sylvia Verange. Oct. 7 through Nov. 30, RAFA hosts a group show of abstract works on paper and canvas. 301 Caledonia St. 415/331-2800 www.robertallenďŹ One of south Marinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most robust art centers, Studio 333 features ongoing and often continually changing displays of artworks in many styles and disciplines, recurring literary events, improvisational theater and really great parties. 333 Caledonia St., Sausalito. 415/331-8272 Through Nov. 7, Robert Green Fine Arts at 154 Throckmorton in Mill Valley hosts â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Internal Landscape,â&#x20AC;? an exhibit of paintings by Charlotte Bernstrom. With roots in the plein air tradition, Bernstromâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s works take impressionistic techniques into abstraction; imagine scenes of the natural world through a very dreamy lens. Like the artist herself, the paintings are bright, lovely, contemplative and feminine. Many have a marvelous texture that alludes to ancient walls, adding an underlying solidity that belies the delicacy of the overly-


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< 14 ART Magnolia Ave., Larkspur. 415/945-9454 www. On Sept. 10, Falkirk Cultural Center in San Rafael launched its second annual juried exhibit of Marin and Bay Area artists. The Centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s goal is to show as many Marin and Bay Area artists as possible. The exhibit includes a variety of mediaâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography and mixed mediaâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;with works from more than 40 artists. The exhibition will be on view in the galleries through Nov. 13. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, from 1 to 5pm, and Saturdays from 10am to 1pm. Admission is free and open to the public. 1408 Mission Ave. 415/485-3328 From Sept. 23 through Nov. 12, Art Works Downtown presents â&#x20AC;&#x153;New Avenues,â&#x20AC;? a show of 2-D and 3-D original works using digital manipulation. David Hamill, a Pollock-Krasner Foundation grantee and MFA graduate of the San Francisco Art Institute, will jury the exhibit. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Technology has a long history of inďŹ&#x201A;uencing how artists create their work,â&#x20AC;? said AWDâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Shari Byrnes. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This show seeks to explore how the advent of the personal computer and image manipulation software has opened up entirely new avenues of image making.â&#x20AC;? The gallery plans a reception on Oct. 8 from 5 to 8pm. Through Oct. 2, AWD also features works by Marin County poet laureate C.B. (â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lynâ&#x20AC;?) Follett in the Underground Gallery. 1337 Fourth St., San Rafael. 415/451-8119 www. The Marin Arts Council has several shows and exhibits planned to grace the walls of the Marin Arts Gallery, at 906 Fourth St., this autumn. First is â&#x20AC;&#x153;TeamWorks Exhibit,â&#x20AC;? featuring the works of students and teachers of the Marin Arts TeamWorks program, through Sept. 25; the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Falling into Arts BeneďŹ t Eventâ&#x20AC;?â&#x20AC;&#x201D;a fundraiser for Friends of Marin Center and the Marin Arts Councilâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;will be presented from 5 to 8pm on Sept. 22 at the Marin Arts Gallery where the TeamWorks Program exhibit will be on display; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ways of Seeingâ&#x20AC;? places abstract and realistic views of the landscape side-by-side for a different look at these genresâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;it opens with a reception Oct. 8; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Small Wondersâ&#x20AC;? is a small and large format art exhibit opening Nov. 18. Rob Nye plans an autumn studio party with live music and a book signing by novelist Queenelle Minet. Nye is an â&#x20AC;&#x153;extractionist painterâ&#x20AC;? who uses patterns from nature and found objects as compositional elements in intensely colored large-scale abstract artworks. He was a ďŹ rst-place winner in the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Marin Imagesâ&#x20AC;? category in the PaciďŹ c Sunâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2010 photo contest for his photo â&#x20AC;&#x153;Marin Master Clockmaker.â&#x20AC;? 40A Mark Dr., San Rafael. 415/806-3482 Donna Seager Gallery opens the fall season with â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jylian Gustlin : rara avis,â&#x20AC;? an exhibition of brightly colored and deeply layered ďŹ gurative paintings. Gustlinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s works â&#x20AC;&#x153;draw us in with their rich patterns of shape and color


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and lead us to an ambiguous landscape where ďŹ gures stand, sit or dance within the charged atmosphere created by the artist,â&#x20AC;? says Seager. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jylian is a true Bay Area painter ... raised in the San Francisco area and shaped by the technology explosion of Silicon Valley, Gustlin brings a new sensibility to Bay Area ďŹ guration. With her background in computer science and mathematics, she has a heightened understanding of how studying patterns and layers on the computer screen helps her to lay down the bones of a painting while remaining loose enough to maintain an organic and painterly presence.â&#x20AC;? The Gustlin show runs through Oct. 13, with a reception for the artist on Saturday, Sept. 18, from 6 to 8pm. 851 Fourth St., San Rafael. 415/454-4229 www. Through Oct. 3, the Marin Museum of Contemporary Art in Novato features â&#x20AC;&#x153;Speaking of Solitude,â&#x20AC;? its sixth Fall National Juried Show, in the main exhibit hall. The show includes paintings, photos and sculptures by artists from throughout the U.S. In the entryway gallery is an exhibit of paintings and prints by longtime Marin resident Walter Kuhlman, one of the countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most famous artists. Marin MOCA is at 500 Palm Drive, in the old Hamilton air base headquarters. 415/506-0137 Eric Engstromâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s amazing exercise in perspective, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Blue Barn, Hicks Valley Roadâ&#x20AC;? drew top dollars at Gallery Route Oneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s annual â&#x20AC;&#x153;Box Showâ&#x20AC;? auction on Sept. 12. On Sept. 19, GRO launches its fall season with a reception from 3 to 5 p.m. celebrating the opening of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Drawing It Out,â&#x20AC;? an exhibition of works on paper by Vickisa, GROâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s publicist and resident comedienne. The exhibit runs through Oct. 24. Highway One, Point Reyes Station. 415/663-1347 The di Rosa Preserve in Napa hosts upcoming live and silent auctions, including works by renowned Bay Area artists such as James Barsness, Chester Arnold, John Casey, Enrique Chagoya, Jason Jagel, Deborah Oropallo, Maria Porges, Rex Ray, Walter Robinson, Travis Somerville, Catherine Wagner, William Wiley and many more. Pick up auction catalogs in advance at the Gatehouse Gallery. Bidding begins Oct. 1. The di Rosa Preserve is the North Bayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most expansive and most entertaining art destination. Set aside at least an entire afternoon to tour the grounds and galleries. You will not be disappointed. 5200 Sonoma Highway, Napa, 707/226-5991 www.dirosapreserve.orgâ&#x153;š Hang it straight for Barry at





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s we anxiously await the reopening of San Rafael’s George’s nightclub, slated for October, the local music scene feels like it is on the verge on a new era. There was a time, after the 2009 fire at 19 Broadway in Fairfax, when there was no Sweetwater, no George’s and no 19 Broadway. What a dark time! And although the Marin History Museum’s Marin Rocks! exhibit next door to George’s has postponed its opening until sometime in 2011, the pending return of a San Rafael music institution has everyone excited. We are still unsure as to what happened to plans to build a new Sweetwater in Mill Valley (stay tuned) but the big news this summer in the North Bay music scene has been the emergence of The Woods at the Masonic Hall in Mill Valley. Ged Robertson, owner of Smallshed Flatbread, and his talented team, including ex-Sweetwater sound engineer Andrew Sloate and booking agent Adrienne Pfeiffer (you may know her from KWMR), have begun to fill the void left by the stilltragic closing of the Sweetwater four years ago. Although they will be remodeling soon to add a cafe and outdoor seating area, The Woods already boasts one of the best Meyer sound systems around which, along with the 100-year-old maple floors, creates a fantastic-sounding room. A week of music in conjunction with the Mill Valley Film Festival from Oct. 8-16 will showcase Marin talent—and undoubtedly help introduce the room to large crowds. Their schedule, along with that of 142 Throckmorton Theater, has begun to make Mill Valley sound a little bit better. Please visit to find out more. Another success story in the local club business has been the rebirth of Fairfax’s Sleeping Lady Cafe. Reopened in November 2008 by Tera Ferguson and Iseult Jordan, the family-friendly venue has continued to pack in talent and crowds along the Fairfax strip. They have found a perfect niche between the hard-drinking, louder bar scenes at 19 Broadway and Peri’s Bar, which bookend the Sleeping Lady. Their tasty menu and excellent wine and beer selection complements a top-notch music calendar that includes such names as: Dgiin, Tom Finch Group, Rusty Evans, Lumanation, Biambu, Bonnie Hayes, Sweetie Pie & The Doughboys and Culann’s Hounds as well as weekly open mics hosted

by with the witty and talented Simon Costa, Jack Irving’s stellar Songwriter Showcases and traditional Irish music every Sunday. It’s no wonder the crowds often spill out into the street or simply listen through the open windows on hot nights. If you like music but don’t like it loud, dark, late or in your face, this is the spot for you. Legendary Mill Valley keyboardist Austin deLone (he’s played with Elvis Costello, and the Fabulous Thunderbirds) and his wife, Lesley, whose son Richard was born with a rare genetic disorder called Prader-Willi syndrome, continue to raise awareness and funds for their foundation, the


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Richard de Lone Special Housing Project (RDSHP). It is a nonprofit agency with the mission of providing a state-of-the-art residential group home setting in the San Francisco Bay Area, capable of serving both children and adults with Prader-Willi syndrome and utilizing best-practice techniques to serve the PraderWilli population. On Friday, Oct. 1, San Francisco’s Great American Music Hall will host the fourth annual RD-

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ood things come in threes this season as Marin Theatre Company and Berkeley Repertory Theatre deal in trilogies, a form of theater seldom seen since the days of Eugene O’Neill. Berkeley Rep is producing The Great Game, a 12-play cycle about Afghanistan to be presented over three evenings, while MTC opens its season with the first play in Tarell Alvin McCraney’s Trilogy, In the Red and Brown Water, with the second play of The Brother Sister Plays. opening shortly after at the Magic Theatre, and the third coming along later in the fall at American Conservatory Theater. Playgoers should think cushions and caffeine as they rejoice in the fertile soil of the Bay Area theater scene. Playwright McCraney, young and black, seems to have come out of nowhere, but his stories rooted in the Louisiana bayous and dealing with current lives of the young, have knocked out critics on the Other Coast. The New York Times says, “McCraney leaves us feeling like story-fed children at bedtime...” We in the story-starved Bay Area are excited. Twelve playwrights, mostly Brits, take on Afghanistan (good luck!) at Berkeley Rep. Described as “a captivating collection of stories” (that word again!), the 12 plays; featuring 14 British actors, will create a mosaic of the West’s involvement in Afghanistan since the early 19th century. For smaller, cash-strapped theaters of the Bay Area, these new works provide big shoes to fill, but theater is an all-inclusive art and audiences will flock to anything that is fresh, even if the script is as old as Methuselah. Case in point, Novato Theater Company is opening its season with an old chestnut, Philadelphia Story, but if the actors playing Tracy Lord and her two suitors create enough excitement onstage, audiences will forget they know the ending and can sing all the songs from the 1956 movie adaptation, High Society. Each theater company creates its own audience, and the AlterTheater, even as it moves from storefront to storefront in San Rafael, has a devoted following. This company of artists, led by dynamic Jeanette Harrison and the super-talented and still-going-strong Ann Brebner, seek out new work that has social and political relevance while offering actors a chance to shine. Not an easy task, and if it doesn’t always succeed, it never fails. This fall, the faithful will be rewarded by a proven success, Intimate Apparel, the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Lynn Nottage. This poignant tale of immigrant Esther, who sews intimate apparel for society women aand prostitutes but has her own dreams of iintimacy, promises to be a sure hit for the

acting company of AlterTheater. New projects by playwright/performer Bob Ernst, along with a commissioned work by Lauren Yee, are scheduled for this season. The Ross Valley Players started in the Barn Theatre 75 years ago, and they are still there, proving that some theaters just get better with age.(Well, they do or they die!) The past few seasons have brought strong new plays, which have attracted new audiences to the Barn. But, as has been seen over the years at Ross, it is the director who makes it all work. For example, practically any production directed by James Dunn stands a good chance of being a winner. Dunn is great with scripts that call for strong males in battle, and David Mamet’s political comedy November, while it doesn’t have the bullish behavior of the characters in Glengarry Glen Ross, does have high tension. Dunn and his actors know how to take it to the boiling point. Director Phoebe Moyer, whose Pride and Prejudice, adapted by Jon Jory, follows November (in November) shows another side of conflict and confrontation. The female conflict, while not bullish, is just as effective. Jane Austen’s heroine, Elizabeth, waltzes through with wit, as her mother conspires to trap husbands for her five daughters, believing that “It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man with income and good fortune must be in want of a wife.” Doubt, Fuddy Mirrors, Quilters, and Table Manners will also be seen this season. Rabbit Hole, a poignant, human comedy of a couple who have lost their child,


Keep it in the family this fall with ‘The Brother and Sister Plays’ at Marin Theatre Company.

Suspend your disbelief with David Mamet’s tale of a corrupt, inept President in ‘November’ at RVP.

ends the RVP season. If the th College C ll off Marin M i Theater Th t DepartD t ment did nothing from now on, they could still be honored for one of the best recent productions of Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Directed by James Dunn, it featured a young actor from COM who brought the tortured hormones of a confused youth into a character who is too often played by actors whose “troubled youth” is far behind them. COM isn’t resting on its laurels. This season has guest artist Molly Noble directing a new play for the holidays, John Cariani’s Almost Maine. August Wilson’s first big success, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom opens in late September. Summer 2011 may seem like forever, but forever has a way of creeping up on us. The folks at Marin Shakespeare know this and are already planning their next summer season, even though the outstanding Stoppard farce, Travesties is still running, along with a comically skewed Taming of the Shrew, and the comically tragic Antony and Cleopatra. And remember that September nights at the Forest Meadows Amphitheater can be pleasurable on their own. The Porchlight group has not announced its 2011 summer production, but whatever it is, faithful audiences will turn out with blankets and thermoses at Ross’s amphitheater, where the weather may be tricky, but the productions are first-rate. Marin audiences are far from parochial and will be attending theater around the Bay Area and from California Shakespeare in Orinda to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Oregon. This county of savvy audiences will go a long way to experience good theater. Happily, they ccan often find it in their own back yard. ✹ AAddress your own state with Lee at

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Duffin’s birthday and jam with keyboardist Jonathan Korty& Friends at Peri’s on Saturday, Sept. 18 (featuring Ian “Inkx” Herman from Hugh Masekela’s band on drums). Murphy Productions continues to produce high quality shows at the Palm Ballroom of the Seafood Peddler Restaurant in San Rafael. Their upcoming shows include Jesus Diaz & QBA on Sept. 25, David Nelson Band on Nov. 5 and 6, the Waybacks on Nov. 19 and the Sun Kings (Beatles tribute) on Nov. 20. Homegrown funksters Monophonics celebrate the release of their latest CD “Into the Infrasounds” featuring Karl Denson and new band member keyboardist Kelly Finnegan (The Destruments) on Sept. 25 at San Francisco’s Independent. Some very special guests are slated to appear along with hot up-andcoming openers Grillade. Buy your tickets in advance and receive a free download of the album! Holiday note: Halloween is on a Sunday this year but the big rock and roll parties will undoubtedly be on Saturday, Oct. 30. There are two great shows to check out: The 85’s, featuring Adam “Bagel” Berkowitz and husband-and-wife team Monroe and April Grisman at The Woods in Masonic Hall in Mill Valley and Fairfax rockers Honeydust’s annual Halloween blowout at Peri’s Silver Dollar Bar in Fairfax. And for m o r e spooky gigs, there’s the Eric Martin Band (he of Mr. Big fame) at George’s on Oct. 30 followed by Wonderbread 5 on Halloween night. Also, Vinyl’s traditional Black Wednesday party the night before Thanksgiving will be held at Peri’s bar Wednesday, Nov. 24. ✹


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Howl Robert Epstein/Jeffrey Friedman biopic about the young Allen Ginsberg and the epic poem (and resulting obscenity trial) that made him one of the Beat Eraâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s icons; James Franco stars. Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps Gordon Gecko is back and fresh out of the slammer, taking his future son-in-law under his wing and seeking redemption...or is he? Oliver Stone directs Michael Douglas, natch. You Again Sigourney Weaver, Jamie Lee Curtis, Kristin Chenoweth and Betty White lead the ensemble in a comedy about high school rivalries that never, ever go away.


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SEPTEMBER 17: Alpha and Omega Two wolves (one a bossy she-wolf, the other a fun-lovinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; guy-wolf) trek home over a thousand miles of American wilderness, sniping and ďŹ&#x201A;irting all the way. Devil Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bad enough getting stuck in an elevator with four strangers, but what if one of them turns out to be the Prince of Darkness? Easy A Sweet high-schooler Emma Stone realizes that her personal social register will improve exponentially if she takes a page from The Scarlet Letter and spreads the rumor that sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not as virginal as she appears. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m Still Here Weird and wonderful Casey AfďŹ&#x201A;eck documentary follows Oscar-nominated actor Joaquin Phoenix into his chosen new career as hip-hop artiste. The Romantics Seven college buds reunite at a drunken wedding in which the groom becomes the center of a romantic triangle and is never seen again; Katie Holmes stars. The Tillman Story Tough documentary look at the football star-turned-soldier whose death by friendly ďŹ re was manipulated into a propaganda free-for-all. The Town Ben AfďŹ&#x201A;eck directs and stars in the story of a ruthless bank robber who unwittingly falls in love with a former hostage; Rebecca Hall and Jon Hamm costar. SEPTEMBER 22: You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger Woody Allenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s latest comedy stars Anthony Hopkins, Naomi Watts, Antonio Banderas and Josh Brolin as a group of Londoners beset by love, ambition, midlife crisis and fortunetellers. SEPTEMBER 24: Buried Claustrophobic thriller stars Ryan Reynolds as a man trapped in a box six feet under with a lighter, a cell phone and no blessed idea how he ended up in this subterranean predicament.

OCTOBER 1: Freakonomics A team of directors (Morgan Spurlock among them) takes on the controversial bestseller about statistics and human behavior, complete with nudity, violence and cussing. Let Me In American remake of the Swedish horror ďŹ&#x201A;ick Let the Right One In about a lonely 12-year-old and his budding friendship with a mysterious fellow outcast. The Social Network Caustic David Fincher biopic of computer nerd Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook, historyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s youngest billionaire and â&#x20AC;&#x153;friendâ&#x20AC;? to many (500 million at last count). Waiting for Superman Tough doc looks at a group of promising young students as they make their perilous way through the problematic, crumbling American public education system. OCTOBER 7-17: Mill Valley Film Festival The 33rd annual cinematic soiree features seminars, workshops, galas, in-person tributes and hundreds of movies from around the world. OCTOBER 8: Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Kind of a Funny Story A teenager on the edge checks himself into a Brooklyn psychiatric ward for a ďŹ ve-day stay and ďŹ nds friendship and wisdom from his Kesey-esque fellow inmates. Life As We Know It Katherine Heigl and Josh Duhamel have to put their mutual dislike on hold when theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re unexpectedly given joint

custody of their beloved little goddaughter. Nowhere Boy Troubled young bloke John Lennon escapes his constricted home life with a little help NOVEMBER 12: from the rock â&#x20AC;&#x2122;nâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; roll Morning Glory revolution and fellow Crusty TV news budding tunesmith veteran Harrison Paul McCartney. Ford and former Secretariat Disney beauty queen biopic of the legendDiane Keaton ary racehorse and the clash as co-hosts suburban housewife of a dilapidated who nurtured him national morning to greatness; Diane news show; Rachel Lane stars (as the McAdams costars as housewife). their long-suffering A good olâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; fashioned alien quarantine in â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Monsters.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Stone Inmate Edward producer. Norton earns his release the old-fashioned Unstoppable Tony Scott mega-adventure way: by having wife Milla Jovovich sleep with about a runaway freight train, its cargo of his parole ofďŹ cer (Robert De Niro). combustible liquids and the engineer and conductor who try to stop it from destroying OCTOBER 15: Conviction True story of a the next city on the timetable; Denzel WashMassachusetts mom who put herself through ington and Chris Pine star. high school, college and law school to overturn the wrongful conviction of her brother NOVEMBER 19: Harry Potter and the for murder; Hilary Swank stars. Deathly Hallows: Part One The young The Girl Who Kicked the Hornetâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Nest wizard embarks on a do-or-die mission Sequel to The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and that will decide his own (predestined?) fate The Girl Who Played With Fire ďŹ nds the edgy and ease him onto the wobbly shores of Lisbeth Salander in hot water again, this time manhood to boot. for the murder of her father. Made in Dagenham Miranda Richardson, Jackass 3-D More outrageous pranking from Rosamund Pike and Sally Hawkins star in Johnny Knoxville, this time in full in-yourthe true story of a group of female factory face three dimensions. workers at Fordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s London assembly plant who Red Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren, Morgan led the ďŹ ght against sexual discrimination and Freeman and John Malkovich as four badass reďŹ&#x201A;ected the upheavals of the Swinging â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;60s. ex-CIA agents on the short list for assassinaThe Next Three Days A family man at the tion by their former spooks; happily, they still end of his rope plans and executes his wifeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s know how to use brains, teamwork and the daring prison escape; Paul Haggis directs Rusoccasional rocket launcher to stay alive. sell Crowe and Elizabeth Banks. OCTOBER 22: The Company Men After top execs Ben AfďŹ&#x201A;eck, Tommy Lee Jones and Chris Cooper lose their cushy corporate jobs, they embark on a potentially amusing odyssey of self-actualization, life coaching and menial labor. Hereafter Spielberg-produced, Eastwooddirected fantasy romance about the different ways three seemingly disparate people connect with the afterlife. NOVEMBER 5: Due Date Todd Philips road-trip comedy about a businessman who has to hitch a ride cross-country with an unstable wannabe actor to get home in time for the birth of his ďŹ rst child; Robert Downey Jr. stars.

NOVEMBER 24 : Burlesque Christina Aguilera as a small-town girl whose dreams of success are realized on the stage of a seedy yet majestic old burlesque house; mistress of ceremonies Cher offers plenty of jaded wisdom and over-the-top glam. Love and Other Drugs Snarky look at the pharmaceutical industry stars Hank Azaria and Jake Gyllenhaal as competing erectiondrug salesmen. Tangled Disney musical version of the Rapunzel story in which the extensively tressed princess breaks out of her castle with a little help from a wanted bandit, a gang of thugs and an extremely dependable steed. â&#x153;š

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9 Mary Jane Ln Sun 2-4 Alain Pinel Realtors 135 Ignacio Valley Cir Sun 1-4 Frank Howard Allen 7 Maria Loretto Ct Sun 1-4 Coldwell Banker

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50 Alta Vista Way Sun 1-4 Carrie Sherriff 176 Duran Dr Sun 2-4 LVPMARIN 79 Twelveoak Hill Dr $769,000 Sun 1-4 Frank Howard Allen 100 Oakmont Ave Sun 1-4 Alain Pinel Realtors 6 Welch St Sun 1-4 Better Homes Realty 440 Pinewood Dr Sun 1-4 Alain Pinel Realtors


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857 Sutro Ave Sun 1-4 Bradley Real Estate 848 Diablo Ave/CONDO Sun 2-4 McGuire Real Estate 12 Charmaine Ct/CONDO Sun 1-4 LVPMARIN 38 Marin Valley Dr/MOBILE Sat/Sun 2-4 Marin Realty Group 198 Oriole Cir/CONDO Sun 1-4 Coldwell Banker


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50 Stewart Dr Sun 2-4 Alain Pinel Realtors 1901 Mar West Sun 2-4 McGuire Real Estate 48 Mercury Ave Sun 2-4 McGuire Real Estate 2223 Centro East St/CONDO Sun 1-4 Bradley Real Estate

$1,215,000 755-1111 $1,795,000 383-8500 $799,000 383-8500 $1,275,000 435-2705


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or once a publisherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s press release about a new cookbook contained just the right, succinct description: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Useful, spirited, thoughtful, and expansive, The Commonsense Kitchen is destined to become a classic kitchen staple.â&#x20AC;? Subtitled â&#x20AC;&#x153;500 Recipes Plus Lessons for a Hand-Crafted Life,â&#x20AC;? its 600 pages are ďŹ lled with expertise shared by Tom Hudgens, a resident of Fairfax. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a very Western book that began with his introduction to cooking at Deep Springs College, an elite all-male school in the high desert of California. Only 12 students are selected each year for a two-year program in liberal arts and, more important, to become self-sufďŹ cient adults on a working ranch, handling all the tasks required for living from day to day. (It sounds to me like a sort of high country Juilliard School, demanding total involvement from each member of a focused community.) This is where Hudgens learned his craft, using the organic food, animals and poultry raised there; he returned twice to the harsh but stunningly beautiful environment, as both cook and teacher. One of the Deep Springs alumni is David Tanis, respected chef at Chez Panisse, who came on a visit while Hudgens was working in the school kitchen as a student. There the younger man witnessed the magical touch displayed in a celebratory ďŹ nal meal when Tanis turned ranch lamb into a Moroccan feast with rich spices and couscous, a gingered salad of carrots and olives, and fresh-baked fennel seed breads for each table. â&#x20AC;&#x153;From that time on,â&#x20AC;? Hudgens writes, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was deliciously hooked on the craft of cooking.â&#x20AC;? After graduating from Cornell he moved back to this coast, to Berkeleyâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;where he landed a kitchen job at Chez Panisse. Since

then he has cooked in Hawaii, inspired by learning island culture and traditions, at Liberty CafĂŠ in San Francisco and back at the school where he wrote The Deep Springs Cookbook, his parting gift for each graduate. It expanded each year, became a reference for a class in culinary arts and eventually evolved into The Commonsense Kitchen. The theme of most of his recipes is decidedly American, based on accessible ingredients. He writes that the book was developed â&#x20AC;&#x153;where there is little time for fussy preparations, little money for expensive or exotic ingredients, and little regard for food trends or food snobbery, but where a deep appreciation for any good, soul-satisfying food abides.â&#x20AC;? It is one of the most thoughtfully composed texts Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve seen in years, taking the reader/cook into his conďŹ dence, explaining along the way exactly why a step is necessary, with an encouraging remark here, the chance for a personal decision there. He includes oldfashioned dishes (10 variations on beef stew, irresistible pies) along with more modern, lighter ones, many salads and vegetable treatments (tender cured pork chops, a salad of fennel, blood oranges and toasted almonds). In addition to â&#x20AC;&#x153;regularâ&#x20AC;? recipes, there are instructions for becoming self-sufďŹ cient even in an urban environment: how to make butter, homemade crackersâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;even homemade soap. This is a huge book packed with enough of the right kind of information to make it a valuable learning experience for a novice cook and a source of new ideas and inspiration for those who already know their way around the kitchen. It holds glossaries, charts, tables ready for easy reference, suggested culinary equipment, deďŹ nitions of

cooking terms and ingredients. With deep appreciation for the role good food plays in everyoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s life, Hudgens writes, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Keep cooking. Honest, nourishing, delicious food is a universal right, not a luxury reserved for the privileged, the greedy, or the righteous... Food may strengthen, embolden, invigorate, empower, restore, refresh, recharge, comfort, balance, collect, soothe, gratify, entertain, cheer, amaze, surprise, and delight us.â&#x20AC;? Note: Tom Hudgens teaches in the Community Education Department at College of Marin. The Butter Class on Nov. 6 will be his next appearance. Details: . Read more about him at ------------------------Perfect for this time of year, macaroni and cheese is a comfort and a joy. The recipe that follows shows the sort of care Hudgens takes with ordinary foods. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s based on a version by a Southern friend. He writes, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The crumb topping is optional but excellentâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;we all love something creamy underneath something crunchy.â&#x20AC;?

Reathaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Macaroni and Cheese Serves 6 to 8 1 pound dry large elbow macaroni 4 tablespoons butter 12 ounces extra-sharp cheddar cheese, grated (about 3 cups) 4 ounces mozzarella cheese, grated (about 1 cup) 4 ounces Muenster cheese, grated (about 1 cup) 2 12-ounce cans evaporated milk 3 eggs, beaten 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon dry mustard 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper 3/4 teaspoon white pepper Crumb Topping: 1-1/2 cups unseasoned breadcrumbs 3 tablespoons butter, melted 1 or 2 pinches salt Black pepper Paprika for sprinkling on top

Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Cook the macaroni in a large pot in plenty of boiling salted water (the water should taste lightly salty) until soft but not falling apart. Drain well, shaking the colander, but do not rinse. Dump the hot macaroni into a large bowl or, if there is ample room to mix, back into the pot, and toss it gently with the butter. Combine the cheeses in a medium bowl, and toss three-quarters of the cheese with the hot buttered macaroni. In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, salt and spices to make a savory custard. Dump the macaroni mixture into an ungreased 9-by-13-inch baking dish and pour the custard over it. Top with the remaining cheese. Make the topping, if you opt for it, while the macaroni bakes: Combine the crumbs, melted butter, salt and pepper to taste in a medium bowl and toast carefully in the oven on a baking sheet, or toss in a medium-hot skillet, until the crumbs are golden brown, about 5 minutes. Bake the macaroni and cheese for 7 to 8 minutes, then bring the dish out of the oven

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and quickly stir the whole thing around to evenly distribute the heat. Immediately return the dish to the oven and bake for another 7 to 8 minutes, then take it out and stir it again. When the cheese is melted and the sauce is smooth and creamy, remove it from the oven. Do not overbake: If the cheese gets too hot it will separate and the creaminess will turn to greasiness. You can check the temperature of the sauce with an instantread thermometer; at 140 degrees, the cheese will be melted and the eggs cooked. Sprinkle lightly with the optional topping and paprika, and serve. ------------------------Here is a ďŹ ne seasonal ďŹ&#x201A;avor combination to enjoy as days turn cooler. Hudgens says that cutting the apple into julienne is excellent knife practice.

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A STYLE OF ITS OWN Among the many pleasures of the tiny Point Reyes Farmers Market (Saturday, 9am-1pm through Nov. 6) are visits by chefs who drive out for informal demos at Toby’s Feed Barn. This is a joint venture with Pt. Reyes Books, where copies of the celebrities’ cookbooks can be purchased. On Sept. 19 pastry chef Elizabeth Falkner (Orson, Citizen Cake) will be creating sweet things from Demolition Desserts. Sept. 25 will bring Bay Area vegetarian maven Mollie Katzen with ideas from her latest book, Get Cooking. Both appearances will be at 10am.

(Thursday-Friday, 5pm-midnight; Saturday 11am-5pm and 6pm-midnight; Sunday, 11am-6pm) Info and tickets: of the Moon Vintage Festival in Sonoma arrives for its 113th year Sept. 24-26. Various locations around the town’s plaza stage historic reenactments (raising of the Bear Flag, General Vallejo’s daughter’s wedding) while activities like a grape stomp, art shows, and food and wine booths take place. There is a hometown parade around the square at 11am on Sunday. Details:

SOUTHERN STYLE The food of Sicily is big, big, big in flavor. We have through Sunday (Sept. 19) to enjoy it at Il Fornaio in Corte Madera Town Center, where Sicilian dishes are featured on the monthly Festa Regionale. A vegetarian pasta dish, Barilotti au Fornu, combines wholewheat pasta and fried eggplant with tomatobasil sauce, scamorza and caciocavallo cheeses, all baked together. Among the seafood options on the menu is Branzino alla Trapanese, roasted sea bass in fresh tomato sauce with green olives, pine nuts and golden raisins. The dessert is big, too: cannoli and profiteroles in one order with gelato, whipped cream and chocolate sauce. Reserve at 415/927-4400.

A TASTE OF TWO CITIES Both San Rafael and Petaluma are gearing up for feasting and drinking. Sept. 22 (4-8pm) is the date for A Taste of Downtown San Rafael on Fourth St. and surrounding side streets. Participating merchants and restaurants will be offering hors d’oeuvres and wine samples. The area will be closed to traffic, navigable by foot or on a cable car shuttle. This is a perfect time to check up on all the new little dining spots. A “tasting bracelet” for grazing is $25; reserve online at 2010 Taste of Petaluma (Sept. 25, 11:30am-4pm) is expansive, with more than 60 establishments serving samples of everything from high tea to ethnic foods and street snacks. Example: Dimensions Gallery’s seafood appetizers from Nick’s Cove (Marshall) with Cline Cellar wines. A $50 ticket good for 10 tastings is available at, where more information can be found. Tickets at the gate will be $60.

NO EXCUSES FOR STAYING HOME September has always been a fine month for food festivals in the North Bay—the weather is usually clear, the harvest is in and the grape crush has begun. Here are three events with great track records. Sept. 18-19 the Glendi International Food Fair brings the exotic foods of Greece, Eritrea, Russia, the Balkans and the Middle East to Santa Rosa’s orthodox church, St. Seraphim of Sarov. Wine and microbrews, music and dancing round out the celebration. Admission is $10 with discounts for students and seniors (kids under 12 get in free); there is a family rate of $18 for four or more over 12. Food items are $1-$8. Details at www.saintseraphim. com...Get out the lederhosen and dirndls for Oktoberfest By The Bay, Sept. 23-26 at Pier 48 in San Francisco. This enormous beer blast includes nonstop music and dancing, heaps of German food and plenty of suds.

QUENCH THE THIRST FOR KNOWLEDGE Drop-in evenings are great for catching up with food and wine trends. At Book Passage in Corte Madera on Sept. 19 (5:30pm) Mark Oldman will discuss his book Oldman’s Brave New World of Wine, with an informal wine tasting. Free (415/927-0960)... Georgia Pellegrini, author of Food Heroes, will conduct a cooking demo in pioneer skills—making fresh cheeses—at the Tyler Florence Shop in Mill Valley, Sept. 30 at 6pm. RSVP at 415/380-9200. ✹ Contact Pat at

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pair of two-bit hustlers whose values are chal’ve got to say, not to rant, but one thing lenged when one of their cousins drops into about commercial films is, doesn’t the New York for a visit from Hungary. music almost always really suck?” asked The film also stars former Sonic Youth indie-film director Jim Jarmusch at a press drummer-turned-actor Richard Edson and conference a few years ago. “I’ve seen good Hungarian-born actress Eszter Balint. movies ... just destroyed by the same crap.” In his landmark 1984 hipster comedy Next week, at the Smith Rafael Film Center, Stranger Than Paradise, Jarmusch avoided Marin keyboardist and composer Jerry Harrison—of the that trap by turning to Talking Heads, the movie’s star—jazz Tom Tom Club musician and composer John Lurie—to write and the Modern Lovers—will and produce the film’s host a screening artsy chamber-music of Stranger Than score. Paradise. The But the film’s fuel is event is part of the eccentric 1956 R&B the Films of My song “I Put a Spell on Life series. Past You,” performed with presenters have whoops and hollers by Screamin’ Jay Hawkins. Jerry Harrison, of the Talking Heads and Modern Lovers, cites included George Lucas, Saul Zaentz, That quirky song—with the Jarmusch classic as one of the ‘films of his life.’ Anne Lamott, Lars its loping beat and jarring soul screams—is heard several times and sets Ulrich and Isabel Allende. Stranger Than Paradise, shot in black-andthe emotional tone for a grungy tale about a

Influenced heavily by the French New Wave, ‘Stranger Than Paradise’ was one of the benchmark movies in the rise of independent film from the mid ‘80s.

white and produced on a meager budget of as Paul Morrisey’s 1970 [experimental film] $100,000, has earned more than $2 million Trash—it’s Trash without sex or transvestism,” she wrote. and is credited with For 57-year-old launching the indie-film COMING SOON Akron, Ohio, native movement of the ’80s Jerry Harrison will host‘Stranger Jarmusch, Stranger Than and ’90s. Than Paradise’and the music video Paradise marked the start But while crowds ‘The Lady Don’t Mind,’a collaboration of a long and productive flocked to see it, some between Jim Jarmusch and the Talkassociation with musicritics were less iming Heads, on Thursday, Sept. 23, at cians, either as actors or pressed. Late New Yorker 7pm, at the Smith Rafael Film Center, collaborators, or as the film critic Pauline Kael 1118 Fourth St., San Rafael. 454-1222. subject of his films. opined that the film’s Tom Waits has apgritty, film noir-ish qualpeared in three Jarmusch ity gave Stranger Than Paradise “the same bombed-out listlessness films: 1986’s jailhouse saga Down By Law, 1989’s Elvis homage Mystery Train (as a DJ’s voice over) and 2003’s angsty Coffee & Cigarettes. That latter film co-starred Iggy Pop, the subject of an upcoming Jarmusch documentary. Neil Young provided the solo-electric guitar soundtrack to 1995’s Dead Man, a Western allegory starring Johnny Depp. Two years later, Jarmusch directed the concert film Year of the Horse, which chronicled Young and his band Crazy Horse on tour. In 1999, Jarmusch collaborated with hip-hop heavyweight RZA of the Wu-Tang Clan on the soundtrack of Ghost Dog: The Way of Samurai. As an actor, Jarmusch has appeared with Lou Reed in Blue in the Face and with members of the Pogues, the Clash and Elvis Costello in 1987’s Straight to Hell. More recently, he appeared as himself in 2007’s Clash portrait Joe Strummer: The Future is Unwritten, Mandy Stein’s 2009 ode to the New York punk scene Burning Down the House: The Story of CBGB and last year’s No Wave: Underground ’80—Berlin-New York. “I get a lot of inspiration from music,” said Jarmusch, who grew up listening to Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention’s “Freak Out!” as a teen tucked away in his bedroom. “For me, music is the most pure form—it’s like another language ... “Sometimes I think I was supposed to be a musician, but got sidetracked to make films by circumstance.”✹ Don’t be a stranger to Greg at Tune up to the Marin music scene at







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here are matchmakers. And then there are matchbreakers, like Alex Lippi (Romain Duris), who is hired by anxious parents bent on breaking up what they believe is a daughter’s terrible romance. Alex, together with his sister and brother-in-law (Julie Ferrier and Francois Damiens) and with the help of sophisticated electronic gadgets, is the man for the job. Heartbreaker, a first-time feature by Pascal Chaumeil, is one of those delirious French farces that inevitably gets remade Crushing people’s dreams is a career that comes with certain pitfalls. into an inferior Hollywood product. I understand that a deal has already been struck, unscrupulous French financier asks him to but they’ll have a hard time replacing the stop the impending marriage of his daughter, chameleon-like Duris, a superb physical co- Juliette (Vanessa Paradis), and her British fiance, he’s forced to accept. median and toothy charmer. Things get complicated The film starts out in Mowhen Juliette’s nympho pal rocco, where Alex’s target is COMING SOON Sophie (Helena Noguerra) Florence, a young Frenchshows up and sets her sights woman whose boyfriend Heartbreaker opens Friday at the Embarcadero Center on Alex, and even more so prefers ogling other women Cinemas in San Francisco. at the hotel pool rather than Call 352-0835 for showtimes. when the fiance, Jonathan (Andrew Lincoln), arrives seeing the sights. Pretending too—and then even hotto be a selfless doctor (with ter, with everything else you a hired crew of adoring child patients), Alex charms Florence until she sees expect from a French farce. However, the plot always stays a few steps ahead of us, until the the light about her boyfriend. not-very-satisfactory conclusion. Alex has his principles: he doesn’t sleep Heartbreaker is more a footnote in French with his targets, he doesn’t break up couples cinema rather than a Major Motion Picture. for racial or religious reasons, and he doesn’t But willingly suspend your disbelief for 104 mess with couples who are really in love. But minutes and settle in for some good laughs.✹ a financial crisis and a hulking debt collector Critique our critics at force him to break the last rule, and when an


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Douglas instinct News of Michael Douglas’s advanced-stage throat cancer comes as an especial blow to career-long fans like me, who’ve watched his talents skyrocket past the good guy persona first crafted for him in The Streets of San Francisco TV series. Solitary Man is one of his best performances in years, even if its story of a man’s struggle with bad medical news resonates uncomfortably with reality. For car mogul Ben Kalmen, escape lies in the chase, both professional and sexual. Eager to rehaThe zeitgeist that is Michael Douglas. bilitate his reputation after a scandal that nearly wiped out his chain of dealerships, Ben finds his efforts with the city increasingly overshadowed by his romantic entanglements—which run toward the tawdry when a college scouting visit with his girlfriend’s daughter turns physical. A self-aware guy and nobody’s fool, Kalmen probably knows the affairs are an effort to stave off mortality, but he’s blind to the wreckage they leave behind. Male hypocrisy is hard to capture in a cinematic bottle, and Douglas’s achievement is even more remarkable considering the “awards” he was receiving in the ‘90s from women’s groups for a string of allegedly sexist and demeaning films (including Basic Instinct, really and truly?). No actor has felt the cultural zeitgeist better than he, or changed himself more to meet it. Susan Sarandon and Imogen Poots costar.—Richard Gould


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Movie summaries by Matthew Stafford

Yan Ni causes all sorts of trouble in ‘A Woman, a Gun and a Noodle Shop,’ opening Friday at the Regency and the Sequoia. ● Alpha and Omega (1:28) Two wolves (one a bossy she-wolf, the other a fun-lovin’ guy-wolf) trek home over a thousand miles of American wilderness, sniping and flirting all the way. ● 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. ● Animal Kingdom (1:52) A Melbourne crime family introduces a beloved nephew into the fold while Aussie detective Guy Pearce watches and waits… ● 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. ● The Devil (1:20) It’s bad enough getting stuck in an elevator with four strangers, but what if one of them turns out to be the Prince of Darkness? ● Easy A (1:33) Sweet high schooler Emma Stone figures that her personal social register will improve exponentially if she takes a page from The Scarlet Letter and spreads the rumor that she’s not as virginal as she appears. ● 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. ● 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. ● 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.

● The Last Exorcism (1:28) A con-artist preacher finds himself performing an honest-to-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. ● Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa Four urbane beasts from the Central Park Zoo find themselves in the wilds of Africa with nary a neon sign in sight. ● 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. ●100 Voices: A Journey Home (2:00) Tuneful documentary follows a troupe of Jewish cantors on their pilgrimage back to rural Poland, the source of their lilting, melancholy music heritage. ●The Other Guys(1:47) Mismatched detective partners Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg attempt to amuse audiences and solve crimes in New York City. ● Phèdre (2:30) Helen Mirren stars in Jean Racine’s tragedy of dark desire and forbidden longing, beamed live from London’s National Theatre. ● 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. ● The Sicilian Girl (1:50) True story of a mobster’s daughter who broke the Mafia’s code of silence to testify against her father’s killers. ● Soul Kitchen (1:39) German comedy about a Hamburg greasy spoon that becomes a nouvelle cuisine hot spot. ● Stranger Than Paradise (1:33) Quirky, witty Jim Jarmusch classic about the shifting relationships between a New York hipster, his doofus buddy and his visiting Hungarian cousin. ● 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 modern-day outlaws is pursued by hard-bitten lawman Matt Dillon. ● This Is Spinal Tap (1:22) Rob Reiner’s classic mockumentary follows a down-on-their heels English rock band on a disaster-prone U.S. tour. ● The Tillman Story (1:34) Tough documentary look at the football star-turned-soldier whose death by friendly fire was manipulated into a propaganda free-for-all. ● The Town (2:05) Ben Affleck directs and stars in the story of a ruthless bank robber who unwittingly falls in love with a former hostage; Rebecca Hall and Jon Hamm costar. ● 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? ● A Woman, a Gun and a Noodle Shop (1:35) Period Chinese comedy-thriller about a rural restaurateur, his adulterous wife and a crooked cop with an agenda of his own. ✹

›› MOViE TiMES ❋ 100 Voices: A Journey Home (PG) Century Regency 6: Tue 7 CinéArts at Sequoia: Tue 7 ❋ A Woman, a Gun and a Noodle Shop (R) Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 12:15, 2:45, 5:15, 7:45, 10:15 Sun, Mon, Wed 12:15, 2:45, 5:15, 7:45 CinéArts at Sequoia: Fri 3:15, 5:30, 7:45, 10 Sat 1, 3:15, 5:30, 7:45, 10 Sun 1, 3:15, 5:30, 7:45 Mon, Wed-Thu 5:30, 7:45 Tue 4:30 ❋ Alpha and Omega (PG) Century Northgate 15: 11:30, 1:50, 4:10, 6:30; 3D showtimes at 12:30, 2:50, 5:10, 7:30, 9:50 Century Rowland Plaza: 12:30, 2:40, 4:50, 7, 9:10 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri-Sat 1:50, 4:25, 6:40, 9 Sun-Thu 1:50, 4:25, 6:40 The American (R) ★★ Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 5:15, 7:50, 10:20 SatSun 12, 2:35, 5:15, 7:50, 10:20 Mon-Thu 6:50, 9:25 Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 11:15, 1:55, 4:45, 7:30, 10:10 Sun, Mon, Wed 11:15, 1:55, 4:45, 7:30 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:40, 2:10, 4:40, 7:10, 9:50 CinéArts at Marin: Fri-Sat 1:55, 4:25, 7:30, 10 Sun 1:55, 4:25, 7:30 Mon-Thu 5, 7:40 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri-Sat 2, 4:35, 7:10, 9:40 Sun-Thu 2, 4:35, 7:10 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri 4, 7:15, 9:40 Sat 1:30, 4, 7:15, 9:40 Sun 1:30, 4, 7:15 Mon-Thu 4, 7:15 Animal Kingdom (R) ★★★1/2 Century Regency 6: Fri-Mon, Wed 1:45, 7:15 Cairo Time (PG) ★★★ Rafael Film Center: Fri 4:30, 6:30, 8:30 Sat-Sun 2:30, 4:30, 6:30, 8:30 Mon-Wed 6:30, 8:30 Thu 6:30 The Concert (PG-13) Lark Theater: FriSat, Wed 4:30, 7 Sun, Thu 2, 4:30 Mon-Tue 4:30 Despicable Me (PG) ★★1/2 Century Northgate 15: 2:20, 7:40 ❋ Devil (PG-13) Century Northgate 15: 11:50, 12:45, 2, 2:55, 4:15, 5:05, 6:20, 7:25, 8:30, 9:25, 10:30 Century Rowland Plaza: 1, 3:05, 5:20, 7:30, 9:40 ❋ Easy A (PG-13) Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 5, 7:30, 10 Sat-Sun 11:55, 2:25, 5, 7:30, 10 Mon-Thu 7, 9:20 Century Northgate 15: 12:05, 1, 2:25, 3:25, 4:50, 5:50, 7:05, 8:10,

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9:30, 10:25 Century Rowland Plaza: 12:40, 3, 5:15, 7:55, 10:15 Eat Pray Love (PG-13) ★★1/2 Century Northgate 15: 1:20, 6:50 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri-Sat 6:30, 9:30 SunThu 6:30 Flipped (PG) ★★★ Century Northgate 15: 12:20, 2:35, 5, 7:20, 9:35 Get Low (PG-13) ★★★ Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri-Sat 1:40, 4:30, 7, 9:15 Sun-Thu 1:40, 4:30, 7 The Girl Who Played with Fire (R) ★★ Rafael Film Center: Fri-Sun 4:15, 9 Mon-Thu 9 Going the Distance (R) ★★ Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 10:15 SatSun 4, 10:15 Mon-Thu 9:45 Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 11:05, 1:40, 4:20, 7, 9:40 Sun-Mon, Wed 11:05, 1:40, 4:20, 7 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:50, 2:20, 4:55, 7:20, 9:45 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 9:15 Mon-Tue 7 Wed 2, 9:15 Inception (PG-13) ★★★1/2 Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 7 Sat-Sun 12:30, 7 Mon-Thu 6:30 Century Northgate 15: 1:15, 7 The Kids Are All Right (R) ★★★★ Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 11, 4:30, 10 Sun, Mon, Wed 11, 4:30 The Last Exorcism (PG-13) Century Northgate 15: 8:55 Machete (R) Century Northgate 15: 12:40, 3:05, 5:30, 7:55, 10:20 Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (PG) ★★ Lark Theater: Sat 2:30 Mao’s Last Dancer (PG) ★★ CinéArts at Marin: Fri-Sat 1:45, 4:35, 7:15, 9:55 Sun 1:45, 4:35, 7:15 Mon-Thu 4:30, 7:20 Mesrine: Killer Instinct (R) CinéArts at Marin: Fri-Sun 1:35, 7 Mon-Thu 4:45 Mesrine: Public Enemy No. 1 (R) CinéArts at Marin: Fri-Sat 4:10, 9:50 Sun 4:10 Mon-Thu 7:30 Nanny McPhee Returns (PG) ★★1/2 Century Northgate 15: 11:25, 1:55, 4:25, 7:10, 9:40 Fairfax 5 Theatres: 1:30, 4 The Other Guys (PG-13) ★★★ Century Northgate 15: 4:20, 9:55

❋ Phèdre (Not Rated) Lark Theater: Thu 7:30 Resident Evil: Afterlife (R) Century Cinema: 12, 2:25, 4:55, 7:30, 10 Century Northgate 15: 12:15, 1:30, 2:45, 4:05, 5:15, 6:40, 7:45, 9:10, 10:05 Century Rowland Plaza: 12:50, 3:10, 5:30, 7:50, 10:20 Scott Pilgrim vs. The World (PG-13) ★★★1/2 Century Northgate 15: 11:35, 2:15, 4:55, 7:35, 10:10 ❋ The Sicilian Girl (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Fri 4:45, 7, 9:15 SatSun 2:15, 4:45, 7, 9:15 Mon-Wed 7, 9:15 Thu 9:15 Soul Kitchen (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: 6:45 Sat-Sun 2, 6:45 ❋ Stranger Than Paradise (1984) (R) Rafael Film Center: Thu 7 (introduced by Jerry Harrison of The Talking Heads) The Switch (PG-13) ★★★ Century Northgate 15: 4:35, 10:15 Takers (PG-13) Century Rowland Plaza: 12, 2:30, 5:10, 7:40, 10:10 ❋ This Is Spinal Tap (1984) (R) Lark Theater: Sun 7 (Guys Night Out gala; $45 includes dinner, drinks and popcorn; a benefit for the Lark’s Retire the Mortgage campaign) ❋ The Tillman Story (R) ★★★★ CinéArts at Sequoia: Fri 2:35, 4:50, 7:05, 9:20 Sat 12:20, 2:35, 4:50, 7:05, 9:20 Sun 12:20, 2:35, 4:50, 7:05 Mon-Thu 4:50, 7:05 ❋ The Town (R) Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 7:10, 10:05 Sat-Sun 1:10, 4:10, 7:10, 10:05 Mon-Thu 6:45, 9:35 Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 11:40, 2:40, 5:40, 8:40; digital projection showtimes at 12:50, 4:10, 7:10, 10:05 Sun, Mon, Wed 11:40, 2:40, 5:40; digital projection showtimes at 12:50, 4:10, 7:10 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:30, 2:15, 5, 7:45, 10:30 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri-Sat 1:10, 4:10, 7:05, 9:45 Sun-Thu 1:10, 4:10, 7:05 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri 4:10, 6:50, 9:35 Sat 1:15, 4:10, 6:50, 9:35 Sun 1:15, 4:10, 6:50 Mon-Thu 4:10, 6:50 Toy Story 3 (G) ★★★★ Century Northgate 15: 11:45, 4:45, 10

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

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Highlights from our online community calendar— great things to do this week in Marin Check out our Online Community Calendar for more listings, spanning more weeks, with more event information.

Live music 09/17: Jazz Philosophy Jazz. With James Moseley. 6:30-9:30pm. No cover. The Pleasure is Mine, 475 E. Strawberry Dr., Mill Valley. 381-6400. www. 09/17: Jose Neto Acoustic guitar. 8-10:30pm. No cover. Whipper Snapper Restaurant, 1613 Fourth St., San Rafael. 256-1818.

09/17: Local Music Vibe-Pacific Sun Dance Party Come dance to About Face and the Wyld Ones, get lucky with some great door prizes and check out our newly formatted music pages online. 8pm. $10. The Woods at Mill Valley Masonic Hall, 19 Corte Madera Ave., Mill Valley. 389-6637.

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09/17: Los Campos Salsa/cumbia dance music. Mexican independence day celebration. Dinner at 7pm. Music and dancing at 8pm. 7pm. $10-25. Dance Palace Community Center, 503 B St., Pt. Reyes Station. 663-1075. 09/17: Noah Griffin “An Evening of Cole Porter.” Celebrate the life and music of one of America’s most enduring song writers. 8-10pm. $17-23. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley. 383-9600 . 09/17: Wonderbread 5 Rock. 9pm. $17. Mystic Theatre, 21 Petaluma Blvd. N, Petaluma. 707-765-2121. 09/18: JI With Sukhawat Ali Khan Special guest Manose of Deva Premal with opening band

Twelve heads are better than one when About Face rocks Mill Valley this Friday in celebration of the Pacific Sun and Local Music Vibe.

BEST BET May the Force be with Film Night in the Park Sure, Han Solo is being frozen in carbonite and Luke just found out his dad is the galaxy’s foremost murderous tyrant—but Film Night in the Park has a real emergency. The vaunted summer outdoor film festival is calling on the public for donations to purchase a new movie screen. The nonprofit cine de’ celebre must match an anonymous donation by midnight on Saturday, Sept. 18—or face seduction by the Dark Side of the Force. Film Night in the Park director Tom Boss said that he’s hoping the new outdoor screen will be delivered in time for the Film Night in the Park celebration of the 30th Anniversary of “The Empire Strikes Back,” being presented 8pm on Friday, Sept. 17, and Saturday, Sept. 18, at Creek Park, 451 Sir Francis Drake Blvd. in San Anselmo. If the screen arrives on time, Boss will have ‘Join me... at Film Night in the Park.’ it up quicker than you can say,“Fire up the converters, R2!” Donations can be sent by check to Film Night in the Park, A.P.P.L.E. Family Works, 4 Joseph Ct. San Rafael, Calif. 94903 or just bring a check to the Sept. 17 or Sept. 18 screenings of “The Empire Strikes Back.” For more information call 415-272-2756 or visit —Jason Walsh 34 PACIFIC SUN SEPTEMBER 17 - SEPTEMBER 23, 2010

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Photographer Richard Steven Street examines ‘American Peasantry’ at Artworks Downtown.

With harvest season knocking at the door, very few of those reaping the rewards of the abundant California farmlands consider the journey that each and every little morsel made to get to the plate. Even fewer take into account the sweat and labor that the farmworkers pour into the California agriculture system every season. Each year, thousands of men and women tend to fields from sunrise to sunset and keep the agriculture industry thriving. Writer and photographer Richard Steven Street often heads to the fields with his camera in hand and documents the farmworkers’ lives. His current exhibit, “American Peasantry: Life and Labor in the Fields of California,” which closes this weekend, provides viewers with the often unseen and untold experience of California agriculture and the faces behind the ever-expanding industry. Join Richard Steven Street for an informative, behind-the-scenes talk about his work with California farmworkers at 11am on Saturday, Sept. 18, Artworks Downtown, 1325 Fourth St., San Rafael. 415/451-8119 for reservations. Free.—Dani Burlison

Mukti featuring Prajna Vieira and Ben Leinbach. Part of the Yoga Rocks the Mountain event. 7:30pm-midnight. $25. Yoga Mountain Studio, 85 Bolinas Road, Fairfax. 459-YOGA. 09/18:Tim Hockenberry Band Original R&B, rock and jazz. 8-10:30pm. $20-30. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley. 383-9600 . 09/19: Danilo y su Orquesta Universal Salsa Sundays. Dance lesson at 3:30pm. 3:30-7pm. Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor Dr., Sausalito. 09/19: Jai Uttal With outdoor Redwood Chill Space by Fuzzy Philippe, Zen Tea and Chocolate lounge by Edible Love and more. Part of the Yoga Rocks the Mountain event. 5-7pm. $25. Yoga Mountain Studio, 85 Bolinas Rd #3, Fairfax. 246-8002. 09/19: Joan Getz Quartet Jazz. 6:30-10pm. No cover. The Sleeping Lady, 23 Broadway, Fairfax. www. 09/19: Lonestar Retrobates Western swing band. 3-6pm. Free. 19 Broadway, 17 Broadway, Fairfax. 516-1028. 09/19: SoulShine Blues Band Part of the Corte Madera Town Center Summer Music Series. 2-4pm. Free. Town Center, west side of Highway 101 at the Tamalpais Drive exit, Corte Madera. 09/19: Willie K Band Annual Luau on the lawn. Gates open at 3pm. 4pm. $20-25. Rancho Nicasio, Nicasio. 662-2219. 09/21: Swing Fever Performs songs of Duke Ellington, Rogers and Hart. With Bryan Gould. 7-10pm. No cover. Panama Hotel & Restau-

rant, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 457-3993. www. 09/22: Foreigner They still “wanna know what love is.” The Lost Boys open. 8pm. $75-85. Uptown Theatre, 1350 Third St., Napa. 707-259-0123. www. 09/23: Audrey Moira Shimkas Quartet Jazz. 7:30pm. No cover. Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor Dr., Sausalito. 331-2899. 09/23: Berkeley Choro Ensemble Brazilian instrumental music. 7-10pm. No cover. Panama Hotel & Restaurant, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 4573993. 09/23:Wanda Stafford Jazz Trio Also performing on Sept. 30. 6-9pm. No cover. Jasons Restaurant, 300 Drakes Landing Road, Greenbrae,. 925-0808. 09/24: Bill Mize Guitar fingerpicker and composer who did the music for Ken Burn’s documentary on the national parks. With Beth Bramhall, accordion. 8-10:30pm. $15-20. Eric Schoenberg Guitars, 106 Main St., Tiburon. 789-0846. 09/24: Joshua Smith Trio Jazz. 6:30-9:30pm. No cover. Station House Cafe, 11189 Hwy. 1, Point Reyes Station. 663-1392. 09/24: Lyn Asher and Cole Tate Blues, rock. 7-10pm. No cover. The Pleasure is Mine, 475 E. Strawberry Dr., Mill Valley. 381-6400.

Theater/Auditions 09/17-10/17: ‘November ‘ Ross Valley Players presents David Mamet’s political comedy about bad behavior in high places. James Dunn directs.

Exhibition Group exhibition of works by

pm. Free. Mona Lease Gallery, 39 Greenbrae Boardwalk, Greenbrae. 461-3718.

Marin and Bay Area artists. Free. Falkirk Cultural Center, 1408 Mission Ave., San Rafael. 485-3328.

Through 09/17: ‘Dancing in the Street’

The Wyld Ones, shown here during a moment of calm, will party with the Pacific Sun this Friday at The Woods. Visit website for performance dates and special events. 8pm. $15-25. Ross Valley Players’ Barn Theatre, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Ross. 456-9555. 09/18-19: ‘As You Like It’ Presented by the Curtain Theatre Company. 2pm. Free. Old Mill Park, 350 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. www.

09/18-19: Auditions for ‘Pride and Prejudice’ Ross Valley Players auditions. Call for audition appointment. 2-6pm. Free. Ross Valley Players’ Barn Theatre, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Ross. 507-1621.

McCraney.Directed by Ryan Rilette. See website for 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 Katherine Hepburn a star. 8pm Thurs.-Sat. 3pm matinee on Sun. $12-22. Novato Theater Company Playhouse, 484 Ignacio Blvd., Novato. 883-4498.

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.

09/17-10/24: Zea Morvitz, Madeline Nieto Hope, Anne-Katrin Spiess, and Vickisa “12 Views from the Countryside.”

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. See website for show times. $20-35. Forest Meadows Amphitheatre, 1475 Grand Ave., San Rafael. 499-4488 . www.

Through 10/03: ‘In the Red and Brown Water’ Part One of “The Brother/Sister Plays Trilogy.” West Coast Premiere by Tarell Alvin

Morvitz, graphite drawings. “After Hours Stuff.” Hope. “Nothingness Projects / Journey to Green Horizons.” Spiess, new works. Opening reception 3-5pm Sept. 19. 11am-5pm. Free. Gallery Route One, 11101 Highway One, Point Reyes Station. 663-1347. 09/18-12/23: ‘Fall Fashionings’ Group show featuring Marin county painters depicting large works influenced by the fall season. Opening reception 4-7pm Sept. 18. Noon-4-


Nancy Cicchetti, paintings and monotypes. Free Belvedere-Tiburon Library, 1501 Tiburon Blvd., Tiburon. 453-6880. Through 09/17: ‘Dynamic Images’ Marin Arts Council sponsored group exhibition features diverse photographic images from Marin artists meant to draw the viewer inward. 9am-5pm. Free. Marin County Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Dr, Room 329, San Rafael. 459-4440.

Through 11/18: ‘Las Expresiones: Celebrating Latino Artists of the Bay Area’

Through 09/18: ‘American Peasantry: Life and Labor in the Fields of California’

09/18: Art Talk “Photographing in the Fields.” Award-winning photographer and historian Richard Steven Street discusses adventures, techniques, and lessons of social documentary photography in the “American Peasantry” exhibition. Please RSVP. 11am. Free. Art Works Downtown, 1337 Fourth St., San Rafael. 451-8119.

Showcase of works by Latino artists from around the Bay Area. 9am-5pm. Free. Marin Community Foundation, 5 Hamilton Landing #200, Novato. 666-2442 .


A modern visual history of farm labor in California since 1975. Black-and-white and color photography by historian Richard Steven Street. 10am-5pm. Free. Art Works Downtown, 1337 Fourth St., San Rafael. 451-8119.

Through 09/18: 18th Annual Benefit Auction Preview Exhibition preview. 1-5pm.

09/18: Dowsing Strategies for Business

Free. Bolinas Museum, 48 Wharf Road, Bolinas. 868-0330.

Through 09/23: Marin MOCA Group Show With featured artist Alberta Buller and Bernard Healey. Closed weekends and holidays. 11am-4pm. Free. Tamalpais Community Services District Office, 305 Bell Lane, Mill Valley. 388-6393.

Through 09/25: TeamWorks Art Exhibit Marin Arts Council and TeamWorks presents collection of collaborative works by students under the direction of teachers from Marin Arts TeamWorks, a program which provides arts classes and mentoring opportunities. 11am-6pm Wed.-Sun. Free. Marin Arts Council Gallery, 906 4th St., San Rafael. 666-2442. Through 09/26: “Present and Past” Marj Burgstahler Stone. “New Work, Wood and Clay.” Rick Yoshimoto. Free. Bolinas Gallery, 52 Wharf Road, Bolinas. 669-1418. Through 09/30: ‘Artistic Sausalito’ Free exhibit featuring original works by artists from the 1940s and ‘50s who gave Sausalito its reputation as an art colony. Hours: Wednesdays and Saturdays 10am-2pm. Free. Sausalito Historical Society, 420 Litho St.,, Sausalito. 289-4117. phy group show. 10am-5pm. Free. Robert Allen Fine Art, 301 Caledonia St., Sausalito. 331-2800.

Through 10/02: Marin Society of Artists Fall Rental Show Artworks to rent from the

Downtown San Rafael is a haven for scrumptious edibles and an endless supply of tasty beverages. It can often be a challenge to choose just one local restaurant or cafe to fill bellies at. It makes life oh so difficult. Luckily for the decision-impaired, San Rafael is offering the second annual Taste of Downtown San Rafael right smack down in the middle of all of the best restaurants. Patrons can wander from business to business, noshing on hors d’oeuvres, sipping local wines and gulping down favorite brews after purchasing a $25 tasting ticket at the City Plaza. There will even be a free cable car to shuttle attendees to designated stopping points throughout the evening. The event includes local art and handicrafts on display from over five galler- Downtown, everything’s waiting ies and jewelry stores. Pick up your map of partici- for you... pating vendors with your ticket and hit the road for a great night on the town. Wednesday, Sept. 22, 4pm-8pm, City Plaza, Fourth Street, San Rafael. —Dani Burlison

MSA Gallery. 11-4pm. Free. Fall Rental Show, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Ross. 454 -9561. www.

09/22: Evening Lecture Series with Michael Murphy The second of three lectures on “The Emergence of Evolutionary Panentheism.” 7-9pm. $20. St. Stephen’s Church, 3 Bayview, Belvedere. 888-366-9213 .

Through 10/03: 6th Annual Fall National Juried Exhibition “Speaking of Solitude,” Juried by SFMOMA artists gallery director Maria Medua. Opening reception 5-7pm Sept. 11. Free. MarinMOCA, 500 Palm Dr., Novato. 506-0137.

Through 10/07: Catherine Moreno Retrospective Landscape works from the late 1990s to the present. 10am-6pm. Free. Catherine Moreno, 487 Miller Ave., Mill Valley.

Through 10/18: ‘Flotsam and Jetsam’ 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.

Through 11/13: Falkirk Bi-Annual Juried

09/21: Planning for the Rest of Your Life Free panel discussion to help boomers and seniors make choices for life transitions. 6-7:30pm. Free. Whistlestop’s Jackson Cafe, 930 Tamalpais Ave., San Rafael. 601-2613.

Through 09/30: Northern CA Landscape Exhibition Painting, drawing and photogra-

Over the lips and through the gums... to Fourth Street!

Workshop with Dick Tippett which explores why using dowsing tools could be beneficial to businesses. Bring a pendulum and check it out. Offered by Golden Gate Dowser Chapter, ASD. 1:30-5pm. $5-7. Administration Bldg. Community Room, Town Center, Corte Madera. 564-6419. 09/18: Trekking the Model Tour the Bay Model, a 1.5-acre hydraulic model of the SF Bay and Delta. Learn how the model of the Bay helps us understand the complexity of our water issues past, present, and future. 1:30-3pm. Free. Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-3871. bmvc/index.html 09/21: ‘Nowhere Hair’ A bookreading from Sue Glader’s new children’s book and discussion about how do we (or don’t) talk to our children about a cancer diagnosis in the family. 5:30-7:30pm. Free. Indigo Healing Arts, 1550 Tiburon Blvd, Tiburon. 435-2411. www. 09/21: Green Life Tips “Save Money; Save the Bay: The Latest in Bay Friendly Landscapes.” Current and fun exchange with Jan Gross of Heritage Landscapes. 7:30-8:30pm. Free. Belvedere Community Center, 450 San Rafael Ave., Belvedere. 717-0629.

Readings 09/18: Barbara Pope Pope presents her thriller “The Blood of Lorraine.” 2pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 09/18: Betty de Shong Meador Meador talks about “Princess, Priestess, Poet: The Sumerian Temple Hymns of Enheduanna.” 4pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 09/19: California Writers Club The Marin branch of the California Writers Club meets monthly. “Four Debut Novelists Tell All” with Carolina DeRobertis, Nina LaCour, Jacqueline Luckett, Matt Stewart and Kim Culbertson. 2-4pm. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960.


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09/19: Next to Nothing Steve Lerner discusses â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sacrifice Zones: The Front Lines of Toxic Chemical Exposure in the United States.â&#x20AC;? 2-4pm. Free. Commonweal, 451 Mesa Road, Bolinas. 663-1542. 09/19: Oldmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s New Wine Mark Oldman discusses â&#x20AC;&#x153;Oldmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Brave New World of Wine.â&#x20AC;? A guide to wines with moderate cost and maximum appeal. Wine will be served. 5:30pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 09/19: Sheldon Siegel Launch party with the author for the new thriller in his series, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Perfect Alibi.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 09/20: James Ellroy The author discusses his memoir â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Hilliker Curse: My Pursuit of Women.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www. 09/20: Yiyun Li Li talks about â&#x20AC;&#x153;Gold Boy, Emerald Girl.â&#x20AC;? 1pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 09/21: Andres Edwards The author discusses â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thriving Beyond Sustainability: Pathways to a Resilient Society.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 09/21: Lisa Birnbach Birnbach talks about â&#x20AC;&#x153;True Prep.â&#x20AC;? 6pm. Free. Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, San Francisco. 835-1020. 09/22: Anne Fortier The author talks about presents her novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;Juliet.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 09/22: C Notes Tom McCarthy discusses his novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;C.â&#x20AC;? 1pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 09/23: Monique Truong The author talks about her novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bitter in the Mouth.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 09/23: Ravi Nathwani and Kate Vogt The editors discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mala of the Heartâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;108 Sacred Poems.â&#x20AC;? 7-8:30pm. Free. Point Reyes Presbyterian Community Church, 11445 State Route 1, Point Reyes. 663-1542. 09/24: Daniel Kehlmann Kehlmann discusses his novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fame: A Novel in Nine Episodes.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960.

Film Events 09/23: The Films of My Life Presents Musician Jerry Harrison of the Talking Heads will present and discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Stranger Than Paradise,â&#x20AC;? Jim Jarmuschâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s eccentric masterpiece. Harrison will also screen the music video â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Lady Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Mind.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. $5.50-10.25. Smith Rafael Film Center, 1118 Fourth St., San Rafael. 454-1222.

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

09/17: Team Singles Seniors Happy Hour Enjoy Happy Hour at Rickyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s with a Marin group for men and women singles 60+ for lively conversation, new friends and info about their activities. 5-7pm. Free. Rickeyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s at Inn Marin, 250 Entrada Drive, Novato. 456-8577.

09/18: Marin Families in Transition Fair â&#x20AC;&#x153;Growing Older With Style and Grace.â&#x20AC;? A free day of fun and learning sponsored by the Marin YMCA and Seniors Lifestyle Exchange with local business exhibits and expert speakers. 10am-2pm. Free. Marin YMCA, 1500 Los Gamos Dr., San Rafael. 265-7752. 09/18: Marinship Walking Tour Guided tour of Sausalitoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Historic Marinship, major WWII shipyard, which had a role in winning the war & influencing social changes in Marin County. Learn about the history, workers and spirit of the day. 11am-12:30pm. Free. Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-3871.

09/18: Rockinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; By the Bay for Novato Football The CoverGrrlz will rev up the party for Novato High School Hornets fans, parents, supporters, and rock-n-rollers alike at this public fundraiser with food, spirits, dancing and an auction. 6:30-10pm. $20. Bel Marin Keyes Yacht Club, 4 Montego Key, Novato. 897-3080 . 09/18: Seed Saving Workshop An engaging interactive workshop to teach seed saving skills for backyard gardeners. Learn seed collecting, processing and storage. Bring your ideas, questions, experience and saved seeds for sharing. 1-3pm. $10. Sustain-

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host a candidates and endorsement night. Listen to and question candidates for important county offices. 6:30-9pm. Free. San Rafael Council Chambers, 1400 Fifth Ave., San Rafael. 383-0337.

The Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival Needs You The Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival (Sept. 25 and 26) needs your welcoming smile, your time and your willingness to help, to make this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Festival another winner. Free admission and T-shirt. Three hour shifts. Free. Old Mill Park, 320 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 380-8594 .

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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. Tuesdays: Outdoor Fitness, 50+ Enjoy the outdoors with an energizing workout, hike and meditation. Meet at Fairfax Parkade to carpool to Lake Lagunitas, Tuesdays, 5-7pm. Lead by yoga teacher Libby Darda-Sherwood. 5-7pm. $7. Fairfax Parkade, Downtown, Fairfax. 456-3341. Yoga Rocks the Mountain Two day music and yoga festival benefiting Art of Yoga Project and Yoga Gives Back. Yoga and music all day and evening, massage sanctuary, redwood chill zone, OM Gym swing party, tea lounge, kids yoga, community Kirtan. Performers include; Jai Uttal, JI feat. Sukhawat Ali Khan ~ with special guest Manose (of Deva Premal), Mukti feat Prajna Vieira and Ben Leinbach, Kenny GrahamAnusara Yoga, Sienna Smith- Live Music Yoga, Katie Jay- Vinyasa Jam and more. Saturday pass $59, Sunday Pass $49. Music only $25. Ticket info and purchase at 8:30-midnight. Yoga Mountain Studio, 85 Bolinas Rd #3, Fairfax. 246-8002.

09/21: International Peace Day Celebration Kathy Harris will be the key note speaker at the event and will share some of her healing work. Music performance by Sophia. 6-11pm. $20 donation. Sunrise Center, 645 Tamalpais Drive, Suite A, Corte Madera. 924-7824. www.

09/22: Falling into the Arts Benefit Event Marin Arts Council and Friends of Marin Center invite the public a benefit event for the TeamWorks, providing arts classes and mentoring opportunities to at-risk teens. Food, wine and live music. 5-8pm. $20 per person. Marin Arts Council Gallery, 906 Fourth St., San Rafael. 4996014. 09/22: Family Caregiver Event Caregiver workshop which explores tools to cope with grief and suffering. 6-8pm. Free. Senior Access, 70 Skyview Terrace, San Rafael. 491-2500 ext 19.

09/23-26: 11th Annual Oktoberfest by the Bay Bust out the lederhosen for some German cuisine, beer authentic live German music and social dancing. Fun for the whole dirndl family. 11am-midnight. $25-30. Pier 48, Across from AT&T Park, San Francisco. 888-746-7522. 09/23: â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Hearts for Haitiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; An evening of live music, food and drink. Live music with three fun local bay area bands. All proceeds to benefit the Faith & Love Orphanage in Haiti. 6-10pm. $20, suggested donation. Sausalito Cruising Club, 300 Napa Street @ Bridgeway, Sausalito. 297-1944. 09/23: MWPAC Candidates Night The Marin Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Political Action Committee will

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09/18: Elizebeth Falkner Join author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Demolition Dessertsâ&#x20AC;? for a cooking demonstration at the Point Reyes Farmers Market 10-11am. Free. Tobyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Feed Barn, 11250 Highway 1, Point Reyes. 663-1542. 09/18: Homegrown Marin Market A culinary club, food market and community event all rolled in to one. Inspire innovative cookery by supporting our local culinary wizards and providing a place to showcase their goods. Noon-6pm. $5. Studio 333, 333a Caledonia St., Sausalito. 225-2239.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wall-E.â&#x20AC;? (2009). Popcorn, candy and sodas will be sold. Bring blankets, pillows, backrest and low chairs. Film Night suggests leaving pets at home. 8-10:30pm. Donations appreciated. Creek Park, 400 block of Sir Francis Drake Blvd, San Anselmo. 272-2756. www.

Wednesdays: Little Music Circle Toddlers Music classes for kids 1-2 years - walking and crawling. Live music, bubbles, small instruments. Helps develop language and engages kids in rhythm and movement. Fun for parents/caregivers, too. 10:1510:45pm. $10 drop in fee Parents Center at Hellerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, 514 Fourth St., San Rafael. 233-7456.

Home and Garden 09/18: Dish Garden Succulent Sale Fabulous succulent dish gardens from small to large all propagated at Falkirk will be for sale in the greenhouse as well as tours of the Falkirk Mansion. 10am-noon. Free. Falkirk Cultural Center Greenhouse, 1408 Mission St., San Rafael. 3896636. 09/21: Marin Bonsai Club Auction Bonsai lover alert! Annual auction of membersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; trees, pots, stands, tools and books. Viewing at 7pm, live auction starts 7.30pm. Free admission. Marin Art & Garden Center, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Ross. 491-1989.

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09/22: 2nd Annual Taste of Downtown San Rafael The San Rafael Business Improvement District presents this lovely event which features local food, wine tasting and vendors. 4-8pm. Free admission. $25 for food and wine tasting. Downtown, Between 4th & Lincoln to G St., San Rafael. 800-310-6563.

Fridays: Sausalito Downtown Farmers Market Local & regional farmers and artisinal food producers showcase an organic and seasonal bounty of fresh produce, flowers, breads, pastries and more. 4-8pm. Free. Sausalito Farmers Market, Bridgeway @ Bay St., sausalito. 382-7846.

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

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

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PUBLIC NOTICES 995 Fictitious Name Statement 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 ClerkRecorder 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 ClerkRecorder of Marin County on August 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. Registrant’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) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 124859 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as SAX, 629 SAN ANSELMO AVE., SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960: JENNIFER D. HANSEN, 205 G STREET, PETALUMA, CA 94952. 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 31, 2010. (Publication Dates: September 17, 24; October 1, 8, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2010124944 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as CL GODDARD FINANCIAL SERVICES, 101 LOMITA DR., MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: CYNTHIA GODDARD, 101 LOMITA DR., 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 ClerkRecorder of Marin County on September 13, 2010. (Publication Dates: September 17, 24; October 1, 8, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 124873 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as JAHAIRA’S BOUTIQUE, 50 A BELVEDERE ST., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: JUANA I. CANO, 9 COLEEN CT., SAN PABLO, CA 94806. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on September 1, 2010. (Publication Dates: September 17, 24; October 1, 8, 2010)

997 All Other Legals STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF USE OF FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME File No. 304218 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): EUPHORIA SPA, 1104 LINCOLN AVE. SUITE 1, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. Filed in Marin County on: October 1, 2008. Under File No: 2008118722. Registrant’s Name(s): LIU JI CHEN, 202 KENT AVE., KENTFIELD, CA 94904. This statement was filed with the County Clerk Recorder of Marin County on August 18, 2010. (Pacific Sun: August 27; September 3, 10, 17, 2010) SUMMONS AMENDED (CITACION JUDICIAL) Case Number (Numero del Caso): VCU 10-236793 NOTICE TO DEFENDENT (AVISO AL DEMANDADO): L. RYDMAN AND ALL OTHER UNKNOWN PERSONS CLAIMING INTEREST IN REAL PROPERTY DESCRIBED AS “THE EAST 20.38 FEET OF LOT 16 AND THE WEST 36.27 FEET OF LOT 17 IN BLOCK 3 OF VISALIA HOME


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ARIES (March 20 - April 19) High-spirited Jupiter and innovative Uranus join forces in your house of dreams this weekend. Your sleep may not be restful, but it certainly will be adventurous. Those nocturnal visions could easily provide the material for a blockbuster screenplay. Meanwhile, your ruler (mighty Mars) is powering up your sexuality—yet another reason to spend more time between the sheets. However, you are expected to do more than lounge around. TAURUS (April 20 - May 19) Although serious Saturn is still struggling to keep you on the straight and narrow, upbeat Jupiter has joined up with outrageous Uranus to show you how much more fun the twists and turns can be. Any sort of group activity this week is a source of pleasure, but you may have to choose between spending time with your friends or your lover. Well, as choices go, this one wins either way. It is so much better than choosing between dealing with the IRS and going in for a root canal—wouldn’t you agree? GEMINI (May 20 - June 20) If you’ve been playing around with the idea of changing your career, you could have a “eureka” moment this weekend when an illuminating conjunction of Jupiter and Uranus point you in an ideal direction. Meanwhile, your coworkers have divided into two camps—one group wants to cooperate, the other group wants to compete. The end result is that lots will get accomplished on the job. CANCER (June 21 - July 21) It was a rough summer, but this week the planets are lined up in your favor. On Friday a nice connection from the creative sun to your ruler (the perceptive moon) shines positive attention onto one of your ideas. On Saturday, you may get a peek of what the future holds, so pay attention when inspiration strikes. Tuesday and Wednesday can bring a magical encounter that may be romantic in nature. Rain or shine, make sure you are out long enough to experience this. LEO (July 22 - August 22) Your ruler (the dynamic sun) finalizes his stay in the organized sign of Virgo this week. If you have procrastinated on getting everything in order, this is your last chance to do it efficiently. As for the weekend, the mushy moon lights up your relationship house, giving you a good reason to take a break from putting things in order. You are, after all, an innately romantic sign. VIRGO (August 23 - September 21) Your final zodiac week has several highlights. So even if your birthday is over, you should stay in celebration mode. Sexy Pluto is moving forward again in your romance house and has an extra boost of energy from spicy Mars this weekend. If salsa dancing isn’t on the agenda, it should be. Then on Monday through Wednesday, the mushy moon joins exotic Jupiter and exciting Uranus in your relationship house. An array of interesting experiences could make this birthday particularly memorable. LIBRA (September 22 - October 22) A friendly Aquarius moon over the weekend does a lot to lift your spirits. You are still getting accustomed to the serious nature that has overtaken you since Saturn entered your sign for an extended stay. Not that you’ve lost your sense of humor, but you have discovered that wry or cynical remarks can be funny too. On Wednesday evening, the zodiac spotlight shifts to your sign. Even if you are weighted down with Saturn’s list of responsibilities, try to pretend you’re ready for a good time. That’s what birthdays are for... SCORPIO (October 23 - November 21) Motivating Mars (in your sign) connects with your ruler (passionate Pluto) this weekend. Not only can this be helpful in getting things done, it can also make you quite enthusiastic about learning a new subject. Those of you who are going back to school have an advantage here. The nurturing moon occupies your romance house from Monday afternoon through Wednesday. If you haven’t already found someone to murmur soothing sentiments in your ear, you are encouraged to start looking. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 - December 20) Your ruler (jovial Jupiter) has been keeping such close company with excitable Uranus that their union has been a visible bright light in the evening sky. On a personal level, this indicates a time when you are encouraged to expand your technical knowledge or explore ways of using the Internet to brighten your personal life. Online dating is certainly available, but what about finding new travel buddies via cyberspace? Or, even better, find a “portable” job that allows you to indulge your wanderlust while still making a living? (When you’ve figured out how to do this, please send details). CAPRICORN (December 21 - January 18) Now that powerful Pluto is moving forward again in your sign, there is major potential for getting ahead. Add the injection of energy from motivating Mars this week and anything seems possible. On Wednesday, begin using your creativity on the job and within a week you should start to receive the attention you deserve for your innovative ideas. In general, you are broadening your influence by taking a vision and turning it into a reality. AQUARIUS (January 19 - February 17) Mars in Scorpio can sometimes feel like a splinter in your finger. It’s annoying, but not painful enough to seek medical attention. The biggest challenge: You need to be more patient and less rebellious when dealing with authority figures. Naturally, this makes it a difficult time to apply for a job where you will be working directly under someone who has less talent and fewer brains—which seems to be a lot of people. Right now, you will not “suffer fools gladly.” Hmm. With the current state of corporate America, you’ve got your work cut out for you. PISCES (February 18 - March 19) Times are tough, but you’re not worried. Naive Neptune as your modern ruler and optimistic Jupiter as your ancient ruler insures that you have faith that everything in your life is peachy and never mind the pits. And, why shouldn’t you think that way? With sensuous Venus and sexy Mars giving you ideas for exploring the world with a romantic partner while spontaneous Uranus is urging you to try anything once, you’re feeling pretty groovy. No pits in your peaches, Pisces.✹ Email Lynda Ray at or check out her website at SEPTEMBER 17 – SEPTEMBER 23, 2010 PACIFIC SUN 41



by Amy Alkon


I’m 23, and not unsuccessful with women, just in finding one who wants to stick with me. I approach women two ways: hook up, then part company, or, if I have strong feelings, I work the gentleman angle—ask the woman out, spend quality time with her and hold off on making moves until we get to know each other. This approach always fails, and I get friendzoned. I used to tell myself they were afraid of commitment, but more than once, I’ve watched these women get a boyfriend shortly afterward.—Not A Player


When you like a woman, sure, be a gentleman, just not a Victorian gentleman— avoiding all sexual contact until marriage and always walking closest to the curb so nobody’s chamber pot of excrement splashes on her petticoat. Where you go wrong is in dividing the world into two kinds of women: the hussies you make moves on and the nice girls you leave puzzled, angry and sexually frustrated. You probably fear rejection by girls you care about but excuse your mousy approach by calling yourself a gentleman instead of a wimp. Not making moves doesn’t make nice girls want you more; it makes them go from wanting you to wanting to throttle you—until they finally give up and maroon you in the pink zone of their address book (for girlfriends and guys who might as well be). You should instead divide women into “I could do her” and “Only with a gun to my head and a feedbag over hers.” You can’t know whether a woman’s a keeper on the first date, but at least try to kiss her to stake your claim for being more than friends. Even if she has some rule against first-date kissing, she’ll get the message that you are attracted to her, you aren’t gay and your interest goes beyond finding out whether she gets along with her sisters and what she thinks should be done to bring peace to the Middle East. You don’t just go in cold for a kiss. Get some drinks in a girl, then casually touch her arm a few times. Researchers found that a light touch led people to leave bigger tips, made them more likely to sign a petition and to give a stranger on the street a dime. In studies in France by Dr. Nicolas Gueguen, men at a bar were more interested in women who touched their arm shortly after meeting them, and women touched by a man were more likely to dance with the man and, in another study, to give him their phone number. (Gueguen warns that his results might have varied in North America since the French are more “tactile” people—researcher shorthand for “when two plumbers meet on the street in France they give each other sweet little pecks on each cheek.”) These light arm touches are actually a valuable investigative tool. If, upon being touched, your date doesn’t back up while extending a can of pepper spray, consider it a signal to treat her not just like a lady, but a lady you’re interested in, and go in for some lip. Maybe it’ll lead to love, maybe just a couple more dates. But, at least there’s the possibility of something beyond the friendzone—for a guy who understands the difference between getting sparks flying and writing a woman a purchase order for some lighter fluid and a box of matches.


What do you call somebody you’re in a long-term relationship with when you’re both middle-aged professionals who live together but aren’t married? My (fill in the blank) and I are somewhat stymied when introducing each other. “Boyfriend” sounds transient, “partner” is business-y, “significant other” sounds cold and “lover” is way too much information. Help!—His Non-Wife


Have you tried “This is Bob, and we’re in a monogamous sexual relationship”? Or maybe, “Meet the one thing keeping me from dying alone and having my decomposing body go undiscovered for weeks.” There’s status in being married, so there’s an understandable desire by those who are coupled but not under contract to have their relationships valued, too. Unfortunately, there really isn’t a good term for introducing an unmarried partner, although some options might be: “My Yoko Ono,” “my consort,” “my constant,” “my boy-toy,” “my everything,” or, during a rough patch, “my plus-one, Bob.” But, do you really need to explain your relationship immediately? Frankly, if more of the smug married people out there were as honest and concrete as you’re trying to be, they’d drop that convenient spousal shorthand of “Meet my husband” for something like “This is the man I refuse to have sex with. I’ve fantasized for years about strangling him in his sleep, but it’s a tough economy and I’m in retail.” ✹ © Amy Alkon, all rights reserved. Got a problem? E-mail or write to Amy Alkon, 171 Pier Ave. #280, Santa Monica, CA 90405.

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PUBLIC NOTICES CONTINUED FROM PAGE 41 BUILDER’S NO.2 ADDITION TO THE CITY OF VISALIA, COUNTY OF TULARE AS PER MAP RECORDED IN BOOK 17, PG 32 MAPS, OFFICE OF THE COUNTY RECORDER OF SAID COUNTY.” YOU ARE BEING SUED BY PLAINTIFF: (LO ESTA DEMANDANDO EL DEMANDANTE): BRIAN A. DUNN. NOTICE!You have been sued. The court may decide against you without you being heard unless you respond within 30 days. Read the information below. You have 30 CALENDAR DAYS after this Summons and legal papers are served on you to file a written response at this court and have a copy served on the plaintiff. A letter or phone call will not protect you; your written response must be in proper legal form if you want the court to hear your case. There may be a court form that you can use for your response. You can find these court forms and more information at the California Courts Online Self-help Center (www.courtinfo., your county law library, or the courthouse nearest you. If you cannot pay the filing fee, ask the court clerk for a fee waiver form. If you do not file your response on time, you may lose the case by default, and your wages, money and property may be taken without further warning from the court. There are other legal requirements. You may want to call an attorney right away. If you do not know an attorney, you may want to call an attorney referral service. If you cannot afford an attorney, you may be eligible for free legal services from a nonprofit legal services program. You can locate these nonprofit groups at the California Legal Services Web site ( the California Courts Online Self-help Center (www.courinfo. or by contacting your local court or county bar association. NOTE: The court has a statutory lien for waived fees and costs on any settlement or arbitration award of $10,000 or more in a civil case. The court’s lien must be paid before the court will dismiss the case. AVISO: Lo han demando. Si no responde dentro de 30 dias, la corte puede decidir en su contra sin escucher su version. Lea la informacion a continuacion. Tienne 30 DIAS CALENDARIO despues de que le entreguen esta citacion y papeles legales para presentar una respuesta por escrito en 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 recuperacié n de $10,000 é más de valor recibida mediante un acuerdo o una concesié 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 plaintiff’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 decedent’s will and codicils, if any, be admitted to probate. The will and any codicils are available for examination in the file kept by the court. THE PETITION requests authority to administer the estate under the Independent Administration of Estates Act. (This authority will allow the personal representative to take many actions without obtaining court approval. Before taking certain very important actions, however, the personal representative will be required to give notice to interested persons unless they have waived notice or consented to the proposed action.) The independent administration authority will be granted unless an interested person files an objection to the petition and shows good cause why the court should not grant the authority. A HEARING on the petition will be held in this court as follows: 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) STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF USE OF FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME File No. 304223 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): SWEET PETITES, 268 PRINCETON AVE., MILL VALLEY, CA 94941. Filed in Marin County on: May 18, 2009. Under File No: 2009120864. Registrant’s Name(s): SUSAN PRIDMORE, 268 PRINCETON AVE., MILL VALLEY, CA 94941. This statement was filed with the County Clerk Recorder of Marin County on September 2, 2010. (Pacific Sun: September 17, 24; October 1, 8, 2010)

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