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›› LETTERS Where the sidewalk ends... Sidewalks can also become a seductive lure for vandals...

I purchased my home in Homestead Valley over 10 years ago because it was located in a very quiet, semi-rural area that had a strong sense of community. Recently, however, this community has been in an uproar about the county of Marin’s plan to place a sidewalk on Evergreen Avenue. On the face of it, a sidewalk on what has become a relatively busy thoroughfare sounds like a good idea, especially because it is part of a Safe Routes to School grant. So why are community members so upset? Well, it seems that for several years the county has been going through the process of getting this grant and designing the sidewalk without notifying the community. In early August, I attended an impromptu meeting comprised of community residents to discuss the proposed sidewalk and gauge support or opposition. There were over 30 residents present and the consensus (30 against and one in favor) was to oppose the proposed sidewalk project. That’s not to say everyone was opposed to a sidewalk per se, just the existing project as presented by the county. It is my opinion that the opposition

was primarily due to the fact that the existing plans would alter the semi-rural nature of the community. It was also the consensus at the meeting that community members should notify the county that we want to stop the existing project, and that we want to be involved in all future planning for a sidewalk on Evergreen Avenue. As a resident of Homestead Valley and a homeowner on Evergreen Avenue, I wish to inform the County Board of Supervisors that I am in complete agreement with fellow residents who wish to stop the existing plans for a sidewalk on Evergreen Avenue. I am not opposed to a sidewalk in principle, but I believe the existing plans will degrade the character of the community and should be stopped. Jaime Muniz, Mill Valley

Give us your tired, your poor, your ‘festering garbage’... In case any of the bleeding-heart liberals out there aren’t aware of this mess, the driver who ran over the bicyclist in San Rafael and then high-tailed it out of there to her Canal apartment is on a hold for ICE. Meaning that not only didn’t she have a driver’s license, but she shouldn’t have been in this country at all, whether walking, driving, hopping, skipping or laying in the street. When will we get Marin County back to normal? Meaning when will the garbage we’ve let in under the guise of “humanitarian help” be thrown out to fester in their own country? Marcia Blackman, San Rafael

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San Rafael’s Quarry: The pit and the pendulum The inevitable clash of a rural past and modern development is nowhere more evident in Marin than in the debate over the future of the San Rafael Rock Quarry. Read the... Republican Stimulus Hypocrisy: They Knew it Would Work File this under “because you just can’t fix “stupid”...“Republican Stimulus Hypocrisy: They Knew it Would Work”“According to this morning’s expose in the Washington...

Your soapbox is waiting at ›› public. This is bad for everyone involved. If you are a Republican, this is a bad idea because Jim Judd being the underdog needs the exposure. If you are a Democrat, you must see how bad this looks to everyone. It looks defensive, allows no transparency, and opens the door for the appearance of an opportunity for shenanigans...all things the Obama administration disavows. There is no upside for closing this debate. Even taping and releasing it later smacks of political trickery and insider-ism. This debate should be open for one and all to attend. Alan Abrams, Mill Valley

Editor’s note: Hi Alan, and thanks for being a tireless watchdog of the democratic process. Here’s what the League of Women Voters has to say: The Marin League of Women Voters and the Novato Soroptomists are organizing a recorded debate scheduled to be shot Oct. 13 between the candidates running for the 6th Congressional District. This is the same format as used in years past. The entire debate without any editing will be broadcast on public access TV and made available on the Internet at our website when completed. The shoot will be done in a small studio and consequently is not appropriate for public attendance. We have found that the recorded format allows more people to view the debate on their own schedule rather than only those who could attend a live debate. No subsequent editing of questions or answers is allowed of our recorded debates. Questions for the candidates may be submitted to the Marin League e-mail at The closing date for submissions of questions to be considered for use is 5pm, Oct. 11. Scott McKown, League of Women Voters Marin County

Quarry homeowners between rock and hard place... I like the Pacific Sun’s detailed writing—you do a lot of research. In my trade I tend to overwhelm my readers with facts and they miss my point (eye glaze syndrome). I found that a succinct summation couple of sentences summing up the subject or distilling the article into “The” question works well. So: The quarry article? [“The Pit and the Pendulum,” Sept. 24] The homeowners who bought houses next to a working quarry continue to battle the 1939-established, strategic-

resource quarry and, probably, the quarry will stay and only the lawyers will get rich. L. White, Marin County

Then they came for the Latinos and... A one-time Hitler supporter, pastor Martin Niemoller turned away from his nationalist beliefs and opposed the Nazis. He spent eight years in concentration camps, barely survived Dachau, and lived as an anti-war activist to age 92.

The American Civil Liberties Union is still fighting to prevent the executions of murderers of children, but they refuse to dirty their hands defending law-abiding citizens from the fascist Novato City Council, which has revoked the First Amendment. [Editor’s note: Mr. Ghigliotti was arrested by Novato police Sept. 14 for disrupting a Novato City Council meeting; the spokesman for Citizens for Legal Employment and Contracting wants the city to place a measure on the November ballot that if passed would force the city to verify the legal status of city contract employees.] In Novato, and coming to your town soon, citizens no longer have the rights to petition the government over grievances, peaceable assembly and free speech. Once these rights are gone, what civil rights will protect you? To quote German anti-Nazi theologian Martin Niemoller: “They came first for the Communists, and I did not speak up because I was not a Communist. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak up because I was not a trade unionist. Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak up because I was not a Jew. Then they came for me and by that time no one was left to speak up.” Who will speak out when they come for you? Next time you think about writing a check to the ACLU, ask yourself, who will protect your rights? Next time you read a letter to the editor in the Pacific Sun, ask yourself why the Pacific Sun is not covering Novato City Council meetings. Jerome Ghigliotti, Novato

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ou could call it a referendum. Four of five seats on the Marin Municipal Water District Board of Directors are at stake in the November election, and so is the ability of the board to pursue the idea of building a desalination facility. Although several weighty matters, such as finances and governance, separate challengers from incumbents, the overriding issue in the district is desalination. The differences between challengers and incumbents are contained in two competing ballot measures relating to desalination. This complicated issue focuses on the battle between desalination proponents of—or at least the possibility of desalination—and opponents who want any desal plans deep-sixed. After the district board accepted an environmental impact report for the proposed desalination plant and approved plans to further consider a facility, desalination opponents mobilized to collect enough signatures to qualify Measure T for the ballot. The measure would require “voter approval before the Marin Municipal Water District approves, authorizes or undertakes the construction of a facility to desalinate water from San Francisco Bay, or other water body, or appropriates, authorizes expenditures for, issues revenue or other types of bonds, or approves other funding mechanisms intended to pay for such construction, or takes any steps towards ap-

proving any contract relating to the planning or construction of any such facility.” Incumbent board members say the measure is overly restrictive and would prevent the district from even conducting studies and doing permit work that would allow assessment of a desal facility’s feasibility. It represents an uncomfortable usurping of an elected public board’s powers, say Measure T opponents. It’s also impractical, given the complexity of the studies and planning issues that need investigation before the district could even consider moving forward with a desalination plant—or dropping the idea. After desalination opponents collected more than the required number of signatures to qualify Measure T for the ballot, the incumbent board could have accepted the measure and adopted it as district policy. Instead, the board, in a unanimous vote, decided to place a competing measure on the ballot. Measure S would require “voter approval before the Marin Municipal Water District approves constructing, or financing the construction of, a desalination facility.” The key difference is that Measure S would allow the district, without going to a vote, to pursue permitting and studies that would be pertinent to the possibility of constructing a desalination facility. It would then require the district to seek voter approval for the actual financing and construction. 10 >

›› NEWSGRAMS A meeting of the mines Operators of the San Rafael Rock Quarry and opponents of its often noisy operations are no longer between a rock and a hard place at the negotiating table, as both sides reached a compromise earlier this week regarding tighter restrictions on quarry and barge hours. Quarry work, as laid out in the county’s proposal, will be restricted to 7am to 8pm on weekdays; barges will be allowed up to 10pm in the winter and 9pm in the spring through early fall. Vehicle trips to and from the quarry would be limited to 250 per day, ending at 5pm. The agreement with neighbors—who organize as the North San Pedro Road Coalition—paves the way for continued county-approved operations at the quarry—for at least 15 more years. Quarry owners the Dutra Group were originally supposed to begin winding down operations in the late 1990s, but then substantially more mining material was discovered on the site. Now Dutra plans to dig a mining pit about twice as deep as the current pit, which is 200 feet below sea level. When mining operations finally cease, Dutra envisions developing it into a commercial-residential property with a vast marina. Cal Park named ‘Outstanding Small Project’ of 2010 The Marin public works department and the Sonoma Marin Area Rail Transit Agency are being lauded for their “tunnel vision” this week, as the San Francisco chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers has awarded them with the Outstanding Small Project of the Year award for 2010. The project that earned the proclamation is the Cal Park Tunnel Rehabilitation and Multi-use Pathway Project, the $27.7 million off-the-beaten-path undertaking that links San Rafael and Larkspur for use by bicycles, pedestrians and passenger trains. The pathway follows an old railroad right-of-way through the Cal Park Tunnel, connecting Larkspur Landing Circle with Andersen Drive. The tunnel has been in a dilapidated state of disrepair for years. Marin County Director of Public Works Farhad Mansourian said they share the award with all the contractors and partner agencies that helped guide the project, which is still in its final stages. “We see the completion of this project as a major step forward in the county’s vision for a fully integrated north-south nonmotorized route through Marin,” says Mansourian. The multi-use pathway is slated to open in November. Waters to flow from Mountain Play Theater fans hoping the Mountain Play’s first John Waters production would be Pink Flamingos are in for the next best thing. The venerable outdoor theater fest has announced Hairspray as its 2011 production. Mountain Play stalwart James Dunn will take to the director’s chair once again. Based on the 1988 Waters film of the same name, the Broadway production took home the Tony Award for best musical in 2003, and features such songs as “Good Morning, Baltimore,”“Welcome to the ‘60s,”“Mama, I’m a Big Girl Now” and “You Can’t Stop the Beat.” Set in Baltimore in 1962, the story follows the plight of weight-challenged Tracy Turnblad, whose primo dance moves land her a spot as an extra on The Corny Collins TV dance show—but dancing queen Amber will do anything to keep Tracy out of the arms of local heartthrob Link.—Jason Walsh EXTRA! EXTRA! Post your Marin news at ››


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± We love tooting the horn of an unsung hero and we hear that Phoebe Dong, the orchestra teacher at Mill Valley Middle School, totally rocks. After teaching music for many years, the talented Ms. Dong left the public school system to nurture her musical soul and study piano full time. During her leave, she directed chamber ensembles and played in juried competitions. Fortunately, when Ms. Dong heard the siren song from Mill Valley Middle School, she gave up her own studies and once again embraced teaching our young students. “The woman is a saint,” says Elise, mother of burgeoning violinist Natalie. “She gives up evenings and weekends for student concerts and competitions. “With many of Ms. Dong’s students going on to college with music scholarships, we think a standing ovation is in order. Bravo and thank you, Ms. Dong.

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²ÊRichard R. of San Rafael recently accompanied his out-of-town guest on a walk across the Golden Gate Bridge. What should have been a lovely morning was marred by an onslaught of aggressive bicyclists intent on getting across the span quickly, many failing to yield to pedestrians. One rider almost hit Richard and his friend. Adding insult to almostinjury, the man berated the walkers, insisting he had the right of way. Another zoomed past so fast that he knocked the coffee cup right out of a pedestrian’s hand. Some of these cyclists are true Zeros, but there’s another culprit along for the ride. The bridge district is in charge of enforcing the yield-to-pedestrian policy. If any bridge official is willing to risk a walk on the wild east side of the bridge, Richard and the Sun are willing to share the experience with you.— Nikki Silverstein


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â&#x20AC;şâ&#x20AC;ş UPFRONT < 8 Reservoir dogďŹ ght Director Larry Russell, who represents Tiburon, Belvedere and Sausalito in Division 5, holds the only seat not in contention. The other four divisions are in play, and six challengers have come forward to run against incumbents and against desalination. In Division 1, which represents parts of Fairfax, the Sleepy Hollow area, northern San Rafael and Hamilton, Fairfax Planning Commissioner Peter Lacques is challenging incumbent Jack Gibson. In Division 2, representing San Rafael, water treatment engineer Glenn Dombeck and attorney John Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connor are challenging Armando Quintero, who was appointed last year to ďŹ ll the vacancy left by the untimely death of Alex Forman. In Division 3, which represents the Ross Valley, Woodacre and San Geronimo area, former Fairfax mayor and environmental activist Frank Egger is challenging incumbent David Behar. In Division 4, which represents the Mill Valley and Corte Madera areas, small-business consultant Sashi McEntee and former public health medical ofďŹ cer Dr. Larry Rose are challenging incumbent Cynthia Koehler. The tie that binds the challengers is their opposition to building a $105 million desalination plant, a possible option for the district. The race that exempliďŹ es the differences between the challengers and the incumbents is the one between Behar and Egger. The contest is made even more interesting because

the two men locked political horns in the last district electionâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Behar obviously won that ďŹ rst round. Egger joins fellow challengers Lacques, Dombeck and Rose in what the Marin Water Coalition calls a group of reform candidates. McEntee and Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connor are philosophically aligned with the reform candidates, and they, like the reform candidates, call for tighter controls on ďŹ nances, a pertinent point given the budget deďŹ cit facing the district. But defeating desalination remains the focus. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I want to concentrate on real conservation,â&#x20AC;? says Lacques, the Division 1 challenger. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We need to manage our water supply, not manufacture it.â&#x20AC;? Egger and the other reform candidates agree and say the district has no need for a desalination plant, which would end up costing about $400 million over 30 years when construction and operating costs are included in the price tag. Behar notes that an average family would pay an additional $3 to $6 on its water bill to pay for the desalination plant. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not unreasonable because desalination is the only certain drought-proof source of supply, say desal supporters. The reform candidates say Marin has no need for desal if the district were to embark on an aggressive conservation program, far beyond measures already undertaken. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m talking about reclamation,â&#x20AC;? says Egger. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Central Marin Sanitary Agency discharges millions of gallons of water into the bay because of salt-water intrusion. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m saying take some of the money the district is spending on desalination and help San Rafael replace

pipes and start using that water for irrigation.â&#x20AC;? Egger also wants the district to force San Quentin to upgrade plumbing to save water and use reclaimed water to ďŹ&#x201A;ush toilets at the prison. Other measures espoused include an aggressive rain catchment program and reducing outdoor irrigation. But could those measures ameliorate the need for a desalination plant when the next serious drought hits the 195,000 customers in the districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s jurisdiction? The district says desalination challengers have put forward many ideas to conserve and increase efďŹ ciency in the infrastructure and capacity in the districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s reservoirs, but they have yet to put forward scientiďŹ c proof that their ideas actually will produce veriďŹ able results. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m only asking for a one-third reduction [beyond current use],â&#x20AC;? says Egger. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I asked for that four years ago and no one paid much attention to it.â&#x20AC;? Now, he says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;people have caught up to me.â&#x20AC;? The reform candidates are tapping into a sustainability gestalt that Egger sees as a driver of change through the political landscape. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve seen the sustainability groups take hold in this county ďŹ nally,â&#x20AC;? he says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t just talk about conservation; they talk about real sustainability. We have to live within the limited resources of our watershed.â&#x20AC;? The conversation about living within the parameters of water supply only from rainwater versus a supply that includes sources other than district reservoirs â&#x20AC;&#x153;is the same debate weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been having for 100 years,â&#x20AC;? says Paul Helliker, district general manager. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s between the people who think we just need


to live within our means versus the people who think we have to be prepared for the next drought. Thanks goodness the people who said we need to be prepared for the next drought are the ones who won the argument every time. If they didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t, we wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be here today, everyone who has moved to Marin since 1912.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a battle for the soul of the water district,â&#x20AC;? says Behar about the election. He says the desalination opposition has used fear tactics in an attempt to convince voters the district is ďŹ nancially irresponsible in pursuing the possibility of desalination and in failing to give sufďŹ cient credence to the wishes of district residents. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Decision-making in the district is being conducted in a responsible and diverse way, just like the decision-making in water districts around the western United States.â&#x20AC;? Helliker notes that the charge of not listening to the people is misplaced. The district has listened, he says, it just doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t agree with the desalination opposition. Behar and the other incumbents believe the district has an obligation to consider multiple sources of supply, including desalination. They say they havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t committed the district to constructing a facility. Although they did approve an environmental impact report, and they did vote to proceed to further investigation and permitting, they also suspended action on a desalination facility earlier this year. But opponents have no faith the incumbent board would continue to hold off on desalination. A combination of conservation measures and an unusually cool and wet winter, along


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with decreased activity due to the economic slowdown, caused a signiďŹ cant drop in water use. When the district looked at the level of water use earlier this year, it determined customers had cut their consumption by about 15 percent during the last few yearsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in non-drought years. The decline in consumption is unprecedented and at the current level of water use, the district could withstand another major drought like the one in 1976-77 with a 25 percent shortage in the second year. That would be painful but acceptable, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a shortage anticipated in the districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s current drought ordinance. The problem of relying on a conservation-only alternative for water supply is the need to rely on human behavior to perpetuate a conservation ethic. Egger and the reform candidates say human behavior in Marin has changed and a culture of conservation will continue. But incumbents say the primary goal of a water district is to ensure an adequate supply now and in the future. Relying on outside sources, including additional ďŹ&#x201A;ow from the Russian River, remains an unlikely prospect for a variety of reasons. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In 2004,â&#x20AC;? says Helliker, we were running a 20 percent [water] deďŹ cit, and as an agency charged with providing its customers with an adequate water supply, we have a legal mandate to [investigate all possible supply sources, including desalination].â&#x20AC;? He adds that the district has gone through a lengthy process to create the plan for a possible desalination facility that could

offset a supply shortage should district residents drop the conservation ball. Koehler, the Division 4 incumbent, notes that sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s never been an unwavering supporter of desalination. She has championed conservation, and the district has engaged in a serious conservation effort, although not nearly to the extent espoused by the challengers. Measure S would allow the district to seek permits for a desalination plant, putting its ducks in a row should it decide to proceed. That would allow quicker construction in the event of a severe drought. But, say opponents, Measure S would allow the district to spend money on more than just permitting for desalination, and they want no part in it. Rose, one of the challengers in Division 4, opposes desalination on the grounds that it represents a threat (unproven says Helliker) to the health and safety of consumers and the environment. The environmental impact report compiled for the proposed facility shows no appreciable harmful effects in Marin. Rose and Egger are among the plaintiffs in a lawsuit challenging the environmental report. The case is set for oral arguments after the November election. The two sides agree on virtually no salient technical points. But in the debate leading to the November election they probably would agree on one point: Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a referendum, and a big one that will have lasting impacts. <

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Return of the King The ‘Pacific Sun’ goes five sets with tennis great Billie Jean King by J u l i e Vad e r

King, left, and Rosie Casals were arguably the most dominant doubles team in tennis history.


ennis legend Billie Jean King is in Marin this weekend for the Esurance Classic tennis tournament at Harbor Point in Mill Valley. In her career King, 66, won 39 Grand Slam titles, including a record 20 Wimbledons, and has garnered virtually every honor in the sports world. Last year she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the first woman athlete so recognized. Still sore after double-knee surgeries earlier this year, she spoke to the Sun from her mother’s home in Prescott, Ariz. O  O  O  O

We usually don’t start interviews this way, but how are your knees? My knees are coming along. I had 40 minutes of tennis with Rosie [Casals] the other day in Pasadena. They had a tennis court at the hotel so I pleaded with her to bring a couple of tennis rackets. Rosie’s having the same operation Oct. 27. So I said let’s do one more hit before you have yours and let’s see if I can even hit yet. How did they feel? Much better than they used to be, much better. My quads are always tight. They say it takes about six months to feel good and it’s been seven. What did you have done? Two knee joint replacements, both done at the same time—I had the whole shooting match. It sounds gruesome. It’s pretty barbaric. But I tell you, it was getting so I couldn’t even walk and I live in New York City. I had to take a taxi if something was three blocks away. I’m in my 60s and whatever I’ve got left I want to enjoy. How long were you off your feet after the operation? Oh my god, they make you get up. Are you kidding? They don’t let you futz around at all anymore. They get you up the next day. My mother just broke her hip three weeks ago, and they got her up right away and she’s 88. 12 PACIFIC SUN OCTOBER 1, 2010 - OCTOBER 7, 2010

Why are you still out promoting tennis tournaments? TeamTennis is still the majority of my business. I’m still a businesswoman, just like in the old days. I’ve been a small businesswoman since 1968, I’ve put a lot of my own money in my sport since 1968—I’ve invested in our sport. And the Mill Valley tournament? The Esurance is great. I just saw Steffi Graf and she said she had a great time last year [when] she played. Rosie [Casals, producer of the event] has done a good job and Bob [Kaliski, of Harbor Point] is a great guy. I’m looking forward to it. I love the Bay Area, I just love it. I’ve got great memories of Northern California. I wanted to ask you about the effects of Title IX, the 1972 anti-discrimination in education law, and your sports pioneering efforts—one ts—one of the ironic consequences is that fewer girls, it seems, are getting into to tennis now that so much more is open to them. That’s right. We need to be more of a team sportt when they sign up to play tennis ass kids. That’s why TeamTennis is so important to me... When you lookk at sports that are really successful ul in the United States, they’re team sports. orts. We need to get to where when a child registers to play he or she should be put on a team immediately. tely. That’s the way we’re going to grow. The delivery system isn’t correct. We have to have the parents more involved in the organization of it the way soccer, baseball and softball does. If I we don’t do that at we’ll just fall further and further behind.. ...Tennis has a hard time changing. Change nge is difficult. If you were a youngster just coming up today day with all the sports options tions do you think you— u— I wouldn’t play lay tennis. I would d play basketball. Maybe, ybe, maybe soccer. But I like to use myy hands too much. ch. But you’re 5 [feet] 4. Basketetball? Actually I’m 5 [feet] 5, I think. k. I would be a rearr guard, telling everyone what to do—the cap-tain of the ship.. I played basketball all as a kid, and myy

brother played baseball—you know Randy? —Randy Moffitt, yes, of course. He pitched for the Giants [1972-1981]. With all the honors that you’ve won, where do you keep it all? I’ve given most of my stuff away, through the years, like the Wimbledon stuff or other trophies, to say thank you to different people. So I don’t know where a lot of it is to be honest. Lately, we’re just keeping it in different places, some in storage in New York, try to keep it in safe places, like the Medal of Freedom. Where do you keep that? In New York. But the New York apartment’s tight. There’s no basement, there’s nothing. Oh my god, we keep throwing stuff out and we’re still a pigsty. We throw everything away and people keep giving us stuff every day. We’ve been in the same apartment since 1985, which also makes a difference. When you move you do clean stuff out. Tell me about when you got the Medal of Freedom from President Obama. Great day. Did he say anything to you? Well, they use the teleprompter thing and they read it for each person. They have to keep p it movingg because we had 16 people, and Bush the year before had three, so it’s like you’re flying from one extreme to another. It was a great honor receiving it from him, very special

If she were starting out today, King says she would’ve skipped tennis and gone into basketball.

with him being the first president of color and, as a fighter for social justice, which I have been all my life, I thought it was very apropos to get it from him. I understood you were a Hillary Clinton supporter? I was. And when Hillary was not going to be the nominee I talked to her and she said, “Please support Obama.” That election was just very hard, because I thought both of them were just dynamite. I have a history with Hillary and I don’t have any history with Obama, and Hillary asked me to help her and I believe she’s a great leader and would have made a great president as well. She’s certainly doing a great job now as secretary of state. I can’t imagine that job, first of all. Talk about one big headache every morning when you wake up and go to bed at night. Same with being president. I don’t know how they do it. When they campaign—I saw what they go through. I was with her one day in New Hampshire and they do that every day. The campaign is much too long. They need to shorten it, they spend too much money, it’s just exhausting. I just think it should be done better. It would help the candidates, help the public. What do you remember from the campaign? It’s amazing. They go to small meetings, amaz large meetings, meetin walking down the street hands, talk about being in shape. shaking han You can see why Mentally, physically. ph every day. I was always Obama exercises exe worried about abo Hillary taking care of—I’d get after her about exercise and she’d say, “I’m trying Billie, I’m trying.” Hillary is nicest people I’ve ever met. She one of the n has so much empathy for different people, and Chelsea comes in the room and she up like a Christmas tree. So she just lights u loves being a mother. And that wedding... Did you go to Chelsea’s wedding? No, I wasn’t was invited. I’m sure there was of best friends, and I’m just not a long list o that close. I had no dreams of grandeur on NOW SERVING that one. The Esurance Tennis Do you Classic, featuring Billie Jean yourself have King, Anna Kournikova, plans for marLindsay Davenport and Pat riage? Cash, is Oct. 2 and 3 at the Not at the Harbor Point Tennis and moment, no. Swim Club in Mill Valley. But I’ve been Call 415-383-6114 or check with Ilana out [Kloss] for 30 years now, so I’m committed, ttotally. In my mind I probably aam [married]. Do you talk about it? We did a few years ago. But II’m pretty psycho on that. I’ve been married before, been there, b aand I’m like—blehhh. If you’ve been married before there’s a b difference. Don’t you think? I just di take ta it one day at a time. < Volley with Julie at Vol


The Mill Valley Film Festival—your ticket to cinema paradise... by M al Karm an

aying goodbye to summer always seems a little more bearable when the shorter days come splashed with the colors of autumn, the crisp October air, the smell of pecan pie and 11 days of premieres, tributes and galas at the Mill Valley Film Festival. On this 33rd trip around the bay’s block of international cinema, there will be spirited evenings devoted to the work of acting paragons Edward Norton and Annette Bening, as well as to dynamic directors Julian Schnabel (Diving Bell and the Butterfly) and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarittu (Babel). With in-the-flesh appearances by all and receptions that follow clips and on-stage conversation, those evenings alone could constitute a festival. Norton will introduce his new film Stone (Oct. 9, 7pm), in which he inhabits the role of a psychopathic prisoner and engages in a tortured psychological joust with parole officer Robert De Niro, his nemesis and final barrier to freedom. The two actors feed off each other in a string of electrically charged scenes that threaten to lead to moral ruin for one, the other, or both. One of the festival’s two Opening Night presentations also puts us in the slammer with Sam Rockwell in Conviction (Oct. 7, 7pm and 7:15pm), based on a true tale of a high-school dropout (Hilary Swank) who put herself through 16 years of schooling, including law study, to try to rescue her brother from life in prison. Rockwell, who was born in Daly City and grew up in San Francisco, will undoubtedly upgrade his prison grays from the film for something a bit more dapper when he turns up at the premiere. While these American jailbirds are strug-


gling to get out, Scandinavian convicts are flying the coop, and maybe way too soon. Iceland is springing a convicted murderer no less, Mr. Bjarnfredarson (Oct. 10, 8:30pm and Oct. 16, 3:15pm), because he’s driving the warden and fellow inmates nuts with his anal-compulsiveness. And Norwegian brethren fling open the cell gates for another convicted killer in A Somewhat Gentle Man (Oct. 15, 8:45pm and Oct. 17, 8pm). Stellan Skarsgard, whom you might recall from Breaking the Waves and who narrates Submission, a festival shocker about our prospects for true health, is the dumbfounded con who flops about trying to make sense of his new world. Both films mix some tender moments with darkly comic threads as only those Vikings can. (Submission screens Oct. 15, 6:30 and Oct. 16, 4:45pm.) While the principal character in Inarritu’s Biutiful (Oct. 8, 7pm) may not yet be in prison, chisel-faced Javier Bardem makes him look like a dozen guys at a Tracy truck stop who ought to be. Bardem won best actor honors at Cannes for his role as a dying and desperate father living on the edge, caught up in the black market in Barcelona, struggling to save his kids. Still, Bardem has no monopoly in this lineup of bad boys, convicts and guys about to self-destruct. In fact, in San Francisco filmmaker Emiko Omori’s documentary Ed Hardy: Tattoo the World, we learn her subject actually sought them out. Obsessed with becoming a tattoo artist from the age of 10 because of its “strange, mysterious, exotic world,” Hardy tells us he studied “Wanted” posters at the post office for tattoo ideas, which have since ended up on several bare butts and, well, other body parts.

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< 13 Lights... camera... action O  O  O O Omori first learned about him 30-plus years ARE TOMORROW’S MARQUEE dwellers ago in a Pacific Sun article and became a hidden in this year’s program under names girl with a dragon tattoo. She says Hardy we’ve never heard of? Well, only time—and tattooed her entire back with a design by you—will determine that. But be forewarned: ukiyo-e artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi of a diver Some of today’s glitterati were yesterday’s who enters the Sea Dragon’s kingdom to re“huhs???” One theater arts grad from San trieve a pearl that controls the universe. “It’s Francisco State, who honed her acting chops like [having] an original work by a famous at the American Conservatory Theater, is painter!” she exclaims. “[The film was just] Bening, who will be feted at a career retroan excuse to travel into the amazing, vibratspective Oct. 14, 7pm. You may also have ing, Technicolor mind of this phenomenal heard of actors Sean Penn, who called Marin artist.” You can get inside that head, too, on Oct. 9, 7:30pm or Oct. 10, 9:30pm. While Hardy may leave his mark on butts, Berkeley director Rob Nilsson distills his on hearts and minds, annually, for as long as anyone can remember. Festival executive director Mark Fishkin can’t give an exact number of Nilsson’s films that have premiered at the Mill Valley Film Festival. Neither can programming director Zoe Elton, though she thinks it ought to be in the Guinness World Records. Even Nilsson isn’t sure. “I’d say 12, maybe 15,” he says. “Since Chalk in ’95, we’ve had the 9@Night films, Presque Isle, Imbued, Frank Dead Souls, Winter Oranges, Security, Samt.” And now Sand (Oct. 9, 7:15pm and Oct. 12, 9:15pm). Is there a better way to en- All My Friends Are Funeral Singers ter the twilight of one’s years than repainting the aparthome the past few years, and Sam Rockwell, ment and then inviting the painter to move who graduated from McAteer High in San in? In this latest work, Nilsson fashions a Francisco; plus, actresses Kathleen Quinlan, sometimes tender, sometimes scratchy re- who went to Tam High, and Jessica Chastain, lationship between Zelda, a desperately who grew up all over the Bay Area. The fest lonely woman in her later years, and Snake, has also added a last-minute spotlight on Palo a disturbed, rudderless drifter whose spiri- Alto-born-and-raised James Franco, who tual baggage consists of a stuffed rattle- stars in two fest films: as a hard-luck hiker in snake, an amethyst, a stolen cactus and a 127 Hours (Oct. 16, 7pm) and a petty thief in bag of kitty litter. With psychic vibes waft- William Vincent (Oct. 16, 9:30pm and Oct. ing through a local taco joint and the direc- 17, 4:30pm). tor’s own fluid voice-over delivering ironic In the engaging Everyday Sunshine, lines such as “Telling truths to strangers is Mill Valley producer/director Chris Metzler like telling lies to myself,” we’re treated to and his Southland counterpart Lev Anderanother notch on the ever expanding cre- son reintroduce some of us northerners to ative belt worn by one of the most prolific L.A.-based Fishbone, a now-you-see-’em, filmmakers on the planet. now-you-don’t band that everyone says defies Of his hopes for Sand, Nilsson says, classification. We’re told they’re not rock, not “The hope is always the same: that the film funk, not punk, not hip-hop, not blues. So [will] reflect the way things seem to be in a what are they? Salmon? Mackerel? Gefilte? given moment.” The program notes say “punk-ska-metal.”

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Uh-huh, sure, whatever. But what sets this piece apart is getting to know the bones inside the fish. The filmmakers use animation to revisit the group’s beginnings. The interviews are funny, the pacing swift, the performances outrageous. Asked why an all-black band with roots in the inner city would open to a couple of white boys with cameras, Metzler says, “They’ve always been colorblind. The band always sort of fit in everywhere, but nowhere all at the same time. So their story of being outsiders is a universal tale and I think that they saw that in Lev and I, and just knew that we understood what being an outsider was, and would approach the story with an open mind and tell it the way that it is.” See it Oct. 9, 9:30pm and Oct. 15, 7pm. Hear the guys in a live concert following the Oct. 15 show at the Woods Music Hall, and before long, the festival will be coming out your ears. An Oct. 8, 8pm concert with Rubber Souldiers celebrates John Lennon’s 70th birthday and follows a screening a day earlier of Nowhere Boy (Oct. 7, 9:45pm) about an unruly teenager before he became an unruly megastar. Then, a drum roll, please, for Califone’s Tim Rutili whose first film, All My Friends Are Funeral Singers, screens while his band performs the live soundtrack (Oct. 16, 7pm and Oct. 17, 2pm). Former East Bay docmakers Shira and Yoav Potash originally planned Food Stamped (Oct. 9, 1pm and Oct. 12, 6pm) as a six-minute piece for YouTube, but it swelled, like a lot of American bellies ingesting mystery meats because of limited budgets. “We started the project on a whim,” says Shira. “As a nutrition educator who [taught] cooking classes to public elementary school students in the Bay Area, I wondered if parents could even afford to make the recipes from class. In an effort to walk a mile in their shoes, I dragged my husband into this, trying to eat a healthy diet for one week on roughly one dollar per meal.” While documenting their efforts, they ration peanut butter, dive into Dumpsters for discarded bread and head to various markets for free samples of edibles. They interview congresspeople, all Democrats, who attempt-

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IN PHILIP NEEL AND DAVID Jefferyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s documentary Lesson Plan (Oct. 10, 3:30pm and Oct. 13, 7pm), a radical Palo Alto high school experiment goes off the chart, suggesting there is more than just a bit of fascism festering beneath the surface in all of usâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; although you have to wonder if that includes the Dalai Lama.

In 1967, Cubberley High School history teacher Ron Jones created a classroom setting in which students followedâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;without questionâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;the dictates of a right-wing leader. Inside of a week, 30 students took on Gestapo-like behavior and numbers swelled to 200 as the so-called Third Wave spun out of Jonesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s control, unwittingly re-enacting the roots of the Third Reich. Filmmaker Neel was one of them. â&#x20AC;&#x153;What was surprising was how many [former classmates], and Ron Jones, were willing to talk, and how much they could remember,â&#x20AC;? he says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lesson Plan touches on the societalpressure themes that many kids experience today, including the psychological makeup of gangs. [I would hope] it also helps to educate todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s students about paying attention to what goes on in their own government.â&#x20AC;? As PaciďŹ c Sun readers knowâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;thanks to Annie Spiegelmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Jan. 9, 2009 and July 9, 2010 articlesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Colony Collapse Disorder, the subject of Taggart Siegelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Queen of the Sun (Oct. 12, 6pm and Oct. 13, 7pm), is a real threat to honeybees. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re vanishingâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and not just after you spray your backyard. What that means is the balance of the earthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fragile ecosystem is short-circuiting. And how do people even know this stuff? Is someone out there counting bees? Nevertheless, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re as concerned as anyone that these busy little buzzers get every opportunity to meditate and pollinate. One rather unsettling image from the ďŹ lm: a bare-chested youngster holding ďŹ rm as thousands of honeybees complete- 16 >


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ly blanket the neck, arms, back, chest. Look ma, no stings! In the struggle to get things hopping in the hive again, we could try calling on The Girl Who Kicked the Hornetâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Nest (Oct. 13, 6pm). Everybodyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s favorite Goth girl, Lisbeth Salanderâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;the dragon-tattooed pyronymphâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;who recently managed to survive being buried alive, is back in intensive care, facing a triple murder charge, and trying to bring down all those corrupt Swedish politicians who are bent on taking her outâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;no, not for dinner. Noomi Rapace, the hottest thing since chile peppers and a star program director Elton describes as â&#x20AC;&#x153;the best export from Europe since Dietrich and Garbo combined,â&#x20AC;? again brings her dark, mysterious energy to the part. At 148 minutes, Nest is the longest endurance test of the fest. As long as weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got bees and hornets, it seems only fair to pony up with ants. In Space, Land and Time (Oct. 9, 1pm and Oct. 11, 7pm), documentar y filmmakers Beth Federici and Laura Harrison take an affectionate look at Ant Farm, the Bay Areaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s collec- Queen of the Sun tive of perverse anarchists who poked fun at art, architecture and industrial design. Among other interests, they seemed to enjoy disposing of Cadillacs, running one vertically into the ground in Texas and sending another through a pyramid of ďŹ&#x201A;aming televisions at the Cow Palace. Remind me again, how do these folks make a living? Says Harrison, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The hardest thing about making a documentary for 10 years is...making a documentary for 10 years! Although we both had other projects going on, our greatest challenge was not losing focus or motivation.â&#x20AC;? Ten years must seem like the blink of an eye to Mill Valley ďŹ lmmakers Tom and Kristi Denton Cohen, who racked up 25 trying to launch The River Why, a project that began when Ronald Reagan was president. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tom bought the rights [around 1985] and had some money lined up to shoot, but it evaporated in the recession of the late â&#x20AC;&#x2122;80s,â&#x20AC;? says Kristi Cohen. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A couple of people expressed interest in [getting involved] during the â&#x20AC;&#x2122;90s, but nothing came of it. Selling a ďŹ lm without explosions and wild effects isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t easy. After the success of my documentary Vertical Frontier [which screened at the 2002 MVFF], I took it on and when William Hurt came aboard, things began ďŹ nally coming together a lot more easily. Then the author of the book decided he wanted the rights back and contested the original contract. A judge ruled in our favor, but it wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t ďŹ nally resolved, once and for all, until after we ďŹ nished shooting. And

then of course, the ďŹ nancial crisis of the fall of 2008 hit...and everyone hit a brick wall. So, like many independent ďŹ lmmakers, we mortgaged the house to ďŹ nish the ďŹ lm because we were too far into it at that time to give up and quit.â&#x20AC;? That kind of thing can age you quickly. Screens Oct. 9, 8:15pm and Oct. 14, 9pm. If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re turning 50â&#x20AC;&#x201D;and every year, apparently, some of us areâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;consider taking refuge in a dark theater with Juliaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Disappearance or Puzzle. In the Swiss Disappearance (Oct. 13, 8:45pm and Oct. 15, 9pm), a woman on her way to buy eyeglasses before going to her semicentennial birthday party suddenly becomes invisible (be it a metaphor?). In no hurry to join her guests, she takes a peculiar detour while her peers await her arrival and take shots at their sagging skin, protruding bellies and the ďŹ&#x201A;eeting nature of youth. In the ArgentineFrench Puzzle (Oct. 9, 6:15pm and Oct. 16, 7:15pm), a woman who hits that unnerving milestone suddenly discovers a newfound talent, and passionâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;for solving maddening jigsaw puzzlesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and throws herself into a prestigious competition with strange consequences. While her gift arrives on her 50th, that of a modest piano repairmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s abruptly vanishes after 50 years of mastering his craft in The Most Important Thing in Life Is Not Being Dead (we concur). As long as Jacobo sleeps soundly, he awakens to pianos tuned to perfection. But insomnia may ruin his life, or at least his night job, because nothing gets ďŹ xed. Set in the warped reality of the Franco era, this Swiss-Spanish coproduction recalls the satire and images of early Bunuel, with a dash of Kafka. Oct. 14, 8:15pm and Oct. 16, 9:30pm. Well, there are problems the common man like Jacobo has, such as what to say at a job interview, and there are problems the King of England has, such as what to say to a country being bombed by Nazis. Both might make one tongue-tied, but when the king stutters, the nation sputters. In a tale thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really about an unusual friendship, Geoffrey Rush plays a brash Aussie trying to slap King George VI (Colin Firth) out of his infuriating psychological hang-up in The Kingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Speech, the companion Opening Night offering on Oct. 7, 7pm. O




WITHOUT EXCEPTION, THE festival always puts on a political ďŹ reworks show. This year expect aerial repeaters, cherry bombs, Roman candles, ďŹ&#x201A;ying spinners and sparklers in the guise of Fair Game, Cruz Reynoso, The Debt, Atomic Mom and, especially, two from Israel about the plight of Palestinians.


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bench in a controversy over the death penalty, he has continued to make a difference as a lawyer, teacher and community leader, and is one of my personal heroes.â&#x20AC;? Oakland director M.T. Silviaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mother was the inspiration for Atomic Mom (Oct. 10, 6pm and Oct. 16, noon), a compelling doc about two mothers who were on opposite ends of the atom bombâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;one a biologist doing bomb research, the other a victim at Hiroshima. Says Silvia, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was part of an install team for a traveling Pixar Art Exhibit in Japan and I emailed the Peace Museum [in Hiroshima] to ask if I could shoot inside [there], thinking I would juxtapose it to the footage I shot at the Atomic Testing Museum in Las Vegas. They put me in touch with the Hiroshima Film Commission, who asked if I wanted to interview a survivor. The story evolved from there in a beautiful and potent way. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I really wanted my mother and [Emiko Okada] to meet, but the two times I had arranged it, my mother got very ill and was hospitalized. I realized it wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t supposed to happen, I was too attached to this, and I needed to get out of the way. [But the ďŹ lm] is my prayer for a softer world.â&#x20AC;? For those who may not be aware, this celebration of cinema is more than just the festival in your backyard. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a biggie, over the years becoming one of the most important in the country. But since buyers and distributors donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t come, and since cash awards arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t given, what has contributed to the growth and prestige of the event? â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think the attraction here is our dedication to detail,â&#x20AC;? Fishkin says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;to give the ďŹ lmmakers the best possible presentation. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re non-competitive so they can interact with each other. We have a vibrant audience, an audience that ďŹ lmmakers want to see their ďŹ lms. â&#x20AC;&#x153;People here are looking for something different. They take pride in it, look forward to it, despite the fact that not everyone is going to like everything. We take risks all the time, but [the community] has developed trust in us to bring back ďŹ lms that offer them something.â&#x20AC;? <

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GOURDS GALORE A sure sign that fall is here: the opening of Nicasio Valley Farms Pumpkin Patch. From Oct. 2 to 31 this is the place for pumpkin picking, hayrides and mazes, visits with farm animals and treats for kids of all ages (daily, 10am-6pm). Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s musician Tim Cain will appear each Saturday through Oct. 24, 11am. Visitors can purchase fresh produce at a stand and stop by the farmâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s own Nicasio Valley Cheese Co. (Thursday-Sunday). Big Nedâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s BBQ turns out lunches to enjoy in the fresh air on weekends. MALT Day is Oct. 7 with special eats (wood-ďŹ red pizza, Mexican food, Iron Springs Brewery beer) and educational booths set up by Marin Agricultural Land Trust, beneďŹ ciary of pumpkin sales that day, 10am-4pm. Location: a quarter mile north of Nicasio Square. BREAKAWAY COOKING DEMO Global ďŹ&#x201A;avor blasts will be the theme of the evening Oct. 7 (6:30-8:30pm) when Eric Gower appears at a fundraiser for Homeward Bound of Marin. The local chef and cookbook author (The Breakaway Cook, The Breakaway Japanese Kitchen) will share tips and techniques in a cooking demo in the showcase kitchen at Next Key Center as he prepares Asian and Middle Eastern dishes reďŹ&#x201A;ecting the season. Tickets are $49 per person for the class, with a full meal (wine will be available for purchase). All proceeds go to the agencyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s shelter and job-training programs for homeless adults and families. 1385 N. Hamilton Parkway, Novato. Register at www.hbofm. org or 415/382-3363, x243. SOMETHING SHELLFISHY White wines from the Loire region of France and fresh briny oysters will be paired Oct. 4-10 at Left Bank Brasserie in Larkspur. These will range from cold beauties on the half shell with tarragon mignonette and horseradish to a lunch addition of an oyster poâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;boy with remoulade and sweet potato fries. Some other additions (at both lunch and dinner): oyster beignets with sauce gribiche and cucumber salad, oysters Rockefeller, and oyster chowder with garlic croutons. To reserve for Oyster & Loire Week, call 415/927-3331.

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s of this writing the San Francisco Giants are in ďŹ rst place in the National League West with only a handful of games to play. The gameâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ďŹ nest pitching staff has ďŹ nally been getting run support from the likes of Juan Uribe, Aubrey Huff and rookie extraordinaire Buster Posey. The teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been swapping the top spot with the Padres for the past several days, and every game has that pulse-pounding do-or-die pennant-drive excitement to it. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m listening to Jon Miller live from Denver, bottom of the eighth, Giants leading the Rockies 2-1, Lincecum still hanging in, no walks, two hits, nine strikeouts. Six teams have a shot at the wild card, the Orange and Black have their best shot since the Barry Bonds era, the weatherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been World Series gorgeous and I have a lower box seat along the third base line for the Oct. 1 game against San Diego. Such excitement requires constant refueling, and while no one loves peanuts and Cracker Jack more than yours truly, something more substantial is in order in times like these. Fortunately, the Giantsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; ballpark is not only an architectural jewel with charm to burn and dazzling bay views, unobstructed sight lines, eccentric dimensions, its own ferry landing and William Behrendsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; terriďŹ c Willie Mays statue, it features one of the ďŹ nest selections of noshes and nibbles in the major leagues. The Gilroy garlic fries are the most famous example (I like â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;em, even if I do scrape off half the goo), but donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t miss out on the pulled pork sandwich from the King Street Carvery, the corned beef brisket on marble rye from Murphyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pub,

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Brewing Company in Larkspur Landing and the Old Western Saloon in Point Reyes Station; but Marinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s optimal Giants-cheering venue is the Flatiron at Second and B in San Rafael. This venerable sports bar (est. 1883) features 10 TVs, 17 draft beers and the whole LETâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S GO GIANTS vibe, and the down-home grub (ribs, burgers, ďŹ sh and chips) is the perfect accompaniment to nine or more innings of line drives and stolen bases. There are even dishes named after Jack Clark and Chili Davis! You can also root root root for the home team with a few friends in the privacy of your own home. Switch on the pregame show, mash together some guacamole (avocado, yellow onion, chopped and seeded tomato, lime juice and fresh cilantro) and set it out with a big bowl of Tostitosâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; exemplary Touch of Lime tortilla chips. Simmer several different gourmet sausages in beer, grill them until nice and crackly and serve with warm buns, chopped onion and tomato and three or four kinds of mustard. Stock up on really good beer (Boddingtons, Anchor Steam, Eye of the Hawk lager and a potent Belgian ale make a nice, eclectic array), and donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t forget the peanuts and Cracker Jack...even if itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wasabi peanuts and cashew-almond Poppycock instead. < Share your Johnny LeMaster memories with Matt at mstafford@ paciďŹ

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e all know Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m an idiot magnet when it comes to men, so I guess it shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be a surprise that lately Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m attracting borderline crazy women into my life. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s getting out of hand, causing even my down-to-earth friends to recommend otherworldly solutions. Abby, one of the gals on the hill, thinks I should visit a psychic to learn about white light emanating from good people. My hiking buddy Richard says I should have my chart done. To me, that stuff seems pretty kooky; however, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m seriously considering never again straying from the four walls of my condo and ignoring my doorbell. A little agoraphobia sounds somewhat sane right about now. Allow me to share a recent encounter with a nut job. It occurred on the very day Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d been looking forward to for weeks. My generous friend Jerry was treating me to dinner and the San Francisco Symphony. Our favorite couple, Susan and Ken Pontac, would join us for the evening. With only small worries nagging me (i.e., not smudging the wet lilac polish on my ďŹ ngers and toes), I blasted my Tom Petty tunes and enjoyed the beautiful day. As I stood in front of my closet, deciding between my fabulous brown-and-cream wrap dress and my sexy little black number, someone banged on the front door. Since it was too early for Jerry and the Pontacs, I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t answer it; however, the loud knocking persisted. I ďŹ nally opened the door to a woman Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d never seen before. Clad in exercise attire, I thought perhaps she couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t ďŹ nd the nearby trailhead. Unfortunately, she wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t lost. She was looking for me. My visitor was tall, attractive and seemingly normal. I stepped outside, asking if I could help her. She immediately began ranting that I was responsible for her ďŹ nancial woes. (Later, I found out sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in real estate, but clearly, the devastated housing market isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t nearly the economic inďŹ&#x201A;uence that I am.) I tried responding, but she wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t listening. The wacko then got to the real point. She wanted me to know that sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s watching me and looks in my windows. OK. Got it. Right before I shut the door in her face, I asked her name. Surprisingly, the bizarre woman revealed both her name and address. Lucky meâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;my stalker is also my neighbor. Apparently, she believes Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m personally responsible for structural defects at our complex and doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t believe she should have to contribute to the repair costs. The whole incident was so upsetting that I canceled my plans for the evening, closed all of my blinds and stayed inside the entire weekend. When I ďŹ nally ventured out to the safety of the Sausalito Dog Park the following week, I had an even more disturbing encounter with yet another meshuggah. The ironic thing is that I knew this one was off the moment I laid

eyes on her and I purposely avoided her. She positioned herself just inside the gate, forcing everyone entering to walk around her. At her feet, atop rocks and dirt, lay a very sick, medium-sized, immobile dog. The poor fellow looked miserable as each pup arriving at the park gave him the once over, snifďŹ ng and prodding him. The dog park is deďŹ nitely not the place for an ailing canine. We could surmise that the woman merely suffered from poor judgment, but there were other peculiarities. Like her strange gaze. Honestly, I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know if it was the product of too much face work or other issuesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;all I know is that I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to ďŹ nd out. I quickly walked around her, avoided eye contact and made my way down to my regular bench. I played with dogs, talked to friends and relaxed for the ďŹ rst time in days. About a half hour later, I saw my dog Bruno trotting up to the gate to greet one of his dog friends. I kept my eye on him, because the odd lady and her dog were still up there. Sure enough, trouble brewed. Bruno, an experienced and talented treat thief, poked his needle nose into the womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s huge tote sack, pulling out a bag of Pup-Peroni. While Bruno pranced around with his coveted booty, I ran toward him. Fortunately, a friend of mine standing nearby quickly retrieved the treats and returned them to the rightful owner. Aside from the fact that there are signs posted stating no treats are allowed in the dog park, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just plain silly to bring a whole bag of morsels around dozens of dogs. Canines have well-developed noses and tend to be pesky when you have meat on you. Obviously, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not an excuse for Brunoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s naughty behavior, which motivated me to approach the woman to apologize. Only I couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t, because at that moment, she began to throw Pup-Peroni sticks on the ground, resulting in a ďŹ&#x201A;urry of dogs surrounding her. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s when she decided to hold the bag high above her head. Really bad idea. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to do that,â&#x20AC;? I said. Too late. Bruno jumped up and grabbed the bag. The woman let out a bloodcurdling scream. Rushing to her side, I knew she was missing a ďŹ nger, maybe even two. Several other people came running over to help. Ouch. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve exceeded my word limit and our story is only half told. Come back in two weeks to follow the truly weird twists and turns of this saga. I promise to reveal exactly how many ďŹ ngers Bruno amputated from our victim and why the word â&#x20AC;&#x153;eccentricâ&#x20AC;? is code for insane. < Email:

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Bob Dylan in America (Simon & Schus- insights are first-rate (who knew Dylan is ter) by Sean Wilentz a die-hard baseball fan?), but the book sufIn 1967, British film and TV actor Sebas- fers from outlandish speculation regarding tian Cabot—known to the TV Land gen- the musician’s motivations. eration as butler Giles And Wilentz can be French on the 1960s frustratingly inconsisCOMING SOON sitcom Family Affair— tent. For instance, he slaughtered Bob Dywrites that the book The authors of Becoming Jimi Hendrix, Steve Roby and Brad lan’s art on an album “sets out to make no Scheiber, will appear Friday, Oct. 8, titled Sebastian Cabot, claims about Bob at 7pm, at Book Passage, 51 Tamal Actor/Bob Dylan, Poet, Dylan’s past or present Vista Blvd. Corte Madera. on which the rotund religious beliefs or selfactor recited the folkidentification.” Yet he rock icon’s lyrics over offers page after page the saccharine strains of a string quartet. that adoringly compares Dylan to the great Dylan fares somewhat better under the Jewish prophets. pen of Princeton poetry professor Sean Still, it’s worth the read. And pick up the Wilentz, though the purple prose does flow. soon-to-be-released mono box set of DyThis 360-page book has received univer- lan’s first eight albums and re-establish your sal acclaim for its insight, and Wilentz own personal relationship with the artist. enjoys a reputation as a respected social O O  O  O critic and Dylan historian. The book Forever Changes: Arthur Lee and the joins stacks of similar tomes that analyze, criticize, deconstruct and contextualize the Book of Love (Jawbone) by John Einarson The L.A.-based band Love, led by the most enigmatic singer/songwriter of our time. Wilentz’s historical and biographical charismatic Arthur Lee, enjoyed an up-

and-down career between 1966 and 1974. The multiracial band blended folkrock, psychedelia, Baroque, blues, mariachi and jazz in a manner that rivaled the Byrds and drew adoration from fans that included Jim Morrison and Ray Manzarek of the Doors. Its third LP, 1967’s Forever Changes, marked Love’s creative peak—the influential album remains on just about every list of top rock albums. Lee died of cancer in 2006, before he could release his highly anticipated autobiography. His estate made that manuscript available to Canadian rock historian John Einarson, who wisely tempers Lee’s often self-absorbed passages with insightful interviews from surviving band members (notably guitarist Johnny Echols) and other key players on the mid-’60s Sunset Strip music scene. Einarson doesn’t sugarcoat Lee’s often

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saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness, starving O  O  O O hysterical naked...” ecause European DVDs don’t play In the opening scene of Howl, Allen Ginson American DVD players, I unforberg (James Franco) is giving the historic tunately haven’t been able to preview first reading of his first published poem at San Francisco’s Six Gallery. The year is 1955. the films in the Italian Film Festival—playing Though not everyone realized it, the poem’s Oct. 2 to Nov. 13, now in its 34th year. So, like ripples were soon to be felt lapping at the a Zagat restaurant review, my comments are based on other people’s stateconformity and repression ments. The good news is that of ’50s life, opening up issues NOW PLAYING we’ll all get to see Italian films like sexual (including homo- Howl is at the Rafael; not seen in the U.S. outside sexual) freedom and freedom see page 26 for showtimes. the festival circuit. of expression. The Italian Film Festival is at This year’s lineup tends to Legal repercussions were the Marin Showcase Theater the comic, plus one mystery. through November 13; info, quick to follow. In 1957, City or 499-6800. All films will be shown at Lights bookstore owner Lawthe Marin Center Showcase rence Ferlinghetti (Andrew Theatre, with screenings at Rogers) was tried for publishing the poem; the courtroom was to see legal 5:30 and 7:45pm. The festival kicks off on Oct. 2 with The and literary celebrities like defense attorney Jake Ehrlich (Jon Hamm), San Francisco Exam- Girl by the Lake, a murder mystery set in iner critic Luther Nichols (Alessandro Nivola) an Alpine village, which won numerous and Cal English professor Mark Schorer (Treat David di Donatello awards. A “subtle, beauWilliams). “What are ‘angel-headed hipsters’?” tifully shot” movie, according to one writer, asks the prosecutor (David Strathairn) in a it “demonstrates how a real homicide detecline, like all the others in the trial scene, taken tive does the job.” straight out of the trial transcript. In Marilyn & Me, playing Oct. 9, a Writer/directors Rob Epstein and Jeffrey swimming pool repairman conjures Friedman (The Times of Harvey Milk, The Marilyn at a seance. Leonardo Pieraccioni Celluloid Closet) have shaped Howl out of directed and stars. these two themes—Ginsberg’s increasingly There’s no film Oct. 16, but Oct. 23 brings impassioned reading, and the summer-long Many Kisses Later, which brags of showing trial—together with two others: an interview the most kisses in motion picture history and (imaginary, but based on tapes) given years was Italy’s 2009 box -office champ. It follows later, and a semi-surrealistic animation of six couples between Christmas and Valen“Howl” by Eric Drooker, who illustrated one tine’s Day, with glossy settings from Rome to edition of the poem. Those sequences work Paris and New Zealand. some of the time but other times seem more The romantic comedy Marcello Marcelcharming than revolutionary. Obviously, it lo plays Oct. 30. Directed by Italian-Swiss isn’t easy filming a poem. director Denis Rabaglia, it’s set in 1956 In the interview, Ginsberg recounts his on the island of Amatrello. One reviewer love affairs with Jack Kerouac (Todd Rowrites that the film is “a fable-like mastertondi), Neal Cassady (Jon Prescott) and Peter piece that’s whimsical, fast paced, and full Orlovsky (Aaron Tveit), who was to become of delightful surprises...” his lifelong companion. He also talks about The Nov. 6 film is We Can Do That, his stint in the “loony bin,” and another a “clever, fresh” comedy/drama about a stint working in an advertising office, dating group of mentally disabled people who women, trying to become straight. It’s hard learn to install parquet floors, saving to know which period Ginsberg found more themselves from a life of dependence on agonizing. The poet also discusses his creative charity and medications. process, his mother’s mental illness, his crossThe festival concludes Nov. 13 with country travels and much more. Basilicata Coast to Coast, a road movie of James Franco, though better looking sorts in which members of a band decide to than Ginsberg was as a young man, nails take the long way—by foot—from one side the poet’s New Jersey accent and his idioof Italy to the other.<. syncratic speech patterns. The minor roles are also well cast. Reel off your movie reviews on TownSquare at Howl combines an important slice of his›› tory with a piece of fine filmmaking.



Trouble the ‘Water’

“A comic take on love and ambition amounts to an exposé of human folly.” -Karen Durbin, ELLE MAGAZINE

Antonio Banderas Josh Brolin Anthony Hopkins Gemma Jones Freida Pinto Lucy Punch Naomi Watts

McCraney and Mamet give Marin audiences something to think about... by Le e Brady


n the Red and Brown Water introduces Marin audiences to the strange and exciting world of new playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney—and these theatergoers will likely move on to see more of the highly theatrical and winning characters in the rest of his trilogy, The Brother/Sister Plays. This first trip, in production at Marin Theatre Company, takes us into the bayou life in Louisiana, where young Oya (Lakisha May) is the fastest runner in the state. She awes the Man from State, who offers her a college scholarship—her only way out of the projects of San Pere. Her mother, however, is dying and Oya can’t leave her. By the time her mother dies, the scholarship has gone to another runner, and Oya settles into a mar- Ogun and Oya are like a bridge over troubled water in MTC’s latest. riage with the boring but nice Ogun (Ryan Vincent Anderson) and an infrequent affair with the sexy funny as the desperate President Smith, a politician bad-boy Shango (Isaiah Johnson). But the real dra- who has lost it all at the polls. ma comes from Oya’s need to have a child; fueled by James Dunn directs this rapid-fire political farce— gossiping townspeople and jealous young women, which slows only for intermission—like the Senher obsession finally overwhelms ate whip. Stephen Dietz is cool as her. That a young woman can’t Smith’s lawyer, a man who knows conceive isn’t inherently dramatic, NOW PLAYING the score too well to get excited, but McCraney wraps his characeven at the possibility of a $200 In the Red and Brown Water ters in the mantles of mythological runs through Oct. 10 at Marin million campaign contribution. Theatre Company, 397 Miller gods, which makes actions resoTom Reilly, as the representative of Ave., Mill Valley; 415/388nate at the level of classic tragedy. the National Association of Turkey 5208, www.marintheatre. The 16-year-old Elegba reminds us and Turkey Products Manufacturorg. November runs through that gods can be comic, and actor ers, comes in to get a turkey parOct. 17 at the Barn Theatre, Jared McNeill enlivens every scene doned for the White House table, Marin Art & Garden Center, he is in with clowning, singing and but this annual ceremony turns Ross; 415/456-9555, www. telling of his precocious love afgrim when Smith, in a blackmail fairs. Oya is full of complicated life, ploy, swears he will pardon all the and May fills every moment of her turkeys and ruin Thanksgiving for center-stage role. The entire comall times. munity of actors is believable and strong, with Josh Smith is also furious with his Schell, as the only white character, carrying off some lesbian speechwriter, Clarice of McCraney’s best speeches. Bernstein (LeAnne Rumbel), “Nixon went Ryan Rilette, long an artistic partner of Mcwho is just back from China to China,” she Craney, reinforces the playwright’s highly theatrical with a baby he insists she reminds him; world with a simple platform on an otherwise bare bought from an evil foreign stage, an onstage chorus, drums and chants, all with power. “Nixon went to Chi- “He went to play startling lighting effects. (Scenic design and lighting na,” she reminds him; “He Ping-Pong!” he are by York Kennedy). went to play Ping-Pong!” snaps back. Audiences can look forward to seeing some of the he snaps back. Bernstein same characters in The Brothers Size, opening this has her own blackmailing week at the Magic Theatre, and can witness the final agenda—she wants Smith act, Marcus: or The Secret of Sweet, at the American to marry her to her partner Daisy during a national Conservatory Theater beginning Oct. 29. press conference on TV. Last, but not least in terms of dramatic action, Smith has insulted Chief Grackle O O  O  O (Romulo Torres), a powerful spokesman for Native here is no tragedy in David Mamet’s NovemAmericans, and this leads to the climactic action that ber—the Ross Valley Players current produc- ends the play. tion—although the playwright thinks it’s an The Oval Office set (designed by Ken Rowland) effin’ shame that our presidents have gone downhill looks real as does, frighteningly enough, the shefrom Lincoln to Bush. It isn’t that Mamet is Bush nanigans that are going on there. < bashing; actually, he wields a broader pen. It’s just Tell Lee what you think at that actor Buzz Halsing looks a little like our last president. But then Halsing, in an intense perforBreak a leg with more theater reviews at mance as a one-term president up for re-election, ›› brings several clowns to mind. Though none are as

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O 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. O Case 39 (1:49) Suspense thriller about a social worker (Renee Zellweger) who hides a 10-year-old from her homicidal parents. O Catfish (1:34) A New Yorker’s cyber-romance with a rural Midwesterner edges (some might say inevitably) into the desperate-scary-spooky realm. O Cecil Taylor: All the Notes (1:13) Documentary follows the life and career of the avant-garde jazz pianist with concert footage and interviews with Elvin Jones, Amiri Baraka and the man himself. O 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. O 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? O 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. O 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. O Ferlinghetti (1:12) Lively portrait of the poet/ publisher/Beat Era icon features interviews with fellow Frisco bards Allen Ginsberg, Gary Snyder and Michael McClure. O Fresh (1:12) Documentary examines the burgeoning fresh/local/organic/sustainable food movement and how it’s reinventing the way we shop, cook and eat. O 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. O Howl (1:24) 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 Era’s icons; James Franco stars. O Jack Goes Boating (1:29) Philip Seymour Hoffman directs and stars in the story of two couples, one at the start of a blissful romance, the other concluding an unsatisfying marriage. O 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. O Last Train Home (1:27) Acclaimed documentary follows two Chinese migrant workers as they make their way to their rural village in time for New Year’s. O Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole(1:30) An itchy young owlet gets his shot at glory when he takes on a band of totally evil avians. O Let Me In (1:55) American remake of the Swedish horror flick Let the Right One In about a lonely 12-year-old and his budding friendship with a mysterious fellow outcast. O Life As We Know It (1:52) Katherine Heigl and Josh Duhamel have to put their mutual dislike on hold when they’re unexpectedly given joint custody of their beloved little goddaughter. O Mademoiselle Chambon (1:41) French romantic dramedy about the budding attraction 26 PACIFIC SUN OCTOBER 1 - OCTOBER 7, 2010

between a provincial schoolteacher and a happily married carpenter. O 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. O Mill Valley Film Festival The 33rd annual cinematic soiree features seminars, workshops, galas, in-person tributes and hundreds of movies from around the world. Call (877) 874-6833 or visit for schedule, tickets and info. O Never Let Me Go (1:43) The Kazuo Ishiguro novel hits the big screen with Keira Knightley, Carey Mulligan and Andrew Garfield as reunited students from a spookily idyllic English boarding school. O 1 a Minute Live Supporting Susan G. Komen for the Cure (2:00) Melissa Etheridge, Diahann Carroll, Olivia Newton-John and other breast cancer survivors share their inspiring stories in a panel discussion broadcast live from Los Angeles. O Race to Nowhere Achievement-obsessed parents and their (often tragically) beleaguered children are the subjects of this powerful documentary. O Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (1:20) 1938 Shirley Temple musical about a poor little orphan with a big voice and her rocky path to fame and fortune; Bill “Bojangles” Robinson costars. O Resident Evil: Afterlife 3D (1:36) Alice the Zombie-Slayer is back, leading her virus-free followers to the safe haven of…Los Angeles?!? O Secretariat (1:56) Disney biopic of the legendary racehorse and the suburban housewife who nurtured him to greatness; Diane Lane stars (as the housewife). O The Social Network (2:00) Caustic Aaron Sorkin-David Fincher biopic of computer nerd Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook, history’s youngest billionaire and “friend” to many (500 million at last count). O 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. O 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. O The Virginity Hit (1:26) Four buddies employ the Internet, porn stars and one another in a desperate attempt to (finally) get laid. O Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (2:07) 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. O World Cinema Workshop: French New Wave (3:00) Find out how Godard, Truffaut, Resnais and other groundbreaking Gallic moviemakers of the 1960s brought a new poetic realism to the art of film; $20-$25 admission includes workshop, fulllength film, popcorn and soft drink. O You Again (1:45) 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. O You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger (1:38) Woody Allen’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.

›› MOViE TiMES N1 a Minute Live Supporting Susan G. Komen for the Cure (PG-13) Century Regency 6: Wed 8 CinéArts at Sequoia: Wed 8 Alpha and Omega (PG) Century Northgate 15: 12:30, 2:45, 5:10, 7:30, 9:50 NCase 39 (R) Century Northgate 15: 11:25, 1:55, 4:25, 7:10, 9:40 Century Rowland Plaza: Fri, Mon-Thu 11:40, 2:20, 5, 8, 10:35 Catfish (PG-13) Century Regency 6: FriSat 12:15, 2:40, 5:05, 7:30, 9:55 Sun-Thu 12:15, 2:40, 5:05, 7:30 NCecil Taylor: All the Notes (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Wed 7 (filmmaker Chris Felver and California poet laureate Al Young in person) The Concert (PG-13) Lark Theater: FriSun, Tue-Thu 4:45 Devil (PG-13) Century Northgate 15: 12:45, 2:55, 5:05, 7:20, 9:25 Easy A (PG-13) Century Northgate 15: 12, 1, 2:25, 3:25, 4:50, 5:50, 6:55, 8:10, 9:15, 10:25 CinéArts at Marin: Fri-Sat 1:40, 4:30, 7:30, 9:50 Sun 1:40, 4:30, 7:30 Mon-Thu 5, 7:20 Eat Pray Love (PG-13) ++1/2 Century Northgate 15: 2:30, 8 NFerlinghetti (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Sun 6:30 (filmmaker Christopher Felver and maybe Lawrence Ferlinghetti in person) NFresh (2010) (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Fri 4:45, 6:45, 8:30 Sat-Sun 2:45, 4:45, 6:45, 8:30 Mon 6:45, 8:30 Tue 6:45, 8:30 (filmmaker Ana Sofia Joanes in person) Wed 9 Get Low (PG-13) +++ Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri 4, 7, 9:15 Sat 1:30, 4, 7, 9:15 Sun 1:30, 4, 7 Mon-Thu 4, 7 Howl (Not Rated) ++++ Rafael Film Center: Fri 4:30, 7, 9 Sat-Sun 2:30, 4:30, 7, 9 Mon-Wed 7, 9 Jack Goes Boating (R) +++ CinéArts at Sequoia: Fri 5:25, 7:35, 9:45 Sat 3:15, 5:25, 7:35, 9:45 Sun 3:15, 5:25, 7:35 Mon-Wed 5:25, 7:35 The Kids Are All Right (R) ++++ CinéArts at Sequoia: Fri, Mon-Tue 7 Sat-Sun 1:55, 7 Last Train Home (Not Rated) Lark Theater: Fri-Sat 7:10, 9 Sun, Tue, Thu


New Movies This Week

7:10 Mon 5:30 Wed 2:30, 7:10 Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole (PG) Century Cinema: FriSun 11:30, 2, 4:30, 7, 9:30 Century Northgate 15: Fri, Sun-Thu 1:10, 3:40, 6:15, 8:40; 3D showtimes at 11:35, 12:25, 2, 2:50, 4:30, 5:20, 7, 7:50, 9:30, 10:15 Sat 11:35, 2, 4:30, 9:30; 3D showtimes at 12:25, 1:10, 2:50, 3:40, 5:20, 6:15, 7:50, 8:40, 10:15 Century Rowland Plaza: Fri, Mon-Thu 11:20, 1:45, 4:30, 7:20, 9:50 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri-Sat 1:40, 4:30, 7, 9:20 SunThu 1:40, 4:30, 7 NLet Me In (R) Century Northgate 15: 11:20, 2:10, 4:45, 7:35, 10:30 Century Rowland Plaza: Fri, Mon-Thu 11, 1:50, 4:40, 7:30, 10:15 NLife As We Know It (PG-13) Century Northgate 15: Sat 7 Mademoiselle Chambon (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Fri 4:15, 6:30, 8:45 Sat 2, 4:15, 6:30, 8:45 Sun 2, 4:15, 9 Mon-Wed 6:30, 8:45 Mao’s Last Dancer (PG) ++ CinéArts at Sequoia: Fri-Sat 4:20, 9:25 SunWed 4:20 NMill Valley Film Festival CinéArts at Sequoia: Thu (call (877) 874-6833 or visit for schedule) Rafael Film Center: Thu (call (877) 874-6833 or visit for schedule) NNever Let Me Go (R) Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 11:55, 2:30, 5:10, 7:40, 10:15 Sun-Thu 11:55, 2:30, 5:10, 7:40 Race to Nowhere (Not Rated) Lark Theater: Mon 7:30 NRebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (G) Lark Theater: Fri-Sat 3 Resident Evil: Afterlife (R) Century Northgate 15: 12:15, 2:40, 5:15, 7:45, 10:05 NSecretariat (PG) Century Northgate 15: Sat 7:05 NThe Social Network (PG-13) Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 7, 10 Sat-Sun 1:20, 4:10, 7, 10 Mon-Thu 6:45, 9:35 Century Northgate 15: 11:30, 12:40, 2:20, 3:20, 5, 6:10, 7:40, 8:50, 10:10 Century Rowland Plaza: Fri, Mon-Thu 11:10, 2, 4:50, 7:40, 10:30 CinéArts at Marin: Fri-Sat 1:25, 4:20, 7:05, 10 Sun 1:25,

4:20, 7:05 Mon-Thu 4:45, 7:40 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri-Sat 1:15, 4:05, 6:55, 9:35 Sun-Thu 1:15, 4:05, 6:55 The Tillman Story (R) ++++ Century Northgate 15: 11:55, 5:30 The Town (R) +++1/2 Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 7:20, 10:15 Sat-Sun 1:30, 4:25, 7:20, 10:15 Mon-Thu 6:50, 9:40 Century Regency 6: 11, 1:55, 4:50, 7:45 Century Rowland Plaza: Fri, MonThu 1:10, 4:10, 7:10, 10:10 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 The Virginity Hit (R) Century Northgate 15: 9:45 Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (PG-13) Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 7:30, 10:30 Sat-Sun 12:45, 4, 7:30, 10:30 Mon-Thu 6:30, 9:30 Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 11:05, 12:40, 2:15, 3:50, 5:25, 7, 8:35, 10:10 Sun-Tue, Thu 11:05, 12:40, 2:15, 3:50, 5:25, 7 Wed 11:05, 12:40, 2:15, 3:50, 7 Century Rowland Plaza: Fri, Mon-Thu 11:30, 1, 2:30, 4, 5:30, 7, 8:30, 10 CinéArts at Marin: Fri-Sat 1:10, 4:10, 7:15, 10:15 Sun 1:10, 4:10, 7:15 Mon-Thu 4:30, 7:30 Fairfax 5 Theatres: 1:20, 4:15, 7:20 Tiburon Playhouse 3: 4:15, 7:15 Sat-Sun 1, 4:15, 7:15 NWorld Cinema Workshop: French New Wave (Not Rated) Lark Theater: Thu 1 You Again (PG) Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 5:15, 7:45, 10:20 Sat-Sun 12:15, 2:45, 5:15, 7:45, 10:20 Mon-Thu 6:55, 9:25 Century Northgate 15: Fri, Sun-Thu 11:40, 12:55, 2:15, 3:30, 4:40, 6, 7:05, 8:30 Sat 11:40, 12:55, 2:15, 3:30, 4:40, 6, 8:30 Century Rowland Plaza: Fri, Mon-Thu 11:50, 2:40, 5:10, 7:50, 10:20 Fairfax 5 Theatres: FriSat 1:30, 4, 6:50, 9:30 Sun-Thu 1:30, 4, 6:50 NYou Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger (R) Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 11:30, 2:10, 4:40, 7:15, 9:50 Sun-Thu 11:30, 2:10, 4:40, 7:15

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

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

‘The King’s Speech’ (starring Colin Firth and Helena Bonham Carter) opens the 33rd annual Mill Valley Film Festival Thursday night at the Rafael.

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

F R I D AY O C T O B E R 1 — F R I D AY O C T O B E R 8 Pacific Sun‘s Community Calendar ‘Jesus of cool’ Nick Lowe mixes cruel with kind this Saturday at the Woods.

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

Live music 10/01: Doc Kraft Dance music. 8:30pm. $5. Seahorse Bar, 305 Harbor Dr. , Gate 5, Sausalito. 601-7858. 10/01: Hot Tuna and 7 Walkers With Papa Mali, Bill Kreutzman. 8pm. $40-50. Uptown Theatre, 1350 Third St., Napa. 707-259-0123. www. 10/01: Jose Neto Acoustic guitar. 8-10:30pm. No cover. Whipper Snapper Restaurant, 1613 Fourth St., San Rafael. 256-1818. www.whipsnap. biz 10/01: Lonesome Roses Folk-pop duo. Liz Ryder opens. 8-10:30pm. Free. Max’s Cafe, 60 Corte Madera Blvd, Corte Madera. 10/01: Mighty Kevin Russell Guitar blues/ rock. 8:30pm. $12. Rancho Nicasio, 1 Old Rancheria Road, Nicasio. 662-2219. www.ranchonicasio. com 10/02:Blues Traveler Points North opens. 7:45pm. $37-47. Uptown Theatre, 1350 Third St., Napa. 707-259-0123. www.uptowntheatrenapa. com 10/02: Carlene Carter Band Country. 8:30pm. $20. Rancho Nicasio, Nicasio. 662-2219. www. 10/02: Nick Lowe Band 8pm. $25. The Woods at Mill Valley Masonic Hall, 19 Corte Madera Ave., Mill Valley. 389-6637.

10/02: Steve James Masterful fingerpicking and slide guitar. 8-10pm. $20. String Letter Music School, 55 San Anselmo Ave., San Anselmo. 4856946 ext.600. 10/02: The English Beat Look into that mirror in the bathroom and don’t you blink or these tickets will be sold out for this popular and influential British ska band. 8:30pm. $25-29. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley. 383-9600 . 10/02: Petty Theft 9pm. Georges Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael . 226-0262. www. 10/03: Houston Jones Hear some high octane Americana and celebrate Glenn’s 60th birthday at the ranch. 5pm. $5. Nicasio. 662-2219. www.

10/03: New Rising Sons with Boudeeka Part of Town Center Summer Music Series. 60s dance music. 2-4pm. Free. Town Center, West side of Highway 101 at the Tamalpais Drive exit, Corte Madera. 10/03: Sunday Open Mic With the New Moon Players. 8pm. Smiley’s Schooner Saloon, 41 Wharf Road, Bolinas. 868-1311. 10/05: Summer Karaoke Night With Mark Powers. 9:30pm-midnight. Free. Finnegan’s Marin, 877 Grant Ave., Novato. 899-1516. www. 10/05: Swing Fever Featuring Bryan Gould and the music of Harold Arlen. 7-10pm. No

BEST BET Full TILT! boogie With the Who’s Pinball Wizard continuing to dominate much of the classic rock radio waves, very few people remember or are even aware that pinball culture was once considered a rebellious fringe of society. Banned in New York and Los Angeles from the 1940s through the 1970s, pinball games were thought of as games of chance and therefore compared to gambling. So much so that the NYPD continued to raid underground pinball galleries through the mid1970s. It took 26-year-old Roger Sharpe, impressing the New York City Council with his mad pinball skills in 1976, to convince councilmembers to overturn the ban and just let the kids play the silver ball without Because a pinball wizard’s got consequences. Today, pinball culture lives on in the such a supple wrist... Pacific Pinball Museum in Alameda, where visitors can play 90 of the 800 machines that are in the collection. This weekend, however, the museum comes to Marin for the 2010 PACIFIC PINBALL EXPOSITION. With over 300 games to play, tournaments, prize drawings and educational seminars on all things pinball, attendees can live out their long-awaited Tommy fantasies over three days of dinging, flashing fun. Friday, Oct. 1, 10am-10pm; Saturday, Oct. 2, 10am-midnight; and Sunday, Oct. 3, 10am-8pm. Marin Center Exhibit Hall, 10 Ave. of the Flags, San Rafael. $15-$45. 415/499-6800—Dani Burlison

cover. Panama Hotel and Restaurant, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 457-3993. www.panamahotel. com

10/06: Dore Coller and Bermuda Grass Bluegrass. 8pm. Iron Springs Pub, 765 Center St., Fairfax. 485-1005. 10/06: J Kevin Durkin Trio Jazz. 7-10pm. No cover Panama Hotel & Restaurant, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 457-3993. 10/01: Joe Satriani 8pm. $59-69. Uptown Theatre, 1350 Third St., Napa. 707-259-0123. www. 10/07: Lady D Jazz vocalist. 6:30-9:30pm. No cover. The Pleasure is Mine, 475 East Strawberry, Mill Valley. 381-7160. 10/07: Prima Vera Band Latin jazz. 7-10pm. No cover. Panama Hotel & Restaurant, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 457-3993. 10/07: Robin Nolan Trio Hot Gypsy Jazz from London. Opening the evening is the Nick Lehr Quartet. 8-10pm. $20-23. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley. 383-9600. 10/08: Fiver Brown and Friends vCountry, soul. 8pm. $10. The Woods at Mill Valley Masonic Hall, 19 Corte Madera Ave., Mill Valley. 389-6637. 10/08: Monophonics Funk. 9pm. $10. 19 Broadway, 17 Broadway, Fairfax. 459-1091. 10/08: Fred Eaglesmith Americana, rock. 8:30pm. $20. Rancho Nicasio, Nicasio. 662-2219.


Friends Benefit Performance Schleicher will sing a program of Handel favorites and American classics. With Marin native Rob Stafford, baritone. The singers will be accompanied by string players from San Domenico, and St. John’s Music director Dr. Lenore Alford on piano and organ. 8pm $15-20. St. John's Episcopal Church, 14 Lagunitas Road, Ross. 456-1102. 10/03: Marin Symphony Opening Gala Hob-nob and celebrate the opening of the season by attending the gala with cocktails and dinner before the symphony and live music, dancing and drinks afterwards. $150. Marin Veteran's Memorial Auditorium, Marin Center, Ave. of the Flags, San Rafael. 479-8100. 10/03 and 05: Marin Symphony "Magnificence and Emerging High Voltage."Alasdair Neale conducts a program of works by Strauss, Rachmaninoff and Beethoven. With pianist Joyce Yang. 7:30pm. $29-70. Marin Veteran's Memorial Auditorium, Ave. of the Flags San Rafael. 499-6800.

10/02: Debra Schleicher and Friends Benefit Concert Debra Schleicher, soprano; Robby Stafford, bass/baritone; Lenore Alford, piano. Proceeds benefit the St. John’s Children’s Choir Program. 8-9pm. $15-20. St. John’s Episcopal Church, 14 Lagunitas, Ross. 456-1102x111. www. 10/08: Drumline Live Lively choreography and an energetic 40 member marching band performs popular tunes as well as classic brass repetoire. Great show for the kids. 8pm. $20-45. Marin Veteran's Memorial Auditorium, Ave. of the Flags San Rafael. 499-6800. or

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10/08: Gallery Talk “Painting: The Rosetta Stone,” informal slide presentation/lecture about painting with John McNamara. 6:30-7:30pm. Free. Gallery Bergelli, 483 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur. 9459454.

Soul provider Considered the primary bridge between Western medicine and the more spiritually focused healing systems of the East, DEEPAK CHOPRA became a household name after the publication of his book, Ageless Body, Timeless Mind, in 1993. Since those early years, Chopra has gained praise as a doctor, scientist, writer and most often as a spiritual guide for many seeking to improve physical and spiritual well-being. Having just released a novel of historical fiction, Muhammad, Chopra heads to Marin County to discuss this latest work Still of sound body and mind, Monday at and to offer insights as to how all humans Marin Center. can live up to the highest visions we have of ourselves—both inside and out. Join Chopra and learn how to reinvent your body and resurrect your soul on Monday, Oct. 4, 730pm at Marin Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium, Ave. of The Flags, San Rafael. 415/499-6800. $35-$75.—Dani Burlison



10/01-09: Smuin Ballet Fall program includes a world premiere by choreographer Trey McIntyre set to music by the Shins, “Bluegrass/Slyde” and classic ballet with Brahm’s “Haydn Variations.” 8pm. $20-62. Palace of Fine Arts, 3301 Lyon St., San Francisco. 978-2787.

10/01: Mort Sahl 8pm. $30. 142 Throck-

Theater/Auditions 10/02: Bay Area Playback Theatre Improvisational theater in which the true personal stories told by audience members are transformed on the spot into creative theater pieces. 7:30-9:30pm. $18. Belrose Theatre, 1415 Fifth Ave., San Rafael. 499-8528. www. 10/07:‘Not A Genuine Black Man’ San Francisco’s longest running one-man show comes to Marin for one night. Brian Copeland shares his story of identity and cultural diversity. 8pm. $20-40. Showcase Theater, Marin Center, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 457-5025.

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 10/10:‘In the Red and Brown Water’ Part One of “The Brother/Sister Plays Trilogy.” West Coast Premiere by Tarell Alvin McCraney. Directed by Ryan Rilette. See website for showtimes. $20-53. Marin Theatre Company, 397 Miller Ave., Mill Valley. 388-5208. Through 10/17:‘November ‘ Ross Valley Players presents David Mamet’s political comedy about bad behavior in high places. James Dunn directs. Visit website for performance dates and special events. 8pm. $15-25. Ross Valley Players’ Barn Theatre, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Ross. 456-9555. Through 10/24:‘Intimate Apparel’ AlterTheater Ensemble presents Pulitzer Prize-winner Lynn Nottage’s play about an African-American seamstress in 1905 who creates lingerie for prostitutes and society women. 8pm Thurs.-Sun. 8-10:15pm. $25. Art Works Downtown, 1337 Fourth St., San Rafael. 454-2787. 28 PACIFIC SUN OCTOBER 1 - OCTOBER 7, 2010

morton Theatre, Mill Valley. 383-9600 . 10/02: Fall In to Comedy Improv Play improv games, create scenes, songs, poems and dances spontaneously. Learn how improvisation can positively influence your life. Noon-2pm. $17. Elan Fitness Center, 230 Greenfield Ave., San Anselmo. 256-2470. 10/08 Firesign Theatre "I Think We're All Bozos on this Bus." 8pm. $40-50. Showcase Theatre, Marin Center, 10 Ave. of the Flags, San Rafael. 499-6800. or

Art 10/02-11/14:‘New Exhibitions’ “Life Work.” Ken Botto, new works. “House & Garden.” Five photographers examine Botto’s house and yard. “Coastal Marin Artists.” Mickey Murch, site-specific installation 1-5pm. Free. Bolinas Museum, 48 Wharf Road, Bolinas. 868-0330. 10/02:‘Rock Of Our Ages’ Exhibition of work by three Jewish rock photographers. 4-6pm. Free. Osher Marin Jewish Community Center, 200 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael. 444-8000. 10/03: First Sunday Open Studios More than 40 working artists, in three buildings, will open their doors to public. 11-4pm. Free. Novato Arts Center, 501 Palm Dr., Novato. 883-1066. 10/04-11/01:‘New Works’ 25 new paintings by Georgia Annwell. Opening reception 5pm Oct. 8. 11am-9pm. Free. Community Media Center of Marin, 819 A St., San Rafael. 472-4628. 10/08:‘The Art of Beauty’ Art salon hosted by Avalon owner Jennifer Lebsack features the work of painter Patti Oji, stone sculptor Arin Wiscomb and jewelry designer Leslie Lawton. 5-9pm. Free. Avalon Salon, 1016 B. St., San Rafael. 454-9616. 10/08: 2nd Fridays Art Walk | San Rafael Join Art Works Downtown and numerous merchants up and down Fourth St. for art shows, gallery receptions, open studios, refreshments and inspiration. 5-8pm. Free. Various locations, Downtown Fourth St., San Rafael. 451-8119. www.artworksdowntown.

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

Through 10/03: 6th Annual Fall National Juried Exhibition “Speaking of Solitude,” Juried by SFMOMA artists gallery director Maria Medua. 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. www.spn.usace.

Through 10/24: Zea Morvitz, Madeline Nieto Hope, Anne-Katrin Spiess, and Vickisa “12 Views from the Countryside.” Morvitz, graphite drawings. “After Hours Stuff.” Hope. “Nothingness Projects / Journey to Green Horizons.” Spiess, new works. 11am-5pm. Free. Gallery Route One, 11101 Highway One, Point Reyes Station. 663-1347. www.

Through 10/27:‘Colorful Women and ‘Scapes’ Group exhibition. Opening reception 6-8pm Oct. 1. Free. Mill Valley Community Center, 180 Camino Alto, Mill Valley. 459-2981.

More than the ivories will be tickled at the Rafael’s Oct. 6 screening of Chris Felver’s doc on jazz pianist Cecil Taylor, below.

Through 10/8:‘Selected Works’ Randall Sexton, paintings. In the Gail Van Dyke Atrium Gallery 8am7pm. Free. Marin Cancer Institute, 1350 South Eliseo Dr., Greenbrae. 461-9000. Through 11/12:‘New Avenues’ Exhibition of digitally influenced art juried by David Hamill. Reception 5-8pm Oct. 8. Closing party 5-8pm Nov. 12. 10am-5pm. Art Works Downtown, 1337 Fourth St., San Rafael. 451-8119. www.artworksdowntown. org Through 11/13: Falkirk Bi-Annual Juried Exhibition Group exhibition of works by Marin and Bay Area artists. Free. Falkirk Cultural Center, 1408 Mission Ave., San Rafael. 485-3328. www.

Through 11/18:‘Las Expresiones: Celebrating Latino Artists of the Bay Area’ Showcase of works by Latino artists from around the Bay Area. 9am-5pm. Free. Marin Community Foundation, 5 Hamilton Landing #200, Novato. 666-2442 . www. Through12/23:‘Fall Fashionings’ Group show featuring Marin county painters depicting large works influenced by the fall season. Noon-4pm. Free. Mona Lease Gallery, 39 Greenbrae Boardwalk, Greenbrae. 461-3718.

Talks/Lectures 10/04: Deepak Chopra Evening of body-mind wisdom with the acclaimed author in a rare Marin appearance. 7:30-9:30pm. $35-75. Marin Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 435-9181. 10/05: Laptop PC Lab One-hour help sessions. Bring your own laptop. Pre-registration required. No Macs. 3-4pm. Free. Civic Center Library, 3501 Civic Center Dr., Rm 427, San Rafael. 499-6058. www. 10/05: Living Green Tips Talk about eco-friendly

The plucky Steve James brings his breakneck ďŹ ngerpicking to String Letter Music School this Saturday in San Anselmo. products for building and remodeling with Taja di Leonardi and Nina Boeddeker of Ecohome Improvement in Berkeley. 7:30-8:30pm. Free. Belvedere Community Center, 450 San Rafael Ave., Belvedere. 246-5060. 10/06: Post-Impressionist Masterpieces In an illustrated talk, Rita Dunlay will highlight some of the 120 late Impressionist paintings on loan to the de Young Museum from the Musee dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Orsay in Paris. 3-4pm. Free. San Rafael City Council Chambers, 1400 Fifth Ave., San Rafael. 485-3321.

10/07: Marin Audubon Society Speaker Series â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bird Photos Through Your Scope.â&#x20AC;? With Len Blumin who will Introduce Digiscoping, which is a way of photographing birds in their environments with a conventional spotting scope and digital camera. 7:30-9:30pm. Free. Richardson Bay Audubon Center, 376 Greenwood Beach Road, Tiburon. 7890703.

10/07: Speed Climbing/Base Jumping/Wing Suiting Slideshow With Yosemite big wall speed climber Chris McNamara. 7-8pm. Free. Outback Adventures, 14 E. Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Larkspur. 461-2222.

Readings 09/25: Hand To Mouth Words Spoken Out Series

#33 with Marin poet laureate CB Follet and Robert A. McNally. 4-6pm. Donation. Rebound Bookstore, 1611 Fourth St., San Rafael. 482-0550. www. 10/01: Brain Boggles Gary Gruber discusses â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 200 Hardest Brain Teasers: MindBoggling Puzzles, Problems, and Curious Questions to Sharpen Your Brain.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www. 10/01: Emma Donoghue The author presents her novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;Room.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www. 10/01: Off the Reich-ter Scale Robert Reich discusses â&#x20AC;&#x153;Aftershock: The Next Economy and Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Future.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free, preferred seating with book purchase. Dominican University, 50 Acacia Ave., San Rafael.

10/02: Be Kind to our Fur-Footed Friends Steven Kotler talks about â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Small Furry Prayer: Dog Rescue and the Meaning of Life.â&#x20AC;? 2pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 9270960. 10/02: Hospice Benefit Used Book Sale Proceeds benefit Hospice by the Bay. 9am-5pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 10/02: Less Labor Lisa Quinn discusses â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lifeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Too Short to Fold Fitted Sheets: Your Guide to Domestic Liberation.â&#x20AC;? 4pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage. com 10/03: Edmund de Waal The author discusses â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Hare with Amber Eyes: A Familyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Century of Art and Loss.â&#x20AC;? 4pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 10/05: Jennifer Arnold Arnold presents her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Through a Dogâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Eyes.â&#x20AC;? 1pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www. 10/06: Darin Strauss and Adam Levin Strauss discusses his memoir â&#x20AC;&#x153;Half a Life.â&#x20AC;? Levin talks about his novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Instructions.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 10/07: Celebrating Litquake Cheese tasting as Gordon Edgar presents â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cheesemonger: A Life on the Wedge.â&#x20AC;? Steve Sando will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Heirloom

BEST BET Tell breast cancer to take a hike... With the commemoration of the 25th annual Breast Cancer Awareness Month this October, there is no shortage of cancer-fighting events and activities to get involved in. For Marinâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;where the breast cancer rate is one of the highest in the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; the best way to kick-start Breast Cancer Awareness Month also happens to be a great way to engage in an active, community-centered event on a lovely Saturday morning! Zero Breast Cancer Marin holds its eighth The Dipseaâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;one step closer to a cure, 670 steps closer to the ďŹ nish line. annual DIPSEA HIKE/RUN LITE to promote health and well-being while raising financial donations for the agencyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s research fund. The six-mile hike and run are followed by a family picnic with live music and complimentary massages for all participants! Check-in for runners and hikers begins at 8am on Oct. 2 at Old Mill Park, 17 Cascade Way, Mill Valley. $20-$35. 415/507-1949. Register online atâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; Dani Burlison

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and reception with the filmmaker, Dr. Hassan Zee. Proceeds benefit Pakistan flood relief charities. 7:309:30pm. $15. Open Secret Bookstore, 923 C St., San Rafael. 456-2799.

Don Lattin (The Harvard Psychedelic Club). Krasny discusses â&#x20AC;&#x153;Spiritual Envy.â&#x20AC;? Boorstein talks about â&#x20AC;&#x153;Happiness is an Inside Job.â&#x20AC;? Shapiro presents Devotion.â&#x20AC;? 7:30pm. $12-15. Osher Marin JCC, 200 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael. 444-8000 . www.marinjcc. org 10/07:The Other Pam Anderson Anderson talks about â&#x20AC;&#x153;Perfect One-Dish Dinners.â&#x20AC;? 6pm. Free. Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, San Francisco. 8351020.



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10/07: Take the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;California Budget Challengeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; LWV of Marin Co & AAUW Marin sponsors a reception/program about the challenges of creating a CA budget. 5-7pm. $11. Club Restaurant at McInnis Park, 350 Smith Ranch Road, San Rafael. 898-2701.

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PUBLIC NOTICES 995 Fictitious Name Statement 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) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 125001 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as FLAGSHIP MOVERS, 2A BRIDGE STREET, SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960: GREGORY ALEXANDER KURTZ, 540 DONALD STREET, SONOMA, CA 95476. 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 September 20, 2010. (Publication Dates: September 24; October 1, 8, 15, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 124963 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as MIA’S BOUTIQUE, 608 3RD STREET, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: GABRIELA CANUS, 15 LA BREA WAY #15, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on September 16, 2010. (Publication Dates: September 24; October 1, 8, 15, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 125033 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as PAT’S CONST. SERVICE, 16 MORNING SUN AVE., MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: PATRICK CLARK BOWEN, 16 MORNING SUN AVE., 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 September 23, 2010. (Publication Dates: October 1, 8, 15, 22, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2010125048 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as MARIN SOLAR SOLUTION, 224 OLYMPIC WAY, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: ROBERT C. ROMEYN, 224 OLYMPIC WAY, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on September 24, 2010. (Publication Dates: October 1, 8, 15, 22, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 125062 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as B&B SEAFOOD, 295 SUMMIT AVENUE, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: BRUCE FAIREY, 295 SUMMIT AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901; ROBERT PINKSTON, 633 HIDDEN LAKE DR., MARTINEZ, CA 94553. This business is being conducted by a general partnership. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on September 28, 2010. (Publication Dates: October 1, 8, 15, 22, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 125046 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as BIOTOOLS, 39 HILLVIEW AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: ROBLEY H. PRYOR, 39 HILLVIEW AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on September 24, 2010. (Publication Dates: October 1, 8, 15, 22, 2010)

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) ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF MARIN. No. CIV 1004767. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner YIJUN ZHANG filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: WASHINGTON LU to DANIEL LU. 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 22, 2010, 8:30 AM, Dept. J, Superior Court of California, County of Marin, 3501 Civic Center Drive, Room 113, San Rafael, CA 94913-4988. A copy of this ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE shall be published at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in the county of Marin: PACIFIC SUN. Date: September 22, 2010 /s/ VERNA A. ADAMS, JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT (Pacific Sun: September 24; October 1, 8, 15, 2010) PUBLIC NOTICE: NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE. MINI STORAGE SAN ANSELMO according to the provisions of Division 8 of the California Business and Professional Code, Chapter 10, Section 21707(a) hereby gives NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE. MINI STORAGE SAN ANSELMO will conduct a public sale of the contents of the storage units named below, with the contents being sold for lawful money of the United States of America. The Sale is being held to satisfy an OWNER’S LIEN and will be held at: MINI STORAGE IN SAN ANSELMO, 208 GREENFIELD AVENUE. The property will be sold to the highest bidder on TUESDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2010 at 2:00PM. Should it be impossible to sell all of the lots on the above date, the sale will be continued to another date as announced by the auctioneer, Duane M. Hines, Bond No. RED 1016142. The property to be sold consists of household goods and personal effects belonging to the occupant(s) identified below. For additional information call: (415) 332-6520, Monday – Friday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Name of owner is followed by lot number: STEPHEN MARTINEZ: UNIT #358; BENTLEY NELSON: UNIT #075; BENTLEY NELSON: UNIT #054; TAMERA FREEMAN: UNIT #331. Pacific Sun: (September 24; October 1, 2010)

by Lynda Ray

Week of September 30-October 6, 2010

ARIES (March 20 - April 19) Friday puts you in the mood for cozy stay-athome activities. By Saturday night, however, you’re ready to be wined, dined and entertained—no special occasion necessary. Your ruler, sexy Mars, is doing the tango with sensuous Venus all week long. No need to watch Dancing with the Stars when the stars are dancing with you... TAURUS (April 20 - May 19) The motivation to get everything done before the weather turns cold is admirable, but a bit of a waste considering the potential for a romantic adventure this week. Meanwhile, progressive Uranus and generous Jupiter want you to help the occupants of planet Earth. This includes, but is not limited to, the occupants with paws, gills, feathers, claws and fur. Lions and tigers and bears, oh my. GEMINI (May 20 - June 20) This week your job environment could be very interesting. You may, in fact, meet someone who recognizes your creative talents. Why not explore the idea of revolutionizing your career in some way? Meanwhile, on Sunday, your ruler (restless Mercury) enters the matchmaking sign of Libra. If you’re single, you may be evaluating candidates for your next romance. If you’re attached, you probably shouldn’t go anywhere without your sweetie by your side. Better safe than sorry. CANCER (June 21 - July 21) The Moon in your sensitive sign Thursday and Friday provides many opportunities for emotional experiences—some pleasant, others that may turn your mood a bit sour. Well, you wouldn’t have been born a Cancer if you didn’t like the challenge of an occasional roller coaster mood swing. By Sunday, the number of celestial energies in your house of past attachments has risen to three. This could bring family members, old friends and previous lovers back into your environment. You might need a bigger house... LEO (July 22 - August 22) Your ruler (the playful Sun) moves away from the influence of serious Saturn this week. This allows you to fully enjoy the extra charm and sociability that occurs during the Libra phase when flirting should be as easy as breathing. Even better, the top of your lunar cycle is Saturday and Sunday, bringing good luck when you follow your heart. Meanwhile, your primary goal for the next three weeks is to be fair and impartial. VIRGO (August 23 - September 21) You don’t have to go far to have fun as an array of activities happen locally. You may be interested in signing up for a seminar or three-day course to satisfy a need to exercise your brain and share your ideas. Or, you could simply have some friends over for a lively game of Scrabble. On Sunday, your ruler (clever Mercury) enters the persuasive sign of Libra, enhancing your negotiating skills—but also turning you indecisive for the next few weeks. LIBRA (September 22 - October 22) How is this for a celestially inspired birthday present? Your ruler (persuasive Venus) teams up with irresistible Mars this week making it nearly impossible for anyone to say “no” to you. Your challenge (with self-limiting Saturn in your sign) is to say “yes” to your OWN desires. If you are letting your responsibilities take over your schedule, you are cheating yourself out of your time in the zodiac spotlight. Skip the to-do list and smile for the cameras. SCORPIO (October 23 - November 21) Another week with the interesting combo of feisty Mars and peaceable Venus in your sign—causing fiery flare-ups that can be followed by blissful make-ups. This blends well with the complementary placement of spontaneous Uranus and expansive Jupiter in your house of romance and creativity. Avoid the media, ignore all political emails and live your own entertaining life instead of watching TV. You are in a good place with the potential for great experiences. Don’t let anyone tell you differently. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 - December 20) With no planets in any fire sign, you feel a bit disconnected. The only real action occurs on Saturday and Sunday when the Moon occupies Leo. So, see as many friends and lovers as possible over the weekend while it is easier to feel emotionally engaged. On Wednesday, balancing your professional life with your personal life is challenging. Do not bring your sweetie to the office and do not take your work home. You’ll thank me later. CAPRICORN (December 21 - January 18) Creativity and ambition can lead to success. You may not believe this on Thursday and Friday, but when Monday rolls around, you have an abundance of plans for getting ahead. However, you should wait until next week to verbally describe your ideas. With Mercury (the planet of communication) tongue-tied and twisted, what is said and what is meant are worlds apart. Sort of like all those political ads. AQUARIUS (January 19 - February 17) OK. Dealing with authority figures is not your favorite thing. Nevertheless, this week you may find yourself enthralled by someone in a position of power. This could turn into a problem if it happens over the weekend when misunderstandings are abundant. But from Monday, it could actually be rather lucky. If offered an opportunity to travel for business, jump on it. The time is right to expand your horizons and make money while you’re doing so.

997 All Other Legals 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



PISCES (February 18 - March 19) You are on an adventurous streak this week with several opportunities for serendipitous experiences. Your sweetie wants to analyze your behavior over the weekend, but you aren’t really interested in psychotherapy. Life is exciting. Indulge. On Tuesday, you discover romantic talents that you didn’t know you had. This enhanced charisma could net you either a new love or make things significantly more intimate with your current sweetheart (who has happily abandoned “why?” for “why not?”) Enjoy. < Email Lynda Ray at or check out her website at OCTOBER 1 – OCTOBER 7, 2010 PACIFIC SUN 33

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I’m 28 and my boyfriend of five years is 29. I’m ready to get married, and he’s flat-out not, but wants us to stay together. Our maturity levels vary greatly. I’m getting my Ph.D. while working full time. He has a job, but can’t save or manage money and just wants to play in his bands and stay out and party. He’s very affectionate and constantly tells me he loves me, but regarding getting married, he always says things like, “It’ll be our turn one day,” or says he’ll propose by the end of X month, but never does. I’m in therapy over this, but he refuses to come. In general, he can’t articulate himself in an argument and often refuses to discuss unpleasant topics (money, bills or emotional issues). Everyone around us is getting married, and in our society, there are articles and websites that say a man’s proposal is the ultimate way of showing his devotion and love. I try to remember that my value comes from within, but I need to know that the man I love wants me that much, and forever. —Waiting

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It’s hard to compete with all those girls showing off that princess-cut diamond in a platinum setting when all you have to show for your relationship is the ring your boyfriend’s pint glass leaves on the table in a dive bar setting. Everything you say about the guy screams that the only aisle he’ll be walking down anytime soon is one with a big sale on Tostitos or beer. This doesn’t make him a bad person—just a bad person to be hitting up for a marriage proposal. Sure, in the name of love and conflict avoidance, he’ll pluck a month off the calendar for the big day, or tell you “Our day will come!” and maybe even believes it in the moment. But, let’s get real. Distant consequences don’t exactly play a part in his decision-making, and his idea of planning for the future probably involves remembering to get to the payday loan place so he can get his guitar out of hock before the weekend. Women in your position ask themselves (and some strange lady on the bus, and anybody who’ll listen), “If he loves me, why won’t he marry me?!” It isn’t always that simple for men. Studies by sociologist Pamela Smock and others suggest that men’s readiness to marry is often tied to whether they feel financially stable and successful in their careers. Careers? Your boyfriend doesn’t have one, let alone $20 to carry him through the weekend. Still, he clearly isn’t commitment averse. He’s been committed to you for five years; he’s just squeamish about signing a contract to drive you to bingo when you’re 90. Yes, getting married is supposed to be the ultimate way of showing love and devotion, and maybe that’s why so many people do it four times. You need to ask yourself: Are you more in love with the guy or the idea of marrying the guy? Whatever you do, quit trying to drag him to therapy. He isn’t mentally ill. He doesn’t even sound troubled. Okay, so he can’t hang onto a dollar or have adult conversations about uncomfortable subjects, but he seems to love you and want to be with you. And maybe he can, if only you can accept him for who he is—a guy who might eventually pop the question, but it’ll probably be something along the lines of would you like another round, and if so, can he “borrow” $8.

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