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›› LETTERS Just wait till she stages a coloncancer fundraiser... Thanks to the Space Cowboy and the Pacific Sun—our cups are running over with appreciation for your mention of our Wine, Women & Song Rack ‘n’ Roll “breastival” this weekend in Fairfax! [A fundraiser for breast cancer charities, Saturday, Oct. 16, at 19 Broadway, Peri’s Bar and the Sleeping Lady in Fairfax.] We know we’re milking the puns, but my girls and I like bringing a lightheartedness to the worthy cause of the fight against breast cancer. My own mom is a two-time breast cancer survivor and, without laughter, climbing these mountains in life would be more difficult. As we pass around the collection jugs on Saturday, let’s hope lots of folks feel the cause like we do. Titillated by your support, Susan Z, founder Wine, Women & Song

Pull the tap on water district incumbents! Our voters have a unique opportunity to assert a more democratic, frugal, environmentally sound water policy. Marin Municipal Water District’s autocratic, out-of-touch incumbent Board of Directors has already spent millions of ratepayer dollars to force through their unneeded, exorbitantly expensive, growth-inducing, health-risking and energy-wasting desalination plant. They’ve

spent hundreds of thousands more of our money to consider resuming spraying pesticides in our watershed. They have plans to institute a compulsory MMWD “smart” water-meters program, forcing even more radiation exposure onto our vulnerable families. They’ve raised our water rates 34 percent in the last three years alone, while cutting to the bone the conservation incentives that have helped dramatically reduce our water consumption. Measure T was placed on the ballot through the grassroots support of 18,000plus fed-up Marin voters. But the incumbent MMWD board—desperate to preserve its nearly unlimited powers—cynically added its own intentionally confusing Measure S; it would facilitate MMWD’s pursuing 13 extremely pricey permits before we ratepayers could vote on whether we even want their development-oriented project. Note Measure T doesn’t forbid desalination—it just forces MMWD to sufficiently convince our voters that it’s needed. Relatively untapped conservation initiatives could easily save much more drinking water, but the incumbents’ unimaginative priorities are tragically skewed toward huge technological fixes rather than simple common sense. Support sane, environmentally sustainable policy—please vote Yes on T, No on S, and for reform MMWD candidates Egger, Dombeck, Lacques and Rose. Alexander Binik, Fairfax

A fine assessment indeed Congratulations on your endorsement of Richard Benson for County Assessor [“Sun Endorsements!” Oct. 8]. In opting for experience and managerial skills over gender and an outgoing personality, you have given the readers of the Pacific Sun a

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Groups protest destruction of family court documents Local court watchdog groups gathered outside the Marin County Civic Center today to protest the court’s destruction of child-custody files in autumn of 2009. Read the full st... To Vote Or Not To Vote, That Is The Question My young son voted in the last Presidential election for the first time. He is a typical young member of society. He cares about women, sports and food.

Your soapbox is waiting at ›› pacificsun.com sober clear-headed recommendation. There is only one Assistant Assessor, who serves directly under Joan Thayer, and that person is Richard Benson. His opponent is one of several Appraisers II. Richard Benson taught the first ethics course for assessors and appraisers across the state of California and has been endorsed by 21 of his peers. He has drafted legislation providing homeowners with tax relief in times of disaster and, if elected, intends to fight to bring back the low-income senior-deferral program which Gov. Schwarzenegger killed and, as you pointed out in your endorsement, has authored regulatory changes adopted by the state Board of Equalization. The rough times we are going through require solid experience. Here’s hoping all Pacific Sun readers will take heed of your wise choice and vote for Richard Benson on Nov. 2. Lynn Arias Bornstein, Greenbrae

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I’m writing in regards to the Pacific Sun’s endorsement write-up in the governor race. I agree that electing Meg Whitman, a political novice, would be a mistake we’d soon regret. But to use the election of the “muscly star of Kindergarten Cop” as an example is itself an example of your occasional penchant for sclerotic thinking (Left Wing Division). You’re not suggesting we would have fared better with Cruz Bustamante than the Governator, are you? Stanton Klose, San Rafael

Information Program to educate the public about Measure F.” Under California law, local governments are strictly prohibited from engaging in political advocacy using public resources. Local governments may make public statements of an informational nature, provided they are factual and impartial. Statements that are not factual or that are not impartial are prohibited both by our state and federal constitutions. The free-speech clauses of the federal and state constitutions prohibit the use of governmentally compelled monetary contributions (including taxes) to support or oppose political campaigns since “[s]uch contributions are a form of speech, and compelled speech offends the First Amendment.” (Smith v. U.C. Regents, 1993). Moreover, “use of the public treasury to mount an election campaign which attempts to influence the resolution of issues which our Constitution leaves to the ‘free election’ of the people... presents a serious threat to the integrity of the electoral process.” (Stanson v. Mott, 1976). The Lew Edwards proposal attempts to justify this activity as being consistent with “ ... a well established tradition of public engagement and public information related to its budget challenges ... ” then describes the “informational mailers” that will be part of the program. Novato has no history of using direct mail for this type of communication. It is a serious breach of the public trust when government officials spend public funds to create an advantage for one side of a political campaign. We have informed the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association about this activity. As you may know, HJTA has successfully sued individual officials in similar circumstances for an accounting and personal reimbursement of mishandled public funds. In order to avoid litigation over this matter, we demand that the city of Novato immediately cease using its funds, property, personnel, supplies or equipment to influence the election. If we receive written confirmation from the city of Novato within the next 10 days that these demands have been met, we will take no further action. David Randolph,President Marin UnitedTaxpayers Association

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issues, concerns, paradoxes, dilemmas and possibilities.” Solomon says it struck him that during that first conversation and in subsequent meetings, “How separate Marin and Sonoma County often really are.” Just as advocacy groups were separating along special-interest lines, the counties were separating along geographical lines. If taken to extremes, parochialism undermines a rational regional vision. Even an issue as important as the proposed expansion of the Redwood Landfill was not on the minds of representatives from Sonoma County, Solomon says. If any issue has a regional slant, it’s waste hauling and landfills. People from each county expressed interest in issues important to the neighboring county, but their knowledge of the issues was lacking. Out of that first meeting, a core group of participants created the 10-member Commission on a Green New Deal for the North Bay. Solomon is co-chair with Ginger SoudersMason. Five members of the commission represent Marin and five represent Sonoma County. The group held a number of public workshops to collect information about perceptions and concerns. The group then held focused hearings to collect testimony from experts, which forms the bedrock of the group’s just-released report, “Vital Change: Reconsidering Water, Food, Conservation, Healthcare, and Commerce.” The title reflects the belief that in order to break out 10 >

›› NEWSGRAMS San Rafael grieves over another teen suicide A 13-year-old Miller Middle School student—who died from self-inflicted asphyxiation—was found early morning, Oct. 4, along Grande Paseo in Marinwood.The death comes just 10 days after the suicide of a 15-year-old Terra Linda High School student and has left Marin County shocked and saddened by the tragedies. Although the two teens knew each other, officials say there is no apparent connection between the deaths. The Family Service Agency of Marin, which has a 24-Hour Suicide Prevention & Crisis Counseling line at 415/499-1100, will provide a support group for survivors of suicide from 6:308pm Tuesdays from Oct. 26 through Dec. 14. 555 Northgate Drive, San Rafael.—Dani Burlison Ross philanthropist Bill Patterson remembered A celebration of life was held at the California Academy of Sciences on Oct. 13, for philanthropist and investor Bill Patterson of Ross. Patterson, the man behind the extensive renovation of the Academy of Sciences, also served on the board of the Bay Area Discovery Museum, the Marin Community Foundation and the Stanford Business School Trust. A 1989 MBA graduate of Stanford University, Patterson was known in the Bay Area community as a smart investor with a big heart and a community-minded approach. In the weeks before his Sept. 24 death, Patterson donated $250,000 to the campaign against Proposition 23, the California initiative that would put a hold on the state’s global warming law, AB 32. Patterson was 48 years old and suffered from a brain tumor. He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth, and their three children,William, 18, Eleanor, 16, and Graham, 12.—D B Novato Theater purchased on a Lark The long derelict Novato Theater may finally be staging a comeback, as the Novato City Council gave the thumbs-up to sell the downtown venue for $50,000 to a nonprofit run by Bernice Baeza, director of the Lark Theater in Larkspur. Last year, Baeza was chosen from several applicants who’d petitioned to reopen the theater; plans include first-run films, classic movies and live theater productions.—Jason Walsh Protesters call for criminal investigation of family court While the Marin Family Court awaits the results of a state-ordered audit of its family law processes, local court watchdog groups gathered outside the Marin County Civic Center Oct. 12 to protest the court’s destruction of child-custody files in autumn of 2009. The shredding of the files—which contained such things as images of children’s injuries, illustrations drawn by children, witness statements, police reports and more—were allegedly ordered by court administrator Kim Turner about three months after state legislators, including Marin Sen. Mark Leno, called for an audit of the Marin and Sacramento family courts. Court detractors have for years accused the Marin Family Court of bias and negligence. “We are unaware of any other instance where top state court leadership has openly admitted to destroying evidence in the middle of a state investigation and ongoing litigation,”said family law attorney Robin Yeamans. An investigation conducted by the Administrative Office of the Court was called for by presiding Judge Terrence Boren in July after a court transcript revealed that a family law mediator had destroyed files on the order of her supervisors. Boren has said the move to destroy the files was done to preserve storage space and that the AOC had prior knowledge of the decision.The AOC ruled that the shredded documents were not official court documents but, rather, notes and reports prepared by child-custody mediators and other advocates. The protesters at the Civic Center are calling for a criminal investigation into the matter.—JW EXTRA! EXTRA! Post your Marin news at ›› pacificsun.com

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± Celebrated author and Marin resident China Galland is slated to receive the Courage of Conscience Award from the Peace Abbey this month. Ms. Galland joins the illustrious ranks of past recipients including Mother Teresa, the Dalai Lama and Rosa Parks. Love Cemetery: Unburying the Secret History of Slaves, her latest book, chronicles a 175-year-old Texas cemetery containing graves of former slaves and the subsequent lockout of the descendants of people buried there. Race, religion, gender, economy and class issues are at the core of the Love Cemetery story, and today Galland works to alleviate the injustices she uncovered. The Courage of Conscience Award recognizes Galland’s years of writing, leadership and activism on behalf of justice, reconciliation and peace. We recognize her as a true Hero for Marin and the rest of the world.

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²ÊSome people give and others take. Givers include the dedicated volunteers at the Corte Madera Oktoberfest, an annual fundraising event for the Corte Madera Beautification Committee. Takers include whoever it was that walked off with a half-full keg of beer after the festival last week. The missing keg belongs to small, local, family-run brewery that trusted the festival to return it. We’re sure the takers had a barrel of fun with the keg’s contents, so we think it’s high time they brought it back. Please drop it off on the front porch at 100 Grove Avenue in Corte Madera. Oktoberfest volunteers assure us that no questions will be asked. Personally, we’re foaming at the mouth and think these Zeros scraped the bottom of the barrel, but we won’t ask any questions either.—Nikki Silverstein

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›› UPFRONT < 8 A whole New Deal of the 20th-century paradigm—which is inadequate for the 21st century—North Bay residents, activists, households and politicians must take a cross-disciplinary approach to issues facing the region. The group’s name is an obvious reference to the New Deal from the Franklin D. Roosevelt administration of the 1930s. In many ways the complexities of the Green New Deal dwarf the challenges of its namesake. In addition to finding solutions to investment in industries and commerce that can stimulate the economy and at the same time provide jobs that pay a living wage, advocates of the Green New Deal must search for ways to forge those issues with sustainability and a new way of approaching problems, one centered on desirable outcome rather than the flat-out unbridled growth, consumerism and consumption that has driven past economies. Back in the 1930s America was awash in oil, for instance, and paid little attention to clean energy and waste production. “The high concept,” says Green New Deal Commissioner Peter Richardson, “was to produce a report that could bring together concerns about labor and concerns about the environment.” Although not the only issues on the agenda, they played a large part “in the original motivation,” notes Richardson, who lived in San Anselmo during the creation of the commission and the production of the report. He has since moved to Richmond. Richardson is editorial director of PoliPointPress in Sausalito. He’s also a lecturer in humanities at San Francisco State University and chair of the California Studies Association. During his work as one of Solomon’s book editors at PoliPointPress, he became involved in the Green New Deal effort. PoliPointPress specializes in politics and public affairs—and it’s unapologetically progressive in its inclinations, as is Richardson, Solomon and the Green New Deal. Although progressive bashing has become a participatory sport this election cycle, those who created the local Green New Deal for the North Bay (there are many national and international permutations of the effort) stand firm in their commitment to the principles that, they say, can wrench the region (and the state, country and the world) out of its 20th-century death spiral of overconsumption, a pathological refusal to accept environmental concerns and a lack of commitment to accept that paying workers a living wage can stimulate economies rather than drain them. It’s no accident the commission is releasing the report a few weeks before the midterm election. That progressive bent was the target of a letter published in a local newspaper more than a week before the report was released. The letter warned councilmembers in both counties that proponents would soon come to their cities with plans to create “a future for environmental sustainability, economic equity and social justice.” The writer cautioned councilmembers to be wary of the policy recommendations that “tend toward

evermore government regulation, overhead and taxation.” The attack continued, comparing progressivism to Carl Sandburg’s vision of fog creeping gently on little cat feet: “progressivism and its international goal of redistribution of wealth via unionization and taxation... is a very heavy penetrating cloud.” (For the record, Green New Deal commissioners are happy to discuss issues with anyone, but they have no intention of muscling into city council meetings anywhere.) Richardson says that in the current political climate “a lot of people feel the government is useless, maybe even malevolent. They cynically reject the ameliorating power of government action and think government is beyond the ability to produce good results at a reasonable cost.” While forging the Green New Deal, participants debated where to place emphasis on actions: with government, the private sector or the household sphere. But, says Richardson, “if you’re going to call it the Green New Deal, it should have something to do with the accomplishment of the New Deal—some really bold, forward-looking actions on the part of the government.” Many of Richardson’s students at San Francisco State were born after 1980. At about that time, he says, “it became a bit of conventional wisdom to say that government isn’t the solution; in fact it’s the problem [a nod to Ronald Reagan].” Richardson and the Green New Deal reject that assumption. The country has gone through periods when even the federal government “has been an engine of progressive change, and we need to expect that again.” The commission has followed classic community organizing strategies. Community organizers first gather diverse groups and listen to their “stories,” their concerns and the dilemmas of people within each group. Then, by uncovering common goals, they guide the groups toward a consensus, which can translate into action in the political arena as well as the private business and household spheres. One of the main goals is to bridge the gap separating various levels of government, which prevents coordinated solutions to problems that spark innovation. “We make all of these divisions for practical reasons,” Richardson says, “so we can compartmentalize these policy silos. But then you get into an extraordinary time when the conventional business as usual doesn’t seem to be acting quickly or decisively enough to get what everyone seems to agree is the outcome we want.” The challenge lies in cracking the assumptions, “not because they are necessarily wrong, but because they aren’t well adapted to the problem at hand.” The Green New Deal report covers four interrelated major topics: water, agriculture and food; waste and pollution; healthcare; civic commerce. After delineating the challenges the North Bay faces in each area, the report suggests public-sector responses, privatesector responses and household (personal) responses. In the waste-and-pollution section, for example, the report notes that landfills are reaching capacity and beyond. “We have finally realized that resources are finite” and landfills are a wasteful destination for what

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should be a resource. The report calls for the North Bay to “do things right, save money and create new and different jobs” on the road to zero waste. Although the county and cities and special districts in Marin, and Sonoma County, have waste-reduction programs, the Green New Deal posits an increased and integrated approach, from supporting efforts to push producers to take back their products for recycling rather than pushing them through a consumer-driven recycling stream, to promoting studies about the life cycles of products and their true costs, to taking household responsibility—including the consideration of a product’s life cycle before making a purchase. These moves toward a variety of actions on a variety of levels can lead to major changes and a more rapid movement toward zero waste. While acknowledging that the county and cities and special districts do have programs aimed at the concerns raised in the report, Green New Deal Commissioner Jonathan Frieman says, “I know that [elected and appointed officials] know that so much more could be done.” Frieman, who embraces the description “civic activist,” was instrumental in bringing the Transition Town movement to Marin. The report aims to be a document “not in opposition,” Frieman says, “but done in good faith.” The report and the conversation are meant to act as a catalyst for various groups, such as sustainability and transition groups and labor advocates, to connect and work toward complementary goals. It’s also designed to be a template that can help (coerce) politicians—and concerned residents—to focus on the new issues in new ways. Commission members plan to circulate the report among interested groups and politicians to prime the conversation pump. Richardson reiterates that the extraor-

dinary challenges facing the region require “something over and above business as usual.” And that goes for the state, the country and beyond. As an example, he cites the world of waste. “Waste management companies receive compensation for the amount of weight they transport. That gives them an incentive to keep the weight high, when in fact what we want is to diminish that and get to zero waste. You don’t do that by compensating the hauling companies based on weight.” Richardson and other commissioners are under no illusions that synthesizing practical goals mixed in a philosophical crucible is an easy task. “Getting the incentives to match the outcomes we want is a big part of it, and sometimes you have to look critically at the status quo and say it’s not working.” As the conversation goes from the general to the specific, tensions can mount among various groups. Stimulating solar power in the North Bay, for instance, could eventually contribute to a clean green energy micro-grid for the region. The idea of stimulating solar retrofitting on residential homes met with an enthusiastic response during discussion that led up to the report. Retrofitting would boost employment—an economic stimulus that would boost jobs. But Solomon says that idea was met with skepticism. “People from organized labor said, ‘Are you talking about temporary $8.50 or $9 an hour jobs here? We are not thrilled.’ This was a clash of assumptions.” It’s not enough to stimulate green jobs, say labor advocates, we need to create green jobs that pay a living wage. “I take that as a straw in the wind,” says Solomon, “because just one or just the other, just won’t do it.” ✹ Read the Green New Deal for the North Bay report at: http:// sites.google.com/site/greennewdealforthenorthbay/ Contact the writer at Peter@pseidman.com.


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The bicker they come... ...the harder they squabble, as Brown and Whitman trade barbs in San Rafael by Ronnie Co he n

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eaning on crutches, Tom Brokaw A Dominican student walked out of hall hopped into the center of the stage at after the debate saying: “I don’t know how Dominican University Tuesday night much debating was going on as opposed to to open the third and final televised guber- bickering.” natorial debate between Jerry Brown and Outside the debate hall, supporters of each Meg Whitman. Before the cameras began of the candidates screamed slogans over one rolling, the newscaster and debate modera- another. Third-party candidates and people tor used his broken holding signs saying, ankle as a metaphor “I am Nicky,” referfor the condition of ring to Nicky Diaz, the Golden State. the housekeeper “We’re both broken Whitman fired after at the moment,” he learning she was in said.“The difference is this country illegally, I hope to be repaired began gathering to before the beginning protest two-and-aof the year.” half hours before No one expects the debate. Green California’s probParty supporters lems—a 12.4 perwearing green gags cent unemployment around their mouths rate, a public school chanted, “Let Laura system ranked at the debate.” bottom of the 50 Not only did Dostates, a $19 billion minican and NBC, budget deficit, illehosts of the debate, gal immigration so bar Green Party canrampant that the Redidate Laura Wells publican candidate from participating in herself employed the debate, she was an undocumented arrested when she housekeeper for nine tried to enter the hall years—to be fixed as to watch it. quickly as Brokaw’s Wearing a green ankle. And the two Green Party members protested their exclusion from the shirt with white stars, candidates offered debate; Green candidate Laura Wells was led away by poLarry Bragman, vice little in the way of lice after trying to enter the hall with someone else’s ticket. mayor of Fairfax and concrete solutions to a Green Party memthe state’s daunting problems during their ber, demonstrated alongside Wells and introhour-long debate on the campus of the pri- duced her and Marnie Glickman, co-chair of vate San Rafael university. the Marin County Green Party, to someone Mostly, with just three weeks left until who gave the two tickets to go into the hall. voters weigh in on the tightly contested race, After Wells and Glickman, who lives in San the ex-eBay CEO and the attorney general Rafael, made their way through one security jabbed at each other’s weak spots. Brown barrier, as they were standing on the stairs a questioned how much of her own money his few feet away from the auditorium entrance, billionaire opponent would save under her Glickman said a plainclothes security guard plan to eliminate capital-gains taxes. Whitstopped them. man rebuked the former two-term governor Wells, wearing a bright green shirt and a for his lukewarm apology after a Brown black skirt, refused to step down from the campaign worker who did not realize she stairs, and security officers and plainclothes was being taped was heard on a leaked voice- police officers surrounded her a little more mail message calling Whitman a “whore.” than an hour before the debate’s start. “I’m “If you like the process we have in a candidate,” she said, her voice rising as a California, you should elect Jerry Brown,” security guard held her arm. “I even won Whitman told the audience. “It will be the my primary. We want to have solutions, not same old, same old.” the status quo.” Brown attacked Whitman’s proposal About half-a-dozen officers led Wells to a for a temporary guest-worker program as squad car. A San Rafael police press release “basically treating people from Mexico as says officers arrested the 62-year-old Green semi-serfs.” Party candidate for trying to enter the hall

There was no shortage of finger pointing between the candidates.

with someone else’s ticket. Wells, the release says, presented a ticket issued to someone else and refused to relinquish it to campus security when asked to do so. She was cited for trespassing, released and is scheduled to appear in Marin County Superior Court on Nov. 2—Election Day. “Laura’s arrest epitomizes the poverty of a political culture which has abandoned youth, the unemployed and the foreclosed,” Bragman said in an email message. “In these difficult days, California needs more voices and more choices if it is ever to progress beyond the wall of political conformity, which is crushing its future.” Other politicians were given tickets to the event. All the members of the San Rafael City Council received tickets, as did members of the Marin County Board of Supervisors. Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey, Senator Dianne Feinstein and Assemblyman Jared Huffman attended. The university distributed nearly 800 tickets through a lottery, but some audience members said they were offered the tickets without applying. The candidates were supposed to get 10 tickets each for supporters. Brown gave one of his to 15-year-old Ethan Borrasso, a student at Oakland Military Institute, who, in his dress military uniform, sat next to his proud mother. Brown founded the institute as a charter school in 2001. After the debate, Supervisor Steve Kinsey pronounced Brokaw the winner. “They were punchy questions, even if you didn’t get punchy answers,” Kinsey said. Brokaw kicked off the debate by quoting President John Kennedy’s inaugural request: “Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country,” and asking the candidates to tell Californians what sacrifices they would have to make. Whitman deflected the question and talked instead about coming to California 30 years ago with her newlywed husband and living the California dream, a dream she says is now broken and she can fix. Before her time was up, Whitman did add: “There’s going to have to be some shared sacrifice.” But she did not say what the sacrifice might be. Brown offered no more specifics. “We do

have to make some tough decisions, live within our means,” he said. “We’re going to have to rise above the poisonous partisanship.” When Brown fumbled, intending to say he had the backing of the police chiefs but instead saying, “I’ve got the police chiefs in my back...” and stopped to correct himself, Whitman laughed and interjected that her opponent meant to say “in his back pocket.” After passionately advocating for federal immigration reform, Brown said he did not want to get into the uproar over Whitman’s housekeeper but launched right into it. “We have millions of people here illegally,” he said. “They’re in the shadows. We need comprehensive immigration reform at the federal level. We need to think about this very carefully—not just from a political point of view but from a human point of view. These are real people, mothers, dads and kids. They have this fear, the fear that [Whitman’s] housekeeper had. “It’s kind of a sorry tale. After working for her for nine years, [Whitman] didn’t even get her a lawyer.” Nicky Diaz, Whitman’s former housekeeper, has become a symbol of the national immigration quandary. Whitman says she hired Diaz, who is from Mexico, through an employment agency and was under the impression she had the legal documents necessary to work in the United States. In June 2009, when Whitman learned Diaz had forged her documents, she fired her on the spot. “It’s not fair that we work hard and then get thrown away like garbage with no thought about what will happen to us,” Diaz said in a news conference. A couple of Spanish-speaking women carrying signs reading “I am Nicky” assembled with their children outside the debate hall. Alondra Torres held a sign saying, “No Meg-usta.” The 14-year-old Santa Rosa middle school student accused Whitman of lying and trying to buy votes. “Jerry Brown was with Cesar Chavez,” she said, “and we want it to be the same story as it used to be.” ✹ Contact Ronnie Cohen at ronniecohen@comcast.net.

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The isle of Allende San Rafael author discusses her life as an eternal outsider

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rom the moment she learned that 33 miners were trapped half a mile beneath the ground in her native Chile, San Rafael author Isabel Allende has held the captives in her heart and mind. “I’ve been obsessed with the miners, thinking of them, dreaming of them,” Allende says. Miraculously, as the world watched this week, the miners were one by one lifted from the collapsed mine up through a shaft to the surface where family and friends awaited with open arms and weepy eyes. “In this year of Chile’s bicentennial,” says Allende, “the real heroes are these people who have lived a life that is stressful and hard and unsafe.” When the best-selling author recently learned she had won her homeland’s greatest honor for a writer—Chile’s 2010 National Literature Prize—she tearfully dedicated the coveted award to the miners and made plans to visit them. On Sept. 19, six weeks after the gold and copper mine collapsed, Allende held a news conference with Chilean President Sebastian Pinera. Allende said a prayer for the trapped miners while rescue Standing outside the mine, Pinera introduced efforts were under way near Copiapo last month. the 68-year-old writer as “perhaps the best ambassador that our country has had.” Allende seen through the eyes of a slave in Haiti and brought the trapped miners books and T-shirts New Orleans. But since we scheduled the intersigned by swimmers, including her son, Nico- view, Allende, who has lived in Marin County las Frias, who braved San Francisco Bay’s frigid for 22 years, won the Chilean award and has turned much of her attention to preparations waters in a fundraising race for the miners. “I come from California, and I travel all over for returning to her native country. Speaking nearly flawless English punctuthe world, and all the televiated with a Spanish accent, sion screens of the world are she credits her readers with showing the faces of those COMING SOON convincing the Chilean 33 miners and the name of government to award her Join Isabel Allende for lunch Chile,” the Associated Press the sought-after prize. When and a discussion of Island quoted Allende as saying. Beneath the Sea at Book Joaquin Lavin, Chile’s edu“I’ve received hundreds of Passage in Corte Madera cation minister, announced messages from people prayon Friday, Oct. 29. www. that Allende won the award, ing for them, from people bookpassage.com or call he praised her for having who send messages of sup415/927-0960. “given renewed value to port, positive energy and the role of the reader” in thanks for the people who Chile and around the world. are above ground, working Allende believes her success day and night without rest to rescue their comin the marketplace has—until now—worked rades. “For me, this is very emotional.” against her in competing for Chile’s national The emotional draws Allende, who was literature prize. “For the people who give the forced to leave Chile in 1975 following a miliaward, to be a best-seller is a liability. It means tary coup overthrowing her cousin, President you have no quality, ” she says. Salvador Allende. Before her most recent trip Allende, who began her career as a journalto Chile to receive her award and visit the minist and did not start writing fiction until she ers, she welcomed me into a regal sitting room in her downtown Sausalito office. Brown wavy was 40, was the fourth woman to win the award, which comes with a lifetime pension. hair frames the face of the colorful writer who “In 70 years, it has been given to only three wears a purple dress and sandals, which expose women,” she says. “So there has been undoubther red-painted toenails and add a couple of edly some male chauvinism in this.” inches to her 5-foot frame. Books, many of When she won the award, Chile’s recently them among the 18 she has written, fill the installed president called and invited her to room, along with a grandfather clock and accompany him to the collapsed mine. Allende a poster from the movie version of her first book, The House of the Spirits. We had planned had been closely following the story of the miners. She watched them divide up and make to talk about her most recently published last for 17 days tuna tins intended for only two. book, Island Beneath the Sea, a historical novel She describes herself as claustrophobic and 12 PACIFIC SUN OCTOBER 15, 2010 - OCTOBER 21, 2010

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cringes at the thought of being trapped in a mine so far underground that two-and-a-half Empire State Buildings could fit into the depth of the hole. Though imagining how difficult it would be for her to be trapped may have attracted Allende to the plight of the 33 miners, her compassion extends well beyond people suffering in small spaces. Her writing covers the full gamut of the downtrodden. In Island Beneath the Sea, Allende shines her empathic light on slaves in late 18th-century Santo Domingo—now Haiti—and early 19th-century New Orleans. Conceived after Hurricane Katrina and before January’s catastrophic Haitian earthquake, the novel follows the tale of Zarite, a mixed-race orphan sold as a slave at 9 years old and devoted to breaking free of the shackles that bind her to a plantation-owner master who began raping her when she was still a child. After traveling to New Orleans to research a chapter for her 2005 novel Zorro, Allende says she decided the Louisiana city would be a perfect stage on which to set another book. “I went for the research, and I thought, oh my God, the pirates of the Caribbean, what a story,” she says. “I found out that much of the French fiber—everything like voodoo—came from 10,000 refugees who escaped from Haiti. White, French colonizers, some had lost their land in Haiti, but they had wealth. They brought their white families and their most trusted domestic slaves. In the 1700s, one-third of the wealth of France came from Haiti. It was covered with trees and plantations. There was so much upheaval and war because they had to fight for their freedom. “The history of Haiti is tragic, from the beginning, tragic. I didn’t have to make much up. The only thing that’s fiction is the characters.” To the chagrin of some literary critics, Island Beneath the Sea lacks what they see as Allende’s trademark magical realism. “This book has the spiritual element of voodoo,” the author says. “Without that strong belief, the troops would have never been able to confront the troops of Napoleon. Allende spent four years doing research in preparation for writing Island Beneath the Sea. After steeping herself in the period, Zarite just appeared. “I don’t know if it was in a dream, meditation or a ghost,” she says. “But I can see her. She’s dark and beautiful, very dignified, regal, very aware of her own self and clear. She was born into slavery. She’s obsessed with freedom.” The novel details the successful rebellion that established the first free nation of former slaves and allows the San Rafael author, who continues to write in Spanish and whose work has been translated into 30 languages, a platform from which to speak out against slavery in all its forms throughout the world today. “There are 27 million slaves in the world today,” she says. “Every country has signed an agreement to do away with slavery. But it happens just the same. In Pakistan alone, there are a million people who live in debt bondage. Whole villages live like this. Until they pay the debt, they live like this.” Although slaves were freed at the turn of the

19th century in current-day Haiti, hundreds of thousands of Haitian children continue to live in slave-like conditions. “In this country that fights so hard for its freedom, there are 300,000 restavek,” Allende says. “They work for very poor families. The conditions these children live in are horrible, and they are invisible.” The Creole term restavek means “stay with.” Parents of restavek cannot afford to feed their children and send them to work for host households, where they become domestic servants, often enduring abuse similar to that of the slaves in Island Beneath the Sea. In a testament to the depth of Allende’s compassion, the novel offers a glimpse of an understanding into how a man could enslave other men, women and children, even his own child. “Slavery was a horrible thing,” Allende says. “But it was justified at that time.” Island Beneath the Sea explains the financial justification for slavery—who other than slaves would work the plantations—and uses a friendship between a plantation owner and his physician to debate the merits of slavery. Allende tries to offer an explanation for how a slave owner could have so cruelly treated his slave lover and their child. “In his eyes, he was a very benevolent master,” she says. “In order to do what he has to do, he has to believe that the blacks are not fully human. They believed that you could separate the mothers from the children, and they felt less pain. You demonize them.” Given that she’s a feminist dedicated to righting human-rights wrongs, Allende conveys an uncanny understanding of her novel’s plantation-owner master. “When I write, I end up being all of the characters,” she says. “Maybe deep in my heart, I end up having sympathy for all of them.” Sympathetic, but not completely selfless: Allende does work to protect her own selfinterests. In response to a question about plans for turning Island Beneath the Sea into a movie, she unleashes a tirade against the film industry. She has entered into contracts for her trilogy of young-adult books and Zorro to be made into movies, but she expresses outrage over the movie industry’s insistence upon holding rights to use her characters forever after. “They have the rights forever for the technology that exists and that’s going to be invented and for the rights to the characters. I need to get their permission and pay them for my characters,” she says incredulously. “It’s amazing. If they can cheat, they will. I would love to see my stories on a big screen. But it has to be reasonable. I don’t want them to own everything.” Allende recently finished another novel. She sets the still-unnamed story of a 19-year-old American woman in 2009, half here in her adopted land and half in her native land. After leaving Chile, Allende spent 13 years as a political refugee in Venezuela. “Here I’m an immigrant,” she says. “I choose to be here, but I will always be a foreigner. And it’s not bad for a writer. I see the U.S. and Chile with a distance. I’m a foreigner everywhere. That’s a good place to be for a writer.” ✹ Email Ronnie at ronniecohen@comcast.net.


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The new environmental cineasts John Antonelli, Will Parrinello and their lean, green movie machine by Dani Burlison

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hat began in 1982 as a project to devastation that has occurred. “I had hours document the life of writer and of testimony from a Tibetan that I felt was cultural icon Jack Kerouac, the an incredibly important contribution to the Mill Valley Film Group film,” Parrinello recalls, bloomed into a media during an interview in business with the focus of the group’s Sausalito GLOBAL FOCUS sharing the often untold houseboat office. “Later, The Mill Valley Film Group stories of cultural and enI discovered that this screens an episode of The vironmental preservation person had to withdraw New Environmentalists as a around the world. From the statements because it part of the Bioneers Conferfilms about the heritage was too risky to be outed ence Moving Image Festival and customs of Italianto the Chinese govon Friday, Oct. 15 at 4:30pm. Americans in Little Italy ernment. His to the effect of Santiago life was at Calatrava’s artwork on ins t a ke .” ternational communities in Angle of Inspira- What most may see tion, the Mill Valley Film Group charges full- as a time-consuming frame ahead to deliver stories of inspiration setback, Parrinello to the masses. saw as an eye-openMaking films isn’t the glamorous and pain- ing window into the free career that movie-lovers like to believe oppression of an enit is. John Antonelli and Will Parrinello, the tire culture—which he filmmaking backbone of the Mill Valley Film translated to the screen. Group, spent over 10 years inching through In addition to a groundlimited grant funds and transcontinental in- breaking film project documenting terviews to make the PBS American Masters the socially conscious programs created by film, Sam Cooke: Crossing Over. With another inmates at San Quentin State Prison, the challenging-to-make documentary, Mustang team continues to home in on the crossroads — Journey of Transformation, unexpected de- of cultural values and the natural environtours presented themselves in different ways. ment, emphasizing the importance of ecologiMustang—narrated by Richard Gere and cal preservation and restoration. Antonelli named after the small Tibetan community and Parrinello are currently at work on a where it was filmed—is the story of the pains- new film that explores the pros and cons of taking restoration project of a nearly demol- environmental conservation in places such as ished Buddhist temple in an extremely remote Zambia and Swaziland, with hopes of focusregion of Tibet. In addition to the limited ac- ing on the solutions that are most sustainable cess to a politically hostile area such as Tibet, for both humans and wildlife. “There is a people’s lives are often risked by sharing the colonial attitude in places like Swaziland when

hat we are living in a crucial time in history is not exactly breaking news. Recent decades have seen tremendous social and environmental upheaval in the form of wars, social unrest, oppression of indigenous people, loss of many endangered species of wildlife, the pollution and degredation of natural habitats, dwindling of resources and global warming. To name a few. Across the world, people are overwhelmed and overstimulated by an overabundance of conflicting and shocking information; the end result for many is apathy, depression or both. All too often this information focuses on the problems at hand and rarely on the creative solutions offered by great minds. Attention THE BIONEERS should be given to the opportunities to engage CONFERENCE in the world-changing proactive shift that is hapOct. 15-17 at the Marin Civic pening all around. On the flip side of global upCenter 10 Avenue of the Flags, heaval are programs that can and will switch the San Rafael; 877-BIONEERS or gears of the chaos and bring solution-oriented www.bioneers.org. $95-$495. programs, some of which are deeply rooted in the North Bay’s backyard. The annual Bioneers Conference, now in its 21st year, provides a venue for social-change agents to network, share and discover groundbreaking movements that continue to spring up, producing promising response to global crises. Founders Kenny Ausubel and Nina Simons, the innovative minds behind the annual gathering, began with the goal for like-minded movers and shakers to converge in Santa Fe, N.M. Originally focused on topics such as progressive politics, cultural diversity, ecological farming and natural medicine, the first conference had more than 250 attendees. Today, attendance has skyrocketed, drawing more than 3,000 people; workshops and presentations have expanded the focus to cover crucial and sensitive topics such as racism, classism and faith and gender issues, in addition to the environmental trends that are at the forefront of ecological restoration. Regardless of the area of expertise, the presenters share a common thread: In order to work toward a sustainable future, we must all start with ourselves by living authentic and reflective lives. And of course, finding joy in doing what we love. The Pacific Sun had the good fortune of engaging in conversation with some of the world’s greatest problem solvers living right here in Marin County. Local presenters include activist, educator and poet Drew Dellinger; anthropologist Dr. Elizabeth Lindsey; author, educator and psychiatrist Dr. Jean Bolen; and documentary filmmakers John Antonelli and Will Parrinello. There is no preachy, self-righteous guilt-tripping here. Rather, these presenters are all engaging in work that resonates with each of them. And, luckily for the planet, doing what they love just happens to benefit the movements for social and environmental justice, which then ripples and surges toward re-creating a viable world for generations to come.—Dani Burlison

people from the West move in,” says Antonelli, referring to the indigenous people being run off of native soil in the name of land and wildlife conservation. “People continue to be persecuted in their homelands for simply trying to survive.” With a growing stack of award-winning documentary films completed, Antonelli and Parrinello continue to share stories of triumphant environmental success through their PBS series, Global Focus — The New Environmentalists. In the Robert Redfordnarrated series, which recently premiered at

the Mill Valley Film Festival, Antonelli and Parrinello highlight recipients of the prestigious Goldman Prize, an honor in recognition of outstanding contributions in the realm of environmental justice throughout the world. The awardees tend to be everyday people engaging in creative, solution-oriented visions of ecological justice. “These people are completely irrepressible,” says Antonelli with excitement. The series, which has released six episodes, has also served as inspiration to the filmmakers. “We’ve meet some incredible people,” says Parrinello. “It inspires us to continue our work and do more.” ✹ For more information about The Mill Valley Film Group, visit www.mvfg.com. OCTOBER 15 - OCTOBER 21, 2010 PACIFIC SUN 13


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chops it into bite-size bits the rest of us can crine disruptor. understand. She then presents it in a cool, Just this spring, the President’s Cancer calm and powerfully poised argument. Panel submitted its report “Reducing EnviThe film corroborates a connection be- ronmental Cancer Risk: What We Can Do tween cancer and her hometown’s polluted Now,” assessing the effects of environmental waters from PCBs (a class of manmade exposures on cancer risk. An elite group of chemicals used in flame retardants, paint, doctors selected by both President Obama adhesives, etc.) and the ubiquitous con- and former President George Bush sat on tamination from atrazine, the second most the panel. The report states: “The entire widely used weed killer in the world. Atra- U.S. population is exposed on a daily basis zine is used on more than three-quarters of to numerous agricultural chemicals, some the cornfields in Illinois. of which are also used in Bay Area biologist Tyresidential and commercial rone Hayes makes a camlandscaping. Many of these eo appearance highlightchemicals have known or ing his research studying suspected carcinogenic frogs that have changed or endocrine-disrupting sex from atrazine expoproperties. Pesticides (insure. We’re introduced secticides, herbicides and to poor, oblivious Darfungicides) approved for nell, the first frog in the use by the U.S. EnvironUC Berkeley lab experimental Protection Agency ment to be exposed to (EPA) contain nearly 900 atrazine at one part per active ingredients, many of A family history of cancer might have explained Steingraber’s diagnosis at age 20—except for the fact that she was adopted. billion, as a tadpole. which are toxic.” A consenDarnell started out male sus statement was signed but has grown into an by many members of the adult female with ovacancer research and advories. He now births male cacy community and subfrogs that are female as mitted to the President’s Steingraber doc puts moral imperative on well. (I know. It hurts my Cancer Panel. It concluded LIVING DOWNSTREAM head, too.) “Why is this with, “The most direct way banning cancer-causing chemicals The film screens at the Biimportant? Changing to prevent cancer is to stop oneers Conference, Saturday, testosterone into estrogen putting cancer-causing by Annie Spie ge lman Oct. 16, at 6:30pm in the is very important because agents into our indoor and Santa Rosa Room of the Marin breast cancer is often esoutdoor environments in Center, 10 Avenue of the trogen-dependent,” says the first place.” hen I was invited to a private stream, originally published in 1997.) The Flags, San Rafael. Visit www. Hayes. “We use the same TA-DA! screening of Living Downstream, film weaves in scientific research and bioneers.org/marinconferhormones, have many of “The mounting evithe new documentary about bi- interviews with several experts in the fields ence, for more information. the same genes and we use dence that our environologist, author and cancer survivor San- of toxicology and medicine along with the Visit www.Livingdownthe same water as these ment is playing a bigger dra Steingraber, I was a personal story of Steinstream.com to learn more, frogs. In agricultural areas role in the story of cancer bit hesitant. The showgraber’s struggle with find or create a local screensuch as Salinas, all those than previously supposed ing was sponsored by the bladder cancer. WatchCOMING SOON ing or to order the DVD and pesticides that have run is good news because we Breast Cancer Fund and ing her attend periodic Sandra Steingraber will be supplementary resources to off the crops are in the can do something about Pesticide Action Network cancer check-ups shows speaking in San Francisco on educate others. water destroying immune it. The cynical joke that North America, two orthe harsh reality of what Thursday, Oct. 28, 7:30pm, at systems, destroying re‘everything causes cancer’ ganizations that like to a cancer patient and the Jewish Community Center. production and lowering is not true,” says Steinscare me out of my comher family must endure, For tickets, visit www.ecosperm counts in frogs. But the fi rst species graber. “Most of the chemicals implicated placency. Both groups are always wondering if the birth.blogspot.com, http:// that are exposed to those same pesticides are as carcinogens are derived from the same determined to make us next phone call is going tickets.jccsf.org/public/hall. humans and they’re exposed at much, much sources as those responsible for climate aware of the latest medito bring them bad news asp or call 415/292-1233. higher levels.” change; coal and petroleum. Finding subcal and scientific studies from the pathology lab. Atrazine, sold by Syngenta, is illegal to use stitutes for these two substances is already linked to cancer, our enSteingraber, raised in in Switzerland, the country where on the collective to-do list. Investing in vironment and our colIllinois, was it is made, and in 2004 it was green energy is therefore also an investlective health. They want diagnosed To many of banned in the entire European ment in cancer prevention.” us to wake up, pay attention and become when she was 20. Many of her Union. In March 2010, 16 cities Living Downstream was produced by us, Sandra an educated, clued-in society. SAY WHAT? close family members also in the Midwest sued the company The People’s Picture Company of Toronto, But that would mean turning off Dancing struggle with the disease; but Steingraber is for contaminating their drinking an award-winning independent producwith the Stars and Jersey Shore. while cancer runs in the family, our modern-day water. In the last few years, Pro- tion company that specializes in thoughtNote to self: We are doomed... she cannot say cancer is in her fessor Hayes has testified at vari- provoking documentary films. The film’s Rachel Carson. Living Downstream is a poignant, genes. Steingraber is adopted. ous Senate hearings claiming the director, Chanda Chevannes, spent four enlightening and visually graceful docuThus, she asks, “What do we all EPA is accepting flawed chemical years bringing the book to the screen. “I’ve mentary that was released earlier this year. share in common?” Her meticulous scienindustry-funded studies as evidence of atra- always been interested in biology and the The film is based on Steingraber’s widely tific research points to our contaminated zine’s safety. Hayes resigned from Syngenta environment, and like most of us, I have acclaimed book of the same title. (Coinenvironment. To many of us, Sandra Steinciding with the release of the movie is an graber is our modern-day Rachel Carson. Crop Protection in 2000 because the company cancer in my family. I first read Sandra updated second edition of Living DownShe takes technical theory and data and prevented him from presenting research data Steingraber’s book when I was just out of that showed the herbicide to be a potent endo- high school,” says Chevannes. “My first

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impression was that the book was very They’re collaborating with educators, acvisually written; that it was very cinematic. tivists and professionals to create resources What really interested me in making the to guide the use of the film in their work. film was Sandra’s unique perspective—the “The film doesn’t attempt to tell people blend of the personal and the scientific. It what they should do. Hopefully it inspires was unusual and captivating. I wanted the people to want to get involved and do film to honor Sandra’s different perspecsomething. But it’s not prescriptive,” says tives and her poet’s voice.” Chevannes. “What a person can In 1964, the U.S. Surgeon do is very tightly tied to who General warned—on the basis “To ignore the they are—what their talents, of good but partial evidence— scientific evidence skills and interests are—and also that smoking causes lung canwhere they live—what specific is to knowingly cer. Proof for a link between issues are in their own commusmoking and lung cancer was permit thousands nity and what the opportunities not demonstrated until 1996, of unnecessary are for them to get involved. three decades later. SteingraWe’ve just completed an eduber would like to bring that illnesses and cational DVD of the film with same precautionary approach deaths each year.” guides for community involveto other carcinogens, known ment and a guide for educators and suspected. “There are individuals who who wish to use the film in their teaching.” claim that links between cancer and enviKathryn Gilje, director of Pesticide ronmental contamination are unproven Action Network and Jeanne Rizzo, R.N., and unprovable. There are others who be- CEO of Breast Cancer Fund are humbled lieve that we are obligated to act... To ig- to be by Sandra’s side. “We stand ready to nore the scientific evidence is to knowingly engage, mobilize and agitate—to create permit thousands of unnecessary illnesses public and political will for change. We and deaths each year,” says Steingraber. The stand together.” ✹ filmmakers are dedicated to creating a year- Paddle alongside Annie at Annie@dirtdiva.com. long endeavor to bring Living Downstream into theaters, homes, classrooms, town Comment on this story in TownSquare, at ›› pacificsun.com halls and libraries, churches and hospitals.

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ature teaches us in the most au- about the relationship between culture and dacious ways,” says a smiling the natural world. A poignant tribute to her Elizabeth Lindsey in a San Rafael homeland, Lindsey’s 1996 documentary film, cafe. “Right now it is teaching us that we are Then There Were None—a view of the steady not on track,” she continues. “We do, howev- extinction of native Hawaiians—is considered er, have distinct opportunities and invitations a critical lesson in the history of her homeland to make new choices.” and led to her receiving the Sausalito resident Lind2004 Woman of the Year sey, a former Miss Hawaii, award in Hawaii. NAVIGATING AN has a long list of impressive Since her documenANCIENT FUTURE credentials, including an tary film success, Lindsey Elizabeth Lindsey’s plenary acting career, a doctorate has journeyed across presentation at the Bioneers in cultural anthropology, a the planet, engaging in Conference will include a background as a documenresearch with a variety of discussion on Wayfinding, her tary filmmaker and posiindigenous elders. Her upcoming journey and the tions on several nonprofit specialty, Wayfinding, is importance of navigating the boards—Tibet Fund, Blue an ancient Polynesian course of our lives back to Planet Foundation and Isnavigation technique that ourselves in order to change lands First. But it isn’t necLindsey says is a valuthe world. Saturday, Oct. 16, essarily Lindsey’s extensive able tool for navigating at 9am. field research or the fact the complexities of our that she was the first womtimes. “We are bloated an granted a fellowship with information and from the National Geographic Society for her starving for wisdom,” she says, referring to research in Polynesia that is the most impres- the division between the West’s approach to sive. What is sure to captivate the hearts and learning and ancient indigenous knowlminds of anyone fortunate enough to speak edge. “What has gotten us in this trouble is with Lindsey is her unwavering dedication to the short vision that more is better.” the indigenous people of the planet. While preparing for her presentation at Elizabeth Lindsey knew at a young age the Bioneers Conference, an address at the that she was born with a responsibility to the Denver Global Leadership Summit and an world. A prophecy about her life’s work to upcoming TED (Technology, Entertainment, protect and preserve indigenous wisdom was Design) talk, Lindsey also works on her book relayed to her from elders in her Hawaiian about new forms of leadership. But her most family. Though her path strayed slightly early exciting project starts next spring. Lindsey on, Lindsey managed to find her way back will embark on a six-month voyage around to her role as a messenger of ancient wisdom the world to work on a new project with through intensive research and relationNational Geographic and PBS, Mapping the ships with elders around the globe. Her work Human Story. The project is meant to serve weaves together a much-needed dialogue as a tool, bridging ancient practices and belief

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s the arena of progressive politics expands to encompass a growing number of social-justice-oriented groups, the left-leaning end of the spectrum is often divided between folks with consciousness-raising philosophies and those calling for radical action. For some, a softer, more spirittual and environmentally rooted approach is n needed to heal the planet. For others, radical aaction to deal with institutionalized oppresDellinger was at the D-Day of modern activism—the 1999 sion is what the world needs to summon change for our global crises. According to Mill WTO protests in Seattle. Valley poet, activist and educator Drew Delmovements of critiquing systematic racism linger, the world needs both. and examining the intersection of ecology, Raised in North Carolina at the dawn of social justice and cosmology,” he says. “This is the racially integrated public education system all equally important work.” of the early 1970s, Dellinger’s justice-minded The connection between ecology, justice parents informed his worldview beginning and cosmology is also the focus of Dellinger’s at a young age. But it wasn’t until years later, doctoral research. He refers often to Martin teaching at Prescott College Luther King Jr. and ties in Arizona, that Dellinger together teachings from became motivated to act King and Thomas Berry FAITH AND NATURE upon his already radical along with scientific studDrew Dellinger hosts this inclinations when a group ies of the earth’s creation panel discussion with guests of students offered inspirain a dissertation that he John Francis, Ellen Bernstein, tion, which led him to the hopes to transform into a Chief Oren Lyons and Luisah infamous World Trade Orbook. As if he weren’t busy Teish on Friday, Oct. 15, at ganization (WTO) protests enough, Dellinger recently 4:30pm. in Seattle. “It was the most established a publishing amazing mix of people I company, Planetize the had ever seen,” he says, sitMovement Press, a referting in a sunny Mill Valley cafe courtyard. “La- ence to a phrase Martin Luther King Jr. used bor unions, drummers, young and old alike; in discussing the need for interconnectedness people were even dressed like superheroes and in the work toward social justice. they all came together for the same cause!” In addition to presenting readings from Still, Dellinger dug deeper to find causes his published book of poetry, love letter to the and meaning behind the myriad issues he milky way, Dellinger has inspired over 1,000 continued to uncover, working arduously to audiences and continues to speak on topics understand the mechanics of white privilege of social justice and cosmology with leading through the Bay Area’s anti-racist Catalyst voices including Brian Swimme, Alice Walker Project workshops while simultaneously and, most recently, Cornel West. Though his diving deeper into the theories of cosmology ideas and system-thinking approach address with his longtime mentor, Thomas Berry. in-depth, analytical and highly sensitive Berry’s work on cosmology—a “big picture” topics, his message boils down to one with a theory that describes the natural order of simple yet powerful concept: “Every person the universe—continues to shape Dellinger’s and every living being deserves to be treated profound and insightful theories about the with reverence.” ✹ human condition. “It is the power of story, For more information about Drew Dellinger, of dreams and of action that strengthens the visit www.drewdellinger.org. systems with modern perspectives in order to gain insights on how to redirect and change the downhill progression into which many believe society is sinking. “There is a self-knowledge in each of us that knows we are not on track,” she says with grounded confidence and compassion. “If we

could each connect with our inner landscapes and transfer that to the outer world, opportunities to course-correct will be revealed.” ✹ For more information on Elizabeth Lindsey visit www.mappingthehumanstory.com.

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For the nerds... Alisha McCutcheon, environmental protection manager at the Novato composting site, spewed off all this scientific safety gobbledygook: The USCC STA program is a compost testing, labeling and information disclosure program designed to give the public and other large-scale black-gold users (i.e., schools, parks, golf courses) the information needed to get maximum benefit from the use of compost. Testing includes pH, soluble salts, nutrient content (total N, P2O5, K2O, Ca, Mg), moisture content, organic matter content, bioassay (maturity), stability (respirometry), particle size, pathogen analysis (Fecal Coliform or Salmonella) and trace metals (Part 503 regulated metals). Upon request, SCC STA program participants must provide users with a Technical Data Sheet about the compost they produce.

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Now is the time to cover your veggie- and flowerbeds with fallen leaves and a fresh 2-to-3-inch blanket of compost. There’s no need to work the compost in unless you have kiddos in need of exercise and vitamin D. The compost and leaf combo will help keep our soil’s macroinvertebrate friends well exercised and fed throughout the winter months. They’ll also be adding nutrientrich castings to the soil, which will then be consumed by your next crop. If you “cover crop” your beds, mixing in 2-to-3 inches of fresh compost will enhance germination of your green manure. Fall is also a good time to add compost under and around fruit trees and shrubs, as well. Hey, it’s time to compost, compost, compost! Compost comes in plastic bags. We can create four-hour erections. Why can’t we construct a non-petroleumbased material to package goods in? Plastic bags cannot be recycled so they must be buried in a landfill. Is that ironic, or what? It absolutely drives me nuts, and is one of my pet peeves. That plastic wrapped around the compost, from who knows where, restricts gas and moisture exchange that can have a serious impact on the quality of the product. How long has it been in that bag? How did it get here? Good grief, just think about the huge carbon and water footprint associated with transporting the stuff. Still, the plastic bag doesn’t offset the positives of the compost... By all means, please use compost, and use it often! But please buy compost that is locally produced. I prefer to inoculate my garden with local microbes that have an established relationship with the plant community in my backyard. There’s enough warring going on the world, I don’t need it happening beneath my feet. Beware of foreign fungi! ✹ Dig dirt with Annie at Annie@dirtdiva.com.

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grappa. A bakery two doors down the street provided fresh bread twice a day with a sort of focaccia-like pizza available on weekends, and a small neighborhood store sold cold cuts, cheeses, boxed pasta and other necessaries. For much of the year almost everything on the dining table came from within two blocks of the house. Villa Latina was not a paradise that my father-in-law wished to revisit. His father worked for landowners at a subsistence level. Peter held bitter memories of having to gather ďŹ rewood in the hills where he herded goats to pay the priest for early schooling. He remembered having meat only several times a year; a little pork fat was used for cooking, a chicken was served only for holidays. For his whole adult life it was important to him to have meat on the table every day, something he shared with many immigrants from a poor Italian past. Rose, my mother-in-law, made fresh pasta for special occasionsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;tender cheese ravioli and strands upon strands of fettucine. The rest of the time she used Prince Macaroni products from Boston and her tomato sauce was spicy, starting with a few thin pepperoni slices to give it heat. In this basic sauce she would cook meatballs and/or Italian sausages (both sweet and hot) or meats like fresh pork shoulder or chuck roast to be sliced and served with the pasta, giving it a rich ďŹ&#x201A;avor. She rarely made baked pasta dishes so familiar in restaurants, like lasagna or baked ziti or manicotti, but her sisters-in-law were fond of those and brought them to family get-togethers. Every weekend after mass and before the Sunday midday dinner relatives would stop by for coffee or little glasses of wine and cichetti, or snacksâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;olives, celery stalks to dip in peppered olive oil, nuts and cheese. The dining table in the kitchen was hardly ever bare. There was a sense of generosity 22 >

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Serves 8 3 cups pasta sauce (homemade or purchased) 8 dried manicotti shells 2 beaten eggs 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese (8 ounces) 1-1/2 cups ricotta cheese 1/2 cup grated Parmesan or Romano cheese 1/2 cup fresh parsley, minced 1/2 teaspoon dried basil, crushed 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg A grind or two of black pepper

Cook pasta according to package directions; drain. Rinse shells in cold water. Filling: In a medium mixing bowl stir together the eggs, half the mozzarella, the ricotta and Parmesan, parsley, basil, nutmeg and pepper. Carefully spoon the ďŹ lling into the manicotti shells. (I like to use a plastic spatula with a narrow ďŹ&#x201A;exible tip.) Pour half the sauce into a 2-quart rectangular baking dish. Arrange stuffed manicotti in the dish. Pour remaining sauce over shells. Sprinkle remaining mozzarella over the top. Bake the manicotti, uncovered, at 350 degrees for 35 to 40 minutes or until heated through and bubbling around the edges, about 35 minutes. ------------------------There are versions of this soup in cans at the market and on menus. I learned it from one of Peterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s friends, Carmine (â&#x20AC;&#x153;Carmenoucheâ&#x20AC;?) Cornacchia, who brought it to an open house along with his guitar. It was, appropriately enough, a party to introduce me (the new bride) to the family.

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Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large pot place chicken, onion, celery and carrot with water to cover. Cover pot and simmer 45-60 minutes until chicken is tender and cooked thoroughly. Meanwhile, prepare the meatballs. Mix beef, egg, breadcrumbs, garlic; season with salt and pepper and add a little water to moisten, if necessary. Shape into small balls, placing a raisin in the center of each one. Bake for 25 minutes, or until browned. In a separate pot, boil water. Drop escarole leaves in and cook until tender. Drain them and set them aside. Remove chicken and allow to cool until it can be handled. Bone the chicken, pull off the meat, return meat to the soup pot. Add meatballs and greens to the soup to heat through. Just before serving, pour the beaten egg into the soup while stirring rapidly in a circular motion, to prevent curdling. Remove from heat at once. Serve with grated Parmesan. ------------------------Like most Italians, my in-laws ate few desserts. In fact I was told when I ďŹ rst visited, â&#x20AC;&#x153;We eat salad for dessert!â&#x20AC;? That was true: A bowl of simply dressed greens appeared at the end of each dinner. This recipe is a simple sweet from the matriarch, Fortunata Fusco. When I met her she was in her 90s and her favorite meal was very hard cookies dunked in strong, hot tea.

Ricotta Pie 1-1/2 pounds ricotta cheese 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 4 eggs 1/3 cup sugar Prepared 9-inch pie crust in pan

Serves 4-6 Soup: 1 chicken, cleaned and rinsed inside and out with cold water 2 medium onions, chopped 1/4 cup each celery and carrots, chopped 2 heads escarole cleaned, leaves broken off at base 1/2 cup grated Parmesan 1 egg, beaten Meatballs: 1 pound ground beef 1 egg 1/2 cup breadcrumbs 1 small clove garlic, minced Salt and pepper Raisins

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Beat all ďŹ lling ingredients together until smooth. Pour into prepared dish. Bake for about 60 minutes. (Insert butter knife to test if done; it should come out clean.) Allow to cool before serving. It is very good served with fresh berries or fruit. â&#x153;š Contact Pat at patfusco@sonic.net.

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sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d not attempted to speak with me. I did my best Dorothy imitation, telling everyone I want to go home. Three of my friends came with me to talk to the wacko. I planned on giving her my information and leaving. Gingerly, I approached and asked how she was. Of course, she was terrible. The paramedics gave her an ice pack, she told us, as she pathetically held out her hand to me. I held her hand in mine and looked at it carefully. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thank goodness, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no blood,â&#x20AC;? I said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t you see the blood?â&#x20AC;? she cried. My friends looked. Not a scratch. Either she was trying to scam me or she belonged in the batty bin. I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t care which; I wanted to go home. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Please give me your contact information,â&#x20AC;? I said. She refused, saying my dog attacked her, so I should give her mine. I refused, saying I was uncomfortable with her. I suggested that my lawyer could contact her in the morning to see how she was doing. At that point, she went ballistic. My lawyer could call her corporate lawyer, personal lawyer and trust lawyer. As we walked away, she screamed that she was calling the police. Back to the bench to await more drama. Another hour ticked by. One by one, my friends left, encouraging me to do the same. I had visions of cops knocking on my door, placing me in handcuffs for a â&#x20AC;&#x153;bit-and-run.â&#x20AC;? Finally, my friend Wayne offered to accompany me to the Sausalito police station. At least my side of the story would be on record. We spoke with a friendly, informative ofďŹ cer who explained the paramedicsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; report would provide proof about her injuries. Relieved that it was over, I headed home. As I walked in my front door, the phone rang. It was a Marin Humane Society ofďŹ cer informing me that MHS and a public health ofďŹ cial would quarantine Bruno in the morning. He didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t believe anything I said, but eventually agreed to phone the paramedics and get back to me. â&#x20AC;&#x153;No broken skin, Ms. Silverstein,â&#x20AC;? he reported. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Did they say she was crazy?â&#x20AC;? I asked. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They called her eccentric,â&#x20AC;? he replied. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Code for crazy, right?â&#x20AC;? I inquired. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not quarantining Bruno,â&#x20AC;? he answered. It doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t matter. I put both of us under quarantine. Until I deactivate my crazy magnet, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not leaving home. If you can help, please e-mail, because Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m no longer answering the door or the phone. â&#x153;š Email: nikki_silverstein@yahoo.com

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alk about serendipity. puffy look of an alcoholic—nothing like the In 1973, Michael Bate was a freelance [trimmed down] Gram in his Nudie Suit on broadcaster—and fan of country-rock the cover of Gilded Palace of Sin.” pioneer Gram Parsons—and was driving to It turned out to be the influential musiBoston for spring break cian’s last recorded when he had an encouninterview—six months ter that would alter his later, at age 26, Parsons COMING SOON life. was dead by a drug Grievous Angel: The Legend “My friend and I had and alcohol overdose of Gram Parsons will be staged been enjoying Gram’s at a cheap motel in the Saturday, Oct. 16, at 8:30pm, at the first album on the car California desert. The Mystic Theatre, 21 Petaluma Blvd. N., cassette deck,” he recalls. subsequent theft of his Petaluma. $25. 707/765-2121. “When we came to the remains by friends, and Mass Turnpike and off to his makeshift cremation the side of the road, near at Joshua Tree National the toll booth, we spotted this beat-up Grey- Monument, just added to his legend. hound bus with ‘Gram Parsons’ painted in big Parsons was a Harvard-educated hillbilly, letters on the side. the creator of country rock and the godfather “I did a double take, then jumped out of of today’s blossoming alt-country movethe car, asked the bus driver where they were ment. As a member of the Byrds and the headed and the next day, I got an interview Flying Burrito Brothers, Parsons built upon with Gram in his room at the Boylston Holithe high-powered country he’d crafted in the day Inn near Fenway Park.” mid-’60s as leader of the obscure InternaAt the interview, Bate recalls, Parsons was tional Submarine Band. “likable, charming, gracious” and displayed He became a close friend and collaborator a good sense of humor. “He didn’t look of Emmylou Harris. particularly healthy,” Bate adds. “He had that Over the years, a plethora of rock, coun-

Kelly Prescott and Anders Drerup channel Harris and Parsons in ‘Grievous Angel.’

try, folk and bluegrass stars have knelt at the Gram Parsons shrine: Tom Petty, Lyle Lovett, Steve Earle, Dwight Yoakam, Vince Gill, Jason and the Scorchers, the Long Ryders and Little Feat, among others. More recently, Bate has written and produced the latest in a string of musical tributes to the life and music of Parsons. Grievous Angel: The Legend of Gram Parsons—which Bate bills as a theatrical concert—combines musical performance and narration to tell Parsons’ story. It stars Anders Drerup as Parsons and Kelly Prescott as Harris. The show debuted last November at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. “There’s a timelessness about his music,”

Bate says. “I must have heard and played his songs hundreds of times and I never tire of them. And then there’s his heartbreaking voice, the elliptical lyrics of ‘$1,000 Wedding,’ and ‘A Song For You.’ “This is sacred music to me—inspirational—which is odd, since they were created by someone who couldn’t summon up enough inspiration to save himself. But when I hear [Parsons’ solo album] Grievous Angel, I think anything is possible, including this production.”

Parsons died at 26, but his influence lives on.

And what does Bate want audiences to take away from the show? “I want people to get a greater appreciation of his music and insight into who Gram was—why he was on a slowmotion suicide,” he explains. “He had an enormous influence on some of the most significant recordings of the late-’60s and early ’70s, including [the Byrds’] Sweetheart of the Rodeo, [the Flying Burrito Brothers’] Gilded Palace of Sin, [and the Rolling Stones’] Exile on Main Street and his two solo recordings. “He deserves more recognition.” ✹ Inspire Greg at gcahill51@gmail.com. Tune up to the Marin music scene at

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erald Creeson (Edward Norton), who prefers to be called “Stone,” has done eight years of a long sentence for arson and being an accessory to murder (of his grandparents). Now, attempting to convince his parole officer Jack Mabry (Robert De Niro) that he’s reformed, Stone is hoping for early release so he can get back to his hottie wife, Lucetta (Resident Evil’s Milla Jovovich). Stone, directed by John Curran (We Don’t Live Here Anymore, The Painted Veil), centers around the conflict between the two men, both of whom see themselves as ultra-tough. Stone, heavily tattooed, wears his hair in cornrows and affects a prison swagger. Cynical Jack, days away from retirement, has seen it all. When Stone professes to have had a spiritual conversion, Jack isn’t having any of it. Filled with rage, Stone demands to know why Jack gets to walk around free while he, Stone, is locked up. Good question: Jack, as we learn in the film’s opening scene, has reasons for guilt equal to Stone’s. Thus far the film, tautly written by Angus MacLachlan (Junebug), grabs your attention. Edward When this guy insists you call him ‘Stone,’ we suggest you call him Stone. Norton gives a knockout performance, and the scenes, many shot in the huge Southern Michigan to write a favorable review for Stone. But—and, Correctional Facility, have the smell of authentic- don’t worry, there are no spoilers here—the logic of the whole enterprise falls apart. ity. Jack’s home life with his wife, Neither Jack nor Lucetta behaves Madylyn, (Six Feet Under’s Franin a way consistent with his or her OPENING SOON ces Conroy) provides a suitable character and situation and, sadly, Stone opens Friday at the counterpoint to the prison scenes: Regency. See page 27 the film falls apart. Though peaceful, their farmhouse for showtimes. Stone is worth seeing for Norton’s is as isolated as the prison. Madyperformance, as well as Jovovich’s as lyn, lonely and neglected, finds sola purring kitten with barely sheathed ace in Christianity and booze, while claws. The setting—recession-era Michigan, never the much-less-devout Jack inexplicably listens to a literally portrayed but hinted at in the gloomy fundamentalist radio station. settings—rings true. Enter Lucetta, and the movie begins to unravel. The writing? Not so much. ✹ Insistently phoning Jack at home and devising Review our reviews at letters@pacificsun.com. personal encounters, Lucetta aims to persuade him

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Credit(s) worthy The Internet—like England, to quote Francois Truffaut—is anti-cinematic, and it’s hard to imagine a keyboard jockey ever having the swashbuckling appeal of the old garage scientist, lionized in Cold War sci-fi and lovingly drawn for the covers of Popular Mechanics—usually with rockets on his back. IRON MAN 2 feeds a yearning for weight in science: the wires and bolts, lasers and wrenches, reactor cores, synthesized elements and high-test metal by the ton. Tony Stark returns to quippingest form as the weapons magnate-turned-pacifist on a mission to protect the world from baddies and less-altruistic copycats—you’ll recall his bombproof deco suit saved him from a business partner in 1, even as the palladium arc protecting his heart began a slow-bake by radiation poisoning. This is one of those Faced with mortality and a Senate inquiry, Stark is all too human; situations where the and if his boozy skirt-chasing threatens to have the U.S. military suit definitely makes the man. swooping down on his invention, an old and creepy nemesis from Russia threatens to open-source it. Ivan Vankov’s own demo, at the Monaco Grand Prix, is literally and figuratively electrifying—and earns him a well-heeled backer. Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow and Mickey Rourke star. (As before, stick through the credits.) —Richard Gould

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Jacquy Pfeiffer bakes his heart out in ‘Kings of Pastry,’ opening Friday at the Lark. ● Alpha and Omega (1:28) Two wolves (one a bossy she-wolf, the other a fun-lovin’ guy-wolf) trek home over a thousand miles of American wilderness, sniping and flirting all the way. ● The Complete Metropolis (2:30) Fritz Lang’s dazzling 1927 sci-fi epic, restored to (almost) its original length with 25 minutes of recently discovered footage. ● 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. ● 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. ● It’s Kind of a Funny Story (1:41) A teenager on the edge checks himself into a Brooklyn psychiatric ward for a five-day stay and finds friendship and wisdom from his Kesey-esque fellow inmates. ● Jackass 3D (1:34) More outrageous pranking from Johnny Knoxville, this time in full in-your-face three dimensions. ● Kings of Pastry (1:24) Engrossing Hegedus/Pennebaker documentary follows 16 chefs as they sift, stir and sculpt their way through France’s grueling, prestigious Best Craftsmen pastry competition. ● 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. ● Leo’s Room (1:32) A heartbroken college student gets a new lease on life when he gradually realizes that he’s gay. ● 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. ● The Metropolitan Opera: Das Rheingold (3:00) Catch the opening installment of Wagner’s epic Ring Cycle, live from New York in dazzling bigscreen high definition. ● Mill Valley Film Festival The 33rd annual cinematic soiree features seminars, workshops, galas, inperson tributes and movies from around the world. Call (877) 874-6833 or visit mvff.com for schedule, tickets and info. ● My Soul to Take (1:46) A serial killer returns to his hometown to off the seven teenagers who were born they night he was allegedly executed. ● My Tehran for Sale (1:35) Underground Iranian drama looks at the capital’s bohemian subculture and one woman’s quest for artistic and sexual expression. ● National Theatre of London: A Disappearing Number Direct from the West End it’s Simon McBurney’s prize-winning look at a Cambridge professor, a poor Indian autodidact and their shared passion for the science of mathematics.

● Nowhere Boy (1:38) Troubled young bloke John Lennon escapes his constricted home life with a little help from the rock ’n’ roll revolution and fellow budding tunesmith Paul McCartney. ● A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor (2:15) Live from Minnesota it’s the longrunning vaudeville extravaganza complete with string bands, crooners, accordionists and comics. ● Red (1:51) Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren, Morgan Freeman and John Malkovich as four badass ex-CIA agents on the short list for assassination by their former spooks; happily, they still know how to use brains, teamwork and the occasional rocket launcher to stay alive. ● Secretariat (1:56) Disney biopic of the legendary racehorse and the suburban housewife who nurtured him to greatness; Diane Lane stars (as the housewife). ● Shirley Adams (1:32) Intimate study of a gutsy single mom caring for her paralyzed son, the victim of a shooting in urban South Africa. ● The Social Network (2:00) Caustic Aaron SorkinDavid Fincher biopic of computer nerd Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook, history’s youngest billionaire and “friend” to many (500 million at last count). ● Stone (1:45) Inmate Edward Norton earns his release the old-fashioned way: by having wife Milla Jovovich sleep with his parole officer (Robert DeNiro). ● Sunday Salon Drop by the Lark for coffee, muffins, a (secret and unannounced) movie and a lively chat afterwards. ● 36 (1:51) French crime thriller about two top cops (Gerard Depardieu and Daniel Auteuil) and their no-holds-barred competition to take down a crime syndicate and become le chief of the Paris police force. ● 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. ● Waiting for Superman (1:42) Tough doc looks at a group of promising young students as they make their perilous way through the problematic, crumbling American public education system. ● 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. ● 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. ● 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 ❋ 36 (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Mon-Thu 6:30, 9 ❋ A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor LIVE (PG-13) Century Regency 6: Thu 8 CinéArts at Marin: Thu 8 CinéArts at Sequoia: Thu 8 Alpha and Omega (PG) Century Northgate 15: 12:10, 2:40, 5:15 ❋ The Complete Metropolis (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: MonThu 7:30 The Concert (PG-13) Lark Theater: Fri-Sat, Tue, Thu 5:10 Sun 3:30 Easy A (PG-13) Century Northgate 15: 12:40, 3:10, 5:30, 8, 10:15 It’s Kind of a Funny Story (PG-13) ★★★ Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 11:45, 2:20, 4:55, 7:30, 10 Sun-Thu 11:45, 2:20, 4:55, 7:30 CinéArts at Marin: Fri-Sat 1:50, 4:20, 7:30, 10 Sun 1:50, 4:20, 7:30 Mon-Thu 5, 7:30 ❋ Jackass 3 (R) Century Cinema: 2, 4:30, 7, 9:25 Century Northgate 15: 12, 12:45, 1:30, 2:30, 3:15, 4, 5, 5:45, 6:30, 7:30, 8:15, 9, 9:50, 10:30 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:10, 1:40, 4:20, 6:50, 9:30 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri-Sat 2, 4:35, 7:20, 9:50 Sun-Thu 2, 4:35, 7:20 2, 4:35, 7:20, 9:50 ❋ Kings of Pastry (Not Rated) Lark Theater: Fri-Sat 7:30, 9:15 Mon 5:30, 7:30 Tue, Thu 7:30 Wed 4:30 Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole (PG) Century Northgate 15: 11:40, 2, 4:30, 7, 9:30 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:30, 2:15, 4:45, 7:10, 9:50 ❋ Leo’s Room (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Mon 8:45 Tue 6:45 Life As We Know It (PG-13) Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 5:15, 7:55, 10:35 Sat-Sun 11:55, 2:35, 5:15, 7:55, 10:35 Mon-Thu 6:50, 9:30 Century Northgate 15: 11:45, 1:15, 2:25, 3:50, 5:10, 6:25, 7:55, 9:05, 10:30

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Century Rowland Plaza: 11:05, 1:45, 4:30, 7:20, 10:10 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri-Sat 1:30, 4:15, 7:10, 9:45 Sun-Thu 1:30, 4:15, 7:10 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri 4:30, 7:15, 9:20 Sat 1:45, 4:30, 7:15, 9:20 Sun 1:45, 4:30, 7:15 Mon-Thu 4:30, 7:15 The Metropolitan Opera: Das Rheingold (Not Rated) Lark Theater: Wed 6:30 ❋ Mill Valley Film Festival CinéArts at Sequoia: Fri-Sun Call (877) 874-6833 or visit mvff.com for showtimes Rafael Film Center: Fri-Sun Call (877) 874-6833 or visit mvff.com for showtimes My Soul To Take (R) Century Northgate 15: 11:55, 2:20, 4:50, 7:40, 10:10 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:40, 2:20, 5:10, 8, 10:35 ❋ My Tehran for Sale (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Tue, Thu 8:45 Wed 6:45 National Theatre of London: A Disappearing Number (Not Rated) Lark Theater: Sat 1 ❋ Nowhere Boy (R) Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 12:15, 2:50, 5:20, 7:50, 10:20 Sun-Thu 12:15, 2:50, 5:20, 7:50 CinéArts at Marin: Fri-Sat 1:40, 4:30, 7:15, 9:40 Sun 1:40, 4:30, 7:15 Mon-Thu 4:45, 7:40 ❋ Red (PG-13) Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 5, 7:45, 10:25 Sat-Sun 11:40, 2:20, 5, 7:45, 10:25 Mon-Thu 6:30, 9:10 Century Northgate 15: 11:35, 1, 2:10, 3:35, 4:45, 6:15, 7:20, 8:50, 10 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:15, 2, 4:40, 7:30, 10:20 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri-Sat 1:40, 4:25, 7, 9:40 Sun-Thu 1:40, 4:25, 7 Secretariat (PG) ★★1/2 Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 7, 10 SatSun 1, 4, 7, 10 Mon-Thu 7, 9:50 Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 1, 4, 7, 9:55 Sun-Thu 1, 4, 7 Century Rowland Plaza: 11, 1:50,

4:50, 7:40, 10:30 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri-Sat 1, 3:50, 6:40, 9:25 Sun-Thu 1, 3:50, 6:40 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri 4, 6:50, 9:30 Sat 1:15, 4, 6:50, 9:30 Sun 1:15, 4, 6:50 Mon-Thu 4, 6:50 ❋ Shirley Adams (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Mon, Thu 6:45 Wed 8:45 The Social Network (PG-13) ★★★1/2 Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 7:15, 10:10 SatSun 1:25, 4:20, 7:15, 10:10 Mon-Thu 6:45, 9:40 Century Northgate 15: 11:30, 12:50, 2:15, 3:45, 5:05, 6:40, 7:50, 9:25 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:20, 2:10, 5, 7:50, 10:40 CinéArts at Marin: Fri-Sat 1:30, 4:15, 7, 9:50 Sun 1:30, 4:15, 7 Mon-Wed 4:30, 7:20 Thu 4:30 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri-Sat 1:20, 4:05, 6:55, 9:35 SunThu 1:20, 4:05, 6:55 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri 4:15, 7, 9:40 Sat 1:30, 4:15, 7, 9:40 Sun 1:30, 4:15, 7 Mon-Thu 4:15, 7 ❋ Stone (R) Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 11:40, 2:25, 5:05, 7:40, 10:15 Sun-Thu 11:40, 2:25, 5:05, 7:40 ❋ Sunday Salon (Not Rated) Lark Theater: Sun 10:30am The Town (R) ★★★1/2 Century Northgate 15: 1:25, 4:20, 7:10, 10:05 ❋ Waiting for Superman (PG) Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 11, 1:45, 4:30, 7:20, 10:05 Sun-Thu 11, 1:45, 4:30, 7:20 Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (PG-13) Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 1:05, 4:10, 7:10, 10:10 Sun-Wed 1:05, 4:10, 7:10 Thu 1:05, 4:10 Century Rowland Plaza: 1, 4, 7, 10 You Again (PG) Century Northgate 15: 7:45, 10:20 You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger (R) ★★★ Century Northgate 15: 12:05, 2:35, 4:55, 7:15, 9:40

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 Mill Valley Film Festival concludes Sunday with ‘Golf in the Kingdom,’ based on the book by Mill Valley’s own Michael Murphy.

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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 5 — F R I D AY O C T O B E R 2 2 Pacific Sun‘s Community Calendar Patricia Smith will channel a bit of word power Oct. 18 at 142 Throck.

Check out our Online Community Calendar for more listings, spanning more weeks, with more event information. www.pacificsun.com/sundial

Live music 10/15-16: Drew Youngs and Rolando Morales With the Earthwire Band. 9pm. $15-18. Georges Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 2260262. www.georgesnightclub.com 10/15: Da!Mozhem Music for dancing from the Balkans and other parts of the world. All levels, beginners welcome. Wood floor. Street parking. Refreshments included. Proceeds go to Scout Hall renovation. 8-11pm. $10. Scout Hall, 177 E. Blithedale, Mill Valley. 497-4890. 10/15: Doc Kraft Band Dance, rock. 8:30pm. $5. Presidio Yacht Club, Sausalito. 601-7858. www.presidioyachtclub.org 10/15: Fishbone With DJ Holt Manchester. 9pm. $18-21. The Woods at Mill Valley Masonic Hall, 19 Corte Madera Ave., Mill Valley. 388-4331. www. woodsmv.com 10/15: Jef Labes Pop, dinner jazz. 6:30-9:30pm. No cover. The Pleasure is Mine, 475 E. Strawberry Dr., Mill Valley. 381-6400. www.thepleasureismine. com 10/15: Jose Neto Rock, world guitar. 8-10:30pm. No cover. Whipper Snapper Restaurant, 1613 Fourth St., San Rafael. 256-1818. www.whipsnap.biz

10/15: Revolver Rock covers. 8:30pm. $10-12. Rancho Nicasio, Nicasio. 662-2219. www.ranchonicasio.com 10/15: Victoria George With Elliot Randall Trio. 9:30pm. The Sleeping Lady, 23 Broadway, Fairfax. 485-1182. www.sleepingladyfairfax.com 10/16: Doc Kraft Band Rock. 8:30pm. $5. Seahorse Bar, 305 Harbor Dr., Sausalito. 331-2899. www. sausalitoseahorse.com 10/16: Honeydust Americana, rock. 9pm. Smiley’s Schooner Saloon and Hotel, 41 Wharf Road, Bolinas. 868-1311. www.myspace/smileysschoonersaloon 10/16: Pop Fiction Pop/rock. 1-3pm. Free. Novato City Green, 901 Sherman, Novato. www. downtownnovato.com 10/16: Rockulele 9pm. Kung Fu Lounge at Yet Wah, 1238 Fourth St., San Rafael. 460-9883 . www. yetwahsanrafael.com 10/16: Stompy Jones Swing. 8:30pm. $12. Rancho Nicasio, Nicasio. 662-2219. www.ranchonicasio. com 10/16: Wine,Women & Song’s: Rack-n-Roll Music Breastival Multi-venue evening of music benefitting the fight against breast cancer. Peri’s will features music by Ruckus, Flanelhed and Essence.

BEST BET Bikes...and booze! The worst thing about BIKETOBERFEST MARIN? It lasts only one day. With hoppy goodness flowing through fountains of gold-spewing beer taps and twowheeled wonders rolling along to fantastical live music, some of us would like Biketoberfest to last an entire month. But alas, the one-day festival of all things bikes and beers Fairfax goes all Bavarian on us Saturday from is surely the best way to spend 11am to 6pm. a perfect 72-degree Saturday in Marin. The festival features over 30 West Coast frame builders and bicycle vendors including North Bay favorites like Inglis/Retrotec, Marin Bikes, OS Bikes, Soulcraft, Sycip, Yuba Cargo Bikes and WTB. And let us not forget the beer. With more than 20 regional breweries—including locals such as Broken Drum, Iron Springs, Lagunitas and Marin Brewing Company—serving up thirst-quenchers, there are plenty of options to wash the festival’s scrumptious edibles down with. And for those who want to saddle up, clip in and spin some wheels before the inevitable rainy season begins, the festival sponsors a Cyclocross race and two family-friendly group rides in and around the roads and hills of Fairfax, where the festival takes place. As if that weren’t enough, there is even an outdoor screening of the film Klunkerz at 7pm at Fairfax’s Central Field. Roll on over to Biketoberfest, let Marin Bicycle Coalition park your bike, wear the kiddos out on the jumpy house and let the bike-tastic-ness begin! Saturday, Oct. 16, 11am-6pm at FairAnselm Plaza, 75 Center Blvd., Fairfax. Free. $20-$25 for beer tasting. www.biketoberfestmarin.com—Dani Burlison

For more information visit www.susanz.com/wws. 9pm.-1:30am. $20-25. Peri’s Bar, 29 Broadway, Fairfax. 456-2667. www.perisbar.com

10/16: Wine,Women & Song’s: Rack-n-Roll Music Breastival The Sleeping Lady will feature KC Turner, Shelley Doty, Cynthia Lewis, Kurt Huget, Greg Lamboy, Pollyanna Bush, Raz Kennedy and the Amy Wigton Band. 9pm-12:30am. $20-25. The Sleeping Lady, 23 Broadway, Fairfax. 485-1182. www. sleepingladyfairfax.com

10/16: Wine,Women & Song’s: Rack-n-Roll Music Breastival 19 Broadway will features music by artists affected by breast cancer. 9pm.-1:30am. $20-25. 19 Broadway, 17 Broadway, Fairfax. 4590293. www.19broadway.com

10/17: Denise Perrier and the Swing Fever Band Jazz. 7pm. $10-13. Georges Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262. www.georgesnightclub.com 10/17: Sunday Open Mic With the New Moon Players. 8pm. Smiley’s Schooner Saloon, 41 Wharf Road, Bolinas. 868-1311. 10/17: The Cowlicks Alternative country. In the Bar 5pm. Rancho Nicasio, Nicasio. 662-2219. www. ranchonicasio.com

10/18: Monday Night Blues Jam Session 7:30-11:15pm. $5, free with dinner. Sausalito Seahorse Restaurant, 305 Harbor Dr., Sausalito. 3312899. www.sausalitoseahorse.com 10/19: Swing Fever Jazz. Featuring Bryan Gould:songs of Walter Donaldson Harry Warren. 7-10pm. No cover. Panama Hotel and Restaurant, 4 Bayview Street, San Rafael. 457-3993. www.panamahotel.com 10/20: C-JAM Jazz. With Connnie Ducey, Jay Stapleton, Andy Dudnick, Mike MacKenzie. 7-10pm. No cover. Panama Hotel & Restaurant, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 457-3993. www.panamahotel. com 10/20: Elaine Lucia Quintet Jazz. 8pm. $10-13. Georges Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262. www.georgesnightclub.com 10/20: Grandpa Banana Band Americana, bluegrass. 8pm. Free. Iron Springs Pub, 765 Center Blvd., Fairfax. 485-1005. www.ironspringspub.com 10/20: Tengo Tango Tango. 7:30-10:30pm. $5, free for diners. Sausalito Seahorse Restaurant, Sausalito. 331-2899. www.sausalitoseahorse.com

10/21: Chris Haugen’s Seahorse Rodeo Band Guitar driven original music. 7:3011:30pm. $5, free for diners. Sausalito Seahorse Restaurant, 305 Harbor Dr., Sausalito. 331-2899. www.sausalitoseahorse.com

10/21: Deborah Winters with Cedricke Dennis Jazz. 7-10pm. No cover. Panama Hotel & Restaurant, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 457-3993. www.

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10/21: Richard Smith Guitar. Fingerpicking maestro. 8pm. $15-20. Schoenberg Guitars, 106 Main St., Tiburon. 789-0846. www.om28.com. 10/21: Wanda Stafford Trio Jazz. 6-9pm. Free. Jasons Restaurant, 300 Drakes Landing Road, Greenbrae,. www.jasonsrestaurant.com 10/21: Zebop Santana tribute band. 8:30pm. $10-13. Georges Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262. www.georgesnightclub.com 10/22: Clarence Clemons Band 8pm. The Woods at Mill Valley Masonic Hall, 19 Corte Madera Ave., Mill Valley. 388-4331. www.woodsmv.com 10/22: Cole Tate Band Blues/rock. 7:30-11:30pm. $5, free for diners. Sausalito Seahorse Restaurant, 305 Harbor Dr., Sausalito. 331-2898. www.sausalitoseahorse.com 10/22: Jeb Brady Band R&B, Blues. In the Bar 8pm. Rancho Nicasio, Nicasio. 662-2219. www.ranchonicasio.com 10/22: Mucho Axé Pop/Latin dance music. 7-10pm. Free. The Pleasure is Mine, 475 E Strawberry Dr., Mill Valley. 482-8251. www.thepleasureismine.com 10/22: Tim Weed Bluegrass, Americana, eclectic. 9:30pm. The Sleeping Lady, 23 Broadway, Fairfax. 485-1182. www.sleepingladyfairfax.com 10/22: Vinyl Rock, funk. 10pm. $13-15. Georges Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262. www.georgesnightclub.com

Concerts 10/16: B.A.C.H. Chorus and Orchestra Andrew J. Chung conducts works by Mozart and Beethoven. With John Boyajy, piano. 7:30-9:30pm. $20-35. Mt Tamalpais United Methodist Church, 410 Sycamore Ave., Mill Valley. 510-868-0695. www. bayareabach.org 10/17: Ariel Trio Works by Debussy, Brahms, Rebecca Clark. Part of the Guest Concert Series. 3-5pm. $10-18. Angelico Hall, 50 Acacia Ave., San Rafael. 257-0128. www.dominican.edu 10/17: Vivaldi at San Domenico Ann Krinitsky coducts a program of works by Vivaldi. 3pm. Free, reservations recommended. San Domenico School Hall of the Arts, 1500 Butterfield Road, San Anselmo. 258-1921. www.sandomenico.org

10/19: Blowing Zen Shakuhachi Performance John Singer and Yoshio Kurahashi will perform several ancient rare Zen Buddhist pieces for the Japanese bamboo flute. 7:30-9pm. $10-15. Dance Palace Community Center, 503 B St., Pt. Reyes Station. 663-1075. www.dancepalace.org 10/21: Left Coast Chamber Ensemble “String


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Few opera lovers of today realize that opera houses, which once provided mostly religious performances on holidays like Christmas and Easter, eventually morphed into boisterous gathering places that birthed the song-slash-theater performances we see in the modern age. The first public opera house opened in Venice in 1637â&#x20AC;&#x201D;more than100 years before Mozart composed his first opera at age 12â&#x20AC;&#x201D;and provided a place for performers and opera lovers alike Exploring Opera features â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Live at the Metâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; until it was demolished in the early 1800s. broadcasts. Today, with hundreds of opera houses in Europe, the Americas and even Africa and Southeast Asia, opera culture continues to grow as an accessible and ear-opening treat. To spread the opera love, music-appreciation educator James Sokol hosts a three-part series on EXPLORING OPERA at the Lark Theater in Larkspur. Focusing primarily on Mussorgsky, Donizetti and Verdi, Sokol draws from historical perspectives, modern film footage and promises to offer fun and insightful lessons on this historical music form. Tuesdays Oct. 19, Nov. 9 and Dec. 7 at 1pm. $27 each or $75 for all three workshops. Lark Theater, 549 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur. 415/924-5111â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Dani Burlison Quartet Century.â&#x20AC;? Works by Bartok, Carl Schimmel and Terry RIley. 8pm. $15-20. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Downtown, Mill Valley. 383-9600. www.142ThrockmortonTheatre.com 10/22: B.A.C.H. Chorus and Orchestra With John Boyajy, piano. Works by Mozart and Beethoven. 7:30pm. $20-35. Arlington Community Church, 52 Arlington Ave., Kentfield. 510-868-0695. www. bayareabach.org

Dance 10/17: Mo Jo DANCE Funshop High Energy cardio blast filled with cool moves, hot grooves, laughs & fun! Hula Latin Bellydance Swing Samba Poetry Healing Meditations Indian Hip Hop Flamenco Mudraseyes Yoga Martial Arts & More 4-6pm. $20-30. Fairfax Womans Fitness, 2088 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Fairfax. 457-1693.

Theater/Auditions 10/16: Fall Into Improv Playshop Play improv games, sing, dance and act in the spontaneous moment with instructor Sandra Davies. Another class will happen on Oct. 26 at 2:30pm. Noon-2pm. $30. Elan Fitness Centr, Greenfield Ave., San Anselmo. 256-2470. www.elanfitness.com 10/22-31:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Rocky Horror Showâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just a jump to your left and then a step to your right. Live staged performance of the movie classic. Includes an audience costume contest. Check out the discount code for PacSun readers: PACSUN. Nice. 7-10pm. $22. Kensington Playhouse, 27 Kensington Road, San Anselmo. 785-7463. www.moonlightentertainment. org Through 10/17:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;November â&#x20AC;&#x2DC; Ross Valley Players presents David Mametâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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 Playersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Barn Theatre, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Ross. 456-9555. www.rossvalleyplayers.com Through 10/24:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Intimate Apparelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; AlterTheater Ensemble presents Pulitzer-Prize winner Lynn Nottageâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s play about an African-American seamstress in 1905 who creates lingerie for prostitutes

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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. www.cathmoreno.com

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. army.mil/bmvc/index.html

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.galleryrouteone.org

Through 10/27:‘Colorful Women and ‘Scapes’ Group exhibition. Free. Mill Valley Community Center, 180 Camino Alto, Mill Valley. 4592981. www.cityofmillvalley.org Through 11/01:‘New Works’ 25 new paintings by Georgia Annwell. 11am-9pm. Free. Community Media Center of Marin, 819 A St., San Rafael. 4724628. www.artatgeorgiaannwell.com Through 11/12:‘New Avenues’ Exhibition of digitally influenced art juried by David Hamill. 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. falkirkculturalcenter.org

Through 11/13: Marin Society of Artists

‘Open Fine Arts Show’ Juried, mixed media exhibition 11am-4pm. Free. Marin Arts and Garden Center, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Ross. 454 9561. www.marinsocietyofartists.org Through 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. www.bolinasmuseum.org 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. marinarts.org

Through 11/21:‘Legends of the Bay Area: William T.Wiley, Cornelia Schulz, and Richard Shaw’ Annual exhibition featuring artists whose contributions have helped to define Bay Area artistic style. 11am-4pm. $5. Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, 500 Palm Dr., Novato. 506-0137 . www.marinmoca.org 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. www.monaleasegallery.com

Talks/Lectures 10/16: Gray Panthers Election Discussion An informal open opportunity to go over propositions in the upcoming election. Please bring voter information book and sample ballot.1-3pm. Free. The Redwoods Activity Room, 40 Camino Alto, Mill Valley. 453-1550. www.theredwoods.org

Cousineau & Rosenblum share highlights for the upcoming Paris tour that they will be leading on June 19-30, 2011. 6pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage. com

10/18: Family Wellness Panel Discussion “What are Therapeutic Behavioral Services?” and “How to Access Services and Learn Strategies and Skills to Help My Child.” 7-8pm. Free. Marin County Health & Wellness Campus, Room 110, 3240 Kerner Blvd., San Rafael. 499-5029. 10/18: Free to Be Marlo In her memoir “Growing Up Laughing,” Marlo Thomas recalls behind the scenes decisions that shaped career; marriage to Phil Donahue; and her acclaimed books and recordings. 7pm. $32, includes a signed copy of the book. Dominican University, Guzman Hall, 50 Acacia Ave., San Rafael. 927-0960, ext. 1. www.dominican.edu

10/20:‘Action/Reaction: The Avant-Garde at the Turn of the 20th Century’ Illustrated lecture by a docent from the de Young Museum will look at the works of Matisse, Cezanne, Van Gogh, and Picasso to see what makes art progressive. 7:308:45pm. Free. Corte Madera Library, 707 Meadowsweet Dr., Corte Madera. 924-3515. marinlibrary. org

10/20: Opera Highlights and Desert Island Fantasies Gil “ The Opera Guy” Deane will present a program of recorded opera selections. 1-3pm. Free. San Rafael Public Library meeting room, 1100 E St., San Rafael. 458-2389 . www.marinlibrary.org 10/20: Tamalpais Valley Speaker Series “Of Beauties and Beasts: Mapping the Heavens From Antiquity to Modern Times.” Speaker Nick Kanas traces the history of celestial mapping. 7-8pm. Donation. Tamalpais Valley Community Center, 203 Marin Ave., Mill Valley. 388-6393. www.tcsd.us

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BEST BET The Big Man in The Woods When he isn’t basking in his sunny Florida community and celebrating the Cuban-influenced Gulf Coast music scene, CLARENCE CLEMONS is rocking his part-time community of Marin County. Known to adoring music fans as “The Big Man,” Clemons returns to the stage after knee and spinal surgeries earlier this year. With an acting career and decades of recording successes, Clemons is happiest on stage and considers it his home away from home. Best known as the sax man in Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band, Clemons has played to sold-out audiences alongside the Boss for more than 30 years and continues to perform with his Clemons, the sidewalk soul of solo project, The Temple of Soul West. Sure to deliver E Street. great saxophone riffs and soul-lifting tunes to a happy crowd, Clarence Clemons and The Temple of Soul West play at 8pm Thursday and Friday, Oct. 21 and 22, at The Woods Music Hall, 19 Corte Madera Ave., Mill Valley.415/38-WOODS. $25 presale, $30 at the door.—Dani Burlison

10/15: Harry Hamlin The actor talks about his comedic memoir “Full Frontal Nudity: The Making of an Accidental Actor.” 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www. bookpassage.com 10/15: Poetry and Music Award-winning poet from Maryland Linda Pastan reads at 7pm on Oct. 15 and at 5pm on Oct. 16. Joyce Kouffman, Lisbeth Scott, Mary Watkins and Tami Pennington perform poem inspired music. 7-8:30pm. $20. Toby’s Feedbarn, Main St., Point Reyes Station. 663-9176. www. joycejazz.com 10/15: Poetry and Music Event “Fierce Unruly Joy,” collaborative creation of Point Reyes-based composer Joyce Kouffman and award-winning poet Linda Pastan. 7-9pm. Toby’s Gallery, 11315 State Route 1, Point Reyes Station. 663-1542. www. pointreyesbooks.com 10/16: Bill Barich “Long Way Home: On the Trail of Steinbeck’s America.” 2pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www. bookpassage.com 10/16: Elizabeth Murray “Monet’s Passion: Ideas, Inspiration & Insights from the Painter’s Garden.” 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com 10/16: Girl Parts Lissa Rankin talks about her hilarious and informational book “What’s Up Down


There? Questions Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d Only Ask Your Gynecologist If She Was Your Best Friend.â&#x20AC;? 4pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com 10/17: Dinaw Mengestu â&#x20AC;&#x153;How to Read the Air.â&#x20AC;? 2pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com 10/17: Joel Selvin The venerable rock journalist will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Smartass: The Music Journalism of Joel Selvin: California Rock and Roll.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com 10/17: Kevin Starr Sausalito Historical Society presents Starr reading from his new book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Golden Gate: The Life and Times of Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Greatest Bridge.â&#x20AC;? Advanced tickets required. Wine, snacks and raffle included. 1:30-3pm. $10-25. Wellingtonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Wine Bar, 300 Turney St., Sausalito. 289-4117. 10/17: Kim Dower Dower discusses/reads from her poetry collection â&#x20AC;&#x153;Air Kissing on Mars.â&#x20AC;? 4pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com 10/18: Author Talk JoAnn Benderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new book, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lebensborn,â&#x20AC;? is the story of a French woman whose home is taken during the German occupation of France in WWII, and then is impregnated as part of a program devised in 1935 by Heinrich Himmler to increase the German/Nordic population in Germany. 7-8pm. Free. Larkspur Library, 400 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur. 927-5005. www.larkspurlibrary.org 10/18: Erich Origen and Gan Golan The authors present their graphic novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Adventures of Unemployed Man.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 10/18: Patricia Smith Poetry reading and performance by Smith, who is lauded by critics as â&#x20AC;&#x153;a testament to the power of words to change lives.â&#x20AC;? 7:309:30pm. $10-15. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley. 383-9600. www.142throckmortontheatre.org 10/19: Bo Caldwell â&#x20AC;&#x153;City of Tranquil Light.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com 10/20: Antonya Nelson Nelson discusses her novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bound.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com 10/21: Katherine Ellison â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mommy Brainâ&#x20AC;? author discusses her memoir â&#x20AC;&#x153;Buzz.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free. Point Reyes Books, 11315 State Route 1, Point Reyes Station. 663-1542. www.pointreyesbooks.com/ 10/22: Jeff Greenwald The Bay Area writer presents his memoir â&#x20AC;&#x153;Snake Lake.â&#x20AC;? 7:30pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com

10/22: Jonah Raskin â&#x20AC;&#x153;Field Days: A Year of Lunch & Dinner

Farming, Eating, and Drinking Wine in California.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free. Point Reyes Books, 11445 State Route 1, Point Reyes. 663-1542. www.ptreyesbooks.com

Film Events 10/17: Sunday Salon at the Lark Film buffs, meet at the Lark Theater for some surprise cinema, moderated discussion and a continental Sunday brunch. 10am-1pm. $13-15. Lark Theater, 549 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur. 924-5111. www.larktheater.net 10/18: Monday Night at the Movies â&#x20AC;&#x153;An Ideal Husband.â&#x20AC;? (1999). 7:30-9pm. Free. Mill Valley Public Library, 375 Throckmorton, Mill Valley. 389-4292, x203. www.cityofmillvalley.org 10/21: World Cinema Workshop â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ingmar Bergman.â&#x20AC;? 1-4pm. $25. Lark Theater, 549 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur. 924-5111. www.larktheater.net Through 10/17: Mill Valley Film Festival A variety of films and events at various locations. See website for the vast array of entertainment available at this popular event. $5-12.50. 877-874-6833. www. mvff.com

Community Events (Misc.) 10/15: Free Acupuncture New patients receive their first treatment today. Regular sliding scale is $20-40. Free. Community Acupuncture of Marin, 7075 Redwood Blvd, Suite L, Novato. 250-4009. www.communityacupunctureofmarin.com 10/15: MMWD Candidates Forum Sustainable Marin hosts a watershed public debate, involving 7 candidates and 3 seats on the MMWD Board; diverse ideas about desalination, conservation, budget short fall, fluoridation and priorities. 7-9pm. Free. San Rafael City Council Chambers, 1400 Fifth Ave, San Rafael. 488-4567. www.sustainablemarin.org 10/16: Biketoberfest Marin 2010 Bikes and Beers! Daylong event features a handmade bicycle show, bike expo and vintage bike area with a brew festival, activities for kids and live music. $20-25 for beer tasting portion of the event. 11am-6pm. Free. FairAnselm Plaza Parking lots, 765 Center Blvd., Fairfax. 456-3469. www.biketoberfestmarin.com

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10/17: ‘Spin and Sizzle’ Autistry Studios Benefit Spin-a-thon and barbecue fundraiser. Spin cycles, treadmills and elipticals provided. Suggested donations are $40/hour for guided spinning and exercise and barbecue lunch. Space is limited. Reservations encouraged. 10am-3pm. $40, donations. Body Image Personal Fitness Center, 25 Reed Blvd., Mill Valley. 945-9788. www.autistrystudios.com 10/18-23: Teen Book Swap “Reuse, Reduce, Recycle, Read.” Exchange good condition books for “new to you” books during Teen Read Week. Free. Corte Madera Library, 707 Meadowsweet Dr., Corte Madera. 924-6444. www.marinlibrary. org/branches/corte-madera/ 10/18: Labyrinth Dedication The Community Congregational Church will dedicate its new labyrinth. Celebration includes music by harpist Diana Stork. 10am-noon. Free. Community Congregational Church, 145 Rock Hill Dr., Tiburon. 435-9108. www.ccctiburon.org

10/20: Marin Scuba Club Monthly Meeting With Jenny Collister, proprietor of Reef & Rainforest, Dive & Adventure Travel. 7:309pm. $3-5. Flatiron, 724 B St., San Rafael. www. marinscuba.org

Kid Stuff 10/16-17: Goblin Jamboree Children and their families are invited to come in costume and explore the museum transformed into a haunted wonderland with games, live entertainment including TIm Cain and Jimbo Trout, spooky train rides, real ponies, witches’ school, petting zoo, more. 10am-4pm. $13-15. Bay Area Discovery Museum, 557 McReynolds Road, Sausalito. 339-3900. www.badm.org 10/19: T. A. Barron Barron presents “Merlin’s Dragon, Book 3: Ultimate Magic.” 10am. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com Through 12/13: Vocal Workshops for Teen girls Mondays, 4-6pm. For girls in grades 9-12 who love to sing in harmony in a fun, inspiring environment. 4-6pm. $10/session. Aldersgate Methodist Church, 1 Wellbrock Heights, San Rafael. 827-7335. www.marinchorus.org Tuesdays: Little Music Circle Kids Live music, bubbles, small instruments and fun. Little ones learn rhythm and movement, cause and effect and patterning, helping brain development. 12:30-1:15pm. $10, drop in. Heller’s, 514 Fourth St., San Rafael. 233-7456. www.theparentscenter.com

Outdoors (Hikes & Bikes) 10/17: Bald Hill Peak Bagging Four mile hike with 1000 ft. elevation gain. Identify acorns, trees, shrubs and landmarks from the top of Bald Hill. 10am-2pm. Free. California Native Plant Society Marin, Meet at Deer Park at the end of Porteus Road in Fairfax. 320-9229. www.marin. edu/cnps/fieldtrips.html

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Veggie Exchange Fall harvest is here! Bring excess bounty or seeds from your garden to exchange with other gardeners at locations around the county every Saturday. Free. 9-10am. on the Novato Unified School District Lawn, 1015 7th St., Novato; 9-10:30am. at San Anselmo Town Hall Lawn, 525 San Anselmo Ave., San Anselmo; 9:30-11am. at Sun Valley Park, K & Solano St., San Rafael; 9-10am. at Boyle Park, 11 East Dr., Mill Valley; 3-4pm. at Sustainable Fairfax Backyard, 141 Bolinas Ave., Fairfax. 419-4941. www.opengardenproject.org

Nonprofits/Volunteers 10/12: Marin County School Volunteer Orientation Marin County School Volunteers is seeking volunteers to assist public school students in the classroom who need extra help in grades PreK12. One hour per week minimum. No experience necessary. 10am.-noon. Free. Marin County Office of Education, 1111 Las Gallinas Ave., San Rafael. 4995896. www.mcsv.org

10/16: Lagunitas Creek Habitat Restoration Gateway Project Help to improve habitat for salmon by planting natives along Lagunitas Creek. We provide snacks, water, tools, instruction and inspiration. Contact us with any questions. 9amnoon. Free. Marin Municipal Water District, Leo Cronin Fish Viewing parking lot located at Shafter Bridge on Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Fairfax. 250-5656. www.marinwater.org.

Food and Drink 10/17: Entree To Judaism Culinary exploration of the Jewish diaspora with presentation, brunch, book signing with author Tina Wasserman. $18. Osher Marin JCC, 200 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael. 444-8000. www.marincenter.org

Support Groups 10/16: At the Heart of Healing: In Response to Intimate Violence Healing workshop for those who have been affected by abuse. With a sound healing circle led by René Jenkins. 1-5pm. First United Methodist Church, 9 Ross Valley Dr., San Rafael. 453-8716.

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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

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by Lynda Ray Week of October 14-October 20, 2010 ARIES (March 20 - April 19) You have a very clever and creative way of dealing with relationship issues this weekend. On Wednesday you are likely to feel lucky and enthusiastic. In fact, you have quite good instincts right now. Stick with your first hunches and you’ll end up ahead of the crowd, which is where you always believe you belong... TAURUS (April 20 - May 19) You shine at work this week when you share your ideas on getting more positive attention for your business. Even better, getting organized at home also comes easily to you. Your ruler (hedonistic Venus) continues moving in reverse, giving you a chance to see your love life from a different perspective. If attached, but in a rut, revitalize your intimate life. If you’re looking to connect, you could discover that one who slipped away is back up for grabs. GEMINI (May 20 - June 20) Flirty Mercury (your ruler) continues to keep close company with the flamboyant Sun for most of the week. You are confident and witty, making it difficult for anyone to ignore you or fail to appreciate your ability to play with words. As for your career, go ahead and open the door Wednesday when opportunity knocks—which could happen a few times. Actually, maybe you should just leave it open. CANCER (June 21 - July 21) There is a detachment to the Aquarian Moon on Friday and Saturday that makes you want to hide away and be alone with your thoughts. By Sunday evening, the Pisces lunar energy is in sync with your sign, ensuring a lovely beginning to your workweek; this continues through Tuesday. On Wednesday, flirty Mercury joins matchmaking Venus and sexy Mars in your romance house. Playing hooky is highly recommended. LEO (July 22 - August 22) A desire to share your feelings can help you connect over the weekend. While you are always friendly, your royal persona can sometimes intimidate others. This is your chance to show them how warm you really are. On Wednesday, someone stirs up your emotions by reminding you of a romantic episode in your past. If you are available to revisit this experience, by all means, go ahead. VIRGO (August 23 - September 21) The weekend can be both creatively and romantically rewarding due to the illuminating influences on your ruler, clever Mercury. You needn’t travel far since there is plenty of excitement in your immediate environment. However, if you are traveling, you could meet someone who appreciates your brains as much as your other attributes. Seeing that your ruler is in the balanced sign of Libra until Wednesday, this works out well. LIBRA (September 22 - October 22) This weekend is great for birthday parties, so no matter when the actual date, celebrating now can be quite entertaining. Your social life and work life have lots to offer this week. Don’t be surprised if your co-workers want to take you out after-hours. As for your upcoming year, you’re likely to make more money, but not from your typical sources. This is not your grandfather’s economy. SCORPIO (October 23 - November 21) As Venus moves backwards in your sign, you can at times appear to be charmingly confused. Combine this with bossy Mars in powerful Scorpio and it could be a strangely interesting time to be you. One minute sweetly absentminded, and the next, determined to rule the world. To add an extra twist, analytical Mercury enters your sign on Wednesday. You might actually be able to figure yourself out. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 - December 20) When it comes to family, some of you know how to put the “fun” in dys”fun”ctional. This weekend you can get together with your clan and have a lively time. On Monday, the emphasis on empathy and understanding makes it a good time to communicate with those who are inclined to react badly to your comments. Just avoid the touchy topics, and everything will be peachy. CAPRICORN (December 21 - January 18) If you’ve ever been guilty of letting ambition overcome integrity, you have an opportunity to make amends. This week blends your intellect and intuition to give you clear and honorable goals. Meanwhile, your ruler (Saturn) remains in Libra for the next two years, giving you a strong sense of justice and fairness. You now realize that you can get even more accomplished through cooperation—and you might find it more pleasant to be one of the team. AQUARIUS (January 19 - February 17) Friday and Saturday are the top of your lunar cycle, meaning the loony Moon is in your sign. If you’re feeling particularly emotional, you know why. Monday and Tuesday show off your softer side. You have spent the better part of the last 10 years learning how to empathize. Here is your chance to be that shoulder everyone wants to cry on. Don’t go anywhere without a pocketful of tissues. PISCES (February 18 - March 19) They say that once you learn how to make love you never forget it—but that doesn’t mean you can’t do it better. This is your week to improve your intimacy skills. Don’t get defensive; you are not being criticized. You are simply being given an opportunity to go from accomplished amateur to irresistible maestro. Those of you who have already reached perfection are encouraged to teach. Hence the line of “students” following you down the street... ✹ Email Lynda Ray at cosmicclues@gmail.com or check out her website at www.lyndarayastrology.com 34 PACIFIC SUN OCTOBER 15 – OCTOBER 21, 2010

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) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2010125072 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as PRO AUTO SERVICE CENTER, 1012 LINCOLN AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: PHILLIP SONG, 454 FIRST LANE, SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94080. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on April 1, 2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on September 29, 2010. (Publication Dates: October 8, 15, 22, 29, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 201025061 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as COLLINS & HAINES REPORTING, 11 BRASSIE COURT, NOVATO, CA 94949: MARGARET COLLINS, 11 BRASSIE COURT, NOVATO, CA 94949; VICKI A. HAINES, 3464A SCOTT ST., SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94123. This business is being conducted by an unincorporated association other than a partnership. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on August 2, 2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on September 28, 2010. (Publication Dates: October 8, 15, 22, 29, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 125060 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as JOIE DE VIVRE VIRTUAL ASSISTANT, 499 VIA CASITAS #4, GREENBRAE, CA 94904: JANET SILLS, 499 VIA CASITAS #4, GREENBRAE, CA 94904. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on September 28, 2010. (Publication Dates: October 8, 15, 22, 29, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 125016 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as VANESSA URBANSKI ENTERPRISES; KUMON MATH AND READING CENTER OF SAN RAFAEL CA, 818 5TH AVE. SUITE 101, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: VANESSA URBANSKI, 100 PRIVATEER DR., CORTE MADERA, CA 94925. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on November 22,

2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on September 21, 2010. (Publication Dates: October 8, 15, 22, 29, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 124953 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as GOLDEN BENEFITS INSURANCE SERVICES, 16 NORTHVIEW COURT, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: ROSEANNE ANGEL, 16 NORTHVIEW COURT, 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 14, 2010. (Publication Dates: October 8, 15, 22, 29, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 124997 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as ANTICA; ART UNIQUE, 970 LINCOLN AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: GEORGE NAYENOV, 30 LOCUST AVE. #2, LARKSPUR, CA 94939; ALBENA NAYDENOV, 30 LOCUST AVE. #2, LARKSPUR, CA 94939. This business is being conducted by a general partnership. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on September 20, 2010. (Publication Dates: October 8, 15, 22, 29, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 125163 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as BALANCE BUILDERS INC., 38 BROWN DRIVE, NOVATO, CA 94947: BALANCE BUILDERS INC., 38 BROWN DRIVE, NOVATO, CA 94947. 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 October 11, 2010. (Publication Dates: October 15, 22, 29; November 5, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 125153-1,2,3 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as GLOBAL CONSULTING SYSTEMS, LP; GLOBAL OPPORTUNITIES FOR ABUNDANT LIVING, LP; PARTNERS IN PERFORMANCE, LP; 21 COLERIDGE DR., MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: SPIRIT ALCHEMY INC., 21 COLERIDGE DR., MILL VALLEY, CA 94941; PENTANGLE INC., 47 VALHALLA DR., MILFORD, NH 03055. This business is being conducted by a limited partnership. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on September 2, 2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on October 8, 2010. (Publication Dates: October 15, 22, 29; November 5, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2010125127 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as MG FINANCIAL AND RESTRUCTURING SERVICES, 105 SUMMIT AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: MARYAM GHAZI, 105 SUMMIT AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on October 1, 2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on October 6, 2010. (Publication Dates: October 15, 22, 29; November 5, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 125122-1,2 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as G&S MAINTENANCE; GAIDANO & SONS PAINTING & DECORATING INC., 1595 E. FRANCISCO BLVD. SUITE H, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: GAIDANO & SONS PAINTING & DECORATING INC., 1595 E. FRANCISCO BLVD. SUITE H, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by a corporation. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on October 6, 2010. (Publication Dates: October 15, 22, 29; November 5, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2010125128 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as PREMA INNOVATIVE THERAPIES, 786 WALDO PT., SAUSALITO, CA 94965: HEIDI H. SCOTT, 786 WALDO PT., SAUSALITO, CA 94965. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on October 1, 2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on October 6, 2010. (Publication Dates: October 15, 22, 29; November 5, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 125133 The following individual(s) is (are) doing busi-

ness as P&L CONSULTING, 2130 REDWOOD HWY E-14, GREENBRAE, CA 94904: JOHN G. TACHIS, 2130 REDWOOD HWY E-14, GREENBRAE, CA 94904; LAURA A. HADDOCK, 4646 CAPITAN DR., FREMONT, CA 94536. This business is being conducted by a husband & wife. 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 October 7, 2010. (Publication Dates: October 15, 22, 29; November 5, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 125119 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as ORGANIC AND HEALTHY BECAUSE I CARE.COM, 499 VIA CASITAS #4, GREENBRAE, CA 94904: JANET SILLS, 499 VIA CASITAS #4, GREENBRAE, CA 94904. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on October 5, 2010. (Publication Dates: October 15, 22, 29; November 5, 2010)

997 All Other Legals ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF MARIN. No. CIV 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) ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME AND GENDER SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF MARIN. Case No. CIV 1005093. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner LUCAS DAVID LEVY-LIOTARD has filed a petition with this court for a decree changing petitionerâ ™s name to: LUCAS KAPLAN LEVYLIOTAR. THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition should not be granted. NOTICE OF HEARING: November 5, 2010, 8:30 a.m., Dept. J, Superior Court of California, County of Marin, 3501 Civic Center Drive, Room 113, San Rafael, CA, 94913-4988. A copy of this ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE shall be published at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in the county of Marin: Pacific Sun. Date: September 24, 2010. /s/JAMES R. RITCHIE, JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT (Pacific Sun: October 1, 8, 15, 22, 2010) AMENDED SUMMONS Family Law (CITACION Derecho Familiar): Case Number (Numero De Caso): FL 1004273. NOTICE TO RESPONDENT (Aviso Al Demandado): KALID AHMED: YOU ARE BEING SUED (LO ESTAN DEMANDANDO). PETITIONER’S NAME IS (Nombre Del Demandante): JEMILA SULEMAN. You have 30 CALENDAR DAYS after this SUMMONS and PETITION are served on you to file a RESPONSE at the court and have a copy served on the petitioner. A letter or phone call will not protect you. If you do not file your RESPONSE on time, the court may make orders affecting your marriage or domestic partnership, your property, and custody of your children. You may be ordered to pay support and attorney fees and costs. If you can not pay the filing fee, ask the clerk for a fee waiver form. If you want legal advice, contact a lawyer immediately. You can get information about finding lawyers at the California Courts Online SelfHelp Center (www.courtinfo.ca.gov/selfhelp), at the California Legal Services web site (www. lawhelpcalifornia.org), or by contacting your local county bar association. Tiene 30 dð©as corridos después de haber recibido la entrega

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PUBLIC NOTICES CONTINUED FROM PAGE 34 legal de esta Citacié n y Peticié n para presentar una Respuesta (formulario FL-120 é FL-123) ante la corte y efectuar la entrega legal de una copia al demandante. Una carta o llamada telefé nica no basta para protegerlo. Si no presenta su Respuesta a tiempo, la corte puede dar é rdenes que afecten su matrimonio o pareja de hecho, sus bienes y la custodia de sus hijos. La corte también le puede ordenar que pague manutencié n, y honorarios y costos legales. Si no puede pagar la cuota de presentacié n, pida al secretario un formulario de exencié n de cuotas. Si desea obtener asesoramiento legal, pé ngase en contacto de inmediato con un abogado. Puede obtener informacié n para encontrar a un abogado en el Centro de Ayuda de las Cortes de California (www.sucorte.ca.gov), en el sitio web de los Servicios Legales de California (www.lawhelpcalifornia.org) o poniéndose en contacto con el colegio de abogados de su condado. NOTICE: The restraining orders on page 2 are effective against both spouses or domestic partners until the petition is dismissed, a judgment is entered, or the court makes further orders. These orders are enforceable anywhere in California by any law enforcement officer who has received or seen a copy of them. (AVISO: Las é rdenes de restriccié n que figuran en la página 2 valen para ambos cé nyuges o pareja de hecho hasta que se despida la peticié n, se emita un fallo o la corte dé otras é rdenes. Cualquier autoridad de la ley que haya recibido o visto una copia de estas é rdenes puede hacerlas acatar en cualquier lugar de California.) NOTE: If a judgment or support order is entered, the court may order you to pay all or part of the fees and costs that the court waived for yourself or for the other party. If this happens, the party ordered to pay fees shall be given notice and an opportunity to request a hearing to set aside the order to pay waived court fees. AVISO: Si se emite un fallo u orden de manutencié n, la corte puede ordenar que usted pague parte de, o todas las cuotas y costos de la corte previamente exentas a peticié n de usted o de la otra parte. Si esto ocurre, la parte ordenada a pagar estas cuotas debe recibir aviso y la oportunidad de solicitar una audiencia para anular la orden de pagar las cuotas exentas. 1. The name and address of the court are (El nombre y direccié n de la corte son): SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF MARIN, 3501 Civic Center Drive, Post Office Box 4988, San Rafael, CA 949034164. 2. The name, address, and telephone number of the petitioner’s attorney, or the petitioner without an attorney, are: (El nombre, direccié n y número de teléfono del abogado del demandante, o del demandante si no tiene abogado, son): JEMILA SULEMAN, 26 CRISSY PLACE, NOVATO, CA 94949, (415) 246-9859. Date (Fecha): September 30, 2010. Clerk, by (Secretario, por) Kim Turner, S. Hendryx, Deputy (Asistente). NOTICE TO THE PERSON SERVED: You are served (AVISO A LA PERSONA QUE RECIBIÓ LA ENTREGA: Esta entrega se realiza)as an individual (a usted como individuo). (Pacific Sun: October 8, 15, 22, 29, 2010) ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF MARIN. No. CIV 1005093. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner LUCAS DAVID LEVYLIOTARD filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: LUCAS DAVID LEVY-LIOTARD to LUCAS KAPLAN LEVYLIOTAR. 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: November 5, 2010, 8:30 AM, Dept. J, Superior Court of California, County of Marin, 3501 Civic Center Drive, 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 24 2010 /s/ VERNA A. ADAMS, JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT (Pacific Sun: October 8, 15, 22, 29, 2010) NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR CHANGE IN OWNERSHIP OF ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE LICENSE. Date of Filing Application: July 15, 2010. To Whom It May Concern: The Name(s) of the Applicant(s) is/are: DOMINIC PHILLIPS. The applicants listed above are applying to the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control to sell alcoholic beverages at: 123 BOLINAS, FAIRFAX, CA 94930. Type of license(s) applied

for: 41 “ON-SALE BEER AND WINE “ EATING PLACE. (Pacific Sun: October 15, 2009) ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF MARIN. No. CIV 1004810. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner MELISSA CANAS on behalf of MIKAYLA CANAS filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: MIKAYLA CANAS to MIKAYLA ALESSANDRA ESCOBAR. 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 28, 2010, 8:30 AM, Dept. E, Superior Court of California, County of Marin, 3501 Civic Center Drive, 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 13, 2010 /s/ JAMES R. RITCHIE, JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT (Pacific Sun: October 8, 15, 22, 29, 2010) STATEMENT OF DISSOLUTION “I Charles “Chris” Berger hereby declare that I have resigned as an officer and director of VISION BUILDERS, INC., California State contractors license #888016, and have returned all shares of stock to the corporation, effective MAY 26, 2010. I further declare I am not responsible for any debts, liabilities or obligations of VISION BUILDERS, INC., from and after MAY 26, 2010.” (Pacific Sun: October 8, 15, 22, 29, 2010) STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF USE OF FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME File No. 304228 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): T.L.C. FOR SENIOR SERVICES, 50 BRIARWOOD DR., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. Filed in Marin County on: August 31, 2009. Under File No: 121853. Registrant’s Name(s): NANI B.E.M. ROBERTSON, 50 BRIARWOOD DR., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This statement was filed with the County Clerk Recorder of Marin

County on September 28, 2010. (Pacific Sun: October 15, 22, 29; November 5, 2010) NOTICE OF PETITION TO ADMINISTER ESTATE OF: DONALD L. WALKER, also known as DONALD WALKER. Case No. PR-1005286. To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors and persons who may otherwise be interested in the will or estate, or both, of DONALD L. WALKER, also known as DONALD WALKER. A PETITION FOR PROBATE has been filed by: LANCE WALKER in the Superior Court of California, County of MARIN. THE PETITION FOR PROBATE requests that LANCE WALKER be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent. THE PETITION requests the decedent’s will and codicils, if any, be admitted to probate. The will and any codicils are available for examination in the file kept by the court. THE PETITION requests authority to administer the estate under the Independent Administration of Estates Act. (This authority will allow the personal representative to take many actions without obtaining court approval. Before taking certain very important actions, however, the personal representative will be required to give notice to interested persons unless they have waived notice or consented to the proposed action.) The independent administration authority will be granted unless an interested person files an objection to the petition and shows good cause why the court should not grant the authority. A HEARING on the petition will be held in this court as follows: November 8, 2010 at 8:30a.m. in Dept: K, Room: K, of the Superior Court of California, Marin County, located at Superior Court of California, County of Marin, 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael, CA. IF YOU OBJECT to the granting of the petition, you should appear at the hearing and state your objections or file written objections with the court before the hearing. Your appearance may be in person or by your attorney. IF YOU ARE A CREDITOR or a contingent creditor of the decedent, you must file your claim with the court and mail a copy to the personal representative appointed by the court within four months from the date of first issuance of letters as provided in section 9100 of the California Probate Code. The time for filing claims will not expire before four months from the hearing date noticed above. YOU MAY EXAMINE the file kept by the court. If you are a person interested in the estate, you may file with the court a Request for Special Notice (form DE-154) of the filing of an inventory and appraisal of estate assets or of any petition or account as provided in Probate Code section 1250. A Request for Special Notice form is available from the court clerk. Attorney for Petitioner: ELISA MARIE ENGLER, 4178 MISSION STREET, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94112. (415) 859-9925. (Publication Dates: October 15, 22, 29, 2010)

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I got laid off when my company relocated. I was unemployed for 10 months while I tried unsuccessfully to find a job. During this time, my wife resented that she was working and I was “off.” She’d criticize the housework I did, saying I never dusted or swept well enough. She also complained that all her friends are going on vacations and cruises, and not us. I reminded her that, in this economy, many people who are financially strapped take “staycations.” She said that doesn’t make her feel better, and that she took more cruises and trips before she got married. I finally found a temporary but very stressful managerial job, and she now complains that I don’t have as much time for her. Is there hope for us?—Can’t Win

A:

In this economy, a lot of people are going without—without meat, without medical care, without Princess Cruises with open bars and 24-hour karaoke. There you are, pounding the pavement looking for work for 10 months, and in case that isn’t emasculating enough, by the way, you’re also dusting wrong. Sure, being human, your wife might think, “Damn, I haven’t been on a cruise-ship shuffleboard court in over a year!” Being a loving partner entails not letting her every thought leap out of her mouth in the form of words—especially if you don’t exactly have a history of quitting your job to smoke pot and study patterns in the wallpaper. Acting all lovey-dovey comes easy on the lido deck, where the big question is “More Dom, darling?” To see how much love you actually have, raise glasses of tap water to an improved economy while sitting in your candle-lit living room (candle-lit till you cobble together the deposit to get the lights turned back on). Because women evolved to go for providers, having a partner who’s out of a job can push a woman’s buttons. So, it is possible your wife loves you, and it’s just her fear and anxiety talking. Fear: “What if I never see another ice sculpture?!” Anxiety: “Hey! I went on more cruises before we were married!” And then there’s you, the voice of restraint, in that you don’t snap back, “Feel free to up the number again after we’re divorced!” I suggest doing what therapist Nathaniel Branden calls “an experiment in intimacy.” Spend 12 hours together in a hotel room: no books, TV, phone calls, naps or walks outside. Except for bathroom breaks, you remain together at all times. You can sit in silence if you want, but you’re free to talk about anything, provided it’s personal (no talk of work, kids’ schoolwork, redecorating, etc.). Branden’s premise is that when all avenues of escape are closed off, couples experience real breakthroughs in communication. He says that only three times in 20 years did couples break up after the 12-hour session. Now, you two might end up Branden’s breakup number 4. Or, maybe your wife will decide that she has much to be grateful for—you, for starters, and all you’re doing to ensure that you’re only taking “staycations,” not foreclosurecations. (That’s when you permanently vacate your home and take up residence in a parking lot in your as-of-yet unrepo’d car.) You can have a lovely view of the ocean—whenever you sneak through the framed picture aisle at Wal-Mart on your way to the john.

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I’m a 35-year-old straight man in really good shape. I’m online dating, and want to post a picture of myself shirtless. A female co-worker says no way; women will be totally turned off. Really?—Best Side Forward

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Take your cue from women’s magazines, which are wildly lacking in shots of men with greased pecs chopping wood and other popular gay calendar outtakes. While men are turned on by photos of the scantily clad opposite sex, that’s just not what works for women. In fact, for most women, a man who shows off his body seems girly, and sends the message that he’s vain: “I usually take my mirror on dates, but maybe I can make room for you!” Because women seeking men generally prioritize success over looks, that’s what you should be flexing, with subtlety, in your profile. It is a plus if you have the inverted vee body women favor—broad shoulders tapering to a narrow waist—but that’ll come across just fine in a T-shirt and jeans. If you post a shirtless photo, your shirtlessness should seem incidental, like someone just happened to have a camera at beach volleyball...not like your shirt just happened to be off when you stepped in front of your hand, which just happened to be holding your camera. ✹ © Amy Alkon, all rights reserved. www.advicegoddess.com. Got a problem? E-mail AdviceAmy@aol.com or write to Amy Alkon, 171 Pier Ave. #280, Santa Monica, CA 90405.

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MARY'S WHOLE CHICKEN Free Range â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Air Chilled. Rub with Olive Oil, Season Inside and Out. Bake for 11/2 Hours at 350°. Serve with Wild Rice and Veggies.

4.48 lb

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COLOSSAL Ă&#x2030;CLAIRS

FRESH DOVER SOLE

Filled with Chocolate and Vanilla Custard. Surprise Someone with the Biggest Ă&#x2030;clair They Have Ever Seen! 14oz.

Wild Caught â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Weather Permitting. Pan Fry or SautĂŠ for 6 minutes. Drizzle with Fresh Lemon Juice â&#x20AC;&#x201C; So Delicious!

ALEXANDER VALLEY 3IN:IN Regularly $ 17.98

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Gold Medal Winner at 2010 Harvest Fair!

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