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›› LETTERS We the People, you the sellouts! To Sen. Dianne Feinstein: the filibuster, as you well know, doesn’t promote bipartisanship—instead, it promotes gridlock, or worse, it leads to an appearance of compromises that are not in the best interests of the entire country. In other words, it gives certain senators the excuse to sell out the very voters who put you into office. All this has become very accessible, selling out your own nation and its people. Well, We the People are sick and tired of it. But We the People are hip to it, the Congress, the Senate, and on to you. Do the right thing and we may elect you again. Armando Gomez, Santa Rosa

Then do chiropractors study innate-intelligence design? Enough, already, of Messrs. D. Harte, L.R. Waldman, and other contributors to the science vs. chiropractic dust-up that’s been taking place on the Subluxation deity Daniel David Pac Sun letters Palmer, founder of chiropractic. pages [“Are You Subluxed to the Challenge?” Dec. 3; “The Purple Rose of Chiro,” Dec. 10]. Theirs is like a schoolyard spat. The fact is that while medical science works for many people

under many conditions (and often we have a detailed understanding of why), it is also true that chiropractic works for some people for some conditions (though we may not have a satisfactory scientific explanation why). So can one really say unequivocally that one is good/right and one is bad/wrong? There is a fundamental difference between chiropractic and medical science that every healthcare consumer should understand. Science is based on empiricism and the scientific method. Observations lead to hypotheses that are tested under rigorously controlled conditions, concepts are challenged and modified or discarded, and new knowledge is developed, validated, peer-reviewed, assimilated and translated to public benefit. Chiropractic, on the other hand, is founded on core beliefs that remain largely unchanged and unchallenged since first posited in the late 19th century. It lacks a self-critical, peer-reviewed literature that serves to question its foundations and assertions, or evaluate its treatments rigorously, or advance the profession. In other words, at its core chiropractic is based on dogma. It is faith-based. Thus, Messrs. Harte and Waldman are actually opponents engaged in a skirmish at the periphery of the science vs. faith debate, but they fail explicitly to acknowledge this. Perhaps if each came to terms with that reality they would understand that, despite whatever challenges might be hurled between them, there can be no “winner,” only an interminable pissing match. While they’re at it, of course, the rest of us will continue to pursue modes of



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So much for daylight ‘saving’ time... State Assemblyman Jared Huffman’s opt-out proposal [“Huffman Calls for SmartMeter Opt Out,” Dec. 10] will do nothing to address the real problem created by the SmartMeters. As PG&E’s own rep admitted at a recent PG&E retirement barbecue at the Alameda Fairgrounds: When the SmartMeter infrastructure is in place PG&E can then go to the PUC and request variable rate charging. That is, charging us, the customers, different rates for different times of the day. Why do you think we the customers need an intelligent power grid readout to lower our power use? We do not. All you have to do is look at your bill and figure out, “Oh, I need to turn down the heat a little or change my use patterns.” Why is PG&E putting so much energy into pushing these meters down our throats? It is certainly not for our benefit. It is for money. PG&E needs this intelligent grid to raise our rates. Period. No other reason. Mark, Fairfax

railroad easement rights, if any, from the homeowners living on the path today? Is this not equal to wasteful spending? With the state of financial affairs of the world, the country, the state and the county of Marin this is, in my opinion, gross financial irresponsibility—and the residents of Mill Valley, Corte Madera and the county of Marin should not stand for it any longer. The taxpayers of this country are sick and tired of mismanaged tax dollars, government corruption and wasteful spending. We all need to speak out and refuse to support throwing away our limited resources. Lynne Morin, Corte Madera

What about all the jobs created for ‘golden parachute’ weavers? It is amazing to me that the middle class doesn’t wake up and put pressure on their congress people to defeat any further extension of the millionaire tax welfare state our country has become. It is clear from evidence that these tax breaks have done nothing to create jobs. How long will the American people believe in the myth of “trickle down” or that giving tax breaks to the rich stimulates the economy? We must use our remaining two years of this ridiculous extension of the tax breaks to defeat it in the long run. Suellen Miller, San Anselmo

Might makes rights How is it that the United States prides itself on achieving equal rights for African-Americans while simultaneously sending billions of dollars to Israel which is denying equal rights to Palestinians? Edith Cacciatore, Novato

So are pheasants... Rod Stewart was literally in a glass by himself on the cover of 1973’s ‘Sing It Again Rod.’

Conserve our resources—stop the pedestrian-bike tunnel! A comment about Peter Seidman’s story on the Alto Tunnel [“Where’s Alto?” Dec. 17] and what Mr. Seidman failed to mention. Why on earth would the county, the Marin County Bicycle Coalition or the feds dump any additional money into studying the reopening of the Alto Tunnel before they obtain the necessary access rights from the seven property owners that live above the tunnel and the old 6 PACIFIC SUN DECEMBER 24 - DECEMBER 31, 2010

Do you remember that 1970s gag, “testtube babies are in a glass by themselves”? Well, never mind the test-tube babies— alcoholics are in a glass by themselves! Craig Whatley, San Rafael

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hen county supervisors approved a $200,000 grant last week for a new housing-for-the-homeless initiative, it marked a major step toward meeting the challenge of providing support for Marin’s neediest. The $200,000 will fund Housing First, a program started in the 1990s by Pathways to Housing in New York City. It is based on the assumption that housing is a basic human right and therefore should never be denied to anyone. Unlike many programs for the homeless, Housing First does not require people to be clean and sober before they gain admittance to a continuum of care. That attitude is similar to Shelter Plus Care, which operates in Marin. In that program, clients with mental-health issues and other disabilities lease privately owned apartments and contribute 30 percent of their income toward rent. Marin Housing pays the rest, up to the amount federal guidelines allow. Shelter Plus Care focuses on providing intensive support from Marin Housing Authority caseworkers as well as community-based support from a variety of providers. The cooperative effort is aimed at stabilizing homeless individuals or families with an at-risk head of household to keep them housed and off the streets. Toward that end, the Shelter Plus Care program works closely

with Marin County Community Mental Health Services. The key is getting the at-risk individuals and families into housing, which allows ameliorative treatment. It’s also the key in the Housing First program. Both programs use a dispersed-housing approach to integrate into the community; but there’s an important distinction between them. The two programs differ “in terms of intensity,” says Larry Meredith, head of the county health department. Shelter Plus Care clients have a diagnosed impairment that qualifies them for services. Meredith says that bringing Housing First to the county should allow Shelter Plus Care to serve “the more severe cases that need wrap-around service.” Housing First clients also receive what Meredith and other health professionals call wrap-around services, a term that describes the collaborative approach to meeting the needs of homeless clients after they are housed and stabilized. It’s a basic tenet of Housing First. The $200,000 supervisors committed from the county general fund is the beginning of an annual commitment to fund the Housing First program in Marin. Supervisors also allocated $525,000 to fund Homeward Bound of Marin. That should go a long way toward keeping 9 >

›› NEWSGRAMS County files suit over bungled computer system The county of Marin filed a lawsuit in California Superior Court last week alleging that the company that sold it the infamously faulty computer system“engaged in a pattern of racketeering activity designed to defraud the County of more than $20 million.” The county is seeking $35 million in damages, as well as punitive damages, from Deloitte Consulting LLP and two U.S. subsidiaries of the German enterprise resource software developer SAP AG. Also named as a defendant in the suit is former County Assistant Auditor-Controller Ernest Culver, who served as the project director for the implementation of the computer system. According to the complaint, Culver was interviewed for employment by Deloitte, which, the county alleges, lavished him with meals. During that same time Culver, who now works as a client-services executive for SAP AG, is alleged to have been“approving Deloitte’s deficient work on the [county computer] project, approving payments and causing Marin County to enter into new contracts with Deloitte and SAP Public Services, Inc.” Marin County Counsel Patrick Faulkner calls the alleged conduct “a violation of the public trust.” “Not only were county taxpayers charged for millions of dollars in services that Deloitte failed to properly perform,”Faulkner said via a statement issued to the Pacific Sun,“but county residents were also defrauded of the honest services of a high-ranking county official.” The lawsuit alleges that Deloitte falsely represented that it had the“necessary skills”to implement SAP’s public-sector software, and that SAP falsely vouched for Deloitte’s skills. Additionally, the complaint claims that when problems with the computer system arose Deloitte and SAP engaged in a cover-up that included“bribing Culver to falsely approve Deloitte’s defective work, and silencing an SAP employee who attempted to intervene on the County’s behalf.” The county’s lead lawyer in the suit, Mark P. Ressler, blasted Deloitte and SAP, saying the companies“preyed on Marin County, a public entity, to obtain fees for Deloitte’s deficient work, and then engaged in corrupt dealings with a County employee to try to conceal their misconduct.” —Jason Walsh Novato theater launches fundraising campaign And on with the show—at least that’s the message Lark Theater director Bernice Baeza gave to the Novato City Council last week when she announced the creation of a nonprofit committee that would launch an aggressive fundraising campaign to help restore the dormant Novato Theater on Grant Avenue. Baeza, who helped save the single-screen art deco-era Lark Theater from demolition in 2004, led the charge for the Novato Theater Corp. to purchase the downtown Novato landmark in October for a mere $50,000. Baeza has said the space, shuttered since 1996, could become a multi-use entertainment destination for the town—featuring movies, live performances and more. —J.W. So goes Oprah, so goes Marin...“You get a car... and you get a car!”Some merry Marin businesses are going all Oprah on us this season—and donating a pair of cars to two deserving folks in need of a fine set of wheels. Blake’s Auto Body, Corte Madera Tow, Cain’s Tires and Mill Valley Insurance had decided to donate a 2006 Ford Escape, its registration and a year’s worth of car insurance to one lucky person in need. But out of the more than 250 nominations, the businesses couldn’t decide on a single recipient.“We wish we could give cars away to everyone,”says Blake’s spokesperson Rebecca A. Brunk.“We narrowed it down to two single, hard-working mothers, and


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Healthcare, Incorporated Healthcare District amputates own head to save financially strapped face... by Jason Walsh



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1. In 1993, Marin County workers accidentally caused a fire that gutted the Mill Valley home of what rock star, destroying her personal collection of memorabilia? 2. What meanspirited miser is the main character in Charles Dickens’ 1843 novel, A Christmas Carol? 3. What planet, almost the same size as the earth, is yellow in color? 4. The Nile River is formed by the confluence of what two branches with colorful names, which meet in what country? 5. Pictured, at right: Newsmakers of 2010. a. Tyrant of the Year? b. CEO of the Year? c. Politician of the Year? 6. The employees of what sporting goods store wear black-and-white referee shirts? 7. What popular service did Apple Inc. launch in January of 2001? 8. What hot pepper is named for the capital of French Guiana, in South America? 9. In what style of swimming, first done competitively in 1933, do both arms leave the water simultaneously? 10. Identify the country of origin of the following: 10a. Vodka 10b. Bourbon 10c. Gin




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± We have 241 heroes this week. This includes the 175 members of the House of Representatives and the 65 United States Senators who voted to repeal the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law. That leaves one last hero, but hardly the least, President Barack Obama. On Wednesday, Dec. 22, Obama fulfilled a campaign promise by signing the legislation that will soon end the ban on openly gay men and women serving in the armed forces. “I believe this is the right thing to do for our military,” the president said. “It’s the right thing to do, period.” We’re with you, President Obama. Moreover, we bet the 14,000 servicemen and women discharged under the reign of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” are saluting you right now. Got a Hero or a Zero? Please send submissions to e-mail

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the hospital-bidding poker table, a publicly run Marin General would always sit there with its cards showing. “If you take away our ability to compete for the services that make up our base years ago The Marin Healthcare Dis[finances],” MGH administrator Henry trict was taking civilization Buhrmann told the Sun, “we will lose those to its next step 25 years ago this week. and be left only with the money losers.” In a move that sent shivers throughout Buhrmann, noted McRobbie, was the lighta seismically unretrofitted Marin General ning rod for criticism for the Marin HealthHospital in December of 1985, district care District and also the muscle behind the trustees voted to lease the hospital to an ad push toward corporatization. hoc nonprofit corporation—one whose “When he was hired in 1982,” she wrote, corporate board would “Buhrmann immemake managerial decidiately launched an sions from behind closed aggressive campaign to doors. change the hospital’s The hospital would no tone from homespun longer be run by men in to corporate—and scrubs with stethoscopes shortly his title changed around their necks, obfrom administrator to served the Pacific Sun, but president.” Buhrmann by men in suits with power would help negotiate the ties around their throats. hospital lease between Or, as Norwin Yoffee, the district and the new a county critic and future corporation—for which, litigant against the deciconveniently, the 42sion to privatize, put it, year-old would also serve “The change will leave the as CEO. hospital district with no “Without such a partcontrol, direct or indirect, nership Marin General over hospital operations.” Henry Buhrmann, 1985. would continue to exist,” The MGH move was Buhrmann warned, “but prompted by an ongoing would be night and day from what we have revolution in healthcare that is “redefining now.” the concept of ‘hospital,’” wrote Pacific Sun Perhaps only time will tell, concluded the reporter Joan McRobbie in her story “Quasi- Sun, if “in voting to lease Marin General to a Public Hospital.” It all started in 1982, corporation... did district trustees act wisely explained McRobbie, when the government to protect a community asset—or did they teamed with private insurers to curb costs sell out county taxpayers?” by changing the way insurance companies When Buhrmann retired in 2000, Marin reimbursed healthcare providers for services. General was still under corporate control—it Instead of reimbursing hospitals for unlimhad been leased to Sacramento-based Sutter ited care, no questions asked—the insurers Health since 1996. But in 2006, the anti-Sutwould now pay for a set sum per service, no ter faction within the healthcare district won matter if a patient were hospitalized for two out and Sutter agreed that in 2010 it would days or 10. sever ties for good with the hospital. At this In other words, the screws to the insurtime, Sutter also began transferring huge ance-money faucet were officially tightened sums of “excess revenue” out of the Marin on the sickly and indigent. General coffers—to the tune of more than “The new system of reimbursement has $90 million over four years. Meanwhile, the forced all hospitals into competition with hospital needs $400 million worth of seismic one another,” wrote McRobbie. “Marin Gen- retrofitting completed by 2015—a $150 mileral’s reorganization plan, say its supporters, lion or more bond measure will likely be put was simply designed to help the hospital before voters at the next election. compete.” The competition, of course, At the time of the 2000 census, 13.5 perwas over patients... or, rather “profitable” cent of Marinites were age 65 or older; today patients—ones who don’t bleed a hospital it is nearly one in five. dry like the loss-leader healthcare bookends As of this writing, the Marin Healthcare of infants and the infirm. Marin General District plans to continue operating with needed to win “package” bids from large two boards—a public, and a private. ✹ companies who tend to employ young and Email Jason at vibrant people. But unlike private healthcare corporations, a district nonprofit must disBlast into Marin’s past with more cuss its bidding plans in public, according to Behind the Sun at ›› the Brown Act open-meetings law. Thus, at ‘Hospitals are only an intermediate stage of civilization’—Florence Nightingale




²ÊComcast once again wins our Zero award. Recently, a van dropped off about 10 guys in my neighborhood. They wore yellow Comcast vests and went off in pairs to knock on doors. When they reached mine, I spoke to them through the closed door. A glib young man, Patrick, stated they were checking on my service after the storm. Reluctantly, I opened my door. Though we have a clearly posted no solicitation policy here, these men ambushed our complex under the guise of technical service, yet they were actually salespeople trying to convince me to increase my service. I finally shut the door and phoned Comcast to complain. Reaching a rep in Mexico, I asked to speak with someone in San Rafael. After much ado, he transferred me to someone Mexico. Comcast, aren’t you supposed to be in the communications business?—Nikki Silverstein

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programs there alive for another year, says Mary Kay Sweeney, Homeward Bound executive director. Homeward Bound offers a continuum of services and is the countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest provider of shelter for the homeless. Its programs include the 40-bed Mill Street Center, an emergency shelter for single men and women, separately, in a dormitory-like setting. The agency also operates the Family Emergency Center, which provides housing for families in a Marin motel. And Homeward Bound operates the New Beginnings Center, an 80-bed facility for single homeless adults, as well as additional housing programs in other facilities in the county. Homeward Bound programs include 32 affordable studio apartments of â&#x20AC;&#x153;employment enhancedâ&#x20AC;? housing in the Hamilton area of Novato (built with the help of a construction loan from the Marin Community Foundation). A culinary program offers job-skill training. Although the entire effort at Homeward Bound is designed to move people from homelessness to shelter and self-sufďŹ ciency, the agency requires clients to be clean and sober, a criterion at most continuum of care agencies. But not all homeless people are clean and sober when they reach the point of seeking help, which is why Housing First can play such an important role in the homelessto-housing process. Homeward Bound used to receive grants from the Marin Community Foundation

could not choose just one.â&#x20AC;?So Blake Andros, owner of Blakeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Auto Body, and Ken Walker, owner of Corte Madera Tow, loosened their purse strings for two cars. Brooke Brown of Larkspur is the recipient of the original 2006 Ford Escape; Mary Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Keeffe of Novato will have the second car ready for her within 90 days. Happy holidays, Brooke and Maryâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; and happy driving. â&#x20AC;&#x201D;J.W.

No express lane for Target decision The San Rafael City Council refrained once again from pulling the trigger on Targetâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;deciding at Monday nightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s council meeting to further study the issue before voting on whether or not to allow the Minneapolis retailer to build one of its mega-stores in east San Rafael. Nearly 200 people attended the meetingâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;some in favor of having a low-priced one-stop shop in town, others concerned that much of the touted $675,000 estimated tax revenue would be siphoned away from smaller local businesses. Councilmembers did not specify when they would revisit the issue. â&#x20AC;&#x201D;J.W. Tattoo artist pricked in drug sting Anâ&#x20AC;&#x153;award-winning tattoo personality and tattoo artistâ&#x20AC;?may have further stained his reputation this week after being arrested for allegedly selling 20 pounds of pot to an undercover cop outside the Vintage Oaks Starbucks in Novato. Avery Badenhop, a self-describedâ&#x20AC;&#x153;sky diver, base jumper, stunt man and event coordinator,â&#x20AC;? already has a trial pending in a federal narcotics case stemming from an arrest in August.The 48-year-old Petaluma residentâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;who goes by the nameâ&#x20AC;&#x153;Tattoo Buckarooâ&#x20AC;?â&#x20AC;&#x201D;was also arrested in 2009 when San Rafael police stopped him for a moving violation and found 20 pounds of marijuana in his car. A search warrant then led the Marin County Major Crimes Task Force to the Petaluma home of the Tattoo Buckarooâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;whose credits, according to his website, include Nash Bridges and appearing as a contestant on Win Ben Steinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Moneyâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;where they found evidence leading to five more arrests, $804,000 in cash and over 60 pounds of marijuana. The latest Buckaroo sting was followed later that day by the arrest of his 56-year-old brother Aulden Badenhop, who also goes by Alden von Baden. Both Averyâ&#x20AC;&#x153;Tattoo Buckarooâ&#x20AC;?Badenhop and Auldenâ&#x20AC;&#x153;Alden von Badenâ&#x20AC;?Badenhop are scheduled to appear in court Jan. 6.â&#x20AC;&#x201D;J.W. EXTRA! EXTRA! Post your Marin news at â&#x20AC;şâ&#x20AC;ş paciďŹ

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thermia. A newly formed Marin Organizing Committee (MOC) focused on homelessness as an issue that needed attention across the county. The faith-based MOC comprises churches and synagogues and is part of the Bay Area Industrial Arts Foundation. It kept the issue of homelessness on the front burner, and to a large extent is responsible for helping the county move from a standing start on the issue of homelessness to a current dynamic and forward-moving stance. That change also echoes in the pages of a 2009 Marin grand jury report. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Homeless services in Marin evolved from interfaith connections in 1974, when 40 church delegates came together in downtown San Rafael to address the homeless situation.â&#x20AC;? The MOC represents a reinvigorated faith-based initiative and good old community organizing. The grand jury report noted that a 1994 grand jury identiďŹ ed the need for a county coordinator to guide the countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s efforts to deal with homelessness. The county now has a homeless policy coordinator. And Housing Firstâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s $200,000 comes from $400,000 the county pledged to aid efforts to lessen the effects of homelessness. The MOC voiced concerns that using funds for the new Housing First program would reduce the commitment to the emergency rotating shelter. MCFâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s $175,000 contribution puts those concerns to rest, but only for this year. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a one-time grant, in contrast to the countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s $200,000 allocation for Housing First, which is a commitment to ongoing funding. The MOC â&#x20AC;&#x153;sees Housing First as a strong example of the effectiveness of the collaborative approach engaged in by [MOC] institutions,â&#x20AC;? says Deacon Bernie Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Halloran of Saint Anselm Catholic Church. That new collaborative approach was evident when county staff approached the MOC to talk about the possibilities of Housing First in Marin. MOC, true to its communityorganizing paradigm, â&#x20AC;&#x153;started engaging in a conversation,â&#x20AC;? says Meredith Parnell, spokeswoman for MOC and Congregation Rodef Sholom. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We said we are a constituent-driven organization and we need to talk to people.â&#x20AC;? The committee held a series of meetings to discuss the county proposal for Housing First. â&#x20AC;&#x153;People came who were not members [of the MOC]; homeless people were there, the [Marin] Community Foundation was there, service providers were there.â&#x20AC;? Some of the participants reiterated the concern that moving toward Housing First might lessen a commitment to an emergency shelter program. Parnell notes that the rotating shelter meets a need that other programs just donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t address. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In large part because, even with programs like Mill Street, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no outlet on the other side, because thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not enough low-income housing. When you get all the way through a Homeward Bound-like program, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re back out on the street again.â&#x20AC;? The programs at Homeward Bound are designed to prevent a revolving-door by providing transitional housing and job training, but there arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t enough resources to fully meet the need. â&#x20AC;&#x153;About 85 percent of

the people who went to the rotating shelter last year also went to Mill Street during the year,â&#x20AC;? says Sweeney. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a similar population.â&#x20AC;? The emergency rotating shelter â&#x20AC;&#x153;thankfully provides more beds during the winter,â&#x20AC;? adds Sweeney. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been jammed at Mill Street, turning away people. Now we have a bit of a relief because [the rotating shelter] provides more beds out there, especially during this cold and rainy season.â&#x20AC;? This year 15 congregations are participating in the rotating shelter program. Each night, 35 men and between 10 and 14 women come in out of the cold and rain. A shuttle picks them up at the Saint Vincent de Paul Society of Marin dining room in San Rafael and takes the men to one congregation and the women to another. The need is greater than the ability to serve. Between ďŹ ve and 10 men each night ďŹ nd that the shuttle is full and thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no room for them. Christine Paquette, director of development at St. Vincent de Paul, says the program needs either another shuttle or another congregation to handle the overďŹ&#x201A;ow. Supervisor Susan Adams notes that the county has come a long way in the cooperative effort to meet the challenges of homelessness. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a lot in our 10-year plan to eliminate homelessness that we have actually accomplished. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re at a point now that we need to revamp it and take a new look, especially now that weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to focus on Housing First and wrap-around services. But by no means [are current efforts] going to meet the full need.â&#x20AC;? Adams says a collaborative approach would get a boost if the county could enlist cooperation from cities and towns to â&#x20AC;&#x153;have them own their part of the problem as well and work together to create opportunities to get people off of the streets.â&#x20AC;? She also says that programs such as Open Table offer new opportunities in working together. In the Open Table model, congregations adopt homeless families and act as mentors and advocates, stabilizing people and putting them on the road to housing. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an approach that recognizes moving people out of homelessness is, as Larry Meredith says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;a long processâ&#x20AC;? thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s beyond the capabilities of any emergency shelter program. He adds that the county will send out a request for proposals for a Housing First program â&#x20AC;&#x153;within weeks.â&#x20AC;? Sweeney says Homeward Bound is thinking about whether it will respond with a proposal. But right now, in this wet and cold winter, the rotating shelter must turn away people. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We provide rain gear, so at least they have some way of staying dry,â&#x20AC;? says Paquette, â&#x20AC;&#x153;but I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think rain gear can do that much.â&#x20AC;? The emergency rotating shelter program opened Dec. 1 and will end March 31. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mean thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s when the cold weather ends,â&#x20AC;? says Paquette. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hard. The ending every year has been difďŹ cult emotionally for everybody.â&#x20AC;? â&#x153;š Contact the writer at

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Farley Bar Located just this side of the Golden Gate Bridge in Cavallo Point Lodge is a sophisticated tippler’s oasis complete with pressed-tin ceiling, crackling hearth, plushly upholstered seating and a veranda with sofas and blankets. Excellent snacking options. 601 Murray Cir., Sausalito, 339-4750 Horizons Fun, informal alfresco rendezvous along the Sausalito seawall offers spectacular bay views as well as fruity tropical cocktails and yummy seafood. The perfect option for after-work sunny-day imbibing. 558 Bridgeway, Sausalito, 331-3232 no name Marin’s hippest watering hole offers post-Beat ambience aplenty—darkling wornwood interior, books and chess sets, stained glass, a small stage for live jazz, a nicotinefriendly back patio with foliage and a house cat. Nice clientele mashup of intellectuals, bohemians, houseboaters, philosophers and barflies. 757 Bridgeway, Sausalito, 332-1392

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he shopping’s done, the guests have departed, the leftovers are in the fridge and all those cards, packages, parties and carolers are receding into memory. Another holiday season is coming to a close and a new year is about to begin: It’s time to

heave a sigh of relief, break out the tux or LBD and celebrate. Below is a fairly exhaustive roundup of places in Marin where one can get tipsy, lubricated or out-and-out gassed, depending on one’s mood. They range from classy little lounges to fragrant dives, from hipster hideaways to tourist meccas, from wine bars and sports bars to pubs, saloons, nightclubs and eateries. Each has something to recommend it, if only the means and opportunity to greet 2011 with the proper spirits. Skoal!

Spinnaker Venerable country clubby Sausalito landmark juts out into the bay the length of a city block, offering dazzling panoramas of the city and the harbor. Lots of pleather and wicker and elevator music, but the cocktails are classic. 100 Spinnaker Dr., Sausalito, 332-1500 Smitty’s Sausalito’s primo proletariat hangout features plenty of pretzels-and-beer atmo as well as pinball, shuffleboard, four pool tables and a retro knotty pine/Formica setting. A good place to shoot some stick, toss back a few and find a companion for the evening. 214 Caledonia St., Sausalito, 332-2637 Wellington’s Wine Bar Totally Marin-ish blond-wood metrosexual wine bar offers a sophisticated setting for sipping and snacking, with waterfront views, wine-barrel tables, apres-ski ambience and a glass fireplace. Chess, Scrabble and artisan cheeses available; nice cutting-edge beer list. 300 Turney St., Sausalito, 331-9463 Buckeye Roadhouse The cozy bar near the entrance to this acclaimed New American rendezvous is one of the most urbane spots in the county to enjoy a perfectly crafted cocktail. Clubby brass and mahogany surroundings are ideal for martinis and oysters after a day in the Headlands. 15 Shoreline Hwy., Mill Valley, 331-2600 2AM Club After a few years of yuppies and Jager, the good old Deuce is back in business, offering its patrons pool, pinball, honest liquor and takeout from Joe’s Taco Lounge next door. The best place in Marin to watch the Giants beat the Phillies (and the Padres, the Braves, the Rangers...) 380 Miller Ave., Mill Valley, 388-6036 The Cantina Much to the delight of Marinites, The Cantina, known for its mighty margarita—along with a range of tequilas and Mexican beers—is back where it belongs. Not only does it look much like it used to, but

the original chef is back, too, turning out old favorites as well as more contemporary fare. 651 E. Blithedale, Mill Valley, 381-1070 Bungalow 44 One of Marin’s flirtiest bar scenes, with Mill Valley’s tanned and healthy citizenry sipping and sparking and chitting and chatting and maybe watching the game on TV. The service is friendly and the classy American comfort food is delish. 44 E. Blithedale Ave., Mill Valley, 381-2500 Sorrento Lounge Attached to the ever-popular La Ginestra restaurant, the Sorrento is a fine place to sip a negroni before your meal, but it’s also a nice quiet option when you don’t want to brave the braying, rambunctious glitterati of the louder joints. Carnival masks and a soothing indoor fountain are among the rococo design accents. 127 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley, 388-0224 Mill Valley Beerworks An amazing array of sensational suds stars at this friendly, popular hangout: local and imported ales, porters, barleywines, lagers, lambics, stouts and ciders plus the venue’s own handcrafted microbrews. Housemade ginger ale and root beer are available as well, along with cheeses, salumi and freshly baked pretzels. 173 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley, 336-3596 Mountain Home Inn Marin’s most altitudinous watering hole is an upscale alpine hideaway where one can enjoy the beauties of Mt. Tamalpais in bucolic comfort. Sip an amusing little blanc de blanc in the skylit treehouse of a bar or out on the deck overlooking the tree-filled canyon below. 810 Panoramic Hwy., Mill Valley, 381-9000 Sam’s Anchor Cafe Sam’s famous sundeck is the place to mingle with Marin’s beautifully suntanned sailors and socialites. The city views are spectacular, the fizzes and daiquiris flow like water and the peanut butter pie is a must. There’s even a dock where you can berth your yacht. 27 Main St., Tiburon, 435-4527 Guaymas It’s one of the most idyllic boozing options in Marin: sitting out on Guaymas’s sunny bayside deck, sipping one of the exemplary top-shelf house margaritas and gazing out at the bay, the boats and San Francisco in the distance. Adding feathery chips and housemade salsas to the equation only enhances it. 5 Main St., Tiburon, 435-6300

CENTRAL MARIN Marin Joe’s Perfectly preserved circa-1954 cocktail lounge in red plush and gleaming woodwork features a slate-rock fireplace, upholstered burgundy booths, an inviting singalong piano bar and professional service from skilled white-jacketed mixologists. Complimentary beer cheese and crackers too! 1585 Casa Buena Dr., Corte Madera, 924-2081 The Tavern at Lark Creek Despite the restaurant’s recent evolution into a more casual, pocket-friendly venue, Lark Creek’s cozy lounge is still one of the swellest spots in 12 > DECEMBER 24- DECEMBER 30, 2010 PACIFIC SUN 11

the county to sip a cocktail or a nice glass of vino. Lovely tree-shaded creekside setting; free popcorn with ladle-it-yourself melted butter. 234 Magnolia, Larkspur, 924-7766 Silver Peso One of Marin’s few remaining dive bars is noisy, rollicking and packed with revelers on a regular basis. Peeling, rickety ambience; three pool tables; pinball; Pac-Man. A cherished local landmark. 450 Magnolia, Larkspur, 924-3448 Matteuci’s Bright, happy rustic-roadhouse hangout glows with neon, red plush and shrines to Marilyn, Elvis, Bogie and Dino. Terrific jukebox (natch) plus a couple of pool tables. Friendly service and striking decoupage to boot. 114 Greenfield Ave., San Anselmo, 456-3614 Insalata’s There’s a big-city vibe to the bar at Insalata’s: dark, elegant setting; highly skilled barkeeps; a cocktail menu that’s both classic and contemporary. Heidi Krahling’s upscale yet richly inventive Mediterranean cuisine is the perfect accompaniment. 120 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., San Anselmo, 457-7700 19 Broadway An impressive lineup of rock, funk, reggae and jazz keeps the joint jumpin’ and the dancers moving seven nights a week; the rest of the time you can relax by the fireplace in the cozy front parlor or out on the tiki-riffic back patio. Cheerful, chummy atmosphere. 17 Broadway, Fairfax, 459-0293 Peri’s Between the two pool tables and the covered deck with the big boulder and the small stage for live music and the panoramas of bustling Broadway, this is a good, all-purpose neighborhood saloon for local and visitor alike. Unpretentious down-home atmosphere. 29 Broadway, Fairfax, 459-9910

SAN RAFAEL George’s “Dive” stopped working for New George’s some time ago (out-beguiled by Fourth Street Tavern across the way, no doubt), so the venerable county venue— now succinctly “George’s”—reopened this year, reinvigorating its look to an upscale-casual ’40s-era nightclub. Please wait to be seated and, please, no ripped jeans, flip-flops or jerseys—that is so New George’s. The grilled vegetable gyro wrap is a testament to its newly refined ways... 842 Fourth St., San Rafael, 226-0262 The Mayflower Pub Now then, in a fuddle ’bout where to go fer afters? There’s a bevy of bevy waiting at the Mayflower—the county’s most authentically authentic English local. Whether yer nebbin’ fer a pint with the gaffer or fleeing the chabbies fer a fish and a ferkin, this west Fourth Street fave will leave yer gob chuffed like a bleedin’ Wezzie. And the punters? Not a bad-un in the lot, mate. 1533 Fourth St., San Rafael, 456-1011 Trevor’s Pub San Rafael’s premier dive bar is rich in eclectic decor (fake birds, maritime paintings, Mardi Gras beads, a striking array 12 PACIFIC SUN DECEMBER 24 - DECEMBER 30, 2010


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of ceiling-suspended ties and brassieres) and that mid-afternoon-pick-me-up ambience. Exposed brick, a wood-burning fireplace and a nicely stocked jukebox keep things cozy. 297 Tamalpais Ave., San Rafael, 456-7044 Fourth Street Tavern An impressively eclectic lineup of local musicians presides from the small stage of this dimly lit watering hole where regulars quaff suds and slug shots in a brothel-like setting of antique mirrors, blood-red walls and worn wood. Grab a seat next to the crackling hearth. 711 Fourth St., San Rafael, 454-4044 San Rafael Joe’s Marin’s finest happy hour is hosted at the bar of this retro steak/seafood/pasta house. Around 5pm, a hot platter of bruschetta, seafood, pizza and other tidbits is served to the imbibers free of charge, and if there’s a ballgame or a rerun of Out of Sight on the TV there’s absolutely no reason to go anywhere. 931 Fourth St., San Rafael, 456-2425 Flatiron Sports Bar & Grill When only a pitcher of suds and a dozen satellite TVs will do, head on down to the county’s premier sports bar, where you can take your pick of college hoops or Brazilian soccer or championship hockey and enjoy a bowl of chili and a tall cool libation at the same time. Make sure to check out the Giants and 49ers memorabilia, too. 724 B St., San Rafael, 453-4318 Nickel Rose This Upper Mission-y urban lounge combines lush draperies, Deco-esque arched mirrors and a Belle Epoque pressedtin ceiling with cool sounds, mod leather chairs and sofas, plenty of candlelight and unique house cocktails made with freshly squeezed organic juices. The result is stylish, inviting and chill indeed. Interestingly quirky crowd. 848 B St., San Rafael, 454-5551 Pint Size Lounge This casually cool urban getaway specializes in beer (14 artisan drafts at last count) and a rotating gallery of cutting-edge multimedia artworks. (And did we mention the translucent acrylic bar with its miniature racetrack?) 1615 Fourth St., San Rafael, 457-2673

NORTHERN MARIN Boca Despite its location around the corner from a strip mall, Boca is a handsome place to enjoy well-aged steaks, Argentine style, and the adjacent bar scene is especially festive. Snack on duck fat fries, empanadas, lobster corn dogs or a terrific burger, and don’t forget the wine flights and the halfpriced wines on Tuesday night. 340 Ignacio Blvd., Novato, 883-0901 WildFox North Marin’s tippling rendezvous of choice boasts a convivial clientele, a lively, jazzy soundtrack, classy grub like ahi sliders and sake-streamed mussels, and that teeming chardonnay-and-lemon drop milieu. Expansive front patio features potted foliage and two fireplaces. 225 Alameda del Prado, Novato, 883-9125

‘What’ll it be, fat man—a Snowball, Frosty Noggin or a Flaming Ho?’ The first Marin Santa Con tallied the naughty and nice at George’s last weekend.

Brown’s Binyerd Hoodies and flannel predominate at this 20-something-friendly recroom hangout, where moody slackers down suds, shoot pool, play video games and shout over the garage-band sound design. Sparse community college frat house decor; impressive selection of fruit-flavored schnapps. 1009 First St., Novato, 897-1925 De Borba’s The great Marin neighborhood hangout, with sports trophies on the walls, a community pool table, photo-collages of the locals and an especially friendly clientele of regulars. Gorgeous mirrored mahogany back bar with bronze and stained-glass accents. Mary’s Crepes (next door) delivers. 819 Grant Ave., Novato, 892-7734 Hilltop 1892 Originally built as a private home in, of course, 1892, the Hilltop has evolved from a Moose Lodge to a dentist’s office and later a Swedish smorgasbord to its final destiny as the place with the sweepingest view from a swizzle stick this side of the Caprice. With a fully stocked bar, which can quickly lead to fully loaded patrons, the recently refurbished Novato landmark is truly living up to its reputation as just that. Don’t miss the Edwardian-era seminudes in the Gent’s. We recommend an Old Fashioned, a Tom Collins or a Ramos Fizz. It is the holidays, after all. 850 Lamont Ave., Novato, 893-1892 Viking Marin’s most all-encompassing saloon offers something for everyone: pinball, pool, darts and shuffleboard; crock-pot hot dogs with all the trimmings; an upright piano available to one and all; and, of course, artistic renderings of seafaring Scandinavian warriors. True-blue fake-rock cigarette-machine vibe. 7377 Redwood Blvd., Novato, 897-3624

WEST MARIN Rancho Nicasio This worn-wood old barn of a saloon is not only one of the best places in the county to hear live blues, country, rock and zydeco, its saddles, antlers, Indian blankets, wagon-wheel chandelier and upright piano make you feel like a thirsty cowpoke. The joint’s summertime bar-

becues have been attracting Marinites for generations (love those burgers!). 1 Old Rancheria Rd., Nicasio, 662-2219 William Tell House Ranchers, sailors, sheepherders and wayfarers have been bellying up to the bar at the William Tell since 1877, and even after a recent spic-and-span remodel the place still resonates with history and heritage. Live music, karaoke and made-on-the-premises pasta and prime rib keep the customers satisfied. 26955 Highway 1, Tomales, 707/878-2403 Old Western Saloon After a century or so this Wild Wild West (Marin) relic still has its brass rail intact, not to mention its antique cashbox, player piano, wrought-iron stove, vintage Wurlitzer jukebox and block-long scarred-wood bar. After a day of ranching or rambling it’s the perfect spot for a shot and a beer. (The facilities are out back.) 11201 Highway 1, Point Reyes Station, 663-1661 Smiley’s Marin’s most venerable watering hole (est. 1851) offers an authentic frontiertown vibe as well as two dozen brews, lots of seafaring paraphernalia, a pool table and a relaxed, Bolinas-y hippie/hipster ambience. Burgers, nachos, hot dogs and sandwiches available for the hungover. 41 Wharf Rd., Bolinas, 868-1311 Sand Dollar This weathered seaside shack is the perfect setting for a hearty pick-me-up like a beaker of stout or a hearty claret or a slug of Irish whiskey. The garden patio is a lovely spot for brunch. 3448 Shoreline Hwy., Stinson Beach, 868-0434 Pelican Inn This cozy, convivial Tudoresque pub offers the thirsty wayfarer a respite from West Marin’s mists and moors with a beaker of stout, a game of darts, a slab of beef, even a night’s lodgings. Weathered wood, Celtic music, ginger wine and an enormous brass hunting horn add to the whole Benbow Tavern experience. 10 Pacific Way, Muir Beach, 383-6000 ✹ (Special thanks to Samantha Campos for her exhaustive research in the field.) Please see this week’s SunDial for New Year’s Eve events at some of the establishments mentioned in this article.

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Score 0 points and you need to heed Mark Twainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s advice. He said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no inďŹ&#x201A;uence on society.â&#x20AC;? Put some clothes on and do it with meaning. Before you reach for that stylish scarf and head out the door, answer these questions and score your fashion sense. â&#x2014;? â&#x2014;? â&#x2014;? â&#x2014;?

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< 13 Couture-al revolution! 4. After years of bare legsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;in winter or summerâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;what is the latest trend in hosiery? a. ankle socks b. patterned tights c. knee highs d. all of the above 5. The jean style that got the most attention this year was: a. the skinny jean b. the wide-legged jean c. the holey jean d. patchwork jeans

7. If you got a Brazilian this year, it means you are now sporting ________. a. the skimpiest bikini ever b. straight hair c. giant sunglasses d. hemp flipflops

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9. No-iron khakis and wrinkle-free blouses and shirts mean the steam iron stays in the closet. One of the key ingredients that makes these items wrinkle-free is: a. formaldehyde b. paint thinner c. motor oil d. cornstarch 10. Lindsay Lohan became the artistic adviser for the house of Ungaro in 2009. How did that work out? a. The collection was a bust and Giles Deacon has taken over and turned it around. b. Best known for its haute couture, with Lindsayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s inďŹ&#x201A;uence the line had more street appeal. c. Hemlines went up and so did the stock prices. d. Just like Rapper T.I., who

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ust as we need a fun outďŹ t to wear to parties and celebrations during the holidays, we also need an equally fun appetizer or dessert to bring along. At neighborhood gatherings, school functions, get-togethers with friends and family or work events, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m often asked to bring a dish to contribute, and I bet you are too. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve created a couple of easy recipes that can be embellished or changed slightly so they become something completely different. The gingerbread recipe is a snap to make and can morph into a luscious upside-down cake, cupcakes for a crowd or a sophisticated Bundt cake to serve with ice cream and a warm chocolate or caramel sauce. The crabby ďŹ lling is delicious stuffed into mushrooms and roasted. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s versatile enough to serve chilled inside endive leaves or heated and spread on crackers. And it takes advantage of this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fabulous crab season by using fresh, local Dungeness crabmeat. Both recipes are quick to make and donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t involve a lot of complicated steps. The ďŹ nished products travel well and are festive enough for New Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s revelry with champagne. So now that the problem of what to bring is solved, all thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s needed is the fun outďŹ t. Good luck with thatâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m still looking in my closet! Happy Holidays! -------------------------

Tried and True Gingerbread 3 eggs 1 cup sugar 1 cup molasses 1 teaspoon each: ground cloves, ginger and cinnamon 1 cup canola oil 2 teaspoons baking soda dissolved in 2 tablespoons hot water 2 cups all-purpose ďŹ&#x201A;our 1 cup boiling water

Beat together the eggs, sugar, molasses, spices and oil until smooth. Stir in the dissolved baking soda then beat in the ďŹ&#x201A;our, whisking until all lumps are gone. Add the boiling water and stir lightly until itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s incorporated. Batter will be quite thin.

Upside-Down Caramelized Pear Cake with Candied Pecans Yields 8-10 servings 6 tablespoons butter 1 cup brown sugar 3-4 pears, peeled, cored and thinly sliced 1 cup purchased candied pecans

Preheat the oven to 350F. In a 12-inch ovenproof skillet, melt the butter and brown sugar over medium-high heat. Boil for 1 minute then remove from the heat. Arrange the pear slices in an overlapping circle covering the surface, pressing on them slightly so they sink into the topping. Place the pecans around the edge decoratively and in the middle of the pear circle, pressing as you go. Pour the gingerbread batter over the pears. Bake for 25-30 minutes, until middle of cake springs back when touched and toothpick comes out clean. Cool in pan for 5 minutes. Run a knife or spatula around the edge of the pan to loosen the cake, then invert on a serving plate. If any of the topping sticks to the skillet, carefully lift off and place it on the cake. Cut the cake into wedges and serve with a dollop of whipped cream.

Gingery Cupcakes with Lemon Frosting Yields 32 cupcakes Preheat oven to 350F. Line mufďŹ n tins with paper liners. Pour the gingerbread batter into the mufďŹ n cups, ďŹ lling each about 3/4 full. Bake 30-35 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the middle of several cupcakes comes out clean. Set aside to cool.


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into a medium bowl. Cool. Add the goat cheese to the onion mixture and, using a fork, mash until smooth. Stir in artichoke hearts, Old Bay, parsley and Asiago until thoroughly mixed. Add enough olive oil to achieve a creamy consistency. Gently fold in crabmeat.

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2 dozen medium-sized cremini mushrooms, stems removed and ďŹ nely chopped 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil Freshly ground black pepper

Add the chopped stems to the onions and saute together until soft. Proceed with the recipe as directed above for ďŹ lling. Preheat oven to 350F. Arrange mushrooms with stem side up in a baking dish just large enough to hold them. Using a teaspoon, generously pack each mushroom cap with a portion of ďŹ lling. Drizzle with the olive oil and sprinkle with pepper. Bake until the ďŹ lling is golden and the mushrooms are tender, 30-45 minutes. Serve hot or at room temperature.


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Crabby Spread/Filling/Dip 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil 1/2 cup onion, ďŹ nely chopped 1 clove garlic, minced 1/2 packed cup softened goat cheese 1/4 cup frozen artichoke hearts, thawed and ďŹ nely chopped 1 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning 1 tablespoon parsley, minced 3 tablespoons shredded Asiago cheese 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil, more if necessary 1/4 pound Dungeness crabmeat, picked over for pieces of shell

Heat the oil in a small frying pan over medium-low heat until just shimmering. Add the onion and caramelize until golden and softenedâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;about 8-10 minutes. Add the garlic and stir until fragrant. Remove from heat and scrape

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Intervention This week, it’s a woman who wants a sex change but has to kick a heroin habit first. There are at least three different reality shows in there somewhere. A&E. 9pm.

TUESDAY, DEC. 28 Boondock Saints A pair of Irish brothers in Boston go on a vigilante killing spree to make the streets safe for women, families and bad dialogue. (1999) IFC. 5pm. Serenity This movie was the sequel to the cult favoritebut-canceled Joss Whedon space Western series. That means if you want to watch it, you’ve probably SATURDAY, DEC. 25 already seen it five Lockup Marathon times. (2005) SyFy Yo u ’ v e s p e n t t h e Channel. 9pm. whole day with your Biggest Loser This is family and you need The original Keating Five, Friday at 8. the show where they to watch six hours of check in with former footage about people competitors. They are airing this during in prison? MSNBC. 3pm. the holidays to make you feel better Disney Parks Christmas Parade Sevabout yourself. NBC. 9pm. eral hundred perky stuffed animal characters marching through the haphap-happiest place on earth! Suddenly WEDNESDAY, DEC. 29 Pirates of the the prison stuff is looking pretty good. Caribbean: At World’s End They’re pirates. ABC. 5:30pm. You’d think one of them would have found Community Abed wakes up in a Christ- time to steal a script that made sense. (2007) mas special stop-motion animation USA Network. 4:30pm. wor ld. We k now Battle of the Bulbs where we’d be headFamilies on the ing. We hear what same block comhappens on the pete to see who can Island of Misfit Toys construct the most stays on the Island of elaborate Christmas Misfit Toys. NBC. 8pm. display to win a contest.This is fictional. Contests of this sort SUNDAY, DEC. 26 are actually barred The Sound of Music by the Kyoto climate An authoritarian protocol. (2010) Hallnanny takes charge mark Channel. 8pm. of an Austrian bar- The charismatic ‘Baron,’ holding court at the Von 16 and Pregnant on’s children, indoc- Trapp compound. Sunday, 7pm. This is the “reunion” trinating them with show. They auction a series of cult-like character-building exercises. (1965) the babies at the end. MTV. 8:30pm. ABC. 7pm. The Perfect Nanny You’d think that the THURSDAY, DEC. 30 Catwoman Halle psychotic killer nannies would have their Barry plays a graphic designer who is sudown union by now. (2000) Lifetime. 7pm. denly gifted with feline power and abiliChallenge Pastry chefs compete to ties. She’s able to take on the bad guys, but make cakes evocative of the “Sex and the hairballs are murder. (2004) SyFy. 7pm. the City” characters. You’ll have to tune Happy New Year, Charlie Brown At this into Cinemax After Dark to see Samanpoint in the holiday cycle we’re ready for tha’s cake. Food Network. 8pm. “Give It a Rest, Charlie Brown.” ABC. 8pm. ✹ MONDAY, DEC. 27 Back to the Future Trilogy If they had a real DeLorean time machine, maybe they could go back and not make the second movie. AMC. 6pm.


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Christmas? Bubkes humbug! For God’s sake give it a rest, ye merry gentile men... by N ik k i Silve r ste in


rowing up in one of the only Jewish families in a rural Southern town was tough, but Christmas was especially challenging. My siblings and I whined about wanting a tree decorated with shiny things. We wanted that fat, jolly man with presents to visit our house. We wanted to fit in. My folks, Mimi and Sol, didn’t get it. They always had a new reason Santa wouldn’t come. “Santa knows we’re Jewish because we have a mezuzah at the front door,” Mimi claimed. “We asked Santa to give your presents to poor children in Africa,” Sol said. One year, my friend Lori’s parents told me if I went to church with them on Christmas Eve, Santa would bring me presents. I was devastated when my parents didn’t let me go. All I wanted was a few lousy toys made by elves and to wear a red velvet dress to a fireand-brimstone service at the local Southern Baptist church. Was that too much to ask? Apparently it was, because my folks sat us kids down at the kitchen table for the final word in our St. Nick saga. “There is no Santa Claus,” Sol declared. After we got over the shock of the news, we pulled out the toys we got for Hanukkah and went outside to play. I told everyone I saw that Santa wasn’t real. Our phone rang a lot and my mother told me to stop talking about it. I didn’t. Even then, I was a yenta. That same holiday season, I insisted on sitting on Santa’s lap at the shopping center. Rather than deal with my tantrum, my mother stood in the Santa line with all the gentile mothers, pretending to be one of them. When it was my turn, I pulled off the old guy’s fake beard and told him I knew he wasn’t real. To this day, I remain incensed by the injustice of the punishment meted out by my parents—writing an apology letter to a fraud. He already knew he wasn’t real, so it wasn’t like I ruined his Christmas. The whole Christmas thing is still problematic for me. First, there’s the tree issue. More than 28 million trees were cut down and sold last year in the U.S., according to the National Christmas Tree Association. Pesticides, which often leach into the groundwater, are applied several times during the growing lifecycle of most Christmas trees. Then there’s that pesky issue of getting rid of the trees on Jan. 2. Progressive Marin offers tree recycling, but that’s not true of every municipality. What about the energy drain? Personally, my energy is zapped every time I enter Safeway during the Christmas season. I simply want a box of cereal and some Yoplait Chocolate Mousse, yet I have to wait in long lines of people buying food for holiday gatherings. I spent a full 28 minutes waiting in line at Costco the other day. I needed dog treats, organic tapioca pudding and a refill on

my Ativan to get through the holiday insanity, but other shoppers needed six carts each, filled with toys, candy canes and big hunks of red meat. If you’re a retailer, you’d create some mighty goodwill with an express line for Jews during the holiday shopping period. There’s another energy drain, too. Carbon Footprint LTD estimates that one-fourth of an adult’s carbon emissions come from the Christmas holidays. Not so for us Jews. You may not be aware that the Jewish religion is very green. When we use beeswax candles in our menorah for eight nights, virtually no carbon footprint is left behind. So, put that in your stocking with care. Oy, the Christmas-themed commercials confuse me. Isn’t Christmas about the son of God being born in a manger to a woman who supposedly never had sex? I don’t personally know Jesus, but I have to wonder what he’d do to celebrate the day. Buy a new 4G smartphone for Dad? After the Pacific Sun’s Christmas party last week, a few staff members dragged me to “the Christmas House” in Novato, an elaborate holiday display at the home of a generous family. I went last year too and was awestruck. Every nook and cranny is full of Christmas. Mechanical Santas, a nativity scene, a room of angels. For our pleasure, this family devotes six months every year to setting up, displaying and dismantling the holiday decorations. My pixie dust wore off on this year’s visit and I had a more discerning eye. Is it a good idea to welcome cars and even tour buses full of complete strangers into your home? I rarely even answer my door. If you ask me, it’s absurd to trust people you don’t know to mill about your home unsupervised. I bet my next huge Pacific Sun paycheck that something of value disappears every year from the Christmas House. Six months of Christmas would take a serious toll on any family. I imagined this was the case while snooping through their movie collection in the living room. (Hey, they invited me in.) Expecting to see It’s a Wonderful Life, A Christmas Carol and Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer, I was shocked to find such titles as Silent Rage, Hard to Kill and two copies of Slaughter in San Francisco (starring Chuck Norris), just to name a few. Not a holiday flick in sight. Maybe even this family needs the occasional break from Christmas. On Christmas Day, I’ll be celebrating in the traditional Jewish manner—taking in an afternoon movie and dining at Dynasty in Tiburon with some members of my tribe. I hope however you choose to celebrate is just as merry. ✹ Email:

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Rock ‘n’ roll lang syne! Give 2010 the ol’ heave ho ho ho with Marin’s reinvigorated music scene... by G r e g Cahill


et’s follow Wall Street’s lead and suggest that America has crawled far enough from the economic abyss the nation faced just two years ago that, you know, it’s like happy days are here again... Sure the red ink is still flowing and for millions those unemployment checks are getting cut off. But what the hell, let’s party like it’s 1999—you know, back before the proverbial s--t hit the fan. Let’s start with the poster child of resurrected Marin musical happenings, George’s in San Rafael (formerly known as New George’s). After a six-year silence, the venerable nightclub and popular watering hole—which in its heyday hosted the likes of Carlos Santana, the Neville Brothers, Warren Zevon and Robert Cray, among others—reopened in October after a tortuously long renovation only to be shut down a few weeks ago by a kitchen fire. Well, George’s is back in action and veteran blues mama Lydia Pense and her red-hot band Cold Blood will be rockin’ the house at a New Year’s

Eve bash Friday, Dec. 31. Doors open at 6pm, tickets are $65. Looking for a serving of music and mirth to ring in the New Year? At the Palm Ballroom in San Rafael (on 100 Yacht Club Dr.), Emmy Award-winning satirist and songstress Rita Abrams will hold court. Valentina Osinski, Darlene Popovic, Joe Osborn and Sean O’Brien round out her 5-Star Revue. This Bay Area dream team will deliver selections form Abrams’ stage parodies For Whom the Bridge Tolls, New Wrinkles and Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus. Come early for the 5:30pm dinner show ($95) or ring in the New Year at the 10:30 show ($45). Or walk on the wild side when the Woods Music Hall in Mill Valley (in the Masonic Hall) hosts the Royal Vagabond Cotillion featuring El Radio Fantastique, a surreal blend of cabaret, vaudeville and burlesque. The show starts at 9pm. Tickets are $50. Music and comedy are on the bill at the 142 Throckmorton Theatre in Mill Valley, where musicians Jimmy Dillon and Austin

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de Lone and friends entertain along with comedians Mark Pitta and Orny Adams. Doors open at 7:30pm, tickets are $50. Bonnie Hayes’ latest combo, Mystery Dance, sails into the Sausalito Cruising Club’s barge. The event organizers are offering a special 6pm dinner menu for $65 per person or $120 per couple; after 10pm,

admission is $15 for club members and $20 for guests. In Fairfax, HoneyDust brings its cow pie-kickin’ All-American rock to Peri’s Bar at 9:30pm. And Hot Buttered Rum serves up its upbeat progressive, world musicflavored acoustic folk to 19 Broadway at 9pm. $25. In West Marin, the San Francisco-based rockabilly trio the RevTones gets the night into high gear at the Papermill Creek Saloon in Forest Knolls. The Zydeco Flames bring their red-hot Louisiana musical links to Rancho Nicasio for a 9pm show. Tickets are $35 and $45 and include party favors and champagne toast. You might want to come early for the all-you-can eat crab Feed (reservations required), but it will cost you extra. If you’re making the rounds in West Marin on New Year’s Eve, the Station House Cafe in Point Reyes Station will present solo acoustic guitar virtuoso Bart Hopkin at 6pm—there’s no cover charge. Across the street, at the Old Western Saloon, blues guitarist Dave D’More will perform, while Smiley’s Schooner Saloon and Hotel in Bolinas presents the Jenny Kerr Band. If you’re taking a longer restorative layover in West Marin, check out progressive media heavyweights Bill Press and Norman Solomon in conversation on Wednesday, Dec. 29, at 7pm, at the Point Reyes Dance Palace, when they discuss the “State of the Obama Presidency” (believe me, there’s a song in there somewhere). They’re sure to have a few things to say about Wall Street’s exuberant attitude. Tickets are $15. ✹ Send a cup o’ kindness to Greg at Tune up to the Marin music scene at


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Helen Mirren, Felicity Jones and Djimon Hounsou brush up their Shakespeare in ‘The Tempest,’ opening Friday at the Rafael.

All Good Things (1:41) A happy newlywed’s idyllic life devolves into angst, murder and mayhem when he enters the family business: Manhattan real estate. ● Black Swan (1:43) Darren Aronofsky’s gripping drama about a driven prima ballerina (Natalie Portman) facing an uncertain future. ● Burlesque (1:59) Christina Aguilera as a small-town girl whose dreams of success are realized on the stage of a seedy yet majestic old burlesque house; mistress of ceremonies Cher offers plenty of jaded wisdom and over-the-top glam. ● The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (1:52) The third installment of C.S. Lewis’s fantastical epic about three kids and their adventures on the high seas. ● Fair Game (1:48) Naomi Watts as Valerie Plame, the targeted CIA agent whose husband’s investigations into Iraq’s nuclear capabilities didn’t jibe with the Bush administration’s PR plans; Sean Penn costars as hubby-whistleblower Joe Wilson. ● The Fighter (1:54) Biopic of “Irish” Mickey Ward stars Mark Wahlberg as the street-smart world champion boxer and Christian Bale as his brother, trainer Dick Eklund. ● The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest (2:28) Sequel to The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and The Girl Who Played With Fire finds the edgy Lisbeth Salander in hot water again, this time for the murder of her father. ● Gulliver’s Travels (1:25) Modern-day take on Jonathan Swift stars Jack Black as an ego-bound travel writer who finds himself on a mystical island populated by teeny tiny people. ● Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part One The young wizard embarks on a do-or-die mission that will decide his own (predestined?) fate and ease him onto the wobbly shores of manhood to boot. ● How Do You Know James L. Brooks ensemble comedy about an aging athlete (Reese Witherspoon), her baseball-pitcher boyfriend (Owen Wilson) and the father and son (Jack Nicholson and Paul Rudd) who complicate their lives. ● Inside Job (1:48) Gripping documentary about the unbridled capitalism and political ●


hanky panky that led to the worst economic crisis since the 1930s. ● The King’s Speech (1:51) True tale of George VI of England, a reluctant, ill-prepared sovereign who turns to a cutting-edge speech therapist to cure his nervous stutter. ● Little Fockers (1:38) De Niro’s back as the father-in-law from hell; Dustin Hoffman, Barbra Streisand, Jessica Alba, Harvey Keitel and Deepak Chopra costar. ● Megamind Cartoon comedy about a genius supervillain whose plans for world domination go awry through boredom and self-interest; Will Ferrell, Tina Fey, Brad Pitt and Ben Stiller supply the voices. ● 127 Hours (1:33) James Franco stars in the true story of a trapped rock climber whose only escape is to amputate his own arm; Danny Boyle directs. ● Tangled (1:32) Disney musical version of the Rapunzel story in which the extensively tressed princess breaks out of her castle with a little help from a wanted bandit, a gang of thugs and an extremely dependable steed. ● The Tempest (1:50) Julie Taymor’s dazzling version of the Bard’s supernatural saga stars Helen Mirren as the exiled, resentful sorceress Prospera. ● Tosca (12:25) Puccini’s torrid tale of triangular titillation is brought to diva-riffic life by the San Francisco Opera. ● The Tourist (1:43) Innocent abroad Johnny Depp gets more than he bargained for when he hooks up with mysterious stranger Angelina Jolie; Paris and Venice costar. ● Tron: Legacy Legendary video game genius Jeff Bridges has to fight his way out of the cyberkinetic universe he’s been imprisoned within for the past two decades. ● True Grit (2:08) The Coen boys bring Charles Portis’s classic novel to the big screen with Jeff Bridges as drunken one-eyed trigger-happy U.S. Marshal Rooster Cogburn. ● Vision: From the Life of Hildegard von Bingen (1:51) Acclaimed biopic of the 12th century poet/playwright/composer/physician/scientist/nun and her struggles with her German Benedictine order. ● Yogi Bear The pic-a-nic-lovin’ grizzly saves Jellystone Park from real estate developers with a little help from Ranger Smith and, of course, Boo-Boo. ✹

›› MOViE TiMES 127 Hours (R) ★★★ CinéArts at Sequoia: Fri 4:40, 7 All Good Things (R) ★★★ Rafael Film Center: Sat-Thu 8:45 Black Swan (R) ★★★ Century Regency 6: Fri 11:05, 12:20, 1:45, 3, 4:25, 5:40, 7:05, 8:20 Sat-Tue 11:05, 1:45, 4:25, 7:05, 9:45 CinéArts at Marin: Fri 2:05, 4:50, 7:35 Sat-Thu 11:20, 2:05, 4:50, 7:35, 10:10 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri 2, 4:30, 7:10 Sat-Thu 2, 4:30, 7:10, 9:35 Burlesque (PG-13) Century Northgate 15: Fri 11:25, 2:10, 4:50, 7:30 Sat-Thu 11:25, 2:10, 4:50, 7:30, 10:10 The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (PG) Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 11:50, 2:25, 5, 7:35 Sat-Sun 11:50, 2:25, 5, 7:35, 10:10 Mon-Thu 2:25, 5, 7:35, 10:10 Century Northgate 15: Fri 11:20, 1:55, 4:30, 7:15 Sat-Thu 11:20, 1:55, 4:30, 7:15, 9:55 Century Rowland Plaza: Fri 10:55, 1:45, 4:35, 7:15, 9:55; 3D showtimes at 12:15, 3, 5:45, 8:30 Sat-Thu 10:55, 1:45, 4:35, 7:15, 9:55 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri 1, 3:50, 6:40 Sat-Tue 1, 3:50, 6:40, 9:20 Wed-Thu 1, 3:50, 6:40 Fair Game (PG-13) ★★1/2 CinéArts at Sequoia: Fri 5:05, 7:35 The Fighter (R) ★★1/2 Century Northgate 15: Fri 10, 12:45, 2:15, 3:30, 5:10, 6:30, 7:50 Sat-Thu 10, 12:45, 2:15, 3:30, 5:10, 6:30, 7:50, 9:15, 10:30 Century Rowland Plaza: 11, 1:50, 4:40, 7:25, 10:15 CinéArts at Marin: Fri 1:55, 4:40, 7:20 Sat-Thu 11:10, 1:55, 4:40, 7:20, 10:05 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri 1:40, 4:15, 7 SatThu 1:40, 4:15, 7, 9:45 The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest (R) ★★★★ Rafael Film Center: Sat, Mon-Wed 8:30 Sun 1, 8:30 ❋ Gulliver’s Travels (PG) Century Northgate 15: Sat-Thu 11:55, 2:25, 4:55, 7:20, 9:40 Century Rowland Plaza: Sat-Thu 10:30, 12:50, 3:10, 5:30, 7:50, 10:10 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows: Part 1 (PG-13) ★★★1/2 Century

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Northgate 15: Fri 12:30, 3:50, 7:05 Sat-Thu 12:30, 3:50, 7:05, 10:15 How Do You Know (PG-13) Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 11:25, 2:10, 4:55, 7:40 Sat-Sun 11:25, 2:10, 4:55, 7:40, 10:25 Mon-Thu 2:10, 4:55, 7:40, 10:25 Century Regency 6: Fri 11:45, 1:15, 2:45, 4:15, 5:45, 7:15 Sat-Tue 1:10, 4:05, 7, 9:55 CinéArts at Marin: Fri 1:45, 4:30, 7:10 Sat-Thu 11, 1:45, 4:30, 7:10, 10 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri 1:20, 4, 6:45 Sat-Thu 1:20, 4, 6:45, 9:25 Inside Job (PG-13) ★★★1/2 Rafael Film Center: 4, 6:15 Sat 6:15 Thu 4 ❋ The King’s Speech (R) ★★★1/2 Century Regency 6: Sat-Tue 11:45, 1:15, 2:45, 4:15, 5:45, 7:15, 8:45, 10:15 CinéArts at Sequoia: Sat-Thu 12, 1:30, 2:45, 4:15, 5:30, 7, 8:15, 9:45 ❋ Little Fockers (PG-13) Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 11:45, 2:15, 4:45, 7:15 Sat-Sun 11:45, 2:15, 4:45, 7:15, 9:45 Mon-Thu 2:15, 4:45, 7:15, 9:45 Century Northgate 15: Fri 10:30, 11:45, 12:50, 2:20, 3:25, 4:40, 5:45, 7:10, 8:10 Sat-Thu 10:30, 11:45, 12:50, 2:20, 3:25, 4:40, 5:45, 7:10, 8:10, 9:45, 10:30 Century Rowland Plaza: 12, 2:30, 5 7:40, 10:20 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri 12:50, 4:30, 7:20 Sat-Tue 12:50, 4:30, 7:20, 9:40 Wed-Thu 12:50, 4:30, 7:20 Megamind (PG) ★★1/2 Century Northgate 15: 11:40 Tangled (PG) ★★★ Century Northgate 15: Fri 11:10, 1:40, 4:10, 6:45; 3D showtimes at 11:55, 2:25, 4:55, 7:20 Sat-Thu 11:10, 1:40, 4:10, 6:45, 9:20 ❋ The Tempest (PG-13) Rafael Film Center: Fri 4:30, 6:45 Sat 6:45, 9 Sun 1:45, 4:30, 6:45, 9 MonThu 4:30, 6:45, 9 Tosca (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Thu 7 The Tourist (PG-13) ★1/2 Century Northgate 15: Fri 12:20, 2:50, 5:15, 7:40 Sat-Thu 12:20, 2:50, 5:15, 7:40, 10:20 Century

Rowland Plaza: 11:50, 2:25, 4:55, 7:35, 10:05 Lark Theater: Fri, Sun 2:45, 5, 7:10 Sat 7:10, 9:20 Mon-Tue 5, 7:10 Wed-Thu 5, 7:10, 9:20 Tron: Legacy (PG) ★★1/2 Century Cinema: Fri-Sun 1:15, 4:15, 7:15, 10:15 Century Northgate 15: Fri 12, 3, 6; 3D showtimes at 10:10, 11, 1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 8 Sat 12, 3, 6, 9; 3D showtimes at 10:10, 11, 1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 8, 10 Sun 12, 3, 6, 9; 3D showtimes at 10:10, 11, 1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 8, 10 Mon 12, 3, 6, 9; 3D showtimes at 10:10, 11, 1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 8, 10 Tu Century Rowland Plaza: Fri 10:35, 1:25, 4:30, 7:30, 10:30 Sat 10:35, 1:25, 4:30, 7:30, 10:30 Sun 10:35, 1:25, 4:30, 7:30, 10:30 Mon 10:35, 1:25, 4:30, 7:30, 10:30 Tue 10:35, 1:25, 4:30, 7:30, 10:30 Wed 10:35, 1:25, 4:30, 7:30, 10:30 Thu 10:35, 1:25, 4:30, 7:30, 10:30 10:35, 1: Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri 12:20, 4, 6:50 SatThu 12:20, 4, 6:50, 9:45 ❋ True Grit (PG-13) Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 12:05, 2:45, 5:20, 8 Sat-Sun 12:05, 2:45, 5:20, 8, 10:30 Mon-Thu 2:45, 5:20, 8, 10:30 Century Regency 6: Fri 11, 12:25, 1:50, 3:15, 4:40, 6:10, 7:30 Sat-Tue 11, 12:25, 1:50, 3:15, 4:40, 6:10, 7:30, 9, 10:20 Century Rowland Plaza: 10:45, 1:30, 4:15, 7, 9:45 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri 12:40, 4:10, 7 Sat-Tue 12:40, 4:10, 7, 9:30 Wed-Thu 12:40, 4:10, 7 Vision: From the Life of Hildegard von Bingen (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: 4:15, 6:30 Sat 6:30 Sun 1:30, 4:15, 6:30 Yogi Bear (PG) Century Northgate 15: Fri 11:15, 1:30, 3:45, 5:50, 8:05; 3D showtimes at 10:20, 12:25, 2:35, 4:45, 6:55 Sat-Thu 11:15, 1:30, 3:45, 5:50, 8:05, 10:05; 3D showtimes at 10:20, 12:25, 2:35, 4:45, 6:55, 8:55 Century Rowland Plaza: 10:40, 1, 3:15, 5:25, 7:45, 10 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri 12:30, 2:40, 5, 7:10 Sat-Tue 12:30, 2:40, 5, 7:10, 9:15 WedThu 12:30, 2:40, 5, 7:10

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

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

Have yourself a mystical little Christmas with the folks from Narnia.


F R I D AY D E C E M B E R 2 4 — F R I D AY D E C E M B E R 3 1

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

Live music 12/24: The Kingdom Travelers Gospel. 6pm. $15-20.Rancho Nicasio, Nicasio. 662-2219.

12/24: Phil Hardgrave and the Continentals “Rockabilly Rumble.” 9 p.m. 19 Broadway, 17 Broadway, Fairfax. 459-1091.

12/24: Phillip Percy Williams Jazz vocalist. With Judy Hall, piano. 6:30-9:30pm. Free. McInnis Park Club Restaurant, 350 Smith Ranch Road, San Rafael. 491-5990. 12/26: Kyle Alden and Friends Acoustic Americana. Singer/songwriter. With Scott Thunes, bass; David Smadbeck, piano. 4-6pm. No cover. Rancho Nicasio, Nicasio. 12/26: Namely Us Jazz. 6-10pm. The Sleeping Lady, 23 Broadway, Fairfax. 485-1182. www. 12/28: Dartanyan Brown 9pm. The Sleeping Lady, 23 Broadway, Fairfax. 485-1182. 12/28: Miracle Mule Rock. 9:30 p.m. Peri’s Bar, 29 Broadway, Fairfax. 259-5597. 12/28: Noel Jewkes Quartet Jazz. 7-10pm. No cover. Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor Dr., gate 5, Sausalito. 945-9016. 12/29: (W+T)J2 Jazz. 9:30 p.m. Peri’s Bar, 29 Broadway, Fairfax. 259-5597. 12/29: Cosmic Shenanigans Acoustic. With

Ricky Mier, banjo and vocals; Jake Botts, saxophone and mystery cosmic washboard; Will Durkee, bass; Jackson Hillmer, percussion. 8 p.m. Iron Springs Pub, 765 Center Blvd., Fairfax. 485-1005. 12/29: Delta Rae Folk, soul. 9 p.m. The Sleeping Lady, 23 Broadway, Fairfax. 485-1182.

12/29: Midnight on the Water Irish/folk. 7:30-9 p.m. Smiley’s Schooner Saloon and Hotel, 41 Wharf Road, Bolinas. 868-1311.

12/30-31: Hot Buttered Rum Two nights of some local Hot Buttered fun. 9 p.m. $21. 19 Broadway, 17 Broadway, Fairfax. 459-1091. 12/30: About Face Funk, reggae, jazz. 8 p.m. $10-15. George’s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262. www. georgesnightclub. com

12/30: Faux New Year's with Elvin Bishop and


Pacific Sun‘s Community Calendar

Friends Blues/rock. With a champagne toast and

Valley. 389-6637.

party favors. 8:30 p.m. $20-25. Rancho Nicasio, 1 Old Rancheria Road, Nicasio. 662-2219.

12/31: New Year's Eve with Tom Finch Group Reggae/latin/rock. 9 p.m. The Sleeping

12/30: Gabe DiamondOrtiz Band Rock. 9:30 p.m. Peri’s Bar, 29 Broadway, Fairfax. 259-5597. www.

12/30: Nate Wong and the Jazz Tellers Jazz, funk. 9 p.m. The Sleeping Lady, 23 Broadway, Fairfax. 4851182.

12/30: Wanda Stafford Quartet Dinner jazz. 6-9pm. No cover. Jasons Restaurant, 300 Drakes Landing Road, Greenbrae. 925-0808.

12/31: Doc Kraft Dance Band Grab a bite

San Rafael will be the Rio de la Plata of Marin New Year’s Eve at the Baywest Ballroom.

Putting the ‘fun’ back into fungi Those living in the more arid and plant-sparse regions of California are missing out on the culinary and nature-loving delight of wild mushroom hunting. And, though the heavy downpours tend to dampen the holiday spirit ever-so-slightly, the rains make for an abundance of fungal fun. This weekend, resist the temptation to sleep off that post-holiday overwhelm by bundling up, strapping on some Dude, where’s mycelium? Find out Sunday at moisture-friendly boots and heading Tomales Bay. out to Tomales Bay with the MARIN CALIFORNIA NATIVE PLANT SOCIETY’s mushrooming excursion. No, the Pacific Sun is not suggesting that the masses head seaside to partake in psychedelic post-Christmas debauchery—but rather to marvel at the lovely native life forms that reside in Marin County. The local plant experts are sure to help you identify some of the most common—and rare—mycelia that the Marin coast has to offer. Meet at the Jepson Trailhead parking lot, about a quarter-mile on Pierce Point Road before the main entrance to Tomales Bay State Park. Sunday, Dec. 26. 10am2pm. Free. Email for more information.—Dani Burlison

to eat and dance at this pre-New Years Eve gathering. 8:30pm. $5. Seahorse Restaurant & Bar, 305 Harbor gate 5, Sausalito. 6017858.

12/31: Honeydust Rock. 9:30 p.m. Peri’s Bar, 29 Broadway, Fairfax. 259-5597.

12/31: Joan Getz Quartet “New York State of Time.” Jazz. Vocalist. Dave Getz, drums. David Austin, piano. Jeremy Sherman, bass. No cover. Caffe Divino, 37 Caledonia, Sausalito. 12/31: New Rising Sons Rock and roll new years eve show. 8pm. Seahorse, 305 Harbor Dr., gate 5, Sausalito. 331-2899.

12/31: New Year’s Eve With Bart Hopkins Acoustic guitar in the lounge from 7-10pm. Party favors at midnight for those who stay and celebrate. 5-10pm. No cover. Station House Cafe, 11180 Highway One, Point Reyes Station. 663-1515.

12/31: New Year's Eve Party With the Jenny Kerr Band Americana. 9 p.m. Smiley’s Schooner

Lady, 23 Broadway, Fairfax. 485-1182. www.

12/31: New Year’s Eve with The Zydeco Flames Cajun fun for the new year party. 9pm. Rancho Nicasio, Nicasio. 662-2219.

12/31:Lydia Pense and Cold Blood New Year’s Eve Bash Soul/blues diva. 9:30pm. $85-95. George’s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262.

Theater/Auditions 12/31: Rita Abrams’ 5 Star Revue “Ring in the New Year.” Emmy Award-winning Abrams and her cast of Bay Area notables will serve up a concoction of songs and satire comprising the best of her work from “For Whom the Bridge Tolls” and more. 9:45pm-12:30am. $45. Palm Ballroom, Seafood Peddler, 100 Yacht Club Dr., San Rafael. 460-6669.

Comedy 12/29: Bruce ‘Baby Man’ Baum plus Phat Joe Prop and traditional stand-up. He has appeared in The Simpsons, Uncle Buck and Northern Exposure. 8pm. $10. George’s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262.

12/31: Best of the San Francisco Comedy Competition Producers Anne and Jon Fox present a diversified program of various types of comedy performances featuring past comedy competition champ Paul Ogata headlining with finalist Maureen Langan. 9pm. $30. Showcase Theatre, Marin Civic Center, 10 Ave. of the Flags, San Rafael. 499-6800.

12/31: New Year's Eve Comedy and Music With Orny Adams and Mark Pitta. Live music with Austin DeLone, Jimmy Dillon and special guests. 7:30 p.m. $50. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Downtown, Mill Valley. 383-9600.

12/31: New Year's Eve Comedy In Marin with Kevin Meaney Includes an after party New Year countdown with celebrity guests Michael Davis and Geoff Bolt. 8:30pm. $35-50. Kanbar Center for the Performing Arts Osher Marin Jewish Community Center, 200 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael. 785-8873. or


Saloon and Hotel, 41 Wharf Road, Bolinas. 8681311.

12/30-02/20:‘Mark Chatterley: New Works’ Features large-scale ceramic sculptures

12/31: New Year's Eve Royal Vagabond Cotillion With El Radio Fantastique Cabaret.

placed throughout the garden terraces surrounding the gallery. 10am-5pm. Free. A new leaf gallery|sculpture site, 23588 Highway 121, Sonoma. 707-933-1300.

Mystique. Dancing Girls. Waistcoats, Corsets and Sazerac Cocktails featuring Toulouse Lautrec’s Absinthe Bar. Midnight surprises. Festive attire encouraged and rewarded. With Super Bon Bon Fire Dancers, Audio Visual Delights, Rosey Lakos Camera Girl with her Novelty Vintage Photo Booth. 9pm-1am. $50. The Woods Music Hall at Mill Valley Masonic, 19 Corte Madera Ave., Mill

Through 01/06:‘Drawing from Line to Shadow’ The Marin Arts Council presents this exhibition of art works displaying the expressive nature, importance and impact of drawing. 9am5pm. Free. Marin County Civic Center, 1st and 3rd Floor Galleries, 3501 Civic Center Dr., San DECEMBER 24 - DECEMBER 30, 2010 PACIFIC SUN 25

Rafael. 666-2442. El Radio Fantastique will turn the Masonic Hall into the Moulin Rouge this New Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Eve in Mill Valley.

Through 01/07:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;A Show of Handsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Handwoven tapestries by Baulines craft guild master member Alex Friedman. 8am-7pm. Free. Marin Cancer Institute, 1350 South Eliseo Dr., Greenbrae. 461-9000 .

Through 01/07: AWD Small Works Show

the Marin/Golden Gate Chapter of the National League of American Pen Women. Exhibit accessible only during venue events. 7-11pm. Free. Redwood Foyer, Marin Veteranâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Memorial Auditorium, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 666-2442.

Through 01/07: Contemporary Tapestry Exhibition Alex Friedman, contemporary

Through 01/31: Group Photography Exhibition Images from twelve local pho-

handwoven tapestries. 8am-7pm. Free. Van Dyke Atium, Marin Cancer Center, 1350 S Eliseo Dr., Greenbrae. 310-2460.

tographers. 6:30pm. Free. The Image Flow, 401 Miller Ave., Suite F, Mill Valley. 388-3569.

the Marin Arts Councilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s art exhibit/sale featuring tiny treasures and large luxuries by Marin Artists. 11 am to 6 pm Tues to Sat. Free. Marin Arts Council Gallery, 906 4th St., San Rafael. 666-2442.

Through 01/16:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Roadside Distractionsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Eric Engstrom, new works. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Into the Deep.â&#x20AC;? Group exhibition with works by Susan Brayton, Pam Fabry, Susan Sasso, Wen-Hui Shen and Ayumi Kie Weissbuch. Artistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Talk 3pm Jan. 9. 11am-5pm. Free. Gallery Route One, 11101 Highway One, Point Reyes Station. 663-1347. Through 01/18:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Rock Of Our Agesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Work of three Jewish rock photographers, co-sponsored by Marin Rocks of the Marin History Museum Center. Free. Osher Marin JCC, 200 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael. 444-8000. Through 01/19:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Fall 2010 Exhibitâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Features new works by Judith Klausenstock, Melissa Adki-

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New Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Eve Bash: Lydia Pense & Cold Blood [R&B]

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Through 01/23:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Nurturing the Creative Sparkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Exhibition of art works by members of

Art Works Downtown presents its annual show which features more than 85 affordable pieces. 10am-5pm. Art Works Downtown, 1337 Fourth St., San Rafael. 451-8119. www.

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son, Donna Solin and Bob Justice. Watercolors and pastels are showcased. 11am-4pm weekdays. Free. Gallery 305 at TCSD Office, 305 Bell Lane, Mill Valley. 388-6393.

Through 03/17: Baulines Craft Guild Master Show â&#x20AC;&#x153;Paths in Studio Craft.â&#x20AC;? The celebrated guild, renowned for its apprentice program presents a group show. Reception 4:30pm. Jan. 13. 9am-5pm. Free. Marin Community Foundation, 5 Hamilton Landing # 200, Novato. 666-2442 .

Through 04/30:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Treasures from the Vaultâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Exhibition celebrating the Museumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 75 years of collecting and caring for artifacts from the local community. 11am-4pm. Free. Marin History Museum, 1125 B St., San Rafael. 454-8538. Through 12/24: Pastel Landscapes Tim Brody, Northern California landscapes exhibition. Free. Two Bird Cafe, 625 San Gerinimo Dr., San Geronimo.

Through 12/29:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Steps, Lanes and Pathsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Skip Sandberg presents photographs celebrating Mill Valleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s efforts to reclaim its pedestrian heritage. Free. Mill Valley City Hall, 26 Corte Madera Ave., Mill Valley. 383-5236.

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Some may greet the end of 2010 with a great big sigh of relief, bidding good riddance to 365 days of ups and downs, while others are sorry to see it go. Either way, there ainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t no stopping time: 2011 is upon us. Whether the new year brings the optimism of a fresh startâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;with the Chinese astrological Year of the Rabbit promising some much-needed calmâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;or persistent dread as the apocalyptic 2012 waits patiently around the calendarâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s corner, 2011 is here. For those who have been too wrapped up in the madness of holiday shopping and recovering from family visits to plan a festive New Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Eve celebration, the PaciďŹ c Sun has compiled a list of local events to ensure that thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s never a dull moment in the hours leading up to 2011. Happy New Year... and bottoms up. 12/31: Short Film Kick-off at The Rafael The Rafael Film Center brings the 2010 Sundance Short Filmsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;along with our personal favorite: the timelessly hilarious Drunk Historyâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;to San Rafael starting on New Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Eve. 7pm at the Rafael Film Center 1118 Fourth St., San Rafael. $10.25 415/454-1222. 12/31: New Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cabaret Awesomeness at The Woods Absinthe, ďŹ re dancers and burlesqueâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;oh my! This is one unique New Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s celebration that should not be missed. El Radio Fantastique brings the Royal Vagabond Cotillion to The Woods for a night of stupendous circus-esque amazingness, festively dressed guests and awe-inspiring feats of wonder. 9pm at The Woods Music Hall, 19 Corte Madera Ave., Mill Valley. $50 415/389-6637.

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ARIES (March 20 - April 19) As one who loves a reason to dress in red, this is your chance. Meanwhile, seductive Venus continues to spice up your love life. Whether you are filling a single stocking for your sweetie or using a pair of silk stockings for intimate purposes, this Christmas Eve rocks. After the weekend, you need a little downtime when your lunar low reminds you that napping is not just for small children. Where are those red flannel pj’s? TAURUS (April 20 - May 19) You are experiencing a new phase of awareness, focusing less on the material world and delving into a world of higher consciousness. And, while this should be your main goal, in reality, sitting in front of the fire drinking eggnog seems a bit more appealing. The weekend Moon in your house of entertainment makes you popular at any holiday gathering. Well, that and the heavily spiked eggnog you’re sharing... GEMINI (May 20 - June 20) Reflecting on 2010, you see that life has been full of challenges, especially in creative efforts. According to Saturn, these challenges are teaching you focus and discipline. Your challenges aren’t over quite yet, but you’re heading in the right direction. Santa has a limited number of miracles in his bag, so he needs you to keep on developing your willpower. Your new career is on the list for NEXT Christmas. CANCER (June 21 - July 21) The Moon in romantic Leo for Christmas Eve has you camped out under the mistletoe, drinking Champagne. You switch to a more responsible mood for the rest of the weekend. However, since seductive Venus remains in your house of self-expression through the holiday season, you don’t want to stray too far. Admirers are lining up for one of your kisses—not a bad way to wind up the year. LEO (July 22 - August 22) You definitely enjoy Christmas Eve’s mushy Leo Moon, but you should try to maintain a bit of decorum. If you and your sweetie overindulge in public displays of affection, you could find yourselves shoved into a snow bank by a jealous single friend. Meanwhile, your ruler (the dramatic Sun) falls under the influence of passionate Pluto Sunday evening. If you’re still with your sweetie, either hide from the public or wear snow-proof attire. VIRGO (August 23 - September 21) This is the time of year when you forget your responsibilities and start acting like a kid. It’s pretty adorable, actually—seeing you in line for Santa at the mall. Just remember: Everyone has a cell phone with a built-in video camera nowadays—so no cutting in front of a 4-year-old. Meantime, your sweetie may have a particularly exciting surprise for you this Christmas. And you thought Santa wasn’t listening... LIBRA (September 22 - October 22) As usual for this sentimental season, old friends and lovers show up for the festivities. This year, however, Mercury retrograde could cause misunderstandings about when and where you’re to meet up. Hmm. This may explain why you are chatting with a new friend at The Happy as a Clam Tavern while your old friends are waiting for you at The Crabby as a Crustacean Saloon. Cheers. SCORPIO (October 23 - November 21) Flirty Venus in your sign could make for a romantic holiday season. Buy your mistletoe in bulk or simply attach a sprig to your hat. Sometimes being a little naughty is fun even if Santa disapproves. Meanwhile, the continued high-energy planets in your house of creativity and entertainment should guarantee that if you’re short on funds, you could use your talent. Homemade gifts are more personal and usually more appreciated. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 - December 20) Mischievous Mercury is finishing up his backward boogie in your sign. Just go with the flow. The more flexible you are, the more merriment you experience. Meanwhile, Santa has his hands full trying to fulfill Christmas wishes with limited funds. As your ruler (generous Jupiter) remains in the empathetic sign of Pisces for the rest of the year, he wants you to help out. Show that “bah, humbug” Congress what holiday spirit really is. CAPRICORN (December 21 - January 18) Aside from your birthday getting lost in the crush of holiday madness, there is something quite festive about sharing your zodiac celebration with Christmas, Kwanzaa and New Year’s Eve—though it would be nice to receive a gift in birthday wrap instead of leftover Christmas paper. Meantime, your upcoming year is a dynamic one. No goal is too big when your solar return includes the powerful duo of Pluto and Mars in your sign. Merry Birthday, Cap. AQUARIUS (January 19 - February 17) The mushy Moon in your relationship house suggests an intimate Christmas Eve with your sweetie. If you are currently without, you still have time to put in a request to Santa, so at least you’ll be set for New Year’s. On Tuesday, the intuitive Moon urges you to spend time delving into philosophical mysteries—or, you could figure out where to go for your next long-distance adventure. The latter requires a passport—the former can be achieved with a library card. The choice is yours. PISCES (February 18 - March 19) Ho, ho, ho. Jolly Jupiter in your personality house makes you the perfect Mr. or Ms. Santa this year. Besides joy and generosity, expansive Jupiter can bring a nice round tummy that shakes like a bowlful of jelly when you laugh. With your speedy metabolism, it won’t stick around for long. Meanwhile, the mushy Moon spends the weekend in your relationship house. And, according to Randy Newman, Joe Cocker and Etta James: You can leave your Santa hat on... ✹ Email Lynda Ray at or check out her website at 30 PACIFIC SUN DECEMBER 24 – DECEMBER 30, 2010

PUBLIC NOTICES 995 Fictitious Name Statement FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 125290 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as TRAVELLERS MAILBAG, 3020 BRIDGEWAY #101, SAUSALITO, CA 94965: MAURICE JACKSON UNDERWOOD, 13 TERNERS DRIVE #21, 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 20, 2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on October 26, 2010. (Publication Dates: December 3, 10, 17, 24, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 125514 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as VILLA INN, 1600 LINCOLN AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: MARCELLO FONIO, 1600 LINCOLN 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 November 30, 2010. (Publication Dates: December 3, 10, 17, 24, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 125462 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as CLS EXECUTIVE SERVICES, 248 LAUREL PLACE, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: CHONA SOMMERS, 248 LAUREL PLACE, 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 November 18, 2010. (Publication Dates: December 10, 17, 24, 31, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 125566 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as THE FIND, 1218 SAN ANSELMO AVE, SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960: TIMOTHY WELDON, 63 YOLANDA DR., SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on December 7, 2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on December 7, 2010. (Publication Dates: December 10, 17, 24, 31, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 125556 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as SAN RAFAEL AUTO SALES, 1610 FOURTH ST., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: TUVIA SNITER, 1614 FOURTH ST., 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 ClerkRecorder of Marin County on December 6, 2010. (Publication Dates: December 10, 17, 24, 31, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 125549 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as MY JUNGLE MATH, 230 REDWOOD AVE., WOODACRE, CA 94973: DOROTHY JEAN COX, 230 REDWOOD AVE., WOODACRE, CA 94973. 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 December 3, 2010. (Publication Dates: December 10, 17, 24, 31, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 125536 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as DOGS IN THE HOUSE PET SITTING SERVICE, 301 G STREET APT. 5, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: CYNTHIA J. PARENTEAU, 301 G STREET APT. 5, 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 June 2003. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on December 2, 2010. (Publication Dates: December 10, 17, 24, 31, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 201025545 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as GALLI & GALLI, 700 LARKSPUR LANDING CIRCLE SUITE 234, LARKSPUR, CA 94939: PETER O GALLI, 700 LARKSPUR

LANDING CIRCLE SUITE 234, LARKSPUR, CA 94939; FRANK C GALLI, 700 LARKSPUR LANDING CIRCLE SUITE 234, LARKSPUR, CA 94939. This business is being conducted by a co-partners. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on December 3, 2010. (Publication Dates: December 10, 17, 24, 31, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 125546 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as STEVE FABER, YOUR LOCAL INDEPENDENT CRUISE SPECIALIST, CRUISEONE, 17 ESCALON DRIVE, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: STEVEN FABER, 17 ESCALON DRIVE, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on February 1, 2011. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on December 3, 2010. (Publication Dates: December 10, 17, 24, 31, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2010125437 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as ALOJAH DESIGNS, 1385 SIR FRANCIS DRAKE BLVD., SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960: KEALA VANDYCK, 1385 SIR FRANCIS DRAKE BLVD., SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on November 15, 2010. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on November 15, 2010. (Publication Dates: December 10, 17, 24, 31, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 125498 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as PREMIER YORKIE, 568 SEAVER DRIVE, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: RYAN DEBATTISTA, 568 SEAVER DRIVE, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on November 1, 2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on November 24, 2010. (Publication Dates: December 10, 17, 24, 31, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 125479 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as CALIFORNIA MOTOR VEHICLE REGISTRATION SERVICE, 400 TAMAL PLAZA, SUITE 405, CORTE MADERA, CA 94925: JAMES R. PARROTT, 64 MOHAWK AVE., CORTE MADERA, CA 94925. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on November 22, 2010. (Publication Dates: December 10, 17, 24, 31, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 125471 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as ONA GALLERY, 27 JORDAN ST. SUITE B, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: BRADON STIEG, 27 JORDAN ST. SUITE B, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901; SARA STIEG, 27 JORDAN ST. SUITE B, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by a husband & wife. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on November 19, 2010. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on November 19, 2010. (Publication Dates: December 10, 17, 24, 31, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 201025388 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as SF WATER TAXI; MARIN WATER TAXI; SAUSALITO WATER TAXI; TIBURON WATER TAXI; NAPA WATER TAXI; WINE COUNTRY WATER TAXI; ANGEL ISLAND WATER TAXI, 83 SAINT THOMAS WAY, TIBURON, CA 94920: JEFF MOSELEY, 83 SAINT THOMAS WAY, TIBURON, CA 94920. This business is being conducted by a limited liability company. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on November 8, 2010. (Publication Dates: December 10, 17, 24, 31, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 125482 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as SAPPHIRE BRANDS, 1717 FIFTH AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: VINUM WINE SALES, LLC., 1717 FIFTH AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by a limited liability company. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County

on November 22, 2010. (Publication Dates: December 10, 17, 24, 31, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 125494 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as VITRUM WINES; VITRUM WINE WORKS; BLACK DIAMOND SPIRITS, 1717 FIFTH AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: VINUM WINE SALES, LLC., 1717 FIFTH AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by a limited liability company. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on March 29, 2010 . This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on November 23, 2010. (Publication Dates: December 10, 17, 24, 31, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 125319 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as UNITED STUDIOS OF SELF DEFENSE S.R.; Z-ULTIMATE SELF DEFENSE STUDIOS S.R., 4460 REDWOOD HWY SUITES #1-4, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: JORDAN PENMAN, 21 ALMA CT., PETALUMA, CA 94952. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on October 28, 2010. (Publication Dates: December 17, 24, 31, 2010; January 7, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 125444 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as KAIN ENTERPRISE, 67 CANNON OAK DR., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: CHRISTOPHER KAIN, 67 CANNON OAK DR., 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 ClerkRecorder of Marin County on November 16, 2010. (Publication Dates: December 17, 24, 31; January 7, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 125602 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as HYPERSAFE, 35 TAMALPAIS AVE. #3, SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960: RICHARD MOLLENKOPF, 35 TAMALPAIS AVE. #3, SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on July 2, 1995. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on December 10, 2010. (Publication Dates: December 17, 24, 31; January 7, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2010125613 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as CCMW PARTNERSHIP, 2165 FRANCISCO BLVD. EAST, SUITE G, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: CHRISTOPHER D COCHRANE, 865 OCEAN AVE., RICHMOND, CA 94801; DAVID H COCHRANE, 865 OCEAN AVE., RICHMOND, CA 94801; BRIAN MOORE, 1138 INGRAM DR., SONOMA, CA 95476; ELIZABETH WALD, 1138 INGRAM DR., SONOMA, CA 95476. This business is being conducted by a general partnership. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on January 1, 2008. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on December 10, 2010. (Publication Dates: December 17, 24, 31; January 7, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 125630 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as DESIGN COMMUNICATIONS; DESCOM STUDIOS, 819 A STREET, SUITE 30, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: KIKI LA PORTA, 25 GLEN DR., FAIRFAX, CA 94930. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on May 2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on December 13 2010. (Publication Dates: December 24, 31; January 7, 14, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 125620 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as EDG INTERIOR ARCHITECTURE + DESIGN, 1201 FIFTH AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: ENGSTROM DESIGN GROUP, INC., 1201 FIFTH AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by a corporation. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on December 1, 2010. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on December 13 2010. (Publication Dates: December 24, 31; January 7, 14, 2011)


PUBLIC NOTICES CONTINUED FROM PAGE 30 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2010125664 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as HUB PROJECT MANAGEMENT, 1301 QUARRY COURT #102, RICHMOND, CA 94801: SOUS SISTERS, LLC., 1301 QUARRY COURT #102, RICHMOND, CA 94801. This business is being conducted by a limited liability company. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on December 17, 2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on December 17 2010. (Publication Dates: December 24, 31; January 7, 14, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2010125597 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as FAIRCHILD BROMS DESIGN, 5 PINE CT., KENTFIELD, CA 94904: JESSICA FAIRCHILD, 5 PINE CT., KENTFIELD, CA 94904; KAI BROMS, 5 PINE CT., KENTFIELD, CA 94904. This business is being conducted by a husband & wife. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on October 14, 2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on December 9, 2010. (Publication Dates: December 24, 31; January 7, 14, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 125646 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as PORTER CAPITAL MANAGEMENT CO., 300 DRAKES LANDING RD. STE. 175, GREENBRAE, CA 94904: JEFFREY PORTER, 300 DRAKES LANDING RD. STE. 175, GREENBRAE, CA 94904; SEAN LAMB, 300 DRAKES LANDING RD. STE. 175, GREENBRAE, CA 94904. This business is being conducted by a general partnership. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on November 3, 1993. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on December 15, 2010. (Publication Dates: December 24, 31; January 7, 14, 2011)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 125640 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as ARTISANS/ ARTISANS ART GALLERY, 67 OAKMONT AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: ARTISANS (A CALIFORNIA BENEFIT CORPORATION-NONPROFIT), 67 OAKMONT AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by a corporation. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on 1978. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on December 14, 2010. (Publication Dates: December 24, 31; January 7, 14, 2011)

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 1006124. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner LESVIA MAZARIEGOS & JOEL MUNOZ filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: LESVIA ORTENCIA MUNOZ to LESVIA ORTENCIA MUNOZ MAZARIEGOS. 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: January 3, 2011, 9:00AM, Dept. L, Superior Court of California, County of Marin, 3501 Civic Center Drive, Room 113, San Rafael, CA 94903-4988. 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: November 19, 2010 /s/ LYNN DURYEE, JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT (Pacific Sun: December 3, 10, 17, 24, 2010)

PUBLIC NOTICE: NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE. SAUSALITO MINI STORAGE according to the provisions of Division 8 of the California Business and Professional Code, Chapter 10, Section 21707(a) hereby gives NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE. SAUSALITO MINI STORAGE will conduct a public sale of the contents of the storage units named below, with the contents being sold for lawful money of the United States of America. The Sale is being held to satisfy an OWNERâ ™S LIEN and will be held at: SAUSALITO MINI STORAGE, 415 COLOMA STREET, SAUSALITO, CA 94965. The property will be sold to the highest bidder on WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 12, 2011 at 11:00AM. Should it be impossible to sell all of the lots on the above date, the sale will be continued to another date as announced by the auctioneer, Duane M. Hines, Bond No. RED 1016142. The property to be sold consists of household goods and personal effects belonging to the occupant(s) identified below. For additional information call: (415) 332-6520, Monday â “ Friday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Name of owner is followed by lot number: RENA CHEZKIAN: UNIT #427; DONNA HICKEY: UNIT #208; STANLEY HUDSON: UNIT #D-104; CRIS & ROGER NOTEWARE: UNIT #231; RAY GORDON: UNIT #533; SALLY ALLEMANG: UNIT #RA02; SANDRA SMITH: UNIT #D-49. Pacific Sun: (December 24, 31, 2010) STATEMENT OF WITHDRAWAL FROM PARTNERSHIP UNDER FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME File Number 201127 The following person(s) has/have withdrawn as a general partner(s) from operating under the following fictitious business name (s). The information give below is at is appeared on the fictitious business statement that was filed at the County Clerk-Recorder’s Office. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME(S): ELEMENT DESIGN GROUP, 3 JESSUP STREET, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901 FILED IN MARIN COUNTY ON: 1/6/09 UNDER FILE NO. 119500 REGISTRANT’S NAME(S): BENJAMIN DUTRO, 176 PERALTA, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94110 This statement was filed with the County Clerk Recorder of Marin County on Decermber 14, 2010. (Pacific Sun: December 24, 31; January 7, 14, 2011)

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In middle school, I got a crush on “Sam,” but he wasn’t interested. In high school, he took me to prom, but only as friends when none of the other girls he asked said yes. I was jealous upon hearing he’d gotten married, but several years later he called, said he was divorcing, was coming to town and wanted to see me. I gave him a fine homecoming, thinking he was finally seeing me in a new light. At week’s end, I said I wanted to be more than friends, but he didn’t. Apparently, he was just doing the girl he didn’t in high school. Twenty years later, he contacted me on Facebook. We messaged back and forth, just catching up, nothing flirty. We’re both happily married, with kids, and there’s no danger of that changing, but what surprised me was the amount of anger that welled up in me at how he’d treated me back then. I quit writing, and he wrote to ask if he’d done something wrong. Should I tell him what I’m feeling?—Irate


This was supposed to play out like it does in chick flicks. The guy finally realizes how dumb he was, that the perfect woman was right there all along, and he rewards her for her years of loyalty by swooping in and making this grand gesture—the sort that evokes thoughts of “diamonds are forever” not “hickeys fade within the week.” You felt like the victim of a romantic swindle, but the guy merely said he wanted to see you, and he did—naked. The problem was, you’d spent a decade seeing him through “Why don’t you want me?”-colored glasses, making you desperate to believe he was seeing you in a new light, and not just the light from the lamp on your nightstand. But, remember, he made no promises, just blew into town, had sex with a willing girl and blew right out again. This is what guys do. Being angry that a guy acts like a guy is like being angry that your dog lifts his leg on a fire hydrant instead of politely excusing himself to the downstairs powder room. People tend to spin their experiences in the way that protects their ego. You, for example, entirely sans evidence, decided that the guy was finally feeling something for you, and not just feeling something in his pants. Eventually, the obvious became unavoidably clear, but you so needed to believe he loved you that you just proceeded as if he did—getting angry at him for acting badly; in other words, for not acting like a man who loved you would. Two decades later, you’re a happily married middleaged woman with kids—who’s chomping at the bit to go on Facebook to prosecute her seventh-grade crush for not loving her back. (Unfortunately, they only have a button to “poke” somebody, not incinerate them into a small pile of ash.) Acting like an idiot is the human condition. What makes things go easier is admitting when you’ve been an idiot so you can maybe avoid acting so idiotically the next time around. Had you just placed the blame where it belongs—on you, the person in charge of the door policy for your bedroom—you wouldn’t have spent two decades lugging this bucket of anger around. If you do write the guy again, explain your absence by telling him you’ve been busy, and keep the embarrassing details to yourself: busy raging at being humped and dumped 20 years ago by the hot guy who’s now somebody’s uncool dad.

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I swear I see this line in almost every guy’s online dating profile: “Looking for a real woman.” What exactly does that mean?—Real Curious

A guy advertising for “a real woman” sounds selective—while not ruling out anyone on the planet with a working vagina. (Even a woman who’s 51 percent silicone isn’t going to say, “Whoops, I’m too fake to reply.”) As for what it means, well, it means he’s looking for a woman with real breasts. Or, a woman with reallooking fake breasts. A woman who knows how to change a tire. Or, a woman who knows to stand back and watch the man change the tire. Mostly, it’s a euphemism for “I don’t know what I want, but I don’t want what I just had.” Being so vague is pretty dumb, considering the medium. In a bar, you can only hope the hot thing across the room has the qualities you seek. The Internet affords you the opportunity to articulate exactly what you want: “funny, easygoing, college-educated, adulterous.” Even being the slightest bit more specific helps; for example, as one “real woman”-seeker put it: “I’m looking for a real woman who wants to have sex with a married man.” ✹

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