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›› LETTERS Nevermind the Bullock—here’s George Hamilton!

Ironically, George Hamilton would have made ‘Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous’ a lot more interesting than Sandra Bullock did.

Pacific Sun letter writer Craig Whatley may be right about Danny Kaye and Barbara Pinto looking alike, but he missed an even bigger story: When you look closely at their faces— tanned or not—Sandra Bullock and George Hamilton are exactly the same person! Rex Allen, San Rafael

Enlightened at the end of the tunnel Those who have made the epiphanic journey through the new Cal Park pedestrian and bicycle-only tunnel from San Rafael to Larkspur Landing know that it is a breakthrough of more than one kind. Camino Alto neighbors, especially, should really try it. In his letter to the Pacific Sun, Scott Valley Homeowner Association spokesman John Palmer [“Through A Tunnel, Darkly,” Dec. 31] makes ominous threats about “major battles” the county would face from seven homeowners in the neighborhoods close to the entrances to a tunnel most Marin folk would support reopening between Mill Valley and Corte Madera.

Nowhere in his litigiously flavored letter, however, does he mention the grounds on which opponents would oppose the Camino Alto tunnel. The truth is, while property rights are clearly an issue here, the bottom line is that walking and biking bring quiet passers-through and human-scale quality interactions. Not loud pollution or crime. Mr. Palmer’s inability to point out even one actual argument against the tunnel shows that this is just another case of the same old NIMBYism. I hope those seven homeowners can come together and agree that their own lives, as well as the county’s zero-emissions travelers, will improve from opening this tunnel. Please go experience the new one and see for yourself. Jasper S. Thelin, Woodacre

We manipulate backs—not the facts... It is interesting that the Pacific Sun editors choose to publish a letter by reader Karl Hittelman [“Then Do Chiropractors Study Innate-Intelligence Design?” Dec. 24] that opined medicine is all science-based and chiropractic is dogma and faith-based. There is inaccuracy in both statements. Most medical interventions are in fact not yet based on results from “rigorously controlled conditions” otherwise known as double-blind randomized clinical trials. That is why there is variability in aspects of medical practice from region to region, and from provider to provider. Regarding chiropractic, the presumptively correct Chronic Pain Medical Treatment Guidelines as adopted by the California Workers’ Compensation system, and consistent with the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine guidelines for acute musculoskeletal injuries, are some of the most researched, peer-reviewed, and widely adopted guide-



Supes to call for moratorium on SmartMeters Marin Supervisors are going to have to act fast in order to outwit PG&E’s SmartMeter program--as county counsel has drafted up an “urgency ordinance” to place a moratorium on... The U.S. Constitution The new congress is starting the year by re-learning or learning the Constitution for the first time in their lives. You may want to follow along and see what this grand docum...

Your soapbox is waiting at ›› lines available. These established guidelines recommend chiropractic manipulation for certain musculoskeletal conditions. Anyone who is pro-medicine/anti-chiropractic, or anti-medicine/pro-chiropractic, will likely not have a balanced or credible viewpoint. I am neither. I am a doctor of chiropractic working alongside my doctor of medicine and doctor of chiropractic colleagues for 25 years, accepting that health care practice is an art and a science. Human beings are a physical, chemical, mechanical, mental, emotional and spiritual complex that cannot possibly be served by any one health care discipline. The good medical and chiropractic providers know this well. Gregg J. Carb, Doctor of Chiropractic, Novato

Power to the people Despite the unanimous passage of a resolution by the Marin County Board of Supervisors banning SmartMeter installations [“Supes Call for Moratorium on SmartMeters,” Jan. 4], PG&E has said they will continue to install them anyway. PG&E is going to find itself with a very ugly war on its hands. Nothing like a fascist corporate dictatorship, I mean a public utility, which is supposedly operated under the permission of “We the People.” PG&E, of course, is the same corporation that poisoned the town of Hinkley for over 30 years, spent $40 million out of our pocketbooks to change the state constitution to serve itself (and failed), and has done such a lovely maintenance job of the gas line infrastructure in places such as San Bruno. When government becomes destructive of the rights of the citizens it is the right (and the duty) of the People to alter or abolish it...Oh well, let them eat cake. Who cares about civil rights, doing the right thing, or being cautious? Well, We the People do! There are growing numbers of concerned citizens worldwide who are getting more and more involved and saying “no!” It is time for corporations to start listening to the people whom they allegedly serve, and for government officials to enact sane policy that protects “We the People” and not “We the Profits.” For those of you who do not know anything about the issues, please do not put down, minimize, or discount the opinions and beliefs and feelings of the citizens who are concerned and impacted by something which you may not understand. There are many who believe that there are

serious issues involved, and what is the hurry? PG&E needs to slow down, back off, and remember who they are supposed to be serving and working for. Here is a little hint: it is not the shareholders. Sierra Salin, Fairfax

Does that leave Fairfax as Harpo? If Bolinas and Fairfax are Groucho and Harpo, that leaves San Rafael as Chico, bottom left, and... sorry Sausalito, but you’re Zeppo.

Bolinas now becomes the Groucho Marx of small towns: “We don’t want to belong to any Coolest Small Town club that would have us as a member.” Kimberly Clark, Greenbrae

Filibustered and flabbergasted Got an email petition this morning from the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee asking me to support filibuster reform because “The nation’s business shouldn’t be held hostage by GOP political games.” Seems the Grand Old Party has filibustered 203 times since 2007. There was no mention of why the DSCC waited until the day the new Republican senators were sworn in to take a stand and block their one gambit that can sink all progressive legislation. One can only wonder why this issue wasn’t pinned to the tails of those donkeys back when they had a supermajority. Now every piece of progressive legislation can be held hostage by Republican filibuster in their effort to destroy Obama before 2012. It’s way past time for Democrats to get out their copies of Machiavelli, start cramming, and go on the offensive; they’re not intimidating with their tails between their legs. For the right price, I’m reasonably sure Karl Rove would rent out his soul to the Democrats and give seminars on the political prestidigitation that could get this moribund party moving again. Speaking of which, the heel-dragging donkey was an inspired choice for party mascot. The dodo bird also comes to mind. Marilyn King, Novato

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›› OOPS! In Ronnie Cohen’s recent story on the health effects of overexposure to electromagnetic fields [“EMF Phone Home,” Nov. 26] we accidentally misspelled the name of the director of the Center for Family and Community Health at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health. Sorry about that Joel Moskowitz!


Plastic bags set to pop! County supes inflated over possible single-use bag ban at groceries by Peter Seidman


he county of Marin this week joined a growing roster of countries, states and communities putting the brakes on the consumption of single-use plastic bags—almost. Last month, the San Jose City Council approved the state’s toughest prohibitions against plastic bags. Starting January 2012, grocery stores, pharmacies and other retailers must stop distributing free single-use plastic bags. They can sell paper bags made of 40 percent recycled material for 10 cents each. That price gradually will increase to 25 cents by 2014. On Jan. 1, Italy instituted a law designed to reduce single-use plastic bags. Bangladesh was among the first countries to place prohibitions on plastic bags. China also prohibits plastic bags. It’s a movement that Ireland led when it placed a tax on plastic bags in 2002. Weeks later, the use of the bags had declined 94 percent. The California Legislature, after heavy lobbying, barred placing a fee on plastic bags in the state. That was just one of the repeated attempts by bag manufacturers and the American Chemistry Council to block plastic-bag bans in California. The one example here (until now) was in Fairfax, when councilmembers there proposed a ban on plastic bags in 2007. It wasn’t long before bag manufacturers

threatened to sue the town. Plastics manufacturers said Fairfax had violated California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) rules that call for an environmental impact report. The town could not call for a ban on only plastic bags without assessing the environmental consequences of such an action, and a proper review would consider the effects on a ban of plastic and paper bags, biodegradable bags and other alternatives, the manufactures said, and the town had done nothing to move in that direction. Conducting an environmental review to meet CEQA guidelines can cost from $50,000 to $250,000. Fairfax took the issue in another direction and put it on the ballot, where 79 percent voted for it. Going to the ballot exempted the ban from the CEQA rules on which the American Chemistry Council based its objection. But the tactic chilled other communities that had been considering bag bans. San Jose was forced into an environmental review process before moving forward with enacting its bag ban. In addition to Fairfax, jurisdictions that have adopted bag bans include Malibu, Manhattan Beach (now being heard in the California Supreme Court), Palo Alto, San Francisco, Los Angeles County and San Jose. Many other California communities are in the process of moving in that direc10 >

›› NEWSGRAMS Supes call for moratorium on SmartMeters Marin Supervisors blasted a signal of their own back at Pacific Gas and Electric, calling for a year-long moratorium on the installation of the controversial radio-frequency emitting SmartMeters. In their 4-0 vote, the Supes were acting on an “urgency ordinance” drafted by county counsel this week in an attempt to halt the placing of the meters in various unincorporated areas of the county—including all of West Marin, where PG&E installation attempts have met with protests and acts of “civil disobedience.” The ordinance calls for PG&E to suspend its installations until an impending study of the meters by the California Council of Science and Technology is released. The meter guidelines fall under the purview of the California Public Utilities Commission, so any county-level moratorium is basically symbolic. PG&E spokesman Jeff Smith, however, has indicated that the utility will forge ahead with the installations in spite of the supervisors’ request. But a similar “moratorium” by the town of Fairfax has thus far halted PG&E’s installation of the meters—which have raised health concerns over the use of radio frequencies to track household energy use, and put the utility on the defensive over how it will use the information gathered from the SmartMeters. Last week, SmartMeters installers from Wellington Energy, a company hired by PG&E to put the controversial radio-frequency meters on Marin properties, found their paths to multiple residences blocked by neighbors and members of a group called West Marin Citizens Against Wireless SmartMeters. Sheriff’s deputies were called to the scene Dec. 28 and 29; two women were taken into custody following the Wednesday morning incident along Sir Francis Drake Boulevard near Inverness Park. Barry Smith, co-director of the West Marin Community Coalition for Environmental Health, says the utility could resolve the contentious situation by offering an opt-out alternative to the meters.“It is increasingly baffling why they do not,” says Smith.“Why are they in such a hurry? If this technology is safe and their goal is to reach out to the customer and listen to their concerns, then why are they trying to install SmartMeters as fast as possible in central and West Marin County? Why forcibly install SmartMeters on an unwilling customer base when an alternative is readily available?” Judge sends hospital fight to arbitration The healthcare fight between Sutter and Marin General will have to seek a second opinion—as a Marin Superior Court judge has ordered the legal dispute over an allegedly misappropriated $120 million be settled through arbitration. The Marin General Hospital Corp. filed suit against Sutter last year claiming the Sacramento-based health conglomerate conducted a “reprehensible” removal of $120 million from the hospital’s coffers. The suit, filed in August in Marin Superior Court, claims that ever since 2006, when the healthcare corporation announced it would sever ties with the Greenbrae hospital in 2010, Sutter Health had removed $30 million per year from Marin General’s reserves. In the five years prior, according to the suit, Sutter had never made a “cash sweep” 10 >

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Lake Superior State University, a small college in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, released its annual list of “banished words”—those overused, misused, sometimes annoying buzzwords and phrases from 2010, which we hope will be gone by the end of 2011.

Rock ’n’ roll’s long strange trip takes a tragic detour by Jason Walsh

1. This adjective describes the way videos and Internet content can spread almost immediately around the world 2. Pictured, at left: This adjective would normally describe an awesome, heroic event or film but today seems to describe any accomplishment slightly above the ordinary 3. That “special” quality possessed by stylish celebrities, fashion or design (two words) 4. The instant when you really, really understand (two words) 5. The historical spin, the hidden factors that make up a complicated situation (two words) 6. Pictured, at left: Paris Hilton has don’t. Meant to last a long time but might not survive the weekend (three-letter phrase). 7. Pictured, at left: Sharron Angle’s sexist taunt that Harry Reid increase his masculinity (two words) 8. Sarah Palin’s inadvertent combination of two verbs: to reject authority and contradict falsehoods 9. Pictured, at left: Right-wing female politicians like Palin and Angle might describe themselves in this animalistic way 10. What’s the ultimate goal of a business or website? To become a VERB! Try these now popular terms: a. To search online b. To link up through cyberspace c. To relate thoughts or actions, short form, to a (sometimes large) group of followers d. To phone a friend via the Internet—for free





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±Marin residents often lend a hand to the less fortunate and we’d like to share a few stories that recently came our way. Eightyear-old Annabelle Rylander made scarves and sold them in front of her home to raise funds for Ambassadors of Hope and Opportunity, a group serving Marin’s homeless youth. Evan, a Wells Fargo manager in San Rafael, was out in the rain collecting children’s gifts from North Bay businesses and repeatedly scaled four flights of stairs to store the bounty. The donations went to a nonprofit organization granting needy children’s wishes for the holidays. And year-round, the Rotary Club of Ignacio works with the Novato Human Needs Center to distribute food to people who might otherwise go hungry. We salute Marin’s philanthropists, our Heroes of the Week.

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‘Hey hey, my my... rock ’n’ roll can never die’— Neil Young, 1979

cluded McNamara. “They insist that the Dead are more than music, they are a way of life. An element in this love affair is the low-key decency of the band members— But it sure was playing and their intensely human presence.” years ago Dead 30 years ago this As the baby boomers headed toward week—at least at the Mill middle age and the music they loved Valley Recreation Center, where a pretty turned cynical and corporate, for a brief good jam band had recently performed at shining moment a holiday fundin Mill Valley it raiser for the seemed that rock Marin-Sonoma ’n’ roll still held its Chapter of the inherent sense of Muscular Dyshope and belief in trophy Associahuman bettertion. ment—a pulsating The Pacific insistence that Sun was among anything and the attendees everything was at the Gratepossible. It’s a feelful Dead’s free ing that would be show before short-lived. an audience Two days after of wheelchairthe concert, on bound kids and Dec. 8, 1980, their families— Jerry Garcia goes for a spin with Bill Graham. Mark David the concert was Chapman apthe brainchild proached John Lennon outside the Dakota of Alto School fifth-grader and muscular apartment building in Manhattan—a copy dystrophy sufferer Rodney Graves, a good of The Catcher in the Rye in one hand, a buddy of Dead drummer Bill Kreutz- .38 special in the other. Four bullets and mann’s son Justin. “The boys were talking one hemorrhaging subclavian artery later, about the [dystrophy association’s] up- Lennon was dead—going with him, the coming party and how it would be nice to idealism of a generation. have entertainment,” reported Sun editor “The Beatles songs have an ominous Steve McNamara a few weeks later when ring to them now,” declared a stunned the paper published photos from the event Pacific Sun editorial the following week. in its Jan. 2 issue. One thing led to another “Rock has lost its innocence; things will and the next thing anyone knew one of the never sound the same again.” most famous rock bands in the world was And no amount of rock and roll kindplaying “Truckin’” to a bunch of 11-year- ness toward society’s quivering, huddled olds on Camino Alto. (Hopefully they ed- masses could ever change that. ited the part about the narcotics bust in the “Roll over Beethoven,” concluded the French Quarter.) Sun, “tell Tschaikowsky the news.” ✹ “[The band members] all live in the Tell Jason the news at county,” Bill Kreutzmann told the Sun, “and when I explained what was happening to the other guys, it seemed like a nice thing to do.” But helping out a room full of crippled children just wasn’t nice enough for this band. So after the show they called up their good friend Bill Graham and asked the mercurial concert promoter to join them in the rec center parking lot. Minutes later, Graham and his 3-year-old son Alexander wheeled down the hill from their Corte Madera home in a BMW sidecar motorcycle to take pictures, sign autographs and join the Dead in hangLennon, signing a copy of ‘Double Fantasy’ for Mark David ing out with the kids. Chapman, the evening of Dec. 8, 1980. “Followers of the Grateful Dead— Blast into Marin’s past with more Deadheads—are the most loyal and Behind the Sun at ›› fervent group in the world of music,” con-

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² MA checked his canine pal into an established southern Marin boarding facility. Though his dog Daisy is healthy, she takes medication to control an ailment. As MA handed the pills and written instructions to the young woman at the front desk, he explained Daisy’s condition and regimen. The employee indicated that administering meds is routine. When MA returned five days later to pick up his dog, he immediately noticed she wasn’t well. The caregiver assured him the pooch received her medication. At home, MA unpacked the bag they gave him with Daisy’s belongings and found all her pills. Poor pup never got a dose. Livid, MA left two messages for the owner and never heard back. Until this boarding business overhauls its systems and safeguards, it remains a Zero in MA’s book.—Nikki Silverstin

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< 8 Plastic bags set to pop tion. San Francisco is revising its current ban to become more inclusive, with an eye toward reducing consumption of paper bags. Marin County supervisors last month approved a first reading of a plastic bag ban. A second reading was scheduled Tuesday, Jan. 4. Bag-ban proponents had hoped that the second reading would be a formality. Others however, were concerned that bag manufacturers would continue their blocking maneuvers. That’s what happened. Shortly before the supervisors were supposed to vote, the Save the Plastic Bag Coalition threw a pile of legal objections on the county’s desk. Supervisors decided to postpone approving the ban for three weeks “to dive through the piles of paper dumped on us at the last minute,” said Supervisor Charles McGlashan. Supervisor Susan Adams, named board president at the Jan. 4 meeting, reassured supporters that the delaying tactic by Save the Plastic Bag would not ultimately deter the county from enacting a ban. “This board is committed to move forward on this,” said Adams. She and McGlashan have been instrumental in bringing the county this far. It’s been a five-year work in progress. The two supervisors, along with many others pursuing bag bans in California, have followed the tactics of the bag manufacturers and the plastics industry with an eye toward protecting their jurisdictions from legal attacks, similar to the ones the American Chemistry Council mounted against Fairfax, Oakland and San Jose when

each of those jurisdictions moved to ban plastic bags. “I am sorry we have to go through this legal jujitsu,” McGlashan said at the meeting, “but we will get it done.” San Francisco was the first in the state to pass a plastic bag ordinance. Oakland moved next, and was promptly sued. That suit, and the American Chemistry Council’s threat to sue other communities, “stopped us dead in our tracks,” McGlashan told the Sun last week. He and others who had been pushing for a bag ban throughout the county and its cities agreed that at least one point the bag manufactures and the American Chemistry Council raised had merit: Simply banning plastic bags without any proscription against paper bags would encourage consumers to increase their use of paper sacks. And that’s a problem. In many ways paper bags cause more harm to the environment than plastic. They obviously use wood resources, need energy to manufacture and do not degrade easily in landfills. Banning only plastic bags means “you’re leaving out the problem of paper bags,” says McGlashan. At the end of last year, McGlashan says, “A number of us, grocers and city council people, designed an approach to just ban both, paper and plastic.” But by January 2011, it became clear that the move to ban both in one motion was too quick and too strict, “leaving people high and dry at the store with no option except to purchase a reusable bag,” says McGlashan. In March, Green Cities California released a master environmental assessment

< 8 Newsgrams of more than $3 million in a single year. But last week, Judge Verna Adams ordered the Marin Healthcare District to comply with a 2006 “transfer and settlement agreement” that requires such disputes be settled through arbitration.“The plain and clear meaning of the arbitration provision is sufficiently broad so as to encompass plaintiff’s tort claims for breach of fiduciary and charitable trust duties,” wrote Adams in her ruling—essentially saying that Marin General had already agreed to settle lawsuits like this through arbitration when it signed the transfer and settlement agreement four years ago. Sutter Health spokesman Bill Gleeson said he “appreciates” that the court upheld the agreement to arbitrate differences, but lamented the continued “divisiveness” with the healthcare district.“We look forward to putting differences behind us,” said Gleeson. While Marin General Hospital spokesman Pete Hillen says the district would rather have taken the suit to court, he’s confident their case will play out just as strongly before an arbitrator. As part of the suit, Marin General Hospital Corp. alleges that Sutter was able to withdraw the $120 million by building a hospital board that included Sutter employees who would not question the appropriateness of Sutter seizing the funds. Further, MGH alleges that while Sutter was removing millions from the hospital, it was reinvesting the money in healthcare operations that would directly compete with Marin General. “Sutter utterly ignored its fiduciary responsibility to Marin General and instead chose to line its own pockets with the hospital’s reserves,” the board’s lead attorney James Brosnahan said upon filing the suit last August.“It’s improper, immoral and reprehensible conduct by a company that was trusted to manage this vital community resource.”—Jason Walsh

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as a guideline for communities across the state wanting to enact bag bans. The Green Cities master assessment, says McGlashan, contained information that a fee on paper bags is a “strong economic signal” to decrease their consumption. “We continued with a ban on plastic and a fee on paper.” McGlashan says he worked with local grocers, the California Grocers Association and about eight representatives from city councils to arrive at a consensus on a practical ban on plastic checkout bags and a fee on paper bags, which they did in July. In August, state legislation AB 1998 failed to pass after heavy industry lobbying. It would have created a statewide uniform restriction on plastic bags—an important element to retailers who want a level playing field. The Green Cities master assessment is aimed at encouraging local communities to pass bans using the it as a starting point, tailored to their own jurisdictions, but containing a uniform thread woven throughout. After enacting individual bans, local communities can go back to Sacramento to urge the Legislature to listen and continue working on a statewide ban. That effort culminated in a press event on Nov. 29 in Sacramento. After the state legislation failed, Marin bag-ban proponents proceeded to use the master assessment to help craft a county ordinance. (McGlashan has a close colleague in Green Cities. Carol Misseldine is a Green Cities director, Mill Valley’s first sustainability coordinator and she’s also married to McGlashan. Misseldine’s sustainability experience includes a stint in Oakland when current Gov. Jerry Brown was mayor.) Marin bag-ban proponents went one major step further than the proposed state legislation. They called for a ban on plastic bags in all retail establishments in county jurisdiction. At the first reading of the ordinance in December, Supervisor Judy Arnold said many retailers in Novato, which she represents, had not even heard about a possible bag ban, and springing it on them would be unfair. Supervisors agreed to restrict the ban to grocery stores at this time. The bag ban that reached supervisors Jan. 4 calls for prohibiting grocery stores from handing out single-use plastic bags at checkout counters. It also requires any retailer selling groceries to charge at least 5 cents for a paper bag made with recycled material. (The exact amount varies, depending on the cost of the bags to individual grocers.) The county Department of Weights and Measures will oversee the ordinance, checking on bag use and bag-fee collection as it checks scales and other equipment at retailers. The county estimates it costs $114 per hour for labor costs for inspections, but some of that amount

can be rolled into duties associated with routine inspections of weight and measuring devices. Retailers who repeatedly fail to heed the rules will be liable for a fine of between $135 for a second violation (after a warning) and $440 for a fourth violation. After that a violation can be referred to the district attorney for civil penalties. The Save the Plastic Bag Coalition is an “industry friendly” group dedicated to refuting the claim that plastic bags harm the environment—which has met widespread acceptance around the world. The coalition threatened to sue the county if it proceeds with a ban without conducting an environmental impact report, as it did in Fairfax; the group carried through on its threat Oakland, San Jose, and Manhattan Beach in the case now before the state Supreme Court. Ban proponents in Marin, however, say the ordinance here is aimed at reducing all single-use bags, not favoring paper over plastic. And by banning plastic and putting a fee on paper, the result is a clear environmental benefit because it would reduce the total use of all single-use bags. That benefit means a Marin ordinance would qualify for an exemption of the state environmental review rules. In addition to the issues raised by the coalition, jurisdictions proposing bag bans now must contend with legal implications of the recently passed Proposition 26, which calls for a twothirds vote on many taxes and fees previously enacted without vote. Misseldine says city attorneys who are members of Green Cities have looked at the proposition and determined that bans could be exempt if all revenue from a paper-bag fee “stays with the store.” That protects against Prop. 26, she says, “because none of the fee is going to the jurisdictions. It is a recouping of a legitimate cost.” But that doesn’t mean proponents feel complacent. “It’s always subject to a lawsuit, and we fully expect to be sued,” says Misseldine. “That’s what the American Chemistry Council does best.” At the meeting Jan. 4, McGlashan and Adams reiterated the county’s intentions to proceed with a bag-ban ordinance after carefully reviewing the coalition’s legal objections. They still want the ban to go into effect in January 2012. And proponents still plan to continue their push to sign up cities and to expand the ban beyond grocery stores. “We will continue to be vigilant about this kind of abuse” from industry operatives, McGlashan said on Tuesday. Supervisors scheduled the proposed bag ban for a return hearing at their Jan. 25 meeting. ✹ Contact the writer at

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federal appeals court panel on Tuesday asked the state Supreme Court if sponsors of Californiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s same-sex marriage ban have legal standing to appeal a ruling striking it down. Three 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals judges hearing the Proposition 8 case said they would accept and follow the high courtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s decision. But they indicated they believe a coalition of conservative religious groups called Protect Marriage should be allowed to defend the ballot measure. The fate of gay marriage in California has become mired in technical legal arguments about so-called standing. Ordinarily, the governor and attorney general defend state voter initiatives. But neither then-Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger nor thenAttorney General Jerry Brown supported the same-sex marriage ban and declined to defend the measure in federal court. U.S. District Court Judge Vaughn Walker allowed Protect Marriage to defend the initiative, which 52 percent of voters approved in November 2008 following some 18,000 legal same-sex weddings. After Walker ruled the initiative unconstitutional, initiative proponents appealed the district court judgeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ruling to the 9th Circuit. Last month, attorneys for both sides presented their arguments to a threejudge appeals court panel in San Francisco. On Tuesday, the panel referred the standing question to the state Supreme Court. The high court must decide whether state law allows proponents of an initiative to defend its constitutionality when neither the governor nor the attorney general defends it. In their new roles, Gov. Jerry Brown and Attorney General Kamala Harris have said they would not defend Proposition 8. In an 18-page order certifying the standing question to the California Supreme Court, the three-judge panel wrote â&#x20AC;&#x153;...we certify the question so that the Court may provide an authoritative answer as to the rights, interests, and authority under California law of the ofďŹ cial proponents of an initiative measure to defend its validity upon its enactment in the case of a challenge to its constitutionality, where the state ofďŹ cials charged with that duty refuse to execute it.â&#x20AC;? The three-judge panel wrote that the people would be â&#x20AC;&#x153;ill-servedâ&#x20AC;? by allowing elected ofďŹ cials to essentially nullify ballot measures by failing to defend them. The panelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s three judgesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;liberal lion Stephen Reinhardt, staunch conservative N. Randy Smith and moderate Michael Daly Hawkinsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;concurred in seeking the high courtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s opinion on the standing matter. But Reinhardt also issued a separate 10-page opinion expressing his concern about what he calls â&#x20AC;&#x153;the standing problem.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;The standing problem arises out of a

trend in our judicial system over the past few decades,â&#x20AC;? he writes. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is a trend that emphasizes technical rules over deciding cases on the merits, and indeed over the merits themselves. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our system now increasingly raises obstacles such as standing, mootness, ripeness, abstention, and other procedural bars that preclude courts from deciding cases on the merits, and as a result increasingly limits the access of individuals to the courts.â&#x20AC;? Although Proposition 8â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s supporters sought to disqualify Reinhardt because his wife served as the executive director of the ACLU of Southern California, which supports same-sex marriage, he endorsed their right to appeal the case. If the attorney general and the governor refuse to appeal, and no one else is allowed to, â&#x20AC;&#x153;havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t they effectively nulliďŹ ed the initiative?â&#x20AC;? he asked during the December hearing. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If the state does not defend it, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just tossing in the towel.â&#x20AC;? The last time a California attorney general refused to defend a voter initiative was when a 1964 ballot proposition amended the state constitution to allow housing discrimination. In December, same-sex marriage advocates argued that the initiativeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s proponents lacked legal standing and urged the appellate panel to dismiss the case. Protect Marriage argued that it should be allowed to defend the proposition. If the group lacks standing, attorney Charles Cooper said, the appellate panel must not only dismiss the appeal but must vacate Judge Walkerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s judgment. In either case, such a decision would be a win for Protect Marriage and a blow to gay marriage. A lesbian couple from Berkeley and a gay couple from Burbank ďŹ led the federal case against Proposition 8 because they want to marry. Their lawyers, Theodore Olson and David Boies, who opposed one another in the 2000 Bush v. Gore battle for the presidency, contend Proposition 8 violates the U.S. Constitution. They liken the initiative that struck down gay marriage to the anti-miscegenation law the U.S. Supreme Court struck down in 1967. They also contend that voters had no more right to amend the California Constitution to conďŹ ne marriage to opposite-sex couples than they would to try to amend it to reinstitute school segregation. If the California Supreme Court says Protect Marriage has standing, attorney Boies said during the December hearing, he would return to the 9th Circuit to argue again that it does not. â&#x153;š Contact Ronnie Cohen at

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On the write track It’s full stream of consciousness ahead for Marin’s authors!


riting a book,” said George Orwell, “is a horrible, exhausting struggle, like a long bout of some painful illness.” That’s exactly the kind of statement you’d expect from a guy whose

greatest works were about spirit-crushing totalitarian overlords. Luckily, bolshevism and fascism aren’t de rigueur for every writer—and with Marin’s melting pot of diverse prose pros, each year brings an eclectic mishmash of novels and memoirs, travelogues and histories, true fictions and complete bullsh--s from a vast array of county

These two crosses, above and far left, are part of the 90-piece ‘The Merchant of Venus’ an installation Kokin made from self-help book spines.

scribes. So here’s our latest roundup of page turners from the county’s ink slingers—who, according to the author of 1984, are likely still recovering from their bout of painful illness.

Journey to the center of the terse Navigating the Course: A Man’s Place in His Time by David Fanshel. Valley Meadow Press. 250 pages. $25 Unlike a number of current memoir writers who haven’t lived long enough to reflect on their life experiences (Justin Bieber comes to mind), David Fanshel was busy living a productive life as a husband, father and professor at Columbia University’s School of Social Work, so he didn’t get around to writing about his youth and young adulthood until he was well into his 80s. Though he published numerous books during his professional career, this memoir is his first foray into the personal realm. A well-respected, retired academic whose studies of at-risk children earned him a Secretary’s Commemorative Award from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Fanshel (who lives at The Redwoods in Mill Valley) describes growing up in a family of Eastern European immigrants in the Bronx during the Depression, and how that formed his narrow world-view. The second half details his experiences in the Army Air Corps during World War II and their impact on his life. Fanshel, not even 20 at this point, recounts—in an amusing and at the same time astonishing manner—the events leading up to his pilot-training assignment, in spite of 12 PACIFIC SUN JANUARY 7 - JANUARY 13, 2011

But like we always say, Orwell’s that ends well.—Jason Walsh his lack of aptitude for it and the fact that he’d never even driven a car or any other vehicle! Turns out he wasn’t really cut out for that, but he did play a significant role as the navigator with the 15th Air Force 450th Bomb Group, 722nd Squadron, in Manduria, Italy, which flew 39 missions across Europe. The wartime events—knowing the plane could be shot down, causing mayhem and destruction to others—formed a bond among the squadron that had a profound and transformative effect on the man Fanshel became. Readers unfamiliar with the insular nature of life in the Bronx at that time, where many of the Jews who fled czarist Russia settled and had little or no contact with the “outside world,” will identify with the initial “fear” and then acceptance of (or more accurately, trusting of one’s life to) “the other.” Through this very personal account, Fanshel leaves readers thinking about the causes and effects of war, which he calls the “ultimate absurdity.”—Carol Inkellis

Citizen Moxie Pure Moxie: A Memoir by Leda Sanford. iUniverse, Inc. 125 pages. $13.95 Such a slim volume for someone who’s

led such a long and interesting life (after all, Miley Cyrus’s autobiography is 288 pages)—then you realize Pure Moxie is no doubt just like the author: smart, funny, candid, to-the-point and, of course, slender. Leda Sanford, 77, became the first woman publisher of a major American magazine when she was named head of American Home in 1975. Although she was able to redirect the staid old publication toward the “liberated woman” and circulation rose, Sanford was unable to save it, and within a couple of years the magazine folded into Redbook. Sanford was only just beginning though, and her memoir recounts her ups and downs in running periodicals such as Chief Executive, Attenzione and Modern Maturity. Along the way there were affairs with married men, conflicts with co-workers, family issues and meals in some really fancy restaurants. She skips the boring bits—there is no droning on about cost per thousand or shipping rates. And in the end she falls in love with Sausalito. The result is a book that is both a nostalgic look back (it’s dedicated to Betty Friedan) at the post-Mad Men era—when General Motors and magazines were a big deal—and a nod toward the future, especially for increasingly creaky baby boomers, as Sanford became something of a visionary on promoting a new idea of aging and re-invention late in life. One thing is clear: If you happen to see Leda Sanford at a luncheon, do what you can to get a seat next to her. She is fearless when she tells her tales.—J.E. Vader

The prodigal dotter Lots of Dots written and illustrated by Craig Frazier. Chronicle Books. $15.99 Celebrated graphic designer and illustrator Craig Frazier, a longtime Mill Valley resident, has received recognition and numerous awards over the years for his wide-ranging body of work. Back in 2004 he released his first children’s book, the award-winning Stanley Goes for a Drive. Since then, in addition to creating logos, packaging, brochures and illustrations for nationally and internationally known companies (too numerous to mention) and respected publications (including the New York Times and Wall Street Journal, among many others), plus designing several stamps for the U.S. Postal Service, Frazier has published two more award-winning Stanley books. But with Lots of Dots, his newest children’s title, Frazier heads off in a new direction, appealing to children and adults of all ages with a simple yet engaging and colorful look at dots in our everyday world. Fun to look at and read, the crisp, bright, large illustrations and simple verse encourage the child in all of us to consider the round shapes we encounter daily but often don’t notice. And, of course, it allows readers (or, more likely, those being read to) the opportunity to think of and name 14 >


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guidelines. Sure, they cost more, but nothing is too good for her kids. Sadly, Bruno doesn’t have apparel. My friends believe me when I tell them Huskies get too hot with clothes on; however, it’s not the entire truth. Prince, my previous dog that lives with God now, wore my size. We shared a denim jacket, cashmere sweater and down vest. Unfortunately, Bruno is bigger than I am and I’m financially incapable of keeping up two wardrobes with the latest styles. Please don’t write in calling me a bad mother because my dog is naked. I atone daily about it. I have one dog, Kate has two and Kim has three. After much discussion, almost all of my gal pals and I agree that people think you’re a bit touched when you have more than two. Actually, Kate used to have three, but she always lied, claiming only two. Kim doesn’t buy into this notion, which is too bad, because she’s looking for a partner. Beautiful, smart and one of the funniest people I know, Kim used to have more dates. It slowed down considerably when she added dog after dog to her family. Then, there’s the dress-up thing, not merely in the cold or wet weather, but all the time. Paws down, her pups beat every other pooch on the fashion runway. Picture four pink pea coats—one for Kim and each of her dogs. “It’s my favorite strolling outfit,” she says. “Please tell me it’s your only strolling outfit,” I respond. She opens her laundry room door. Other than the washer and dryer, the room is devoted to clothing rods with dozens of tiny hangers. Yes, it’s the doggie closet. Plaid Burberry skirts, satin party dresses and special attire for Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Halloween and Christmas. “No one will ever marry you,” I advise. “Give two of the dogs to your parents.” “I won’t,” Kim replies. “I love them.” I understand. We love them and they love us. Every night we go home to someone. We have company during dinner, someone to snuggle with on the sofa and a great listener that hangs on our every word. We might not have husbands and we may be crazy, but we’re not really alone. ✹

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hope I’m wrong, but I think I may have hit upon yet another reason my girlfriends and I remain unmarried. Unfortunately, my new idea doesn’t hold men responsible. This time, the burden falls on us. To be more specific, us and our dogs. Could it be a coincidence that all of my single sisters on the hill live with one, two or even three dogs? I think not. To varying degrees, we treat our pooches like children. Our married friends with human offspring often raise their eyebrows when they watch us interact with our dogs. Consider yourself lucky if you have a spouse and kids, otherwise you too would have long conversations with a canine. I talk to my dog Bruno so much at home that sometimes I forget and do it in public. Since he can’t speak English, I read his expression and say aloud for him what he would say if he could. Don’t for a minute think I’m alone, because I know other people who do this. OK, not people, women. I’ll bet there’s a man out there who speaks for his dog. The ironic thing is that if I met him, I would think he’s bonkers and I certainly wouldn’t date him. My friend Abby typically stays home on the weekend, swearing her dog understands she has to go to work Monday through Friday. When she leaves Timmy alone on Saturday or Sunday, he huffs and whines, then gives her the silent treatment when she returns home. I suggested she pretend she’s going to work every day. She says it doesn’t fool Timmy and I believe her, since he’s an intelligent herding dog. His antics cause overwhelming guilt for Abby, so she rarely ventures out for long on the weekend. Laurie lets Jock eat with her. She takes a bite of her dinner and then the dog gets a bite—off her fork, which then goes back in her mouth. I think that’s why Laurie doesn’t have belly fat. She eats more slowly and half her food goes to Jock. I may have to try this. Before you decide it’s a repulsive weight-loss method, consider the facts my vet shared with me. Dog and human germs are different, which means we generally won’t catch a canine illness and they won’t get sick from us. Skinny jeans, here I come. Kate, my best friend, dresses her dogs to protect them from the cold and rain. Her little one’s newest outfit is a handmade wool sweater adorned with a monkey on the back and a hoodie with ears. Adorable. Since Kate lives her life in the most politically correct fashion, she buys dog clothes produced following the Fair Trade

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< 12 On the write track other “dots” around us. There certainly is no shortage of wonderful books for toddlers and preschoolers, but this is a luminous addition that is as delightful to read the hundredth time as it is the first. No matter how dreary the day, the colors in Lots of Dots, which practically jump off the page, are sure to brighten up one’s outlook—especially when cuddled up with a young child. —Carol Inkellis

Best of the West West Marin Review: Prose, Poetry, and Art, Vol. 3, 140 pages. $17.95 The cover for the third volume of the beautifully produced collection of essays, poems, stories and artwork—West Marin Review—features a print, “Bolinas Ridge Sunset,” by Mount Tam’s woodcut Boswell, Tom Killion. And it just gets better from there. More than 50 writers and artists contributed to the volume, most using West Marin as their inspiration and muse. From schoolboy Daniel Potts’ elegy to his parents to veteran journalist Jonathan Rowe’s comparison of Point Reyes to Cape Cod’s Provincetown in “Fellow Conservatives” to Cynthia A. Cady’s haunting short story about a troubled 8-year-old, this volume is rich and delicious. None of the pieces is long, and interspersed throughout are lively paintings, sketches and photographs, including more prints from Killion and a story about how he develops such remarkable images. The Point Reyes Light’s former editor and publisher Dave Mitchell contributed a piece recounting readers’ tales about their dogs’ abilities at driving, baking, biking and welding—still more amusing proof of the depth of talent in West Marin. The West Marin Review w is published through a collaboration among the Tomales Bay Library Association, Point Reyes Books and many volunteer “neighbors and friends.” Volume 2 in the series, published in 2009, won

an award for excellence in design from the New York Bookbinder’s Association; one suspects Vol. 3 is a serious contender as well.—J.E. Vader

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Dipsea doo-dah! Dipsea: The Greatest Race (Centennial Edition) by Barry Spitz. Potrero Meadow Publishing. 270 pages. $40 to $75. Visit to order. In the centennial edition of Dipsea: The Greatest Race, Barry Spitz’s 1993 tome to the 7-mile jaunt from Mill Valley to Stinson Beach, the Marin author/athlete takes readers on a not-so-leisurely stroll through 100 runnings of the race that forebodes with stretches named Cardiac, Suicide, Dynamite, Insult and Slash. This is no mere update— Spitz has 17 more years of races, winners, stories and photos to weave into his 270-page Dip-stravaganza. From the origins of the race by turn-of-the-20th-century members of the Olympic Club (a bet between two club members over who could get from the Mill Valley train station to the Dipsea Inn in Bolinas was supposedly the inspiration) through the record 73 races of “Dipsea Demon” Jack Kirk to the victory of 8-year-old Reilly Johnson at the 100th running, Spitz’s book is literally a marathon of information. (Did you know the word Dipsea comes from Rudyard Kipling’s 1893 poem “Last Chantey,” which asks, “May we lift a Deep-sea Chantey such as seamen use at sea?”) Not only does Spitz tell the tale of each and every race, but he dedicates space to explaining the unique handicapping system (which rarely allows the runner with the fastest time to win), the infamous 685 steps that greet runners right after the pistol sounds, a complete listing of winners and their times, a Dipsea Hall of Fame, a thorough vetting of the complicated application procedure to enter the race and even a map and trail guide that bookend the inside of the front and back covers. We could go on about Spitz’s great work on the Dipsea, but we’d prefer to let poet

Kokin’s ‘Treatment’ uses self-help books for a collage of bitter irony.

Waldeman Young have the final say: “Oh, there’s nothing like the tonic of the rolling Dipsea Trail, For we breathe its boundless spirit and the world’s distortions pale while we feel the red blood pulsing as it hits a swifter pace Like a wild thing loosed to the circle in the rapture of the race.”—Jason Walsh

Mama mia... Mamalita: An Adoption Memoir by Jessica O’Dwyer. Seal Press. 303 pages. $16.95 In 2002, Jessica O’Dwyer O Dwyer began an uncomfortably long and harrowing journey into motherhood. With a relatively new, steamy and idealistic marriage surprising her after an earlier marriage and subsequent divorce—and yet still unable to conceive and create Dis-

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Not only is the Donna Seager Gallery one of Marin’s most acclaimed art centers—it’s won our Best of Marin readers poll multiple times—but gallery owner Donna Seager has a special fondness for works made from books—the bindings, fabrics, pages and print. From Lisa Kokin’s crafty configurations (that’s her choo choo on this issue’s cover) to the many other lit-loving pieces placed throughout, the pages never stop turning on the bookish inspirations found at the Donna Seager Gallery. Kokin’s exhibit “Panacea Plus” ends Jan. 8; there’s still time to check it out at 851 Fourth St., San Rafael. We guarantee a happy ending. ✹

ney’s image of the perfect family—she began researching adoption. After much thoughtful consideration, O’Dwyer set out with her husband and a cargo of support from friends and family to adopt a daughter from Guatemala. She was soon greeted with an uphill climb through disappointment after disappointment, and a journey that changed her life—as her romanticized hope and optimism about bringing her daughter Olivia home in a timely manner slowly slipped away. Eventually, the battle led to no other option but to leave her husband and career behind in San Rafael in order to live with her daughter in poverty-plagued Guatemala while the paperwork continued to shuffle. There, she tirelessly navigates her way through the complexities of paperwork, international law, dishonest and money-hungry adoption agents and Olivia’s emotional security. Revealing the often corrupt and nerveracking challenges of international adoption, O’Dwyer carries readers through wild goose chases, misdirections and endless ups and downs— at times Mamalitaa reads

more like an action-adventure travel memoir, making it difficult to put down. Despite the prevalent theme of adoption and the subsequent nightmare that O’Dwyer and her husband lived through for nearly two years, Mamalita is, more than anything else, the story of a personal and transformative journey. O’Dwyer is introduced to her own strength, the power and importance of community and the bottomless reservoir of love that parents hold for their children. Witnessing her vigor unfolding with the turn of each page keeps the reader cheering her on from the sidelines. Her love, courage and dedication is heroic, but not all that surprising. After all, she’s a mother.—Dani Burlison

Blithe spirit Wired for Joy: A Revolutionary Method for Creating Happiness from Within by Laurel Mellin. Hay House, Inc. 221 pages. $16.99 Yes, Wired for Joy is a self-help book. But the author, Laurel Mellin of San Anselmo—an associate professor of family and community medicine and pediatrics at UCSF and the director of the Emotional Brain Training Center of Excellence at the Center for Health and Community, also at UCSF—is not a New-Agey guru or touchy-feely counselor. Mellin is nationally recognized for her research and writing on childhood obesity. Shapedown, the revolutionary program she developed for overweight youth 30 years ago, has proved successful because it addresses far more than calorie consumption and usage—as have her subsequent programs aimed at preventing obesity and obesity-related health problems. Her neuroscience and developmental theory research on stress and its effects on all aspects of health and well-being led Mellin to develop EBT—emotional brain training. Rather than focusing specifically on the stress factors, EBT emphasizes re-training the brain to experience more positive emotions. Wired for Joy is not pedantic, jargon-filled

or overly simplistic. Mellin explains in a down-to-earth conversational manner the concepts of EBT and the tools to switch one’s brain—the emotional brain, not the thinking brain—from a state of stress to well-being. She emphasizes that it’s “ differentiate joy and happiness. It may sound like splitting hairs, but from a brain standpoint, they are extremely different. All moments of joy include an element of happiness. But not all moments of happiness include joy.” So, there is no guarantee of lifelong bliss or happiness to be found here, but a lot of good information on de-stressing and enjoying life more. And who could argue with experiencing more joy?—Carol Inkellis

or may not be a player in Yvonne’s search for inner peace. Finding herself playing an unexpected role in her own redemption, Yvonne has a stunning shift in perspective, with unlikely saviors appearing when least expected. In The Lovers, Mill Valley author Vida flawlessly translates to the page the slow-motion sadness of walking through the dark corridor of grief, pulling the reader in to mourn right alongside Yvonne. It certainly pulls the heartstrings—but it also offers a mind’s eye view of Turkey’s breathtaking landscape, tying both together for a bittersweet and heartfelt ode to new beginnings.—Dani Burlison

The defiant ones Turkish delight The Lovers by Vendela Vida. Random House. 240 pages. $23.99 The Lovers is the story of Yvonne, a 52year-old widow in search of the happiness and carefree love she once shared with her husband, Peter. Two years after Peter’s tragic death (the circumstances are kept a mystery until the end), Yvonne nudges her way out of the crushing grief and heads to Turkey—to revisit, nearly a quarter-century later, the location of her honeymoon. Yvonne’s intention is not to simply engage in denial through living in the past, but to step out of the numbing life within which she has cocooned herself, and to re-ignite the feelings of love and optimism that she once felt with Peter. But Yvonne is lonely in Turkey. She becomes haunted with painful memories of the less-than-perfect life she and Peter shared together with their twin children Aurelia and Matthew. Challenges with Aurelia’s substance abuse and Yvonne’s subsequent codependency created friction that weighed heavily on her marriage. When Yvonne arrives at the remote coastal village that had remained in her heart long after she and Peter first visited, she meets a young boy who may

Buzz: A Year of Paying Attention by Katherine Ellison. Hyperion. 304 pages. $24.99 Buzz is the result of the year Pulitzer Prize-winning writer and San Anselmo resident Katherine Ellison spent studying ADD/ADHD and ODD (oppositional defiant disorder) in order to cope with her then-12year-old son Buzz’s difficult behavior. It seems that the very bright Buzz isn’t all that different from Mom, which set the scene for high-but-unmet expectations, major blow-ups and a lot of bad feelings. At the point where Ellison considered running away as the only solution, she chose instead to use the methods she was most familiar with to solve problems—follow any and all leads to discover what she could do to help her son (and herself). Rather than merely read research studies (although she did read plenty on the medications routinely prescribed for ADD), she flew around the country to attend workshops and lectures, interviewed specialists, looked into alternative therapies, underwent invasive tests, took a shot at neuorfeedback and meditation and much, much more. She was focused. (It’s significant that a couple of major health scares—including a brain tumor and thyroid cancer, which both required surgery—preceded her year of paying attention. That alone could be enough to cause a young teen to act out...)

Ellison notes that in the U.S., and other countries too, the frenetic pace of life with all its multitasking finds many of us—adults and children—sweating the small stuff a lot and unable to let go, calm ourselves and pay attention to the important stuff. She definitely has an opinion on the trend among many welleducated and/or well-to-do parents who give their children ADD medications to improve academic performance. This interesting and informative look at family dynamics in general, and behavioral difficulties in one family specifically, is told with warmth, humor and insight. Given that most parents raising a child or children with ADD/ADHD wouldn’t be able to go to the lengths Ellison did in pursuing help for her son, the book provides a road map of sorts on what to avoid and where help may be found. Though it isn’t a fairy tale ending, Ellison— who admits she is still not a model parent— did discover ways to improve her family life.—Carol Inkellis

Not’s landing To Have Not by Frances Lefkowitz. Macadam Cage. 294 pages. $14.50 For “havenots,” aspirations soar far beyond the desire to buy new shoes, eat well-balanced meals on matching dinnerware and always have a pocketful of bus fare. To “go without” also means that the gap between poor and prosperous is only made wider through the lack of encouragement, stability and emotional support from the broken families where many “have-nots” find their roots. From a summer “camping” on the shores of Clear Lake, to calling a closet “home” in an overcrowded, cockroach-infested government-sponsored student apartment at San Francisco State University, Frances Lefkowitz paints a solemn and unfortunate portrait of her upbringing that is as gray and oppressive as the San Francisco 16 >


fog that hung over her childhood in the bittersweet memoir To Have Not. Though she managed—despite odds stacked a mile high against her—to steer her way through the impoverished city streets of San Francisco and on to an exciting life in New England (and these days as a hip author in West Marin), Lefkowitz maintained an insatiable yearning for direction, to find a place she could happily call home. But the habit of scraping by from moment to moment doesn’t jump ship easily. Despite her education, new friends and the fun-loving lifestyle that she created away from her family, the deep-seated wanting remained. Regardless of the blood, sweat and tears poured into her adult persona, “have-nots” like Lefkowitz are consistently reminded by others of how lucky they are to arrive in places of success, as if, still, they are not deserving. Lefkowitz’s demons are the unfortunate realities of classism and marginalization that persist even in the most well-intentioned circles. Page after page, Lefkowitz exposes the tenderly painful and confusing impact with which childhood poverty continues to grasp the soul—even long after the mean streets of 1970s San Francisco are abandoned for an Ivy League education, fascinating careers and carefree adventure. The delicate and often grim detail that Lefkowitz outlines in To Have Not is delivered without self-pity—more like a raw and vulnerable honesty that only a writer as brilliant as Lefkowitz can master. —Dani Burlison Comment on this story in TownSquare, at ››

Where there’s a krill there’s a whale... Cetacean youth spends winter break in Tomales Bay by Dani Bu rlison


gray whale, estimated to be nearly 25 feet long—and lovingly referred to at the Pacific Sun office as Jorge Gris—is currently enjoying a holiday in Tomales Bay. With adult males usually reaching the length of 45 feet long, it is assumed that Jorge is a juvenile gray whale, or calf, that strayed from his family. While some of West Marin’s more New Age-inclined residents may see the whale as it relates to the animal totem—as a bearer of all things introspective and creative in the new year—most of Marin is simply looking at Jorge’s visit as a cool opportunity to sit back and enjoy some free entertainment. The massive mammal made its way into Tomales Bay sometime in late December en route to its winter home near Baja. Annually, gray whales swim the whopping 10,000 to 12,000 round-trip journey between the icy and abundant feeding waters of arctic Alaska and the warm breeding and birthing pools of Baja, Mexico. As whales pass along the Northern California coast between midDecember and late January, North Bay whale watchers are treated to the sights of spouting, swimming whales by making the jaunt to a local beach. Now kicking it in the barely 30 feet-deep waters of Tomales Bay, our new friend Jorge is filling up on his run-of-the-mill, lowcarb diet of whatever he can scavenge from the bottom of the bay. Gray whales possess no dorsal fin, so Jorge can be spotted by his 15-foot high spray or by his 10-foot-wide tail fin, splashing around in this shallow, enclosed region of the Pacific. Visitors will notice a murky or cloudy spray while he dives into the relatively shallow water and rakes through the mud before filtering the edibles—a seafood-lovers’ stew of plankton, clams, bottom-feeding fish, squid and


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Whales make the occasional foray into Tomales Bay, where they feast on a banquet of plankton, clams and squid.

more—through his baleen. Though the Tomales Bay visitor’s close proximity to land ensures rare, close-up visibility for nature lovers not inclined to shell out cash for the pricier organized whalewatching excursions, the staff at the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary, of which Tomales Bay is a part, cautions against any close-up interaction with the whale. Boats, kayaks and other sea vessels are warned to steer clear of Jorge—for both the health and safety of the human and this massive creature alike. “It may have been struck and injured,” says Mary Jane Schramm, spokesperson for Gulf of the

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Farallones. “[An online] video clip shows a red area behind the blowhole.” Last year saw a huge spike in Bay Area ship-caused whale deaths, mainly because the whales’ food source, krill, had a change in location, which was unfortunately centered in the shipping lanes. Though there is not heavy water traffic in Tomales Bay and whales do regularly stop in for brief visits, the main concern is awareness of proximity to Jorge. Boats can harm the whale’s fins or obstruct its blowhole and an off-track gray whale can often assume that smaller sized boats are killer whales. “It’s also a danger to kayakers if the gray mistakes them for killer whale,” explains Schramm. The giant whale may lash out with a preemptive smack-down to passersby, which is obviously extremely dangerous. Schramm strongly urges whale watchers to keep a distance of at least 300 feet in order to avoid any whale-related catastrophes. As to whether or not Jorge will need human intervention to find his way home, Schramm says he’ll find his way out when and if he wants to. “Gray whales are born in very shallow nursery areas tucked far away in the upper calving lagoons of Baja California,” she explains. “They return almost every year, so they know how to navigate narrow channel entrances to the open sea.” ✹

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Long live rock Farewell to some good friends from the Marin music scene... by t he Space Cowb oy


appy New Year, music fans! We ist, he played with and became close friends are ready to rock into 2011, but with many of his idols, including Luther before moving on we would like Tucker, Buddy Ace, Percy Mayfield, Sonny to pay tribute to a few very special peo- Rhodes, Charlie Musselwhite, Queen Ida ple the North Bay music and Mike Bloomfield. His scene lost in December band members became 2010. loyal friends who played Bay Area blues lovers bid with him for decades. Jeb farewell to one of our shinwas also a talented visual ing stars this past month as artist. His son Michael Fairfax’s Jeb Brady, blues (whose godfather is Mark musician, historian and Naftalin) recalls, “There artist, passed away Dec. 17 was a night at the Boom at the age of 61. Originally Boom Room in San Franfrom Westport, Connecticisco when Bobby Murcut, Jeb began long stints ray, Etta James’ guitarist, on the West Coast in the was playing. He invited 1960s, finally moving here my dad onstage to play for good in 1980. A standand after Jeb played a few out player at Mark Naftasongs, he sat down and lin’s famous Blue Monday drew a portrait of Bobby. parties at the Sleeping Lady It’s a beautiful drawing Cafe and Uncle Charlie’s, that reminds me that he Jeb was a true student of was truly a multi-talented the blues. As a singer, har- Tom Finch will rock the house for Casa artist.” Longtime band monica player and guitar- Manana Jan. 15 at the Sleeping Lady. member/keyboardist

Marin’s music scene will definitely miss a few beats without Jeb Brady, left, and Naim Satya.

Wendy Fitz described her old friend as “a walking, talking, card catalog of the blues.” She said, “He had the history of each song we touched on tucked in his back pocket. He picked through songs like picking through treasures in a secondhand store. He took them home, shined them up and gave them back to all of us.” A musical remembrance

of Jeb’s life will be held at San Anselmo’s Log Cabin Saturday, Jan. 15, at 6pm. North Bay music fans were also saddened last month by the loss of jazz pianist Naim Satya. The creator of Music in the Park and longtime member of the Bay Area jazz scene, Naim was also a talented drummer and composer who had many playing and recording credits to his name. On Saturday, Jan. 8, Sebastopol’s Hopmonk Tavern will host a tribute to legendary Sonoma County troubadour Johnny Downer who also passed away recently. Featuring over 30 local musicians and bands, the proceeds from this event will benefit the Johnny Downer Memorial Music Fund at Sebastapol’s Education Foundation, which supports music education. ● ● ● ●

What’s goin’ on in January? Legendary vocalist Lester Chambers of the Chambers Brothers will lead his Blues Review at George’s nightclub on Saturday, Jan 15. The Woods at Masonic Hall in Mill Valley has closed for renovations and will reopen in the spring with a new cafe and lounge area. Singer/songwriter Kelly Peterson will celebrate her birthday at Peri’s bar in Fairfax Saturday, Jan. 29, with friends Breakin’ Bread and a host of special guests. Tom Finch and friends will play a special benefit for Casa Manana at the Sleeping Lady on Saturday, Jan. 15. The legendary Hieroglyphics, featuring Del tha Funkee Homosapien, will tear up Petaluma’s Phoenix Theater on Saturday, Jan. 29. Lumanation (featuring Bobby G.) will open for Vinyl at George’s nightclub on Friday, Jan. 28. ✹ Got a hot tip for THE BEAT? Email me at Rawk On! Tune up to the Marin music scene at




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If you thought your mornings were hectic just wait until ‘Fuddy Meers’ opens at MTC.

Chekhov is sexier than ever thanks to Libby Appel’s adaptation of ‘The Seagull’ this season at Marin Theatre Company.

Patrick Shanley and David Lindsay-Abaire have a long history of writing engaging drama. Quilters, a play with music and stitchery, details the struggles and successes of pioneer women. And British playwright Alan Ayckbourn (who never met a character he didn’t like—or couldn’t laugh at) will be represented by a production of his 1975 Table Manners, the first in Ayckbourn’s The Norman Conquests trilogy. Another Brit, Peter Shaffer, surprises with Black Comedy, a College of Marin offering where the audience is in the light and the actors in the dark due to a power failure. (These young actors were a delight in COM’s last show, Almost, Maine.) WENDELL H. WILSON

nother new year, another rash of plays—some good, some bad, some horrible and some surprisingly wonderful. Hard to know from the press releases, so savvy audiences go by history—of the producing company. Marin Theatre Company offers surprises such as the past season’s 9 Circles, an intense look at a troubled young man’s brain at war. On the other hand, the actors involved with the West Coast Arts Foundation—a fine cast that included William Elsman—couldn’t save the overwrought Dead Man’s Wake. Director James Dunn is another name for dependable goods, for whichever company he’s directing; and the Bard gets better every season at Marin Shakespeare Company. But that was all last season; what can we look forward to in 2011? For starters, Marin Theatre Company will present Chekhov’s The Seagull—a new version by Libby Appel, former hotshot at Oregon Shakespeare Festival. With MTC’s favorite actors Craig Marker and Julia Brothers on board, we can expect more fireworks than Chekhovian ennui. Comedy follows with David Lindsay-Abaire’s Fuddy Meers, and then MTC gets dead serious with America’s premier playwright, Edward Albee, and a production of his little-seen Tiny Alice. Artistic Director Jasson Minadakis will direct Alice, a convoluted drama that some say contributed to director William Ball’s fall at ACT. Ross Valley Players are counting on audiences not having seen Doubt or Rabbit Hole at the movies. Or perhaps they are planning to ride on the coattails of these popular films. Either way, the three-named playwrights John

Are the rumors about Father Flynn true? Find out when the Ross Valley Players open ‘Doubt’ on Jan. 14.

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James Dunn returns to the drama department he founded to direct Sidney Kingsley’s Detective Story, a police procedural with characters in dire emotional straits. Changing hairstyles, if not directing style, Dunn will preside over the Mountain Play this summer with John Waters’ outrageous coming-of-age-in-Baltimore comedy, Hairspray. AlterTheater, with its stellar production of Lynn Nottage’s Intimate Apparel last season, promises more of the same, or better, this season. Marin Shakespeare Company is still working out bugs in its summer season (even though bugs are not a problem at Dominican’s Forest Meadows Amphitheatre). Audiences can look forward to whatever Porchlight Theatre puts up in the Redwood Amphitheatre in Ross. Novato Theater Company will surely do better than its badly conceived Pirates of Penzance this past fall. Camping up Gilbert and Sullivan was an exercise in overcamp. Around the bay, the award-winning musical Next to Normal opens this month at the Curran Theatre, with Alice Ripley reprising her Tony Award-winning role as a bipolar housewife. High spot in the American Conservatory Theater season will be a musical adaptation of Armisted Maupin’s Tales of the City. While you wait for that, see Clybourne Park, a latter day look at the characters from A Raisin in the Sun; and you may want to pause for Pinter’s Homecoming. Berkeley Rep will present another Lynn Nottage drama, Ruined, as well as a new translation (by Sarah Ruhl) of Chekhov’s The Three Sisters. Up north, Ashland has planned a full season for Marinites who flock there each summer. Classic Shakespeare and brand-new works play in the three theaters. You can’t be sure of anything until opening night, but

Tracy Letts’ August: Osage County will surely be the hit of the season. This year promises much to avid theatergoers; be sure to visit this column to see how those promises are kept. ✹ Act out for Lee at

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● Bhutto (1:51) Engrossing documentary on the life and times of former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, the first female leader of a Muslim country. ● Black Swan (1:43) Darren Aronofsky’s gripping drama about a driven prima ballerina (Natalie Portman) facing an uncertain future. ● Blue Valentine (1:54) A married couple on the brink try to rekindle those old feelings with a night of bittersweet passion. ● 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-thetop 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. ● Country Strong (1:52) Three country music stars embark on a national concert tour fraught with romantic passions and personal discord. ● The Elixir of Love (2:45) Donizetti’s comic opera is updated to 1915 Napa Valley by SFO; sung in Italian with English subtitles. ● 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 First Beautiful Thing (2:02) Acclaimed Italian dramedy about an untethered free spirit who’s reunited with her estranged children when she falls ill. ● 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 door-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. ● LA Philharmonic Live: Dudamel Conducts Beethoven (2:30) The Los Angeles Philharmonic presents Ludwig’s Seventh Symphony as well as Adams’ “Slonimsky’s Earbox,” and Bernstein’s “Jeremiah.” ● 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. ● Lucia de Lammermoor (3:15) SFO presents Donizetti’s lilting tale of a woman’s descent into madness. ● Made in Dagenham (1:53) Miranda Richardson, Rosamund Pike and Sally Hawkins star in the true story of a group of female factory workers at Ford’s London assembly plant who led the fight against sexual discrimination and reflected the upheavals of the Swinging Sixties. ● The Metropolitan Opera: Don Carlo (5:00) Verdi’s epic musical bio of the star-crossed Spanish prince is brought to full-tonsiled life by the New York Met. ● The Metropolitan Opera: La Fanciulla del West (3:50) The California Gold Country comes alive in Puccini’s rousing saga of Wild West romance, greed and mayhem. ● National Theatre London: Fela! Bill T. Jones’ groundbreaking, Tony-winning musical bio of musician-activist Fela Anikulapo-Kuti is presented live from England’s National Theatre. ● Season of the Witch (1:38) Medieval knight Nicolas Cage is pitted against a particularly devious and powerful sorceress. ● The Social Network (2:00) Caustic Aaron Sorkin-David Fincher biopic of computer nerd Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook, history’s youngest billionaire and “friend” to many (500 million at last count). ● 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. ● 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 triggerhappy 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 ❋ Bhutto (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Fri 4:30, 7, 9:15 Sat 2, 4:30, 7, 9:15 Sun 2, 4:30, 7 (filmmaker Duane Baughman in person at 7pm show) Mon-Wed 7, 9:15 Thu 6:45 Black Swan (R) ★★★ Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 11:05, 1:45, 4:30, 7:05, 9:45 Sun-Thu 11:05, 1:45, 4:30, 7:05 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:30, 2:10, 4:50, 7:30, 10:10 CinéArts at Marin: Fri-Sat 2:15, 4:50, 7:30, 10:10 Sun 2:15, 4:50, 7:30 Mon-Thu 5, 7:40 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri-Sat 1:50, 4:25, 7, 9:25 Sun-Thu 1:50, 4:25, 7 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri 4:30, 7, 9:40 Sat 2, 4:30, 7, 9:40 Sun 2, 4:30, 7 Mon-Thu 4:30, 7 ❋ Blue Valentine (R) Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 1:10, 4:05, 7, 9:55 Sun-Thu 1:10, 4:05, 7 Burlesque (PG-13) Century Northgate 15: Fri-Tue 11:30, 2:15, 4:55, 7:35, 10:20 The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (PG) Century Northgate 15: Fri-Tue 11:20, 4:30, 9:55; 3D showtimes at 1:55, 7:15 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:35, 4:55; 3D showtimes at 2:15, 7:35, 10:15 ❋ Country Strong (PG-13) Century Northgate 15: Fri-Tue 11:35, 2:10, 4:45, 7:25, 10:10 The Elixir of Love (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Thu 7 The Fighter (R) ★★1/2 Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 5, 7:45, 10:25 Sat-Sun 11:30, 2:10, 5, 7:45, 10:25 Mon-Thu 6:30, 9:15 Century Northgate 15: Fri-Tue 12:45, 3:30, 6:30, 7:50, 9:15, 10:30 Century Rowland Plaza: 1:05, 4:05, 7:05, 9:50 CinéArts at Marin: Fri-Sat 1:55, 4:40, 7:20, 10:05 Sun 1:55, 4:40, 7:20 Mon-Thu 4:50, 7:30 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri-Sat 1:10, 3:50, 6:30, 9:05 Sun-Thu 1:10, 3:50, 6:30 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri 4:15, 6:50, 9:30 Sat 1:40, 4:15, 6:50, 9:30 Sun 1:40, 4:15, 6:50 Mon-Thu 4:15, 6:50 ❋ The First Beautiful Thing (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Thu 7

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Gulliver’s Travels (PG) Century Northgate 15: Fri-Tue 12, 5, 9:40; 3D showtimes at 2:25, 7:20 Century Rowland Plaza: 12:45, 3:10, 5:30, 7:50, 10:05 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (PG-13) ★★★1/2 Century Northgate 15: Fri-Tue 12:30, 3:40, 6:55, 10:05 How Do You Know (PG-13) Century Northgate 15: Fri-Tue 1:35, 4:35, 7:30, 10:30 Inside Job (PG-13) ★★★1/2 Rafael Film Center: Fri 4 Sat-Sun 4, 8:45 Mon-Wed 8:45 The King’s Speech (R) ★★★1/2 Century Cinema: Fri-Wed 1:15, 4:20, 7:15, 10 Thu 1:15, 4:20, 7:15 Century Regency 6: 11, 1:50, 4:50, 7:45 CinéArts at Sequoia: Fri 2:45, 4:15, 5:30, 7, 8:15, 9:45 Sat-Sun 1:30, 2:45, 4:15, 5:30, 7, 8:15, 9:45 MonThu 4:15, 5:30, 7, 8:15 ❋ LA Phil Live: Dudamel Conducts Beethoven (Not Rated) Century Regency 6: Sun 2 Little Fockers (PG-13) Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 7:15, 9:45 Sat-Sun 11:45, 2:15, 4:45, 7:15, 9:45 Mon-Thu 7, 9:20 Century Northgate 15: Fri-Tue 11:55, 2:20, 4:40, 7:10, 9:45 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:55, 2:25, 5, 7:25, 9:55 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri-Sat 1:40, 4:30, 7, 9:20 Sun-Thu 1:40, 4:30, 7 Lucia de Lammermoor (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Sat 10am Made in Dagenham (R) ★★1/2 CinéArts at Marin: Fri-Sat 1:45, 4:30, 7:10, 10 Sun 1:45, 4:30, 7:10 Mon-Thu 4:40, 7:20 The Metropolitan Opera: Don Carlo (Not Rated) Lark Theater: Tue 6:30 ❋ The Metropolitan Opera: La Fanciulla del West (Not Rated) Century Regency 6: Sat 10am CinéArts at Sequoia: Sat 10am Lark Theater: Sat 10am Sun 11am ❋ National Theatre London: Fela! (Not Rated) Lark Theater: Thu 7:30 ❋ Season of the Witch (PG-13) Century Northgate 15: Fri-Tue 12:10, 2:45, 5:10, 7:45, 10:15

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

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

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

Benazir Bhutto makes it happen in ‘Bhutto,’ opening Friday at the Rafael.



F R I D AY J A N UA R Y 7 — F R I D AY J A N UA R Y 1 4 Pacific Sun‘s Community Calendar

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 01/07: Accordion Babes Eclectic. 9:30pm. The Sleeping Lady, 23 Broadway, Fairfax. 485-1182. 01/07: California Honeydrops Roots, blues. 9:30pm. Peri’s Bar, 29 Broadway, Fairfax. 259-5597. 01/07: Ed Earley Band Party music. In the bar. 8pm. Rancho Nicasio, Nicasio. 662-2219. 01/07: Lori Carsillo Trio Retro jazz. 7-10pm. Saylor’s Restaurant & Bar, 2009 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-1512.

01/07: Miles Schon plus Tigercat and Friends Blues. 8pm. $10-15. George’s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262. www. 01/07: Timothy Dixon Piano and dulcimer. 5:306:45pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 01/08: Adrian Legg Legg is a guitarist’s guitarist and a musician’s musician. Opening set by Teja Gerken. 8pm. $18-21. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley. 383-9600. 01/08: Cowpony and the Hopheads Acoustic folk rock trio. Kim Richards, James Tepperman and

Peter Tracy. Doors at 7pm. Refreshments available. 7:30-9:30pm. $5-10. Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Marin, 240 Channing Way, San Rafael. 479-4131. 01/08: Cup O’ Joe Funk. Plus Hustler. 10pm. $7. 19 Broadway, 17 Broadway, Fairfax. 459-1091. http:// 01/08: Doc Kraft Dance Band Dance music. 8:30pm. $5. Seahorse Restaurant & Bar, 305 Harbor Dr., gate 5, Sausalito. 601-7858 . www. 01/08: Jezebel Sultry songs. 7-10pm. Saylor’s Restaurant & Bar, 2009 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-1512. 01/08: Joan Getz Quartet Jazz vocalist. Dave Getz, drums; Chris Huson, piano; Gary Lillard, bass. 8-11pm. No cover. Caffe Divino, 37 Caledonia, Sausalito.

01/08: Mitch Woods and his Rocket 88’s Boogie Woogie and swing. 8:30pm. $12-15. Rancho Nicasio, Nicasio. 662-2219. 01/08: Natasha James Country. 8:30pm. $10. Presidio Yacht Club, Travis Marina, Sausalito. 332-2319 .

01/08: Roy Rogers and the Delta Rhythm Kings Slide guitar player and Grammy-winning producer. 9pm. $15-20. George’s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262. www.georges-

BEST BET Words are not to wonder why... In case you missed the memo (and skipped past our local lit round-up on p. 14, tsk tsk!), Marin County is a mecca for literary brilliance. A mecca, I tell you! Writers are everywhere. Writing groups are multiplying faster than one can mutter all five syllables of creativity. And public readings are the new black of the word world. If you are clued in or just catching the fever for public prose, this week offers Marin folks a treat. WHY THERE ARE WORDS, the reading series born of Sausalito writer Peg Alford Pursell, celebrates a one-year anniversary with a lineup of some of the Bay Area’s most gifted writers. The series, which features a balanced combination of established and published authors along with emerging voices in the Bay Area lit scene, is a smashing success, ‘The role of a writer is not to say what we all with writers often booked up to six months can say, but what we are unable to say’— in advance of the monthly event. This month’s Anaïs Nin special celebratory night features readings by Michael Alenyikov, Tamim Ansary, Catherine Brady, Stephen Elliott, Alice LaPlante and Janet Thornburg, among others. Words will be shared, books will be sold and drinks will be spilled Thursday, Jan. 13, at 7pm at Studio 333, located at 333 Caledonia St., Sausalito. $5. Call 415/331-8272 or visit—Dani Burlison 28 PACIFIC SUN JANUARY 7 - JANUARY 13, 2011

Slide guitar master Roy Rogers will slink up the fret board to George’s this Saturday in San Rafael.

01/09: Tia Carroll Soulful songstress. In the bar. 4pm. Rancho Nicasio, Nicasio. 662-2219. www. 01/09: Tim Hockenberry Acoustic music. 1-5pm. Famous 4 Our Look, 96 Throckmorton, Mill Valley. 388-2550. or www. 01/11: James Moseley Trio Jazz, blues, r&b. 7-10pm. No cover. Panama Hotel & Restaurant, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 457-3993. 01/12: Ain’t Misbehavin’ Western swing. 8pm. No cover. Iron Springs Pub, 765 Center Blvd., Fairfax. 485-1005. 01/12: Danny Click Blues. 9pm. The Sleeping Lady, 23 Broadway, Fairfax. 485-1182.

01/12: Nate Wong and the Jazz Tellers Jazz. With the Amanda Addleman Trio. 9pm. 19 Broadway, 17 Broadway, Fairfax. 459-1091. 01/13: Jo D’Anna Folk singer-songwriter. 7-9pm. No cover. Coast Cafe, 46 Wharf Road, Bolinas. 868-2298. 01/13: Songwriters in the Round Featuring Craig Carothers, Don Henry and Steve Seskin. 8pm. $20-22. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Downtown, Mill Valley. 383-9600.

Lady, 23 Broadway, Fairfax. 485-1182.

01/14: Joe Tate and Maggie Catfish Acoustic favorites. 7-10pm. Saylor’s Restaurant & Bar, 2009 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-1512. 01/14: New Rising Sons with Boudeeka Rock and Roll dance party. 8:30-11:30pm. $7. Presidio Yacht Club, Travis Marina, Fort Baker, Sausalito. 01/14: Revolver Trio, Moxie Rock. 9pm. $12-15. George’s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262. 01/14: Ronnie Lee Twist Rancho Debut. Rockabilly. 8:30pm. $12. Rancho Nicasio, Nicasio. 662-2219. 01/14: The Rev Tones Twangy rock. 9:30pm. Peri’s Bar, 29 Broadway, Fairfax. 259-5597. www.

Concerts 01/08: Festival of Arts Andrei Gorchov, flute. Featuring works by Debussy, Mendelssohn and Vivaldi. With the Marin Symphony Youth Orchestra performing Prokofiev’s “Peter and the Wolf.” 4pm. $10-20. Marin Lutheran Church, 649 Meadowsweet Dr., Corte Madera. 924-3782.

01/13: Sunbolt Music Friday Night Jam Open mic and band showcase. 9pm. $5. Club 101, 815 Francisco Blvd., San Rafael. 499-5688. 01/13: The Cheeseballs 60s-90s dance band. 8pm. $10-15 George’s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262. 01/13: The Machiavelvets Funk, jam. 9:30pm. Peri’s Bar, 29 Broadway, Fairfax. 259-5597. www. 01/13: Wanda Stafford Trio With Si Perkoff and Hal Solin. 7-10pm. No cover. Panama Hotel & Restaurant, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 457-3993. 01/14: Anthony B Reggae. 10pm. $24.50 19 Broadway, 17 Broadway, Fairfax. 459-1091. 01/14: Honeydust Funk. 9:30pm. The Sleeping

Dance 01/08: Love2Dance “Beats of the Bay.” 6pm. $18-24. Marin Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium, Ave. of the Flags, San Rafael. 499-6800.

Theater/Auditions 01/07-16: ‘On The Town’ Directed and choreographed by Marilyn Izdebski with musical direction by Judy Wiesen. 2pm Jan. 7-9, 16. 7:30pm Jan. 14-15. The Playhouse, 27 Kensington Road, San Anselmo. 453-0199. www.


Lunch & Dinner Sat & Sun Brunch

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No one uses food for transformation more than the Italians. I AM LOVE starts with a clear broth and ends up with a soup that requires all the fish from the sea. But itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a tiny dish of exquisite prawns that produces the first seismic cracks in the empire. In this marvelous hark back to the great Italian family epics of the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;60s and â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;70sâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Viscontiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s The Leopard and Bertolucciâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll always be love to us, Tilda Swinton... 1900â&#x20AC;&#x201D;this Italian film chronicles the codes of behavior of a privileged-class family, in thrall to their own beauty and survival whatever the price it may extract from their personal lives. Tilda Swinton plays Emma, the wife of the patriarchâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s heir. Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a model mother of three and consummate mistress of that only-in-Italy kind of villa where servants scurry constantly. Despite lots of comings and goings and meals with clear soup, the familyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s life is hermetically sealed in a self-protective remoteness from the world outside. When that potent potion of prawns unleashes Emmaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dormant passions, she gives free rein to her newly awakened self, betraying both family and class. The always amazing Swinton has never been better.â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Richard Gould 01/13-02/13: â&#x20AC;&#x2122;Doubtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Cris Cassell directs the Ross Valley Players interpretation of this Pulitzer and Tony award-winning play. 7:30pm Jan.13. 8pm Jan.14-15. See website for more information. Barn Theater, Marin Art and Garden Center, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Ross. 456-9555.


Works Downtown, 1337 Fourth St., San Rafael. 451-8119.

01/14: Downtown San Rafael 2nd Friday Art Walk Art, refreshments and entertainment. 5-8pm. Downtown, Fourth St., San Rafael. 451-8119. 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 .

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Through 01/07: AWD Small Works Show 01/08: Cosmic Comic Swami Beyondananda Joining the Swami will be singer/songwriter Scott Grace to create a farce field so powerful that they both get struck by enlightening. 8pm. $15. San Geronimo Valley Community Center, 6350 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., San Geronimo. 488-8888. 01/12: Will Durst With Deb and Mike. 8pm. $10-15. Georgeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262. 01/14: Shelley Berman Prolific actor/comedian recorded the first comedy album to win a Grammy Award. 8pm. $25-35. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Downtown, Mill Valley. 383-9600.


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.

Through 01/07: Contemporary Tapestry Exhibition Alex Friedman, contemporary handwoven tapestries. 8am-7pm. Free. Van Dyke Atium, Marin Cancer Center, 1350 S Eliseo Dr., Greenbrae. 310-2460. www.alexfriedmantapestry. com

Through 01/08: Small Wonders Holiday Bazaar Shop locally and support local artists at 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. www.

Through 01/16:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Roadside Distractionsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 01/07-31:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Mzansi: Citizens of Soulâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Photography, fine art printmaking and documentary film exhibition. No charge. Studio 333, 333 Caledonia St., Sausalito. 331-8272. 01/09-29:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Skyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the Limitâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Marin Society of Artists member exhibit. 11am-4pm. No charge. Marin Arts and Garden Center, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Ross. 454-9561. 01/11-02/12: Michael Joe Kirkbride Oil paintings. 9am-4pm. Free. Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-3871. 01/13-02/25: Edythe Bresnahan Paintings by the former art dept. chair at Dominican University. Reception 5-8pm Jan. 14. 10am-5pm. Art

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 Adkison, Donna Solin and Bob Justice. Watercolors and pastels are showcased. 11am-4pm weekdays.

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Just a quick, scenic, 45 minute drive from Marin! JAN 28


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Roy Rogers & the Delta Rhythm Kings


Comedy Wednesday w/ Will Durst, Deb & Mike & Friends



The Cheeseballs:

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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. www. Through 01/31:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Quilt Artistryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Textile art by Pat Dicker, Loretta Armstrong, Joanne Berry and Sandra Harrington. Reception with the artists 1-4pm on Sunday, Jan 9. Free. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Downtown, Mill Valley. 383-9600.

Through 01/31: Group Photography Exhibition Images from 12 local photographers. 6:30pm. Free. The Image Flow, 401 Miller Ave., Suite F, Mill Valley. 388-3569. Through 02/08:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Old Hero Songâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Photography exhibit and book release by Miguel Farias. Reception 5-8pm Jan. 14, during 2nd Fridays Art Walk 10am5pm. Art Works Downtown, 1337 Fourth St, San Rafael. 451-8119.

Through 02/20:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Mark Chatterley: New Worksâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Features large-scale ceramic sculptures placed throughout the garden terraces surrounding the gallery. 10am-5pm. Free. A New Leaf gallery|sculpture site, 23588 Highway 121, Sonoma. 707-933-1300. Through 03/07:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Life in Full Colorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Cara Brown, watercolors. 7am-3pm weekdays; 8am-3pm weekends. Anthony Miceli Gallery, 625 San Geronimo Valley Dr., San Geronimo. 488-0105.

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. 6662442 .

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. www.

Talks/Lectures 01/07: Inside the Voice Actorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Studio with Billy West Q&A with legendary voice actor Billy West whose voice acting credits include modern Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd, Ren & Stimpy, Fry & Farnsworth (Futurama) and the Honey Nut Cherrios Bee. 7pm. $100. Voicetrax, 1207 D Bridgeway, Sausalito. 331 - 8800. 01/08:World War II in Sausalito Discover Sausalitoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s historic past beginning with the early days of WW II and concluding with the warâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s end. How did the construction of a shipyard on the shores of Richardson Bay affect the town. 12:30-1pm. Free. Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 3323871.

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01/13: Why There Are Words Literary Reading Anniversary Event Encore readings from Michael Alenyikov, Tamim Ansary, Catherine Brady, Stephen Elliott, Alice LaPlante, Janet Thornburg plus an open mic. 7-10pm. Studio 333, 333 Caledonia St., Sausalito. www.whytherearewords. 01/14: Eric Alterman Alterman presents â&#x20AC;&#x153;Kabuki Democracy: The System Vs. Barack Obama.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960.

Film Events 01/11: 'South of the Border' Documentary. Wheelchair accessible. 7-9pm. Free. Town Center, 770 Tamalpais Dr., Corte Madera. 488-9037. www. dfa-marin,com

Community Events (Misc.) 01/07: TEAM Singles Happy Hour Walk in and say hello, if you are single, 60+senior, man or woman, at the TEAM Singles TGIF. Get acquainted, have fun, make new friends. 5-7pm. Free. San Rafael Joeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, 931 Fourth St., San Rafael. 456-8577. 01/08: Trekking the Model Ranger guided tour of the Bay Model, a 1.5 acre hydraulic model of San Francisco Bay and Delta. Discover the stories of the two major operations that took place at this location between 1942 - 2000. 1:30-3pm. Free. Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-3871. 01/14-16: Santa Rosa Gem Faire Beads, gems, jewelry, fossils, and minerals. Noon-6pm Fri. 10am-6pm, Sat. 10am-5pm. Sun. $7 weekend pass Sonoma County Fairgrounds, 1350 Bennett Valley Road, Santa Rosa. Tuesdays: Why Not Square Dance? Caller Eric Henerlau and the Tam Twirlers invite you come out and kick up your heels. Through Jan. 25. Contemporary country music and casual dress. 7-8:30pm. $25 per person. Los Robles Social Hall, 100 Roblar Dr., Novato. 699-3239.

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01/13: Buddhism: Religion or Philosophy?

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College of Marin philosophy instructor John Marmysz, PhD explores idea of Buddhism as a religion and philosophy in a three part lecture series. 7:30-9:30pm. Free. Buddhist Temple of Marin, 390 Miller Ave., Mill Valley.

feed the hungry inhabitants of our fresh and saltwater tanks. Watch the different feeding styles of perch, crabs, sea stars, and steelhead trout. 3-3:30pm. Free. Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-3871. index.html

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Readings 01/10: An Evening with the Marin Poet Laureate Poet Laureate CB Follett will read from several of her books. 7-8:30pm. Free. Sausalito City

01/08: Greenwood School Winter Open House Meet faculty, visit classrooms, hear from alumni and learn about their Waldorf inspired education. 10am-1pm. Greenwood School, 17 Buena Vista Ave., Mill Valley. 388-0495. www. 01/08: Rip the Page: Poetry for Kids Imaginative writing workshop with Karen Benke for kids

8-12 who want to create poems. 1-3:30pm. $45. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 01/09: Captain Jack Spareribs Ahoy there Ace Miles presents a show featuring ventriloquism, juggling, magic and escape illusions. 1pm. $8. Osher Marin Jewish Community Center, 200 North San Pedro Road, San Rafael. 444-8088.

01/09: Kids Cooking: Comfort Food Workshop Join the Culinary Dude for hands on preparation of classic comfort food favorites like ovenbaked fried chicken, macaroni & cheese, roasted fresh vegetables and chocolate chip cookies. 10am. $40. In The Kitchen Culinary, 300 Turney St., Sausalito. 331-8766. 01/11: Parent and Child Cooking Culinary cooperation and equality is the focus as you and your child, or children, work as one of several teams to prepare a savory dish for a sit-down group feast at the end of class. 5pm. $65 per team. In The Kitchen Culinary, 300 Turney St., Sausalito. 331-8766. 01/12: Fun and Funky Kids Art For kids ages 2-4. Movement, recycled art, stories and singing. 10am $7 drop-in/$30 for 6 classes Fairfax Community Center, Fairfax. products.html 01/13: Magic Dan Through the power of magic, Magic Dan gets kids to embrace reading and feel good about themselves. 6:30pm. South Novato Library, 6 Hamilton Landing, Suite 140A, Novato. 506-3165.

01/13: The Caterpillar Puppets 'Itty Bitty Variety Show' 4pm. Belvedere-Tiburon Library, Founders Room, 1501 Tiburon Blvd., Tiburon. 789-2662. or www. 01/14: Jump and Bounce Date Night Drop off the kids for dinner, indoor bouncing, arts and crafts, face painting and movie time while you have a bit of evening free time. 5-10pm. $10-15 an hour. Jump â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;nâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Bounce, 718 San Anselmo Ave., San Anselmo. 459-8978.

Outdoors (Hikes & Bikes) 01/08: Cataract Trail Volunteer Event Assist with tread and drainage maintenance, rock work and installing a retaining wall. Rain or shine. 4 to 5 mile hike, out and back. 9am-2pm. Marin Municipal Water District, Cataract Trailhead on Bolinas-Fairfax Road just past Alpine Dam, Fairfax. 250-5656. 01/08: Saturday Sunset Hike Join a four-mile hike on a single track trail over looking the Pacific and coastal mountain range with wine and cheese served at sunset. 2:30-5:30pm. $15. Pelican Inn, 10 Pacific Way, Muir Beach. 331-0100. www.meetup. com/sunsethike Tuesdays: Outdoor Fitness, 50+ Energize, meditate hike and get fit. Meet at the Fairfax Parkade at 4pm, in front of the theater, to car pool to beautiful Lake Lagunitas. 4-6pm. $7 donation Fairfax Parkade, Fairfax,. 456-3341.

Support Groups Fridays: Caregiver Support Group An ongoing support group provided by Senior Access for families and friends taking care of older adults with memory loss, dementia, or chronic illness. 11am-12:30pm. Free. Senior Access, 70 Skyview Terrace, San Rafael. 491-2500 ext 13. â&#x153;š

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PUBLIC NOTICES 995 Fictitious Name Statement 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) 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) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 125699 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as MARIN HOME CARE, 1500 LINCOLN VILLAGE CIRCLE #2123, LARKSPUR, CA 94939: BLUE AND GOLD HOLDINGS LLC., 1500 LINCOLN VILLAGE CIRCLE #2123, LARKSPUR, CA 94939. This business is being conducted by a corporation. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on December 27, 2010. (Publication Dates: January 7, 14, 21, 28, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 125691 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as C.L.O.U.D. CONNECTION, 141 RAFAEL DR., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: JOEL MICHAEL TOTH, 141 RAFAEL DR., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on December 22, 2010. (Publication Dates: December 31; January 7, 14, 21, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 125681 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as CHEF MANUELA SCALINI, 2269 CHESTNUT STREET #250, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94123: MANUELA SCALINI, 2269 CHESTNUT STREET #250, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94123. 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 21, 2010. (Publication Dates: December 31; January 7, 14, 21, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 125693 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as MARIN THRESHOLD CHOIR, 12 HILLVIEW AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: JANE ROCKWOOD CHAUDHURI, 12 HILLVIEW AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on December 23, 2010. (Publication Dates: December 31; January 7, 14, 21, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 125603 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as PURHAUS, 199 SANTA ROSA AVE., SAUSALITO, CA 94965: RENEE RECH DESIGN INC., 199 SANTA ROSA AVE., SAUSALITO, CA 94965. This business is being conducted by a corporation. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on December 10, 2010. (Publication Dates: December 31; January 7, 14, 21, 2011)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 125728 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as NATURAL AIR BUREAU, 106 MABRY WAY, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: NORMAN BAUTISTA, 106 MABRY WAY, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on December 30, 2010. (Publication Dates: January 7, 14, 21, 28, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 125708 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as MARIN MOTO WORKS, 44 HARBOR STREET, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: MUCKY LLC, 201 D ST. #13, 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 December 28, 2010. (Publication Dates: January 7, 14, 21, 28, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 125734 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as XBLUEX, 900 REICHERT AVE. #537, NOVATO, CA 94945: ALP EREN SIMSIR, 900 REICHERT AVE. #537, NOVATO, CA 94945. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on November 30, 2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on January 3, 2011. (Publication Dates: January 7, 14, 21, 28, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2010125607 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as EYE OF THE DAY - NORCAL, 825C WEST FRANCISCO BLVD., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: ROBERT E BARTEL, 1976 INDEPENDENCE WAY, PETALUMA, CA 94952; ELLEN BARTEL, 1976 INDEPENDENCE WAY, PETALUMA, CA 94952. This business is being conducted by a husband & wife. 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 10, 2010. (Publication Dates: January 7, 14, 21, 28, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 201025695 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as MARIN LAW CENTER, 101 LUCAS VALLEY RD. SUITE 380, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: GREGORY R. BROCKBANK, 35 ST FRANCIS LANE, 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 July 1, 2002. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on December 23, 2010. (Publication Dates: January 7, 14, 21, 28, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 125725 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as CALIFORNIA AUTO 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 December 30, 2010. (Publication Dates: January 7, 14, 21, 28, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 125685 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as SUCCESS SIGNINGS, 179 OAK MANOR DR., FAIRFAX, CA 94930: KELLY WOODALL, 179 OAK MANOR DR., FAIRFAX, CA 94930. 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 22, 2010. (Publication Dates: January 7, 14, 21, 28, 2011)

997 All Other Legals 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)

›› STARSTREAM by Lynda Ray

Week of January 6-12, 2011

ARIES (March 20 - April 19) Just in time for the weekend, luxury-loving Venus enters your travel house. If you’re planning a getaway, you might want to spring for a high-end resort instead of crashing on your friend’s sofa. As mentioned last week, your chart’s emphasis on professional success can be difficult to balance with your personal desires. But the better you handle any confrontations that occur, the stronger your relationships become. Check out the cloud. It DOES have a silver lining. TAURUS (April 20 - May 19) Your viewpoints continue to open up as the planets help you broaden your outlook. Not only are you learning a lot, you are also able to teach others. You have the unique position of being a star pupil and a wise professor simultaneously. And, now that your ruler (Venus) occupies the high-spirited sign of Sagittarius, you are optimistically enjoying wherever you are. Proving once again that attitude is everything. GEMINI (May 20 - June 20) Being the restless type makes it easy for you to adjust to change—as long as it is a positive change. Fortunately, the planetary movement most obvious in your chart this week is definitely an enjoyable one. Sensuous Venus takes over your relationship house on Friday and she turns the pleasure dial up a few degrees. How’s that for a positive change? CANCER (June 21 - July 21) The Moon spends the weekend in the elusive sign of Pisces, suggesting you may be in the mood to sneak away and spend time on your own. When this Moon joins the mind-expanding duo of Jupiter and Uranus on Sunday night, it is, in fact, a time to journey into the metaphysical world. Insights gained now can help you let go of the need to feel in control 24/7. Just think of how much more sleep you can get.... LEO (July 22 - August 22) When your ruler (the playful Sun) occupies the responsible sign of Capricorn, you feel like someone let the air out of your balloon. Your usual sense of pleasurable entitlement must be balanced with a sense of duty— sort of like delaying your ice cream until after you’ve eaten your broccoli. Fortunately, hedonistic Venus has entered your house of creativity and romance, saving you from a dismal January. Go ahead, have your ice cream first. VIRGO (August 23 - September 21) Planetary energies in the practical sign of Capricorn solidify certain goals started during your birthday month. You can now start preparing for success in many of these areas. Just don’t be afraid to cut your losses on any projects that no longer seem valid. Meanwhile, your ruler (clever Mercury) spends the week in the happygo-lucky sign of Sagittarius. Besides giving you an upbeat attitude, Mercury in Sagittarius suggests adding a vacation to your list of 2011 goals. LIBRA (September 22 - October 22) On Friday, your ruler (hedonistic Venus) leaves the rather compulsive sign of Scorpio to enter the free-spirited sign of Sagittarius. If everything goes as planned, you will stop obsessing over everything and start having a really good time—in spite of Saturn’s daily attempts to keep you serious. Your chart is focused on making inner changes instead of outer ones. Life may become very different on the inside, but on the outside it looks just the same.... SCORPIO (October 23 - November 21) You may as well give up on concealing your feelings this weekend as the emotive Moon glides through your house of self-expression. The look on your face says it all. It’s OK to get carried away once in a while, and you may as well enjoy the rare experience of having jovial Jupiter and spontaneous Uranus lighting up your romance house simultaneously. If you don’t have/find someone to warm your heart in the next two weeks, you aren’t paying attention. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 - December 20) The entry of cooperative Venus into your sign on Friday has a charming effect on your personality. You are actually willing to consider the opinions of others. This makes you quite popular for the next few weeks. Meantime, your ruler (expansive Jupiter) is about to finish up his stay in the intuitive sign of Pisces. Light a few candles, burn some incense, turn on some New Age music and take a little journey into the mystic. CAPRICORN (December 21 - January 18) In general, you are not the type to demand attention, dignity being high on your list of desirable character traits. Nevertheless, it is your birthday and with the dramatic Sun, passionate Pluto and dynamic Mars in your sign, it is no surprise that you are getting noticed. Another influence on your upcoming year is the continued placement of your ruler (ambitious Saturn) in the well-balanced sign of Libra. This means that the pursuit of professional success will no longer be your only goal. New year. New you. AQUARIUS (January 19 - February 17) If your actions are running counter to your intentions, there is a reason: The planetary pileup in your house of the subconscious is causing you to send confusing signals. As an air sign, you want to believe that you are always intellectually in control of your behavior. As your astrologer, it’s my job to let you know differently. Sorry. PISCES (February 18 - March 19) This weekend your mood sensors are on high, heightening your empathy and turning you into a psychic sponge. This means you will absorb any strong emotions of people who are in your environment. You toughen up considerably by Monday when upbeat Jupiter and objective Uranus combine to highlight a desire for detachment. Good luck with that. ✹ Email Lynda Ray at or check out her website at JANUARY 7, 2011 – JANUARY 13, 2011 PACIFIC SUN 33




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My wife of eight years is a really good person but always needs reassurance that she’s attractive. I’m finding that difficult because, on a typical night, she takes a dump in our master bathroom with the door open, saunters over to our bed with a few open sores on her face from picking her zits, rips a fart, and comes at me for a kiss. I give her a peck and dive under the covers so she won’t think I’m interested in sex. She then feels rejected and unloved. When I point out specific things that turn me off, she’s offended. She apparently expects me to be supernaturally attracted to her despite her actions (always wearing nasty sweatpants, hair in shambles, etc.). I don’t expect her to dress up, just to try to look a little cute. If only she’d see herself as a beautiful, seductive, confident woman, and act like it—instead of acting like her girlfriends, who brag that they’ve “trained” their husbands to accept their burping, farting, etc. Am I completely ignorant about true love? —Troubled But Committed


When somebody asks, “So, what first attracted you to your wife?” I’m guessing you don’t answer, “I’d have to say it’s pretty much a toss up between the toxic farts and oozing open sores.” It’s no accident that toilets are installed in little locking closets in the corners of homes and not in a big glass box in the middle of the living room. (“Poop du Soleil” is not a spectacle people are looking to see.) There are those couples who brag, “Nothing comes between us, not even the bathroom door!” That may work for them, but you’ve made it clear to your wife that watching her pick her acne scabs while straining on the pot isn’t your idea of foreplay. Your wife probably buys into the notion that love involves embracing absolutely everything about a person, including everything that comes out of their intestines. (Well, love might be blind, but lust sure isn’t, nor has it had its nostrils cemented shut.) Your wife, like her burping, farting girlfriends, seems to see the marriage license as a voucher entitling her to retire from making an effort. Of course, it doesn’t help that academic feminism elevated refusing to please a man into a sociopolitical virtue: “Dismantle patriarchy!” “Rewrite herstory!” “March around in nasty old sweatpants and see how long you can go without washing your hair!” With so much support for your wife’s behavior from her friends and society, your best bet for getting her to change is coming at this from the love angle: You’ve failed to master the secret language of farts (one long burst and two short ones mean “I love you, your happiness means everything to me”?), and frankly, your feelings are hurt. You don’t care how these other women treat their husbands. You want to be treated like you’re special, like it means something to her to meet your needs. To minimize her defensiveness, separate the woman from the behavior: I love you and think you are a beautiful, sexy, sensual woman, but I find these behaviors off-putting. They block the beautiful view —kind of like a billboard in front of Yosemite. (Actually, it’s more like a New York City garbage truck, but that’s not helpful.) The bottom line is, you love her so, so much, and you’re just asking that she join you in a few small steps to keep the heat in your marriage—and no, lighting her farts isn’t one of them.

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