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›› LETTERS Iron Curtain descending across Novato I am very concerned to hear that—in my best understanding—the city of Novato had considered ousting businesses in a shopping complex in order to accommodate muchneeded affordable housing. I surely support affordable housing for those who need it, and this letter is not to suggest any complaint with that. Instead, if my impression is correct, the problem is the notion of any government— federal, state or local—to think that they have the power to say, “Hey Mr. X, you are allowed to be in business, but Mr. Y, sorry you have got to fold up your doors.” Governments should not be allowed to have such power, and only our compliance allows this to happen. And such power to dictate private business is fundamentally un-American. Sounds more like the former Iron Curtain to me. I hope more people will speak out about this and not be silent. After all, we pay our governments. Certainly we don’t pay to be abused or to have our livelihoods unconstitutionally shut down, do we? Drina Brooke, Novato

If we limited it to rational Marinites, Marian, we’d have a blank page... Though I appreciate being published in last week’s Pacific Sun letters-to-the-editor page expressing a plea for greater civility in political discourse [“God Should Copyright Image, Sue Us for Infringement,” Jan. 21], I was appalled by additional examples of vindictive

rants by other letter writers against government on the same page. Why don’t those who determine what appears in print and over broadcast media select only that material which supports civilized discourse among opposing views? Editors at the Pacific Sun could announce a change in policy, inviting civil discourse, promising not to publish angry statements using vulgar or offensive language any longer. Where should change begin, if not with editing practices serving as models for the public at large? I implore you to consider your moral obligation to “draw a line in the sand.”



Did she jump, or was she pushed? The SMART train’s general manager Lillian Hames announced her resignation last Friday... Her departure came two days after SMART board members met in closed sessions to review.. Keith Olbermann to Retire at MSNBC How can that be! What happened! What a shame! I’m mortified! Keith is supposed to be such a smart fellow. He’s supposed to be the best thing on Cable networks since Walter ...

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Marian Blanton, San Rafael

When the party’s over When asked if his daughter had any enemies, Spencer Giffords replied, “The entire Tea Party.” With the unspeakable tragedy of the shooting in Arizona of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords comes hopefully one ray of light: the beginning of the end of the Tea Party, the party of cowards. Kimberly Clark, Greenbrae

It seems no one liked our ‘drunk Rudolph’ cover... Dear Pac Sun, I must say, I count myself among the people offended by your Dec. 24 cover depicting beloved Rankin/Bass characters from our childhood in various states of public intoxication. Seeing as how I’m the degenerate freelance illustrator from frozen New England who drew said cover, I feel I’m quite qualified to speak on the matter. Several things stand out as bothersome, the least of all the garish colors (that Process Blue is really too much and very inaccurate). The main issue I have is that I actually drew

Once again, the offending image.

this cover for the Pac Sun in 2008 and, for whatever reason, it was bumped that year. These things happen all the time in the world of freelance illustration, so that didn’t bother me... in fact, I can’t even remember if I knew if it ran or not. I suppose the editorial staff felt it was decent enough to use when they had a cover story that synced up with it and, since they’d already paid for it, they used it this past December to go along with Matt Stafford’s holiday bar roundup. Well, even though that was probably my third or fourth Rankin/Bass parody illustration for various alt-weeklies across the country, I have to say that was one of my poorer jobs. Do you see the awful job I did on Rudolph? His eyes are all wonky and wrong. And Snow Miser’s face is just off. Also, I really cut corners on the coloring. If you recall the classic The Year Without a Santa Claus [TV special, 1974], the Miser Brothers are quite sparkly with a glitter-type fabric, and I clearly made no effort to approximate that. Shoddy craftsmanship that I would have loved the opportunity to correct. Thanks a lot, Pac Sun! Another thing is the composition. Due to cropping issues and poor planning on my part, several of the best bits are obscured or cut. Yukon Cornelius making a toast... clipped. Sam the Snowman washing glasses old barkeep style... covered. The Charlie In The Box pouring shots straight down the Bumble’s gullet... obscured. Very bothersome to lose so much of the narrative! Also, Jingle and Jangle, Santa’s head elves, in the foreground is upsetting. I mean, seriously, who even likes Jingle and Jangle?? They

really are annoying little screw-ups. The entire scenario is just so unrealistic. What tavern, even a dive bar, would allow such debauchery to go unchecked at their place of establishment? Once Kris Kringle unloaded the contents of Mrs. Claus’s Christmas dinner over the bar, he’d be out on his behind toot sweet. One of the few things I don’t mind about the cover is the actual drinking itself. These are characters from tele-films that are a minimum of 36 years old. And though they originated from the intent to entertain families and children, especially, they are all adults and have earned the right to enjoy an adult beverage or two. Yukon Cornelius is a hardened prospector—of course he’d like a beer after months in the Arctic. Santa is at least 100 years old, if we are to believe legend. The Miser Brothers are elementals, as old as time itself (their mother was Mother Nature, for heaven’s sake!). Jingle and Jangle are head elves, perhaps 100 years old. Hermey is about to enroll in dental school. Misfit toys, well, who can place a drinking age limit on toys? Rudolph’s entire story is a coming of age tale! And the Bumble, well, he was going to eat Rudolph, Hermey and Yukon... I figure he can also stand a shot of bourbon if he so chooses. In closing, I’d like to say that I do truly understand concerns about glorifying drinking, but sometimes parody dips its toes in less tactful waters and one man’s humor The Poutenis ‘Snow Miser,’ is another man’s all 96 inches. outrage. I truly never meant to offend, least of all insult these classic icons. In fact, I constructed this 8-foot Snow Miser for my kids this winter and it has been proudly on display on our front porch through three blizzards and isn’t coming down until the first birds of spring, much to my wife’s dismay. To those offended, please accept this humble cartoonist’s apology. Mark Poutenis, Boston

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nce every two years, the county takes a one-day count, a snapshot, of homelessness in Marin. The date to tally this year’s count was set for Jan. 27. “We have about 60 teams and communitybased organizations participating,” says Lisa Sepahi, an analyst for the county. “It’s adding up to nearly 200 people. Everybody who walks into an agency can become part of a count team.” The one-day count in Marin is mirrored in efforts across the country. It plays an important role in helping cities and counties qualify for funds from programs to help the homeless. Rather than participate in a traditional street count, as many large cities do, Marin uses a site-based survey method because the county doesn’t have the large street population that exists in some cities. But that doesn’t mean the challenge of homelessness in Marin is a minor issue. Based in part on the 2009 count, Marin received $2.5 million in a 2010 McKinneyVento homeless assistance grant. In addition to the homeless count’s role in determining eligibility for funding, the numbers “are used time and time again throughout the year for funding and services [at] a lot of small agencies that use these numbers to apply for grants,” says Sepahi. In 2009, the one-day count totaled 1,770 homeless people. In addition, 3,028 people were deemed precariously housed. That

included people who relied on staying with friends, couch surfers and those in danger of losing their housing. The problem of precarious housing in Marin is obvious when looking at the cost of living here. The county estimates that it takes $5,740 per month, or $68,880 a year, to pay for basic needs for a family of three. If a single parent has two children, that means the adult must earn $33 an hour in a full-time job or equivalent. The issues of high housing costs, depressed salaries and homelessness in recent years have led analysts to create a self-sufficiency index that takes a realistic look at the problems surrounding housing—an important benchmark in a county of apparent affluence. The makeup of the homeless and precariously housed population spotlights a sub-issue of homelessness that concerned Betty Pagett. A former minister of the United Methodist Church of San Rafael, Pagett left that position to work with EAH, the nonprofit affordable housing corporation. After almost two decades, she retired from EAH in 2007 as director of education and advocacy but continued to participate in the county’s Homeless Policy Steering Committee and work on projects that help the homeless and precariously housed. Pagett chuckles in an acknowledgment that her dedication continues. “My retirement. I did retire, didn’t I?” Sort of. While she was working 10 >

›› NEWSGRAMS Marin gags the bags As expected, the Marin County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to ban single-use plastic bags in unincorporated-area grocery stores. The 4-0 vote, with Hal Brown absent, effectively outlaws plastic bags at the checkout counter and imposes a 5-cent surcharge on paper bags, beginning in 2012. The year-long wait for the ban to take effect will allow local markets to adjust to bag-free service, as well as give towns a chance to impose similar bans of their own. Plastic bags have come under increased fire in recent years, as their inability to decompose effectively, and the difficulty in recycling them, places an undeniable burden on the environment. Additionally, the bags pose a serious threat to marine life that tries to eat them or gets snarled in them. Still, plastic bags have their champions—a group called the Save the Plastic Bag Coalition has vowed to sue the county of Marin for placing a ban on plastic without conducting an environmental impact report on such a ban’s effect on the possible increase in paper bag-use that could result. The plasticmanufacturer-supported group vows to file suit within 30 days.—Jason Walsh Inverness activist would run for Congress Another hat appears to be flying into the ring for the 6th District congressional seat—that is, if longtime North Bay representative Lynn Woolsey decides not to seek another term in 2012. Norman Solomon, of Inverness, announced this week that he has formed a federal exploratory committee in anticipation of a run for Congress if Woolsey retires. Marin’s state Assemblyman Jared Huffman has also said he’d likely seek Woolsey’s seat if she doesn’t seek re-election. Though the author and progressive activist has never held political office before, he says not being a“typical politician”is a plus.“I’ve been doing community-based organizing for social change for decades,”the 59-year-old said in a statement announcing his intentions.“I take inspiration from progressive leaders who went from the grassroots to Congress without climbing the politician career ladder.” Solomon has penned books on foreign policy and the media—his War Made Easy: How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death was turned into a documentary narrated by actor Sean Penn. Solomon is currently co-chair of the Foreign Policy Committee of the California Democratic Party’s Progressive Caucus. He says his priorities would include opposing the war in Afghanistan and championing progressive issues such as green jobs, clean energy, civil liberties and“economic fairness.” “Congresswoman Woolsey has set a high standard, representing the values of her North Bay constituents,”adds Solomon.“True leadership means standing up for the well-being of the vast majority of Americans, even when—especially when—the powerful push back.” For info, check out—JW IJ CEO given the boot William Dean Singleton, the chief executive of the corporation that owns the Marin Independent Journal, is being forced out of his leadership role in MediaNews Group Inc., one of the largest newspaper chains in the country. Along with Singleton, who will stay aboard in a diminished role, MediaNews president Joseph Lodovic announced his retirement, effective immediately, and the entire board of directors was replaced. The shakeup, led by lenders, such as Bank of America, which hold the majority of shares in the corporation, comes almost exactly a year after the IJ’s parent company filed for bankruptcy protection to alleviate the daunting levels of debt it found itself in after purchasing several Bay Area daily papers—including the IJ, Contra Costa Times and San Jose Mercury News—in the mid-2000s, only to find the papers’revenue bottoming out in the wake of the 2008 economic crash. The thrifty Singleton holds a reputation as a bottom-line-driven newspaperman. MediaNews is known for its practice of“clustering”—in which a company purchases several papers in a region, lays off staff and then outsources much of the work to a central office.The formerly 10 >


FRIDAY, JAN 28 Supernanny For the 100th episode, Jo sets out to check in on some of the children she’s helped. But not all the wardens will allow the camera crews inside. ABC. 8pm. Supernatural Dean seeks a weapon to slay a dragon. We’re pretty sure you can get a Swiss Army Knife with that tool; it’s on the Wizards model, right between the can opener and the cauldron swizzle. CW.9pm. The Tonight Show Justin Bieber is up past his bedtime, so he brought his jammies. NBC.11:35pm.

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holds that“What happens in Vegas, might be curable with penicillin, or you can just cover it up with makeup.”ABC. 8:35pm. Alien In Ridley Scott’s dark science fiction masterpiece, a horrific alien is unleashed on a deep space cargo ship, killing off the crew one-by-one, cleverly leaving one survivor to justify a series of lucrative sequels. (1979) IFC. 9pm.

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1a. Pictured, bottom: Born and raised in Chico, he set records as quarterback for Berkeley’s Cal Bears through the 2004 season, and will be leading the Green Bay Packers in this year’s Super Bowl. Who is he? 1b. With the first overall pick in the 2005 NFL draft, the San Francisco 49ers rejected him for what quarterback? 2. What are the Starbucks names for small, medium, large? 3. When Hiram Cronk from Frankfort, N.Y., died in 1905, he was the last surviving veteran of what war? 4a 4a. Pictured, left: Identify the two actors and 1969 movie title. 4b. This was the first ___ film to win the Oscar for Best Picture 4c. Pictured, left: She is the well-known daughter of the actor on the right. 4c 5. Oil painting appeared in the 15th century in what geographical region of Europe? 6a. Who wrote the 1950s masterpiece of fantasy fiction, the three books of the Lord of the Rings? 6b. The first book of this trilogy is titled The Fellowship 8 of the ... what? 7. Barack Obama’s former chief of staff recently quit his job to run for mayor of Chicago. Who is he? 8. Pictured, left: What woman has been Pat Sajak’s TV sidekick since 1982, on what TV game show? 1a 9. Legend has it that this person, known to Catholics as the patron saint of safe travel, carried the baby Jesus across a raging river. Who was he? 10. What is the 12-letter name for those massive, anvilshaped thunderclouds that extend from 1 to 4 miles above the Earth? BONUS QUESTION: Bordered by Russia and China, the world’s largest landlocked country (no ocean access) is twice the size of Alaska. What is it? Howard Rachelson, Marin’s Master of Trivia, invites you to a live team trivia contest every Wednesday at 7:30pm at the Broken Drum in San Rafael. Contact Howard at howard1@

±ÊUsually the driver of an Aramark truck is concerned with delivering uniforms. Last week, while at Whole Foods on Miller Avenue in Mill Valley, Catherine Hills observed an Aramark truck driver with a different mission. In the ridiculously small, one-way only parking lot, an elderly woman was driving in the wrong direction. The Aramark driver helped the woman navigate her car safely out of the lot. According to Hills, he was friendly, patient and supportive, allowing the senior motorist to retain her dignity and remain calm. If you’re familiar with the parking area, you know he probably prevented an accident or, at the very least, stopped chaos from ensuing. We wish we knew your name, Aramark driver, because your kind deed makes you our Hero of the Week.

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² Our calculations show that Blue Shield of California’s planned rate hike of up to 59 percent equals a big, fat Zero. Adding insult to injury, the insurer refuses to delay the March 1 rate boost, despite the request of the California insurance commissioner. Surprisingly, state law doesn’t give power to the commissioner to reject excessive rate increases. Pacific Sun reader Julie feels fortunate that her Blue Shield individual health insurance premium rose a mere 55 percent during recent months. In a letter to subscribers, Blue Shield states, “Our costs for hospitals increased by nearly 15 percent, while our costs for prescription drugs and physicians rose by 12 percent and 9 percent in 2010.” Julie concludes, “Something doesn’t add up.” Actually, it does. It adds up to Zero of the Week for Blue Shield of California. —Nikki Silverstein

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with the steering committee, â&#x20AC;&#x153;and as the county and the Marin Organizing Committee developed their winter [emergency shelter] plans, it was all about the chronic homeless who were all single.â&#x20AC;? Although the organizing committeeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s approach extends beyond single adults, and a number of programs in Marin are aimed at families and children who are homeless, the need far outstrips the ability to provide services and housing. Pagett says she called Mary Kay Sweeney, executive director of Homeward Bound, the countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest provider of support services for the homeless. â&#x20AC;&#x153;At that point, there were about 30 families on the waiting list to get into shelter. I decided I would try to do something just as a volunteer to try to lift awareness.â&#x20AC;? Pagett created Oma Village. (Oma is what her two grandsons call her.) The concept involves tapping community support in a time when existing funds for aiding the homeless canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t come close to matching need. Pagett believes thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a previously untapped source of philanthropy in the county. The idea is not unlike those television public-service spots asking for donations to aid a child in a Third-World country. Homeless families and children in Marin need that as well. Pagettâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s daughter told her about mothersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; clubsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;which are support groups and resource centersâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;including several in Marin. Pagett thought this might be a way to enlist support for homeless families and connect mothers with the needs of the countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

robust IJ newsroom, for instance, is down to a handful of writers following several rounds of staff purges and attrition; bylines from San Jose and Contra Costa frequent its pages. Still, in a statement issued from MediaNews headquarters in Denver, the company promised that its papers would all remainâ&#x20AC;&#x153;locally focused provider(s) of news and information.â&#x20AC;?â&#x20AC;&#x201D;JW

Did she jump, or was she pushed? The SMART trainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s general manager Lillian Hames announced her resignation Jan. 21, saying she was jumping from the caboose in order to pursues new opportunities. Her departure came two days after SMART board members met in closed sessions to review Hamesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;performance in the conductorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s seat for the Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit since its inception seven years ago. The commuter rail concept has been a hot-button issue since 2008 when voters passed a quarter-cent sales tax to support a line from Cloverdale to Larkspur.The recession has left SMART with a $350 million shortfallâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and hopes to complete the line by 2014 have given way to a more modest plan that begins by phasing in the project from Railroad Square in Santa Rosa to downtown San Rafael. Hamesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;abrupt departure so soon after her performance evaluation by the board has led to speculation that sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d been pushed from SMART; board members insist it isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the case. The districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s director of finance and administration, David Heath, will serve as interim manager until the board hires a new manager.â&#x20AC;&#x201D;JW Ron Patterson, 1930 - 2011 Ron Patterson, who launched a virtual renaissance for the Renaissance, died Jan. 15. He was 80. In the late 1960s, Patterson and his former wife Phyllis created the Renaissance Pleasure Faireâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;a summer festival at China Camp recreating the ambience of 15th- and 16th- century England. Soon it moved to Novato and became the Renaissance fair upon which all other Renaissance fairs where measured.With jousting events, Shakespeare reenactments, costumed participants and ye olde English foods for sale, theâ&#x20AC;&#x153;Ren Fairâ&#x20AC;?was staged annually for years in the Black Point forestâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;at its peak drawing more than 100,000 visitors over a six-week run. Eventually, the county-owned area used by the fair was converted into a subdivision and golf course; following a brief run in the early 2000s out at Stafford Lake, the Renaissance Pleasure Faire moved out of Marin for good. Patterson is survived by two sonsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Kevin of Novato and Brian of San Franciscoâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;as well as two brothers, a pair of grandsons, and thousands of fond memories by all who came to the Ren Faire.â&#x20AC;&#x201D;JW EXTRA! EXTRA! Post your Marin news at â&#x20AC;şâ&#x20AC;ş paciďŹ


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open and serves as a dispatch point for the congregation-based winter rotating shelter program. According to a survey taken in November 2010, 63 percent of diners were homeless as opposed to 47 percent who were homeless in a 2009 survey. Eighteen percent were employed in 2010, as opposed to 29 percent who were working in 2009. Eighteen percent had a college degree; 37 percent had some college; 3 percent had an advanced degree. St. Vincent de Paul has expanded its services and assumed responsibility for the southern Marin food program previously under the auspices of the Southern Marin Meal Coalition. Tuesday through Thursday, people can gather at Dunphy Park and Gate 6 Road to shuttle to one of four congregations for meals. On Sundays, people meet there for transportation to the dining room in San Rafael or a congregation in Mill Valley. Paquette says the goal is to expand the program to seven days a week. The program focused on anchor-outs, who Paquette notes are precariously housed. St. Vincent also now participates in a congregation-based meal program in West Marin at the San Geronimo Valley Community Center. And a new resource website for homeless issues went live last week. The site is part of the countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s increased and ongoing commitment to meet the challenge of homelessness in Marin, notable since a 2009 grand jury issued a report criticizing inaction. That commitment faces increasing clouds on the state and federal budget horizon. But that doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mean the county, its faith-based organizations, community-based organizations and agencies and individuals should shrink from the task, says Larry Meredith, director of Marin County Health and Human Services. On the contrary, the budget challenges should cement a new holistic approach to homeless issues. The county continues to move services for the homeless out to community-based organizations rather than retain them in a monolithic model. In addition to making it easier for clients to receive services, says Meredith, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s easier for the community to be involved.â&#x20AC;? That will be critical if the budget clouds continue building. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Compromises will have to be made at some point,â&#x20AC;? he says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But we want to make sure the foundation we are laying is a solid one, and we can look to volunteers and the philanthropic community should that be needed.â&#x20AC;? Betty Pagett is ready. She and Sweeney are hosting a coffee April 11 to discuss the future of Oma Village. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It takes only 24 families to contribute the cost of a latte a week to help one family in emergency family shelter housing. I just keep thinking about the next generation and the impact of homelessness on children.â&#x20AC;? â&#x153;š

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daughter in Homeward Bound housing for six months. The $4,200 Pagett raised will pay for just about all the anticipated costs. Pagett and Sweeney would like to see Oma Village move beyond simply support in emergency housing. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I hope at some point, we can talk about [Oma] even adopting a family and moving them into housing and [perhaps providing] ongoing subsidies to help a family and underwrite some of their rent,â&#x20AC;? says Sweeney. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That would be the ideal.â&#x20AC;? Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s similar to the concept behind the Open Table program, in which community members adopt a family or an individual, help with housing and follow up with counseling and support and even job training. Pagett and Sweeney met Jan. 21 to chart the course for Oma Village. To advance the effort, in true community-organizing fashion, Pagett will reach out to the mothersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; clubs and parent-teacher associations in an attempt to connect families with families. Also on the agenda will be forays to womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s business groups and individuals, people who Pagett says have previously not been involved with issues affecting Marinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s homeless. The connection with Homeward Bound should help. Calling it a one-woman grassroots nongovernmental initiative would be accurate. Pagett says her meeting with Sweeney led to the development of three options for Oma Village donors: Adopt a family and provide funds for a family to stay for six months in emergency shelter, â&#x20AC;&#x153;and then some kind of help in the ďŹ rst year moving on to affordable housing and independence.â&#x20AC;? Donate to a service agency to increase capacity to help families. And the third, showing the scope of Pagettâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s vision: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Acquire some more permanent affordable housing.â&#x20AC;? If that sounds like overreaching, it fails to take into account Pagettâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dedication. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a ďŹ recracker,â&#x20AC;? says Sweeney. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When she decides to do something, she gets it done.â&#x20AC;? Moving Oma Village past emergency housing is a challenge, but, adds Sweeney, â&#x20AC;&#x153;We donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to think just small. We want to see whether there are people out there who have the capacityâ&#x20AC;? to donate to help purchase or build affordable units. The core idea of Oma Village centers on creating a model that can help educate the community about homeless families, to connect the community and the homeless in a way that offers an enriching experience for all. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got to have everyone receiving something from this experience,â&#x20AC;? says Sweeney. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really important for us to focus on homeless families. The most disconnected people in a community are the folks who have no stable housing. We want to create an opportunity for them to become connected to us.â&#x20AC;? This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s homeless count numbers will be available in April, according to Sepahi. But a survey at the St. Vincent de Paul Society of Marin free dining room in San Rafael indicates that the numbers of people who need assistance has not declined. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The need has been up over the last two years and has stayed up,â&#x20AC;? says Christine Paquette, the agencyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s director of development. The dining room is serving about 640 meals each day. It also stays

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The education of Bill Cosby The legendary comedian will never again be too cool for school... by Jill K ram e r


ill Cosby took a lot of flak several years ago when he criticized lowincome blacks for placing more importance on sports than on education. Speaking at a Washington, D.C., gala commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education desegregation decision, he admonished blacks for shirking their parental responsibilities. His critics promptly lambasted him for being elitist and classist. Boy, did they get it wrong. The Bill Cosby we’re familiar with from his long-running television sitcom may have looked like the guy next door—if your nextdoor neighbor is an affluent physician married to an attorney. And, no question, the real Bill Cosby is a very wealthy man today. His roots, however, are in poverty; and his passion for education comes from lessons learned in his own personal struggles. He’s not talking down to anybody—he’s talking directly across the table. d Cosby, 73, which part of When I told Philadelphia I come from—not far from len projects where he the Richard Allen alked about the old grew up—he talked neighborhood, his parents, his own boyhood shiftlessness and hat turned him the epiphany that around. It seemss that his lectures may as well be addressed to his d his unreliable teenage self and bed his respect for father. He absorbed education from his mother, whose rned her admission studiousness earned to Philadelphia’ss academically demanding Girls’ High, but whose parents insisted she drop out and go to work. Cosby dropped ped out nking twice: first flunking ol, out in high school, later quittingg college to pursue his career as a stand-up comic. But after he made the big time, co-starring in the TV series I Spy, followed by two seasonss tof his first sitsby com, The Bill Cosby Show, he went back ile he to school. While worked on his doctorate in education, on, he ced and created, produced hosted Fat Albertt and the 12 PACIFIC SUN JANUARY 28 - FEBRUARY 3, 2011

Cosby Kids. He wrote his dissertation on using that show as a teaching tool and received his Ed.D. from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He’s collected a slew of honorary degrees since returning to television with his second sitcom, The Cosby Show, which ran for eight years. He’s also been awarded the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Bob Hope Humanitarian Award. Cosby will be in San Rafael Feb. 12, doing two shows at the Marin Center, 5pm and 8pm. He spoke with me by phone from his home in Shelburne, Massachusetts. ●

You were already a big TV star when you decided to go back and finish your college education. What prompted that? Look, I was 19 years old when I quit high school. So, you know, that means that William was left back quite a few times. And the reason was I had such a disrespect for education. A disrespect for responsibility. From fourth grade on, that’s when I stopped being responsible. You have to have this paper in on time—just didn’t do it. You have to have this homework done—just didn’t do it. You have to read these chapters—just didn’t do it. But once I realized the kinds of jobs I would have to do to earn a living without an education I was born-again, back to responsibility. Then I was offered a football

As a boy, Cosby’s mother read ‘Huckleberry Finn’ to him at bedtime; in 2009 he was awarded the prestigious Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.

together, in those pajamas scholarship but I had to take with the booties in ’em. the SAT exam. So I go in to do And Mom, who went to the SAT exam and I opened Girls’ High, would bathe us that booklet and I saw all in a tin tub. We never put these questions about things on anything soiled. And we I remembered seeing, but not never had more than two paying attention to. And I’m of anything. So she would seeing the part of my life that bathe us and put us in the I wasted. The questions about crib and then she would sit history, the questions about down and she would read English, all of these things I Huckleberry Finn or Tom remembered the teachers saySawyer. When I started ing in front of the room, and kindergarten at Reynit’s down to one of the most olds Elementary School I pitiful moments of my life. ‘pitiful moment’ at his high already knew how to read. And I remembered somebody Cosby’s school SAT exam changed his views I already knew how to add saying that, one out of every about the importance of education. and subtract. four times, the letter (c) is the correct answer. And I scored Well, if your mom went to Girls’ High, 500, for the two, math and verbal; 250 each. then education was very important to her, too, because that was a hard school. That’s dismal. Yeah, but she was taken out of there and Thank you. They put me in remedial everything. You have never seen a happier reme- put to a life of sewing and washing to supplement the family income. dial student. Because I’m in college. And I’ve got another chance. I’m going to be a physical What about your dad? education teacher. Because most of these boys He didn’t even get to junior high. But he love to run and jump and those who are like was a man who shunned responsibility. And the Bill Cosby that I knew, I’m grabbing these kids and I’m going to talk to them until I have he said so. So we were always in poverty. And Mom kept letting him back in the house. no more air left. I’m not just going to sit and say, you know, you’re a very intelligent fellow He kept leaving but then he’d come and you ought, no, I’m following these back and she’d let him in? kids. I’m stalking them. I’m gonna stay on Right. But due to my getting into show ’em. And I still have it in me. business, excuse me very much, and due to the fact that I became very, very [facetiously] You sure do. pop-u-lar, I was able to send her on the QE2 It’s still there. But—this thing of being around the world thrrrrree [trilling his r] funny, it was in remedial English, my first times. I was able to pay off the $5,000 house, composition, and the professor said, I want plus the shower that was built and put in, beyou to write about the first time you ever cause we had no shower. Ahh, she loved that. anything. And there’s about six or seven And I fixed the cellar for her, she loved that. It freshman football players in that classroom and I just knew they were going to do the first was wonderful. touchdown or the first anything pertaining to Is she still around? football and I thought, no, I am not going to No, but she saw me win the first Emmy. do that. And I went home and—no computers, thank you, not even a tape recorder—and, But here’s what was important: When I, at graduation, received my Ed.D. from the on the dining room table of my mother’s University of Massachusetts at Amherst, they $5,000 house, I put everything down. And had security guards there to keep people from it was about the first time I ever pulled my bothering me. My mother knocked the secutooth. I remembered going up to the mirror rity guard down. [gruffly]: “I’m his mother!” and the tears that came when I yanked the She was 4-11, she knocked the guard down. first time and really didn’t want to pull it but And she came over and sat on my lap. I did, and the strain and the nervousness and the breathing so that as you read it, you are [Laughing] That’s a great story. Well, there and you feel it...and for the first time in I’ve been looking at your tour schedmy life I sat in a classroom and a teacher said, ule and I’m amazed at how demanding “I want you all to hear this,” and she read my it is. You’re performing practically all paper. And I had an A minus! year ‘round, sometimes several shows in a week. All right! For me, it’s wonderful because I still have And from there, I got the sense of that funny things that I think of and funny things “cracked-glass” kind of humor—where that I write. everything looks the same, but I just crack it a little bit, so that people can identify with it, So you don’t run out of material? but there’s a little crack so that they can laugh. No, thank goodness! ✹ And I began to write more and more. I began to consciously put things down. Now here’s Email Jill at something else. My brother James died of Plug into the SmartMeter debate at Pott’s disease. He was the second-born, I’m ›› first. But James and I used to sleep in the crib



ove letters, even via email, have gone the way about the dangers of sexting. For the past year, psychologist of the Polaroid camera. Teenage girls no lon- Michael Grogan has been showing Irreversible Consequences ger wait for boys to call. Today’s teens court on to students and parents and using it as a jumping-off point their cell phones. But never mind the audio. for frank discussions about sex, technology and the legal and Most text, and some sext. In other words, emotional consequences of the combination. they use their phones to send and receive sexu“Electronic media can supercharge a relationship,” said ally charged pictures and messages—like the Grogan, director of San Rafael’s Jeannette Prandi Children’s ones that cost golf great Tiger Woods his mar- Center, where sexually abused children are sensitively interriage and his reputation. viewed. “Adolescent sexuality is confusing enough. There’s A sext—sex plus danger in misusing this media.” text—might be as mild and innocu- b y R o n n i e C o h e n The movie spells out the danger and ous as a flirtatious come-on or as illeshows how technology has changed gal and dangerous as photographs of teen dating mores. Grogan and John children having sex. The sexting trend has swept across the Aliotti Jr. of the district attorney’s office wrote the fictionalized nation. A 2009 MTV and Associated Press study revealed that script based on what they perceive as a plausible scenario—a three out of 10 people between the ages of 14 and 24 either seemingly sweet 18-year-old male sends flirtatious and sexusent or received nude photos. ally charged texts to a smitten and naive 14-year-old With their cell phones attached to their palms like third hands, teens have become the biggest adopters of sexting. Marin County teens are no exception. Some local high school students say virtually everyone does it; others say hardly anyone does. But law-enforcement officials believe at least a small percentage of students in all the area’s high schools sext. “I don’t care whether you’re in Ross or in Novato, you’re going to find that the kids are doing it,” District Attorney How Ed Berberian said in a recent telephone interview. “How it’s disclosed or talked about may vary, but I have no doubt it’s going on.” After a spate of local sextinflamed sexual assaults on 13- to 15-year-old Marin girls, a psychologist and a technology specialist from the district attorney’s office teamed up with San Marin High drama students to make a 25-minute film warning What


girl; he takes her to a party; they drink; he rapes her. At first, the only red flag is the age difference. The young man and the girl both look like good kids with bright futures ahead of them. Filled with sexual innuendo, though, their texts propel the relationship from a harmless flirtation to a rape and an arrest. In the film’s lead-up to the party, the young man texts the girl to ask what she’s doing. Homework, she replies, abbreviating it “hw.” “u know if u were my hw id be doing you on the table right now haha,” he writes. “OMG! u wish!” the girl texts back. “i do wish my b-day wish so what am i getting?” he asks. The girl blushes and giggles; the young man continues his pursuit. The filmmakers and student actors said they had to tone down the sexual content of the texts. Ironically, if the film had been as sexually explicit as some teens’ text messages, Grogan said local school administrators would not have allowed him to screen it in middle and high schools. “If we created a film with what kids really said, no one would allow us to show it,” he said. Julia Gorman, who graduated from San Marin High last June, plays Kelly, the film’s 14-year-old rape victim. While home from Syracuse University over winter break, Gorman discussed how cell phones have changed high school romance in the four years since she was a San Marin freshman. Facebook has replaced MySpace as teens’ cyber meeting space, she said, and texting has replaced email as their primary communication tool. “Your phone is part of your hand now,” she said. FEW MARIN TEENS would argue. Though their phones may be extensions of themselves, they often use them to distance 14 >

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type into their phone. If what they’ve written themselves from the content of their mes- surfaces as an embarrassment, Gorman said, sages. They say things and show things via they may resort to saying a friend stole their texts and sexts that they would never con- phone and sent the questionable text. LOL. sider saying or showing in person. There’s nothing funny, however, about how After high school classes watch Irreversible Consequences, Grogan asks students: “Would some young people are using the technology. “You’ve got immature teenagers, and to a you say in person what you say in texts?” lesser extent preteens, equipped with a photo “The majority of kids say absolutely they studio and a publishing press would not,” he said. in the palm of their hands,” Kids who would never Brett Favre said Mark Rasch, a former k ac rb te ar consider getting naked in qu t un Co uld advise wo o wh e cybercrime prosecutor for the os th g front of strangers are sendamon st sexting. ain ag s U.S. Department of Justice en te ing naked photos to people and a nationally recognized they’ve never met, Gorman information security and said. “Fully exposed pictures privacy expert. “What makes are not out of the ordinary,” it a concern is that these she said. “A lot of times pictures can be distributed they’ve seen each other beand can find their way into fore they’ve even met.” the hands of child pornogSeen each other naked raphers.” that is. Some teens exchange A girl excited about a nude pictures before setting new love interest trusts up otherwise blind dates, him. She doesn’t expect Gorman said. her sweetheart to share Her first cell phone could the naked pictures she not even take a picture, she sent him. But they can said, in awe of the backwardspread more quickly ness of the device. Now even than a sexually transthe cheapest cell phones come mitted disease. equipped with cameras—a Even if the boy keeps courtship tool middle-age parthe pictures private at ents never could have imagined fi rst, he may forward during their adolescence. them to friends, post Aliotti said he tried to use them on Facebook the film to urge young people to or possibly even sell think about restricting what they them when he and the girl break up. Sugar in text to what they would reveal in person. the gas tank or slashed tires look like a picnic “I wanted kids to think about that filter compared to the more permanent and emothat pops up when you’re speaking face-totionally scarring trail of destruction a spurned face,” he said. “What’s the difference between lover can leave in the era of sexting. sending a picture of yourself and standing up Though the scenario will no doubt on a table and exposing yourself?” seem far-fetched to a love-struck 17-yearApparently, part of the difference is that old, it happens so frequently that comteens can deny responsibility for what they


After a series of sexting assaults on local Marin girls earlier this school year, Vieth, Grogan and Berberian held a parenting forum to address the issue.


mercials warning teens to contemplate quences was shown. sexting’s hazards are airing throughout the “Sexting to teenagers is almost kinda natuworld. In an Australian public-service anral,” he said. “Teenage guys think about sex. nouncement, a teenage girl exits the school “That’s all they think about.” restroom her cell phone in hand, sends a ● ● ● ● photo, buttons her shirt, settles into her BEFORE PERSONAL COMPUTERS, sexclassroom seat looking affectionately at the driven teens may have purchased provocaboy to whom she’s sent the picture and, tive photos from newsstands and hidden within seconds, realizes that everyone in her class, including the teacher, has seen it. them in an old toy box or on the bottom of their closet. Nowadays, they can receive “People do stuff online that they would sexually explicit pictures and store them never do in the real world,” Rasch said. on their cell phones. And, instead of a porn “A 17-year-old girl would never take her star, the pinup may be a classmate or the clothes off in the classroom. But there in girl next door. the safety of their living room, there’s a “They do it all the time with appropriate disconnect.” The MTV-AP study found that 13 per- pictures, and then they become a little more cent of 14- to 24-year-old females and 9 inappropriate,” Robert Vieth, San Marin percent of males sent nude pictures of High School’s principal, said at the parent themselves on their cell phones. Nearly one forum. “You can move that envelope a little in five sext recipients reported passing the bit further until suddenly it’s inappropriate.” Guys have nothing to lose when they ask images along to someone else, and more than half of those who shared the images for photos. “One of the guys says it’s like fishing—you send a message and see what did so with more than one person. The study also found that youth who she does with it,” Grogan said. “It happens a lot because a lot of guys have sexted are four times more likely to have contemplated suicide than those who are just disrespectful,” Brasil said. “Guys don’t know how to have not. talk to girls. So they Then there are just resort to sexting. the legal conseParents gotta put a quences. Under block on their kids’ California law, cell phones. anyone who sends “Guys gotta get naked photos of a little bit smarter teens, including about how they the naked teen, can talk to girls. Girls be charged with gotta have more distributing child self-respect. Parents pornography. gotta...there’s always “There are issues that thing—‘That’s here for schools, not my kid.’ But your prosecutors and, kid’s not an angel.” more importantly, “A parent needs to there are issues Several Marin youth spoke up at the sexting forum; teens’ inexperience with talking to the opposite sex is why many remove the blinders, here for parents,” and don’t assume said Rasch, a father resort to sexting, said one San Marin High senior. your child is not of two teenage doing the things we’re talking about here,” boys. “I think teenagers need to underBerberian said at the parent-education stand the consequences. These kids are not thinking about the legal consequences. forum. “If they’re not doing it, I guarantee you they’re thinking about it.” These 15-, 16-, 17-year-old boys are not “We have the sex talk,” Brasil said. “Every thinking at all. They’re not thinking with kid’s had the sex talk. We have to have the their brains. sext talk.” ✹ “Hormones and technology do not mix.” Contact Ronnie Cohen at Teenage boys have only one thing on their minds, Junior Brasil, a San Marin High School senior, said at a recent parent-educaComment on this story in TownSquare, at ›› tion forum during which Irreversible ConseJANUARY 28 - FEBRUARY 3, 2011 PACIFIC SUN 15



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Striking similarities Don’t fret about urban legends of closets full of awful dresses belonging to fashion-victim bridesmaids of yore—we’ve come a long way from the days of ruffles and fuchsia. Queen for a day Your bridesmaids are Of course, you may have to accommodate there to make your various body types life easier, so let (not to mention them! You’ll want diverging senses of total control of style), so make sure your special day, but your bridesmaids these girls should be have a say in their the ladies in waitwedding wear. ing to your Bridal Whatever you do, Queen. They can don’t let a gaggle scour cities for their of girls out on the bridesmaid dresses street in search of (showing you fathe perfect dress— vorites for final apthat’s a recipe for proval, of course), disaster. Let your research hotels for maid of honor guests and assemble choose her dress favors. After you’ve per your specificagot your hands tions, and then on just the right A scene from the Australian hit ‘27 Dresses,’ considered by select three similar style of paper, have many the ‘Citizen Kane’ of bridesmaid movies. styles from which bridesmaids address your bridesmaids invitation envelopes and write place cards will have their pick. If you have a pregnant (making sure you call on the ones with the bridesmaid, be sure to anticipate her size nicest handwriting!). Let the maid of hon- at the time of the wedding, and order or be your royal attendant as she coordi- extra fabric in case her dress size needs to nates pre-wedding bridesmaid fittings and be altered. Although similar dresses are lunches, and acts as your personal beauty the most striking for bridesmaids who (and therapy) assistant on the big day. flank the true star of the show, it isn’t necessary to have a procession of clones



Bridesmaid Do’s and Don’ts DO: Consider your bridesmaids’ budgets. DON’T: Call to tell them that Vera Wang will be needing their credit card numbers for processing. DO: Delegate responsibilities among the bridesmaids and keep them informed. DON’T: Expect them to accompany you on every shopping trip; and don’t call them every hour, on the hour, to update them on the latest wedding joy or disaster. DO: Let your bridesmaids voice their opinions on their attire’s style. DON’T: Dictate an accessory or hairdo that makes your bridesmaids uncomfortable— it’ll show on their faces.

introduce you. Bridesmaid dresses should complement the style and formality of your gown; the only official rule of thumb is that if you’re wearing a short dress, your attendants should avoid letting their hemlines dip below yours. Encouraging bridesmaids to choose the most flattering style for their tastes and body types will make for more sparkling smiles in the wedding album. Plus, you can outfit the girls with similar headpieces, bouquets, shoes and jewelry (accessorize, girl!) if you want a fall-in-line parade. Always a bridesman? Including a guy in your procession is a perfectly acceptable (and even progressively hip) thing to do. Of course, you should be sensitive to his limits—dragging him to all-girl showers and gown-shopping excursions is asking too much. He can don the same attire as the groom’s attendants, but you might outfit him with a unique boutonniere or cummerbund to identify him with your bridal party. Be sure to thank him with a gift that fits—groomsman gifts may include tickets to a game or show, stationery

A bridesmaid’s primary task is to send her friend off toward a lifetime of marital bliss and undying devotion—and to not look better than the bride while doing it.

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Crazy in the noodle Is Marin witnessing a rise of the ramen empire? by B r o o ke J a c k s o n


mmm, there is nothing like a big bowl or plate of fragrant Asian noodles. From pho to ramen, Korean glass to udon, I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t seem to get enough. Luckily, here in the North Bay we have plenty of restaurants serving yummy pan-Asian noodle dishes. The Railroad Track noodles at San Rafaelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bangkok Thai Express are packed with ďŹ&#x201A;avor, while a steaming bowl of pho at Saigon Village around the corner has plenty of satisfyingly slippery noodles to slurp. Up in Cotati,

the glistening jap chae at Korean Bear kicks up the heat while the spicy Cantonese noodles at Jennie Lowâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in Novato never fail to satisfy. Trying to make these noodles at home can be daunting, and even shopping for the right type is a mystery when much of the packaging is in a different language. However, when armed with a couple of good recipes and a plentiful supply source, chewy chow fun or a healthful bowl of curly noodle soup is as easy and quick as



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Yam Starch: Sometimes called glass noodles, these are grayish dried and become clear and shiny when cooked. Used in the Korean dish jap chae. They do not contain gluten. Bean Thread or Mung Bean: Also known as cellophane or glass noodles. White when dried, they turn clear when cooked. They are slippery! Can ďŹ nd them in both thin and thick varieties. Gluten free. Rice: These noodles are one of the most used all over Asia. They range from super-thin vermicelli to ďŹ&#x201A;at, thick rice sticks. Used in fresh summer rolls, pad Thai and other stir-fried dishes. They donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t contain gluten. Egg Noodles: Used in Chinese cooking for soups, chow meins and other stir-fries. Contain wheat and eggs. Soba, Udon and Somen: Japanese wheat noodles of varying thickness. Soba are made from buckwheat, giving them a dark tan color.

Served chilled with dipping sauce or in miso and brothy soups. Ramen: Sold in dried bricks and very curly. Perfect for soups with a meaty broth and classic toppings. Rice Noodles: Wonderful in soups and stir-fries, look for them in plastic bags or plastic-covered trays in the refrigerated section. Egg Noodles: Quick-cooking and versatile for hearty dishes. Usually found in the produce section near the won ton wrappers.




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and especially tender, they elevate the simplest vegetable stir-fry into a delicious medley of flavors. However, 99 Ranch didn’t have any. So I stopped in at the Asian Market behind Peet’s in San Rafael. The folks there are extremely knowledgeable and speak English. For a small store, it is incredibly well stocked, but apparently they had had a run on fresh rice noodles all day so they, too, were out of them. But I was able to find fresh rice vermicelli, and while not as good as the thicker noodles and not made locally, they sufficed. Back home with my oodles of noodles, I got to work chopping and stirring. In less than 30 minutes we were sitting down to an authentic-tasting noodle stir-fry that was healthy, filling and way easier to make than that boxed mac ’n’ cheese. -------------------------


Fresh Rice Noodle Stir-Fry Yields 4-6 servings

Rice noodles—for those who demand the best of both starches.

1 pound fresh rice noodles 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil 2 tablespoons high heat cooking oil 1 cup shredded carrots 3 baby bok choy— cut crosswise into 1/2-inch ribbons 1 small zucchini — halved lengthwise and cut on the diagonal in 1/4-inch thick slices 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 teaspoon fresh ginger, minced 2 tablespoons oyster sauce 1 teaspoon soy sauce 1 tablespoon Chinese rice wine (Shaoxing) 1 cup mung bean sprouts 2 green onions, thinly sliced

Cook noodles in a large pot of boiling salted water for 10 seconds, separating them with a chopstick as they cook. Drain and rinse with cold water then drain again. Toss with sesame oil to keep from sticking together. Heat oil in a wok until shimmering. Add carrots, bok choy and zucchini and stir fry about 1 minute, until crisp tender. Add garlic and ginger and stir until fragrant then add the noodles. Toss with the oyster and soy sauces, using tongs or salad servers, tossing continually until all ingredients are heated through and well combined. Mix in the bean sprouts and green onion. Divide among plates and serve immediately. -------------------------

Quick Ramen Soup Yields 4-6 servings 10 ounces dried ramen noodles 8 cups chicken stock 1 tablespoon finely julienned, peeled fresh ginger 1 clove garlic, minced 2 tablespoons white miso (Find in the refrigerated section of Asian or natural grocery/health food stores) 1/2 tablespoon soy sauce or to taste 1/2 cup finely sliced scallions, white and light green parts only 1 cup mung bean sprouts Garnish options: Slices of jalapeno Hard-boiled egg halves Fresh spinach leaves Firm tofu, diced Instant dashi granules Hot chili oil or Sriracha sauce


making boxed mac ’n’ cheese. When I went shopping for this story, I drove over to 99 Ranch, just off 580 in Richmond, thinking that this emporium of Asian food would have all I was looking for. Since I wasn’t totally sure what that was and no one spoke English, I came away empty-handed. Well, not exactly. A dizzying array of noodles takes up two aisles, as well as a refrigerated section in the store. From yam starch noodles to bean threads, dried rice sticks to bricks of ramen, I stacked package after package in my cart. Fortunately, I knew enough about what I was getting because those noodles had some English on the packaging. One type that I wanted in particular, though, were fresh rice noodles. I had found them before on Clement Street in the city and they ARE good. Made locally

Though ramen is associated with Japanese cuisine, the noodle is actually of Chinese origin.

Cook ramen in boiling salted water for about 3 minutes, until tender. Drain and rinse with cold water. Set aside. Heat stock, ginger and garlic to a boil in a medium pot. Turn off heat. Put miso in a small bowl and add a ladle full of hot broth to the bowl. Whisk until miso is completely dissolved then add back to soup in pot. Mix to combine. Do not boil soup or miso will lose some of its flavor. Taste and add soy sauce, if desired, then stir in the scallions and sprouts. Divide noodles among bowls and ladle in the soup. Serve immediately, passing garnishes so diners can customize their ramen. ✹ Got a great source for noodles? Tell Brooke at

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Arhoolie hoopla... Ry Cooder, Taj Mahal and Country Joe gonna have a hootenanny! by G r e g Cahill


n academic circles, it’s called American vernacular music. But fans know it as something far less formal—friendly, funky and folksy. More down-home. For Chris Strachwitz, the founder of Arhoolie Records and proprietor of the Down Home Music record store in El Cerrito, American vernacular music is his passion, his life’s blood. For more than a half century, Strachwitz has helped to nurture folk, country blues, hillbilly music, Cajun, zydeco, gospel and other roots styles. His fascination began in earnest in 1954 when, fresh out of a hitch in the Army and loaded down with a collection of vintage 78rpm platters, he recorded country blues guitar great Jesse Fuller on an old reel-to-reel tape recorder. Six years later, with the help of friends and a lot of trial and error, Strachwitz launched his label Arhoolie—Mance Lipscomb: Texas Sharecropper and Songster, recorded by Stra-

chwitz in a Los Gatos shack, became the label’s debut LP. In celebration of Arhoolie’s 50th anniversary, Strachwitz has compiled highlights from his sonic cache of Bay Area recordings, including a track by Marin County folkie and blues singer Terry Garthwaite and her band Joy of Cooking, as a four-CD set inserted in the companion book Hear Me Howling! Blues, Ballads & Beyond. The 136-page hardcover volume, with text by Adam Machado and 150 rare photographs, chronicles Strachwitz’s journey and details the artists featured on the collection’s 72 tracks. Among the artists included are blues greats Big Joe Williams, Lonnie Johnson, Big Mama Thornton, Lightning Hopkins, Skip James, Sonny Terry and Bukka White; folkies Bob Neuwirth (featured as Bob Dylan’s sidekick in the documentary Don’t Look Back) and Toni Brown (also of Joy of

Chris Strachwitz, right, with his label’s first artist, Mance Liscomb, circa the late ‘60s..

Cooking); folk-rockers Country Joe & the The impressive concert roster features: Fish; zydeco heavyweights Clifton Chenier, Friday, Feb. 4: Ry Cooder & Co.; fiddler and John Simien & the Opelousas Play- Michael Doucet and the BeauSoliel Trio; boys; the NOW Creative fiddler Laurie Lewis with Arts Jazz Ensemble; and Tom Rozum & Co.; the many others. Any Old Time String Band; COMING SOON The book and CDs a Tex-Mex fiesta with The Arhoolie Records 50th spotlight one of the Bay Santiago Jimenez Jr. and La anniversary events run Feb. Area’s richest musical Familia Pena-Govea; and 4-6 at Freight & Salvage, 2020 Addison St., Berkeley. legacies. Los Cenzontles. For ticket information, visit To mark this milestone, Saturday, Feb. 5: the the nonprofit Arhoolie Treme Brass Band; Toni Foundation is holding Brown & Terry Garthwaite; three days of benefit conthe Creole Belles; the certs, panels and films Feb. 4-6 at the Freight Savoy-Doucet Band; Bob Mielke’s Jazz All& Salvage Coffeehouse in Berkeley. Stars with Barbara Dane and Lars Edegran; and the Washboard 3. Sunday, Feb. 6: Taj Mahal; Country Joe McDonald; the Savoy Family Band; the Campbell Brothers; Eric and Suzy Thompson; and Los Cenzontles. Nick Spitzer, host of the popular radio program American Routes, will emcee the concerts. ✹ Howl to Greg at

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Any which way you ‘can’ Marin group lifts lid on creativity with ‘Can Do’ at the Falkirk by B arr y W illis



Cynthia Jensen’s ‘Landfill’ is made of porcelain replicas of cans.

His foes won’t be able to put a dent into ‘Can-Fu Warrior,’ by Enrique Goldenberg.

gives away the secret. “Cynthia is easily the and Champagne foils, espresso pods and bits most accomplished fine artist in our group,” of steel. Wagner and metal sculptor Ventana Amico A few pieces in “Can Do” are primarily confided during a tour. decorative, such as Kappus’s “Blue Light,” Of course, the can lends itself nicely to inter- a chalice resembling a small fondue heater, pretations of mechanical devices. Goldenberg Carr’s “Sewduko” and Jensen’s “Samsara.” produced a 1930s-style machine gun (“Happy Wagner’s “All AmeriCAN Flag,” made of Valentines Day”), while the group collaborat- Pepsi, Coke and Budweiser cans, comments ed on a life-size all-can VW bus (“Canavan”) on our national drinking habits as well as seen bursting through our aesthetics. No the wall in the largest art exhibit exploiting room. Like a comicman-made materials book panel rendered would be complete in 3-D, “Canavan” without commentary deserves a home in on the natural world, one of Marin’s funky among them Kapmusic clubs. Given pus’s all-aluminum the vehicle’s history, “Canadian Hernicknaming the piece ring” and Thorner’s “Canabus” seems in“Canned Pork,” a evitable. disturbingly amusing Wearable art—or piece in which a pig’s art that appears to be snout protrudes from wearable—is a strong the center of a rusty theme. Giselle Kappus sea anemone. offers “Aba-can-daNeither would BRA” an aluminum Artist Stuart Wagner will kick the Clydesdales into full such an exhibit be gallop with his ‘Bootsweiser.’ brassiere like somecomplete without an thing from Lady Gaga’s personal collection. allusion to money. Shoko Kageyama Klyce has Jensen turns brass and aluminum cans into a finely tuned sensibility about this all-toogas masks with “Got the Vapors,” while Wag- sensitive subject. In a previous Falkirk exhibit, ner’s “Bootsweiser” is a pair of cowboy boots she offered a large quilt made of moneybags, fashioned from wood and Budweiser cans. titled “Security Blanket.” Primarily a fiber Amico ventures far into the unwearartist, Kageyama Klyce here works beautiable with “Faux Fur Sure,” a life-size riff on fully outside her usual medium, fashioning a woman’s fur coat made from discarded paper-thin soda cans into a perfect replica industrial implements and sharp-edged coiled of a standard shopping bag, with a couple of metal shavings swept from a machine shop’s hundred copper pennies as ballast. “Redempfloor. It’s the kind of garment that might have tion” alludes not only to the scant compensabeen all the rage among monks in the Dark tion earned by those who collect cans for the Ages. Melody Oxarat’s “Ready?” is a similarly recycling value, but to the fleeting sense of imposing vest made of dog-food cans and spiritual renewal induced by shopping. Truly, amulets—armor both real and metaphysipennies from heaven. ✹ cal. Amico also has five small figures in puffy Share your art stories with Barry at coiled-steel skirts (“Yes, We Can-Can”) and an imposing bas-relief image of Rosy the Riveter Check out our online community calendar at (“We Can Do It!”) made of juice cans, wine ›› BARRY WILLIS

arin’s EDGE Art Group has and pieced together, multiple cans become launched an exhibit that extracts malleable metal fabric, as in Jeanette Carr’s layers of meaning from a motley “I Can Crazy Quilt” or Stuart Wagner’s “1st assortment of ordinary materials. Visually Prize: Aluminum Quilt Division” with a arresting, intellectually provocative and at garish-pink band of Tab, not available in times laugh-out-loud funny, “Can Do: Art California in many years. Inspired by the Can” transforms the detriThen there’s the can in contemporary tus of commercial culture into objects that art. Wagner works this angle in at least three provoke questions about evpieces—one, a literal can of erything from the allocation worms; another, a giant can CAN DO of natural resources to the opener that my companion EDGE Art Group’s exhibit plight of those on the marTina Roberts correctly titled runs through March 12 gins of our economy, to the “Church Key”; and a third at Falkirk Cultural Center, value of art itself. (“Souper Man”), a large-scale 1408 Mission Ave., San Sound like a pretentious rotating figure in the style of Rafael. Tuesday - Friday undertaking? The show at Keith Haring overlaid with a 1-5pm; Saturday 10am Falkirk Cultural Center is acblowup of a Campbell’s soup 1pm. www.falkirkculturaltually quite the opposite—aclabel, an obvious reference to, 415/485-3328. cessible and comprehensible, Andy Warhol. Poking fun at achieved with a deft touch two gods of 20th century art and infused with so much in one piece is clever; doing humor that a visit to the gallery feels less like so within the parameters of the EDGE exhibit an afternoon of scholarly research and more is brilliant. like an hour spent in the presence of a quickCopying real objects has long been a fawitted stand-up comic. vored activity of contemporary artists. Robert The group’s driving concept was to take Gober has copied everything from sinks and one of the most common food and beverlightbulbs to bags of cat food. Warhol did a age containers and see how far it could be series of life-size Brillo boxes; British sculpstretched. The result is three rooms full of tor Rachael Whiteread makes plaster casts riffs on the nature of the can, its composite of fully loaded bookshelves and discarded metals, the graphics printed on it and even cardboard boxes. Cynthia Jensen is solidly in its socio-economic associations. The cylinthis tradition with “Landfill,” four rusty cans drical form lends itself to mechanical creain a vitrine. Easily overlooked, this is the most tures such as Enrique Goldenberg’s dancing subtle piece in the exhibit. Jensen’s cans aren’t figures (“Pas de Deux”), his Ninja-esqe “Can cans at all, but porcelain copies so perfectly Fu Warrior” and Cecelia Thorner’s undulatrendered that it’s impossible to tell them from ing snake (“Tastes Like Chicken”). Flattened the real thing. Only the label on the pedestal


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Best Picture

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❏ Javier Bardem in “Biutiful” ❏ Jeff Bridges in “True Grit” ❏ Jesse Eisenberg in “The Social Network” ❏ Colin Firth in “The King’s Speech” ❏ James Franco in “127 Hours”

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Christian Bale in “The Fighter” John Hawkes in “Winter’s Bone” Jeremy Renner in “The Town” Mark Ruffalo in “The Kids Are All Right” Geoffrey Rush in “The King’s Speech”

Black Swan The Fighter The King’s Speech The Social Network True Grit

Exit through the Gift Shop Gasland Inside Job Restrepo Waste Land

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Annette Bening in “The Kids Are All Right” Nicole Kidman in “Rabbit Hole” Jennifer Lawrence in “Winter’s Bone” Natalie Portman in “Black Swan” Michelle Williams in “Blue Valentine”

Killing in the Name Poster Girl Strangers No More Sun Come Up The Warriors of Qiugang

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❏ Amy Adams in “The Fighter” ❏ Helena Bonham Carter in “The King’s Speech” ❏ Melissa Leo in “The Fighter” ❏ Hailee Steinfeld in “True Grit” ❏ Jacki Weaver in “Animal Kingdom”

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Animated Feature Film ❏ How to Train Your Dragon ❏ The Illusionist ❏ Toy Story 3

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Black Swan Inception The King’s Speech The Social Network True Grit

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Alice in Wonderland I Am Love The King’s Speech The Tempest True Grit

Black Swan The Fighter The King’s Speech 127 Hours The Social Network

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Biutiful Dogtooth In a Better World Incendies Outside the Law (Hors-la-loi)

Makeup ❏ Barney’s Version ❏ The Way Back ❏ The Wolfman

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How to Train Your Dragon Inception The King’s Speech 127 Hours The Social Network

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”Coming Home” from “Country Strong” “I See the Light” from “Tangled” “If I Rise” from “127 Hours” “We Belong Together” from “Toy Story 3”

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127 Hours The Social Network Toy Story 3 True Grit Winter’s Bone

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Another Year The Fighter Inception The Kids Are All Right The King’s Speech

Day & Night The Gruffalo Let’s Pollute The Lost Thing Madagascar, carnet de voyage (Madagascar, a Journey Diary)

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The Confession The Crush God of Love Na Wewe Wish 143

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Inception Toy Story 3 Tron: Legacy True Grit Unstoppable

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Visual Effects ❏ Alice in Wonderland ❏ Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 ❏ Hereafter ❏ Inception ❏ Iron Man 2

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Rogen keyed in on that ‘obnoxious, unlikable moron’ quality that movie audiences love so much.

The boys who kick the ‘Hornet’ Kung fu master admires courage in mind-numbingly stupid hero by Davi d Te mp l e ton

Writer David Templeton takes interesting people to interesting movies in his ongoing quest for the ultimate post-film conversation. This is not a movie review; rather, it’s a freewheeling, tangential discussion of life, alternative ideas and popular culture.


love cheesy movies,” says Scott Jensen, leading the way through the theater lobby and into the auditorium, where seven other semi-sleepy people are seated, waiting for the latenight screening of The Green Hornet to begin. “This one,” Scott says, taking his

seat and removing his 3-D glasses from their sanitary plastic bag, “this one, I’ve been wanting to catch ever since I saw the trailer. It looks totally awesome.” “Me too,” I reply. “The cheesier the better.” As we are about to experience, in three mind-numbing dimensions, cheesy isn’t nearly as much fun when the movie is also stupid. Scott Jensen, the founder of San Anselmo’s 10,000 Victories Kung Fu School (, is a martial arts master with a personal and professional fondness for Bruce Lee. In the 1966

Chauffeurs have Bruce Lee, right, to thank for the tough-guy reputations they enjoy today.

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television series, Lee played Kato, the hard- liked. “He had balls,” he allows. “He had fighting sidekick to Van Williams’ Green a lot of courage. For a guy who doesn’t Hornet, and the driver of the awesome know how to do anything—he certainly Black Beauty—the Hornet’s super-charged, doesn’t know how to fight, and he couldn’t weapon-bedecked 1966 Imperial Crown even drive the car!—he did have a lot of guts. I liked that. sedan. In the brand-new And another thing I movie version, Kato is liked—he could cerplayed by Taiwanese pop tainly take a punch.” star Jay Chou, and the Given that martial Hornet aka Britt Reid, arts expert Jensen has is Seth Rogen. While the seen hours and hours original series (marketed of classic martial arts as The Kato Show in Hong movies (including his Kong, all 26 episodes of it) share of Bruce Lee did have a certain amount flicks), one might of innocent crime- Jensen has also been known to take up this posiexpect him to at least fightin’ charm, its main tion when watching movies. have enjoyed the few appeal today is as an early showcase for Lee’s legendary fighting moments where Jay Chou, as Kato, disskills, as the virtuous Hornet and Kato face patched his enemies with flying kicks and off against an array of thugs and bad guys. lightning fast punches. Unfortunately, the action sequences were so choppily edited, In the movie, the big fight is between our fond memories of the original and the he never had the satisfaction of watching a complete martial arts maneuver—just stunning smart-ass unpleasantness of the fractions of kicks, chops, punches and filmmaker’s updated vision. leaps all stitched together. “Times have changed,” Jensen observes, And another thing. as the credits role shortly before 1am (it’s “I think Jay Chou just didn’t have the not only a dumb movie—it’s long). “They presence to fill Bruce Lee’s shoes,” Jensen make movies differently today than they suggests. “He doesn’t have the threat level did when we were kids.” of Bruce Lee, who was always somewhere “I accept that,” I reply, raising my voice to be heard over the pulse-pounding brass between coiled snake and watching tiger.” Leaving the theater, we spend a few of James Newton Howard’s adrenalineminutes talking about the Black Beauty, powered score (one of the better elements which is brought to life with loving care of the movie). “But who thought it would in the new film, adding computerized be a good idea to turn the Green Hornet programs and sleek weaponry undreamed into an obnoxious, unlikable moron who does everything for the wrong reason, and of back in the 1960s. “I thought it was hilarious,” Jensen can’t do anything right to begin with?” points out, “that all of the controls in the “I know exactly why this character car were labeled in Chinese, so Kato could behaves like that,” Jensen smiles. “He’s drive it and shoot missiles and everything, a trust-fund baby. Think about it. His but the Green Hornet could never figure father’s a millionaire, and he’s grown up with wealth, never having to work a day in anything out. It’s like my wife’s cell phone. She’s from Taiwan so, of course, I can’t life. This is exactly how trust-fund babies read anything on her phone. That was behave. They can’t do a single thing well pretty funny.” because they’ve never had to do anything Since the filmmakers were obviously their entire lives.” going for funny—turning The Green Trust-fund kids, continues Jensen, are Hornet into a long comedy skit about the fundamentally inept. world’s worst superhero—it should at “Even the most simple tasks they fail least have been a little funnier. “I laughed at because they don’t have any clue about a few times,” Jensen admits. “But it really how things work. That’s why Seth Rogen was disappointing. What I would give the plays this guy like that, with no social graces and no real skills. He’s never needed Green Hornet, even though the guy was a thoroughly impractical person, is that them because he has money. All he’s ever he was brave, he was decisive and he was done is party, and he doesn’t even know willing to act and take risks. Maybe that’s how to make a cup of coffee, or how it enough to be a hero—if you have a good appears at his bedside every morning. He team covering your ass, because you just couldn’t make a cup of coffee to save his don’t have a clue about how life works or life. He couldn’t make toast.” “So,” I have to wonder, “what could pos- how the consequences of your impetuous, ill-conceived actions affect others.” sibly be seen as entertaining about watchSo, inept or not, he’s still a hero. Maybe ing that for two hours?” an anti-hero? “Um...” “Or,” Jensen concludes, “really sort of an Unable to come up with an apt explanaanti-hero hero.” ✹ tion for why Rogen and director Michel Gondry (who co-wrote the screenplay Divulge your favorite superhero titles to David at with Rogen), were willing to subject audiences to such a one-note comic concept, It’s your movie, speak up at Jensen takes a few seconds to consider ›› what part of Green Hornet he actually


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Movie summaries by Matthew Stafford

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Another Year (2:09) Mike Leigh dramedy follows a close-knit group of friends over the course of four seasons. ● Barney’s Version (2:12) A tapestried look back at the life of a lovable doofusmensch (Paul Giamatti); Dustin Hoffman costars as his papa. ● Biutiful (2:27) Oscar-nominated Mexican drama stars Javier Bardem as a smalltime hood struggling to raise his children in a hostile world. ● 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. ● The Company Men (1:53) After top execs Ben Affleck, Tommy Lee Jones and Chris Cooper lose their cushy corporate jobs, they embark on a potentially amusing odyssey of self-actualization, life coaching and menial labor. ● Country Strong (1:52) Three country music stars launch a national concert tour fraught with romantic passions and personal discord. ● The Dilemma (1:58) Vince Vaughan spies buddy Kevin James’ wife out with another man and tries to uncover the truth in Ron Howard’s slapstick comedy. ● 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. ● From Prada to Nada (1:47) Two snooty 90210 girls are left penniless when their father dies and have to adapt to a new life in gritty East LA. ● The Green Hornet (1:48) Seth Rogen stars as the newspaper tycoon/undercover crimefighter, battling LA’s number-one gangster with considerable help from his chauffeur, Kato. ● The Illusionist (1:20) Hand-drawn French cartoon (with a script by Jacques Tati) follows an aging magician and his ●

young charge as they tour the Scottish Highlands. ● Inception (2:28) Christopher Nolan’s Oscar-nominated sci-fi thriller stars Leo DiCaprio as an outlaw adept at the art of stealing thoughts and secrets. ● 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, illprepared sovereign who turns to a cuttingedge speech therapist to cure his nervous stutter. ● 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 Mechanic (1:40) Remake of the Charles Bronson actioner stars Jason Statham as a cold-blooded assassin out to avenge the murder of his old mentor. ● National Theatre London: King Lear (3:00) Derek Jacobi stars as Shakespeare’s aging, deluded, tragic monarch. ● No Strings Attached (1:50) BFFs Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher embark on a guilt-free, no-expectations, nonromantic sexual relationship and love every minute of it. ● Nuremberg (1:20) Long-lost 1948 U.S. government documentary follows the Allies’ top prosecutors as they build their case against Nazi war criminals. ● The Rite (1:52) An American seminary student in Rome gets more than he bargained for when he signs up for an exorcism class at the Vatican! ● Sing-Along Wizard of Oz (1:41) Make beautiful music with Judy and the gang to the tune of Harold Arlen’s and Yip Harburg’s classic score. ● 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). ● True Grit (2:08) The Coen boys bring Charles Portis’s classic novel to the big screen with Jeff Bridges as drunken oneeyed trigger-happy U.S. Marshal Rooster Cogburn. ● The Way Back (2:13) Amazing true story of a group of WWII POWs who escape from a Siberian gulag and embark on a thousand-mile trek across mountain and desert; Peter Weir directs. ● 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 ❋ Another Year (R) CinéArts at Sequoia: Fri 4:10, 7, 9:50 Sat 1:20, 4:10, 7, 9:50 Sun 1:20, 4:10, 7 Mon-Thu 4:10, 7 Barney’s Version (R) ★★★ Century Regency 6: 1:25, 4:45, 7:55 ❋ Biutiful (R) Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 12:20, 3:40, 7, 10:15 Sun-Thu 12:20, 3:40, 7 Black Swan (R) ★★★ Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 1:50, 4:35, 7:30, 10:10 Sun-Thu 1:50, 4:35, 7:30 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:40, 2:15, 4:50, 7:25, 10:10 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri-Sat 1:50, 4:25, 7, 9:25 Sun-Thu 1:50, 4:25, 7 Blue Valentine (R) ★★★★ Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 1:15, 4:10, 7:05, 9:55 SunThu 1:15, 4:10, 7:05 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri 4:10 6:45, 9:20 Sat 1:10, 4:10 6:45, 9:20 Sun 1:10, 4:10 6:45 Mon-Thu 4:10 6:45 The Company Men (R) ★★1/2 Century Northgate 15: 11:55, 2:20, 4:45, 7:25, 9:55 Country Strong (PG-13) Century Northgate 15: 1:20, 4:20, 7:20, 10 The Dilemma (PG-13) Century Northgate 15: 11:40, 2:15, 4:50, 7:30, 10:05 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:35, 5, 10:15 The Fighter (R) ★★1/2 Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 7:15, 10 Sat-Sun 11:10, 1:50, 4:30, 7:15, 10 Mon-Thu 6:50, 9:35 Century Northgate 15: 11:25, 2:10, 4:55, 7:35, 10:20 Century Rowland Plaza: 2:20, 7:35 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri-Sat 1:10, 3:50, 6:30, 9:05 Sun-Thu 1:10, 3:50, 6:30 ❋ From Prada to Nada (PG-13) Century Northgate 15: 11:30, 2, 4:35, 7:15, 9:45 The Green Hornet (PG-13) ★1/2 Century Cinema: 1:15, 4:10,

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7:10, 10 Century Northgate 15: 1, 4, 7, 9:40; 3D showtimes at 11:45, 2:25, 5:10, 7:50, 10:30 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:30, 2:15, 5, 7:45, 10:30 Fairfax 5 Theatres: FriSat 1, 4, 6:50, 9:35 Sun-Thu 1, 4, 6:50 The Illusionist (2011) (PG) Rafael Film Center: Fri 4:30, 7, 9 Sat-Sun 2:15, 4:30, 7, 9 Mon-Thu 7, 9 Inception (PG-13) ★★★1/2 Lark Theater: Fri-Sat 8 Sun, Tue-Wed 7 Thu 4 Inside Job (PG-13) ★★★1/2 CinéArts at Marin: Fri 4:40, 7:20, 9:50 Sat 2:05, 4:40, 7:20, 9:50 Sun 2:05, 4:40, 7:20 Mon-Thu 5, 7:30 The King’s Speech (R) ★★★1/2 Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 5, 7:45, 10:25 Sat-Sun 11:30, 2:15, 5, 7:45, 10:25 Mon-Thu 6:30, 9:15 Century Regency 6: Fri 1:35, 4:25, 7:15, 10:05 Sat 1:35, 4:25, 7:15 Sun-Thu 1:35, 4:25, 7:15 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:20, 2:10, 4:55, 7:40, 10:25 CinéArts at Sequoia: Fri 4:55, 7:35, 10:10 Sat 2:15, 4:55, 7:35, 10:10 Sun 2:15, 4:55, 7:35 Mon-Thu 4:55, 7:35 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri-Sat 1:20, 4:30, 7:10, 9:45 Sun-Thu 1:20, 4:30, 7:10 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri 4, 6:50, 9:30 Sat 1:20, 4, 6:50, 9:30 Sun 1:20, 4, 6:50 MonThu 4, 6:50 Made in Dagenham (R) ★★1/2 Lark Theater: Fri-Sat 5:30 Sun, Tue-Wed 4:30 Mon 7 Thu 1:30 ❋ The Mechanic (R) Century Northgate 15: 12:30, 3, 5:30, 8, 10:30 Century Rowland Plaza: 12, 2:35, 5:15, 7:35, 10:05 ❋ National Theatre London: King Lear (Not Rated) Lark Theater: Thu 7:30 No Strings Attached (R) Century

Northgate 15: 12, 1:15, 2:35, 3:45, 5:15, 6:20, 7:45, 8:55, 10:15 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:50, 2:30, 5:10, 7:55, 10:30 CinéArts at Marin: Fri 4:30, 7:10, 9:45 Sat 1:55, 4:30, 7:10, 9:45 Sun 1:55, 4:30, 7:10 Mon-Thu 4:45, 7:20 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri 4:25, 7, 9:40 Sat 1:30, 4:25, 7, 9:40 Sun 1:30, 4:25, 7 Mon-Thu 4:25, 7 ❋ Nuremberg (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Fri 4:45, 6:30, 8:30 Sat-Sun 2:45, 4:45, 6:30, 8:30 Mon-Thu 6:30, 8:30 ❋ The Rite (PG-13) Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 7:30, 10:10 Sat-Sun 11:25, 2:10, 4:45, 7:30, 10:10 Mon-Thu 7:05, 9:45 Century Northgate 15: 11:50, 2:30, 5:05, 7:40, 10:25 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:45, 2:25, 5:05, 7:50, 10:35 ❋ Sing-Along Wizard of Oz (Not Rated) Lark Theater: Sat-Sun 2:30 The Social Network (PG-13) ★★★1/2 Rafael Film Center: Fri 4:15, 6:45, 9:15 Sat-Sun 1:45, 4:15, 6:45, 9:15 MonThu 6:45, 9:15 True Grit (PG-13) ★★★ Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 5:20, 8, 10:30 Sat-Sun 11:50, 2:35, 5:20, 8, 10:30 Mon-Thu 6:45, 9:25 Century Regency 6: Wed-Thu 12, 2:35, 5:10, 7:45 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:25, 2, 4:35, 7:15, 9:55 CinéArts at Marin: Fri 4:20, 7, 9:40 Sat 1:45, 4:20, 7, 9:40 Sun 1:45, 4:20, 7 Mon-Thu 4:55, 7:40 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri-Sat 1:30, 4:10, 6:40, 9:10 Sun-Thu 1:30, 4:10, 6:40 The Way Back (PG-13) Century Northgate 15: 1:10, 4:10, 7:10, 10:10 Yogi Bear (PG) Century Northgate 15: 12:20, 2:40, 4:40, 6:50, 8:50

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

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

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Live music 01/28: 4AD Rock with Austin DeLone and Aram Danesh. 9:30pm. Peri's, 29 Broadway, Fairfax. 459-9910. 01/28: Boz Scaggs David Jacobs-Strain opens. 8pm. $65-80. Uptown Theatre, 1350 Third St., Napa. (707) 259-0123. 01/28: Cryptical Grateful Dead Jam band. 8:30pm. $5-7. Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor, Gate 5, Sausalito. 331-2899. 01/28: Gentry Bronson Band Rancho Debut. In the bar. 8pm. Rancho Nicasio, Nicasio. 662-2219. 01/28: Late NIght Jazz Madeline Sheron with the Larry Vuckovich Duo featuring Bucac Necak on bass. 9:30-11:30pm. Chianti Cucina, 7416 Redwood Blvd., Novato. 497-1186. 01/28: Lauralee Brown & Company Jazz. 7-10pm. Saylor’s Restaurant & Bar, 2009 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-1512. 01/28: Sophisticated Standards With Phillip Percy Williams, vocals; Judy Hall, piano. 6:309:30pm. Free. Mcinnis Park Club Restaurant, 350 Smith Ranch Road, San Rafael. 244-2665. 01/28: Stephanie Keys Blues rock. 9pm. Smiley's Saloon, 41 Wharf Road, Bolinas. 868-1311. 01/28: Vinyl Funk, Latin jazz, dub and reggae. 9pm. $13-15. George’s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262. www. 01/29: Al Molina Quintet Jazz. 8:30pm. No

cover. No Name Bar, 757 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-1392. 01/29: Breakin' Bread Funk, jazz with members of Vinyl and the Monophonics. 9:30pm. Peri's, 29 Broadway, Fairfax. 459-9910.

01/29: Elliott’s Evil Plan and Cathey Cotten With The Mighty Groove. Funk. 9pm-1am. $10. 19 Broadway, 17 Broadway, Fairfax. 01/29: Eugene Huggins Rock/blues. 7-10pm. Saylor’s Restaurant & Bar, 2009 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-1512. 01/29: James Moseley Band Soul. 8:30pm. $15. Rancho Nicasio, Nicasio. 662-2219. 01/29: Railroad Earth With Great American Taxi. 8pm. $37. Uptown Theatre, 1350 Third St., Napa. (707) 259-0123. 01/29: SambaDá Nine member samba-reggaehip hop-funk band from Santa Cruz. 8-10pm. $22-26. Osher Marin JCC, 200 N San Pedro Road, San Rafael. 444-8000. 01/29: This Old Earthquake Soul. 9pm. Smiley's Saloon, 41 Wharf Road, Bolinas. 868-1311. 01/29: The Tickets Band Dance music. 9pm. $5. Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor Drive at Gate 5, Sausalito. 331-2899.

01/29: Vortex Tribe, Jon Mulvey’s Rockethouse, Due Cuori Jazz fusion. 9pm. $10-15. George’s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262. 01/30: Beso Negro Gypsy soul. 9:30pm. Peri's, 29

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For some in the sporting world, this is the time for serious football. But for others it’s the season for really big dog shows—from the AKC National Championships (broadcast last Sunday) to the Westminster Kennel Club (Feb. 14-15) in New York, to this weekend’s GOLDEN GATE KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW at the Cow Palace. Hundreds of purebred dogs Every dog has its day—well, at least the beautiful ones do, will strut their stuff in conformation next weekend at the Cow Palace. and obedience classes, and there are agility and flyball demonstrations. The GGKC show is a “benched” affair, which means dogs and their owners, breeders and handlers are available to the public all day long to answer questions and accept the occasional pat (for the dogs, not people).There is also plenty of canine-themed shopping at the sprawling event. Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 29-30, 8:30am-5pm, Cow Palace, Daly City. See www.goldengatekc. com for more information.—Julie Vader

Broadway, Fairfax. 459-9910. 01/30: Jami Jameson Sassy jazz. Rancho Debut. In the bar. 4pm. Rancho Nicasio, Nicasio. 662-2219. 01/31: Blue Monday Jam Gail Muldrow and Jesse Kincaid, hosts. 8-11pm. Seahorse, 305 Harbor Dr at Gate 5, Sausalito.

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02/03: Tower of Power With Jay Alexander. 8pm. $35-45. Uptown Theatre, 1350 Third St., Napa. (707) 259-0123. 02/04: D'Bunchovus With Rusty Gauthier. 8pm. Rancho Nicasio, Nicasio. 662-2219.

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Acoustic jam every Monday. 7:30-10:30pm. No cover. Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor Drive at Gate 5, Sausalito. 331-2899. 02/01: Noel Jewkes Quartet Jazz. 7-10pm. No cover. Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor Dr., gate 5, Sausalito. 945-9016. 02/01: Swing Fever Featuring Bryan Gould. 7-10pm. No cover. Panama Hotel & Restaurant, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 457-3993. 02/02: J Kevin Durkin Trio Jazz. 7-10pm. No cover. Panama Hotel & Restaurant, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 457-3993. 02/02: Jed Americana. With Jason Beard (Poor Mans Whiskey) and Ed Flores. 8pm. No cover. Iron Springs Pub, 765 Center Blvd., Fairfax. 488-1490.

8:30pm. $10-15. George’s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262. 02/04: The Mother Hips Rock. Led by cofounders Tim Bluhm (vocals/guitar) and Greg Loiacono (guitar/vocals). 9pm-midnight. $20-30. Palm Ballroom, Seafood Peddler, 100 Yacht Club Dr., San Rafael. 389-5072. 02/04: Stevie Coyle Fingerstyle guitar. 8pm. $15-20. Schoenberg Guitars, 106 Main St., Tiburon. 789-0846. 02/05: Jazzgitan Jazz. 2pm. Iron Springs Pub, 765 Center Blvd., Fairfax. 485-1005.

02/03: Jay Bonet and Los Tres Borachos and Friends Latin rockabilly. 8pm. $10-15. George’s

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01/30: NY Metropolitan Opera Soprano Olga Makarina The Osher Marin JCC presents â&#x20AC;&#x153;Opera Celebration 2011â&#x20AC;? with the celebrated NY Metropolitan Opera singer. 1:30pm. $50-500. Osher Marin JCC, 200 North San Pedro Road, San Rafael. 444-8000. 01/30: Throckmorton Chamber Players Joe Bloom, piano; Patricia Farrell, flute; Helene Zindarsian, soprano; Joshua Henderson, baritone; Elizabeth Prior, violin and Elisabeth Zosseder, harp. Works by Schumann, Bach, Hindemith, Ibert and VaughanWilliams. 7:30pm. $15-21. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 383-9600. Through 05/02: Winifred Baker Chorale All are welcome to sing Faureâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Requieumâ&#x20AC;? and Schubertâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mass in E Flatâ&#x20AC;? with the chorale. Rehearsals Tues. evenings. Performances April 29 and May 2. 6:30-9:30pm. $30, for music. Angelico Hall, Dominican University, 50 Acacia, San Rafael. 485-3579.

Dance 01/29: 2nd Annual Benefit Sock Hop Michelle Parodi will teach basic dance steps. Socks go to Marin Interfaith Street Chaplaincy. 7-10pm. $5-15, plus a 3 pack of white menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s athletic socks . Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 240 Channing Way, San Rafael. 479-4131. 01/29: Mt.Tam Swing Dance Party Learn West Coast Swing style dance moves. Come alone or with a partner. 7:30pm dance lesson. 7:30-11:45pm. $15. Mt. Tam Racquet Club, 1 Larkspur Plaza Dr., Larkspur. 924-6226.

01/30: 'Salsalito Sundays' With Orquesta La Moderna Tradicion Salsa. 4-8pm. $5. Sausalito Seahorse Restaurant, 305 Harbor Dr. at Gate 5 Road, Sausalito. 317-3180. Through 03/10: Sweat Your Prayers â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sweat Your Prayers: Moving Meditation.â&#x20AC;? Every Thursday. With DJ world music. 6:30pm. $15, drop-in. Community Center Gym, 6350 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., San Geronimo.

Theater/Auditions 01/28-29:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Crazy For Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Auditions Classic Gershwin. For young people 8-18 years of age. Phone for further details. 3:30-7:30pm. Marilyn Izdebski Studio, 100 Shaw Dr., San Anselmo. 453-0199. www.

01/28-29:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Andy Warhol: Good for the Jews?â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Josh Kornbluth, the renowned playwright, performer and former KQED host, brings his new one-man show. 8pm. $16-25. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley. 383-9600.

Through 02/13:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Doubtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Ross Valley Players present John Patrick Shanleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning play. 8-9:30pm. $15-25. Marin Art and Garden Center, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Ross. 456-9555. Through 02/20:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Seagullâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; By Anton Chekhov. New version by Libby Appel, from a literal translation by Allison Horsley. Directed by Jasson Minadakis. Preview evenings 8pm Jan. 28-29; 2 and 7pm Jan. 30 and Feb. 6; 8pm Feb. 1 and Feb. 3-5 ; 7:30pm Feb. 2. See website for more showtimes. $20-42. Marin Theatre Company, 397 Miller Ave., Mill Valley. 388-5208.

Comedy 01/29: Caylia Chaiken: 'The Date Whisperer' New original musical comedy recounting one womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s humorous journey through the world of modern dating. 8-9:30pm. $20. Showcase Theatre, Marin Center, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 499-6800. 02/01: Mark Pitta and Friends Standup. 8pm. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Downtown, Mill Valley. 383-9600.

02/02: Jason Resler, Mike Betancourt and Friends Standup. 8pm. $10-15. Georgeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262. 02/04: Adam Carolla 21 and older. 8pm. $39. Uptown Theatre, 1350 Third St., Napa. (707) 259-0123.

Art 02/04:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Art of Loveâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Reception Original mixed media works by Minna Nix. 7-9:30pm. Free. Minna Nix Fine Art Gallery, 1215 2nd St., San Rafael. www.

Call for Artists: Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival 2011 Applications for the 55th annual event are available now through April 18 at, an online application service. Mill Valley. 381-8090. Through 01/29: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.

Through 01/31: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. Through 01/31:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Quilt Artistryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Textile art by Pat Dicker, Loretta Armstrong, Joanne Berry and Sandra Harrington. Free. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Downtown, Mill Valley. 383-9600.

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The trademark green that muddies David Fincherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s movies is familiar to anyone whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ever used daylight film under fluorescent lighting: Without a corrective filter over the lens everyone looks pallid and undersea and, like the misfits that people Fincherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s growing list of â&#x20AC;&#x153;geniusâ&#x20AC;? pictures, subjects for snapshots that are better left in the back sleeves of the scrapbook. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s reason No. 1 to savor his mordant Jesse Eisenberg plays the billion-dollar-idea stealer biopic of Mark Zuckerberg, the inventor with steely-eyed resolve. of historyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s greatest photo album. THE SOCIAL NETWORK is a brilliant telling of the Facebook story and the sleazeball who created it. Fincher is after something bigger and generational, the Rosebud at the aching heart of all those 20-something coder mavericks who, for Fincher, have grown up with something crucial missing. Aaron Sorkinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s overpraised script offers up a thick dish of cornponeâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;how creaky all that clever chat can get in Harvard dorms, depo rooms and throbbing nightclubsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; but then, for no good reason, Fincher will deposit us with the Winklevoss twins as they strain against their oars one misty morning, soon to be cheated out of billions, and we know weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re in the hands of a master.â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Richard Gould Through 02/02: Winter Group Show Exhibition of paintings by Phoebe Brunner, Linda Cosgrove, James Leonard, GR Martin, John McNamara, Greg Ragland, Daniel Tousignant. 10am-4pm. Free. Gallery Bergelli, 483 Magnolia Avenue, Larkspur. 945-9454. Through 02/08:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Old Hero Songâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Photography exhibit and book release by Miguel Farias. 10am-5pm. Art Works Downtown, 1337 Fourth St, San Rafael. 451-8119.

Brown, watercolors. 7am-3pm weekdays; 8am-3pm weekends. Anthony Miceli Gallery, 625 San Geronimo Valley Dr., San Geronimo. 488-0105. Through 03/12:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Can Doâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Artworks made from cans or reference â&#x20AC;&#x153;canâ&#x20AC;? in some way draws attention to issues of waste and recycling. 5:30-7:30pm. Free. Falkirk Cultural Center, 1408 Mission Ave., San Rafael. 485-3328.

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renowned for its apprentice program presents a group show. 9am-5pm. Free. Marin Community Foundation, 5 Hamilton Landing # 200, Novato. 666-2442 . Through 04/08:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The Old and The Newâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Exhibition of paintings by Melissa Adkison. 8am-7pm. Free. Gail Van Dyke Atrium Gallery, Marin Cancer Institute, 1350 South Eliseo Dr., Greenbrae. 4619000.

Oil paintings. 9am-4pm. Free. Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-3871.

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 02/20: 26th Annual January Juried Show Oakland Museum curator, Rene de Guzman, juror. Works by 34 artists. Open 11am-5pm. Closed Tuesdays. Free. Gallery Route One, 11101 Highway One, Point Reyes. 663-1347. Through 02/25: Edythe Bresnahan Paintings by the former art dept. chair at Dominican University. 10am-5pm. Art Works Downtown, 1337 Fourth St., San Rafael. 451-8119. Through 02/26:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Go Figureâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Marin Arts Council exhibition celebrates the human body with figurative art in various mediums. 11am to 6pm. Wednesday through Saturday. 11am-6pm. Free. Marin Arts Council, 906 4th St., San Rafael. 666-2442 . Through 02/27: Peter de Swart Sculpture. Lukas Felzmann, photography; Tom Soltsz, plein air paintings. 1-5pm. Free. Bolinas Museum, 48 Wharf Road, Bolinas. 868-0330.

Through 02/28:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Truly Massive Landscape Photographsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Robert Anthony Prichard, large scale landscape photographs. 9am-5pm. Free. Tiburon Town Hall, 1550 Tiburon Blvd., Tiburon. 435-9880. Through 03/07:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Life in Full Colorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Cara

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Readings 01/28: Richard Panek Panek talks about “The 4 Percent Universe.” Only four percent of the universe consists of the matter that makes up humans, the planets and stars. 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 01/29: Barbara Clarke ‘Local Author Day.’ Clarke discusses her memoir “Getting to Home: Sojourn in a Perfect House.” 4pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 01/29: Hand to Mouth/Words Spoken Out #35 With Catharine Clark-Sayles and Joan Barranow. Open mic to follow reading. Refreshments available. 4-6pm. Free, donations accepted. Rebound Bookstore, 1611 4th St., San Rafael. 482-0550. www. 01/29: Kathleen Barry 'Local Author Day.' With sociologist/author Barry presenting “Unmaking War, Remaking Men.” 2pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 01/29: Lisa Braver Moss 'Local Author Day.' Braver Moss presents her novel “The Measure of His Grief.” 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 01/29: Mary Volmer ‘Local Author Day.’ The author discusses her novel “Crown of Dust” set in the Gold Rush days. 5pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www. 01/30: Douglas Brinkley New York Times best selling author talks about “The Quiet World: Saving Alaska’s Wilderness Kingdom, 1879-1960.” The historian offers a look at Alaska’s wilderness. 4pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 02/01: Karen Abbott “American Rose: A Nation Laid Bare: The Life and Times of Gypsy Rose Lee.” 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 02/02: Matteo Pistono Pistono discusses “In the Shadow of the Buddha: Secret Journeys, Sacred Histories, and Spiritual Discovery in Tibet.” 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960.

02/03:‘The Man Who Loved Books Too Much’ A true story of literary obsession by Allison Hoover Bartlett. 1pm. Free. Outdoor Art Club, 1 W Blithedale Ave., Mill Valley. 02/03: One Book One Marin 2011 selection is Abraham Verghese’s “Cutting for Stone.” 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 02/04: James Kugel “In the Valley of the Shadow: The Authenticity of Religious Belief and What Matters Most in Our Lives.” 1pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.

02/04: Phil Cousineau and Contributors “Beyond Forgiveness: Reflections on Atonement.” 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960.

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Community Events (Misc.) 01/28-30: Gem Faire Fine jewelry, gems, beads, crystals, silver, rocks and minerals. Noon-6pm Fri.; 10am-6pm Sat.; 10am-5pm Sun. $7. Marin Center Exhibit Hall, 10 Ave. of the Flags, San Rafael. 503252-8300.

02/01: Meet Your Mid-life Valentine Singles Party Make Hallmark happy and meet a new romantic partner in time for Valentines Day. 7-9pm. $10. Ristorante La Toscana, 3751 Redwood Hwy., San Rafael. 507-9962.

Kid Stuff 01/29: Cascade Canyon School Open House The non profit K-8 small independent, progressive school will host an open house for parents of prospective students. 10am-noon. Free. Cascade Canyon School, 2626 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Fairfax. 459-3464. 01/29: Enchanted Sleeping Beauty Children's Theatre Association S.F. presents "The Legend of Briar Rose." 10:30am and 1pm. $12. Florence Gould Theater, Legion of Honor, 34th Ave. and Clement St., S.F. 248-2677. 01/29: Family Hike and Campfire Hike and roast s'mores by moonlight! 5:30-8pm. $10. Headlands Institute, 1033 Fort Cronkhite, Sausalito. 331-1548. 01/29-02/13: King Midas 1pm Sat.-Sun. 3:30pm Sun. $7-10. Young Performers Theatre, Bldg. C, Ft. Mason Center, S.F. 346-5550. 01/29-30: Wizard of Oz Sing-Along With S.F. Opera Chorus member Kathleen Bayler. 2:30pm. $5-10. Lark Theater, 549 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur. 924-5111. 01/30: Amy Novesky Novesky presents “Me, Frida,” a children’s book about Frida Kahlo and her time in S.F. 4pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 02/01: Kathryn Otoshi The author presents “Zero.” Learn about counting and accepting others. 10am. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 02/02: 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 02/02: Oliver Chin Chin presents “The Year of the Rabbit: Tales from the Chinese Zodiac.” 10am. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960.

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›› STARSTREAM by Ly n d a R ay

Week of January 27-February 2, 2011

ARIES (March 20 - April 19) Now that the travel planet Jupiter is in your sign, you are due for a trip or two. Your wanderlust is especially strong on Friday and Saturday, so if you can’t actually go somewhere, at least makes plans for your next vacation. While you may feel bogged down with responsibilities on Sunday and Monday, you rebound by Groundhog Day when the innovative Aquarian Moon inspires you to make new friends. TAURUS (April 20 - May 19) Feeling a little lusty? The mushy Moon is doing the tango with your ruler, sensuous Venus, this weekend. If you don’t yet have romantic plans for Saturday night, you might want to review your options. Wednesday’s New Moon in your career house could inspire a different professional direction and a desire to start coloring outside the lines. No matter how much you dislike change, you realize that to maintain your comfort level, you may need to revamp your skills. GEMINI (May 20 - June 20) Friday and Saturday create understanding between you and your loved ones. If you’re hoping to find mutual ground on an issue, now is the perfect time for cooperation. After the weekend, you happily accumulate knowledge as the emphasis falls on your house of learning. The New Moon on Wednesday provides a series of insights, broadening your views while inspiring fresh ideas. Thank goodness someone is open-minded.... CANCER (June 21 - July 21) You feel socially attracted to co-workers and business associates on Friday and Saturday. Accept after-hours invitations. After all, business can turn to pleasure under the right circumstances. Sunday and Monday bring the bottom of your lunar cycle. If you don’t have a lover who can make it all better, then you are probably better off just hiding away on your own. Wednesday’s New Moon offers ways to access outside resources. Need a loan? Apply now. LEO (July 22 - August 22) In spite of the less pleasant aspects of modern air travel, it remains the fastest way to get to another country. Jupiter has big plans for you during the next four months. He expects you to have your passport in hand as you discover faraway lands and experience other cultures. OK. You may not be ready to leave immediately as your love life is demanding your attention. But, why not start looking while you can book a five-star resort at a discount? VIRGO (August 23 - September 21) Saturn is moving in reverse through the sector of your chart ruling money and possessions. There are two ways to handle this. One way is to calmly review the way you’ve structured your financial state and shore up any weaknesses with sensible budget planning. The other is to panic about the lack of cash and allow depression to prevent you from finding ways to increase income. Saturn can help you be responsible OR he can punish you for NOT being responsible. LIBRA (September 22 - October 22) Expansive Jupiter has returned to your relationship house for a four-month stay. If attached, expect your sweetie to treat you with generosity. Looking for love? Pay attention when you meet someone from another country—or with worldly experience. Meanwhile, the New Moon on Groundhog Day brings a creative idea that is worth nurturing. It may also bring a romantic opportunity that could develop into something good in the next couple of weeks. SCORPIO (October 23 - November 21) Once you decide to do something, you’re unstoppable. Your current fixation may be related to your home life: The spare room used for storage may now be cleared out and transformed into a studio or a workout room; you may decide to finally replace the pastels in your bedroom with vivid hues that more truly portray your passionate persona. But before you decide to tear down a wall, ask your landlord. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 - December 20) You remain friendly and enthusiastic this week as the planets continue to favor your sign. Saturday night is especially good for hedonistic experiences. By Tuesday, you are less self-absorbed and more interested in helping out when needed. Wednesday’s New Moon is all about making connections and genuine communication. Try to remember that a conversation includes both speaking AND listening. CAPRICORN (December 21 - January 18) You are moving into a phase where you learn how to balance professional ambitions with personal needs. Being successful in business is a worthy goal, but not the ONLY goal. This is an opportunity to feel that you belong—in your community and with loved ones. Try to understand that emotional support can bring even more happiness than financial abundance. But don’t quit your job to sit around watching TV with your unemployed cousin. No money means no cable. AQUARIUS (January 19 - February 17) It’s time to light candles and eat cake—even if this is not your true birthday week. Now that jovial Jupiter has taken over your immediate environment, you can expect to have an entertaining time without leaving your neighborhood. And, while Saturday night can’t be beat for multiple flirtations, Wednesday offers a chance to make new friends of either sex. All in all, another stellar week for the star of the zodiac. PISCES (February 18 - March 19) The creative Sun and fiery Mars are having a dynamic effect on your imagination. Envision what you want now, while you have an enhanced ability to manifest your dreams. Meantime, progressive Uranus is completing his long transformation to your sign. If you haven’t yet discovered your inner techie, you have about another five weeks to get comfortable with the digital age. It’s OK. You can keep your vinyl, but your eighttrack cartridges have to go. ✹ Email Lynda Ray at or check out her website at 34 PACIFIC SUN JANUARY 28, 2011 – FEBRUARY 3, 2011

PUBLIC NOTICES 995 Fictitious Name Statement 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 ClerkRecorder 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) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2011125769 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as STONE CONSULTING, 2500 DEER VALLEY ROAD APT. 224, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: SUEZEN STONE, 2500 DEER VALLEY ROAD APT. 224, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903. This business is being conducted

by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on January 1, 2011. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on January 10, 2011. (Publication Dates: January 14, 21, 28; February 5, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 125696 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as MULBERRY CLASSROOM, 70 SKYVIEW TERRACE BLDNG C, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: MULBERRY CLASSROOM, 70 SKYVIEW TERRACE BLDNG C, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903. This business is being conducted by a corporation. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on June 1, 2007. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on December 23, 2011. (Publication Dates: January 14, 21, 28; February 5, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 125707 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as IPRINT TECHNOLOGIES, 980 MAGNOLIA AVE. #5, LARKSPUR, CA 94939: MTS PARTNERS, INC., 980 MAGNOLIA AVE. #5, 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 28, 2011. (Publication Dates: January 14, 21, 28; February 5, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 125724 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as ZOLLNER PRECISION CHIROPRACTIC AND WELLNESS INC., 4380 REDWOOD HWY. #B6, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: ZOLLNER PRECISION CHIROPRACTIC AND WELLNESS INC., 4380 REDWOOD HWY. #B6, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903. This business is being conducted by a corporation. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on December 30, 2011. (Publication Dates: January 14, 21, 28; February 5, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 125694 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as MIT OUT SOUND; M.O.S., 1801 FIFTH AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: REN KLYCE, 802 EVEREST CT., MILL VALLEY, CA 94941. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on December 23, 2010. (Publication Dates: January 21, 28; February 4, 11, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2011125835 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as MOON HILL VINEYARD; BURNING BENCH CELLARS, 275 NICASIO VALLEY ROAD, NICASIO, CA 94946: DAVID H MEASE, 275 NICASIO VALLEY ROAD, NICASIO, CA 94946. 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 January 18, 2011. (Publication Dates: January 21, 28; February 4, 11, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 125750 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as LOGAN BIOTECH, 383 PINEHILL RD. APT. D, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: RICK HOLMES, 383 PINEHILL RD. APT. D, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on January 5, 2011. (Publication Dates: January 21, 28; February 4, 11, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2011125749 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as MYETRAVELPLAN, 34 FLEMINGS CT., SAUSALITO, CA 94965: MICHAEL WALL, 34 FLEMINGS CT., SAUSALITO, CA 94965. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on January 5, 2011. (Publication Dates: January 21, 28; February 4, 11, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 125755 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as HEALTH & WEALTH, 211 BELVEDERE DR., MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: ALEXANDER MALSAYLO, 211 BELVEDERE DR., MILL VALLEY, CA 94941. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant

has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on January 5, 2011. (Publication Dates: January 21, 28; February 4, 11, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 125765 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as WELLNESS THAI MASSAGE, 607 SAN ANSELMO AVE., SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960: SAOVANEE CONLEY, 5640 CARLOS AVE., RICHMOND, CA 94804. 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 January 7, 2011. (Publication Dates: January 21, 28; February 4, 11, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2010125722 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as COLLABORATIVE CONSULTING, 521 BROWNING ST., MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: LORI PETERSON, 521 BROWNING ST., MILL VALLEY, CA 94941. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on May 1, 2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on December 30, 2010. (Publication Dates: January 21, 28; February 4, 11, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 125816 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as COMPASS ECONOMICS; HAVEMAN ECONOMIC CONSULTING, 35 TWIN OAKS AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: JON HAVEMAN, 35 TWIN OAKS AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on January 13, 2011. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on January 13, 2011. (Publication Dates: January 21, 28; February 4, 11, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 125852 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as KODAMA CONSULTING; KODAMA STUDIOS, 204 BUNGALOW AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: KODAMA STUDIOS LLC., 204 BUNGALOW AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by 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 January 18, 2011. (Publication Dates: January 28; February 4, 11, 18, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 125760 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as HIPP KITCHEN, 821 B ST., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: TOM HERNDON, 600 MILLER AVE., MILL VALLEY, CA 94941. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on January 6, 2011. (Publication Dates: January 28; February 4, 11, 18, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 125867 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as PERUVA AUTO REPAIR, 121 VERDI ST., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: LUIS ARCOS, 121 VERDI ST., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on January 20, 2011. (Publication Dates: January 28; February 4, 11, 18, 2011)



PUBLIC NOTICES CONTINUED FROM PAGE 34 ed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent. THE PETITION requests the decedent’s will and codicils, if any, be admitted to probate. The will and any codicils are available for examination in the file kept by the court. THE PETITION requests authority to administer the estate under the Independent Administration of Estates Act. (This authority will allow the personal representative to take many actions without obtaining court approval. Before taking certain very important actions, however, the personal representative will be required to give notice to interested persons unless they have waived notice or consented to the proposed action.) The independent administration authority will be granted unless an interested person files an objection to the petition and shows good cause why the court should not grant the authority. A HEARING on the petition will be held in this court as follows: January 18, 2011 at 8:30 a.m. in Dept: H, of the Superior Court of California, Marin County, located at Superior Court of California, County of Marin, 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael, CA. IF YOU OBJECT to the granting of the petition, you should appear at the hearing and state your objections or file written objections with the court before the hearing. Your appearance may be in person or by your attorney. IF YOU ARE A CREDITOR or a contingent creditor of the decedent, you must file your claim with the court and mail a copy to the personal representative appointed by the court within four months from the date of first issuance of letters as provided in section 9100 of the California Probate Code. The time for filing claims will not expire before four months from the hearing date noticed above. YOU MAY EXAMINE the file kept by the court. If you are a person interested in the estate, you may file with the court a Request for Special Notice (form DE-154) of the filing of an inventory and appraisal of estate assets or of any petition or account as provided in Probate Code section 1250. A Request for Special Notice form is available from the court clerk. Attorney for Petitioner: Isidoor Bornstein Esq. SBN 4008, Bornstein Law Office, 100 Larkspur Landing Circle, SUITE 110, Larkspur, CA 949.9. (415) 461-3401. (Publication Dates: January 14, 21, 28, 2011) NOTICE OF APPLICATION TO SELL ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES. Date of Filing Application: December 23, 2010. To Whom It May Concern: The Name(s) of Applicant(s) is/are: ELIO GARCIA SANCHEZ, ALVARO VALLE HERNANDEZ. The applicants listed above are applying to the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control to sell alcoholic beverages at: 927 LINCOLN AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. Type of license(s) Applied for: 41 ON SALE BEER AND WINE Eating Place. (Pacific Sun: January 14, 21, 28 2010) ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF MARIN. No. CIV 1100181. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner HILARY NICOLE OLMSTEAD filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: HILARY NICOLE OLMSTEAD to HILARY NICOLE GOODMAN OLMSTEAD. THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter shall appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. Any person objecting to the name changes described above must file a written objection that includes the reasons for the objection at least two court days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must appear at the hearing to show cause why the petition should not be granted. If no written objection is timely filed, the court may grant the petition without a hearing. NOTICE OF HEARING: March 9, 2011, 8:30AM, Dept. K, Room K, Superior Court of California, County of Marin, 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael, CA 94913-4988. A copy of this ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE shall be published at least once each week for four successive

weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in the county of Marin: PACIFIC SUN. Date: January 12, 2011 /s/ FAYE D’OPAL, JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT (Pacific Sun: January 21, 28; February 4, 11, 2011) ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF MARIN. No. CIV 1100125. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner JIMMY RAY MCCULLUM filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: JIMMY RAY MCCULLUM to JIMMY RAY STANFIELD. THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter shall appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. Any person objecting to the name changes described above must file a written objection that includes the reasons for the objection at least two court days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must appear at the hearing to show cause why the petition should not be granted. If no written objection is timely filed, the court may grant the petition without a hearing. NOTICE OF HEARING: February 22, 2011, 8:30 AM, Dept. K, Superior Court of California, County of Marin, 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael, CA 94913-4988. A copy of this ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE shall be published at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in the county of Marin: PACIFIC SUN. Date: January 11, 2011 /s/ FAYE D’OPAL, JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT (Pacific Sun: January 21, 28; February 4, 11, 2011) STATEMENT OF NON-RESPONSIBILITY: “I, Dean G Patyk for D.P. Builders Lic. #434041 and Charles C. Berger for Vision Builders sole proprietorship Lic. #698906 (contractors) hereby and declare that we acted as general contractors under the name of D/P/ Builders and Vision Builders sole proprietorship, J.V. at 39 Caledonia for Matts’ Place, Matts’ Place LLC., Plate Shop and Sean Ivery as an individual (Client/Tenant) starting on or about August 2, 2010 and competed 80% of the project for Permit #B09-680. The Contractor(s) have withdrawn from the work at the above address and vacated the premises due to consecutive non-payment(s) as of on or about November 5, 2010. NO WORK BY CONTRACTOR HAS GUARANTEE OR WARRANTY. The contractors(s) hereby affirm and declare that no work performed by the contractor any and all warranties and or guaranties, written or implied for property damage, labor, and work by subcontractors, materials or and all workmanship typically extended to the client and Building Owners are hereby and forever null and void and do not apply. The contractor(s) further declares and affirms that they are not responsible for any debts and or obligations to subcontractors, material(s) or other incurred liabilities on or by Matts’ Place, Matts’ Place LLC., Sean Ivery project after November 5, 2010 or their affiliates, contractors, workers or others. Any and all work done by others after the vacation of the contractors has been done without his knowledge or control.” Pacific Sun: January 21, 28; February 4, 11, 2011 NOTICE OF PETITION TO ADMINISTER ESTATE OF: GAIL LEE BEATRICE. Case No. PR-1100381. To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors and persons who may otherwise be interested in the will or estate, or both, of GAIL LEE BEATRICE. A PETITION FOR PROBATE has been filed by: CHRISTOPHER M. BEATRICE in the Superior Court of California, County of MARIN. THE PETITION FOR PROBATE requests that CHRISTOPHER M. BEATRICE be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent. THE PETITION requests authority to administer the estate under the Independent Administration of Estates Act. (This authority will allow the personal representative to take many actions without obtaining court approval. Before taking certain very important actions, however,

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the personal representative will be required to give notice to interested persons unless they have waived notice or consented to the proposed action.) The independent administration authority will be granted unless an interested person files an objection to the petition and shows good cause why the court should not grant the authority. A HEARING on the petition will be held in this court as follows: Febraury 22, 2011 at 8:30 a.m. in Dept: H, Room: H, of the Superior Court of California, Marin County, located at Superior Court of California, County of Marin, 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael, CA. IF YOU OBJECT to the granting of the petition, you should appear at the hearing and state your objections or file written objections with the court before the hearing. Your appearance may be in person or by your attorney. IF YOU ARE A CREDITOR or a contingent creditor of the decedent, you must file your claim with the court and mail a copy to the personal representative appointed by the court within four months from the date of first issuance of letters as provided in section 9100 of the California Probate Code. The time for filing claims will not expire before four months from the hearing date noticed above. YOU MAY EXAMINE the file kept by the court. If you are a person interested in the estate, you may file with the court a Request for Special Notice (form DE-154) of the filing of an inventory and appraisal of estate assets or of any petition or account as provided in Probate Code section 1250. A Request for Special Notice form is available from the court clerk. Attorney for Petitioner: DOUGLAS W. HOLT ESQ., PO BOX 2106, SONOMA, CA 95476; (707)939-1100. (Publication Dates: January 28; February 4, 11, 2011) ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF MARIN. No. CIV 1100424. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner CHERYL LYNNE A. HILL POLOMO filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: CHERYL LYNNE A. HILL POLOMO to LYNNE ANNE POLOMO. THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter shall appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. Any person objecting to the name changes described above must file a written objection that includes the reasons for the objection at least two court days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must appear at the hearing to show cause why the petition should not be granted. If no written objection is timely filed, the court may grant the petition without a hearing. NOTICE OF HEARING: March 7, 2011, 9:00 AM, Dept. L, Superior Court of California, County of Marin, 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael, CA 94913-4988. A copy of this ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE shall be published at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in the county of Marin: PACIFIC SUN. Date: January 24, 2011 /s/ LYNN DURYEE, JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT (Pacific Sun: January 28; February 4, 11, 18, 2011)

›› TRiViA CAFÉ ANSWERS 1a. Aaron Rodgers 1b. Alex Smith 2. Tall, grande, venti 3. The War of 1812; Cronk was born in 1800. 4a. Dustin Hoffman, John Voight, Midnight Cowboy 4b. X-rated 4c. Angelina Jolie 5. Flanders — a region in the Netherlands and Belgium 6a. J.R.R. Tolkien 6b. Ring 7. Rahm Emanuel 8. Vanna White, on Wheel of Fortune 9. St. Christopher 10. Cumulonimbus BONUS ANSWER: Kazakhstan

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My wife and I have been married four months after dating a year. She’s 40; I’m 34. Before we married, we agreed (because of our values) that the man pays the daily living expenses (rent/mortgage, bills, taxes, groceries). She said I should never rely on her for money, but said she’d help me if I needed it. I’m buying us a home, and I’m overwhelmed by bills. She wants a $3,000 mattress and a highend bedroom set, and I asked her to help pay for them. She said she would, but I’d have to pay her back. What? Aren’t a husband and wife supposed to support each other? She works full-time as a manager and banks her earnings or spends money on herself. Before we married, we could compromise. Now she cuts me down and wants everything her way. And she could ask me how my day was once in a while. When I mentioned that, she said I was acting like a girl. She’s very beautiful—a former model—but I’ve always told her I love her for who she is, not her beauty. I still love her and don’t want to end our marriage.—Strapped


Here’s a woman who always has your best interest at heart. In fact, she’s willing to offer you several percentage points less than you’d get at Payday Loans. Four months into wedded bills, uh, bliss, you’re walking around muttering, “Aren’t a husband and wife supposed to support each other?” Well, yes, unless they start their marriage by making other arrangements. Absurdly, you agreed to the family values financial plan—the husband takes care of all the expenses. Typically, the husband does this because the wife is taking care of their home, their dogs, their ferrets and their three overscheduled children. But, hey, at least your wife’s got your back. Your back pocket, that is—the one where you keep your wallet. What spouses put into a marriage doesn’t always work out to 50/50, but there should at least be the spirit of 50/50. If you saw that in any way from your wife, you might have hope for a loving marriage. What you have instead seems like a marriage made in pragmatism. Chances are, she saw age 40 on final approach and figured she’d better lock in a funding source (you were conveniently located). Chances are, you realized she was out of your league, but figured you could bribe her into marrying you. You perhaps assumed that marriage would inspire her to act wifelike; as in, like a partner not a prostitute with a decorating budget. You claim you don’t want to end your marriage. You’re probably making a common error in rationality—deciding to continue investing based on how much you’ve already invested instead of on what the future payoffs will be (or, in your case, payouts). You also claim to love your wife—not for her stunning exterior, but for who she is on the inside (um, greedy, selfish, narcissistic and snippy?). Come on. Surely what you love is preserving your ego—telling yourself whatever it takes to avoid admitting, “Gee, was I ever gullible.” Hey, whatever makes you happy, but it won’t change who you’re with—a woman who sees you as her $chmoopie, her moneybunny, her blank checkiepoo. That aside, you can’t help but admire the lady for being a go-getter (why wait for the divorce to take a guy for all he’s worth?).


I’ve been with my boyfriend five months and want to make him a romantic dinner. What should I serve? What should I wear? What would make it romantic, fun and special for him? How can I surprise, excite and charm him?— Clueless


I find that nothing says “I love you” like a case of anaphylactic shock— when the dinner meant to take a guy’s breath away becomes the dinner that causes him to stop breathing. A severe allergic reaction is the sort of thing that can happen when you ask a total stranger what your boyfriend of five months would find tasty, romantic and sexy. (Don’t bother making dessert. The hospital will give him a fruit cup after he’s deintubated.) What’s actually romantic and special is getting the sense that the person you’re dating gets you—that he’s been paying attention to what you’re into and even remarks you’ve made in passing. This evening should reflect that, and you should have fun figuring out what, exactly, would surprise, excite and charm the guy. If you’re totally at a loss, pay attention to what he says and does in the future, and for now, do as I do: Come to the door naked with a chicken on a spear. (My UPS man really seems to like that.) ✹ © Amy Alkon, all rights reserved. Got a problem? Email or write to Amy Alkon, 171 Pier Ave. #280, Santa Monica, CA 90405.

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Section 1 of the January 28, 2011 edition of the Pacific Sun Weekly