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So that’s why those Purim cookies taste so salty... After all of the evidence to the contrary, the Tea Party is still vilified as an active participant in Giffords’ shooting [“When the Party’s Over,” Jan. 28]. How will we ever move forward and work together without sober and courageous evaluation of our own perceptions about groups with whom we disagree.

There are those on the left, such as Greenbrae letter writer Kimberly Clark, that still hang on to these false notions and seemingly try to smear the Tea Party with the blood of a dissociative man’s massacre who had no Tea Hamantaschen, or Purim cookies, are made with eggs, Party affiliation. flour, sugar, butter and fruit There are Arab filling—and that’s ALL. papers that still print the inflammatory falsehood that Jews use the blood of gentile children in Purim holiday cookies. These falsehoods must stop. The Sun would not print the letters of one who believed such a thing—why print these defamatory libelous letters about the Tea Party, making the Sun culpable for the vitriol and contributing to the atmosphere of biased ignorance. On the other hand I suppose it sheds light for me to see that some of those who claim to be enlightened and educated here in Marin apparently only have time to listen to the hearsay of their trusted source who got it from their trusted source who got it wrong in the first place. Eric Fransen, San Rafael

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Pizza Orgasmica defiled The paint wars at Pizza Orgasmica in San Rafael reached a new climax today when two men associated with a rival pizza joint across the way on Fourth Street were arrested for allegedly spray painting graffiti... Missing Terra Linda High teacher found dead Debra Schmitt had been missing since Jan. 19; investigators had not confirmed the cause of death, but issued a statement saying there was no indication of “foul play.”

Your soapbox is waiting at ›› Clark’s letter, she never implied the Tucson shooter, Jared Lee Loughner, was a member of the Tea Party—all that’s really clear is that he is an anti-government The tasteful, yet for some “independent,” unknown reason controversial, whose specific website. political leanings have yet to be detailed. What is true, as Clark wrote, is that Giffords’ father named the Tea Party as his daughter Gabriella’s “enemy.” It’s pretty clear that this is a reference to Tea Party spokesperson—for lack of a better term—Sarah Palin, who promoted her opposition to Giffords by placing the congresswoman’s district in rifle crosshairs on her political action committee website. “Don’t retreat, instead—RELOAD,” the former vice-presidential candidate tweeted about the map. Then Jesse Kelly, Giffords’ Tea Party opponent in last year’s election, invited supporters to a campaign event with this little gem: “Help remove Gabrielle Giffords from office. Shoot a fully automatic M16 with Jesse Kelly.” When Giffords last month became the victim of the first congressional assassination attempt in years, it wasn’t “vitriolic” to question whether that kind of Tea Party political imagery and rhetoric is extremely irresponsible—it’s downright rational. For what it’s worth, after the shooting Sarah Palin immediately made up an incredulous story as to why the crosshairs weren’t really crosshairs—meaning even she recognized the possibility of a connection between such incendiary rhetoric and the Tucson tragedy.

Train’s been blowing smoke all along... It is hardly a secret that SMART General Manager Lillian Hames’ “resignation” came about before she would be fired for incompetence [“Train-A-Culpa,” Feb. 4]. During her tenure SMART’s deteriorating financial condition has been hidden from the public behind a cloud of smoke and mirrors. In November 2010 the dam of hidden half-truths broke and the public awoke to find SMART’s financial hole was 6 PACIFIC SUN FEBRUARY 11 - FEBRUARY 17, 2011


$350 million, not the $155 million it had repeated ad nauseam to the public. The rail agency’s board had and has a fiduciary responsibility to protect the public trust. While their financial situation was in decline and cost overruns were being kept from the public, SMART was spending millions of dollars it didn’t have on planning and engineering for track and stations that will never get built. They still are. Peter Seidman’s story sugarcoated the failure of our local political leaders to perform an oversight function they were elected to perform. The agency and lack of oversight of its staff ought to be investigated for malfeasance. Ann Thomas, Corte Madera

Does PG&E dream of electric sheep? I want to voice my opinion on SmartMeters, although from everything I have read it appears that neither the PUC nor PG&E cares what I, or any of their customers, think. Let’s see, how do we voice our opinions to a monopoly? We can go with Marin Energy Authority but they use the PG&E equipment. I am heavily opposed to the SmartMeters. First, I have health issues and I would want total assurance that there would be no negative impact on my health (they can’t give me this). Second, I have spoken to quite a few customers who have had the SmartMeters installed and every one of them has said their bills have averaged at least $125 more per month. That is outrageous, considering the fact that our bills are already way above what we can afford; most of us are freezing in our older, poorly insulated homes, yet paying more to PG&E. Now they are forcing us to install something we may not want and have no choice in the matter; it invades our privacy and raises our bill. What are our choices? Cooking over the fireplace and using candles and flashlights? Name withheld by request, Greenbrae

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fter years of turbulence, the Novato Sanitary District has, in the words of one district board member, “probably slipped back down into the obscurity we deserve.” Maybe. One big question remains: What will be the outcome of that day in May 2009 when FBI agents walked into the district’s office on Davidson Street and left with boxes of paper printouts and copies of hard drives? The district had a hard time learning the reason for the raid. The federal Environmental Protection Agency was keeping mum. So was the U.S. Department of Justice. At the time, the district’s attorney told board members no one provided any information about the nature of the investigation. But pieces of the story trickled out. Allegations included an assertion the district illegally discharged sewage into San Pablo Bay in 2007. An anonymous tip to San Francisco Baykeeper, which alerted the EPA, apparently started the investigation. At a September 2010 sanitary district board meeting, about 16 months after the raid, the district’s attorney told board members the Justice Department had dropped its criminal investigation and declined to file any criminal charges against the district or its employees. The district board and employees breathed a bit easier. Although the district had agreed

to help provide legal representation if needed, the drawn-out investigation created a climate of unpleasant uncertainty. And the climate remains uncertain. The Justice Department may have dropped its investigation of criminal charges, but it referred the case to the San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board for possible civil action. Twenty-one months after the raid, the case remains active at the regional water board, and because it’s an active investigation, no one is talking details, either about the credibility of the evidence or when the investigation might conclude. Beverly James, manager/engineer at the sanitary district, says the EPA never “really came forward with what their [specific] issue was.” Just days after the board was informed that the district was off the criminal hook with the EPA, the regional water board slapped the district with a $287,500 fine for dozens of spills during the previous four years totaling about 500,000 gallons. Then last month, three more discharges occurred. Grease blockage in a low point of a defective pipe resulted in a discharge that James says was not entirely unexpected. “Particularly around the holidays, people dispose of grease down the drain.” Another defective pipe broke and caused the other discharge. And then the district reported another discharge from a pipe running 8 >

›› NEWSGRAMS Edward Schaefer conviction dropped Death and a legal technicality will spare Edward Schaefer—the motorcyclist who, after nine drunken-driving convictions, crashed into and killed a Novato fourth-grader—his 10th and final guilty verdict. Last May, a Marin County jury convicted the 44-year-old habitual drunken driver of the vehicular murder of 9-year-old Melody Osheroff.The San Ramon Elementary School student and her father were walking hand in hand in Novato in May 2009, when Schaefer ran a stop sign and mowed them down. Melody’s father, Aaron Osheroff, lost his leg as a result of the accident. Ten days after he began serving a sentence of 24 years to life in prison, Schaefer was stabbed to death on a San Quentin State Prison exercise yard. Another inmate, 32-year-old tattoo artist Frank Souza, has been charged with murdering Schaefer with a knife fashioned out of part of a bed frame. Before his death, Schaefer had appealed his conviction. A legal principle called the rule of abatement ab initio voids all proceedings against defendants when they die before their appeal has been heard. Consequently, in October, the state Court of Appeals in San Francisco ordered Marin County Superior Court to“abate”all currently pending proceedings against Schaefer, essentially erasing his punishment as well as his emotional trial, conviction and sentencing hearing. Schaefer joins Kenneth Lay as a beneficiary of the abatement rule.The Enron founder and former CEO died of a heart attack in 2006 while awaiting sentencing after being convicted of fraud and conspiracy. His death also voided his conviction. Prosecutor Geoff Iida said Wednesday he would not contest the abatement, a legal technicality. He argues, however, that the court should not void the nearly $1.4 million Schaefer owes Osheroff for his medical costs and lost wages. On Tuesday, Iida plans to argue his point in Marin County Superior Court. Schaefer’s estate could be ordered to pay restitution, Iida said. Meanwhile, the Osheroff family continues to press a lawsuit against Schaefer, his mother, Sheri Dunne, and her Marin Beauty Company, where Schaefer worked. Schaefer’s lawyer, Michael Schroettner, explains the rule of abatement ab initio in a motion he filed on his client’s behalf.The principle, he writes, quoting from an appellate court ruling,“is premised on the principle that‘the interests of justice ordinarily require that the deceased not stand convicted without resolution of the merits of his appeal.’“ Iida pointed out that wiping away the conviction does render the conviction flawed. It also cannot erase the pain Schaefer inflicted on the Osheroff family or the picture the community has of Schaefer. Shortly after his arrest, while still bearing the scars of the accident, he appeared in court, his face bruised and his arm in a sling.When a news photographer pointed a camera in his direction, Schaefer flipped him off.—Ronnie Cohen Pizza Orgasmica defiled The paint wars at Pizza Orgasmica in San Rafael reached a new climax last week when two men associated with a rival pizza joint across the way on Fourth Street were arrested for spray-painting graffiti on the recently opened restaurant’s front walls and windows. San Rafael police took into custody Timothy Tucker, the 32-year-old manager of Extreme Pizza (who was fired immediately), and Sean Clymer, a 26-year-old former employee at Extreme Pizza, under charges of felony vandalism—the pie-making pair allegedly scrawled a dollar sign and“go home,”among less-distinguishable scribbles, at around 3am Thursday morning. Little was spared from the lead-based assault—not even the wooden Adam and Eve cutout near the front door was left undefiled. Orgasmica opened recently following a brief controversy over the restaurant’s attention8



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between its new treatment plant to biosolids ponds. Those incidents are in active ďŹ les at the regional water board. That number of spills for one smallish sanitary district is not out of the ordinary in Marin. The countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sewerage infrastructure, from lateral lines on private property to sewer pipes under roadways, is old and decrepit. Virtually every sanitary district in the county has embarked on upgrade programs. Novato Sanitary has budgeted $2 million a year to rehabilitate its pipeline system; in addition, it also has upgraded or replaced about half of its pump stations. But the new $90 million treatment plant is the centerpiece of the districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s upgrade programâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and the focus of a controversy that resulted in a run for a new board majority and a referendum election. In planning the new treatment plant, the district determined that a modern plant would beneďŹ t from expertise beyond that available from district employees. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s when the stuff hit the fan. Amid charges of privatization and giving up local control of a public facility, the district accepted bids to see whether contracting operation of the plant made sense. Veolia Water North America was the low bidder. The company said it would sign a ď�� ve-year $15.6-million contract to run the plant, a substantial savings to the district, according to those who supported the deal. The district would save $7.2 million over

getting bright yellow paint; after hearing a smattering of complaints from nearby merchants, the San Rafael design and review committee ordered that the sheen be lessened. But this latest latexing is a sure sign that Orgasmica is still arousing the passions of some members of the community.â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Jason Walsh

Walker Creek hit by norovirus The great outdoors turned into the great outbreak last week, when several students and adults visiting Walker Creek Ranch near Marshall came down with severe stomach nauseaâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;causing the quarantining of the sick and the closing of the ranch. On Tuesday the Marin County Department of Public Health diagnosed the bug as a norovirus that led to vomiting, diarrhea and stomach pain for about 75 people at the outdoor education center operated by the Marin County Office of Education. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Laboratory testing on samples collected from ill persons confirmed that norovirus caused the illness,â&#x20AC;?said Dr. Anju Goel, a deputy public health officer for the county.â&#x20AC;&#x153;The water supply was also tested and shown to be safe for consumption, and the food services department was inspected and cleared by Environmental Health Services.The outbreak was not due to the physical environment at the Ranch or to the food or water consumed by those who became ill.â&#x20AC;? Norovirus is the most common cause of gastroenteritis in the world, accounting for as much 90 percent of all cases, according to the AMA.The virus is most often spread via fecally contaminated food or water or by person-to-person contact. Outbreaks usually take place in close-quarter situations, such as hospitals, dormitories and overnight camps. Fourteen students and a pair of adults came down with gastrointestinal symptoms in the late afternoon Feb. 2, according to the Marin County Office of Education. By the evening, as many as 50 people were experiencing vomiting and diarrhea.The sick were quarantined to prevent a spread of the illness, the education office reports. Dr. Goel said that since no link was made between the virus and theâ&#x20AC;&#x153;food preparation, water and physical environment at the Ranch,â&#x20AC;?all scheduled programs and events could resume normal operation. Walker Creek is an outdoor education school that offers science and environmental programs to local schools. About 256 people were at the ranch at the time of the outbreakâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;students at the ranch at that time included kids from San Ramon Elementary School in Novato.â&#x20AC;&#x201D;JW EXTRA! EXTRA! Post your Marin news at â&#x20AC;şâ&#x20AC;ş paciďŹ

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Tanks for the memories Marinites’ ongoing quest to isolate selves reaches inevitable conclusion by Jason Walsh

Marin had truly lost its senses 25 years ago this week.


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1. Pictured, right: This is a photo of the former Marin County courthouse, built in 1873 in what particular location? 2. Congratulations to the Green Bay Packers, Super Bowl champs. In what state is the city of Green Bay located, and on what body of water does the city lie? 3. On Valentine’s Day in Japan, women traditionally give what sweet food item as gifts to men? 4. Pictured, right: This 2004 movie sequel starring George Clooney, Brad Pitt and Julia Roberts had a numerical title. 5. At 13,528 feet, Kings Peak is the highest point in what state located between Nevada and Colorado? 6. Pictured, right: In 1978, hippies named Cohen and Greenfield completed a correspondence course on ice cream-making from Penn State University, then founded an ice cream parlor in Burlington, Vermont, that they named after themselves. Who were they? 7. George Washington was born in what current state? Where did he die? Same questions for Abraham Lincoln. 8. Popular in the 1990s, this TV comedy series starred a stand-up comic who played the host of a cable TV show,“Tool Time.” Name the TV show and lead star. 9. The oldest continuously inhabited settlement in the Western Hemisphere was established in 1496 by Bartholomew Columbus (Christopher’s brother) and named for a saint. What capital city is this? 10. What is the only sign of the zodiac whose symbol is a useful object?




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±ÊAllen and Rebecca’s nephew received a pair of slacks, a pair of checks totaling a generous amount and $40 cash for Christmas. The young man returned the pants to the Gap, unknowingly leaving his other gifts in the pocket. One of the lost checks was from Uncle Allen, whose name and address were printed on it. Still, Allen was surprised to receive an envelope in the mail containing the checks and money. Though there was no name or return address, a note explained: “Recently visited the Gap and found these items in the pocket. Hopefully, you can ensure they make it to the rightful owner.” Allen, Rebecca and their grateful nephew thank our Hero of the Week. Now that’s what we call a Secret Santa.

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happened, was vice president of the Lifestyles Relaxation Center, a new Madrona Avenue business dedicated to serving all of Mill Valley’s “isolation technology” Inspired by the hit needs. Her center’s Floatarium-SWS, she years ago movie Altered States, boasted, was the BMW of isolation tanks. in which William Hurt According to Marlow, a yearlong study explored “other states of consciousness” conducted at a hospital in Appleton, by submerging himself in a sensoryWisconsin, revealed that isolation therapy controlled flotation tank, county residents led to clear signs of improvement for a were on an embryonic journey toward variety of problems—from chronic pain Epsom-salted enlightenment. The fact that Hurt’s character emerged and migraine headaches to hypertension and recovery from heart from his experiments surgery. Not only that, as, first, a caveman and but in the 1981 film The then an amorphous Empire Strikes Back, Lilmass of primordial ly-admirer George Lucas matter was a mere depicted Luke Skywalker technicality to Me Derecovering from hypocade Marinites. thermia and near-fatal “A few years ago Wampa wounds in an it was a safe guess isolation tank. to assume that the If it was good enough flotation tank phefor Long Time Ago-era nomenon was just Jedis, it was good enough another trendy fad,” for Reagan-era Marinites. relaxation specialIn fact, added Marlow, ist Deborah Marlow flotation tank “researchtold Pacific Sun re- The Floatarium-SWS, the BMW of isolation tanks. ers” Thomas Fine and porter Keith ThompJohn Turner had already son. “But now we’re explained the medical benefits in layman’s entering into the second generation of terms when they reported that “floating flotation tank enthusiasm.” could alter the set points in the endocrine The first generation of “flotation tank homeostatic mechanism.” And as imporenthusiasm,” explained Thompson in his tant as relaxing one’s endocrine homeostory from this week in 1986, “Flotation static mechanism was, the true glory of the Earns its Water Wings,” was buoyed by the Floatarium-SWS lay in... that’s right! The mid-century sensory-deprivation research future. Very soon, according to Marlow, of neuroscientist John C. Lilly, whose work with isolation tanks became an inspiration neuromuscular technology would advance to the point where floaters could be shown for counterculture philosophers, sciencevideotapes of other people performing fiction writers and psychedelic drug users alike. Lilly’s tanks were intended for study- perfectly executed movements—running, swimming, playing tennis—and “absorb” ing the function of the brain after it had up to a thousand motions per hour. “That’s been isolated from the impulses of any the equivalent of 10 hours on the practice exterior senses. To do this, subjects would field!” marveled the relaxation raconteur. be put in a pitch-black soundproof tank Whether the Floatarium would rento float weightlessly in a dense solution of der county residents as Olympic-caliber H2O and Epsom salts—the water heated athletes or as stretchy globs of ectoplasmic to match the average skin temperature of reticulum, only time would tell. 93.5 degrees. This absence of sight, sound, In a twist of bittersweet irony, it turned weight and touch would literally create the out that flotation tanks would be what world’s first true inner-body experience. devolved into the universe’s collecThat was all well and good, according to tive subconscious—their third level of the Pacific Sun. But, considering director enthusiasm spent in the memory banks Ken Russell’s film depicted “floaters” as of the New Age movement’s aggregate of devolving into obtuse forms of non-physendocrine enlightenment. ical protoconsciousness, “why,” asked the Marinites, meanwhile, remain as fully paper, “would anyone in their right mind evolved as ever. ✹ wish to do such a thing?”




²We’ve heard of road rage, but roadside rage? According to Nadia, a Golden Gate Transit bus passenger, it exists. Last week, the bus she was on broke down and the passengers waited quietly. When a man asked what would happen next, the driver screamed, “Get out of my hair! Get out of my hair!’” The passengers and driver finally transferred to a replacement bus. As the driver began pulling away, a woman informed him that he neglected to secure the wheelchair passenger. Nadia heard him mention he was in a hurry; however, the woman insisted this was more important. In the end, he did what was necessary to ensure his passenger’s safety. We know bus drivers have a challenging job, but Nadia thinks this one’s rudeness and rage were over the top, which is why she nominated him for our Zero of the Week.—Nikki Silverstein

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Veolia then became the opponentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; focus during a referendum on the deal. A new group formed, Alliance of Concerned Citizens of Novato, which snagged a big ally when California Healthy Communities Network came to Novato. Healthy Communities is connected to the Tides Center in San Francisco, an organization supporting progressive politics and social justiceâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;it was founded in 1976 as the Tides Foundation. Healthy Communities and its own ally, Food &Water Watch, adamantly oppose privatizing water utilities. Proponents of the deal said privatization was an inaccurate description because the district would maintain control over rates and the contract was closed-ended, with the district maintaining the bailout clause. None of that assuaged opponents. They failed, however, in a close referendum vote to convince voters to spike the Veolia deal. The plant began operating in stages, and in September 2010, it started full operation under Veolia. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think they have delivered everything they promised,â&#x20AC;? says Bill Long, district board president. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Some things have been a pleasant surprise, especially in the area of technical backup.â&#x20AC;? Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the kind of support proponents were saying would beneďŹ t the district. In the weeks after the start of the plantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s full operation, neighbors complained about unpleasant odors. One of the odor beds, the system designed to ďŹ lter out foul smells, needed some adjustment, says James. When sewage ďŹ&#x201A;ows into the plant, a system captures air off the top of the sewage and ďŹ lters the air through a moist sand bed. Bacteria growing in the sand break down the odor-causing organic material carried in the air. In the ďŹ rst weeks of operation, the sand bed was insufďŹ ciently sealed along its perimeter, allowing odor to escape. After a number of people complained, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District looked at the problem. James says the glitch in the odor bed was a routine start-up issue thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been ďŹ xed. Long calls it â&#x20AC;&#x153;teething.â&#x20AC;? A spokesman at the Air Quality Management District seemed to agree last week. The air quality district planned to come to Novato this week to check the ďŹ x on the odor bed. No complaints have been logged since that ďŹ&#x201A;urry a few months ago. As of last week, the air quality district planned no punitive action. The debate over whether the district should contract operations of the plant to Veolia Water North America reached a crescendo in large part because the company is a huge multinational corporation, one of the biggest water companies in the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and its parent corporation is French. When Count Henri Simeon founded the Compagnie Generale des Eaux in 1853, he said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;In the new times ahead be certain, sirs, that millions will be allotted to the supply of water, just as millions were allocated to railways previously.â&#x20AC;? Privatization of a natural resource naturally causes concern, and is the primary reason Food & Water Watch joined the debate in Novatoâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;even though the contract with Veolia was for

a wastewater treatment plant and it was closed-ended. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s still a public asset and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s deďŹ nitely a visceral issue. Veolia has several operations in the Bay Area, including Richmond and Burlingame. In anti-Veolia campaign literature, opponents pointed out that the Richmond facility was one of the worst polluters in the state. That, however, was in large part the result of a plant that needed serious upgrading. And the Novato district had already done that. Long says that when the odor-bed problem hit, Veolia paid its way when â&#x20AC;&#x153;it had an expert come in from back East. He was their man on odors.â&#x20AC;? Long says he has seen no downside to the Veolia deal since the company began full operation in September. â&#x20AC;&#x153;On any big deal you always wonder if after the handshake and the thing is signed, whether youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll start to see some warts appearing. I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t say I have seen or heard of anything signiďŹ cant along those lines.â&#x20AC;? Welsh says heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s satisďŹ ed the transition to the Veolia operation has proceeded smoothly. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a brand new plant, still on warranty.â&#x20AC;? Welsh says that from what he can see, the plant should be able to handle heavy winter rains. Long says the normal discharge from the plant is far superior to the previously treated wastewater. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s expected because of the new plant.â&#x20AC;? While the district waits to hear what the water quality board will do with the Justice Department referral, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s another possible burr in the saddle. Welsh says that even though the plant has run smoothly for the ďŹ rst months of operation, he still â&#x20AC;&#x153;isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t pleased with the fact that Veoliaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in there. That wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t change. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m still opposed to the outsourcing of this plant.â&#x20AC;? Welsh points to other places that have ended Veolia contracts. Petaluma is one. That city entered into a wastewater treatment contract with Veolia in 1979. The city ended its relationship with the company in 2007 because it turned out not to be in the best ďŹ nancial interest of the city. The district may have been prescient in looking at that issue of eliminating public employeesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and their beneďŹ tsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;when it contemplated contracting for services at the plant. But it also could come back as a campaign platform when the Veolia contract expires and when board member seek re-election. Before Veolia, the district had 32 employees. After Veolia, it has 22 employees. The deal stipulated that any employees moving from the district to Veolia would receive the same beneďŹ ts during the run of the contractâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;but only for the run of the contract. Will Welsh and other opponents, including union representation, stick around for another ďŹ ght? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a ďŹ ve-year contract, and they have [extension] clauses,â&#x20AC;? says Welsh. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But if Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m still around, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be one of the leaders of that effort.â&#x20AC;? â&#x153;š Contact the writer at peter@

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handler, and she is undertaking the process to many a show in her 45-year career; she says of becoming a judge. She thinks one reason she has bred about 100 champion standard women are so dominant in the sport is that poodles. Silver-color poodles are her specialty. they know how to use their voices well, “They’ve become quite famous,” she and dogs respond to a higher pitch. The admits. “There were silvers before but they handler’s job is to “stack” the dog—have weren’t very pretty. Not very poodley.” Conit stand to best advantage—and to trot ductor Michael Tilson Thomas has one of it around the ring and toward and away her dogs; director Barry Levinson has two, from the judge. It seems simple, and at the and Graham’s sent poodles to Moscow and Golden Gate show Collings made it look South Africa. There are no dog hairs mareffortless. She showed a harlequin Great ring Graham’s black jacket—“My husband Dane, Davishire’s Heart Of Isolde (“Tristan” is desperately allergic,” she says, which is to his friends), to a best of breed win. the reason Graham chose a non-shedding “It’s not as easy as it looks,” says Shelley breed she calls “the ideal pet.” Lyttle of San Rafael, who is learning all about ● ● ● ● these dog beauty pageants. She is a newcomer POODLES ARE THE quintessential show to confirmation shows, and was handling her young Chesapeake Bay retriever, Honey Bun- dog, of course, and Graham loves to answer questions about the ny. The dog didn’t high-style hairdo of win her breed, but a show poodle. It’s a “showed as well traditional pattern, as she ever has,” she says, dating back Lyttle says, pleased. hundreds of years She read a book from when poodles as a child that feawere hunting dogs. tured a Chessie, The hind end was and although she clipped to aid in doesn’t remember swimming, with the book’s title or hair being left on the the name of the chest and over the fictional dog, ever joints for warmth since she always and protection. wanted one of the “And who was huntcaramel-colored ing these dogs 300 hunting dogs. Now years ago?” she asks, she has a beauty. rhetorically. “Men! She takes weekly classes to learn how Diane Collings, of Novato, with a young mastiff known as Per- This is a man’s to show, is learn- fect Storm. In a case of ‘slobbering rivalry,’ Storm would lose to trim.” Graham knows ing a lot and thinks his own brother—the Duke of Woodside Manor. well how expensive the experience is good for the dog. The Cow Palace show is a it is to show dogs. To “finish” a champion can “benched” show, which means that before and take a few thousand dollars, she says, and to after they compete, the dogs and their people campaign a major dog to the big time can are in an area open to the public, available to take hundreds of thousands. That’s why dog answer questions. As people come to pet Hon- people are always looking for those with “deep ey Bunny, Lyttle and her husband, Matthew, pockets” to pay for all that travel and groomare asked one question over and over: “How ing and time—they don’t look to breeders she says, laughing. “God knows we don’t make it.” much do they shed?” As Graham walks through the Cow Florence Graham of San Rafael has been

Rachel Barnes ‘shows’ Elite, an amorous taco-lovin’ English setter from San Rafael.


he charming notion that dog owners resemble their dogs is occasionally borne out on the street—a short, stocky man with a bulldog; a thin, elegant woman walking a whippet. But at big-time dog shows the theory falls apart. The dogs are all shapes, sizes and colors, and they are each and every one clean and beauby Juli tiful, at their ideal weight, eager and rested, their coats shiny, eyes glowing, ears clean, teeth polished. And their people? Not so much. At the Golden Gate Kennel Club dog show in the Cow Palace last month, some of the human competitors readily admitted to feeling tired. Dog show people are usually white, middle-aged women, often wearing dog-hair-covered sweatshirts. If you ask why they are involved in their sport some will cheerfully say they are “crazy,” and all will automatically say, “For the love of the breed.” If you want to make them laugh, ask if they are in this for the money. To dog people, that is a truly ridiculous notion. Diane Collings, of Novato, doesn’t look the least bit fatigued. A petite, athletic woman 12 PACIFIC SUN FEBRUARY 11 - FEBRUARY 17, 2011

with a friendly, no-nonsense demeanor, Collings specializes in Great Danes and massive mastiffs. She grew up in the North Bay in what she describes as “an old dog family”— her father is a dog-show judge—where nothing in the house was at the level where a big dog’s tail could sweep it to the floor and televisions were mounted e V a d e r high to prevent viewing obstruction. “The first three things the dogs learn are their name, ‘no!’ and ‘down!’” Collings says. She and her siblings would use the dogs as pillows and backrests as they watched TV. At the Cow Palace show, Collings waited outside the ring with Storm, a young mastiff she was showing, and patiently answered questions. Storm, she says, has a particularly nice head, with wonderful wrinkles, but he needs to fill out more. When asked about training she confides, sotto voce, as if to spare Storm’s feelings, that mastiffs aren’t noted for brainpower. Now and again she whips out a red “slobber towel” to clean up the dog’s mouth. Collings has been an owner, breeder and



Souvie’s three Westminster medals are on prominent display at the Burnett’s Kentfield home.

Palace to go watch one of her silver poodles compete, she smiles. “Did you hear that woman, the one holding the little white dog, whatever it is? I heard her saying ‘Oh, they only shed lightly.’” She chuckles. Dorie Sherman’s Irish setter Deeni (Mariah Geraldn Devl Made Me Do It JH RN CGC) has a soulful expression as she watches the crowds shuffle past. Sherman explains that the dog’s a little bored and so is she—answering “How much grooming do they need?” over and over. Deeni perks up when a small child goes by. “Dogs like children because they smell like food,” Sherman says. She also competes in obedience, field trials, rally and agility. The string of initials after Deeni’s name is the mark of a dog accomplished in other disciplines, and Sherman likes those competitions more than confirmation shows. She lives in San Anselmo, her husband has a herding dog, and she says Marin County is a tough place to find room to work a dog on obedience and field exercises. It’s a sentiment echoed by Terry Barnes of San Rafael, who, with her daughter Rachel, brought English setters to the Cow Palace. Barnes also prefers obedience and rally competition, and says it’s difficult to find a place to train a dog off-leash in Marin. As she talks she tries to get her exuberant English setter Elite to settle down. But Elite is intent on getting to a beautiful young bitch just down the bench (although she is clearly not interested in him), or to the plate of tacos someone left just in front of him. He lunges one way, then another. Barnes patiently holds him and answers questions. She’s not terribly interested in showing a dog at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, the Kentucky Derby of dog shows, held every February in New York’s Madison Square Garden, she says, although her daughter would love it: “Isn’t that right, Rachel?” Her daughter, dressed in a smart blue suit she wore while showing Elite, looks over. At the mention of Westminster her face lights up. And Elite makes his move for the tacos. Terry Kelso is going to Westminster this year for the first time as a competitor (Feb. 14,15); she has two top parti-color cocker

spaniels in the hunt. The Novato resident has been to the Garden as a spectator, and is looking forward to seeing how her dogs compete with the rest of the champions. Kelso has had cocker spaniels since 1975, has four at home and a partner, Judy Bjelland, who takes care of the show dogs. “This is the only family member you’ll ever buy,” Kelso says, holding the result of a one-puppy litter her two Westminster competitors produced—a black-and-white pooch that is about as cute as dogs get. For a dog to get invited to Westminster takes more than cuteness, of course; the pup’s parents were at a dog show virtually every weekend piling up points. And a trip to the Garden is not cheap. There’s the airfare, the hotel, grooming space (“For some reason they don’t want you to groom dogs in the hotel room,” Kelso says, laughing), and some dog owners even hire guards for their dogs in the benching area. Madison Square Garden’s benching rooms are small with narrow aisles and owners must stand (or hire someone to stand) next to their dog’s crate all day long. It can get very uncomfortable, Kelso knows. But it’s the Garden, the center of the dog world every February. ●

AVID DOG FANS aren’t the only people attracted to big shows, and some dog people are reluctant to talk about where they live and if they breed dogs. At the Cow Palace, the reason for their reluctance was right outside the door. Some two dozen protesters from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) stood at the entrance, handing out pamphlets and holding big signs with pictures of dogs under the word KILLED. A monitor shows a looping video of a dog being euthanized. Other signs urge “Adopt don’t shop.” One huge sign declares: “For every dog you buy a shelter dog will die.” Glee actress Jane Lynch, who starred in the film Best in Show as an ambitious dog handler, declares on the PETA website: “In real life I wouldn’t go near the Westminster dog show.” She wants the USA Network to air, during this year’s Westminster broadcast, a PETA “commercial”—featuring lots of dog body bags—that asks: “If you buy a dog what will you do with the shelter dog you kill?”

Proud pooch papa Bob Burnett is a veteran of Westminster—Souvie, right, with son Pablo, was once the top long-haired dachshund in the country.

It’s an odd, essentially illogical protest— like an anti-abortion rally in front of a monastery. The phrase “barking up the wrong tree” applies. All those breeders at the show—those passionate hobbyists in their breed-specific sweatshirts and jewelry who can recite the lineage of their dogs back for generations, who pore over pedigrees looking for perfect genetic crosses, then spend weeks sleeping next to the whelping box and save the best puppies for testing in the ring and the field—aim to produce dogs to be judged and evaluated in a public setting. Breeders live by the mantra “training, training, training,” and provide for their dogs in their wills. Those who want a “pet quality” dog from these breeders often join a long waiting list, and could be asked more questions than a Supreme Court nominee. Approved buyers must sign a contract guaranteeing they will spay or neuter the puppy at the proper age, and return the dog to the breeder if they no longer can provide a home. Virtually all breeds have “rescue” organizations to handle dogs that fall through the cracks. If you started from scratch to design a way to produce companion animals to suit a wide variety of tastes you’d be hard-pressed to come up with a better system. As a result, it appears thoughtfully bred, registered dogs are the least likely of all pets to end up euthanized in an animal shelter.

Nevertheless, PETA protesters disrupted last year’s show in Madison Square Garden, and could well be back this year. Bob and Jean Burnett of Kentfield know all about the discomforts of the Garden— and the joys. Bob remembers the thrill of the first time he walked his dog out on the Westminster green carpet. “Just to be able to show on the floor of Madison Square Garden,” he marvels. “It’s a great experience and it’s exhausting,” says Jean. Their long-haired miniature dachshund Souvie (Ch. Souvenir of Wagsmore), at one time the top dachshund in the country, won three medals at Westminster, including a “best of opposite sex” win in 2006 (he was beaten by a bitch). Souvie is retired from the show ring now and rules his home with two of his look-alike sons. The black-and-tan dachshunds, even though they don’t reach knee level, somehow manage to look down their noses, literally and figuratively, at strangers. Any movement toward the door is met with barks of disapproval. They are fulfilling their genetic heritage; the official breed standard states: “The dachshund is clever, lively and courageous to the point of rashness.” Jean translates this as “audacious to the point of ridiculousness” as she hushes the dogs. The Burnetts have been in the dog show world for only about a decade. They had rescue dogs for years, but decided they’d 14 > FEBRUARY 11 - FEBRUARY 17, 2011 PACIFIC SUN 13



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ention dining out in Sausalito and generally, the restaurants downtown come to mindâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; the pricier places reserved for â&#x20AC;&#x153;specialâ&#x20AC;? occasions, which also cater to the tourist trade. But off the â&#x20AC;&#x153;funwayâ&#x20AC;? are a number of far more casual eateries. Several spots aimed at a more local clientele have opened over the past year. Among those is Taste of the Himalayas, owned and run by siblings Dawa, Pasang and Pemba Thendup Sherpa. Formerly home to a Japanese restaurant, The new Sausalito restaurant is a veritable K2 of ďŹ&#x201A;avor. the space, which houses Taste of the HimaOur waitress suggested a traditional layas on one side and La Hacienda Mexican restaurant on the other, was completely Nepali starter, vegetarian and chicken redone to accommodate two separate momos ($8 per plate), delicious steamed eateriesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and two very different cuisines. half-moon dumplings ďŹ lled with minced The space is very cozy, with a wood-beam veggies or chicken atop chilled tomato chutneyâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;very tasty and perfect for the ceiling and large white spicy-averse. paper hanging lamps, We enjoyed everything, sizable wood pillars, TASTE OF THE HIMALAYAS but thought a couple of rustic wood tables, and 2633 Bridgeway, Sausalito; dishes were outstanding: cinnamon-colored walls 415/331-1335, www.himaThe chicken tikka ($13), decorated with photos of Open for lunch chunks of tandoori chicken Nepal along as well as an Monday through Friday breast and mushrooms in a intriguing mounted fab11:30am-2:30pm; dinner rich cream sauce, is served ric panel. every day 5-10pm. with cardamom-scented Once you open the basmati rice. We ate every door, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re inâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s grain of rice and bit of sucno entryway or reception area; to the right is a small space for the culent chicken so as not to miss any of the cash register, takeout menus, etc., and the creamy sauce; we used the garlic basil naan open kitchen, which takes up a good part ($3)â&#x20AC;&#x201D;which was good, in spite of not of that side. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a small area in back for being very garlickyâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;to sop up every last drop of sauce. Medium spicy turned out largerâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;though not very largeâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;groups. to be relatively mildâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;but it was perfect What the entrance lacks in ambience, nonetheless. though, is more than made up for by the And the ďŹ sh tandoori ($17), a goodwarm and welcoming staff. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s as if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve sized portion of spiced yogurt-marinated come into their home for a meal. wild king salmon, was cooked to perPerusing the menu we noticed right fectionâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;â&#x20AC;&#x153;crustyâ&#x20AC;? on the outside, moist away the phrases that have become so and tasty insideâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;accompanied by a common in local restaurants: Most delectable melange of broccoli, carrots, of the vegetables are either organic or onions and mushrooms bathed in a light, locally grown, the fish is wild and the tomato-y sauce. poultry free-rangeâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;in fact, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Maryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Beer and wine are availableâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;including air-chilled chicken (no water is added, so some interesting out-of-the-ordinary local the flavor isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t diluted; and yes, you can wines by the glass. Those who like to bring taste the difference). The offeringsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;a their own bottle should note there is no fusion of Nepali, Tibetan and Indian corkage fee on Mondays. dishesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;appear the same as Indian The comfortable atmosphere, attencuisine, including pakoras, curries, tive service and good food add up to an saag paneer, tikka and tandoori dishes, basmati rice and naan. And, for the most enjoyable, low-key meal, sort of like a trip on the road less traveledâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and what a difpart, the differences are subtle, the bigference that can make. â&#x153;š gest being the level of heatâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Nepali cuisine is generally not as spicy as its Indian Talk tandoori with Carol at cinkellis@paciďŹ counterpart. However, the kitchen will Give us a taste of your thoughts at adjust the fiery quotient for an asbestos â&#x20AC;şâ&#x20AC;ş paciďŹ palate if desired.




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the loyal clientele, but many of Sarran’s standards remain. Presently hours are TuesdaySunday, 8am-3pm; as beer and wine permits are issued, hours will be extended. 415/4596862...When L’Appart Resto closed “temporarily” in November, things looked grim for the cafe in San Anselmo. According to owner Bruno Denis, the menu, slightly upscale and slightly pricey, failed to bring in guests on a day-to-day basis. Changes have been made to make it more appealing to casual diners and families, which should bring spirit back to the enviably perfect setting with its large outdoor dining area. Look for a reopening later this month. Kim Alter’s Plate Shop is stacked for success.

THE WINTER OF OUR CONTENTEDNESS Marin’s recent sunny weather matched good news coming from the restaurant scene. Plate Shop opened in Sausalito after seemingly endless delay. The project of Kim Alter (with impressive credits— Ubuntu, Aqua, Manresa) and business partner/general manager Matt Kahn began in 2009 when they landed the Caledonia setting of the renowned old Gatsby’s. The much-anticipated newcomer debuts a menu serving what Alter calls “handcrafted California food” along with clever drinks from bar manager Chris Burgeon, lately of Manhattan. As plans for outdoor dining hit a permitting snag, the back yard was turned into a 14-bed garden that will be providing some very local herbs and vegetables for the kitchen to augment those from farms of the chef’s friends and the farmers market. Diners can expect dishes of the head-to-tail variety with an emphasis on pork (puerco misto, pork belly sliders) and a lot of seafood from our coast, like sardines two ways with miso-cured vegetables and mixed seaweeds. The name of the place references the World War II plant in Sausalito where making steel plates for ships was part of the country’s defense industry. Hours are Tuesday-Sunday, 5:30-9:30pm, open until 10 on weekends. Reserve by calling 415/887-9047...One of San Anselmo’s popular hangouts changed hands and slightly changed its name with the opening of Bubba’s Fine Diner. Longtime owner John Sarran (now busy with his company, Marin Pasta Works) only had to look over his shoulder to find someone to take over when he left. Brothers Ryan and Garrett Sathre, who both worked for Sarran, secured the business with a silent partner and have put their own touches on the place. The familiar booths are gone, replaced with classic luncheonette tables and the interior was brightened with fresh paint. A few changes on the menu will have to pass muster with

EDUCATION HAS ITS REWARDS... Find out what’s going on at The Fork, a culinary and educational center at Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese in West Marin Feb. 18 (3:30-5:30pm), when On the Farm offers a chance to tour, taste and sip. After a trip through the cheesemaking facilities, guests will gather to sample handcrafted cheeses, sweet and savory accompaniments, and local wines. Cost is $30 per person; reservations required: 800/591-6878. GET CRACKING Crab feed! All you can eat! Come to the Corte Madera Lions Club’s old-fashioned feast Feb. 19 at Corte Madera Recreation Center. Fresh crab, salad, garlic bread and pasta will be served. Cocktail hour is at 6pm, dinner at 7; cost is $35 ($20 for those under 18). Reservations required; call 415/924-2200. RESTAURANT NEWS How about a movie with dinner? Caffe DiVino in Sausalito, known for live music as much as for its food, stages film nights on Tuesdays, 7-10pm, for $18 per person. 37 Caledonia St., 415/331-9335...Brick & Bottle in Corte Madera believes in direct donations to local causes. Through Mar. 31, $5 corkage fees on the first two bottles of wine served to a table will go to support Hospice By The Bay. 55 Tamal Vista Blvd., 415/924-3366... Presidio Yacht Club/Travis Marina is a secret worth discovering for its crusty appeal and spectacular views of the Golden Gate. It’s way out on Horseshoe Cove, Ft. Baker (near the Discovery Museum), and the bar is featuring Maria’s Music and Dinner Special, Thursdays, 5-8pm for $8 per person. Info: 415/332-2319. ✹ Contact Pat at

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skull” phase. Animal Planet. 8pm. Hawaii Five-0 Pirates take hostages on a cruise. Finally, something exciting happens on a cruise ship! CBS. 10pm.

TUESDAY, FEB. 15 Westminster Kennel Club Show This is the closing night.You get to find out who will SATURDAY, FEB. 12 be going on to a life of Wedding Crashers stud service and who’s Two shallow friends stopping by the vet’s crash weddings as a on the way home for strategy for hooking the big snip. USA Netup with single women work. 8pm. engulfed in the vicariApollo Wives A fond ous hormonal rush. It’s look back at a time always romantic when when being an astrothe woman who catchnaut’s wife still meant es the bouquet also something! KQED. 9pm. catches an STD. (2005) Amores Perros, Charlie Brown. Friday at 8. Deliverance When it’s Comedy Central. 6:30pm. on the country music channel and comes Extreme Weather Driving Challenge on right after The Dukes of Hazzard, we’re Learn how to risk your life going to the not sure who we’re supposed to root for. store for that pint of Ben & Jerry’s you just (1972) CMTV. 9pm. had to have. The Weather Channel. 8pm. Under Siege Steven Seagal plays a Navy cook on board a nuclear-armed warship WEDNESDAY, FEB. 16 Survivor: when it is taken over by terrorists in the Redemption Island Contestant Russell film billed as “Die Hard Ahoy.” (1992) Spike Hantz has been accused of leaking plot TV. 9:30pm. developments from this season’s show. He may have to pay CBS S U N D AY, F E B. 1 3 $5 million for violatDateline NBC Janet ing his contract. Or he Jackson is promoting could get a spot on her new book, True next season’s “Debtors’ You: A Journey to FindPrison!” CBS. 8pm. ing and Loving Yourself. The Middle Sue sneaks Did her plastic surgeon into an R-rated movie. write the foreword? Do kids of the YouTube NBC. 7pm. Dueling loyalties, Tuesday, 9pm. generation still do Grammy Awards that? They can see When we see Eminem, racier footage on their phones than they’re Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber together, we going to get at the cineplex. CBS. 8pm. can’t help but think “Crazy Romantic ComNova scienceNOW Researchers discuss edy!” CBS. 8pm. the origin of life and how all life on Earth is The Science of Lust It’s all biological descended from a primitive microbe, who with pheromones, ovulation cycles and would really appreciate a call or a card once hormones. But the flowers and box of in a while. KQED. 8pm. chocolates tomorrow can’t hurt. Discovery Channel. 9pm. The Wild Within Steve takes his survivalist THURSDAY, FEB. 17 Brief Interviews skills to San Francisco and lives off foods with Hideous Men This is about a woman’s he can harvest in the urban environment. search to understand the male-female You can only survive on pigeon for so long dynamic. The GOP primaries don’t start for before you’d start eyeing the plump Midmonths. (2009) Sundance Channel. 8:30pm. westerners waiting in line for the Alcatraz Bones The team investigates liquefied ferry. Travel Channel. 9pm. human remains discovered in a tanning The 40-Year-Old Virgin The comedy is just bed. This is why you want to stay away from not going to resonate with a certain slice of salons that offer “basting.” Fox. 9pm. the audience on the eve of Valentine’s Day. Late Show with David Letterman Paris (2005) Comedy Central. 9pm. Hilton is roughly six months away from the “Gong Show Celebrity Judge” phase of her MONDAY, FEB. 14 Fatal Attraction Own“career.” CBS. 11:35pm. ✹ ing a pet chimpanzee can be tremendously Critique That TV Guy at rewarding if you can get them through Turn on more TV Guy at that awkward “peeling your face off of your ›› FEBRUARY 11 - FEBRUARY 17, 2011 PACIFIC SUN 19


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Russki aristocrats lament their lot in MTC’s take on ‘The Seagull’ by Le e Brady




h, those romantic Russians with their nowned novelist makes strong statements high emotions always at the ready about the futility of writing: “As soon as you and a death wish always lurking. Di- finish one book, you have to start thinking rector Jasson Minadakis and his large and about the next one.” Old and new ways of exceptionally well-chosen cast capture both theater are discussed at length—obviously in Seagull—a Chekhovian comedy of regret Chekhov falls on the “new” side. Love is (based on a new version discussed endlessly. Old by Libby Appel), set in a age is given its due in social system already on Richard Farrell’s falterNOW PLAYING its way out. ing Sorin, who is master Seagull runs through Feb. 27 at Everyone loves someof the country house. the Marin Theatre Company, 397 one in this extended famBut, like the rest of the Miller Ave., Mill Valley; 415/388ily drama but the lover is unhappy guests, he longs 5208, never the lovee, leading to to be back in Moscow, fiery jealous fits by Polina where things happen. (Julia Brothers) who is The playwright having an affair with the family doctor, Dorn makes even his dullest character ap(Howard Swain), who can’t help casting his pealing because each believes in himself eye on Masha (Liz Sklar), who loves Kostya passionately. The estate manager, Ilya (John Tufts), who loves Nina (Christine Al- (Michael Ray Wisely), takes his farm bright), who loves Trigorin (Craig Marker), duties so seriously that he isn’t aware of who is a womanizer. his wife Polina’s affair. The theater that is These country aristocrats have too much Irina’s (Tess Malis Kincaid) life proves to time on their hands as they wait for the be too much for young Nina and young Revolution; meanwhile, they talk. The re- Kostya, but all three make ardent speech-

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es about how it should be done. The doctor is the most politically aware, and his wry monologues have a taste of the future—one in which all these characters will be gone. Seagull examines human emotions of the extreme kind; it is talky and the characters lament and moan a lot. Chekhov’s sharp ear for dialogue, his compassionate humor and MTC’s company of savvy actors keep the wit flying along with the evening. ✹ Lament to Lee at

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Maria at the oasis Mill Valley’s Maria Muldaur hopes Grammys will be her ‘garden of joy’ by G r e g Cahill


ometimes I think of myself as the held Sunday, Feb. 13, in Los Angeles. Susan Lucci of the blues—always The new jug band album marks a return to nominated, never win,” says local folk roots for Muldaur, who scored a Top 10 blues chanteuse Maria Muldaur, referring to hit in 1974 with the sultry debut single “Midthe soap-opera queen who amassed numerous night at the Oasis,” which has become a pop daytime Emmy nominastaple. More recently, tions, but no wins until she has recorded a her 19th nomination. string of critically Muldaur, whose 2009 acclaimed blues and Maria Muldaur & her Louisiana R&B Garden of Joy jug band albums throughout album is nominated the past decade. in the Best Traditional But the roots Folk Album category of this Greenwich at this year’s Grammys, Village native are is good-natured about in the folk revival the possible outcome of the 1960s, when in a competitive catshe studied with egory that also includes bluegrass legend the Carolina Chocolate Garden of Joy is a return to Muldaur’s jug band roots. Doc Watson and Drops’ latest recording. co-founded the Even “It’s my sixth Dozen Jug Band Grammy nomination and later joined the and one of these days I’m gonna actually win influential Jim Kweskin Jug Band. one of these things,” says the 68-year-old Mill The Even Dozen was a revivalist group that Valley singer. “Hope springs eternal.” also featured singer/songwriter John Sebastian, The 53rd annual Grammy Awards will be later of the Lovin’ Spoonful, and mandolinist

Will the jingle jangle mornin’ come followin’ with a Grammy win for our local chanteuse?

David Grisman. Both of those former band gic because it is such fun music,” she says. mates—along with Marin recording artist “So I called my old jug band buddies and Dan Hicks, bluesman Taj Mathey loved the idea.” hal and a raft of talented loShe also provided COMING SOON cal players—joined Muldaur the atmosphere to give on her Grammy-nominated the album its downMaria Muldaur performs Friday, Feb. 11, at 9pm, at Garden of Joy album. home feel. George’s Nightclub, 842 Muldaur got the idea of “I recorded it right Fourth St., San Rafael. $20 recording a new jug band here in my living room advance/$25 at the door. album one afternoon while in what I call Come on 415/226-0262. listening to vintage Memin My Kitchen Studios,” phis Minnie and Mississippi she laughs. “It’s the third Jug Band recordings on a Grammy-nominated roots-radio program. “I just got real nostal- project in the past eight or nine years recorded in my living room.” While the award for which Muldaur is nominated won’t be presented on the live worldwide telecast, she will nonetheless be a part of Grammy history: She has been invited to perform at a pre-award webcast celebrating women in the blues that also will feature Mavis Staples, Cyndi Lauper and Betty “The Clean Up Woman” Wright, as well as blues guitarists Buddy Guy and Kenny Wayne Shepherd. “At first, I had opted not to go to the Grammys, because I have gigs all that weekend and—you know—a paying gig trumps all that Grammy hoopla,” she says. “But when they asked me to do that showcase, I decided I’d find a way to do it and still get back here for my gigs.” After all, despite a track record for unrequited nominations, the Grammys are the recording industry’s premier event. “It is edifying to be recognized by the industry for something I’m doing as a labor of love,” Muldaur says. “I mean, this is music that originally was created in the 1920s and lovingly re-created by myself and the musicians who also love this kind of music and participated in the project. “I’m happy to keep this music alive and well and it’s certainly satisfying to be recognized for that.” ✹ Send the latest dirt on Erica Kane to Greg at gcahill51@gmail. Tune up to the Marin music scene at



The director, second from right, and a handful of Hasidim, whom he’d previously ‘always thought were nuts.’

Rebbe Nachman, a love story Director-curmudgeon Paul Mazursky brings ‘Jewish Joy’ to San Rafael by D av i d Te m p l e t o n

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hat was that new documentary? It came out last year,” asks director Paul Mazursky. “It was the good one, the one about corporate greed and corruption.” “Um,” I respond, less impressively than I would have hoped I’d appear in conversation with a certified filmmaking legend. “Do you mean... Capitalism: A Love Story ?” “No, that was the year before,” Mazursky says, speaking to me by phone from his home in Los Angeles. “That was a good movie, though, that Capitalism one. That was Michael Moore, a friend of mine. He showed me a rough cut and I made a few suggestions. No,

the movie I’m thinking of wasn’t as funny. It was a very serious film.” “Waiting for Superman?” I offer, knowing that Superman, a film about America’s crumbling educational system, doesn’t quite fit Mazursky’s “corporate greed and corruption” description. “A very good movie, Waiting for Superman,” he replies. “It didn’t get an Oscar nomination though, and that surprised some people. No, I mean the movie about the global economic crisis, the one about how that all happened.” Insert long pause here as I shuffle through the movie Rolodex of my mind. “Oh! Um... Inside Job!” I suddenly recall. “Yeah, Inside Job,” Mazursky affirms. “Inside Job. It’s a really good movie, and it’s a good example of why I like documentaries. They’ve become a good thing, documentaries. With documentaries, you really never know what’s going to happen. Even for the filmmaker,

Mazursky’s curriculum vitae includes ‘Harry and Tonto,’ ‘Down and Out in Beverly Hills’ and ‘Enemies, a Love Story.’

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you don’t know what you have until you stop like for Mazursky, a renowned curmudgeon, shooting. With my documentary, Yippee!, I to share a tiny rented room in Kiev with his really didn’t know what I had until I got back camera crew and a couple of Russian guys. from the Ukraine.” The building was old, the elevators didn’t Mazursky, who will be appearing in San work and the entire situation was less than Rafael for a screening of comfortable. Yippee! (more about that “It was really pretty misfilm in a moment), is the erable, is what it was,” Mawriter and director of a long zursky laughs. “Miserable— string of groundbreaking and kind of amusing. It was cinematic gems, from Bob the perfect place to wake and Carol and Ted and Alice up kvetching, actually, but (1969) and Harry and Tonto I was excited to be making (1974) to Moscow on the the film, so I didn’t kvetch Hudson (1984), Down and that much. We had fun. We Out in Beverly Hills (1986) drank a lot of vodka.” and one of my own personEager for more people al favorites, 1989’s Enemies, to see the film, Mazursky a Love Story. Over the last is thrilled to be bringing couple of decades, the now- Rebbe Nachman lived from 1772 to 1810 Yippee!—now subtitled A 80-year-old has done fewer and is known for practicing ‘hitbodedut,’ Journey to Jewish Joy—to films as a director, putting a spiritual method of achieving a close, San Rafael’s Osher Marin his energies instead into a personal relationship with God. Jewish Community Center series of notable acting peron Thursday, Feb. 17, at formances, including appearances in The So- 7pm. In part, he hopes that audiences will pranos and Curb Your Enthusiasm. experience a little of the same inner journey Though he’s dabbled in documentaries he had while getting to know a community of here and there, he was as surprised as everypeople he’d always viewed with a certain sense one else when, in 2005, he decided to take a of distanced bemusement. film crew to the ancient Ukranian town of “I grew up in Brooklyn, New York, and I’d Uman, where he intended to chronicle a resee Hasidic people,” Mazursky offers, “and markable annual event. The result, completed I always thought they were nuts—walking in 2006, was Yippee! around in outfits people might have worn “I have a man who makes my eyeglasses, in the 17th century—big black hats, with and he’s a Hasidic Jew,” Mazursky explains. long beards and curly hair [forelocks]. They “I’m Jewish, but I’m not Hasidic. As a matter looked crazy to me. But I found out, in makof fact, I’m not religious. At all! Anyway, for ing this film, that they are actually very ina couple of years, this guy, David, he’d been teresting. Their passion is so vivid, so strong. telling me I should go to Uman someday. How do I describe it? They’re in another ‘Uman? Where’s Uman?’ I asked. He said, world. They’re not in the same world we’re ‘It’s a couple of hours from Kiev.’ Now, my in. They’re mystical. grandfather was born in Kiev, so I said, ‘Tell “And I have to say,” he continues, “that you me about it’—and he did.” cannot believe what it looks Mazursky was told that like to see 25,000 of these once a year, at Rosh Hashana, COMING SOON men, all dressed in those thousands of Orthodox Jewish Yippee: A Journey to Jewish same Hasidic outfits— men from around the world Joy screens Thursday, Feb. 17, all dancing together. It’ll descend upon Uman for sev- at 7pm, at the Osher Marin surprise you. It’s amazing. eral days of dancing, singing, Jewish Community Center, They’re pretty good dancpraying and generally party- 200 North San Pedro Road, in ers, too, I can tell you that.” ing their asses off. It’s a yearly San Rafael. Tickets $15-$18. “So,” I want to know, tradition dating back to the Visit “did you experience some early 1800s, when followers sort of transformation of the late Rebbe Nachman of through your experiences Breslov, the founder of Hasidin Uman? Did you uncover some new definiism, began making pilgrimages to Nachman’s tion of the word ‘joy’?” gravesite in Uman. Mazursky waits a moment before answer“I was intrigued,” Mazursky says. “Naching. Finally, he tells me how his film came to man promised that if people went to his be titled Yippee! grave, in Uman, and threw some coins into “It comes from something that Nachman the lake, he would take all of their sins on his of Breslov said,” Mazursky says. “Nachman shoulders, and they would have a very good said, ‘Whenever you wake up in the mornyear. And now, lots of men—only men are ing, don’t complain, don’t kvetch. You should allowed—lots of men go there every year wake up in the morning saying, “Hey! I have to be as joyful as they possibly can, dancing another day! ‘Yippee! I’m alive!” I like that and singing and.... Well, it sounded a little phrase—’Yippee! I’m alive!’ I try to use that crazy to me, but I’ve always been attracted to in my own life now. I suppose that’s what I crazy stuff, so I went to see this for myself— got out of making this film. And it’s a good and there were 25,000 of them! Twenty-five thing. It’s good advice for anybody. thousand Hasidic men all singing, dancing, “But honestly, that’s about it,” he laughs. praying! It was amazing! In the film, I interact “I still can’t buy all the other stuff.” ✹ with these guys, constantly telling them that I’m not religious, and what happens after that Give David a ‘yippee!’ at is funny and poetic and serious and at times it It’s your movie, speak up at can move you.” ›› A portion of the film shows what it was


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Movie summaries by Matthew Stafford

● 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 doofus-mensch (Paul Giamatti); Dustin Hoffman costars as his papa. ● Biutiful (2:27) Oscar-nominated Mexican drama stars Javier Bardem as a small-time 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. ● The Eagle (1:54) A headstrong Roman centurion hops Hadrian’s Wall in search of a fabled golden eagle and encounters a tribe of pissed-off Scotsmen. ● The Fighter (1:54) Biopic of “Irish” Mickey Ward stars Mark Wahlberg as the streetsmart 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. ● Gnomeo & Juliet (1:24) The Bard’s timeless tale of star-crossed love reconceived as a kids’ cartoon about rival garden statuary. ● 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. ● Just Go With It (1:50) Adam Sandler enlists buddy Jennifer Aniston to pose as his wife to keep the ladies from getting too clingy…guess what happens. ● Justin Bieber: Never Say Never (1:45) Biopic of the 16-year-old Canadian heartthrob features lots of concert footage of our boy in action. ● The King’s Speech (1:51) True tale of George VI of England, a reluctant, ill-prepared sovereign who turns to a cutting-edge

speech therapist to cure his nervous stutter. ● 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. ● The Metropolitan Opera: Nixon in China (4:15) John Adams’ groundbreaking look at Dick, Mao, Henry and Chou, presented live from New York in big-screen high definition. ● 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. ● Oscar-Nominated Animated Shorts Catch five cartoons from around the world up for this year’s Academy Awards. ● Oscar-Nominated Documentary Shorts Five minimalist documentaries on a wide range of subjects with one thing in common: a shot at Academy bling. ● Oscar-Nominated Live-Action Shorts The Academy’s picks for the year’s top five live-action short subjects screen at the Rafael this week. ● 127 Hours (1:33) James Franco stars in the true story of a trapped rock climber whose only escape is to amputate his own arm; Danny Boyle directs. ● Peter Pan (1:42) Magical silent version of J.M. Barrie’s classic plays stars Betty Bronson as the eternally boyish Peter and Anna May Wong as Tiger Lily. ● RISE Fabulous footage of phenomenal figure skaters features commentary by the likes of Peggy Fleming, Dorothy Hamill and Brian Boitano. ● The Roommate (1:33) Thriller about a fun-loving college freshman and her grim, judgmental, homicidal roommate. ● Sanctum (1:43) A crew of deep-sea divers get trapped in an underwater cavern with only two days’ worth of oxygen and supplies. ● The Social Network (2:00) Caustic Aaron Sorkin-David Fincher biopic of computer nerd Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook, history’s youngest billionaire and “friend” to many (500 million at last count). ● Tangled (1:32) Disney musical version of the Rapunzel story in which the extensively tressed princess breaks out of her castle with a little help from a wanted bandit, a gang of thugs and an extremely dependable steed. ● True Grit (2:08) The Coen boys bring Charles Portis’s classic novel to the big screen with Jeff Bridges as drunken one-eyed triggerhappy U.S. Marshal Rooster Cogburn. ● Waste Land (1:38) Oscar-nominated documentary about artist Vik Muniz and the beauties he unearths from a massive Brazilian landfill.

›› MOViE TiMES 127 Hours (R) ★★★ Century Regency 6: Fri 12, 2:35, 5:10, 7:45, 10:20 Sat 5:10, 7:45, 10:20 Sun-Thu 12, 2:35, 5:10, 7:45 Another Year (R) ★★★1/2 CinéArts at Sequoia: Fri-Sat 4:10, 7, 9:50 Sun 1:20, 4:10, 7 Mon-Wed 4:10, 7 Thu 4:10 Barney’s Version (R) ★★★ Century Regency 6: Fri 1:25, 4:45, 7:55 Sat 10:40, 1:25, 4:45, 7:55 Sun-Thu 1:25, 4:45, 7:55 Biutiful (R) ★★1/2 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 1:50, 4:35, 7:30, 10:10 Sat 11:10, 1:50, 4:35, 7:30, 10:10 Sun-Thu 1:50, 4:35, 7:30 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri-Sat 1:50, 4:25, 7, 9:25 Sun-Thu 1:50, 4:25, 7 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri 4:30, 7:10, 9:40 Sat 2, 4:30, 7:10, 9:40 Sun 2, 4:30, 7:10 Mon-Thu 4:30, 7:10 Blue Valentine (R) ★★★★ Century Regency 6: Fri 1:15, 4:10, 7:05, 9:55 Sat 10:20, 1:15, 4:10, 7:05, 9:55 Sun-Wed 1:15, 4:10, 7:05 Thu 1:15, 4:10 The Company Men (R) ★★1/2 Century Northgate 15: 1:55, 7:15 ❋ The Eagle (PG-13) Century Northgate 15: 11:35, 2:10, 4:45, 7:20, 9:55 Century Rowland Plaza: 1:10, 4:10, 7:10, 10:10 The Fighter (R) ★★1/2 Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 7:15, 10 Sat-Sun 11:10, 1:50, 4:30, 7:15, 10 MonThu 6:45, 9:30 Century Northgate 15: 2:25, 5:10, 7:50, 10:30 From Prada to Nada (PG-13) Century Northgate 15: 11:45, 4:50, 10:05 ❋ Gnomeo & Juliet (G) Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 5:15, 7:30, 9:40 Sat-Sun 12:05, 2:30, 5:15, 7:30, 9:40 Mon-Thu 7, 9:10 Century Northgate 15: 11:25, 1:50, 4:05, 6:30, 8:45; 3D showtimes at 12:35, 2:55, 5, 7:25, 9:35 Century Rowland Plaza: 12:10, 4:50, 9:35; 3D showtimes at 2:30, 7:25 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri-Sat 1:10, 3:50, 6:30, 8:45 Sun-Thu 1:10, 3:50, 6:30 The Green Hornet (PG-13) ★1/2 Cen-

= New Movies This Week

tury Northgate 15: 1, 4, 7:05, 9:45 The Illusionist (2011) (PG) Rafael Film Center: Fri 4:30, 7:05, 9 Sat-Sun 2:15, 4:30, 7:05, 9 Mon-Thu 7:05, 9 Inception (PG-13) ★★★1/2 Lark Theater: Fri, Sat, Thu 8:30 Sun 6 Mon 7 Inside Job (PG-13) ★★★1/2 Lark Theater: Fri, Sat 6 Tue 7 Wed 4 Thu 1:15 ❋ Just Go With It (PG-13) Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 5, 7:45, 10:25 Sat-Sun 11:25, 2:10, 5, 7:45, 10:25 Mon-Thu 6:30, 9:15 Century Northgate 15: 11:20, 12:55, 2:15, 3:45, 4:55, 6:40, 7:45, 9:25, 10:30 Century Rowland Plaza: 1, 4, 7, 10:05 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 MonWed 5, 7:30 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri-Sat 1:40, 4:35, 7:10, 9:45 Sun-Thu 1:40, 4:35, 7:10 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri 4:15, 7, 9:35 Sat 1:40, 4:15, 7, 9:35 Sun 1:40, 4:15, 7 Mon-Thu 4:15, 7 ❋ Justin Bieber: Never Say Never (G) Century Northgate 15: 12:45, 3:15, 5:45, 8:15; 3D showtimes at 11:30, 2, 4:30, 7, 9:30 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:45am; 3D showtimes at 2:15, 4:45, 7:15, 9:45 The King’s Speech (R) ★★★1/2 Century Cinema: 1:15, 4:10, 7:10, 10 Century Regency 6: Fri 1:35, 4:25, 7:15, 10:05 Sat 10:45, 1:35, 4:25, 7:15, 10:05 Sun-Thu 1:35, 4:25, 7:15 Century Rowland Plaza: 1:05, 4:05, 7:05, 9:50 CinéArts at Sequoia: Fri 4:55, 7:35, 10:10 Sat 11:30, 2:15, 4:55, 7:35, 10:10 Sun 2:15, 4:55, 7:35 Mon-Thu 4:55, 7:35 Fairfax 5 Theatres: FriSat 1:20, 4, 6:50, 9:30 Sun-Thu 1:20, 4, 6:50 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri 4, 6:50, 9:30 Sat 1:20, 4, 6:50, 9:30 Sun 1:20, 4, 6:50 Mon-Thu 4, 6:50 Made in Dagenham (R) ★★1/2 Lark Theater: Sun 3:30 Mon 4:30 Thu 6 The Mechanic (R) ★★ Century Northgate 15: 11:40, 4:40, 9:40 ❋ The Metropolitan Opera: Nixon in

China (Not Rated) Century Regency 6: Sat 10am CinéArts at Marin: Sat 10am CinéArts at Sequoia: Sat 10am Lark Theater: Sat 10am Sun 11am Wed 6:30 No Strings Attached (R) Century Northgate 15: 11:55, 2:30, 5:05, 7:35, 10:10 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:50, 2:25, 5, 7:45, 10:20 CinéArts at Marin: Fri-Sat 4:30, 7:10, 9:45 Sun 1:55, 4:30, 7:10 Mon-Wed 4:45, 7:20 ❋ Oscar-Nominated Animated Shorts (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: FriSun 4:45, 6:35 Mon-Thu 6:35 ❋ Oscar-Nominated Documentary Shorts (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Sat-Sun 12:30 ❋ Oscar-Nominated Live-Action Shorts (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: 8:30 ❋ Peter Pan (1924) (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Sun 3 (live accompaniment by the Mont Alto Orchestra) ❋ RISE (PG) Century Regency 6: Thu 8 CinéArts at Marin: Thu 8 CinéArts at Sequoia: Thu 8 The Roommate (PG-13) Century Northgate 15: 12:40, 3, 5:20, 7:40, 10 Century Rowland Plaza: 12:15, 2:40, 5:05, 7:30, 9:55 Sanctum (R) ★ Century Northgate 15: 1:35, 4:10, 6:50, 9:20; 3D showtimes at 12, 2:40, 5:15, 7:55, 10:25 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:40, 2:20, 4:55, 7:35, 10:15 The Social Network (PG-13) ★★★1/2 Rafael Film Center: Fri 4:15, 6:50, 9:15 Sat 1:45, 4:15, 6:50, 9:15 Mon-Wed 6:50, 9:15 Tangled (PG) ★★★ Century Northgate 15: 11:50am True Grit (PG-13) ★★★ Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 5:25, 8, 10:30 Sat-Sun 11:45, 2:40, 5:25, 8, 10:30 Mon-Thu 6:50, 9:20 Century Northgate 15: 2:20, 7:30 CinéArts at Marin: Fri 4:20, 7, 9:40 Sat 1:45, 4:20, 7, 9:40 Sun 1:45, 4:20, 7 Mon-Wed 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 Waste Land (Not Rated) Lark Theater: Fri, Sat, Thu 3:45 Tue 4:45

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

James Maddalena wants to make one thing perfectly clear in the Met’s production of ‘Nixon in China,’ broadcast live to the Lark, Marin, Regency and Sequoia Saturday morning.



And the WiNNERS are...

The official Pacific Sun Oscar Contest —are you up to the challenge?


ollywood isn’t known for its “part threes.” Sure, Toy Story 3 and Godfather III didn’t completely cast a pall over their heralded forebears. But for every Return of the King, there’s a K-9: P.I., Porky’s 3: Revenge and Dr. Dolittle: Tail to the Chief. Still, Maniac Cop 3: Badge of Silence notwithstanding, we’re confident the third installment of the Pacific Sun Oscar Challenge will be our most successful yet. Here’s the challenge: Select a winner in all 24 categories, and if you can correctly pick more than our on-staff movie experts—we’ll announce our predications in the Feb. 25 issue—you’ll win tickets for two to a film at the Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center. But that’s not all! Whoever gets the highest total out of all entries will receive a 2011 Gold Star membership to the California Film Institute, which includes discounts on regular screenings (two $5.50 tickets per membership all year!) and more. (Only one entry per person. Deadline for entries is Feb. 23, 5pm.) —Jason Walsh

Leading Actor


❏ 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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Supporting Actor

Costume Design

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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 Inception The King’s Speech The Social Network True Grit

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

Leading Actress


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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”

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

Supporting Actress

Documentary Feature

❏ 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

Art Direction ❏ Alice in Wonderland ❏ Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 ❏ Inception ❏ The King’s Speech ❏ True Grit

Exit through the Gift Shop Gasland Inside Job Restrepo Waste Land

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

Foreign Language Film

Live Action Short Film

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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

Music - Original Score ❏ ❏ ❏ ❏ ❏

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

Original Song ❏ ❏ ❏ ❏

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

Best Picture ❏ ❏ ❏ ❏ ❏ ❏ ❏ ❏ ❏ ❏

Black Swan The Fighter Inception The Kids Are All Right The King’s Speech 127 Hours The Social Network Toy Story 3 True Grit Winter’s Bone

Animated Short Film ❏ ❏ ❏ ❏ ❏

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

The Confession The Crush God of Love Na Wewe Wish 143

Sound Editing ❏ ❏ ❏ ❏ ❏

Inception Toy Story 3 Tron: Legacy True Grit Unstoppable

Sound Mixing ❏ ❏ ❏ ❏ ❏

Inception The King’s Speech Salt The Social Network True Grit

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

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

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

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

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DEADLINE: ---------------Entries must be received by Feb. 23, 2011 ---------------One entry per person ---------------Pacific Sun picks will be announced Feb. 25, 2011

WALK THE RED CARPET For contestants who wish to compare their picks with ours on the Big Night, we recommend the California Film Institute’s Oscar Night America, where guests can tally their ballot via live telecast in the Rafael’s main theater, win raffle prizes, bid in a silent auction and eat like a star. Feb. 27, doors open at 3:30pm. $55 general; $40 CFI members; memories—priceless. Call 415/526-5841 or check out films/1490.html.

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

F R I D AY F E B R UA R Y 1 1 — F R I D AY F E B R UA R Y 1 8 Pacific Sun‘s Community Calendar

Reckless in Vegas doesn’t stay in Vegas—it comes to George’s Feb. 18.

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

Live music 02/11-12: David Nelson Band Americana/Jam band. 8:30-11:30pm. $25-35. Palm Ballroom, Seafood Peddler, 100 Yacht Club Dr., San Rafael. 389-5072. 02/11: Bombshells and Rockstars “Lovers Rock and Valentines Ball.” With Elliot’s Evil Plan, Cup O’ Joe, 8pm. $15. 19 Broadway, 17 Broadway, Fairfax. 02/11: Em K Extreme guitar solo. 7-10pm. Saylor’s Restaurant & Bar, 2009 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-1512. 02/11: Lady ‘D’ Sings Jazz. Alex Markels, guitar; Jack Prendergast, drums. 9-11:30pm. No cover. Chianti Ristorante, 7416 Redwood Blvd., Novato. 497-2462. 02/11: Lovers Rock Valentine’s Ball With Cathey Cotten & Elliot’s Evil Plan. 8 p.m. $15-17. 19 Broadway, 17 Broadway, Fairfax. 459-1091. 02/11: Maria Muldaur “Valentines Show.” American roots, blues, jazz, gospel. 9pm. $20-25. George’s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262. 02/11: Mindy Canter and The A List Jazz, pop. 8-11pm. $10. The Barge, 300 Napa St., Sausalito. 388-8059. 02/11: Sophisticated Standards Phillip Percy Williams, vocals; Judy Hall, piano. 6:30-9:30pm. Free. Mcinnis Park Club Restaurant, 350 Smith Ranch Road, San Rafael. 244-2665.

02/11: Sweetie Pie and the Doughboys Funky rock. 9:30 p.m. Peri’s Bar, 29 Broadway, Fairfax. 259-5597.

02/11: The Linda Imperial Band Valentine’s Day celebration show. 8:30pm. $12. Rancho Nicasio, Nicasio. 662-2219. 02/12:‘Hollywood Life and Times of Johnny Mercer’ Jazz. LynAnn King, vocals. 7:30pm. $20. Aurora Ristorante Italiano in Bel Marin Keys Novato, 8 Commercial Blvd., Novato. 02/12: AcoUUstic Cafe C*JAM Jazz Quartet with vocalist Shelby Anguiano, Jay Stapleton, Andy Dudnick and Mike MacKenzie. 7:30-9:30pm. $5-10. Unitarian Universalist Center, 240 Channing Way, San Rafael. 479-4131. 02/12: Joan Getz Quartet Jazz. 8-11pm. No cover. Caffe DiVino, 37 Caledonia, Sausalito. www.

02/12: KWMR Sweethearts of the Radio Annual benefit with Jane Selkye & Chris Kee, Barbara Higbie & Katrina Krimsky, Eric & Suzy Thompson, and Molly & Jack Tuttle, plus tempting desserts and drinks. 8pm. $25. Dance Palace, 503 B St., Point Reyes Station. 663-8068. 02/12: Shana Morrison 8:30pm. $15. Rancho Nicasio, Nicasio. 662-2219. 02/12: The Machiavelvets Jazz/rock. 7-10pm. No cover. Saylor’s Restaurant & Bar, 2009 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-1512. 02/12:Pat Echols and Friends Lovely and local. 2-4 p.m. No cover. Iron Springs Pub, 765 Center Blvd., Fairfax. 488-1490. 02/12: The Real Nasty With Diego’s Umbrella. 9 p.m. $10-12. 19 Broadway, 17 Broadway, Fairfax. 459-1091. 02/12: Tom Rigney and Flambeau Fiery cajun. 8pm. $20-30. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Val-

BEST BET Chug for the children This Sunday offers a great excuse for trading in a weekend mountain-biking extravaganza for some cold beer and good grub without totally skipping out on the two-wheeled fun. Broken Drum Brewery in downtown San Rafael will be donating proceeds from the afternoon’s festivities to TRIPS FOR KIDS, Marin’s fabulously kid-positive outdoor and brews, cyclists and suds will join forces this adventure nonprofit. Belly up to Bikers weekend to benefit Trips for Kids. the pub’s bar, get all schmoozy with cycling celebrities like Gary Fisher, Scot Nicol, Jacquie Phelan, Ross Shafer and countless other local biking pioneers—all for a good cause. Besides, the forecast calls for rain on Sunday and no one likes a muddy bike ride. Oh, wait... Head on over to the Broken Drum, 1132 Fourth St., San Rafael. 2-6pm. 415/456-4677. Free admission.—Dani Burlison

ley. 383-9600.

02/12: Wall Street-A High Energy Dance Party High-energy dance band. 9pm. $10-15 George’s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262. 02/13: Craig Jessup’s ‘Funny Valentine’ Songs about love. With Ken Muir, piano. 7:30pm. $25-35. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley. 383-9600. 02/13: Kenny G Contemporary adult. 8 p.m. $65-80. Uptown Theatre, 1350 Third St., Napa. ( 707) 259-0123. 02/13: Mike Lipskin and Dinah Lee Special Valentine songs. 4pm. Rancho Nicasio, Nicasio. 662-2219. 02/14: Baguette Quartette Valentine’s Day Celebration. 7:30pm. $15. Rancho Nicasio, Nicasio. 662-2219. 02/14: Blue Monday Jam Jesse Kincaid, Jerome Phillips and Gail Muldrow host. 8-11pm. Seahorse, 305 Harbor Dr at Gate 5, Sausalito. 331-2899. 02/14: Doc Kraft Dance Band Valentine’s day show. 8:30pm. $5 Sausalito Seahorse Restaurant, 305 Harbor Dr., gate 5, Sausalito. 02/15: David Gans Lovely songwriting in an intimate performance space. 9 p.m.-12 a.m. The Sleeping Lady, 23 Broadway, Fairfax. 485-1182. 02/15: Fell in a Well Rock, dance music. 9pm-1am. Free. Peris Silver Dollar Saloon, 29 Broadway, Fairfax. 334-1504. 02/15: Mari Mack and Livin’ Like Kings Soulful blues. 8-10pm. $10. The Belrose, 1415 5th Ave., San Rafael. 269-4487. 02/15: Noel Jewkes Quartet Jazz. 7-10pm. No cover. Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor Dr., gate 5, Sausalito. 945-9016. 02/15: Swing Fever Featuring Bryan Gould & Hit that Jive performing music of the Nat Cole. With Howard Dudune, saxophone and clarinet. 7-10pm. No cover. Panama Hotel & Restaurant, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 457-3993. 02/16: Dr. Elmo & Wild Blue Bluegrass. 8 p.m. Iron Springs Pub, 765 Center Blvd., Fairfax. 485-1005. 02/16: Primavera Latin Jazz Band Jazz. 7-10pm. No cover. Panama Hotel & Restaurant, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 457-3993. 02/17: Deborah Winters Jazz. With Jean Michel Hure. 7-10pm. No cover. Panama Hotel & Restaurant, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 457-3993.

02/17: Rubber Souldiers - the Ultimate Beatles Tribute Rockabilly/jam-band revision of

Beatles favorites with a Grateful Dead syntax. 8pm. $10-15. George’s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262. 02/18: Audrey Moira Shimkas Trio Brazilian and American jazz, pop/rock, blues. 7-10pm. No cover. Rickeys Restaurant & Bar, 250 Entrada Dr., Novato. 847-8331. 02/18: El Radio Fantastique Rancho Debut. 8pm. No cover. Rancho Nicasio, Nicasio. 662-2219.

02/18: Larry Clyman and Bruce Sexauer Guitar. 8 p.m. $10-15. Schoenberg Guitars, 106 Main St., Tiburon. 789-0846. 02/18: Lauralee Brown and Company Jazz. 7-10pm. Saylor’s Restaurant & Bar, 2009 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-1512. 02/18: Mwanza Furaha Jazz. With Si Perkoff, Wayne Colyer, Michael J. Ilnicki, Julie Egger, Kurt Huget. 6:30-9:30pm. Embassy Suites, 101 McInnis Pkwy., San Rafael. 419-5739. 02/18: Reckless in Vegas, Gravity Hill Featuring Miles Schon 8pm. $10-15. George’s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262.

Concerts 02/11: Cabaret d’Amour Moulin Rouge style song and dance with Moana Diamond, Danny Slomoff and the Chez Kiki Orchestra. 8pm. $20-28. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley. 383-9600. 02/13: Albers Trio Mill Valley Chamber Music Society presents Albers sisters Laura, violin; Rebecca, viola and Julie, cello. Works by Fuchs, Mozart. 5pm. $25 Mt Tamalpais United Methodist Church, 410 Sycamore Ave., Mill Valley. 381-4453. 02/13: DoubleleTake Violin Duo With Natasha Makhijani and Shaina Eviniuk. 2-4pm. Free. Music Conservatory, San Domenico School, 1500 Butterfield Road, San Anselmo. 256-2528. www.

02/13: Music of the Beloved: An Interfaith Concert Marin Interfaith Council presents a concert featuring Clerestory, Arjun Verma, Tsering Dorjee Bawa and Cantors David Margules and Rita Glassman. 2-4:30pm. $20-50, sliding scale Showcase Theatre, Marin Center, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 456-6957.

02/18: Les Graces Baroque Ensemble “Treasures of the German Baroque:” chamber music for soprano, baroque oboe, viola da gamba, and harpsichord. Virtuoso works by Bach and FEBRUARY 11 - FEBRUARY 17, 2011 PACIFIC SUN 25

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present John Patrick Shanleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning play. See website for showtimes. 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. See website for showtimes. $15-53. Marin Theatre Company, 397 Miller Ave., Mill Valley. 388-5208.

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Readings 02/11: Dr. Elliot Aronson Dr. Aronson discusses his autobiography â&#x20AC;&#x153;Not by Chance: My Life as a Social Psychologist.â&#x20AC;? Free. Dominican University, Angelico Hall, 50 Acacia Ave., San Rafael. 835-1020. 02/11: Michael Koryta â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Cypress House.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 02/12: Doug Merlino â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Hustle.â&#x20AC;? 2pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 02/12: Lisa Napoli Travel memoir â&#x20AC;&#x153;Radio Shangri-La.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 02/12: Lise Saffran â&#x20AC;&#x153; Junoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Daughters.â&#x20AC;? 4pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 02/13: Susan Walton â&#x20AC;&#x153;Coloring Outside Autismâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Lines: 50+ Activities, Adventures and Celebrations for Families of Children with Autism.â&#x20AC;? 4pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www. 02/14: David Ellis â&#x20AC;&#x153;Breach of Trust.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 02/16: Conor Grennan â&#x20AC;&#x153;Little Princes: One Manâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Promise to Bring Home the Lost Children of Nepal.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 02/17: Joseph Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connor Historical novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ghost Light.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 02/18: Mark Hertsgaard â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hot: Living Through the Next Fifty Years on Earth.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960.

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artists will display their new works. 6-8pm Feb. 11; 10am-6pm. Feb. 12; 10am-2pm Feb. 13. Free. The Outdoor Art Club, 1 West Blithedale Ave, Mill Valley. 388-9886.

02/11: An Evening with Novelist Elizabeth Rosner â&#x20AC;&#x153;Blue Nude.â&#x20AC;? 5:30-7pm. $5-7. Marin Arts,

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The French writer/director Claude Chabrol died last September leaving a vast collection of treasuresâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;at least 50 filmsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;most of which can be mined on DVD. A favorite theme of his, exposing the lust and greed lurking just beneath the surface of a picture-perfect provincial village in Technicolored France, blossoms fully with 1985â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s COP AU VIN. Here a wheelchair-bound mother and her son are terrorized by the butcher, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Cop au Vinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; is best viewed with fresh garlic and a ďŹ ne Burgundy. the doctor and the notary of the town, with distinct echoes of Vichy-era paranoia. Late into this downward spiraling nightmare enters Chabrolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most unique flic, Inspector Lavardin, a handsome, Dior-clad Sherlock, armed with the interrogation techniques of Dirty Harry and the moral fervor of a renegade priest. As portrayed by the actor Jean Poiret (also author of the play La Cage aux Folles), the investigator becomes more riveting than the muddle of murders. Poiret is so successful in creating this stylish charmerâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;entering halfway through the filmâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;that by the end we want to drive off with him. Fortunately, we can. Chabrolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sequel with Poiret followed in 1986: Inspector Lavardin.â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Richard Gould Fourth St., San Rafael. 454-1222. 02/14: Monday Night at the Movies â&#x20AC;&#x153;Broadway Danny Rose.â&#x20AC;? 1984. 7:30-9pm. Free. Mill Valley Public Library, 375 Throckmorton, Mill Valley. 389-4292, x203.

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ing with Eleanor Barron Druckrey, Diana Marto and Stuart Rabinowitsch. Q&A afterwards. 7-9pm. $8-10. Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Hanlon Center for the Arts, 616 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 388-4331. 02/17:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Lunafestâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Benefit Screening PeyMarin Vineyardsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Susan Pey and Heidi Krahling of Insalatas and Marinitas team up for an evening of food, film, and philanthropy to benefit Breast Cancer Fund. 7-8:30pm. $25. Drake High School Little Theater, 1327 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., San Anselmo. 455-9463.

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Meet Oscar nominated director Paul Mazursky. 7pm. $15-18. Osher Marin JCC, 200 N San Pedro Road, San Rafael. 444-8000. 02/17: Spend an Evening in Paris Marin Literacy Program presents the opportunity to see â&#x20AC;&#x153;An American in Parisâ&#x20AC;? as its fifth annual sing-along fundraiser. 7-9pm. $25. Smith Rafael Film Center, 1118 Fourth St., San Rafael. 485-3318.

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Free cookie decorating for the whole family, using pastured eggs and natural dyes. 9am-2pm. Free. Marin Country Mart, Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Larskpur.

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02/13: Hearts and Flowers Valentine Appetizer Demo and Tasting â&#x20AC;&#x153;Whole Foodsâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153; Cookâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cornerâ&#x20AC;? presents culinary queen Micki Barzilay. 4-6pm. Free. Whole Foods, DeLong Ave., Novato. 897-1972. 02/13: Homegrown Marin Market Find unique gifts while enjoying a delicious meal prepared by local chefs. 11am-5pm. $5. Marin Fencing Academy, 827 4th St., San Rafael. 225-2239.

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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


FEBRUARY 11, 2011 – FEBRUARY 17, 2011 PACIFIC SUN 29

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Week of February 10-16, 2011

ARIES (March 20 - April 19) As your ruler (energetic Mars) travels between the dramatic Sun and chatty Mercury, you look for any opportunity to take center stage. Since free speech is still (mostly) protected, you can probably do this without being arrested. However, authoritarian Saturn in your house of legal issues requires that you get a permit if you set up a soapbox on public property. As for Valentine’s Day, the emotive Moon suggests a romantic dinner at home—with Champagne, chocolates and candles. TAURUS (April 20 - May 19) The conglomeration of planets in your career house while your ruler (Venus) is in the ambitious sign of Capricorn is certain to put the emphasis on professional goals. But work should not be the only thing on your mind. The emotionally sensitive Moon in your shopping house on Saturday can help you find the right present for your Valentine. If you are currently without one, save the money until after Monday when all that gourmet chocolate goes on sale... GEMINI (May 20 - June 20) The mushy Moon in your sign on Saturday and Sunday can turn you lovey-dovey. The always rational among you may feel confused. The rest of you will use this opportunity to prepare for Valentine’s Day. If you’re attached, you feel like doing something completely different this year. If you’re enjoying being solo, why not come up with an exciting party for all your single pals? Optional theme song: “Love Stinks,” courtesy of the J. Geils Band... CANCER (June 21 - July 21) As one who prefers greetings on paper versus digital, be happy that this Valentine’s Day gives you an opportunity to create cards using your own personal sentiments. The continued merger of artistic Venus with passionate Pluto is especially helpful when seeking beautiful ways of expressing your feelings. Now that expansive Jupiter has taken over your career house, this could be the start of a new profitable venture for you. LEO (July 22 - August 22) Assertive Mars is having a strong influence on your ruler, the expressive Sun. On one hand, this could help you overcome a fear of letting loose with your true feelings. On the other, it could cause you to overstate your own importance. This week you must learn the difference between confidence and arrogance. One will earn you loyal friends and lovers. The other could incite rebellion. Remember: “Temper gets you into trouble. Pride keeps you there.” VIRGO (August 23 - September 21) Too many planets in the erratic sign of Aquarius can make it difficult for you to stick to your normal routine. This is one week when you probably should just give up on the usual schedule and embrace flexibility. Interestingly enough, the one day when you do feel a bit more grounded in tradition is Valentine’s Day. So, if you were thinking about skipping the whole romantic dinner with your sweetie, think again. LIBRA (September 22 - October 22) Although your house of romance, creativity and entertainment is filled with action, the week is not all fun and games. As your ruler (Venus) remains in the serious sign of Capricorn, she must deal with planets that bring fate and karma into the picture. You are being asked to redefine what or who is really important to you—besides making sure you have a date for Valentine’s Day, that is. SCORPIO (October 23 - November 21) Too much communication makes you private types nervous. That’s why for most of the weekend you are not in the mood for sharing your feelings. Fortunately, by Valentine’s Day, your mood softens and the idea of revealing your heartfelt sentiment is not so scary. Meanwhile, go ahead and do something to make your home environment look completely different. If you can’t afford a new sofa, buy a couple of colorful pillows and hang up a tapestry. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 - December 20) Those of you sporty types have gone right from playing or watching football to basketball without missing a beat. With your ruler (jovial Jupiter) in the competitive sign of Aries, any sort of game will do. Nevertheless, Monday is Valentine’s Day and your sweetie may not believe the perfect date is a hot dog at the hockey rink. Or, maybe your sweetie does think that is the perfect date. CAPRICORN (December 21 - January 18) While you may be focusing on your professional life over the weekend, by Monday the Moon occupies your relationship house. This is just in time to save you from a less than ideal Valentine’s Day. As mentioned last week, you do have charming Venus in your sign along with sexy Pluto. If you’re still thinking about your job on Monday instead of your love life, then you’re really doing yourself (and your sweetie) a grave injustice. AQUARIUS (January 19 - February 17) Although your ruler remains in the mystical sign of Pisces, the emphasis is on good old-fashioned logic over the weekend. As a representation of your upcoming year, this means you will be quite clever and rational. As a symbol of your Valentine’s Day plans, this is not exactly the epitome of romantic bliss. It’s not too late to change direction. Just tell your head to be quiet while you tune into your heart. Happy Birthday and Happy Valentine’s Day. PISCES (February 18 - March 19) The tendency to absorb the emotions of those near you can sometimes make you want to hide from the world. But this week, sociable Venus has other plans. She wants you to get involved in a group activity. You may have to endure some empathetic angst, but you could end up with a new friend or two. As for Valentine’s Day, the mushy Moon lights up your house of romance. In this particular situation, limit your “group” to two. ✹ Email Lynda Ray at or check out her website at 30 PACIFIC SUN FEBRUARY 11, 2011 – FEBRUARY 17, 2011

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) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2011125942 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as MANGA HERO, 817 MISSION AVE., SUITE 1A, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: JONATHAN LIN, 915 FREMONT ST., MENLO PARK, CA 94025. 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 27, 2011. (Publication Dates: February 4, 11, 18, 25, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2011125954 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as MARIN PROFESSIONAL WOMEN’S NETWORK, 824 5TH AVE. STE. A, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: ROSE G KUNTZ, 33 WATERSIDE CIR., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903; KRISTI FRLEKIN, 7 OAK CREST CT. UNIT F, NOVATO, CA 94947. This business is being conducted by an unincorporated association (g) other than a partnership. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on October 1, 1986. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on January 28, 2011. (Publication Dates: February 4, 11, 18, 25, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 125955 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as E&J PROPERTIES, 73 MARTENS BLVD., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: EUGENE MAFFGI, 73 MARTENS BLVD., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901; JAME MAFFGI, 3012 BELL MARIN KEYS BLVD., IGNACIO, CA 94905. This business is being conducted by a general partnership. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on February 5, 2001. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on January 28, 2011. (Publication Dates: February 4, 11, 18, 25, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 125973 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as TREAD LIGHT TRAVELS, 530 SAN GERONIMO VALLEY DR., SAN GERONIMO, CA 94963: TREAD LIGHT INCORPORATION, 530 SAN GERONIMO VALLEY DR., SAN GERONIMO, CA 94963. 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 January

31, 2011. (Publication Dates: February 4, 11, 18, 25, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 125833 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as BACKYARD BOOGIE, 1609 4TH ST., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: JAMES HAYES WALSH III, 238 MERRYDALE RD. #10, 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 April 1, 2011. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on January 14, 2011. (Publication Dates: February 4, 11, 18, 25, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 125982 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as TOMESCONESNTONES, 234 MONTE VISTA AVE., LARKSPUR, CA 94939: THOMAS STUHLBARG, 234 MONTE VISTA AVE., LARKSPUR, CA 94939. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on February 1, 2011. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on February 1, 2011. (Publication Dates: February 11, 18, 25; March 4, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 125952 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as WALKNDOGS, 25 SPRING GROVE AVE. #3, SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960: JULIE E. KEIGLEY, 25 SPRING GROVE AVE. #3, SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960. 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 27, 2011. (Publication Dates: February 11, 18, 25; March 4, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2011126004 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as VIRGINIA CLEANERS, 61 CAMINO ALTO, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: NAMJU CORPORATION, 61 CAMINO ALTO, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941. This business is being conducted by a corporation. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on March 1, 2011. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on February 3, 2011. (Publication Dates: February 11, 18, 25; March 4, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 125947 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as FAT KAT SURF SHOP, 1906 SIR FRANCIS DRAKE, FAIRFAX, CA 94930: JOHN ZECH, 529 31ST ST., RICHMOND, CA 94804; CHAD PETERSON, 201 UPPER TOYON DR., KENTFIELD, CA 94904. This business is being conducted by a general partnership. 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 January 27, 2011. (Publication Dates: February 11, 18, 25; March 4, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 125791 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as ACCESS PHYSICAL THERAPY, 1018 E. ST., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: GLENNA RICE, 52 GRACELAND DR., 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 February 1, 2011. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on January 11, 2011. (Publication Dates: February 11, 18, 25; March 4, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 125801 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as MARIN IRISH ARTS; BROSNAN SCHOOL OF IRISH DANCE; BROSNANHYNES IRISH PERFORMING ARTS, 1879 SECOND ST., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: ELIZABETH A. BROSNAN-HYNES, 1879 SECOND 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 12, 2011. (Publication Dates: February 11, 18, 25; March 4, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 125994 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as LUXURY FOR LESS TRAVEL, 34 ESTATES CT., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: STEPHEN SHAY, 34 ESTATES CT., 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 February 2, 2011. This statement was filed with the County

Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on February 2, 2011. (Publication Dates: February 11, 18, 25; March 4, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 125937 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as LOCAL FLORA, 100 REDHILL, SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960: SHUTINTORN DAORUANG, 67 RAYMOND HEIGHTS, PETALUMA, CA 94952. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on January 27, 2011. (Publication Dates: February 11, 18, 25; March 4, 2011)

997 All Other Legals ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF MARIN. No. CIV 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


PUBLIC NOTICES CONTINUED FROM PAGE 30 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, 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) NOTICE OF TRUSTEEâ ™S SALE: YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST DATED 12/20/06. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDING AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. On 2/23/11 at 9:30am ALBERT E. CORDOVA, Attorney at Law, as duly appointed Substituted Trustee under and pursuant to Deed of Trust dated 12/20/2006, recorded on 5/23/07 as Instrument No. 2007-0032061 in the Official Records of Marin County, CA, executed by: GREGG A. MARTIN & KATHERINE O. MARTIN, jointly and severally as Trustors to CHICAGO TITLE COMPANY, a corporation, as Trustee for KEVIN Oâ ™KEEFE, as Beneficiary. Will sell at public auction sale to the highest bidder for cash in lawful money of the US, cashierâ ™s check drawn on a state or national bank, a cashierâ ™s check drawn by a state federal credit union, or a cashierâ ™s check drawn by a state or federal savings and loan association, savings association, or savings bank specified in Section 5102 of the Financial Code and authorized to do business in this state, all payable at the time of sale: In front of Room 113, Marin County Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Dr., City of San Rafael, County of Marin, State of CA 94903. All right, title, and interest conveyed to and now held by him as Substituted Trustee under and pursuant to said Deed of Trust in the property situated in said County and State described as: COMPLETELY DESCRIBED IN SAID DEED OF TRUST. The street and other common designation, if any, of real property described above is: 119 Surrey Lane, San Rafael, CA 94903, Assessorâ ™s Parcel # 175-412-35. The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address or other common designation, if any, shown herein. The property heretofore described is sold â œas isâ ù. The sale will be made, but without covenant or warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possession, condition or encumbrances, including fees, charges and expenses of the Substituted Trustee and of the trusts created by said Deed of Trust, to satisfy remaining principal sum of the Note(s) secured by said Deed of Trust. The total amount of the unpaid balance of the obligation secured by the property to be sold and reasonably estimated costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Sale is: $358,749.10. This sum represents the reasonably estimated sums due under the note secured by the Deed of Trust. The amount may be greater on the day of sale. If the Substituted Trustee is unable to convey title for any reason, the successful bidderâ ™s sole and exclusive remedy shall be the return monies paid to the Substituted Trustee, and the successful bidder shall have no further recourse. The name of the beneficiary is KEVIN Oâ ™KEEFE. His address is care of the Marin County Public Guardian 20 N. San Pedro Rd., Suite 2014, San Rafael, CA 94903. The undersigned was appointed and substituted as Trustee under the above Deed of Trust by a substitution date 1/5/2010 and recorded on 2/11, as Instrument No. 2010-0007131 in the Official Records of Marin County, CA. The representative of the beneficiary under said Deed of Trust heretofore executed and delivered to the undersigned a written Declaration of Default and Demand for Sale, and a written Notice of Default and Election to Sell. The undersigned caused said Notice of Default and Election to sell to be recorded in the county where the real property is located on 2/1/10 as Instrument No. 2010-0005030 in the Official Records of Marin County, CA. In compliance with CA Civil Code 2923.5 ( c ) the trustee declares: that he has contacted the borrower(s) to assess their financial situation and to explore options to avoid foreclosure; or that it has made efforts to contact the borrower(s) to assess their financial situation and to explore options to avoid foreclosure by one of the following methods: by telephone, by US mail; either 1st class or certified; by overnight delivery; by personal delivery; by email, by face to face meeting. FOR SALES INFORMATION: ALBERT E. CORDOVA, as Trustee, 1101 Fifth Ave., Suite 200, San Rafael, CA 94901; 415-457-9656.

STATEMENT OF FACT: I, Edward Laughlin Spencer, am Executor to the EDWARD LAUGHLIN SPENCER Estate as Witnessed by my Sole Ability to Personally Obtain a CERTIFICATE OF BIRTH and Do Hereby Give Legal, Lawful, Public and Actual Notice of The Same - Hereby and Herein. By: executor Edward Laughlin Spencer, of my own right. nation California. general post-office. county Marin. Spencer Province. United States Minor Outlying Islands. STATEMENT OF WITHDRAWAL OF GENERAL PARTNER. The undersigned hereby certifies that he/she has withdrawn on the date shown as general partner from the conduct of business under said Fictitious Business Name. File NO. 201129. The information give below is at is appeared on the fictitious business statement that was filed at the County Clerk-Recorder’s Office. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME(S): SAN RAFAEL HYDROPONICS, 1417 4TH ST., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. FILED IN MARIN COUNTY ON: 1/26/10, UNDER FILE NO. 2010123057. REGISTRANT’S NAME(S): MARK SCHAEFER, 1160 MCCLELLAND DR., NOVATO, CA 94945 This statement was filed with the County Clerk Recorder of Santa Clara County on January 21, 2011 (Pacific Sun: February 4, 11, 18, 25, 2011) ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF MARIN. No. CIV 1100583. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner SARAH JANE HIGGINS filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: SARAH JANE HIGGINS to SARAH JANE WASHBURN. 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 15, 2011, 9:00 AM, Dept. L, Room 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: February 1, 2011 /s/ LYNN DURYEE, JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT (Pacific Sun: February 4, 11, 18, 25, 2011) ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF MARIN. No. CIV 1100647. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner BARBARA DUFFIELD LONGLEY filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: BARBARA DUFFIELD LONGLEY to ZEVA BARBARA LONGLEY. 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 21, 2011, 9:00AM, Dept. L, Room 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: February 3, 2011 /s/ LYNN DURYEE, JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT (Pacific Sun: February 11, 18, 25; March 4, 2011)

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My girlfriend and I are planning to get married this year. Her finances are in perfect order (she’s frugal, with no debts, while I owe $8K on credit cards), so we agreed that she’d manage our money after marriage. But recently, something happened that has me worried. I bought a ski jacket and asked her opinion on it (color, style) and bragged that I’d gotten it for only $40. We both love deals, and she likes to have input into how I dress. But, she turned what used to be a fun moment together into a lecture about how I don’t need another jacket and should be clearing my debt instead of spending. I’m afraid I’ll see this escalating after marriage.—Hammered


“Hey, honey!” you call to your girlfriend, who looks up from the sink where she’s rinsing out plastic bags to reuse. “How do I look in my spiffy new jacket?” Of course, you’re fishing for a compliment—“Like a million bucks!”—not an estimate: “Like $8,040 in debt, if you don’t count fees and interest.” Unfortunately, one man’s el-cheapo ski jacket is one woman’s quilted nylon warning sign. The way you see it, it’s not like you did a P. Diddy and splurged on some one-of-a-kind parka they had to kill 20 ostriches and a baby seal to make. The way she sees it, there’s always going to be a $40 something-or-other twinkling at you from a store window, and instead of the voice of fiscal prudence, you’ll hear “Visa: It’s everywhere you want to be!” (Modeling cut-rate ski-wear in bankruptcy court?) Couples who have no problem laying out their weird sex proclivities on date three go all shy schoolgirl when it comes to talking about money, or figure they’ll just get married and work out the financial nitty-gritty later. Bad idea. A person’s relationship with money is complex: It comes out of how they were raised, experiences they’ve had, and their genetics. You and your girlfriend are overdue for a frank discussion about how you each view money (Hopes! Fears! Dreams!), the origins of your thinking, and where you think your shortcomings are. Opening up about your money issues should help you have compassion for each other’s fears: in her case, living pawn ticket to pawn ticket; in your case, spending a lifetime having your allowance docked by your mother. You can probably come up with reasons for buying that ski jacket (“No sooner did I come home than she was raining on my parade!”). But, since you’re about to enter a partnership, it would be a show of good faith to act more like a partner—like your actions have bearing on the whole. You and she should probably have a joint account for mutual expenses (bills, trips, savings) and separate accounts to use as you wish. As long as you’re paying off your debt and aren’t racking up more, you two should have a deal that she doesn’t get to lecture you or even give you an eye roll about what you buy. But, before you marry, be sure that you can accept each other’s differences. For a relationship to work, you need to find “that thing your partner does” endearingly annoying as opposed to annoyingly annoying...even if you can’t buy into their notion that the fundamental human needs are air, water, food, shelter and bugging the dog with the coolest new battery-operated, radio-controlled helicopter.


A gay guy from work invited me to his wedding, and I’m wondering how it will be different from a regular wedding. I don’t want to say or do the wrong thing.—A Man Who’s Not Used To This Sort Of Thing


Gay marriage can take some getting used to. As Craig Kilborn put it, marriage has long been “a sacred union between a man and a pregnant woman.” The truth is, a gay wedding is generally just slightly more gay than weddings already are, with all the ice sculptures, tiny foo-foo snacks on little silver trays, and ludicrous flower arrangements. Sure, the guys’ gift registry might test your comfort level with a request for some bizarre item for their bedroom—like a table lamp from Crate & Barrel. And, at the ceremony, you will probably be asked to participate in some weird rituals like toasting to the couple’s happiness and eating cake. Beyond that, a gay wedding is “a regular wedding” in that two people in love are pledging to spend their lives together. They’ll let you know, in subtle or direct ways, what to call them (husband and husband, partners, etc.). Otherwise, the usual wedding rules are in effect: Don’t chew with your mouth open, take the liquor home with you, or try to grope the bride (should you spot one wandering down the highway on your way home).✹ © 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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