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Hot Tuna Blues Founders Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady have been together since childhood. Now they’ve paired with blues icon Charlie Musselwhite (harmonica and guitar) and two-time Grammywinner Jim Lauderdale (guitar) to bring you a night full of crisp sounds from both the electric guitar and acoustic spheres. With careers spanning decades, these four veterans have played with just about everybody, from Jefferson Airplane to Bonnie Raitt to Elvis Costello. Join them for a night as they continue their journey, making music, having fun and entertaining friends.

Friday, March 1 1, 8 p.m. $45, $35, $25, Students 18 and Under - $20

$85 includes post-concert party to benefit Friends of Marin Center. Following this performance, enjoy hearing jazz-rock and nibbling on taste treats from a buffet by An Affair to Remember Catering. The Redwood Foyer Gallery will feature images curated by rock n’ roll historian and photographer Don Aters.


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Oil’s well that ends well Rudyard Kipling coined the term ‘white man’s burden’ in a poem of the same name that is famous for heralding the nobility of imperialism.

I just belatedly read—and enjoyed— Jason Walsh’s piece about movies with water themes [“The Celluloid Faucet,” Feb. 4]. A couple quick comments: Dr. Strangelove—speaking at least for myself, it’s the pleasure of climax I’d be fine with getting from water (as well as from the more-customary source)—not the post-coital fatigue Jack D. Ripper fears in the film. I wouldn’t look forward to experiencing the latter constantly...and certainly not without the other experience I just mentioned. So, I think I’ll forgo the fluoridized water, thanks! Lawrence of Arabia—I admit not being very well educated about the British actions in the post-Ottoman Middle East, so forgive me if I’m wrongheaded here. But I suspect what was most behind the British carving up you mentioned was the desire to establish dependent puppet states with figurehead leaders who could be controlled or bought by Britain and its multinational oil companies...That’s where the real action was. The White Man’s Burden was, I believe, rather the philosophical attitude invoked to placate the British public and the world and

Editor’s note: Thanks for the feedback, Alexander! It was a fun piece to research and write. You’re spot-on that the European powers wanted to establish “friendly” states in the Middle East following the fall of the Ottomans. It’s also probably true that more power in that region ensured further control over the Suez Canal—yet another water theme! But my guess is their original desire for a stake in the Middle East had nothing to do with oil—black gold wasn’t discovered in Arabia until the early 1930s.

This is it! I just had to tell you—although it’s a month late—that I loved Jason Walsh’s article on and interview with Huey Lewis [“Heart and Soulsville,” Jan. 14]. Being a local girl (and of legal age to see live music in the early ’80s), I have loved those guys forever and I have even given their new CD as gifts to a select few who would appreciate him/them/the music. On behalf of everyone who read the article—thank you! Cathie O’Callaghan, Greenbrae

End this state of d’ Nile In January the Tunisian dictator was overthrown through peaceful means. Earlier this month, millions of Egyptians gathered in nonviolent protest to demand an end to the 31-year rule of Hosni Mubarak. This grassroots revolution aims to bring democracy to the most populous country in the Arab world—a change many said was impossible. Change is coming across the Arab



Marin Municipal Water District refuses to care about our children’s healthy water” If you still believe fluoride in your drinking water prevents cavities and helps build strong teeth, you’ve fallen for a cleverly devised mass-deception.. As this recent stud... Feature: ‘My Evil Ways’A San Quentin inmate acted proud of himself for fatally stabbing the killer of a 9-year-old Novato girl, according to a recently unsealed transcript of a grand jury inquiry... Novato man versus Ursus It was a grizzly scene last December when a Glenn County warden found a bear head, a gall bladder

Your soapbox is waiting at ›› world—in Egypt, Libya, Jordan, Yemen and elsewhere. Here in our country we need to be clear about what we stand for. President Obama’s increasing willingness to move beyond past mistakes, to end U.S. support for Hosni Mubarak and to support this nonviolent movement by Egyptians—for Egyptians—is a vital and positive step. But for the U.S. to demonstrate a real commitment to democracy in Egypt, our government must work constructively with any and all parties who have the support of the Egyptian people—religious or secular, liberal or conservative. This will make clear that we support true democracy and are willing to align our deeds with our words. Edith Cacciatore,Novato

The shabby D.A. Why is District Attorney Berberian wasting millions of dollars in a trial of Frank Souza [“My Evil Ways,” Feb. 18]? Souza is serving 60 years to life. He will never leave prison. Another murder conviction will cost Marin millions for a trial, and millions for appeals, no matter what the verdict. If there ever arises a chance that Souza would get out, then indict him for the Schaefer murder. Murder has no statute of limitations. Take trial and appeal expenses out of Berberian’s salary. Jerome J. Ghigliotti, Jr., Novato

I may have been wrong, but I’m still right! Thanks for the detailed clarification of the potentially confusing half-Spanish, half-Mexican movie Biutiful. My apologies to the Sun’s movie-summary writer Matthew Stafford for attempting to correct him in my letter to the editor [“Just the Facts, Muchacho,” Feb. 18]. But to make a short story long, he keeps proving my point. After my letter reached the Sun, he rightfully changed his misleading copy from “Mexican drama” to the more appropriate “Mexico’s official entry” for Oscar consideration, which makes more sense. Already seen Black Swan, thanks for sharing. Actually, this was a sinister plot to get people to go to the movies. Jay Turner, Corte Madera

Remember the main point! The term ‘yellow journalism’ stems from the Yellow Kid comic, which ran in the sensationalizing newspapers of Hearst and Joseph Pulitzer.

I want to thank the Sun for its response to letter writer Eric Fransen [“So That’s Why Those Purim Cookies Taste So Salty,” Feb. 11] about the point of my letter concerning the Gabrielle Giffords shooting. It is also important and instructive to note that President William McKinley’s assassination followed vitriolic yellow paper journalism by William Randolph Hearst and others encouraging someone to shoot the president [“If bad institutions and bad men can be got rid of only by killing, then the killing must be done,” went one infamous Hearst editorial]. Thereafter, Hearst and the others were roundly criticized and denounced from the pulpit and elsewhere throughout the country for such irresponsible incitements. Kimberly Clark, Greenbrae

›› OOPS! Longtime Pacific Sun owner and still-avid reader Steve McNamara was enjoying Ronnie Cohen’s coverage of Frank Souza’s upcoming murder defense [“My Evil Ways,” Feb. 18] when he noticed we’d misidentified photographer James Hall’s photo of the entrance to North Block as an entrance to Death Row—when the entrance to Death Row is actually on the East Block. Explains Steve:“There is indeed a creepy small door with Death Row lettered above it [near the entrance to North Block]. But it’s sort of for show. Maybe years ago it was an entrance to Death Row, but nowadays inmates and COs (Correctional Officers, they insist, not guards) must go through the heavily guarded doorway at the other end of East Block.” It sure pays to have a former publisher who’s also a volunteer at San Quentin.

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Can we afford not to? A peek beneath the roof of the Novato affordable housing debate by Pe t e r S e i d m a n


he debate over affordable housdated housing requirements as delining in Novato focuses on many of eated by the Association of Bay Area the same issues in similar debates Governments (ABAG). elsewhere in the county. What’s different ABAG’s method of determining the this time in Novato is the temperature of number of units a city must create the discussion—it’s been white hot. to meet the state mandate remains a When the city’s Planning Commis- source of fierce debate, as does the core sion started wrestling with how No- issue of affordable housing and the levvato should meet state requirements el of local acceptance, especially when it for affordable housing, comes to multi-unit people packed meetings. developments. Residents opposed to According to the creating what they see state mandate, the Novato Housing Element as high-density affordcity must provide 313 Public Workshops able housing developunits of new housing March 1: Housing Density ments used terms such for families with exand Design as “roaches’ nest.” Others tremely low- to lowMarch 7: Crime and suggested that affordincomes. Currently, Housing Management able housing might be ABAG doesn’t accept Workshops are open to all. Check for acceptable, as long as it’s conversion of existmore information. on the east side of Highing housing to meet way 101, away from their affordable goals. neighborhoods. And State Assemblyothers contended that man Jared Huffman, medium-density affordable housing de- D-6th District, is working on a bill that velopments, about 30 units for example, would soften the requirement and give by definition incubated crime. A suspi- credit for actions such as rehabbing cion of “the other” bubbled just beneath foreclosed homes and returning them the surface. to the market as affordable. But for The controversy erupted when the now, the numbers stand. city created a list of possible sites for According to data compiled in 2009, affordable housing to meet state-mana family of four with an annual 10 >

›› NEWSGRAMS Ross storms the mound over baseball diamond A field of dreams has become a field of screams, as Ross residents are crying foul over the location of the longstanding baseball diamond on Ross Common. The diamond had been adjacent to the Ross School up until a little over a year ago when school construction projects led the Town Council to temporarily relocate it a bit further south. Now with construction for a new stage under way, the school is asking that the baseball field be kept at its new digs permanently. Dozens of residents packed a recent Town Council meeting—neighbors had“dug out”their positions, both for the move and against it.Those opposing relocating the field say noise, parking and damage to a trio of redwood trees are reasons the ballpark should return to its agreed-upon location nearer the school. School officials, however, say the return of the field would block the stage—which is meant to be used for various functions by the whole community. On Feb. 9, the Ross School District board suggested the council approve keeping the diamond at the more southern location. Nick’s Cove submerged in debt Restaurateur Pat Kuleto is putting a fork in his Nick’s Cove venture after more than a decade of rising debt that’s left the renowned Marshall eatery more than $10 million in the red. In a letter to shareholders that was then leaked to the Point Reyes Light newspaper, Kuleto described the restaurant undertaking as a“complete disaster”—with improvements required on the restaurant, its Tomales Bay dock and 11 surrounding cottages requiring“an endless stream of money.”Mill Valley’s Moana Hotel and Restaurant Group, which also owns Piatti restaurant, is said to be in negotiations to purchase Nick’s Cove. Kuleto, along with partner and chef Mark Franz, acquired the business in 1999; with several upgrades needed for the property, Nick’s Cove and Cottages didn’t officially reopen for business until 2007—then the recession hit. Nick’s Cove, which was built in the 1930s and featured in such well-known films as I Know What You Did Last Summer, will remain open as negotiations for a sale continue. Novato man versus Ursus It was a grizzly scene last December when a Glenn County warden found a bear head, a gall bladder and four paws in a Novato hunter’s backpack.The Novato resident, 49-year-old Wayne Barsch, was sentenced this month to 1.7 years in prison on a conviction of bear poaching. According to Glenn County police reports, Barsch was camped out the night of Dec. 12 in the Mendocino National Forest when Dept. of Fish and Game warden Mike Beals found him in possession of the bear bits, plus a .45 caliber pistol and small amounts of pot. A companion of Barsch’s was also found in possession of over 10 pounds of bear meat. Barsch, who’d previously been convicted of a felony, was in violation of his probation for being in possession of the firearm. Additionally, it is illegal to waste meat from legally hunted animals, and the amount of meat Beals found with Barsch and his friend indicated hundreds of pounds of bear had been abandoned in the forest. Then when Beals caught Barsch on videotape calling a woman and telling her to dispose of further evidence from his home in Novato, the warden ordered an immediate search of the bear hunter’s residence. Hours later, wardens found in Barsch’s freezer five more bear paws, another bear head, a gall bladder and a bear penis. Barsch reportedly confessed to Beals that he intended to sell the body parts. It’s against the law to sell bear meat in California, but some foreign communities will pay thousands of dollars for its supposed medicinal power.—Jason Walsh



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1. The National Headquarters of the Guide Dogs for the Blind is located where in Marin County? 2. One tablespoon equals how many teaspoons? 3. What does Ivory soap do that other soaps do not? 4. In 1784 Benjamin Franklin invented what type of corrective eye wear, still in use today? 5. Pictured, left: What actor was nominated for a 5 number of acting awards for his portrayal of Muhammad Ali, in what 2001 film? 6. True or false: Birds are the only animals that have feathers. 7. On what street did George Washington take the oath of office as President of the United States on April 30, 1789? 8. Pictured, below: By winning the Indy Japan 300 mile road race on April 20, 2008, she became the first woman to win an Indy Car race. 9. Of the world’s ten most populous countries, which one is least densely populated (with only about 22 people per square mile)? 10. The colorful shirt worn by horse racing jockeys are known by what elegant name? BONUS QUESTION: Pictured, below right: The mid-forehead dot worn by some Hindu women indicates their marital status. What color dot represents married?


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²Usually, the Pacific Sun team instantly recognizes a Zero. However, when Carly K. nominated Mill Valley comedian Mark Pitta we felt conflicted. Pitta hosts his comedy night every Tuesday at 142 Throckmorton Theatre in Mill Valley. Recently, a 16-year-old performed who was, according to Carly K., crude, speaking primarily of sex and drugs—wholly inappropriate, she says, and Mr. Pitta should have known better than to let him perform such a routine. “Anyone who has a child would have been uncomfortable,” declares Carly. Pitta says he books the talent, but doesn’t control the content. Pitta says he recommended the kid write jokes about what he knows. “So, he did a bit on masturbation,” Pitta says. “Hey, who knows more about masturbation than a 16year-old kid?” Well, we have a question too. Should Mark Pitta get a Zero? Be the judge and tell us what you decide: nikki_—Nikki Silverstein


± While most of the world watched in fascination as Egyptians took to the streets to end dictator Hosni Mubarak’s rule, Marin resident Lisa Tomerlin Roscoe joined the peaceful protests. Raised in San Anselmo and a graduate of Sir Francis Drake High School, the 48-year-old activist moved to Egypt last year with her husband and is pursuing a master’s degree at American University in Cairo. Roscoe attended and participated in the early protests, even after the U.S. State Department issued warnings for U.S. citizens to remain in their residences during the demonstrations. Believing the Egyptian people were suffering civil rights abuses under Mubarak, she felt it was important to support her oppressed neighbors. Lisa Tomerlin Roscoe’s courage and conviction make her our Hero of the Week. We’re proud she’s a Marinite.

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›› THAT TV GUY FRIDAY, FEB. 25 Cities of the Underworld A visit to the subterranean side of Washington D.C., with footage of the fallout shelters, the tunnels connecting the Capitol with the congressional offices and the “Love Bunker” installed during the Clinton administration. History Channel. 6pm. Confessions: Animal Hoarding This couple has 80 cats and they want to start a family. They could name their first kid “Scratch Post.” Animal Planet. 8pm. SuperNanny Tonight, it’s triplets, which typically requires a zone defense. ABC. 8pm.

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torian era to Lady Gaga’s platform performance art heels, many of which require a building permit and scaffolding. Sundance Channel. 10pm.

TUESDAY, MARCH 1 The Biggest Loser The contestants get to go home for two weeks. This is a real test. Can they stick to their diets? Can they keep up their exercise routines? Can they defeat the elaboSATURDAY, FEB. 26 rate motion-sensor/ Death Race Inmates laser-keyed burglar are forced to drive in alarms the producers a race where they are installed in their kitchrequired to crash and The pop culture dust heap, Monday at 7. ens? CBS. 8pm. maim the other drivers. It’s a lot like the Mill Valley Whole Foods parking lot around 6pm. The Good Wife The firm sues a social networking site. Somebody’s getting de-friend(2008) FX. 6:30pm. It’s Good to Be President See “Love Bunker” ed! CBS. 10pm. Lights Out A retired heavyweight boxing above. History Channel. 8pm. champion faces financial troubles and has to When Harry Met Sally Billy Crystal and decide whether to risk his life climbing back Meg Ryan play friends who become lovers in the ring.The employment picture is bleak in this romantic comedy.We’re still waiting for ex-fighters.You can be a bouncer or a for the sequel,“When Harry Left Sally for His security guard, but the Walmart greeter posiYounger, Cuter Secretary.” (1989) E! 8pm. America’s Most Wanted It’s a special “50 tion is generally not open. FX. 10pm. states, 50 fugitives” episode. With that WEDNESDAY, many fugitives, be preMARCH 2 Interview pared for that “Hey! with the Vampire That guy works at my Tom Cruise is a soulson’s school!” moment. less bloodsucker who Fox. 9pm. drains the life from everyone around him. S U N D AY, F E B. 2 7 In this movie, he plays Countdown to the a vampire. (1994) Academy Awards Sure, Oxygen. 6:30pm. you could start watchGangsta Girls The ing six hours before the Playing to type. Wednesday, 6:30pm. girl gangs are just like show, but if you really the guy gangs but the want to prove your mettle, keep watching gang colors are coordinated. Lifetime. 9pm. until the 11:35pm Jimmy Kimmel post-Os- Storage Wars They are making a show cars special. E! 11am. about people who buy the treasured items Academy Awards James Franco and Anne left behind in storage lockers by people who Hathaway are co-hosting. It seems like couldn’t pay their bills. If we wanted to see lighthearted fun. But this is Hollywood.They buzzards picking at dead carcasses, we’d could be married, divorced and re-married watch Animal Planet. A&E. 10pm. by the end of the night. ABC. 5:30pm. CSI: Miami A high school bully is stoned to THURSDAY, MARCH 3 The Brave One death.With rocks. Not bong hits. CBS. 10pm. After surviving a mugging that left her fiance dead, a radio talk-show host stalks MONDAY, FEB. 28 American Pickers The the city on a quest for vengeance. But she pickers take a look at a William Shatner post- has to do it during the commercials. (2007) er collection.We’re guessing this is mostly AMC. 8pm. Star Trek stuff.The T.J. Hooker posters never Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmercaught on. History Channel. 7pm. man Tonight he’s in San Francisco where Fashion Police Basically the same red carthe producers could shoot a whole epipet coverage you saw of last night’s Oscars, sode on one block of Chinatown. Travel only meaner and pettier. E! 10pm. Channel. 10pm. ✹ Love Lust A look at fashion’s love affair with Critique That TV Guy at high heels, tracing the phenomenon from the ancient Egyptians’ arched wooden Turn on more TV Guy at sandals through the stiletto boots of the Vic›› FEBRUARY 25 - MARCH 3, 2011 PACIFIC SUN 9

< 8 Can we afford not to? income of $90,500 falls into the lowincome category. In other words, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s relative. ABAGâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mandate, which irks many, pushes cities with populations the size of Novato to create developments for low-income families with a density of 30 units per acre. That requirement has caused the most pushback among some Novato residents. Some of those opposed to multi-unit developments say they are out of character in their neighborhoods. Others say they serve as an attractant for an unwanted element, â&#x20AC;&#x153;the other.â&#x20AC;? To the credit of city leaders, after the initial explosion from opponents, the city manager formed a working group of 21 volunteers to look at possible sites and make recommendations to the City Council about the available options. The city also called for a series of public workshops to discuss issues such as density and crime associated (or not) with affordable housing. A handful of groups opposed to adding multi-unit developments formed; their focus rested in large part on the concept of such developments. Scattering affordable housing throughout the community would be fine, they said, and suggested second units and the foreclosures returned to market model. But affordable housing proponents counter that the number of homes

possible using those strategies is simply people who live in affordable units. too small. They say even the 313 units Marla Fields, another Neighborly proposed for Novato arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t enough to Novato co-founder, echoes that sentimeet the need. ment: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Novatoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s housing debate should Recently a new group, Stand Up for be a fact-based, respectful community Neighborly Novato, arose. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We were dialogue that includes all voices and literally sitting around a living room is focused on making Novato a more talking about the current debate and neighborly community. Individual dialogue,â&#x20AC;? says co-founder Annan Patproposals to provide housing soluerson. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We were really concerned about tions should be judged on their own the divisiveness. We want to be another merit, recognizing that over a hundred voice in the debate, a counter to some successful affordable neighborhoods of of the scare tactics all sizes have aland wedge politics ready been crethat are going on, ated throughout a voice for housing Residents opposed to creating Marin.â&#x20AC;? options for our seThat goes for niors and disabled what they see as high-density Novato, notes and working fami- affordable housing developments Paterson, who lies in Novato.â&#x20AC;? to the used terms such as â&#x20AC;&#x153;roachesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; nest.â&#x20AC;? points Paterson says the Nova-Ro Senior new group supHousing develports the effort of opment, Meadthe city managerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ow Park and working group. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We want decision-mak- Next Key. And there are other examples, ers and our community to let that group including HartMarin, whose principal, do its work, gather data, do the research Rob Hart, is a fifth-generation Marinite and come up with a recommendation. recognized for his innovative approach We want to bring a tone of respect and to affordable housing. HartMarin built inclusion into this dialogue that has got- the first low-income affordable housing ten so heated.â&#x20AC;? Paterson says members project in the county without tapping of her group are fanning out in Novato any public subsidies. Novatoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Virginia neighborhoods to disseminate informaGrove residential community consists tion about who benefits from affordable of four 1,134-square-foot single-family housingâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and to introduce residents to homes on a 0.65-acre parcel at 1845


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more affluent residents. “It’s people that you know that live in affordable housing,” says Robert Hickey, Marin program manager with the housing association and principal author of the Miles from Home report. “Our major revelation is that the vast majority of the people who live in the county’s affordable housing lived in Marin beforehand. They have strong roots in our community.” And as the county’s population continues to age, the number of seniors who will need affordable housing will continue to increase. A key part of the state’s strategy to provide affordable housing has been the creation of redevelopment agencies across the state. Those agencies received a shock when newly installed Gov. Jerry Brown suggested eliminating the approximately 400 redevelopment agencies, which get their funding from property taxes. In the first year, much of the money that would have gone to the agencies would replenish the state’s general fund. After that, cities, counties, schools and special districts would receive the funds. Local governments and districts could decide where to use the money. The kicker for affordable housing proponents is that under the current arrangement, 20 percent of redevelopment funds funneled to local agencies must be used for affordable housing—a mandate that would disappear. Housing proponents worry that cities and counties, strapped for cash, would be much less likely to help fund affordable-housing developments. Putting a spike in redevelopment agencies may be a bad bargain. According to the National Association of Home Builders, 150 units of low-income housing for families creates more than 120 jobs during construction and supports about 30 jobs after residents move in and start spending money in local businesses. The housing association estimates that 150 new low- to moderate-income households in Novato could have a total purchasing power of $4,329,150 each year. The benefits to traffic reduction and pollution are obvious, but the financial and social benefit to a community is less accepted and understood. “Redevelopment funds are the single greatest source for affordable housing,” says Hickey. “It’s one of the things redevelopment got right. In the last couple of decades, redevelopment has been responsible for more than half ” of the total affordable housing stock created in Marin. Losing redevelopment agencies and their funding mechanisms across the state, including Marin, “would be totally devastating.” ✹


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lthough seven years have passed “It is not a documentary, but I think it tells since Bush administration officials essential truths.” Plame Wilson will highlight outed her as a covert CIA operations those truths during her Marin Center talk. officer, Valerie Plame Wilson still regularly In the telephone interview, she talks about pauses when answering questions about her the movie, her children, her latest ventures past to be sure she’s not divulging classified and changes she might make at the Central information. Intelligence Agency if she were advising How long did she know her husband President Obama on his proposed governbefore letting him in on her secret that she ment reorganization. was a spy? ●●●● Plame Wilson hesitates during a telephone How did you feel about Naomi Watts interview. “I won’t answer that directly,” she and Sean Penn’s portrayals of you and says. “I will say it was love at first sight, and your husband in the film? we knew we were supposed to be together.” We are delighted that actors of the caliber Both the spy and Joe Wilson IV were of Naomi Watts and living in Europe and Sean Penn decided to be happened to be in the part of the film and tell States on business in COMING SOON the story. It’s impossible 1997, when they met at Valerie Plame Wilson will speak for me to really evaluate a Turkish ambassador’s at the Marin Center Thursday, Naomi, of course, because house in Washington, March 3, at 8pm. For more inforI’m inside looking out. D.C., she says. mation, or to purchase tickets, go I have friends who have In a controversial to or the Marin known me forever who Center Box Office, 415/499-6800. 2004 Vanity Fair story, said she captured me, my Joe Wilson, who is not gestures. When I look at bound by the same Sean Penn, I don’t see censorship constraints as his former CIA agent wife, reveals that Sean Penn, I see Joe. Although Joe’s sense Plame confessed to being a spy on their third of humor doesn’t shine through, I think he or fourth date, that the revelation failed to captured his intensity and gestures and his dampen his ardor, and that his only question sense of outrage. was whether her name was really Valerie. The movie portrays you as quiet and It is. The famous blonde spy will speak at the Marin Center on March 3. She and her Joe as gregarious. Is that right? I don’t think of myself as socially shy. But former ambassador husband—whose New York Times editorial undermined Bush’s ar- of course there’s a wariness that you carry gument about Iraq having weapons of mass with you having been trained and doing the destruction and led to Bush administration job for the years I did that probably manifests officials outing Plame Wilson as a spy— itself. I think the movie captures elements of now live in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with their that. Again, it’s not a documentary. You have 10-year-old twins. They also spend time in to pick threads and certain characteristics that Marin County, where they visit Joe Wilson’s will move your story forward. Which is not adult twins, Sabrina Ames and Joe Wilson V. to say it’s false. Both of us are, of course, more than what you see on the screen. When Plame Wilson left her CIA job in 2006, she and her family chose to move to Were you upset with Joe for writing Santa Fe, an area she came to know from her regular visits to the Los Alamos National the New York Times editorial that led to your outing? Laboratory to study counter-proliferation. I knew he was writing it. I knew he had Nowadays, she works part-time at the Santa his own distinct credibility and reasons for Fe Institute, an independent scientific think tank and spends time advocating against the writing it. He had been deeply involved in the debate in the run-up to the war [in Iraq]. Neiproliferation of weapons of mass destructher of us saw that it would have impact on tion. After the government insisted on my covert career as it did. There was so much redacting much of her own story in her that was out of our control, and the attacks memoir, Fair Game: My Life as a Spy, My Betrayal by the White House, she is now writ- were relentless. In the movie, you see where the marriage was fraying and was under ing... what else?... a spy thriller. incredible strain. It was just all this exterior Asked about the movie starring Naomi tension that was coming into the marriage. Watts and Sean Penn, the former spy says That’s very hard for both of us to watch. it makes her proud. “It’s very surreal seeing your story portrayed on the screen,” she says. 12 PACIFIC SUN FEBRUARY 25 - MARCH 3, 2011

The movie makes the marriage look strained from the weight of two jobs plus travel and two kids even before the editorial. That’s what a household with two working parents looks like. I’d call it a typical marriage in America with two working parents that were very committed to what they were doing. When we met, it was love at first sight, and we’re still in love. I wouldn’t call it strain. It was just sort of married life. What do you think of WikiLeaks? I have highly ambivalent feelings about it. On the one hand, I believe there’s a lot of information that’s improperly classified. I’m generally a proponent of more transparency. But there is a place for keeping information out of the public eye. Julian Assange appears to be an amoral character. I don’t think they know what they’re doing. They have this trove of documents, and there’s no discrimination in what they’ve put forward. It puts in jeopardy people’s lives in some cases. As a former intelligence officer, I cannot support that.

I believe that the way the intelligence community is currently structured and its heavy reliance on contracts is to our detriment. We are simply not getting the bang for the buck. It is an enormous bureaucracy. Thousands of good people are working really hard to keep us safe, but they really are burdened by the enormous bureaucracy that keeps growing every day. There’s no one fighting to make it better. Since Sept. 11, we have just thrown money at the problem, and it’s not necessarily used effectively. What would you do to fix it? The whole Office of the Director of National Intelligence should be dismantled. I don’t believe that provides any value. You need to put in safeguards to be sure it’s not tinged by partisan agendas and that there is a strong watchdog. Congress has for very many years abdicated its oversight role. Congress needs to be both a partner and to provide oversight, and they have failed to do so in an effective manner.

If you had five minutes alone with Karl Rove, what would you say? I have nothing to say to Do you know of any Karl Rove. I have nothing but casualties from your contempt for him, in how he outing? has in large part helped creKarl Rove is said to have been behind I think what I can say is ate a very divisive political Plame’s outing—in retaliation over that the CIA did a damage climate that is so hostile to her husband’s exposing of Bush assessment, which I have administration falsehoods about Iraq’s any notion of compromise never seen, but I know that and the pragmatic apsearch for uranium. there were serious conseproach to the real problems quences. There were many facing this country. I have things I could not talk about for the movie. nothing to say to him. He is in fact the We worked with the screenwriters. They were worst of the American political scene. reliant on what was in the public sphere. What he has helped foment—a deep poWhat were some of the consequences of our larization in our country—is simply not going to war in Iraq? I think the film stands. good for our country. What do you think about the quality of intelligence in America? Should we be worried?

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of ’70s heavy metal, learning more about the world from Aerosmith and Motorhead than he did from a dad. He They f-ck you up, your mum and dad, they may not mean was 16. to, but they do—they fill you with the faults they had, and Today, James Hetfield leads one of rock ’n’ roll’s most add some extra, just for you—poet Philip Larkin, “This Be successful bands. A decade into substance-abuse recovery, the Verse” he lives comfortably on a beautiful estate in Marinwood with his wife, Francesca—and he remains a voice for ames Hetfield was 13 years old when his father abanthousands of dispossessed youth across the world. doned the family. But his most important job title, he’ll tell you, is also Virgil Hetfield was a truck driver his toughest—dad. and practicing Christian Scientist— “It’s not easy,” Hetfield recently told but he was also unable, or unwillthe Pacific Sun, echoing the sentiments SHOWING SOON ing, to cope with the pressures and of anyone who’s ever had kids. “And I Join James Hetfield and director responsibilities of being married and understand some of the struggles that Justin Hunt in person when raising kids. In 1976 he left the future [my father] had. But I would never Absent screens Thursday, Metallica frontman—along with abandon, no matter how tough things March 3, 7pm at the Rafael Film James’s mother and younger sister—to were.” Center, 1118 Fourth St., San navigate adolescence without a father. Even after more than 30 years, and Rafael. 415/454-1222 or www. Not long after that, James’s mother, failed attempts at reconciliation—Virgil Cynthia, was diagnosed with cancer died in 1996—his father’s departure and, under the tenets of Christian Scifrom the family left wounds that time ence, relied on prayer alone to cure her and success couldn’t heal. of disease. She died in 1979, and James went to live with In the new documentary Absent—director Justin his older half brother. Parentless, he sought comfort in Hunt’s study of the damage wrought by patriarchal abanalcohol—and found solace in the primal-scream-therapy donment—Hetfield joins directionless 20-somethings,


street-hustling prostitutes and a prizefighter-turned-felon in sharing their stories about what it means to grow up in fatherless homes. (On March 3 at the Rafael Film Center, Hetfield and Hunt will present Absent and answer questions following the screening.) “The thing that hurt the most—and when I look back at it, I get really mad,” Hetfield says in the film, “is that my dad left without saying goodbye. He left a note... he left a note and it wasn’t even for me.” Hetfield would spend much of his music career writing a few notes of his own back to his parents—such as this verse from 1988’s “Dyers Eve”: Dear Mother Dear Father Hidden in your world you’ve made for me I’m seething I’m bleeding Ripping wounds in me that never heal Undying spite I feel for you Living out this hell you always knew We interviewed the soft-spoken head banger about his absent father, life in Marin and the unique challenge of being a good dad—while being leader of the biggest heavy 14 > metal band in the world. FEBRUARY 25 - MARCH 3, 2011 PACIFIC SUN 13

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will change for them. They have a lot of age-appropriate filters within themselves. But, obviously, as parents we are the ones that guide them and kind of know when it’s the right time and when it’s not. Kill ’Em All? You know... it’s more humorous. When they hear something like that on the radio, they’re like, “Dad... that’s you? You’re singing like a screaming girl!”

How did a nine-time Grammy winner wind up in an art-house documentary about parenting? I think [filmmaker] Justin [Hunt] was basically looking for somebody who had a little bit of a name and a good story—hopefully somebody interesting—and somehow he came around to me. He got a hold of us through the Metallica fan club and it went on from there. I was able to see some of his earlier work as well—he’s done a number of different things, but this time he decided that [absent fathers] was an important topic and something that needed to be said. Was it difficult to open up about your father for the camera? I thought it was easy—always easy to talk about that stuff. I’m now 10 years into recovery myself and am pretty comfortable with just telling the story of my upbringing. I’ve come a long way from it and now it’s more of a story, not it being so much as this is me. Still, every time you talk about it—especially in a heightened sensitivity arena like in front of a camera—it always stirs up more than you think it’s going to. And it’s good. Your story has more to it than an absent father, though. A lot of viewers of the film will be equally drawn to what you say about being brought up in a Christian Science household—it’s one of those religions that most people have heard about, but few really understand its strict only-God-heals-theflesh doctrine. Religion itself can get a little off track. It can lose the spirituality part and get a little hung up on the do’s and don’ts and the rules around the religion—instead of the openness and love and the exploration xploration that a higher power has given us. s. And [Christian Science] was certainly ertainly one of the religionss that, as a child, didn’t make ake a whole lot of sense. In the film you u talk about having g had to “learn how to love the family”—after never having been en taught that kind of love as a kid. That sounds so counterintuitive.. It really boils down wn to—and really does oes in everything—it boils oils down to attitude. How are you approaching this? In the beginning my want to separate the two was great— 14 PACIFIC SUN FEBRUARY 25 - MARCH 3, 2011

From time to time I’ll hear from other parents at your kids’ school that they’ve seen you at drop-offs and pickups and student assemblies—and they always seem really astounded that you do this. Do you feel there are lower expectations for you as a parent, simply because you sang “Creeping Death”? [Laughs] Yeah, well stereotypes are stereotypes. It’s not my mission to break them, but to be the best I can be for my family. I don’t like that they’re surprised, though.

After his father left, Hetfield tells director Justin Hunt in the film, ‘I thought anyone I get close to is just going to leave. And it’s better maybe to not put your heart out there.’

here is my world and here is my [family] world. And I was split between the two worlds. But I realized that they need to live together. They need to collaborate, they need to speak to each other, they need to communicate their feelings to each other and that way they’ll be able to coexist. Is it difficult to be a “present” father, while being the frontman for Metallica? Through time it became easier, but it’s a career of extremes. My kids complain a lot about me being gone, and then they get overwhelmed when I’m home all the time. So it’s very different than a 9 to 5. I’m very fortunate—I’m able to take my kids on tour. Yank ’em from school, or in summertime we go o and do a lot of wo worlding. But, there’s the part where there’s the not a real lot of structure in my being b with the kids. How old is your brood? I’ve got two daughters and a son; righ right now they are 9, 11 and 13. They They’re just about at the age wh where they’ll start getting into int bands. Into bands, or liking music? I think there’s a little of both going on. The girls have graduated gr from Hannah Montan Montana up to more of the pop worl world. And my boy, he just loves rock, he just wants AC-DC all the time, or the Ramones. Those are his two favorites. I find that the less I push them, the more they enjoy it. I want it to be

natural, as it was for me as a child. Having musical instruments, as well as art tools or hammers or any other things that pique their interests—and you never know where it’s going to come from. Having a place where they can get lost and draw or sew or any kind of hands-on thing. I think those are important skills to have—along with studies of reading and writing and that stuff—but the arts is something that tends to be missing in schools and I love having those tools available to them.

Maybe a better way to put it is that they’re impressed. You know there’s a part of me that loves the recognition, but on the other hand to have someone think, “It’s so great that you’re here for your kids!” It’s like, what the hell? You’re supposed to do that. I also see some other parents that are overbearing. That are there all the time—they do not leave the school. And that, I think, is... well maybe not bad, but a little smothering compared to the real world. I like to reside somewhere in the center—which is very hard for me to find [laughs].

You could live anywhere you wanted— what makes Marin a good choice for you and your family? Normally I’d say the weather, but not so much these days. Things What about your can be simple here. I kids listening to can be very incognito, yourmusic—isthere I can go pretty much an age, say, where Hetfield was parentless by age 16. anywhere and not get you’ll let them lishassled. There’s a sense ten to “Enter Sandman,” yet they’re not of friction here that kind of keeps me sharp. quite old enough for Kill ‘Em All? [Laughs] The angle that I need to come What do you mean by that? in with is from that of being an artist. I don’t know... politically. [Hesitates] I don’t Here’s my expression—but it might not want to get into politics, because I really hate be age-appropriate right now. And that’s them, actually. But I guess I mean ideals about fine. But it’s not wrong. how things are to be. There’s a lot of people Do they ask you what the songs are about? A lot of times there’s certain things they see or hear that they just don’t understand. That’s also fine. Maybe later on they’ll ask the questions—the children have their own filter on what’s interesting and what’s not. Still, right now we’ll be watching a movie and some couple will start kissing and they’ll go—ewww! And pretty soon that

who are pushing agendas and, you know, it tends to keep me on my toes. Marin gives me a lot of lyrical fodder. So “Bleeding Me” is really about Marin? I also like that the people have a tendency to be a little more open. Though, underneath it all they’re all pretty scared, as we all are, of change. I like the landscape, the way that the

Bay Area is set up; I just find it beautiful and great to get around in. Being a family that loves to explore and travel, we love going to other places as well, but this is always nice to come home to. Absent talks about how when kids from fatherless homes grow up to become parents themselves, they tend to approach parenting by making harmful “vows”—such as “I will never do this.” Or, “I will always do that.” Did you find yourself making those kinds of vows? Sure, sure. It comes a lot out of resentment and a lot out of unforgiving—all of those not so great things. “Always” and “never,” those are black-and-white words that don’t apply to the real world. It’s nice to have the thought perhaps, but it’s really passing on some kind of shame that you have from your parents— and that doesn’t need to happen. The main thing is starting over fresh and allowing [your kids] to be who they are. They have their own path, they have their own higher power that’s looking out for them—we’re just the guardians. We’re “to be there” and to keep them safe and fed and loved—the simple things in life. Let them explore and embrace their world. The movie quotes a statistic that says children in fatherless homes are 20 times more likely to end up in prison. When Metallica played at San Quentin in 2003, did you ever look into the crowd of cons and think—that could’ve been me?

Yes. There’s ily. They’re a sadness to just being the that—them breadwinner. not being able And missing to see their out on a lot of calling. I’m life, as well. very grateful It’s interto have had esting how at least some the film placgrasp about es fatherwhat was there, hood into and what was a historical always going context. The to be there for Industrial me, which was Revolution music. These changed words that were Metallica was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2009. America speaking for me—when I felt that I couldn’t from an agrarian society to an inspeak. And we as a band have had the plea- dustrial one—and suddenly the dads sure, and I guess blessing, of being able to go were leaving the house from 9 to 5 and into San Quentin and also places like the San coming home and going to bed and not Francisco Symphony—and play music to both being part of the family. ends of the spectrum. You really see that there’s My boy asked me a question once that absence on both ends—whether you’re physi- really spun my head. He asked me, “Dad, why cally not there, or mentally not there. do we have to work? Who invented work?” Marin is becoming known for its “mentally not there” parents—some child experts are linking it to the county’s high rate of teen suicides. Some fathers are really workaholics, lost in their work, and not really facing why as, say, the hunter of the family, they’re going and doing what’s supposed to be—and then not really being able to connect with the fam-

What did you tell him? I didn’t know what to tell him. I just thought—wow. But the movie touched a little bit on, at least in American culture, how the 9 to 5 became extremely important in the role of the father. For better or worse.

about fatherhood? I guess I would say that it’s not easy. And I understand some of the struggles that he had. But I would never abandon, no matter how tough things were. No matter how much resentment I had—or how much frustration I had with my partner or with the whole family. Abandonment, to me, is a core thorn in my side. And I would not wish that upon anyone, knowing how much it hurt me. When your son gets to the point where he might become a father, what advice will you give him? What I can say is, do your best. That’s all. Even if it’s not good enough for that son, you can sleep well thinking that you did your best. I hope my father was able to come to that conclusion before he passed. It was easier for me to understand his struggles when I saw where he came from. Have you forgiven your father? Well that has to be, it really does. I do believe he did his best and he had lots of things to deal with as far as struggles of his own. Some of those were passed to me and I’m battling—I’m going to war, I’m the warrior—to try and not pass that on as well. ✹ Email Jason at

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he unmistakable scent of maple syrup wafted through the air from an unlikely sourceâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;a pan of mushrooms sizzling over the ďŹ re. It was a mouth-watering sweet aroma, redolent of pancake breakfasts and warm oatmeal on cold mornings. The culprit was a pile of candy cap mushrooms, getting the royal treatment with olive oil and a sprinkle of salt. The taste, however, was nothing like maple. It was pungent, strong and woodsy, just like the place surrounding us on this January day. Our group had gathered in the Point Reyes National Seashore to partake in a meandering mushroom forage, led by expert mycologist David Campbell. A tall fellow with a laid-back demeanor, Campbell has been collecting mushrooms from the wild for over 40 years. We fanned out along a trail, looking high and low for any sign of fungi. At ďŹ rst, I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t see any mushrooms anywhere. Then suddenly, as if my eyes were turned to a mushroom channel, they were everywhere. Huge white specimens with distinct gills were alongside the tiniest brown ones, red cups attached to sticks were pretty as were some bright yellow fungi shaped like umbrellas. People were mobbing Campbell asking â&#x20AC;&#x153;is this edible?â&#x20AC;? or â&#x20AC;&#x153;how about this one, can we eat it?â&#x20AC;? He handled the barrage with patience and rarely said what we all wanted to hear: â&#x20AC;&#x153;That one isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t dangerous.â&#x20AC;? There was an excessive amount of â&#x20AC;&#x153;LBMs,â&#x20AC;? mycology-speak for little brown mushrooms, all of them inedible. There were also some really odd, crazy ones, like

a large, terracotta-colored specimen that Campbell said could be used to make dye for fabric. He told us that in Scandinavia this was an age-old practice, but in this country there is really only one person with the knowledge of how to extract the color from the mushroom, that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s kind of a dying art. (This inspired the person who found the terracotta mushroom to take it home and see if she could ďŹ gure out how to make dye.) Campbell is a treasure trove of interesting facts about all things mushroom. Having been on the trail of all types of wild mushrooms for most of his life, he leads trips in the ďŹ eld, both internationally and in the West. He also has his ďŹ nger on the pulse of what is going on in the mushroom world. For example, one of his friends collects trufďŹ&#x201A;es in Oregon and Campbell feels these fungi are every bit as good as their European cousins. His buddy then makes white trufďŹ&#x201A;e oil with the collected bounty, which we were able to sampleâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and it was scrumptious. (See links below.) We were on the hunt for golden chanterelles, a buttery, savory jewel of the mushroom world, expected to be prevalent in these parts. Only one was found on our day out but, luckily for us, Campbell had been foraging on the Sonoma coast the previous day and had a cooler of goodies to share. Back at the picnic table, he pulled out a tray ďŹ lled with several varieties of wild fungi. First up were the maple-y candy caps, sauteed in a pan on a portable burner.

Next came black chanterelles, aka black trumpets, ďŹ&#x201A;avorful and delicious, then our single foraged golden chanterelle, tossed in the pan with a pile Campbell had brought. We also had some hedgehogs as well as yellowfoot chanterelles. Each group was sauteed in olive oil until just beginning to caramelize, then sprinkled with salt. We used toothpicks or ďŹ ngers to take tastes of each variety, gathered around like a group of campers on a summer picnic. The ďŹ nal piece de resistance was an unlikely pairing of golden chanterelles with pears and port. The ingredients were swirled together in the pan then offered up with some crusty bread to mop the juices. In a word: YUM. -----------------------Just as the ďŹ rst scent of maple pulled me into the mystery of wild mushrooms, so this dish with pears and chanterelles continues to linger sweetly in my memory. A perfect day of foraging, fungi and friends sharing the wilds of West Marin.

Golden Chanterelles with Pears in Port Sauce Recipe by David and Jeanne Porcini Campbell 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 cup golden chanterelles, washed and sliced 1 pear, cored and sliced Splash of port 1 tablespoon butter

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each Blanket Babylon, the other San the most applause; Sarah Palin, in swimsuit Francisco treat, is often ignored by with rhinestones and signature glasses, Bay Area residents who think it is gets the least; and Bill Clinton as a only for international tourists (like Queen hip-swinging Elvis proves to be just Elizabeth and her sort). plain well loved. But BBB’s outrageous Madonna and Justake on political and tin Bieber get a turn, NOW PLAYING show-biz celebrities along with the Jonas Beach Blanket Babylon is as fresh as today’s Brothers, Elvis and others continues its open-ended run at paint—and watching whose celebrity past and Club Fugazi, 678 Green St., S.F.; the sparkling chorus of present has made them 415/421-4222, www.beachblanexcellent performers is targets of loving satire. Collapse runs through March 6 still fun. Delicious hats bring on at the Aurora Theatre, 2081 AddiCreator/producer South American tangos son St., Berkeley; 510/843-4822, Steve Silver made it hapand, as Snow White, the pen in the ’70s, when crashow’s narrator, goes all ziness and theater were over the world searchoften the same thing. ing for her prince, the Most of the zaniness went away, but Silver’s headgear becomes even more fabulous. fantasy-laced entertainment sprouted wings Designed by Silver, the hats are fantastic at the Club Fugazi. Performers have come and creations ranging from something that looks gone (Val Diamond stayed the longest and is like an elongated thatch roof for Tina Turner missed the most), but the current chorus of 10 to fruity hats for both genders. As the show keeps the songs, dances and celebs moving fast. moves along, the hats become more fanciful Politicians are pilloried: President Obama gets and impressive—and just how does that

performer move with all of San Francisco riding on her head? Steve Silver died in 1995, but thanks to his creative partner, Jo Schuman Silver, Beach Blanket Babylon won’t ever die or change. Which means that tourists and locals alike can enjoy laughing at celebs—some who haven’t even been born yet—with big hats.


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Playwrights are advised to write roles in which actors can shine, and new playwright Allison Moore follows that advice by creating four sparkling characters in Collapse, giving actors Carrie Paff, Gabriel Marin, Amy Resnick and Aldo Billingslea enough shining moments to launch a rocket. Moore also has a gift for darkly funny one-liners. If it all feels like an edgy sitcom, the Aurora audience doesn’t mind; enthralled by the superb acting, the audience provides its own laugh track. Paff takes over as the overcharged Hannah who wants her withdrawn and traumatized husband David (Marin) to go to an A.A. support meeting. He won’t, and when she goes on her own, she ends up in a sex-addicts support group where she meets and is derailed by the charming, if impotent, Ted (Billingslea). Back at the homestead, Hannah’s newly arrived sister Susan (a hysterically funny Resnick as a fugitive from L.A.) sends David off to deliver a mysterious package to a sinister character known only as “Bulldog.” Director Jessica Heidt moves the action smartly through several levels of Melpomene Katakalos’s set in which a striking bridge structure hovers menacingly over each scene. Moore provides enough plot for French farce and plenty of comic moments, which the actors carry off beautifully. But this new playwright has some serious words to say about how we are to deal with the increasing number of collapsing structures in our world. ✹ Sing to Lee at

Amy Resnick’s turn as ‘Susan’ is quite a stretch for the actress.

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And the envelopes, please... Our picks in the third annual Pacific Sun Oscar Challenge—it’s time to let the free movie tickets fall where they may... Your greatest test... is yet to come! —Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin to George VI in The King’s Speech



hile it’s true that the British PM may have been warning the stammering sovereign about the rise of Hitler and the need for England’s historic stand against the Nazis, we prefer to believe he was talking about His Majesty’s entry in the 2011 Pacific Sun Oscar Challenge—where it’s you vs. us in a fracas over Academy


Award foresight. Once again, for everyone who’s entered the Challenge—and for those who just want to play along at home—here are the rules: Any contestant to pick more Oscar winners than our stable of on-staff movie experts—deadline to enter was Feb. 23—will win tickets for two to a film at the Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center. 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. Without further adieu here are our picks to win (along with a for-education-purposes-only nod to who we think really deserves to win). Remember, the Big Show is Sunday at 5:30pm. —Jason Walsh

Colin Firth has taken a number of Oscar-run-up awards for his turn as the stammering King George VI—including the Golden Globe, the Screen Actors Guild and the San Francisco Film Critics Circle—making him the easy choice for the award James Franco would probably cut off his right arm to win. Who would have thought that only two years after Mamma Mia!, this film—and last year’s A Single Man—would have the 50-year-old southern Englishman in talks about the greatest actors of the 21st century. Who should win: Colin Firth Who will win: Colin Firth

Supporting Actor Assuming Christian Bale isn’t as disliked by Academy voters as he seems to be by the production crews he infamously berates on the set (we recommend a YouTube search for “Christian Bale rant”), he’s got a great shot for an award this year. His woefully undependable brother/boxing manager Dicky is the latest in a string of strong performances from Bale— check out American Psycho, The Machinist and Rescue Dawn for others. Who should win: Christian Bale (but only because Geoffrey Rush makes it look too easy) Who will win: Coming soon Christian Bale

upset wins in this category—but frankly the examples of rookies walking off with a supporting actress award are few and far between. For every Tatum O’Neil (Paper Moon) and Anna Paquin (The Piano) who’ve received an award, there’s an Abigail Breslin (Little Miss Sunshine), Chloe Sevigny (Boys Don’t Cry), Juliette Lewis (Cape Fear), Mariel Hemingway (Manhattan) and Jodie Foster (Taxi Driver) who went home empty-handed. So we’re not completely sold on Hailee Steinfeld’s frontrunner status as the young Mattie Ross in True Grit. That being said, the two best performances in this category—Melissa Leo in The Fighter and Jacki Weaver in Animal Kingdom—are very similar characters: batsh-t crazy moms with highly misplaced priorities for their adult sons. They could split votes between them. Leo has won the Golden Globe and the Screen Actors Guild award—both times beating out fellow Fighter cast member (and Oscar nominee) Amy Adams. Who should win: Jacki Weaver Who will win: Melissa Leo

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Recycled jokes from the first two Toy Story movies... another plotline that finds the toys lost in the real world and must make it back to Andy’s house before he moves... another set of “bad” toys that try to imprison Woody, Buzz, et al. Oh For contestants who wish to compare yeah, it’s also been their picks with ours on the Big Night, nominated for Best Leading we recommend the California Film Picture and this Actress Institute’s Oscar Night America, is a convenient O s c a r- n o m i n e e where guests can tally their ballot via condolence prize warhorses Annette live telecast in the Rafael’s main theater, the Academy can Bening and Niwin raffle prizes, bid in a silent auction hand it. cole Kidman are as and eat like a star. Feb. 27, doors open at Who should deserving as any3:30pm. $55 general; $40 CFI members; win: The Illusionist, one for The Kids memories—priceless. Call 415/526directed by Sylvain 5841 or check out Are All Right and Chomet (The Tripthe exhaustingly lets of Belleville) sad Rabbit Hole, from a story by respectively. But Natalie Portman won the Screen Actors Jacques Tati is by far the best of the lot. Who will win: Toy Story 3 Guild award for playing the dancer who morphs into a goose with great gams and Art Direction she seems to be right at that career point Alice in Wonderland got mixed rewhere she’s earned a reputation as a talented actress, but hasn’t yet completely views—but it was sure a lot better than worn out her welcome through overex- most screen treatments of Lewis Carposure. In other words, Oscar voters will roll’s ploddingly linear nonsense story never again like her as much as they do (check out Jan Svankmajer’s infuriating 1988 Alice if you don’t believe us). Not right now. Who should win: Michelle Williams only does Tim Burton’s film deserve an art-directing Oscar, it probably should in Blue Valentine have been nominated for adapted Who will win: Natalie Portman screenplay as well. What should win: Alice in Wonderland Supporting Actress What will win: Alice in Wonderland Kids have a reputation of pulling off

Cinematography The Academy typically bestows cinematography awards to films in which a substantial portion of the plot takes place outdoors—recent examples include Avatar, Slumdog Millionaire, There Will Be Blood, Pan’s Labyrinth, The Aviator, Master and Commander and the Fellowship of the Ring. But this year the only film that’s mostly outside is True Grit—the least essential Coen brothers movie since they became perennial Oscar nominees about a decade ago. That leaves Inception as the next-most outdoorsy film. It also won the American Society of Cinematographers’ award—though they only mirror the eventual Oscar winner slightly less than half the time. However, Inception looks way more like a technical achievement—it’ll probably win a couple of visual or sound awards—while it may finally be time Coen-cinematographer-of-choice Roger Deakins wins the big prize after multiple disappointments. Who should win: Black Swan, as it happens Who will win: True Grit

mentary—but rather an elaborately staged hoax. Inside Job, meanwhile, is the so-called “hit” of the bunch and by far the most professionally made—but news that Wall Street traders and CEOs acted criminally for the past decade is, sadly, not exactly revelatory. What should win: Inside Job What will win: Exit Through the Gift Shop

Documentary Short From five well-meaning, socially conscious films we choose between Chinese villagers being poisoned by a nearby chemical factory (The Warriors of Quigang), an Israeli school for refugee children of the world (Strangers No

Foreign Language Film Dogtooth—a Greek film about a husband and wife who keep their adult children imprisoned on their property by telling them a series of thought24 > controlling

Film Editing Film editing, by some accounts, is the process by which a filmmaker puts together a sequence comprised of

LOVE, SEX & SOAPS Leonard Bernstein’s Symphonic Dances from West Side Story, plus more steamy works about romance—its ups, downs and mambos

Costume Design This award invariably goes to the film with the showiest costumes, believe it or not—making it hard to vote against that Italian-restaurant tablecloth draped around Helena Bonham Carter in Alice in Wonderland. Who should win: Alice in Wonderland Who will win: Alice in Wonderland

several separate cuts to make it flow smoothly as if shot in a single take. Boxing movies need good editing (The Fighter), as do time-lapse stories (127 Hours). Why Inception wasn’t nominated here, we’ll never know. But we’re going with the ballet of Black Swan— because film editing, by other accounts, is the choreography of cinema. What should win: Black Swan What will win: Black Swan

More), posttraumatic stress disorder in a female soldier (Poster Girl), a Muslim man fighting to stop Muslim-on-Muslim terrorism (Killing in the Name) and Carteret islanders facing relocation as climate change threatens to submerge their homeland (Sun Come Up). What should win: Sun Come Up, for those still clinging to the rumor that climate change is an exaggeration. What will win: Killing in the Name—you still can’t beat terrorists saying crazy things on camera.

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Directing The Director’s Guild of America gave this award to Tom Hooper for The King’s Speech. Only six times since its inception in 1948 has the DGA not mirrored the eventual Oscar winner. Who should win: Darren Aronofsky for Black Swan—not as good a film as The King’s Speech, but far more challenging to pull off. Who will win: Tom Hooper for The King’s Speech

Documentary Feature Another ho-hum year for docs— where’s Michael Moore or Errol Morris when you need them? Waste Land is a noble effort highlighting the plight of impoverished garbage pickers in Brazil and Restrepo is a noble effort highlighting the plight of inadequately trained U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan— but good intentions didn’t make these movies any more riveting. Exit Through the Gift Shop, about L.A. street artists, is getting tons of press due to its mysterious director-in-disguise Banksy—who was just refused an Oscar ticket following his request to attend incognito. Some people think the hard-to-swallow storyline of the film is an indication it’s not even a docu-



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lies—is arguably the best film of the year in any language. But it’s probably too bizarre to win the Oscar. That is, unless the Academy has gotten a lot more comfortable with incest, kidnapping and child abuse than we previously thought. Biutiful, however, has Javier Bardem and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu attached to it—it’s quite a bore, actually, but those two have enough friends in the Academy to get the votes. What should win: Dogtooth What will win: Biutiful

over a speech impediment. What should win: The Fighter What will win: The King’s Speech

Animated Short Film Most of the best-cartoon entries clock in at around 12 minutes, but The Gruffalo is nearly a half-an-hour—giving it way more time to establish itself in the minds of voters. Plus, all those Academy voters in their 30s and 40s with little kids will likely be familiar with the tale of the mouse who “took a stroll through the deep dark woods.” What should win: The Gruffalo What will win: The Gruffalo

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Jokes about Benicio del Toro not needing any makeup to play the title character in The Wolfman, aside... What should win: The Wolfman What will win: The Wolfman

Music: Original Score Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross’s score for The Social Network has already won a handful of awards, including best score at the Golden Globes. Who should win: We honestly can’t remember much about the music from any of the nominees. Who will win: The Social Network

Original Song Assuming Gwyneth Paltrow wasn’t parodying ineptly sung, cliche-riddled country songs with “Coming Home” (if she was she was brilliant), then you can write off her contribution to Country Strong. “I See the Light” by Mandy Moore for the Tangled soundtrack is either slightly better or marginally worse. Randy Newman’s “We Belong Together” for Toy Story 3 won’t make anyone forget 12 Songs anytime soon, but it’s the only nominee to even resemble something musical. What should win: In a better world, none of them. What will win: “We Belong Together”

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Rumor is this is a battle between the Old Hollywood of The King’s Speech and the New Hollywood of The Social Network, but that’s baloney. The Social Network is a flashbackfilled courtroom drama overwritten with screwball-comedy snappy dialogue—there’s not an innovation to be seen or heard. The King’s Speech isn’t any more groundbreaking—though it’s the only movie we’ve seen that puts audiences on the edge of their seats

The beauty of the short films is that their Oscar chances are not typically subject to studiofunded campaigns or insider politics—Academy voters just go with whatever they think the honest-to-goodness best short film was. It’s a pretty strong group of shorts this year—the only turkey is the thinks-it’s-clever Cupid story, The God of Love. We like Wish 143, about a young terminal cancer patient whose Make-A-Wish request makes a lot more sense than going to Disneyland. What should win: Wish 143 What will win: Wish 143

Sound Mixing, Sound Editing Inception and True Grit are the only films nominated in both sound categories— meaning they’ll probably split them or the louder movie will win both. What should win (both categories): Inception What will win (both categories): Inception

Visual Effects If Inception doesn’t win for cinematography—and we’re betting it won’t—this is the consolation prize. What should win: Inception What will win: Inception

Adapted Screenplay We’re still trying to figure out what nominee Toy Story 3 was adapted from. What should win: Winter’s Bone What will win: The Social Network

Original Screenplay We’d love to see The Fighter or Another Year win more awards, but this will be The King’s Speech’s to lose. What should win: Another Year What will win: The King’s Speech


Song of the South When it comes to Southern soul, J.J. Grey ain’t just whistlin’ Dixie... by G r e g Cahill

on the lake shore, on the edge of what sk J.J. Grey what to expect from his “Music that’s as authentic as the ground they call Frog Town, them people are just upcoming solo acoustic gig in the under your feet” is how the All Music Guide straight-up. When you drive around those North Bay, and the Southern soul and has described the album. streets, you say to yourself, yeah, I can see blues singer, guitarist and harmonica player “This solo tour is a chance for me to tell that music coming from here, for sure. It gets right to heart of the matter. “There’s stories and give the band a chance to go do all makes sense. a little more down-home on it,” the surf their own stuff,” Grey says. “I’ll get a chance “It’s like when you drive around the bum-turned-singer/songwriter says in a thick to talk to the audience. You know, it’s a difstreets of Kingston, Jamaica, where Florida drawl during a phone call from his ferent vibe when you’re playing by yourself. reggae came from, it all makes sense. home 30 miles west of Jacksonville, Florida. You focus a little more on the lyrics and the When you drive around North Mis“It’s not gonna be knock-down drag-out stories and little less on the party, although I sissippi, where R.L. Burnside and the horns and organ like it is with the band.” usually get to some sort of party by the end North Mississippi Allstars lived, it all That band, J.J. Grey of the concert.” makes sense. and Mofro, can dish up Either way, Grey is steeped “I can’t put my finger on it, a raw stew of swampy in good and greasy Southern COMING SOON but all the way down through rural blues and barsoul, a product of a Florida J.J. Grey performs solo the heart of Florida, from Belle room rock and funk. roots-and-blues tradition that Tuesday, March 1, at 8pm at Glade on the Everglades and the Mystic Theatre, 21 PetaThe band’s most rehas spawned Tom Petty and the right through all those small luma Blvd. N., Petaluma. $16. cent album, Georgia Heartbreakers, Lynyrd Skynyrd 707/765 2121. Southern towns in the core of Warhorse (Alligator), and a host of other acts with a the state, it all makes sense, takes its name from a strong regional sound. just like it does for the music tenacious grasshopper. There must be something in in other parts of the country, The album delivers swampy rock, funk and that swamp water. or other parts of the world for mid-tempo soul ballads. It features Allman “I don’t know what it is,” Grey says, “but that matter.” ✹ Brothers drummer Derek Trucks on slide gui- these folks are salt of the earth. If you saw tar and reggae singer Toots Hibbert of Toots where Ronnie Van Zandt grew up, where It all makes sense to J.J. Grey; the Florida bluesand the Maytals. his mommy and daddy still live over there man plays the Mystic in Petaluma on March 1.


›› SPiN OF THE WEEK Low Country Blues (Rounder) Gregg Allman For his seventh solo album, his first since 1997, singer, songwriter and organist Gregg Allman teams up with awardwinning producer T-Bone Burnett on an album that doesn’t stray far from the Nashville-born, Daytona-bred rocker’s Southern roots. The dozen tracks—ranging from Skip James’“Devil Got My Woman” to “Just Another Rider” (co-written by Allman and Warren Haynes of Gov’t Mule) to songs by Otis Rush, B. B. King, Amos Milburn and others—are soaked with blues, Southern soul and sorrow. The ace band features Dr. John on piano and Doyle Bramhall II on slide guitar. It’s Allman’s best work since his acclaimed 1973 solo debut Laid Back.—GC

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don’t know how much longer radio stations will last,” says Robin Pressman, program director for KRCB 91.1, a public radio station operating in Sonoma County. “Maybe they’ll last another 10 years. Maybe 20 years,” she muses. “Maybe longer than that, but it seems certain that everything is moving toward the Internet. Do I think there will always be a place people can go for general source information, some sort of

public radio whatever-it-is? Yes, definitely, but whether you turn on the radio for that or you find it on a website, I think it will be getting smaller—small, focused podcasts or podcast-like shows. For some people, that’s already public radio. They get This American Life on a podcast, and that’s what they listen to, rather than going to a station to hear whatever else comes by. And everything else they learn about public radio they get through Twitter or Facebook or by checking out a website. I think that’s the future of public radio.” Pressman, a leading voice in North Bay public radio, has been with KRCB (www.—an NPR affiliate with a fiercely loyal following—for going on 16 years. During that time, she’s doggedly worked

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to offer an outlet to a score of independent thick of it, all stoking the fires of the prolocal voices and commentators through testers—and look what happened next.” And with that, the conversation wends a series of programs she’s developed and championed. Fueled by a belief in the im- its way back to the future of public media. portance of arts and music programming, “There’s a strange tension right now between radio and the Pressman is especially Internet,” says Pressman. proud of the weekly Our “The world is changing, Roots Are Showing proand nobody knows the gram (Saturdays, from 1 answers of where media to 5pm), which she cois heading. I do think hosts. Widely believed to there’s a hunger, right have been a major catanow, for good storytelling lyst in boosting Sonoma and good newsgathering. County’s thriving live folk Those are the things that and acoustic music scene, public radio has always Roots stands alongside done well, and those other programs, from the celebrated Voice of Youth Ousted Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak: things aren’t going away anytime soon. series to the evolving Arts Not a Facebook friend. “The question is,” she I.D. radio magazine, as examples of what a community-based ra- continues, “how is that going to change, with all of this increased access to an dio station can accomplish. emerging two-way model of journalism This afternoon, over cups of Thai soup and newsgathering? It’s what social media and iced tea, we are discussing The Social is doing, to a degree. So, right now, every Network, the critically lauded (and Oscar radio station in the country is trying to nominated) film about Mark Zuckerberg figure out how to evolve in that direction, (Jesse Eisenberg) and the founding of the to use the changes in technology to create game-changing website Facebook. Presssomething meaningful.” man’s been a fan of the movie, written This week, KRCB, is launching a new by Aaron Sorkin and directed by David web-supported program its creators are Fincher, since it was first released in Octocalling The North Bay Voices Project, a ber, and was eager to see it again today. hub of local reporting where listeners— “What I love about The Social Network especially those who listen via Internet is how smart it is,” remarks Pressman. streaming—will be invited to do much “You have to work a little to keep up with more than just talk back. it, this great big rush of words and ideas It’s the first step toward a new wave of and numbers. It’s a lot to make sense out citizen journalism. of. The first time was just so exhilarating, “The attempt is to go deeper,” she but watching it again today, I can see how brilliant Aaron Sorkin is. It’s really a movie explains, “to move toward something more significant than how radio stations that works on two levels. There’s the story like KRCB have been using the web. The of the movie—” goal is to figure ways to use all of these “The story being the creation of Facetools more significantly, more meaningbook,” I jump in, “with all the cutthroat fully, so we can expand communication machinations of socially undeveloped within our communities. Can we make a tech-geeks?” difference? Can we use all of this to create “Yes,” Pressman nods, “and on the seca better democracy? That’s the larger goal ond level, there’s the psychological story, trying to understand this guy, Zuckerberg, of what we will be launching over the next several months.” the real guy, and what he’s all about.” The tricky part, Pressman allows, is “He’s unlikable, and yet he’s also the that with more voices, and more opinhero,” I point out. ions, invited to the party, how can we “He’s wonderfully unlikable,” Pressman separate the truth from all the horse laughs. “I liked his belligerence. I would manure? What she hopes is that, with hate to have to have any personal interaceveryone policing the Internet streets, tion with him, but I really do think he’s whatever the truth is will be forced to the hero of the story. The nerdy geek taking on the world and winning, becoming a the top. “Maybe what it means,” Pressman says, billionaire by the age of 22.” with a laugh, “is that we’re all about to The Social Network also operates on a third level, Pressman goes on to point out. get much smarter. For years we’ve been “And this is probably the most important getting dumber and dumber, sitting in front of the television. And now we’re level,” she says. “That’s the level on which all going to be completely engaged, our this film is asking a really difficult quesbrains working overtime to incorporate tion—the question of what all this means so many disparate views and opinions, to us. A guy builds a website, and changes we’ll have to get smarter to be able to the world. So... what will that world look deal with it all.” like because of what he’s done?” “Look what’s happened in the Middle Talk more pics with David at East,” I mention. “With video of police It’s your movie, speak up at brutality in Egypt, posted on Facebook, ›› supported by tweets from those in the


Friday February 25 -Thursday March 3

Movie summaries by Matthew Stafford

Jacques Tati’s ‘The Illusionist’ prestidigitates the Rafael this week.

Absent (1:29) The pervasive damage inflicted by absentee fathers is the subject of Justin Hunt’s insightful documentary. ● Academy Awards Night Party Catch the 83rd annual Oscars on the Lark’s big, big screen at an evening of fun, glitz and frabjous food and drink. Prizes for most glam getups. ● 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. ● Best Picture and Best Director Festival Prep for Sunday’s Oscar extravaganza with a quadruple bill of the Academy’s fave flicks: “The Social Network” (12:45), “The Fighter” (3:05), “True Grit” (5:20), “The King’s Speech” (7:30) and “Black Swan” (9:45). ● Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son (1:47) FBI agent Martin Lawrence embraces his inner Tootsie when he goes undercover at an all-girls art school. ● Biutiful (2:27) Mexico’s official entry in the Best Foreign Film Oscar competition 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. ● 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. ● Even the Rain (1:43) Two Spanish filmmakers head to Bolivia to shoot a wartsand-all postmodern biopic of Christopher Columbus and find themselves embracing the explorer’s same old imperialist attitudes. ● The Fighter (1:54) Biopic of “Irish” Mickey Ward stars Mark Wahlberg as the street-smart world champion boxer and Christian Bale as his brother, trainer Dick Eklund. ● Gnomeo & Juliet (1:24) The Bard’s timeless tale of star-crossed love reconceived as a kids’ cartoon about rival garden statuary. ● Hall Pass (1:38) The Farrelly Brothers present another rambunctious sex romp, this one starring Owen Wilson and Jason Sudeikis as two restless husbands granted a week of freedom by their wives. ● I Am Number Four (1:44) An alien on the run escapes his pursuers by posing as your typical spooky brainiac American hunk. ● 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. ● 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. ● The Metropolitan Opera: Iphigénie en Tauride (3:00) Plácido Domingo rattles the rafters in Gluck’s tuneful take on the ancient Greek fable. ● 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. ● Oscar Night America The Rafael hosts the Bay Area’s only Academy-sanctioned Oscar Night event replete with silent auction, fine wines, delectable noshes and the live telecast in dazzling high definition. ● 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. ● The Social Network (2:00) Caustic Aaron Sorkin-David Fincher biopic of computer nerd Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook, history’s youngest billionaire and “friend” to many (500 million at last count). ● True Grit (2:08) The Coen boys bring Charles Portis’s classic novel to the big screen with Jeff Bridges as drunken one-eyed trigger-happy U.S. Marshal Rooster Cogburn. ● Unknown (1:49) Dr. Liam Neeson finds himself stripped of his identity and pursued by ruthless assassins on an otherwise pleasant jaunt to Berlin. ● Waste Land (1:38) Oscar-nominated documentary about artist Vik Muniz and the beauties he unearths from a massive Brazilian landfill. ● Yu-Gi-Oh! Bonds Beyond Time (0:49) The 10th chapter in the Yu-Gi-Oh! saga finds Yusei at loose ends when his dragon is stolen by a warped warrior from the future. ✹

›› MOViE TiMES ❋ Absent (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Thu 7 (filmmaker Justin Hunt and musician/dad James Hetfield in person) ❋ Academy Awards Night Party (Not Rated) Lark Theater: Sun 5pm; doors open at 4pm ❋ Best Picture & Best Director Festival (Not Rated) Century Regency 6: Sat 12:45 (Social Network), 3:05 (Fighter), 5:20 (True Grit), 7:30 (King’s Speech), 9:45 (Black Swan) Black Swan (R) ★★★ Century Regency 6: Sat 9:45 Lark Theater: Fri 2:20 Sat 9:15 Wed 1:40 Even the Rain (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Fri 4:15, 6:30, 8:45 Sat 2, 4:15, 6:30, 8:45 MonThu 6:30, 8:45 The Fighter (R) ★★1/2 Century Regency 6: Sat 3:05 Gnomeo & Juliet (G) ★★★ Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri-Sat 12:50, 2:55, 5, 7:05, 9:15 Sun-Thu 12:50, 2:55, 5, 7:05 ❋ Hall Pass (R) Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri-Sat 1:10, 4:15, 6:45, 9:20 Sun-Thu 1:10, 4:15, 6:45 I Am Number Four (PG-13) ★★ Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri-Sat 1:50,

= New Movies This Week

4:25, 7, 9:35 Sun-Thu 1:50, 4:25, 7 The Illusionist (2011) (PG) ★★★ Rafael Film Center: Fri 4:30, 7, 9 Sat 2:15, 4:30, 7, 9 Mon-Thu 7, 9 Inside Job (PG-13) ★★★1/2 Lark Theater: Fri 9:15 Sat 2 MonTue 5:30 Thu 3:30 Just Go With It (PG-13) ★1/2 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 The King’s Speech (R) ★★★1/2 Century Regency 6: Sat 7:30 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri 1:20, 4, 6:50, 9:30 Sat 4, 6:50, 9:30 Sun 4, 6:50 Mon-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 MonThu 4, 6:50 ❋ The Metropolitan Opera: Iphigénie en Tauride (Not Rated) Century Regency 6: Sat 10am CinéArts at Marin: Sat 10am CinéArts at Sequoia: Sat 10am Lark Theater: Sat 10am Wed 6:30 The Metropolitan Opera: Nixon in China (Not Rated) Century

Regency 6: Wed 6:30 CinéArts at Marin: Wed 6:30 CinéArts at Sequoia: Wed 6:30 ❋ Oscar Night America (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Sun 3:30 Oscar-Nominated Animated Shorts (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Fri-Sat 4:45, 6:45 Wed 6:45 Oscar-Nominated Documentary Shorts (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Sat 12:30 Oscar-Nominated Live-Action Shorts (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Fri, Sat, Wed 8:30 The Social Network (PG-13) ★★★1/2 Century Regency 6: Sat 12:45 Lark Theater: Fri-Sat 6:45 Mon-Tue 8 Wed 4 Thu 1 True Grit (PG-13) ★★★ Century Regency 6: Sat 5:20 Unknown (PG-13) ★★1/2 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri-Sat 1:30, 4:10, 6:40, 9:10 Sun-Thu 1:30, 4:10, 6:40 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri 4:25, 7:10, 9:40 Sat 1:30, 4:25, 7:10, 9:40 Sun 1:30, 4:25, 7:10 Mon-Thu 4:25, 7:10 Waste Land (Not Rated) Lark Theater: Fri-Sat 4:30 ❋ Y u-Gi-Oh! Bonds Beyond Time (Not Rated) Fairfax 5 Theatres: Sat-Sun 1

Placido Domingo rocks Euripides in ‘Iphigénie en Tauride,’ playing Saturday morning at the Lark, Marin, Regency and Sequoia.

Showtimes for the Cinema, Larkspur Landing, Marin, Northgate, Regency, Rowland and Sequoia cinemas were not available as we went to press. Please visit for updates. We regret the inconvenience. 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

Natalie Portman in ‘Black Swan,’ one of five Best Picture/Director nominees getting a marathon screening at the Regency on Oscar Eve.



F R I D AY F E B R UA R Y 2 5 — F R I D AY M A R C H 4 Pacific Sun‘s Community Calendar

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

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

Live music 02/ 25: Tommy Castro Blues. 8:30-11:30pm. $20-35. Palm Ballroom - Seafood Peddler, 100 Yacht Club Dr., San Rafael. 389-5072. www. 02/25: Wendy Fitz Band Wendy Fitz, piano and voice; Tim Bush, bass; John Molloy, drums; Jack Pribble, guitar and voice. 8:30pm. $5-7. Presidio Yacht Club, Travis Marina, Horseshoe Cove, Fort Baker, Sausalito. 332-2319. http:// 02/25: 13 strings Jazz guitar duet. With James Moseley, Alex Markels. 8-10:30pm. No cover. Max’s, 60 Madera Blvd., Corte Madera. 497-2462. 02/25: Corinne West and Kelly Joe Phelps Americana. 8pm. $20-25. Schoenberg Guitars, 106 Main St., Tiburon. 789-0846. 02/25: Gentry Bronson Band Original Americana. 8pm. No cover. Rancho Nicasio, Nicasio. 662-2219. 02/25: Madeline Sheron Quartet Jazz. 9-11:30pm. No cover. Chianti Cucina, 7416 Redwood Blvd., Novato. 878-0314.

02/25: New Rising Sons with Boudeeka Unplugged rock and roll. 7-10pm. Saylor’s Restaurant, 2009 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-1512. 02/25: Pride and Joy R&B. 9pm. $15-20. George’s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262. 02/25: Sophisticated Standards With Phillip Percy Williams, vocals; Judy Hall, piano. 6:309:30pm. Free. Mcinnis Park Club Restaurant, 350 Smith Ranch Road, San Rafael. 244-2665. 02/25: Wonderbread 5 Rock. 9pm. $15. 19 Broadway, 17 Broadway, Fairfax. 459-1091.

02/26: Eugene Huggins Rock and blues. 7-10pm. Saylor’s Restaurant & Bar, 2009 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-1512. 02/26: Joan Getz Trio Jazz. $5. Two Bird Café at the Valley Inn, 625 San Geronimo Valley Dr., San Geronimo. 02/26: New Rising Sons with Boudeeka Rock. 7-10pm. Taste of Rome, Sausalito. 02/26: Orquesta Callao Salsa dancing with Andy. 8:30pm. $15. Seafood Peddler, 100 Yacht Club Dr., San Rafael. 601-3685. 02/26: The 85s 80s party band. 8:30pm. $12. Rancho Nicasio, Nicasio. 662-2219. 02/26: The Doc Kraft Dance Band Rock. 8:30pm. $5. Seahorse Restaurant & Bar, 305 Harbor Dr., Sausalito. 601-7858 .

02/26:The Original Big Brother and The Holding Company Rock. 9pm. $15-20. George’s

305 Harbor Dr at Gate 5, Sausalito. 331-2899.

$10-15. George’s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262.

02/28:Jesse Kincaid and Jerome Phillips

Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262. 02/27: Calafia Original Alternative Western. 4pm. Rancho Nicasio, Nicasio. 662-2219. 02/27: Harmonica Jazz Steve Malerbi plays and sings jazz and old time swing with Jack Prendergast, bass and Alex Markels, guitar. 5:30-8:30pm. No cover. Rickey’s Restaurant, 250 Entrada, Novato. 497-2462. 02/27: Hip Bones Jazz, funk. 7:30-10:30pm. Free. Caffe Divino, 37 Caledonia St., Sausalito. 331-9355.

Unplugged Monday. 7:30pm. Sausalito Seahorse Restaurant, Sausalito.


03/01: Mari Mack and Livin’ Like Kings

02/27: John Reischman and The Jaybirds

Restaurant, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 457-3993. 03/02: Lorin Rowan Solo acoustic guitar and vocals. 7-10pm. No cover. Panama Hotel & Restaurant, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 457-3993. 03/03: Dr. Elmo and Wild Blue “Home Sweet Home II.” Homeward Bound fundraising event. 7-9pm. $16. Next Key Center, 1399 North Hamilton Pkwy., Novato. 898-7730. 03/03: Eddie Neon Blues Band Blues. 8pm. $10-15. George’s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262. 03/03: Eldon Brown Band Jazz. 7-10pm. No cover. Panama Hotel & Restaurant, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 457-3993. 03/03: Hot Club of San Francisco “Silent Surrealism”, an evening of silent films and live gypsy jazz. 8-10:30pm. $20-30. Lark Theater, 549 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur. 389-5072. www. 03/03: Lady D With Alex Markels, 7 string guitar and Jack Prendergast, bass. 9-11:30pm. No cover. Ghiringhelli Pizzeria Grill & Bar, 1535 South Novato Blvd., Novato. 497-2462. www. 03/04: Stafford and Sturdevant Jazz. 7-10pm. No cover. Saylor’s Restaurant & Bar, 2009 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-1512. 03/04: The Bingtones R&B, funk, rock. 9pm.

02/27: Duo Majoya Marnie Giesbrecht and Joachim Segger. Organ, piano. Works by Mozart, Albinoni, Hakim, Bedard, Schubert and Utterback. 3:30-5pm. $10-25. Resurrection Parish, 303 Stony Point Road, Santa Rosa. (707) 824-5611. 02/27: Santa Rosa Symphonic Chorus “100 years of Broadway.” Daniel Earl conducts a medley of Broadway songs . 3pm. $ 20. Glaser Center, 547 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. (707) 527-4999. www. Through 05/02: Winifred Baker Chorale All are welcome to sing Faure’s “Requieum” and Schubert’s “Mass in E Flat” with the chorale. Rehearsals are every Tuesday evening. Performances on April 29 and May 2. 6:30-9:30pm. $30, for music. Angelico Hall, Dominican University, 50 Acacia, San Rafael. 485-3579.

With special guests Roland White and Keith Little. 7pm. $18-20. Rancho Nicasio, Nicasio. 662-2219. 02/28: Blue Monday Jam Jesse Kincaid, Jerome Phillips and Gail Muldrow host. 8-11pm. Seahorse,

BEST BET The Arctic has never looked so HOT! Appropriately and coincidentally timed with this weekend’s expected Bay Area snow storm, the Dominican University MR. PENGUIN CONTEST promises to be an odd and entertaining event like no other. The beauty pageant—featuring 13 of Dominican’s finest young chaps—not only features a choreographed dance routine but a swimsuit contest and a grand finale Q&A with the tuxedo-clad contestants. A benefit for the Make-AWish Foundation, the event raised over $900 and countless questions of the relationship status of A beauty pageant like no other. the on-stage, cross-species, pseudo Happy Feet reenactment fantasy night in 2010. Bundle up and head over to Dominican University’s Angelico Hall, 50 Acacia Ave., San Rafael, on Saturday, Feb. 26, at7pm. Admission is $5.—Dani Burlison 28 PACIFIC SUN FEBRUARY 25 - MARCH 3, 2011

Tommy Castro will lick ‘em and smile Feb. 25 at the Palm Ballroom.

Soulful blues sung for good causes. 8-10pm. $10. The Belrose, 1415 5th Ave., San Rafael. 269-4487. 03/01: Noel Jewkes Quartet Jazz. 7-10pm. No cover. Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor Dr., gate 5, Sausalito. 945-9016.

03/01: Swing Fever featuring Bryan Gould Jazz. 7-10pm. No cover. Panama Hotel &

Theater/Auditions 02/25:‘101 Years of Broadway’ Direct from NYC, Neil Berg’s revue features Broadway stars Craig Schulman, Bob DuSold, Carter Calvert, Sandra Joseph and Ted Levy. 8pm. $20-45. Marin Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium, Ave. of the Flags, San Rafael. 499-6800.

02/25: 7th Annual Writers with Attitude Featuring eight short staged readings of the newest works from the Playwrights’ Lab. 7:30pm. $15-20. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley. 383-9600 . 03/03-20:‘Detective Story’ By Sidney Kingsley. Directed by James Dunn. 8pm March 3-5, March 11-12 and March 18-19; 2pm March 6, 13, 19-20. $10-20. College of Marin Drama, 835 College Ave., Kentfield. 485-9385. 03/04: Les Miserables Marin Youth Performers production of the musical. Fridays, March 4, 11 at 7:30pm; Saturdays, March 5, 12 at 2pm; Sundays, March 6, 13. $14 - $30 142

ViDEO The ‘Bellamy’ brothers Some movies withhold their secrets until the very, very end, which is both a thrill at the time and even more pleasure by demanding a second viewing, armed with foreknowledge. INSPECTOR BELLAMY, the last film of Claude Chabrol’s 80-film career, keeps us puzzled until he drops the final frame into place for the “ah-hah” moment. Of course there are endless pleasures all along the seem- Claude Chabrol, who died at 80 last September, was ingly meandering way. Bellamy (Gerard one of the last surviving members of the original Depardieu), the celebre inspecteur from French New Wave. Paris, is vacationing in Nimes when his rustic bliss is interrupted by a lurker in the garden. Never one to turn away from a puzzle, Bellamy takes a casual but persistent path to solving what becomes a very layered mystery. But the joy of the film is the wise relationship Bellamy enjoys with his wife Francoise (Marie Bunel), whether on the pillow, in the kitchen or in the bath. Their intimacies, so openly physical and yet so profoundly deep—a wonder to behold—reveal more about another mystery, the capacities of human relationships. When Bellamy’s dissolute brother, an ex-con, gambler and alcoholic, shows up, all those capacities get tested to surprising limits.—Richard Gould

Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley. 383-9600. Through 03/13:‘Angel Street’ The Novato Theater Company presents this psychological thriller. 8pm Thurs.-Sat.; 3pm Sun. See websites for more detail. $20-22. Novato Theater Company Playhouse, 484 Ignacio Blvd., Novato. 883-4498.

Comedy 02/26: Mind the Gap Daring, smart indie comedy, cool music and dynamic spoken word pieces. 8pm. $26-36. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley. 383-9600 . 02/26: Mr. Penguin 2011 Pageant Thirteen Dominican University students will vie for the crown in this light-hearted affair. Proceeds will benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Features an opening number choreographed for all contestants followed by team spirit, swimsuit, talent and interview categories. 7:30pm. $5. Angelico Hall, Dominican University, 50 Acacia Ave., San Rafael. 485-3532. www.

03/03: Comedy Wednesday with Wiley Roberts, Rachel McDowell and Friends Wiley Roberts has appeared on Showtime’s “Full Frontal Comedy” and BET’s Comic View”, ABC’s “Politically Incorrect” and in the film “The Hot Chick”. 8pm. $10-15. George’s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262.

Art 02/25-04/03:‘Sleeping WIth the Anemones,’‘Reflections on Water’ Dorothy Nissen, altered books and related objects. Plus, group exhibition reflecting on contemporary issues of global warming, acid rain, water consumption and tideline. Opening reception 3-5pm Feb. 27. 11am-5pm. Gallery Route One, 11101 Highway One, Point Reyes, CA 94956. 663-1347.

02/25: Marin Show: Art of the Americas Benefit Preview Party For the second year in a row the show teams up with non-profit organization Homeward Bound of Marin for an Opening Night Preview. Chef Scott Howard will be in attendance to

support contributes his recipes to the events catering menu. 6:30-9pm. $25. Marin Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium, Ave. of the Flags, San Rafael. 499-6800.

02/26-27: Marin Show II: Art of the Americas The exhibited art includes pottery, textiles, sculpture, jewelry, beadwork, baskets, paintings, photography and other indigenous art from across North, Central and South America, The show’s main floor focuses on antique material, with the adjacent Embassy Suites Hotel ballroom showcasing contemporary Native and Latin art and artists. 10am-6pm Sat.; 11am-5pm Sun. $15 for both days Marin Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium, Ave. of the Flags, San Rafael. 499-6800. 02/28-04/03:‘Beasts and Beauties’ Lucy Arnold, watercolor paintings of butterflies, bugs, fish, frogs as well as mixed media abstracts. Artist Reception 5-8pm Saturday, March 12. 11am-5:30pm. Free. Gallery One, 209 Western Ave., Petaluma. 382-1264. 03/01-31:‘Living in Grey’ Ashley-Jayne Nicolaus, paintings. Opening reception 5:30-8pm March 1. Free. Nici Gelateria, 17 E Blithsdale, Mill Valley. (510) 692-6774. 03/04:‘Art of Green’ Original art by local Artist Minna Nix who has incorporated found & recycled objects and the color green. 7-9:30pm. Free. Minna Nix Fine Art, 1215 2nd St., San Rafael. Through 02/25: Edythe Bresnahan Paintings by the former art dept. chair at Dominican University. 10am-5pm. Art Works Downtown, 1337 Fourth St., San Rafael. 451-8119. Through 02/26:‘Go Figure’ Marin Arts Council exhibition celebrates the human body with figurative art in various mediums. 11am to 6pm. Wednesday through Saturday. 11am-6pm. Free. Marin Arts Council, 906 4th St., San Rafael. 666-2442 . www.

Through 02/26: Open Craft and Sculpture exhibit Three dimensional works group exhibition. 11am-4pm. Free. Marin Society of Artists Gallery, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Ross. 454 9561. www. Through 02/27:‘Four Greek Windows’ Photography of Greece by Norm Catalano, Richard D. James, Glenn Steiner and Rose Steiner. 10am-5pm.

Free. Maurice Del Mue Galleries, San Geronimo Valley Community Center, 6350 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., San Geronimo. 488-8888, ext.252. Through 02/27: Peter de Swart Sculpture. Lukas Felzmann, photography; Tom Soltsz, plein air paintings. 1-5pm. Free. Bolinas Museum, 48 Wharf Road, Bolinas. 868-0330.

Through 02/28:‘Truly Massive Landscape Photographs’ Robert Anthony Prichard, large scale landscape photographs. 9am-5pm. Free. Tiburon Town Hall, 1550 Tiburon Blvd., Tiburon. 435-9880. Through 03/07:‘Life in Full Color’ Cara Brown, watercolors. 7am-3pm weekdays; 8am-3pm weekends. Anthony Miceli Gallery, 625 San Geronimo Valley Dr., San Geronimo. 488-0105. Through 03/12:‘Can Do’ Artworks made from cans or reference “can” in some way draws attention to issues of waste and recycling. Free. Falkirk Cultural Center, 1408 Mission Ave., San Rafael. 485-3328.

Through 03/17: Baulines Craft Guild Master Show “Paths in Studio Craft.” The celebrated guild, renowned for its apprentice program presents a group show. 9am-5pm. Free. Marin Community Foundation, 5 Hamilton Landing # 200, Novato. 666-2442 . Through 03/26: Fred Lyon Photographic visual journey through the streets of San Francisco & Sausalito in the 40s-50s as seen through the lens of an S.F. native. 9am-4pm. Free. Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-3871. www.spn.usace. Through 04/07:‘Art on the Farm’ Thirty-five Marin Arts member artists are showcased in this exhibit and fundraiser. Galleries open 9am-5pm Monday-Friday, except holidays. Free. Marin Civic Center Galleries, 3501 Civic Center Dr., San Rafael. 666-2442.

Through 04/08:‘The Old and The New’ Exhibition of paintings by Melissa Adkison. 8am7pm. Free. Gail Van Dyke Atrium Gallery, Marin Cancer Institute, 1350 South Eliseo Dr., Greenbrae. 461-9000.

Through 04/18: Call for Artists: Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival 2011 Applications for the 55th annual event are available now through April 18th at Zapplication, an online application service. A panel of highly qualified local artists will jury the show in late April. Mill Valley. 381-8090. Through 04/21: Winter 2011 Exhibit With featured artists Donna Solin, Ronile Valenza, Sharon Sittloh, and Bernard Healey. Open weekdays. 11am4pm. Free. TCSD Office, 305 Bell Lane, Mill Valley. 388-6393.

Through 04/30:‘Treasures from the Vault’ Exhibition celebrating the Museum’s 75 years of collecting and caring for artifacts from the local community. 11am-4pm. Free. Marin History Museum, 1125 B St., San Rafael. 454-8538.

Through 05/30:‘California Landscapes’ Robbie Collins, paintings. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.

Talks/Lectures 02/25: Skyrocket Your Productivity with Online Tools Productivity strategist Joshua Zerkel demonstrates low cost cloud-based apps. 7:30-10am. $35-40. McInnis Park Golf Center Restaurant, 350 Smith Ranch Road, San Rafael. 02/26: The Story of Sausalito Learn about the history of Sausalito, the diverse group of inhabitants who have called it home and how the area has been transformed from quiet, isolated countryside into a seaside tourist destination. 12:30-1pm. Free. Bay

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02/28:‘Never Be Frustrated Again: The Power of Words to Mold Your Life’ Combining humor and hypnotism from her book, “21 Games for The Mind that Won’t Shut the <\@>#&* Up!” A.T. Lynne will demonstrate how the words you use can shape your life. 7pm. Free. Sausalito Library, 420 Litho St., Sausalito. 289-4100 .

03/01: Marin United Taxpayers Association Lecture With guest speaker Jerome Ghigliotti, a Marin attorney who crafted the E-Verify municipal Initiative for Novato. 7:15-8:45pm. Free. Community Room, Northgate Mall, 5800 Northgate Dr., San Rafael. 488-9273. 03/02:‘Art of the Paper Dress’ Clara Morrissey gives an illustrated talk on “Pulp Fashion: The Art of Isabelle de Borchgrave,” based on an exhibit now at the Legion of Honor featuring exquisite life-size costumes made of paper. 1-2pm. Free. San Rafael City Council Chambers, 1400 Fifth Ave., San Rafael. 485-3321.

03/02:‘Steps, Lanes and Paths of Mill Valley’ Slide show and discussion with Mill Valley photographer Robert Skip Sandberg. In the Creekside room. 7:30pm. Free. Mill Valley Public Library, 375 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 389-4292. 03/03: CALGreen Workshop The U.S. Green Building Council’s Redwood Empire Chapter presents two talks on “Working with the New Cal Green Code.” 10am-3:30pm. $50. Fireman’s Fund, 777 San Marin Dr., Novato. (707)664-6250.

03/03: Improving Israel’s Media Image: A Radical Approach The Osher Marin JCC presents a discussion with Aryeh Green, Director of Media Central. 7-9pm. $12-15. Osher Marin JCC, 200 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael. 4448000.

03/03: Introduction to Buddhism, in Three Parts Reverend Carol Himaka will present the first of a three-part lecture series on introductory Buddhism. 7:30-9:30pm. Free. Buddhist Temple of Marin, 390 Miller Ave., Mill Valley. 388-1173. www. 03/03: Owls of Marin College of Marin Biologist Joe Mueller speaks and shows slides on the the ecology, natural history and diversity of owls in Marin County. 7:15-9:30pm. Free. Richardson Bay Audubon Center, 376 Greenwood Beach Rd, Tiburon. 789-0703. 03/03: Recycling and Composting Outdoor Art Club presents a recycling and composting program. With presenters are Jim Iavarone, from Mill Valley Refuse Service, and Joan Irwin, Master Gardner. 7pm. Free. The Outdoor Art Club, 1 West Blithedale Ave., Mill Valley. 388-9886. www. 03/03: Valerie Plame-Wilson Imspeaking. com presents a special one-night-only speaking engagement with Ex-CIA Operations Officer Valerie Plame-Wilson. Followed by a Q&A period. 8pm. $44-110. Marin Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium, 10 Avenue of the Flags at Civic Center Drive, San Rafael. 499-6800. www.

Through 03/26: Environmental Forum of Marin Seminar Series EFM Saturday Seminars are in depth conversations with Marin and Bay Area authoritative and compelling educators, professionals, scientists, business people, planners and policymakers. See website for weekly details. 9am-1pm. $34-50 for each event. Hospice By The Bay, 17 East Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Larkspur. 377-0830.

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Film Events 02/25-27: Geography of Hope Film Festival From surfing to spirituality, West Marinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first-ever film festival spotlights the theme of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Reflections on Waterâ&#x20AC;? in features, documentaries, shorts, animated films. See website for details. Dance Palace, 503 B St., Pt. Reyes Station. 669-7559.

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Meet and mingle like the stars at the Lark Theater for the Academy Awards broadcast in HD on the Big Screen. Walk the red carpet in your best past or present Hollywood attire. 4pm. $45-75. Lark Theater, 549 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur. 924-5111. 02/27: Oscar Night America Celebrate the magic of the 83rd Annual Academy Awards with your friends, family and fellow film aficionados at the only Official Bay Area Oscar night event sanctioned by the Academy. 3:30pm. $55. Smith Rafael Film Center, 1118 Fourth St., San Rafael. 454-1222. 03/03: â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Absentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Filmmaker/director Justin Hunt will be joined by musician James Hetfield (Metallica) in presenting his award winning documentary which explores a worldwide crisis of absent fathers. 7-9pm. $5.50-10.25 Smith Rafael Film Center, 1118 Fourth St., San Rafael. 454-1222.

Community Events (Misc.) 02/26-27: E-Waste Recycling Event Recycle electronics and appliances, clothing, mattresses and books. 9am-3pm. Free. San Rafael High School, 185 Mission Ave., San Rafael, CA 94901. 888-832-9839. 02/26: Singles Black and White Ball Mingle and dance in a venue with views of San Francisco and the Bay. 8-11:45pm. $20. Ondine, 558 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 507-9962. www. 02/26: Trekking the Model Ranger guided tour of the Bay Model, a 1.5 acre hydraulic model of San Francisco Bay and Delta. Discover the stories of the two major operations that took place at this location between 1942 - 2000. 1:30-3pm. Free. Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-3871. bmvc/index.html 02/26 A Night in Havana Osher Marin JCC Benefit Celebratory fundraiser. 5:30-11pm. $45-150. Osher Marin JCC, 200 North San Pedro Road, San Rafael. 444-8055.

03/01: Tune In To Your Middleschooler â&#x20AC;&#x153;Understanding the Emotional Development of Early Adolescentsâ&#x20AC;? Middle School Forum for Parents of 4 - 7th graders with Dr. Terrence Owens. 7-8:30pm. Free. Cascade Canyon School, 2626 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Fairfax. 459-3464.

03/02: Franco-German Friendship Dinner An evening of German food, wine and beer and fun. 5-10pm. $34. Left Bank Brasserie, 507 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur. 927-3331.

Saturdays: Marin Country Mart Farmers Market Open year round, this unique market is right across from the Larkspur ferry terminal. Much of the market is underneath a huge tent, with beautiful views of Mt. Tam. 9am-2pm. Free. Marin Country Mart, Larkspur Landing.

Kid Stuff 02/26: Fish Feeding Frenzy Help Ranger Bill feed the hungry inhabitants of our fresh and saltwater tanks. Watch the different feeding styles of perch, crabs, sea stars, and steelhead trout. 3-3:30pm. Free. Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-3871. www.spn.usace. 02/26: Hui Tama Nui Polynesian dance ensemble. 11am $7-14. Bay Area Discovery Museum, 557 McReynolds Road, Sausalito. 3393900. 03/04-20: â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The Enchantment of Beauty and The Beastâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Presented by North Bay Repertory Theatre for A Cause and San Rafael Community Services Dept. 7:30pm March 4and 18; Noon and 5pm March 5; 1 and 5pm March 12 and 19; 3pm March13; 3pm March 20. $15-20. San Rafael Community Center, 618 B St., San Rafael. 485-3333.

Through 03/04: Lark Youth Film Festival seeks submissions Call for entries for the Lark Theaterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 6th Annual 2011 Youth Film Festival. Provides a forum for creativity, freedom of expression and is a great opportunity to see your film on the big screen. $10. Lark Theater, 549 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur. 924-5111. www.

Outdoors (Hikes & Bikes) 02/26: Bald Hill Broom Bust Part II Help contain the spread of French and Scotch broom monocultures and eradicate pioneer patches. Join us for â&#x20AC;&#x153;ranger chiliâ&#x20AC;? at noon. 9am-noon. Free. Marin Municipal Water District, Meet at the intersection of Deer Park Trail and Worn Springs Fire Road (hike or bike in to site), Fairfax. 250-5656. www. 02/26: Mt.Tam Frog Docent Training Docents monitor habitat conditions for and educate hikers about native foothill yellow-legged frogs. Training is required and includes 3-mile round-trip hike to Little Carson Falls. 9am-2pm. Free Marin Municipal Water District, Sky Oaks Ranger Station, 44 Sky Oaks Road, Fairfax. 250-5656. 02/26: Sunset Hike and Wine Join avid hikers for a 4 mile hike overlooking the Pacific and coastal mountain range. Wine and cheese is served at sunset. Socializing after at the Inn. 3-7pm. $15. Mountain Home Inn, 810 Panoramic Hwy., Mill Valley. 331-0100.

Home and Garden 02/26: Bay-Friendly Gardening Basics Discover Bay-Friendly design & maintenance practices for a sustainable garden. This handson workshop will help you make smart choices at the nursery. 9am-noon. Free. MMWD, 220 Nellen Ave., Corte Madera. 945-1521.

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

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PUBLIC NOTICES 995 Fictitious Name Statement FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 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 WOMENâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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. 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) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 125886 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as KLA ENTERPRISE, 208 VIA LA CUMBRE, GREENBRAE, CA 94904: KELLEIGH LYNN ALDRIDGE, 208 VIA LA CUMBRE, GREENBRAE, CA 94904. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on January 21, 2011. (Publication Dates: February 18, 25; March 4, 11, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 126039 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as SUZANNE MATHEWS, MODEL ACTOR/VOICE ACTOR, 19 ARGUELLO CIRCLE, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: SUZANNE JACQUELINE MUSIKANTOW, 19 ARGUELLO CIRCLE, 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 8, 2011. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on February 8, 2011. (Publication Dates: February 18, 25; March 4, 11, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 126047 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as HT CATERING, 482 BAHIA WAY, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: TOM M. LUU, 482 BAHIA WAY, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant



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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)

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Week of February 24-March 2, 2011

ARIES (March 20 - April 19) Mars, your usually straightforward ruler, is having a difficult time staying on track in the watery sign of Pisces. As an impulsive fire sign, you are known for saying and doing whatever you want. Right now you can’t tell up from down and you lack your usual motivation. In fact, you have a relentless desire to escape from it all and go to a tropical beach where the sun is hot and the drinks are cold. TAURUS (April 20 - May 19) Better get busy. Venus in the ambitious sign of Capricorn won’t last forever. You only have until Tuesday to accomplish all those goals that your planetary ruler compiled. Meanwhile, the action is all in your house of group activities, which may indicate that your friends have plans for you to meet them at their latest protest rally or you have a chance to try out for your gym’s volleyball team. In either case, it’s time to join in. GEMINI (May 20 - June 20) Another week of mixed messages as Mercury (your logical ruler) does his best to maneuver through the mystical waters of Pisces. You are quite imaginative, which can be good or bad. If you’re writing a screenplay, this is a very productive time. But if you just left on a NASA space mission and are convinced you are about to meet little green men from another galaxy, you’re probably in trouble. CANCER (June 21 - July 21) A lively group of planets in your travel house makes this a good week to plan a vacation. Be aware that although you may feel like going on a high adventure now, you could have a change of heart by the time you arrive in the Australian Outback. Wednesday, sensuous Venus enters your house of intimate experiences. If you’re attached, you know what to do. If not, you may want to start that vacation immediately. LEO (July 22 - August 22) This time of year can put a damper on your sunny disposition. Multiple planets in water signs can be both confusing and disappointing. And rainy days don’t help either. The bright point is jovial Jupiter in the fiery sign of Aries. This gives you hope, optimism and a sense of adventure. All you need now is a good umbrella, a decent map and a destination to explore. VIRGO (August 23 - September 21) Assertive Mars is opposing your sign. Suddenly, everyone seems to have an agenda that is completely different from yours. You long for cooperation, but instead you get confrontation. Fortunately, you find creative ways to deal with this—or, in certain cases, evasive ways to deal with it. Meanwhile, responsible Saturn is moving back over old territory in your money house. If you’ve made any bad financial decisions, here’s your chance for a redo. LIBRA (September 22 - October 22) If you’re an employee, you’re not being given enough credit. If you’re the boss, you’re not GIVING enough credit. Brash Mars is affecting your work environment and he is hard to handle. This is a good time to have a healthy physical outlet for your frustrations. Don your rain gear and take a long walk—preferably uphill. Challenge your outer body and your inner irritation will disappear. Or at least that’s the hope... SCORPIO (October 23 - November 21) With your ruler (Pluto) attempting to transform big business and big government, you get rather worked up about the state of the world. On a personal level, you are experiencing the best chart in the zodiac this week. Captivating Venus has amped up your charm. The creative Sun, sexy Mars and flirty Mercury are in charge of romance and entertainment. Expansive Jupiter is increasing your opportunities on the job. The world may be suffering a nightmare, but you’re in the midst of a sweet dream. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 - December 20) Being the free-spirited type, you are likely to have a significant store of adventures in your past. This week you can expect to hear from someone who was part of that colorful history. Feel free to reminisce with your old partner in crime—unless you’ve recently entered a convent or a monastery and would rather forget the notoriety. Just remember two things: No wild deed is ever truly forgotten; and the truth shall set you free. CAPRICORN (December 21 - January 18) As diplomatic Venus finishes her stay in your sign this week, you may need her charm to get out of a few verbal blunders. Impulsive Mars is making you say things without thinking first. This is less than ideal when in a discussion with someone who cannot handle blunt reality. Meanwhile, you have a power boost that enables you to tackle a personal goal over the weekend. Cue the Capricorn theme song: “Ain’t no mountain high enough...” AQUARIUS (January 19 - February 17) Although you can’t help but think about all the things you would like to own right now, you are not able to shop sensibly. The urgency to buy does not serve you well. So, avoid car dealerships, real estate offices and jewelry stores until April. Even certain grocery store aisles can be dangerous. If you happen to be a fan of Russian caviar, organic pine nuts or Spanish saffron, watch out. PISCES (February 18 - March 19) Friday night’s influence of lusty Pluto on your adaptable Pisces Sun could make you decide that a little shady behavior may be appealing. Your birthday cycle just keeps getting more interesting thanks to the lively celestial party in your sign. This sets up a solar return chart that promises a high-energy year with increased sex appeal, clever repartee and rebellious, but exciting, behavior. Your guardian angel certainly has her work cut out for her. ✹ Email Lynda Ray at or check out her website at 34 PACIFIC SUN FEBRUARY 25 – MARCH 3, 2011

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 February 9, 2011. (Publication Dates: February 18, 25; March 4, 11, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2011125909 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as TRIBE MAKER MEDIA SERVICES, 1470 LINCOLN AVE. #5, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: GIOVANNA CRACCHIOLO, 1470 LINCOLN AVE. #5, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on January 25, 2011. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on January 25, 2011. (Publication Dates: February 18, 25; March 4, 11, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2011126030 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as DOODLEATIONS, 51 FOREST LANE, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: SHARON SILVER, 51 FOREST LANE, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on February 7, 2011. (Publication Dates: February 18, 25; March 4, 11, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 126049 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as CRTT, 10 SKYLARK DR. #56, LARKSPUR, CA 94939: SHEILA L. MACKEY, 10 SKYLARK DR. #56, LARKSPUR, CA 94939. 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 February 9, 2011. (Publication Dates: February 18, 25; March 4, 11, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 125845 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as TAMALPAIS HEALTH & FITNESS; TAM HEALTH & FITNESS, 6A CYPRESS AVE., MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: SARA CARTER, 6A CYPRESS AVE., 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 January 11, 2011. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on January 18, 2011. (Publication Dates: February 18, 25; March 4, 11, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 126104 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as KIN WAH RESTAURANT, 937 SIR FRANCIS DRAKE BLVD., KENTFIELD, CA 94904: JIAN LI, 5215 CONGRESS AVE., OAKLAND, CA 94601. This business is being conducted by an individual. 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 15, 2011. (Publication Dates: February 18, 25; March 4, 11, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 126101 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as MR. TECHNICAL SERVICES, 47 JEWELL ST., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: MAUREEN URIBE, 47 JEWELL ST., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901; ROBERTO URIBE, 47 JEWELL ST., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by a husband & wife. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on February 1, 2011. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on February 15, 2011. (Publication Dates: February 18, 25; March 4, 11, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 126137 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as GUNNINGS HOBBIES, 224 GREENFIELD AVE. #2, SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960: CARYN GUTHRIE, 206 SOLANO 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 February 17, 2011. (Publication Dates: February 25; March 4, 11, 18, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2011125913 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as LOMBARDI PROPERTIES, 15 MARLIN AVE., MILL VALLEY, CA 94941:

STEPHEN D. LOMBARDI, 15 MARLIN AVE., MILL VALLEY, CA 94941; BETTE S. LOMBARDI, 15 MARLIN AVE., MILL VALLEY, CA 94941. This business is being conducted by a husband & wife. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on January 25, 2011. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on January 25, 2011. (Publication Dates: February 25; March 4, 11, 18, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 125864 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as SMP TV, 42 WATERBURY LN., NOVATO, CA 94949: SCOTT M. PHELPS, 42 WATERBURY LN., NOVATO, CA 94949. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on January 1, 2011. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on January 20, 2011. (Publication Dates: February 25; March 4, 11, 18, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 126129 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as SIEM CAR CARRIERS, 1099 D ST., SUITE 207, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: SCC ADMINISTRATION SERVICES LLC, 1099 D ST., SUITE 207, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by a limited liability company. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on January 21, 2011. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on February 16, 2011. (Publication Dates: February 25; March 4, 11, 18, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 126122 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as LAUNDRY ROOM; ALL AMERICAN VENDING, 45 BAY ST., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: CAMILLERI ENTERPRISES INC., 45 BAY ST., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by a corporation. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on February 16, 2011. (Publication Dates: February 25; March 4, 11, 18, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2011126149 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as TOWNE DESIGN, 29 POPLAR AVE., ROSS, CA 94957: ALLISON N. SUTHERLAND, 29 POPLAR AVE., ROSS, CA 94957. 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 February 18, 2011. (Publication Dates: February 25; March 4, 11, 18, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 126087 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as LINGUA MARIN, 851 IRWIN ST., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: SUSANNE IRWIN, 24 JEWELL ST., 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 February 11, 2011. (Publication Dates: February 25; March 4, 11, 18, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2011125923 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as ZHINU RESOURCES, 67 MARIN BAY PARK COURT, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: CHRIS A. SCHAEFER, 67 MARIN BAY PARK COURT, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901; SANDRA M. CHANDLER, 67 MARIN BAY PARK COURT, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by a general partnership. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on January 1, 2011. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on January 26, 2011. (Publication Dates: February 25; March 4, 11, 18, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 126146 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as ALL CLEANING SERVICE, 30 COWBARN LN. #11, NOVATO, CA 94947: WHENDER M. ARRUOLA, 30 COWBARN LN. #11, NOVATO, CA 94947. 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 February 18, 2011. (Publication Dates: February 25; March 4, 11, 18, 2011)

997 All Other Legals NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’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 O”KEEFE, as Beneficiary. Will sell at public auction sale to the highest bidder for cash in lawful money of the US, cashier’s check drawn on a state or national bank, a cashier’s check drawn by a state federal credit union, or a cashier’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, Assessor’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 “as is”. 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 bidder’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 O’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 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


PUBLIC NOTICES CONTINUED FROM PAGE 34 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) ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF MARIN. No. CIV 1100781. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner HUONG LAM filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: JASMINE HAN NGUYEN to JASMINE HAN MAU. 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 24, 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: February 10, 2011 /s/ FAYE D’OPAL, JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT (Pacific Sun: February 18, 25; March 4, 11, 2011) STATEMENT OF FACT: I, Thomas Patrick REITH, am Executor to the THOMAS PATRICK REITH Estate as Witnessed by my Sole Ability to Personally Obtain a CERTIFICATE OF BIRTH and Do Hereby Give Legal, Lawful, and Actual Notice of The Same - Hereby and Herin. By: executor Thomas Patrick Reith, of my own right. Nation California. General Post-Office. County Marin. Reith Province. United States Minor, Outlying Islands. ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF MARIN. No. CIV 1100880. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner LORNA STARR GRAINGER filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: LORNA STARR GRAINGER to LOKI LORNA SCHUPIN. 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: April 11, 2011, 8:30 AM, Dept. B, Room B, 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 16, 2011 /s/ ROY O. CHERNUS, JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT (Pacific Sun: February 25; March 4, 11, 18, 2011)


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I fear my husband has some disability in regard to apologizing. Monday was his birthday. I had a terrible cold, but put myself on enough meds to cook him a wonderful meal and dessert. I felt too sick for sex, so I offered up a, um, very personal massage, but he refused. Later, when I asked for a hug as we got into bed, he said, “I don’t think so.” The next day, he was grumpy and distant. When I finally called him on it, he said he was sexually frustrated (despite the fact that we usually have sex three times a week). The following day, he acted like everything was normal, but I still wanted an apology. I said, “It’d be nice if you’d give me a hug and say, ‘I really appreciate everything you did and I’m sorry for being grumpy.’” He got mad and stormed out, which is typical. The closest he ever comes to apologizing is angrily blurting out that he’s sorry.—Still Waiting Oh, boohoo, his sex vending machine was broken. He shook and shook it and all that tumbled out was a three-course meal and dessert. Pledging to be there for your spouse “in sickness” is supposed to mean being there feeling their forehead for a temperature, not feeling under the blanket to see if they’re wearing panties. Likewise, appropriate remarks are “Can I bring you another box of tissues?” or “I’ll refill your vaporizer,” not “Rack up some sex, Sniffles!” This has to leave you wondering what happens if you get seriously ill. Do you wake up to him tapping your chemo tubing, “Ahem, Missy...we haven’t had sex since you had hair”? Humans seem to have an evolutionary adaptation to help us guard against being chumped, a sort of inner police dog to see that we aren’t all give and give to people who are all take and take. When our sense of fairness is violated, we need a sign from the violator that we aren’t idiots to trust them in the future. An apology can’t undo a wrong that’s been done, but because it has ego costs for the apologizer (in admitting wrongdoing), it’s an offering that suggests that their future actions will be more partner-like than selfish-jerk-like. It takes a strong person to admit weakness. A person who’s immature, selfish and insecure clings to the idea that love is never having to say you’re sorry, but occasionally needing to snarl it. A sincere apology involves admitting wrongdoing, expressing remorse, pledging that it won’t happen again and making amends. Feeling remorse is an especially important element. A person who doesn’t feel bad about making you feel bad has no reason to feel bad about doing it again. You can hope he’ll change, you can encourage him to change (I suggest enlisting a therapist trained by marriage researcher John Gottman, But, because criticizing a man with such a flimsy ego is like “putting out fire with gasoline,” right now, probably your most uncrazymaking approach to his little tantrums is laughing to yourself at what a big baby he is. From the “probably nice in theory” files, you could explain why an apology means so much to you and suggest making a pact to try to always behave like people who haven’t forgotten they love each other. But, consider whether you want to stay married to a man who dispenses affection on the barter system. Your husband’s having sex with you three times a week—unlike all the husbands who write me, longing to go from zero to three times a year. Yet, one night, you find yourself more in the mood for NyQuil, and there’s your man, standing his ground: “No humping? No hugging. The hug store is closed!” What’s with women on dating sites who post pictures of themselves standing with their ex-boyfriend? At least that’s how it looks when a woman’s posed with some guy that she’s cropped or partially cropped out of the photo.—Turned Off Every picture tells a story: “Look! A man once wanted me!” Or, “This is how cute I looked before he stole the best years of my life.” Or, “Consider this proof I was once 10 years younger, 20 pounds lighter and had an entirely different head.” To the discerning, a woman who posts a profile pic of herself with a guy is sending a message that she’s socially tone-deaf, not serious about finding somebody or desperate. (She can’t postpone her entry into the online dating world long enough to fire up the webcam or wait for a friend to come snap her picture?) Ultimately, if a woman’s going to post a shot of herself wearing something a little revealing, it shouldn’t be the hairy arm of the guy she just dumped. ✹


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Section 1 of the February 25, 2011 edition of the Pacific Sun Weekly.