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›› LETTERS Does that make their dogs ‘pupstitutes’? In her story on Marinites who purchase purebred dogs for dog shows [“Doggone With the Show,” Feb. 11], writer Julie Vader fails to understand that the breeding of pets, even pedigreed, ﬁlls up the limited homes available. There are simply too many pets and not enough good homes—a worldwide problem—resulting in healthy pets being “euthanized” at shelters, or abandoned. I am reminded of the bumper sticker that reads, “Pet Breeders are Pimps.” W. J., Marin
Julie Vader responds: Thanks to you and others who wrote about this issue, and I suspect we agree on a great deal about dogs—pet overpopulation is a big problem, the euthanasia of so many animals is stomach-turning; puppy mills are horrendous; and shelter dogs can make wonderful pets (my own dog was adopted, as an adult, from a shelter). Where we part company is that I see responsible breeders—who carefully raise dogs, spay or neuter non-breeding animals, believe in socialization and training, training, training and allow their pups to go only to approved homes—are the solution, not the problem. Reliable statistics in this area are hard This Oct. 31 photo to come by, but there’s of Julie’s rescue dog some indication that raises the question of more than half of all what truly constitutes dogs euthanized are pit animal cruelty.
bulls or pit-bull mixes. Of course, I realize that it is much harder for PETA to picket at a dog-ﬁght venue, a puppy mill or at a home where people don’t spay or neuter their house pets and think breeding them is “cute” or “educational”—but that’s where the trouble begins, not with the people who are already acting the way all animal owners should act. And responsible breeders deeply resent being called “murderers” when much of their life revolves around their beloved dogs, dogs, dogs. All the ill will generated doesn’t help anyone, least of all the animals involved.
Virtual water meetings OK if shown on ‘liquid’ screen TVs... ‘Forget it, Jake. It’s the Marin Municipal Water District.’
At 8am on Tuesday, Feb. 22, three of us from the Marin United Taxpayers Association tried to attend a publicly announced Marin Municipal Water District board teleconference at board-director Jack Gibson’s house, but were turned away even though it was supposed to be open to the public. Upon driving over to the MMWD ofﬁces, we found only one board member, Larry Russell, present at the meeting. Also, the minutes of their meetings don’t differentiate between members who are physically present and those who are telecommunicating. Could it be that MMWD has only a virtual board? State law allows the ratepayers to organize to take over the water district, ﬁre
TOP POSTINGS THIS WEEK Tribute: Stephanie von Buchau, 1939 - 2006 Stephanie von Buchau began writing arts criticism for the Sun in 1970, after having been lured away from her original assignment as the Sun’s ace typist.... March 4th - “Totalitarian Loyalty” A public presidential apology is not necessarily the right approach to the growing realization that past administrations may have been supporting a “good” dictator. There are... Mill Valley Council leaps into trampoline fray No one was jumping for joy at the Mill Valley City Council meeting Monday night, when...
Your soapbox is waiting at ›› paciﬁcsun.com the directors and run it ourselves, one ratepayer: one vote. We could do a much better job of husbanding the district’s resources, conserving water and not throwing millions of dollars down the drain. Many of us feel like Jack Nicholson in the movie Chinatown when he discovers the water district secretly dumping water out of the reservoirs into the ocean at night to scare gullible voters to OK a water grab from the Owens Valley and enrich speculators in the San Fernando Valley. If the Marin County counsel has ruled that teleconferencing at district board meetings doesn’t meet the requirements of the Ralph M. Brown “open meeting” Act, then past business transacted at any water board meeting under these circumstances would be invalid. This includes the board putting Measure S (let’s keep spending to study desalination) on the ballot. This invalidation of Measure S automatically makes the signature gatherers’ Measure T, which requires a public vote before any more money can be spent on desal, the law. Alex Easton-Brown, treasurer, MUTA
Hey, we’re ALL appalled at images of former President Bush... In her recent letter [“Remember the Main Point!” Feb. 25] Kimberly Clark thanks the Paciﬁc Sun for clarifying what she meant in an earlier letter. Had Ms. Clark written what she does in her current letter about journalism’s role in fanning the ﬂames in President William McKinley’s assassination I would have nothing to object to, we would even agree. Singling out and promoting an individual’s assassination is a reprehensible thing to do. If Ms. Clark really did not mean to impugn the Tea Party in her ﬁrst letter and it had nothing to do with her point, then she should have left that part out about the Tea Party, speciﬁcally the “cowardice of the Tea Party” (read: cowardly gun clingers) and its hopeful decline— “the beginning of the end,” I think she said. Now how could Gabrielle Giffords’ shooting be the beginning of the end of a political party that, by her clariﬁcation, had nothing to do with it and all the
while she meant to point out the media’s culpability in “irresponsible incitements”? Irresponsible incitements in media— how about the movie Assassination that aired while Bush was still in ofﬁce about “what if” he was shot while still in ofﬁce? But let us compare a drawing of crosshairs on 20 congressional districts, three of them Republican, on a map of the United States [Editor’s note: Actually, Eric, all 20 are Democrats—the three you’re referring to were not colored red because they are Republicans, but to indicate that they’re retiring at the end of their terms] with no pictures of faces shown [their names are listed beneath the map—Editor] versus the times when President Bush was shown in the crosshairs in the green light of a night scope at various rallies across the U.S. Now seeing what Ms. Clark apparently meant, and the media’s role in inciting such violence, it is clear that she would be appalled at such images of the former president, are you? Eric Fransen, San Rafael
Woman on the merge... How lucky is Marin? The SausalitoMarin City School District superintendent is retiring. Wouldn’t this be the opportunity to merge this school district with another one? Instead of hiring a new Top Honcho... let’s do the “educated thing” and the “smart thing” and save the taxpayers some money and do the merge. Marcia Blackman, San Rafael
The 4 percent solution Oh, no. Not again! Are the overtaxed ratepayers of Marin Municipal Water District getting any 4 percent income increases? No!! Then why is MMWD asking for a 4 percent rate increase of all ratepayers? The district claims it needs more money to support its costs—including board member costs. If MMWD really wanted to increase its cash ﬂow, it should reduce the rate 4 percent. Therefore, ratepayers would use more product and MMWD would get more funds. M.D. Beck, San Rafael
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here’s some good news and still some not-so-good news for SMART. A review of projected ridership numbers for the train station in downtown San Rafael shows more passengers than anticipated in the agency’s original environmental impact report. That increased passenger load adds credence to the argument that the SonomaMarin Area Rail Transit District should begin operating with a southern terminus in downtown San Rafael rather than at the Marin Civic Center. Projected ridership at the Novato stations also is higher than estimated in the environmental report, while projected ridership in northern Sonoma County is “relatively weaker” than projected, according to a staff memo. Including the downtown station in the ﬁrst segment of the system was discussed at a December meeting, when representatives from the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) informed SMART board members that to qualify for $22 million in Regional Measure 2 funds, SMART would have to extend its southern terminus to downtown San Rafael. But to qualify for the funds, which come from a hike in Bay Area state bridge tolls, SMART would have to spend an additional $38- to $46- million to roll into downtown San Rafael. In a January construction industry symposium held to
discuss costs, the initial operating segment, from Railroad Square in Santa Rosa to San Rafael, was pegged at $425 million. But that number, as the folks at SMART often say, is a moving target that changes as construction bids come in and the project is adjusted. As it stands now, SMART is looking at a shortfall of about $100 million, and the task at hand for staff and board members is to ﬁnd ways to realign the agency and ﬁnd cost-saving strategies to ﬁll that funding gap. That’s especially true since the departure of former general manager Lillian Hames, who announced in January she was resigning after 10 years with the district, during which time SMART experienced several unsuccessful ballot measures and ﬁnally won voter approval in 2008 for a quartercent sales tax for 20 years. David Heath, director of ﬁnance and administration, was named interim general manager. He has continued meetings with MTC to pore over ridership numbers and ﬁnancial projections in order to craft a proposal seeking bond funding. Heath planned to present a new set of ﬁnancial projections to the Citizens Oversight Committee this week. He will bring the ﬁnancial estimates to the full board for discussion at a meeting March 16. The board could choose to move forward with a vote on a bond at a meeting April 6, or continue deliberations. 7 >
›› NEWSGRAMS Hill students await assignment Hill Middle School students, and those who would’ve attended in the future, are eagerly awaiting a decision by the Novato Unified School District board of trustees as to what middle school they’ll attend once plans to shutter Hill for financial reasons take effect at the beginning of the 2011-2012 school year. They should find out at a special board meeting Saturday, March 12, at 8am at the district offices, located at 1015 Seventh St. The board was all set earlier this week to split the students along the same north-south boundaries that determine high school attendance, but trustees feared that families in outlying neighborhoods like Black Point, Bahia and Atherton area would be forced to travel several miles to get their kids to Sinaloa Middle School when they’d in fact be closer to the other campus in the equation, San Jose Middle School. A consulting firm’s recommendation to make the split along east-west lines has already been turned down by the trustees. Rumors emerged recently that the district had been considering expanding Olive Elementary School to a K-8—the school, currently a K-5, would serve the Bahia-AthertonBlack Point area—but the matter was not brought up at this week’s meeting. Mill Valley Council jumps into trampoline fray No one was jumping for joy at the Mill Valley City Council meeting this week, when a reluctant council voted unanimously to permanently ground complaints over a controversial trampoline. Councilwoman Stephanie Moulton-Peters described herself as “frustrated” that the council had to spring into action over a neighborhood dispute over a taut-fabric children’s plaything. The issue first bobbed up in 2008 when Scott and Laura Landress positioned a 15-foot trampoline at the edge of their property at 580 Throckmorton Ave. But complaints began to rear their ugly heads soon after when neighbors Susan and Kevin Stone, at 1 Throckmorton, said the bounding was too close to their property boundary. The matter was brought up before city staff and the Planning Commission in 2008 and 2010 and, after conflicting decisions at the city level, attorneys got involved. The City Council ultimately bounced the objections to the trampoline in its decision, ruling that such gravity defying polypropylene mats do not constitute an “accessory structure” and do not fall under the zoning laws that would ban it from a side yard. Bill buzzing along for green biz A local foursome of would-be legislators are getting the Mr. Smith Goes to Washington treatment thanks to Marin Assemblyman Jared Huffman and his annual “There Oughta Be a Law... or Not”contest. From a year’s worth of submitted ideas for worthy assembly bills, Huffman has chosen a proposal from a quartet of eco-minded locals that would create a new type of “green” corporation. Last week, Huffman introduced AB 361, a bill that would launch a kind of socially responsible corporate entity—in which businesses would be bound by broader goals of environmentalism and green development. Similar laws have been passed in Virginia,Vermont, Maryland and New Jersey. Even if the bill passes, taking part in the environmentally conscious corporate style would be on a voluntary basis. The idea was submitted to Huffman’s office by Jeff Kletter, co-founder of Kinesys in San Rafael; Stuart Rudick, a partner in Mindful Investors of Mill Valley; Chris Mann of Sebastopol; and Trathen Heckman of Petaluma.
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< 6 SMART ridership looks good One thing is certain, according to Valerie Brown, the Sonoma County supervisor who serves as the SMART board’s chairwoman: “Everybody knew that [deciding to extend the line to San Rafael] means that we were going to have to re-do, restructure and reconsider.” That goes for possible shifts in staff structure as well as construction plans. “We are looking at everything for cost savings.” Areas under scrutiny will include “contracts that perhaps aren’t needed at this time,” says Brown. “We’re not leaving anything out. We’re not leaving any rock unturned.” The conﬂuence of events, from the news that SMART was facing increasing shortfalls to the MTC push to go into downtown San Rafael to the departure of Hames, gave the agency a chance to look at itself in a new mirror, says Brown. “We really believe you don’t have these opportunities very often, and the board is really committed to looking at everything we can to save money.” Brown and other board members say the interaction between SMART and MTC has been valuable, not adversarial. “I think they are working with us as closely as possible to get us in a position where we have all our ducks in a row to go out for bonding.” That comment covers a criticism that before the readjustment SMART currently is undertaking, the agency was moving too quickly to seek bond funding. Critics cautioned that if SMART went too fast, the investment community might not look kindly on the agency, meaning it would qualify for less funding than anticipated and at a higher interest rate. Critics also were concerned that SMART staff was holding the ﬁnancial cards too close to
the vest, for board members as well as the public, prior to a bond-funding proposal. The SMART staff’s purported bunker mentality, in part a reaction to continual attacks by critics who oppose rail projects in particular and government programs in general, even had rail supporters upset that digging for ﬁnancial facts was tough to do. Heath seems to have taken up the challenge to embrace transparency. That’s what Marin Supervisor Judy Arnold says. “I believe that for the ﬁrst time, we are going to get the real ﬁnancials. I have met with David Heath, and I know exactly what he’s doing. He’s really breaking through the culture that has ‘put up the curtain,’ and I feel comfortable and happy about that.” Once the board and the public get a chance to see the ﬁnancial projections Heath will present March 16, the agency “will ﬁgure out how we can deal with them,” says Arnold. Based on the numbers, the agency will grapple with the reality of how it “can make this project work with the numbers—or [determine] it’s not going to work.” When MTC representatives presented their assessment of downtown San Rafael ridership numbers, they said the shortfall “was manageable.” Heath’s numbers will clarify that assumption. “The good thing is that [Heath] has been meeting with board members,” says Arnold. “He’s being very forthcoming. Right now, I think we can make it work, but we are going to have to make some tough decisions.” Brown notes that a cooperative effort among SMART, the Sonoma County Transportation Authority, as well as MTC and the Transportation Authority of Marin and the SMART Citizens Oversight Committee, “is
Parenthood-planning clinic cuts cord with Marin The Golden Gate Community Health Clinic pulled out of San Rafael suddenly last week, after the former Planned Parenthood affiliate tossed all three of its Bay Area locations out with the bathwater. Planned Parenthood cut ties with the organization last September due to financial difficulties, after ending the 2008-09 fiscal year nearly $3 million in the red. The San Rafael clinic employed 18 people and served about 12,000 people a year. In the wake of Planned Parenthood’s severing ties with the San Rafael clinic, the Concord-based Planned Parenthood Shasta Pacific moved into Marin—the group just gave birth to a brand-spanking-new facility at 141 Camino Alto in Mill Valley. The facility measured in at 1,600 square feet and weighs about 45 tons. Where there’s smoke... there’s complaining Smoke ‘em if you got ‘embut not in Marin on a Spare the Air Day when the use of wood-burning stoves and fireplaces is outlawed. Marin led the Bay Area in smoke complaints for the second year in a row, according to a report released this week by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District—meaning either Marinites violated the law more, or neighbors informed on each other more or a combination of the two. From Nov. 1 to Feb. 28, the air district declared smoke bans on four separate days—during which Marin registered 301 complaints about violators. This year’s 75.25 complaints per day total bests previous years when fewer than 50 complaints per day were the norm. Of those complaints this year, the district sent only five warnings and issued no citations, which could burn as much as $400 from a fireplace-lover’s wallet. Spare the Air Days are declared on days when certain types of wintry weather causes smoke to linger in the air, creating breathing problems for some community members.—Jason Walsh
a real positive.” And, she continues, moving quickly to ﬁll top management to replace Hames, whatever the new administrative structure, “will further solidify the value of what we are doing. I think we will convince the public that [SMART] is absolutely moving in the right direction.” The ﬁnancial projections are half the story. The ridership numbers complete the picture. The good news is that they are in line with earlier projections and MTC has looked at the forecast, compiled by Dowling Associates, the same consultant that created the original ridership numbers in the environmental report. The numbers have changed in part, Heath notes in a staff report to the board, because demographic assumptions have changed at the Association of Bay Area Governments. David Schonbrunn is president and founder of TRANSDEF (Transportation Solutions Defense and Education Fund). He’s a strong proponent of public transportation. Schonbrunn says the latest ridership numbers “were based on demographic projections that were all about sprawl and the previous way of dealing with land use, the suburban past. The current projections are more oriented toward transit and clustering. That changes the calculations. It improved the ridership slightly, but the EIR started from a really low point.” Schonbrunn is among SMART supporters who say the ridership numbers, even the revised ones, are conservative. The Dowling ridership review extends the projection to 2035 to fall in line with federal parameters. The EIR for the entire 70-mile line from Cloverdale to Larkspur projected 5,300 weekday passenger trips in 2025. The updated projections estimate 6,550 weekday passenger trips in 2035. That’s without completion of the Novato Narrows Project to widen Highway 101 from Novato to Petaluma. The original EIR estimated that in 2025, SMART would have 5,050 passenger trips, about 23 percent less than without the widening. The updated projection estimates that with completion of the highway-widening project, SMART will have the same number of passenger trips (5,050) in 2035 that it will have in 2025. Schonbrunn says that estimating the same number of passenger trips in 2025 and in 2035 is too conservative. “It can’t be that you have no increase in ridership over that time.” The ridership review estimates that without the Narrows project, the initial operating segment from Santa Rosa to San Rafael will see 2,900 weekday-boarding trips in 2015 and 4,800 trips in 2035. Schonbrunn isn’t shy about suing transportation agencies over projects he believes aren’t in the best interest of the public or the future of regional transportation. TRANSDEF is suing Caltrans over the Novato Narrows Project. Schonbrunn says there are multiple issues inherent in his objections to the project, but the focus of the suit is that Caltrans failed to consider alternatives in the environmental impact report for the project.
“We are now in an era of climate change. Widening highways that encourage more people to drive alone is exactly the opposite of what you want to do if you want to reduce greenhouse gases.” The lawsuit charges that Caltrans failed to adequately analyze that issue and refused to look at an alternative to widening the highway, “namely funding the SMART project.” But Arnold says the North Bay must remain committed to completing the project to widen the highway. “I am not going to let the Narrows slip away just because it might hurt the ridership. I think that the people want the Narrows. We’re getting money for the Narrows that can’t be used for the train.” In a staff memo, Heath notes that the Narrows project would have a relatively small total impact on SMART. Schonbrunn thinks widening the highway between Novato and Petaluma inevitably will increase trafﬁc volume in Novato and San Rafael, negating improvements to the freeway that have eased congestion. “You have to ask what the hell the goal is here,” he says. Calthorpe Associates in 1997 looked at trafﬁc in Marin and Sonoma, concluding that the Narrows wasn’t the best use of public money to create a transportation paradigm for the North Bay. The study proposed building a rail backbone that could serve the region into the far future. (Trafﬁc engineers have a demonstrably true theory. It posits if you build freeway lanes, they will ﬁll.) The ridership review projects that in 2035 gasoline will cost $7.47 per gallon. That may be a serious underestimate, says Schonbrunn. He wants SMART and other transportation agencies to consider a worst-case scenario for gas prices, which would mean more riders on SMART trains. “If we’re going to be responsible for planning transportation, we have to think about a scenario in which gas is extraordinarily expensive, say $10 a gallon [or more]. That kind of a price, given our continued reliance on personal vehicles for long trips, will be incredibly destructive.” Even moving toward hybrid and electric vehicles won’t solve the congestion problem. Anticipating the possibility of stratospheric gas prices and increased congestion is the responsible course of action, say Schonbrunn and other public-transit proponents, who note that train travel is one of the most efﬁcient ways of moving cargo, whether it’s freight or passengers. “We need to have a transit network in place for the future. We need to look at reality.” The SMART board will be looking at reality when Heath lays the new ﬁnancial projections on the table March 16. Arnold says board members, after identifying cost-cutting options, must make the tough decisions. “We’re going to have to say, ‘No. No. No. We’re not doing that.’ That’s the next step.” ✹ Contact the writer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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1. Pictured, left: Scenes from what 1972 film starring Ron Howard, Cindy Williams, Richard Dreyfuss and Harrison Ford were filmed in downtown San Rafael and in the Tam High gym? 2. When a young William Shakespeare attended school in Stratford-upon-Avon, the main course of instruction was in what language? 3. Was Abraham Lincoln assassinated during his first or second term of office? 4. Which military conquest in 1588 firmly established Britain as the world’s leading naval power? 5. Pictured, right: Identify these two actors who won the 2003 Acad5 emy Awards for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor, and their movie title. 6. Pictured, below: Name these protest-inspiring politicians: 6a. Leader of Libya 6b. Governor of Wisconsin 7. The Willis Tower is the tallest building in what country? 8. What world-famous festivals take place about six weeks before Easter in Brazil and in New Orleans? 9 Containing over 15 million items, America’s largest and oldest academic library stands on what college campus? 10. Maria’s mom 6a 6b had four children; one named Winter, one named Fall, another named Spring. Who was the fourth?
BONUS QUESTION: Can you name three colorful rooms in the White House? Howard Rachelson, Marin’s Master of Trivia, invites you to a live team trivia contest every Wednesday at 7:30pm at the Broken Drum in San Rafael. Contact Howard at howard1@ triviacafe.com.
▲Exactly one year ago, Gunnar Sandberg, a pitcher on the Marin Catholic High School baseball team, was knocked unconscious when a powerful line drive struck him in the head. Though he almost died from his brain injury, the 17-year-old made a miraculous recovery and resumed playing baseball with his team earlier this month as a ﬁrst baseman and designated hitter. Sandberg still struggles with the effects of his accident, including short-term memory loss, but that doesn’t stop him from working hard to graduate with his class this spring and advocating for safer baseball equipment. Gunnar Sandberg, your optimism and dedication make you our Hero of the Week. Thank you for inspiring us to remember what’s important in life.
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▼ MJ reports a disturbing incident recently at the busy corner of Corte Madera and Redwood in Corte Madera. As a group of cyclists rode through the intersection, the trafﬁc signal turned yellow. While most of the convoy made it through on green, some of the riders stopped on red. That’s when the leading cyclists started jeering at their buddies left behind, encouraging them to run the light, although the intersection was full of pedestrians, children in strollers and other bikers. Call us silly, law-abiding citizens, but we think the heckling cyclists are a pack of Zeros. Cars versus bikes. Bikes versus people. Why don’t we all just take a yoga class, breathe deeply and politely share the road?—Nikki Silverstein
Marinites were headed axiom in the electricity ﬁeld,” noted Yarish. toward a comfy, wumfy “A safe heater is an obsession to dealers who watery grave 40 years ago fear that burst or punctured bags would allow this week. water to spill out on the ﬂoor, run into electric In a year that saw deadly outlets and zap any one around.” But die-hard years ago riots rip through Northern waterbedders, she noted, aren’t riled by risk. Ireland, thousands of civil“A waterbed is no more dangerous than a ians slaughtered in the Indo-Pakistani War refrigerator,” San Rafael waterbed salesman and a bloodthirsty Khmer Rouge scorch the Paul Calloway told the Sun. “It depends on “killing ﬁelds” of Cambodia, Marin was fachow you treat it.” And while that may have ing its own scourge in March of 1971—albeit been true, no one was binding themselves to a sensuous, soporiﬁc one that “gives way to their refrigerators while others jumped up your every curve and angle.” and down on the top, as was “Waterbeds! Waterbeds! the case with a waterbed Waterbeds!” was the head“club” in Mill Valley, whose line for Paciﬁc Sun assistant members put so much extra editor Alice Yarish’s story weight on their 2,000 pound on the latest trend “makﬂuidized four-poster that ing waves” throughout the it plummeted through the county. Because when Nixﬂoor of a second-story loft on-era Marinites said they in Blithedale Canyon, seriwere hitting the sack, they ously injuring two waterbed meant it: The king-sized enthusiasts and, with tragic water-ﬁlled vinyl sacks had irony, crushing an aquarium become the hottest thing of rare Ranchu goldﬁsh. since bubble chairs—exEven Herb Caen was cept, unlike that modernist Lagunitas waterbed enthusiasts taking diving into the waterbed sea bench benchmark, water- their lives into their own hands, 1971. of troubles. The esteemed beds weren’t ﬂoating away columnist had a recent item anytime soon. Though their owners may not about a Marin couple that had sneaked off to have been long for this earth. Squaw for a romantic dalliance and “leaped “Why this great passion for waterbeds?” into the waterbed only to ﬁnd it frozen.” posed Yarish, rhetorically. “Well, they are Waterbed dealer Allen Oddie of San Rafael incredibly comfortable, yielding, soothing. considered such stories to be aqua apocrypha. They warm against your body like a cudAnd despite the increasing chance of “death by dling kitten.” And yet, warned waterbed mattress adventure,” Oddie said he’d sold 5,000 worrywarts, kitty kitty could unleash her waterbeds in the past four months and had razor sharp claws quicker than you could ask, just gotten an order from a Seattle distributor “What’s new pussycat?” for 10,000 more. “This is the ﬁrst large-scale It seemed a lot of naysayers were trying to new industry to move into Marin in a long put the damper on all the waterbed fun by time,” noted Oddie. “We aren’t going away.” calling attention to a few “mishaps” that had Still, local makers of conventional mattaken place when waterbeds “weren’t cared for tresses weren’t exactly “wetting the bed” over properly.” An association called Waterbed Inripples from their new competition. stitute had even formed, wrote Yarish, in order Herbert Harris, general manager of Serta to “unfrighten those who have been turned off in San Francisco, told the Sun his company by occasional stories of waterbed calamity.” had no intention of “doing anything in the One unfortunate waterbed owner in Woo- waterbed line” and had “no fear of being subdacre, for example, had been rolling around merged.” Simmons Beautyrest manager John au naturel on his aqua-pura pallet when Novascone had harsher things to say about something “pointy” poked through a poorly the oscillating opposition. welded lap seam and he nearly drowned. “[Waterbeds] are uncomfortable for any (He’d been laying down, “breathing heavily” length of time,” said Novascone. “Every time and sucked in a bunch of water when the you turn over you set waves going—[in the mattress ripped, he told the Sun). long run] they’ll wind up in motels and masAnother suburban legend had to do with a sage parlors, but not in people’s homes.” Sausalito couple who tried to further the senAdded the mattress merchant: “You want sual applications of their waterbed by afﬁxing a good eight hours sleep? Get a quality innerseveral electric vibrating devices beneath the spring mattress and a box spring.” ✹ mattress—near the ﬁll hole—when a hairthin leak turned their liquid love nest into a cauldron of live electrons. Blast into Marin’s past with more “‘Electricity and water don’t mix’ is an Behind the Sun at ›› paciﬁcsun.com
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Where county eirr residents calm their nerves with a shot of lead courage.. by Ronnie Cohen
he blonde woman sitting to my left passes me a .22-caliber revolver. I have never before touched a gun. The steel feels cold. When I lift it, I feel a surprising surge of power. “Keep your shirts tight at the collar,” says the teacher, his hand covering his throat. “Sometimes the casings come off, and they warm you up.” I wrap my loosely woven scarf around my neck but ﬁgure the teacher just wants to get a rise out of us ladies, as he calls us. Eleven of us middle-aged and older women are taking a Women on Target class, sponsored by the National Riﬂe Association, on a recent Monday night in the Bullseye Indoor Shooting Range in San Rafael. I am one of the few students who have never before shot a gun. Most have weapons at home and want to sharpen their skills for sport or self-protection. I am an interloper. An assignment from my editor and curios12 PACIFIC SUN MARCH 11 - MARCH 17, 2011
ity brought me to this place I had no idea existed—a shooting range tucked away on Andersen Drive near Orchard Supply Hardware—in Marin County, where vegetarians outnumber gun owners. We take turns reading aloud a list of rules from an NRA brochure. A short, curly-haired woman who looks to be in her 60s and has brought a .38 police special and a riﬂe anxiously breaks in and reads: “Always keep the gun unloaded until ready to use.” “I don’t do that because I’m alone,” she adds. “In your house, that’s your business,” says the teacher, a bear-like man with gray hair, a gray moustache and wire-frame glasses, who twice mentions his son’s service in the U.S. Marine Corps. His wife keeps her gun loaded in a safe. “Everybody has her system.” “When I have people coming over,” the woman with the .38 says, “I unload it.” The students begin talking about shooting intruders. “If he’s leaving, let him go,” the
teacher advises. “You cannot shoot him in the back, which I’d like to do.” So would at least two of the students. One says that after someone broke into her home about 20 years ago, police said she could only shoot an intruder facing her. The woman who lives alone with a loaded gun offers a way around the law. “All you have to do is say, ‘He was facing me when I shot; he turned around.’ ” “You can do that,” says the teacher, a military instructor for 16 years. “But you’re going to jail. You gotta ﬁgure you shoot somebody, you’re gonna go to jail that night. You don’t talk to police ofﬁcers; you talk to lawyers.” ●
WHEN YOU DO talk about guns, the teacher advises against calling them weapons. “The bad guys have weapons. We have ﬁrearms,” he says. “Congressmen don’t know the difference, but we do.”
Some of the students have their own guns. They store them locked in plastic cases under their desks. A few are disappointed to learn that the students who did not bring their own ﬁrearms will be shooting either .22-caliber revolvers or semiautomatics. The teacher defends the low-caliber guns. “You’ve got a better chance of getting shot with a .38 and livin’ than a .22,” he says. Sitting in the back of the room, the woman who organizes the class offers further proof of the small gun’s strength. “Somebody told me yesterday that Robert Kennedy was shot with a .22,” she says. ●
IN FACT, SIRHAN SIRHAN killed Bobby Kennedy in 1968 in Los Angeles with a snubnosed .22-caliber Iver Johnson Cadet revolver. At the time, a new computer traced the handgun through three owners—one right here in Marin County. The 42-year-old senator’s assassination
shaped my lifelong aversion ersion to We walk wa downstairs through guns. When he was killed, illed, I th hrough the th gun shop— me of my was 12 years old and had which reminds rem of Kmart bealready watched the telefruitless boycott b ident cause it se sells guns—and into vised funeral of President dark shooting range. John F. Kennedy and grieved a dar The with my family and friends T Tiburon woman artin who organizes the over the killing of Martin classes strikes Luther King Jr. As farr as I up a conversawas concerned, guns were hat tion. She does an unnecessary evil that not seem to shot down great recognize me as men. the enemy. I ask Since 1968, if the teachers shootings and and coaches killing sprees are volunteers. have routinely She replies that conﬁrmed my The revolver that Sirhan Sirhan used to kill Robert Kennedy in everyone volunbelief in the need 1968 was traced to a previous owner in Marin. teers. for gun control. “We’re trying to In the 1980s, I defend the Second Amendment,” she says. covered the trial of a 14-year-old boy who They want to increase their ranks. The more accidentally shot to death his 13-year-old people who shoot, the bigger the numbers in friend in Lake County. the NRA, the less likely gun control will be Weeping, the frail 14-year-old told a imposed. judge how he shot Jonathan Lugger in the ber semiautoDespite wearing earplugs and a noisehead with a black .22-caliber ween the mattress reducing headset, and despite knowing I am matic pistol he found between athan’s father’s in a shooting range, when I hear gunshots, and the box spring of Jonathan’s bed. “I looked inside to seee if there were any I jump. It’s not just the noise. y,” he testiﬁed. The shots ﬂash, and the bullets, and I didn’t see any,” ade a click noise. ﬂoor shakes like in “I pulled it back, and it made an earthquake. And then I don’t know...” ther sobbed, as No one else As the boy spoke, his mother er and aunt, who jumps. The did Jonathan’s mother, father other ladies sat on the other side of the courtroom. Every cutor displayed act nonchatime his lawyer or the prosecutor d, the 14-year-old lantly, like the gun that killed his friend, er in his seat. they’re in a cringed and slumped further disco with ● ● ● ● music, strobe MY CLASSMATE PASSES ES me the same lights and a kind of gun that killed Jonathan than Lugger—a heavy drumbeat. .22-caliber semiautomatic. The magazine, Some seem to be empty but capable of holding ng 10 rounds, making friends as smells like gunpowder—a smell mell I recognize though it were the from a cap gun a neighbor boy used to ﬁre ﬁrst day of high when we played together on n our Brooklyn street. “Where do you keep a gun un to protect yourself at night?” a student dent asks. “You could have it under the mattress,” the teacher says. “I would ould never have it under the pillow because ause you could be dreaming...” The ladies giggle. I feel out ut of place, as though I’ve traveled to a country untry where everyone speaks a language I don’t understand. “Things happen,” the teacher cher says. One day he accidentally discharged ged his gun while n’t have a partner.” hunting. “Thank God I didn’t He explains that we mustt wear safety glasses and noise-reducing headsets when we enter the shooting area. We’llll also each get a target and 50 rounds. “Take these targets when you’re done,” he suggests, “put them on yourr front door, and other you. trust me, nobody’s gonna bother you.”” ding the need for I have trouble understanding use no one has self-protection, maybe because ever broken into my house. So far, bolting my ple security. front door has provided ample
straight and lining up the target through school. I had hoped to pair off with the the front and rear sights. “Fire on the blonde sitting next to me who described herself as coming from a police family and exhale,” he says. Who knew that practicing yoga for the living with a gun collection. But she went past 16 years would help to shoot a pistol? off with another woman. Using my yoga breath and bending to I end up partnering with a woman who anchor myself in a modiﬁed yoga-warrior wants to learn to shoot several guns she stance, I quickly get the swing of shootowns, including what she calls “a family ing and begin hitting the target. With piece, a sweet .38 special.” I feel relieved every shot, exhilaration replaces fear and not to be the lone single shooter. trepidation. I am succeeding. The coach I choose a shooting stall at the far end, r repeatedly shouts, “BULL’S-EYE.” I can thinking I will be less afraid if a gun shoot. Before long, I feel sad about is being ﬁred only on one side of me. relinquishing my spot to my partner. But a silver-haired volunteer wearWhen my partner takes her turn, ing an NRA cap moves me to a stall the volunteer from Tiburon tells me wedged between two other Women on Target students and a teenage boy wearing ladies can practice for free on Wednesday nights at Bullseye. The range provides braces and shooting a 9 mm riﬂe. guns and lanes. Ladies need only buy Two students pair up with a coach. ammo. Mine is a tall, dark man who ﬁnished Then she adds, a friend must accomserving four-and-a-half-years in the U.S. pany every lady. You can’t shoot alone Marine Corps, including a tour in Falanymore, she says, lujah, Iraq, six months because in September before. My partner 2006, a 28-year-old San grew up shooting. She’s Francisco man went ﬁred shotguns, a Lady “When I have people comRemington, rubber to the range alone and ing over,” ove the woman with bullets at San Quenkilled himself. The the .38 says,“I unload it.” tin and wants to try a cops had to come, and Glock 9 millimeter, like the suicide made a big the gun Jared Loughmess, she says, forcing ner allegedly used to the range to close for kill six people and wound 13, including inc several days before it could be cleaned up. Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, Giffo ● ● ● ● in Tucson in January. I LATER LEARN that the 2006 suicide As my partner ﬁres, casings from was the fourth fatal shooting at the range her gun and from the teenager’s teenage in since its 1993 opening. In 1994, a 26-yearthe adjoining stall fall at their feet. old Larkspur man killed himself; in 1996, Hundreds of brass bullet coverings cov a 62-year-old Marinwood man fatally shot seem to accumulate at the boy boy’s himself; and in 1998, a 17-year-old San feet as he rapidly ﬁres off shots at a Anselmo boy took his own life at Bullseye. black-and-white drawing of a buxom b Suicides are less likely to happen in the zombie while his father watches watches. One presence of friends, the Tiburon volunteer bounces off the boy’s blue jeans. says. The casings must be scalding hot. h Visions of the dark shooting range Remembering the teacher’s admoniadmo covered in blood remind me of my reluction to close our shirt collars, I tighten tig tance to play with guns. But I’m up again my scarf, sparkly with and shooting bull’s-eyes on the second of fringe and, ccome ﬁve targets. Bang. Bang. Bang. The coach to think of it, insays I’m good. My head swells. I entertain appropriat appropriate for a shooting range explaining my new sport to gun-fearing friends and family. and compl completely Still, the sound of gunﬁre continues incapable of o proto unnerve me, and I would just as soon tection against again a poker-hot, sp speeding take a hike or a yoga class as shoot a gun. In fact, I would prefer yoga or a hike or a bullet casing. book, for that matter. I do not wish to use My partner ﬁn nishes a gun. I went years without eating aniher ﬁrst round, an and I’m mals. Though I do eat meat now, I respect up. Gunﬁghts in mo movies vegetarians and see absolutely no need for make me squirm. I rrecall the terror on the face of the the Second Amendment. Why do we need a right to bear arms? 14-year-old girl in True Tru Grit Bang. Bang. Bang. The semiautomatic when she meets her father’s fat allows constant ﬁring for 10 rounds. I can killer while pointing a gun. g But she shoots. Will I be able? do this. Actually, I am enjoying hitting the targets. Maybe I will return on a WednesThe coach says to slightly slig day night with a friend. But would any of bend my knees and stand stan my friends accompany me to a shooting with my left foot in front fro of my right. Then he has m me lift range? I would never bring my kids... too dangerous. Or would I? the steel .22-caliber semiausem “You’re a good shot,” the coach 14 > tomatic keeping my wrist w MARCH 11 - MARCH 17, 2011 PACIFIC SUN 13
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and conﬁrms that I will never again. says. I’m drinking the Kool-Aid. I donate my remaining rounds to my Bang. Bang. OUCH! partner, who shows no interest in my wound The just-ﬁred casing hits my neck and and beams when she learns she can have the stings like a match burn. I turn to the rest of my ammo. I want sympathy and Neocoach. I only realize that I am pointsporin. No one offers a ﬁrst-aid kit or ing the barrel of the gun toward even asks to see my wound, which his chest when he calmly turns more than a week later continues the nose down and eases the to feel rough and look red and gun out of my hand and onto like a leftover from an adolesa table in front of us. He cent romance. switches the revolver to its The woman from Tiburon safety position and kindly says that in all her years of orders: “Shake it out.” shooting she has only been As I shake my arms and try hit with a casing once. It went to breathe deeply, shots condown her shirt and stung her on tinue ringing, igniting a growing her stomach. Tonight she wears a terror that another casing will mock turtleneck. hit my cheek and scar me She looks at my tarfor life. The shooters get and compliments do not appear at all my shooting. She wants concerned about two everyone to have fun Jared Lee Loughner’s Jan. 8 Arizona shooting spree burns on my neck that brought to light the need for reasonable gun-control and to subscribe to her throb and immedilaws; the magazine he used during his assassination view, the NRA view, ately begin to look like attempt of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords would not have that guns don’t kill, been legal under the federal assault-weapons ban, a hickey. “You don’t people do. which Congress allowed to expire in 2004. think I need to go Nonetheless, since to the ER?” I ask the the summer of 1968, coach, only half facetiously. when Martin Luther King and Bobby KenMarines get hit with brass all the time nedy were assassinated, guns have killed during target practice because they ﬁre right more than 1 million Americans. ✹ next to each other, he says. Clearly, I am not Contact Ronnie Cohen at firstname.lastname@example.org. qualiﬁed for the Marines. In fact, my smartAim your thoughts at ing neck, which has begun to blister, reminds ›› paciﬁcsun.com me that I have never before wanted to shoot
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â€˜Velvet Daggers,â€™ by staff and students at Arizona State, took the bronze at last yearâ€™s garden show. It was lauded for melding contemporary hardscape materials with lush nature.
ronmentally sound options. This will be the first showing in the Bay Area for the general public. â€œThe segments on dry farming in Napa, community gardens in England and a successful biodynamic community in the Third World should appeal not only to gardeners, but to anyone interested in both the technical aspects of this complex topic as well as the sustainable green-living practices,â€? says garden show producer Kay Estey. Marinâ€™s own award-winning designer Mary Te Selle of Quite Contrary Garden Design, will be exhibiting again this year with a project based on a quote by poet Gary Snyder: â€œNature is not a place to visit, it is home.â€? This will be her ďŹ fth time exhibiting (and dominating awards!) at the show since 2007. â€œThe title is â€˜Home in the Garden,â€™â€? says Te Selle. â€œItâ€™s a 1,600-squarefoot exhibit with a surreal house made of plants and natural materials, complete
THE FLOWER AND GARDEN SHOW DIRT Wednesday, March 23, to Saturday, March 26, from 10am to 7pm; Sunday, March 27, 10am to 6pm. Tickets are available at the door: single-day admission is $20; multi-day pass is only $25; half-day pass is $15; children under 16 are admitted free at all times. Admission includes all regular seminars and demonstrations. For advance online ticket sales, general show information and a calendar of seminars, chef demonstrations and ďŹ lm showings, go to www.sfgardenshow.com. Tickets can also be purchased at major Bay Area nurseries and garden centers or by calling 925/605-2923. San Mateo Event Center, 1346 Saratoga Drive (Only 25 minutes from San Francisco and just one block from the Hillsdale Caltrain Station. BART riders can easily connect to Caltrain at the Millbrae BART Station.)
with a living room, dining room, bedroom, kitchen and bath.â€? The four different surrounding garden spaces include a meadow that is growing, even as we speak, called the California Preservation Mix (new no-mow blend) generously donated by Delta Bluegrass Company. There is also the Kitchen Garden with edibles and an olive tree; the Lush Bedroom Garden featuring giant timber bamboo, exotic ferns and King Palms; and the Entry Courtyard. â€œAll of the areas feature plants; rare, interesting and wonderful plants because the natural world IS our true home.â€? Te Selle teamed up with Henry Buderâ€™s Landscape Restoration, making this an all-Marin team and all home-grown. â€œSure to appeal to local foodies will be daily cooking demonstrations by several Bay Area celebrity chefsâ€”including Esquire magazineâ€™s 2010 Chef of the Year Sean Baker of Gather Restaurant, Francophile favorite Roland Passot of La Folie, the very hot Jeffrey Stout of Alexanderâ€™s Steakhouse and the ever popular Andrea Froncillo of the Stinking Rose Groupâ€” who will incorporate discussions with designers on How to Grow a Chef-Worthy Garden,â€? said show producer Estey. Along with scores of seminars and book signings by top experts on a range of topics from ďŹ‚ower arranging and design trends to water conservation, lawn alternatives and cutting-edge growing walls, there will be a marketplace with more than 200 vendors selling plants, seeds, tools and fabulous gift items. There will also be a special childrenâ€™s garden, Sproutopia, with fun-ďŹ lled, hands-on learning opportunities and a farmers market with ďŹ‚owers and produce. âœš Visit Annie at www.dirtdiva.com
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CELEBRATIONS FOR ALL There’s more to St. Pat’s Day than green beer, especially in Marin where celebrating starts early. Barbecued chicken, for instance, is the draw at the annual St. Patrick’s Day Festival in Point Reyes Station (March 13, noon-4pm), a coastal custom. Folks of all ages gather at the Dance Palace for chicken dinners (pasta, too), salad and dessert; wine and beer are available for purchase. The fun includes a rafﬂe with cash prizes, games and a downhome bake sale. Tickets, available at the door, are $18, $7 for kids... Special sweets for the saint’s day will be in good supply. SusieCakes in Greenbrae offers cookies and cupcakes frosted and decorated in green and white, a butter-toffee whiskey cream pie and St. Patty’s breakfast cake—brown butter/ oatmeal cake ﬂavored with Irish whiskey and frosted with Irish coffee buttercream; 415/461-2253. Even the Italians will be getting into the spirit with bigne Irlandese (Irish cream puffs) from Emporio Rulli in Larkspur. These are four-leaf-clover-shaped cream puffs with a ﬁlling of Chantilly creme, dark chocolate bits and creme de menthesoaked ladyﬁngers; 415/924-7478... For traditional mayhem, head to Moylan’s Brewery & Restaurant in Novato on March 17 where all through the day you’ll ﬁnd Irish stew, corned beef and cabbage, bagpipers and lots of brew; 415/898-HOPS. ANOTHER SAINT TO APPRECIATE March is the month when the feast of St. Giuseppe is observed, a day of indulgence in the middle of Lenten dieting. He’s the patron saint of families, the needy, the homeless— and pastry cooks. Heidi Krahling of Insalata’s in San Anselmo pays traditional homage with Saint Joseph’s Table, a huge feast created especially for families. It will take place March 20 with a buffet starring appetizers, seafood, roast meat, pasta and a separate extravagant dessert buffet of sweets. Service is 5-9pm; cost is $42 for adults, $15 for children under 12. Proceeds from the meal will be shared by St. Anselm’s Adopt-A-Family program and the Adopt-A-Family organization. Reservations are highly recommended for this popular festa; 415/457-7700. GEAR UP FOR SPRING You can see signs of the change of seasons in West Marin and The Fork at Point Reyes Farmstead is ready with its new schedule of farm-to-table events. Coming up March 18 (10:30am2:30pm) is Perfect Pairings for Spring with chef Jill Silverman Hough. An author and teacher (Copia, other cooking schools), Hough has written two books on pairing wine and foods. She will prepare dishes like
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a perfect cheese course, duck breast with Cabernet sauce and Meyer lemon pudding cakes. After a tour of the farm and the cheesemaking facilities, students will have a guided cheese tasting and then class, followed by lunch. Cost is $75 per person; reserve by phone only at 800/591-6878. The full spring schedule is available at www. theforkatpointreyes.com. TREAT THOSE TASTE BUDS The monthly Homegrown Marin Market takes place this week (March 13, 11am5pm), a pop-up in the light-ﬁlled street level space at Marin Fencing Academy, 827 Fourth St., San Rafael. This venture is a launch pad for wannabe entrepreneurs in the food business, cooks from around the Bay Area who come together to showcase their goods. Many of them are passionate home cooks eager to test marketing skills. With ready-to-eat prepared foods and products to take home they provide a look at what’s newest on the scene. Admission for shoppers is a $5 membership at the door; for a $1 discount and more details go to www.homegrownmarinmarket.com. ROLL OUT THE WELCOME MAT Another Indian restaurant has joined the downtown dining roster in Novato. Batika India Bistro is situated in the spot vacated by Portelli Rossi (868 Grant Ave.), bright with ethnic decor. Chef Anil Shahu offers cuisine inﬂuenced by the coastal cooking of Kerala, featuring seafood along with lamb and chicken. There are interesting selections for vegetarians (look for combo side dishes) and eight breads on the menu. Open daily, Batika serves a lunch buffet (11:30am-2:30pm) and dinner (5-10pm); a special Champagne brunch on the weekend is a bargain at $8.95; 415/895-5757. ✹ Contact Pat at email@example.com.
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FRIDAY, MARCH 11 Preseason Baseball The Giants are up against the Padres, and your high expectations. NBC. 6pm. Smallville Clark finds himself in a parallel universe where he was raised by Lionel Luthor instead of the Kents. It sounds like a less boring option.The Kents always looked like the kind of people who vacationed at Wal-Mart. CW. 8pm. City Limits Fishing A new fishing show in which the host sets out to catch fish within the city limits of major cities. It’s just like fishing anywhere else but the fish have tattoos and liberal arts degrees. Versus. 8pm. CSI: NY Investigators search for a suspect in the murder of a private school student.We’d start with the parents of kids on the waiting list. CBS. 9pm.
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MONDAY, MARCH 14 Wedding Wars These are engaged couples competing to win an elaborate wedding celebration. It’s really more “Wedding Battles.”The war doesn’t come until the in-laws start arguing about the seating chart. MTV. 9pm. Harry’s Law A man locks his wife in the basement to keep her from cheating on him and authorities have to decide whether it’s a crime or an idea for a really cool reality show! NBC. 10pm. The Bachelor: After the Final Rose The fact that these couples never actually stay together is a good thing. If they did stay together, it wouldn’t be a show as much as a breeding program. ABC. 10pm.
SATURDAY, MARCH 12 7 Things to Do Before I’m 30 A woman approaching the dreaded milestone devises a list of experiences she hopes will help define TUESDAY, MARCH 15 her youth. We had a list like Real Housewives of that. Our probation officer Orange County It should still has a copy. (2008) Lifebe noted that they are casttime. 6pm. ing for a“Real Housewives Doin’ it their way, Saturday at 7. Laverne & Shirley Maraof San Francisco”edition. thon Has your Saturday It’s going to be just like all the other versions, night really come to this? KOFY TV 20. 7pm. but halfway through the season everybody Star Trek: First Contact Captain Picard and moves to Mill Valley. Bravo. 8pm. his crew go back in time to stop the Borg Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmerman from destroying Earth, arriving in the year Is“snake bile”really a bizarre food? They serve 2063 to find humans living a post-industrial it on Fox News every night. Travel Channel. existence that looks suspiciously like the 9pm. parking lot at a Grateful Dead show. ApparDetroit 1-8-7 When a graffiti artist is murently, these people have survived some sort dered, investigators must first determine if of global war and their Birkenstocks survived graffiti is art or vandalism, and if it is art, what with them. (1996) SyFy. 7pm. does it mean about man’s impermanence in an urban universe of isolation and existenSUNDAY, MARCH 13 tial decay. ABC. 10pm. Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back What does R2-D2 do when WEDNESDAY, he gets to a stairway? MARCH 16 AmeriAnd do the humans can Idol The finalists. and the aliens use the You can start picking same restrooms? Are Trying to ﬁnd the elevator... Sunday, 6:15pm. which one to hate there different kinds of now. Fox. 8pm. toilets? What was Jabba the Hut’s early crimi- Beverly Hills Chihuahua II In the sequel, nal career like? Was he buff and then he just Chloe gives birth to a litter. And, because this let himself go? Because it’s hard to imagine is Beverly Hills, she is immediately scheduled him making a fast getaway. (1980) Spike TV. for a tummy tuck. (2011) ABC Family. 9pm. 6:15pm. Celebrity Apprentice The teams are supTHURSDAY, MARCH 17 Blonde vs. Bear posed to write children’s books.We like that We’re betting on the bear. Unless it involves one where Donald Trump hides under the shopping. Animal Planet. 7pm. bridge and scares billy goats but then the Modern Marvels A look at the phenomthird billy goat turns out to be an SEC investienon of“supersized food”and whether there gator. NBC. 9pm. is a link with the supersized people we keep The Core When the earth is wracked by a seeing at the mall. History Channel. 8pm. series of disastrous earthquakes and tectonic Bones The forensics team tries to solve a anomalies, a team of scientists learns the murder during a blackout.There is some planet’s core has stopped spinning; they put great game show potential here. Fox. 9pm. ✹ together a plan to venture deep into the Critique That TV Guy at letters@paciﬁcsun.com. earth to restart it, constructing a high-tech rock capsule, and a really long pair of jumper Turn on more TV Guy at cables. (2003) SyFy. 9pm. ›› paciﬁcsun.com MARCH 11 - MARCH 17, 2011 PACIFIC SUN 19
Cool dry place A sobering moment for blues ace Charlie Musselwhite by G r e g Cahill
n the blues, a turnaround is a short rescuers were ﬁghting to save her life. passage that heralds a change from “I was really moved by the life-andverse to chorus. The turnaround in death situation she was in,” he says. bluesman Charlie Musselwhite’s life ar“Suddenly, my own situation didn’t rived in a news flash over a car radio. amount to a hill of beans. I thought, He alludes to that moment in the what’s the problem, why can’t I get ontitle song to his recent Grammy-nomstage and do something I know how to inated album, The Well do perfectly well and (Alligator), which features have done a thousand soul singer Mavis Staples times? As a prayer COMING SOON and guitarist Dave Gonzafor her, I decided I Charlie Musselwhite les of the Paladins and the wasn’t going to drink performs Friday, March 11, Hacienda Brothers. until she got out of at 8pm—with Hot Tuna and “I had been working on the well. Jim Lauderdale—at the quitting drinking by cut“It took three days Marin Veterans’ Memorial ting down—that was my and when she got Auditorium in San Rafael. approach,” the 67-year-old out, I was out, too.” $20-$85. 415/499-6800. harmonica ace and MissisAfter two decades sippi native explains in a of booze and blues, soft Southern drawl durMusselwhite—known ing a phone call from the road. “My last for a down-and-dirty style—ditched hurtle was to get onstage sober without the booze and kept the blues. a drink.” “As soon as I quit drinking I thought, In 1987, he was driving to a gig, battling wow, what was all of that about?” he his demons when he heard a news report says. “Thinking about quitting was that Texas toddler Jessica McClure had harder than actually quitting. Immeditumbled down an abandoned well and ately, my life in every area—mentally,
When Musselwhite’s car radio brought news of little Jessica McLure’s perilous fall into a well, it slapped him sober—for good.
physically, in my relationships and in my music and business—just got better.” In the past 23 years, Musselwhite— reportedly the inspiration for Dan Aykroyd’s Blues Brothers character, the harmonica playing Elwood—has recorded a string of critically acclaimed albums and garnered a slew of awards. Last year, he was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame, becoming one of just a handful of white musicians to hold that honor.
He seemed born to play the blues. Musselwhite moved to Memphis as a kid and became immersed in the city’s diverse culture. He attended elementary school with Johnny Cash’s brother, Tommy, and lived down the street from the rockabilly legends Johnny Burnette and Slim Rhodes. “It was the first time I noticed a whole houseful of people with bloodshot eyes,” he told the Sun in 1990, recalling the late-night sessions at the Burnette household. In his teens, Musselwhite befriended many of Memphis’s legendary traditional bluesmen, including Furry Lewis and Will Shade. At 18, he packed a harmonica and headed for a factory job in Chicago. Instead, he found the urban blues in all its soulful, gritty glory commanding the nights at such black South Side juke joints as Pepper’s, the Blue Flame and C&J’s Lounge. He sat in with the likes of harmonica legend “Little Walter” Jacobs (who took Musselwhite under his wing), Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf. He soon became a much sought-after session player and sideman. “Yeah, I’d comb the clubs to find out where Little Walter was playing and then I’d show up,” he says. “He’d always invite me onstage and buy me a setup— you know, they’d bring you a little tray with a bowl of ice, some cherries, a glass and a pint of bourbon. “I’d just sit up there and drink the whole thing and play all night long.” With the release of The Well, Musselwhite marked more than two decades of sobriety—and his freedom. “Quitting drinking was like getting a reprieve from death row,” he says. “The message is, if I can do it, so can you—there is life after alcohol.” ✹ Sing the blues to Greg at firstname.lastname@example.org. Tune up to the Marin music scene at
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‘Rock of Ages,’ successfully maintaining the authenticity of ‘80s power ballads.
Every show has its thorn ‘Hate Myself for Loving You’ takes on new meaning with ode to ’80s rock by D av i d Te m p l e t o n
the big-hair rock music of the 1980s, uses om Cruise,” says Janet Billig some of the biggest hits of that period, Rich, “can totally rock!” By “rock,” Rich doesn’t just repurposing the songs to ﬁt the story of a mean that Tom Cruise has the ability to wannabe rocker (played on Broadway, and perform at an exceptionally high level, as now in S.F., by American Idol’s Constantine when someone commends an associate for Maroulis) and his attempt to save a legenda job well done by saying, “Dude, you so to- ary Sunset Strip rock club. Stacee Jaxx (the tally rock!” Rich is a respected music-world character Cruise will play) is the narcissistic executive (at one point the youngest execu- rock star who agrees to play a show at the tive at Atlantic Records) who has managed club, leading to outrageous complications. All I can say is, with Rock of Ages havgroups like Nirvana, Hole and Dinosaur Jr., and is a core producer of the hit Broadway ing won fans as rabid and focused as the show Rock of Ages (just opened at the Cur- groupies at a Guns N’ Roses after-party, Cruise’s ran Theatre in rock abiliSan Francisco). ties had So when she better be says that Tom Cruise can rock, impeccashe means he ble. What makes Rock can, you know, so appealreally rock! “Oh, Tom ing to true ’80s music Cruise can sing,” Rich fans is its laughs. “He’s utter comgood! He’s gonmitment to the authenna blow peotic faceple’s minds!” melting As the Tonyn o m i n a t e d We have no doubt Cruise will ‘blow people’s minds’ in the movie version rock ’n’ roll Rock of Ages of ‘Rock of Ages.’ sounds it celebrates. sets up shop in Northern “It’s funCalifornia, having dazzled audiences from ny you say that, about rock ’n’ roll being L.A. to Broadway and back again, it has just ‘authentic,’” Rich remarks, “because from been announced that Tom Cruise has been day one, that’s always been our goal—to signed to appear in the upcoming movie make sure the music we put on stage was version of the show, also to feature Russell authentic. This is a rock show, a love letter Brand, Alec Baldwin, Julianne Hough and to the authentic, 1980s Sunset Strip rock Mary J. Blige. The show, a celebration of sound.”
“I imagine that making faces melt on Countdown” and “More Than Words.” Broadway wasn’t easy,” I observe. Rich “These are the band’s biggest songs, laughs. their signature songs. I promise you, “Oh my god!” she says. “Once you get we’re not making fun of them. We’re into the Broadway world, you’re dealing, of putting them up on a pedestal. There’s course, with all these Broadway people, and no reason to apologize for loving them. they want to Broadway-fy everything. A There’s no reason to apologize for loving rock guitar turns into some Poison or Whitesnake.” tinny-sounding, Broadway A bold statement. But NOW PLAYING show-tune guitar. We had clearly, Rich is not alone. Rock of Ages runs through to work really hard to keep Dubbed “Mamma Mia April 9 at the Curran Theatre, our vision alive.” for dudes,” the show has 445 Geary St. in San Francisco. Keeping it real meant managed to attract ticket Visit www.shnsf.com for ticket recruiting musicians who buyers who have never information. knew the music like the seen a Broadway show in tattoos on their forearms. their lives. Rich went to extraordinary “You know what’s hilengths to ﬁt her rock-shaped peg into larious?” Rich asks. “Over the trajectory the Broadway-shaped hole—and she did of creating Rock of Ages, I’ve had lots of it. During the initial Broadway run, the friends from the rock business come to show’s guitarist was Jack Blades, singer see the show, and my hippest, coolest and bassist in Night Ranger. In the San friends go in totally keeping themselves Francisco run (running now through April at a distance, saying, ‘I’ll go see the show 9), the show’s drummer plays with David because you’re working so hard on it and Bowie’s band. it’s so important to you—but I know I’m “One might wonder,” I speculate, care- not going to like it.’ And then they’re the fully, “why so much ﬁdelity was given to first ones up on their feet cheering, with these particular songs, songs that at best the lighter in hand, losing their minds— are seen as guilty pleasures, and at worst... Tom Morello, Rob Zombie, just losing are called very bad names. What made you their minds, loving every minute.” think songs like But isn’t ‘Don’t Stop that always Believin,’ and what hap‘Hit Me With pens when Your Best Shot’ your face belonged on has just been Broadway?” melted by the “ W e l l , sheer, awethose songs some power were always a of rock? The smidge away question is, from a show will all of that tune anyway,” power work Rich replies. ‘There’s no reason to apologize for loving Poison’... but a little remorse on the big “They’re big wouldn’t hurt. screen? stories, with “I think big emotions. this movie has That’s the kind of song that works really potential to become one of the greatest well on the stage. rock ’n’ roll movies of all time,” Rich “As far as this music being a ‘guilty says. “I think it’s gonna go down in hispleasure,’” she continues, “I think because tory as something truly special.” these songs are just so simple... and big... “Bigger than... Rocky Horror Picture and fun. People want to tell you, ‘Oh, in Show?” I ask. the ’80s I was only listening to the Cure “Sure,” she laughs. “People bring and Elvis Costello and U2 and the Police,’ up Rocky Horror all the time because acting all, you know, smart. Because the it also created the kind of cult energy big power ballads are somehow beneath that Rock of Ages has. But do you want them. The critics never gave those songs to know the big thing they both have any love, and the Rock and Roll Hall of in common? Rock of Ages is about to Fame never gave those bands any love.” have its own midnight show! This is In Rock of Ages, those songs do generthe first time ever that we’ve done this, ate a certain irresistible charm when all and we’re doing it in San Francisco on put together. It might be easy to tease April 7. I don’t know of any Broadway one or two of these tunes when you show that’s ever done a midnight percatch it all by itself, but taken together, formance. But if any show can make it the songs in Rock of Ages are like 20 tons work, it’s Rock of Ages!” ✹ of nostalgic dynamite exploding out of Dazzle David at email@example.com. your tape deck and all over the stage. “These songs, the ones we use in the It’s your movie, speak up at show, are the jewels in the crown,” Rich ›› paciﬁcsun.com says about “Oh Sherrie,” “The Final MARCH 11 - MARCH 17, 2011 PACIFIC SUN 21
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The Adjustment Bureau (1:39) Senate candidate Matt Damon deﬁes fate to hook up with a hot ballerina…much to Fate’s potentially lethal disapproval. ● Battle: Los Angeles (1:56) An invading force of ﬂying saucers ﬁnds Earth’s great cities easy pickings…until they meet up with a platoon of LA-based army grunts. ● Beastly (1:35) “Beauty and the Beast” revisited as a Manhattan princeling cursed with ugliness seeks true love to restore his former cuteness. ● Black Swan (1:43) Darren Aronofsky’s gripping drama about a driven prima ballerina (Natalie Portman) facing an uncertain future. ● Carbon Nation (1:26) Documentary looks at the escalating climate crisis and what all of us are, can and should be doing about it. ● Carmen 3D Experience Bizet’s powerful tale of lust, jealousy and revenge in three sizzling dimensions! ● Cedar Rapids (1:26) A hayseed insurance agent ﬁnds himself at a no-holds-barred convention in wicked Cedar Rapids…yikes! ● The Fighter (1:54) Biopic of “Irish” Mickey Ward stars Mark Wahlberg as the streetsmart world champion boxer and Christian Bale as his brother, trainer Dick Eklund. ● Garbo the Spy (1:27) Compelling look at master spy Juan Pujol, a WWII double agent who just may’ve saved the world from Nazi domination. ● 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 (1:18) Documentary follows Hollywood moviemaker Tom Shadyac as he searches for meaning after a life-altering experience. ● I Am Number Four (1:44) An alien on the run escapes his pursuers by posing as your typical spooky brainiac American hunk. ● 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. ● Kit Kittredge: An American Girl (1:40) Abigail Breslin stars as the spunky kid reporter, defending the helpless and searching for the elusive truth. ●
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The Last Lions Dazzling doc follows an intrepid lioness as she protects her cubs from an array of daunting enemies. ● Lord of the Dance 3D Irish twinkle-toes Michael Flatley and his crew of captivating colleens clog and cavort in three terpsichorean dimensions. ● LA Phil: Dudamel Conducts Tchaikovsky (2:30) Live from Walt Disney Concert Hall it’s Gustavo Dudamel leading the Los Angeles Philharmonic in a totally Pyotr program of symphonic poetry. ● Mars Needs Moms (1:28) Disney cartoon about a plucky 8-year-old who goes after the Martians who kidnapped his mama. ● The Metropolitan Opera: Iphigénie en Tauride (3:00) Plácido Domingo rattles the rafters in Gluck’s tuneful take on the ancient Greek fable. ● National Theatre Live: Frankenstein (2:30) Oscar-winning ﬁlmmaker Danny Boyle stages a spectacular new version of Mary Shelley’s horror classic, broadcast from London on the big, big screen. ● Nora’s Will (1:32) Award-winning Mexican comedy about a conﬁrmed atheist forced to carry out his Jewish ex-wife’s elaborate last rites. ● Of Gods and Men (2:00) Fact-based French drama about the tenuous good fellowship between Christian monks living in Morocco and their Muslim neighbors. ● Rango (1:47) Cartoon comedy about a suburban chameleon who ﬁnds himself in the Wild West, grappling with ornery desert critters. ● Red Riding Hood (1:49) Saucy, suspenseful postmodern retelling of the vintage fairy tale stars Amanda Seyfried as the picnicpacking scarlet-frocked heroine. ● Take Me Home Tonight (1:54) Aimless youth Topher Grace embarks on a wild night of lust, liquor and getting’ down as adulthood rears its ugly head. ● Tarzan Finds a Son! (1:22) The (tiny) sole survivor of a jungle plane crash is adopted by the Lord of the Apes, who doesn’t know that the kid is heir to a fortune! ● Tiny Furniture (1:38) Laugh-packed, unﬂinchingly honest ﬁlm fest fave about a young woman’s post-college trials and tribulations. ● 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. ● White Material (1:45) Isabelle Huppert stars in Claire Denis’s poetic look at a French family caught up in African civil and racial conﬂict. ●
›› MOViE TiMES The Adjustment Bureau (PG-13) ★★1/2 Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 5:15, 7:50, 10:30 Sat-Sun 12, 2:40, 5:15, 7:50, 10:30 Mon-Thu 6:30, 9:05 Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 11:10, 12:35, 1:55, 3:25, 4:50, 6:15, 7:40, 9:05, 10:20 SunThu 11:10, 12:35, 1:55, 3:25, 4:50, 6:15, 7:40 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:55, 2:35, 5:10, 7:50, 10:20 CinéArts at Marin: Fri-Sat 1:30, 4:10, 7, 9:40 Sun 1:30, 4:10, 7 Mon-Thu 4:50, 7:30 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri-Sat 1:30, 4:30, 7, 9:25 Sun-Thu 1:30, 4:30, 7 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri 4:10, 6:40, 9:10 Sat 1:50, 4:10, 6:40, 9:10 Sun 1:50, 4:10, 6:40 Mon-Thu 4:10, 6:40 ❋ Battle: Los Angeles (PG-13) Century Cinema: 1:30, 4:20, 7:15, 10:10 Century Northgate 15: 11:25, 12:30, 2, 3:10, 4:45, 5:55, 7:25, 8:40, 10:05 Century Rowland Plaza: 1, 4, 7, 10 Beastly (PG-13) Century Northgate 15: 12:40, 2:55, 5:05, 7:15, 9:30 Century Rowland Plaza: 12:25, 2:45, 5, 7:15, 9:45 Black Swan (R) ★★★ Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat, Mon-Tue 11:15, 5 Sun 11:15 Wed 11:10 ❋ Carbon Nation (Not Rated) Lark Theater: Sat 8 (ﬁlmmaker in person) Mon, Thu 3:10 Carmen 3D (Not Rated) Century Regency 6: Tue-Wed 11am Cedar Rapids (R) ★★★ Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 12:10, 2:30, 4:45, 7:10, 9:25 Sun-Tue, Thu 12:10, 2:30, 4:45, 7:10 Wed 12:10, 2:30 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri 4:30, 7, 9:20 Sat 1:40, 4:30, 7, 9:20 Sun 1:40, 4:30, 7 Mon-Thu 4:30, 7 The Fighter (R) ★★1/2 Century Northgate 15: 2:40, 7:55 CinéArts at Sequoia: Fri, Mon-Tue, Thu 7:30 Sat-Sun 2:20, 7:30 ❋ Garbo the Spy (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Fri 5, 7, 9 Sat 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 Sun-Thu 7, 9 Gnomeo & Juliet (G) ★★★ Century Northgate 15: 11:45, 4:25, 8:55; 3D showtimes at 2:10, 6:35 Century Rowland Plaza: 12:10, 2:25, 4:50 Hall Pass (R) ★★★ Century Northgate 15: 11:50, 2:20, 4:50, 7:20, 9:55 I Am (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center:
= New Movies This Week
Fri 4:30, 6:30, 8:30 Sat-Sun 12:30, 2:30, 4:30, 6:30, 8:30 Mon-Thu 6:30, 8:30 I Am Number Four (PG-13) ★★ Century Northgate 15: 12:15, 5:15, 10:10 Inside Job (PG-13) ★★★1/2 Lark Theater: Fri 2:20 Sat 5:30 Sun 5:15 Mon-Wed 7:30 Just Go With It (PG-13) ★1/2 Century Northgate 15: 1:20, 4:05, 6:50, 9:45 Justin Bieber: Never Say Never (G) Century Northgate 15: 1:05, 7; director’s cut at 4:10, 9:50 The King’s Speech (R) ★★★1/2 Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 11, 1:45, 4:30, 7:30, 10:15 Sun-Mon, Thu 11, 1:45, 4:30, 7:30 TueWed 4:30, 7:30 CinéArts at Marin: Fri-Sat 1:40, 4:20, 7:10, 9:55 Sun 1:40, 4:20, 7:10 Mon, Tue, Thu 4:40, 7:20 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri-Sat 1:20, 4:10, 6:50, 9:30 Sun-Thu 1:20, 4:10, 6:50 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri 4, 6:50, 9:30 Sat 1:20, 4, 6:50, 9:30 Sun 1:20, 4, 6:50 Mon-Thu 4, 6:50 Kit Kittredge: An American Girl (G) Lark Theater: Sat 2:30 Sun 3 ❋ LA Phil: Dudamel Conducts Tchaikovsky (Not Rated) Century Regency 6: Sun 2 ❋ The Last Lions (PG) Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 11:50, 2:15, 4:40, 7:05, 9:30 Sun-Thu 11:50, 2:15, 4:40, 7:05 ❋ Lord of the Dance 3D (Not Rated) Century Regency 6: Thu 11:35, 2:10, 4:35, 7:20 ❋ Mars Needs Moms (PG) Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 5, 9:30; 3D showtime at 7:15 Sat-Sun 11:45, 5, 9:30; 3D showtimes at 2:25, 7:15 Mon-Thu 9:15; 3D showtime at 7 Century Northgate 15: 11:20, 1:35, 3:55, 6:10, 8:25; 3D showtimes at 12, 2:15, 4:35, 6:45, 9:10 Century Rowland Plaza: 2:15, 7:10; 3D showtimes at 4:45, 9:30, 11:50 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri-Sat 12:50, 2:55, 5, 7:05, 9:15 Sun-Thu 12:50, 2:55, 5, 7:05 The Metropolitan Opera: Iphigénie en Tauride (Not Rated) Century Regency 6: Wed 6:30 CinéArts at Marin: Wed 6:30 CinéArts at Sequoia: Wed 6:30 ❋ National Theatre Live: Frankenstein
(Not Rated) Lark Theater: Thu 7:30 Nora’s Will (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Fri 4:45, 6:45, 8:45 Sat-Sun 12:45, 2:45, 4:45, 6:45, 8:45 Mon, Wed, Thu 6:45, 8:45 Tue 8:45 ❋ Of Gods and Men (PG-13) CinéArts at Sequoia: Fri 4:15, 7, 9:45 Sat 1:30, 4:15, 7, 9:45 Sun 1:30, 4:15, 7 Mon-Thu 4:15, 7 Rango (PG) ★★★ Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 7:30, 10:10 Sat-Sun 11:30, 2:10, 4:45, 7:30, 10:10 Mon-Thu 6:45, 9:25 Century Northgate 15: 11:40, 1, 2:25, 3:40, 5, 6:20, 7:40, 9:05, 10:15 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:45, 2:20, 4:55, 7:30, 10:05 CinéArts at Marin: FriSat 1:50, 4:30, 7:20, 10 Sun 1:50, 4:30, 7:20 Mon-Thu 5, 7:40 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri-Sat 1, 3:30, 6:05, 8:40 Sun-Thu 1, 3:30, 6:05 ❋ Red Riding Hood (PG-13) Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 5:30, 8, 10:25 Sat-Sun 12:20, 2:55, 5:30, 8, 10:25 Mon-Thu 6:50, 9:30 Century Northgate 15: 11:30, 12:20, 1:55, 2:45, 4:20, 5:10, 6:45, 7:35, 9:10, 10 Century Rowland Plaza: 12:30, 2:55, 5:20, 7:45, 10:10 Fairfax 5 Theatres: FriSat 1:10, 4, 6:40, 9:20 Sun-Thu 1:10, 4, 6:40 Take Me Home Tonight (R) Century Northgate 15: 2:50, 7:45 Century Rowland Plaza: 12:15, 2:40, 5:05, 7:40, 10:15 ❋ Tarzan Finds a Son! (1939) (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Sun 3 (includes special and sound effects presentation by Oscar winners Ben Burtt and Craig Barron) ❋ Tiny Furniture (Not Rated) Lark Theater: Fri 9:15 Sun 7:30 Tue, Thu 1 True Grit (PG-13) ★★★ Century Northgate 15: 12:10, 5:25 CinéArts at Sequoia: Fri-Sat 5, 10:10 SunTue, Thu 5 Unknown (PG-13) ★★1/2 Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat, Mon-Tue, Thu 2:10, 7:55 Sun 7:55 Wed 2:10 Century Rowland Plaza: 7:05, 9:55 Waste Land (Not Rated) Lark Theater: Fri 4:50 Tue, Wed 3:10 ❋ White Material (Not Rated) Lark Theater: Fri 7 Sun 12:45 MonThu 5:15
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
Lena Dunham is all about the ennui in ‘Tiny Furniture,’ opening Friday at the Lark.
F R I D AY M A R C H 1 1 — F R I D AY M A R C H 1 8 Beware the Ives of March! Because you won’t want to miss the Ives Quartet’s program of Mozart, Porter and Schubert this Sunday in Mill Valley.
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. www.paciﬁcsun.com/sundial
Live music 03/11: Afromassive and Berel Alexander Afrobeat funk fusion ensemble featuring members of Albino. 10pm. $10. 19 Broadway, 17 Broadway, Fairfax. 459-1091 . www.19broadway.com 03/11: C’JAM Eclectic favorites, sassy vocals. 7-10pm. $10. Saylor’s Restaurant & Bar, 2009 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-1512. www.saylorsrestaurantandbar.com 03/11: Hot Tuna Blues An evening of music legends and electric and acoustic blues w/ Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady, Charlie Musselwhite and Jim Lauderdale. 8pm. $20-85. Marin Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium, 10 Avenue of the Flags at Civic Center Drive, San Rafael. 499-6800. www.marincenter.org 03/11: Nightsage Gothic Rock. 8:30pm. $12. Rancho Nicasio, Nicasio. 662-2219. www.ranchonicasio.com
03/11: The Unauthorized Rolling Stones Rolling Stones tribute band. 9pm. $10-15. George’s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262. www.georgesnightclub.com 03/12: Bob Hill Band Rock. 9pm. $10-15 George’s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262. www.georgesnightclub.com 03/12: Dale Polissar and Bart Hopkin Jazz clarinet and guitar. 7-10pm. $10 minimum. Saylor’s Restaurant, 2009 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-1512. www.saylorsrestaurantandbar.com
03/12: Dan Hicks Kollege of Musical Knowl-
edge Musical revue. 8:30-11:30pm. $25-40. Palm Ballroom - Seafood Peddler, 100 Yacht Club Dr., San Rafael. 389-5072. www.murphyproductions.com 03/12: The English Beat Ska. 10pm. $20-22. 19 Broadway, 17 Broadway, Fairfax. 459-1091 . www.19broadway.com 03/12: Music with Matt Jaffe Singer/ songwriter event with Caroline DeLone, Amanda Golden and Matt Jaffe Trio. 8pm. $8-12. 142 Throckmorton, Mill Valley. 383-9600. www.142throckmortontheatre.org
03/12: New Rising Sons with Boudeeka Rock. 8:30-11:30pm. $7. Presidio Yacht Club, Travis Marina Fort Baker/Marin Headlands, Sausalito. www.presidioyachtclub.org
03/12: Ron Thompson and The Resistors Blues. 8:30pm. $12. Rancho Nicasio, Nicasio. 6622219. www.ranchonicasio.com 03/12: Ted and Stu Silverman 2-4pm. Iron Springs Pub, 765 Center Blvd., Fairfax. www.ironspringspub.com. 485-1005. 03/13: Beso Negro Original gypsy swing. 5pm. No cover. Rancho Nicasio, Nicasio. 662-2219. www.ranchonicasio.com
03/13: Lonestar Retrobates and Emily Bonn and the Vivants Americana. 3-6pm. $8. Presidio Yacht Club, Travis Marina, Sausalito. 497-0671. www.presidioyachtclub.org 03/13:Steve Malerbi Jazz. Chromatic harmonica. With Alex Markels, guitar; Jack Prendergast, bass. 5:30-8:30pm. No cover. Rickey’s
BEST BET Blues Friday It’s pretty remarkable that Jack Casady and Jorma Kaukonen are still performing together. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famers first started jamming together as teens, then were in on the ground floor of the ‘60s psychedelic scene as part of Jefferson Airplane and, during that time, formed Hot Tuna (which actually opened some shows for the Airplane) in order to continue playing the blues-influenced music they loved. Unlike many dinosaur acts still trotting out the same old stuff, these two continue to hone their craft. Don’t miss the opportunity to experi- Kaukonen and Casady’s friendship ence superb musicianship—no flashy sets or dates back much further than this 1979 album cover. multiple “costume” changes—March 11, when HOT TUNA BLUES comes to San Rafael. Awardwinning harmonica blues legend Charlie Musselwhite (read Greg Cahill’s conversation with Musselwhite, page 20), along with Grammy-winner Jim Lauderdale, will join in for a smokin’ hot evening of electric and acoustic blues. Friday, March 11, 8pm, Marin Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium, 10 Ave. of the Flags, San Rafael. Friends of Marin Center host a post-concert Bring on the Blues party with Hot Tuna and local musical and artistic luminaries. Ticket info: 415/499-6800 or marincenter.org. After-party info: friendsofmarincenter.org.—Carol Inkellis
Restaurant, 250 Entrada, Novato. 883-9477. www.rickeysrestaurant.com 03/14: Blue Monday Jam Jesse Kincaid, Jerome Phillips and Gail Muldrow host. 8-11pm. Seahorse, 305 Harbor Dr at Gate 5, Sausalito. 331-2899. www.sausalitoseahorse.com
03/15: Dick Fregulia’s Bill Evans Tribute Trio Fregulia, piano; Piro Patton, bass; Bill Moody, drums. 7:30-10:30pm. Free. Caffe DiVino, 37 Caledonia St., Sausalito,. 293-2978. www.caffedivinosausalito.com 03/16: Primavera Latin Jazz Band Latin jazz. 7-10pm. No cover. Panama Hotel & Restaurant, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 457-3993. www. panamahotel.com 03/17: Debirah Winters Jazz. With Jean Michel Hure. 7-10pm. No cover. Panama Hotel & Restaurant, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 457-3993. www.panamahotel.com
03/17: Honeydust, Ellen Elizabeth and Vintage City, Elephant Listening Project Original rock. 8pm. $10-15. George’s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262. www. georgesnightclub.com 03/17: The Machiavelvets Funk, rock. 9pmmidnight. No cover. 19 Broadway, 17 Broadway, Fairfax. www.19broadway.com
03/18: Beautiful Losers,Tres Mojos, Gabby
Lala Folk, Electronica and world music. 8pm. $10-15. George’s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262. www.georgesnightclub.com 03/18: Cello Joe Cello, beatboxing, looping. 9pm. No cover. Hopmonk Tavern, 691 Broadway, Sonoma. www.hopmonk.com 03/18: Mwanza Furaha Jazz. 6:30-9:30pm. No cover. The Embassy Suites, 101 McInnis Pkwy., San Rafael. 419-5739. 03/18: Tom Rigney and Flambeau Cajun. 8:30pm. $12. Rancho Nicasio, Nicasio. 662-2219. www.ranchonicasio.com
Concerts 03/11: Chris Caswell’s St. Patrick’s Performance Celtic harp, whistle, pipes and drum. 7:30-9:30pm. $10-20. Open Secret Bookstore, 923 C St., San Rafael. 457- 4191. www. opensecretbookstore.com
03/11: Mill Valley Philharmonic and Winifred Baker Chorale Schubert’s “Mass #6;” Lauridsen’s “Soneto.” Concerto competition winners perform works by Glazunov, Handel and Bruch. 8-10pm. Free, advance tickets to ensure seating. Angelico Hall, Dominican Uni-
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