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›› LETTERS Putting the oysters to bed I’m writing regarding Peter Seidman’s piece on the Drakes Bay Oyster Farm [“Shell Games,” May 6]. Evicting a fourth-generation aqua/farming family whose practices are a national model of sustainable aquaculture is the sad equivalent of what the National Park Service did when it established Yosemite and evicted the native Ahwahnee people. Sim Van der Ryn, Inverness

A loaf of bread, a jug of wine and the No. 17 from Marin City...? The Rafael Film Center and San Rafael’s restaurants are a most marvelous experience. Dinner and a movie—what could be better? Well, for those of us who live in Mill Valley and along the #17 bus route, a direct, notransfer ride home would be better. As it is, the last southbound bus through Mill Valley leaves the San Rafael terminal at 7:30pm. Too early. Presently, subsequent buses to Mill Valley require a cold, uncomfortable wait for a northbound 17 in Marin City. A couple of additional, later southbound #17 buses would enhance the pleasures of a San Rafael evening, and attract more to them. No car to park. Dinner and that extra glass of wine, a stroll down Fourth Street and an evening coach ride home. Now that’s the best. Derek Van Loan, Mill Valley

Sewage rate hits ‘raw’ nerve The Mill Valley City Council is seeking an unprecedented, almost three-fold increase in sewer rates that fails to meet basic tests of equity, environmental quality and sound planning, all the while pushing an aggressive

timeline that allows little opportunity for public input. On its own website, the city says it has kept local sewer rates “tremendously low” for years. Vice Mayor Garry Lion made a similar comment at a recent council meeting. At the same time, the city suggests it was well aware that its system was aging and in need of major improvements—and a series of spills and sewage overflows in recent years would seem to support that. Now, the city is proposing an almost three-fold increase in sewer rates. If the city was aware of its aging and badly deteriorated system, why has it waited until the point that they now need to ask for a three-fold increase to do anything about it? I am not opposed to upgrading and maintaining our public infrastructure. And I know it comes at a price. But such a dramatic increase, to me, suggests that someone has been asleep at the switch. It’s poor planning, at the least. The city’s claim that Mill Valley’s rates are among the lowest in the county only reinforces the notion that the city hasn’t been paying attention. And there is very little information on the city website about what options the city has explored for fairly structuring rates. For example, why would sewer charges not be based on the amount of water that any resident uses, rather than the flat rate that is currently proposed? Such a system could help create an additional incentive for water conservation. And wouldn’t punish residents who because of the size of their home or their own commitment to water conservation produce less sewage and, therefore, less impact on the sewer system. A final public

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TOP POSTINGS THIS WEEK State parks getting the ax Marinites better get their camping and picnicking in early this summer –because China Camp, Olompali, Tomales Bay and Samuel P. Taylor state parks may be closing their g... $14 million Hwy. 101 project begins in June Those all-too familiar with the rump-bumpety bump of a drive up Highway 101 from North San Pedro Road to Novato will be pleased at Caltrans’s upcoming plans to smooth your com... Freshened ferry launches in Larkspur With all the well-deserved fuss last week over Bike to Work Day—is time to inaugurate a Ferry to Work Day? The Golden Gate Ferry is making a case for it with today’s lau...

Your soapbox is waiting at ›› pacificsun.com hearing on June 6 comes on the same day that residents opposed to the rate increase must submit a written protest. If it was the Council’s intent to slip this rate increase by without protest, they couldn’t have picked a better process or schedule. Rufus Jeffris, Mill Valley

Natural selection— survival of the wettest! The Bolinas Lagoon, filling with sludge the way nature intended.

About Tomales Bay and Bolinas Lagoon filling up. Is it natural? Sure. But only because the surrounding forests were clear cut, cutting the water flow down considerably. If the forests still existed, Bolinas Lagoon and Tomales Bay would receive 10 to 100 times the water flow they are now. So naturally they are filling up. (About 200 years ago the Pacific Redwood Forest was described as a “rain forest.” This is clearly documented so you can look it up. It was rain year-round, streams and tributaries were running year-round. Old growth redwood forests take the fog out of the air creating a constant flow of water. Redwoods are one of the few trees that will do that.) Should we do nothing about Bolinas Lagoon and Tomales Bay, because it is natural? No, it’s our fault they are filling up. If we do nothing, these wetlands and bays will disappear and the fish and birds will also. There are so few wetlands left in the U.S. we cannot let this go to! It is natural to get sick and die. So do you go against nature and see a doctor when you are sick? Kevin West, Forest Knolls

At least this’ll free up plenty of Memorial Day parking... My name is Rica Luga. I’m writing to inform you about the May 21 Judgment Day happening this weekend. An earthquake all over the world will kill many people and the rapture of God’s elect will also take place. The survivors on that day

will suffer the five months of torment. This will go on until Oct. 21 of this year, the day when God will totally destroy the Earth. This being said, I urge you to check The King of Kings’ rapturepalooza takes place it out before it’s May 21 through Oct. 21. too late. We hope Sunscreen recommended. to warn you so you can also be able to help us warn the world. I pray that you have seen the signs and banners in your country and would feel the need to take action on this matter before it’s too late. In Gods perfect will, Rica Luga, Oakland

Lake Schwinnbegon Last Thursday afternoon my husband and I set out for a relaxing stroll around Lake Lagunitas, something we like to do as often as possible. Unfortunately, because there is a circular road around the lake, it is increasingly used as a racecourse for mountain bikers, tearing around blind corners without regard for hikers, young couples with strollers, older folks with canes, etc. Today however, was the most daunting experience ever, as approximately 50 to 70 teenagers wearing Drake jerseys and, I believe, some from Redwood as well, tore around the lake, seemingly unsupervised. Eventually, I encountered two teachers or coaches near the rear. The bikers came in waves, so that just when we were relaxing again another group rounded the corner. My nerves were shattered by the end of the walk. I feel that bikes should be off-limits around the lake, as it ruins the experience for everyone else. And it’s not as if the bikers are going slow enough to enjoy the beauty of the lake. I am writing to encourage your readers who have been adversely affected at Lake Lagunitas to take action, writing to MMWD and Drake High School. Sabrina, Marin

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omething’s happening and no one knows why. Across the country, water consumption is declining, a situation that’s puzzling to scientists and social observers. It’s more than puzzling to operators and administrators of water districts, especially when district revenue streams are tied to consumption. The equation is simple: Less water consumption means less revenue. But fixed costs—such as running plants that treat water, maintaining pipes and infrastructure—continue to climb even as the consumption-based revenue declines. Marin is hardly immune from the national trend—which is the impetus behind the latest proposal for a rate hike for Marin Municipal Water District customers. The district serves about 195,000 people in the county through about 61,000 service connections. Novato is not served by MMWD; the North Marin Water District provides water to consumers there, principally from the Russian River. MMWD has four treatment plants that operate 24 hours a day. Water from the plants gets distributed through 913 miles of pipe to 124 tanks and 90 pumping stations. That infrastructure must be maintained at acceptable or above-acceptable levels no matter what happens to the district’s revenue stream. To cope with the reduced revenue, the district cut $4.7 million from its budget last year. This year’s budget includes a cut of $18

million, which comes from reducing employee compensation, the number of district employees and water purchases. The district also has slashed its capital improvement program, its conservation program and its natural resources management program on the Mount Tamalpais watershed. (The district is the largest single landowner in the county and as such, bears a financial burden that many other water districts escape.) The district board will meet Monday, May 23, at 7:30pm in the San Rafael City Council Chambers to decide whether to enact a rate increase for a fifth consecutive year. The proposal calls for a 4 percent increase, which means the average customer’s bill would increase $3.72 per two-month billing period, or $1.86 per month. Even that seemingly minuscule amount (at least for most Marinites) has drawn criticism, partly a result of the cumulative rate hikes. Including the proposed rate hike that will be the topic of the board meeting on Monday, rates have increased about 34.5 percent since 2007. But most other commodities also have increased, say those more comfortable with the upward movement of rates. They note that even with the latest proposal, district rates are below the increases in the consumer price index. “Water is one of the cheapest commodities out there, and one of the cheapest bills in any household,” says water district director David Behar. According to the district, 10 >

›› NEWSGRAMS Marinivore—a taste of what’s to come The only thing Marinites love more than good health is good food—which is why the locavore ethos of purchasing and eating locally produced, organically grown and sustainably raised foods has taken such a hold with county residents. With that in mind, the Pacific Sun this week offers our newest publication—Marinivore—a guide to eating local, healthy and green. The purpose of Marinivore is to highlight the efforts of the county’s many food producers, servers and merchants who are embracing locavorism—some in its entirety, others to the best degree they can—in the hopes of steering the rest of us toward that ever-worthy goal of lowering our carbon footprints—bite after delicious bite. E-Verify ordinance in-valid, rules judge A Marin Superior Court judge has e-viscerated a petition for Novato to adopt the controversial E-Verify ordinance that would require the city to electronically confirm the legal status of all its employees and contractors. Judge Lynn Duryee ruled Tuesday that such an ordinance would violate the federal Immigration Reform Control Act of 1986, which denies states or municipalities to penalize the employment of illegal aliens. Novato attorney Jerome Ghigliotti, on behalf of a group called Citizens for Legal Employment and Contracting, has been trying to get Novato to either adopt an E-Verify ordinance, or put one on the ballot for voters to decide upon, for two years. Ghigliotti’s group gathered the required 10 percent of signatures from town residents last year to get the proposed ordinance on the ballot, but the Novato City Council refused to act on the basis that such an ordinance was preempted by the Constitution. Duryee agreed, ruling that “a local public entity can refuse to take action regarding a proposed initiative and require court review of the legal validity of the measure… where the substantive provisions of the proposed measure are legally invalid.” Ghigliotti reportedly plans to appeal. U.S. Senate OKs ‘Velloza Post Office’ bill Soon, when Marinites mail a package in Inverness, they may be USPSing from the “Specialist Jake Robert Velloza Post Office.” On Monday, the U.S. Senate passed H.R. 793, Rep. Lynn Woolsey’s bill to name the postal facility at 12781 Sir Francis Drake Blvd. after Velloza, the 22-year-old Inverness resident killed in Iraq in 2009. The bill is expected to be signed by President Obama once it reaches his desk. “I salute the United States Senate for passing this legislation to honor the memory of a true American hero,” said Woolsey, a staunch opponent of the war.“Army Specialist Jake Robert Velloza bravely and selflessly gave his life for his country. By naming the post office in his hometown after him, we can ensure that his service is never forgotten.” Velloza was born in Santa Rosa in 1986, and grew up in Inverness, the son of Bob and Susan Velloza. He enlisted in the Army in 2006 and was serving his second tour in Iraq when he and another soldier were killed in an attack carried out by a pair of gunmen— eventually identified as Iraqi soldiers—just north of Baghdad. State parks getting the ax Marinites better get their camping and picnicking in early this summer—because China Camp, Olompali, Tomales Bay and Samuel P. Tay- 11 >

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1. These people all have the same first name: 1a. Actor, comedian, writer and Saturday Night Live cast member, who was born in Mill Valley. 1b. He created the phrase “fifteen minutes of fame.” 1c. Comedian portrayed by Jim Carrey in the 1999 film, Man on the Moon. 2. What land animal can live the longest, between 100 and 180 years? 3. Which of these music terms refers to playing rather slowly and which to playing rather fast: 3a. Adagio 3b. Allegro 3c. Lento 4. At most, how many hits could a baseball team get in a normal nine-inning game, but not score a single run? 5. Identify the African capital city whose name means “the place of cool waters” in the Maasai language. 6.Why is “mayday” the radio emergency call for help? 7. Foil, sabre and epee are types of weapons used in what Olympic sport? 8. Published continuously since 1771, this is the oldest existing reference work in the English language. 9. Before the electronic calculator became available in the 1970s, what was the most advanced portable mathematical calculator available? 10. Here’s a word for you to define: crapulence.

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V Our Hero this week, Kyle Ford, saved the lives of two people. Turns out Kyle, a San Rafael resident, is heroic and humble. Ron Ford, his proud father, wrote us about his son’s good deed and gave us Kyle’s phone number to get details. Eager to hear, we dialed him right away, but he was too modest to toot his own horn. His dad told us everything, so here it is: Kyle was on his way to Clearlake a couple of weeks ago, heading over the mountains on Highway 175. When he rounded a curve, he saw a car hanging precariously over the edge of a cliff. Noticing two passengers in the car, he immediately stopped and went to their aid. Though the car was teetering, Kyle managed to rescue both people from the car. Double well done.

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W Where’s the Hairspray banner? With the Mountain Play opening its production of Hairspray this Sunday, it’s bad timing for a promotional banner to be AWOL. Usually displayed on the fence at Bacich School on Sir Francis Drake, the banner reminds Marinites to buy tickets for the annual outdoor theater event. This year, it was up for a couple of days—and then mysteriously vanished. There’s just no sign of it. The Mountain Play is a community nonprofit organization that delights us with Broadway musicals performed atop Mt. Tam. For anyone who knows the whereabouts of the banner, we’d like to remind you that nonprofit means they don’t have tons of money to replace signage. If you’d like to support the Mountain Play, see Hairspray. Six shows run from May 22 to June 19 and good seats are still available.—Nikki Silverstein

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Marin was turning its Still, confessed Kulha, “we’re trying to Armageddon frown upside avoid the appearance of hopeless paranoia— down 30 years ago this week. we’d rather [emphasize] that it’s prudent to It was the spring of 1981 [store] things away.” and many county residents Kulha and business partner Darlene years ago thought surely the doomsStanton were managing a store in San Rafael day machine was running on all cylinders. called Just In Case, a post-apocalypse depot Consider: A musical about singing cats was where tomorrow’s nuclear holocaust survithe toast of London’s West End; Paul Mcvors could stock up on dried food, snakebite Cartney sadly announced the breakup of kits, water purifiers and radiation detectors. his legendary group—Wings; the year’s No. Sales started increasing the previous month, 1 single, “Bette Davis Eyes,” was enjoying its after a 7.0 earthquake killed 150 in Sichuan, ninth week atop the charts; and American China, and ethnic violence erupted in the pop culture was then dominated by the civil wars of both Lebanon and Thailand. smurftastic exploits of a village of tiny blue And ever since news broke that a Florida men and their lone female companion. sinkhole swallowed a Porsche dealership, a Four signs that the Horsemen of the public swimming pool and the home of a Apocalypse were at full gallop couldn’t have 67-year-old beautician, business had been been clearer. “very good,” said Stanton. Still, there were some Pollyannic MarinNot everyone in Marin was as knowlites who refused to admit their fates were edgeable about earth-shattering calamity as Seventh Sealed—survivalists. It was indeed those within the movement, so for cataclysm the end of the world as we knew it, and not catechumens Just In Case offered an array of only did they feel fine—they seemed down“how-to” books on toughing out the downright excited about it. fall of human civilization— The media painted them as everything from How to gun-toting, powdered-milkBooby Trap Your Home from hoarding Chickens Little— Liberals to Culinary Capers: seeing more proof that the Cooking with Low-Moisture sky was falling in every passFoods (the tamale pie is ing day that it actually didn’t. simply to nearly die for!) to Survivalists preferred to refer How to Prosper During the to themselves as not-so-parUpcoming Bad Years. The anoid-sounding “emergency latter tome, by survivalist preparedness enthusiasts”— guru Howard Ruff, surmised only their emergencies were that quite soon the economy less about their 10-year-old’s would bottom out and he sprained ankle and more Stanton took a glass-half-full approach recommended stockpiling about the Bomb, the Big One to unfathomable exigency. gold, silver and diamonds. and the devolution of humanity into a pre- After order is restored, summarized Peters, civilized state of kill-or-be-killed pandemo- “those with the foresight to prepare will be nium. Or as one Novato stockpiler of canned able to sit back with their instant omelettes goods and bottled water snapped to Pa- and gold bullion and make a killing with the cific Sun reporter Catherine Peters: “Floods, investment opportunities.” drought, earthquake, wars—even revolution The writer observed that this type of suris possible!” (The man refused to give his vival preparedness had a commonality with name because he didn’t want “people to come the back-to-nature movement of the ’60s— and take away my hard-earned spoils.”) in both cases the idea is not to depend on “Yes, a touch of paranoia is the trait utilities, corporations or the government to [they] share,” wrote Peters in her story on take care of people. “The difference,” Peters the Marin survivalist movement, “Apocaconcluded, “is the back-to-nature philosolypse Soon?” “Catastrophe is inevitable and phy concentrates on the more gentle aspect somebody is bound to try and steal your of not consuming the earth’s resources”— stockpiled supplies.” while the survivalist emphasizes hoarding San Rafael survivalist Don Kulha, resources for the private, rather than the however, argued that the unhinged-fanatic common, good. reputation of survivalists was getting a bad Nonsense, insisted Stanton, who preferred rap—just because they were paranoid didn’t to think of her business as a “public service.” mean someone wasn’t out to nuclear anni“The idea,” she said, in typical Marin hilate them. “Fear is our most basic ingrown fashion, “is to turn all the gloom and doom survival sense—our strongest instinct is to into something truly positive.” < stay alive,” he explained. “As we became more Revel in social bedlam with Jason at jwalsh@pacificsun.com. civilized, we tended to forget that.”

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the 4 percent rate hike would mean the average customer’s two-month bill would increase from $90.72 to $94.44, based on an average use of 21 CCFs of water during those two months (One CCF, or 100 cubic feet, is 748 gallons.) That would apply to all customers in the district’s Tier 1 rate structure. In a normal winter, about 80 percent of district customers stay in Tier 1 of the four-tier rate structure; In a normal summer-use pattern, when Tier 1 is 26 CCFs or less, about 70 percent of customers stay within the first tier. In this structure, the more water a customer uses, the higher the rate. It’s a standard structure that encourages conservation— which is usually a good thing. With declining consumption, encouraging conservation also cuts into the bottom line of water sales. The dilemma is part of what a rate advisory committee is tackling as it works to prepare recommendations on rates and rate structures for the board later this year. Those who support the modest rate increase assume that most customers can absorb the amount. Still, given the budget crunches in just about every segment of public agencies these days, and the seemingly endless cuts in services and appeals for increases in local fees and taxes, the people are, as they say, restive. Behar underscores his point: “The cost of water is about two-tenths of a penny per gallon. Compare that to the water you buy in the store or a gallon of Coca-Cola, and you’ll

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the February issue of the American Water Works Association journal. Even in areas not usually thought of as water-use sensitive, water consumption has declined. And no one really knows, deďŹ nitively, why. It leaves water managers and water board directors in a quandary when deciding what course to chart. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have to ask ourselves how anomalous this situation is,â&#x20AC;? says Behar. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a given that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s anomalous.â&#x20AC;? The question Behar and other water ofďŹ cials are asking is how long it will last and whether it will happen again. When a water districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s revenue is tied to water sales, those are critical questions. Knee-jerk proposals such as cutting salaries and staff just donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t present options based in water-delivery reality. The district already runs lean. Pension costs are in large part controlled by the state pension system. And the district is starting to prepare for union contract renewal talks his summer. Behar says â&#x20AC;&#x153;everyone will feel some painâ&#x20AC;? in the ďŹ nal computation, from increased employee workloads to halted conservation programs (which continue to elicit support for their environmental beneďŹ ts) to deferred capital programs to higher rates. As Roger Roberts, co-chair of the waterrate advisory committee along with Anne Layzer, says: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Everythingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s on the table.â&#x20AC;? Contact the writer at peter@ pseidman.com.

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Shorts in Brief: A Family Film Festival Anticipation grows as the California Film Institute makes preparations for the Mill Valley Film Festival’s Family Film Festival in October. For those growing impatient, the Film Institute offers sneak peeks at what the family portion of the festival has in store. On May 22, the institute piques the curiosity and imagination of youngsters and well-seasoned film lovers alike with Shorts in Brief: A Family Film Festival. With a variety of one- to 10-minute international shorts premiering, the audience will be dazzled with animation and live action clips from Xanadu Entertainment and Flixster. The program, which spans just over an hour, will incorporate Q&A time with filmmakers and a glimpse at the favorites that little ones in faroff lands enjoy. A great way to kick off summer fun for the entire family. O Family Film Festival Sunday, May 22, 2pm at the Rafael Film Center, 1118 Fourth St. $5. Info: 415/454-1222 or cafilm.org.

the Pointer Sisters and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, the Marin County Fair is the place to be. So much music in San Rafael, so little time! If you happen to be basking under a foreign sun on one of the bigger festival weekends, there are still opportunities to get out and experience live music fun with the nearby Marinwood community. Marinwood offers live entertainment at the Music in the Park series. Friday nights through the summer at Marinwood Park. A favorite pastime of many locals, the Marin Shakespeare Company’s summer season is always a delight. This year’s lineup includes Macbeth—opening night will be under a full moon—The Complete History of America (abridged) and The Tempest. Performances run July 8 through Sept. 25 and take place at Dominican University’s outdoor Forest Meadows Amphitheater. Ticket holders are invited to bring a picnic and enjoy the open air an hour before performances. Blankets and jackets encouraged! Then you can head over to the Summer Nights Festival at the JCC for even more music! Bluegrass, world and dancing tunes—along with fantastic local cuisine— await music lovers at this annual summer favorite. The season kicks off July 9 with a “Bluegrass Night” featuring Hot Buttered Rum; followed by an Evening in Puerto Rico July 16 with Plena Libre and catering by Sol Food; July 23 welcomes a Balkan Romani Night of Serbian, Macedonian, Greek music and more; July 30 heralds a Cultural

Fusion of Spanish, gypsy, reggae, klezmer and beyond with Rupa and the April Fishes; and last but not least, the Summer Nights wind down Aug. 6 with an African Music night featuring Thomas Mapfumo and the Blacks Unlimited. And if sweaty spandex-clad crowds are more your cup of tea, the Pacific Sunsponsored San Rafael Twilight Criterium is not to be missed. Saddle up, clip in and spin on over to downtown San Rafael July 9 for Marin’s biggest cycling event of the year. A nationally recognized staged bicycle race, the Criterium draws flocks of cyclists and bike lovers from around the state. The China Camp Heritage Festival is a good place to start learning about the little-known history of Marin’s shrimping history. Once populated by Chinese immigrants, the park was its own unique community complete with markets and even a barber shop. Learn all about it and register for a walk or run through the park. Heritage Day is held in August, date to be determined. Visit parks.ca.gov for updated information. If the crowded market is a bit too overwhelming, enjoy a slow-paced and winefueled Sunday afternoon Aug. 13 at the annual San Rafael Food and Wine Festival. Volunteer as your group’s designated driver and pay $15 to stroll around listening to jazz while tasting gourmet food prepared by local chefs; $25 gets the same gourmet goodies along with a glass and samples from 25 area wineries. Finally, round out your sum14 > MAY 20 - MAY 26, 2011 PACIFIC SUN 13

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mer while going green by joining sustainability experts, organic food companies and eco-friendly businesses for a weekend of music, food, education and gardening and livestock demonstrations at the ďŹ rst Mother Earth News Fair Sept. 3-5 at the Marin Civic Center. < O Second Friday Art Walks Second Friday of every month at 5pm-8pm. Various locations, San Rafael. Free. Info: 415/4518119. O San Rafael Farmerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Market Thursday evenings in downtown San Rafael, Fourth St. Info: 415/492-8007 or sanrafaelmarket.org. OMemorial Day Event Monday, May 30 at 9am. Marin Veteransâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Memorial Auditorium, 10 Avenue of the Flags. Free. Info: 415/499-6400. O Marin Home and Garden Expo Saturday, June 4, and Sunday, June 5, 10am-6pm. Marin County Civic Center, 10 Avenue of the Flags. $6-10. Info: 415/507-1537. O Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Street Painting Saturday, June 11, 9am-3pm. C Street between Third and Fourth streets. Free. Info: youthinarts. org. O Marin Art Festival Saturday, June 18, and Sunday, June 19, 10am-6pm. Marin County Fairgrounds, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. $10. Info: 415/388-0151. O Music in the Park Friday, June 24 Friday Aug. 19 at 6-8pm. Marinwood Park, 775 Miller Creek Rd. Free. Info: 415/4790775 or marinwood.org. O Marin County Fair Thursday, June 30 - Monday, July 4. 11am-11pm. Marin County Fairgrounds, 10 Avenue of the Flags. $13-$15, kids under 4 free. Info: 415/499-6400 or marinfair.org.. O Marin Shakespeare Festival Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, July 8 - Sept. 25. Forest meadows Amphitheater, Dominican

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University, 50 Acacia Ave. $20-35 for single tickets, $75 for season tickets. Info on shows and times at 415/499-4488 or marinshakespeare.org. O Summer Nights Festival Saturdays July 9 - Aug. 6 at 7pm at Swig Field, Osher Marin Jewish Community Center, 200 N. San Pedro Rd. $5-20. Info: 415/444-8088 or marinjcc.org. O San Rafael Twilight Criterium Saturday, July 9, 2:30-9:15pm. Downtown San Rafael. Free. Info: srtwilight.com.

The Mother of all Earth Fairs takes place Sept. 3 to 5 at the Civic Center. O San Rafael Food and Wine Festival Saturday, Aug. 13, 12-6pm. Falkirk Cultural Center, 1408 Mission Ave. Tasting tickets $15-25. Info: 800/310-6563 or sresproductions.com. O China Camp Heritage Festival Check for August date. 101 Peacock Gap Trail, China Camp. Info: 800/777-0369 or parks.ca.gov. O Mother Earth News Fair Saturday, Sept. 3 - Monday, Sept. 5. $15-$30, kids free. Marin County Fairgrounds, 10 Avenue of the Flags. Info: motherearthnews.com/fair/ SanRafael.aspx.

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his summer Novato looks forward while looking backward—and yet living very much in the present. The future belongs to those who eat, and the Novato Farmers Market, Tuesday afternoons and evenings through early autumn, features fresh local bounty for Marinivores and visitors alike. Of course, some palates look forward all year to the annual Marin Greek Festival, which is held Memorial Day weekend, kicking off with Friday’s lunch and dinner featuring the best in Greek cuisine, and winding up the weekend with more food, Greek dancing and Byzantine chanting. The granddaddy of Novato celebrations is the annual Festival of Art, Wine and Music on June 11-12, and, of course, what is art, wine and music without food? Or beer for that matter? Booths for tasting all of the above, and showcasing the artwork, will be set up along Grant Avenue—musical acts this year include Carlene Carter and Wonderbread 5. Grant Avenue should be cleared in more than enough time for the Novato Fourth of July Parade. This year’s theme is “Into the Future,” which will be especially intriguing in

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Parades, processions and pleas for peace.

a parade famous for its display of Sherman tanks and other vintage military vehicles. But organizers also promise “fancy cowgirls on golden palominos,” and everyone wants a future that includes that. The Marin Summer Theater, that testing ground for talented young stars-to-be, is putting on a revue, Songs for a New World, followed by the comedy Once in a Lifetime, finishing up with that old plot made new again in West Side Story. The casts will also put on a

preview of their singing and comedic timing at the Marin County Fair on July 1. The Novato Horsemen’s Association is holding its annual Boots ‘n’ Buckles Dinner Dance on Sept. 10 (at press time they were reining in the idea of holding a full-on Western Day this year like they have in the past). Dancing with cowboys—you don’t get much more retro than that. <

Nostalgia Days Rod and Kustom Car Show Those who wax nostalgic when they see freshly waxed automobiles—especially those displayed with their hoods up so you can see everything—will want to wheel to Novato in August for the Nostalgia Days Rod and Kustom Car Show. Friday the Hot Rod Cruise moves down Grant Avenue from 6-8pm, and on Saturday things get revved with food and product booths, musical acts including Johnny B and the Speedshifters, Dave Crinnen with his old time rock ‘n’ roll show and a DJ spinning tunes from the ‘50s and ‘60s. And then it all comes together at 4pm with a parade of cars and trucks. O Nostalgia Days Rod and Kustom Car Show Friday and Saturday, Aug. 12-13, Grant Ave. West from First to Seventh streets. Info: nostalgiadaysonline.com.

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O Novato Farmers Market Tuesdays, 4-8pm, through Sept. 27. Grant Ave. between Reichert Ave. and Machin Ave. Free. Info: agriculturalinstitute.org. O Marin Greek Festival Friday, May 27, 11:30am-2:30pm lunch, 5-10pm dinner; Saturday, May 28, and Sunday, May 29, 11am10pm. Nativity of Christ Greek Orthodox Church, 111 Highland Dr., Ignacio. $6 adults, $5 seniors, children 12 and under are free. Info: nativityofchrist.org. O Novato Festival of Art, Wine & Music Saturday, June 11, 10am-7pm and Sunday, June 12, 10am-6pm. Grant Ave., between

Redwood Blvd. and Seventh St. Free. Info: novatochamber.com. O Fourth of July Parade Monday, July 4, 10am, Grant Ave. Free. Info: novatoparade. com. O Marin Summer Theater Thursday Sunday, July 7-10, July 14-17 and July 28-31. San Marin High, 15 San Marin Dr. Info: marinsummertheater.org. O Novato Horsemen’s Boots ‘n’ Buckles Dinner Dance, Saturday, Sept. 10, 600 Bugeia Lane. Info: novatohorsemen.com.

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OUR TRADITIONAL GREEK FESTIVAL Savor delectable Greek delicacies in the old world ambiance of our Greek village on the hill. Dance to the Music of Fotia Greek Band, Enjoy Folk Dance Performances and Lessons by our Award-winning Minoan Dancers, Learn to Cook Authentic Greek Food, Take a Church Tour, Experience Byzantine Chanting, Shop at our Greek Marketplace, Fun Activities for the Kids

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Down by the ol’ Mill stream From Miller to Throckmorton, there’s mountains of fun in Mill Valley by Car o l I nke llis

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ill Valley has been a hub of summertime fun stretching back as far as the mid-1800s, when city folk would trek over, set up tents and cookstoves and spend their days hiking, hunting and generally enjoying the outdoors. Though hunting has been outlawed since 1917, there’s still plenty of enjoyment to be had here, outdoors or in—from family fun to more elegant events. Get the calendar out and read on. The YouthFest Fair and Concert, taking place May 21 at the Depot Plaza, is an opportunity for kids—preschoolers through teens—and adults to learn about the United Nations Millennium Development Goals to reduce world poverty through an afternoon of live music, scavenger hunts and other games. Created at Tam High, the nonprofit YouthGive introduces young people to philanthropy and the concept of creating positive change—an idea we’d all like to promote. Begin the summer season on a hopeful note by supporting local youth in this endeavor. Another treasured Mill Valley tradition, the Memorial Day Parade, will honor the late county Supervisor Charles McGlashan with the theme “MISSION POSSIBLE: What would Charles do?” The parade begins at 10:30am at Old Mill School and wends its way from Throckmorton up Miller, ending at Tam High. (Created as a family-friendly affair, an ongoing conflict between organizer I Love a Parade Committee and the Marin Peace and Justice Coalition—whose political statements have not been appreciated by all—has cast a pall over the impending procession. Last week, though, the parade committee invited the peace coalition to submit an application.) The festivities continue post-parade at the Community Center, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary, from noon to 5pm. Other than the food and drink for sale, activities, including face painting, jumpees, magic, animal and puppet shows, music and more are free. The Mill Valley Philharmonic, a terrific group of musicians, presents orchestral music, free, each June. This year’s program, Poetry/ Music, is inspired by poetry and features a world premiere by composer Clark Suprynowicz and poet Jane Hirshfield, in addition to works by Grieg, Mendelssohn, Ravel and Berlioz. Concerts are performed over three days, June 3-5, with an evening and late afternoon performance, plus, a Family Concert/Ice Cream Social Sunday at 1pm. For those more inspired by the outdoors, explore the wonders of the universe far from the madding crowd at Mt. Tam Astronomy Program’s series of educational evenings

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several Saturdays through Oct. 1 Experts— astronomers, physicists and scientists from NASA-Ames, Stanford, UC Berkeley and more—discuss a topic, from “The Milky Way as a Dark Matter Laboratory” to “Kepler’s Vision: Expoplanets and Songs of the Stars”; afterward, the San Francisco Amateur Astronomers set up telescopes at the Rock Spring parking area for a “starparty.” In its fifth year, DjangoFest, a celebration of the music and spirit of the great Gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt, has already become a local institution. From Thursday, June 9, through Sunday, June 12, an array of absolutely amazing musicians—including remarkable multi-instrumentalist John Jorgenson, the multi-national wild (playing the saw!) and fabulous Fishtank Ensemble and local teen Matt Jaffe—gets the audience moving and grooving at 142 Throckmorton Theatre. If five years makes a tradition, what about 101 years? The Dipsea Race isn’t for everyone—only 1,500 runners compete—but, show up downtown at 8:30 Sunday, June 12, to watch this intrepid group begin the 7.4mile run up and over to Stinson Beach. Yet more music is on tap. Tam Valley, an unincorporated community within Mill Valley, offers Creekside Fridays, an ongoing program of free musical entertainment from June 17 through August. 12. It all starts off at the Log Cabin with Cheap Therapy and ends with Marble Party Aug. 12—with a whole lotta good stuff in between. In the same area, the Tam Valley Farmers Market offers a range of fresh fruits and vegetables, baked goods and much more every Tuesday afternoon, 3-7pm, through November 2 at the Tam Valley Community Center. The Mill Valley Farmers Market, at the Alto Shopping Center Fridays, 9am-2pm, features a similar array of goodies year-round. Far more eco-conscious than the drivein, Film Night in the Park presents films on a big screen outdoors in various parks around Marin and San Francisco—and has been for 20 years! Old Mill Park is the place to be June 17 to see the PG-rated How to Train Your Dragon, and Sept. 9 for the comedic classic Some Like it Hot. Less strenuous than the Dipsea, but still requiring a hike up and back, are the scrumptious Pancake Breakfasts at the West Point Inn—originally built as a stopover for passengers on the worlds’ crookedest railroad. Served monthly from

‘Hairspray’ ran for 2,500 shows on Broadway—but it’s six atop Mt. Tam will be its peak performances.

April to October, 9am-1pm, the summer’s first just happens to be on Father’s Day, Sunday, June 19. But if climbing a mountain to get a hearty meal isn’t your idea of summer fun—and you’re over 21—the 30th annual Mill Valley Wine & Gourmet Food Tasting may be more to your liking. Hosted by the Chamber of Commerce and Mill Valley Market, this highly anticipated event delivers an array of gourmet foods and exquisite wines—along with music. This tasty affair takes place Sunday, June 26, in Depot Plaza. A more family-oriented event that same day, June 26, is the Obon Festival and Bazaar at the Buddhist Temple of Marin. This cultural event features Japanese and other ethnic food, Japanese dance, flower arranging,

bonsai, calligraphy, martial arts, a silent auction and games for kids. July is a bit quieter hereabouts, but bargain hunters and treasure seekers will want to be at the Community Center July 16, from 9am-3pm, when the Mill Valley Seniors Club presents its seventh annual Flea Market. The group says this year it is “expecting our best year ever!” The Mill Valley Arts Commission sponsors Summer Concerts on the Plaza on two Wednesday evenings and two Saturday afternoons from the middle of August through the end of the month. Musical artists had not been announced as of press time, but, given the range of musical talent and styles around here, these free shows are sure to please.

THE MOUNTAIN PLAY Attending a performance of the Mountain Play is unlike any other theater experience. Each year the Mountain Play Association presents a superbly directed, acted, costumed and staged popular musical in a most unusual spot, the 4,000-seat Sidney B. Cushing Memorial Amphitheatre on Mount Tamalpais. Audiences are in for a treat this year, as Baltimore teen Tracy Turnblad pursues her dream of becoming a TV dance idol—while coming face-to-face with racial tension—in the multiple Tony Award-winning Hairspray. Though we think of Hairspray as a lighthearted look back at the ‘60s, in fact, it also portrays the racism of that time and place, an issue the country continues to struggle with. Marin native Carol Thomas, who takes on the role of record shop owner Motormouth Maybelle, is keenly aware of the matter of segregation in the play and in her community. Thomas has integrated herself into the theater community, appearing in a number of local productions. She says her role as Ma Rainey in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom at College of Marin, propelled her back into acting, and led her to the Mountain Play. The lifelong Marin City resident says much has changed in her hometown since the more family-oriented days in the early ‘40s when Southern families migrated in droves to work in the shipyards. Though Marin City is more diverse now—with condos and townhouses spread out above the public housing—Thomas says there is a separateness and that “people don’t understand the community.” Her hope is that residents “will come together,” much like the theme of Hairspray. Thomas is grateful for the opportunities coming her way and enjoying her moment on the mountain. You’ll understand why when you see her—and her castmates—up there. O Hairspray Sundays May 22, 29, June 5, 12 and 19; Saturday June 12. 2pm at Cushing Memorial Amphitheatre, Mt. Tamalpais. $30-$40; children 3 and under are free. Info: 415/383-110 or mountainplay.org.

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And, of course, the time-honored it-reallyis-the-end-of-summer event, the Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival, takes over Old Mill Park the last weekend in September. Featuring a range of juried art in almost every medium imaginable displayed among the natural beauty of the redwoods, the festival also offers nonstop music, entertainment and activities for kids, plus plenty of food and drinkâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and the proceeds fund art scholarship for local students and upkeep for the park. Sad to see summer go, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a great way to say goodbye. < O Mill Valley Farmers Market Fridays year-round, 9am-2pm at the Alto Shopping Center, Lomita and East Blithedale. Info: 415/382-7846 or cafarmersmarkets.com. O Tam Valley Farmers Market Tuesdays through Nov. 2, 3-7pm at Tam Valley Community Center, 203 Marin Ave. Info: 415/3827846 or cafarmersmarkets.com. O YouthFest Fair and Concert May 21, 11am-4pm at Depot Plaza, Miller and Throckmorton. Free. Info: youthgive.org. O Memorial Day Parade Monday, May 30. Leaves Old Mill School at 10:30am, proceeds down Throckmorton Ave. to Miller Ave. and ďŹ nishes at Tamalpais High School. Postparade celebration at the Mill Valley Community Center, 180 Camino Alto. 12-4pm. Free. Info: mviloveaparade.com. O Mill Valley Philharmonic Friday, June 3, 8pm, and Saturday, June 4, 4pm at Mt. Tamalpais United Methodist Church, 410 Sycamore Ave.; Sunday, June 5, 1pm, family concert and ice cream social at Tam Valley Community Center, 203 Marin Ave. Free. Info: millvalleyphilharmonic.org. O Mt. Tam Astronomy Program Saturdays June 4, July 9, Aug. 6 at 8:30pm; Sept 3 at 8pm; Oct. 1 7:30pm. Cushing Memorial Amphitheatre, Mt. Tamalpais. Free. Info: 415/455-5370 mttam.net. O DjangoFest Thursday-Saturday, June 9-11, 8pm; Saturday, June 11, 3pm; Sunday, June 12, 7pm at 142 Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave. $25-$130. Info: 415/383-9600 or 142throckmortontheatre.org. O Dipsea Race, Sunday, June 12. 8:30am at Lytton Square. Free. Info: 415/331-3550 or dipsea.org.

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Creekside Fridays Fridays June 17 through August 12, 6:30-8:30pm at the Log Cabin, 60 Tennessee Valley Rd. Free. Info: 415/388-6393 or tcsd.us O Film Night in the Park Fridays June 17 and Sept. 9. 8pm in Old Mill Park, Throckmorton Ave. and Old Mill St. Donations appreciated. Info: 415/272-2756 or ďŹ lmnight. org. O Pancake Breakfasts Sundays June 19, July 10, Aug. 14, Sept. 11 and Oct. 9. 9am-1pm at the West Point Inn, Mt. Tamalpais. $10 adults, $5 kids. Info: 415/388-9955 or westpointinn.com. O Mill Valley Wine & Gourmet Food Tasting Sunday, June 26, 1-4pm. Depot Plaza. $35. Info: 415/388-9700 or millvalley.org. O Obon Festival and Bazaar Sunday, June 26, 11am-4pm at the Buddhist Temple of Marin, 390 Miller Ave. Free. Info: 415/3881173 or buddhisttempleofmarin.org. O Seniors Club Flea Market Saturday, July 16, 9am-3pm at the Community Center, 180 Camino Alto. Info: cityofmillvalley.org. O Summer Concerts on the Plaza Wednesday Aug. 17 and 24 at 6pm; Saturdays Aug. 20 and 27 at 3pm. Free. Check cityofmillvalley.org for information on performers. O Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival Saturday, Sept. 24, 10am-6pm, and Sunday, Sept. 25, 10am-5pm at Old Mill Park, Throckmorton Ave. and Old Mill St. $5 students and seniors, $8 general admission, kids under 12 free. Info: 415/381-8090 or mvfaf.org. O

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The wild, wild West Fairfax and West Marin, where the sun never sets on the tie-dyed empire by Dani Bu rlison

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ollowing one’s natural instincts to head through the rolling Marin landscape and out to the sea this summer has its rewards—because Fairfax and West Marin offer sea, sand, sun and sweetness for everyone. Start the summer season off by celebrating farming and ranching in West Marin with the annual Western Weekend and Parade. It’s a family affair that begins with a parade, continues with 4-H exhibits and livestock shows, a barbecue, silent auction, music and more. Then celebrate the contributions and heritage of Marin’s Mexican-American community at the San Geronimo Mexican Cultural Festival June 25. Great food, music and arts and crafts. Dance, eat, support local artists at this fun summertime event held—where else?—at the San Geronimo Valley Community Center. A green event with 100 percent recycling and zero-waste, plus carbon offset options—and no plastic packaging on-site—Far West Fest is more than just a musical extravaganza for festival lovers. With a wide array of musical talent, ranging from blues to folk to reggae and

bluegrass, rock and jazz, the festival is a fundraising event for local nonprofits— it’s raised over $100,000 in seven years— and offers extensive kid activities and local sustainable food for hungry bellies. The July 16 event will offer two stages of music featuring such acts as El Radio Fantastique, Camper Van Beethoven, New Monsoon, Hot Buttered Rum, Poor Man’s Whiskey, Vinyl, HoneyDust, Jerry Hannan, the Wronglers, Larkin Gayl, Tim Cain, Sean Hayes, Albino, Red Meat, the Mother Hips, the Monophonics and more. Get ready to boogie. A wellspring of Native American history, cultural demonstrations, and music and dance performances await July 16 at the annual Big Time Festival at Kule Loklo, near the Bear Valley Visitors Center. Once land to the Coastal Miwok, the Point Reyes seashore has more to offer than natural beauty—Kule Loklo is a fascinating rendering of an authentic Miwok village. The free event is sponsored by the National Park Service and the Miwok Archeological Preserve of Marin. With events in Bolinas, Inverness, Stinson and Woodacre, West Marin is a hot

The dress code is no holds barred at the Fairfax Festival.

Fairfax Festival Back in Fairfax, the biggest event of the year kicks off with a parade that leads the crowd to Bolinas and Peri parks for the 34th annual Fairfax Festival. The town may be on the edge of central Marin, but this festival has the flavor of West Marin through and through. Local arts, crafts, food vendors, kids’ activities and entertainment greet festivalgoers on the second weekend of June. A festival within a festival also awaits you! EcoFest showcases all things sustainable and good in Fairfax. (Enjoy the summer’s first Film Night in the Park screening Friday, June 10—Fantastic Mr. Fox.) Debuting at this year’s festival is the highly anticipated Fairbuck, Fairfax’s very own currency! Check in at the information booth at Bolinas Park to purchase the Fairbuck tokens and to get more information about this new and exciting way to support local business. Valet bicycle parking available from Marin County Bicycle Coalition. O Fairfax Festival Parade at 10am, Saturday, June 11; festival 1-5pm Saturday and 11am-6pm Sunday, June 12. Bolinas Park, 78 Bolinas Rd. and Peri Park, 40 Park Dr. Info: fairfaxfestival.com.

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spot for getting in touch with your inner 1200 ext. 373 or ptreyes.org/fieldsemipatriot on the Fourth of July. Show your nars/. Bolinas pride... or your loyalty to Stinson O Western Weekend and Parade as the two battle it out in the two towns’ Saturday, June 4, and Sunday, June 5. Barbecue, dance, annual tug-of-war music, exhibits and contest across the parade. Downtown narrow straits of the Point Reyes Station. Bolinas Lagoon. Info: 415/553-1075. Yoga retreats, outdoor environmental O Mexican Cultural Festival education, wellness Saturday, June seminars, art work25 at 4pm. San shops and more can Geronimo Combe found through munity Center Point Reyes Field 6350 Sir Francis Seminars. With oneDrake Blvd., San day outings, weekend Geronimo. Free. workshops and classes Info: 415/488for families or indi8888. viduals, Point Reyes Field Seminars ofO Fourth of July events in fer a close-up and Bolinas, Inverness, personal peek at the Get bedazzled at the Far West Fest. Stinson Beach and greenest and most Woodacre, Various times, visit poinenvironmentally diverse slice of Marin. treyesweekend.com for more informaSummer is bid farewell at the contion. clusion of Labor Day weekend’s Sand Sculpture Contest. For nearly three O Far West Fest Saturday, July 16, at Love Field, 11191 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., decades, Marinites have packed up and Point Reyes Station. Prices and times TBA. headed out to Drakes Beach to become Check farwestfest.org sand-based architects for updates. and compete for prizes in several different O Big Time Festival Saturday, July 16 categories of sand at 10am-4pm at Bear sculpting, from Adult Valley Visitor Cento Child to “Best Use of ter, 1 Bear Valley Rd., Recycled Plastic.” Bring Point Reyes. Free. Info: sunblock and enjoy the 415/464-5140. day with a picnic. < O Sand Sculpture Contest Sunday, Sept. O Point Reyes Field Seminars Various 4, 9am-3pm. Drakes times, locations Beach, Point Reyes Nathrougho u t s u m tional Seashore. Free. m e r. I n f o : 415/663Info: 415/464-5140. Far West? Far out.

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heater, music and art events round out the summer festivities in the quaint nook of Ross Valley. With small-town charm as the backdrop, these events in San Anselmo, Ross and Kentfield are sure to put a little summer in the steps of young and old alike. Thursday evenings, the Marin Art and Garden Center hosts a Farmers Market along with a Summer Art and Music Series. Starting June 2, visitors can swing through the market, stock up on local organic produce and relax with the whole family while local musicians belt out bluegrass, folk, Americana, rock, swing and more. If lounging in the cool grass is on your list of favorite pastimes, look no further! Every Friday and Saturday evening, June 24 through Labor Day weekend (including Sunday, Sept. 4), San Anselmo lures movie lovers out for Film Night in the Park. A wide variety of movie genres, including favorites like The Princess Bride, Breakfast Club, Cinema Paradiso, Dirty Dancing and even such classics as Casablanca will be shown on a big screen at

Anna Halprin’s eurythmic ode to late-husband Lawrence takes place May 28 and 29 in Kentfield.

San Anselmo’s Creek Park. Creek Park is apparently the hoppin’ place to be in San Anselmo! When not watching movies there, locals gather at Creek Park on Sundays from 1pm-4pm for a free Music in the Park series, sponsored by the San Anselmo Art Commission. Django-style gypsy jazz, country and old-timey Irish-style ballads are just a taste of what’s in store for music lovers this summer. The festivities kick off with the 10th annual Beatles Tribute, 22 PACIFIC SUN MAY 20 - MAY 26, 2011

which, unlike the afternoon series, is held on Saturday evening, July 9, from 6-10pm and costs $5-$12. For those with a keenness for live theater, the Ross Valley Players will draw you in. One of the longest running theater companies in Marin County, this troupe once again brings local performers to the Barn stage for spectacular summer entertainment. Currently running is Rabbit Hole, a Pulitzer Prize-winning play, which runs through June 12. Next up is a comedic performance, Table Manners, which runs July 15 - Aug. 14. Want to schmooze over sips of wine and gaze at local art? Downtown San Anselmo opens its arms again for the 28th annual Art and Wine Festival in July. With two days of live music, local businesses and a variety of food vendors, the festival features over 200 local artists displaying their talents. This year’s theme—The Hippy Hippy Shake—promises to provide festival attendees a laid-back, winesipping weekend. < O Marin Art and Garden Center Summer Concert and Art Series Thursdays June 2 through Aug. 25. Farmers market 3-7pm, music 5-7pm. Marin Art and Garden Center, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Ross. Free. Info: 415/455-5260. O Film Night in the Park Fridays and Saturdays June 24 - Sept 3, plus Sunday, Sept. 4, 8pm. Creek Park, 400 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., San Anselmo. Free; donations appreciated. Info:415/272-2756 or filmnight.org. O Music in the Park Sundays, July 25 August 21, 1-4pm. Creek Park, 400 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., San Anselmo. Free. Info: sananselmoarts.com. O Ross Valley Players Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays through Aug.14. Barn Theatre at Marin Art and Garden Center, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Ross. $15-$25. Info: rossvalleyplayers.com. O San Anselmo Art and Wine Festival Saturday and Sunday,July 16-17, 10am-6pm. San Anselmo Ave. from Bolinas to Tamalpais. Free. Info: 415/454-2510.

The San Anselmo Art and Wine Festival is your hot-link to summer delights.

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Song of Songs, a performance influenced

For Anna Halprin, the transformative and life-altering experience of dance and movement has the ability to change the world. A leader in the dance world for nearly 80 years, Halprin continues to educate, inform and share her love of dance with the masses, from right here in Marin County. This summer, she offers a personal glimpse of her two loves: dance and her marriage to late husband, architect Lawrence Halprin, in a series of events that he inspired. First,

by Lawrence Halprin’s drawings of Anna while he was stationed abroad in the Navy. The performance is a deeply personal tribute to their 65-year partnership. Next is Planetary Dance. For 31 years, community members, performance artists and peace lovers around Marin and the world have gathered for Planetary Dance, a weekend celebratory ritual intended to bring peace and transformation to the global community. This event was started as an act of

peace and spearheaded by the Halprins in the late 1970s. Join Halprin on the outdoor Dance Deck in Kentfield for Song of Songs, May 28 and 29, and on Mt. Tamalpais June 11 for Planetary Dance for unforgettable dance experiences. O Anna Halprin Saturday, May 28, and Sunday, May 29, 2:30pm-6pm at 15 Ravine Way, Kentfield. $30-$100. Planetary Dance Saturday, June 11, on Mt. Tamalpais. Suggested donation: $10-$20. Info: annahalprin.org.

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Peninsula of dreams The coast is clear for a getaway to Tiburon... by Dani Bu rlison

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iburon offers more than cool bayside sweetest rides Marin has to offer at the Tibubreezes to remedy restless cravings for ron Classic Car Show June 18. A parade of summer adventure. With a series of af- beautifully maintained pre-1971 classic cars ternoon and evening music, social events and roll down along Shoreline Park from 11am to even a classic car show, the sleepy Tiburon 4pm. Head on over to this free event with the peninsula comes alive kiddos and help select your favorite car for with opportunities for the People’s Choice Awards. hot summer fun. Just as things are Every Friday from heating up around June 17 to Sept. 30, Marin, the fittest of the townsfolk descend fit will bust outside for upon downtown the 20th annual TibuTiburon for Friday ron Triathlon taking Nights on Main. place this year July 31. The summer-long A yearly benefit for the event provides music, Tiburon Volunteer Fire arts, crafts, food and Department, this swim, drinks for lovely run, bike event draws loevenings along the cal spectators and muchwaterfront. needed funds for a worthy, Escape to an fire-dousing cause. exotic island, sip The Tiburon Art Lagunitas beer, de- We recom Festival is back for its fifth men vour local oysters year Aug. 27 and 28. With ‘Friday Nights’d an exile on Main Street for th series in downt own Tiburon. e and absorb the an array of items from local sounds of musical artists, live music and a youth magic right here at Angel Island! Antent showcasing arts, crafts, gel Island Live presents a series of live music music and other creative tidbits from on the deck at the Cove Cantina overlooking local young’uns. Ayala Cove—every Saturday in June. Just as the calendar flips over to fall, The third annual Tiburon Music Festival Blackie’s Hay Day offers one last strand of promises to delight attendees with local summer to hang onto at this Sept. 24 tribute chamber music, opera and more. Held at St. to the legendary horse. An old-school carHilary’s Church in late June, such ensembles nival awaits children of all ages, replete with as Contemporary Opera Marin and the good-old-fashioned fun like pony rides, cow Tiburon Chamber Players will join forces milking and face painting. < for several performances that are sure to add some dazzle to summer nights in the hills O Angel Island Live Every weekend in June, 2-4:30pm.Cove Cantina Deck, Angel above Tiburon. Island. Free. Info: 415/435-3544. Step outside for a parkside view of the

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There’s nothing quite like listening to ‘Folsom Prison Blues’ on Belvedere Island.

Concerts in the Park No summer is complete without a little outdoor live music. Fiddlers, big band swing tunes and tribute bands abound at this summer’s Concerts in the Park at Belvedere Community Park. Kicking off the season June 19 is local fiddler Griffin Stoller along with a Johnny Cash tribute band. Next up is Caravanserai, a Santana tribute band on July 17, followed by Foreverland, a Michael Jackson tribute band Aug. 14. The season comes to a close Sept. 4 with Richard Olsen’s Big Band Swing and Rock ‘n’ Roll. A great place to get out and meet the neighbors, and bring summer weekends to a close. Held Sunday afternoons in the Belvedere Park Gazebo, the series is free and all are welcome. O Concerts in the Park Sundays June 19, July 17, Aug. 14, Sept. 4, 4-6pm at Belvedere City Hall Gazebo,450 San Rafael Ave. Free. Info: belvedereconcerts.org. O Friday Nights on Main June 17-Sept. 30, 6-9pm. Downtown Tiburon. Free. Info: 415/435-5633. O Tiburon Classic Car Show Saturday, June 18, 11am-4pm at Shoreline Park. Free. Info: 415/297-2615 or tiburonclassiccarshow. org. O Tiburon Music Festival June 19-26 at St. Hilary Church, 761 Hilary Dr., Tiburon. $5-$45. Info: tiburonmusicfestival.org. O Tiburon Triathlon Sunday, July 31, 7:30am (registration for participants at

6:30am). Belvedere Community Park, San Rafael Ave. and Community Rd., Belvedere. $75 for participants, Free for spectators. Info: tiburonfire.org. O Tiburon Art Festival Saturday, Aug. 27, and Sunday, Aug.28, 11am-6pm,. Downtown Tiburon.$5 donation, kids under 12 free. Info: 415/435-5633. O Blackie’s Hay Day Saturday, Sept. 24, 10am-3pm, Blackie’s Pasture, Tiburon Blvd. at Trestle Glen Road, Tiburon. Free. Info: blackieshayday.com.

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eople have been frolicking and feasting includes fine wines and tasty nibbles, and proin the twin cities of Corte Madera and ceeds from the sales of the artworks benefit Larkspur ever since Coastal Miwoks the Buckelew Program, a Marin agency that were drawn to the region’s abundant flora, provides residential and community services tasty fauna and balmy climate over half-ato adults with mental illness. millennium ago. Corte Madera remained In 1968 Larkspur burst its eastern boundquietly idyllic until the end of World War II, aries and annexed several acres of San when its hillside bungalows and sleepy town Quentin real estate over on the marshy side square were accessorized with bayside shopof the highway. Today Marin Country Mart ping malls, tract housing and an octupling at Larkspur Landing is a pleasant spot where in population. Larkspur, however, has been you can catch a movie, hop a ferry, sip a pint a fun-lover’s magnet since the late 19th at the Marin Brewing Company or windowcentury, when lots were divvied, creeks were shop at one of the several on-site boutiques. dammed and a steady stream of fun-seeking Every Saturday year-round the landing is the roustabouts reveled in the illegal dog races, setting for the Marin Country Mart Farmers prizefights and slot machines proffered along Market, where the summertime gourmand Magnolia Avenue. Bootleggers and brothels can select organic, farm-fresh fruits and vegadded to the ribald ambience, and every gies for dinnertime consumption as well as Bastille Day there was a rowdy celebration at herbs, freshly cut flowers, extra-rich olive oils, the Escalle Winery just up the street. breads, pastries and other gourmet goodies, Kick off a summertime of community plus tasty snacks to nosh or revelry at the 22nd anto go. Pony rides, a petting nual Larkspur Flower zoo and live music add to and Food Festival on the whole festive atmo. The May 29. A celebration fun continues with the of the bountiful flora the Brewing Company’s altown has been noted for fresco Larkspur Landing for over a century—factoid: Music Series. The lineup 300 Larkspur roses were is eclectic and always toeshipped to the White House tapping, ranging from for Tricia Nixon’s wedding jazz and blues to R&B, in 1971—the event turns the zydeco and rock, and two-block stretch of Magnolia nibbles, noshes and between Ward and King streets world-class suds are into a good old-fashioned street never long a-coming. Food d n a r fair. Artists and craftspeople sell Summer wouldn’t e w ur Flo Tricia The Larksp even better than their myriad creations, Doc Kraft, be summer without a Festival—edding! James Moseley and Lavay Smith good family-friendly w ’s n Nixo and Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers offer movie enjoyed in the swingin’, soulful sounds, and a special sultry evening air beneath the stars, children’s area provides entertainment for the and the contiguous community of Corte little ones. And as indicated by the title, a wide Madera delivers. The Mariners Cove Associaarray of tasty treats from the town’s top chefs tion turns lovely San Clemente Park into an are available a well. outdoor movie palace with its Movies in San The aforementioned (and still extant) Clemente Park program of (as-yet-to-be Escalle Winery hosts two events this summer. determined) cinematic entertainment for all On June 11 the Marin Winegrowers’ Asages. Showtime follows the sunset. sociation presents the Marin County Wine More fun’s in store all summer long at Celebration, an intoxicating afternoon of Corte Madera Town Center, setting for sniffing and sipping limited-production vino both the outdoor Summer Music Series from Couloir, Deloch, Kendric, Point Reyes (lineup to be determined) and Taste of Vineyards, Pacheco Ranch and other local Town Center, a nirvana for nibblers and vintners. Marin-crafted nibbles complement noshers. The mall’s top-shelf grocery stores, the quaffing and conversation. The 23rd andelis and restaurants offer up free samples of nual Marin/Scapes event takes place July 2-3. their delectable specialties in the big central More than 40 local painters and photogracourtyard, allowing the questing gourmand phers exhibit and discuss works that capture to enjoy pizza, taquitos, dim sum, crepes, the disparate beauties of Marin’s landscapes, sweet potato fries, Hawaiian poke, barbecue, seascapes and urbanscapes, from the top of milkshakes, cupcakes and more without havMt. Tamalpais to the waves at Fort Cronkhite ing to walk around too much. Kids’ activities to the bustle of Fourth Street. Admission and live entertainment aid the digestion. And 26 PACIFIC SUN MAY 20 - MAY 26, 2011

Taste of the Town Center this weekend—bring your appetite.

if you’re still hungry later in the summer, the Wednesday afternoon Corte Madera Farmers Market is a fine option for fresh, juicy, sun-kissed, vine-ripened, fire-up-the-Weber, mix-up-a-julep, slap-on-the-sunscreen grub: farm-fresh snap peas, nectarines, corn on the cob, cherries, peaches and watermelon as well as artisan breads, line-caught seafood and organic delights of all sorts, even freshly cut flowers for the centerpiece. Enjoy! < O Corte Madera Farmers Market every Wednesday from noon-5pm at Corte Madera Town Center. Free. Info: 415/382-7846 or cafarmersmarkets.com. O Marin Country Mart Farmers Market every Saturday from 9am-2pm at Larkspur Landing. Free. Info: 461-5715 or marincountrymart.com. O Taste of Town Center Saturday, May 21, 11am-2pm. Free. Info: 415/924-2961 or

shoptowncenter.com. O Flower and Food Festival Sunday, May 29, 11am-6pm along Magnolia from Ward to King streets. Free. Info: 415/924-3803. O Marin County Wine Celebration Saturday, June 11, 3-7pm at Escalle Winery, 771 Magnolia. $55. Info: 415/663-1158 or malt.org. O Summer Music Series Corte Madera Town Center. Free. Dates, times, lineup and info: 415/924-2961 or shoptowncenter.com. O Movies at San Clemente Park. Free. Dates, times, lineup and info: 415/927-5072. O Larkspur Landing Music Series Marin Country Mart at Larkspur Landing. Dates, times, lineup and info: 415/461-5700. O Marin/Scapes Saturday, July 2 and Sunday, July 3. Noon-6pm each day at Escalle Winery, 771 Magnolia. $15. Info: 415/457-6964 ext. 409 or buckelew.org/ marinscapes.

Corte Madera/Larkspur Fourth of July Parade Marin’s most down-home, small-town, all-American summertime celebration has got to be the Fourth of July Parade that unites the Twin Cities of Larkspur and Corte Madera as it wends its way from Redwood High School to the Town Center. Distinct from some of the more haphazard events encountered elsewhere, this annual processional is a big, Fifteen thousand people—and one library-lovin’ broad, star-spangled spectacular brimming hippo named Larky—are expected at the annual with elaborate floats, precision drill teams, the Fourth of July event. Macintosh Pipers and the Corte Madera Town Band. (Fifteen thousand people tend to show up for the parade, so pick your curbside perch early.) Corte Madera’s Town Park, meanwhile, hosts an all-day fun-filled celebration featuring locally crafted paintings, photographs, pottery, candles, jewelry, glassware and other awesome artworks, tummy-tantalizing treats like hot dogs, burgers, pizza and ice cream, plus carnival games and a big ol’ bounce house for the kiddies. The parade starts at Redwood High School in Larkspur at 10:30am, proceeds down Doherty to Magnolia and then Corte Madera Avenue, cuts over to Tamalpais and ends up at Town Center. Corte Madera Town Park celebrations take place from 9am-5pm. O Fourth of July festivities. Free; call 415/924-0441 or visit cortemadera.org for further info.

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Sausalito Farmers Market, open every Friday through October. Farm-fresh organic produce, artisan noshes and baked goods are offered up in a tasty example of community spirit every week. And if you’re too overcome with solstice languor to fire up the Weber, just mosey on over to Smitty’s for the 29th annual lip-smacking Pig Feed on June 11: excellent barbecue, beans and coleslaw with a full bar to boot. Another summertime staple, chili, is the raison d’etre of the 33rd annual Sausalito Chili Cook-Off, taking place Sept. 25. Dunphy Park is turned into a fragrant bastion of Southwestern succulence as teams of skilled kettlemeisters compete for prizes and boasting rights. Previous concoctions have encompassed everything from turkey and cilantro to (gasp) beef and pinto beans, Nothing quite triggers those romantic inklings like art and the City of Sausalito. so prepare your taste buds for an invigorating North of downtown is Marinship, where 9, Aug. 6 and Sept. 17 at 10:30am in Robin experience. Chili’s best buddy, beer, is avail15 Liberty ships, 16 fleet oilers and 62 tankers Sweeny Park. Free. Info: 415/289-4152 or able as well in several microbrewed varieties. were constructed during World War II. Now ci.sausalito.ca.us. Caledonia Street, Sausalito’s swingin’-est artists’ studios and office space share the old O Pig Feed Saturday, June 11 at 4pm. seven-block thoroughfare, hosts the second Smitty’s Bar & Grill, annual Caledonia Street Spring Faire, May shipyards with the Bay 214 Caledonia St. $10. Model, a two-acre hy29, a fun and festive mashup of the old CaleInfo: 415/332-2637 or draulic model of San donia Street Fair and the Sausalito Nursery smittysbar.com. Francisco Bay and the School Spring Faire. Check out the children’s O Independence activities, frabjous food, three stages of multi- delta operated by the Day festivities Army Corps of Engicultural music ideal for dancing and 100-plus Monday, July 4. neers. The Bay Model booths of dazzling arts and crafts. But the Parade through town is also the local HQ for town’s most famous works of art are on begins at 10am. Picnic, Coastal Cleanup Day, display at the 26th annual Floating Homes games and live music which is celebrating its Tour, glimpses of 20 or so strikingly crafted from noon-5pm in 27th birthday this year. vintage and modern houseboats uniquely Dunphy Park. Food, Spend the morning of accented with clawfoot bathtubs, circular fireworks and music Sept. 17 removing trash staircases, Japanese hot tubs, mahogany in Gabrielson Park and debris from the paneling, even a 19th-century caboose. Each from 6-9:30pm. Free; coastline or inland watwo-mile walking tour begins on the half donations accepted. terway of your choice, hour and takes about three hours to comInfo: 415/289-4152 or then party down afterplete. Food, drink and live entertainment are ci.sausalito.ca.us. wards at the Model’s anoffered throughout the day; early registration nual thank-you barbeO Floating Homes recommended. Tour Saturday, Sepcue. What better reason to eat, drink and make Artists literally reach for the sky with their entries at tember 17 from 11am4pm (last tour begins merry in the grand old the Sausalito Art Festival. Sausalito Art Festival at 2pm). $35-$40. Info: Sausalito tradition? < The Sausalito Art Festival just might be the 415/332-1916 or floatinghomes.org. West Coast’s No. 1 art extravaganza.Twenty O Sausalito Farmers Market Fridays O Coastal Cleanup Day Saturday, thousand paintings, photographs, sculptures, from 4-8pm through October in the Bank of September 17 from 9am-noon along local ceramics, glassworks, woodworks and textiles America parking lot at 750 Bridgeway. Free. coastlines and inland waterways. Celebraby artists from up the street and around the Info: 415/382-7846 or cafarmersmarkets. tion follows at the Bay Model Visitor Center, world are displayed in the matchless bayside com. 2100 Bridgeway. Free. Volunteer registration: setting of Marinship Park over Labor Day 415/332-3871 or spn.usace.army.mil/bmvc/ O Caledonia Street Spring Faire Sunday, weekend.Three stages host nonstop live enMay 29 from 11am-6pm between Napa St. index.html. tertainment by top-drawer musicians.There’s and San Carlos Ave. Free. Info: 415/289-4152 O Sausalito Chili Cook-Off Sunday, Sepa fantastic multicultural array of nibbles and or ci.sausalito.ca.us. tember 25. 11am-5pm in Dunphy Park. Info: noshes and plenty of vino and bubbly to wash 415/289-4140 or ci.sausalito.ca.us. O Jazz & Blues by the Bay every Friday it all down, and the people-watching is exemfrom June 3-August 26 from 6:30-8pm in O Sausalito Art Festival Saturday, Sept. 3 plary (annual attendance usually tops 50,000). and Sunday, Sept. 4 from 10am-6pm and Monday, Gabrielson Park. Free (reserved tables availGoing strong since 1952, the festival is a funSept. 5 from 10am-5pm; call 415/331-3757 or visit able at $50/night). Info: 415/289-4152 or filled reminder of Sausalito’s bohemian past. sausalitoartfestival.org for entertainment lineup, ci.sausalito.ca.us. admission prices and further info. O Concerts for Kids Saturdays June 4, July JULIE VADER

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ausalito has been a city of rambunctious pleasures ever since the rancho days of the 1840s, when founding father William Richardson would throw grand fiestas at his hacienda beside the little cove across the bay from San Francisco. La dolce vita really took off a couple of decades later after streets were laid out along the waterfront, hotels and saloons were established and the North Pacific Coast Railway built its southernmost terminal near the ferry landing. Yachting, bathing, picnicking and simpler pastimes like opium-smoking and rum-running were the order of the day. Especially popular was the Portuguese Pentecost Festival, when cattle festooned in bells and flowers were driven overland all the way from Bolinas to be sold at auction in Sausalito. Equally convivial were the annual Independence Day celebrations, which one year saw three waterfront hotels burning to the ground as a sort of grand finale. Today the city’s Fourth of July Parade, while not quite as dynamic as the wing-dings of yore, is nevertheless a rakish delight. Among the floats, bands and dignitaries you’re likely to spot a platoon of pith-helmeted carbinieri in close (if disorderly) formation, a posse of regulars from Smitty’s Bar & Grill and the occasional bearded ballerina complete with tutu. The parade goes down Bridgeway and Caledonia all the way to Dunphy Park, where a good old-fashioned July Fourth blowout takes place. Live music, games, food and drink and all manner of family frolic continue until 5pm, when the party shifts to Gabrielson Park for more music and fireworks over the bay at dusk. The park also hosts Jazz & Blues by the Bay, a weekly showcase of marvelous live music. These free concerts take place every Friday evening from June 3 through August 26 and feature headliners like Michael Aragon, Wendy DeWitt, The Cosmo Alleycats, Eugene Huggins and the Bob Schulz Frisco Jazz Band swinging, bopping and bluesifying against the incomparable backdrop of city, bay and Angel Island. Bring a picnic, lawn chair and blanket; food and drink are available for purchase. More music’s afoot in Robin Sweeny Park, where the monthly Concerts for Kids series delights youngsters with Saturday morning merriment from the ever-entertaining Kenny Blacklock, Tim Cain, James K and Miss Kitty. Live and lively music is all well and good, but what would summertime be without juicy peaches, corn on the cob and bramblefresh blackberries? All the makings for a marvelous midsummer meal are available for purchase and consumption at the

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he end of May is the official beginning of summer, sparked by Memorial Day with the season’s first holiday parades and parties. Those who have been eagerly awaiting picnic time feel the urge to pack up and go—back to old familiar haunts or in search of new ones. Mountain or beach? City park or country trail? Forest or meadow? America has always celebrated the custom of carrying food from the kitchen to the outdoors, albeit in ways less grand than European style or British manner. The affection for alfresco dining is still strong, though we’re less likely to prepare the overwhelming amounts of food our ancestors considered necessary for a proper picnic. Time spent looking back through cookbooks at menus and suggestions for family jaunts or special occasions reveals mindboggling accounts of how much people consumed away from home—and how things changed through the years. 1887: The Civil War strictures were a thing of the past; at least in the North, people were enjoying a sense of prosperity, as evidenced by the list of provisions drawn up by Estelle Woods Wilcox in Buckeye Cookery. It’s easy to see why it was prefaced by the warning, “First, be up at five o’clock in the morning in order to have the chicken, biscuits, etc., freshly baked.” Here’s the astonishing menu, some of which was prepared at the site: “Cold roast chicken, ham broiled on coals, fish fried or broiled, sardines, tongue, hard-boiled eggs, eggs to be fried or scrambled, sandwiches prepared with grated ham, orange marmalade, canned peaches, watermelon rind and beet sweet pickles, bottled pickles, chow-chow, quince or plum jelly, raspberry or other jams. Scotch fruit, rolled jelly, chocolate, old-fashioned loaf and marble cake. Coffee, chocolate, tea, cream and sugar, salt and pepper, oranges.” 1908: In the New York Evening Telegram Cookbook, it was recognized that generous sandwiches were, of course, the center of the meal but a list of dishes that might accompany them took a close second. “Tasty additions to the luncheon are a souse of pig’s feet, veal loaf, broiled chicken, smoked salmon sliced thin, boned herring, baked 32 PACIFIC SUN MAY 20 - MAY 26, 2011

beans, chicken salad put up in little individual paper cases, then packed in a large box and carried right side up with care.” Saratoga chips (homemade potato chips) and an amazing assortment of condiments rounded out the main part of the picnic. 1924: Mrs. Ida Bailey Allen was a food arbiter of her time. In Mrs. Allen on Cooking, Menus, Service she wrote, “There is nothing so wonderful as the adventure of playing ‘camping out’ in the spring, summer, or late fall. During warm weather the family can frequently eat outdoors on the piazza, roof, in the backyards, or in a near-by park.” One meal plan from a list of suggestions: sliced meat loaf, potato chips, sliced tomatoes, nut bread sandwiches, jelly doughnuts, peaches and tea. 1932: By this year, Mrs. Allen was becoming more lenient with outdoor dining menus. In When You Entertain: What to Do, and How, a section— “The Impromptu Picnic”— offered a bit of encouragement for spontaneity. “There is no jollier way to spend a summer day than picnicking, even if you do not always have time for long, involved preparations. Indeed, the most successful picnics are often prepared at the last moment. The menu can be assembled from whatever the ice-box offers and quickly packed, tucked into cars along with the family and friends, and enjoyed picnic-fashion a few miles away.” What might she have in mind? “Sandwiches of cold sliced ham, tongue or chicken, potato salad, olives, pretzels, and ice cold Coca-Cola.” 1955: Edith Barber was the writer for the Silver Jubilee Super Market Cook Book. Her thoughts on the subject of picnics indicate some changes

in the dynamics of the experience, paying attention to the menfolk and their roles. She wrote, “If you like outdoor meals, you begin the picnic season as soon as weather permits and carry on through the cool, crisp days of fall. The simplest type of picnic meal calls for the making of a variety of hearty sandwiches and hard-cooked or deviled eggs which, accompanied by a thermos bottle of coffee and bottles of milk, needs only fruit or cookies for dessert... The men of the household generally prefer a cooked meal and will gladly do their part in making the fire and superintending the cooking of hamburgers, hot dogs, ham, or steak.” One of her menus calls for “broiled steak, smothered onions, corn on the cob, toasted rusks, mixed green salad, stuffed celery, watermelon and coffee.” 1969: Picnic Book, by Nika Hazelton, stated its purpose. “These picnics reflect the grand European tradition of combining outdoor food and entertainment. Practical notes are well heeded.” She offered themes for the outings, with snippy advice. “Finally, picnic or not, you’ve invited people to eat with you and are under the obligation to produce food at a reasonable time. And if you cannot face this, follow my friend Norbert Muhler’s advice. He says the best restaurant is the best picnic of all. If you like fresh air, choose a restaurant that has a garden.” Here is her menu for Picnic a Deux in a Graveyard: “Double consomme with sherry or Manzanilla, foie gras naturel, asparagus vinaigrette, French bread, strawberry tarts.” A far cry from the massive amount of food served up in 1887. While we might be in awe of what cooks went through over the years and even what some of the foods were, we can see familiar items that we include today in traditional picnic meals. Hard-cooked eggs or, better, deviled ones; salads, all-American potato chips, portable sweets (cookies, loaf cakes, little tarts), ingredients like ham and chicken. The recipes that follow echo these favorites, but each has a bit of a twist to bring it up to modern times. -----------------------------------------This recipe originated with the mother

of Jessica Harris, a food writer who is anthropologically inclined. It is, she says, “devilishly simple and satanically good.” If it’s too devilish for you, switch to jalapeno instead of the habanero. This is great as a spread, stuffing for celery stalks or mixed with egg yolks for a sophisticated deviled egg treatment.

Mom’s Deviled Ham Spread Serves 4-6 1-1/2 cups minced cooked ham 1/4 small habanero chile, finely minced, or to taste Dash of Worcestershire sauce 2 tablespoons mayonnaise, or enough to bind the ingredients Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Mix all the ingredients together in a small nonreactive bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and chill overnight. -----------------------------------------The convenient part of this recipe is that it may be made with home-cooked or purchased (rotisserie) chicken. It’s a nice change from the usual mayonnaisedressed version.

Roast Chicken Salad Serves 4 10 cups baby spinach 5-1/2 cups roughly shredded roast chicken (from 3-pound bird) 4 scallions, thinly sliced 1 cup chopped cilantro 2 ripe avocados 1-1/2 teaspoons Maldon salt, or table salt to taste Finely grated zest of 1 lime 1/4 cup each fresh lime juice and extra virgin olive oil Freshly ground black pepper

Combine spinach, chicken, scallions and about 3/4 cup cilantro in a large mixing bowl. Peel the avocados and cut into chunks or slices. Add to the salad. Stir together the salt, lime zest and lime juice in a small bowl. Whisk in the oil with pepper to taste. Pour over the salad, tossing gently by hand to mix. Arrange the salad in a salad bowl and sprinkle with the remaining chopped cilantro.—Adapted from a recipe by Nigella Lawson -----------------------------------------This one, from Alice Waters, is a nice idea.

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espouse such broad themes as love and God and poetry came after lead guitarist and vocalist Denny Laine, who later became a member of Wings, left the band to be replaced by Hayward. “Justin had roots that were less R&B and more English folkie balladry, as well as rock,” the 69-year-old Edge explains. “That made the music more melodic and, with the introduction of the mellotron [a tape-based sampler], it was a natural progression to move toward a more orchestral sound.” That change arrived with the 1967 symphonic-rock album Days of Future Passed, which included the future classic-

rock hit “Nights in White Satin.” During those recording sessions, Edge began his role as the band’s poetry man after writing a set of stoic prose that would become the seminal spoken-word piece “Morning Glory,” part of the “The Day Begins” overture. “I took it to the guys and read it to them and asked if they could put music to it,” he recalls. “They said, no, we can’t, because it’s so wordy that there’s no room for music, but it reads so well that you should just do it as a poem.” Eventually, keyboardist Mike Pinder was tapped to record the vocal. “His voice was more worldly than mine, though I drank and smoked just as much as he did,” Edge says with a laugh. “Then the poems became a tradition, a good way to help establish the themes of our albums.” Themes that were part rock, part spiritual renewal. It’s little wonder that Rolling Stone has dubbed the Moody Blues “the Sistine Chapel of popular music.” “There is a nostalgic part of the appeal—we can take people back to their youthful days,” Edge says. “And there’s a positive and uplifting message that helps people remember that even though America was at war in the 1960s, everything turned out all right and we’re going to come through the challenges of this time as well.” Certainly, the band’s popularity has personal rewards for Edge, who resides in Sarasota, Florida, when he’s not on the road. “It’s magnificent,” he says of their longevity. “I never dreamed that I would be sitting here nearly 70 years old talking to people like you and saying these things. I thought I’d be in the old drummers’ home and talking about the time a fly flew up my nose.” And, on that note, Edge bursts into a hearty laugh. < Fool around with Greg at gcahill51@gmail.com. Tune up to the Marin music scene at

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FRIDAY, MAY 20 Near Dark These are ‘80s MONDAY, MAY 23 vampires, but unlike the ‘80s vampires in The Bachelorette “Lost Boys,” they don’t have access to ‘80s Another season hair gels. (1987) IFC. 8:35pm. with another house 40 Greatest One-Hit Wonders of the ‘90s filled with 25 eligible Does Ross Perot count? VH1. 9pm. bachelors. It’s different than when the 20/20 They’re testing infomercial products. show debuted in But don’t get your hopes up.They are not 2003. Now the bachelorette is willing to give going to turn a Flowbee on John Stossel’s a rose to anybody who mustache. ABC. 10pm. has health insurance and The Tonight Show If a stable paycheck. ABC. Kirstie Alley is on, does 9pm. that mean she has a American Experience new show to promote A look at the life of physior did she just lose or cist Robert Oppenheimgain 80 pounds again? er, known as “The Father NBC. 11:35pm. of the Atomic Bomb,” SATURDAY, MAY 21 and how his children felt The Longest Yard This when they heard that. is the remake of the KQED. 9pm. 1974 film about prison inmates playing footTUESDAY, MAY 24 ball against the guards’ The Biggest Loser The team. The part of Burt winner is announced Reynolds’ sideburns was tonight. Our advice to the shared by several actors. winner: don’t spend it on (2005) FX. 7pm. clothes.They won’t fit in From boy wonder to bear blunder, Saturday Sinbad and the Mino- at 11:35. three months. NBC. 8pm. taur In Greek mythology, the Minotaur was Police Academy This is the first Police half man/half bull. But this is a made-for-Syfy Academy, made before Steve Guttenberg’s budget production. It’s probably just a drunk thoughtful message to America was diluted guy with a Chicago Bulls hat. (2011) Syfy. in the sequels. (1984) CMTV. 9pm. 6pm. WEDNESDAY, MAY 25 American Idol In Saturday Night Live Justin Timberlake is addition to the recording contract, the winthe host and Lady Gaga is the musical guest. ner gets a gift certificate to a certified rehab He should do her a service and bring her facility, redeemable in five years. Fox. 8pm. back down to earth with an explanation of Beyond Scared Straight They’re taking the just how quick a slide it is from ‘N Sync teen teens to San Quentin’s death row tonight. It idol to the voice of Boo-Boo in the Yogi Bear may not keep them from a life of crime, but movie. NBC. 11:35pm. it will certainly give them ideas for awesome tattoos. A&E. 8pm. SUNDAY, MAY 22 2011 Billboard Music It’s Good to be President Not only do you Awards We don’t care who wins.We just get a totally cool private jet, if somebody want to know what mean hazing tricks the pisses you off you can have them shot in the other stars are planning for Justin Bieber. eye! History Channel. 9pm. ABC. 8pm. Sharpay’s Fabulous THURSDAY, MAY 26 Adventure The High Man v. Food Nation: School Musical charThe Quest Begins acter moves to New The format is changYork with her dog to ing. Instead of host make it in the music Adam Richman taking scene. This may be the on the various eating first spinoff flick. We’re challenges, he will be waiting till the dog recruiting viewers to gets its own movie. pull up to the table. (2011) Disney Channel. We’re guessing it was 8pm. either Adam’s mom or Under the Tuscan Adam’s doctor who Sun Still recover- Back when playing Cadet Mahoney truly meant came up with the idea. ing from divorce, a something. Tuesday, 9pm. Travel Channel. 8pm. woman buys a villa in American Chopper Tuscany and discovers a process of renewal They’re building a Deadliest Catch bike.They in its restoration. Women unable to afford a should add in some more exploitive realTuscan villa may have to make do with a real ity shows and make it midget-sized with estate license and Jazzercise. (2003) Hallmark a sidecar for the Teen Mom’s kid. Discovery Channel. 9pm. Channel. 9pm.< Celebrity Apprentice The winner is Critique That TV Guy at letters@pacificsun.com. announced tonight.The real winner was actually announced last week when Trump Turn on more TV Guy at gave up his presidential campaign—and it ›› pacificsun.com was everybody in America. NBC. 9pm.

Buried child RVP pulls a ‘Rabbit’ out of its hat with Lindsay-Abaire tragedy by Le e Brady

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he Ross Valley Player’s production of David Lindsay-Abaire’s Rabbit Hole may come as a surprise to audiences who recently saw his riotous farce Fuddy Meers at Marin Theatre Company. The situation and characters here are as serious as it gets. Becca (Beth Kellerman) Down the ‘Rabbit Hole’: Gregg LeBlanc and Beth Kellerman and Howie (Gregg LeBlanc) grieve for play a married couple coming to terms with the death of their 4-year-old son who has been killed their 4-year-old son in very different ways. in a car accident. There are still traces of humor—Lindsay-Abaire can’t help writing Maria (Dawn Scott) and Sofia (Jeanette Harrison), who are under house arrest sharp one-liners—as he brings in Becca’s by Cuban authorities. Two Sisters and a sister, Izzy (Floriana Alessandria), to liven Piano, written by playwright Nilo Cruz things up. Izzy is like a Jerry Springer and given life in Marin by AlterTheater, character with her drinking stories and gives us the tensions of their day-to-day bar fights. Their mother, Nat (Maureen life as Sofia plays the grand piano and MaO’Donoghue), natters on about the Kenria writes letters to her husband, a political nedys as if they lived next door. These two exile in Sweden. Their letters to each other furnish the needed comic relief as Becca are confiscated by the government. When and Howie find their own way to move army officer Victor Manuel (Matt Jones) through the tragedy without breaking up visits on an inspection tour, he offers to their marriage. Howie finds the grief support group trade the letters for love, and the drama helpful, but Becca doesn’t. He likes watch- takes off. As with other AlterTheater productions, ing videos of their son, but she strips photos of him from the wall. They can’t come the play is being performed in a storefront, and director Ann Brebner together; when he wants to doesn’t always succeed in make love, saying, “I just creating the claustrophowant things to be nice,” she NOW PLAYING bic atmosphere necessary reminds him that “things Rabbit Hole runs through for this drama. At times aren’t nice, and they never June 12 at the Ross Valley the audience seems to be will be.” Players’ Barn Theatre, Marin watching a tennis match as Art & Garden Center, Ross; Kellerman is so tightly characters play out simul415/456-9555, wound as Becca that we taneous scenes on either know she is going to break. www.rossvalleyplayers.com. Two Sisters and a Piano runs side of the long and empty She does, but not before she through May 29 at Alterspace without walls. befriends the 17-year-old Theater, performing at 888 The acting, as always boy who drove the car that Fourth St., San Rafael; at AlterTheater, is first hit her son. LeBlanc’s Howie 415 454-2787, rate, with Scott as Maria is accommodating to everywww.altertheater.org. carrying the strongest one but himself, and in time emotional moments. Harhe breaks as well. It works as rison’s Sofia is a flighty catharsis for the characters young woman who just wants to have and is satisfying for the audience. fun. Armando Rey comes on strong, but Mary Ann Rodgers, on a set that has a his character disappears early on. Jones, working kitchen (Ken Rowland’s design), directs the poignant scenes with sensitivity, a military man torn between love and duty, is sympathetic as he is forced into a but allows the family arguments to rise to dramatic choice. raucous levels and thereby become comic. Nilo Cruz did not win a Pulitzer Prize If you saw the movie, you missed the for this play (he won for 2003’s Anna in the play, which is about a whole family, not just Nicole Kidman. If you’ve seen the play, Tropics), and one can see why. The situation feels like a set-up and doesn’t work see it again at Ross Valley where a sterling through to a satisfying conclusion. It leaves cast will take you through a dramatic, and interesting and appealing characters out on thoughtful, evening. the political limb that was Cuba in 1991. < O O O O

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Movie summaries by Matthew Stafford

Yusuke Iseya and Takayuki Yamada take on all comers in ‘13 Assassins,’ opening Friday at the Rafael.

O African Cats (1:29) Anthropomorphic Disney documentary looks at the lives and loves of some cuddly savanna-bred lions and cheetahs. O As You Like It (2:28) Direct from London’s historic Globe Theatre it’s Thea Sharrock’s acclaimed production of Shakespeare’s rollicking comedy about a cross-dressing maiden’s amorous adventures in the Forest of Arden. O The Beaver (1:31) Jodie Foster directs and costars in this edgy look at a depressive family man (Mel Gibson) who can only communicate through a hand puppet. O Bill Cunningham New York (1:26) Loving portrait of the New York Times’ octogenarian fashion photographer, pop anthropologist and all-around man about town. O Bridesmaids (1:29) Lovelorn Kristen Wiig endures the barbaric rituals of modern matrimony when her BFF Maya Rudolph gets hitched. O Cave of Forgotten Dreams (1:29) Filmmaker extraordinaire Werner Herzog explores the nearly inaccessible reaches of Cave Chauvet in France, home to the oldest (30,000-year-old) visual artwork in human history. O The Conspirator (2:03) Robert Redford directs the true story of Mary Surratt, the lone woman accused of conspiring to assassinate Abraham Lincoln; Robin Wright stars. O The Double Hour (1:36) Acclaimed Italian thriller about the seemingly idyllic romance between a chambermaid and a former cop. O Everything Must Go (1:36) Dramedy stars Will Ferrell as an alcoholic at the end of his rope who hopes to start anew with a life-cleansing yard sale. O Fast Five (2:10) The fossil fuel-burnin’ desperadoes are back and facing certain death in sexy Rio de Janeiro; Vin Diesel and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson costar, of course. O Forks Over Knives (1:36) Eye-opening documentary looks at the link between the consumption of animal-based foodstuffs and many if not most degenerative diseases. O The Hangover Part II (1:50) Several AlkaSeltzers later, the bachelor-party boys head to Bangkok for a tasteful, romantic wedding ceremony and end up with pervasive language, strong sexual content, graphic nudity and drug use. O Hoodwinked Too! (1:31) Sequel to the 2006 fairy tale reboot finds Red Riding Hood teaming up with her former nemesis The Wolf to track down Hansel and Gretel. 40 PACIFIC SUN MAY 20 – MAY 26, 2011

O I Am (1:18) Documentary follows Hollywood moviemaker Tom Shadyac as he searches for meaning after a life-altering experience. O Incendies (2:10) French twins head to their late mother’s Middle Eastern homeland to try to unlock the secrets of her mysterious life. O Jane Eyre Adaptation of Charlotte Bronte’s novel about a young woman’s infatuation with a brooding squire stars Mia Wasikowska as Jane. O Kung Fu Panda 2 (1:35) Sequel finds Po living la vida panda in an idyllic valley kingdom until marauding villains force him into action; Jack Black, Angelina Jolie and Dustin Hoffman supply the voices. O Meek’s Cutoff (1:44) Epic Western about a wagon train of immigrants crossing the Cascades and their struggles with heat, hunger, a boastful mountain man and a wandering Native American. O Nostalgia for the Light (1:30) Patricio Guzman’s insightful documentary focuses on Chile’s gorgeously starlit Atacama Desert 10,000 feet above sea level and its observatories, preColumbian artifacts…and the haunting remains of a Pinochet-era concentration camp. O Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2:17) Johnny Depp is back as Cap’n Jack Sparrow, grappling with a fearsome Penelope Cruz and searching for the Fountain of Youth; Rob Marshall directs. O The Power of the Powerless (1:20) Documentary chronicles Czechoslovakia’s bloodless Velvet Revolution of 1989 with historical footage and insights from Vaclav Havel and others. O Priest (1:27) Postapocalyptic horror flick about a warrior priest on the trail of the bloodthirsty vampires who’ve kidnapped his niece. O Queen to Play (1:36) Lyrical French film about a Corsican chambermaid (Sandrine Bonnaire) and her obsession with the coldly beautiful sport of chess. O Rio the Movie (1:36) A Minnesota macaw flies down to Rio to hook up with a comely Carioca and gets mixed up with kidnappers instead. O Shorts in Brief (1:10) Fun-filled program features family-friendly short subjects from Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas. O Something Borrowed (1:43) Romantic comedy about a New York singleton’s love affair with her best friend’s fiancé; Kate Hudson stars. O Source Code (1:33) Government agent Jake Gyllenhaal takes over the body of a man on a bomb-rigged commuter train in the hopes of preventing the deaths of thousands. O 13 Assassins (2:06) Action-packed Japanese epic about 13 freelance samurai who methodically dispatch an evil warlord’s army of 200 soldiers. O Thor (2:10) The Marvel Comics Nordic god/ superhero finds himself in a 3D movie with Natalie Portman! O Water for Elephants (2:00) Sara Gruen’s novel about a Depression-strapped veterinarian who runs off and joins the circus becomes a romantic tete-a-tete for Robert Pattinson and Reese Witherspoon. O Win Win (1:46) A down-on-his-luck high school wrestling coach hopes to strike it rich at the betting window when he recruits a talented ringer; Paul Giamatti stars. <

›› MOViE TiMES N13 Assassins (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Fri 4, 6:30, 9 Sat-Sun 1:30, 4, 6:30, 9 Mon-Thu 6:30, 9 African Cats (G) ++1/2 Century Northgate 15: Fri-Wed 12:20, 2:45, 5:10 NAs You Like It (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Thu 7 The Beaver (PG-13) ++1/2 Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 12, 2:25, 4:45, 7:15, 9:40 Sun-Thu 12, 2:25, 4:45, 7:15 Bill Cunningham New York (Not Rated) Lark Theater: Fri-Sat 6:10 SunThu 5:30 Bridesmaids (R) +++1/2 Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 5, 7:50, 10:35 Sat-Sun 11:20, 2:10, 5, 7:50, 10:35 Mon-Wed 6:30, 9:20 Century Northgate 15: Fri-Wed 11:10, 12:40, 2, 3:35, 4:45, 6:25, 7:30, 9:15, 10:20 Century Rowland Plaza: Fri-Wed 10:55, 1:45, 4:35, 7:25, 10:20 Fairfax 5 Theatres: FriSat 1, 3:45, 6:50, 9:35 Sun-Wed 1, 3:45, 6:50 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri 3:50, 6:50, 9:40 Sat 1, 3:50, 6:50, 9:40 Sun 1, 3:50, 6:50 Mon-Wed 3:50, 6:50 Cave of Forgotten Dreams (G) Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 12:40, 3:05, 5:30, 7:55, 10:15 Sun-Thu 12:40, 3:05, 5:30, 7:55 The Conspirator (PG-13) CinéArts at Marin: Fri-Sun 1:15, 4:10, 7:20, 10 Mon-Thu 1:30, 4:30, 7:30 The Double Hour (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Fri 4:45, 7, 9:15 SatSun 2:30, 4:45, 7, 9:15 Mon-Thu 7, 9:15 Everything Must Go (R) Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 11:30, 1:55, 4:30, 7, 9:30 Sun-Thu 11:30, 1:55, 4:30, 7 Fast Five (PG-13) Century Northgate 15: Fri-Wed 1:25, 4:20, 7:20, 10:10 Century Rowland Plaza: Fri-Wed 10:35, 1:30, 4:25, 7:20, 10:25 NForks Over Knives (PG) CinéArts at Sequoia: Fri 5:10, 7:30, 10 Sat 2:45, 5:10, 7:30, 10 Sun 2:45, 5:10, 7:30 Mon-Thu 5:10, 7:30 NThe Hangover Part II (R) Century Northgate 15: Wed 11:59pm Thu 11:50, 2:25, 4:55, 7:30, 10:05

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Century Rowland Plaza: Wed 11:59pm Thu 12, 2:35, 5:10, 7:45, 10:20 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Wed 11:59pm Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil (PG) Century Northgate 15: Fri-Wed 11:15, 1:30, 3:40, 5:45, 7:50, 9:55 I Am (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Fri, Tue 8:45 Sat 2, 8:45 Incendies (R) CinéArts at Sequoia: Fri 7 Sat-Sun 1:20, 7 Mon-Thu 7 Jane Eyre (2011) (PG-13) +++1/2 Lark Theater: Fri-Sat 8:10 Sun 2:50 Mon-Thu 7:30 NKung Fu Panda 2 (PG) Century Northgate 15: Wed 11:59pm Thu 11:45, 2:15, 4:40, 7, 9:20 Century Rowland Plaza: Thu 11:30, 2, 4:30, 7, 9:30 Meek’s Cutoff (PG) +++1/2 Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 11:45, 2:20, 4:55, 7:30, 10:10 Sun-Thu 11:45, 2:20, 4:55, 7:30 NNostalgia for the Light (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Wed 7 (novelist Isabel Allende in person) Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (PG-13) Century Cinema: 12:15, 3:30, 7, 10:10 Century Northgate 15: Fri-Sat, Wed 11:45, 1:15, 3, 4:30, 6:15, 7:45, 9:30, 10:45; 3D showtimes at 11, 12:30, 2:15, 3:45, 5:30, 7, 8:45, 10:15 Sun-Tue 11:45, 1:15, 3, 4:30, 6:15, 7:45, 9:30; 3D showtimes at 11, 12:30, 2:15, 3:45, 5:30, 7, 8:45, 10:15 Century Rowland Plaza: Fri-Wed 10:30, 1:40, 5, 8:15; 3D showtimes at 11:30, 12:30, 2:45, 3:45, 6, 7, 9:15, 10:10 Thu 12:30, 3:45, 7, 10:10 CinéArts at Marin: Fri-Sun 12:45, 3:50, 7, 10:05 Mon-Thu 1:10, 4:15, 7:20 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri-Sat 1:20, 4:25, 7:20; 3D showtimes at 12:30, 3:30, 6:30, 9:30 Sun-Wed 1:20, 4:25, 7:20; 3D showtimes at 12:30, 3:30, 6:30 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri 3:40, 6:30, 9:30 Sat 12:45, 3:40, 6:30, 9:30 Sun 12:45, 3:40, 6:30 MonWed 3:40, 6:30 NThe Power of the Powerless (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Sun 7 (filmmaker Cory Taylor in person) Priest (PG-13) Century Northgate

15: Fri-Wed 12:15, 2:25, 4:40, 6:50, 9:10; 3D showtimes at 1:20, 3:30, 5:50, 8, 10:25 Century Rowland Plaza: Fri-Wed 11, 3:30, 8; 3D showtimes at 1:15, 5:45, 10:30 Queen to Play (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Fri-Sat 4:15, 6:45 Sun 4:45 Tue 6:45 Rio (PG) ++ Century Northgate 15: Fri-Wed 11:30, 4:35, 9:30; 3D showtimes at 1:50, 7:10 Century Rowland Plaza: Fri-Wed 11:50, 2:15, 4:50, 7:15, 9:45 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri-Wed 1:10, 4 Lark Theater: Fri-Sat 4 Sun 12:30 NShorts in Brief (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Sun 2 Something Borrowed (PG-13) +1/2 Century Northgate 15: Fri-Wed 7:25, 10 Source Code (PG-13) Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 12:15, 2:45, 5:15, 7:45, 10:10 Sun-Thu 12:15, 2:45, 5:15, 7:45 Thor (PG-13) +++ Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 7:20, 10:10 Sat-Sun 11, 1:45, 4:35, 7:20, 10:10 MonWed 6:50, 9:30 Century Northgate 15: Fri-Wed 12:10, 1:10, 2:50, 3:50, 5:40, 6:45, 8:30, 9:25; 3D showtimes at 11:20, 1:55, 4:55, 7:40, 10:30 Century Rowland Plaza: Fri-Wed 11:05, 1:50, 4:45, 7:35, 10:15 CinéArts at Marin: FriSun 1, 4:20, 7:10, 9:50 Mon-Thu 1:20, 4:45, 7:40 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri-Sat 1:30, 4:15, 7, 9:45 SunWed 1:30, 4:15, 7 Water for Elephants (PG-13) +++ Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 7:35, 10:20 Sat-Sun 11:15, 1:55, 4:45, 7:35, 10:20 Mon-Wed 6:45, 9:25 Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 1:20, 4:15, 7:10, 10:05 Sun-Thu 1:20, 4:15, 7:10 CinéArts at Sequoia: Fri-Sat 4:10, 9:50 Sun-Thu 4:10 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri-Sat 6:40, 9:25 Sun-Wed 6:40 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri 4, 6:40, 9:20 Sat 1:15, 4, 6:40, 9:20 Sun 1:15, 4, 6:40 Mon-Wed 4, 6:40 Win Win (R) +++ Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 5:15, 8, 10:30 SatSun 11:30, 2:20, 5:15, 8, 10:30 Mon-Wed 7, 9:35

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 • 461-4849 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

Jodie Foster, Mel Gibson and friend in ‘The Beaver,’ now at the Regency.

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

F R I D AY M AY 2 0 — F R I D AY M AY 2 7 Pacific Sun‘s Community Calendar Muriel’s shredding: Muriel Anderson will bring her national-champion fingers to 142 Throck this Friday for a finger-picking workout like none seen before in Mill Valley.

Check out our Online Community Calendar for more listings, spanning more weeks, with more event information. www.pacificsun.com/sundial

Live music 05/20: Breakin’ Bread Soul, jazz, funk. 9:30pm. Peri’s Bar, 29 Broadway, Fairfax. 259-5597. www.perisbar.com 05/20: Kincaid Foundation Benefit with Richard Thompson Also Mark Karan and Jemimah Puddleduck, Julian Dawson and Larissa. 7pm. Glaser Center, 547 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. 707-568-5381. www.glasercenter.com

05/20: Muriel Anderson with Raughi Ebert National finger-picking champion guitarist and harp-guitarist; flamenco guitarist. With Raul Ramirez, percussion and Ariane Cap, bass. 8pm. $18-32. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Downtown, Mill Valley. 383-9600. www.142ThrockmortonTheatre.com 05/20: Sage Hawaiian rock. 9pm. Smiley’s Schooner Saloon and Hotel, 41 Wharf Road, Bolinas. 868-1311. www.smileyssaloon.com 05/20: The 85s Dance party band performing classic pop and rock songs exclusively from the ’80s. 9:30pm. $10-13. George’s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262. www.georgesnightclub.com 05/20: The Sun Kings “Salute to the Beatles.” 8:30-11:15pm. $18-20. Rancho Nicasio Restarant and Bar, 1 Old Rancheria Road, Nicasio. 662-2219. www.ranchonicasio.com 05/21: House Jacks A capella rock vocal ensemble. 8pm. $18-30. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Downtown, Mill Valley. 383-9600. www.142ThrockmortonTheatre.com

05/21: Ji Band featuring Sukhawat Ali Khan Indian Bhangra and Sufi band “JI” with Qawali singer. Ragas followed by bhangra-funk dance party. 8:30-11:15pm. $20. Yoga Mountain Studio,

85 Bolinas Road, Fairfax. 596-3518. www.realtribal.com 05/21: Revolver, Moxie Rock. 9pm. $10-15. George’s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262. www.georgesnightclub.com 05/22: Calafia Original alternative Western. 5-8pm. No cover. Rancho Nicasio Restarant and Bar, 1 Old Rancheria Road, Nicasio. 662-2219. www.ranchonicasio.com

05/22: Elvin Bishop, Junior Watson and Special Guests Phil Berkowitz and Servino Ristorante present “West Coast Blues For A Cure 1st Annual Benefit Show” for cancer research. Proceeds will go to DebShred (www.DebShred.com), advocacy group for brain tumors, and The Bonnie Addario Lung Cancer Foundation (www.lungcancerfoundation.org). With Elvin Bishop, Kid Anderson, Junior Watson, Tip of the Top, Steve Gannon & more. Tickets includes food. They can be purchased at Bananas at Large Music Store in San Rafael as well as www.westcoastbluesforacure.org. Noon-6pm. $40-50. Servino Ristorante, 9 Main St., Tiburon. 337-5448. www.westcoastbluesforacure.org 05/22: Rock for Japan Benefit concert for tsunami victims in Japan sponsored by Rock for Good. With Zoo Station, the Sun Kings and Drifting Sand. VIP reception tickets available. 4:30-8:30pm. $35. $100 VIP reception starts at 3:30pm. Unity Center of Marin, 600 Palm Dr., Novato, . 382-7770. www.rockforgood.com 05/24: Lorin Rowan Solo acoustic guitar and vocals. 7-10pm. No cover. Panama Hotel & Restaurant, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 457-3993. www.panamahotel.com 05/26: Boz Scaggs Grammy Award-winning rock artist performs your favorites. 7pm. $65-80. Uptown Theatre, 1350 Third St., Napa.

BEST BET Once bitten... It’s not quite summer in Marin, but why let that stop you from heading out and enjoying summeresque activities? This Saturday, head on over to TASTE OF THE TOWN CENTER for a nibble of all that Corte Madera has to offer. Filling the square will be local restaurants and cafes dishing out samples of tasty bites—for free. Pizza, shrimp rolls, crepes along with desserts, coffee and much more are all on the menu. With face painting, will be painted with smiles and more at Taste balloons and live music, the day offers Faces of the Town Center. a sneak peek at what summer in Marin has to offer. Attendees are also encouraged to meander through Town Center to see what the local businesses have going on, as well. Saturday, May 21, 11am-2pm. Town Center off Tamalpais Drive, Corte Madera. Free. —Dani Burlison

(707) 259-0123. www.uptowntheatrenapa.com

05/26: Firewheel Live: A Benefit for the HeadsUp Foundation Part of this night’s door proceeds to the HeadsUp foundation. Support your San Rafael School District. 8pm. $10-15. George’s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262. www.georgesnightclub.com 05/26: The Machiavelvets Featuring Craig Herzog. 7-10pm. No cover; dinner encouraged. Panama Hotel & Restaurant, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 457-3993. www.panamahotel.com 05/27: AZ/DZ, Hot For Teacher AC/DC and Van Halen tribute bands. 9pm. $12-15. George’s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262. www.georgesnightclub.com 05/27: Butch Hancock Rancho Debut. From the Flatlanders. 8:30-11:15pm. $15. Rancho Nicasio Restarant and Bar, 1 Old Rancheria Road, Nicasio. 662-2219. www.ranchonicasio.com 05/27: Lady D Jazz, soul. With Alex Markels, guitar; Jack Prendergast, bass. 8-10:30pm. No cover. Max’s Cafe, 60 Madera Blvd., Corte Madera. 924-6297. www.maxsworld.com Fridays: DJ Jason Mitchell Late night DJ music and dancing. 10pm-1am. Free. Ghiringhelli’s Novato, 1535 S. Novato Blvd., Novato. 713-6346. www.ghiringhellisnovato.com

Concerts 05/21: Chamber Singers Concert of French renaissance madrigals as well as modern expressions of the madrigal idiom by Anders Edenroth, Eric Whitacre and Samuel Barber. 2:30-3:30pm. $10. First Congregational Church, 8 North San Pedro Road, San Rafael. 05/21: Dolci Duo Viva Knight, piano; Ted Rust, oboe. Works by Rachmaninoff, Rota, Carter, Schumann, others. www.dolciduo.us 7:30-9pm. $15. JB Piano Company, 540 Irwin St., San Rafael. www.jbpiano.com 05/21: Healing Harp Concert Joel Andrews and his golden harp. 7:30-9:15pm. $20-30. The Spiritual Healing Center, 260 E. Blithedale Ave., Mill Valley. 381-4465. www.thespiritualhealingcenter.org 05/22: Larry Palmer Harpsichord recital. Featuring works of Buxtehude, Davenport, Fischer, Bach

and Spring performed on a Roberts & Brazier concert Flemish instrument. 3:30-5pm. $10-25. Resurrection Parish, 303 Stony Point Road, Santa Rosa. (707) 824-5611. www.creativeartsseries.com

05/22: New Century Chamber Orchestra Music Director Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg conducts the last series in the season featuring the World Premier of “Elevations,” a new work by American composer Marc O’Connor. 8pm. $29-49. Osher Marin JCC, 200 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael. 357-1111. www.ncco.org

05/22: Singers Marin Youth Choruses Spring Concert “We Are the World.” Jan Pedersen Schiff, artistic director. Amanda Morando, Lindsey McLennan and Kat Weiss conduct. 3pm. $5-20. IDESST Hall, 511 Caledonia St., Sausalito. 383-3712.

Dance 05/21: Salsa Dancing Live music with Alexis y su Original. Dance lesson at 8:30pm. 8:30pm-1:30am. $15. Seafood Peddler, 100 Yacht Club Dr., San Rafael. 601-3685. www.seafoodpeddler.com 05/24: World Dance Class Join Monica Caldwell St-John for a high energy cardio blast featuring cool moves and hot grooves from around the globe. All ages and levels empowered. 9-10am. $15, drop in. Women’s Fitness Center & Spa, 2088 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Fairfax. 457-1693.

Theater/Auditions 05/22-06/19: Mountain Play Presents ‘Hairspray’ Mountain Play Assoc. presents the Tony Award winning musical. 2pm Sundays, May 22 and 29, June 5, 12 and 19, also 2pm Saturday June 11. 2-4pm. $30-40. Cushing Memorial Amphitheatre on Mt. Tamalpais, 801 Panoramic Hwy., Mill Valley. 383-1100. www.mountainplay.org

05/27-29: Shakespeare at Stinson “Unmasked.” Written and performed by Sophia Marzocchi. Modern and gripping personal journey combines dance, mask work and improvisation. Showtimes are 8pm May 27-28 and 7pm on May 29. MAY 20 - MAY 26, 2011 PACIFIC SUN 41

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Art 05/20-06/26: Gallery Route One May/June Exhibitions Will Thoms â&#x20AC;&#x153;Finding My Way: Maps, Grids, Signs.â&#x20AC;? Alex Fradkin â&#x20AC;&#x153; The Left Coast: California on the Edgeâ&#x20AC;? and Tim Graveson, new works. Reception 3-5pm May 22. 11am-5pm Wed.-Mon. Free. Gallery Route One , 11101 Highway One , Point Reyes. 663-1347. www.galleryrouteone.org

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05/22: Kate Clinton: The Glee Party Thirty year celebration. Benefiting Spectrum LGBT Center. Reserved front row seats include reception with Kate. 1pm. $35-85. Hoytt Theater, Osher Marin Jewish Community Center, 200 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael. 472-1945. www.spectrumlgbtcenter.org 05/25: Comedy Wednesday With Hypnotist comedian Ron Stubbs, G King and friends. 8pm. $10-15. Georgeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262. www.georgesnightclub.com 05/27: Seth Meyers SNL â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weekend Updateâ&#x20AC;? anchor performs. 8pm. $45-55. Uptown Theatre, 1350 Third St., Napa. (707) 259-0123. www.uptowntheatrenapa.com

handcrafting process of clay making and kiln firing during hourly tours of Heathâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s historic factory. 10am-7pm May 20; 10am-6pm May 21; 11am-6pm May 22. Free. Heath Ceramics, 400 Gate Five Road, Sausalito. 332-3732. www.heathceramics.com

05/20: Whistlestop and Cedars 2011 Art Show Featuring artwork by individuals with disabilities who attend Cedars of Marin Victory Center. 11:30am-12:30pm. Free. Whistlestop, 930 Tamalpais Ave., San Rafael. 456-9062. www.whistlestop.org

05/21-22: Ranches and Rolling Hills Art Show Annual art show to benefit Marin Agricultural Land Trust working save farmland in Marin.With original works depicting West Marin and the farms and ranches protected by MALT. Noon-5pm. Free. Druidâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hall, 4499 Nicasio Valley Road, Nicasio. 663-1158. www.malt.org 05/21: â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;A Stroke of Springâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Art show, sale and silent auction to benefit the Ritter House San Rafael and Shepherd of the Hills. 10am-4pm. Free. Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, 9 Shepherd Way, Tiburon. 435-1528. 05/21: â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Dining With The Artistsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Join Gallery 305 artists and art lovers for a gala event featuring art, artists, dinner and music. 6pm. $25. Tamalpais Valley Community Services District, 203 Marin Ave., Mill Valley. 388-6393. www.tcsd.us

05/21: Altered Book Show Silent Auction and Party More than 100 Bay Area artists give new life to old, discarded books. 5pm. Free. Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, 500 Palm Dr., Novato. 506-0137. www.marinmoca.org 05/25-06/30: â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Celebrating Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Paola Gianturco, photography. Free. Alemany Library, Dominican University, 50 Acacia Ave., San Rafael. 482-2453. www.dominican.edu

05/25:Wiggling Heads on a Stick with Sha Sha Higby Artist Sha Sha Higby will assist you in casting and decorating a simple head using corks and handmade springs. 6-9pm. $36-45 plus $10 materials fee. Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Hanlon Center for the Arts, 616 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 388-4331. www.ohanloncenter.org

Through 05/25: Gallery Route One Exhibitions â&#x20AC;&#x153;Life Is Tricky.â&#x20AC;?Vickisa, new works. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Far From Home.â&#x20AC;? Shane Weare, paintings. Zea Morvitz, new works. 11am-5pm. Free. Gallery Route One , 11101 Highway One , Point Reyes. 663-1347. www.galleryrouteone.org

Through 05/28: 20th Annual Marin County High School Art Show Juried exhibition of painting, sculpture, photography and drawing/ print processes from Marin High School student artists. Gallery hours are Mon-Thurs. 11am-4pm; Sat.-Sun. Noon-4pm. Free. Marin Society of Artists, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Ross. 454-9561. www.marinsocietyofartists.org

Through 05/28: Falkirkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2011 Annual Juried Exhibition Group exhibition juried by Virginia Breier. Free. Falkirk Cultural Center, 1408 Mission Ave., San Rafael. 485-3328. www.falkirkculturalcenter.org

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Through 07/04: â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Beyond, Visions of Planetary Landscapesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Tour the universe this summer with a unique Smithsonian traveling exhibition. 10am-4pm. Petaluma Museum, 20 4th St., Petaluma. (707) 778-4398. www.petalumamuseum.com Through 07/04: â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Mosaic Magic Solo exhibition by Jane Kelly showcases colorful, threedimensional mosaic pieces. 7am-3pm Mon.-Fri.; 8am-3pm Sat.-Sun.; 5pm-9:30pm Wed.-Sun. Free. Anthony Miceli Gallery, Two Bird Cafe, 625 San Geronimo Valley Dr., San Geronimo.

Through 07/08: â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Beautiful Botanicalsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Paintings by Master Artists of the S.F. Botanical Garden Society. 8am-7pm. Free. Marin Cancer Institute, 1350 So. Eliseo Dr., Greenbrae. 461-9000. Through 07/21: 2011 Spring Exhibit Features quilts by Gail Retka Angiulo and Marin MOCA members. 11am-4pm. Free. Gallery 305, in office of Tamalpais Community Services District, 305 Bell Lane, Mill Valley. 388-6393. www.tcsd.us

and Pirkle Jones documenting the Black Power and Flower Power movements of the late 1960s. 9-5pm. Free. Marin Community Foundation , 5 Hamilton Landing, Suite 200, Novato. 666-2442. www.marincf.org

Talks/Lectures 05/21: Marin Gray Panthers Meeting Rachelle Marshall will discuss the Palestinian Israel conflicts and the Fatah-Hamas reconciliation. Also â&#x20AC;&#x153;Collecting Stories from Exile,â&#x20AC;? documentry about refugees from 1948 ArabIsraeli war 1:30-3:30pm. Free. The Redwoods Activities Room, 40 Camino Alto, Mill Valley. 453-1550.

 

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05/26: American Cetacean Society presents â&#x20AC;&#x153;Whale Entanglements: Large and Small.â&#x20AC;? Kathi Koontz give a presentation about protecing our local sealife from entanglement. 7-9pm. Free. Bay Model Visitors Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito. www.acs-sfbay.org

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05/24: Traveling Show Poetry Reading Marin Poetry Center’s Traveling Show presents readings by Melissa Stein, Robert Thomas, Catlyn Fendler, Daniel Polikoff, Julia Vose and Claire Botter with hosts Toni Wilkes and Gregory Randall. 7-9pm. Free. Mill Valley Library, 375 Throckmorton, Mill Valley. 389-4292. www.marinpoetrycenter.org 05/26: Marc Kaufman Washington Post editor and science writer discusses “First Contact: Scientific Breakthroughs in the Hunt for Life Beyond Earth.” 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera.

Film Events 05/25: ‘Nostalgia for the Light’ Author Isabel Allende will introduce and discuss a special screening of filmmaker Patricio Guzmán’s poetic documentary about Chile’s Atacama Desert and its significance for astronomy, archaeology and historical memory. 7pm. $8-12. Smith Rafael Film Center, 1118 4th St., San Rafael. 454-1222. www.cafilm.org 05/26 and 29: ‘As You Like It.’ Thea Sharrock’s new production of Shakespeare’s romantic comedy broadcast from the Globe Theatre in London. 7pm May 26; 1pm May 29. $15-18. Smith Rafael Film Center, 1118 Foruth St. , San Rafael. 454-1222. www.cafilm.org

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ARIES (March 20 - April 19) The entertaining Sun enters your house of ideas, communication and media on Saturday. You have a month to glam up your website and social network page, as well as catch up on your correspondence, phone calls, podcast subscriptions and DVR recordings. On Monday, your ruler (sexy Mars) hooks up with lovable Venus, making it difficult to focus on mundane tasks— like work. Since Victoria Day is only a holiday north of the border, pretend you’re Canadian. TAURUS (April 20 - May 19) Friday is officially the final day for celebrating Taurus birthdays. Fortunately, it is one doozy of a party day from morning to night. The mushy Moon complements your ruler (charming Venus) as well as flirty Mercury, spicy Mars and passionate Pluto. If you aren’t having fun, you’re not paying attention. Although the spotlighting Sun moves on, the remaining planets promise a lovely week for activities ranging from romantic to intellectual to physical. Life is good. GEMINI (May 20 - June 20) Once a year when the expressive Sun occupies your sign, you gain an aura of confidence and showmanship. This comes in handy for those of you attempting to land a job as a sports announcer. Meanwhile, your ruler (restless Mercury) is doing his best to relax and enjoy the down-to-earth sensuality experienced when moving through the calming sign of Taurus. Perhaps a birthday massage will do the trick... CANCER (June 21 - July 21) Charming Venus, active Mars and chatty Mercury make this a week for good times with good friends. Throw in a weekend getaway with your sweetie and life can be savored for all the personal satisfaction that is coming your way. Tuesday and Wednesday bring a desire to explore and learn something new. Browse your local events to see what could broaden your horizons or open your mind to new ideas. Remember: Learning has no age limits. LEO (July 22 - August 22) Are you ready for some social interaction? This weekend, your ruler (the dramatic Sun) leaves the placid sign of Taurus to enter the stimulating sign of Gemini. You become interested in everything and everyone as your curiosity leads you to engage in new and fascinating conversations. Meanwhile, you continue to have opportunities to mingle with the VIP crowd. Make sure you know how to use the camera on your phone. VIRGO (August 23 - September 21) The show-off Sun is at the top of your chart. This is no time to be shy or afraid of publicity. You may, in fact, be inspired to write a blog or appear on public access television to let everyone know of your accomplishments. With a fun-loving trio of planets activating your travel house, the desire to see the world continues. An international trip could bring material for a blog or script. Consider it a tax write-off and keep your receipts. LIBRA (September 22 - October 22) Your ruler (peaceful Venus) is doing her best to stay grounded while under the influence of rambunctious Mars and fidgety Mercury. So, if you find yourself sitting cross-legged on the floor chanting “Om” one moment and restlessly pacing the room the next, now you know why. Fortunately, the entry of the Sun into the dualnatured sign of Gemini helps you balance this with admirable aplomb. Om, cha-cha-cha. SCORPIO (October 23 - November 21) On Saturday, the demanding Sun moves into the sector of your chart ruling taxes, joint resources, other people’s money and sex. For the next month you may have to deal with IRS agents, settlement demands from your ex and increases in your loan interest rates. Alternatively, your intimate life may be vibrant and time-consuming—probably a more appealing consequence of your current chart dynamics. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 - December 20) Typically, you count on the generosity of friends, lovers and strangers when you need material abundance. And, often, that system works pretty well. This week, however, you are motivated and driven to make money the hard way—by working for it. Consider this practice for the summer when, in fact, your passion for increasing your net worth surpasses your desire to backpack through the Swiss Alps. Will wonders never cease? CAPRICORN (December 21 - January 18) For those of you who think an infatuation would be a lovely way to end the month of May, you’re in luck. Romance is in the cards for you on Friday, assuming you can skip out of work and give Cupid a chance. From Saturday, the Sun occupies your house of work and working out. While this doesn’t rule out enjoying your love life, it does make your schedule a bit tighter. Thank goodness for daylight saving time. AQUARIUS (January 19 - February 17) Too much traditional Taurus energy can be overwhelming to you progressive types. So, you are happy when the Sun moves out of stodgy Taurus and into versatile Gemini on Saturday. This new placement in your house of creativity can be particularly enjoyable for those in the midst of redecorating (a side effect of having three active planets in the home sector of your chart). Just don’t do anything that requires a chainsaw or moving a wall. PISCES (February 18 - March 19) As you continue to enjoy the ethereal effects of having mystical Neptune (your ruler) in your personality house, you are breaking out of the bonds of reality. While you may find this a fascinating experience, you cannot count on this being understood by everyone else. 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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 April 28, 2011. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on April 28, 2011. (Publication Dates: May 6, 13, 20, 27, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2011126581 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as RACHELLE & NAPOLEON FAVORITE SNACKS, 30 KLAMATH WAY, NOVATO, CA 94947: THALASSA NEWTON, 30 KLAMATH WAY, NOVATO, CA 94947. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on April 10, 2011. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on April 11, 2011. (Publication Dates: May 6, 13, 20, 27, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 126706 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as GOLDEN IVY HEALTH CENTER, 712 D ST. SUITE A, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: WENDY YE, 4888 PORTSALON WAY, ANTIOCH, CA 94531. 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 April 27, 2011. (Publication Dates: May 6, 13, 20, 27, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2011126700 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as DYNAMIC SURVIVAL SYSTEMS, 23 CIRCLE DR., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: MATTHEW H. CAPPOLA, 23 CIRCLE 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 April 26, 2011. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on April 26, 2011. (Publication Dates: May 6, 13, 20, 27, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 126653 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as THE BUILDER, 90 SEA WAY, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: RAYMOND SOMBERG, 90 SEA WAY, 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 April 19, 2011. (Publication Dates: May 6, 13, 20, 27, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 126714 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as RUBY’S DAY SPA, 1102 SECOND ST. STE 11, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: LOURDES AN, 981 HACIENDA CR., ROHNERT PARK, CA 94928. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on May 1, 2011. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on April 28, 2011. (Publication Dates: May 6, 13, 20, 27, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2011126571 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as THE MARIN LISTENING AND LEARNING CENTER, 611 DRAKE AVE., SAUSALITO, CA 94965: LAURA D. GODWIN, 611 DRAKE AVE., SAUSALITO, CA 94965. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on April 8, 2011. (Publication Dates: May 6, 13, 20, 27, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2011126703 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as MORTGAGE SERVICES, 4304 REDWOOD HWY. SUITE 100, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94960: ANDREW NATHAN, 69 RAVEN RD., SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960; NATHAN COLLEEN, 69 RAVEN RD., SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960. This business is being conducted by a husband & wife. 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 April 27, 2011. (Publication Dates: May 6, 13, 20, 27, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2011126749 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as ROADSIDE BBQ, 5000 NORTHGATE MALL #135, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: CAL SOL CONCEPTS LLC., 5000 NORTHGATE MALL #135, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903. This business is being conducted by a limited liability company. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s)

listed herein on May 1, 2011. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on May 3, 2011. (Publication Dates: May 6, 13, 20, 27, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2011126729 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as DOUBLE RAINBOW CAFE, 860 FOURTH ST., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: DALAI OTIS ENTERPRISES, INC., 860 FOURTH ST., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by a corporation. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on April 29, 2011. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on April 29, 2011. (Publication Dates: May 6, 13, 20, 27, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2011126788 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as SWEETWATER MUSIC HALL, 19 CORTE MADERA AVE., MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: THE WOODS MUSIC HALL, LLC., 19 CORTE MADERA AVE., MILL VALLEY, CA 94941. This business is being conducted by a limited liability company. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on March 11, 2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on May 6, 2011. (Publication Dates: May 13, 20, 27; June 3, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 126766 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as GADGET PRO; CELLPHONE REPAIR & ACCESSORIES, 777 GRAND AVE. #KIOSK, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: JOE NGUYEN, 3934 SELMI GROVE, RICHMOND, CA 94806. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on May 20, 2011. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on May 4, 2011. (Publication Dates: May 13, 20, 27; June 3, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 126784 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as CORE AWAKENING JOURNEY; GLOBAL HEART INITIATIVE, 936-B 7TH ST. #316, NOVATO, CA 94945: JITENDRA DARLING, 936-B 7TH ST. #316, NOVATO, CA 94945. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on May 1, 2009. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on May 6, 2011. (Publication Dates: May 13, 20, 27; June 3, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 126819 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as PAVCO PRESSURE WASHING, 56 SHADY LANE, ROSS, CA 94957: PERRY PAVLINA, 56 SHADY LANE, ROSS, CA 94957. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on May 10, 2011. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on May 10, 2011. (Publication Dates: May 13, 20, 27; June 3, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2011126840 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as SYNTO SYSTEMS, 150 CABRO COURT, NOVATO, CA 94947: BCH TECHNICAL SERVICES, LLC., 150 CABRO COURT, NOVATO, CA 94947. This business is being conducted by a limited liability company. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on May 1, 2011. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on May 12, 2011. (Publication Dates: May 20, 27; June 3, 10, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2011126858 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as THE VELVET ICE COLLECTION, 1328 4TH ST., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: LISA LEE, 8004 MITCHELL DRIVE, ROHNERT PARK, CA 94928. 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 May 16, 2011. (Publication Dates: May 20, 27; June 3, 10, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2011126849 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as ST. CLAIRE PARTNERS, 100 DRAKES LANDING RD. SUITE 207, GREENBRAE, CA 94904: DANIEL A. DAVIDSON, 100 DRAKES LANDING RD. SUITE 207, 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

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Public Notices Continued from Page 46 filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on May 13, 2011. (Publication Dates: May 20, 27; June 3, 10, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2011126863 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as NEXT STEP AHEAD DAYCARE, 124 MERRYDALE RD. APT. 44, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: ELIZABETH DASILVA ALVAREZ, 124 MERRYDALE RD. APT. 44, 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 May 16, 2011. (Publication Dates: May 20, 27; June 3, 10, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 1216869 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as BEGINNING SAINT PRESS, 21 ENCINA PL., SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960: CAROL FABRIC, 21 ENCINA PL., SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on May 17, 2011. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on May 17, 2011. (Publication Dates: May 20, 27; June 3, 10, 2011)

997 All Other Legals ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF MARIN. No. CIV 1102052. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner NATE WOOD & SACHIKO WOOD filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: KENZO MARCUS WOOD to THEODORE JIRO WOOD. 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: June 9, 2011, 8:30 AM, Dept. K, Room K, Superior Court of California, County of Marin, 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael, CA 94913-4988. A copy of this ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE shall be published at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in the county of Marin: PACIFIC SUN. Date: April 22, 2011 /s/ FAYE D’OPAL, JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT (Pacific Sun: April 29; May 6, 13, 20, 2011) STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF USE OF FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME File No. 304273 The following person(s) has/have abandoned the use of a fictitious business name(s). The information given below is as it appeared on the fictitious business statement that was filed at the Marin County Clerk-Recorder’s Office. Fictitious Business name(s): GOLDEN IVY HEALTH CENTER, 712 D ST. SUITE A, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. Filed in Marin County on: June 27, 2008. Under File No: 117743. Registrant’s Name(s): WEI YANG, 4983 FILAMENT CT., ROHNERT PARK, CA 94928. This statement was filed with the County Clerk Recorder of Marin County on April 27, 2011. (Pacific Sun: May 6, 13, 20, 27, 2011) ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF MARIN. No. CIV 1102193. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner DUK IM LEE filed a petition with this court for a decree changing

names as follows: DUK IM LEE to HANNAH LEE; SEUNG JIN LEE TO VICTORIA SEUNG LEE; BYUNG HUN LEE TO DANIEL LEE. 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: June 6, 2011, 9:00AM, Dept. L, Room L, Superior Court of California, County of Marin, 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael, CA 94903. 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: April 29, 2011 /s/ LYNN DURYEE, JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT (Pacific Sun: May 6, 13, 20, 27, 2011) NOTICE OF PETITION TO ADMINISTER ESTATE OF: GEOFFREY ROBERT FRANK. Case No. PR-1102221. To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors and persons who may otherwise be interested in the will or estate, or both, of GEOFFREY ROBERT FRANK. A PETITION FOR PROBATE has been filed by: ROBERT CARL FRANK in the Superior Court of California, County of MARIN. THE PETITION FOR PROBATE requests that ROBERT CARL FRANK be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent. THE PETITION requests the decedent’s will and codicils, if any, be admitted to probate. The will and any codicils are available for examination in the file kept by the court. THE PETITION requests authority to administer the estate under the Independent Administration of Estates Act. (This authority will allow the personal representative to take many actions without obtaining court approval. Before taking certain very important actions, however, the personal representative will be required to give notice to interested persons unless they have waived notice or consented to the proposed action.) The independent administration authority will be granted unless an interested person files an objection to the petition and shows good cause why the court should not grant the authority. A HEARING on the petition will be held in this court as follows: May 31, 2011 at 8:30 a.m. in Dept: H, Room: H, of the Superior Court of California, Marin County, located at Superior Court of California, County of Marin, 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael, CA. IF YOU OBJECT to the granting of the petition, you should appear at the hearing and state your objections or file written objections with the court before the hearing. Your appearance may be in person or by your attorney. IF YOU ARE A CREDITOR or a contingent creditor of the decedent, you must file your claim with the court and mail a copy to the personal representative appointed by the court within four months from the date of first issuance of letters as provided in section 9100 of the California Probate Code. The time for filing claims will not expire before four months from the hearing date noticed above. YOU MAY EXAMINE the file kept by the court. If you are a person interested in the estate, you may file with the court a Request for Special Notice (form DE-154) of the filing of an inventory and appraisal of estate assets or of any petition or account as provided in Probate Code section 1250. A Request for Special Notice form is available from the court clerk. Attorney for Petitioner: ROBERT CARL FRANK, 7200 JACINTO AVE. UNIT 18103, SACRAMENTO, CA 95823; (415) 235-7685. (Publication Dates: May 6, 13, 20, 2011) NOTICE TO CREDITORS: No. PR 1101539 In the Matter of: The Fuchs Family Revocable Trust, dated October 19, 1999, by Frederick A. Fuchs, Decedent. Notice is hereby given to the creditors and

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contingent creditors of the above-named decedent, who died on December 27, 2010, that all persons having claims against the decedent are required to file them with the Superior Court, at P.O. Box 4988, 3501 Civic Center Drive, Room 113, San Rafael, California 94903, and mail a copy to BARBARA M. FUCHS as Successor Trustee of the Trust dated October 19, 1999, wherein the decedent was the settler, c/o Zuckerman & McQuiller, One Embarcadero Center, Suite 2480, San Francisco, California 94111, within the later of four (4) months after the date of the first publication of notice to creditors or, if notice is mailed or personally delivered to you, sixty (60) days after the date this notice is mailed or personally delivered to you. A claim form may be obtained from the court clerk. For your protection, you are encouraged to file your claim by certified mail, with return receipt request. Barbara M. Fuchs, Trustee c/o Zuckerman & McQuiller, One Embarcadero Center, Suite 2480, San Francisco, California 94111. Tel (415) 392-1980, Fax (415) 392-4016. (Pacific Sun/ Publication Dates: May 13, 20, 27; June 3, 2011) AMENDED ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF MARIN. No. CIV 1101912. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner KATHERINE CHILDS (WAHL) filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: ABIGAIL IRIS WAHL to ABIGAIL IRIS CHILDS; JACK ALLEN WAHL TO JACK ALLEN CHILDS. 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: June 8, 2011, 8:30 AM, Dept. E, Superior Court of California, County of Marin, 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael, CA 94903. 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: May 5, 2011 /s/ FAYE D’OPAL, JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT (Pacific Sun: May 20, 27; June 3, 10, 2011)

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Women always insist they’re looking for a “nice guy,” but they waste no time running past one to get to a jerk/bad boy. It really seems they’re drawn to guys who treat them badly. My most egotistical friends score with women like crazy, and I’m a nice guy who’s alone. If my experience is any indication, what women really want are domineering users who have sex with them and toss them aside.—Nice And Tired Of It

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Dateless guys like to blame their situation on how “nice” they are—as if nothing zaps a guy’s mojo like being the kind of fellow who’d bandage a bird’s wing or drive an old lady to the store. Night after night, they rock themselves to sleep, whimpering, “Am I just too wonderful to be anyone’s boyfriend?” when the question they probably should be asking is “Why doesn’t the approval-starved, needy suck-up get the girls?” Self-proclaimed nice guys are often not nice at all but overly nice—snakes in worm’s clothing driven by crushing wimpiness, fear and desperation. Instead of taking the straightforward approach to hitting on a woman, the so-called nice guy offers to do a bunch of chores for her—not out of the goodness of his wimpy little heart but to bribe her into wanting him. This guy not only finishes last, he gets left holding the broom. “Nice” versus “jerk”/“bad boy” is actually an oversimplification. NYU personality psychologist Dr. Scott Barry Kaufman has been digging into the nuances, which he laid out in his talk at an evolutionary psychology conference I attended in April at SUNY-Binghamton. Kaufman described the classic jerk as “narcissistic, selfish, thrill-seeking and chauvinistic.” He focused on the narcissistic angle, noting that narcissists tend to be a bust in long-term relationships (they’re all about being admired instead of being a partner), but they’re “masters at first impressions.” He cited research that suggests a whole lot of us find narcissists highly likable at first. We’re drawn to them thanks to four things: They tend to dress with personal style (flashy or expensive clothing), they have self-assured body language, they come off warm and charming and they pepper their conversation with witty remarks. But, in the research, those who initially found the narcissists charismatic, well-adjusted and fun saw their true colors upon further interaction (recognizing them for the self-obsessed, groupie-seeking, manipulative creeps they actually are). While many women are drawn to bad boys, especially in their early 20s, there are three basic types who will put up with one: thrill-seekers, fling-seekers and sad-sack gaping wounds. Regarding your contention that women want “domineering” men, Kaufman laid out research that shows they actually want men who are “assertive” as opposed to “dominant.” What’s the difference? Well, a guy who says to his date, “We’ve got to leave right now” as opposed to tying her up and throwing her in the trunk. Kaufman summed up his talk by describing the ideal man as strong without being aggressive and demanding, and sensitive without being meek, wimpy or submissive. He described this man as “the Prestigious Man,” and gave George Clooney as an example. This sort of man is confident, achievement-oriented and extroverted while also being caring, generous and helpful. Kaufman emphasized that kindness and assertiveness aren’t mutually exclusive, and having both in one man is especially important to women. He also noted that the Prestigious Man has genuine self-esteem, based on his accomplishments (as opposed to the blustery “Look at me!” self-esteem of the not-so-nice guy). So, the answer for you and other nice guys is... become George Clooney? No, nor should you start hitting on women with “Hi! I’d like to have sex with you and throw you away like used Kleenex!” But, think about where a guy who might say that is coming from. He’s having fun, shaking things up. He isn’t living in fear of rejection. And he doesn’t take rejection as a statement of his worth, just a sign that it’s time to go offend the next girl. What you need to do is borrow from the bad boy’s successful tactics. You won’t transform yourself overnight, but you can work on being more self-assured, and until you start to feel it, do your best to act self-assured. To ramp up your Prestigious Man/Clooneyness, Kaufman suggests you do something socially valuable, something to help humanity. As a bonus, if there’s one place you’re less likely to find narcissistic, self-serving jerks competing with you for the ladies, it’s the volunteer world. In time, with practice, you just might convince some cute volunteer girl to come home with you to help you put Bactine on that rash you got from tucking your tail between your legs. <

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