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How Greene was my tally? Peter Breen’s screed against Ford Greene [“Going Rogue—Mayoral Style,” July 22] shows what is wrong with the majority of politicians in this country and many other places. [Editor’s note: ‘Paciﬁc Sun’ blogger Breen took San Anselmo Mayor, and Transportation Authority of Marin board member, Ford Greene to task last week for offering to represent the Town Council’s consensus regarding a TAM vote on whether to approve $8 million for the SMART project; the Town Council consensus was to vote yes on the funding, but Greene, a TAM board member who personally opposed the move, voted “no” anyway] Breen says Ford should vote with the other hacks just because they think he should. In other words, they should continue to screw the voters with stuff like Marin Energy Authority and so-called SMART and whatever crap they are doing in San Anselmo because “we have always done it that way.” Maybe Ford is the only one of the bunch who has no relatives standing in line for a consultancy, or maybe he just knows when something is wrong. Maybe he is willing to do what he was elected to do. Ford opposed the ﬂood tax for people who live nowhere near the ﬂood zone—a ﬂood fee that came via a gerrymandered district and an unconstitutional ballot design. That alone should earn him some esteem points, and it does, in spite of Peter Breen’s opposition. We need to get rid of the Peter Breens and get some more Ford Greenes. Thanks, Ford. DavidWeinstock, Fairfax
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patently untrue, so absurdly unbelievable, that it would not withstand the critical thinking skills of a seventh-grader. Such is the grand uniﬁed theory of Kondratiev Long Wave investment that appeared in your ﬁne publication last week [“Catch A Long Wave,” July 22]. When I read that this Kondratiev Cycle, the invention of an “authority in the New Economic Policy of the ﬂedgling Communist government” (i.e., a “Soviet economic expert), appeared as far back as the Battle of Hastings, reappeared every 53 years, and manifested itself 125 years ago with the great “bicycle boom,” my speculative hopes of playing the recent market gyrations rose high! Surely the appearance of mountain bikes some 15-20 years ago must portend another such boom cycle, one where I could get in on the ground ﬂoor (or low gear). Then I read that it wasn’t so easy, since there are also shorter cycles within cycles (epicycles? bi-epi-cycles? cyco-cycles?), mini-booms before big booms, plateaus and even, yes, CRASHES! Not to mention the inﬂuence of sunspots and other
Your soapbox is waiting at ›› paciﬁcsun.com such “astrological phenomena” (fool that I was, I thought my winnings would be astronomical, not astrological, but I forgot to read my horoscope). It dawned on me that, like astrology, this theory is so grand and vague and fraught with exceptions, epicycles and disclaimers that whatever it predicts might (or might not) come true! As Mr. Von Baranov, seen scribbling his formulae like a Dr. Gene Scott in the accompanying photo, admits when asked if an investor can actually use the wave chart to know when the invest: Well, “Yes and no.” Brilliant! Only in Marin, which has long been an “epicenter” of fraudulent ﬁnancial counselors, swindling stock-market mavens, and idiotic investment letters! (Ever notice the regularity with which investment scams inﬂate and burst in Tiburon, Sausalito, Ross—and now it seems Mill Valley?) Waves... waves... wonderful waves... the Elliot Wave, the Alternative Investment Wave, New and Old Waves tales—time to get out the surfboard, baby! And all we need to harness this bubbling wind and wave energy is to unleash more capitalists from the cruelty of taxes, which are inherently “socialist and Marxist type thinking” in Mr. Von Baranov’s Ayn Randian opinion. All things considered, though, I would rather bet on the investment letter writers and their collections of cash and Porsches. Selling bogus advice to rich suckers seems to be paying better than the stock market these days, and it’s one wave of ﬁnancial chicanery that never seems to peak here in Money Mad Marin. I wonder, will Eric take my money?
to save it. It is just very, very tragic. Those of us who have been through this now know what is going to happen—ﬁrst thing to go will be the computers. There will be no title look-up, no special orders, no incoming new books, no new magazines, no newspapers and the cafes will close and the Wi-Fi will be shut off and the stock will start to get all mixed up as time goes on. More and more people will quit because anyone who can get hired away will have nothing to stay for. Everything I went through for two months from mid-March to mid-May will repeat now. People will come in and there will be long lines and there will be no customer service to speak of at all. I have already used all my gift cards, ordered my ﬁnal books, and everything is on its way already so I hope to just make it with the ﬁnal shipments of stock. It will likely take two months or three months to sell down the stores’ inventories. But Borders.com orders will cease as there will be no computers in the stores. I just have hope that someone will come to Marin and open a new bookstore—I just hope that will happen so much. Angela Gott, Marin
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I have heard a rumor that all the major networks and news services are about to go public with the disclosure that Gumby has been contacting and communicating intimately with other horses online. Where will it all end? Kimberly Clark, Greenbrae
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nvironmental sustainability is not enough. That is a key element in a philosophy that seeks to move beyond maintaining a natural-world status quo, where environmental degradation merely is halted, says Erin O’Reilly, program director at the Regenerative Design Institute in West Marin. “We feel a regenerative system, something that feeds itself like nature does is the way we need to go. Sustainability is like [saying] we can stay at this same level. That’s not good enough.” The Regenerative Design Institute is a nexus for the latest permutation of what in the 1960s was called the environmental movement. Actually, the institute is on a branch of a family tree that stretches back to President Theodore Roosevelt, a preservationist whose most important and lasting environmental contribution was the creation of the system of national forests, parks, monuments and other ecological milestones. Although principally a preservationist, Roosevelt acknowledged that humans live in the natural world and interact with nature. He believed that people should be conscious of environmental consequences. “In utilizing and considering the natural resources of the nation,” Roosevelt said in an address in Jamestown, Virginia, in 1907, “the one characteristic more essential than
any other is foresight.... The conservation of our natural resources and their proper use constitute the fundamental problem which underlies almost every other problem of our national life.” Given the changes caused by human activity in the years since that speech, Roosevelt’s admonition has more import now than it did when he ﬁrst spoke those words. Problems caused by carbon emissions, greenhouse gases, sea-level rise and climate change are all current consequences Roosevelt could hardly have envisioned as the result of a technological march into the future. Or maybe he was prescient. In 1907, in an address to the Deep Waterway Convention, he said that unless the nation could successfully meet the challenge of solving the problems related to conservation of natural resources, “it will avail us little to solve all [problems].” Although Roosevelt is known as a conservationist, his motivation centered on preserving resources. The conservation movement came along after Roosevelt, essentially taking his environmental baton. Skip to Rachel Carson and work such as the 1962 publication Silent Spring, which warned about environmental contamination, and a new dawn of the environmental movement unfolds. Carson, who was born the same year Roosevelt gave those talks, often is called the mother of 10 >
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And ‘justice’ for alcohol Marin’s homegrown alcohol watchdog group is toasting— in a very responsible and moderate way, we add—its new name and rebranding as “Alcohol Justice.” Alcohol Justice, formerly the Marin Institute, claims to be the world’s only alcohol-industry watchdog group.“Our laser focus is on the world’s most harmful drug, and the companies that make and market it,” AJ officials said Wednesday in a press statement announcing its new name and vision.“This rebranding of Marin Institute reflects our global mission:To hold the industry accountable for the harm alcohol inflicts upon our many diverse communities.” The San Rafael organization formed in 1987 as the Marin Institute for the Prevention of Alcohol and Other Drug Problems; it was one of the “major programs” established through funds from the Buck Trust during the Marin Community Foundation’s infancy. In 2006, the institute shifted its mission from the broader battle against substance-abuse problems to focus solely on the alcohol-production industry. “We use research, media and organizing to expose the industry’s products and practices,” say AJ officials,“and actively advocate for effective policies such as increasing alcohol prices, restricting youth-oriented products, limiting ubiquitous and inappropriate alcohol advertising, and supporting state alcohol control.” More info can be found at http://www.alcoholjustice.org. Details on hospital bond measure emerge Marin General is expecting a bouncing baby bond measure in 2013, according to hospital officials. It’s been presumed that the Marin Healthcare District would seek a bond measure in order to raise revenue to complete a state-mandated 2020 deadline to bring the building up to seismic code. Now district chief development officer Jon Friedenberg is making the rounds in the county to provide a few more details. He says the cost of a pair of new hospital wings, two parking lots and a new outpatient building could be as high as $500 million.The district is aiming to put a $300 million-plus general-obligation bond measure on the November 2013 ballot; additional funds would come from property owner parcel fees. If the bond measure passes, construction would be scheduled for completion by 2018. New law to help homeowners repair pipes Now Marin homeowners can get into the sewer-repair business themselves—thanks to a new law that makes it easier for folks to take costly sewage problems into their own, er, hands. Gov. Brown signed AB 741 into law this week, a bill intended to prevent sewage spills and protect surface- and groundwater from contamination by providing flexibility for willing property owners to pay for their own sewer repairs on damaged pipes that, if not quickly 10 > fixed, could lead to spillage.
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1. Pictured, right: The name “Mendonoma” refers to what geographical region? 2. What game includes such terms as easyway, hardway, crazy kite and large “X”? 3. What animal name translates to Terrible Lizard in Greek? 4. What three independent nations are known as the Baltic countries? 5. Identify these music acts: 5a. Pictured, right: Popular since the 1970s—group named after flying objects 5b. Since the 1980s—named after the deepest part of human sleep 5c. Since the late 1990s, a singer whose name sounds like instruments of primitive warfare
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▲ A coalition of campers captured an alleged child molester last weekend at Dillon Beach and restrained him with zip ties until the Marin County Sheriff’s deputies reached the scene. The suspect, John Robert Reno, a 25-year-old Napa resident, entered the tent of a family camping at Lawson’s Landing in West Marin. The parents were alerted to the intruder’s presence when their 8-yearold daughter awakened them and pointed out the man asleep in her sleeping bag. Nearby campers were also alerted and grabbed Reno as he tried to leave. Sheriff’s deputies arrested him on suspicion of lewd acts with a child younger than 14. Although we don’t have the names of the Heroes who apprehended Reno, these are the folks we want living next door. Good work, citizens.
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▼ It seems coastal Marin was a busy place this week, because our Zero incident took place there too. Seeing a local mother let her young daughter poop on the beach, Ambre offered the woman a bag to pick up the waste. “No, it’s OK. I’ll just hide it under this rock,” said the inconsiderate mom. Ambre explained that people could step in it. Not to be deterred, our Zero replied, “The tide is coming in. It’ll be gone soon.” As Ambre notes, she cleans up her dog’s poop and that mother should clean up her child’s poop. We’re behind you on this movement. Mom, you’re deﬁnitely a Zero, not to mention unsanitary. Try respecting Marin’s beaches and the other living beings that share them with you.—Nikki Silverstein
Marin youth were brainwashing in Korea. Further brainwashing turning on, tuning in and was on the schedule at the following meeting, dropping caps 45 years ago when young Republicans were invited to enthis week. joy of a pair of taped speeches by gubernatoIt was the debut edition rial contender Ronald Reagan. Not everyone years ago of the Paciﬁc Sun’s newest was captivated by the star of Tugboat Annie special publication—High Times, Marin’s Sails Again, however. An editorial that week only newspaper “by, for, and about highby Terra Linda High student Cindy Royce school-age youth,” according to some old made a daring prediction about Reagan’s fogy’s stiff introduction. The concept of High chances of defeating Pat Brown in the race to Times was to give voice to the concerns and Sacramento: “[He] will either lose California’s issues important to teenagers throughout gubernatorial election, or he will win by a the county—no matter how misinformed slim margin” she gambled. The political ingeand ill-conceived they may be. All teens were nue had based her assessment of the situation welcome to contribute stories and opinion by weighing Reagan’s 15 percent lead in polls pieces on any topic, promised Sun publisher against his waning “zenith of popularity.” Merril D. Grohman, “as long as it’s legible.” Incredibly, Cindy’s true talents lay in Legibility be damned! High Times was al- predicting every possible outcome but the ready garnering rave reviews—even before eventual one—the Gipper spanked Brown anyone had seen it. “All-School Paper Lauded,” with 58 percent of the vote. But declaring an boasted a front-page story about how High early exit from politics for the former B-movTimes was a “unique experiment in the his- ie star wasn’t even the paper’s biggest slip that tory of Marin County.” And an “experiment” week; worse was High Times’ scoop about the it would prove to be indeed—the Sun would impending demise of the Rolling Stones. pull the plug on High Times a few months latDuring the band’s ﬁnal stop on their er after the San Rafael North American school board deemed tour, Marin Cathoit a “hotbed of student lic’s Bruce Dreier dissent,” charging managed to land the that is was “fanning Paciﬁc Sun’s only-ever the ﬂames of rabbleinterview with Mick rousing.” (The Sun Jagger. was also losing $200 a Dreier asked Jagger week on the pub.) about rumors that And true to form, this would be the High Times was fanStones’ ﬁnal tour. ning ﬂames from the “There is a remote get-go—unfortunatechance that the group ly, it was the ﬂames may be breaking up,” of racial stereotyping responded Jagger. that were getting the “The reason for this biggest gusts of wind is that we are quite from High Times, spetired from the tour in ciﬁcally with its pageAmerica. We want to one editorial cartoon spend some time with about the Vietnam our families at home. War that depicted a But I stress that this is caricature of a short ‘Paciﬁc Sun’ reports of the breakup of the Stones were a remote chance.” Vietnamese peasant about 46 years premature. Still, the cub replete with rice-ﬁeld reporter went with attire, questionably shaped eyes and verb- the break-up angle. “‘Rolling stones gather deﬁcient Asian accent. no moss’ goes an old saying,” Dreier wrote Still, one mildly racist gaffe wasn’t enough forlornly in conclusion. “But these Stones do. to sour these kids on politics. High Times’ top Even the ﬂashy mod look of their clothing story that week, “Conservatives Form Group could not hide the faint hint of home-sickat Redwood,” was about a new club called the ness felt by this crowd of weary Britainers.” Individual Freedom’s Organization, launched It was High Times, however, that would with an exciting mission to “provide leadernot be getting any further satisfaction—it’s ship through which constitutional and ﬁnal issue was Feb. 3, 1967. conservative principles may be presented.” The Stones, meanwhile, are planning a The group’s ﬁrst order of business, however, series of concerts in 2012 to celebrate their was to present a public broadcast of a tape 50th anniversary. ✹ recording about the evils of communist Get off Jason’s cloud at jwalsh@paciﬁcsun.com.
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< 8 The new environmentalists the modern environmental movement. And then came the 1960s, with the back-to-the-land movement that took the preservationist and environmental principles and mixed them with a dose of counterculture political paroxysm. Although many in mainstream society viewed those who decided to live off the land as dilettantes—or worse—the movement spawned yet another permutation of environmentalism, with great emphasis (in part because of work done by Carson and others) placed on organic food cultivation and consumption. Growing your own was the catchphrase (and it referred to more than peas and beans). Despite continued denigration from wider society, which viewed organics as a hippie fad of little use to society, the ideology has been integrated into mainstream marketing. Virtually every supermarket has an organic food section. Proselytizing for organic food and consumer products no longer was considered counterculture or kooky. Then along came the sustainability movement. In its nascent phase, it also was viewed by many as an off-the-wall philosophy of small importance. Not so any longer. The concept of living in a sustainable manner, one which leaves as little footprint as possible on the environment, has become part of our consciousness—at least among many in California and other enlightened bastions around the world. Now there’s a new philosophy in town, the most modern version of the Roosevelt, preservationist, conservationist, environmentalist lineage. And the Regenerative Design Institute, with its Bolinas address, embodies this. Rather than viewing the natural world as separate from human activity, this philosophy accepts the responsibility humans have for interaction with nature. The concept goes beyond preserving and conserving and protecting. “We are nature,” says O’Reilly. A core concept espoused by Penny Livingston Stark and James Stark, who began work that led to the institute, rests on the belief that humans are a “keystone species.” In accepting that position comes the responsibility that humans can live in a mutually “enhancing relationship with the Earth,” says O’Reilly, who coordinates and handles administration for programs at the institute. “We tend the land, and it feeds us, and it clothes us. There is this relationship [between humans and nature] and they don’t have to be separate.” Although some younger people attending classes here may not realize it, they are the natural successors of the back-to-the land movement of the 1960s. But this is no amorphous communal experiment. It’s an institute with a course curriculum and focused ﬁelds of study. Among the programs offered are classes in permaculture, which, according to the institute’s website, “is a design sci10 PACIFIC SUN JULY 29 - AUGUST4, 2011
ence rooted in the observation of natural systems.” Permaculture principles aim to teach people how to formulate ways of living in agricultural, suburban and urban environments that highlight “positive solutions for creating and managing systems for food, medicine and building materials, as well as relationships with ourselves, animals and our communities. Permaculture always keeps in sight three ethics: care of Earth, care of people and sharing surplus.” Other programs include classes that stress recognition of an individual’s role in the community and on the landscape as an integrated and interactive system. Also offered is an ecology of leadership program that focuses in part on creating “a way of living and leading that moves you toward your dreams for yourself and the world.” The words have an almost spiritual ring, and the language may be reminiscent of the 1960s, but the institute is working to create models for meeting the challenges brought by climate change and peak oil. It’s time to get ready, say adherents, including those in the transition movement. People must become more self-sufﬁcient, closer to the land, closer to their resources. It’s not a whacko survivalist mentality, but it is reminiscent of the self-sufﬁciency movement that, once again, took root in the 1960s. However, the new movement views mere sustainability as inadequate. The same goes for mere self-sufﬁciency. “Permaculture is really a whole-system thinking,” says O’Reilly, “a design system that looks at how everything is interconnected. It’s also solutions-based thinking. The people who come and do the program get a sense of hope and a new perspective that there are solutions. They can go home and start implementing many things in their own homes and their own communities. Eventually we hope it gets to a bigger level, a governmental level.” The institute’s ethos has taken hold among many people of all ages in West Marin and the agricultural areas of Sonoma County. A debate over uses of agricultural land (and park property) in West Marin focused attention on the Drakes Bay Oyster Company operation and the Lawson’s Landing coastal campground at Dillon Beach. The debate is not simple; it’s worthy of the complex philosophical approach espoused by the institute. In the case of the oyster operation, which wants to renew its lease on national parkland, strict environmentalists say no commercial operation should continue on national parkland, period; plenty of other areas are suitable for oyster cultivation. But other say that using resources in the natural world—in an environmentally responsible manner with proper oversight— is the more balanced approach, especially considering that eliminating the oyster operation also would eliminate a local food source. And tightening the clamps on Lawson’s Landing would create an undue hardship on lower-income families who would be deprived of recreational time by
the water. Recognizing that humans are part of nature and are a keystone species informs this debate. A similar debate occurs when agricultural interests bump up against state regulations along the coast. That’s at the heart of the recent proposed revisions to the county’s Local Coastal Plan, the local policy document mandated by the California Coastal Act. Policies in the plan determine allowable development in a 1,000-yard zone that starts at the high-tide line, for the most part. In some areas the demarcation line extends farther inland. One of the big issues here is the amount of leeway allowed for agricultural operations to construct a modest number of new small buildings to accommodate family members who want to work agricultural properties. It also affects the amount of red tape it takes to change operations, to create a cheesemaking operation on a dairy ranch, for example. Proposed amendments in the plan would allow more roadside stands and other commercial activity. The proposed amendments to the Coastal Plan have undergone extensive public review and are headed to county supervisors in the fall. O’Reilly, who came to the institute
after a career in architecture and design, says that allowing family members to work on West Marin farms is important to maintaining a working landscape. That follows the goals of the institute to tread lightly on the land, act in ways to regenerate its vitality and at the same time create a climate that can foster economic success. She also notes that single people dedicated to farming would like to work on the ranches and farms in West Marin, and having adequate, environmentally sensitive housing would accommodate that presence. Byron Palmer is a graduate of the design institute. After interning there, he spent two years in an intensive program, taking the permaculture course and coming to think of the institute “as like a second home.” He’s now working at Tara Firma Farms in Petaluma, putting the institute’s philosophy into practice. He works in the ﬁelds, taking care of the chickens, pigs and cattle. His girlfriend, Alessa Lopez, works in the store, packing bags and fulﬁlling orders. They embody the new regenerative ethic taught in West Marin and now spreading beyond county borders. Tara Firma Farms already is an enlightened example of modern ecological farming. In addition to raising chickens,
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The legislation, authored by Marin Assemblyman Jared Huffman, authorizes public agencies to offer voluntary liens to property owners to finance septic and sewer improvements. Typically, the financial responsibility for repairing septic pipes on private property is placed on the homeowner. But, say officials from Huffman’s office, the costs can be exorbitant, discouraging property owners from making the investment. Huffman says the new law will not only benefit property owners, but also ultimately be a savings for taxpayers. “This law provides an option to help property owners make needed onsite septic and sewer improvements, which will alleviate the need to spend public dollars cleaning up sewage overflows and contaminated groundwater,”said Huffman in a statement following Brown’s signing of the bill.“It will also provide public benefits to water quality management, increase property values for private property owners, and create jobs.” The bill goes into effect Jan. 1, 2012.
Housing advocates call out Novato City Council A Novato group calling for a“factbased and respectful”approach toward increasing the town’s available affordable housing is saying it is “alarmed” at the City Council’s lack of commitment toward meeting state-mandated housing goals. In a statement released July 23 by Stand Up for Neighborly Novato, the group—which describes itself as “a grassroots organization whose goal is to work to implement policies that provide reasonably priced housing options”for lower-income earners in Novato—expressed “surprise”that the City Council“did not seem to understand that Novato has a desperate need for more reasonably priced housing.” In a five-plus hour council meeting July 14, the Novato City Council approved designating five locations in the city’s general plan for potential development as affordable housing.The five sites could potentially provide the 202 affordable housing units required by the state; the council also voted to max-out the housing density at 20 units per acre—33 percent lower than the minimum density required by the state. “We heard comments from [the council] indicating they believed that there was enough available housing in Novato due to foreclosed homes,” say officials from SUNN.“Some suggested that Novato did not need to do more to provide housing options for Novato workers or residents.” Added Neighborly Novato:“These beliefs couldn’t be further from the truth.” The five sites designated by the council include 1787 Grant Ave. (near intersection of Virginia, east of Our Lady of Loretto school); 1905 Novato Blvd. (the Lifelong Medical site, between McClay and Simmons); an RV site off of Landing Court (west of Redwood and Rowland); the Campus Properties site at Redwood and Black John Road (out near the Buck Insti-
pigs and cows, the operation includes a vegetable garden. Among its regular customers are 300 families the farm supplies directly every month. â€œTraining in nature awareness has allowed me to see and track patterns in nature on the landscape that I think brings a unique perspective to people out at Tara Firma Farms,â€? says Palmer. Making the transition from coursework to the real-world farm ďŹ eld can present major challenges. â€œItâ€™s real easy to sit in a class and talk about it. Then you are standing there, and you have the [intel-
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Kentfield firefighters â€˜chirpedâ€™ by suspicious bagâ€œJiminy!â€?cried Kentfield residents when a mysterious fuming bag was reported to have appeared Thursday afternoon at the corner of Wolfe Grade and Kentdale Lane. Safety officials closed the street and approached the puffy, clouded plastic receptacle with extreme cautionâ€”and even discussed calling in a hazardous-waste team to determine if the contents were toxic, or incendiary. Firefightersâ€™ fears were calmed, though, when the contents of the bag turned out to be a pile of dead crickets.The whereabouts of the owner of the bag of dead Gryllidae remain unknown. Anyone with info on the dead crickets, or to inquire about claiming them, call the fire station at 453-7464. Richmond electrified to join MEA In a development that is sure to send shock waves to PG&E officials, a town outside of Marin is putting up $40,000 to study the feasibility of joining the Marin Energy Authority. The Richmond City Council this week approved payment of up to $20,000 to the Marin Energy Authority, the stateâ€™s lone community choice aggregator of a clean-energy alternative to Pacific Gas and Electric, for it to perform an â€œapplicant impact analysisâ€?to determine whether providing green energy to Richmond residents would be economically viable.The other $20,000 was approved for energy consultant John Dalessi, who works with MEA, to explore the impact of Richmondâ€™s electricity needs on the energy authority. The Marin Energy Authority is openly seeking new member municipalities, offering an â€œamnesty periodâ€? on fees for towns that havenâ€™t yet joined, including Novato, Ross, Corte Madera and Larkspur.
Ross Valley approves sanitized version of sewer rate hike The Ross Valley Sanitary District approved a rate hike Wednesday that will raise fees by an average of $118 per year for Ross Valley customers and $272 per year for Larkspur customersâ€”with the revenue intended to go toward replacing the districtâ€™s aging sewer system. While the district board put forth an increase thatâ€™s noticeably less than the $400 and $600 per year increases for Ross Valley and Larkspur that had been bandied about in April, many residents still have a sour sanitary taste in their mouths about how the district has worked toward what it says is a pressing need for new pipes. For instance, in April district general manager Brett Richards called for hiring 11 new permanent employeesâ€”at a time when many are saying itâ€™s more fiscally prudent for sanitary districts to consolidate; so far the district board has authorized the hiring of 10 of those. And in June a scathing grand jury report on problems with RSVD cited, among other things, the districtâ€™s reliance on costly lawsuits to settle disputesâ€”itâ€™s been involved in litigation five times since 2006, costing ratepayers more than $5.5 million. A signature drive launched by Larkspur resident Dennis Gilardi gathered more than 4,800 signaturesâ€”about 32 percent of customersâ€”in an attempt to halt the rate increase under Prop. 218 law. However, a majority was needed for Prop. 218 to take effect. The rate hike was approved by a 3-2 vote. In favor were board members Pat Guasco, Peter Sullivan and Marcia Johnson; against were Frank Egger and Pam Meigs.
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ill the person who stole Gandhiâ€™s head please call us? We wonâ€™t turn you in, but we canâ€™t afford another sleepless night spent trying to piece together the moving parts of this mystery. Did you steal the car because the head of Gandhi was in the back seat or was the nogginnapping simply collateral damage? Were you aware that the peacenikâ€™s body was inside the Thule carrier on top of the vehicle? At any time, did you believe you were in possession of Ben Kingsley? Before we jump ahead, we should give
an observant 8-year-old Novato boy did. A few days ago, the boy saw a car with a disembodied head in the back and shared this interesting discovery with his mother. From an earlier news report, she knew about the missing vehicle and Gandhi puppet and she contacted Novato police immediately. To alleviate the concern of others who might pass by the Honda Civic and its uncommon cargo, the considerate boy left a note on the car, replete with a drawing of a Novato police badge and this message: â€œDonâ€™t worry the police are coming to take the stolen car and Gahndi [sic].â€? The police returned the Civic and its contents, found just two miles from their last known whereabouts, to their rightful owner. With Gandhiâ€™s head still in the rear seat and the body intact in the Thule container, Richardsonâ€™s crippling sense of loss is over. The pair will be back in action again soon. Richardson has produced a docu-
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everyone the background on this spineless crime. Last week, Jes Richardson reported to police that his 1994 Honda Civic, last seen parked two blocks from his home in Novato, was missing. Unfortunately, the stolen car contained his cherished, one-of-a-kind, larger-thanlife-size Gandhi puppet. At the time of the theft, Richardson was engaging in his ongoing campaign for world peace, and his Gandhi puppet, standing 10 feet tall, is a huge component of the movement. With the help of San Marin High School students, the paper-mache puppet was born in 2003, just as the United States was preparing to attack Iraq. (Please note that Gandhi has two bodies, but only one head. We mean the puppet.) Since then, Richardson and the puppet have traveled across the country, appearing at numerous events to spread their message of peace. Would the missing puppet thwart Richardsonâ€™s plans to spread his message of peace? Pleading for the safe return of Gandhi, Richardson said, â€œHeâ€™s like a friend to me, and I would miss him dearly if he wasnâ€™t returned. So whoever you are, do what you must with the car, but please return his head and the body partsâ€”no questions asked.â€? The thief never responded to the appeal; however, weâ€™re happy to report that
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi had always been thought of as a larger-than-life ďŹ gure. Now, thanks to Jes Richardson of Novato, he literally is.
mentary called The Lovely People of Iran. The Gandhi puppet will accompany him across America to present the movie to schoolchildren, starting right here in Marin. The goal is to build friendships between the children of the United States and children of war-torn countries like Iran. To learn more about Jes Richardsonâ€™s peace project and his nonprofit organization Bridge of Hearts, visit www.BridgeofHearts.org. âœš Email: email@example.com.
‘We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us.’
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rage Killers and victims seek common ground in in quest to end circle of violence KRAMER HERZOG
—Martin Luther King Jr.
is goal was to pocket some cash, not kill a cop. But startled by the police ofﬁcer who unexpectedly burst in on his jewelry store heist nearly 35 years ago, Lonnie Morris’s knee-jerk reaction to the sudden interruption resulted in a tragic twist of fate that changed lives forever. He pulled the trigger. The ofﬁcer fell dead. And his family would mourn for the rest of their lives. Today, Morris’s hair is graying and he walks with a cane. He is in his fourth decade of a life sentence at San Quentin. He has been denied parole 15 times. Morris sits facing an open door in a linoleum-ﬂoored meeting room at San Quentin State Prison. Now in his early 60s, his graying temples peek from under his knit white cap. His wire-rimmed glasses, along with his walking stick and thoughtful articulation, evoke that of a library clerk more than a convicted murderer. But a murderer he is. So are many of the more than two dozen men entering the room. They voluntarily gather as part of a forum called “No More Tears” to discuss not only the consequences of their violent actions, but to hear the stories of the people who were left behind by the murder of their loved ones. No More Tears started as a San Quentin support group for convicted murders who wanted to come to grips with their crimes. Eventually, they began inviting people from the outside to discuss grief, anger and healing with them as part of a “healing circle.” But the outsiders weren’t the usual prisonreform advocates and anger-management counselors of other inside support groups.
These were individuals who’d need of family members to express their grief lost loved ones to murder—with after the murder. Started with the help of the unidentiﬁed killers still at large. George Jurand, of the San Francisco Sheriff’s Dressed in denim and light Department, the circle was ﬁrst established at blue with San Quentin printed in the Paradise Baptist Church in San Francisco’s bright yellow letters down their Excelsior neighborhood. pant legs, the men ﬁlter into the After receiving some media attention, room—a shared Jewish and Musthanks to the support of hip-hop superstar lim chapel—and sign the particiSnoop Dogg, word of the program spread pant sheet. The circle of folding and a volunteer at San Quentin told Jurand chairs ﬁlls up. about No More Tears. Jurand began colStill waiting on the facilitator, laborating with No More Tears in order to Morris takes the reins and begins gain further insight into victim-mediation the discussion. The mission statedialogues. His ultimate hope is that through ment is read and each man takes victims’ families communicating with ofa turn to introduce himself to the Lonnie Morris helped launch No More Tears; he fenders, both sides will develop the kind of received a life sentence more than 30 years ago visitors. Many have participated in empathy needed to stop the cycle of violence. the Healing Circle since its inception after a jewelry heist went tragically awry. “If we keep up with the dialogue,” says three years ago. Some only began attending last month. Jurand, “eventually the barriers will dissolve.” When Morris helped found No More Tears a decade ago, As the No More Tears meeting readies to begin, all parthe goal of the group was to sensitize perpetrators of violent ticipants declare in unison, “I’m committed to stopping the crimes and tap into the blocked emotions and empathies that violence... And I’m committed to stopping the tears.” And the enabled them to commit such heinous acts. The ultimate meeting starts. This week’s topic: parenting. goal: To forever abandon violent behavior. ● ● ● ● Today, the violent men of No More Tears and the victimON THE SAN Quentin Point waterfront, overlooking fantastic families in the Healing Circle engage in dialogue that is crucial views of the San Francisco Bay, the renowned—and notorito moving forward. ous—state prison sits on one of the most valuable pieces 14 > The Healing Circle sprang forth in 2004, from a growing JULY 29 - AUGUST 4, 2011 PACIFIC SUN 13
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< 13 Tears of rage behind bars. It was then that of real estate in the Bay Area. the impact of what he had Aesthetically, the penitendone really hit home. tiary is easy enough on the Another teenager, careeyes, the only indication of lessly showing off with a its high-security inhabitants gun at school, ďŹ red four are reels of razor wire curlrandom shots into the air for ing over rooftops and the ocâ€œfun.â€? But one round found casional armed guard pacing its way into one victim, his the structures. Behind its saltgirlfriendâ€™s brother, who died water stained exterior roam when the family removed more than 4,000 convicted him from life support two felons, and Californiaâ€™s only weeks after the shooting. The death row and accompany17-year-old was sentenced to ing lethal injection chamber. A grieving mother from the Healing 25 years to life in 1984. Heâ€™s From an outsiderâ€™s perspec- Circle demanded â€˜Blackâ€™ tell her the still there today. tive, the prison is the epitome name of her sonâ€™s murderer. â€˜It was real Another endured his of Americaâ€™s very own axis of intense,â€™ he says. brother and 2-year-old son evilâ€”lecherous serial killers shot in an attempted robbery like Richard â€œthe Night Stalkerâ€? Ramirez and while driving home after a drug deal. Bent infamous loon Charles Manson have spent on retaliation, he tracked down the men who time in its cagesâ€”as have did it. While his baby boy Sirhan Sirhan, David Carlay in a coma in a nearby penter, S.F. political boss Abe hospital, he hid in the yard of Ruef, Eldridge Cleaver, jazz one of the perpetrators and great Art Pepper, Nation of shot him while the youthâ€™s Islam founder Wallace Fard mother sat watching from Muhammad and authorthe porch where sheâ€™d been activist George Jackson, who peeling potatoes. was killed during an escape The stories are endless. attempt in 1971. Yet, it is this group of This is no place for petty men serving long, hard thieves or schoolyard bullies. sentences for violent Still, the various and highly crimes who also provide touted educational and rehaopportunities for healing, bilitation programs offered at both for themselves and San Quentin have rendered it victimsâ€™ families. The parthe stateâ€™s most-sought-after ticipants are not just here prison by Californiaâ€™s 280,000 A decade ago, John killed a man during out of guilt or boredomâ€” convicted felons. Hardliners a drug deal; meeting his victimâ€™s San Quentin keeps inmates argue that prisoners donâ€™t de- nephew years later in prison was an busy with a multitude of serve access to such programs. overwhelming moment in his life. classes and programsâ€”but Even fewer feel that the into put the mission statementâ€”stop the mates deserve any amount of forgiveness. violence, stop the tearsâ€”into action. Longtime PaciďŹ c Sun editor and publishThey are also here to learn how to forgive erâ€”and a current volunteer for the inmate themselves, not an easy task considering the produced San Quentin Newsâ€”Steve McNaimmense pain they have caused. mara works with inmates on a regular basis. During the Saturday group, the air â€œThere are some really bad people in remained free of the tension and pain one San Quentin. The shot-callers and gang would expect to saturate the room. Instead, leaders should stay there,â€? he explains. a relaxed element of comfort and peace took â€œBut the guys at San Quentin that are in center stage. As if all attendees were embarkthese programs are not typical.â€? ing on a shared mission, the three-hour meetMcNamara points to the 100,000 ining unfolded with ease as stories were shared. mates who are released from state prisons According to Jurand, things didnâ€™t start ever year and suggests we ask ourselves: out so easily. â€œWhat frame of mind do we want them to â€œThe core group of parents and family be in when they get out?â€? members did not want to go in at ďŹ rst,â€? says â€œThe programs are a good thing,â€? says Jurand. â€œThey looked at these inmates as the McNamara. â€œWithout them, the recidivism scum of the earth and held them responsible rates just go up.â€? for killing their sons. And the inmates didnâ€™t really think we cared about them either.â€? â—? â—? â—? â—? One womanâ€™s teenage son was gunned MORRIS ISNâ€™T THE only killer participatdown ďŹ ve years ago while trying to proing in the Healing Circle. tect his friend. She continues to paper her One young man in his mid-20s took a neighborhood with ďŹ‚iers in attempts to ďŹ nd life when he was just 15. Addicted to snortthe perpetrator. Another woman suffered ing cocaine, smoking sherm (joints dipped through both her sons shot dead in the same in formaldehyde) and attempting to imyear. And another, still, has lost six children press a gang leader, he shot a fellow addict to murder. in a drug deal gone wrong. Years later, he â€œIt was real intense,â€? says an inmate who crossed paths with the victimâ€™s nephew, also goes by the name of Black. â€œOne woman KRAMER HERZOG
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Forgive them their trespasses of violence; and, years after being severely Itâ€™s always hard to say,â€œIâ€™m sorry.â€?And even harder to forgive and forget when on the receiv- beaten by a gang of strangers when he was a homeless gay teen, Matt Boger crossed paths ing end of injustice. The Worldwide Forgiveness Alliance, how- with one of the assailants, Tim Zaal. Not only has Boger forgiven Zaal, but toever, is here to show us that gether they formed the group forgiveness is always possible, Hate2Hope in which they teach even in the most heartbreaking tolerance and understanding and harrowing of situations. On to others. Aug. 7, the 15th Annual InterAnd if that isnâ€™t enough to national Forgiveness Day offers melt your jaded exterior, on true-life examples of redempAug. 6, Dr. Fred Luskin, of the tion and absolution at DominiStanford Forgiveness Project, can Universityâ€™s Angelico Hall. offers a free seminarâ€”ForBeing honored with Heroes giveness: A Path to Peaceâ€”for of Forgiveness awards this year veterans in search of healing. are Michael Blecker, of Swords The Aug. 7 event takes place to Plowshares, a San Francisco- Matt Boger, right, forgave at 7pm in Angelico Hall, 50 based organization that pro- former white supremacist Tim vides advocacy and support to Zaal for beating him up as a gay Acacia Ave., San Rafael. $20 sugmilitary veterans; also recog- street youth. Together they teach gested donation. 415/381-3372. Forgiveness: A Path to Peace nized for courage and dedica- tolerance as part of Hate2Hope. is Aug. 6 from 10am-1pm at tion to healing is Debbie Parnham, whoâ€”after coming face-to face-with Westminster Presbyterian Church, 240 Tiburon her sonâ€™s murdererâ€”founded Life Sentence, Blvd., Tiburon; free. 415/655-7246. â€”Dani Burlison an organization created to address issues
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As for the men still behind the gates of San Quentin, Jurand says heâ€™s witnessed profound transformations. â€œIn the early stages of the program, many men were still connected to gangs and continued to exhibit old behaviors. After time, the barriers began to dissolve and even many of the high-proďŹ le gang members eventually began to advocate nonviolence.â€? Adds Jurand: â€œPutting real faces and real stories in front of these guys will hopefully prevent them from creating any more havoc when and if they get out.â€? â—? â—? â—? â—?
MANY OF THE stories shared in the Healing Circle are being translated into a play with the help of Marin-based playwrights Molly Noble and Kenn Rabin, who visit every Tuesday to ďŹ ne-tune the script and rehearse scenes with the inmates. The stories include tales of grief, denial, healing and forgiveness. Marcus, 44 years old and far away from the South Central Los Angeles streets he called home, beams a boyish smile as he describes his transformation. â€œHaving these mothers and fathers come in here and tell me that Iâ€™ve helped them to heal,â€? he says as tears well up in his eyes, â€œitâ€™s just as good as being out.â€? Morris sits quietly as the group winds down. His once-violent path now on a trajectory toward healingâ€”healing that touches the lives of murderers, victims and survivors nearly four decades after he robbed a jewelry store and a man of his life. He embodies a saying he often repeats: No one will ever get over what has happened, but hopefully together we can get through it. With programs like No More Tears and the Healing Circle, one wonders if he may just be right. âœš Email Dani at dburlison@paciďŹ csun.com.
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t a latitude of 38.1075, Novato unequivocally rests along the northern shores of the PaciďŹ c Ocean, which makes the origins of the non-northerly named Southern PaciďŹ c Smokehouse a valid conversation piece, perhaps over a couple of plates of the new Vintage Oaks restaurantâ€™s superb baby back ribs. Is the cuisine intended to be â€œsouthern PaciďŹ câ€?? As tasty as they are, thereâ€™s nothing particularly Polynesian, South American or Malaysian about margherita pizza, shrimp and cheddar grits or the Novato Ribeye. Perhaps management is shooting for a railroad theme that weâ€™re not seeing. Can the Smokehouse make it where Olive Garden and Red Wherever the name came fromâ€”OK, Lobster failed? itâ€™s â€œsouthern barbecueâ€? and â€œPaciďŹ c catchâ€?â€”the Southern PaciďŹ c Smokehouse entrees proved a carnivoreâ€™s delight. A dryrub rib stack ($9) was thick with tasty beef is a welcome non-chain addition to Vintage Oaks shopping centerâ€™s lineup of din- (the knock on ribs in a lot of joints is â€œall fat and boneâ€?; not so here) and accompaing choices, which, at last count includes Fresh Choice, IHOP, Chevyâ€™s, Burger King, nied by a zesty house red sauce; the pulled pork plate ($17) was a plentiful dish of the Target â€œcafeâ€? and the end-of-the-aisle tender smoky-tasting pig and SPSâ€™s creamy freebies at Costco. Aside from the venermashed potatoes; and the SP Burger ($14) able Best of Marin-winning Jennie Lowâ€™s was given a marginal thumbs-up by our and the intoxicating Sushiholic, this new partyâ€™s burger aďŹ cionado (it wasnâ€™t quite smokehouse adds a much-needed ďŹ nercooked to order), but came with a â€œCreole dining option to the east Novato big-box mustard aioliâ€? that won the day. island. A reasonable measure of a restaurant Southern PaciďŹ c has moved into a Vintage Oaks building that recently housed a is whether it fulďŹ lls what it seems to be jewelry store. But the location has restau- promising. And Southern PaciďŹ c Smokerant rootsâ€”in the shopping centerâ€™s young- house, which is basically promising good er days (early â€™90s), the building originally meat dishes, certainly does. (Though housed an Olive Garden, followed a few visitors should be aware that they havenâ€™t years later by Red Lobster. Despite its myr- quite mastered everything on the menu.) iad incarnations, itâ€™s a large space and the Prices arenâ€™t unreasonable, though a look is very â€œsteakhouse modern.â€? There couple of menu options raised eyebrows arenâ€™t any antler racks over the bar and the ($35 for the Novato Ribeyeâ€”do we get the bathroom doors arenâ€™t labeled â€œdudesâ€? and entire carcass in a doggie bag?) The service â€œgals.â€? The tables are slick dark wood, the was fast and friendly, though the staff â€™s youthfulness showed, for kitchen white brick and the instance, when two of our atmosphere is dress-casual. SOUTHERN PACIFIC servers seemed surprised The servers and kitchen staff SMOKEHOUSE that we asked for malt vinon our Thursday evening vis224 Vintage Way, Novato; egar with our ďŹ sh and chips it looked to be entirely made 415/899-9600. Open Sunday (however, they brought that up of Millennials, perhaps through Thursday 11am-9pm, staple ingredient with expeindicative that SPS is targetFriday and Saturday 11amdience). Still, itâ€™s a boon for ing a younger demographic 10pm; lounge open Sunday through Tuesday 6-11pm, Vintage Oaks to get a quality (though it was strictly famWednesday through Saturday late-night restaurant at the ily night on our visit); the 6pm-12:30am. southern end of the shopstaff was truly diligent, but so ping centerâ€”especially one many fresh faces sort of lent with ribs that taste like this. the place an air of a TGI FriWhat may be even better is SPSâ€™s adjoining days with class. live-music roomâ€”practically a nightclub The menuâ€™s a mix of grilled meats and all its ownâ€”which showcases local enfresh ďŹ sh, and SPSâ€™s talents lay deďŹ nitely with the formerâ€”our two seafood entrees, tertainers Wednesdays through Saturdays into the wee hoursâ€”the only venue like the ďŹ sh and chips ($18) and halibut in a this between Georgeâ€™s in San Rafael and lemony sauce ($22), were our less-tanthe Mystic in Petaluma. talizing selections, depending on sauces Come for the ribs, stay for the riffs. âœš and dips to kick up the ďŹ‚avor levels of the rather so-so swimmers. But our remaining Rib Jason at jwalsh@paciďŹ csun.com.
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They’re the inspiration Sons of Champlin founder now gigging with wife, son of Champlin... by G r e g Cahill
hortly before leaving the band Chiit traveling with a star.’ Man, that line has cago, in 2009, singer and songwriter come ﬂying through my head a lot over the Bill Champlin—co-founder of the years. legendary 1960s band Sons of Champlin “I don’t ever want to point to any parand one of Marin’s ﬁrst rockers—released ticular person, or persons, and say that any his most recent solo album, No Place Left song is about them, only. It just isn’t nice.” to Fall. His departure after 28 years with ChicaIt was an album full of farewells. go—the second-biggest selling American “There was a song called ‘Stone Cold band of all time—has marked a return to Hollywood’ on the album that was aimed the road as a solo act on a recent tour that at a lotta people I’ve met and worked helped Champlin exorcise a few ghosts with over the years,” says “That tour was mostly Champlin, who prefers about the No Place album not to elaborate on his and I used my old pals COMING SOON split with Chicago, but from the Santa Fe Band The band Champlin perconcedes that his long cain Las Vegas,” he says. “We forms Friday, July 29, at 8pm, reer in the music business had a great time learning at Rancho Nicasio in Nicasio. helped to fuel the lyrics that stuff and performing $20. 415/662-2219. on that album. it. It was very cathartic in “I did so many record a lotta ways. I’d just come dates for so many diffrom a 28-year world of ferent kinds of artists that I found some other people’s music and it was fun to sing similarities among the ‘stars’ I worked for. mine for a while. [Sons of Champlin co-founder] Tim Cain “Great fun.” wrote a line years ago that has such a difThe joy of that experience led to a ferent meaning in the corporate world of new beginning that has found Champlin music, and it’s ‘Happiness is where you ﬁnd collaborating for the ﬁrst time with his
The music of Bill Champlin, and family, will be a ‘hard habit to break’ for Marin audiences this Friday.
singer/songwriter wife, Tamara, and their youngest son, Will. “Now things are wrapping more and more around Tamara’s and Will’s stuff and
songs that I’ve had luck with,” he says of his current band, Champlin. “I know that certain audience members like to hear familiar things, so we’re playing a few of the hits I was associated with over the years and kind of presenting the whole family.” You could say it was family harmony that sparked this latest period of Champlin storied career. “Will and I backed up Tamara at a TV thing she did in Monterey and we all kinda ﬂashed on how great we sang together, so we’re looking to put that at the front microphones,” he explains. “We gotta great blend vocally and when you add [guitarist and vocalist] Carmen [Grillo] into the mix, we’re on ﬁre these days. “We’re really putting our band energy into the family blend, at least for this next little while. Will has other great projects he’s working on and so does Tamara. “This little thing is just a cool home base for us all. “We really sound good with this band.” Meanwhile, Champlin—who has written hits for Chicago, George Benson, Johnny Mathis, Dionne Warwick and many others while garnering two Grammy Awards and several other top songwriting merits—is continuing to write. “I’m always writing and always for the song as opposed to writing for anybody in particular,” he says. “My songs have been rarely aimed at anyone.... Now we’re writing for ourselves and the new band, at least that’s where we wanna hear the stuff.” ✹ Write to Greg at email@example.com. Tune up to the Marin music scene at
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›› THAT TV GUY FRIDAY, JULY 29 Deep Impact As a comet hurtles toward Earth, authorities struggle to prepare for the disaster by writing an elaborate series of pointless subplots. (1998) TNT. 8pm. The Matrix Reloaded They came up with Matrix Reloaded after rejecting such names as “Matrix Rebooted,”“Matrix System Error” and “Matrix, Press Any Key to Continue.” (2003) AMC. 8pm. A Ride Along the Lincoln Highway Exploring the legacy of the first transcontinental highway that threaded through rural America, when travelers still slowed down for small towns, quaint roadside attractions and other slices of Americana you can still find if you visit the STUFF WE DESTROYED aisle at WalMart. KQED. 9pm.
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TUESDAY, AUG. 2 Point Break Keanu Reeves stars as an FBI agent who goes undercover as a surfer to infiltrate a ring of surfing bank robbers. A note to surfing crime rings: If a guy shows up and says his name is “Johnny Utah,” you’re either being set up by the cops or you’re in a really bad Keanu Reeves movie. (1991) Versus. 7:30pm. Planet of the Apes This is aired to get you excited for Rise of the Planet of the Apes, in which we learn that the super-intelligent apes were created in a genetic SATURDAY, JULY 30 Who engineering experiment. Do You Think You Are? Tim Unfortunately, this proMcGraw traces his family gram is not available for tree. The thing with counCongress. (2001) FX. 8pm. try stars is that sisters and Take the Money and cousins are all on the same Run A new reality show branch. NBC. 8pm. has contestants hide a My Yard Goes Disney A briefcase and then get family builds their own Disquestioned by profesneyland in their backyard. It’s fun for a while, but the New England great white shark, summer- sional investigators.This week, the contestants are two-hour wait for the tire ing in the Hamptons. brothers in San Francisco. swing gets tiresome pretty If the investigators are local, they should hide quickly. HGTV. 8pm. Synchronized Swimming On non-Olympic it on Pier 39.“Nobody” goes there. ABC. 9pm. years they can only show this on the gay channel. LOGO. 8pm. WEDNESDAY, AUG. 3 Awkward Another Capricorn One NASA administrators try teen drama captures all the angst and pain to fake a mission to Mars using Hollywood of high school life, but with clearer skin. MTV. special effects, but the public becomes sus8pm. picious when the Mars rover has California The Untouchables These are Prohibitionplates. (1978) KICU Channel 36. 9pm. era detectives and not people who are immune to prosecution, like Goldman Sachs SUNDAY, JULY 31 Same Name Comedian executives. (1987) AMC. 8pm. Kathy Griffin switches places with her small- How Sharks Hunt Apparently, it involves swimming. Discovery town namesake. It’s fun for Channel. 9pm. a while, but the host family Primetime Nightline: doesn’t appreciate the twoBeyond Belief Examindrink minimum. CBS. 9pm. ing reports of out-ofJaws Comes Home Exambody experiences, not ining reports of great the tequila kind. ABC. whites off the coast of New 10pm. England. They’re just like sharks anywhere else but they wear Ralph Lauren and THURSDAY, AUG. 4 drink gin and tonics. DiscovHeidi Fleiss: Prostitutes Also, real surfers don’t glide in their 501’s. to Parrots The Hollyery Channel. 10pm. Tuesday at 7:30. The Glades A man is found wood madam is raising dead in a box of poisonous parrots. All the parrots snakes. Substitute cubicle for “box” and this talk. But if they talk dirty, it costs 99 cents a could be any office in America. A&E. 10pm. minute. Animal Planet. 8pm. When Fish Attack 3 First, a killer whale is not a “fish.” Secondly,THIS IS SHARK WEEK! MONDAY, AUG. 1 The Bachelorette The Discovery Channel. 10pm. bachelorette finally picks her mate, pledgJersey Shore The cast visits Italy. Many of ing to spend the rest of her life with him, or them are of Italian descent.That doesn’t at least the part of her life between the last mean Italy is going to let them stay any commercial break and the credits. ABC. 8pm. Rogue Sharks These sharks live off the coast longer than necessary. MTV. 10pm. ✹ of Alaska and support lower taxes and gun Critique That TV Guy at letters@paciﬁcsun.com. rights. Discovery Channel. 9pm. Turn on more TV Guy at True Hollywood Story Everything we ›› paciﬁcsun.com ever wanted to know about Jersey Shore
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›› MADE iN MARiN
a look at the movies Marin made famous
Movies in the county that Hollywood couldn’t tame…
‘Straight’ outta Mill Valley How a ‘90-pound weakling’ found his film-world calling... by John Antone lli
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From 1995, John Carpenter’s Village of the Damned—based on the John Wyndham novel, but in reality an update of the cult 1960 film featuring George Sanders—was filmed mostly in Nicasio, Point Reyes Station and along the Point Reyes National Seashore. The sci-fi horror story pits a small town against a gaggle of blonde, telekinetic children, all conceived on the same day by an unseen otherworldly presence. When the alien presence first descends on Midwich in Village of the Damned, everyone in town collapses into unconsciousness—including Reverend George in the foreground, played amusingly by Mark Hamill, of Star Wars fame. Carpenter filmed the schoolhouse scenes at the red-painted, one-room schoolhouse that was built just north of the Nicasio Town Square in 1871. — Jason Walsh
phone rang: It was Palmer criminal life. He turned Williams, producer of 60 the corner on his own life Minutes, calling to reof crime, having spent spond to some footage most of his ﬁrst 40 years of Bunker that I had sent behind bars. He stayed on him. Another day it was the outside until he died a Tom Snyder’s producer few years ago. asking if Bunker could So, in the strangest of be on the show when he ways, the ﬁlm Straight got out. Playboy gave me Time had the most proan assignment to write a found effect on my life. By piece about him. We bethe grace of David Lent, came almost too cool for Dustin Hoffman, Eddie Mill Valley, but then there Bunker and numerous othwere a lot of pretty forer forces of nature, I went midable cultural icons in from being an aspiring town so we just enjoyed Hoffman, at the Mill Valley Odd Fellows ﬁlmmaker to producing the moment as best we Hall in 1976, researching for a ﬁlm based a documentary about the knew how. Plus, we were on ‘No Beast So Fierce.’ movie with funding from still struggling documenWarner Bros. Our ﬁlm tary ﬁlmmakers even itself didn’t win any awards though we were hanging or even get seen by that out with the L.A. crowd. many people, but it was my We got a Beverly Hills calling card for many years lawyer from the ﬁrm and enabled me to get the that represented Bob funding to make my feaDylan and The Band and ture-length documentary he got us a meeting at about Jack Kerouac some Warner Bros. Dustin had years later. You just never Eddie Bunker was later cast as Mr. Blue in agreed to let us ﬁlm the know what might transpire recently freed Bunker on Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Reservoir Dogs.’ when you ﬁnd yourself in the set of the ﬁlm and the right place at the right he wouldn’t let Warners near the project. time in downtown Mill Valley. ✹ Eddie was consulting, writing and acting John and his partners in the Mill Valley Film Group were awarded a Northern California Emmy last month for their recent in the ﬁlm opposite Stanton, Gary Busey, ﬁlm ‘Global Focus VII: The New Environmentalists.’ The documenTheresa Russell and Hoffman. He went tary ‘Straight Time: He Wrote It For Criminals’ is an extra on the on to write and act in numerous other ‘Straight Time’ DVD. Available on Netﬂix. features, all, of course, having to do with MARINO COLMANO
owntown Mill Valley has always the Paciﬁc Sun to being head critic at the had a little magic to it. In the mid- L.A. Times. But, before that all transpired, ’70s there was a venture called the in August of 1976 at the Odd Fellows Hall, Saturday Night Movie at the Odd Fellows fellow neophyte ﬁlmmakers David Lent Hall on Throckmorton. and Marino Colmano and I premiered DaIt was the brainchild of two adventur- vid’s documentary Life Without about San ous friends, Don Taylor and Ben Myron, Quentin Prison. Before the documentary and basically unspooled we boiled down were standing to being an exout front and cuse for their saw Dustin friends to Hoffman amhave a weekly bling down party. There the sidewalk was an admistoward us. sion price of a He was with few bucks but Harry Dean nobody paid Stanton and that much atscreenwriter tention. The Le o n a rd best seats were Gardner and in the balcony, I had the where there The right place at the right time: David Lent, John Antonelli and Marino distinct feelwas typically Colmano. ing for many some chamweeks afterpagne or pot or other substances to enjoy. ward that I was living in a complete, utter We were all cinema enthusiasts, but it was dream state. really all about this quirky group of friends Hoffman was researching a role for a ﬁlm looking for some kind of trouble to share. called Straight Time, based on the novel No Occasionally there would be a guest Beast So Fierce written by convict-novelist celebrity, like when they showed Pumping Edward Bunker. Dustin and his entourage Iron and the freakishly muscle-bound watched David’s ﬁlm and he was profoundArnold Schwarzenegger made the scene. ly moved by it. He stuck around afterward At Sheila Benson’s after-party, Arnold was and talked to us about the characters in it surrounded by admirers and I was standand we shared stories about our various ing nearby when I heard his cartoonish impressions of the complicated personalaccent exclaim, “I used to be a 90-pound ity nuances of those who were wiling away weakling and bullies used to kick sand in their lives in conﬁnement. The kicker was my face at the beach. I used to look like...” this. Hoffman: “What you guys oughta do I looked up at that moment as the iron is make a documentary about the making man pointed straight at me, “...him.” I was of this ﬁlm I’m working on.” Before long generally pretty self-conscious, but I felt we were visiting his home in Bel Air and oddly pleased in that moment that I was showing him outtakes of the Life Without. being labeled as his polar opposite. Dustin began doing spot-on impersonIt was a heady ations of some time because of the characters from there, Arin the ﬁlm. It was nold became a eerie. He called a mega moviemeeting with his star; Don and new screenwriter, Ben acquired Nancy Dowd, and nearly every art we all shared our house in the experiences of Bay Area and being at Quentin then began to for her. Then we produce ﬁlms Hoffman and Harry Dean Stanton during the climactic jewelry heist forged a friendfor Rob Nilsson, in ‘Straight Time.’ ship with Eddie and then for the Bunker and vislikes of Joe Eszterhas and George Harrison ited him to do some ﬁlming at Terminal and Steve Martin. Meanwhile, Sheila Ben- Island (Los Angeles County) where he was son graduated from writing reviews for doing time for bank robbery. One day the
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Movie summaries by Matthew Stafford
● Bridesmaids (1:29) Lovelorn Kristen looks at the attempts of a group of West Virginians to halt the environmentally disastrous Wiig endures the barbaric rituals of modern practice of mining and burning coal. matrimony when her BFF Maya Rudolph gets ● The Metropolitan Opera: Don Carlo hitched. ● Buck (1:28) Documentary follows cowboy (5:00) Verdi’s epic musical bio of the starcrossed Spanish prince is brought to full-tonand real-life horse whisperer Buck Brannansiled life by the New York Met. man as he shares his gift for communicating ● Midnight in Paris (1:34) Woody Allen’s with equines through instinct and compassion. ● Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack latest expatriate romance stars Owen Wilson as a dissatisﬁed modern-day Yank who discovers Cardiff (1:26) The Oscar-winning cinemathat he can travel at will to the Paris of Scott, tographer and his illustrious colleagues share Zelda and Gertrude Stein. behind-the-scenes stories and clips from his ● The Names of Love (1:42) Saucy socioTechnicolor masterpieces (“The Red Shoes,” political French comedy about a free-loving “Black Narcissus” et al.). ● Captain America (2:04) Yet another comic left-wing mademoiselle and her improbable book superhero hits the big screen, this one a relationship with a meek middle-aged scientist. ● Page One: 98-lb. weakling Inside The New transformed into York Times a Nazi-smashing (1:28) InsideWorld War II ulthe-newsroom tra-soldier. ● Cars 2 (1:53) glimpse at the Manhattan daily The gang heads as it grapples with to Europe to the economic compete in le decline of print Grand Prix and journalism and gets caught up in the rise of blogs, international estweets and other pionage; Michael inconsequentia. Caine, Vanessa Redgrave and Ed- Film Night in the Park presents Marcel Dalio and friend in ‘Casablanca, ● Planet 51 (1:31) Cartoon die Izzard are ’ Saturday at 8pm in San Anselmo’s Creek Park; info, 272-2756 or about an astroamong the jet set. ﬁlmnight.org. ● Cloudy with naut who ﬁnds himself on a planet identical to an American a Chance of Meatballs (1:21) Cartoon about small town–except for all those little green a scientist whose well-meaning attempts to end inhabitants. world hunger result in food dropping from the ● The Smurfs (1:40) Teensy cobalt-blue critheavens in (over)abundance. ● Cowboys and Aliens (1:52) Cowpokes ters ﬁnd themselves in midtown Manhattan, Harrison Ford and Daniel Craig join forces with much to the bafﬂement of Neil Patrick Harris. ● Super 8 (1:52) J.J. Abrams’ Zapruderesque Apache warriors in an epic showdown against thriller about a group of kids who inadverweird-looking hombres in ﬂying saucers. ● Crazy, Stupid, Love (1:58) Freshly divorced tently ﬁlm an ultra-spooky conspiracy-laden catastrophe. straight arrow Steve Carell navigates the tricky ● Transcendent Man: Live with Ray shoals of singlehood with plenty of help from Wurzwell (2:00) The radical futurist discusses smooth-operating wingman Ryan Gosling. ● Electric Daisy Carnival Experience (2:30) immortality, techno-human merging (don’t ask) and other nerd-o-rifﬁc topics. Swedish House Maﬁa, Duck Sauce, Moby, Afrojack and many others rock the house at the ● Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2:37) Shia LeBeouf and his robotic comrades are planet’s number-one electronic music festival. ● Finding Joe (1:25) Documentary follows back, saving humankind from total destruction philosopher Joseph Campbell’s several stages of for, what, the third time? ● The Tree (1:40) Drama about an enormous “the hero’s journey” with helpful insights from ﬁg tree and what it represents to a mother and Deepak Chopra, Mick Fleetwood and others. ● Friends with Beneﬁts (1:49) Justin Timdaughter and their tenuous relationship. ● The Tree of Life (2:18) Terrence Malick’s berlake and Mila Kunis discover (this being lyrical, meditative family portrait (winner of Hollywood) that having a guilt-free no-strings Cannes’ Palme d’Or) stars Sean Penn, Brad Pitt sexual relationship is preposterous. ● The Globe Theatre Presents Henry IV and Jessica Chastain. Part I (3:00) Direct from London’s most presti- ● The Trip (1:47) Rollicking comedy follows gious playhouse it’s the Bard’s rousing historical two British comics as they motor through Northern England in search of ﬁne food and chronicle. ● Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: literary inspiration, gibe-ing and pattering all the way. Part Two (2:10) The supernatural epic’s grand ﬁnale ﬁnds Harry facing down the wicked Lord ● Winnie the Pooh (1:03) A.A. Milne’s affable ursa is back, joining Eeyore and Tigger in Voldemort for all the marbles. ● Horrible Bosses (1:40) Comedy follows search of Christopher Robin plus any honey three ofﬁce-mates as they plot to off the higher- that happens to be around. ● Zookeeper (1:44) Lonesome zookeeper ups (Kevin Spacey, Jennifer Aniston, Colin Kevin James gets lessons in courting the ladies Farrell) who make their lives miserable. ● The Last Mountain (1:35) Documentary from his (totally verbal!) animal pals.
›› MOViE TiMES Bridesmaids (R) ★★★1/2 Century Northgate 15: Fri-Wed 11:25, 2:10, 4:55, 7:40, 10:25 Lark Theater: 9 Sun 6:50 Buck (Not Rated) ★★★ Rafael Film Center: Fri-Sat, Tue 4:30, 6:45, 9 Sun 4:30, 9:15 Mon, Wed-Thu 4:30, 9 ❋ Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Wed-Thu 7 Captain America: The First Avenger (PG-13) ★★★ Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 5:25, 8:30; 3D showtimes at 7:15, 10:10 Sat-Sun 11:30, 2:30, 5:25, 8:30; 3D showtimes at 1:30, 4:30, 7:15, 10:10 Mon-Thu 7:15, 10; 3D showtimes at 6:30, 9:25 Century Northgate 15: Fri-Wed 11, 12:30, 2, 3:30, 5:05, 6:40, 8, 9:30; 3D showtimes at 11:45, 1:15, 2:45, 4:15, 5:45, 7:15, 8:45, 10:15 Century Rowland Plaza: 10:10, 1:10, 4:10, 7:05, 10; 3D showtimes at 11:40, 2:40, 5:40, 8:40 CinéArts at Marin: Fri-Sat 1:20, 4:10, 7, 9:50 Sun 1:20, 4:10, 7 Mon-Tue 1:40, 4:30, 7:20 Cars 2 (G) ★★1/2 Century Northgate 15: Fri-Wed 11:10, 4:30, 9:45; 3D showtimes at 1:55, 7:05 Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (PG) Century Rowland Plaza: Tue, Thu 10am CinéArts at Marin: Mon 11:30am Cowboys & Aliens (PG-13) Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 7:30, 10:20 Sat-Sun 11, 1:40, 4:45, 7:30, 10:20 Mon-Thu 6:45, 9:35 Century Northgate 15: Fri-Wed 11:30, 1, 2:15, 3:45, 5, 6:30, 7:45, 9:15, 10:30 Century Rowland Plaza: 10:45, 1:35, 4:25, 7:15, 10:05 Fairfax 5 Theatres: 1:10, 4, 6:40, 9:30 ❋ Crazy, Stupid, Love (PG-13) Century Regency 6: 11, 12:35, 1:50, 3:15, 4:40, 6:10, 7:30, 8:55, 10:15 Century Rowland Plaza: 11, 1:50, 4:40, 7:30, 10:20 CinéArts at Sequoia: Fri-Sat 1:40, 4:20, 7, 9:40 Sun 1:40, 4:20, 7 Mon-Thu 4:20, 7 Fairfax 5
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Theatres: 1:20, 4:25, 7:10, 9:45 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri 4:25, 7:10, 9:45 Sat 1:30, 4:25, 7:10, 9:45 Sun 1:30, 4:25, 7:10 Mon-Thu 4:25, 7:10 ❋ The Electric Daisy Carnival Event (PG-13) Century Regency 6: Thu 9 CinéArts at Marin: Thu 9 CinéArts at Sequoia: Thu 9 ❋ Finding Joe (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Sun 7 (ﬁlmmaker Patrick Takaya Solomon in person) Friends with Beneﬁts (R) Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 5, 8, 10:30 Sat-Sun 11:15, 2:10, 5, 8, 10:30 Mon-Thu 7, 9:45 Century Regency 6: Fri-Tue 11:55, 1:20, 2:45, 4:10, 5:35, 7, 8:25, 9:50 Wed-Thu 11:55, 1:20, 2:45, 4:10, 5:35, 8:25 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:10, 2, 4:45, 7:25, 10:15 CinéArts at Marin: Fri-Sat 1:30, 4:25, 7:30, 10:05 Sun 1:30, 4:25, 7:30 Mon-Tue 1:50, 4:50, 7:40 Fairfax 5 Theatres: 12:50, 3:50, 6:50, 9:40 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri 4, 6:45, 9:20 Sat 1:15, 4, 6:45, 9:20 Sun 1:15, 4, 6:45 Mon-Thu 4, 6:45 ❋ The Globe Theatre Presents Henry IV Part I (PG) Century Regency 6: Mon 6:30 CinéArts at Sequoia: Mon 6:30 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (PG-13) ★★★★ Century Cinema: Fri-Wed 3:40, 10:10; 3D showtimes at 12:30, 7 Thu 3:40; 3D showtimes at 12:30, 7 Century Northgate 15: Fri-Wed 11:35, 2:30, 5:30, 8:30; 3D showtimes at 12:55, 3:55, 7, 10:05 Century Rowland Plaza: 10:15, 4:15, 10:10; 3D showtimes at 1:15, 7:10 Fairfax 5 Theatres: 1, 4:10, 7, 9:50 Horrible Bosses (R) ★★★ Century Regency 6: 11:30, 2:10, 4:45, 7:15, 9:55 Century Rowland Plaza: 10:05, 12:35, 3:05, 5:35, 7:55, 10:25 Tue, Thu 12:35, 3:05, 5:35, 7:55, 10:25 CinéArts at Sequoia: Fri-Sat 2:50, 5:10, 7:30, 9:50 Sun 2:50, 5:10, 7:30 Tue 5:10, 7:30 Wed-Thu
5:10 Fairfax 5 Theatres: 12:30, 2:45, 5, 7:20, 9:35 ❋ The Last Mountain (PG) Lark Theater: 4:30 Sun 2:15 The Metropolitan Opera: Don Carlo (Not Rated) Lark Theater: Sat 9am Midnight in Paris (PG-13) ★★★1/2 Century Regency 6: 12:50, 3:10, 5:30, 7:50, 10:10 Mon 12:50, 3:10 CinéArts at Marin: Fri-Sat 1:40, 4:40, 7:15, 9:45 Sun 1:40, 4:40, 7:15 Mon-Tue 2, 4:40, 7:30 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri 4:10, 7, 9:15 Sat 1:45, 4:10, 7, 9:15 Sun 1:45, 4:10, 7 Mon-Thu 4:10, 7 ❋ The Names of Love (R) Rafael Film Center: 4:15, 6:30, 8:45 Sat-Sun 2, 4:15, 6:30, 8:45 Page One: Inside the New York Times (R) Rafael Film Center: Sat-Sun 2:30 Planet 51 (PG) Century Northgate 15: Mon, Wed 10am ❋ The Smurfs (PG) Century Northgate 15: Fri-Wed 12:25, 3, 5:25, 7:50, 10:20; 3D showtimes at 11:20, 1:45, 4:10, 6:50, 9:20 Century Rowland Plaza: 10, 3, 8; 3D showtimes at 12:30, 5:30, 10:30 Super 8 (PG-13) ★★1/2 Century Northgate 15: Fri-Wed 11:50, 2:20, 4:45, 7:30, 10 ❋ Transcendent Man: Live with Ray Kurzweil (Not Rated) Century Regency 6: Wed 8 CinéArts at Marin: Wed 8 CinéArts at Sequoia: Wed 8 Transformers: Dark of the Moon (PG-13) Century Northgate 15: Fri-Wed 9 ❋ The Tree (Not Rated) Lark Theater: 6:50 Sat 2:15, 6:50 Sun 4:30 The Tree of Life (PG-13) ★★★★ Rafael Film Center: 5, 8 The Trip (Not Rated) ★★★ Rafael Film Center: Sat-Sun 2:15 Winnie the Pooh (G) Century Northgate 15: Fri-Wed 11:15, 1:10, 3:15, 5:15, 7:10 Zookeeper (PG) Century Northgate 15: Fri-Wed 11:55, 2:25, 4:50, 7:20, 9:50
Showtimes can change after we go to press. Please call theater to conﬁrm schedules.
›› THEATERS CinéArts at Marin 101 Caledonia St., Sausalito • 331-0255 CinéArts at Sequoia 25 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley • 388-4862 Cinema 41 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera • 924-6505 Fairfax 9 Broadway, Fairfax • 453-5444 Lark 549 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur • 924-5111 Larkspur Landing 500 Larkspur Landing Cir., Larkspur • 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
Straight arrow Jacques Gamblin and free spirit Sara Forestier strike unexpected sparks in ‘The Names of Love,’ opening Friday at the Rafael. JULY 29 – AUGUST 4, 2011 PACIFIC SUN 23
SUNDiAL Highlights from our online community calendar— great things to do this week in Marin
F R I D AY J U LY 2 9 — F R I D AY A U G U S T 5 Pacific Sun‘s Community Calendar The Wangari Trio will rock to an East-African beat this Saturday 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 07/29: Black Market Blues Band Boston born blues. 9-11:30pm. $10. Southern Pacific Smokehouse, 224 Vintage Way, Novato. 899-9600. www.thesouthernpacific.com 07/29: Bill Champlin With the former lead singer for Chicago. Frobeck opens. 8:30-11pm. $20. Rancho Nicasio Restarant and Bar, 1 Old Rancheria Road, Nicasio. 662-2219. www.ranchonicasio.com 07/29: Department of Rock.Part of the Concerts Under the Oak summer music series. 6:30-8pm. Northgate Mall, 5800 Northgate Dr., San Rafael. 479-5956. www.shopatnorthgate.com/events 07/29: Eddie Neon Blues Band Blues. 9-11:30pm. Sausaliyo Seahorse Supper Club, 305 Harbor Drive, gate 5, Sausalito. 331-2898. www.sausalitoseahorse.com 07/29: Forro Brazuca With Samuka and the Wild Tribe Band. Brazilian carnival. 9pm. 19 Broadway, 17 Broadway, Fairfax. 459-1091. www.19broadway.com 07/29: Friday Nights on Main 6pm. Free. Main St., Downtown Tiburon. www. www.tiburonchamber.org. 07/29: Steve Wolf and Teja Bell Americana. 9:30pm. Sleeping Lady, 23 Broadway, Fairfax. 485-1182. www.sleepingladyfairfax.com 07/29:The Atomic Duo String band from Austin, Texas. 8:30-11pm. Free. Hopmonk Tavern, 691 Broadway , Sonoma. (707) 935-9100. www.hopmonk.com
07/29:The Unauthorized Rolling Stones
Stones tribute band. 9pm. $12-15. George’s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262. www.georgesnightclub.com 07/30-31: Asleep at the Wheel Texas swing. Sunday is a barbecue on the lawn show! 8:3011pm. $37.50-40. Rancho Nicasio Restarant and Bar, 1 Old Rancheria Road, Nicasio. 662-2219. www.ranchonicasio.com 07/30: Dani Paige Band Original singer/songwriter. 9:30pm. Peri’s, 29 Broadway, Fairfax. 459-9910. www.perisbar.com 07/30: Doc Kraft Blues rock dance band. 8pm. Sausaliyo Seahorse , 305 Harbor Dr., gate 5, Sausalito. 331-2898. www.sausalitoseahorse.com 07/30: New Rising Sons Rock. 7-10pm. Taste of Rome, 1000 Bridgeway, Sausalito. www.taste-of-rome.com 07/30: Nick Gravenites Blues. 9-11:30pm. $20. Southern Pacific Smokehouse, 224 Vintage Way, Novato. 899-9600. www.thesouthernpacific.com 07/30: Orquesta Borinquen Salsa. Dance lesson 8:30pm. 8:30pm-1:30am. $15. Presidio Yacht Club, 100 Yacht Club Dr, San Rafael. 601-3685. www.presidioyachtclub.org 07/30: Paul Hayward Acoustic. 5-7pm. Free. Southern Pacific Smokehouse, 224 Vintage Way, Novato. 899-9600. www.thesouthernpacific.com 07/30: Rupa and the April Fishes Cultural Fusion Series. Music from Southern France, Spain, Chanson, Gypsy, reggae, Klezmer, Mexico. 7-10pm. $25. Osher Marin JCC, 200 North San Pedro Road, San Rafael. 444-8000. www.marinjcc.org
07/30:The Greg Scott Band, Agape Soul
BEST BET World party Deep within the canal-dredged passageways of Santa Venetia lies Marin’s passport to crosscultural extravagance. (And we don’t mean the delicious Basque tastes at Le Chalet, or the fascinating shrimping histories of China Camp.) It’s SUMMER NIGHTS AT THE OSHER MARIN JCC—featuring possibly the county’s finest lineup of international events ever to take place on the playground of a primary school (the delightful grounds of Brandeis Hillel Day School). These family-friendly Saturday evening picnic-parties highlight the food, music and dance of a different country or culture each week and are a fun (and inexpensive) way to taste diverse foods, cut the rug and better yet—send and the April Fishes are a the kids off to the playground while mom and dad Rupa swimming band no matter what sample some adult beverages from the concession the month. stands. There are two events left this summer—July 30 is “Cultural Fusion Infusion” with music by Rupa and the April Fishes; Aug. 6 is an “African Music Night” featuring Thomas Mapfumo & the Blacks Unlimited. Doors open at 6:15pm; shows start at 7pm; dinners, for purchase, from Mi Pueblo. Bring a low-back chair or picnic blankets. Visit www.marinjcc.org.—Jason Walsh 24 PACIFIC SUN JULY 29 - AUGUST 4, 2011
Rock. Soul. 9pm. $10-15. George’s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262. www.georgesnightclub.com 07/30:Wangari Trio World acoustic music that draws from East African music, jazz, rock and folk sounds. 8pm. $18-25. 142 Throckmorton Theatre , Mill Valley. 383-9600. www.142throckmortontheatre.org 07/31: Ali Weiss Marin native singer/songwriter. 6-8:30pm. $5. Southern Pacific Smokehouse, 224 Vintage Way, Novato. 899-9600. www.thesouthernpacific.com 07/31: Beso Negro Gypsy swing. 9:30pm. Peri’s, 29 Broadway, Fairfax. 459-9910. www.perisbar.com
07/31: Erika and Dale Alstrom’s Jazz Society 6-10pm. Sleeping Lady, 23 Broadway, Fairfax. 485-1182. www.sleepingladyfairfax.com 07/31: Mucho Axé Trio Latin and Brazilian grooves. 12:30-4pm. Free. Marinwood Community Center, 775 Miller Creek Ave., San Rafael. www.marinwood.org 07/31: Peter Lind Trio Jazz. 5pm. Station House Cafe, 11180 Hwy. 1, Pt. Reyes Station. 663-1515. www.stationhousecafe.com 07/31: Rumbache Salsa music and dance. 5-9pm. Sausaliyo Seahorse Supper Club, 305 Harbor Dr., Gate 5, Sausalito. 331-2898. www.sausalitoseahorse.com 08/02: Noel Jewkes Invitational jazz jam. 7-10pm. No cover. Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor Dr., Sausalito. 786-6894. www.sausalitoseahorse.com 08/02: Rowan Jam with Special Guests Jerry Garcia birthday tribute show . 8:30pm. Iron Springs Pub, 765 Center Blvd., Fairfax. 485-1005. www.ironspringspub.com 08/03:Tangonero Classic tango. 8:30-11pm. Free. Sausaliyo Seahorse , 305 Harbor Dr., Gate 5, Sausalito. 331-2898. www.sausalitoseahorse.com 08/04: Audrey Moira Shimkas Quartet Jazz. 7-10pm. Free. Seahorse Restaurant, 305 Harbor Dr., Sausalito. 847-8331. www.sausalitoseahorse.com 08/04: Lonestar Retrobates West Coast Jazz/ Western Swing 9pm. Presidio Yacht Club, Travis Marina, Sausalito. 497-0671. www.presidioyachtclub.org 08/04: Rwanda Jazz Band Jazz. 9-11pm. Free. Sausaliyo Seahorse , 305 Harbor Drive at Gate 5 , Sausalito. 331-2898. www.sausalitoseahorse.com
08/04: Swing Fever Jazz. Part of the MAGC Summer Concert Series. Outdoor music at the gazebo every Thursday. Farmers market (3-7pm) onsite provides further options for the evening. 5-7pm. Free. Marin Art and Garden Center, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Ross. 454-5081. www.magc.org 08/05: Big B and His Snakeoil Saviors Boogiewoogie, western swing. 8:30pm . $12. Rancho Nicasio Restarant and Bar, 1 Old Rancheria Road, Nicasio. 662-2219. www.ranchonicasio.com 08/05-08: Dead on the Creek Fun festival and laid-back weekend retreat with music and fine foods included in a relaxing, rural place. Onsite camping available. 4pm-midnight. $150 - 500. Uncle John’s Camp, 26000 String Creek Road, Willits. (707) 4593015. www.deadonthecreek.com 08/05: Great American Taxi Americana, jam band. 9-11:30pm. $15-25. Palm Ballroom, 100 Yacht Club Dr., San Rafael. 389-5072. www.murphyproductions.com
08/05: Jason Bodlovich and Organix Guitar Acoustic gypsy swing. 9-11pm. Free. Hopmonk Tavern, 691 Broadway, Sonoma . www.hopmonk.com
Concerts 07/30: Jennifer Grant, Shofen Lee, and Jeanette Tietze Music by Bach, Mozart, Rachmaninoff, and Piazzolla for two pianos. 6:30pm. Free. Carol Franc Buck Hall of the Arts , San Domenico School Music Conservatory, 1500 Butterfield Road, San Anselmo. 258-1921. www.sandomenico.org
Theater/Auditions 07/29-31:‘West Side Story’ Marin Summer Theater presentation. Shows at 8pm July 29-30 and 2pm July 31. $10-15. Emily Gates Center, San Marin High School, 15 San Marin Dr., Novato. 233-1552. www.marinsummertheater.com
07/30-09/25:The Complete History of America (Abridged) Presented by Marin Shakespeare Company. A zany, irreverent three-man romp through the annals of our nation’s past, featuring scenes of recent historical events. See website for complete schedule of performances. 8pm. $20-35.
Forest Meadows Amphitheatre, 1475 Grand Ave., San Rafael. 499-4488. www.marinshakespeare.org 07/30:‘Murder Me Always’ Murder mystery dinner theater. Every Saturday through Aug. 27. 6:308:30pm. $44-68. San Rafael Joe’s, 931 Fourth St., San Rafael. 306-1202. www.marinmurdermysteries.com Through 07/31:‘A Chorus Line’ Performed by young people from Marin County. Directed and choreographed by Marilyn Izdebski. Judy Wiesen, musical direction. 7:30-9:30pm. $12. Doherty Dr., Larkspur. 453-0199. www.marilynizdebskiproductions.com Through 07/31:‘The Petrified Forest’ Robert E. Sherwood’s classic drama tells a poignant social tale of longing, disillusionment, class struggle and gunplay. 8 p.m. Thurs.-Sat; 3 p.m. Sun. 8pm. $20-24. Novato Theater Company Playhouse, 484 Ignacio Blvd., Novato. 883-4498. www.novatotheatercompany.org
Through 07/31:‘Urinetown:The Musical’ 142 Throckmorton Theatre’s youth program Marin Youth Performers 7:30pm July 29; 2pm July 30-31. $14-30. 142 Throckmorton Theatre , Mill Valley. 383-9600 . www.142throckmortontheatre.org Through 08/14:‘Macbeth’ Presented by the Marin Shakespeare Company. Performances at 8 p.m. Fri.-Sun.; 4 p.m. Sun. See complete schedule including pay what you will, repertory performances and special events at website. $20-35. Forest Meadows Amphitheatre, Dominican University, 1475 Grand Ave., San Rafael. 499-4488 . www.marinshakespeare.org Through 08/14:‘Table Manners’ Ross Valley Players presents part of the comic trilogy “The Norman Conquests” which follows a dysfunctional family around a house over a weekend. By playwright Alan Ackbourn. 7:30pm Thurs.-Sat.; 2 pm Sun. $15-25. Ross Valley Players Barn Theatre, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Ross. 456-9555. www.rossvalleyplayers.com
Through 09/07: Mill Valley Philharmonic Auditions Mill Valley Philharmonic has openings for all strings, harp and 3rd trumpet for its fall program of Mahler’s Symphony No. 1. These are volunteer position in an award-winning community orchestra. 12-10 p.m. Free Mill Valley. 383-0930. www.millvalleyphilharmonic.org
Comedy 08/05-06: 3 For All Internationally and critically acclaimed improvisers known for their blend of intensely dramatic and outrageously funny, completely improvised scenes based on audience suggestions. 8pm. $22-30. 142 Throckmorton Theatre , Mill Valley. 383-9600. www.142throckmortontheatre.org
Art Through 04/01/2012: Gordon Cook Paintings, works on paper and sculpture. Depictions of the S.F. Bay, water tanks and domestic icons with a whimsical. Free. George Krevsky Gallery, 77 Geary St. 2nd Floor, San Francisco. 397-9748. www.georgekrevskygallery.com/ Through 07/31:‘Viewpoints’ Susan Schneider, new works. Free. 142 Throckmorton Theatre , Mill Valley. 383-9600 . www.142throckmortontheatre.org Through 07/31: June/July Exhibitions Wolfgang Bloch & Lawrence La Bianca, Stephen Galloway, Michael Porter, new works. 1-5pm. Free. Bolinas Museum, 48 Wharf Road, Bolinas. 868-0330. www.bolinasmuseum.org Through 08/05:‘Clay and Beyond’ Celebrates the use of 3 dimensional media as art. Works by Lauren Ari, Carol Fregoso, Gregg Jabbs, Tebby George and Margaret Moster. 10am-5pm. Free. Art Works Downtown, 1337 Fourth St., San Rafael. 451-8119. www.artworksdowntown.org Through 08/05:‘Inadvertent Interlude’ Jason
Sheldrick, new works influenced by spaces, either defined by something concrete like architectural elements, or something less tangible like fog. Free. Underground Gallery, Art Works Downtown, 1337 4th St., San Rafael. 250-8201. www.artworksdowntown.org/
Through 08/06: Marin Society of Artists ‘Open Fine Arts Show’ Juried group exhibition. 11am-4pm. Free. Marin Art and Garden Center, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Ross. 454-9561. www. marinsocietyofartists.org
Through 08/07: Gallery Route One Annual Artist Show “Outside the Lines.” Explores the duty of the artist to go beyond the norm in seeking creative artistic solutions. Open daily, 11am to 5pm. Closed Tues. Free. Gallery Route One, 11101 Highway One, Pt. Reyes Station. 663-1347. www.galleryrouteone.org
Through 08/10:‘Proof is in the Puddin’: But Where’s the Puddin’?’ DoOlittle, Ted Babcock and Toddo T, recent works. Doomfield and Ananta Fiddle-Hooper, audio installation. Free. Backyard Boogie, 1609 Fourth St., San Rafael. 256-9483. www. boogiemarin.com Through 08/14:‘Equilibrium’ Summer group exhibition. Free. Marin Museum of Contemporary , 500 Palm Dr., Novato. 506-0137. www.marinmoca. org
Through 08/19: Recovery in Action Summer Art Show 2011 Group exhibition. 5-9pm. Free. Marin Fencing Academy, 827 Fourth St., San Rafael. 457-4554. Through 08/20:‘RE:Value’ Plexus Art Group mixed media exhibition on the many interpretations of the theme of “value”. To further explore the topic, approximately 1/3 of the artwork will be available for barter. Free. Falkirk Cultural Center, 148 Mission Ave., San Rafael. 485-3328. www.falkirkculturalcenter.org
Through 08/27:‘Tondos and Circular Images’ Claudia Chapline, paintings. 10am-4pm. Community Congregational Church, 145 Rockhill Dr., Tiburon. 868-2308. www.cchapline.com
Through 08/30:‘Black Power-Flower Power’ Rare and historically significant exhibition of photographs by Ruth-Marion Baruch 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 Through 08/31: Art in the Gallery George Draper, photographs. Noon. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www. bookpassage.com
Through 09/09: Marin Arts Photography Contest and Exhibit Photographs including landscapes, digitally manipulated print works. Reception 6pm. Aug. 12. 11-6pm. Free. Marin Arts, 906 4th St., San Rafael. 666-2442. www.marinarts.org Through 10/07:‘Fiber Unlimited’ Wendy Lilienthal, paper and textile collage works. Phyllis Thelen, recycled art and natural fiber works. 8am-7pm. Free. Marin Cancer Institute, 1350 S. Eliseo Dr., Greenbrae. 461-9000. Through 10/15:‘Washed Ashore’ A temporary exhibition at The Marine Mammal Center which features fifteen artworks made of plastic trash by Angela Haseltine Pozzi. Free, docent led tours available for a modest fee. Marine Mammal Center, 2000 Bunker Road, Marin Headlands, Sausalito. 289-7325. www.marinemammalcenterart.org
Talks/Lectures 07/31: Douglas Brinkley The author discusses “The Quiet World: Saving Alaska’s Wilderness Kingdom, 1879-1960” and “The Wilderness Warrior: Theodore Roosevelt and the Crusade for America.” 3pm. Free. Point Reyes Presbyterian Church , 11315 State Route 1, Point Reyes. 663-1542. www.
08/03:The A List Series: A Conversation with Baseball Great Vida Blue Blue played Major League baseball from 1970-86, primarily with the Oakland A’s and San Francisco Giants. He took Major League by storm in 1971 as a 22-year old “flame-throwing lefthander”. 7:30pm. $12-15. 142 Throckmorton Theatre , Mill Valley. 383-9600. www.142throckmortontheatre.org
08/03:Weekend Adventures in San Francisco and Northern California Learn about vacation wonders of Northern California with Carole Terwilliger Meyers, award-winning popular Bay Area author. Noon-1pm. Free. Civic Center Library, 3501 Civic Center Dr., Rm 427, San Rafael. 499-6058.
Readings 07/30: Hilary Austin Austin presents “Artistry Unleashed: A Guide to Pursuing Great Performance in Work and Life.” 1pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www. bookpassage.com 07/30: Phil Wolfson with Isabel Allende Isabel Allende introduces and talks with Wolfson about “Noe,” a memoir of an adolescent boy’s struggle with leukemia told from three perspectives. 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com 07/30; Joan Price The author discusses “Naked at Our Age: Talking Out Loud About Senior Sex,” a candid book addressing senior sexuality in all its colors. 4pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage. com 08/01: Esmeralda Santiago Santiago talks about her novel “Conquistadora.” 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 9270960. www.bookpassage.com 08/02: John Burnham Schwartz The author discusses his novel “Northwest Corner.” 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com 08/02:Traveling Poetry Show Reading by Mary K. Sweeney, Judith Yamamoto, Laurie Stoelting, Patricia McCaron, Paula Weinberger and
Yvonne Cannon. Hosted by Bree Lowe. 7-9pm. Free. Marin City Library, 164 Donahue St., Sausalito. 3326158. www.marinpoetrycenter.org 08/03:Vendela Vida Vida presents her novel “The Lovers.” 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com 08/04: Steve Jones Jones talks about “Tribes of Burning Man.” In recent years Burning Man has taken on a new character. Jones chronicles Burning Man’s renaissance years from 2004 to the present. 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com 08/05: Grant Morrison Morrison discusses “Supergods: What Masked Vigilantes, Miraculous Mutants, and a Sun God from Smallville Can Teach Us About Being Human.” 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www. bookpassage.com
Film Events 07/29: Film Night in the Park Baby gets her groove on with her summer camp’s dreamy dance instructor in “Dirty Dancing.” 8pm. Free. Creek Park, 451 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, San Anselmo. 272-2756. www.filmnight.org 07/30: Film Night in the Park They’re playing it again, Sam. Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman star in “Casablanca.” 8pm. Free. Creek Park, 451 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, San Anselmo. 272-2756. www. filmnight.org
07/30: Met Opera Summer Encore Series ‘Don Carlo’ Nicholas Hytner’s new production of the Verdi opera. 9am. Lark Theater, 549 Magnolia, Larkspur. 924-5111. www.larktheater.net 07/31:‘Finding Joe’ Filmmaker Patrick Takaya Solomon will present a special pre-release screening his feature length film about the teachings of Joseph Campbell, and be joined on stage by Robert Walter. 7pm. $10.25. Smith Rafael Film Center, 1118 Fourth St., San Rafael,. 454-1222. www.cafilm.org
08/03-04:‘Cameraman:The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff’ Filmmaker Craig McCall’s terrific documentary is a warm and witty portrait of legendary cinematographer and director Jack Cardiff (1914-2009), widely considered the finest Techni-
ViDEO Your brain on drugs Audiences made Limitless a surprise No. 1 opener last March over its much more touted competition, and they were right. Director Neil Burger’s groundbreaking cliffhanger places Bradley Cooper (a big star thanks to this film) in the middle of a bloody-minded conspiracy to control public knowledge It’s DeNiro’s most surreal ﬁlm since ‘The Advenof NZT-48, a clear gel capsule that when tures of Rocky & Bullwinkle.’ swallowed taps the unused 80 percent of a brain’s cognitive power. New York writer/slacker Eddie Morra (Cooper) stumbles onto one of the magic pills through an unscrupulous ex-brother-inlaw and proceeds to have one of cinema’s great drug trips, suddenly able to connect everything around him. With new powers come new moneyed friends like Robert De Niro (doing a sinister Murdochian turn to perfection), along with raised ambitions—above all, the need to get hold of more of the drug. Cooper’s change from slouch to blue-eyed brainiac is the fun of the film, and a thick thread of wish-fulfillment runs throughout—like that other great sci-fi epic to come before it, Inception. In a world of constant distraction, tweets, txts and whr r u’s, these films promise whole eternities to be lived inside a second, and the computing power of that smart phone on your hip humming inside your head, where a brain belongs.—Richard Gould JULY 29 - AUGUST 4, 2011 PACIFIC SUN 25
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Salsa Thursday with Avance Salsa Lesson from 8 - 9 pm with JAS [LATIN/SALSA]
FRI JULY 29
The Unauthorized Rolling Stones
SAT JULY 30
The Greg Scott Band plus AgapĂŠSoul [R&B/POP]
FRI AUG 5
Lester Chambers & Big Kat Tolefree & the Hypnotics
THE SMOKEHOUSE THURSDAY, JULY 28, 8PM
mads tolling quartet FRIDAY, JULY 29, 9PM
Black Market Blues Band SATURDAY, JULY 30, 9PM
Nick Gravenites SUNDAY, JULY 31, 6PM
SAT AUG 6
Wall Street â€“ A High-Energy Dance Party [DANCE PARTY]
WED AUG 10
Jesse Colin Young: Lead Singer of â€˜60s Rockers The Youngbloods [60â€™S ROCK]
FRI AUG 12
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SAT AUG 13
The Miles Schon Band, The Cole Tate Band and Special Guests [ROCK]
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color cameraman. 7pm. $10.25. Smith Rafael Film Center, 1118 Fourth St., San Rafael,. 454-1222. www. cafilm.org 08/03: Movies on the Green â€œRatatouille.â€? 6pm. Marin Country Mart, across from the ferry terminal, Larkspur. www.marincountrymart.com 08/05:â€˜Crime After Crimeâ€™ Winner at the San Francisco International Film Festival, this documentary tells the story of the legal battle to free Debbie Peagler, an incarcerated survivor of domestic violence. 7pm. $10.25. Smith Rafael Film Center, 1118 Fourth St., San Rafael,. 454-1222. www.cafilm.org 08/05: Film Night in the Park Filmmaker Josh Fox exposes the destructive practice of â€œfrackingâ€? by gas companies throughout the US in documentary â€œGasland.â€? 8pm. Free. Creek Park, 451 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, San Anselmo. 272-2756. www.filmnight. org
Ali Weiss WEDNESDAY, AUG. 3, 7PM
Philip Claypool & Friends THURSDAY, AUG. 4, 8PM
Linda Imperial Band w/ David Freiberg 224 Vintage Way, Novato (415) 899-9600 www.thesouthernpaciĂ†c.com 21+ Limited dinner venue seating Reservations recommended
Community Events (Misc.) 07/29: Irish Night: Picnics on the Plaza in San Anselmo: Fun summer evening featuring live music and kids activities. Bring a picnic. Through August 26. 5-8pm. Free. Town Hall, 525 San Anselmo Ave., San Anselmo. 258-4661. www.townofsananselmo.org 07/29: Meteor Shower Hike Ranger Charlie Schonwasser leads a short hike up Mount Burdell to have a look at the magical Delta Aquarids meteor shower. Astronomer Larry Brodkin will be on hand to give you a closer look with his telescope. Bring a blanket, flashlight, water and snacks. No pets. Family- friendly event. Meet at the San Andreas MCOSD gate , Novato. 507-2816. www.maringov.org/Depts/PK.aspx 07/30: Marin Democratsâ€™ Brewfest Taste and enjoy a variety of specialty beers and a barbecue lunch. All proceeds benefit the Marin Democratic Party. 1-4pm. $5-25. San Rafael Community Center, 618 B St., San Rafael. 747-4199. https://secure.actblue.com/page/brewfest 07/30: Point Reyes Farmers Market Purchase locally grown products from the only all local, all organic produce market in the county. Live music, guest chefs and Kid Zone every Saturday. 9am.-1pm. Free. Tobyâ€™s Feed Barn, 11250 Hwy One, Point Reyes Station. 663-9667. www.marinorganic.org
07/31: Fairfax Community Buddhist Meeting Michael McCormick will lead a short and simple sitting meditation, and chanting based on the Lotus Sutra. Open discussion appropriate for all levels of interest. Children are welcome. 7-8:30pm. Free. Fairfax Wellness Center, 751 Center Blvd., Fairfax. 453-1550. 08/02: Brainstormers Pub Trivia Join quizmaster Rick Tosh for a fun and friendly team trivia competition. 8-10pm. Free. Finneganâ€™s Marin, 877 Grant Ave., Novato. 899-1516. www.finnegansmarin.com 08/02: New Moms Support Group Drop in, weigh baby, get to know other moms, relax and share experiences. Facilitated by Newborn expert Georgia Montgomery. Help with feeding, sleep and balancing your busy lives. 11am-12:30pm Donation. UU Marin Church, 240 Channing Way, San Rafael. 608-8308. www.theparentscenter.com 08/04-05: Free Skin Cancer Testing Part of the Skin Cancer Foundationâ€™s Road to a Healthy Skin Tour. 10am-4pm. Free. In front of Rite Aid, 431 Corte Madera Town Center, Corte Madera. 924-2961. www.SkinCancer.org/tour 08/05: Match Your Key Singles Dance Meet new friends at a lovely restaurant with great views of the Bay. 8-11:45pm. $20. The Spinnaker, 100 Spinnaker Dr., Sausalito. 507-9962. www.thepartyhotline.com Fridays: Food Truck Crush Gourmet mobile food trucks and live music. Through Sept 30. 4-8pm. Larkspur Ferry Terminal, 101 East Sir Francis Drake Blvd. , Larkspur. 259-7263. www.foodtruckcrush.com
Fridays: Senior Yoga with Kelly Enjoy an hour of yoga.Gain and maintain balance, strength and flexibility of both body and mind. Previous experience not necessary. Modification poses available. Bring water and a mat if you have. 3-4pm. $3 per class. Whistlestop Active Aging Center, 930 Tamalpais Ave., San Rafael. 456-9062. www.whistlestop. org/classes/yoga-with-kelly/
Through 10/29: Marin Open Garden Project Community Veggie Exchange Bring the excess from your garden to exchange with other gardeners. Mill Valley: 10-11am Saturdays at Volunteer Park, Evergreen and Melrose, Homestead Valley, Mill Valley. Novato: 9-10am Saturdays at the School District Lawn, 7th & Grant, Novato. Mill Valley: 9:30-10:30am at Boyle Park, 11 East Dr., Mill Valley. San Rafael: 9:30-10:30am Saturdays at Sun Valley Park, K & Solano St., San Rafael. San Anselmo: Saturday 9-10 a.m. at the Town Hall Lawn, 525 San Anselmo Ave., San Anselmo. Free. 419-4941. www.opengardenproject.org
Tuesdays:Tamalpais Valley Farmers Market Local and regional farmers, bakers and food purveyors showcase their seasonal bounty. 3-7pm. Free. Tamalpais Valley Community Center, 203 Marin Ave., Mill Valley. 388-6393. www.tcsd.us Wednesdays:The Elderâ€™s Circle This group uses the Principals of Attitudinal Healing to face such problems as aging, relationships, loneliness, and illness. Facilitated by trained volunteers. 10-11:30am. Free, donations welcome. Whistlestop, 930 Tamalpais Ave., San Rafael. 457-1000. www.CAH-NorthBay.com
Kid Stuff 07/29: Parentâ€™s Night Out Drop the kids off and they will create a fresh, healthy meal for themselves. 5-9pm. $60. In The Kitchen Culinary, 300 Turney St., Sausalito. 331-8766. www.itkculinary.com
07/31: Marin Alternative Mothers Group Anniversary Family Picnic With live music, face painting, raffle.1-5pm. Town Park, 498 Tamalpais Dr., Corte Madera. www.marinalternativemothersgroup.com 07/31: Miss Kitty 2-4pm. Free. Town Center in front of the clock tower, Corte Madera. www.shoptowncenter.com/events.
08/02-03: Little Music Circle for Toddlers Small instruments, bubbles, songs, movement, bubbles and laughter. Music is live, classes are ongoing and drop ins are welcome. 10:15-10:45am. $10, drop in. UU Marin Church, 240 Channing Way, San Rafael. 608-8308. www.littlemusiccirclde.com 08/02: Fly Away: Hands-on Craft Paper airplanes, whirly gigs and kites: weâ€™ll make them all and have some jet-fueled snacks to keep our spirits lifted. Pre-registration required. 3-4pm. Free. Sausalito Public Library, 420 Litho St., Sausalito. 289-4121. www.ci.sausalito.ca.us
08/03: Mother Goose on the Loose Storytime For children ages 0-3 and their parent or caregiver. 9:30-10am. Free. Marin City Library, 164 Donahue St. , Marin City. 332-6157. www.marinlibrary.org 08/03:Tam Valley Origami Tia Smirnoff shows you the exciting art of paper folding. Turn a simple square of paper into a frog, butterfly or box. All levels and ages welcome.Co-ed. 2-3 p.m. Free The Cabin, 60 Tennessee Valley Rd., Mill Valley. 388-6393. www.tcsd.us 08/03:Toddler Story Time Stories, rhymes and songs in the library with Molly McCall. 9:30-10am. Free. Sausalito Public Library, 420 Litho St., Sausalito. 289-4121. www.ci.sausalito.ca.us 08/04: Magician Brian Scott Magic, comedy and fun. 4-5pm. Free. Sausalito Public Library, 420 Litho St., Sausalito. 289-4121. www.ci.sausalito.ca.us 08/05: Bloody Scupper Plunder Club Part of the Summer Sunsets Series. Songs of piracy and
BEST BET Readinâ€™ la Vida loca In her most recent novel, The Lovers, VENDELA VIDA flawlessly translates the hollow and slow-motion sadness of walking through the dark corridor of grief to the page, pulling the reader in to grieve right alongside the storyâ€™s main character. The author of Let the Northern Lights Erase Your Name, editor of The Believer, co-screenwriter (along with husband, Dave Eggers) of Away We Go, Vidaâ€™s latest work pulls on heartstrings while offering the mindâ€™s eye a view of Turkeyâ€™s breathtaking landscape, tying both together for a bittersweet and heartfelt ode to new beginnings. A Marin County resident, Rendezvous with â€˜The Loversâ€™ Vida appears at Book Passage for a reading and Wednesday at Book Passage. discussion about The Lovers at 7pm Wednesday, Aug. 3. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. Free. 415/927-0960.â€”Dani Burlison general mayhem. 5-7pm. $5-10. Bay Area Discovery Museum, 557 McReynolds Road, Sausalito. www.baykidsmuseum.org
Through 08/19: San Anselmo Library Summer Reading Program â€œOne World, Many Stories.â€? Children explore the world through stories, songs, crafts, author visits, and special weekly performances by puppeteers, magicians, storytellers and world musicians. Sign up for the Summer Reading Game. Families with children too young to read independently are welcome to join the read-to-me portion of the program. For a complete list of free programs call or visit the website. Free. San Anselmo Public Library, 110 Tunstead Ave., San Anselmo. 258-4656. www.sananselmolibrary.org
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Urinetown: The Musical Directed by Aleph Ayin Music Director - Robert Rutt
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Wangari Trio â€œFresh, Authentic, Inspiring, Exotic, Raw, Intimateâ€Ś..â€?
August Art Exhibit
Everett Jensen, Artist Elegance & Essence Visual Moments in Time
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Outdoors (Hikes & Bikes)
An A-List Conversation with Bruce Macgowan
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07/31: Sunday Morning Meditative Hike
Easy walk around Lake Lagunitas. Meet at the Fairfax Community Church at 8am for carpooling or at 8:20am in the Lake Lagunitas parking lot at the animal postings board. 8-10am. Free. Fairfax Community Church, 2398 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Fairfax.
Conversation with Mark Pitta
Support Groups First and Third Tuesdays: Caregiverâ€™s Support Group Focus is on spiritual and emotional
light, and shadow inside his apartment. Play mini golf on Georgeâ€™s special course. Free with museum admission Bay Area Discovery Museum, 557 McReynolds Road, Sausalito. 339-3900. www.badm.org Thursdays: Story Time With Phil Join master story teller Phil Sheridan for a weekly story time. For children of all ages. 3:30-4pm. Free. Sausalito
healing while supporting a loved one through illness. Group sponsored by attitudinal healing international. 7-9 p.m. Free. 1350 S. Eliseo Dr. (adjacent to Marin General Hospital), Greenbrae. 383-0399. âœš
African Music Night
MARK PITTA & FRIENDS
Public Library, 420 Litho St., Sausalito. 289-4121. www.ci.sausalito.ca.us
Through 09/11:â€˜Curious George: Letâ€™s Get Curiousâ€™ Exhibition Experiment with color,
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