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›› LETTERS We could’ve done without that particular Limbaugh visual... Thank you for publishing the letter from Marcia Blackman [“Allow Me to Make ‘Anonymous from Santa Venetia’ Seem the Epitome of Reason,” Aug. 12], who would like us liberals to “shut the f--k up.” What a $#@! She is obviously blessed with wealth and feels she and her ilk have bent over backwards to help the less fortunate. Bulls--t. The “we” she refers to have done nothing to create jobs. They have transferred money from the middle class to their bank accounts, thanks in no small part to Ronald Reagan. They have done a very good job of f-----g up the economy. I’d like to suggest Ms. Blackman get her head out of Rush Limbaugh’s a-- and shut the f--k up herself. Rrrrrrrr... John Cross, Tiburon

Have yourself a Tea Party, but you’d better serve Earl Grey-water... To those of you crying over taxes, kindly stop your sobbing. Here’s my offer: I will gladly pay all your taxes for you as long as you refrain from using any goods or services that taxes pay for. Stop driving on public roads. Stop drinking water except for rain that you captured yourself. Only eat food you grew in your own garden, as health inspectors don’t come cheap. As for the big lie that tax cuts for the rich create jobs and feed the economy, have a dose of reality. Clinton raised the taxes on the rich and America experienced the greatest economic boom of the

century, creating millions of jobs. Bush cut taxes on the rich and the economy tanked, losing millions of jobs. If you want a flower to grow, you have to water the roots, not the petals. Bruce Yurgil, San Rafael

Marin, we never fail to fulfill expectations... When I first moved to Marin in 1998 practicing a profession that took me around the Bay Area with routine trips to Sacramento, it didn’t take long to hear about the stereotype of Marinites as being jaded overpaid yuppies in million-dollar homes, totally self-absorbed, with a sense of entitlement greater than their egos, and a notion that poverty is a criminal offence. Over the years I’ve found this to be entirely unfair. Just about everyone I’ve gotten to know here, regardless of income level, I’ve found to be kind, decent and caring human beings with a very proactive attitude of civic responsibility toward their fellow citizens and their planet and a genuine concern for the welfare of humanity—who are at worst a little aloof and distant until you engage them in conversation, with very few exceptions. This brings me to Marcia Blackman, speaking of exceptions. Her latest hateful clueless screed in the last issue is such a personification of the stereotype, it’s cartoonish. Only someone who has been comfortably insulated from the chaos that has been created by the globalization of the job market and recent financial collapse could possibly have such an attitude. When was the last time you had to look for a job, Marcia? I suggest that you actually go out and talk to someone in the


TOP POSTINGS THIS WEEK Coalition forms to keep parks open State Assemblyman Jared Huffman and the Marin Community Foundation are setting up a big tent in an effort to keep Marin’s state parks open—and it’s a picnic to which eve..... Warren Buffet Knows Have you read the letter Warren Buffett wrote? He has been telling us for a long time that there is class warfare and his class is winning. This is a rich guy who is telling t... Behind the Sun: Happy hooker goes to Marin Roadside hussy can’t believe how screwed up Marin women are... Read the full story here posted Monday, August 15, 2011...

Your soapbox is waiting at ›› unemployment line instead of spitting at them from a comfortable distance. David C Schultz, Novato

Government of the mooches, by the mooches and for the mooches Ha. Ha. You guys are hysterical [in reference to an image of infamous bank CEOs the Pacific Sun ran alongside Ms. Blackman’s letter purporting Would Rich Uncle Pennybags that taxing the face financial ruin if he were rich is a “dumb taxed at the same rate as plan” because his secretary? the rich are “the people who work hard/create the jobs/give to charity/keep the economy moving by their spending money”]. Yes, those “hard-working, job creating economy-moving rich guys” in the photo with my letter do deserve some breaks from the government. They should be getting three hots and a cot for the next 10 years. Why don’t you show photos of Bill Gates, Warren Buffett and the 40 other billionaires who have pledged half their wealth to charity...? That’s what “nice” rich people do with their money. Giving it to the government is like throwing it down the toilet. Supporting the multitudes of mooches who are sucking off the government tit now because they found out how to do it legally is one of the reasons I don’t believe more taxes will help anyone but the mooches. Rewarding the scum and penalizing the successful is not a way to run a business, much less a country. Marcia Blackman, San Rafael

Editor’s note: Thanks for writing, Marcia! We always appreciate hearing unique perspectives, and relish reading community members’ rational solutions to complex problems. Yours, however, does not appear to be one of them—at least according to the “nice rich” person you cited in your letter, Mr. Warren Buffett himself. In an op-ed piece that ran Aug. 15 in The New York Times, Buffett called upon the “billionaire friendly Congress” to

stop “coddling” him and his mega-rich pals. Buffett, reportedly the third richest person in the world, says he pays a Despite a 90 percent tax rate and tax of only 17 percent of his being stranded on a deserted earnings—far island, this pre-Bush-tax-cut millionaire seemed to be doing lower than the 20 just fine. people who work in his office, who average about 36 percent. All of his “megarich” friends receive similar “extraordinary tax breaks.” “These and other blessings are showered upon us by legislators in Washington who feel compelled to protect us, much as if we were spotted owls or some other endangered species. It’s nice to have friends in high places,” wrote Buffett, after pointing out that in the meanwhile, “the poor and middle class fight for us in Afghanistan, and... most Americans struggle to make ends meet.” But, more importantly—and to the consternation of the anti-tax crowd—Buffett blew up the age-old and historically refutable argument that taxing the rich somehow dissuades them from investing or hiring employees to help them make EVEN MORE money. Here’s what Buffett said: “Back in the 1980s and 1990s, tax rates for the rich were far higher, and my percentage rate was in the middle of the pack. According to a theory I sometimes hear, I should have thrown a fit and refused to invest because of the elevated tax rates on capital gains and dividends. “I didn’t refuse, nor did others. I have worked with investors for 60 years and I have yet to see anyone—not even when capital gains rates were 39.9 percent in 1976-77— shy away from a sensible investment because of the tax rate on the potential gain. People invest to make money, and potential taxes have never scared them off. And to those who argue that higher rates hurt job creation, I would note that a net of nearly 40 million jobs were added between 1980 and 2000. You know what’s happened since then: lower tax rates and far lower job creation.” Put your stamp on the letters to the editor at ›› AUGUST 19 - AUGUST 25 2011 PACIFIC SUN 7


Full conserve ahead! With desal all but sunk, MMWD goes all out on conservation by Peter Seidman


s a lawsuit aimed at invalidating the environmental report for a desalination plant entered the courtroom this week, water use in the Marin Municipal Water District (MMWD) continues to decline. That decline led district directors last year to put the proposal to build a desalination plant on hold. And last November, the district succeeded in passing Measure S, which requires it to seek a vote by ratepayers before it can proceed with a desalination plant. Opponents of the desalination plan filed their lawsuit in 2009. The basis of the lawsuit rests on a claim that the environmental impact report for the project fails to meet state guidelines. The opponents also say a plant would discharge harmful brine into San Rafael Bay and spark population growth that could end up with 85,000 more people in Marin. Desalination proponents say it’s up to local planning authorities to allow or control population growth in their jurisdictions. They also say the environmental report covered the issue of brine discharge and the quality of water the plant would produce. In a ruling Tuesday, Marin Superior Court Judge Lynn Duryee supported some of the desalination critics’ contentions and said the water district’s environmental report fails to meet California Environmental Quality Act requirements. The district has 60 days to appeal.

The court case and the continued effort to kill the desalination proposal may seem academic because the district has put the plan on indefinite hold, but critics remain skeptical and want to drive as deep a spike as possible into the heart of desalination. Opponents have said the district needs no new water sources, especially a desalination plant, because conservation can produce a secure water supply for water district customers. The district serves about 195,000 people from Sausalito to but not including Novato. It also serves parts of West Marin. Considering the sharp decline in water use over the last few years, the pro-conservation anti-desalination contingent proved prescient, at least in the short term. But that look into the future doesn’t negate the possibility that the district still might need a drought-proof water supply, and desalination is widely considered to be the most drought-proof at this point. The district contends that even following its current conservation path, there could be a serious water-supply shortfall by 2025 without extreme conservation measures and/or new supply. Over the last couple of years, Marin has experienced the polar opposite of a drought. Rainfall has been abundant and temperatures lower than average. Those two factors account for a sizable proportion of the reduction in water use. And this year, the rainy season extended into June—recharging the 10 >


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Desal report not soluble, rules judge A Marin Superior Court judge poured salt on the Marin Municipal Water District’s desalination wounds Aug. 16 when she invalidated the district’s approval of an environmental impact report regarding construction of a desal plant off the shores of San Rafael. Judge Lynn Duryee upheld her earlier ruling that the EIR lacked detail about the surrounding area of the proposed plant, as well as the effect it would have on the local ecosystem. The EIR had been challenged by several groups, including the local North Coast Rivers Alliance, which argue that conservation is the only way to ensure sufficient water supply without harming the environment; the judge basically agreed, adding that water conservation also “costs nothing.” Desalination is a process in which, through reverse osmosis, salt is removed from seawater rendering it potable for human use. The water district had made several moves toward launching a desal project—which could cost somewhere between $200 million and $400 million—since 2009, when the county had suffered about three years of near-drought-level dry weather. District officials say that if and when a drought hits Marin, desalination is the only way to ensure an adequate water supply. But two years of above-average rains and below-normal temperatures, as well as the passage of a measure that would require voter approval before construction could begin on a desal plant, have tabled the district’s plant plans for the immediate future. The water district has 60 days to file an appeal on the ruling. Coalition forms to keep parks open State Assemblyman Jared Huffman and the Marin Community Foundation are setting up a big tent in an effort to keep Marin’s state parks open—and it’s a picnic to which everyone’s invited. Huffman and MCF president Thomas Peters announced Aug. 15 the formation of the Open Parks Coalition, which, according to a press statement, will be “a community forum for information and advocacy regarding the ongoing efforts to preserve and protect California’s state parks.” Huffman and Peters will co-chair the coalition. The mission of the coalition will be to recruit park-goers, community leaders and government officials to come up with a plan to keep open the four Marin state parks that are among the 70 statewide set for closure next spring as part of Gov. Brown’s $33 million cut from the parks budget. Marin parks on the chopping block include Tomales Bay, China Camp, Olompali and Samuel P. Taylor, the popular campground which last week had posted signs announcing its official closure Sept. 5 at high noon. Open Parks officials, though, now say that all four parks, including Samuel P. Taylor, will remain open with camping available after Labor Day on a first-come, first-served basis. The Open Parks Coalition is holding a “pre-planning, internal” meeting Aug. 17 to hammer out details about the collaboration and settle on a timeline for public input. Though the coalition is in its infancy, Huffman says he’s optimistic about its chances for keeping the parks open. “Working together, I’m confident that the commitment and creativity of this community 10



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FRIDAY, AUG. 19 The Cowboy Way A pair of New Mexico ranchers travel to New York City to find a missing friend. It’s the classic fish-out-of-water tale with the simple country folk lost in the big city, later remade as the “2004 GOP Convention.” (1994) AMC. 6pm. Ratbusters NYC A totally different kind of infestation. Animal Planet. 8pm. Hitman Another movie based on a video game. We’re still waiting for Hollywood to explore the rich family dynamic of PacMan. What was home life like for Pac-Man Junior with his parents gone all the time? (2007) FX. 8pm. Karaoke Battle USA To keep things fair and make sure nobody gets injured, all Celine Dion ballads have been prohibited. ABC. 9pm.

by Rick Polito

Castle When a body is discovered in a pizza oven, detectives must complete the investigation in 30 minutes or the killer goes free. ABC. 10pm. Hair Battle Spectacular The stylists have to compete with their hands tied. This is one of those cases where “a little off the sides” can include an ear. Oxygen. 10pm.

TUESDAY. AUG. 23 Blow A young man helps pioneer the cocaine trade in the United States, hastening such societal plagues as gang warfare, crack, disco and Paris Hilton. (2001) FX. 8pm. Picker Sisters It’s like American Pickers, except it’s two sisters. They still look for antiques and unique collectibles but they hide the best stuff from each other. TLC. 10pm.

by Howard Rachelson

1. In the 19th century, fur trappers working north of Marin County called this body of water the Slavyanka River. Today we know it by what name? 2. An interrogative sentence must be followed by what symbol? 3. Pictured, left: The main waterway in Ven3 ice, Italy, is known by what name? 4. For how many years after leaving office do U.S. presidents receive Secret Service protection? 10 years, 20 years or lifetime? 5. True or false: Horses usually sleep standing up. 6. Pictured, left: The hero of this 2000 film, 6 and 2009 Tony Awardwinning musical with music by Elton John, is a poor English boy who discovers that ballet is his life’s dream. Who is he? 7. What are the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet? 10 8. Georgetown, the Kennedy Center and Watergate Apartments lie adjacent to what Washington, D.C., river? 9. Can you name three or four common English words that end in “-dous”? 10. Pictured, left: What award is given to the Most Valuable Player in the World Cup of Soccer? BONUS QUESTION: True or false: The area of Disney World in Orlando is larger than that of Manhattan and Washington, D.C., combined. Send your best trivia question (with your name and hometown) to howard1@triviacafe. com; if your question is used in the ‘Pacific Sun,’ we’ll give you credit!

▲We all faintly recall those school librarians that scolded us for talking, but we fondly remember the special ones who encouraged us to read and inspired us to learn. Carol Halpern is definitely an exceptional librarian, which is why she has been chosen as the Marin County Teacher of the Year for 2011-12. Since beginning her career in education 31 years ago, Ms. Halpern has been the only librarian in the Larkspur-Corte Madera School District. Creating dynamic learning environments for students and teachers, she has won numerous awards and accolades. “Carol makes it her job to know each child and their reading preferences,” said Dr. Valerie Pitts, superintendent of the Larkspur-Corte Madera School District. “Carol truly leaves no child behind.”

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▼Anita and her boyfriend went shopping at a big-box store to pick up a few things for her home. Unfortunately, a slimy, sleazy sales clerk tried to pick her up. As Anita and her partner walked together, she heard a low whistle. Two more whistles followed, causing her to turn around. There, standing in the middle of the aisle, was a male employee ogling her. He is 60ish and Anita barely 40. “I felt violated,” she said. “He works at this store, wears their uniform.” The 60-yearold creep clad in an orange apron earns our Zero of the Week designation. On the other hand, we’re proud Anita stood up to the leering letch by reporting him and pleased to hear that management took her complaint seriously. —Nikki Silverstein


WEDNESDAY, AUG. 24 Buried Treasure It’s sort of like Antiques Roadshow, except the appraisers come into people’s houses looking for items that could be valuable. They used to call this “casing the joint.” Fox. 8pm. Ton of Cash In this reality game show, a team of contestants must work together to move an actual ton of cash from Los SATURDAY, AUG. 20 2011 Angeles to Las Vegas without Do Something Awards To be losing a single dollar. They were watched by people sitting on the going to do it in the couch at home on Saturother direction, but day night. VH1. 7pm. the Nevada state America’s Cutest charter prohibits Cat It’s like America’s anyone from Cutest Dog, but the leaving with winner doesn’t that much care. Animal Planet. money. VH1. 8pm. 9pm. Hooters Snow Alternate Angels 2 We like History the term “smugTonight, specgling raisins.” ulative histoSpike TV. 10pm. ‘Dis-missed!’ Wednesday at 10. rians ponder how the SUNDAY, AUG. 21 world would be different if the Nazis had Nora Roberts’ Carnal Innocence Is there won World War II. For starters, Col. Klink some kind of iPhone app that generates would have been much less bumbling on Lifetime titles? (2011) Lifetime. 7pm. Hogan’s Heroes. Spike TV. 10pm. Curiosity Tonight’s topic is “Why Is Sex Fun?” which raises a more important quesTHURSDAY, AUG. 25 Rising: Rebuilding tion:“Why are we watching TV and not Ground Zero They should be done any having sex?” Discovery Channel. 8pm. Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew This is the decade now. Discovery Channel. 8pm. Jurassic Park III In the third film, the graduation episode, in which the celebridinosaurs are on a different island. Someties pledge to stay sober, avoid situations how, the paleontologist from the first film that would trigger a relapse and focus agrees to visit this new island, convincing their lives on more productive efforts, like leaking a sex tape so they can keep calling himself he will escape unscathed. We go through a similar rationalization whenever themselves “celebrities.” VH1. 9pm. we visit our family. (2001) AMC. 8pm. ✹ MONDAY. AUG 22 American Ninja War- Critique That TV Guy at rior Finally, the outsourcing goes in the Turn on more TV Guy at other direction. NBC. 9pm. ››




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< 8 Full conserve ahead groundwater supply to the point that many homeowners have had to water their lawns far less frequently than in past years. During the week of Aug. 8, MMWD customers consumed 159.6 gallons per day. During the same week in 2010, the amount was 164.1 gallons per day. Water managers across the country are noting reduced consumption, and they just aren’t sure why or how long it will last, which makes planning a difficult proposition. The vagaries of climate change put an extra emphasis on planning and a continued push to promote conservation. In 2008, then Gov. Schwarzenegger was looking for ways out of the water conundrum in the SacramentoSan Joaquin Delta. In an effort to ease the constant tension between water policies that promote healthy waterways and fisheries versus those that promote agriculture, the governor brought a plan to the Legislature to reduce urban water consumption 20 percent by 2020. In 2009, that idea was incorporated into law, and urban water suppliers, including MMWD, were required to set conservation targets for 2015 and 2020. Many MMWD customers learned to conserve water during the major drought in the 1970s, when they had to drastically cut consumption. According to the district’s Urban Water Management Plan report, which was recently sent to the state, “The district’s programs for demand management through water conservation began in 1971, and a study in 1999 found that the per capita demand had been reduced by an estimated 25 percent during the period from 1970 to 1998.” The state Urban Water Management Plan Act mandates that every urban water supplier delivering 3,000 acre-feet or more of water per year or serving more than 3,000 connections must submit a water management plan every five years. Before this year, water districts sent in their reports to the state as more or less informational documents. The reports took a projected snapshot of water supply and consumption over the course of a few decades. The MMWD’s recently submitted report extends projections to 2035. If a district fails to comply with the submission requirements, it could forfeit the right to garner state grants. Starting with the current round of water plans, districts must adopt that 20 percent reduction by 2020 goal and use the water plan process to assess their performance. It’s part of the mainstreaming of water conservation—a long way from the brick-in-the-toilet days of the 1970s drought. MMWD’s conservation programs, along with plentiful rains and below-average temperatures, have produced a 15 percent drop in water use in just the last two years. But that has brought with it a reduction in revenue from water sales, and the district has raised rates during the last several years to keep pace with increased infrastructure and energy costs, as well as an increase in water delivery from the Sonoma County Water Agency, which accounts for about 25 percent of MMWD’s supply. This has created conster10 PACIFIC SUN AUGUST 19 - AUGUST 25, 2011

nation among some customers who say they don’t understand why they must pay more to use less. “Conservation is our future water supply,” says Cynthia Koehler, who serves on the MMWD board. She’s also the California legislative director for water issues at the Environmental Defense Fund. Water districts in all urban areas in California and the American West, she says, are finding that “conservation is cheaper and more efficient and more environmentally sustainable than developing new supplies. We in California and all around the West are going to have to get our heads around the reality that only a small part of our water bill goes for water. It’s not like going out and buying watermelons or clothes.” The majority of a bill, she says, goes to cover costs of the electricity needed to deliver water, costs to maintain pipes and infrastructure, as well as open-space management. “You are paying for a service.” Still, it’s hard to see rates rise each year for five years, as they have in the district. It’s the same situation that other water districts across the West are facing. It takes money to move conservation goals. And even though the district in 2007 dedicated a conservation program that achieved significant results, it has had to suspend rebate programs because of a revenue shortfall caused by reduced water consumption and escalating fixed costs associated with infrastructure and delivery. Koehler notes, however, that securing new water supply would be much more expensive than maintaining a conservation ethos. Customers are receiving an investment in conservation (within the constraints of a constrained budget) that will “produce lower rates than they would have had if the district sought new water supply. This is way beyond Marin County. This is every urban water district in California and throughout the West. That’s the new reality.” The targets for the 20 percent reduction by 2020 set a baseline for MMWD based on 10-year average water use from 1995 to 2004—134 gallons a day per person. Based on the use for single-family homes with an average of 2.3 persons, the current average daily consumption in the district is 103 gallons a day per person. That’s well below the 2020 target. Even when business and commercial accounts and San Quentin get added to the calculation, total water consumption comes to about 118 gallons a day per person, according to Paul Helliker, the district’s general manager. In other words, conservation in the district already is well below state targets for 2020. “If you look at where we were in 1987,” says Helliker, “compared to now, we have reduced our water use per capita by over 25 percent. A lot of that happened in the 1990s, when we got aggressive with [promoting] low-flow toilets.” That kind of reduction in water use went a long way to obviate the need to proceed with a desalination plan. But not everyone thinks the water district is doing as much as it could to reduce consumption. Malcolm Harvey, a retired estimator in the

civil engineering field, says a simple aerator on bathroom faucets can produce huge water savings. He wants the water district to promote aerators that restrict water flow to one-half-gallon per minute instead of aerators that restrict flow to 2.2 gallons per minute. The lowest-flow aerators cost from about 55 cents to a few dollars. That simple exchange, Harvey says, could save 4 million gallons a year among water district customers. But not everyone would feel comfortable with the results of that kind of aerator or other proposals Harvey espouses, say those who favor a milder conservation approach that still can reap some benefits. “Most people can save up to 90 percent of their water consumption, with an average of 50 percent, no question,” says Harvey, who is working on a book about practical ways to conserve water. He also has some ideas about rates. “If I was running MMWD, I would double the rates and encourage people to use half the water. And if you reduce consumption by more than 50 percent, your water bill is going to be even less.” That’s a kind of conservation reward rebate, but it takes money, and money in water districts is tight. Harvey says the best way to promote conservation is to choose methods that “produce the most bang for the buck. Education is first. There’s an incredible lack of education [for instance] as to when people can switch off their sprinkler systems.” Along those lines, the district has a watering schedule on its website that suggests the amount of landscaping water

customers need to apply week-to-week, depending on their location. That’s one element of the district’s conservation program. As part of its forecast of water supply, the Urban Water Management Plan looks at possible climate change and finds a disturbing prospect, one that desalination proponents say such a plant could protect against: “A recent study by Lorraine Flint of the U.S. Geological Survey in Sacramento, projects that while temperatures in coastal Northern California will increase by only about 4 degrees Celsius by 2100, stream flows in the Gualala River and Navarro River watersheds in the Northern California coastal region will decrease by about 35 percent over that period. If this prediction is correct, and also applies to the streams from which the district obtains its water supply, it would indicate a significant impending problem for the district, which essentially obtains all of its water supply from rainfall runoff.” That possibility should provide a renewed impetus for a conservation mind-set that, as Koehler says, “is a paradigm shift. For 150 years, California has been all about more water, more water. It’s going to take some time. It will be a generational shift for people to stop thinking of water as an infinite resource and see it as something that must be husbanded.”✹ Contact the writer at

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will lead the way in keeping these wonderful parks open for all to enjoy—both in the short- and long-term,” says Huffman, a San Rafael resident. According to the coalition press statement, the next several months will be spent strategizing and fielding public input. One option on the table includes Huffman’s AB 42, a bill that would allow qualified nonprofits to assume responsibility for the parks. AB 42 passed unanimously in the state Assembly in May; it is currently awaiting action in the state Senate. Additionally, Lagunitas Brewing Co. president Tony Magee said last week he’s open to covering operating losses at Samuel P. Taylor and staffing the park with a mix of paid workers and volunteers. Samuel P. Taylor State Park plays host to about 130,000 visitors a year and, in 2010, cost the state nearly $750,000 to operate. Still, with less than 40 “tent sites” and another couple dozen RV and group sites, Samuel P. Taylor isn’t one of the state’s revenue generators— it was more than $200,000 in the red last year. Peters says the work of the coalition will get “fully underway” in September. He says he shared Huffman’s confidence in Marin’s ability to keep the campfires burning. “Marin’s proud history of environmental advocacy serves as an excellent base to cogently and emphatically assert the extraordinary value of these parks,” says Peters. “Historically, environmentally and socially, state parks have a unique standing in California history, one well worth our intensive advocacy.”

Marin part of ‘coastal’ 6th District Despite waves made by many locals, Marin is officially part of a new congressional district that runs from Sausalito up along the coast to the Oregon border. On Aug. 15, the 14-member California Citizens Redistricting Commission released its 53 redrawn districts—as mandated by voters who passed Prop. 20 last year—and the commission is sticking with plans to extend the 6th District to include Marin in its entirety, widening east to Suisun City—and then thinning west to avoid Santa Rosa and a large portion of Sonoma County—before reaching all the way up to California’s most northwestern county, Del Norte. Members of the Citizens Redistricting Commission have said creating a single district that represents the entire California north coast is one of the strategies behind reconfiguring the 6th, which previously had combined Marin with a large cut of southern Sonoma County. In the new plan, portions of inland Sonoma are sacrificed in order to link Tiburon and Mill Valley with Trinity, Humboldt, Del Norte and most of Mendocino counties.

Berberian to seek death for Souza Defense calls DA’s decision ‘irrational and fiscally irresponsible’ by Ronnie Cohen


rosecutors will seek the death penalty for a San Quentin inmate accused of fatally stabbing the killer of a 9-year-old Novato girl. Marin County District Attorney Ed Berberian announced his decision on Wednesday in the murder case against Frank Souza. It will be the first death-penalty case the district attorney will try since he took office in 2005. Following the announcement on Wednesday, Judge Paul Haakenson denied a defense motion to dismiss two special circumstances, either of which would qualify Souza for capital punishment. The 32-year-old inmate, who already is serving a sentence of 55 years to life for murdering a homeless man in Santa Clara, allegedly murdered habitual drunken driver Edward Schaefer in July 2010 on a prison exercise yard. The stabbing took place in front of dozens of inmates and a gun-rail guard; the prosecution alleges the special circumstance that Souza was lying in wait. Souza’s prior

murder conviction constitutes a second special circumstance. Defense attorney Gerald Schwartzbach criticized the decision to pursue the ultimate punishment on a number of grounds, most notably the millions of dollars he estimates it will cost Marin County and the state to try the case. “My view is that the decision to seek death is both irrational and fiscally irresponsible,” Schwartzbach said. He pointed out that Souza already is serving a sentence certain to confine him to prison for life. Financial concerns failed to sway Berberian. “I’m not ignorant of the fiscal constraints,” he said. “I can’t let that outweigh what we have to do to seek justice.” The district attorney said his staff spent months deciding whether to seek capital punishment for Souza. Berberian’s staff conferred with Schaefer’s mother, Berberian said, but he would not elaborate on her feelings about the possible sentence. Schwartzbach noted that a bill to abolish the death penalty is pending in the state Legislature. Last month, state Sen. Loni Hancock, a Berkeley Democrat, proposed legislation that would place a measure on the November 2012 ballot abolishing capital punishment. If Souza were sentenced to death, and the penalty abolished, his sentence would be converted to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Although more than 700 inmates live on Death Row, the state has executed only 13 since it reinstituted the death penalty in the 1970s. Hancock estimated it costs the state about

Retiring 6th District Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey has publicly stated that such a plan makes no sense, while many Marinites have voiced their objections with the commission— lobbying to keep the 6th District closer to how it’s been in its Marin-Sonoma incarnation. The commission drew new lines as well for the state Board of Equalization, state Assembly and state Senate districts; of these, Marin’s maps are virtually the same as before. Statewide, the new district boundaries appear to favor Democratic candidates—possibly enough, according to some monitoring the boundaries, to give the Democrats a crucial two-thirds majority in the state Senate, if not quite that percentage in the Assembly. Since 2001, California’s registered Democrats have increased by about 500,000, while Republicans have decreased by around 100,000.The state Republican Party is vowing to challenge the new district lines. A conservative group called Fairness and Accountability in Redistricting is expected to try to put a referendum to overturn the Citizens Redistricting Commission’s approval of the state Senate lines. Michael Ward, a Republican on the Redistricting Commission, was the lone vote against the Assembly, Senate and Board of Equalization maps; Ward and Republican commissioner Jodie Filkins Webber were the nays on the congressional boundaries, which passed 12-2. Maps can be viewed at

Group protests dog-and-cat ‘meat trade’ A Marin-based animal-rights organization staged a worldwide series of demonstrations this week to “protest torture and slaughter of dogs and cats for human consumption in South Korea.” In Defense of Animals, the San Rafael-headquartered group that utilizes civil disobedience in attempts to halt what it considers inhumane captivity, experimentation and extermination of animals, organized what it called the International Day of Action for South Korean Dogs and Cats on Aug. 16 at various South Korean embassies in more than 40 cities around the globe. Locally, demonstrators gathered at the South Korean Consulate on Clay Street in San Francisco. Once there, IDA planned to present 15,000 signed petitions to South Korean government officials asking them to strengthen laws prohibiting the “slaughter” of dogs and cats for meat. According to the group, 2 million South Korean dogs are electrocuted, strangled or beaten to death each year. Animal-welfare laws in South Korea exist, say IDA spokespeople, but they lack teeth, allowing the meat trade to continue unencumbered. IDA’s South Korean Dog and Cat campaign manager Robin Dorman calls the idea of killing dogs and cats for meat “unthinkable.” “As the rest of the world is strengthening animal-protection laws,” says Dorman,“the

$184 million a year to house the condemned criminals, and Californians have spent $4 billion on death-penalty proceedings since 1978. Each execution costs state taxpayers more than $300 million. The expense is only part of the reason Don Heller, a prosecutor who drafted the 1978 initiative reinstituting the death penalty, has become one of capital punishment’s staunchest opponents. He joins another unlikely foe of the death penalty—Jeanne Woodford. As the former warden of San Quentin, Woodford oversaw four executions. She recently became executive director of Death Penalty Focus, a nonprofit working for alternatives to the death penalty. Two of the condemned inmates, Jarvis Masters and David Carpenter, were convicted in Marin County. Masters, now a Buddhist and an author, was condemned for fashioning the knife that killed a prison guard in 1985. Masters insists he had nothing to do with the murder. The California Supreme Court is investigating whether new evidence should lead to his conviction being overturned. As a deputy district attorney, Berberian tried the case that sent Masters to Death Row in 1990. The 1988 trial against Carpenter, known as the Trailside Killer, cost taxpayers between $2 million and $3 million, even though the serial murderer already had been sentenced to death in 1984 for two other murders. Schwartzbach questioned why Schaefer— vulnerable because he had been convicted of killing a girl—was left on an exercise yard with



Special circumstances, such as lying in wait, are required for a capital punishment case against Souza, left, next to attorney Schwartzbach.

other inmates, given prisoners’ code of conduct targeting inmates who hurt children. A correctional officer told grand jurors that, after his arrest, Souza shook his head and said, “All I got to say is—9-year-old girl.” “He was... kind of smirking like he had done a good thing or something,” the officer testified before the jury. Schaefer killed 9-year-old Melody Osheroff, a San Ramon Elementary School fourth-grader, and maimed her father while driving his Harley-Davidson 60 mph through a Novato crosswalk in May 2009. Only 10 days before his death, the 44-year-old arrived at San Quentin to begin a prison term of 24 years to life for second-degree murder and vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated. ✹ Contact Ronnie Cohen at

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South Korean government turns a blind eye to the shadowy and illicit world of dog and cat slaughter.” In Defense of Animals says investigations have documented that dogs and cats are kept in “deplorable” conditions in South Korean meat markets—animals are often stacked on top of each other in cages. According to an IDA press release,“Dogs are purposefully tortured to death, as it is believed that the more the dog suffers, the more male virility will increase when the meat is eaten” and “cats are subjected to their own torment by being bludgeoned and then boiled alive in ‘medicinal’ stews.” For info, check out

Baseball group offers to umpire self Centerfield Partnership, the group lobbying to bring a professional baseball team to San Rafael’s Albert Park, is proposing to fund an environmental review to study how 45 summer days of root-root-rooting for the home team will affect noise and traffic in the surrounding Gerstle Park neighborhood. The environmental review, as suggested by Centerfield Partnership, would be conducted by a consulting firm selected by city officials and funded up to $40,000 by Centerfield Partnership. Such a study would likely take several months to conduct, possibly holding off a wouldbe San Rafael team from debuting until 2013. In reviewing the impact of “peanuts and Cracker Jack” at the B Street park, the chosen consulting firm would look at Centerfield Partnership’s proposal to modernize the 60-year-old field, spruce up the bathrooms and add seating for about 800 fans.The team would play about 45 games in San Rafael from May through September. Games are played beginning at 7:15 on weeknights; 7:30pm on Fridays and Saturdays; 1pm on Sundays. Major and minor league rules allow for the sale of alcohol, though not after the seventh inning. Centerfield also says it would provide security and parking in the Seagate lot of the San Rafael Corporate Center. Attorney and Gerstle Park resident Dotty LeMieux is representing a neighborhood group called Communities for Albert Park. She says her clients are not opposed to baseball, but “simply believe that the environmental impacts from what amounts to a privatization of a public asset” should be scrutinized carefully. “Centerfield’s proposal would have doubled the seating, added concession stands, including the service of alcohol, resulting in increased noise, traffic, loss of access to a portion of Albert Park, including a grove of redwood trees and other impacts,” says LeMieux.“Local and Bay Area recreational and semi-pro leagues would have seen their game opportunities curtailed to accommodate the professional team’s schedule.” AUGUST 18 - AUGUST 25, 2011 PACIFIC SUN 11



Books of laughter and forgetting

Marin answers the call for summertime lit!

“Through joy and through sorrow, I wrote. Through hunger and through thirst, I wrote. Through good report and through ill report, I wrote.” —Edgar Allan Poe


oe would’ve been well-advised to take a breather. Maybe then he wouldn’t have died at age 40, after having been found writhing deliriously in the streets of Baltimore wearing someone else’s clothes. Thankfully, we feel better fortunes are ahead for the penny-a-liners of our latest local-lit roundup, which once again highlights some of the more noteaga worthy belles-lettres from ink slingers in and worth around Marin. They may never match Poe’s aroun legend and influence, but we’ll be darned if legen makes up for the dark dramatist’s alleged that m bouts with syphilis, meningitis, cholera and rabies. (His official cause of death was reported rabies of the brain”... ouch!) as “congestion “co —Jason Walsh

The qu quiet man The Ragged R Edge of Silence: Findin Peace in a Noisy World Finding by Jo John Francis. National Geographic Society. 267 pages. $26. grap ww Many stereotypes remain M about those who choose not ab to speak for extended periods of time. Thoughts of emotionally disturbed children, tion passive-aggressive adults and pas even members of religious ev cults come to mind. John Francis, a longcu time West Marin resident who recently ti relocated to New Jersey with his family, re defies these stereotypes and lends a voice de to the t voiceless in his personal account of practicing mindful silence for 17 years. His second book, book The Ragged Edge of Silence, gently carries the reader rea alongside him during his extended period p pe riod of quiet. q What be began as a day of reflection on his 27th birthday, birthd hd day a , th the silence became a teacher, a friend and a 12 PACIFIC SUN AUGUST 19 - AUGUST 25, 2011

tool to remove the boundaries of words, freeing space for personal reflection and strengthening listening skills. Even through the complexities of familial relationships, holding down a job as a teaching assistant and experiencing a frightening brush with death in the backroads of Northern California, Francis’s lips remained sealed while contemplating the existence of life. Pretty deep stuff. Starting in West Marin in 1973, Ragged Edge navigates the terrain of Francis’s inner and outer landscapes as he walks north, banjo in hand, to Oregon where he earns a college degree. Next, he struts on to Montana for graduate school and finally onward to Wisconsin for his Ph.D., all completed without muttering so much as a peep. His reflections on race, religion, the delicately balanced environment and relationships get to the core of the human spirit and its innate desire for community and connectedness. Through his practice, he also explores the various religious and philosophical interpretations of what it means to stop speaking and unearths his own connection to stillness. “As I practiced weaving the experience of each tradition as warp in the tapestry of my journey, I found silence was the weft to the varied expressions of that which is divine.” With each chapter closing with a “Lesson in Silence,” the reader is gifted with an abundance of tools to bring a lull to the storm that is meaningless chatter. Beautifully written, The Ragged Edge of Silence is an adventure of surprising and much needed glances into the self. —Dani Burlison

The man with 200 brains The World’s 200 Hardest Brain Teasers: MindBoggling Puzzles, Problems, and Curious Questions to Sharpen Your Brain by Dr. Gary Gruber. SourceBooks. 188 pages. $12.99.

Imagine you’re queuing up for a movie. There are four people in line. Sarah is between Barry and Mary. Mary is in front of two other people, and John is directly in front of Mary. Who’s first in line, second, third and fourth? If your answer is to skip the movie and go find more interesting friends to hang out with, The World’s 200 Hardest Brain Teasers is not the book for you. But if you answered, John, Mary, Sarah and Barry—then Mill Valley puzzle-master Gary Gruber’s book will be a bigger smash with you than a train headed west at 45 mph roaring on the same track toward a train headed east at 35 mph. Gruber, a test-prep and criticalthinking guru, offers up what he calls “the most challenging and thought-provoking questions in the world” (and also walks readers through the strategies to arrive at the correct answer). A lot of these brain teasers are of the SAT-test type devils that you probably swore you’d never look at again after junior year, but, for us anyway, there’s something strangely alluring about word correlations, number sequences and parallelograms now that entrance to the University of California isn’t at stake. Gruber explains his fascination with mind-boggling conundrums: “When I was in fifth grade I had to take an IQ test,” he writes. “I scored 90, which is below normal and considered dull. I noticed my teachers were not paying that much attention to me and were patronizing me as if I were stupid. Later, as friends of mine were skipping grades, I was routed to the ‘dull classes,’ which embarrassed me and made me feel inferior. I felt as if I would never get far in life.” Seemingly intelligent to his parents and teachers, Gruber developed a “fascination” with the kind of IQ test questions that require critical thinking skills—and soon came to realize that these skills could be developed through what he calls a “generic process to problem solving and thinking.” Later in school, an IQ test landed him at 126; through more practice he eventually scored 150. His secret? It’s all about “common sense and not racking your brain.” Gruber’s coup de grace is a “simple” geometry question that took him three hours to solve when he was in high school, but 40 years later he tried again— and couldn’t crack it. He eventually sought the advice of readers of the Washington Post, for whom he posed regular brain teasers, but none could provide the answer. Soon Post readers were demanding a solution and Gruber spent days contacting university math departments, NASA, his senile old high school teacher who’d originally posed the problem—but none could solve it. Finally, the author sat down and worked feverishly for days to finally arrive at the solu-

tion—which he reveals on page 182. (We at the Sun whipped it in about 11 minutes. We’d tell you how, but that’d spoil the book.) —Jason Walsh

Purloined letters Come, Thief by Jane Hirshfield. Alfred A. Knopf. 112 pages. $25. With her decades-long Zen Buddhist practice informing her work, Mill Valley’s Jane Hirshfield dips deep into the human experience and extracts its nectar, coupling it with startling prose. Her seventh volume of poetry, Come, Thief, lures the reader into a world rich with alchemical reflections and personal metaphoric revelations. Her verse explores the bitter sweetness of morality through breathtaking details found in the natural world and cradles the reader close with a profound simplicity. One poem, “Fifteen Pebbles,” encompasses everything sacred in one short passage: Sonoma Fire “Large Moon the deep orange of embers. Also the scent. The griefs of others—beautiful, at a distance.” A graduate of Princeton University, Hirshfield put her writing on hold and spent nearly a decade studying at the San Francisco Zen Center. When she returned to poetry, she was greeted with wide acclaim, including Guggenheim and Rockefeller Foundation fellowships, three Pushcart prizes, the Poetry Center Book Award and several others. Widely published in The New Yorker, The Atlantic and Poetry magazine, Hirshfield has long been a Marin County treasure, and Come, Thief reminds us why. (Remind yourself why in person when Hirshfield speaks at Book Passage in Corte Madera on Sept. 9) —Dani Burlison

The Average Apple I Feel Relatively Neutral About New York by Avery Monsen and Jory John. Chronicle Books. 96 pages. $12.95. Avery Monsen and Jory John, who produce the “Open Letters” cartoon every week in the Pacific Sun, have extended their observational humor to the Big Apple, in a small, neutral gray book, I Feel Relatively Neutral About New York. World-famous NYC landmarks such as the Statue of Liberty, the subway, Union Square and New York pizza are discussed and evaluated and the general conclusion for everything? “Meh.” The Empire State Building: “As of press time, the sixteenth tallest free-standing structure in the world. That’s fairly tall!”

Ellis Island: “Sure, Ellis Island’s an important part of history. But it turns out you can look up all that ancestry stuff online. (Plus watch hilarious cat videos!)” New York bagels: “We never had a bad bagel in New York. But, then again, neither of us could recall ever having a really bad bagel anywhere, ever.” Less-famous New York staples are also discussed, such as “Huge, Sometimes-Open Stairwells Right in the Middle of the Damn Sidewalk;” “OldTimey Photos of Construction Workers Eating Lunch on Beams of Skyscrapers with No Harnesses or Anything” and “Walking” (“New Yorkers seem to walk faster than anyone else in the world. Why are they going so fast?... Why don’t they leave a few minutes earlier?”). This is a very funny book. Or, to put it in the format that ends each entry in the book: PROS: Short, amusing, with good illustrations CONS: “Also by the Authors” list in front of book which includes titles making fun of Chicago, Portland, Los Angeles, etc., apparently don’t really exist. CONCLUSION: I (heart) this book. —Julie Vader

Waits variation Seeds on Hard Ground by Tom Waits. X Ray Book Company in collaboration with ANTI Records. 10 pages. $24.99 (but currently out of print). Available for reading at The words of Tom Waits have a way of burrowing deep under the skin and rattling the inner mechanisms of the soul. Having written and recorded over 300 songs on 23 albums, he recently (finally!) was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. His new chapbook of poetry, Seeds on Hard Ground, is a welcome addition to his gift of words. The 10-page poem offers the insights and reflections of homelessness and poverty that were featured in fragmented form alongside Michael O’Brien’s photographic collection of the faces of homelessness, Hard Ground. In the tradition of Beat greats like Kerouac and Ginsberg, Waits manages to skillfully craft snippets and peeks into worlds too taboo for the faint-of-heart to enter in real life. His reflections on poverty are delivered with raw and honest passages. Maybe we are all members Of an orchestra that is merely Tuning up And our curious trails Are random scales For a music that has Yet to begin

Most have only heard his poetry transmitted through the gentle gravel of his voice, so it takes a moment to receive his words visually and without the accompaniment of accordion, English horn, saw or piano. Reading sans music still results in an intimate and rich experience. This ode to the plight of poverty doesn’t end with this simply bound poem. Seeds on Hard Ground was printed in a limited 1,000copy edition that sold out online before the ink ever met the paper. And the kicker: Waits donated all proceeds to homeless service agencies in Sonoma County. Redwood Empire Food Bank, Sonoma County’s Homeless Referral Services and Family Support Center operated by Catholic Charities all benefited from his words. Once again, Waits is the champion poet of the downtrodden. Though currently out of print, Seeds on Hard Ground is available to read at www.; and until a month ago, a solo copy was for sale for $80 on eBay. This nugget is a must for fans, collectors and tenderhearted advocates alike.—Dani Burlison

My ‘Back’ pages From the Back Porch by Ace Remas. Reno: Jack Bacon & Company. 196 pages. $15.95. With no background in or qualifications for running a newspaper—such as a degree in journalism, writing experience or familiarity with any facet of publishing—Ace Remas and his wife, Marsha, along with their toddler son, took on the task and managed to publish theTwin Cities Times each and every week for almost four years in the early 1980s. No big deal, right? Well, they did it just about entirely on their own: selling the ads, writing, typesetting, proofreading, managing circulation, delivering the paper and every other detail that’s part of the business. While Ace sold ads, wrote and picked up and delivered the paper, Marsha typeset each issue. Though Ace attended various public meetings in Corte Madera and Larkspur and wrote news items of interest and concern to his community, those activities are only mentioned in his introduction. This book isn’t about how the Remas family handled getting the paper out week after week, with no vacations and essentially no time off—in fact, even when their second son was born, they still got the paper out that week—and very little outside help. Rather, it is a compilation of editorials Remas wrote during that time period. None of these pieces deals with local politics or issues of concern 14 > to the two AUGUST 19 - AUGUST 25, 2011 PACIFIC SUN 13

<13 towns. Though Remas most likely wrote those, too, during his tenure, they don’t appear in this volume. The book’s 50 or so essays are very personal, yet universal, musings and epiphanies about, as Remas writes, “how my sons, my family life, or life itself revealed their secrets to me. My intention was to... [give] readers the space in their busy days to consider what is important in their lives.” This series of editorials—which Remas began writing while sitting on the back porch with his son, Jacob—is all the more poignant considering that Jacob died in a car crash over a decade ago at age 19. Reading them harkens back to a wonderful time in this family’s life—a loving tribute to them all. Of note is the evocative cover shot (front and back) of Mt. Tamalpais by Pacific Sun photographer Robert Vente. —Carol Inkellis

Meet the beetles Bug lette the Messy Sleeper by B ethanie Deeney Murguia. Tricycle Press. 32 pages. $15.99. Now here’s a book that the little tykes can relate to. Bad sleep habits...adventurous dreams...mischievous siblings...colossal predators that swoop down at night to devour innocent victims whilst they slumber. Well, not so much that last one. But Buglette the Messy Sleeper is an impressive debut by Sausalito children’s author Bethanie Deeney Murguia, who’s crafted an exciting story about a family of ladybugs and its beetle brood that features the late-night dream-catching exploits of Buglette—a nipper with wild adventures in the Land of Nod, and daredevil dreams that might wake the scary, bug-munching crow. Watercolorist Murguia illustrates with a cozy simplicity—think Little Pea by Amy Krouse Rosenthal—that uses a lot of white space to accentuate the heavily detailed Buglette world of little leaf beds, big birds and even bigger fantasies. We’ve read Buglette to our 4-year-old several times and he digs it—the crow is threatening, but not too scary, and the book’s message about being brave (and completely safe) in dreams is a good one for ages 3 to 5, when kids’ dreams are just starting to become vivid and sometimes frightening. —Jason Walsh

No Punnett intended... The Sweetness of Tears by Nafisa Haji. HarperCollins. 400 pages (including glossary and author’s note). $14.99. Remember back in high school biology studying Gregor Mendel’s experiments with peas and the Mendelian Laws of Inheritance? Some of us 14 PACIFIC SUN AUGUST 19 - AUGUST 25, 2011

fantasized, briefly, that this would be the moment of truth—we really weren’t biologically related to the people who claimed to be our parents. Well, for deeply devout evangelical Christian Jo March (indeed, named after her mother’s favorite character in Little Women), this lesson presents quite a dilemma: science vs. faith. Jo’s doubt and confusion set the scene for Novato resident Nafisa Haji’s second novel, The Sweetness of Tears. It covers much of the same ground as her first, the acclaimed The Writing on My Forehead, though the characters, plot and storyline are not the same at all. Haji is a creative storyteller who manages to encompass the issues of religious conflict, cultural traditions and practices, identity, freedom, love, personal foibles, secrets and lies, recrimination and reconciliation without being didactic; it is all part of the narrative and flows naturally. Her keen ear for dialogue and remarkable understanding of human emotion make her characters believable and interesting. The multigenerational families are of different faiths and different backgrounds and come from different continents. Yet, their lives are intertwined. In the first chapter, Jo describes the beginning of her struggle with doubting her faith: “Until I was struck dumb by those darned Punnett squares, I’d spent much of the past year disputing Darwin with my biology teacher, Mr. Hicks, armed with all the arguments in Great-grandpa Pelton’s book [challenging evolution]. But Darwin hadn’t been my problem in the end. Nothing Mr. Hicks said could shake my faith in the Genesis account of Creation. It was Mendel... that I stumbled over...” Beyond affecting her relationship with her family—including the relatives she doesn’t even know exist—learning about Punnett squares (those biology class diagrams that show the possible combinational outcomes of inherited traits) changes the course of not only her life, but a number of others as well. To divulge much more would take away from a reader’s enjoyment of the unfolding story. But, human nature being what it is, rest assured that lessons are learned and (some) people are forgiven. Ultimately, the ties that bind us to family, though often frustrating, are an important part of our identity and place in the world. —Carol Inkellis

So ‘Red’ the rocker Red—My Uncensored Life in Rock by Sammy Hagar, with Joel Selvin. ItBooks. 238 pages. $26.99. While most of us know him as a recipient of a 2011 Milley Award, local businessman Sam Roy Hagar has also enjoyed a successful fourdecade career in the music

industry—most notably as the lead singer of Van Halen during the band’s most lucrative years, from 1985 to 1996. In Red— My Uncensored Life in Rock, Sammy “the Red Rocker” Hagar traces his Rock and Roll Hall of Fame career from his early days with metal-forerunners Montrose to a solo career that took him to the edge of stardom and eventually to his role in the post-David Lee Roth incarnation of Van Halen—a gig that would be the making of Hagar and, by the mid-’90s, the well-documented undoing of one of rock’s best-known bands. Longtime Chron music writer Joel Selvin coauthored the book and does exactly what writing sidekicks are paid to do—keeps the narrative focused, while letting Sammy tell the story in typical Sammy voice. The first half of Red covers the rise of the Marin County arena rocker of middling album sales—local anecdotes abound, from (possibly) influencing Mill Valley neighbor John Korty’s seminal indie film Crazy Quilt to recording at the Plant in its ’70s heyday to getting in early on the county mountain bike craze. The second half, though, is where fans may turn to first—the Van Halen years, and the alleged lunacy of the chemically dependent Eddie Van Halen. Eddie comes across like the Lt. Columbo of rock guitarists, stumbling about in a disheveled stupor looking for bad guys—like sound technicians, or recording engineers, or lead singers—to fire on a whim. At least a hundred pages of this 238-page book are as much about Eddie as they are Sammy (even the foreword by VH bassist Michael Anthony is more about Eddie than Sammy). But every story needs a “heavy” and the man who gave us the solo to “Beat It” fits the bill. As for Hagar, he comes off much like the reputation which precedes him—an affable, partyin’ dude whose business talents may match his (underrated, to the point of being largely dismissed) musical talents. Where rock biographies/autobiographies are concerned this is no Divided Soul, Shaky or A Riot of Our Own. But it has its charms, like when Hagar writes about the birth of his son in 1983: “When a baby’s born, it is a miracle. You can read the Bible or other books, and you hear

about miracles. You want something to affect you and change your life like that. You want to see Jesus walk on water. You want to see someone heal, take a cripple and make him walk. You want to see those things. We all want that. When you see a baby born, you see that.” Rock on, Sammy. —Jason Walsh

The arbor they come Like a Tree: How Trees, Women, and Tree People Can Save the Planet by Jean Shinoda Bolen. Conari Press. 236 pages. $23.95 www. Author and Jungian analyst Jean Shinoda Bolen released her latest book, Like a Tree: How Trees, Women and Tree People Can Save the Planet, appropriately enough, on Earth Day 2011. In Like a Tree, Bolen explores the intersections of feminist spirituality, womancentered grassroots movements and the environment, shedding an optimistic and positive light on how the power of community and communion with nature can, indeed, bring a much-needed shift in the way we relate to all living beings. A Jungian psychologist, Bolen draws deep from her personal, activist and professional experiences to seamlessly weave together women’s issues with the current and growing environmental crisis. Referring to those who feel a kinship (or an obligatory steward relationship) with trees as “Tree People,” Bolen makes a strong case for the importance of the human connection to nature. But she doesn’t simply stop with applying archetypal anecdotes and spiritual philosophies. The longtime Mill Valley resident engages the reader by describing the anatomy, physiology and importance of trees in the everyday lives of women around the world, such as the case of Nobel Peace Prize winner Wangari Mathaai and her Greenbelt Alliance group that educates women, assisting them in planting trees for food, shelter and community meeting places. Bolen’s other published books include Goddesses in Everywoman, Tao of Psychology, The Millionth Circle and Urgent Message from Mother. Once again, she brings insight and thoughtful consideration to a sometimes overlooked relationship between women and nature and the important connections between them. —Dani Burlison

Back on the ‘Chain’ gang Chain Reaction by Ross E. Goldstein. CreateSpace. 400 pages. $16. To call Chain Reaction the Rocky of cycling books would certainly be a cliche— though not exactly a misstatement. Mill Valley author Ross Goldstein’s against-all-

odds story about redemption while racing up the slopes of Italyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Monte Grappa has all the winning elements of your typical sports crowd pleaser (thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s even a charismatic older coach, a pretty Italian girl and a heated rival for cycling glory and the girl, not particularly in that order), with one advantageâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; its northern Italy setting. Goldsteinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s use of racing suspense set against an Alpine background puts it ďŹ rmly on sports-travelogue ground, a combination not utilized nearly enough in popular literature. Chain Reaction follows Cal, a oncebig-time prospect on the T Mobile team whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d grown disillusioned with the racing life. When Calâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dad ropes him into an innocent cycling holiday in Italy (just as the Bassano del Grappa race is gearing up), the kid ďŹ nds himself faced with one last chance at beating the odds, and beating his personal demons and... well, you know. Goldstein displays a knack for throwing page-turning obstacles before our hero-on-two-wheels and the authorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s insider knowledge of the sportâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;one of his grown sons is embarking on a racing careerâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;lends it the necessary authenticity good sport-novels require. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dialogue-heavy, and at times Goldstein uses it to convey plot information to the readerâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;a writerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s crutch that shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have gotten past the ďŹ rst draft. A tighter editing job was needed with Chain Reaction. Still, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no denying Goldsteinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s grip on cycling or his agility with narrative. In Marin, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s deďŹ nitely a, er... tour de force. â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Jason Walsh

â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Listeningâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; wind Indian Voices: Listening to Native Americans by Alison Owings. Rutgers University Press. 392 pages. $26.95. Surprisingly lacking the strands of white-guilt that one may expect in a book written by a Caucasian about Native Americans, Indian Voices: Listening to Native Americans is informative as much as it is refreshing. Alison Owingsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; book offers up chapter after chapter of interviews with Native Americans across the country, addressing issues of substance abuse, health, repatriation, familial bonds, ceremoniesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and that ever-prevalent Native humor. Owings, who lives in Mill Valley, speaks candidly with slightly humorous self-deprecation and honest insight from her own place of misinterpretations and assumptions about Native culture. ReďŹ&#x201A;ecting on her own education, she makes no excuses, confronts her personally believed stereotypes and goes above and beyond, traveling far and wide to blow her own misconcep-

tions out of the water. In the revealing interviews she conducted as research for Indian Voices, the issues of continued ignorance about Native Americans from non-native countrymen is staggering. Topping the list of offenses include using the word â&#x20AC;&#x153;squaw,â&#x20AC;? asking a Native person if he or she is â&#x20AC;&#x153;full bloodedâ&#x20AC;? and general blanket beliefs about Native life in todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s world. Owings also addresses issues of colonization of Hawaii. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Did Hawaiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;i not have an indigenous population whose lives were radically changed by European arrival?â&#x20AC;? she asks when explaining the inclusion of Hawaiians in the collection. Indian Voices is an excellent contribution to the growing works of white writers and activists attempting to unravel the assumptions and â&#x20AC;&#x153;otheringâ&#x20AC;? that contributes to interracial tension and violence. Confronting ignorance on a personal level is always the best place to start and Owings offers a fantastic educational tool as well as an entertaining read for anyone wishing to work toward a world of equality. â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Dani Burlison

Whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s your daddy? Winifred by Charles Souby. AuthorHouse. 229 pages, $27.99 hardcover, $15.99 paperback, $9.99 ebook. San Rafael author Charles Soubyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ďŹ rst novel, Winifred, is described as â&#x20AC;&#x153;an unconventional love story.â&#x20AC;? The main character is a middle-aged man grieving the death of his longtime wife. While coming out of his bereavement group therapy session, Rayleigh meets a young bisexual drug addict half his age and feels an instant attraction. Strangely, Winifred is drawn to him as well. But, of course, complications ensue. The main hitch is that the two are, in fact, father and daughter, which is conďŹ rmed by a DNA test; Winifred was the result of Rayleighâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s transaction with a prostitute 23 years before. The main characters spend the rest of the novel ďŹ ghting their demons and each other and coming to terms with each other and life in general with the help of therapy. Lots of therapy, which is portrayed in convincing detail. Although the novel takes place in Illinois, where the author grew up, the story includes a lot of â&#x20AC;&#x153;spiritualâ&#x20AC;? messages that seem more typically Californian. Plus, the main character drives a Prius. As the book puts it: â&#x20AC;&#x153;If he hadnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t seen the evidence before, he now knew for certain that there must be a guiding spirit to the universe; a benevolent hand that had reached out and kissed his life on the cheek just the way Winifred always did; he was truly blessed.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Julie Vader

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Bitter harvest Chilly summer leaves us unripened, but undaunted! by Pat Fu sco


ummer is almost over and we’ve yet to have our usual bounty from fields and farms. By now we should be weary from finding ways to fix stone fruit and tomatoes spilling from baskets and boxes in the markets. Not so, 2011. Cold snaps when plants were setting their fruit, hot spells that sucked the moisture out of the ground, then weird June rains resulted in a less-than-glorious harvest. Late summer produce is proving to be a bit more promising—melons are sweet and the corn that is coming in has been delicious. When we do find some worth buying, it’s best to use them in maximum flavor-coaxing ways. Even peaches and nectarines that are less than ideal for eating out of hand can shine when cooked; vegetables full of flavor can become desserts. It’s fun to cast them in opposite roles: savory fruit, sweet veggies. In this turnabout fashion cooks can console themselves by making the best of a bad hand dealt by the weather gods. Although I swore off a kitchen garden this year, I could not resist putting several tomato plants in with my herbs. They went into the ground late and now I have an heirloom (Striped Marvel) that is 3 feet tall... without a single blossom. Two dependable Romas are doing their best, but I’m impatient. I’m not alone: Friends are moaning over the green tomatoes in their home gardens, too. Green tomatoes have a long history with Southern cooks; battered and fried, they are wildly popular now in restaurants across America. Tart clean flavor and fine texture make them good candidates for other preparations, as well: a sort of vegetarian mincemeat to be preserved and used in the winter months, “icebox pickles” (sliced and tangy, kept chilled and served as a condiment), sweet-and-sour jam that is like marmalade and just as useful. One of my favorite concoctions is spicy green tomato pie. A very different take using pastry, the Italian recipe that follows is a sophisticated way to make use of our slow-to-ripen crop. ●

Crostata di Pomodori e Pistacchi Tomato and Pistachio Tart Serves 8

2 pounds green tomatoes 1-3/4 cups sugar Grated zest of 1/2 lemon and 1/2 small orange 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon shelled unsalted pistachios 2 large oranges or 2 cups peeled and halved large seedless green grapes Pastry for a 10-inch tart

Peel and seed the tomatoes and cut them into very small pieces. Put them in a 18 PACIFIC SUN AUGUST 19 - AUGUST 25, 2011

stainless steel saucepan, add the sugar and mix well. Cover and cook over low heat for 30 minutes. Remove lid and simmer for 1-1/2 hours or until the tomatoes are transparent and syrupy. When you’re ready to use tomatoes, add grated zests, mixing well. Chop the pistachios in a food processor in batches. Do not chop too finely. Reserve until needed. Butter and flour a 10-inch tart pan with a removable bottom. Roll the dough into a circle large enough to fit the pan. Drape dough over rolling pin; unroll it over prepared pan and fit it into place. Trim and crimp the edges. Refrigerate until ready to fill. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. If you’re using oranges, peel them using a sharp knife; remove the peel and white pith and slice 1/4- inch thick. Spoon tomato preserves into crust. Sprinkle the pistachios over the preserves and arrange the oranges or other fruit over top as desired. Bake for 55 minutes or until the crust has browned. Cool on a rack for 10 minutes. Remove pan sides and cool completely on the rack. Turn out on a serving plate. Serve at room temperature. Note: If desired, the fruits may be painted with orange marmalade, melted and cooled, to keep the fruit shiny.—Adapted from Southern Italian Cooking (Bantam, 1991) by Jo Bettoja ●

Sweet corn is always irresistible. It’s no wonder it can be turned into a dessert that emphasizes both its vegetal flavor and its milky quality in a custard of Brazilian origin. The base mixture is often steamed in folded cornhusks tamale-style to accompany savory foods, but when it is sweetened it becomes rich and creamy. It’s especially nice with sliced fruit (peaches, nectarines) or berries served on the side.

Pamonha Serves 10

5 ears corn 1 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk 1/2 cup coconut milk 4 tablespoons melted butter 3 eggs 1/2 teaspoon each salt and baking powder 1 teaspoon nutmeg

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9-inch springform pan and wrap the outside securely with aluminum foil. Working over a wide, shallow bowl, cut the kernels off the cobs with a sharp knife. Scrape the cobs to extract juice, add to kernels. Reserve 1 cup kernels. In a blender, combine all ingredients except the reserved kernels. Blend until

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thoroughly mixed and almost smooth, about 1 minute. Stir in the remaining kernels and pour mixture into prepared pan, then place it on a baking sheet. Bake for about an hour and 15 minutes, until the top of the cake is golden brown. Let cool before removing sides of pan. ●

The last two recipes prove that summer fruits can add a lot to the savory side of a menu. Soups, sauces, condiments and combinations of meats and fruit bring a refreshing flavor mix to the table. A take on a Mexican favorite has surprises inside. In the second, a cold soup is jewel-colored like its namesake but tastes delightfully different.

Fresh Fruit Quesadillas Serves 4

4 9-inch flour tortillas 1-1/2 teaspoons vegetable oil 2 cups (4 ounces) shredded queso asadero or Monterey Jack cheese 2 large peaches (peeled) or nectarines (unpeeled), halved, pitted and very thinly sliced, about 2 cups 2 tablespoons finely chopped cilantro 1 jalapeno chile, seeded and thinly sliced into rounds

Lay tortillas on cutting board. Lightly brush tops with oil, turn them oiled side down. Divide cheese evenly among tortillas. Arrange a layer of peach slices on one side of cheese. Sprinkle peaches with cilantro and chile, dividing them evenly. Fold tortillas in half over the filling. Preheat a griddle or skillet over mediumhigh heat (hot enough for a drop of water to sizzle on contact). Add as many folded tortillas as will fit without crowding. Adjust heat to medium-low and grill 1-2 minutes

until underside is lightly browned. Use a spatula to turn them over and grill for 1-2 minutes more, until second side is lightly browned and cheese is melted. Remove with spatula to the cutting board and repeat with remaining tortillas. ●

Fresh Fruit Borscht Serves 4

1-1/2 cups diced Santa Rosa or Italian “prune plums” (about 4 medium plums) 1-1/2 cups blueberries, picked over, rinsed, drained 1 cup dry red wine 1 cinnamon stick (3 inches long) 3 whole cloves 1/3 cup sugar Cream (optional) Lemon slices, for garnish

Place fruit, wine, spices and sugar in a soup pot and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat, partially cover the pot, and simmer gently until fruits are very soft, 10 to 12 minutes. Remove and discard spices. Ladle the soup into a blender or food processor in small batches and puree. Strain the soup through a sieve into a large bowl, pressing on solids to extract as much liquid as possible. Taste soup and adjust, if necessary (add more sugar if it’s too tart, water if it’s too strong). Cover the bowl; refrigerate at least 3 hours. Ladle borscht into 4 chilled bowls. If desired, drizzle each with a tablespoon of cream. Garnish each bowl with a lemon slice and serve at once.—Adapted from Things Cooks Love (Sur La Table, 2010) by Marie Simmons Contact Pat at

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doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t exactly boost your conďŹ dence. I admit it got me some attention from boys at school. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d hear them say â&#x20AC;&#x153;ďŹ&#x201A;at as a boardâ&#x20AC;? when I walked by. Quite unfortunate, since I was trying to stick out my chest. Later, when the boys ďŹ gured out that the girl with blonde hair, blue eyes and big boobs was my older sister, they were incredulous. Frankly, so was I. It was then, at age 13, that I began doubting the existence of a just God. I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t care so much about my dull brown hair and muddy hazel eyes, but not needing a bra as I entered high school was too much for one little sister to bear. Even my mother teased me when I asked for a training bra. â&#x20AC;&#x153;To train what?â&#x20AC;? she asked. Eventually, puberty struck and I almost grew into a B cup. Padding lifted my spirits. Meanwhile, my mother and sister endured breast reduction surgery to relieve their chronic back problems. Ironically, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re still far more voluptuous than I am. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s why joining the ranks of the Dcup women will go a long way in healing my childhood wounds. It may have taken 20-plus years to get here, but I now have ample breasts. What more could a girl need? According to Rick, another ďŹ tting. I model the bras for him, which only serves to convince him Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not a D. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The salesperson was young,â&#x20AC;? he says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s probably new.â&#x20AC;? I call my mom. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nikki, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not a D. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m a D.â&#x20AC;? I tell you she barely gets the words out sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s laughing so hard. Rick is laughing too. Melissa thinks I might be, but sometimes she ďŹ bs to be nice. Jerry, my older Jewish friend, doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t care what I am; he just wants to see â&#x20AC;&#x2122;em. On Sunday, I go back to Nordstrom alone. Marilyn, a salesperson my age, greets me. I explain. Turns out the young clerk is not yet certiďŹ ed. The certiďŹ cation process is rigorous, Marilyn tells me, with three months of training and hundreds of ďŹ ttings required. Weary from the ups and downs of my bra shopping, I agree to another ďŹ tting. I don a bra I bought the day before. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re swimming in that D,â&#x20AC;? certiďŹ ed Marilyn conďŹ rms. We spend the next hour measuring me and trying on an assortment of bras. I leave with four teeny, tiny bras that ďŹ t perfectly. My tops ďŹ t nicely now, but still I feel nostalgic for the bras of yesterday. Oh well, at least I was D for a day. â&#x153;š Let Nikki know if she measures up. E-mail her at nikki_silverstein@

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f the Oscar-winning actor Jeff Bridges with its tough-as-nails soundtrack, cothinks it’s challenging to tackle a philo- produced by T-Bone Burnett and the late Stesophical question on a coffee-less white- phen Bruton, and featuring Bridges on guitar hot morning in Austin, Texas, then think and lead vocals—that has led this celebrated how surreal it is during a phone interview to screen star to turn his back on Hollywood for have the star of the classic 1998 film The Big a year while releasing his second solo album Lebowski slip into character as the Dude, the in a decade, the self-titled album on the Blue iconic slacker featured in Note label, and launching a that film’s lead role. national concert tour. COMING SOON “It’s like the Dude says,” The new album also he mumbles before hesitatwas produced by Burnett, Jeff Bridges and The Abiders, with special guests ing. a longtime friend and Augie Meyers and Carrie “No, it’s the Stranger...” collaborator who, along Rodriguez, perform WednesThat would be the with Bruton, helped coach day, Aug. 24, at 8pm, at the Stranger, as in the film’s wry Bridges for his role as Marin Center in San Rafael. cowboy narrator for which Bad Blake (Burnett also $45-$75. 415/499-6800. Sam Elliott provided the coached Joaquin Phoenix gravelly voiceover. for his Oscar-nominated We’ll get back to that— portrayal of Johnny Cash surely, it’s hard to keep all those film roles in the film I Walk the Line). Some of the straight when so many characters are vying songs on the new album were written by for attention inside your head. That includes Bruton and Bridges’ boyhood friend, the such riveting characters as Otis “Bad” Blake, singer/songwriter John Goodwin. the grizzled, washed-up country singer The cross-country tour brings Bridges and Bridges crafted on the big screen for his Best his back-up band, the Santa Barbara-based Actor role in the 2009 film Crazy Heart. Abiders—with legendary Tex-Mex keyboardIt’s the potent mystique of Crazy Heart— ist Augie Meyers of the Texas Tornados, and

fiddler and singer Carrie Rodriguez, in tow— to the Marin Center next week. During a drive-by phone interview, Bridges is affable, if somewhat befuddled by my insistence that he wax philosophical after a late-night band rehearsal and over the course of a fast-paced 10-minute interview. Still, he’s no stranger to music. The son of famed TV actor Lloyd Bridges and brother of actor Beau Bridges, he started playing guitar as “a troubled teen,” eventually performing at Los Angeles area coffeehouses and even sitting in at a folk hootenanny at the famed L.A. nightclub the Troubadour, where he returned June 28 to showcase his new band. To the best of his recollection, the first time Bridges merged his talents as an actor and musician was in his dual role in John Carpenter’s 1984 sci-fi fantasy film Starman, as Karen Allen’s deceased husband and the Messianic alien that assumes the husband’s form. Bridges the musician can be seen briefly in a scene in which Allen wistfully watches a grainy home movie of her late husband strumming the guitar and singing comically at a lakeside picnic.

At this point in his career, Jeff Bridges is definitely ‘eating the bar.’

Four years later, Bridges and his brother Beau co-starred in The Fabulous Baker Boys as a ne’er-do-well piano lounge duo that reaches for the big time after falling in with a volatile chanteuse played by Michelle Pfeiffer. But let’s get back to that philosophical point. Bridges, 61, told Esquire in a recent interview that he had decided to devote the rest of the year to his music as a sort of life affirmation. “We’re here for such a short period of time,” he told Esquire. “Live like you’re already dead, man. Have a good time. Do your best. Let it all come ripping right through you.” Admittedly, that sounds very Dude-like. So, I ask, what does music offer as a creative outlet that his other artistic pursuits— acting, painting and photography—do not? “Everything I do creatively is approached pretty much from the same direction,” he explains. “It’s almost like counterpunching, you know, in terms of how you deal with what is in front of you and what life presents. I just jam off of that—I guess you could say that life is sort of a jam session, in a way. “And I try to make beautiful music with everybody. Playing music is a lot like breathing—it’s on and it’s off, it comes and it goes. You know it’s like the Dude says... no, it’s the Stranger, says, ‘Sometimes you eat the bar, sometimes the bar eats you.’ “You can’t always be on top, but the bottoms present some great opportunities. “I mean, that’s what’s wonderful about the blues.” What’s clear is just how much Bridges thrives on the collaborative aspect of music and acting. He was hesitant to accept the role in Crazy Heart, he says, until Burnett agreed to come on board. “When I got the script, there was no music attached to it,” he says. “I figured that no matter how great the story was, if the music wasn’t there then the film would suffer. So I took a pass on it and told them to come 22 > back when they got some music. AUGUST 19 - AUGUST 25, 2011 PACIFIC SUN 21












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about it all, which helps to grease the whole thing. “And he provided a lot of the music.” After its release, Burnett and Bruton shared numerous film industry awards for the overall soundtrack. These days, Bridges has taken Bruton’s lessons to heart and is immersed in the musician’s life. “It’s hard to imagine not having music in my life,” he says. “I’m on the road a lot with the movies and separated from my loved ones and to have my good buddy—my guitar—with me and to know that I can write songs and sing and all of that is very comforting. And there are so many musicians around. Music is a great way to communicate, it’s a real collaborative art form, as is movie making—it’s all about harmony. “Being on the road, and doing this tour, it feels ancient and fresh, all at the same time. I’m really enjoying the camaraderie.” ✹ Philosophize with Greg at Tune up to the Marin music scene at


Tron (1982) This visually ambitious movie stars Ever since the mid-1990s—when he pulled off a Bridges as a software engineer who gets “digitized” string of critically acclaimed roles in such films as Fear- into a gladiator-like computer game. A cult classic, less, Blown Away and The Big Lebowski—Jeff Bridges Tron—for better or worse—paved the way for the many movies-based-on-video-games to come. has become America’s sweetheart. In fact, he’s so often cited as an “underrated” actor Starman (1984) Bridges is an extraterrestrial stranded by movie critics and film buffs that, at this point, he’s on Earth when his ship crashes. Chased by cynical government agents, the bigprobably overrated. hearted alien is brought by a pair Put it this way: If someone in of kind humans to rendezvous 1984 said, “I really like Jeff Bridgwith his mother ship; he heals es,” and recommended Starman, their wounds with his special we’d say they were prescient. powers and then leaves forever. These days, we’d just assume Despite rave reviews, Starman they hadn’t seen K-PAX. was overshadowed by a similar That being said, we have to film by Steven Spielberg released admit—we really like Jeff Bridges. a year before. Here’s a list we’re calling A Bridges Tucker: The Man and His Dream Too Far—Ten Jeff Bridges movies (1988) This underrated Francis that even ‘the Dude’ would trade Ford Coppola biopic features his precious rug to see. Bridges landed the role of the popular Duane in ‘The Last Picture Show’ because director Bogdan- Bridges as the sweet-talking, bigovich thought the young actor’s affable personal- thinking automobile manufacThe Last Picture Show (1971) turer who took on the Big Three ity would make the character more likeable. Peter Bogdanovich’s meditaauto companies, and lost. tion on the dying of a small Fearless (1993) After emerging from an airline Texas town earned the 22-year-old Bridges his first disaster unscathed, Bridges plays a man who comes Oscar nomination, though it’s grizzled veterans Ben to believe he’s invulnerable to death, and strawberry Johnson, Eileen Brennan and Cloris Leachman who allergies. steal the show. Cutter’s Way (1981) United Artists undercut this The Big Lebowski (1998) After such classics as Blood Simple, Miller’s Crossing, Barton Fink and Fargo, underrated thriller with a woethe Coen brothers must have fully inept distribution cambeen pretty surprised when paign—after reviews came out, this turned out to be the film the studio changed its original that made them, along with title from Cutter and Bone out Bridges, heroes with mainstream of fears it would be mistaken as Generation X. But considering a comedy about surgeons. In it’s the first stoner-slacker movie retrospect, it was one of the ‘80s aimed at post-grads, perhaps its better neo-noirs, with Bridges as enduring popularity isn’t such a witness to a back-alley body a shock. dumping that puts him at the Crazy Heart (2009) As Bad Blake, center of a murder investigaBridges was a more authentic tion. In 2005, a pair of ‘Big Lebowski’ fans formed a country star than the music Heaven’s Gate (1980) This Westreligion based on the wisdom and philosophies of ern is infamous for being overly the Dude. Dudeism, according to, has genre has come up with in 20 years. expensive, overly long and ordained 100,000 Dudeist priests. True Grit (2010) Though the sending both director Michael Coen brothers made a better Cimino and United Artists studio into abject ruin. What isn’t talked about so much is overall movie than the dated 1969 “classic,” Bridges that it’s an above-average “epic” about a land war be- didn’t make anyone forget John Wayne’s Oscar-wintween ranchers and immigrants with some excellent ning (and deservedly so) turn as Rooster Cogburn. But performances from Bridges, Kris Kristofferson, John he came as close as anyone else would have.—Jason Walsh Hurt, Isabelle Huppert and Christopher Walken.

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“Then, I ran into my old buddy Bone and we got to talking about the project. He said, ‘I’ll do it if you’ll do it.’ Even though there was no music locked in, I knew that if we had Bone in charge of the music we would be in great shape.” The film’s critically acclaimed soundtrack spawned the Oscar-winning song “The Weary Kind,” a country rocker performed by Bridges and co-written by Burnett and Ryan Bingham. But Bridges mostly credits the involvement of the late Texas singer, songwriter and Telecaster master Bruton, who died of complications from throat cancer shortly before the film’s release, with helping him prepare for the film role—and tacitly, for his current role as a touring musician. “Just being around Stephen was inspirational—he was my teacher, my rock, really,” he says. “He helped me on so many levels to grasp the authenticity of that lifestyle and to make sure I understood what goes down behind the scenes. He had a wonderful sense of humor and great philosophy

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o, what good movies have you seen lately?” It’s one of my favorite questions, and one I get a lot. As a film journalist, people are often asking for my opinions on recently released films, or recommendations of some upcoming release. Usually, the question, “What have you seen lately” is the pleasant overture to an amiable exchange about my preferred topic of conversation—movies. Earlier this week though, when Supersize Me

asked by a longtime volunteer at a local nonprofit I work with, the conversation took a surprising—and somewhat challenging—turn. I will call the volunteer Lois. She is a retired administrator with advanced degrees in business and literature, the kind of person who is seldom seen without a book in her hand. Interested in social issues, an active patron of the arts, she also loves movies. “So,” she asked, “what good movies have The Quantum of Solace

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cally true. If 10,000 people watch Xyou seen lately?” Men for every one person who sees The “Bunches!” I replied. “I liked the final Tree of Life, then there must be someHarry Potter movie a lot. Captain America thing appealing and interesting about turned out to be lots of good old-fashsuch films.” ioned fun. I just rented Rango and I liked “Just because it’s popular, doesn’t it as much now as I did the first time. Um. make it good,” Lois argued. “Like eating Oh yeah, and Rise of the Planet of the Apes at McDonald’s.” was a blast!” And there it is. “Oh, David,” Lois All of this said, smiling warmly “But what I don’t understand...,” made me think. while shaking her head with conspicu- Lois said, her sweet smile once again The problem with the good ous bemusement. “I radiant on her intelligent face, “is food asked if you’d seen why Yosemite has to explode and be food/bad metaphor is that any good movies!” it presupposes Laughing, I re- invaded by talking monkeys. That plied, “What’s not stuff might be fun to look at it... but that one tastes better but isn’t good about watching it’s still awfully stupid.” really good, a hundred motionwhile the other capture chimpanzees is better for us in the long run, but is taking over the Golden Gate Bridge?” harder to chew. Both sides assume that Again, Lois just shook her head. one choice is superior to the other. “I always took you for someone with “Here’s what I think about this,” I more intelligent tastes,” she finally said, finally told Lois. “I think the big blocka hint of disappointment now audible in busters are like going to Yosemite and her tone. “I never go to movies like that. pulling over at the lookout points. You I don’t waste my time with garbage. If it stand there, your hands on the raildoesn’t play at the local art house theater, ing, staring out across a heart-stopping I won’t bother with it.” vista, every inch of the sky filled with Ah. Finally I saw what was happening. something amazing. There is no one I had stepped into the old “art house” vs. who doesn’t get at least a little bit of a “mainstream” debate. It’s a conversation I’ve had countless times. As someone who thrill looking at that. To me, I get the same thrill watching Spiderman take enjoys all kinds of movies, I can usually his first lunge from a 10-story building, see both sides of the argument, and have or Harry Potter raising his wand toward often succeeded in convincing multiplex Voldemort as an army of wizards stands addicts that there is a rich world of enteraround them. tainment to be found in foreign, indepen“The art films,” I continued, “are like dent and documentary offerings. That’s an sitting by a stream in the redwoods, easy argument to make. Even those who sifting my hands through the pebbles, avoid the obscure and complicated flavors staring closely at each one, imagining of films by Terrence Malick, Errol Morris or Lars von Trier will admit that such films the journey that brought it here into my hand. That’s what I experience with would probably be good for them. films like Midnight in Paris or The Trip. Like broccoli. “Blockbusters,” I concluded, “are the In fact, the whole broccoli analogy films that dazzle us, the ones that please seems to be the reigning metaphor during our need for spectacle—and art films such discussions. To those who prefer are the ones that lead us into deeper mainstream entertainment, art films are communication with life.” the broccoli of the cinematic world. Most Nodding slowly, Lois considered this art-film fans, on the other hand, like to carefully. compare mainstream movies to fast food. “I see,” she finally said. Personally, I like a well-seasoned broccoli At last! A metaphor that expresses dish now and then, but sometimes there’s the value in all types of cinematic art, nothing better than a nice hot Quara way of looking at film that acknowlter Pounder with cheese. This summer, edges the virtues of the big movie and I’ve enjoyed blockbusters packed with the little movie! Finally, we can move special effects, and I’ve also caught my beyond fast food and vegetables, and fair share of documentaries about horse embrace the full menu of the moviedoctors and philosophical dramas about going experience. guilt-ridden women pondering trips to “But what I don’t understand...,” alternative earths. Whenever I find myself Lois said, her sweet smile once again in a conversation like the one with Lois, it radiant on her intelligent face, “is becomes clear to me that what we need is why Yosemite has to explode and be a better metaphor. invaded by talking monkeys. That stuff “Movies with explosions in them are might be fun to look at it... but it’s still stupid,” Lois suggested sweetly, as our little chat continued. “There’s just nothing awfully stupid.” ✹ interesting or engaging about watching Weigh in with David on this argument at comic book heroes fly through the air.” It’s your movie, speak up at “Well,” I said, treading carefully, “one ›› could make the case that that isn’t techniAUGUST 19 - AUGUST 25, 2011 PACIFIC SUN 23


Friday August 19 -Thursday August 25

Movie summaries by Matthew Stafford

God Bless Ozzy Osbourne (2:00) Documentary with concert footage looks into the mind of the Black Sabbath frontman on a 40-year binge. ● The Guard (1:36) Crusty Irish cop (Brendan Gleeson) is teamed with Don Cheadle’s uptight FBI agent for drug investigation with comic results. ● Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part Two (2:10) The supernatural epic’s grand finale finds Harry facing down the wicked Lord Voldemort for all the marbles. ● The Help (2:17) The lives of three women on both sides of the cultural divide in 1960s Mississippi are examined in the film version of Kathryn Stockett’s best-selling novel. ● Horrible Bosses (1:40) Comedy follows three office-mates as they plot to off the higher-ups (Kevin Spacey, Jennifer Aniston, Colin Farrell) who make their lives miserable. ● Midnight in Paris (1:34) Woody Allen’s latest expatriate romance stars Owen Wilson as a dissatisfied modern-day Yank who discovers that he can travel at will to the Paris of Scott, Zelda and Gertrude Stein. ● The Names of Love (1:42) Saucy sociopolitical French comedy about a free-loving left-wing mademoiselle and her improbable relationship with a meek middle-aged scientist. ● One Day (1:31) Twenty years of romance between Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgiss characters all on same date; not Feb. 14... ● Rise of the Planet of the Apes (1:45) Turns out it all got started in present-day San Francisco (but this is not a documentary). ● Sarah’s Key (1:51) An American journalist investigating France’s role in the Holocaust discovers a surprising personal connection to a child victim of the roundup. ● Senna (1:46) Documentary about legendary Brazilian Formula-One driver who won three world championships before his death at age 34. ● The Smurfs (1:40) Teensy cobalt-blue critters find themselves in midtown Manhattan, much to the bafflement of Neil Patrick Harris. ● Spy Kids: All the Time in the World in 4D (1:29) Fourth film in series—the fourth “D” is a scratch-and-smell card, which isn’t really a dimension and makes us fear further sequels. ● 30 Minutes or Less (1:23) Two smalltown dweebs are forced into a (brief) life of crime by cops, assassins and a couple of wannabe gangsters. ● The Whistleblower (1:58) Cop-turnedUN peacekeeper Rachel Weisz uncovers a sex-trafficking conspiracy in postwar Bosnia involving her very colleagues. ✹ ●

Twenty years of romance means different kinds of kisses and hairstyles in ’One Day,’ opening Friday.

Africa United (1:28) Story of three Rwandan kids who travel 3,000 miles to the World Cup in South Africa—by walking. ● Bellflower (1:05) Ultra-violent low-budget film about two buddies prepping for the apocalypse by building flamethrowers and WMD—then romance steps in. ● Buck (1:28) Documentary follows cowboy and real-life horse whisperer Buck Brannanman as he shares his gift for communicating with equines through instinct and compassion. ● Captain America (2:04) Yet another comic book superhero hits the big screen, this one a 98 lb. weakling transformed into a Nazi-smashing World War II ultrasoldier. ● Conan the Barbarian (1:52) With Jason Momoa as the title character and perhaps future governor; movie sports extreme “bloody violence”—in 3D! ● Cowboys and Aliens (1:52) Cowpokes Harrison Ford and Daniel Craig join forces with Apache warriors in an epic showdown against weird-looking hombres in flying saucers. ● Crazy, Stupid, Love (1:58) Freshly divorced straight arrow Steve Carell navigates the tricky shoals of singlehood with plenty of help from smooth-operating wingman Ryan Gosling. ● The Devil’s Double (1:48) True tale of an Iraqi soldier who was recruited to impersonate Saddam Hussein’s violent, horny, drug-addicted son Uday. ● Final Destination 5 (1:35) A troupe of cubicle drones makes the fatal mistake of going on one of those deathly grim corporate retreats. ● Fright Night (2:00). Remake of 1985 vampire-next-door tale; Colin Farrell’s in this one and Chris Sarandon is in both (in different roles, alas). ● The Future (1:31) A 30-something couple adopts a stray cat and not only is their relationship tested—everything changes. ● Glee the 3D Concert Movie (1:48) Rock out to musical highlights from the “Glee” casts’s summer concert tour. ●


›› MOViE TiMES 30 Minutes or Less (R) Century Northgate 15: 12:55, 3:15, 5:20, 7:25, 9:30 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:40, 1:50, 4:05, 6:15, 8:25, 10:35 CinéArts at Marin: Fri,Sat 1:40, 4:20, 7, 9:30 Sun 1:40, 4:20, 7 Mon,Tue 5, 7:40 Wed 4:30 Thu 5, 7:40 Lark Theater: Fri,Sat 8 Sun-Thu 7 ❋ Africa United (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Thu 7 ❋ Bellflower (R) Century Regency 6: Fri,Sat 11:30, 2:10, 4:40, 7:15, 9:50 Sun 11:30, 2:10, 4:40, 7:15 Mon-Thu 11:30, 2:10, 4:40, 7:15, 9:50 Buck (Not Rated) ★★★ Rafael Film Center: Fri 4:30 Sat,Sun 2:15, 4:30 Mon-Thu 4:30 Captain America: The First Avenger (PG-13) ★★★ Century Northgate 15: 1:05, 7:05; 3D showtimes at 4, 9:50 ❋ Conan the Barbarian (2011) (R) Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 5; In 3D: 7:45, 10:24 Sat,Sun 2:20; In 3D: 11:40, 5, 7:45, 10:25 Mon-Thu In 3D: 6:30, 9:15 Century Northgate 15: 12:45, 3:25, 6:15, 9:05; 3D showtimes 11:30, 2:15, 5, 7:55, 10:30 Century Rowland Plaza: 2:10; 3D showtimes at 11:30, 4:50, 7:30, 10:10 Cowboys & Aliens (PG-13) ★★1/2 Century Northgate 15: 11:50, 2:30, 5:10, 7:50, 10:30 Century Rowland Plaza: 7:20, 10:05 Crazy, Stupid, Love (PG-13) ★★1/2 Century Regency 6: Fri, Sat 11,1:40, 4:25, 7:10, 9:55 SunThu 11, 1:40, 4:25, 7:10, 9:55 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 Theatres: Fri,Sat 1:20, 4:25, 7:10, 9:45 Sun-Thu 1:20, 4:25, 7:10 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 Devil’s Double (R) Century Regency 6: 12:15, 5:20, 10:20 Final Destination 5 (R) Century Northgate 15: 2:35, 7:10; 3D showtimes at 12:50, 3:05,

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5:25, 7:40, 9:55 Century Rowland Plaza: 12, 4:40, 9:40; 3D showtimes at 2:35, 7:25 ❋ Fright Night (2011) (R) Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 5:15; In 3D: 8, 10:30 Sat,Sun 2:35; In 3D: 12, 5:15, 8, 10:30 Mon-Thu In 3D: 7, 9:40 Century Northgate 15: 1, 3:35, 6:20, 8:55; 3D showtimes: 11:35, 2:10, 4:45, 7:30, 10 Century Rowland Plaza: 2:45; 3D showtimes at 12:05, 5:20, 7:55, 10:30 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri, Sat 1:30, 4:10, 7, 9:40 Sun-Thu 1:30, 4:10, 7 The Future (R) CinéArts at Sequoia: Fri 5:15, 7:30 Sat 3, 5:15, 7:30, 9:45 Sun 3, 5:15, 7:30 MonThu 5:15, 7:30 Glee: The 3D Concert Movie (Not Rated) Century Northgate 15: 12:30, 2:50, 5:05, 7:15, 9:20 Century Rowland Plaza: 12:15, 2:40, 5:10 ❋ God Bless Ozzy Osbourne () Century Regency 6: Wed 7:30 CinéArts at Marin: Wed 7:30 CinéArts at Sequoia: Wed 7:30 The Guard (R) Century Regency 6: Fri-Tue 2:55, 7:55 Wed 2:55 Thu 2:55, 7:55 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (PG-13) ★★★★ Century Northgate 15: 1:10, 7:20; 3D showtimes at 4:10, 10:10 The Help (PG-13) ★★ Century Cinema: 12:30, 3:45, 7:10, 10:20 Century Regency 6: Fri, Sat 11:05, 12:20, 2:20, 3:40, 5:35, 7, 8:50, 10:15 Sun-Thurs 11:05, 12:20, 2:20, 3:40, 5:35, 7 Century Rowland Plaza: 12:30, 3:45, 7, 10:15 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri, Sat 2, 6:15, 9:20 Sun-Thu 2, 6:15 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri 4:15, 7:30 Sat,Sun 1, 4:15, 7:30 Mon-Thu 4:15, 7:30 Horrible Bosses (R) ★★★ Century Northgate 15: 12, 4:50, 9:25 In Our Name (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Sun 7 Midnight in Paris (PG-13) ★★★1/2 CinéArts at Marin: Fri,Sat 2, 4:40, 7:30, 9:45 Sun

2, 4:40, 7:30 Mon-Thu 4:45, 7:30 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri 4, 6:40, 9:30 Sat 1:10, 4, 6:40, 9:30 Sun 1:10, 4, 6:40 MonThu 4, 6:40 The Names of Love (R) ★★1/2 Rafael Film Center: Fri,Sat 6:45, 9:10 Sun 9:10 Mon-Wed 6:45, 9:10 Thu 9:10 ❋ One Day (PG-13) Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 7:30, 10:15 Sat,Sun 11:15, 1:45, 4:30, 7:30, 10:15 Mon-Thu 6:45, 9:25 Century Northgate 15: 12:15, 2:45, 5:15, 7:45, 10:15 CinéArts at Marin: Fri,Sat 1:50, 4:30, 7:15, 9:50 Sun 1:50, 4:30, 7:15 Mon-Thu 5, 7:40 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri 4, 6:50, 9:30 Sat 1:15, 4, 6:50, 9:30 Sun 1:15, 4, 6:50 Mon-Thu 4, 6:50 Rise of the Planet of the Apes (PG13) Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 7:15, 10 Sat,Sun 11:30, 2:10, 4:45, 7:15, 10 Mon-Thu 7:15, 9:50 Century Northgate 15: 11:45, 2:20, 4:55, 7:35, 10:05 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:45, 2:15, 4:45, 7:15, 9:45 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri 4:15, 6:50, 9:15 Sat 1:40, 4:15, 6:50, 9:15 Sun 1:40, 4:15, 6:50 Mon-Thu 4:15, 6:50 Sarah’s Key (PG-13) ★★1/2 Century Regency 6: Fri, Sat 11:45, 2:25, 5:05, 7:40, 10:10 SunThu 11:45, 2:25, 5:05, 7:40 ❋ Senna (PG-13) Rafael Film Center: Fri 2, 4:15, 7, 9:20 Sat 2, 4:15, 7, 9:20 Director Asif Kapadia at 4:15 show Sun 2, 4:15, 7, 9:20 Mon-Thu 4:45, 7, 9:20 The Smurfs (PG) Century Northgate 15: 11:25, 4:25, 9:15; 3D showtimes at 11:55, 6:50 ❋ Spy Kids: All the Time in the World (PG) Century Northgate 15: 12:05, 4:35, 9:10; 3D showtimes at 2:25, 7 Century Rowland Plaza: 2:25, 7:10; 3D showtimes at 12:10, 5, 9:50 The Whistleblower (R) ★★1/2 Rafael Film Center: Fri 4, 6:30, 8:55 Sat, Sun 1:30, 4, 6:30, 8:55 Mon-Thu 4, 6:30, 8:55

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

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

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

Live music 08/19: Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks w/ Special Guests Premiere performance of “See You In The Funny Papers.” 8pm. $28-36. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley. 383-9600.

08/19: Ned Endless and the Allnighters Dance band, classic rock, soul and funk. 9pm1:30am. $8. Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor Dr., Sausalito. 331-2899. 08/19: Reckless in Vegas Rock. 8:30-11pm. $15. The Southern Pacific Smokehouse, 224 Vintage Way, Novato. 899-9600. 08/19: The Sun Kings Beatles tribute band. 9pm. $17-20. George’s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262. 08/19: Toad the Wet Sprocket Rock. With Garrison Star. 8pm. $37-47. Uptown Theatre, 1350 Third St., Napa. 707-259-0123.

08/20: Doc Kraft Band at the Seahorse Dinner, dancing. 8:30pm-12:30am. $8. Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor Dr. Gate 5, Sausalito. 601-7858. 08/20: Glenn Carter Acoustic rock. 1-3pm. Free. Hopmonk Tavern, Broadway, Sonoma.

08/20: Michael LaMacchia’s Organic Live Collection Funk, Latin, rock and jazz. With Michael LaMacchia, Rose Chapman, John Merkl, Jim Bove, Jason Carr, Haley Mears and Ken Cook. 8:30-11pm. $15. The Southern Pacific Smokehouse, 224 Vintage Way, Novato. 899-9600. 08/20: Tommy Castro Band Blues/rock. 9pm. $15-20. George’s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San

Rafael. 08/20: Wesla Whitfield Jazz vocalist with arranger/pianist Mike Greensill. 8pm. $25-30. Dance Palace Community Center, 5th and B streets, Point Reyes Station. 663-1075. 08/21: Dierks Bentley With Luke Bryan and Thompson Square, barbecue cookoff, beer. Part of the Sonoma Country Music Barbecue. 2-10pm. $20-55. Sonoma County Fairgrounds, Sonoma. 08/21: Groove Doctors With Jerome Fletcher, vocals/guitar; Evan Pamerston, bass; Terry Baker, drums; Bill Burgess, guitar/vocals. 1-4pm. $5. Outdoor Magnolia Terrace, Elks Lodge, 1312 Mission Ave., San Rafael. 08/21: Lonestar Retrobates Western swing band. 3-6pm. Free. 19 Broadway, 17 Broadway, Fairfax. 516-1028. 08/21: Moonlight Rodeo Unique roots-rock Americana. 6-8:30pm. $5. The Southern Pacific Smokehouse, 224 Vintage Way, Novato. 899-9600. 08/21: Solid Air Americana, folk rock. Outdoor Summer Music Series. 2-4pm. Free. Clock Tower area, Town Center, Corte Madera. 924-2961. 08/21: Wonder Bread 5 Rock. Novato Theater benefit concert 4-7pm. Free, donations accepted. Novato City Council Greens, 901 Sherman Ave., Novato. 837-8015. 08/23: Lorin Rowan Solo acoustic vocals and guitar from a local treasure. 7-10pm. no cover; dinner encouraged. Panama Hotel & Restaurant, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 457-3993. 08/23: Noel Jewkes Invitational jazz jam. 7-10pm. No cover. Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor Dr., Sausalito. 786-6894.

BEST BET The ‘Seven Guitars’ itch Marin Theatre Company’s latest production, SEVEN GUITARS, is the seventh installment in August Wilson’s Pittsburgh Cycle, the acclaimed playwright’s 10-piece, century-long exploration of African-American life in working-class Pittsburgh. Set in the 1940s, Seven Guitars is the story of a young blues musician whose career is on the rise—until tragedy strikes. Seven Guitars won a New The Pittsburgh Cycle earned Wilson two Pulitzer York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for best Prizes; the playwright died from liver cancer in play and was nominated for a Pulitzer 2005. He was 60. Prize for best theater drama and a Tony Award for best play. Marin Theatre Company’s production, directed by Kent Gash, runs through Sept. 4. Shows are Tuesday through Saturday at 8pm; Sundays at 7pm; matinee Thursday, Aug. 25, at 1pm. 397 Miller Ave., Mill Valley. $34-$55. 415/388-5200 or for more information.—Dani Burlison

Tommy Castro will bend the blue notes Aug. 20 at George’s.

08/24: Dr. Elmo and Wild Blue 6:30pm. Free. Lytton Square, downtown Mill Valley. 721-1856. 08/24: J. Kevin Durkin Vocal jazz. 6-10 pm. No cover; dinner encouraged Panama Hotel & Restaurant, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 457-3993. 08/25: Ann Brewer and Jorge Castellanos Latin, blues, contemporary jazz. 7-10pm. No cover; dinner encouraged. Panama Hotel & Restaurant, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 457-3993. 08/25: Brian Wilson Beach Boys co-founder performs. 8pm. $65-75. Uptown Theatre, 1350 Third St., Napa. 707-259-0123. 08/25: Jeff Labes Trio Rock, 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. 4545081.

08/26-27: Pete Escovedo and His Orchestra Master percussionist Pete Escovedo performs Latin jazz, salsa, funk and R&B. 9pm. $25-30. George’s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262. 08/26: Eoin Harrington Band Mix boyish, engaging charm with a knack for telling a compelling story in song and the result is this fellow. 8pm. $20-30. 142 Throckmorton Theatre , Mill Valley. 383-9600.

08/26: New Rising Sons with Donna Spitzer Rock dance party. 8:30-11pm. $7. Presidio Yacht Club, Travis Marina, Sausalito. www. 08/26: Victoria George With Fiver Brown. 8:30-11pm. $20. The Southern Pacific Smokehouse, 224 Vintage Way, Novato. 899-9600. www.

Theater/Auditions 08/19-21: Marin Shakespeare Company Previews Marin Shakespeare Company presents a variety preview performance during its 2011 summer season featuring “Macbeth,” “The Complete History of America (abridged)” and “The Tempest.” 8pm. Forest Meadows Amphitheatre, 1475 Grand Ave., San Rafael. 499-4488. 08/19-27: ‘Gutenberg! The Musical!’ Funny musical written by Scott Brown and Anthony King with Zac Schuman and Ben Campbell. 8pm. $10-15. Belrose Theater, 1415 5th Ave., San Rafael. 08/20: ‘Murder Me Always’ Murder mystery dinner theater. Every Saturday through Aug. 27. 6:30-8:30pm. $44-68. San Rafael Joe’s, 931 Fourth St., San Rafael. 306-1202.

08/23: Dominican University Winifred Baker Chorale Auditions Auditions held on Aug.23, Aug. 30 and Sept. 6 at 7pm. Participants should be able to match pitch readily, and preferably have some music reading skill and chorale singing experience. 7-9:30pm. Dominican University, Angelico Hall, 50 Acacia Ave., San Rafael. 482-3579. Through 09/04: ‘Seven Guitars’ Music, mystery and humor. Presented by the Marin Theatre Company. 8-10:30pm. $20-55. Marin Theatre Company, 397 Miller Ave., Mill Valley. 388-5208.

Through 09/25: ‘The Complete History of America (Abridged)’ Presented by Marin Shakespeare Company. A zany, irreverent threeman 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. AUGUST 19 - AUGUST 25, 2011 PACIFIC SUN 25

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MSA Gallery, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Ross. 454-9561. 08/19-20:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Radianceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Bruce Freedman, paintings. Reception 6-9pm Aug. 19. Free. PriĂŠure West Gallery, 121 Manor Road, Fairfax. 08/20-09/25:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Shatteredâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; MarinMOCAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 6th Annual Fall National Juried Exhibition. S.F. Chronicle art critic Kenneth Baker, juror. Opening Reception and talk by Kenneth Baker, 4-7pm August 20. Free. Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, 500 Palm Dr., Novato. 506-0137.

08/20-09/25:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Streets of Hope: A Glimpse into Africaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Keven Seaver, photography. Opening reception 5-7pm Aug. 20. Exploring life inside two townships of South Africa, Soweto and Alexandra. 11am-4pm. Free. Marin Museum of Contemporary, 500 Palm Dr., Novato. 506-0137. 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 .

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:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;RE: Valueâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Plexus Art Group mixed media exhibition on the many interpretations of the theme of â&#x20AC;&#x153;value.â&#x20AC;? 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.

Through 08/29:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Pathsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Anne Pennypacker, photography. 10am-5pm. Free. San Geronimo Valley Community Center, 6350 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., San Geronimo. 488-8888. Through 08/29: Beverly Berrish Paintings. 10am-5pm. Free. San Geronimo Valley Community Center, 6350 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., San Geronimo. 488-8888.

Through 08/30:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Black Power-Flower Powerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 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. Through 08/31: Art in the Gallery George Draper, photographs. Noon. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960.

Through 09/02: 2011 Pacific Sun Photo Contest Winners Exhibit On exhibit are the 1st3rd Place winners in the following categories: Marin People, Pets & Animals, Marin Images, Manipulated Images and the Youth category plus Best in Show. 11am-10pm. Cafe Arrivederci, 11 G St., San Rafael. 485-6700.

Through 09/05: Sausalito Art Festival Exhibit The Sausalito Art Festival will be showcasing cutting-edge gallery artists from around the globe. 10am-4pm. Free. Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-3871.

Through 09/09: Marin Arts Photography Contest and Exhibit Photographs including landscapes, digitally manipulated print works. 11am-6pm. Free. Marin Arts, 906 4th St., San Rafael. 666-2442.

Through 09/17: Benefit Art Auction Preview Featuring work by 40 invited Bay Area artists plus new releases of historic photographs from Museum archives. Free. Bolinas Museum, 48 Wharf Road, Bolinas. 868-0330. Through 10/07:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Fiber Unlimitedâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 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:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Washed Ashoreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; A temporary exhibition at the Marine Mammal Center which



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It was Jake Gyllenhaal who convinced director Duncan Jones to follow up his phenomenal debut Moon with SOURCE CODE, a thriller the actor had just been signed to star in. Jones was a risky prospect: Where Moon is all about the creeping madness and solitude of unbroken lunar stretches, Source Code exists in a No one quite captures that â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;frightened bushbabyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; single earthbound chunk of eight min- look like Jake Gyllenhaal. utes, lived desperately over and overâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;a quantum window of time aboard a doomed train within which Army pilot Colter Stevens (Gyllenhaal) must enter and re-enter, Groundhog Day-style, till he figures out who the trainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bomber is. If the madman isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t sussed from the other passengers in time, Stevensâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Army handlers already know the guy will go on to explode a second dirty bomb in the heart of Chicago. Most troubling for Stevens, he has no idea how heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s become a pawn in this gameâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and he must use the cells and Wi-Fi of these same passengers to get a fix on why heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s there and whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s controlling him. Mind-bending in conception while adhering strictly to its own rules, this one will keep you pondering for a week. Word is that Jones, who got his lunar enthusiasm honestly from dad David Bowie, has two sequels to Moon on the boards.â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Richard Gould

08/20: Hot Dog! Classic Saturday Morning Movies â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lassie Come Home.â&#x20AC;? Starring Roddy

The licks will be all ablaze when Dan Hicks premieres â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;See You in the Funny Papersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; this Friday at 142 Throck. features 15 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.

McDowell and Elizabeth Taylor. 11am. $5. Lark Theater, 549 Magnolia, larkspur. 924-5111. 08/26:â&#x20AC;&#x153;Economics of Happinessâ&#x20AC;? This compelling movie takes us from the â&#x20AC;&#x153;unholy alliance of governments & big businessâ&#x20AC;? to resistance by ordinary people world-wide and on to inspiration and practical solutions. 7-9pm. Free/donations. Community Wellness Center, 751 Center Blvd. Upstairs from the bike shop, Fairfax. 419-5397. 08/26: Film Night in the Park â&#x20AC;&#x153;Harold and Maudeâ&#x20AC;? a sweet tale of love that knows no boundaries or age restrictions, and sometimes involves a fascination with the macabre. 8pm. Free. Creek Park, 451 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, San Anselmo. 272-2756.

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of the drivers of the 81 day Bob Barkerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2010 encounter, will present his first-person photographic account of the Sea Shepherdâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Antarctic Whale Defense Campaign. 7-9pm. Free. The Bay Model, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 828-5743. 08/26: Marin Garden Walks Learn about the Marin Master Gardeners garden walk program. During a garden walk they will suggest irrigation improvements, plant selection for sustainability and soil health. Noon-1pm. Free. Marin County Board of Supervisors, Room 330, 3501 Civic Center Dr., San Rafael. 499-6058.

Readings 08/19: Ken Niles Niles talks about â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fishing Fifty: 50 Species â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;N 50 States â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;N 50 Weeks.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 08/20: Mary Jo McConahay Left Coast Writers Launch. McConahay discusses â&#x20AC;&#x153;Maya Roads: One Womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Journey Among the People of the Rainforest.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 08/20: Philip and Alex Fradkin The authors/ environmental historians discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Left Coast: California on the Edge.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www. 08/23: Traveling Poetry Show Marin Poetry Centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Summer Traveling Show presents Louise Yahnian, Laurel Feigenbaum, Bruce Sams, Lily Iona McKenzie, Susan Zerner and Gloria North. Hosted by Julia Vose. 7-9pm. Free. Corte Madera Library, 707 Meadowsweet Drive, Corte Madera. 924-6444. 08/25: Penn Jillette The author talks about â&#x20AC;&#x153;God, No!: Signs You May Already Be An Atheist and Other Magical Tales.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.

music and kidsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; activities. Bring a picnic. 5-8pm. Free San Anselmo Town Hall, 525 San Anselmo Ave., San Anselmo. 258-4661. 08/19: Healthy Mom and Baby Event Free product samples, consultations with health care practitioners and coupons. 1-5pm. Free. Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy, 230 East Blithedale, Mill Valley. 388-7822.

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08/20: Mt Tamalpais Habitat Restoration Learn about Mt. Tamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unique plant and animal life while contributing to their continued survival. This program focuses on invasive species control and native planting. 9am-noon. MMWD - Sky Oaks Headquarters, 49 Sky Oaks Road, Fairfax. 945-1128.

08/20: Sustainable Aquaculture: Hog Island Oyster Farm Tour Carpool at 9am from Sustainable Fairfax. 75-min. tour begins at 10am. Pre-registration required: $10, plus oysters Hog Island Oyster Co. Farm, 20215 Highway 1., Marshall . 455-9114.

08/20: Wendy the Welder: Homefront Activities during WWII Discover how Americans fought this war on the homefront, including how they participated in Sausalito. 11-11:30am. Free. Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-3871. bmvc/index.html 08/21:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The Man with the Great Ideasâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; In the 1940s John Reber looked out over SF Bay and visualized a massive civil works project of dams and locks that would support rail systems and highways. 1:30-2:30pm. Free. Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-3871. 08/23: Marin Orchid Society â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mysterious Maxillaria.â&#x20AC;? Dan Newman will discuss the Maxillaria orchid species. 6:30-9:30pm. Free. San Rafael Corporate Center - Tamalpais Room, 750 Lindaro St., San Rafael. 457-0836.

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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 9-10am at the Town Hall Lawn, 525 San Anselmo Ave., San Anselmo. Free. 419-4941.

Kid Stuff 08/19: Pajama Night Drop Off With pizza, crafts, storytime, face painting. 6-9pm. $25-30. Doodlebug, 641 San Anselmo Ave., San Anselmo. 456-5989. 08/19: Summer Sunsets: Asheba It is always a dance party with this energetic singer, songwriter and storyteller. 5-7pm. $5-10. Bay Area Discovery Museum, 557 McReynolds Road, Sausalito.

08/20: Trash to Treasures: Family Art Workshop For ages 5-11. 10am-noon. Free-$10. Marin Mammal Center, 2000 Bunker Road, Sausalito. 289-7330. 08/21: Fish Feeding Frenzy Help Ranger Bill feed the hungry inhabitants of our fresh and saltwater tanks. Watch the different feeding styles of perch, crabs, sea stars, and steelhead trout. 3-3:30pm. Free. Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-3871. www.spn.usace. 08/21: Junior Ranger Walk Join a park ranger 28 PACIFIC SUN AUGUST 19 - AUGUST 25, 2011

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When a Novato man was arrested last year for having bits of freshly slaughtered bears in his backpack, it came as no surprise to some in Marin. Bear bile is considered an essential ingredient in certain Asian medicines, and demand has led to the illegal killing of bears around the world. Asiatic black bears, known as moon bears, are â&#x20AC;&#x153;farmedâ&#x20AC;? in China and Vietnam and â&#x20AC;&#x153;milkedâ&#x20AC;? of bile as they are trapped in tiny cages, enduring fellaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hoping for a little help from his friends years of unimaginable agony. Jill Robinson, This next weekend in Sausalito. founder of Animals Asia, an international nonprofit (with national headquarters in Fairfax) dedicated to rescuing bears and other animals, lobbies Chinese officials to bring an end to this cruel practice. AN EVENING WITH JILL ROBINSON will be held in Sausalito on Saturday, Aug. 27, an intimate dinner for 50 guests with silent auction and presentation. For more information, see or call 415/677-9601. â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Julie Vader Gun Club, 2199 Francisco Blvd. East, San Rafael. 990-7759. 08/24: Mingle at MAGC Great drinks, delicious food and live music. Meet and converse with other young professionals at these monthly cocktail parties in a relaxed setting. Cocktails, beer and wine sold to benefit MAGC. 5-8pm. Donation. Marin Art and Garden Center, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Ross. 454-5081. 8/23: Yoga for the Eyes See your world with less strain, greater acuity and a more spacious visual field. Learn exercises such as sunning, palming, shifting periphery and movement, visualizations, meditations and self-massage. 7-9:30pm. $20-30. Sunrise Center, 645 Tamalpais Dr., Corte Madera. 924-7824.


on a three mile hike through mysterious Fort Baker. We will explore shady trails, warm up in the sun at Battery Yates and play trail bingo. For ages 8 and older. 1-4pm. Meet at the Cavallo Point reception building, 601 Murray Circle, Sausalito. 388-2596. 08/23: Daffy Dave Silly magic, music and juggling. Best for 3 and older. 7:15pm. Free. 2097 Sir Francisc Drake Blvd., Fairfax. 453-8151.

08/24: Nature For Kids at Rock Springs 10am-1pm. From Hwy 1, follow Olema-Bolinas Road. The Bob Stewart trailhead is just east of the nursery. Bolinas Lagoon Preserve, Bolinas. 507-2816. 08/24: Meet Curious George Part of the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Curious George: Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Get Curiousâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; exhibition. Have your picture taken with the rocket George took to outer space. 10:30am. Free with museum admission. Bay Area Discovery Museum, 557 McReynolds Road, Sausalito. 339-3900.

08/24: 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. 08/24: Tam Valley Origami Join Tia Smirnoff and learn the exciting art of paper folding. Turn a simple square of paper into a frog, butterfly,or box. All levels & ages welcome.Co-ed. 2-3pm. Free. The Cabin, 60 Tennessee Valley Rd., Mill Valley. 388-6393. 08/24: Toddler Story Time Stories, rhymes and songs in the library with Molly McCall. For children 0-3 and their caretakers. 9:40-10am. Free. Sausalito Public Library, 420 Litho St., Sausalito. 289-4121.

Outdoors (Hikes & Bikes) 08/20: Marin History Museum Walking Tours Join the Marin History Museum as they kick off their Summer Walking Tour Program in historic downtown San Rafael. Learn about the significant people, places, and events that shaped San Rafaelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s community. Every third Saturday through Sept. 17. 10-11:30am. $5-10, under 12 free. Marin History Museumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Boyd Gate House, 1125 B St., San Rafael. 382-0770, ext.7. â&#x153;š

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by Ly n d a R ay

Week of August 18-August 24, 2011

ARIES (March 20 - April 19) It may be difficult to stay detached this week. Because of the influence of the planets on your chart, your tendency is to take things too personally. This explains why you react emotionally to minor events—like the supermarket being out of your favorite salsa or your dog finding a way to grab those steaks waiting to go on the grill. Hmm. Perhaps this is a good week to help support your local restaurants... TAURUS (April 20 - May 19) The Moon in your tranquil sign Friday and Saturday should bring a relaxing weekend, as long as you pay no attention to stern Saturn insisting that you mow the lawn, clean out the fridge, organize the bathroom cabinet and/or wash the windows. Meantime, be careful what you blurt out around family members. A temporary need to vent can turn into a long-term feud. Unless you’re ready to be the latest black sheep, you probably should zip it. GEMINI (May 20 - June 20) As one who likes to believe your thinking skills are exemplary, you can’t help but suffer when your ruler (Mercury) goes in the wrong direction. This is the problem now when attempting to creatively describe your current project. It all seems plausible in your mind until you attempt to communicate it with your words. Since charming Venus is no longer around to help you better express your ideas after Sunday, you may want to stick to listening. CANCER (June 21 - July 21) While certain difficult transits can’t be dismissed, a weekend with your ruler (the Moon) in the company of jovial Jupiter has to make life happier—at least for a few days. Feel free to accept invitations from friends since (for a change), you will actually WANT to spend time in group situations. Wednesday has potential, as it is the top of your lunar cycle. If you can ignore irritating Mars in your sign, you may actually feel pretty good. LEO (July 22 - August 22) It’s the last weekend of your zodiac celebration. This means you are still awarded the best seat wherever you go, whether it’s a baseball game, a luxurious piano bar, a rock concert or your local planetarium. In spite of Mercury moving retrograde in your sign, you continue to encounter career opportunities that could go far in making your upcoming year significantly better than the previous one. Now, if only the economy cooperates... VIRGO (August 23 - September 21) If you get an opportunity to explore somewhere new over the weekend, take it. You don’t need to leave town, as long as you’re experiencing or learning something different. Your ruler (curious Mercury) moving backwards can be an advantage since this gives you a unique perspective on what is going on around you. Meanwhile, on Tuesday, the Sun enters your sign and the Virgo birthday parties begin. Smile, you’re bound to be on someone’s camera somewhere... LIBRA (September 22 - October 22) It doesn’t seem fair that the planets are bringing so many difficulties to your chart. In their current alignment, argumentative Mars, manipulative Pluto, erratic Uranus and restrictive Saturn strain your capacity to stay balanced. You can’t even count on your significant other to stay calm and collected. There is a positive spin to having Saturn in your sign: You can stay focused; be disciplined; get to work on time. Be grateful for the small stuff. SCORPIO (October 23 - November 21) A weekend that includes both happy Jupiter and the mushy Moon in your relationship house should not be spent in seclusion. Whether you’re already attached or looking for a mate, you should take advantage of this celestial love fest. You are, after all, the sign ruling passion. On Tuesday, the creative Sun brings new ideas on how to make your future brilliant—so bright, you’ll need to wear shades... SAGITTARIUS (November 22 - December 20) Friday and Saturday are the last days of having the fun duo of hedonistic Venus and the playful Sun in your house of travel and exploration. If you aren’t visiting a foreign land, then you should at least eat out at your favorite ethnic restaurant. The emphasis is on your career beginning on Tuesday. You have four weeks of easy success and opportunities for self-promotion. If you don’t have a website, now’s the time to create one. CAPRICORN (December 21 - January 18) I’d like to soften the blow, but the truth is that your chart continues to undergo trouble. The planets are simply picking on you and some of them won’t be letting up for quite a while. Fortunately, there are a few bright spots. The weekend Moon in the sensual sign of Taurus does wonders for your romantic life. Then, from Tuesday, both lovable Venus and the friendly Sun lighten up your worldly experiences. Have passport will travel. AQUARIUS (January 19 - February 17) Now that Neptune has returned to your sign, chances are that you are going to be vague and absentminded at times. Once again, you are prone to losing your keys, forgetting to pick up the milk and misplacing the dry-cleaning ticket. On the other hand, your photography skills are impressive and you might find that you actually can play the piano. Who knew? PISCES (February 18 - March 19) Energetic Mars in your house of romantic adventures can be useful for summer activities that include a lover. You might not get too much work done this week, but you can count on having a good time. Meanwhile, on Tuesday, the Sun enters your opposite sign of Virgo, marking the approximate halfway point between your last birthday and the next one. Time to check out how far you’ve come. Hopefully, further than the rest of us... ✹ Email Lynda Ray at or check out her website at 30 PACIFIC SUN AUGUST 19 – AUGUST 25, 2011

PUBLIC NOTICES 995 Fictitious Name Statement FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 127189 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as IN SPIRIT.LOGO; MT LYKAION PUBLISHING, 10 PARK ST., WOODACRE, CA 94973: PATRICIA T. WINDOM, 24 CARSON RD., WOODACRE, CA 94973. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on June 24, 2011. (Publication Dates: July 29; August 5, 12, 19, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 127226 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as LOUISE BEAUTY SALON & FASHION DESIGN, 1099 4TH ST. SUITE H, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: LOUISE SIU LEE, 960 LINCOLN AVE. #103, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on July 14, 2006. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on July 1, 2011. (Publication Dates: July 29; August 5, 12, 19, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2011127172 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as KAMES & ASSOCIATES, 819 A STREET SUITE 35, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: KAMES U COX-GERAGHTY, 211 LAUREL PLACE APT 3, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on June 23, 2011. (Publication Dates: July 29; August 5, 12, 19, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2011127385 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as SOUTH BAY MODERN REAL ESTATE; BAY AREA MODERN REAL ESTATE, 1292 LINCOLN AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: MARIN MODERN REAL ESTATE, 1292 LINCOLN AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by a corporation. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on July 27, 2011. (Publication Dates: August 5, 12, 19, 26, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 127390 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as W.E.V. ASSOCIATES, 103 ROSS ST. #3, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: ADAM VIOLANTE, 1615 4TH ST., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on July 27, 2011. (Publication Dates: August 5, 12, 19, 26, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2011127306 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as MARIN FRAMES, 4316 REDWOOD HIGHWAY SUITE 100, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: HIGHER RESOLUTION, LLC., 4316 REDWOOD HIGHWAY SUITE 100, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903. This business is being conducted by a limited liability company. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on June 1, 2011. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on July 14, 2011. (Publication Dates: August 5, 12, 19, 26, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 127340 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as MASSAGE THERAPY CENTER, 880 GALLINAS AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: JEFFRE W MANKIN, 1701 NORANDA DR. #1, SUNNYVALE, CA 94087. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on July 19, 2011. (Publication Dates: August 5, 12, 19, 26, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 127411 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as CATNIP STUDIOS, 758 MARIN DR., MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: EMERALD KAITEN CATZ, 758 MARIN DR., MILL VALLEY, CA

94941. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on July 29, 2011. (Publication Dates: August 5, 12, 19, 26, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 127264 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as LV PROFESSIONAL CLEANING SERVICES; JIMENEZ REMODELING, 215 BAYVIEW ST. #201, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: LUCIA RUVALCABA, 459 RANKER PLACE #1, HAYWARD, CA 94544. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on N/A. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on July 7, 2011. (Publication Dates: August 12, 19, 26; September 2, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2011127457 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as TJ DESIGNS, 14 BEDFORD COVE, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: THOMAS J STANGHELLINI, 14 BEDFORD COVE, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on August 3, 2011. (Publication Dates: August 12, 19, 26; September 2, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2011127458 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as JJ DESIGNS, 14 BEDFORD COVE, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: JUDITH J STANGHELLINI, 14 BEDFORD COVE, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on August 3, 2011. (Publication Dates: August 12, 19, 26; September 2, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 127456 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as FUNCTION & DESIGN, 1068-B LOS GAMOS RD., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: BRUCE COALE, 1068-B LOS GAMOS RD., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on August 3, 2011. (Publication Dates: August 12, 19, 26; September 2, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2011127486 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as MAKE A DIFFERENCE, 3 LOCKWOOD DR., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: GAYLE C MARSH, 3 LOCKWOOD DR., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on August 1, 2011. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on August 8, 2011. (Publication Dates: August 12, 19, 26; September 2, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 127294 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as COOP DESIGN COLLECTIVE, 40 SIR FRANCIS DRAKE BLVD., SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960: JULIE ROUPE EXLEY, 40 SIR FRANCIS DRAKE BLVD., SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on July 11, 2011. (Publication Dates: August 12, 19, 26; September 2, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 127297 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as MR. PICKLE’S SANDWICH SHOP, 1014 COURT ST., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: BRENT THURMAN, 27 RIDGE AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on July 12, 2011. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on July 12, 2011. (Publication Dates: August 12, 19, 26; September 2, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 127432 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as ALTA MIRA RECOVERY CENTERS, LLC., 125 BULKLEY AVE., SAUSALITO, CA 94965: ALTA MIRA RECOVERY CENTERS, LLC., 125 BULKLEY AVE., SAUSALITO, CA 94965. This business is being conducted by a

limited liability company. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on August 2, 2011. (Publication Dates: August 19, 26; September 2, 9, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 127498 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as YAZY CONSTRUCTION AND MARINE SERVICES, 26 HAWTHORNE AVE., SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960: DAVID ESPARZA, 26 HAWTHORNE AVE., SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on August 9, 2011. (Publication Dates: August 19, 26; September 2, 9, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 127502 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as BABY WORLD SAN RAFAEL, 514 4TH ST., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: ALDO CABELLO, 397 MORAGA AVE., PIEDMONT, CA 94611; CRISTINA CABELLO, 397 MORAGA AVE., PIEDMONT, CA 94611. This business is being conducted by a husband & wife. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on August 9, 2011. (Publication Dates: August 19, 26; September 2, 9, 2011)

997 All Other Legals STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF USE OF FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME File No. 304295 The following person(s) has/have abandoned the use of a fictitious business name(s). The information given below is as it appeared on the fictitious business statement that was filed at the Marin County Clerk-Recorder’s Office. Fictitious Business name(s): MI PRODUCTO FAVORITO, 159 SHENANDOAH PL., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903. Filed in Marin County on: March 3, 2011. Under File No: 126239. Registrantâ ™s Name(s): VELOSO CORPORATION, 159 SHENANDOAH PL., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903. This statement was filed with the County Clerk Recorder of Marin County on July 20, 2011. (Pacific Sun: July 29; August 5, 12, 19, 2011) ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF MARIN. No. CIV 1103658. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner KIVA BELL ELLENBERG filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: KIVA BELL ELLENBERG to KIVA DOM MEYER. THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter shall appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. Any person objecting to the name changes described above must file a written objection that includes the reasons for the objection at least two court days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must appear at the hearing to show cause why the petition should not be granted. If no written objection is timely filed, the court may grant the petition without a hearing. NOTICE OF HEARING: September 9, 2011, 8:30AM, Dept. B, Room B, Superior Court of California, County of Marin, 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael, CA 94903. A copy of this ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE shall be published at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in the county of Marin: PACIFIC SUN. Date: July 25, 2011 /s/ ROY O. CHERNUS, JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT (Pacific Sun: July 29; August 5, 12, 19, 2011) ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF MARIN. No. CIV 1103773. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner MARIO WOODS filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: MARIO WOODS to ALPHONSE AMEDEE MALEK BENET’. THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter shall appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. Any person objecting to the name changes described above must file a written objection that includes the reasons for the objection at least two court days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must appear at the hearing to show cause why the petition should not be granted. If no written objection is timely filed, the court may grant the petition without a hearing. NOTICE OF HEARING: September 9, 2011, 8:30AM, Dept. E, Superior Court of California, County of

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Public Notices Continued from Page 30 Marin, 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael, CA 94903. A copy of this ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE shall be published at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in the county of Marin: PACIFIC SUN. Date: July 29, 2011 /s/ FAYE D’OPAL, JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT (Pacific Sun: August 5, 12, 19, 26, 2011) AMENDED ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF MARIN. No. CIV 1101912. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner KATHERINE CHILDS (WAHL) filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: ABIGAIL IRIS WAHL to ABIGAIL IRIS CHILDS; JACK ALLEN WAHL TO JACK ALLEN CHILDS. THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter shall appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. Any person objecting to the name changes described above must file a written objection that includes the reasons for the objection at least two court days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must appear at the hearing to show cause why the petition should not be granted. If no written objection is timely filed, the court may grant the petition without a hearing. NOTICE OF HEARING: September 13, 2011, 8:30AM, Dept. E, Superior Court of California, County of Marin, 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael, CA 94903. A copy of this ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE shall be published at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in the county of Marin: PACIFIC SUN. Date: July 1, 2011 /s/ FAYE D’OPAL, JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT (Pacific Sun: August 5, 12, 19, 26, 2011) ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF MARIN. No. CIV 1103914. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner NATHAN JOSEPH PECK filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: NATHAN JOSEPH PECK to NATALIE JOSEPHINE PECK. THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter shall appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. Any person objecting to the name changes described above must file a written objection that includes the reasons for the objection at least two court days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must appear at the hearing to show cause why the petition should not be granted. If no written objection is timely filed, the court may grant the petition without a hearing. NOTICE OF HEARING: October 3, 2011, 8:30AM, Dept. E, Room E, Superior

Court of California, County of Marin, 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael, CA 94903. A copy of this ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE shall be published at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in the county of Marin: PACIFIC SUN. Date: August 5, 2011 /s/ FAYE O’OPAL, JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT (Pacific Sun: August 12, 19, 26; September 2, 2011) ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF MARIN. No. CIV 1103881. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner HONEY M. BORDAS filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: HONEY M. BORDAS to HONEY M. GREEN. THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter shall appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. Any person objecting to the name changes described above must file a written objection that includes the reasons for the objection at least two court days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must appear at the hearing to show cause why the petition should not be granted. If no written objection is timely filed, the court may grant the petition without a hearing. NOTICE OF HEARING: October 4, 2011, 8:30 AM, Dept. E, Room E, Superior Court of California, County of Marin, 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael, CA 94903. A copy of this ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE shall be published at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in the county of Marin: PACIFIC SUN. Date: August 4, 2011 /s/ FAYE D’OPAL, JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT (Pacific Sun: August 12, 19, 26; September 2, 2011) PUBLIC NOTICE: NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE. IGNACIO MINI STORAGE according to the provisions of Division B of the California Business and Professional Code, Chapter 10, Section 21707(a), hereby gives NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE. IGNACIO MINI STORAGE will conduct a public sales of the contents of the storage units named below, with the contents being sold for lawful money in the United States of America. The Sale is being held to satisfy an OWNER’S LIEN and will be held at: IGNACIO MINI STORAGE, 394 BEL MARIN KEYS BOULEVARD, NOVATO, CA 94949. The property will be sold to the highest bidder on WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 24TH 2011 at 1:00PM. Should it be impossible to sell all of the lots on the above date, the sale will be continued to another date as announced by the auctioneer, Duane M. Hines, Bond No. RED 1016142. The property to be sold consists of household goods and personal effects belonging to the occupant(s) identified below. For additional information call: (415)883-8459, Monday-Friday, 9:00AM to 5:00PM. Name of owner is followed by lot number. WILLIAM K. VRABEL: UNIT #269; JAMES RUSSELL:

UNIT #179-B; LYNNE M. KIMBELL: UNIT #173; JESSE WEESE: UNIT #203. Pacific Sun: (August 12, 19, 2011) PUBLIC NOTICE: NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE. MINI STORAGE SAUSALITO according to the provisions of Division 8 of the California Business and Professional Code, Chapter 10, Section 21707(a) hereby gives NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE. SAUSALITO MINI STORAGE will conduct a public sale of the contents of the storage units named below, with the contents being sold for lawful money of the United States of America. The Sale is being held to satisfy an OWNERâ ™S LIEN and will be held at: SAUSALITO MINI STORAGE, 415 COLOMA STREET, SAUSALITO, CA 94965. The property will be sold to the highest bidder on WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 24, 2011 at 11:00AM. Should it be impossible to sell all of the lots on the above date, the sale will be continued to another date as announced by the auctioneer, Duane M. Hines, Bond No. RED 1016142. The property to be sold consists of household goods and personal effects belonging to the occupant(s) identified below. For additional information call: (415) 332-6520, Monday â “ Friday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Name of owner is followed by lot number: CRIS & ROGER NOTEWARE: UNIT #231; GAIL/ STEPHEN GOLDBERG: UNIT #D-88; ERNEST BROWN: UNIT #J-51; GOLRIZ JAHANGIRL: UNIT #RA-18; CONSTANCE WALTERS: UNIT #206; ROBERT VANBOCONLEY: UNIT #825; STEVE SAYAD: UNIT #169; PATRICIA HARRINGTON: UNIT #411. Pacific Sun: (August 12, 19, 2011) NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR CHANGE IN OWNERSHIP OF ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE LICENSE. Date of Filing Application: August 4, 2011. To Whom It May Concern: The Name(s) of the Applicant(s) is/are: GESTALT HAUS FAIRFAX LLC. The applicants listed above are applying to the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control to sell alcoholic beverages at: 28 BOLINAS RD., FAIRFAX, CA 94930-1621. Type of license(s) applied for: 41 ON-SALE BEER AND WINE EATING PLACE. (Pacific Sun: August 19, 2011) STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF USE OF FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME File No. 30402 The following person(s) has/have abandoned the use of a fictitious business name(s). The information given below is as it appeared on the fictitious business statement that was filed at the Marin County Clerk-Recorder’s Office. Fictitious Business name(s): BUZZCUTS.TV, 262 WOODLAND AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. Filed in Marin County on: February 25, 2011. Under File No: 126182. Registrant’s Name(s): THOMAS P. SCHWEEN, 262 WOODLAND AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This statement was filed with the County Clerk Recorder of Marin County on August 11, 2011. (Pacific Sun: August 19, 26; September 2, 9, 2011)

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Recently, you published a letter from a married man complaining about his wife’s letting their two young children sleep in their marital bed with them. They’d gone from being a couple who didn’t have much sex to a nearly sexless one. You seemed to suggest that the guy bargain for sex from his wife: “Talk about how much sex you’d like, and how much she’s willing to provide, and work out a compromise.” My question is, “Why bother?” Since they’re married, it’s unlikely he’s a sex object or love object to her. It seems more likely that he’s just a trapped meal ticket. If that’s the case, he should get his wife to sign an OK for extramarital activity. Life is too short to put up with people who don’t appreciate you.—Take My Advice


The extramarital sex treaty. Brilliant. A man need only ask his wife to sign on the dotted line, and she’ll start rummaging through her purse for her favorite pen. Before long, he’ll be stumbling through the door all skanko at 11:30pm, and she’ll look up from her Sudoku and chirp, “Did you have a nice night with the hookers, dear?” Yes, life is too short to put up with someone who doesn’t appreciate you—until you and that someone say to each other, “Wouldn’t it be totally cute if we made little people who look just like us?!” Divorce eats children and only seems to be the step to take if the parents’ marriage is chronically and intensely ugly. In reviewing the body of research on divorce, Dr. Paul R. Amato found that children of divorced parents “score lower ... on measures of academic success, conduct, psychological adjustment, self-concept, social competence, and long-term health.” On the bright side, they’re usually able to play their parents against each other so they can get more sugary snacks and much cooler toys. Of course, on a pure fairness level, you don’t get to be married to somebody and be all “I’m retiring from sexual activity”—not unless you answer “That’s nice, dear” to your spouse’s “I’m just running over to borrow a cup of sex from the lady next door.” Fairness aside, sending the husband out to shop elsewhere for nookie is a bad idea. Sex between people in a relationship isn’t just a day in naked Disneyland but a way they cleave to each other emotionally and even biochemically and maintain a relationship that goes deeper than a roommate situation with a lifetime lease. Was I suggesting that they haggle over sex like it’s a scarf in a bazaar? Well, yes, but it sounds better when you call it “coming to a marital compromise.” By talking about how often he’d like to have sex and how often she’s willing to put out, they may stem the resentment that builds up when needs go ignored and find out whether there’s anything she needs that he isn’t providing. I wrote recently about Dr. Rosemary Basson’s breakthrough work on female sexual desire—how women in long-term relationships sometimes have to start fooling around for desire to come. Even if these two don’t know that, if they start scheduling sex dates, they’re likely to find out. In the process, they should develop conflict resolution skills beyond simply refusing to put up with anyone who doesn’t appreciate them. That idea’s great in concept, but take it to its inevitable conclusion and, well, who’s going to take care of the millions of children who get dropped off at the fire station with a bag lunch and a note?


I’m 26, and I’m trying to start my own business as an events photographer. To save money, I’ve moved into my parents’ house. I have been dating some and get the feeling that girls aren’t so keen that I live with my parents. But then, part of me thinks, so what? I’m saving and doing the right thing.—Basement Dweller


Living at home puts a certain crimp in sexytime. A woman can’t help but picture getting it on with you only to have your mom interrupt with “Hey, you kids, just lift your feet while I vacuum.” In this economy, moving in with your parents is somewhat more acceptable than it’s been, but 26 is kind of pushing it in many women’s eyes. Women look for a man to show potential—and not just the potential to mooch off his parents for the next five decades. You’ll improve your chances with the ladies if you present your current living situation as part of a serious business plan, which suggests that there’s light at the end of the basement, and not just from the furnace pilot. That’s right; you’re a man who’s going places. Just as soon as your mom pulls your laundry out of the dryer. ✹

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Pacific Sun Weekly 08.19.2011 - Section 1  

Section 1 of the August 19, 2011 edition of the Pacific Sun Weekly

Pacific Sun Weekly 08.19.2011 - Section 1  

Section 1 of the August 19, 2011 edition of the Pacific Sun Weekly