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›› LETTERS ‘With sad and heavy heart’ Regarding writer Ronnie Cohen’s coverage of the Frank Souza pre-trial hearings: I am writing this as a member, a member of a club, that absolutely no one wants to join. For, you see, this club has no fun get-togethers. There are no parties, no dances, no raffles to win and definitely, definitely no laughter! For this is the club of parents who have lost a young child to an untimely death. DEATH! DEATH! DEATH! CHILD! CHILD! CHILD! DEATH! DEATH! DEATH! CHILD! CHILD! CHILD! I have read some of your writings covering the Frank Souza case and, to tell you the truth, it seems to me that you are pulling for Mr. Souza, who is a man that has committed two—two!—premeditated murders. I say this because it is pretty clear that you have a higher opinion of Frank Souza than Edward Schaefer, who was one of Mr. Souzas’ victims. This is not helping the Osheroff Family. Due to the fact, that you are a writer for the Pacific Sun, your reporting seems to be a little biased when it comes to Mr. Schaefer... a father, son and brother. This isn’t helping the Osheroff family or the Schaefer family, who must also be suffering because of this great tragedy. As I recall Edward Schaefer accidentally— accidentally—struck Mr. Osheroff and lovely 9-year-old child Melody Osheroff. This was and continues to be one of those horrific events that burns its way into your subconscious mind along with the subconsciousness of the entire Marin County community. Melody Osheroff’s death and Mr. Osheroff losing his leg and so much more, has left more people than you know with sad and heavy hearts.

My heart and prayers go out to the entire circle of the Osheroffs’ family and friends. It is my hope that the love and healing can begin! No, life will never be the same, not let us all do all the positive things we can to assist one another in the healing process. Love is the one and only thing that will offer some relief. C.W. Jackson, San Rafael


TOP POSTINGS THIS WEEK Marin remembers Marking the 10th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks Read the full story here posted Friday, September 9, 2011... Huffman’s oil bill squeaks through AB 1112 would require the Office of Spill Prevention and Response (OSPR) to expand its oversight of the “highest risk” vessel-to-vessel oil transfers, and would give the agenc... Hero and Zero The good, bad and ugly about driving in San Rafael Read the full story here posted Sunday, September 11, 2011, 8:37 PM

Deficits, facts don’t matter... One question for Sally Zelikovsky [founder of Bay Area Patriots and coordinator of the San Francisco Tea Party]: Where were you and your fellow enthusiasts when The former vice prez’s Mr. Bush ran the ‘deficits’ remark to Reuters debt up outrageously in ‘04 is one of many Cheney statements rued by the GOP. those eight years he was in office? Cutting taxes for the richest, waging wars by borrowing Chinese money, implementing Medicare drug programs that benefit pharmaceuticals more than beneficiaries, providers or the taxpayers. Dick Cheney famously said, “Deficits don’t matter.” Yet, you have the gall to insinuate the fiscal mess we are mired in is due to the current White House. You are being used, Ms. Zelikovsky, to provide a benign and pleasant face to an agenda that has nothing to do with anything you write of. It is an agenda to obstruct and defeat the present resident of the White House. Or, casa blanca. Certainly not casa negro. But of course you will believe you got it right, how benign and pleasant you are. Hobart Bartshire, Fairfax

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The kids in the hall I take issue with the Pacific Sun’s recent article by Ronnie Cohen [“The Kids Are All Right,” Aug. 26]. As the judicial officer who presides over juvenile cases at the juvenile hall courthouse on Lucas Valley Road, I have sadly observed that some of Marin’s kids are not “all right.” I regularly have teens appearing before me who are members of street gangs or are involved in gang related violence. A few months ago a certified gang member appeared before me on a probation violation. This teen weighed approximately 240 pounds and became very upset when he was told he would be returned to the out-of-county group home that he had gone AWOL from. It took two detention officers to escort him from the courtroom. Another teenager who had been previously committed to the California Center for Juvenile Justice (formerly called the California Youth Authority) for seven years. This teen is 6’ 4” and became belligerent when I declined to release him immediately to the community. It took two detention officers and an armed bailiff to finally obtain control over him. Marin’s juvenile courthouse was built during the Age of Aquarius, but those days have long passed. Shootings in courtrooms are not uncommon. The recent efforts by Kim Turner, the Superior Court’s chief executive officer, to find ways to make the juvenile courthouse a safer place for parents, victims, attorneys, court and juvenile staff and minors should be viewed not with derision but with the reality that Marin’s antiquated juvenile courthouse is an accident waiting to happen. Harvey E. Goldfine, commissioner, Marin County Superior Court

An 8er from Decatur You seem to immediately invalidate whatever Ms. Marcia Blackman has to say [“Editor’s Note” Letters, Sept. 2]. Maybe you should think about it. I can validate her information about Section 8. I do not want my name printed in the paper but I would be happy to tell you about my Section 8 experiences. People who do not deserve it get free housing forever simply by putting their name on a list. I am thinking of doing it myself. I have some great Section 8 stories to tell you. Here’s one—Tenant A

did not want to live in Marin but the Marin Section 8 list was open so she put her name on it. She got free rent from Section 8 for an apartment in Marin. She never lived there, waited a year to the day to transfer the Section 8 voucher to her county of choice. She used one of the Section 8 rules. If the county you want to live in does not have its list open get another county to give you free housing and then all counties take the transfers. Instead of living in her Marin apartment she lived with her mother. Why did she need Section 8 at all? Why did she get away with this? People use to be proud to work. Now there is a pride in maneuvering the system to get on the dole. There is a lot of fat and fraud in government and the maybe the only way to set it right is to eliminate most of it. E.K., San Rafael

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Marin, a dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind.

If the collective conscience of the Baby Boomers can be said to be best embodied by Bob Dylan in the late ’60s, then surely the first half of the decade can be said to be owned and inhabited in our psyches by Rod Serling. If we listen, we might yet hear him intone—in that terse, chopped manner— “In the universe there are people who are more shadow than substance; they have thing, but not ideas.” Thank you, Rod. May your too-prematurely departed soul yet rest in peace, forever, in that strange and wonderful landscape which we call... the Twilight Zone. Craig Whatley, San Rafael

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Dark side of the moon Who needs ‘Apollo 18’ when we have horror all around us? by D av i d Te m p l e t o n

“I have to admit,” confesses Ross Lockhart with a shrug, “I haven’t actually been scared by a movie since the first time I saw The Exorcist.” Lockhart, managing editor of Nightshade Books—a publisher specializing in science fiction, fantasy and horror—is leading the way from the theater where we’ve just seen the new horror film Apollo 18, a movie

casionally act like nasty little crabs. “It’s a little rough for me to suggest what I think might have made this movie scarier,” says Lockhart, “because movies don’t usually scare me. They can shock me. They can surprise me. And they can occasionally make me go, ‘Whoa, wait! What? Oh, OK, that’s actually kind of cool!’ “But like I said,” he reiterates. “It


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takes a lot more than a movie to make me feel any real sense of horror.” Lockhart, a solid writer of genre 10 > fiction and horror, has just

Lights... camera... Mill Valley Film Fest! If you don’t know the names Gaston Kaboré, Ezra Miller, Stephan Elliott and Jean Dujardin—you should—but we can forgive you. How ‘bout Lynne Ramsay, Michelle Yeoh, Chen Kaige, Wim Wenders, Luc Besson or Danis Tanovic? OK—what about Marilyn Monroe, Indiana Jones and Elmo? From the obscure to the legendary, the Mill Valley Film Festival’s 34th trip through the projector sprockets is once again living up to its now-nationally known reputation. Opening night on Oct. 6 offers Glenn Close as a prim-and-proper crossdressing Irish “person” in Albert Nobbs, and Jason Segel, Susan Sarandon and Ed Helms in the Duplass brothers’ latest offbeat family comedy, Jeff Who Lives at Home. Festival tributes to Glenn Close (Oct. 7) and Burkina Faso director/cinema educator Gaston Kabore (Oct. 9). Festival “spotlights” will shine on internationally acclaimed actress Michelle Yeoh (Oct. 8), Michelle Williams plays the blonde bombshell up-and-coming young actor Ezra Miller, in ‘My Week With Marilyn.’ star of Lynn Ramsay’s latest, We Need to Talk About Kevin (Oct. 13) and Elizabeth Olsen, the other Olsen sister (Oct. 15). Closing night of Oct. 16 features Cannes best actor Jean Dujardin as a silent-film actor at the dawn of talkies in The Artist. Along the way don’t miss a documentary ode to Elmo, the 30th anniversary of Raiders of the Lost Ark and a dead-ringer for Marilyn Monroe. The festival runs Oct. 6 to 16 at the Smith Rafael Film Center and the Sequoia in Mill Valley. For tickets go to For all the glorious details, don’t miss our Sept. 30 Mill Valley Film Festival blowout issue. —Jason Walsh And the MCF nominees are... The Marin County Board of Supervisors has whittled down its list of candidates to fill the Marin Community Foundation board seat soon to be open when Gary Giacomini is termed out. The five names still standing from the original 36 candidates are San Rafael attorney Ellen Obstler, Mill Valley’s Dr. Curtis Robinson, San Rafael activist Jonathan Frieman, former Mill Valley City Councilman Dennis Fisco, and Andrew Giacomini, son of outgoing foundation boardmember Gary Giacomini. Publicly held interviews for the post will take place Sept. 27 prior to the Supes’ final decision on who will join the nine-person board and help distribute $32 million a year in Buck Trust funds to social charities, art institutes and other 10 >


by Rick Polito

1. Where in Marin county would you find the “Earthquake Trail”? 2. Presidential candidate Rick Perry referred to what beloved federal program as a “Ponzi scheme”? 3. Pictured, right: Identify these two bearded hippies who founded Apple Computer in 1976. 4. Pictured, right: Did British Queen Victoria give birth to 6, 9 or 12 children? 5. Pictured, right: “I’m the king of the world!” was shouted by what actor, playing what character, in what 1997 film? 6. For the first seven months of 2011, reports of thefts of what kind of animals rose 49% in the USA? 7. Libyan rebels, rummaging through Moammar Gadhafi’s captured compound headquarters, discovered one of Gadhafi’s photo albums full of pictures what political American woman? 8. People who like to eat raisins or drink champagne might know this: what happens if you drop a raisin in a glass of champagne? 9. This professional boxer retired from the sport in 1974, un-retired ten years later, and in 1994 became the oldest fighter ever to win a major heavyweight title. What’s his name? 10. Which entertainer’s production company is known as Worldwide Pants?

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BONUS: In 1939, Lina Medina, from Ticrapo, Peru, became the youngest person in medical history to give birth; at what age? 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!

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WKristina Beltz’s husband was injured in a motorcycle accident in front of a car dealership along Redwood Boulevard in Novato. Able to walk, but with a badly broken hand and big bump on his noggin, he entered the business and asked for tape to splint his hand. The sales manager declined, citing liability issues. However, the sales professional, who likely belongs to Mensa, had a brilliant thought. Our injured man should walk down the very long street, hike over the Rowland Boulevard overpass, and head north another half mile to the Novato hospital. (Calling 911 was apparently too complicated for the car guy.) Frustrated, he schlepped down the road, finally reaching the hospital by foot. Kristina has three words for the sales manager: Good Samaritan law. We have three more: You’re a Zero. —Nikki Silverstein


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Photographer Kent Reno, 19332011 Raise a glass to photographer Kent Reno, who died on Sept. 11, 2011, at the age of 78. In lieu of a memorial service, Kent requested a farewell toast from his relatives, friends and acquaintances. For many years, Kent Reno was the Pacific Sun’s ace photographer, known for turning routine assignments into artful portraits. During the deadly storm of Reno’s shot of a deluged downtown San Anselmo became the definitive 1982, his photograph image of the Flood of ‘82. of raging floodwaters in downtown San Anselmo became the Sun’s most famous cover image. Reproduced as a poster, it was still in demand decades later. A San Francisco native, Kent was at once convivial and laconic, drawn to action yet a painstaking craftsman. Reno turned to photography after a long career in aviation, which took him all over the world. His book, Ground Time, a collection of his favorite images, was published in 1989 to much acclaim. The Pacific Sun was fortunate to have Kent Reno’s work displayed in our pages week after week in the ‘80s and ‘90s. We salute his talent and, respectfully, raise a toast to his memory. —Linda Xiques San Rafael puts impounding policy in neutral In response to growing criticism over its car-impounding policies, the San Rafael Police Department is easing its grip on seized vehicles. The San Rafael police’s 30-day impounding of cars under the operation of unlicensed drivers—often found at DUI checkpoints—has been under fire from such local groups as the Marin Organizing Committee who say such a tight interpretation of state law places a punitive burden on the undocumented residents of the Canal, who often depend on driving to make a living; state law prohibits undocumented adults from obtaining driving licenses. Beginning Sept. 16, vehicles seized at a checkpoint or traffic stop may be released to a licensed driver; if no licensed driver is present, the cited driver may call one. For impounded cars, first-time offenders won’t have to wait 30 days— they can retrieve their cars by paying all fines and bringing a licensed driver, proof of insurance and registration to pick up the car. Repeat offenders will still have to wait the 30 days. —J.W. Rash of bike thefts in Fairfax Hold on to your custom Treks, Fairfax cyclists—there’s a bike bandit in town! According to the Fairfax police at least five expensive bikes were reported stolen on Saturday afternoon. The bicycles were reportedly locked and the penny-farthing pinchers used cable cutters to shanghai the Schwinns. Similar Mongoose machinations occurred earlier in the summer when a pair of bike burglars made off with high-end cycles in late June. Police are on the lookout for a seasoned cycle-snatcher, who knows high-end bikes and has the equipment to quickly cut through cables. —J.W. Huffman’s oil bill squeaks through Marin Assemblyman Jared Huffman squeezed through another bill Thursday, just prior to Sacramento lawmakers break for recess—this one a law aimed at improving the state’s ability to prevent oil spills from wreaking havoc on California’s coast. AB 1112 would require the Office of Spill Prevention and Response (OSPR) to expand its oversight of the “highest risk” vessel-to-vessel oil transfers, and would give the agency the leverage to increase the fee on its oil-spill-prevention fund from 5 cents to 6.5 cents through 2015. According to OSPR, revenue from the oil-spill-prevention fund is no longer enough to cover the agency’s current workload. According to Huffman’s office, the fund is projected to be running a deficit of $5.2 million in the next fiscal year, and that deficit is projected to double by 2013. Deb Self, executive director of San Francisco Baykeeper, issued a statement

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Centerstage Marin! Pirouetting through another season of performing art

inter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting—and autumn a mosaic of them all,” wrote author Stanley Horowitz. And we can only imagine he made the observation after a crisp fall day strolling the grounds of Old Mill Park at a Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival of years past. This year’s Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival takes place Sept. 24 and 25, marking another launch to Marin’s finest season of artistic resplendence. And it’s been quite a year since the last MVFAF. “Vile recession, thy most insidious beast!” Shakespeare wrote in the Scottish play. Well, technically, he never wrote anything like that. But, he should have. Because the economic woes of the last few years have sadly cast their pall on such vaunted Marin venues as the Sweetwater, North Bay Shakespeare Company, and several artisan shops up and down the 101 corridor. But Marin supports its arts like few other counties, and this past year has seen the Phoenix-like rise of George’s in San Rafael, the Novato Theater Company and the Southern Pacific Smokehouse in Vintage Oaks. And there’s hopes that the Sweetwater is due to resurface, the long-shuttered Novato Theatre is currently raising funds for reopening, and Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh is wooing Fairfax with plans to build a destination live music venue. So if you ask us, the Bard of Avon also should have said, “there’s something rockin’ in the state of arts, in Marin.”

–Jason Walsh

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Satyagraha—Glass: Nov 19, 20. Times and costs vary. Visit www.larktheater. net for more information. Mill Valley Chamber Music hosts two fall shows this season. Staring things off in October is Trio Voronezh, a Russian folk trio fused with a variety of influences such as classical, gypsy and tango dance music and a contemporary repertoire including Gershwin. Next, in November, Mill Valley Chamber Orchestra hosts New York-based Concertante. A world-class chamber ensemble, Concertante begins its second decade as a group. Trio Voronezh plays on Sunday, Oct.16, 5pm and Concertante on Sunday, Nov. 13, 5pm. Mt. Tamalpais United Methodist Church, 410 Sycamore Ave., Mill Valley. $30. 415/381-4453 Sausalito’s Golden Gate Opera delivers lessons to young and old just in time for Halloween. The special musical rendition of “Hansel and Gretel” will spook kids just enough to keep them from eating siding of off strangers’ homes. The production will also inspire music lovers of all ages. Friday, Oct 28, at 7pm and Sunday, Oct. 30, at 2pm. Marin Center, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael$15-$35. 415/4996800. Part theater, part musical performance, Kabuki Jazz Cabaret graces the stage, delivering “Japanese Ghost Legends” this October. An unfolding of several stories through dance, taiko drums, jazz and theater, this Japanese-style experience is the creation of Brenda Wong Aoki. Stories relayed in this performance include both old and new works Aoki. Saturday, Oct. 29, at 8pm. Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. Call for ticket pricing. 415/383-9600. A centuries-long tradition throughout Mexico and Latin America, Dia de Los Muertos brings communities together through


storytelling, music, food and to celebrate life. This fall in Point Reyes, the community gathers to honor the ancestors at an evening altar building and performances from local Aztec Dancers. Friday, Nov. 4, 6pm. Dance Palace, 503 B Street, Point Reyes Station. Donations accepted. 415/663-1075. Just when the bite of autumn folds over from the long-stretching Indian Summer, comes a little sumthin’ sumthin’ to heat up the night. Kings of Salsa journeys from Cuba to deliver sizzling moves and rhythm to Marin audiences for one night only. The internationally adored group brings Havana’s street salsa and hip-hop to the stage on Friday, Nov. 4, 8pm. Marin Civic Center, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. $20-$45.415/383-9600. For something a little slower paced than the hotness of salsa, the Marin Golden Gate Barbershop Chorus presents its 57th annual fall show, A Fine Romance. The Barbershop Chorus harmonizes the heck out of Marin County on Sunday, Nov. 6, 2pm. Marin Civic Center, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. $10-$25. 415/383-9600. The fall season of the Marin Symphony kicks off with an Opening Gala Celebration, commemorating Maestro Alasdair Neale’s ten-

year anniversary as conductor of the symphony. The gala event includes an all-Tchaikovsky program featuring pianist Orion Weiss, a locally grown organic meal, cocktails, a love auction, dessert and dancing. Tickets are $125 and proceeds benefit Marin Symphony programs. Sunday, Oct. 2; symphony at 3pm, gala event at 5:30pm. “Totally Tchaikovsky” repeats on Tuesday, Oct. 4, 7:30pm. In November, guest pianist Monica Ohuchi joins the symphony for two performances of “Visionary Mahler.” Sunday, Nov. 6, 3pm and Tuesday, Nov. 8, 7:30pm.$28-$70. 415/499-6800. Pink Martini is not your grandpa’s typical lounge music. An explosion of multi-generational, cross-cultural loveliness, Pink Martini delivers big band tunes with a splash of nostalgia and a big dose of surprise for audiences of all persuasions. With 12 exceptionally talented musicians at the core of Pink Martini’s unique collaborative sound, the group heads to Marin this November for a performance one doesn’t quite easily forget. Thursday, Nov. 17, 8pm. Marin Civic Center, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. $45.50 $65.50. 415/499-6800. Slavyanka Russian Chorus hits the stage for a fall performance in West Marin. Formed in 1979—and named after the RusAlasdair Neale marks sian River’s original a decade with the name, Slavyanka—the Marin Symphony; chorus is an ode to the he’ll celebrate with north coast’s Russian Tchaikovsky, et al, Oct. 2. heritage. Bringing its worldly tunes with a local twist to audiences both home and abroad in the former Soviet Union, the Slavyanka Russian Chorus sings on Saturday, Nov. 19, at 8pm. Dance Palace, 503 B Street, Point Reyes Station. $20-$25. 415/663-1075.< RORY EARNSHAW


f there is one thing that Marin County is not, it is boring. With performances ranging from peaceful, classical-inspired chamber music to red-hot salsa shows and everything in between, Marin County welcomes fall with a surprising mix of entertainment options. Whether you are striving for a kid-free night out with strictly grown-ups or more inclined to lean toward fall’s festive family events, we’ve got your tickets right here, folks. Kicking off the fall performing arts events in Marin is comedian Marga Gomez. Gomez, one of America’s first openly gay stand-up comics, draws on her Latina heritage and talent of engaging audiences to deliver seriously sidesplitting routines. She brings her latest funny-making act, “Not Getting Any Younger,” to West Marin on Friday, Sept. 23, at 8pm. Point Reyes Dance Palace, 503 “B” Street, Point Reyes Station. $20$25. Call 415/663-1075. A great cause with a twist, Stepping Out to Celebrate Life benefits San Francisco Bay Area nonprofit breast health programs. Featuring a fashion show teeming with breast-cancer survivors, the event also includes a martini bar, fine dining, music dancing and more. The fun begins on Oct. 1 at 5:30pm at the Marin Center Exhibit Hall, 50 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. $225. 415/455-5882. For opera lovers tethered to the Bay Area with no chance of escaping this fall, the Lark Theater in Larkspur offers a fantastic treat. The theater’s Live at the Met series transmits 11 live broadcasts of New York’s Metropolitan Opera directly to audiences in Marin starting in October. The season kicks off with Anna Bolena—Donizetti: Oct 15, 16, 26; Don Giovanni—Mozart: Oct 29, 30 Nov 9; Siegfriend—Wagner: Nov 5, 6; and

Marin’s fall lit season will have you crying for joy... by Dani Bu rlison


.S. Lewis once said that we read to with local advisers such as Jane Hirshfield, know that we are not alone. Rest asSpillway is a project of the literary organisured, dear friends, lovers of the written zation Tebot Bach. Swinging through San word are anything but alone in Marin this fall. Rafael, this spoken-word event features Marin With an onslaught of inspiring literary events County and San Francisco poets Katherine packing venues from Bolinas to Sausalito Hastings, Melissa Stein, Lee Slonimsky, Susan to San Rafael and back again, the county Terris and Roy Mash. Friday, Sept. 23, 7pm. is flooded with volumes of amazing prose. Rebound Bookstore, 1611 4th St., San Rafael. Surely to the delight of many, our Fall Arts Free. 415/482-0550 Guide launches, ironically, in conjunction Bay Area author Michael David Lukas with Banned Book Week. When not curling reads from his best-selling novel, The Oracle up fireside flipping through the never-ending of Stamboul. Chosen as “One Book, One pages that are produced in Marin, the followMarin”’s pick for 2012, The Oracle of Staming list provides something for lit lovers of boul was rated the top best-seller in Marin every persuasion. County for several weeks. Recently released Liquake co-founder Jane Ganahl brings in paperback, Lukas reads from his highly along three writers for a night of conversation acclaimed first novel at Book Passage on with The State of Women’s Tuesday, Sept. 27, 7pm. Book PasFiction. With the work of sage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte women fiction writers often Madera. Free. 415/927-0960. categorized in the less-thanFor a more hands-on approach desirable genre of “chick lit,” to literary arts, the Novato library many women writers are offers a fun event for younger often dismissed, overlooked readers. In celebration of Banned or simply forgotten when it Book Week, Friends of the Novato comes to serious attention Library sponsor a Mini Book in the literary world. JoinMaking Workshop especially ing Ganahl are three New for teens. The library provides York Times best-selling novmaterials. Thursday, Sept. 29, elists: Author and Narrative 3:30-7:30pm at the Novato branch Magazine co-founder Carol of the Marin County Free Library, Edgarian; novelist, short1720 Novato Blvd., Novato. Free. fiction and memoir writer 415/897-1142. Just don’t call it ‘chick lit’ when Jane Lynn Freed; and writer, edi- Ganahl is around. If young adult fiction is your tor and Stanford professor cup of tea, the Goosebottom Ellen Sussman. This event promises to be eye- Books new book launch party is the hoppin’ opening, daring and saucy. Wednesday, Sept. spot to flock to. Goosebottom Books’ latest se21, 7:30pm at Throckmorton Theatre, 142 ries, The Thinking Girl’s Treasury of Dastardly Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. $12-15. Call Dames, “explores the lives of some of the 415/383.9600 for tickets. most fascinating women in history, each of There are few things that bring such joy as whom got labeled with a terrible nickname.” to nestle into the cooler weather of fall with Shirin Yim Bridges reads from Agrippina, Liz cozy slippers and a new stack of books. OfHockinson from Marie Antionette and more. fering up volumes of bound delight without Saturday, Oct. 8, 4pm. Book Passage, 51 Tamal the assault on pocketbooks this fall is the Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. Free. 415/927-0960 Friends of Marin County Free Library Fall Peg Alford Pursell’s popular monthly literClearance Sale. Stacked in glorious numbers, ary reading series, Why There Are Words, used books are available for purchase starting hosts a sea of established and emerging Bay at a meager 25 cents, with most book prices Area talent right here in Sausalito’s Studio averaging at $1-2 each! Collectibles and new 333. With two dates in the fall series, writers books are marked down to half-price off of will grace the stage for seven minutes each. Past participants include such talent as Todd sticker prices and all of the proceeds benefit Zuniga, Elissa Bassist, Katherine Ellison, the adored Marin County Library programs. And if one day of book fondling isn’t enough, Stephen Elliott, Elizabeth Rosner, Molly Giles, Kate Milliken, Andrew lam and Louis books will be refreshed, restocked and reB. Jones. Why There Are Words is held on the loved each day of the three-day sale. Friday, second Thursday of each month. The fall Sept. 23, 10am-7pm; Saturday, Sept. 24, events are Oct. 13 and Nov. 10 at 7:30pm. $5. 10am-4pm; Sunday, Sept. 25, 12-4pm. The 333 Caledonia St., Sausalito. Visit whythereBook Place, 1608 Grant Ave., Novato. http:// for more information. This fall, San Francisco’s mega literary Spillway magazine celebrates the 16th reevent of the year brings a taste of wordy excellease of their poetry magazine with a reading right smack in the middle of Marin County. A lence to Marin. The 12th annual Litquake event washes ashore in Sausalito for an afterSouthern California-based poetry magazine


Read ‘em and weep! noon of houseboat tours, readings, Bolinas. Free. 415/868-0970. dancing, nibbles and more. The eclecFeminist poet/performance artist tic and awesome gathering of literary Claire Blotter performs her unique art magic, Words on the Waves provides of rhythmic poetry with guest poets. attendees with prose from writers Interested poets and writers are invited like Cyra McFadden, Stewart Brand, to make appointments with Blotter Frances Lefkowitz, Linda Watanabe between 2pm and 5pm the day before in McFerrin and many, many more. order to solicit tips and direction on how Look for details in an upcoming issue to best perform pieces. Blotter, a Marin of the Pacific Sun. Saturday, Oct. 15, resident who teaches writing and theater 1-5pm. $25-30. For tickets or more at several Bay Area colleges and universiinformation, visit ties, invites guests for the reading/perforAny parent who claims to love mance event on Sunday, Oct. 23, 7pm, every single waking moment spent Marin Arts Council Gallery, 906 4th with a child is a liar. Finally, finally, Street, San Rafael. $5. 415/332-8421. Adam Mansbach goes boldly where no parent Sharing wit and beauty of the mundane or writers has dared yet go. In his not-soin his latest book, At Home, Bill Bryson visits child-friendly parents’ gift book, Go the F*ck Dominican University this fall. Exploring the to Sleep, Mansbach reveals the late-night history of his English home, Bryson digs deep desperation many parents experience during and brings often overlooked details to the surfruitless attempts to find a few moments of face through-provoking observations which quiet time alone at the end of long days. Join he shares with his readers. A best-selling and Mansbach for a reading of Go the F*ck to Sleep widely adored author, Bryson speaks on Monday, Oct. 24, 7pm in Dominican University’s on Tuesday, Oct. 17, 7pm. Book Passage, 51 Angelico Hall, 50 Acacia Ave., San Rafael. $20. Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 415/927Call Book Passage for tickets, 415/927-0960. 0960. A benefit for the Family Service Agency Hungry for more? Join Alice Hoffman for an afternoon literary luncheon in celebration of Marin, Lifelines features guest speaker and Marin County author of her latest novel, Anne Lamott. One of The Dovekeepers. A Marin’s most cherished, lunch catered by San best-selling author gems, Anselmo’s Insalata’s Lamott hosts the event restaurant will be which includes an auction, served at 12pm on music, bites and cockTuesday, Oct 18, at tails on Saturday, Nov. 5, Book Passage, 51 Ta6-8pm, Throckmorton mal Vista Blvd., Corte Theatre, 142 ThrockmorMadera. $55 includes meal and signed copy ton Ave., Mill Valley. Call of The Dovekeepers. The author will commiserate with sleepy mommies 415/491-5700 for tickets. and daddies Oct. 17 at Book Passage. 415/927-0960, ext. 1. The Tuesday Night Celebrating the reWriters occupy Peri’s Bar lease of Marin Poetry Center’s latest antholin Fairfax for an evening of literary entertainogy, Marin County Poet Laureate CB Follett, ment this November. With past guests includalong with Marvin Bell, Camille Dungy, Rob- ing Cindy Cady and Tanya Egan Gibson, the ert Sward, Doreen Stock and Daniel Polikoff, fall lineup is still in the works but will include Susan Terris and Yvonne Postelle and many open-microphone time, no doubt sparking others offer readings, cake and refreshments. the imagination and igniting laughter. TuesThursday, Oct. 20, 7:30pm. Falkirk Cultural day, Nov. 15, 6-8pm. Peri’s Silver Dollar Bar, Center, 1408 Mission Ave., San Rafael. Free. 29 Broadway, Fairfax. 415/459-9910. Visit for more No writer in the history of the universe information. can make readers laugh until they pee in their For a more unconventional, participatory Stadium Pals like David Sedaris. Since his literary event, head west to Bolinas. Sponlaunch into stardom through reading appearsored by the New School at Commonwheel, ances on NPR, Sedaris has gone on to write Eric Karpeles and former U.S. Poet Laureate numerous collections of personal essays and Robert Haas join forces to offer a community his latest best-seller, Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: reading of Walt Whitman’s Song to Myself. A Modest Bestiary, a collection of short stories Interested in celebrating yourself through based on the lives of our furry and feathered reading along in this two-hour event? Contact friends of the animal world. Sedaris brings his Commonwheel to reserve a spot. Or simply biting wit and barrel of laughs to San Rafael attend and let Whitman’s magical words on Wednesday, Nov. 16, 8pm, Marin Veterfeed your soul. Sunday, Oct. 23, 2-4pm. New ans Auditorium, 50 Avenue of the Flags, San School at Commonwheel, 451 Mesa Rd., Rafael. $39-$52. 415/499.6800. < SEPTEMBER 16 - SEPTEMBER 22, 2011 PACIFIC SUN 13

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Zoo Station, AZDZ, Zepperella and new addition Tres Hombres XXX (ZZ Top). Local guitarist Tommy Odetto won the regional Guitar Center â&#x20AC;&#x153;King of the Bluesâ&#x20AC;? competition and was ďŹ&#x201A;own to L.A. to compete in the semiďŹ nals on Sunset Strip. He ďŹ nished in the top 20 out of over 215 nationwide qualiďŹ ers. KC Turnerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s house concert series continued to draw rave reviews and large audiences. Danny Clickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Texas Blues nights at the Sleeping Lady repeatedly peeled the paint off the walls and brought in special guests including Bonnie Hayes, Tracy Blackman and Lynn Asher. Click was also nominated for a Norbay Award and his album Life is a Good Place became one of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;most addedâ&#x20AC;? LPs on iTunes. 19 Broadwayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s KortUzdays jam sessions continued to pack in the crowds every Tuesday night with special guests Radioactive, Pete Sears, Barry Sless, members of Monophonics and Furthur. Stephanie Keys went to Nashville to ďŹ nish her soon-to-be released debut album with brother Peter Keys of Lynyrd Skynyrd. Nashville-based, Fairfax-born singer/songwriter Don Gallardo took his band How Far West across the pond for a 12-date UK tour. John Allair celebrated more than 55 years of piano magic as the subject of the documentary ďŹ lm Allair Digs In by Oscar Award-winning director John Korty. Local jamband faves New Monsoon re-emerged on the scene after a short break. Local rockers Honeydust hit New England for a two-week tour last spring. West Marinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s MC Yogi and El Radio Fantastique both continue to tour and will be featured artists at Sonoma Countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Earthdance Festival Sept. 24 and 25. Jerry Hannan is working on a new EP with producer Chris Manning. Victoria George, now back in Marin after two years in Nashville, released her second effort, Lately I, earlier this year and is currently preparing for a show at S.F.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Independent on Oct. 20. Biambu has started a bimonthly â&#x20AC;&#x153;Groove Room

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he autumn months traditionally offer moviegoers the most eclectic cinematic smorgasbord of the year, coming as they do between the summertime blockbusters and winter’s Oscar bait, and this fall’s batch of new movies is no exception. Action flicks, romantic comedies and feelgood family fare share cineplex space with foreign films, indie flicks and documentaries. There are big-budget cartoons, edgy dramedies, blood-curdling thrillers and goofball comedies as well as Johnny Depp as Hunter S. Thompson, Leo DiCaprio as J. Edgar Hoover and Brad Pitt as Billy Beane. The Muppets are back, and Martin Scorsese too, plus John LeCarre and Clint Eastwood and Pedro Almodovar and the Three Musketeers. In short, there’s something for everyone. Viz.:

SEPTEMBER 23 Abduction John Singleton actioner about a teen who discovers that he was kidnapped as an infant and that his “parents” are wanted by the FBI; Taylor Lautner stars. The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 Documentary combines long-lost footage with new interviews to examine the history of the Black Power movement; Harry Belafonte, Danny Glover, Bobby Seale and Angela Davis share their insights. Dolphin Tale True story about a disabled dolphin whose perseverance (and new prosthetic tail) inspire millions around the world; Winter the dolphin stars as herself. Killer Elite Special ops agent Jason Statham takes on three fearsome assassins to rescue kidnapped old mentor 16 >


SEPTEMBER 16 Drive Stunt driver Ryan Gosling enters the real world of aggressive autoing when he hits the road with his girlfriend, her daughter and a sack of protection money, bad guys on their bumper. I Don’t Know How She Does It Sarah Jessica Parker as a workplace go-getter and

devoted mom torn between her sweet hubby and a sexy coworker; Pierce Brosnan and Kelsey Grammer costar. Straw Dogs Remake of the controversial Sam Peckinpah thriller stars Kate Bosworth and James Marsden as newlyweds in a small town beset by their angry, violent, vengeful neighbors.

Jam” at The Sleeping Lady featuring Taylor Cutcomb (Eric Martin/LPN) on keys, Lex Razon (Vinyl) on drums and Steve Winter (Montrose) on bass; it has quickly garnered praise and attracted large crowds and lots of special guests. Two of the hottest bands from the area, Hot Buttered Rum and Poor Man’s Whiskey continued their success on and off the road this summer. Hot Buttered Rum performed at the Strawberry Music Festival recently and Poor Man’s Whiskey is busy gearing up for a Nov. 11 performance of its bluegrass interpretation of Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon with special guest Michael Kang (String Cheese Incident) at S.F.’s Fillmore Auditorium. Unfortunately, we also lost some very special musicians this year. We will always remember the talented Jeb Brady, Naim Satya and Jim Rothermel. Their music and memory will live on. On Oct. 14 and 15 the Fairfax Chamber of Commerce and Heartbeat Music will present the first Fairfax Feis—A Festival of Irish Music and Dance at the Pavilion and six venues in town: Iron Springs Brewery, Coffee Roastery, Nave’s Bar, Sorella Caffe, 19 Broadway and The Sleeping Lady. Featured artists will include Girsa, Todd Denman & Friends, Shay and Michael Black, Brosnan School of Dancing, Kyle Alden, Gerry Carthy, Colm O’Riain, Gerry Forde, The Mild Colonial Boys, Dale Russ, Jack Gilder, Dave Cory, Pat Hamilton and great local acts like Culann’s

Hounds, Lucia Comnes Band, The Gas Men and John Pedersen. “We have seen over the last number of years a rise in the popularity of traditional Irish music with weekly jam sessions in Fairfax, San Rafael, Inverness and all throughout the North Bay,” says David Smaedbeck, who co-founded the festival with friend and local musician Cormac Gannon. “We think that now is the right time to hold a festival highlighting this wonderful tradition of music and dance in this unique location.” Please visit www.fairfaxfeis. com for more info. We send healing thoughts out to both Lauren and Judge Murphy—he is currently awaiting a liver transplant—and to George’s Nightclub owner Todd Ghanizadeh, who is battling cancer. 19 Broadway will host its annual Rack ’n’ Roll Breastival” breast cancer benefit Oct. 1, featuring an amazing array of talent. We would like to give huge shout outs to KWMR, Adrienne Pfeiffer and all the good people behind Far West Fest, which continues to be one of the best days of music of the year, and to Local Music Vibe (Dave and Shelley Champine) for pulling it all together for us online and putting such great energy into the scene. Ya’ll rock! The Space Cowboy would like to thank all of you who participate in, support or attend local live music shows. As you can see within this column, there is a vital music scene here in the North Bay, but it needs you... please support live music! < SEPTEMBER 16 - SEPTEMBER 22, 2011 PACIFIC SUN 15

<15 Robert De Niro. Moneyball Billy Beane’s struggle to field a contending Oakland A’s team on a shoestring reaches the big screen with an Aaron Sorkin screenplay, Brad Pitt as Beane and Daryl Strawberry as himself. My Afternoons with Margueritte Gèrard Depardieu stars as a footloose vagabond who discovers the pleasures of art and literature from a cultured, simpatico old woman. SEPTEMBER 29 Rigoletto in Mantua Placido Domingo, Zubin Mehta and legendary cinematographer Vittorio Storaro film Verdi’s timeless tragedy on dazzling locations in Lombardy’s frescoed capital. SEPTEMBER 30 Dream House Perfect couple Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz move into the perfect New England home only to discover that it was the site of a bloody murder a few years back and that the killer is still at large. 50/50 Fact-based dramedy about a twentysomething cancer patient (Joesph GordonLevitt) and his struggles with chemotherapy; Philip Baker Hall and Anjelica Huston provide support. Happy Documentarian Roko Belic travels from Namibia to Brazil to Japan to Louisiana to find out what makes people happy and what it all means on a global scale. Machine Gun Preacher Drug dealer-turned-humanitarian Gerard Butler takes on a renegade African militia group that turns defenseless children into guntoting soldiers. Margaret An idealistic high school student, racked with guilt after a fatal traffic accident she may have caused, tries to make everything OK and is frustrated when the real world intrudes.

classic about the new kid in a straitlaced Southern town whose booty-shakin’ moves rile up a puritanical preacher (Dennis Quaid?!?). Real Steel In a near-future world of robot-only championship boxing, a washed-up former fighter assembles a lethal mechanical Rocky Balboa with help from his estranged son (awwwww). The Way A grieving father (Martin Sheen) embarks on a 500-mile pilgrimage across the Pyrenees to reexamine his life and values; Emilio Estevez directs. OCTOBER 14 The Big Year In the avian-rich El Niño year of 1998, obsessive birdwatchers Owen Wilson, Jack Black and Steve Martin venture into the wilds and try to outdo one another in the species-spotting department. The Ides of March George Clooney writes, directs and stars in an adaptation of the Beau Willimon play about a charismatic presidential candidate and a simmering scandal that could bring him down. The Thing Remake of the Howard Hawks sci-fi classic about a group of scientists in the frozen Arctic and the voracious extraterrestrial they pluck from the tundra and—oops!—defrost.

OCTOBER 21 Margin Call Brokers Kevin Spacey, Stanley Tucci and Zachary Quinto confront the early stages of the 2008 financial meltdown in JC Chandor’s boardroom thriller. The Skin I Live In Pedro Almodovar’s latest eyebrow-raiser stars Antonio Banderas as an off-kilter plastic surgeon (complete with Igor and guinea pig) obsessed with crafting a new OCTOBER 6-16 kind of skin imperMill Valley Film vious to burns and Leonardo DiCaprio plays the cross-dressing Fed head. Festival The 34th anbruises. nual cinematic soiree Thin Ice Crime features seminars, workshops, galas, in-person drama about an insurance agent (Greg tributes and hundreds of movies from around Kinnear) who tries to fleece a hick farmer the world. (Alan Arkin) out of a valuable antique violin, not knowing that there’s more to the OCTOBER 7 old rube than meets the eye. Dirty Girl A promiscuous Oklahoma The Three Musketeers Umpteenth high schooler and a closeted fellow misfit filming of the Alexandre Dumas adbond on a carefree road trip to the promventure classic, with Athos, Porthos, ised land of California. Aramis and D’Artagnan saving the royal Footloose Remake of the eighties cult household from the clutches of Cardinal


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Richelieu and an especially naughty Milady de Winter (Milla Jovovich). OCTOBER 28 In Time Sci-fi thriller about a futuristic world in which immortality is possible and the wealthy collect and barter time instead of money; Amanda Seyfried and Justin Timberlake star. Johnny English Reborn Rowan Atkinson is back as the insipid yet intrepid British secret agent, singlehandedly taking on a global conspiracy that has even penetrated his own HQ. Like Crazy Sundance Film Fest fave about the long-distance romance between a British exchange student and her American lover. The Rum Diary Hunter S. Thompson’s novel hits the big screen with Johnny Depp as a 1950s reporter who takes a job at a Puerto Rico newspaper and weighs the pros and cons of selling out in a sultry topical paradise. Safe Retired cop Jason Statham rescues a 12-year-old Chinese girl from gangsters, the Russian mafia, a few corrupt New York City cops and whoever else happens to be around. NOVEMBER 4 My Week with Marilyn A young assistant director serves as Marilyn Monroe’s confidante, support system and wideeyed lover during the hectic filming of The Prince and the Showgirl; with Kenneth Branagh as Laurence Olivier, Julia Ormond as Vivien Leigh and Michelle Williams as MM. Puss in Boots Shrek spinoff focuses on the dashing if delusional kitty-cat, sallying forth to steal the goose that lays the golden eggs; Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek, Billy Bob Thornton and Amy Sedaris provide the voices. Tower Heist A caper comedy for our times: Ben Stiller, Eddie Murphy and Matthew Broderick plot to swipe back the retirement-fund money billionaire financier Alan Alda swindled from them. A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas The Abbott and Costello of ganjadom embark on a desperate journey through Christmastime Manhattan for a totally smokin’ Yuletide tree; Kal Penn and John Cho star.

NOVEMBER 9 J. Edgar Biopic of the enigmatic, ruthless, absolutely powerful head of the FBI for nearly half a century stars Leo DiCaprio as the director and Armie Hammer as Clyde Tolson; Clint Eastwood directs. NOVEMBER 11 Immortals A simple stonemason takes on the armies of King Hyperion as they pillage the countryside in search of a mystical longbow that will conquer the gods of Olympus; Woody Allen directs (just kidding!). Jack and Jill Adam Sandler stars (twice) as identical twins whose annual Thanksgiving dinner reunion results in epic passive-aggressive dysfunction; Regis Philbin, Katie Holmes, Shaquille O’Neal and Al Pacino are among the eclectic supporting cast. NOVEMBER 18 Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy John LeCarre’s classic espionage novel is brought to the screen with Gary Oldman as reactivated MI6 agent George Smiley and an impressive cast of traitors, moles and fellow spies (Colin Firth, John Hurt, Ralph Fiennes, David Thewlis et al.). The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn— Part 1 Those sexy young vampires, wannabe vampires and werewolves are visited by the double horrors of marriage and children. NOVEMBER 23 The Descendants Alexander Payne comedy follows wealthy widower George Clooney and his two daughters as they wander Kauai in search of his late wife’s lover. Happy Feet Two Cartoon musical about a troupe of penguins, seals and other terpsichorean critters who sound remarkably like Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Robin Williams, Elijah Wood and Pink. Hugo Martin Scorsese family-friendly fantasy about an orphan who makes his home in the fantastical world of a Paris train station; Ben Kingsley, Sacha Baron Cohen and Christopher Lee costar. The Muppets Kermit the Frog reunites with Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear and the rest of the gang in a rambunctious attempt to save their old Hollywood showplace from destruction.<


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he new color in theater is black, and talented actors of color are suddenly center stage in jolting new works by, yes, black playwrights. Tarell Alvin McCraney burst on the Bay Area scene this year with his Brother/Sister trilogy about life in the bayou that was produced by three major theaters: MTC, ACT and the Magic. Tobie Windham, first seen as an innocent in McCraney’s Brothers Size, was soon strutting his stuff as a woman-loving blues singer on MTC’s stage in August Wilson’s Seven Guitars. This lively production featured L. Peter Callendar, who recently became artistic director of San Francisco’s African American Shakespeare Theater, and Osmoze Idehenre, whose role in ACT’s Clybourne Park provided just a taste of the talent of this recent ACT grad. The Lorraine Hansberry Theatre, long dedicated to black artists, lost both its space and its two founders last year, but is rising again with actor/director Steven Anthony Jones at the helm at the old Post Street Theatre where the classic satire Days of Absence, will run, accompanied by a one-act

set in a Brazilian shantytown. AlterTheater played its part in bringing multi-culture to downtown San Rafael with Two Sisters and a Piano, Lynn Nottage’s drama set in the waning days of Russian dominance in Cuba. And Puerto Rican playwright Jose Rivera’s References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot, will be revived in the spring. This fall brings longtime AlterTheatre favorites, Will Marchetti, Patricia Silver and Jeanette Harrison in a commissioned play by Lauren Yee. College of Marin’s drama department guru, W. Allen Taylor, who directed memorable productions of Raisin in the Sun, and Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, in seasons past, moves to Russia for Chekov’s The Cherry Orchard. Molly Noble, a welcome new director at COM, will follow her Almost Maine comedy success of last season with Arabian Nights by acclaimed writer/director Mary Zimmerman. And happily, James Dunn will return home to direct Shakespeare’s As You Like It in the late spring. Marin Theatre Company’s season includes two West Coast premieres. Playwright Steve Yockey’s Bellwether, an “intellectual thriller,”

The 22nd

Marc Camoletti’s ‘Don’t Dress for Dinner’ will frolic with audiences this month at the Barn.

is first up in October, and Keith Huff’s A Steady Rain opens in February. Along with these fresh new works will be Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie, and Shakespeare’s Othello. And then, in the summer of 2012, MTC brings on Yasmin Reza’s The God of Carnage. This long running Broadway hit tells the story of two couples who meet to talk about a playground incident involving their young children. Starting out as reasonable modern parents the discussion leads to the carnage of the title.


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The Ross Valley Players, who scored recently with popular dramas Doubt and Rabbit Hole, open their season with Marc Camoletti’s Don’t Dress for Dinner, which provocatively offers “a weekend with his Parisian mistress in a French farmhouse.” This can only be another sexy romp in the Barn, with more serious works to follow. To Kill a Mockingbird and The Night of the Iguana will be leavened by She Stoops to Conquer, a Restoration farce, Twentieth Century, a screwball comedy of the ’20s, and the now-classic Greater Tuna.

over the bridges this The Novato Theater Comseason with David pany is getting big laughs Mamet giving us his with How The Other Half Lo thoughts about race ves a split-stage farce by Alan in Race, (ACT), and Ayckbourne. Followed by Rita Moreno telling us On the Twentieth Century, a about her real self in train musical by Betty ComLife Without Makeup den and Adolph Green. The (BRTâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;running now). holiday season brings back The Aurora Theatre Blanc Florido and Andrew Kleinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s musical adaptation of doubles the audienceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Dickensâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s A Christmas Carol. pleasure in watching Perhaps there will be room in good actors up close their season to bring in an- MTC playwright in residence Steve Yockeyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lat- by bringing in Edward other drama such as The Pet- est will show Marin the unseen unseemliness Albeeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s good script, A riďŹ ed Forest which showcased beneath suburban utopia. Delicate Balance. The talents from Terry McGovMagic Theatre is curernâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Marin Actorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Group this past season. rently running Claire Chafeeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mega-hit Why Marin Shakespeare Company, with Jon We Have a Body. Will it be as funny as we Tracyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new adaptation of The Tempest, and thought it was in the 1993? The San Franthe outrageous look at The Complete History cisco Fringe celebrates 20 years of bringing in of America (abridged) are running in reper- work from all over the world while showcastory through September. America, featuring ing local artists. Smaller theatres like Brava, crowd favorite Darren Bridgett, along with Shotgun Players, Cutting Edge, Custom Cassidy Brown and Mick Mize (whose next Made, and the Marsh, among others, also stop is Toronto where he will join the famed bring on youthful and edgy works. And you Cirque de Soleil), the evening is gooďŹ ly non- canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t forget the Oregon Shakespeare Festival educational. Gone from the stage are Mr. and in Ashland, Oregon. Even when the company Mrs. Macbeth, whose ambition and greed had to move to a tent in Lithia Park this sumcaused blood to run freely earlier this sum- mer, they made the drive up worthwhile. mer. Leslie and Robert Currier already have The more things change, the more they their heads together planning next summer remain the same. In theater, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s both viva which, again, will be comical/tragical and, change and bless the classics. Lots of both one hopes, much warmer. coming up in the next season and all we have Audiences will ďŹ nd theater worth a trip to do is go for it!<




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ith an auction at the Bolinas Museum, an artists’ reception at the Donna Seager Gallery, and the annual “Box Show” auction and party at Gallery Route One in Pt. Reyes Station, this pre-autumnal weekend of the fall-arts season promises to be a rewarding one for Marin art fans. North of the Golden Gate, the fall art season always begins with a bang—the Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival. This year, the 55th annual Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival takes place Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 24 and 25, under the redwoods in Old Mill Park. With its strong tradition of promoting a wide variety of arts and crafts, the MVFAF features painting, sculpture, ceramics, photography, graphic and textile design, jewelry and more, plus musical performers several times each day. The festival opens at 10am both days, and runs until 6pm on Saturday and 5pm on Sunday. Admission is $10 general, $5 seniors/students, and free for kids under 12. City Hall Council Chamber Gallery, 26 Corte Madera Ave., Mill Valley (415) 381-8090, Below, a handy area-by-area guide for art lovers for the rest of the fall arts season: Bolinas Museum 19th Annual Art Auction, Saturday, Sept. 17. The beautifully renovated Buell barn is the site for this latesummer fund-raising shindig, with superb visual art, sumptuous food, excellent wine and great music. Auction items can be previewed until noon Saturday. Doors open for the party at 4pm, with a live auction from 5 to 6:30pm. Tickets run $70 for museum members and $95 for nonmembers. Hours: Wednesday 4 to 7pm, Friday 1 to 5pm; Saturday and Sunday noon to 5pm. Free admission. 48 Wharf Road, Bolinas. 415/868-0330, Gallery Route One How much can artists do with simple pine boxes? Sunday, Sept. 18, is the date for GRO’s annual “Box Show” auction and party. Always a ton of fun, the event is free to the public. This year’s pre-auction party begins at 2pm, with the auction from 3 to 5pm. Beginning Sept. 23, GRO hosts a group show with photography by Geraldine LiaBraaten, an “installation of shadows” by Debra Stuckgold, and works by realist painter and vignette maker Eric Engstrom. Nov. 4 through Dec. 11, the gallery will feature “The Wild Book Show” plus works by Betty Woolfolk and Madeline Hope. Hours: Daily 11am-5pm, 11101 Highway One, Point Reyes, 415/663-1347, Marin MOCA The former Hamilton airbase headquarters is now home to the Marin Museum of Contemporary Art. Through

Sept. 25, Marin MOCA features its sixth Fall National Juried Exhibition in the Hamilton Gallery, juried by San Francisco Chronicle art critic Kenneth Baker. Also through that date is “Streets of Hope: A Glimpse into Africa,” with photographs by Keven Seaver. Oct. 1 through Nov. 13, Marin MOCA continues its “Legends of the Bay Area” theme with two- and three-dimensional works by world-renowned Manuel Neri, best known for his disturbing figurative sculptures. Preview images of Neri’s works on paper from the 1970s and ’80s reveal a lighthearted playfulness and love of vibrant color not apparent in his sculpture. Opening reception for the Neri exhibit is Oct. 1, from 5 to 7pm Other upcoming Marin MOCA events include fundraiser “Art by the Inch” Dec. 3-4, “Small Treasures” in the Hamilton Lobby Gallery Dec. 2-31, and “Agent of Change,” an exhibit of works by pioneering ceramicist Mary Tuthill Lindheim, Dec. 10-Jan. 15. This will be “the first museum exhibition of Lindheim’s work since her death, and the most comprehensive solo show ever of her work,” according to Marin MOCA director Dr. Heather Murray. Hours: Wednesday-Sunday 11am to 4pm; closed Monday and Tuesday. Novato Arts Center at Hamilton Field 500 Palm Drive, Novato 415/506-0137, Marin Arts Multiple artists and mediums combine in “Asia Observed,” an exhibit capturing the spirit, cultural complexity and charm of Asia in traditional and modern art. The exhibit opens Sept. 16 and runs through Nov. 12 at the Marin Arts gallery in downtown San Rafael, with an artists’ reception from 6 to 8pm Friday, Sept. 30. That is also the date for the Second Friday Artwalk, when San Rafael art galleries remain open late for the benefit of artists and art lovers alike. Admission to the Marin Arts gallery is always free. 906 Fourth St., San Rafael 415/666-2442, Donna Seager Gallery The biggest gallery in the county, Seager’s three exhibits offer something for almost all art aficionados. In the main gallery is an exhibit of wire sculptures by Emily Payne. Simultaneously imposing and ephemeral, Payne’s pieces loom and float, casting ever-changing shadows on the gallery walls. In the book room is “Gray Matter,” a collection of works by Lin Max, who was so moved by the obsessive writings of Eleanor Hugins that she incorporated them into multiple collages and mixed media creations. Hugins spent much of her life covering everything near her with writing; Lin interprets this with respect, love and awe. The result is by turns disturbing, baffling, and fascinating. Seager also features drawings on monoprint by Sylvia Gonzalez—mostly brightly


rendered depictions of Western birds— hence the title “West Wing.” A reception for the artists is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 17, 6-8pm. Gallery hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 11am-6pm, 851 Fourth St., San Rafael, 415/454-4229, Falkirk Cultural Center Through Oct. 29, Falkirk presents its Bi-Annual Juried Exhibition of both Marin and Bay Area artists. Juried by Carole Beadle of the California College of Arts and College of Marin, this dynamic multimedia exhibition includes drawing, photography, printmaking and sculpture. Admission to Falkirk is always free. Hours: Tuesday-Friday 1-5pm, Saturday 10am-1pm, Closed Sundays, 1408 Mission Ave., San Rafael, 415/485-3328, Corte Madera artist Nanette Biers’ ‘Chinese Woman With Fan’ will be on display as part of Marin Arts’ ‘Asia Observed’ exhibit, Art Works Downtown Through Sept. 23, the main-floor gallery features through Nov. 12. vary (call first). 333 Caledonia St., Sausalito, “Material at Play,” new master works 415/331-8272, by several dozen members of the Baulines Industrial Center Building The giant Craft Guild. In the underground gallery Quonset hut on Gate Five Road in Sausalito is through Oct. 11 is “You Are What You See... home to more than 100 career artists. Visitors Take a Closer Look”, a sampling of photoare welcome to walk about and chat with the graphs shot over the past five years by Annie ICB’s denizens; Open Studio events are huge Bates Winship. Hours: 10am-5pm, Tuesday through Saturday, 1337 Fourth St., San Rafael, fun. The next one is scheduled for Dec. 3-4, 11am-6pm. Visit 415/451-8119, Robert Green Fine Arts Having just Gallery Bergelli Beginning Friday, Sept. wrapped an exhibit of bright new works by 23, Larkspur’s gorgeous Gallery Bergelli James Shay, RGFA continues its theme of enfeatures “Iconic Marin,” an exhibit of works ergetic, happy abstracts with recent pieces by by prolific Marin painter Bryn Craig. An Oakland-based artist Mark Erickson, through astoundingly talented nationally recognized Oct. 30. In November the gallery opens an realist painter capable of pulling viewers fully exhibit of works by the prolific and worldinto any scene, Craig captures many familiar renowned Sam Francis. Hours: WednesdayMarin locations with photographic accuracy Sunday 11am-5pm or by appointment. 154 and poetic lyricism. The gallery plans an Throckmorton, Mill Valley, 415/381-8776, opening reception from 6-8pm on Sept. 23. “Iconic Marin” continues through Oct. 19. For more cultural renderings check out Hours: Thursday and Friday, 10am-4pm; these other quality purveyors of the arts: Saturday and Sunday 11am-4pm; and by • Artisans Art Gallery, San Rafael appointment. 483 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur, • Claudia Chapline Gallery, 415/945-9454, Point Reyes Station Robert Allen Fine Arts Beginning Oct. 6 • Elsewhere Gallery, Fairfax and continuing through Nov. 30, RAFA will • Fine Art Etc., Sausalito feature “Fall Colors,” a group exhibit celebrat• Folk Art Gallery, San Rafael ing autumnal colors. Participating artists • Fuladou Art Gallery, Mill Valley include Susan Adams, Tracy Adams, Maria • Galerie Elektra, Sausalito Baggetta, Stephen Duren, Larry Gray, Carol • Garzoli Gallery, San Rafael Lefkowitz, John McCormick and Kazuko Wa• Graystone, Fairfax natabe. Hours: Monday-Friday, 10am-5pm, • Hanson Gallery Fine Art, Sausalito 301 Caledonia St., Sausalito, 415/331-2800, • Marin Society of Artists, Ross • Michael Leu Fine Art Gallery, Novato Studio 333 Easily the most eclectic gallery • Roberta English Gallery, Sausalito in Marin, Christopher Holbrook’s emporium • ROOM Interior Art Gallery, San Rafael is an ever-changing showcase for local and • Sam the Butcher Contemporary Art, Ross Bay Area art. Thursday nights are frequently • Smith Anderson North, San Anselmo devoted to “Why There Are Words” literary • Terra Firma Gallery, San Rafael events; the gallery’s poetry readings and par• William Lester Art Gallery, Point Reyes < ties are among the best in the county. Hours: Monday-Saturday 11am-5pm; Sunday hours Contact Barry at



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that there: rich or poor, black or white, churchgoing or not, people fed people. I married into an Italian family and learning its customs was easier after my upbringing. In my in-lawsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; world funeral rules were much the same, albeit extended over a three-day period of wake and burial. When Fortunata Fusco, the familyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s grandmother, died in 1960, things were still old schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;everyone in black, men and women wearing hats to the church in the snow, a Latin mass, all unfamiliar to me. But the food part wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t. The house was full day and night, people crowded around a dining table constantly replenished with pastries and cold cuts and cheeses and glasses of homemade wine. Meals were cooked and delivered by aunts and cousins: lasagna, a chicken soup with tiny meatballs, pasta with sausages. Things changed, of course, as the years wore on. By the time my father-in-law died there was a mass in English, with modern music and bright banners hung from the ceiling. Yet the foods in the home were the sameâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;sponge cakes and ravioli and big rectangles of pizza brought in by the neighborhood baker. Inappropriate? I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think so. O




My niece proved that we are genetically bound by our sense of humor when she gave me Being Dead Is No Excuse: The OfďŹ cial Southern Ladies Guide to Hosting the Perfect Funeral by Gayden Metcalfe and Charlotte Hays. Describing Mississippi mores, it hilariously captures the regionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s atmosphere with local, heirloom recipes for re-creating funeral foods. Hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a favorite, comforting no matter the occasion.

Corn Loaf Serves 6 2 cups fresh corn kernels 1 cup chopped yellow onion 3 minced green onions 1 cup chopped green pepper 1 cup chopped fresh tomato 2 teaspoons salt 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper 1 cup yellow cornmeal 1 cup grated extra-sharp cheese 2 eggs, beaten 1/2 cup evaporated milk 1/4 cup sour cream 1/4cup water

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Baked pasta dishes are always around at Italian family gatherings, including funerals. This version is Neapolitan, lighter than the Italian-American standard. Use homemade sauce or a reliable purchased one in a pinch.

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Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Cook ziti in boiling salted water until it is almost tender enough to eat, about 2 minutes less than usual. Meanwhile, in a large bowl blend 2 tablespoons of tomato sauce into the ricotta. Spread about 3/4 cup of remaining sauce on the bottom of a 9-by-13-by-2inch baking dish (about 3-1/2 quarts). When the pasta is done, drain it well, then toss it with the ricotta mixture. Spread half the pasta in the baking dish. Evenly spoon over it 3/4 cup more sauce. Cover with the sliced mozzarella, the basil and 1/2 cup of the Parmigiano. Top with the rest of the pasta, 1 cup more sauce, and the remaining 1/2 cup grated cheese. Bake for about 45 minutes, or until bubbling. Let the casserole cool for 10 minutes before cutting it into portions. Serve hot.—adapted from Naples at Table, Arthur Schwartz O




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Add cookies to bowl of food processor and pulse into fine crumbs. Combine butter and crumbs in a small bowl, stir with a fork to mix well. Press mix into bottom and 1 inch up the sides of a 9-inch springform pan. Melt chocolate in double boiler or microwave. Pour over bottom of cookie crust and spread to the edges using an offset spatula. Sprinkle peanuts over melted chocolate. Place pan in refrigerator while you prepare filling. Pour cream into a bowl. Using a stand mixer or hand mixer, beat until stiff peaks form. Transfer to a small bowl and refrigerate. Place cream cheese and peanut butter in a deep bowl. Beat on medium speed until light and fluffy. Reduce speed to low and gradually beat in the sugar. Add condensed milk, vanilla and lemon juice. Increase speed to medium and beat until all ingredients are combined and smooth. Stir one-third of whipped cream into filling mix. Fold in remaining whipped cream. Pour filling into prepared crust. Refrigerate 3 hours or overnight. <

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SAUSAGE AND SALSA With its name change and change of atmosphere, the yellow Victorian house in Larkspur was transformed from Lark Creek Inn to Tavern at Lark Creek to become a more casual, lighthearted dining destination. Special events and dinners bring in regulars and newcomers for reasonably priced American food and drink. Recently when Brad Ogden, the landmark’s founding chef, produced a special late summer menu with chef Aaron Wright a full house of folks of all ages turned out on a weeknight. This month, two special programs should appeal to diners looking for something a bit different. Each Sunday through Oct. 30 (2-5:30pm) the stand of redwoods at the front of the property will become Biergarten in the Grove. With a nod to classic European celebrations, there will be a limited menu of German/Austrian foods available, like grilled sausages, pork sandwiches, potato salad, big housemade pretzels and, of course, beer. Live music will provide an even more authentic feeling...Music will definitely be part of the Ballroom and Dining Room series on four Monday evenings, beginning Sept. 19. Dance instructors from Marin will teach one-hour classes (foxtrot, salsa, swing, waltz) in the restaurant’s Sun Room. Classes begin at 6pm, with dinners at 7, seasonal three-course menus. Price is $40 per person (inclusive of dance lessons, exclusive of beverages, tax, tips). Details:, 415/924-7766. DOWNTOWN WINE TASTING Mountain View Vintners, producer of affordable wines from up and down the coast, comes to downtown San Rafael, complete with a tasting room. The offerings showcase 12 releases. Retail hours are weekdays, 8am6pm. Winetasting takes place Tuesday and Thursday, 5-7pm. Mountain View Winery, 1040 Court St., 415/898-6778 or www.

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EAT, PAY, GET AUTOGRAPHS Plan ahead for hobnobbing with three famous culinary heroes this fall. Book Passage’s Cooks with Books Series will bring them here where we can sit down to a festive dinner showcasing their foods and take home autographed copies of their latest books. Considering the prices of today’s best cookbooks, the cost of the evenings seems less steep; it covers food, wines, taxes and tips. The rundown for the upcoming events: Alton Brown, Good Eats 3: The Later Years (Oct. 11 at Left Bank, $140 per person)... Paula Wolfert, The Food of Morocco (Oct. 20 at Insalata’s Restaurant, $115 per person, $185 per couple)...Jacques Pepin, Essential Pepin (Nov. 10 at Left Bank, $145 per person). Each dinner begins at 6:30pm; reserve at 415/927-0960. SIP, CHEW, DISCUSS Heirloom tomatoes with buratta, porcini tortellini, scampi, Berkshire pork and polenta, the fragrance of truffles, panna cotta with salted caramel—all paired with wines from Napa’s Frank Family Vineyards. Sound good? Book a table for the New Release Winemaker Dinner at Il Davide Cucina Italiana in San Rafael Oct. 3 (6pm), when the winery’s Don Matin will be visiting and discussing the selections. Cost is $100 per person, which includes tax and gratuities. 415/480-8080. WE THOUGHT EVERY WEEK WAS COCKTAIL WEEK Grab a designated driver and head over the bridge as San Francisco Cocktail Week takes over the town, Sept. 19-25. With events like a ginfocused dinner at Bar Agricole, seminars, a Mexican dinner at Tres to be paired with mixed drinks, new concoctions from mixologists all over town, a Grand Marnier-influenced dinner at Absinthe, and (natch) after parties, it’s going to be a time to remember—if you can. Details:< Contact Pat via .

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A song in their hearts Songwriters prove the pen is mightier than the ‘Jersey Shore’ B y G r e g Cah i l l


arin songwriter Adrianne Serna has a knack for penning tender indie-pop songs with finely spun folksy melodies often recorded on a lone ukulele and evoking a pensive mood. “Cozy,” from her self-produced third album Let It Shine, is just one of those songs. “The writing process for ‘Cozy’ was more about capturing a mood than conveying a specific lyric,” she explains. “I came up with the uke riff first and, since it was so delicate, the mood, or vibe, was introspective, vulnerable and lonely. “I just tried to stay with that mood as I wrote the song.” The lyrics built on that pensive vibe: “I want what everybody else wants/a cozy place to lay my tired head/and maybe a silent understanding/of all the things that sometimes go unsaid.” So, imagine Serna’s surprise to learn that this intimate paean to personal anguishor a 35-second excerpt, at least-had been picked to air during a rare tender moment on MTV’s hit reality show “Jersey Shore,” an

ode to knuckle-headed guido and guidettes devoted to decidedly non-tender forms of drunkenness and debauchery. The episode aired last week. “It feels great to have the song picked up,” says Serna, who is a sales representative for Acoustic Guitar magazine in San Rafael, “because I’ve noticed an impact from the placement. My one YouTube video [the catchy “I Love the Rain”] received hundreds of hits within days of the episode airing, ‘Cozy’ quickly became my most popular song on iTunes, and I’ve even received a request for the chords from a girl who wants to cover the song!” This is the latest licensing deal earned by the songs on Let It Shine, which also have been placed on NBC-TV’s game show Minute to Win It, cable channel CW’s Ashton Kutcher-produced drama The Beautiful Life and the upcoming feature film The Greening of Whitney Brown, starring Brooke Shields and Kris Kristofferson. But Serna isn’t the only North Bay songwriter savoring the spotlight these days. George Merrill of Petaluma, whose songwriting credits include the Whitney Hous-

ton mega-hits “How Will I Know” and “I Want to Dance with Somebody,” recently trekked to HP Pavilion in San Jose to catch pop-star Katy Perry perform “I Want to Dance with Somebody” in a show-stopping dance number that featured dozens of look-alike fans dancing around her on stage. No word on whether Perry plans to record the song. But Merrill isn’t waiting for Perry to kickstart his latest project: he’s busy developing Bouncy Ball Music, a local production company that he hopes will boost the fortunes Adrianne Serna, Marin’s newest uke-box hero. of other local songwriters. “I think of Bouncy Ball Music as the umbrella of each project, so that anyone can jump in company for songwriters and artists to co- and participate, a ‘stone soup,’ so to speak. write, arrange and locally produce a wide It’s still in the dream and planning stage, but range of music,” Merrill says. “Could be for I’m excited about how it’s taking form.” Another seasoned local songwriter, Bonfilm, TV, remixes, song collections-anywhere nie Hayes, also has several recent and onmusic makes a difference. going projects, including one that is getting “I’d like to create a network that is aware chart action. Earlier this year, Hayes—who has contributed hits to Cher and Grammywinning Marin blues great Bonnie Raitt—is behind the Top 40 dance chart “Shame on Me,” a song she co-wrote with veteran producer Val Garay for pop chanteuse Katrina. Currently, Hayes is writing material with Bay Area bluesman Tommy Castro and Texas blues singer and slide guitarist extraordinaire Danny Click. “We’re having a great time playing together,” she says of Click, “and do lots of songwriter shows and so forth.” Meanwhile, Hayes spent the summer cultivating the next generation of songwriters while operating two songwriting camps for kids and teaching at various songwriting retreats. She also teaches workshops at Blue Bear in San Francisco, runs her own Songwriter Socials (she had one this week at the Sleeping Lady Cafe in Fairfax) and hosts a private advanced songwriting group at her home. The high-caliber of young local talent can be found in 20-year-old singer and songwriter Amber Fenex of Sebastopol (“Crash”), who on Aug. 28 reached the grand finals of the prestigious and highly competitive West Coast Songwriters conference, as did JohnMichael Miller of San Rafael (“She’s Worth the Wait”) and Gracie Coates of Sebastopol (“Let Love Burn”). Fenex won third prize. Pen a tune to Greg at< Tune up to the Marin music scene at


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and the mean dog-walker, I called Bruno and we quickly walked to the table ďŹ lled with my posse. Jerry, David, Kate, Jon, Anabella and six more made 10 of my very good, stick-up-for-me friends. Dog-walker and middle-aged woman were clearly outnumbered. I got everyoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s attention and announced that the dog walker talked trash about Bruno. To my surprise, no one seemed concerned. Clearly, I needed to repeat the conversation verbatim. Still, my friends werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t riled up. So, I went for broke, adding a bit of unknown, but important, information. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The dog-walker is lucky I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t tell his lady friend that heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a dirty thong underwear thief,â&#x20AC;? I hissed. Suddenly, my loyal friends were all ears. They couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t wait to hear about the bad things those two said about my Bruno. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Are you saying heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a pervert?â&#x20AC;? asked Jerry. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That dog-walker is the only person with keys to Laurieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s house,â&#x20AC;? I responded. â&#x20AC;&#x153;She bought three new pairs of lacy thong underwear and now theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re missing.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;He stole her new underwear?â&#x20AC;? Kate asked. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Well, Laurie wore it ďŹ rst, so it was new, dirty thong underwear,â&#x20AC;? I answered. We worked the thong-thief theme into every conversation for the next hour. How clever we were. After all, didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the guy deserve it? Not only did he say terrible things about my pup, heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also a pervert. On my way home, I called Laurie. As usual, her voicemail picked up and I left a detailed message. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Your dog walker hates Bruno. Did you get rid of him or is he still riďŹ&#x201A;ing through your hamper for lingerie? Call me.â&#x20AC;? The next day, Laurie called back. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll tell the dog-walker that Bruno is a sweet, talkative boy. And, I found my underwear under a pile of dirty clothes.â&#x20AC;? Thanks to Laurie, I spent the rest of the day tracking down 10 friends to explain that the dog-walker isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t a dirty thong underwear-stealing pervert. They laughed and teased me. I admit to being a yenta, yet, I was truly shaken that I had so easily spread a false rumor. All this man did was call my dog a name. This week, I truly am Zero.< Call Nikki whatever you want at

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laire Chaffee created a firestorm short scenes and monologues directed to in 1993 with a totally fresh look at the audience—is a commonly used techhow women operate in the “real” nique in theater nowadays. onstage world. Offbeat style and fractured The play works on the backs of its womstructure plus delightful en characters, and these women characters made are beautifully realized NOW PLAYING Why We Have a Body the by a marvelous cast, all Why We Have a Body runs bona fide hit of the season. of whom are searching through Oct. 2 at the Magic It is back now, and while it for love in all the wrong Theatre, Bldg D, Fort Mason hasn’t lost its effervescent places: Lorri Holt’s EleaCenter, SF, 415/441-8822charm, the bloom is somenor is charmingly didac, what off the rose. The issues tic and confused as a faux Life Without Makeup runs raised about women, motharcheologist/mother who through Oct. 30 at Berkeley ers, lesbians and gun-toting disappears into the jungle Rep’s Thrust Stage, 2025 Adfemales, if not settled to our to avoid her daughters dison St, Berkeley, 510/647satisfaction, have certainly pleas for answers; Maggie 2940, been examined to death. Mason is manic and conAnd the fractured style— fused as Mary, whose Joan

of Arc identity plays out in the robbing of buff dancers, in a script written and convenience stores. And Lauren English’s directed by Tony Taccone, can’t escape Lil, also confused, is a lesbian detective this clichéd role. Looking svelte and much younger than who specializes in cheating husbands. Rebecca Dines’s Renee is the most confused of her 79 years, Moreno dives into early all; she’s a straight, married paleontologist reminiscence as she and her “pathologiwho falls in love with Lil. The past and the cally passionate” Puerto Rican mother sail to New York through present run together, as old metaphorical and literal memories are exhumed and dissected. For Eleastorms. New York means nor, the children’s childa tenement shared with hood went by in a blur, three other families where “I don’t remember any of the fire escape offers it,” she says. But Mary and young Rosita (as she was Lil won’t let her go, and then) a place to dream. in poignant and comic Dance classes with Rita monologues, each shows Hayworth’s uncle lead the pain of being mothto nightclubs and then erless. Renee’s comingclasses with Marilyn Monout monologue is pure roe’s acting teacher, the joy as she describes going Russian Natasha (whose into a market and all of a best advice was to always sudden seeing women— act from your “wagina.”) all kinds of women, all This was after Hollywood attractive. “Why do they had called—and then call it sexual preference?” didn’t. Brando did, howApparently Moreno hasn’t taken to life she wonders. ever, and, in a great line, Director Katie Pearl is without makeup just yet... she tells us that when she greatly aided by Obadiah first met Marlon, “the Eaves’ sound design, room was so hot the walls since the scenes and monologues don’t began to sweat.” Her description of their flow as much as they explode. five-year relationship (her competition Why We Have a Body is the Magic’s first was himself) ends the first act. Happily the second act is more show Legacy Play, and the production still enterand less tell as the dancers Ray Garcia tains while offering audiences a nostalgic and Salvatore Vassallo join Moreno to trip into their own theatergoing past. recreate numbers from The Ritz and West Side Story. Videos of The Electric ComO  O  O O pany remind us that this woman was an electric personality. The problem with actors telling their She still is, but wouldn’t it be more life stories is that they are all the same interesting to see her act (as in her stories, filled with “and then I got this memorable performance in Berkeley role, then I didn’t, then I was a big sucRep’s The Glass Menagerie) than hear her cess and then I wasn’t, then I met...” And talk about acting? < the lovely Rita Moreno, in a two-hour plus production, Life Without Makeup, Critique this review in TownSquare, at ›› aided by two incredibly handsome and

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Movie summaries by Matthew Stafford O Apollo 18 (1:30) Blair Witch-y mockumentary about a heretofore undisclosed 1973 moon mission and the horrific circumstances that have prevented further excursions to the lunar surface. O Bad Teacher (1:32) A boozing, bad-tempered, bed-hopping seventh grade teacher (Cameron Diaz) competes with a more straitlaced colleague for the affections of the faculty’s dreamiest hunk. O A Boy Called Dad (1:20) British drama about a 14-year-old new father determined to raise his child with plenty of tender loving care. O Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star (1:41) Listless checkout clerk Nick Swardson heads to Hollywood to enter the family business and become a porno movie actor. O Circumstance (1:47) Two children from a progressive Iranian family drift apart as the daughter embraces her latent sexuality and the son renounces his free-spirited youth. O Colombiana (1:45) Professional assassin Zoe Saldana vows to hunt down and destroy the gangland boss responsible for her parents’ murder. O Connected (1:22) Tiffany Shlain’s incisive documentary looks at the clashing connections between technology and the environment, human rights and economics, consumption and overpopulation; Peter Coyote narrates. O Contagion (1:45) Steven Soderbergh thriller about a lethal, fast-moving airborne virus and the global race to contain and kill it; Laurence Fishburne, Kate Winslet and Matt Damon star. O 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. O 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. O The Debt (1:44) Retired Israeli secret agents Helen Mirren and Tom Wilkinson learn that their career-making arrest of a Nazi war criminal 30 years earlier might not have been entirely successful. O Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame (2:02) Seven of the new Empress’s guardsmen have burst into flames, and it’s up to sage/swordsman Dee Renjie to solve the case and save the dynasty from extinction. O Donizetti’s Elixir of Love for Families (1:00) SFO’s reinterpretation of the fantastical opera (set in the Napa Valley) is presented in a kid-friendly one-hour English-language version. O Drive (1:40) Stunt driver Ryan Gosling enters the real world of aggressive autoing when he hits the road with his girlfriend, her daughter and a sack of protection money, bad guys on their bumper. O Fiddler on the Roof (3:00) Sholem Aleichem’s tales of Tevye the milkman assume Broadway-musical proportions with Topol as Tevye, a tuneful Bock-Harnick score and Isaac Stern fiddling the hell out of the title role. O The Guard (1:36) A crusty Irish cop (Brendan Gleeson) is teamed with an uptight FBI agent (Don Cheadle) on a drug investigation with its comic sides. O The Hedgehog (1:39) A reclusive Parisian concierge with a passion for literature bonds with two of her tenants, a precocious young filmmaker and an elegant Japanese widower. O 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. O Higher Ground (1:49) As a pregnant teen’s

marriage unravels, she begins to question the spiritual teachings of her ultraconservative church; Vera Farmiga directs. O I Don’t Know How She Does It (1:35) Sarah Jessica Parker as a workplace go-getter and devoted mom torn between her sweet hubby and a sexy coworker; Pierce Brosnan and Kelsey Grammer costar. O The Lion King 3D (1:29) Disney’s stirring story of a cub’s ascension to the throne returns in three potentially dazzling dimensions. O Love Crime (1:46) A senior executive and her brilliant protégée take office politics to a whole new level in a steamy tale of manipulation, ambition and revenge. O Mayweather vs. Ortiz Fight Live (3:30) Live from the MGM Grand in Vegas it’s a night of precision pugilistics, with Vicious and Money topping the card plus further mayhem from Alavarez-Gomez and Morales-Mattysse. O 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. O Miss Representation (1:25) Jennifer Siebel Newsom’s documentary examines women’s systematic underrepresentation in the mainstream media and its effect on the national psyche; Nancy Pelosi, Jane Fonda, Katie Couric and others share their insights. O Mozart’s Sister (2:00) Sumptuous biopic (filmed in Versailles!) looks at the unheralded life of Wolfgang’s big sister and fellow prodigy Nannerl. O National Theatre London: One Man, Two Guvnors (2:40) Rollicking comedy about an out-of-work musician employed by both an East End killer and the killer’s victim, who’s really the victim’s sister and the killer’s girlfriend in drag. O One Day (1:31) Two decades of romance between Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgiss are glimpsed on the same date each year. O Our Idiot Brother (1:35) Three yuppie sisters on the brink come to realize that their trusting, easygoing mensch of a bro might have the right idea after all. O Point Blank (1:24) A nurse with a kidnapped pregnant wife is given three hours to spring a crime boss from his locked-down hospital room. O 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). O Senna (1:46) Documentary about the legendary Brazilian Formula-One driver who won three world championships before his death at age 34. O Sholem Aleichem (1:33) Evocative documentary portrait of the beloved Jewish Ukrainian author (the creator of Tevye) and the turbulent times in which he lived. O The Smurfs (1:40) Teensy cobalt-blue critters find themselves in midtown Manhattan, much to the bafflement of Neil Patrick Harris. O Spy Kids: All the Time in the World in 4D (1:29) The fourth “D” is a scratch-and-smell card, which isn’t really a dimension and makes us fear further sequels. O Straw Dogs (1:50) Remake of the controversial Sam Peckinpah thriller stars Kate Bosworth and James Marsden as newlyweds in a small town beset by their angry, violent, vengeful neighbors. O Warrior (2:19) Two pumped brothers compete for glory and moolah in a brutal mixed-martialarts tournament of champions. <


›› MOViE TiMES A Boy Called Dad (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Sun 7 Apollo 18 (PG-13) Century Northgate 15: 11:50, 4:40, 9:55 Bad Teacher (R) Century Northgate 15: 9:30 Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star (R) Century Northgate 15: 12:15, 5:25, 10:30 NCircumstance (R) CinéArts at Marin: Fri-Sat 2, 4:30, 7:10, 9:45 Sun 2, 4:30, 7:10 MonThu 4:50, 7:30 Colombiana (PG-13) Century Northgate 15: 12, 2:30, 5:10, 7:45, 10:15 NConnected (Not Rated) CinéArts at Sequoia: Fri-Sat 2:50, 4:55, 7, 9:05 Sun 2:50, 4:55, 7 MonThu 4:55, 7 Contagion (PG-13) +++ Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 5, 7:45, 10:20 Sat-Sun 11:30, 2:25, 5, 7:45, 10:20 Mon-Thu 6:45, 9:20 Century Regency 6: Fri 11:15, 12:35, 1:55, 3:15, 4:35, 5:55, 7:20, 8:35, 9:55 Sun-Thu 11:15, 12:35, 1:55, 3:15, 4:35, 5:55, 7:20 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:35, 2:20, 4:55, 7:30, 10:05 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri-Sat 1:50, 4:35, 7:10, 9:40 Sun-Thu 1:50, 4:35, 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 Cowboys & Aliens (PG-13) ++1/2 Century Northgate 15: 2:45, 7:55 Crazy, Stupid, Love (PG-13) ++1/2 Century Northgate 15: 1:30, 4:35, 7:40, 10:20 CinéArts at Sequoia: Fri 3:50, 6:30, 9:10 Sat 1:10, 3:50, 6:30, 9:10 Sun 1:10, 3:50, 6:30 Mon-Thu 3:50, 6:30 The Debt (R) +++ Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 7:30, 10:15 Sat-Sun 11:15, 2, 4:45, 7:30, 10:15 Mon-Thu 6:30, 9:10 Century Regency 6: Fri 10:55, 1:40, 4:25, 7:10, 10 Sun-Thu 10:55, 1:40, 4:25, 7:10 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:40, 2:30, 5:10, 7:50, 10:25 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri-Sat 1, 4:15, 6:55, 9:30 Sun-Thu 1, 4:15, 6:55 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


New Movies This Week

NDetective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame (PG-13) Century Regency 6: Fri 10:50, 1:45, 4:45, 7:35, 10:20 Sun-Thu 10:50, 1:45, 4:45, 7:35 NDonizetti’s Elixir of Love for Families (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Sat 11 NDrive (R) Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 5:15, 8, 10:30 Sat-Sun 12, 2:40, 5:15, 8, 10:30 MonThu 7, 9:40 Century Northgate 15: 11:30, 12:35, 1:55, 3, 4:25, 5:30, 6:50, 8, 9:20, 10:30 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:45, 2:35, 5:15, 7:55, 10:25 NFiddler on the Roof (G) Lark Theater: Sun 4 The Guard (R) Century Regency 6: Fri, Sun-Thu 2:10, 7:45 The Hedgehog (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Fri, Sat, Mon, Wed, Thu 4:30, 7 Sun 4:30 The Help (PG-13) ++ Century Cinema: 12:30, 3:45, 7:10, 10:20 Century Regency 6: Fri 12:20, 3:40, 7, 10:15 Sun-Thu 12:20, 3:40, 7 Century Rowland Plaza: 12:25, 3:40, 7:05, 10:20 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri-Sat 2, 6:15, 9:20 Sun 2, 6:15 Mon-Thu 2, 6:15 Tiburon Playhouse 3: 4:15, 7:30 Sat-Sun 1, 4:15, 7:30 Higher Ground (R) Century Regency 6: Fri 11:25, 4:40, 10:10 SunThu 11:25, 4:40 NI Don’t Know How She Does It (PG-13) Century Northgate 15: 11:55, 2:15, 4:45, 7:20, 9:35 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:50, 2:10, 4:45, 7:35, 10:10 NThe Lion King 3D (G) Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 7, 9:20 Sat-Sun 2:10, 4:30, 7, 9:20; 2D showtime at 11:45am Mon-Thu 7:15, 9:30 Century Northgate 15: 11:25, 1:35, 3:45, 6, 8:15, 10:25; 3D showtimes at 12:20, 2:40, 4:55, 7:05, 9:15 Century Rowland Plaza: 2:25, 4:50, 7:10, 9:40; good oldfashioned 2D screening at noon Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri-Sat 1:30, 4, 7, 9:10 Sun-Thu 1:30, 4, 7 Love Crime (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: 4:15, 6:45, 9:10 Sat 2, 4:15, 6:45, 9:10 Sun 2, 4:15

NMayweather vs. Ortiz Fight Live (PG-13) Century Regency 6: Sat 6 CinéArts at Marin: Sat 6 Midnight in Paris (PG-13) +++1/2 Lark Theater: Fri-Sat, Tue-Thu 6:30 NMiss Representation (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Tue 7; a benefit for Huckleberry Youth programs NMozart’s Sister (R) Rafael Film Center: 4, 6:30, 9 Sat-Sun 1:30, 4, 6:30, 9 National Theatre London: One Man, Two Guvnors (Not Rated) Lark Theater: Sat 1 One Day (PG-13) +1/2 Century Northgate 15: 2:10, 7:25 Lark Theater: Fri-Sat, Tue-Thu 8:30 Sun 1:45 Mon 5:15 Our Idiot Brother (R) ++1/2 Century Northgate 15: 12:25, 2:50, 5:15, 7:30, 9:40 CinéArts at Marin: Fri-Sat 2:10, 4:50, 7:20, 9:40 Sun 2:10, 4:50, 7:20 Mon-Thu 5:10, 7:40 Point Blank (R) CinéArts at Marin: Fri 2:20, 4:40, 7, 9:50 Sat 2:20, 9:50 Sun 2:20, 4:40, 7 MonThu 5, 7:20 Rise of the Planet of the Apes (PG13) Century Northgate 15: 12:10, 2:35, 5, 7:35, 10 Senna (PG-13) +++ Rafael Film Center: Fri, Mon, Wed, Thu 9:20 Sat-Sun 2:15, 9:20 Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness (Not Rated) Lark Theater: Fri-Sat, Tue-Thu 4:30 Sun 11:45 Mon 3:15 The Smurfs (PG) Century Northgate 15: 11:35, 4:30; 3D showtimes at 2, 6:55 Spy Kids: All the Time in the World (PG) Century Northgate 15: 12:05, 4:50, 9:25; 3D showtimes at 2:25, 7:10 NStraw Dogs (R) Century Northgate 15: 11:45, 2:20, 5:05, 7:50, 10:30 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:30, 2:15, 5, 7:45, 10:30 Warrior (PG-13) +++ Century Northgate 15: 12:30, 3:40, 7, 10:05 Century Rowland Plaza: 12:30, 3:45, 7, 10:15 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri-Sat 1:30, 6:30, 9:35 Sun-Thu 1:30, 6:30

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

Pacific Sun‘s Community Calendar Kevin Meaney has knocked ‘em dead on Leno, but the true test for the funnyman will be ‘Dating Game Night’ with Sue Murphy Sept. 17 at the Osher Marin JCC.

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

Live music 09/16: Casino Royale with Susan Z ’60s mod rock. 8:30-11pm. $15. The Southern Pacific Smokehouse, 224 Vintage Way, Novato. 899-9600. 09/16: Chrome Johnson Rock/Americana. 9pm. $10. Fourth Street Tavern, 711 Fourth St., San Rafael.

09/16: Commander Cody Band, Gentry Bronson Band American roots. 9pm. $25-30. George’s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262.

09/16: Tom Rigney and Flambeau Roots, zydeco. 8pm. $20-30. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley. 383-9600.

09/17: Learning Curve, Buck Nickels and Loose Change Rock. Vocal harmonies. 9pm. $12-15. George’s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262. 09/17: Replay Rock covers. 9:30pm. Free. Ghiringhelli’s, 1535 South Novato Blvd., Novato. 284-8721. 09/17: Tim Hockenberry Singer/arranger/ songwriter. 8:30-11pm. $20. Southern Pacific Smokehouse, 224 Vintage Way, Novato. 899-9600.

09/18: Jazz Jam Session with Steve Nelson Trio Chris Amberger, bass; Keith Saunders, piano. Bring your instrument and join the jam. 1-5pm. Ghiringhelli Pizzeria Grill & Bar , 1535 South Novato Blvd, Novato . 09/18: Lonestar Retrobates Western swing band. 3-6pm. Free. 19 Broadway, 17 Broadway, Fairfax. 516-1028. 09/20: KortUzi Danny Uzilevsky & Jonathan Korty host Bay Area artists. 9:30pm.-1:30am.

Free. 19 Broadway, 19 Broadway, Fairfax. 09/20: Noel Jewkes Invitational jazz jam. 7-10pm. No cover. Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor Dr., Sausalito. 786-6894. 09/20: Swing Fever “Hit That Jive Jack.” Nat ‘King’ Cole Hot 1940s hits. 7-10pm. No cover; dinner encouraged. Panama Hotel & Restaurant, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 457-3993. 09/22: Matt Bolton Singer/songwriter from Kauai, Hawaii. 8:30-11pm. Finnegans Marin, 877 Grant Ave., Novato. 899-1516. 09/22: Robin DuBois Blossom Dearie tribute. 7-10pm. No cover. Panama Hotel & Restaurant, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 457-3993. 09/22: Salsa Thursday with Avance Latin. Dance lesson 8-9pm. 8pm. $10. George’s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262.



09/17: Syzygy Dance Project Live fundraising performance of dance, music and poetry. Proceeds benefit dance outreach programs 4-7pm. $30-45. Mill Valley Community Church, 8 Olive St., Mill Valley. 272-1896.

09/17: Kevin Meaney and Sue Murphy

09/23: Greg Johnson and Glass Brick Boulevard “Resurfaced.” 8-10pm. $5-15. Metropolitan


Glass Corp., 27 Jordan St., San Rafael. 385-0400. 09/23: Pablo Cruise Intimate setting, classic caribe rock. 9pm. $29.50-39.50. George’s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262.

09/16: New Works at MTC Presents Reading

Concerts 09/17: Joel Andrews Healing Harp Golden harp. 7:30-9:15pm. $20-30. The Spiritual Healing Center, 260 E. Blithedale Ave., Mill Valley. 381-4465.

of David Calicchio’s Emerging American Playwright Prize-winning dark comedy “That Good Night.” 7:30-10:30pm. Free. Marin Theatre Company, 397 Miller Ave., Mill Valley. 388-3569. 09/17:‘One Man,Two Guvnors’ Richard Bean’s play based on “The Servant of Two Masters” by Carlo Goldoni. Grant Olding, music. 1pm. $30. Lark Theater, 549 Magnolia, Larkspur. 924-5111.

Through 09/18:‘The Merry Wives of Windsor’ Presented by the Curtain Theatre. Michele Delattre, director. Sept. 10-11 and 17-18. Family friendly. 2pm. Free. Old Mill Park, 375 Throckmorton Avenue, Mill Valley.

Through 09/25:‘How the Other Half Loves’


Presented by the Novato Theater Company. Showtimes 8pm Thurs.-Sat.; 3pm Sun. $12-22. Novato Theater Company, 484 Ignacio Blvd, Novato. 883-4498.

A peak experience

Through 09/25: The Complete History of America (Abridged) Zany, irreverent three-

Peak oil expert RICHARD HEINBERG ties together environmental crisis with the dreaded state of the global economy in his newest book, The End of Growth: Adapting to Our New Economic Reality. Speaking in Bolinas this week, Heinberg offers explanations and strategies on how we can move together to develop a new economy that operates within the planet’s budget of energy and resources. Maneuvering through these increasingly challenging times won’t be simple, but with Richard Heinberg’s help, it may be possible. Heinberg joins Michael Lerner on Sunday, Sept. 18, 2-4pm at the New School at Commonwheel, 451 Mesa Road., Heinberg’s got some good news and Bolinas. 415/868-0970. —Dani Burlison

man romp through. See website for schedule. 8pm. $20-35. Forest Meadows Amphitheatre, 1475 Grand Ave., San Rafael. 499-4488. Through 09/25: The Tempest Jon Tracy directs this enchanting romance. See website for schedule. 8pm. $20-35. Forest Meadows Amphitheatre, 1475 Grand Ave., San Rafael. 499-4488.

some bad news, Sept. 18 in Bolinas.


Through 11/13: Mill Valley Philharmonic Auditions Openings in all string sections plus harp and third trumpet for fall program of Mahler’s Symphony No. 1. Volunteer positions for advanced players. 9/14-11/13. Mt. Tam United Methodist Church, 410 Sycamore Ave., Mill Valley. 383-0930.

“Dating Game.” The Other Café Showcase presented by the Osher Marin JCC. 8pm. $20-40. Osher Marin JCC, 200 North San Pedro Road, San Rafael. 444-8000. 09/18: The Joy of Censorship MAD Magazine’s Joe Raiola one man show. 17-9pm. Free. Mill Valley Public Library, 375 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 389-4292.

Art 09/08-11/15: Durwood Zedd Photographs, paintings. Reception 5:30-7pm Sept. 8. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 09/09-10/22:Teresa Dong Exhibition Paintings. 10am-5:30pm. Free. The Painters Place, 1139 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur. 461-0351. 09/13-10/17:‘Ground Swell’ Surfing art exhibition. 9am-4pm. Free. Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-3871. www.spn.usace. 09/16-11/12:‘Asia Observed’ Marin Arts presents an exhibit featuring traditional and modern forms of Asian art. Reception 6-8pm Sept. 30. 11-6pm. Free. Marin Arts Gallery, 906 4th St., San Rafael . 666-2442. 09/17-10/15: ‘Full Circle’ Site specific installation of wire sculpture, drawings and mixedmedia works on paper by artist Emily Payne. Reception 6-8pm Sept. 17. Free. Donna Seager Gallery, 851 Fourth St., San Rafael. 454-4229.

09/17: 19th Annual Bolinas Museum Benefit Art Auction Entry ticket includes food and drinks, live entertainment, auction catalog, bidding paddle and parking. 4-7:30pm. $75-100. Peace Barn, 70 Olema-Bolinas Road, Bolinas. 868-0330. 09/23-10/19: ‘Iconic Marin’ Bryn Craig, paintings. Reception 6-8pm Sept. 23. 11am-4pm. Free. Gallery Bergelli, 483 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur. 945-9454.

09/23-10/30: Gallery Route One Exhibitions “Shadow/Reflection” Geraldine LiaBraaten, semi-abstract photography. “Bounty.” Debra Stuckgold, installation. Eric Engstrom, new paintings. Reception 3pm Sept. 25. 11-5pm. Free.

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Seaver, photography. 11am-4pm. Free. Marin Museum of Contemporary , 500 Palm Dr., Novato. 506-0137. Through 09/29: Kathy Beckerley Paintings, watercolors. 10am-5pm. Free. San Geronimo Valley Community Center, 6350 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., San Geronimo. 488-8888 (#) 252. Through 09/29: Zachary Gilmour Monotypes and monoprints. Reception 4-7pm Sept. 11. 10am-5pm. Free. San Geronimo Valley Community Center, 6350 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., San Geronimo. 488-8888 .

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;The California Landscape in Acrylicâ&#x20AC;? with Bernard Healey. Learn to paint and find your own style. All levels. 2-4pm. $80 for 4 Classes. $23, drop-in The Cabin, 60 Tennessee Valley Road, Mill Valley. 388-6393. Through 10/07:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Fiber Unlimitedâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Wendy Lilienthal, paper, textile collage works. Phyllis Thelen, recycled and natural fiber works. 8am-7pm. Free. Marin Cancer Institute, 1350 S. Eliseo Dr., Greenbrae. 461-9000.

Through 10/09: California Watercolor Association Exhibition â&#x20AC;&#x153;42nd National Exhibitionâ&#x20AC;?


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Talks/Lectures 09/21: Educational Series AlmaVia of San Rafael educational lecture series every third Wednesday of the month. Through Nov. 2011. Topics include osteoperosis, fall prevention, safe exercise and nutrition. 4-6:30pm. Free. AlmaVia of San Rafael, 515 Northgate Dr., San Rafael. 491-1900. 09/22: Climate Change and Your Backyard John Wick-Marin Carbon Project, Helge Hellberg and Raven Gray will share insights into several ongoing Marin initiatives designed to meet changing climate conditions in panel/community discussion. 6:30-8:45pm. $15, donation 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley. 3819085.

09/22: Marin Conservation League Business/Environment Breakfast 3rd District Supervisor Kathrin Sears, Marin City Community Development Executive Director Makini Hassan and Dominican University Green MBA cofounder John Stayton will speak. Panel will discuss ways in which Marinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s business and environmental communities are working together. Breakfast included. 7:30-9:30am. $25-30. Embassy Suites, 101 McInnis Pkwy., San Rafael. 485-6257.

09/22: Senior Housing Dilemma: Stay or Move? With author Bruce Wrisley. Refreshments served. 2-3pm. Free. Tiburon Community Room, Town Hall, 1505 Tiburon Blvd., Tiburon . 457-4633.


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Present company excepted Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gutsy to release THE COMPANY MEN in a recession like ours, a film so grim with the little details of firmsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; downsizing that it risks lapsing into sadism. Ben Affleck is Bobby Walker, a seemingly bulletproof sales exec at a major shipping concern with all the trappings of success: House, car, suits, country club, daughterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s senior year abroad and the all-American optimism of future efforts rewarded. Chickens come home to roost for Chris Cooper in â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The Company Men.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; But when the hammer falls, heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s transformed with breathtaking speed into yet another loser toting his cardboard box of stuff, deflecting nervous glances from coworkers and radiating bad luck. Worse, his home life is suddenly a sham, the old comforts now looking obscene, spendthrift and wrong. As weeks of unemployment stretch to months, his cuts will have to go deeper. But Walker might actually be lucky compared to those still standing at GTX, a compromised place where even top management live in terror of quarterly earnings, always looking over shoulder. The implosion of a way of life, the old one where workers could see the fruits of their labor at the end of the dayâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;a car, a ship, the roof of a houseâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;seems almost quaint. (An all-star supporting castâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; Tommy Lee Jones, Maria Bello, Chris Cooper, Kevin Costnerâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;makes even the smallest moments shine.)â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Richard Gould 09/23: Dissolve Resistance and Increase your Influence with Clients Learn to know what motivates your client. 7:30-10am. $35-40. McInnis Park Golf Center Restaurant, 350 Smith Ranch Road, San Rafael. 944-7459.

Readings 09/16: Brian Murphy and Brad Mangin â&#x20AC;&#x153;Worth the Wait.â&#x20AC;? Images and memories of the San Francisco Giantsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 2010 season. 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 09/16: Keith Scribner Scribner presents his novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;Oregon Experiment.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 09/17: Calvin Trillin Calvin Trillin presents â&#x20AC;&#x153;Quite Enough of Calvin Trillin: Forty Years of Funny Stuff.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960.

09/17: Hand to Mouth/Words Spoken Out #42 â&#x20AC;&#x153;Spillway #16/My First Timeâ&#x20AC;? book release party hosted by editor Susan Terris. Readings from poets/contributers. 4-6pm. Free. Rebound Bookstore, 1611 4th St., San Rafael. 482-0550. 09/17: Lois Goodwill Goodwill talks about â&#x20AC;&#x153;Entangled: A Chronicle of Love.â&#x20AC;? 1pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 09/17: Peter Manso The author talks about â&#x20AC;&#x153;Reasonable Doubt: The Fashion Writer, Cape Cod, and the Trial of Chris McCowen.â&#x20AC;? 4pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 09/18: Billy Sunday Mars â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fit For Love.â&#x20AC;? KungFu floor kicks to Bad Kitty Cat rolls will help you shed your extra pounds and your inhibitions. Meow! 6pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 09/18: Colleen Patrick-Goudreau The author presents â&#x20AC;&#x153;The 30-Day Vegan Challenge.â&#x20AC;? See the difference a plant based diet can make in your life. 4pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd.,

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09/17: Marin History Museum Walking Tours Learn about significant things that shaped San Rafael’s community. 10-11:30am. $5-10, under 12 free. Marin History Museum’s Boyd Gate House, 1125 B St., San Rafael. 382-0770, ext.7. 09/17: North Bay Autism Exposition “Connecting People to Resources.” Service providers and workshops on research, strategies and interventions helping people with autism spectrum disorders. 9am-3pm. Free. Workshops $20. Dominican University of California, 50 Acacia Ave., San Rafael. 497-3751. 09/17: Pie Baking Competition Bring your best pie to the market tent by 10am. Entries should be prepared in a disposable 9” tin. 10am-noon. Free. Marin Country Mart, 2257 Larkspur Landing Circle, Larkspur. 461-5715. www.marincountrymart. com/farmers-market 09/17: Wine,Women & Shoes World-class wines and shopping to help children in need. Proceeds benefit Sunny Hills Services. 1-4pm. $100. Lourdeaux Estate, 34 Shady Lane, Ross. 457-3200 ext. 114. 09/19 and 22: Flu Shot Clinics Sponsored by Sutter VNA and Hospice. Flu: $25, Pneumonia: $55. Noon-2pm Sept 19 at Mill Valley Community Center, 180 Camino Alto, Mill Valley. 9am-noon. Sept. 22 at Andronicos, 100 Center Blvd., San Anselmo. 707-535-5690. 09/19-21: Flu Shot Clinic No cost with Medicare card and ID. 11am-1pm. $25. Whistlestop Active Aging Center, 930 Tamalpais Ave., San Rafael. 4569062. 09/19: Talk Like A Pirate Hoist a few pints on National Talk like a Pirate Day.Proceeds benefits Silver Moon Theatres “Treasure Island.” 4pm. $20 donation. Murhphy’s Irish Pub, Downtown, Sonoma. 938-4626 ext 1. 09/20: Family to Family Class Workshop for families of people with major mental illness. 7-9:30pm. Free. Nami Marin, 555 Northgate Dr., San Rafael. 444-0480. 09/21: History of Marinship Discussion on the Marinship Shipyard at the Bay Model. 2-3pm. Free. Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-3871. www.spn.usace.

09/21: Third Annual Taste of Downtown San Rafael Food, glorious food! Wine and small bites. 4-8pm. $25 for tasting wristband. Fourth and surrounding downtown, San Rafael.

09/22: ‘Under One Sky: Climate Change and Your Backyard’ With John Wick, Raven Gray, Helge Hellberg, Brian Edwards-Tiekert and Jon Fromer. Hosted by Transition Mill Valley and EFM. 6:30-9:30pm. $15. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley, CA 94941.

09/22: Listen to the Rhythm of Your Heart Dr. Dey will discuss atrial fibrillation and other cardiac arrhythmias. 6:30-8pm. Free. Marin General Hosptial, 250 Bon Air Road, Greenbrae. 499-1010. Fridays: Food Truck Crush Gourmet mobile food trucks and live music. Through Sept 30. 4-8pm. Larkspur Ferry Terminal, 101 East Sir Francis Drake Blvd. , Larkspur. 259-7263.

Mondays: Movement and Music: A Universal Language For older adults . 11amnoon. Donations appreciated. Whistlestop Active Aging Center, 930 Tamalpais Ave., San Rafael. 456-9062.

Kid Stuff 09/17: San Domenico Open Garden Day Pony rides, petting zoo, children’s activities, music, sustainable living exhibits and wood-fired pizza tastings., farmer’s market with food and crafts made by students.Proceeds benefit San Domenico School garden program. 10am-1pm. San Domenico School garden, 1500 Butterfield Road, San Anselmo. 258-1900. 09/20: Mother Goose on the Loose Interactive music and stories for children ages 0-3 and their caregiver. 10:30-11am. Free. San Rafael Public Library Meeting Room, 1100 E St., San Rafael. 485-3322. Kids_Page.htm 09/21: Mother Goose on the Loose 9:3010am. Free. Marin City Library, 164 Donahue St. , Marin City. 332-6157. 09/21: 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. 09/22: Michael Chabon Pulitzer Prize-winning author discusses “The Astonishing Secret of Awesome Man.” First person profile of a superhero. 7pm. $28. Osher Marin JCC, 200 N. San Pedro Road , San Rafael. 927-0960.

Outdoors (Hikes & Bikes) 09/16-18: Napa Mustang Days BLM Adoption, entertainment, demos 9am-4pm. Free. Napa Valley Horsemen’s Association, 1200 Foster Road, Napa. (707) 226-9193.

09/17: Mt Tamalpais Habitat Restoration Pot native grasses and oaks. Meet at dirt parking lot past Sky Oaks pay station. Volunteers receive free day parking. 9am-noon. MMWD -Sky Oaks Headquarters, 49 Sky Oaks Road, Fairfax. 945-1128. 09/17: Deer Park Plant Listing Help Brad Kelley and the California Native Plant Society gather field information for an area specific plant list. 10am-2pm. Free. Deer Park, Meerna at end of Porteous Road, Fairfax. 09/17: Sunset Hike and Wine Five-mile hike with wine and cheese served during mid-hike sunset break. Meet and end at Mountain Home Inn. 4-7:30pm. $15. 810 Panoramic Hwy, Mill Valley. 331-0100.


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Week of September 15-21, 2011

ARIES (March 20 - April 19) Mars (your ruler) loves to be a hero (or heroine as the case may be). As he finalizes his journey through the family-oriented sign of Cancer this weekend, he can help you rescue the parent, child or sibling in need. By Monday, Mars moves on to the proud sign of Leo. At this point, the desire to be acknowledged for your bravery is strong. So, before performing a fearless feat, make sure you have a witness—preferably one with a video camera. TAURUS (April 20 - May 19) Friday is likely to be the best day of your week. Your timing is spot on; meaning you don’t have to wait in line at the store. Or if you arrive to work late, your boss arrives even later. Saturday and Sunday have potential for trouble—especially in the romance department. Don’t do anything to make your sweetie jealous unless you’re able to handle the resulting chaos. From Monday, you are tempted to re-ignite the fires of an old disagreement. Try to remember: you’re a lover, not a fighter. GEMINI (May 20 - June 20) For much of the year, you’ve felt responsible for expressing creativity in a way that will ultimately satisfy your career ambitions. While this is commendable, it can turn what should be a joyful endeavor into a serious one. But now, along comes hedonistic Venus to remind you that creating should also include playfulness. For the next few weeks, forget about the ultimate destination and simply enjoy the journey. You’re welcome. CANCER (June 21 - July 21) This is the final weekend of having hyper-energetic Mars in your sign. Some of you are thinking, “Thank goodness, I can finally relax on the patio with a good book and a glass of wine without feeling like I should be at the gym.” Others may be moaning, “Oh, I needed to finish training for the October marathon before I ran out of steam.” The rest of you are simply grateful that you won’t be so easily irritated or ready to pick a fight with anyone you perceive as lacking sensitivity. That collective sigh of relief you hear? That would be your friends and family. LEO (July 22 - August 22) As your ruler (the proud sun) spends his last week in the well-organized sign of Virgo, the goal is to transition from summer to autumn. Since many of you have a rather large wardrobe, you might want to start with your clothes closets. Of course, there are other areas that require seasonal updates—like planting fall flowers, adding antifreeze to your car, removing window air-conditioners, etc. But please, start with the closets. VIRGO (August 23 - September 21) Just in time for the final days of your zodiac celebration, passionate Pluto starts moving forward in your house of romance and creativity. You may feel like throwing yourself heart and soul into a love affair or an art project with sensuous undertones. Ignore your ruler (logical Mercury) when he suggests going to work instead. It’s your birthday and you can indulge if you want to. LIBRA (September 22 - October 22) Serene Venus (your ruler) moves into your sign just in time to be targeted by disruptive Uranus and crisis-instigating Pluto. Your weekend is not likely to go the way you think it should, so making plans could be pointless. On the other hand (Libra’s favorite phrase), combative Mars moves out of your career house by Monday. If you’ve been having battles with authority figures, you can now end the war. SCORPIO (October 23 - November 21) This week you start making headway on getting your ideas across. You’ve endured plenty of obstacles to your theories, but you stood your ground. Although you’re not yet finding total acceptance, at least you’re moving in the right direction. Your new challenge is to be a powerful leader without being seen as a tyrant. I’d give you a modern example, but I can’t seem to come up with any. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 - December 20) Sociable Venus has moved into your friendship house. Although she can’t make judgmental Saturn move out, at least she can charmingly nip any tactless criticisms in the bud. By Monday, energetic Mars awakens a desire to explore. If planning a trip isn’t possible, then discover new places via books or foreign acquaintances. After all, now that Venus is helping out, you CAN make new friends. CAPRICORN (December 21 - January 18) Friday brings pleasure and a lovely dose of charisma. This should work to your advantage if you’re looking for love or hoping for a sensuous night with your current sweetie. Speaking of your current significant other, belligerent Mars has been creating a bit of havoc, which is about to end. On Sunday evening, Mars moves out of your relationship house and peace is possible—but not guaranteed. AQUARIUS (January 19 - February 17) After a year of feeling like every vacation you took was really work in disguise, you are now encouraged to take a trip simply for pleasure’s sake. Even if you can only get away for the weekend, it’s bound to be more fun than your recent journeys. The planets moving into your travel house during the next 4-5 weeks don’t have an ambitious agenda. All you have to do is play. PISCES (February 18 - March 19) If your goal is love: It’s the last weekend to reap the benefits of having sexy Mars in your house of romance. If your goal is art/music/film/ photography: It’s the last weekend to take advantage of the influence of energetic Mars on your creativity. If you have more goals than time, welcome to modern-day life. And, the more gadgets we get to make life easier, the more cramped our schedules seem to be. This is where your talent for escapism is actually a good thing.< Email Lynda Ray at or check out her website at 38 PACIFIC SUN SEPTEMBER 16– SEPTEMBER 22, 2011

PUBLIC NOTICES 995 Fictitious Name Statement FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 127548 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as JOHN HAMEL & ASSOCIATES, 70 MITCHELL BLVD. #103, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: JOHN MARC HAMEL, 28 UPPER OAK DR., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903; JUDITH ELLYN SHEPPARD, 28 UPPER OAK DR., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903. This business is being conducted by a general partnership. 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 15, 2011. (Publication Dates: August 26; September 2, 9, 16, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 127560 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as AME PROPERTY MAINTENANCE, 88 BUENA VISTA AVE. APT #34, SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960: ALEXIS MARTIN ESPINOZA TERCERO, 88 BUENA VISTA AVE. APT #34, SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on August 16, 2011. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on August 16, 2011. (Publication Dates: August 26; September 2, 9, 16, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 127558 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as ALAN’S CONSTRUCTION, 131 ROSS ST., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: ALAN POOLE, 131 ROSS 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 August 16, 2011. (Publication Dates: August 26; September 2, 9, 16, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 127556 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as THE MAT COIN LAUNDRY, 2416 SIR FRANCIS DRAKE BLVD., FAIRFAX, CA 94930: RONALD A. GONSALVES, 1325 GRAND AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901; HERMILA R. GONSALVES, 1325 GRAND AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by a husband & wife. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on September 1, 2011. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on August 16, 2011. (Publication Dates: August 26; September 2, 9, 16, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 127466 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as INDIE DESIGN, 58 SPRUCE AVE., SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960: AMFULL ENTERPRISES, 58 SPRUCE AVE., SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960. This business is being conducted by a corporation. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on September 1, 2011. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on August 4, 2011. (Publication Dates: August 26; September 2, 9, 16, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2011127583 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as FIVE CORNERS GROUP, 875 FOURTH ST. SUITE 5, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: FIVE CORNERS CONSULTING GROUP, LLC., 875 FOURTH ST. SUITE 5, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. 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 18, 2011. (Publication Dates: August 26; September 2, 9, 16, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 127554 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as ARTISTIC VISIONS, 8 POPPY PLACE, NOVATO, CA 94949: LAILA OLSEN, 8 POPPY PLACE, NOVATO, CA 94949. 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 16, 2011. (Publication Dates: August 26; September 2, 9, 16, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 127596 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business

as APROPOS-TRANSITIONS, 310 HARBOR DRIVE, SAUSALITO, CA 94965: MATTHEW C. WIVELL, 310 HARBOR DRIVE, SAUSALITO, CA 94965. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on August 22, 2011. (Publication Dates: August 26; September 2, 9, 16, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 127597 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as QUAIL RUN CARE HOMES. 143 MABRY WAY, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: YVETTE DEN HELD, 143 MABRY WAY, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on October 1, 2011. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on August 22, 2011. (Publication Dates: August 26; September 2, 9, 16, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 127481 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as NEWTONMICRO; BLM BUILDERS, 756 SUN LANE, NOVATO, CA 94947: JASON KEITH BAGGS, 756 SUN LANE, NOVATO, CA 94947. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on July 1, 2011. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on August 5, 2011. (Publication Dates: September 2, 9, 16, 23, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2011127483 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as THE MARIN DOULA COLLECTIVE, 155 ALDER AVE., SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960: THE MARIN DOULA COLLECTIVE, LLC, 155 ALDER AVE., SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960. This business is being conducted by a limited liability company. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on July 1, 2011. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on August 8, 2011. (Publication Dates: September 2, 9, 16, 23, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 127505 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as JOLIE EVENTS, 11 COUNCIL CREST DR., CORTE MADERA, CA 94925: SILVANA A VECCHIOLA, 11 COUNCIL CREST DR., CORTE MADERA, CA 94925. 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 10, 2011. (Publication Dates: September 9, 16, 23, 30, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 127629 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as THE RANCH (3), 695 A EAST BLITHDALE AVE., MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: RAINEY, YVONNE, 128 MORNING SUN AVE., MILL VALLEY, CA 94941; ADE, ANDREAS, 128 MORNING SUN AVE., MILL VALLEY, CA 94941. 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 25, 2011. (Publication Dates: September 2, 9, 16, 23, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 127665 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as SOXYSOCKS.COM, 69 SUMMIT DR., CORTE MADERA, CA 94925: ROBERT MANNICHE, 69 SUMMIT DR., CORTE MADERA, CA 94925. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on September 1, 2011. (Publication Dates: September 9, 16, 23, 30, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2011127663 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as PAPER PUNK, 21 CORTE MADERA AVE. STE 1, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: LO-RES LABS LLC, 21 CORTE MADERA AVE. STE 1, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941. This business is being conducted by a limited liability company. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on May 24, 2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on September 1, 2011. (Publication Dates: September 9, 16, 23, 30, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 127641 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as FOURTH STREET PRESS, 882 FOURTH ST., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: JOHN A GODSEY, 500 RIVIERA CIRCLE,

LARKSPUR, CA 94939; PATRICIA A GODSEY, 500 RIVIERA CIRCLE, LARKSPUR, CA 94939. 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 26, 2011. (Publication Dates: September 9, 16, 23, 30, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 127665 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as STUDIOLO, 411 SAN ANSELMO AVE., SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960: SUZANNE F ROGER, PO BOX 368, STINSON BEACH, CA 94970. 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 September 1, 2011. (Publication Dates: September 9, 16, 23, 30, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 127577 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as MARINWOOD HAULING SERVICE, 139 MERRYDALE RD. #4, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: LUIS A TRUJILLO, 139 MERRYDALE RD. #4, 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 18, 2011. (Publication Dates: September 9, 16, 23, 30, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 127649 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as NICASIO VALLEY CHEESE COMPANY; NICASIO VALLEY FARMSTEAD CHEESE COMPANY; NICASIO CHEESE COMPANY, 999 ANDERSEN DR. #155, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: NICASIO VALLEY CHEESE CO. INC, 999 ANDERSEN DR. #155, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by a corporation. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on July 25, 2008. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on August 29, 2011. (Publication Dates: September 9, 16, 23, 30, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 127676 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as CALIFORNIA FIT SOURCE, 327 GOLDEN GATE AVE., RICHMOND, CA 94801: JOHN DOUGLAS DELUNA, 327 GOLDEN GATE AVE., RICHMOND, CA 94801; PATRICIA JUNE DELUNA, 327 GOLDEN GATE AVE., RICHMOND, CA 94801. This business is being conducted by co-partners. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on September 2, 2011. (Publication Dates: September 9, 16, 23, 30, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 127706 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as CES, 102 VAN TASSEL CT., SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960: STEPHAN STREBL, 102 VAN TASSEL CT., 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 September 8, 2011. (Publication Dates: September 16, 23, 30; October 7, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2011127672 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as TOWNSEND NETWORKS, 35 REED BLVD. SUITE A, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: TOWNSEND ASSETS GROUP INC., 35 REED BLVD. SUITE A, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941. This business is being conducted by a corporation. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on April 1, 2011. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on September 2, 2011. (Publication Dates: September 16, 23, 30; October 7, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 127476 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as TACOLIST BAREFOOT ECO RUNNER, 24 EAST KAPPAS MARINA, SAUSALITO, CA 94965: MICHELE JOY HARRIS, 24 EAST KAPPAS MARINA, SAUSALITO, CA 94965. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on August 5, 2011. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on August 5, 2011. (Publication Dates: September 16, 23, 30; October 7, 2011)

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Public Notices Continued from Page 38 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 127740 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as AVALON NAILS, 530 THIRD ST. #D, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: THAO T NGUYEN, 409 DRAKE AVE. #10, SAUSALITO, CA 94965. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on September 12, 2011. (Publication Dates: September 16, 23, 30; October 7, 2011)

997 All Other Legals ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF MARIN. No. CIV 1104283. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner CAITLYN LITTLEPAGE BIRER filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: CAITLYN LITTLEPAGE BIRER to CAITLYN ANGELINA LITTLEPAGE. 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 25, 2011, 8:30 AM, Dept. B, Room B, Superior Court of California, County of Marin, 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael, CA 94913-4988. A copy of this ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE shall be published at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in the county of Marin: PACIFIC SUN. Date: August 26, 2011 /s/ ROY O. CHERNUS, JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT (Pacific Sun: September 9, 16, 23, 30, 2011) ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF MARIN. No. CIV 1101979. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner ALENA

VUNAKECE filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: ALENA VUNAKECE to ALENA VUNAKECE VOSA. 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 7, 2011, 9:00 AM, Dept. L, Room L, Superior Court of California, County of Marin, 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael, CA 94903. A copy of this ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE shall be published at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in the county of Marin: PACIFIC SUN. Date: May 23, 2011 /s/ LYNN DURYEE, JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT (Pacific Sun: September 9, 16, 23, 30, 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, OCTOBER 5, 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, MondayFriday, 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; CHARLES SHEAFF: UNIT #301; CHAD VANDENBERG: UNIT #147. Pacific Sun: (September 16, 23, 2011)

ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF MARIN. No. CIV 1104513. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner MEGAN KATHLEEN PETERS ON BEHALF OF ANDREW DAVID HALLORAN filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: ANDREW DAVID HALLORAN to ANDREW DAVID PETERS. 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: November 7, 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: September 12, 2011 /s/ Faye D’Opal, JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT (Pacific Sun: Publication Dates: September 16, 23, 30; October 7, 2011) STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF USE OF FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME File No. 304307 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): QUEEN NAILS AND SPA, 532 3RD ST. SUITE D, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. Filed in Marin County on: January 19, 2011. Under File No: 125855. Registrant’s Name(s): THAO T NGUYEN, 530 3RD ST. #D, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This statement was filed with the County Clerk Recorder of Marin County on September 12, 2011. (Pacific Sun: September 16, 23, 30; October 7, 2011)

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When my boyfriend moved across the country to Manhattan for two years, we pledged we’d be faithful. We talk and text daily, and he tells me he loves me and that I’m the only person for him. Well, my best girlfriend visited her brother, my boyfriend’s roommate, and returned with some real fun facts: Last year, my boyfriend became obsessed with some girl and got into an “open relationship” with her—all year. He claims only she slept with others; he didn’t. Yeah, right. He also insists he only slept with her once and didn’t tell me because he didn’t think I could handle the truth. That’s ridiculous because he knows honesty is everything to me. I now feel I have reason to leave him. Still, I’m 24, he’s my first boyfriend, and we’ve been together for four years, so I’m reluctant to end it. Please give me a silver lining to this dark cloud over my head!—Last Straw


Sorry, but this cloud’s lining isn’t silver; it’s cheap polyester with one of those “remove under penalty of law” tags: WARNING! Boyfriend with scruples of spandex has relocated to the North American capital of hot women—“The City That Never Sleeps” (except when people roll over after sex instead of smoking a cigarette or having a cuddle). For some, a wake-up call is a gentle nudge or the delicate tinkle of a fine watch; others need to be bludgeoned over the head with an alarm clock. In case you’re wondering, you’re in the sound sleepers group. In our email exchange, you revealed that in addition to a number of friends warning you about your boyfriend, a complete stranger who spotted you with him in a bar took you aside to hint that he had zipper issues. In red flag terms, this is a call to start shopping for an Eiffel Tower-sized flagpole. Although women typically stick with dirtbag boyfriends out of a lack of selfrespect, your problem seems to be an excess of respect for The Relationship. OK, he’s your first boyfriend and you’ve been together for four years. This is merely interpersonal census data, not reason to stick around to be lied to and cheated on for another four years. To this day, your boyfriend shows you that his words are suspect anytime he says anything weightier than “pass the Cheerios.” In fact, he may be in Manhattan, but the old joke about the Hollywood agent applies: “Hello,” he lied. What you need isn’t a silver lining, but a diving pool of louse shampoo. You also need to understand that boyfriends who are liars and cheaters go for girlfriends who put up with lying and cheating. If you want honesty, don’t swallow lies like they’ve been buttered, and don’t let wanting a man to be ethical get in the way of looking to see whether he actually is. You might also take a more realistic approach to human nature. The 20s are our prime rutting time. Send any 20-something man off for two years, and unless he’s on a solo mission to Mars, you’d better ask him to supplement his daily “ur the only 1!” texts with a webcam so you can see the girl he isn’t sleeping with in the background, motioning him to get back into bed.


My boyfriend dumped me, and I’m besieged with inquiries about how I’m handling it, both from friends and people who don’t care about me and just want to pry. How do I field questions from the latter without getting into a lot of discussion?—Exhausted


Without gossip, people would have to sit around talking about particle physics, the economic downturn and what’s going on in Libya. Gnawing on your life is much more fun: “Yeah, they broke up, and she’s alone, and I counted 62 empty pork rind bags and 73 beer bottles in her trash.” Recognize that you have no obligation to feed the info vultures, and plan in advance exactly how you won’t be answering their questions. However you decide to shut them down—with humor, vagueness, wild invention or deflection (“Finehowareyou?!”)—keep responding that way until they get the message that it’s all the message they’re gonna get. Preserving your emotional energy means you can channel it where you need it most—into working your way through the “Seven Stages of Grief ”: 1. Drunk dialing; 2. Watching Law & Order reruns; 3. Looking up elementary school boyfriends on Facebook; 4. And then not writing them; 5. Tearing pages from Chicken Soup for the Soul and lighting them on fire; 6. Putting on shadow puppet shows of brutal murders; 7. Making hangup calls at 3am to nosy buggers who ask you prying questions about your breakup. < © Amy Alkon, all rights reserved. Got a problem? Email or write to Amy Alkon, 171 Pier Ave. #280, Santa Monica, CA 90405.

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Section 1 of the September 16, 2011 edition of the Pacific Sun Weekly

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Section 1 of the September 16, 2011 edition of the Pacific Sun Weekly