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›› LETTERS If he gives us a nickname, we’ve got dibs on ‘Pookie Bear’... Hey Marcia Blackman, maybe Michele Bachmann can pray the psychosis out of you—I got your teabag right here. It’s a not-so-guilty pleasure piling on Marcia [“Are There No Prisons, Are There No Workhouses?” Sept. 2]. Sounds like she drank the Kool-Aid as served by classwarfare deniers Hush Bimbo and Sean Vannity, and the Savage Weiner. At least billionaire Warren Buffett has the guts to tell the truth. Apparently [Ms. Blackman] doesn’t know who wrote the tax code. We wouldn’t want to confuse her with the facts. The rich create jobs all right. In China. Maybe Caribou Barbie needs a gal pal. Peter ‘Boom Boom’ Galore, ‘Me’ Valley

‘Long strange trip’ actually Sir Francis Drake traffic jam... We are writing to express our view regarding the Terrapin Crossroads music venue project proposed [by Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh] for Fairfax. On the surface the project seems an exciting prospect for Fairfax, given that the town’s heritage is built on its love of music, arts and creativity. However, it is the scope of the project that has many Ross Valley citizens concerned. The project description indicates a new 16,570-foot, two-story structure with kitchen and basement. The music venue will operate up to 100 nights a year from 6pm to 12:30am and offer food and alcohol from 5 to midnight. The venue capaci-

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ty is 500 people. Potentially 50,000 people per year could attend concerts in a town with roughly 7,500 residents. There are zero parking

spots on the project site. A traffic study is pending, but many feel the scale of this project will significantly increase traffic on Sir Francis Drake and cause parking shortages in downtown Fairfax and adjoining neighborhoods. Lack of parking and traffic could potentially drive away existing business patrons. The site is located less than 50 yards from a 70-person assisted living facility and two sizable neighborhoods with many grammar-school-aged children. Before whole-heartedly supporting the project, ask yourself if you’re committed to sit in traffic on Sir Francis Drake and outlying streets and struggle to find parking in Fairfax. And, if you’re concerned about how the crowd and traffic will impact the safety of your neighborhood. Lisa Hunt, Brad Clark, David Kroll and the Fairfax Community Coalition

Remembrance of things past Anyone alive at the time of mounting protests against the Vietnam War must be struck by the lucidity and depth Tom Hayden’s analysis this month [“Eyes Wide Shut,” Sept. 9] brings to “endless war” since 9/11, its costs in American “blood and treasure.” If the article has not already been syndicated for the widest possible distribution, I implore decision-makers at


TOP POSTINGS THIS WEEK Ross plugs back into Marin Energy Authority The Town Council voted 5 – 0 last Thursday to join the MEA, and avoided a $20,000 to $40,000 joining-fee that is currently being waved in an “amnesty” attempt to woo lat.... Why did Fox censor Baldwin at Awards? Last night during the Emmys broadcast, Fox (Murdoch News Corp) censored out a segment where actor Alec Baldwin joked about the phone-hacking scandal. Baldwin skipped the Emmys... Single in the Suburbs: Redemption thong Oh, the trouble I cause when I get my knickers in a twist... Read the full story here posted Friday, September 16, 2011,...

Your soapbox is waiting at ›› Pacific Sun to make it happen. By this time in our Long Recession, most of us are able to “connect the dots.” America cannot continue to maintain 800-plus bases around the world or pour trillions of dollars into infrastructure required to oil the machinery of rendition, corruption, and secret special operations throughout the globe. Nor can we continue to ignore human tragedy as in growing numbers of suicides among veterans. Lessons of political and social overreach are plain in the collapse of imperial empires over millennia. Some crystal-ball gazers have already called the shots on Imperial America. My questions are: why haven’t we yet seen a groundswell of opposition similar to acts of civil and uncivil disobedience that helped end the Vietnam war? And what economic conditions must prevail before Facebook-Twitter rants, blogs, texting no longer provide safety valves for suffering Americans? As George Santayana famously said, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” Thank you, Tom Hayden. Marian Blanton, San Rafael

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Speaking of bad headlines, this is our all-time favorite.

I think the Pacific Sun editorial team must sit around and brainstorm the most inane and obvious puns (specifically twists on cliches, movie references and song titles) as headlines for every single article, blurb and letter in the paper. My son and I look forward to each issue so we can call them out to each other, count them, and compete to find the worst ones. Please tell us readers if this is a mandate for all your writers—like right-wing spin

is for Fox “news”—or just an example of laziness. Here’s a list of the titles on every single letter, Aug. 26 issue: “Be True to Your School, Jungle Love, The Harder They Chem, Break on Through, Smart Dust in the Wind, Where the ‘Street’ Has No Name, Take this ‘Club’ and Shove it! Upfront headline: “The Mansourian Candidate.” Article about stoner comedian Arj Barker “Arj of the Lit Brigade!” Every page, it’s more of the same. Please, give us some relief and put some thought into more intelligent headlines. The body of your content is fine, but too many puns are no fun. I dare you to print this. Karla J, Marin

Editor’s note: Thanks for writing Karla! It’s flattering to know your family spends its “together time” enjoying the Pacific Sun. May we suggest a name for your guess-theheadline game: “Out of Our Heads,” after the 1965 Stones album. But, quickly, a note on headlines. The Pacific Sun is not the first, nor will it be the last, news-art-and-culture publication to use pop-culture plays on words in some headlines. You would, too, if you’d spent six years earning degrees in English literature and film studies and were desperate to somehow justify the tens of thousands of dollars spent studying the use of self-reflexivity in “Tristram Shandy” and analyzing Derrida’s influence on the French New Wave. And believe us, there’s no laziness in taking seven disparate letters to the editor and titling each one after a Top 40 pop song while accurately reflecting the editorial intent of the writer. (You failed to mention “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feline” about stolen house cats, from Aug. 12.) Still, if you prefer headlines like, “Marin Comedian Vaulting to the Big Time,” which was the IJ’s brilliant header to a recent Arj Barker story, then you should have no problem finding more of the same in a myriad of local publications. Us? We’ll stick with “Arj of the Lit Brigade.” Or, as we nearly titled your letter, “Jason and the Arj—or nots!” How ‘bout: “Dude, Where’s My Arj?”... “Arj You Being Smeared”...? Put your stamp on the letters to the editor at ›› SEPTEMBER 23 - SEPTEMBER 29, 2011 PACIFIC SUN 7


Alto Tunnel pedaling for support You can’t fund bike paths without running over a few toes... by Pe t e r S e i d m a n

When Marin supervisors allocated $8.8 million in federal funds for a number of alternative transportation projects in the county, they had an inkling Republicans in Congress were about to try shutting the federal tap for bike and pedestrian projects. Their concern was justified. Only a few weeks after the supervisors approved the allocation, congressional Republicans went public in a big way with their distaste for alternative-transportation projects, including the highly successful Nonmotorized Transportation Pilot Program. The 2005 federal transportation bill authorized $25 million to four communities in the country for fiscal years 2006 to 2009. In addition to Marin, Columbia, Missouri; Minneapolis-St. Paul; and Sheboygan County, Wisconsin, were the recipients of the Pilot Program funds. The program created a kind of transportation petri dish in which the communities could test a variety of programs and projects and determine their effectiveness. One of the primary goals of the Pilot Program was to foster a paradigm shift in the way people see alternative transportation. Advocates stress that nonvehicular transportation is much more than a recreational activity; they seek to bring it into the mainstream

mix of transportation alternatives—and transportation funding measures. A substantial increase in bicycle and pedestrian transportation in Marin has followed a nationwide trend. In October 2009, WalkBikeMarin, a recipient of Pilot Program funds, and the Marin County Department of Public Works released a study that looked at the Pilot Program and alternative transportation in the county. According to the study, 20 percent of the bike trips were part of school or work commutes. Shopping trips and errands accounted for 14 percent of the trips. And 34 percent were “utilitarian and transportation related.” Riders surveyed averaged one bike trip 11 days each month, and 11 percent said they used their bikes daily. “If respondents drove alone for these trips instead of bicycling, this sample group would annually account for approximately 5,468 additional vehicle trips. Considering the median respondent trip length— 10 miles—and the average automobile mpg—20.2 according to the EPA— this translates to approximately 2,707 gallons of gasoline, $8,364 (at $3.09/ gallon), and 52,245 lbs. of CO2.” When the public works department took a count of bicyclists use, also in 2009, the results showed that weekday bicycle use had increased 10 >


by Jason Walsh

Baseball plan a grand slam with city council“Play ball!”shouted the San Rafael City Council on Sept. 19 when it unanimously voted to approve Centerfield Partners’ proposal to bring professional baseball to Albert Park. Centerfield Partners’ first brought its plan of starting up a San Rafael team in the North American baseball league to the city in April—but brushback from the nearby Gerstle Park neighborhood, where concerns about parking, traffic, loiterers and noise, noise and more noise, had stalled the proposal after initial enthusiasm from the city Parks and Recreation Department. Centerfield then offered to pay for an environmental impact report, but balked at the price and the delay—which would have cost them the 2012 season. Centerfield officials are now suggesting a scaled-down version of the plan they brought to the San Rafael Planning Commission last spring, which in its original form called for a three-year lease and Centerfield’s promise to modernize the 60-year-old field, spruce up the bathrooms and add seating for about 800 fans. To quell the concerns of Gerstle Park residents near the B Street ballfield, Centerfield is now proposing a single-year lease with only 100 added seats and minor changes such as netting behind home plate and fencing behind the dugouts and limiting the noise after 9pm. But the Gerstle Park neighbors aren’t calling it a game just yet—spokespersons for the neighborhood association say they’re now weighing their legal options. Schooner Saloon for sale Anybody looking to buy a landmark bar? Smiley’s Schooner Saloon is up for sale, as owner Don Deane is looking to pass along the historic Marin watering hole so that he can concentrate more fully on the campground he owns in Yuba City. Deane, a former social worker and publisher of the now-defunct Coastal Post, is asking $2 million. The owners of the Iron Door Saloon near Yosemite may take exception, but Smiley’s is said to be the oldest continuously operating saloon in California. First opened in the logging town of Bolinas in 1851 by entrepreneur and rancher Captain Isaac Morgan, the saloon now includes an adjacent hotel and is the primary tavern for Bolinas residents and visitors alike. Over the years, Smiley’s switched ownership roughly seven times before arriving in the hands of Deane in 1990. Thoughout the 1960s and ‘70s, the saloon held a rough-and-tumble reputation as the saloon of choice for area roustabouts, but Deane made a point of calming things down to better suit Bolinas’s evolution into a more family-friendly town.“We haven’t had any recent shootings and that’s a good thing,”Deane joked to the Pacific Sun last year when we named Smiley’s one of the“Cornerstone”businesses of Marin. Deane, 68, said he worked hard to transform the saloon into more than just a place for locals to belly up to the bar. (Additional reporting by Dani Burlison) Ross plugs back into MEA After initially joining the Marin Energy Authority—only to later back out of the fledgling joint powers authority—the Town of Ross is back in the fold.The Town Council voted 5-0 last Thursday to join the MEA, and avoided a $20,000 to $40,000 joining-fee that is currently being waived in an“amnesty”attempt to woo late-coming Marin towns. The amnesty period ends Nov. 7; the towns of Novato, Corte Madera and Larkspur are also considering joining prior to the deadline. According to the MEA, Ross customers will be enrolled in the Marin Clean Energy program 10



by Rick Polito

by Howard Rachelson

1. All these answers are three letter words–replace one letter each time to form a new three letter word. 1a. Mend with thread 1b. A female bear 1c. What you do with grass 1d. A large group 1e. San Francisco hill 2. What nut is the essential ingredient in marzipan? 3. Can you identify six European countries whose names contain ‘LAND’? 4. Those knowledgeable employees of what techy store chain are affectionately known as “The Geek Squad”? 5. What kind of earthy red, fired clay ceramics means ‘baked earth’ in Italian? 6. Pictured at right: Name the sport... 7. It would be an amazing scrabble word–what’s the largest landlocked country in the world? (2.7 million square km) 8. In 1847 Emily Bronte published her only novel, a story of unrequited love between Heathcliff and Catherine Earnshaw. What’s the title? 9. What political party controlled the politics of Iraq from 1968 to 2003, until it was outlawed by the U.S. government? 10. In chemistry, a liquid described as “volatile” can easily do what?




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▲For more than 40 years, the San Geronimo Valley Community Center (SGVCC) has been a Hero to West Marin communities by providing child care, senior services, arts and culture, education and health and wellness programs. Saturday, Sept. 24, the SGVCC holds its annual Heart of the Valley Gala, a fundraiser for the center. Valley “champions” Al and Lisa Baylacq will be honored for their extraordinary support. Al, co-owner of Good Earth Natural Foods, provides food for the SGVCC senior lunch program and organizes the center’s golf tournament. Lisa, involved in local schools, also spends countless volunteer hours coordinating special events at the center—including hosting the gala four times herself at the couple’s Forest Knolls home. For their unselfish service, Al and Lisa Baylacq are our Heroes of the week.

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▼Most Marinites know someone whose life has been touched by breast cancer. A couple of weeks ago, many of us came out to support the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure participants, those dedicated folks walking through Marin during their 60-mile trek to raise money for breast-cancer research. Sadly, Steven H. saw more than a lack of support from certain residents in Tiburon and Mill Valley. Instead of cheers and residents handing out baked goods, walkers were greeted with warning signs, such as “QUIET ZONE.” Listen up, selfish sign creators—you have entered the Zero Zone. To escape, you must write a check to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, making sure the amount starts with a large number, followed by lots of zeros.—Nikki Silverstein


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< 8 AltoTunnel pedaling for support 118 percent since 1999. Weekend bicycle use had increased 125 percent. Walking had increased 52 percent. And that was before the Cal Park Hill Tunnel opened and the Lincoln Hill pathway along Highway 101 in San Rafael was finished. (Each project that eases the use of bicycles and walking to get around, say alternative-transportation advocates.) Those two projects are part of a plan to create an uninterrupted bike and pedestrian route from Sausalito to the Sonoma County border. And with the vision of SMART, as beset as it is with detractors, advocates see a bike and pedestrian path that will one day stretch all the way to Cloverdale. In addition to the obvious environmental benefits of bicycle and pedestrian transportation, the beneficial health effects are an important element in a continual push by alternative-transportation advocates to increase bicycle and pedestrian travel. Marin resident Deb Hubsmith, a founding board member of the Marin Bicycle Coalition, worked with former Minnesota Congressman James Oberstar to bring federal money to Marin to create a model program, Safe Routes to School. Based on the local program, Safe Routes has spread to all 50 states, and Hubsmith is now leading the National Safe Routes to School Partnership. Safe Routes is just one of the bike and pedestrian projects that House and Senate Republicans say waste taxpayer money and should be excised from the federal transportation budget, despite the fact that less than 2 percent of total transportation dollars this year are set to go for bike and pedestrian projects and programs. In the Senate environment and public works committee, Oklahoma Sen. James Inhofe has done little to hide his disdain for bike and pedestrian projects. But California Democrat Barbara Boxer, chair of the committee, remains firm in her conviction that funding bicycle and pedestrian projects is a sound federal investment. In the House, Florida Republican John Micah has done all he can to match and surpass Inhofe’s low opinion of bicycle and pedestrian projects. Bicycle and pedestrian advocates across the country were getting nervous as House and Senate Republicans made noises that they were willing to embark on a strategy to force cuts in the transportation budget or they would stall the entire transportation package. They had a big stick. The last time Congress passed a full transportation bill was in 2009. Since then, the country’s transportation infrastructure has been running on extensions. The deadline to pass an extension this year is on Sept. 30. Miss that date and funding for transportation and highway programs and jobs across

the country go into limbo, as does funding for the FAA. Boxer and Inhofe came to an understanding that allowed Inhofe to say he was willing to pass an extension without policy changes, which would protect bike and pedestrian programs in the short term. But it was a different story in the House. On Sept. 8, America Bikes, a coalition of bike advocates, issued the alarm in a press release: “The coalition urges Congress to reject House Republican demands that funding for bicycling and walking projects be stripped from the bill. These demands are based on a misrepresentation of the facts about the Transportation Enhancement program, and a serious misunderstanding of the role bicycling and walking play in our nation’s transportation system. “...House Republicans call for the elimination of the Transportation Enhancements program; they say it is 10 percent of the transportation funding program. It is not. The Transportation Enhancements program is 1.5 percent of the overall transportation program, of which roughly one half is usually spent on bicycling and walking infrastructure. “Ending this popular and successful program after 20 years would jeopardize investment in thousands of small-scale, labor-intensive projects that can be implemented quickly and efficiently. According to the Political Economy Research Institute (PERI), bicycle projects yield 11.4 jobs per million dollars spent, versus 7.8 jobs created per million spent on road only projects.” The House managed to hammer out an extension and pass an authorization for funding transportation through March 2012. But then things got dicey back in the Senate. According to published reports, Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn balked at a provision that requires states to fund transportation-enhancement projects, including bike and pedestrian paths. In a bit of unusual, for these times anyway, bipartisan legislating, Boxer and Inhofe managed to calm Coburn, and a clean transportation extension passed with no policy changes or wholesale excisions of bicycle and pedestrian funding. President Obama signed the extension late last week. But it runs only through March. Alternative transportation advocates are breathing easier for now, but their relief may be only temporary, and they’re gearing up for renewed struggle. Micah says he’s not inclined to pass any more extensions. It’s a whole bill or nothing in the House next March, and he still disdains bicycle and pedestrian funding. And in the Senate, Inhofe has said he has no plans to support any complete transportation bill that includes funding for bike and pedestrian programs. Included in the $8.8 million in federal funds Marin supervisors allocated in August, about three weeks before the


transportation-extension drama, is $2 million for bike and pedestrian projects and $3.2 million for a path to connect the Cal Park Hill Tunnel with the Larkspur Ferry. The money also will be used to improve signals and intersections. And a big chunk of the federal money will go toward additional study of the Alto Tunnel. About $180,000 will pay to research property rights for parcels above the tunnel. Neighbors have objected to opening the tunnel to bicycle and pedestrian traffic, saying an Alto Tunnel project would bring unacceptable construction activity to their neighborhoods, and the tunnel is intrinsically unsafe. In addition, they say property easements no longer exist that would allow a reopening. Neighbors in the area of each entrance also have raised objections. The county stresses that it has come nowhere near a decision on whether to proceed with a plan to open the tunnel, which is obstructed because of a partial collapse in 1981. Part of the federal money will go to assess the condition inside the tunnel and determine how much it would cost to open.

The Alto Tunnel would be the last piece, the jewel in the crown, of a north-south bicycle and pedestrian path in the county. Opponents of opening the tunnel understand the significance. Opening the tunnel would bring more traffic to their neighborhoods. It would be bicycle and foot traffic, not cars and parking congestion, but in Marin sometimes traffic is traffic no matter what mode. When the supervisors allocated some of that federal money for continued study of the Alto Tunnel, the move reignited the debate. It’s a debate that has lasted for years and came into focus last year with the release of the Mill Valley to Corte Madera Bicycle and Pedestrian Corridor Study, which looked at alternatives for routes between Corte Madera and Mill Valley. The results of the $225,000 study determined that the two overland routes between Corte Madera and Mill Valley would cost substantially less to create on surface streets but would attract far fewer users than an Alto Tunnel refurbished for multi-use transportation. The study looked at bicycle and pedestrian use north and south of the

< 8 Newsgrams next summer to receive“light green”energy option—meaning 27 percent of the energy a household purchases is renewable, or sign up for the“deep green”program of 100 percent renewable. A third choice to“opt out”would keep a customer with PG&E. (The deep-green option will actually be available for a one-cent more per kilowatt hour as early as November, according to the MEA.) MEA chairman Damon Connolly says he’s“extremely pleased”about the Ross decision. “By joining our agency, the Ross Town Council is offering a fundamental choice to everyone in their community,”says Connolly,“a choice that fosters greater competition, increased use of renewable energy, and the best means available locally for reducing greenhouse gas emissions that are harmful to our environment.”

Richville, U.S.A. Ross residents have been lighting their cigars with hundred-dollar bills— and not just because the town has wavered on passing tough anti-smoking ordinances. Ross, according to an annual survey by, is among the 20“millionaire capitals”of America.The town of just under 2,500 ranked 20 out of 64 silver-spooned ZIP codes, with an average tax return of $1.32 million; Fisher Island, Florida is first with $3.23 million. Income tax returns were analyzed in ranking the ZIP codes; Forbes reports it also followed private-jet contrails to find the swankiest of the millionaire capitals. Dunn to march off with ‘The Music Man’ Seventy-six trombones, along with thousands of Mountain Play fans, will lead the big parade next May—in a salute to director James Dunn, who announced Sept. 15 his plans to make the 2012 production of The Music Man his swan song. Dunn’s 30th and final season atop the mountain will be a production of Meredith Wilson’s story of smooth-talking con man Harold Hill, who attempts to dupe a small Midwest town into thinking his marching band is the answer to its“trouble”with teen delinquency—only to discover he’s really duping himself. “I always tried to do shows that fit the space and The Music Man is one,”James said in a statement.“It is a celebration of America of which I am very proud.” Anyone who’s followed Marin theater over the last four decades knows Dunn.The San Rafael native founded the College of Marin Drama Department in 1963, and served as chairman for the next 40 years. His curriculum vitae includes co-founding the California Shakespeare Festival in Los Gatos, a stint as artistic director for the California Actors Theatre, six best director awards from the Bay Area Theater Critics Circle, a 2002 Milley Award, and a triumphant production of an Old West-set Taming of the Shrew—featuring then-COM student Robin Williams—at the 1970 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Dunn has been directing the Mountain Play since his well-reviewed, if lowly attended, 1981 production of Henry V. Dunn says his 30 years behind the scenes at the Cushing Memorial Amphitheatre have been “amazing.” “It is now time to say goodbye as I go on to other endeavors in my life,”says Dunn, 78.“With its 100th anniversary [in 2013] the Mountain Play will move into a new and visionary era of

tunnel. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Between 1999 and 2009 the average percent change in bicycle and pedestrian use in the project study area was 81 percent. Assuming this trend continues at the same rate, and that the Alto Tunnel is opened for use in five years, the bicycle and pedestrian use in the study area would be 40.5 percent higher than 2009 levels, or half of the 10-year change.â&#x20AC;? The numbers are big. The study included a high estimate and a low estimate. The high estimate puts the annual number of trips through the tunnel at 1.85 million, riders and walkers combined. That astonishing number is â&#x20AC;&#x153;based on the assumption that the volume of bicyclists and pedestrians using the Alto Tunnel would be 80 percent of the projected ?annual? volumes on the Mill Valley-Sausalito Path (1.65 million) and the Larkspur-Corte Madera Path (660,000).â&#x20AC;? An earlier low estimate put the annual number of trips by cyclists and walkers at 850,000. Both of the surface routes would see far fewer users, even considering a number of surfaceroute permutations. On the other hand, renovating the Alto Tunnel could cost much more than creating a new overland route. Opponents continue to maintain that the number of projected trips is inflated. But Andy Peri, advocacy director at the Marin County Bicycle Coali-

tion says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The low estimate used some very crude modeling for the original user numbers, which turned out to be the low estimate.â&#x20AC;? The consultants who prepared the study, Alta/Land People, â&#x20AC;&#x153;counted the people on one end and counted the people on the other and added them together and divided by two. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not sophisticated modeling.â&#x20AC;? A second look resulted in the higher estimate. The report includes both the high estimate and the low one. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We wanted to see a range,â&#x20AC;? says Peri. Opponents say the numbers canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be right, given the number of Marin residents. But Peri says the number is realistic because it counts trips, not users. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Every time a kid goes to soccer game in Mill Valley from Corte Madera, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s two trips. If a family goes, that could be four or eight trips.â&#x20AC;? A commute is two trips. The reality, he says, is that the tunnel would be a multi-use route for utility transportation and recreation. That makes the benefit numbers large. That could lead to a tough decision for policy makers and politicians: Does the good of the many outweigh the good of the few?â&#x153;š

greatness that we hope will last for another 100 years.â&#x20AC;?

â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Stamboulâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; not Constantinopleâ&#x20AC;Ś Bay Area author Michael David Lukasâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s debut,â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Oracle of Stamboul,â&#x20AC;?has been chosen to be the featured novel for the 2012 One Book, One Marin series. One Book, One Marinâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;think of it as a county-wide book clubâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;selects a single book each year and, through the help of the Marin book and lit community, stages a series of programs and events focused on the chosen work throughout the year. Previous years have featured Abraham Vergheseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;sâ&#x20AC;&#x153;Cutting for Stoneâ&#x20AC;?and Dave Eggerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;sâ&#x20AC;&#x153;What Is the What.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Oracle of Stamboulâ&#x20AC;?follows a Romanian stowaway through 19th century Istanbul, where she discovers her blooming powers of insightâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;a gift that leads her to the lap of luxury, as well as to the center of Istanbul intrigue that reaches the court of the Sultan himself. For a jump start on next yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s One Book, One Marin, catch Lukas on Sept. 27, when heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll read from â&#x20AC;&#x153;Oracleâ&#x20AC;?at Book Passage at 7pm. Book Passage is at 51 Tamal Vista Blvd. in Corte Madera. Call 415-927-0960. Youth Center to become media hub Put your technology thinking caps on, kidsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; a new youth media center is open in San Rafael. Out of the ashes of the recently shuttered Marin Youth Center rises the Marin ROP Media Center, in whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s being billed asâ&#x20AC;&#x153;a full slate of project-based multimedia learning for Marin County middle and high school youth.â&#x20AC;?Established by the Marin County Office of Education, the Media Center will offer training in audio and video production along with graphics, 3D prototyping, mobileâ&#x20AC;&#x153;appâ&#x20AC;?development, and robotics. Mary Jane Burke, Marin County superintendent of schools, calls the new media operationâ&#x20AC;&#x153;a wonderful learning opportunity.â&#x20AC;? The Marin Youth Center, formerly housed at 1115 Third St. in San Rafael, called it a day in late August, a victim of Marin Community Foundation funding cuts. Still, the youth centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Intel Clubhouse technology program had been a big hit with students, offering instruction in media production, graphics and sound.Through a partnering with the office of education, the Intel Clubhouse programs will be aligned with ROP tech curriculumâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;basically meaning that by keeping up with state education standards in multimedia and engineering, high school students can earn class credits for projects at the media center. Clubhouse director John MacLeod says heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s optimistic about the partnership. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We know that there is much work to be done, and we look forward to furthering our collaboration with our many partners to help Marin County students prepare for college, careers, and life, â&#x20AC;?said MacLeod.

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he Marin Symphounseen, for $10 a show. ny, conducted by It was December of Sandor Salgo, per1974. The Marin Ballet formed the premier of was performing the Darius Milhaud’s Suite Nutcracker the first night in G on Sept. 25, 1971, I worked there. They celebrating the opening had me tear ticket stubs. of the Marin Veterans’ There was a live orchesMemorial Auditorium. tra playing Tchaikovsky Less than a month later, and I remember thinkthe Marin County Fair ing how beautiful it was. opened a four-day run, The next show I befor the first time, on came head usher. I soon the new Civic Center got a raise to $12 a show! Fairgrounds. Today the My job was to coordiMarin County Fair is nate all of the ushers, the winner of numerous Our cover on the opening of Marin Center, and for a while I didn’t eco-awards. Roughly 90 from Sept. 22, 1971. even have a car so after percent of the garbage each show I would stand created at the fair is recycled and compos- outside and ask for a ride home. Pitiful, I ted, diverting it away from local landfill; know, but I finally did get a car. earning the title, “The Greenest County You’ve been here for 37 years now. 37 Fair on Earth.” (We are the champions!) years. Really? What the heck is going on Thirty-seven years ago, a 21 year-old behind closed doors to keep a man for so wonder-boy named Jim Farley was hired as long? an usher at the Marin Center. And he has never left. I grew up in Marin. There have been He’s now the director of the Departopportunities elsewhere but it’s hard to leave. The hills, open space, the proximment of Cultural and Visitor Services for ity to San Francisco, the forward-thinking the County of Marin which means he community. My roots in Marin stretch oversees the various auditoriums, exhibit back to 1899 when my Italian great-grandhalls, meeting rooms, farmers markets father, Domenico Arbini, arrived in San and the county fair. I visited him at his Rafael from Lonate Pozzolo, Italy, to work Marin Center office to investigate where at McNear’s Brickyard. he finds the time to present 500 shows Secondly, it seems that just about every annually, and to catch a glimpse of his autographed Frampton Comes Alive double five years there’s been a new opportunity. album, which was partially recorded at the First I was an usher, than an events coordinator, then manager, and then I started Veterans Auditorium back in 1976. (It is taking over the program responsibilities SO cool!) for the Marin County Fair. Every five years or so it seems there are new challenges When I got my start in the movie biz, that keep me fully engaged. Whether as a I was hired as a “parking p.a.” I saved parking spaces all night for the director, County of Marin employee or in the work Sylvester Stallone, on the movie ‘Staying that I do, this sort of longevity is very rare. Alive.’ Sounds like you had a glamorous It’s fun. It’s exciting and I love it. start as well. Marin Center averages about 500 shows or events per year with an annual attenI can’t say I’ve seen that Stallone film . dance of 800,000 visitors. When do you . . Must’ve missed it. [Smiles.] Yes, I had people sleep? been ushering at a film series at the College of Marin and in 1974 the director of the Marin Center was looking for a head We rent out five different facilities; the usher. They called me at my dormitory in 2000-seat Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium, San Rafael and offered me the job sightthe 300-seat Showcase Theatre, the Exhibit Hall, various conference meeting rooms, and the Fairgrounds. With the county cutbacks we’re doing this with a small full-time staff of 15-18 people and many, many part-time staff. We hire on between 400 and 500 crewmembers on a freelance basis. We also are fortunate to have over 800 volunteers. We’ve been successful because of our diverse and somewhat eclectic mix of programs. For example, last month Jeff Bridges was here performing. And then the Exhibit Hall was rented by Volkswagon, who did a study about their new car models. Then the following week was the R2 and Threepio were among the dignitaries at the 1988 Eco-Fair followed by the Bay Area Pet 14> Marin County Fair.

A Palace looks at 40 If you ask us, the Dance Palace doesn’t look a day over 35... by Car o l I nke llis


urning 40—a rite of passage that Rep and Lincoln Center. Before coming marks the slide into middle age. to the Dance Palace, he was the managBut not everyone dreads this ing and artistic director, performing arts milestone. In fact, folks in West Marin director and executive director for several happily celebrated the Dance Palace Comarts organizations. munity Center 40th earlier this month in In spite of the Dance Palace being a Dance Palace-style with a free party for the small venue for Mankin, he says it’s also the whole community. busiest, hosting a range of activities for the The celebration continues with a community. He recounts the story of the gala Saturday, Oct. 1, at The Fork on the woman who told him that in one day she Giacomini Ranch. The fundraiser features took a yoga class in the morning, came to a dinner by Ed Vigil (executive chef at Vin a memorial service in the afternoon and Antico), music by Dgiin, a wine cellar raffle, “laughed her ass off” at a comedy show in live auction and good company. the evening. Speaking of which... The Dance Palace, at Comedian Marga the corner of Fifth and Gomez kicks off the What’s Happening at the B Streets in Point Reyes series Sept. 23 at 8pm Dance Palace? Station, has never been in with her hilarious solo It’s easy to find out—log better shape—and there’s show, Not Getting Any on to, a strategic plan in place Younger. or subscribe to the email to make sure it continues Oct. 21 at 8pm, newsletter (easy to do on the to improve and expand urban-folk/pop music website’s home page); call its offerings. Executive marvel Patty Larkin 415/663-1075 or email dan@ Director Dan Mankin, celebrates 25 Love for more who’s been on the job Songs, in recognition of information. just under three years, is her quarter-century of pleased with the progress performing. Metales M5 toward meeting the straBrass Quintet, Mexico’s tegic plan goals, but he’s particularly excited leading brass quintet, performs Oct. 28 at about the upcoming 2011-12 Performing 8pm. Arts Series, which premieres this month. The April Verch Band promises an Oh yes, there’s far more to this organi- energetic evening of entertainment with zation than dance, 4-H and preschool play Canadian fiddling, step dancing and groups. modern Americana Nov. 13 at 7pm. Actually, performing arts have been Kitka returns Dec. 16 at 8pm with a a Dance Palace staple since the begin- holiday show of seasonal music from ning, back when a group, including Carol Eastern European ethnic and spiritual Friedman and Nancy Hemmingway, traditions. opened the venue as a dance stuThe season continues through April, dio in the building known as the “Old with a variety of performances, from Steve Palace.” It evolved over the years into a com- Lucky and the Rhumba Bums to a Word munity center offering activities and classes for Word performance of T.C. Boyle’s Sorry for everyone in West Marin, from infants Fugu to a Pirates of Penzance singalong. through senior citizens, including those who And that’s not all. The Dance Palace speak little to no English. offers other cultural and entertainment Friedman served as executive director events, as it has for many years. Two Mexiuntil her “retirement” in 2008—she and can Independence Day celebrations (Sept. Hemmingway are still involved. Asked 16), piano concerts this month and next, about taking on the role of executive directeen dances, programs for young children tor after Friedman’s 37-year run, Mankin and their families—far too much to list admits he had “big shoes to fill,” but says here. Check the website,, Friedman was so gracious and helpful and for event information. the wonderful community so welcoming, To highlight the changes and improvethat he feels right at home. ments, and its status as the “liveliest center Mankin says that a performing arts in town,” the organization is changing its series makes so much sense for the intimate name to the more inclusive Dance Palace venue—200 seats—and the arts-loving Community and Cultural Center, along community. He’s already brought in some with a new logo and an enhanced website. world-class artists, resulting in sold-out Mankin says they will continue working shows. And with this new series, he’s hopto make the facility even better over the ing to “take it up a notch.” Mankin is no next three to five years, improving sound, stranger to the performing arts. An actor, lighting and seating—in other words, the circus performer and juggler, he has been “audience experience.” on numerous stages, including Berkeley Don’t miss out. ✹ SEPTEMBER 23 - SEPTEMBER 29, 2011 PACIFIC SUN 13

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I’m a fan of Italian cooking so Chef Lidia, as well as the Italian Film Festival in October. Diana Ross, Jackson Browne, Debbie Reynolds, Jonathan Winters, the Kings of Salsa, and Pink Martini will make its Marin debut. Pink Martini is my wife’s favorite group so we’re going to the show. Even our little kids love the CD. They’re hard to categorize. They’re a 12-piece orchestra that describes their music as “urban musical travelogue.” They’re part worldmusic, cabaret, lounge, jazz and swing. It’s great traveling music when we’re tooling around Marin. Tillman, the world-famous skateboarding bulldog, was here for the Pet Fair. How big a dressing room did he demand and how big and hairy was his entourage? Tillman, the celebrity dog, has quite the following! [Laughing] The pet adoptathons we have attract close to 10,000 visitors. Over 40 local pet adoption and rescue organizations band together bringing along hundreds of adoptable dogs, cats, birds and other little critters. Most of them get new homes in that one weekend. How much will you pay me to attend the stamp fair or the pinball exhibition?

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You’d be surprised! The pinball exhibition is HUGE, and the Stamp Fair is also very popular. It’s the largest pinball exhibition in the United States and draws people from all over the Bay Area. There are so many niches we try to support. Why do people want to gather? What do they want to celebrate. Even in this challenging economy we seem to be holding our own. I think it’s because we have such an eclectic mix each season. Places like this just reflect the community. Marin is more diverse than people think and we try to

reflect that—who we are. What’s the strangest request you’ve had to fulfill in a performer’s contract rider? We rarely get the demand for certain colors of M&M’s to be removed. I think we did get it once with Van Halen though. Mostly we get requests for healthier food or vegan meals. There are also more and more

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requests for the concession stands as well as the backstage amenities to be more organic and sustainable. For example, Jackson Browne requests the use of all compostable materials both backstage and in the hall. Mostly the performers want good, healthy food while traveling. We oftentimes hire local caterers such as Epicurean Group to come in. For the upcoming speaker series, I’m betting on David Axelrod being the biggest DIVA amongst the other Davids: David Brooks and David Sedaris. How about the upcoming female performers? Debbie Reynolds, Diana Ross or Gloria Steinem? [Laughing] I can tell you I’m thrilled to have Diana Ross here. And I know many Marin-ites are excited to have Gloria Steinem be the keynote speaker at the 22nd Bioneers Conference in October. Personally, I’ve got a soft spot for Debbie Reynolds, who will be performing here in the spring. When I first saw Singing in the Rain... That did it for me. She’s 78 and still going strong.✹ Punch Annie’s ticket at


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or those who fondly remember proher and complimented Casals on her game. fessional tennis as a game of finesse Then King said, “ ‘I’m going to be looking for and not the brute power game it has a partner,’” Casals recalls. King asked Casals become, there is one Bay Area tennis legend if she would like to team up to play Wimblewho comes to mind: Rosie Casals. don. You can guess the response. And it is almost impossible to think of “1966 was my first Wimbledon,” Casals Casals, who divides her time between homes says. “It was definitely an exciting time. I in Palm Desert and Mill Valley, without had never been out of the country. She had thinking of another Bay Area product, Billie already won Wimbledon.” Jean King, the Hall of Fame tennis great Casals and King then teamed up to who teamed with Casals to win oh-so-many revolutionize women’s tennis. Men had doubles titles, including tennis’s most presti- been making 10 times more in prize money gious event—Wimbledon. than women. So King and Casals decided Along the way the duo did another thing. to boycott a tournament in the Southwest They revolutionized women’s tennis, no unless women were guaranteed the same small feat in a sport long dominated by men prize money as men. “[Up to then] they in terms of prize money, respect and fame. would not give us equal prize money,” Casals Women were tennis’s second-class citizens. says. “Billie Jean and several other gals felt Casals and King changed all of that, paving strongly about making a statement.” the way for the likes of Chris Evert, Martina It worked. Shortly thereafter came a major Navratilova, Steffi Graf and today’s Maria breakthrough, in 1971 when Virginia Slims Sharapova and Serena Williams. They were, agreed to sponsor women’s tennis tournain every sense of the word, pioneers. ments throughout the country. There was Casals is now, among many other things, no looking back. From that point on, prize the producer of Mill Valley’s annual Esur- money began inching up to the point that ance Tennis Classic, which begins Friday, today it is comparable to the men’s. Sept. 23, at the Harbor Bob Kaliski, owner of the Point Tennis Club. The Harbor Point Tennis Club, event, which runs through has known and been a fan Sunday, will feature such of Casals for years. He likes tennis greats as Tracy Austo tell a story about Casals tin and the Bryan Brothers, and King that took place the doubles team that has, in the 1970s. He says that like Casals and King before some young women who them, won many of tennis’s were good tennis players Grand Slam tournaments. were itching to play King In a recent interview, and Casals, to show their Casals, 63, talked of her early stuff, apparently thinking years in tennis, her role as a they could whip the legendpioneer and how tennis has ary duo in doubles. King changed over the years. She and Casals, no longer in also evaluated current pros their prime as tennis playin the men’s and women’s ers, obliged. “They whipped NOW PLAYING game, saying, among other those young whippersnapThe Esurance Tennis things, that Sharapova will pers,” he says, gleefully. Classic takes place Sept. have to learn how to serve When Casals talks of the 23 to 25 at the Club at Harbor Point in Mill Valley. consistently if she wants to state of today’s tennis there For information, visit www. win any more majors—the is no sense of nostalgia for Australian Open, the French a time—her time—when Open, Wimbledon and the tennis was a much different U.S. Open. game than now. Wooden As a kid, Casals grew up on the public rackets, serve and volley, finesse instead of courts of San Francisco, unlike many of topower—that was the stuff of tennis. day’s tennis stars who were nurtured in their No longer. Technology probably more sport at private, expensive tennis academies than anything else changed tennis from a (some of today’s Russian tennis stars atserve-and-volley to a baseline game. Wooden tended, beginning at an early age, academies rackets were replaced by larger ones made in Florida). of composite materials that provided more She was only 13 when she first met King power. Then along came new synthetic at a tournament in Berkeley, racket strings that held the ball longer and “I lost to Billie Jean in two sets,” Casals says. allowed players to hit with more spin. PlayBut the defeat was turned into victory ers were larger, and fitness became a must, when King, after the match, approached accompanied by healthy diets. Gone were

Throughout her career Casals battled baseliners, and sports inequality, with equal verve.

the days of the great Australian tennis stars who favored a pint or two of lager when off the court. “The game has changed—from players who [are] much bigger, to rackets, trainers and nutrition,” says Casals. When she was playing, “very little of that stuff existed. Training was done on the court. Now it is all about having things available to you in a tournament,” she says, referring, among other things, to fitness facilities and physical-fitness trainers. Along with the new rackets came a switch in the way players gripped them. Previously, with the wood rackets, the continental grip was most common. This is done by gripping the racket like you are shaking hands, which allows a player to hit both ground strokes and volleys without altering the grip. Now many players use extreme grips on one side of the racket, which allows for more top spin— which allows players to hit with more power with spin that will easily clear the net and then land near the baseline of the opponent. “It has become a one-dimensional backcourt game,” Casals said. And that largely is because the new extreme grips make it far more difficult to volley at the net than did the old continental grip, she said. In any case, she added, “the continental is a weak grip, you can not hit as strongly.” Casals believes there are areas where the American Tennis Professional Association (the U.S. governing body of professional tennis) can improve. She says, “I don’t see many blacks in tennis. I don’t know why.” However, she thinks the fact that tennis has shifted from public-park courts to private “academies,” which are more expensive, has something to do with it. “Before, tennis [players] came from public parks, now there is very little tennis in public parks,” she laments. We asked Casals what she thought about the current flock of top women and men in tennis, and she did not temporize.

As to women’s tennis in general, she said, “I don’t see anybody that has come out and established herself as dominant.” She said if Serena Williams can stay healthy she is most likely to be the one to do this. As for Maria Sharapova, of Russia, Casals says she could be dominant “if she ever learns to serve.” She notes that Sharapova has for the last couple of years suffered from a shoulder injury [requiring surgery)] which has impeded her game. It has led to a serve, she says, “with too many moving parts. Any thing can throw it off. She has to shorten her toss, get her arm up, keep her head up.” (When a server drops his or her head while serving it typically leads to hitting the ball into the net.) As for tennis’s number-one female player, Denmark’s Caroline Wozniacki—who has achieved that ranking without ever winning a major—she says, “She is not a thriller. She is lacking consistency.” In men’s tennis, she praised the numberone Novak Djokovic, of Serbia, who recently won the U.S. Open. “He is where Federer was five years ago,” she says, referring to Roger Federer of Switzerland, who is considered by many among greatest tennis players in history, but who has not been winning the top tournaments like he used to. “He has lost confidence and confidence comes with winning,” Casals says. Andy Murray, of Scotland, one of the top four men, “is as good as he is going to be,” she says. Rafael Nadal, of Spain, is number two in the world and rounds out the quartet of top men’s players. After the top four, says Casals, “Everyone else are pretenders.” ✹ Double fault with Don at

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hat. A striped skullcap can be a youthful look. Do you prefer something a bit more sultry? A floppy brimmed wool hat in scarlet is amazing paired with a rich lip shade. s Accessory playtime You know you’re not going to be shaving your legs every day once you start wearing full-length pants, tights and tall boots. Use that extra time to fine-tune your outfit with fun accessories. Check out H&M, Forever 21 and the Brass Plum junior department at Nordstrom for inexpensive accents. s Fun fingernails Focus on the manicures with fun nail colors. A personal favorite is Peridot by Chanel, $25. Or switch back and forth all fall long with Essies ‘Fall 2011’ Mini 4-Pack ($17), which includes hues of burnt sienna, merlot, demure pink and dark green. s Attention to eyes Get a bit more daring this fall by bringing jewel-tone colors to your eye-shadow palette. YSL’s Ombres Five Lumieres for Fall 2011 is Midnight Garden: sophisticated shades of purples and greens. Now aren’t you feeling better about fall? Get ready to kick some leaves around in your fall fashion duds.✹ Brenda Kinsel is a fashion and image consultant based in Marin. Check out her Web site at

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â&#x20AC;&#x2122;m addicted to the little peppers called â&#x20AC;&#x153;pimentos de PadrĂłn.â&#x20AC;? At once spicy, salty, tender and more-ish, the ďŹ&#x201A;avors urge eaters to have another and another until the plate is empty. The little stems make perfect handles, ideal for grabbing then biting the PadrĂłn and every once in a while there is a very HOT one, making a game of Russian Roulette out of the consumption. Traditionally grown in the Galicia region of Northern Spain, PadrĂłn peppers have been around since the 17th Century. Monks brought them back to Spain from South America and grew the proliďŹ c peppers in the gardens at their convent near Herbon, a small village in the PadrĂłn district. They became a favorite of the locals, which allowed the monks to trade the peppers for much-needed goods. Nowadays, they are grown by the locals and are a standard at authentic tapas bars throughout Spain. Each August, the PadrĂłnians celebrate their namesake pepper in Herbon with a festival. It was there that the writer Calvin Trillin ďŹ rst discovered this darling of the pepper world. In an essay he wrote for Gourmet magazine in January 2005, he describes attending the PadrĂłn Pepper Festivalâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;â&#x20AC;&#x153;a truly splendid event, marred for me only by the haunting thought that this would probably be my last go at pimientos de PadrĂłn for a good long whileâ&#x20AC;?â&#x20AC;&#x201D;and his subsequent search for PadrĂłns stateside. During his visit to Galicia, he had gotten some seeds of the peppers and, upon his return to New York, given them to Alice Waters who, in turn, gave them to a farmer to grow for Chez Panisse. The current

prevalence of the ďŹ nger-sized peppers in California now may, in fact, be due to the efforts of Trillin and Waters. At the Civic Center farmers market on Sundays, shoppers can ďŹ nd PadrĂłn peppers at County Line, Full Belly, Triple T, Quetzal and Happy Quail, as well as a few others. Recently Whole Foods Markets throughout Marin also were stocking the little beauties in their produce departments. Menus at restaurants in the county have periodically featured the diminutive vegetable this summer: Vin Antico had them on their Happy Hour menu sauteed with Shishito peppers, a close Japanese cousin to PadrĂłns; Picco in Larkspur offered them as a starter served with sea salt and on the appetizers menu at Marche Aux Fleurs in Ross, they were mixed with nardello and Hungarian peppers and sprinkled with Hawaiian red salt. As tasty as they are to eat, PadrĂłns have a number of surprising health beneďŹ ts. One of the most unexpected advantages of eating PadrĂłns is that they are thought to aid digestionâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;even with the occasional piquant kick. They also contain a truckload of vitamins: A, B1, B2, C and P as well as calcium and iron. In addition, consumption of the peppers can decrease high blood pressure, encourage healthy cholesterol, preserve good blood circulation and quicken the healing of scars. Preparation is easy: grill or pan roast with plenty of olive oil until the skin begins to blister and blacken in places. Then toss with the best sea salt you can get your hands on. They are in season through September, with any luck, so donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t wait too

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long to try them. The Spanish say: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pimiento de PadrĂłn, pequeĂąo pero matĂłn,â&#x20AC;? which means â&#x20AC;&#x153;PadrĂłn peppers, a teeny weeny thug.â&#x20AC;? This gives you some idea of what to expect as you go chomping through a plateful and suddenly get one that makes the steam come out of your ears. Russian roulette, perhaps, but not a deterrent to savoring the charms of Spain in a delectable morsel.

My favorite way to cook padrĂłns 1/2 lb. PadrĂłn pepper, washed and dried 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil Gray Malden sea salt, or other coarse salt, to taste

Heat a gas grill on high for 5 minutes. Toss the peppers with the olive oil until



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Through Marin, darkly Bogie and Bacall give Waldo Grade traffic the slip in ‘Dark Passage’ by M at t hew St af for d


n 1947 Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall, Hollywood’s most famous couple, arrived in San Francisco to begin a month of on-location filming for Dark Passage, their third movie together. Bogart instigated the project after he read and liked David Goodis’s original novel, the first of a dozen or so moody masterpieces adapted for TV and the movies (including Down There, the source material for Truffaut’s Shoot the Piano Player). It tells the story of an innocent man who escapes from prison to find his alleged victim’s real killer, and screenwriter-director Delmer Daves, a San Francisco native, took the opportunity to showcase his city in all its hilly, fog-swept, low-down, upscale, photogenically sinister glory. And since the story begins with Bogart sneaking out of San Quentin, a fair amount of post-WWII Marin County was showcased as well. After escaping in a laundry truck, our hero tumbles into some East Corte Madera underbrush, scuffles with a nosy passerby and has the tremendous luck to come upon the gorgeous young Lauren Bacall, who not only helps him escape malevolent Marin in the back of her station wagon, she believes in his case so much she won’t stop until his name is cleared (even if that means letting him shack up in her incredibly elegant Telegraph Hill duplex). Their flight over southbound 101 is highlighted by vintage glimpses of a single, two-way Waldo Tunnel and a white-knuckle trip across the road-blocked Golden Gate Bridge. (Another admittedly oblique Marin reference later in the film: the character played by the great Agnes Moorehead lives in the Tamalpais Apartments on Russian Hill.) Dark Passage is very much a movie of its time, combining in one lustrous package the postwar craze for film noir, on-location

shooting, expressionist cinematics (the first third of the film is shot from Bogart’s point of view) and that day-after-Hiroshima ennui (viz the brief scene between the two lonely strangers in the bus station). It’s also one of the goofiest, most improbable movies of the 1940s, with far-fetched coincidences and plotting holes you could drive a cable car through, but, like the man said, if you want real life, you’re welcome to it. Among the film’s compensating charms is its steady parade of colorful supporting characters, its moody jazzand-foghorn soundtrack, Bogart’s effortless charisma and those vintage glimpses of the Headlands, the Filbert Steps, a Hopperesque Lower Fillmore diner and the Powell-Market cable car turnaround. (Trivia time: that newspaper photo of Bacall’s father is director Daves in a brief cameo; the singer crooning Johnny Mercer’s “Too Marvelous for Words” is the great Jo Stafford; and the Bogarts had a suite at the Mark Hopkins, spending much of the shoot at the Top of the Mark.) Dark Passage is the centerpiece of the 10th annual Film in the Fog festivities Saturday night, Oct. 1, in the Presidio. (Appropriately: some of the movie’s most memorable moments take place at Crissy Field and Fort Point.) The fun takes place on the lawn of the Main Post Theatre at 99 Moraga and begins with a live performance by indie rockers Grass Widow at 5:30pm followed by a vintage newsreel, a cartoon and the film du nuit at 7:15. There will be free popcorn and purchasable delicacies from the Presidio’s Kitchen 39, or pack a picnic along with blankets, warm clothes and low lawn chairs. Admission is free; call 561-5000 or visit for further information✹

ViDEO I was a teenager assassin Sixteenyear-old Hanna Heller has revenge on her mind. Mission-trained as an assassin since birth by her father in the remote Arctic wastes, she knows only efficiency, lightning reflex and remorselessness. Now at the peak of Teenage girls being ‘remorseless’? Sorry, but we’re not buying it. her skills, she flips the switch on a battery transponder dad dug up, allowing U.S. intelligence to swoop in and find their rogue asset’s missing child. Director Joe Wright’s action thriller HANNA constantly surprises, with a visual urgency that transforms the beauty of three continents into unfamiliar moonscapes (a perfect mirror for Hanna’s alienation), and a trancelike Chemical Brothers score that’s still rattling around my head. Freshly escaped from one of America’s rendition-friendly pits of hell, Hanna will head for a German rendezvous if she can steer clear of Marissa Wiegler, a former lead spy with big secrets to keep. An agency on her trail—along with Marissa’s own super-seedy henchmen—she finds herself sidetracked on a personal mission to solve the mystery of her own genetic difference from other children. Saoirse Ronan, Eric Bana and Cate Blanchett star. A film that defies easy categorization, but that’s been flying off the shelves at my store, this little homage to extreme homeschooling is not to be missed. —Richard Gould


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All apologies On the anniversary of ‘Nevermind,’ a confession: I killed Kurt Cobain... by G r e g Cahill

tives that Cobain disdained, the fans who demanded his constant affection, and Cohe 20th anniversary of the release of bain’s own demons. But unlike them, I’m in the mood to Nirvana’s 1991 breakthrough album, Nevermind, on Sept. 24, got me to atone for casting negative aspersions. It’s not that I didn’t appreciate Cobain’s thinking that if I’d been kinder to singer, genius or the impact Nevermind had on songwriter and guitarist Kurt Cobain, he might not have died from a self-inflicted a generation of rock fans and the music industry at large. gunshot wound at 27, just As a staff writer at the three years after the band Sun, I first wrote about burst onto the national Nirvana in a round up of music scene. the top albums of 1991, I mean, I didn’t know saying it would be a year him—I just used to comthat was easy to forget plain about his constant (the Pixies, the La’s, John complaining—and, on the Prine and Neil Young not list of those responsible, withstanding). In my own I’d need to step to the back defense, it was the year of the line behind his widthat produced the laughow, Courtney Love (the able collaboration between loudmouthed, substance- Nirvana’s sophomore effort ranked 17 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the George Michael and Milli abusing lead singer of 500 greatest albums of all time. Vanilli, among other mainHole, mother of Cobain’s stream audio offenses. only child, Francis Bean, “It was hard separating out the good and the subject of murderous allegations in Nick Bloomfield’s 1998 documentary stuff (a totally subjective term) from the Kurt & Courtney), the record label execu- piles of hyped excrement the major labels


Cobain was found dead at his Lake Washington home on April 8, 1994. Beside him was a suicide note, written to his childhood imaginary friend ‘Boddah.’

flung at the walls (don’t think too long or hard about that image),” a younger and more jaded version of myself opined, “in hopes that some otherwise forgettable act would ignite the slumbering hormones of the pre-pubescent set.” Still, I did heap praise on Nirvana’s raw and raucous hit single “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” calling it “one of the greatest teen anthems of all time.” And it is. Two years later, in the “Best of ‘93” review, I lamented not only the media’s tiresome coverage of the manufactured

“grunge match” between Pearl Jam and Nirvana, but also Cobain’s “incessant whining about having to cope with the stress of fame and fortune.” Admittedly, no one wants to hear the rich bitch about their wealth, but Cobain was vulnerable and probably needed more love than he was getting from those who for three years pushed him to write, record and tour without respite despite his failing physical and mental health. Sorry Kurt. On that note, I now join the greedy music machine in urging you to spend your paycheck (if you’re lucky enough to get one) or unemployment chit (if it hasn’t run out) on the 20th anniversary superdeluxe collector’s edition of Nevermind, which includes four CDs and a DVD (what the hell, no vinyl?) packed with assorted rarities, and all brought to you by a great power trio led by a ambitious but anguished guitar-toting, flannel-clad, kid from Aberdeen, Wash., who at some point in his short life sat in his small bedroom experimenting with a cheap Fender guitar and a Big Muff fuzz box and cultivating a rock ’n’ roll dream big enough to include us all, but ended up with chronic stomach pain, a heroin addiction he couldn’t shake, and the ill-will of music critics who wouldn’t know true genius if it slapped them in the face. Fortunately, there’s such a thing as 20/20 hindsight. So, I part with this review from the All Music Guide: “Nevermind may seem a little too unassuming for its mythic status— it’s simply a great modern punk record, but even though it may no longer seem life-changing, it is certainly life-affirming, which may just be better.” Rest in peace, Kurt.✹ A never-before-seen film of Nirvana’s 1991 Halloween concert at the Paramount Theater in Seattle will be aired Friday, Sept. 23, at 11pm on VH-1. Smell more of Greg’s spirit at Tune up to the Marin music scene at




Pictures at an X-hibition Marin artists present their blue period at SF Erotic Art show by S am ant ha Camp os



rom the time he was 10 years old, ceived a BA in industrial arts and has largeNovato resident Peter Keresztury ly earned a living as a general contractor has been involved with erotic art “in and a photographer. But his photography some way or the other.” Like many men work took a turn toward the sensual about of his generation, Peter’s father bought 10 years ago when he started to get serious Playboy when it first came out—and about erotic sculpture and had to hire eventually passed it along to his son. “It models to pose for photographs, which he was something that I kind woul wo uld ul d then then en u would use to craft his molds. “As I’m of grew up understanding,” doing this, do oin ng th his i , I’ II’m saying, ‘Wow, this is a lot of says Peter, “that sex and fun, fu n,’” ’”” P etterr rrecalls. fun,’” Peter women are beautiful things Peeteer acknowledges ackn ac kn kn Peter that his art is “very to look at.” explicit.” expl ex pllicit iccitt.”” Although he and his “W “Women have beautiful wife, Deborah, have been b bodies—the subject of art for running the San Francisco t thousands of years,” he says. Art Deco and Modernism “My concern is that when ng Sale for 26 years—until selling they come into the exhibiterr t the rights to it last year—Peter tion, they don’t run out the icc d is also an accomplished erotic door screaming, ‘Pornograph photographer and sculptor. phy!’” The KereszMany of his erotic sculp‘Womantour’ tu u turys came to tures—generally, proportionwas inspired by a at Marin via the ately correct nude women Peter’s high-school n seductive/graphic poses, New York art in fantasy of a fourm scene; Peter reminiaturized, highly detailed ROBERT VENTE legged woman.

‘I used to joke that you have to be 21 to get into this house,” says Deborah.

and exquisitely crafted in resin and fiberglass—have been displayed and sold at various erotic arts exhibits nationwide. But the Kereszturys, who’ve lived in Marin County for nearly 40 years—Peter is 71 and Deborah, 70—were surprised to discover that San Francisco (home of Haight-Ashbury and the Summer of Love! The Antique Vibrator Museum! Folsom Street Fair!) did not have an erotic-arts event of its own. So following “On the Edge,” their erotic photography exhibit that took place in San Francisco

Sausalito’s Nancy Peach, the ‘diva’ of female erotic artists Among the Kereszturys’ favorite erotic artists is Sausalito resident Nancy Peach, whose works will be on display at this weekend’s Erotic Art Exhibition. Formerly a children’s book illustrator, Peach is now a celebrated erotic artist whose oil paintings are exhibited regularly at Femina Potens Art Gallery in San Francisco. We spoke with her recently about the upcoming Erotic Arts Exhibition. When did you start painting erotica?

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Back in 2007, I hired a photographer to come to my house and photograph me naked because I had lost 170 pounds. She looked at all my work and said, “You should have a show at One Taste,” which is a sex-positive community in San Francisco. And I said, OK, I’ll produce some new work for that, and a gallery called Femina Potens took over and started curating. And before I knew it, I was presenting my work to Femina Potens, and they became my art rep. They said, “We only represent gay, lesbian, transgender, queer—or erotic, female artists.” So I became an erotic, female artist.

last February, they’ve organized the firstever San Francisco Erotic Art Exhibition, taking place this weekend and showcasing more than 30 erotic artists from around the country and abroad.✹ The San Francisco Erotic Art Exhibition takes place Sept. 23-25 at the Artists Alley Gallery, 863 Mission St., San Francisco. Friday, opening reception, 4 to 9pm; Saturday, 1 to 9pm; Sunday, noon to 5pm. Must be 21. Call 415/884/2579 or visit www.

Were you a fan of erotic art, prior to that? Not at all. In fact, I didn’t even know what bondage art was... When I saw the bondage with the ropes, I was intrigued. And I became very obsessed with painting people in bondage. What about the bondage imagery turned you on—er, as an artist, that is? The fact that these people in the BDSM community live in a counterculture—you know, people say to me all the time, “Why don’t you paint dance people or the circus people?” It’s like, those are accepted people. But the BDSM community isn’t, so [I want] to present them in a way that’s really highly honoring them—the sex-positive community, which would be the prostitutes, people that make porn. How did your friends react when you turned over this new fig leaf? I’ve been surprised by the fact that a lot of my people, a lot of my friends, have abandoned me over this experience. My really good friends have just said, “You must be crazy—why are you painting these people that are so dark, and in this counterculture?”


Peach was ‘intrigued’ from the get-go by rope bondage.

And it wills me even stronger to paint it. People have responded really wonderfully for my work, in the community and in the scene. Now I’ve decided to just paint men. Because men don’t get presented that well. Men [who are aroused] don’t get represented very well at all. And it just became very important to me to present it that way. It’s interesting that you’re choosing to paint men, as your paintings have a very sensual, feminine quality. It makes the gay men very excited about my work. I sold a painting down in Santa Cruz just a couple months ago to a 21-yearold boy who brought it home and put it in his bedroom in his parents’ house. And I was like, wow, that’s making a statement. You display your work in your house— how does that affect your dinner parties? Well, I have been going through this since 2007. So when I first started doing this, I thought, “Oh my gosh, I can’t show this to [certain people].” And then I was like, “Well, it’s just a nude woman.” And I realized the female body is accepted in public in a way where the male isn’t. So it became the question of whether my [friends and family] were comfortable with this kind of thing. What I’ve figured out is that my paintings have to be put up backwards to the wall right now. Even for people who already know what kind of art you make? I’ve been telling them for years this is what I paint—I’m an erotic artist. But if [other] people ask you what I do then just tell them that I’m a figurative painter, which I am. Because people just look at erotic art and they think, “Oh, are you a stripper?” It’s very, very, very controversial for me. I have struggled over whether to take my paintings into an external studio—you know,

get it out of the house. But I love to paint at home. So I just figured out, I just have to paint it and turn it backwards while it dries. And then, generally, it goes out to a show or to a sale. Who are your influences? Picasso is one of my favorites. He says all art is erotic. He died on my birthday, when I was 15 years old. And I always feel like I embodied him, because I love him! And I hope to be like Georgia O’Keefe and Picasso, painting until I’m 90 years old, you know? Painting erotic work [laughs].


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Beyond the sexual, are you trying to capture a specific tone or feeling in your work? When I’m painting, I am not just painting a picture. I am [painting] their soul. Everyone that I paint gets respect from me. A lot of the people that I portray, they’re working in the sex-positive community and they’re kind of having a difficult time with society, and I feel that I take them to another level in my painting. Do you paint anything other than the erotic these days? No, but I tried! I went to a show at the Upper Floor at the San Francisco Armory when I was opening up there. I met this man who wanted me to paint all these paintings for his house. Well, he was going through divorce with his daughter’s mother. He said, “We can’t have an erotic work. It has to be kind of, you know, vanilla.” So I said, “OK, I’ll paint these hills of Mount Tam and do all these natural things.” And it was... I am just not... you know, it doesn’t motivate me. At all. I’m totally inspired by erotic work. And also, by just saying that I’m an erotic artist, being female, makes me special. They say I’m the diva of the genre. —Samantha Campos

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Abduction (1:46) 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. ● 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. ● 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. ● Crazy, Stupid, Love (1:58) Freshly divorced straight arrow Steve Carell navigates the tricky shoals of singlehood with plenty of help from smooth-operating wingman Ryan Gosling. ● The 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. ● 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. ● Dolphin Tale (1:53) True story about a disabled dolphin whose perseverance (and new prosthetic tail) inspire millions around the world; Winter the dolphin stars as herself. ● 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. ● An Evening with Jane Goodall (2:15) The world-renowned chimpanzee expert and allaround good egg discusses her life and work with Angelina Jolie and other luminaries. ● A Fall from Freedom (1:20) S.M. Minasian’s hard-hitting documentary examines ●

the systematic capture and imprisonment of dolphins and whales in aquariums and amusement parks. ● Farmageddon (1:30) The tenuous fate of small, family-owned, exorbitantly regulated organic farms is the subject of Kristin Canty’s eye-opening documentary. ● 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. ● 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. ● 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. ● Killer Elite (1:56) Special ops agent Jason Statham takes on three fearsome assassins to rescue kidnapped old mentor Robert De Niro. ● The Lion King 3D (1:29) Disney’s stirring story of a cub’s ascension to the throne returns in three potentially dazzling dimensions. ● 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. ● Moneyball (2:06) 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. ● Mozart’s Sister (2:00) Sumptuous biopic (filmed in Versailles!) looks at the unheralded life of Wolfgang’s big sister and fellow prodigy Nannerl. ● 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. ● Restless (1:35) Two young misfits, one an orphan, the other a terminal cancer patient, confront life and death with courage, love and irreverence; Gus Van Sant directs. ● Rigoletto in Mantua (2:33) Plácido Domingo, Zubin Mehta and legendary cinematographer Vittorio Storaro film Verdi’s timeless tragedy on dazzling locations in Lombardy’s frescoed capital. ● 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). ● Senna (1:46) Documentary about the legendary Brazilian Formula-One driver who won three world championships before his death at age 34. ● Spy Kids: All the Time in the World in 4D (1:29) The fourth “D” is a scratch-andsmell card, which isn’t really a dimension and makes us fear further sequels. ● 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. ✹


›› MOViE TiMES ❋ A Fall from Freedom (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Sun 7 (filmmaker Stanley Minasian and Earth Island Institute’s Mark Berman in person) ❋ Abduction (PG-13) Century Northgate 15: 12, 1:15, 2:30, 3:50, 5, 6:30, 7:30, 9, 10:05 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:50, 2:30, 5:10, 7:55, 10:30 ❋ An Evening with Jane Goodall (PG) Century Regency 6: Tue 8 CinéArts at Marin: Tue 8 CinéArts at Sequoia: Tue 8 Connected (Not Rated) CinéArts at Sequoia: Fri, Mon, Wed, Thu 7:30 Sat-Sun 2:50, 7:30 Contagion (PG-13) ★★★ Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 5, 7:45, 10:20 Sat-Sun 11:45, 2:15, 5, 7:45, 10:20 Mon-Thu 6:45, 9:20 Century Regency 6: FriSat 11:05, 1:50, 4:30, 7:15, 9:55 Sun-Thu 11:05, 1:50, 4:30, 7:15 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:35, 2:15, 4:55, 7:30, 10:05 CinéArts at Marin: Fri-Sat 2:10, 4:45, 7:15, 9:55 Sun 2:10, 4:45, 7:15 Mon-Thu 5:10, 7:40 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri-Sat 1:50, 4:35, 7:10, 9:40 Sun-Thu 1:50, 4:35, 7:10 Crazy, Stupid, Love (PG-13) ★★1/2 Century Northgate 15: 1:30, 4:35, 7:40, 10:20 CinéArts at Sequoia: Fri-Sat 4:50, 9:30 Sun-Thu 4:50 The Debt (R) ★★★ Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 11:15, 4:50, 10:20 Sun-Thu 11:15, 4:50 Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame (PG-13) ★★★ Century Regency 6: 1:55, 7:35 ❋ Dolphin Tale (PG) Century Northgate 15: 12:30, 3:10, 5:45, 8:25; 3D showtimes at 11:20, 1:55, 4:30, 7:15, 9:55 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:40, 5; 3D showtimes at 2:20, 7:40, 10:20 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri-Sat 1:20, 4:15, 6:50, 9:25 Sun-Thu 1:20, 4:15, 6:50

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Lark Theater: Fri 5, 7:30 SatSun 2:30, 5, 7:30 Mon 4:30 Tue-Thu 4:30, 7 Drive (R) ★★★1/2 Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 5:25, 8, 10:30 Sat-Sun 12, 2:45, 5:25, 8, 10:30 Mon-Thu 7, 9:40 Century Northgate 15: 11:30, 12:35, 2, 3, 4:25, 5:30, 6:50, 8, 9:20, 10:30 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:45, 2:35, 5:15, 7:45, 10:15 ❋ Farmageddon (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Sun 4:15 (filmmaker Kristin Canty in person) The Hedgehog (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Fri-Sat, MonWed 4:30, 7 Thu 4:30 The Help (PG-13) ★★ Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 7:15, 10:25 Sat-Sun 12:30, 4, 7:15, 10:25 Mon-Thu 6:30, 9:50 Century Regency 6: 1:15, 4:35, 7:55 Tue 1:15, 4:35 CinéArts at Marin: Fri-Sat 12:30, 3:40, 6:45, 9:50 Sun 12:30, 3:40, 6:45 Mon-Thu 4:30, 7:30 Tiburon Playhouse 3: 4:15, 7:30 Sat-Sun 1, 4:15, 7:30 I Don’t Know How She Does It (PG-13) Century Northgate 15: 11:55, 2:10, 4:40, 7:20, 9:35 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:55, 4:45, 9:55 ❋ Killer Elite (R) Century Northgate 15: 11:45, 1, 2:25, 3:55, 5:10, 6:45, 7:50, 9:30, 10:30 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:30, 2:20, 5:05, 7:50, 10:35 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri-Sat 1:40, 4:25, 7:05, 9:45 Sun-Thu 1:40, 4:25, 7:05 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri 4:30, 7:10, 9:45 Sat 1:30, 4:30, 7:10, 9:45 Sun 1:30, 4:30, 7:10 Mon-Thu 4:30, 7:10 The Lion King (G) Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 5:15, 7:30, 9:45 Sat-Sun 2:30, 5:15, 7:30, 9:45; 2D showtime at 12:15 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 old-fashioned 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-Sun 2, 4:15, 6:45, 9:10 ❋ Moneyball (PG-13) Century Cinema: 12:30, 3:40, 7, 10 Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 11:30, 1, 2:30, 4, 5:30, 7, 8:30, 10 Sun-Thu 11:30, 1, 2:30, 4, 5:30, 7 Century Rowland Plaza: 1, 4, 7, 10 CinéArts at Sequoia: Fri 4, 7, 10 Sat 1, 4, 7, 10 Sun 1, 4, 7 Mon-Thu 4, 7 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fr-Sat 1, 3:50, 6:40, 9:30 Sun-Thu 1, 3:50, 6:40 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri 4, 6:50, 9:40 Sat 1:10, 4, 6:50, 9:40 Sun 1:10, 4, 6:50 MonThu 4, 6:50 Mozart’s Sister (R) Rafael Film Center: 4, 6:30, 9 Sat-Sun 1:30, 4, 6:30, 9 Our Idiot Brother (R) ★★1/2 Century Northgate 15: 2:35, 7:25 ❋ Restless (PG-13) Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 11:10, 2, 4:40, 7:25, 10:10 Sun-Thu 11:10, 2, 4:40, 7:25 ❋ Rigoletto in Mantua (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Thu 7 Rise of the Planet of the Apes (PG-13) Century Northgate 15: 12:10, 4:45, 9:45 Senna (PG-13) ★★★ Rafael Film Center: Fri, Mon-Wed 9:20 Sat-Sun 1:45, 9:20 Spy Kids: All the Time in the World (PG) Century Northgate 15: 12:05, 4:55, 9:25; 3D showtimes at 2:20, 7:10 Straw Dogs (R) Century Northgate 15: 11:40, 2:15, 5:05, 7:45, 10:15 Century Rowland Plaza: 2:10, 7:15 CinéArts at Marin: Fri-Sat 1:50, 4:25, 7, 9:35 Sun 1:50, 4:25, 7 Mon, Wed, Thu 4:45, 7:20 Tue 4:45

Showtimes can change after we go to press. Please call theater to confirm schedules.

›› THEATERS CinéArts at Marin 101 Caledonia St., Sausalito • 331-0255 CinéArts at Sequoia 25 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley • 388-4862 Cinema 41 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera • 924-6505 Fairfax 9 Broadway, Fairfax • 453-5444 Lark 549 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur • 924-5111 Larkspur Landing 500 Larkspur Landing Cir., Larkspur • 461-4849 Northgate 7000 Northgate Dr., San Rafael • 800-326-3264 Playhouse 40 Main St., Tiburon • 435-1234 Rafael Film Center 1118 Fourth St., San Rafael • 454-1222 Regency 80 Smith Ranch Rd., Terra Linda • 479-5050 Rowland 44 Rowland Way, Novato • 800-326-3264

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

Pacific Sun‘s Community Calendar The Muddy Roses will hose themselves off Sept. 29 for an evening of country blues at the Southern Pacific Smokehouse.

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

Live music 09/23: Andoni’s Quartet Classic jazz,R&B, blues. 6:30-9pm. No cover. Horizons Restaurant & Bar, 558 Bridgeway, 1st Floor, Sausalito. 331-3232.

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: Liz Kennedy S.F. based singer/songwriter/ pianist. With The Clean White Shirt Band: Joel Jaffe, guitars; Eamonn Flynn, keyboards; Billy Johnson, drums; Don Bassey, bass. 8:30-11pm. $15. The Southern Pacific Smokehouse, 224 Vintage Way, Novato. 899-9600.

09/23: Michael DiFranco Sinatra Stylings Jazz vocalist. 8-10:30pm. Free. Max’s Cafe, 60 Madera Blvd., Corte Madera. 09/23: Pablo Cruise Recognize their classic hits and appreciate the intimate setting. Vacation rock. 9pm. $29.50-39.50. George’s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262. 09/24: Doc Kraft Dance Band Swing, latin, country, rock. 8:30pm-1:30am. $8. The Seahorse Restaurant & Nightclub, 305 Harbor Dr. Gate 5, Sausalito. 601-7858.

09/24: 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 .

09/24: Jesse Kincaid Band Americana. 7-10pm. Taste of Rome, Bridgeway , Sausalito. 09/24: Luv Planet With Nicole Sutton and Mark McGee; Tommy Sisco, bass; Scott McKenzie, drums. 8:30-11pm. $20. The Southern Pacific Smokehouse, 224 Vintage Way, Novato. 899-9600.

09/24: Music at the Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival Michael LaMacchia 3io, Hang Jones, The Palm Wine Boys, 4 Guys Named Mo, Duo Gadjo Trio, Lumanation. 11:30am-5pm. $5-10, under 13 free. Old Mill Park , 320 Throckmorton Ave. , Mill Valley. 381-8090. 09/24: New Rising Sons Rock. 7-10pm. Taste of Rome, 1000 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-7660. 09/24: The Final Four Beatles and 60s rock. 8:30pm-12:15am. $5. Presidio Yacht Club, Fort Baker, Sausalito.

09/25: Erika Alstrom with Dale Alstrom’s Jazz Society Classic swing standards and original numbers. 5-8pm. Free. 19 Broadway, 17 Broadway, Fairfax. 459-1091.

09/25: Music at the Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival Michael Olsen, Spark & Whisper, Todd Morgan & the Emblems, Miss Emily Anne, LouLou & the Gypsy Jivers. 10am-5pm. $5-10, under 13 free. Old Mill Park, 320 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 381-8090. 09/25: Renee Brooks Ensemble Part of the Tunes On The Terrace music series. Bring picnic food and enjoy the sun. All ages. 2-5pm.

BEST BET ‘What’cha gonna do’ this weekend? Air out those bellbottoms, feather those locks and comb your mustaches, gentleman. PABLO CRUISE is returning to Marin! If you are worried that last night’s debauchery included a timetraveling device, which delivered you smack dab in the middle of the 1978, no need to fret. The Marin-based group, founded over 35 years ago, has not sucked you into a time warp but has no, none of them is actually named reunited after each original member And, ‘Pablo Cruise’... left, as they say, to pursue other interests—including successful careers in the music, television and education worlds. Bringing their laid-back, mellow groove to audiences around the country, the band is offering up remixed variations of old favorites like “Love Will Find a Way” and “What’cha Gonna Do?” Mosey on to downtown San Rafael for two nights of nostalgia with Pablo Cruise on Friday, Sept. 23, and Saturday, Sept. 24, at 9:30pm both evenings. George’s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. $29.50 - $35.50. 877/568-2726.— Dani Burlison

Free, donations welcome. San Rafael Elks Club, Outdoor Terrace, 1312 Mission Ave., San Rafael. 721-7661. 09/27: KortUzi Danny Uzilevsky & Jonathan Korty host Bay area artists. 9:30 p.m.-1:30am. Free. 19 Broadway, 19 Broadway, Fairfax . 09/27: Noel Jewkes Invitational jazz jam. 7-10pm. No cover. Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor Dr., Sausalito. 786-6894. 09/28: Tangonero Classic Tango music with Marcelo Puig. 8-11pm. Free . Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor, Gate 5, Sausalito. 331-2899. 09/29: Audrey Moira Shimkas Quartet Jazz, pop. 7:30-10:30pm. No cover. Seahorse, 305 Harbor Dr, Sausalito. 847-8331. 09/29: The Muddy Roses From old country to swampy blues, The Muddy Roses play heirloom and original tunes with three-part harmonies, tight instrumentation and saucy humor. 8-10:30pm. $10. Southern Pacific Smokehouse, 224 Vintage Way, Novato. 09/30: Fell in a Well Rock covers. 9pm-1am. $5. Smiley’s Schooner Saloon, 41 Wharf Road, Bolinas.

Concerts 09/23: Just Voices:‘Singing for Khitam’ Unaccompanied choral music, including songs by Wilbye, Janequin, Dvorak and the Beatles. This concert raises money for a deaf child in Gaza. Jan Pederson Schiff conducts. 8pm. $10-20 donation. First Presbyterian Church of San Anselmo, 72 Kensington Road, San Anselmo. 09/25: Thomas Schultz Piano. Works by Bach, Beethoven, Schubert and Liszt. 4pm. $10-23. Dance Palace Community Center, 503 B St., Point Reyes Station. 663-1075.

Dance 09/30: Shimshai World music and dance. 8pm. $15-18. Yoga Mountain Studio, 85 Bolinas Road, Fairfax. 0923-10/01: Smuin Ballet Fall program includes a world premiere set to the music of Patsy Cline. 8pm. $25-62. Palace of Fine Arts Theatre, 3301 Lyon St., San Francisco. 556-5000.

Theater/Auditions 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. 8834498.

Through 09/25: The Complete History of America (Abridged) Presented by Marin Shakespeare Company. A zany, irreverent three-man romp through the annals of our nation’s past, featuring scenes of recent historical events. See website for complete schedule of performances. 8pm. $20-35. Forest Meadows Amphitheatre, 1475 Grand Ave., San Rafael. 499-4488. Through 09/25: The Tempest A magical, mysterious exploration of revenge, forgiveness and the transitory nature of dreams. Director Jon Tracy brings his own brand of magic to this enchanting romance. See website for all dates. 8pm. $20-35. Forest Meadows Amphitheatre, 1475 Grand Ave., San Rafael. 499-4488.

Comedy 09/23: Marga Gomez:‘Not Getting Any Younger’ Marga Gomez spills the beans in her ninth solo show, a comedy about lies, vanity and the good old days. 8pm. $20-25. Dance Palace Community Center, 503 B St., Point Reyes Station. .

09/24: Improv Workshop with Sandra Davies Play improv games in groups and with partners, build communication skills and be creative. Noon-2pm. $30. Elan Fitness Center, Greenfield Ave., San Anselmo. 256-2470.

Art 09/09-10/22: Teresa Dong Exhibition Paintings. 10 a.m.-5:30pm. Free. The Painters Place, 1139 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur. 461-0351. 09/23-10/19:‘Iconic Marin’ Bryn Craig, paintings. Opening 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, new semi-abstract photography. “Bounty.” Debra Stuckgold, Installation. Eric Engstrom, new paintings. Opening reception 3pm Sept. 25. 11-5pm. Free. SEPTEMBER 23 - SEPTEMBER 29, 2011 PACIFIC SUN 29

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Talks/Lectures 09/23: Dissolve Resistance and Increase your Influence with Clients Consultants learn to dissolve resistance to your recommendations by understanding the change process and knowing what motivates your client. 7:30-10am. $35-40. McInnis Park Golf Center Restaurant, 350 Smith Ranch Road, San Rafael. 944-7459. 09/23: Remembrance Writing 101 With â&#x20AC;&#x153;Remembrance Writing 101: The Easy Way to Write and Share the Stories of Your Lifeâ&#x20AC;? author Claudia Carroll. Noon-1pm. Free. Civic Center Library, Room 427, 3501 Civic Center Dr., San Rafael. 499-6058.

09/24: Organic Vegetable Garden for Fall and Winter Master Gardener Joan Irwin discusses

how to create a successful organic vegetable garden during the cool months of the year, with proper soil preparation, plant selection and more. 10-11am. $5-10. Tamalpais Valley Community Center, 203 Marin Ave., Mill Valley. 388-6393. 09/25: Jane Lynch Join the Glee star/comedienne as she talks about her new book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Happy Accidents.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. $35. Dominican University, 50 Acacia Ave., San Rafael. 927-0960. 09/26: Book Talk Marin activists Buff and Cindy Whitman-Bradley talk about their new book, â&#x20AC;&#x153;About Face: Military Resisters Turn Against War.â&#x20AC;? 6:15-9pm. Free. First United Methodist Church,, 9 Ross Valley Dr., San Rafael. 09/27:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;From Self to Godâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Author Nicole Trotter speaks on her faith journey as part of the Gutsy Women of Faith Speaker Series. Child care available. 9:30-11am. Donations. Westminster Presbyterian Church, 240 Tiburon Blvd., Tiburon. 435-3921. 09/29:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Save Japan Dolphinsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Campaign to end the slaughter of dolphins in Japan. Presentation by Mark Palmer. After just returning from Taiji on 9/1 for the opening of the next whale hunting season Mark will talk about Earth Islandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s campaign to end the dolphin slaughter. 7-9pm. Free. The Bay Model, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 828-5743. www.acs-sfbay. org 09/29: Spruce Up Your Garden Marin Master Gardener and Bay Area garden designer Catherine Teague will deliver a presentation on how to spruce up your spring garden by planting California natives and other low water plants. 1pm. Free. The Outdoor Art Club, 1 West Blithedale Ave., Mill Valley. 3889886. 09/29: World Affairs Council Supervisory Special Agent Steven Merrill talks on â&#x20AC;&#x153;The 2008 Mumbai Terror Attacks: The FBI Response.â&#x20AC;? Reservations required. 7:30-9pm. $6-9, students free Creekside Room, Dominican University, 50 Acacia Ave., San Rafael. 293-4600.

Wednesdays: Marin History Museum Gallery Tour Join local legend Jeff Craemer for a gallery tour of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Marin Independent Journal: 150 Years of Inkâ&#x20AC;? exhibition. 11am-4pm. Free. Marin History Museum, 1125 B St., San Rafael. 454-8538.

Readings 09/18: Erin Morgenstern Morgenstern talks about her novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Night Circus.â&#x20AC;? 1pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 9270960. 09/23: Special Evening Salon Special guest reading with Katherine Hastings, Lee Slonimsky and Melissa Stein. 7-9pm. Free. Rebound Bookstore, 1611 4th St., San Rafael. 482-0550. 09/26: Diana Abu-Jaber American Book Award

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Bay Area author MICHAEL DAVID LUKAS reads from his best-selling novel, The Oracle of Stamboul. Chosen as the â&#x20AC;&#x153;One Book, One Marinâ&#x20AC;? pick for 2012, The Oracle of Stamboul was recently rated a number-one best-seller in Marin County for several weeks. An award recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship for research in Turkey, The Oracle teems with vivid imagery that consumes the reader. Recently released in paperback, Lukas reads from his highly acclaimed first novel at Book Passage on Tuesday, Sept. 27, 7pm. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. Free. 415/927-0960. â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Dani Burlison Next yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s One Book, One Marin selection.

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Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all bikes all the time at BIKETOBERFEST MARIN! Adding to the usual greatness of this annual eventâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;which includes a million West Coast brews (OK, only 40, but still!), nearly 30 regional frame builders, a ton of live music and a gaggle of ridesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;this Despite how Germanic brew-and-bratwurst are typically named, Oktoberfests yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Biketoberfest features a celebration bacchanal are traditionally held in September. of cargo bikes. The cargo bike jubilee hosts a family bike obstacle course, which adds an element of fun not normally present in the daily life of regular bike commuters with young ones. But the good times donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t stop there. Auction items are also available with proceeds benefiting the Marin County Bicycle Coalition and all of their hard work advocating for a bike-friendly, bike-lovinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Marin. Pack up the family, spin on over and bask in the glory of bikes! Sunday, Sept. 25, 11am-6pm. FairAnselm Plaza, 765 Center Blvd., Fairfax. Free (beer tasting, $25-30). â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Dani Burlison winning Abu-Jaber discusses â&#x20AC;&#x153;Birds of Paradise.â&#x20AC;? 1pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 09/26: Justin Torres The author talks about his novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;We the Animals.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www. 09/27: Michael David Lukas Lukas presents his novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Oracle of Stamboul.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 09/27: Traveling Poetry Show With Toni Wilkes, Gregory Randall, Roy Mash, Robert Sward, Michelle Bitting and Becky Foust. Hosted by Paula Weinberger. 7-9pm. Free. Mill Valley Library, 375 Throckmorton, Mill Valley. 3894292. 09/28: Charles Mann Mann discusses â&#x20AC;&#x153;1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd. , Corte Madera. 927-0960. 09/29: Laurence Bergreen Bergreen discusses â&#x20AC;&#x153;Columbus: The Four Voyages.â&#x20AC;? 1pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 09/29: Margaret Pearson Dr. Pearson talks about â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Original I Ching: An Authentic Translation of the Book of Changes.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 09/30: Jeffrey Meyers In conversation with David and Janet Peoples. â&#x20AC;&#x153;John Huston: Courage and Art.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960.

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a screening of his film which exposes the long and controversial history of the captive whale and dolphin industry. 7pm. $10.25 General Admission Smith Rafael Film Center, 1118 Fourth St., San Rafael. 454-1222. 09/25:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Farmageddonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Filmmaker Kristin Canty will present and discuss a special screening of her new documentary which focuses on small family farms which provide safe, healthy foods to their communities. 4:15pm. $10.25 General Admission Smith Rafael Film Center, 1118 Fourth St., San Rafael. 454-1222. 09/26:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;August to Juneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; This locally filmed documentary explores a meaningful education through an intimate portrait of a year in an unconventional public elementary school class. 7-9pm. $9.50 general admission, $6.75 seniors and children Lark Theater, 549 Magnolia Ave. , Larkspur. 488-9244. www.


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ing backyard beekeeping in two parts from 10amnoon and noon-2pm. Discuss keeping bees as well try your hand at harvesting honey. 10am-2pm. $25 for one or $40 for both The Next Key Center, 1385 N Hamilton Parkway , Novato. 382-3363 x213. 09/24: Conference on Marin Youth Educational conference on “Marin Youth: Our Realities” will be presented by the International Association of Sufism and the Humanities Expressions Program of Dominican University of California. 9am-4pm. $25-35, includes lunch. Creekside Room, Dominican University of Calif., Caleruega Hall, San Rafael. 472-6959.

09/24: Could A Biblical Ark Flood Strike California? Is there really evidence to support that there are times when it can actually rain as long as 40 days and 40 nights in California? 1:302:30pm. Free. Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-3871. www.spn.usace.

09/24: Day of Victorian Games and Crafts Also the Museum will be hosting a rare docent led tour of the Boyd Estate grounds including the Boyd Gate House, Boyd Park and the Maple Lawn mansion. Noon-2pm. Free admission; $6-12 for tour. Marin History Museum, 1125 B St., San Rafael. 454-8538.

09/24: Gold Fever: How the Gold Rush Forever Changed SF Bay In 1848 gold was discovered in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, luring people by the thousands to California. Join Ranger Tammi to find out how this event changed San Francisco Bay forever. 11 a.m.-noon. Free. Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-3871. 09/24: Herb and Harvest Hoedown Herb walks, farm tours, crafts, KidZone, clothing and book exhange, classes and music. Herbalism 101, Mushroom cultivation, Fire Making Barn dance, Music with Hillside Fire and Coyote Grace. 2-10pm. $10, under 12 free Laguna Farm, 1720 Laguna Road, Sebastopol, . 09/24: Sail on the Gas Light A beautiful 50-foot schooner, docked in Sausalito harbor. Fundraiser for Nancy’s List, a nonprofit serving those who are living with cancer and those who love and care for them. 3-6pm. $125 240 Almonte Blvd., Mill Valley. 383-3058.

09/25: 2nd San Anselmo Run in the Sun 5K Run/Walk. Perfect for families and runners and walkers of all abilities. Presented by the Ross Valley Health Alliance, this is a fundraiser event. 8-9am. $25. Downtown, San Anselmo and Tamalpais Aves., San Anselmo. 258-8228. 09/25: Biketoberfest Marin Beer! Bikes! Food! 11am-6pm. Free admission; $24-30 for beer tasting. FairAnselm Plaza, FairAnselm Plaza Parking lots, 765 Center Blvd., Fairfax. 09/25: Healthy Water Demo Watch a demo showing and measuring qualities of filtration, alkalinity, micro-clustering, ionization. Sustainable solutions for healthy drinking water. 6:30-7:30pm. Free. Cafe Gratitude San Rafael, 2200 Fourth St., San Rafael, CA. 250-9455.

09/25: San Anselmo Country Fair Day and Parade With a pancake breakfast (7-11am), country fair (10am-3pm), parade (11am) and festival at Creek Park (Noon-4pm). 7am-4pm. Free. Downtown San Anselmo, San Anselmo Ave and Creek Park, San Anselmo. 258-4640. www. 09/27: Marin Audubon Field Trip “Pt. Reyes Big Day.” Keith Hansen, well-known wildlife artist and naturalist, will lead explore various sites in the National Seashore for excellent birding. Meet at 7:30am at the Bovine Bakery in Pt Reyes Station. 7:30am-3pm. Free. Pt. Reyes National 32 PACIFIC SUN SEPTEMBER 23 - SEPTEMBER 29, 2011

Seashore, HIghway One , Point Reyes Station. 299-2514. 09/28: Having Fun in the Delta Have you ever thought about all the things there are to do in the Delta? Find out about fun and interesting adventures you and your family can have by exploring this hidden gem. 2-3pm. Free. Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-3871. www.spn.usace. 09/28: Mingle at MAGC Great drinks, delicious food and live music. Meet and converse with other young professionals at these monthly cocktail parties in a relaxed setting. Cocktails, beer and wine sold to benefit MAGC. 5-8pm. Donation. Marin Art and Garden Center, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Ross. 454-5081.

Saturdays: Point Reyes Farmers Market Purchase locally grown products from the only all local, all organic produce market in the county. Live music, guest chefs and Kid Zone every Saturday. 9am.-1pm. Free. Toby’s Feed Barn, 11250 Hwy One, Point Reyes Station. 663-9667.

Through 10/29: Marin Open Garden Project Community Veggie Exchange Bring the excess from your garden to exchange with other gardeners. Mill Valley: 10-11am Saturdays at Volunteer Park, Evergreen and Melrose, Homestead Valley, Mill Valley. Novato: 9-10am Saturdays at the School District Lawn, 7th & Grant, Novato. Mill Valley: 9:3010:30am at Boyle Park, 11 East Dr., Mill Valley. San Rafael: 9:30-10:30am Saturdays at Sun Valley Park, K & Solano St., San Rafael. San Anselmo: Saturday 9-10 a.m. at the Town Hall Lawn, 525 San Anselmo Ave., San Anselmo. Free. 419-4941.

Kid Stuff 09/24: Blackie’s Hay Day Country fair with activities, live music and food. Great for the entire family. Hosted by Bookmarks to benefit the children’s and teen’s programs of the BelvedereTiburon Public Library. 10am-3pm. $10, under 2 free. Blackie’s Pasture , Tiburon Blvd., Tiburon.

09/27: Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson Pulitzer Prize-winning authors talk about “The Bridge to Never Land.” 10am. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 09/27: Mother Goose on the Loose A fun filled, thirty minute interactive session that uses rhymes, songs, puppets and musical instruments to stimulate the learning process of babies and toddlers. 10:30-11am. Free. San Rafael Public Library Meeting Room, 1100 E St., San Rafael. 485-3322. 09/29: French Immersion Storytime The San Anselmo Public Library is pleased to introduce a new weekly French immersion storytime for children ages 18 months-4 years olds with teacher Anne de Souza of Le Petit Jardin. 10:30-11am. Free. San Anselmo Public Library, 110 Tunstead Ave., San Anselmo CA . 258-4656.

Support Groups First and Third Tuesdays: Caregiver’s Support Group Focus is on spiritual and emotional healing while supporting a loved one through illness. Group sponsored by attitudinal healing international. 7-9 p.m. Free. 1350 S. Eliseo Dr. (adjacent to Marin General Hospital), Greenbrae. 383-0399. ✹

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Week of September 22-28, 2011

ARIES (March 20 - April 19) On Friday, the sun joins Venus and Saturn in your opposite sign of Libra. This is a nudge from the universe to start paying more attention to how you are handling your one-on-one relationships. In case you are still not cooperating, you are bound to see the light on Tuesday when Mercury and the moon join the gang to make it 5-to-1 in favor of mutual harmony. Sometimes even an independent Aries can share in a hug. TAURUS (April 20 - May 19) As your ruler (hedonistic Venus) moves closer to ambitious Saturn, you are beginning to focus less on when you can take a few days off and more on how you can make progress in your professional life. In spite of Jupiter moving backward in your sign, you continue to attract those who are aware of your potential. Yes, Taurus, you are on a positive streak. Trust the experience. GEMINI (May 20 - June 20) As the celestial energies gather in your house of creativity, the need to actualize your vision is powerful. Others may say you’re an impractical dreamer, but they forget that along with the fleeting aspects of the playful sun and artsy Venus, the long term influence of serious Saturn is in effect. Just remember that your ideas must be tested before mass acceptance is pursued. So, prior to contacting Miramax, perhaps you should run your screenplay by the teenagers next door. CANCER (June 21 - July 21) One of your most valuable qualities is your talent for being calm on the outside, even when there is a major storm brewing on the inside. At the moment, there are definite clouds on the horizon. This week adds pressure to your empathetic sign as overly spirited planets and luminaries congregate in the emotional wellbeing sector of your chart. Take several deep breaths. Put on the chamomile tea, soothing music, and the noise-canceling headphones. Maybe the outside calm will move inside... LEO (July 22 - August 22) Now that energetic Mars is in your sign, you are more boisterous than usual. However, in spite of a desire to engage in a challenging battle wherever you go, there is an inner conflict. Your ruler (the sun) has entered the peaceful and cooperative sign of Libra. Meaning, you are expected to be a warrior and a diplomat simultaneously. Sort of like being the secretary of state, an undoubtedly thankless job. Just ask Hillary... VIRGO (August 23 - September 21) As of Friday, the spotlighting sun leaves your personality house to enter your physical comfort house. You may be less inclined to over-dramatize everything and be more inclined to simply relax and take everything in stride. On Sunday, your ruler (clever Mercury) is ready to come up with new ways of making money. For the next few weeks, financially feasible ideas pop up. Turn off your critical judgment and give them a chance. LIBRA (September 22 - October 22) It’s officially your zodiac celebration as of Friday. The number of celestial party attendees continues to increase through the week, starting out with the creative sun, sensuous Venus, and serious Saturn in your sign. Then, on Sunday, flirty Mercury steps in to liven up your conversations, followed by the mushy moon on Tuesday and Wednesday to provide emotional bliss. Prepare to be kissed SCORPIO (October 23 - November 21) Sometimes the best way to forget your troubles is to help someone else who is worse off than you are. The emphasis this week is on your house of sympathy, which means this is a good time to visit the ill, the incarcerated and the friends who are down on their luck. Yes, some of these friends made their own bad luck. Nevertheless, if tempted to lecture (due to your ruler, Pluto, occupying the judgmental sign of Capricorn), please don’t. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 - December 20) It occurs to you now that making money is not the answer to making you happy. You can have loads of cash—but if you have little or no freedom, you’re miserable. The idea that wealth equals freedom also is misleading, since the wealth itself requires attention. As you’re making your way through the Andes with a backpack, you’re not so interested in calling your stockbroker. In the next few weeks, when planning your ideal future, keep this in mind. CAPRICORN (December 21 - January 18) Your ruler (ambitious Saturn) is no longer the only presence in your career house. Venus entered last week. Joining Sociable Venus on Friday is the playful sun, and (by Monday) witty Mercury. This means you should add more pleasure to your career activities and let your coworkers know that you have a sense of humor along with that sense of responsibility. Because, all work and no play makes Cap a rich, but dull, goat. AQUARIUS (January 19 - February 17) Mars has moved into your relationship house. Some of you may experience this as war. Others may find his feisty energy a needed boost in the physical aspect of your union. Those of you who are single have two choices: 1) Use Mars the conqueror to help you capture the heart of one you desire. 2) Celebrate your independence by going wherever you please and doing whatever you want...solo. PISCES (February 18 - March 19) Although I’ve been told that the sea never gives up its secrets, I’m not sure that necessarily applies to Pisces, in spite of being ruled by Neptune. You can’t expect to protect any mysteries during the next few weeks when the planets most likely to gossip are snooping around the hidden sector of your chart. The beans are gonna spill. All you can hope for is that the spill isn’t bad enough to get someone arrested.✹ Email Lynda Ray at or check out her website at 34 PACIFIC SUN SEPTEMBER 23– SEPTEMBER 29, 2011

PUBLIC NOTICES 995 Fictitious Name Statement 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) 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) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.127765 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as MARIN FLORICULTURAL SCIENCES, 52 LONGWOOD DR., SAN RAFAEL, CA

94901: MARIKA EDLER, 52 LONGWOOD DR., 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 ClerkRecorder of Marin County on September 14, 2011. (Publication Dates: September 23, 30; October 7, 14, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2011127660 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as MODERN DWELLINGS, 798 MONTECILLO RD., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: HELEN M. BUCKLEY, 238 MERRYDALE RD. #8, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903; SARAH S. HOOVER, 798 MONTECILLO RD., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903. This business is being conducted by a joint venture. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on August 1, 2011. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on August 31, 2011. (Publication Dates: September 23, 30; October 7, 14, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 127700 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as VISIGRAF INSTITUTE; VISIGRAF COMMUNICATIONS AND DESIGN; SPACEFRAME PRESS; PRODUCTION DESIGN SERVICES, 41 BELLE AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: SHARON RUTH SKOLNICK-BAGNOLI, 138 MISSION AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901; BRUCE ROBERT BAGNOLI, 138 MISSION 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 7, 2011. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on September 7, 2011. (Publication Dates: September 23, 30; October 7, 14, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 127772 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as O.M.G., 1139 4TH ST., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: CHARLES MEI YONG, 819 E 23RD ST., OAKLAND, CA 94606; GIN NGO, 2189 E 24TH ST., OAKLAND, CA 94606. 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 September 15, 2011. (Publication Dates: September 23, 30; October 7, 14, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2011127795 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as BUILD YOUR PEACE, 1600 LINCOLN CIRCLE DR. #2131, LARKSPUR, CA 94939: SUSAN B TOPF, 1600 LINCOLN VILLAGE CIRCLE #2131, LARKSPUR, CA 94939. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on September 15, 2011. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on September 19, 2011. (Publication Dates: September 23, 30; October 7, 14, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 127770 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as DM DESIGN, 282 MORNING SUN AVE., MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: DOUGLAS JOHN MINKLER, 282 MORNING SUN AVE., MILL VALLEY, CA 94941. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on N/A. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on September 15, 2011. (Publication Dates: September 23, 30; October 7, 14, 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

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Public Notices Continued from Page 34 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. Registrantâ ™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) STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF USE OF FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME File No. 30430 8 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): MEI & NGO, 1139 4TH ST., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. Filed in Marin County on: September 2, 2011. Under File No: 127681. Registrantâ ™s Name(s): : CHARLES MEI , 819 E 23RD ST., OAKLAND, CA 94606; GIN NGO, 2189 E 24TH ST., OAKLAND, CA 94606. . This statement was filed with the County Clerk Recorder of Marin County on September 15, 2011. (Pacific Sun: September 23, 30; October 7, 14, 2011)


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I am 19 and have been dating a wonderful 24-year-old guy for about a month. Some of his family members wish he were still with the fiancee he broke up with six months ago and aren’t too happy about him seeing me. His 19-year-old half sister actually contacted me on Facebook, told me to “watch my back,” and made some mean assumptions about me. Next, his mother Facebooked me and said that she’s also sorry her son’s with me and that I should watch what I say to her daughter. (I just told her daughter that it wasn’t cool to judge me, because she doesn’t know me.) I told my boyfriend, who immediately called them, told them I’m in his life, and said a lot of nice things about me. I’d really love for his family to like me, but they don’t even want to meet me. How do I get them to? If they don’t like me after that, fine. —Unpopular


The wonderful thing about social networking is how easy it’s become for people to get in touch with one other. As you’ve discovered, this is also the really awful thing about it. That’s why my boyfriend, who’s not exactly a people person, claims he’s starting a nihilistic social network called “Quitter.” (Posts are zero characters, and you’re asked not to join.) Speaking of anti-social networking, that’s an interesting family your boyfriend’s got there. In many families, there’s some Voice of Maturity who steps in when a squabble gets out of hand. In your boyfriend’s family, they apparently leave that to the parrot: “Hello! Hello? CRAAAACKER!” Now, maybe his 19-year-old half sister was plastered when she Facebooked you or typically seems one Ding Dong short of a valu-pak, but probably the last thing you’d expect from somebody’s mother is for her to come in and bat cleanup in the psycho family division. As hard as it is to feel misrepresented, misunderstood and unheard, you’re unlikely to change that by clamoring for a part in his family’s trashy reality show, “Don’t You Be Goin’ Near My Son!” Beyond that, prematurely going through the steps of an already-serious relationship, such as meeting somebody’s family, can lead you to decide somebody’s right for you instead of looking to see whether he actually is. Consider why you feel compelled to try to win these two nasties over. Perhaps, like many women, you have a mental photo album of your life upon meeting the man for you, perhaps with some sun-kissed snapshots of a Sunday family barbecue. Well, you may be in this guy’s future, and there may be family barbecues, but there’s a good chance his mom and half sister will be picturing you on the spit. If you two start getting serious, make sure you can both handle whatever relationship or lack of one you have with the Wicked Witch of the Wherever and her buzzard daughter. Contact with them now is sure to be very uncomfortable. But, who and his half sister may end up sitting there on your wedding day, laughing at how she came after you on Facebook—which should give his mother just enough time to dump the laxatives into your drink. The music starts: “Here comes the bride...” and wow...there goes the bride...and at quite a clip!


My last boyfriend lied and cheated so much that I am wary of all guys now. My best friend keeps telling me that not all guys are like him and that I just have to put myself back out there. —Betrayed


You didn’t end up with a cheater because he fell down your chimney, pulled a gun on you, and said, “Ho-ho-ho, let’s date!” You chose the guy and then neglected to un-choose the guy when there were indications of more than a few ho-ho-hos in his life. But, like many people exiting a bad relationship, the last thing you seem interested in is taking responsibility for sticking with a partner who treated you like a gymnast in the Humiliation Olympics. In other words, the answer isn’t just putting yourself back out there, but putting yourself out there with what was missing the last time around: a little discernment. As I wrote recently, boyfriends who are liars and cheaters go for girlfriends who put up with lying and cheating. And if you’re like a lot of women who’ve been romantically duped, you’ll say you want a man who’s ethical if you’re asked, but you don’t make that an actual requirement in men you date. Now would be an excellent time to start. It beats being wary of all men because your last man cheated on you, which is kind of like being wary of people in pants because the last person who mugged you was wearing pants (as opposed to a stylish summer shift). ✹ © 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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Wild Caught – Weather Permitting. Salt and Pepper Steaks. Pan Broil in Skillet with Oil at High Heat, then Sear for 30 seconds Each Side at Medium until Center is Pink. Enjoy with Butter Lettuce Salad. lb




A Day of Fun! San Anselmo Country Fair & Parade Sunday, September 25, 2011

ACTIVITIES INCLUDE: Ross Valley Firefighters Association Pancake Breakfast: 7am-11am Country Fair- Booths, Giveaways & Fun: 10am- 3pm Community Parade with Special Guests from a Galaxy Far, Far Away: 11am (San Anselmo Ave. between Ross Ave. and Bridge St.) Creek Park Fest- Food, Drink & Music: Noon-4pm

Mon-Fri 7:30am-9:00pm Sat & Sun 8:00am-8:00pm Nursery Daily: 9:00am-6:00pm

San Rafael 515 Third St. 454-8912 San Anselmo 100 Red Hill Ave. 456-1271




ITEMS & PRICES IN THIS AD ARE AVAILABLE FROM SEPTEMBER 24TH – OCTOBER 2ND. All prices subject to change up or down only when our cost changes. We reserve the right to correct printed errors. No sales to dealers or institutions.




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Section 1 of the September 23, 2011 edition of the Pacific Sun Weekly

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Section 1 of the September 23, 2011 edition of the Pacific Sun Weekly