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›› LETTERS Carnal nodule This is based on a true story and I was trying to find some humor in it. Not sure if Jory John and Avery Monsen [of the Pacific Sun’s “Open Letters” cartoon, see below] would like to take a week off... when I met Charles Schulz in the ’70s, he said he was always happy when he thought of five or six ideas at a time for “Peanuts,” so he could kick back for a week. Here’s my Open Letter: Dear Speed Bump, You almost annihilated my mother-inlaw who, one night on foot, didn’t notice your sexy curves, like my dad did. Your scantily striped top was worn away. Night vision isn’t as swift for some to detect your mound. I think you and yours need a “bump reduction” and “flashing lights”—then we’ll notice you, rather than slipping around on top of you! Sincerely, Bumped Off Shirlee Newman, Novato

Someone needs an absentee ballot... I remember changing my return flight from Tokyo to allow me to vote for both the SMART train and the high-speed rail, both on the same ballot that year. In Tokyo, I took the efficient subway to the JR Line to Narita, then the jet, then BART, then the ferry to Sausalito, where I ran to the polling place, just in time. I love the relaxation of commuting in Tokyo, Paris, London... no foolish maintaining a car. It will be so nice to hop on

the SMART train and visit my old friends in Cloverdale. Thank you everyone who keeps fighting for the SMART train. We’re on the right track! Neil Hammari, Sausalito

The fajita is on Too bad about the criticism over the car impounding by San Rafael Police, who do protect and serve us all. What’s next from some of these groups? Maybe a taco served with the ticket? Why are they catering too them? Illegal is illegal period. Walter Schivo, Novato

Marin supports the ‘make a shush’ foundation The annual Susan B. Komen breast cancer “walk for the cure” was earlier this month; volunteer fundraisers walked 20 miles each, three days in a row, in San Francisco, Berkeley and Marin. In S.F. and Berkeley, they were met by cheers, signs of support and baked goods. In Tiburon and Mill Valley, there were mostly only signs set out warning: “QUIET ZONE.” Plus a few scowls. “It was the only place we did not feel welcome,” said one walker. Way to go Marin—that’s the spirit! Steve Heilig, San Francisco

Hey, at least he didn’t bust the elders for loitering... On Tuesday, Sept. 6, at approximately 3:30pm, I was picking up a group of eight elderly people outside of San Rafael Joe’s Restaurant on Fourth Street—they had been attending my mother-in-law Reidun Young’s 95th birthday party there. Most are residents of Drake Terrace retirement home. My van was stopped in the red-curbed bus


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Your soapbox is waiting at ›› zone in front of the restaurant because there were no open parking spaces nearby, and all of these old people are infirm and barely able to walk. Four of them, in fact cannot move around at all without walkers. Apparently absolute parking Traffic was light and power corrupts absolutely. there were no buses and, along with my wife Norma and her sister Linda Novy, we had quickly loaded the walkers into my Aerostar van. While we were rushing to help the passengers into my van and my wife’s car, a parking enforcement officer pulled up behind me, parked his scooter and walked toward me. At first I was grateful that he had stopped to help, but he immediately told us that if we did not move instantly we would be fined. We explained that we only had a few more of these elders to load into the van, which would take only a few seconds. The officer again said that if we did not move the van instantly, he would give me a $250 fine. He also said that there was a disabled parking space behind the restaurant for that purpose. So I had to leave these people standing there without their walkers. I drove around to the back of the restaurant and parked. To come from the rear of the restaurant, they would have had to negotiate a set of stairs which most of them could not manage. Therefore, we had to walk them down the block to a long ramp, down the ramp and through the parking lot—an extraordinary and dangerous effort for most of these people, who hobbled down the ramp in tiny steps trying not to fall. When we see a uniformed officer in those circumstances, it would be nice to see him as a caring source of help rather than a heartless martinet ready to wield his authority to intimidate and upset a group of elders who deserve much better. Hank Levin, San Rafael

The tire-anny of the majority In regards to last week’s Upfront story on the Camino Alto-area residents who don’t want the Alto Tunnel opened [“Alto Tunnel Pedaling for Support,” Sept. 23], I’ve thought a lot about Peter

Seidman’s last sentence: “Does the good of the many outweigh the good of the few?” With population increasing, and the planet not expanding, we’re living in evermore crowded conditions. And the globe is warming. All of which means that much of what we’ve taken for granted for many, many years has to change. For every homeowner who wants Alto to remain closed, I must have talked with hundreds of cyclists and pedestrians who want it open. I urge those homeowners to consider that their imaginations may be painting a picture unrealistically dire, and to take some comfort in nationwide statistics that show that when a bike path goes in, neighboring real estate values go up. Cindy Winter, Greenbrae

So this is what Serling meant by ‘pit of man’s fears, summit of his knowledge’ Thanks for screwing up my Rod Serling tribute [Submitted For Your Approval,” Sept. 16]. The quote for Rod was supposed to read, “In the universe there are people who are more shadow than substance; they have things but not This is what we have to ideas.” You had substiwork with, folks. tuted a comma for the “s” in “things”! It couldn’t have been a typo, because an “s” is typed with the fourth finger of the left hand, while a comma is typed with the third finger of the right hand. Come to think of it, in this case, the third finger of the right hand would be appropriate for you here! Craig Whatley, San Rafael

Battle hymn of the Republicans A lowly poet Deserves a Half-million Dollar grant Like a fish Needs a Bicycle. Kimberly Clark, Greenbrae

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Nil by mouth Bag ban, food-scrap programs give zero-wasters a lot to digest... by Pe te r Se i d m an


hen a Marin County Superior Court judge earlier this week rejected a legal attack on the county’s single-use shopping bag ordinance, it was the second time in two months that California courts have upheld bag bans. The court rulings boosted spirits in the sustainability community. About two months before Judge Lynn Duryee handed down the ruling in Marin, the California Supreme Court rejected a lawsuit filed against a bag ban in Manhattan Beach in Southern California. The lawsuits, both filed by a plastics industry group, alleged that Manhattan Beach and Marin failed to meet California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) requirements in the environmental reviews that led to their ordinances. The industry-backed group, Save the Plastic Bag Coalition, has spent the last few years traveling up and down the state trying to block bag bans. Although the group, founded by former Tiburon resident Stephen Joseph, a San Francisco attorney, managed to put a thumb in the bag-ban dyke, sustainability proponents view the two court cases as evidence that the move toward banning single-use bags may now be unstoppable in the state. At least, they say, the tide is turning. “We are thrilled that the judge agreed with [Marin] that its bag ordinance is categorically exempt from CEQA review,”

says Carol Misseldine, director of Green Cities California. Judge Duryee presented an oral statement of the ruling Sept. 27. “It is particularly fitting and poignant,” says Misseldine, “that the reading of the statement came six months to the day” since her husband, Supervisor Charles McGlashan, died unexpectedly. Enacting a bag ban was one of McGlashan’s signature causes—as it was for Supervisor Susan Adams, who co-authored the ordinance. McGlashan said he expected the industry to throw up a legal roadblock to the Marin bag ban, and that’s just what happened. But he was confident the county could meet the legal challenge. “Charles would be elated with this ruling, which removes a tremendous barrier to the implementation of single-use bag regulations, and he would use it to encourage other communities to follow Marin’s model.” Gary Liss is a consultant who specializes in helping communities and businesses move toward zero waste. Although many efforts are moving slower than sustainability advocates would like, there have been some notable success stories, according to Liss, who says communities and businesses all over the globe contact his firm, Gary Liss & Associates, for zero-waste advice. “The court cases are enabling us to go forward at the local level with bag bans [as opposed to last year] when it was more risky.” 10 >


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Novato going green with MEA In a better late than never move—from a sustainability standpoint, at least—Novato is joining the Marin Energy Authority. The Novato City Council voted 3-2 on Tuesday to become the ninth of Marin’s 11 municipalities to join the MEA, well within the deadline to take advantage of the local power agency’s amnesty period on a $20,000 to $40,000 joining fee—the amnesty ends Nov. 7. Beginning next summer, Novatoans will have the option to remain with PG&E before the city’s grid switches everyone else over to receive renewable energy from Marin Clean Energy. Councilmembers Denise Athas, Madeline Kellner and Carole Dillon-Knutson voted in favor of joining the energy-aggregating joint powers authority; Pat Eklund and Jeanne MacLeamy opposed. Novato’s move follows in the footsteps of the town of Ross, whose councilmembers voted unanimously two weeks ago to join the MEA. The energy authority offers customers a “light green” energy option—meaning 27 percent of the energy a household purchases is renewable, or they can 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.) With Novato and Ross signing up for clean energy, Larkspur and Corte Madera remain the lone Marin County holdouts. It’s off to university for Marin libraries Marin County libraries are going collegiate, as the Alemany Library at Dominican is joining the MARINet collection of shared books available to Marin library card holders. This sharing of resources means the Alemany Library now has access to the entire collection of all public libraries in Marin, while the users of MARINet libraries now can tap into Alemany’s collection. All told, the move means county library users and Dominican staff and students will have access to more than 1 million books, audiobooks, electronic books and DVDs that can be delivered from library to library within a few days. The partnership was officially launched at an event called “Lunch with the Library” Tuesday, Sept. 27, in the Creekside Room on the campus at 50 Acacia Ave. in San Rafael. Gary Gorka, director of the Alemany Library, described the partnership as a prime example of libraries’ mission to share books and resources with their communities. The MARINet system works as a shared online server in which readers can search for authors, titles and subjects by computer and request specific books available at other libraries to be shipped, via a library van system, to their nearest library. Users can also check which books they have out, place holds, pay fines and create reading lists. Books can be checked out for three weeks and renewed once. MARINet now features a new ebook collection, Overdrive, which lets users download audiobooks, music, movies and ebooks directly to their computer, ereader or iPad/iPhone. Gail Haar, director of County Library Services, says expanding the MARINet system into Marin’s university will provide substantial benefits to county readers because “no one library could hope to meet all of the needs of all of its users.” 10 > For more information, visit or call 415/485-3251.



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1. Pictured, above left: True or false: Lake Tahoe is so deep that all of Mount Tamalpais could fit under its waters, in terms of depth. 2. What is a more common name for pyrotechnics? 3. Since ancient times, women have used dye from what flowering plant to color their skin, hair and fingernails? 4. Pictured, above right: What small edible fish are named for an island in the Mediterranean, where they were once abundant? 5. What two Jewish high holidays are being celebrated this week and next, and what do the holidays signify? 6. Can you name two stage musicals, popular since the 1980s, based on novels set in 19th-century France? 7. What American city’s metro has red, orange, yellow, blue and green lines (and no others)? 9a 8. How many times have the New York Yankees won the World Series: 7, 17 or 27 times? 9. Identify these extremely popular and highly rated TV series: 9a. Pictured, right: 1950s: contained a woman’s name 9b. 1960s: comedy about hicks in Hollywood 9c. Pictured, right: 1970s: politically incorrect comedy 9d. 1980s: title was the name of a city 9c 9e. 2000s: found in a choir 10. Throughout its history, the city of New Orleans has been controlled by what three nations? BONUS QUESTION: The United Nations Environment Programme says that more than 500,000 of what objects are tossed into the Mediterranean Sea every day? Send your best trivia question (with your name and hometown) to howard1@triviacafe. com; if your question is used in the ‘Pacific Sun,’ we’ll give you credit!


WNo matter how easy it may be, thou shalt not steal the credit card of a woman in her 80s. Jennilyn Junio, 25, worked in the home of the Novato octogenarian as her caretaker. Earlier this week, Junio was arrested for allegedly charging $4,000 on the credit card of her charge. We’ll let the investigators sort out the evidence against Ms. Junio, and simply say this about elder-care crimes in general: Most thieves warrant a Zero nomination, but when you are in a position of trust and you steal from an elderly woman, you are a bully and an unconscionable Zero. Hey, go pick on someone your own age. To limit the possibility of inviting a Zero to work in your home, experts suggest a thorough background check on the candidate and always check references. —Nikki Silverstein

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VA party for first-graders is usually exciting, but last week, in the yard of a Ross home, the festivities turned chaotic. While the children prepared to hit the pinata, parent Mike Ryan collapsed and stopped breathing. Two other parents, Jennifer Ani, of San Rafael, and Michal Goralsky, of San Anselmo, administered CPR, continuing until paramedics arrived. According to reports, Marin General physicians indicated that Ryan suffered a heart attack and was clinically dead for a short time. The efforts of Ani and Goralsky literally brought him back to life. After quadruple-bypass surgery, the prognosis for Ryan’s full recovery is excellent. We applaud the quick thinking of our Heroes, Jennifer Ani and Michal Goralsky. You two ladies saved the day and saved the life of a grateful father and husband.

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The 700 Club The listings say Michael Moore is a guest on Pat Robertson’s show. It must be some other Michael Moore and not the liberal filmmaker, or God will undoubtedly punish the East Coast with another hurricane. ABC Family. 11pm.

TUESDAY, OCT. 4 Unforgettable When a hotel maid is accused of murder, Carrie must first determine if the guest hung the “Do Not Disturb” placard on the door. If not, the charge has to be reduced from first SATURDAY, OCT. 1 U-571 American sailors degree murder to second degree murder commandeer a Nazi submarine in order to and the victim’s family gets a third night retrieve a machine for interpreting secret free. CBS. 10pm. Late Show with David enemy codes. This same Letterman Hugh Jackmachine is still required man is promoting his to get the AC to work in Real Steal movie about a late-model Mercedes. a boxing robot and (2000) AMC. 5:30pm. explains how it’s more Monkeybone A cartoonthan “Rock’em Sock’em ist suffers a coma-induced Robots:The Movie”; but hallucination that the Promoting general welfare, death rays. he is starring in next sumcartoon character he cre- Wednesday, 8pm. mer’s “Hungry Hungry ated has come to life and is vying for control of his body. The “Monkey- Hippos II: Still Hungry.”CBS. 11:35pm. bone Defense” has been rejected by most courts. (2001) KICU. 7pm. WEDNESDAY, OCT. 5 Ancient Aliens DisHe’s Just Not That Into You We’re waiting cussing theories that the founding fathers for the sequels:“It’s Not You, It’s Me” and had alien encounters and that early drafts “We’ll Always Be Friends.” (2009) USA Netof the Second Amendment included “the work. 8:30pm. right to bear arms and laser death rays, when available.” History Channel. 8pm. The X Factor We’ve read how this is different SUNDAY, OCT. 2 The Simpsons Bart and from American Idol, but it just doesn’t stick in his pals take the school hostage.The Tea our heads. It’s like knowing why the KardashiParty did the same thing with Congress last ans are famous.We can year. Fox. 8pm. understand it for a minute Prohibition In the first but we forget an hour installment the series later. Fox.9pm. explains how the moveCSI: Crime Scene Invesment to outlaw alcohol tigation When human started. We’re guessing body parts are discovit was the morning after a round of tequila shots. Prohibition wasn’t the barrel full of laughs ered in an art installation, it brings to mind the old KQED. 8pm. these guys think it was, Sunday at 8. adage:“I don’t know much Tough Love: Miami This about art. But hey! Is that somebody’s toe?” time, the cast of young people reviews their CBS. 10pm. romantic experiences and learns that “those who don’t study their personal history, are doomed to repeat it.Those who do study THURSDAY, OCT. 6 Drain the Ocean Sateltheir personal history, are doomed to get lite images and computer graphics provide drunk first. And then repeat it.” VH1. 8pm. a look at the land beneath the ocean, revealAladdin A young man finds a magic lamp ing deep canyons, towering volcanoes, vast that holds a genie who can grant all his plains and plenty of free parking. National wishes.We had a magic lamp that held a Geographic Channel. 8pm. genie but the bong water left a nasty stain in History of the World in Two Hours The first the carpet. (1992) Disney Channel. 8pm. 45 minutes are just bacteria floating around in mud. History Channel. 9pm. ADD and Loving It! Interviews and profiles MONDAY, OCT. 3 Terra Nova The timetraveling colonists defend the village against of people with attention deficit disorder, how it impacts their lives and hey, hand me pterosaur attack.They repel the flying the remote, I want see what else is on. KQED. dinosaurs but they spend the next two days cleaning their cars. Fox. 8pm. 10:30pm. < Prohibition The second installment chroniCritique That TV Guy at cles the difficulties of enforcing the new Turn on more TV Guy at law and how cool the speakeasy scene was. ›› KQED. 8pm. SEPTEMBER 30 - OCTOBER 6, 2011 PACIFIC SUN 9

< 8 Newsgrams Habitat rescue gets life from Coastal Conservancy San Geronimo chaparral shrubs are photosynthesizing a bit easier, after the Marin County Parks and Open Space District inched ever closer to acquiring 22 acres of undeveloped woodland in Forest Knolls. On Sept. 22, the California State Coastal Conservancy approved a $450,000 grant to the open-space district toward the purchase of 22 acres adjoining the Gary Giacomini Open Space Preserve. The property is highly prized by the district for its abundance of rare plants, including chaparral, Mt. Tamalpais and Bolinas manzanita, and its use as a nesting area for the northern spotted owl. According to the district, acquisition of the property also ensures public access to the preserve via the Manzanita Fire Road, a key artery to the San Geronimo Ridge Fire Road, which itself is part of the Bay Area Ridge Trail linking the Marin Municipal Water District with Samuel P. Taylor State Park and the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Coho salmon could benefit as well, say district officials, as the purchase would allow improvements to the fire road, and thereby protect coho from erosion and sedimentation of the San Geronimo Creek. Marin County Parks Director Linda Dahl applauds the Conservancy, noting that without the funds sensitive wildlife habitat on the land would remain at risk from development. The 22-acre parcel has been the subject of multiple development proposals dating back to the early 20th century. In the 1980s, it was part of Skye Ranch—a proposed gated community of swanky homes above the San Geronimo Valley. In 1995, the Parks and Open Space District purchased much of the Skye Ranch property for $2.1 million with the help of the Marin Community Fund, creating the 1,478-acre Gary Giacomini Open Space Preserve. However, the developers retained 115 acres of developable land, including this property, which is bounded on three sides by the preserve and has a maximum development potential of three lots. According to the district, Marin County Parks entered into a year-long purchase agreement earlier this year with the landowner for $650,000. The $450,000 Conservancy grant will be added to the parks district’s commitment of $100,000. Parks is working with nonprofit partners the Marin Open Space Trust and the San Geronimo Valley Planning Group, as well as other community members, to raise the remaining $100,000 by next August. West Marin Supervisor Steve Kinsey describes it as a chance to “fulfill a dream” that has existed since the Skye Ranch proposal first surfaced more than 30 years ago. “I’m confident that Valley residents will not let this golden opportunity get away,” says Kinsey. Judge trashes pro-plastic group’s lawsuit A Marin Superior Court Judge has given the go-ahead for Marin to fully inflate its plastic-bag ban after rejecting a lawsuit by a proplastic-bags group aimed at popping the prohibition. “The county acted reasonably in enacting the ordinance,” Judge Lynn Duryee said Tuesday in her rejection of the Save the Plastic Bag Coalition’s contention that the law required an environmental impact report. The Coalition has already vowed to appeal the decision to the state Supreme Court. The Save the Plastic Bag Coalition’s suit was filed earlier this year after the Board of Supervisors in January unanimously passed a plastic-bag ordinance, beginning in 2012, which would ban single-use bags at grocery stores, pharmacies and convenience stores in unincorporated Marin, while requiring a 5-cent fee on single-use paper bags. The Plastic Bag Coalition, led by attorney Stephen Joseph, formerly of Tiburon, argued that such a law can’t legally be passed without an environmental impact report as required by the California Environmental Quality Act. An EIR, insists Joseph, would study “cumulative impacts” of a plastics ban, such as the proliferation of paper bags, which, according to some studies, aren’t significantly more environmentally friendly than plastics. But Duryee agreed with County Counsel David Zaltsman’s essential argument that the county’s plastic-bag law was “categorically exempt” from requiring an environmental impact report because, coupled with its fee on paper bags, its result would be a protection of the environment. Joseph issued a statement saying that “the Marin decision flies in the face of the California Supreme Court’s recent decision in Save the Plastic Bag Coalition v. City of Manhattan Beach,” where the court ruled that plastic bag bans in cities and counties larger than Manhattan Beach, are not exempt from CEQA requirements for an EIR. “We will obviously appeal the Marin court’s decision,” says Joseph. Proponents of the Marin plastic-bag ban, though, point to the ordinance’s inclusion of a fee on paper bags, which, they say, counters any claims that the ordinance would lead to an increase in paper bags. “All single use bags have devastating environmental consequences,” says Andy Peri, of Green Sangha.“Because Marin County’s ordinance bans plastic bags and requires a fee on paper bags, the use of both will decrease.” Carol Misseldine, director of Green Cities California, the group that led the charge for the plastics ban, said she’s “thrilled” with the judge’s decision. 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< 8 Nil by mouth Liss and other zero-waste proponents are paying particular attention to something called extended producer responsibility (EPR) as a way to make major zero-waste gains. Instead of manufacturers creating an endless stream of material that must be reused and/or recycled at the consumer end of the waste stream, the manufacturers should create infrastructure to return the products for reuse and recycling. (Consumer recycling is so 20th century.) Liss points to a carpet and paint bill that he says “got through the Legislature” last year. It’s the start of “pure” EPR bills “where the producers are being held responsible for how to come up with a plan” to take back unused material. Paint companies, for instance, can aggregate and create cost-effective methods to collect half-used paint cans. It will be incumbent on them—and other manufactures such as computer companies—to recycle products instead of forcing the job on the consumers and waste pickup venues. “It’s happening,” says Liss. “Slower than we would like, but it’s happening.” Liss sees another big zero waste in the food-scrap collection programs that are starting across the state. Recycling food scraps instead of depositing them in landfills represents a major leap toward zero waste. The Marin County Hazardous and Solid Waste Management Joint Powers Authority conducted a feasibility study to determine the challenges inherent in reaching an 80 percent waste reduction in the next few years and reaching zero waste by 2025. That would mean virtually no more material going to landfills—just about everything would be reused or recycled or sent back to producers. The feasibility study estimates that about 23 percent of the local waste stream is food material. Marin garbage haulers and Redwood Landfill now are participating in new food-scrap reclamation projects. It’s the new sustainability view—waste as resource, not garbage. When it comes to food scraps, the questions are: What is the highest and best use of the material, and who should benefit from the resource? Or, as Liss puts it: “food or fuel?” The highest and best use depends on what a community needs most. There are two primary methods of using the huge amount of food waste generated every day in households and food-industry businesses. Garbage haulers can collect the food scraps, grind them up and take the concoction to sites that make compost. An alternate method also involves waste haulers collecting the material and grinding it up, but instead of taking the material for compost production, haulers take it to bio-digesters to produce gas that’s burned to generate electricity. Marin has it both ways, each with—as usual—a bit of controversy. The county’s largest garbage hauler, Marin Sanitary Service, already collects household food

scraps in San Rafael and the Ross Valley. The scraps go into yard-waste bins that get collected every week. Rather than ending up at Redwood Landfill, where Waste Management Inc. has a composting facility, the material goes on a much longer trip, to Zamora in Yolo County, where Marin Sanitary owns one-quarter of a composting operation. Redwood Landfill’s composting facility lacks the capacity to handle mixed food and yard waste from Marin Sanitary Service’s 33,000 customers. Critics say that sending trucks on a 180-mile round trip to Zamora flies in the face of the county’s stated goal—and a state mandate—to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. They also say that food scraps and yard waste are a resource that should benefit communities rather than waste haulers or landfills, which deal with food scraps and yard waste as a commodity. Waste Management Inc. doesn’t run on pure altruism; neither does Marin Sanitary Service, nor the composting operation in Zamora. “The reality of it is that it goes up there, and most of it goes to farmers in Yolo County,” says Bruce Baum, a member of the Green Coalition for Responsible Waste Resource Management. “They bring a little bit back for greenwashing. In many cases, they backhaul nothing.” Baum and other sustainability advocates say the best and highest use of food scraps and yard waste would be to produce compost as part of something like the Marin Carbon Project in West Marin, which advocates composting as an efficient way to sequester carbon and at the same time fortify soils on local ranches and farms. “That’s the best and highest use,” says Baum. “Put it back in our land.” But there’s a big problem: The Carbon Project currently lacks a permit to handle food waste. And Redwood Landfill’s permit restricts its capacity. Redwood does compost household food waste, says Jessica Jones, the landfill’s district manager. (The full name is now Redwood Landfill and Recycling Center, a change that signifies Waste Management Inc.’s growing interest in resource recovery and making waste a commodity.) Redwood is working on a plan to expand its capacity, and as part of that the company intends to enlarge its composting facility. And, along with the county, it’s defending itself against a No Wetlands Landfill Expansion lawsuit that claims the environmental report conducted for the expansion is inadequate, an often-seen plan of attack on projects in California. In seeking permission to expand, Redwood put forward the plan to accept more household food scraps and yard waste. A broader plan afoot in the county to expand food-scrap collection to restaurants and other food-industry businesses would overwhelm the current capacity at Redwood, says Jones. But that could change. “We’re asking for more tons per day to be permitted for food. We are only permitted for 30 tons per day for food right now. And that’s

not even enough to service one Marin County customer service area.” Redwood already is processing about 10 to 15 tons per day of residential material. “We don’t have enough left over to let waste haulers bring in commercial food waste.” As part of the permitting process to increase tonnage for food scraps, Redwood will have to change its composting process to a more enclosed environment in a process called covered aerated static piles. Composting occurs with little disturbance of the material and air either is blown through or sucked from the covered piles to capture emissions. Redwood also has a conceptual plan to construct a digester that could generate methane to create electricity. But digesters “are very capital intensive,” says Jones. “We would like to have one of those, but we just don’t have the economics yet to do it.” The company is, however, moving forward on a landfill-gas-to-energy plan that could yield electricity. “We hope to have that built next year.” That facility will capture legacy gas in the landfill and send it through an electricity-generating process. Marin Clean Energy buys landfill-gas electricity from outside the county. Conceivably, Redwood could be a local source. While the idea of adding a digester to the electricity production scheme at Redwood may be more conceptual at this point, the situation is decidedly different at the Central Marin Sanitation Agency. In 2008, Central Marin partnered with San Rafael and Marin Sanitary to determine the feasibility of adding food scraps from commercial sources to the mix in the Central Marin digester process. The Central Marin plant already produces enough methane from sewage to power the plant 12 hours a day. The proposal to add commercial food waste “led to incorporating the food-to-energy plan in a larger project at the agency,” says General Manager Jason

Dow. The agency already has two digesters. Part of the project includes rehabilitating the digesters, and the agency currently is building “an underground facility that can receive and store and process fats, oils and grease. That facility will be expanded to receive commercial food waste.” Dow says the agency will be ready to accept food scraps, which Marin Sanitary Service will collect and grind and take to the sewerage agency, by the end of next summer. In addition to Marin Sanitary, other garbage haulers and sanitation districts have expressed interest in the program. All well and good, say Baum and others who question whether the Central Marin agency will be able to handle a sufficient quantity of food material with its two-digester layout. If the agency looks to a third digester, says Baum, the cost of the plan could increase by about $20 million. And he questions the benefits to customers and ratepayers in the Ross Valley when most of the commercial outlets for food material lie in San Rafael. The feasibility study for the food-toenergy plan notes that adding 15 tons of food waste per day could overload the agency’s digesters if one of the two go offline, especially if the agency increases its intake of food scraps in the future. Dow says he’s aware of the concerns, but they’re unfounded, and the food-scrap portion of the project is just $400,000 of a total $7.5 million cost. According to Dow, the agency’s two digesters can handle 109 tons per day of commercial food waste, and based on the current amount of commercial food scraps produced in Marin, “We would have to receive all the food waste from all of Marin to require a third digester.” < Contact the writer at

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Anti-SMART signature drive steams ahead The signature drive to ground the SMART train officially left the station last week, as the anti-Measure Q group RepealSMART began circulating petitions to put the Marin-Sonoma commuter-rail project up for voter approval once again. Petitioners are asking Marinites for their John Hancocks in support of a repeal of the rail project by nixing the quarter-cent sales tax levied to pay for it. Measure Q’s proposed Cloverdale-to-Larkspur commuter train and bike/walking path was given the thumbs-up by Sonoma and Marin voters in 2008—needing to meet a twothirds voter threshold, Marin’s 62.6 percent and Sonoma’s 73.5 percent combined to easily cross the two-thirds mark at 69.5 percent. But the crippling recession has taken the steam out of the train’s expected sales-tax revenue and the project has been scaled back, temporarily SMART officials say, to an initial phase from Santa Rosa to downtown San Rafael. RepealSMART spokesman Clay Mitchell says the prospect of pulling the brakes on the commuter train has his group “excited.” “The people of Sonoma and Marin counties need to have their voices heard and we are confident that we will reach the appropriate signature threshold in a timely manner,” Mitchell says.

What that threshold is, though, remains open to debate. When the ballot-measure plan first went public, the number was 37,314—a threshold of 10 percent of the votes in the SMART district in the previous gubernatorial election. But RepealSMART did some legal digging and came up with a lower bar. Included in the wording of Proposition 218, a follow-up to Proposition 13, may be language meaning only 5 percent of voter signatures are needed. Mitchell says his group is looking for a definitive answer, but at least for now is shooting for the 10 percent target within the six months allowed for collecting signatures. The group is also in talks with professional signature-gathering companies to help gather the required signatures. Despite the previous voter approval of Measure Q, SMART opponents believe changes to the project and its expected finances are significant enough to warrant another trip to the ballot box. “It’s unfortunate that the SMART board does not demonstrate respect for the democratic process by bringing this question to the voters themselves, as we have requested,” says Mitchell.“It’s also unfortunate that they show a continued unwillingness to acknowledge the massive changes they have made to the project, and appear unwilling to take responsibility for the consequences of those actions.” Though Measure Q required a two-thirds majority to pass, SMART opponents say their repeal measure would merely need a simple majority to extinguish the train’s fires. Valerie Brown, chair of the SMART board, disputes the simple-majority claim and expects such a tax-rescinding ballot proposal to also require two-thirds approval. Even if it goes to another vote, though, the Sonoma County supervisor thinks most people will continue to support the train vision, despite the high-decibel criticism.“I think people are saying some questions have been raised, and I didn’t want it to be an initial operating segment, I wanted it to be a full [line],” Brown said earlier this month.“But I understand the economy, and just because I can’t get the whole loaf, I don’t want you to stop moving toward the whole loaf.”

Rancho off the charter A plan for Rancho Elementary School in Novato to seek charter-school status is being abandoned by parent and faculty supporters of the proposal. The call for a charter for the school came as district officials are weighing options to convert the “essentialist” school—attended by students from all over town, if they apply—into a neighborhood school. A charter petition requires support of half, or more, of the school’s faculty—but the idea failed to garner the votes from teachers and school administrators to proceed. Rancho is the town’s lone “essentialist” school, opened in 1976 with a mission of a more traditionalist,“three Rs” approach to education. Since 2005 it’s been required to adhere to state curriculum, but until May had conducted a competitive lottery system to enroll new students, which resulted in an extensive waiting list and a reputation as a highly soughtafter school with many students commuting across town to attend. Last year, proposals emerged from within the cash-strapped school district to shutter Rancho—the logic being that closing the centrally located school at 1430 Johnson Street, just off Arthur Street, would simply send most kids back to their neighborhood schools. Following a parental outcry, the district temporarily abandoned plans to nix Rancho, though the proposal is likely to re-emerge in budgetary discussions in early 2012, as well as an option to convert it back to a neighborhood school. Rancho is often cited as having the highest state-standardized test scores in the Novato Unified School District, but its also been criticized for its lack of minority students and alleged unwillingness to solicit them. According to district officials, if minority student test scores are taken out of the mix, Rancho’s scores actually rank third behind Pleasant Valley Elementary and the Novato Charter School.

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o your under-taxed millionaire neighbors with the Olympic-size swimming pool jetted off to London and Paris this summer and all you could do to change the scenery was mow the lawn? Well, now to the rescue comes the 34th annual Mill Valley International Film Festival, where you can out-visa every one of them beginning Oct. 6 with 11 dizzying days of nonstop cultural immersion from every continent on Earth, except the one where there are no theaters. Leaving behind Jeff Who Lives at Home for the moment (one of two opening night films), we take off for Ireland and the second opener, Albert Nobbs, starring Glenn Close in the title role as an introverted hotel butler in 19th-century Dublin impersonating a man in order to make ends meet. Then we ease our way into European cinema sans subtitles, with the Great Brits serving up no less than 10 entries, before dashing off to entries from one contiguous border to another—from Spain to France to Italy to Switzerland to Germany to Poland to Ukraine to Romania—without leap-frogging a single country. Follow that up 12 PACIFIC SUN SEPTEMBER 30 - OCTOBER 6, 2011

with what’s being launched out of Africa, The Lady, in which she plays pro-democraAsia, Australia and the Americas. cy activist Aung San Suu Kyi, who remained There will be tribunder house arrest for 15 by M al Karm an utes, including onyears (until last Novemstage interviews with ber) as she struggled Close (Oct. 7, 8pm) and Burkina Faso direc- against the Burmese junta. Director Luc Bestor Gaston Kabore (Oct. 9, 4:30pm); spotlight son is also scheduled to attend the program. programs with actors Michelle Yeoh (Oct. 8, “The Kids Are Not All Right” could be the 7:30pm), Ezra Miller (Oct. 13, 7:30pm) and theme for the spotlights on 22-year-old Olsen Elizabeth Olsen (Oct. 15, 8pm); a centerpiece and 18-year-old Miller. Olsen plays a young screening from England of My Week with woman desperately trying to overcome the Marilyn (Oct. 11, 6:45pm) with director Si- whacked-out psychological damage inflicted mon Curtis; a North American premiere from on her by a cult in Martha Marcy May MarAustralia of the comedy A Few Best Men (Oct. lene, and Miller portrays a morally blank and 14, 8:30pm) with director Stephan Elliott; and pathetic teenage sociopath who goes over the a Closing Night screening of French direc- edge in We Need to Talk About Kevin. Expect tor Michel Hazanavicius’ silent movie The some spot-on performances. Artist (Oct. 5pm), said to be so hysterical it OOOO will make your knees jiggle. Leads Jean DuDESPITE JUGGLING 30 official premieres jardin (best actor at Cannes) and Berenice Bejo will appear and prove they can, indeed, and 144 films from 50 countries, including a few from your favorite vacation spots such communicate via voice. as Iran, Mali, Iceland and Albania, the festival The evening with Yeoh, who stepped to again has found a way to serve up another center stage in Ang Lee’s Crouching Tiger, first, this time with One Through Love and Hidden Dragon, presents her latest work,

what festival program director Zoe Elton calls “the most unique thing about this year’s program.” Following the screening (Oct. 15, 11:30am) in English, Turkish, Farsi and Arabic about the life and work of 13th-century Persian poet Rumi, she says, “We’ll have a live hookup to Egypt, Turkey and Paris—what other festival has done this?—and though we did try for Iran as well, the logistics became too challenging. They will be able to see it on a simulcast on the web, and we’ll have a global dialogue with Sufi teachers, Rumi scholars and our audience. This is the first of monthly programs with live connection around the world.” And if that’s not enough to get your joints juiced, Berkeley filmmaker John Sanborn will take you through the solar system, orb by orb, in his delirious and dazzling The Planets (Oct. 12, 6:45pm and Oct. 14, 8:15pm). The creative director at Shutterfly, who fashioned this year’s festival trailer, promises his 10-part film is “like nothing audiences have seen before.” Using an original score by Kyle Gann to create “something extraordinary in mixing


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the various meanings we ascribe to the planets,” he takes us on an expressionistic journey way beyond the obvious. “They are the unexplored territories we dream about visiting,” he says. “They are the gods of old, with stories and myths that are scary and relevant today in strange ways.” If you can’t find time to travel, or timetravel, or even mow the lawn, don’t worry about it. Slackers are quite fashionable this year. In the Opening Night film, Jeff Who Lives at Home (Oct. 6, 7pm and 7:15pm), a 30year-old (Jason Segel) at one with his bong, becomes obsessed with finding someone named Kevin because he believes it’s a sign from the universe. We would refer him to the aforementioned We Need to Talk About Kevin or to Lotus Eaters (Oct. 8, 6:15pm, Oct. 10, 9:15pm), in which he could party with a whole bunch of rich, aimless, hedonistic Brits flitting about from one bash to another, or to Country Music (Oct. 15, 2:30pm and Oct. 16, 2:45pm), where he would meet his Chilean slacker counterpart adrift in Nashville. Our annual three-ring circus of film, music and special events raises the curtain and some eyebrows with film about circus life, the circus of life and the political circus that threatens to turn us into a nation of sheeple. But let’s start off with the stuff that won’t require Maalox. Circus Dreams (Oct. 9, noon and Oct. 16, 2:30pm) creates an intimacy with a troupe of gravity-defying adolescent acrobats, whirling aerialists and hurling jugglers, many of them from Marin, training for a grueling 70-show tour while simultaneously facing a financial fallout and the impending demise of their “Circus Smirkus.” This Signe Taylor documentary will please the young, the young at heart, the moppets and the moppet in you—but be forewarned, it may very well give your kids a good excuse to bounce around on the furniture. In Circus Columbia (Oct. 14, 7pm and Oct. 16, 3:15pm) from Bosnian writer-

director Danis Tanovic, a wealthy expatriate returns home to extract a pound of flesh from those who “done him wrong,” but the impending conflict in the Balkans teaches that while money can buy most everything, it can’t get you everything. Tanovic won a Best Foreign Film Oscar in 2001 for his brilliant antiwar drama No Man’s Land. At the political circus, French President Nicolas Sarkozy endures a satirical slap in the face in The Conquest (Oct. 12, 6:30pm), in which he is portrayed as a power-hungry, womanizing social climber with a soft spot for chocolate. Last year, Charles Ferguson’s politically charged Inside Job about the financial meltdown of 2008 left many of us baffled over how putting on a tie keeps crooks and government hatchet men out of prison. That merely scuffed the surface, and if not knowing what’s at the bottom of it rankles your ankles, then you need to see Heist: Who Stole the American Dream? (Oct. 13, 7pm and Oct. 15, 2pm) from Berkeley activistfilmmaker Donald Goldmacher and former CNN producer Frances Causey. “We made Heist because there is a huge disconnect out there between what we know to be true from our own experiences about the [economic] crisis versus what we hear the political class and the headlines telling us,” Causey says. “[This] story is not being told anywhere, especially in the mainstream media... the impact of big money in our politics is well entrenched and these interests are not going away without a big fight.” In other words, big corporations run this country and they do it for their own benefit. Screw the little guy. Screw the middle class. Screw the law. Screw the environment. Screw the Constitution. Tax cuts for the rich? Deregulation? Free trade agreements? Remember Reagan’s “trickle-down theory” where the multimillionaires get to gulp the goodies while the rest of us scramble over 14>

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< 13 Another opening, another show! the few drops that spill from their gurgling mouths? See this film and you may begin entertaining the notion of public hangings. Similar thoughts have occurred to Canadian environmental activist Paul Watson, whose militant Sea Shepherd Conservation Society will ram whaling vessels, slicing into their hulls with a battleship-size carving knife, for illegally hunting Moby Dick’s offspring. Watson belonged to Greenpeace in its formative years, but his aggressive approach caused him to split the waterways, while attracting others who share his confrontational philosophy. “There is a global moratorium,” he says, “and this is the only organization that does anything about illegal poachers who are violating international law.” At this juncture, according to Greenpeace, even whales on the endangered species list—such as humpbacks and fins—are being slaughtered. Watson flies a skull and crossbones from his vessel, and some call him a nut case, while others like Martin Sheen call him a hero, and still others a heroic nut case. In any case, with Antarctica often the battlefield, there is conflict here on the high seas. Bring the Dramamine and check out Eco-Pirate: The Story of Paul Watson, Oct. 7, 6pm and Oct. 9, 12:30pm. Kentfield’s Will Parrinello and Mill Valley’s John Antonelli and Tom Dusenbery bring their stunningly shot documentary about a number of eco-activists they call “the most inspiring people [we] have ever met... placing themselves squarely in harm’s way to battle intimidating adversaries.” Narrated by Robert Redford, The New Environmentalists (Oct. 8, 7:30pm and Oct. 15, 4:15pm) shows how a grassroots movement in Germany can outsmart big energy; how a small band of dedicated men in Zimbabwe saved over a hundred rhinos from poachers; how a former stunt man in Hollywood got Port Arthur, Texas, to start cleaning up the air; how several El Salvador activists were murdered and others needed bodyguards to stop metallic mining; how Russians on Sakhalin Island protected the gray whale from poachers; and how Indonesians fought to clean up a riverbank where children came down with cancer in startlingly unbelievable rates. On a smaller scale but obviously to the point, self-described “sustainability nut” Paul Meyers, of San Francisco, tracked down Costas Schuler in Forestville to show how he turns discarded pens into works of art in the four-minute Penultimate (Oct. 11, 5pm and Oct. 14, 5pm). 14 PACIFIC SUN SEPTEMBER 30 - OCTOBER 6, 2011


Another inside job comes from producer/ director Sascha Rice and her sister, producer Hilary Armstrong, of San Francisco, in the telling of their grandfather’s story California State of Mind: The Legacy of Pat Brown (Oct. 11, 8pm), the former governor whom Tom Brokaw calls “the godfather of modern California.” Originally a registered Republican, Brown—the current California governor’s father—who switched stripes because he was inspired by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, is credited with setting up the state university system and ensuring drinking water for the Southland. “We made this to inspire people to believe in our collective future,” Rice says. “Too often in the press [my grandfather] is lionized and enshrined in the Golden Era of California. The Golden Era wasn’t golden for many, and it is important to not look back at the past with rose-colored glasses.” You’ll need those glasses, however, to catch yet another first as the fest screens famed German director Wim Wenders’ modern dance film, Pina, in 3-D on Oct. 12 at 7:30pm.


booked us theatrical runs all over the country. So this has totally exceeded expectations.” What are the expectations of a son growing up with an internationally revered father whose musical imprint has threatened to swallow him up? The legendary Ali Akbar Khan’s son Alam is about to find out as he travels on his first solo concert from California to India. Documentarian Joshua Dylan Mellars, who splits time between the city and Sonoma, says Play Like A Lion took six years to complete while, unlike Cohn, he encountered moments of despair every day, crediting producer Mojib Aimaq, an ex-San Rafael cop, with keeping him in line. On the same program Oct. 9, 8pm and Oct. 12, 9:15pm is San Francisco filmmaker Mark Pope’s Gold Violin: Bow of Death, a nine-minute piece devoted to virtuoso violinist Joseph Gold (classmate of Michael Tilson Thomas) whose bow, Pope says, “was formerly owned by Edu-

ard Remenyi—the violinist to Emperor Franz Joseph—who died on the San Francisco Orpheum stage during an encore.” If you were a young woman and a renowned mural artist looking for a blank wall, would you go into a nabe where the sidewalks double as bedrooms for its population, where drugs and crime are on the menu every day, and where a whole bunch of folks start off their mornings with a drink that has no resemblance to OJ? Maybe not, but then you wouldn’t be muralist Mona Caron or San Francisco filmmaker Paige Bierma who spent the better part of a year at the corner of Golden Gate and Jones streets in the city chronicling A Brush With the Tenderloin (Oct. 15, 4:45pm and Oct. 16, 1pm). That dicey intersection isn’t in the guidebooks; it hosts 300 or more homeless and desperate individuals lining up each day for hot meals at St. Anthony’s. But when outsiders take an interest in the people who make up the neighborhood, something new comes to life. And yes, the mural still lives there among them.   




ART, MUSIC, DANCE, theater, film— where would we be without them? Probably institutionalized. Or in solitary confinement. Or worse, without the MVFF. Curiously, England, the place most associated with modern theater, offers The Story of Film (Oct. 12, 6:30pm and Oct. 14, 7pm), while America, in the forefront of modern film, presents Stage Left: A Story of Theater in San Francisco (Oct. 10, 7pm and Oct. 12, 9:15pm). Oakland director Austin Forbord says the latter “takes you on a ride through the past 60 years of the vibrant San Francisco theater scene,” including interviews with Bill Irwin, Carey Perloff and Robin Williams. In the former, Mark Cousins’ 90-minute entry is but one chapter of his 15-episode series on the silver screen. Should be retitled The Never Ending Story. Berkeley director Jason Cohn describes his documentary Eames: The Architect and the Artist (Oct. 8, 3:30pm and Oct. 14, 9:30pm) as the story of “a man and a woman who came together to reinvent American design.” While many embarking on their first feature are writing Oscar acceptance speeches in their heads before they’ve shot a foot of film, Cohn says he and co-director Bill Jersey “never thought there was much of a shot at getting into film festivals, yet here we are. And then our distributor, First Run Features, has already


‘We are simply passing through history.This, this IS history!’ “It’s not the years, honey, it’s the mileage,” Indiana Jones quips in Raiders of the Lost Ark—and truer words couldn’t be said about the best film of 1981. Steven Spielberg and George Lucas’s adventure classic celebrates its 30th anniversary at this year’s Mill Valley Film Festival, bringing back Indy, Sallah, Marion and Bellaq for another trip‘round the globe, from the jungles of Peru and snow-capped mountains of Nepal to the Egyptian desert and finally an uncharted island in the Aegean Sea—and after three decades, and plenty of miles, Raiders has never looked better.The Ark returns to Century’s Cinema Theater—where it screened during its original run—on Oct. 10 at 7pm. Costumes encouraged;“surprise guests” expected, according to the festival. Leave the snakes at home, please.

STRANGE ILLNESSES PLAGUE the lineup this year in a curious netting of how such a thread could find its way into so many entries from different parts of the world. A woman who discovers that she cannot set foot on earth embarks on a pilgrimage to find a cure among the Palaui people in Busong, from the Philippines (Oct. 8, 11am and Oct. 10, 7pm). In Kabore’s 1982 film Wend Kuuni (Oct. 9, 4:30pm), a mute boy who has lost his memory is immersed in traditional Mossi culture in an effort to heal him. In the same director’s 1997 film Buud Yam (Oct. 11, 7pm), the boy sets out on a harrowing quest to find a healer after his sister is felled by a potentially fatal unknown illness. In The Sacred Science (Oct. 12, 6:30pm and Oct. 15, 6:30pm) we observe what happens to eight desperate patients who are suffering from serious diseases when shamans and medicine men delve holistically into the root causes during a month in the Peruvian Amazon. Voices from the Shadows (Oct. 8, 2pm) uncovers one of the most baffling illnesses of the 21st century, a type of chronic fatigue that is so often misdiagnosed that patients are accused of faking it. In this doc about docs from the UK, first-person accounts from ignorant doctors, befuddled nurses and frustrated patients leave little doubt as to how those who are supposed to be helping can be doing the most harm. Don’t confuse Dolphin Tale, currently in

find us on (search for theaters, with the festival’s Dolphin Boy, the true story of an Arab-Israeli teenager who was brutally beaten and earmarked for institutionalization after unsuccessful psychotherapy. At the insistence of his Israeli psychiatrist, the boy is sent to the sea to swim with those smart-ass dolphins, some of them apparently packing medical degrees. It screens Oct. 9, 1pm and Oct. 10, 9:30pm. San Rafael filmmaker Kim Shelton scrutinizes up close and personal the extraordinary difficulties that soldiers coming back from Iraq, Afghanistan and Vietnam have had to face. As one veteran noted, “People just don’t get it.” They ask stupid questions like “Did you kill anybody?” A few years ago, vets and their families attended an experimental retreat near Ashland, Oregon, to try to work through post-traumatic stress disorder and the suffering that comes with seeing friends and colleagues killed in combat. The Welcome (Oct. 13, 6:15pm and Oct. 16, 4pm) documents an attempt at a new approach to healing war veterans who unabashedly express their frustration, anger, resentment, pain, humor and hope. Festival fixture Rob Nilsson takes a sharp left turn with the documentary What Happened Here? (Oct. 8, 9pm), his quest to unearth the missing pieces to Leon Trotsky’s Jewish ancestry. The Berkeley-based director narrates his own journey through the Ukraine while sewing together the life of a revolutionary who vehemently opposed Stalin, was expelled from the Communist Party, deported from the Soviet Union and later assassinated in Mexico on Stalin’s orders. A bit closer to home, Luke Griswold-Tergis digs into the roots of his co-director Cory Mann, whom he describes as “a quirky Tlingit businessman” in Juneau, Alaska. Mann, who is half-Tlingit, half-white, makes a summer pilgrimage to a remote fish camp while juggling a floundering business, a Mt. McKinley stack of bills and a highly vocal and opinionated family. Smokin’ Fish (Oct. 8, 1:30pm and Oct. 11, 9:15pm) was the pair’s first plunge into filmmaking, an effort that part-time San Franciscan Griswold-Tergis describes as “an exercise in naivete.” “When Cory and I started this project, we thought ‘We shoot it over the summer, I’ll edit on my laptop in the fall, and by winter we’ll be partying like rock stars at film fests around the world,’” he says. “It didn’t quite work out that way. By the end of the first summer, I was looking on eBay to see how much I could sell the [equipment] for. We [originally]


were using the built-in microphone on the camera. People who saw our footage were like, ‘Uh, maybe you should get a tripod.’ Cory and I came close to strangling each other a few times. Moments of despair? I’m actually having one right now...” In the end, however, Smokin’ Fish should resonate with anyone whose had experience trying to find his or her way between two worlds. If smokin’ somethin’ other than fish is more up your windpipe, check out San Francisco filmmaker Kate McLean’s Pot Country (Oct. 11, 5pm and Oct. 14, 5pm), a 27-minute doc that pits a fifth-generation exlogger against a tough-as-nails grandmother in Humboldt County. Festival program notes describe the weed as “semi-legal,” which makes us hope that one can only be semiarrested—or, for a first offense, fined only half the usual penalty. We also have to wonder what the young gal in Morocco’s award-winning Pegasus (Oct. 7, 6:30pm and Oct. 9, 4pm) has been tooting when she claims she’s been impregnated by “the lord of the horse.” Director Mohamed Mouftakir makes the most of his striking visuals and his dance between the real and surreal, between poetry and metaphor. Another pregnancy turns up the heat in San Francisco filmmaker Garry Bowden’s short Saturn Rising (Oct. 12, 5pm and Oct. 13, 5pm), which he notes “is based on an astrological concept that says around the age of 27, people make a shift from childhood where your life is planned for you to adulthood where the decisions you make literally decide the way your life plays out.” The last pregnancy, at least for this festival, goes to Small, Beautifully Moving Parts in which the unmarried mother-to-be finds her ultrasound exams more exciting than the child inside her. Oy. What’s in store for that poor kid? Find out Oct. 8, 4pm and Oct. 10, 9pm. Finally, the unpregnant lady in San Francisco filmmaker Jason Headley’s darkly comic and finely crafted 19-minute short To Say Goodbye (Oct. 11, 5pm and Oct. 13, 5pm) assigns a writing specialist at Care-A-Spondence to pen a suicide note for her. She is serious, but so is he, and after 40 drafts, they may be getting close to something. With luck, we may have barely gotten close to opening the festival doors for you. In most cases, you’ll be glad you put the lawnmower away and immersed yourself in this once-a-year-world—right here in your own backyard. < Contact Mal at

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JUST DONâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;T CALL ME LATE FOR DINNER The bright little Mill Valley outpost for organic Asian fusion food at 25 Miller Ave., until recently called Charlie Hong Kong, is now ofďŹ cially named BooKoo, from Vietnamese-French slang. With its new name came new dishes, from ďŹ ve-spice pork satay to inventive salads and Vietnamese wings. Seasonal specials will be added, with many vegetarian and vegan options.

MORE TO CELEBRATE Restaurant news includes seasonal international fare on special menus. Il Fornaio in Corte Madera Town Center turns the spotlight on the foods of Emilia-Romagna, renowned for its cuisine in a country obsessed with eating. This monthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cucina Regionale menu has fall touchesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;mushrooms, apples, squash. A Bolognese favorite, tortelli made with butternut squash pasta are ďŹ lled with ricotta, mascarpone and spinach with sage/cream sauce; seared wild sea bass comes in a Sangiovese reduction with grilled mushrooms; dessert is an autumnal apple cake with pistachio ice cream. A three-course tasting menu is available Oct. 3-16 for $29.99 per person.

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ver the years in this column, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve weighed in on cougars embarrassing themselves by behaving like lechers and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve chastised wealthy, older men luring impressionable young women into emotionally unfulďŹ lling relationships of convenience. Some people simply cry out for swift condemnation. Usually, I see everything in black and white, making it easy to take sides and make judgments. Yet, every once in a while, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m stymied. Recently, two friends shared their dilemmas with me and I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know what to tell them. Fearing I may lose them to the Advice Goddess, I present their problems for your consideration and counsel. This week, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll examine the ďŹ rst caseâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;true love with an age-old problem. Case One May Levy is 33 years old, well educated, a bit spoiled, sensitive and extremely bright with a wonderful sense of humor. May has always known that she wanted a husband and family, so her search for Mr. Right began during college. Mostly, she found frogs. Trust me, no amount of kissing would turn any of those warty amphibians into a prince. One guy was gay, using May as his unwitting beard. Why it was obvious to everyone except May remains a mystery to this day. Unfortunately, the two-year â&#x20AC;&#x153;relationshipâ&#x20AC;? wasted more than time. Two dozen golden eggs went down the drain. May lost about 8 percent of the healthy eggs that she will ovulate during her reproductive lifetime. At that rate, she can only afford to date a dozen duds and then sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d better move quickly when lucky number 13 shows up. (Gals, please heed this lesson: Investing time with a loser may end up being expensive in the long run. You have 300-400 eggs that have the potential for fertilization. If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to date jerks, gather a basket of your eggs to store in the deep freeze. You never know when you might need a fresh one.) Fortunately, May just beat the odds and she still has plenty of viable eggs left. A few months ago, she met a man on Match who shares her interests, makes her laugh and treats her with respect. In record time, they fell in love and announced their engagement. Mayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mother is ecstatic. Her father is disappointed and envisions doom and gloom soon entering his only daughterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s life. You see, the ďŹ ance is 53, a

full two decades older than May. Her parents argue, as if it is somehow their decision. May is torn. Though she refuses to allow her father to inďŹ&#x201A;uence her decision, she wishes heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d share in the joy of the upcoming nuptials. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I love him, Daddy,â&#x20AC;? May declares. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re still young. You have time to ďŹ nd someone else,â&#x20AC;? replies Mr. Levy. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s old enough to be your father.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re my father,â&#x20AC;? she says. Mrs. Levy delivers a different perspective. â&#x20AC;&#x153;May looked for the right man for a lot of years. She found him. Do you actually want her to spend another 20 years looking for the right man whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s her age?â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;I remember how I felt at 50 and how I felt at 60,â&#x20AC;? Mr. Levy explains. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There is a huge difference. I aged.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;We all age,â&#x20AC;? Mrs. Levy calmly replies. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s life.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;May wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have a wrinkle at 40 and heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be waking up at 60 with body aches and prostate problems. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not what our daughter should experience while sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s still a young woman,â&#x20AC;? says Mr. Levy. I always say a bird in the hand is certainly better than reactivating your online dating membership. Yet, her father has a point. It could be daunting for a 60-yearold man to keep up with a toddler or two. What if the next man May meets is a 33-year-old who will make her happy for the rest of her life, proving that father knows best? Mrs. Levy believes that May should marry for love and accept what comes. After all, every one of us takes a risk every day when we drive our car. If we avoid all potential danger, we stop living. The family dispute erupts more frequently as the wedding day gets closer. May grows more disheartened with each quarrel. Unfortunately, she canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t please everyone this time. Wise readers with May-September relationship experience, we need your counsel. Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll probably never change her fatherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mind, though perhaps you could help ease her mind about the future. Next time we meet, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll review your advice and then begin the interesting dissection of Case Two. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll meet an eligible bachelor dating very young women, but not for the reason you think. See you in a couple of weeks. < Email:

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Mr. Weiss guy Pianist puts the ‘totally!’ in Marin Symphony’s ‘Totally Tchaikovsky’ program by G r e g Cahill

lists a prestigious 2002 Avery Fisher Career Grant and a pair of recordings of standard ne glance at classical pianist Orion repertoire. He had a fellowship with the Weiss’s website is all it takes to grasp Chamber Music Society Two program of the prodigy’s quirky personality: the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Welcome to Orion Weiss’s Wacky, Witty, Center, co-directed by pianist Wu Han and her cellist husband, David Worldly, Wonderful, NevFinckel, of the Emerson er Woebegone Website. Quartet. He has performed Click the button labeled COMING SOON with the Los Angeles “Exciting” (it requires Orion Weiss performs Philharmonic, Baltimore Adobe Flash) and you’re with the Marin Symphony Symphony Orchestra and transported into a virSunday, Oct. 2, at 3pm, and the Cleveland Orchestra, tual world that is a cross Tuesday, Oct. 4, at 7:30pm, among others. He’s toured between a VH-1 pop-up Marin Center, San Rafael. Israel with the Israel Phil415/499-6800. video and a sci-fi chanharmonic Orchestra connel program, replete with ducted by Itzhak Perlman. starbursts and UFOs. And he’s building an To say that the excepimpressive reputation as a gifted recitalist tionally intelligent Weiss’s career is just as high-flying is something of an understate- and chamber musician, including recent collaborations with red-hot Canadian ment. virtuoso violinist James Ehnes. The 30-year-old Weiss—who performs “Every so often, a talent comes along this week with the Marin Symphony, kickthat is so natural, genuine and exciting ing off the organization’s 2011-12 concert season—studied at the Cleveland Institute you can hardly believe your ears,” the Cincinnati Enquirer has opined. “Such was of Music and the Juilliard School, where the case when 20-year-old Orion Weiss he was taught by Emanuel Ax. His resume


took the piano bench... His approach was consistently musical; he projected a warm tone, facility and expressive power that often reminded one of his teacher [Emanuel Ax].” Weiss will join the Marin Symphony for its Totally Tchaikovsky program, performing Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1, which opens with a melody the composer heard played by blind beggar musicians in a market near Kiev. That piece was popularized in the ’50s by Orson Welles’ Mercury Theater TV show; it could be heard on Looney Tunes’ “A Corny Concerto” and was used to comedic effect in a famous Monty Python’s Flying Circus sketch. Oh, and returning to Weiss’s quirky persona: Check out the YouTube video titled “What Was Your Craziest Concert Experience” in which the charming pianist discusses occupational hazards of his trade and explains that one of his greatest challenges is getting dressed—he keeps a checklist: shirt, pants, socks. Hey, even Einstein had trouble tying his shoes... < Talk crazy concert experiences with Greg at

Weiss will tackle Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1, known to Boomers via the Warner Bros. ‘Corney Concerto’ rendition, conducted by Maestro E. Fudd. Adventures in Club Land The man in the white fedora trading licks Sept. 22 with blues guitarist Danny Click at The Sleeping Lady was rock guitar god Carlos Santana, who dropped in for Click’s popular Texas Blues Night. The jam was captured on video and posted on the cafe’s website... Blues fans might want to jump over to Rancho Nicasio on Oct. 1 when piano man Mitch Woods and His Rocket 88s return for a night of rockin’ boogie... And speaking of red-hot blues-rock: Kevin Russell will unleash Cream of Clapton, his homage to Slowhand, on Oct. 1 at the Southern Pacific Smokehouse in Novato (which boasts an exceptional stage).—GC

›› SPiN OF THE WEEK Music From Big Pink (Capitol/Mobile Fidelity) The Band This audiophile stereo hybrid SACD version of the Band’s breakthrough 1968 album, remastered from the original master tapes and processed through the Sebastopol-based Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab’s patented Gain 2 System, captures the seminal Americana album in all its sonic glory. The music ranges from Levon Helms’ plaintive vocal on “Wheels on Fire” (one of two songs on the album co-written by Bob Dylan) to Garth Hudson’s heavy come-to-Jesus B-3 organ on “Chest Fever.”The recording, ranked No. 34 on Rolling Stones’ 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, experiences a sonic rebirth here. Also available on SACD ultra-disc: the Band’s Cahoots; Northern Lights, Southern Cross; Stage Fright; and Rock of Ages.—GC Tune up to the Marin music scene at



Distemper tantrum Any resemblances ‘Contagion’ has to real life are Purell-y coincidental... by Davi d Te mp l e ton

Writer David Templeton takes interesting people to interesting movies in his ongoing quest for the ultimate post-film conversation. This is not a review; rather, it’s a freewheeling, tangential discussion of life, alternative ideas and popular culture.

and a pitcher of beer at a nearby restaurant, discussing the stark, documentary effectiveness of the movie—its scenes of scientists (Kate Winslet, Laurence Fishburne, Elliott Gould) racing the clock to find the source of the contagion; sick people infecting one another in planes, and sanitizer?” buses, classrooms, restaurants, doctors’ Thirty minutes into the film offices; mass graves full of the dead; shellContagion—a star-studded shocked parents (including an excellent disaster epic describing a deadly pandem- Matt Damon) desperate to keep their ic spread by casual physical contact—my surviving family members alive; autopsies friend Rita Butterfield, a psychology teach- performed with gruesome detachment er at Sonoma State University, pulls a small and accuracy. plastic container from her bag, applies a “I was really impressed,” Bartholome So what? Hollywood’s been trying to liquefy our minds for years... few germ-killing squirts to her hands and says. “I’ve worked in the OR a lot, so I’m passes the bottle over to me. Onscreen, a very aware of what’s sterile and what shows like Six Feet Under and CSI Miami “Yes, but all of those people would be sniffling, snuffling Gwisn’t. It doesn’t take a they always use dummies during the aufine, ‘cause they could just go into making yneth Paltrow (“Victim “Who doesn’t properly wash whole lot to contamitopsies. I bet this one was a dummy, too.” body bags,” suggests Butterfield. Zero”) has been rapidly nate something. In the As it turns out, it wasn’t a dummy. AcAfter briefly discussing the relative up before heading out in the movie, those surgical passing on a deadly, cording to interviews given by the film’s merits of gallows humor during times brain-liquefying virus restaurant to shake hands masks—they get moist director, Steven Soderbergh, Paltrow wore of crisis—and in response to disturbing as she hands over credit with Gwyneth Paltrow?” pretty quickly, and once a wig with a prosthetic scalp, and lay still movies—Bartholome brings up the endcards and shakes hands they’re wet microbes for 40 minutes during the filming of that ing the film, in which we leap back in time from Hong Kong to can pass through easily, scene, her tongue sticking out in perfect to see how the strain of virus first made Minneapolis. so you wouldn’t just pull the mask down imitation of how an actual dissected contact with Paltrow. “Hand sanitizer?” I whisper, turning and walk around with it, because that corpse would look. “So, the bat was eating a banana, right,” to our other friend, Susan Bartholome, a mask is contaminated. Total sterility is the Another fascinating image from the film she recalls, “and after infecting the banana longtime registered nurse. only way to prevent microbes from being is the shot of lottery balls with birthdates with bat saliva, the pig ate the banana, and “Oh, God yes!” she exclaims, taking passed back and forth.” on them—Vietnam draft-style—deterbecame sick.” the bottle. Bartholome has been an RN for 36 years. mining which Americans would be the “And with the combination of bat and For the rest of the film, we all probably Originally focused on critical care, she first to receive immunization, once the pig DNA,” continues Butterfield, “along had the same thought in the back of our has primarily worked in operating rooms, right formula has been discovered. with the virus, end up on the hands of the minds: “When was the last time these seats recovery rooms and most recently with outchef in Hong Kong...” were properly cleaned?” patient care. Currently she is the RN case “Who doesn’t properly wash up before Several million agonizing onscreen manager for a number of group homes in heading out in the restaurant to shake deaths later, we are all sharing calamari the Sonoma County area, working mainly hands with Gwyneth Paltrow,” I complete with developmentally disabled adults. the cycle. “And I think that’s technically “I don’t think we needed to see that some kind of health violation.” one autopsy, though,” she cringes, refer“Big time,” nods Bartholome. “Actually, ring to what will surely become the film’s when you think about how long humans most iconic image: the corpse of Gwyneth have lived with their livestock, and are Paltrow, her skull cut open and her scalp probably always contracting things, it’s folded unceremoniously back and across amazing our bodies have the ability to her face. “That was a bit much,” Barthofight infections as well as they do. It’s Audiences have been flocking to theaters to see certifiable proof of Gwyneth Paltrow’s brain. lome says, “though in terms of authenticamazing these kinds of pandemics don’t ity, it was great—because that’s exactly happen more often.” what it looks like.” “It made me think though,” I point out, “So is that the ultimate point of the “It was a pretty effective moment,” “that if you’re born on May 18, and you movie?” I ask. “Our systems work, and notes Butterfield. “When they peel her are one of the last to be selected by the lot- when they don’t, the medical system usually scalp back, and look at her brain, when tery, wouldn’t there be lots of extra dead works reasonably well enough to eventually that one doctor says, ‘Call everyone!’ it people who’ve been born on May 18? So stop these outbreaks?” was really scary.” in the future, there will be a whole lot few“No, I don’t think that’s the message of “I have a fairly strong stomach for things er Americans who were born on May 18. this film,” Bartholome laughs. “The ultilike that,” I confess, “but even so, it was kind What would that do to the birthday cake mate message of Contagion is... wash your of an ‘oh-my-god-I-can’t-believe-they’reindustry? Whole days when no one was or- f--king hands!” < actually-showing-me-this’ moment. I was dering birthday cakes, no one was buying Contact David without spreading germs by emailing talkpix@ impressed that Gwyneth Paltrow could lie birthday presents!” so still through all of that.” “People who make icing, farmers who “Oh, I’m sure that was a model of Gwgrow the eggs for the cakes, they would be It’s your movie, speak up at Elliot Gould discovers the contagion is easier to overcome yneth Paltrow,” Bartholome laughs. “On ›› impacted in a big way,” nods Bartholome.


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onâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Dress for Dinner is a sex farce by French-Italian playwright Marc Camoletti, who just had a posthumous hit in New York with Boeing-Boeing, another sex farce that was a dinner-theater staple 40 years ago. The New York production had a celebrity cast and ran at least an hour shorter than RVPâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Dress for Dinner. This is all to say that farce is hard to pull off, and the Ross Valley Players need to pull a bit harder.

reen Scheuenstuhl makes sure that all the props are present and no one mistakes a pot for a pan. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Dress for Dinner has its moments, and the cast shows promise, but at curtainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s close oneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s left having seen a farce that takes over two hours to make the point that sex is more fun than bowling.   


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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. O American Teacher (1:21) Documentary follows four teachers as they practice their profession in four very different corners of the country. O Contagion (1:45) Steven Soderbergh thriller about a lethal, fast-moving airborne virus and the global race to contain and kill it; Laurence Fishburne, Kate Winslet and Matt Damon star. O Courageous (2:10) Four cops face down the toughest challenge of their lives: fatherhood. O Crazy, Stupid, Love (1:58) Freshly divorced straight arrow Steve Carell navigates the tricky shoals of singlehood with plenty of help from smooth-operating wingman Ryan Gosling. O The Debt (1:44) Retired Israeli secret agents Helen Mirren and Tom Wilkinson learn that their career-making arrest of a Nazi war criminal 30 years earlier might not have been entirely successful. O 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. O Dream House (1:50) Perfect couple Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz move into the perfect New England home only to discover that it was the site of a bloody murder a few years back and that the killer is still at large. O Drive (1:40) Stunt driver Ryan Gosling enters the real world of aggressive autoing when he hits the road with his girlfriend, her daughter and a sack of protection money, bad guys on their bumper. O 50/50 (1:39) Fact-based dramedy about a twentysomething cancer patient (Joesph Gordon-Levitt) and his struggles with chemotherapy; Philip Baker Hall and Anjelica Huston provide support. O Happy (1:20) Documentarian Roko Belic travels from Namibia to Brazil to Japan to Louisiana to find out what makes people happy and what it all means on a global scale. O The Help (2:17) The lives of three women on both sides of the cultural divide in 1960s Mississippi are examined in the film version of Kathryn Stockett’s best-selling novel. O I Don’t Know How She Does It (1:35) Sarah Jessica Parker as a workplace go-getter O


and devoted mom torn between her sweet hubby and a sexy coworker; Pierce Brosnan and Kelsey Grammer costar. O Jane’s Journey (1:47) The life and work of legendary chimpanzee expert and dedicated environmentalist Jane Goodall is the subject of this inspiring documentary. O Killer Elite (1:56) Special ops agent Jason Statham takes on three fearsome assassins to rescue kidnapped old mentor Robert De Niro. O The Lion King 3D (1:29) Disney’s stirring story of a cub’s ascension to the throne returns in three potentially dazzling dimensions. O Love Crime (1:46) A senior executive and her brilliant protégée take office politics to a whole new level in a steamy tale of manipulation, ambition and revenge. O The Maltese Falcon (1:40) A San Francisco shamus grapples with a colorful band of thieves and killers as they pursue a priceless rara avis in John Huston’s movie version of Dashiell Hammett’s classic novel. O Mill Valley Film Festival The 34th annual cinematic soiree features seminars, workshops, galas, in-person tributes and hundreds of movies from around the world. O 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. O Mozart’s Sister (2:00) Sumptuous biopic (filmed in Versailles!) looks at the unheralded life of Wolfgang’s big sister and fellow prodigy Nannerl. O National Theatre London: The Kitchen (2:30) Arnold Wesker’s ensemble dramedy about one particularly fast and furious evening in the kitchens of a West End restaurant is dazzlingly presented by the NTL. O Passione: A Musical Adventure (1:32) John Turturro directs this evocative celebration of Naples’ sweet, sultry, angry, ebullient musical heritage. O Phantom of the Opera 25th Anniversary Direct from London’s Royal Albert Hall it’s a sumptuous silver-anniversary production of the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical about a masked, elegant, sewer-stalking crackpot. O 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. O 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. O Trust: Second Acts in Young Lives (1:18) Insightful documentary looks at Chicago’s Albany Park Project, where young, disenfranchised students transform their backstories into living theater. O What’s Your Number? (1:46) Anna Faris searches her romantic Rolodex to choose the ex-bf most likely to provide that true-love thang. <

›› MOViE TiMES N50/50 (R) Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 5:15, 7:45, 10:20 Sat-Sun 11:45, 2:25, 5:15, 7:45, 10:20 Mon-Thu 7:15, 9:45 Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 11:35, 12:55, 2:15, 3:35, 4:55, 6:15, 7:35, 8:55, 10:15 Sun-Thu 11:35, 12:55, 2:15, 3:35, 4:55, 6:15, 7:35, 8:55 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:45, 2:15, 4:45, 7:20, 10 CinéArts at Marin: Thu 5, 7:25 CinéArts at Sequoia: Fri 5, 7:30, 10:10 Sat 2:30, 5, 7:30, 10:10 Sun 2:30, 5, 7:30 Mon-Wed 5, 7:30 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri-Sat 1:50, 4:35, 7:15, 9:40 SunThu 1:50, 4:35, 7:15 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri 4:15, 7, 9:30 Sat 1:40, 4:15, 7, 9:30 Sun 1:40, 4:15, 7 Mon-Thu 4:15, 7 Abduction (PG-13) Century Northgate 15: 12, 1:15, 2:30, 3:50, 5, 6:30, 7:30, 9, 10:10 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:50, 2:30, 5:10, 7:45, 10:30 NAmerican Teacher (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Tue 6:30 (filmmakers in person) Contagion (PG-13) +++ Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 7:15, 10 Sat-Sun 11:30, 2:15, 4:45, 7:15, 10 Mon-Thu 6:30, 9:10 Century Northgate 15: 11:35, 2:15, 4:45, 7:25, 10:05 CinéArts at Marin: Fri-Sat 12:50, 3:30, 7:15, 9:55 Sun 12:50, 3:30, 7:15 Mon 7:45 Tue 5, 7:45 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri-Sat 7, 9:20 Sun-Thu 7 NCourageous (PG-13) Century Northgate 15: 1, 4, 7, 10 Crazy, Stupid, Love (PG-13) ++1/2 Century Northgate 15: 1:50, 7:10 CinéArts at Marin: Fri-Sat 12:40, 3:20, 7, 9:45 Sun 12:40, 3:20, 7 Mon 7:25 Tue 4:45, 7:25 The Debt (R) +++ Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 11, 1:40, 4:20, 7, 9:40 Sun-Thu 11, 1:40, 4:20, 7 Dolphin Tale (PG) Century Northgate 15: 12:25, 3:10, 5:45, 8:25; 3D showtimes at 11:20, 1:55, 4:30, 7:20, 9:55 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:40, 5; 3D showtimes at 2:20, 7:40, 10:20 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri-Sat 1:10, 4; 3D showtimes at 1:20, 4:15, 6:50,


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9:25 Sun-Thu 1:10, 4; 3D showtimes at 1:20, 4:15, 6:50 Lark Theater: Fri-Sat 12:30, 3, 8 Sun 12:30, 3 Mon-Thu 4:30 NDream House (PG-13) Century Northgate 15: 12:15, 2:45, 5:15, 7:45, 10:15 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:55, 2:40, 5:15, 7:50, 10:25 Drive (R) +++1/2 Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 5:25, 8, 10:25 Sat-Sun 12, 2:45, 5:25, 8, 10:25 Mon-Thu 7, 9:30 Century Northgate 15: 12:10, 2:50, 5:20, 7:55, 10:20 NHappy (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Fri-Sat, Mon-Wed 7 Sun 4:45 The Help (PG-13) ++ Century Regency 6: 12:45, 4, 7:15 Wed 12:45 CinéArts at Marin: Fri-Sat 12:30, 3:40, 6:45, 9:50 Sun 12:30, 3:40, 6:45 Mon 7:35 Tue, Thu 4:30, 7:35 I Don’t Know How She Does It (PG13) Century Northgate 15: 11:40, 4:40, 9:50 NJane’s Journey (Not Rated) Lark Theater: Fri-Sun 5:30 TueWed 7 Killer Elite (R) ++ Century Northgate 15: 11:45, 12:55, 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, 7:30, 9:45 Sat-Sun 2:35, 5, 7:30, 9:45; 2D showtime at 12:15 Mon 6:45, 9 Century Northgate 15: Fri-Mon 11:25, 1:35, 3:45, 6, 8:15, 10:25; 3D showtimes at 12:20, 2:40, 4:50, 7:05, 9:15 Century Rowland Plaza: Fri-Mon 2:25, 4:50, 7:10, 9:40; good old-fashioned 2D screening at noon Love Crime (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Fri 4:45, 9:15 Sat 2:15, 4:45, 9:15 Sun-Wed 9:15 NThe Maltese Falcon (1941) (Not

Rated) Lark Theater: Mon 7 (John Huston biographer Jeffrey Meyers in person) NMill Valley Film Festival () CinéArts at Sequoia: Thu Call 383-5256 or visit for schedule and showtimes Rafael Film Center: Thu Call 383-5256 or visit for schedule and showtimes Moneyball (Not Rated) +++1/2 Century Cinema: 12:30, 3:40, 7, 10 Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 11:10, 12:40, 2:20, 3:55, 5:30, 7:05, 8:40, 10:10 Sun-Thu 11:10, 12:40, 2:20, 3:55, 5:30, 7:05, 8:40 Century Rowland Plaza: 1:15, 4:15, 7:15, 10:15 CinéArts at Marin: Thu 4:45, 7:45 CinéArts at Sequoia: Fri 4, 7, 10 Sat 1, 4, 7, 10 Sun 1, 4, 7 MonWed 4, 7 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri-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 Mon-Thu 4, 6:50 Mozart’s Sister (R) Rafael Film Center: Fri 4, 6:30, 9 Sat-Sun 1:30, 4, 6:30, 9 Mon, Wed 6:30, 9 Tue 9 NNational Theatre London: The Kitchen (Not Rated) Lark Theater: Thu 7 NPassione: A Musical Adventure (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Fri 4:30, 6:45, 8:45 Sat-Sun 2, 4:30, 6:45, 8:45 Mon-Wed 6:45, 8:45 Phantom of the Opera 25th Anniversary (Not Rated) Century Regency 6: Wed 7 CinéArts at Marin: Wed 7:30 Rigoletto in Mantua (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Sun 1 Spy Kids: All the Time in the World (PG) Century Northgate 15: 12:05, 4:55, 9:25; 3D showtimes at 2:20, 7:15 NTrust: Second Acts in Young Lives (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Sun 7 (filmmakers in person) NWhat’s Your Number? (R) Century Northgate 15: 12:30, 3, 5:30, 8, 10:30 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:35, 2:10, 4:55, 7:30, 10:05

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

Jason Segel and Ed Helms in ‘Jeff Who Lives at Home,’ playing Thursday at the Sequoia as the kickoff attraction of the 2011 Mill Valley Film Festival.


F R I D AY S E P T E M B E R 3 0 — F R I D AY O C T O B E R 7 Pacific Sun‘s Community Calendar

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

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

Live music 09/30: Fell in a Well Rock covers. 9pm-1am. $5. Smiley’s Schooner Saloon, 41 Wharf Road, Bolinas. 09/30: The String Rays Original Americana rock. 8:30-11pm. $10. The Southern Pacific Smokehouse, 224 Vintage Way, Novato. 899-9600. 09/30:It’s a Beautiful Day Rock, Americana. With Linda and David Laflamme, Sopwith Camel. 9pm. $20-23. George’s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262. 10/01: Cream of Clapton With guitarist/singer Kevin Russell. 8:30-11pm. $20. The Southern Pacific Smokehouse, 224 Vintage Way, Novato. 8999600.

10/01: Mitch Woods and his Rocket 88’s Boogie woogie and swing. 8:30-11pm. $15. Rancho Nicasio Restarant and Bar, 1 Old Rancheria Road, Nicasio. 662-2219.

10/01: Ned Endless and the Allnighters Funk, rock. 8pm-1am. No cover. 2am Club, 380 Miller Ave., Mill Valley. 261-3786. 10/01: Rusty Evans and Ring of Fire Johnny Cash tribute band. 9pm-1am. $5. Smiley’s Schooner Saloon, 41 Wharf Road, Bolinas. 868-1311. www. 10/01: The Machiavelvets Jazzedelic all-original instrumental funk indie rock. 10pm-1am. No cover. Finnegan’s Marin, 877 Grant Ave., Novato. 10/01: The Tickets Band Rock. 9pm-midnight. $8. Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor Dr., Sausalito.

10/02: 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 . 10/02: Jonny Darlin’ Band Classic 50s hits. Part of the “Tunes On The Terrace” outdoor music series. All ages. Bring food, cash bar. 2-5pm. Donation appreciated. San Rafael Elks Club (Outdoor Terrace), 1312 Mission Ave., San Rafael. 721-7661. 10/04: KortUzi Danny Uzilevsky & Jonathan Korty host Bay area artists. 9:30 p.m.-1:30am. Free. 19 Broadway, 19 Broadway, Fairfax . 10/04: Noel Jewkes Invitational jazz jam. 7-10pm. No cover. Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor Dr., Sausalito. 786-6894.

10/06: Mariah Parker’s Indo Latin Jazz Ensemble With Mariah Parker, piano, santur; Paul McCandless, horns; Matthew Montfort, guitars; Ian Dogole, global percussion; Brian Rice, Latin percussion and Fred Randolph, bass. 8-10pm. $18-23. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave., MIll Valley. 383-9600. 10/07: Laurence Juber Former Wings lead guitarist and acoustic finger-style master performs unplugged. 8-10:15pm. $35-40. Eric Schoenberg Guitars, 106 Main Street, Tiburon. 789-0846. www.

10/1: The Barry “The Fish” Melton Band, David Nelson and Special Guests Original lead guitarist of Country Joe and the Fish. 9pm. $12-15 George’s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262. 10/7: Pop Fiction Northern California’s Premier Dance Party Band 9:30 p.m. $10-15 George’s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262.

BEST BET Step it up for Stepping Out! A great cause with a twist, STEPPING OUT TO CELEBRATE LIFE benefits San Francisco Bay Area nonprofit breast-health programs. Based in Kentfield, To Celebrate Life Breast Cancer Foundation is a volunteer-run organization that raises the funds needed to provide access to treatment and support for those affected by breast cancer. One of three annual fundraising events, this year’s gala event kicks off October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month with a boom! Featuring a fashion show teeming with breast-cancer survivors, the event also includes a martini bar, fine These folks truly jump through dining, music, dancing and more. The fun begins hoops in the fight against breast cancer. at 5:30pm Saturday, Oct. 1, at the Marin Center Exhibit Hall, 50 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. $225. 415/455-5882.—Dani Burlison

Beppe Gambetta offers a ‘hands on’ lesson in flatpicking Oct. 1 in San Anselmo.


works by Manuel Neri inspired by Japanese figures and landscapes. Opening Reception 5-7pm Oct 1. 11am-4pm. Free. Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, 500 Palm Dr., Novato. 506-0137. 10/02: First Sunday Open Studios As many as 40 artists in 3 buildings host open studios the first Sunday of every month from 11am-4pm. Free. Novato Arts Center, 500 and 501 Palm Dr., Novato. 472-4628. 10/03-10/31: Marge Rector Recent paintings. Art reception 4-7 pm, Oct.9 In the Maurice Del Mue galleries at the community center. 10am-5pm. Free. San Geronimo Valley Community Center, 6350 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., San Geronimo. 488-8888 .

09/30: Shimshai World music and dance.

10/05:‘Gonzalez: A Decade of Classic and Contemporary Works’ Angela Gonzalez, paint-

Concerts 10/02: John Boyajy Piano. Works for voice and piano by Schubert. With Nicki Bell. Also piano works by Bach and Liszt. 4-6pm. $12-15. JB Piano, 540 Irwin St., San Rafael. 572-3303. 10/02: Marin Symphony Season Opening Alasdair Neale conducts an all Tchaikovsky program. With Orion Weiss, piano. 3 p.m. Tickets $29/$54/$70 (plus NEW $10 youth pricing) at 415.499.6800 Marin Center, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 479-8100.

8pm. $15-18. Yoga Mountain Studio, 85 Bolinas Road, Fairfax.

Theater/Auditions 10/01: Deja Vu (So What’s New)? A tragic/ comic musical revue by Dale Polissar, composer of the Bush satire “By George, It’s War!” 8-10pm. $15. Dance Palace, 5th and B Streets , Point Reyes, . 868-0782. 10/06-10/30:‘Bellwether’ Spine-tingling fairy tale for adults. 8-10 pm. $15-55. Marin Theatre Company, 397 Miller Ave., Mill Valley. 388-3569.

Art 09/08-11/15: Durwood Zedd Photographs, paintings. Reception 5:30-7pm Sept. 8. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 09/09-10/22: Teresa Dong Exhibition Paintings. 10 a.m.-5:30pm. Free. The Painters Place, 1139 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur. 461-0351.

10/01-11/13:‘Legends of the Bay Area: Manuel Neri’ Two-and three-dimensional

ings. Presented by the Tiburon Heritage and Arts Commission. Reception 6-8pm Oct. 5. 6-8pm. Free. Tiburon Town Hall, 1505 Tiburon Blvd., Tiburon. 435-7373. 10/07-11/02: Jean-Marc Brugeilles An enchanted universe, in brilliant colors. Reception with wine tasting, food, music 6 -10pm Oct. 7. Free. Elsewhere Gallery, 1828 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Fairfax. 526-2855.

Through 09/30: Dan Breaux and Victor Stangenberg Sculpture, home furnishings exhibtion. 2-4:30pm. Toby’s Feed Barn, Main St., Point Reyes Station. 662-2048. Through 10/02:‘Visual Encounters’ JoAnn Coffino, paintings. Gallery Hours 2-6pm Mon.Sat. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley.

Through 10/06: Create Art by the Creek “The California Landscape in Acrylic” with Bernard Healey. Learn to paint and find your own style while capturing the natural beauty of California landscapes. All levels. 2-4pm. $80 for 4 Classes. Drop-in $23 The Cabin, 60 Tennessee Valley Road, Mill Valley. 388-6393. Through 10/07:‘Fiber Unlimited’ Wendy Lilienthal, paper and textile collage works. Phyllis Thelen, recycled art and natural fiber works. 8am-7pm. Free. Marin Cancer Institute, 1350 S. Eliseo Dr., Greenbrae. 461-9000. SEPTEMBER 30 - OCTOBER 6, 2011 PACIFIC SUN 25

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;Woven Delights.â&#x20AC;? Tapestry wall hangings by Sausalito textile artist Alex Friedman and mixed media, abstract paintings by J. Scott Cilmi. 11am-4pm. Free. Gallery 305, 305 Bell Lane, Mill Valley. 388-6393. Through 10/19:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Iconic Marinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Bryn Craig, paintings. 11am-4pm. Free. Gallery Bergelli, 483 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur. 945-9454.

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Through 10/29: 2011 Biannual Juried Exhibition Exhibition of works by Marin and Bay Area artists. Juried by Carole Beadle, CCA and Collegeof Marin. 5:30-7:30pm. Free. Falkirk Cultural Center, 1408 Mission Ave., San Rafael. 485-3328. www.


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juried show. 11am-4pm. Free. Marin Society of Artist Gallery, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Ross. www. Through 10/15:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Full Circleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Site specific installation of wire sculpture, drawings and mixed-media works on paper by artist Emily Payne. Free. Donna Seager Gallery, 851 Fourth St., San Rafael. 454-4229. Through 10/15:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Washed Ashoreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; A temporary exhibition at The Marine Mammal Center which features fifteen artworks made of plastic trash by Angela Haseltine Pozzi. Free, docent led tours available for a modest fee. Marine Mammal Center, 2000 Bunker Road, Marin Headlands, Sausalito. 289-7325. Through 10/17:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Ground Swellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Exhibit dedicated to the art of surfing. Features artists from as far away as Hawaii and Mexico who span three generations. 9am-4pm. Free. Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-3871. www.spn.usace.

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Talks/Lectures 10/02: Planting Trees in Afghanistan Asma Eschen and Sean Stephens will speak about the Bare Root Trees programsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s significance in Afghanistan. 11:30am-12:30pm. Free. The First Presbyterian Church of San Anselmo, 72 Kensington Road , San Anselmo. 456-3713. 10/04: Lisa Randall Randall discusses â&#x20AC;&#x153;Knocking on Heavenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Door.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 10/04: Meditation andthe Essential Points of Practice Kunga Dawa, long time student of Shambhala founder Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche and Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, will speak on mindfulness and learning to relax in the simple present. 7-9pm. Donations welcome. Tamalpais Shambhala Meditation Group, 734 A St., San Rafael. 891-9185. 10/05: Art Talk: Dutch Old Masters Kay Payne presents â&#x20AC;&#x153;Golden Light: Dutch and Flemish Masterworks from the van Otterloo Collection.â&#x20AC;? 1-2pm. Free. San Rafael City Council Chambers, 1400 Fifth Ave., San Rafael. 485-3321.

10/05: History of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Join Ranger Bill to learn about the diverse missions, goals and objectives of the USACEâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s beginnings in 1775. 2-3pm. Free. Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-3871. www.

10/05: Tamalpais Valley Speaker Series â&#x20AC;&#x153;Under Our Bay Area Pumas.â&#x20AC;? With Felidae Conservation Fund founder Zara McDonald. This major conservation program studies and protects mountain lions in the SF Bay Area. 7pm. Free. Tamalpais Valley Community Center, 203 Marin Ave., Mill Valley. 388-6393. 10/06: Mike Dooley The author discusses â&#x20AC;&#x153;Leveraging the Universe: 7 Steps to Engaging Lifeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Magic.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960.

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.

BEST BET On your mark, get set... Remember childhood? That delicate and impressionable time when hours slipped by as stones were tossed into streams or stars were gazed at from front lawns and campgrounds? Well folks, those days are over. At least in Marin and other parts of the Bay Area where, at times, it seems that state test-scores, extracurricular activities and college applications take priority over enjoying oneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s youth. In fact, many students are overwhelmed and confused as parents become busier and the competition for schools and jobs and awards of all sorts increases. In RACE TO NOWHEREâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;a documentary about the loss of childhood in these rapid and often vicious scholastic timesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;the filmmakers address these issues and so many more. Learn the impacts and reap the rewards of going slow with the kiddos on Sunday, Oct. 2, 6:30-8:30pm. Bay Marin Community Church, 150 N. San Pedro Rd., San Rafael. $10; for tickets.â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Dani Burlison

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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. 10/02: Diane Martin and Mary Winegarden Group poetry reading. 4pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 10/02: Scott Pasfield The photographer talks about â&#x20AC;&#x153;Gay in America.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 9270960.

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10/04:Tar Sands Boondoggle and Extreme Weather Peter Joseph M.D. will discuss the political uproar over the proposed Canadian Tar Sands oil extraction project. Co-sponsored by Democracy for America-Marin, Progressive Democrats of Marin, and the 6th Assembly District Democratic Club. 7-10pm. Free. Community Room, Town Center, 770 Tamalpais Dr., Corte Madera. 10/05: How to Self Publish How to Self Publish and sell more than 3 copies to your mother, grandma and best friend. With best-selling author Micha Berman. 7-9pm. $25. Drake High School, San Anselmo. 846-3389.

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formances and cinema verité, to tell the story of the recent displacement of Argentinians caused by the latest economic crisis. 6-7pm. Free. Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-3871. 10/04: American Teacher With co-Producer Nínive Calegari and education writer Mark Phillips in person. The film chronicles stories of four teachers who live and work in disparate urban and rural areas of the country. 6:30pm. $10.25. Smith Rafael Film Center, 1118 Fourth St., San Rafael,. 454-1222.

10/06-16: The 34th Mill Valley Film Festival One of the most highly regarded showcases for independent and world cinema includes a special tribute to actress Glenn Close this year. Smith Rafael Film Center , 1118 Fourth St., San Rafael. 454-1222. 10/06:‘The Kitchen’ The workplace is center stage in a funny and furious examination of life lived at breakneck speed, when work threatens to define who we are. 7pm. $39, dinner included. Lark Theater , 549 Magnolia , Larkspur. 924-5111. 10/07:‘Queen of the Sun’ This film takes a hard look at the global bee crisis and the heartfelt struggles of beekeepers, scientists and philosophers from around the world. 7-10pm. $12-16. Yogaworks Larkspur Landing, 2207 Larkspur Landing Circle, Larkspur. 309-0045.

10/07: Filmmaker Forum Presents:‘Absent’ Justin Hunt’s movie focuses on healing the earth. He will be available to answer questions following the screening. 6-8:30pm. Free. Filmmakers Forum, 10 Bayview Dr., San Rafael. 454-2705.

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plants, produce and fresh cut flowers for sale, tastings, tours and live music. Family friendly. The Indian Valley Organic Farm and Garden is a 5.8-acre organic farm and is the first sustainable agriculture education and training center of its kind in the region. 10am3pm. Free. Indian Valley Organic Farm & Garden, 1800 Ignacio Blvd., Novato. 720-2051.

10/01: Combining Roots Music Elements to Create New Styles A journey in flatpicking technique from the perspective of Italian guitarist Beppe Gambetta. In this hands on workshop, Beppe explains his repertoire, using both regular and open tunings. 2-5pm. $75. Marin Community Music School, 55 San Anselmo Ave., San Anselmo. 4511708.

10/01: Sustainable Fairfax 12th Anniversary Party Hang out in the Sustainable Backyard with guest speakers State Senator Mark Leno, Brock Dolman and Deb Hubsmith; Todd Boston and County Boys, live music and great local food. 5:30pm. $75 per person / $125 per couple (includes wine, beer and food. Sustainable Fairfax, 141 Bolinas Road, Fairfax. 847-4004.

10/01:To Celebrate Life Breast Cancer Foundation’s Annual Stepping Out Gala: A Night to Bond “Stepping Out- A Night to Bond.” Inspired by the James Bond movie series. Proceeds benefit To Celebrate Life Breast Cancer Foundation. Fashion show, music, dancing, dinner and a casino royale. 5:30pm. $225. Marin Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium, 10 Avenue of the Flags at Civic Center Drive , San Rafael. 455-5882.

10/02: Brego Foundation Fundraiser With Acoustic Son and Alex Brown Great food, live music and a great author. Proceeds benefit the Brego Foundation which is dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and re-homing of former racehorses. 5-9pm. $100. The Southern Pacific Smokehouse, 224 Vintage Way, Novato. 898-4414. 10/02: Festa Italiana Italian wine tasting cruise around Angel Island. Dance to the live music of Doc

exercise regularly, or have arthritis related problems. It moves at a moderate, comfortable (yet progressively challenging) pace to meet needs. 11am-noon. Donations appreciated. Whistlestop Active Aging Center, 930 Tamalpais Ave., San Rafael. 456-9062.

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

Kid Stuff 10/03: Magic Bus Musical Storytimes Open Studio and Musical Storytimes held first Monday each month. Ages 0 to 5 years. Story times at 10 and 10:30am. 9:45-11am. Free. Magic Bus Music Studio, 1530 Center Rd #12, Novato. 721-1929. 10/04: Mother Goose on the Loose A fun filled, 30-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. 10/04: Wendy Mass Calling all girls (age 10-12). Wendy Mass presents “13 Gifts.” When Tara, a self-proclaimed shrinking violet, steals the school mascot, a goat, she gets herself in a heap of trouble. 10am. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 10/05: Toddler Story Time Stories, rhymes and songs in the library with Molly McCall. For children 0-3 and their caretakers. 9:40-10am.

Free. Sausalito Public Library, 420 Litho St., Sausalito. 289-4121. 10/06: First Thursday:‘What Now’ Hear stories of people who took a breather to waitress and make award-winning documentary films before attending college. This event is only open to teens. 7pm. Free. Mill Valley Library, 375 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 389-4292, x203. 10/07:Tim Cain Part of the Fabulous Fridays series. Bring your little dancing feet. 3:30 p.m. Free. San Anselmo City Council Chamber Room( adjacent to library building), 110 Tunstead Ave., San Anselmo. 258-4656. Thursdays: Story Time With Phil Join master story teller Phil Sheridan for a weekly story time. For children of all ages. 3:30-4pm. Free. Sausalito Public Library, 420 Litho St., Sausalito. 289-4121.

Outdoors (Hikes & Bikes) 10/01-02: Wilderness First Aid This two-day workshop at Stafford Lake will ensure you are able to respond to any outdoor emergency. Covered in class are head, eye, spinal, bone, chest, abdominal injuries and many more emergencies. 8am-4pm. $195. Stafford Lake, Novato. 884-2720. 10/01: Marin Audubon Field Trip: Raptor Workshop Golden Gate Raptor Observatory biologist Dr. Allen Fish will lead a workshop on raptor identification on Hawk Hill which is a premier site to observe the fall migration. 8am-noon. Free. Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Ft. Cronkhite, Sausalito,. 299-2514.

10/02: Breast Cancer Fund Peak Hike for Prevention Take a hike for prevention on Mt. Tam. Enjoy a beautiful hike, meals, massage and healthy-living expo. 7am-3:30pm. $25-50. Santos Meadow, Mt Tamalpais State Park, Santos Meadow, Mill Valley. 866760-8223 x45.

10/06: Marin Audubon Thursday Morning Walk with Susan Kelly and friends Beginner birders are welcome on a leisurely walk around the Las Gallinas Storage Ponds at McInnis Park. Call for directions. 8:30amnoon. Free. Las Gallinas Storage Ponds, Eastern end of Smith Ranch Road, San Rafael. 299-2514 .

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.

Benefits/Gala Events 10/01: 9th Annual Canine Heroes Wine Auction Guide Dogs for the Blind will host the 9th Annual Canine Heroes Wine Auction. Proceeds from the event help provide veterinary care for working Guide Dogs and puppies-in-training. 5-10pm. $300. The Meritage Resort & Spa, 875 Bordeaux Way, Napa. (800) 295-4050. <

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ARIES (March 20 - April 19) Having your ruler (active Mars) in the playful sign of Leo is one of your favorite experiences. Whether you’re engaged in sports, inspired by the arts or simply dancing around the kitchen while the coffee is brewing, you’re feeling happy. But, like last week, you are still meant to be cooperative and responsible for the feelings of your mate. So, when you’re making that coffee, make enough for two... TAURUS (April 20 - May 19) The weekend begins with a big dose of reality, which may not be a lot of fun, but at least it is truthful. Meanwhile, the power of Pluto in your house of metaphysical knowledge is easily accessible on Monday. This is your day to open your mind to a spiritual study or get involved with someone who can teach you the ways of the world. As a fixed earth sign, you can sometimes settle into your comfort zone and forget about exploring anything else. Consider this your week to break free. GEMINI (May 20 - June 20) Just when you were starting to enjoy indulging your inner child and expressing your artistic talents, along comes a weekend with the Moon in your relationship house. This means that on Saturday and Sunday you must consider how your actions affect your friends and family—so self-absorption is temporarily off the table. Wednesday is better as the innovative Aquarian Moon puts you back on track with your creative agenda. This is, however, no excuse for being selfish... CANCER (June 21 - July 21) Friday begins on a high note, but by the time evening rolls around, you’re feeling out of sorts. If your pals want your company over the weekend, suggest Saturday when an upbeat Sagittarius Moon brings enthusiasm. Naturally, in your world of ever-changing moods, there is another lull ahead as your lunar ruler moves into your opposite sign of grumpy Capricorn on Monday and Tuesday. Alert your sweetie. LEO (July 22 - August 22) The combined efforts of generous Jupiter in your career house and powerful Pluto in your employment house should help you keep or get a job. For the next month, stay on the lookout for opportunities to show the world how good you are at whatever it is that you do for a living. As for your weekend, the happy-go-lucky Sagittarian Moon suggests indulging in romance, creativity and entertainment. Sounds like a plan... VIRGO (August 23 - September 21) Arriving at a decision when your ruler (Mercury) occupies the wishy-washy sign of Libra can be difficult. Instead of going back and forth on what you’re going to do, ask one of your fire sign friends (Aries, Leo, Sagittarius) to decide for you. Any one of them will be happy to be the boss of you—even if they know nothing about the subject at hand. Next month you can return the favor. LIBRA (September 22 - October 22) It is true that you’ve had your share of challenges during the last year. 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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 Clerk-Recorder 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 ClerkRecorder 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

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Public Notices Continued from Page 30 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 ClerkRecorder 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) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 127848 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as GOLDCON ENTERPRISES, 136 PEACOCK DR., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: PAUL KAHN, 136 PEACOCK DR., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on 2009. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on September 27, 2011. (Publication Dates: September 30; October 7, 14, 21, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2011127849 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as NORTH BAY HANDYMAN; NORTH BAY HANDYMEN; NORTH BAY HANDYMAN SERVICES, 79 VIVIAN CT., NOVATO, CA 94947: LEO R PFEIFER, 79 VIVIAN CT., NOVATO, CA 94947 . This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on September 20, 2011. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on September 27, 2011. (Publication Dates: September 30; October 7, 14, 21, 2011)

per 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) 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. 304308 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) STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF USE OF FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME File No. 304272 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): BAYVIEW SALON, 3001 BRIDGEWAY #6, SAUSALITO, CA 94965. Filed in Marin County on: May 22, 2007. Under File No: 2007113603. Registrantâ ™s Name(s): BONG NGUYEN, 655 ROSAL WAY, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903. This statement was filed with the County Clerk Recorder of Marin County on September 21, 2011. (Pacific Sun: September 30; October 7, 14, 21, 2011)


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I met a really great girl before deploying to Iraq. We’ve gotten as close as two people can while physically separate, but she is sexually frustrated to the max and wants to have an unemotional hookup. She suggests we each have a “last fling” before we start our relationship (when my deployment ends in 60 days). Well, I’m in an all-male unit, and when I’m home, I want to be with her. She’s attending a wedding this weekend (single guys, hotel rooms, open bar, etc.). She says not to worry, but I know how much she wants this. I just fear that any hookup she had might stick in my mind and keep me from giving her my very best. How can I encourage her to hang on a little longer? Barring that, how do I get OK with this?—Fraught


Oh, yay. You, too, are allowed a last fling. And lucky you, you’ve got your pick of a bunch of big, dusty, sweaty men in camouflage pants. There’s no open bar, but there is an open desert, stocked with a variety of IEDs. Luckily, this doesn’t stop groups of young single females from wandering past the base, but the old bearded goatherd urging them on with a stick surely frowns on interspecies hookups. Probably many readers’ first thought is, “Jeez, the guy’s off in a war zone. Can’t Miss Ants In Her Panties keep her legs crossed for another 60 days?” The truth is, maybe not, no matter what you say. The question is, can you deal? It may help to understand why you feel so threatened. Your feelings go way back, and I mean way . Like 1.8 million years, to genetic adaptations that helped our male forebears guard against paternity uncertainty. Today, figuring out who a kid’s daddy is just takes a DNA test, and birth control can eliminate the question entirely. These vintage genes of ours are the problem. We’re wandering around the latter part of 2011 biologically and psychologically calibrated for life in the Stone Age, and complex cognitive adaptations like “Yo, DNA! In 1951, Carl Djerassi invented The Pill!” take hundreds or thousands of generations to get wired in. It might help to recognize that sex isn’t special—or isn’t necessarily special. Insects have sex, and not because one particular bug means more to them than any other, but because the urge to get it on is just one of many physical urges of living critters, like the urge to eat lunch. Yeah, OK, on a realistic note, you’d probably feel a lot less hurt and threatened if she were talking about some guy at the wedding slipping her a roast beef sandwich. Still, assuming there’s no pregnancy, disease or continued attachment, yesterday’s sex act is no more relevant than yesterday’s lunch. What gives it relevance is the importance you decide to place on it. Can you see this hookup as something she just needs to check off her single-girl bucket list? Or, will you preserve whatever happens like a fossil in amber, poisoning your potential future together with a never-ending symposium on a tiny bit of her past? To start fresh together, it’s probably wise to have a “what happens at the wedding stays at the wedding” policy. This way, you’ll lack the details (if any) to make a dirty little movie you can run on a loop in your head—which may keep you from making the mistake so many jealous men do: turning their woman’s forgettable drunken hookup before they were even a couple into the most unforgettable sex she’s ever had.


This girl I’ve been dating for a couple months really likes me, but I’m not feeling it. Because we’ve done a lot of texting, I’m thinking of breaking up with her by text. It would be a lot less uncomfortable.—Departing

997 All Other Legals ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF MARIN. No. CIV 1104283. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner CAITLYN LITTLEPAGE BIRER filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: CAITLYN LITTLEPAGE BIRER to CAITLYN ANGELINA LITTLEPAGE. THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter shall appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. Any person objecting to the name changes described above must file a written objection that includes the reasons for the objection at least two court days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must appear at the hearing to show cause why the petition should not be granted. If no written objection is timely filed, the court may grant the petition without a hearing. NOTICE OF HEARING: October 25, 2011, 8:30 AM, Dept. B, Room B, Superior Court of California, County of Marin, 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael, CA 94913-4988. A copy of this ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE shall be published at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspa-


Ali Ali says “I’m a lover, not a fighter!” We hope you will see all that this handsome young cat has to offer and bring home this winning boy.


Getting dumped is bad enough; it’s worse when your soon-to-be-ex not only won’t spare you face-time to do it but stiffs you on vowels. (If your girlfriend doesn’t have unlimited text messaging, it could even cost her 20 cents to find out “its ovr.”) Smartphones make life easier, but not everything in life should be. Once you’ve spent more than a few naked hours with somebody, you can text them to tell them you’re late, but not that you’re never coming back. As for this girl, even though you’re “not feeling it,” breaking up in person will be hard for you, and she’ll see that, making the experience less dignity-eating than if you used your phone as a buffer. In other words, compassion, not cell-phone technology, should be driving your breakup behavior. But, if compassion’s not really your thing, at least consider your text messaging limits, and maybe keep your phone in your pocket and program your Roomba to go tell her it’s over. <

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