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Waiter, we’ll have the shish nabobs! You are what you eat, so let’s eat the rich—or at least tax them! Taxing the rich is a peaceful form of revolution that can be used to avoid the violent revolution that the uberwealthy are unwittingly pushing on us. Revolution is inevitable; will it be peaceful or violent? When people have nothing left to lose, there is a tendency for violence to erupt like a lanced boil... My hope is for a peaceful revolution. There are more of us than there are of them so in the final analysis it is in our hands. Stop the right-wing fascists from controlling the conversation and “we the people” can take back America from the greedy corporations that are controlling us and running this country into the ground for their own profit. Stockholders are not entitled to a profit at the expense of democracy and the environment! Don’t wait for the politicians to do it for you, they won’t. Take responsibility for every dollar you spend. Stop helping the rich get richer, as they do every time you shop at a chain store. Shop locally, gosh darn it! Recycle, turn the light off when you leave the room, and stop driving so damn much ’cause it’s driving us over the brink like a bunch of silly lemmings... Oh yeah, and get out there and vote the bums out of office. Think of it as taking out the garbage. Plug your nose and do it! If you do not vote, then shut up about the stench ’cause it is your garbage and you are the problem. Clive Julianus, Fairfax

I am a religious reader of the Trivia Cafe and found the questions in the Oct. 7 edition particularly challenging. Perhaps my inability to answer more than 50 percent correctly—thanks partly to question 9 [“Give the name of If pool is not a sport, does that an outdoor sport mean Minnesota Fats was not and an indoor an athlete? sport, two different words spelled with the same four letters”]—has driven me to exclaim, “Pool is not a sport!” Sandra Becker, San Anselmo

Touch of Greyhound In thinking about the new music venue Phil Lesh wants to do in Fairfax, unless he wants to build a couple levels of underground parking, it’s crystal clear to me that the project will not be approved due to the lack of parking, and neighbors not wanting their hillside streets overrun with patrons, cars, etc. So, let’s get creative here. The project’s a great idea. Why not have everyone park at the Marin Civic Center, with biodiesel shuttles going back and forth to the club? Add a $1 or half-dollar surcharge on the tickets to cover the expense. Throw in the empty Borders parking lot on Francisco for backup. How many Kohl’s customers will there be at 9pm? Any other big parking lots in the area I’m not thinking of to add to the mix? Problem solved. Gary Goldenfeld, Fairfax

Oh say can you C? Amidst all the endorsements fun of last week’s issue, we neglected to weigh in on Measure C, a proposal to continue the town of Corte Madera’s parcel tax to fund emergency services. The tab comes to $60 per residence and $60 per 1,000 square feet of floor area for businesses; the tax could increase by $5 per year, but $75 is the maximum. Virtually the same measure was proposed last year; it failed to garner the necessary two-thirds votes to pass. Unlike Lucas Valley and Santa Venetia, whose paramedic taxes also failed last year, Corte Madera isn’t proposing a lower tax amount this time around (Lucas Valley and Santa Venetia are asking for half the amount as in last year’s failed initiatives). And, unlike Lucas Valley and Santa Venetia, Corte Madera is still facing a vocal opposition to the tax—critics point to a scathing grand jury report from this year blasting town officials for financial mismanagement of reserve funds. They say the town should “get its house in financial order before asking us for more money” and that the town should revise its budget to pay for emergency services out of its general fund, and cut “nonessentials” in order to do it. We agree that the town’s financial management warrants some criticism, and we’re not impressed that Corte Madera returned to the Measure C table without lowering the proposed tax amount—at the very least as a concession to those voters on the fence about whether saving $60 is worth ambulance fanbelt tightening. But we’re even less impressed with Measure C opponents’ rationale against continuing the tax. If they’d offered evidence that Corte Madera’s emergency service departments were bloated or overstaffed or had videotape of the EMTs using the siren to cut through traffic on their way to lunch at Max’s, we’d be all ears. But they offer no criticism of the quality or necessity of service—instead they echo the Tea Party sentiments of Virginia Congressman Eric Cantor who shamefully suggested that Hurricane Irene disaster aid be withheld until nonessentials of a similar dollar amount were cut from the federal budget. It’s wrong in so many ways that we won’t even try to explain and simply leave it at... We recommend a Yes on Measure C.

Take it to the polls! Our handy, clip-out guide to the Nov. 8 election... San Rafael Mayor: Greg Brockbank San Rafael City Council: Damon Connolly, Andrew McCullough

Corte Madera Town Council: Bob Ravasio, Alexandra Cock

Fairfax Town Council: Larry Bragman, Ryan O’Neil San Anselmo Town Council: Ford Greene, Lori Lopin

Marin Community College District Board of Trustees: Eva Long, Philip Kranenburg, James Namnath, Joan Lisetor

Novato Sanitary District: Jean Mariani, Jerry Peters

Novato City Council: Madeline Kellner, Jeanne MacLeamy, Eleanor Sluis

Larkspur City Council: Brad Marsh, Larry Chu Measure A: Yes Measure B: Yes Measure C: Yes Measure D: Yes Measure E: Yes Measure F: Yes Measure G: No endorsement

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In our endorsements write-up of the Corte Madera Town Council race, we misstated candidate Melissa Gill’s stance on whether the town should join the Marin Energy Authority. Here’s what Melissa told us earlier this month: “If there is a way to be sure of the financial stability of MEA and that the town won’t be subject to unpredictable costs in the future, then it may make sense to give people in Corte Madera the option of choosing MEA. The real goal here needs to be increased production of green energy, not more utilities chasing the same green energy around.” While it doesn’t change our endorsement—we think Gill is a perfectly qualified candidate for the town’s council, but her positions as stated to us don’t seem to diverge from the incumbents’ enough to warrant their unseating—we are impressed by her enthusiasm for greener energy.

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Marin’s self-sufficiency gap To help our homeless—it may take a Village... by Peter Seidman


t’s getting harder to make ends meet in Marin. And as more lower-income families edge closer to falling off a self-sufficiency cliff, funding for assistance programs exists in its own precarious world of government cutbacks. According to the Insight Center for Community Economic Development, in 2009 about one-quarter of Marin families could not meet the center’s self-sufficiency standard. The center currently is compiling the latest data for 2011. “Given that it’s much more expensive to live now,” says Jenny Chung Mejia, a program director at the Oakland-based center, “it’s a pretty fair assumption that the figure will have unfortunately gone up.” The center’s 2011 self-sufficiency report finds that a family of two adults and two preschool children, ages 3 to 5, needs an income of $102,810 a year just to meet basic needs in Marin. A family of two adults with one infant and one preschooler needs $101,078. The average annual wage in Marin was $56,128 in 2010. As children grow, families need less income to meet basic needs. A family with two teenagers can make ends meet with $58,364. And two adults with no children can get by with an annual household income of $46,456. Those permutations mark the difference

between the center’s self-sufficiency standard and the federal poverty level, which many service providers see as hopelessly outdated and inexact. The federal poverty level, a fourdecades-old benchmark that tallies just the cost of food and annual inflation, considers only the number of people in a family, not different ages of children—a variable that the center’s self-sufficiency standard demonstrates greatly affects the amount a family needs for basic reasonable survival. The standard considers the costs associated with housing, food, childcare, healthcare, transportation and other necessary basic costs and is calculated for 156 various family compositions, including a standard based on the county in which a family lives. Dr. Diana Pearce developed the standard in the mid-1990s while she was director of the Women and Poverty Project at Wider Opportunities for Women. The original intent focused on creating economic markers for federal job-training programs, now known as the Workforce Investment Program. Pearce, now at the University of Washington, crunches the data that goes into a peer-reviewed report assessing the financial needs of California’s working families. Using just one permutation standard for Marin illustrates the gap between selfsufficiency and the federal poverty 10 >


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Welcome to the occupation Marin localized the “Occupy Wall Street” movement Oct. 12, when about 100 protesters mobilized in front of the Bank of America building on Fourth Street in San Rafael to send a message to corporate America “that it’s time to create jobs not downsize.” “It’s time for corporations to pay it forward and help rebuild the American Dream,” said Kentfield resident Elinor Craig, a member of Marin MoveOn, which organized the protest. “It’s not Us and Them. We’re all in this together.” “While Bank of America is planning to cut jobs, many of our residents are struggling to stay in their homes, find a job, send their kids to college and keep their healthcare,” added Lisa Hamilton of San Anselmo.“We need to remind Congress that the 99 percent [of other Americans] are too big to fail.” The MoveOn members were joined at the protest by folks opposing SmartMeters, military spending, America’s dependence on fossil fuels and Mr. Pickle of the Mr. Pickle’s sandwich chain that has a location at the San Rafael plaza. Seager come, Seager go The Donna Seager Gallery—multiple winner of the Pacific Sun’s Best of Marin award for best art gallery—is moving its frames south. The popular exhibitor’s space has been at the corner of Fourth and Cijos streets in San Rafael since 2005, but now galleria gal Donna Seager is partnering with her longtime assistant Suzanne Gray McSweeney to reopen as the Seager Gray Gallery in downtown Mill Valley.“Six years ago, I opened the doors of Donna Seager Gallery in San Rafael,” says Seager.“It was a dream come true. I am so grateful to all the people of San Rafael who supported the gallery and helped me weather the tough years and celebrate the good ones... I am excited about the move and the partnership and we will continue to bring world-class exhibitions to Marin County.” Supe Hal Brown resigns Ross Valley Supervisor Hal Brown says he’s be stepping down from the post he’s held for nearly three decades. Brown announced last December that he’d been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, but has been working from home while undergoing treatment. Despite indications from his doctors that the treatment is going well, the 66-year-old said in June that he’d make a decision about his future on the board in early autumn. Gov. Jerry Brown, Hal’s cousin, will appoint the replacement to the seat—the term runs through 2012. Hal was originally appointed to the seat by Jerry Brown, during his cousin’s earlier go-round as California governor, in 1982. Among the names said to be considering throwing their hats into the ring for the Ross Valley Supe seat are Brown’s assistant Katie Rice, Fairfax Town Councilman David Weinsoff and former San Anselmo Mayor Peter Breen. More hats to come, no doubt. Katy Butler did it! It’s working out to be a big week for journalist, and occasional Pacific Sun contributor, Katy Butler—the Mill Valley writer is not only set to receive a Milley Award next week, but has also been recognized for her science reporting by the National Association of Science Writers. On Saturday, Butler will receive a Best Science Reporting award from the NASW for her 2010 New York Times Magazine piece,“My Father’s Broken Heart,” which explored the moral quandaries created by advanced medical technology near the end of life. Butler’s Milley Award—the Mill Valley Art Commission’s annual tribute to high10




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1. What other pair of technology giants, besides Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, built their first product in a South Bay garage? 2. If you were this dog, you would have the best eyesight and fastest running speed of any dog. What breed would you be? 3a. What are the team colors of the San Francisco 49ers? 3b. Pictured, left: Who is the team mascot? 4. Written in 1859, Charles Dickens’ best-selling novel has sold over 200 3b 5 million copies. What’s the title? 5.Pictured, left: Outrageous Lady Gaga made front page news after she arrived at last year’s MTV Video Music Awards wearing a dress made of what? 6. What two brothers founded Rome, and on which one of the city’s seven hills? 7. Pictured, below: In the 2010 film Fair Game, what actors played diplomat Joe Wilson and his wife, CIA agent Valerie Plame, who was outed by the Bush administration? 8. What political party, formed in 1833, provided two U.S. presidents, William Henry Harrison and Zachary Taylor, then vanished from the political landscape after 1852? 9. What branch of the U.S. military had only 50 soldiers when World War I broke out? 10. If you have an equal number of $5, $10 and $20 bills totaling $7,000, 7 how many bills do you have altogether? BONUS QUESTION: The first one of these was printed in 1878 in New Haven, Connecticut; it was one page long, and contained 50 entries. It was the first... what? 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!


▼When you pry open a door and steal computers from elementary school students, you are a principal Zero. Earlier this week, reported Lt. Barry Heying of the Marin County Sheriff ’s Department, 20 Apple MacBook laptops were taken from Strawberry Point School in Strawberry. Each computer is valued at $1,300, so we anticipate it will take quite a few bake sales to raise $26,000. Zero, you should hang your head in shame for depriving these students of their computers. Anyone with information about the Zero(s) is encouraged to call the Sheriff ’s Office at 415/499-7233. (Please note that tattling on Zeros is absolutely acceptable and respectable. Not only will you be a hero, but you may be eligible for a cash reward.)—Nikki Silverstein


▲It’s certainly noteworthy when a Marin museum is bestowed with a prestigious honor for a podcast series about history. This week, we’re proud to announce that the Marin History Museum received the Dave Byrd Certificate of Meritorious Performance and Promise Award, presented by the California Council for the Promotion of History. The museum’s podcast series covers the history of Marin by focusing on the people, places and events that contributed to our county’s fascinating past. Each month, three informative and entertaining episodes are released, with past podcasts featuring local arctic explorer Louise Boyd, Rancho Olompali and a walking tour of historic downtown San Rafael. Congratulations to the Marin History Museum for its impressive award. For more information, visit

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dinosaurs are more FRIDAY, OCT. 14 Make Your Mark This is realistic than the diathe Disney version of a dance competition logue. Fox. 8pm. reality show. Not only can the kids dance, Gene Simmons they can also smile, blink and respond to Family Jewels Gene spoken commands. Disney Channel. 8:30pm. and Shannon attend Top Secret Recipe You were right:There is “Marriage Boot crack in Cinnabons. CMTV. 9pm. Suburgatory Fresh from the big city, Camp.”You’d think 28 years of cohabitaGeorge is welcomed tion would qualify into the suburban them to teach the school’s PTA.Depending class. Here’s a couple on the district, this can where the guy wears be an elaborate ritual, higher heels and more most-often involving makeup and they’re black robes, candles and still together. VH1. 9pm. a sweaty man hitting a Bachelorette Party: gong. ABC. 9:30pm. Las Vegas A reality Dead Files The paranorshow follows bachelomal investigators exam- Did ‘Dianetics’ cover this?! Saturday at 8. rettes on romps across ine “medium dolls” that are alleged to hold the spirits of the dead. If the gambling capital, preserving the memoyou pull the string, they say things like “I was ries that their children can stumble across murdered,”“My soul cannot rest” and “I think on YouTube 10 years from now. And get sick. Oxygen. 10pm. I left the iron on.” Travel Channel. 10pm.

SATURDAY, OCT. 15 Tailgate Warriors The tailgate cook-off this week features 49ers fans vs. Raiders fans.The 49ers fans will be cooking pan-seared free-range chicken breasts over couscous.The Raiders fans’ recipe depends on what kind of roadkill is in season. Food Network. 8pm. War of the Worlds This is the Tom Cruise version where the aliens are finally scared off by the Scientology pamphlets. (2005) TNT. 8pm. Cujo A family’s St. Bernard goes berserk, threatening to slobber the family to death and drag them to a snowy mountain lodge. (1983) AMC. 8pm. How to Be a Gentleman Andrew goes to his ex-fiancee’s wedding.This is tricky territory for a man. If you stay home, it suggests you have unresolved feelings. If you go, you can hit on her sister. CBS. 8:30pm.

TUESDAY, OCT. 18 Diary of the Dead Tuesday: Ate brains, stumbled through the mall, made appointment with dermatologist. (2007) AMC.8pm. I Used to Be Fat Teens lose weight before starting college.They should factor in some extra preemptive pounds for that combination of dorm food and beer known in medical literature as“The Freshman 10.”MTV.9pm. Scream Awards 2011 Awards honor horror and science fiction films in such categories as “best beheading,”“gnarliest thing popping out of somebody’s chest”and“best performance by a severed limb in a supporting role.” Spike TV.9pm.

WEDNESDAY OCT. 19 NOVA In“Finding Life Beyond Earth,”scientists examine whether or not we are alone in the universe and, if not,“do you think they’d go out with us?” KQED. 9pm. Mythbusters Jamie and Adam find out if it’s possible to repair an airplane with duct tape. The only thing duct tape is good for in aviation is quieting that screaming A nostalgic look at the good ol’ days. Sunday, 7pm. baby three rows back. Discovery Channel. 9pm.

SUNDAY, OCT. 16 Saving Private Ryan Steven Spielberg takes an unflinching look at war in this chronicle of one unit’s experiences in the Invasion of Normandy. Since then, wars have been more likely to involve “Saving Private Oil Interests.” (1998) TNT. 7pm. iGenius: How Steve Jobs Changed the World We’re still in that mourning transition between “He was a genius who will be sorely missed” and “The battery has to be replaced at the factory? Really?” Discovery Channel. 8pm. Why Am I Still Single? It’s basically a matchmaking dating show for New Yorkers.The dates are matched by age, interests, cultural sophistication and whether the subway connection is convenient. VH1. 9pm. MONDAY, OCT. 17 Terra Nova Now that we’ve seen a few episodes, it’s clear that the

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< 8 Marin’s self-sufficiency gap level. Considering a family of four, with two adults, one preschooler and one school-age child, the center’s self-sufficiency standard calculates that the family needs $86,629 a year to meet its basic needs, an increase of about $13,000 since 2008. The federal poverty level for a family of four is $22,350, regardless of county of residence, which in Marin makes a big difference when it comes to calculating budgets. Service providers and advocates for working families want federal and state agencies to begin considering the more realistic selfsufficiency standard rather than the federal poverty level for eligibility and program structures. In 2009, Marin’s federal poverty level was 7.3 percent as opposed to the center’s estimate that 23 percent of families couldn’t meet the self-sufficiency standard. “What we see is people being pushed not necessarily below the federal poverty level,” says Chung Mejia, “but pushed into that gap between the federal poverty level and the self-sufficiency standard.” That downward pressure forcing more families closer to economic crisis mirrors the county’s tally of the homeless population. A persistent population of precariously housed people remains a constant challenge for service providers in the county. That population of temporarily housed people comprise couch surfers, house sitters and those with other temporary arrangements as well as people living on the financial edge. Even many working families with middlelevel incomes find themselves in danger of losing their shelter. They live so close to the edge that one major health crisis, one large car repair, one lost job assignment can send them into homelessness. “The self-sufficiency standard is critical to the work of the United Ways throughout the state,” says Peter Manzo, president and CEO of United Ways of California. “It provides a true picture of the needs within the communities we serve, informs how we tailor our approaches to increasing financial stability and helps us measure progress toward our collective goals.” That’s just what happens at SparkPoint Marin Center. “It’s a do-it-yourself financial services center for people who are struggling to make ends meet,” says Christine Poremski, program director. She says SparkPoint can help people chart new financial strategies “whether they are lower income or middle income, and there are a lot of middleincome people who are still living paycheck to paycheck.” SparkPoint, which receives the bulk of its funding from United Ways of the Bay Area, helps clients reach four goals: reaching what Poremski calls a “sustainable income,” meaning enough money to meet the sustainability standard; reaching a debt-to-income ratio of 40 percent; achieving a credit score of at least 650; and saving enough money to cover three months selfsufficiency costs. About 180 people participate in workshops and coaching sessions at SparkPoint, 10 PACIFIC SUN OCTOBER 14 - OCTOBER 20, 2011

located at Community Action Marin in San Rafael, which also acts as the lead agency. Financial coaches from a variety of community-based organizations, including the Canal Alliance, the Marin City Community Development Corporation, Community Action Marin and other partner agencies, work with SparkPoint clients on plans for their financial future. The self-sufficiency standard provides crucial information for the coaches as they help clients develop realistic financial goals. For about 25 percent of Marin families that means searching for ways to boost their incomes and reduce expenses to meet that basic standard. When all efforts to reach self-sufficiency fail, families can find themselves precariously housed, and if bad times persist, they can slip into homelessness. Betty Pagett knows how easy it is for that to happen. She’s a former minister of the United Methodist Church of San Rafael who left that position to work with EAH, the nonprofit affordable housing corporation. After about two decades, she retired from EAH in 2007 as director of education and advocacy, but has continued to play a role in the county’s strategy to end homelessness. Pagett had an ambitious idea, and she called Mary Kay Sweeney, executive director of Homeward Bound, the largest agency in the county to provide support for the homeless. “At that point, there were about 30 families on the waiting list to get into shelter,” says Pagett. “I decided I would try to do something just as a volunteer to try to lift awareness.” She did much more than that. Pagett created Oma Village, born out of the idea that people can help others without an overlay of monolithic government programs. It started when Pagett learned from her daughter about mothers’ clubs, which serve as support groups and resource centers. Pagett thought the clubs might be a good way to enlist support for homeless families and connect mothers with the needs of the county’s homeless families. That was just a start. The Oma Village idea began with Pagett, and others, seeking people who would cover the costs of a family in emergency housing. The Homeward Bound emergency family shelter has enough space for 14 families. A donation of $59 covers expenses at the shelter for one day for one family, which is often headed by a single mother. “The way it’s been structured,” says Paul Fordham, deputy director at Homeward Bound, “is that Betty has been reaching out to families in the community to say there’s a family-to-family effort, and asking if they would give monthly to support people in shelter.” People have contributed or pledged about $22,000. “It’s been fantastic,” says Fordham. Homeward Bound has seen a big drop in federal funding, and the agency would have had to reduce the number of available shelter beds without Oma Village. “This initiative allowed us to sustain our shelter-bed level and even [to] increase the level of space for 16 families,” says Fordham.

< 8 Newsgrams performing townsfolk—is for Creative Achievement. The Oct. 23 Milley ceremony takes place at the Mill Valley Community Center. Other recipients this year include landscape architect Eldon Beck; Italian Street Painting Festival founder Sue Carlomagno; father-and-son jazz musicians Si and Max Perkoff; and businessman, grandparent and rocker Sammy Hagar. Larry Snyder will receive the Sali Lieberman Award, in recognition of his lifetime of achievement in the arts—specifically his work with the College of Marin music department and the Mill Valley Chamber Music Society.

Canal dredging slated for November Get ready to pull up anchor, Marin yachtsmen—the San Rafael Canal is set for a dredging. The Army Corps of Engineers has awarded a $1.38 million contract to RDA Contracting of San Rafael to begin work in early November to clear out the muckety-muck, which, according to a city of San Rafael news release, will “significantly help the City’s marine related businesses and recreational boaters.” Corps of Engineers and San Rafael Public Works staff members will oversee the dredging, which is expected to continue daily for four weeks from 7am to 7pm. “With this dredging completed, recreational boaters will be able to navigate the Canal and enjoy our waterway in a way that has not been possible in recent years,” said San Rafael Mayor Al Boro.“[It’s] an important economic development action that can only be funded every five to seven years.” The Corps has dredged the Canal a dozen times since 1930; the most recent dredging was 2002. The dredging clears out the silt that accumulates in slow-moving waters. According to city officials, sections of the inner channel of the Canal are now only 2 feet deep at low tide, rendering sections barely navigable as well as hazardous. The city has scheduled a community meeting to discuss the project at 6pm on Oct. 19 at the Pickleweed Community Center, 50 Canal St., San Rafael. Gov. Brown signs Huffman bills into law Jerry Brown has signed a pair of bills that will take the bite out of shark hunting and plug a finger into oil-spill prevention—as the California governor finished off a frantic weekend of signing and vetoing bills as the legislative session came to a close Oct. 9. Among the 200 bills the governor lent his signature to in the past two weeks were a pair by 6th District Assemblyman Jared Huffman. The first, co-authored by the San Rafael resident and Assemblyman Paul Fong of Cupertino, was AB 376, the Shark Protection Act, which bans the possession, sale and distribution of shark fins—a highly prized ingredient in some Asian cultures for making shark-fin soup. The soup is said to have medicinal purposes, but critics of the pricey dish insist its value is merely as a status symbol.“California leads the way in ending the destruction of shark species globally,” says Huffman.“California can be proud of their role in giving these remarkable top predators a chance to recover their populations and helping to restore balance to our oceans.” Shark fins can be sold for as much as $600 per pound, but the remainder of the shark meat for as little as a dollar a pound—resulting in the removal of the fins and the discarding of the shark carcass. Critics of the shark-fin market point to the mighty fish’s position as an “apex predator,” meaning other species are dependent on the shark for their survival. According to Huffman’s office, some estimates have 34 percent of the world’s sharks near extinction. California joins Washington, Oregon and Hawaii in similar shark-fin bans. Huffman’s other bill, signed into law on Oct. 7, is, according to his office, intended “to improve the state’s ability to prevent oil spills from damaging California’s coastline and waterways.” AB 1112 requires the state Office of Spill Prevention and Response to increase its oversight of vessel-to-vessel oil transfers—considered the highest risk type of oil transfer— and gives the agency added leverage to raise revenue by increasing the fee on the fund by one-and-a-half cents through 2015. According to the OSPR, revenue from the oil-spill-prevention fund is no longer enough to pay for the agency’s anti-spill workload these days; the fund is projected to run a deficit of $5.2 million in the next fiscal year. Deb Self, director of San Francisco Baykeeper, applauds the law, saying the state needs sufficient funds to protect wildlife from humans’ dependence on oil. “We know that spills can have a devastating impact on sea lions, harbor seals, migrating birds, local endangered shorebirds and the struggling leopard shark populations,” says Self. “California’s programs to prevent and respond to oil spills simply must be fully funded.” Mill Valley film fest gets Close call The threat of rain didn’t keep movie lovers— or movie stars—from the opening celebrations of the 34th Mill Valley Film Festival. The festival launched this year’s cine-mania Oct. 6 at the Mill Valley Outdoor Art Club, where attendees snacked and imbibed while awaiting the 7pm screening of the Sequoia Theater’s opening night film Jeff Who Lives at Home, about 30-year-old slacker dude Jeff (Jason Segel) who believes an unknown person named Kevin is his key to enlightenment. Up 101 at the Rafael Film Center, the opening film was Albert Nobbs, featuring Glenn Close as a 19th-century woman impersonating a butler. All eyes were on the Fatal Attraction vixen at the Outdoor Art Club, where she greeted fans and bantered with Marinite (and her World According to Garp co-star) Robin Williams and comedian Mort Sahl, of Mill Valley.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Betty has been hugely instrumental for us being able to have that depth of support we really need to show that homeless families are connected to the community and the community is connected to this issue,â&#x20AC;? says Sweeney. Fordham says Oma Village has been raising enough money to support ďŹ ve families for at least six months of emergency shelter. Oma Village now is part of the Homeward Bound roster of programs. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Betty certainly is the instigator,â&#x20AC;? says Sweeney. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Betty has got the kind of charisma that can connect with people in ways that other folks canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t.â&#x20AC;? The Homeward Bound family shelter is full every night. And every night staff must turn families away. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re having to put people on a wait list,â&#x20AC;? says Fordham. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And we know thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a potential tidal wave, depending on what happens to the economy.â&#x20AC;? If the down-turned economy turns down again, or even if it keeps bumping along the current bottom, Fordham and Sweeney expect that more of those precariously housed people will end up needing shelterâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and there arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t enough affordable housing units to accommodate them all. When people on the waiting list do get space in the family shelter, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just for six months, and because the county has an inadequate stock of affordable housing, families often end their stay in the shelter with no place to go when they leave. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the focus of the second part of Pagettâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Oma Village. She intended to do more than raise money to support families

in an emergency shelter. She set out to raise money to purchase affordable housing without relying on government programs. Oma Village has raised $90,000 and has promises for another $550,000 that will go toward purchasing a property to provide permanent housing for 15 families, who will rent space while Oma Village continues fundraising to subsidize the families. Pagett says thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s already a property ready to become part of Oma Village, but she needs to keep the location under wraps while working through ďŹ nancial and town planning details to lock in the property, valued at $800,000. Oma Village is just $200,000 shy of that mark. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The jurisdiction where the property is located is excited, which was my ďŹ rst shock,â&#x20AC;? she says. On Oct. 23, Oma Village will host a celebration to mark the success of the effort. It will take place at the Cafe on the Commons in Ross, from 2 to 5pm. Pagett says anyone who would like more information about Oma Village is invited, as is anyone who would like to make a donation to either the continuing support program or the capital program aimed at property purchase. Why call it Oma Village? Oma is the name Pagettâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s grandchildren call her. It seemed ďŹ tting. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also ďŹ tting that the Oct. 23 event will celebrate Pagettâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s birthday. Number 70. â&#x153;š Contact the writer at

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The festival has a knack for featuring soon-to-be best-actor Oscar winners in its opening night films: festival honoree Helen Mirren took the Academyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s top acting prize in 2009 following The Queenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s festival opening, and last year Colin Firth was rewarded for his work in the 2010 festival opener The Kingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Speech. Close, 64, is a five-time Oscar nominee, but has never taken home the award despite nominated performances in The Natural, Dangerous Liaisons, Fatal Attraction, The World According to Garp and The Big Chill. Close said at a festival press conference that sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d been trying to get Albert Nobbs made since playing the part in an off-Broadway roll in the 1980s, but mainstream Hollywood studios thought casting the actressâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;then with a femme fatal screen identityâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;as a nebbish little man was too risky. Time will tell if theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re still saying that come awards season 2012.

Larkspur plugs into Marin Clean Energy The Marin Energy Authority is one town closer to making its joint-powers authority a â&#x20AC;&#x153;cleanâ&#x20AC;?sweep of local municipalities, as the Larkspur City Council voted unanimously Oct. 5 to join the countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s energy aggregation agency. Larkspur has joined Novato and Ross in jumping onto the Marin Energy Authority bandwagon in recent weeksâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;all within the deadline to take advantage of the local power agencyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s amnesty period on a $20,000 to $40,000 joining fee; the amnesty ends Nov. 7. Larkspur had voted unanimously against joining the MEA in 2009. Larkspur Mayor Larry Chu says his change of heart came as, over the course of the MEAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s two years in existence, the financial risks of joining seemed to abate. He says he wants â&#x20AC;&#x153;our residents to have a choiceâ&#x20AC;?in going green. â&#x20AC;&#x153;No significant alternatives for GHG [greenhouse gas] reductions have materialized from other interagency collaborations,â&#x20AC;?Chu told the Sun recently,â&#x20AC;&#x153;and Marin Clean Energy would fulfill many of the goals in our Climate Action Plan.â&#x20AC;? The energy authority offers customers a â&#x20AC;&#x153;light greenâ&#x20AC;? energy optionâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;meaning 27 percent of the energy a household purchases is renewable, or they can sign up for the â&#x20AC;&#x153;deep greenâ&#x20AC;? program of 100 percent renewable. A third choice to â&#x20AC;&#x153;opt outâ&#x20AC;? would keep a customer with PG&E. Now 10 of Marinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 11 municipalities, plus the county and its unincorporated areas, have joined the MEA. Lone holdout Corte Madera is expected to vote once again on joining at its Nov. 1 Town Council meeting.Though councilmembers are careful not to show their hand prior to casting votes, more than one member of the Corte Madera Town Council has hinted to the Sun their intentions to vote for joining the local power agency.


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A salute to the Marin businesses that have stood the test of time


›› FEATURE Cornerstones of the community


›› The turn of the 20th century meant even more thirsty customers for the Old Western Saloon in Point Reyes Station.

For millennia Marin County has been home to sweeping vistas, towering mountains and majestic plants, animals and people. From Marin’s earliest inhabitants, the Coast Miwok, to today’s soiree of sun-worshipers, go-getters and open-space trail blazers— the seeds of 21st century Marin were planted by the intrepid pioneers and adventurous entrepreneurs of ye olden days and have grown to become the roots of our community. From the arrival of railroad in the 1870s through the 1906 earthquake to the opening of the Golden Gate Bridge, the blossoming of Marin was made possible by the tradesmen, merchants and service providers who threw open their shop doors to a community looking for beds, board and brews—not always in that order. In this issue, the Pacific Sun salutes a few of these “cornerstone” entrepreneurs of Marin—and we’re featuring the stories behind 12 of some of the longest-standing businesses in the county. We narrowed our focus to “storefront” businesses that offer a product or provide a service. (The very oldest businesses in these parts may well be family farms—we’ll save them for if we ssue.) And ever do a “cornerstone cultivators” issue.) ries—from we tried to cover a variety of industries—from saloons and hotels that cropped up around the ders that fed train depots to the markets and builders dn’t include and housed the townships. We couldn’t every time-honored business this timee out—so let us know about all the otherr at enduring Marin businesses with great stories to tell. We may get to them in n n. the next Cornerstones of Marin. or —Jason Walsh, editor


Dieckmann’s General Store, Tomales [ p13]


McNear Brick and Block, San Rafael [p13]


Old Western Saloon, Point Reyes Station [p14]


Mill Valley Lumber [p14]


Burns Florist, San Rafael [p16]


Zunino Shoe Repair, Novato [p16]


Mountain Play, Mill Valley [p17]


142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley [p18]


Minto and Wilkie Insurance Agency, San Rafael [p18]


Bordenave’s Bakery, San Rafael [p19]


Nave Motors, Novato [p20]


Aldersly Retirement Community, San Rafael [p21]

The dawn of the horseless carriage was also the dawn of car repairs— good news in 1919 for Nave Motors. goo



Diekmann’s General Store

McNear Brick and Block

Marin’s original ‘one-stop shop’...

They actually ARE the cornerstones of the community...



Diekmann’s has been the hub of Tomales since the town’s heyday as Marin’s most rollicking port.


the same except there were cows walking down unpaved muddy streets.” Far from his native home in India, Sangh finds a comfort in the community of Tomales. “I was a farmer back home,” he says. “I always wanted a store by the coast.” Way back when, the store mostly offered the basics: local dairy products, meats, produce and hardware supplies for area farmers and builders. Today, the store provides customers with all the staples of the early days along with a wide selection of organic groceries, deli items, local wine, micro-brewed beer, camping and fishing supplies; the Sanghs see a lot of the area’s Tomales High School students frequenting the store as their families have for several generations. Eventually, the Sanghs—who previously owned Sizzling Tandoor restaurants in Jenner and Santa Rosa—would like to provide the Diekmann patrons with Indian food takeout and they have plans to update the hardware inventory. “We are also extending our hours. We want to make it convenient for people so they don’t have to drive all of the way to Petaluma if they just need one or two items,” says Sangh. “Really, we just want to make the community happy. We love it here.” Even in challenging economic times, the Sanghs have faith that Diekmann’s customers will stay true to supporting the locally owned businesses in the community.—Dani Burlison Diekmann’s General Store, 27005 California 1, Tomales. 707/878-2384

integrity of the product. In 1931, the company began making Haydite blocks, lighter than concrete and a better insulator. And over the years, different material, including concrete blocks and pavers, retaining wall materials and the fire bricks for the energy-efficient Rumford fireplaces, have been introduced. By the beginning of the 21st century, the company was churning out 15 million bricks a year. The clay to make those bricks no longer comes from a nearby hill—it had been used up by the end of the 1980s. But clay mining continues not far from the original location. And still, McNear’s does not rest on its retaining walls or pavers: The company maintains the same high standards it’s had since those first bricks were manufactured. It is committed to providing products that are safe, sound, long-lasting and aesthetically pleasing, as well as sustainable and easy on the environment. These building supplies can be found at distributors all over the country. Evoking a sense of a bygone era, the brickyard has been used as a location for filming movies and commercials—as have many buildings made built from McNear products. One needn’t go far to find buildings constructed of McNear bricks: For a start, check out the San Rafael City Hall and San Rafael Library.—Carol Inkellis McNear Brick and Block, 1 McNear Brickyard Rd., San Rafael. 415/453-7702. KEN PIEKNY

ong gone are the days of the North Coast Pacific Railroad carrying lumber from the steep redwood hills of Sonoma County’s remote Cazadero through Tomales on its way to the San Francisco Bay. Today, Tomales serves not as a middle point or pickup spot for dairy on the train’s journey to the old Sausalito Ferry, but as a picturesque gateway to seaside tourist getaways like Dillon Beach. The sleepy town has even been visited in recent years by Hollywood film crews, serving as a backdrop for the sets of Mumford, Village of the Damned and Bandits. Alternating between bustling and sometimes heavily trafficked summer seasons and quiet, wet winters, Tomales remains simple in spirit, retaining all of the original small-town character that wasn’t wiped out in the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. Of the most charming and practical survivors of the early days is Diekmann’s General Store. Founded in 1847, Diekmann’s stands on the west side of Main Street in the tiny downtown area of Tomales. Still sitting on its original foundation and in the original structure, the general store houses near-antique registers and scales for patrons to weigh merchandise and supplies; stepping into Diekmann’s is like stepping into the past. “Not much has changed on the outside,” say current owners Jay and Beent Sangh, who took over running the store just last year. “In the old photographs, things look

ruly one of the cornerstones of Marin County, McNear Brick and Block in San Rafael has been manufacturing and supplying bricks for residential and commercial construction since 1868. If not the oldest, the business is certainly among the oldest brick manufacturers in the state. Even Marinites who know little or nothing about bricks or the brick business likely recognize the McNear name—the family has been an important part of San Rafael since the 1850s, when John A. McNear bought 2,500 acres of land east of San Rafael at Point San Pedro. McNears Beach, now part of the county park system, McNear Drive in San Rafael and the Erskine B. McNear house (also known as the McNear House), on the National Register of Historic Places in Marin, are familiar landmarks of the family’s local legacy. But more impressive than that is the fact that after all these years the company remains in the McNear family. Company president Jeff McNear says he—along with his brother Dan—is the fifth generation to be running the company, which was started by his great-great-great-grandfather. Originally made by hand—and loaded by steam shovel into horse-drawn train cars and shipped by scow schooner—the brick-making process has changed as industry and technology have; mechanization and improved efficiencies may have changed the means, but not the quality or

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Old Western Saloon Whetting Marin’s whistles since 1890...


n some ways, the Old Western Saloon in Point Reyes Station has come a long way since its doors first swung open in 1890. On the other hand, not much has changed at all. “There used to be stagecoaches passing through that would stop at Smiley’s in Bolinas and then at the Old Western before going on to William Tell House in Tomales,” says Old Western owner Judy Borello. “Back then, they would bring the stagecoach horses in one by one and let them drink from the wells in the saloon.” Originally constructed with brick, the Old Western crumbled to the ground in the 1906 earthquake and was promptly rebuilt as the structure that remains today. And, though Point Reyes Station doesn’t see many horses at the town saloon these days, relics of the saloon’s exciting and colorful past remain. The Old Western was the first West Marin bar to be granted a liquor license, yet Prohibition still affected the owner and patrons. In the hallway leading upstairs, Borello says she has found a hidden sliding door to a secret room where booze was stored. “During Prohibition, some of the ranchers out at the point near the lighthouse were in the bootleg business,” she says. “And they

The Prince of Wales was all ears about the saloon’s ill-reputable past.

would bring barrels by horse and buggy to the Old Western.” At one point there was only one law enforcement officer serving the West Marin area, and instead of hauling arrestees over the hill to jail, the saloon provided a holding cell for many of the criminals. The cell, referred to as the “inner sanctum,” remains today as the center windowless office space in the saloon. 14 PACIFIC SUN OCTOBER 14- OCTOBER 20, 2011

A lumber company across the Golden Gate was a pretty good business to be in following the 1906 earthquake.

Mill Valley Lumber Where a county, and a company, were built to last...

M West Marin’s ‘inner sanctum’ in more ways than one.

“There are about 10 to 12 rooms upstairs that were once used as a whorehouse, too” explains Borello. “The girls all had prostitute names of flowers like Rose, Iris, Lily. Their rooms were marked with black stained-glass transoms with their names on them.” Borello, who purchased the saloon in 1971 after a 13-year closure, has a fascination with this slice of the saloon’s past and acquired the infamous Sally Stanford’s brothel license and brothel coins, something that even Price Charles appreciated during his visit to the saloon in 2005. “He first noticed that we still use a rotary phone,” says Borello of the future king of England’s visit. “Then Prince Charles saw my collection [of brothel paraphernalia] and said, ‘I really like this place!’” Though Borello is dedicated to holding onto the wild charm of the past, some things have had to change to accommodate the ways of the times. The saloon features live electric music—it even hosted the indie sensation Will Oldham, aka Bonnie “Prince” Billy in recent years. But the old 1950s Wurlitzer jukebox that called Old Western home now resides at Borello’s house and has been replaced with a more modern, satellite version. The other minor change is an ATM machine that ensures patrons can keep their gullets wet during the many live music performances the saloon offers. With minor changes occurring only when necessary, Borello is committed to maintaining this gateway to Marin’s past. “As long as I own it,” says Borello, “I want to keep it the Old Western Saloon.” —Dani Burlison Old Western Saloon, 11201 California 1, Point Reyes Station. 415/663-1661.

ill Valley was built upon its endowment of timber. San Rafael attracted settlers with its balmy climate; Sausalito profited from its seawall; Bolinas had its oysters. But Mill Valley’s canyons, rich with creek-fed redwood groves, made their first dazzling impression with the raw material to build things. Since 1892, two years after the city it’s named for came into existence, the Mill Valley Lumber Company has been turning redwood logs into boards, sidings, moldings and cabinets and supplying pine and Douglas fir for framing and molding— everything the local builder needs to construct her own mountaintop castle or creekside cabin. Both town and lumber company had their genesis in 1889 when the Northwestern Pacific Railroad built a line from its Tam Junction stop deep into the valley at the base of Mount Tamalpais. The railroad ambled down the center of Miller Avenue and over Corte Madera Creek and terminated at what is now the downtown plaza. The following year, Mill Valley was divided into land parcels. New residents, eager to build houses, arrived weekly. It was along this last stretch of track that Mill Valley pioneer and shipping magnate Robert Dollar had settled in the 1850s. (Dollar’s horse stable, now a storage shed at Mill Valley Lumber, is one of the town’s oldest standing structures; the bay tree alongside it is one of the largest in California.) In 1892, Dollar took a look at the building boom around him and promptly converted his parcel of land into a lumberyard. Mill Valley’s own hillsides had been virtually stripped of native tree growth, so much of Dollar’s timber was logged in West Marin, cut into rough lumber and hauled to Dollar’s yard by horses. Other lumber, mostly fir and redwood, was brought in from the northern third of California by rail. At the lumberyard, the wood was con-

verted into the stuff of future dwellings. Many a refugee from the 1906 earthquake crossed the bay and erected new homes in Mill Valley, and Dollar’s company flourished. In 1912 it merged with Doherty’s Lumber Yard, a rival just a half block up the railroad tracks, to become the Mill Valley Lumber Company. N.P. Yost, founder of the Bank of Mill Valley, was the new owner. The company expanded in 1920, with the building of a new office, a larger mill and a concrete retaining wall along the creek. In 1922, after 12 years of negotiations, a spur from the railroad into the lumberyard was built. This took a lot of the strain off the four company horses that still resided in the old stable when they weren’t hauling lumber. A huge storm hit Mill Valley three years later; floodwaters tore at the new retaining wall and the office was actually swept downstream. Hauled back to the yard with horses and rollers, it was turned into the molding shed, and a new office was erected in 1926. Both shed and office remain, virtually unchanged. So does Mill Valley Lumber. The old Doherty yard still holds the big lumber loads used for house framing, the wood stacked along the banks of the creek. Engineers check the century-old buildings on a regular basis for structural damage. Kids still catch fish from the same spot under the yard where a boy caught a 2-foot salmon back in 1916. There have been a few changes over the past century. A True Value member, Mill Valley Lumber offers a wide selection of tools and hardware as well as decking, framing and molding. The company partners with California Redwood, a dedicated sustainable-forestry outfit that’s been around since 1890. But the personable service, the free delivery, the fragrance of freshly milled lumber and that evocative creekside location are absolutely timeless. —Matthew Stafford Mill Valley Lumber Company, 129 Miller Ave. 415/388-3532.



Zunino’s Shoe Repair Keeping Marin on its feet since 1910...


Burns Florist Brightening Marin’s day since 1908


erving Marin since 1908, Burns Florist has quite a reputation—and following—within the county and the industry. Established when the horse and buggy was used for deliveries, the flower shop thrived as San Rafael grew up around it. And as more people moved to San Rafael and other central Marin cities, the need for flowers for weddings, funerals, new babies and get-well-soon occasions increased. The flower industry has changed in unimaginable ways since the Burns family first opened the door of their flower shop. Back then, flowers were mostly supplied from local gardens. Trips by ferry into the San Francisco Flower Mart, which was established in the late 1800s, added a steadier supply and greater variety of flowers year-round. Once the Golden Gate Bridge opened, and cars had long since replaced horses, it was much easier to secure fresh flowers from the S.F. Flower Mart, although some blooms were still supplied from the Burns’ family gardens. Burns Florist was most likely the first Marin florist to join the Teleflora network, enabling local customers to send flowers anywhere in the world with just one phone call to the store. With the


advent of air travel, a new world of flowers opened up to floral clients. Dutch tulips in the spring, exotic orchids from Asia and Hawaiian leis are just a snippet of the amazing variety of fresh flowers available. As the flower business changed over time and more competition came from the Internet and non-traditional outlets for blooms, like grocery stores, Burns Florist has been able to flourish due to the loyal clientele. Their patrons value the sentiment and old-timey custom of sending flowers for birthdays, holidays and anniversaries. They are treated to impeccable customer service from designers with more than 20 years experience creating award-winning posies and they appreciate the quality and variety of flowers that is unmatched in the area. A selection of gift items, along with vases, silk arrangements and floral supplies, is an appreciated complement to the array of flowers. Although the times have changed in the floral business, Burns Florist attributes its longevity and success to qualities that are constant: customer service and quality products. —Brooke Jackson Burns Florist, 1414 Fourth St., San Rafael. 415/454-3706.

he was 16 and she was 15; their 50th wedding anniversary is next year. Ernie took over the shop from his dad when the old man turned 62 (Leo lived for 30 more years). But there may someday be an end to the business’s story. Ernie and Charlene’s two grown sons are not interested in shoe repair. “It’s just a dying business,” Ernie says. “How can you compete with China? You can buy a pair of shoes for $8. They aren’t any good, but you can get them.” Ernie shakes his head. “No, it’s a dying business. When I’m gone, it’s dead.” Zunino’s was almost gone five years ago, when Ernie had a health crisis (he was in a coma for 17 days). But people in Novato kept the business going until Ernie could return to work, and he is very grateful. “It’s pretty nice to have friends,” he says. There is no (“I wouldn’t know how to plug in a computer,” Ernie says), but Internet review sites are full of gushing praise (“Each time it seems like the man who works here gets nicer and nicer.” “Love em. There is nothing they cannot do.”) from some customers who travel long distances for the shop’s first-class repair work and down-market prices (“Ungodly reasonable”). If there is a charge at all—during the course of a 20-minute visit at least four customers were cheerfully told “no charge” for minor work. It’s clear the Zuninos are not getting rich, not that Ernie seems to mind. “I love it,” he says, as another customer comes in to fetch a pair of women’s heels. “It’s the people. I’m just a people person. I love it.” —Julie Vader Zunino Shoe Repair, 904 Grant Ave., Novato. 415/897-4095. PHOTO COURTESY ZUNINO SHOE REPAIR

The floral industry is as important today as it was at the dawn of the 20th century when pioneers settled the West— then married, had kids and attended funerals.

he bad economy actually helps boost the shoe-repair business, says Charlene Zunino—it makes sense to pay a little to fix a good pair of boots or shoes instead of buying new ones. She should know: Zunino Shoe Repair in Novato has been through plenty of economic cycles in 101 years. Her husband, Ernie, 68, has been fixing shoes, boots, luggage, harnesses and other sorts of leather since he was 12, working for his father, Leo Zunino, who learned the trade from his father, Angelo, also in the family shoe repair shop in Novato. As with the founders of so many longstanding Marin businesses, Angelo Zunino was an immigrant from Italy; he came from a small town just above Genoa in 1908. He first worked cleaning chicken houses and ranchers’ barns before opening a bootmaking shop in Novato in 1910. His son Leo, just 15, had to take over when Angelo died of cancer at age 42. The shop has been in three Grant Avenue locations over the years—one of the moves happened because the rent was raised from $7.50 to $7.65. “[Grandfather] wouldn’t pay it!” Ernie says. But they’ve been at the current address, 904 Grant Avenue, since 1955, a shop full of leather smell and an organized clutter of broken and just-fixed shoes and boots and suitcases. All that has time-worn an impressive hole in the floor in front of a shoe last. It’s going to be fixed someday soon, Ernie says, and shrugs, and gives his springer spaniel Daisy a pat on the head. Ernie was a graduate with the secondever class at Novato High School, but long before then he knew what he wanted. He met Charlene at a bowling alley in Petaluma when

Angelo Zunino in 1913, cobbling together quite a business.

The Mountain Play She’s been comin’ ’round the mountain for 98 years...


ince 1913, the Mountain Play has been entertaining Bay Area residents with quality theater in a stunning setting. Perched on the shoulders of Mt. Tam, the Sidney B. Cushing Memorial Amphitheater provides an idyllic home for the annual shows, which have ranged from pageants and historical plays to Broadway musicals. For its first 60 years the Mountain Play’s performances reflected the times. The first and second world wars, Prohibition, the Great Depression and the post-WWII/Cold War era inspired plays with religious overtones, hopeful legends and original works based on folklore. One such performance, Tamalpa, was allegedly based on an Indian myth of “the Sleeping Lady” and was performed a total of eight times through the years. (The story was actually a creation of an American writer with an active imagination.) In the mid-’70s audience numbers had dropped, and new MP executive director Marilyn Smith changed the vision of the theater company. Smith, along with current artistic director James Dunn, brought the performances into the modern world—with an emphasis on creating a sense of community

and continuing family traditions, Smith and Dunn focused on showing Broadway musicals with a wide appeal to suit any audience. A stable of accomplished artists gathers each year to create costumes and scenery, attracted by the uniqueness of the productions. A 14-piece orchestra backs every performance, providing a polished detail that is usually only found in theater companies in large cities. As Sara Pearson, current executive director, likes to say, “The Mountain Play is community theater with professional standards.” The MPA is very excited about the 2012 production, which will be The Music Man. Ms. Pearson and associate producer Eileen Grady expect to employ a broad and diverse cast covering all age groups. With a show all about music, local school music departments and music stores in the county will be mined for performers. Expect a musical extravaganza with 76 trombones and a big parade! Sadly, longtime artistic director James Dunn announced last month that The Music Man will be his last trip up the mountain. Dunn has been with the Mountain Play for over 28 years and has been a fixture on the Bay Area theater scene his entire career.

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Putting on a production of this magnitude in such a unique setting presents the organizers with a host of logistical challenges. From six months before the opening performance, space is required to audition, rehearse and build costumes and sets. Once the show begins, getting the audience to the amphitheater is a trick. The Mountain Play board implemented free bus transportation up and down the mountain to ensure access to as many people as possible while protecting the environment; currently the performances draw 4,000 patrons per show each year. In

the spirit of inclusiveness that pervades the theater company, for the last 21 years services have been provided for people with hearing and visual impairments as well as those in wheelchairs. Sign language interpretation, paths and seating that are handicap accessible and simultaneous audio descriptors open the experience of live theater to all. The Mountain Play embodies the history and charm that is Marin. —Brooke Jackson The Mountain Play Association, 177 E. Blithedale, Mill Valley. 415/383-1100

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Wilkie had perfect attendance with Rotary for 60 years,” says MW president Jeff Allen, adding that “between he, John [Rickards] and I, we have a collective perfect attendance for nearly 135 years.” While Minto and Wilkie has gone far in the Marin insurance game, the offices have only moved a few feet over the years to its current location at 1235 Fourth Street. Many clients—such as the Mountain Play, another of this year’s Cornerstones highlights—have been with Minto and Wilkie since the beginning; that sort of customer loyalty is a testament to their reliability and commitment to staying true to local values. And the fact that many employees have remained true to the company for over 20 years says something about their belief in what they do. “We’re a mom and pop company,” says executive vice president Marty Pomerantz. “We don’t want to lose that—but we are still evolving with the times.” Though the company is now virtually paper-free and using up-to-date technologies, clients will still find John Rickards calling on accounts and visiting clients personally, which is rare in these days of voicemails and automated, prerecorded cold calls. “And he’s still smiling,” says Pomerantz. —Dani Burlison Minto and Wilkie Insurance, 1235 Fourth Street, San Rafael. 415/453-0610 PHOTOS COURTESY MINTO & WILKIE

ith Mill Valley’s 20th century history a community gathering space, offering a of earthquakes, ravaging fires and wider variety of entertainment than the even serious flooding, it’s astoundprevious movie house scene. ing that the picturesque town—let alone any A long history of talent has christened single business—has made it this far. Mill Valley as a hub for local and travelBut, like the stunning landscape of its ing talent. Often, visitors flock from near hometown, the little performance venue and far for performances at the historic located at 142 Throckmorton Avenue, 142 Throckmorton Theatre, which has appears here to stay. featured performers such as the Tin Hat Back in 1915, when the population Trio, Joan Baez, Robin Williams, Bob was about 2,500 residents, The Hub—the Weir, Sammy Hagar, English Beat and town’s first movie house that featured local many more. The stage has also showpianists accompanying old silent Chaplin cased musical festivals for events like the flicks—opened its doors and charged a popular Djanwhopping 25-cent admission. Through goFest, theatrical the years, the venue performances and changed hands, it serves as one of evolving with the the film screenchanging times ing spots for the of the 20th cenMill Valley Film tury; it eventually Festival. transformed from Today, the a silent film theater calendar at 142 into a venue for Throckmorton Saturday night films is full, featurwhen it was the Odd ing reguFellows Lodge and larly scheduled d annd events such as or k kf ic i P later, into a performy ar a mes as M suchh nam ing arts center, showMark Pitta’s illll ffeatturriing An olldd pllaybbi d. casing musical, comTuesday night comedy ei R ce la al W edy and dance talent showcase and seasonal events for the from around the world under the name of community such as cabarets, symphonies, 142 Throckmorton Theatre. theatrical performances and rock shows. The transition from Odd Fellows Lodge For nearly a century, when it comes to to 142 Throckmorton didn’t happen overentertainment in Mill Valley—142 Thnight. In fact, the Odd Fellows Lodge closed rockmorton is, literally, where it’s at. its doors in 1975 and was only reopened —Dani Burlison in 2003 after entrepreneur Lucy Mercer bought and restored the legendary venue. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throkmorton Ave., Mill Valley. The new plan was to utilize the theater as 415/383-9600,

he longest continually operating business on downtown San Rafael’s Fourth Street, Minto and Wilkie Insurance is so deeply rooted in the Marin community that there is no chance they’ll be leaving anytime soon. At the turn of the 20th century, the insurance business operated with less complexity than agencies today. Transition into homeownership was often done with ease, as many real estate agencies also provided their own home insurance, protecting against fires and other disasters. This was the case nearly a century ago, at the time of the founding of Minto and Wilkie Insurance. Thomas Kent—of the Kent family, whose property spanned from the Golden Gate to the Point Reyes peninsula—and Michael Freitas originally opened the agency with partners Charles Davis, Thomas Minto and Leroy Wilkie along the 1200 block of Fourth Street (in the building that now houses Wells Fargo bank). The founders were all real estate agents and a few were even original members of the San Rafael Chamber of Commerce. “The Minto and Wilkie community is very interconnected,” says current partner and vice president John Rickards—who has been with the agency for 38 years. The agency has a long history of involvement with the local Rotary Club. “Leroy

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Frankâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s handwritten recipes. The book is the touchstone for the bakers when they craft the crusty sourdough, original French, European wheat, rye and pumpernickel breads that loyal customers crave. In addition to these breads, Bordenaveâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s makes over 400 other products, from bread soup bowls for chowder to custom products for restaurants, such as breadsticks. The bakery offers a variety of breads that vary in style, grain and textureâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;something to suit every taste. The ovens are going 24 hours a day, 365 days per year and deliveries are made throughout the Bay Area daily to ensure clientsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; orders are fulfilled. Current owner Fred Radwan states there are five reasons for the long success of Bordenaveâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s: The product is tremendously delicious; the breads are consistent and fresh; no preservatives, additives or chemicals are ever used; the bakery provides exemplary service; and it is well known with over 93 years in the county. At Bordenaveâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bakery, the timehonored traditions begun 93 years ago continue to be followed. The high-quality breads fortify Marinites while the extraordinary level of service guarantees customer satisfaction. It is doubtful Francois Bordenave could have envisioned his bread would be broken around Bay Area tables in 2011 or that his bakery would be part of the foundational crust of Marin County. â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Brooke Jackson 1512 Fourth St., San Rafael. 415/453-2957.

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coordinator; in 1966 the business was incorporated as Nave Motors, Inc. A major milestone in 1982, Nave became the ďŹ rst CSAA-approved auto repair shop in all of Marin County. Todayâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;since Angeloniâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s retirement in 1990â&#x20AC;&#x201D;the shop is run by his sons-in-law and grandsons and offers brake repairs, smog services, tune-ups, body repair, engine repair and much more. And, though they rarely see old Studebakers anymore, Nave Motors will no doubt keep Marin engines new and old running for many generations to come. â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Dani Burlison Nave Motors, 1029 First St., Novato. 415/897-4137.

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ine decades may seem like a long time for an organization to be up and thriving, but to some members of this community, 90 years is not all that impressive. After all, one of Aldersly’s residents, Christian Mortensen, moved to the San Rafael retirement community when he was in his mid-90s and lived to be 115. Mortensen told people in his last years (in between puffs on a cigar) that he just rode his bike up to Aldersly one day and never left. (He died in 1998, the world’s oldest (fully documented) man.) Aldersly—the word means “shelter for the aging” in Danish—was officially incorporated in June 1921 as a “Danish old people’s home,” and a site for the new venture was chosen that September in the hills above San Rafael, near Dominican College, which had become a four-year institution just a few years before. The idea behind the retirement community was to create an entity to serve people of Danish extraction in California and Nevada— and serve them “with a lot of respect for the elderly,” says Executive Director Joanne Maxwell. And, she says, that fundamental respect has not changed at all since the very beginning—“That’s demonstrated in the way we operate here.” Of course there have been some changes over the years (“I think we only have one Danish resident here now,” says Gigi Leh, director of sales) as the nonprofit community diversified and expanded and more buildings (named after Danish castles) were added or re-purposed. The current result is a multi-level collection of buildings and gardens nestled into 3-1/2 acres of hillsides. Many rooms—especially the communal

dining room—and apartments have a striking Mt. Tamalpais view. There are three levels of care at the retirement community: independent living, assisted living and skilled nursing. And there are numerous levels of activities, including seminars, croquet tournaments, theater outings, movies, play readings, shopping, tai chi, strength training, computer tutoring, massage, “wine and cheese chats” and on and on. Leh enthusiastically compares Aldersly to a cruise ship, albeit instead of ocean waves the ever-changing view is of the hills of Marin. Pets are allowed, and some residents work their own gardens and have cars, and one can always walk to San Rafael stores and restaurants, or hop a bus to the city. Or take in a class, concert or event at Dominican. Aldersly’s residents may not be primarily Danish anymore, but the community still celebrates Danish holidays, including Fastelavn (New Year’s) in March, as well as the Tivoli Festival (the 65th annual was held last month)—an event for the public with traditional dances and Danish foods, games and face-painting. (Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen is the second-oldest amusement park in the world—which makes one wonder if other countries hold “Disneyland Festivals.”) The idea is to keep the community— collectively and individually—involved and engaged and flourishing so that Aldersly can look forward to attaining an age that will truly impress even an old Dane. Although no doubt that day is a long way down the road. —Julie Vader Aldersly, 326 Mission Ave., San Rafael. 415/453-9271.

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On a recent visit we didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t notice cheese on three grilled baguette slices, dessert: the traditional country-French any cavorting bohemiansâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;though we did each sprinkled with arugula and dressed Clafouti ($6.75), a simple, scrumptious in a light and delicate vinaigrette. We see a couple of quirky charactersâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;but we cake baked with fruit (nectarines and certainly experienced the lusciously hearty werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t disappointed. plums this night), served warm with The Salade Lyonnaise ($8.50) featured a creme fraiche; and Les ProďŹ teroles ($6.75), and authentically Parisian fare provided by the restaurantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new chef, Fabrice Marcon. perfectly poached egg atop a bed of frisee three small, ďŹ&#x201A;aky cream puffs with a sauOver the years, the fare hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t been con- and bacon with a Dijon mustard vinaiceboat of warm chocolateâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;oh, so French, sistently lusciousâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;ranging from excellent grette; again, a large portion, yet not a bite and oh, so good. to OK to substandard and was left on the plate. The pacing was just rightâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;we didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t back to pretty good. Though After much vacillafeel rushed or ignored and had plenty of co-owner Roland Passot re- LEFT BANK tion, we settled on a range time to engage in conversation and enjoy mains chief culinary ofďŹ cer, 507 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur; of entreesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;each, for the sitting outside. overseeing two more Bay Area 415/927-3331. most part, excellent. Only The food now matches the decor and Left Bank brasseries that have home_larkspur. Open Monday one small quibble with the ambiance. The beautifully executed unopened since the original in through Thursday 11:30am-10pm; Poulet Roti ($18.50): The pretentious dishes composed using local Larkspur, the local outlet has Friday and Saturday 11:30am-11breast of the (free-range) and seasonal ingredients are a welcome seen a number of chefs come pm; Sunday 11am-10pm. roast chicken was a tad dry, improvement. So it isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Paris... but there and go; eventually, many foralthough the leg and thigh are a lot worse places to be than downmerly enthusiastic diners lost were just right, as were the town Larkspur. â&#x153;š interest. But someone in the organization cipollini onions and tomato provencal Report cavorting bohemians to Carol at cinkellis@paciďŹ has kept the faithâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;with good reason. (a baked tomato-half ďŹ lled with a breadNot only is Left Bank in downtown crumb/herb mixture). But the Steak Frites Give us a taste of your thoughts at Larkspur, which is listed on the National ($19.95)â&#x20AC;&#x201D;accompanied by purslaneâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;şâ&#x20AC;ş paciďŹ Register of Historic Places as a typical Saumon Ecoassais ($21.50)â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Loch Duart turn-of-the-century town, but it is in the historic Blue Rock Inn (one of many speakeasies operating during Prohibition), adding to the character. 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watching curiously as the dot-com crash drained the economy. â&#x20AC;&#x153;People started asking when the next event was,â&#x20AC;? says Boulware. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We re-launched in 2002 with two whole days of readings.â&#x20AC;? The festival has exploded into a wildly successful smorgasbord of literary awesomeness. Unlike the basic and somewhat generic poetry slams, which offer readings from one genre of writing, Litquake has it all. And Boulware says that the festival was expressly designed to not resemble the typical exhibitor-style events full of vendors that we so often see. This event is about readers and writers. Hosted in bars, churches, libraries, cafes and art galleries, the readings encompass writing about sobriety, science ďŹ ction, religion, teen lit, mystery, memoir and even topics as speciďŹ c as The Voice of the Feminine in Mexican Literature. (This year thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s even a live debate between Deepak Chopra and Leonard Mlodinow; and of course, the biggest hit, pop-culture icon Chelsea Handler.) Boulwareâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;an author with a list of accom-

plishments including books about sex, San Francisco weirdness and, most recently, the Bay Area punk scene (2009â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Gimme Something Better)â&#x20AC;&#x201D;co-handling the reins assures an entertaining and delightful spectacle. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have two writers from Norwayâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;one is a working policeman who is also a crime novelistâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;who are being ďŹ&#x201A;own out by their government for the festival. Another writer is coming from Sweden and two more from Mexico. We also have some poets from Ireland,â&#x20AC;? says Boulware of the vast range of Litquakeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s reputation. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Its nice to mix up the pot.â&#x20AC;? And this year, Litquake washes ashore in Marin with Words on the Waves, taking place within the Sausalito houseboat community during the close of the weeklong festivities. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s like a strange little city,â&#x20AC;? says Boulware of the houseboat community. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are such great stories and histories there. So many characters have lived there. I even remember hearing stories about Sterling Hayden walking around in a loincloth, smoking hash.â&#x20AC;?

And, although there will not be any hashsmoking Sterling Hayden re-enactments at this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s eventsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;the PaciďŹ c Sun hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t received any press releases about any, that isâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; attendees are in for some surprising treats. Last spring at a Litquake fundraiser dinner in Mill Valley, Boulware was approached by a handful of Marin-based writers who mostly live on Sausalito houseboats. Ideas brewed about creating a North Bay event and after a few meetings with Boulware, the group of Marin County residentsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;including Hillair Bell, Diana Cohn, Maria Finn, Rachel Lehmann-Haupt and Holly Lynn Payneâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; formed an exceptionally motivated committee with some interesting and eclectic ideas. Although Sausalito has hosted its fare share of literary talentâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;authors like Anais Nin, Alan Watts, Amy Tan, Isabel Allende, Shel Silverstein and Paul Hawken have called the docks home for varying amounts of time (the list of songwriters is even longer)â&#x20AC;&#x201D;the docks have never seen an event like what the Words on the Waves crew is pulling together. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was at the Savory Thymes [Litquake fundraising] event when I realized that a lot of the minds there were thinking the same thing,â&#x20AC;? says co-organizer and Kingdom of Simplicity author Holly Payne. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The time had come to share the love of Litquake with the North Bay.â&#x20AC;? Payne, a volunteer with Litquake since its third year, credits the event with creating a cohesive community of support, encouragement and inspiration for writers

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The former Clover frontman also penned ‘Perfect World’ and co-wrote ‘The Power of Love’ for Huey Lewish and the News.

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›› MUSIC Marin rocker tells how music biz left him hangin’ on the telephone by G r e g Cahill

Jenny: The Song That Saved Me. The book is loaded with Marin rock history about the bands, the musicians, the t’s one of the catchiest songs in rock hisnightclubs—remember Uncle Charlie’s? tory and one of the most famous—and How about the Lion’s Share?—and local sought-after—phone numbers around. recording studios. The classic-rock hit “867-5309/Jenny,” “I had to do some neural research myself written by Marin songwriter Alex Call, and to remember all of that,” says Call during popularized in 1982 by the band Tommy a phone interview from the road. “I had to TuTone, still has a certain cache. unlock a few memory files.” Or is that cash, hey? Call, who has spent the past 20 years In 2007, a Verizon cuswriting adventure stories tomer in New York City and other fiction, in addiput the number up for COMING SOON tion to his songwriting and auction on eBay—within Alex Call and his band perperforming, started penning just two hours the bidform a retrospective “book the book six years ago at the ding had reached $80,000 concert” on Friday and Satsuggestion of a friend. before Verizon told him urday, Oct. 14 and 15, at 7pm, The bittersweet book to shut it down. San Anselmo Playhouse, 27 spans four decades, chroniTwo years later, a New Kensington Dr., San Anselmo. cling Call’s roller-coaster $20. 415/456-8885. Jersey man put his party career and spotlighting his DJ business up on eBay, a role in helping to fashion business that included his pub-rock (a precursor of Vonage phone number, 867-5309. By the next punk and New Wave) when his Marin-based day, the bidding had reached $434,000. band Clover relocated to the UK and backed Now the song—which has been featured Elvis Costello on the seminal debut album in episodes of The Simpsons and The Family My Aim is True; the hits he wrote for Huey Guy—is on redial, serving as the inspiration Lewis and the News, Pat Benatar and others; for Call’s new autobiography, 867-5309/


his struggles with substance abuse; and his disillusionment with the recording industry. And it sets the record straight about the story behind that famous song. He never gets tired of fans asking about the origins of “867-5309/Jenny.” (Spoiler alert: There was no special girl, no Jenny, who inspired the song, and the phone number just came to him one day as he sat in Mill Valley writing the lyrics.) But he does object to what he says are repeated claims by Tommy Heath, the frontman for Tommy TuTone, that it was Heath, and not Call, who wrote the song. And he bristles at Heath’s contention that the song’s title has significance in Heath’s life, beyond having made him a One Hit Wonder. “He’s out there on the road—perpetually—talking about how he wrote the song and that it’s about one of his old girlfriends,” Call says. “I mean, he had to make up a better story than the truth, which is that the song was just the result of songwriter magic. I was just singing and playing when I wrote it and the numbers just fell out of my mouth.” Call’s squabble with Heath is just one of many shady deals described in the book. “The word I keep hearing from people is that it’s

honest,” he says of the book. “I told it as I recall it. I hope it’s useful for people to help their understanding of the music business and what happens to people when they fall under its spell. “There’s sort of the Jedi side and the dark side and they’re both in there.” He pulls no punches. One particularly bitter chapter traces a period when Call moved to L.A. to record a solo record for Arista Records. “It hit me hard that people could be so shallow and so devious for relatively small amounts of money,” he says. “It blew my mind.” Sometimes those disappointments were found close to home. Call writes that during a phone call he described the title and sang lyrics to “The Power of Love” to his old bandmate Huey Lewis, who had joined Clover in 1972. Several weeks later, Huey Lewis and the News recorded the song, unbeknownst to Call, which would become a blockbuster hit after it was used in the box office smash Back to the Future. According to the songwriter, Lewis later contacted him to say that he’d get 10 percent of the publishing rights to the song. “The terms were dictated to me,” he says. “Not that it worked out badly for me, because this was a huge No. 1 song, but that is the way the music business is.” These days, Call has reconciled his differences with the industry. “What’s funny is that nowadays I have all of that confidence [I lacked as a younger man], but I’m 63 years old,” he says. “I’ve learned a lot.” Any regrets? “Sure, I have regrets,” he says. “If you don’t have regrets you don’t learn anything. But, in general, I’ve kept moving forward. I’m very happy creatively at this point in my life.” ✹ Don’t call Greg, email him at Tune up to the Marin music scene at



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All tomorrow’s parties ‘50/50’ is amusing by half, says playwright Bill Cain by Davi d Te mp l e ton

‘How to Write a New Book for the Bible’ is Cain’s autobiographical play about the final weeks before his mother died.

Beating cancer at its own game in ‘50/50.’

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ife gets busy. Sometimes, it gets a little too busy. And these days, few are busier than playwright Bill Cain, whose 2009 play Equivocation rapidly propelled him to the top tier of hardworking American playwrights. Since then, he’s written a number of plays, including 9 Circles, which premiered at the Marin Theatre Company last year. These days, he has numerous productions of his plays opening all over the country, with commissions to write several more. So it’s slightly miraculous that between meetings, interviews and rehearsals of How to Write a New Book for the Bible—his autobiographical new work, opening this week at Berkeley Repertory Theatre—Cain has somehow managed to go out and see a movie: the crass-and-sweet comedy-drama 50/50. Today, Cain is multitasking, squeezing his mid-rehearsal lunch into an afternoon conversation about the new Seth Rogen/Joseph Gordon-Levitt film. Written by Will Reiser, the movie follows the friendship between two friends—Kyle, a brash, loose-cannon partyhound (Rogen), and young, tightly wound radio producer Adam (Gordon-Levitt) who learns he has a rare form of spinal cancer, with his odds of survival being (as the title indicates) pretty much even. The film pivots between Adam’s psychological journeys through treatment, therapy and the dynamics of his relationships, and Kyle’s outrageous


scheme of using his friend’s illness to score girls and medical marijuana. “It’s trying to combine a lot of genres,” Cain says, between bites of sandwich, as we hole up in a conference room at the Berkeley Rep. “50/50 is trying to be a sex comedy,” he acknowledges, “and it’s also trying to be a serious film about disease. It moves into therapy, it moves into family drama—it’s covering a lot of bases. It asks a lot of questions. But the thing I liked about it was, it finally got the basic question knocked down, not whether you are sick or not, but whether you are alone or not. And I think that’s a very interesting question—and I think this film does a beautiful job on exploring that.” These existential questions are issues that Cain has been exploring for some time. For one thing, he is a practicing Jesuit priest (he produced and co-wrote the acclaimed 1997 TV series Nothing Sacred, about a struggling Catholic priest), and his work on stage and screen has focused largely on the big questions of faith, humanity and ethics. The new play relates his final weeks with his mother,

‘Nothing clears your head like the knowledge you’re going to be hanged in the morning’—words to live by for Bill Cain.

Mary Cain, as she faced the end of her own nosis was not good, and at the end he said, life with humor, courage and grace. ‘Do you understand what I’ve said?’ I told “For many people,” I observe, “battling him, ‘Absolutely, doctor,’ and he said, ‘Good. cancer is a profoundly spiritual experience, Explain it to me.’ There was a pause, and facing their own mortality with questions I finally admitted, ‘I didn’t hear a word about spirituality and salvation. This film you said.’ He knew I’d have to explain it didn’t go in that direction. Instead of asking all to my family, so he walked me through about the afterlife, or where he’ll be spending it all again. He was a very good teacher. eternity, Adam stays focused simply on how So, in the film, I thought that section was he is going to survive the disease, and whether extremely real. There are certain things there is anybody who really cares.” that are so painful you simply can’t take “How is that not a spiritual journey?” Cain them in.” asks. “That’s the essential “Those scenes,” I remark, spiritual journey.” “are nicely balanced with He sets down his sandthe comedic elements, NOW PLAYING wich. which also ring true, but How to Write a New Book “Want to talk Gospel for a for the Bible runs through seem kind of outrageous minute?” Cain asks. “Where Nov. 20 at Berkeley Repertory because we don’t usually see Jesus comes down on this, in Theatre, 2015 Addison St. in comedies about cancer.” Matthew 25, is very simple. Berkeley. Visit www.berke“Yes,” he nods, “all for information. He says, ‘You want to underthe stuff about medical stand all of this? If you give marijuana brownies, with a glass of water to someone Adam walking through the who is thirsty, you’ve done it to me—welcome hospital halls, high on loaded macaroons, to the afterlife. If you have visited someone in laughing at things he wouldn’t normally find prison, you’ve visited me in prison—welcome funny, snickering uncontrollably when he to the afterlife.’ passes a cadaver on a gurney. A certain edge of “One of the more beautiful discoveries of hilarity was allowed to cut into the seriousness the film,” he goes on, “is when Adam discovers of it all.” that Seth Rogen has been doing his very, very Cain pauses, letting a moment of silence fill best to be there for him, when he sees the the room as he muses on how to sum up his cancer book with all the notes and dog-eared reaction to 50/50, a joyful film about death. corners. When he sees that his mother has “I wish I could quote it accurately,” he also been trying, to her limit, to be there for says, softly, “but there’s an old saying, ‘Nothhim. When they finally got to the scene of a ing clears your head like the knowledge bunch of people sitting in a waiting room, you’re going to be hanged in the morning.’ worrying about how the operation is going At the end, things do get clear. You see who’s to turn out, that’s a very tender moment. It’s with you and who’s not. You see what’s quite beautiful. I would say that’s an extremely important and what isn’t. And that leads to spiritual moment, in an extremely spiritual a certain sense of simplicity and, I think, a film.”One of Cain’s favorite moments in the certain amount of joyousness. film, one that rang especially true for him, “With Mom, there’s a line in the play, ‘It began to be like a party after a while. It was early on, when Adam is given the cancer began to be a continuing sense of celebradiagnosis in his doctor’s office, and he goes tion.’ This movie captured that same sense blank, barely able to hear anything the doctor of celebration.” ✹ is saying. “We do go blurry and out of focus at moments like that,” Cain says. “My dad was in surgery at one point, for five hours, and at Discuss life and death issues with David at the end the surgeon took me aside—he was a very good guy—and he explained to me what It’s your movie, speak up at happened during the surgery, he described all ›› of the difficulties and told me that the prog-

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Movie summaries by Matthew Stafford

ing scandal that could bring him down. ● Killer Elite (1:56) Special ops agent Jason Statham takes on three fearsome assassins to rescue kidnapped old mentor Robert De Niro. ● The Lion King 3D (1:29) Disney’s stirring story of a cub’s ascension to the throne returns in three potentially dazAthos, Porthos, Aramis and d’Artagnan take on Richelieu’s armies in ‘The Three Musketzling dimensions. eers,’ sneak-peeking at the Northgate Thursday at midnight. ● The Metropolitan Opera: Anna Bolena ● Abduction (1:46) John Singleton (4:20) Direct from the New York Met it’s actioner about a teen who discovers that Donizetti’s tuneful true-life tragedy of an illhe was kidnapped as an infant and that his fated queen and her axe-wielding hubby. “parents” are wanted by the FBI; Taylor ● Mill Valley Film Festival The 34th annual Lautner stars. cinematic soiree features seminars, work● The Big Year In the avian-rich El Niño shops, galas, in-person tributes and hunyear of 1998, obsessive birdwatchers Owen dreds of movies from around the world. Wilson, Jack Black and Steve Martin ● Moneyball (2:06) Billy Beane’s struggle venture into the wilds and try to outdo one another in the species-spotting department. to field a contending Oakland A’s team on a shoestring reaches the big screen with ● Contagion (1:45) Steven Soderbergh an Aaron Sorkin screenplay, Brad Pitt as thriller about a lethal, fast-moving airBeane and Daryl Strawberry as himself. borne virus and the global race to contain ● Paranormal Activity 3 (1:21) A and kill it; Laurence Fishburne, Kate spooked videographer sets up cameras to Winslet and Matt Damon star. capture on film the things that go bump ● Dolphin Tale (1:53) True story about in the night. a disabled dolphin whose perseverance ● Real Steel (2:12) In a near-future world (and new prosthetic tail) inspire millions of robot-only championship boxing, a around the world; Winter the dolphin washed-up former fighter assembles a stars as herself. lethal mechanical Rocky Balboa with help ● Dream House (1:50) Perfect couple from his estranged son (awwwww). Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz move into ● The Rolling Stones Live in Texas the perfect New England home only to 1978 (1:30) Catch Mick and the boys discover that it was the site of a bloody murder a few years back and that the killer in rarely seen footage from one of their greatest concerts. is still at large. ● Sleep Furiously (1:34) Documentary ● Drive (1:40) Stunt driver Ryan Gosling portrait of a Welsh farming village that’s enters the real world of aggressive autoing losing its Dylan Thomasesque identity as when he hits the road with his girlfriend, the mechanized modern world encroaches. her daughter and a sack of protection ● Take Shelter (2:00) A Rust Belt sand money, bad guys on their bumper. miner becomes obsessed with building a ● 50/50 (1:39) Fact-based dramedy about a twentysomething cancer patient (Joesph backyard storm shelter when he’s plagued by apocalyptic nightmares. Gordon-Levitt) and his struggles with ● The Thing (1:43) Remake of the Howchemotherapy; Philip Baker Hall and ard Hawks sci-fi classic about a group Anjelica Huston provide support. of scientists in the frozen Arctic and the ● Finding Joe (1:25) Documentary voracious extraterrestrial they pluck from follows philosopher Joseph Campbell’s the tundra and—oops!—defrost. several stages of “the hero’s journey” with ● The Three Musketeers (1:50) Umphelpful insights from Deepak Chopra, teenth filming of the Alexandre Dumas Mick Fleetwood and others. adventure classic, with Athos, Porthos, ● Footloose (1:53) Remake of the eighties Aramis and d’Artagnan saving the royal cult classic about the new kid in a straitlaced Southern town whose booty-shakin’ household from the clutches of Cardinal moves rile up a puritanical preacher (Den- Richelieu and an especially naughty Milady de Winter (Milla Jovovich). nis Quaid?!?). ● What’s Your Number? (1:46) Anna ● The Ides of March (1:42) George Clooney writes, directs and stars in an adaptation Faris searches her romantic Rolodex to choose the ex-bf most likely to provide of the Beau Willimon play about a charisthat true-love thang. ✹ matic presidential candidate and a simmer36 PACIFIC SUN OCTOBER 14 – OCTOBER 20, 2011

›› MOViE TiMES 50/50 (R) ★★★ Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 12, 2:35, 5:10, 7:45, 10:15 Sun-Thu 12, 2:35, 5:10, 7:45 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:45, 2:15, 4:45, 7:20, 10:05 CinéArts at Marin: Fri 1:25, 4:35, 7:15, 9:40 Sat 4:35, 7:15, 9:40 Sun 1:25, 4:35, 7:15 Mon-Thu 4:35, 7:30 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri-Sat 1:50, 4:35, 7:15, 9:40 Sun-Thu 1:50, 4:35, 7:15 Abduction (PG-13) Century Northgate 15: 11:55, 2:30, 5:05, 7:35, 10:20 ❋ The Big Year (PG) Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 7:15, 9:45 Sat-Sun 11:30, 2:10, 4:45, 7:15, 9:45 Mon-Thu 7:15, 9:45 Century Northgate 15: 12:30, 2:55, 5:20, 7:40, 10:10 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:50, 2:25, 4:50, 7:25, 9:55 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri 4:15, 7, 9:20 Sat 1:30, 4:15, 7, 9:20 Sun 1:30, 4:15, 7 MonThu 4:15, 7 Contagion (PG-13) ★★★ Century Northgate 15: 11:30, 2:15, 4:45, 7:25, 9:55 Dolphin Tale (PG) Century Northgate 15: 12:25, 3:10, 5:45, 8:25; 3D showtimes at 11:25, 1:55, 4:30, 7:15, 9:50 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:40, 5; 3D showtimes at 2:20, 7:40, 10:20 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri-Sat 1:10; 3D showtimes at 4:15, 6:50, 9:25 Sun-Thu 1:10; 3D showtimes at 4:15, 6:50 Lark Theater: Fri 5, 7:30 Sat 2:30, 5, 7:30 Sun 2:30, 5 Mon 4:30 Tue-Thu 4:30, 7 Dream House (PG-13) Century Northgate 15: 12:15, 2:45, 5:15, 7:45, 10:15 Drive (R) ★★★1/2 Century Northgate 15: 12:10, 2:50, 5:20, 7:55, 10:25 ❋ Finding Joe (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Mon-Thu 6:45, 8:45

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❋ Footloose (PG-13) Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 5, 7:45, 10:25 Sat-Sun 11:45, 2:20, 5, 7:45, 10:25 Mon-Thu 7, 9:35 Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 11, 12:25, 1:50, 3:15, 4:40, 6:10, 7:30, 8:55, 10:20 Sun-Thu 11, 12:25, 1:50, 3:15, 4:40, 6:10, 7:30 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:30, 2:15, 5, 7:45, 10:30 The Ides of March (R) ★★★ Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 5:15, 8, 10:30 Sat-Sun 12, 2:40, 5:15, 8, 10:30 MonThu 6:45, 9:15 Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 11:15, 12:35, 1:55, 3:20, 4:35, 5:55, 7:15, 8:35, 9:55 Sun-Thu 11:15, 12:35, 1:55, 3:20, 4:35, 5:55, 7:15 Century Rowland Plaza: 12, 2:30, 5, 7:30, 10:25 CinéArts at Marin: Fri 1:40, 4:20, 7:30, 10 Sat 11, 1:40, 4:20, 7:30, 10 Sun 1:40, 4:20, 7:30 Mon-Thu 4:45, 7:40 CinéArts at Sequoia: Mon, Wed, Thu 5, 7:30 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri-Sat 1:30, 4:25, 7:10, 9:35 Sun-Thu 1:30, 4:25, 7:10 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri 4:30, 7:10, 9:35 Sat 1:50, 4:30, 7:10, 9:35 Sun 1:50, 4:30, 7:10 Mon-Thu 4:30, 7:10 Killer Elite (R) ★★ Century Northgate 15: 11:45, 2:25, 5:10, 7:50, 10:30 The Lion King (G) Century Northgate 15: 12:20, 2:40, 4:50, 7:05, 9:15 ❋ The Metropolitan Opera: Anna Bolena (Not Rated) Century Regency 6: Sat 9:55am CinéArts at Marin: Sat 9:55am Lark Theater: Sat-Sun 10am Mill Valley Film Festival CinéArts at Sequoia: Fri-Sun Call 3835256 or visit for schedule and showtimes Rafael Film Center: Fri-Sun Call 383-5256 or visit mvff. com for schedule and showtimes

Moneyball (PG-13) ★★★1/2 Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 7, 10 Sat-Sun 1, 4, 7, 10 Mon-Thu 6:30, 9:25 Century Regency 6: Fri 12:40, 3:50, 7, 10:10 Sat 3:50, 7, 10:10 Sun-Thu 12:40, 3:50, 7 Century Rowland Plaza: 1:15, 4:15, 7:15, 10:15 CinéArts at Marin: Fri 1:10, 4:05, 7, 9:55 Sat 10:15, 1:10, 4:05, 7, 9:55 Sun 1:10, 4:05, 7 Mon-Thu 4:25, 7:20 CinéArts at Sequoia: Mon, Wed, Thu 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 ❋ Paranormal Activity 3 (R) Century Northgate 15: Thu 11:59pm Real Steel (PG-13) ★★1/2 Century Cinema: 12:45, 3:40, 7, 10 Century Northgate 15: 12, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 Century Rowland Plaza: 1, 4, 7, 10 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri-Sat 1:20, 4:05, 7, 9:45 Sun-Thu 1:20, 4:05, 7 ❋ The Rolling Stones Live in Texas 1978 (PG) Century Regency 6: Tue 7:30 CinéArts at Sequoia: Tue 7:30 ❋ Sleep Furiously (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Mon-Thu 7, 9:15 ❋ Take Shelter (R) Rafael Film Center: Mon-Thu 6:30, 9 ❋ The Thing (R) Century Northgate 15: 11:50, 1:10, 2:20, 3:40, 4:55, 6:15, 7:20, 8:50, 9:45 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:35, 2:10, 4:55, 7:35, 10:10 ❋ The Three Musketeers (PG-13) Century Northgate 15: Thu 11:59pm What’s Your Number? (R) ★1/2 Century Northgate 15: 11:40, 2:10, 4:40, 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

Michael Shannon beholds the apocalypse in ‘Take Shelter,’ opening at the Rafael Monday.


F R I D AY O C T O B E R 1 4 — F R I D AY O C T O B E R 2 1 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 10/14-15: Alex Call “867-5309/Jenny: The Song That Saved Me.” Memoir of the guitarist, songwriter and singer for the 60s band Clover, which included band mates Huey Lewis and John McFee. Call will perform and read from his book as well. 7pm. $20. The Playhouse, 27 Kensington Road, San Anselmo. 606-5456. 10/14-15: First Annual Fairfax Feis: Festival of Irish Music and Dance Irish traditional, hybrid and fusion music. Performers in include understated local luminary John Pedersen, The Gas Men, Culann’s Hounds, Michael and Shay Black, Vinnie Cronin and Barry O’Connell. 8:30pm-2am Oct. 14. 11am-2am Oct. 15. Venues include The Sleeping Lady and 19 Broadway. $15-30. Venues on Broadway and Bolinas Road, Downtown, Fairfax. 451-1924. 10/14: Andoni’s Quartet Jazz, pop, blues. 7:3010pm. No cover. Taste of Rome, 1000 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-7660. 10/14: Bonnie Hayes Singer/songwriter. 9pm. $10-15. George’s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262. 10/14: Dan Hicks and Bayside Jazz Jazz. 8:30pm. $15-18. Rancho Nicasio Restarant and Bar, 1 Old Rancheria Road, Nicasio. 662-2219. 10/14: Eddie Neon Band Blues. 9:30pm. Peri’s Bar, 29 Broadway, Fairfax. 259-5597. 10/14: The Edge Acoustic Pure ’80s nostalgia. With local luminaries Lorin Rowan, Jimmy Dillon

and Ozzie Ahlers. 8:30-11pm. $15. The Southern Pacific Smokehouse, 224 Vintage Way, Novato. 899-9600. 10/15: Doc Kraft Dance Band Dance music. 8:30pm. $8. Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor, Gate 5, Sausalito. 331-2899. 10/15: Emerging Artists Showcase Features Michael Shapiro and Rob Wynia. 8:30-11pm. $15. The Southern Pacific Smokehouse, 224 Vintage Way, Novato. 899-9600. 10/15: Tipsy House, Lucia Comnes Band Part of the Fairfax Feis. 9pm. $17. 19 Broadway, 17 Broadway, Fairfax. 459-1091.

10/15:Lavay Smith and Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers Jazz vocalist. 9pm. $15-18. George’s

Trio Voronezh, named for the city and river in southwest Russia, will kick off the Mill Valley Chamber Society’s season this Sunday.

Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262.

10/16: Robin Rogers Jazz. Piano/vocals. 7:3010:30pm. No cover. Osteria Divino, 37 Caledonia St., Sausalito. 331-9355. 10/16: Rocket Science Jazz, blues, R&B. 2-5pm. Free, donations appreciated. Magnolia Terrace, San Rafael Elks Club, 1312 Mission Ave., San Rafael. 721-7661. 10/18: KortUzi Danny Uzilevsky & Jonathan Korty host Bay area artists. 9:30pm.-1:30am. Free. 19 Broadway, 19 Broadway, Fairfax . 10/18: Noel Jewkes Invitational jazz jam. 7-10pm. No cover. Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor Dr., Sausalito. 786-6894. 10/19-20: Oregon A rare opportunity to see unique virtuosic musical awesomeness with Ralph Towner, Paul McCandless, Glen Moore and Mark Walker. 8pm. $16-26. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Downtown, Mill Valley. 383-9600. 10/19: Zucker Family Band Americana. With the inimitable Isadora Belle, vocals. All ages show. Proceeds benefit the Ross Valley School Disctrict’s YES! program. 7:30pm. No cover. Iron Springs Pub, 765 Center Blvd., Fairfax. 485-1005. 10/20: Duck Baker Jazz/fingerstyle guitar. 8pm. $15-20. Schoenberg Guitars, 106 Main St., Tiburon. 789-0846. 10/21: Patty Larkin Legendary urban folk songbird/composer performs a rare intimate venue show. 8pm. $23-28. Dance Palace Community Center, 503 B St., Point Reyes Station. 663-1075. 10/21: Rebecca Roudman “Eclectic cello.” CD release party. 8pm. $12-23. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Downtown, Mill Valley. 3839600. 10/21: Rock Skool Rock. 9:30pm. $10-15. George’s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262.

10/16: 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 . 10/16: Lonestar Retrobates Western swing band. 3-6pm. Free. 19 Broadway, 17 Broadway, Fairfax. 516-1028. 10/16: LuvPlanet Rock. 3pm. $10. Rickey’s at Inn Marin, 250 Entrada Drive, Novato. 883-5952.

10/16: Maurice Tani, Jenn Courtney and 77 El Deora Alt-country/Americana. 7pm. No cover. Rancho Nicasio Restarant and Bar, 1 Old Rancheria Road, Nicasio. 662-2219. 10/16: Paul Knight and Friends Cajun,Americana.5pm.No cover.Station House Cafe,11180 Hwy.1,Point Reyes

BEST BET Grand ‘Maestro’ flash!

Outside of jaunts to L.A., few Bay Area residents have been blessed with the explosive and mind-blowing experience of witnessing DAKAH HIP HOP orchestra live. The creation of composer Geoff “Double G” Gallegos, the 70-piece orchestra is the biggest mass of talent this side of the New York Philharmonic. Mixing elements of hip-hop, jazz and Big Band, Dakah is one of a kind. The group, and specifically Double G, is the subject of a Mill Valley Film Festival documentary, Hip Hop Maestro, which screens The ‘maestro’ hops this weekend. The film follows group members from to work. hands-on public music education programs at L.A. schools all the way to the Walt Disney Concert Hall. Dakah recently raised funds to bring half of the group (the venue can’t accommodate more than 31 members) up for a performance at the film festival’s closing ceremony. Hip Hop Maestro screens Saturday, Oct. 15, at 4:45pm at the Sequoia Theater, 25 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley, and Sunday, Oct. 16 at 1pm, Smith Rafael Film Center, 1118 Fourth St., San Rafael. $11-$13.50. Dakah plays at the closing ceremony Sunday, Oct. 16, at 5pm at the San Rafael Community Center, 618 B St. $35-$75.—Dani Burlison

10/21: Rusty Evans and the Ring of Fire American/Johnny Cash tribute. 9:30pm. Peri’s Bar, 29 Broadway, Fairfax. 259-5597. 10/21: Staggerwing Americana/folk. 8pm. No cover. Rancho Nicasio Restarant and Bar, 1 Old Rancheria Road, Nicasio. 662-2219.

Concerts 10/15: Play Like a Lion Live MVFF presents a a special evening of music celebrating the life and work of the great master Indian musician and teacher, Ali Akbar Khan featuring his son Alam and other special performers. 9pm. $50. 142 Throckmorton Theatre , Mill Valley. 877-874-6833. 10/15: Sound Healing with Joel Andrews Golden harp concert. 7:30-9:15pm. $20-30. Spiritual Healing Center, 260 E. Blithedale Ave., Mill Valley. 381-4465. 10/16: Trio Voronezh The Mill Valley Chamber Music Society begins its season with this trio known for its virtuosity, artistic innovation and performances of Russian folk and classical music. 5-7pm. $30. Mt. Tamalpais United Methodist Church, 410 Sycamore Ave., Mill Valley. 381-4453. 10/21: Delphi Trio With SF Music Conservatory alumni Jeffrey LaDeur, piano; Liana Berube, violin; Michelle Kwon, cello. 8pm. Free, donations appreciated. Novato United Methodist Church, 1473 South Novato Blvd., Novato.

Theater/Auditions Through 10/30:‘Bellwether’ Spine-tingling fairy tale for adults. 8-10 pm. $15-55. Marin Theatre Company, 397 Miller Ave., Mill Valley. 388-3569. Through 10/16:‘Don’t Dress For Dinner’ Comedy by Marc Camoletti. 8pm Fri.-Sat.; 2pm Sun. showtimes. $17-25. Ross Valley Players Barn Theatre, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Ross. 456-9555.

Comedy 10/14: Divine Comedy with Vir Mccoy Divine comedy, music and dance. 8pm. $15. Yoga Mountain Studio, 85 Bolinas Road, Fairfax. 10/20: Will Durst An Evening of Political Satire. Proceeds will benefit Fair Housing of Marin. Meet Will after the performance. 8-10pm. Showcase OCTOBER 14 - OCTOBER 20, 2011 PACIFIC SUN 37


Through 10/18:‘2011 Summer Exhibition’

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Come celebrate the culture of Nicaragua—while supporting elementary school students in one of the Central American country’s most dangerous neighborhoods—at A TASTE OF NICARAGUA, a fundraising evening of Nicaraguan cuisine, music and entertainment. Hosted by the nonprofit organization El Hogar de los Ninos, the event takes place Oct. Proceeds will go toward books and supplies 22 at the Margaret Todd Center in Novato for the El Divino Nio School. and begins with a 6pm cocktail hour and includes dinner, a video presentation, auction, raffle and dancing from 8:30 to 11pm to the Sound Byte Band. El Hogar is currently working to raise funds and awareness for the El Divino Nino School, a preschool through elementary school of 200 students located in the impoverished and dangerous neighborhood of Jorge Dimitrov. (El Divino Nino also is visited each year by the Terra Linda High School Nicaragua Service Club—the TL trip fundraiser is Nov. 4, so mark your calendars.) Tickets to the El Hogar fundraiser are $35 ($60 per couple). Margaret Todd is at 1560 Hill Road. Call 415/328-0713 or 415/566-4044. For info, check out—Jason Walsh Theater, Marin Center, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 457-5025.

Art 09/08-11/15: Durwood Zedd Photographs, paintings. Reception 5:30-7pm Sept. 8. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 9270960. 09/09-10/22: Teresa Dong Exhibition Paintings. 10am-5:30pm. Free. The Painters Place, 1139 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur. 461-0351.

10/14: Second Fridays Art Walk San Rafael Art Works Downtown has new shows for its monthly Art Walk. 5-8pm. Free. Art Works Downtown, 1337 Fourth St., San Rafael.

10/16-11/12: Marin Society of Artists 84th Annual Members’ Show Juried by Julie Cohn. Reception 2-4pm Oct. 16. 11am-4pm. No charge. MSA Gallery, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Ross. 4549561. 10/18-11/12: BayWood Artists Ten distinguished Bay Area plein air painters, donate their time and talent to preserve & protect the beauty of the SF Bay Area. 50% of painting sales will go directly

to Save The Bay. 9am-4pm. Free. Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-3871. Through 01/06:‘Linked By Pink’ Artists for Awareness present an art exhibit in support of breast cancer. Reception 6-8pm Oct. 13. Gallery is closed weekends & holidays. 8am-7pm. Free. Gail Van Dyke Atrium Art Gallery, Marin Cancer Institute, 1350 S. Eliseo Dr., Greenbrae. 461-9000. Through 10/15:‘Full Circle’ 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:‘Washed Ashore’ A temporary exhibition at The Marine Mammal Center which features fifteen artworks made of plastic trash by Angela Haseltine Pozzi. Free, docent led tours available for a modest fee. Marine Mammal Center, 2000 Bunker Road, Marin Headlands, Sausalito. 289-7325. Through 10/17:‘Ground Swell’ Exhibit dedicated to the art of surfing. Features artists from as far away as Hawaii & Mexico who span three generations. 9am-4pm. Free. Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-3871.

BEST BET Fiery and focused

Yeah, there’s a lot going on this week, but that shouldn’t keep you from spending some quality time at 142 Throckmorton listening to THE GONZALO BERGARA QUARTET. The acclaimed Bergara is a masterful Gypsy-jazz guitarist—and the rest of the quartet is right there with him. Because this venue is intimate—there’s Gonzalo Bergara, plus three. not a bad seat in the house—and the acoustics are so good, you can watch, in awe, as Bergara’s hands manipulate those guitar strings quickly and confidently, producing music that is aurally amazing. Thursday, Oct. 13, 8pm at 142 Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton, Mill Valley. For tickets, call 415/383-9600 or log on to—Carol Inkellis 38 PACIFIC SUN OCTOBER 14 - OCTOBER 20, 2011

“Woven Delights.” 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:‘Iconic Marin’ Bryn Craig, paintings. 11am-4pm. Free. Gallery Bergelli, 483 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur. 945-9454.

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.

Through 10/30: Gallery Route One Exhibitions “Shadow/Reflection” Geraldine LiaBraaten, new semi-abstract photography. “Bounty.” Debra Stuckgold, Installation. Eric Engstrom, new paintings. 11-5pm. Free. Gallery Route One , 11101 Highway One , Point Reyes. 663-1347. Through 10/31: Marge Rector Recent paintings. 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 . Through 11/02: Jean-Marc Brugeilles An enchanted universe, in brilliant colors. Free. Elsewhere Gallery, 1828 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Fairfax. 526-2855.

Through 11/11:‘Day of the Dead: Exhibit of Altars’ Opening reception 5-8pm Oct. 14. Closing party Nov. 11. Curated by Sharon Christovich of the Folk Art Gallery and Carol Durham from Art Works Downtown. Free. Art Works Downtown, 1337 Fourth St., San Rafael. 451-8119. Through 11/12:‘Asia Observed’ Marin Arts presents an exhibit capturing the complexity and charm of Asia featuring traditional and modern forms of art. 11-6pm. Free. Marin Arts Gallery, 906 4th St., San Rafael . 666-2442.

Through 11/13:‘Californios Costeras: La Vida Espanola del Oeste Marin 1776-1876/ Coastal Californios: Spanish Life in West Marin 1776-1876’ Edgar Angelone, photography. Reding/Fleming Family Installation 1-5pm. Free. Bolinas Museum, 48 Wharf Road, Bolinas. 868-0330.

Through 11/13:‘Legends of the Bay Area: Manuel Neri’ Two and three dimensional works by Manuel Neri inspired by Japanese figures and landscapes. 11am-4pm. Free. Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, 500 Palm Dr., Novato. 506-0137.

Through 11/23:‘Celebrating Jewish Life in Marin’ Norm Levin, photography. 8am-6pm. Free. Osher Marin Jewish Community Center, 200 North San Pedro Road, San Rafael. 499-1403.

Through 11/29:‘Four Marin County Masters and Student Show’ Works by Dorallen Davis, Barbara Lawrence and Carol Smith Myer, paintings; Susan Hontalas, ceramics. Free. Marin Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Dr., San Rafael.

Talks/Lectures 10/14:‘The Roots of Wisdom’ With Michael Meade. An evening of stories and poems that consider the roots of wisdom as found in many traditions. 7pm. $15. Mt. Tamalpais United Methodist Church, 410 Sycamore Ave., Mill Valley. 10/14: Suzanne Saxe-Roux and Jean Roux The authors talk about “Courage and Croissant, Inspiring Joyful Living.” 7pm. Free. Book Passage,

51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960.

10/15:‘Israel/Palestine: Where Are We Now,Where Are We Headed?’ With Dr. Halper, Israeli Peace Activist. 2-4pm. Free. Alemany Library,Dominican University , Magnolia Ave., San Rafael. 302-8548. 10/16: Philip Fradkin Fradkin talks about “Everett Ruess: His Short Life, Mysterious Death, and Astonishing Afterlife.” 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960.

10/18: Navigating Change: Learning From Life’s Little Surprises With Deborah COllins Stephens, Jackie Speier, Jan Yanehiro and Michealene Cristini Risley, co-authors of “This is Not the Life I Ordered.” 6-9pm. Cascade room, Mill Valley Community Center, 180 Camino Alto, Mill Valley.

Wednesdays: Marin History Museum Gallery Tour Join local legend Jeff Craemer for a gallery tour of the “Marin Independent Journal: 150 Years of Ink” exhibition. 11am-4pm. Free. Marin History Museum, 1125 B St., San Rafael. 454-8538.

Readings 10/15: Denise Mina Mina discusses her thriller “The End of the Wasp Season.” 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 10/15: Jeffrey Eugenides The Pulitzer-winning author presents “The Marriage Plot.” 4pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 10/17: Sleep, Little Angels Adam Mansbach presents his popular night-night book “Go The F**k to Sleep.” 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 10/18: Alice Hoffman Literary Luncheon Catered by Insalata’s Restaurant of San Anselmo. Alice Hoffman presents her novel The Dovekeepers, a triumph of imagination and research set in ancient Israel. Noon. $55, includes lunch & an autographed copy of the book. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 10/18: Carré Otis Otis talks about “Beauty Disrupted.” 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 10/18: Stephen Mitchell The renowned translator talks about “The Iliad.” 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 10/19: California Writers Week Event Celebrate with readings from California authors, past and present. 7-8:30pm. $5-10. Novato Main Library, Novato. 10/19: Michael Ondaatje In conversation with David Thomson. Ondaatje discusses his novel “The Cat’s Table. 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage. com 10/20: Amitav Ghosh Ghosh discusses his novel “River of Smoke.” 1pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 10/20: Iris Krasnow The author discusses “The Secret Lives of Wives.” 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 10/21: Chris Kimball America’s Test Kitchen host talks about “The Cook’s Illustrated Cookbook.” 6pm. Free. Book Passage at the Ferry Building, 1 Ferry Building, San Francisco. 835-1020. 10/21: Terry Castle The late legendary horror film director and producer William Castle presents

â&#x20AC;&#x153;From The Grave: The Prayer,â&#x20AC;? read by his daughter Terry Castle. 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960.

Film Events 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. Screenings in Mill Valley, San Rafael and other nearby locations. Smith Rafael Film Center , 1118 Fourth St., San Rafael. 454-1222. 10/17: Monday Night at the Movies Lady from Shanghai (1948). This complex mystery story, is a showcase for Orson Welles. Also starring Rita Hayworth. 7:30-9pm. Free. Mill Valley Library, 375 Throckmorton, Mill Valley. 389-4292. 10/19:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Bag It: A Documentary Filmâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Awardwinning film by Director Suzan Beraza is a touching and often funny film about how we use and abuse disposable, non-biodegradable plastic products. 7pm. Free. Tamalpais Valley Community Center, 203 Marin Ave., Mill Valley. 388-6393.

Community Events (Misc.) 10/14-15: Eat, Spill, Be Happy Fest Join Mimi the Sardine and guests for a celebration with wine, cheese, finger foods, art and cooking class demos. 10am-8pm. Free. 305 Montecito Ave., Suite A, Corte Madera. 924-9222. 10/15: Bon Air Invitational Car Show With Blue Diamond Fillups, live music at noon; kids entertainment with Benny and Bebe, vintage cars and more. 10am-4pm. Bon Air Shopping Center, Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Greenbrae. 10/15: Chickens for City Living Join farmer Ken at this historic ranch as he gives a basic class in setting up your own backyard flock in an urban setting. Advance reservations needed. Park at 203 Marin Ave, walk to ranch. 10am. $10-20. Tamalpais Valley Community Center, 203 Marin Ave., Mill Valley. 388-6393.

10/15: Habitat Restoration: Lagunitas Creek Help to improve salmon habitat by planting natives along Lagunitas Creek. Meet at the Leo T Cronin Fish Viewing parking lot by Shafter Bridge on Sir Francis Drake. 9am-noon. Free. MMWD Lagunitas Creek/ Leo T Cronin Fish View, Sir Francis Drake Blvd & Shafter Fire Road., Lagunitas-Forest Knolls. 945-1128. 10/15: Meet the Dirt Diva Raised and hardened in the asphalt jungle of New York City, Annie Spiegelman moved to the Bay Area more than ten years ago and became a passionate environmentalist and a Master Gardener. 11-noon. Free. Civic Center Library, 3501 Civic Center Dr., San Rafael. 499-6058. 10/15: October Book Sale Plenty of fiction in hard cover, soft cover and trade soft cover w/great coverage in many genres. 9am-4:30pm. Mill Valley Public Library, 375 Throckmorton, Mill Valley. 415-389-4292.

10/15: Restore Habitat Along San Geronimo Creek SPAWN (the Salmon Protection and Watershed Network), in partnership with the Corte Madera outlet of REI, will be hosting a volunteer habitat restoration project in Forest Knolls. 9am-1pm. Free. San Geronimo Creek, 6 Castro St., Forest Knolls. 663-8590. 10/15: Save and Store Your Harvest How did our grandparents preserve food from their harvest? Farmer Ken teaches the basics of drying, freezing, canning food from your backyard garden. Park at 203 Marin Ave. and walk to ranch. 1pm. $15. Tamalpais Valley Community Center, 203 Marin Ave., Mill Valley. 388-6393. 10/15: Trees of Gerstle Park Gerstle Park is an old estate garden. Learn about tree specimens planted there in the 1880s. Also includes a hike in open space, if time permits, and a trip over to Dominican took see more notable heritage specimens. Meet above the steps at the main entrance on San Rafael Ave. between Marin St. and Clark St. 10am-2pm. Free. Gerstle Park, San Rafael Ave., San Rafael. 457-1211.

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

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10/14: Movie Night for Kids:‘Spiderwick Chronicles.” Pizza and popcorn provided. 5:307:30pm. $10. Belvedere-Tiburon Library, Founders Room, 1501 Tiburon Blvd., Tiburon. 789-2662. 10/15-16: Goblin Jamboree Come in costume and explore the transformed into a haunted hollow. With games, attractions and live entertainment including Jimbo Trout, Enzo Garcia, Brainy Tunes, Bloody Scupper Plunder Club and the Magic Circus. 10am-4pm. Members $13; General $15. Infants 6 months and under are free Bay Area Discovery Museum, 557 McReynolds Road, Sausalito. 339-3900.

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ARIES (March 20 - April 19) What others may call “impulsive” you call “spontaneous.” In either case, you might be tempted to generously bestow your hard-earned cash on your lover, without considering the effect it has on your bank balance. Fortunately, what you may lose in net worth, you make up for in gaining good karma. Relationships in general are emphasized, whether love, friendship or business. After all, even you independent types like a bit of company sometimes. TAURUS (April 20 - May 19) Communicative Mercury joins your ruler (romantic Venus) in the passionate sign of Scorpio. If you’re already attached, you should feel particularly connected to your sweetie and vice versa. If you’re between relationships, you may have a clearer picture of the person you’re hoping to attract. As far as your professional life is concerned, this is a great time to turn a creative dream into a productive reality. Score one for you. GEMINI (May 20 - June 20) A loss in clarity can occur as your ruler (analytical Mercury) leaves the rational sign of Libra to enter the mysteriously hazy sign of Scorpio. This can be especially problematic when attempting to conquer a new software program or navigate your way around an unfamiliar neighborhood. On the other hand, your psychic perceptions can bring valuable information your way. Now, if only you actually BELIEVED in psychic perceptions... CANCER (June 21 - July 21) The hedonistic Taurus Moon suggests that you indulge in something sensually pleasurable on Friday night. With both seductive Venus and flirty Mercury in your house of romance and creativity, the possibilities are endless. Tuesday and Wednesday are the top of your lunar cycle, meaning these are the days for starting a project. While success isn’t guaranteed, it certainly has better odds. Speaking of odds, you are lucky on Tuesday night. If you don’t have a bookie, buy a lottery ticket. LEO (July 22 - August 22) OK. Typically, being domestic may not be your most noticeable talent. But, when you decide to focus on home and/or cooking, you do it with style. You could be auditioning for a show on the Food Network or starting your own interior design firm. That’s how inspired you are. For those of you who fall under the lazy Leo banner, feel free to have a party at your home, complete with caterers and bartenders. I’ll be awaiting my invite... VIRGO (August 23 - September 21) It can be challenging to identify a hidden enemy. Someone is working against your best interests; but you don’t know who it is or why it is happening. Fortunately, the powerful presence of Pluto in your confidence house helps you overcome any paranoia that creeps into your consciousness. While this foe is a temporary glitch in your peace of mind, the self-reliance provided by Pluto is a long-term influence. Hang in there. LIBRA (September 22 - October 22) The playful Sun and serious Saturn want you to have a really fun birthday as responsibly as possible. Good luck with that. Meanwhile, your ruler (hedonistic Venus) has moved into your house of spending and she has expensive ideas on self-pampering. Some of you may be pricing a new Cadillac, while others are browsing the websites of luxury spas. Well, it is your zodiac celebration. Maybe your sweetie is secretly a millionaire... SCORPIO (October 23 - November 21) Curious Mercury enters your sign, making your obsession with knowing everyone’s secrets even more intense than usual. If you must ask so many questions, perhaps you should pretend you’re an investigative reporter. Meanwhile, your sweetie is once again feeling generous and ready to spoil you. You may want to stop interviewing strangers and start taking advantage of your fortunate romantic circumstances. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 - December 20) Creative Venus in your imagination house can be helpful. If you’re in the arts or attempting to invent a good excuse for why you’re calling your boss from Costa Rica. (You can’t pass up a good airfare sale, can you?) On the other hand, if you are trying to cope with business as usual, you are probably asleep at the wheel. What a week for a daydream... CAPRICORN (December 21 - January 18) It’s time to put away your loner persona and try being a team player. The emphasis is on being friendly and experiencing group activities for the next couple weeks. You can join a professional organization if you want your career to benefit—or become a volunteer for a local animal shelter if you want your spirit to benefit. In any case, you definitely need to spend more time with your pals. Trust me on this. AQUARIUS (January 19 - February 17) You may not be a celebrity (yet), however, you could get noticed this week as chatty Mercury and sociable Venus occupy your house of public fame. Even if it’s only a silly video that you posted on Facebook, it could go viral. Before you know it, you’re getting fan mail from Katmandu and your neighbor is asking you to film her husky singing a canine version of “American Pie.” PISCES (February 18 - March 19) If you can, get out of town this week. The planets in your exploration house are offering pleasure, companionship and interesting conversation. Why stay home watching sports on television when you could be starring in your own travel adventures? Besides, your boss is in tyrant mode, so taking a few vacation days is probably a really good idea... ✹ Email Lynda Ray at or check out her website at 42 PACIFIC SUN OCTOBER 14– OCTOBER 20, 2011

PUBLIC NOTICES 995 Fictitious Name Statement FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.127765 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as MARIN FLORICULTURAL SCIENCES, 52 LONGWOOD DR., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: MARIKA EDLER, 52 LONGWOOD DR., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on September 14, 2011. (Publication Dates: September 23, 30; October 7, 14, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2011127660 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as MODERN DWELLINGS, 798 MONTECILLO RD., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: HELEN M. BUCKLEY, 238 MERRYDALE RD. #8, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903; SARAH S. HOOVER, 798 MONTECILLO RD., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903. This business is being conducted by a joint venture. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on August 1, 2011. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on August 31, 2011. (Publication Dates: September 23, 30; October 7, 14, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 127700 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as VISIGRAF INSTITUTE; VISIGRAF COMMUNICATIONS AND DESIGN; SPACEFRAME PRESS; PRODUCTION DESIGN SERVICES, 41 BELLE AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: SHARON RUTH SKOLNICK-BAGNOLI, 138 MISSION AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901; BRUCE ROBERT BAGNOLI, 138 MISSION AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by a husband & wife. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on September 7, 2011. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on September 7, 2011. (Publication Dates: September 23, 30; October 7, 14, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 127772 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as O.M.G., 1139 4TH ST., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: CHARLES MEI YONG, 819 E 23RD ST., OAKLAND, CA 94606; GIN NGO, 2189 E 24TH ST., OAKLAND, CA 94606. This business is being conducted by a general partnership. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on September 15, 2011. (Publication Dates: September 23, 30; October 7, 14, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2011127795 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as BUILD YOUR PEACE, 1600 LINCOLN CIRCLE DR. #2131, LARKSPUR, CA 94939: SUSAN B TOPF, 1600 LINCOLN VILLAGE CIRCLE #2131, LARKSPUR, CA 94939. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on September 15, 2011. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on September 19, 2011. (Publication Dates: September 23, 30; October 7, 14, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 127770 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as DM DESIGN, 282 MORNING SUN AVE., MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: DOUGLAS JOHN MINKLER, 282 MORNING SUN AVE., MILL VALLEY, CA 94941. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on N/A. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on September 15, 2011. (Publication Dates: September 23, 30; October 7, 14, 2011) 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) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 127863 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as ANDREWSCAMPS, 400 TAMAL PLAZA, CORTE MADERA, CA 94925: ANDREW A FRIERSON, 18 EDGEWATER CT., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on September 28, 2011. (Publication Dates: October 7, 14, 21, 28, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2011127862 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as NVIJUN, 95 BELVEDERE ST., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: DDH GROUP, LLC, 95 BELVEDERE ST., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by a limited liability company. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on October 3, 2011. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on September 28, 2011. (Publication Dates: Dates: October 7, 14, 21, 28, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 127856 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as WALKER AUTOMOTIVE, 47 INDUSTRIAL WAY, GREENBRAE, CA 94904: BASIC MARIN WHEELS, 47 INDUSTRIAL WAY, GREENBRAE, CA 94904. This business is being conducted by a limited liability company. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on September 27, 2011. (Publication Dates: Dates: October 7, 14, 21, 28, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 127882 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as BAY AREA DETAIL, 53 DUNFRIES TERRACE, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: TROY MOUSA, 53 DUNFRIES TERRACE, 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 30, 2011. (Publication Dates: Dates: October 7, 14, 21, 28, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 127791 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as WILD WILLPOWER, 141 LANSDALE, FAIRFAX, CA 94930: ALEXANDRA DISTANCE MARIE WILLSON, 141 LANSDALE, FAIRFAX, CA 94930. 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 19, 2011. (Publication Dates: Dates: October 7, 14, 21, 28, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2011127883 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as THE POWDER ROOM, 715 SIR FRANCES DRAKE BLVD., SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960: BRIDGET A EDWARDS, 14838 ECHO RIDGE DR., NEVADA CITY, CA 95959. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on October 1, 2011. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on September 30, 2011. (Publication Dates: Dates: October 7, 14, 21, 28, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 127889 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as 101 SURF SPORTS, 115 3RD STREET, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: 101 WATER SPORTS, LLC., 3055 BAKER STREET, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94109. This business is being conducted by a limited liability company. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on October 3, 2011. (Publication Dates: Dates: October 7, 14, 21, 28, 2011)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 127891 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as PARVULUS ENTERPRISES; PARVULUS MARKETING; PARVULUS CONSULTING; PARVULUS PLAYWEAR; PARVULUS PLAYWARE; CREATIVE PLAYWEAR; CREATIVE PLAYWARE; PARVULUS; PILHAGE CONSULTING; PILHAGE PLAYWEAR; PILHAGE PLAYWARE, 2240 FIFTH AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: KRISTINA PILHAGE FASSBERG, 2240 FIFTH AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on October 2, 2011. (Publication Dates: Dates: October 7, 14, 21, 28, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 127829 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as QUAKE STRUCTURAL ENGINEERING/ Q.S.E., 370 IRWIN ST., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: THOMAS H. LUTGE, S.E., 370 IRWIN ST., 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 November 1985. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on September 23, 2011. (Publication Dates: Dates: October 14, 21, 28; November 4, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 127685 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as JC GARDENING SERVICE, 25 BUCKELEW ST., SAUSALITO, CA 94965: JULIO BACA, 25 BUCKELEW ST., SAUSALITO, CA 94965. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on October 1, 1995. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on September 6, 2011. (Publication Dates: Dates: October 14, 21, 28; November 4, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2011127844 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as AVH ASSOCIATES; YOURCAREERHUB.COM, 6 HERBING LANE, KENTFIELD, CA 94904: ADRIAN M VAN HAAFTEN, 6 HERBING LANE, KENTFIELD, CA 94904. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on September 1, 2011. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on September 26, 2011. (Publication Dates: Dates: October 14, 21, 28; November 4, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 127784 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as INTERNATURAL HARVESTERS, 365 ASPEN RD., BOLINAS, CA 94924: ALAN MART, 2820 LAGRANGE CIRCLE, BOULDER, CO 80305; SUSAN NEUELOW MART, 2820 LAGRANGE CIRCLE, BOULDER, CO 80305. This business is being conducted by a husband and wife. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on September 16, 2011. (Publication Dates: Dates: October 14, 21, 28; November 4, 2011)

997 All Other Legals 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. Registrant’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. Registrant’s

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Public Notices Continued from Page 42 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) NOTICE OF PETITION TO ADMINISTER ESTATE OF: JOAN BAUMHOFF. Case No. PR-1104792. To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors and persons who may otherwise be interested in the will or estate, or both, of JOAN BAUMHOFF, JOAN A. BAUMHOFF. A PETITION FOR PROBATE has been filed by: ANNE SCOTT in the Superior Court of California, County of MARIN. THE PETITION FOR PROBATE requests that ANNE SCOTT be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent. THE PETITION requests the decedent’s will and codicils, if any, be admitted to probate. The will and any codicils are available for examination in the file kept by the court. THE PETITION requests authority to administer the estate under the Independent Administration of Estates Act. (This authority will allow the personal representative to take many actions without obtaining court approval. Before taking certain very important actions, however, the personal representative will be required to give notice to interested persons unless they have waived notice or consented to the proposed action.) The independent administration authority will be granted unless an interested person files an objection to the petition and shows good cause why the court should not grant the authority. A HEARING on the petition will be held in this court as follows: October 31, 2011 at 8:30 a.m. in Dept: H, Room: H, of the Superior Court of California, Marin County, located at Superior Court of California, County of Marin, 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael, CA 94913. IF YOU OBJECT to the granting of the petition, you should appear at the hear-

ing and state your objections or file written objections with the court before the hearing. Your appearance may be in person or by your attorney. IF YOU ARE A CREDITOR or a contingent creditor of the decedent, you must file your claim with the court and mail a copy to the personal representative appointed by the court within four months from the date of first issuance of letters as provided in section 9100 of the California Probate Code. The time for filing claims will not expire before four months from the hearing date noticed above. YOU MAY EXAMINE the file kept by the court. If you are a person interested in the estate, you may file with the court a Request for Special Notice (form DE-154) of the filing of an inventory and appraisal of estate assets or of any petition or account as provided in Probate Code section 1250. A Request for Special Notice form is available from the court clerk. Petitioner: ANNE SCOTT, 635 ORANGE AVE., LOS ALTOS, CA 94022. (650)917-1795. (Publication Dates: October 7, 14, 21, 2011) ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF MARIN. No. CIV 1104619. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner MAIA J. NEWMAN filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: DAELEN SHINOBI HAYOS to DAELEN HAYOS NEWMAN. 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 18, 2011, 9:00AM, 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: September 16, 2011 /s/ LYNN DURYEE, JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT (Pacific Sun: October 14, 21, 28; November 4, 2011) ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF MARIN. No. CIV 1104838. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner JANE RATANAPOL filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: NIRAND OLYN SCOTT to KARLYN CHASE REED. 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 28, 2011, 8:30AM, Dept. E, Room E, Superior Court of California, County of Marin, 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael, CA 94903. A copy of this ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE shall be published at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in the county of Marin: PACIFIC SUN. Date: September 29, 2011 /s/ FAYE D’OPAL, JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT (Pacific Sun: October 14, 21, 28; November 4, 2011)


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I feel like a disappointment to my boyfriend of seven months. I’m 28; he’s 35 and Mr. Smart. He is a Brit and was a top student at Cambridge. He says everyone expected him to become prime minister, but he decided to buck their expectations and become a portrait painter. Although he earns a good living, I believe he considers himself a failure compared with the wealthy Brits commissioning his paintings. He says I’d be “more attractive” to him if I wrote for a media blog, as it would help his filmmaking career aspirations. Well, I quit my unsatisfying graphic design job, and I am halfway through getting my master’s in psychology and have no time or desire to blog. He’ll tell me I’m talented/beautiful/smart but add a dig like “It’s surprising you aren’t more accomplished by now” and say stuff like “You’re not very attractive when you’re anxious.” When I tell him this is hurtful, he apologizes and says he just wants to help me better myself. I want to be the strong, confident woman he says is most attractive. I felt that way when we were first dating, but perhaps my insecurity took over. How do I toughen up and develop a thicker skin?—Eroded


Love is patient, love is kind, love is surprised you aren’t more accomplished and thinks you’re kinda uggo when you’re anxious. And OK, love isn’t prime minister, just some hired brush, but maybe love could paint a couple extra chins on the Duke of Oldemoneyham or Lady Footlocker instead of taking all that bitterness and self-loathing out on you. Apparently, the next best thing to running a country is finding a girlfriend, appointing yourself her sadistic guidance counselor and running her spirit down till she feels like a chalk outline of the woman she used to be. (All the better to prime her to further your career at the expense of her own.) This isn’t love; it’s insidious emotional abuse—a man doing everything to undermine his girlfriend’s confidence, only to turn around and remind her that confidence is sexy. A younger woman who’s unsure of herself who pairs up with an older, accomplished man is most prone to get into this sick compliment-dig-apology loop you’re in. You idealized this guy and the relationship to the point where you’ve become desperate for his approval so you can crawl back up from where he’s put you down. If you had a stronger self and a realistic view of him, you’d see his putdowns for what they are—stealth abuse passed off as loving criticism: “Here, let me help you out of a little more of your self-worth.” Instead of wondering how you might grow body armor, ask yourself those basic questions so many in relationships forget to keep asking: Does this person make me happy? Is my life better because I’m with him? You can go back to being that strong, confident woman you once were—once you no longer have an emotional predator for a boyfriend. After you ditch him, take some time to ponder my favorite definition of love, by sci-fi writer Robert Heinlein: “Love is the condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.” A guy who loves you Heinlein-style will “help you better yourself,” but by cheering you on for having the guts to change careers and by telling you you’re beautiful and sexy—without following up by whispering a bunch of sweet “you’re nothings” in your ear.


How important is it that personal style and sensibilities match in a relationship? I’m 24 and having trouble agreeing to a first date with a man if he texts or emails me an emoticon. I majored in literature, love language and see the emoticon as the epitome of intellectual laziness and bad expression of self.—:(


“O Romeo, Romeo...eeuw, Romeo... you’re wearing dad jeans and a T-shirt with a wolf on it, and not in an ironic way.” As a younger woman, you’re more likely to dump guys over little things, like style crimes. But after a few years of dating, and a few rounds with some Slick Ricks, minor sensibility mismatches should pale in comparison with serial cheating and undeclared STDs. (You can steer a guy into cooler shirts. It’s harder to get a guy to throw on some ethics.) That said, as a lit hound, you aren’t “shallow” in looking critically at a guy’s emoticon use, just unwise in cutting him off before the first date because of it—assuming the rest of his email doesn’t reveal scorching illiteracy and poor self-expression. Maybe this is his one area of intellectual laziness. We all have some—for example, the intellectually lazy assumption that somebody’s intellectually lazy just because he sometimes “winks” with punctuation marks. ✹

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Pacific Sun Weekly 10.14.2011 - Section 1  
Pacific Sun Weekly 10.14.2011 - Section 1  

Section 1 of the October 14, 2011 edition of the Pacific Sun weekly