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›› LETTERS Mill Valley single-handedly bailing out auto industry... Drivers deserted Mill Valley’s passenger train service, which ended in 1941. The “school special” for Tam High students closed. But Northwestern Pacific’s legacy is our multi-use path, and I love it. I bike on errands, and Alto Tunnel’s re-opening would greatly extend my range [“Alto Tunnel Pedaling for Support,” Sept. 23]. Alto’s 1971 closing came when California’s population was 54 percent of the present population. Older natives say traffic around Mill Valley was light. However, Marin already had 80 percent of its current population, and Mill Valley has hovered around 13,000 residents since the 1970s. Yet, we spend 2.5 times longer in traffic than in 1980, according to Urban Mobility Information. Why? Here’s one clue: “Marin County has the highest per-capita vehicle ownership... [at] 766 vehicles per 1,000 residents,” says the Bay Area’s Metropolitan Transportation Commission. Here’s another: Mill Valley averages a staggering 11 car trips per household, per day. Round-trips from home as of 2002 were 27 percent for work, 25 percent shopping, 12 percent recreation and 8 percent school. Another 28 percent of round-trips originate from the workplace. Affluent households are also a destination for services—nanny, maid, laundry, gardener, contractor. Our workforce approximates 1980s, but workers riding the bus have dropped from 15 percent to 8 per-

cent. Home-based employment is up from 4 percent to 15 percent, but car trips keep rising. Tam’s student traffic and parking problems disrupt the entire neighborhood. Parents drive younger children to school and activities, because walking and biking are dangerous—because parents keep driving. The more we drive, the fewer alternatives we see. Let’s stop and look around. Elisabeth Thomas-Matej, Mill Valley

While my guitar gently... hails a taxi? Is the purpose of public transit in Marin to serve the public by making it possible for them to meet their everyday needs without a car, including commuting to work in San Francisco? Or, is the purpose simply to get them to work and back? On Oct. 6, I saw this Golden Gate Transit “rider alert” at the San Rafael Transit Center: “All items brought on a bus must fit either under the seat, in the overhead rack, or on the lap.” The aisles are so small that people practically need to go down them sideways; the overhead racks are perhaps large enough for a laptop; the space under the seats just enough for a lunchbox. In no way is Golden Gate Transit acknowledging that people who use the bus for their everyday transportation needs must have someplace to put their stuff, and that this is part of life. I’m a local musician who doesn’t own a car. This directive says that I cannot even bring my guitar on the bus. It would be so simple to remove two seats from the bus and create space for these items, or have some fold-up seats and bigger

overhead racks; instead Golden Gate prefers to contour the physical space of the buses to be as user-unfriendly as possible, to create a problem that doesn’t need to exist. Does everyone need to get a car just so they can go shopping, or go play guitar with a friend? Does Sir Francis Drake really need more traffic, or is it in the public interest of everyone to have a viable public transit system? I want to emphasize that this is not just about me, it’s about the viability of public transit as an alternative to cars. In an economy that desperately needs stimulus, how much money is local business losing because people have no way to get their purchases home? Is public transit here to serve the public by making it possible to live without a car, reducing traffic and increasing business sales, which helps everyone—or not?

Marin’s inbound commuters spend $1.4 billion outside the county—and his only solution to this is to build affordable housing so they won’t leave Marin with the money earned here? I’ve got a better solution, and it doesn’t require any affordable housing. How about if the employers would hire workers already living in Marin? If they have a choice between applicants equally qualified for the job, hire the Marin resident. And what makes Mr. Hickey think that these commuters from other counties would move here if we did offer affordable housing? They might be living in another county with husbands/wives/ family members gainfully employed in that county who don’t want to move and then have to do a commute to their jobs. Build the affordable housing next door to Mr. Hickey... if they decide to shove it down our throats for whatever reason.

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Editor’s note: Thanks for writing Marcia! We always appreciate when readers offer simple solutions to complex problems using reasoned thinking born from a thorough understanding of the facts. This, however, is not one of those times. We’re pretty sure Hickey was not intending to imply that the exact same people who currently commute from lower-cost-of-living areas into Marin for work would suddenly pull up tent and relocate to San Anselmo if some affordable housing became available (though perhaps some percentage would). Rather, his basic supposition is that if the affordable housing is made available, more folks with experience or ambitions in modest-paying careers would be able to settle here—and then fill those positions in the county. We don’t want to put the ox before the cart—especially when the ox-cart driver is commuting in from Sonoma County each day.

The bill for property tax has arrived. The statement states how these taxes are allocated to support schools, libraries, fire stations, and many of the amenities enjoyed in Marin County. Senior citizens can apply for exemptions. In these difficult times experienced by many, however, one can choose to continue to pay these taxes not for any religious affiliation or belief, not even as a political statement, but simply as the decent thing to do to contribute to, and to partake in, the community that we love. Beatrice Tocher, Marinwood

And he’s single, ladies...! In Nikki Silverstein’s recent Single in the Suburbs column [“Senescent of a Woman,” Oct. 14] the headline asked: “Should younger ladies looking for love cross the thin gray line?” My response is a resounding f-ck yeah! I turned 60 this year and I can hang with people half my age—i.e., my four children— and so can my retired teacher pal who is nearing 80. Hell, I can throw a football 50 yards, walk 15-20 miles pain-free, create a spaghetti sauce beyond compare, bake 30-minute brownies in 20 minutes, and make any willing female laugh so hard she has to pee. This age thing is total bulls--t. Old is the new young. Get over it. Skip Corsini, San Rafael

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

Larkspur City Council: Brad Marsh, Larry Chu Corte Madera Town Council: Bob Ravasio, Alexandra Cock

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San Anselmo Town Council: Ford Greene,

Doesn’t the Civil Rights Act of ‘64 say something against ‘hiring only Marinites’? How come it comes as no surprise that Robert Hickey, Marin Pres. Johnson signs program manager for the Civil Rights Act, effectively putting an end the Non-Profit Housing Association of Northern to America’s unofficial California, produced ‘when in doubt, hire a Marinite’ policy. the report that states

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Seismic task ahead for hospital Info campaign launched to counter bond-measure side effects by Peter Seidman


he state mandate that requires hospitals to meet new seismic standards also is a driving force behind expensive but necessary hospital modernization projects and 21st-century healthcare delivery improvements across California. “The truth is, even if we didn’t have these seismic requirements, Marin County needs a new hospital,” says John Friedenberg, chief fund and business development officer at the Marin Healthcare District (MHD). The reason is simple: You can’t cheat time. Marin General was designed in the 1940s, built in the late ’40s and early ’50s. When it opened in 1952, it represented what was then the modern vision of healthcare delivery. But compared to current state-of-the-art healthcare, 1952 was Dark-Age medicine. Marin General is “no longer configured in a way that’s consistent with 21st-century acute-care hospitals,” says Friedenberg. The average “life” of a hospital runs about 50 years, making Marin General a facility past its sell-by date. Advancements in hospital-based healthcare delivery tell the tale and underscore Friedenberg’s assessment. The need is critical here because Marin General is the county’s only freestanding acute-care facility. Although Kaiser and Sutter also have

facilities in the county, Marin General is the only hospital that provides such acute-care services as major neurosurgery, cardiac surgery and other programs that require high technology. That takes space, which Marin General doesn’t have. As the MHD hones its plans to meet the seismic standards, it’s taking a proactive approach and reaching out to the county and towns within the district, which covers most of Marin outside of Novato. Friedenberg has been meeting with city councils, business groups and anyone who will to listen to spread the word about the proposed new Marin General. An important part of the process involves collecting ideas and suggestions from district residents. That approach can yield big benefits when the time comes to introduce a major bond measure to raise money for the hospital project. It’s not cheap. The MHD has been working with Navigant consultants and the architecture firm LBL, which has strong hospital experience. The state puts stringent requirements on the design of hospitals as well as the companies that can work on plans and construction. Many construction firms are ineligible to bid on hospital projects because they cannot meet state requirements. Although the cost will fluctuate as the district moves closer 10 >


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Goose cooked after raw chicken attack Gunshots, raw chicken and candleholders flew through the air on recent nights in Marin, according to police. Monday night a 49-year-old Sausalito man, Drew Smith Warner, was arrested after a 52-year-old Marin City woman said that during an argument he attacked her with a raw chicken and a candleholder, the Marin County Sheriff’s Office reported. Warner was charged with suspicion of assault. Investigators did not say whether the plucked projectile was being held as evidence. On Tuesday just before 9pm, several 911 calls described a man with a gun at an apartment complex on Lincoln Avenue in San Rafael. A one-block area was cordoned off by San Rafael Police officers while a citizen apprehended the man suspected of firing off several shots at an “imaginary” intruder. The “citizen walked the suspect through an unsecured apartment and out the front door of the complex, turning the suspect over to officers,” police said, adding that Christopher Woodson, 45, was found to be in possession of several knives and shotgun rounds, and that he admitted to consuming alcohol and methamphetamine. He was arrested and the investigation continues. Emergency center to be at Marin Commons site Santa Venetia residents— especially those dog-owning ones—are wagging over the news that county officials are moving ahead with plans for a new county emergency facility in Terra Linda—and not at the Field of Dogs near the Civic Center. On Oct. 18, the Board of Supervisors gave its collective thumbs-up on plans to purchase a 315,000-square-foot building at 1600 Los Gamos Road for $29.5 million, one of two buildings in the Marin Commons complex in San Rafael. The county will spend another $50 million-plus to renovate the building into a state-of-the-art emergency operations center. The move is an about-face for county officials who, in 2008, called for a $102 million emergency facility to be built at a Civic Center site currently used as a dog park and petanque court. But a vocal contingent of Santa Venetia residents—many who championed the beloved dog park, others who feared such a facility would be burden to the neighborhood—rose up against the plan. The location of the emergency facility even became a primary issue in the 2010 campaign for the 1st District Supervisor seat, pitting former Assemblywoman Kerry Mazzoni, who championed the Marin Commons site, against incumbent, and eventual winner, Susan Adams, who’d supported the Field of Dogs site in 2008. Adams on Oct. 18 predicted the Santa Venetia community would be “very pleased” by the prospects of an emergency center further up the road. Santa Venetia resident (and former Adams aide) Ron Ford called the decision to purchase at Marin Commons a “peoples’ victory.” “Seldom in politics does the little guy achieve success when pitted against government,” Ford said in a letter to the Sun.“The perseverance of a few in Santa Venetia has benefited the entire county with a common sense decision forced on the Board of Supervisors that will save the county millions.” County officials are expected to formally approve the deal Nov. 15. The Civic Center site, according to Supervisor Steve Kinsey, will remain an option for future development opportunities. 10




by Howard Rachelson

1. In the 1960s, California State Route 25, planned to speed traffic from east to west Marin, was to be built as an expansion of what currently existing road? (The project was not implemented due to strong opposition by residents and environmental groups.) 2. What rather large birds have been trained to tend and move sheep? 3. These communication products first went on sale in 1983 and cost $3,000. Today they are priced anywhere from free to hundreds of dollars, and almost everybody owns one. What are they? 4. Pictured, right: This woman was assassinated by her security guards in 1984, and her son was 4 assassinated by a suicide bomber in 1991. Who were these Indian prime ministers? 5a. What Bay Area football player is a strong candidate to win this year’s Heisman Trophy (as best college player nationwide)? 5b. If he wins, he would be only the second Bay Area football player ever to gain this honor. What player from the same school won in 1970? 6 6. Pictured, right: What’s the numerical title of the popular 2010 movie in which mountain climber Aron Ralston, trapped under a fallen boulder in Utah, is forced to take dramatic steps to release himself? 7a. Who wrote the huge 2003 best-seller, The Da Vinci Code? 7b. The story begins with a murder at what museum? 8. Pictured, right: Created in the 1950s, one of the most popular advertising slogans of all time,“Does she... or doesn’t she?” promoted what product? 8 9. What widely used name for library comes from the Greek words for book and case? 10. Hey math students: Draw a right triangle with legs 6 and 8 units long. How far is the midpoint of the hypotenuse from the opposite vertex? BONUS QUESTION: It was playwright George Bernard Shaw, and later PM Winston Churchill, who referred to Britain and the United States as “two nations divided by a common ...” 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!


▼ Is there a full moon permanently shining over Sausalito? Mercury in retrograde? Something is going on. We have city council members acting like children, with a councilman slapping a councilwoman’s hand after she “shushes” him. They must be leading by example, because their message may have been heard by at least one Sausalito resident. A 49-year-old Sausalito man was arrested this week for allegedly throwing a raw chicken, among other things, at his female friend. Apparently, they too had a verbal tiff before the poultry was pitched. It seems a few Sausalitoans need nonviolent communications classes and a good yoga instructor. Please try to stop shushing, slapping and slinging stuff at one another. —Nikki Silverstein

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▲ Kit Johnson lost her iPhone while on a bike ride in West Marin. It must have fallen out of her saddlebag and she didn’t notice until she arrived home. Though she retraced her route by car, she couldn’t find her precious possession. Later that night a man rang her doorbell, asking if she had lost a phone. Brian Jennings found Kit’s phone while he was cycling. Since the phone was locked, he had to wait for it to ring and then he was able to ask the person calling about the identity of the phone’s rightful owner. We say Brian is a swell guy for going the extra miles. Kit says, “Brian, you are my Hero. Ride on.”

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ccording to the National Cancer Institute, one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. So, as I look around my office, I wonder who’s next. Who’s next to get “the call”? Who’s next to call her parents with the news, then cry with them? Who’s next to contemplate the loss of a part of her body and the sickness and afflictions that accompany cancer treatments? Who’s next to look her child in the eyes and have her heart break because there is a very good possibility she will not see her baby girl grow up? Who’s next to feel the imminence of death? When I got “the call,” my immediate reaction was they were wrong. I’m not even 45, no family history, no significant risk factors, there’s no way! I even asked the doctor if the biopsy results could be wrong. Then more questions came in rapid succession: How big is the mass? “We don’t know.” Will I need chemotherapy? “We don’t know.” Will I have to have a mastectomy? “We don’t know.” Did it spread to other areas? “We don’t know.” When will I have surgery? “We need to get you into surgery. This week if possible.” The urgency of that statement frightened me. Why immediately? Was it spreading that fast? What did they know that I didn’t know? I knew surgery was the only way I was going to get any answers. And waiting for information was excruciating because of all the thoughts that went through my mind all day and through sleepless nights about the future—if I even had a future. However, I am one of the very few, very fortunate, survivors of breast cancer to have caught it early, avoid a mastectomy and chemotherapy—all because a friend was

open about her 30-year-old daughter’s diagnosis. Being a master at procrastination, I put off my annual checkup and mammogram until it became a biennial event. When I heard about this relatively young, healthy woman with no family history being diagnosed, I made an appointment. It is because my friend did not keep her troubles to herself that my cancer was diagnosed early. It is because this family shared its pain, heartache and fear that I was able to minimize the pain, heartache and fear for my family. I went into this journey reluctant to tell anyone other than the people who absolutely needed to know—not my extended family, not my colleagues, not my friends. I didn’t want to expose something so personal. I didn’t want people to see my fear. I didn’t want to appear weak. However, this experience left me with more than a small scar; it left me with a new outlook on life and a new set of priorities. I wasted so much time worrying about perception, lamenting past mistakes and worrying about the future. I will not allow that any longer. Time is too short. My friend who openly shared her pain about her daughter’s diagnosis gave me— and my family—a gift I will never be able to repay. Now I am sharing my experience with the hope this will prompt some fellow procrastinators to schedule a mammogram appointment, and maybe inspire some husbands, brothers, fathers and sons to encourage the women in their lives to schedule an appointment. ✹ Gina Channell-Allen, publisher of the ‘Pacific Sun,’ was diagnosed with breast cancer June 29, 2011.

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to the final environmental impact report and building phases, there is a starting figure. Friedenberg estimates it will cost in the neighborhood of $500 million dollars. That will pay for constructing a hospital replacement building, which will be about 300,000 square feet. It will consist of two square structures that will reach five floors (four floors above the ground-level floor). A lobby and an elevator core will connect the two square structures. The new structure will connect with the existing West Wing. The whole arrangement is designed to essentially replace the East Wing, which the district determined would be too expensive to upgrade to meet the new seismic standard. Plans also call for a 100,000-square-foot ambulatory services building, an important ingredient in the modern healthcare delivery spectrum of services. Serving the campus will be two parking structures providing a total of about 902 spaces. The parking arrangement is an example of a cooperative and transparent approach to planning. Plans originally called for a single parking structure. But district officials heard objections from residents that the structure imposed too great a visual impact on the neighborhood. Responding to the criticism, the district agreed to break the parking into two segments, with one parking structure for employees that will be higher on the hill on the campus and one parking structure for patients, families, friends and visitors. At the estimated cost of $500 million, the district envisions asking voters to approve a general obligation bond of $300 million to $350 million, which would mean an assessment of between $15 and $20 per $100,000 of assessed property value. The district also would kick in additional money in the form of a revenue bond and from donations. 10 PACIFIC SUN OCTOBER 21 - OCTOBER 27, 2011

The genesis of the project, as well as other seismic upgrades across the state, came in 1994, when the Legislature passed SB 1953, which required hospitals to meet a new seismic standard to ensure they remain operating after a major earthquake. The law set a 2008 deadline to meet the standard. Failing to meet the deadline could result in the state closing a hospital. But because so many hospitals across the state had no hope of meeting the 2008 deadline, the state granted extensions to 2013. But even that was too optimistic. Recently the governor signed legislation that extends the deadline to 2020. MHD officials are confident they can meet the deadline—if district residents approve the bond measure. The district is aiming to put the bond measure on the November 2013 ballot. If successful, construction would begin in late 2014 or early 2015. A three-year construction program would come in well under the state-mandate wire. The high cost of hospital construction in Marin and the rest of California rests on the stringent standards for earthquake safety. But the cost also reflects the investment it takes to build a modern hospital to serve modern healthcare needs. A 1952 infrastructure just can’t make the grade. “In new hospital construction, all the rooms are private rooms,” says Friedenberg. And he’s not talking about building chichi hospitals for affluent areas like Marin. “In the last 60 years, we’ve changed our views about patient privacy and infectious disease and patient outcomes.” District CEO Lee Domanico brought Friedenberg on board at Marin General. The two had worked together in a similar capacity at El Camino Hospital in Mountain View. That hospital faced many of the same challenges as Marin General. As unintuitive as it may sound, having all private rooms increases a hospital’s

Ross Town Manager Broad heading to St. Helena Ross Town Manager Gary Broad will soon be broadening his horizons beyond the confines of the posh Ross Valley ‘burb of 2,300—as he heads up north to take over the city management of St. Helena. The St. Helena City Council unanimously approved the hiring of Broad, who was one of over 100 initial applicants for the job and one of six interview finalists for the position, according to the Napa Valley Register. The position earns $155,000 a year—about $30,000 less than Broad was making in Ross. The San Rafael resident has spent nearly two decades with Ross, serving various roles, including planning director, in addition to his current position as town manager; he starts in St. Helena Nov. 14. Where there’s smoke, there’s an Olema controlled burn If the winding Highway One road gets a bit smoky this week, don’t panic—it’s not a raging West Marin inferno. It’s likely a controlled burn being lit by fire management staff of the Point Reyes National Seashore. After having to postpone a burn set for last weekend due to air-quality concerns, the PRNS has rescheduled the first of its two upcoming burns for Oct. 20. The second would likely take place the following week or in early November. According to the S.F. Bay National Park Service, the areas set for scorching are a pair of parcels that comprise 80 acres east of Highway One, about seven miles south of Olema, between the Randall Trail and Dogtown. Jennifer Chapman, fire communication specialist with the Park Service, says “these burns are part of a strategy to create a fuel break along Highway One where a wildfire would be easier to control. A wildfire in this area could spread to Bolinas and Stinson Beach or cross into the Marin Municipal Water District and threaten Kent Lake, the county’s largest reservoir.” Controlled burns take place about every two years to reduce the invasive French broom and maintain open grasslands as buffers between areas of dense forest on Bolinas Ridge and Inverness Ridge. No road closures are anticipated; McCurdy Trail will be closed on the Oct. 20 burn day. The second day of burning is expected out near D Ranch. For info, call 415/464-5133. Woodacre dad acquitted in beer-drinking brouhaha Sergei Andrey Tchelakov, the Woodacre man who found himself in a brew of trouble after police arrested him for ordering a couple of brews at Iron Springs Pub while his 1-year-old slept outside in his car, was acquitted Oct. 13 of child endangerment charges. Tchelakov was taken into custody on sweltering Labor Day after a bizarre incident in which the 47-year-old father parked outside the Fairfax brewpub, and then left his baby sleeping in the car while he joined friends for a beer. Authorities said he spent nearly three-quarters of an hour inside Iron Springs; the baby remained strapped in his car seat, while a blanket was placed in the window to block the sun and one of the car windows was partially rolled down. A female passerby happened upon the baby in the car and began alerting other folks to the alleged parenting indiscretion, whereby Tchelakov came out, lowered the window some more and turned on the car fan before going back inside. Unsatisfied, the woman then alerted the police, who arrested the native Ukrainian on suspicion of child cruelty. Police said the child was “warm”; no one testified that the child was in distress. Prosecutors in the case argued that Tchelakov’s conduct should be considered criminal; his defense attorney contended it was an ill-advised mistake. Jurors sided with the defense. The drama’s not over for Tchelakov yet, though. He’s not a U.S. citizen—though he has an American spouse—and is still being detained on an immigration hold. Supporters of Tchelakov, a local youth soccer coach, say the whole incident has been needlessly blown out of proportion by a few alarmist busybodies—and now, they say, a good father could face deportation. Marin Arts Council cuts director Thompson Argo Thompson probably feels like he’s been given the brush off by the local art community—because the Marin Arts Council Board of Directors informed its executive director last week that it was eliminating his position. Thompson, who came to the MAC in 2009 after serving as executive director for Santa Rosa’s 6th Street Playhouse, found himself out of a job after the council’s nine-person board voted unanimously to downsize the organization due to recession-plagued budget woes. Thompson, 44, replaced retiring director Jeanne Bogardus three years ago at a time of upheaval in Marin arts funding—the recession had just hit, and the Marin Community Foundation was in the midst of restructuring its grant-allocation system. The Marin Arts Council, which will celebrate its 30th anniversary next year, is now down to two part-time staff members.

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hall, put you in an elevator, take you down to respiratory therapyâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and you would lie on your back counting holes in the ceiling waiting for your turn to see the therapist.â&#x20AC;? In the modern permutation, the respiratory therapist â&#x20AC;&#x153;comes to your room with equipment and provides the therapy in the room.â&#x20AC;? That takes space. Rooms also are larger in the modern hospital because healthcare providers have changed their attitudes toward allowing family members in rooms with patients. Rather than strict visiting hours, hospitals now know that the more contact from a patientâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s support network, the better the outcome. And that also takes space. The move toward larger single-patient rooms has resulted in an improved experience for physicians, clinicians and patientsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;who are leaving hospitals sooner, as they get better faster. That timeline is one of the reasons hospitals place importance on the ambulatory care facilities. The patient-recovery timeline also underscores Friedenbergâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s assessment that even without the need to meet state seismic standards, Marin needs a new acute-care facility that can provide state-of-the-art healthcare, which will attract patients as well as a new generation of physicians and nurses and technicians. Planning the new facility and presenting a bond measure to voters are the last chapters in a story that began in the 1980s, when MHD leased Marin General as a

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n his 28 years on the Marin County Board of Supervisors, Hal Brown has touched many lives and hearts. His colleagues and constituents have anxiously waited for news of his health, hoping for the best and dreading the worst, ever since he revealed last December that he was battling pancreatic cancer. Unable to attend weekly meetings while undergoing grueling radiation and chemotherapy treatments, he stuck to his job, keeping up with the issues from home. Then came the encouraging news that he’d completed treatment and was in recovery, but still too weak to return to full-time work. Finally, he announced that he’d decided to retire from the job he loved. Letting go was as difficult for him as it is for all those who worked with him and care about him. He’ll probably miss those lengthy board meetings least of all; too much talk. Brown has never been one to waste words. He just likes to get things done. When a devastating fire swept through the Oakland hills in 1991 he established FIRESafe Marin, one of the first community-based fire councils that now protect neighborhoods throughout California. He also pushed for the 1996 parcel tax that funds our fireflow program, ensuring a water-delivery 12 PACIFIC SUN OCTOBER 21 - OCTOBER 27, 2011

board for a bigger fight... system that can fight any fires that do a study funded he would provide the occur. He’s fought for funding for schools money for it. There were a million things. and breast cancer research. In honor of He was always there for Fairfax when we his work to preserve open space, a park needed him. Every time we asked, he came in Greenbrae now carries his name. He through.” Tremaine remembers butting recently received the Marin Conservation heads with the supervisor many times League’s Special Award for Environmental over the years, but says Brown never let Achievement for his “extraordinary compersonal politics interfere with what was mitment” to environmental preservation. good for his constituents. “He would come One of his toughest battles concerned through for the town even if he might the property tax to fund flood control in have been pissed at me about something. the Ross Valley, Brown’s response to the What I like about Hal is he can vehemently 2005 storms that left downtown San Ansel- disagree with someone, but he’d never mo under 4 feet of water. For him, it was burn the bridge because you don’t know a no-brainer. Yet the ballot measure was a when you’re going to be standing shoulsqueaker, passing by only 65 votes—and der-to-shoulder on the next issue.” only after 1,708 ballots were tossed because Tremaine credits Hal Brown with the voters hadn’t signed them. Three years of eventual passage of the ordinance that l aw s u i t s f o l made it poslowed, with sible to estabby Jill Kramer S a n An s e l m o lish the Marin Councilman Ford Greene claiming the Energy Authority, providing a greener measure would have been defeated if all the alternative to PG&E. “He worked on it ballots had been counted. Finally the state with us for years. It was Brown who kept Supreme Court validated the election and that fire burning.” the flood control district got the go-ahead While Brown’s presence on the board to start work. will be sorely missed, his friends and col“He was very helpful when we struggled leagues are glad he’s making his health a with flood recovery,” says Fairfax Town priority. Sen. Barbara Boxer recently sent Councilman Lew Tremaine. “If we needed him a note saying as much. “Hal Brown

Brown announced earlier this month that he would not return to the board.

dedicated his career to helping the citizens of Marin County,” she tells the Sun, “and they clearly appreciated his sincere devotion. Now I have told him it’s time for him to focus on his health and getting back on his feet.” Brown spoke with us by phone last week, his deep voice a friendly growl. We talked about many of the issues he’s worked on over the course of his career, as well as his family history, his health and his thoughts on the future. ● ● ● ●

I know your father was a judge and your uncle [Pat Brown] was a governor, which makes me curious about your grandparents. What were their lives like? Oh, boy. Actually my grandfather ran a gambling hall. Oh, you’re kidding! And my grandmother was a teacher. She died at age 92. She was an avid reader and a wonderful woman. Tell me about your grandfather and the gambling hall. This was in San Francisco?

Yes. I really donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know much about that, except that he ran card rooms. He was more of a gambler than anything else. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really surprising that he produced such eminent sons. I guess that was thanks to your grandmother, huh? Oh, yes.

When you applied to ďŹ ll Barbara Boxerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s seat on the Board of Supervisors, how did your wife feel about that? She was very supportive. And how did your life change once you took the position? It was a sea change. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re out several nights a week. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s usually a 50- or 60-hour workweek. But itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s usually enjoyable and I began to love it.

Do you have any other Brown was appointed to ďŹ ll the aunts or uncles? I had another uncle who supervisor seat vacated by Barbara Boxer, shown here in 1982 after the Sixty hours of work for the passed away many years former â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;PaciďŹ c Sunâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; reporter was board, plus you kept your ago. He was an attorney. elected to Congress. insurance brokerage job. And an aunt who was a Yes, but barely. schoolteacher all her life and she just passed away at age 99. So you were pulling back from the insurance work. When did you quit that So youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got a lot of longevity in entirely? the family. I still havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t quit. Indeed. What about on your motherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s side? She was an only child. And I knew very little about her parents.

Oh, really? How much time do you devote to it? A few hours a week.

Did they also come from San Francisco? They were from New York.

Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s talk about Marin voters. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re very afďŹ&#x201A;uent and generally progressive politically, but when it comes to taxes itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s like pulling teeth to get anything passed. Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s your take on this? Usually school taxes pass overwhelmingly. Everybody seems to be in favor of school taxes. Flood control barely passed. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the difďŹ culty. They are a penurious sort. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re tight-ďŹ sted when it comes to taxes. But ďŹ reďŹ&#x201A;ow passed overwhelmingly many years ago. And indeed the ďŹ&#x201A;ood tax did pass. So Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m heartened by that stuff, too.

How long was your fatherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s family in San Francisco? Oh, God. My father was born in San Francisco. And he passed away at 92 also. He lived his whole life in San Francisco. Where did his parents come from? Germany, actually. What were your early interests? Did you always know you were going to go into politics? No, as a matter of fact I always wanted to stay out of politics. Really! Why is that? I just liked being on the outside looking in. Then suddenly I had the bug, working on campaigns in the city and here in Marin County. So I applied for the position and Jerry [Brown, his cousin and then-governor] appointed me. So when you were a kid what did you think your life was going to be like? I wanted to be a Major League Baseball player. You played in high school? I played a little bit in high school, but not in college. I went to Lowell High School and then USF. What was your intention? To go into business. As an insurance broker, right? Yup.

Do you think the voters are becoming stingier over the years? I wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t say so. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a lot of giving, too. Do you get many people from the Tea Party coming to board meetings with demands or protests? A few. And itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s usually over the pensions. Do you think thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s any chance of the Tea Party getting a foothold here in Marin? I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think it would be overwhelming. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a sizable number of people who gravitate toward that. But I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t see it becoming anywhere near a majority. Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s your opinion of SMART [Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit]? Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve opposed it from Day One. I thought it was going to be too expensive. I still do. And I hope it works. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m a cheerleader for it now, but I still have my reservations. 14>





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< 13 Hal Brown was my Valley Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s because you just donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to be ďŹ nancially viable? Exactly. The buses donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t pay for themselves, either, do they? No, they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re subsidized to a large degree. So are you thinking that the trains might need even more subsidization than the buses? Absolutely. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to be found out down the road. It seems that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s only in the U.S. that people expect transportation to pay for itself. In most other civilized societies, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s expected that government would fund it. Sure. It canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t ever pay for itself. The costs would be far too high per passenger.

Do you mind talking about your health? Can you tell me whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going on now? Well, supposedly Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m in recovery. The outlook seems to be good according to my doctors. And itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s now all about building up stamina. I lost a lot of weight. How much? 75 pounds. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s down from how much before you got sick? About 230. Wow. That is a lot of weight loss. So whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s your program? Are you doing physical therapy to build yourself up? Yes. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m doing physical therapy and exercise. My appetite is back, so Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m eating a lot more. Great! So far, so good.

So where do you draw the line? Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not enough subsidization and whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s too much? Well, there are formulas out there that every time you raise the rates a certain amount of people drop off. So we look at that very carefully and try and strike a balance. And then we ďŹ nd other ways to subsidize, like grants or gifts, economies of scale, things like that.

And how do you feel? I feel good. I have good days and bad days, but now Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m feeling good.

Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s your feeling about the Marin Energy Authority? I had reservations, but I am a supporter now.

OK. And I understand youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re recommending your aide Katie Rice to take your place. Yeah. Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sharp, brilliant, independent. Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d be very good.

What changed your mind? I just thought we should give it a shot. In the ďŹ nal analysis, after doing a lot of research, I found out it did have a chance.

Have you talked to cousin Jerry [Gov. Brown] about this yet? Yeah, a couple of times.

What do you think about the recent crackdown from the feds on medical marijuana dispensaries? Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m opposed to it. I think we can institute laws and regulations and zoning that will allow for the dispensaries. So the crackdown from the federal government Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m opposed to. I know that the dispensary in Fairfax is very well-regarded. For years. Yes, and the town relies on the tax revenue it brings in. So the federal crackdown seems to run counter to whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s good for the county. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s right. Have your ever considered medical marijuana for yourself? No. I havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t had the need to use it. If you did think it would relieve your nausea or other symptoms, would you consider it? I certainly would.

Excellent. So why did you decide to leave the board now? Because Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d been out for quite a long time and the public deserves an absolute full-time person there. And I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be that full-time person.

Has he told you what he plans to do? No, he hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t. He left it up in the air. I have every reason to believe that he would honor my wishes, but he is a very independent sort. So what do you see ahead for yourself? Further recuperation and rest. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m concentrating on simply getting better. Do you think youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll keep a hand in politics? Absolutely. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be supporting other candidates, getting involved in campaigns, things like that. What do you think youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll miss most about serving on the board? The camaraderie. Working on the issues. Being able to ďŹ x things, solve problems. Is there anything you would do differently if you could? I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think so. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve always loved what I do. And I think I would do the same thing over again. â&#x153;š

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his has always been my favorite time of the year in Marin, with dramatic changes in weather and light. Landscapes alter; rain arrives to cleanse the air and falling leaves become decorations. And yet, a feeling of longing takes hold in October. I miss the overwhelming vibrance of an East Coast fall, the sense of total immersion in color. This week I looked at images of my cousinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s farm with its huge trees ďŹ&#x201A;aming against the sky and got tears in my eyes. I realized I need to appreciate what autumn offers right here... and I decided it is the gold. Among our local trees, the most ďŹ&#x201A;amboyant turn is to yellow and gold. I went wandering through Ross and KentďŹ eld with their shaded lanes and streets. I drove through Indian Valley in Novato, another place where old trees show brilliant colors. In Mill Valley, I returned to a ridgeline crested with tall Lombardy poplars glowing yellow, just like windrows planted in the Midwest. Then I visited the market and discovered in the October sunlight our most fabulous source of gold: a harvest of fruits and gourds and pumpkins and squashes in outrageous, splashy tones from pale ecru/yellow to brash orange and deep, almost-red (with some of them, the gold is on the inside). Piles and pyramids and bins of them were on display. I couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t resist. Their colors, their shapes and their scents cheered me as I lifted a load of them into my car. Quinces? I like to leave those around the house to perfume the rooms before I cook them. Pears and persimmons rest in a basket on the windowsill. The hard-shelled beauties, the sugar pie pumpkins and squashâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; kabocha and butternut and acornâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;have me feeling inspired about golden foods for the table, beautiful autumn foods. The recipes that follow are chosen to create dishes to celebrate the season. I deliberately searched for those that are not the typical apple-pie spiced, sweet preparations (except for a dessert!). â&#x2014;?




Imagine how appealing a bowl of this soup can be on a cool fall evening. It might be the perfect thing to serve for Halloween. I adapted a recipe found on Veggie Belly, a blog for vegetarian and vegan food by a woman named (only) Sala, who is South Indian.

Curried Pumpkin Soup with Gremolata Serves 4 1 pie pumpkin (2 pounds) 1/4 teaspoon fennel seeds 1 small onion 3/4 teaspoon minced ginger

1 teaspoon cumin 1/2 teaspoon turmeric 1/2 teaspoon cayenne 1/2 teaspoon sugar 2 cups milk 1 cup water (more if needed) 1/2 cup cashews (unsalted) 4 tablespoons orange juice Olive oil Salt Cilantro-Ginger-Orange Gremolata 4 tablespoons fresh cilantro, very ďŹ nely minced 1/4 teaspoon very ďŹ nely minced ginger 1/2 teaspoon orange zest A pinch of salt Mix all ingredients together to blend.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cut pumpkin in half. Scoop out seeds and ďŹ bers. Sprinkle a little salt in the cavities of the pumpkin. Drizzle about 1 teaspoon olive oil into the cavities. Place halves cut side down on a baking sheet. Bake for 20 minutes or until pumpkin ďŹ&#x201A;esh is soft. While pumpkin is roasting, roughly chop onion. Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a deep pan. Add fennel seeds. When they start sizzling, add onion and ginger. Saute on medium heat till onion is translucent. Add cumin, turmeric and cayenne. Cook on medium heat 5 minutes. When pumpkin is done, scoop out the ďŹ&#x201A;esh using a spoon. (Hold hot pumpkin with oven mitts, or let it cool before handling.) Discard pumpkin skin. Place pumpkin ďŹ&#x201A;esh in the pan with the onion and spices. Pour in sugar, milk, water and cashews and let the soup simmer for about 3 minutes. Pour into a blender and blend to a smooth puree. Stir in the orange juice and mix well. Garnish with gremolata. â&#x2014;?




Yams have an image problem due to oversweetened Thanksgiving renditions. Hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a ďŹ&#x201A;avorful one to change dinersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; minds.

Mashed Yams with Maple and Chipotle 6-8 servings 5 pounds of large garnet yams, baked at 350° until soft (about 1 hour) 1/3 cup maple syrup 3/4 cup creme fraiche 4 teaspoons puree from canned chipotles 1-1/2 teaspoons cinnamon Salt to taste

While yams ďŹ nish baking, combine syrup, creme fraiche, puree, cinnamon and salt in a bowl, whisk until smooth. Slice yams in two lengthwise. Scoop hot ďŹ&#x201A;esh into a potato ricer or food mill, puree into bowl with other ingredients. Stir with rubber spatula to combine (should be light and ďŹ&#x201A;uffy). Taste for seasoning, transfer to warmed serving bowl. Serve immediately.

When a friend who is the best home cook you know recommends a recipe, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time to listen. Ashley Ratcliffe brought this dessert into my life. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s from awardwinning chef Pichet Ong; it proves that an Asian â&#x20AC;&#x153;pumpkin pieâ&#x20AC;? is a beautiful thing.

Kabocha Squash Pie Filling: 1 medium kabocha squash, about 3 pounds 10 ounces (1-1/3 cups) cream cheese, at room temperature 1 cup sugar 1-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon 1 teaspoon ground ginger 3/4 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg 1/2 teaspoon salt 1-1/2 teaspoons brandy 2 eggs at room temperature Crust: 3/4 cup (2ounces) walnuts 1/2 cup packed, light brown sugar 3/4 cup graham cracker crumbs (about 7 crackers) Grated zest of 1 lime 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/8 teaspoon ground ginger 3/4 teaspoon salt 1/4 cup (2 ounces) unsalted butter, melted Creme fraiche for serving (optional)

For pie ďŹ lling, bring an inch of water to a boil in a large covered pot ďŹ tted with a steamer basket or rack. Put in squash, cover and steam, replenishing water as needed, until fork tender, about 1 hour. Turn squash over halfway through steaming. Set squash aside until cool enough to handle. Heat oven to 325 degrees. For crust, place walnuts on a baking tray, and toast in oven, stirring once or twice, until fragrant, about 15 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 300 degrees. In a food processor, combine walnuts with a few tablespoons brown sugar and pulse a few times, until nuts are coarsely ground. In a large bowl, whisk nuts with graham cracker crumbs, remaining brown sugar, lime zest, spices and salt. Pour melted butter over this mixture and mix with your ďŹ ngers until butter is distributed. Press evenly into a 10-inch glass pie plate. Bake crust until lightly browned, about 12 minutes; set aside. Keep oven at 300 degrees. When squash is cool, cut it in half and scoop out seeds and ďŹ brous pulp. Scoop squash ďŹ&#x201A;esh into a measuring cup until you have 2-1/2 cups. In a food processor, process cream cheese with sugar, spices and salt until light and smooth. Scrape down bowl, add squash and process until smooth. Mix in brandy and then eggs, one at a time. Finish mixing with a rubber spatula. Place pie plate on a baking sheet and scrape ďŹ lling into crust. Bake until just set in center, about 1 hour. Let cool before serving, topped with creme fraiche. â&#x153;š Contact Pat at

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STRAIGHT FROM THE SOURCE You donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to go to Philadelphia and choose between Patâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s or Genoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s anymore: â&#x20AC;&#x153;steak witâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;? has come to Larkspur. Cheese Steak Shop, a San Francisco franchise specializing in the classic sandwich, turns out versions that appear to be gaining favor with the locals. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s situated in a former BaskinRobbins space managed by KentďŹ eld native (and cheese steak fanatic) Kevin Pauls. The chain orders its signature ingredients from the East Coastâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;rolls from Amorosoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, white American cheese and special cuts of beef. Other choices are loaded variations on the steak (sacrilege to some), hoagies made with Italian cold cuts and cheese, salads, and vegetarian options. 596 Magnolia Ave., 415/924-9000. SUPER MARKET NEWS Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a lot of movement on the retail food scene this month. Marinwood Market opened with a ďŹ&#x201A;ourish, bringing upscale goods and services to a neighborhood that was in dire need of a community shopping source. Owners are the people behind landmark Boardwalk Market in Tiburon, known for its helpful staff (many of whom made the move to Marinwood) and fully loaded deli department... Meanwhile, two independent stores under family ownership were saved from closing just in the nick of time. Italian food importer A.G. Ferrari, with a branch in Corte Madera Town Center, ďŹ led for Chapter 11 when two of its owners died. Andronicoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, with a longtime market in San Anselmo, was on the verge of giving up the ghost. Both were rescued by the same company, Renwood Opportunities Fund, with Renovo Capital taking over management under CEO John Clogher, former president of Whole Foods. Paul Ferrari will remain president of his family business. FOOD FIT FOR FANS Two more chances remain to score on Chipotle Mexican Grillâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sunday Night Football special. Place an order before 4pm on October Sunday evenings for 50 percent off Burritos by the Box: 10 or more burritos with chips, sour cream, guacamole and salsa at a set price. Phone number for the Northgate restaurant is 415/5070493... More October food news comes from SusieCakes Bakery in Greenbrae. Halloween and autumn treats ďŹ ll the glass casesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;frosted sugar cookies decorated with spider webs, candy corn and pumpkins; crispy rice treats sprinkled and gift-wrapped, pumpkin cheesecake and caramel apple cake. Now you can also preorder online for pickup and delivery, by going to .



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The already svelte Michelle Yeoh, whom you might already remember as rather pale and thin in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, lost 12 pounds for her role as Burmese democracy advocate Aung San Suu Kyi in The Lady, but she looked a heckuva lot more glamorous and healthy in person in a sequined black miniskirt. The actress, who had to learn Burmese for the part and knew that our festival audience did not get a viewing with subtitles, said, “I’m sorry you didn’t get the film with a translation, but I hear you’re a very, very intelligent audience.” Director Luc Besson also apologized, indicating he was editing right down to the veritable last minute...

Michelle Yeoh, above in ‘The Lady,’ had lofty expectations for Marin filmgoers.

Talk about timing, co-directors Frances Causey and Berkeley’s Donald Goldmacher began shooting Heist: Who Stole the American Dream? on Sept. 15, 2008, the day the stock market tanked because of exposure to securities packaged with subprime loans. But when Michael Moore’s Capitalism: A Love Story and Charles Ferguson’s Inside Job opened, the wind went out of their sails (or should we say “sales”). “Yes, it hurt, but they were just doing pieces of the story,” Causey said. “We knew we had to keep going. People have been force-fed regurgitated press releases. They’ve gutted news-gathering. We

Count yourself lucky if you know nothing about RED STATE, the new film independently distributed by Kevin “Clerks” Smith; if you trust Quentin Tarantino’s “I flocking love this movie!” over the usual print spoilers and head directly to the video store, you’ll be in for some world-class trauma. One learns from the DVD’s bonus tracks that key parts of the script It’s all gods, guns and gays in Kevin Smith’s ‘Red State.’ were kept secret from the actors during filming— something I’d only heard done on Blue Velvet and the Star Wars pics—with a storyline so controversial that even edgy Miramax passed on it, and it’s easy to see why: As Smith shows to some effect, plenty of drama can be wrung from just listening carefully to our country cousins and taking their beliefs at face value. Smith didn’t make good on a promise to auction the rights publicly at its Sundance premiere, opting instead for a multi-city roadshow (picketed at each stop) and selling the film from his website. His low-stakes shot could be allowed to languish if the movie weren’t so damned effective—DVD will assure it a wider audience. Starring Michael Parks, the god who walks among us, with arresting turns from Oscar-winning Melissa Leo, Michael Angarano and John Goodman. Critics hate Red State, as they once did Psycho, but my store can’t keep it on the shelves.—Richard Gould

knew we had the bigger picture.” To which Goldmacher added, “Our film is about the global class warfare that’s going on right now, it’s about 1,000 people running the world economy, and it’s about how 30 millions Americans have been tossed overboard.” Heist, by the way, was screened three times, an extreme rarity here... Turns out there was a Kevin we overlooked in our opening piece on this year’s marquee. Kevin Spacey starred in his own heist in the absolutely engrossing Margin Call, another exposure on how big money uses you and me as fodder to perpetuate their greed and avarice... In a scene from We Need to Talk About Kevin, teenage actor Ezra Miller devours his fingernails and methodically places the slivers on the table in front of him, something he says he unwillingly rehearsed before he got the role. “I waited three weeks to hear if I was cast, and my nails got progressively shorter,” he said. As Miller clutched the festival spotlight award statuette, he exclaimed, “This is way f--king cooler than an Oscar—it’s a man, a woman and a phallus!” That’s descriptive. Well, he is 18... Glenn Close and director Rodrigo Garcia told an Opening Night crowd about their nervousness surrounding the world premiere of Albert Nobbs at Telluride. Close recalled her pre-screening strategy with Garcia: “I’ll say a few words, and you’ll say a few words, and then we’ll both go outside and puke.”

You can expect a lot of Oscar buzz around the festival’s centerpiece, Simon Curtis’s My Week with Marilyn. When we heard Kenneth Branagh was going to play Laurence Olivier, admittedly we cringed. But with superb makeup and his ability to absorb the late great actor’s mannerisms, we did double takes. At the same time, Michelle Williams inhabits MM’s skin and invites us into her insecurities, her frivolousness, her vulnerability and her powers of seduction. Bet on both actors for Academy nominations... And we’ll meet you there, in February, on the red carpet. ✹ Discuss your favorite MVFF moments with Mal at Priapic actor Ezra Miller, with festival director Mark Fishkin.


A look back at the highs and Yeohs of the 34th MVFF...

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he desire to make off with Breakers and even a Dallas-based band the substance of others is also known as Petty Theft. the foremost—the most Last week, some of the biggest names legitimate—passion nature has bred into in the music industry—including the us,” the Marquis de Sade once wrote, Black Keys, the Strokes, Kings of Leon “and, without doubt, the most agreeable and Norah Jones—gathered in New one.” York City at the fifth annual Petty Fest, a The members of Petty Theft, a local Tom benefit for Doctors Without Borders. Petty tribute band, might agree and add Closer to home, the jangle of Petty’s that the Florida rocker’s distinct brand of songs are a treasure ripe Southern rock can be COMING SOON for picking. heard on local stages. Petty Theft performs, along “Tom Petty’s songbook Since 2005, when lead with the U2 cover band Zoo is so deep and varied. We vocalist Dan Durkin Station, Friday, Oct. 21, at can play for three hours and bassist Django 8:30pm, at the Mystic Theatre, and every song is basically Bayless first indulged 21 Petaluma Blvd N., Petaluma. a hit that the audience their obsession with all $16-$21. 707/765-2121. knows and loves,” says things Petty, the band Petty Theft guitarist and has rocked more than singer Monroe Grisman. a house or two while “That’s pretty amazing, and very few other spotlighting some of the best players on artists can claim that besides maybe the the Marin club scene. These days, the Beatles.” band includes Durkin, Bayless, Grisman, Of course, Petty has inspired a guitarist Michael Papenburg, keyboardist thousand tribute bands, including Mike Emerson and drummer Adam Free Fallin’, Full Moon Fever, the Petty “Bagel” Berkowitz—veterans of such

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local bands as the Mother Truckers, American Drag, the Jerry Hannan Band and the 85’s. “We are as a band always revisiting the music both from the studio and live recordings to glean new nuggets that we didn’t hear before,” Grisman says, “peeling back the layers to get inside of the songs and what makes them tick and click for the audience.” Part of the hard-rockin’ band’s strength is the ability to steer clear of caricature—no top hats or rose-colored granny glasses—while staying true to Petty’s essence. “We have never tried to be Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and never will—that would be un-Pettylike and totally defeats the spirit of his vibe.... “We play the music and we play it very well and with a lot of love and passion for it. It’s really a shared experience as we’re really a celebration of the music more than a tribute band—we celebrate together with the fans as we are both fans of Tom Petty. “So, we’re kind of becoming a hub for the party of celebrating Tom and the music.” ✹ Breakdown, go ahead and give it to Greg at

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The Big Year In the avian-rich El Niño year of 1998, obsessive birdwatchers Owen Wilson, Jack Black and Steve Martin venture into the wilds and try to outdo one another in the species-spotting department. ● Contagion (1:45) Steven Soderbergh thriller about a lethal, fast-moving airborne virus and the global race to contain and kill it; Laurence Fishburne, Kate Winslet and Matt Damon star. ● Cultures of Resistance (1:13) Stirring documentary examines the ways oppressed people around the world use music, film, graffiti and other forms of personal expression to face down poverty, fear and violence. ● Dolphin Tale (1:53) True story about a disabled dolphin whose perseverance (and new prosthetic tail) inspire millions around the world; Winter the dolphin stars as herself. ● Drive (1:40) Stunt driver Ryan Gosling enters the real world of aggressive autoing when he hits the road with his girlfriend, her daughter and a sack of protection money, bad guys on their bumper. ● 50/50 (1:39) Fact-based dramedy about a twentysomething cancer patient (Joesph Gordon-Levitt) and his struggles with chemotherapy; Philip Baker Hall and Anjelica Huston provide support. ● Fireflies in the Garden (2:00) A mother’s death brings about a family reunion rife with recrimination, reflection and deeply buried insights; Julia Roberts, Willem Dafoe and Carrie-Anne Moss star. ● Footloose (1:53) Remake of the eighties cult classic about the new kid in a straitlaced Southern town whose booty-shakin’ moves rile up a puritanical preacher (Dennis Quaid?!?). ● The Ides of March (1:42) George Clooney writes, directs and stars in an adaptation of the Beau Willimon play about a charismatic presidential candidate and a simmering scandal that could bring him down. ● Jack the Ripper and Butterfinger the 13th (2:30) Frightful double bill features a ●


new docudrama on London’s 1880s serial killer and a horrific featurette about at incinerated itinerant outdoorsman. ● Johnny English Reborn (1:41) Rowan Atkinson is back as the insipid yet intrepid British secret agent, singlehandedly taking on a global conspiracy that has even penetrated his own HQ. ● The Lion King 3D (1:29) Disney’s stirring story of a cub’s ascension to the throne returns in three potentially dazzling dimensions. ● Margin Call (1:49) Brokers Kevin Spacey, Stanley Tucci and Zachary Quinto confront the early stages of the 2008 financial meltdown in JC Chandor’s boardroom thriller. ● The Metropolitan Opera: Anna Bolena (4:20) Direct from the New York Met it’s Donizetti’s tuneful true-life tragedy of an illfated queen and her axe-wielding hubby. ● Midnight in Paris (1:34) Woody Allen’s latest expatriate romance stars Owen Wilson as a dissatisfied modern-day Yank who discovers that he can travel at will to the Paris of Scott, Zelda and Gertrude Stein. ● The Mighty Macs (1:40) True story of Immaculata College’s trailblazing, buttkicking 1971-72 women’s basketball team; Carla Gugino stars. ● Moneyball (2:06) Billy Beane’s struggle to field a contending Oakland A’s team on a shoestring reaches the big screen with an Aaron Sorkin screenplay, Brad Pitt as Beane and Daryl Strawberry as himself. ● Paranormal Activity 3 (1:21) A spooked videographer sets up cameras to capture on film the things that go bump in the night. ● Real Steel (2:12) In a near-future world of robot-only championship boxing, a washed-up former fighter assembles a lethal mechanical Rocky Balboa with help from his estranged son (awwwww). ● Take Shelter (2:00) A Rust Belt sand miner becomes obsessed with building a backyard storm shelter when he’s plagued by apocalyptic nightmares. ● The Thing (1:43) Remake of the Howard Hawks sci-fi classic about a group of scientists in the frozen Arctic and the voracious extraterrestrial they pluck from the tundra and—oops!—defrost. ● The Three Musketeers (1:50) Umpteenth filming of the Alexandre Dumas adventure classic, with Athos, Porthos, Aramis and d’Artagnan saving the royal household from the clutches of Cardinal Richelieu and an especially naughty Milady de Winter (Milla Jovovich). ● The Way (1:55) A grieving father (Martin Sheen) embarks on a 500-mile pilgrimage across the Pyrenees to reexamine his life and values; Emilio Estevez directs. ● The Women on the 6th Floor (1:44) A stuffy French stockbroker gets a new lease on life when he befriends a troupe of earthy, ebullient Spanish refugees.

›› MOViE TiMES 50/50 (R) ★★★ Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 11:30, 2:10, 4:45, 7:15, 9:50 Sun-Thu 11:30, 2:10, 4:45, 7:15 CinéArts at Marin: Fri-Sat 2:10, 4:40, 7:10, 9:40 Sun 2:10, 4:40, 7:10 Mon-Wed 5:15, 7:40 Thu 5:15 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri-Sat 1:50, 4:35, 7:15, 9:40 SunThu 1:50, 4:35, 7:15 The Big Year (PG) ★★ Century Northgate 15: 12:30, 2:55, 5:20, 7:40, 10:15 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:50, 2:25, 4:50, 7:25, 9:50 CinéArts at Marin: Fri-Sat 2:20, 4:50, 7:20, 9:45 Sun 2:20, 4:50, 7:20 Mon-Thu 5, 7:30 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri 4:15, 9:20 Sat 1:30, 4:15, 9:20 Sun 1:30, 4:15 Mon-Thu 4:15 Contagion (PG-13) ★★★ Century Northgate 15: On a double bill with Drive; 1:15, 3:20, 5:45, 7:55, 10:25 ❋ Cultures of Resistance (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Mon 7 (“Skype” discussion with filmmaker Lara Lee) Dolphin Tale (PG) Century Northgate 15: 12:25, 4:30, 9:50; 3D showtimes at 1:55, 7:15 Lark Theater: Fri 5:30 Sat 3, 5:30 Sun 3 Mon, Tue, Thu 4:30 Wed 3:30 Drive (R) ★★★1/2 Century Northgate 15: On a double bill with Contagion; 1:15, 3:20, 5:45, 7:55, 10:25 Lark Theater: Fri-Sat 8 Sun 5:30 Mon-Tue 7 ❋ Fireflies in the Garden (R) Century Northgate 15: 12:15, 2:45, 5:10, 7:35, 9:45 Footloose (PG-13) Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 7:45, 10:25 Sat-Sun 11:35, 2:10, 4:45, 7:45, 10:25 Mon-Thu 7, 9:40 Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 11:05, 12:25, 1:50, 3:15, 4:40, 6:10, 7:35, 8:55, 10:15 Sun-Thu 11:05, 12:25, 1:50, 3:15, 4:40, 6:10, 7:35 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:30, 2:15, 5, 7:40, 10:20

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The Ides of March (R) ★★★ Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 5, 7:30, 10:10 Sat-Sun 11:45, 2:20, 5, 7:30, 10:10 Mon-Thu 6:45, 9:15 Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 12, 2:35, 5:10, 7:45, 10:20 Sun-Thu 12, 2:35, 5:10, 7:45 Century Rowland Plaza: 12, 2:30, 4:55, 7:30, 10 CinéArts at Sequoia: Fri 5, 7:30, 9:55 Sat 2:30, 5, 7:30, 9:55 Sun 2:30, 5, 7:30 Mon-Thu 5, 7:30 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri-Sat 1:30, 4:25, 7, 9:35 Sun-Thu 1:30, 4:25, 7 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 Jack the Ripper and Butterfinger the 13th (PG-13) CinéArts at Marin: Thu 8:15 CinéArts at Sequoia: Thu 8:15 ❋ Johnny English Reborn (PG) Century Northgate 15: 12:05, 2:30, 5, 7:25, 9:55 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:45, 2:15, 4:45, 7:20, 10:05 CinéArts at Marin: Fri-Sat 2, 4:30, 7, 9:30 Sun 2, 4:30, 7 Mon-Thu 4:45, 7:20 The Lion King (G) Century Northgate 15: 12:20, 2:35, 4:45, 7:05, 9:15 ❋ Margin Call (R) Rafael Film Center: Fri 4:30, 7, 9:20 Sat-Sun 2:15, 4:30, 7, 9:20 Mon-Thu 7, 9:20 The Metropolitan Opera: Anna Bolena (Not Rated) Lark Theater: Wed 6 Midnight in Paris (PG-13) ★★★1/2 Tiburon Playhouse 3: 7 ❋ The Mighty Macs (G) Century Northgate 15: 11:55, 2:20, 4:40, 7, 9:30 Moneyball (PG-13) ★★★1/2 Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 12:50, 3:55, 7, 10:05 Sun-Thu 12:50, 3:55, 7 CinéArts at Sequoia: Fri 4, 7, 10 Sat 1, 4, 7, 10 Sun 1, 4, 7 Mon-Wed 4, 7 Thu 4 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri-Sat 1, 3:50, 6:40, 9:30 Sun-Thu 1, 3:50, 6:40

Paranormal Activity 3 (R) Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 5:45, 8, 10:20 Sat-Sun 1:15, 3:30, 5:45, 8, 10:20 Mon-Thu 7:15, 9:30 Century Northgate 15: 11:45, 1, 2, 3:15, 4:15, 5:30, 6:30, 7:45, 8:45, 10 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:30, 1:40, 3:50, 6:10, 8:20, 10:30 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri-Sat 12:50, 3, 5:05, 7:10, 9:15 Sun-Thu 12:50, 3, 5:05, 7:10 Real Steel (PG-13) ★★1/2 Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 7, 10 SatSun 1, 4, 7, 10 Mon-Thu 6:30, 9:25 Century Northgate 15: 12, 1:10, 2:50, 4:10, 5:50, 7:10, 9, 10:20 Century Rowland Plaza: 1, 4, 7, 9:55 Take Shelter (R) ★★★1/2 Rafael Film Center: Fri 4, 6:30, 8:55 Sat-Sun 1:30, 4, 6:30, 8:55 Mon 8:55 Tue-Thu 6:30, 8:55 The Thing (2011) (R) Century Northgate 15: 11:50, 1:05, 2:25, 3:40, 4:55, 6:15, 7:20, 8:50, 10:05 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:35, 2:10, 4:40, 7:35, 10:10 The Three Musketeers (PG-13) Century Cinema: 11:15, 4:35; 3D showtimes at 1:55, 7:15, 9:55 Century Northgate 15: 12:50, 3:50, 6:45, 9:20; 3D showtimes at 11:30, 2:15, 4:50, 7:30, 10:10 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:40, 5:05; 3D showtimes at 2:20, 7:45, 10:25 Fairfax 5 Theatres: FriSat 1:20, 6:50; 3D showtimes at 4, 9:25 Sun-Thu 1:20, 6:50; 3D showtime at 4 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri 4, 6:45, 9:10 Sat 1:40, 4, 6:45, 9:10 Sun 1:40, 4, 6:45 Mon-Thu 4, 6:45 ❋ The Way (PG-13) Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 11, 1:45, 4:35, 7:25, 10:10 Sun-Thu 11, 1:45, 4:35, 7:25 ❋ The Women on the 6th Floor (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Fri 4:15, 6:45, 9:10 Sat-Sun 2, 4:15, 6:45, 9:10 Mon-Thu 6:45, 9:10

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

Paul Bettany and Stanley Tucci preside over the downfall of capitalism in ‘Margin Call,’ opening Friday at the Rafael.


F R I D AY O C T O B E R 2 1 — F R I D AY O C T O B E R 2 8 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 10/21: Black Market Blues Band Funk, blues. 8:30-11pm. $10. The Southern Pacific Smokehouse, 224 Vintage Way, Novato. 899-9600. 10/21: Lady D With Alex Markels, guitar; Jack Prendergast, bass. 7-10pm. No cover. Rickey’s Restaurant, 250 Entrada, Novato. 497-2462.

10/21: Monsters I’d Like to Funk PreHalloween Freak Fest With Cup O’Joe, The Monophonics and Elliot’s Evil Plan featuring Cathey Cotten. Costumes highly encouraged. 8pm-2am. $15-20. Presidio Yacht Club, Travis Marina, Fort Baker, Sausalito. 419-5338. 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. 8 pm. $12-23. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Downtown, Mill Valley. 383-9600. 10/21: Rock Skool Rock. 9:30pm. $10-15. George’s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262.

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. 8 pm. No cover. Rancho Nicasio Restaurant and Bar, 1 Old Rancheria Road, Nicasio. 662-2219. 10/22: Amanda Adelman Singer/songwriter. 9:30 pm. The Sleeping Lady, 23 Broadway, Fairfax. 485-1182.

10/22: Freddy Clark and Wobbly World World, blues. 8pm. Sausalito Seahorse, 303 Harbor Dr., Sausalito. 331-2899.

10/22: Julie Egger’s Musical Birthday Bash With the Red Hot Chachkas, Emily Bender, Mwanza

Furaha, other special guests. 8 pm. $10-20. San Geronimo Community Center GYM, 1 Lagunitas School Rd., San Geronimo. 302-2605. 10/22: Lost Dog Found Swing. 9:30 pm. Peri’s Bar, 29 Broadway, Fairfax. 259-5597.

10/22: Nick Gravenites Blues Band,The Levi Lloyd and The 501 Band Singer/songwriter. 8:30pm. $15-18. George’s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262. 10/22: Steve Freund Trio With Jan Fanucchi. 8:30-11pm. $15. The Southern Pacific Smokehouse, 224 Vintage Way, Novato. 899-9600. 10/22: Tomoko Funaki Trio Jazz. 8-11pm. Osteria Divino, 37 Caledonia St., Sausalito. 331-9355. 10/23: 13 Strings-Jazz Guitar Duets Alex Markels and James Moseley. 5:30-8:30pm. No cover. Rickey’s Restaurant, 250 Entrada, Novato. 497-2462.

10/23: Erika Alstrom with Dale Alstrom’s Jazz Society Classic swing standards and original numbers. 5-8pm. Free. 19 Broadway , 17 Broadway, Fairfax. 459-1091. 10/23: Groove Society Blues. 2-5pm. Free, donation. Magnolia Terrace, Elks Lodge, 1312 Mission Ave., San Rafael.

10/23: 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 . 10/23: Tom Finch Group Jazz/world. 9:30 pm. Peri’s Bar, 29 Broadway, Fairfax. 259-5597. 10/25: James Moseley R&B, jazz/rock. 6-9pm. Osteria Divino, 37 Caledonia St., Sausalito. 331-9355. 10/25: KortUzi Danny Uzilevsky & Jonathan Korty host Bay area artists. 9:30 pm.-1:30am. Free. 19 Broadway, 19 Broadway, Fairfax


No man is an ‘Island,’ especially Bill Bryson! Sharing wit and the beauty of the mundane from his latest book, At Home, BILL BRYSON visits Dominican University on Monday. Exploring the history of his English home, Bryson digs deep and brings often overlooked details to the surface through thought-provoking observations that he shares with his readers. The best-selling and widely adored author of A Walk in the Woods, Notes from a Small Island, A Short History of Nearly Everything and many more, Bryson takes the stage Oct. 24 at 7pm in Dominican University’s Will the noted author feel ‘at Angelico Hall, 50 Acacia Ave., San Rafael. $20. Call Book home’ in Marin? Passage for tickets, 415/927-0960.—Dani Burlison

Songbird Patty Larkin will spread her wings Oct. 21 at the Dance Palace.

10/26: Allison Harris and the Barn Owls Americana. 8 pm. No cover. Iron Springs Pub, 765 Center Blvd., Fairfax. 488-1490.

10/26: Gail Muldrow and Rockin’ Blues Blues/rock. 9 pm. 19 Broadway, 17 Broadway, Fairfax. 459-1091. 10/26: Tengo Tango Milonga With Marcelo Puig. Argentine Tango music. 8:15-10:30pm. Free. Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor, Gate 5, Sausalito. 331-2899. 10/27: Hobo and the Songdogs American. 9 pm. The Sleeping Lady, 23 Broadway, Fairfax. 485-1182. 10/27: Liza Silva y Voz do Brasil Traditional Brazilian music (samba, bossa nova, afro-samba). 8:15-10:30pm. Free. Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor, Gate 5, Sausalito. 331-2899. 10/27: Ooh! Psychedelic rock, funk. 9 pm. 19 Broadway, 17 Broadway, Fairfax. 459-1091.

10/27: Salsa Thursday with Julio Bravo Y Su Orquestra Salsa Orqustra Salsabor. 9pm. $10. George’s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262. 10/28: Chrome Johnson Rockabilly, country. 9:30 pm. Peri’s Bar, 29 Broadway, Fairfax. 259-5597.

10/28: Danny Click and thr Americana Orchestra Blues/Americana. 8 pm. $18-25. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Downtown, Mill Valley. 383-9600. 10/28: Dgiin Irish, rock. 9:30 pm. The Sleeping

Lady, 23 Broadway, Fairfax. 485-1182.

10/28: Glass Brick Boulevard Resurfaced Original jazz. With Greg Johnson. 8-10pm. $5-15, donation. the Metropolitan, 27D Jordan St., San Rafael. 385-0400. 10/28: Metales M5 Brass Quintet Classical and world and pop music. 8pm. $22-27. Dance Palace Community Center, 503 B St., Point Reyes Station. 663-1075.

10/28: Scary, Sexy Hip Hop Halloween Party Costumes encouraged. 10 pm. $5-10. 19 Broadway, 17 Broadway, Fairfax. 459-1091. 10/28: The Monophonics Soul/funk. 9:30pm. $10-15. George’s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262.

10/28: The Unauthorized Rolling Stones Tribute band. 9pm. $12-15. George’s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262.

Concerts 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. 10/23: Peter Wyrick and June Choi Oh Long time duo partners, Wyrick and Choi Oh, will be performing sonatas for cello and piano by Bach, Grieg, OCTOBER 21 - OCTOBER 27, 2011 PACIFIC SUN 25

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With Halloween around the corner, tis the season for gummy worms, chocolate spiders and other sugary creepy crawly holiday treats. Yet, sugarcoated gelatin saturated with red dye #40 wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be found at the Headlands Center for the Arts this week. Instead, a several course meal of the real dealâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;insectsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;will be served up for those daring few out there. Though many Anyone up for some grub? cultures around the globe engage in entomophagy, or bug eating, few in the West have embraced the sustainable and protein-rich act of chomping on crunchy little critters like sauteed mealworms. A fantastic opportunity to introduce the palate to this phenomenonâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;washing the insects down with mezcal, a distilled blue agave liquor from Mexicoâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Headlands hosts EDIBLE INSECTS & OTHER RARE DELICACIES: AN INSECT AND MEZCAL PAIRING DINNER on Thursday, Oct. 27, at 6:30pm (membersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; reception at 5:30pm). Headlands Center for the Arts, 944 Fort Barry, Sausalito. $35-$50. 415/331-2787.â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Dani Burlison and Brahms. 4pm. $18-23. Dance Palace Community Center, 503 B St., Point Reyes Station. 663-1075. 10/23: Russian Chamber Orchestra Works by Tchaikovsky and Borodin. Featuring Alena Tsoi, violin. 4-5pm. $20-25. Mt Tamalpais United Methodist Church, 410 Sycamore, Mill Valley. 664-1760.

10/26-30: Golden Gate Opera presents â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Hansel and Gretelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Engelbert Humperdinckâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s famous fairy tale opera. Sung in English. With mezzo-soprano Alexandra Jerinic; sopranos Suzanna Mizell, Miwako Isano, Alexandra Sessler and Annalisa Winberg; baritone Sascha Joggerst; children from SingersMarin as the Gingerbread Chorus and Marin School of the Arts Dancers. School time performance at 11am on Oct. 26; 7pm Oct. 28; 2pm Oct. 30. $15-45. Marin Showcase Theatre, Marin Center, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael, . 389-5996. Matthew Linaman and Amy Chiu Cello and piano duo. Featuring works of Bach, Schumann and Strauss. 8pm. Free, Donations accepted Novato United Methodist Church, 1473 South Novato Blvd., Novato. 892-9896.

Theater/Auditions 10/06-10/30:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Bellwetherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Spine-tingling fairy tale for adults. 8-10 pm. $15-55. Marin Theatre Company, 397 Miller Ave., Mill Valley. 388-3569.

Art 10/22-28: Cassandra Kersting Expressions â&#x20AC;&#x153;Introducing The Gallery Artistsâ&#x20AC;? Group Show featuring paintings, sculpture, glass art and jewelry. Opening reception 5-8pm Oct. 22. 5-8pm. Cassandra Kersting Expressions, 1201 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 302-0173.

10/22: Arts Desire Creative Collective Gala Gala opening of new art gallery in Pacheco Plaza mall. Paintings, jewelry, sculpture, pottery created by Bay area member artists. Live music. 6-10pm. Free Arts Desire Creative Collective, 440 Ignacio Blvd., Novato. 798-7725. Through 01/06:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Linked By Pinkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Artists for Awareness present an art exhibit in support of breast cancer research. 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 10/22: Teresa Dong Exhibition Paintings. 10 am-5:30pm. Free. The Painters Place, 1139 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur. 461-0351. Through 10/29:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Introspectiveâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Scott Gibbons, paintings. 10:30am-5pm. Free. San Geronimo Valley Community Center, 6350 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., San Geronimo. 488-8888.

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 â&#x20AC;&#x153;Shadow/Reflectionâ&#x20AC;? Geraldine LiaBraaten, new semi-abstract photography. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bounty.â&#x20AC;? 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:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Day of the Dead: Exhibit of Altarsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Closing reception 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:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Asia Observedâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 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 11/12: BayWood Artists Ten distinguished Bay Area plein air painters, donate their time and talent to preserve and 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 11/12: Marin Society of Artists 84th Annual Membersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Show Juried by Julie

Through 11/13:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Californios Costeras: La Vida Espanola del Oeste Marin 1776-1876/ Coastal Californios: Spanish Life in West Marin 1776-1876â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Edgar Angelone, photography. Reding/Fleming Family Installation 1-5pm. Free. Bolinas Museum, 48 Wharf Road, Bolinas. 868-0330.

Through 11/13:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Legends of the Bay Area: Manuel Neriâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 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 11/15: Durwood Zedd Photographs, paintings. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960.

Through 11/23:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Celebrating Jewish Life in Marinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Norm Levin, photography. 8am-6pm. Free. Osher Marin Jewish Community Center, 200 North San Pedro Road, San Rafael. 499-1403.

Through 11/29:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Four Marin County Masters and Student Showâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 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 10/22: Making a Difference in Afghanistan Inspiring Marin science teacher and founder of Classrooms Across Cultures, Camilla Barry, will describe her experiences teaching hands on science to Afghan girls and teachers. Sponsored by Marin AAUW. 10am-noon. Free. Meadowlands Hall, Dominican University, San Rafael.

10/23: Revealing CharacterThrough Dialogue With Catherine Brady, author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Story Logic and The Craft of Fiction.â&#x20AC;? Presented by the Marin branch of California Writers Club 2-4pm. $5-10. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera. 328-4990. 10/27: Sizzling Philippa Gregory Evening with the best-selling author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Women of the Cousinsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; War and The Lady of the Rivers.â&#x20AC;? Elaine Petrocelli, host. 7pm. $15-35. Osher Marin Jewish Community Center, 200 North San Pedro Road, San Rafael,. 10/27: World Affairs Council Ex-Foreign Service Officer Frank Rettenberg speaks on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Examining the New Turkey.â&#x20AC;? He has followed Turkish affairs since his student days in Istanbul in 1957. Reservations required. 7:30-9pm. $6-9, students free. Creekside Room, Dominican University, Acacia Road, San Rafael. 293-4600.

12/23: Flip Nicklin lecture/book signing â&#x20AC;&#x153;Among Giants, A Life with Whales.â&#x20AC;? Join Golden Gate Cetacean Research, SF Bay American Cetacean Society chapter, Whale Trust and Fish Restaurant for a slide show, lecture and book signing with Nicklin. 7pm. Free. Fish Restaurant, 350 Harbor Dr., Sausalito. 828-5743.

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

Readings 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. 10/22: Ceridwen Terrill Terrill presents â&#x20AC;&#x153;Part Wild: One Womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Journey with a Creature Caught Between the Worlds of Wolves & Dogs.â&#x20AC;? 1pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 10/23: Andrew Tilin â&#x20AC;&#x153;In The Doper Next Door: My Strange and Scandalous Year on PerformanceEnhancing Drugs.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 10/23: California Writers Club The Marin branch of the California Writers Club meets monthly at Book Passage. With Catherine Brady, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Revealing Character Through Dialogue.â&#x20AC;? 2-4pm. $5-10. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 10/23: Nina Sankovitch The author talks about â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tolstoy and the Purple Chair.â&#x20AC;? 4pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 10/24: Bill Bryson Presented by Book Passage and the Institute of Leadership Studies at Dominican University. Bryson presents â&#x20AC;&#x153;At Home: A Short History of Private Life.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. $20, includes an autographed book. Dominican University - Angelico Hall, 50 Acacia, San Rafael. 927-0960. 10/24: Ken Ballen Ballen discusses â&#x20AC;&#x153;Terrorists In Love: The Real Lives of Islamic Radicalsâ&#x20AC;?. A former federal prosecutor, Ballen interviewed more than 100 Islamic radicals about what it was that drove them to jihad. 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 10/25: Soraya Mire â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Girl with Three Legs.â&#x20AC;? Having experienced female genital mutilation first hand, Mire reveals the personal violation and immense challenges she has overcome. 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 10/26: Charles Frazier In conversation with Ron Hansen. Frazier talks about his novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nightwoods.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 10/26: Paul La Farge Cosponsored by McSweeneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. La Farge discusses his novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;Luminous Airplanes.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 10/27: Matthew Fox Fox presents â&#x20AC;&#x153;Christian Mystics: 365 Readings & Meditations.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 10/28: Lidia Bastianich â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lidiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Italy in America.â&#x20AC;? In this companion book to her upcoming PBS series, Lidia takes folks on a road trip into the heart of Italian-American cooking. 6pm. $35-45. Marin Veteransâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Auditorium, Ave. of the Flags, San Rafael. 499-6800. 10/28: Steve Inskeep The host of NPRâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Morning Edition discusses â&#x20AC;&#x153;Instant City: Life and Death in Karachi,â&#x20AC;? a deeply reported portrait of life in Karachi, Pakistan. 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960.

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10/21: Jonathan London London presents “Froggy Builds a Treehouse.” 10am. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960.

desire to be a belly dancer or just look like one? Check this event out. So many jingly scarves... 1-5pm. Free. Inner Rhythm Movement Arts , 518 D Tamalpais Dr., Corte Madera. 388-6683.

10/22: Marin County Bicycle Coalition Biker’s Ball and Casino Night Celebrate MCBC’s continued success. Spin the wheel for bicycle advocacy. 7-11pm. $50-60. Servino Ristorante, 9 Main St., Tiburon. 456-3469. 10/22: Marinship Walking Tour Walk this major WWII shipyard which had a significant role in winning the war. Learn about the history and the extraordinary Marinship workers. 11am-12:30pm. Free. Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-3871. index.html 10/23: Marin School Open House An opportunity for prospective parents and students to become acquainted with our program, our students and staff. 2-4pm. Free, please RSVP The Marin School, 100 Ebbtide, Ste. 300, Sausalito. 339-9336 xt 142.

10/23: Paradise Valley Soil Microbe Workshop Learn about collecting, propagating and using beneficial indigenous microbes to “grow” soil and produce nutritious and tasty food with local expert Dennis Dierks. 1-5pm. $70-85. Please pre-register. Paradise Valley Farm, Bolinas. or 10/24: Houdini: Art and Magic A docent from the Contemporary Jewish Museum will discuss this remarkable man and objects featured in the first major exhibition to examine Houdini’s life and legend. 7-8pm. Free. Mill Valley Library, 375 Throckmorton, Mill Valley. 389-4292, x203.

10/24: Novato School Board Candidate Forum MarinKids and League of Women Voters of Marin County will Co-Host a Novato School Board candidate’s Forum moderated by Dana King,anchor of local CBS news, and focusing on issues of equity and access. 7-8:30pm. Free. Novato Unified School District, Board Room, 1015 7th St., Novato. 536-5720. 10/25: Help a Child Through Foster Care If you are able to consider helping a child in need of foster care, this free informational meeting can help with answers and support. 7pm. Marin County Children and Family Services, 3250 Kerner Blvd., San Rafael. 473-5028. 10/26: Having Fun in the Delta Come find out some fun and interesting adventures you and your family can have by exploring this hidden gem. 2-3pm. Free. Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-3871. bmvc/index.html

10/28: Day of the Dead: A Day of Remembrance Community members are invited to celebrate Domestic Violence Awareness at the Center for Domestic Peace. Noon-2pm. Center for Domestic Peace, 734 A St., San Rafael. 457-2464.

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

10/22: Ghoulish and Giggly: Halloween Stories and Crafts Come to the library for a morning of stories and crafts. Read spooky stories, make magical masks and have a wickedly good snack. Kids 12 and under. 10-11am. Free. Sausalito Public Library, 420 Litho St., Sausalito.

10/22: Hip Kid’s Music Seris: Chelle and Friends Sing, dance and celebrate music and culture of New Orleans. 11am-noon. $5-14. Bay Area Discovery Museum, 557 McReynolds Road, Sausalito. 339-3900. 10/22: Matt Blackstone Blackstone discusses his new young adult novel “A Scary Scene in a Scary Movie.” 4pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 10/22: Outer Space from Open Space Join Marin County park rangers and astronomer Larry Brodkin on a easy hike up Mount Burdell followed by time star gazing through the lens of a telescope. For more information visit 7:30-9:30pm. Free. Mount Burdell, San Andres Dr. Trailhead, Novato. 10/27: Magic Circus Wizard Show An afternoon of bewitching magic, impish comedy, mysterious illusions and lots of fun. 4-4:45pm. Free. Sausalito Public Library, 420 Litho St., Sausalito.

Through 11/13: Children’s ‘Read-Away Your Library Fines’ Anyone under 18 can read away their Sausalito Library fines. Rates: $1 off for every 15 minutes read. Free. Sausalito Public Library, 420 Litho St., Sausalito.

Home and Garden 10/22: Turn Your Lawn Into A Garden Marin Master Gardener Joan Irwin demonstrates using sheet composting to remove and replace your lawn with California native plants or a garden and also restoring the nutrient-rich ecology of the soil. 10-11am. $5-10. Tamalpais Valley Community Center, 203 Marin Ave., Mill Valley. 388-6393.

Benefits/Gala Events 10/23: Sip For Sjogrens - Fine Water Tasting Raise funds and awareness for Sjogren’s syndrome, an autoimmune disease affecting 2-4 million people. Auction, Wine and Refreshments. 2-5pm. $25-40. Spinnaker Restaurant, 100 Spinnaker Dr., Sausalito. 800-475-6473. and Cultural Center serves as a haunting backdrop for Porchlight Theatre players dramatizations of classic stories of the macabre. $25 admission includes treats and wine. Costumes inspired by works of Poe, Irving and Faulkner encouraged but not required. Prizes will be awarded. Proceeds support Porchlight Theatre Company. 1408 Mission Ave., San Rafael. 251-1027.

10/28: Marin History Museum Benefit Film Screening of John Carpenter’s “Village of the Damned” A frightful film, lecture by film historian William French on horror films in Marin and ghoulish costume contest! Extra raffle tickets may be purchased. 8-10:30pm. $10. Contempo Marin Clubhouse, 400 Yosemite Road, San Rafael. 454-8538. ✹


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ARIES (March 20 - April 19) Friday evening promises a mystical connection between the illuminating Sun and ethereal Neptune—a good time to explore your psychic powers with a lover. On Sunday, planets in your house of secrets bring a desire to share previously hidden things; make sure your companion can be trusted. Wednesday’s New Moon in spooky Scorpio inspires you to assemble your Halloween costume. As your ruler (Mars) occupies the creatively dramatic sign of Leo, anything goes—so long as it doesn’t require surgery... TAURUS (April 20 - May 19) The moody Moon and irritable Mars can wreak havoc on your peace of mind until Saturday. Avoid family members who practice the art of being annoying. Life definitely improves for the remainder of the weekend, especially in regard to romantic activities. Reschedule mundane chores in favor of walking through fall leaves hand-in-hand with your sweetie. If you’re looking for love, pay attention on Wednesday. La Luna is listening and ready to help. GEMINI (May 20 - June 20) Often, when the celestial energies pile up in Scorpio, you start feeling as if the air is getting too thick to breathe. You prefer communication to be clear and logical—not heavy and mysterious. It is, nevertheless, that time of year when you need to accept that life is not always rational, which may partially explain our current political system. Since you can’t change the season, seek the positive elements of fall. Don’t bother waiting for Congress... CANCER (June 21 - July 21) When your ruler (the emotive Moon) gets entangled with reactionary Mars on Friday, it may be difficult to stay cool. Not a good day for discussing controversial subjects, asking for a raise or trying to drive across town during your local Occupy Wall Street rally. In better news, Wednesday is lovely, especially if you’re starting a love affair or a creative project. If you’re invited to a Halloween party, now’s the time to fashion your disguise. LEO (July 22 - August 22) Enchanting Neptune connects with your ruler, the glamorous Sun, this weekend. Whatever you do, you’ll attract a significant amount of attention. Your fan club is likely to be awaiting your entrance. On Sunday, your ruler (the Sun) leaves the charming sign of tasteful Libra to enter the charismatic sign of sexy Scorpio. Tone it down or you may find your fan club is too big to handle. VIRGO (August 23 - September 21) As one with a healthy sense of curiosity, you rather enjoy having your ruler (Mercury) in Scorpio. When researching anything, you leave no stone unturned—you are relentless. So it is a great time to solve the most challenging mysteries of life. Just one small warning: Don’t dig so deep that you can’t find your way out. Pluto, the god of the underworld, rules Scorpio—and he’s not likely to show you the exit sign... LIBRA (September 22 - October 22) The final weekend of your zodiac celebration comes with a particularly delightful Friday evening. If possible, go up to the top of a hill with your sweetie and watch the meteor showers. You may not be able to catch a falling star, but you definitely can make a wish or two. The spotlighting Sun leaves your sign on Sunday, but the intuitive Moon takes over on Monday and Tuesday. Play your hunches and follow your heart. SCORPIO (October 23 - November 21) While you may be dealing with unreasonable authority figures on Thursday and Friday, you start to relax on Saturday. Then, on Sunday, your birthday month officially kicks off with the sympathetic Moon playing nicely with kindhearted Venus. When you let yourself, you can be really, really sweet. Wednesday’s New Moon is meant to be the start of a cycle. Figure out what you want to come to a successful conclusion—then begin working on it. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 - December 20) Even if you can’t leave until 2012, make travel plans with a pal on Friday. You are likely to hit on just the right destination to inspire both of you to save enough cash for the trip. On Sunday, the gathering in your imagination house takes in another celestial guest. As mentioned last week, dreams are vivid and frequent. More material for storytelling around the campfire next year... CAPRICORN (December 21 - January 18) It’s a little unfair to have your ruler (ambitious Saturn) in charge of your career house at the same time that the jovial and free-spirited Jupiter is occupying your entertainment house. Every time Jupiter comes up with a great destination for having fun, Saturn steers you back onto your professional path. There’s hope, Cap. Those blinders that Saturn has you wearing? They’re removable. AQUARIUS (January 19 - February 17) Being the rebellious type, you rarely pay attention when the company VIPs give you a list of rules and regulations. You believe (and rightly so) that you have the brainpower to figure out how to do something without an instruction manual. Nevertheless, there are times when the planets try to give you “guidance.” This is one of those times. Try to pretend you care. PISCES (February 18 - March 19) While many can be intimidated by Scorpio’s intense energy, you know better. Being a fixed water sign (Scorpio) is not nearly as fluid as being a mutable water sign (Pisces). Scorpio’s liquid has more in common with lava than H2O. As Scorpio moves into a powerful placement, the rest of us watch uneasily, but you have already wound your way around the volcano and are enjoying a dip in the warm waters on the other side. Every thorn has its rose... ✹ Email Lynda Ray at or check out her website at 30 PACIFIC SUN OCTOBER 21– OCTOBER 27, 2011

PUBLIC NOTICES 995 Fictitious Name Statement 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 indi-

vidual. 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 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 16, 2011. (Publication Dates: Dates: October 14, 21, 28; November 4, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 127935 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as LIGA NUEVOS SENDEROS, 417 FIRST ST. APTO #5, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: ANA M. NAVARRETE MORALES, 417 FIRST ST. APTO #5, 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 10, 2011. (Publication Dates: Dates: October 21, 28; November 4, 11, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2011127931

The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as MODIFYD, 42 PINE DRIVE, FAIRFAX, CA 94930: CANDICE GOLD, 42 PINE DRIVE, 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 ClerkRecorder of Marin County on October 7, 2011. (Publication Dates: Dates: October 21, 28; November 4, 11, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 127905 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as LONE WOLF CONSTRUCTION, 1719 MARIN ST., VALLEJO, CA 94590: GORDON JANIGER, 1719 MARIN ST., VALLEJO, CA 94590. 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 5, 2011. (Publication Dates: Dates: October 21, 28; November 4, 11, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 127951 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as MASSAGE THERAPY CENTER, 880 LAS GALLINAS AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: JIE YAN, 988 FRANKLIN ST. #1501, OAKLAND, CA 94607. 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 October 12, 2011. (Publication Dates: Dates: October 21, 28; November 4, 11, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 127803 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as SONGS AND CREATIONS, 18 MARIPOSA AVE., SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960: YOHANN ANDERSON, 18 MARIPOSA AVE., SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on N/A. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on September 20, 2011. (Publication Dates: Dates: October 21, 28; November 4, 11, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 127965 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as BLUE SEA SAUNA, 901A IRWIN ST., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: XIAO JUN DUAN, 488 39TH AVE., SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94121. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on October 13, 2011. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on October 13, 2011. (Publication Dates: Dates: October 21, 28; November 4, 11, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 127964 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as INTERNET AND ONLINE SERVICES, 118 ALTO ST. SUITE 209-210, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: BLANCA E. THOMPSON, 118 ALTO ST. SUITE 209-210, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901; ROBERTO PORTILLO, 118 ALTO ST. SUITE 209-210, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. 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 October 13, 2011. (Publication Dates: Dates: October 21, 28; November 4, 11, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 127980 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as ALMOST HEAVEN PRODUCTIONS, 100 PARK DR., SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960: BUFFY FORD STEWART, 100 PARK DR., SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on October 14, 2011. (Publication Dates: Dates: October 21, 28; November 4, 11, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 127986 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as SYCAMORE PEN COMPANY, 38 EUCALYPTUS KNOLL, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: SUSAN HOAGLAND, 38 EUCALYPTUS KNOLL, 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 November 1, 2011. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on October 17, 2011. (Publication Dates: Dates: October 21, 28; November 4, 11, 2011)

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997 All Other Legals 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 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 hearing 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) STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF USE OF FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME File No. 304317 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): MASSAGE THERAPY CENTER, 880 LAS GALLINAS, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903. Filed in Marin County on: July 19, 2011. Under File No: 127340. Registrant’s Name(s): JEFF MANKIN, 1701 NORANDA DR. #1, SUNNYVALE, CA 94087. This statement was filed with the County Clerk Recorder of Marin County on October 12, 2011. (Pacific Sun: October 21, 28; November 4, 11, 2011) STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF USE OF FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME File No. 304319 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): BLUE SEA SAUNA, 901A IRWIN ST., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. Filed in Marin County on: July 13, 2011. Under File No: 2011127298. Registrant’s Name(s): BING LU, 524 8TH ST. #206, OAKLAND, CA 94607. This statement was filed with the County Clerk Recorder of Marin County on October 13, 2011. (Pacific Sun: October 21, 28; November 4, 11, 2011)



My husband and I are entrepreneurs, developing a new product. We’re both working long hours. He’s miserable because he has no time for his art (painting), and our sex life is in shambles. There isn’t a lot of blame or anger. We simply go about our entire days with little or no flirting and fall into bed completely exhausted at night. Even if we crave sex, we’re too tired. We kiss goodnight and promise it’ll be different tomorrow or on the weekend, but it never is, and I see no reason to believe things will change. We used to race home from work to have wild sex and then do silly things together in the evenings. People always called us “the sensual couple” because we couldn’t keep our hands off each other. How can we get the zing back?—Accidental Celibate


Eighty percent of sex is just showing up. (The other 20 percent is remaining conscious while you’re having it.) Of course, you’d need to leave work at a reasonable hour to make your role-play in bed more dirty doctor/naughty nurse than adjacent coma patients. I know, that’s not what it says you’re supposed to do on your printout of the Puritan Work Ethic. Former Harvard psychology professor Shawn Achor writes in The Happiness Advantage that we’re taught that we have to sacrifice happiness for success and told that only when we’re successful will we be happy. Achor counters that happiness isn’t something that falls in your lap when you attain some level of accomplishment; it’s “a work ethic.” He cites a decade of research suggesting that happiness “raises nearly every business and educational outcome: raising sales by 37 percent, productivity by 31 percent, and accuracy on tasks by 19 percent, as well as (leading to myriad) health and quality of life improvements.” Remember, people called you “the sensual couple” because you couldn’t keep your hands off each other, not because you couldn’t take your eyes off the clock. Ditching the clock for at least some of the day is essential. It’s activities that make you lose track of time that make you happy—activities like sex (and painting) that also make you forget yourself and that package your husband neglected to bring to the post office. To put this in entrepreneurial terms, you need to relaunch your sex life and take it as seriously as you would a business launch. Look at sex as a mandatory meeting you need to have naked. And as unromantic as this sounds, you need to put “flirt with husband” on your daily schedule—until it becomes a habit again. Implied in that is “be fun!” Be silly like you used to. Make an effort to leave work well before the cows not only come home but start watching Seinfeld reruns. And replace any motivational posters decorating your office with ones that reflect your newfound knowledge of trickle-down happy-nomics, for example: “As you climb the ladder of success, be sure to stop every now and then to let your husband look up your dress” and “Behind every successful woman is a man with his pants down.”

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I’m a recently divorced 40-something mom who’s having trouble making female friends. I’m excluded from group activities, and my attempts at gettogethers fall flat. I attributed this to my being a bit quiet and reserved until a mom at school—previously a friend—casually remarked, “You’re one of the moms we all love to hate!” What?! What am I doing that makes me hateable? Male friends say it’s because I am “hot” and “have a killer body” and other women are jealous.—Lone Mom


Middle-aged women who’ve gotten a little frumpy, schlumpy and stretchmarky cling to how “what’s on the inside is what really matters”... right until what’s on the outside is a hot, shapely, newly available divorcee collecting their husbands’ eyeballs like the Pied Piper commandeering the rodent population of Hamelin. Being “reserved” surely doesn’t help. If you were mousy, you’d probably be considered shy. Being a looker and reserved possibly marks you as a snob. To take this less personally, recognize that these women are probably driven by fear, envy, admiration and/ or intimidation. To get them to see you more as a person than a hot person, you need to extend yourself: Be assertively friendly; join a volunteer organization so people get to know you through your actions; and seek out women who seem happy and secure. All in all, you need to be realistic. Understand that the first thing in some women’s minds will always be how much cuter they are when they aren’t standing next to you—unless you’re dressed in something that’s figure-hugging in the manner of those bags they zip the dead bodies into at the morgue. ✹ © Amy Alkon, all rights reserved. Got a problem? Email or write to Amy Alkon, 171 Pier Ave. #280, Santa Monica, CA 90405.

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Pacific Sun Weekly 10.21.2011 - Section1  
Pacific Sun Weekly 10.21.2011 - Section1  

Section 1 of the October 21, 2011 edition of the Palo Alto Weekly