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›› LETTERS An 800-pound gorilla in the room—no, really... I was deeply saddened by the needless massacre of 47 animals abandoned in Zanesville, Ohio. Yet, these precious lives represent only a fraction of the 300 cows, pigs and other innocent sentient animals butchered for our dinner table every second of every minute of every hour of every day. That’s 10 billion animals per year. Unlike those in Zanesville, animals raised for food have no life before death. From birth, they are caged and crowded, deprived and drugged, manhandled and mutilated. Undercover investigations have shown male baby chicks suffocated in plastic garbage bags or ground to death. The females are crammed for life in tiny wiremesh cages that tear out their feathers. Pregnant sows are caged for years, unable to turn around. At the slaughterhouse, animals may be dismembered, skinned, scalded and drowned while fully conscious. Nearly 10 percent die of injuries and diseases. For folks who share my sadness at the Zanesville massacre, a vegan diet offers the only effective path to a guilt-free conscience. There’s no extra charge for the associated health and environmental benefits. Morgan Vrooman, Mill Valley

Placard with a vengeance Typically, political campaigns in Marin County have been worthy of the incredible

county in which we live—professional, diplomatic and respectful. The few glaring exceptions in the past prove this general rule. Unfortunately, another exception may be in our midst. Campaign signs that had been posted in multiple areas throughout the county have disappeared, while campaign signs for competing candidates in the same areas remain in place. It is my unconfirmed suspicion that the signs are being taken down by volunteers of rival campaigns. This is a very serious offense that not only goes against how campaigns are traditionally conducted in Marin, but also violates each candidate’s right to free expression. Moreover, the removal of campaign signs prior to an election without the prior authorization of the candidate is against the law. Section 5405.3 of the California Outdoor Advertising Act makes clear that any candidate for elective office has the right to place campaign signs with prior permit authorization from the appropriate jurisdiction. In addition, such signs are and remain the personal property of the candidate. The perpetrators therefore are infringing upon the candidates’ rights and stealing their property. What troubles me most, however, is the sheer disrespect that these actions show toward the candidates, their volunteers and our community. Candidates and their volunteers are simply exercising their right to participate in our local government, and the blatant theft of campaign signs is an ugly attempt to silence them. Our community cannot condone such petty, illegal and undemocratic behavior. Joe Hamilton, San Anselmo


TOP POSTINGS THIS WEEK Hero and Zero A good guy on a bicycle and strange doings in Sausalito Read the full story here posted Tuesday, October 25, 2011, 2:44 ... New security allows juvenile court to stay open Measures include installing security cameras, a panic button, wire-mesh window screens, a new windowless rear door and a magnetometer to screen those entering the courtroom for weapons. Marin’s self-sufficiency gap How much does it take to live in Marin? You may be surprised...

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No, actually, it was because she dared us... I can’t believe Karla J. is whining about the Sun’s sense of humor [“Tin Pun Alley,” Sept. 23]. Sharing a chuckle is part of the Marin lifestyle. The Sun reflects that. Additionally, there’s no need for Karla to end her letter with, “I dare you to print this.” Every contributor knows the Sun will run the letter because it’s entertaining and shines a light on the writer. News-talk radio gets better ratings when the caller disagrees. Most Marinites look forward to the letters page’s dismissive, comedic tone. Lighten up KJ. It sounds like you could use a little cheese with your whine. Pete Galore, Mill Valley

You’re an advocate for low-incomers to live like the ‘poorest of the poor’? [In response to our Editor’s Note that followed Blackman’s Oct. 21 letter, “Doesn’t the Civil Rights Act of ’64 Say Something Against ‘Only Hiring Marinites?’”] You are missing the point, stoopid. What part of “Robert Hickey is a paid advocate for affordable housing” don’t you understand? It is his job (as lobbyist) to shove it down our throats, no matter how many times the people say “go f--k yourself ” to him and his organization. I’m surprised he hasn’t put out a flier of a college-educated couple raising their family in a Dumpster someplace because “they can’t afford to rent in Marin.” I’m an unpaid advocate of “affordable housing means you live where you can afford to.” There currently is more than enough “affordable” housing here. It’s called “shared housing” for singles, and “lower your expectations” for families. Does each of your children need their own bedroom? Do you really need an office and a fenced-in yard for your pet? If two bedrooms can do, then make it do. And if you can’t figure out how to “do it,” take a trip to the Canal area of San Rafael where the poorest of the poor currently live with their families, have low-paying jobs, and manage to survive. Marcia Blackman, San Rafael

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[Regarding Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain, who said in the Wall Street Journal recently, “Don’t blame Wall Street, don’t blame the big banks, if you don’t have a job and you’re not rich, blame yourself!”]. Herman Cain—if you don’t have one million jobs to offer, don’t blame the voters—blame yourself. Craig Whatley, 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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HUD over heels Feds push Marin to deal with housing injustice by Pe t e r S e i d m a n


n Sunday, Oct. 16, people gathered reverently for the dedication of the memorial on the National Mall that honors the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Two days later, the Marin Board of Supervisors approved a plan to promote fair housing in the county— a move that triggered a backlash King would have had no trouble recognizing. MSNBC covered the dedication ceremony. Among the commentators was Melissa Harris-Perry, a professor of political science at Tulane University and founding director of the Anna Julia Cooper Project on Gender, Race and Politics in the South. Her comments would echo two days later at the Board of Supervisors’ meeting. “The legislation that is the great testament at the end of King’s life is the national Fair Housing Act... an act that was meant to move the civil rights movement out of the question of Southern injustice, although that existed, into this question of housing. Housing is where economics, wealth, environmental injustice, access to education, all these things have to do with where you live.” The Fair Housing Act was “the great crowning achievement. It is his legacy.” According to the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968


(Fair Housing Act), as amended, prohibits discrimination based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, family status, pregnancy and handicaps. HUD narrows the focus in a mention of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964—another King achievement—which prohibits discrimination “in programs and activities receiving federal financial assistance.” It’s unambiguous, in Mississippi and Marin. While many, if not most, Marinites will say they admire the work to which King dedicated his life, when it comes to the practical applications—desegregation, social justice and fair housing—they’re not so sure. Arguments against promoting fair housing here are similar to those used in the South during King’s lifetime, when “local control” was code for “not in my town.” The scab of implicit bigotry ripped when county supervisors approved an “impediments to fair housing” plan crafted in response to a HUD finding that Marin hasn’t done enough to ensure minorities, the poor, the handicapped and others have a seat at the table. HUD, in looking at Marin’s use of federal housing and community development grants, determined the county was not complying with federal guidelines to promote fair housing as mandated in anti-discrimination statutes, including 10 >

›› NEWSGRAMS Dr. Newhard surrenders license, plans to retire An 81-year-old Novato doctor has agreed to surrender his license to practice medicine on Friday to settle a state medical board accusation stemming from alleged criminal sexual molestation charges. Dr. Horace Newhard admitted nothing in agreeing to stop practicing family medicine after 55 years.“Dr. Newhard is 81 years old and retiring,” said his attorney, Ivan Weinberg. “I can’t say anything more than that as long as there are criminal charges pending against him.” In March, a Marin County judge declared a mistrial after jurors reached an impasse over whether Newhard used his position as a physician to sexually assault Kathleen Freitas, a 61-year-old Sonoma woman and longtime patient. Nine of 12 jurors voted to acquit. Lori Frugoli, the prosecutor in the case, had left open the possibility of bringing Newhard to trial a second time. If he surrenders his license on Friday, as he has agreed to do, Frugoli said she would not re-file criminal charges. “I’m very happy that he will surrender his license because that guarantees that he’s never going to do this again to another patient,” she said.“And that’s what we were after.” Following the mistrial, in June, the Medical Board of California accused Newhard of violating professional standards in his treatment of Freitas. The accusation also claimed the doctor was inappropriate and grossly negligent in his care of another woman, also a longtime patient. The medical board accused Newhard of kissing and hugging both patients, of failing to leave the examination room while they disrobed and of failing to have a female chaperone in the room when he performed their pelvic and breast exams. The complaint also alleged that Newhard made an off-color joke about Freitas’ bra and breasts, a contention about which she testified during the criminal trial. In addition, the accusation claimed that the doctor failed to consider that a drug he prescribed to an elderly patient caused her to feel chronically dizzy and to frequently fall. It further alleged that Newhard failed to document a need to prescribe to the elderly patient the drug lithium, which the board called “a toxic medication.” The complaint said Newhard should have referred the patient to a specialist or consulted with one himself. It also alleged he failed to use due caution in simultaneously prescribing multiple sedatives to the elderly patient, and he prescribed a dangerous drug for a condition he failed to document. During the criminal trial, the prosecution contended there was no medical purpose for a vaginal and breast examination the doctor performed on Freitas in 2007. Newhard testified in his own defense while his wife sat in the courtroom surrounded by friends and patients. He admitted finding Freitas attractive, hugging her and kissing her on the lips. But he and his attorneys maintained that his vaginal and breast examinations were appropriate and medically necessary. Weinberg said that many family-practice doctors, particularly older ones, hug and kiss their patients, though today the medical board frowns on the practice. Newhard graduated from Case Western Reserve University medical school in 1956 and has been practicing family medicine in Novato since 1973. After the district attorney’s office filed criminal charges against him in 2008, the state medical board restricted his license so that a chaperone must be present when he examines female patients. —Ronnie Cohen Katie Rice appointed to Hal Brown seat In the end, Gov. Jerry Brown went 10 >


by Howard Rachelson

1. President Theodore Roosevelt declared what Marin County landmark a national monument on January 9, 1908? 2. Pictured, right: In the upcoming film The Iron Lady, what beloved actress plays the role of what world leader? 3. Pictured, right: The largest member of the salmon family lives in the Pacific Ocean, weighs up to 120 pounds and is known by what name? 4. Presidential candidate Herman Cain’s “999” economic tax features a nine percent flat tax in what three categories? 5. What four female singers were the most successful (according to charts and sales) during the decade of the 1990s ? 6. What type of wool comes from soft-haired llamas in Peru? 7. “Waltzing Matilda” is often considered the unofficial national anthem of what country? 8. In December 1860, as the U.S. was moving toward Civil War, what was the first state to secede from the Union? 9. Pictured, right: Shown is the Olympic motto, in Latin; translate these three adverbs into English. 10. What are the world’s three longest rivers?




BONUS QUESTION: In his 1516 book (written in Latin), English philosopher and author Thomas More created a fictionalized society on an island in the Atlantic Ocean, with a perfect sociological, political and legal system, that he named 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!


▼Royce McLemore, a Marin City resident and community activist, lives in public housing—for now. The Marin Housing Authority is trying to evict her for allowing her dying, 88-year-old mother to move in with her. Her mother passed away after less than three months, but the MHA is sticking to its rules. Important rules, like receiving permission for your 88-year-old mother to stay with you and waiting for a criminal background check to be conducted on a dying woman. We understand the need for rules and the necessity to apply them evenly, but if there is ever an exception, Royce McLemore is it. This 68-year old woman has lived in her home for 35 years and helped many in her community through peaceful activism. Let her stay, MHA. —Nikki Silverstein

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▲While strolling in Mill Valley, SZ stepped into a crosswalk and was struck by a car. After a several-day stay at Marin General, which included knee surgery, she was ready to go home. Great idea, except her shoulder injuries precluded the use of crutches. To make matters worse, there are over 70 steps from the street to SZ’s front door. That’s when our Heroes came to the rescue. Several times during her eight-week convalescence, Mill Valley firemen carried SZ up the stairs in a “stair chair.” Without help from the Mill Valley Fire Department, she wouldn’t have been able to stay in her home. SZ shouts out huge thanks to her Heroes. Until you’re completely recovered, SZ, we recommend never leaving home without them.

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< 8 HUD over heels Title VI. The county agreed to a “voluntary compliance agreement” that called for a review of housing programs in the county; it contracted with Fair Housing of Marin to develop an Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice. The AI is a response to the HUD finding that housing programs in Marin failed to adequately reach out to minorities and people with disabilities and single mothers and other members of 12 “protected” groups covered by fair housing statutes. In addition, Marin failed to track exactly which groups were benefiting from housing programs. HUD criticized the county for taking insufficient action to ensure that minorities can live in the county and not be forced out through economic or social prohibitions. The supervisors and others in the Civic Center, as well as many residents, reacted with shock to these findings. Supervisor Judy Arnold led the process that resulted in the response analysis. All cities and towns in Marin have a member on the community development block grant priority-setting committee, which held a series of 10 public meetings. Arnold appointed a subcommittee to attend the public meetings and report to the full committee, which she heads. At a meeting in March, says Arnold, “People were saying, you guys have been discriminating. You haven’t been welcoming. It was a surprise. I thought we took care of that when we marched and when we went to Washington. We realized, you know what. It’s not over. We have to keep going.” Members of minority groups told the county in stark terms they were suspicious of the process because they had been cut out of the system for so long. Arnold’s connection to civil rights in Marin goes back to 1971, when she wrote a piece in the Pacific Sun about an inadequate local bus system in the county. She was representing the League of Women Voters at the time, and she lobbied for a better public transit system. At the supervisors’ Oct. 16 meeting, Arnold recalled that an AfricanAmerican-owned bus system in Marin City wanted to run local buses. The Sun ran a story about the situation in October 1971. The company never had a chance after Golden Gate Transit threw a monkey wrench in the works. The county was complicit and the company folded. “That was my seminal moment in seeing and dealing with racism,” Arnold said. Fast-forward to 2011. Members of minority groups said the county still was not doing enough to promote equity and diversity in housing and business. Starting from a place of deep suspicion, these groups worked through the AI response process, and by the time the supervisors approved it, most said they were optimistic that the county is on a good-faith path. But that effort isn’t sitting well with some community members who bristle at a process spurred by the feds. First the state tells cities how many affordable housing units cities should have, the argu10 PACIFIC SUN OCTOBER 28 – NOVEMBER 3, 2011

ment goes, and now the feds are foisting diversity on the county. Most Marinites are not racists, they argue, so why bow down to HUD for a few million dollars a year in federal housing funds? That argument comes from a fact-deficient worldview. On the national stage, conservative candidates pontificate that racism is a thing of the past, and attempts to redress grievances amount to reverse racism. But it’s not a thing of the past, says Harris-Perry (who is African-American) and many other social critics. The same holds true in Marin. The response to HUD is a plan to promote fair housing, not just affordable housing, although a connection exists between the two. Fair housing is the ability to buy or rent without discrimination, no matter a person’s income. A lack of affordable housing, the situation in Marin, can increase barriers to fair housing, but the two are separate. Also separate are the state mandates that cities and counties provide a certain number of affordable homes in their jurisdictions to meet housing demand. Fair housing opponents often tie the two concepts together. “We got involved when Fair Housing of Marin drafted the AI,” says John Young, executive director of the Grassroots Leadership Network of Marin. That group and others dedicated to promoting equity for minorities formed the Action Coalition for Equity. “We saw that initially the interviews to collect content for the AI report didn’t include people who had broader knowledge of the issues in Marin with regards to discrimination and fair housing.” In other words, minority input was lacking. “There was this large vacuum of participation.” The county couldn’t get a clear picture, says Young, without enlisting increased direct input from the minority groups. The facts put to rest the subterfuge that bigotry is an insignificant issue here. One of the HUD assertions is that Marin has segregated its minorities into two areas, Marin City and the Canal. But Arnold and other county officials note that HUD didn’t take a closer look to find that the county has affordable—and fair—housing spread throughout the county. Even so, say Young and others, minorities here feel unwelcome in many neighborhoods and gravitate to areas like Marin City and San Rafael’s Canal. “Maybe they want a quality of life without being harassed. Then their choice of where to live may not be San Anselmo or Tiburon or Belvedere or Mill Valley,” says Young, who is African-American. The reasons are hard to hear for many old-time civil rights activists: “Kids are called names in school, neighbors are not very friendly, cops stop people. The issue is that some places in Marin are not welcoming.” It’s a wake-up call for civil rights proponents who thought the battle had been won. The county’s reaction to the HUD approbation and the plan to deal with the issues raised are positive steps, says Young. But he wants the county to go further, to be more creative in tackling economic justice

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with his cousin’s advice. San Anselmo resident Katie Rice, a longtime aide to retiring Ross Valley Supervisor Hal Brown, was selected Wednesday by the governor to take over the supervisorial reins of Marin’s District 2, which includes the Ross Valley and certain neighborhoods of Larkspur and San Rafael. The 51-year-old Rice had been recommended for the $97,739-a-year job by Hal Brown who, himself, was appointed by his cousin Jerry Brown to the same seat in 1982. Brown announced earlier this month that, effective Oct. 29, he’d step down in order to regain his health after a nearly yearlong battle with pancreatic cancer. He describes Rice as “sharp as a tack” “[Rice] knows the residents of the district and has tremendous strength and courage. I don’t know anyone who would do a better job than she,” says Brown Tam High graduate Rice, a mother of three, is a co-founder of the Ross Valley schools’ fundraising foundation, Yes. She says she plans to pick up where her mentor leaves off. “I am excited and a little humbled. No one can fill Hal’s shoes,” says Rice.“But I do think I can provide the continuity and informed representation the people of the 2nd District should expect.”—Jason Walsh

Congressional candidate poll—Round 2! The numbers may not lie—but they often have trouble sticking to their story. As the still-fledgling campaign for next year’s 2nd District congressional election heats up, the candidates vying to replace retiring Rep. Lynn Woolsey are hoping to steer the polling conversation in their direction. Earlier this month, Assemblyman Jared Huffman, of San Rafael, released poll numbers that reported him in the lead with 20 percent support from likely voters, followed by Dan Roberts, the lone Republican polled, with 18 percent, Inverness political activist Norman Solomon with 7 percent and Marin County Supervisor Susan Adams with 5 percent. That poll was commissioned by the Huffman campaign and used the California firm Fairbank, Maslin, Maullin, Metz & Associates. On Oct. 26, the Solomon campaign released its own numbers from a poll it commissioned from Lake Research Partners—it shows a far tighter race than came out of the Huffman poll. According to the Lake poll, the Marin assemblyman still holds the lead among Democrats with 16 percent, followed by Solomon at 11 percent, Adams and businesswoman Stacey Lawson at 4 percent. Republican Roberts was at 12 percent. Other Democratic candidates include medical-marijuana advocate William Courtney with 3 percent, activist Andy Caffrey at 2 percent and Petaluma City Councilwoman Tiffany Renee with 1 percent. In what the Solomon campaign touts as even better news, the Lake Research poll found that “when voters are given short positive biographical profiles on each of the candidates,” the gap between Huffman and Solomon goes from 24 percent to 22 percent, respectively. Solomon says he’s encouraged by the Lake Research poll results—especially in comparison to the Huffman-commissioned poll from three weeks ago. “Quite a contrast with these new figures of 16 to 11 [percent],” says Solomon.“I like the trend.” Both firms based their results on random polling of 400 registered voters; margin of error is 4.9 percent.—JW Marin General goes cold turkey Healthcare facilities routinely talk the talk when it comes to stopping smoking—Marin General Hospital is now walking the walk. The hospital this week announced it was officially going cold turkey by implementing a 100 percent tobacco-free policy that prohibits smoking anywhere on hospital property. The policy includes a smoking ban in parking lots; however, the hospital will provide nicotine replacement lozenges in its cafeteria for patients and visitors, along with information on how to quit smoking. Dr. Steven Schroeder of the hospital board of directors applauded the move. “This is consistent with what hospitals are doing all over California and the United States,” said Schroeder.“While helping smokers quit, hospitals are also protecting patients from secondhand smoke exposure and thirdhand smoke particles clinging to hospital uniforms.” Marin General’s smoke-free campus is actually huffing and puffing behind other local medical tobacco bans; Kaiser-Permanente Hospital ditched the cigs in 2009, Kentfield Rehabilitation and Specialty Hospital and Novato Community Hospital went smoke free in 2010. According to the Smoke Free Marin Coalition, the “smoking shack” at Novato Community Hospital was dismantled and turned into a bird aviary. With Marin General stamping out smoking, says Bob Curry of the Marin County Tobacco Related Disease Control Program, all hospital campuses in the county are now tobacco free.

and helping provide “a stepladder” to wealth for lower-income residents rather than just a subsidized rental unit. “We can help lowerincome people build wealth and become an economic force in this county. The real issue is creating diverse housing options in Marin that can create economic diversity.” Young says the Action Coalition “expect[s] to work more with the county and housing developers and other entities” to develop a strategic plan that can move affordable housing “to a place where it’s not stigmatized” by a “poorpeople” label. Marin’s cities have the bulk of the property that can be used for fair housing. That means the county and the cities must proceed in concert to develop a fair housing plan, which, of course, adds another layer to the “outside agitator” line that fair- and affordable-housing opponents use to disguise underlying and implicit discrimination. But, as with desegregation in the South, sometimes it takes outside agitation to force the issue. If Marin and its cities fail to meet the rudiments of HUD’s fair housing mandate, they put their share of federal housing money at risk. They also open themselves up to lawsuits—which did happen in Westchester County, New York, a predominantly white county in the suburbs of New York City, similar to Marin. That case, however, entailed blatant housing segregation. It’s subtler here, and sometimes that’s even more insidious. The AI plan includes a host of actions to promote fair housing, starting with an effort to bring minorities into the community development block grant process. The plan also calls for including fair housing and social equity in discussions and decisions in a host of governmental issues. The AI document and HUD, contrary to statements from oppo-

nents, don’t dictate exact actions, and many of the ameliorative mandates already are in place, such as housing densities and the rule that commercial development plans should contain a housing component. The county and its cities can satisfy HUD in a variety of ways. The county recently submitted the plan to HUD, and word is that the agency likes it. It’s likely to be accepted. Nancy Kenyon, executive director of Fair Housing of Marin, says HUD is using the Marin response to the initial charges, and the AI itself, as an example in fair-housing seminars. Kenyon has seen firsthand how badly the county needs to grapple with discrimination. She recalls a landlord who wouldn’t rent to a gay couple because “they would give the neighborhood AIDS.” Single mothers also face housing discrimination. The “protected groups” cover a wide range of circumstances. Supervisors unanimously approved the document, which they all said will provide a positive framework to further equity in Marin. “I think it’s very important that we have a broader conversation about social justice, and not simply focus on showing HUD that we are affirmatively supporting fair housing,” said Supervisor Kate Spears before the approval vote. “A narrow focus on low-income housing alone,” she continued, “leads to shortchanging issues of social equity justice and people of color. It is certainly not the case that all people of color are poor. In fact, that’s an invidious stereotype.” ✹ Contact the writer at

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“Marin General Hospital is the largest hospital in the county,” said Curry,“so we are very pleased that they have taken this progressive step to protect the public from second- and thirdhand smoke exposure.”—JW MCF awards $1 million in grants to safety net programs Homeward Bound of Marin, the San Francisco and Marin food banks and several local childcare providers have a few reasons to smile this week—a million reasons, actually—as the Marin Community Foundation announced Tuesday $1 million in grants toward such food, shelter and daycare services. The network of childcare providers, Homeward Bound and the food banks will each receive $250,000 in grant funds; another $250,000 will go toward Marin churches and synagogues that offer emergency winter shelter for the homeless. MCF President Thomas Peters says such safety net programs are “absolutely essential” for families struggling through difficult times.“Nothing is more urgent than keeping people fed and sheltered, and having children in safe, nurturing childcare programs,” says Peters. According to the Marin Community Foundation, the funds for the emergency shelter network will allow the program to expand its operating window from four months to five months. Similarly, the Homeward Bound grant will go toward sustaining its five shelter locations. Homeward Bound’s director, Mary Kay Sweeney, says the organization’s 199 beds are typically filled every night. “We’re seeing a far greater number of families and single adults become homeless for the first time in their lives due to the current economic and foreclosure crises,” Sweeney says. The food bank grant will go toward what food banks need most—food. The San Francisco Food Bank reports that the amount of food distributed in Marin since the beginning of the recession has more than doubled. Food Bank Executive Director Paul Ash predicts that by the end of this year they’ll have distributed “more than 5 million pounds of food in Marin

to at least 20,000 individuals.” The final $250,000 will help subsidize local childcare services. Peters calls the availability of affordable childcare “critical” to struggling families. Without it, he adds,“the child is not as well prepared to enter kindergarten... plus, parents may be forced to drop out of school or jeopardize their employment in order to take care of their kids.” Grant recipients will include the Marin Child Care Council, Community Action Marin’s Child Development Program, North Bay Children’s Center, Novato Youth Center, College of Marin’s Child Development Program, city of San Rafael, and the Fairfax/San Anselmo Children’s Center.—JW

Water District year-to-date rain totals Following a summer of unpredictable weather patterns, the Marin Municipal Water District has released its year-to-date supplyand-demand figures to put it all into perspective. As of Oct. 21, the MMWD reservoirs contained 63,910 acre-feet of liquid gold—or 80 percent of capacity. (One acre-foot is 325,851 gallons.) The district reports that those numbers are “well above the average” for the third week in October—which, on average, is at 64 percent capacity. And not all of that has to do with the late-rainy season Marin experienced up into June—water use is down by 2.6 million gallons from where we were at Oct. 21 of 2010. As for the rain, it’s looking like another long, wet winter—at least if the early autumn drizzle is any indication. As of last Friday’s measure out at Lake Lagunitas, the district had already received .62 more inches of rainfall than normal for the entire month of October.— JW Safe Routes neighborhoods wheel in $1.8 million Schools in San Anselmo and San Rafael will have even safer safe-routes to school soon thanks to a Caltrans windfall benefiting nearly 140 Safe Routes to School program areas throughout the state. Streets and walkways around Wade Thomas and Brookside elementary schools in San Anselmo and Davidson Middle School in San Rafael will share $1.8 million of funding from the federal SRTS program to beef up sidewalks, crosswalks, curbs and medians around the schools in an effort to increase walking and biking to class. The Safe Routes to School program was founded in Marin in 2000, initially starting in nine public schools, with a goal to promote bicycling, walking and carpooling to class. Today, Safe Routes is active in almost all Marin public schools and some private ones, about 50 schools total; the Safe Routes to School National Partnership has grown to a network of more than 500 nonprofit organizations, government agencies and individuals working to promote Safe Routes across the country.—JW Salmon lovers to settle for trout in Tiburon The tide seems to be turning somewhat for the Tiburon Salmon Institute, which suffered a series of setbacks earlier this month when suspected vandals released tens of thousands of chinook from the center’s pens. Nets of two salmon pens were initially cut on Oct. 4 by unknown perpetrators, the third net was severed Oct. 8—more than 60,000 salmon swam free, scaling down plans for the youth who raised the salmon to release the fish themselves at an Oct. 30 event at the Romberg Tiburon Center. But earlier this week the Department of Fish and Game dove in to smooth the waters by donating 1,000 steelhead trout, in a gesture made toward keeping the Oct. 30 release ceremony on schedule. Investigators believe someone most likely pulled up in a boat and cut the nets; any arrests would likely result in vandalizing and grand theft charges.—JW Film Fest announces audience ‘favorites’ The Artist, a French silent film set in Hollywood’s early days of talkies, won the Audience Favorite Award at this year’s Mill Valley Film Festival. This year’s Mill Valley movie mayhem sold over 40,000 tickets, about the same as the 2010 event, festival officials announced this week. The Mill Valley Film Festival doesn’t stage an official juried competition—pitting film against film, as festivals such as Cannes are known for. But the MVFF does seek audience response to its official entries. Aside from The Artist, other “audience favorites” from this year included a world-cinema award for Albert Nobbs, starring Glenn Close as a woman posing as a butler in 19th century Ireland; an active-cinema award for The Lady, featuring Michelle Yeoh as Burmese democracy advocate Aung San Suu Kyi; two favorite U.S.-feature awards were won by Girlfriend, about a young Down syndrome man trying to woo his old high school crush, and Pariah, which follows the travails of an African-American teenager in Brooklyn. Favorite-documentary recognition was given to The Welcome and Voices from the Shadows. Festival director Mark Fishkin says one of the primary goals of the festival is to balance the more prestigious films with the smaller independents. “We strive to present the ideal balance between the discovery of local and independent features,” says Fishkin,“and giving early looks at the most prominent higher-profile, Oscartrack films. Films screened here traditionally have had a really strong success record.” And Fishkin isn’t exaggerating. One of last year’s MVFF opening night films was The King’s Speech, which went on to earn best picture at the 2011 Academy Awards.—JW


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fter years of wrangling over just see it on a screen. I want them to the best way to ensure safety at feel the presence.â&#x20AC;? Marin Countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s juvenile court, Turner shelved the videoconferencbickering stakeholders have agreed on ing equipment after defense attorneys a plan to tighten security in the Lucas threatened to sue because they believe Valley courtroom so judges can safely having the kids in one room and the continue hearing cases of incarcerated judge in another would violate juvechildren there. nilesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; rights. Turner then proposed Michael Daly, the countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s chief building a glass enclosure around probation officer, worked with the juvenile defendants and their lawyers. sheriff â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office, prosecutors and deThe glass-enclosure plan, which befense attorneys to design measures to came known as the glass cage, sparked alleviate security concerns in the small outrage and national media attencourtroom next to Juvenile Hall. Last tion, prompting Turner to scrap it and week, the judges approved the plan. threaten to close the one-room court It includes installing security adjoining Juvenile Hall. cameras, a panic button, wire-mesh The closure would have meant shutwindow screens, a new windowless tling detained juveniles in shackles rear door and a magnetometer to four miles from Juvenile Hall to the screen those entering the courtroom Civic Center. Defense attorneys obfor weapons. Everyone involved in jected to the psychological effect of the the juvenile-justice system agrees that shackling on youths. Daly feared the the plan safeguards security without trip would expose the alleged offendjeopardizing detained juvenilesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; rights ers to more danger than they would or their access to a system meant to face in the courtroom next to Juvenile rehabilitate them. Hall. He also worried that â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are happy that transporting the juveniles the court and the coun- The glass-enclosure could cost his department ty staff were able to col- plan, which became six figures a year in personlaborate in coming to a known as the glass nel and vehicles. decision that addresses â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m glad collectively we the courtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s issues of se- cage, sparked outrage came to a result that allows curity and our issues of and national media us to stay out at Lucas Valaccess to the courts in Daly said. attention, prompting ley,â&#x20AC;? a meaningful way,â&#x20AC;? said â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is the safest location for Jose Varela, the countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Turner to scrap it and the minors.â&#x20AC;? public defender. Turner oversaw the threaten to close the Varela and other Civic Centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s installation one-room court adcriminal-defense atof a metal detector soon joining Juvenile Hall. after she became the court torneys balked at earlier plans to have executive officer in 1986. juvenile defendants videoconference She said Marinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s history of courthouse with judges and to enclose the alleged violence combined with the juvenile juvenile offenders behind glass. courtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s relatively remote location, Last summer, Kim Turner, the court the countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s increasing gang violence executive officer, announced the Lucas and a number of emotionally reactive Valley courtroom would close after juveniles convinced her of the need defense attorneys objected to her plans to tighten security. She said she and for tightening security. In 2009, Turner the judges are confident that the latest spent nearly $64,000 on videoconferplans will ensure public safety. encing equipment. Videoconferencing In 1970, Judge Harold Haley was would have had incarcerated juveniles killed along with three others when sit with their lawyers in a secure room he was taken hostage during the trial at Juvenile Hall while judges interacted of a San Quentin prisoner accused with them via cameras from the Civic of assaulting a guard. The attack also Center. left Gary Thomas, then a prosecuThe prosecutor who handles juvenile tor and later a Marin County judge, cases said having a child face a judge in paralyzed. â&#x153;š court has a power that seeing a judge Email Ronnie Cohen at on a screen lacks. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I just want them in front of that judge,â&#x20AC;? said Ron Ravani, the deputy district attorney who has Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s your county, speak up at handled Marinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s juvenile cases for the â&#x20AC;şâ&#x20AC;ş paciďŹ past 23 years. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want them to


6th Annual


Here lies a story of epitaph– partS a bit gory, parts a big laugh

“Timor mortis conturbat me” (the fear of death distresses me)

—16th century Scottish poet William Dunbar

Fear not Billy D, with our sixth annual Death Issue, the Pacific Sun will lay to rest any qualms you have about “taking the westbound” (as the rail jockeys used to call it). This year’s Samhain tribute to the great gig in the sky includes inspired epigraphs, dirge disc jockeying, our cadaver-ments to the chef and death-talk Bolinas-style. As we like to say, Halloween is no time for fun and games, so we’ll leave the cute-costume roundups and kandy korn tasting contests to the local dailies and present our sixth annual Death Issue—four stories confronting the culmination of life, with all the reverence, dignity and curiosity the final stage of living deserves. And just between you and us, Dunbar—we’re not too thrilled about “mortis” either. —Jason Walsh

The Famous I am ready to meet my Maker. Whether my Maker is prepared for the great ordeal of meeting me is another matter. Winston Churchill

by Matthew Stafford


he tombstone epitaph is literature at its most conclusive. Etched into its timeless canvas of granite, marble or sandstone, it allows the eternally present author to reflect, pontificate, instruct or crack wise. This unique form of creative expression can ensure a person’s immortality, encapsulate her life and manifest her wit, personality and essence through ancient technology that will outlive the geekiest gadget by a millennium or two. Here the dearly departed outlives memory and accomplishment and, best of all, gets in the last word. The earliest form of the tombstone was the stele, a tall carved stone slab used by the ancient Greeks, Egyptians and Mayans to

mark out territory, to commemorate battles or, when placed in front of tombs, to eulogize the dead. (Many still exist, much to the delight of amateur and professional archaeologists; Chinese “stele forests” are popular tourist attractions.) Over time the stele evolved into a slab laid over a grave; this in turn became a headstone/footstone combination that designated the location of the corpus beneath. In time the footstone went the way of other fads, leaving the headstone the sole canvas for eternal expression. A tombstone isn’t necessarily forever, of course; the wooden variety lasts less than a century, and recycled headstones

from the great San Francisco-to-Colma corpse migration of a hundred years ago can be seen in the Marina Green seawall, the Lands End landfill and the paving of Buena Vista Park, letters and dates still legible. But the survivors are unique works of art that run the gamut from the simple to the splendid, elaborate with gables, arches, skulls, cherubs, crowns, crosses, curbs, columns, peacocks or mermaids. The words themselves might be limited to name and dates of birth and death, but many of the fallen, famous and unknown, have left us a message, a prayer, a warning or a credo to remember them by. Here are some of our favorites.

Against you I will fling myself, Unvanquished and unyielding, O Death! Virginia Woolf

Here lies Lester Moore Four slugs from a .44 No Les No More.

Here lies Ann Mann Who lived an old maid But died an old Mann

Here lies the body of poor Aunt Charlotte. Born a virgin, died a harlot. For 16 years she kept her virginity A damn’d long time for this vicinity.

Sir John Strange. Here lies an honest lawyer, And that is Strange.

Quoth the Raven, “Nevermore.” Edgar Allan Poe

Good friend, for Jesus’ sake forbear, To dig the dust enclosed here. Blest be the man that spares these stones, And cursed be he that moves my bones. William Shakespeare

That’s all folks. Mel Blanc (voice of Porky Pig et al.)

The Body of B. Franklin, Printer Like the Cover of an old Book Its Contents turn out And Stript of its Lettering & Guilding Lies here. Food for Worms For, it will as he believed appear once more In a new and more elegant Edition corrected and improved By the Author Benjamin Franklin

And away we go. Jackie Gleason

The best is yet to come. Frank Sinatra

The Wild West Here lies a man named Zeke, Second fastest draw in Cripple Creek. Here lies the body of Arkansas Jim. We made the mistake, But the joke’s on him. He called Bill Smith A Liar

Cause of Death Beneath this stone a lump of clay Lies Uncle Peter Dan’els Who early in the month of May Took off his winter flannels. Here lies the body of our Anna, Done to death by a banana. It wasn’t the fruit that laide her low, But the skin of the thing that made her go. Reader, I’ve left this world, in which I had a world to do; Sweating and fretting to get rich: Just such a fool as you. Punsters Here lies Johnny Yeast. Pardon me For not rising.

Under the sod and under the trees, Lies the body of Jonathan Pease. He is not here, there’s only the pod. Pease shelled out and went to God. Wits and Philosophers Here lies an Atheist. All dressed up And no place to go. She drank good ale, Good punch and wine And lived to the age of 99. Remember man, as you walk by, As you are now, so once was I. As I am now, so shall you be. Remember this and follow me. ✹ Send last words to Matt at OCTOBER 28 - NOVEMBER 3, 2011 PACIFIC SUN 13

for their final ‘curtains’ call...


erry Zwigoff will not be attending his own funeral. If and when the acclaimed Bay Area filmmaker finally shuffles off this mortal coil, Zwigoff suspects he won’t be going out in public much, since he will, you know, be dead. Oh, his body might be present, in one form or another, but when his corpse is carried with coffined pomp and circumstance from the funeral home to the gravesite, it won’t really be in any condition to enjoy the ceremony. It certainly won’t be listening to the music. So according to Zwigoff (Ghost World, Bad Santa, Art School Confidential), he has no opinion whatsoever on which songs should be played as his friends and loved ones gather— sometime far in the future—to mourn, remember and memorialize his life. “I’m not going to hear the music, so I really, really don’t care what they play at my funeral,” Zwigoff insists. “Whatever makes my wife happy is fine with me. I know people think about this kind of thing, planning out their funerals in advance, but I just can’t think in those terms. I’ll be dead, why should I have any say in what is played at my funeral? “Play anything. Play Elton John if you want. What do I care?” With all due respect to Mr. Zwigoff, it turns out most people do care.

Last year, I spent several weeks asking Bay Area artists about the music they hoped would be played at their own (eventual) funerals. With the exception of Zwigoff, everyone had an opinion. Part of a public radio project for KRCB in Sonoma County, the recorded interviews aimed to explore the significance of music in our lives, as evidenced by the prominent place it holds in funeral services. Few cultures on this planet bury their dead without music. From the glorious minor key funeral requiems of Mozart and Verdi, to the joyous jazz/dance funeral marches of New Orleans, to Bette Midler’s “The Rose,” music has always been a major part of saying goodbye to our dearly departed. A number of the people I spoke with hope to keep the tone of their funerals somber and respectful. Not surprisingly, classical tunes were often suggested to set an appropriately serious, deeply emotional mood. Though known for his innovative jazz compositions, David Balakrishnan—founder of the world-famous Turtle Island Quartet (Have You Ever Been...? A Love Supreme)— wants to buried to the soaring fourth movement of Johannes Brahms’ Symphony No. 2. “It’s one of the great compositions that I

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love, one of the great compositions of the Western classical canon,” Balakrishnan says, allowing that this might seem like a fairly safe choice for a jazz violinist. “That piece of music,” he explains, “has a strong personal meaning to me, because it’s one of the first things I ever fell in love with that was music. It’s brilliant, it’s triumphant, it’s pure genius, with total clarity of understanding about the greatness that mankind can achieve, the kind of greatness we’re built for. It’s so beautiful—it just makes my chest want to explode when I hear it. “Who wouldn’t want to be buried to that?” Celtic harper Patrick Ball (The Music of Turlough O’Carolan, The Wood of Morois) would like his funeral to include a tune written more than 100 years before Brahms. “It’s called ‘Sheebeg Sheemore,’” Ball says, “It’s a harp tune written by Turlough O’Carolan, the blind, itinerant Irish harp player from the late 17th and early 18th century.” “Sheebeg Sheemore” hardly sounds funereal, but there is a potent supernatural lilt to the tune, as if it were a thousand little bells, ringing out comfortingly from beyond the veil. “In English, it simply means the little fairy hill and the big fairy hill,” Ball explains. “It’s actually the reason I did start playing the harp, because when I first heard it, I was so enchanted by this tune, I wanted to learn to play it myself. Ever since then, I’ve played it in just about all of my concerts. So the way I figure it, artistically, I came in with this song, so physically, I might was well go out with it, too.” There are few funeral songs more beloved than “Amazing Grace,” a tune accordion player Renee de la Prade, producer of the popular Accordion Babes Calendar, would like played at her funeral, preferably on a bagpipe. “That will make everyone cry,” she says, happily, “so then I’d want a livelier tune, maybe ‘Girls Just Want to Have Fun’ by Cyndi Lauper—to celebrate the happy stuff, the joy and fun of just being a musician and working hard and making life a party. And that would

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maybe be followed by some funny Irish music. There’s this old rebel tune called ‘Nell Flaherty’s Drake.’ It’s got about 40 different Irish curses in it, so it would be fun to kind of curse the people at my funeral—in a lighthearted way—as I lay there in my coffin.” May his pig never grunt, may his cat never hunt May a ghost ever haunt him the dead of the night May his hens never lay, may his horse never neigh May his coat fly away like an old paper kite. “And they can’t say or do anything back at me,” de la Prade laughs, “’cause I’m totally dead! Anyway, I’d still want to begin with ‘Amazing Grace.’” For the record, in a poll of the 100 all-time most popular funeral songs—commissioned by a company that presents dove releases at funerals—”Amazing Grace” is No. 1. And five of those 100 tunes (“Candle in the Wind,” “Daniel,” “Circle of Life,” “One Day at a Time” and “Funeral for a Friend”) were originally recorded by Elton John. So perhaps Zwigoff was onto something. Personally, I want my coffin to be carried away to the tune of The Rockford Files theme song, by Mike Post. Seriously. It’s not that I care particularly about the 1970s TV show. But the tune—it’s upbeat, full of attitude, a little inappropriate, kind of cool and loads of fun—embodies all the things I hope people will be thinking about me as I take my last bow on the stage of life. I’m not alone in selecting a song that few

When the cold hand of death reaches for Richard Peterson, the Rafael Film Center programmer would like to hear Kurt Weill’s ‘Lost in the Stars.’

others are unlikely to have ever considered. For many, it’s the lyrics, rather than the tune, that carries the message they’d like to convey. “The song that I’d most like played at my funeral,” says Richard Peterson, programmer at the Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center in San Rafael, “is the song ‘Lost in the Stars,’ written by Kurt Weill with lyrics by Maxwell Anderson.” Specifically, Peterson wants the version recorded by Elvis Costello. “At first, it sounds like a spiritual,” he explains. “It’s about God, but it’s about God maybe going away. So it’s a song that deals with religion, but it’s not exactly religious.” I’ve been walking through the night and the day Till my eyes get weary and my hair turns gray

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a beach, their own restaurant, a forest setting. Their food choices are simpler, too. Simpler does not always mean undistinguished— many named foie gras in one form or another, and caviar was a favorite (with Champagne, of course), all with simple luxury. Eric Ripert (Le Bernadin) would ask for toasted country bread, olive oil, shaved black truffle, with rock salt and black pepper. Tempestuous Gordon Ramsay (with 16 restaurants For his last meal, Mill Valley’s Tyler Florence has a special place all over the world and hit television in his heart for the bourbon ice cream he enjoyed as a kid. shows) returns to British Sunday: happens with Marin’s own Tyler Florence. roast beef with Yorkshire pudding and red He says, “I want the last thing I taste to be wine gravy. Gabrielle Hamilton, whose the first thing I remember tasting.” Among Manhattan restaurant Prune is a gour- such foods are fried chicken, shrimp and met mecca, would like roe (“even salmon grits with andouille sausage, black-eyed roe”), radishes, scrambled eggs with sea peas with cornbread, biscuits and gravy, salt, cracked black pepper and parsley to and peach cobbler “with hand-churned be eaten with “yeasty toast” and a hand- bourbon ice cream.” Revered chef Jacques ful of good ripe cherries. Tony Bourdain Pepin includes everything from hot dogs wants simple, too. “Roast bone marrow and lobster rolls to French classics (squab, with parsley and caper salad, with a few pheasant), and a childhood dessert, his slices of toasted baguette and sea salt.” mother’s crepes served warm from the And a perfect Guinness. pan. He would have family and friends Everyone knows who Thomas Keller “and my dog, Paco” gathered together to is, but who could predict his answer to “cook, drink, and eat together until the the familiar question? He starts off as one end—weeks or months later—when I might imagine: “I would begin with a would die from the peche de gourmandise half-kilo of osetra caviar followed by some [sin of gluttony].” otoro.” But then? “A quesadilla, followed An amusing response in the book came by a roast chicken, and finally, Brie with from world-famous Guy Savoy, who said truffles. For dessert I would choose to have in a gracious note to the author: “I have a either profiteroles or a lemon tart.” Scott phobic rapport with death, and because of Conant (Scarpetta, D.O.C.G.) wanders this, will never discuss my last meal! This through ethnic cuisines with his dream returns me to my life’s philosophy: I talk of spit-roasted goat, fresh corn cut off the about openings, not closings.” cob, sushi, papardelle with white truffles, Among all of these fantasies, there is a and his mother’s sausage and peppers. story that might be useful to remember. (“Oh,” he adds, “and one more sausage Julia Child answered the familiar quesand pepper sandwich to go, please. I am tion years ago with an elaborate feast not too sure how long this trip is.”) moving from caviar to duck to dessert, Bourdain wrote in the intro, “When we served with rare wines. As it turned out, think of what we would eat last, we revert her real last supper was a bowl of French from the loud, Type A, obsessive, dominat- onion soup. ✹ ing control freaks we’ve become back to Place your order with Pat at the children we once were.” That’s what





rom a very young age, ideas and beliefs about death have fascinated me. When I was 10, my favorite book was Raymond Moodyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Life after Life. I read it, re-read it and fantasized about being the reincarnation of Sacajawea or more realistically, Marilyn Monroe, who died just a decade prior to my conception. Much to my chagrin, my fascination with death was birthed in the 1970s when my small-town community still held onto fears of speaking about death and dying. I coveted my Raymond Moody book and somehow got my hands on the writings of Elisabeth Kubler-Ross and I was goneâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; off into a lone world of mystical enchantment with the Grim Reaper. I would have loved to gather with my friends to discuss ideas, but talking about death seemed like such a downer. I soon discovered that death was not just a taboo topic in my hometown, but that the entire nation was tiptoeing on eggshells around bringing death into conversations. Here in the West, there is a history of ignoring, hiding and otherwise disguising death in order to spare us from the painful and confusing emotions that are a necessary and amazing part of the grieving process. And who can blame us? Death can be painful. Excruciating, even. Who in their right mind would willfully engage in discussions about something so grim? The New School at Commonweal, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s who. In a culture consumed with living forever through advancements in medical technology, cosmetic surgery and the ever expanding list of life-extending supplements, few people beyond Goths and hospice workers choose to engage in discussions about what many deem as morose-and the New School at Commonweal is determined to change this attitude. After 33 years in the West Marin community of Bolinas, Commonwealâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s New School offers more than just a beautiful retreat spot in the middle of the Point Reyes National Seashore. Along with the Coastal Health Alliance, the group is bringing death to the table in its End of Life Conversation Series. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Commonweal started out with people working with troubled kids,â&#x20AC;? says Susan Braun, executive director. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Then the programs evolved into a cancer help program 26 years ago, offering one-week residential programs to people with cancer.â&#x20AC;? Having just completed its 160th cancer help program and its third year of death and

dying discussions, the New School continues to move forward with programming. The discussions, which are open to the public, recorded and available as podcasts on the New Schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website, address a variety of approaches and ideas about death and dying. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We invite a variety of people who are leaders in their ďŹ elds and the audience participates with questions and thoughts. We also try to do all of this at no cost to participants through grants,â&#x20AC;? says coordinator Kyra Epstein. The site also houses its own art gallery, which often showcases Marin artistsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; work relating to the themes on the discussion calendar. The topics covered in the End of Life Series are not your expected hospice-style grief groups, though many staff and volunteers at Commonweal have hospice training and experience with grief counseling. Instead, organizers bring in presenters with diverse approaches to the topic. Previous presentations include Ram Dass and Dr. Rachel Naomi Remen discussing aging and death; artist Eric Karpeles presenting on artists and mortality; and hospice doctor, rites-of-passage facilitator and author Scott Eberle discussing alternative approaches to looking toward the end of life. â&#x20AC;&#x153;People sometimes come to our evenings nervous or uncomfortable,â&#x20AC;? says Braun, whose background is in patient advocacy and breast cancer support. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But once the conversations begin, it is as if we let the air out of something. People are freed up to look at different things. It really opens up space for people to think about how they want to live.â&#x20AC;? The series, which includes 10 to 12 conversations per year, is not just for those who are facing the end of their own lives, but for loved ones, medical providers and anyone else even curious about death-related topics. â&#x20AC;&#x153;One thing we set forth to do is just increase the dialogue. Two decades ago people didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t say breast and cancer in the same sentence,â&#x20AC;? says Braun. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Now theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re are bringing it to the dinner table.â&#x20AC;? While many avoid meaningful conversations about deathâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;yet indulge in horror and war ďŹ&#x201A;icks with the safety of a movie screen barrier separating them from the realityâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Commonweal continues to dissolve the boundaries between the pain and beauty of death. Though the 2012 programming has not yet been chiseled in stone, both Braun and Epstein look forward to expanding the topics to include ritual, multicultural perspectives on death and dying, pragmatic


Actress Anna Deavere Smith added a bit of life to the proceedings this past June at Commonweal.

programming to plan for the end of life, and to continue with their newly established practitioners circle, offering support to those working with end-of-life care. Witnessing and grieving the death of a loved one shoves us up against an ethereal world, reminding us simultaneously of both the beauty of all life and the brutal truth of our own mortality. Death brings up philosophical and scientiďŹ c questions, which do not have readily available, solid answers. There is no avoiding death. We all face it

sooner or later and it seems that discussing it openly, understanding it and accepting it as a part of life is probably a good idea. Because, I think, that science canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t yet make us live forever, why not gather and talk and share and open up to possibilities other than fear? â&#x20AC;&#x153;People are deďŹ nitely interested, curious and intrigued,â&#x20AC;? says Braun. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They are tasking us to offer more.â&#x20AC;? â&#x153;š To ďŹ nd out about upcoming dates and topics or to listen to podcasts in the End of Life Conversation Series, visit www. or email to get on the mailing list.

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l Paseo House of Chops nearly ic brick walls, took down the old curtains and chopped itself out of a favorable upgraded handicap accessibilityâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;has done review. little to dampen the fantasy of a southern We arrived at the swank Mill Valley Europe oasis amid the Beamers and Priuses restaurantâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;reopened this spring under new of downtown Mill Valley. owner-dudes and Mill Valleyans Sammy The old El Paseo had a natural retro qualHagar and Tyler Florenceâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;about two ity; the celebrity-owned version seems to be minutes past our 6pm reservation. Knowing more overt about it (Hagar is said to have full well that Van Halen had kept audiences selected the ambient musicâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;all pre-rockwaiting a few times in its career, we ďŹ gured era jazz). Even the â&#x20AC;&#x153;little pathâ&#x20AC;? from which Sammy would understand and it wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t El Paseo takes its name is quainter than ever, be a problem. And, as it turned out, the two with outside seating in the central alcoveâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; minutes werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t a problem. The problem was ideal for cocktails and small plates for the woman who had taken our reservation couples; we wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t recommend a family of weeks before had marked the wrong date. six try to stake out a tableâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and a lanternWe werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t two minutes late for our table, littered passageway between the bar and the according to the reservation log, we were main dining hall thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s splendidly Dickensian 10,078 minutes early. in its shadowy promise of surprise around The staff at the front desk apologized every corner. profusely, as it was obvious we werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t trying Little did we suspect the shadowy surprise to talk our way into a fully booked restaurant; â&#x20AC;&#x2122;round the corner would be a $74 steak weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d made a reservation that had been misat the top of the entrees menu. Sadly, our laid. â&#x20AC;&#x153;No problem, ladies!â&#x20AC;? we thought. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Now, modest PaciďŹ c Sun budget does not allow direct us to our table, please...â&#x20AC;? us to ďŹ nd out for ourselves if the quality of But as my wife and I stared at them expec- a steak could equal the annual GNP of the tantly, and they stared back at us blankly, it island nation of Kiribati. And, as Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m sure the slowly became apparent that Kiribatians would attest, no the reservation book would steakâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;not even this 32-ounce not be juggled. But what these EL PASEO porterhouseâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;is worth that sympatheticâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;if not quite HOUSE OF CHOPS much. Nor is the 24-ounce sympathetic enoughâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;ďŹ&#x201A;oor 17 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley; rib-eye worth $68, as sugmanagers didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t realize was 415/388-0741. Open for dinner gested a few entrees down the that they were up against par- daily from 5-10pm. menu. But a note on prices: ents of three baby-sittered The entrees that actually have tiny tots. We were the Halleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s their own income-tax brackets Comet of diners; if you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t seat us tonight, arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t intended to be a wise investment for you may never seat us. most people (especially those on journalist It was we who would not be juggled. salaries); theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re aimed at the Daddies WarAs it grew clear they were either going to bucks who can afford to play the â&#x20AC;&#x153;what does ďŹ nd us a suitable table or weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d become a dina $74 steak taste like?â&#x20AC;? game, and not feel too ers-from-hell story theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d recount animatedly shafted if it tastes a lot like a $25 steak. to the late shift, the stalemate was broken. Entrees that require their own payment They sat us in a cozy little corner in the wellplans withstanding, El Paseoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s prices are still, lit east room. (We knew they had a table.) overall, at the high end even in comparison With that little episode out of the way, to other ďŹ ne restaurants in Marin. A burgerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s let me just say: El Paseo is one very good going to set you back $18. Corn soup, $12; restaurant. For those who thought a dash of deviled eggs, $11. So knowing that going Sammy Hagar rock-itude and the eyebrowin, we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t recommend bringing a mental raising â&#x20AC;&#x153;house of chopsâ&#x20AC;? moniker indicated scorecard to El Paseo and tallying up whether a turn toward antler racks and $20 all-youthe roasted bone marrow starter is worth all can-eat-ribs specials, rest easy. Chef Preston 1,200 of the pennies youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re forking over for it. Clark has kept the upscale nature of El Paseo But we do think patrons should expect an in both price and cuisineâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and the old-world exemplary meal. milieu still blends ďŹ&#x201A;awlessly with old-money Which is what we got. Mill Valley. We started with Dungeness crab cakes When plans of the Hagar-Florence venture ($16) served with a basil-y dressing that was ďŹ rst began circulating in 2009, fears of El as creamy as the cakes were rich. A plate of Paseo losing its treasured intimacy were fryshishito peppers ($8) followedâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d deďŹ ing up faster than chicken-fried steak (which nitely get this again; generous in number, the is now on the menu, believe it or not). But sometimes hot Japanese peppers are roasted a touching up here and there of some of the to a mild tanginess in olive oil, lemon and sea more decrepit parts of the buildingâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;they salt. A promising start to the meal. put in hardwood ďŹ&#x201A;oors, spruced up the iconConsidering that some of the prices sug-

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gested they cook up a pretty decent steak (we hope thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what the $90 black angus roasted in garlic was suggesting), we werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t leaving without a taste of cattle. And, yeah, the 6-ounce ďŹ let mignon ($26) was pretty decent. In fact it was fantastic. Encircled in bacon, topped with a sliver of trufďŹ&#x201A;e butter, roasted with shallots and cooked perfectly to the medium weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d requested, this was perhaps the ďŹ nest $4.33-an-ounce steak weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d ever had. The ďŹ let mignon isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t accompanied by anythingâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;though do request Tyler Florenceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s savory house steak sauceâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;so we ordered a side of creamed spinach, and even that came close to justifying its $8 price tag; it was garlicky, rich and generously apportioned. The only letdown was the chicken paillard ($19), which was overly dominated by its accompanying baby spinach. The thin, seared meat packed a savory punch with the lardoons of bacon littered throughoutâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;but the abundance of leafy greens rendered the plate more a gloriďŹ ed salad than a sumptuous main course. For afters, the cream-topped donut holes ($8) were a helpful recommendation from our server; normally weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d have played the dessert game a bit saferâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;pecan pie and a chocolate soufďŹ&#x201A;e were also on the menuâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;but the donuts, in their berry puree, had us looking at the breakfast pastry in a â&#x20AC;&#x153;holeâ&#x20AC;? new way. The new El Paseo had been open for nearly ďŹ ve months on our visit, and the service is still just OK. We already covered the mix-up with our reservation. Our server was perfectly nice and mostly prompt, but she (and other servers) appeared rushedâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;that may partly have to do with the outside-insidepatio-separate-bar layout of the restaurant; or, maybe they need to add bodies. El Paseo was built in 1947 and had been one of the iconic Marin restaurants for years. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re glad itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s back, and it tastes like itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in good hands. â&#x153;š Have a beef with Jason? Email jwalsh@paciďŹ

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It’s all in your perspective. With me, Bobby is respectful and kind. With young women, he’s a lech, luring them under false pretenses. He recently told me about Jane, a naive 18-year-old student living in San Francisco. They met at a bar in Cow Hollow and made a date for the following Saturday. After an evening of cocktails and live music in San Rafael, Jane didn’t want to drive to the city. She asked Bobby to drive her home, saying she would get a ride back to her car in the morning. Bobby had a better idea—Jane could stay on the couch at his house. The rest is predictable, if we were talking about a pair of college freshman. Bobby’s roommates were on the sofa watching television when the couple arrived, prompting Bobby to ask Jane to stay in his room. She accepted, saying she’d sleep on the floor. Once in the bedroom, he refused to “let a woman sleep on the floor.” Promising not to touch her, he coaxed her into his bed. After Jane settled in, he made his move, spooning and holding her. Bobby told me she stiffened, but never told him to stop, leading him to believe she wanted more. I interrupted to give him an earful. She’s naive. He knows better. She’s never been in this position before. He’s taking advantage. She wants to be the polite, young lady her parents taught her to be. He’s a pig. She is stuck. “She didn’t say ‘no,’” Bobby opined. Taking the next step, Bobby fondled her as she wriggled away. Despite her discomfort, he convinced her that he must relieve the pressure she had caused. Pulling her close, he proceeded to take matters into his own hand. Finally, he turned his back and fell asleep. Horrified, I told him he practically assaulted her. Jane will never forget that night for the rest of her life. “She trusted you,” I said. “She didn’t say ‘no,’” he stated emphatically. That night, sleep never came for me. I replayed every detail of Jane’s ordeal. I saw Bobby one more time, encouraging him to seek therapy. As he laughed off my suggestion, I realized it would be the last conversation we would ever have. ✹ Email:

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hen we parted a couple of weeks ago, I was attempting to explain 49-year-old Bobby’s compulsion to date young women. Just writing that opening sentence makes me squirm. I know we’ve discussed the age difference issue repeatedly in this column, but this case is different. Shouldn’t he meet a nice woman and get to know her, regardless of age? Why does he continue to seek out gals as young as 18? Do the math. Does it make you the slightest bit uncomfortable? I bet parents of teenage girls are feeling prickly right about now. Any younger and Bobby might get a visit from Marin’s finest and a trip to the pokey. Does he find a couple of laugh lines and some saggy skin so repulsive that he’s unable to date women his own age? Is he simply trying to regain his lost adolescence, or is it something else, something darker? His appearance is unusually youthful, making it easy for him to approach girls young enough to be his daughter. In Bobby’s world, no one asks his age. Of course, he never offers to reveal it either. Though he claims to come clean when someone inquires, I tend to doubt it. Bobby and I went to high school together in Florida; he was a senior when I was a freshman. Later, we lived in the same apartment building while attending college. Back then, he dated younger girls, which made him about 21 and the girls about 18. He moved out here after a quickie divorce that followed an even quicker marriage. He was 45. His wife was 20. When he phoned to let me know he lived in Corte Madera, I began fantasizing about our courtship, the wedding on Mt. Tam and our beautiful children growing up to be very tall and winning cross-country running tournaments. My dream was shattered when we met for brunch that weekend. He spent the morning ogling teenage girls and I spent the afternoon lecturing him about it. Not much has changed. Only now, he’s pushing 50, and the girls are still 18. We joke about him being the world’s best underachiever. Bobby has never risen above a low-level managerial position in the corporate world, lives with three guy roommates in a man cave and drives a candy-apple red Dodge Charger muscle car. Since he aspires to nothing more, he sometimes calls himself the most successful man he knows.


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all it the good house-rockin’ seal of wait outside for a while till someone could approval. find him a chair. Danny Click, a tall and lanky “Immediately, I started to get a little Indiana-born axeslinger who honed his nervous, because he is one of my heroes, chops on the beer-soaked stages of Austin, and he was sitting there watching me has been plying his Texas roadhouse blues play. I figured, you can’t not invite Carlos locally since moving to San Rafael just Santana to play. over a decade ago. “He hadn’t brought His SRO shows at the a guitar so he played COMING SOON Sleeping Lady in Fairfax one of mine through Danny Click & the Amerihave had fans lining up our keyboardist’s amp. cana Orchestra perform two on the sidewalk. It was very impromptu. sets—one acoustic, the other One of those fans is You can see on the video featuring “paint-peeling” roadCarlos Santana, who re[that someone posted on house blues—Friday, Oct. 28, cently showed up to jam YouTube] that he had a at 8pm, at 142 Throckmorton with Click. The Marin great time. It was a total Theatre in Mill Valley. $18-$25. rocker, who is married to thrill. 415/383-9600. Cindy Blackman, sister of “At the end, I had to Click’s backup singer Trablush because he came cy Blackman, had taken a back and said something shine to Click’s recent self-produced album really complimentary to me. I was humLife Is a Good Place, a strikingly strong set bled. I mean, this guy is a legend and one of of country songs reminiscent of the late, my heroes and here he is telling me what a great Chris Whitley. great guitar player I am—it was awesome. “He had listened to the album and “It felt really good. showed up unannounced,” Click says. Life is, indeed, a good place for Click “The place was so packed Santana had to these days. His album has been charting

The idea that Carlos Santana had to wait outside to get into one of Click’s shows made the San Rafael guitarist ‘a little nervous.’

well on country and Americana radio. His decision to self-produce the album was something of a leap of faith. Before starting the project, he’d had a deal with Warner Bros. that fell through at the last minute. So Click took a hiatus from performing to concentrate on writing and producing, even selling off a few prized guitars from a collection that still numbers more than three dozen. He’s rightly proud of the results. “I’m getting a little older now,” says the 50-year-old musician. “I figured that I’m

not going to cut corners. The record labels don’t give a damn anymore, so I decided I would just do it my way and spend the money. I scrimped and saved. “I decided I would do it the way a record label would do it. There’s a big difference in quality when you do that. After all, it’s so easy to record these days that there’s a lot of stuff out. Hopefully, folks will be able to find the nuggets and this will be one of those nuggets they find.” His singer/songwriter side has stepped into the spotlight, but the education he received watching his mother play lap-steel slide guitar with the butt of a butter knife and taking advantage of any chance to get on stage in one those fabled Texas roadhouses has continued to serve him well. “I like that music because no one really does it anymore and I grew up listening to it and playing it when I was a kid. So I just gravitated toward that sound. The thing I love about it the most is that it’s so raw,” he says, drawing out his vowels (he pronounces it raaaaw). “It’s so in your face, so real, so in the moment. I mean, in those clubs, these guys are playing their ass off right in front of you, two feet away. There’s no pretension, no room for error—if they make a mistake, it’s a loud and proud mistake. “I equate it to one of those down-home, old-timey Southern Baptist revival meetings where they’re having a rip-roarin’ ceremony. It’s the same kind of vibe—it’s real and it’s honest and it’s passionate. It’s like the people who are doing it like it’s the last time they’ll ever be doing it. “That’s what I learned in Austin: If you’re playing like it’s the last time you’ll ever play the guitar, then you’re doing it right. If you’re not doing it that way, it’s because you’re not living it. “That’s what I like about it—I play it because it’s real and raaaaw!” ✹ Get real with Greg at Tune up to the Marin music scene at



Marin’s greatest poetry reading ever?

Walt Whitman would’ve dug Bolinas, which is ‘populated with some people who look just like him.’

Robert Hass leads Bolinas through an epic version of ‘Song of Myself’ by Steve H e ilig

Even Pulitzer-winning poet Robert Hass was ‘amazed.’

able original copy of the poem in book form that stood there like some version of the biblical Ark of the Covenant, admonishing us to do it justice. There were 52 sections of the poem to be read. I did not know everyone who was reading, but of those I did know, there were yes, poets and writers, but also carpenters, dancers, naturalists, winemakers, philanthropists, scientists, healers, lawyers, actors, artists, ranchers, scholars, surfers, farmers, businesspeople... and many more. Younger and older, readers brought their own personality to their section of the poem, with presentations ranging from quiet and meditative to booming and dramatic. The reading flowed seamlessly, for almost two hours. As each person ended, quiet murmurs of appreciation could be heard; some of the lines prompted laughter; sometimes the mood was somber. As the poem required, we contained multitudes, contradicted ourselves, let forth a barbaric yawp and much, much more. But it built like a symphony; the power of it was really astonishing by the end, a

celebration of life and love and nature and, well, most everything, including, yes, death. Over such a long reading one’s mind can wander, and mine did, and I was already exhausted from a very demanding workweek, maybe even a bit ill and my butt grew sore from sitting, but as we neared the end I was fairly shocked to feel that if it went on much longer, I just might burst into tears—which would have embarrassed me deeply as I was in the front row of readers facing the big crowd. But then I looked around and saw tears on the faces of some others less uptight than myself, and felt vindicated that something extraordinary was indeed occurring. The end neared; Karpeles rose to read the poem’s final section and read, quietly: I depart as air, I shake my white locks at the runaway sun, I effuse my flash in eddies, and drift it in lacy jags.



alt Whitman’s legendary epic poem, “Song of Myself,” first appeared in 1855, self-published in Brooklyn by the then-unknown journalist and walker, who was 37 years old at the time. According to West Marinite Robert Hass, Pulitzer-winning former poet laureate of the United States, “It was then and is now an astonishment, perhaps the most unprecedented poem in the English language.” Many students read Whitman in high school. Some of the hundreds of people attending the mass reading of the poem at Commonweal in Bolinas last Sunday said that was indeed the first and last time they’d looked at it. But I think it a fair guarantee that nobody present will forget it now. As conceived and conducted by artist, author and Commonweal board member Eric Karpeles, this was a literary event for the ages. Hass himself introduced the poem, expertly, warmly, and then without fanfare launched into the first section, beginning “I celebrate myself....” Sitting in two rows behind him, readers took their turns at the two podiums, flanking a rare and invalu-

I bequeath myself to the dirt to grow from the grass I love, If you want me again look under your boot-soles. You will hardly know who I am or what I mean, But I shall be good health to you nevertheless, And filter and fibre your blood. Failing to fetch me at first keep encouraged, Missing me one place search another, I stop somewhere waiting for you. At the poem’s final word, there was a huge collective exhale, and the whole room erupted into loud, exuberant, sustained applause and cheers. There was a sense of shared purpose and accomplishment in that room that reminded me of certain concerts, perhaps, but without the drugs. We all stood, cheering for one another, and for Whitman. We had “fetched” him, no doubt about that. Walt himself was in the room, in one form or another, for as the very first stanza of his poem holds, “every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you.” Brilliant writer Michael Cunningham (another Pulitzer-winner best known for The Hours) has described Whitman as “a comfortable and comforting admixture of Everyman—the poet as regular guy—and a sort of mystical Santa Claus, a vision-

ary Saint Nick who roamed euphorically around America, found it all profound and strange and fabulous, and left Leaves of Grass under the national tree, the greatest imaginable Christmas present, a big bruiser of a book that took a lifetime to write, that declared our land to be astonishing in all its aspects, from the mansion to the mud puddle, and all its inhabitants heroes, from the factory owner to the kid who swept the factory floor.” I found myself wondering what this visionary roamer might have thought of his beloved America now, so much more crowded, sprawling, noisy, full of electronic news and nonsense and political insanity. Who knows? He did experience the carnage of the Civil War firsthand so perhaps he would not be very impressed. But his perspective seemed to encompass both impermanence and what lasts, and on nature in all its guises. I think he would love Bolinas—saved by other visionaries from so much of “progress,” surrounded by the natural splendor he celebrated—populated with some people who look just like him. In fact, I bet he’d live here. Maybe he does. He certainly did on Sunday afternoon. People still talk of the legendary San Francisco “Six Gallery” reading that some say launched the Beat “movement” in 1955 with Allen Ginsberg’s reading of his “Howl” (and without Whitman, there would be no such “Howl”). I wonder if, over 50 years from now, this reading might join that one as a truly historic event. Again, who knows? Afterwards, I asked an elated-looking Hass if, in his long poetic career, he had seen and heard anything like it, and he replied, “No. This was just amazing.” It was an astonishment. ✹

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Anna Mouglalis and Eric Elmosnino put the oui in oh la la in ‘Gainsbourg,’ opening Friday at the Rafael.

● The Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert (1:42) A troupe of transvestite entertainers makes their way across the Australian outback in Stephan Elliott’s over-the-top musical comedy. ● Anonymous (2:10) Derek Jacobi, David Thewlis, Joely Richardson and Vanessa Redgrave (as Elizabeth I) star in Roland Emmerich’s richly tapestried investigation into who really wrote the plays of William Shakespeare. ● 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. ● 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. ● 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?!?). ● Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life (2:02) Stylish, inventive biopic of Serge Gainsbourg, the ’60s French pop icon whose romantic conquests included Juliette Greco and Brigitte Bardot. ● 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. ● In Time (1:49) Sci-fi thriller about a futuristic world in which immortality is possible and the wealthy collect and barter time instead of money; Amanda Seyfried and Justin Timberlake star. ● Johnny English Reborn (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. 28 PACIFIC SUN OCTOBER 28 – NOVEMBER 3, 2011

● The Metropolitan Opera: Anna Bolena (4:20) Direct from the New York Met it’s Donizetti’s tuneful true-life tragedy of an ill-fated queen and her axe-wielding hubby. ● The Metropolitan Opera: Don Giovanni (4:00) Catch Mozart’s sweeping portrait of the legendary ladies’ man in dazzling big-screen high definition. ● 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. ● Puss in Boots (1:30) “Shrek” spinoff focuses on the dashing if delusional kitty-cat, sallying forth to steal the goose that lays the golden eggs; Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek, Billy Bob Thornton and Amy Sedaris provide the voices. ● Real Steel (2:12) In a near-future world of robot-only championship boxing, a washedup former fighter assembles a lethal mechanical Rocky Balboa with help from his estranged son (awwwww). ● The Rum Diary (2:02) Hunter S. Thompson’s novel hits the big screen with Johnny Depp as a 1950s reporter who takes a job at a Puerto Rico newspaper and weighs the pros and cons of selling out in a sultry topical paradise. ● The Skin I Live In (1:20) Pedro Almodovar’s latest eyebrow-raiser stars Antonio Banderas as an off-kilter plastic surgeon (complete with Igor and guinea pig) obsessed with crafting a new kind of skin impervious to burns and bruises. ● 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). ● Twilight Saga Tuesdays: Twilight (2:20) Vampire-lovers are cordially invited to a night of exclusive clips, backstage interviews and a full-on screening of “Twilight.” ● 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. ● Women Art Revolution (1:23) Vivid look at four decades of the feminist art movement features interviews with Judy Chicago, Cindy Sherman, Yoko Ono and many others. ● 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 Northgate 15: 12:40, 3:10, 5:35, 7:55, 10:20 CinéArts at Marin: Fri-Sat 4:40, 10 Sun 4:40 Mon-Thu 5:05 ❋ The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (R) ★★★ Lark Theater: Sat 8:30 ❋ Anonymous (PG-13) Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 12:50, 3:55, 7, 10:05 Sun-Thu 12:50, 3:55, 7 The Big Year (PG) ★★ Century Northgate 15: 7:05, 9:35 Dolphin Tale (PG) Century Northgate 15: 11:25, 4:35, 9:50; 3D showtimes at 2, 7:10 Lark Theater: Fri 5:30 Sat-Sun 3 Tue-Thu 4:30 Drive (R) ★★★1/2 Lark Theater: Fri 8 Sat-Sun 5:30 Tue-Thu 7 Footloose (2011) (PG-13) Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 11, 1:40, 4:25, 7:10, 9:55 Sun-Thu 11, 1:40, 4:25, 7:10 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:35, 2:15, 5:05, 7:40, 10:20 ❋ Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Fri 4:15, 6:45, 9:15 Sat 1:45, 4:15, 6:45, 9:15 Sun 1:45, 6:45, 9:15 Mon-Thu 6:45, 9:15 The Ides of March (R) ★★★ Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 5:15, 7:45, 10:15 Sat-Sun 12:15, 2:40, 5:15, 7:45, 10:15 Mon-Thu 7, 9:30 Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 12, 2:35, 5:10, 7:45, 10:20 SunTue, Thu 12, 2:35, 5:10, 7:45 Wed 12, 2:35 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, Tue, Thu 5, 7:30 ❋ In Time (PG-13) Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 5, 7:30, 10:10 SatSun 11:30, 2:10, 5, 7:30, 10:10 Mon-Thu 6:45, 9:20 Century Northgate 15: 11:45, 12:45, 2:20, 3:20, 4:55, 5:55, 7:30, 8:35, 10:05 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:50, 2:25, 5, 7:35, 10:10 Johnny English Reborn (PG) Century Northgate 15: 11:35, 2:15, 4:50, 7:20 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:40, 2:10, 4:40, 7:20 Tu 11:40, 2:10, 4:40 CinéArts at Marin: Fri 2, 4:50, 7:20, 9:55 Sat 11, 2, 4:50, 7:20, 9:55 Sun 2, 4:50, 7:20 Mon-Thu 4:45, 7:20 The Lion King (G) Century Northgate

= New Movies This Week

15: 12, 2:25, 4:40 Margin Call (R) ★★★1/2 Rafael Film Center: Fri 4:30, 7, 9:25 SatSun 2, 4:30, 7, 9:25 Mon-Thu 7, 9:25 The Metropolitan Opera: Anna Bolena (Not Rated) Century Regency 6: Wed 6:30 CinéArts at Marin: Wed 6:30 CinéArts at Sequoia: Wed 6:30 ❋ The Metropolitan Opera: Don Giovanni (Not Rated) Century Regency 6: Sat 9:55am CinéArts at Marin: Sat 9:55am CinéArts at Sequoia: Sat 9:55am Lark Theater: SatSun 9:55am Moneyball (PG-13) ★★★1/2 Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 1:45, 4:50, 7:55 Sun-Mon, Wed-Thu 1:45, 4:50, 7:55 Tue 1:45 CinéArts at Marin: Fri, Sun 1:40, 7 Sat 10:45, 1:40, 7 Mon, Wed, Thu 7:30 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri-Sat 4:40, 9:40 Sun-Thu 4:40 Paranormal Activity 3 (R) Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 5:45, 8, 10:25 Sat-Sun 1:15, 3:30, 5:45, 8, 10:25 Mon, Wed, Thu 7:15, 9:40 Century Northgate 15: 12:20, 1:20, 2:45, 3:45, 5, 6, 7:25, 8:25, 9:35, 10:30 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 ❋ Puss in Boots (PG) Century Cinema: 2; 3D showtimes at 11:40, 4:25, 7, 9:20 Century Northgate 15: 1, 1:45, 3:15, 5:30, 6:15, 7:45, 10; 3D showtimes at 11:30, 12:15, 2:30, 4, 4:45, 7, 8:30, 9:15 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:30; 3D showtimes at 2, 4:30, 7, 9:30 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri-Sat 12:20, 2:30, 7:30; 3D showtimes at 1:30, 4:10, 6:30, 8:45 Sun-Thu 12:20, 2:30, 7:30; 3D showtimes at 1:30, 4:10, 6:30 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri 4:30, 7:15, 9:30 Sat 1:50, 4:30, 7:15, 9:30 Sun 1:50, 4:30, 7:15 Mon-Thu 4:30, 7:15 Real Steel (PG-13) ★★1/2 Century Northgate 15: 1:30, 4:30, 7:35, 10:30 ❋ The Rum Diary (R) Century Northgate 15: 1:15, 4:15, 7:15, 10:15 Century Rowland Plaza: 1, 4, 7:10,

10:05 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri-Sat 12:40, 3:45, 6:45, 9:30 SunThu 12:40, 3:45, 6:45 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri 4:15, 7, 9:40 Sat 1:30, 4:15, 7, 9:40 Sun 1:30, 4:15, 7 Mon-Thu 4:15, 7 ❋ The Skin I Live In (R) Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 11:05, 1:50, 4:40, 7:30, 10:15 Sun-Thu 11:05, 1:50, 4:40, 7:30 CinéArts at Sequoia: Fri 4:15, 7, 9:45 Sat 1:30, 4:15, 7, 9:45 Sun 1:30, 4:15, 7 Mon-Thu 4:15, 7 Take Shelter (R) ★★★1/2 Rafael Film Center: 8:45 Sat-Sun 1:30, 8:45 The Thing (2011) (R) Century Northgate 15: 9:45 Century Rowland Plaza: 10:25 The Three Musketeers (PG-13) Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 10; 3D showtime at 7:15 Sat-Sun 11:15, 4:35, 10; 3D showtimes at 1:55, 7:15 Mon-Thu 6:30; 3D showtime at 9:10 Century Northgate 15: 12:50, 3:40, 6:20, 8:55; 3D showtimes at 11:50, 2:35, 5:10, 7:50, 10:25 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:45, 5:10; 3D showtimes at 2:20, 7:45, 10:25 CinéArts at Marin: Fri 4:30, 9:50; 3D showtimes at 1:50, 7:10 Sat 4:30, 9:50; 3D showtime at 7:10 Sun 4:30; 3D showtimes at 1:50, 7:10 Mon, Tue, Thu 4:55; 3D showtime at 7:40 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri-Sat 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 ❋ Twilight Saga Tuesdays: Twilight (PG-13) Century Larkspur Landing: Tue 7:30 Century Regency 6: Tue 7:30 Century Rowland Plaza: Tue 7:30 CinéArts at Marin: Tue 7:30 The Way (PG-13) Century Regency 6: Fri 11:10, 1:55, 4:35, 7:20, 10:10 Sat 4:35, 7:20, 10:10 Sun-Thu 11:10, 1:55, 4:35, 7:20 ❋ Women Art Revolution (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Sun 4:15 (filmmaker Lynn Hershman Leeson in person) The Women on the 6th Floor (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Fri-Sun 4, 6:30 Mon-Thu 6:30

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

Joely Richardson and Jamie Campbell Bower strut and fret their hour upon the screen in ‘Anonymous,’ opening at the Regency Friday.


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Live music 10/28: Chrome Johnson Rockabilly. 9:30pm. Peri’s Bar, 29 Broadway, Fairfax. 259-5597. 10/28: Danny Click and the Americana Orchestra Blues/Americana. 8pm. $18-25. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Downtown, Mill Valley. 383-9600. 10/28: Dgiin Irish, rock. 9:30pm. 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: JD and Terry’s Rocking Halloween Bash With Flanelhed, Hell Fire Orchestra, Knoght Drive and Ignitor. Costumes encouraged. 8pm-midnight. $15. The Southern Pacific Smokehouse, 224 Vintage Way, Novato. 899-9600. 10/28: Jonny Lang Blues. 8pm. $45-55. Uptown Theatre, 1350 Third St., Napa. 707-259-0123. 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. 10pm. $5-10. 19 Broadway, 17 Broadway, Fairfax. 459-1091. 10/28: Stefanie Teel Danceable covers, reggae and original tunes. 8:15-11:15pm. $8. Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor, Gate 5, Sausalito. 331-2899. 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, San Rafael. 226-0262.

10/29: 7th Anniversary Celebration 2:30pm ALO mini set; 8pm Moonalice, live rock. Special food and brews, raffle, costume contest. Iron Springs Pub, 765 Center, Fairfax. 485-1005. 10/29: ALO Halloweekend Haunt Original jam. 9pm. $20-30. Palm Ballroom, 100 Yacht Club Dr., San Rafael. 389-5072.

10/29: Halloween Party with Freddy Clarke and Wobbly World Jazz, world fusion. 8:15-11:15pm. $8. Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor, Gate 5, Sausalito. 331-2899.

10/29: Michael Lamacchia’s Organic Jive Collective With Michael LaMacchia, Rose Chapman, John Merkl, Jim Bove, Jason Carr, Haley Mears, Ken Cook. 8:30-11pm. $15. The Southern Pacific Smokehouse, 224 Vintage Way, Novato. 899-9600.

10/29: Ned Endless and the Allniters Halloween Party. Costume dance party,costume contest,door prizes,food treats,live music. Classic rock, soul, reggae and funk. 9pm-1:30am. No cover. Pete’s 881 Club, 721 Lincoln Ave., San Rafael. 10/29: New Rising Sons Rock. 7-10pm. Taste of Rome, Sausalito. 388-2064.

10/29: The 85’s Third Annual “Thriller” Halloween Weekend Party Costume party with classic pop and rock from the 80s. 9pm. $10-13. George’s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262.

10/30: Halloween Party with Los Boleros Salsa. 4:15-9:15pm. $8. Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor, Gate 5, Sausalito. 331-2899.

10/30: 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 . 11/01-02: Jeff Beck Make way for awesome.


Muertos—de los freshmaker! A centuries-long tradition throughout Mexico and Latin America, DIA DE LOS MUERTOS brings communities together through storytelling, music, food and a celebration of life. Next week in Point Reyes, the community gathers to honor the ancestors at an evening altar building along with performances by local Aztec Dancers. Friday, Nov. 4, 6pm. Dance Palace, 503 B Street, Just because you’re dead doesn’t mean your Point Reyes Station. Donations accepted. hat can’t make a statement. 415/663-1075.—Dani Burlison

No one’s gonna save you from the beast that’s about to strike—so why not live it up a little at the 85’s ‘Thriller’ Halloween party this Saturday at George’s? 8pm. $90. Uptown Theatre, 1350 Third St., Napa. 707-259-0123. 11/01: KortUzi Danny Uzilevsky and Jonathan Korty host Bay Area artists. 9:30pm.-1:30am. Free. 19 Broadway, 19 Broadway, Fairfax . 11/01: Noel Jewkes Invitational jazz jam. 7-10pm. No cover. Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor Dr., Sausalito. 786-6894. 11/02: Tangonero Classic Argentine tango. 8:15-10:15pm. Free. Sausalito Seahorse, Sausalito. 331-2899. 11/03: Daniel Lucca Band Jazz. 8:15-11:15pm. Free. Sausalito Seahorse, Sausalito. 331-2899. 11/03: Rickie Lee Jones 8pm. $35-40. Napa Valley Opera House, 1030 Main St., Napa. 707-226-7372. 11/04: Ben Stolorow Trio Jazz. “Almost There” release. 8-10pm. $15-20. Old St. Hilary’s Landmark, 201 Esperanza, Tiburon. 435-1853. 11/04: The Blues Broads 8pm. $21-30. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Downtown, Mill Valley. 383-9600.

11/04: James Moseley and The Grove Zone Rock, soul. 8:15-11:15pm. $8. Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor, Gate 5, Sausalito. 331-2899.

11/04: The Fundamentals, Miss Terisa Griffin Soul. 8:30pm. $10-15. George’s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262.

Concerts 10/28-30: Golden Gate Opera presents ‘Hansel and Gretel’ Sung in English. With mezzo-soprano Alexandra Jerinic; sopranos Suzanna Mizell, Miwako Isano, Alexandra Sessler and Annalisa Winberg; baritone Sascha Joggerst, SingersMarin students and Marin School of the Arts dancers. 7pm Oct. 28; 2pm Oct. 30. $15-45. Marin Showcase Theatre, Marin Center, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael, . 389-5996.

10/28: Matthew Linaman and Amy Chiu Cello and piano duo. Works of Bach, Schumann and Strauss. 8pm. Donation. Novato United Methodist Church, 1473 South Novato Blvd., Novato. 892-9896. 10/29: Kabuki Jazz Cabaret Performance blends drama with Chinese and Sri Lankan ghost legends, thundering Taiko, cascading contemporary Koto and haunting jazz. Featuring Brenda Wong Aoki & Mark Izu. 8pm. $20-23. 142 Throckmorton Theatre , 142 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 383-9600.

11/01: Candlelit Contemplative Music Stephen Iverson, composer, guitar, vocals, readings. 7-8pm. Free. Sleepy Hollow Presbyterian Church, 100 Tarry Road, San Anselmo,. 453-8221. 11/04: Patricia Ryan Cello. 8pm. Free, donations accepted. Novato United Methodist Church, 1473 South Novato Blvd., Novato. 892-9896.

Dance 11/04: Kings of Salsa Roclan Gonzalez Chavez, choreography. With 9-piece Cuba Ashire. 8pm. $20-45. Marin Veteran’s Auditorium, 10 Ave. of the Flags, San Rafael. 499-6800.

Theater/Auditions 10/06-10/30: ‘Bellwether’ Spine tingling fairy tale for adults. 8-10 pm. $15-55. Marin Theatre Company, 397 Miller Ave., Mill Valley. 388-3569. 10/28: American Gothic Porchlight Theatre Company presents dramatizations of stories of the macabre by Edgar Allan Poe, Washington Irving and William Faulkner. Event includes costume prizes, gourmet food and fine wines. 7:30pm. $25. Falkirk Cultural Center, 1408 Mission Ave., San Rafael. 251-1027. OCTOBER 28 - NOVEMBER 3, 2011 PACIFIC SUN 29


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10/31: Grin Reapers Halloween Hoot Featuring Will Durst, Debi Durst, Johnny Steele, Mike Bossier, Mari Magaloni, Marc Hershon, Bob Sarlatte, Geoff Bolt, Bill Bonham, Dick Bright and Robert Strong. 7:30-10pm. $15. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley. 11/02: Comedy Wednesday with Michael Pritchard Michaelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sensational standup comedy has billed him with Robin Williams, Jerry Seinfeld, Dana Carvey and Whoopi Goldberg. 8pm. $15. Georgeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262.

Art 09/08-11/15: Durwood Zedd Photographs, paintings. Reception 5:30-7pm Sept. 8. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960.

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;Introducing The Gallery Artistsâ&#x20AC;? Group Show featuring paintings, sculpture, glass art and jewelry. 5-8pm. Cassandra Kersting Expressions, 1201 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 302 0173. 11/01-30: Veronica Buros Kleinberg â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pairings.â&#x20AC;? Early artworks by Veronica Buros Kleinbeg thematically paired with her recent works. Opening reception 4-7pm Nov. 13. 10am-5pm. Free. San Geronimo Valley Community Center, 6350 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., San Geronimo. 488-8888. 11/02-12/31: Sam Francis Original prints and works on paper. 11am-5pm. Free. Robert Green Fine Arts, 154 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 381-8776.

11/04-12/11: Betty Woolfolk, Pt. Reyes; Artists Book Show, Madeline Hope â&#x20AC;&#x153;Vaporization.â&#x20AC;?â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Museum of Curious Thought / Vintage Science Wing.â&#x20AC;?â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Wilds of Pt. Reyes.â&#x20AC;? Opening reception 3-5pm Nov. 6. 11am-5pm. Free. Gallery Route One , 11101 Highway One , Point Reyes. 663-1347. 11/04-29: Jean-Marc Brugeilles â&#x20AC;&#x153;Supercosmos of Dreams.â&#x20AC;? Brugeillesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; first solo show outside Europe. Opening reception 6-9pm Nov. 4. With live music by cellist Ann Learner-Wright and refreshments. Free. elsewhere Gallery, 1828 Sir Francis Drake, Fairfax. 747-8696.

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 commu-

nity 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 party Nov. 11.Curated by Sharon Christovich of the Folk Art Gallery and Carol Durham from Art Works Downtown. Free. Art Works Downtown, 1337 Fourth St., San Rafael. 451-8119. Through 11/12: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. www.spn.usace.

Through 11/12: Marin Society of Artists 84th Annual Membersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Show Juried by Julie Cohn. 11am-4pm. No charge. MSA Gallery, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Ross. 454-9561.

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 11/23: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 10/29: Marin History Mysteries Join the Marin History Museum for the results of their paranormal investigation at the Boyd Gate House. Featuring

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lecturer Barak Cowling, Ghostexplorers. 7-9:30pm. $5-10. Marin History Museum, 1125 B St., San Rafael. 454-8538 .

11/01: Hungry for Health Dinner and Talk “The Secret of Taking Control of Your Health.” Reservations required. 7-8:45pm. Gira Polli, 590 E. Blithedale Ave., Mill Valley. 460-6527. 11/02: Pissarro’s Human Subjects Rita Dunlay’s illustrated talk “Pissarro’s People” is based on an exhibition at the Legion of Honor. Dunlay’s talk describes Pissarro’s lifelong interest in the human figure. 1-2pm. Free. San Rafael City Council Chambers, 1400 Fifth Ave., San Rafael. 485-3321. 11/02: Samantha Parent-Walravens The author discusses “Torn: True Stories of Kids, Careers and the Conflict of Modern Motherhood.” Hosted by St. Patrick School Tour de Books 2011 Book Fair Committee. 7-8pm. Free. Barnes & Noble, 313 Corte Madera, Corte Madera. 927-9016. 11/03: Marin Village Talks Presentation by countywide, nonprofit that works to enable Marin seniors to age in their homes through referrals. 1-2:30pm. Free. Outdoor Art Club, 1 West Blithedale Avenue, Mill Valley. 457-4633.

Readings 10/28: Lidia Bastianich “Lidia’s Italy in America.” In this companion book to her upcoming PBS series, Lidia takes us on a road trip into the heart of Italian-American cooking. 6pm. $35-45. Marin Veterans’ Auditorium, Ave. of the Flags, San Rafael. 499-6800. 10/28: Steve Inskeep The host of NPR’s Morning Edition discusses “Instant City: Life and Death in Karachi,” a deeply reported portrait of life in Karachi, Pakistan. 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 10/29: Alan Hollinghurst Hollinghurst presents his novel “The Stranger’s Child.” 4pm. Free. Book

Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 10/29: Julie Klam The author discusses “Love at First Bark: How Saving A Dog Can Sometimes Help You Save Yourself.” 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960.

10/29: Susan Orlean Literary Luncheon Introduced by Don George. Join the author for lunch as she discusses “Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend,” Orlean’s first original book since “The Orchid Thief.” Noon. $55, includes lunch and an autographed copy of the book. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 10/29: William Adler Adler talks about “The Man Who Never Died: The Life, Times, and the Legacy of Joe Hill.” 1pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 10/30: David Guterson The “Snow Falling on Cedars” author talks about his novel “Ed King.” 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 10/30: Lucia Greenhouse Greenhouse presents her emotional memoir, “Fathermothergod: My Journey Out of Christian Science.” 4pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960.

11/02:‘America the Beautiful 2: The Thin Comandments’ Beyond Hunger, a Bay Area nonprofit organization, is proud to present Darryl Roberts’ documentary...followed by a with-the-director reception. 6:15pm. $25. Marin Showcase Theatre, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 499-6800 .

Community Events (Misc.) 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. 10/28: Singles Halloween Party Costume contest. 8-11:45pm. $10. Grille 101 at Embassy Suites Hotel, 101 McInnis Park, San Rafael. 507-9962.

10/29-30: One Year Anniversary Harvest Party With free chair massages, Qi Gong class, Tim Cain performance on Sun. at noon, sound healing, aromatherapy crafts for kids. 11am-7pm. Free. Gathering Thyme, 226 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., San Anselmo. 524-8693.

10/29: Climate Change... Fact or Fiction?

Film Events 10/29:‘Don Giovanni’ Mariusz Kwiecien brings his youthful and sensual interpretation of Mozart’s timeless anti-hero to the Met for the first time, under the direction of Tony Award winning director Michael Grandage. 10am. $30. Lark Theater , 549 Magnolia, Larkspur. 924-5111. 10/29: Halloween Film Event “The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.” (1994). Evening features a costume party and contest with prizes. Dress outrageously and sing-a-long to classic hits. Includes snacks, popcorn, soft drinks and one drink

ViDEO The squids are all right MONSTERS has beasties to spare, really big ones, and a storyline that’s both socially provocative and ingenious: Giant squid-aliens have overrun a 1,000-mile-wide stretch of Mexico for six years now, brought back on a returning space probe that crashed. The bloodsuckers have virtual run of the quarantine zone, an area avoided McNairy and Able survey the wreckage in ‘Monsters.’ by all but the poorest leading right up to the U.S. border fence, now a Great Wall. When photojournalist Andrew Kaulder (Scoot McNairy) gets stuck helping a media mogul’s daughter (Whitney Able) escape the carnage, he blows their last chance for a boat out of Costa Rica, and the couple have to go north through the treacherous jungles of the Infected Zone. Nothing is quite right on their riverboat trip upcountry—the trees all literally breathe with their altered genetics, and those giant squids in the branches, nocturnal and deadly, have no trouble scaring up lunch. The great wonder of this film is its budget, coming in at a cool half-mil, with some extremely clever dual-use of the exotic central American scenery—crumbling vine-covered hotels, an entire freighter deposited into a jungle hillside’s trees, low city flyovers in formation by Air Force jets—all of it seems a natural aftermath of the monsters’ destruction. First-time director Gareth Edwards shows that with some planning and off-the-shelf CGI software, a $100 million blockbuster is now within reach of anyone.—Richard Gould 32 PACIFIC SUN OCTOBER 28 - NOVEMBER 3, 2011

ticket. 8:30pm. $22. Lark Theater, 549 Magnolia , Larkspur . 924-5111.

Find out what is going on with the Earth’s thermostat. 1:30-2:30pm. Free. Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-3871.

10/29: Ghostly Trick-or-Treat Spectacular Attention all you ghosts and goblins, the Marin History Museum will offer tricks and treats, crafts, games, prizes and announce the results from a paranormal investigation. Learn about “real” ghouls among the party guests. 11am-4pm. Free. Marin History Museum’s Boyd Gate House, 1125 B St., San Rafael. 454-8538 .

10/29: Gold Fever: How the Gold Rush Forever Changed SF Bay In 1848 gold was discovered in the Sierra Nevada mountains, luring people by the thousands to California. Join Ranger Tammi to find out more. 11am-noon. Free. Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-3871.

10/29: Sahmain: A Ritual to Honor our Ancestors and Loved Ones Bring photos and altar objects. 7:15-11pm. $10-20 donation. San Geronimo Valley Community Center, 6350 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., San Geronimo. 302-2605. 11/01: Protect Animal Rights Speakers include Morgan Lance, Evelyn Woo ,Yannick Phillips and Paul Appfel. Wheelchair accessible. Free. 7-9pm. Free. Community Room, Town Center Shopping Center, Corte Madera. 686-6071.

11/04-06: Art Angels: Home and Garden Fair Community festival with fine art, handcrafted items and a Warren Faus memorial exhibit. Proceeds benefit St. Stephen’s Church Outreach. $50 for Fri. party, boutique free. St. Stephen’s Church, 3 Bayview Ave., Belvedere. 297-1358. 11/04: First Friday: 1966 Night Put on your go-go boots for a classic 60s soirée celebrating the year the mod M.V. Library was built. Live music, appetizers, drinks and activities. 7pm. Free. Mill Valley Public Library, 375 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 389-4292. 11/04: Gals’ N Gears Ladies Night Deals, cycling gear and gals who ride. Refreshments and fun. 6:30-9:30pm. Gals ‘n’ Gears ladies night, 538 San Anselmo Ave., San Anselmo. 259-5704. Fridays: Senior Yoga with Kelly Previous experience not necessary. Modification poses available. Bring water and a mat if you have. 3-4pm. $3 per class. Whistlestop Active Aging

Jam lovers will have a vested interest in ALO this weekend at the Palm Ballroom. Center, 930 Tamalpais Ave., San Rafael. 456-9062.

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

Kid Stuff 10/28-29: Halloween Haunted House Fright level times designed for different age groups. Ghoulish creatures, grave sites, zombies. 2:30-9pm. $3. Tamalpais Valley Community Services District, 203 Marin Ave., Mill Valley. 388-6393. 10/29: 25th Annual Bon Air Halloween Bash Food bank donations encouraged, trick or treat, play little carnival games. Noon-4pm. Pet costume parade/contest, 3pm. Free. Bon Air Center, Greenbrae. 461-0200. www. 10/29: Out on a Limb New exhibition designed to inspire children to explore nature by using their senses. Through Jan. 8. Bay Area Discovery Museum, 557 McReynolds, Sausalito. 339-3900. www.badm. com.

10/30: Discovery Day at Romberg Center 11am-4pm. Free. 3150 Paradise Dr., Tiburon. 3383757. www. 10/30:Town Center Trick-or-Treat Noon-3pm. Free. Town Center, Corte Madera. 924-2961. www. 11/01: Mother Goose on the Loose Interactive class that uses rhymes, songs, musical instruments for babies and toddlers. 10:30-11am. San Rafael Public Library Meeting Room, 1100 E St., San Rafael, CA 94901. 485-3322. 11/03: First Thursday Author Event With local author Daisy Whitney, whose debut novel was one of 2011’s Best Books for Young Adults. 7pm. Free. Mill Valley Public Library, 375 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 389-4292.

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. ✹

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Week of October 27-November 2, 2011

ARIES (March 20 - April 19) Friday evening puts you in the mood to create. Whether this results in a stunning painting, a clever song, a delicious recipe or the most interesting costume possible depends on your current desires. Speaking of desires, expansive Jupiter wants you to have the best of everything, while your ruler (Mars) in the extravagant sign of Leo suggests that you play now and pay later. With these two on your side, you may just get away with this... TAURUS (April 20 - May 19) If you and your significant other have something to work out, you’re ready to compromise. You are now less stubborn, making it easier to accept that your sweetie may actually have good ideas. Those looking for love may find someone who can match you in both passion and loyalty. In either case, spending Halloween as part of couple is highly recommended—but finding a contemporary couple worth emulating may be a challenge... GEMINI (May 20 - June 20) As your ruler (clever Mercury) finishes up his last week in spooky Scorpio, you are full of ideas for Halloween; though follow-through is a problem, since conceiving something is easier for you than executing it—especially Friday and Saturday when your low lunar cycle depletes your energy levels. On Wednesday, you begin to focus on your primary relationship (or lack of one). When talking yourself into or out of a romantic bond, stick to the truth. CANCER (June 21 - July 21) While your family life may occasionally overload you with responsibilities, other personal relationships are quite lovely this week. Friends, partners, lovers want to share good times with you. This is not a week for staying home alone. If you plan to celebrate Halloween, throw yourself into the process. You’re particularly fascinated by costumes representing passionate individuals, which includes, but is not limited to, literary characters, fiery activists and the cast of Glee. LEO (July 22 - August 22) Your ruler (the dramatic Sun) is now in the mysterious sign of Scorpio, prompting you to find an intriguing Halloween disguise—like a foreign spy or an FBI profiler. In either case, you get to wear sexy dark sunglasses rather than a mask. Meanwhile, you’re likely to get a career boost this week thanks to a supportive interaction between powerful Pluto and expansive Jupiter. These planets are a dynamic duo. When this door opens, walk through. VIRGO (August 23 - September 21) What you already know may get in the way of what you are trying to learn. Preconceived notions prevent the mind from opening up to new viewpoints. As Saturn attempts to crystallize your values, Uranus is hoping you can detach from material concerns in order to indulge in otherworldly experiences. And, since this week happens to include Halloween, pursuing supernatural interests is rather appropriate. Ghost hunting, anyone? LIBRA (September 22 - October 22) It is easy to think the sky is falling if you pay attention to the media, even if you are gainfully employed or have a healthy trust fund. So you’re not quite as much fun as usual, which may upset your sweetie. A temporary remedy is a Halloween disguise that represents carefree times—a hula skirt or Hawaiian shirt, Mardi Gras beads and feather masks. Whatever your happy place is, go there—take your sweetie, too. SCORPIO (October 23 - November 21) Your zodiac celebration and Halloween make for a celestial match. As the sign associated with mystery, intrigue and intimate encounters, you can come up with an enviable disguise that manages to be spooky and sexy simultaneously. On Wednesday, you’re in the mood to shop and spend money. If you’ve already received cash for your birthday, go for it. Otherwise, you may want to stick to the thrift stores until your card arrives from Aunt Moneybags. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 - December 20) The emotive Moon in your sign Friday and Saturday inspires you to speak from the heart. The lovely connection between your ruler (idealistic Jupiter) and passionate Pluto encourages you to genuinely reveal your feelings about what is important to you. Whatever your Halloween costume, it is likely to represent the inner you in some way. Maybe a Native American headpiece or a brightly colored clown nose.... CAPRICORN (December 21 - January 18) As the nights get longer, you are tempted to stay home in front of the fireplace or a large TV screen. However, the planets have in mind for you get-togethers with friends or involvement in group activities. As it is Halloween weekend, there is at least one party to attend as well as community parades or festivals. I recommend you set the DVR, assemble an entertaining costume and go out. AQUARIUS (January 19 - February 17) As the week begins, your relationship is a little shaky. For those easily bored with tranquility, this is an exciting time. For those are questioning whether you’re meant to be part of a couple, this may seem like a good time to seek liberation. On Wednesday, the planetary energies shift, reminding you that going it alone can be rather lonesome. Before following an impulse to break away, consider all your options... PISCES (February 18 - March 19) It’s hard to stay in one place this week, so you’re encouraged to attend all Halloween parties you’re invited to. As the sign likely to win for the most creative disguise, you could clean up on prizes. As your ruler (imaginative Neptune) continues to move in reverse through your house of subconscious desires, your costume could reveal something you didn’t know you were seeking. If you find yourself in tights or a tutu, you may want to sign up for ballet classes... ✹ Email Lynda Ray at or check out her website at 34 PACIFIC SUN OCTOBER 28– NOVEMBER 3, 2011

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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 Clerk-Recorder 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 Clerk-Recorder 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 Clerk-Recorder 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) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2011128023 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as EDIT: ORGANIZATION SOLUTIONS FOR CHAOTIC SPACES, 16 LOCKSLY LANE, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: SARAH GANT, 16 LOCKSLY LANE, 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 20, 2011. (Publication Dates: Dates: October 28; November 4, 11, 18, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2011127953 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as NATURAL RECYCLING SERVICES; RS SPREADING, 13502 WILLOW RD., LAKESIDE, CA 92040: SPECIALIZED REUSE AND RECYCLING, 13502 WILLOW RD., LAKESIDE, CA 92040. 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 12, 2011. (Publication Dates: Dates: October 28; November 4, 11, 18, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 128030 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as ALL ABOUT AUTOS MARIN EMERGENCY ROADSIDE SERVICE, 1105 E. FRANCISCO BLVD. #6, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: NESTA VELAZQUEZ, 291 PLAYA DEL REY, 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 21, 2011. (Publication Dates: Dates: October 28; November 4, 11, 18, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 127994 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as BRAZIL MARIN CAFE & MARKET, 1435 4TH ST., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: VAULIM DE LUZ CORTE DA SILVA, 2886 GEARY BLVD., SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94118. 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 17, 2011. (Publication Dates: Dates: Dates: October 28; November 4, 11, 18, 2011)

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 ClerkRecorder’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) ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF MARIN. No. CIV 1104893. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner GLENETRA TECHELLE FORD filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: GLENETRA TECHELLE FORD to AMIRAH NAILAH AKILAH RAYNE. 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 29, 2011, 8:30 AM, Dept. E, Room E, Superior Court of California, County of Marin, 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael, CA 94903. A copy of this ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE shall be published at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in the county of Marin: PACIFIC SUN. Date: October 3, 2011 /s/ FAYE D’OPAL, JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT (Pacific Sun: October 28; November 4, 11, 18, 2011) ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF MARIN. No. CIV 1104895. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner TERRY LEE COLLINS JR. filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: TERRY LEE COLLINS JR. to AMIR MAJD AL DIN. 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 29, 2011, 8:30 AM, Dept. 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: October 3, 2011 /s/ FAYE D’OPAL, JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT (Pacific Sun: October 28; November 4, 11, 18, 2011)



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I admire that you often add research to your columns, so I thought I’d ask you about an article I read on birth control pills. Apparently, taking the pill can cause the “wrong” man to smell good to you—a man you might not be into once you’re off the pill. Unfortunately, I experience severe mood swings when I’m not taking the pill—uncontrollable rages for about a week a month. But, now I’m worried that I’ll choose a partner I’ll lose interest in reproducing with when I’m off the pill. Also, I wonder whether being on it is lying about who I am. Of course, if I can’t control my mood swings, it won’t matter, because I’ll scare every man away!—Medicated


It seems those health class videos about getting your period—“You’re a woman now!”—were a tad incomplete. One week a month, you’re also Chuck Norris. The cause of your rage probably isn’t all the people saying deeply offensive things to you like “Are you using that chair?” but a nosedive in your level of “the happy hormone,” serotonin. Dr. Emily Deans, a psychiatrist with the terrific blog “Evolutionary Psychiatry” on, explains that your period gets launched by a drop in progesterone, “which can interfere a bit with the machinery that makes serotonin. This can lead to hunger, cravings, agitation, insomnia, irritability and rage” or, to put it in relationship terms: “Someday, my prince will run.” Deans says the pill can help alleviate these symptoms, and certain variations seem especially helpful: the 24-day pill and the three-monther (meaning Auntie Flo visits only once every three months). The problem is the issue you brought up. The article you read references the research of Swiss biologist Claus Wedekind, who made a bunch of women sniff a bunch of men’s stinky T-shirts to study the pill’s effect on mate preferences. Women who weren’t on the pill went for the smell of men with dissimilar immune systems— men with whom they’d produce children with a broader set of immune defenses. Women on the pill preferred the smell of men with immune systems similar to theirs (the immunologically redundant), probably because the pill chemically mimics pregnancy and cues a genetic adaptation that leads women to seek out kin to protect them when they’re pregnant. If that isn’t enough bad news for you, the pill’s pregnancy simulation seems to kill the attractiveness bump women get at ovulation, their most fertile time of the month, when their faces, scent and other features become subtly more appealing to men. (It may also lead women on the pill to dress and act less provocatively than they would if they were ovulating.) In a study by psychologist Geoffrey Miller, female lap dancers not on the pill earned an average of $276 a night, whereas those on it brought in only $193, making pill-using lap dancers $80 less hot and sexy to men per night. So, the answer for your mood swings is... count to 10 when you get angry (because it sometimes takes that long for your rocket-propelled grenade launcher to warm up)? For a more peaceful alternative, Deans advises that some women’s PMS symptoms are alleviated by certain antidepressants (SSRIs, or selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, such as fluoxetine and sertraline) but notes their problematic downside: “Nothing kills sex drive like an SSRI!” Deans has had some success prescribing bupropion, a non-SSRI antidepressant she calls “unlikely” to be a sex drive killer, but observes that “it can be agitating and cause insomnia.” As a possible non-drug alternative, Deans suggests magnesium malate supplementation: “Five hundred milligrams of magnesium malate at bedtime seems to help with anxiety, rage, and PMS symptoms such as cramps and headaches,” she says. “Magnesium is typically low in standard American diets and not found in large amounts in multivitamins and is generally safe if you have normal kidneys.” Deans adds that cycling from a low-carb diet to a higher-carb, low-protein diet three days to a week before starting your period can ease PMS symptoms, possibly by helping with serotonin uptake. There is a prejudice that you’re a better person if you just try to meditate yourself out of your rage on those weeks when you find yourself in the mood for long walks on the beach followed by a home strangling. But fixing brain problems by taking a pill is really no different from taking insulin for diabetes to keep from going into a diabetic coma. You’re just taking a brain that’s slacking off in the neurochemical department and bringing it up to par. Especially once you’re in a relationship, a little “better living through chemistry” (or diet or vitamins) certainly seems preferable to doing “the little things” to keep your love alive—like sticking Post-its around the house with cute little messages like “Homicide comes with a stiff prison term.” ✹

Check out Dr. Deans’ blog at © Amy Alkon, all rights reserved. Got a problem? Email or write to Amy Alkon, 171 Pier Ave. #280, Santa Monica, CA 90405.

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Section 1 of the October 28, 2011 edition of the Pacific Sun Weekly