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›› LETTERS We hope you didn’t find this roomie through the ‘Pac Sun’ classifieds! This is an open letter to the 1 percent [wealthiest Americans] because I just know that they are reading the Pacific Sun trying to garner words of wisdom and I wish to grant them the edification they so clearly desire: Dear 1 percent, Shame on you! How do you live with the shame of your greed? How do you justify it to yourself? You know who you are! You know what you are doing wrong, so you don’t need me to explain it to you. Why do you insist on cowering behind your ill-gotten gains? What kind of a country is this going to be when there are massive amounts of people with nothing left to lose? If you don’t stop acting like spoiled children hogging all the toys... well, there are going to be more and more angry people with nothing left to lose, doing the things that angry disenfranchised people do when they having nothing else to lose... If you, the 1 percent, were collectively my roommate, I would kick you to the curb for: never washing dishes or taking out the trash; never cleaning up after your dog; never cleaning the bathroom, sweeping or vacuuming; always eating other people’s food; surfing porn on everyone else’s computers while smoking a stinky cigar and spilling beer on everything; never paying your share of the utilities and always being late with the rent, but somehow always having money to purchase expensive toys and jet off to exotic locations on a whim. In short, taking up way too much room. I know you are smart enough to understand

this analogy... but are you smart enough to clean up your act? Sincerely, Your roommate, The Other 99 Percent Clive Julianus, Fairfax

Squat along with Mitch Time for Occupy Wall Street, etc., to tackle the obstructionists in the U.S. Congress. Occupy their home offices, and demand they When Mitch McConnell explain their votes. stifles debate, he literally Most especially target stifles debate. every senator who voted to not hear the jobs bill. Ask them what the Founding Fathers would think of stifling debate on such huge issues. Time for Mitch McConnell to be confronted by some of the 99 percent he doesn’t represent. Hobart Bartshire, Fairfax

Gift of the Meiji Recently you advertised that you are looking for Marin County heroes. I nominate the person responsible for the 9/11 memorial recently dedicated in front of the San Anselmo fire station. It features a sawed off piece of one of the steel girders from one of the Twin Towers that went down in New York. It was on the news. Why San Anselmo for such a memorial—when the terrorist catastrophe was on the other side of the United States? What is the tie-in? Is there some phantom within our midst? Well, a person living here in the Bay Area worked on Operation Geronimo, bringing down Osama

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Your soapbox is waiting at ›› pacificsun.com bin Laden, and the memorial was placed here over the nominated individual’s objection. At the insistence of President Obama, in thanks and recognition, and as a compromise to the nominee’s desire to remain anonymous, this particular martial artist-in-training agreed to the low-key memorial to make his parents proud while appeasing the somewhat overly grateful commander in chief. The nominated was actually invited to be on TV by the Marines he worked with on the operation, and who did the dirty work while he merely oversaw the operation. Here’s the real reason for the covertness: The individual decided to be anonymous to avoid possible retaliation from Islamic extremists. Thus, like the Taoist religion the individual practices, this modest hero is all things, yet nothing, a monk and a ninja, lost to the void. The nominee’s identity cannot be revealed but to a select few, and they are sworn to secrecy... this is a message for his fellow Americans nationally, as well as here in Marin. You’re welcome.

his name on them. I mean, those things are HUGE. And they’re all over town, except they aren’t in the neighborhoods. Which means all his signs are on corporate properties. Brockbank’s are in the neighborhoods. Hmmmm... ● Phillips was prez of the SR Chamber of Commerce. What, he couldn’t be satisfied with vice president? ● He got endorsed by the firefighters and the police. The only better protection is found at the pharmacy. ● Phillips stole all his campaign promises from Brockbank. I saw him do it. Heck, we all saw it. I have camera footage. ● Phillips sold his sole. Wait, how’d his shoe get in here? ● We’ll try again on soul-selling: Phillips sold his soul... no, wait, that was Joe Nation. Here’s Why I Won’t Run a Hit Piece on Gary Phillips: ● Elissa Giambastiani doesn’t want me to. And so I urge you all to vote for Greg Brockbank.

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Occupy success: 1 percent lamentation, 99 percent registration... If a person fails, it is not always his or her fault; but if a giant movement fails, it might be because crying and moaning is not enough. If the Occupy movement were registering voters, the incumbents would have to take notice. Registered voters put Obama in power. For all we wish he had done, he is still probably better for the country than McCain and Palin. I have not seen one “register and vote” sign among all the Occupy news stories. I think that would guarantee safety of the occupiers, since there are laws that protect the right to organize voters. David Weinstock, Fairfax

And the hits just keep on comin’... Thanks for being such a sweetie-pie and saving 240 words for me so I could write a hit piece on Gary Phillips. Thisonelongwordalonecountsasonewordaccordingtomycomputer. ● Phillips has more hair than me. That’s very important in politics. ● He has a white truck. I mean, a white truck. OK, I’ll spell it out for you: think white horse. But his opponent, whom I support, Greg Brockbank, has a Prius. Think... well, just think. ● Phillips has huge signs all over town with

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

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

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

Fairfax Town Council: Larry Bragman, Ryan O’Neil

San Anselmo Town Council: Ford Greene, Lori Lopin

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

Novato Sanitary District: Jean Mariani, Jerry Peters

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he collection and treatment of sewage can be a messy and complicated process. The same goes for the governance structure of the Sewerage Agency of Southern Marin. Whether this governance structure should trigger consolidating the six-member joint powers SASM agency is a question that elicits no easy answers and many opinions. The issues deal with one of two essential elements that buttress civilization: efficient methods of moving waste away from a community. The other essential service is getting water into a community. In an attempt to share costs and responsibilities, southern Marin sewerage agencies banded together in 1979 to build the SASM treatment plant in Mill Valley. But the agencies that joined the joint powers agency also retained their individual identities, along with control of their local pipe and pumping infrastructure. As is often the case in Marin, local control of infrastructure and rate setting was a big issue in the alignment of the SASM system. The entire system serves about

29,700 residents, “a modest size even among other sewer service organizations in Marin County,” notes a report compiled by the Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO). The report serves as a basis for the most recent proposal to consolidate SASM to simplify “the diverse and complex service arrangements within the SASM system.” Because the individual agencies held onto their jurisdictions, southern Marin has seven sewerage agencies for a relatively modest population. The differences between the agencies underscore the complexity of the SASM system and highlight the reasons SASM agency should consolidate, say proponents of folding some of the agencies into a new governance structure. Currently SASM includes one city, Mill Valley; one community services district, the Tamalpais Community Services District; and four sanitary service districts—Alto, Almonte, Homestead Valley and Richardson Bay. That last district services Strawberry and the west side of Tiburon. Mill Valley and the Tam Valley district are substantively different from the others because 10 >

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Let’s hear it for the Pacifics! The San Rafael Cruisers? Nah.The San Rafael Golden Gaters—SF State’s beaten us to that one.The San Rafael Spacemen... you kidding? After receiving many suggestions from the public about naming its soon-to-be-formed pro baseball team, Centerfield Partners has settled on a name it thinks will accurately reflect Marin, while pleasing one and all. Meet the San Rafael Pacifics. While many assume “Pacifics” was selected in honor of the county’s favorite news, arts and culture publication, the name, according to a statement from the team, was in fact chosen to reflect Marin’s “respect and cultural affinity for the power and magnetism of the ocean.” “Marin County and San Rafael have developed a unique outdoor culture celebrating its direct proximity to the Pacific Ocean with its fabulous beaches, magnificent vistas and brilliant sunsets,” continued the statement.Team management also pointed to Marin’s culture of surfing, biking, hiking and cruising “woodies.” “Pacifics” was chosen through a name-the-team contest conducted by management; grand prizewinners Chris Tamblyn and Howard Cain will receive a team jersey, tickets to opening day and will be recognized during the opening day ceremonies. The team colors are blue and gold and its logo features a wave and a baseball shaped in a kind of yin-yang design. The team expects to begin play in the spring and is signed on to a single-year lease with the city of San Rafael to play its home games at Albert Park, which, according to the team statement, will be decorated to reflect beach culture. Corte Madera joins—MEA has a Marinopoly... Corte Madera became the final sprocket in the socket of the Marin Energy Authority this week when its Town Council voted 4 to 1 to join 10 other Marin municipalities and the county in the fledgling green-energy aggregator. Mayor Alexandra Cock and councilmembers Bob Ravasio, Diane Furst and Carla Condon voted to give town residents a choice between going with Marin Clean Energy’s green power or sticking with longstanding Pacific Gas & Electric. Councilman Michael Lappert was the lone holdout against the MEA; his dissenting vote wasn’t a surprise to some Corte Madera residents—Lappert has been criticized in the past for comments that appeared to make light of climate change. Following a series of MEA-led community meetings, residents and businesses will receive notices in the spring about the MEA—they’ll have an opportunity to “opt out” of the program—and can begin receiving Marin Clean Energy in July. For those who opt for the 100 percent “deep green” energy plan, enrollment begins Jan. 1. Dominican not chosen for prez debate After a successful foray into the world of bigtime political debates with the Jerry Brown-Meg Whitman jousting match last year, 10

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▼A father, JW, escorted several trick or treating 9-year-olds through a Novato neighborhood. At one house, a woman skipped the candy, instead giving the kids a “scary story” to read. Actually, it was a pamphlet titled “Are You Afraid of the Dark?” The leaflet enlightened the children about how everyone is a sinner destined to an eternity of darkness in hell. JW sums up the harrowing experience for us: “When I was a kid, parents worried about creeps putting awful things in kids’ candy. Today, we worry about zealots putting awful things in our kids’ heads. Nine-yearolds aren’t sinners and they aren’t going to hell. Believe in fire and brimstone if you want, but when you prey on innocent kids on Halloween... you are truly frightening... and a Zero.” —Nikki Silverstein

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▲Community gardeners are enjoying an abundance of pesticide-free vegetables from the Terra Linda Community Garden this year. The garden, subdivided into about 50 plots, must be quite fertile, because Carole Petersen of San Rafael has collected over 500 pounds of fresh, organic vegetables from her fellow community gardeners. Every ounce of the nutritious bounty has been donated to the Marin Food Bank. Carole began gathering the veggies in August and hasn’t stopped yet. We learned about her act of generosity from Lisa Thurmond of San Rafael, who called Carole “amazing.” Indeed, she is, which is why we’ve named her our Hero of the Week. As Thanksgiving approaches, it’s an appropriate time for all of us to give back to our community. Thank you, Carole Petersen, for reminding us.

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Life Before Birth It sounds pretty dull. The food is tasteless.You can end up living in your own waste.The placenta is a lousy conversationalist. And there’s no SpongeBob. Discovery Channel. 9pm. MONDAY, NOV. 7 Friendzone This reality show comes from the creator of Jersey Shore and chronicles the lives of people who attempt to transform their friendship into a romantic relationship, a risky pursuit akin to skateboarding on ice–or graduating with a liberal arts degree. MTV. 7pm. Terra Nova A meteor knocks out all technology at the prehistoric compound, forcing the Terra Novans to rely on Barney Rubble’s baby elephant vacuum cleaner. Fox. 8pm. Monster In-Laws If you think this is scary, wait until you end up with a Monster Ex-Law. A&E. 10pm. TUESDAY, NOV. 8 Michael Jackson’s This Is It Film footage of the King of Pop preparing for a world tour that never happened, The Lollipop Guild’s version of ‘Us and Them’ is a trip! also known as “Sure he was Creepy but he Friday at 10. had Some Talent.” (2009) VH1. 6:30pm. 19 Kids and Counting Tonight, the Duggars The Wizard of Oz When they air it at 10pm, answer questions from viewers, like:“Really? you have to think most of the viewers are You have that much energy at the end of the keying it up with The Dark Side of the Moon. day?,”“Have you tried separate bedrooms?” (1939) TBS. 10pm. and “Maybe one of you could take up knitThe Tonight Show We’re going to guess ting?” The Learning Channel. 9pm. Miss Piggy is holding up better than Mickey WEDNESDAY, NOV. 9 CSI: Crime Scene Rourke. But we’ve seen fruit flies that aged Investigation The investigators discover an better than Rourke. NBC. 11:35pm. extra brain at a crash.This is a contrast to a SATURDAY, NOV. 5 True Life In a docuTea Party rally, where they are consistently mentary titled “I’m Occupying Wall Street,” short a brain or five. CBS. 10pm. it’s easy to see an idea for a new MTV reality Work of Art: The Next Great Artist Tonight show:“Too-Real World.” MTV. 6pm. the artists are assigned to create a piece There Will Be Blood The tale of a ruthless that “tells a story.”We’d suggest a story on turn-of-the-century oil tycoon highlights how they sold out all the artistic integrity the roots of greed and that they never had depravity in the oil anyway. Bravo. 9pm. business. The updated Vietnam in HD What’s version would likely be next? The Tet Offensive “There Will Be Blood, but in 3-D? History Channel. it Will Be in Iraq or Some 9pm. Other Country with Nova Physicists disFewer White People.” cuss “string theory,”a (2007) AMC. 8pm. scientific hypothesis Moonstruck Cher stars that explains the forces as a widow who falls in that hold the universe Back when being a violent, greedy oil baron love with her fiance’s actually meant something. Saturday, 8pm. together and conflicts brother. She won an with the more controOscar for the role. It did versial “duct tape theory.” KQED. 10pm. well at the box office. There may also have THURSDAY, NOV. 10 Bones The team been a sitcom version, a video game and a examines the remains of a competitive eatdiet book. (1987) KQED. 10pm. ing champion. It turns out the 25th hot dog SUNDAY, NOV. 6 Mistletoe Over Man- had both motive and opportunity. Fox. 9pm. hattan Santa’s wife helps a divorcing couple Top Secret Recipe How the makers of Diprediscover their love. She’s been married pin’ Dots convinced customers to pay $4 a for centuries to a fat guy with bad fashion dish for ice cream that was mostly air.They sense. She must know something about should put them in charge of the Michele keeping a marriage together. (2011) Hall- Bachmann campaign. CMTV. 9pm. ✹ mark Channel. 8pm. Critique That TV Guy at letters@pacificsun.com. Got Home Alive Between this and “When Vacations Attack,” they might want to change the network’s name to “The Stay Turn on more TV Guy at ›› pacificsun.com Home Channel.” Travel Channel. 9pm.

FRIDAY, NOV. 4 Lake Placid A team of scientists searches out an oversized crocodile prowling the murky waters of a wooded lake in Maine. How the monster croc ended up in northern New England is unclear, but it was probably crowded out by real estate development in Florida and it couldn’t relate to the albino sewer gators in New York. (1999) AMC. 8pm. Give Me the Banjo Though it has earned a reputation as a favorite instrument of the backwoods hillbillies, the history of the banjo can be traced to a more sophisticated origin, when the typical player still had more teeth than the banjo had strings. KQED. 9pm.

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< 8 He who LAFCO’s last... both are multi-service agencies that perform a variety of services, including sanitation. That difference could play an important role in the consolidation proposal working its way through the LAFCO process. The agency completed a service review and sphere of influence report in July and accepted public comment until Oct. 10. Peter Banning, executive officer of LAFCO, then wrote responses to the comments. The entire paper trail is available on the LAFCO website (lafco.marin.org). The next step will be a public meeting Nov. 10, when residents will have one last chance to contribute to the process before LAFCO commissioners decide whether to proceed with this first step in a consolidation process. If the LAFCO board decides consolidation is proper according to its policies, the board will meet in December to “essentially prepare an application to itself for consolidation,” says Banning. If that happens, LAFCO will hold another public hearing. Certainly, no one is trying to sneak anything through this process, but how many people are paying attention is another story. It’s the democratic process at the local level, with all the pitfalls and positive attributes that democracy entails—a process neither clean nor simple. Consolidation proponents point to the seven member agencies that comprise 36 elected and appointed officials and eight managers. That complicated governance was called into question after two sewage spills in 2008 sent 3.4 million gallons of raw and partially treated sewage into Richardson Bay. The spills resulted in fines and fees that topped $1.5 million. In addition, SASM received close scrutiny from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which issued an administrative order to review SASM operations. A Marin grand jury had written a critical report of SASM in 2004. And in 2005, a LAFCO review estimated that consolidation could save money and result in a streamlined governance structure that would provide benefits to SASM and southern Marin residents. Then in 2009, a grand jury recommended consolidating SASM agencies. But a chain of events has resulted in a stick that SASM now finds poking in its back if LAFCO proceeds with consolidation. That is AB 1232, a bill that Assemblyman Jared Huffman guided through Sacramento, which took effect in January this year. The bill, passed in 2009, was intended to give SASM and its member agencies a few years to craft a practi10 PACIFIC SUN NOVEMBER 4 – NOVEMBER 10, 2011

cal consolidation. “LAFCO and the public should recognize the earnest and energetic efforts of SASM and its member agencies in addressing problems in sewer facilities and operations following the spills of 2008,” the LAFCO report states. “However, recent improvements in performance and reinvigorated efforts to improve facilities do not justify preservation of an obsolete governance structure.” That encapsulates the complexity of the proposed consolidation. The call to consolidate deals with technical engineering issues, flow control, stormwater intrusion into aging pipelines, treatment facilities. But it also deals with how and whether relatively tiny single-service agencies should continue to exist as autonomously. Huffman’s bill complicates the consolidation process even more. The usual procedure for LAFCO goes like this: If a consolidation proposal meets LAFCO guidelines, the agency distributes notices to landowners and voters within the boundaries of the proposed consolidation. If less than 25 percent of the registered voters within the boundary protest or less than 25 percent of the property owners within the boundary protest, the consolidation proceeds. If between 25 and 50 percent of registered voters submit a protest, or if 25 to 50 percent of property owners representing at least 25 percent of the assessed value of property in the boundary submit protests, then the consolidation goes to a vote. But AB 1232 authorizes the Marin LAFCO to initiate and approve a consolidation of the southern Marin sewerage agencies without protest hearings or any election. According to a summary of the bill, it also allows the local LAFCO “to impose terms and conditions on this reorganization or consolidation that would require SASM and its members to pay for the commission’s costs.” Reasons to short-circuit the normal SASM consolidation procedure become clear after considering the relative size of SASM members and the Cortese-Knox-Hertzberg Local Government Reorganization Act passed in 2000. That legislation lowers the election bar if a LAFCO initiates consolidation proceedings, which is the case in Marin. Instead of the 25 percent needed to successfully protest a consolidation and send it to a vote, if the process starts, only 10 percent is needed. In Marin that means 10 percent in any of the sanitary districts would do the trick. Looking at the numbers, Banning arrives at this conclusion: The Alto Sanitary District has 645 registered

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Dominican University nearly made the leap to the national stage with a 2012 presidential debate. But the San Rafael campus was not chosen among the four venues at which Barack Obama will likely take on a Republican challenger next October, according to an announcement Monday by the Commission on Presidential Debates Dominican made the list of 12 finalists for consideration, but the debates ultimately went to Lynn University in Florida, the University of Denver, Hofstra University in New York and Centre College in Kentucky.

Salmon release—live, without a net After a month of swimming upstream, the Tiburon Salmon Institute had its moment in the sun Sunday, when students in the Salmon Education Program held their annual salmon release at the Romberg Tiburon Center—by bidding farewell to a thousand, er, steelhead trout. Well over a hundred onlookers at the center’s annual Discovery Day cheered students from Casa Grande High School, who had raised tens of thousands of chinook salmon as part of the education program curriculum in anticipation of setting them off into the San Francisco Bay, only to find that vandals earlier this month cut open the salmon pens, sending the fish into the wild blue yonder three weeks shy of their official coming out party. Nets of two salmon pens—holding juvenile salmon, or smolts—were initially cut Oct. 4 by unknown perpetrators; the third net was severed on Oct. 8—in all more than 60,000 salmon swam free. Last 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. Still, the annual salmon release spawned forth; Salmon Institute officials led Discovery Day visitors in a Native American circle ceremony in honor of the salmon, while Assemblyman Jared Huffman commended the students for their hard work on behalf of the formidable fish and acknowledged the Salmon Institute’s mission of advocacy for that important marine species. Anti-illegal ordinance deemed illegal by Gov. Brown Gov. Brown has effectively e-liminated one Novato City Council candidate’s hopes of making E-Verify the law of the land in the northern Marin town. After more than two years—and several thousand voter signatures—Jerome Ghigliotti’s crusade to institute a town ordinance requiring all city contractors and subcontractors to use the federal E-Verify database to electronically confirm workers’ immigration status may have to return from whence it came. Assembly Bill 1236, signed by Brown on the Oct. 16 eve of the state Legislature’s recess, would effectively make a city E-Verify requirement for private businesses as illegal as the workers and their families it’s intended to root out. Authored by Cupertino Assembly Democrat Paul Fong, AB 1236 specifically “prohibits local governments from mandating the use of E-Verify by private employers.”With the passage of AB 1236, an E-Verify requirement for contractors would be illegal on both the state and federal levels. Presently, use of E-Verify at the municipal level is on a voluntary basis; Novato currently uses E-Verify to monitor city staff. Critics of the database say its major flaw is that it too often flags U.S. citizens as non-citizens. Fong says the bill will protect California’s workers and businesses. “The U.S. Government Accountability Office reports that the E-Verify system flags eligible U.S. workers as ineligible to work,” says Fong.“In these tough economic times, the mandated use of this system would impose a major financial burden on businesses.We need to help businesses grow and protect American jobs, not impose job-killing mandates.” Ghigliotti, who is running for council on a “stop illegal immigrant gangs” platform, has vowed to continue the fight for E-Verify in Novato. In 2010, the anti-illegal-immigrant activist, and his group Citizens for Legal Employment and Contracting, met the required 10 percent eligible voters signature drive to put an E-Verify measure on the ballot, but the Novato City Council refused to put it up for a vote on the grounds that such an ordinance would violate federal law. Ghigliotti eventually sued the city, but his legal effort was tossed out last May by Judge Lynn Duryee who ruled that such an ordinance would violate the federal Immigration Reform Control Act of 1986, which does not allow states or municipalities to penalize the employment of illegal aliens.


sanitation districts would be folded together as one member. Mill Valley would retain its membership, as would the Tamlapais Community Services District. The four sanitary districts still would have a vote in SASM, but it would be more proportionate to their populations, say consolidation proponents. It is unfair for a small sanitary district to have a full vote, equal to that of Mill Valley when Mill Valley represents almost half of SASM. The LAFCO board will tackle those issues as it wrestles with the consolidation process. Adding to the mix, the four sanitary districts are feeder districts, not responsible for wastewater treatment. And SASM doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t use the flow of wastewater from the districts to determine their cost at the treatment plant; it uses the number of residents in the districts, not the actual amount of wastewater flowing to the plant. The SASM board comprises seven regular members. Two members come from the Board of Supervisors, two from city councils, two from special districts, and one from the public. Supervisor Kate Sears, representing southern Marin, serves on LAFCO. Jeff Slavitz, a Tiburon councilmember also serves on the board. In dealing with possible political pressure on LAFCO board members Store Hours:  ' '

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The board accusation also claimed should have referred the patient to Newhard was inappropriate and a specialist or consulted with one grossly negligent in his care of anhimself. It also alleged he failed to other woman, also a longtime patient. use due caution in simultaneously The board accused Newhard of prescribing multiple sedatives to the kissing and hugging both patients, of elderly patient, and he prescribed a failing to leave the examination room dangerous drug for a condition he while they disrobed and of failing failed to document. to have a female chaperone in the During the criminal trial earlier room when he performed this year, the prosecution pelvic and breast exams. there was no [Newhard] and contended The complaint also almedical purpose for a vaginal leged that Newhard made his attorneys and breast examination the an off-color joke about maintained that doctor performed on Freitas Freitas’ bra and breasts, a 2007. Newhard testified his actions were in contention about which in his own defense while not intended she testified during the his wife, Madalienne Peters, criminal trial. sat in the courtroom suras romantic Freitas’ attorney, Patrick rounded by friends, relatives Richardson, said she took overtures... and devoted patients. Peters comfort in Newhard’s suris an education professor and render of his license. “After four years director of Dominican University of of delays and emotional suffering, at California’s master’s program in curleast a modicum of justice for all vic- riculum and instruction. tims has finally been served,” he said. Newhard admitted finding Freitas Richardson represents Freitas in a attractive, hugging her and kissing civil lawsuit against Newhard. A jury her on the lips. But he and his attortrial is scheduled to begin July 31 in neys maintained that his actions were the civil case. not intended as romantic overtures The medical board accusation and his vaginal and breast examinaalso claimed that Newhard failed to tions were appropriate and medically consider that a drug he prescribed to necessary. an elderly patient caused her to feel Weinberg said that many familychronically dizzy and to frequently practice doctors, particularly older fall. In addition, it alleged that Neones, hug and kiss their patients, whard failed to document a need to though today the medical board prescribe to the elderly patient the frowns on the practice. drug lithium, which the board called The prosecution and the defense “a toxic medication.” each presented two physician witThe complaint said Newhard nesses at the criminal trial. The

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prosecution witnesses contended Newhard’s vaginal and breast examinations of Freitas served no medical purpose; the defense witnesses contended they did. The defense argued that Freitas pressed charges against Newhard in an effort to win millions of dollars from her civil lawsuit. The prosecution insisted that Freitas’ only reason for bringing the charges was to prevent the doctor from harming other women. Freitas testified that she was used to Newhard’s off-color jokes. She said he would tell her, for example, that she could always get a job as a topless dancer. But she said she was shocked when he insisted that she come in for a Saturday appointment and sent his assistant home just before rapidly thrusting something three times into her vagina. Freitas expected the doctor to examine her vagina, which had itched, but she was unprepared for the unexplained penetration, she testified. 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 had to be present when he examined female patients. ✹ To read the state medical board’s decision and order on Dr. Horace Newhard, go to www.mbc.ca.gov and type “Newhard” in the search box. Contact Ronnie Cohen at ronniecohen@comcast.net.

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have to tell you about the film I made in the ’80s, a film about the Mafia,” promises director/writer/ cinematographer John Korty (The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman, Twice Upon a Time), digging into a lunchtime plate of eggplant parmigiana at San Rafael Joe’s. “It was called A Deadly Business, Business,” Korty says, “and it was about toxic waste. Toxic waste and the Mafia. Alan Arkin was in it. Working on that movie gave me my one and only taste of the Mafia world.” A conversation with John Korty is like a walk through a minefield planted with great stories, all waiting to explode depending on which way the conversation moves. The toxic Mafia story (to be continued) is just the first of many triggered during this leisurely Sunday afternoon conversation in mid-October. Korty, 75, has directed countless short films and documentaries, and more than 35 feature-length movies, all over the course of a long and award-laden career. Considered a pioneer of the independent cinema movement of the ’60s and ’70s, he was the first fi rst of thee “New Hollywood” auteurs to establish a home base in Northern California, ma ak making Marin his home in 1964, lleading le ading to the eventual Bay Area colonization of filmmakers George Lucas, Phillip Kaufm m Francis Ford Coppola and Kaufman, oth h others. A stunningly eclectic artist t he’s mastered animation as ist, w well as live-action film, crafting d dozens of animated shorts for the early Sesame Street and Electric Company TV episodes. His early work for television includes the ccontroversial 1970 adaptation o of Go Ask Alice and the seminal sci i science fiction movie The People, based on o Zenna Henderson’s novel Pilgrim m and produced by Francis Ford Pilgrimage Coppol l His 1977 documentary Who Coppola. Are the DeBolts (And Where Did They Get 19 Kids s) accomplished the rare feat of Kids)? winningg both an Emmy Award and an Oscar. One O of his best-known efforts for telev v television—though Korty would not coun n it among his highest artistic count achievem m achievements—was the much loved-andhated 1984 1988 Star Wars spin-off The Ewok Adventure e a film that still divides fans— Adventure, but inspir e a best-selling children’s book, inspired and remains remaii popular on DVD. ● ● ● ●

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TO HONOR KORTY’S three-quarter-century mark, the California Film Institute will present a month-long career retrospective at the Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center, screening eight of his most significant features, plus an evening of live action and animated shorts. The event, unfussily titled “The Films of John Korty,” begins Thursday, Nov. 10, with Korty’s lyrical documentary Miracle in a Box: A Piano Reborn (see sidebar). The retrospective will include several of Korty’s personal favorites, an animated cult-sensation and a pair of history-making television landmarks.

A born storyteller, with plenty to draw upon after so many years spent in the business of making movies, Korty (www. johnkorty.com) is easily reminded of one colorful filmmaking experience or another. The memory currently under discussion sprang from the playful observation that San Rafael Joe’s, with its brick walls and old-fashioned interior, seems the kind of place that might have been featured in the Godfather films, the kind of place where, if you stood in the doorway and shouted, “Hey, Big Tony!” a half-dozen guys would turn their heads to see who was calling their name. “That brick wall over there, and those tables,” Korty says, pointing to a row of booths across the room, “that kind of reminds me of where I took a meeting with the former Mafia guy who inspired the movie.” And the story begins. “The Mafia had gotten interested in toxic waste when the price for getting rid of it went up to $55 a barrel,” he tells. “It turned into quite a big thing, and so I made a movie about it, a television movie based all on real stories, all of it factual. The main character was this small-time crook named Harold Kaufman, a guy who’d been trying to go straight. He started working for this toxic-waste company—he thought it was a straight company—and then he found out they were crooked, owned by some mob guys. The company had been promising to legally process the toxic waste, but they were really just dumping it in the creeks and rivers in New Jersey, just totally polluting the place. People were dying.” Korty slides his plate a few inches from the edge of the table, and leans forward. “So this guy, Kaufman, he has a crisis of conscience, and he decides to call the FBI. And they talked him into wearing a wire. Kaufman was this pudgy little guy—but he was a real hero, because he was constantly risking his life, going into these Mafia meetings, wearing this wire.” In the film, which CBS broadcast in 1986, Arkin played Kaufman and Armand Assante played the mobster. Just before filming, the real Harold Kaufman wanted to meet Korty, but since he was in the witness protection program in the States and filming was taking place in Toronto, the meeting posed a problem for everyone involved. “Finally,” Korty says, “the feds let us know that Kaufman would be secretly sneaked into Canada, and we’d be able to have dinner together. They said we’d meet at such-and-such a restaurant, on such-andsuch a night. I was the first one to get there, and like I said, it was a lot like this place. I decided to sit with my back against the brick wall, facing the front door, so if some Mafia guy came in with a machine gun, to kill Harold Kaufman, I might see him and have time to go to go under the table. “Anyway,” he smiles, “that was my one brush with the underworld. We made the movie, and I think it turned out pretty well.” Ironically, A Deadly Business is not 14> NOVEMBER 4 - NOVEMBER 10, 2011 PACIFIC SUN 13


‘The Ewok Adventure,’ further evidence of that thin line between love and hate.

one of the films featured in the retrospective, joining a long list of others that didn’t quite make the cut, either deemed unworthy—or merely unavailable. Much of Korty’s work was done during the Golden Age of made-for-television movies (28 films made for network TV), and because of the way network films were contracted in the ’70s and ’80s, it’s now easier to sneak an ex-mobster into Canada than it is to win permission to grant a made-for-TV a theatrical run. “That’s why the two television movies we’re showing are being shown free,” Korty acknowledges, “and why they are being offered as educational experiences—which they really are. They are both fairly important pictures.” The two films he refers to are often named by critics as among the best television films ever made. The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman, starring Cicely Tyson as a 110-year-old former slave, was a career-maker for Korty when it was broadcast in 1974, winning numerous Emmy Awards; Farewell to Manzanar, broadcast in 1976, was the first major film to examine the impact of the Japanese internment camps of World War II. ● ● ● ●

THOUGH KORTY HAS made a number of mainstream theatrical features and documentaries, he still feels a bit protective of the work done by television writers and directors, before network television all but abandoned making movies in the late 1990s. “When I was working in television,” Korty says, “movies for TV were really looked down upon in the whole Hollywood scheme of things. Made-for-TV movies were the second-class citizens. “Once I made The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman, things did change for a while,” he continues. “That was one of the few TV films that crossed that line into first-class status. In fact, the day that Miss Jane Pittman was aired was probably one of the better days of my life. I just sat 14 PACIFIC SUN NOVEMBER 4 - NOVEMBER 10, 2011

in my office the next morning and the phone rang all day long. I got calls from people I couldn’t believe, well-known actors I’d never met, calling me up to say how much they appreciated the film. Fifty million people saw the film in one night.” The thought reminds Korty of another story. “At the time, I was working out of an office in Marin, based in an old house in Mill Valley,” he says. “There was a kitchen, and some time before that I’d splurged on a six-or-seven dollar can of gourmet oyster stew. Partway through that day, I was hungry, and I thought, ‘Hey, if I’m ever going to eat that stew, today is a good day to do it.’ So I was sitting there at my desk, eating my stew as the phone was ringing, ringing, ringing—and I found a pearl! There was a pearl in the oyster stew. I thought, ‘This must be an omen of some kind!’ “I still have that pearl to this day.” Other television films he’s proud of include Resting Place, with John Lithgow, Morgan Freeman and CCH Pounder— which can only be seen today if you have a VHS recording of its original 1986 broadcast—and the awkwardly titled Deadly Matrimony, starring Brian Dennehy. Korty considers them among the best work he’s done. In addition to a knack for recognizing good material, one of Korty’s most impressive skills is the ability to bring a movie in under schedule and under budget, one of the reasons he worked so steadily for so long. “Nearly all of the movies I made for television had to be shot in less than 20 days,” he explains, describing a typical filming schedule of four five-day weeks. “The reason I was so good about bringing them in under budget,” he says, “was that I tend to know what I want, and I don’t change my mind a lot. I don’t do 15 takes of something. Very often, I’d bring a movie in within 18 days, or 19 days at the most.” Eventually, after hearing over and over that his speediness was saving producers hundreds of thousands of dollars, he took the bold step of suggesting he should share in the savings when a picture was made under budget. His contracts began carrying a clause that he would collect one dollar out of every three he managed to save. “I collected something like 15 times in a row,” Korty says. “I wasn’t working any faster or cheaper to do that. The movies were still the best I could make them, and some of them were nominated for Emmys. It’s just that I was able to work faster than most other directors. I’m very proud of that.” Before Korty started working in the television industry in the early ’70s, he’d already made a name for himself with his small independent films, including the gentle fable The Crazy-Quilt, filmed, as were most of his early works, in Stinson Beach. One of Korty’s best, most often referenced stories relates how those early

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“Being an artist who has tried a lot of different styles and genres,” says John Korty,“it’s hard sometimes when I am identified by one person as an animator, another as a television director, another as a director of little independent movies and another as a guy who makes documentaries.What’s great about this retrospective at the Rafael Film Center is that it shows the depth and breadth of my career.” Korty plans to attend all of the screenings, introducing the films and participating in Q&A sessions. Special “surprise guests” have been hinted at for some of the screenings.

Following the critical success of The CrazyQuilt, Korty made Funnyman—the story of an ambitious young comedian, played by Peter Bonerz (Catch-22,The Bob Newhart Show)—in 1967, combining live action, animation, color film and black-and-white photography.“I was able to make it because I had momentum from Crazy-Quilt, and the momentum from Funnyman allowed me to keep going.” The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman

Miracle in a Box: A Piano Reborn

Thursday, Nov. 10, 7pm When Korty heard about a team of craftspeople in Alameda who restore beautiful old pianos—and then throw a party after each piano is reborn—he knew there was a movie to be made.“These were obviously very interesting people,”Korty says.“And as we made the documentary, they just became more interesting, and more funny and more inspiring.” Cicely Tyson was 41 when she played the 110-yearold title character.

Sunday, Nov. 27, 1pm | FREE ADMISSION “My first big television movie,”says Korty. “I was then the youngest, least-experienced director the network had hired for a project that big. It was a wonderful experience, and it changed my life.” Korty’s Oscar-winning doc was inspired by Herb Caen. A Variety of Shorts Who Are the DeBolts (And Where Did They get 19 Kids)?

Sunday, Nov. 13, 4:15pm “I have to thank Herb Caen for that one,” says Korty.“In his column in the Chronicle, he kept mentioning the DeBolts, talking about all the kids they’d adopted, kids with disabilities. It was maybe the third time I read about them that I thought,‘You know, maybe there’s a film there.’” Challenging the network executives who claimed no one would want to see a film about 19 kids with handicaps, Korty managed to get the documentary made as a theatrical film, which went on to win an Oscar. Only then was ABC willing to take a chance on airing it, but in a much-edited version of the film. This screening is of the original theatrical version.

Sunday, Nov. 27, 7pm “I have always questioned the basic assumptions, throughout my entire career,”Korty says, “and that includes my approach to animation. I tried to do animation the conventional way, but it drove me crazy!”Most of Korty’s animations were done with paper cutouts.This 90-minute collection of shorts includes Korty’s first documentary film, 1961’s The Language of Faces, plus an early piece for PBS’s American Short Story series, his Oscar-nominated animated film Breaking the Habit and several of his highly unusual alphabet animations for Sesame Street. Alex & the Gypsy

Thursday, Dec. 1, 7pm An example of Korty’s feature-film work for studios, this 1977 film stars Jack Lemmon

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Sunday, Nov. 13, 7pm The filmmaker is surprised and delighted that his low-budget 1966 labor of love, made when he was 29, is finally available on DVD (and on his website at johnkorty.com) and finding a new audience. Narrated by Burgess Meredith, the fable-like love story follows a termite-exterminating pessimist as he falls for a butterfly-loving optimist. “Some of the people who buy the film through my website tell me they’ve been looking for it for years,” he says.“They saw it in the ‘60s—and they never forgot it.”

Roger Ebert had faint praise for ‘Gypsy,’ saying it ‘sometimes works in spite of itself.’


and Genevieve Bujold as a world-weary bail bondsman and a trouble-making dancer. “People who don’t like it really don’t like it,” says Korty, “but people who love it, love it.”

and the story of the camps would remain unknown to the American public,” says Korty.

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successes in Marin County ended up changing the course of moviemaking history, all because of a chance meeting at a conference in San Francisco. Says Korty, “When Crazy-Quilt came out, and got a very good response—especially from critics and the ‘educated’ part of the audience, college kids, that sort of demographic—I got a call in 1968, and I was asked to sit on a panel of filmmakers at the Hilton Hotel in San Francisco. It was for a convention of English teachers, and they were planning a panel discussion on turning literature into films. They told me that Francis Ford Coppola was going to be on the panel, too, so I said sure, mainly so that I would have a chance meet Francis.” ● ● ● ●

AT THAT POINT, Coppola was an up-and-coming director who’d moved quickly from screenwriter (Patton) to director, turning the modest success of the low-budget horror film Dementia 13 into an opportunity to direct the Oscarnominated romance You’re a Big Boy Now, then on to the massive Hollywood musical Finian’s Rainbow. “So I got there a little early,” Korty continues, “and there were three or four hundred people there, a big audience. On the table were these little nameplates, and right next to me is the one that says Francis Ford Coppola. But the chair was empty. We were getting closer and closer to the time we were starting, and it was still empty chair, empty chair. We finally started the panel, and in came this skinny little teenage kid, dressed in blue jeans and tennis shoes, and sits down in Francis’s chair. “He leans up and says, ‘Francis is still shooting in the Midwest, so he sent me. My name is George Lucas.’ He ended up talking all about how Francis was shooting The Rain People out of two station wagons and a truck, starting this whole new way of making movies, outside of Hollywood. When it was my turn, I talked about how I’d already made three independent features in Stinson Beach, on my

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“This will be the clean version,”laughs Korty, noting that his original G-rated version of the cult-hit animated fantasy— about the creatures that deliver dreams and nightmares to the sleeping world—was released with an R-rated dub loaded with adult language and scatological comments.“Some people think I ruined the R-rated version by cleaning it up. But the truth is, this is the way I’d always imagined this story.”

own, with independent financing, working with very small crews. George was just astounded at what I’d been doing, and after the panel, he grabbed me and said, ‘Come on, we have to get to a pay phone. I’m going to call Francis.’ He got Francis on the phone, and he said, ‘You have to talk to this guy, Korty. He’s doing exactly what you’ve been saying you want to do! He’s making films outside of Hollywood!’” They made a plan to meet once shooting was complete on The Rain People, and Francis Ford Coppola, with George Lucas, arrived at John Korty’s Stinson Beach film studio on July 4, 1968. Korty showed off the big unheated barn that served as his filmmaking studio, complete with a professional editing room, sound room, projectors and a screen. After a night of fireworks and celebration, Lucas and Coppola departed, returning in a week to start scouting for a permanent location for the filmmaking mecca they would establish in San Francisco and Marin. What happened after that is the stuff of moviemaking legend, as Coppola and Lucas reinvented the way films were made. But it was Korty who inspired them to choose Northern California. Though now virtually unknown compared to Lucas and Coppola, Korty displays no jealousy or envy toward his compatriots. As he prepares for the upcoming retrospective, looking back on a striking body of work, and a life crammed with remarkable stories, Korty exudes nothing so much as gratitude and warm satisfaction. “If I’ve made any mistake during my career,” he says quietly, with a hint of laughter punctuating the confession, “it’s that I’ve done too many things. I haven’t stuck with just one genre or one format. But that’s only because I love them all. I may not be a household name, and I may not be a millionaire, but I feel lucky to have had a career in which I could do all of the things I love. “Not that many people can say that.” ✹ Email David at talkpix@earthlink.net.

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LOCAL STARLETS Even though we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t always admit it, we secretly do want to discover which dining places get high marks in international ratings. Most coveted are the stars awarded by the Michelin Guide. Its reviews of restaurants in the Bay Area cover a territory extending from Los Gatos to Geyserville, with many top chefs competing for acclaim. The 2012 guide is just out. While Marin didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t see any stars, four places have been named Bib Gourmand, or â&#x20AC;&#x153;best valueâ&#x20AC;? restaurantsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; offering two courses plus a glass of wine or dessert for $40 or less. Le Garage and Sushi Ran in Sausalito and Heidi Krahlingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s two San Anselmo venues, Insalataâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and Marinitas, received the nod. Ta-da! TAKE THE WINE ROAD Most wine weekends concentrate (of course) on the bottles, with nibbles and noshes casually served to placate the drinkers. An exception is A Wine & Food Affair in northern Sonoma, Nov. 5-6 (11am-4pm), when the pairing of vittles and vino at each of 105 wineries is taken seriously. Favorite fall foods from winery chefs, restaurants and producers are served in perfect harmony, and recipes for the dishes are printed in a professional little cookbook for the occasion. Tickets are $70 for the weekend, $50 for Sunday and the cost includes a souvenir glass and a copy of the book. Information and tickets: www.wineroad. com or 800/723-6336. TO BIRD, OR NOT TO BIRD... Yes, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s November and yes, a big annual food blowout is on its way. If thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s anxiety around cooking up the Thanksgiving dinner, consider getting some help. Whether youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re a novice or an experienced cook who needs inspiration for this year, there are classes for you. On Nov. 11 (6-9pm) at the Cooking School at Cavallo Point,

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the Big Turkey Redux will introduce imaginative ways to refashion the bird and all its trimmings for days afterward. Cost is $65 per person. Call 415/339-4777... Vegetarian Thanksgiving Dinner is the subject to be explored at ITK Culinary in Sausalito Nov. 13 (5pm). Everything from appetizers to pumpkin pie made with a special olive oil-based crust will delight the meatless. Cost is $75 per person. Details at http://itkculinary.com or 415/331-8766... Meredith McCarty of Healing Cuisine has been teaching natural nutrition for more than 30 years, so she knows exactly what should go into A Vegan Thanksgiving Feast, her class at Redwood High in Larkspur Nov. 15 (6:30-8:30pm). Learn to make dishes from soup to dessert for the multi-course meal. Fee is $50 per person. 415/945-3730 or www.marinlearn.com... Also on Nov. 15 (6:30-9pm), Marin chef/author/teacher Tom Hudgens will visit Fresh Starts Cooking School in Novato to demonstrate side dishes and extras that make Thanksgiving dinner so special. Recipes shared from his book, The Commonsense Kitchen, will range from oysters with absinthe and herbs to pickled spiced pears and almond brittle. Guests will be served a full meal (wine will be available for purchase) for $49 per person. This is a beneďŹ t for the shelter and jobtraining programs at Homeward Bound of Marin. Information and registration: www.hbofm.org or 415/382-3363, x243. A NO-MUSS, NO-FUSS THANKSGIVING No, it is not too soon to make reservations for Turkey Day feasts at local restaurants. Nor is it too soon to place orders for special ingredients for home-cooked meals, especially heritage and organic birds. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wise to do this while comparison shopping is still possible, before supplies run low. â&#x153;š Contact Pat at patfusco@sonic.net.

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y dad will inevitably get the roast on Lincoln Avenue, is only a stone’s throw duck l’orange. My mom, the beef across the highway from Le Chalet. But a medallions; if those aren’t on the far bigger reason for its success has been menu then she’ll have the filet mignon in consistency—it simply hasn’t changed peppercorn sauce. We’re all too wimpy to dramatically from its original vision of betry the sweetbreads or frog legs—probably ing a quality neighborhood restaurant. to our regret. Me, I’ll often go pasta, if only Roger Minhondo first came to the Le because the table bread is great for soaking Chalet kitchen in the early 1970s, when up the sauce d’jour. the Irissarry, France native put his BasqueMy family has been going to Le Chalet region know-how to perfect use creating Basque since I was a kid. We several of the dishes that helped didn’t even live in San Rafael (I make a name for the restaurant know, it’s technically in Santa Le Chalet Basque in its early years. After leaving Venetia...), but we’d bypass res- 405 N. San Pedro Road, Le Chalet to embark on his own taurants far closer to our Novato San Rafael; 415/479-1070, restaurateur dreams, Minhome just to soak up Le Chalet’s www.chaletbasque.com. hondo reappeared in 2000 and discreet, old-school vibe (not to purchased the Marin mainstay, mention a Tom Collins or two a return to his restaurant roots from the bar, for the adults). in both county and cuisine. Le Chalet opened on North San Pedro Today, Le Chalet remains Santa VeneRoad in 1962, the same year Frank Lloyd tia’s foodie hub—there’s probably not Wright’s Marin Civic Center was completanother restaurant for nearly a mile in any ed—and Santa Venetia was the place to be. direction—while catering to power-lunch The restaurant’s European leanings were a movers and shakers from the Civic Center surprisingly good fit for the surrounding to weekly community group meetings like modern-America suburbia—Santa Venetia those of the venerable Marin Coalition. It’s had originally been conceived as a “little still got the red napkins, white tablecloths Venice,” with San Rafael Bay-linked canals and burgundy seats and carpet from as far replete with gondolas and a glamorous back as I can remember. resort atop Santa Margarita Island. (Alas, On a recent visit, I had Le Chalet’s rabthis dream of early 20th century developer/ bit in white wine and was reminded of dredger Mabry McMahan was not to be, Hemingway’s For Whom the Bell Tolls, his though such neighborhood street names as novel in which rabbit stew was viewed as Vendola Drive and Galleria Way remain as mejores alimentos by the Spanish Civil War reminders of what could have been.) guerrilla fighters—part of a culture that, Next year, Le Chalet will celebrate its for hero Robert Jordan, was even worth 50th anniversary—an almost unheard dying for. of benchmark for restaurants in these I wouldn’t go that far for Le Chalet’s parts (off the top of my head I can think rabbit but, served with mushrooms, it of maybe a handful of Marin restaurants comes pretty close. with a longer shadow). Part of its longevity The bell isn’t tolling on Le Chalet no doubt has to do with its ethnic niche— Basque by a long shot. ✹ the only other Basque cuisine in Marin is Ring Jason’s bell at jwalsh@pacificsun.com. the Cafe Villa Basque Restaurant, which,

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And justice for jah 19 Broadway jams, George’s Nightclub rocks steady... by The Space Cowb oy

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he 2011 holiday season rolls into the North Bay chock-full of great live shows for every musical taste. But first, The Beat would like to report that vocalist Judge Murphy (Zero, Lansdale Station) is recovering well 48 days after his liver transplant. “I am getting stronger by the day and want to thank my tireless wife, Lauren, as well as the [organ] donor, and all of our extended musical family for their boundless love and support. This was definitely a team effort and nothing short of miraculous,” he writes. We look forward to your continued physical and musical health in the new year! On Saturday, Nov. 5, Fairfax’s 19 Broadway nightclub will host “Jam for Justice: A Fundraiser for Legal Defense” to benefit the Marin Alliance for Medical Marijuana in Fairfax. Due to recent changes in federal policy, the longest running dispensary for medical marijuana in the state is now fighting closure by both the IRS and the Department of Justice. Music will be provided by Moonalice (featuring Pete Sears, Barry Sless and John Molo), the Rowan Brothers (Chris and Lorin) with

guest Terry Haggerty (Sons of Champlin), the Bluesetta Band, Samuka and the Wild Tribe and more. The event, hosted by comedian Tere Joyce, starts at noon and includes a raffle and barbecue. Speaking of the Rowan Brothers, Lorin Rowan and old friend Jimmy Dillon (The Edge/Clarence Clemons) have a new project called the San Francisco Music Club. It features, among others, Eric McCann on bass, Ozzie Ahlers on keys, Michael Peloquin on sax/harp, Michael Rinta on trombone, as well as West African legend Samba Ngo. This amazingly talented and musically eclectic ensemble is not to be missed. They perform Saturday, Nov. 19, at 142 Throckmorton Theatre at 8pm. Artista co-founder and Bay Area art scene legend Pat Ryan will celebrate his 70th birthday Friday, Nov. 18, at George’s Nightclub. The Soul Jah Family Band will perform in honor of his love of reggae and longtime relationship with Reggae on the River and the southern Humboldt community. Featuring both his talented daughters, vocalists Amber Morris and April Grisman, as well as his talented

Not only is Moonalice supporting 19 Broadway’s fundraiser for the Marin Alliance for Medical Marijuana, but on Friday and Saturday the Fairfax Pavilion will feature an exhibit of Moonalice concert posters by such artists as Stanley Mouse, John Mavroudis and Wendy Wright.

sons-in-law, guitarists Tal Morris and Monroe Grisman, the band will perform classic reggae hits from the Marley, Tosh, Cliff and roots reggae songbooks. Also performing with the band will be Mike Emerson (Earl Thomas/Elvin Bishop) on keys, Boris Dig and Tai Kenning. Don’t miss what will undoubtedly be a very irie night of music with many special guests. Local hard rock band Orchid has returned from a European tour that started and ended in Wurzburg, Germany, and took the guys to four countries for nine shows in 10 days. With near capacity

crowds at every show, the band ended on a high note by performing on the mainstage at the Hammer of Doom festival. “We were completely blown away by the great crowds,” says bass player Keith Nickel, “and although we play dark, heavy music, the people there were ecstatic, smiling and rocking hard every night!” A follow-up tour is already in the works. The super-hot Monophonics are ready to release their brand new album, In Your Brain, featuring their original brand of “psychedelic soul”; the band will embark on a 19-city Midwest tour this month. Their last local date before the tour will be a co-bill with Humboldt County’s AfroMassive this Friday, Nov. 4, at Sebastopol’s Hopmonk Tavern. Check out their new website at www.monophonics.com and tell your Midwest people to represent! Rancho Nicasio will celebrate 70 years in business with its annual star-studded anniversary party Thursday, Nov. 17. The show is open to the public but act now, as tickets go quickly. The talented singer/songwriter Darren Nelson and his band HoneyDust will celebrate his birthday with a special holiday show at Peri’s Bar on Friday, Nov. 25. Murphy Productions continues to bring great shows to the Palm Ballroom at the Seafood Peddler in San Rafael. The David Nelson Band will park the bus there for two nights, Thursday and Friday, Nov. 10 and 11. Hammond B3 wizard Melvin Seals and JGB follow suit on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 18 and 19. Vinyl (with special guests) will play its traditional Black Wednesday party before Turkey Day at Peri’s Bar in Fairfax Nov. 23. Lumanation, Knight Drive and others will perform at a benefit for Lee Nephew at San Anselmo’s Log Cabin Saturday, Nov. 5, at 5pm. There will be a silent auction, raffle and BBQ as well to help raise funds for his battle with cancer. Suggested donation is $15-$20. ✹ Got a hot tip for THE BEAT? Email me at marinbeat@gmail.com. Rawk on Tune up to the Marin music scene at

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War and remembrance ‘Welcome Home’ gives veterans a voice, and a verse... by D av i d Te m p l e t o n

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

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feel like I’ve been crying for the last 90 minutes,” whispers Mary Kay Sweeney, executive director of Homeward Bound of Marin, the county’s primary provider of shelter and other support services for homeless folks and families. On a Thursday in the middle of the Mill Valley Film Festival, Sweeney and I have just seen Welcome Home, an astonishing and powerful documentary about a group of military veterans,

speak up through the words of the poetry they are required to write daily. As they open up to one another and themselves, some truly remarkable things begin to occur. As Meade suggests at the beginning of the film, many world cultures initiate their warriors by preparing them for battle, honor them as they are sent off to war and then welcome them with reverence and respect when they return, recognizing that they’ve witnessed things that are horrific and have achieved a sense of experience and wisdom. Included in that welcoming back is a willingness on the part of the community to listen to the stories the returning warriors tell. Recognizing that our culture today has no mechanism for truly

‘The Welcome,’ as it was originally titled, won the ‘audience favorite’ documentary honors at last month’s Mill Valley Film Festival. Director-producer Kim Sheltong, above left, with her crew.

all wrestling with post-traumatic stress welcoming returning solders, the concept disorder (PTSD), finding their individual behind Meade’s poetry-camp program is voices during a week-long writing retreat. to provide an alternative to the ancient Sweeney notes, once the standing ovation welcoming ceremonies. At the end of the for filmmaker Kim Shelton ends, “They film, the veterans all converge on the town should really hand out Kleenex when they of Ashland, where 500 residents pack the show this movie!” local theater to listen to the warriors’ rivetWelcome Home (formerly titled The Wel- ing, raw poems, songs and stories. come) was filmed in 2008 Welcome Home will be in the mountains above screened again as part of a Ashland, Oregon, and folfundraiser for Homeward Welcome Home lows 24 soldiers of varying Bound, Tuesday, Nov. 8, The benefit screening, ages and both genders, all supporting the work of at the Lark Theater in Homeward Bound of Marin, veterans who’ve served in Larkspur. takes place Tuesday, Nov. 8 at Iraq, Afghanistan or Viet“I’ve seen a lot of mov7:30pm, at the Lark Theater in nam. Inside the large meeties about war, heard a ing room of a camp-like Larkspur. A Q&A with the filmlot of stories about war,” retreat, the veterans gather makers follows. For informaI tell Sweeney after the tion, visit www.hbofm.org for daily sessions with aufilm, as we settle in at the thor/mythologist Michael Aroma Cafe next door to Meade. After a bumpy bethe Christopher B. Smith ginning fraught with reluctance, suspicion, Rafael Film Center, “but there are some anger and hurt, the participants gradually stories told in this film that I’ve never

Michael Meade, standing, and his poetry camp were inspired by cultures that treated their warriors as sages when they returned—something America doesn’t do.

heard before in my life.” The amount of ward Bound, and this movie shows how pain these people are carrying, and the powerful that can be. choking reluctance to share their stories “But the work that Michael Meade is with others, is as gripping as a thriller, and doing,” she goes on, “as shown in this as moving as a Shakespearean tragedy. But movie, is absolutely astonishing! I think ultimately, the healing they experience, there’s so much in our culture we need to finally, from being heard by their peers, learn about welcoming veterans home. I and welcomed so enthusiastically by the loved how he said, at the beginning, that people who come into Ashland to hear when the warriors return, we have to be them speak, is powerfully positive and able to see that their experience is a gift, brimming with hope. that they all have gifts of wisdom and “There is something dramatically wrong experience. They have stories to tell. We with our culture,” replies Sweeney, “that don’t want to hear those stories, though. we allow so many people to be in so much We forget that telling us their stories is part pain, that we refuse to extend so many of the way they will be able to heal.” people a sense of participation and worth “And it’s not enough to just tell their stoand welcome.” ries,” I comment, thinking of the veteran in Sweeney began her work with Home- the movie who makes it perfectly clear she ward Bound 19 years ago, launching what does not want advice or feedback, that she was expected to be a foursimply wants her peers to month pilot program. hear her. “They have to Then she fell in love with know,” I remark, “there is the work, and has been someone willing to hear working with homeless what they have to say.” people ever since. As we “That’s my main job,” wait for our drinks to Sweeney says, “listening appear on the counter, to people. That’s not easy, Sweeney tells me that apbecause it often doesn’t proximately 10 percent feel like enough. We of the homeless adults want to fix it, whatever ser ved by Homeward the problem is. We want Bound are military vetthem to get on a path erans. Estimates put the that’s right, and we think number of homeless vetwe know what the path is. erans in America at about It’s such a challenge to re525,000. Of the 23 million alize that someone’s path, veterans currently living their journey, and the in the U.S. (a quarter of Sweeney turned a four-month pilot program pace they move at along whom live in California), launched in 1992 into one of the most that journey—that’s one in every 44 is pres- respected nonprofit agencies in Marin. theirs to decide. That’s ently without shelter. something we have to Currently, there are 16 vets who are honor. We can be companions on another utilizing Homeward Bound services. In person’s journey, but we can’t prescribe it, Marin County, Sweeney points out, it’s we can’t show the way. All we can do is be still mostly Vietnam vets who end up there with them as they take their steps. homeless. And sometimes those steps don’t seem like “After all these years,” she says, “that war very good choices—but we have to be OK is still haunting these guys. It’s interesting. with that. In watching this movie, I found myself “It’s their lives,” Sweeney affirms. “It’s constantly thinking, ‘We have to get better their story.” ✹ at listening. We have to find better ways to encourage people to tell their stories.’ We It’s your movie, speak up at have writing groups ourselves, at Home›› pacificsun.com NOVEMBER 4 - NOVEMBER 10, 2011 PACIFIC SUN 25


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Cinemas paradiso Growing up in Marin, at 24 frames per second... by M at t hew St af for d

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he first movie theater I ever found which I crossed a picket line (two desultory myself in was (I believe) the Lark on Baptists) to see. Magnolia. Winnie-the-Pooh was the This was also the pre-DVD era of reperafternoon’s attraction, a presumably more tory cinemas and revival houses, when the age-appropriate introduction to a lifetime only way you could catch a classic flick was of cinema-going than Goldfinger or What’s on the late show or in a refurbished storeNew, Pussycat?, two other examples of that front decorated with Bogart posters, and year’s cinema monde. On this day I stepped as a budding movie freak I made many a for the first time from the mundane world of trek to the city to study a fabled yet seldom sunshine and concrete into a encountered noir, musical large darkling chamber where or screwball comedy. (The a battalion of like-minded long-defunct Gateway, moppets beheld the hereParkside and Cento Cedar tofore paper-bound Pooh were my regular hangouts, gamboling on an illuminated but I especially favored a screen larger than the side of place in Glen Park where the house I lived in. Bathed in a guy showed movies in darkness, coaxed into a world his living room and served of light and sound and overCheez-Its in the kitchen whelming color far removed during intermission.) from the 20-inch black-andMarin had a couple of white Zenith that had hithrevival setups of its own: erto sated me, I was riveted, the classic film series at the transfixed, spellbound. I was Jenny Agutter, Walt Disney ushered Mat- Sausalito Library, memo5 years old and couldn’t, thew into adulthood in the early ’70s. rable for its intermission haven’t ever gotten over it. sing-alongs, and the SaturAfter this initial exposure to the wonders day Night Movie in Mill Valley. Every week of moviegoing, I became a regular fixture at the Odd Fellows Hall would be converted the Sequoia in Mill Valley, which was three into a makeshift movie house with homeshort blocks from my house and in those made cookies, folding chairs and an eclectic days offered kiddie matinees every Saturday. program of Cinemania—Lawrence of AraOnce we smuggled in candy economibia, The Seven Samurai, Lost Horizon, Bugs cally purchased at Bennett’s Variety Store Bunny Superstar, Swept Away by an Unusual up the street, we’d pass the half-hour or so Destiny in the Blue Sea of August—and a till showtime pelting each other with Milk good time was had by all. On one memoraDuds and generally making life hell for the ble occasion the indie flick Stay Hungry was theater’s squad of uniformed usherettes(!). attended by the film’s third lead, Arnold The Sequoia was one big theater then, with Schwarzenegger, who demurely refused an enormous chandelier, and when those requests to doff his tunic. lights started to dim, the joint really went The wave of the future descended upon nuts. Walt Disney was our auteur of choice, the land when the Larkspur Landing but sometimes I found myself in the more opened on the banks of the bay, allowing adult post-matinee milieu of Barefoot in the the cinephile to choose from four movies Park, The French Connection and, best of all, instead of settling for one. Unfortunately, Walkabout, starring the naked Jenny Agutter. the multiplex revolution (an outgrowth of There were movie theaters besides the the highway-centric, community-decimatSequoia and the Lark, of course, each with ing shopping mall revolution) more or less its own particular character and ambience. coincided with the twilight of Hollywood’s The Cinema in Corte Madera was the place last Golden Age—the era of Chinatown, to go for widescreen epics; I remember The Godfather, Annie Hall, Taxi Driver being alternately dazzled, puzzled and and The Long Goodbye—and the rise of bored stiff by its opening attraction, 2001: the high-concept, low-gray-matter noise A Space Odyssey. Foreign films were the epic. VCRs and DVDs and Turner Classic province of the tiny Playhouse in Tiburon, Movies came along just in time to offer up home away from home to Luis Bunuel, the rare and the offbeat and the downFederico Fellini and other undecipherables. right weird with all the comforts of home, For family-friendly fare we’d head up to adding another encompassing bubble to the Rafael (Jodie Foster in Tom Sawyer, any- our increasingly safe, sequestered, asocial one?), while the Marin in Sausalito showed existence. That was one mesmerizing wall everything from The Return of the Pink of delights, though. ✹ Panther to The Last Temptation of Christ, Pass the popcorn to Matt at mstafford@pacific.com. 26 PACIFIC SUN NOVEMBER 4 – NOVEMBER 10, 2011

The first truly Marin-based movie to make a splash nationally since the silent era was probably The Crazy-Quilt (1966), Stinson filmmaker John Korty’s [see this week’s feature story] debut indie feature about Henry (Tom Rosqui, shown above), a termite exterminator with low ambitions for life, and his wife, Lorabelle (Ina Mela), a woman bursting with idealism. The film, made for less than $100,000, garnered raves from Time, Newsweek and The New Yorker and landed on the World Journal Tribune’s ten-best-of-the-year list. Korty, shown here manning the camera, made good use of the nearby scenic locations around Marin—including Blakes Landing in Tomales and the slopes of Mt. Tam. Korty told the Pacific Sun in 1967, “[The film] has a kind of life-building aim, mirroring how difficult life is, but also the fact that it’s not all impossible.” (Photo from Pacific Sun archives.)—Jason Walsh

ViDEO Shall we trance? Movie theater-owners, ever anxious to keep butts in seats, have historically signed onto a range of technologies to keep the sense of awe firmly within their doors—say Cinerama in the ’50s, Sensurround and THX in the ’70s and ’80s. More recently, IMAX and 3-D have tried to lure audiences away from their iPads by giving everyone headaches. But independent filmUncle Boonmee’s sour kidney isn’t the only 800-pound makers are responding to the new gorilla in the room in last year’s Palme d’Or winner. landscape more imaginatively, and one current I admire the most is the trance film, represented most successfully by Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s Palme d’Or winner, UNCLE BOONMEE WHO CAN RECALL HIS PAST LIVES. Apichatpong’s tale of a Thai farmer’s impending death overflows with meditative slowness, and the creeping wonder of a surrounding countryside that—with its ghosts—seems poised to overgrow his plot of land as soon as he’s gone. As Boonmee (Thanapat Saisaymar) and his family face the fact of his worsening kidney, they are matter-of-factly visited by two ghosts from Boonmee’s past: his dead wife and his long-lost son, the latter having been transformed by interspecies mating into a strange gorilla hybrid. The effect of their stay is utterly mesmerizing. While mainstream film continues to go the way of Japanese television, with its gratuitous cuts and shakes and overemphasis, heroic directors like Apichatpong, Hellman, Aronofsky and Malick are holding the ramparts in a war against distraction, or what David Lynch calls “your effing telephone.” —Richard Gould


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The more personal the writing, the more universal it is, according to The Writer’s Bible, but when does personal become autobiography? Even as How to Write a New Book for the Bible is performed by excellent actors, playwright Bill Cain’s meditation on his mother’s dying and the Chris Butler and Anthony Fusco volley Mamet’s pointed six-months of care he gave her, feels too dialogue in a scene from ‘Race.’ small and personal to be universal. (Check o one is spared in David Mamet’s out David Templeton’s Talking Pictures rant about Race. From the first column with Bill Cain in our Nov. 14 ediharsh command to “Siddown!,” tion at www.pacificsun.com.) the battle between lies, lies Perhaps if he had and damned lies is on, as changed the names? The white lawyer Jack Lawson major character is Bill Cain NOW PLAYING (Marin-raised actor An(Tyler Pierce), his mother Race runs through Nov. 13 thony Fusco) and his black is Mary Cain (Linda at the American Conservapartner Henry Brown tory Theater, 415 Geary St., Gehringer), his father Pete (Chris Butler) try to win an S.F.; 415/749-2228. www. Cain (Leo Marks) and unwinnable case of alleged act-sf.org his brother is Paul Cain rape. Guilt and innocence How to Write a New Book (Aaron Blakely). Bill is a are abstract ideas, as Jack for the Bible runs through writer-priest, and we can Nov. 20 at Berkeley Repertells the newest member assume the hypochondria tory Theatre, 2025 Addison of their firm (Susan Heyand whining are part of the St., Berkeley; 510/647-2949, ward), “It’s an alley fight, playwright’s own writerly www.berkeleyrep.org not metaphysics.” Mamet’s baggage. dialogue, especially beKent Nicholson directs tween male characters, is with a sympathy that as aggressive as ever, and his fans will en- seems unearned in this story of the death joy the twists and turns of this legal drama. of Mary Cain, who is dying as the play Mamet winds up his audience with his take opens. Gehringer is funny and courageous on race and the American way. as she remains a real person throughout The plot appears to hinge on the the dying process and who, even after she sequins on a red dress, torn off a young dies, comes back to offer wise remarks. black woman in the course of a rape by a It is a lovely performance of Cain’s fully middle-aged white man (Kevin O’Rourke) drawn mother. Marks’ Pete is misunderwho goes from protesting his innocence to stood in life, but in death comes across as a pathetic public plea for forgiveness, all a flawed but lovable father and husband. without changing his basic character, which Blakely’s Paul, who has been to war and is one of entitlement. As the lawyers spin has been marked by it, does raise some stories and try to keep their client from political notes. confessing his sins, which, though they may “Write what you know” is another tenet be many, are not illegal acts, the two make from The Writer’s Bible, and Cain, whose a major mistake—they underestimate a sprawling play Equivocation and his smallwoman. Susan has her own ideas, and as a er 9 Circles both wowed Marin Theatre young black and female lawyer, she also has Company audiences, appears to be doing strong ideas about legality and rape. little more than telling his own story, one Director Irene Lewis keeps the tension that could be universal but doesn’t rise at a boil as O’Rourke’s character melts above the personal. ✹ down, and Lawson and Brown relentlessly Tell Lee to break a leg at freshleebrady@gmail.com. look for new angles. Heyward’s lawyer loses ground, however, as her role is more Break a leg with more theater reviews at plot device than character driven. ›› pacificsun.com

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● 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. ● Bolshoi Re-Opening Gala, Moscow (1:50) The Bolshoi’s beautifully refurbished main theater hosts an evening of music and movement from “Swan Lake,” “Prince Igor,” “Sleeping Beauty” and more. ● 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. ● 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. ● Martha Marcy May Marlene (2:00) Burgeoning star Elizabeth Olsen plays a young woman whose past experiences in a cult continue to dominate her life. ● The Metropolitan Opera: Don Giovanni (4:00) Catch Mozart’s sweeping portrait of the legendary ladies’ man in dazzling big-screen high definition. ● The Metropolitan Opera: Siegfried (6:00) Live from New York it’s part three of Wagner’s epic Ring cycle complete with sorcery, conquest and the lovely Brunnhilde. ● Miracle in a Box: A Piano Reborn (1:21) Documentary looks at the loving restoration of a dilapidated concert grand and its new life as the coveted prize in a student musical competition. ● 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. 28 PACIFIC SUN NOVEMBER 4 – NOVEMBER 10, 2011

● 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). ● Revenge of the Electric Car (1:30) Chris Paine’s sequel to his 2006 doc “Who Killed the Electric Car” follows the against-all-odds rebirth of everyone’s favorite planet-saving fossil-fuel-free automobile. ● 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. ● Sarah’s Key (1:51) An American journalist investigating France’s role in the Holocaust discovers a surprising personal connection to a child victim of the roundup. ● 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. ● 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). ● Tower Heist (1:55) A caper comedy for our times: Ben Stiller, Eddie Murphy and Matthew Broderick plot to swipe back the retirementfund money billionaire financier Alan Alda swindled from them. ● Twilight Saga Tuesdays: New Moon (2:20) Vampire-lovers are cordially invited to a night of exclusive clips, backstage interviews and a full-on screening of “New Moon.” ● A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas (1:25) The Abbott and Costello of ganjadom embark on a desperate journey through Christmastime Manhattan for a totally smokin’ Yuletide tree; Kal Penn and John Cho star. ● 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. ● West Side Story 50th Anniversary (3:00) Turner Classic Movies presents a special golden-anniversary big-screen restoration of the groundbreaking Bernstein-Sondheim meanstreets musical plus interviews with George Chakiris, Marni Nixon and other luminaries. ● 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, 2:45, 5:15, 7:40, 10 ❋ A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas (R) Century Cinema: 2:20, 4:40, 7, 9:15; 2D showtime at noon Century Northgate 15: 11:40, 2, 4:20, 6:45, 8, 9, 10:20 Century Rowland Plaza: 2:45, 5:15, 7:45, 10:15; 2D showtime at 12:15 CinéArts at Marin: Fri 4:20, 7, 9:40; 2D showtime at 2 Sat 4:20, 7, 9:40; 2D showtimes at 11:45, 2 Sun 4:20, 7; 2D showtimes at 11:45, 2 Mon-Thu 7:40; 2D showtime at 5 Anonymous (PG-13) ★★ Century Regency 6: Fri 12:50, 3:55, 7:05, 10:05 Sun-Mon, Thu 12:50, 3:55, 7:05 ❋ Bolshoi Re-Opening Gala, Moscow (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Sun 1:30 Tue 7 Dolphin Tale (PG) Century Northgate 15: shown on a double bill with The Lion King; 12:05, 2:20, 4:55, 7:10, 9:30 Drive (R) ★★★1/2 Lark Theater: FriSat 8:40 Sun 6 Mon, Thu 7:10 Footloose (2011) (PG-13) Century Regency 6: Fri 11, 1:40, 4:20, 7:10, 9:55 Sun, Mon, Thu 11, 1:40, 4:20, 7:10 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:35, 2:15, 5:05, 7:40, 10:25 Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Fri, Sun, Mon, Wed 8:45 Sat 1:30, 8:45 The Ides of March (R) ★★★ Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 5:15, 7:45, 10:20 Sat-Sun 12, 2:40, 5:15, 7:45, 10:20 Mon, Wed, Thu 7, 9:30 Century Regency 6: Fri, Sun, Mon, Thu 2:30, 7:55 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:30, 4:55, 10:20 Tue 11:30, 4:55 CinéArts at Sequoia: Fri-Sat 5, 7:30, 9:55 Sun 2:30, 5, 7:30 Mon-Thu 5, 7:30 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri-Sat 12:10, 2:40, 5, 7:20, 9:45 SunThu 12:10, 2:40, 5, 7:20 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri 4, 6:45, 9:15 Sat 1:40, 4, 6:45, 9:15 Sun 1:40, 4, 6:45 Mon-Thu 4, 6:45 In Time (PG-13) Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 7:15, 10:10 Sat-Sun 11:30, 2:10, 4:45, 7:15, 10:10 Mon-Thu 6:45, 9:20 Century Northgate 15: 11:35, 12:40, 2:10, 3:20, 4:50, 6, 7:30, 8:45, 10:05 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:50, 2:25, 5, 7:35, 10:10 Fairfax 5

= New Movies This Week

Theatres: Fri-Sat 1:20, 4, 6:50, 9:25 Sun -Thu 1:20, 4, 6:50 The Lion King (G) Century Northgate 15: shown on a double bill with Dolphin Tale; 12:05, 2:20, 4:55, 7:10, 9:30 Margin Call (R) ★★★1/2 Rafael Film Center: Fri 4:30, 7, 9:15 Sat-Sun 2, 4:30, 7, 9:15 Mon-Thu 7, 9:15 ❋ Martha Marcy May Marlene (R) Century Regency 6: Fri 11:15, 1:50, 4:25, 7, 9:35 Sun, Mon, Thu 11:15, 1:50, 4:25, 7 The Metropolitan Opera: Don Giovanni (Not Rated) Lark Theater: Wed 6:30 ❋ The Metropolitan Opera: Siegfried (Not Rated) Century Regency 6: Sat 9am CinéArts at Marin: Sat 9am CinéArts at Sequoia: Sat 9am Lark Theater: Sat-Sun 9am ❋ Miracle in a Box: A Piano Reborn (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Thu 7 (shown with “John Allair Digs In!,” John Korty’s lively tribute to the esteemed Marin rock musician and piano tuner; Korty and Allair in person) Moneyball (PG-13) ★★★1/2 Century Regency 6: Fri, Sun, Mon, Thu 11:30, 5 Century Rowland Plaza: 1:55, 7:20 Tue 1:55 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri-Sat 4:40, 9:40 SunThu 4:40 Lark Theater: Fri-Sat 6 Sun, Wed 3:30 Mon, Tue, Thu 4:30 Paranormal Activity 3 (R) Century Northgate 15: 12:20, 3, 5:25, 7:55, 10:15 Century Rowland Plaza: 12:30, 2:55, 5:20, 7:30, 9:50 Puss in Boots (PG) Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 5, 10; 3D showtime at 7:30 Sat-Sun 12:15, 5, 10; 3D showtimes at 2:30, 7:30 Mon-Thu 9; 3D showtime at 6:30 Century Northgate 15: 11:30, 1, 3:15, 4, 5:30, 7:45, 8:30, 9:55; 3D showtimes at 12:15, 1:45, 2:30, 4:45, 6:15, 7, 9:15 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:30, 4:30; 3D showtimes at 2, 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: 1:15, 4:15, 7:20, 10:25 ❋ Revenge of the Electric Car (PG-13) Rafael Film Center: Fri 4:45, 6:45, 9 Sat-Sun 2:30, 4:45, 6:45, 9 Mon-Thu 6:45, 9 The Rum Diary (R) Century Northgate 15: 1:25, 4:25, 7:25, 10:30 Century Rowland Plaza: 1, 4, 7:10, 10:05 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri-Sat 12:40, 3:45, 6:40, 9:30 Sun-Thu 12:40, 3:45, 6:40 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 Sarah’s Key (PG-13) ★★1/2 CinéArts at Sequoia: Fri 4:30, 7, 9:30 Sat 2, 4:30, 7, 9:30 Sun 2, 4:30, 7 Mon-Thu 4:30, 7 The Skin I Live In (R) ★★1/2 Century Regency 6: Fri 11:05, 1:45, 4:40, 7:35, 10:15 Sun, Mon, Thu 11:05, 1:45, 4:40, 7:35 CinéArts at Marin: Fri 1:50, 4:30, 7:10, 9:50 Sat 4:30, 7:10, 9:50 Sun 1:50, 4:30, 7:10 Mon, Thu 4:40, 7:20 Tue, Wed 4:40 The Three Musketeers (2011) (PG-13) Century Northgate 15: 11:50, 5, 10:10; 3D showtimes at 2:25, 7:35 ❋ Tower Heist (PG-13) Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 5:25, 8, 10:25 Sat-Sun 11:45, 2:20, 5:25, 8, 10:25 Mon-Thu 7:10, 9:40 Century Northgate 15: 11:45, 12:55, 2:15, 3:30, 4:40, 5:55, 7:15, 8:20, 9:50 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:45, 2:20, 4:50, 7:25, 9:55 CinéArts at Marin: Fri 2:10, 4:40, 7:20, 9:55 Sat 11:40, 2:10, 4:40, 7:20, 9:55 Sun 11:40, 2:10, 4:40, 7:20 Mon-Thu 4:50, 7:30 ❋ Twilight Saga Tuesdays: New Moon (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 Sun, Mon, Thu 11:10, 1:55, 4:35, 7:20 ❋ West Side Story 50th Anniversary (Not Rated) Century Regency 6: Wed 7 CinéArts at Marin: Wed 7 The Women on the 6th Floor (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Fri-Sun 4:15, 6:30 Mon, Wed 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

Berkeley’s own Rita Moreno delivers the goods in ‘West Side Story,’ playing at the Marin and the Regency Wednesday night.


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

Check out our Online Community Calendar for more listings, spanning more weeks, with more event information. www.pacificsun.com/sundial

Live music 11/04: Andoni’s Quartet Jazz, pop, R&B, blues/rock. 7-10pm. No cover. Rickeys Restaurant & Bar, 250 Entrada Dr., Novato. 883-9477. www.rickeysrestaurant.com 11/04: Ben Stolorow Trio Jazz. “Almost There” CD release performance. 8-10pm. $15-20. Old St. Hilary’s Landmark, 201 Esperanza, Tiburon. 435-1853. www.landmarks-society.org/

11/04: James Moseley and The Groove Zone Rock, soul. 8:15-11:15pm. $8. Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor, Gate 5, Sausalito. 331-2899. www.sausalitoseahorse.com 11/04: Moonalice Unique blend of funky pop rock. 8:30-11pm. $15. The Southern Pacific Smokehouse, 224 Vintage Way, Novato. 899-9600. www.thesouthernpacific.com 11/04: Swamp Thang,The Dig-its Organic rock. 9pm. $8. Peri’s Bar, 29 Broadway, Fairfax. www.perisbar.com

11/04: The Fundamentals, Miss Terisa Griffin Rock, soul. 8:30pm. $10-15. George’s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262. www.georgesnightclub.com 11/05: About Face Reggae, ’70s soul, hip-hop, funky octet. 8:15-11:15pm. Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor, Gate 5, Sausalito. 331-2899. www.sausalitoseahorse.com 11/05: Frobeck Pop, funk, rock music. With recent addition of a horn section, 8:30-11pm. $15. The Southern Pacific Smokehouse, 224 Vintage Way, Novato. 899-9600. www.thesouthernpacific.com

11/05: Sherie Friedlander Sings with Marcos Silva Quartet Marcos Silva, Keyboards; Phil Thompson, drums; Brendan Neutra, bass; Mary Fettig, flute and saxophone; Sherie Julianne Fried-

lander, vocals. At the Palm Ballroom 100 Yacht Club Drive San Rafael, CA 415-389-5072 Tickets $30 Reserved Seating. $20 General Admission, $15 Standing Room Only Tickets Online at: www. MurphyProductions.com 8:30-11:30pm. $20-30. Palm Ballroom , 100 Yacht Club Dr., San Rafael . 389-5072. www.murphyproductions.com 11/05: Sol do Brasil Bossa nova, samba and Brazilian classics. With Marcos Silva, piano. 8:30pm. $15-30. Palm Ballroom, 100 Yacht Club Dr, San Rafael. 389-5072. www.murphyproductions.com/html/fall2011/soldobrasil.htm

11/05: Vinyl, Olive and The Dirty Martinis Funky latin percussion, reggae and R&B. 9pm. $15. George’s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262. www.georgesnightclub.com

11/06: Campbell/Markels/Prendergast Trio Old school mellow jazz saxophone and clarinet. With Alex Markels, guitar; Jack Prendergast, bass; Leslie Morgan, guest vocalist. 5:30-8:30pm. No cover. Rickey’s Restaurant, 250 Entrada, Novato. 883-9477. www.rickeysrestaurant.com

11/06: Orquesta La Moderna Tradicion Salsa Band Afro-Cuban charanga orchestra which features violins and woodwinds percussion. 4:15-9:15pm. $8, free with dinner. Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor, Gate 5, Sausalito. 331-2899. www.sausalitoseahorse.com 11/06: Ruth Moody Band Multi-instrumentalist well-known for playing in The Wailin’ Jennys. 7:30pm. $25-40. The Osher Marin JCC, 200 North San Pedro Road, San Rafael. 444-8000. www.marinjcc.org 11/07: Blue Monday Jam Jam session welcomes musicians to sit in with the house band or with your own band mates. Bring instruments and charts if needed. 7-11pm. $5-15. Sausalito Cruising Club, 300 Napa St., Sausal-

BEST BET Raise the mountain! With a century of performances delivered to audiences at the heights of Marin, the Mountain Play maintains a faithful following of theater-lovers both young and old. And for three decades, devoted fans have been graced with the work of director James Dunn. This year, however, Dunn moves on from the mountain with a grand blow-out celebration of his contributions at the annual fall fundraising gala, THE MUSICALS MAN. With a champagne and cocktail reception full of food and auction items as well as a two-act Broadway revue, Dunn, 76 trombones to lead the the event is sure to be as big a hit as Dunn’s upcom- big parade... ing show, The Music Man. To support local theater and ensure that the Mountain Play keeps going strong in Marin for at least another hundred years, head out on Saturday, Nov. 5 at 6pm to the Hoytt Theater at the Osher Marin Jewish Community Center, 200 N. San Pedro Rd., San Rafael. $75-$125. Tickets and info: 415/383-1100. —Dani Burlison

It’s shades-off for Vinyl this Saturday at George’s. ito. 385-1606. www.sausalitocruisingclub.org 11/08: KortUzi Danny Uzilevsky & Jonathan Korty host Bay Area artists. 9:30 p.m.-1:30am. Free. 19 Broadway, 19 Broadway, Fairfax . www.19broadway.com 11/08: Noel Jewkes Invitational jazz jam. 7-10pm. No cover. Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor Dr., Sausalito. 786-6894. www.sausalitoseahorse.com 11/09: Tengo Tango Milonga Argentine tango. 8:15-10:30pm. no cover Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor, Gate 5, Sausalito. 331-2899. www.sausalitoseahorse.com 11/10: David Nelson Band Original acoustic rock. 8pm. $25-35. Palm Ballroom, 100 Yachy Club Dr, San Rafael. 389-5072. www.murphyproductions.com/ 11/10: Lonestar Retrobates West Coast Jazz/ Western Swing 9pm. Presidio Yacht Club, Travis Marina, Sausalito. 497-0671. www.presidioyachtclub.org

11/10: Lonestar Retrobates Live Cow Jazz Grab your dancin’ shoes and come on down for some Western Swing and Maria’s home cookin’ 7-10pm. Free. Presidio Yacht Club, Travis Marina by the Discovery Museum and Cavallo Point, Sausalito. 497-0671. www.presidioyachtclub.org 11/10: Spark and Whisper Indie rock. With Velvy Appleton and Anita Sandwina. Proceeds benefit Saturday food pantry. 8pm. $15-20. Fairfax Community Church, 2398 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Fairfax. 755-3775. 11/11: Andoni Quartet Jazz. 7:15-10pm. Taste Of Rome, 1001 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-7660. www.taste-of-rome.com 11/11: Mighty Groove plus Guests Soul, funk dance music mini-festival with the Greg Rocha band and JB Jazz Ensemble. 7:30-11:30pm. $5-7. Presidio Yacht Club, Travis Marina - Ft. Baker, Sausalito. www.presidioyachtclub.org 11/11: Steve James Blues, folk idiom master. 8-10:15pm. $15-20. Eric Schoenberg Guitars, 106 Main Street, Tiburon. 789-0846. www.om28.com 11/11: The Cheeseballs Dance floor; ’80s pop, ’70s disco/funk and rock. 9pm. $10. George’s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262. www.georgesnightclub.com

Concerts 11/04: Patricia Ryan Cello. 8pm. Free, donations accepted. Novato United Methodist Church, 1473 South Novato Blvd., Novato. 892-9896. 11/05: Dalton O’Sullivan Classical guitar. With works by Villa Lobos and Bach 7:30-9pm. $15. Angelico Hall, Dominican University , 50 Acacia, San Rafael. 482-3579. 11/06 and 08: Marin Symphony “Visionary Mahler.” Symphony No. 1. With Monica Ohuchi, piano, performing the West Coast premiere of a work by American composer Kenji Bunch. 3pm Nov. 6; 7:30pm Nov. 8. $10-70. Marin Center, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 479-8100. www.marinsymphony.org 11/11: Mill Valley Philharmonic Mahler’s Symphony No. 1. 8pm. Free. Mt. Tamalpais United Methodist Church, 410 Sycamore Ave., San Rafael. www.millvalleyphilharmonic.org

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

11/06: California Folk Dancers Festival Dancers of all levels are invited to the new dancers festival sponsored by the California Folk Dance Federation. 1-5pm. Free. Herman Sons Hall, 860 Western Ave., Petaluma. 663-9512. www.carolfriedmanfolkdance.blogspot.com

11/06: Samba Sada Shiva: Dance of India and Brazil with Kirtan “Evoking Transformation: Celebrating Day of the Dead” 5:30-6pm altar making; 6-7pm dance performance; 7-8pm kirtan/chanting. 5:30-8pm. $25-30. Dance Palace Community Center, 503 B St., Pt. Reyes Station. 456-2799. www.bhaktiblissadventures.com

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11/05: Pre-Election Comic Relief Tuneful laughs and social commentary with Roy Zimmerman and Teresa Tudury. 8-10pm. $16-20.

San Geronimo Valley Community Center, 6350 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., San Geronimo. 488-8888. www. sgvcc.org

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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. www.bookpassage.com

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. www.galleryrouteone.org 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 refresh-

BEST BET â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Something Fineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Sure, many musicians from back in the dayâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;the 1970s, that isâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;are still performing, but it is the rare few who take the stage these days playing a range of songs, from the highly personal to the sharply political, penned over a long career. Among those is singer/songwriter extraordinaireâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Songwriterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hall of Fameâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;JACKSON BROWNE. His very first album (1972â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Jackson Browne) was a critical success and he has continued to write, record and perform without compromising his ideals or losing his audience. A few tickets may be available at the door at 6pm for his Not â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;running on emptyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; by a 8pm solo acoustic show at the Marin Center Wednes- long shot. day, Nov. 9. Or, make an evening of it Tuesday, Nov. 8, 8pm, and head down to the Flint Center in Cupertino to see him. Info and tickets at www.rbpconcerts.com.â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Carol Inkellis


ments. Free. elsewhere Gallery, 1828 Sir Francis Drake, Fairfax. 747-8696. www.elsewhere.com 11/04: The Art of Moonalice Collected rock poster art for more than 420 shows since 2007. 6-9pm. Free. Fairfax Pavilion, 142 Bolinas Road, Fairfax. 389-5072. www.moonaliceposters.com 11/06: First Sunday Open Studios As many as 40 artists in 3 buildings host open studios the first Sunday of every month from 11am-4pm. Free. Novato Arts Center, 500 and 501 Palm Dr., Novato. 472-4628. www.novatoartscenter.org 11/11-13: Celebration of Craftswomen Craft artists (including 14 from Marin) will participate in the 33rd annual exhibition/sale. $7-9.00 under 12 free. Festival Pavilion at Fort Mason, Buchanan St. and Marina Blvd., S.F.. www.celebrationofcraftswomen.org Through 01/06:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Linked By Pinkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Artists for Awareness present an art exhibit in support of breast cancer. Reception 6-8pm Oct. 13. Gallery is closed weekends & holidays. 8am-7pm. Free. Gail Van Dyke Atrium Art Gallery, Marin Cancer Institute, 1350 S. Eliseo Dr., Greenbrae. 461-9000. Through 04/01/2012: Gordon Cook Paintings, works on paper and sculpture. Depictions of the S.F. Bay, water tanks and domestic icons with a whimsical. Free. George Krevsky Gallery, 77 Geary St. 2nd Floor, San Francisco. 397-9748. www.georgekrevskygallery.com/

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. www.artworksdowntown.org 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. www.marinarts.org Through 11/12: BayWood Artists Ten distinguished Bay Area plein air painters, donate their time and talent to preserve & protect the beauty of the SF Bay Area. 50% of painting sales will go directly to Save The Bay. 9am-4pm. Free. Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-3871. www.spn.usace.army.mil/bmvc/index.html

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. www.marinsocietyofartists.org.

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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. www.bolinasmuseum.org

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. www.marinmoca.org

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. www.marinjcc.org

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lery tour of the “Marin Independent Journal: 150 Years of Ink” exhibition. 11am-4pm. Free. Marin History Museum, 1125 B St., San Rafael. 454-8538. www.marinhistory.org

Film Events 11/04:‘Wake Up’ Documentary follows the story of an average guy who thinks he has developed the ability to access other dimensions. 7-10pm. $12-16. Yogaworks , 2207 Larkspur Landing Circle, Larkspur. 309-0045. www.visionaryedge.org 11/09:‘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. 6:30pm. $24. Lark Theater, 549 Magnolia, Larkspur. 924-5111. www.larktheater.net

Community Events (Misc.) 11/04-06: Art Angels: A Home and Garden Fair Community festival which combines sale of fine art with handcrafted boutique items and a Warren Faus Memorial Exhibit. Proceeds benefit St. Stephen’s Church Outreach. $50 for Fri. premiere party, Sat.-Sun. boutique free. St. Stephen’s Church, 3 Bayview Ave., Belvedere. 297-1358. www.ststephenschurch.org/

11/05: Guy Fawkes Bonfire Night Join in this auspicious occasion on the Beach in the celebration of the traditional burning of the “Guy” on a splendid bonfire. Pub fare & beer follows at the Pelican. 6:30-8:30 p.m. free Muir Beach & Pelican Inn, Muir Beach, Hwy. 1, Muir Beach. 383-6000. www.pelicaninn.com 11/05: Lifelines Benefit Featuring Anne Lamott Anne Lamott will be featured in Family Service Agency of Marin’s Lifelines benefit honoring the strength, courage and hope of FSA clients. International cuisine, wine, live jazz. 6-8:30 p.m. $100 142 Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 415-491-5705. fsamarin.org 11/05: The Musicals Man Mountain Play annual gala, The Musicals Man: A Celebration of James Dunn’s 30 year legacy of directing for the Mountain Play. Champagne, cocktail, tapas dinner, silent/live auction, Broadway revue. 6 p.m. $75 - $125 Osher Marin Jewish Community Center, 200 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael. 383-1100. www.MountainPlay.org 11/11: Veterans Day Observance With military music provided by Las Gallinas Sanitary District Non-marching Band. Flag exercises. Short parade on Avenue of the flags. Refreshments. 9:3011:30am. Free. Veterans Memorial Auditorium, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael . 472-4190.

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Meet new friends who appreciate fine art and fine wine. Includes wine tasting and appetizers. 8-10pm. $30. Room Fine Art Gallery, 1320 Fourth St, San Rafael. 507-9962. www.thepartyhotline.com 11/04: First Friday: 1966 Night Put on your go-go boots for a classic 60s soirée to celebrate the year the Mill Valley Library’s current home was built. Enjoy music, appetizers, drinks and fun activities. Registration recommended. 7pm. Free. Mill Valley Public Library, 375 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 389-4292. www.millvalleylibrary.org 11/04: Gals’ N Gears Ladies Night Come to 3 Ring Cycles for a night of deals, new cycling gear and connect with other gals who ride with refreshments and fun! 6:30-9:30pm. Gals’ N Gears Ladies Night!, 538 San Anselmo Ave., San Anselmo. 259-5704. 11/05: ‘Woof, Wine and Brew’ Afternoon of fun for everyone with wine & microbrew tasting & a silent/live auction. Raffle drawing for $10,000. Follow the link on our events page at www.ngrr.org 2-5pm. $40 includes wine or beer tasting; $50 includes wine & beer tasting Mill Valley Community Center, 180 Camino Alto, Mill Valley. 302-1203. www.ngrr.org

rangers for an autumn walk along Pine Gulch Creek. Discover why the lagoon was designated as a “Wetland of International Significance” and learn about birding. Wear warm clothes and bring water. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. None Bolinas Lagoon, Bob Stewart Trailhead, Bolinas. www.marinparks.org 11/05: Hip Kid’s Music Seris Bay Area Discovery Museum presents Alison Faith Levy’s Big Time Tot Rock. She brings a freewheeling, rock n’ roll energy to acoustic guitar and piano tunes, encouraging kids and parents to dance. 11 a.m.-noon. Members $5; General $14 (includes admission to the Museum) Bay Area Discovery Museum, 557 McReynolds Road, Sausalito. (415) 339-3900. www.baykidsmuseum. org/programs-and-events/performances/ 11/05: Manor School Winter Faire! This is the Manor PTA Fundraiser! Games, Sledding, Food, Jumpy House, Slide! Live Music with: Liz Stires & Kettle of Fish, Spark & Whisper, The Shots, Tom Finch band, Jeb Brady Blues Band, Liz Pisco 10 a.m.-5 p.m. FREE Manor Elementary, 150 Oak Manor Dr, Fairfax, CA 94930. http:// www.winterfaire.com 11/10: Children’s Book Swap Bring your used children’s books to the Children’s Book Swap and take home something new to read (or at least new to you!). 4-5:30pm. Free. Sausalito Public Library, 420 Litho Street, Sausalito. www. ci.sausalito.ca.us/index.aspx?page=517

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Through 11/13: Children’s ‘Read-Away Your Library Fines’ Anyone under 18 can read away

activities, pony rides, jumpy house, pie eating contests, live music all day on the stage, and food from local vendors. 11am-4pm. Unity in Marin, 600 Palm Dr., Novato. 475-5000. www. unityinmarin.org

their Sausalito Library fines. Rates: $1 off for every 15 minutes read. Free. Sausalito Public Library, 420 Litho St., Sausalito. www.ci.sausalito.ca.us

11/04: Art and Wine Tasting Singles Party

11/05: 2011 Day of the Dead Community Celebration Annual Dia de los Muertos celebration kicks off with family reading, art activities and altar viewing followed at 6 pm by the annual procession through the Canal neighborhood and concluding with a celebration in the Pickleweed Community Center (485-3077) with live music, traditional food and cultural performances. Volunteers and sponsors are needed for school field trips on Nov. 7. 4-9pm. Free. Pickleweed Park Community Center, 50 Canal St., San Rafael. 526-2487 . www.dayofthedeadsr.info 32 PACIFIC SUN NOVEMBER 4 - NOVEMBER 10, 2011

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

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Week of November 3-November 9, 2011

ARIES (March 20 - April 19) This week, you are an interesting blend of passiveness, assertiveness, sensitivity and inattentiveness. At times, you are naively sympathetic to any sob story, no matter how unlikely to include an ounce of truth. Other times, you are coolly detached and independently confident. You’re a walking contradiction. How this will play out in the polling booth is still to be determined, but it should be interesting... TAURUS (April 20 - May 19) Cooperative Venus and clever Mercury have exited your relationship house. If you didn’t work out any issues with your sweetie during the last few weeks, you may be out of luck. You’re now prone to be tactless when you should be sensitive—and careless when you should be cautious. The planets are attempting to teach you a lesson while you’re attempting to skip school. Fortunately, with lucky Jupiter in Taurus, your escape is assured. GEMINI (May 20 - June 20) Your ruler (fidgety Mercury) has entered the wanderlust sign of Sagittarius—your cue to spend time figuring out where you want to go and with whom. Being without a plan to travel or expand your world is not recommended right now. Feeling trapped not only makes you nervous, it also makes you susceptible to foolish impulses. So start your search. Just don’t book on an airline with financial, mechanical or union problems.... CANCER (June 21 - July 21) The Moon in Pisces brings out both the saint and the sinner in you. So you may want to spend Friday and Saturday in the company of those who understand you—whether you’re in the mood to be spiritual or seductive or somewhere in between. From Sunday afternoon, the fearless Aries Moon urges you to bravely pursue a desire, be it a creative project or a romantic pursuit. So many moods, so many choices. LEO (July 22 - August 22) While ambition is a necessary component of success, it takes more than a career to make Leo purr. This week is perfect for enhancing your personal life without sacrificing your professional goals. You are able to balance strength with compassion, making you popular in both work and social environments. If you happen to be a candidate on Tuesday’s ballot, you’re likely to do well. Order the balloons. VIRGO (August 23 - September 21) You may receive a lucky surprise Thursday, so keep an open mind about anyone new that you encounter. Friday may be more challenging, as you are skittish and restless, especially when dealing with matters of the heart. Daylight saving time is difficult this year. Even setting an alarm doesn’t help you get out of bed in the dark. Meanwhile, your boss is eerily in tune with you Wednesday—probably not the day for pulling a fast one at work. LIBRA (September 22 - October 22) Making a snap decision is never easy for you, but this week it is practically impossible. You are aware of too many options and determined to analyze every one of them. It’s exhausting, to say the least. Hopefully, you’ve already decided on your voting preferences, or you could be in the booth indefinitely. As for the weekend, you spend most of it unsuccessfully trying to get organized. Fortunately, your sweetie is in an understanding mood... SCORPIO (October 23 - November 21) Another birthday, another reason to make a wish for a better job, a millionaire mate and/or an honest politician. The flighty duo, sociable Venus and chatty Mercury, has moved out of your sign, making you revert to your naturally mysterious persona. While this may leave newer acquaintances bewildered, your old friends are comfortable with the switch. As for Election Day, your choices are set in stone. You’ll be in and out of the polling place in no time flat. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 - December 20) Having your ruler in Taurus (an immovable earth sign) can sometimes make you feel like a stick in the mud. Fortunately, you get a break now that charming Venus and witty Mercury are lighting up your personality house. You are once again in touch with your jovial side, allowing you to laugh at problems instead of trying to solve them. Of course, this is not always the most appropriate response—but when did that ever matter to you? CAPRICORN (December 21 - January 18) Although it is still important to spend time with your friends, it is not your only focus. This week the planets are also suggesting that you look inward. Your unconscious mind is at work, providing you with an opportunity to connect with your higher self. Too New Age-y for you? Call it your intuition or call it a hunch; it doesn’t matter how you identify it, as long as you listen to it. AQUARIUS (January 19 - February 17) As the zodiac’s favorite rebel, you likely support the Occupy Movement, whether you participate or not. You know that for change to occur, people must be involved in the society in which they live. Now that diplomatic Venus and communicative Mercury have taken over your house of group endeavors, you should consider stepping up to speak your mind. After all, who understands the need for revolution more than you? PISCES (February 18 - March 19) You feel in sync with the world thanks to the Moon in your sign on Friday and Saturday. It’s a temporary situation, since on Sunday you awake trying to adjust to the daylight saving time change and feeling distinctly OUT of sync. On Monday, irritating Mars opposes your ruler, sensitive Neptune. The desire to avoid any and all people (and/or dogs) with temper problems is completely understandable. Fortunately, it’s all over in time to vote on Tuesday... ✹ Email Lynda Ray at cosmicclues@gmail.com or check out her website at www.lyndarayastrology.com 34 PACIFIC SUN NOVEMBER 4– NOVEMBER 10, 2011

PUBLIC NOTICES 995 Fictitious Name Statement FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 127829 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as QUAKE STRUCTURAL ENGINEERING/ Q.S.E., 370 IRWIN ST., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: THOMAS H. LUTGE, S.E., 370 IRWIN ST., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on November 1985. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on September 23, 2011. (Publication Dates: Dates: October 14, 21, 28; November 4, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 127685 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as JC GARDENING SERVICE, 25 BUCKELEW ST., SAUSALITO, CA 94965: JULIO BACA, 25 BUCKELEW ST., SAUSALITO, CA 94965. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on October 1, 1995. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on September 6, 2011. (Publication Dates: Dates: October 14, 21, 28; November 4, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2011127844 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as AVH ASSOCIATES; YOURCAREERHUB.COM, 6 HERBING LANE, KENTFIELD, CA 94904: ADRIAN M VAN HAAFTEN, 6 HERBING LANE, KENTFIELD, CA 94904. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on September 1, 2011. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on September 26, 2011. (Publication Dates: Dates: October 14, 21, 28; November 4, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 127784 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as INTERNATURAL HARVESTERS, 365 ASPEN RD., BOLINAS, CA 94924: ALAN MART, 2820 LAGRANGE CIRCLE, BOULDER, CO 80305; SUSAN NEUELOW MART, 2820 LAGRANGE CIRCLE, BOULDER, CO 80305. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on September 16, 2011. (Publication Dates: Dates: October 14, 21, 28; November 4, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 127935 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as LIGA NUEVOS SENDEROS, 417 FIRST ST. APTO #5, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: ANA M. NAVARRETE MORALES, 417 FIRST ST. APTO #5, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on October 10, 2011. (Publication Dates: Dates: October 21, 28; November 4, 11, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2011127931 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as MODIFYD, 42 PINE DRIVE, FAIRFAX, CA 94930: CANDICE GOLD, 42 PINE DRIVE, FAIRFAX, CA 94930. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on October 7, 2011. (Publication Dates: Dates: October 21, 28; November 4, 11, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 127905 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as LONE WOLF CONSTRUCTION, 1719 MARIN ST., VALLEJO, CA 94590: GORDON JANIGER, 1719 MARIN ST., VALLEJO, CA 94590. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on October 5, 2011. (Publication Dates: Dates: October 21, 28; November 4, 11, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 127951 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as MASSAGE THERAPY CENTER, 880 LAS GALLINAS AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: JIE YAN, 988 FRANKLIN ST. #1501,

OAKLAND, CA 94607. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on October 12, 2011. (Publication Dates: Dates: October 21, 28; November 4, 11, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 127803 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as SONGS AND CREATIONS, 18 MARIPOSA AVE., SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960: YOHANN ANDERSON, 18 MARIPOSA AVE., SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on N/A. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on September 20, 2011. (Publication Dates: Dates: October 21, 28; November 4, 11, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 127965 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as BLUE SEA SAUNA, 901A IRWIN ST., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: XIAO JUN DUAN, 488 39TH AVE., SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94121. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on October 13, 2011. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on October 13, 2011. (Publication Dates: Dates: October 21, 28; November 4, 11, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 127964 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as INTERNET AND ONLINE SERVICES, 118 ALTO ST. SUITE 209-210, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: BLANCA E. THOMPSON, 118 ALTO ST. SUITE 209-210, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901; ROBERTO PORTILLO, 118 ALTO ST. SUITE 209-210, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by a general partnership. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on October 13, 2011. (Publication Dates: Dates: October 21, 28; November 4, 11, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 127980 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as ALMOST HEAVEN PRODUCTIONS, 100 PARK DR., SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960: BUFFY FORD STEWART, 100 PARK DR., SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on October 14, 2011. (Publication Dates: Dates: October 21, 28; November 4, 11, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 127986 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as SYCAMORE PEN COMPANY, 38 EUCALYPTUS KNOLL, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: SUSAN HOAGLAND, 38 EUCALYPTUS KNOLL, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on November 1, 2011. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on October 17, 2011. (Publication Dates: Dates: October 21, 28; November 4, 11, 2011) 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) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 127851 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as SHILOH BUILDERS, 87 CLEMENTE COURT, NOVATO, CA 94945: ROBERT OWEN NORDBY, 87 CLEMENTE COURT, NOVATO, CA 94945. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on September 27, 2011. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on September 27, 2011. (Publication Dates: Dates: November 4, 11, 18, 25, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2011128032 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as SOLUTION CONSULTING, 900 REICHERT AVE. #310, NOVATO, CA 94945: STEVEN B BECK, 900 REICHERT AVE. #310, NOVATO, CA 94945; ELIZABETH M BECK, 900 REICHERT AVE. #310, NOVATO, CA 94945. This business is being conducted by a husband & wife. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on October 7, 2011. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on October 24, 2011. (Publication Dates: Dates: Dates: November 4, 11, 18, 25, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 128066 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as FREESTYLE WEB SOLUTIONS, 1925 EAST FRANCISCO BLVD. #15, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: GABRIEL BROWN, 35 BRAUN CT., SAUSALITO, CA 94965. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on January 1, 2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on October 27, 2011. (Publication Dates: Dates: Dates: November 4, 11, 18, 25, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 128059 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as VAC N SAVE, 247 TETON CT., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: GREGORY SCANLAN, 247 TETON CT., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903. 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 October 26, 2011. (Publication Dates: Dates: Dates: November 4, 11, 18, 25, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 127914 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as ACES HIGH AMUSEMENTS, 758 MARIN DR., MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: DAVID SHAPIRO, 758 MARIN DR., 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 October 5, 2011. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on October 5, 2011. (Publication Dates: Dates: Dates: November 4, 11, 18, 25, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 128022 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as BALI CHILDREN’S MEDICAL FUND, 63 NOKOMIS AVE., SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960: IDGI D’ANDREA KAUFMAN, 63 NOKOMIS AVE., SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960; MARY THERESA DOWLING, 55 POPLAR AVE., ROSS, CA 94957. This business is being conducted by a general partnership. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on October 1, 2011. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on October 19, 2011. (Publication Dates: Dates: Dates: November 4, 11, 18, 25, 2011)


997 All Other Legals ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF MARIN. No. CIV 1104619. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner MAIA J. NEWMAN filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: DAELEN SHINOBI HAYOS to DAELEN HAYOS NEWMAN. THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter shall appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. Any person objecting to the name changes described above must file a written objection that includes the reasons for the objection at least two court days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must appear at the hearing to show cause why the petition should not be granted. If no written objection is timely filed, the court may grant the petition without a hearing. NOTICE OF HEARING: November 18, 2011, 9:00AM, Dept. L, Room L, Superior Court of California, County of Marin, 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael, CA 94903. A copy of this ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE shall be published at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in the county of Marin: PACIFIC SUN. Date: September 16, 2011 /s/ LYNN DURYEE, JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT (Pacific Sun: October 14, 21, 28; November 4, 2011) ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF MARIN. No. CIV 1104838. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner JANE RATANAPOL filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: NIRAND OLYN SCOTT to KARLYN CHASE REED. THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter shall appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. Any person objecting to the name changes described above must file a written objection that includes the reasons for the objection at least two court days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must appear at the hearing to show cause why the petition should not be granted. If no written objection is timely filed, the court may grant the petition without a hearing. NOTICE OF HEARING: November 28, 2011, 8:30AM, Dept. E, Room E, Superior Court of California, County of Marin, 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael, CA 94903. A copy of this ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE shall be published at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in the county of Marin: PACIFIC SUN. Date: September 29, 2011 /s/ FAYE D’OPAL, JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT (Pacific Sun: October 14, 21, 28; November 4, 2011) STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF USE OF FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME File No. 304317 The following person(s) has/have abandoned the use of a fictitious business name(s). The information given below is as it appeared on the fictitious business statement that was filed

at the Marin County Clerk-Recorder’s Office. Fictitious Business name(s): MASSAGE THERAPY CENTER, 880 LAS GALLINAS, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903. Filed in Marin County on: July 19, 2011. Under File No: 127340. Registrant’s Name(s): JEFF MANKIN, 1701 NORANDA DR. #1, SUNNYVALE, CA 94087. This statement was filed with the County Clerk Recorder of Marin County on October 12, 2011. (Pacific Sun: October 21, 28; November 4, 11, 2011) STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF USE OF FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME File No. 304319 The following person(s) has/have abandoned the use of a fictitious business name(s). The information given below is as it appeared on the fictitious business statement that was filed at the Marin County Clerk-Recorder’s Office. Fictitious Business name(s): BLUE SEA SAUNA, 901A IRWIN ST., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. Filed in Marin County on: July 13, 2011. Under File No: 2011127298. Registrant’s Name(s): BING LU, 524 8TH ST. #206, OAKLAND, CA 94607. This statement was filed with the County Clerk Recorder of Marin County on October 13, 2011. (Pacific Sun: October 21, 28; November 4, 11, 2011) 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) ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF MARIN. No. CIV 1105288. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner ANINHA ESPERANZA LIVINGSTON AND OLIVIER RENE SUZOR ON BEHALF OF AMBER PAULETTE ESPERANZA-SUZOR filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: ANINHA ESPERANZA LIVINGSTON to ANINHA ESPERANZA LIVINGSTONE; AMBER PAULETTE ESPERANZA-SUZOR TO AMBER PAULETTE SUZOR. 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: December 6, 2011, 8:30 AM, Dept. E, Superior Court of California, County of Marin, 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael, CA 94913. 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 25, 2011 /s/ Faye D’Opal, JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT (Pacific Sun: Dates: November 4, 11, 18, 25, 2011)

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I have a good relationship with my boyfriend of a year except for how he ignores me when he’s stressed. The first time this happened, he disappeared for a week and didn’t respond to texts or voicemails. He later explained he’d been swamped with work and apologized repeatedly. Last weekend, he again disappeared for a week. After I texted and left voicemails, he finally texted, “Work is big right now.” He has told me he likes me because I don’t complain or try to get his attention when he’s busy. Actually, I’m a wreck when he disappears. My ex would also ignore me for weeks and then text like nothing had happened. Stupid me for staying around for two years, as it ultimately ended when he texted me that he couldn’t talk to me anymore because he’d gotten married.—Of History Repeating Itself

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When a guy you’re dating ignores your texts and voicemails for weeks, you don’t call him your boyfriend; you block his number so he can never call you again—and long before his excuses go from “I got a little busy” to “I got a little married.” Men do seem to have more of a “fight-or-flight” response to stress, but the impulse to drop out is just a tendency, not a biological mandate. If a man cares about you, he will somehow manage to overcome his teensy-weensy feelings of discomfort to stay in touch with you, even through tough times in his life. Sure, now that messages are no longer delivered by the Pony Express, letting you know that he still cares can sometimes take some effort—perhaps even tapping his finger eight times on a tiny wireless gadget and hitting “send.” And yes, I did see your boyfriend’s excuse above: “Work is big right now.” Right. Besides being your “boyfriend,” is he also known as “Barack Obama” and “The Leader of the Free World”? History is repeating itself because you’re repeating yourself. Like one of those robo-things in The Terminator, no matter what indignity a guy blasts you with, you drag what’s left of you upright and go back for more: “Hey, just call me when you have some free time—maybe between marriages.” You probably even take it as a compliment when your boyfriend admires how you’re all “I am victim, hear me roll over” when he ignores you. Beverly Engel, in her terrific book The Nice Girl Syndrome, cautions that the motive for being “nice” in the face of cruel treatment is often guilt, shame, fear of confrontation, fear of rejection and an intense fear of being alone. Being so compliant is pretty counterproductive because men are into the thrill of the chase, not the thrill of a woman who’s on them like a tick on a dog no matter what they do. To be treated with respect, you need to be the disappearing one; disappear from the dating scene until you develop the self-respect to express your needs like you have a right to have them. You’ll be ready to date when you require only one person in your life to feel whole—and it isn’t some guy who does with your dignity what other people do with Quilted Northern.

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I’ve had a seven-year crush on an acquaintance despite how, whenever I see him, he barely remembers he’s met me before. I’m now eight months into a relationship with a wonderful man. While at a bar with him, I ran into my crush. He was all over me and emailed later to ask me on a hike. On one hand, it’s just a hike. On the other hand, I’m terrified to risk losing what I have.—Conflicted

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Sure he wants to go on a hike—a hike your skirt up over your head. It’s tempting to have your shot at the one who got away. That one’s usually more sparkly and exciting than the one who holds your hair back after a fewtoo-many at a party lands you on the roadside, giving what’s left of the grapes back to nature. The question is, who really wants to go on this hiking date, you or your ego? You determine that by laying out the qualities you find essential in a man and seeing whether your boyfriend has them. Also consider that a relationship takes more than finding somebody with a blast of bar charisma; it’s a “culture” two people create by being together. If your relationship is really good, you’re gambling a lot. Much as you want to believe your crush has finally “seen” you, maybe he has just seen that you’re taken and wants to engage in a little poaching—the kind where the thing you bag in the woods gets to ride back in the truck cab instead of roped to the hood. ✹ © Amy Alkon, all rights reserved. www.advicegoddess.com. Got a problem? Email AdviceAmy@aol.com or write to Amy Alkon, 171 Pier Ave. #280, Santa Monica, CA 90405.

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