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Never mind the mollusks—here’s the Park Service! When a high-ranking elected official has the moral courage to stand up and voice their opinion on any important issue in today’s fractious and partisan landscape, let me be the first to congratulate them. That’s why I am bringing your attention to none other than our illustrious Sen. Dianne Feinstein. So what, you ask yourself, has me singing her praises? Is it her stand on the recent debate to raise the debt ceiling? Or maybe changes to our national healthcare? How about the interminable partisan bickering in our gridlocked Congress? Perhaps the two wars we are fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq? No, no. While I am sure she has some private thoughts on all of these issues (and I will vigorously defend her right to keep them to herself), I’m talking about an even bigger threat to our way of life. Need a hint? This is about an enemy hiding in plain sight. One that often carries guns, lurks endlessly in the bushes, and is not even on the Homeland Security watch list. Give up? Hah! It’s our very


own National Park Service! You know, those people that care more about bears and wolves than they do about lowering taxes on the wealthy. To her credit, Sen. Feinstein has uncovered a plot by the Point Reyes National Park Service to allow a perfectly successful commercial non-native oyster operation in Drakes Estero (a nationally exploitable public treasure) to become the exclusive playground (substitute entitlement) for thousands of marine mammals, migratory waterfowl and stringy eelgrass (whatever that is). Is this what Congress intended back in the ’60s when they decided to confer full wilderness status to this estero in 2012? I for one doubt it. How can we trust any decisions made in the ’60s anyway? Wasn’t that when we got the Endangered Species and Clean Air acts? How the senator found time to digest and denounce the Park Service’s 430 page Draft Environmental Impact Statement in less time than it takes for the ink to dry, speaks volumes itself on her commitment to expose this wasteful extravagance and save us the time of reading it ourselves. I say, why let facts confuse the issue when, after all, we have a political scientist on our side. Admit it, don’t we have enough wildernesses already? Between the Matterhorn at Disneyland and all the endless corn mazes sprouting up each Halloween, what’s the point of adding more? I haven’t even had time to go visit the Grand Canyon in a helicopter! I’m with the senator on this one. Let her know you want to help get the “wild” out of wilderness now and give our “non-native” species the chance

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Out of sight, out of our minds The biggest post-9/11 “blindspot” everyone seems to ignore, including your paper [“Don’t Look Now,” Sept. 9], is the number of innocent men, women and children killed in Iraq and Afghanistan. In Iraq a minimum of 107,000-110,000 civilians have been killed. In Afghanistan a minimum of 20,000-40,000 innocent civilians have been killed. Several estimates are much higher. It seems that we don’t care about anyone being killed unless there are Americans. Unfortunately, most of these people were nice who had families and all wanted the same things that we want. And our country went crazy and decided to invade their countries and caused their deaths. James Whittlesey, Fairfax

What a long, strange tryptophan.... Thanks to Amy Alkon for her well-cited advice to Medicated [Advice Goddess, Oct. 28] in the Pacific Sun, regarding the benefits and disadvantages of using the birth-control pill to control severe mood swings. Here is another non-drug alternative for balancing mood swings caused by serotonin deficiency, which you may like to share with your readers. L-tryptophan is an amino acid that is required for adequate production of serotonin. Use of this supplement is safer and often more effective than SSRIs in raising serotonin, with none of the common and serious side effects of the pharmaceutical antidepressants. Made from the griffonia bean, 5-HTP can also be utilized for more immediate effect across the blood-brain barrier. A good holistic nutrition professional can help identify which nutrient is right for whom, how much and when to take it, as well as advising a person about diet and lifestyle practices which support proper mood balance. An appropriate course of 5-HTP or L-tryptophan along with supportive diet can raise serotonin levels in a sustainable way, such that the remedy need not be a lifetime sentence of drug use or slavery to manic mood swings. By utilizing these supplements for a few short months, many woman recover from insomnia, experience ease of or complete relief from raging, anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, impaired or sluggish digestion and/or cravings for sugar, chocolate and caffeine. In my practice I see men and women become free of addiction to foods and drugs including prescription SSRIs and benzodiazepines through supplementation with neuronutrients such as L-tryptophan and 5-HTP, and dietary modification. These are potent alternatives worth investigating. For fur-

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I’m writing regarding the headline kerfuffle created by letter-writer Karla J [“Tin Pun Alley,” Sept. 23]. I am reminded of the story—fact or fiction?—of the New York Daily News headline for a story about an inmate who escaped from a mental institution and, while free, had sexual intercourse with another person. The Daily News headline: Nut Bolts, Screws! Please do not use my name, especially if you don’t find the above item entertaining. Thank you. (I enjoy your headlines.) B.D., Marin

Defense rests, doctor retires... The following letter is a press release that was submitted to us from the attorneys of Dr. Horace Newhard, the longtime Novato doc whose career came to a close last month after he surrendered his medical license to settle a state medical board case stemming from criminal accusations of a sexual nature made by a female patient [“Novato Doctor Hands in His Stethoscope,” Nov. 4]. Here’s the press release in its entirety: We are pleased with, and agree with, the DA’s decision to dismiss all remaining charges against Dr. Newhard. The court dismissed one charge, a second, the most significant charge, resulted in a finding of not guilty at trial, and the remaining two charges resulted in a hung jury, nine to three in favor of Dr. Newhard. On interviewing the jurors, they said they did not feel the complaining witness was persuasive but the three who did not vote for acquittal had difficulty with an evidentiary issue relating to Dr. Newhard’s not remembering the specifics of the examination in question, his having conducted hundreds of such examinations in the year before he was made aware of the issue. The DA has obviously recognized the futility of pursuing the remaining charges further and defense counsel shares this view. It is indeed a sadness that a 62-year-old patient saw fit to make a claim of impro-

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circumstance considering that it has created an industry in accepting so-called recyclables. What exactly happens to the material sent to that country is the source of much controversy. In California, jurisdiction after jurisdiction has taken aim at single-use bags, especially of the plastic variety. The San Jose City Council approved one of the toughest bans, which goes into effect in January. Grocery stores, pharmacies and other retailers must stop giving out singleuse plastics bags. They can sell paper bags made of 40 percent recycled material for 10 cents each; the price will gradually increase to 25 cents by 2014. Fairfax was among the first entities to enact a bag ban, but only after ducking a legal attack from bag manufacturers. Shortly after the Fairfax council approved a single-use plastic bag ban in 2007, plastics manufacturers charged that the town had violated the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) because the it failed to follow environmental review guidelines. The legal challenge asserted that if the town wanted to proceed, it could do so only after assessing the effects of a plasticbag ban on the use of paper bags, so-called biodegradable bags and other alternatives. That environmental review can cost 10 >


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Democracy in action—a third of it, anyway Marinites took to the polls Nov. 8 to weigh in on who would be the decision-makers in their towns for the next four years— that is, a few of them did. Only 31 percent of Marin’s registered voters turned out for this off-year election that, at the local level, was largely about town councils and paramedic funding. It’s that alltoo common American phenomenon of “tyranny of the minority of voters.” Here are the winners in some of the bigger races, listed in order of most votes (for complete election results, visit the Marin County Registrar of Voters website, Marin Community College District: Eva Long, Philip Kranenburg, Stephanie O’Brien, James Namnath Corte Madera Town Council: Bob Ravasio, Alexandra Cock Fairfax Town Council: Larry Bragman, Ryan O’Neil Larkspur City Council: Larry Chu, Ann Morrison Novato City Council: Eric Lucan, Jeanne MacLeamy, Madeline Kellner San Anselmo Town Council: Lori Lopin, Ford Greene San Rafael Mayor: Gary Phillips San Rafael City Council: Damon Connolly, Andrew McCullough Novato Sanitary District: Jean Mariani, Jerry Peters Measure A (Larkspur-Corte Madera School District bond measure): Yes Measure B (Tamalpais Union High School District parcel tax): Yes Measure C (Parcel tax for emergency services): Yes Measure D (Fairfax half-cent sales tax increase): Yes Measure E (Lucas Valley paramedics tax increase): Yes Measure F (Santa Venetia paramedics tax increase): Yes Measure G (Marinwood Community Services District parcel fee increase): Yes Measure H (Inverness Public Utility District fee): Yes Crossroads comes to Dead end This terrapin isn’t just slow moving—it’s completely stopped. Plans to launch a live music venue called Terrapin Crossroads in downtown Fairfax appear to have been abandoned by Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh, according to media reports on the fan website Efforts by the 71-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer to build an 8,000-square-foot music barn at the lot adjacent to Good Earth at 2000 Sir Francis Drake Blvd. were met with mixed results by Fairfax neighbors—one, or some, of whom even secretly posted signs along Lesh’s favored Ross walking path this summer pleading with him to discontinue the project; the incident was investigated by authorities as a possible threat. Marinites ‘move their money’ in day of protest Too big to fail? Some people are starting to believe the Occupy movement may be too big to fail. On Nov. 5, over 250 people joined a Move Your Money demonstration in front of the Bank of America in down10




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What is the general procedure for “Direct body work” was therapy? what the kids were calling I see each client for a verbal hour at it 30 years ago this week. It was autumn of 1981— first. He lays out the issues and problems and I share whatever information I have years ago and the age of free love in Marin was officially over. At and what options I see within my context least it was for clients of local therapist Bar- and the context of the Sex Therapy Consortium. I come up with a plan with the bara Read, the woman who’d placed an ad in the Sun classifieds offering her services as client during that initial interview. I give a “sex surrogate.” The Sun, of course, was all a ballpark number of how long I think it will take, usually set up in a very vague over this story like a bad, er, rash. way because until you get into it, you re“Surrogate work is a relatively new apally don’t know what the resistances are proach to sex therapy,” wrote Sun reporter going to be. Everybody resists change, even Catherine Peters. “Surrogates perform if they want it. ‘direct body work’ or, less delicately, have sexual intercourse with their clients.” What happens if the patient needs Sex surrogacy isn’t prostitution, Peters “body work”? pointed out. On the other hand, it wasn’t When we proceed to body work I invite exactly legal either. “I’m operating by precedent,” said the 44-year-old Read. “But I’ve him into the bedroom next door. I don’t have him take his clothes off right away; never been questioned.” I usually have him sit down Read had spent 10 years on the bed to get used to the as a personal-growth counroom with his clothes on. selor before taking on sex Then I work the conversasurrogacy in 1977. Today, the tion around to the fact that 74-year-old Read is a licensed it would really be easier sexologist and president of to deal with this with our the Institute for Advanced clothes off, or I would like to Study of Human Sexuality’s take my clothes off to get us alumni association. But when used to seeing each other in the Sun interviewed her about the nude. I then take off my her work in 1981, she was clothes with what I call “an knee deep in this highly conair of positive expectation.” troversial method of helping Barbara Read, 1981. Because at this point, some men solve their problems men get really hung up. with physical intimacy. That’s always the hardest thing—getting Or, as Read more bluntly described it: him to take off his clothes. If I find a man “When their c--- doesn’t work.” can’t get out of his pants, that’s a point of She charged $60 an hour. Here are the highlights of the interview: breakdown. How would you describe your work? I operate as a coach of sexual behavior. If you wanted to learn to swim you would have a coach who would get in the water and swim with you. You can’t learn to swim sitting on the beach and you can’t learn to f--k sitting around talking about it. Whether it is swimming, tennis or sex— you need a coach, and that’s what I am. You are not listed in the Yellow Pages. I advertise in the newspaper. My first ad was in the Pacific Sun. I was looking for an upper-class suburban market; I’ve been doing sex therapy for four years and I assessed that that’s where the market is. Do men who answer the ad in the Pacific Sun have different problems than other men? No, I don’t see a lot of difference. Really, people in Marin are the same as everyone else.


The body work takes place in bed? Yes, because that’s the easiest place to do it. Do your clients ever fall in love with you? Sure. You can’t spend long periods of time in intimate body interaction without developing some feeling. I deal with that up front with my clients. I say, “Look we will be in intimate contact for a long period”—I work in two-hour segments— “and you’re bound to develop some feeling for me and I’m bound to develop some feeling for you. That’s part of it.” Does that seem to help? Part of what I do is help men realize that they have feelings and that feelings are an acceptable part of their existence. Men are taught that feelings are not OK and you come up with a lot of sexual dysfunction because of that.



by Howard Rachelson

1. The San Rafael Glacier is part of the Northern Patagonian Ice Field, located in what country? 2. Pictured, left: The little people in the Wizard of Oz were known as what? 3. What are England’s two oldest universities? 4. Italian craftsman Antonio Stradivari is best known for constructing what artistic products in the 17th and 18th centuries? 5. What natural object is shown on the Canadian flag, and what color is it? 6. Pictured, left: Which actor with a very short name fought a boxing match against Sylvester Stallone in the film Rocky III? 7. Which country is known in its homeland as Hellas? 8. In the following two-word phrases, each word begins with “C.” 8a. Pictured, left: Marble-jumping board game 8b. A milk-based food item named after its English place of origin 8c. Where spacecraft are launched 9. In which country, in 1979, did the left-wing political party called the Sandinistas overthrow the president? 10. Simple math: A theater has 32 rows with 24 seats in each row. If 75 percent of the seats are occupied, how many seats are empty?

BONUS QUESTION: In 1995, to celebrate the 15th anniversary of this mechanical brain teaser (that you can purchase today for about $10), Mr. Fred Cuellar created a $1 million model, encrusted with 185 carats of diamonds and jewels. What was it? Send your best trivia question (with your name and hometown) to howard1@triviacafe. com; if your question is used in the ‘Pacific Sun,’ we’ll give you credit!

What if you’re not somebody’s “type”? I’ll ask the man, “How do you feel about doing body work with me? Do you feel I am enough of your type that you could potentially feel sexually aroused?” If he says, “God, I really hate redheads; it’s a real turnoff for me,” then I’ll look for somebody more his type. I don’t think surrogates should be the romantic type. The surrogate is there as a coach—not a potential long-term partner. Most of my clients are professional people—lawyers, physicians, computer people. If I had a problem with a computer, I would hire them because that’s their specialty—not to get romantically involved with them. My specialty happens to be sexuality, so when they have a problem they call me. I’m not looking to be the be-all, end-all relationship for the man. So far you’ve talked mostly about men. Do women need surrogates? The percentage of women who seek sex

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therapy is very, very low... That’s not because there isn’t a need. In this culture sex is not endorsed for women... If you have a couple and the guy is playing around on the outside, it’s laughed off—“Well, that’s the way it is and isn’t he a great cocksman?” If a woman does that she’s looked on as a slut. Hasn’t women’s lib changed some of that? I think people’s attitudes toward sexuality are the last thing to change. There is an interesting piece of research about the attitudes of daughters and granddaughters of Victorian times. The conclusion was that though women in the youngest generation did lip service to liberated sexuality, in reality the attitudes of the third generation were the same as the grandmother’s. There’s a lot of talk going on today, but when Suzy shows up pregnant at home, it’s a crisis. < Email Jason at

< 8 Bag ban has yet to inflate tens of thousands of dollars; Fairfax was understandably hesitant. In a move to bypass CEQA rules, Fairfax took the proposal to voters, who approved the ban by a 79 percent majority. When Marin supervisors were ready to vote for a ban in unincorporated Marin in January 2011, the group Save the Plastic Bag Coalition raised its familiar refrain and dumped a load of legal objections on the county. It delayed approval by only a few weeks. Supervisor Charles McGlashan, who had spurred the county to approve a bag ban, said the legal challenge would not deter the ultimate outcome. Supervisor Susan Adams, who worked closely with McGlashan on the bag ban, said, “This board is committed to moving forward.” And it did. So did the American Chemistry Council and the bag manufacturers in the guise of the Save the Plastic Bags Coalition. The industry-backed group has roamed the state trying to block bag bans. One of those attempts involved a lawsuit against Manhattan Beach, and one a lawsuit filed in Marin. Although the group, founded by former Tiburon resident and San Francisco attorney Stephen Joseph, put a thumb in the bag-ban dyke, sustainability proponents view the court cases as evidence that the move toward banning single-use bags may now be unstoppable in the state. The suit against Manhattan Beach went all the way to the state Supreme Court, which ruled that the city did not have to complete the CEQA review because it is a relatively small community and a ban would pose no severe environmental damage no matter what happened after a single-use bag ban. But the bag coalition is pleased that the court gave it legal standing. “It means that under certain circumstances, businesses can challenge ‘green’ projects that may do more harm than good to the environment,” states a coalition press release. That charge of harm rests on the supposition that banning plastic carryout bags will increase the use of paper bags, which in many ways pose more of an environmental threat than plastic bags. And that’s why the fee on paper bags is an important component of any bag ban. Proponents say it acts as a deterrent. But the low price really presents no major barrier in a county like Marin; however, the fees can be a part of an overall education campaign. The outcome of the bag coalition’s lawsuit against the county’s bag ban, which is set to take effect Jan. 1, is at the heart of whether local cities are ready to sign on. Marin has taken a position that it needs no extensive CEQA environmental review because the bag-ban should be what’s called categorically exempt. In other words, the ban on plastic bags and a 5-cent fee on paper bags would pose no environmental damage and would, in fact, be environmentally beneficial because the fee helps curtail paper-bag use. 10 PACIFIC SUN NOVEMBER 11 – NOVEMBER 17, 2011

A Marin Superior Court judge agreed. The bag coalition claims the Marin decision “flies in the face” of the state Supreme Court ruling that they say affirms that “bag bans are not exempt from CEQA.” The bag coalition has until Dec. 12 to file an appeal. Even before the county passed its bag ban, the idea was to gather all the cities in Marin under a bag-ban umbrella. Each city could enact its own version, but all the ordinances would embrace similar prohibitions and incentives—which would prevent neighboring cities from having different ordinances and possibly putting local retailers at a disadvantage. Bob Brown, former community development director in San Rafael, volunteered to work on the bag ban as part of a working group aimed at taking the ban out to the cities in the county. Brown crafted a model ordinance on which Marin cities can base their own bag-ban laws. McGlashan aide Maureen Parton worked with him and, along with representatives from a variety of environmental and sustainability groups, continues to push the bag ban forward. They’re working to persuade cities to put a bag ban on their agendas and move as quickly as possible, even in light of the possible bag coalition appeal. Tiburon was first up last week. Town leaders decided to wait until after the coalition’s appeal deadline. The Mill Valley City Council took up the bag-ban issue at a meeting Monday. Councilmembers voiced their support for a ban similar to the county’s ordinance, but they also said it was wise to wait until the coalition’s deadline for an appeal passes. (Cities could join together and pass bag bans with a kind of joint environmental review to help protect them from CEQA lawsuits.) Still, Brown, Adams and others who have pushed hard for a comprehensive bag ban think the county—and its cities—ultimately will prevail. “We will be together at the end of the day,” says Brown. Part of that optimism stems from the groundwork that Adams, McGlashan, Brown and the bag-ban working group have accomplished. An outreach campaign to grocers and retailers helped everyone understand what was possible and permissible. Brown says representatives from the grocers and restaurants provided input to the working group, which led to their support of a set of comprehensive bag bans. “I think what we are recommending is very consistent with what they can live with,” says Brown. If Fairfax is any indication, that should be true. Businesses there have accepted and embraced the bag ban and show no signs of distress. In Mill Valley, two big markets, Whole Foods and Mill Valley Market, already eschew plastic carryout bags. As Adams says, “We are seeing movement in the right direction.” And that movement can help trigger calls for bag

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town San Rafael as part of a National Day of Action to transfer money out of Wall Street banks into local banks and credit unions. The move-your-money-to-local-banks protest has been fueled by, and demonstrations took place at various places throughout the country on Nov. 5; Bank of America’s announcement in October that it would start dinging debit card users with a $5 monthly fee—in order to offset President Obama’s initiative to scrap hidden bank fees—rendered its various offices a ground zero for many of the protests. (Bank of America reversed course on the debit fee following two weeks of scathing publicity.) Though the Marin demonstration started at Bank of America, marchers then proceeded to nearby Wells Fargo and Chase banks to voice their displeasure with the national banking system—and for those still banking with the large institutions to withdraw their money and close their accounts in an act of protest. Passersby were greeted with chants of “move your money, keep it local” and “we are the 99 percent”; many motorists and pedestrians beeped and waved in support. Members of MoveOnMarin released a statement saying, “The American Dream relies on an underlying social contract of mutual care and trust. It’s time for corporations to pay it forward and help rebuild the American Dream.” San Anselmo resident Pat Johnstone, one of the organizers of the Nov. 5 demonstration, summed it up by saying, “The 99 percent of Americans struggling to get by are too big to fail.”

Parks Coalition sets first brainstorming meeting Put on your ranger-shaped thinking caps, Marin—the Marin Parks Coalition is planning a town hall meeting to strategize on how best to save the state parks from budgetary induced closures. The Parks Coalition, led by 6th District Assemblyman Jared Huffman and Marin Community Foundation president Thomas Peters, will hold the public forum Nov. 15, from 5 to 7pm at the Osher Marin JCC, 200 N. San Pedro Road in San Rafael. According to a statement from Huffman’s office, the goal of the meeting will be to present an update on pending park closures and brainstorm about “ways to keep the state parks open in the short and long term.” The Save the Parks Coalition formed in August, after Gov. Brown announced that 70 state parks would have to close as part of $33 million in cuts to the budget. The group includes parks officials and environmental leaders; its stated goals are twofold: to keep the state parks open and to explore funding options from public, private and commercial sources. The original list of 70 parks set to close included Marin’s Tomales Bay, China Camp, Olompali and Samuel P. Taylor. But in October, Samuel P. Taylor and Tomales Bay, along with a third park in Del Norte County, were removed from the list when the National Park Service agreed to take over operations since that trio of parks is adjacent to federal parklands. Two Marin parks, Olompali and China Camp, are still among 67 parks set to end operations next year. Neighbor group charges mound in San Rafael baseball dustup Humm baby? More like legal matter, baby. Marin baseball fans shouldn’t start planning their summers around the San Rafael Pacifics’ home games just yet—the neighborhood group that’s been jeering the idea of peanuts, popcorn and Cracker Jacks at nearby Albert Park has informed the San Rafael City Council it intends to force an environmental review through the courts. Centerfield Partners, the group that’s trying to bring pro ball to the Gerstle Parkarea ballfield, had initially offered to pay for an independent environmental review of its proposal, but after considering costs—and the possibility that it would delay opening day to the 2013 season—Centerfield scaled back the proposal and put it before the City Council without an EIR. While the original proposal called for a three-year lease and Centerfield’s promise to modernize the 60-year-old field, spruce up the bathrooms and add seating for about 800 fans—the revised plan now seeks a single-year lease with only 100 added seats and minor changes such as netting behind home plate, fencing behind the dugouts and limiting the noise after 9pm. Additionally, the team’s first year will be overseen by a seven-person citizens advisory committee—made up of neighbors, a business, a P&R commissioner and Centerfield representatives—which would review its findings after the season. On Oct. 3 the council unanimously approved the proposal. But on Nov. 4, attorney Dotty LeMieux, on behalf of the Albert Park Neighborhood Alliance, said via a letter to the council that the group plans to convince the courts that the city “abused its discretion” in exempting the project from environmental review. Looks like this game may be decided by the umps in the Marin Count Superior Court. Still, Centerfield is taking an “on with the show” attitude; on Nov. 2 the group unveiled the name of the team—but the fate of the San Rafael Pacifics will likely be decided in extra innings.


VGil LeSage stopped by the Arco station off 101, next to Goodman’s in Mill Valley. As usual, he paid the cashier first. After pumping his gas, he drove away, forgetting to go inside the store for his change, which totaled $28.30. He later called the station and Mike, the manager, invited him to come by to see how they track sales. Looking at the computer, both men thought the money was handed to another customer. Two days later, Mike called Gil. After more research, Mike realized that the station had an extra $28.30. Gil, impressed by Mike’s honesty and his diligence, wants to applaud his efforts. Next time you drive by that Arco, give a toot for Honest Mike, our Hero of the Week.

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bans in states across the country that progress on reducing the percentage of haven’t achieved the bag-ban momentum material it sent to the landfill, the news is in this state, although many communi- not all good. As Brown noted at the Mill ties across the country have individually Valley meeting, and zero-waste propoembraced the bag-ban ethos. When Mc- nents have been saying right along: The Glashan and Adams first started working county has reduced its waste stream on a on a bag ban, they saw the county’s move percentage basis, but the gross tonnage it as a first step. “A de facto move was the sends to the landfill has not substantively hope when we put the ban in play,” says decreased. And, Brown added, the end of Adams. United Markets in San Rafael al- the useful life of the landfill is right over ready turns its back on plastic the horizon. carryout bags, even though Marin retailers As fast and as hard as that city hasn’t passed an orsustainability and zerodistribute about dinance. waste proponents want In his presentation to 128 million plastic the county and its cities to city councils, Brown notes carryout bags and move toward zero waste that although plastic bags and bag bans, Adams notes account for a relatively in- 15 million paper it takes time to reach critisignificant amount of waste bags every year— cal mass. “Some cities are in landfills from a weight harder than othabout 600 bags per pushing perspective, from an enviers. But look at how long it ronmental and bottom-line person per year. took for all of our cities to perspective, they clearly are a become unified” and join blight. According to statistics the Marin Energy Authorpresented at the Mill Valley City Council ity. All cities are now members of the meeting, Marin retailers distribute about joint powers agency, and all residents can 128 million plastic carryout bags and 15 choose whether to buy power from Marin million paper bags every year—about 600 Clean Energy or stay with PG&E. bags per person per year. Redwood LandThe county and its cities will know by fill has one full-time person assigned to early December whether the bag coalicapture errant plastic bags. tion will make good on its stated goal of The long-range goal for bag-ban filing an appeal of the case that ruled in proponents is nothing short of a cultural favor of the county’s bag ban. Whatever shift in the retail sphere. Plastic bags are a happens, the question is: Are the legal place to start. The ultimate goal is to get maneuvers just a delaying tactic, a tempoas close as possible to eliminating singlerary nuisance? use bags, paper or plastic. Groceries and Zero-waste proponents believe the tide pharmacies are the starting point. Savvy has turned, and legal delays might postentrepreneurs might see a long-range pone the bans but they will not prevent market in canvas bags. And retailers the inevitable. < could use bags as an effective marketing Contact the writer at mechanism. The bag bans are just one part of a host of proposed ordinances designed It’s your county, speak up at to move the county and its cities to zero ›› waste. Although the county has made

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et in your car and drive north on Highway 101. At first, the changes are subtle. Coastal suburbs gradually cede to rolling pastureland, which cedes to more suburbs, which cede to more pastureland. If not for the blur of road signs and occasional traffic snarl, you might as well be standing still. Then, suddenly and dramatically, something shifts. The road narrows. The trees grow bigger and more plentiful; the towns become smaller and more rugged. As you roll through the tiny unincorporated hamlet of Piercy, leave Mendocino County in the rearview and gaze up at the towering by Jacob ancient redwoods of Humboldt County’s Richardson Grove, it occurs to you—you’re not in Kansas, and certainly




Marin’s made it pretty clear what it thinks of hooking up congressionally with the Emerald Triangle— but did anybody ask the northern counties Redistricting Commission R not the Bay Area, anymore. their thoughts on being saddled with (CCRC) was still accepting (C This feeling will be familiar public pub comments on its draft to anyone who has experienced marvelous Marin? and maps. A And the Humboldt supes the real Northern California, a land of timber and trout, weed and wildness, a place that still remembers the state’s feral, unspoiled past. It’s only a few hours from mannered, manicured Marin, but it feels a lot farther. It isn’t new, but the north-south divide is especially relevant because four of California’s hinterland counties—Mendocino, Humboldt, Trinity and Del Norte—are now married to Marin in the newly form formed 2nd Congressional D District. Created by voter-approved Proposition Shafer 220—which formed an ind independent commission tasked with redrawing the state’s legislative map—District 2 is a strange

bird. Long, crooked and narrow, it hugs the coast from Tiburon to the Oregon border, slicing off most of Sonoma and enveloping a vast, desultory new frontier. As with all budding relationships, this one is tenuous—and potentially rocky.   


“I DON’T THINK you could find two more dissimilar counties than Marin County and Humboldt County,” Planning Commissioner Denver Nelson told the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors in June. At the time, the California Citizens

had a comment—namely, comm they weren’t thrilled At the meeting thrilled. m they voted unanimously to send the commission a letter expressing their displeasure. “Marin County is very rich, very urban,” Nelson continued. “It has the largest Ferrari dealership in the world. Humboldt County is very poor, very rural, [though] we do have the world’s largest organic fertilizer supply.” Even if he’s wrong about Ferraris and fertilizer, Nelson’s argument is tough to refute: By most any measure, Marin and Humboldt are far, far apart. According to the 2010 Census, Marin’s median household income is $86,658; Humboldt’s is $35,985. Humboldt residents are more

nothing up here, and if you don’t experience that kind of poverty, it’s very hard to relate to it,” he said. “It’s a different world.” That’s an excellent way to describe Garberville, southern Humboldt’s center of commerce. Just off 101, with an impossibly wide main street right out of a tumbleweed-strewn Western, Garberville has more hair salons (three), gun shops (two) and hemp emporiums (one) than it has stoplights (zero). It’s also Caffrey’s home, a place where his far-left views and green activism blend into the scenery. A global warming crusader who claims he coined the term “climate crisis” in 1996, Caffrey has engaged in tree sits, associated with radical groups like Earth First! and proudly declares he’s a “current marijuana smoker” (with a doctor-stamped 215 permit, of course). Caffrey said he hopes his eclectic background will catch the attention of pundits like Keith Olbermann and Bill Maher. “I’m something new,” he said, “and new is exciting.” Supervisor Lovelace noted that some southern candidates have made an effort to trek north, including Marin Supervisor Susan Adams, who Lovelace said has visited Humboldt at least a dozen times. Lovelace also pointed out that Humboldt’s current congressional rep, Mike Thompson, lives in Napa yet has earned the trust of Humboldt voters over the years. (Thompson, who is running for reelection in the new 5th District, declined to comment for this story but issued a statement saying, in part, that “the North Coast will always have my ear and my understanding.”) Lovelace said he “doesn’t want to say anything negative about Caffrey,” the lone Humboldt resident in the race. But, he added, “it’s going to be tough for him in such a crowded field.” O




than twice as likely to live below the poverty line as Marin residents and about half as likely to have graduated from college. And while Humboldt has roughly half of Marin’s population, it’s spread over an area almost four times larger. (Other northern counties stack up similarly; see sidebar.) That’s a point Humboldt Supervisor Mark Lovelace—who wrote the June letter—wants to drive home. In a recent interview, Lovelace said he’s given up fighting the redistricting maps (last month the state Supreme Court threw out a pair of legal challenges brought by Republicans). But he still has reservations about sending a Marinite to Washington to represent him and his county. Several weeks ago, Lovelace said, he spoke at a dinner in Humboldt attended by all of the announced contenders for the District 2 seat. Most were from Marin. “I told them, ‘I really hope you had a difficult time getting here,’” Lovelace recalled. “Because they need to know that, they need to understand how remote we are. They need to understand how disconnected we often feel. Only by coming up here and experiencing that, experiencing the difficulties of traveling through a marginal airport and on marginal roads can they really get an appreciation for the amount of special effort they’ll have to make.” Of the nine candidates (eight Democrats and one Republican) currently vying to represent the 2nd District, only two live north of the Sonoma County line: Dr. William Courtney of Mendocino, who boasts on his website that he’s a “member of the International Cannabinoid Research Society,” and Andy Caffrey, an activist from Humboldt. “Even if I wasn’t running I’d have some real problems with people from Marin, which I consider the Bay Area, trying to represent these four rural counties,” Caffrey said. “I lived in San Rafael [so] I know how different it is.” For Caffrey, the north coast’s infamous cash crop is a key sticking point. Three of the counties included in the 2nd District—Mendocino, Humboldt and Trinity—compose the so-called “Emerald Triangle,” a legendary nexus of marijuana cultivation. “We’re looking at a post-legalization, or post-prohibition, economy up here,” said Caffrey, adding that he’s involved in a project to incorporate parts of Southern Humboldt County into a municipality tentatively dubbed “Emerald City.” “Even the difference between Eureka [in northern Humboldt] and southern Humboldt is pretty extreme,” said Caffrey. “Up there, they don’t want anybody growing marijuana outdoors, because they say it breeds crime. That’s the opposite of what we feel down here because of the carbon impact [of indoor grows].” Pot may be big business, but, Caffrey’s quick to emphasize, Humboldt is still economically disadvantaged. “We have next to


LIKE CAFFREY, JARED Huffman cares about the environment. From his days as a Natural Resources Defense Council attorney to his current gig as a state assemblyman representing the North Bay, he’s built his career on green issues. But where Caffrey is shaggy and freewheeling, Huffman is scripted and cleancut, a politician straight out of central casting. And while Caffrey is running his congressional campaign on a shoestring budget, Huffman has amassed an impressive war chest with the help of corporate and union contributions. Yet, Huffman insists, he won’t ignore the needs of northern constituents if elected. “People think you’re going to take them for granted, that you’re just going to take their vote and disappear,” Huffman told the Sun. “But I want a long-term relationship.” Huffman said he’s already made multiple trips up 101. On a recent excursion he and his family played tourist, visiting the famous drive-through tree. “On the north coast, every issue has a

Follow the Avenue of the Giants! Marin congressional candidates—including Susan Adams, Jared Huffman and Norman Solomon—are vying for the approval of the inhabitants of the strange lands to the north...

rural bent to it, and if you don’t understand that you’re not going to understand how things work,” Huffman said. “I’ve been spending a lot of time visiting rural health clinics, getting on the ground with ranchers and landowners, meeting with folks in the forest products industry, sitting down with commercial fishermen. Just trying to grasp what’s going on.” One group Huffman didn’t initially mention is pot growers. When asked about his stance, he said he’s got “no problem” with busting illegal grows on federal or private land but that he opposes recent federal crackdowns on medical marijuana dispensaries. “We have put a medical marijuana law in place and some local governments are doing a terrific job trying to make it work,” he said, citing Mendocino as an example. “That needs to

be encouraged and supported.” Candidate and author Norman Solomon of Inverness flanks Huffman on the left. Though he’s running behind Huffman—and Republican Dan Roberts—in early polls, Solomon did land an endorsement from actor/former Marinite Sean Penn, along with the inevitable headlines. Elliott Gould (M.A.S.H, The Long Goodbye, Nashville) is coming to town Nov. 20 in support of Solomon’s campaign. (With incumbent Lynn Woolsey opting not to seek re-election, it’s a wide-open race.) Solomon agrees Marin is divided from the district’s northern reaches. But, he contends, it is also divided from within. “When it comes to the overall economic disparities between, say, Marin and Humboldt counties, I think the key questions are akin to what should be asked about disparities 14> NOVEMBER 11 - NOVEMBER 17, 2011 PACIFIC SUN 13

District 2: By the Numbers


How the 2nd District’s five major counties stack up...

Marin Humboldt Mendocino Del Norte Trinity


Size (sq. miles)

Median Hshld. Income

Median Home Value

Pop. Below Poverty Level

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THE INTERESTS OF north and south diverge on a variety of issues—income, between, say, Ross and Novato,” Solomon water, transportation, infrastructure. wrote in an email. “Is government here to Sometimes, they’re directly at odds. affirm the rights of all—including access to (Consider Humboldt’s Eel River, which quality healthcare, education and retireis drained to feed the Russian River ment security—or is government here to and ultimately the help the rich get richer?” faucets of Sonoma Money is one of the and Marin counties, a first things we menfact that’s long been a tioned to CCRC Comsore spot for enviros, missioner Stan Forbes. fishermen and anyone How could you pair one else who cares about of the state’s wealthiest the stability of local counties with some of watersheds.) So is its poorest? How does there any common that make sense? ground? Other than a “We had to make some shared coastline, does tough choices,” Forbes acanything bind the knowledged. “[But] there disparate ends of the are not enough people on 2nd District? the north coast to come All the candidates up with a district.” we interviewed had In fact, the CCRC is answers to that quesbound by Supreme Court tion, most centered on mandate to create dis- Congressional candidate Andy Caffrey, of national and global Garberville, knows ‘how different [Marin] is.’ tricts of virtually identiconcerns (the job of cal size, population-wise. a U.S. congressman, As a result, the geographic size (and shape) after all, is to look at the big picture). of districts can get pretty screwy. And, almost But perhaps it’s simpler than that. inevitably, rural areas get screwed. Consider Arcata, a northern Humboldt “We got a lot of testimony not to cross the town of about 17,000 people. On any Golden Gate Bridge. That was unanimous, given day in the town’s central plaza from Marin County,” said Forbes. “We [also] you’ll find students from nearby Humhad lots of testimony that the coast didn’t boldt State University tossing a Frisbee, have the same interests as the Central Valley. aging hippies sipping lattes at a corner So when you have some of those requirecafe, midday drunks nursing beers at a ments, and you have to come up with a row of local watering holes. certain number of people, you come down Squint your eyes, just barely, and the coast.” you’re in Fairfax. Mill Valley, even. This Fair enough. But for Supervisor Lovelace is the Northern California the rest of the and others, the problem is that the 14 memcountry sees: odd, eclectic, progressive, bers of the CCRC—many who hail from Los laid-back, a tad self-important. Maybe Angeles and Orange counties—didn’t come we aren’t as incompatible as we think. up the coast, at least not far enough. “I went Maybe our desire to be different is why to a [CCRC] hearing in Santa Rosa to speak, we refuse to embrace our commonaliand I welcomed them to the south end of ties. And maybe, just maybe, one person the north coast, and reminded them that can represent us all—assuming it’s the they had another six-and-a-half hours to go right person. before they made it to the north end,” said In the meantime, perhaps we should Lovelace. all get in our cars, take a drive and see Forbes, who sounded a little weary of dehow the other half lives. < fending the commission’s decision, summed it up like this: “It isn’t perfect, but it’s better Vote for Jacob at than the alternative.”

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ohn D’Amato of Fairfax suffers from diabetic neuropathy. He tried taking OxyContin and other opiates. But the 76-year-old says he gets more pain relief from a few puffs of pot. Last week, D’Amato and the Marin Alliance for Medical Marijuana sued federal officials to try to stop them from shuttering his supplier—the Cannabis Buyers’ Club in Fairfax. The nonprofit cooperative has been selling pot out of an office behind the West Marin Little League baseball field since California voters approved marijuana for medical use in 1996. Last month, the state’s four federal prosecutors announced a campaign to close pot shops, starting with those near schools and playgrounds. The Fairfax club was at the top of the hit list. U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag in San Francisco sent letters to the club, its landlord and the bank holding the mortgage threatening to prosecute them criminally and use federal drug-trafficking laws to seize the property unless the shop shut down. As a result, on Monday, the landlord served Lynnette Shaw, the club’s founder and director, with a three-day notice to either leave the premises or remove the pot. But Shaw intends to keep operating the Fairfax club just where it is. On Tuesday, her lawyers asked U.S. District Court Judge Donna Ryu in Oakland for a temporary restraining order barring the government from prosecuting Shaw, club members or her landlord until the lawsuit can be heard. Similar suits and restraining-order requests have been filed on behalf of other dispensaries throughout the state. The suits say the dispensaries relied on the Justice Department’s assurances in a 2009 settlement of a Santa Cruz case that it would not prosecute or subject to federal forfeiture California businesses that complied with state and local regulations. Fairfax officials say the dispensary not only complies with state regulations and more than 50 local use-permit conditions, it also contributes a significant amount of sales tax to the town and helps people suffering from cancer, AIDS, arthritis, glaucoma and other illnesses. They also believe the shop’s presence has reduced street sales of illegal drugs. Last week, the Fairfax Town Council unanimously approved a resolution opposing federal efforts to close licensed medical-marijuana shops. In addition, Mayor Larry Bragman and one of Shaw’s attorneys met with an assistant U.S. attorney in San Francisco in an effort to convince her to allow the Fairfax dispensary to continue operating.

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“I made it very clear that the town of Fairfax was ready, willing and able to reduce any particular concerns they may have about the dispensary,” Bragman said after the meeting. “By eliminating safe access to patients, there’s going to be a lot of unintended consequences. I think the reality is you may actually see more illicit sales. “It’s puzzling why the U.S. attorney is pursuing the crackdown now.” Haag refused comment, as did a Justice Department spokesman. In announcing the crackdown last month, Haag accused the dispensaries of selling weed not just to sick people but also to healthy youths. She targeted the Fairfax shop because of its close proximity to the baseball field. The Fairfax shop sells only to adults who have a doctor’s recommendation, Shaw said. A healthy looking man who came into the shop to buy a bag of marijuana the other day said he needed it to relieve anxiety and help him sleep after working two jobs and attending the College of Marin. “I’m up all night thinking about horrible things without it,” said the clean-cut 23-year-old who lives in Larkspur and requested anonymity. He said he preferred cannabis over anti-anxiety pharmaceuticals. “It works for me,” he said. “It helps me eat and relax.” For Shaw, pot wards off a variety of complaints. Since the club’s start, the 57year-old—who says she was once known as Hollywood’s “weed girl”—has fended off a series of efforts to close it down. She and the club’s 800 or so regular customers believed their days of fighting the law were over when President Barack Obama, who campaigned on a promise to leave the question of medical marijuana in the hands of states, took office. Shaw talked the other day in her waiting room, where the scent of marijuana and a whistling African Gray parrot greet visitors. “I don’t want to go to drug dealers to get my medicine,” she said. “I’ve had guns held to my head to get a sack of marijuana. I started this whole thing so we wouldn’t be a the mercy of the thugs and the thieves.” A 67-year-old woman with glaucoma, macular degeneration and back pain walked into the shop and asked if it would have to close. “I appreciate the fight you’re putting on,” she told Shaw. “I’ve got all kinds of medical problems, and it really, really helps me.” <

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hen a commercial for eHarmony or Match appears on TV, my single girlfriends and I drop our bonbons, grab the remote and turn up the sound. We adore watching the perfect man and more perfect woman meet online, fall in love and marry. There is hopeâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;for women over 5 feet 4 inches. Perusing the Match listings, my best friend Kate ďŹ nds a geographically desirable man with a doctorate degree and a cute dog. He calls himself the Evening Traveler and lives in Greenbrae. Kate gives him points for seeking a woman near his own age. I, however, am uncomfortable with the name he chose. He could just as easily have substituted Night Stalker or Dark Passenger. I call strike one, but Kate likes the name. After all, he says it refers to his evening walks with his puppy. This leads me to strike two. He gives way too much information in his proďŹ le. Traveler isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t narcissistic, but he seems needy. Must we become acquainted with the speciďŹ c treats he fed his previous dog and all the places he brings his new dog? Out of four pictures, two are of him alone, one is of him with a puppy and one is his dead dog (alive in the photo) wearing a superhero costume. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m a huge fan of the canine, so trust me when I say this guy goes to extremes with his dog affection. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m ready to reject, yet Kate likes him. In addition to dating age-appropriate women, he selects curvy as a body type thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s acceptable. Curvy, a euphemism for overweight. Not that Kate is. She simply appreciates that heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not judging women on appearance. It may be refreshing for a man to be ďŹ ne with zaftig, older gals, but Traveler still has issues. If he has a sense of fun, then he completely lacks communication skills, as nothing humorous is evident in his proďŹ le. Not Kateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s type, in my humble opinion. She sees something different in his words. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll invest 30 minutes meeting him for a walk in a public placeâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;in broad daylight,â&#x20AC;? she says. Her note is brief, friendly and resultsoriented: Good Morning. Nice proďŹ le. How have I not seen you and your furry friend around? Please let me know if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re interested in joining â&#x20AC;&#x153;usâ&#x20AC;? for a walk. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Usâ&#x20AC;? refers to her and her dog. Though Kate and I subscribe to the notion that one should never post photos of her pets in her dating proďŹ le, she quickly adds a couple of shots of her pooch to demonstrate that she shares Travelerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s interests.

Several days pass with no word. Then Kate realizes she met him and his puppy a while back on the bike path in Larkspur. I say forget it, believing you write once and only once. Kate thinks itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s worth another shot, especially because she remembers man and beast were adorable. Good Morning, Evening Traveler. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Maddy here (Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m the brown, black and white one). Lucky Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m nimble with the keyboard, â&#x20AC;&#x2122;cause Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m hoping youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll reach out to my â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mumâ&#x20AC;? (Kate). She wrote you that weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d never met, but we did. Walking on the trail from Larkspur to Corte Madera. Anyway, she wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be happy if she knew what I was up to, but I know sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been thinking about you. FYI, I think your pup Teddy is cute. Maybe we could all meet at the Bon Air walking path? RE: Good Morning, Evening Traveler. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Maddy here Thanks for the interest and all the emails although I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t ďŹ gure out the last one. As to why I havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t been going to Bon Air, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not a dog park, and Teddy jumps up on children there. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s friendly, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s too risky. So I take him exclusively to Bayview (Mill Valley). I remember your dog. Great breed. You have an appealing proďŹ le, but for me, I have a strong preference for taller women. I have been taken to task for it, by my sister, among others who is 5 feet 3 inches, but thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s how I feel. Nothing personal. Sure. Nothing personal when youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re rejected based on your height. Kateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 5-foot 3 and Travelerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no giant, measuring in at 5 feet 10 inches. You can be fat and wrinkled, but petite women need not apply. Kate sends her ďŹ nal message to the night creeper: Hi I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t apologize for being shy of your stature requirement, but I am sorry you didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t understand the last email. It was written by my dog who is very tall. Proposing a walk didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t seem high risk, though I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t realize the magnitude of your shortsightedness. Plus, whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s up with a guy who doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t listen to his sister? I think Kate left a few things out, so Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll happily ďŹ ll you in, Mr. Evening Traveler. I hope you ďŹ nd your perfect match. Be on the lookout for a tall woman, short on humor and high on needy, average-height, judgmental jerks. Nothing personal. < Email Nikki at

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bastopol. The proceeds make it possible for a grassroots, anyone-can-join team of road riders in the North Bay. For years, Marin girls and boys have passed through the Swift program, like former Drake rider Lauren Catlin, who is the current collegiate offroad champion. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Swiftiesâ&#x20AC;? who arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t into competition per se develop into conďŹ dent, thoughtful â&#x20AC;&#x153;road sharersâ&#x20AC;? for the rest of their lives. According to Charameda, many adult Swifties return to ride Cycle with Champions each year, as mentors. As the sun rose into clear blue skies (along with a couple of hot air balloons), West County Revolution bike shop in Sebastopol was an anthill. At the rear of the roomy asphalt lot stood an imposing red truck the size of Liechtenstein. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the team van for BMC (pro road team), full of race bicycles and a cozy den, complete with washing machine and two-way radio holster for a couple of dozen instruments... a perfect intimidation vehicle when it rolls into a race venue. Charamedaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s partner, Gavin Chilcott, was an off-road pro who â&#x20AC;&#x153;switched surfacesâ&#x20AC;? as a road pro in Italy. This day he was second in command, as Charameda directed setting up tables, tents and dispersing food, supplies, even breakfast for everyone. Gavinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s brother Kent and their dad were also on hand... Dr. Chilcott has housed dozens of riders at the pink palace, the bicycle racerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s halfway house of Santa Rosa. A couple of hundred coffeejacked riders rolled out, the speedsters like Chilcott and Fast Freddy Rodriguez in the lead and the reasonable day-trippers (i.e., my friend Paula and me) rolled along at our race pace (15 mph). Sprinkled between these two populations were the mini-racers in their ďŹ&#x201A;appy jerseys, baggy Lycra shorts and perfectly ďŹ tted bicycles. They were smooth and calm. I recognized Calvin, a 12-year-old whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d beaten me at a race in Annadel State Park last summer. I let him go. Libby and Brandt were waiting for me when I rolled in after a pleasant four-hour tour, and I got a superb plate of polenta, salad and pasta to enjoy while the rafďŹ&#x201A;e items, photos and speeches unfurled in the Technicolor autumn afternoon. The best image of the day was the huge group of riders, half of them under 16, posing with Charameda and her champions. Looks like a famiglia to me. < For more on Team Swift, check out Downshift with Jacquie at

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nyone who spends a weekend outdoors in the North Bay encounters platoons of cyclists, from â&#x20AC;&#x153;modern maturesâ&#x20AC;? to teens to tots on their wooden balance bikes. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the next-best thing to being in Italy. Combine Northern Californiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s quasiItalian climate, stunning topography and overwhelming bicycle presence and you get â&#x20AC;&#x153;spontaneous generationâ&#x20AC;?â&#x20AC;&#x201D;a river of riders on any ďŹ ne day. It didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t happen overnight. For two decades, momentum has been building, with better road striping and trail markers (thank you Marin County Bicycle Coalition)â&#x20AC;&#x201D;not to mention at-school cycle education (pioneered by Marin Countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Safe Routes to Schools program). Each high school has a mountain bike team; races pit one schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s team against another, with regional and national championships. The legendary Trips for Kids has dozens of volunteers who take at-risk children up Mt. Tam to mitigate their â&#x20AC;&#x153;nature-deďŹ cit disorder.â&#x20AC;? It is little wonder that this last decade the county has felt an explosion of youthful participation. The only element missing from this smorgasbord of two-wheeled opportunity was a nonproďŹ t childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s road cycling team program. Enter Team Swift, founded by Laura Charameda in 1999. This much-decorated world-medalwinning sprinter moved to California after 10 years racing in Italy. Charameda saw the need for a grassroots team, and dove into it when a back injury ended her pro career. She dragged her way out of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;slough of despondâ&#x20AC;? by turning her considerable energy toward children. My neighbor, Drake senior Libby Caldwell of Fairfax, is one of them. Libby wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t ride with her biker parentsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;soccer was her true love for a decade. But a reconstructed anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) required rest and weeks of rehab... on a bicycle. When a friend asked her to ride on the Drake mountain bike racing team, she jumped at the chance. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The fun, camaraderie wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t that different from my soccer gang,â&#x20AC;? she smiled. The following year she progressed, joined the Swift program and entered some road races that are very different in tactics, training and terrain. Libbyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mother, Cat Caldwell, puts it this way: â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Swift community was inclusive, very family-oriented. I began riding more, and saw non-rider parents take it up inspired by their children.â&#x20AC;? Before dawn on a chilly fall morning I joined Libby and her coach/mechanic/team assistant Eric Brandt to help set up the club fundraiser (â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cycle with Championsâ&#x20AC;?) in Se-


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fter screening John Korty’s new documentary, viewers may find themselves thinking—”Man, I want that piano tuner’s autograph.” It’s not every day one wishes to meet a piano tuner. But the subject of Korty’s John Allair Digs In! is no everyday piano tuner. The 25-minute film—which holds its premiere at the Rafael Nov. 10—dubs him “Marin County’s original rock ’n’ roller”; Huey Lewis calls him “the godfather of this whole Marin County music scene”; Maria Muldaur describes his playing as “a rambunctious, irrepressible amount of joy.” Allair lives in a modestlooking Petaluma home; he dresses in jeans and buttondown silky short-sleeve shirts. He’s got thinning silver hair. And he’s Marin’s answer to Jerry Lee Lewis, “The Killer.” This latest doc by Korty— The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman, Who Are the DeBolts (and Where Did They Get 19 Kids?)—further cements the West Marin director as Marin’s quintessential filmmaker—capturing not only one of its true characters, but placing him entirely within the context, and at the apex, of the county music scene and its roots-rock obsession. If the Marin Rocks exhibit ever happens, there’d better be a corner set aside for John Allair. Allair says in the film that he was born in Oakland “a long time ago,” and around age 12 became interested in boogie-woogie piano. Soon he and buddy Pete Lind were playing Fats Domino covers on the Marin County rock circuit—or, rather, they were the Marin County rock circuit. “John Allair was the first rock ’n’ roll musician in Marin County,” rock journalist Joel Selvin says in the film. “Anyone that grew up in Marin in the ’50s, that attended sock hops or other early forms of rock ’n’ roll entertainment—they were entertained by John Allair.” (Korty makes good use of old concert posters—“John Allair and Combo” playing the Star Hall in San Anselmo in 1960, another from a 1962 gig at the Bermuda Palms in San Rafael.) By the 1970s, the concert posters become more impressive, as Allair winds up in Touloos Ta Truck, a Grateful Dead side project with Phil Lesh and Terry Haggerty of the Sons of Champlin. In 1973, Allair 22 PACIFIC SUN NOVEMBER 11 – NOVEMBER 17, 2011

and musician Steve Mitchell opened at the Lion’s Share in San Anselmo for a new guy in town named Van Morrison. Wowed by Allair’s prowess on the keyboards, the “Moondance” singer asked him to join his band—but the piano player turned him down. “I wanted to keep my duo,” Allair says. The quiet life playing Marin clubs and tuning rentals at Marin Piano and Organ seemed to be all Allair wanted out of life. (In the ’80s he’d hook up with Morrison again, touring several times with the Irish legend and playing on a dozen or so of his albums.) The musicians he’d played with were almost as famous as those he’d tuned pianos for—Keith Richards, Neil Young and Tom Waits among them. Korty’s softly whimsical style is reminiscent of the short films of Les Blank (Garlic is as Good as Ten Mothers, Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe) and, like the Berkeley filmmaker, he even has a funny “food” scene with Allair dancing around the pond at the Marin French Cheese Company while devouring a chicken drumstick. Local scenes are all over this film—footage from recent gigs was shot for the film at Rancho Nicasio and the Station House Cafe, delivering glimpses of the soft-spoken piano tuner ripping up versions of “Shake Dance,” “Long Legs” and “The High Place in Your Mind.” “Obviously, it’s never been about money or fame, but I get a little bit of those once in a while,” Allair tells interviewer Jonathan Korty (son of the director and a member of Vinyl). “But mainly I still get as excited as I did when I was 12 listening to boogie-woogie piano... it’s just the excitement of creating music and playing music in front of an audience—music never ends, it’s unlimited.” And for those expecting any hint of regret from Allair at wiling away in semi-obscurity for 55 years on the Marin scene, don’t hold your breath. “I don’t need much,” says Allair at the film’s close. “I do some yoga in the morning, play harpsichord a little bit, take a hike, go tune a piano, watch a movie from my Netflix—what a life!” Indeed. < Check out or

China Camp State Park, at San Pedro Point in San Rafael, served as the shooting locale for Blood Alley (1955), about a cynical American merchant marine captain who, after escaping from a communist prison, steers 180 anti-Mao villagers out of China on a stolen river boat. Blood Alley was the first project for John Wayne’s Batjac label. The film was originally intended to star Robert Mitchum, but when the notoriously mercurial actor shoved the film’s location manager into the icy China Camp waters, director William Wellman insisted Mitchum be given the boot. After being turned down by Humphrey Bogart and Gregory Peck, Wayne himself stepped into the lead role. The film featured Lauren Bacall as Wayne’s stoic-but-vulnerable love interest.—Jason Walsh


Allosauruses reportedly walked out on the film in droves.

Hustle and phloem Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life is a film of huge ambition, and it’s been polarizing audiences ever since its Cannes win. I come down with the lovers, but sympathize with the haters—there’s just no middle ground. A film that lives in the eddies and whorls of its story like no film ever has, Tree follows the fortunes of the O’Brien family, led by mother Jessica Chastain and patriarch Brad Pitt, as they’re dealt successive blows—death, career failure and an eldest son’s sudden and brutal alienation from his father. Decades later the man (Sean Penn), now a successful architect, still bears the scars. Malick infuses his manicured Texas town with trademark ambrosial imagery, nature and regionalism, the wispy cottons and polished woods of a bygone time. But in moments of great pain the film often leaves for a wider perspective—and I mean anywhere— settling on a river scene from prehistory, or traveling through arteries with blood cells or being a celestial eyewitness to the asteroid impact that wiped out the dinosaurs. This would be monumental narcissism in a lesser director, but Malick is a pit bull for emotional truth, and here he captures the strange casting about for meaning the mind does—sometimes across geological eons—when faced with tragedy. He sometimes stews decades before making another film, so be sure not to miss this one.—Richard Gould

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etting the call to fill in for vocalist share vocal duties when Pink Martini brings China Forbes of Pink Martini—the its sophisticated sound to the Marin Center uber-cool, genre-jumping, neo-cabon Nov. 17. aret act—seems like a singer’s dream. Still, to find the former lead singer of So what did Storm Large say this summer Storm and Her Dirty Mouth onstage with when she was asked to cover for Forbes while a band that often performs for symphony the sophisticated chanteuse recovered from audiences might come as a bit of a surprise. throat surgery? As a solo artist, Large—a brassy blonde “I said absolutely not,” says Large, juggling who was born Susan Storm Large and has a a cell phone and a dog personality to match her leash while walking her name—is known for her COMING SOON husband’s yellow Labrain-your-face hard-rock Storm Large performs with dor through the San Rafael act. Pink Martini Thursday, Nov. hills. “They were going to Her interview is pep17, at 8pm, at the Marin Center be performing four soldpered with curse words in San Rafael. $45.50 and out shows at the Kennedy while she espouses a $65.50. 415/499-6400. Center in four days. China no-holds-barred worldsaid, ‘You’d be doing us all view. Here’s Large on the a really big favor.’ subject of musical theater: “I love China and I love those guys and “I grew up hating musical theater, thinkI wanted to help. So I said, as long as I’m ing it was dumb and cheesy with shiny, allowed to read the lyrics, I’ll do it, because, wind-up pretty endings,” says Large, who has I’m good, but I can’t memorize five different had a successful run in the Sally Bowles role languages in four days.” in a touring production of Cabaret and did a The music stands went up and Large stint last year in Randy Newman’s Harps and stepped up. Angels stage show. “No. I like slop. I like filth. She and the recently recovered Forbes will I like dirt. I like sex. I like danger.

“So musical theater can suck it.” Please note that The brassy Storm Large, left, is shaking up Pink Martini. Billboard’s Hot Singles Sales chart. the vitriol is delivered Yet, despite her success and bold stage with a heavy dose of bad-girl charm, and one suspects that she might just be mellowing a persona, self-confidence hasn’t come easy. “I’ve always been a performer, but I never bit. thought I could parlay that into any kind of Call it the softer side of Storm Large. vocation, because, A, I didn’t think I was any “When I front my band, it’s all about, good, and, B, I really believed A,” she says Storm Large! Look at my boobs! And I’m screamin’! You know? It’s a rock ’n’ roll show,” with a slight laugh. What changed that? she explains. “And in a rock ’n’ roll show, “Just a burning desire to keep getting up everyone expects the singer to lead the way. and doing it,” she says, “even when I was only With Pink Martini, it’s a collective that cregetting up in front of five people who didn’t ates a vibe of joy and romance and celebragive a f--k and were just waiting for the bar tion and music and glamour. It’s really cool. to open. “It’s a really unique experience for me.” “It’s that need to keep getting up there Large, 41, studied acting at the American even when there are thousands and thouAcademy of Dramatic Arts and began persands of people in the audience who are just forming in a rock band in 1993 while living waiting for the headliner and waiting for you in San Francisco, where she also worked as a bartender. Her big break came in 2006 when to be done. It’s that urge to keep getting up she was a semi-finalist on the CBS-TV reality there even when you’re sick or even when you’re scared.” series Rock Star: Supernova. These days, she adds, the stage is her Her 2007 single “Ladylike,” featuring sanctuary. Supernova judge Dave Navarro of Jane’s “It’s the only place where I’ve ever felt Addiction on guitar, debuted at No. 5 on truly at home,” she says. “It’s a platform. It’s a bedroom. It’s a confessional. It’s a peephole. It’s a fantasy. I get to be whatever I decide to be and I am whatever the audience decides I am. It’s a really unique kind of spaceship that can transport huge numbers of people or just one. “Yeah, it’s my home.” And while she admits to being “the anti-China,” her tenure with Pink Martini has brought a sense of calm at belonging to something larger than herself. “This experience has taught me a lot about music, how you look at music, how to be a part of something and how to take care of my body on a hard-core tour,” she says. “It’s also taught me how to blend in. I’ve been a lead singer forever and it’s kind of nice to not be the main focal point. That’s a lot of responsibility. “A lot people think that if you’re a lead singer then you’re a rock star who always wants to be the center of attention—you know, the most shiny special snowflake in the bank. I want people to perk up and pay attention and to think I’m a f--kin’ genius, but all the opportunities to be a back-up singer and to smile at the people who are singing have been really incredibly satisfying to me. “These days, it’s more about art than performing.” < Come hear the music play with Greg at Tune up to the Marin music scene at



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O 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. O Between Two Worlds This 2011 documentary is a personal exploration of American Jewish identity and politics by filmmakers Deborah Kaufman and Alan Snitow. O The Crazy-Quilt (1:15) John Korty’s 1966 low-budget “labor of love” explores a marriage between an optimist and a pessimist; the drama is now finding a new audience. O Crimebuster: A Son’s Search for his Father (1:09) Filmmaker Lou Dematteis in person to present his story about his search to find out about his father, an influential Italian-American crimefighter and jurist. O Dolphin Tale (1:53) True story about a disabled dolphin whose perseverance (and new prosthetic tail) inspire millions around the world; Winter the dolphin stars as herself. O 50/50 (1:39) Fact-based dramedy about a twentysomething cancer patient (Joesph Gordon-Levitt) and his struggles with chemotherapy; Philip Baker Hall and Anjelica Huston provide support. O Footloose (1:53) Remake of the ’80s cult classic about the new kid in a straitlaced Southern town whose booty-shakin’ moves rile up a puritanical preacher (Dennis Quaid?!?). O 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. O Immortals (1:4) Mickey Rourke as power-crazed King Hyperion, who threatens to destroy Greece until he meets a worthy foe in a simple peasant (Henry Cavill) with fabulous abs (in 3D!). O 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. O Jack and Jill (1:31) Adam Sandler plays the two lead roles as feuding male and female adult twins in a comedy where Al Pacino plays himself and Norm MacDonald is a character called “Funbucket.” O J.Edgar (2:17) Clint Eastwood-directed bio-pic of longtime FBI head Hoover, who loved his mother and had a few issues. Leonardo DiCaprio stars in the title role. O Le Havre (1:33) A “political fairy tale” written and directed by the Finnish Ari Kaurismaki about a French shoeshine man who attempts to get an African boy to England. O Like Crazy (1:19) Well reviewed love story about an American and a British student; when the Brit overstays her visa, complications ensue. O Lion King 3D (1:29) Disney’s stirring story of a cub’s ascension to the throne returns in three potentially dazzling dimensions. O Margin Call (1:49) Brokers Kevin Spacey, Stanley Tucci and Zachary Quinto confront the early stages of the 2008 financial melt-

down in JC Chandor’s boardroom thriller. O 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. O The Metropolitan Opera: Don Giovanni (4:00) Catch Mozart’s sweeping portrait of the legendary ladies’ man in dazzling bigscreen high definition. O The Metropolitan Opera: Siegfried (4:00) Live from New York it’s part three of Wagner’s epic Ring cycle complete with sorcery, conquest and the lovely Brunnhilde. O Moneyball (2:06) Billy Beane’s struggle to field a contending Oakland A’s team on a shoestring reaches the big screen with an Aaron Sorkin screenplay, Brad Pitt as Beane and Daryl Strawberry as himself. O Paranormal Activity 3 (1:21) A spooked videographer sets up cameras to capture on film the things that go bump in the night. O 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. O Real Steel (2:12) In a near-future world of robot-only championship boxing, a washed-up former fighter assembles a lethal mechanical Rocky Balboa with help from his estranged son (awwwww). O 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). O Tower Heist (1:55) A caper comedy for our times: Ben Stiller, Eddie Murphy and Matthew Broderick plot to swipe back the retirement-fund money billionaire financier Alan Alda swindled from them. O Twilight: Breaking Dawn (Part I) (2:30) Bella and Edward are expecting a new little bundle of vampire joy in the latest installment of the wildly popular series. O Twilight Saga Tuesdays: Eclipse (2:30) Vampire-lovers are cordially invited to a night of exclusive clips, backstage interviews and a full-on screening of “Eclipse.” O 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. O 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. O Who Are the DeBolts (And Where Did They Get 19 Kids?) (1:12) John Korty’s 1977 Oscar-winning documentary about a Bay Area couple who adopt many disabled children. O 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, 7:35, 9:55 A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas (R) Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 5:15; 3D showtimes at 7:30, 10:15 Sat-Sun 12pm; 3D showtimes at 2:20, 5:15, 7:30, 10:15 Mon-Thu 3D showtimes at 7, 9:20 Century Northgate 15: 11:40, 1:55, 4:20, 6:45, 8, 9, 10:20; 2D showtimes at 12:45, 3:10, 5:40 Century Rowland Plaza: 3:15, 5:30, 7:45, 10; 2D showtime at 1 CinéArts at Marin: Fri-Sat 4:40, 7:10, 9:35; 2D showtimes at 2:10 Sun 4:40, 7:10; 2D showtimes at 2:10 Mon 7:40; 2D showtimes at 5:10 Tue-Thu 2D showtimes at 5:10 Anonymous (PG-13) ++ Century Regency 6: Fri -Sat 1:05, 4:10, 7:15, 10:20 Sun-Thu 1:05, 4:10, 7:15 NBetween Two Worlds (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Mon 7 (filmmakers in person) NThe Crazy-Quilt (1966) (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Sun 7 (filmmaker Korty in person) NCrimebuster: A Son’s Search for his Father (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Sun 2 (filmmaker Dematteis in person) Dolphin Tale (PG) Century Northgate 15: Shown on a double bill with The Lion King; 12:05, 2:20, 4:55, 7:10, 9:35 Footloose (2011) (PG-13) Century Regency 6: Fri, Sat 11, 4:25, 9:55 Sun-Thu 11, 4:25 The Ides of March (R) +++ Century Regency 6: 1:40, 7:10 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri, Sat 4:40, 9:20 SunThu 4:40 Lark Theater: Fri, Sat 3:45, 6 Sun 3:45 Mon-Wed 4:30, Thu 5:15 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri, Sat 1:40, 4, 6:45, 9:15 Sun 1:40, 4, 6:45 Mon-Thu 4, 6:45 NImmortals (R) Century Northgate 15: 12:40, 5:50; 3D showtimes at 11:30, 2, 3:20, 4:30, 7:05, 8:30, 9:40 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:20, 2:05; 3D showtimes at 12:45, 3:35, 4:55, 6:25, 7:40, 9:15, 10:35 CinéArts at Marin: Fri, Sat 4:50, 9:45; 3D showtimes at 2:20, 7:20 Sun 4:50; 3D showtimes at 2:20, 7:20 Mon-Thu 5; 3D showtimes at 7:30 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri, Sat 1, 3:50, 7, 9:40 Sun 1, 3:50, 7 Mon-Thu 1, 3:50, 7 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri, Sat 1:30,


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4:15, 7, 9:40 Sun 1:30, 4:15, 7 Mon-Thu 4:15, 7 In Time (PG-13) Century Northgate 15: 11:35, 2:10, 4:50, 7:30, 10:05 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:15, 2, 4:45, 7:30, 10:10 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri, Sat 1:20, 4, 6:50, 9:25 Sun-Wed 1:20, 4, 6:50 NJ. Edgar (R) Century Cinema: 12:30, 3:45, 7, 10:10 Century Regency 6: Fri, Sat 11:05, 12:40, 2:15, 3:50, 5:25, 7, 8:35, 10:10 Sun-Thu 11:05, 12:40, 2:15, 3:50, 5:25, 7 Century Rowland Plaza: 1:15, 4:20, 7:25, 10:30 CinéArts at Sequoia: Fri 7,10 Sat 1,4,7,10 Sun 1,4,7 Mon, Tue, Thu 4,7 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri, Sat 12:30, 3:40, 6:40, 9:35 SunThu 12:30, 3:40, 6:40 NJack and Jill (PG) Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 5:25, 7:45, 10:10 Sat, Sun 12:30, 2:45, 5:25, 7:45, 10:10 Mon-Thu 6:45, 9:10 Century Northgate 15: 12:15, 1:20, 2:40, 3:45, 5:05, 6:25, 7:25, 8:40, 9:45 Century Rowland Plaza: 12:50, 3:10, 5:3, 7:50, 10:15 NLe Havre (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Fri 4:45, 6:45, 8:45 Sat, Sun 2:30, 4:45, 6:45, 8:45 MonThu 6:45, 8:45 NLike Crazy (PG-13) CinéArts at Sequoia: Fri 7:30, 9:45 Sat, Sun 12:45, 3, 5:15, 7:30 Mon, Tue, Thu 5:15, 7:30 The Lion King (G) Century Northgate 15: Shown on a double bill with Dolphin Tale; 12:05, 2:20, 4:55, 7:10, 9:35 Margin Call (R) +++1/2 Rafael Film Center: Fri 4:30, 7, 9:15 Sat, Sun 2:15, 4:30, 7, 9:15 Mon-Thu 7, 9:15 Martha Marcy May Marlene (R) ++1/2 Century Regency 6: Fri, Sat 12, 2:35, 5:10, 7:45, 10:15 Sun-Thu 12, 2:35, 5:10, 7:45 NThe Metropolitan Opera: Don Giovanni (Not Rated) Century Regency 6: Wed 6:30 CinéArts at Marin: Wed 6:30 CinéArts at Sequoia: Wed 6:30 The Metropolitan Opera: Siegfried (Not Rated) Lark Theater: Fri 10am Moneyball (PG-13) +++1/2 Lark Theater: Fri, Sat 8:15; Sun 6; MonWed 6:45; Thu 2:30 Paranormal Activity 3 (R) Century Northgate 15: 10:10 Puss in Boots (PG) Century Larkspur

Landing: Fri 5, 9:35; 3D showtimes at 7:15 Sat, Sun 12:10, 5, 9:35; 3D showtimes at 2:35, 7:15 Mon 9:30; 3D showtimes at 7:15 Wed 9:30 Thu 9:30; 3D showtimes at 7:15 Century Northgate 15: 12:10, 4:45, 9:15; 3D showtimes at 1:15, 2:30, 3:25, 5:35, 7, 7:50, 10 Century Rowland Plaza: 12:35, 5:15; 3D showtimes at 2:50, 7:35, 9:55 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri, Sat 12:20, 2:30, 7:10; 3D showtimes at 1:30, 4:10, 6:30, 8:45 Sun-Thurs 12:20, 2:30, 7:10; 3D showtimes at 1:30, 4:10, 6:30 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri, 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, 4:15, 7:20 The Three Musketeers (2011) (PG-13) Century Northgate 15: Fri 11:50, 5, 10:15; 3D showtimes at 2:25, 7:40 Tower Heist (PG-13) ++ Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 5:30, 8, 10:25 Sat, Sun 12:20, 2:55, 5:30, 8, 10:25 Mon, Wed, Thu 6:30, 9 Century Northgate 15: 11:45, 12:55, 2:15, 3:30, 4:40, 5:55, 7:15, 8:20, 9:50 Century Rowland Plaza: 12:25, 2:55, 5:25, 7:55, 10:25 CinéArts at Marin: Fri, Sat 2, 4:30, 7, 9:30 Sun 2, 4:30, 7 Mon-Thu 4:50, 7:20 Twilight Saga Tuesdays: Eclipse (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 NThe Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 (PG-13) Century Northgate 15: Thu 12:01am, 12:05am (late Thurs night) Century Rowland Plaza: Thu 12:01am (late Thurs night) CinéArts at Marin: Thu 12:01am (late Thurs night) Fairfax 5 Theatres: Thu 12:01am (Late Thurs night) Twilight Saga: Marathon (PG-13) Century Northgate 15: Thu 4pm The Way (PG-13) Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 11:10, 1:50, 4:35, 7:25, 10:05 Sun-Thu 11:10, 1:50, 4:35, 7:25 NWho Are the Debolts? (1977) (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Sun 4:15 (filmmakers in person) The Women on the 6th Floor (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Fri 4:15, 6:30, 9; Sat 2, 4:15, 6:30, 9; Mon 9

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

Leonardo DiCaprio manages to look meaner than the real deal in ‘J. Edgar,’ opening Friday.


F R I D AY N O V E M B E R 1 1 — F R I D AY N O V E M B E R 1 8 Pacific Sun‘s Community Calendar

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

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

Live music 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. 11/11: Linda Imperial Band With David Freiberg. 8:30-11pm. $12. Rancho Nicasio Restarant and Bar, 1 Old Rancheria Road, Nicasio. 662-2219. 11/11: Michael Lamacchia Jazz. 8-10:30pm. Free. Max’s Deli, 60 Madera Blvd, Corte Madera. 924-6297. 11/11: Mighty Groove plus Guests Soul, funk dance music mini-festival with the Greg Rocha band and JB Jazz Ensemble. 7:3011:30pm. $5-7. Presidio Yacht Club, Travis Marina - Ft. Baker, Sausalito. 11/11: Steve James Blues, folk idiom master. 8-10:15pm. $15-20. Eric Schoenberg Guitars, 106 Main Street, Tiburon. 789-0846. 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. 11/12: Lester Chambers, Big Cat Tolefree and The Hipnotics Blues, soul, rock. 9pm. $15. George’s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262.

11/12: Mitch Woods’ International Boogie Woogie Blowout Boogie-woogie piano. 8pm. $21-30. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 383-9600. 11/12: The Tickets Band Rock and blues for dancing. 8:30-11:45pm. $5. The Presidio Yacht Club, Travis Marina/Fort Baker, Sausalito. 3322319.

11/12: The Unauthorized Rolling Stones Dinner show. 8:30-11pm. $15. Rancho Nicasio Restarant and Bar, 1 Old Rancheria Road, Nicasio. 662-2219. 11/13: April Verch Band Joyful Canadian fiddling, step dancing and Americana. Singer-songwriter Jill Cohn opens. 7pm. $20-25. Dance Palace Community and Cultural Center, 503 B St., Point Reyes Station. 663-1075. 11/13: Tito y su Son de Cuba Cubano. With tres percussion. 4-9pm. Free with dinner Cov. Ch. $8.00 Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor, Gate 5, Sausalito. 331-2899. 11/14: 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., Sausalito. 385-1606. 11/15: KortUzi Danny Uzilevsky & Jonathan Korty host Bay area artists. 9:30pm.-1:30am. Free. 19 Broadway, 19 Broadway, Fairfax . www.19broadway. com

11/15: Movie Music of Kern, Gershwin and Berlin “Tailored for Fred Astaire.” 7-10pm. No cover; dinner encouraged. Panama Hotel & Restaurant, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 457-3993. www. 11/15: Noel Jewkes Invitational jazz jam. 7-10pm. No cover. Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor Dr., Sausalito. 786-6894. 11/16: Machiavelvets Funky jazz 7-10pm. No cover; dinner encouraged. Panama Hotel & Restaurant, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 457-3993. www. 11/16: Special Evening with Willie K Part of a special 70th anniversary week celebration with legendary Willie K performing a special Luau dinner show. Reservations highly recommended. 6:30-11:30pm. $17-20. Rancho Nicasio Restarant and Bar, 1 Old Rancheria Road, Nicasio. 662-2219. 11/16: Tengo Tango Milonga Argentinean


Marin see Sedaris one day... No writer in the history of the universe can make listeners and readers laugh until they pee in their Stadium Pals like DAVID SEDARIS. Since his launch into stardom—through readings on NPR—Sedaris has gone on to write numerous collections of personal essays, as well as his latest best-seller, Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary, a collection of short stories based on the lives of our furry and feathered friends. Sedaris brings his biting wit and barrel of laughs to San Rafael Wednesday, Nov. 16, 8pm, at Even Sedaris can’t get over how Marin Veterans’ Auditorium, 50 Avenue of the Flags. funny he is. $39-$42. 415/499-6800.—Dani Burlison

Brian Regan will share his wry observations of everyday life this Sunday at Marin Center.

Tango music. 8:15-10:30pm. Free. Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor, Gate 5, Sausalito. 331-2899. 11/17: 70th Anniversay Show! Celebrating 70 years out at Rancho Nicasio with a surprise all star line up. Reservations recommended. 6-11:30pm. $35, includes complimentary cocktail hour. Rancho Nicasio Restarant and Bar, 1 Old Rancheria Road, Nicasio. 662-2219. 11/17: Deborah Winters With Jean Michel Hure. Jazz. 7-10pm. No cover; dinner encouraged. Panama Hotel & Restaurant, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 457-3993. 11/17: Joan Getz Ensamble Contemporary Jazz and Brazilian music. 8-10:30pm. Free Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor, Gate 5, Sausalito. 331-2899.

11/18-19: Melvin Seals and The JGB Band High-spirited, Hammond B-3 organ and keyboards and the Jerry Garcia Band. 9pm. $25-35. Palm Ballroom, 100 Yacht Club Dr., San Rafael. 389-5072.

11/18: Chris Haugen’s Seahorse Rodeo Swampy slide guitar, originals and surprising cover tunes. 8-11pm. Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor, Gate 5, Sausalito. 331-2899. 11/18: Glass Brick Boulevard With Greg Johnson. 8-10:30pm. $5-15. The Metropolitan, 27d Jordan St., San Rafael. 385-0400. 11/18: Michael Di Franco Jazz. 8-10:30pm. Free Max’s Deli, 60 Madera Blvd., Corte Madera. 924-6297.

11/18: Michael DiFranco sings Sinatra Jazz vocalist. 8-10:30pm. No cover. Max’s Cafe, 60 Madera Blvd., Corte Madera. 11/18: The Soul Jah Family Band Reggae. 9:30pm. $20-25. George’s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262.

9:15pm. $20-30. Spiritual Healing Center, 260 E. Blithedale Ave., Mill Valley. 381-4465. 11/13: Brazzissimo “Eclectic Brazzissimo!” Fall concert. Brass ensemble. 2-4pm. $10-20. Marin Lutheran Church, 649 Meadowsweet Dr., Corte Madera. 650-327-3214. 11/13: Concertante Award winning string ensemble performs. Hosted by the Mill Valley Chamber Music Society. The concert will include “Capriccio, Op. 85,” Strauss and “String Sextet in B Flat Major, op. 18,” Brahms. 5-7pm. $15-30. Mt. Tamalpais United Methodist Church, 410 Sycamore Avenue, Mill Valley. 381-4453 . 11/13: Quartet San Francisco Classical crossover specialists nominated for five Grammy awards will perform in the Guest Concert Series. With composer-arranger Jeremy Cohen, violin; Alisa Rose, violin; Keith Lawrence, viola; Michelle Kwon, cello and Seth Asarnow, Bandoneon. 3-5pm. $18, sliding scale. Angelico Hall, Acacia Ave., San Rafael. 257-0128.

11/13: San Francisco Mandolin Orchestra “The Cool Concert.” With Sibelius’“Rakastava” and “Romance in C;”Vivaldi’s “Winter Concerto;” Grieg’s “Peer Gynt Suite” and Grisman’s “Bill Monroe.” 4-6pm. $10-15. First Church of Christ Scientist, 522 B St., Petaluma. 510-649-9519. concerts.shtml

Dance 11/13: San Rafael English Country Dance Dance time with renowned caller David Newitt, internationally acclaimed accordionist, Noel Cragg and celebrated pianist Charlie Hancock. 2-4:30pm. $6-10. Pickleweed Park Community Center, 50 Canal St., San Rafael. 485-3077.



11/11: Mill Valley Philharmonic Mahler’s

11/11-20:‘Annie Get Your Gun’ Classic story

Symphony No. 1. 8pm. Free. Mt. Tamalpais United Methodist Church, 410 Sycamore Ave., San Rafael. 11/12: Joel Andrews Healing harp music. 7:30-

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11/16: Pacific Sea Turtles and the Great Leatherback Migration Local sea turtle

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Marin Youth Performers present a high spirited musical romp featuring dancers from the inimitable Happy Feet dance studio. 7:30pm Nov. 11 and 18; 2pm Nov. 12, 13, 19 and 20. $14-30. 142 Throckmorton Theatre , Mill Valley. 383-9600.

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on the spot. 8-10pm. $10-15. Marin Arts Gallery, 904 Fourth St. , San Rafael. 488-6820. 11/13: A Carlin Home Companion One women play by Kelly Carlin. 8pm. $18-21. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Downtown, Mill Valley. 383-9600. 11/13: Brian Regan Standup presented by Live Nation comedy. 8pm. $39.75. Marin Veterans Memorial Auditorium, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 472-4190.


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paintings. Reception 5:30-7pm Sept. 8. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 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..

11/11: 2nd Fridays San Rafael Art Walk Monthly event that showcases more than 25 art

galleries and studios. 5-8pm. $10-20. Art Works Downtown, 1337 Fourth St., San Rafael. 451-8119.

11/12: 7th Annual Ceramic Art Show and Sale Award winning Marin artists present ceramic sculpture, pottery, fine art, garden and jewelry. Complimentary refreshments. 11am-4pm. Free. Terra Linda Community Center, 670 Del Ganado Road, San Rafael. 485-3344. 11/15-01/07:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;On the Waterfrontâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Oil paintings of shipyards, docks, coves and beaches. â&#x20AC;&#x153;100 Views of San Francisco Bay & Environs.â&#x20AC;? Judy Molyneux, landscape art. 9am-4pm. Free. Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalto. 332-3871. Through 01/06:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Linked By Pinkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Artists for Awareness present an art exhibit in support of breast cancer research. Reception 6-8pm Oct. 13. Gallery is closed weekends and 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.

Through 11/11:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Day of the Dead: Exhibit of Altarsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Closing party Nov. 11.Curated by Sharon Christovich of the Folk Art Gallery and Carol Durham from Art Works Downtown. Free. Art Works Downtown, 1337 Fourth St., San Rafael. 451-8119. Through 11/12:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Asia Observedâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Marin Arts presents an exhibit capturing the complexity and charm of Asia featuring traditional and modern forms of art. 11-6pm. Free. Marin Arts Gallery, 906 4th St., San Rafael . 666-2442. Through 11/12: BayWood Artists Ten distinguished Bay Area plein air painters, donate their time and talent to preserve and protect the beauty of the SF Bay Area. 50% of painting sales will go directly to Save The Bay. 9am-4pm. Free. Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-3871. www.

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

Through 11/13:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Californios Costeras: La Vida Espanola del Oeste Marin 1776-1876/ Coastal Californios: Spanish Life in West Marin 1776-1876â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Edgar Angelone, photography.

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11-11-11 Doc Kraft Dance Band Nov 12 Dinner Gala Show Nov 13 Tito Son de Cuba Salsa Nov 17 Joan Getz Jazz Nov 18 Chris Haugen Jazz Folk Nov 19 James Henry Jungle Funk Nov 20 Mazacote Salsa Band Nov 23 Marcelo & Seth Tango NOVEMBER 12 Reding/Fleming Family Installation 1-5pm. Free. Bolinas Museum, 48 Wharf Road, Bolinas. 868-0330.

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Through 11/13:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Legends of the Bay Area: Manuel Neriâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Two and three-dimensional works

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by Manuel Neri inspired by Japanese figures and landscapes. 11am-4pm. Free. Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, 500 Palm Dr., Novato. 506-0137. Through 11/15: Fall Group Show Group exhibition with works by James Leonard, Susan McDonnell, Jennifer Li, Greg Ragland, Paul Pratchenko, Daniel Tousignant, Sanjay Vora, Tim Weldon and Allen Winn. 11am-4pm. Free. Gallery Bergelli, 483 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur. 945-9454.

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

Through 11/29:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Four Marin County Masters and Student Showâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Works by Dorallen Davis, Barbara Lawrence and Carol Smith Myer, paintings; Susan Hontalas, ceramics. Free. Marin Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Dr., San Rafael. Through 11/29: Jean-Marc Brugeilles â&#x20AC;&#x153;Supercosmos of Dreams.â&#x20AC;? Brugeillesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; first solo show outside Europe. Free. elsewhere Gallery, 1828 Sir Francis Drake, Fairfax. 747-8696.

Through 11/30:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Le Monde de Dava: Paris Reflectionsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Photography of Paris by Dava. Reception 4-7 pm Nov. 13. 10:30am-5pm. Free. San Geronimo Valley Community Center, 6350 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., San Geronimo. 488-8888.

Through 11/30: Veronica Buros Kleinberg â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pairings.â&#x20AC;? Early artworks by Veronica Buros Kleinbeg thematically paired with her recent works. Opening reception 4-7pm Nov. 13. 10am-5pm. Free. San Geronimo Valley Community Center, 6350 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., San Geronimo. 488-8888.

Through 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;? 11am-5pm. Free. Gallery Route One , 11101 Highway One , Point Reyes. 663-1347. Through 12/31: Sam Francis Original prints and works on paper. 11am-5pm. Free. Robert Green Fine Arts, 154 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 381-8776.

Talks/Lectures 11/11-12: Marin Bonsai Fall Show Celebrate fall color with an extensive display of bonsai, demonstrations 7pm Fri, 11am & 1.30pm Sat, raffles, vendor and bonsai sales, silent auction (Fri only). Fun for all

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11/18: Cover Your Assets: How to Minimize the Risks of Doing Business Consultants find out how you can stay out of legal and financial trouble. Q&A with attorney Sandy Shepard and insurance broker Adam Wolfson. 7:30-10am. $35-40. McInnis Park Golf Center Restaurant, 350 Smith Ranch Road, San Rafael. 944-7459.

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

Readings 11/14: An Evening of Poetry Friends of the Marin City Library presents an evening of poetry featuring Kevin Simmonds and Lynne Thompson who will read from their own work and the Black poetry canon. Refreshments will be served. 7-8:30pm. Free. Marin City Library, 164 Donahue St., Marin City. 332-0374.

11/15: Andrew Dornenburg and Karen Page at Book Passage, Ferry Bldg. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Food Loverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Guide to Wine.â&#x20AC;? 6pm. Free. Book Passage at the Ferry Building, 1 Ferry Building, San Francisco. 835-1020. 11/15: Daniel Polikoff â&#x20AC;&#x153;In the Image of Orpheus: Rilke: A Soul History.â&#x20AC;? Polikoff tells the inner story of Rilkeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s literary career, tracing the interweaving lines of the poetâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s life and art. 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960.







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ine the Great: Portrait of a Woman.” 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 11/16: David Sedaris Sedaris celebrates the paperback release of “Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk.” 8pm. $39-42. Marin Veterans Auditorium, Ave. of the Flags, San Rafael. 927-0960. 11/17: Andrew Weil Dr. Weil discusses “Spontaneous Happiness.” 7pm. $35, includes signed book. Dominican University, San Rafael. 927-0960. 11/17: Dana Gioia Former Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts and award winning poet will be the featured reader at the Marin Poetry Falkirk Center. 7:30pm. $3-5. Falkirk Cultural Center, 1408 Mission, San Rafael. 485-3436 . 11/17: Ian Toll “The Pacific Crucible.” Tells the tale of the first months of the Pacific war. 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 11/18: Evening with Kay Ryan The Library of Congress’s sixteenth poet laureate discusses “The Best of It” retrospective. 7:30pm. $25. Dominican University, San Rafael. 927-0960. 11/18: Behind the Killing Fields Journalist Peter Eichstaedt talks about “Consuming the Congo.” 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960.

11/17: 11th Annual Civic Center Employee Craft Fair Handcrafted gifts, live music, raffle. Open

Film Events 11/14: Monday Night at the Movies “Freeway Philharmonic.” (2009). A look at the lifestyles of dedicated musicians in the Bay Area juggling multiple contracts and traveling for the many orchestras unable to pay for full-time musicians. 7:30-9pm. Free. Mill Valley Library, 375 Throckmorton, Mill Valley. 389-4292.

Community Events (Misc.) 11/11-12: Holly Fair Seasonal fun with turkey dinners, kids’ games, homemade preserves and pies, silent auction, white elephant sale and holiday gift boutique. Friday, 4-9pm. Saturday 10am-3pm. Free admission. SG Community Church, 6001 SF Drake Blvd., San Geronimo. 488-1757. 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. 9:30-11:30am. Free. Veterans Memorial Auditorium, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael . 472-4190.

11/12-13: St.Paul’s Annual Harvest Bazaar and Rummage Sale Old-timey community fun and baked goods. 10am-3pm. Free. St.Paul’s Church, 1123 Court St., San Rafael. 459-2829.

11/12:“Holiday Presence: Art Show and Sale” Hosted by the Marin Brain Injury Network 1-4pm. Free. Marin Brain Injury Network, 1132 Magnolia Avenue, Larkspur. 461-6771. 11/12: San Rafael Library Book Sale Just in time for holiday shopping, children’s books, sheet music, CDs and more. Proceeds benefit the library. 10am-3:30pm. San Rafael Public Library, 1100 E St., San Rafael. 453-1443.

11/15: Sadie Hawkins Day Singles Party Ladies choice night. 7-9pm. $10. Hilltop 1892, 850 Lamont Ave, Novato. 507-9962.

11/16: Changing Our Relationship to Waste Transition Mill Valley hosts an evening with artists Richard and Judith Lang, zero waste home owner Bea Johnson, Carrie Bachelder of The Away Station, Green Sangha’s Andy Peri. 6:30-9pm. $10 donation. Tamalpais Valley Community Center, 203 Marin Ave.,

to the public. 3:30-5:30pm. Free. Civic Center Cafeteria, 2nd floor, Room 244, Ave. of the Flags, San Rafael. 499-7874.

11/18-19: Tam Valley Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair Juried exhibit and sale of fine arts and crafts by Bay Area artisans. Food, children’s activities. Nov. 18 5-9pm; Nov. 19 10am-3pm. Free. Tamalpais Valley Community Center, 203 Marin Ave., Mill Valley. 388-6393.

Kid Stuff 11/12: The Night Sky Family Night Hike and Campfire Full moon hike followed by songs and s’mores at the campfire. $12. Headlands Institute, 1033 Fort Cronkhite, Sausalito. 332-5771.

11/13: Family Volunteering: Fennel Fest Help eradicate fennel and other non-natives invasive plants around the skate park slope and perimeter. 9am-noon. Free. McInnis Park, 350 Smith Ranch Road, San Rafael. 507-2823. depts/pk.aspx. 11/14: Book Babies Stories and songs for the 0-3 set and caregivers with Clara McFadden. 10am. Free. San Anselmo Library, 525 San Anselmo Ave., San Anselmo. 11/14: Family Fare with Tim Cain Love the pizza and beer and the cherry on top, great live kids music and special menu. Reservations highly recommended. 5:30-7:30pm. 1535 South Novato Blvd., Novato. 878-4977. 11/18: Friday Garden Gatherings Weekly playgroup includes storytime, art, nature walks, dramatic play, cooking and dancing. Bring snacks to share and stay for lunch. For ages 2-4. $20. O’Hanlon Center for the Arts, 616 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 513-3626.

Benefits/Gala Events 11/11: Dinner and conversation with Author Ethan Casey “Bearing the Bruise: A Lifetime in Haiti.” DG Educational Services fundraiser with menu and discussion with Flour & Water chef Tom McNaughton. 5pm. $200. Devil’s Gulch Ranch, 200 Road to Ranches, Nicasio. 662-1099.

11/12: Gala Dinner, Fashion Show and Concert Honoring ordinary people, doing extraordinary things to positively impact others. With Fely Tchaco Band, live music. 8pm. Dinner and Show $ 35. After 10pm. Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor, Gate 5, Sausalito. 331-2899.


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by Ly nda Ray

Week of November 10-November 16, 2011

ARIES (March 20 - April 19) Thursday is your last day for romance and entertainment—go have some fun. By Friday your ruler (Mars) has left the playful sign of Leo to enter the get-down-to-business sign of Virgo. From now through the end of 2011, you are motivated to work on your professional goals. This potentially productive cycle comes with a tendency to criticize or give unwanted advice. No matter what you think of your boss’s latest fashion faux pas, keep it to yourself. TAURUS (April 20 - May 19) As your ruler (sociable Venus) keeps close company with chatty Mercury, you’re quite the friendly conversationalist. Feel free to share thoughts with your significant other, who is feeling rather warmly toward you for most of the week. Meanwhile, fearless Mars has entered your house of self-expression where he will remain through the rest of the year. No matter what you do, you do it with confidence and agility. Go ahead. Enter that expensive china shop... GEMINI (May 20 - June 20) The moody Moon in your sign over the weekend amplifies your emotional reactions. You prefer to believe your head rules and your heart follows, but you won’t find that to be the case right now. Fortunately, your sweetie finds this temporary reordering to be endearing. On Wednesday, a look to your past brings knowledge that can be applied to your present situation. Yes, sometimes you only learn when you duplicate a mistake. It’s a Gemini thing. CANCER (June 21 - July 21) Thursday’s Full Moon in the sensuous sign of Taurus suggests scheduling a 90-minute massage or any favorite form of self-indulgence. The off-balance sensation that has been bothering you is due to the celestial mismatch of traditional Saturn in your house of security and free-spirited Jupiter in your house of ideals. Give one of these big guys his due and the other will start pulling you in his direction. Feeling safely confined vs. feeling wildly liberated. Take your pick. LEO (July 22 - August 22) Acting a bit more domestic than usual? It’s not that you’ve become a homebody—but you are the sign that rules parties and entertainment, after all. It’s simply that your home is offering extra opportunities for fun, love and friendly get-togethers. Which does not mean that you have to call the caterer. You do have a set of pots and pans, don’t you? And a stove? Well then, turn on your favorite cooking show and begin... VIRGO (August 23 - September 21) Are you feeling the heat? Feisty Mars has entered your sign. Your energy level spikes along with your sex appeal. The next couple of weeks can be wonderful for both creative and romantic endeavors. Consider this a reminder that there is more to life than your job. In fact, this is a great time to indulge your inner (choose one or more) artist, poet, lover, and/or gypsy. Enjoy. LIBRA (September 22 - October 22) That hard edge you’ve developed softens for the weekend. This might be a good time to make amends with those who’ve suffered since judgmental Saturn entered your sign. On Monday and Tuesday you long for success. It could be career success, relationship success or success in training your kitten to stop waking you up at 5am by jumping on your sleeping head. Good luck with that last one... SCORPIO (October 23 - November 21) An idea strikes for either making money or expanding your net worth. Take time to carefully analyze it before putting it into action since your upcoming year shows changes at the job. These changes could indeed be positive and exciting, but they could also be sudden and disruptive. On Wednesday, one of your pals is feeling particularly generous. If it happens to be close to your birthday, be sure to mention it... SAGITTARIUS (November 22 - December 20) Whether it’s your own money, or is actually on loan from Visa, you’re inclined to spend generously right now. But you’re not tempted to buy more stuff. Instead, it is your favorite restaurants, bars or resorts causing you to happily turn over the plastic. Hedonistic Venus is currently in your sign and she does love the good life. Is it any wonder you seek social and sensual pleasures? Not at all. CAPRICORN (December 21 - January 18) The bold Sun is creating a blueprint for your life—one that includes a rewarding career and a fulfilling home life. As the sign capable of realizing seriously difficult goals, you can accomplish this dream. Afterwards, you can set up a website instructing the rest of us on how to do it. Meantime, the combined firepower of sexy Mars and jovial Jupiter turns you from introvert to extrovert. Yes, even a down-toearth Capricorn has an inner wild child... AQUARIUS (January 19 - February 17) The emphasis is on the supernatural as Mars intensifies your telepathic powers, Pluto connects you to the collective unconscious and Jupiter expands your sense of inner wisdom. So if you had any mundane plans for grocery shopping, balancing your checkbook or taking your car in for an oil change this week, you might want to reconsider. On the other hand, if you were thinking about checking out the local psychic fair, you’re on the right path. PISCES (February 18 - March 19) Many of you have a colorful past (present and future, for that matter). Meaning, you tend to live as if life is one long movie and you’ve got the lead role. Well, this weekend could bring one of your previous co-stars back into the picture. It’s probably just a cameo appearance; so don’t count on a permanent reconciliation. On Monday and Tuesday, the intuitive Moon lights up your house of creativity. Feel free to rewrite your screenplay. < Email Lynda Ray at or check out her website at 30 PACIFIC SUN NOVEMBER 11– NOVEMBER 17, 2011

PUBLIC NOTICES 995 Fictitious Name Statement 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) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 128096 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as MILL VALLEY SPEECH & LANGUAGE, 300 POPLAR ST. #6, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: GALE LOVE, 368 PINE HILL RD., 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 15, 2011. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on November 2, 2011. (Publication Dates: Dates: Dates: November 11, 18, 25; December 2, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 128108 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as MARIN AUTO RESCUE, 1101 FRANCISCO BLVD. E. #6, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: OSCAR T. VELAZQUEZ, 391 MILLER AVE., MILL VALLEY, CA 94941. 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 November 3, 2011. (Publication Dates: Dates: Dates: November 11, 18, 25; December 2, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 128011 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as VUNDERBARSKIS, 8 CAPILANO DR., NOVATO, CA 94949: ANTHONY D. BALSA, 16 JOSEFA CRT., NOVATO, CA 94949; NORTHBAY HEALTHY VENDING, LLC., 16 JOSEFA CRT., NOVATO, CA 94949. This business is being conducted by a co-partners. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on October 19, 2011. (Publication Dates: Dates: Dates: November 11, 18, 25; December 2, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 128077 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as SECURITY MORTGAGE GROUP, 1401 LOS GAMOS DR. #110, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: RICHARD BERGMANN, 555 SUMMIT AVE., MILL VALLEY, CA 94941. 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 31, 2011. (Publication Dates: Dates: Dates: November 11, 18, 25; December 2, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2011128041 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as SWEET ‘N SAVORY, 55 MCNEAR

DR., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: MICHAEL J. REINHARDT, 55 MCNEAR DR., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on October 15, 2011. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on October 25, 2011. (Publication Dates: Dates: Dates: November 11, 18, 25; December 2, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 128130 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as THE PACK LEADER, 63 ASHFORD AVE., MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: DIEGO DOMINGUEZ, 63 ASHFORD AVE., MILL VALLEY, CA 94941. 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 November 7, 2011. (Publication Dates: Dates: Dates: November 11, 18, 25; December 2, 2011)

997 All Other Legals 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’m in a great relationship of seven months. My boyfriend and I never get sick of each other. We respect each other and are there for each other, and we talk very openly, even when we’re upset. His ex-girlfriend is part of our group of friends. She is thin and very pretty. I know I’m attractive, but I’m struggling to lose these 10 pounds I put on in college. Also, she’s super-sweet, and she and my boyfriend broke up because he cheated on her. He told her right away and felt sick about it for a long time, so I’m not worried that he’d cheat on me. Friends tell me how much he loves me, and he even told me he’d feel “lost” without me. Still, I get nervous when they’re alone or talking a lot. I haven’t said anything about her being around so much, but I know other girls wouldn’t stand for it.—Jealous


You’re the one who’s obsessed with getting in another woman’s pants—being able to wear his ex-girlfriend’s skinny jeans, and not just as arm-warmers. I know, if he’s going to be chummy with his ex, couldn’t she please be one of those women people charitably describe as “pretty once you get to know her”? Instead, it seems her 10-step get-gorgeous routine involves “1. Wake up,” while you probably feel you have to put in a half-hour in the bathroom some mornings just to keep from scaring the dog. And then, some evening when you’re at your glowiest (after a brief struggle to squeeze your muffin-top into steel-belted control-top pantyhose), you need only stand next to her to feel yourself rapidly devolving from arm candy to arm ballast. It would be easier if she fit the stereotype of the gorgeous girl with the tiny lump of coal heart. Unfortunately, she’s sunshine with legs (sickeningly long, slim legs, with no hint of cankles). Making matters worse, they had an indiscretion-driven breakup, not an “I’m sick of you” breakup. Whatever could be stopping him from scampering back to her? Well, it doesn’t sound like you’re exactly a barker, and although men prioritize looks in women, once you’re within the zone of what a guy finds hot/cute/sexy, other stuff comes into play: Are you kind? Does he feel needed, appreciated, understood? Do you click as a couple— naked and clothed? And OK, you aren’t on the short list to be an Abercrombie model, but is every day more fun because you’re in it? Don’t let on how jealous you feel (it sends a message that you’re not all that), and don’t try to control a man by telling him what to do (it leads to resentment, secretiveness and rebellion). You tell a man what to do by making him happy and by being happy with him. Your relationship may eventually end, but if you accept that, you can enjoy the hell out of it while you have it. For peace of mind, start a conversation about what you appreciate about each other. Listen up and you might get your head around the notion that he’s with you because he’s “lost without you”—and not because he lost his directions to the skinny girl’s house.


I’m an OK-looking guy, but I look terrible in photos. I am joining an online dating site and don’t know what to do about my picture. I can’t afford a photographer.—Unphotogenic


Some people’s photos look best with some clever cropping. Apparently, yours look best if you crop out your head. Part of your problem is that you probably think of taking “a” picture (or three) instead of doing as professional photographers do—taking maybe 1,000. This basically means staging a photographic accident, meaning in at least one of the 1,000 shots, you should accidentally look like yourself or even better. A novelist friend of mine, Sonya Sones, author of The Hunchback of Neiman Marcus, takes some fantastic photos of her various traumatized author friends. She says people look best when the photographer shoots from a little above them and advises against using a flash—ever—because “it makes people look ugly. Period.” She suggests shooting outdoors, in the shade: “In the sun, people get hideous haunted-house shadows under their eyes and noses, which is not a good look unless it happens to be Halloween.” I’ll add that you should experiment initially with different angles to find your best and try some shots in which you’re doing something you enjoy—fishing or grilling or playing poker—so you’ll forget to freeze and look awkward. Put in a little effort and you could soon be posting a picture that’s more NotBadLookingGuy123 than Quasimodo456 (“You had me at ‘Hell no!’”). < © Amy Alkon, all rights reserved. Got a problem? Email or write to Amy Alkon, 171 Pier Ave. #280, Santa Monica, CA 90405.

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Pacific Sun Weekly 11.11.2011 - Section 1  

Section 1 of the November 11, 2011 edition of the Pacific Sun Weekly

Pacific Sun Weekly 11.11.2011 - Section 1  

Section 1 of the November 11, 2011 edition of the Pacific Sun Weekly