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›› LETTERS Where there’s smoke, there’s ire...

district. I wonder if it’s time for all Strawberry residents to review our commitment to the preservation of nature. Think about the recent tree cutting on Belloc Lagoon and the fast food, convenience store trash, and pet disposal bags that litter the area. They all hinder the stability of this sacred habitat. Let’s join hands and channel the spirit and legacy of Mrs. T. Sandy Donegan, Strawberry resident for 34 years

One subsidize fits all

Wood-burning fireplaces are more hazardous to some than others...

I see our county supervisors are hoping to further limit secondhand smoke. A far, far greater health hazard (and a contributor to greenhouse gases) is burning wood in fireplaces. As a county, we all want clean air—why are our supervisors not addressing the clear-and-present danger of woodsmoke? In terms of toxic substances and particulates, woodsmoke is the most dangerous thing we pump into our air. Leonard Peale, Mill Valley

Where there’s a Terwilliger, there’s a way “This is my country. Wherever I go, I will leave it more beautiful than I found it.” Our own Elizabeth Terwilliger’s words at the Reagan White House are more poignant than ever when I think of the state of our natural space in the Strawberry

It’s a common misconception that only “affordable” housing is subsidized. Most housing is subsidized, unaffordable housing most of all. Mortgage tax deductions for second and third homes are the tip of the iceberg. The network of roads, emergency response, policing, schools, garbage pickup, government buildings and services that support suburban and exurban ranch houses are subsidized by more densely packed housing and business. This unawareness of subsidies for unaffordable housing breeds contempt for poor people who live in officially subsidized housing. This is epitomized by the Marin Housing Authority evicting Royce McLemore of Marin City for taking in her dying mother. Royce has been a community activist sticking up for Marin City residents for decades. She may have to Occupy Marin City, since the least-subsidized housing is a tent. If you support basic human decency, support Royce by calling Marin County Supervisors, the majority of Housing Authority board members, at 499-7331. Direct democracy that’s even easier than assembling a tent. Stephen Simac, Stinson Beach

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TOP POSTINGS THIS WEEK Infamous death row inmate hangs self While camping in Oceanside in 1998, Wilson decided “the time had come to kill a person” and he went to a nearby playground where he followed 9-year-old... Read the full story... 30 Years of Class War Representative Ryan Tries the Old Generational War Trick to Divert Attention from His Side’s Class War By: Dean Baker Friday November 18, 2011 12:18 pm House Budget Com... SMART / MTC 15,000 new housing units Marin / Sonoma Why do politicians, including Judy Arnold, hide the fact that the SMART project includes building 15,000, high density housing units —That’s maybe 25,000 population increase....

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Neither rain, nor sleet, nor hail of bullets from Colombian drug lords... My printer doesn’t work: My indignation and fear of losing our postal service makes me write in my clear hand to avoid delay. I remember—as a member of the League of Women If we allowed the grow- Voters—when the ers to mail the drugs U.S. Post Office into us directly, we’d end come was put directly narcotics trafficking into the federal pot AND save the USPS… to avoid accounting. Post office buildings housed offices for FBI, IRS and various others, paying all housing and maintenance costs for those agencies. Thus these agencies got a free ride with no accounting in their budgets. Look it up—1950s, 1960s. I am very old-fashioned. I write actual letters, actual checks, and put stamps on them. I even write “thank you” notes immediately after a kindness or a gift! Yes, really. If enough of us become indignant, I pray we real people can slow the demise of actual letters. There is a long list of negative agencies which speed the destruction of our country by wasting money. The DEA strategy in Colombia is to promote the drug trade to keep their jobs. If there were a real desire to decrease drug use, the small farmers who are forced at gunpoint to grow it would be allowed to grow a crop that is legal, in order to live. The “gunnists” who sell guns openly to their gang cohorts in countries which ours wishes to dominate could be stopped. Think of the billions of dollars the United States would then be able to release to save the post office. Frances Kelly, Mill Valley

Requiem for a hedgy weight Back on Oct. 17, there was a story in the news about an enormous cypress tree

that was being removed on Fifth Avenue in San Rafael. Having enjoyed this beautiful tree for the last 21 years, I felt I had to write an obituary after the article ended with, “No residents have called or written letters to complain about the removal of the cypress” It seemed that nobody cared about this great tree. My obit for the tree: The Fifth Avenue Cypress Tree passed away earlier this week after a period of declining health. The Cypress had been a San Rafael resident for the last 100 years. Born in 1911, the Fifth Avenue Cypress enjoyed the northern temperate region as most conifers do. The Fifth Avenue Cypress Tree’s family also included many junipers and redwoods throughout Northern California, including the famous “Lone Cypress” of Monterey. Even though the two trees were from the same Cupressaceae family, the Lone Cypress received all the publicity because nobody had heard of the Lone Cypress of Fifth Avenue. The Fifth Avenue Cypress will be remembered by all including canines throughout the Fifth Avenue/West End area who enjoyed the cypress as a great place to sniff and leave a message. Mark Maier, San Rafael

Got any good ones about crippled orphans? I think it’s about time to revive the “sick” joke, don’t you? Here’s my entry (do I hear a second?): To pay off all her medical bills, I hear Gabby Giffords is going to become a spokesperson for Campbell’s... [Editor’s note: We’d like to interrupt the hilarity for a moment to remind readers that the Pacific Sun letters page DOES have standards to uphold and that seeking guffaws from a woman being shot in the head, not to mention the joke’s unprinted punch line involving people in vegetative states, doesn’t adhere to the levels of taste, humor and common decency we hope readers expect from the Pacific Sun.] Bet you don’t print this! Craig Whatley, San Rafael

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Prop. 8 ‘standing’ at the altar Gay ‘I do’ foes can defend their ‘no you can’t’ stance, says state court by Ronnie Co he n

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hen Alexis Wright and Liz Fuller set their wedding date, they hoped the courts would allow them to marry with all the benefits that flow from legal matrimony. Last week, the California Supreme Court dimmed their dreams when it ruled that sponsors of the state’s same-sex marriage ban have the right to defend it in a federal appeals court. As a result, the 2008 voter initiative known as Proposition 8 likely will be on its way to the U.S. Supreme Court but will remain in effect beyond Wright and Fuller’s planned nuptials on March 24. “My church recognizes my marriage, my family recognizes my marriage, my friends and my school community recognize it, and I wish my state would,” said Wright, a 30year-old seminary student who works and worships at the Community Congregation Church in Tiburon. “In our heart, this is our wedding. The state can continue their fight as long as they want, but that doesn’t change the type of commitment we’re making.” In a unanimous, 61-page decision, California’s highest court said a coalition of religious groups that sponsored the gaymarriage ban has legal standing to defend the measure after a federal court judge found it violated the federal Constitution’s due-process and equal-protection clauses.

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Ordinarily, the governor and attorney general defend legal challenges to ballot propositions. But the elected officials have refused to make a case for Proposition 8 because they believe it is unconstitutional. Opponents of gay marriage lauded last week’s decision. “We are delighted that the Supreme Court has clearly reaffirmed our right, as the official proponents of Prop. 8, to defend over 7 million Californians who amended their own state constitution to restore traditional marriage,” said Andrew Pugno, attorney for ProtectMarriage.com. “This ruling is a huge disaster for the homosexual marriage extremists.” In no way do Wright and Fuller see themselves as extremists. They describe themselves as a boring pair who enjoying nesting, going out for coffee and shopping at the farmers’ market. “We’re just a loving, committed couple who want to spent their lives together and, God willing, have children some day too,” Wright said. Attorneys for an Oakland lesbian couple and a Los Angeles gay couple who sued in federal court for the right to marry said they were happy the case had returned to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals from its detour in the state Supreme Court. David Boies and Ted Olson, the liberal and conservative lawyers who squared off 10 >

›› NEWSGRAMS

by Jason Walsh

Marin Arts Council dropping Marin Open Studios? A group saying it represents the Marin Open Studios, long the flagship event of the Marin Arts Council, said this week that the countywide art show will no longer be run by its financially strapped parent organization. In a press release issued Nov.22, the newly formed Marin Open Studios Reorganization Committee said,“Marin Open Studios is no longer a program of Marin Arts Council,” and announced a Dec. 7 meeting at the Arts Council offices in San Rafael to brainstorm ideas to save the 19th incarnation of the Open Studios, currently slated for May 2012. “First we want to let [supporters] know that all MOS 2012 registration deposits paid to date are being refunded,” continued the press statement.“At this time, uncertainty exists as to whether the event will occur, so it is prudent to return all deposits.” Committee officials are predicting standing room only for the save-the-open-studios meeting, which is a good thing since,“due to lack of funds,” officials say,“there will be no chairs to sit on.” Marin Open Studios is one of the county’s premier art events—featuring as many as 275 artists from across Marin who each pay between $220 and $375 to take part. Last May’s open studios drew 50,000 visitors. Calls to Marin Arts Council board president Peter Friend were not returned as of press time, but the Arts Council did release a press statement that describes Marin Open Studios’ fate, though not its association with the Arts Council, as “in question.” Kay Carlson, co-founder of MOS in 1994 and current Arts Council board member, says the county art community must “step up” to save the open studios. “For Open Studios 2012 to happen,” says Carlson,“we will need the support of every Marin artist, art lover and business. The arts are a significant economic engine in Marin. For every dollar spent on the arts, four more dollars are spent in Marin. We will be reaching out for help in the form of financial support, in-kind donations and volunteerism.” Recessionary strains on the Arts Council—as well as a membership drop over the past two years from nearly 1,000 to just over 500—have crippled the group; in October, its new board of directors cut the executive director position in a budgetary move. (Former director Argo Thompson was subsequently hired earlier this month as development director at 142 Throckmorton Theatre.) Also on Tuesday, the Arts Council announced it was no longer accepting memberships to the organization. The council has estimated about 500 members pay between $25 and $150 to belong. MAC officials say some current programs are being referred to other nonprofit organizations in the hope that they can continue, including the TeamWorks art classes for at-risk youth and the Marin Poet Laureate program. Marin Open Studios was not mentioned among the programs up for grabs. In a statement to supporters meant to offer a “frank assessment of ‘what’s actually happening’” at the council, Arts Council officials likened its board members to C.B. Sullenberger, the pilot who became a national hero in 2009 when he safely landed a U.S. Airways flight and its 155 passengers on the Hudson River after the plane became disabled upon striking a flock of geese after takeoff. “A bit like Sully Sullenberger at the controls of a failing craft, MAC’s new board is faced 10 > with a tough choice of trying to get the engines firing again or guiding MAC to the


›› TRiViA CAFÉ

by Howard Rachelson

1. Pictured, right: Located on Airport Road in Novato, what is the name of Marin County’s only airport? 2.What do we call the male, the female and the young bears? 3. Pilgrims of the Plymouth colony, and the local Indians, celebrated the first Thanksgiving after their first harvest in 1621. Which of these beverages did the Pilgrims drink at their Thanksgiving meal: coffee, tea, wine or beer? 4.During the Cold War, what was the most populous country, after the USSR, behind the iron curtain? 5. What was discovered in 1867 along the Orange River in South Africa that led to a rush of fortune seekers from all over the world? 6. Pictured, right: What singer in 2011 became the first woman in music history to spawn five No. 1 singles from one album? 7. A spotlight operator can create millions of different colors of light just by mixing what three colors? 8. What actress in the 1960s said,“I want to grow old without facelifts. I want to have the courage to be loyal to the face I have made”? 9. To travel the seven miles from Detroit, Michigan, to Windsor, Ontario, you would move in what general direction? 10. If you put into an empty piggy bank 1 cent the first day, then add 2 cents the second day, 4 cents the third day, doubling your contribution each day, how much money will be in the piggy bank altogether, after two weeks? BONUS QUESTION: Pictured, right: In 1936 she became the first woman named Time magazine’s person of the year. She was famous not so much because of any accomplishment, but because of how her marriage changed the world.Who was she? Howard Rachelson welcomes your questions (we’ll give you credit) and invites you to live team trivia contests at the Broken Drum in San Rafael on Wednesdays at 7:30 pm. Contact him at howard1@triviacafe.com.

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WBill Burke noticed a dog leaving a large pile of poop next to the deer statue in downtown San Anselmo. The woman with the dog sat down next to her friend, ignoring the mess. Bill politely offered her a bag. “It’s not my dog,” she replied. (As a Pink Panther fan, her answer is mildly amusing; however, not when a steaming mound of matter recently left the pooch.) Bill presented the bag to the other woman and she accepted it. After spending time in a store, Bill was on his way back to his car. Unbelievably, the poop was still there. Retrieving another plastic bag from his car, he picked up the waste and threw it away. A mom with kids playing nearby thanked him. So do we.—Nikki Silverstein

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VJamie Gray passed away unexpectedly earlier this month, leaving behind her daughter Lauren, a senior at Novato High School. A single mother, Ms. Gray adopted Lauren in China and they made their home in Marin. An excellent student, Lauren planned to go to college next year, but it seemed finances might impede her dream. Enter Bradley Real Estate, where Ms. Gray worked. The company has started a fund to assist the college-bound young woman with school expenses. Friends and colleagues of Ms. Gray are contributing, as are the families of Lauren’s classmates. With no other close family, the fund will make the difference for Lauren’s aspirations. To contribute to the Jamie Gray Memorial Fund, please contact a Circle Bank branch near you.

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FRIDAY, NOV. 25 Storage Wars Marathon You just got home with your SUV packed with Black Friday buys and now you can relax and watch what happens to all that stuff. A&E. All Night. Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer This sounds eerily similar to Newt Gingrich’s Social Security plan. CW. 8pm. A Christmas Carol:The Musical With Kelsey Grammar in the lead role, Scrooge is visited by the Ghost of Bimbos Past, the Ghost of Singing Lessons Needed and the Ghost of Series Yet to Be Canceled. (2004) Lifetime.8pm. Late Show with David Letterman Beavis and Butt-head creator Mike Judge explains why he brought the duo back after watching the first 34 GOP debates and deciding he could“raise the level of discourse.” CBS. 11:35pm.

don’t look mangled and mix Prozac into the eggnog to get Mom off her bummer rant. (2010) Lifetime. 8pm. Hawaii Five-0 When pirates attack a cruise ship, the police wait until they’ve hit the all-you-can-eat buffet a few times, gotten a few spa treatments and are too lethargic to fight back. CBS. 10pm.

On Strike for Christmas A group of housewives refuses to take on all the holiday tasks, leaving the fathers and children to figure out how to cook a turkey, wrap presents that

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TUESDAY, NOV. 29 Rudolph the RedNosed Reindeer A reindeer and an elf are treated cruelly by their community and wander off to find the Island of Misfit Toys, where differences are celebrated in this metaphor for growA Whoville ‘job creator’ at work, Monday at 8. ing up gay in America. SATURDAY, NOV. 26 CBS. 8pm. Tom & Jerry and the Baby High When did teenage pregnancy Wizard of Oz In this version, they don’t just pour water on the witch.They drop an anvil become a spectator sport? MTV. 8pm. on her first. (2011) Cartoon Network. 6pm. Late Show with David Letterman Just The 85th Anniversary of the Macy’s because Johnny Depp is appearing, it Thanksgiving Parade A fond look back at doesn’t mean he has another lame Pirates when the giant balloon animals were towed of the Caribbean movie coming out. But that by starving immigrants and the Gilded Age doesn’t mean we can let our guard down. robber barons were carried on the backs of CBS. 11:35pm. child laborers, kind of like now really. NBC. 8pm. WEDNESDAY, NOV. 30 A Muppets ChristLand of the Lost In the remake of the ‘70s mas Mostly the Muppets wish for “that guy children’s adventure show,Will Ferrell stars to get his hand out of my ass.” CW. 8pm. as the dad. Donald Trump has a bit part as Zombieland Zombies roam the landscape Sleestak #5. (2009) USA Network. 10pm. devouring anything they see, kind of like the food court around 4pm on Black Friday. SUNDAY, NOV. 27 I Caveman: Back to the (2009) FX. 8pm. Stone Age A new series in which modern-day THURSDAY, DEC. 1 The humans attempt to live Santa Clause Tim Allen with Stone Age impleplays a businessman who ments, and they’re not is inadvertently recruited talking about dial-up conto be the next Santa Claus. nections and cell phones He starts growing a big that don’t have a Facebelly and a great white book function. Discovery beard and a hearty ho-hoChannel. 7pm. ho.We thought he’d have Desperately Seeking to develop a drinking Santa A beautiful execu- Well, that explains all the song-and-dance problem and a criminal tive falls in love with the numbers. Tuesday, 8pm. record too, but that’s only winner of a Santa conif he wants to be a departtest. If she’s that beautiful, she’ll get what ment store Santa. (1994) ABC Family. 7pm. she wants as soon as she sits on Santa’s lap. CMA Country Christmas Christmas in the (2011) ABC Family. 8pm. red states is just like anywhere else, but the Mitch Albom’s Have a Litle Faith A rabbi eggnog is spiked with meth. ABC. 9pm. and a pastor have a deep effect on an Weed Wars A series follows life in the world’s author’s life. And they don’t even walk into a biggest medical marijuana dispensary in bar. (2011) ABC. 9pm. Oakland where people are treated with cannabis for dire conditions like hangnails, danMONDAY, NOV. 28 How the Grinch Stole druff and the dreaded“my elbow feels kind of Christmas This year, it’s “How the 1 Percent stiff sometimes.”Discovery Channel.10pm. < Stole Your 401(k).” ABC. 8pm. Turn on more TV Guy at ›› pacificsun.com NOVEMBER 25 - DECEMBER 1, 2011 PACIFIC SUN 9


< 8 Prop 8 ’standing‘ at the altar in the 2000 U.S. Supreme Court fight for the White House, said they expect the federal appeals court to uphold federal Judge Vaughn Walker’s 2010 opinion striking down Proposition 8. Sponsors of the ban have moved to invalidate the landmark decision on the grounds that Walker was in a decade-long relationship with another man when he ruled. He acknowledged his relationship with a physician after retiring from the bench. Chief Judge James Ware, Walker’s replacement on the U.S. District Court in San Francisco, rejected Proposition 8 proponents’ motion to void the historic decision because of Walker’s love interest. But the Proposition 8 sponsors have appealed Ware’s decision to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. In January, the same federal appeals court asked the state Supreme Court for guidance on another matter—whether Proposition 8’s sponsors have legal standing to defend the measure. Last week’s state Supreme Court’s ruling does not bind the federal appellate court. But, because the federal court solicited the opinion and said it would follow it, both parties in the case expect the federal court to do so. “The initiative power would be significantly impaired if there were no one to assert the state’s interest in the validity of the measure when elected officials decline to defend it in court or to appeal a judgment invalidating the measure,” Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye wrote in the state Supreme Court opinion. “In sum, even though the official proponents of an initiative measure are not public officials, the role they play in asserting the state’s interest in the validity of an initiative measure in this judicial setting does not threaten the democratic process or the proper governance of the state, but, on

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the contrary, serves to safeguard the unique elements and integrity of the initiative process,” she concluded. Boies and Olson described the state Supreme Court’s participation in the case as a 10-month detour on the road to marriage equality. “It’s been way too long,” said Olson, former U.S. solicitor general under George W. Bush. “We are very anxious to move forward on the merits. “We’re very hopeful for a relatively prompt decision vindicating the rights of gays and lesbians under the United States Constitution and the long period of suffering for gay and lesbian couples will soon be over.” The California Supreme Court cleared the way for gay and lesbian marriages in May 2008. Some 18,000 same-sex couples married in the state between that June and November, when voters narrowly approved Proposition 8 in the most expensive initiative battle in history. The state Supreme Court ultimately upheld the validity of both the 18,000 marriages and the gaymarriage ban. The meat of Boies and Olson’s lawsuit is being heard in federal court because the two attorneys claim Proposition 8 violates the federal Constitution. Many legal scholars expect the federal appellate court in San Francisco to uphold Walker’s decision striking down the initiative. Even the president of the National Organization for Marriage, the largest contributor to the campaign to qualify Proposition 8 for the ballot, predicted his side would lose in the 9th Circuit. “We fully expect the 9th Circuit, the most overturned court in America, to invalidate Prop. 8, finding some phony right to samesex marriage in the U.S. Constitution,” said Brian Brown. “However, once this case gets out of San Francisco and reaches the U.S. Supreme Court, we fully expect to be victorious.” Legal experts are not predicting what will happen at the highest court in the land. If the U.S. Supreme Court agrees to hear the case, it could open marriage to gays and lesbians throughout the country. On the other hand, it could set back marriage equality in the District of Columbia and the six states that now recognize same-sex marriages. “Going up to the U.S. Supreme Court, it’s very exciting that it could become a right nationwide,” Wright said. “Of course, then comes the flip side—what if they don’t find in our favor? I hold out tremendous hope because humanity tends to tip toward what is right. The balance tips toward progress.” Ironically, in the three years since Proposition 8 outlawed same-sex marriage in California, public opinion has shifted so significantly that the slim majority that passed the measure in 2008 likely would vote against it today. Between 2010 and 2011, support for gay marriage surged 9 percent among Americans. In just the past year, Gallup and other polls registered a shift from 44 percent approval to 53 percent approval for gay marriage. < Email Ronnie Cohen at ronniecohen@comcast.net.

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softest landing possible,” concluded the statement, credited to Marin Arts Council Board of Directors and Staff.“At this moment, it is unclear whether MAC can be carried aloft or must belly land. The MAC board and staff have been working feverishly with creditors, funders of all types, and a host of technical professionals in an effort to stabilize MAC.”

Fireman’s Fund clears the air, wins contest Fireman’s Fund Insurance is known for its history of supporting firefighters—but now it’s clearing smoke in its own right. At least that’s what the Bay Area Air Quality Management District found in naming the Novatobased company among its top seven winners in its Great Race for Clean Air contest. According to BAAQMD, the Great Race contest is meant to “encourage the use of commute alternatives such as transit, carpooling, vanpooling, walking and bicycling rather than driving solo to work.” Honors were bestowed on the companies that managed to lower its C02 output the most during the months of September and October of this year. Fireman’s Fund was Marin’s top carbon-saver. Other winners include AT&T in Contra Costa County; the U.S. Coast Guard in Alameda County; Agilent Technologies in Sonoma County; Adobe in Santa Clara County; Gilead Sciences in San Mateo County; and Herrero Contractors in San Francisco. Jack Broadbent, an executive officer with the air quality district, applauded Fireman’s Fund for taking the initiative to find greener ways to work for its employees. “Participants in the Great Race showed that we all can find alternatives to driving alone to work,” said Broadbent.“When employees shift their commute, they can save time, money and stress while sparing the air.” BAAQMD states that over the last two months 1,619 employees from 189 companies logged in their daily “air-friendly” commutes and, according to calculations, approximately 435 tons of CO2 were saved by employees who chose not to drive to work alone. Infamous San Quentin inmate hangs self A San Quentin death-row inmate was found hanged in his cell last week, reports the Associated Press. Brandon Wilson, 33, was pronounced dead in the early morning of Nov. 17. Wilson’s crime was one of the most infamous acts to make international headlines in the 1990s. While camping in Oceanside in 1998, Wilson decided “the time had come to kill a person” and he went to a nearby playground where he followed 9-year-old Matthew Cecchi into a public restroom and stabbed him repeatedly with a hunting knife while the boy’s aunt waited outside. At his trial, he pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity, saying God had told him to commit the murder. He was sentenced to death in 1999. Nineteen inmates have committed suicide at San Quentin since the death penalty was reinstated in 1978; 13 inmates have been executed over that same time period. History Museum names new director Marin’s got a new head historian—Michelle Sarjeant Kaufman has been named as the Marin History Museum’s new director. Kaufman, a Marin native, has for the past five years been the collections manager for the museum and recently ran operations at the Boyd Gate House, the museum’s flagship exhibit space. Kaufman has enough museum experience to practically, er, fill a museum— she earned her master’s in museum studies from John F. Kennedy University in Berkeley in 2009 and has worked at the Oakland Museum and the Charles M. Shulz Museum and Research Center in Santa Rosa. She’s also co-authored the Marin History Museum’s latest book, Modern San Rafael: 19402000, with the museum’s librarian Jocelyn Moss, due out this spring. Board president Carleton Prince says he’s “delighted” Kaufman will pick up the reins at the76-year-old institution. “Michelle combines a strong museum-based education with hands-on experience that will be key to managing the museum today and realizing our potential tomorrow,” says Prince.“To lead the museum’s mission to ‘inspire honor for the past, an understanding of the present, and an imagination of the future’ is a tall order in these challenging economic times—but Michelle is the right person to meet those challenges and turn them into opportunities.” Kaufman has been managing day-to-day operations for the museum’s two facilities— the Boyd Gate House in San Rafael, and the Collections & Research Facility in Novato— since February, when former director Merry Alberigi was removed by the board in what was referred to as a “restructuring” move. Alberigi’s departure came amid the history museum’s struggles to find funding for its ambitious Marin Rocks project at 850 Fourth St. in San Rafael, a performance-space and music museum celebrating Marin’s place in rock ‘n’ roll history. The sluggish economy has shackled the project’s fundraising goals—Marin Rocks’ opening date has been delayed multiple times and about half the museum staff has been cut along the way. The Boyd Gate House is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday, 11am-4pm, and the Collections & Research Facility is open to researchers by appointment. For information, visit www.marinhistory.org or call 415/454-8538.


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o other endeavor epitomizes the vision of small-town America, romantic past and present reality, than minor league baseball. Hollywood types knew that when they made Bull Durham. Although that movie looked into the lives and loves of players on their way up and down the baseball ladder, it didn’t reveal the real world of minor league baseball, a world that came to San Rafael this year. A proposal to bring minor league ball to Albert Park touched a nerve. Many saw the possibility as an affirmative addition to San Rafael and Marin, an embodiment of the “small-town character” so often mentioned when city governments deliberate a new proposal of almost any kind. Almost nothing can be more “small town” than a minor league baseball team, supporters contend. The proposed team, the San Rafael Pacifics, would provide a welcome addi-

tion to the family b y P e t e r entertainment possibilities during the summer months; the team also could add revenue to city coffers. A minor league team can bring millions of dollars in ancillary revenue to a town and give a boost to local schools and charities through cross promotions. What could go wrong with a proposal like that? But this is Marin. Neighbors in the Albert Park area say the proposed team will create unacceptable noise and traffic impacts. They hired attorney Dotty LeMieux to represent their interests. On behalf of the neighbors, LeMieux filed a lawsuit raising a California Environmental Quality Act challenge. It’s a common tactic here for opponents of almost everything. The lawsuit says the city erred in its assertion that the baseball team’s proposal needs no environmental review under CEQA.

“We’re not against baseball,” LeMieux says. “We just want them to play by the rules.” She says an intrinsic part of a minor league team is the focus on family entertainment, which gives parents a chance to pass on values, set good examples—such as following the rules. “When you do a project like this, you need to have an environmental review. They were going to do that, but instead of doing a review they came back with this somewhat truncated project. But it’s still a greatly increased use of the space. It still increases the number of people that can be there. They’re planning to play baseball 45 days a year, which will keep some of the amateur and semi-pro people out, and there are going to be traffic issues,” which have not been adequately addressed. Those issues should be looked at to determine

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whether a full environmental review is appropriate for the baseball proposal. It’s not exactly evocative of the romantic crack-ofthe bat vision. Lost in much of the debate is exactly who wants to come to town. The team would be the start of a new stable of minor league ball teams in the Bay Area. It’s a tough proposition; teams have tried to make the North Bay home before, but they haven’t lasted. Mike Shapiro is president and general manager of Centerfield Partners, an LLC corporation that bought the rights to run minor league teams in the Bay Area. Brian Clark, known in the aviation industry for playing a key role in bringing Virgin America to, well, America, started Centerfield. “His avocation is baseball,” says Shapiro of Clark. “He had this vision and dream that he could form a company that could own and operate multiple 12> NOVEMBER 25 - DECEMBER 1, 2011 PACIFIC SUN 11


< 12 Aaay, batta-batta! minor league teams in the Bay Area.” Clark retained Shapiro to put together a business plan and scout locations for the teams. “The first place I took him to was Albert Park because I had played there as a semi-pro player, and my sons currently play there as high school players.” Shapiro played centerfield at Albert Park from 1974 all the way to 1993 on a variety of semi-pro teams. “I played on so many, it’s hard to remember now,” says the Corte Madera resident. His history at the ballpark raises one of the issues on which Centerfield and the city rested their contention that the proposal should be categorically exempt from needing a full environmental review. “The truth of the matter is that since [Albert Park] was built in the 1950s, it has hosted a wide range of activities, even some professional exhibition games. There also were collegiate, high school and Little League activities, all levels of play.”    

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LEMIEUX AND THE neighbors who object don’t buy the contention that because Albert Park has been the site of past baseball activity, the city should open its arms to professional minor league play without an environmental review. The city has failed to assess the difference between the current usage and what will happen when minor league guys step up to the plate. “Even today with the teams that are there, balls hit the walls of nearby apartments.” Players for the Pacifics, says LeMieux, “will be professional players. They are heavy hitters.” That needs to be reviewed. When Centerfield first approached the city in April about plans to bring minor league ball to Albert Park, the company proposed adding 800 temporary seats to a 700-seat grandstand. Centerfield also said it would upgrade bathrooms, install netting behind home plate and add other improvements. But neighbors soon voiced their objections. Centerfield responded by reducing the scope of its proposal. The new plan calls for adding just 100 seats and providing free parking. Neighbors said that without free parking, those attending games wouldn’t use designated parking and would clog neighborhood streets. Centerfield agreed to the no-fee parking plan. In addition, a committee will review activity during the season and act as a liaison between the neighborhood, the team and the city. That came about during discussions with the city, Centerfield and the neighbors, says Shapiro. “They said they needed a venue to focus and direct their comments and concerns, and they wanted responsiveness. I said we would do that as a matter of course.” Centerfield also agreed to put aside its desire for a three-year lease and sign a one-year agreement with the city. At the end of the first year, Centerfield can go back to the city for an extension, which Shapiro is confident Centerfield 12 PACIFIC SUN NOVEMBER 25 - DECEMBER 1, 2011

As the City Council shouts ‘Play ball!’—nearby Gerstle Park neighbors are chanting, ‘gimme an E, gimme an I, gimme an R!’

will be able to secure after a season goes by with few problems. San Rafael City Councilman Damon Connolly and Mayor Al Boro served on a subcommittee that went out to the community prior to the city council voting on the team’s proposal. The council voted twice, both times giving Centerfield a unanimous nod to round third and head home. “It’s fair to say that the process got off to a rocky start,” says Connolly. “Neighbors expressed concerns that they weren’t being heard. In response to that, we made a point to meet with the neighbors. By the end of the process, I was satisfied that this will be a good opportunity for the city, and I’ve heard a lot of positive feedback from the community on the vote. I hope [the team] will be a boost to local business and provide a source of family entertainment.” Connolly says the city decided the proposal could be exempt from an initial environmental review because of the process the city undertook to get community input, which led to the scaled-down proposal and the concessions to which Centerfield agreed. City Councilman Greg Brockbank came up short in his bid for the mayor’s chair in the recent election; he’s leaving the council and has no ax to grind. He says the neighbors “are overly concerned” about the impacts from the Pacifics playing at Albert Park. “There won’t be any night use. There might be slightly larger crowds, and maybe their PA system will be used a little more often than it is now,” but the impacts “won’t be unduly burdensome.” Brockbank acknowledges the neighbors’ concerns over the increased commotion and clamor that will occur, but he points out that the neighborhood already has noise and impacts from the local farmers’ market and the current activities at the park. “Some people think they ought to have the right to have their windows open on a summer night and not have to hear baseball noise.” But the crack of the bat

already sounds in the park, proponents reiterate. It’s also true, as LeMieux points out, that the players cracking the bats now aren’t heavy-hitter pros. Still, when a prospective homeowner buys property next to an airport—or a baseball field—it’s reasonable to assume that some noise will emanate from what should be an expected use. Centerfield is proceeding with plans to start its 45-game season for the Pacifics in May, barring legal delays. The Pacifics will be part of the North American Baseball League, which includes teams in California, Hawaii, Texas and Canada. Commissioner Kevin Outcalt says a team in Nevada may be a new addition. “We’re still working on a few team inclusions. We have our league winter meeting the first week of December, and we’ll come up with our draft schedule then.”    

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THE NORTH AMERICAN MERICAN Baseball League is independent, den nt, which means it’s not affiliated with major league teams. It’s been in existence for eight years, according to Outcalt. For six of those years, it was known as the Golden Gate Baseball League, with teams mostly on the West Coast. Last year, the league expanded and rebranded itself as the North American League. ue system The minor league in baseball includess a “farm acch affilisystem” of teams, each eaague team. ated with a major league

In the farm system, AAA teams are closest to the majors; AA is one notch down; and A teams are for newcomers to professional ball. The goal is to produce players for the affiliated major league teams. Winning games is less important than working with players to make them credible major league prospects. Independent minor league teams, like the Pacifics, play to win, although players on independent teams unaffiliated with major league teams can and do advance to the majors. “Most of the North American League players will be players that played in major league organizations and were released,” says Outcalt. “About half the team will have AA or AAA experience. The other half will be A players or a few college guys. It’s tough to make a team in our league if you have no professional experience because the level of play is very high.” The history of minor league ball in the North Bay shows how tough it is to bring a team to the area and survive. The Sonoma County Crushers called Rohnert Park Stadium home until financial reality ended the dream about 10 years ago. A plan to bring an affiliated minor league team to Windsor met with opposition from the San Francisco Giants, which controls the North Bay territory for affiliated minor league teams. Shapiro, who says he has two physical handicaps—he’s short and a lefty—wound up in baseball management. He worked with the Giants and the Braves and was senior vice president of the Washington Nationals before returning to Marin to join Centerfield Partners. “This offers me an opportunity to take all I learned in the majors and bring it down to the community level. I can’t imagine having any more fun. I just turned 60 this year, but I’m way more immature than that.” < Contact the writer at peter@pseidman.com.


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o say that Ed and Nancy Boyce are involved in all that is good in Marin County wouldn’t be a far stretch from the truth. The couple, Washington state natives who relocated to Marin County 40 years ago, have risen above and beyond the calls of their medical background duties through working with and/or supporting more than 60 local nonprofit programs through their organization, MarinLink. With the mission statement of linking people, services and products for health, sustainability, education, spirituality and business for the entire Marin community, MarinLink manages to benefit not just the needy, but all residents. Just contemplating the magnitude of the work they do in the community is enough to make anyone exhausted. Still, the couple stay engaged. “This is just really fun to do,” says Nancy Boyce in MarinLink’s Northgate Mall office location. Nancy worked as a nurse for almost four decades, in public health and as a school nurse, where she established the Marin Community Foundation-funded project Marin County Preschool Health Manual. The project, a collaboration between the Marin County Office of Education and the Marin School Nurses Organization, was among the reasons she was recognized as one of Marin’s Public Health Heroes in 2003. Although Ed claims that it may be a bit of an exaggeration, many locals refer to him as the man who has delivered more babies than any other doctor in Marin. An advocate for both home and hospital births, some of Ed’s deliveries even took place in the Boyces’ home. A key player in helping local midwives obtain hospital privileges, Ed trained the county’s first nurse practitioner and is the former medical director for Planned Parenthood Marin. He is still active in the medical community through work with Marin General Hospital, where he serves as a member of the

Physician Well-Being Committee. Though officially retired from their medical careers, the couple, who live out near China Camp, are anything but idle. “We’re really trying to get people connected so they can work collaboratively,” says Nancy. And the Boyces are indeed the ones to contact when looking for nonprofit resources. If they aren’t already directly involved in a project, they certainly know others who are. Serving as a fiscal sponsor, partner, community service site and/or a service learning connection, the Boyces—along with MarinLink executive director and co-founder, Mary O’Mara— have a long list of hands-on projects. Project Homeless Connect, Safe Passage along Lucas Valley Road, Novato Community Garden, Warm Wishes, which provides 5,000 backpacks to homeless throughout the Bay Area, and the Marin County Stroke Resource Directory, to name just a few. And if that list doesn’t fill their time at MarinLink, the Boyces have been involved with Dominican University’s School of Nursing, Marin Interfaith Council, Healthcare for All, Marin Child Care Council, Commonweal Advisory and the Sierra Club, which awarded them in 2010 for their involvement with their environmental and social justice endeavors. In addition to attending meetings, offering support and organizing events like the Warm Wishes volunteer day, where community members stuff backpacks with hats, gloves and other winter necessities, the Boyces and MarinLink redistribute funds to much-needed local community projects to ensure their long-term success. Last year, the dollar amount was at a whopping half-million mark. 14> Ed and Nancy Boyce are the epitome of what its like to live a life of service. The couple manage to continue making the already wonderful county of Marin an even better place for people from all walks of life. For this, the Pacific Sun is proud to award them with our Community Spirit Heroes of Marin award. <

MarinLink has been ‘filling unmet community needs’ since 2005; the Boyces have been meeting Marin’s needs for decades.

Hero FYI + The Boyces both graduated from the University of Washington and moved to California 40 years ago when Ed was stationed at the Hamilton Air Force Base and was accepted for a residency with Kaiser Permanente.

+Macerich Corporation, which owns the Northgate Mall, sees such value in the work the Boyces do at MarinLink that it hosts their organization for the low space rental fee of $10 per month.

+Ed, who has delivered countless babies in Marin County and is a champion for women’s health, has a delivery room named after him at Marin General Hospital.

+In 2010, volunteerism through MarinLink was valued at $134,000.

+MarinLink’s Stroke Resource Guide has printed more than 1,000 copies in its first printing. Major donors to the project are Kaiser Permanente Medical Center, San Rafael, Kentfield rehabilitation Hospital Foundation, Marin General Hospital and Marin Healthcare District Board. +MarinLink became an official 501(c)3 in 2004.

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ithin moments of meeting Elaine Petrocelli, fellow book lovers feel simultaneously at ease and enthused. Her support of writers and love for the written word are as contagious as the unbridled energy she utilizes to run Marin County’s busiest independent literary mecca, Book Passage. Since opening the doors to Book Passage in 1976, Petrocelli and her husband and business partner, Bill Petrocelli, have lured authors from around the globe as featured guests at the store’s 700-plus author events each year. Not content to sit at a desk all day, Petrocelli is regularly on-site for events, often introducing the authors who flock to Marin during book tours. The list of guests is immense and includes luminaries such as President Obama, Hillary Clinton, Arianna Huffington, Jimmy Carter, Amy Tan, Isabel Allende, Anthony Bourdain, Dave Eggers, Michael Chabon and many, many more. Petrocelli has also played a crucial role in the success of many emerging writers by hosting their book signings and tirelessly promoting new talent. Some authors, such as former Book Passage employee Jasmin Darznik, even wrote their books in the store’s cozy cafe. “It grew on its own,” says a smiling Petrocelli on a recent day in the bustling Corte Madera store. “We didn’t start off thinking, ‘famous authors.’ We started with local writers.” Still, both big names and emerging authors are sent to Marin by publishing companies because of the extraordinary reputation Petrocelli holds in the larger literary community. “The publishers look to Book Passage because they know our community buys books and supports the writers,” she says. Homing in on what lit lovers throughout Marin are hungry for, Petrocelli schedules a variety of events in order to keep Book Passage’s doors open and accessible to a diverse pool of readers. As many as four events—appealing to young families, 9-to-5ers and everyone in between—may be

hosted on any given day. But Petrocelli’s commitment doesn’t stop with the array of author events hosted at the store or in partnership with organizations such as the Marin Osher JCC or Dominican University. In addition to the readings, Petrocelli has also been instrumental in bringing three annual writers’ conferences to Marin—the Mystery Writers Conference, the Conference for Children’s Writers & Illustrators, and the Travel Writers & Photography Conferences are all held at Book Passage’s Corte Madera store each summer. The store also hosts a variety of classes and workshops—everything from the popular Cooks with Books series to conversational German, memoir, erotica and mystery writing, marketing your book and French literature—taught by local writers and artists. Petrocelli even utilizes a local approach to Marin book deliveries, pointing out a driver from Ross Valley Pharmacy who checks a shelf outside of her office. “Marin residents can have orders delivered the same day as purchased,” she says of one of Book Passage’s unique, local-business relationships. But perhaps most impressive, is that in addition to hosting the Bay Area’s best literary events, Petrocelli is committed to supporting Marin’s community beyond the bookstore. Book Passage has helped raise funds for several nonprofit organizations such as Hospice of Marin, Marin Community Clinic, Canal Alliance, Marin Abused Women Services, Marin AIDS Project, Marin Education Fund and several others. On the brink of what many fear is an age of extinction for print—as books steadily become replaced by electronic gadgets—Petrocelli attributes the store and its programs’ successes to the Marin community. “I am not sure Book Passage would work anywhere else,” she says. “Marin supports authors and understands that a person may have spent four years or more working on a book and they know that buying a book is a way to support them.” Elaine Petrocelli breathes life into the

If Cicero was right when he said, “A room without books is like a body without a soul”—then Elaine Petrocelli has made Book Passage the most soulful place in Marin.

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Hero FYI + Book Passage first opened 35 years ago and has been in its current location in Corte Madera for 25 years, where Elaine and her team provide new and used books, magazines, gift items and a lovely cafe for customers. + Though the list of authors she’s hosted is as long as it is impressive, Elaine Petrocelli would still love to host first lady Michelle Obama at Book Passage. + Dominican University now offers graduate credit to students who take workshops through Book Passage. + Book Passage’s bi-monthly newsletter reaches more than 40,000 people worldwide.

+ In addition to the conferences, classes, workshops, author events and food events at Book Passage, the store is also home to several salons. Left Coast Writers, Writing Mamas Salon, Kid Lit Salon and the California Writers Club all hold monthly meetings at Book Passage. + Elaine Petrocelli is the first person I’ve interviewed to receive a call from Isabel Allende during the course of the interview. Proof that both readers and writers love her. + Book Passage sells eBooks through its website www.bookpassage.com at the same cost as other major sellers. + Book Passage advises more than 300 book clubs!

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Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cut pumpkin in half and scrape out all the seeds. Bake on a foil-lined sheet tray, cut sides down, until easily pierced with a sharp knife, about 45-50 minutes. Remove from oven, let cool, then scoop ďŹ&#x201A;esh out of pumpkin shellsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;you should have 3 cups. If pumpkin is watery, drain in a colander before proceeding with recipe. Reserve or freeze any leftovers for another use. Heat olive oil in a medium soup pot over medium high heat. Add onion and celery and lower heat; cook slowly, stirring frequently until vegetables are soft but not colored, about 7-10 minutes. Stir in spices and cook until fragrant. Add pumpkin and mash with the back of a wooden spoon until combined with onion and spice mixture. Add potatoes and

gradually add just enough broth to make a thick soup. Raise heat to high and bring to a boil then lower heat to a slow simmer. You may have to keep adding broth as soup will thicken as it cooks. Simmer soup until ďŹ&#x201A;avors are combined and pumpkin is very soft. Puree in batches in a blender until smooth, thinning with more broth if necessary. Add salt and pepper to taste. Combine yogurt with chipotle until smooth. Ladle soup into bowls and top with a dollop of chipotle yogurt and 1 teaspoon of pepitas. Pass additional toppings at the table. Note: Puree a can of chipotle chiles in adobo in a food processor. Take out what is needed for recipe and freeze the rest in a plastic container for later use in chilis, soups, stews and dips.

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Wass’ up, rockers? Sara Wasserman gets top talent at benefit show for Peru orphans by G r e g Cahill

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ara Wasserman grew up in the glow of On Dec. 8, Wasserman will host a benefit great music created by some of the most concert at 142 Throckmorton in Mill Valley celebrated players in rock, jazz and roots for the Peruvian orphanage Casa de Milagros. music. “One of my earliest musical memories McBride, a multi-Grammy-winning jazz is of my dad playing with [bluegrass mando- bassist, will headline the event. He’s enjoyed lin great] David Grisman at our hometown a rich and varied career as a bandleader and music club the Sweetwater highly sought-after sidein Mill Valley,” she writes man. In the mainstream COMING SOON on her website. “I was jazz world, he’s worked The benefit concert for Casa probably three or four and with Chick Corea, Herbie de Milagros will be held hidden under a table beHancock, Pat Metheny, Thursday, Dec. 8, at 8pm at the cause, obviously, children Freddie Hubbard, Sonny 142 Throckmorton Theatre were not allowed.” Rollins, J.J. Johnson, Ray in downtown Mill Valley. $75, Her famous dad is the Brown, Milt Jackson, $125. 415/383-9600. Grammy-winning bassMcCoy Tyner and Roy ist Rob Wasserman; her Haynes, among others. mother, Clare Wasserman, In the R&B world, he’s is a music producer. played and arranged for James Brown, Isaac These days, Sara has staked her own claim Hayes, Chaka Khan, Natalie Cole and Lalah in the music business. The singer’s debut Hathaway. 2009 album, Solid Ground, includes collaboIn the pop and rock worlds, he’s collaborations with Lou Reed, jazz bassist Christian rated with Sting, Carly Simon, Don Henley McBride, Aaron Neville, Vernon Reed and and Bruce Hornsby. DJ Logic, among others. And in the hip-hop/neo-soul world, he’s For the past three years, she’s utilized her teamed up with Queen Latifah, the Roots, music biz connections to help others. D’Angelo and others.

His credits also include projects with bass virtuoso Edgar Meyer, opera legend Kathleen Battle, the Shanghai Quartet and the Sonus Quartet. Also scheduled to perform at the benefit concert are Bob Weir, Dan Hicks, Lukas Nelson (the son of Willie Nelson) and Sara’s father, Rob, who will play along with Primus drummer Wasserman’s Dec. 8 show will benefit Casa de Milagros, a home near Machu Picchu which takes in orphaned or abandoned children. Jay Lane (who has performed The orphanage was run by a youthful with Rob and Weir in the band Scaring the American mother and grandmother known Children). as Mama Kia, who raised six children of her Wasserman became aware of Casa de own before traveling to Peru in 1994, witMilagros (House of Miracles) through her nessing the appalling conditions for children friends, actor Woody Harrelson and his there and starting Casa de Milagros. wife, Laura Louie, who helped get the home Mama Kia died in 2010. started. The institution, near Machu Picchu “It’s an amazing new model for orphanin Peru’s Sacred Valley, takes in orphaned ages based on healing through art and music and abandoned children living in poverty on and dance,” Wasserman explains. “The the streets of Cusco and surrounding towns. kids are taught about organic farming and Wasserman first visited the orphanage in nutrition and medicinal plants and ways of 2008 and was highly impressed by its artslife they would otherwise never have the oporiented program for the 31 boys and girls portunity to experience.” in its care. Wasserman joins such celebrities as Ben Taylor, son of James Taylor; the Red Hot Chili Peppers; and former NFL star running back Curtis Martin of the New England Patriots and the New York Jets as a supporter of the orphanage. < Talk to Greg at gcahill51@gmail.com.

›› SPiN OF THE WEEK Jimmie Vaughan Plays Blues, Ballads & Favorites (Shout! Factory) Don’t let this gem slip under your radar. Texas blues guitarist and singer Jimmie Vaughan has been recording some of the best work of his long career in recent years. And this baker’s dozen is one of his finest, digging into soulful covers of songs by such legends as Jimmy Reed, Roy Milton, Johnny Ace, Roscoe Gordon, Don and Dewey, and Little Richard, as well as one original, all delivered with an unpretentious vintage R&B, Chicago blues and early rock vibe. He’s backed by singer Lou Ann Barton and members of Roomful of Blues.‘Nuff said.—GC

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›› CiNEMARiN Movies in the county that Hollywood couldn’t tame…

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anuary 1963: I arrived in Marin after Lorabelle—exuberant, eccentric and just a three years in New York, beginning to little ditzy. She was a teacher of Latin and think about finally doing a film with Greek but had a little experience in acting. actors. Animation and documentaries had The final cast included only one other been my work until then. A few ideas were professional actor. The rest were drawn swimming around in my from my new acquainhead, but I was told by tances. Calvin Kentfield, The Films of a friend, Alexandra Bota novelist, played the John Korty win, that I might find the fisherman. Bob Marquis, The retrospective at the writings of Allen Wheelis a noted architect, became Rafael Film Center continues interesting. And I did—esDr. Milton Tugwell, the this weekend and next with pecially when he suggested psychiatrist. Even neposcreenings of The Autobiograa short fable just published tism worked for us. I cast phy of Miss Jane Pittman, Nov. in Commentary magazine, my younger brother, 27 at 1pm; A Variety of Shorts, “The Illusionless Man and Doug, as Falbuck WheelNov. 27 at 7pm; Alex and the the Visionary Maid.” ing, who steals away their Gypsy, Dec. 1 at 7pm; Farewell Allen agreed to my ofdaughter, and Noel as a to Manzanar, Dec. 4 at 1pm; fer of 10 percent ownerchild was Joan Wheelis, Twice Upon a Time, Dec. 4 at 7pm. Check out www.cafilm. ship and the project was age 9. (Falbuck’s WWII org for details. launched. While working motorcycle was loaned on the adaptation, I visto us by Fritz Maytag, a ited Anne Brebner’s castfriend of our makeup and ing agency and she led me to Tom Rosqui, wardrobe person, Sheilah Dorcy.) an experienced local actor, for the role of I also had to cast houses, which were Henry, the termite exterminator. But find- an important part of the story. A small ing Lorabelle was not easy. After audition- cabin near me in Stinson Beach, rented ing dozens of talented actresses, I was still by Barbara Ghilotti, was the first home of without a leading lady. the couple. The North Beach rooftop was David Schickele, who worked with me above another friend’s apartment. The from the beginning, had a friend who concrete-slab house had been designed heard about the problem and said, “I had by Pafford Clay. And for the final home a date with a girl once in New York and of Henry and Lorabelle, I discovered the when I asked her what she would like to house of the Straus family on Tomales Bay. do that weekend, she said, ‘I want to go Peter Schickele (who would later create up in a hot air balloon!’” That sounded the fictitious composer P.D.Q. Bach) was promising. Ina Mela turned out to be our the brother of David and composed a very

Doug Korty played Falbuck Wheeling, who rode a motorcycle loaned to the production by Fritz Maytag, fresh from his purchase of Anchor Brewing Company the previous year.

ViDEO Audiences ‘shrugged’ As we speak, the producers of ATLAS SHRUGGED: PART I are in a mad dash to replace the title cards of 100,000 video-store DVDs, whose jacket blurb touts the film’s story of “courage and self-sacrifice.” Charity being kryptonite to any The job-creating corporatists go on strike in ‘Atlas Shrugged’; in real self-respecting Randian, life, they went on strike at some point during the first year of the the words are an embarBush administration. rassment to producer John Aglialoro, who has already forked up (and lost) $20 million of his own money making the film (after its disastrous opening weekend he’s put parts 2 and 3 on hold). I have a soft spot for true-believer films of any ilk and this one, with Ayn Rand’s silly 1950s objectivism packed into a hundred minutes of entertainment and instruction, is slicker than most—though you’d be hard-pressed to find a more badly timed release, with the film’s fawning admiration for maverick industrialists like train magnate Dagny Taggart. She’s a walking antithesis of the Occupy Wall Street movement, doing battle with evil corporate regulators and field-levelers, and making common cause with rich oilmen, metalmen and other inventors who, deeming themselves “too good” for American-style capitalism, are ready to drop out of society Leary-style. The film is mesmerizing for its sheer train-wreck obtuseness—you might feel it tells the OWS story better than any straight documentary could. A bonus track, 30 strung-together minutes of just-folks recording their I am John Galt videos, is an unexpected piece of poignancy.—Richard Gould

classy score for the film, performed by his classmates at Juilliard. And the final stroke of luck was getting Burgess Meredith to do the narration for $500 and a ticket to the West Coast. (He needed to see his agent.) I never finished a screenplay, just wrote scenes as we needed them and carried around a few sheets of paper to show the actors. Most of the words came from the original story, but I tried to add language in the style of Allen Wheelis. I was especially proud of coming up with a very short description of Lorabelle, saying that she “believed in butterflies and Providence.” I also designed and baked the termite cake myself—which always gets the biggest laughs from the audience. To record the sound of termites chewing wood, I recruited several friends to stand in a circle around a mike and chew things furiously. Potato chips sounded too sloppy, celery too mushy. But carrots did the trick, especially when boosted to double-speed. Once we had our 35mm print, I flew to New York City hoping to find a distributor, which turned out to be very difficult. I told my troubles to Willard Van Dyke, who was head of the film department at MOMA, and he immediately offered a noon screening the next day in their theater for moviebusiness people. Jerry Mander happened to be in town and the three of us used the phones to invite everyone. Out of curiosity, most of them came—

The story of the eternally optimistic Lorabelle and the dour termite exterminator Henry was based on Allen Wheelis’s short fable ‘The Illusionless Man and the Visionary Maid.’

and loved the film, gave it prolonged applause. Within 24 hours, we had a distribution deal with Walter Reade-Sterling. They opened the film in October of 1966. In spite of limited publicity, The Crazy-Quilt got unanimous rave reviews from all the major magazines and newspapers. Judith Crist even put it on her 1966 “10 best” list. Now, 45 years later, I finally have made a DVD, with bonus features, to sell online (www.johnkorty.com). And the last few sales have come from Florida, Montana, Oregon, Texas, North Carolina, Australia, Paris and Central Park West, NYC. So don’t think of it as a nice little local film. < NOVEMBER 25– DECEMBER 1, 2011 PACIFIC SUN 27


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Friday November 25 -Thursday December 1

Movie summaries by Matthew Stafford

Alex and the Gypsy (1:40) Bail bondsman Jack Lemmon mixes it up with accused murderess Genevieve Bujold in John Korty’s dark comedy; Henry Mancini provides the music. O Arthur Christmas (1:37) Cartoon about Santa Claus’s son Arthur (that’s right) and the top-secret mission he has to complete by Christmas Eve; Jim Broadbent and Imelda Michelle Williams chanStaunton give voice to nels everybody’s favorite Mr. and Mrs. Claus. movie star in ‘My Week O The Autobiograwith Marilyn,’ opening phy of Miss Jane Friday at the Regency. Pittman (1:35) Cicely Tyson stars in John Korty’s Emmy-winning portrait of a woman who metamorphoses from former slave to civil rights icon. O Bolshoi Ballet Presents Esmerelda (3:25) Catch Cesare Pugni’s graceful adaptation of Victor Hugo’s “Hunchback of Notre Dame” direct from Moscow in glorious big-screen high definition. O The Descendants (1:55) Alexander Payne comedy follows wealthy widower George Clooney and his two daughters as they wander Kauai in search of his late wife’s lover. O Happy Feet Two (1:45) Cartoon musical about a troupe of penguins, seals and other terpsichorean critters who sound remarkably like Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Robin Williams, Elijah Wood and Pink. O Hugo (2:07) Martin Scorsese familyfriendly fantasy about an orphan who makes his home in the fantastical world of a Paris train station; Ben Kingsley, Sacha Baron Cohen and Christopher Lee costar. 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 (1:50) 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) Biopic of the enigmatic, ruthless, absolutely powerful head of the FBI for nearly half a century stars Leo DiCaprio O

as The Director and Armie Hammer as Clyde Tolson; Clint Eastwood directs. 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 Margin Call (1:49) Brokers Kevin Spacey, Stanley Tucci and Zachary Quinto confront the early stages of the 2008 financial meltdown in JC Chandor’s boardroom thriller. O Melancholia (2:15) Lars von Trier’s moody, epic contemplation of planetary apocalypse stars Kiefer Sutherland, Charlotte Rampling, John Hurt and Cannes award-winner Kirsten Dunst. 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 The Muppets (2:00) Kermit the Frog reunites with Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear and the rest of the gang in a rambunctious attempt to save their old Hollywood showplace from destruction. O My Week with Marilyn (1:36) A young assistant director serves as Marilyn Monroe’s confidante, support system and wide-eyed lover during the hectic filming of “The Prince and the Showgirl”; with Kenneth Branagh as Laurence Olivier, Julia Ormond as Vivien Leigh and Michelle Williams as MM. O Puss in Boots (1:30) “Shrek” spinoff focuses on the dashing if delusional kittycat, 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 Shorts by John Korty (1:30) This smorgasbord of short subjects by Marin’s favorite filmmaker includes an Oscarnominated social satire, an Updike adaptation and a few “Sesame Street” cartoons for good measure. 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 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn— Part 1 (2:30) Bella and Edward are expecting a new little bundle of vampire joy in the latest installment of the wildly popular series. 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 We Bought a Zoo (2:11) True tale of a widower who purchases and inhabits a dilapidated old zoo, hundreds of critters and all; Matt Damon and Scarlett Johansson star. <

›› MOViE TiMES NAlex and the Gypsy (R) Rafael Film Center: Thu 7 Arthur Christmas (PG) Century Northgate 15: 10:55, 11:50, 4:50, 9:30; 3D showtimes at 2:30, 7:10 Century Rowland Plaza: Fri-Sun 9:55am, 12:45; 3D showtimes at 12:20, 5:10, 7:35, 10 MonThu 12:20, 5:10; 3D showtimes at 2:45, 7:35, 10:05 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri-Sat 2:30, 7:15; 3D showtimes at 12, 4:40, 9:30 Sun-Thu 2:30, 7:15; 3D showtimes at 12, 4:40 Lark Theater: Fri 1, 3:15, 5:30, 7:45 Sat 11, 1, 3:15, 5:30, 7:45 Sun 11, 1, 3:15, 5:30 Mon-Tue 3:15, 5:30 Wed 1, 3:15, 5:30 Thu 11, 1, 3, 5 NThe Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Sun 1 (free admission) NBolshoi Ballet Presents Esmeralda (Not Rated) CinéArts at Marin: Wed 6:30 CinéArts at Sequoia: Wed 6:30 NThe Descendants (R) Century Regency 6: 10:50, 12:05, 1:40, 2:55, 4:30, 5:45, 7:15, 8:35, 10 CinéArts at Sequoia: Fri-Sat 1:40, 4:20, 7, 9:40 Sun 1:40, 4:20, 7 Mon-Thu 4:20, 7 Happy Feet Two (PG) ++1/2 Century Larkspur Landing: Fri-Sun 12, 5:15, 10:15; 3D showtimes at 2:40, 7:15 Mon-Thu 9:25; 3D showtime at 7 Century Northgate 15: 11, 1:25, 3:50, 6:15, 8:35; 3D showtimes at 12, 2:25, 4:45, 7:15, 9:35 Century Rowland Plaza: Fri-Sun 10:25, 3:15; 3D showtimes at 12:50, 5:40, 8:05, 10:30 Mon-Thu 12, 5; 3D showtimes at 2:30, 7:25, 10 CinéArts at Marin: Fri-Sat 11:50, 4:40, 9:30; 3D showtimes at 2:15, 7:05 Sun 11:50, 4:40; 3D showtimes at 2:15, 7:05 Mon-Thu 4:40; 3D showtime at 7:20 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri-Sat 12:10, 4:50, 9:35; 3D showtimes at 2:20, 7:10 SunThu 12:10, 4:50; 3D showtimes at 2:20, 7:10 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri-Sat 11:30, 1:50, 4:15, 6:45, 9:15 Sun 1:50, 4:15, 6:45 MonThu 4:15, 6:45 NHugo (PG) Century Larkspur Landing: Fri-Sun 4:15; 3D showtimes at 1:15, 7:20, 10:25

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Mon-Thu 3D showtimes at 6:45, 9:45 Century Northgate 15: 3, 8:50; 3D showtimes at 11:55, 1:35, 4:35, 6, 7:30, 10:20 The Ides of March (R) +++ Century Regency 6: Fri-Mon, Wed-Thu shown on a double bill with Moneyball: 10:55, 1:55, 4:40, 7:45, 10:15 Immortals (R) Century Northgate 15: 12:15, 5:30, 10:30; 3D showtimes at 2:50, 8 In Time (PG-13) Century Regency 6: 1:50, 7:20 J. Edgar (R) ++ Century Larkspur Landing: Fri-Sun 12:45, 4, 7:10, 10:20 Mon-Thu 6:30, 9:35 Century Regency 6: 12:40, 3:50, 7, 10:10 Tiburon Playhouse 3: FriSat 1:20, 4:25, 7:20 Sun 1:20, 4:25, 7:20 Mon-Thu 4:25, 7:20 Jack and Jill (PG) Century Northgate 15: 11:45, 2:20, 4:55, 7:20, 9:40 Century Rowland Plaza: Fri-Sun 10:20, 12:45, 3:05, 5:30, 7:45, 10:10 Mon-Thu 12:45, 3:05, 5:30, 7:55, 10:25 Le Havre (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Fri-Sat 2:30, 4:45, 6:45, 8:45 Sun 2:30, 4:45, 6:45 Mon, Thu 6:45 Tue, Wed 6:45, 8:45 Like Crazy (PG-13) CinéArts at Sequoia: Fri-Sat 12:45, 3, 5:15, 7:30, 9:45 Sun 12:45, 3, 5:15, 7:30 Mon, Tue, Thu 5:15, 7:30 Margin Call (R) +++1/2 Rafael Film Center: Fri-Sat 2:15, 4:30, 7, 9:30 Sun 4:30, 9 Mon, Thu 9 Tue, Wed 7, 9:15 Melancholia (R) ++1/2 Rafael Film Center: Fri-Sat 1, 3:45, 6:30, 9:15 Sun 1:30, 4:15, 7:30 Mon-Thu 7:30 Moneyball (PG-13) +++1/2 Century Regency 6: Fri-Mon, Wed-Thu shown on a double bill with The Ides of March: 10:55, 1:55, 4:40, 7:45, 10:15 NThe Muppets (PG) Century Larkspur Landing: Fri-Sun 11:45, 2:25, 5, 7:35, 10:10 Mon-Thu 7:15, 9:50 Century Northgate 15: 11:25, 12:45, 2, 3:15, 4:30, 5:45, 7, 8:15, 9:45 Century Rowland Plaza: Fri-Sun 11, 1:45, 4:30, 7:15, 9:50 Mon-Thu 11:35 2:15, 4:55, 7:30, 10:20 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri-Sat 11:45, 2:05, 4:25, 6:45,

9:15 Sun-Thu 11:45, 2:05, 4:25, 6:45 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri-Sat 11:20, 1:40, 4, 6:30, 9 Sun 1:40, 4, 6:30 Mon-Thu 4, 6:30 NMy Week With Marilyn (R) Century Regency 6: 11:45, 2:20, 4:55, 7:30, 10:05 Puss in Boots (PG) Century Northgate 15: 11:05, 3:25, 7:50; 3D showtimes at 1:15, 5:35, 10 Century Rowland Plaza: Fri-Sun 10:10, 3; 3D showtimes at 12:35, 5:25, 7:50, 10:15 Mon-Thu 12:35, 5:25; 3D showtimes at 3, 7:50, 10:15 CinéArts at Marin: Fri-Sat 11:40, 4:15, 9:10; 3D showtimes at 2, 6:50 Sun 11:40, 4:15; 3D showtimes at 2, 6:50 Mon, Tue, Thu 4:50; 3D showtime at 7:30 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri-Sat 12:20, 2:40, 5, 7:20, 9:40 Sun-Thu 12:20, 2:40, 5, 7:20 NShorts by John Korty (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Sun 7 Tower Heist (PG-13) ++ Century Northgate 15: 12:05, 2:40, 5:05, 7:35, 10:10 Century Rowland Plaza: Fri-Sun 10, 12:30, 3:05, 5:35, 8:05, 10:35 Mon-Thu 11:45, 2:20, 4:50, 7:40, 10:30 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 (PG-13) Century Cinema: Fri-Sun 10:30, 1:20, 4:10, 7:10, 10 Mon-Thu 1:20, 4:10, 7:10, 10 Century Northgate 15: Fri, Sun-Thu 10:50, 11:30, 12:10, 12:50, 1:30, 2:15, 2:55, 3:35, 4:20, 5, 5:40, 6:25, 7:05, 7:45, 8:25, 9:05, 9:50, 10:25 Sat 10:50, 11:30, 12:10, 12:50, 1:30, 2:15, 2:55, 3:35, 4:20, 5, 5:40, 6:25, 7:45, 8:25, 9:05, 9:50, 10:25, 10:40 Century Rowland Plaza: Fri-Sun 10, 11:30, 1, 2:30, 4, 5:20, 7, 8:30, 9:55 Mon-Thu 11:30, 1, 2:30, 4, 5:20, 7, 8:30, 9:55 CinéArts at Marin: Fri-Sat 11, 1:45, 4:30, 7:15, 10 Sun 11, 1:45, 4:30, 7:15 Mon-Thu 4:30, 7:40 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri-Sat 1:20, 4:10, 7, 9:45 Sun-Thu 1:20, 4:10, 7 The Way (PG-13) Century Regency 6: 11:05, 4:35, 9:55 NWe Bought a Zoo (PG) Century Northgate 15: Sat 7

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

Cicely Tyson triumphs in ‘The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman,’ showing Sunday afternoon as part of the Rafael’s ongoing tribute to Marin moviemaker John Korty. Free admission!

NOVEMBER 25 – DECEMBER 1, 2011 PACIFIC SUN 29


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

F R I D AY N O V E M B E R 2 5 — F R I D AY D E C E M B E R 2 Pacific Sun‘s Community Calendar

Jay Alexander will offer a snapshot of his magical mind this Friday at 142 Throck.

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

Live music 11/25: Black Friday with Ned Endless and the Allniters Classic rock, soul reggae. 7:3011:30pm. Free. Elks Lodge, 1312 Mission Ave., San Rafael. 453-1108. 11/25: D’Bunchovus 8:30-11pm. $10-12. Rancho Nicasio Restarant and Bar, 1 Old Rancheria Road, Nicasio. 662-2219. www.ranchonicasio.com 11/25: Norrisman Reggae. 10 p.m. $14. 19 Broadway, 17 Broadway, Fairfax. 459-1091. www.19broadway.com 11/25: Rebop! Jazz. 8-10:30pm. Free. Max’s Deli, 60 Madera Blvd, Corte Madera. 924-6297. www.maxsworld.com

11/25: Miles Schon Band featuring Miles Schon, Lara Johnston,Will Champlin Rock. 9:30pm. $10-13. George’s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262. www.georgesnightclub.com 11/25: The Seventh Sons Rock. 8:30-11pm. $10. Southern Pacific Smokehouse, 224 Vintage Way, Novato. 899-9600. www.thesouthernpacific.com 11/26: Bud E Luv 7th anniversary party. 8:3011pm. $15. Rancho Nicasio Restarant and Bar, 1 Old Rancheria Road, Nicasio. 662-2219. 11/26: Emily Rath, Drew Gasparini Singer/ songwriters. 9:30 p.m. The Sleeping Lady, 23 Broadway, Fairfax. 485-1182. www.sleepingladyfairfax.com 11/26: Freddy Clarke and Wobbly World Jazz rock, flamenco, afro-cuban, funk fusion. 8-11pm. Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor, Gate 5, Sausalito.

11/26: Big Brother & The Holding Company featuring Stefanie Keys,Tia Carroll 9 p.m. $15-20 George’s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262.

11/26: Lara Johnston Band Blues, funk. 8:3011pm. $15. Southern Pacific Smokehouse, 224 Vintage Way, Novato. 899-9600. 11/26: The 85s 80s rock. 10 p.m. 19 Broadway, 17 Broadway, Fairfax. 459-1091. 11/26: The Other Stones Rolling Stones tribute. 9:30pm. $8. Peri’s Bar, 29 Broadway, Fairfax. 250-7910. www.perisbar.com 11/27: Candela y Edgardo Salsa. 4-9pm. $8, free with dinner. Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor, Gate 5, Sausalito. 331-2899. www.sausalitoseahorse.com 11/27: The Muddy Roses Rancho debut. Country, blues. 4-7pm. No cover. Rancho Nicasio Restarant and Bar, 1 Old Rancheria Road, Nicasio. 662-2219. 11/28: Blue Monday Jam Jam session. 7-11pm. $5-15. Sausalito Cruising Club, 300 Napa St., Sausalito. 385-1606. www.sausalitocruisingclub.org 11/29: Audrey Moira Shimkas and Jaff Labes Jazz, blues. 7-10pm. Panama Hotel & Restaurant, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 457-3993. www.panamahotel.com 11/29: KortUzi 9:30 p.m.-1:30am. Free. 19 Broadway, 19 Broadway, Fairfax . 11/30: Natalie John Trio Jazz. 7-10pm. Panama Hotel & Restaurant, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 457-3993. 11/30: Tengo Tango Milonga 9pm. Free. Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor, Gate 5, Sausalito. 331-2899. 11/30: The Continentals Twangy rock. 9:30 p.m. Peri’s Bar, 29 Broadway, Fairfax. 259-5597. 12/01: Connie Ducey’s C-Jam Jazz. 7-10pm. Panama Hotel & Restaurant, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 457-3993.

BEST BET Ice, ice, baby...! Anchored at home this weekend when all you want to do is frolic through a winter wonderland? Well, it’s that time of year again. No need to ditch Grandma to head through clogged traffic to the Sierra slopes, good people. San Rafael brings the snow right to your doorstep. Well, maybe not exactly to your front yard, but to downtown Fourth Street for an afternoon and evening of pretending we live somewhere with real seasons! Starting at noon, kids can sled and bask in frosty white wonder, while parents can shop in the downtown marketplace beginning at 2pm. Then, as the sun goes down and lights start to twinkle, the annual Parade of The powder is especially sticky Lights—with a fat, jolly, giggly special guest—begins on A Street this year. at 5:30pm. Marinites can spend an entire day pretending it’s winter as the rest of the world knows it at this 30-plus year community tradition! The PARADE OF LIGHTS AND WINTER WONDERLAND celebration starts Friday, Nov. 25, 12-8pm, with more snow on Saturday, Nov. 26, 9am-12pm. Fourth Street between Lootens and B streets, downtown San Rafael. Free. 800/310-6563.—Dani Burlison 30 PACIFIC SUN NOVEMBER 25 - DECEMBER 1, 2011

12/01: Judy Hall and Philip Percy Williams

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Jazz. 8pm. Free. Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor, Gate 5, Sausalito. 331-2898. 12/01: Scott Amendola Quartet Original jazz. 8-10pm. $17-22. Dance Palace, 5th & B Sts., Point Reyes Station. 663-1392. www.dancepalace.org 12/02: Andoni’s Quartet Jazz. 7-10pm. Rickey’s Restaurant & Bar, 250 Entrada Dr., Novato . www.rickeysrestaurant.com 12/02: James Moseley Funky blues. 8pm. Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor, Gate 5, Sausalito. 331-2899. 12/02: New West Guitar Group Original jazz. 8 p.m. $12-23. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Downtown, Mill Valley. 383-9600.

Through 12/04:‘A Man, His Wife, and His Hat’ AlterTheater premieres a new comedy by

12/02: Shana Morrison and Caledonia, Mari Mack and Livin’ Like Kings 9pm. $15-20. George’s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262. 12/02: The Tickets Band Rock. 8-11pm. No cover. Rancho Nicasio Restarant and Bar, 1 Old Rancheria Road, Nicasio. 662-2219.

Concerts 12/01: Left Coast Chamber Ensemble “Werther and the English Cat: Character Pieces.” Marc Teicholz, guitar. 8 p.m. $20-25. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Downtown, Mill Valley. 383-9600. www.142ThrockmortonTheatre.com

Theater/Auditions 11/25-12/18:‘The Glass Menagerie’ Beautifully reimagined American classic. 8-10:30pm. $34-55; $20 under 30; $15 rush Marin Theatre Company, 397 Miller Ave, Mill Valley. 388-3569. www.marintheatre.org 12/01-18: The Cherry Orchard W. Allen Taylor directs Chekhov. 8-10:30pm. $10-20. COM Performance Tent, Sir Francis Drake Blvd & Laurel Ave., Kentfield. 485-9555. www.marin.edu 12/01: YouthSpeaks Performance For high school students. 7-9pm. Free. Mill Valley Library, 375 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 389-4292.

Lauren Yee. See website for details. $25. AlterTheater Ensemble, 1414 Fourth St., San Rafael. 454-2787. www.altertheater.org Through 12/11:‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ Presented by the Ross Valley Players. $17-25. Ross Valley Players Barn Theatre, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Ross. 456-9555. www.rossvalleyplayers.com Through 12/17:‘A Christmas Carol’ Musical adaptation of the Dickens’ classic. See website for info. $10-20. Novato Theater Company, 484 Ignacio Blvd, Novato. 883-4498. www.novatotheatercompany.org

Comedy 11/25: Jay Alexander “Magic of the Mind.” 8 p.m. $20-30. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Downtown, Mill Valley. 383-9600. www.142ThrockmortonTheatre.com 11/30: Comedy Wednesday: ‘Laughter Against The Machine’ Featuring comedians W. Kamau Bell, Nato Green and Janine Brito. Promises to be an evening filled with biting political and social commentary. 8:30pm. $10-15. George’s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262. www.georgesnightclub.com

Art 1/26-27: Fine Art Print Show andSale College of Marin printmakers, Inky Fingers, etchings, relief prints, monoprints.10am-5pm. Free. College of Marin, Fine Arts Building, Room 312, Kentfield. www.marin.edu 11/25-27: Susan Hall Open Studio West Marin landscape paintings, hand-painted ceramics, prints and notecard sets. 11am-5pm. Free. Susan Hall’s Point Reyes Studio, 11250 Highway One, Point Reyes Station. 663-1223. www.susanhallart.com 12/02-04: Sudha Treasures Benefit Sale Exotic treasures at wholesale prices designed by Sudha Pennathur. Proceeds benefit Redwoods


senior community. 10am-6pm. Free. Town Center Corte Madera, 770 Tamalpais Dr. #325, Corte Madera. 383-2741. www.theredwoods.org 12/02-01/15: Tom Killion Reception 7-9pm Dec. 2. Exhibition of Japanese style woodcut prints of the California landscape. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com 12/02-31:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Walk in an Artistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Shoesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; ICB artists made art out of shoes and donate to charity. 6-9pm. Free. Gallery 111, 480 Gate 5 Road, Sausalito. 331-2222. www.icbartists.com 12/02-01/04: â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Wearable Artâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Siobhan Van Winkel, leather; Pamela McKinstry, hats; Naomi Kubota, neckwear; Jo Adell & Sean Davis, jewelry. Reception 6-9pm Dec. 2 offers refreshments and live music with Judy Hall and Connie Ducey. Free. elsewhere Gallery, 1828 Sir Francis Drake, Fairfax. 747-8696. www.elsewhere.com Through 01/06:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Linked By Pinkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Artists for Awareness present an art exhibit in support of breast cancer. 8am-7pm. Free. Gail Van Dyke Atrium Art Gallery, Marin Cancer Institute, 1350 S. Eliseo Dr., Greenbrae. 461-9000.

Through 01/07: ÂĄVuela, Paper Princess! Mixed media collage by author/illustrator Elisa Kleven. Free. Youth in Arts Gallery, 917 C St., San Rafael. 457-4878 x18. www.youthinarts.org Through 01/11: Fall Exhibit â&#x20AC;&#x153;Textures & Rhythms of Jazz.â&#x20AC;? Rich Sigberman, illustrations. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Inspirational Landscapes.â&#x20AC;? Jane Liston, mixed media works. 11am-4pm. Free. Gallery 305, 305 Bell Lane, Mill Valley. 388-6393. www.tcsd.us

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12/01: World Affairs Council â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Arctic: Homeland or Frontier?â&#x20AC;? Dr. Jonathan Greenberg, will speak on indigenous peoples and natural resource exploitation issues. RSVP. 7:30-9pm. $6-9, students free. Dominican University, Creekside Room, 50 Acacia, San Rafael. 293-4600.

Readings 11/27: Regis Philbin The TV icon/author presents â&#x20AC;&#x153;How I Got This Way.â&#x20AC;? 4pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com 11/29: Angeles Arrien â&#x20AC;&#x153;Living in Gratitude.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com 12/02: Karen Karbo â&#x20AC;&#x153;How Georgia Became Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Keeffe: Lessons on the Art of Living.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com

11/25-26: 32nd Annual San Rafael Parade of Lights and Winter Wonderland Nov. 25:

11/28: Hidden Gems in Photoshop CS5 Tips and tricks for using Photoshop. Intro to Computers class at 6pm. 7:15pm. Free. Sheraton Four Points Hotel, 1010 Northgate Drive, San Rafael. 454-5556. www.ggcs.org 12/01: Elena Mauli Shapiro â&#x20AC;&#x153;13 Rue Therese.â&#x20AC;? 1-2:30pm. Free. Outdoor Art Club, 1 West Blithedale Ave, Mill Valley. 388-9886. www.the



 

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11/26-27: Creek Walk to see Spawning Coho Salmon Join a SPAWN naturalist and learn about endangered wild Coho salmon and the Laugunitas Creek Watershed. 10am-1pm. $4-10. San Geronimo Community Center, 6350 Sir Francis Drake Blvd. , San Geronimo. 663-8590 x114. www.spawnusa.org

11/26: Jewelry Trunk Show and Open House 1-6pm. La Jolie Marin, 45 San Clemente Dr., Ste. D 100-C, Corte Madera. 497-5870.

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12/01: Corte Madera Library 40th Anniversary Celebration Displays, refreshments, music and an illustrated history program. Noon-4pm. Free. Corte Madera Library, 797 Meadowsweet Dr., Corte Madera. 924-3515. www.marinlibrary.org

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12/01: World AIDS Day Commemoration Join Marin AIDS Project for a celebration of the 30 year fight and to remember those we have lost. 6-8pm. Free. 910 Irwin St., San Rafael. 457-2487. www.marinaidsproject.org

12/02-04: West California Holiday Pottery Sale Annual ceramics studio sale. 10am-4pm. Free. West California Pottery Studio, 1115.W.California Ave, Mill Valley. 381-2695.

12/02: Downtown Holiday Open House Enjoy an evening of complimentary treats and get to know your San Anselmo merchants. 5-8pm. Free. Downtown, San Anselmo Ave., San Anselmo. 12/02: Holiday Senior Arts Bazaar With arts and crafts made by senior resident in Homestead Valley. 2-4:30pm. Free. Homestead Village Community Center, 315 Montford Ave., Mill Valley. 0382-8298.

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11/26: Marin Audubon Family Birding Walk Join Mark Forney for a family friendly bird walk at the Las Gallinas Storage Ponds. Mark will provide an introduction to the birds of Marin. 10-11 a.m. Free. Las Gallinas Storage Ponds, McInnes Park, Smith Ranch Road, San Rafael. 299-2514. www.marinaudubon.org 11/29: Max and Ruby Live “Bunny Party.” 6:30 p.m. $16-21. Wells Fargo Center for the Arts, 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa. 707-546-3600. www.wellsfargocenterarts.org 11/30: Christopher Paolini Paolini presents “Inheritance.” 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 12/01-19: Letters to Santa Santa loves getting letters from girls and boys. Don’t forget to include your return address so St. Nicholas can reply. 8:30am4pm. Free. Tamalpaias Community Services District, 305 Bell Lane, Mill Valley. 388-6393. www.tcsd.us 12/01: Blue Orange Games A chance to learn

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ARIES (March 20 - April 19) The emphasis on your travel house for Thanksgiving Day could have you regretting any promises you made to have everyone over for dinner. It’s hard to leave for a trip when you have a house full of guests. It’s just as well, since Mercury (ruling transportation) has begun moving backwards, which is never the optimum time for travel. Meanwhile, your career shows signs of paying off this week. Maybe working now and playing later isn’t such a bad idea... TAURUS (April 20 - May 19) Thanksgiving—the holiday that usually puts you in a grateful mood. This is related less to the historical significance and more to the culinary experience. And, while you may have to deal with questions from a nosy relative or two, in general, you are promised a week of sensual pleasures and creative opportunities. This may or may not include a whipped cream interlude with your sweetie and/or a food sculpture made from leftover Brussels sprouts. GEMINI (May 20 - June 20) Whatever your plans for the Thanksgiving weekend, keep them flexible. Your ruler (mischievous Mercury) has started moving retrograde, so abandon any hopes for a well-organized, uncomplicated holiday. Adding a bit more drama to your life is the attention-seeking Sun in your relationship house. A word to the wise: If you’ve been ignoring your sweetie, you might want to start paying closer attention. Now. CANCER (June 21 - July 21) Being everyone’s favorite nurturer can be a big job on Thanksgiving. In the midst of preparing a feast, one or more of your guests also expects you to provide a soft shoulder to cry on. Not to mention your sister’s assumption that you’ll welcome her new golden retriever for the weekend. While Saturn insists you take care of the needs of your immediate family, by Sunday, romantic Venus and the mushy Moon have big plans for your love life. LEO (July 22 - August 22) Thanksgiving weekend promises to be fun and entertaining, providing you don’t allow stern Saturn in your communication house to have an undue influence on your social interactions. Expressing your disapproval is rarely a good conversation starter. After the weekend, your work environment may provide a romantic encounter. If you’re single, this could be the start of something profound. If you’re attached, make sure you go straight home after work... VIRGO (August 23 - September 21) Just in time to throw a monkey wrench into your Thanksgiving weekend plans, your ruler (clever Mercury) decides to turn around and move in reverse. This could mean anything from the oven malfunctioning before the turkey is roasted to your car breaking down as you are on your way to dinner at Mom’s. Fortunately, on Sunday, every cloud has a silver lining. Feel free to celebrate Thanksgiving late. Maybe Mom will bring you leftovers... LIBRA (September 22 - October 22) It may be stressful early on Thanksgiving (likely due to a lack of sleep, thanks to irritable Mars in your house of unconsciousness). But by the time evening rolls around, you are feeling pretty mellow. On Saturday, your ruler (sociable Venus) leaves the tactless sign of Sagittarius to enter the dignified sign of Capricorn. This allows you to do damage control on any foot-in-mouth moments you now regret. Hmm. SCORPIO (October 23 - November 21) The emphasis on your values and desires continues over the Thanksgiving weekend. In fact, the new moon solar eclipse on Friday is the perfect time to visualize your dreams and send them out into the cosmos to be manifested. Meanwhile, after the weekend, a destined romance is on the way. If you’re looking for a soul mate, this is a good thing. If you already have a full-time mate, this could mean trouble. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 - December 20) Make sure there are birthday candles handy to stick in the pumpkin pie when you share your zodiac celebration with Thanksgiving. While you may have to compete with turkey and football for attention on Thursday, you should have the remainder of the week to enjoy being in first place. In fact, with pleasurable Venus influencing your ruler, jovial Jupiter, life is one big smile... CAPRICORN (December 21 - January 18)You’re quite absentminded for most of the Thanksgiving weekend. This gives you the perfect excuse to beg off doing any food preparation that requires a stove, an electric mixer or a sharp knife. By Saturday, charming Venus has entered your sign. For the next few weeks, you can talk your way into or out of nearly anything. Your sweetie doesn’t stand a chance... AQUARIUS (January 19 - February 17) While this holiday is supposed to be about being grateful, you are not completely on board this year. 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PUBLIC NOTICES 995 Fictitious Name Statement 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) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 127941 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as MARIN REFLEXOLOGY, 357 THIRD ST., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: KRISTEN S. ANDERSON, 7924 WINTER BORN WAY, WINDSOR, CA 95492. 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, 2010. (Publication Dates: November 18, 25; December 2, 9, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 128086 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as I (LOVE) YOUR DOG!, 216 VILLA AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: SHANNON CLAHAN, 216 VILLA AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on October 31, 2010. (Publication Dates: November 18, 25; December 2, 9, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2011128080 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as RD ENTERPRISES, 40 BELVEDERE ST., SUITE 2, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: VITREO INC., 40 BELVEDERE ST., SUITE 2, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by a corporation. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on November 21, 2011. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on October 31, 2010. (Publication Dates: November 18, 25; December 2, 9, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 128109 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as SAGE PARTNERS, 226 BRET HARTE RD., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: TOBIN

& ASSOCIATES LLC., 226 BRET HARTE RD., 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 November 3, 2011. (Publication Dates: November 18, 25; December 2, 9, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 128160 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as BAY AREA MEDICAL MASSAGE; BREAD BOX, 15 S. KNOLL RD. #5, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: RABEL K. MANGAHAS, 15 S. KNOLL RD. #5, 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 July 1, 2011. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on November 14, 2011. (Publication Dates: November 25; December 2, 9, 16, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2011128169 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as RALPH J. ALEXANDER & ASSOCIATES, 1425 N. MCDOWELL BLVD. SUITE 130, PETALUMA, CA 94954: FIRMA DESIGN GROUP, 1425 N. MCDOWELL BLVD. SUITE 130, PETALUMA, CA 94954. This business is being conducted by a corporation. 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 November 15, 2011. (Publication Dates: November 25; December 2, 9, 16, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 128033 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as SYLLYSOX ENTERPRISES, 120 B DOMINGA AVE., FAIRFAX, CA 94930: GREGORY SCOTT NEWCORN, 120 B DOMINGA AVE., FAIRFAX, CA 94930. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on October 24, 2011. (Publication Dates: November 25; December 2, 9, 16, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2011128171 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as ENERGEASE, 16 SALINAS AVE., SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960: HEIDI E. IRGENS, 16 SALINAS 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 November 11, 2011. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on November 15, 2011. (Publication Dates: November 25; December 2, 9, 16, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 128194 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as POSARD BROEK & ASSOCIATES, 112 PINE ST., SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960: POSARD BROEK & ASSOCIATES INC., 112 PINE ST., SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960. This business is being conducted by a corporation. 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 17, 2011. (Publication Dates: November 25; December 2, 9, 16, 2011)

997 All Other Legals ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF MARIN. No. CIV 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 Dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Opal, JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT (Pacific Sun: Dates: November 4, 11, 18, 25, 2011) ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF MARIN. No. CIV 1105568. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner TAYLOR MARIE ANGELOS filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: TAYLOR MARIE ANGELOS to TAYLOR PERRY. 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: January 10, 2012, 9:00AM, Dept. L, Room L, Superior Court of California, County of Marin, 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael, CA 94913-4988. 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: November 10, 2011 /s/ LYNN DURYEE, JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT (Pacific Sun: November 18, 25; December 2, 9, 2011) ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF MARIN. No. CIV 1105676. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner ALAN HENRY GAEL filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: ALAN HENRY GAEL to ALAN GAYLE HAGBERG. 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 29, 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: November 17, 2011 /s/ FAYE Dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;OPAL, JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT (Pacific Sun: November 25; December 2, 9, 16, 2011)

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