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›› LETTERS Sonoman feeling ignored by story about ignoring Humboldt... I feel left out here in Sonoma County and my vote ignored. Your otherwise informative cover article [“Humboldt Pie,” Nov. 11] on the new 2nd Congressional district—which is indeed “a strange bird”—fails to mention that a big part of Sonoma County is also in that district. Not all of our most populated portions of the county are in the 2nd District, but our second-most populous city, Petaluma, as well as Sebastopol where I live, and all of the expansive West County, are. The most visible candidate here, by far, is Norman Solomon of Inverness. He spoke at a Nov. 19 rally in support of Occupy Sebastopol, which was attended by some 150 people throughout a solidarity afternoon. Solomon has been a frequent lecturer at the War and Peace class that I have taught at Sonoma State University for years. Solomon will also be speaking at the candidates’ night at Guzman Hall at Dominican University on Dec. 15, where I also teach. Solomon will get my vote, as well as those of many Sonomans. We think that his progressive values are the best to replace Petaluma’s wonderful, retiring Rep. Lynn Woolsey in Congress and continue her legacy. Marin’s immediate neighbor to the north has far more votes in the 2nd District than the two tiny counties your article’s graphic includes—Del Norte and Trinity. Shepherd Bliss, Sebastopol

Plus, Humboldt says ‘either’; Marin says ‘eye-ther’... Glad to see someone got it right [“Humboldt Pie, Nov. 11]. Humboldt is in Northern

California; Marin is in Central California. Look at a map! But never mind that. Let’s talk about differences from Marin. I’m a woman born in sophistiSorry Marin, the 2nd Congres- cated New York, sional District has a new best then lived and restaurant--Japhy’s Soup and worked in hip Noodles! Hollywood and now live in Mellow Marin but also had a business—the lovely Lost Whale Inn—for 17 years in Trinidad (30 miles up the road from Eureka) and also a small vacation beach house there. So I feel I can talk about HoHum (as I called it lovingly for years), well versed in its personality. Did you know that the Eureka-Arcata airport (which is neither in Eureka nor Arcacta; it’s in McKinleyville) was built by the Army at the start of WWII because it was the foggiest spot in the USA and a perfect place to teach flyers instrument landings? Therefore when the war was over, one would think they’d move the airport to a sunnier place. Nope. They just kept building on the same spot and now the odds of getting in or out of Humboldt during the foggy months are from zero to iffy. Also, because of very heavy rainfalls, getting in or out by car is a long shot due to slides along the highway, which close 101 regularly. About Arcata, a town that time forgot; you may be called a Humboldt honey if you wear the town uniform—Birkenstocks and tie-dye; headbands cool, baby, cool.


TOP POSTINGS THIS WEEK Obama hits new LOW in new Gallup Poll! Young 27% Women 26% College Graduates 24% Independents 23% Hispanics 23% Those are his approval ratings in the above groups. The poll was conducted by Gallup a... Cafe Gratitude orders the ‘I Am Closing’ Cafe Gratitude appears to be suffering from a lack of gratitude from some of its employees—and due to a “series of aggressive lawsuits” the new-agey chain’s owners plan t... behave badly..

Your soapbox is waiting at ›› Same town has a spring parade where women march topless. (Lecher alert.) Same town during Vietnam was the underground railway to Canada for men who didn’t want to die needlessly. A yearly event is the slimy yellow Banana Slug Race. Goes like this: Get your slug, and place it on top of a tree stump, pour some beer on your entry and hope it crawls to the center first. Followed by a parade and the crowning of the Banana Slug Queen. I could go on and on. But there is one thing about that county that defines it: It is arguably one of the most stunning parts of the USA. The scenery is drop-dead gorgeous. (Marin’s is beautiful, too.) Searching for agates on the beaches and lagoons is the finest meditation anywhere. A tiny hole-in-the wall restaurant, Japhy’s, in Arcata is the best in the state: my opinion. But are we similar? Think water and oil. Think apples and oranges. Think chalk and cheese. Think Venus and Mars... Rita Lakin, San Rafael

‘Sword of passive resistance requires no scabbard’—Gandhi Sadistic brutality against peaceful “occupier” protesters must be stopped immediately and the perpetrators punished. American constitutional democracy is under attack in the name of law and order. Shades of Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan! Fear and intimidation are the tools of fascists and other authoritarians, but they won’t work if Americans stand together and demand social and economic justice—and legal law enforcement. Reported collusion against the “occupiers” among federal, state and local officials must not be tolerated. The Nuremberg trials taught us that fanatical bullies in power must be held responsible for their decisions and actions. A group of civil rights activists in Germany filed suit to open a war crimes investigation of Donald Rumsfeld and others responsible for abuse at Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo Bay prisons. Why not the International Criminal Court? Well, the U.S. is not a member and has veto power in the United Nations. Do as we say, not as we do? For shame! Just following orders? Does that mean CIA, military and contract interrogators can practice torture, incarceration and murder with impunity? That was the disgraceful

defense of Nazi leaders at the Nuremberg trials, and it didn’t work. Bush, Cheney and their cabal gave the orders and must be held accountable. History teaches that unpunished tyranny inevitably will be repeated. We must demand that President Obama, Attorney General Eric Holder and the Congress investigate and hold accountable everyone who participates in violating the U.S. Constitution. This includes the mayors, police chiefs, sheriffs, other local officials and police officers who authorize or use excessive force against peaceful protesters. Eileen Siedman, Mill Valley

Marinites need to stop satisfying their ‘animal needs’! This should solve the problem: Add a 20 percent surtax charge to all pet products— food, clothing, toys, care, This fella’s owner should be on etc.—and the the hook for the welfare state in money colits entirety. lected goes into affordable-housing, subsidized-housing, food banks, soup kitchens only—not to be used for any other “government services.” Anyone spending money on animals should be supporting “people first,” and have no objection to paying more to help needy humans. I understand that this country spends more money on pets than it does on education for children. I’m not surprised; a walk into any Safeway reveals an entire row dedicated to “animal needs”... and this is right next door to the pet store at Northgate, selling nothing but pets and products for them. Marcia Blackman, San Rafael

Here’s hoping ‘soaked in blood’ doesn’t make our list... To keep perspective on our lives, it is well to remember that we leave this world the way we came in: blind, cranky, toothless and babbling like fools. Kimberly Clark, Greenbrae



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he Community Media Center of Marin is more than meeting expectations to provide local residents with public, educational and government programming on cable channels in the county. Now, Comcast has decided to withhold funds the Media Center is counting on to continue its work. The cable company claims it’s under no legal obligation to pass along a charge it collects on customers’ bills, which amounts to 1 percent of its gross billing for video service. The Marin Telecommunications Agency (MTA), a joint powers authority, says Comcast’s refusal to pass along the charge violates the state’s Digital Infrastructure and Video Communications Act of 2006 (DIVCA). That 1 percent could go a long way toward stabilizing future prospects for operating funds at the Media Center. DIVCA mandates that telecommunication companies holding a state franchise in California are supposed to collect the fee and pass it along to local telecommunication agencies to support public programming known as PEG (public, education, government). But the situation in Marin is complicated and stretches back to 2006, when the MTA board voted unanimously to approve a new franchise agreement with Com-

cast—which ended six years of negotiations involving three telecommunication companies. TCI had cable service in Marin at the start of the negotiations; then AT&T moved in and took over for TCI; then Comcast took over for AT&T. Toward the end of the negotiating period, rumblings of changes in telecommunication laws, state and federal, spurred the MTA to act. Concerned that federal and state law would soon reduce the authority of local telecommunication agencies, the MTA board struck a deal that, among other things, required Comcast to put up $3.1 million to get the Media Center out of the starting gate. The cable company agreed to front the money in exchange for a stipulation that it would add a 49-cent fee onto customers’ bills to recoup that money during the 10-year term of the franchise contract. At the time, it seemed the MTA had struck the best possible deal to help protect local public programming. Shortly after the deal was signed, DIVCA became law. Telecommunication companies in the state lobbied heavily to get the bill passed because it imposed a statewide franchise. Local telecommunications agencies weren’t so enthusiastic because the legislation reduced local control and ceded 10 >


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Newsoms movin’ on up, to the Kent Woodlands side... Take a quick glance into that car next to you, Kentfield commuters—that may be Gavin Newsom stuck in Sir Francis Drake Blvd. traffic. The lieutenant gov and his family recently closed escrow on an 1,800square-foot, three-bedroom abode on Rock Road in Kent Woodlands. Tax records put the property at 1.4 acres—a steal these days at the $2.2 million the Newsoms paid. The former San Francisco mayor and Redwood High School graduate and his young clan had relocated in June to the Ross home of the parents of wife Jennifer Siebel Newsom— around the same time as Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey was gearing up to announce plans to retire from representing the newly formed 2nd District in Washington. When questioned by Pacific Sun reporter Ronnie Cohen at the time regarding the Marin prodigal son’s ambitions toward Woolsey’s seat, Newsom spokesman Francisco J. Castillo was steadfastly tight-lipped about the family’s relocation, saying only that the move to Ross was due to the impending birth of the Newsoms’ second child. “In anticipation of their new arrival, the Newsoms have decided to temporarily relocate to a relative’s home in Marin County,” Castillo wrote in response to multiple emails. When further pressed about running for Marin’s open congressional seat, Castillo replied, “Contrary to rumors and speculations cited in recent media reports, Lt. Governor Newsom has no intention of pursuing a run for the U.S. House of Representatives.”—Jason Walsh Cafe Gratitude will have the ‘I Am Closing’... Cafe Gratitude appears to be suffering from a lack of gratitude from some of its employees—and due to a “series of aggressive lawsuits,” the New-Agey chain’s owners plan to sell all eight of their restaurants, including the San Rafael location at 2200 Fourth St. On Gratitude co-owner Terces Engelhart’s Facebook page this week a message to “Our Cafe Gratitude Community” was posted and credited to Matthew and Terces Engelhart.“With great sadness we are announcing the upcoming closing/sale of all Northern California Cafe Gratitudes,” began the posting, which is also viewable on the restaurant’s website at Engelhart says in the message that costly litigation has “brought us to this unfortunate choice.” “Although we believe that we have done nothing wrong and our policies are completely legal, it will cost us too much money to defend them in court. Despite telling the attorneys that brought the lawsuits that the current structure and resources of Cafe Gratitude are insufficient to sustain and defend our community, they have refused to give up and are forcing us to close.” The lawsuits filed against the company include an allegation of illegal tip pooling, and a suit from a former salaried bookkeeper who is allegedly owed unpaid overtime wages. The owners of the 8-year-old chain wrote that they were glad to “tolerate low margins” if it meant sustaining the company on the “transformation and personal growth” of its customers,“while providing local love.” Added the Engelharts:“That commitment is under attack and we will not be able to weather the storm.”The chain will remain open “for a few months” as the company owners seek a buyer or buyers.—JW A Charlie Brown Christmas—on Ring Mountain Marin County Parks is hold10 > ing a one-time-only event this Saturday, Dec. 3, at the Ring Mountain Preserve



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1. Trick question: The USA is located near the center of what Marin County city? 2. The tradition of decorating an evergreen tree at Christmas time began in the 16th century, in which of these countries: Germany, Switzerland or Norway? 3. What motel chain reminds us “We’ll leave the light on for you”? 4. The following locations house which presidential libraries? 4a. Little Rock, Arkansas 4b. Atlanta, Georgia 4c. Austin, Texas 4d. Simi Valley, California 5. Pictured, right: 5a. Next year Queen Elizabeth, currently the longest reigning European monarch, will celebrate how many years as British ruler? 5b. How much longer would she have to reign to surpass what longest-reigning British monarch of all time? (two answers) 5c. What actress won the 2006 best actress Oscar for playing Queen Elizabeth in The Queen? 6. The native peoples of Canada consider the name Eskimo as pejorative; they prefer to call themselves what? 7. The Dire Straits hit “Money for Nothing” popularized what four-word phrase (sung in falsetto by Sting)? 8. How many years passed between the signing of the Declaration of Independence and the inauguration of President George Washington? 9. What object mentioned in the book of Genesis was constructed of gopher wood? 10. The Canary Islands are named after what kind of animals?




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W While most Marinites are trying to minimize their footprint on the world, the county planning commissioners are approving plans for a 15,240square-foot structure atop a Tiburon hill. Unbelievably, that structure is a single family home. Sure, it will be a “green” dwelling, but almost 3,000 cubic feet of soil will be slashed off the top of the hill and Paradise Drive will be widened around the McMansion’s driveway. While the home site provides a beautiful view of the bay, it also gives folks on the bay a view of the monstrously sized home. Does one family really need all that space, especially when it dwarfs all the homes anywhere nearby? Five commissioners gave the plans a nod. We give them a Zero.—Nikki Silverstein

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V It was raining heavily when Marilyn Geary of Woodacre boarded Golden Gate Transit bus #70 to travel from San Francisco to Marin. Still in the city, Marilyn watched a woman get on the bus and ask the driver about bus #10. The woman grew distressed upon hearing it had departed. “Don’t worry,” the driver said, “we’ll catch it.” Unfortunately, the #10 didn’t stay at the next stops long enough for her to connect with it. The driver, sympathetic to the plight of his worried passenger, called and asked the #10 to wait. Relieved and thankful, the woman was finally able to board her desired bus. Marilyn was touched by the kindness and service offered by Kito, the driver of #70. “He went beyond expectations,” says Marilyn. Kudos for Kito.

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FRIDAY, DEC. 2 Game of Your Life A teenMONDAY, DEC. 5 ager wins a scholarship to a video game Rudolph the Reddesign program but learns the gaming mag- nosed Reindeer & nate is working on a shadowy side project. the Island of Misfit He’s probably bringing back Commodore Toys We hear what 64. (2011) NBC. 8pm. happens on the Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs The mam- Island of Misfit Toys moth, the saber tooth and that weasel thing stays on the Island of discover a secret world of dinosaurs pre- Misfit Toys. ABC Family. 7pm. served through the magic of “merchandis- American Country Awards This is the one ing” in a film of such intelligence it makes where the country fans vote for the winthe first two look ners, which gives an like Bergman films. advantage to the (2009) FX. 8pm. performers whose Terminator Salnames are easy to vation The fourth spell. Fox. 8pm. installment is set A Charlie Brown in the post-apocChristmas When alyptic era after the you teach generarobots have taken tions of impressionover and are creatable children that ing life-like human Charlie’s crappy robots that can act little tree is OK, it’s better than Arnold A Capra-esque depiction of the One Percent. Saturday, 8pm. no wonder America Schwarzenegger. is falling behind the (2009) TNT. 8pm. rest of the world. CBS. 8pm. SATURDAY, DEC. 3 Indiana Jones MaraTUESDAY, DEC. 6 The Polar Express thon Watch a dashing young archaeologist Scores of children are abducted on Christsearching for treasure slowly transform into mas Eve and whisked out of state for a ritual a college professor clipping coupons for the involving a charismatic cult leader and his early-bird special. SyFy. 1pm. army of diminutive mutants. (2004) ABC It’s a Wonderful Life If Potter was so evil, Family. 6:30pm. why was there no Occupy Bedford Falls? Change Your Age with Dr. Daniel Amen (1946) NBC. 8pm. This is about personal health, not making a The Hangover A band of guys on a bach- totally kick-ass fake ID. KQED. 7:30pm. elor party trip to Vegas wake up with no memory of what happened the night WEDNESDAY, DEC. 7 24 Hours After before and no Pearl Harbor A idea where the day that will long groom is. Sublive in somewhat stitute “last 10 less infamy. History years” for the Channel. 8pm. “night before” Moonshiners A a n d “e v e r y new series follows body’s money” the lives of backfor “the groom” woods distillers and you have who cling to old the legal stratoutlaw traditions of these two will help Mr. Snow Miser save Christmas, egy for basi- One producing conThursday at 10. cally everybody coctions so powon Wall Street erful that people who’s not holding a protest sign. (2009) just driving by get pulled over for DUI. TBS. 9pm. Discovery Channel. 10pm. SUNDAY, DEC. 4 Old School Nearing middle age, three friends take a break from their adult lives and start their own fraternity, complete with beer bashes and scantily clad coeds. Apparently, nobody bothered to tell them about the Porsche and hairpiece option, considered the gold standard of the midlife crisis industry. (2003) TBS. 6pm. Diners and Drive-Ins “Vegetarian beet sliders” sounds less like something for a cooking show and more like something for Animal Planet’s “Weird,True and Freaky.” Food Network. 6:30pm. World’s Dirtiest Man It’s microbes and mites, not Herman Cain’s sex life. Discovery Channel. 8pm.

THURSDAY, DEC. 8 Beyond Scared Straight Delinquent teens spend a night behind bars, learning important lessons like why education is important, why drugs are not worth the risk and how much they are worth in cigarettes. A&E. 10pm. A Miser Brothers’ Christmas After a sleigh accident, the Heat Miser and the Snow Miser have to take over for Santa, providing the Heat Miser a chance to drop in on Donald Trump and give the magnate his hair back. ABC Family. 10pm. Critique That TV Guy at

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franchise mandates and decided to move from the local agreement, set to expire in it to the state. Previously, local govern2016, to a new state franchise agreement. mental entities, like the MTA, could strike “The MTA spent a few months analyzing their own deals. Telecommunications companies had to get approvals from each our existing agreement with Comcast and the state franchise and comparing them local entity across the state, and each local to make sure we knew what we would lose entity could mandate different requireand what we would gain and what the imments, and each contract could set different fees and rates. The telecommunication pact would be on customers,” says Barbara Thornton, the MTA’s executive offer. “The companies wanted a level playing field. Media Center needs these [1 percent] PEG Under DIVCA, a telecommunications company applies to the state Public Utilities funds to help support them. That’s one of the reasons the MTA decided to go to the Commission (PUC) for a franchise agreestatewide franchise.” In April, the MTA ment that allows the company to provide requested that Comcast switch to the state video service. One of the requirements in franchise. The company applied for a state that franchise contract is the 1 percent fee agreement, which became effective in June. to help fund PEG programming. This move has caused a disagreement In 1984, a House Commerce Committee that jeopardizes the Media Center’s future. released a report that stated, “Public access The MTA points to a section of the state channels are often the video equivalent of public utilities code that states, “All obligathe speaker’s soap box or the electronic tions to provide and support PEG channel parallel to the printed pamphlet. They profacilities and institutional networks... convide groups and individuals who generally tained in a locally issued franchise existing have not had access to the electronic media on December 31, 2009, shall continue unwith the opportunity to become sources of information in the electronic marketplace.” til the local franchise expires [or] until the Although that was written before the explo- term of the franchise would have expired if it had not been terminated...” The MTA sion of the Internet and social media, it’s interprets that to mean Comcast should still true, say PEG supporters. still be collecting the That accounts for 49-cent fee for PEG the concern media“Comcast is wrong because they programming and savvy Marinites exsending it to the MTA pressed when Com- are collecting money and not for the Media Center. cast first said it no remitting it,” says Berman. In addition, the longer had an interest company must follow in continuing operation of its single public access channel; that DIVCA and contribute the state franchise led to the agreement between Comcast and fee for PEG operations. Comcast differs. The company believes the MTA, and the opening the Media Center, which now has an impressive array of that the state franchise agreement doesn’t public, educational and government pro- obligate it to give the MTA that 1 percent of gross revenues because the company’s gramming. pr evious agreement for a 49-cent charge The DIVCA legislation stipulates that a still holds. Giving the MTA 1 percent for telecommunication agency or a company the media center on top of the 49-cent fee can abrogate a local franchise agreement would unfairly enrich the MTA, according if another telecommunications company to Comcast. enters a local market in which a comThe MTA counters that one of its pany already has a local franchise. AT&T ordinances states, “The [PEG] fee shall be re-entering the market in Marin under remitted to the [MTA] quarterly... at the the state franchise is a good example of same time as the video service provider why the telecommunication companies remits its franchise fee...” After Comcast wanted DIVCA. entered into the state franchise agreement, In addition to the 1 percent fee for PEG it stopped passing on the 49-cent PEG fee. programming, DIVCA also mandates It also refused to send the 1 percent to the that companies under the state franchise MTA. The company says it will withhold agreement must collect and send to the any PEG payment until it collects $1.8 local jurisdictions in which they operate million from customers—the amount out5 percent of their gross video revenue; standing from the original $3.1 million the that was part of the Comcast deal with company put up for the Media Center. the MTA before DIVCA. That money has The original local franchise deal included found its way into city coffers depleted by just the $3.1 million to get the Media of the weak economy. The 1 percent for Center started—no ongoing operating PEG was not part of the local deal. Under funds. That’s why the 1 percent in the state DIVCA, companies must remit 1 percent franchise is important—especially in light of their gross revenue to local telecommunication agencies, but they do not have of the weak economy, which has contribto charge customers for that amount. They uted to PEG channels and media centers closing across the country. Private and don’t have to, but of course they do. business contributions have declined. When Comcast was collecting that 49 cents the MTA signed with Comcast in 2006, sugfrom customers to cover what it considgestions for the Media Center’s long-term ers its total PEG obligations. 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where the public is invited to select, cut down and take home a Christmas tree from the preserve. The idea is to take out pine trees which are invading the preserve and impacting habitats. Girl Scouts will be on hand to help with swag-making and refreshments, and tools will be provided. The park service warns:“Please note that these trees come in all shapes and sizes, and may not necessarily serve as a replacement for your traditional holiday tree... think Charlie Brown Christmas tree.” Also think poison oak—”Trees are growing across the preserve and are often difficult to access,” according to the parks’ news release. Families are advised to wear warm clothing and dress appropriately for hiking through scrub. The event is 10am-2pm. To get to the Ring Mountain Preserve from Highway 101, take the Paradise Drive/ Tamalpais Drive exit and continue onto Paradise Drive. The event is at the Phyllis Ellman Trail entrance.—Julie Vader

Poll shows support for SMART chugging along Sixty percent of voters in Marin and Sonoma counties are opposed to a repeal of the Sonoma Marin Area Rail Transit, so says a poll released this week by the North Bay Leadership Council. The poll, commissioned by NBLC and conducted by Dresner Wickers Barber Sanders, surveyed 501 randomly selected voters in the district where, in 2008, more than two-thirds voted in favor of Measure Q, which created a quarter-cent sales tax to fund rail from Cloverdale to Larkspur. But recessionary woes and poor public relations have plagued SMART almost from the get-go; an anti-SMART group, RepealSMART, says its members are currently gathering signatures to place a referendum to repeal Measure Q on the 2012 ballot. But officials from the North Bay Leadership Council say the poll is evidence that “an overwhelming majority of voters want the SMART project to continue to move forward.” “It is clear from the poll results, that given these tough economic times, North Bay voters are clamoring for the 900 jobs SMART will create by year’s end followed by many more jobs in the coming years,” says NBLC president Cynthia Murray. Murray says that “green transportation alternatives to Highway 101” offered by the train and its accompanying bike and pedestrian pathway are another reason the poll results show continued support for SMART despite, as the NBLC describes it,“a perceived rocky start.” Results from the poll, which was completed in late October, show that about 10 percent of respondents were “not sure” how they’d vote on a repeal, while 32 percent said they would support a repeal—about the same percentage that voted against Measure Q in 2008. Murray says she hopes the poll results will compel RepealSMART to drop its efforts to stop the train. “The train opponents have already cost Marin and Sonoma taxpayers millions of dollars [in] bond sale penalties,” says Murray.“Now they want to make taxpayers pay even more for an unnecessary, expensive do-over election that voters already decided in 2008.” The sample size of the poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.37 percent.—JW Tam Fire Crew’s got ‘em, smokes ‘em... No, that’s not your Aunt Edna’s overcooked turkey still smoldering from Thanksgiving—it’s a controlled vegetation burn being conducted by the Tamalpais Fire Crew. The Marin County Fire Department’s Tamalpais Fire Crew cut piles and piles of vegetation this summer to create a fuel-reduction zone east of Highway 101, along the Scettrini Fire Road and Puerto Suelo Hill—and the time has come to light ‘em up. According to fire officials, this month’s controlled burns will occur based on weather conditions and air quality regulations—but if all is clear, the blazes will begin this week and last through December, or until the piles are consumed. “The Tamalpais Fire Crew will be burning Tuesday through Friday each week,” says San Rafael Fire Chief Christopher Gray.“Smoke from these controlled burns will be visible from Highway 101, as well as the neighborhoods in the area.” Currently, he adds, the crew is working to install the necessary hose lines in preparation for the burning. This “hazardous fuel” reduction project is a joint effort between the San Rafael Fire Department and the County Fire Department intended to create a “fire break”—open space fire breaks provide firefighters with an area to safely manage and control the spread of wildfire to adjacent neighborhoods.—JW Study calls for more studies The Marine Mammal Commission, an independent body of the federal government, released a report last week on the impact of mariculture on harbor seals in Drakes Bay. Impact on the seal population is one of the hotly contested factors in the long-running dispute over oyster farming in the Point Reyes National Seashore. The report gives succor to both sides in the argument, and, in the end, does not take

a stand on whether the Drakes Bay Oyster Company should be allowed to continue operating in the park. Oysters have been farmed in the area since the 1930s, and the current companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lease expires Nov. 30, 2012. The Park Service wants to turn the estuary back to wilderness. The commission reviewed available data, mostly from Park Service studies, and found â&#x20AC;&#x153;the data... are scant and have been stretched to their limit. Nevertheless, the analyses... provide some support for the conclusion that harbor seal habitat-use patterns and mariculture activities in Drakes Estero are at least correlated. However, the data and analyses are not sufficient to demonstrate a causal relationship.â&#x20AC;? The 77-page report describes weaknesses and gaps in previous studies, and includes lengthy analysis of â&#x20AC;&#x153;haulout sitesâ&#x20AC;? and seal â&#x20AC;&#x153;head alerts.â&#x20AC;? In conclusion, the commission recommended 20 areas for further study or evaluation and concluded that the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Marine Mammal Commission would be pleased to advise the Secretary of the Interior (Ken Salazar) regarding the science needed to understand harbor seal use of the estuary following his decision.â&#x20AC;? The secretary is expected to make a decision sometime next year. The National Park Service is extending the public comment period on the draft environmental impact statement for the Drakes Bay Oyster Company special use permit, because of the new report, to Dec. 9. For more information, visit To view the Marine Mammal Commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s report, go toâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;JV

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Michael Murphy, human potential and the long drive to the big screen for ‘Golf in the Kingdom’



hivas Irons Experiment in True Gravity.” That is the title of an odd little video, posted three-and-a-half years ago on YouTube by someone named Shivasrocks. The charmingly enigmatic mini-documentary was shot at the Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort in Pennsylvania. After an intro about rain on the seventh green, four golfers identify themselves as the Shivas Irons Society. Three of them actually claim to be Shivas Irons, while the fourth identifies himself as Seamus McDuff. The foursome then proceeds to play golf. Afterwards, Irons, Irons, Irons and McDuff all describe their feelings about the “experiment” they’ve just conducted, an attempt at making the perfect shot through total focus on the game. They describe it as a quest for something called “True Gravity.” The video has been viewed over 2,200 times. But not once by Michael Murphy, the author who actually


created the characters of Shivas Irons and Seamus McDuff. It was Murphy who first described the concept of True Gravity in his classic, best-selling 1971 novel, Golf in the Kingdom. “How is it I’ve never seen that video?” laughs Murphy after I’ve described the YouTube bit over a cup of tea in Murphy’s lively book-filled Sausalito apartment overlooking the bay. “That’s very, very interesting. I’ll definitely have to take a look at it.” Murphy, 81, is best known as the co-founder of the Esalen Institute in Big Sur. Established in the 1960s, Esalen quickly grew in reputation, establishing itself as a major destination for alternative thinkers and philosophers probing the boundaries of human potential. By the time Murphy ceased direct operation of Esalen in the early 1970s—he’s still active on the board of trustees—Esalen was viewed by many as standing at the center of the human potential movement, as it was becoming known. Since then, Murphy has authored a number of books, fiction and nonfiction, delving into issues of spirituality and extraordinary physical and mental achievement. Golf in the Kingdom, released to immediate acclaim 40 years ago, was Murphy’s first book, and to date, his most successful, never going out of print in four decades. Masquerading as a book about golf, Kingdom reveals itself to be a kind of mystical tall tale, the story of a young man with an interest in meditation, whose life is changed when he meets a Scottish golf professional named Shivas Irons and embarks on a 24-hour “lesson” that eventually covers far more earth-shaking ground than merely learning how to improve his golf game. With the assistance of a mysterious hermit/madman/ guru/golf enthusiast named Seamus McDuff, Shivas guides his student into a deeper understanding of the world. “These characters, these concepts, they’ve definitely developed a life of their own,” chuckles Murphy, who’s learned, over the years, that countless people have named pets and children after Shivas and Seamus, golf clubs have adopted phrases and ideas from the book, and many readers report that Shivas Irons visits them in their dreams. Murphy





THOUGH TECHNICALLY OWNED by Warner Bros.—which worked with Eastwood for 10 years to develop a workable script—the film rights were licensed back to Murphy, who’s formed a limited partnership with independent film producer Mindy Affrime (Tell Me a Riddle, Wrestling with Alligators, Female Perversions) and director Susan Streitfeld (Female Perversions, The Summer of My Deflowering). The movie, featuring David O’Hara (Braveheart, The Tudors, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1) and an impressive cast of Hollywood character actors (Malcolm McDowell, Frances Fisher, Julian Sands, Joanne Whalley) has been making the rounds of film festivals, and begins a Marin County run next weekend at the Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center. Filmed in Oregon— standing in for Scotland—the film has had a much rockier journey into existence than the book, which Murphy wrote in an explosion of inspiration at the age of 40. “It was the first book I wrote, and the first book I tried to write,” he says, stepping to the bookshelf and pulling out a paperback edition of Golf (a new one, with the poster image of the movie on the front cover). “The book just kind of... emerged. It felt channeled to me. It came in a rush. Norman Mailer once said, ‘Every aspiring writer gets one free one from God.’ Well, Golf in the Kingdom was my free one. It came out fast. “It’s funny,” he adds, “because every book I’ve written since has come out slower, and been less popular. But Golf in the Kingdom, this thing’s been selling for 40 years.” Those 40 years have given Murphy plenty of time to develop a short-and-sweet description of exactly what Golf in the Kingdom is all about, its core message, the true meaning. “The book is an exploration of the things I was thinking about at the time,” he explains. “I realized that there are divine disclosures in life, but that we can’t always see them. We are all pilgrims, all unknowing, and we come close to the light—and we go away from the light. My protagonist is heading for India, hoping to receive the great disclosure. He’s aimed in such

a way that a golf course is of Murphy’s work the last place he’d expect over the years, and to encounter the divine. stories like the one He thinks he’s just playhe’s just told form ing golf, and when the the background very thing he’s searching of his research. In for is presented to him, addition to several he walks away from it. more novels, includ“That’s the fundaing the 1997 Golf in mental conceit of the the Kingdom sequel, book. He is presented The Kingdom of Shivas with the divine, and Irons, Murphy’s books he doesn’t recognize include 1978’s The it.” Psychic Side of Sports Put another way, and its 1995 follow-up, it’s about a golfer In the Zone: Tranwho gets more than scendent Experience in he bargains for Sports, and several more. when he asks for a The book he considers golf lesson, ends up his most ambitious is spending the night 1992’s The Future of the chasing banshees Body: Explorations into and phantoms, The 19 the Further Evolution of 71 witnesses inex- perfec tionboanok deals with the link betwee Human Nature. n athletic d human potent ial. plicable mystical “It’s a collection of events—and behundreds of these kinds comes a somewhat better golfer, of experiences, stories that not realizing until later that the experience people tell me,” Murphy actually transformed him into a significantly explains. “I’ve been taking testimony from different person. golfers and other athletes for 40 years. The “Many people, especially golfers and book is so well known, whenever I go to a golf athletes, view it as a book about skill-building, course, there’s always somebody who has to finding that sweet spot of perfection during a tell me their mystical golfing experience.” game that borders on the mystical,” I observe. Mystical golf experience. In addition to “On some level, isn’t Golf and the Kingdom being a better than average name for a rock about skill-building, maximizing one’s pogroup, it’s an intriguing notion, that golf, in tential? And isn’t True Gravity sort of another addition to providing a thousand apt metaway of saying perfection?” phors for life, may also be a path into some “Yes, well, it’s about character building,” kind of truly revolutionary understanding of Murphy replies. “It’s about the mystic germ human potential. Murphy is certain that it is. that is growing in us all. That’s where I started. “It’s a standing fact, hiding in plain sight, That’s what I set out to do, to explore some of how much of this type of mystical experience those ideas, and the concept of True Gravbreaks out in golf and in certain other sports,” ity, it really just came to me, it popped into he says. “I’ve come to think that almost all my mind as a concept, and then it grew as I kinds of very intense physical activities, events continued to write.” that involve deep absorption toward some As the YouTube video demonstrates, there cherished outcome, activities that stretch your are people who take that concept very, very being, are very much like the contemplative seriously. practice. They are a form of meditation. “It’s wonderful, isn’t it?” Murphy says. “And over the years,” he continues, “I’ve “People write to me about it all the time. They observed that every human attribute morphs have from the beginning. There is a certain into a supernormal version of itself at certain golf professional, who I had met prior to writ- instances. True Gravity, I’d say, is a kind of ing the book, who wrote to me right after it supernormal kinesthesis. In basketball, they came out, in the summer of ’72. This was one talk about playing ‘above the basket.’” of the first letters I got. And he told me about The sports world is full of stories about his experience he’d just had playing golf.” athletes inexplicably transcending their The letter described, in detail, how the physical capabilities. Sports at the highest level golfer was so inspired by reading Murphy’s now has made room for such concepts, with novel that he went out immediately—and sports psychology acknowledging that physishot the best game of his life. cal excellence and superior achievement are Adds Murphy, “He said, ‘It was a kind of about more than just physical training; there exaltation.’ And then, at the 18th hole, for the is a mental element that comes into play that first time in his life he hit it in two shots. A often does border on the magical. five par! And then, as he was walking uphill, O  O  O  O he said it felt like he was actually walking downhill. And then he asked, ‘Is that what you MURPHY HAS COME to accept that sometimes it crosses the border. mean by True Gravity?’ I’ve had dozens of “That was one aspect of what I was letters like that, had dozens of people describe thinking of when I wrote about True Gravexperiences like that.” ity,” he says, getting up to fetch another cup That connection between sports and huof tea. “True Gravity is an attraction, 14> man potential has been at the heart of much

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finds such stories delightful. “It’s part of the great mystery,” he says, “the contagion of a powerful character, or any powerful imaginative form. It’s been over 40 years since I wrote those characters, but they live on in unpredictable ways, inspiring people in unpredictable ways. It’s marvelous.” It seems that the one place Shivas Irons has not appeared is on the silver screen. Over the years, a number of renowned film directors have been attached to the book. In fact, Kingdom has been in development with one director or another since before it was first published. Filmmakers from Clint Eastwood to Gus Van Sant have sought a way to translate the unorthodox narrative to the big screen, with actors such as Sean Connery, Jack Nicholson and Daniel Day-Lewis all approached over the years to appear in the film. But somehow, that movie never materialized. Until now.



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ith all due respect to Tina Turner—we do need another hero. And with that in mind, the Pacific Sun, in partnership with Circle Bank, is presenting its first-ever Heroes of Marin awards—a salute to the community members whose dedication to bettering the lives of county residents has helped make Marin the special place it is today. After fielding more than 100 nominations from Pacific Sun readers, our panel of “hero” judges bestowed awards in eight separate categories. Recipients will be honored in the Pacific Sun through Dec. 16, with feature stories highlighting their good works. This week’s honorees include Mill Valley’s Nancy Novack, who received our Courage Award for creating Nancy’s List, an organization to meet the non-medical needs of people living with cancer; while Fairfax’s David McGuire and his oceanprotection nonprofit Sea Stewards are recipients of our Environmental Stewardship Award, for taking the bite out of the baleful shark-finning industry. —Jason Walsh, editor

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Having something like Nancy’s List to for support is enormously significant. s chairman and chief executive officer of Circle Bank, it is a continuing Nancy, who had stage four ovarian cancer, founded Nancy’s List in 2008 and pleasure to collaborate with the Pacific Sun and to honor “Heroes of has become a community catalyst for assembling individuals and businesses to Marin,” a designation that truly describes the extraordinary individuals work together on programs to support cancer victims and their families. The and organizations who we are recognizing. This week’s honorees are Nancy Novack, who created Nancy’s List, as emphasis of Nancy’s List is to help them face the psychological, emotional, the winner of the “Courage” award and David McGuire, founder of the Sea social, spiritual and economic concerns of a cancer diagnosis. David created Sea Stewards in 1996 and has worked virtually Stewards, for his role in “Environmental Stewardship.” As every day since as an “ocean advocate.” His accomplishments are with our previously announced They have but one of the most noteworthy is the ban of shark fin sales Heroes’ designees, they have demonstrated a high many which has become a model document for the preservation of the demonstrated a high degree of species. His work, first successful with a ban in Tiburon, served as personal commitment to the degree of personal a template for similar regulations in San Francisco. In turn, with benefit of our community. commitment to the support of Assemblyman Jared Huffman, the ban became a I am truly honored to single them the benefit of our statewide law in October 2011. out as “Heroes of Marin.” David also leads the Shark Stewards and Got Mercury Nancy Novack created Nancy’s List, an organization to meet community. programs for the Turtle Island Restoration Network for the non-medical needs of people living with cancer and living taking the bite out of the baleful shark-fin industry by leading the stateits mission statement, “No one will ever go through cancer alone.” wide charge to ban the sale of shark fins, which has resulted in the Shark As a cancer survivor myself, I can testify to the importance of that sentiment Protection Act, co-authored by Assemblyman Huffman, and signed into and action. Even with the wonderful support of family and friends, there are times when a cancer patient is simply overwhelmed by the process of recovery. law last month by Gov. Jerry Brown.

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hen Nancy Novack was diagnosed with stage four ovarian cancer in 2004, she had no idea how her life would change. And the community around her had no idea what good would come out of her difficult journey once she fully recovered a few years later. Upon meeting Novack, it is difficult to imagine her in poor health. Vibrant, lively and teeming with positivity, she has taken her gratitude for her full recovery from cancer and created a gift for those fighting—and otherwise affected by—cancer throughout Marin County and beyond. Her nonprofit organization, Nancy’s List, is her “thank you gift” for surviving. “When I was first diagnosed, I had no idea how serious it was,” says Novack, 67, on a recent morning in Mill Valley. “My doctor said ‘stage four’ and so I asked him to tell me about stage five.” As some know all-too-well, stage IV is as advanced as cancer gets. At this point it has spread to other organs in the body such as the liver, as in Novack’s case. After undergoing 21 chemotherapy treatments spread out over the course of two years, she came to realize the importance of having not only the financial ability to cover all the additional costs—like the white blood cell boosters she needed to self-administer at home—but the crucial need for a supportive community. She set out to help people connect to resources and one another and Nancy’s List was born with the goal to help improve the lives of the many people who are living with cancer and those who love and care for them. “One of the first things I thought of when I recovered was about the people who don’t have access to money,” says Novack. “Most of the people dealing with bankruptcy are


people living with cancer. We have to take care of each other.” In response to her own needs while battling cancer, she began compiling a list of resources, including financial assistance organizations and links to scholarships for children. Soon, she found herself adding lists of support groups, information for caregivers and resources on nutrition; she even developed a buddy system for simple everyday tasks and support. Through her work with Nancy’s List, Novack has developed an especially soft spot for children living with cancer. As Marin has no treatment programs available for youth with cancer, many must travel to Oakland Children’s Hospital, Stanford Hospital or UCSF Medical Center for their numerous appointments. And, she says, treatment for children is often longer than it is for adults. Nancy’s Club infuses a little fun into the lives of children living with cancer. Last year, Novack began a free sailing program for children and adults with cancer with Pegasus Voyage’s Stage-four cancer survivor Novack founded Nancy’s List with a mission: ‘No one will ever go through cancer alone.’ Richard Gillette. “The children and teens really have my heart,” she says. “They are so inspiring and it means a lot when a family gets to share something so special.” Aside from connecting people to + Every week more than a dozen +When not volunteering her time resources, Novack is determined to people who have received a with outreach to people living keep anyone from having to face cancer cancer diagnosis contact Novack. with cancer, Novack works as a alone. Even small, everyday tasks can be Although a lot of people seeking private practice clinical psycholoa challenge for individuals and families support are local, many others gist. facing cancer. The forum helps connect are referred to Nancy’s List from people to volunteers who run errands, around the country. + In addition to offering a million prepare meals, baby-sit, give rides to resources, Nancy’s List also has a +Sailing trips for people living with club for children and teens who appointments and even walk dogs 14> cancer are free and available to are battling cancer or who have a for people with cancer. adults as well as children, thanks loved one with cancer. The service Through Nancy Novack’s selfless to Nancy’s List and Pegasus Voyis free of charge. devotion, hundreds of people around the ages. Check event listings at www. country are living life with a little more for upcoming trips. + Because of the unique structure of ease. As a survivor, she is also a symbol Nancy’s List, the nonprofit is often of hope for countless +Novack hopes to expand the not eligible for foundation grants more throughout the children’s cancer programs to and relies heavily on donations world. For this, she is include fi eld trips to Giants games, and fundraising events. To dothe Pacific Sun’s Hero Audubon Canyon Ranch and more. nate or find out about upcoming of Courage. < events, visit

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David McGuire and Sea Stewards Environmental Stewardship Award by Dani Bu rlison


ith ocean temperatures rising in response to climate change, pollution contaminating marine habitats throughout the world’s oceans and overfishing threatening the health of our seas, the environmental crisis seems increasingly bleak and practically insurmountable. Still, a few champions step forward with tireless dedication to protecting the ocean for both animals and humans alike—and one of those champions is David McGuire. David McGuire is not a typical activist. Fusing together educational outreach, behind-the-scenes legislative work and hands-on ocean conservation through his nonprofit organization, Sea Stewards, McGuire’s impact on ocean health has rippled around the globe. A disciple of the sea from the start, McGuire spent his youth surfing Southern California waves and felt the tug toward life as a marine biologist from an early age. “I love the ocean,” he says on a recent chilly afternoon in downtown San Rafael. “Throughout my life, it is the one thing I could always go back to no matter what was happening. This is one of the reasons I want to protect it.” Aside from producing a number of documentary films about ocean conservation, McGuire’s most widely known conservation efforts involve spearheading the statewide ban on the use and sale of shark fins, which was signed by Gov. Jerry Brown this past October. The bill, AB 376, prohibits the sale, trade or possession of shark fins throughout California, beginning in 2013. McGuire first witnessed shark finning—the act of cutting fins off live sharks and dumping them back into the ocean to die—near French Polynesia, where the treasured fin bounty would be used for an Asian status-symbol delicacy, shark fin soup. After screening a documentary he made about the detrimental food-chain effects and inherent cruelty of shark finning at

the Tiburon International Film Festival, McGuire motivated his audience in Tiburon, which happens to be Spanish for “shark.” “It really started with kids in the local school,” says McGuire. “The students petitioned and took the signatures to the mayor of Tiburon. It seemed appropriate that a town named after the shark should also be protecting them.” Within two years, the eating or selling of shark fins was banned. From Tiburon, McGuire approached the president of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, David Chiu, and together with the help of Hawaii state Sen. Clayton Hee, the group began the successful four-year campaign to ban shark-fin sales throughout the state—culminating with AB 376, a bill co-authored by Marin’s state Assemblyman Jared Huffman. McGuire’s efforts also rallied the support of the Humane Society, the Monterey Bay Aquarium and the California Academy of Sciences, which all lobbied on behalf of the bill. From there, McGuire and Sea Stewards have played a part in a Toronto ban and are working with shark advocates in Texas, Florida, Illinois, Washington, D.C. and New York to further protect sharks. Shark finning is not the only threat to the world’s sharks. Though the local shark population has rebounded from massive fishing in the 1950s and again in the 1970s during the Jaws craze, it is still in trouble on a global level, with some estimates indicating that at least one-third of the world’s shark population is threatened. Many large, international commercial fishing companies often inadvertently trap sharks—as well as other large marine animals like sea turtles, dolphins and albatross—in large fishing nets and many die or are otherwise critically injured. “I’m not just a shark hugger, though,” says McGuire. “Sharks are a keystone species and without them, the oceans are in danger. I do the same for any species that is in danger. I am an advocate for ocean health on all levels.” Through supporting

David McGuire: Not just a shark hugger.

sustainable fishing, establishing shark sanctuaries, restoring salmon spawning areas and promoting eco-tourism, McGuire believes ocean health can be

re-established. And with a champion like McGuire leading Sea Stewards, the oceans may keep their heads above water after all. <

Hero FYI + According to McGuire, the Pacific island of Palau estimates that each shark is worth nearly $170,000 per year in tourist dollars. Divers flock to Palau to engage in eco-tours with sharks, generating jobs for people who may otherwise be poaching sharks. + Shark fin soup, which will no longer be available in California restaurants starting in 2013, sells for around $30$40 per bowl. + McGuire is a research associate for the Department of Aquatic Biology at the California Academy of Sciences, where he first initiated the Shark Conservation Act, AB 376.

+ McGuire has a background in marine biology, a master’s degree in environmental health and is a professional cinematographer. He has produced several short documentaries on ocean conservation. + A guest blogger at KQED’s Quest Science Blog, http://science.kqed. org/quest/, McGuire often writes about local and global ocean conservation issues. + Sea Stewards always accepts volunteers and appreciates any corporate or personal support that is offered. To contribute in any way, contact them at


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hat becomes a legend most? Perhaps stripping away the familiar and giving an over-furnished classic a skeletal set to begin with. Director Jasson Minadakis does this with The Glass Menagerie, and it does focus attention on the narrator, Tom (Nicholas Pelczar). It is his memory that drives the play, and the isolated scenes and monologues of this tortured famThe absent father, Mr. WingďŹ eld, never appeared in Wilily stand out harshly on scenic designer Kat liamsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; original script, but his character nevertheless casts Conleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s set, which includes a series of ďŹ re a giant shadow over the lives of Tom, Amanda and Laura. escapes leading to a catwalk tread upon by rather than ďŹ&#x201A;owing moments of a bigger a trumpeter, Tomâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s father (Andrew Wilke), who did escape. (He worked for the telephone story. This is made clear in the second act company and fell in love with long distances.) as curtains go up, and covers soften the iron settee and colored lanterns warmly light the This is the most autobiographical of Tenscene between Tomâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sister, Laura (Anna nessee Williamsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; plays, but the intertwined Bullard), and the Gentleman Caller (Craig love, hate, pain and regret that this poet Marker). This scene is immediately involving, brings to his memories of his own family as the hearty and selfbrings it home to all of us. involved young man courts Pelczar, almost a dead ringer the painfully shy young NOW PLAYING for the late playwright, storms girl. And as she, in spite of The Glass Menagerie and agonizes through scenes herself, starts to believe that runs through Dec. 18 with his mother, Amanda there is an escape, we, in at the Marin Theatre WingďŹ eld. Sherman Fracher, Company, 397 Miller Ave., spite of ourselves, believe new to MTC, ably captures this Mill Valley; 415/388-5208 it too. At the heart of all wounded woman as she tries of Williamsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; work is his to sell magazine subscriptions. vulnerable women, who are Her poignant stories of gentlealways destroyed. This may men callers and jonquils give us the young girl. But it is the hectoring-mother be Tomâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s play, but as he tells his sister, over side to her that brings on the furious, impo- the time and distance he has traveled, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was tent responses from Tom, and makes their re- more faithful to you than I intended to be,â&#x20AC;? lationship impossibleâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;even in his memory. we see the heart of the play. < Designer Jacqueline Firkins gives Amanda a Court Lee at wonderful assortment of costumes; her rufBoo (Radley) on us ďŹ&#x201A;ed party dress is unsuitable for a small family No actor wants to be confused with another, so dinner, but most suitable for Amandaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s belleIâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d better make amends: It is actor Tom Hudgens playing the farmer Walter Cunningham in the of-the-ball giddiness. Ross Valley Playersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;hit production of To Kill a The jail-like structure of the family home Mockingbird, while Ray Martin is Sheriff Heck and the directorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s emphasis on The Glass Tate.You can still catch the show through Dec. 11 Menagerie as a memory play, give Amandaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s at the Barn Theatre at the Marin Art and Garden familiar monologues more power, but it Center in Ross. also makes them stand out as discrete scenes






The Dan Thompson project Marin drummer has pounded out quite a career behind the skins... by The Space Cowb oy Only years on the Marin music scene could prepare Dan Thompson for stints with Parsons, Weiland and Leno.


n the midst of another hurried holiday season, the Beat would like to take a moment to acknowledge an especially talented member of our music community. Drummer Dan Thompson, a local Marin product, has been rockin’ near and far in hard-working bands for more than two decades. Mentored early on by Creek Hart (son of Mickey Hart) and taught by the great Chuck Brown, and later Terry Bozzio, Thompson was a music lover and drum disciple from an early age. After playing many now defunct clubs like The Stone and The Omni as a teenager, with local rock bands such as DT and Midnight Lightning, Thompson and guitarist Josh Zee formed the popular alt-punk post-grunge metal band Protein in 1994. After signing with Sony’s W.O.R.K subsidiary label in 1996, they toured extensively and issued

two critically acclaimed albums, Ever Since I Was a Kid (1997) and Songs About Cowgirls (1999). The band dissolved, lacking support from its label, and Zee went on to form the alt-country band the Mother Truckers, ultimately moving the band to Austin, Texas. Thompson, on the other hand, went to L.A. and began playing with ex-Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland’s solo project. Dan then briefly joined Zee in the Mother Truckers to record the 2008 album Let’s All Go to Bed on Funzalo Records. In 2010, Thompson was asked to join the legendary British engineer/producer/musician Alan Parsons (now living in Santa Barbara) and his band on their Eastern Europe/ Middle East tour. “I was born in Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara,” says Thompson, “so to return to my birthplace and hang out at the home of the one-and-only Alan Parsons—as in the

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Beatles-Pink Floyd-Alan Parsons—and become part of his musical family truly felt like I had come full circle.” Since then he has continued to tour internationally with both the Scott Weiland Band (currently performing his recent orchestral Christmas album) and the Alan Parsons Project. He has repeatedly been a featured performer on late-night talk shows, as well as Dick Clark’s New Year’s Extravaganza. “He is an incredibly creative drummer as well as extremely precise,” says longtime friend and drummer Dana Miller (Chrome Johnson/Mother Truckers), “and he has great energy and a great voice!” Thompson plans to start his own music publishing company in 2012, continue working with both bands and possibly move to L.A. (no!) to pursue more songwriting. We wish you well, Dan! OK music fans... it’s that time of year again, time for those “stalwart purveyors of jugabilly mystique and acoustic skiffle-swing holiday highjinks” to do their merry thing. That’s right... The Christmas Jug Band is back! They shall embark on their 10-date, threestate, 35th anniversary “Yule Tour” Dec. 8 and arrive back in the Bay Area Dec. 14 with a show at Berkeley’s Freight & Salvage with very special guest Country Joe McDonald. The tour this year will also feature appearances by Bonnie Hayes, Dan Hicks, Nick Phelps, Mike Duke, Maria Muldaur, Angela Strehli, Nick Gravenites, Curtis Lawson and founding member Turtle Vandermarr. The band can be found locally at George’s Nightclub on Dec. 15, 142 Throckmorton Theatre on Dec. 20 and finally, at Sausalito’s Cruising Club Dec. 21. The very talented band lineup this year includes Tim Eschliman, Austin deLone, Paul Rogers, Snakebite and many more. And if you are looking for a humorous, unconventional, honkin’-tonkin’ way to celebrate the holiday season, this is it! Please visit www. for complete tour dates and some great stocking stuffers! For those who are not aware, after encountering some community resistance, Phil Lesh has decided to drop plans to build a 500person music venue in downtown Fairfax. Project manager Bruce Burman issued the following statement: “After careful consideration we have decided not to move forward with Terrapin Crossroads in Fairfax. For all of you that have supported our efforts and helped to define the vision, we are extremely grateful. Phil looks forward to making music and creating a community gathering place sooner rather than later.” There is word that an alternate site at Larkspur Landing and one in San Rafael are being researched. On a more

promising note, the Sweetwater Music Hall in Mill Valley has begun booking bands and hopes to open sometime in January 2012. Susan Z brings her “Wine, Women and Song ” breast cancer awareness benefit (also known as the “Rack-n-Roll Breastival”) into the Southern Pacific Smokehouse in Novato Saturday, Dec. 3, featuring Mari Mack, April and Monroe Grisman, Dallis Craft, Dan Durkin, Liz Pisco, Erika Alstrom, Jessica Grace and more. Grammy-Award- winning drummer/producer Narada Michael Walden presents his 15th annual Holiday Benefit Jam at 142 Throckmorton on Dec. 17. This all-star event features his 11-piece band (with members of Santana and the Doobie Brothers, among others) and raises money for his foundation, which benefits local youth music programs. Bassist extraordinaire Christian McBride will also perform at 142 Throckmorton as part of a benefit for Casa de Milagros, an orphanage in Peru, on Dec. 8, along with Bob Weir, Rob and Sara Wasserman, Jay Lane and Dan Hicks. Looking for some live music this New Year’s Eve? Here is a quick breakdown of your options in the North Bay: Petty Theft and The 85’s join forces at George’s Nightclub; Chrome Johnson and Honeydust rock 19 Broadway; Soul Pie (featuring Ethan Turner on drums) bakes all night at Peri’s Bar along with opener the Jonny Keigwin Band; the Zydeco Flames torch Rancho Nicasio once again; Tommy Castro Band holds court at Petaluma’s Mystic Theatre; Danny Click will play a semi-acoustic first set with the Americana Orchestra, then kick out the jams with his band the Hell Yeahs (featuring Bonnie Hayes and Tracy Blackman) in the second set at Mill Valley’s 142 Throckmorton Theatre. The Tickets Band lights up Novato’s Southern Pacific Smokehouse; About Face (with Taylor Cutcomb on keys) funks up Sausalito’s Seahorse; boogie-woogie queen Wendy DeWitt rolls into The Sleeping Lady; Poor Man’s Whiskey raises a glass at Sebastopol’s Hopmonk Tavern; the soulful Jenny Kerr Band featuring bassist Joe Kyle Jr. (The Waybacks) and violinist Marissa Martinez (Eric McFadden Band) plays Smiley’s Schooner Saloon in Bolinas; the Old Western Saloon in Point Reyes Station hosts the 7th Sons (classic rock); and Murphy Productions presents Hot Buttered Rum and New Monsoon at the Palm Ballroom of the Seafood Peddler in San Rafael. < Got a hot tip for THE BEAT? Email me @ Rawk on! Tune up to the Marin music scene at


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thought it was really beautiful,” acrobat Christopher Phi remarks, minutes after emerging from the San Francisco theater where the critically acclaimed comedy-drama The Descendants is playing. Born and raised in San Francisco, though now residing mainly in L.A., Phi has been back in his hometown since October, performing a featured role in the current Teatro ZinZanni show, On the Air (running through Dec. 31 in the big shiny tent on the Embarcadero). With a little extra time on his hands today— Mondays are the one day the Teatro ZinZanni tent stays silent—Phi agreed to a matinee at the movies, though there was no particular reason we chose The Descendants, beyond the fact that everyone seems to be talking about the film. “I loved it,” Phi says. “I love how human it was. No special effects. It was very real life. It showed how messed up and complicated real life can be—and it was all so real. I had no idea what it was about when I went in. I just knew George Clooney was in it—and that it was set in Hawaii.” The first film by director Alexander Payne since his Oscar-nominated 2004 hit Sideways, the new one is a low-key family story about a work-obsessed lawyer and father named Matt King (Clooney), part of a long and noble lineage of Hawaiians, who is forced to step up and face a few facts after his wife is seriously injured, leaving her in a coma from which she will never recover. Initially waiting blankly for her to wake up again so they can all

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resume their lives, he begins to wake up himself, discovers some things about his wife that radically shake his view of his family, his life and his own choices. It’s the kind of film in which very little seems to happen, and yet, as these deeply authentic and humane events unfold, it becomes clear that a great deal is happening. And yes, as Phi points out, it all takes place in Hawaii. Phi, a two-time national champion in Christopher Phi, in a particularly joyful moment. power tumbling, was 10 years old when he began studying gymnastics. While studying he goes on. “Before I go out to do my act, musical theater at Notre Dame de Namur University, he added various circus disci- I remind myself to feel as much joy as I plines and a range of dance styles to his stud- can. I put myself in the present, focus on ies. Today, he primarily performs as a hand- the moment and live as fully as I can right balancer, contortionist, aerialist and dancer, then, as I go through the choreography of and has worked with Cirque du Soleil. In the my act. So, by making the movements flow, ZinZanni show (, he plays by making them look effortless, it allows a radio station custodian with a fondness me to communicate that sense of joy to the audience, that for space aliens, and joy I feel when I am his fluid solo handconnected to the balancing act is one music, when my of the highlights of mind and body are the show. so connected that A big part of his my soul can express act is how effortitself. That’s what it’s lessly he makes it about for me.” all look, a talent he As a performer appreciates in acwho’s worked hard tors like those in to carve out a niche The Descendants. for himself in a “The acting was highly specialized phenomenal,” he field, Phi identified Those looking for a biopic about the early ‘80s Hermosa Beach says. “For me, in with Matt King’s punk band will be sorely disappointed. my hand-balancing struggle to identify act, it takes a lot of those things in life discipline to make it look easy. I try to have that are really the most important. every performance tell its own story. It takes “The guy gets pretty slammed,” I point hours and hours of conditioning to make it out, “and though he’s made some clueless possible. But there’s more. choices, he seems like a genuinely good “What I try to communicate in my act guy who only wants to do what’s best—if is... I can only describe it as a sense of joy,” he can figure out what that is.” “I know! At times, watching the movie, it was like, ‘Wow! What else can go wrong for this guy?’” Phi says. “But things keep happening, making it more real, and more serious, but the worse it gets, the more special it becomes, too, in a way. At times like that, we have to find the humor in it, just to deal with it. And I feel there are always comforts out there somewhere, there are always supports, like in a loved one or maybe a familiar camping spot [a plot point of the film] or something. We can draw on those comforts when things get crazy, but we have to let ourselves do that.” “There’s a lot of discussion around the edges in this film,” I reply, “talking out the importance of feeling a connection to the

land. It’s interesting that as Matt rediscovers his connection to his daughters, his sense of responsibility to the land his family owns begins to emerge as well.” “He’s so disconnected from reality, at first,” Phi agrees. “He’s kind of coasting, doing everything the way he’s always done it, but after his wife’s boating accident, it shook everything up for him. I think people often get into a numb, semi-depressed, coasting place in their lives, and they don’t really even know it. Events happen for a reason, and when his wife had the accident, he was forced to decide what has value, to look around at his world for the first time in a long time. “The accident was tragic,” he continues, “but look what comes out of it. At the end of the movie, that incredible shot of Clooney just sitting on the couch with his daughters, watching a penguin movie narrated by Morgan Freeman [March of the Penguins]. That was really beautiful, because at the beginning of the movie he said that he hadn’t shared many moments with his daughters, he didn’t even know how.” “And now,” I interrupt, “even though all he’s doing is sitting with the kids eating ice cream, making room for all three under a big blanket, he’s clearly finding ways to share moments with them.” “Life isn’t permanent,” says Phi. “And we can make changes when it isn’t giving us what we want. We can decide to wake up—and that’s exactly what Clooney does in this film. “The lesson of the film, for me,” he adds, “is that... life is bittersweet. And it’s not forever, so... enjoy where you’re at. Wake up. Don’t take things for granted. Stop making excuses. Take time to forgive, to appreciate, to live. This film tells me, ‘Don’t wait until later to be the person you want to be. Be that person now!’” < Contort your views with David at

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Movie summaries by Matthew Stafford 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 Staunton give voice to Mr. and Mrs. Claus.

Chicago The Band Presents an Evening of Holiday Music and Greatest Hits (1:30) The retro rockers offer up old O

favorites, cool carols and backstage footage from their recent world tour. O The Descendants (1:55) Alexander Payne comedy follows wealthy soon-to-be widower George Clooney and his two daughters as they wander Kauai in search of his comatose wife’s lover. O

Eames: The Architect and the Painter

(1:22) Documentary focuses on Charles and Ray Eames, the husband-and-wife artist-designers whose furniture, houses and artworks forged form with function into a sleek new aesthetic. O Farewell to Manzanar (1:32) Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston’s memoir of life in a WWII internment camp is brought to the screen by director John Korty. 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 Le Havre (1:33) A “political fairy tale” written and directed by filmmaking Finn Ari Kaurismaki about a French shoeshine man who attempts to get an African boy to England. 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 (1:4) Mickey Rourke as powercrazed 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 as The Director and Armie Hammer as Clyde Tolson; Clint Eastwood directs. 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 30 PACIFIC SUN DECEMBER 2 – DECEMBER 8, 2011

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 awardwinner Kirsten Dunst. O

The Metropolitan Opera: Rodelinda

(4:15) Diva extraordinaire Renee Fleming stars in Handel’s rousing tale of lust, murder and palace intrigue. O

The Metropolitan Opera: Satyagraha

(4:15) Live from New York it’s Philip Glass’s acclaimed aria-riffic bio of Mahatma Gandhi, proffered in glorious big-screen high definition. O Midnight in Paris (1:34) Woody Allen’s latest expatriate romance stars Owen Wilson as a dissatisfied modern-day Yank who discovers that he can travel at will to the Paris of Scott, Zelda and Gertrude Stein. 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.

Pokemon the Movie: White—Victini and Zekrom A plot to revive the Kingdom O

of the Vale is (hopefully) thwarted by the Mythical Pokemon Victini and his pals. O Puss in Boots (1:30) “Shrek” spinoff focuses on the dashing if delusional kitty-cat, sallying forth to steal the goose that lays the golden eggs; Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek, Billy Bob Thornton and Amy Sedaris provide the voices. O Seducing Charlie Barker (1:29) Edgy comic morality play about an out-of-work actor, his hugely successful wife and the temptress who complicates their lives. 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 Twice Upon a Time (1:15) John Korty’s inventive fabric-collage animated fantasy follows a malevolent plot involving magic, dreamscapes and the Cosmic Clock.

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn— Part 1 (2:30) Bella and Edward are expecting O

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.

›› MOViE TiMES Arthur Christmas (PG) Century Northgate 15: 11:45, 4:50, 9:30; 3D showtimes at 2:25, 7:10 Century Rowland Plaza: 12:20, 5:10, 10:05; 3D showtimes at 2:45, 7:35 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri 2:30, 7:15; 3D showtimes at 12, 4:40, 9:30 Sat 2:30, 7:15; 3D showtimes at 4:40, 9:30 Sun 2:30, 7:15; 3D showtime at 12 Mon-Thu 2:30, 7:15; 3D showtimes at 12, 4:40 Lark Theater: Fri-Sun, Wed-Thu 2:20, 4:40, 7 Mon 4:40 Tue 4:40, 7 NChicago The Band Presents an Evening of Holiday Music and Greatest Hits (Not Rated) Century Regency 6: Tue 7 CinéArts at Marin: Tue 7 CinéArts at Sequoia: Tue 7 The Descendants (R) ++1/2 Century Regency 6: 10:50, 12:05, 1:40, 3, 4:30, 5:45, 7:15, 8:35, 9:55 CinéArts at Sequoia: Fri 4:20, 7, 9:40 Sat 1:40, 4:20, 7, 9:40 Sun 1:40, 4:20, 7 Mon, Thu 4:20, 7 NEames: The Architect and the Painter (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Fri 4:15 Sat 2, 4:15 Sun 4:15 (filmmakers Jason Cohn and Bill Jersey in person) Mon 7 Tue-Thu 7, 9 NFarewell to Manzanar (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Sun 1 (free admission; director John Korty and cinematographer Hiro Narita in person) Happy Feet Two (PG) ++1/2 Century Northgate 15: 1, 3:25, 5:50, 8:10, 10:30; 3D showtimes at 12, 2:20, 4:45, 7:05, 9:25 Century Rowland Plaza: 12, 5, 10; 3D showtimes at 2:30, 7:25 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri 12:10, 4:50, 9:35; 3D showtimes at 2:20, 7:10 Sat 12:10, 4:50, 9:35; 3D showtime at 7:10 Sun 12:10, 4:50; 3D showtime at 7:10 Mon-Thu 12:10, 4:50; 3D showtimes at 2:20, 7:10 Hugo (PG) +++1/2 Century Cinema: 4; 3D showtimes at 1, 7, 9:55 Century Northgate 15: 3, 8:50; 3D showtimes at 11:55, 1:35, 4:35, 6, 7:30, 10:20 Century Rowland Plaza: 5; 3D showtimes at 11:20, 2:10, 7:50, 10:35 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri-Sat 1, 3:50, 6:30, 9:20 Sun-Thu 1, 3:50, 6:30 The Ides of March (R) +++ Century


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Regency 6: 2:55, 7:45 Tue 2:55 CinéArts at Marin: Fri-Sun 2:10, 7 Mon, Tue, Thu 7:30 Immortals (R) Century Northgate 15: 12:15, 5:30, 10:30; 3D showtimes at 2:50, 8 In Time (PG-13) Century Regency 6: Fri, Sun-Tue, Thu 11:05, 1:50, 4:35, 7:20, 9:50 Sat 4:35, 7:20, 9:50 Wed 11:05, 1:50 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri-Sat 6:45, 9:15 Sun-Thu 6:45 J. Edgar (R) ++ Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 7:20, 10:20 Sat-Sun 1, 4:15, 7:20, 10:20 Mon-Thu 6:30, 9:35 Century Regency 6: Fri 7, 10:10 Sat-Thu 12:40, 3:50, 7, 10:10 Tiburon Playhouse 3: 4:25, 7:20 Sat-Sun 1:20, 4:25, 7:20 Jack and Jill (PG) Century Northgate 15: 11:40, 2:10, 4:40, 7:20, 9:50 Century Rowland Plaza: 12:45, 3:05, 5:30, 7:55, 10:25 Le Havre (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Fri, Tue-Thu 6:30 SatSun 1:45, 6:30 Like Crazy (PG-13) CinéArts at Sequoia: Fri 5:15, 7:30, 9:45 Sat 3, 5:15, 7:30, 9:45 Sun 12:45, 3, 5:15, 7:30 Mon, Thu 5:15, 7:30 Margin Call (R) +++1/2 Rafael Film Center: Fri-Sun 3:45, 8:30 Mon-Thu 8:45 Melancholia (R) ++1/2 Rafael Film Center: Fri 4:30, 7:30 Sat-Sun 1:30, 4:30, 7:30 Mon, Thu 7:30 Tue 8:30 NThe Metropolitan Opera: Rodelinda (Not Rated) Century Regency 6: Sat 9:30am CinéArts at Marin: Sat 9:30am CinéArts at Sequoia: Sat 9:30am Lark Theater: Sat 9:30am Sun 10am The Metropolitan Opera: Satyagraha (Not Rated) Century Regency 6: Wed 6:30 CinéArts at Marin: Wed 6:30 CinéArts at Sequoia: Wed 6:30 Midnight in Paris (PG-13) +++1/2 CinéArts at Marin: Fri 2:30, 4:50, 7:15, 9:40 Sat 12:10, 2:30, 4:50, 7:15, 9:40 Sun 2:30, 4:50, 7:15 Mon-Thu 5:05, 7:40 Moneyball (PG-13) +++1/2 Century Regency 6: 12:20, 5:10, 10 Tue 12:20, 10 CinéArts at Marin: Fri 4:20, 9:15 Sat 11:40, 4:20, 9:15 Sun 4:20 Mon, Tue, Thu 4:55 The Muppets (PG) +++ Century

Larkspur Landing: Fri 5:15, 7:50, 10:25 Sat-Sun 11:45, 2:25, 5:15, 7:50, 10:25 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: 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 4, 6:30, 9 Sat 1:40, 4, 6:30, 9 Sun 1:40, 4, 6:30 Mon-Thu 4, 6:30 My Week With Marilyn (R) ++1/2 Century Regency 6: 11:45, 2:20, 4:55, 7:30, 10:05 NPokemon the Movie: White-Victini and Zekrom (Not Rated) Fairfax 5 Theatres: Sat-Sun 12:10, 2:20 Puss in Boots (PG) Century Northgate 15: 12:20, 4:55, 9:40; 3D showtimes at 2:45, 7:25 Century Rowland Plaza: 12:35, 5:25, 10:15; 3D showtimes at 3, 7:50 CinéArts at Marin: Fri-Sat 4:35, 9:10; 3D showtimes at 2:20, 6:50 Sun 4:35; 3D showtimes at 2:20, 6:50 Mon, Wed, Thu 4:45; 3D showtime at 7:20 Tue 4:45 Tiburon Playhouse 3: 4:10 Sat-Sun 1:30, 4:10 NSeducing Charlie Barker (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Fri 7, 9 Sat 7 (director Amy Glazer, producer Lynn Webb and star Heather Gordon in person), 9:30 Tower Heist (PG-13) ++ Century Northgate 15: 12:05, 2:40, 5:10, 7:35, 10:10 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:45, 2:20, 4:50, 7:40, 10:30 NTwice Upon a Time (PG) Rafael Film Center: Sun 7 (director John Korty in person) The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 (PG-13) Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 7:10, 10 Sat-Sun 11, 1:45, 4:30, 7:10, 10 MonThu 6:45, 9:45 Century Northgate 15: 11:30, 12:25, 1:20, 2:15, 3:10, 4:05, 5, 5:55, 6:50, 7:45, 8:40, 9:35, 10:25 Century Rowland Plaza: 1, 4, 7, 9:55 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri-Sat 1:20, 4:10, 7, 9:45 Sun-Thu 1:20, 4:10, 7 The Way (PG-13) Century Northgate 15: 11:50, 2:30, 5:05, 7:40, 10:15

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›› 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

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Live music 12/01: Connie Ducey’s C-Jam Jazz. 7-10pm. No cover; dinner encouraged. Panama Hotel & Restaurant, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 457-3993. 12/02: Andoni’s Quartet Jazz, blues, pop. 7-10pm. No Cover. Rickey’s Restaurant & Bar, 250 Entrada Dr., Novato . 12/02: Dave Ervin Jazz fusion. 8-10:30pm. Free. Max’s Deli, 60 Madera Blvd., Corte Madera. 924-6297. 12/02: James Moseley Jazz, funky blues. 8pm. $8, free with dinner. Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor, Gate 5, Sausalito. 331-2899. 12/02: James Moseley and The Grove Zone Funk reggae 8:15pm. $8, free with dinner. Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor Drive at Gate 5 , Sausalito. 331-2898. 12/02: Michael Lee Firkins Rock. 8:30-11pm. $15. The Southern Pacific Smokehouse, 224 Vintage Way, Novato. 899-9600. 12/02: New West Guitar Group Original jazz. 8pm. $12-23. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Downtown, Mill Valley. 383-9600.

12/02: Shana Morrison and Caledonia, Mari Mack and Livin’ Like Kings Blues, rock. “Joyride” CD release party. 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.

12/03:‘13th Annual Wine,Women and Song’ Breast Cancer Benefit “Rack-n-Roll Music Breastival” With Jesse Brewster, Mari Mack, John Merkl, Loralee Christensen, Dave Vincent, April & Monroe Grisman, Dallis Craft, Dan Durkin, Liz Pisco, Jay Trainer, Lynn Asher, Erika Alstrom, Jessica Grace and Karla Downey. 8:3011pm. $15. Southern Pacific Smokehouse, 224 Vintage Way, Novato. 899-9600. 12/03: Deborah Winters Jazz vocalist/storyteller. 8pm. $23-35. 142 Throckmorton Theatre , Mill Valley. 383-9600. 12/03: Doc Kraft at the ICB Art Party Country, reggae, rock, zydeco. 8:30-11pm. Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor, Gate 5, Sausalito. 331-2899. 12/03: Doug Adamz and Bravo Annual Christmas Party. 8:30-11pm. $12. Rancho Nicasio Restarant and Bar, 1 Old Rancheria Road, Nicasio. 662-2219.

12/03: The RaveUps,Them Raving Animals, The Other Stones ’60s tribute band. Rock. 9pm. $10-15. George’s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 12/04: Kyle Alden Irish-inspired original songs. 4-7pm. No cover. Rancho Nicasio Restarant and Bar, 1 Old Rancheria Road, Nicasio. 662-2219.

BEST BET Open studios—now open! Saturated with creative minds, Marin kicks off the holiday season with a bevy of artist events. The fun starts this weekend—but if you miss it, the following week has open doors into local studios as well. Kicking off the season is WALK IN AN ARTIST’S SHOES at ICB Artists Winter Open Studios on Saturday and Sunday, Dec.3 and 4, 11am-6pm. ICB Art Center, 480 Gate Five Road, Sausalito; 415/331-2222, www. Next, HOLIDAY OPEN STUDIOS AT MARK DRIVE STUDIOS Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 3 We hope the ‘Walk in an Artists and 4, 11am-5pm. Mark Drive Studios, 11 Mark Drive, Shoes’ idea is suggested figuraSan Rafael; Also starting this tively. Work by Kim Ford Kitz. weekend is an open studio and silent auction event for Habitat for Humanity at THE SALAMI FACTORY ART STUDIOS. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 3, 4 and 10, 11, 10am-5pm. The Salami Factory Art Studios, 1599 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Fairfax; 415/488-1436 or Next weekend’s fun starts with STUDIO 333 WINTER OPEN STUDIOS. Reception: Friday, Dec 9 at 6pm. Open Studios: Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 9 and 10, 10am-4pm. Studio 333, 333 Caledonia St., Sausalito; or 415.331.8272. And finally—also next weekend—AWD HOLIDAY OPEN STUDIOS Saturday and Sunday, Dec.10 and 11, 11am-6pm at Art Works Downtown, 1337 Fourth St., San Rafael; 415/451-8119.—Dani Burlison 32 PACIFIC SUN DECEMBER 2 - DECEMBER 8, 2011

It’s hip to be square Dec. 3 when the Rubinoos hit the Hip Kids Music Series at the Bay Area Discovery Museum. 12/04: Orquesta La Moderna Tradicion Salsa Band Afro-Cuban charanga orchestra. 4pm. $8, free with dinner. Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor, Gate 5, Sausalito. 331-2899. 12/05: Blue Monday Jam Jam session welcomes musicians to sit in. 7-11pm. $5-15. Sausalito Cruising Club, 300 Napa St., Sausalito. 385-1606. 12/06: KortUzi Danny Uzilevsky & Jonathan Korty host Bay area artists. 9:30pm.-1:30am. Free. 19 Broadway, 19 Broadway, Fairfax . www.19broadway. com 12/06: Noel Jewkes Invitational jazz jam. 7-10pm. No cover. Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor Dr., Sausalito. 786-6894. 12/07: Tangonero Classic Argentine tango. 8pm. Free. Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor, Gate 5, Sausalito. 331-2899.

12/08: Christian McBride and Friends Grammy-winning bassist Christian McBride performs with Bob Weir, Rob Wasserman, Jay Lane, Dan Hicks, Lukas Nelson, Sara Wasserman and others. Benefit for Casa De Milagros. 8pm. $75-125. 142 Throckmorton Theatre , Mill Valley. 383-9600. 12/08: Lonestar Retrobates West Coast Jazz/ Western Swing 9pm. Presidio Yacht Club, Travis Marina, Sausalito. 497-0671. www.presidioyachtclub. org 12/08: Ritmojito Latin dance band led by vocalist Sandra Aran. 8pm. Free. Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor, Gate 5, Sausalito. 331-2899.

12/08: Salsa e Sabor Thursday with DJ Luis Medina from KPFA Radio Salsa, mambo. 8pm. George’s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 2260262.

12/09: A Very Jerry Christmas with Cryptical With Stu Allen. 9pm. $10-15. George’s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262.

in celebration during the audience singalong. 7:30pm Dec. 3; 4pm Dec. 4. Open seating. Tickets $25-30. Church of Saint Raphael, 1104 Fifth Ave., San Rafael. 479-8100. 12/03:‘Til Dawn A capella group consisting of local young people, will sing in celebration of the Corte Madera library’s 40th anniversary. Noon-12:30pm. Free. Corte Madera Library, 707 Meadowsweet Dr., Corte Madera. 924-3515. www. 12/03: Triskela Holiday Harp Concert Christmas and Holiday music interlaced with original, Celtic and Latin music on a variety of harps. Also a sing-along and a candle-lighting ceremony. 7:309:30pm. $15-20. St. Stephen’s Church, 3 Bay View Ave., Belvedere. 650-346-7979. 12/04: Christmas Vespers Sausalito Presbyterian Church Choir presents a celebration of carols, chants and choruses. 5-6:30pm. Free. Sausalito Presbyterian Church, 112 Bulkley Ave., Sausalito. 707-766-4786. 12/04: Sacred Classical Concert With Julia Padilla, mezzo soprano; Michael McCarty, piano; Peter Chase, violin. 4-5pm. Free. Sleepy Hollow Presbyterian Church, 100 Tarry Road, San Anselmo. 453-8221 . 12/06: Candlelit Contemplative Music With Stephen Iverson (composer, guitarist, vocals). 7-8pm. Free. Sleepy Hollow Presbyterian Church, 100 Tarry Road, San Anselmo, . 453-8221.

12/09-10: Mayflower Community Chorus “Feel the Spirit” draws on the African-American musical heritage. With soloist Jujuana ShaRon Williams. 8-10pm. $5-20. Marin Center Showcase Theatre and Aldersgate Methodist Church, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 491-9110.

12/09: Marin Girls Chorus Winter Concert

$10-12. Rancho Nicasio Restarant and Bar, 1 Old Rancheria Road, Nicasio. 662-2219. 12/09: Lumanation Reggae/rock. 8pm. $8, free with dinner. Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor, Gate 5, Sausalito. 331-2899. 12/09: Mimi Fox Jazz guitar. 8-10:15pm. $15-20. Eric Schoenberg Guitars, 106 Main St., Tiburon. 7890846.

“Love and Light: Hope and Promise.” 7-9pm. $20-25. Terra Linda High School Performance Center, 320 Nova Albion Way , San Rafael. 827-7335. 12/09: Musae The 13 women’s voices of Musae warm the halls with music from Sweden, Norway, Canada, New Zealand and the American South, 7-9pm. $15-20. Old St. Hilary’s Landmark, 201 Esperanza, Tiburon. 435-1853. www.landmarks-society. org



12/03-04: Marin Symphony Chamber Chorus and Orchestra “Holiday Concerts by Candle-

12/04: Four of a Kind ‘A Poker Game in San Francisco 1888.’ Written and Directed by Ruth Stotter. Featuring Phil Sheridan and Toby Bingham, John

12/09: Frobeck Old school funk, rock. 8:30-11pm.

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Boe, George Duryea and Chuck Auerbach. 3pm. $10-15. 142 Throckmorton Theatre , Mill Valley. 3839600. 12/05:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;As You Like Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Auditions College of Marin Drama dept. audition for the Shakespeare play. Prepare a two minute comic Shakespeare monologue not from the play. No appt./no pay. 7-10pm. College of Marin Drama Department, Portable Village #11, College Ave., Kentfield. 485-9555. www.

Through 12/04: â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;A Man, His Wife, and His Hatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; AlterTheater premieres a new comedy by Lauren Yee. See website for showtime details. $25. AlterTheater Ensemble, 1414 Fourth St., San Rafael. 454-2787.

Through 12/11:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;To Kill A Mockingbirdâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Presented by the Ross Valley Players. Harper Leeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s story of moral courage and family love adapted by Christopher Sergel. $17-25. Ross Valley Players Barn Theatre, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Ross. 456-9555. Through 12/17:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;A Christmas Carolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Musical adaptation of the Dickenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s classic. Andrew Klein, music. See website for showtimes. $10-20. Novato Theater Company, 484 Ignacio Blvd, Novato. 8834498. Through 12/18:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The Cherry Orchardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; College of Marin Drama Department will present Chekhovâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s play. Directed by W. Allen Taylor. 8-10:30pm. $10-20. College of Marin Performance Tent, Corner of Sir Francis Drake Blvd & Laurel Ave., Kentfield. 4859555. Through 12/18:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The Glass Menagerieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Marin Theatre Company presents a beautifully reimagined American classic. 8-10:30pm. $34-55; $20 under 30; $15 rush Marin Theatre Company, 397 Miller Ave, Mill Valley. 388-3569.

Art 12/02-01/04:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Wearable Artâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Siobhan Van Winkel, outrageous leather; Pamela McKinstry, hats; Naomi Kubota, neckwear; Jo Adell & Sean Davis, jewelry. Reception 6-9pm Dec. 2 Refreshments and live music with Judy Hall and Connie Ducey. Free. elsewhere Gallery, 1828 Sir Francis Drake, Fairfax. 747-8696. 12/02-01/15: Tom Killion Reception 7-9pm Dec. 2. Marin County nativeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s acclaimed Japanese style woodcut prints of the California landscape. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960.

12/02-31:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Walk in an Artistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Shoesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Special installation on view during Winter Open Studios and through Dec. Reception 6-9pm. Dec. 2. Free. Gallery 111, 480 Gate 5 Road, Sausalito. 331-2222. 12/03-04: Holiday Open Studios Featuring fifteen artist at work in their studios. 11am-5pm. Free. Mark Drive Sudios, 11 Mark Dr., San Rafael. 491-9734. 12/03-04: Northbay Artworks 2011 Holiday Open Studios Artist Reception 11am -2pm Dec. 3. Featuring Member Artists and Friends of Northbay Artworks. Noon-4pm. Free. Northbay Artworks, 7049 Redwood Blvd. Ste.208, Novato. 895-5018. 12/03-04: Open Studios Kathleen Lipinski and Steve Emery, paintings, prints and notecards of Marin landscapes. 11am-5pm. Free. 38 San Francisco Blvd., San Anselmo. 453-3648. www.

12/03-11: Barbara Lawrence Open Studio and Silent Auction Fine Artist Barbara Lawrence is opening her studio for two weekends. Silent Auction benefits Habitat for Humanity. 10am-5pm. Free. Salami Factory Art Studios, 1599 Sir. Francis Drake Blvd, Fairfax. 488-1436. 12/03:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Fourth Annual Art by the Inchâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Fundraiser gives visitors the opportunity to select and purchase sections of a 100-foot mural. Raffle prizes, silent action and live music. 5-8pm. Free, donations appreciated. Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, 500 Palm Dr., Novato. 506-0137. 12/03: First Annual Holiday Party Ceramics, glass, jewelry and paintings.Enjoy spiced apple cider, festive goodies and champagne while you meet the artists. 2-6pm. Free. Cassandra Kersting Expressions, 1201-C Bridgeway, Sausalito. 302-0173. 12/04: First Sunday Open Studios 40 artists in 3 buildings host. 11am-4pm. Free. Novato Arts Center, 500 and 501 Palm Dr., Novato. 472-4628.


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12/06: Room Art Gallery Grand Opening Local abstract art, wine and live music. 6-9pm. Free. Room Art Gallery, 86 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 747-8139. Through 01/07:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;On the Waterfrontâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Oil paintings of shipyards, docks, coves and beaches. â&#x20AC;&#x153;100 Views of San Francisco Bay & Environs.â&#x20AC;? Judy Molyneux, landscape art. 9am-4pm. Free. Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalto. 332-3871.

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bition of mixed-media collage by author/illustrator Elisa Kleven. Free. Youth in Arts Gallery, 917 C St., San Rafael. 457-4878 x18. 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.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Private Acts: The Acrobat Sublime.â&#x20AC;? Photography collides with gravity-defying acts in this collection. 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 12/08: Randy Fertel â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Gorilla Man and the Empress of Steak: A New Orleans Memoir.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera.

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12/08: Why There Are Words Literary Reading Series With authors Kate Asche, David Berkeley,

works and handcrafted items, ceramics, sculptures, paintings, photography and printmaking, jewelry and wearable art. 11am-4pm. No charge. MSA Gallery, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Ross. 454-9561.

Lynn Freed, Cary Groner, Faith Holsaert, Nick Krieger, Dean Rader and Ian Tuttle. 7-10pm. $5. Studio 333, 333 Caledonia St., Sausalito. 331-8272. 12/09: Anna Lefler â&#x20AC;&#x153;CHICKtionary.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 12/09: Capoteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;A Christmas Memoryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Candlelit reading of the heartwarming Christmas story. 7-8pm. $15-25. St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Episcopal Church, 14 Lagunitas Ave. at Shady Lane, Ross. 456-1102. 12/09: Grandparentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Tea Join Book Passage President (and grandmother) Elaine Petrocelli and Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Book Buyer Susan Kunhardt to talk about new and classic books for children and young adults. 1pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960.

Talks/Lectures 12/06: Evening with Jeannie Zandi An exploration into living from the field of presence and love. 7-9pm. $15-20. Falkirk Cultural Center, 1408 Mission Ave., San Rafael.


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12/02: Karen Karbo The author talks about 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. 12/03: Chris Santella â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fifty More Places to FlyFish Before You Die: Fly-Fishing Experts Share More of the Worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Greatest Destinations.â&#x20AC;? 4pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 12/03: Dixie James Join Holly James Shapiro and Dixie James as they present their book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Holly.â&#x20AC;? 1pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 12/03: Michael Hingson â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thunder Dog, The True Story of a Blind Man, His Guide Dog, and the Triumph of Trust at Ground Zero.â&#x20AC;?. 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 12/04: Baron Wolman â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Rolling Stone Years: Every Picture Tells a Story.â&#x20AC;? Wolman was the first photographer to work for Rolling Stone. 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 12/04: Ben Fong-Torres â&#x20AC;&#x153;Eagles: Taking it to the Limit.â&#x20AC;? 4pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. reception and book talk with Book Passage President Elaine Petrocelli. Open to current members and those who register the day of the talk. 1pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 12/05: Luis Alberto Urrea â&#x20AC;&#x153;Queen of America.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 12/06: Michael Lindsay-Hogg â&#x20AC;&#x153;Luck and Circumstance: A Coming of Age in HollyÂŹwood, New York, and Points Beyond.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera.

Community Events (Misc.) 12/01-31: Holiday Tea at The Belrose A pot of fine tea, petit fours, tea sandwiches, cookies and scones will be served. Mondays-Saturdays. Reservations required. 1-4pm. $20. The Belrose, 1415 5th Ave., San Rafael. 902-5188.

12/02-04: 40th Annual Holiday Crafts Fair Ceramics, clothing, glass and metal work, jams, jewelry, ornaments and paintings. 10am-5pm. Free. Dance Palace Community and Cultural Center, 503 B Street , Point Reyes Station. 663-1075.

12/02-04: Sudha Treasures Benefit Sale Jewelry, scarves, ornaments and gift items. Proceeds benefit The Redwoods senior community. 10am-6pm. Free. Town Center Corte Madera, 770 Tamalpais Dr. #325, Corte Madera. 383-2741.

12/02-04: West California Holiday Pottery Sale Annual studio sale of beautiful, functional, and decorative ceramics. Eleven local artists in a variety of styles. 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 Arts Bazaar by Seniors 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.

12/03-04: Creek Walk to see Spawning Coho Salmon Join a SPAWN naturalist in and learn more about our endangered and wild Coho Salmon and the Laugunitas Creek Watershed they inhabit. 10am1pm. $4-10. San Geronimo Community Center, 6350 Sir Francis Drake Blvd. , San Geronimo. 663-8590 x114. 12/03-04: Mill Valley Winterfest Live Music on the Plaza, ice skating, food, Santa, tree lighting. 11am5pm. Free. Downtown Plaza, Mill Valley, Mill Valley. 686-5707.

12/03: California Water: Plight of the Chinook Salmon Years later and many millions of dollars invested, the endangered Chinook population is not recovering in ways hoped. 1:30-2:30pm. Free. Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalto. 332-3871.

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loved ones through shared messages, music, ritual and prayer. 4pm. Free. Hospice By The Bay , 17 E. Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Larkspur. 526-5580.

12/03: Main Audubon Christmas Bird Count Workshop New and experienced birders are invited to an indoor presentation/discussion and outdoor walk in preparation for the count. 10am. Free. Richardson Bay Audubon Center, 376 Greenwood Beach Rd, Tiburon. 497-4240. 12/03: Mill Valley Holiday Craft Fair Over 50 local artists will be selling their handmade items. Items include quilts, jewelry, food, plants. 10am-5pm. Free. Mill Valley Community Center, 180 Camino Alto, Mill Valley. 383-1370. 12/03: Rock Spring Trail Crew Volunteers are needed to help with tread and drainage maintenance, erosion control and vegetation management on the Rock Spring Trail. 9am-2pm. Free. Rock Springs Parking Lot, W. Ridgecrest Blvd. and Pantoll Road, Mt. Tamalpais. 945-1128.

12/04: Golden Bears Gourmet Afternoon Sample treats from California gourmet purveyors. 2-5pm. $20-25. Falkirk Cultural Center, 1408 Mission Ave., San Rafael. 12/06-05/02: Cooking Jewish Students will learn to make latkes, a Passover meal and the perfect brisket. 9:30-11:30am. $20 per class Osher Marin JCC, 200 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael. 444-8000. 12/07 Grow Your Own Sprouts Easy to grow and inexpensive sprouts are powerful healers, densely nutritious and loaded with protein. 7:30-9:30pm. $20. Sunrise Center, 645 Tamalpais Dr., Corte Madera. 924-7824. 12/07: Trivia Cafe Team trivia contest, hosted by Howard Rachelson, Marinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Master of Trivia. 7:309:30pm. Broken Drum, 1132 Fourth St., San Rafael.

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12/03: 8th Annual Greenwood School Winter Faire Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s activities and gift making, handcrafts by local artisans, food and live music 10am-4pm. Free. Greenwood School, 17 Buena Vista Ave., Mill Valley. 388-0495. www. 12/03: Annual Kids Holiday Party With Santa visit, bubbles, cookie and frame decorating, face painting, games, raffle and bake sale. 10am-3pm. Free. Sleepy Hollow Nursery School, 13 17 Butterfield Road, San Anselmo. 453-1462. 12/03: Hip Kidâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Music Seris The Rubinoos. 11am-noon. $5-14. Bay Area Discovery Museum, 557 McReynolds Road, Sausalito. 339-3900. Through 12/19: Letters to Santa Hey kids, have you written your letter to Santa Claus? Include your return address so St. Nicholas can reply. 8:30am4pm. Free. Tamalpaias Community Services District, 305 Bell Lane, Mill Valley. 388-6393.

Through 12/23: 14th Annual Gingerbread Architecture Fundraiser Create the most delicious gingerbread house on the block. 10:30am, 11:30am and 12:30pm on Dec. 3-4, 10-11 and 17-18. 9:30, 10:30 and 11:30am on Dec. 19-23 Pre-registration required $30-40. Bay Area Discovery Museum, 557 McReynolds Road, Sausalito. 339-3900. <

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PUBLIC NOTICES 995 Fictitious Name Statement 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) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 128246 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as THE CAT HOUSE, 97 A LOUISE,

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ARIES (March 20 - April 19) The Sun in Sagittarius brings an optimistic outlook and an upbeat attitude, which is why you usually do holiday shopping as if there won’t be a bill to pay in January. This year, an emphasis on the earth signs (Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn) turns you practical. Instead of buying gifts, you’re inclined to create them—with carpentry tools, a pottery wheel, a computer or a kitchen stove. The North Pole has nothing on you; you’re in charge. TAURUS (April 20 - May 19) The holiday season has begun and the commercials are relentlessly urging you to spend, even if it means going into debt. Shakespeare (a fellow Taurus) said: “Neither a borrower nor a lender be.” Generous Jupiter in your sign expands the temptation to take out the plastic. And, while your ruler (tasteful Venus) in the classconscious sign of Capricorn points out the top designers, she’s also good at finding the best deals. Frugally fashionable—that’s the goal... GEMINI (May 20 - June 20) As your ruler (restless Mercury) continues to move retrograde in your relationship house, expect occasional miscommunications with your significant other. In better news, amorous Venus and passionate Pluto are in charge of your intimacy house, so you should be OK in that arena. Unfortunately, you may find it hard to relax as a fidgety Virgo Mars has an irritating effect on your psyche. So much for your promise to start meditating regularly... CANCER (June 21 - July 21) Your work environment is not running smoothly this week, and your neighbors are somewhat annoying. Holiday stress is in full swing. Being the sensitive type, you may want to avoid large crowds and busy streets. Fortunately, your friends are ready to help out. You need someone to search for a gift for your difficult boss, pick up your dry cleaning, take your dog to the groomer and do your weekly grocery shopping? Just ask... LEO (July 22 - August 22) As the sign ruling parties and entertainment, the holiday season puts you in a festive mood. However, you shouldn’t neglect your professional life. Networking can be done over a glass of champagne or while mingling at a lively dance club. If you own a business, you may connect with an excellent customer or client. If you’re under-employed, you may be offered more hours. If you’re living on a lavish trust fund, the champagne is on you. VIRGO (August 23 - September 21) Fiery Mars in your sign has a volatile effect on your personality. You’re especially prone to overreact during the weekend. Calming solutions should include deep breathing, meditation and pots of chamomile tea. From Monday through Wednesday, you are tempted to engage in forbidden and possibly dangerous liaisons. As this is likely to move you from “nice” to “naughty” on Santa’s list, proceed with caution. LIBRA (September 22 - October 22) Thinking before you speak is difficult over the weekend when impulsive Mars triggers the dramatic Sun in your communication house. For this reason, you should avoid calling ex-lovers or going out for drinks with your annoyingly opinionated neighbor. Monday is the bottom of your lunar cycle, but in spite of this, you are able to deal with emotionally charged family issues without losing your cool. SCORPIO (October 23 - November 21) The desire to have a mate who is financially stable is strong right now. You may have to look deep inside yourself to understand what you truly want. Is it love or a large stock portfolio? Meanwhile, with your ancient ruler (Mars) in perfection-seeking Virgo, you lose patience with those who don’t live up to your high standards for friendship. Try to remember: Even good friends have flaws.

SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: AL BROOKS, 1010 GRAND 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 November 29, 2011. (Publication Dates: December 2, 9, 16, 23, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 128244 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as PRISON MEDIA PROJECT, 2 BRADFORD WAY, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: STEPHEN MCNAMARA, 2 BRADFORD WAY, 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 29, 2011. (Publication Dates: December 2, 9, 16, 23, 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 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 D’OPAL, JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT (Pacific Sun: November 25; December 2, 9, 16, 2011) NOTICE OF PETITION TO ADMINISTER ESTATE OF: ROBERT BRUCE MAHAFFEY. Case No. PR-1105758. To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors and persons who may otherwise be interested in the will or estate, or both, of ROBERT BRUCE MAHAFFEY. A PETITION FOR PROBATE has been filed by: RICHARD GUILE in the Superior Court of California, County of MARIN. THE PETITION FOR PROBATE requests that RICHARD GUILE be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent. THE PETITION requests the decedent’s will and codicils, if any, be admitted to probate. The will and any codicils are available for examination in the file kept by the court. THE PETITION requests authority to administer the estate under the Independent



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CAPRICORN (December 21 - January 18) A positive connection between action-loving Mars in your travel house and amorous Venus in your sign would make this the perfect week for a romantic adventure in an exotic locale. Alternatively, you could stick around and sign up for an erotic literature course from an attractive foreigner. Meantime, the celestial activity in your house of the unconscious is providing an entertaining dream life. If you’re having trouble getting up in the morning, now you know why.

PISCES (February 18 - March 19) The sensitive Moon in your sign Thursday and Friday leaves you a bit vulnerable. If possible, stay away from those who can’t help giving unwanted advice and unwarranted criticisms. Those who love you the most can be the worst offenders. Fortunately, life with your significant other gets easier on Monday. You’re still getting advice, but you’re handling it more diplomatically... < Email Lynda Ray at or check out her website at 38 PACIFIC SUN DECEMBER 2– DECEMBER 8, 2011

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SAGITTARIUS (November 22 - December 20) As your zodiac celebration continues, the planets are providing you with motivation to have a successful 2012. If you can’t find the right job, you’ll create one. You have spent most of your life learning about a variety of subjects—one is bound to hold your interest long enough to figure out how to make it profitable. Saturday and Sunday are your best evenings for partying. Even if it is not your actual birthday, you still qualify for cake and kisses.

AQUARIUS (January 19 - February 17) As the world continues to experience protests and dissatisfaction with big government and big business, it is easy to identify with the need for change. Many of you are involved in or supporting a movement. However, no matter how noble the intentions, your idealistic goals are challenged this week. If tempted to fight back, give it a month or so. Your revolution will now take a short break for the holidays...

Administration of Estates Act. (This authority will allow the personal representative to take many actions without obtaining court approval. Before taking certain very important actions, however, the personal representative will be required to give notice to interested persons unless they have waived notice or consented to the proposed action.) The independent administration authority will be granted unless an interested person files an objection to the petition and shows good cause why the court should not grant the authority. A HEARING on the petition will be held in this court as follows: December 27, 2011 at 8:30 a.m. in Dept: Probabte /H, Room: H, of the Superior Court of California, Marin County, located at Superior Court of California, County of Marin, 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael, CA 94903. IF YOU OBJECT to the granting of the petition, you should appear at the hearing and state your objections or file written objections with the court before the hearing. Your appearance may be in person or by your attorney. IF YOU ARE A CREDITOR or a contingent creditor of the decedent, you must file your claim with the court and mail a copy to the personal representative appointed by the court within four months from the date of first issuance of letters as provided in section 9100 of the California Probate Code. The time for filing claims will not expire before four months from the hearing date noticed above. YOU MAY EXAMINE the file kept by the court. If you are a person interested in the estate, you may file with the court a Request for Special Notice (form DE-154) of the filing of an inventory and appraisal of estate assets or of any petition or account as provided in Probate Code section 1250. A Request for Special Notice form is available from the court clerk. Attorney for Petitioner: MICHAEL BENNETT YONGUE; LAW OFFICES OF JULIA P. WALD, 1108 FIFTH AVE. SUITE 202, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. (415)482-7555. (Publication Dates: December 2, 9, 16, 2011)

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Two years ago, my man left his 22-year marriage to be with me, but he told me he loved his former wife and would always want a friendship with her. I accepted that (Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m friends with my ex), but Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m bothered by the amount of contact they have. They do have two adult children and own property together. But, although sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s living with a new partner, she sometimes wants to borrow his car, have him pick up the dogs or drop off some paperwork. They phone about every other day, and not a week goes by without his stopping overâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;occasionally for a family dinner. I get plenty of his time, energy and affection, and I know their relationship isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t romantic. The issue is split loyaltyâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;all the effort heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s putting into remaining â&#x20AC;&#x153;loving friendsâ&#x20AC;? with a woman whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d love to see our relationship fail. Am I being petty and jealous? It feels like sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s clinging hardâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and so is he.â&#x20AC;&#x201D;The One Who Stole Her Man


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7BB   â&#x20AC;şâ&#x20AC;ş TRiViA CAFĂ&#x2030; ANSWERS From page 9 1. SaUSAlito 2. Germany 3. Motel 6 4a. Bill Clinton 4b. Jimmy Carter 4c. Lyndon Johnson 4d. Ronald Reagan 5a. 60 years (1952present) 5b. Four more years to surpass Queen Victoria, who reigned 1837-1901 5c. Helen Mirren 6. Inuit 7. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I want my MTVâ&#x20AC;? (song was co-written by Mark Knopfler and Sting) 8. Almost 13 years, from July 4, 1776 until April 30, 1789 9. Noahâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ark 10. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s derived from the Latin Insula Canaria, meaning Island of the Dogs (canines). BONUS ANSWER: South America, Australia

Once you get to a certain age, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no starting a relationship with a clean slate. You meet somebody and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s never â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hi, here I am, just me and this little suitcase!â&#x20AC;?â&#x20AC;&#x201D;unless his entire family disappeared into a giant sinkhole or went back in time while on vacation and was caught in the volcanic eruption at Pompeii. There is much to be said for having a mature attitude about oneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s divorce. Friends of the divorced encourage it by emailing inspirational quotes like â&#x20AC;&#x153;When one door closes, another door opens.â&#x20AC;? Annoyingly, in this case, that quote continues â&#x20AC;&#x153;And then that ďŹ rst door opens back up and a woman leans out and asks what time your manâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be coming over to take the dog to the vet.â&#x20AC;? Jealousy is the guard dog of human relationships, an evolutionary adaptation that helps us defend ourselves against mate-swiping. As cognitive psychologist Dr. Nando Pelusi and I discussed recently on my weekly radio show (, jealousy is productive when thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a real threat that your partner might fall for someone else and leave you for that person. Jealousy is counterproductive when you know heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to leave you for someone elseâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;but just for a few hours a week to drop off some paperwork and deworm the dog. Of course, to be human is to be small and petty. (To be successfully small and petty is to not let it show.) Lashing out, snapping, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Excuse me, but wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t she supposed to get her husband privileges revoked in the divorce?â&#x20AC;? will just make him defensive. Instead, use your vulnerability in a powerful way. Evoke his sympathy by saying something like â&#x20AC;&#x153;Listen, I understand that you two have kids and property and a friendship, but Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m feeling a little insecure about all the time and attention youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re devoting to her.â&#x20AC;? Chances are heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll reassure you by explaining why you have nothing to worry about, and maybe even consider dialing it back a little. On the bright side, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re with a guy who isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t one to drop-kick his obligations the moment some husband-stealing hussy comes along. Maybe try to laugh at how happy endings are sometimes the messiest and enough to make you pine for a good old Jerry Springerstyle breakup. At least when oneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dumping the otherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s clothes on the front lawn, pouring gasoline on them and lighting them on ďŹ re, the logical human response isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t ringing the perpetrator up and asking to borrow their car.


One of my coolest girlfriends is in love with a total dud. He gets wasted at every party, talks in front of her about how hot other women are and is generally pretty disrespectful of her. I keep wanting to yank him aside and ask him whether he knows how lucky he is. Now Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m thinking I need to yank my friend aside and tell her she can do better.â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Disgusted


Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s considered an act of friendship to tell a girlfriend that sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s got a piece of spinach stuck between her teeth. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d think sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d be equally appreciative when you point out that sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s got a soul mate stuck in some other womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cleavage. But, her ego is probably all tied up in her belief that sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s found love, and sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d probably just get combative. Instead of telling her sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s making a mistake, try to get her to come to that conclusion by borrowing from an addiction therapy technique called â&#x20AC;&#x153;motivational interviewing.â&#x20AC;? Get her to talk about what she wants (all the wonderful qualities sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s seeking in a man), and then gently ask her how that stacks up against what she has. By drawing the discrepancies out of her, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re leading her to do the math: She hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t so much fallen in love as sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s slipped in a pile of something somebody shouldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve picked up with a plastic bag. < Š Amy Alkon, all rights reserved. Got a problem? Email or write to Amy Alkon, 171 Pier Ave. #280, Santa Monica, CA 90405.

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Pacific Sun Weekly 12.02.2011 - Section 1  

Section 1 of the December 2, 2011 edition of the Pacific Sun Weekly