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›› LETTERS ‘Don’t listen to her!’—county deer population Last night, while driving five miles from my office in San Rafael to my home in San Anselmo, I counted seven cars with only one headlight and one with none! It’s time to reprint the letter I sent you two years ago. A reminder to drivers: Please check your headlights when you park at night. Look for the reflection of two headlights on the wall or car in front of you. If you notice, while driving, that one light has burned out, turn on your emergency blinkers so that others will know that you are there. And bikers: Please have both front and rear lights, the bigger and brighter, the better, and please wear reflective clothing or gear. Last but not least, pedestrians: If you are wearing black, navy or dark brown and have no light or reflective clothing, you are not visible and not safe! Consider buying a small flashing light and attaching it to your jacket, purse or backpack (they are sold at bike and pet stores) and/or wear a reflective vest or sash. With a little care, we can avoid accidents and the suffering they cause. Ann Troy, San Anselmo

A hill of bean counters in this crazy world Kudos to Nikki Silverstein for her timely interview with former KGO general manager Mickey Luckoff [“Cumulus Killed the Radio Star?” Jan. 6] about the station’s sudden format change to all news. Though in a politi-

cally mixed bag, news/talk lives at 910AM. Former KGO talk-show host Gene Burns does afternoons, 4 to 7pm; former KGO air staff Gil Gross, John Rothmann, Bill Wattenburg, Rosie Allen and Ed Baxter fill in as part-timers. Lawyer Len Tillem holds down the 3 to 4pm slot weekdays. To KGO’s Ronn Owens, Pat Thurston, Brian Copeland, Karel and Peter B. Collins: People still like you. To Spencer Hughes: How can you work at KGO when you fill in for Fox’s John Gibson? Answer: The bean counters have taken over the airwaves. Cumulus, you’ve earned the middle-digit salute. Peter Galore, Mill Valley

Rarely is the question asked— is our adults learning? [In regard to Jan. 6’s synopsis of The Firm: This new drama focuses on Tom Cruise’s character from the John Grisham best-seller as he and his family emerge from 10 years in the witness protection program. It’s a difficult transition, especially when he learns that none of those years is billable.] Ahem, TV Guy. It’s none of those years ARE billable. Tom Cruise fan, San Rafael

Editor’s note: Thanks for writing (and admitting to being a) Tom Cruise fan! We relish every opportunity to become better informed by the tactful feedback of our highly educated readership. This, however, is not one of those times. According to the professional grammarians on staff, since “none” is a contraction of “not one,” it is singular—therefore requiring an “is” as a being verb. However, when its predicate is a


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Your soapbox is waiting at ›› plural ending in “s”—such as the TV Guy’s “none of those years”—most people mistakenly assume the subject is plural (“years”), when in fact the subject is still the singular (“none”). That being said, many people prefer to conjugate that being verb to “are” and most grammarians accept both “is” and “are” in such instances. “None” of them, however, IS likely to agree with you that “are” is the truly correct usage.

Then there was the usual Pahlavi... This is either the Shah’s sinister SAVAK forces, or local commuterrail enthusiasts. Sometimes it’s hard to tell...

The intimidation tactics employed by Farhad Mansourian’s goons against Marin citizens exercising their rights to repeal SMART may have been the norm while working for the Shah of Iran’s secret service, but they are not appropriate in Marin, today or anytime. Alex Easton-Brown, Lagunitas, Marin United Taxpayers

Father forgive them Marinites, for they know not what they do... Kudos to the editor. Thank you for printing P.C.F’s letter [“Yeah, But Get to the Part About How This Affects Us...” Jan. 6 ]. It is refreshing to see a diversity represented in the Letters to the Editor section that reflects the religious facet that I have found to be the way as well. Now to the part that may affect you. All too often the Light of the founder of the faith called Christianity is dimmed by His followers. This creates a summary dismissal of Him due to the immature way we sometimes behave—please forgive us and our sometimes offensive ways. If not, at least overlook them for a time and look into what the four accounts of His life say for themselves despite how well we carry out the command to love one another. You may be surprised, challenged and refreshed by a review of the life of the Selfless One. I know that I am. Blessings to you and yours, Eric Fransen, San Rafael

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Seen Cafe Flesh 27 times and have nothing to show for it but blank stares? Your spot-on impression of Travis Bickle’s “You talkin’ to me?” line has never been a hit during job interviews? Memorizing the Young Einstein script word-for-word hasn’t quite played to your advantage? Marin film buffs, we’re making you an offer you can’t refuse. For once, the media elite cares what you think—and the Pacific Sun wants to know what your favorite movie is! We’re calling for short write-ups explaining just why you think Birdemic: Shock and Terror is an underrated masterpiece or why Citizen Kane is the Citizen Kane of its generation. We’re hoping to compile enough submissions in time to feature them before this year’s Oscars, taking place Feb. 26—we’ll print as many as we’ve got room for. Here’s what to do: O Keep the reviews to 200 words maximum; don’t waste too much space on regurgitating plotlines—especially if it’s a well-known movie. Relate plot only as you feel is necessary to support your reasoning as to why Tango & Cash is your favorite film. O We love personal anecdotes; if Glen or Glenda led you to a life of cross-dressing—we want to know about it! O Surprise us. Everyone likes Psycho, The Searchers and Casablanca. But not everyone will know about The Devil’s Rejects, Dead Man or Sons of the Desert. O Email by Feb. 15 to jwalsh@pacificsun. com or post to Jason We’re dying to know Walsh at Pacific Sun, about your favorite Attn: My Favorite film. Movie, 835 Fourth St., suite B, San Rafael 94901. Box: What’s your favorite movie, Marin?

›› Oops! In Ronnie Cohen’s Dec. 16 coverage of the opening of the Tong Van Le murder trial, the suspected owner of a hat left on the street outside Le’s Novato house on the night of the killing was misidentified—the prosecution says the headgear belonged to C. Autis Johnson Jr. JANUARY 20 - JANUARY 26, 2012 PACIFIC SUN 7


Lost in transition Some Marinites understand—there’s not time to waste if we want to reduce our waste... by Pe te r Se i d m an


he current macro-political climate makes it almost impossible to achieve macro-strategic gains in dealing with peak oil, climate change and zero waste. But instead of banging their heads against walls, activists are engaged in a bottom-up effort in which they seek to make significant chips in the status quo. A prime example of the inadequacy of the political establishment is the way the state is tackling the job of reducing the amount of waste that ends up in landfills—a situation mirrored across the country. Although the percentage of material diverted from landfills has increased in recent years, activists raise serious questions about where that material ends up and whether it truly gets diverted. So-called plastic recycling programs, for instance, often merely shunt the material from local landfills to China, where disposal often means dumping there or even worse—burning. Despite the increase in California recycling programs—food waste for instance—the gross tonnage of material dumped in landfills has continued to increase at an unsustainable rate. Experts say that virtually every landfill will fail at some point, leaving a toxic mess


that’s both dangerous and costly to clean. The most efficient and least costly method of reducing the amount of waste going to landfills, say zero-waste experts, relies on stopping the flow of material before it reaches the recycle point. They say recycling is a failed strategy because material continues to flow from producers to consumers to waste haulers, who then act as gatekeepers controlling whether and how material is recycled. The system has failed to substantively reduce waste. Some fault lies with producers of goods, some with waste haulers, but most of the fault rests squarely on the backs of consumers. They could, if they chose, wield the club of consumerism to change the system. Consumers could, for example, decide to reject the use of plastic bags. The state created a program to educate Californians about the harm single-use plastic bags dump on the environment. But Sacramento was timid, and instead of trying to ban single-use bags, the state created the program that resulted in bins at grocery stores, where customers could return their carryout plastic bags. With an education program, consumers would gradually wean themselves off the carryout bags, or so the reasoning went. Even when grocery retailers expressed sup10 > port for banning single-use plastic


by Jason Walsh

Report analyzes county’s racial, economic disparity A report released today by the Marin Community Foundation casts a harsh light on the effects income disparity has upon the residents of Marin. The report, titled “A Portrait of Marin,” analyzed “gaps” in Marin quality of life based on geography, race and gender. The report was developed by the American Human Development Project of the Social Science Research Council. It ranks the well-being of Marin residents on a scale of 0 to 10 using the American Human Development Index—an index employed internationally since the 1980s to assess the well-being of developing countries. The HD Index considers health based on life expectancy, education enrollment/attainment, and standard of living based on income. The highest HD Index ranking for communities in Marin is Ross, which is 90 percent white, with a composite index of 9.70 (out of 10); the Canal area of San Rafael, which is 76 percent Latino, scores the lowest, at 3.18—even below West Virginia, the lowest-ranking state overall. Using this scale to measure the comparative well-being of racial groups in Marin, the highest HD Index is for Asian-Americans (8.88) and whites (8.44), with a wide gap between those groups and African-Americans (5.72) and Latinos (5.17). Among the report’s other findings: O While 88 percent of white children are enrolled in preschool, only 47 percent of Latino children are. O High school dropout rates for African-Americans is 21 percent—five times that of whites; the Latino dropout rate of 18.3 percent is four times higher than whites. O Ross residents are expected to live 13 years longer than residents in the Hamilton neighborhood of Novato. Ross’s longevity is a full decade longer than the national average. O The median personal earnings of Ross residents are more than double those of the typical American worker. O The typical worker in the Canal neighborhood of San Rafael earns just over $21,000 a year—about the same as an American worker in the late 1960s. O Students in schools whose students have greater needs tend to get fewer public dollars. And while low-income children typically benefit most from enrollment in preschool, they are least likely to be enrolled in one. O The typical female worker living in Marin earns nearly $14,000 less per year than the typical male worker—a larger earnings gap than for the country as a whole ($11,179). O The distribution of income in Marin is exceedingly lopsided; the top fifth of Marin taxpayers take home about 71 percent of the county’s total income. The bottom fifth earns 1.3 percent of the total income. O African-Americans in Marin have a shorter life expectancy than any racial or ethnic group (79.5 years), compared to 90.9 years for Asian-Americans, 83.5 years for whites and 88.2 years for Latinos. Marin Community Foundation president Thomas Peters says that, while it’s been known for quite a while that Marin, on average, scores highly compared to national and statewide standards, this report shows that many Marinites still struggle to “live long and productive lives.” “The persistence of disparities is not simply a case of cause and effect,” says Peters.“Factors like education, health and income reinforce each other and create, for some, a cycle of success, and for others, a cycle of ongoing struggle and inability to thrive.” 10 > Peters notes that the report found a strong overlap in findings by geographic area



by Howard Rachelson

1. What longtime popular and nationally famous Mill Valley nightclub, which shut down in 2007, is about to re-open in the 107-year-old Masonic Lodge in Mill Valley? 2. True or false: To accommodate their pictorial alphabet, Chinese computer keyboards generally have about 12-15 more keys than English computer keyboards. 3. What is the name for the type of art portrait that deliberately exaggerates a person’s features? 4. Pictured, left: Name these recent Golden Globe award winners, and their movie titles. 5. What company has advertised since 1988 with the slogan “We’ll leave a light on for you”? 6. What international sporting event did Spaniard Miguel Indurain win five years in a row during the 1990s? 7. In 1964 Tanganyika united with the island of Zanzibar, forming what modern African country? 8. What does it mean for a bowler to score a turkey? 9. The three most common styles of Greek columns have what classical names? 10. Butterflies have taste buds in what part of their bodies?

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WCraigslist posting: I am 12 years old and my Mill Valley library card was stolen. The person who stole the card is using it to remove books from the Mill Valley library and KEEPING the books. I now have a $124 fine in my name because some person is dishonest. Please stop doing this and return the books! Please. Thanks. Olivia, Mill Valley. Very accurate description of a Zero, though we’d like to add something. Olivia told us that she offered to volunteer at the Mill Valley library to work off the fine or to make payments from her baby-sitting earnings. She hasn’t heard back yet. We understand rules are rules, but we hope the library lets her volunteer. We’re impressed with Olivia’s ingenuity and sense of responsibility.—Nikki Silverstein

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VLike many of us in this poor economy, Juliet is struggling. At the gas station, she used coins to pay for $4 worth of gas. Barely a gallon. Teary-eyed, she told the cashier that her court hearing for child support didn’t go well. While Juliet was pumping her gas, the cashier approached her. A customer, a beautiful woman with long dark hair, paid $20 to put gas in Juliet’s car. Letting her pride get in the way, Juliet initially declined the generous offer. The cashier convinced her to accept the kindness and pay it forward some day. Juliet asked us to thank both of her Heroes, the woman who paid for the gas and the cashier who made her feel comfortable accepting it. Ladies, you done good.

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›› THAT TV GUY FRIDAY, JAN. 20 Paranormal Challenge Tonight, the ghost hunter teams compete to see who can find ghosts in an Ohio prison, only to learn that most of the ghosts were released on parole and are now haunting a halfway house. Travel Channel. 7pm. Selling Spelling Manor Aaron Spelling’s widow is selling the TV producer’s 56,000square-foot house.While packing she discovers a whole Occupy encampment in the attic. HGTV. 8pm. Ghosts of Girlfriends Past A bachelor is haunted by the ghosts of his past girlfriends. Luckily there are shots for that kind of thing. Or you could grow a mustache to hide the sores. (2009) TBS. 10pm.

by Rick Polito

TUESDAY, JAN. 24 State of the Union Address “Did I mention we killed Osama bin Laden?” Cable News Networks. 5pm. All-Star Dealers A new reality show follows the owner of a sports memorabilia auction house, trading in a variety of signed jerseys, baseballs, syringes and forged prescriptions. Discovery Channel. 8pm. Ink Master It’s another tattoo show but this one is a competition with the body art evaluated for design, color and how menacing the Tasmanian Devil looks while he’s playing guitar on a motorcycle and making out with the mudflap girl. Spike TV. 8pm.

S AT U R D AY, J A N . 2 1 The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills One of the few times you will see “Real” and “Beverly Hills” together. Bravo. 7:30pm. WEDNESDAY, JAN. 25 Over the Hedge When subTouch A widower discovurban sprawl encroaches Who’s that girl? Seriously... Sunday at 5. ers his 11-year-old son can on their habitat, animated predict the future. Mainly woodland creatures his future consists of new Xbox games, trips attempt to adapt. Learning to drive and use to McDonald’s, candy and a TV in his bedthe remote control are challenges, but getting fat and stupid turns out to be really easy. room. Fox. 9pm. The Challenge — Battle of the Exes For (2006) ABC. 8pm. My Big Fat Redneck Vacation Most people this season, all the two-person teams are stop for gas on a road trip. Some people stop former romantic partners.The middle-aged version,“Battle of the Exes, and Their Lawfor ammo. CMTV. 9:30pm. yers,” is on hold. MTV. 10pm. SUNDAY, JAN. 22 NFL Football The 49ers THURSDAY, JAN. 26 The Finder In this host the Giants. Remember:You can always new dramatic series, an Iraq War veteran breathe during the commercials. Fox.3:30pm. wakes from a Madonna: Truth coma with the or Dare When ability to locate Madonna was missing people followed for this and objects. He no-holds-barred won’t tell you this, documentary but your remote chronicling her control is under a day-to-day life, magazine on the her career was coffee table. Fox. peaking. Coinci9pm. dentally, so was Snake Man of her opinion of Appalachia We herself. (1991) didn’t know supLOGO. 5pm. plying snakes Kingdom of for evangelical Heaven It turns ‘Read my lips, kids: Off the lawn...’ Thursday, 11:35pm. snake handlers out the Crusades were more fun that we thought, like spring was a career option. Most of the snakes supbreak, but with swords. (2005) AMC. 8pm. plied to evangelical churches these days are running for president. Animal Planet. 9pm. MONDAY, JAN. 23 First Week In Late Show with David Letterman Regis In tonight’s episode, a lawyer is incarcerated Philbin talks about adjusting to retirement. for contempt of court. But they let him put Not only does he have to keep those darn his receptionist in the adjoining cell. Discovkids off the lawn, he has to interview them ery Channel. 9pm. first. CBS. 11:35pm. < Castle When a famous dog trainer is killed, Critique That TV Guy at investigators must ask the question,“Who’s a good dog,” and then keep asking it over Turn on more TV Guy at and over again until the suspect sits and rolls ›› over. ABC. 10pm. JANUARY 20 - JANUARY 26, 2012 PACIFIC SUN 9

< 8 Lost in transition bags, the Legislature remained incapable of enacting legislation with teeth. When the 2009 California Coastal Cleanup Day ended, volunteers had collected more than 130,000 plastic bags. In a sterling example of bottom-up action in Marin, the Town of Fairfax passed its own ordinance banning single-use bags. Before his untimely and unexpected death, Supervisor Charles McGlashan took up the issue as one of his signature efforts to promote change and consumer responsibility. He and Supervisor Susan Adams were instrumental in getting a county bag ban passed. But the supervisors held it in abeyance while waiting for expected action in Sacramento—action that never came in large part thanks to the power of bag manufacturers and the American Chemistry Council. The county held off implementing its single-use plastic carryout bag ban for a year. That was long enough, and on Jan. 1 the county ban took effect. It covers retail markets in the county’s unincorporated areas. McGlashan envisioned extending the ban on plastic bags to virtually all retail stores. But that might be a bridge too far, ban proponents decided. Better to enact the ban at markets and pharmacies (excluding produce bags and prescription bags) and revisit the action later. Proponents of the bag ban hoped that the county’s action would encourage towns in Marin to enact similar ordinances, creating a de facto ban blanketing the county. But towns have been hesitant to join the county commitment and that comes in large part from the American Chemistry Council’s crusade to spike bag bans throughout the state. The council, using a surrogate called Save the Plastic Bag Coalition, threatens towns with lawsuits aimed at California Environmental Quality Act violations. The council filed suit against the county, claiming it failed to consider the impact of paper-bag use when it banned plastic bags. But the county argued that part of its ban included charging at least 5 cents for a paper bag at markets. Because that mandate actually would reduce the number of paper takeout bags, benefiting the environment, what’s called a categorical exemption allows the county to forgo the expensive and time-consuming process of revisiting the environmental consequences of a bag ban. Marin Superior Court Judge Lynn Duryee agreed. Save the Plastic Bag Coalition appealed. The county decided to move on the bag ban before the outcome of the appeal. But the lawsuit and the appeal had the desired effect for the American Chemistry Council and its surrogate. Towns that had been thinking about enacting their own bans pulled back to wait for the legal outcome. McGlashan and Adams hoped the county ban would encourage individual storeowners to take their own actions and rid plastic takeout bags from their check-

out counters. To some extent that has been the case. Bill Daniels, owner of United Markets, eliminated the plastic carryout bags even before the county ban took effect. Contrary to doom and gloomers who said that banning plastic bags would hurt business because customers wouldn’t tolerate their removal, Daniels’ two markets have seen no appreciable customer complaints. “I’m just proud of Marin customers,” says Daniels. “They’ve lived up to my expectations. I was hoping they would do it voluntarily and bring in their own cloth bags, and boy, they’re doing it. Our bag consumption is down. We’re using fewer bags [paper and plastic] than we did before.” United is within city limits; the county ban doesn’t apply. And that means Daniels doesn’t have to charge for paper bags. Daniels wants the towns to “hurry up and decide.” If San Anselmo, where one of his markets is located, imposes no charge for paper bags and San Rafael, where his other store is located, enacts a charge for paper bags, says Daniels, “That’s going to be ugly for me.” The small amount of the fee isn’t the issue, he adds. “It will aggravate people. They [may] consider it a tax.” That concern isn’t unwarranted. Letters to the editor are filled with anti-ban rants claiming that plastic-bag bans erode individual rights and bow down to “the greens.” The fact that plastic bags are a proven harm to the environment carries little weight to these opponents. The often-used contention that alternatives such as biodegradable plastic bags exist is an insufficient argument: Those bag alternatives don’t decompose the same way as other material and cannot be mixed with waste in a landfill. Reuse, as in cloth bags, is the highest form of waste reduction, say zero-waste experts. One letter to the editor, revealing a political agenda, stated, “The plastic bag is only the beginning. Our local government is removing personal choice in many areas of everyday life.” But the experience at Daniels’ stores shows the sentiment in that missive probably is in the minority in Marin. That seems to be the case at Marinwood Market, where the owners removed plastic bags before the county ordinance took effect. Kara Atkinson says she, her mother and her husband, who run the market, also stopped using plastic bags when they operated a market in Tiburon. With the county ordinance comes that mandate to charge for paper bags in Marinwood. “We’re trying to make it a positive,” says Kara. “We have 500 re-useable bags we are going to give to people [to ease the transition]. And the 5-cent charge that we collect, every month, we will donate that money to local organizations.” That 5-cent charge, it should be noted, is below cost for retailers. The repercussions of the bag ban—and the paper-bag charge—haven’t materialized at the Safeway store in Strawberry. Nor has any negative consequence come to retailers in Fairfax, which has the longest

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< 8 Newsgrams and by demographic groups—indicating high levels of residential segregation by race and ethnicity.“This only makes the cycle of poverty that much more difficult to overcome,” he says. Marin Community Foundation officials say they’ll use the report to galvanize action among elected officials, nonprofit leaders and other concerned citizens. More information can be seen at

County attorney Faulkner to retire County Counsel Patrick Faulkner will be keeping his objections to himself come spring—as the 61-year-old attorney has decided to retire in March. After 15 years as Marin County’s lead lawyer, the allure of traveling the world is more enticing to Faulkner than the allure of traveling up Civic Center Drive. The Palo Alto native was first hired by the county in 1979 and has served as Marin’s top attorney since 1997. Sutter suit begins arbitration; protesters gather over ‘looting’ Members from groups such as Occupy Marin, the Marin Peace and Justice Coalition and MoveOnMarin demonstrated in Greenbrae Jan. 17 in protest of Sutter Health Corp’s removal of $180 million from Marin General Hospital. Protesters gathered from 11:30am to 1pm in front of 1350 South Eliseo Drive, a Sutter-owned building the demonstrators say was purchased with the funds removed from Marin General. The controversy stems from the period from 2006 to 2010, when Sutter officials allegedly transferred about $30 million a year from the hospital to reinvest in other Sutter operations. Prior to 2006—when an agreement was reached that Sutter would hand the reins of the hospital back to the Marin Healthcare District in 2010—Sutter had averaged about $3 million in yearly transfers, according to hospital officials. In August of 2010, Marin General Hospital filed suit against Sutter Health over what it alleges was the “reprehensible” removal of $120 million from the hospital’s coffers. The protest took place the same day the suit against Sutter began arbitration hearings. According to Fairfax resident Sierra Salin, the demonstrators were “protesting the looting of a publicly owned asset by a private corporation.”The location of the protest at 1350 South Eliseo was chosen because, according to Salin,“this building as well as Marin Square in San Rafael were allegedly purchased with MGH money, to compete with Marin General.” When Marin General officials filed suit two years ago, they charged that “Sutter sought to lease most of the available medical office space in close proximity to Marin General, refused to recruit physicians for Marin General, purchased a plot of land for new Sutter healthcare facilities, and even forced Marin General to pay for Sutter’s pension obligations.” At the time, the Marin Healthcare District board’s lead attorney, James Brosnahan, called Sutter’s actions “improper, immoral and reprehensible.” “Sutter utterly ignored its fiduciary responsibility to Marin General and instead chose to line its own pockets with the hospital’s reserves,” Brosnahan said. Sutter spokeswoman Kathie Graham responded that the healthcare corporation had “complied in all respects with the legal agreements governing the transfer of the hospital and, in fact, expanded considerable resources above and beyond what we were required to do to assure a smooth transition for the hospital.” Marin Supervisor and congressional candidate Susan Adams was among the protest attendees; also invited were 2nd District candidates Norman Solomon and Jared Huffman— Solomon was busy campaigning in Humboldt County, but issued a statement of support for the demonstrators. Group trying to get GMO-labeling initiative on ballot A Marin group is trying to run Frankenstein foods out of town—as a signature drive to put a GMO-labeling proposition on the November ballot is about to get under way. The proposed initiative, the California Right to Know Genetically Engineered Foods Act, would ostensibly require that all products containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs) be labeled as such. Genetic modification is the controversial science of deleting genes from a species or, more commonly, taking DNA from one species and injecting it into another species, creating combinations of plant, animal, bacteria and viral genes that do not occur in nature. Proponents of GMO research say that adding desirable traits from one species to another could have such seemingly beneficial results as malaria-resistant mosquitoes in Southeast Asia, insect-resistant crops in Africa and farm animals that produce fewer greenhouse gases. Many non-organic products on supermarket shelves across the U.S. have undergone some genetic modification—whether to make them more resistant to pests, herbicides and harsh environmental conditions, or simply to improve a product’s shelf life. But the long-term environmental and health effects of GMO-derived foods are still being debated in scientific circles; countries such as Australia, Japan, and all of the countries in the European Union—where genetically modified products are known in the media as “frankenstein foods” or “frankenfoods”—have significant restrictions or outright bans on the production of GMOs. In the U.S., the FDA approved commercial production of GMOs based on studies, some of which, argue opponents, were conducted by the companies that create and sell GMOs. According to the Non-GMO Project, a local group at the forefront of the anti-GMO campaign, it’s a question of consumers having a choice. “Since many health-conscious shoppers find the lack of rigorous, independent, scientific

enacted and most stringent ban on plastic bags. (Fairfax escaped the fangs of the American Chemistry Council by taking the issue to voters, which eliminated the need for an exhaustive and expensive environmental review.) As Marin joins San Francisco and other cities and counties that have enacted or are contemplating plastic-bag bans, the moves suggest that if state legislators wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t take the ball and run, the counties and cities will do it themselvesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;despite industry threats. That kind of bottom-up action is nowhere more evident than in the transition movement. Groups of citizens across the countryâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;are trying to take action where their governments refuse to budge. The stakes are too high not to act, say members of the transition gestalt. Transition West Marin is in the forefront of the movement in the county. Bernie Stephan and Bing Gong, members of the group, host the KWMR (90.5 FM) radio program West Marin Mattersâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Post Carbon. The title indicates the movementâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dedication to moving toward a world that has forsaken its dependence on carbon fuels. The West Marin transition group acts as a liaison between many organizations on that side of the hill, including the West Marin Commons, PermacutltureMarin, Mainstreet Moms, the Community Land Trust, the Marin Carbon Project and a number of others, all of which seek to show people practical ways to reduce reliance on fossil fuels, including natural gas, and gain self-sufďŹ ciency. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are probably hundreds of groups in West Marin working on some aspect of helping us become more localized, helping us get ready for when climate change hits the fan and energy goes through the roof,â&#x20AC;? says Stephan. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the core belief of the transition movement: Catastrophic climate change and depleted fossil-fuel reserves will rend societal norms. Relying solely on govern-

ment is an inadequate strategy. Even if the belief seems overstated, the alarm already has sounded. Peak oil, meaning a declining worldwide reserveâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;even if new ďŹ elds come onlineâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;either already has happened or will happen in the foreseeable future. Better to craft a strategy to cope with the change than wait for crisis management, say transition proponents. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We can survive this,â&#x20AC;? says Bruce Richard, one of the founders of Transition Mill Valley, â&#x20AC;&#x153;but we have to do it in a different way. We have to start working now, and talking about it now, and doing the things that will prepare us for it. Connecting with your neighbors can be a big contributing factor.â&#x20AC;? The idea that it will take a community to cope with future consequences sets the transition movement apart from survivalists, who prepare for catastrophic changes as individuals. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We need to be prepared for whatever happens, but we need to be prepared with our community,â&#x20AC;? says Richard. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We need as individuals to learn what the community needs.â&#x20AC;? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s too easy to dismiss the transition movement merely as alarmists and purveyors of hyperbole. Peak oil is a fact, as is climate change. The strategy the transition movement espouses promotes creating neighborhood-like communities. That can sidestep the swamp of inaction on climate change and energy policy at the national and state levels in a hyper-local strategy for everything from food sources to energy production. The transition groups could enter the political arena, but at least for now members see their movement as an educational tool rather than a political action ďŹ gure. With a worldwide member base of about 300 groups, the transition movement is similar to the environmental movement, which many people dismissed when it started gaining traction. <

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Sprayed and Confused Chemtrails– insidious corporate plot to slowly poison population?! (Or, merely evaporated water...) by Jacob Shafer


t’s a sight so common mmo on you’ve probably stopped ped noticing: a plane cutting across the sky and behind it a thin, pale ale wisp off vapor. Sometimes it disappears quickly; somemetimes it lingers, dissolving into the blue like an Alka-Seltzer tablet in a giant glass of water. To most people, this phenomenon is no more remarkable than smoke billowing from a chimney or foggy breath on a cold day. But for the burgeoning chemtrail movement it’s something else entirely: part of a secret, relentless effort to blanket the atmosphere with toxic chemicals. Depending upon whom you ask, the conspiracy and coverup involve a dizzying array of international players both public and private. What are they after? That’s even more complicated. Maybe you’ve already dismissed the chemtrail crowd—whose exhortations have graced the Pacific Sun’s letters-to-the-editor page on more than one occasion—as a flock of Chicken Littles in tinfoil hats. Maybe you’re a fervent believer. Or maybe you’ve never heard of chemtrails, in which case you’ve almost certainly got a lot of questions. Our search for answers begins, not surprisingly, in Fairfax where a pending resolution could make the town an official “chemtrailfree zone.” It’s the brainchild of Peter Kirby, a


40-y year-ol old San Rafael resident ol ressid dent 40-year-old who’s madee chemtrails chemtraills hiss person o al cause celebre. personal “T The first timee I heard about it I “The tthought, th ough ht, what a bunch of garbage,” said d Kirby. Then, about a year-anda-half “trolling lf ago g while “trol lling around the Internet forr conspiracy theories” he hat appears stumbled on a YouTube video th that to show a plane spraying unknown ing an un nknown n inkk to the clip, substance. (Kirby sent us a lilink pect c ive and which is taken from an aerial perspective ch for heavily edited; go to YouTube and search “Plane spraying chemicals”; click on the one posted by ConspiracyTVwithMr.X) According to Kirby, he’s “been treating it as a real, serious issue ever since.” Serious enough that he authored Resolution No. 12-07, which declares, in part: “The people of Fairfax recognize that geoengineers are spraying particulate matter from jet airplanes; an activity which produces what are commonly referred to as ‘chemtrails.’” Who does Kirby think is behind the spraying? “The government is letting it happen, but I think it’s banks and hedge funds. It’s a big insurance-fraud scam.” Asked to elaborate, Kirby points to an article he wrote for titled “The Chemtrail Business.” The first four

pa para paragraphs read as follows: T The spraying itself is carried out by the U.S. U.S military; probably the Air Force. The orde orders mostly come from Wall Street. The military r man or men in charge of the operation take or orders from an intelligence agency. The people giving orders from the intelligence Th agen agency’s headquarters are taking orders from Wa Wall Street. To make a buck, energy companies, insurance companies, big banks and other n catastrophe reinsurance and weather derivatives market players direct the military in their chemtrail spraying activities. Ultimately, the taxpayer pays for it all through bailouts. Geoengineers serve as consultants to both intelligence agencies and the military. “This is the theory I am entertaining. Do you care to join me?”   


JET TRAILS, COMMONLY referred to as “contrails,” have been around since the dawn of air travel. According to multiple atmospheric scientists we contacted for this story, they’re perfectly normal and quite harmless. But, chemtrail proponents claim, some time around the mid-’90s those formerly benign streaks of effluvium became bigger, more prevalent and suddenly dangerous. “When I was a kid, you see a plane flying

over and there’s this tiny little tail on it,” said Kirby. “Now there’s all these lines and squiggles and all this [stuff] in the sky. It’s totally wrong.” We asked Kirby about a series of Life magazine photographs, some from the 1940s, re-published on the site They show large, diffuse contrails that look an awful lot like contemporary chemtrails. “I think it’s professionally produced high-tech propaganda,” Kirby replied. Who’s producing it? “Western intelligence agencies, working in collusion with corporations.” For all the groups he implicates, Kirby doesn’t think commercial airlines are involved, as some contend. “People have said it’s in the jet fuel, but that doesn’t make sense to me. I think it’s fleets of jets, and I think they’re military jets. I think they’re controlled remotely at NORAD [North American Aerospace Defense Command].” Still, we reached out to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), which regulates all civilian air travel. “Contrails are formed by engine water vapor that crystallizes at high altitudes. They can remain in the sky for a long time when the air is humid and tend to dissipate more quickly when the air is dry,” said FAA spokesman Ian Gregor. “’Chemtrails’ [are] a myth.” As with all conspiracy theories, official deni-

als only harden believersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; resolve. Kirby says heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;100 percent certainâ&#x20AC;? chemtrails are real. And he rejects the term â&#x20AC;&#x153;conspiracy theory.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a label people can put on something so they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to think about it anymore,â&#x20AC;? he said. Kirby ďŹ rst pushed his resolution in his hometown of San Rafael, but says he was rebuffed. So he turned to Fairfax, with better results (the Council tabled the matter at its January meeting but is slated to take it up next month). Mayor Pam Hartwell-Herrero, who sponsored the resolution, says itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s being rewritten. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I took this issue up because [former Fairfax councilmember] Lew Tremaine had promised a citizen that he would and wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t able to get to it before he retired from the Council,â&#x20AC;? Hartwell-Herrero wrote in an e-mail. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have had concerns voiced from a number of citizens regarding this issue and as a representative I felt it was reasonable to go on record that our community does not want to be subject to geoengineering experiments without our consent or knowledge.â&#x20AC;? Not exactly a ringing endorsement, but not an outright rejection either.   


GEOENGINEERING, THE CENTRAL thread that ties the chemtrail quilt together, is real. Or at least, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really being discussed. Multiple government studies, all published and part of the public record, outline the pros and cons of releasing various compoundsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; including metals like aluminum, strontium and bariumâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;into the atmosphere, often as a last-ditch salvo against climate change. But every available study has one other thing in common: they all say geoengineering is stuck at the theoretical phaseâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;no tests, no real-world spraying and certainly no widespread deployment. For ďŹ lmmaker Michael Murphyâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;whose movie What in the World Are They Spraying? may be the most deďŹ nitive attempt to explain chemtrailsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;the fact that geoengineering is being talked about is worrying in itself. But, like Kirby (who credits Murphy with â&#x20AC;&#x153;leading the chargeâ&#x20AC;?), heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fully convinced itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gone far beyond the conceptual phase. In fact, Murphy calls chemtrails â&#x20AC;&#x153;one of the greatest ecological and human health

The Town of Fairfax will decide in February if it wants to go on record as a community that â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;does not want to be subject to geoengineering experiments.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;

catastrophes that we have ever seen.â&#x20AC;? Also, like Kirby, Murphy believes the conspiracy is vast and far-reaching, involving â&#x20AC;&#x153;many different corporations and many different governments.â&#x20AC;? He compares the conspiracy to the Manhattan Project, with thousands of participants, some of whom may be unaware what theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re truly doing. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Do I think the people who are involved in, say, delivering the aluminum and other chemicals to the airplanes are aware of what the whole program is about?â&#x20AC;? Murphy asked rhetorically via phone while weaving through L.A. trafďŹ c. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The answer to that is no.â&#x20AC;? At the same time, Murphy said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;It always bafďŹ&#x201A;es [me] to see how people can be complicit in the coverup of these programs and believe they wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be affected by it.â&#x20AC;? Murphy is referring to people like Ronald Cohen, director of the Berkeley Atmospheric Science Center, who told us, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Airplanes burn fuel. Burning is the reaction of fuel with oxygen to produce water and CO2. The water is the source of contrails. No other ingredients are needed.â&#x20AC;? And people like Mark Jacobson, who heads up Stanfordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s atmosphere/energy program. He recently published a paper about airplane emissions and said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;We can calculate the formation and evolution of contrails quite precisely based on physical principles based simply on water vapor and particulate matter emissions at the correct temperature and relative humidity over ice.â&#x20AC;?

Are they part of the conspiracy? â&#x20AC;&#x153;They typically are looking at the science of contrails. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re looking at contamination,â&#x20AC;? replied Murphy. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And the contamination that weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re ďŹ nding in the air matches geoengineersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; plans and proposals to spray [toxins] into our air.â&#x20AC;? Murphyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s next project is a ďŹ lm about weather controlâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;his Empire Strikes Back follow-up to his ďŹ rst ďŹ lmâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s A New Hope. One of the experts Murphy consulted is former Idaho weatherman Scott Stevens who contends, among other things, that Hurricane Katrina was the work of Japanese scientists. According to Murphy, Stevens now says the weather has been â&#x20AC;&#x153;100 percent corporatized.â&#x20AC;? Not only are they spraying things on us, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re controlling the ďŹ ve-day forecast. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not sure about that,â&#x20AC;? Murphy said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I do believe nature plays a role.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;We question everything,â&#x20AC;? Murphy told us when we asked how certain he is that chemtrails are real. â&#x20AC;&#x153;What I will say is thousands of dots connect.â&#x20AC;?   


LETâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S IMAGINE FOR a moment that the dots donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t connect, that this is merely an elaborate fantasy. What would make people like Kirby and Murphyâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;who come across as relatively sane, even averageâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;dive into the rabbit hole? In his book, The Believing Brain: From Ghosts and Gods to Politics and Conspiracies, Michael Shermer writes, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Once beliefs are formed, the brain begins to look for and ďŹ nd conďŹ rmatory evidence in support of those

beliefs, which adds an emotional boost to further conďŹ dence in the beliefs and thereby accelerates the process of reinforcing them, and round and round the process goes in a positive feedback loop of belief conďŹ rmation.â&#x20AC;? We are wired, in other words, to throw good mental money after bad, doubling down on our mistaken notions because, dang it, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re ours. Contradictory evidence is either dismissed or discredited, and facts, however desultory, are pieced together to form a whole, real or imagined. This is how conspiracy theories work, and upon inspection chemtrails certainly ďŹ t the mold. Add the fact that airplanes have become especially sinister in our post-9/11 world and you have all the makings of a fringe obsession more focused on sensationalism than reality. Then again, by writing that, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve likely implicated ourselves in the coverup. In fact, near the end of our interview, Murphy noted that â&#x20AC;&#x153;a lot of media sources have interest in corporations that beneďŹ t from weather control.â&#x20AC;? He asked if we were looking to do a hit piece on him and we assured him we werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t. But, we asked, doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t it frustrate you that so many have dismissed the theory or are unaware of it? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Millions of people have woken up to this,â&#x20AC;? he replied, his voice suddenly upbeat again. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have a worldwide movement going on right now. We have politicians now who are interested in this and addressing it. I couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be more happy.â&#x20AC;? Added Murphy: â&#x20AC;&#x153;I can tell you from the depth of my heart that we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have a greater threat to our planet.â&#x20AC;?   


GIVEN FAIRFAXâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S PROPENSITY for symbolic gestures and the mayorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tepid support, Kirbyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s resolution has a decent chance of passing. And, you could argue, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not a bad thing. Even if geoengineering remains in the planning phase, a little preemptive legislation couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t hurt. Then again, with the range of pressing problems facing the county, state, country and planet, is this where we want our ofďŹ cials to focus their attention? Much like chemtrails themselves, those are open questions. And if the sky holds the answers, well, the sky isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t talking. < Poison Jacob with your thoughts at







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anuary and February are months sausages are made on the spotâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;ďŹ&#x201A;avored that we have to tolerate, waiting for with fennel in Tuscany, in Calabria with warmth and longer light and the hot peppers, in Puglia with cinnamon and change of season our early spring will cloves. Everyone gathers for great quantities bring. Even though it has been uncomof fresh pork at maialate, dinners that last monly clear and rainless in Marin, our for hours. This custom goes back to the anspirits know itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s winter (so does the cient sacriďŹ ce of a pig to the gods in hopes weather forecast, which is calling for rain of success for the coming yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s crops. this coming week). We just have to be Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s natural that ďŹ res should be a part patient waiting for the next occasions for of these high times during cold darkcheering up: Mardi Gras and St. Patrickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ness. January bonďŹ res burn against night Day, two wild parties. skies: great pyramids in Abruzzo where In Italy the situation is very different neighbors go from house to house for thanks to pagan and sweets and wine; ďŹ res Christian customs on street corners in that provide times to Naples (ďŹ&#x201A;ames rising COMING SOON frolic from Epiphany from burning discardA revised edition of another of Carol Fieldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s im(Jan. 6) until the beed household goods) portant books, The Italian Baker, has been ginning of Lent. Caras vendors sell soup released. On Jan. 29 at 12:30pm she will appear at nevale is in sway, with ladled over grilled a lunch at A16 Restaurant in San Francisco, part of Book Passageâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cooks With Books series.Tickets are rituals from masked bread; and in Lecce, $115 per person (this covers one signed copy of the balls to gnocchi feeds, where a building-high book, all food, wine, tax, tips). For details and reserstreet battles with pyre burns and people vations: or 415/927-0960. oranges as weapons crowd around for the to polenta meals for blessings of animals entire towns. There and to eat bits of lamb are saintsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; day feasts that arrive during the offal grilled over a ďŹ re. In Ravenna there is period: Santâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Antonioâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Saint Anthony the a huge bonďŹ re when an efďŹ gy of Hannibal Abbot (Jan. 17)â&#x20AC;&#x201D;when pigs are butchered blazes before partygoers dine on roasted for Festa del Porco, while luckier domes- sausages and sweets, with warming mulled tic animals are blessed by priests; and San wine. On the last Thursday in January in Biagio (Feb. 3), when breads and sweets are Como, a symbol of winter is burned and baked and eaten to â&#x20AC;&#x153;protect the throat,â&#x20AC;? a the dayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s menu is risotto and sausage, with reference to miraculous healings. (Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also Parmesan cheese. possible that it reďŹ&#x201A;ects the resemblance of Ivreaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;battle of the orangesâ&#x20AC;? is based his name to biade, which means crops, and on a real rebellion by townspeople against because his day is one day before spring a tyrannical overlord who distributed planting began.) beans to the poor each year. In one act of Everyone is familiar with the elaborate bravado they threw their allotments into and sexy Carnevale in Venice. It has always the street during the Carnevale parade owned the most beautiful scene in Italy of wealthy revelers. Oranges eventually, with masquerade somehow, became balls in piazze and insymbols of those trigues in its winding beans and today streets. Nowadays so manic battles are many throngs of peostaged between Ivrean ple arrive in masks neighborhood teams, and costumes, buses with nonstop partycoming to the city are ing for three days and turned away at 8am three nights. Fagiolate, and footbridges over huge bean feasts, go the canals become on for three weeks, one-way. Other placincluding one where es observe the season more than a ton of in their own styles, beans is cooked over evoking pre-Christian ďŹ res in an open space traditions, all involvand served with red The Pope of Gnocchi is chosen each year by whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ing food and drink. wine, cheeses and known as a â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;potato conclave.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Santâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Antonioâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bread to poor citizens Day in many regions of the city. still keeps butchers busy slaughtering pigs As Carnevale winds down there are last fattened throughout the year. Families chances for feasting. Veronaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gnocchi festa prepare cuts of pork to be cured and stored, features a parade led by a rotund Pope of


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Gnocchi (dressed in red, carrying a giantsized fork) that ends at Piazza San Zeno where free dumplings are served. Gnocchi are required eating in homes on that last Friday. Across the land Ash Wednesday brings more austere meals: polenta, beans or fish (often baccala, dried cod), a meatless farewell to the joys of Carnevale’s abbondanza. Research for this story and the recipes that follow are from Carol Field’s Celebrating Italy (William Morrow, 1990), a San Francisco writer’s fascinating collection of fact and lore. O




Pork with pork: sausages and spareribs, with potatoes and winter vegetables, this dish seems a perfect dinner Italian-style for cold nights.

Fricando from Ivrea Makes 6 servings 2-1/2 tablespoons butter 3 carrots, finely chopped 2 onions, finely chopped 2 ribs celery, finely chopped 4 tablespoons olive oil 3 mild Italian sausages 3 pounds baby back ribs, cut into 2-rib sections 6 cloves 2 bay leaves 2-1/2 tablespoons red wine vinegar 2 tablespoons tomato paste 1-3/4 cups water Salt and pepper 4 potatoes, peeled and cut into 8 to 10 pieces

Warm the butter in a heavy pot and saute the carrots, onions and celery until they are soft. Remove to a plate. Film the pan with the olive oil, prick the sausages and add them to the pan along with the ribs. Saute until brown. Drain off the fat. Add the cloves and the bay leaves. Add the vinegar, raise the heat, and let it bubble until it evaporates. Add the tomato paste diluted in the water. Return the vegetables to the pot, season with salt and pepper, cover and cook over a medium-low flame 1-1/2 to 2 hours, turning the sausages and

ribs every so often. You may need to add water if it gets dry. Add the potatoes and cook another half-hour, turning them over so they absorb the sauce and cook evenly. This dish tastes even better the next day. O




Field offers a recipe for the favored way of serving gnocchi in Verona. She writes, “The trick of making delicate gnocchi... is adding as little flour as possible. I have the greatest success when I mix in only a cup of flour, but if that seems too little to keep the dough together, use a bit more.”

Gnocchi Makes about 12 dozen, enough for 4 to 6 servings 2-1/4 pounds baking potatoes (about 4 large) 1 teaspoon salt 1 egg 1 to 1-1/2 all-purpose flour 10 cups water 8 to 10 tablespoons unsalted butter A few fresh sage leaves, torn 1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Bake the potatoes until the point of a knife enters them easily. Cool the potatoes, peel them while they are still warm, and rice them into a large bowl. Mix in the salt, egg and as little flour as possible to make a soft, smooth, consistent mixture. Roll out into logs about the width of a finger and cut into 3/4- to 1-inch segments. To get the characteristic shape of gnocchi, hold them between thumb and forefinger and roll them lightly and quickly against the front of a hand-held grater. Bring 10 cups water to the boil in a large pot and cook the gnocchi until they rise to the top, 1 to 3 minutes. Meanwhile, melt the butter in a small heavy saucepan, and wilt the sage leaves in it briefly. Remove the gnocchi with a slotted spoon, drain and serve immediately with the sage and butter sauce. Pass the Parmesan cheese at the table to sprinkle on top. < Contact Pat at

WHAT A LONG, STRANGE TRIP IT’S BEEN Sometimes I feel as though I’m a real-estate reporter rather than the food writer I am. This has been especially true recently with so much turnover in the restaurant business in Marin. There’s always the question of how far in advance the arrival of a venue should be published. Everyone knows that permitting and construction delays play havoc with predicted openings. That being said, two stories with a dramatic link definitely qualify. Who would have thought all those years ago that international rock idols from the same band, local heroes, would become entrepreneurs behind establishments starring music and food? Yet here they are, Bob Weir and Phil Lesh of the Grateful Dead, acquiring property and creating businesses that should become magnet locations, giving a boost to the entertainment scene. Reviving the spirit of Mill Valley’s Sweetwater, Weir and investors Ged Robertson (Small Shed Flatbreads) and Michael Klein will open the doors of Sweetwater Music Hall in the century-old Masonic Lodge in the middle of town on Jan. 27. Noted chef/restaurateur Gordon Drysdale is directing the kitchen, offering evening and happy hour foods at first, adding lunch, breakfast, Sunday brunch and outdoor dining as time goes by... While over in San Rafael, Phil Lesh is taking over the Seafood Peddler in the Canal neighborhood, a large property with waterside appeal. Its new name is Terrapin Crossroads and renovations are ongoing to create performance and rehearsal spaces in addition to its full-scale restaurant. It will become a center for all the arts as well as a dining destination, a positive addition to its neighborhood. At the time of writing, a chef who will change the focus of the menu had not been named. GOT TO ADMIT IT’S GETTING BETTER Meanwhile, two more new restaurants are slated to join the scene (no firm dates, here). Kentfield residents Sam Josi, Stryker Scales and Nate Valentine are the powers behind four popular San Francisco spots—Mamacita, Umami, the Tipsy Pig and Blue Barn Gourmet. The latter, a casual Marina District cafe serving farm-totable informal fare (“slow food for people on the go”), has inspired a Marin version. It will open in the Town Center Corte Madera sometime this summer... The nautical feel of the now-closed Bobby’s Cafe on Fourth Street in San Rafael seems perfect for the debut of Foghorn, offering

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classic seafood, which chef/owner Mike Giacomini plans for the site. PIE, PIE, ME OH MY National Pie Day happens Jan. 21 and SusieCakes wants you to join in the fun. Buy one of the bakery’s signature pie crusts (frozen, $5 each), take it home and return Jan. 21 with your own creation for the Home-Baker Contest. The prize is a $50 gift card for the winner. If you’re pastry-phobic, enroll in a baking class where you’ll learn to make two pies and two miniature pies to take home (Jan. 21, cost is $75). Or you can always purchase winter favorites: chocolate cream pie or cherry apple heart-shaped hand pies. SusieCakes, Bon Air Center, Greenbrae; 415/461-2253. EVERYONE’S A JUDGE HERE Loving Spoonfuls, a cooking competition to be enjoyed by folks of all ages, will bring restaurant chefs, food producers and amateur chefs from sponsoring organizations to Mill Valley Community Center Jan. 28 (noon-3pm). This benefit for Community Institute for Psychotherapy will name best soups, desserts and appetizers—with lots of grazing, tasting and judging by food professionals and participants. Cost is $20 in advance, $28 at the door, children under 12 free; 415/459-5999 x 101. WINE, WOMEN AND FILMS The emphasis is on the female of the species, but everyone is welcome to the party Feb. 2 as Pey-Marin Vineyards’ Susan Pey and Heidi Krahling team up for an evening of fun. Beginning at 5:30pm with a VIP reception at Krahling’s Marinitas in San Anselmo (with food, cocktails and PeyMarin wines), the action moves to Drake High’s Little Theater, 7-8:30pm. This is where Lunafest will be screened: nine short films united by storytelling for, by and about women, from touching documentaries to animated humor. Tickets, which must be purchased in advance, are $50 for reception/screening, $25 for screening only. All proceeds benefit the Breast Cancer Fund and ticket purchases are tax-deductible, available online: < Contact Pat at JANUARY 20 - JANUARY 26, 2012 PACIFIC SUN 19


‘Terrapin’ finds its shell Lesh’s nightclub dream coming true—now others left at crossroads... by G r e g Cahill


he Jan. 4 announcement that New Year’s Eve show, bringing in such acts Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh as the David Nelson Band, Dan Hicks, had purchased the Seafood PedMaria Muldaur, David Lindley, Hot Butdler restaurant in San Rafael—with plans tered Rum, Melvin Seals and JGB, Tommy to transform the venerable Canal district Castro, Moonalice, Jackie Greene and eatery into a nightclub—lit up the social ALO, among others. media and Internet news feeds. “We hope to continue doing what we But not everyone is stoked by Lesh’s plan. love to do somewhere in Marin,” she says. Local music promoter The news that Lesh Erma Murphy, who has been and his wife, Jill, had booking popular shows at purchased the restaurant the Palm Ballroom at the drew national attention. restaurant, got blindsided According to Lesh’s webby the news. “We just found site, the restaurant will out today, so we’re in a state begin its food operations of shock and don’t have a next month, though plan yet,” she said on the the ballroom (which day of the public announcehas been renamed the ment, noting that there had Grate Room), will close Erma Murphy and Daniel Patrick have been no courtesy call. “We turned Murphy Productions into one of in the fall to undergo an had quite a few good book- Marin’s most respected music bookers— expansion that includes ings through April already now they need a new place to book. a state-of-the-art sound lined up. We have not been system. It will reopen in approached by Phil’s team at all. March 2013. “We’re scrambling to find a new venue Lesh eventually will host “world-class for Murphy Productions and Famous4 guests” and concerts modeled after Levon to continue putting on shows. The Palm Helm’s Midnight Rambles. Ballroom had been booked with several On the Internet, Deadheads cheered the cool gigs through March 2012.” arrival of this mecca honoring the legacy Murphy has been producing shows at of the now-defunct Marin-based band. the Palm for two years, including a recent The San Rafael site was selected after

Lesh withdrew earlier plans to build the 500-seat Terrapin Crossroads, a two-story barn in downtown Fairfax Lesh plans to turn the Seafood Peddler and its Palm Ballroom into a ‘community on the site of a vacant gas cultural and education center.’ station. That plan called for the people who actually make their living in a performance and “community-gathering” space in which Lesh Fairfax, and only bad for uptight people who hoped to host jams with his Further band. don’t really belong there anyway.” An editorial in the IJ charged that Lesh It would not have included a restaurant. had gotten the cold shoulder from NIMBY But that project met with a mixed re(not in my backyard) types who were too sponse. Opponents claimed that it would selfish to embrace a world-class music venue cause traffic, parking and noise problems in a small town with a hippie past. in the small downtown business district Clearly, Lesh’s plans for the San Rafael and the adjacent neighborhood (an artist’s venue have evolved since he first pitched rendering posted on the “I support Terrapin Crossroads” Facebook page erroneous- the Terrapin Crossroads project to Fairfax officials. ly depicted the project as set in a bucolic “We originally thought of Terrapin field with no adjacent buildings). Crossroads as a musical home—a way to The issue had become divisive for a reactivate the various lineups that I’ve put rock musician who has built his career on together over the past 10 years. As we got building community. deeper into it, it morphed into something Lesh reportedly was shaken by the opmore comprehensive: a community cultural position and withdrew his project permit and educational center,” Lesh wrote on his after someone posted a sign that read “No website. “We plan to celebrate the arts—muTerrapin, Please” along the road near his sic, culinary, poetry, dance, literature, [and] Ross home. visual arts, including photography, theater, “I hope the Fairfax people who put the and other creative endeavors—so aside from signs up enjoy their hater tots,” Jeff Vasey a performance space and restaurant, Terposted on the Terrapin Crossroads Facebook page. “It would have been great for all rapin Crossroads will also host art exhibits, have an art-and-music-themed library and reading room, memorabilia displays and a beautiful, comfortable place where friends can meet to exchange ideas over a glass of wine or a drink, a terrific meal, and, of course, hear some great music. “We’ll also be a place for teaching and learning: In addition to regular musical performances, we will offer curated conversations with celebrated visionaries, luminaries, characters and eccentrics, discussing topics ranging from cosmology to history to environmental issues to building team spirit and beyond.” Lesh hopes to make Terrapin Crossroads “a positive force in the Canal district in San Rafael,” the location of the Dead’s old warehouse (which Lesh calls Club Front, “a studio/boy’s club”) where the band once rehearsed with Bob Dylan while preparing for its 1987 tour together. And he appears to have walked away from his Fairfax experience with a civics lesson. “We plan to develop a close relationship with the city of San Rafael, and work to support the local police and fire departments and other community services along with local nonprofit organizations,” he added, “as becoming contributing members of the community is very important to us.” < Converse with Greg at



Friday January 20 -Thursday January 26

Movie summaries by Matthew Stafford The Tuskegee Airmen take on the Nazis in ‘Red Tails,’ opening Friday at the Lark, Northgate and Rowland.

O The Adventures of Tintin (1:47) Hergé’s bouffanted Belgian newshound hits the big screen (albeit in animated form), joining Captain Haddock and Snowy on a search for sunken treasure; Steven Spielberg directs. O Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked (1:27) The rambunctious rodents hit the high seas and get themselves marooned on a deserted (?) island. O The Artist (1:40) Dazzling Michel Hazanavicius silent about a Hollywood superstar, a hopeful extra and the life-changing effect the talkie revolution will have on their careers. O Carnage (1:20) Intense Roman Polanski dramedy in which two sets of parents get together to discuss the art and science of child-rearing and end up at each others’ throats; Jodie Foster and Kate Winslet star. O Contraband (1:49) Retired smuggler Mark Wahlberg is forced to pull off one last gig: sneaking counterfeit dough out of Panama with cops, hit men and drug lords on his tail. O The Descendants (1:55) Alexander Payne comedy follows George Clooney and his two daughters as they wander Kauai in search of his wife’s lover. O Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (2:05) A boy left fatherless after 9/11 searches the five boroughs for a final message from his dad; Sandra Bullock, Tom Hanks and Thomas Horn star. O The Flowers of War (2:21) Opulent Chinese epic about an expatriate American (Christian Bale) who gets caught up in the 1937 Rape of Nanking and finds himself in an abandoned cathedral with novices, courtesans and the Japanese Army at the gates. O The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2:40) David Fincher remakes the smash Swedish detective thriller with Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara as an unlikely duo investigating a decades-old murder. O Haywire (1:33) A gorgeous government spook is pursued across China by skilled agents with orders to kill; Steven Soderbergh directs Gina Carano, Michael Douglas and Ewan McGregor. O Hugo (2:07) Martin Scorsese family-friendly 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 Iron Lady (1:45) Meryl Streep stars as steely right-wing game-changing British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher; Jim Broadbent is around as good ol’ Denis. O Joyful Noise (1:58) Dolly Parton and Queen Latifah fight to save their beloved local gospel choir. O The Metropolitan Opera: The Enchanted Island (3:40) Librettist Jeremy Sams’ operatic pastiche of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and “The Tempest” features arias and ensembles by Rameau, Handel, Vivaldi and other Baroque bigwigs.

O Mission: Impossible—Ghost Protocol (2:13)

IMF spook Tom Cruise is unfairly accused of bombing the Kremlin and goes undercover to clear his name; Ving Rhames and Tom Wilkinson costar. O My Reincarnation (1:40) Jennifer Fox’s documentary examines the relationship between Tibetan Buddhist master Chogyal Namkhai Norbu and his son Yeshi and the cultural differences that help define it. O My Week with Marilyn (1:36) A young assistant director serves as Marilyn Monroe’s confidante, support system and wide-eyed lover during the hectic filming of “The Prince and the Showgirl”; with Kenneth Branagh as Laurence Olivier, Julia Ormond as Vivien Leigh and Michelle Williams as MM. O Red Tails (2:00) Stirring tribute to the Tuskegee Airmen, the African-American fighter pilots who proved their mettle in the dangerous skies over fascist Europe. Shame (1:41) Intense, explicit portrait of a compulsive womanizer and his troubled kid sister stars Carey Mulligan and Venice Film Fest best actor Michael Fassbender. O Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2:09) The world’s greatest detective pursues criminal mastermind Professor Moriarty across Europe in a Guy Ritchie production refreshingly free of sci-fi and fantasy; Robert Downey, Jr. costars with Jude Law as Watson and Rachel MacAdams as the delectable Irene Adler. O 3D Beauty and the Beast (1:24) The 1991 Disney classic about a lonely beast and the beauty who brings out his inner princeling returns in three potentially dazzling dimensions. O Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (2:07) John LeCarre’s classic espionage novel is brought to the screen with Gary Oldman as reactivated MI6 agent George Smiley and an impressive cast of traitors, moles and fellow spies (Colin Firth, John Hurt, Ralph Fiennes, David Thewlis et al.). O Underworld: Awakening (1:30) Kate Beckinsale is back as somber yet sexy vampire warrior Selene, battling a band of blood-averse bipeds out to eradicate her and her kind. O War Horse (2:26) When WWI separates a boy from his horse, the steadfast steed wanders from village to battlefield, inspiring all who encounter him; Steven Spielberg directs. O We Bought a Zoo (2:11) True tale of a widower who purchases and inhabits a dilapidated old zoo, hundreds of critters and all; Matt Damon and Scarlett Johansson star. O Young Adult (1:34) Teen-lit scribe Charlize Theron tries to revisit her high school glory days…with unexpected results. <

›› MOViE TiMES The Adventures of Tintin (PG) Century Northgate 15: Fri-Wed 11:30, 4:50, 9:50; 3D showtimes at 2:20, 7:20 Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked (G) Century Northgate 15: Fri-Wed 12:10, 2:25, 4:35, 6:55, 9:05 The Artist (PG-13) +++1/2 Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 12, 2:35, 5:05, 7:50, 10:20 Sun-Thu 12, 2:35, 5:05, 7:50 CinéArts at Sequoia: Fri 4:30, 7, 9:30 Sat 2, 4:30, 7, 9:30 Sun 2, 4:30, 7 Mon-Thu 4:30, 7 Fairfax 6 Theatres: Fri-Sat 1:30, 4:15, 7:15, 9:40 Sun-Thu 1:30, 4:15, 7:15 Beauty and the Beast (G) Century Northgate 15: Fri-Wed 11:55, 2:15, 3:20, 4:30, 7:10, 8, 9:25; retro 2D showtimes at 12:55, 5:35, 10:10 Century Rowland Plaza: 2:45, 5:05, 7:25, 9:45; good ol’ 2D showtime at 12:20 Fairfax 6 Theatres: Fri-Sat 12:20, 2:30, 4:40, 7, 9:10 SunThu 12:20, 2:30, 4:40, 7 Carnage (R) +++ CinéArts at Sequoia: Fri 5:20, 7:30, 9:40 Sat 3:15, 5:20, 7:30, 9:40 Sun 1:10, 3:15, 5:20, 7:30 MonThu 5:20, 7:30 Contraband (R) Century Northgate 15: Fri-Wed 11:45, 1, 2:30, 3:35, 5, 6:15, 7:30, 8:45, 10:20 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:35, 2:10, 4:45, 7:20, 9:55 CinéArts at Marin: Fri 4:30, 7:30, 10:05 Sat 2, 4:30, 7:30, 10:05 Sun 2, 4:30, 7:30 Mon-Thu 4:50, 7:40 The Descendants (R) ++1/2 Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 1:25, 4:10, 7:05, 9:55 Sun-Thu 1:25, 4:10, 7:05 CinéArts at Marin: Fri 4:20, 7:15, 10 Sat 11, 1:30, 4:20, 7:15, 10 Sun 1:30, 4:20, 7:15 Mon-Thu 4:40, 7:30 Fairfax 6 Theatres: Fri-Sat 12:50, 4, 6:50, 9:30 Sun-Thu 12:50, 4, 6:50 NExtremely Loud and Incredibly Close (PG-13) Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 7:30, 10:30 SatSun 1:30, 4:30, 7:30, 10:30


New Movies This Week

Mon-Thu 6:45, 9:45 Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 12:50, 3:55, 7, 10:05 Sun-Thu 12:50, 3:55, 7 CinéArts at Marin: Fri 4:10, 7, 9:50 Sat 10:30, 1:20, 4:10, 7, 9:50 Sun 1:20, 4:10, 7 Mon-Thu 4:30, 7:20 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri 4, 6:50, 9:40 Sat 1, 4, 6:50, 9:40 Sun 1, 4, 6:50 Mon-Thu 4, 6:50 NThe Flowers of War (R) Rafael Film Center: Fri 4:30, 7:30 SatSun 1:30, 4:30, 7:30 Mon-Thu 7:30 The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011) (R) +++ Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 7, 10:20 Sat-Sun 11:45, 3:15, 7, 10:20 Mon-Thu 6:30, 9:55 Fairfax 6 Theatres: 12:10, 3:30, 7:10 Tiburon Playhouse 3: 3:50, 7 Sat-Sun 12:40, 3:50, 7 NHaywire (R) Century Northgate 15: Fri-Wed 12:15, 2:45, 5:20, 7:50, 10:05 Century Rowland Plaza: 12:15, 2:40, 5:05, 7:30, 10:05 Hugo (PG) +++1/2 Century Northgate 15: Fri-Wed 3:55, 9:40; 3D showtimes at 12:50, 6:50 The Iron Lady (PG-13) +++1/2 Century Cinema: Fri-Wed 1:30, 4:10, 7, 9:35 Thu 1:30, 4:10, 7 Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 11:30, 2:50, 4:50, 7:30, 10:10 Sun-Thu 11:30, 2:50, 4:50, 7:30 Century Rowland Plaza: 12, 2:30, 5:10, 7:40, 10:10 Fairfax 6 Theatres: Fri-Sat 1, 4:10, 6:35, 9:20 Sun-Thu 1, 4:10, 6:35 Joyful Noise (PG-13) Century Northgate 15: Fri-Wed 11:25, 2:10, 4:55, 7:35, 10:15 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:30, 2:15, 5, 7:45, 10:30 NThe Metropolitan Opera: The Enchanted Island (Not Rated) Century Regency 6: Sat 9:55am CinéArts at Marin: Sat 9:55am CinéArts at Sequoia: Sat 9:55am Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol (PG-13) Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 7:15, 10:15 SatSun 1:15, 4:15, 7:15, 10:15 Mon-Thu 7, 10 Century North-

gate 15: Fri-Wed 1:10, 4:15, 7:25, 10:25 Century Rowland Plaza: 12:55, 3:55, 7:05, 10:25 My Reincarnation (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Fri 4:55, 6:45, 8:45 Sat-Sun 2:45, 4:55, 6:45, 8:45 Mon-Thu 6:45, 8:45 My Week With Marilyn (R) ++1/2 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri 4:15, 6:40, 9:25 Sat 1:15, 4:15, 6:40, 9:25 Sun 1:15, 4:15, 6:40 Mon-Thu 4:15, 6:40 NRed Tails (PG-13) Century Northgate 15: Fri-Wed 1:20, 4:05, 7:15, 10 Century Rowland Plaza: 1, 4, 7, 10 Lark Theater: Fri-Sat 5:15, 8 Sun-Thu 7 Shame (NC-17) +++ Rafael Film Center: Fri 4:45, 7, 9:15 SatSun 2:30, 4:45, 7, 9:15 Mon 9:15 Tue-Thu 7, 9:15 Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (PG-13) +++1/2 Century Northgate 15: Fri-Wed 1:35, 4:40, 7:40, 10:30 Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (R) +++1/2 Century Regency 6: 1:15, 4:15, 7:15, 10:15 Fairfax 6 Theatres: Fri-Sat 12:40, 3:45, 6:40, 9:35 Sun-Thu 12:40, 3:45, 6:40 NUnderworld: Awakening (R) Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 5:15; 3D showtimes at 7:45, 10 Sat-Sun noon; 3D showtimes at 2:45, 5:15, 7:45, 10 Mon-Thu 3D showtimes at 7:15, 9:30 Century Northgate 15: Fri-Wed 11:40, 4:25, 9:10; 3D showtimes at 1:05, 2, 3:25, 5:45, 7, 8:05, 10:30 Century Rowland Plaza: 12:30; 3D showtimes at 2:55, 5:20, 7:50, 10:20 War Horse (PG-13) +++1/2 Century Regency 6: Sun-Thu 11, 4:35 We Bought a Zoo (PG) +1/2 Century Northgate 15: Fri-Wed 1:15, 4:10, 7:05, 9:55 Young Adult (R) +++ Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 12:05, 2:30, 5, 7:40, 10 Sun-Thu 2:10, 7:55

Showtimes can change after we go to press. Please call theater to confirm schedules.

›› THEATERS CinéArts at Marin 101 Caledonia St., Sausalito • 331-0255 CinéArts at Sequoia 25 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley • 388-4862 Cinema 41 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera • 924-6505 Fairfax 9 Broadway, Fairfax • 453-5444 Lark 549 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur • 924-5111 Larkspur Landing 500 Larkspur Landing Cir., Larkspur • 461-4849 Northgate 7000 Northgate Dr., San Rafael • 800-326-3264 Playhouse 40 Main St., Tiburon • 435-1234 Rafael Film Center 1118 Fourth St., San Rafael • 454-1222 Regency 80 Smith Ranch Rd., Terra Linda • 479-5050 Rowland 44 Rowland Way, Novato • 800-326-3264

Christopher Waltz and Kate Winslet get ready to rumble in Roman Polanksi’s ‘Carnage,’ now at the Sequoia.



F R I D AY J A N UA R Y 2 0 — F R I D AY J A N UA R Y 2 7 Pacific Sun‘s Community Calendar

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

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

Live music 01/20: Revolver,Tickets Band Trio of seasoned musicians who perform an homage to the ’60s by recreating the joy and fun of the best rockin’ and harmonic sounds of the counter cultural generation. 9pm. $10-15. George’s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262. 01/20: Rockit Science A night of music, dancing and fun in the grand lounge of the Elk’s Lodge. Nohost bar will be available. A great night in a historic Marin setting. 8:30-11pm. $5 donation. Elk’s Lodge San Rafael, 1312 Mission Ave., San Rafael. 454-1108. 01/20: The Tickets Band and Revolver Boogie groove and Rock & Roll. 9pm-1am. $10-15. George’s Nightclub, 842 4th St., San Rafael. 226-0262. www. 01/21: Kurt Huget Solo acoustic Americana. 3-6pm. 19 Broadway Nightclub, 17 Broadway, Fairfax. 01/21: Over The Falls “Us As A Nation” CD release. Hosted By James Fluty. Trinity Gold Media Studios, 8pm. $5. Trinity Gold Media Studios, 3149 California Blvd. St.F , , Napa .

01/21: Savannah Blu @ Smiley’s Bolinas Island, bluegrass. $8. Smiley’s Schooner Saloon, Beach Road, Bolinas. 868-1311. www.smileyssaloon. com 01/22: Bill Champlin, Bonnie Hayes Enjoy an intimate evening with singer/songwriter/storyteller Bill Champlin, former lead singer of Chicago and founder of The Sons of Champlin. 9pm. $20-25 George’s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 2260262.

01/22: Erika Alstrom with Dale Alstrom’s Jazz Society The Jazz Society performs classic swing & jazz standards. No cover charge. 21 and over. 5-8pm. 19 Broadway Niteclub, 17 Broadway, Fairfax. 459-1091. 01/22: WTJ2 Featuring Wendy Fitz Tim Bush, John Molloy, Jack Pribble and Wendy Fitz, will have you on your feet with their mix of Country, Western Swing, Bayou Bop, Honkytonk and Top 40. 8pm. No cover. Rancho Nicasio Restarant and Bar, 1 Old Rancheria Road, Nicasio. 662-2219. 01/24: KortUzi Danny Uzilevsky & Jonathan Korty host Bay area artists. 9:30pm.-1:30am. Free. 19 Broadway, 19 Broadway, Fairfax . www.19broadway. com 01/24: Trio Max Live jazz for a Tuesday night. 8-10pm. Free. Vasco’s, Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 381-3343. 01/25: Dore Coller and Friends Live, local goodness. 8-11pm. Free. The No Name Bar, Bridgeway, Sausalito,Ca. 215-7196. 01/26: Rumbaché Hot Sizzlin’ Latin Beats on Salsa Thurday with : Rumbaché! Free Salsa lessons with JAS from 8:30 to 9:30 pm. 9:30pm. $12-15 George’s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 2260262. 01/27: Eric Martin, ELP Eric Martin and the hard rocking band Mr. Big are back for a rare return

engagement. Mr. Big has just released their first studio album in 14 years, entitled “What If....” 9pm. $12-18 George’s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262. 01/27: Jeb Brady Band A fresh and different mix of Blues and R&B with a sound that gets the audience up and dancing. 8-11:30pm. No cover. Rancho Nicasio Restarant and Bar, 1 Old Rancheria Road, Nicasio. 662-2219. 01/27: The Outlaws The new venue space finally opens in the old Mill Valley Masonic location. Doors at 7pm. 8pm. $31.50 Sweetwater Music Hall, 19 Corte Madera, Mill Valley.

Concerts 01/21: Glenn Staller Classical guitar in salon style. 7:30-9:30pm. Donation . Rebound Bookstore, 1611 Fourth St., San Rafael,. 482-0550. www. 01/21: Maryliz Smith “Listening Between the Worlds.” Performance art, music. With Ariel Barnes. Don’t miss this rare opportunity for a beautifully crafted evening. 8pm. $20. PlayHouse, 27 Kensington Road, San Anselmo . html 01/22: Jupiter String Quartet The Mill Valley Chamber Music Society presents the Jupiter String Quartet with a concert program featuring Beethoven Op.74, Bartok No. 6 and Mendelssohn Op.44 No. 1 5:30-6:30pm. $15-30. Mt. Tamalpais United Methodist Church, 410 Sycamore Ave., Mill Valley. 3814453. 01/22: Steven Halpern Internationally acclaimed composer and recording artist Steven Halpern will perform original compositions and improvisations for solo piano, selected for healing, well-being and listening pleasure. Learn more at 4pm. $18-20. Dance Palace Community and Cultural Center, 503 B St., Point Reyes Station. 663-1075. 01/26: Hanz Araki Band A force in West Coast Celtic music, fierce tunes tempered by songs both humorous and heart-wrenching. 8pm. $18-21. 142 Throckmorton Theatre , 142 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 383-9600.

Eric Martin and Mr. Big just want ‘to be the next to be with you’ Jan. 27 at George’s. & strength. Learning coordination, across the floor progressions, musicality, and choreography- very fun & energetic! 4-5pm. $15 drop in. Dance Arts Studios, 704 Mission Ave., San Rafael. 459-1020. www.

Comedy 01/20: Holy City Zoo Reunion II Featuring a marathon of improvisational comedy with special guests. 8pm. $18-25. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 383-9600.

01/23: Tryouts for Great American Comedy Festival Great American Comedy Festival, a 5-day fest of stand-up comedy honoring the great Johnny Carson, showcasing some of the best amateur & professional comedians. Hosted by Mark Pitta. 7:30pm. $10-20. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 383-9600.

01/25: The A List Series: Marty Allen in Conversation w/ Mark Pitta Comedian great and actor Marty Allen in conversation with Mark Pitta. 7:30pm. $15-25. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 383-9600.

Art 01/20-03/09: Falkirk Exhibition Opening

Student performance. 7:30pm. $18. Marin Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 388-6786.

“H20:Fragility and Strength” explores the many ramifications of water as a subject of beauty, contamination and other varied topics. Organized by the California Society of Parintmakers. Reception 5:307:30pm Jan.20. Free. Falkirk Cultural Center, 1408 Mission Ave., San Rafael. 485-3328.

01/22: Roco Dance Onstage - Children’s Show Performance from an award winning con-

01/21-03/11:‘Women in Print: Etchings from Paulson Bott Press’ Opening reception

temporary dance training center for children and adults. 5:30-7pm. $18. Marin Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 3886786.

3-5pm Jan. 21. Julie V. Garner, woven photography. “Attic Treasures.” Denis Bold, mixed media works. Noon-5pm. Free. Bolinas Museum, 48 Wharf Road, Bolinas. 868-0330.

01/24 and 26: Contemporary Dance Fusion

01/27-02/19: GRO Annual Juried Show “Duration” Juror: Andrea Schwartz. Reception

Dance 01/21: Roco Dance Onstage - Teen Show

Incorporates modern, jazz, ballet, cardio, and stretch

3-5pm Jan. 29. Gallery open 11am-5pm, closed 22 PACIFIC SUN JANUARY 20 - JANUARY 26, 2012

Tuesday. Free. Gallery Route One , 11101 Highway One , Point Reyes Station. 663-1347. www. Through 01/22:‘Romancing the Chair’ Candace Loheed, paintings. “Sightlines.” Sarah Myers, Joe Fox, Eric Oldmixon, Jamie Shulander, Celine Underwood, Ido Yoshimoto, site specific installation. 11am5pm. Free. Gallery Route One , 11101 Hwy. One, Point Reyes. 663-1347.

Through 01/28:‘Where in the World (Here, There, Everywhere,Travel,Visions or Dreams)’ Unjuried exhibit of MSA member works. A chance to see the artists’own choices. 11am-4pm. No charge. 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Ross. 4549561.

Through 01/29: Senior Lunch Group Art Show Group exhibition of watercolors, paintings, pastels,photographs and drawings by participants of the Center’s weekly Senior Lunch program. 10am-5pm. Free. San Geronimo Valley Community Center, 6350 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., San Geronimo. 4888888 (#) 252.

Through 01/31:‘Seasonal Landscapes’ Group exhibition of paintings and drawings featuring Leslie Allen, Marla Baggetta, Elaine Coombs, Peter Loftus, John Maxon, Victoria Ryan, Richard Schloss and Wendy Schwartz. 10am-5pm. Free. Robert Allen Fine Art, 301 Caledonia St., Sausalito. 331-2800. Through 01/31: Daigan and Dobrer Paintings, sculptures, mandalas, assemblages and masks by Daigan and David Dobrer. 10am-5pm. Free. San Geronimo Valley Community Center, 6350 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., San Geronimo. 488-8888.

Through 02/10:‘Abstract Nine Artists Throw Texture Party’ Visiting artist Thomas Vesser and artists from Cedars of Marin, Victory Center exhibit patterns, textures, and colors in a variety of media. 10am-5pm. Free. The Artist Within Gallery, 603 San Anselmo Ave., San Anselmo. 4979982.

Through 02/11: 75th Anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge The Bay Model is pleased to exhibit photographs of the Golden Gate Bridge by Argentine/American photographer Edgar Angelone. An international award-winning artist, Free, Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalto. 332-3871.

Through 03/02:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Lightscape/Darkscapeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Two and three-dimensional art by artists of KALA Art Institute. Curated by Andrea Voinot. Reception 5-8pm Jan. 13, during Second Fri Art Walk | San Rafael 10am-5pm. Free. Art Works Downtown, 1337 Fourth St, San Rafael. 451-8119.

Through 03/12: Visionary Glass Sculpture Show Fantasmagorical assemblies of blown-glass hanging from above by Michael Biel. Unique, large multi-colored entities that remind of simultaneous galactic and oceanic origins. A new mythopoetic of form. Reception 5-8:30pm Jan. 13. Free Sans Grocery+Gallery, 821 B St., San Rafael. 726-0551. Through 04/06: Kathleen Lack Paintings. Oils and pastels, specializing in the portrait and the figure. Reception 5:30-7:30pm Jan 27. 8am-7 pm. Free. Marin Cancer Institute, 1350 So. Eliseo Dr., Greenbrae. 461-9000.

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Scene (But Were Afraid to Ask).” Professional writing club meets fourth Sunday each month. 2-4pm. $5-10. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 01/22: Sarah Allen Allen presents “A Field Guide to Marine Mammals of the Pacific Coast: Baja, California, Oregon, Washington, British Columbia.” Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 01/22: Tom Brokaw “The Time of Our Lives: A Conversation About America; Who We Are, Where We’ve Been, and Where We Need to Go Now, to Recapture the American Dream.” Free, but priority seating with book purchase. Dominican University, San Rafael. 927-0960. 01/23: Carol O’Connell “The Chalk Girl.” Kathy Mallory returns. This time, the discovery of a body in a tree in Central Park leads Mallory to a story of extraordinary crimes. 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www. 01/24: Naomi Benaron Introduced by Craig Popelars from Algonquin Books Benaron talks about “Running the Rift.” This work follows Jean Patrick Nkuba, a Rwandan boy who is an Olympic-class runner. 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage. com 01/25: Hands-On E-Books Night Did you receive an iPad, a Nook or some other device as a present and are ready to start downloading books? Bring in your new device and join Book Passage staff for a hands-on demonstration. 5:30pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 9270960. 01/25: Jacqueline Luckett Luckett discusses her novel “Passing Love,” moving back and forth in time between the sparkling Paris of today and the jazz-fueled city filled with expatriates in the 1950s. 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 01/26: Kathryn Kay “The Gilder.” Art restorer Marina’s life seems flawless, but she is conscious of what she lacks. 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 01/27: Val McDermid McDermid discusses “The Retribution.” Tony Hill has put away scores of dangerous criminals. But there is one serial killer whose evil surpasses all others: Jacko Vance, and he’s escaped from prison. 7pm. Free. Book

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01/27: Ying Compestine Literary Luncheon Chinese New Year Celebration! Ying Compestine presents Ying’s Best One-Dish Meals: Quick & Healthy Recipes for the Entire Family, recipes that allow readers to pull together satisfying meals in a snap Noon. $35 (includes 3 courses, tea, and a signed book) Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960.

Film Events 01/22:‘Enchanted Island: Handel, Rameau, Vivaldi and Others’ In one extraordinary new work, lovers of Baroque opera have it all: the world’s best singers, glorious music of the Baroque masters, and a story drawn from Shakespeare. 10am. $30. Lark Theater, 549 Magnolia, Larkspur. 924-5111.

01/23: Monday Night at the Movies:‘The Shootist’ Facing terminal cancer, a famous gunslinger seeks to live in peace but cannot escape his reputation. Rather than waiting to die, he decides to go down fighting. John Wayne and Jimmy Stewart. 7:30-9pm. Free. Mill Valley Library, 375 Throckmorton, Mill Valley. 389-4292, x203.

01/21: Estate Planning for Singles and Domestic Partners Learn how California law affects domestic partners’ estate plans; the pros and cons of probate for single people; what the new estate planning regulations mean for you; the use of trusts and trustees; and charitable protection from estate and capital gains tax for the unmarried. 9:3011:30am. Free. Hospice By The Bay, 17 E. Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Larkspur. 526-5580. 01/21: January Book Sale Featuring Toys, Russia, and Poetry. Plenty of fiction in hard cover, soft cover and “trade” soft cover with great selections in many genres. Check out our music selections--many new CDs. 9am-4:30pm. Mill Valley Library, 375 Throckmorton, Mill Valley. 389-4292, x203. www. 01/21: San Pablo Paddle Join rangers on a scenic paddling journey along the shores of San Pablo Bay. This event is open to paddleboards and kayaks alike. This is a strenuous 10-mile paddle and not recommended for beginners. $5 parking fee. McNears Beach - Marin County Parks, 201 Cantera Way, San Rafael. 446-4424.

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Community Events (Misc.) 01/21: Annual Tam Valley Crab Feed Enjoy fresh crab, salads, bread and dessert, served with coffee, tea, no host wine, beer. Please no outside beverages. Limited childcare for kids 3yrs+, at $15 per child. Reservations only. 6:30-9:30pm. $15-40/ person. Tamalpais Valley Community Center, 203 Marin Ave., Mill Valley. 388-6393. 01/21: Bay Area Environmental Education Resource Fair The BAEER Fair promotes environmental education and provides learning and networking opportunities for teachers, community educators, students, families, and all concerned about the environment. There will be a variety of workshops about wildlife, ecology, etc. 10 am-4:30pm. $8-12. Marin County Exhibit Hall, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael.

01/21: Embodied Stillness: The Meditation of Yin Yoga with Jean Johnson Yin Yoga is

ViDEO Great Caesar’s ghost! Sony’s release of THE IDES OF MARCH to DVD this week seems a lot better timed than its theatrical premiere, arriving as it does in the middle of a Republican primary season so nutty and unpredictable that it feels like a crossparty crib of the film. George Clooney is the insurgent presidential candidate winning hearts and votes with his disarming frankness, even as he stirs up trouble for his party and handlers. Plouffian Ryan Gosling and Rovian Philip Seymour Hoffman are teamed to craft a beautiful, if at times cynical, image and platform for their man, while heavily into Going roguishly handsome. opposition research against the competition and racing to get a Carolina senator’s endorsement. Temptation lurks for all—professional, ethical, sexual—and in a campaign where loyalty is universally demanded, but not so easily read, false steps can be fatal. This film adaptation of the stage play features brilliant acting by all principals, with Evan Rachel Wood a much remarked upon standout as the intern Molly. Director Clooney is a man well known for his causes and commitment, but his movie politics—here and with Good Night, and Good Luck—are somewhat at odds with the idealism, insisting on shades of gray, feet of clay and sudden bursts of malice from all sides.—Richard Gould 24 PACIFIC SUN JANUARY 20 - JANUARY 26, 2012

the practice of coming into floor poses and holding them for a longer period of time, in stillness and awareness. 11am-12:30pm. $25 donation. Tamalpais Shambhala Meditation Group, 734 A St., San Rafael. 891-9185.

Marin Conservation League Walk Into History: San Rafael’s Starkweather Shoreline Park trail Join MCL, Community Development Director Paul Jensen and Jean Starkweather for a look at this bayfront park. 9:30am-12:30pm. Free. Starkweather Shoreline Park, 50 Canal St., San Rafael. 485-6257. 01/21: Water Walk and Talk Meet a ranger for an informative walk on one of the most popular trails in the open space system. We’ll discuss Marin’s watersheds, storm water pollution prevention and water conservation. Highlights include Dawn Falls and the towering redwoods down in Baltimore Canyon. Bring water and snacks; wear sturdy shoes and weather-appropriate clothing. Dogs must be leashed during the trail portion of this hike. Questions: Call (415) 473-2816. Meet at the Crown Road gate. Directions: From Sir Francis Drake Boulevard in Kentfield, turn at College Avenue, turn right at Woodland Road, turn left at Evergreen Drive, and turn left at Crown Road. Street parking is available on one side of Crown Road only. 9-11am. Free, rain cancels. Baltimore Canyon Preserve, Crown Road, Kentfield. 473-2816.

01/24: Marin Orchid Society - Specimen Orchids Speaker this month will be Cindy Hill who will present “The Joys and Challenges of Growing Specimen Orchids”. Specimen orchids are generally less well known. But, these unusual plants can add spice and color to your collection. Please join us and learn how specimen orchids can excite you. 6:30-9:30pm. Free. San Rafael Corporate Center, 750 Lindaro St. , San Rafael. 457-0836. 01/24: Speak To Me Events “Passion and Impact: Inspiring Women Changing Our World.” 6:30-9pm. $69. Mill Valley Community Center, 180 Camino Alto, Mill Valley.

01/25: History of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Join Ranger Bill to learn about the diverse and complex missions, goals and objectives of the USACE’s “Birth” in 1775 under General George Washington. 2-3pm. Free. Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalto. 332-3871.


01/27-29: San Rafael Gem Faire Fri. Noon-6pm; Sat. 10am-6pm; Sun. 10am-5pm. Fine gems, beads, minerals and more. $7 weekend pass. Marin Center, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael.

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. Fridays: Senior Yoga with Kelly Enjoy an hour of yoga.Gain and maintain balance, strength and flexibility of both body and mind. Previous experience not necessary. Modification poses available. Bring water and a mat if you have. 3-4pm. $3 per class. Whistlestop Active Aging Center, 930 Tamalpais Ave., San Rafael. 456-9062.

Through 02/13: Happy Tobacco-Free New Year! Bay Area Community Resources (BACR) is offering their popular 6-session tobacco cessation class in San Rafael. Registration required. No dropins 6pm. $25, sliding scale. BACR, 171 Carlos Dr., San Rafael. 755-2334. Tuesdays: New Moms Support Group Drop in, weigh baby, get to know other moms, relax and share experiences. Facilitated by Newborn expert Georgia Montgomery. Help with feeding, sleep and balancing your busy lives. Repeats every Tuesday. 11am-12:30pm Donations welcome. UU Marin Church, 240 Channing Way, San Rafael. 608-8308.

Kid Stuff 01/22: Family Faire: Dinner entertainment for the family Special interactive performances geared for preschool and kindergartners. Room opens 5:30, show starts 6:30. James K, Miss Kitty, Amy Liz - call for details. Kids menu and regular menu. $3 plus food 5:30-7:30pm. $3 per person added to your check Ghiringhellis Pizzaria Grill and Bar, 1535 S. Novato Blvd, Novato. 878-4977. 01/23: Art Plus for 4-5 Integrated approach combines creative art skills with a variety of early learning opportunities. Art activities incorporate letter/word play, music, math and science. Pre-registration requested. 1:30-2:30pm. $20. Northbay Artworks, 7049 Redwood Blvd #208, Novato. 516-3218.

Through 02/09: Sandpipers Winter Session Thursdays 9:30 - 10:30am & 3:30 - 4:30pm. Children aged 2-4 with their grown up and Audubon teacher/naturalist explore, rain or shine, wonders of our Sanctuary. Featuring pond, trail, insect, beach and bird explorations with specific session topic. 9:30am. $45-70. Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary, 376 Greenwood Beach Road, Tiburon. 388-2524 x103 .

Classes/Workshops Thursdays: Whistlestop Memoir Writing Class Meet new friends. Discover easy ways to write the stories of your life. Remembrance Writing 101 magically unlocks your memory & helps you create & publish your memoirs. Write 2 -3 stories each week. 6-8pm. $5 materials fee payable each class. Whistlestop Center for Active Aging, 930 Tamalpais (across from transit center)., San Rafael. 209-3027. <

01/26: Fundraising without Freaking Out Highly interactive workshop taught by nonprofit consultant Carol Friedman is designed to get nonprofit board members and staff involved actively and effectively in fundraising. 7-8:30pm. $35. The Dance Palace, 503 B Street, Point Reyes.

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ARIES (March 20 - April 19) Usually, you are perfectly happy being the independent one. You bravely take on whatever strikes your immediate interest—no matter how brief that particular interest may be. Now that the Sun has moved into your house of friends and organizations, the concept of engaging in group efforts has a certain appeal. For the next 30 days, you’re a team player. Put on a jersey and join the squad. TAURUS (April 20 - May 19) Once a year the spotlighting Sun occupies the top of your chart. For the next four weeks you are in control of the impression you make on the public. If your reputation needs a bit of polishing, this is an opportunity to add some shine. If awaiting recognition for a recent success, prepare for your kudos. Meanwhile, your weekend is perfect for exploring. When a pal suggests a quick trip to the U.S. Virgin Islands, pack your swimsuit. GEMINI (May 20 - June 20) Your curiosity expands to include a variety of interests for the next month. Even the most casual encounter can lead to broadening your store of knowledge. Although your ruler (Mercury) is in the tedious sign of Capricorn all week, this does not prevent your mind from opening up to intellectual stimulation. It does mean, however, that you should use your fresh ideas to establish an ambitious goal. It can’t all be lighthearted and fun... CANCER (June 21 - July 21) As one who often experiences life on a “feeling” rather than “thinking” level, the Sun in your house of emotional crisis is both agony and ecstasy. Expect to confront your demons and angels for the next four weeks as the Sun exposes your obsessions and helps you understand your deepest desires. On Monday, your ruler (the Moon) puts hidden pressure on the Sun to warm up your intimate life. Make sure your sweetie is available. LEO (July 22 - August 22) Your ruler (the dramatic Sun) begins his one-month opposition to your sign—and you are meant to examine the way you deal with your closest relationships. The emphasis is on “the other”; rather than asking what your partner can do for you, ask what you can do for your partner. Those of you who attempt to focus on career instead will not make the progress you expect—this month. Right now you have to share your energy and your attention. VIRGO (August 23 - September 21) As the sign most associated with being organized, the next four weeks are right up your alley. You are efficient at everything from your job duties to your exercise regime. You take pride in your skills, whether using mechanical tools to install a pet door, or teaching your dog how to use it. Meanwhile, the weekend is all about romantic and creative impulses. Consider making your bedroom more inviting. For your sweetie, not your dog... LIBRA (September 22 - October 22) Although still the middle of winter, the next month can be quite entertaining. Defy any problems with the weather and go out for some fun. Saturn has kept you too serious for too long. It’s time to use the happy influence of the Sun to counteract Saturn. Not only will you feel more lighthearted, you’ll also be more lovable. Those seeking a mate will find it easier to attract Leos and Aquarians. Try to limit yourself to one of each... SCORPIO (October 23 - November 21) It’s that time of the year for a little self-evaluation. Reflect on your emotional patterns. Where did they come from? Which ones have outlived their usefulness? How can you tell if your reactions are appropriate to your current age or left over from your childhood? (Your family members can help you figure out that last one.) Monday’s New Moon is perfect for tuning into your feelings. Save some money on therapy and do it yourself.

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SAGITTARIUS (November 22 - December 20) The dramatic Sun in your house of communication is certainly helpful if you are on stage making a speech. However, if you are not running for office, you might want to keep in mind that conversation is a two-way street. Yes, you have important knowledge to impart, but you should understand that there could be another valid version of the truth. For the next month, make it a practice to listen both before and after you speak... CAPRICORN (December 21 - January 18) Your birthday is officially over. If your celebration got lost in the holiday shuffle, this might be a good time to have a party. You can pretend it’s for an Aquarian friend, or a festive start to the Chinese New Year. Meanwhile, the mushy Moon in your sign on Friday and Saturday urges you to listen to your heart instead of your head. Fall in love now and have a partner for your Chinese New Year’s party... AQUARIUS (January 19 - February 17) Your zodiac cycle begins and the Sun is now in your sign. Consider it your opportunity to focus on yourself instead of trying to fix the problems of the planet. Once a year you find it easy to light up a room, impress others with your warmth and reinvent parts of your personality. The New Moon in your sign on Monday is especially good for recharging your emotions. Yes, even you logical air signs have emotions. PISCES (February 18 - March 19) If you’re saying one thing and doing another, you are either deliberately trying to deceive someone or you are unaware of what your subconscious is up to. The Sun is in your 12th house, shining a light on the activities of your unconscious mind. During the next four weeks take some time to go off by yourself and reflect on the differences between what you think you want and what you actually need. < Email Lynda Ray at or check out her website at 26 PACIFIC SUN JANUARY 20– JANUARY 26, 2012

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PUBLIC NOTICES 995 Fictitious Name Statement FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2011128341 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as MODERN TRADITION, 100 MARIN CENTER DR. #47, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: KAITLYN MCGRATH, 100 MARIN CENTER DR. #47, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903; LUIS R GALVES, 100 MARIN CENTER DR. #47, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903. This business is being conducted by a husband & wife. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on December 12, 2011. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on December 12, 2011. (Publication Dates: December 30, 2011; January 6, 13, 20, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 128061 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as MOUNTAIN MIKE’S PIZZA, 2100B 4TH ST., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: SR CHANDI PIZZA EQUITIES INS., 2971 SUNNY WOOD CIR., SANTA ROSA, CA 95407. 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 October 26, 2011. (Publication Dates: December 30, 2011; January 6, 13, 20, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 128444 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as MCC PHARMACY, 3110 KERNER BLVD., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: MARIN APOTHECARIES INC, 2 BON AIR ROAD #130, LARKSPUR, CA 94939. 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 December 28, 2011. (Publication Dates: January 6, 13, 20, 27, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 128446 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as BERP AND COMPANY, 101 WOODLAND RD., FAIRFAX, CA 94930: MARIO FRED GUARNERI, 101 WOODLAND RD., FAIRFAX, CA 94930. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on October 1, 2011. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on December 28, 2011. (Publication Dates: January 6, 13, 20, 27, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 128483 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as B&K PRECISION 8, 805 SIR FRANCIS DRAKE BLVD. #D, SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960: LAN H. VIEN, 12 NEWPORT LANDING DR., NOVATO, CA 94949. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on January 1, 2012. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on January 4, 2012. (Publication Dates: January 13, 20, 27; February 3, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 128484 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as BAYSIDE BOOKWORKS; STYLE IN SITES, 211 G ST. APT. 10, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: ELISSA RABELLINO, 211 G ST. APT. 10, 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 January 1, 2012. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on January 4, 2012. (Publication Dates: January 13, 20, 27; February 3, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2012128506 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as KITE HILL PSYCHOTHERAPY, 131 CAMINO ALTO SUITE E1, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: BELINDA STROUD, PSY.D., 131 CAMINO ALTO SUITE E1, 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 January 6, 2012. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on January 6, 2012. (Publication Dates: January 13, 20, 27; February 3, 2012)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 128345 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as ART OF LOVE SUMMIT; CONSCIOUS UNCOUPLING, 78 SOUTHERN HEIGHTS BLVD., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: EVOLVING WISDOM, LLC., 78 SOUTHERN HEIGHTS BLVD., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by a limited liability company. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on December 13, 2011. (Publication Dates: January 13, 20, 27; February 3, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 128389 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as MOVE ME STUDIO, 1320 4TH ST., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: SARAH WELTER CAVENEY, 26 EYE ST., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on January 15, 2012. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on December 16, 2011. (Publication Dates: January 13, 20, 27; February 3, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 128301 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as ACQUA d’ORO, 1010 B ST. STE 215, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: DENISE ZOYAMARIE JILBERE, 854 HACIENDA WAY, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903; LOUISE HOPPE MERMOD, 108 SURREY LANE, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903. 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 ClerkRecorder of Marin County on December 6, 2011. (Publication Dates: January 13, 20, 27; February 3, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 128485 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as AMERICAN ANIME STUDIOS, 1539 LINCOLN AVE. #3, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: ALFRED NICKEL, 1539 LINCOLN AVE. #3, 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 Oct 2007. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on January 4, 2012. (Publication Dates: Jan 20, 27; Feb 3, 10, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 128531 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as SUTTER CREEK COMPANY, 1555 INDIAN VALLEY RD., NOVATO, CA 94947: JAMES DUCKWORTH, 1555 INDIAN VALLEY RD., NOVATO, CA 94947. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on January 1, 1984. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on January 10, 2012. (Publication Dates: January 20, 27; February 3, 10, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2012128490 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as ALL MOXIE ENTERPRISES, 315 CAPETOWN CT., NOVATO, CA 94947: JESSICA WOODALL, 315 CAPETOWN CT., NOVATO, CA 94947. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on January 1, 2012. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on January 5, 2012. (Publication Dates: January 20, 27; February 3, 10, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 128436 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as BAL EXPRESS, 118 ALTO ST. #105, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: SANTOS JUAN MALDONADO, 35 CANAL ST. # 16, 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 December 27, 2011. (Publication Dates: January 20, 27; February 3, 10, 2012)

997 All Other Legals SUMMONS (CITACION JUDICIAL) Case Number (Número del Caso): CIV 1102471. NOTICE TO DEFENDANT(s) (AVISO AL DEMANDADO): MARTI SANKOWICH AND DOES 1 THROUGH 25 YOU ARE BEING SUED BY PLAINTIFF (LO EST� DEMANDANDO EL DEMANDANTE): MELISSA STENGLE NOTICE! You have been sued. The court may decide against you without your being heard unless you respond within 30 days. Read the information below. You have 30 CALENDAR

DAYS after this summons and legal papers are served on you to file a written response at this court and have a copy served on the plaintiff. A letter or phone call will not protect you. Your written response must be in proper legal form if you want the court to hear your case. There may be a court form that you can use for your response. You can find these court forms and more information at the California Courts Online Self-Help Center (, your county law library, or the courthouse nearest you. If you cannot pay the filing fee, ask the court clerk for a fee waiver form. If you do not file your response on time, you may lose the case by default, and your wages, money, and property may be taken without further warning from the court. There are other legal requirements. You may want to call an attorney right away. If you do not know an attorney, you may want to call an attorney referral service. If you cannot afford an attorney, you may be eligible for free legal services from a nonprofit legal services program. You can locate these nonprofit groups at the California Legal Services Web site (www., the California Courts Online Self-Help Center ( selfhelp), or by contacting your local court or county bar association. NOTE: The court has a statutory lien for waived fees and costs on any settlement or arbitration award of $10,000 or more in a civil case. The court’s lien must be paid before the court will dismiss the case. ¡AVISO! Lo han demandado. Si no responde dentro de 30 dð©as, la corte puede decidir en su contra sin escuchar su versié n. Lea la informacié n a continuacié n. Tiene 30 DÃçAS DE CALENDARIO después de que le entreguen esta citacié n y papeles legales para presentar una respuesta por escrito en esta corte y hacer que se entregue una copia al demandante. Una carta o una llamada telefé nica no lo protegen. Su respuesta por escrito tiene que estar en formato legal correcto si desea que procesen su caso en la corte. Es posible que haya un formulario que usted pueda usar para su respuesta. Puede encontrar estos formularios de la corte y más informacié n en el Centro de Ayuda de las Cortes de California (, en la biblioteca de leyes de su condado o en la corte que le quede más cerca. Si no puede pagar la cuota de presentacié n, pida al secretario de la corte que le dé un formulario de exencié n de pago de cuotas. Si no presenta su respuesta a tiempo, puede perder el caso por incumplimiento y la corte le podrá quitar su sueldo, dinero y bienes sin más advertencia. Hay otros requisitos legales. Es recomendable que llame a un abogado inmediatamente. Si no conoce a un abogado, puede llamar a un servicio de remisié n a abogados. Si no puede pagar a un abogado, es posible que cumpla con los requisitos para obtener servicios legales gratuitos de un programa de servicios legales sin fines de lucro. Puede encontrar estos grupos sin fines de lucro en el sitio web de California Legal Services, (www., en el Centro de Ayuda de las Cortes de California, (www.sucorte. o poniéndose en contacto con la corte o el colegio de abogados locales. AVISO: Por ley, la corte tiene derecho a reclamar las cuotas y los costos exentos por imponer un gravamen sobre cualquier recuperacié n de $10,000 é más de valor recibida mediante un acuerdo o una concesié n de arbitraje en un caso de derecho civil. Tiene que pagar el gravamen de la corte antes de que la corte pueda desechar el caso. The name and address of the court is (El nombre y direccié n de la corte es): Marin County Superior Court, 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael, CA 94913. The name, address, and telephone number of plaintiff’s attorney, or plaintiff without an attorney, is (El nombre, la direccié n y el número de teléfono del abogado del demandante, o del demandante que no tiene abogado, es): Catherine Lagarde, Po Box 326, Kentfield, CA 94914; 415-3313284.. DATE (Fecha): May 17, 2011. Clerk (Secretario), by, Kim Turner. Deputy (Adjunto): D. Taylor. (Pacific Sun: December 30, 2011; January 6, 13, 20, 2012) NOTICE TO CREDITORS: No. PR 1200012 Notice is hereby given to the creditors and contingent Creditors of The Binggeli Family & Estate of Margaret D. Binggeli that all persons having claims against the decedent are required to file them with the Marin County Superior Court, Probate Department, PO Box 4988, San Rafael, CA 94913, and mail or deliver a copy to A. Ruth Addison., as trustee of the trust dated December 6, 1995, of which the Decedent was the settler, at c/o Mary Schofield. Attorney at Law, 3461 Robin Lane, Suite 4, Cameron Park, CA 95682, within the later of 4 months after January 6, 2012, or, if notice is mailed or personally delivered to you, 60 days after the date this notice is mailed or personally delivered to you, or you must petition to file a late claim as provided in the Probate Code 19103. A claim form may be obtained from the court clerk. For your protection, you are encouraged to file your claim by certified mail, with return receipt requested. (Publication: January 6, 13, 20, 2012

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1. Sweetwater 2. False: They use English (QWERTY) keyboards that input Chinese characters 3. Caricature 4. Michelle Williams as Marilyn Monroe in My Week with Marilyn; Jean Dujardin in The Artist 5. Motel 6 6. Won the Tour de France bicycle race 7. Tanzania 8. To hit three strikes in a row 9. Doric, Ionic, Corinthian 10. Their feet BONUS ANSWER: 1:3:5

I’m a retired pastor in my 50s. A nearby church wanted my help with their Christmas musical, and I asked my wife of five years, who played bass at my church, to join me. She became angry at this suggestion and said I should do my own thing on Christmas and she’d do hers. She then announced that she’d be spending Christmas Eve with her (single, lonely) exboyfriend, staying the night at his place and hiking with him on Christmas Day. I was taken aback. I said this had the “whiff of adultery” and wondered if she wanted to end the marriage. She flew into a rage. How could I even think of calling her an adulteress, etc.? Their overnight got canceled because his son came home for Christmas, but she’s still mad—barely talking to or looking at me. I confess, I’m a conflict avoider and in counseling for it. But what do I do about a woman whose rage can last for several hours to a month or more? Who gives me lengthy, pedantic lectures about how pathetic and hopeless I am? If I say, “Then why don’t you leave me?” she says, “Because I love you.”—Stuck


Your wife has some creative interpretations of classic Christmas songs: “I’ll be home for Christmas”? Naw. “You’ll be home for Christmas, and I’ll be sleeping over at my ex-boyfriend’s.” Question this in the slightest and the burning smell will be your chestnuts roasting over an open fire. First, the obvious: Unless there’s some previously agreed-upon “interesting” marital arrangement, wives do not get to have ex-boyfriend sleepovers. As for a pastor’s wife picking Christmas for hers, what’s the matter, was he busy on your wedding anniversary? A “love” like hers sends chills down a man’s spine—that is, when the man happens to have one. Did you forget yours at the airport? Maybe leave it at a hotel? Although your wife is engaging in outrageous emotional abuse, your reaction—your fear of her rage, which she uses to control you and get her way—is what keeps it going. You might have had a different relationship dynamic (or a different woman altogether) if only you’d put your foot down—stood up to her instead of always lying down and rolling over so she could better kick you in the head. You should read No More Mr. Nice Guy, by reformed doormat Dr. Robert Glover. Glover lays out how conflict-avoidant men go limp in the face of abuse because of their approval-seeking (driven by low self-worth and fear of abandonment) and their hiding of flaws and mistakes (instead of accepting themselves as fallible and human). Transforming oneself from a chew toy among men doesn’t happen overnight. Until you build self-respect, act like somebody who has it. Set standards for how you’ll be treated, and inform your exploding wife that you expect them to be met (which may take anger management), and tell her that you’ll walk if the rage and unloving treatment continue. And mean it. So, if she wants to have a little overnight with her ex, tell her that’s her prerogative—when your divorce is final. Remember, you’re never too old to be happy, and to instill healthy behavior, and to have something a little warmer and sexier at Christmas than a lecture about what a pathetic loser you are under the mistletoe. Listen to Amy and Dr. Robert Glover discuss this issue at http://www.blogtalkradio. com/amyalkon/2011/12/12/advice-goddess-radio-amy-alkon.


I love good food and wine, but I hate cooking and I’m bad at it. When you’re dating, it seems like you’re supposed to cook your partner dinner at a certain point, especially if you’re a woman. I think I’m at that point now, and I’m considering setting a nice table and ordering takeout. Will he think I’m not that interested if I don’t break out the cookbook?—Food And Whine


According to needlepointed pillows, the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. Actually, it’s through his sternum with a big saw. I say that a bit defensively because I, too, love good food but spend all of my time slaving over a hot computer. (I don’t cook; I heat.) Luckily, I have a boyfriend who likes to cook for me, but for some guys, a woman who doesn’t cook is an automatic deal-breaker. For others, it’s a bit of a bummer, but what matters is whether the woman otherwise is giving and shows in various ways that she wants to take care of them. You’ll find out which kind of man you have when you’re honest with him about who you are—a woman who sets a beautiful table and serves a delicious dinner right out of “The Joy Of Calling Up the Chinese Restaurant and Giving Them Your Credit Card Number.” <

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Section 1 of the January 20,2012 edition of the Pacific Sun Weekly

Pacific Sun Weekly 01.20.2012 - Section 1  

Section 1 of the January 20,2012 edition of the Pacific Sun Weekly