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›› LETTERS Dead air Nikki Silverstein’s story on the format change at KGO [“Cumulus Killed the Radio Star?” Jan. 4] is one of the best editorials I have read in your magazine in years. It has prompted me to extend my subscription. Is there any way that this situation with former KGO general manager Mickey Luckoff can be explored [Luckoff proposed recruiting the fired KGO on-air talent and launching them on a competing station], like creating a publicly financed station with corporate help? As an ex-KGO listener, I truly miss that daily talent. Let me know if anything is being done to help. Thanks for the new face of Pacific Sun. Shawn McMillan,San Anselmo

They may be paranoid, but it doesn’t mean airplane vapor ain’t out to get them! I’m writing regarding Jacob Shafer’s cover story on the supposed chemtrail conspiracy [“Sprayed and Confused,” Jan. 20]. Shafer writes, “...Kirby’s resolution has a decent chance of passing. And, you could argue, that’s not a bad thing.” Sorry Jacob, but that IS a bad thing. It’s basically institutionalizing paranoia. These people need to be challenged forcefully and you were acting more like a psychiatrist than a reporter. Did you ask him what other mysterious chemicals besides aluminum these thousands of participants are spraying and what proof he has even of their existence? Should be easy enough to get some air samples when they see these “chemtrails.” And what is the evil end game of all these

conspirators? Perhaps they are all against Obamacare?! The biggest question is that in this day of instant communication and the virtual impossibility of any two people being able to keep a secret of this magnitude—do they really think that with thousands of people and involving a multitude of countries, agencies and corporations, there would not be at least one informant who would come forward with some specific information to verify their baseless fantasies? Ron Pastorino,Larkspur

We have a feeling ‘Puff’ will always be welcome in Fairfax... I think we need a tin foil dome over the entire town of Fairfax. That way we’ll be protected not only from chemtrails, but fire-breathing dragons as well. Cindy Ross,Fairfax

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Your soapbox is waiting at ›› reasons; but, in fairness, that “zero” has also been earned by the California Public Utilities Commission, the state agency that—instead of truly regulating the utility—tends to give it virtually everything it requests For example, all PG&E customers continue paying higher bills to fund the smart meters many never wanted; yet, if customers “opt out” of smart meters, the agency proposes to have PG&E charge each one $90 more initially plus an additional $10 monthly fee forever. This policy would further increase PG&E’s undeserved profits while ensuring that most customers won’t receive the actual protection the opt-out is supposed to provide. Wireless smart meters, by design, constantly repeat radio frequency radiation pulses from each property to its neighbors (in all four directions). Most of the customers already suffering debilitating smart meter health symptoms will be unable to afford paying these punitive opt-out fees for both their own meters and those for their neighbors. So, radiation exposure (and this public health crisis) will continue unabated. This flawed policy—bordering on extortion—will only be changed if all five CPUC commissioners hear from enough of the public before they vote on Feb.1. Insist that those opting-out pay no special fees whatsoever, and that PG&E shareholders themselves cover all opt-out expenses. Please help! Alexander Binik,Fairfax

Put this in your latte macchiato and sip it! ‘She who would trade privacy for free WiFi deserves neither’ —Benjamin Franklin.

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›› What’s your favorite movie, Marin?

Seen Cafè 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 writeups 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 Oscar’s, taking place Feb. 26—we’ll print as many as we’ve got room for. Here’s what to do: 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 and 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! I’ll get you, my little OSurprise pretty—and your us. Everyone favorite movie, too! likes Psycho, The Searchers and Casablanca. But not everyone will know about The Devil’s Rejects, Dead Man or Sons of the Desert. Email by Feb. 15 to jwalsh@pacificsun. com or post to Jason Walsh at Pacific Sun, Attn: My Favorite Movie, 835 Fourth St., suite B, San Rafael, 94901. O


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pponents of annexing the Sausalito Fire Department to the Southern Marin Fire Protection District have asked the Local Agency Formation Commission to re-consider its approval of the annexation. The request is based on what opponents say is new information about pensions. That request is academic and cannot proceed. But the opponents’ challenge of annexation will continue—unless LAFCO commissioners vote to spike the annexation proposal at a meeting on Feb. 9. Meanwhile, opponents of the annexation are gathering signatures in an attempt to force the annexation to a vote should LAFCO commissioners decline to spike the proposal on Feb.9. At a meeting on Sept. 13, the Sausalito City Council voted 3-2 to take an annexation proposal to the Marin LAFCO, the agency the state empowers to review consolidations and annexations. The agency investigates the financial consequences of a consolidation or annexation, and it also determines whether mergers would result in service degradation and undue burdens for all parties of a proposal. Its approval is mandatory for an annexation or consolidation. Councilwomen Carolyn Ford and Linda Pfeifer voted against taking the annexation idea to LAFCO. In November, LAFCO commissioners voted unanimously to approve the annexation. In December, Pfeifer and Sausalito resi-

dent John Flavin submitted a formal request for reconsideration. The request focuses on alleged negative financial consequences, including unfunded pension liability in the fire district and moving 15 firefighters from the city’s pension program to the fire district’s program. The city and LAFCO dispute the charges that Sausalito will face a negative financial impact. Flavin is a key organizer in a drive to collect enough signatures to force the annexation to a vote. That may be the only road open to opponents now because the clock has run out for LAFCO to reconsider any information, new or otherwise. But the opponents are the beneficiaries of an ironic extension in the amount of time they have to collect their signatures. The request for reconsideration hearing had been set for Jan. 23, but a LAFCO staff oversight resulted in the failure to issue a public notice of the meeting in a timely manner, a legal requirement. “It was my mistake,” says Peter Banning, executive officer at LAFCO. Nothing had been coming before LAFCO for “many months,” he says, that required notices, and then a flurry of actively occurred that did. “We had to post three notices, and we posted only two.” The inadvertent oversight meant the request for reconsideration hearing had to be pushed back From a January date to Feb. 9, when it will take place. 9 > The request for reconsideration asks


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Marin Parks gets a pat on the thorax from pest officials Mosquitoes better be on their toes around here—as Marin County Parks is being recognized for its innovation in integrative pest management by the California Department of Pesticide Regulation. What gives Marin’s pest-control wings, according to the DPR, is its use of organic products in place of pesticides, its non-chemical reliance on hand weeding and brush removal, and its costsaving ability to round up volunteers to lend a hand. Pesticide use on lands owned or maintained by Marin County has been reduced by nearly 90 percent since 2002, according to the state pest department. Marin County Parks Superintendent and IPM Coordinator Ed Hulme and his IPM team will be recognized at an awards ceremony on Thursday, Jan. 26, at the California Environmental Protection Agency Headquarters in Sacramento. State Dems won’t endorse in Congressional race The burning question:Which 2nd District congressional candidate will the California state Democratic Party throw its support behind? The lukewarm answer: None of the above.The state Democratic Party will not be making a formal party endorsement in the campaign to replace retiring Representative Lynn Woolsey—after none of the candidates managed to field the required 50 percent of the votes when party leaders from the 2nd District met last weekend in Santa Rosa.The gathering was one of many regionally held “pre-endorsement”conferences across the state at which delegates would vote to determine if a candidate would receive an official endorsement from the California Democratic Party when it holds its February convention in San Diego. Candidates earning 70 percent of the vote would be placed on a“consent calendar”for an endorsement at the convention; those garnering between 50 and 70 percent would be considered for an endorsement again when party officials meet in San Diego. If no candidate receives 50 percent of the“pre-endorsement”vote, no endorsement will be forthcoming, according to party rules. State assemblyman Jared Huffman received 69 votes—or 48 percent—at the meeting, which included Democrats from across the newly formed 2nd District—spanning from the Golden Gate Bridge up to the Oregon border. Next was Inverness author-activist Norman Solomon with 41 votes, followed by Marin Supervisor Susan Adams with 12 and San Rafael businesswoman Stacey Lawson with 2. Nineteen votes were cast for“no endorsement.” Though no official endorsement of any 2nd District candidates appears in the cards, both the Huffman and Solomon campaigns framed the conference outcome as a victory. Huffman’s campaign website highlights the fact that the San Rafael resident received“more votes than all of the other Democratic candidates combined.” “Earning the most votes at this weekend’s meeting highlights the strong grassroots support of my campaign from throughout this entire district,”Huffman says on the site. The Solomon campaign, however, called it a“major victory”that Huffman failed to win the party endorsement.“Huffman’s failure to gain the support of the Democratic Party amounts to a noconfidence vote,”says Solomon’s campaign manager Dan Mullen. Out of the 10“closely watched”California congressional races listed on the California Democratic Party’s website, only two districts—the 2nd and the 31st (San Bernardino)—failed to solidify an endorsement for a candidate. Supes to consider garbage rate hikes More green waste disposal could cost Marinites more greenbacks—as the County Board of Supervisors are considering garbage-rate increases for Marin Sanitary Service and Redwood Empire Disposal customers. 9 > JANUARY 27 - FEBRUARY 2, 2012 PACIFIC SUN 7


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1. What California state park in Marin County is located on the site of an 1880’s Chinese shrimp-fishing village? 2. The human eye can detect the most shades of what color? 3. What country borders Peru and Panama? 4. Snow White, Rapunzel and Hansel and Gretel are some of the fairy tales written by 19th century German brothers Jacob and Wilhelm, whose last name was what? 5. Pictured, left: This Trinidad-born R&B music star 5 sports a pink wig, a great match to her hit album “Pink Friday.” 6. Congratulations to the San Francisco 49’ers, who had a great season but did not make it to this year’s Super Bowl game. What two teams will compete on Feb. 5? This year’s Super Bowl game will be held at Lucas Oil Stadium, in what city? 7. Pictured, left: On Jan. 29, 2010, Saturday Night Live was hosted by the founder 7 of Facebook and the actor who portrayed him in film The Social Network. Who were these two people? 8. What two instruments in a music orchestra have the highest pitch? 9. In the Pacific War of 1884, Bolivia lost access to the Pacific Ocean after being defeated by what country? 10. Sufficient petitions were recently collected to force an upcoming vote to recall what governor, of what state. BONUS QUESTION: Last May, President Obama visited the home of his mother’s ancestors, in what European country? Howard Rachelson welcomes your questions (we’ll give you credit) and invites you to live team trivia contests at the Broken Drum in San Rafael on Wednesdays at 7:30 pm. Contact him at


WWhat is up in Marin City? We feel like we’re living in Groundhog Day. The Marin County Sheriff’s Office reports that on Jan. 6, police responded to a residential burglar alarm and found a 15-year-old boy running away from the scene—with a loaded .357 handgun. On Jan. 14, three males approached a woman in Marin City, punched her in the face repeatedly and tried to steal her purse. They got away. The next night brought a robbery at the Golden Gate Transit Bus Stop on Donahue. The suspect got away. Guess what happened the following evening? A robbery at the same bus stop. This time two suspects got away. Pretty bold, considering the police station is a few hundred yards away. Zeros abound. —Nikki Silverstein

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VMarin is full of talented folks. We’re home to Pulitzer Prize winners, Grammy recipients and countless authors with National Book Awards. Now, from one end of the county to the other, we’re surrounded by Academy Award nominees for their work on 2011 films. Robin Fryday, a Novato photographer, received a nod in the best documentary short category for her first film, The Barber of Birmingham: Foot Soldier of the Civil Rights Movement. Gary Rydstrom, residing in Central Marin, was nominated for sound editing the film War Horse, as was San Anselmo’s Richard Hymns. The academy also nominated Ren Klyce of Mill Valley for sound editing and sound mixing The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. We wish you all the best on Oscar night.

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< 7 Sausalito simmers over fire annexation LAFCO to look at new evidence. Pfeiffer, Ford and other opponents say there’s plenty of new evidence not included in the consideration that led to the LAFCO approval. The city and LAFCO and the Southern Marin Fire District dispute that claim. The formal reconsideration process calls for LAFCO commissioners to hold a public hearing and to either reverse its approval of the annexation or to stop and provide extended new analysis of pension benefit costs. Opponents claim that under the annexation, Sausalito firefighters could, for example, quit the city fire department, collect pensions under the city’s pension program, and then go to work for Southern Marin Fire District, amounting to what opponents call “double dipping.” But proponents of the annexation disagree. The city maintains that the arrangement that would occur with annexation is similar to any other situation when an employee changes jobs. Opponents say annexation will result in the city having to assume unacceptable costs related to pensions. Proponents, including the city and the Southern Marin District, say they’re wrong. Opponents countercharge that the two entities base their assumptions on the results of a tainted study. The controversy that’s boiling in Sausalito now first started bubbling in 2004, when the Southern Marin Fire Protection District and the city started talking about a cooperative service arrangement. Sausalito, which has about 7,000 residents, was finding it increasingly difficult to fund its own fire services, given tightening regulations and rising costs. That led to a joint powers agreement that called for the city and the district to share management services and personnel. Then, in 2006, the city and the district signed a contract for the district to manage the city’s fire department. That contract allowed the city to cut five redundant fire department positions and use the money for other purposes. The city kept 15 fire department employees, which the Southern Marin district manages. Proponents of the annexation say the city and the district have embraced a de facto annexation thanks to that contract arrangement, and residents would see virtually no change in service should annexation become reality. “The intent that the city and the district were working toward was annexation,” says Banning. “They had a lot of issues to resolve. They worked together. They explored all the territory. Tried what worked, and discarded what didn’t.” Part of that process included the city and the district hiring a well-known consulting firm, Citygate Associates, in early 2011 to help them work thorough the numbers, permutations, hazards and advantages of annexation. That work led to the September approval at the City Council to submit an annexation application to LAFCO. Pfeifer says the hiring of Citygate is a prime reason to call for reconsideration of the LAFCO-approved annexation proposal. Citygate could not be independent, she says, because the consultant was working for both

the city and the fire district. “It’s clear an independent analysis was not done.” But the city says the Citygate analysis is sound—and the city’s finance people vetted the financials. But Pfeifer remains deeply skeptical about the permutations of pension arrangements and consequences on Sausalito’s bottom line and on taxpayers’ pocketbooks. She objects to the possibility that Sausalito firefighters could retire from the Sausalito department, draw pensions, and then join the district after annexation and draw salaries as well as pensions there when they vest. She also says the city could be liable for the unfunded pension liability of the district, and that wasn’t included in considerations leading to the LAFCO approval. The city and LAFCO maintain that the amount of money the city will send annually to the fire district will cover an amount sufficient to fund fire services as well as increases in district costs related to annexation—at no additional cost to Sausalito taxpayers. The merger plan calls for Sausalito to provide the fire district with 45 percent of the city’s annual property tax revenue. Under the current contract, the city sends 55 percent of its property tax to the fire district. All told, the city will save $184,000 a year under annexation, according to city figures. Annexation also would allow firefighters to work under one contract, eliminating dual-contract issues. It also would improve efficiency and streamline one fire agency for the long term. And after annexation, Sausalito residents can vote to put their own representatives on the district board for representation. But Pfeifer says all the assumptions are flawed because of inadequate information in the assessment the city and LAFCO considered. “Without knowing all the numbers, we don’t know what the taxpayers’ exposure really is. This could be the worst fiscal policy decision in the history of Sausalito.” According to Banning, the request is a non-issue because the law constricts LAFCO agencies to a timeline for consolidations and annexations to prevent anyone from drawing out the process to an excruciating degree. By Feb. 9, LAFCO will have reached a time limit. “The commission is out of time,” says Banning. “Effectively, the commission has no way to agree to the request for a new extensive analysis of pension benefit costs.” But, he adds, commissioners can reverse their previous approval of the annexation. The request for reconsideration hearing will include two parts: the actual request to consider new information, and a vote of LAFCO commissioners to either kill the annexation proposal or to proceed. That leaves opponents with one other, potent, tactic. If they can collect signatures from between 25 percent and 50 percent of the 5,041 registered voters in Sausalito, they can force the annexation to an election. If they collect less than 25, the annexation proceeds. If they collect more than 50 percent, the annexation au- 11 >

< 7 Newsgrams New pickup programs that allow customers to mix meat, dairy and food-contaminated paper products in with green waste are proving popular, but they may be coming with a new price tag if the board approves a 4.8 percent rate increase for Marin Sanitary users and a 6.74 percent increase for Redwood Empire users.The cost in real dollars, according to the County, would be $1.38 and $2, respectively, for a 32-gallon can. Marin Sanitary serves San Rafael, Larkspur, Ross, the Las Gallinas Valley Sanitary District and nearby unincorporated areas; MSS has been allowing customers to mix food and yard waste since early 2010, when it launched its green-waste pilot program. It expanded the program in March 2011. Based on the first 10 months of the food waste program, according to a review of the rate request conducted by HF&H Consultants, yard waste volumes are projected to increase by 2,255 tons this year, with residential refuse declining by 1,557 tons.The success of Marin Sanitary’s green-waste program led to a small rate hike for users last year; this year’s increase is to offset the rise in costs for fuel, dump fees and workers compensation insurance, says MSS president Patty Garbarino. According to county statistics, an estimated 49 percent of our landfill is made up of food waste and compostable organics.“The hope is that this new method of combining contaminated paper products and yard waste will significantly enhance the County’s goals of reducing landfill,”writes county budget analyst Eric Engelbart in an email regarding the proposed rate increase. Redwood Empire Disposal, which serves West Marin, is planning to launch a new weekly pick-up program along the lines of Marin Sanitary’s.

Unfiltered truth behind Marin’s tobacco prevention Marin needs some tutoring when it comes to preventing smoking—at least according to the American Lung Association, which last week released“grades”in its State of Tobacco Control 2012 audit. Based on most of its grades in such subjects as“smokefree outdoor air,”“smokefree housing”and “reducing sales of tobacco products,”Marin’s got a lot of homework to do. The American Lung Association’s State of Tobacco Control report tracks progress on key tobacco control policies at the state and federal levels.The report assigns grades to the states in four key areas—tobacco prevention and control spending, smokefree air, cigarette tax and cessation coverage.The grades are based on tobacco control laws and regulations in effect as of Jan. 1, 2012 (check ‘em out at According to the report’s executive summary, 2011 was“an abysmal year”for tobacco-control measures across the country. Marin’s results are, at best, a mixed pack. Let’s start with the good news. Novato’s and Larkspur’s overall scores were a B—each earning A’s for smoke-free outdoor air and smoke-free housing; their overall grades were dragged down by a D and an F, respectively, in“reducing sales of tobacco products.” Novato’s cumulative point total edged out Larkspur by a single digit, but the northerly Twin City was singled out for recognition by the ALA as, along with Alameda and Compton, one of the most improved cities in the state—raising its overall grade from last year’s F to a B. Larkspur“demonstrated great leadership by passing strong tobacco control ordinances”ALA officials said. Larkspur enacted a tough anti-smoking law in 2011, joining Novato in outlawing smoking in apartments and condos with shared walls. The only Marin town to fare well in reducing sales of cigarettes—in fact the only town not to receive a D or F in that category—was San Rafael, which earned an A.The overall grades of Marin’s other towns are as follows: Belvedere, F; Corte Madera, F; Fairfax, C; Mill Valle, F; Ross, C; San Anselmo, D; San Rafael, C; Sausalito, F;Tiburon, C; unincorporated county, C. The Lung Association is hoping news of California’s low scores will help drum up support for the California Cancer Research Act, set to appear on the June ballot.The act would increase the state’s tobacco tax to $1 per pack (it’s currently at 87 cents) with revenues going to fund treatment, prevention and cures for lung disease, heart disease and stroke, cancer and other tobacco-related illnesses.The measure would also triple the state’s funding for tobacco prevention and cessation efforts. West Point Inn named to National Register of Historic Places When Marinites visit the West Point Inn now, it won’t merely be a refreshing hike along Old Railroad Grade for a delicious pancake breakfast. It will be pilgrimage to a national historic treasure. The 108-year-old Mt.Tam landmark was placed this week on the National Register of Historic Places and the California Register of Historical Resources. The rustic turn-of-the-20th-century way station is owned these days by the Marin Municipal Water District and operated by the nonprofit West Point Inn Association, which applied for the listing on the National Register in honor of the inn’s significance in the popularity of Mt.Tam. Built in 1904, the inn served as a refuge for adventurous city dwellers of the early 1900s and was also a way station on the scenic railway up the southern slope of the mountain and hub for stagecoach service to Stinson Beach and Bolinas. According to the Marin Municipal Water District, the inn is also a rare intact example of Bay Area shingle-style architecture and rustic single-room mountain cabins. One of the inn’s many charms—and what attracts visitors—is that the two-mile-long dirt road to the inn is restricted to vehicles servicing the inn and nearby watersheds—everyone else has to hoof it. Old Railroad Grade was originally part of the railway line that was abandoned after a devastating fire in 1929 scorched much of the south side of Mt.Tam and burned hundreds of homes in Mill Valley.The inn, which survived the fire, is located where the rail route made a tight curve from west to east, marking the line’s westernmost poin—hence the name West Point. The inn continues to offer lodging, shelter and refreshments for passing visitors—it’s particularly busy during the Mountain Play’s season—and hosts monthly summer pancake breakfasts.



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he wife of a Novato man murdered as he pulled into their garage in 2008 came face to face with her husband’s alleged killers in a San Rafael courtroom last week. Careful not to meet the gaze of the four men charged with plotting to murder her husband to prevent his testimony in a San Francisco robbery case, Phan Nguyen spoke in barely audible Vietnamese through a translator. The thin, widowed mother of two wore a black pants suit and glasses and sat with her hands clasped in front of her on the witness stand. She dispassionately described to a Marin County Superior Court jury how her husband worked 13-hour days, seven days a week in a San Francisco convenience store they bought shortly before his murder. In August 2008, about two weeks before Tong Van Le was killed, he told police five teenagers, three wearing masks, robbed him at gunpoint in his store. Le identified Larry Blay Jr., who was 18 at the time, as one of the robbers from a book of mug shots. It turned out that Le misidentified Blay. Although he was wrongly arrested for the robbery and in jail on Sept. 13, 2008, the day Le was murdered, prosecutors contend that Blay

arranged for his brother and their friends to kill Le to silence him. One of the friends, Sean Washington, 25, has become the prosecution’s star witness. After Nguyen testified, Washington took the stand and said that, at the request of three friends, he drove them to Le’s market the night of the killing, watched the store owner get into his car and followed him over the Golden Gate Bridge to Novato. Washington testified that when they arrived at Le’s house, Kevin Abram, 20, got out of the car and shot Le. The hard-working immigrant did not even have a chance to unbuckle his seatbelt. In June 2009, a grand jury charged Abram and Washington along with Blay, who is now 22, with murdering Le. The jury also charged Blay’s 20-year-old brother, Deandre Blay, and his friend, C. Autis Johnson, 20, with the murder. All the men except Washington lived in a highcrime neighborhood near Le’s Bernal Heights market. Washington hung out in the neighborhood with one of his girlfriends who lived there. The five are being held in jail without bail. In September, Washington pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in exchange for a five-year

sentence. The deal hinged on his testimony. For his protection, he was moved out of the Marin County Jail to an undisclosed location. Under the terms of his deal, he will be eligible for release at the conclusion of the trial. He and his family also have been offered protection under a witness-relocation program. Wearing glasses and his dreadlocks in a bun, Washington trained his eyes on the prosecutor, the jury and the witness stand—studiously away from his former friends—while he testified. As many as eight bailiffs were in the courtroom. Defense attorneys are expected to subject him to intense cross-examination. On the day Tong Van Le was shot to death, a Saturday, Nguyen testified that her mother took care of their 7-year-old daughter and 6-year-old son while she worked as a manicurist in San Rafael. Nguyen returned to their Hamilton Field home at about 7pm, as she did most nights, ate dinner, showered and watched television with her children. The three of them fell asleep with the TV on and slept undisturbed until the police woke them, she testified. At about 10:40pm, neighbors heard three gunshots and summoned officers. Soon after they arrived,








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Nguyen said, they arranged to have a translator talk to her on the telephone. “The translator told me somebody was killed in your house, but we do not know who,” she said. “Police did not tell me it was my husband. “I looked at the clock because I knew he was supposed to come home.” Nguyen then tried to call Le on his cellphone two or three times. Each time, the call went to voicemail. “An hour and a half later, police told me a man who drove a sedan car was killed in that car, and police believed it was my husband.” Officers took Nguyen and her family to the police station, where they told her Le, 44, had been killed. While on the witness stand, Nguyen appeared to try to focus on District Attorney Ed Berberian, who directed her testimony. But at times her eyes wandered to the defense tables, where her husband’s alleged killers sat with their attorneys. Deandre Blay, Abram and Johnson were 17 years old at the time of the killing. After the grand jury indicted them for murder and conspiracy to commit murder, Berberian decided to try them as adults. The grand jury also indicted Johnson’s mother, Anchulita Uribe, 36, for allegedly attempting to dispose of the murder weapon. Police never found the rifle that killed Le—a .308 Winchester. Uribe, a former Muni bus driver and one of Washington’s sex partners, is being tried alongside her son and his friends. She posted a $125,00 bail bond and was released from jail in January 2010. Berberian asked Nguyen while she was on the witness stand if anything was missing from her garage or home after her husband’s killing. She said she knew of nothing. “I think whoever came to my house just wanted to kill my husband,” she said. “That’s all they wanted to do.” Nguyen had to sell her Pizarro Avenue home at a significant loss in the wake of Le’s murder. Le and Nguyen bought it for $790,000 four years before the killing, and Nguyen sold it for $515,000, after being threatened with foreclosure, according to county records. She and her children continue to live in Marin County. She told the jury that she and Le married in 1998 in Vietnam, and she followed him to California two years later. Le and Nguyen purchased the Nasser Market less than three months before the killing. Le staffed the store himself. Nguyen said her husband left home seven days a week between 7 and 8am and did not return until 11pm or midnight. The trial began in December and is continuing before Judge Terrence Boren. <

< 9 Sausalito simmers over fire annexation tomatically dies (because that shows more than 50 percent of voters would reject the annexation in an election). Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the standard operating procedure for LAFCO. Ford, like Pfeifer decries what she calls a failure to conduct an â&#x20AC;&#x153;objective ďŹ nancial analysis.â&#x20AC;? She also says the three-person majority on the city council â&#x20AC;&#x153;made a major decision, and I think the residents have the right to vote.â&#x20AC;? Ford and Pfeifer say the City Council told residents they would be able to vote. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Then, after they found out from a survey, that it might not pass, the council came back from an August recess and rushed this through.â&#x20AC;? But a consultantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s study of the ďŹ re issues submitted to the city council in June says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Given a brief description of the consolidating process, more than three in ďŹ ve local voters indicate that they support it.â&#x20AC;? Ford echoes other opponents when she says she has misgivings about giving so much of the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s property tax to an outside agency. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is not a merger of equals. We now have a contract with some control. We will be absorbed into the district, and we will represent 26 percent of the vote.â&#x20AC;? Sausalito residents can, however, run for seats on the district board if they want to increase Sausalitoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s representation. Another sometimes thinly veiled charge against the annexation and the ďŹ re district board comes encapsulated in this from Ford: â&#x20AC;&#x153;[The board] certainly supports the

unionsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; views and demands in their workings, in their decisions. The unions have a terriďŹ c amount of control. The unions will support people [who support them].â&#x20AC;? Ford says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;LAFCOâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s vision appears to be to consolidate. I think weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re headed down the wrong track with that.â&#x20AC;? Countering the charge that the city and LAFCO have rammed through consolidation, proponents point to what Sausalito Mayor Mike Kelly calls â&#x20AC;&#x153;a long and tortured processâ&#x20AC;? that has extended many years. He points out that if opponents succeed in killing annexation the city could be forced to spend $1.4 million a year (which it doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have) to re-establish an independent ďŹ re department. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s because the district doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to renew the agreement or enter into a new one. It prefers annexation. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Citygate evaluated all the choices,â&#x20AC;? says Kelly,â&#x20AC;? and when they got done, the most obvious was annexation.â&#x20AC;? Pfeifer and Ford, however, say there are always options, and the city should explore them rather than cut off possible alternative actions. Because of the snafu with the public notice for the request for reconsideration, which must precede the protest hearing, signature gatherers have an extended deadline, Feb. 13, to submit valid signatures. It is then that LAFCO staff will determine what hurdle, if any, opponents have cleared.< Contact the writer at


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I no longer ruin wedding ceremonies – I now conduct them!


hen I first heard about ab Universall Life Lif Ch Church h Mi Ministries, I thought it was a joke. Send a few bucks via Paypal and in return be granted the power to legally officiate weddings—joining two loving people in union forever. (Or, God forbid, until they change their minds and get divorced.) It’s cheap and simple to do. At only 12 bucks a pop, I’m surprised there aren’t more Universal Life Church ministers around, especially in ever-forward-thinking Marin. Even Conan O’Brien is a Reverend of the Universal Life Church! It is more affordable and easier, logistically, than running across the Nevada border to Reno or Vegas. And in California, all it takes to make a marriage legal is a wedding license, signed without errors, by the ordained officiant and at least one witness. I, myself, had a friend use the service for my own short-lived marriage in my early 20s and everything was as simple, legal and legit as imaginable, as far as paperwork goes. Despite who officiates or what type of religious leanings the ceremony carries, weddings are for celebrating and indulging in gloriously gluttonous behavior. For me, until I became a reverend, weddings were the places where I drank too much, let loose— and sometimes injured myself. There was the great “fall in the lake at the country club from laughing so hard” incident of 1994. There was the impromptu “tour of the historic Madrona Manor in Healdsburg and subsequent champagne-fueled slide down the hillside” of 1999. And, more recently, the “moonwalking into the bride’s mother and knocking her drink from her hand” incident of 2007. It was a bit surprising that anyone would ever want me to even attend their wedding, let alone conduct the ceremony; I had earned a reputation as the biggest wedding liability this side of Bridesmaids. The seeds of my career as a wedding officiate began when a couple that I had set up on a blind date asked me to recount the story of their relationship during their ceremony. I only caused slight embarrassment to the groom, but they both smiled and remain together to this day, so I suppose I did a good job. Still, what came next must have been a shock to anyone who’d attended the 2003 wedding at which I mistook an outdoor heater for a secured lamp post and fell—with horror—off a deck, dislocating my kneecap.

••••••• A set of close friends approached me asking if I’d be willing to become ordained in order to actually perform their wedding ceremony. Although I happily obliged, I was surprised that they trusted me with their nuptials, considering my tendency toward accidents and wine hoarding. This particular pair aren’t fervent believers in the legal contract that comes with the whole knot-tying business— so this was one wedding that I felt good about 12 PACIFIC SUN JANUARY 27 - FEBRUARY 2, 2012

Our Dani, at left, manages to stave off her usual wedding-date-with-catastrophe while ministering this lovely ceremony on Angel Island.

officiating. The marriage itself was a long time coming. They had already been together for over a decade—and considering they’re my kids’ godparents, I owed them this. I filled out my online form and paid the fee for my shiny new black and gold Universal Life Church identification card, which arrived in the mail the following week. The ceremony went off without a hitch and ’twas a lovely punk-rock “Star Wars meets Sonoma Wine Country” day spent, replete with the groom in hand-sewn Han Solo attire, the bride strolling the aisle to Joan Jett, a fictitious account of their courtship delivered by yours truly, sharpie wedding rings and dancing in an olive grove flanked by vineyards. After discovering that the Han Solo and Joan Jett couple forgot to apply for their marriage license at the local court house, we made plans for a paperwork party the following Monday and I headed on my way with only a mild wine buzz and a few slices of wedding cake. I caused no awkward accidents, didn’t break anything and even helped clean up; a rare success that I congratulated myself for profusely as I rode home with a friend. I thought the whole wedding business was a one-time-only deal and that I’d hang up my habit and faux religious text for good. Then, a year later, a couple I had met on the wedding circuit approached me and asked if I would marry them, too. Then, my best friend from high school called me with the same request. In addition, I was offered work as a photo assistant for about 10 weddings over the following months. And more

by Dani Burlison couples continued to solicit my services. I saw this as some sort of sign and took on my new role as the town priest.

••••••• At the start of my own unique “summer of love,” I was crawling from the burning wreckage of an awful relationship. Descending the mid-30s hump, I found myself sliding down toward the dreaded 4-0, with no hope of ever finding a solid, emotionally stable and extraordinary love match for myself. Naturally, not one single part of me was ready or willing to embrace the thought of “happily ever after.” Part of me felt that all of the love I’d witness would mimic the burning sensation of rubbing Himalayan rock salt in a gaping, festering wound. My nights were filled with reading Marguerite Duras and Elizabeth Gilbert, adapting to what I believed would be a life of cold hard solitude, hopefully peppered with fleeting crushes and exotic international love affairs on the side. I was also on the fence about supporting marriage between hetero couples when so many of my beloved same sex friends were having such a god-awful time celebrating their love and commitment in an equal manner. Prop. 8 was such a downer. Still, I agreed, viewing the sudden onslaught of weddings as an omen, with opportunities to spend quality time around really, really happy people and to relearn what it

looks like when two people are truly committed and in love. And also, to eat heaps of West Marin cheeses and various other scrumptious bites prepared by the Bay Area’s finest chefs from places like Ondine and Servino’s. And our most lovely corner of the world hosts the most breathtaking views, which is always an added bonus. Some of the weddings I worked at as a photo assistant were over the top, as if the bride and groom were the last remaining heirs to long, royal bloodlines. The only props missing were elephants and cannons. I imagined these few elaborate fetes involving celebrities, wine caves and limousine parades cost the equivalent of approximately five Hollywood producers’ annual salaries. Some were simple, with small tidy guest lists, simple menus and highly unique attire for the wedding party—like the stunning bride in a black and red corset, married on a rare sunny day overlooking the Mendocino Coast. For the weddings in which I played the role of family priest, some were catered (one favorite had yummies from Sol Food in San Rafael), some were potluck-style with deserts home-baked by friends, stacked high with layers of cream and fresh local fruit adorning the top. Some took place at family homes near a vineyard or creek. Others at wonderful Bay Area landmarks like Angel Island, the San Anselmo Theological Seminary or the Kenwood Train Depot near Sonoma. What I began to notice after spending nearly every weekend throughout an entire summer at weddings—other than a thicker 14>



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he 2012 NASFT Fancy Food Show just closed up shop at Moscone Center after three days of orgies in all things â&#x20AC;&#x153;specialty food.â&#x20AC;? Attendees were left satiated from the tastes and sips of a vast array of tidbits, some fancy and some mundane. Pundits use the show as a bellwether of food trends and a thermometer to indicate the general health of the food industry. By all accounts, this was one of the better shows in recent years, with lots of new products and aisles jammed with visitors eager to see it all. In the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Newâ&#x20AC;? room, I downed some spicy, warm chai from the Chai Cart, a San Francisco company that began with the owner using a bicycle trailer to sell her wares on the street. The Chai Cartâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s masala version hit all the right notes without the overpowering sweetness often found in other chai tea drinks. Tea was well represented at the show with more than 60 vendors; chai in the bottled as well as brewed categories was a top ďŹ&#x201A;avor. My coolest souvenir came from Novatobased Republic of Tea, which gave away a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Travelerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pressâ&#x20AC;? cup to celebrate its 20th anniversary. Attendees chose either Twenty Herbs or Celebration Tea to be brewed in their cup, which is like a mini-French Press used for coffee. Chocolate was probably the biggest category at the show, with everything from bars to trufďŹ&#x201A;es to special origin varietals. I loved the Kona Bar, a combination of crushed Kona coffee beans and Belgian milk chocolate with a crunchy texture and melting lusciousness. The innovative Twice the Vice trufďŹ&#x201A;es were a potent mix of high-quality liquor and chocolate, almost like a cocktail in a bite. I sampled the margarita, which had tequila and orange liqueur in the ganache with a sprinkle of sea salt on top, and felt an instant buzz as if Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d just tossed back a shot of Cuervo Gold. Very tasty. Honey had a presence with artisan, small-batch and distinctive varieties, as well as being an ingredient in all kinds of things. Honey wine vinegar from Slide Ridge in Utah was a sweet/sour dream. The French Farm offered lavender, chestnut, rosemary and orange blossom honeys that had true ďŹ&#x201A;ower ďŹ&#x201A;avor. Apricot-Cherry Honey Spread from Moon Shine Trading, with its sticky consistency and deep fruit ďŹ&#x201A;avor, had me licking the spoon to get every drop. Bee propolis in a peppermint gum was available from Z Specialty Foods, which touted the antibiotic properties of this apiary byproduct. Gluten-free products have expanded and

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were more sophisticated at this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s show. Thomas Keller of French Laundry fame rolled out his C4C gluten-free ďŹ&#x201A;our mix. Packaged stylishly in a resealable 3-pound bag, the ďŹ&#x201A;our is versatile enough to make everything from biscuits to pasta. Miracle Noodle was tasting some of its fettuccine, which was darn good. Made from soluble plant ďŹ ber, the noodles are calorie-, glutenand soy-free, yet have the mouth feel of traditional pasta, sort of. GF baking mixes, biscotti, cookies, crackers and granola rounded out the ďŹ eld, with higher quality offerings than previous years. Pickled vegetables and fruits were one of the hottest trends at the show. From cherries to kimchi, creativity and ďŹ&#x201A;avor were abundant. Unbound Picklingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Peas and Carrots were crisp and garlicky while Sonoma Brineryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Raw Sauerkraut would be tasty on sausages. Boat Streetâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pickled Golden Raisins were plump and tangy. In that same realm, olives and tapenade were plentiful and appetizing. O Olive Oil was sampling its line of chunky tapenades while Cat Coraâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Kitchenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s featured adorable olive snack packs that are a great size and come in three varieties. The fermentation craze is alive and well and will most likely increase. Ancient grains got a lot of attention in convenient, easy-to-use forms. Village Harvest introduced its line of fully cooked, frozen grain blends, such as the Farro and Red Rice Medley, which I tasted in a salad with dried cranberries and green onion. The beauty of the product is you can open the bag and take out only the amount you need and it heats up easily on the stove or in the microwave. Quinoa in a rainbow of colors and ďŹ&#x201A;avors as well as puffed in cereal was hot as were ďŹ&#x201A;ax, spelt and farro in baked goods and pastas. Besides all the trend-worthy foods, a number of products deserve a mention

because they are innovative and delicious. I tasted two new varieties of apples, Junami and Lady Alice, that will be hitting market bins soon. Junami, in particular, captured my fancy because of its crisp and juicy character. Rumba Desserts was sampling three of its ice creams; my hands-down favorite was Lucuma, a Peruvian fruit that has a creamy caramel maple ďŹ&#x201A;avor. Cheeses were plentiful, with the number of artisan types surpassing the mass-produced varieties. Local Bellwether Farms had just won a Good Food Award for its Carmody and Whole Milk Ricotta cheeses, which are both outstanding. The espresso-rubbed BellaVitano cheese from Wisconsinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sartori tickled my taste buds, while the triple cream goat cheese from Coach Farm in New York was rich and velvety. One of the most unusual things at the show was umami dust and paste. I tried popcorn with the dust on it, which imparted a meaty protein ďŹ&#x201A;avor that was desirable, even though it may not sound that way. A few different teeny cake products, such as cake trufďŹ&#x201A;es and cake pops (lollipop-sized cake on sticks), were tasty and inventive. I saw a vendor with lovely petit fours as wellâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;maybe cupcakes have now morphed into micro cakes? Overall it appeared that many of the trends pointed toward more healthful foods, reďŹ&#x201A;ecting the concerns of our culture. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s interesting to see how and where specialty food companies are competing in a difďŹ cult economy. At this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s show it seemed that more small producers than ever were jumping in with innovative products, which is encouraging. To ďŹ nd out more about the food show, go to; you can Google any of the products mentioned in this piece to ďŹ nd out where they can be purchased. < Send your deďŹ nition of fancy food to Brooke at brooke.d.Jackson@


Head above Sweetwater Weir-Klein project finally comes up for air—venue to open Jan. 27! by G r e g Cahill


fter months of delays, and conthe last incarnation of Sweetwater before it siderable anticipation, the latest closed in 2009, hold the naming rights to nightclub to bear the Sweetwater the internationally known nightclub. moniker takes its place with a soft opening Other investors in the new venture this week on the suddenly resurgent Marin included the late financier Warren Hellclub scene. man, the banjo-plucking Bolinas resident With what is being billed who bankrolled the annual by its owners as the “rebirth Hardly Strictly Bluegrass COMING SOON of the landmark roots-muFestival in San Francisco. The Outlaws perform sic venue in Mill Valley,” Hellman died Dec. 18 Friday, Jan. 27, at 8pm, Sweetwater Music Hall will from complications from Sweetwater Music begin operations Friday, treatment of leukemia. Hall, 19 Corte Madera Jan. 27, with a performance The music hall will have Ave., Mill Valley. $31.50. by the Southern-rock band a state-of-the-art Meyer 415/388-3850.. the Outlaws. Sound speaker system That show will be followed and a video link to Weir’s by a three-night stand Satursophisticated San Rafaelday, Sunday and Monday by former Zero based TRI webcasting studio. guitarist Steve Kimock, plus special guests. It’s the second Marin club with a conThe new $3 million nightclub and cafe, nection to the Dead to make the news in located in the old Masonic Auditorium in the past few weeks: earlier this month, downtown Mill Valley, had been scheduled Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh announced to open in October. that he had purchased the Seafood PedThe music hall is the brainchild of dler restaurant in San Rafael with plans Grateful Dead guitarist Bob Weir and Mito transform it into Terrapin Crossroads chael Klein of Mill Valley, the CEO of the restaurant, community center and perforNovato-based Modulus Guitars, a longmance space. time associate of the Grateful Dead and According to the Sweetwater’s press a member of the board of the Rainforest release, the new music hall is designed to Action Network. be both a neighborhood hangout and a Klein and Weir, who were investors in world-class entertainment destination.

Workers were still putting the finishing touches on the new Sweetwater earlier this week; the refurbished first floor of the Masonic Lodge has not been seen publicly since last year when it featured the shabbier charms of The Woods.

“For years, the Sweetwater was the place many of us local and visiting musicians headed to when we were looking to play for fun,” Weir noted in a prepared statement. “Well, our clubhouse is back—and it belongs to all of us. “Woo hoo—Mill Valley finally has its playpen back! Here we go...” For the past couple of years, the historic Masonic Hall has hosted a low-key music

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Movie summaries by Matthew Stafford O The Iron Lady (1:45) Meryl Streep stars as steely

Bérénice Bejo gets ready for her closeup in multiple Oscar nominee ‘The Artist,’ now at the Fairfax, Regency and Sequoia 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 Albert Nobbs (1:53) Oscar nominee Glenn Close stars as a 19th century colleen who dresses like a man to get a job as a butler—and keeps her bowler on for 30 years. 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 Declaration of War (1:40) Intimate portrait of a young French couple who muster all their courage, strength and resources to battle their newborn’s serious illness. 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, Max von Sydow and Thomas Horn star. 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 The Goat Rodeo Sessions (1:45) Direct from Boston’s House of Blues it’s a funky, down-home, all-string hoedown starring Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer, Chris Thile and Yo-Yo Ma. O The Grey (1:57) Dangerous doings on the Alaska Pipeline as six stranded riggers fight cold, hunger and a pack of marauding wolves; Liam Neeson stars. 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. 24 PACIFIC SUN JANUARY 27 – FEBRUARY 2, 2012

right-wing game-changing British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher; Jim Broadbent is around as good ol’ Denis. O Joffrey: Mavericks of American Dance (1:30) Documentary looks at the revolutionary dance troupe’s daring fusion of ballet and modern movement. O Joyful Noise (1:58) Dolly Parton and Queen Latifah fight to save their beloved local gospel choir. O Kevin Smith: Live from Behind (3:00) The filmmaker/actor joins Jay and Silent Bob costar Jason Mewes for a live interactive Q&A with audiences across the nation. O Man on a Ledge (1:42) Cop-turned-fugitive Sam Worthington perches on a skyscraper while NYPD negotiator Elizabeth Banks tries to talk him down (but not all the way down). 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 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 One for the Money (1:46) Newbie bail-bonds bounty hunter Katherine Heigl finds herself on the trail of an ex-bf-turned-suspected killer. O Pina 3-D (1:43) Dazzling multidimensional plunge into the cutting-edge choreography of the legendary Pina Bausch; Wim Wenders directs. 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 Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1:53) The franchise’s finest entry finds deeply disgruntled genetic superman Ricardo Montalban wreaking vengeance on his personal white whale, James T. Kirk; Spock, Bones, Scotty and company are along for the ride, natch. 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 We Bought a Zoo (2:11) True tale of a widower who purchases and inhabits a dilapidated old zoo, hundreds of critters and all; Matt Damon and Scarlett Johansson star. <

›› MOViE TiMES The Adventures of Tintin (PG) Century Northgate 15: Fri 11:30, 4:50, 9:55; 3D showtimes at 2, 7:25 Fairfax 6 Theatres: 1:20 NAlbert Nobbs (R) Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 11:15, 1:55, 4:45, 7:30, 10:15 Sun-Thu 11:15, 1:55, 4:45, 7:30 Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked (G) Century Northgate 15: Fri 12:05, 2:35, 4:45, 6:55, 9:05 The Artist (PG-13) +++1/2 Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 12, 2:35, 5:10, 7:45, 10:20 Sun-Thu 12, 2:35, 5:10, 7:45 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 2:20, 4:35, 7:10, 9:25; retro 2D showtime at 11:55 Carnage (R) +++ CinéArts at Sequoia: Fri 5:20, 7:30, 9:40 Sat 1:10, 3:15, 5:20, 7:30, 9:40 Sun 1:10, 3:15, 5:20, 7:30 Mon, Wed 5:20, 7:30 Tue 5:20 Contraband (R) Century Northgate 15: Fri 11:45, 2:30, 5, 7:50, 10:20 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:35, 2:10, 4:45, 7:20, 9:55 NDeclaration of War (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Fri 4:15, 6:30, 8:45 Sat-Sun 1:45, 4:15, 6:30, 8:45 Mon-Thu 6:30, 8:45 The Descendants (R) ++1/2 Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 1:25, 4:15, 7:05, 9:55 Sun-Thu 1:25, 4:15, 7:05 CinéArts at Marin: Fri-Sat 1:15, 4:35, 7:30, 10:05 Sun 1:15, 4:35, 7:30 Mon-Thu 4:40, 7:20 Fairfax 6 Theatres: Fri-Sat 12:50, 4, 6:50, 9:30 Sun-Thu 12:50, 4, 6:50 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri 4:25, 7, 9:35 Sat 1:30, 4:25, 7, 9:35 Sun 1:30, 4:25, 7 Mon-Thu 4:25, 7 Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (PG-13) ++ Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 7:15, 10:15 Sat-Sun 1:15, 4:15, 7:15, 10:15 MonThu 6:45, 9:35 Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 12:50, 3:55, 7, 10:05 Sun-Mon, Wed-Thu 12:50, 3:55, 7 Tue 12:50, 3:55 CinéArts at Marin: Fri-Sat 12:45, 4:05, 7:15, 10:10 Sun 12:45, 4:05,


New Movies This Week

7:15 Mon, Wed 4:30, 7:30 Tue 4:30 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 The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011) (R) +++ CinéArts at Marin: Fri-Sat 12:15, 3:35, 7, 10:20 Sun 12:15, 3:35, 7 Mon-Thu 4:20, 7:40 NThe Goat Rodeo Sessions (PG) Century Regency 6: Tue 8 CinéArts at Marin: Tue 8 CinéArts at Sequoia: Tue 8 NThe Grey (R) Century Northgate 15: Fri 11:35, 2:25, 5:05, 7:45, 10:25 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:30, 2:15, 5, 7:45, 10:30 Fairfax 6 Theatres: Fri-Sat 1:10, 4:25, 7, 9:45 Sun-Thu 1:10, 4:25, 7 Haywire (R) ++1/2 Century Northgate 15: Fri 12:10, 2:45, 5:20, 7:55, 10:10 Century Rowland Plaza: 12:10, 2:35, 4:55, 7:15, 9:45 Hugo (PG) +++1/2 Century Northgate 15: Fri 3:55, 9:50; 3D showtimes at 12:55, 7 Fairfax 6 Theatres: Fri-Sat 3:50, 6:45, 9:25 Sun-Thu 3:50, 6:45 The Iron Lady (PG-13) +++1/2 Century Cinema: 1:30, 4:10, 7, 9:35 Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 11:30, 2:10, 4:50, 7:20, 9:50 Sun-Wed 11:30, 2:10, 4:50, 7:20 Thu 11:30, 2:10 Century Rowland Plaza: 12, 2:30, 5:10, 7:40, 10:10 Fairfax 6 Theatres: Fri-Sat 1, 4:10, 6:35, 9:20 SunThu 1, 4:10, 6:35 NJoffrey: Mavericks of American Dance (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Sat 10:30am (a live-fromNew York’s Lincoln Center interactive discussion follows) Joyful Noise (PG-13) Century Northgate 15: Fri 11:25, 2:10, 4:55, 7:35, 10:15 NKevin Smith: Live from Behind (Not Rated) Century Regency 6: Thu 6:30 CinéArts at Marin: Thu 6:30 CinéArts at Sequoia: Thu 6:30 NMan on a Ledge (PG-13) Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 5, 7:35, 10:10 Sat-Sun 12, 2:30, 5, 7:35, 10:10 Mon-Thu 7:15, 9:45 Century Northgate 15: Fri 11:50, 2:15, 4:40, 7:20, 9:45 Century

Rowland Plaza: 11:45, 2:25, 5:15, 7:55, 10:25 Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol (PG-13) Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 7, 10 Sat-Sun 1, 4, 7, 10 Mon-Thu 6:30, 9:30 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 MonThu 4:15, 6:40 NOne for the Money (PG-13) Century Northgate 15: Fri 12, 2:40, 5:10, 7:40, 10:15 Century Rowland Plaza: 12:15, 2:45, 5:05, 7:30, 9:50 NPina 3-D (PG) Rafael Film Center: Fri 4:30, 7, 9:30 Sat-Sun 2, 4:30, 7, 9:30 Mon-Thu 7, 9:30 Red Tails (PG-13) Century Northgate 15: Fri 1:20, 4:05, 7:15, 10 Century Rowland Plaza: 1, 4, 7, 10 Lark Theater: Fri 5:15, 8 Sat 2:45, 5:15, 8 Sun 12:30, 5:15 Mon 6:30 Tue, Thu 4, 6:30 Wed 4 Shame (NC-17) +++ Rafael Film Center: Fri 5, 7:15, 9:15 Sat 2:45, 5, 7:15, 9:15 Sun 1:30, 4 MonThu 7:15, 9:15 Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (PG-13) +++1/2 Century Northgate 15: Fri 1:35, 4:30, 7:30, 10:30 NStar Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Sun 7 (neuropsychologist Rick Hanson in person) Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (R) +++1/2 Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 1:10, 4:10, 7:10, 10:10 Sun-Thu 1:10, 4:10, 7:10 Fairfax 6 Theatres: Fri-Sat 12:40, 3:45, 6:40, 9:35 Sun-Thu 12:40, 3:45, 6:40 Underworld: Awakening (R) Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 5:15; 3D showtimes at 7:45, 10:20 Sat-Sun 12:15; 3D showtimes at 2:45, 5:15, 7:45, 10:20 MonThu 3D showtimes at 7, 9:20 Century Northgate 15: Fri 11:40, 4:25, 9:10; 3D showtimes at 1:05, 1:55, 3:25, 5:45, 6:50, 8, 10:30 Century Rowland Plaza: 12:30; 3D showtimes at 2:55, 5:20, 7:50, 10:20 We Bought a Zoo (PG) +1/2 Century Northgate 15: Fri 1:15, 4:10, 7:05, 10:05

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

William Shatner in ‘Star Trek II: The Wrath of K-H-A-A-A-N!!!,’ showing Sunday at the Rafael with neuropsychologist Rick Hanson in person.

SUNDiAL 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 01/27: Eric Martin, ELP Eric Martin and the 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.

01/28: Jesse Kincaid and New Rising Sons with Tim Weed Unplugged evening with Jesse Kincaid, guitar, violin; Tim Weed, banjo; Patrick Campbell, acoustic bass. 6:30-10pm. Taste Of Rome, 100 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-7660. 01/28: Lady‘D’ Jazz and pop standards. Alex Markels, guitar; Jack Prendergast, bass; Jimmy Hobson, drums. 7:30-10:30pm. No cover. Servino’s Ristorante, 9 Main St., Tiburon. 497-2462.

01/28:The Rancho Allstars with Gary Vogensen Dance band. 8-11:30pm. $12. Rancho Nicasio Restarant and Bar, 1 Old Rancheria Road, Nicasio. 662-2219. 01/29: Brian Campbell Jazz. Campbell, tenor sax and clarinet; Alex Markels, guitar; Jack Prendergast, bass. 5:30-8:30pm. No cover. Rickey’s Restaurant & Bar, 250 Entrada, Novato. 883-9477. 01/29:The Shots A great string band that plays Irish, Old-Time, Country, Cajun and more. 4-6pm. No cover. Rancho Nicasio Restarant and Bar, 1 Old Rancheria Road, Nicasio. 662-2219. 01/30: Open Mic Monday A much-cherished Sweetwater tradition is back. Hosted by Austin deLone. To sign up, email on Mondays after 3pm. 7pm. Free. Sweetwater Music Hall, 19 Corte Madera Avenue, Mill Valley. 01/31: Jeff Derby Trio Jazz. 7-10pm. No cover, dinner encouraged Panama Hotel & Restaurant, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 457-3993. 01/31: KortUzi Danny Uzilevsky & Jonathan Korty host Bay area artists. 9:30pm.-1:30am. Free. 19 Broadway, 19 Broadway, Fairfax . 02/01: Chris Lujan’s Right Now Jazz. 7-10pm. No cover, dinner encouraged. Panama Hotel & Restaurant, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 457-3993. www. 02/01:Tangonero Tangonero is a new Argentine Tango band based in San Francisco. They specialize in classic tango a genre that fuses intense passion with quiet tenderness, alternating sharp percussive rhythms with slow nostalgic melodies. It squeezes your heart to tears and then sets your feet on dancing fire. 8pm Sausalito Seahorse, Sausalito.

02/02: Connie Ducey’s G-Jam Jazz. 7-10pm. No cover, dinner encouraged Panama Hotel & Restaurant, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 457-3993. 02/02: Dore Coller CD Release Concert For Dore’s new CD release “Life’s a Beach.” 8-10pm. $20. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley, CA,94941. 215-7196. 02/02: Peter Horvath Jazz. Piano. Music of Herbie Hancock. 9pm. $12-15. George’s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262. www. 02/02: Steve Carter Warm sound and thoughtful guitar work, Carter is a fluid player with a keen sense of melodic development. 8:15pm. Free. Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor Dr., Sausalito. 331-2898.

Concerts 01/27: Clerestory Mens a capella ensemble. “Resolutions.” Features early Renaissance music, English choral gems, and an array of modern American composers, including Eric Banks, Paul Crabtree, and Steven Sametz. 7pm. $10-20. Community Congregational Church, 145 Rock Hill Dr., Tiburon. 01/27: Sacha Rattle, Ian Scarfe Clarinet and piano. Chamber music presented in an intimate setting. 8pm. Free, donations encouraged. Novato United Methodist Church, 1473 South Novato Blvd., Novato. 892-9896.

01/28-29: Steve Kimock plus Special Guests Doors at 8pm. 9pm. $40-42. Sweetwater Music Hall, 19 Corte Madera Ave., Mill Valley. 01/28: Brasil Guitar Duo Winner of the 2006 Concert Artists Guild International Competition. Equally at home on a Classical or a World Music series, the Duo’s innovative programming features a seamless blend of traditional and Brazilian works. 8pm. $11-25. Dance Palace Community and Cultural Center, 503 B St., Point Reyes Station. 663-1075.

01/29, 31: Marin Symphony: ‘Youthful Brilliance’ 3pm Jan. 29; 7:30pm Jan. 31. Maestro Alastair Neale conducts a program including Elgar’s Cello Concerto, Liebermann’s Symphony No. 3 and Dvorak’s New World Symphony. Featuring Nathan Chan, cello. $10-70. Marin Center, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 479-8100.

01/29: Marin Chamber Singers Lift Their Voices for Education Choral music spanning 300 years from composers as diverse as JS Bach, Eric Whitacre, Randall Thompson and Dave Brubeck. All proceeds benefit Marin School of Environmental Leadership (www.MarinSEL. org). 7pm. $20. Terra Linda High School Studio Theater, 320 Nova Albion Way, San Rafael. 446-9673.

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No charge. 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Ross. 454-9561.

01/28: Murphy Irish Dancers “World on Stage.”

Through 01/29: Senior Lunch Group Art Show Group exhibition of watercolors, paintings,

Step dance including many jigs and reels. 11am $7-16. Bay Area Discovery Museum, 557 McReynolds Road, Sausalito. 339-3900.

01/31 and 02/02: Dance Fusion Workshop Incorporates modern, jazz, ballet, cardio and strength. Learn coordination, across the floor progressions, musicality, and choreography in a fun and energetic environment. 4-5pm. $15 drop in. Dance Arts Studios, 704 Mission Ave., San Rafael. 459-1020. 02/01: International Folk Dance Dances from Serbia, Turkey, Greece, Bulgaria, Rumania, Israel & more taught by Carol Friedman. Great fun, great music, great company! Beginners, newcomers, drop-ins always welcome. 7-8:15pm. The Dance Palace, 503 B St., Point Reyes Station. 663-9512.

Theater/Auditions 01/28: Bay Area Playback Theatre “10th Anniversary Performance” features unique improv based on audience members’ real-life stories with two local performances: Jan. 28 and March 24. 7:30-9pm. $10-18. Open Secret Stage, 923 C St., San Rafael. 289-0799.

01/28: Caylia Chaiken:‘The Date Whisperer’ An original musical comedy told through songs and stories, which explores the pitfalls of modern dating and relationships. 8-9:30pm. $25. Showcase Theatre, Marin Center, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 499-6800.

01/28: Charlie Varon’s Acclaimed Rabbi Sam Featuring satirist Charlie Varon and director David Ford. Co-presented by Gan Halev & SGVCC. 8pm. $18-22. San Geronimo Valley Community Center, 6350 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., San Geronimo . 488-8888. 02/02-02/26:‘A Steady Rain’ West Coast premiere. Lurid crime drama about two Chicago cops by a writer/producer of the AMC series “Mad Men.” 8-9:30pm. $20-55. Marin Theatre Company, 397 Miller Ave., Mill Valley. 388-5208.

Art 01/27-02/19: GRO Annual Juried Show “Duration” Juror: Andrea Schwartz. Reception 3-5pm Jan. 29. Gallery open 11am-5pm, closed Tuesday. Free. Gallery Route One , 11101 Highway One , Point Reyes Station. 663-1347. 01/27-04/06: 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. 02/01-03/31:‘Art in the Gallery’ Marin native Kirk McCabe focuses on the biological diversity in the hills, forests and waters of Marin county. The images in this exhibition are a glimpse into some of these habitats. 7 m. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960.

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.

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. 488-8888 (#) 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. 497-9982.

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 awardwinning artist. Free Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalto. 332-3871.

Through 03/02: ‘Lightscape/Darkscape’ Two and three dimensional art by artists of KALA Art Institute. Curated by Andrea Voinot. 10am-5pm. Free. Art Works Downtown, 1337 Fourth St, San Rafael. 451-8119.

Through 03/09: Falkirk Exhibition Opening “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 Printmakers. Free. Falkirk Cultural Center, 1408 Mission Ave., San Rafael. 485-3328.

Through 03/11: ‘Women in Print: Etchings from Paulson Bott Press’ Julie V. Garner, woven photography. “Attic Treasures.” Denis Bold, mixed media works. Noon-5pm. Free. Bolinas Museum, 48 Wharf Road, Bolinas. 868-0330.

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. Free Sans Grocery+Gallery, 821 B St., San Rafael. 726-0551.

Talks/Lectures 02/01‘Pioneers of Practice: George and Annie Leonard’ Panel discussion with Wendy Palmer, Joel Kirsch and Pam Kramer on the profound influence George and Annie Leonard, pioneers of the Human Potential Movement, had on their lives and work. 7-9pm. $20. St. Stephen’s JANUARY 27 - FEBRUARY 2, 2012 PACIFIC SUN 25


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01/29: Investigating the Paranormal: A Parapsychological Perspective with Loyd Auerbach Gain basic skills for investigation of ghosts and related psychic experiences. Includes merging scientific and psychic approaches, investigating and resolving cases. 6:30-10pm. $10-25. Novato Oaks Inn - Oaks Room, 215 Alameda Del Prado , Novato. 897-4011.

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01/27: Ying Compestine Literary Luncheon Chinese New Year Celebration! Ying Compestine presents Yingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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.

01/28: Arctos Press Group Poetry Reading at Book Passage, Corte Madera CB Follet presents One Bird Falling. Laura Horn talks about â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ordinary History.â&#x20AC;? Susan Terris discusses â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Homelessness of Self.â&#x20AC;? Yvonne Postelle presents â&#x20AC;&#x153;After Beauty.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 01/28: David Graeber Graeber presents â&#x20AC;&#x153;Debt: The First 5,000 Years.â&#x20AC;? 4pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960.

01/29: Conflux Press Group Poetry Reading With Karen Benke, Karla Clark, Ed Colettie, CB Follett, Janet Jennings, Melanie Maier, Beverly Momoi, Daniel Polikoff, Susan Terris and Abby Wasserman. 4pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 01/29: Harold Lustig Lustig presents â&#x20AC;&#x153;Naked in the Nursing Home: The Womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Guide to Paying for Long-Term Care Without Going Broke.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960.

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02/02: One Book One Marin With Michael David Lukas Book Passage, the Marin County Free Library, City Public Libraries of Marin & Dominican University are pleased to announce the 2012 One Book One Marin selection, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Oracle of Stamboul.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960.

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02/02:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Free The Bowl 2012â&#x20AC;&#x2122;World Premiere Awards ceremony to announce and view the winners of Alcohol Justiceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 4th annual counter beer ad youth video contest. 4-6pm. Free. Smith Rafael Film Center, 1118 Fourth St (Between A & B), San Rafael. 5480492. 02/02:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Lunafestâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Fun, food, film and philanthropy. The evening begins with a VIP reception at 5:30 at Marinitas. The party then moves a few blocks west to The Little Theater at Drake High School for a screening of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lunafest,â&#x20AC;? nine short films united by a common thread of exceptional storytelling by, for, about women. 5:30-8:30pm. $25 screening only. $50, vip reception and screening.. Marinitas and Drake High School Little Theater, 218 and 1327 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., San Anselmo. 455-9463.

Community Events (Misc.) 01/27-29: San Rafael Gem Faire Fri. Noon6pm; Sat. 10am-6pm; Sun. 10am-5pm. Fine gems, beads, minerals and more. $7 weekend pass. Marin Center, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 01/28-29: E-Waste Recycling Event Assisted drop off rain or shine. Recycle appliances, electronics, and mattresses. Support the school and environment 9am-3pm. Free. San Rafael High School, 185 Mission Ave., San Rafael,.

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not? Come join in and share your knowledge. The future of CA depends on the public making the right decisions. 1:30-2:30pm. Free. Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalto. 332-3871.

01/28:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Gold Fever: How the Gold Rush Forever Changed SF Bayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; In 1848 gold was discovered in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, luring people by the thousands to California. Join Ranger Tammi to find out how this event changed San Francisco Bay forever. 11am-noon. Free. Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalto. 332-3871. 01/28: Antique and Unusual Book Sale Held in the meeting room of the downtown San Rafael Public Library. 10am-3pm. Free. San Rafael Public Library, Corner of E St. and Mission. , San Rafael. 453-1443. 01/28: Divorce Options Workshop A four hour workshop, in which volunteer attorneys, financial specialists and family counselors discuss the divorce process options and the legal, financial, psychological and emotional issues of divorce. 9am-1pm. $45, but no one turned away for lack of funds. No need to pre-register. Family Service Agency, 555 Northgate Dr., San Rafael. 01/28: Family Permaculture Introduction to applying permaculture into our daily lives with instructors Pandora Thomas and Osprey Orielle Lake. 10am-5:30pm. $45. Corte Madera Community Room, 770 Tamalpais Drive, Suite 201, Corte Madera. 01/28: Muir Woods Earth Day Come volunteer at our annual Muir Woods Earth Day Celebration and help restore and preserve the Redwood Creek Watershed. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll have a variety of projects available for volunteers of all ages. 8:30am-1pm. Golden Gate National Parks, Muir Woods, Mill Valley. 561-3077. 01/28: Restoration Work Day Bring your family for a morning of restoration and clean-up helping to remove trash,invasive plants or helping with on-going restoration projects. Children 10 and under must be accompanied by an adult 9am-noon. Free. Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary, 376 Greenwood Beach Rd., Tiburon. 388-2524.

01/29: Guitar Master Class with Steve Kimock Participate in hands on instruction as the prolific guitarist discusses his approach to the instrument and some of the theory behind his technique. Limited seats are available. 1pm. $67-77. Sweetwater Music Hall, 19 Corte Madera Avenue, Mill Valley.

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01/29: Mill Valley/Sausalito Path Cleanup Help the community clean a litter hot spot and remove invasive weeds from the sensitive tidal wetlands surrounding this very popular multi-use path. 10am-noon. Free. County of Marin, Parking lot underneath Hwy 101 next to offices at 100 Shoreline Hwy, Mill Valley. 473-2823.

01/29: Sunday Morning Meditative Hike Easy walk around Lake Lagunitas. Meet at the Fairfax Community Church at 8am for carpooling or at 8:20am in the Lake Lagunitas parking lot at the animal postings board. 8-10am. Free. Fairfax Community Church, 2398 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Fairfax. 01/30: Pilates Mat Class Using the mind to control your muscles, Pilates is a body conditioning routine that helps to not only build flexibility, but also strength, endurance and coordination. Good for all fitness levels. 6:307:30pm. $15, drop in. Mill Valley Community Center, 180 Camino Alto, Mill Valley. 260-6410. 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. Saturday: Tai Chi / Qigong Class Tai Chi and Qigong practiced in a meditative environment. Journey inside moving life energy. Increase flexibility, relaxation, balance and concentration. Strengthen and enliven the body and spirit. 10-11:30am. $10 contribution. Anubhuti Meditation and Retreat Center, 820 Bel Marin Keys Blvd, Novato. 884-2314.

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 drop-ins 6pm. $25, sliding scale. BACR, 171 Carlos Dr., San Rafael. 755-2334.

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Kid Stuff 01/28: K-8 Cascade Canyon School Family Open House Includes a student-led tour, demonstration lessons, a teacher-led question and answer session, and an opportunity to meet the Director. Families should plan to attend the full two-hour event. 10am-noon. Free. Cascade Canyon School, 2626 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Fairfax. 459-3464. 01/30: 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 & science. Pre-registration requested. 1:30-2:30pm. $20. Northbay Artworks, 7049 Redwood Blvd #208, Novato. 516-3218.

01/30: 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. 01/31: Mother Goose on the Loose 30 minute interactive session that uses rhymes, songs, puppets, musical instruments, and more to stimulate the learning process of babies and toddlers. 10:30-11am. Free. San Rafael Public Library, 1100 E Street, San Rafael. 485-3322. 02/02:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;First Thursday Authorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Amy Reed Just for teens. Author of the young adult novels â&#x20AC;&#x153;Beautifulâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cleanâ&#x20AC;? will talk about her road to becoming a writer, answer questions and maybe even drop a few hints about her next book. 7-9pm. Free. Mill Valley Public Library, 375 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 389-4292, x203.

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 . Thursdays: Story Time With Phil Join master story teller Phil Sheridan for a weekly story time. For children of all ages. 3:30-4pm. Free. Sausalito Public Library, 420 Litho St., Sausalito. 289-4121.

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Support Groups 01/30: ADHD Support for Parents/Family Last Monday Monthly drop-in share and support group for parents and caregivers of children of all ages with difficulties with self-regulation, attention, movement, focus, organization, and/or emotions. 12:30-2:30pm. $5 donation. Westminster Presbyterian Church, 240 Tiburon Blvd., Tiburon. 383-6656. <

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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 Clerk-Recorder 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) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 128562 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as ANGELBRIGHT ENTERPRISES, 273 CRESCENT RD., SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960: ANGELEAH ANN DONAHUE, 273 CRESCENT RD., SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact

business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on January 13, 2012. (Publication Dates: January 27; February 3, 10, 17, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 128552 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as PHYSICIANS NATIONWIDE FINANCIAL AND INSURANCE SERVICES, 111 SUTTER ST. STE 1800, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94104: DAVID C. WALTHER, 111 SUTTER ST. STE 1800, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94104. 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 January 12, 2012. (Publication Dates: January 27; February 3, 10, 17, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 128452 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as RED BAMBA, 7 CIRCLE DR. #A, TIBURON, CA 94920: DAVID ALUF, 7 CIRCLE DR. #A, TIBURON, CA 94920. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on December 29, 2011. (Publication Dates: January 27; February 3, 10, 17, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 128467 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as TAM VALLEY BEAUTY SALON, 237 SHORELINE HWY, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: LEE KIM THACH, 170 ELDERBERRY CT., HERCULES, CA 94547. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on January 3, 2012. (Publication Dates: January 27; February 3, 10, 17, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2012128634 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as SENKS CIRCLE, 32 LINCOLN AVE., MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: STEVEN B. SENK, 32 LINCOLN AVE., 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 February 1, 2012. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on January 24, 2012. (Publication Dates: January 27; February 3, 10, 17, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 128459 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as THE RADIANT HEART, 101 SUMMIT DR., CORTE MADERA, CA 94925: CYNTHIA EASTMAN SIMON, 101 SUMMIT DR., CORTE MADERA, CA 94925. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on December 30, 2011. (Publication Dates: January 27; February 3, 10, 17, 2012)

 HONORING  ROSE MARIE ASCIERTO Rose Marie Ascierto, 77 years old, died on January 7, 2012 after complications from a stroke. Rose was born and raised in Marin, daughter of Felice and Teresina Guasco, owners of San Anselmo grocery store, Guasco Market. She grew up in San Anselmo and later moved to San Rafael after she married. Rose met her husband, Joe on a post college trip to Italy in 1957. They married 3 years later and had 3 children, Cristina Ascierto Light, Margaret Ascierto Le Blanc and Stefan Ascierto. Rose and Joe were married for 51 years. Rose taught at Tamalpais High School for 40 years. She started her career in the Business Department, teaching shorthand and typing classes and co-developed a course called JOBS, focusing on various skills required for employment. Later, she taught Spanish and was the head of the Foreign Language Department. Rose is survived by her husband Joe, her 3 children and her brother, Peter Guasco. Memorial pending. Contact Cristina 415-258-9474 for details. TO INCLUDE your obituary notice call 415.485.6700

997 All Other Legals ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF MARIN. No. CIV 1200216. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner JOELLE MURPHY filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: JOELLE MURPHY to JOELLE ST. JAMES. THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter shall appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. Any person objecting to the name changes described above must file a written objection that includes the reasons for the objection at least two court days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must appear at the hearing to show cause why the petition should not be granted. If no written objection is timely filed, the court may grant the petition without a hearing. NOTICE OF HEARING: March 2, 2012, 8:30 AM, Dept. E, Superior Court of California, County of Marin, 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael, CA 94913. A copy of this ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE shall be published at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in the county of Marin: PACIFIC SUN. Date: January 13, 2012 /s/ FAYE Dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;OPAL, JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT (Pacific Sun: January 27; February 3, 10, 17, 2012) STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF USE OF FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME File No. 304337 The following person(s) has/have abandoned the use of a fictitious business name(s). The information given below is as it appeared on the fictitious business statement that was filed at the Marin County Clerk-Recorderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Office. Fictitious Business name(s): CORE PILATES SAUSALITO, 328 PINE ST., SAUSALITO, CA 94965. Filed in Marin County on: July 15, 2008. Under File No: 117778. Registrantâ â&#x201E;˘s Name(s): BROOKE LEARY, 328 PINE ST., SAUSALITO, CA 94965. This statement was filed with the County Clerk Recorder of Marin County on January 18, 2012. (Pacific Sun: January 27; February 3, 10, 17, 2012)


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Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m a 33-year-old nurse in a ďŹ ve-month â&#x20AC;&#x153;friends with beneďŹ tsâ&#x20AC;? thing with a doctor co-worker. I am only 18 months out of an abusive 10-year relationship and wanted something fun and light. We get along well, but he rarely asks me ahead of time about getting together. I know he has a busy schedule, but this bothers me. He will do anything I ask (give me a ride, buy me a coffee if I work late) but doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t make kind gestures without being asked and doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t talk about his feelings or inquire about mine. My biggest issue is that he doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t compliment me. He once said his friend asked him how he got such a beautiful woman. But thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s it. The crazy thing is, he doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even possess the qualities I want in a partner! Are my feelings here simply because heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s here? Can I learn to separate my feelings from what we really have?â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Help, STAT


I bet the doc doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have patients show up at whim: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hi, I was in the neighborhood, and I thought Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d have a physical.â&#x20AC;? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s understandable that youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d like a little more formal scheduling to your casual sex, but remember that the guy reads X-rays and MRIs, not minds. When you need medical attentionâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;or certain attention from a certain medical professionalâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;you need to make that known, same as you would with a friend: Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be so available on a momentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s notice and also ask him to make advance plans. (Enough with this â&#x20AC;&#x153;Undress and put on a robe; the doctor will be with you shortly.â&#x20AC;?) Although the reasoning department of your brain keeps telling you that you should be friends with beneďŹ ts, there you are jonesing for girlfriend beneďŹ ts (ďŹ&#x201A;attery, little prezzies, and all). Anthropologist John Marshall Townsend explains that women evolved an emotional alarm system to read whether a man would be a good provider and to compel them to seek cues of commitment. Some women feel especially emotionally connected to their partner following orgasm, probably due to the release of the bonding hormone oxytocin, although the most conclusive research is on rats and prairie voles, and your ability to send email suggests you are neither. Regardless, Townsendâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s surveys on casual sex showed that even when women fully intended to use and lose some himbo, many would wake up the next morning and ďŹ nd themselves longing for more from a guy they knew they wanted nothing more from. An apple a day... mainly keeps the creditors away from the apple growers. To keep this doctor away, let on that youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re longing to use him as a boyfriend instead of just for sex. The thing is, this seems like exactly the right time for you to have exactly the wrong man. Having your sex life staffed up can help you avoid any temptation to get into a relationship, and you can instead ďŹ gure out and ďŹ x whatever led you to be in a 10-year emotionally abusive thing. You may ultimately ďŹ nd casual sex too upsetting, but understanding where your feelings are coming from might help you intellectualize your way out of letting them rule you. Regularly reviewing all the ways this guyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wrong for you is another way to put the meaningless back into meaningless sex. Remember, the only aisle you should be walking down with him is the one between your bed and your dresser. As that jewelry commercial (doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t) go: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Every kiss begins with K-Y.â&#x20AC;?


Why do men OFFER (as in, announce unasked) that they arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t dating anyone when thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a lie? Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m a busy 30-something woman, meeting men almost exclusively online. A guy will often tell me right away (on the ďŹ rst date) that he isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t seeing anyone. I stumble on the truth by accident on Facebook and whathave-you, lose trust for him, and stop seeing him.â&#x20AC;&#x201D;BafďŹ&#x201A;ed


The male brain is quick to note that eHarmony could be the ticket to eHarem. Even if a manâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s looking for â&#x20AC;&#x153;that special somebody,â&#x20AC;? he may be dreaming of a stable of somebodies and feeling a little guilty about it. Or, maybe heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dating a few somebodies but â&#x20AC;&#x153;thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nobodyâ&#x20AC;? means â&#x20AC;&#x153;nobody of consequence.â&#x20AC;? Women evolved to seek commitment from men, and men co-evolved to understand that. Sometimes even an OK guy will engage in some duplicity to make the initial saleâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;waiting to see whether heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s into you before he ditches Helga, Svetlana and Amber. You likewise might consider going on a few more dates to see more of a manâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s character (or lack thereof) before making your ďŹ nal decision. Then again, maybe the best reason to ditch one of these liars is stupidity: a guy telling you heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all lonesome, he hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t seen a women in yearsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;just hours after his last date was streamed live on the Internet from some bar. < Š Amy Alkon, all rights reserved. Got a problem? Email or write to Amy Alkon, 171 Pier Ave. #280, Santa Monica, CA 90405.

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Section 1 of the January 27, 2012 edition of the Pacific Sun Weekly