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›› LETTERS Only 12 days left to legally geoengineer in Fairfax! If Jacob Shafer had just left out the part about how Michael Murphy and I are experiencing some sort of delusional “feedback loop of belief confirmation” [from Michael Shermer’s book The Believing Brain, which addresses why people believe hard-to-believe theories] this would have been a balanced piece. Other than that, you used long and frequent quotes from both Mr. Murphy and myself and presented a healthily skeptical paper [“Sprayed and Confused,” Jan. 20]. The abusive part doesn’t bother me very much because I’ve spent so much time arguing this issue online that I have come to expect it. I don’t need any delusion to tell me that chemtrails and geoengineering are real. I simply look at the evidence. We have scores of documents from governments and other high-powered organizations. We have mountains of scientific evidence collected by professionals. We have expert whistleblowers that range from congressmen to scientists to air traffic controllers. We have our own eyewitness accounts. I have compiled all the best evidence in my paper “Chemtrails Exposed.” If you Google “Chemtrails Exposed,” it is the number one hit. But, like I wrote, this article by Mr. Shafer overall in my opinion is quite informative and I’m happy to see it. I’m glad this issue is getting coverage. Thank you Mr. Shafer. We have changed the wording of the proposed Fairfax resolution. It is no longer proposing a “Chemtrail Free Zone.” It now

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proposes a “Geoengineering Free Zone.” The cost of this proposed resolution to the town of Fairfax, if implemented, would be $0. In fact, if I and others can come together and prove this is happening, the town of Fairfax could possibly make money. Some type of legal recourse may be established. As of today, a lawyer familiar with the issue has contacted me and offered his services pro bono. This is a serious movement. Michael Murphy and I are not making this stuff up. Countless millions of people are fully chemtrail and geoengineering aware. That is why the issue has such a big following on leading alternative media websites like TheIntelHub.com. We have the evidence. The only thing standing in our way is ignorance. I urge the reader to look past the disinformation and look at the evidence people like Mr. Murphy and myself present. I’ve gained nothing from this. I’m out of pocket thousands of dollars trying to raise awareness here. My life has become a desperate plea to humanity. Please, stand up! Peter Kirby, San Rafael

Only water vapor ‘round here exists in Shafer’s head! I’m writing regarding the poorly written snarky hit piece [“Sprayed and Confused,” Jan. 20]. I do think that an apology is due to the Honorable Mayor Pam Hartwell-Herrero of the Fairfax Town Council from Mr. Shafer and the Pacific Sun. We should also all be asking why this periodical, just like most others, does continue its policy of hiring writers to

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TOP POSTINGS THIS WEEK Repeal-SMART puffs out of signatures Without the signatures to require a place on the ballot, the registrar of voters will turn the petition over to SMART, whose board will almost certainly reject the proposal at... Head above Sweetwater After months of delays, and considerable anticipation, the latest nightclub to bear the Sweetwater moniker takes its place with a soft opening this week on the suddenly resurg...

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Chemtrails may have even been airbrushed into this 1958 episode of ‘Have Gun Will Travel’—not only fooling the public into believing these wider aircraft expulsions always existed, but to remind us of what lousy cinematographers CBS used to employ.

shill for the Congressional/Military/Industrial complex. The chemicals from persistent jet “contrails” spewing on top of you, your kids, your grandkids, and soon, your great-grandkids, who you should care about, will continue as long as you pretend not to notice the very obvious difference between the jet-made clouds and the real thing, which we almost never see any more, and probably you can no longer recognize. Chemtrails are now even getting airbrushed into backgrounds of old movies, so “no one” will be able to say there even was a difference... how sick is that? The fact is that we are neither the victims of a deliberate genocidal “slow poisoning,” aimed consciously, at least, just at us, nor are the chemtrails simply “water vapor.” One has only to look at records of the results of routine state drinking water tests, required by law and free to the public, to prove this. Why didn’t your “journalist” figure that out? The title of the article itself is indicative of the pernicious and ever-present use of that old “tried and true” Weapon of Mass Distraction (aka, social engineering), the Hegelian Dialectic—deliberately giving unaware readers only two simple choices as a foregone conclusion regarding this phenomenon, neither of which is correct, and serves to boil down a complex subject into two overly simplified “answers,” given to us by, what? Some snarky kid whom you’ve assumed can actually write what you’d apparently like all of us to swallow as “investigative journalism”? The result of your type of “journalism”? I’m really embarrassed by your choice of writers who have done such an obviously incomplete job of “investigative writing.”

More like a snarky hit piece for the military/industrial complex. Maybe if you paid them a little better, and kept any fees from DARPA out of real investigative journalism, we out here in Consumer Land might get actual facts, but to our credit, we do know where to find the facts on this subject. If your writer had actually published the results of drinking water testing that is required by the California State Dept. of Public Health, drinking water division (yes folks, you can ask for the results on a disk and get them for free), everyone would understand that geo-engineering, aka “chemtrails,” is not merely a “conspiracy,” as this so-called “writer” would have a generally uninformed and biased public continuing to believe. I used to be very proud of the Sun and its presence in Marin for shedding real light on all kinds of subjects, controversial and otherwise; quite frankly, it’s pieces like this from writers such as “Jacob Shafer” that make me ashamed of your once-above-therest publication. So, congratulations, Pacific “Sun,” (more like Dark-of-Moon, if we can judge from articles like this). You’ve reached an all-time low. Now, go get your act together. Dennie Mehocich, Fairfax

We believe Jacob’s gotten under enough skin already... While Jacob is on the beat of possibly wacko (or not wacko) theories, why not give a good workout to “Morgellons”? You know, that bizarre “disease” wherein mysterious “fibers” emerge from the The late Amy Winehouse was said to have been suffering sufferer’s skin? from Morgellons at the time Ostensibly, the of her death—rumors which jury’s still out on were fueled further by the this one, but see upcoming release of her what you can turn posthumous collection ‘I Told You I Was Fiber.’ up, hmm? I have heard that at least one or two medical doctors have given this one some credence. (I’m undecided myself.) Go to it! Craig Whatley, San Rafael

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rocery shoppers appreciate the ability to choose organic foods. Just a few decades ago, the “organic” label and those who pushed for more organic produce encountered condescension and derision. The battle to bring organic food into the mainstream is won. Now, a loose coalition of “food activists” is preparing to collect signatures on a statewide initiative that, if passed, would require food containing genetically modified organisms to carry a label. The goal is to place the California Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act on the November 2012 ballot. “It’s a no-brainer,” says Marin resident Ann Thomas, the North Coast coordinator for the signature-gathering effort. “You want to know as much as possible about what’s in the food you eat.” A few decades ago, the organic label arrived to let people know it was produced without reliance on chemical pesticides and herbicides. The U.S. Department of Agriculture now certifies organic foods and allows producers to display an organic label on them. No such government label exists for food that’s free from genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

Thomas and her colleagues plan to begin gathering signatures Feb. 18. They will need about 800,000 to ensure that they get about 550,000 valid signatures. And they only have until April 22 to submit the signatures to qualify for the November ballot. Thomas participated in the 2004 effort to pass Measure B in Marin. The measure, which passed with 62 percent of the vote, bans growing genetically modified crops in the county. Marin was the second California county to pass such a measure. The first was Mendocino. And so far, these are the only two in the state. Activists in Sonoma County tried to pass a similar measure, but voters rejected it. The same thing happened in San Luis Obispo County. But, as Thomas points out, the statewide initiative seeks not to ban GMO products but simply to mandate that they carry labels. Even that has met resistance, to put it mildly, from agribusiness interests that see labels as detrimental to sales. Is the ultimate goal to steer people away from buying GMO food? “When enough shoppers stop buying GMO brands, the food industry will kick out all genetically modified ingredients,” states one email seeking support for the signature gather9

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Hotel-retail project clears EIR in Novato Novato’s Hanna Ranch Project is moving ahead, and when the thus-far undeveloped land opens its hotel and retail center, Novato city officials are expecting a net financial benefit to the city of about $500,000—and that’s after the five-year Measure F sales tax ends. The council last month approved a final environmental impact report for the mixed-use project, clearing the way for the bulldozing to begin on the northeast side of Highway 101. The property is owned by Los Angeles-based developers Hanna Novato, LLC; plans are to develop the currently vacant 19.7-acre site at the southern terminus of Rowland Boulevard at Vintage Way. The project’s five buildings will total 135,900 square feet, consisting of a single-story 13,571-square-foot retail building; a two story 42,240-square-foot office over the retail building; two restaurant buildings totaling 10,000 square feet; and a three or four story, 116 room hotel of approximately 70,000 square feet (see rendering above). The site is currently undeveloped land and, according to the city of Novato, has degraded over the years due to the unauthorized use of the property as a dirt-bike and four-wheel vehicle track. According to the city, about 55 percent of the site—mostly around the southern hillside area—will remain undeveloped and that area will be restored to its natural state; this hillside area has three knolls, numerous oak trees, eucalyptus trees and steep grades along Highway 101. Hanna Ranch is bordered by the Beverly Ehreth Ecological Preserve and Vintage Oaks Shopping Center to the north, a future SMART rail line and open marshland to the east, a future office development—not affiliated with the Hanna Ranch project—on the south extending to Highway 37, and 101 freeway on the west. Marin fire chief to retire The only incendiaries Marin County Fire Chief Ken Massucco’s going to have to worry about soon are the ones where he pours too much lighter fluid on his George Foreman. Massucco is riding off into the sunset—a blazing one no doubt—at the end of March, after 38 years of stamping out scorchers in Marin. He says his plans are to spend more time with his family and stay active in the community. Massucco began his career in 1973 as a volunteer with the Kentfield Fire Protection District. The following year he was hired by the Marin County Fire Department as a firefighter and rose to the ranks of fire lieutenant, senior captain and battalion chief. In 2001 he was appointed fire chief by the Marin County Board of Supervisors. As chief, he’s run a department of 85 full-time employees, as well as overseeing the annual hiring of over 60 seasonal firefighters. “Ken has always taken the safety of our communities and the firefighters who protect them very personally,” says Supervisor Steve Kinsey, the only current supe still on the board from when Massucco was named chief.“He has shown enormous dedication to the county, been a great leader to the organization, and friend to many in the community. We wish him well on his retirement.” Massucco’s resume includes stints as president of the Marin County Fire Chiefs Association, former member of the county’s Hazardous Materials Response Team and key player in the development of the Marin County Urban Search and Rescue Team. In 2009, he was named Fire Chief of the Year by the California Fire Chiefs Association. Anybody know anything about directin’ plays? It’s not every day the Mountain Play puts out a call for a director—after all, venerable director-extraordinaire James 9

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1. Mt. Livermore is the highest point where in the Bay Area? 2. In the film Rain Man, Dustin Hoffman plays a man with what disorder? 3. What holiday celebrated in February originated from the Roman fertility festival Lupercalia? 4. Identify the recording artist or group of each of these songs with “California” in the title: a. Pictured, right: 1965 “California Girls” b. Pictured, right: 1965 “California Dreaming” c. Pictured, right: 2006 “Dani California” d. 2010 “California Gurls” 5. The world’s tallest building, 830 meters, is located where? 6. Martin and Bernard are the most popular surnames in what country? 7. The world’s first floor coverings were made by the Egyptians of what material? 8. What two states form the western border of Wisconsin? 9. Cigarette smoking became much more convenient around 1844 when what invention (two words) was introduced in Sweden; millions were sold within the first 10 years and billions since then! 10. Find a four-letter word related to each of these: a. Tennis and romance b. Soccer, baseball and odors c. Basketball and doughnuts

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FRIDAY, FEB. 3 Modern Marvels A look at so-called “mega stores,” vast retail temples that include food courts, transit systems and whole aisles for the Occupy protesters. History Channel. 7pm. Who Do You Think You Are? Martin Sheen examines his ancestry. Finding his descendants would be more difficult. His son Charlie’s little black book is sealed by court order. NBC.8pm. I Just Want My Pants Back A young man emerges from a one-night stand missing a pair of pants and posts an ad to get them back in a film that recalls such classics as “Dude, Where’s My Car?,” “Have You Seen My Career Lately?” and “I Just Want my 401(k) Back.” MTV. 8pm.

MONDAY, FEB. 6 Suburban Madness A woman kills her cheating husband by driving over him in her car. This is in Houston. It’s not the hate. It’s the humidity. (2004) Lifetime. 6pm. Smash A new reality show follows the production of a Broadway musical. Not only are the players auditioning for the musical, but they’re unknowingly auditioning for Celebrity Rehab five years from now. NBC. 10pm. Castle The author and detective investigate a murder from 1947, narrowing the list of suspects to characters wearing Comb ‘em, Danno. Saturday, fedoras. ABC. 10pm.

SATURDAY, FEB. 4 Hawaii Five-0 Marathon This is the original Hawaii Five-0. Jack Lord’s hair is actually listed in the credits. KOFY Channel 20. all night. All Night. G.I. Joe: The Rise of the Cobra Or, more accurately “CGI Joe:The Rise of the Senseless Computer-Generated Action Sequence.” (2009) USA Network. 8pm. Idiocracy Awakened after 500 years in suspended animation, a man discovers that humankind’s IQ has plummeted and he is now the most intelligent person on Earth. It’s a lot like visiting Modesto. (2006) IFC. 9:30pm.

BONUS QUESTION: Under the ancient Hawaiian code of conduct known as kapu, what group of people was forbidden by law (punishable by death) from eating bananas or coconuts? Howard Rachelson welcomes your questions (we’ll give you credit) and invites you to live team trivia contests at the Broken Drum in San Rafael on Wednesdays at 7:30 pm. Contact him at howard1@triviacafe.com.

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WA family in Tiburon regularly lets their 14-year-old cat outdoors. (Controversial, we know, yet Marin has no ordinance against it.) Apparently, a neighbor doesn’t want the feline outside and has been vocal about it. We understand neighbors get into squabbles. What we don’t understand is, knowing the cat is a pet, why did the neighbor contact a woman from a feral cat group to remove the senior kitty and deliver it to the Humane Society? The family has a message for the catnapper and neighbor: “You caused us three days of worry and much trauma to the cat.” We agree it was a Zero move and suggest you try to settle your differences without making a sentient being a pawn. Meow.—Nikki Silverstein

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VWe’re mighty impressed by folks who don’t subscribe to that zero approach of finders keepers, losers weepers. Kevin Foor of San Rafael brings us another story about a good citizen returning the goods to their rightful owner. After using self-checkout at the Safeway in Terra Linda, Kevin left his $20 cash-back in the machine. Returning to the store later, Shafer Bell, a Safeway cashier, asked Kevin if he came back for his $20. “He could have kept the money and claimed he knew nothing about it,” says Kevin. “I remain touched by his honesty.” Shafer Bell, you’re our Hero this week, not only for helping Kevin, but for helping us keep our faith in humanity. Safeway, give that man a raise.

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Sunday, Feb. 5 Super Bowl XXXVVVLLLIII This year, it’s the Patriots and Giants, but if you squint and draw little paper cutouts you can still pretend that the 49ers made it because it’s just football and it doesn’t actually matter, at all. NBC. 3pm. World’s Strongest Man Marathon The world’s largest sports network isn’t even pretending to try. ESPN. 3pm. The Voice This is that American Idol alternative where the judges can’t see the singers and must evaluate them on their voice alone, bringing to mind the old adage,“It’s not over until the fat lady sings and then she has to go home because nobody’s going to give a fat lady a recording contract as long as they keep finding more Christina Aguileras.” NBC. 7pm. Strange Sex Tonight’s topic is“unusual orgasms.”That means they are dramatic or different and not unusual because they don’t

TUESDAY, FEB. 7 Glee The students are assigned to perform a song in Spanish. Somebody’s going to be livin’la vida loca before the episode is over. Fox.8pm. The River In this new adventure series, a woman searches for her nature-show-host husband who has gone missing in the Amazon rainforest. Mainly they just float down the river listening for his theme music. ABC.9pm. WEDNESDAY, FEB. 8 Person to Person CBS is bringing back the 1950s series in which Edward R. Murrow visited celebrities and politicians in their homes.The new show is going to be just like that but with fewer ashtrays. CBS.8pm. Nature In“Raccoon Nation,”cameras follow the lives of a family of raccoons, uncovering their secret plan to take over the world one trashcan at a time. KQED.8pm. Pet Sematary Four out of five veterinarians recommend against burying your cat in a spooky old cemetery to bring it back to life as a hoary beast of the netherworld. (1989) AMC. 8pm. THURSDAY, FEB. 9 Mega Shark vs. Crocosaurus They’re showing 2009’s Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus at 11 if you’re anxious to know the intriguing back story. (2010) SyFy. 7pm. Wipeout Tonight’s episode features couples and a Valentine’s Day theme because there’s nothing more romantic than flailing, falling and flashing your ass on national TV. ABC. 8pm. Mudcats When you die, you’ll regret you didn’t spend more hours of your life watching people catching Oklahoma catfish with their hands. History Channel.10pm. < Critique That TV Guy at letters@pacificsun.com.

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Every time farmers buy the seeds, they must pay a royalty. And the proprietary ing effort. “This happened in Europe, nature of GMO products also inhibits the and it’s happening in the U.S. with GMO ability of researches to determine possible bovine growth hormone. We need about negative effects from GMO seed stock. 5 percent of U.S. shoppers to choose “You can’t even get the raw product to healthier non-GMO brands in order to test,” says Ginger Souters-Mason, a Marin generate a non-GMO tipping point.” This resident and director of the Pesticide call to action reflects a more militant Free Zone, another group helping the contingent of the non-GMO effort. But signature-gathering drive. Although some Thomas says that this does not reflect the owners of GMO products are reluctantly official position of the Committee for the loosening their grip, says Souters-Mason, Right to Know. Marin Organic, one of the local organi- “they still are not fully allowing people to zations in the statewide signature gathering get seeds for testing.” Because the seeds effort, comprises farmers, ranchers, agri- fall under intellectual and private propercultural advisers and marketing specialists, ty rights, anyone trying to get seeds must be a grower and all dedicated to promoting an organic When enough shoppers stop buying sign a contract, she explains. “When food supply. “This GMO brands, the food industry will you sign that is a really imporkick out all genetically modifi ed contract, if you tant campaign,” says give those seeds Adrienne Baumann, ingredients. to somebody else, Marin Organic’s you have broken executive director. the patent and you “You as a consumer, when you look at a package and read the are open to a lawsuit. They are very good ingredients and it says ‘natural,’ you have a at suing people.” Humans have been modifying crops right to know if there are GMO ingredients in it.” The ultimate effect of a GMO label for millennia, but it wasn’t until the naturally would result, she says, in “people 20th century, when true GMO products became a reality, that the issue came to starting to avoid such products.” the forefront. The process goes far beyond Baumann brings up an interesting selective breeding and hybridizing. By point. Even though a product includes splicing genes from another plant—or GMO ingredients, it still can be called bacterial toxin—into a plant, the receporganic or natural. The GMO-labeling tor plant can become more resistant to initiative would mandate that any prodweed-killing pesticides or even produce uct, even a so-called natural one that its own weed-killing toxins. The safety of includes GMO ingredients, would have the end result has never been definitively to carry a GMO label. That’s not the situstudied, say GMO opponents. The World ation today. Attempts to pass legislation Health Organization says GMO products in California and elsewhere plugging that can increase crop yields and provide other loophole have yet to succeed. (The power benefits that outweigh any perceived and of agribusiness cannot be overestimated.) as yet unproven risks. The controversy over GMO products But a recent study published in the and their possible harm to the environjournal Environment International caument and the health of animals and tions that the jury is still out. The authors humans has resulted in no clear indicaexamined available peer-reviewed matetions that GMO products are safe—or rial and found that the number of studies unsafe. Monsanto, the first company to revealing harmful effects equaled the create a GMO product—a tomato—now number that found no adverse effects— produces a host of GMO products. The underscoring opponents’ position that company’s position echoes that of other GMO products never have received an agribusiness interests. It maintains that unconditional green light. the federal government has determined And the possible harmful effects can that GMO products have not been found make a scary list. Canadian researchers to be harmful, and do not require labelrecently reported that when they sampled ing. In addition, the federal government the blood of pregnant women, 93 percent has determined that GMO food products of samples from the women’s blood and are not “materially different” from non80 percent from their umbilical cords GMO food products and therefore need contained a pesticide Monsanto splices no label. into GMO corn. The human digestive And that raises red flags for GMO system is supposed to remove the pesopponents. If GMO food products aren’t ticide from the body. The researchers materially different from non-GMO include this caution: “Given the potential products, they say, agribusiness corporatoxicity of these environmental pollutants tions wouldn’t seek to patent them. But and the fragility of the fetus, more studies they do. A patent on a GMO variety of are needed.” Other negative consecorn makes that corn’s seeds proprietary. 10 >

< 7 Newsgrams Dunn has been with the organization for the last 30 years. But with Dunn stepping down gracefully with this year’s production of The Music Man, the century-old theater troupe will be needing someone new behind the megaphone for its 2013 musical. Here’s what the Mountain Play is looking for: “Applicants must have experience working with musical theater, and experience with outdoor theater is a plus. Applicants are asked to please email a cover letter, resume, references and availability to Sara Pearson, executive director, at Sara@MountainPlay.org no later than Feb. 28, 2012. You may also mail in your information to Mountain Play Association, P.O. Box 2025, Mill Valley, CA 94942. Auditions for the 2013 production will be held in January of 2013 and rehearsals and performances run from April through June. For more information, visit www.MountainPlay.org or call 415-383-1100.”

Repeal-SMART puffs out of signatures Rail opponents ran short of steam in seeking the required signatures to qualify a repeal-SMART measure on the November ballot. The measure sought to repeal the quarter-cent sales tax—passed by voters as Measure Q in 2008—that goes toward funding the Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit project that finally broke ground last month. The group was chugging toward the necessary 15,000 votes opponents say was needed to earn ballot placement—SMART has argued the number is 39,000— but when the signature drive reached its registrar-of-voters deadline Jan. 27, its tally of 14,582 pulled up shy of the station no matter which of the numbers was correct. Without enough signatures to be placed on the ballot, the registrar of voters will turn the petition over to SMART, whose board will almost certainly reject the proposal at its meeting next month. The recession has dampened the coals of the train’s expected sales-tax revenue and the initial Cloverdale-to-Larkspur project has been scaled back, temporarily SMART officials say, to an initial phase from Santa Rosa to downtown San Rafael. SMART opponents say that such a major change in the project warrants giving voters another chance to weigh in on whether they feel the quarter-center sales tax should continue. Supes check out library redesign They say you can’t judge a book by its cover—but can you judge a library by its outdated lobby? That’s what the Marin County Board of Supervisors will find out soon after approving a $168,000 contract with Group 4 Architecture to spruce up the lobbies of five county libraries. The lobby facelifts are among the initial projects made possible by the 2010 passage of Measure A, the $49-a-year parcel tax to fund county library services and facilities. The county has earmarked about $2 million in Measure A revenue for facilities upgrades, according to county officials. Though a 2007 study by the county identified $135 million in necessary facility improvements, this initial undertaking is described as “urgent” in the county’s report to the supes. The lobby upgrades would take place at Novato, Corte Madera, Fairfax, Marin City and the Civic Center and would include interior remodels and accessibility improvements. The scope of work at each library hasn’t been detailed as of yet. “The purpose of the lobby remodels is to create a more functional and attractive customer experience,” according to the county report. Possible inclusions in the remodeling would be replacing staff desks with smaller, ergonomically designed workstations, space for customer technology—such as online catalogs, self-checkout stations, personal computers—and additional shelving for books. Supes in a zoning zone Marin County’s zoning codes got a bit of “rezoning” themselves this week when the Board of Supervisors approved a package of changes to zoning rules in unincorporated areas of the county. The goal of the revisions—which have been in the works for more than a year—is to “simplify, streamline and clarify parts of the development code,” according to county officials. Such changes include streamlining design review and reducing permit fees by eliminating hearings for certain types of permits. Changes were also made that reflect portions of the 2007 Countywide Plan, like encouraging mixed and residential uses in commercial areas, and restricting densities on properties that are located in ridge and bayland areas, contain sensitive habitats or are not served by public water or sewer connections. Additionally, protection of native and heritage trees was strengthened, while the county’s second unit and inclusionary housing ordinances were also clarified. One element that divided the board is an exemption for affordable housing projects from master plan requirements—except for properties that fall within the community plans where master planning is already a requirement. Ten of the county’s 16 unincorporated communities mention master-plan requirements. The other four—Point Reyes Station, Kentfield/ Greenbrae, Strawberry and Tam Valley—reference master plan requirements, but only for specific sites within those communities. The exemption passed 3-2; dissenting were Supes Judy Arnold and Steve Kinsey, who felt all communities should be exempt regardless of whether a community plan specifies meeting master-plan requirements. Master plans require property owners to plan for future development of adjoining parcels. According to county officials, the affordable housing exemption will “reduce the time and cost”—as much as $31,000, according to the county’s report—to obtain necessary approvals, but will still require design-review approval. FEBRUARY 3 - FEBRUARY 9, 2012 PACIFIC SUN 9

< 9 Putting theâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC;knowâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;in GMOâ&#x20AC;Ś quences have been reported that include harmful effects on the organs of animals that ate GMO feed. And thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a continuing danger, say opponents, that GMO animal-feed strains can migrate into crops destined for human consumption. They also say that most of the studies showing minimal harmful effects come from industry-related sources. And to top it off, they say, the beneďŹ cial effects of increased crop yields are overblown. In addition to implanting pesticides in crops to produce pest-ďŹ ghting mechanisms and increase crop yield, GMO procedures also can create new plant strains designed to withstand the negative effects of conventional pesticides. But, say opponents, that can lead to an overuse of pesticides, a counterproductive result. Not to mention that crops such as corn or grass feeds can broadcast pollen and transmit their GMO properties to nonGMO ďŹ elds or into the wild. Backers of the GMO labeling initiative arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t puristsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not possible to hold that title. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s analogous to the problems of pesticides,â&#x20AC;? says Mark Squire, coowner of Good Earth Natural Foods. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are very careful not to say something is pesticide-free. The reason for that is if you test penguins in Antarctica, they have pesticide levels in their blood. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just the

and grant consumers increased peace of world we live in now. If you go out your door in Marin and take a deep breath, you mind when it comes to GMO products. Squire teamed with Berkeley Natural Groprobably are breathing in herbicides used cery Company and Big Carrot in Toronto, in the Central Valley.â&#x20AC;? Squire says the best Canada, to create the Non-GMO Project. way to minimize intake of pesticidesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;The... project was born... because when and GMO productsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;is to buy food that the organic regulations were written, carries a USDA organic certiďŹ cation. But a USDA organic certiďŹ cation doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t GMOs were something still in laboramean entirely GMO-free. To get a USDA tories. The organic regulations were not organic certiďŹ cation, producers cannot use written adequately to cover the issue.â&#x20AC;? The GMO seed. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Organic is a process rather organic regulations stipulate only that than a guarantee of purity,â&#x20AC;? says Squire, one farmers refrain from using GMO seed. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I that mandates no intentional use of pesti- think we all realized that testing is neededâ&#x20AC;? at the end of cides or GMO material. The USDA The controversy over GMO products the supply chain, says Squire. organic certiďŹ ca- and their possible harm to the enviThatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s exactly tion doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t call ronment and the health of animals what the Nonfor GMO testing GMO Project at the retail end; it and humans has resulted in no clear does. Producers only certiďŹ es that indications that GMO products are submit their the seed material products to the at the start of the safeâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;or unsafe. project, which food stream was GMO-free. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s possible that somewhere tests the amount of GMO material. Laboin the production of packaged food, GMO ratory tests now can ďŹ nd gene traces from material can enter the picture. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Unfortu- GMO products wherever they hideâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;even nately we are past the point where you can in certiďŹ ed organic food. Squire says avoid [GMO material] totally,â&#x20AC;? says Squire, about 3,000 products have been tested or are in the process of going through testâ&#x20AC;&#x153;but organic eliminates almost all of it.â&#x20AC;? ing. If a product passes, it receives a nonSquire and some of his fellow organicfood purveyors wanted to improve on the GMO veriďŹ cation stamp of approval. If tests show that a product has three-quarUSDA certiďŹ cation in a way that would give non-GMO food producers credibility ters of 1 percent GMO material by weight,

     

  

 

the product is ďŹ&#x201A;agged. That percentage meets the projectâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;action threshold,â&#x20AC;? says Squire. That calls for an investigation into how the material entered the product and how to stop it from continuing its entry. The project started about two years ago. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m thrilled with how it has been embraced,â&#x20AC;? says Squire, who also embraces the labeling initiative. Continuing study to identify possible harmful effects of GMO material in the animal and human food supplies is critical, says Squire, and so is a continuing investigation into private ownership of seed stock. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Owning the food stock is the whole thing driving the GMO issue,â&#x20AC;? says Squire. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Before genetic modiďŹ cation, seeds were in the commons, the product of countless farmersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; work over thousands of years. Companies now have learned how to change a cropâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s genetics, get a patent and take ownership.â&#x20AC;? Agribusiness companies are â&#x20AC;&#x153;huge, moneyed and powerful,â&#x20AC;? says Squire, and theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not likely to sit quietly by if the labeling initiative makes it to the ballot in California, which has set food trends like the organic movement. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It will be one of the biggest ďŹ ghts we have seen in our lifetimes.â&#x20AC;? < Contact the writer at peter@pseidman.com.

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any amazing creatures prowl the terrain of Marin’s vast and wondrous open space—from the great horned owl and the Western pond turtle to the elusive gray fox and the legendary, if littleseen Puma concolor—better known to you and me as mountain lion. But add to that list Homo naturalectus, our made-up Latin-sounding name for the county’s dedicated naturalists—the folks whose commitment to preserving the lands and their native inhabitants is worth more to future generations of the 415 area code than all the materialistic entitlements Marin parents could give them. (And believe me, they’re trying.) My family’s gotten to know two ace outdoorsmen over the last few years—as each successive offspring has intensified our need to throw off the chains of Lego, Playmobil and Tonka and enter the world of swallowtails, trapdoor spiders and Pacific chorus frogs. David Herlocker is an interpretive naturalist for the Marin County Parks and Open Space Department and Juan-Carlos Solis is a naturalist and director of education for WildCare. They both lead regular hiking adventures through the twists and turns of Marin’s incredible assortment of major trails and narrow pathways. Thanks to David and JuanCarlos, my wife, Jo, and I—with Jack, 9, Sam, 4, and Evie, 1, in tow—have explored some of Marin’s most pristine ecosystems, from Roy’s Redwoods, Mt. Burdell and Tennessee Valley to Rodeo Beach, Deer Park, Ring Mountain and Audubon Canyon Ranch. We’ve seen coyotes, Tiburon mariposa lilies, great herons and bobcats along the way—as well as something quite disgusting called a slime mold. It’s been a great time. We asked Juan-Carlos and David about their nature outings and the importance for kids and adults to put down their BlackBerries and go pick some blackberries.   

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How does one become a naturalist? David Herlocker: I’ve been interested in things that could crawl and slither since before I could do either. I studied insects in college and I’ve been lucky enough to have had great jobs since then. I’ve worked for the California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco Zoological Society, National Wildlife Federation and Marin County Parks where I

am still employed as a full-time naturalist. Juan-Carlos Solis: My formal training is in marine biology and chemistry, and [I] always had an interest in nature and biology while growing up in the city of Puebla, Mexico. I blame my interest in becoming a naturalist partly on the wonderful network of park preserves in the Bay Area. Going to these parks and joining hikes is when I became interested in leading walks, and before I knew it, I landed my first job as a naturalist aide at Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve with the East Bay Regional Park District. After a few years with the EBRPD I got the opportunity to work at local museums and ended up arranging and managing all the public programming for the California Academy of Sciences for nearly a decade. Again, I loved it and it involved basically the same kind of work I did with the parks: Getting families, schoolchildren and adults exited about nature. The best job I know.

Juan-Carlos Solis, et al., meet the locals out at Las Gallinas Pond near San Rafael.

and open space preserves. Our job is to preserve, protect and maintain these lands, and a lot of it comes down to knowing which plants and animals might be in a given area, and how we can do a better Tell us about your job of protecting them. I also help nature walks. with other aspects of our public Juan-Carlos: These walks by outreach—everything from our are for everyone in the family, Jason website and newsletter to our inand designed for us to have a Walsh terpretive signage and brochures. good time while exploring naJuan-Carlos: My primary ture along the trail. During my responsibility is to oversee all of programs there’s always plenty WildCare’s education programs, of time for family members to just including their funding. This means play—of course I’m always nearby if anyone has a question, or wants me to play I spend a lot of time at my desk doing with them. We will learn something, that’s grant-related work, planning programs, almost guaranteed, but that will come or- and doing outreach to local schools and ganically. Children, in particular, will always the community. WildCare Family Adbecome interested in the things they see, ventures, the bilingual [English-Spanish] hear, smell or even taste, and as a naturalist family programs WildCare offers once a that’s where you often start. It is one of the month on a Saturday, are programs that great things about “working with humans.” we started in 2008 when I saw the need to We are a smart, and therefore, a very curious inspire families to come out to their wonderful local parks. This is particularly true creature. for the local Hispanic communities where David: I take people who are interested in leisure time to play outside, transportation nature out into the beautiful parks of Marin, to reach local parks, and the information and whatever we find we stop and enjoy. Our about America’s great park system and walks are for everyone, we offer several every preserves doesn’t come around easily. week, some are about specific topics—wildflowers, birds, etc.—but for the most part we Author Richard Louv talks of nature just observe whatever the season has to offer. deficit disorder—the idea that modernday kids are spending less time outKids and families see you in action doors, and it’s leading to various behavon the trails—but what does your job ioral problems. Do you subscribe to his entail when you’re not leading theory? a nature walk? Juan-Carlos: Nature deficit disorder David: I deal with a lot of biologyis certainly a problem. Evolutionarily related questions that relate to our parks

speaking, we humans are not designed for such low levels of activity. Our behavioral transformation to an urban lifestyle has been way too fast for our bodies to adapt to this change. As a result, lack of exercise and physical activity is one of the reasons why in America childhood obesity has more than tripled over the last 30 years. Today, nearly 20 percent of children ages 6 to 11 are obese in the U.S.! Louv points out that a lack of outdoor activity and time outdoors may also be associated with an epidemic of childhood diabetes, behavior disorders and depression. Moreover, not spending time outdoors and with local wildlife leads to a disconnection with the natural world, the biodiversity around us. I believe one of the first steps in environmental education is to just get outside and be exposed to nature. David: I think it’s real, it is a problem. Our goal right now is to focus more of our educational programming on children, through family programs, and outreach to schools. We are determined to get more kids outside. What’s your favorite area of Marin for a hike? Juan-Carlos: The Point Reyes National Seashore. It is here where in one day one can visit various habitats. For example, in just one day I can visit the Limantour Estero, the Olema Marsh and with enough time Abbott’s Lagoon, which is definitely one of my favorite places in Point Reyes with various habitats to explore from costal brush to sandy beach. Point Reyes 12> FEBRUARY 3 - FEBRUARY 9, 2012 PACIFIC SUN 11

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is one of the first parks I visited when I came to live in the U.S. and it truly takes my breath away every time I see it. David: It depends on the season. Spring flowers at Mt. Burdell, autumn birds at Bolinas Lagoon or the cool shade at Roy’s Redwoods on a hot summer day.

Most participants on your outings figure you’ve seen just about everything there is to see on Marin’s trails—name something that has surprised even YOU... David: Seeing a badger in the middle of the day is strange enough but I think the most surprising thing for me was the time one belligerently refused to let me pass on a section of a narrow trail. Juan-Carlos: One of the trails where I’ve had some incredible and surprising wildlife experiences has been Rodeo Lagoon. Two instances I remember are observing the predatory behavior of river otters, which at Rodeo Lagoon prey on waterfowl and even seabirds as large as a brown pelican. It was not known that river otters prey and consume brown pelicans and I was able to see this and document it for the first time. The other was the unusual predatory and aggressive behavior of two peregrine falcons that attacked two American kestrels simultaneously. One of the peregrines consumed the American kestrel, another behavior that has never been recorded before. What excites kids most on your nature walks? Ju a n - C a r l o s : T h e y really love finding things, exploring them, and sharing them w ith me, the naturali s t , a n d t h e i r f a m i l y. A l s o , t h e y j u s t get exited about playing and running around. It reminds me how exiting this world really is. Something as common as a ladybug, a lizard or a wild turkey is amazing to them. David: Snakes.

David Herlocker nets living treasure at the Deer Island Open Space Preserve in Novato.

fact that nearly every weekend my grandfather would take me and my brother out to a trail near the soccer stadium to go hiking. We called it “el camino del conejo” [the rabbit’s trail], because we saw a rabbit (probably a jack rabbit) run by the first time we visited it. It was not until the age of 11 when I started spending more time outdoors after we moved into a new home in the suburbs. There were lots of places where to explore nature. Nothing like what we have here in the U.S., but just vacant lots or open fields without marked trails. ACT NATURALLY I really got into collectThis Saturday, Feb. 4, Juaning frogs and snakes and Carlos is offering Family Love at I loved it. Also, during the Ponds—a WildCare outing that time I joined the Boy at Las Gallinas Ponds near San Scouts and I loved to go Rafael where you’ll learn about on outings and camping nesting habits, mating displays, trips too. baby bird foods and what it takes to raise a bird family every year. Participants will also look for river otters, which are often seeing swimming in the ponds. Visit www.wildcarebayarea.org. On Sunday, Feb. 5, David is leading Nature for Kids at Bahia, an expedition at Rush Creek Preserve in Novato where the oak trees should just be sprouting their new leaves, and the manzanita flowers will be buzzing with insects. Check out www.marincountyparks.org.

Did you spend a lot of time in nature as a kid? David: As much as I could. Sunrise till street lights. Juan-Carlos: I grew up as an inner-city kid in the city of Puebla, Mexico, which was about twice the size and population as San Francisco at the time. Needless to say, I didn’t spend much time in nature except for the

If you could go anywhere in the world—what country or region would you most like to explore by foot? Juan-Carlos: I’d like to explore Uganda in Eastern Africa by foot. There are some really good birds there and I would like to see gorillas in the wild. David: I’d love to explore Northern Australia—a place where every living thing I see [particularly the lizards and snakes!] would be new to me. < Tell Jason to take a hike at jwalsh@pacificsun.com.

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ern cloth diaper was,” she recalls. Wahlquist says her search for the perfect diaper led her to Ecobubs, a wool-based product. “A lot of cloth diapers are cute, but they’re not made that well,” she says. Asked about the seeming paradox of importing a product aimed at reducing waste and carbon output, Wahlquist points out that the Ecobubs inserts are made domestically, with only the wool “ s h e l l ” m a d e i n New Zealand. “It’s really a partnership between two countries,” she says. Whether it be Ecobubs or one of the countless other products on the market, Wahlquist is convinced reusables are the better, more earth-friendly choice. She points to statistics showing disposable diapers are among the top three items clogging our nation’s landfills and that some disposables can take hundreds of years to decompose. Add the fact that many disposables contain inks and chemicals that can irritate sensitive skin, and it’s a better proposition for baby’s bum, too. “Thirty years ago, everyone was in cloth diapers. But somehow in the last three decades we’ve grown up being bombarded with disposable, disposable, disposable. There are no national commercials for cloth diapers, so it seems foreign to a lot of people,” says Wahlquist. Still, she adds, “To me it seems very obvious that this is the right choice to make.” Right perhaps, but how about easy? Time is a precious commodity for most parents—is it reasonable to expect them to spend it soaking and washing poopsoaked cloth? Diaper design helps offset some of this hassle, says Wahlquist. Plus, she says, Grin Unlimited is about to release

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seems an added benefit of learning how to use a napkin might result in improved table manners—nothing wrong with that. Though neither women have quit their day jobs—Rodgers is an environmental consultant and Raffo a real estate agent— but both hope to continue to grow the business. “We hope that eventually people will think of our napkins much the same way they think of their water bottles—as a necessity they wouldn’t leave home without,” says Raffo. Raffo also points out that it wasn’t that long ago when quality, stainless steel and stylish glass water bottles weren’t nearly as ubiquitous as they are today. Perhaps it’s time to retire the chemical-covered wipes and opt instead for a colorful, maybe even personalized napkin and avoid those six paper ones we typically use in a day. Not only are the efforts of these local entrepreneurs helping to eliminate the massive amounts of waste we generate, but our kids are also learning the importance of reusing and recycling. Perhaps by educating our kids early—in preschool and grammar school— they’ll think twice before they drop a plastic baggie on their high school track. Better yet, they won’t have baggies; their lunches will be packed in reusable containers. < Recycle Tanya at Tanya@torme.com.

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Viva Tavola! Osteria takes a seat at the table of the emerging Hamilton dining scene by Jason Walsh

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as the Occupy movement reached surrounding mix of large windows, brick the restaurant industry? Well, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d be sidings and reddish-brown walls, Tavola has a stretch to pin the unemployment a soft, romantic interior that felt especially rate and subprime mortgage scandal on your welcoming during a recent visit on a chilly neighborhood charcuterie, so probably not. evening. A wise holdover from its Pasta Still, one of Marinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s newest restaurants, Tavola Moto incarnation is the wine-bar area, where Italian Kitchen, seems to have its head and shoulder-high half-walls hide cozy booths for heart in the right place, anyway. At least thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s small parties and quiet window-side tables what one comes away with after checking out offer couples a view to the highway (and, the Novato eateryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website in which owner yeah, the parking lot). The wine nook feels Anthony Pirraglia voices his familyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s commit- like a separate room from the dining area ment to â&#x20AC;&#x153;socially responsibleâ&#x20AC;? foodâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;meaning (itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not) and its ceiling even domes several their use of local and sustainable meat, feet higher, adding to its cabernet-cabaret produce and hand-crafted decor supplied by aura. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a creative use of space in a notlocal farmers and artisans. Tavola, at least in incredibly-big restaurant. cyberspace, is looking out for the 99 percent. We sat in the regular dining area on our And thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not the only thing we like about the visitâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;the place was busy for a Thursdayâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; Hamilton Marketplaceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s newest addition. and were offered sparkling water and fresh Tavola rose last year out of the ashes of Pas- bread soon after being seated (beware, they ta Moto, the Pirragliasâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; far more casual Italian charge for the ďŹ zzy water). venture that seemed targeted toward HamilChefs Rob Hurd and Ryan Favini, both ton patrons looking for a quick bite with the boasting restaurant pedigrees from Napa kids after the weekly shop at Safeway. The food Valley, have fashioned a menu inspired by was ďŹ ne, but the lighting was the Italian osteriaâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;those too bright and the workmantrendy neighborhood cafes like take-a-number counter with short menus and long TAVOLA ITALIAN KITCHEN service was at odds with the wine lists. 5800 Nave Drive,Novato; trendy-seeming wine bar that Tavolaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s antipasti lineup 415/883-6686,tavolakitchen.com. encompassed about a third of includes multiple intrigues: Open daily 11:30am to 9pm. the ďŹ&#x201A;oor space. Pasta Moto chickpea fries ($8.50), croshad multiple personalities tini topped with tomato jam and the owners soon put on ($8), kale Caesar salad ($10). the straitjacket and tossed away the key. We went with a dish of spicy tomato-infused There may not have been enough mojo in meatballs ($10)â&#x20AC;&#x201D;beefy and Parmesan-heavy Moto, but the Pirraglias didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t throw in the with a tasty blend of herbsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and these zesty dish towel. They returned with Tavolaâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;one carnivore cubes had us off to a delicious start. of the best mid-price-range restaurants to In true osteria fashion, the menu isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t open in 2011. weighted down by an overabundance With a warm, low light scheme and a nice of dishes. Tavola offers a choice of four

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Tavolaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wine bar is worth a visitâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;whether youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re in the mood for a few sips, or a few bottles.

pizzas, a handful of pastas and four â&#x20AC;&#x153;secondiâ&#x20AC;? entreesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;braised chicken ($19), seared ďŹ&#x201A;atiron ($21), lamb shank ($27) and â&#x20AC;&#x153;ďŹ sh and cippsâ&#x20AC;? (cod cooked with cippolini onion, $20). We sampled a handful of dishes and each had its own champion among our small groupâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;with not a single one rebuffed by any of us. Of particular note was the wild boar sugo ($17), which tops maltagliati pasta (irregularly shaped noodlesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;literally â&#x20AC;&#x153;badly cutâ&#x20AC;?â&#x20AC;&#x201D;itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s trendy among people who buy pre-ripped jeans) and features a gamey tasting sauce mixed with butternut squash. The salsiccia pizza ($13), too, was a delight, with hints of spicy sausage and sweet apple playing off each other perfectly atop a white sauce and crescenza cheese baseâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;as rich and varied in ďŹ&#x201A;avor as a pizza comes in Marin. The â&#x20AC;&#x153;ďŹ sh and cippsâ&#x20AC;? poses a unique twist on the traditional Brit favoriteâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s got the standard rock cod, but the cipps refers to battered-and-fried cippolini onions, which, to our surprise, are a worthy stand-in for the fries we were expecting. We rounded out our order with a side of brussels sprouts ($6), sautĂŠed in capers and lemon; the brussels sprouts despisers at our table deemed them the best brussels sprouts theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d ever eaten.

The dessert menu was only four choices strong on our visit, all temptingâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;buttermilk panna cotta ($6), chocolate sea salt tart ($6) and zeppole ($8) in a house-made Nutella and strawberry jam. In the end, a couple of us went with the gelato ($5.50) from Noci in Mill Valleyâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;a lighter choice that rounded off an exemplary meal. Tavolaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s got a good six months under its belt by now and seems to be attracting a steady clientele in its little Hamilton corner of northern Marin. In fact, the Hamilton Marketplace, after only a few years in existence, is starting to establish itself as a ďŹ ne-dining destination, at least as far as shopping centers goâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Toast and Sonoma Latina Grill have impressed Pacific Sun reviewers and readers as well since opening in the last couple of years. Tavola Italian Kitchen is a welcome addition to this burgeoning dining area. (Perhaps, in the wake of Southern PaciďŹ c Smokehouse up the road, Hamilton is the better-suited location to attract post-dinner crowds to live entertainment in Novato.) Tavola, by the way, is Italian for â&#x20AC;&#x153;table.â&#x20AC;? And from what weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve seen and tasted, this Tavolaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s got legs. < Devour Jason at jwalsh@paciďŹ csun.com.

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›› THE BEAT

‘Phonic boom! Monophonics’ funk career is up for the down stroke... by The Space Cowb oy

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his month we focus on one of the brightest lights currently coming out of the Bay Area music scene, the funk-soul juggernaut known as Monophonics. Formed in 2005, the band’s original lineup consisted of members of three bands: Blue Lotus, Mr. Callista and the Monophonic Orchestra. Of the original members, all Sir Francis Drake High School alumni, many had studied in the acclaimed jazz program at Sonoma State University—drummer Austin Bohlman, trumpeter Ryan Scott, saxophonist Alex Baky, guitarist Ian McDonald, keyboardist Colin Brown and bassist Yuri Whitman. From the beginning, their talent and feel for the jazz-funk, boogaloo and soul of the ’60s and ’70s belied their young age. After playing local clubs such as Fairfax’s 19 Broadway and Mill Valley’s Sweetwater Saloon, they soon found a home at S.F.’s Boom Boom Room and began honing their chops every Sunday as part of a yearlong residency where their evolving style was exposed to eager ears. By this point current bassist Myles O’Mahony had replaced Whitman, and in 2007 they recorded their debut album, Playin’ Simple, at Sausalito’s legend-

ary Plant studio with engineer Andrew Freid. Their sound was quickly embraced by Bay Area music fans and they were awarded SF Weekly’s Readers’ Poll award for Best Funk/Soul/R&B Band. Over the next several years the band toured— including two trips to the esteemed New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival—and built a loyal following on the festival/jamband circuit as featured performers at the High Sierra Music Festival, Las Tortugas and Joshua Tree Music Festival. In 2010, Monophonics released their second album, Into The Infrasounds, also recorded at The Plant, and saw the departure of original keyboardist Colin Brown, percussionist Kyle Middlebrooks and vocalist Marcus Scott. However, the band quickly found a kindred soul in East Bay producer/keyboardist/vocalist Kelly Finnigan of the hip-hop group Destruments. Son of legendary keyboardist Mike Finnigan (Jimi Hendrix, Joe Cocker, among others), he possesses a gritty, soulful voice, a passionate playing style and the same DIY, lo-fi approach to recording as the rest of the band. “We found a musical brother,” says guitarist McDonald. “He shared our vision of where we wanted to go as a band and our commitment

The music industry is turning its telescopic vision toward local funksters from Drake High.

to analog tone and gritty production.” Within six months the band had recorded and issued a vinyl 45 through Destruments’ Colemine record label and began working on a new album and a new sound reminiscent of the ’60s era “psychedelic soul” subgenre. They purchased a vintage quarter-inch 8-track reel-to-reel recorder and began experimenting and recording with vintage effects such as the maestro phase shifter, space echo and Moog synthesizers in their converted S.F. basement aptly named the Soul Barracks.

“Our original influences are definitely Sly Stone, David Axelrod, Funkadelic, George Clinton, [Motown] producer Norman Whitfield and Stax,” says Finnigan, “but we were equally inspired by today’s retrosoul movement and friends like Sergio Rios of Orgone, who mixed our latest album at Killion Sound in L.A., our friends The Grease Traps and Vinyl here on the West Coast and Gabe Roth and Daptone Records on the East Coast.” The results of those self-produced recording sessions can be heard on their third album, In Your Brain, which will be available this spring. A limited early release of the album has already garnered high praise from none other than Bob Divney (Reprise), rapper Big Daddy Kane and L.A.’s Ubiquity Records, who were so impressed with the band that they have offered them a record deal with international distribution. Monophonics also recently signed with the noted booking and management company Intrepid Artists and will embark on a 27-city national tour this spring. This is shaping up to be an exciting year for the band with appearances scheduled for both weekends at the New Orleans Jazz Fest and at Wakarusa Music Festival in Arkansas, but local fans will only have a few chances to get their fix. Monophonics’ great live show can be seen at 19 Broadway in Fairfax this Saturday, Feb. 4; at Brick & Mortar in San Francisco on Feb. 21, at Hopmonk Tavern in Sebastopol on March 9 and at Smiley’s in Bolinas on March 10. They can be found online at www.monophonics.com. < Got a hot tip for THE BEAT? Email me at marinbeat@gmail.com. Rawk on! Tune up to the Marin music scene at

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›› TALKiNG PiCTURES

They don’t make ‘em like they used to Lovable cynic Mort Sahl decries Hollywood’s lack of optimism by Davi d Te mp l e ton

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’m always quoting old movies,” phone contact list. says comedian Mort Sahl, absent“I sent Woody an iPhone snapshot,” ly watching some less-than-fresh Sahl says, “a picture of the line going cream dissolve into flaky little chunks around the theater when Midnight in Paris in his cup of coffee. “And the pictures opened in Mill Valley. All these young I always seem to be quoting are the old people lined up to see a Woody Allen ones, the classics—the kind of stuff I feel is movie. Woody wrote back, ‘Well, yeah, but typical of American cinema. So that’s what you do live in a small town.’” I’ve been exploring in this series.” Last week, as part of the Throckmorton Over lunch in downtown Mill Valfilm series, Sahl screened Marlon Brando’s ley (where a graciously mortified waiter 1969 drama Burn. As he does with each quickly replaces the cream and fetches screening (the tagline of the series is, “See fresh coffee), Sahl describes his lifelong what you’ve been missing!”), Sahl introlove of the movies, and his duced the movie with motivation to create an a short talk about the ongoing program of film filmmakers and their screenings he’s calling “I influences, dropping in Lost It At the Movies: The plenty of his own comeMort Sahl Film Series,” dic observations about playing once or twice a popular culture. Every month (it changes!) at 142 screening is followed Throckmorton Theatre in by a spirited questionMill Valley. and-answer session. The “I realized recently that next installment of the I don’t go to the movies so series will be the obscure much anymore,” says Sahl, 1996 comedy A Couch in 84, “because nothing is opNew York, starring Wiltimistic. It’s realistic, sure. liam Hurt and Juliette Everything is a downer, Binoche. The ‘patriarch of the new school of comebecause the filmmakers “I started screening dians’ is also a patriarch of the old-school all seem to be down. It’s these movies when I was of movies. deadly. When you go to a teaching in Claremont,” picture today, the good guys rarely win, says Sahl, who taught a course in screenand they have a lot of self-doubt if they do writing along with a popular class titled win, love does not conquer all—and all I The Revolutionary’s Handbook, a kind of want to do is turn back to the great movies historical exploration of everything from of the past, where herorace and gender to ism was a virtue and not a political assassinasymptom.” tion. “I used to show COMING SOON Mort Sahl is a certified these movies to the Upcoming at “I Lost It At the comic legend, the first costudents,” he conMovies: The Mort Sahl Film median to record a live tinues, “because the Series” is A Couch in New York comedy album (1955’s At screenwriting classes (1996) starring William Hurt Sunset), and the first to there never showed and Juliette Binoche. Check out perform comedy shows on them anything except www.142throckmortontheatre. college campuses. His topiChinatown. So I com for dates and times. cal blend of social satire showed movies like And don’t miss the Pacific Sun’s and political commentary One-Eyed Jacks and own David Templeton live at the Rafael Film Center on Feb. inspired generations of coYou Can’t Take It with 16 at 1pm. The “Talking Pictures” medians, from Woody AlYou, Love with the columnist will screen film clips len to Will Durst to Robin Proper Stranger. That and share his secrets for decidWilliams. In 1960, his face was a good one, a love ing if a particular movie has the was on the cover of Time story. 1963. It had proper “discussion value.” www. magazine, which dubbed Steve McQueen and cafilm.org. Sahl “The patriarch of a Natalie Wood. Love new school of comedians.” was big back then, Woody Allen once said that it was consequential Sahl’s influence on comedy to people, it was eswas similar to Charlie Parker’s influence on sential. The women were prizes, and men jazz. Allen and Sahl remain friends today; had to be brave and good to win the prize. in fact, Sahl has Allen’s number on his cell And every first act of the film showed us

‘The Umbrellas of Cherbourg’ follows the plight of a war-wounded gas station owner whose love for the umbrella girl of his youth will forever be estranged. ‘At least the guy still has the gas station,’ points out the glass-half-full-leaning Sahl.

life as it is, every second act showed us more life as it is—and the third act was life as it should be. That’s why I love these old movies. No one knows how to end a movie like that anymore. There’s a kind of magic in them, and that’s what I want to share with people at these screenings.” Comedian Geoff Bolt, who’s tagged along for the conversation, points out that at Sahl’s movie events, the audiences, though still small, always stay for the Q&As, and often seem stunned at how good these relatively unknown movies are. “Mort knows movies better than just about anyone,” Bolt says. “He knows how to pick ’em. In a perfect world, these screenings would be packed with film students and people who love old movies.” “There was a time when movies said something about America,” Sahl remarks. “That’s what pulls people in when they see these pictures. They are stories about what is possible, stories about what is optimistic. America used to be an optimistic country, but I don’t think it is anymore. People have a grudging admiration for optimism, but that’s about it. Those goals— that if we do the right thing, everything’s going to work out—those goals are still laudable.” “In the ’70s, things shifted toward realism,” I point out, “and some think that optimism is the same thing as naivete. In a world where such unspeakable things happen, are happy endings a good thing, or a lie?” “Realism, I’m not so sure I love realism,” Sahl replies. “I want to see people get into a dilemma, but then I want to see them get out of it again. That’s not realistic, but it gives me hope for the future.” Of the current crop of Oscar nominees, Sahl likes best The Artist, the charming neo-silent romance about Hollywood actors adjusting to the change from silents to talking pictures. “That was an optimistic movie,” he says. “Give me more movies like that one.” For the record, as his favorite cinematic love story, Sahl names the 1964 French

musical The Umbrellas of Cherbourg; the ending of that one, with Catherine Deneuve driving away from the gas station knowing that she would forever be separated from the father of her child, isn’t exactly what one might call upbeat. “Hey,” Sahl laughs, “at least the guy still has the gas station.” “I guess I should ask,” I ask, “why you feel these old movies are important. In a world where new content is coming at us all the time from numerous sources, why bother digging back into stuff 50, 60 years old?” “These movies,” Sahl says, after a pause, “they are the only proof that the world was ever any different than it is now. In the movies we see today, it’s always doomsday. But there was a time when there were women who looked like Grace Kelly and Audrey Hepburn. We know that from their films. There was a time when men were judged by their sense of decency. We may never see those days again, but we can look at the old movies—and there’s the evidence that the world was once a very different place. I think that’s worth remembering.” < WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE MOVIE, MARIN? For once, the media elite cares what you think—and the Pacific Sun wants to know what your favorite movie is! We’re calling for short write-ups explaining just why you think Birdemic: Shock and Terror is an underrated masterpiece or why Citizen Kane is the Citizen Kane of its generation. We’re hoping to compile enough submissions in time to feature them before this year’s Oscar’s, taking place Feb. 26—we’ll print as many as we’ve got room for. Keep the reviews to 200 words maximum. 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. FEBRUARY 3 - FEBRUARY 9, 2012 PACIFIC SUN 21

›› OSCAR CHALLENGE

And the WiNNERS are... The official Pacific Sun OSCAR CHALLENGE mail-in ballot—are you up to the challenge?

Leading Actor

Directing

Original Screenplay

Live Action Short Film

T Demián Bichir in A Better Life T George Clooney in The Descendants T Jean Dujardin in The Artist T Gary Oldman in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy T Brad Pitt in Moneyball

T The Artist, Michel Hazanavicius T The Descendants, Alexander Payne T Hugo, Martin Scorsese T Midnight in Paris, Woody Allen T The Tree of Life, Terrence Malick

TThe Artist T Bridesmaids T Margin Call T Midnight in Paris T A Separation

T Pentecost T Raju T The Shore T Time Freak T Tuba Atlantic

Supporting Actor

Film Editing

Adapted Screenplay

Foreign Language Film

T Kenneth Branagh in My Week With Marilyn T Jonah Hill in Moneyball T Nick Nolte in Warrior T Christopher Plummer in Beginners T Max von Sydow in Extremely Loud

T The Artist T The Descendants T The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo T Hugo T Moneyball

T The Descendants T Hugo T The Ides of March T Moneyball T Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

T Bullhead T Footnote T In Darkness T Monsieur Lazhar T A Separation

Makeup

Visual Effects

T Albert Nobbs T Harry Potter and the

T Harry Potter and the

Deathly Hallows Part 2 T The Iron Lady

T Hugo T Real Steel T Rise of the Planet of the Apes T Transformers: Dark of the Moon

& Incredibly Close

Leading Actress T Glenn Close in Albert Nobbs T Viola Davis in The Help T Rooney Mara in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

T Meryl Streep in The Iron Lady TMichelle Williams in My Week With Marilyn

Supporting Actress T Bérénice Bejo in The Artist T Jessica Chastain in The Help T Melissa McCarthy in Bridesmaids T Janet McTeer in Albert Nobbs T Octavia Spencer in The Help

Art Direction T The Artist T Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 T Hugo T Midnight in Paris T War Horse

Cinematography T The Artist T The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo T Hugo T The Tree of Life TWar Horse

Costume Design T Anonymous T The Artist T Hugo T Jane Eyre T W.E.

Music (Original Score) T The Adventures of Tintin T The Artist T Hugo T Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy T War Horse

Music (Original Song)

T Man or Muppet from The Muppets T Real in Rio from Rio

Sound Editing T Drive T The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo T Hugo T Transformers: Dark of the Moon T War Horse

Sound Mixing T The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo T Hugo T Moneyball T Trnasformers: Dark of the Moon T War Horse

Best Picture T The Artist T The Descendants T Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close T The Help THugo TMidnight in Paris T Moneyball T The Tree of Life T War Horse

For contestants who wish to compare their picks with ours on the Big Night, we recommend the California Film Institute’s Oscar Night America, where guests can tally their ballot via live telecast in the Rafael’s main theater, win raffle prizes, bid in a silent auction and eat like a star. Feb. 26; doors open at 3:30pm. $60 general; $50 members; memories—priceless. Check out www.cafilm.org/oscars.

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Deathly Hallows Part 2

Animated Feature Film T A Cat in Paris T Chico & Rita T Kung Fu Panda 2 T Puss in Boots T Rango

Animated Short Film T Dimanche/Sunday T The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore

T La Luna T A Morning Stroll T Wild Life

Documentary Feature T Hell and Back Again T If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front

T Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory T Pina T Undefeated

Documentary Short Subject ct T The Barber of Birmingham T God is the Bigger Elvis T Incident in New Baghdad T Saving Face T The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom

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Friday February 3 -Thursday February 9

Movie summaries by Matthew Stafford dios’ acclaimed animation division. O The Grey (1:57) Dangerous doings on the Alaska

Felicity Jones and Jessica Brown Findlay in ‘Albatross,’ showing Feb. 9 in the Rafael’s Mostly British Film Festival. O 33 Postcards (1:37) Insightful Australian drama about the complex relationship between a Chinese orphan and her enigmatic Sydney benefactor (Guy Pearce). 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 Albatross (1:30) The friendship between an innkeeper’s daughter and the inn’s new chambermaid goes awry when the maid sets her sights on her new pal’s papa. 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 waiter—and keeps her bowler on for 30 years. 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 Beauty and the Beast 3D (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 Big Miracle (1:47) True tale of unlikely Cold War allies (Russians, Americans, oilmen, environmentalists) banding together to save a family of whales trapped under the icy Arctic Ocean. 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 Chronicle (1:23) Three nerdly teens discover they have potent occult powers…and a dark side itching to get out. 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 Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone (1:47) Documentary looks at the 25-year history of the groundbreaking South Central band; Ice-T, George Clinton and others provide insights. 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 Golden Age of Zagreb Animation (1:30) Dazzling, thought-provoking program of stylish, envelope-pushing shorts from Zagreb Film Stu-

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. O The Iron Lady (1:45) Meryl Streep stars as steely right-wing game-changing British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher; Jim Broadbent is around as good ol’ Denis. O Journey 2: The Mysterious Island (1:34) Dwayne Johnson and his two kids head to a volcano-rocked, creature-infested isle to rescue resident codger Michael Caine. 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 The Metropolitan Opera: The Enchanted Island (3:40) Librettist Jeremy Sams’ operatic pastiche of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and “The Tempest” features arias and ensembles by Rameau, Handel, Vivaldi and other Baroque bigwigs. O Mission: Impossible—Ghost Protocol (2:13) IMF spook Tom Cruise is unfairly accused of bombing the Kremlin and goes undercover to clear his name; Ving Rhames and Tom Wilkinson costar. O My 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. O Route Irish (2:49) Ken Loach political thriller about a British mercenary out to discover the truth behind a mate’s death in war-torn Iraq. 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 South Solitary (2:01) An Australian lighthouse keeper’s niece strikes up two very different relationships with a charming family man and a surly loner. O Star Wars: Episode I—The Phantom Menace 3D (2:13) The first chapter of George Lucas’s sci-fi saga is back in three potentially lucrative dimensions; Liam Neeson stars. 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. O The Woman in Black (1:35) Daniel Radcliffe in a horror flick about a disgruntled ghost who won’t rest until she takes care of some lingering issues.

›› MOViE TiMES N33 Postcards (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Mon 7 The Adventures of Tintin (PG) Century Northgate 15: Fri-Wed 11:25, 4:40, 10; 3D showtimes at 2, 7:30 NAlbatross (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Thu 7 Albert 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 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-Wed 2:20, 4:35, 7:10, 9:25; retro 2D showtime at 11:55 NBig Miracle (PG) Century Northgate 15: Fri-Wed 11:30, 2:15, 4:45, 7:15, 9:45 Century Rowland Plaza: Fri-Wed 11:35, 2:10, 4:45, 7:20, 9:55 Carnage (R) +++ CinéArts at Marin: Fri-Sat 12:30, 2:35, 4:40, 7:15, 9:30 Sun 12:30, 2:35, 4:40, 7:15 Mon, Tue, Thu 4:30, 7:30 NChronicle (PG-13) Century Northgate 15: Fri-Wed 11:40, 12:40, 1:45, 2:50, 3:50, 4:55, 5:55, 7, 8, 9:10, 10:05 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:30, 1:40, 3:50, 6:10, 8:20, 10:30 Contraband (R) Century Northgate 15: 4:05, 9:35 Declaration of War (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Fri 4, 6:30, 8:45 Sat 1:45, 4, 6:30, 8:45 Sun 1:45 TueThu 9:15 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, 4:05, 7:30, 10:05 Sun 1:15, 4:05, 7:30 Mon, Tue, Thu 4:40, 7:20 Fairfax 6 Theatres: Fri-Sat 12:50, 4, 6:50, 9:30 Sun-Thu 12:50, 4, 6:50 Lark Theater: Wed 4:45, 7:30 Thu 2:15, 4:45 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 NEveryday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone (Not Rated) Rafael Film

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Center: Sun 7 (filmmaker Chris Metzler in person) Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (PG-13) ++ Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 7:15, 10:15 Sat-Sun 1:15, 4:15, 7:15, 10:15 Mon-Thu 6:45, 9:40 Century Regency 6: Fri 12:50, 3:55, 7, 10:05 Sat 7, 10:05 Sun-Tue, Thu 12:50, 3:55, 7 Wed 12:50 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, Tue, Thu 4:20, 7:40 NGolden Age of Zagreb Animation (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Sun 4:15 (Vanja Hraste in person) The Grey (R) +++ Century Northgate 15: Fri-Wed 11:35, 2:25, 5:05, 7:50, 10:30 Century Rowland Plaza: Fri-Wed 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-Wed 12:10, 2:35, 4:50, 7:25, 9:40 Hugo (PG) +++1/2 Century Cinema: Fri-Wed 4, 9:55; 3D showtimes at 1, 7 Thu 4; 3D showtimes at 1, 7 Century Northgate 15: Fri-Wed 3:55, 9:55; 3D showtimes at 12:55, 7:05 Century Rowland Plaza: Fri-Wed 1, 7; 3D showtimes at 4, 10 Fairfax 6 Theatres: Fri-Sat 12:45, 3:50, 6:45, 9:25 Sun-Thu 12:45, 3:50, 6:45 The Iron Lady (PG-13) +++1/2 Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 5, 7:35, 10:10 Sat-Sun 11:45, 2:20, 5, 7:35, 10:10 Mon-Thu 7, 9:35 Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 11:30, 2:10, 4:50, 7:20, 9:50 Sun-Thu 11:30, 2:10, 4:50, 7:20 CinéArts at Sequoia: Fri 5, 7:30, 10 Sat 2:30, 5, 7:30, 10 Sun 2:30, 5, 7:30 Mon, Tue, Thu 5, 7:30 Fairfax 6 Theatres: Fri-Sat 1, 4:10, 6:35, 9:20 Sun-Thu 1, 4:10, 6:35 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri 4, 6:50, 9:15 Sat 1, 4, 6:50, 9:15 Sun 1, 4, 6:50 Mon-Thu 4, 6:50 NJourney 2: The Mysterious Island (PG) Century Northgate 15: Thu 11:59pm; 3D showtime at 11:59pm Man on a Ledge (PG-13) Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 5:15, 7:45, 10:20 Sat-Sun 12, 2:35, 5:15, 7:45, 10:20 Mon-Thu 7:15, 9:50 Century Northgate 15: Fri-Wed

12:05, 2:30, 5, 7:35, 10:20 Century Rowland Plaza: Fri-Wed 11:45, 2:25, 5:10, 7:55, 10:25 The Metropolitan Opera: The Enchanted Island (Not Rated) Century Regency 6: Wed 6:30 CinéArts at Marin: Wed 6:30 CinéArts at Sequoia: Wed 6:30 Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol (PG-13) Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 7, 10 Sat-Sun 1, 4, 7, 10 MonThu 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 Mon-Thu 4:15, 6:40 One for the Money (PG-13) Century Northgate 15: Fri-Wed 12, 2:40, 5:10, 7:40, 10:25 Century Rowland Plaza: Fri-Wed 12:20, 2:50, 5:05, 7:30, 9:50 Pina 3D (PG) Rafael Film Center: Fri 4:30, 7, 9:30 Sat-Sun 2, 4:30, 7, 9:30 Mon-Thu 7:15, 9:30 Red Tails (PG-13) Century Northgate 15: Fri-Wed 1:10, 4:10, 7:20, 10:15 Century Rowland Plaza: FriWed 1:05, 4:05, 7:05, 10:05 Lark Theater: Fri 5:15, 8 Sat 2:45, 5:15, 8 Sun 12:30 Mon-Tue 6:30 NRoute Irish (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Wed 7 Shame (NC-17) +++ Rafael Film Center: Fri 4:15, 6:45, 9 Sat-Sun 1:30, 4:15, 6:45, 9 Mon 9:15 Tue-Thu 6:45, 9 NSouth Solitary (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Tue 7 NStar Wars: Episode I-The Phantom Menace 3D (PG) Century Cinema: Thu 11:59pm Century Northgate 15: Thu 11:59pm Century Rowland Plaza: Thu 11:59pm 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 Northgate 15: Fri-Wed 1:05; 3D showtimes at 3:25, 5:45, 7:55, 10:30 We Bought a Zoo (PG) +1/2 Century Northgate 15: Fri-Wed 1:15, 6:45 NThe Woman in Black (PG-13) Century Northgate 15: Fri-Wed 12:15, 1:30, 2:45, 4, 5:15, 6:30, 7:45, 8:55, 10:10 Century Rowland Plaza: 12:15, 2:45, 5:15, 7:45, 10:15

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

Gina Carano kicks butt in ‘Haywire,’ now at the Northgate.

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

F R I D AY F E B R UA R Y 3 — F R I D AY F E B R UA R Y 1 0 Pacific Sun‘s Community Calendar

It’s skin on skins in San Rafael next weekend with TAO: Art of the Drum, Feb. 10 at Marin Center.

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

Live music 02/03: Chris Haugen’s Seahorse Rodeo Features swampy slide guitar grooves, catchy original hooks, and surprising cover tunes from artists like Radiohead, Beck, and Lou Reed. 8:15pm. $10. Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor Dr., Gate 5, Sausalito. 331-2898. www.sausalitoseahorse.com 02/03: John Nemeth The award-winning blues singer’s rootsy sound has topped the Billboard charts with his latest CD “Name the Day.” 9:30pm. $15. George’s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262. www.georgesnightclub.com 02/03: NIX,Elevator Music Funk Band A very special evening with two bands from Redwood High. All ages are welcome, no host cocktails and refreshments available. 8pm. $6. Elk’s Lodge San Rafael Maple Lawn, 1312 Mission Ave., San Rafael. 497-2448. 02/04: James Moseley Band Lead vocalist and guitarist James Moseley has been wowing audiences in the Bay Area for more than ten years at a wide range of music venues, festivals and special events with high energy live performances that get everyone up and dancing. 8:15pm. $12. Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor Dr. at Gate 5, Sausalito. 331-2898. www.sausalitoseahorse.com

02/04: Steve Lucky and the Rhumba Bums Featuring Miss Carmen Getit Known for their exciting stage performance, Steve Lucky & the Rhumba Bums featuring Miss Carmen Getit are a high energy jump-blues and vintage jazz band with

a little boogie woogie thrown in. 8pm. $9-19. Dance Palace Community and Cultural Center, 503 B St., Point Reyes Station. 663-1075. www.dancepalace.org 02/04: Wonderbread 5 Hits from the ’70s to the ’90s. 9:30 p.m. $20-20 George’s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262. www. georgesnightclub.com

02/05: Orquesta La Moderna Tradicion Salsa Band Bursting with the sweet yet powerful sound of the Afro-Cuban charanga orchestra, which features violins and woodwinds interlocking with driving afro-Cuban rhythms. 3pm. $10. Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor Dri., Sausalito. 331-2898. sausalitoseahorse.com 02/06: Bluegrass Open Mic Jam Advanced and intermediate players are invited to participate, lead a song, take instrumental breaks, or just be a background player. Bass, guitar, fiddle, banjo, mandolin or dobro. 7:30-10:30pm. No cover charge Seahorse Restaurant, 305 Harbor Dr., Sausalito. 491-4702. www.sausalitoseahorse.com 02/07: KortUzi Danny Uzilevsky & Jonathan Korty host Bay Area artists. 9:30 p.m.-1:30am. Free. 19 Broadway, 19 Broadway, Fairfax. www.19broadway.com

02/08 and 22: ‘Wednesday Night Live’ with Mark Karan and Special Doors at 7 p.m. 8 p.m. $8-10. Sweetwater Music Hall, 19 Corte Madera Avenue, Mill Valley.

02/08: Marcelo Puig and Seth Asarnof Argentine Tango, jazz. 8pm. Free. Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor Dr., Sausalito. 331-2898. sausalitoseahorse.com

ViDEO Beane brain For all of MONEYBALL’s virtuosity I’m still a little surprised at the praise heaped on it now, in this fourth year of market downturn. It’s nervy indeed to build a human-interest story around a general manager who ignores his scouts and lets a computer algorithm decide the team’s hiring and firing. Brad Pitt stars as the A’s legendary Billy Beane who, fresh off a losing season and with no Critics were impressed that Pitt grew his budget to spend, hires Yale-educated statistician hair just a tad longer in preparation for Peter Brand (Jonah Hill) to put the kid’s theory of the role. on-base percentage to the test. Beane is sick of the cult around sports stars and knows personally the ease with which early promise can go unfulfilled. If he sticks to finding undervalued players—the halt, the over-the-hill, down on their luck—he might just put together a stealth team of champions. But the new science of sabermetrics gets them no friends at the table, and their mutinous coach (Philip Seymour Hoffman) won’t even play the picks right. When the ragtag team starts putting wins on the board, beginning a streak that might even rival the American League record, the Bay Area takes notice. Moneyball’s author, Michael Lewis, would later write another true tale of maverick contrarians, The Big Short, which became the definitive account of the 2008 mortgage meltdown—not to be missed on CD-audiobook.—Richard Gould

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02/08: Teja Gerken, Ava Mendoza, Bart Hopkin Acoustic guitar showcase with fingerstylist Teja Gerken, jazz improviser Ava Mendoza, and experimental music icon Bart Hopkin. 9-11:30pm. No cover. Sleeping Lady, 23 Broadway, Fairfax. 454-1372. www.sleepingladyfairfax.com 02/09: Lonestar Retrobates West Coast Jazz/ Western Swing 9pm. Presidio Yacht Club, Travis Marina, Sausalito. 497-0671. www.presidioyachtclub.org

02/09: Salsa y Sabor Thursday with DJ Luis Medina Luis Medina, Producer/Host of “Con Sabor” on KPFA brings the best in Salsa Dura, Mambo, Musica Cubana, Merengue and more. 9:30pm. $10. George’s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262. www.georgesnightclub.com 02/10: Eddie Neon Band Blues. 8pm. $10. Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor Dr. at Gate 5, Sausalito. 331-2898. www.sausalitoseahorse.com 02/10: Pop Fiction Nonstop pop dance hits. 9:30pm. $10-15. George’s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262. www.georgesnightclub.com Lady ‘D’ Lady “D” has added many soul & pop classics to her repertoire. She’ll also be singing jazz standards. With Alex Markels guitar; Jack Prendergast, bass. 7-10pm. No cover. Rickey’s Restaurant & Bar, 250 Entrada, Novato. 883-9477. www.rickeysrestaurant.com

Concerts 02/05: Nanci Severance with San Francisco Symphony Musicians Violist Nancy Severance, a member of the San Francisco Symphony since 1982, will join fellow symphony members Dan Carlson and Peter Wyrick to perform in the Guest Concert Series at Dominican University. Part of the Expression series sponsored by the Department of Music, Dance and Performing Arts at Dominican. 3-5pm. $18. Angelico Hall, Acacia Ave., San Rafael. 257-0128. www.dominican.edu 02/10: TAO: Art of the Drum Adored around the world, the sensational Taiko drummers of TAO: The Art of the Drum provide a thrilling experience of a centuries old Japanese tradition presented with a modern flair. 8pm. $20-40. Marin Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium, 10 Ave-

nue of the Flags , San Rafael. 499-6800. www.marincenter.org

Dance 02/08: 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. www.dancepalace.org

Theater/Auditions 02/03-04: 6th Annual Murder Myster Dinner Theater “The Wedding From Hell”. The audience as detectives may try to solve a crime as the ‘ceremony’ collapses in the wake of comedic miscues and disasters. 6:30-10pm. $25 for dinner and show. Tamalpais Valley Community Center, 203 Marin Ave., Mill Valley. 388-6393. www.tcsd.us 02/10-14: Down with Love Porchlight Theatre Company perform a musical cabaret dinner show examining the trials and tribulations of finding loveserved up with a four-course dinner. Advance online reservations required. 7pm. $69 includes show and dinner. San Rafael Joe’s, 931 Fourth St., San Rafael. 251-1027. www.porchlight.net Through 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. www.marintheatre.org

Art 02/05-03/03: Marin Society of Artists ‘How Do You See It: Through the Artist’s Eyes’ Juried member show. 11am-4pm. No charge. 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Ross. 454-9561. www.marinsocietyofartists.org. 02/05-29:‘Angstas’ Daniel Joseph, installation. Rick Springe, sculpture. Weekends only. 4-6pm. Bolinas Gallery, 48 Wharf Road, Bolinas. 272-9112. 02/05: First Sunday Open Studios Forty art-

ViDEO Way of the unpeaceful â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Warriorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; WARRIOR did terribly at the box office but make no mistake, this film gives mixed martial arts its Rocky. Tom Hardy and Joel Edgerton star as estranged brothers still racked by the wounds of an abusive father, played by Nick Nolte. Brendan is a physics teacher struggling to keep family and mortgage afloat, while younger Tommy is just returned from Iraq a drunk like his father used to be. Scrappers from birth, both â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Warrior,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; either the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Rockyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; of mixed drift into the disreputable world of mixed martial martial arts movies, or the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Rocky IVâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; of arts to make a buck, unbeknown to each other. ultimate ďŹ ghting movies. Enter a billionaire entrepreneur set on creating â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sparta,â&#x20AC;? an elimination round MMA carnagefest in Atlantic City with a $5 million purse. When improbable luck lands them both a ticket for five rounds inside the octagon, it seems like a last chance out of their Pittsburgh drudgery. But as the 16-man lineup starts to assembleâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Mad Dog Grimes and Midnight Lee, the hulking undefeated Russian Koba and othersâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;each brother sees his place in the road show: â&#x20AC;&#x153;a feeder fish being dropped into a shark tank.â&#x20AC;?Writer/director Gavin Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connor has made a damaged-family drama nonpareil, with all the bubbling resentment mirrored in a disgraced sport with â&#x20AC;&#x153;so many ways to lose.â&#x20AC;? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not to be missed.â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Richard Gould

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Through 02/10:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Abstract Nine Artists Throw Texture Partyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 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. www.thecedarsofmarin.org

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. Free. Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalto. 332-3871. www.spn.usace.army.mil/bmvc/

Through 02/19: GRO Annual Juried Show â&#x20AC;&#x153;Durationâ&#x20AC;? Juror: Andrea Schwartz. Gallery open 11am-5pm, closed Tuesday. Free. Gallery Route One , 11101 Highway One , Point Reyes Station. 663-1347. www.galleryrouteone.org

Through 03/02:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Lightscape/Darkscapeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Two and three dimensional art by artists of KALA Art Institute. Curated by Andrea Voinot. 10am-5pm. Free. Art Works Downtown, 1337 Fourth St, San Rafael. 451-8119. www.artworksdowntown.org

Through 03/09: Falkirk Exhibition Opening â&#x20AC;&#x153;H20:Fragility and Strengthâ&#x20AC;? explores the many ramifications of water as a subject of beauty, con-

tamination and other varied topics. Organized by the California Society of Printmakers. Free. Falkirk Cultural Center, 1408 Mission Ave., San Rafael. 485-3328. www.falkirkculturalcenter.org

Through 03/11:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Women in Print: Etchings from Paulson Bott Pressâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Julie V. Garner, woven photography. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Attic Treasures.â&#x20AC;? Denis Bold, mixed media works. Noon-5pm. Free. Bolinas Museum, 48 Wharf Road, Bolinas. 868-0330. www.bolinasmuseum.org

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. www.lightsfromabove.info Through 03/31:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Art in the Galleryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 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. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com Through 04/06: Kathleen Lack Paintings. Oils and pastels, specializing in the portrait and the figure. 8am-7 pm. Free. Marin Cancer Institute, 1350 So. Eliseo Dr., Greenbrae. 461-9000.

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02/03: Jeremy Cowan Cowan presents â&#x20AC;&#x153;Craft Beer Bar Mitzvah: How It Took 13 Years, Extreme Jewish Brewing & Circus Sideshow Freaks to Make Shmaltz Brewing Co an International Success.â&#x20AC;? Includes a beer and food tasting. 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com 02/04: Renee Stephens The author talks about â&#x20AC;&#x153;Full-Filledâ&#x20AC;? which provides a step-by-step plan that lets readers love themselves slim, sexy, and healthy for a lifetime. 1pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com 02/04: Sere Prince Halverson Halverson talks about her novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;Underside of Joy.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com

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02/08: Living with Mountain Lions Lecture The mountain lion, native to Marin County, is one of the largest cats found in North America. Naturalist Virginia Fifield and Chief Ranger Rob Ruiz will discuss the habits and natural history of the mountain lion. Learn to identify this elusive animal, its field sign and what to do in the event that you encounter one. 6:30-8:30pm. Free. County of Marin, 775 Miller Creek Road, San Rafael. 499-6387. www.marincountyparks.org 02/08: Marin Interfaith Council Forum Panel

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Neuroscientist Dr. Levine and social psychologist Rachel Heller discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Attached: The New Science of Adult Attachment and How It Can Help You Findand Keep-Love.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. 444-8000 Osher Marin JCC, San Rafael. 444-8000 . www.marinjcc.org 02/06: Pam Houston Houston talks about â&#x20AC;&#x153;Contents May Have Shifted.â&#x20AC;? Stuck in a dead-end relationship, this fearless narrator leaves her metaphorical baggage behind and finds a comfort zone in the air. 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com 02/07: William Landay Landay discusses his novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;Defending Jacob.â&#x20AC;? Andy Barber is an Assistant D.A. in a suburban Massachusetts county blindsided when his 14-year-old son is charged with murder. 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com 02/08: Adam Johnson Johnson presents his novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Orphan Masterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Son.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free.

Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com 02/09: Lysley Tenorio Tenorio discusses â&#x20AC;&#x153;Monstress,â&#x20AC;? a collection of vivid, original stories set amongst the Filipino-American communities of California and the Philippines. 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com 02/09: Robert N. Bellah Bellah presents â&#x20AC;&#x153;Religion in Human Evolution: From the Paleolithic to the Axial Age.â&#x20AC;? He probes our biological past to discover the kinds of lives that humans have imagined were worthwhile. 7pm. Free. Dominican University, Acacia Ave., San Rafael. 927-0960. www.dominican.edu

02/10: Beth Aldrich at Book Passage, Corte Madera The author presents â&#x20AC;&#x153;Real Moms Love to Eat: How to Conduct a Love Affair with Food, Lose Weight, and Feel Fabulous.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com

Film Events 02/03:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Where The Water Meets The Skyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Transformative Cinema Series presents this award winning documentary. Women in a remote area of Zambian are given a unique opportunity: to learn how to make a film as a way to speak out about their lives. 7-9pm. $10 donation. Unity in Marin, 600 Palm Dr., Hamilton Field, Novato. 497-3677. www.unityinmarin.org 02/05: Super Bowl XLV HD Live Party Friends and family see the game on the Big Screen in HD Family Friendly event Halftime entertainment is Madonna. $20. Lark Theater, 549 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur. 924-5111. www.larktheater.net

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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. 3882524 x103 . www.tiburonaudubon.org/edusandpipers.php

BeneďŹ ts/Gala Events 02/04: All You Can Eat Crabfest Benefit Proceeds support 2012 Democratic Campaign Headquarters. Sponsored by the Marin Democratic Party 5:30-9pm. $50. Marinwood Community Center, 77 Miller Creek Road, San Rafael. 897-1224.

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ARIES (March 20 - April 19) Being ruled by Mars usually means you are fired up and ready for action. Now, however, Mars is moving retrograde. You may have the desire, but finding the energy to get started is a challenge. Those who began a fitness regime for 2012 may be struggling to stick to it; those who began tackling a major project now wish you hadn’t set your goals so high. It’s not so much that “the mighty has fallen” as it is that the mighty needs a nap...

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LEO (July 22 - August 22) You are in a powerful cycle for transforming your work life. The key is to let go of the concept that moving on to a different job must also immediately translate into making more money. There could be a bigger financial payoff at some point, but probably not right away. The goal is to do something you are passionate about. Realize that and you’re on the road to success. Or at least on the path to happiness. VIRGO (August 23 - September 21) Taking one step forward and falling two steps back can be frustrating, and it seems to be a pattern in your life right now. You can invent ways to overcome this, especially now, as your ruler (intelligent Mercury) occupies the innovative sign of Aquarius. The urge to have more creativity in your life is a relentless desire. You must figure out a way to do this. Otherwise, your inner critic will never shut up. Trust me on this. LIBRA (September 22 - October 22) As your ruler (luscious Venus) finishes up her visit to the escapist sign of Pisces, you are tempted to forget decorum and just do whatever feels good. Both the playful Sun and flirty Mercury are in your house of romance and entertainment and they are happy to provide a self-indulgent diversion. If your diversion of choice is a glass of wine with your sweetie in front of the fire sans clothing, remember to lock the door and close the blinds. SCORPIO (October 23 - November 21) You’re not much of a joiner unless you can wield some power in the group. This week your leadership abilities are questioned, whether in an organization, at the work place or on the tennis/racquetball/basketball court. In fact, you are not as clearheaded as usual when taking command of any situation. So, if tempted to play “boss,” perhaps you should reconsider. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 - December 20) Whether deliberate or not, you can be quite tactless at times. Your friends and family know this about you and although they may not always like it, they do affectionately tolerate it. For the next few months, this tendency to blurt out your opinion (asked for or not) happens more frequently in front of authority figures. If you’re meeting with the boss, summoned to court or visiting your dad, please keep this warning in mind. CAPRICORN (December 21 - January 18) Traveling in the winter can be both good and bad. The good: You can escape to a beautiful place for a favored activity, whether skiing, swimming or spa-pampering without long airport lines. The bad: You can be going to or from an unfavorable climate and get stranded on an icy runway. As you experience retrograde Mars in your travel house, you are advised to be prepared for anything, no matter what the purpose of your trip. Buy travel insurance. AQUARIUS (January 19 - February 17) Another birthday week, another reason to enjoy pleasant company, open gifts and treat your taste buds with your favorite foods. Actually, that last activity will follow you throughout the entire year, so get ready to stock your fridge. Hedonistic Venus spends her final week in your house of values, providing all sorts of believable excuses for indulging in emotional, mental and physical pleasures. It’s your zodiac celebration. If you don’t have a dancing partner, find one. PISCES (February 18 - March 19) There was a brief interlude between April and August when your ruler, enchanting Neptune, was in your sign. Now Neptune returns and is sticking around. Meanwhile, the retrograde motion of Mars in your relationship house causes confusion between you and your sweetie. Your energy levels are likely to be out of sync, which makes it hard to agree on when to do what. Or what to do when. Or how to do whatever it is you’re doing. See what I mean? < Email Lynda Ray at cosmicclues@gmail.com or check out her website at www.lyndarayastrology.com 30 PACIFIC SUN FEBRUARY 3– FEBRUARY 9, 2012

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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) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 128574 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as SABRINA’S HAIR, BODY & SUPPLIES, 928 SIR FRANCIS DRAKE BLVD., KENTFIELD, CA 94904: SABRINA ROSE DENEBEIM, 68 ALMENAR DR., GREENBRAE, CA 94904. 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: February 3, 10, 17, 24, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2012128639 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as BARKER TAX SERVICE, 1784 SIR FRANCIS DRAKE BLVD. APT 3, FAIRFAX, CA 94930: HEATHER BARKER, 1784 SIR FRANCIS DRAKE BLVD., FAIRFAX, CA 94930. 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 January 24, 2012. (Publication Dates: February 3, 10, 17, 24, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2012128632 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as GO 2 GIRL, 18 FERN LANE, SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960: LORRAINE S. CLAPPER, 18 FERN LANE, SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transact-

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ing business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on March 1, 2012. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on January 24, 2012. (Publication Dates: February 3, 10, 17, 24, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 128449 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as SPECIALTY FINISHES WINDOW COVERING, 100 MAIN ST., SQ, CA 94964: SPECIALTY APPLICATIONS & FINISHES, INC., 100 MAIN ST., SQ, CA 94964. 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 29, 2011. (Publication Dates: February 3, 10, 17, 24, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 128437 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as TRANSIT GRAFFITI CONTROLS, 100 MAIN ST., SQ, CA 94964: TRISCAN MERMIN, 100 MAIN ST., SQ, CA 94964. 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 29, 2011. (Publication Dates: February 3, 10, 17, 24, 2012)

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 D’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-Recorder’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 ™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) NOTICE TO CREDITORS; Notice is hereby given to the creditors and contingent creditors of Charles V. Taylor and the Taylor Family Trust that all persons having claims against the decedent are required to file them with the Executor, Steve Taylor by mailing their claim to Steve Taylor as trustee of the Trust date June 7th, 2000, of which the decedent was the settler within the later of 4 months after December 30th, 2011. Claims can be mailed to Steve Taylor, Suite 545, 245 Townpark Drive, Kennesaw, GA 30144. For your protection, you are encouraged to file your claim by certified mail, with return receipt requested. (Publication Dates: February 3, 10, 17, 2012)

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My commitment-phobic boyfriend of several years is also my neighbor. I resolved to make it work with him and then caught him on FriendFinder exchanging numerous messages with some woman in Tijuana. He claimed he was just being friendly. I asked if he’d correspond with a guy. He responded, “No. I’m not gay.” Humiliatingly, I’ve let him use me for things he can’t afford. (He’s been unemployed for two years.) He sometimes showers at his tiny apartment but basically uses it for storage. He refuses to move in with me so we could pay expenses with money his grandma gives him for his rent, but he spends all his time at my place (where I pay for everything). He partakes of my cable TV, Internet, food and beer, and he even eats food I buy specially for my 9-year-old son. Well, he’s now my ex-boyfriend. As he’s been many times before. What’s with him? Is talking to some random woman on the Internet worth losing everything over?—Fuming

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Feminists have hammered into us girls that we aren’t supposed to sit around dreaming of being rescued by some prince. Somehow, I don’t think the alternative’s supposed to be opting for the mooch neighbor who eats your kid’s food while using your DSL to talk to some chiquita in Tijuana. Reality, like angry little dogs, often bites. Every day, I wake up wishing for homeinvasion housecleaners. But, as much as both Nature and I abhor a vacuum, at a certain point, I have to pull one out, lest my rugs provide shelter to a lot of little things with a lot of little legs. You, likewise, can pretend you’ve found Prince Charming, but that won’t transform your Parasite Charming (not even if you throw both hands into the air and say “Poof!” six or seven times, very energetically). Why do you keep taking him back? You’re probably engaging in “future discounting,” an econ term explaining how we’re prone to forgo big benefits down the road for a small immediate reward. It helps to recognize that you’ll be tempted to go for the quick fix. You’ll be lonely some night and want a snuggle, rationalize all the reasons he isn’t so bad after all, and before you know it, there’ll be a familiar barnacle attaching itself to the beer tap on your hull. To avoid backsliding, don’t rely on yourself to gin up self-control in the moment; use tricks like “precommitment” to your goal, a strategy originated by Nobel Prizewinning economist Thomas Schelling and recommended by Dr. Roy Baumeister and John Tierney in their book, Willpower. Precommitment involves setting things up in advance so it’s hard to cheat. Research suggests that two of the most helpful measures are recruiting others to monitor your progress and establishing financial penalties for relapse—the higher, the better. It also helps to give yourself small rewards for daily good behavior. Maybe put aside $5 on each day you don’t call him and give yourself occasional lump-sum rewards (like at the two months loser-free mark). The website stickK.com can help. (You can configure it to forfeit your money to a cause you hate if you fail.) Research from Baumeister’s lab also suggests that practicing daily self-discipline unrelated to your goal (say, making yourself a weird green health shake every morning) increases overall self-control. This should increase your self-respect. Which should increase your chances of having a man in your life who sings your praises—stuff like “your lips are like wine,” not “your Wi-Fi’s, like, free.”

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I’ve been delighted and humbled by my interactions with this girl who goes to my favorite coffee shop. She is in a band and probably has lots of dates and fans, but I keep picturing us together, and not just sexually—making dinner, going on hikes, doing little couple-y things. I’m not sure why she’d want to go out with me, but I can’t stop thinking about her.—Fixated

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It’s the teenage fangirl approach to being a man. (Are your bedroom walls plastered with photos of her that you took while pretending to check your phone?) Here you are imagining this woman running slow-motion through a field of daisies into your arms. The reality: She’s walking out of the coffee shop, probably without giving you a second thought. Yes, she might be out of your league. There’s a way to know for sure in seconds, and it’s by asking her out. Pining over a woman transforms her from a person to an unapproachable ideal. The more you grow your fantasy girl the more impossible it’ll be for you to speak to the real deal. If you want an imaginary something in your life, have an imaginary goldfish. Should things go badly, you could make it die an imaginary death and flush it down your imaginary toilet. < © Amy Alkon, all rights reserved. www.advicegoddess.com. Got a problem? Email AdviceAmy@aol.com or write to Amy Alkon, 171 Pier Ave. #280, Santa Monica, CA 90405.

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