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›› LETTERS Guess this kills our ‘Santorum/Salin 2012’ hopes... Sierra Salin for president! Hey, I’ll do it. I don’t really want to and nobody else seems to care about Nature, with a capital N. You know, that “thing” which enables all of our consuming lives. Let me clean house folks. No more war funding, no more nukes, no more fracking, no more badly made and nonrepairable products, no more weasel words. In short, community-based and sustainablybased policy working WITH nature and natural systems. Conservation of resources and life, rather than a race to the bottom, full of overconsumption and greed. Let’s do it. Money just doesn’t mean much, compared to healthy living environments and humans that take care of each other. Just what is so hard about this? Nothin’! Nothin’ except for selfishness and ignorance. I’ll serve this planet and be president, and I bet that I would do a better job than most of the corrupt crooks currently in office. And I will need your help, support and commitment. Really, it is up to all of us to get off our apathetic, depressed, happy, overwhelmed, passionate, wealthy, poor, ignorant, fearful, scapegoating, selfless, etc., asses, and set things to right. Politics in general is a circus sideshow run by the criminally insane, and all that seems important is money and corporate profits. LET’S fix it. Why not folks? If not, shame on all of us for bailing on our world, for bailing on our future and for bailing on all life. Obama’s latest speech? Still a bunch of hot air... blah, blah, blah.


Just like last time around. Great talk, great words and the actions—well, they suck. A vote for Sierra Salin would be much less loony than for most policy we have or will get from the nut jobs currently running or in office. We need change folks. Real change. Not demagogues, fear mongers or hotair bozos professing, but rarely living their professions. Are we REALLY fine with schools begging, while our money and the blood of our children go into blowing folks up around the world? Really. Is this what we value? NIMBY? MADD? BOA? Join me in the NOOP party, which stands for Not On Our Planet! No more b.s. No more wars. No more corporate interests dictating public policy and running ram shod over any possibility for a healthy future. No more greedy profiteering and inept or corrupt governance, which does worse than nothing to protect the commons, or future health. No more nukes, which we cannot control or ensure the safety or containment of for thousands and thousands of years. No more GMOs, genetic experiments with foods or biological organisms that have too much potential for disaster. Remember the Declaration of Independence or the Bill of Rights? Are they just papers for the recycle bin? It’s a loony bin running the show, until We The People, demand sanity. Please join me. Together, with some work, and a bit of sharing, we can create and ensure a viable future. What else IS there to do? Sierra Salin, Fairfax

Babies out with bath water! Budget cuts force closure of longtime “infant-toddler center”? Another “scare” headGet your itty bitty wittle fingers off line designed our taxes, kid! for everyone to feel sorry for the poor mothers of the Canal because they won’t have the taxpayers picking up the tab for the care of their children. Usually before people bring a child into the world, they figure out how to take care of it. Even a bird builds a nest before laying an egg. For some reason, there’s all these low-income working mothers who can’t really afford quality childcare; and the state stepped in with funding for the Iniece Bailey Infant Toddler Center. We’re talking about 24 children getting a $284,171 grant from the state—aka taxpayers. Now the state came to their senses and have pulled this funding, and it’s a no-brainer if the mothers want to keep the center open. Get busy raising money from the local churches/ religious organizations/charities/millionaires and billionaires (who are always very generous in their donations) and finally the Buck Trust. And, of course, anyone out there who wants to write a check to the center and help cover the costs... but leave the taxpayers out of it. Marcia Blackman, San Rafael

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Train whistle blowin’ With repeal effort derailed, SMART ready to make tracks... by Pe te r Se i d m an


ust one month after the RepealSMART campaign failed to collect enough signatures to qualify a measure that would have put the major funding source for the Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit back on the ballot, SMART is set to break ground on the first phase of construction. Positive moves taken by the commuter rail agency last year left RepealSMART gathering signatures while news coming out of SMART headquarters seemed increasingly optimistic. SMART plans to break ground on the first project in the first phase of construction on Feb. 24 at 10:30am at the site of the Petaluma downtown station, located adjacent to Lakeview Highway, between D Street and East Washington Street. On Jan. 30, the Marin registrar of voters confirmed that the repeal effort had collected 9,111 signatures; it turned in 5,471 signatures in Sonoma County. Those numbers reflect a difference of opinion between the two counties that has a decades-old history. With about half the population of Sonoma County, Marin proved fertile ground for signature gatherers; Sonoma County was a relatively low-yield territory. Not surprising, because Sonoma County has always favored public transportation in general, and train transportation in particular, more than

Marin. Despite a dispute over the number of valid signatures needed to qualify for the ballot, the effort failed to reach even the minimum number. While supporters said they would need 14,902 names on the dotted line, SMART contended that the repeal effort would need about 39,000 signatures. The 14,582 signatures submitted failed to meet even the lower number that RepealSMART said would qualify the measure. And those signatures remained unverified because there was no reason to check whether they were from registered voters or not. When RepealSMART supporters began their signature drive, anti-SMART letters began appearing in local papers, especially the Independent Journal. “When we saw the damage that was being done in the media and on the ground by the RepealSMART people, we collected our own group and began to counter,” says Jack Swearengen of Friends of SMART. “You will notice that about November, there started to be some pro-SMART letters in the media. We said we can’t let [RepealSMART] own the media because they were giving only a selective story.” As RepealSMART fanned out to collect signatures, Friends of SMART mounted its own aggressive offense. “We started visiting their signature gathering sites,” 9 >


by Jason Walsh

San Rafael club owner books hall-of-fame bassist Terrapin Crossroads officially comes out of its shell next month, and the first run of live shows at Phil Lesh’s highly anticipated live music venue—or“community and cultural center”as the Dead bassist has described it—has been set, according to Not surprisingly, the 71-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer is launching his new venture at 100 Yacht Club Drive in San Rafael with a 12-show run of Phil Lesh and Friends, beginning March 17 and hitting Saturdays, Sundays,Tuesdays,Thursdays and Fridays through April 1. Lesh’s“friends”will feature appearances by Grateful Dead guitarist Bob Weir and other musicians including Jimmy Herring, Jackie Greene, Joe Russo,Warren Haynes, Jeff Chimenti and Lesh’s sons Graham and Brian. According to the website, the venue will offer a full bar and limited dinner menu on show nights; rumor has it that Lesh will stage impromptu“Phil shows”in the bar and lounge area. “I’ve been down at Terrapin Crossroads all week, and I’m having a blast getting ready for our opening,”Lesh wrote on Terrapin’s Facebook page. The pre-sale of weekend packages and VIP tickets are on sale now. Regular individual show tickets go on sale Feb. 20. For info, check out Good Earth gets grand welcoming Get your granola spoons ready Marin—the new Good Earth is open. After a dozen years at 1966 Sir Francis Drake Blvd. in Fairfax, the four-decades-old healthful food institution made its long-anticipated debut this week across town at 720 Center Blvd., a 22,000-square-foot site that formerly was home to an Albertsons market. The new store has been overhauled from the chillier atmosphere of its supermarket days to what Good Earth owners hope will be a much warmer feel, with energy efficient lighting, daylightfavoring windows, native landscaping, a gray-water system, solar-heated hot water and entirely new surfaces—made of reclaimed wood, granite, hemp countertops and stone. Good Earth officials say they’ve also purchased a“deep green”energy plan from Marin Clean Energy. Good Earth partner Al Baylacq describes the new digs as a dream come true. “We’ve had a vision for a larger Good Earth for more than five years now,”says Baylacq,“and I believe we have rebuilt a location that will be home to this Fairfax business for a long time.” Adds Baylacq:“We’re here for ya, Ross Valley!” Good Earth first opened in 1969 at 123 Bolinas Ave. in Fairfax and is one of the longest-standing stores in California to stay true to its locally grown, organic philosophy. “We feel that the success of Good Earth over the last 42 years is a direct result of a new awareness of food and farming and the profound role they play in the health of our families as well as the health of the environment,”says Good Earth partner Mark Squire.“We are proud to be a part of that awareness.” Flower and Food Festival wilting; needs funds to thrive! The Larkspur flower festival’s primary watering can has run out—and festival organizers are asking for community help to save the 20-year-old event. The Flower and Food Festival typically relies on $15,000 of Transient Occupancy Tax funds from the city of Larkspur to stage the town’s annual summer kickoff event, but the cash-strapped city isn’t allocating the money this year, according to the Larkspur Community Association, which stages the festival. Without that money, say festival spokespeople, this year’s event, slated for May 27, might not happen. Community Association president Joanie Connor says the board of directors is asking the community to rally to support the festival. 9 > Founded by Maryjane Dunstan in 1986, the Flower and Food Festival features an annual FEBRUARY 17 - FEBRUARY 23, 2012 PACIFIC SUN 7


by Howard Rachelson

1. Stevie Wonder’s 1976 Songs in the Key of Life, Huey Lewis and the News’ 1983 Sports and Santana’s 1999 Supernatural were some of the albums recorded at what studio in Sausalito? 2. What two major airline companies are named after U.S. states? 3. What two films nominated as Best Picture at this year’s Academy Awards have a one-word title? 4. What are the two official languages of Haiti? 5. Pictured, right: Identify these animals, all of whose names begin with the letter “a.” 6. What three angels are mentioned in the Bible? (one of them was the original name of Satan) 7. What is the primary ingredient in glass? 8. Tom Hanks won the Academy Award as Best Actor for his role in what 1993 film, in which he played an attorney with what disease? 9. After death, some human bodies are placed into vats filled with liquid nitrogen at -320 degrees with the hope of being later restored. What is this field of science called? 10. Is it possible for one month to have five Fridays, five Saturdays and five Sundays? If so, how?




BONUS QUESTION: Happy 200th birthday, Charles Dickens. Which of his novels, written in 1859, has become his best-seller, with more than 200 million sold worldwide?

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WIt’s not potty humor when a young woman uses the toilet tank lid to bash her boyfriend’s head and face. Alexandra Todd, a 21-year-old San Rafael resident, begged the judge for mercy after being found guilty of assault, but none was forthcoming. Instead, Ms. Todd was sentenced to five years in prison. Her former boyfriend is still suffering the ill effects of the attack and the judge noted that the 26-year-old victim could have been killed. Though Ms. Todd complained that the judge was breaking her heart with the sentence, we believe that if you can’t do the time, don’t do the crime. It’s our hope that the perpetrator learns anger management techniques that are applicable inside and outside the bathroom.—Nikki Silverstein

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VJackie Carr caught a ride home from a Belaire Cab. The driver picked up the passenger, packed up her walker and drove the couple of miles to Jackie’s house. During the ride, Jackie got out her money, all of her money. She put the cab fare in one hand and the rest of her money in the other hand. When she got out of the cab, she accidentally put out the wrong hand to pay, inadvertently giving the driver a large sum of cash. Our nameless Hero, the Belaire Cab driver, immediately said, “You gave me too much money.” He handed Jackie back her wad of bills and accepted the much smaller amount. Jackie thanks you, Mr. Cab Driver, and we think you’re a swell guy.

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Lost Girl This paranormal drama follows the life of a succubus who was adopted as a child and raised by a human family.This is why it’s important to adopt through a qualified agency that won’t try to pass off a succubus on you. SyFy. 10pm.

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SATURDAY, FEB. 18 Sex, Lies & Obsession A woman confronts her husband’s sex addiction. The clinical definition for a spouse who wants more sex than the other spouse is called “marriage.” (2001) Lifetime. 6pm. Meet the Preppers Exploring the subculture of people who are preparing for doomsday by stockpiling food, weapons, survival gear and the clippers and hair gel for their Road Warrior mohawk. Animal Planet. 8pm. National Lampoon’s Animal House The film believed responsible for more botched college careers than the Xbox 360. (1978) VH1. 9pm.

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SUNDAY, FEB. 19 100 Greatest Women in Music It’s still too soon. VH1. 5:30pm. The Celebrity Apprentice Donald Trump decided to do this instead of run for president. If he’d gotten the nomination, he’d planned a similar format for his vice president search. NBC. 9pm. Finding Bigfoot In Kentucky, Bigfoot is most often sighted drinking beer on the tailgate of his pickup outside Liquor King. Also responsible for its share of food fights. Animal Planet. 9pm. Saturday at 9.

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< 7 Train whistle blowin’ says Swearengen, “and tried to raise doubt in the minds of the public” when signature gatherers approached people and said the intention of the repeal effort was simply to bring the sales tax measure back to the ballot. “We would ask them to think carefully about it,” says Swearengen. “[We told them] the repeal effort would cost the project big bucks—and by the way it did.” The signature-gathering effort cost SMART—and taxpayers—about $7 million in higher interest when SMART went out to seek bond funding, according the Farhad Mansourian, SMART’s general manager. RepealSMART also is responsible for reducing SMART’s bonding capacity by $10 million. That money is lost. If the repeal effort had succeeded, says Swearengen, it would “have cost vastly more” because SMART had entered into contracts and had other obligations that would have to be paid—even if the ballot measure shut off the sales tax. Measure Q, approved by voters in Marin and Sonoma counties in 2008, imposes the quarter-cent tax until 2029. Almost immediately after the measure succeeded, the economic meltdown hit and devastated SMART income projections. According to SMART, that was a primary cause of SMART having to revise—more than once—its financial projections. Each time SMART released a new forecast and a new financial estimate, the numbers looked worse than previous forecasts and estimates. SMART decided to build the train line in phases. The project, originally envisioned to run from the Larkspur Landing ferry terminal to Cloverdale, had been truncated. When service starts, now expected in 2015 or 2016, trains will run from downtown San Rafael to northern Santa Rosa. The full route will have to wait for a better economy. Even planning that first phase ran into financial complications. But Mansourian, who came on board to get SMART back on the tracks after the controversial tenure of Lillian Hames, worked to find cost savings that allowed the first trains to run to Guerneville Road in Santa Rosa. Savings also surfaced that allowed SMART to put the Atherton Avenue station in Novato back in the first construction phase; it had been eliminated temporarily to save money. As RepealSMART was collecting signatures, those cost savings went public. Also working in favor of SMART and Friends of SMART: the successful effort to secure bond financing and an announcement of the first construction contract for phase one. And SMART got another boost with the estimate that the first construction contract would create 1,000 new jobs. Supporters of the repeal effort “had been dominating the newspapers,” says Andy Peri, advocacy director at the Marin County Bicycle Coalition. “All of us had been kind of asleep at the wheel.” While some major financial issues continued to dog the project, its supporters believed

them to be surmountable. They continue to hold that belief. “I can tell you with 20/20 hindsight that if they had started the repeal effort when everything started going completely down the tubes right before Lillian left, they probably would have gotten their signatures,” says Peri. “They started late. The peak of their collections was when SMART was totally getting back on track.” Peri and other SMART supporters place great stock in Mansourian, whom they credit with pulling the train line back from economic crisis. “When Farhad came on, that was a major blow to them.” (Calls to the co-founders of RepealSMART were not returned.) But the good news won’t calm critics who remain suspicious of the agency’s financial projections. And the failure of the repeal effort won’t likely dampen their criticism of SMART. The repeal effort based its objections and its attempt at a ballot measure on what critics said is a fundamentally different project from the one voters approved in 2008. Because the first phase of the train line will go only from Santa Rosa to San Rafael, they said, voters should be able to affirm they still wanted to continue supporting it with their tax dollars. But supporters said the measure was designed to kill SMART, and they stressed that in 2008 voters already had approved the tax measure. The failure of the repeal effort shows that voters “are still in favor of this project,” says Swearengen. “The idea that we’re not getting what we voted for [in 2008]” isn’t a good argument. “I would say we’re getting exactly what we voted for. We’re getting a north-south corridor public transportation project. It’s just going to take longer than we had in mind, than we hoped.” Along with the train line, the SMART project includes a bike and pedestrian path. SMART deferred one-third of train-related costs in phase one, as well as one-third of the costs associated with the pathway. Peri says it’s a mistake to say that onethird of the pathway has been deferred. Actually one-third of the funding has been deferred. That’s an important distinction, he adds. “Some portions of the pathway might be very short and very expensive, and other portions might [be longer] for the equivalent cost.” Peri and bicycle proponents are huddling with the SMART engineering team to “get the maximum number of miles of the pathway with the funds we currently have.” Peri says that although many people refer to the multimodal pathway as a singular project, it’s actually “a whole bunch of little segments that will all connect together to make the pathway.” Attention to the pathway and its supporters shouldn’t be underestimated. During the 2008 Measure Q campaign, bike supporters played a key role in helping SMART win voter approval. And, although some funding for the pathway has been deferred, SMART is working to tap federal funds. Peri thinks there’s a good chance that SMART can

< 7 Newsgrams lineup of live music, local food, children’s activities and shopping in Larkspur’s downtown shops. The LCA is hoping folks can donate to the festival (P.O. Box 652, Larkspur, CA 94977); join the Association (membership is $25 individual and $35 for businesses; call 415/924-3808); become a sponsor of the festival while promoting your business (info and application at http://www.teamproevent. com); attend the LCA social fundraiser from 6 to 10pm March 28 at the American Legion Post 313 (Old Larkspur Cafe Theatre). For more info, call 415/924-3808.

Berner to retire from MALT after 27 years The Marin Agricultural Land Trust will be putting its“trust”in a new executive director soon, as longtime face-of-the-organization Bob Berner is retiring at the end of 2012—after 27 years helping protect the county’s farmlands. Berner joined MALT as its first executive director in 1984, four years after dairywoman Ellen Straus and biologist Phyllis Faber founded the organization with its mission to protect family farms and ranches in Marin County. According to MALT officials, Berner translated that“unprecedented vision” of a farmland trust into a national model. During Berner’s tenure, MALT grew to become one of the leading farmland conservation programs in the country. According to MALT, the organization has helped protect 68 family farms and ranches, totaling 44,100 acres of farmland—nearly half of Marin’s privately owned farmland. As a land trust, MALT partners with farm or ranch owners to purchase“conservation easements”on the land— essentially an encumbrance against development—in order to protect agricultural properties from subdivision and non-agricultural development and ensure that they will remain an economically productive part of the county.The goal is the permanent protection of farmland in order to enable working farms and ranches to thrive, producing local dairy, meat and organic produce. New HUD rule protects LGBT residents Housing discrimination based on sexual orientation is now forbidden under a new rule by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The new rule, known as“Equal Access to Housing in HUD Programs Regardless of Sexual Orientation or Gender Identity,”ensures that housing assisted or insured by HUD must be made available without regard to sexual orientation, gender identity or marital status. Officials from Fair Housing Marin, a watchdog agency for housing discrimination, say the rule applies to two often-used programs in Marin—HUD’s public housing and housing choice voucher programs. The Marin Housing Authority, a public affordable-housing advocate, is also applauding the new rule. “Marin Housing Authority has accepted partners as the equivalent policy definition of a married couple for many years,”says Housing Authority Director Dan Nackerman.“However, this rule gives us more power to prevent possible discrimination by the more than 1,400 private landlords we pay each month.” Housing discrimination based on sexual orientation is nothing new—even in progressive Marin. Fair Housing authorities say they’ve been dealing with sexual-orientation-based housing discrimination for decades—citing such cases as when a gay man was evicted from an apartment with his partner after the owner learned that one of them was HIV-positive; the apartment manager who would not allow a gay couple to move to a smaller, single-bedroom unit; and an apartment complex owner who refused rental to three men—one of them a minister with a child—because the owner said they might give AIDS to others in the complex. Paula Pilecki, executive director of Spectrum LGBT Center, says it’s difficult for Marin residents to imagine the level of housing discrimination that occurs in the county. Health officials report two cases of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease County health officials are investigating reports of suspected cases of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease—a condition sometimes referred to as a human form of mad cow disease—involving two adults in Marin County, according to an announcement last week by the Marin County Department of Health and Human Services. Health officials are ruling out the variant of the disease related to mad cow in one of the two cases, basing that opinion on test results conducted at a national reference laboratory following the death of one of the sufferers, a 59-year-old San Rafael woman. “Furthermore,” say health officials,“we have no evidence that suggests a causal linkage between the suspect cases nor is there any evidence to suggest a risk in food supply.” Symptoms of CJD include swiftly progressing dementia, speech impairment, loss of balance and coordination, memory loss and sometimes hallucinations. The disease is almost always fatal within a few months, according to the United States National Library of Medicine. According the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, about 85 percent of CJD cases occur spontaneously—when prion proteins mutate into abnormal proteins; about 5 to 15 percent of cases are due to hereditary mutations. County health officials say they “want to emphasize that CJD is extremely rare affecting approximately 1 adult in a million, or between 279 and 352 cases each year in the U.S.” Virtually all the cases, continues the statement, are unrelated to mad cow disease; no indication has been found to suggest it is contagious from human to human. “This is an ongoing investigation entailing the collection of medical records, laboratory results as well as expert consultation,” says Craig Lindquist, interim public health officer for Marin County.“While our investigation of both of these reported cases continues, we want to emphasize that we have no evidence of any environmental or public health risk in Marin County. The department will continue its investigations of both cases and will update the public as the information becomes available.”The Marin County Department of Public Health can be reached at 415/473-4163.


COM gets â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;incompleteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; from accrediting commission College of Marin needs to complete its assignments or face losing accreditation, the state accrediting board warned this week in a letter to COM President David Coon. The community collegeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s latest sanction from the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges Western Association of Schools and Colleges was issued following a survey the commission conducted in the fall to monitor COMâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s progress in correcting a series of deficiencies outlined in October 2010 by the commission. According to College of Marin officials, an accrediting team led by Jose Ortiz, president of Allan Hancock Community College, visited the COM campus Oct. 31, 2011, in order to assess progress toward completing the nine recommendations outlined by the commission the previous year.The teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s follow-up report found that while the college has made progress, more work was needed on six of the nine recommendations. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Warning is issued when the Commission finds that an institution has pursued a course of action which deviates from the Commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Eligibility Requirements, Accreditation Standards, or policy to an extent that raises a concern regarding the ability of the institution to meet the Standards,â&#x20AC;? Commission President Barbara Beno wrote in the letter to Coon. College of Marinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s accredited status will continue during the warning period, which lasts until Oct. 15, 2012, when the commission issues its follow-up report on whether COM has properly addressed the recommendations. Under U.S. Department of Education regulations, colleges have two years to rectify deficiencies or face the loss of accreditation.â&#x20AC;&#x153;College of Marin must correct the deficiencies by October 2012,â&#x20AC;?continues the letter,â&#x20AC;&#x153;or the Commission will be compelled to act.â&#x20AC;? The loss of accreditation is no small matter for the college, as many four-year colleges wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t except transfer students from non-accredited campuses. Included in the commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s report are recommendations to better update and evaluate all planning processes; improve the assessment of student learning; create aâ&#x20AC;&#x153;distance learning programâ&#x20AC;?; increase library services to evening, Indian Valley and online students; develop a facilities master plan; establish a sustainable plan for maintenance and replacement of infrastructure and equipment; and develop policies thatâ&#x20AC;&#x153;support the quality, integrity and effectivenessâ&#x20AC;?of student programs and services.

win TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) grant money for the pathway. The agency already has applied but was rebuffed in previous rounds of funding for TIGER grants, which are awarded by the federal Department of Transportation to road,

rail transit and port projects â&#x20AC;&#x153;that can reap signiďŹ cant rewardsâ&#x20AC;? for the nation or a region. The SMART pathway meets the TIGER criterion for multimodal projects, especially ones that cross boundaries, in this case county boundaries. But many projects across the country are competing

for limited TIGER money, which is part of the fund allocation from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. A continuing cause of concern among critics is what they say has been and continues to be faulty ďŹ nancial forecasting: Imprecise forecasting led to the major revisions in the train plan as much if not more that the economic implosion. They also question whether the quarter-cent sales tax will be enough to operate the train line. And they ask what voters will do if SMART has to return in 2029 for a new round of sales tax funding. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s better to look at it the other way around,â&#x20AC;? says Swearengen. If SMART needs another tax approval, it would be a good opportunity for voters to judge its performance. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It would be a meaningful vote.â&#x20AC;? In response to charges that SMART always will need subsidies, he and other public transportation advocates counter that all transportation projects need subsidies. They are a necessary part of the countryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s infrastructure. And when looking at roads, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s important to remember, says Swearengen, that highway and gasoline subsidies are hidden but just as real as the subsidies that allow public transit projects to exist. And in a local version of a stimulus package, building SMART yields job growth, and SMART is about to add to its job total. Mansourian says his agency is moving quickly to award two or three new

contracts this year to take advantage of an environment in the construction ďŹ eld thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;very, very good.â&#x20AC;? Based on the 1,000 jobs that the ďŹ rst contract will create, Mansourian says, the next three projects to go to the SMART board for approval this year could easily produce 1,500 additional jobs. Mansourian says heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s optimistic about a plan to enlist bus operators to run extension buses at the ends of the train line. That would mean a connection to the ferries at Larkspur Landing. Mansourian is working on the costs to present them to SMART board members. If bus service comes to pass, it would give SMART another boost, despite naysayers who claim riders wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to transfer. SMART proponents counter that with the simple statement that ferry riders transfer in San Francisco. They could do the same in San Rafael. Although the RepealSMART effort failed, it woke up SMART supporters and the agency itself. The need for good communications with the public is crucial, says Mansourian. Before he came on board, the agency made several critical publicrelations missteps. The rewards that come from good public relations canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be overestimated. The agency has a new website that shows promise. And Mansourian says he and board members will continue â&#x20AC;&#x153;to be active in the community, to let people know what is happening.â&#x20AC;? < Contact the writer at

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f you call 21-year-old Grant Thompson of Larkspur a slacker, he will probably take it as a compliment. The only thing slack about him is the industrial rope he stretches out, anchored to small bolts in boulders or trees, as high as 60 feet off the ground. Though he walks this line much like a tightrope walker, his line shimmies and moves in a dynamic way with every bit of motion he makes. Called “slacklines,” these ropes are distinctly different from tightropes in several ways—the nylon line itself is not taut and firm, and the webbing is flat, so the foot doesn’t roll when on the line. Thompson is one of the newer members of this loosely dubbed sport that has no governing agency or Olympic sponsors. It’s called slacklining, or, when those slacklines are placed anywhere from 30 to 3,000 feet above ground, “highlining.” It’s a sport still in its infancy. Adam Grosowsky and Jeff Ellington, a pair of Evergreen State College students from Olympia, Washington, are credited with inventing slacklining in 1983, when they anchored a 55-foot cable nearly 3,000 feet high across Yosemite’s Lost Arrow Spire. Neither of them completed the crossing, but Pandora’s slacklining box had officially been opened. The following year climbers Scott Balcom and Darrin Carter followed in their footsteps using a spongier webbed line. Balcom eventually crossed Lost Arrow in 1985; Carter became the second to do so in 1993. Though it’s been around for three

decades, slacklining has remained in the extreme-sport shadows—until Feb. 5. That’s when toga-clad Redwood High graduate Andy Lewis slacklined across the stage during Madonna’s Super Bowl halftime performance of “Music.” There’s no doubt this was the fledgling sport’s coming out party. Thanks to Lewis, the Material Girl and the sport’s longtime adherents, slacklining has finally gone mainstream. O O O O CONTRARY TO HOW it looks from the spectator’s point of view—a man walking barefoot on a thin, wobbly line with nothing but rocks, trees or asphalt often hundreds of feet below him—slacklining could be considered the anti-adrenaline junkie sport. For one thing, most slackliners wear a harness or “leash”—essentially a rope attached between their waist and the line— though the possibility of falling is still very real, and can pose physical dangers like whiplash and muscle strains. (Thompson knows of a few daredevil slackliners who highline without harnesses, but he does not recommend the practice). For another, seasoned slackliners suggest a slow, steady, calm approach—unlike those seeking the thrill of BASE or bungee jumping. If anything, slacklining requires a tremendous level of concentration that borders on the meditative. Indeed, tested practitioners of the sport make it look like high-wire tai chi. “[The line] will oscillate with power-

ful energy that you can see and feel,” says Thompson. “So anything shaking in your mind, emotions or body—you’re going to see and feel right in front of you. Just in that sense it makes you so much more aware and able to feel what you’re putting out there.” Thompson became involved in slacklining through his high school friend Andy Lewis, who is, according to Thompson, “the most famous slackliner because he is so crazy.” (He’s one of the few who has slacklined unleashed.) “I watched so many of his videos,” says Thompson, “and it just felt like something I should do. I saw it as being very metaphorical, something you definitely would have a hard time not applying to other parts of your life. Being calm can be more efficient than being busy all the time. You can get more time if you are just present and walk through things slowly.” Thompson has only been actively walking slacklines for about six months, though he’s gone on many excursions with friends prior to trying it himself. “The biggest thing about highlining is to separate your preconceptions from your actual experience,” says Thompson. “Because you may have this idea that you can’t do it because it looks so scary, but it’s really will-based. When you c a n g e t to that place where you’re not thinking so much but you’re just feeling it, it makes it so much easier.” Thompson has become so inspired by slacklining that he quit school to pursue

making a film about the sport—featuring one of its stars, Jerry Miszewski of Salinas. “[The slacklining community] is without a doubt the most kind and inclusive community of people I’ve ever been fortunate enough to spend time with,” he says. So, while slacklining may be the thing that awakened his inspiration, he has found a second love in the art form of cinematogaphy, freelancing on the side and hoping to build a thriving career in filmmaking. The movie that he’s making (and selffunding) is called Cherish Your Stoke—a trailer of it is available on www.highlinersfilm. com; in it Miszewski discusses his leap from being a Rubik’s cube obsessive to slacklining! The five-minute trailer reveals Thompson’s talents behind the camera. “I grew up making skateboarding videos and wanted to get a degree in film but I wasn’t as serious or committed about filmmaking until I became involved with people who slackline,” says Thompson. “I just got really enthusiastic and excited, and there isn’t a lot of media about it already. I see a lot of potential in the sport and want to be able to share it.” O O O O And make no mistake, slacklining is being shared throughout Marin. When a friend introduced Belvedere resident Max Binstock to slacklining, he didn’t believe he could walk, much less even stand, 12> on the line. FEBRUARY 17 - FEBRUARY 23, 2012 PACIFIC SUN 11

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zewskiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s at www.balanceâ&#x20AC;&#x153;I felt like it was suggest sible,â&#x20AC;? says Binstock. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But that the highline world rethere was some innate cord in length is 340 feet, quality that made me conset by Thompsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s buddy tinue to try and improve.â&#x20AC;? Andy Lewis in Moab, Four years later heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an avid Utah. Lewis is also on practitioner of the sportâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; record for having walked Binstock even says he expethe longest solo highline riences a level of â&#x20AC;&#x153;blissâ&#x20AC;? on without a leashâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;180 feet the line. in length. Other records For Binstock, slacklining include the Guinness was an exercise in breaking Book of World Records down the â&#x20AC;&#x153;mental barriersâ&#x20AC;? Grant Thompsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s highlining debut found highline at 3,281 feet, set that arise when one steps the Larkspur resident between a rock and by Christian Schou in several hard places. onto a 1-inch line that Rogaland, Norway. shimmies like a stalk of grass in the wind. While it may not be a high-intensity â&#x20AC;&#x153;When Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m walking a longer line I feel so cardio activity, neither is the sport designed relaxed and secure, as if it is an extension of for the average person in average shape and my body,â&#x20AC;? Binstock says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In order to reach health. success on the line I need to commit 100 Thompson says beginners should try percent. If there is one ounce of doubt, I will slacklining close to the groundâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;as the fail. I learned this through slacklining and higher the line, the more physical effort now I apply it to every aspect of my life.â&#x20AC;? and strength is involved. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not just talk. Binstock does indeed The sport also seems to appeal primarily seem to bring this level of focus to his to a demographic of ďŹ t young men, though post-collegiate life. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s managing the Thompson attests that the more you do nonproďŹ t organization Environmental Ed- it, the better shape youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll ďŹ nd yourself in. ucation for the Next Generation (EENG), For no reason that Thompson can think founded by undergraduates at UC Santa of, there is a decidedly small percentage of Barbara, where he recently graduated women who slackline, though Libby Sauter from. The organization sends college became the ďŹ rst woman to successfully students into second-grade classrooms to cross Yosemite Valleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s famously high Lost teach environmental science. Arrow Spireâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;2,890 feet highâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;in 2007. Like any sport, slacklining has its offO O O O shoots, including â&#x20AC;&#x153;urbanlining,â&#x20AC;? where the Recently, Thompson joined Miszewski locations are cities rather than the great up on Mt. Tam, a location they chose beoutdoors; waterliningâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;yes, done over cause, Thompson says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just beautiful water; and yogalining, where people hold and classic, a travelerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s destination. Where yoga poses while on the line. else can you look out over all of the Bay Purists of the sport stick to the old-fashArea and the woods?â&#x20AC;? Up on Mt. Tam the ioned walking, and prefer to do so in the lines were only about 40-50 feet high, but most beautiful settings they can ďŹ nd. there are slackliners who travel as high as When slacklining, â&#x20AC;&#x153;your breathing, focus3,000 feet for the ultimate in highlining ing, listening and everyone else around you is adventure, notably in parts of Europe and dead silent,â&#x20AC;? says Thompson. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A lot of people in Yosemite Valley. would say itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a moving meditation.â&#x20AC;? < Slacklining websites (check out MisSend a line to Jordan at

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e’s a troubadour known for poetic, Sarah Marshall, as well as the short-lived poignant, sometimes topical, often TV series Freaks and Geeks that launched daring songs—like “Jerusalem” James Franco’s career. and “God Said No”—which earlier in his “Judd just told us, write a song about a career earned him the sobriquet the Next furry wall,” Bern says. “We just said, Got it!” Dylan. But Iowa native Dan Bern has anBeing Dan Bern—who performs Saturother side that even many of his fans are day, Feb. 18, at the Sweetwater Music Hall unaware of: He helped give voice to come- in Mill Valley—isn’t always easy. dian Russell Brand’s self-destructive rock Since his 1997 self-titled debut, he’s had star character Aldous Snow in the raunchy to live with that weighty sobriquet and all 2010 hit comedy Get Him to the Greek. the expectations that arrive with being the The sharp-witted Bern co-wrote, along Next Dylan. But he takes the job in stride. with Mike Viola of the “I just want to keep doing Candy Butchers and Lyle what I’m doing,” he says COMING SOON Workman, four songs for during a phone interview Dan Bern performs the film, including the while chasing his 2-yearwith Common Rotation wry “Furry Walls,” the cliold daughter around the Saturday, Feb. 18, at 9pm, mactic neo-psych spoof backyard of his Los Angeles at the Sweetwater Music performed by Brand in a home, “and do it better and Hall, 19 Corte Madera mock music video. do more of it.” Ave., Mill Valley. $22. Bern and Viola had On writing for Apatow’s 415/388-3850. worked separately on musical comedies Walk Hard: The Dewey “What do I like about Cox Story, producer Judd it? Wow, uh... everything. Apatow’s 2007 parody of the Johnny Cash Writing songs for a character that writes biopic Walk the Line. “We were thrilled to songs is the greatest. You get to use every do some more on Greek and I’m looking part of yourself that you use for your own forward to whatever the next project is,” songs, but it’s really freeing because it’s not Bern says of working with Apatow, whose coming from you—it’s coming from the other credits include Bridesmaids, The 40character. So it allows you to indulge every Year-Old Virgin, Superbad and Forgetting instinct that you might normally reject. At

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the same time, it’s really hard because you have to balance the content and the style. And in the case of the Apatow films, the songs have to be funny in context. That means overtly funny, or less so. You just have to know what they want.” On being tagged as the Next Dylan “At first, it was kind of flattering. And then it was annoying, because you don’t want to be thought of on somebody else’s terms. But right now, raising a family and trying to make a living turns out to be all

the pressure in the world, so I don’t worry about too much else other than did we make another month’s mortgage.” On what it takes to write a great song “In the case of ‘Jerusalem’ and ‘God Said No,’ those were both written quickly, although they probably gestated over a long period of time. That’s how it is sometimes: When it’s time for them to come, they just sort of pop out over the course of 15 minutes or so. I think you know when you’ve bit off a pretty big chunk of something. It’s like everything else—there can be a lot of pain before you get to that place and then there’s a release.” On what’s the best Dan Bern song “My favorite song is something very new, something that’s fresh and exciting. I’m proud of ‘Jerusalem’ and ‘God Said No.’ I’m proud of ‘Beautiful Ride,’ which we wrote for Walk Hard. I’m proud of the rockers. I’m proud of the funny ones. I’m proud of the sad ones. I do like the ones where you can get up in front of a whole bunch of people who have never heard you before and stop them in their tracks. That’s something I’m always happy to have in my pocket.” On having fans who tattoo his lyrics on their limbs. “You know, tattoos can be the result of being drunk and not thinking too clearly. And you don’t necessarily know what those people think about those tattoos two years later. But I’m always humbled and gratified whenever anyone tells me that any song or part of a song means something to them. That stuff does kind of keep me going.” < Send your thoughts to Greg at Tune up to the Marin music scene at


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The shrove must go on! Mardi Gras—when there’s no use crying over spilt whiskey-laced milk by Pat Fu sco

“It is hereby decreed that melancholy be put to rout, and joy unconfined seize our subjects, young and old, of all genders and degrees... that the spirit of make-believe descend upon the realm and banish from the land the dull and humdrum and the commonplace daily existence.”—by proclamation of Morgall Whitney, King of Carnival, 1967

out of hand are designed to go with mixed drinks and beer. As for those drinks, it’s an opportunity for creative bartending with specialties like hurricanes, Sazerac cocktails and my favorite, French 75s. Check out recipes online. Serve New Orleans’ favorite beer, Abita (available at BevMo), or non-alcoholic fresh fruit punch. King cake is ubiquitous at Carnival time, a yeasty ring of coffeecake sometimes filled with jam, cream cheese or custard, gaudily decorated with sparkling green, gold and purple frosting. It usually has a tiny plastic baby hidden inside, a la the classic French gateau de roi; the diner who finds it is in luck—and must make or bring next year’s cake. Cost Plus World Market sells a kit for making one. This is a chance to have fun with decor, since nothing is too over the top on Fat Tuesday. Strings of shiny beads, gold and silver doubloons, props—fans, feather boas, drinking goblets—add to the fun. And yes, guests should wear costumes. Period. After Katrina, when the Crescent City rallied to stage Mardi Gras in spite of the odds, resident Ed Muniz said, “If no tourists came, we’d still have Mardi Gras. Mardi Gras is a state of mind.” Among the last hints in the party guide I consulted was perhaps the best advice: “Participate and have a good time. If your mood is melancholy or malevolent, find another place to be.”


ell, that’s fine with me! Winter doldrums have dragged on too long and it’s time to share the pre-Lenten excess of Mardi Gras on Fat Tuesday (Feb. 21), that extravagant celebration. How about a party right here? We may not get 24 hours off from work as they do in New Orleans, where they start with whiskey-laced milk punch at breakfast and continue eating and drinking while parades and revelers fill the streets, but we can capture the spirit of the feast day. I looked up some guidelines for this sort of frolic. The perfect setting in the Big Easy would be a house party with friends in one of the street-facing homes graced with balconies for watching the spectacle. Without a balcony, one needs ladders to set up in the yard where guests can take turns perching for good views. (A courtesy note suggested that guests help keep those ladders under surveillance so they won’t be stolen as people move in and out of the house for food and drinks.) Other hints were for contributing food to help feed the crowd: pound cakes and bourbon balls, finger food like egg salad sandwiches to supplement the spread supplied by the host. And booze, of course. The party’s a nonstop marathon so guests are urged to help with cleanup from time to time and at the end of the shebang. Ours should be a simpler arrangement. The ideal is to have food that doesn’t need last-minute cooking, an easy fix with traditional Cajun dishes prepared way in advance and kept hot. Appetizers and snacks to eat




Put the crawfish in a food processor and twirl until the seafood is perfectly smooth. Add the butter, paprika and lemon juice. Twirl until the mixture is smooth. Add salt and cayenne to taste. Spoon into an oiled small pate mold or a small bowl and chill until firm and ready to serve.—adapted from The Heritage of Southern Cooking (Workman), by Camille Glenn O




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minutes, stirring often. Add the stock, onion, celery and green pepper, and bring to a boil. Stir, reduce the heat and gently boil for 1 hour, covered. (Begin cooking the rice about 30 minutes before the jambalaya is done.) Add the shrimp and simmer for 5 minutes. Add the rice, stir gently and serve sprinkled with sliced green onions. (For a different treatment, spoon the jambalaya on top of rice instead of mixing it in, then sprinkle with green onions.)—from In A Cajun Kitchen (St. Martin’s Press, 2006) by Terri Pischoff Wuerthner O




Much of the Mardi Gras food is Cajun, but Creole choices appear as well. This next recipe is a signature dish from Galatoire’s, one of the city’s landmark upscale restaurants. It’s served there as a salad course; I’ve found it works well with endive leaves or baguette slices as an appetizer.

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The first recipe is served like a pate, with warm toasted slices of baguette. It’s less daunting (and much less messy) than a big pile of cooked crawfish, and it wouldn’t be Mardi Gras without mudbugs.


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Origins of the word ‘jambalaya’ are disputed. Most likely it comes from ‘jambalaia,’ a Provencal term for mixture.

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Heat the oil in a large heavy pot or Dutch oven over low heat. Add the garlic, bay leaves and cayenne and cook for 10 minutes, stirring often. Raise the heat to medium, add the tomatoes and tomato paste, and cook for 15 minutes, stirring often. Add the sausage and cook for 15

1/2 cup mayonnaise 2 tablespoons high quality olive oil 2 teaspoons white wine vinegar 1 teaspoon Creole or Dijon mustard 1 teaspoon small capers, rinsed, drained and finely chopped 1/2 teaspoon finely chopped flat-leaf parsley 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground white pepper 3 green onions, finely chopped 1 pound jumbo lump crabmeat 12 large leaves butter lettuce 4 slices tomato, halved Whisk together mayonnaise, oil, vinegar, mustard, capers, parsley, salt, pepper and scallions; add crabmeat and fold gently to combine. Place 3 lettuce leaves on each of 4 salad plates. Divide crab mixture evenly among plates and garnish with two halfslices of tomato.—from SAVEUR magazine O




For those who would like to mix homemade and store-bought in the party menu, here are some suggestions. Make almostgenuine muffuletta sandwiches this way: Cut a round loaf of sweet Italian or French bread in half (remove a bit of crumb from the bottom half). Spread a quarter-inch layer of Jimtown Chopped Olive Spread on cut surfaces. Layer slices of boiled ham, mortadella, Genoa salami and thinly sliced provolone cheese; keep the amounts sensible. Press halves together, wrap sandwich in foil. Place in refrigerator, weighted down, 2-3 hours to compress sandwich. Cut into wedges to serve... Offer a selection of oysters on the half shell with two or three choices of sauces and lots of fresh lemon wedges... Instead of your usual caffeine fix, brew some chicory coffee from New Orleans to enjoy with dollops of whipped cream. <

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ongtime readers of this newspaper assertions of quality are reflected in their may wonder what has happened to elevated ticket prices) than I do from Lee Brady, whose byline preceded Pa- student or community theaters. Finally, I cific Sun theater reviews for over 25 years. hope the reviews will be both useful and From 1977 to 1987, I was the Pacific Sun’s entertaining in their own right. It would main theater critic. When I left to do other please me greatly if—from time to time— things, Lee replaced me. Then, a couple of you would let me know what you think. months ago, she left the Sun to work with My email address will appear at the end of a group she co-founded that hopes to ex- each column. pand opportunities for the Bay Area’s feNow, to the business at hand. male theater artists. Sun Marin Theatre Company editor Jason Walsh asked is blasting into 2012 with a if I was interested in comcrime drama that will chalNOW PLAYING ing back, I said yes... and lenge your credibility quoA Steady Rain runs through Feb. 26 at Marin that, my friends, is how the tient even as you find yourself Theatre Company, 397 world turns. applauding its admirable Miller Ave., Mill Valley. InWith this column, you production values. A Steady formation: 415/388-5208, and I, theatergoer and critRain has enjoyed spectacular ic, are beginning a relationsuccess since its debut in 2007 ship. With that in mind I as part of Chicago Dramatists think it might be useful to “new play” program. It moved suggest what you should expect from me. to Broadway two years later in a producFirst, although reviews will assess the rela- tion starring Hugh Jackman and Daniel tive strengths of certain criteria—script, Craig that broke the one-week record for acting, direction, set, lighting, costumes, a non-musical’s box office gross and proetc.—my conclusions will always be sub- pelled hitherto unknown playwright Keith jective. The basic question I have to answer Huff into lucrative film and TV contracts. is whether in my opinion a particular pro- Time magazine included it on that year’s duction of a play or musical is worth your Top 10 list and it is now a familiar title on money and time. If the answer is “yes,” I’ll America’s regional-theater circuit. tell you why. If “no,” I’ll explain as clearly as What explains this meteoric rise? Partly, I can. If it’s in-between, well, I may fudge a I think it’s the public’s (and media’s) fascination with crime, the more gruelittle, but hopefully not too much. some the better. Partly, the play offers an Second, while my standards are high opportunity for two accomplished male overall, I do expect more from wellactors to strut their stuff with material financed professional theaters (whose

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Visual Effects T Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2

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

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T La Luna T A Morning Stroll T Wild Life

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


re you up to the challenge Marin film buffs? Here’s the deal: Select a winner in all 24 categories, and if you can correctly pick more than our on-staff movie experts—we’ll announce our predictions in the Feb. 24 issue—you’ll win tickets for two to a film at the Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center. But that’s not all! Whoever gets the highest total out of all entries will receive a 2012 Gold Star membership to the California Film Institute, which includes discounts on regular screenings, exclusive “members only” privileges and more. Deadline for entries is Feb. 24, 2012. —Jason Walsh





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am a huge advocate of romance tor Sheri Lee Miller will have to explain, novels and movies,” says actress am the other half of the cast. The play, Liz Jahren, perched on the edge based on a true event from my teenage of a seat during rehearsals at Main Stage days, is an exercise in tandem storytellWest theater in Sebastopol. “I used to be a ing, as a pair of 40-50-something adults complete movie snob,” she each tell his and her side laughs. “I would only watch of what happened way COMING SOON it if it was a foreign film back when they were both Pinky runs March 8-24 at and I had to read subtitles. teens, when he, a goofy Main Stage West. www. Everything had to be really Dungeons-and-Dragons serious and intellectual. player named David fell And then, a few years ago, in love with her, a sweetly after being without love in romantic girl with dreams my life for so many years—something that of finding Prince Charming—and then has recently changed, I’m happy to say—I went to outrageous extremes to prove started watching comedies... including all that he is the one she’s been waiting for. kinds of love movies. Now I own a plethora His ill-advised plan to sweep her off her of romantic comedies on DVD! I watch feet involves treasure hunts, swordfights, them all the time.” a kidnapping and rescue... and the hoped Jahren is currently rehearsing for the for kiss “of true love.” upcoming world premiere of a two-person Tonight, fittingly enough, is Valentine’s romantic comedy, Pinky (www.pinkytheDay, a good time to take a break from The reason I am present for rehearsing to talk about our favorite love tonight’s rehearsal is that, um, I’m the stories. Miller, upon hearing that Jahren playwright. I also, for reasons our direcis a big fan of the Keira Knightley version



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of Pride and Prejudice, jumps into the conversation. Cocteau’s dreamlike ‘Beauty and the Beast’ is considered “See, I was going to say any version a cinematic masterpiece; in fact it’s almost as good as the of Pride and Prejudice,” Miller remarks, Disney version featuring Robby Benson. “including Bridget Jones’s Diary. That’s one of my favorite love stories!” Being a “princess” is too much pressure, “Yes!” Jahren replies. “And then there agrees Miller. was this other version of Pride and Preju“Exactly. I just want someone to love, dice where this woman starts reading it, and be alone with, and have a great time and then she steps into the past. It’s a Brit- with. To go out and do things with. To ish movie. It’s so awesome!” be partners with. And I think I’ve pretty Jahren is referring to the 2008 BBC much always been that way.” miniseries Lost in Austen. “I never wanted someone to take care “Then there was that great version with of me, either,” says Miller, “or to save me Colin Firth,” adds Miller. For the next few or rescue me. But I do want someone to minutes, I can only watch in wonder as dig big holes for me. My husband Clark Jahren and Miller take turns namedropdoes that. He digs big holes for me to plant ping their favorite love stories—and things in, and I really appreciate that.” favorite leading men and women. Clark would also have been a good “I love Colin Firth!” Jahren shouts. match for the feisty Disney princess in “Anything with Colin Firth is fine with Tangled someone suggests. me! I also love Bridget Jones’s Diary, and I “She doesn’t want to be saved,” declares also love My Best Friend’s Wedding. Wait, Jahren. “She’s been in a tower her whole no, not that one. Runaway Bride! Do you life, so she’s learned how to take care of like Julia Roberts? I love Julia Roberts.” herself. She just wants adventure and fun, “She’s all right,” shrugs Miller. and though she does want love, she doesn’t “How about Sandra Bullock?” need to be treated as anything but what “I love Sandra Bullock! Miss Congenial- she is, a powerful, strong woman. (On ity? She was hilarious! But I second thought, she may have to say one of my all-time be too much woman for favorite romantic movies was Clark.) Strictly Ballroom. It gets to me “I think what’s special every time, at the end, when the about this play,” Jahren two leads finally get to do their continues, “is that it’s dance. And that unbelievably about first love. It’s about sexy dad, when he does his paour dawning fantasies of sodoble.” She fans herself at the what love should be, and memory of Sexy Dad’s Latinthe realities of what love lover hotness. really is. There’s a beauty In Pinky, the play, the teen- Everyone loves Jane Austen films— to all of those phases, age David and Pinky discover especially when they feature Colin those early teenage a mutual appreciation for the Firth in Rudolph jumpers. phases of going through 1946 French film La Belle et la love the first time. I love Bete, Jean Cocteau’s celebrated adaptation the fact that at the end, Pinky can say, of Beauty and the Beast. ‘Yeah, well, those were my girlish fantasies, “I’ve always loved the Disney version and here’s what I have instead, and it’s OK. of Beauty and the Beast,” Miller says, “but In fact, it’s better.’ now I love the Cocteau version as well— “I’m not just saying this because I’m in now that I’ve seen it, because of this play. it—or because you wrote it, David—but It’s an incredibly beautiful film.” I think Pinky is a beautiful play because “That’s actually the only version of it allows us, in a time of fiscal strife and Beauty and the Beast I’ve ever seen,” Jahren so much yuck in the world, to just reflect replies. “The French version. And... I on love, to the sweetness and pain of that. have to say, I’m all for love, but I’m not I love that the play is so focused on the much for princesses. It’s funny, I’m in a sweetness of love. I hope people see this play about a girl who dreams of being a show, and remember the first loves they princess, but in real life, I was never the had, and then just fall in love all over again kind of girl who wanted a man to take care with the people they are with.” < of her. So this whole princess idea is totally Wish David a happy Valentine’s Day at foreign to me. I hate being put on pedestal. I am so not into that.”


Friday February 17 -Thursday February 23

Movie summaries by Matthew Stafford

of “The Prince and the Showgirl”; with Kenneth Branagh as Laurence Olivier, Julia Ormond as Vivien Leigh and Michelle Williams as MM. O

Oscar-Nominated Animated Shorts

Catch five cartoons from around the world up for this year’s Academy Awards. O

Oscar-Nominated Documentary Shorts

Five minimalist documentaries on a wide range of subjects with one thing in common: a shot at Academy bling. O

‘Chico and Rita’ opens at the Rafael Friday. ¡Muy caliente! 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 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 Chico and Rita (1:34) Sultry, evocative Spanish cartoon follows a decade-long love affair against the spicy backdrop of prerevolutionary Havana and the rise of modern jazz. O Chronicle (1:23) Three nerdly teens discover they have potent occult powers… and a dark side itching to get out. 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 Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (1:35) Nicolas Cage is back as bounty hunter/ stuntman Johnny Blaze, employing his supernatural powers to protect a single mom from Satan himself! O The Grey (1:57) Dangerous doings on the Alaska Pipeline as six stranded riggers fight cold, hunger and a pack of marauding wolves; Liam Neeson stars. O Hugo (2:07) Martin Scorsese familyfriendly fantasy about an orphan who makes his home in the fantastical world of a Paris train station; Ben Kingsley, Sacha Baron Cohen and Christopher Lee costar. O The 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 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

Oscar-Nominated Live-Action Shorts

The Academy’s picks for the year’s top five live-action short subjects screen at the Rafael this week. 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 Safe House (1:55) Cape Town CIA spook Ryan Reynolds and ex-turnedcounter agent Denzel Washington flee terrorists (or is it their own guys?) when their cover is blown. O The Secret World of Arrietty (1:35) Acclaimed Japanese animated version of Mary Norton’s “The Borrowers” about a family of very tiny people who live beneath the floorboards of a suburban home. 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. Symphony in Cinema: Sir Simon Rattle Conducts “Gala from Berlin” Join the


Berlin Philharmonic for an evening of Chopin, Rachmaninoff and Tchaikovsky. O Thin Ice (1:54) Crime drama about an insurance agent (Greg Kinnear) who tries to fleece a hick farmer (Alan Arkin) out of a valuable antique violin, not knowing that there’s more to the old rube than meets the eye. O This Means War (2:00) CIA agents/ BFFs Chris Pine and Tom Hardy use all their skills and gadgets to screw each other over in their romantic pursuit of Reese Witherspoon. 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 The Vow (1:44) Channing Tatum has to charm the pants off Rachel McAdams when she awakes from a coma with no memory of him or their happy marriage. 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 Albert Nobbs (R) Century Regency 6: 11:10, 4:45, 10:10 The Artist (PG-13) +++1/2 Century Regency 6: 11:25, 2, 4:30, 7:05, 9:40 CinéArts at Sequoia: Fri 4:30, 7, 9:30 Sat 2, 4:30, 7, 9:30 Sun-Mon 2, 4:30, 7 Tue-Thu 4:30, 7 Fairfax 6 Theatres: Fri-Sat 1:30, 4:15, 7:20, 9:40 Sun-Tue, Thu 1:30, 4:15, 7:20 Wed 1:30, 4:15 Big Miracle (PG) ++ Century Northgate 15: Fri-Mon 11:35, 2:15, 4:50, 7:25, 10:05 NChico and Rita (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Fri 4:45, 6:45, 8:45 Sat-Sun 2:30, 4:45, 6:45, 8:45 Mon-Thu 6:45, 8:45 Chronicle (PG-13) Century Northgate 15: Fri-Mon 11:05, 1:15, 3:45, 5:50, 7:55, 10:10 Century Rowland Plaza: 12:25, 2:40, 5:05, 7:15, 9:45 The Descendants (R) ++1/2 Century Regency 6: 11:20, 2:15, 5, 7:50 Fairfax 6 Theatres: Thu 12:50, 4:10, 6:55 Lark Theater: Fri 5:40, 8:10 Sat-Sun 3:15, 5:40, 8:10 Mon-Thu 4:45, 7:30 Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (PG-13) Century Cinema: 11:30, 4:30; 3D showtimes at 2, 7, 9:30 Century Northgate 15: Fri-Mon 12:15, 5:25, 10:30; 3D showtimes at 11:10, 1:50, 2:50, 4:30, 7, 8, 9:40 Century Rowland Plaza: 12, 5; 3D showtimes at 2:30, 7:30, 10 The Grey (R) +++ Century Northgate 15: Fri-Mon 4, 9:50 Hugo (PG) +++1/2 Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 10:15; 3D showtime at 7:15 Sat-Sun 4:15, 10:15; 3D showtimes at 1:15, 7:15 Mon-Thu 9:20; 3D showtime at 6:30 Century Rowland Plaza: 1, 7:05; 3D showtimes at 4, 9:55 Fairfax 6 Theatres: Fri-Sat 12:45,


New Movies This Week

3:50, 6:45, 9:25 Sun-Thu 12:45, 3:50, 6:45 The Iron Lady (PG-13) +++1/2 Century Regency 6: 1:55, 7:30 CinéArts at Sequoia: Fri 5, 7:30, 10 Sat 2:30, 5, 7:30, 10 Sun-Mon 2:30, 5, 7:30 Tue-Thu 5, 7:30 Journey 2: The Mysterious Island (PG) Century Northgate 15: Fri, Sun, Mon 11:20, 4:15, 9:30; 3D showtimes at 12:25, 2:45, 5:15, 6:45, 7:45, 10:25 Sat 11:20, 4:15, 9:30; 3D showtimes at 12:25, 1:45, 2:45, 5:15, 6:45, 7:45, 10:25 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:55, 5:10, 10:10; 3D showtimes at 2:25, 7:35 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 Oscar-Nominated Animated Shorts (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Fri-Sun 4:15, 6:30 Mon-Thu 6:30 Oscar-Nominated Documentary Shorts (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Sat-Sun 1:30 Oscar-Nominated Live-Action Shorts (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: 8:30 Pina 3D (PG) Rafael Film Center: Fri 4:30, 7, 9:15 Sat-Sun 2, 4:30, 7, 9:15 Mon-Thu 7, 9:15 Red Tails (PG-13) Century Northgate 15: Fri-Mon 1:10, 7:05 Safe House (R) Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 5:15, 7:55, 10:30 Sat-Sun 11:45, 2:35, 5:15, 7:55, 10:30 Mon-Thu 7, 9:40 Century Northgate 15: Fri-Mon 11:45, 1, 2:20, 3:35, 4:55, 6:15, 7:30, 9, 10:15 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:30, 2:15, 4:55, 7:40, 10:25 Fairfax 6 Theatres: Fri-Sat 1:40, 4:35, 7:15, 9:50 Sun-Thu 1:40, 4:35, 7:15 NThe Secret World of Arrietty (G) Century Northgate 15: Fri-

Mon 11:30, 2, 4:20, 6:55, 9:35 Fairfax 6 Theatres: FriSat 1:10, 4:20, 6:40, 9 Sun 1:10, 4:20, 6:40 Mon-Wed 1:10, 4:20, 6:40 Star Wars: Episode I -- The Phantom Menace 3D (PG) Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 7, 10:10 Sat-Sun 12:45, 7, 10:10; 2D showtime at 4 Mon-Thu 6:45, 9:50 Century Northgate 15: Fri-Mon 12:40, 3:50, 5:35, 7:10, 8:55, 10:30; 2D showtimes at 11, 2:10 Century Rowland Plaza: 3:50, 7, 10:20; 2D showtime at 12:40 Fairfax 6 Theatres: FriSat 1, 4, 6:50, 9:45 Sun-Thu 1, 4, 6:50 NSymphony in Cinema: Sir Simon Rattle Conducts “Gala from Berlin” (Not Rated) Fairfax 6 Theatres: Sun 4 Wed 7 NThin Ice (R) Century Regency 6: 12:25, 2:50, 5:15, 7:40, 10 This Means War (Not Rated) Century Northgate 15: FriMon 11, 12, 1:35, 2:35, 4:05, 5:05, 6:50, 7:50, 9:20, 10:20 Century Rowland Plaza: 12:15, 2:45, 5:15, 7:45, 10:15 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri 4:25, 7, 9:30 Sat 1:30, 4:25, 7, 9:30 Sun 1:30, 4:25, 7 Mon-Thu 4:25, 7 Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (R) +++1/2 Century Regency 6: 12:50, 3:55, 7, 10:05 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri 4, 6:50, 9:40 Sat 1, 4, 6:50, 9:40 Sun-Thu 4, 6:50 The Vow (PG-13) ++1/2 Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 5, 7:30, 10 Sat-Sun 12, 2:25, 5, 7:30, 10 Mon-Thu 7:15, 9:45 Century Regency 6: 11:15, 1:50, 4:35, 7:15, 9:55 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:45, 2:20, 4:50, 7:25, 10:05 Fairfax 6 Theatres: Fri-Sat 1:20, 4:25, 7:05, 9:35 Sun-Thu 1:20, 4:25, 7:05 The Woman in Black (PG-13) ++1/2 Century Northgate 15: Fri-Mon 11:55, 2:25, 5, 7:20, 9:45

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

Alan Arkin pulls the violin out from under Greg Kinnear in ‘Thin Ice,’ opening Friday at the Regency.


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

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

Live music 02/17: 21st Annual Mardi Gras Mambofest with Rhythmtown-Jive and Special Guest Bonnie Hayes Doors at 8 p.m. 9pm. $15-17. Sweetwater Music Hall, 19 Corte Madera Avenue, Mill Valley.

02/17: 21st Mardi Gras Mambofest With Rhythmtown Jive and Bonnie Hayes A musical gumbo of original and select covers of New Orleans R&B, funk, swamp-pop and marching brass tunes 9pm-midnight. $15-17. Sweetwater Music Hall, 19 Corte Madera Ave., Mill Valley.

02/17: Counter Culture with special guests Wasted Noise Have a good time at favorite hole-in-the-wall Brown’s. Check out our boys Wasted Noise from Salinas! 9pm-1am. Free. Brown’s Binyerd, 1009 First St., Novato. 320-1420. 02/17: David Nelson Band These guys have been recording and performing around the country since 1994. A broad musical palette spans the “almost acoustic” style that Nelson played with Jerry Garcia. 8pm. $25-$35. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 389-5072. 02/17: La Fuerza Gigante High-energy salsa orquesta. 8pm. $8. Sausalito Seahorse, Sausalito. 02/17: Michael DiFranco Trio Jazz. Jonathan Marmelzat & Eddie Guthman, will be singing and playing the music of Sinatra, Martin and other vocal stylists focusing on the Great American Songbook. 8-10:30pm. No cover. Max’s DeliCafe, 60 Madera Blvd., Corte Madera.

02/17: Miles Schon Band Rock. 10 p.m. 19 Broadway, 17 Broadway, Fairfax. 459-1091. 02/17:The String Rays Rancho Debut. Original Americana and Rock n’ Soul. 8-10pm. No cover. Rancho Nicasio Restarant and Bar, 1 Old Rancheria Road, Nicasio. 662-2219. 02/17:Tom Finch Group Jazz, rock. 9:30 p.m. Peri’s Bar, 29 Broadway, Fairfax. 259-5597. 02/17:Tony Lindsay Ray Charles Tribute featuring Tony Lindsay, Chris Cain, Glenn Walters and Deszon X. Claiborne. 9pm. $16-20. George’s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262. www. 02/18: Dan Bern Acoustic singer-songwriter. With Common Rotation. 8pm. $22-24. Sweetwater Music Hall, 19 Corte Madera Ave., Mill Valley. 02/18: Danny Click and the Hell Yeah Come on out and enjoy Danny Click and The Hell Yeah (a Rancho Debut!). Enjoy some roadhouse food and a great show. 8:30-11pm. $12-15. Rancho Nicasio Restarant and Bar, 1 Old Rancheria Road, Nicasio. 662-2219. 02/18: Kurt Huget Morning Acoustic, original roots-rock Americana. With Julia Harrell. 10:30am-12:30pm. Aqus Cafe, 189 H St., Petaluma. (707) 778-6060. 02/18: Seriously Sinatra with Brad Bann Brad Bann will delight you with tunes from ol Blue Eyes in the lounge. Come on down and enjoy the show. 6:30-9:30pm. No cover. Ghiringhelli Pizzeria Grill and Bar, 1535 South Novato Boulevard, Novato. 878-4977. 02/18: The Doc Kraft Dance Band Swing, Latin, Country, Jazz, Reggae, R&B, Motown, Rock, Zydeco. 8:30pm-1:30am. $8. The Seahorse Restau-

BEST BET American graffiti

These days it’s a rare thing for two people to work together for longer than a handful of years, let alone two decades—especially when creative endeavors are at hand. Things change. Artistic expressions evolve. People grow tired of one another and move apart.This, fortunately, is not the case for North Bay artists Jared Dynamic art duo Jared Powell Powell and Ricky Watts. The two continue to partner and Ricky Watts are featured this together in the name of art, celebrating 21 years of month at Backyard Boogie in painting and merry-making at their show, TWENTY- San Rafael. ONE GUN SALUTE. Powell—a tattoo artist, painter and illustrator—began working with Watts—a 2002 graduate of the Art Institute of California who works as a graphic designer, painter and illustrator—as a young teen. The duo will show a combination of individual pieces of Powell’s canvas and paper flash tattoo style work and Watts’ aerosol spray paintings on recycled cabinet doors and canvas this Friday, Feb. 17, at Backyard Boogie, 1609 Fourth St., San Rafael, 6pmmidnight. Free. 415/256-9483 The show runs through March 17.—Dani Burlison 22 PACIFIC SUN FEBRUARY 17 - FEBRUARY 23, 2012

F R I D AY F E B R UA R Y 1 7 — F R I D AY F E B R UA R Y 2 4 Pacific Sun‘s Community Calendar rant & Nightclub, 305 Harbor Dr. Gate 5, Sausalito. 601-7858.

02/18: The San Francisco Music Club: Jimmy Dillon/Lorin Rowan & Band, Frobeck The San Francisco Music Club is led by Jimmy Dillon & Lorin Rowan (The Edge)feat. a rotating line up of virtuoso musicians & dancers who provide an eclectic blend of song & theatre. 8:30 p.m. $15-20 George’s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262. 02/18: Wahine Moe Moe Kanikapila Wahine Moe Moe (Sleeping Lady) Kanikapila (Music Jam). Ukulele Enthusiasts. Saturdays at the Sleeping Lady. 2-4pm. None. Sleeping Lady Cafe, 23 Broadway, Fairfax.

02/18:Dry Branch Fire Squad and Keystone Crossing A special concert of old-time and bluegrass music. A portion of the proceeds from the concert will benefit the San Francisco Free Clinic, which was founded by Warren Hellman’s daughter and son-in-law. Opening the show with a short set of music will be the Marin duo Keystone Crossing (Larry Carlin and Claudia Hampe). 8-11pm. $25. Sausalito Presbyterian Church, 112 Bulkley Ave., Sausalito . 383-8716. 02/18:The Biambu Project Original acoustic soul and indie pop. 9pm-1am. $7. The Sleeping Lady, 23 Broadway, Fairfax. 259-4647. 02/19: 13 strings Jazz guitar duo. James Moseley takes a night off leading bigger bands & Alex Markels a night of accompanying singers for swingin’ guitar duets of tunes by Ellington, Monk, Silver & others. James will sing a few. 5:30-8:30 p.m. No cover. Rickey’s Restaurant, 250 Entrada, Novato. 497-2462.

02/19: Arista Celebration with Lansdale Station Featuring Lauren and Judge “The Mustache Lives” Murphy. Vince Littleton, drums; Paul Olguin, percussion. 7pm. $15-20. George’s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262. 02/19: John Lee Sanders Welcome back John Lee Sanders, a musician/singer who has brought blues into the 21st century. 4-6pm. No cover. Rancho Nicasio Restarant and Bar, 1 Old Rancheria Road, Nicasio. 662-2219. 02/19: Lonestar Retrobates Western swing band. 3-6pm. Free. 19 Broadway, 17 Broadway, Fairfax. 516-1028. 02/19: Mazacote Hard-swinging, old-school salsa group, it plays a crowd-pleasing, high-energy mixture of classic salsa favorites and original latin jazz tunes. 3pm. $10. Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor Drive @ Gate 5, Sausalito. 331-2898.

02/19: Neil Berg’s 102 Years of Broadway From Les Miserables, Evita, and Phantom of the Opera, to Wicked and Tommy, Neil Berg’s 102 Years of Broadway is the nation’s number one Broadway touring revue in America. 3pm. $20-60. Marin Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium, 10 Avenue of the Flags , San Rafael. 499-6800. 02/20: Open Mic at Ghiringhelli Come on down to the lounge and show off what you’ve got. Full bar, late menu, big fun. Check in at 8:30pm. 9-11pm. No cover Ghiringhelli Pizzeria Grill and Bar, 1535 South Novato Boulevard, Novato. 878-4977. 02/20: The Foghorn String Band Bona-fide old-time Americana. The California Bluegrass Association presents the Foghorn String Band and their Old Time Mardi Gras Night. Enjoy dinner and a show at the classic roadhouse. 7-9pm. $15-20. Rancho Nicasio Restarant and Bar, 1 Old Rancheria

Road, Nicasio. 662-2219.

02/22:‘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.

02/22: Marcelo Puig and Seth Asarnof Marcelo and Seth play authentic Argentine Tango drawn from a wide range of music influences. 8pm. Free . Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor Dr. @ Gate 5, Sausalito. 331-2898. 02/22: Rich Rogers the Piano Man Rogers graces the stage in the lounge at Ghiringhelli’s in Novato. Have a bite and a drink, kick back and relax. 7-10pm. No cover. Ghiringhelli Pizzeria Grill and Bar, 1535 South Novato Boulevard, Novato. 878-4977. 02/23: Avance Salsa Thursday with Avance feat. three electrifying bilingual singers, a sizzling horn section and one of the best rhythm sections on the West Coast! 9:30 p.m. $15-15 George’s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262. 02/23: Dave Crimmen A decidedly retro musical offering of early 80s power-pop. 8pm. Free. Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor Drive @ Gate 5, Sausalito. 331-2898. 02/23: The Funny Farmers Fun country and rockabilly. 7-10pm. Panama Hotel, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael.

Concerts 02/17: WAVE Mission Project The Women’s Antique Vocal Ensemble presents a concert of Latin American colonial music including renowned composers of the Golden Age of Spain as well as distinguished colonial composers. 7pm. $10-20. Mission San Rafael, 1104 5th Ave., San Rafael. 02/18: Sound Healing with Joel Andrew With harpist,composer,author, music healer. 8-9:15pm. $20-30 The Spiritual Healing Center, 260 E. Blithedale Ave., Mill Valley. 381-4465. 02/20: Fath Chamber Players Josepha and Philip Fath and Colleagues perform chamber music; works by Bartok, Messiaen and Franck. 7:30pm. $10-20. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 383-9600.

Dance 02/17: Tango Tales Lives transform, passion ignites,fantasies unfold in this student production/ fundraiser featuring 25 dancers from Marin tango community plus guest artists. 8-9:30pm. $20-25. San Anselmo Playhouse, 27 Kensington Road, San Anselmo. 459-8966.

02/21 and 23: Dance Fusion Workshop Incorporates modern, jazz, ballet, cardio and strength. Learn coordination, across the floor progressions, musicality, and choreography in a fun and energetic environment. 4-5pm. $15 drop in. Dance Arts Studios, 704 Mission Ave., San Rafael. 459-1020. 02/22: International Folk Dance Dances from Serbia, Turkey, Greece, Bulgaria, Rumania, Israel & more taught by Carol Friedman. Great fun, great music, great company! Beginners, newcomers, drop-ins always welcome. 7-8:15pm. The Dance Palace, 503 B St., Point Reyes Station. 663-9512.

Theater/Auditions 02/18: 8th Annual Festival of Short Play Readings â&#x20AC;&#x153;Writers with Attitude.â&#x20AC;? Featuring eight short staged readings of the newest works by the Playwrightsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Lab. 7:30pm Feb 18; 5pm Feb. 19. $15-20 sliding scale. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 383-9600. Through 02/26:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;A Steady Rainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; West Coast premiere. Lurid crime drama about two Chicago cops by a writer/producer of the AMC series â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mad Men.â&#x20AC;? 8-9:30pm. $34-55; $20 under 30; $15 rush Marin Theatre Company, 397 Miller Ave., Mill Valley. 388-5208.

Comedy 02/22: Scott Capurro Stand-up comic Scott Capurro, an SF native, is known for his confrontational and thought-provoking comedy. He won the prestigious Perrier Award for his one-person show â&#x20AC;&#x153;Risk Gayâ&#x20AC;?. 8:30pm. $10-15. Georgeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262.

Art 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.

Through 02/28:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Executive Order 9066â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Exhibit marking the 70th anniversary of the internment of Japanese-Americans. Watercolors painted by Kasumi Gus Nakagawa in the 1940s at the Poston, Arizonia Internment Camp. 10am-5pm. Free. San Geronimo Valley Community Center, 6350 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., San Geronimo. 488-8888 . Through 02/29:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Angstasâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Daniel Joseph, installation. Rick Springe, sculpture. Weekends only. 4-6pm. Bolinas Gallery, 48 Wharf Road, Bolinas. 272-9112.

Through 02/29: Watercolor Group Show Watercolors by C.Daly,M.Isador, H.Biedul,K. Hooper, J.Haber, N.Sandell, C.Fisher-Coppola, D.Mohr, S.Ortegan, J.Pigot,M.Mansir, J.Richardson, C.Jensen and instructor Marty Meade. 10am-5pm. Free. San Geronimo Valley Community Center, 6350 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., San Geronimo. 488-8888 .

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.

Through 03/03: Marin Society of Artists â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;How Do You See It: Through the Artistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Eyesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Juried member show. 11am-4pm. No charge. 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Ross. 454-9561. wwwww.

Through 03/07: John McNamara: A Survey of Paintings Exhibition Surrealist photo collages. 11am-4pm. Free. Gallery Bergelli, 483 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur. 945-9454.

Through 03/08: Art by the Creek with Bernard Healey Classes on Thursdays. Sharpen your painting skills. Using acrylic paints you will finish a landscape using photos of the natural beauty of Tennessee Valley as your model. Not a plein air class. 10am-noon. $80 for 4 classes The Cabin, 60 Tennessee Valley Road, Mill Valley. 388-6393.

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, contamination and other varied topics. Organized by the California Society of Parintmakers. Free. Falkirk

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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.

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. 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. 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. Through 04/28:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Optical Delusionsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Crome Architecture is proud to present the work of Bay Area painter Georgette Osserman who creates vibrant paintings that explore elements of visual movement, color and psychological relationships. Free. Crome Architecture, 905 Fourth St., San Rafael. 453-0700.

Talks/Lectures 02/18: Marin Gray Panthers â&#x20AC;&#x153;When Corporations No Longer Rule the World.â&#x20AC;? USF Business Professor Mike Whitty launches a yearlong speaking tour examining the greed dominating the tone of economics, politics and popular culture. 1:30-3:30pm. Activities Room, The Redwoods, 40 Camino Alto, Mill Valley. 453-1550.

02/21: Collecting and Collection Care Panel The MHM will present an expert panel to discuss how-tos of collecting. Panel includes an appraiser from Bonhams auction house, an art conservator and the MHMâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s collection manager. 7-9pm. $5-10. Falkirk Cultural Center, 1408 Mission Ave., San Rafael. 454-8538.

02/23: Alaska Humpback Whale Population SF Bay American Cetacean Society presents Pieter Folkens (Alaska Whale Foundation) discussing current research on area, prey abundance and distribution, social foraging, whale profiles, more. 7-9pm. $5 suggest donation. Saylors, 2009 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 331-6527. 02/23: How To Unstuff Your Nose Learn two ways to clear your nose as part of an introduction to the Buteyko Breathing Method to control and reduce symptoms of asthma, allergies, chronic colds and other breathing related disorders. 7:30-8:30pm. Free. Marin Awareness Center, 1930 4th St., Suite 1, San Rafael. 454-3400. 02/24: Eve Ensler with Isabel Allende Tony Award winning author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Vagina Monologuesâ&#x20AC;? Eve Ensler in conversation with Isabel Allende. 7-9pm. $35, includes book. Angelico Hall, Dominican University of California, Acacia Ave., San Rafael. 485-3239.


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›› TRiViA CAFÉ ANSWERS From page 9 1. The Record Plant 2. Alaska Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines 3. Hugo and Moneyball 4. French, Haitian Creole 5a. Antelope 5b. Airedale 5c. Aardvark 6. Gabriel, Michael and Lucifer (Lucifer was the original name of Satan) 7. Silicon dioxide, silica, sand 8. Philadelphia, AIDS 9. Cryonics 10. Yes, only if a 31-day month begins on Friday BONUS ANSWER: A Tale of Two Cities

PUBLIC NOTICES 995 Fictitious Name Statement FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 128562 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as ANGELBRIGHT ENTERPRISES, 273 CRESCENT RD., SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960: ANGELEAH ANN DONAHUE, 273 CRESCENT RD., SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on January 13, 2012. (Publication Dates: January 27; February 3, 10, 17, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 128552 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as PHYSICIANS NATIONWIDE FINANCIAL AND INSURANCE SERVICES, 111 SUTTER ST. STE 1800, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94104: DAVID C. WALTHER, 111 SUTTER ST. STE 1800, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94104. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on January 12, 2012. (Publication Dates: January 27; February 3, 10, 17, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 128452 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as RED BAMBA, 7 CIRCLE DR. #A, TIBURON, CA 94920: DAVID ALUF, 7 CIRCLE DR. #A, TIBURON, CA 94920. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on December 29, 2011. (Publication Dates: January 27; February 3, 10, 17, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 128467 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as TAM VALLEY BEAUTY SALON, 237 SHORELINE HWY, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: LEE KIM THACH, 170 ELDERBERRY CT., HERCULES, CA 94547. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder 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 Clerk-Recorder 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 transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on March 1, 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. 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) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2012128684 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as SIGNATURE SMILES, 316 MILLER AVE. SUITE D, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: NEGAR SAFAPOUR DENTAL CORP., 515 HAYES LANE, PETALUMA, CA 94952. This business is being conducted by a corporation. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on December 1, 2004. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on January 31, 2012. (Publication Dates: February 10, 17, 24; March 2, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 128706 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as EUPHORIA SPA, 1104 LINCOLN AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: WOMACK, YUEXIA WANG, 1104 LINCOLN AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on February 1, 2012. (Publication Dates: February 10, 17, 24; March 2, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2012128661 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as RONDEAU PARK PRODUCTIONS, 714 C STREET #200, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: MICHAEL J MESMER, #8 ANTON WAY, NOVATO, CA 94945; LAURIE H MCMANUS, #8 ANTON WAY, NOVATO, CA 94945. This business is being conducted by a husband & wife. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on January 1, 2012. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on January 27, 2012. (Publication Dates: February 10, 17, 24; March 2, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2012128707 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as WTN CELLARS; A W DIRECT INC.; A W DIRECT, 1682 NOVATO BLVD., SUITE 151, NOVATO, CA 94947: KIMBERLY CUNNINGHAM, 1 SANTA MARIA COURT, NOVATO, CA 94947. This business is being conducted by a corporation. 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 February 1, 2012. (Publication Dates: February 10, 17, 24; March 2, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2012128708 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as CRACK CARAMEL, 70 NORTH AVE. APT. 1B, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: SUSAN E

HARWARD, 70 NORTH AVE. APT. 1B, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on December 31, 2011. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on February 1, 2012. (Publication Dates: February 10, 17, 24; March 2, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 128718 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as HOMEVESTORS-MONACO HOMES INC., 135 GLEN DR., SAUSALITO, CA 94965: MONACO HOMES INC., 135 GLEN DR., SAUSALITO, CA 94965. 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 February 1, 2012. (Publication Dates: February 10, 17, 24; March 2, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2012128636 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as D’VINE DINING, 10 KADEN COURT, NOVATO, CA 94947: JUDITH L PETERS, 10 KADEN COURT, NOVATO, CA 94947. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on January 1, 2012. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on January 24, 2012. (Publication Dates: February 10, 17, 24; March 2, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 128747 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as MARIN FINANCIAL SOLUTIONS, 9 VIVIAN WAY, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: MARIN CHECK CASHING INC., 9 VIVIAN WAY, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. 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 February 7, 2012. (Publication Dates: February 10, 17, 24; March 2, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 128748 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as MARIN FINANCIAL SOLUTIONS, 638 4th Street, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: MARIN CHECK CASHING INC., 9 VIVIAN WAY, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. 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 ClerkRecorder of Marin County on February 7, 2012. (Publication Dates: February 10, 17, 24; March 2, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 128519 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as WHITE ROSE RANCH, 2174 NOVATO BLVD., NOVATO, CA 94947: SUSAN LUSTENBERGER, 2174 NOVATO BLVD., NOVATO, CA 94947. 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 9, 2012. (Publication Dates: February 10, 17, 24; March 2, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2012128652 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as FLACKLIST, 4 EDNA COURT, KENTFIELD, CA 94904: FLACKBOOK LLC., 4 EDNA COURT, KENTFIELD, CA 94904. This business is being conducted by a limited liability company. 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 26, 2012. (Publication Dates: February 10, 17, 24; March 2, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2012128753 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as THE EXCHANGE, 330 BELLAM BLVD., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: DANIEL SEGAL, 29 SILKLEAF, IRVINE, CA 92614; STEVEN SEGAL, 500 OLIVE ST. STE C., SANTA ROSA, CA 94501. This business is being conducted by a general partnership. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on February 3, 2012. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on February 7, 2012. (Publication Dates: February 17, 24; March 2, 9, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 128764 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as APHRODITE, 1139 4TH ST., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: CHARLES MEI YONG, 819 E 23RD ST., OAKLAND, CA 94606; GIN NGO, 2189 E 24TH ST., OAKLAND, CA 94606.

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 February 8, 2012. (Publication Dates: February 17, 24; March 2, 9, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 128739 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as GASTEK LLC., 1000 4TH ST., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: AMG LEGAL SERVICES, 1000 4TH ST., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. 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 February 6, 2012. (Publication Dates: February 17, 24; March 2, 9, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 128804 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as THE SULTANS OF SCHLEP, 2A BRIDGE ST., SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960: GREGORY A. KURTZ, 2A BRIDGE ST., SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on February 13, 2012. (Publication Dates: February 17, 24; March 2, 9, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 128578 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as ARROW DECK & CONSTRUCTION, 147 OAK MANOR DR., FAIRFAX, CA 94930: GARY SCOZZAFAVA, 147 OAK MANOR DR., FAIRFAX, CA 94930. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on N/A. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on January 17, 2012. (Publication Dates: February 17, 24; March 2, 9, 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)

NOTICE OF PETITION TO ADMINISTER ESTATE OF: NANNETTE M. KIERNAN aka NANNETTE MARIE KIERNAN aka NANETTE MARIE KIERNAN. Case No. PR-1200563. To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors and persons who may otherwise be interested in the will or estate, or both, of NANNETTE M. KIERNAN aka NANNETTE MARIE KIERNAN aka NANETTE MARIE KIERNAN. A PETITION FOR PROBATE has been filed by: PATRICK L. KIERNAN in the Superior Court of California, County of MARIN. THE PETITION FOR PROBATE requests that PATRICK L. KIERNAN be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent. THE PETITION requests authority to administer the estate under the Independent Administration of Estates Act. (This authority will allow the personal representative to take many actions without obtaining court approval. Before taking certain very important actions, however, the personal representative will be required to give notice to interested persons unless they have waived notice or consented to the proposed action.) The independent administration authority will be granted unless an interested person files an objection to the petition and shows good cause why the court should not grant the authority. A HEARING on the petition will be held in this court as follows: March 19, 2012 at 8:30 a.m. in Dept: H, Room: H, of the Superior Court of California, Marin County, located at Superior Court of California, County of Marin, 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael, CA 94913. IF YOU OBJECT to the granting of the petition, you should appear at the hearing and state your objections or file written objections with the court before the hearing. Your appearance may be in person or by your attorney. IF YOU ARE A CREDITOR or a contingent creditor of the decedent, you must file your claim with the court and mail a copy to the personal representative appointed by the court within four months from the date of first issuance of letters as provided in section 9100 of the California Probate Code. The time for filing claims will not expire before four months from the hearing date noticed above. YOU MAY EXAMINE the file kept by the court. If you are a person interested in the estate, you may file with the court a Request for Special Notice (form DE-154) of the filing of an inventory and appraisal of estate assets or of any petition or account as provided in Probate Code section 1250. A Request for Special Notice form is available from the court clerk. Attorney for Petitioner: CHARLES J. MAGUIRE, JR., ESQ. 208686; 846 BROADWAY, SONOMA, CA 95476. (707) 996-4505. (Publication Dates: February 17, 24; March 2, 2012) STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF USE OF FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME File No. 304351 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): OMG, 1139 4TH ST., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. Filed in Marin County on: September 15, 2011. Under File No: 2011127772. Registrantâ ™s Name(s): GIN NGO, 2189 E 24TH ST., OAKLAND, CA 94606; CHARLES MEI, 819 E 23RD ST., OAKLAND, CA 94606. This statement was filed with the County Clerk Recorder of Marin County on February 8, 2012. (Pacific Sun: February 17, 24; March 2, 9, 2012) ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF MARIN. No. CIV 1200664. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner DOMINIC MATRANGA ISAAC filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: DOMINIC MATRANGA ISAAC to ALARIC ANTON SCHUHMACHER BARTON MATRANGA VON SATYRANE. 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 27, 2012, 9:00 AM, Dept. L, Superior Court of California, County of Marin, 3501 Civic Center Drive Room 113, San Rafael, CA 94913-4988. A copy of this ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE shall be published at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in the county of Marin: PACIFIC SUN. Date: February 14, 2012 /s/ LYNN DURYEE, JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT (Pacific Sun: February 17, 24; March 2, 9, 2012)

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I’m having a whirlwind romance with a man I met online on Thanksgiving. I moved across the country to live with him on Dec. 20, and we’re now building a life together. The problem is I have a high IQ (137), and he’s very unintelligent and illogical. It’s hard to have a good conversation unless we talk about sex. It’s too late to leave now, so... any advice on how to keep our IQ difference from ripping us apart when things are less new and exciting? I really love him, as he’s pure of heart. And boy, is he sexy and great in bed! So far, I’ve held back from telling him when he’s gullible or irrational, but I worry that I’ll eventually call him something nasty—like “idiot.” I don’t want to hurt him. I crave his company and love him for who he is, not what he knows.—The Smarter One Is there a chance you cheated on your IQ test? You seem to pride yourself on your intelligence, yet you spent a few weeks chitchatting on the Internet with some dull blade, dropped everything and moved across the country to live with him. Now, you two lovebirds are “building a life together”—that is, whenever you aren’t too busy grumbling about needing your intellectual equal and not the coffee table’s. You might “love him for who he is,” but you also despise him for who he isn’t. Oops. Marriage researcher Dr. John Gottman found that expressions of contempt are the greatest predictor that a couple will go kaput. Of course, anybody you get involved with will have some annoying habits or flaws that challenge the relationship. Relatively benign bad habits are things like snoring, and for that, you can get those little strips to put on your partner’s nose. What’s the answer here, strapping a piece of duct tape across his mouth? Check out your completely lame excuse for staying: “It’s too late to leave now.” Now check your feet. Bolted to the floorboards? If not, what’s keeping you there is probably irrational thinking that economists call the “sunk cost fallacy”—deciding to keep investing in some endeavor based on what you’ve already invested (an unrecoverable cost) rather than assessing how your investment will pay off (if at all) in the future. People are especially prone to overvalue prior investment when their ego is also invested—like when sticking around helps them continue the fiction that they’ve behaved wisely in going all-in with a guy whose intellectual “spirit animal” is probably the amoeba. Fools rush in, but the real fools find themselves facedown in a pool of “boy, was I dumb” and get busy coming up with reasons why staying there is a wise idea. In The Folly of Fools, anthropologist Dr. Robert Trivers explains self-deceptions like yours, noting the difference between intelligence and consciousness: “You can be very bright but unconscious.” When you realize you’ve been unconscious, you can choose to wake up and cut your losses—before you start saying cutting things to your goodhearted sexy simpleton. To live less sleepwalkingly in the future, reflect on what got you into this—what void you tried to fill by telling your rationality to shut up and go sit in the corner so you could congratulate yourself on the great love you found. And goody for you on what you actually found—some really great sex—but let’s call a cabana boy a cabana boy, lest you turn a story that should be “My Hunky Winter Vacation” into a move-in special. What’s with all the Valentine’s Day haters? Some of my single friends celebrate V-Day ironically, and I sense that they look down on my boyfriend and me for celebrating it for real, as if we’re just buying into a giant marketing campaign.—Romantically Uncool Occupy Wall Street is so 2011. Trendsetting inequality haters should be occupying Hallmark: “If we don’t get love, you don’t get love, either,” and “This is what a woman without a boyfriend looks like!” Valentine’s Day has been hijacked to sell everything short of heart-shaped rubber vomit. I even got a Valentine’s-linked press release pitching surveillance services. Right. Nothing says “I love you” like installing a keylogger on your partner’s laptop. The louder the hyping of the day, the louder the message that somebody’s a loser if they have nobody to buy a bunch of red merch for. So, your single friends’ cooler-than-thou attitude is understandable, but there’s something better than being cool, and it’s being happy. Let them have their black-frosted cookies with the little dead cupids and their marches against romance-colored corporate greed... well, until next year, when they’re sneaking into Godiva to buy chocolates for the girl they fell in love with after they got pepper-sprayed together. <


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Pacific Sun Weekly 02.17.2012 - Section 1  

Section 1 of the February 17, 2012 edition of the Pacific Sun Weekly

Pacific Sun Weekly 02.17.2012 - Section 1  

Section 1 of the February 17, 2012 edition of the Pacific Sun Weekly