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RED ARMY CHORUS & DANCE ENSEMBLE The Red Star Red Army Chorus and Dance Ensemble has dazzled crowds across the globe. Created in 1977 in the USSR, the company has since become the leading performing group of the Russian armed forces. Now, under the direction of Colonel Nikolai Rabovsky, the incomparable Red Star Red Army Chorus and Dance Ensemble will take you on a brilliant journey of Russian music and traditional folk songs. With a colorful mixture of gravity-defying maneuvers, speedy footwork and perfect symphony, 70 performers will present a marvelous treat for your eyes and ears.

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Ireland’s most successful crossover artists, the tenors have pioneered a new style of performance, melding together elements of classical, folk and pop. Each tenor, Daryl Simpson, James Nelson and Matthew Gilsenan, expresses a distinct musical style influenced by their individual regions of Ireland. They have performed around the world to sold-out concert halls and have released a string of successful albums. The PBS special, Celebrate with the Celtic Tenors was broadcast across the United States. Performing popular standards, classic ballads and pub favorites, all with the Irish gift of story, The Celtic Tenors bring the Emerald Island to all who still call Ireland home. Marin Center presents this very special Saint Patrick’s Day weekend event that will delight those of Irish heritage and all who enjoy exceptional music.

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Known to millions as ‘The Royal Family of the Guitar,” The Romeros were founded by the legendary Celedonio Romero with his sons Celin, Pepe and Angel in 1960. With the introduction of Celin’s son, Celino in 1990 and Angel’s son, Lito in 1995, The Romeros now encompass three generations of concert artists. This unparalleled family ensemble has become the international emissary for guitar chamber music, their name synonymous with style, elegance, and technique. To have so many virtuosi of the same instrument in one family is unique in the world of musical performance, and in the realm of classical guitar it is absolutely unprecedented.

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What becomes a legend most? Well, everything, if you’re Debbie Reynolds and can look back on a career spanning more than six decades. Mary Frances Reynolds arrived in Hollywood in 1948 as a teenaged movie extra (in June Bride). But MGM spotted her, signed her to a seven-year contract (at $300/week!) started her off with Fred Astaire and Red Skelton in Three Little Words, and the rest is celluloid history, from Singin’ in the Rain with Gene Kelly and Donald O’Conner) to The Unsinkable Molly Brown (Oscar nomination) – not to mention her marriage to teen idol Eddie Fisher, which produced both daughter Carrie and one of Hollywood’s great scandals. But there was Broadway, too (Annie Get Your Gun, Woman of the Year), Las Vegas, and lots of television, from its early days (A Date with Debbie) right up to the present (Bobbi Adler on Will and Grace). Today, at 78, Debbie Reynolds is, as she has always been, America’s Sweetheart.

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›› LETTERS Crisscross, poisonous apple sauce... Thank you the Pacific Sun staff and especially to Peter Kirby for the idea to promote a chemtrailfree zone Are folks still against chemtrails over Fairfax even when they’re over Florida? [“Sprayed and Confused,” Jan. 20]! If only other cities would follow Mr. Kirby’s lead. I’ve been watching the trails for about three years now. And NO they are not contrails but CHEMTRAILS! As letter writer Ms. Bradford noted [“White Lines (Don’t Do It),” Feb. 10], chemtrails disperse, by design, much more slowly and spread much wider than a jet trail made of condensed water and fuel vapor. Do you think it odd that not one person in government has ever noted planes crossing our skies spraying chemicals? Wait, no it’s standard procedure for government officials to hide their heads in the sand, especially after taking reelection bribes. The chemtrails are not new, having been noted as early as 1998. I suggest that people read as much as they can about chemtrails, and to simply look up at the sky daily to further their knowledge. And to ask these questions: O How is it that FAA has never noticed

planes flying odd (checkerboard, parallel, etc) flight patterns? O That the U.S. military has not scrabbled to intercept planes flying patterns that have not posted a flight plan (see above). O And why this is happening virtually worldwide! Attached please find photos taken at various locations over the past three months. The trails so blocked out the sun in Florida [see photo] that a beautiful crystal blue morning sky was turned into a blanket of dirty white clouds by noon. Oh well, we’re just “eaters” says Henry Kissinger. And the less “eaters” the better I suppose. Ron Cortez, San Francisco

You should hear what he thinks of Ignacio The lovely, if slightly oversensitive, community of Hamilton.

Mr. Peter Seidman—what is your real point and purpose in writing your story about the Marin Community Foundation study, “Portrait of Marin” [“The Picture of Dorian Marin,” Feb. 10]? To prove how many words you could put on a page to insult the self-respecting homeowners, renters and community builders of Hamilton? [The study found that lower-income areas of Marin such as Marin City, the Canal and Hamilton neighborhoods have lower life


TOP POSTINGS THIS WEEK The Royal Obama’s take a 16th vacation in 3 years! How out of touch is the clown in the White House and his spoiled wife and children? The “Royal Obama’s” are not hindered by record deficits, record unemployment, record high ... TJ MAX Comes to Town....Where is the Protest???????? TJ MAX, a nationwide chain store quietly opened its’ doors over the past week in the large space on Francisco Blvd in San Rafael, formerly occupied by Border’s Books. If rec... .

Your soapbox is waiting at ›› expectancies, educational opportunities, health awareness and affordable housing opportunities available to their residents.] To erroneously tell the indigenous world around us that we are a third-rate community suffering from the blight of poverty and all that goes with it? To help create a bad reputation for the neighborhood and lower our home values? To threaten children in their schools? To threaten their education and futures because of a purported loss to them because of diversity? To keep others out of Hamilton? To insult those who live, love and actively work to beautify Hamilton? What is your point? We live here, and few are impervious to the pockets of various culture strengths which have existed in growing numbers for the past 15-20 years throughout all of these United States. Numbers allowed by our government. Regardless, what is your real purpose? I don’t think for one minute you had any good motive for slamming Hamilton’s beautiful community? I am seriously questioning your real motives. Whose cover are your blowing, sir? Your own? Because the rest of us are pretty synchronous with what’s been happening... except perhaps the upper 1-10 percent. You owe an apology to all of those who have invested time and money into making Hamilton a lovely community to live and be proud of. If there are areas of lack then let them continue to aim for gain. Isn’t that what we all work toward in this lifetime? But don’t drown a community in dark words of “less than,” or “worse than,” and expect to walk away from it without some social bruising. Happy and proud to be at home in Hamilton. Cathleen C. Struthers, Novato

‘Are there no workhouses? Are there no prisons?’ The following is in regard to an “editor’s note” response to Marcia Blackman’s letter [“Babies Out With Bath Water!” Feb. 17] in which the San Rafael resident applauds the state funding cuts to the Bailey Center for low-income infant-toddler care in Sausalito; the response noted that all licensed childcare is to some degree paid for by taxpayers. Doesn’t it bother you that while

you’re only getting a small savings in taxes on the $18,000 per year you might be spending on your childcare ($4,500 saved if you’re in the 25 percent bracket)— yet they’re giving these mothers the entire $18,000 for baby-sitting fees on the backs of the taxpayers???? Less of course what they “can afford to pay”... which of course is a JOKE. Why the hell should anyone have to pay for someone else’s child to be cared for????? That’s for private money...not public funds. The chickens will come home to roost when your children grow up and say, “Daddy, why should I work hard to support those people who hardly work???” You got some answer for them???? The middle class is being squeezed out because of all these handouts and taxing to pay for it. The rich don’t “matter,” they’ll always do fine, and the poor have no reason to work anymore; they get more in government handouts than they could earn at a job they’re qualified for. So it’s the middle class who are being screwed. No, I’m not a liberal democrat, never will be. I believe in personal responsibility. And while I love my country, I hate my government. Marcia Blackman, San Rafael

Editor’s note: Hey Marcia, thanks again for keeping the discussion going and keeping the letters page lively. In all seriousness, it doesn’t bother me one bit that low-income single moms and their babies get substantially more government assistance than we “middle class” wage earners. That’s the whole point of “assistance”—helping those who need it, weighted to the degree they need it. And I don’t buy into the line that poor people don’t work hard—from general observation it may in fact be quite the opposite. Or at least it’s a push, only they’ve got crummier jobs. And as to what we’ll tell our children when they ask the question you hypothetically pose? Our hope is to raise kids who would never ask such a question.

Least Necessary Parenthetical, grand-prize winner... If you are wondering why I keep doing what I do, to paraphrase Socrates (not that I’m any smarter), the unexamined country isn’t worth living in! Craig Whatley, San Rafael FEBRUARY 24 - MARCH 1, 2012 PACIFIC SUN 7


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or three days this month Sausalito was the focal point of local power generation and renewable energy. LEAN, the Local Energy Aggregation Network, held the first national gathering of local energy proponents who champion the energy model known as community choice aggregation. Representatives from local power agencies across the country attended the retreat Feb. 9 to 11 at Cavallo Point. Municipalities that already have local power programs under way attended as well as municipalities contemplating local-power projects. The retreat served as a gathering place for participants to brainstorm, trade experiences, network and discuss the future of community choice aggregation. Marin is an appropriate place for the event because the county is the first locality in California to claim a functioning local power agency, Marin Clean Energy (MCE). LEAN has close connections with the Marin Energy Authority (MEA), the joint powers agency that oversees Marin Clean Energy. Mill Valley Councilwoman Shawn Marshall served on the board of the MEA. She gave up that position to devote her energies to establish LEAN to promote community choice across the country. Megan Matson, head of Mainstreet

Moms, co-founded the group. The retreat was “a huge success,” says Matson, whose Mainstreet Moms organization works at the grassroots level to promote local power and strategies to minimize climate change. Mainstreet Moms helped the MEA when the nascent agency was circulating among city councils for approval. The organization visited council meetings to give presentations and foster support among councilmembers, who sometimes hesitated to join the joint powers agency. Much of that hesitancy stemmed from unfamiliarity with community choice—and an aggressive campaign that PG&E waged to head off its formation. The liabilities and practicalities were an unknown quantity to many. But that was in 2010. MCE threw the power switch and is coming up on its two-year anniversary in May. MCE’s success has attracted interest from across California and the entire country. The country’s first community choice aggregator, Cape Light Compact, has been in business since 1997. Community choice aggregators in Illinois also started up well before MCE. Massachusetts, Ohio, New Jersey, Illinois and Rhode Island, in addition to California, have passed state laws allowing community 10 >

›› NEWSGRAMS Leno reaffirms clergy rights in same-sex-marriage debate Church is separate from state, state Sen. Mark Leno wants to remind Californians—and it’s also separate from the same-sex marriage debate. Leno, the state senator for Marin and San Francisco, introduced legislation in Sacramento on Feb. 21 that “clarifies the religious freedom of clergy members in California,” according to a statement from his office. Senate Bill 1140, it says,“reaffirms the separation of church and state and clarifies under state law that no member of clergy will be required to perform a marriage that is contrary to his or her faith.” The bill, sponsored by Equality California and California Council of Churches IMPACT, also protects churches from losing their tax-exempt status if they refuse to perform a marriage that is contrary to their faith. Leno says he wanted to clarify the rights of churches and clergy before same-sex marriage is allowed again in California. “With the recent appellate court decision on Proposition 8,” says Leno,“we know that it is only a matter of time before same-sex couples in California will again have the freedom to marry.” He says under SB 1140 churches and clergy members who fear their religious views are “threatened” by state recognition of same-sex marriage “will have clear and solid protections under state law.” Equality California board president Clarissa Filgioun hopes the bill will put an end to the “false claim” made by Prop. 8 supporters that allowing same-sex couples to marry will force clergy or churches to compromise their religious beliefs. “This bill makes our intention and the law clear—all committed couples ought to have the freedom to marry and all clergy ought to be able to operate freely according to the tenets of their faith,” says Filgioun.—Jason Walsh Marin peace commission puts Goodrich on ‘no nukes’ list When the Goodrich Corporation salespeople come knocking, they’d be wise to skip Marin’s doorstep—as the one-time tire company has been designated a “nuclear weapons contractor” by the Marin County Peace Conversion Commission. Goodrich—formerly B.F. Goodrich—long ago abandoned the tire biz for the aerospace biz, and now manufactures aircraft parts and surveillance systems, among many other military industrial complex-sounding parts and programs. Marin County has been a “nuclear free zone” since 1986, when voters passed an ordinance that county government would avoid, whenever possible, doing business with nuclear weapons contractors or companies owned by nuclear weapons contractors. The law was passed with the goal of giving corporations an incentive to stop making nuclear weapons, says Jon Oldfather of the Peace Conversion Commission, which oversees the nuke-contractors list. “This company is a wholly owned subsidiary of United Technologies Corporation,” says Oldfather,“which resulted in its placement on the county’s Nuclear Weapons Con10 > tractor list.”




by Howard Rachelson

1a. Named San Francisco Chronicle player of the year in 2006, graduate of Palo Alto High School and Harvard University, what Asian-American NBA basketball player has become a global phenomenon in a matter of a few weeks? 1b. What Branson School basketball star, named the Chronicle player of the year in 2008, became his Harvard teammate? 2. What movie studio uses a roaring lion as its visual logo? 3. RSVP is the abbreviation for what French phrase? 4. Pictured, Right: The three current longest ruling queens of European countries reign over the United Kingdom, Denmark and the Netherlands. Who are they? 5a. What kind of snake, up to 20 feet in length, kills its prey by coiling around it and suffocating it? 5b. In what Florida park has the number of these snakes drastically increased (formerly pets, released by their owners)? 6. Meryl Streep was nominated for the Best Actress Academy Award this year for the 14th time. She won the award only once previously, for her role in what 1982 film? 7. Name the largest island in each of these bodies of water: 7a. Caribbean Sea 7b. Mediterranean Sea 8. What person traditionally administers the presidential oath of office? 9. What two U.S. states are (virtually) rectangular in shape? 10. Get out your calculators: What is the measure in degrees of the angle formed by the line with equation y = 2x and the positive x-axis?

BONUS QUESTION: In the United Kingdom, what kind of products are sold at “Off-Licence” shops?

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WA hit-and-run is always a dreadful, reckless and irresponsible incident, but when a driver strikes a 5-year-old boy and leaves the scene, we call that a Zero of epic proportion. The little guy was crossing the street in Novato last Sunday when a dark minivan hit him. The driver and passenger didn’t help the boy and they drove away before authorities arrived. The fire department delivered the young lad to Marin General. Fortunately, his injuries were minor and he’ll be just fine. As for our cowardly Zeros, they may want to turn themselves in, because it turns out there were witnesses to their dastardly deed. If you have any information about the hit-and-run on Hutchins Way, please contact the Novato Police Department.—Nikki Silverstein

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VWe’re fans of folks who take a stand for their beliefs and take action as well. In fact, it’s our definition of a hero and Mill Valley resident Kim Flaherty fits the bill. Kim, a vegan for many years, is on a solo mission to inspire Marin restaurants to add a vegan item or two to the menu. It’s not her job and her only compensation is knowing that vegans will have options when they dine out and the lives of some animals will be spared. Pearl’s Phat Burgers in Mill Valley quickly granted her request and now offers a vegan burger, complete with a vegan bun. Now that’s customer service. Kim hopes everyone will try Pearl’s new burger to see how delicious it is to eat vegan.

Valentine’s Day massacre y friend Keith unwittingly played a starring role in a Valentine’s Day disaster last week. If only he had spoken with me first, I would have told him what to expect. After all these years spent as a single soul, people should trust me when it comes to heartless commercial holidays targeted at couples. For the record, my recommendation to the unattached remains unchanged—stay at home on Feb. 14. A former co-worker called Keith a few weeks ago. “I can’t believe a dreamy guy like you is still single, but that’s all going to change,” Danielle crooned. “Be our guest at a Valentine’s party.” That’s when Keith should have hung up. Instead, he listened to the horrific details. A married Mill Valley duo invited 20 couples to a party. The only catch was that each couple had to drag along a single person to introduce to the other 19 single people attending. Danielle chose Keith, because the 10 spots for women were filled and she didn’t know any other “stand-up” single men. He hesitated, until she mentioned catered food and the hosts’ wine collection. I winced when he shared that part. What’s the big attraction of limitless free food to guys who live alone? For goodness’ sake, go to a nice restaurant and order up. It’s less expensive than the lack of dignity demonstrated by attending a contrived party where you’ll be the center attraction. Dressed in decent duds with flowers in hand, Keith rang the bell of the large, lovely home tucked away in the hills of Mill Valley. The hostess greeted him warmly, accepted the bouquet and delivered him to Danielle and her husband, Eric. Danielle offered air kisses, while hubby plucked green olives from a tray of appetizers. Keith extended his hand to Eric, who took the time to lick olive oil off two fingers and wipe them on the edge of the tablecloth before engaging in a less than hearty handshake. (Yep, all the good men are taken.) For a while the couple and their lonely hearts club guest nibbled and chatted. Finally, the hostess struck her crystal glass with a spoon, quieting the room. “Welcome lovers and friends,” she said. “We’re here tonight to honor St. Valentine, a man who became a martyr for his belief in love. There are 40 people in this room lucky enough to have found and married their soul mate. We acknowledge our blessing and bring 10 men and 10 women together to hopefully find the same happi-

ness. Couples, let’s introduce our guests.��� Each single guest was announced. Keith wanted to slip out the back, but Danielle was holding his hand. Once the introductions were finished, the hostess said, “Let’s mingle.” With that, the married woman in each trio began dragging her two men around the room. Keith, typically modest, confessed to being the most desirable single man there. “Train wrecks,” he declared. “What was wrong with them?” I asked. “This normal-looking dude had sweat rolling down his face. Like he was in a shower,” explained Keith. “Another guy wouldn’t shut up about making a killing buying homes before they went into foreclosure. He said he was doing the owner a favor, paying pennies on the dollar for their house. An unemployed guy kept asking if anyone knew of a job. It was a Saturday Night Live skit.” Most of the women were nice, but also with fatal flaws. Obese, drunk and slurring, too old, too young or too tall. Early on, Keith determined that his mate was not among them, yet he felt obligated to stay. Danielle was on a mission. “That girl in red is adorable. You don’t have to marry her, just take her on a date,” Danielle cajoled. The couples drifted to the edges of the room, practically locking the single folks in the center. Keith said he felt as if they were gladiators forced to perform in front of a jeering crowd. The happy couples scrutinized every move. The ghoulish show was over as far as he was concerned. He politely waited until the food began disappearing and the empty wine bottles filled a small serving table before he departed. I agree the party was a bust, although I think it may have been a sincere effort by the couples to share the love. A few years ago, my friend Kate and I went to Rosh Hashanah services held by a Reform, kindof-New-Age, Berkeley rabbi. During his sermon, he suggested the happily married were obligated to introduce unmarried men to unwed women. “We’re a community,” he said. “We’re responsible for one another.” Maybe Valentine’s isn’t the right day and putting us singletons on display is the wrong way, but I hope the spirit of the idea catches on. Feel free to put me on your guest list. < Email:

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< 8 Credits where credit is due? choice aggregators to form. But in a sense, MCE has focused community choice on a green-energy paradigm, the vision of the late community choice champion Supervisor Charles McGlashan. Community choice entered a fallow period in the Midwest and Northeast. But now 17 Northeastern communities have community choice aggregation in place or under way, and the situation is even more electric in the Midwest. The community choice concept “is exploding,” says Paul Fenn. He wrote AB 117, the 2002 California bill that allows municipalities to choose alternative power suppliers and bail from monopoly investor-owned utilities such as PG&E. That opportunity allows community choice aggregators, whether they are a single municipality or group of municipalities (as is the case in Marin), to buy power based on their own criteria. The Marin Clean Energy model calls for as much green power and local generation as possible with reasonable rates, along with strategies that stimulate the local economy. Shedding the need to make a profit and provide dividends for investors can prove a big benefit. In Marin, the commitment to clean renewable energy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions ranked high on the scale of intentions. Although not all community choice aggregators hold clean energy as their primary goal, it is inherent in the community choice concept, says Matson. And the success of Marin Clean Energy may be affecting perceptions in some emerging community choice quarters. About 150 jurisdictions in Illinois now have active community choice programs or are trying to create them. That’s an increase from just a handful in a mere six months. “A lot of them are looking for green power on the West Coast [model],” says Fenn. “They’re asking for 100 percent renewable power. When was the last time you saw that?” Cincinnati just recently moved toward a commitment for 100 percent renewable. Fenn says the increase in community choice activity, “not just in the old form” that focuses solely on local control of power and securing the lowest rates possible, “but in the newer form” that focuses on a green renewable energy portfolio, is a positive sign. “That being said,” says Fenn, “a lot of it is being sold through the use of renewable energy credits.” That is an intermediary step “between buying just the cheapest power you can get and actually” creating a clean-power paradigm. MCE sells what it calls a light green energy product and a deep green product. The deep green is 100 percent renewable. The renewable content of the light green product now includes 27 percent of the energy load delivered to customers. The state mandate currently calls for 20 percent renewable. PG&E currently delivers between 16 and 17 percent renewable content and missed the 2010 deadline to 10 PACIFIC SUN FEBRUARY 24, 2012 – MARCH 1, 2012

reach 20 percent. About 14,000 customers in Marin currently buy electricity from MCE. Dawn Weisz, the Marin Energy Authority’s executive officer, says that number will increase to about 96,000 when MCE expands its customer base this summer. Current PG&E customers automatically will be enrolled in MCE unless they opt out, an arrangement that has raised the ire of local-power opponents. But there’s no conspiracy. MCE is following the state law that created the opportunity for community choice. Weisz attended the LEAN retreat. “There was a lot of participation and cross-pollination. A variety of [local-power agencies] around the country attended, and everyone has a different approach to launching and administering programs. It was helpful to hear from others, and a lot of good ideas circulated.” Included were representatives from the energy industry. That segment represents a big reason community choice has exploded in the Midwest. Energy suppliers there are eager to enter the market and sell power to community choice agencies, according to Matson. To provide the additional power supply for new customers, the MEA completed an energy procurement process in early February that includes increasing its light green offering to 50 percent renewable supply. “The decision to go to 50 percent will let us continue to provide a superior product, and we were able to make it financially possible without too much of an upward pressure on the rates,” says Weisz. To reach that goal MCE will purchase renewable energy credits, which will make up 23 percent of the light green offering on top of the 27 percent state-certified renewable product. The credits, or RECs, are a common target of MCE critics who continue to oppose the power agency with dogmatic zeal. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, RECs arrived on the energy scene in the 1990s to “verify consumer electricity labels and renewable portfolio standards.” That’s about as simple an explanation as will come from the feds. Put simply, RECs today are a way power agencies such as MCE can support and promote renewable power projects across the country and receive credit for the effort. When a wind farm, for example, produces 1 megawatt-hour of renewable energy, it gets one REC. It can sell the energy along with the one REC. The REC proves that the energy was produced from a renewable source. The RECs can be sold along with the energy or decoupled and sold separately. RECs are a tradable commodity. But once they are bought and put into an agency’s renewable portfolio, the RECs are retired and can no longer be bought or sold. RECs were developed to promote clean energy by allowing energy customers to

< 8 Newsgrams Last fall, Goodrich was acquired by UTC, a multinational defense contractor that develops missiles systems, as well as the renowned Black Hawk helicopters. Other corporations on Marin’s nuclear-weapons contractor list are Carrier Corp., Compaq Computer, Danaher Corp., EMC2, Fluke Electronics Corp., G.E. Capital, General Dynamics Corp., General Electric Corp., Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., Harris Corporation, Hewlett Packard, Honeywell Corp., IBM (International Business Machines Corp.), Ingersoll-DresserRand, Johnson Controls, Litton Industries, Lockheed Martin, MTM Technologies Inc., Northrop Grumman Corp., Otis Elevator, Praxair, Inc., PRC Public Sector, Simplex Grinnell LP, Tyco International US Inc., United Technologies Corp and York International Corporation. More information about Marin’s Peace Conversion Commission to be found on the County’s web site, at—JW

More than 4,000 SmartMeter ‘opt outs’ so far, says PG&E It’s turning into a game of SmartMeter musical chairs, as Pacific Gas and Electric customers exercise their “opt out” option mandated Feb. 1 by the California Public Utilities Commission. As of this week, PG&E officials say they’ve received 4,400 opt-out requests from residential customers—2,800 of those still had their analog meters, which, as part of the CPUC’s ruling, they’ll keep using for a $10 per month fee. About 1,600 of those customers already had a SmartMeter installed; the utility is charging residents $75 to have those meters replaced by analog meters, in addition to the $10 monthly service fee. About half of the 1,600 SmartMeters have been replaced with analog, according to PG&E external communications director Katie Romans.“We’re moving quickly to exchange the rest in the days ahead,” she says. Energy users opposed to SmartMeters question the health effects of wireless radio signals shooting through a home or business to track energy consumption, and cite invasion of privacy concerns with such close monitoring; SmartMeter foes had been lobbying the CPUC to require an opt-out with no fees whatsoever. The utilities commission’s 4-0 decision on the opt-out requirements was something of a compromise; PG&E had originally called for a $270 fee to reconnect analog meters and a $20 monthly fee. The SmartMeter controversy dates back to early 2010 when the meters first came on the public’s radar; later that year PG&E officials were caught spying on anti-SmartMeter Internet chatrooms and disguising their identities to gain information about SmartMeter protests. “We know how important the choice of a meter can be to our customers,” says PG&E chief customer officer Helen Burt about the opt-out requests,“and we want to be as responsive as possible.”—JW Hospice of Marin pioneer dies at 80 The former Marin man whose early caregiving methods for the terminally ill paved the way for modern hospice care died earlier this month. William Lamers was 80 years old. Lamers was a psychologist living in San Rafael in the 1970s when he launched Hospice of Marin, which forged the end-of-life-care model that centered on easing pain and providing comfort with the support of family and friends. It was only the third such hospice organization in the country at the time, and went on to become the model upon which future hospice systems would be based. Lamers often credited encounters with three friends who developed cancer in the early 1970s as his inspiration for founding Hospice of Marin. “One day I saw my friend Ed at a meeting, he seemed the picture of health,” Lamers said in a recent interview.“The next day he called me from a hospital, where he had been sent after his doctor diagnosed him with inoperable cancer. He called me because he understood his prognosis and wanted to leave the hospital, but the doctor said no, because he wouldn’t make house calls. “As Ed said to me, ‘I want to go home. I’m not sick; I’m only dying.’ I called Ed’s doctor and asked if I could visit him each day at home and report back; the doctor said OK, and we took care of Ed at home until he died.” Today, according to the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, about 10,000 hospice-style end-of-life programs exist internationally. Lamers died Feb. 2, at his home in Malibu.—JW MMWD’s Helliker to step down The Marin Municipal Water District announced last week that General Manager Paul Helliker will be stepping down March 1. MMWD Facilities and Watershed Division Manager Tom Cronin will serve as the district’s acting general manager. A news release from MMWD noted that Helliker joined the water district as general manager in 2004 and under his tenure the district completed its largest scale Water Conservation Master Plan, established a “friends” group to support the Mt. Tamalpais Watershed and completed the Lagunitas Creek Restoration Plan, an intensive 10-year effort to improve Lagunitas Creek for coho salmon and steelhead trout.—Julie Vader

San Rafael woman gets five years for toilet attack An innocuous toilet tank became a tempestuous tool of terror in the hands of a 21-year-old San Rafael woman, a Marin Superior Court judge ruled Feb. 15 when handing down a five-year prison sentence in the wake of an incident involving love and lavatories that occurred last October. Alexandra Todd had the book thrown at her by Judge Kelly Simmons after the Gerstle Park resident threw a toilet cover at a Mill Valley paramour in a pre-Halloween night of panic and porcelain. According to the prosecution, the case of the pummeling privy began the evening of Oct. 27, when Todd left a poker game with the victim, invited him back to her apartment and, a short while later, emerged from her bedroom bathroom wielding the infamous toilet topper and attempted to beat the, er, stuffing out of the 26-year-old commode casualty. Todd—who’d also been arrested last year for vandalism and for resisting police officers—hit the man in the back of the head and in the face, knocking out three teeth. Defense attorneys argued that Todd felt threatened by the man.—JW

support projects, such as a wind farm, even though the wind farm might be on the other side of the country. Money from RECs helps that wind farm compete in the energy marketplace and even to expand its operations. According to the EPA, RECs have been instrumental in increasing the country’s renewable energy supply. RECs may be better than “brown power” and sometimes even necessary for some agencies, but they also may be a hindrance to the overall forward motion of the clean energy movement, says Fenn, president and founder of Local Power. Fenn and Local Power have been working with San Francisco as it has moved to cre-

ate a community choice agency and provide renewable power. After three years, requests for proposals are in the mail, so to speak. Nobody can call Fenn timid when it comes to his energy philosophy. “When we said 51 percent [renewable in San Francisco], we meant 51 percent built, which means 51 percent independent, which means 51 percent changed. Not just legally 51 percent green.” Fenn says RECS can serve a purpose, but that purpose should be short-term. If, for instance, an energy agency can bring a renewable source online but it will take some years to begin operating, buying RECS in the interim is better than not

purchasing RECs because the money from the purchase will stimulate the renewable supplier that sold the RECs. Promoting community choice without tying it to renewable power might have been a reasonable goal in the past, says Fenn. “But that doesn’t thrill me at all today. In fact, I think it’s sort of brand poison.” Promoting community choice without equal promotion of renewables stagnates an effort that Fenn believes is critical to combating greenhouse emissions. “Either you are the same, or you are different. And RECs are the same.” While he acknowledges that a renewable portfolio with RECS is better than a non-renewable portfolio, Fenn calls for innovation that will lead to new producers, preferably local, rather than just supporting existing producers. “The world is in a serious crisis,” says an impatient Fenn. “There is a need to get real.” He adds that with the ascendancy of the local-power paradigm in the Midwest and elsewhere, now is the time to drop timidity and move to new renewable power policies that will leave “soft money” strategies such as RECs by the wayside. “If we don’t do it now, when will we?” Weisz notes that each REC bought is tied to a specific amount of renewable energy delivered to the nation’s energy grid, and that’s a real benefit. The RECs that the MEA buys will be certified by the Green-e organization, a recognized

independent nonprofit. REC purchasers can choose specific energy suppliers to buy from. Buyers also select the year in which the RECs will be reported. The RECs MEA buys will be recorded in 2012 and 2013. Despite split opinions over the ultimate value of RECs, virtually everyone in the local-power world agrees that creating local-power agencies is a step forward. And one of the now recognized examples of success is Marin Clean Energy. The agency has signed about 6 percent (about 840) of its customers for deep green. The average at other agencies is about 2 percent, says Weisz. When the one thousandth customer takes the deep green option, Marin Clean Energy will donate $1,000 to a local charity. (Fenn would rather skip to all 100 percent green all the time for everyone. No baby steps.) Local critics attack MCE with an almost religious fervor despite its success. Arguments about Marin residents having to spend a relatively small premium for the opportunity to break the hold of a monopolistic investor-owned utility and choose clean renewable energy ring hollow. Most people here can afford the premium if they want to walk the walk. “The rest of the country is looking at Marin with awe,” says Matson. “I keep waiting for the pride to kick in here.” < Contact the writer at

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Every Tom, Dick and Harriet in Marin is talking about favorite movies...


e asked readers to name their favorite movie and tell us why it tops their list. As always with Marinites, the responses were often surprising, typically eclectic and invariably interesting.

Dances with wallabies Strictly Ballroom makes my favorite list. I’ve seen it 20 times. I must have my SB fix once a year. I force houseguests to watch it and they all respond the same. From “what the hell is this?” to “hmmm, this is getting interesting” to all-out loving it. An Australian movie directed by Baz Luhrmann. A hysterically funny romantic comedy about a boy and a girl who fall in love in a ballroom dance studio. With a cast of the weirdest caricature/over-the-top players with Aussie accents that jangle the ears. The boy is heir apparent to win the big ballroom dancing contest this year. He needs a new “fab” dancing partner. The girl is shown as ugly but, yes, when she takes off the glasses and lets down her hair, she’s beautiful. The rules are No New 12 PACIFIC SUN FEBRUARY 24 - MARCH 1, 2012

Steps, but our hero wants to break the rules. You’ll laugh till your side hurts and maybe you’ll cry in the same two scenes that get me every time—when each of the couple’s fathers have a solo dance routine that goes straight to your heart. The film is filled with gorgeous, soaring, thrilling dance sequences that were obviously the precursors of the TV dance craze going on today. —Rita Lakin, San Rafael

Gonna need a bigger, more poignant boat

I was 18 when I first watched Jaws. It didn’t seem like a pivotal moment in my life except, well, I grew up in Australia and we like to swim in our oceans...a lot. I will never forget my rising horror as those beautiful legs scissor-kicked gracefully in that dark blue

oblivion and, well, we all know the gurgled screams that followed. What I didn’t expect was the 10 years of crushing recurring nightmares that had me barely leaping from the gnashing maw of some out of sight, dorsalfinned leviathan. Funnily enough, the dreams stopped when I left Australia. Years later, I watched Jaws again. What I found as an adult wasn’t the shark flick of my teenage years. Instead, I discovered a rather poignant and humorous tale about a man, not a monster. A man who has to face his fear of drowning in order to not only save the day but his family’s cherished new life on the idyllic island of Amity. The score is excellent, the jokes aplenty and let’s not forget a cast as salty as sourdough. But more important, Jaws was a movie I had GROWN with. It represented a simple transition from moving beyond the fear of my own adolescent well-being to a deeper adult concern for those I love. —Stephenny Godfrey, Pacific Sun

Like ‘It’s a Wonderful Life,’ only more kick-ass... Though most of my favorite films are from decades past, one relatively recent film I enjoy turning people on to is Luc Besson’s Angel-A,

and don’t call it Angela, it’s Angel-A as in A, B, C, etc. It’s kind of an irreverent It’s a Wonderful Life, about an angel who jumps from a bridge and is rescued by a man who originally intended to kill himself. Angel-A, however, as played by Danish actress Rie Rasmussen, is a chainsmoking, foul-mouthed tall blonde woman who can really kick ass. Andre, the man she inspires to change his view of life, and whom she towers over, is played by height-challenged Jamel Debbouze, who some might remember from Amelie. This French actor lost a hand in a train accident when he was 14 and plays the entire film with his hand in his pocket! How Angel-A shows loser Andre to appreciate himself will have you weeping with joy, if you aren’t already laughing at their ridiculous pairing. Debbouze gives a performance of remarkable depth, and Rasmussen is a mysteriously magical force to be reckoned with. Though its adult subject matter is not for young chil- 13>

< 12 Great Escapism dren, Angel-A is truly a wonderful experience, a surprising twist on director Frank Capra’s story of an “angel who gets his wings.” It’s in black-and-white and in French, so you’ll have to read subtitles, but don’t let that stop you! Paris never looked more spectacular and, hey, French is not going to kill you. Now, is it my all time favorite film? Sometimes, yes. —Kirk Henderson, San Anselmo

Are you gonna write poetry, or whistle Dixie? “Dying ain’t much of a living,” Wales said, “For dying ain’t hard for us who’ve bled, It’s living now that’s hard.” Josey wailed like Welsh Bard, “Let Hell’s Buzzards eat worm’s daily bread!” Whenever seeking inspiration, Clint Eastwood’s archetype creation Josey Wales’ hardman scene edges my “Mad-Dog mean articulate imagination.” Whenever Elijah seeks movie-inspiring poetry groovy, The Outlaw Josey Wales “Whistles Dixie” prevails, manifesting “hard-man poetry”: “Reckon with no place else to go, In new home manifestly show Articulation’s inspired By imagination fired.” —Elliott Kolker, Stinson

‘Now let’s just drop dem pants’

I always hesitate to tell people my two favorite movies. They were both critically acclaimed and financially successful and are perfectly respectable works of art with strong characters and compelling plots in ruggedly beautiful outdoor settings. Still. They are: Deliverance and Brokeback Mountain. And I do realize what those movies have in common. But that’s not the reason I like them, dammit. —JulieVader, Pacific Sun

I dream of Genie A pair of favorites: The Thief of Bagdad (1940) with the Indian boy, Sabu. All of 5 years old, I walked home with my big sister, singing “I Want to Be a Sailor,” just one song out of Miklos Rozsa’s wonderful original music. Sabu (as the character Abu), went to the “roof of the

world” and stole an “all-seeing eye” ruby from a temple idol. Years later, I went in search of tolas and treasure in Ecuador’s fabled and daunting Llanganates Mountains. Sabu fought a giant spider. I fought fear of piranhas and caiman, diving for diamonds in jungle rivers of British Guiana. Ancient Baghdad was depicted having a harbor of exotic boats, which were actually transfigured junks. I lived aboard my own Chinese junk. Sabu entered a mysterious land of old sages. This intrigued me as a boy, and I felt a strange peacefulness, which conjured up a sense there must be wisdom beyond anything I knew. Later, I became attracted to the esoterica of Eastern religions. Letter from an Unknown Woman (1948), Max Ophul’s superb direction. The film that inspired me to become a concert pianist. The movie’s theme song, “Un Sospiro” by Liszt, was performed by Jakob Gimpel, who told me he’d never played the piece, therefore had to learn it quickly—recording of the film’s soundtrack was due in three days. Louis Jourdan, by his own email admission to me, felt this was his best film. Nostalgia and loneliness predominate in this depiction of Belle Epoque Vienna. Sadly, the outstanding writer, Stefan Zweig, whose novella became the genesis of this film, was greatly depressed during the throes of WWII—especially his birthplace Austria, and the rest of Europe— killed himself just a few years before this movie masterpiece. I enjoy playing Viennese waltzes. In one of them, Leopold Godowsky wrote, “Old Vienna, whose yesterdays look backwards with a smile through tears.” —Art Palmer, Mill Valley

Use your noodle

Tampopo, the 1986 film by Juzo Itami, is a great movie and one I highly recommend. It is a Japanese film, so one has to deal with subtitles, but it is well worth getting into. The underlying story sets up with the challenge a young mother faces as she tries to revive her floundering business (a noodle shop) and raise her son on her own. In a variety of clever tangents, the director uses this film to explore the various quirks of Japanese culture as it relates to food, often with great humor. There are also a few perfectly placed scenes that are a surprising homage to American spaghetti Westerns, as tension mounts between protagonists! Gangsters and a couple of short nude/ sexy/weird food scenes? Got it. All in all, a fun positive film, with great direction that leaves one with a lot to think over after viewing. —Scott Smith, San Anselmo

Song of ‘freedom’ A Nous la Liberte (Rene Clair, 1931), a silent movie with music and subtitles, is among the most joyous and amusing I’ve ever seen. Even though it is now difficult to find a good clip of this film, it is worth the effort. It’s one of those films with a universal, always relevant theme. And it’s funny, too. —Janet Alleyn, San Rafael

‘I know you are, but what am I?’ Every generation has its touchstone of cultural relevance in which all the threads of need, desire and dream become focused to a white-hot spot of iconic brilliance—connection and continuity illuminated in intrinsic relief. I have no idea what my generation’s touchtone was or even which generation I can claim. “Baby boomer” sounds old, but I can’t text fast enough to hang with Generation X. Anyway, I really like Pee-wee’s Big Adventure. Perhaps not an “important” film, it rang with importance for me. Pee-wee guided my friends and me across the chasm between our wide-eyed childhoods and our pop-cultureinundated, “MTV was new!” adult lives with steadfast sagacity. We were all looking for something in our early 20s, but Pee-wee knew what he was looking for—his bike! He persisted when others doubted his quest. He met the odd and exaggerated characters we all met in the ‘80s and learned something from each. Where we struggled to see the scope of our individual arcs, Pee-wee laced each episodic experience into an adventure in self-discovery. And he found his bike, his grail. Like most of my friends, I’m still looking for mine. Maybe it’s in the Alamo, in the basement. —Rick Polito, Pacific Sun

I was to think of this film many times... My favorite movie is To Kill a Mockingbird. I saw it long ago when I was young after reading the book, but the impression still remains. It’s one of the few movies that was as good as the book it was based on. Both of them are ageless artistic masterpieces. —Robert Hollingsworth, Marin City

One film that shook the world For a mind-boggling, heart-lifting change see Hipsters, a 2008 Russian musical set in 1955 Stalinist Moscow. Color, jazz, romance, politics, rebellion, jealousy, nudity, parenthood, sax solos, accordion solos, Stalinist con-

trol freaks versus Dionysian hipsters in the everlasting struggle: “What is hip? Tell me, tell me, if you think you know.” What is power? Your beauty, your passion, your talent, your money, your daddy, your badge, your crew...? Politics is personal, is musical, is sexual—wake up and change your hair, your clothes, your name, your hopes, your heart. Do all parents sell out, or wear out, or make sacrifices to raise and protect their young? Does the system have to co-opt or punish its rebels? Goodtime Polly and commissar Katya are so beautiful, and the music has me bopping in my seat, and at the same time this movie is making me think—and I’m laughing, I’m remembering, and I’m hoping. This is so much fun! And fun is revolutionary— don’t let the gray killjoys beat you down. Every generation has its rites of passage; Charlie Parker brought the word to these Moscow hipsters (one earth, one human spirit—and “make it new!”) and Hipsters returns the favor. —Ron Skellenger, San Anselmo

Behind enema lines

My favorite movie of all time is The Road to Wellville, by Alan Parker. Academy Awardwinner Anthony Hopkins leads an all-star cast including Bridget Fonda, Matthew Broderick, John Cusack, Dana Carvey and others who seem to stumble through an obstacle course of sexual temptations, mechanical contraptions and dietary healing while at the Battle Creek Sanitarium. Hopkins portrays the crazy Dr. John Harvey Kellogg, who runs the sanitarium during the early 1900s. I love the “parallel” plots in the movie that coincide here and there. While this movie never seemed to have made it big time, my opinion is that this outrageous comedy romp is the funniest and most brilliantly produced movie I have ever seen. —Trent Anderson, Novato

And out comes the ‘Woolf’ My favorite movie is Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? In it, a husband and wife vie for the title of Disturbed University Couple of the Decade. It just doesn’t get any better than this. —Kimberly Clark, Greenbrae 14> FEBRUARY 24 - MARCH 1, 2012 PACIFIC SUN 13

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The first time I heard of Harold and Maude it was 1979, I was 19 years old, standing in my kitchen with a carving knife sticking out of my chest. I was a moody kid, perched on the nervous cusp of adulthood, in mid-abandonment of the Christian fundamentalism within which I’d spent much of my youth. Unhappy, yet highly creative, still reverberating from my recent fascination with crucifixion and death, I’d taken to staging gory fake-mutilations for the benefit and entertainment of my slightly worried friends—like the carving knife stunt I’d just sprung on Laura, my roommate’s girlfriend. “You are so exactly like Harold,” she said, shaking her head. “You know, from Harold and Maude?” I was intrigued. Not long after, I saw the movie: Hal Ashby’s comic tale of a suicide-obsessed youth and his transformative love affair with a life-loving 80-year-old. It instantly became my favorite film, and has stayed at the top of the list ever since. As I grew up, lived my life and became less uncertain about my place in the world, I returned often to Harold and Maude, always finding something new in the film to inspire and teach me. A few years ago, during a conversation about the joys and pleasures of life, a friend commented, “You know, you remind me of Maude, from that movie Harold and Maude.” I take that as a major compliment. —David Templeton, Pacific Sun

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‘It! Could! Work!’ While I appreciate many classic movies and generally favor documentaries and more serious fare (“wrist-slitters,” according to my children), the few movies I can watch again and again—and enjoy as much as the first time—are comedies. At the top of that short list is 1974’s Young Frankenstein, the sidesplitting spoof of oldtime horror films directed by Mel Brooks, co-written by Brooks and Gene Wilder (and based very loosely on the Mary Shelley classic). Everything comes together for me in this film: Mel Brooks’ comic genius is on display throughout, and the over-the-top campy performances by a terrific cast (Peter Boyle, Marty Feldman, Teri Garr, Gene Hackman, Madeline Kahn, Cloris Leachman, Gene Wilder and more) seem so effortless. Yes, it’s loaded with lowbrow humor and innuendo, which, surprisingly, doesn’t seem offensive to my more “mature” sensibilities. That I still reference lines all these years later—“Pardon me boy, is this the Transylvania station?”—is a sure sign of a favorite. —Carol Inkellis, Pacific Sun

conspire against him in small, sadistic ways. In truth, the onscreen Fields has the same timeless appeal as Wile E. Coyote. It’s a Gift from 1934 is his magnum opus, an unhurried, rambling and hilariously funny study in petty frustrations and deferred dreams. Fields appears as Harold Bissonette, a small-time Depression-era grocer whose only surviving goal in life is an orange ranch in California. Strewn in the path between Harold and happiness are obstacles, big and small, that have lost none of their resonance in almost 80 years: selfish relatives, obnoxious neighbors, bratty children, the entitled, the heedless and several insensitive inanimate objects. In spite of it all, Fields manages to craft (regardless of directors’ credits, the primary creative force behind a Fields film was always Fields) a portrait of life’s difficulties that leaves an impression of actually being warm and affectionate. A wonderfully skilled supporting cast helps make it happen. A wonderful time is guaranteed for anyone who has an eye for life’s absurdities and humorous, it’s reassuring to know that neighbors braying at full volume in their backyards are not just the spawn of the cell phone era. —Tom Bertino, San Rafael

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Badges?!! More years ago than I care to remember I saw The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, directed by John Huston and starring Bogart, Walter Huston and Tim Holt as three men looking for gold in the Sierra Madre mountains of Mexico. For many decades I have remembered it as the best movie of all time. Recently I got it from Netflix, and guess what—it is the best movie ever made. I cannot explain why, it just is. —Bob Platt, San Rafael

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Of all the iconic comedians, W.C. Fields is the most misinterpreted. Reputedly a nasty, mean-spirited drunkard character, he more often appeared onscreen as the oppressed rather than the oppressor, a victim of circumstance and a universe that seemed ever to

Great Escape (1963) two dozen times, why kid myself? Besides, who can beat a cast of WWII prison-camp escapees like Steve McQueen, James Garner, Richard Attenborough, James Donald, Charles Bronson, Donald Pleasance, James Coburn and Gordon Jackson? My 9-year-old eyes were pretty stunned the first time around when the expected happy ending turned out to be three minor characters finding their way across neutral borders, a handful of others captured and returned to prison, and the remaining 50 escapees trucked to a hidden field and treated to several rounds of hot lead from a Maschinengewehr. If the sounds of Hilts’ ricocheting baseball are meant as a minor victory in the famous final scene—it’s a hollow one at best. Along the way there’s Tom, Dick and Harry, a sip of good ol’ American hooch, Ives going completely nuts and the greatest motorcycle chase in movie history. When Scrounger Hendley commandeers a Messerschmitt and optimistically boasts to the blind man “only 20 minutes to the Swiss Alps!” I still hold out hope. Great score, too. “This review is dedicated to the 50.” —Jason Walsh, Pacific Sun

What I love most are films that can look at the inevitable trials and sufferings in life and yet find something in the human spirit capable of transcending even the grimmest of circumstances. Two films that do this masterfully are Life Is Beautiful and The Lovely Bones. What two subjects could be more potentially depressing than a concentration camp during the Holocaust or the brutal murder of a teenage girl? Yet both films are ultimately uplifting and generously warmhearted. Life Is Beautiful somehow remains charming and upbeat in the same manner as does the father in the concentration camp who is determined to keep his son’s spirits up by framing their incarceration as a game. The Lovely Bones’ ambition is nothing less than to create a story of delicate beauty and indelible hope that looks squarely in the face of the ugliest aspects of human nature and the most crushing of tragic circumstances. These two films not only challenge us to find beauty, meaning and hope in the midst of great tribulation, but also provide some of the tools for us to do so. That’s movies serving a higher purpose.—Peter Oppenheimer, Forest Knolls

‘Oh my god, they found Tom...’ While I’d love to choose a more intellectual movie—something from Bunuel or Anthony Mann perhaps—since I’ve probably seen The

I like Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989) because it is funny and exciting. I like the part where Indy is on the tank and he’s practically falling off. I like it more than the other Indiana Jones movies because his dad (Sean Connery) makes it funnier. I also like when they’re in the temple and Indy has to go through the spider web—because you don’t know what’s going to happen, and you don’t know what’s coming to attack him. —Jack Walsh, 9, Novato

The stone-cold facts My favorite movie is The Sword in the Stone (1963). I like it when Arthur pulls out the sword. He ran back and then he says, “Look here’s a sword!” And they say, “Who gave it to you?” And he says, “No, I pulled it out.” And then they say, “Wait, let’s see if this is proved.” And they go back to the stone and the dad puts it back in and then the kid pulls it out to prove it. And they say, “He’s the king!” —Sam Walsh, 4, Novato

Dry wit, drier martinis... My favorite movie of all time, one I never tire of watching over and over, is 1934’s The Thin Man starring the best onscreen couple ever, William Powell and Myrna Loy as Nick and Nora. Their banter, affectionate ribbing and nonstop drinking as they solve a NYC murder are entertaining and clever. The opening five minutes setting up the crime is a bit dull, but after that it’s nonstop witticisms and drink-pouring. When we first meet Nick, he’s instructing the bartender on the proper protocols of martini-mixing. Nora shows up, arms full of holiday gifts and the film’s third star, a terrier named Asta, and demands to know how many martinis her husband has had. When he tells her “five,” she doesn’t berate her mate as we expect, but instead looks at the waiter and says something along the lines of “bring me six martinis and line them up right here. I need to catch up.” There were several Thin Man movies over the years, I think six, but this first one is the best. Whenever I first start dating a new fella, I put him to the Thin Man test and force him to watch it with me. If he doesn’t laugh, or at least feel inspired to start mixing me a martini, well, then that’s that. —Jennifer Churchill, Petaluma

live, and live and live—for hundreds of years, never aging or having to work? (The work is done by happy peasants in the valley below— never mind that bit of classism, not to mention the racism of the early scenes.) The story, by Robert Riskin from James Hilton’s novel, starts out in revolutionary China, where diplomat Robert Conway (Robert Colman— you’d entrust your life to him any day) is ferrying a planeload of Westerners to safety. They’re hijacked and forced to land on a desolate, snowy plateau. The scene in which an emissary from the monastery arrives to lead them over a treacherous mountain pass into sunny Shangri-La is as stirring as anything in an action-adventure movie. It’s also deeply comforting; I replay it in my imagination when trying to fall asleep. Will Conway find (almost) eternal life as head of Shangri-La, or will he wrinkle up like the rest of us? The movie leaves us guessing, but isn’t it pretty to think so? —Renata Polt, Berkeley

personal favorites—Duck Soup, Rio Bravo, The Manchurian Candidate—leaving that lesserknown masterpiece, 1932’s Love Me Tonight. This saucy pre-Code musical-comedy update of the Sleeping Beauty legend stars a surprisingly sexy Jeannette MacDonald as a princess prone to fainting spells because she doesn’t have enough “love” in her life and Maurice Chevalier as a dashing Paris tailor summoned to the family chateau by the princess’s witchy maiden aunts to (ahem) cure their niece. Director Rouben Mamoulian melds music with image in a light, swinging rhythmic design that’s never been matched onscreen; witness the opening sequence of Paris awaking to a mounting counterpoint of workmen’s pickaxes, cobblers’ hammers and the snoring of a sleeping bum, or the displacement of dialogue for witty rhyming couplets, or the sensational “Isn’t It Romantic?” number, in which the great Rodgers and Hart standard is passed from tailor shop to taxicab to railcar to countryside and finally to the princess in her castle. Other terrific numbers include “Lover,” “Mimi” and the fabulous “The Son of a Gun Is Nothing but a Tailor,” the supporting cast includes the young Myrna Loy as a lovehungry countess (“Don’t you think about anything but men?” “Yes...schoolboys!”), and the whole package is served up with a wit and sophistication unrivaled in film history. —Matthew Stafford, Pacific Sun

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Gold Diggers of 1933. I have a soft spot for movies while great events are still happening, e.g., WWII films Wake Island and So Proudly We Hail!, and the best film about the Great Depression: Gold Diggers of 1933. A backstage musical made (and viewed) at the Depression’s lowest point, the movie is anchored by four Busby Berkeley numbers: the pre-Code “We’re in the Money” and “Pettin’ in the Park,” neon-lit “Shadow Waltz” and “Remember My Forgotten Man,” a tribute to downon-their-luck WWI vets. The last number was most likely inspired by the “Bonus Army” protesters in 1932 who marched on Washington, D.C., and were so violently routed. —George Ball, Kentfield

A timeless classic I confess: My favorite movie is Frank Capra’s 1937 Lost Horizon. What’s not to love in the film that introduced the mythical Shangri-La, the hidden monastery where people live in white Deco buildings—and

True to my life at this time I’ll nominate A Boy And His Dog. An unsuspecting loner with his dog is seduced by a woman into an underground world for the purposes of extracting his sperm so that they can make children. The entire community is controlled by three people and a robot. Everyone has happy faces painted on. In the end the good guy wins. —Paul Barrier, Novato

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My favorite movie is The Wizard of Oz. Why? A developmentally disabled scarecrow, an emotionally repressed tin woodsman, a lion suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and a delinquently troubled adolescent female seek help from a notorious wizard imposter—or, “What’s a tin woodsman doing with a Boston accent?!” What’s not to like? Alternate choice: Godzilla. Why? Because after 65 million years, a troubled prehistoric lizard is still working out his anger issues. Compelling and involving stuff! —Craig Whatley, San Rafael

Why limit yourself to one favorite film? I risk being called an elitist Francophile (a la John Kerry and Mitt Romney). So be it. My favorite movie is Jacques Becker’s Casque d’Or, a poignant and nostalgic view of lowlife Parisians in the 1890s. It has passion, conflict, great beauty and superb rhythm. Simone Signoret is inexpressibly appealing and Serge Reggiani is perfect as her doomed lover. —Ralph Mead, Mill Valley

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When you’re grappling with an impossible question, keep your eyes peeled for the nearest loophole. Case in point: coming up with one—just one—favorite movie and then falling gratefully upon your editor’s admonition to “surprise us” (i.e., no Psycho, The Searchers, Casablanca or other usual suspects). This ground rule dispenses nicely with most of my

Award for keeping the industry afloat. Very briefly, my favorite movie of all time is the ever popular, ever relevant Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, and my reasoning is as follows: Any movie (or shall I say Mr. Kubrick) that took on the military in the early ‘60s was waging a tremendous political fight; the movie, while still relevant, entertaining and well-ahead of its time, contained some of the finest acting ever by Peter Sellers as Mandrake/the President/Strangelove, George C. Scott representing the military mindset of the times and Sterling Hayden (a Sausalito boy) as General Ripper. —Alvin M. Gabler, San Rafael

To establish my credibility as a movie critic, I do go to over 75 to 80 movies a year, which surely entitles me to a special Academy

The best English language flicks of all time: Traffic, Wall Street, Schindler’s List, Saving Private Ryan, High Noon, O Lucky Man!, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, United 93, Lawrence of Arabia, Elephant Man, Psycho, Blue Velvet, Inherit the Wind, Raging Bull, Network, Miracle Worker, Gray Fox, America America, Angel Heart, Devil’s Advocate, Zelig, Away from Her, The Player, A Clockwork Orange, Rosemary’s Baby, The Exorcist, The Pawn Broker, Joy Ride, The Spanish Prisoner, Midnight in Paris. —Abe Greene, Mill Valley



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e’s performed at square dances and jammed with blues bands. But next month, Mill Valley jazz violinist Evan Price, an ex-member of the groundbreaking Turtle Island Quartet, will be in the spotlight with the New Century Chamber Orchestra, a conductorless string ensemble under the direction of superstar violinist Nadja SalernoSonnenberg. From March 1-4, the NCCO will premiere Price’s newly commissioned string work, Emergence, as part of its 20th anniversary Sounds From the Bay Area series. The work—in three movements titled “Awakening,” “Flash Mob” and “Nightlife”—draws its inspiration from nature, specifically the way that birds flock or clouds form. In those cases, “individual members of a group, whether they be birds in a flock or water droplets in the air, have spontaneously organized themselves into a collective which then behaves as a single entity,” notes Price, a bandleader, recording artist, composer and educator who has described the violin as his “passport” for exploring the world of music. “There is no leader. Rather, the movement of the group is an amalgam of the movements of the individuals, all of them following

their own rules of behavior, responding independently to outside stimuli, and unconsciously influencing each other in the process until the aggregate appears to possess a single unified purpose or consciousness. “In the music world, a chamber ensemble can exhibit emergence in the way that it arrives at a group interpretation of a piece of music. Although each member brings with him a vision, it is the interaction of those visions, which creates the final artwork, and every chamber musician will attest to the thrill of being caught up in the group sound.” This isn’t the first time Price has worked with the NCCO. In 2002, he arranged a string version of the Beatles’ “You Never Give Me Your Money” for the ensemble’s 10th anniversary concerts (under the direction of violinist Krista Bennion Feeney, the former concertmaster for Paul McCartney). The other works featured in the NCCO’s upcoming concert series are part-time North Bay resident John Adams’ Shaker Loops for string orchestra, mandolinist Mike Marshall’s Concerto No. 1 for mandolin and string orchestra, and Gordon Getty’s Four Traditional Pieces for strings.

The NCCO series will be presented at four venues throughout the Bay Area, including Sunday, March 4, at 5pm, at the Osher Marin Jewish Community Center in San Rafael. Tickets are $29-$59. An open rehearsal will held on Wednesday, Feb. 29, at 10am, at Herbst Theatre in San Francisco. The cost is $8. Call 415/3924400 for details. Jazz Notes: On Feb. 25, tenor saxophonist Scott Hamilton brings his all-star band to Horizons/Ondine restaurant, overlooking San Francisco Bay. The 57-year-old Rhode Island native is an especially gifted ballad player who has performed and recorded with Benny Goodman, Tony Bennett, Rosemary Clooney, Gene Harris, the Newport Festival All-Stars and the Concord All-Stars. Most recently, he can be heard on pianist Larry Vuckovich’s album Somethin’ Special. In Sausalito, he will be joined by Vuckovich and a lineup of Bay Area jazz heavyweights: Kenny Washington, vocals; Erik Jekabson, trumpet; Jeff Chambers, bass; and Chuck McPherson, drums. Horizons/ Ondine is located at 558 Bridgeway in Sausalito. The show is Saturday, Feb. 25, at 8pm. $25 and $50. 415/389-5072. In Fairfax, Diamond Jazz, led by L.A.

Evan Price departed Turtle Island and is docking this month in the New Century.

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›› SPiN OF THE WEEK Release Me (Curb/Lost Highway) Lyle Lovett Lyle Lovett’s final project for a major label may be a mixed bag of styles—from bluegrass to gospel—but the message is clear enough: He’s movin’ on. There’s a cover of the Ray Price/ Engelbert Humperdinck hit “Release Me” (with k.d. lang) and, surprisingly, a previously released holiday song—a duet with Austin, Texas, singer Kat Edmundson on “Baby, It’s Cold Outside.”That latter track hints that Lovett is feeling a bit chilled by his commercial prospects. But I think he’ll land squarely on his lizard-skin cowboy boots.—GC Jazz it up with Greg at

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Leading Actor very year movie critics weigh in on whether it’s been a good year or a bad Jean Dujardin must be the luckiest actor year for films. We’ve always found alive. He didn’t have to memorize any lines this to be a lot of bluster, as most years tend and he just happens to look something like to stay pretty consistent with their given the swashbuckling leading-man types from era of cinema—there’s usually a handful of the late silent-movie era. Don’t ask us why, excellent movies, a larger handful of very but in 2012 that translates to “Oscar gold.” good movies, a vast amount of OKs and Who deserves to win: Gary Oldman the usual dreck. This year is no different, would be a slam-dunk in saner times. as such films as Carnage, Margin Call, Same with Brad Pitt (we can’t believe we’re Rampart, Shame, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, saying that either). Meek’s Cutoff and Drive will leave 2011 with Who will win: Jean Dujardin, because its share of (possible) future classics. there ain’t no sanity clause. But if you were to judge the year by the Supporting Actor movies the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is nominating for its top One theory has the octogenarians splitOscars, then even we’d have to agree...2011 ting votes, but we have a feeling the Acadlooks like a lousy year. emy might try to award one of these guys Of course, Academy Award nominabefore, know. Max von Sydow tions rarely honor the very best films; but loses out because everyone’s already voting they are at least a gauge of the year’s quality for a guy without any lines in the lead-actor mainstream product, right? If so, yikes. category. The current critical punching bag The Who deserves to win: Kenneth Branagh Artist is the favorite to win best picture. was a better screen Olivier than Olivier. Similarly drubbed War Horse and Extremely Who will win: Christopher Plummer, Loud and Incredibly Close are nominated for because we’ll always be a sucker for his the big prize. moving rendition Tree of Life, of “Edelweiss” in Moneyball, The 1965. COMING SOON Descendants, For contestants who wish to compare their Hugo, Midnight Leading Actress picks with ours on the Big Night, we recomin Paris and The No sure bet here. mend the California Film Institute’s Oscar Help have their Night America, where guests can tally their Viola Davis took good qualities, ballot via live telecast in the Rafael’s main theatthe Screen Actors but can anyone er, win raffle prizes, bid in a silent auction and Guild award, but eat like a star. Feb. 26; doors open at 3:30pm. argue that these Michelle Williams $60 general; $50 members; memories—priceare Terence Maland Meryl Streep less. Check out ick’s, Alexander received Golden Payne’s, Woody Globes for imitatAllen’s or Maring famous people; tin Scorsese’s finest moments? That’d be a the Academy also tends to favor a good tough argument to win. impersonation over genuine character And having a list of marginally apprecreation. ciated films in Oscar contention makes Who deserves to win: Glenn Close for predicting winners shaky at best. But this completely weirding out everyone with a we do know—someone’s gonna take home vivid memory of Fatal Attraction in her those little statues. nominated role as manservant Albert Nobbs. Here are our Oscar Challenge predicWho will win: Viola Davis—The Help tions. Remember, any contestant to pick seems to have a dose of Oscar momentum more winners than our on-staff stable lacking in Marilyn and The Iron Lady. of experts—deadline to enter was Feb. 22—will win tickets for two at the ChristoSupporting Actress pher B. Smith Rafael Film Center. Whoever Who deserves to win: Octavia Spencer gets the highest total out of all entries will was a scene stealer as the Kennedy-era receive a 2012 Gold Star membership to the Southern nanny who’s had enough of California Film Institute, which includes whitey in The Help; she’s already got the discounts on regular screenings and more. SAG award and the Golden Globe. Remember, the Big Show is Sunday at Who will win: If Octavia Spencer offers 5:30pm. you pie—DON’T EAT IT! OOOO


Art Direction

Who deserves to win: The Harry Potter movies probably take more art-directing talent to put on the screen than pretty much anything. Still, Deathly Hallows is a sequel in a kid-movie franchise. Who will win: The Art Directors Guild handed Harry Potter a “fantasy film” award and Hugo a “period film” award. The smart money is on Hugo (see above).

Deathly Hallows Part 2; it’s got the most makeup in it. Who will win: The Iron Lady. As every two-bit comedian is saying this week, “It takes better makeup to make Meryl Streep look old(er) than it does to make Glenn Close look like a guy.” Original Score

Who should win and who will win: The Artist. Old-timey piano noodling will get the nostalgia vote every time.


This award frequently goes to movies with a high percentage of screen time taking place outdoors—which favors War Horse and The Tree of Life. Who deserves to win: The Tree of Life has its detractors—and even they say the cinematography was the best part of the movie. Who will win: The Tree of Life, which earned top honors from the Cinematographers Guild.

Original Song

Who should win: Both “Real in Rio” and “Man or Muppet” are the best arguments for bilateral hearing impairment to come along in quite some time. Who will win: Man or Muppet; inspirational verse: “If I’m a Muppet then I’m a very manly Muppet!” Sound Editing, Sound Mixing

Who should win: You’ve seen how we dress. We have no idea. Who will win: Madonna, however, does. Go with W.E.

Who should win: War movies always fare well in the sound categories, so you’d think War Horse would win at least one of these, right? Who will win: War Horse for editing; Hugo, for mixing


Best Picture

Costume Design

Who should win: Tomas Alfredson, Steve McQueen, Nicolas Refn, J.C. Chandor, Lars von Trier or Roman Polanski—but none of them are nominated. Who will win: We’re hesitant to suggest a name most Academy members can’t pronounce properly, but Artist director Michel Hazanavicius won the Director’s Guild award, and only six times since 1948 has the guild failed to predict the eventual Oscar winner. Film Editing

Who should win: The Academy often goes for suspense in this category, which narrows it down to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo—but its editors, Angus Wall and Kirk Baxter, won this last year for The Social Network. They probably deserve the Oscar, but they’ll certainly lose a few votes based on their 2011 victory. Who will win: The Artist, as voters make the mistake of thinking the lack of dialogue requires especially skilled visual editing (when in fact it’s the exact opposite). Makeup

Who should win: Harry Potter and the

Despite some genuine earnestness here and there, the only truly serious film in the lot is The Tree of Life—but Terrence Malick’s quiet contemplation upon the human condition does drift toward the pretentious (did we mention it’s a quiet contemplation upon the human condition?) and warm and fuzzy will best that every time. It’s a warm and fuzzy year for Hollywood, in fact, with The Artist saluting the good ol’ silent-movie days; The Descendants saluting wacky dads; Extremely Loud saluting wacky 9/11-victim dads; Hugo also saluting the good ol’ silent-movie days; and Midnight in Paris saluting good ol’ days in general. Who should win: None of the above. Who will win: The Artist Original Screenplay

Who should win: Margin Call captured the 2008 fall of Lehman Brothers (fictionalized by J.C. Chandor as a nameless investment bank) in all its vile corporate infamy—and even explained the numbers in a simple enough way that even former Lehman Brothers CEOs would probably understand how they f----d things up so royally.

Who will win: Midnight in Paris; a bestpicture consolation prize for Woody Allenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s annual mediocre return from mediocrity. Adapted Screenplay

Who should win: Moneyball, but alas no one cares about the small-market teams. Who will win: Just like Midnight in Paris, The Descendants will likely lose to The Artist for best picture and this will be its â&#x20AC;&#x153;thanks for playingâ&#x20AC;? door prize. Visual Effects

Who should win: Rise of the Planet of the Apes is perhaps the best use of â&#x20AC;&#x153;motion captureâ&#x20AC;? digital imaging to date. Who will win: Rise of the Planet of the Apes won the main award from the Visual Effects Society, which has chosen the eventual Oscar winner in seven of its nine years of bestowing awards. Animated Feature

Who should win: Kung Fu Panda 2 fully realizes the potential of the ďŹ&#x201A;awed ďŹ rst ďŹ lm, as Poâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s journey toward spiritual wholeness captures the essence of the postmodern Western annexation of Buddhist mysticism andâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;ha! Just seeing if you were still paying attention. Who will win: Rango is just weird enough and just celebrity-driven enough to impress the Academy. Animated Short

Who should win: Wild Life is a more accurate depiction of the pioneering Old West (Canadian version) than most full-length live-action ďŹ lms. Nonetheless, its simple animation and tragic ending donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t bode well for actually winning Oscars. Who will win: The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore takes a daring pro-book stance.

Documentary Feature

Who should win: The Paradise Lost series chronicling the plight of the West Memphis Threeâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;a trio of head-banging Arkansas teens convicted of grisly child-murders on very dubious evidenceâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;is one of the major documentary achievements of the last 20 years. This ďŹ nal installment brings muchneeded closure to the story, and proves the power of ďŹ lm in matters of social justice. Who will win: Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no big consensus here. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll stick with Paradise Lost 3 because the case has been championed by several celebrities, including Peter Jackson and Johnny Depp, and that may tip the scales just enough.





Documentary Short

Who should win: The Barber of Birminghamâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;way to go Robin Fryday, of Novato, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re pulling for you. Who will win: This category is always a bit of a guess; nominees are invariably worthy ďŹ lms and often socially relevant. This year includes ďŹ lms about the civil rights movement, the recent Japanese tsunami, the war in Iraq and grisly wife abuse in Pakistan. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a good chance human rights ďŹ lms will split their votes leaving our pick, God is the Bigger Elvis, as, er, King.



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Should win, will win: The Shore has a name director (Terry George, In the Name of the Father, Hotel Rwanda), a well-known actor (Ciaran Hinds, Road to Perdition, Munich, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), a Hollywoodfriendly backdrop (the Irish â&#x20AC;&#x153;troublesâ&#x20AC;?) and a 30-minute running time. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s practically a feature in short-ďŹ lm clothing.



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Movie summaries by Matthew Stafford O Academy Awards Night Party Catch the Oscars on the Lark’s big, big screen at an evening of fun, glitz and frabjous food and drink. Prizes for most glam getups. O Act of Valor (1:41) A team of elite Navy SEALs is dispatched to the Philippines to terminate some especially nasty global-domination scenario with extreme prejudice. O Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Love Never Dies (2:30) Premiere U.S. screening of Webber’s “Phantom of the Opera” sequel, complete with behind-the-scenes insights and an introduction from the composer. 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 Best Picture and Best Director Festival Bone up for the 84th Academy Awards at an all-day marathon of Best Picture/Director Oscar nominees: “The Tree of Life” (12:15), “Midnight in Paris” (3), “Hugo” (5), “The Artist” (7:30) and “The Descendants” (9:45). $20 admission includes discounted snacks and drinks! O Best Shorts Festival Catch all 10 Oscarnominated animated and live-action short subjects in one convenient marathon. 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 Bullhead (2:04) Acclaimed Belgian Oscar nominee about a steroid-pumped cattleman who gets in over his head when he strikes a deal with a devilish meatpacker. 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 Gone (1:35) Kidnapping survivor Amanda Seyfried embarks on a race against the clock to find her abducted sister. O Hugo (2:07) Martin Scorsese family-friendly fantasy about an orphan who makes his home in the fantastical world of a Paris train station; Ben Kingsley, Sacha Baron Cohen and Christopher Lee costar. O The Iron Lady (1:45) Meryl Streep stars as steely right-wing game-changing British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher; Jim Broadbent is around as good ol’ Denis. O Journey 2: The Mysterious Island (1:34) Dwayne Johnson and his two kids head to a volcano-rocked, creature-infested isle to rescue resident codger Michael Caine. O The Metropolitan Opera: Ernani (3:55) Catch Verdi’s tale of mismatched amore live from New York in glorious big-screen high definition. O My Week with Marilyn (1:36) A young assistant director serves as Marilyn Monroe’s confidante, support system and wide-eyed lover during the hectic filming of “The Prince


and the Showgirl”; with Kenneth Branagh as Laurence Olivier, Julia Ormond as Vivien Leigh and Michelle Williams as MM. O Oscar Night America The Rafael hosts the Bay Area’s only Academy-sanctioned Oscar Night event replete with silent auction, fine wines, delectable noshes and the live telecast in dazzling high definition. 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 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 Rampart (1:45) Screwed-up LA cop Woody Harrelson has to face down his rampant racism, sexism, homophobia and general misanthropy when he’s caught on film beating up a suspect. O The Right to Love: An American Family Documentary looks at how a Santa Rosa gay couple and their two adopted children fight ignorance and discrimination with their own YouTube channel. O Safe House (1:55) Cape Town CIA spook Ryan Reynolds and ex-turned-counter 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. O Star Wars: Episode I—The Phantom Menace 3D (2:13) The first chapter of George Lucas’s sci-fi saga is back in three potentially lucrative dimensions; Liam Neeson stars. O 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 Tyler Perry’s Good Deeds (1:50) Tyler Perry writes, directs and stars in the tale of a successful businessman whose chance encounter with a cleaning woman threatens to upend his “perfect” life. 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 Wanderlust (1:40) Jennifer Aniston and Paul Rudd ditch their overstressed Manhattan existence for the laid-back life at a clothingoptional backwoods commune. <

›› MOViE TiMES NAcademy Awards Night Party (Not Rated) Lark Theater: Sun 4 NAct of Valor (R) Century Cinema: 1:30, 4:10, 7, 9:40 Century Northgate 15: 11:30, 2:15, 5, 7:45, 10:25 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:30, 2:10, 5, 7:45, 10:30 Fairfax 6 Theatres: Fri-Sat 1, 4, 6:55, 9:20 Sun-Thu 1, 4, 6:55 NAndrew Lloyd Webber’s Love Never Dies (PG) Century Regency 6: Tue 7:30 CinéArts at Marin: Tue 7:30 CinéArts at Sequoia: Tue 7:30 The Artist (PG-13) +++1/2 Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 11:25, 2, 4:30, 7:05, 9:40 Sun-Thu 11:25, 2, 4:30, 7:05 CinéArts at Sequoia: Fri 4:30, 7, 9:30 Sat 2, 4:30, 7, 9:30 Sun 2, 4:30, 7 Mon, Wed, Thu 4:30, 7 Fairfax 6 Theatres: Fri-Sat 1:30, 4:15, 7:20, 9:40 Sun-Thu 1:30, 4:15, 7:20 NBest Picture and Best Director Festival 2012 (Not Rated) CinéArts at Marin: Sat 12:15 (Tree of Life), 3 (Midnight in Paris), 5 (Hugo), 7:30 (The Artist), 9:45 (The Descendants) NBest Shorts Festival (Not Rated) CinéArts at Marin: Fri 12:30, 4:15, 8 Big Miracle (PG) ++ Century Northgate 15: 11:35, 4:35, 9:35 NBullhead (R) CinéArts at Marin: Fri-Sat 1, 4, 7, 10 Sun 1, 4, 7 MonThu 4:20, 7:30 Chico and Rita (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Fri 4:45, 6:45, 8:45 Sat 2:30, 4:45, 6:45, 8:45 Mon-Thu 6:45, 8:45 Chronicle (PG-13) Century Northgate 15: 12:15, 2:40, 5, 7, 9:30 The Descendants (R) ++1/2 Century Regency 6: 11:20, 2:15, 5, 7:50 CinéArts at Marin: Sun 1:15, 4:30, 7:35 Mon, Wed, Thu 4:30, 7:15 Lark Theater: Fri 4:45, 7:30 Sat 2:20, 4:45, 7:30 Mon-Tue 7 Wed-Thu 4 Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (PG-13) Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 5:20; 3D showtimes at 7:45, 10:10 Sat-Sun 12:15; 3D showtimes at 2:45, 5:20, 7:45, 10:10 Mon-Thu 3D showtimes at 6:45, 9:15 Century Northgate 15: 1:30, 4, 6:30, 9; 3D showtimes at 12:30, 3, 5:30, 8, 10:20 Century Rowland Plaza: 12:05, 5; 3D showtimes at 2:30, 7:25, 10 NGone (PG-13) Century Northgate 15: 12:05, 2:25, 4:55, 7:25, 9:55 Hugo (PG) +++1/2 Century Larkspur


New Movies This Week

Landing: Fri 10:15; 3D showtime at 7:15 Sat-Sun 4:15, 10:15; 3D showtimes at 1:15, 7:15 MonThu 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, 3:50, 6:45, 9:25 Sun-Thu 12:45, 3:50, 6:45 The Iron Lady (PG-13) +++1/2 Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 12, 4:45, 9:15 (shown on a double bill with My Week with Marilyn) Sun-Thu 12, 4:45 (shown on a double bill with My Week with Marilyn) CinéArts at Sequoia: FriSat 5, 9:45 (plays on a double bill with My Week with Marilyn) Sun-Mon, Wed-Thu 5 (plays on a double bill with My Week with Marilyn) Journey 2: The Mysterious Island (PG) Century Northgate 15: 2:10, 7:10; 3D showtimes at 12:50, 3:20, 5:50, 8:20 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:55, 5:10, 10:10; 3D showtimes at 2:25, 7:35 NThe Metropolitan Opera: Ernani (Not Rated) Century Regency 6: Sat 9:55am CinéArts at Marin: Sat 9:55am CinéArts at Sequoia: Sat 9:55am Lark Theater: Wed 6:30 My Week With Marilyn (R) ++1/2 Century Regency 6: Fri-Mon, Wed-Thu 2:10, 6:55 (shown on a double bill with The Iron Lady) Tue 2:10 (shown on a double bill with The Iron Lady) CinéArts at Sequoia: Fri, Mon, Wed, Thu 7:30 (plays on a double bill with The Iron Lady) Sat-Sun 2:40, 7:30 (plays on a double bill with The Iron Lady) Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri 4:15, 6:40, 9:25 Sat 1:15, 4:15, 6:40, 9:25 Sun 1:15, 4:15, 6:40 MonThu 4:15, 6:40 NOscar Night America (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Sun 4 Oscar-Nominated Animated Shorts (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Fri-Sat 4:15, 6:30 Tue-Wed 6:30 Oscar-Nominated Documentary Shorts (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Sat 1:30 Oscar-Nominated Live-Action Shorts (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: FriSat, Tue-Wed 8:30 Pina 3D (PG) Rafael Film Center: Fri 4:30, 7, 9:15 Sat 2, 4:30, 7, 9:15 Mon-Thu 7, 9:15 NRampart (R) Century Northgate 15: 11:40, 2:20, 5:10, 7:50, 10:30

NThe Right to Love: An American Family (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Thu 7 (filmmakers Cassie Jaye and Nena Jaye plus the Leffews family in person; a benefit for Spectrum LGBT Center) 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: 11:50, 2:35, 5:15, 7:55, 10:35 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:35, 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 The Secret World of Arrietty (G) +++1/2 Century Northgate 15: 11:30, 2, 4:20, 6:55, 9:25 Fairfax 6 Theatres: Fri-Sat 1:10, 4:20, 6:40, 9 Sun-Thu 1:10, 4:20, 6:40 Star Wars: Episode I -- The Phantom Menace 3D (PG) Century Northgate 15: 12:40; 2D showtimes at 3:50, 7:05, 10:05 Thin Ice (R) Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 12:25, 2:50, 5:15, 7:40, 10 SunThu 12:25, 2:50, 5:15, 7:40 This Means War (PG-13) Century Northgate 15: 11, 12, 2:45, 3:45, 5:20, 6:20, 7:40, 8:40, 10:10 Century Rowland Plaza: 12:15, 2:45, 5:15, 7:50, 10:20 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: Fri-Sat 12:50, 3:55, 7, 10:05 Sun-Thu 12:50, 3:55, 7 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri 4, 6:50, 9:40 Sat 1, 4, 6:50, 9:40 Sun 1, 4, 6:50 Mon-Thu 4, 6:50 NTyler Perry’s Good Deeds (PG-13) Century Northgate 15: 1:40, 4:25, 7:15, 10 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: Fri 11:15, 1:50, 4:35, 7:15, 9:55 Sat 4:35, 7:15, 9:55 Sun-Thu 11:15, 1:50, 4:35, 7:15 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:45, 2:20, 4:50, 7:20, 10:15 Fairfax 6 Theatres: Fri-Sat 1:20, 4:25, 7:05, 9:35 SunThu 1:20, 4:25, 7:05 NWanderlust (R) Century Northgate 15: 11:45, 2:30, 5:05, 7:35, 10:15 Century Rowland Plaza: 12, 2:35, 5:05, 7:30, 10:05 CinéArts at Marin: Fri-Sat 1:30, 4:45, 7:15, 9:30 Sun 1:30, 4:45, 7:15 Mon-Thu 4:40, 7

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

Jeanne Dandoy in Best Foreign Film Oscar nominee ‘Bullhead,’ opening at the Marin Friday.

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 02/24: Caribbean Dance Party Join CRB for a dance party under the Golden Gate Bridge. 9pmmidnight $8. Presidio Yacht Club, Travis Marina, Sausalito. 215-7196. 02/24: Eddie Neon Blues Band Rancho Debut. Eddie Neon Blues is an eight-piece blues and R&B band with funk and jazz mixed in. 8-10pm. No cover. Rancho Nicasio Restarant and Bar, 1 Old Rancheria Road, Nicasio. 662-2219. 02/24: Lumanation Reggae band with an energetic, dynamic show. 8pm. $10. Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor Drive @ Gate 5, Sausalito. 331-2898.

02/24: Marcelo Puig and Seth Asarnof Authentic Argentine Tango from a wide range of music influences such as Latin American folkloric, Brazilian, blues and jazz. 8pm. Free Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor Drive @ Gate 5, Sausalito. 3312898.

02/24: Mitch Woods & His Rocket 88s,Todd Morgan & The Emblems 9 p.m. $10-15 George’s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262. 02/24: Rockit Science Dance band. 7:30pm. $5. Elk’s Lodge San Rafael Maple Lawn, 1312 Mission Ave., San Rafael. 497-2448.

02/25: Erika Alstrom with Dale Alstrom’s Jazz Society The Jazz Society performs classic swing & jazz standards. No cover charge. 21 and over. 5-8pm. 19 Broadway Niteclub, 17 Broadway, Fairfax. 459-1091.

02/25: Petty Theft Ultimate tribute to Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers. Classic American roadhouse food. 8:30-11pm. $15. Rancho Nicasio Restarant and Bar, 1 Old Rancheria Road, Nicasio. 662-2219. www. 02/25: Pride and Joy 28 years of success for one of the most popular party bands on the scene performing R&B, Soul and lots of dance music. 9:30pm. $20. George’s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262. 02/25: Sandy Geller Geller has been entertaining and teaching music in Novato for years. Grab some friends, and a bite, and maybe a sip or two and kick back and enjoy her performing an acoustic set. 6:30-9:30pm. No cover. Ghiringhelli Pizzeria Grill and Bar, 1535 South Novato Boulevard, Novato. 878-4977. 02/25: Scott Hamilton and Friends Scott plays in the tradition of the classic jazz tenor saxophone established by Ben Webster. Scott will be joined by an amazing lineup featuring Larry Vuckovich, piano; Jeff Chambers, bass; Kenny Washington, vocals; Chuck McPherson, drums; John Santos, percussion; Erik Jekabson, trumpet. The inimitable Mort Sahl will host the evening. 8-10:30pm. $25-50. Ondine/Horizons, 558 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 389-5072. 02/25: 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.


A hard rain’s a-gonna fall

Every once in a while a film comes along packed with such elemental dread you wonder how it couldn’t have been made before. Director Jeff Nichols says he got the notion for TAKE SHELTER after the success of his first film, Shotgun Stories (2007). With the sudden happiness of family and career came the paralyzing fear that some Michael Shannon combines paranoia with cataclysm would take it all away from climatology in ‘Take Shelter.’ him. For Ohio construction worker Curtis LaForche (Michael Shannon), a married and deeply happy father of one, terror hovers overhead—in the metallic gray of gathering clouds, the waving curtains of migrating birds, the strange thunderous sounds around him and, worst of all, in the recurring dreams of soot-stained rain that seems to tell him of an approaching deluge. Are they signs of a family history of schizophrenia coming to roost, or will the sheer terror of them force a mortgage of house and harmony to equip his backyard tornado shelter? Curtis, ever thoughtful of his family, follows up both lines of possibility.Director Nichols invests the wide-open spaces with the claustrophobic hell of one man’s fears and premonitions. A film that will have you looking up for weeks, Take Shelter is an allegory for life’s basic uncertainty, and the trouble that always comes.—Richard Gould

F R I D AY F E B R UA R Y 2 4 — F R I D AY M A R C H 2 Pacific Sun‘s Community Calendar 02/25:Freddy Clarke and Wobbly World

03/01: Wendy DeWitt with Kirk Harwood

Freddy Clarke defines his style as a fusion of rock, jazz, flamenco and classical paired with various other ethnic elements. Wobbly World is a “Jazz, afro-cuban, funk, world music” band 8pm. $10. Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor Drive @ Gate 5, Sausalito. 331-2898. 02/26: Candela y Edgardo Salsa Band Better known as simply ‚ Candela, their trade mark is high energy level performance, featuring great vocals and tight rhythm section 3pm. $10. Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor Drive @ Gate 5, Sausalito. 331-2898. 02/26: Fred Eaglesmith Alternative country singing and songwriting. 7:30-9pm. $20. Rancho Nicasio Restarant and Bar, 1 Old Rancheria Road, Nicasio. 662-2219. 02/26: Savannah Blu Bluegrass. 8 p.m. No Name Bar, 757 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 02/27: Hot Club of Marin Gypsy jazz. 7 p.m. Taste of Rome, 1000 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-7660. 02/27: 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.

Boogie Woogie/blues. 7-10pm. No cover, dinner encouraged. Panama Hotel & Restaurant, 4 Bayview Street, San Rafael. 457-3993. 2/25: Lady D Saturday afternoon jazz with Lady, vocalist; Alex Markels, guitar; Jack Prendergast, bass; Jimmy Hobson, drums. 1-4pm. No cover. The Seahorse, 305 Harbor Dr, Sausalito. 497-2462.

02/28: Audrey Moira Shimkas Duo with Jeff Labes Jazz. Fresh interpretations of American and Brazilian jazz standards, rock/pop favorites. Dinner reservations suggested. 7-10pm. No charge. Panama Hotel & Restaurant, 4 Bayview Ave, San Rafael. 847-8331. 02/28: KortUzi Danny Uzilevsky & Jonathan Korty host Bay Area artists. 9:30 p.m.-1:30am. Free. 19 Broadway, 19 Broadway, Fairfax .

02/29: Danny Click’s Monthly Texas Blues Revue Danny Click hosts George’s first smart, sassy blues-inflected Monthly Texas Blues Revue. Come experience Click’s searing guitar and surprise guests. You never know who’ll show up. 9pm. $15. George’s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262. 02/29: Lauralee Brown and Company Jazz. 7-10pm. Panama Hotel & Restaurant, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 457-3993.

02/29: Sympathetic Strings and Resonant Reeds Wrist recovery benefit for Matthew Montfort of Ancient Future with guitarists Alex de Grassi, Jon Mendle, Teja Gerken and Ronnie Ray Padilla; Mariah Parker’s Indo Latin Jazz and Paul McCandless. 7:30pm. $20-30. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley. 383-9600.

02/29: The Dry Creek Rounders with Grahame Lesh The Rounders roll into Fairfax with special guest Grahame Lesh for a Leap Day Hootenanny. This is a great place to see live music, and they have great beer and food as well. 8pm. Free. Iron Springs Pub & Brewery, 765 Center Blvd., Fairfax.

03/01: Jazz at George’s featuring Lena Sunday Jazz vocalist. 9pm. $12-15 George’s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262. 03/01: Linda Zulaica Quartet Jazz. Enjoy the rich, exciting, smooth like velvet tones. 8:15pm. Free. Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor, Gate 5, Sausalito. 331-2899. 03/01: Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band Bluegrass heavyweight Peter Rowan with his bluegrass band. Very special one-night-only appearance. The Pine Needles open. 7:30-9:30pm. $20. Kanbar Center for the Performing Arts, 200 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael. 444-8000.

Concerts 02/24:S.F.Conservatory of Music Concerts in Marin Ian Scarfe, piano. Philip Brezina, violin. Performing Beethoven’s“Spring”Sonata, opus 24 and works by Granados, Faure and Dvorak. 8pm. Free, donations welcome. Novato United Methodist Church, 1473 South Novato Blvd., Novato. 02/25: Ives Quartet Powerful live music experiences through the presentation of fresh and informed interpretations. Featuring works by Prter, Schubert and Haydn. 8pm. $15-33. Dance Palace Community and Cultural Center, 503 B St., Point Reyes Station. 663-1075.

03/02: Red Star Red Army Chorus and Dance Ensemble The Red Star Red Army Chorus and Dance Ensemble take the audience on a breathtaking journey of Russian music, from popular folk tunes and songs of battle, to spectacular gravity-defying Cossack dance. 8pm. $20-60. Marin Veterans‚Äô Memorial Auditorium, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 499-6800. 03/04: Marin Symphony “Ingenious Interplay.” Alasdair Neale conducts works by Arvo Part, Bach. Jeremy Constant, violin. 3 p.m. $10-$70. Marin Veterans Memorial Auditorium, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 472-4190.

Dance 02/26: Chinyakare Ensemble A performance perfect for the whole family! Chinyakare Ensemble presents an electrifying performance of the traditional dance, music and culture of Zimbabwe and Southern Africa. 3pm. $6-12. Dance Palace Community and Cultural Center, 503 B St., Point Reyes Station. 663-1075.

02/28 and 03/02: Dance Fusion Workshop Incorporates modern, jazz, ballet, cardio and strength. Learn coordination, across the floor progressions, musicality, and choreography in a fun and energetic environment. 4-5pm. $15 drop in. Dance Arts Studios, 704 Mission Ave., San Rafael. 459-1020. 02/29: 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 03/01-03/18:‘As You Like It’ As bubbly as a glass of champagne, this charming show will delight the entire family March 1-3, 9-10, 16-17 at 8pm; March 4, 10-11, 17-18 at 2pm. $10-20. Performing Arts Theater, College of Marin, Kentfield. 457-8811. www. current-season.html 03/02-03/11:‘Fiddler on the Roof’ Presented by Marin Youth Performers. 7:30pm March FEBRUARY 24 - MARCH 1, 2012 PACIFIC SUN 25

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2 and 9; 2pm March 3-4 and 10-11. $14-30. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley. 383-9600. 03/02-04/15:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Cabaretâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; This lively Kander and Ebb musical, directed by Hector Correa, uses an intimate space where the audience will experience the dark, decadent world of Weimar Berlin. Refreshments available. 8-10:30pm. $25-45. Larkspur Cafe Theatre -American Legion Hall Post 313, 500 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur. 381-1638. 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.

Dollars for Daraja: A Night of Music [BENEFIT]

842 4th Street, San Rafael, CA 94901 Tickets: (877) 568-2726 All shows 21 & over

Art 02/24-04/01: Eric Engstrom Retrospective, Myong-Ah Rawitscher: Far From Home,The Book of Remembrance and Vickisa Opening reception 3-5pm Feb. 26. Gallery open daily, 11am5pm. Closed Tues. 11am-5pm. 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.

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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. 4549561.

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 03/09: 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 Cultural Center, 1408 Mission Ave., San Rafael. 485-3328.

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. 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.

Talks/Lectures 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. 02/24: Intimacy in Business: Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s That? Develop next-generation networking skills that take you beyond elevator speeches into authentic connections with prospective clients. 7:30-10 a.m. $35-40. McInnis Park Golf Center Restaurant, 350 Smith Ranch Road, San Rafael. 944-7459. 02/25: Marianne Williamson Internationally acclaimed author and activist presents a special speaking event in support of Stacey Lawson, candidate for Congress in Californiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2nd district. 5-6:30pm. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 306-7689. 02/28: World Affairs Council Andrei Tsygankov will discuss the Russian publicâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s estrangement from its rulers in a lecture entitled â&#x20AC;&#x153;Putin and Medvedev: Back to the Future?â&#x20AC;? Reservations Required. 7:309pm. $6-9; students free. Creekside Room, Dominican University, 50 Acacia, San Rafael. 293-4600.

02/29: Container Gardening Lecture/Demonstration Do you have limited outdoor space? Gardening in containers may be the answer. Learn how to grow vegetables and flowers in containers suitable for our climate from the Marin Master Gardeners. Noon-1pm. Free. Civic Center Library, 3501 Civic Center Dr., Room 427, San Rafael. 473-6058. 02/29: SIRs Meeting Chief Marc Revere of the Novato Fire Department will speak on the history and current operations of the department at SIRs Branch 47 meeting. Learn how local fire departments protect our communities. 11:30am-1:30pm. $22. Marin Country Club, 500 Country Club Dr., Novato. 457-4576.

Readings 02/24: Josh Bazell The author presents his thriller â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wild Thing.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 02/25: Karen Kondazian In conversation with Peter Robinson. Karen Kondazian talks about her novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Whip.â&#x20AC;? Inspired by the true story of Charlotte â&#x20AC;&#x161;Charleyâ&#x20AC;&#x161; Parkhurst (1812-1879), who lived most of her life as a man. 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www. 02/25: Richard Mason The author presents â&#x20AC;&#x153;History of a Pleasure Seeker,â&#x20AC;? an opulent, romantic novel, set at the height of Europeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Belle Epoque. 1pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 02/26: Annie Rohrbach Rohrbach discusses â&#x20AC;&#x153;Conscious Order.â&#x20AC;? Veteran professional organizer Rohrbach shows you how to use the power of your thoughts and imagination to create the order you desire. 1pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 02/26: Bill Broder The author presents â&#x20AC;&#x153;A

Prayer for the Departedâ&#x20AC;? which honors the elders of his family through a series of short stories and intimate vignettes. 4pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 02/26: California Writers Club With Marianne Rogoff, whose travel stories, fictions and essays have appeared in numerous publications, presents a miniworkshop on writing â&#x20AC;&#x153;Travel Story.â&#x20AC;? 2-4pm. $5-10. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 02/26: Donna Emerson and Zara Raab Joint poetry event with Donna Emerson, author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wild Mercyâ&#x20AC;? and Zara Raab, author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Swimming the Eel.â&#x20AC;? 7 m. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 02/26: Matt Abrahams Abrahams presents â&#x20AC;&#x153;Speaking Up Without Freaking Out.â&#x20AC;? 2pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960.

02/28: Culinary Conversation with Gail Simmons Discussion with Gail Simmons, star of Bravoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s show â&#x20AC;&#x153;Top Chefâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Top Chef: Just Desserts,â&#x20AC;? about her new book. 7-10pm. $30-65. Marin Art & Garden Center - The Livermore Pavilion, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Ross. 455-5260. 02/29: Tim Dorsey Dorsey presents his crime novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pineapple Grenade.â&#x20AC;? In the latest laughriot thriller from the author of Hurricane Punch, Serge Storms has finagled his way into becoming a secret agent in Miami. 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960.

Film Events 02/25: San Francisco International Tea Festival at the Ferry Building The San Francisco International Tea Festival brings the world of artisan teas and tea culture to the Bay Area. See the film The Meaning of Tea and meet authors Phil Cousineau & Scott Chamberlain Hoyt. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $20 Ferry Building, 1 Ferry Building, San Francisco. 927-0960.

02/26:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;How to Cook Your Lifeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; with Zen Priest Edward Espe Brown Join us for this delightful film. Ed Brown, 30-year head chef at California Tassajara Zen Center, will be here to answer questions & sign copies of his cookbook, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Tassajara Bread Book.â&#x20AC;? 4:45-7pm. $6 suggested donation. Gathering Thyme, 226 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., San Anselmo. 524-8693.

02/26: Lark Theater Awards Night Party in Big Screen HD Gather your friends for a good time and help support the historic Lark Theater. In addition to the viewing entertainment there will be dinner, desserts and prizes. 4pm. $45-55. Lark Theater, 549 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur. 924-5111.

02/29:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Building the Bridge: Tales from the Original Golden Gate Bridge Workersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Short film inspired by original Golden Gate Bridge workers Charlie Heinbockel & Rolf Jensen. Pride in their work is expressed through mesmerizing tales of construction on the bridge. 1-1:30pm. Free. Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalto. 332-3871.

03/01:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The Comedy of Errorsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; by William Shakespeare One of Shakespeareâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s earliest plays and one his most farcical comedies, with a major part of the humor coming from mistaken identity, in addition to puns and word play. Broadcast in HD on the big screen. 7:30pm. $30. Lark Theater, 549 Magnolia , Larkspur. 924-5111.

03/01:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The Right to Love: An American Familyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Documentary about a gay family who live in Santa Rosa, and their response to the passage of Proposition 8. Presented by Spectrum

LGBT Center. Meet the family and the filmmaker. 7-9pm. $15. Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center, 1118 Fourth St., San Rafael. 472-1945 x209.

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02/25: Bay Model Grand Reopening Ceremony Help celebrate the grand reopening of the Bay Model after 21 months and $15.5 million worth of renovations & construction. Construction including a solar-power generation system. 11am-4pm. Free. Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalto. 332-3871.

02/25: Corte Madera Creek Habitat Restoration We are blessed with beautiful and robust watersheds, like Corte Madera Creek, which looks more like a river between College of Marin and the S.F. Bay than a creek. Work along this section of the creek to remove a swath of non-native, invasive ice plant. The surrounding area supports a healthy array of native plants and resident bird life that will benefit greatly from our work. 9am-noon. Free, rain may cancel. Corte Madera Creek - Marin County Parks, 250 Bon Air Road, Greenbrae. 473-2823.

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02/25: Richardson Bay Educational Night Hike Interested in the night life in Richardson Bay? Check out the sanctuary after the sun goes down with a naturalist led hike. 6:30-8:30pm. $7. Richardson Bay Audubon Center , 376 Greenwood Beach Rd, Tiburon . 388-2524 x 103. 02/25: The Rush to Rush Creek Join Supervising Ranger Rich Gibson and Ranger Dave McMullen and take in the wonder of the waterfowl migration, while exploring this unique open space preserve. Tidal marshes nestled against healthy oak woodlands are sure to present many interesting sights and sounds. This hike will be on flat ground and gentle slopes. Bring water; wear sturdy shoes and weatherappropriate clothing. Dogs must be on leash. Rain will cancel. Free. Rush Creek Preserve, Atherton Ave. exit east, left on Binford Road, Novato. 473-2816.


02/26: Cuts for Kayla - Curing Kayla Rose Need a haircut? Shylocks is raising money for 7 year old Kayla who is battling cancer. All proceeds from that day will be donated to the Dehnert Family. Call and book your appointment today. 10am-4pm. $30-60, plus donations. Shylocks , 834 Fifth Ave., San Rafael. 456-6111.

02/26: Sunday Morning Meditative Hike Easy walk around Lake Lagunitas. Meet at the Fairfax Community Church at 8am for carpooling or at 8:20am in the Lake Lagunitas parking lot at the animal postings board. 8-10am. Free. Fairfax Community Church, 2398 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Fairfax. 02/26: Sunday Morning Qi Gong Obtain powerful tools for self healing. You are also invited to stay afterwards for a positive, life-affirming service at 10am. 11:30am-12:30pm. Suggested $10 donation. Corte Madera Rec Center Patio, 498 Tamalpais Dr., Corte Madera,. 389-8707.

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Library host a docent from the Asian Art Museumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s exhibition. Peek into the dazzling world of Indiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s maharajas and their unique culture of artistic patronage. 7-9pm. Free. Mill Valley Library, 375 Throckmorton, Mill Valley. 389-4292, x203.

02/27: Marin Interfaith Councilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Contemplative Service Monthly service will have time for silence, readings from a different tradition each time and congregational chants. The readings this meeting will be from the Muslim tradition. 6-6:30pm. First Congregational Church, San Rafael, 8 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael. 456-6957. 02/27: Pilates Mat Class Using the mind to control your muscles, Pilates is a body conditioning routine that helps to not only build flexibility, but also strength, endurance and coordination. Good for all fitness levels. 6:30-7:30pm. $15, drop in. Mill Valley Community Center, 180 Camino Alto, Mill Valley. 260-6410.

word play, music, math & science. Pre-registration requested. 1:30-2:30pm. $20. Northbay Artworks, 7049 Redwood Blvd #208, Novato. 516-3218. 02/27: Family Faire: Amy Liz Special interactive performances geared for preschool and kindergartners. Room opens 5:30, show starts 6:30. Kids and regular menus. 5:30-7:30pm. $3 entertainment charge. Ghiringhellis Pizzaria Grill and Bar, 1535 S. Novato Blvd, Novato. 878-4977.

02/28: Baby Time Mother Goose on the Loose Interactive class which uses rhymes, songs, puppets and musical instruments to stimulate the learning process of babies and toddlers. 10:3011am. Free. San Rafael Public Library, 1100 E St., San Rafael. 485-3322. 02/29: Leap Day Fish Feeding Frenzy Help Ranger Bill feed the hungry inhabitants of our fresh and saltwater tanks. Watch the different feeding styles of rock cod, sea stars, and steelhead trout. 2-2:30pm. Free. Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalto. 332-3871. www.spn.

BeneďŹ ts/Gala Events

02/27: San Geronimo Valley Disaster Council Meet the new leadership of the SGV Disaster

02/25: The Redwoods CrabFest, Silent Auction and Raffle All you can eat CrabFest benefits

Council and learn about preparing yourself for an emergency. Open to all Valley residents. 7-8:30pm. Free. Woodacre Improvement Club, 1 Garden Way at Castle Rock Avenue, Woodacre. 02/28: Brainstormers Pub Trivia Join quizmaster Rick Tosh for a fun and friendly team trivia competition. 8-10pm. Free. Finneganâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Marin, 877 Grant Ave., Novato. 899-1516. 02/28: Marin Orchid Society - Draculas No, these are not blood sucking plants. Draculas are are a fascinating species of mostly Central American orchid that generally prefer cool and shady growing conditions. This month Gary Meyer, who has been growing them since 1990, will impart some of his great knowledge in his talk on Dracula Orchids. 6:30-9:30pm. Free. San Rafael Corporate Center, 750 Lindaro St., San Rafael. 457-0836.

The Redwoods bus, providing transport for the retirement communityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s residents. Dinner seatings at 5 and 7pm. Raffle grand prize is a cruise to Caribbean or Mexico. 3:30-9pm. $40-60. The Redwoods, 40 Camino Alto, Mill Valley. 383-2741 x 295.

02/28: North Bay Trout Unlimited Chapter and the Mt. Tam Fly Fishers Club With fly-fishing superstar Jeff Currier speaking and giving tips. Refreshments served. 6:30-10 p.m. Corte Madera Town Center Community Room, 770 Tamalpais Dr., Suite 201, Corte Madera.

02/29: Centennial Naturalist Hike: Leap Day Amphibian Hike Mosey through Sky Oaks Meadow to the aptly named Bullfrog Creek. Look and listen along the way for bullfrogs and Pacific chorus frogs, and learn to identify local amphibians on Leap Day. 10am-2pm. Free. Sky Oaks Ranger Station, Fairfax. 945-1128. 02/29: Leap Year! Trivia Cafe Team trivia contest, hosted by Howard Rachelson, Marinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Master of Trivia, featuring great questions, music and visuals, and cash prizes. 7:30-9:30pm. $4 entry/ player (goes to prizes for winners) Broken Drum, 1132 Fourth St., San Rafael. 02/29: Single Seniors Happy Hour Seniors (60 plus) Join a leap year no-host happy hour. 5-6pm. San Rafael Joeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, 931 Fourth St., San Rafael. 883-2316. 457-1000.

Kid Stuff

02/26: 2012 Academy Awards Viewing Party Stroll the red carpet, pose for the paparazzi, sip fine wine & sample offerings from local restaurants as you sit & watch the live broadcast of the Academy Awards. To benefit Kiddo! 4-8:30pm. $75. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley. 383-9600.

02/26: Oscars Live in HD at the Lark Theater Glamorous good fun. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the Oscars Live in HD with costume contest, auction, appetizers, dinner, wine and more.Proceeds benefit Lark Theater Educational Outreach programs and Youth Film Festival. 4pm. $55. Lark Theater, 549 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur. 924-5111. 03/02: WildCare 2012 Gala WildCareâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2012 Gala helps support programs in wildlife rehabilitation and environmental education throughout the year. People wanting to live well with wildlife and our Wildlife Ambassadors attend. 6-11pm. $300. Mill Valley Community Center, 180 Camino Alto, Mill Valley. 453-1000.

Classes/Workshops 02/25-03/17: Smart Phone Photography with Trudi Unger Do you point and shoot photos then delete all but one or two? Learn to compose photos that draw viewers to the center of interest. Shown in class are new apps and filters. 10am-noon $80 for 4 classes. The Cabin, 60 Tennessee Valley Road, Mill Valley. 388-6393.

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. <

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›› STARSTREAM by Ly nda Ray

Week of February 23-March 1, 2012

ARIES (March 20 - April 19) Although independent Uranus continues to stir up your rebellious nature, there is more to life than breaking the rules. You have just begun a long spiritual journey that asks, “Are you inwardly fulfilled?” Being an Aries means being active—sitting still and contemplating your navel is probably not how you start your day. Nevertheless, find a way to factor in some sort of soul gazing every day, no matter how brief. You’ll thank me later. TAURUS (April 20 - May 19) Being a down-to-earth sign, you tend to be realistic about what (and whom) you want to keep in your life. This is being challenged by a new desire that is more about idealism than realism. You are now on a quest to find the perfect life. This isn’t about how much money you make or how many rich people you know: It’s about the quality of your existence and your friends. Lesson 1: Happiness doesn’t have a price tag. GEMINI (May 20 - June 20) You may be wondering if your life has a purpose; or, you may be questioning what you thought was the right career. You’ve entered a phase where your previous public persona is no longer satisfying. You are beginning to understand that your mind, body and spirit should work together—dividing up these aspects only leaves you feeling lost and disjointed. Consider yourself a jigsaw puzzle with only three (very important) pieces. Now put it together... CANCER (June 21 - July 21) Often, when the planets emphasize the house of higher consciousness, one begins to replace old metaphysical viewpoints with new ones. While this can be illuminating, it can also deceive you into believing you are the latest guru, waiting to be discovered. In fact, you are on a long spiritual journey, one that takes years to complete. 1st clue: Enlightenment is difficult to achieve if you drag your ego along for the ride. LEO (July 22 - August 22) Although it may be tempting to take advantage of an offer for a loan that looks too good to pass up, don’t do it. This is not the time to take on debt of any kind. This is a statement about your particular chart—not the economy. It is necessary for you to be extra careful when dealing with the resources provided by others—whether personal or professional. So, no matter how many travel points are offered, you shouldn’t apply for that new Visa card... VIRGO (August 23 - September 21) In general, you look at your relationships through rose-colored glasses—a tendency both endearing and dangerous. As naive Neptune has begun a long journey through this sector of your chart, any partnership can be perceived as being much more meaningful than it actually is. Lower the pedestal and take a long hard look at whomever you’ve recently let into your life. If you can’t, ask an old friend to give you an honest assessment. The truth may hurt, but it also sets you free... LIBRA (September 22 - October 22) Red wine is good for you. Any alcohol is bad for you. Chocolate is full of disease-fighting antioxidants. Chocolate rots your teeth and makes you fat. Coffee prevents cancer. Coffee causes high blood pressure. You can’t blame yourself about your current confusion over dietary choices. Nebulous Neptune has moved into your health house for a very long stay, bringing a fluctuating influence on your food shopping. If you don’t have a lot of kitchen space, you’re in trouble. SCORPIO (October 23 - November 21) If you have children, you are likely to be particularly enchanted by them right now. While this can be quite lovely, it does also leave you vulnerable to requests for video games, toys and expensive trips to Disneyland. If you are not a parent, then you get to indulge your inner child. Engage in playful behavior, buy a finger-painting set—or better yet, book yourself a trip to Disneyland Paris. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 - December 20) Whether home is a tent or a palace, it is going through changes. You are craving a mystical environment, one that soothes both your physical and emotional senses. You may turn off the television in favor of listening to music. You may ignite candles instead of flicking on the overhead light. You may add floor pillows and a meditation space. You may start drinking herbal tea instead of beer. OK. That last one is probably over the top... CAPRICORN (December 21 - January 18) Capricorns who stick to rational thought are about to have their way of thinking challenged. Truth, as it turns out, can be a bit fuzzy around the edges. Communication is not always clear. Even the most brilliant ideas can be flawed. Those of you who have always been mentally flexible are thrilled instead of threatened by the journey of imaginative Neptune through magical Pisces. Those of you who depend on structured thought processes, not so much... AQUARIUS (January 19 - February 17) No matter how you describe your actual religion (or lack of one), you are becoming quite Zen-like in your attitude about possessions. You are realizing that who you are has nothing to do with what you own. For some of you this is immediately liberating. Others may have to experience this major shift in your values more slowly. Fortunately, this is a long transit. Don’t give everything away all at once... PISCES (February 18 - March 19) Many of you are natural born actors, able to easily portray an image. This ability is becoming more pronounced as Neptune (the planet of illusion) enhances the many imaginative talents of your sign. Like a chameleon, you can adapt to whatever or whoever is near you, empathetically projecting the persona most suitable to the situation. Those who work in the arts should be inspired. Those who are con artists should be thrilled... < Email Lynda Ray at or check out her website at 30 PACIFIC SUN FEBRUARY 24– MARCH 1, 2012

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PUBLIC NOTICES 995 Fictitious Name Statement 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 ClerkRecorder of Marin County on January 24, 2012. (Publication Dates: February 3, 10, 17, 24, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 128449 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as SPECIALTY FINISHES WINDOW COVERING, 100 MAIN ST., SQ, CA 94964: SPECIALTY APPLICATIONS & FINISHES, INC., 100 MAIN ST., SQ, CA 94964. This business is being conducted by a corporation. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on December 29, 2011. (Publication Dates: February 3, 10, 17, 24, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 128437 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as TRANSIT GRAFFITI CONTROLS, 100 MAIN ST., SQ, CA 94964: TRISCAN MERMIN, 100 MAIN ST., SQ, CA 94964. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on December 29, 2011. (Publication Dates: February 3, 10, 17, 24, 2012) 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 ClerkRecorder 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) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 128823 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as SOLAR OTTER, 26A BELLE AVE., SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960: GEORDIE WHINNERY, 26A BELLE AVE., 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 14, 2012. (Publication Dates: February 24; March 2, 9, 16, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 128818 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as NEW EVOLUTION CARPENTRY & CONSTRUCTION, 555 CANAL ST. #5, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: MIGUEL SOLIS ANAYA, 555 CANAL ST. #5, 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 14, 2012. (Publication Dates: February 24; March 2, 9, 16, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2012128482 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as HAWSER MARINE INSURANCE SERVICES, 4040 CIVIC CENTER DR. SUITE 200, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: HAWSER MARINE SERVICES LLC., 27 CENTRAL DR., MILL VALLEY, CA 94941. This business is being conducted by a limited liability company. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on January 1, 2012. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on January 4, 2012. (Publication Dates: February 24; March 2, 9, 16, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2012128782 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as SAFEPLAY PLAYGROUNDS, 955 ADRIAN WAY, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: JOHN S. MANCHIP INC., 955 ADRIAN WAY, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903. This business is being conducted by a corporation. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on February 10, 2012. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on February 10, 2012. (Publication Dates: February 24; March 2, 9, 16, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 128832 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as GLAMOROUS NAILS & SPA II, 747 SIR FRANCIS DRAKE BLVD., SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960: GLAMOROUS NAILS & SPA INC., 1127 REDWOOD BLVD., NOVATO, CA 94947. 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 15, 2012. (Publication Dates: February 24; March 2, 9, 16, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 128830 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as PER TE, 455 MAGNOLIA AVE., LARKSPUR, CA 94939: LABORATORIO ORGANICO LLC., 10 SKYLARK DR. APT. 61, LARKSPUR, CA 94939. This business is being conducted by a limited liability company. Registrant has not yet begun to transact busi-

ness under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on February 15, 2012. (Publication Dates: February 24; March 2, 9, 16, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 128730 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as RANDOM AMERICA, 69 EDISON AVE., CORTE MADERA, CA 94925: GEOFFREY H. TURNER, 69 EDISON AVE., CORTE MADERA, CA 94925; CATHERINE GAMLEN, 1021 PALOMA, BURLINGAME, CA 94010. This business is being conducted by a co-partners. 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 6, 2012. (Publication Dates: February 24; March 2, 9, 16, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 128862 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as IRWIN STREET FINANCIAL, 700 IRWIN ST. SUITE 300, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: PINNACLE CAPITAL MORTGAGE CORPORATION, 1620 E. ROSEVILLE PKWY. SUITE 248, ROSEVILLE, CA 95661. 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 21, 2012. (Publication Dates: February 24; March 2, 9, 16, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 128776 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as TE TIEMPO, 5 HAMILTON LANDING SUITE 100, NOVATO, CA 94949: REPUBLIC OF TEA INC., 5 HAMILTON LANDING SUITE 100, NOVATO, CA 94949. 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 9, 2012. (Publication Dates: February 24; March 2, 9, 16, 2012)

997 All Other Legals 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) STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF USE OF FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME File No. 304353 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): REDHILL NAILS AND SPA, 747 SIR FRANCIS DRAKE BLVD., SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960. Filed in Marin County on: April 14, 2009. Under File No: 120536. Registrantâ ™s Name(s): QUYEN N. NGHIEM, 524 HAWK DR., PETALUMA, CA 94954. This statement was filed with the County Clerk Recorder of Marin County on February 15, 2012. (Pacific Sun: February 24; March 2, 9, 16, 2012) ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF MARIN. No. CIV 1200756. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner JOHN MILFORD REIFSNYDER filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: JOHN MILFORD REIFSNYDER to JOHN LAVIN. 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: April 2, 2012, 8:30 AM, Dept. B, Room B, Superior Court of California, County of Marin, 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael, CA 94903. 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 17, 2012 /s/ ROY CHERNUS, JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT (Pacific Sun: February 24; March 2, 9, 16, 2012)

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I’m an Occupy girl, age 45, into eco-shamanism and planetary consciousness stuff. I’ve mostly dated engineers with a playful side who initially seemed open to my interests but quickly became resentful of them. My boyfriend of two years is different—easygoing and willing to expand his horizons. He actually reads the articles I post on Facebook and discusses them with me. We laugh effortlessly and are very giving to each other, but I can’t shake the feeling that I should look for somebody more my type (more artistically, politically and spiritually inclined). I fantasize about meeting an artistic shamanic guy who is gorgeous and open and shares my sense of purpose, but the truth is, guys in my social milieu can be very competitive, neurotic and immature. I guess my question is: If you can IMAGINE a better partner, does that mean you should break up?—Restless


These guys you dated probably believed they were open-minded...until they were invited by their eco-shamanistic girlfriend to something like the “Embrace of the Earth” rite, in which participants spend the night in a grave they dig themselves. As refreshing as you may find it to “tap into the earth’s restorative energies,” their first thought probably went something like “Thanks, I’ll take the night on the 800 thread count, slave-labor-made sheets. Could you turn on my electric blanket, please, before you go?” If a guy thinks a girl’s hot, he’ll buy into whatever her trip is for as long as he can. My steak-loving boyfriend once dated a militant vegan. (He’d hit the Burger King drive-through on his way home.) Obviously, it’s a problem if you go out with some engineer dude, tell him you’re an “Occupy girl” and he says, “Wow, my company designs the water cannons the police use to spray you people.” But, your current restlessness may stem from the notion that it’s a great big drum circle out there with a lot of chakra healer-boys and past-life counselors in it. Having a lot of choice sounds great, but research by social psychologist Dr. Sheena Iyengar suggests that most people get overwhelmed when they have more than a handful of options. Essentially, when it seems the sky’s the limit, we’re prone to keep looking skyward. We end up not choosing at all, or we choose poorly and end up dissatisfied. A solution for this is “satisficing,” a strategy from economist Herbert Simon, of committing to the “good-enough” choice—instead of marching off on a never-ending search for spiritually evolved, Burning Man-certified perfection. Sure, you can probably find your eco-shamanistic cloneboy—a guy who’ll take the initiative in signing you both up for “soul retrieval training” when you worry that you forgot yours at Macy’s in a past life. But then maybe he’ll go all hateful on you on the way home about whether to save the whales or go to the movies. The longer your list of must-haves in a man, the more you shrink your pool of potential partners. Your own appeal is also a factor, and it’s probably narrowed by things like not being 22 and your plumpitude, if any. Consider whether it’s possible to have friends be your spiritual colleagues and have that be enough. You can wish for the gorgeous, artistic, shamanic perfect man—along with world peace and all the hemp bacon you can eat. But, maybe the realistic man is your sweet spiritual trainee who is fun and giving, dutifully rinses off his used foil, and smiles and pulls the Prius over when you tell him that your spirit animal needs to pee.


I’m a 32-year-old woman who doesn’t particularly like kids. I told my last boyfriend I didn’t want kids, but three years in, he said he wanted a family and left. He said he thought I’d eventually change my mind. How do I keep this from happening again?—Nobody’s Mom


You can’t just sit down on the first date and ask a man if his semen has a life plan. But, let a kid-wanting man get attached (even second date-attached) and he’ll want to believe you’ll eventually mommy up. So right on date one, you need to drop into conversation that you aren’t a “kid person.” Make sure a guy responds like he’s gotten the bottom-line message: His sperm, your egg, they ain’t gonna party. Now, some guys might not have fully considered the issue of kids, so you might weave the subject in on subsequent dates for reinforcement. If you’re 22, a major compatibility issue is “Eeuw, you like Coldplay?” At 32, you really need to know upfront if one of you is musing “I wonder what we’ll name the twins” and the other’s thinking “Whatever they called them at the pound is fine by me.” < © Amy Alkon, all rights reserved. Got a problem? Email or write to Amy Alkon, 171 Pier Ave. #280, Santa Monica, CA 90405.

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