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If Michael Keaton’s the ‘idea man’—whose bright idea was it for him to do ‘Jack Frost’?

Thank you for publishing my poem on The Outlaw Josey Wales in your issue about readers’ favorite movies [“Great Escapism,” Feb. 24], which reminded me of my alltime favorite movie: Night Shift. For career-launching role unbeaten, Scenes stolen that bear scenes repeatin’ See Young Man with Ideas, Trumping both stars with ease, See Night Shift co-star, Michael Keaton. He is the patron saint of Idea Men. I had a friend who early on had one of those portable “idea recorders.” He recorded, “I don’t give a f---!” which he would play for others when he didn’t give a f---. Said it was effective. Said he got the idea from Michael Keaton. Elliott Kolker, Stinson Beach

I also posted this at pacificsun.com in the political section, though my response to serial letter-to-the-editor writer Marcia Blackman doesn’t deserve the moniker. I’d label her attitude as “unkind.” Politics involves caring for others. Fundamentally, government serves to recognize and serve the common good, based on compassion for others, which she clearly lacks. She views government that provides a safety net as unnecessary. I am tired of reading her missives, strewn with derogatory comments. So, that said, I am moved to address this particular letter [“We Didn’t Know Gravy Paired So Well With Sour Grapes,” March 2]. As a social worker, committed to social justice, I react from a perspective of caring for others who are displaced and disadvantaged. A condition the writer maligns. She attacks the Marin Child Care Council, criticizing its executive director for doing her job of, in Blackman’s words, “giving taxpayer money away to women” who don’t have the means to work and pay childcare, as well. If they had family to provide care, they would. Clearly they don’t. Blackman needs to learn how social service agencies work. Participants are screened and tracked while they get a lift to better their lives and their children’s lives. Blackman’s off-hand remarks regarding voting, again in her words, “raising taxes and floating bonds for every feel-good scheme and scam... helping the poor, underprivileged, scumbags, crooks, liars, thieves, entitled, lazy, pieces of ----.” Here I address her directly: Do you see the hate you spew? My god—it is simply horrible to read. I am

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TOP POSTINGS THIS WEEK The New Pledge of Allegiance For Schools A fifteen year old came up with this new Pledge of Allegiance. Since the Pledge of Allegiance and The Lord’s Prayer Are not allowed in most Public schools anymore Becau... Indian Gold for Iranian Oil The revolution will not be televised. This is another story I guarantee you will not see on the evening news. The war of banking systems continues. First, there w..

Your soapbox is waiting at ›› pacificsun.com offended. It is destructive to talk of others this way. There are people here who are struggling; your use of the language above is shameful. Mark Solomons, Fairfax

and I will save a fistful of dollars in the process. Nothing wrong with good wholesome food, mind you! The glut of attention is very unwelcome. The congestion and vibe is now very “Unfairfax.” Thank you for shopping, now go away. Peter T, Fairfax

Actually, it’s conscience, nitrogen, hydrogen, oxygen, carbon... May I suggest that the Pacific Sun is obligated only to print letters that are fair and true, and not the rants of a bitter few. It may be dog-eat-dog in the wild, but we are made of better stuff. It is our conscience that separates us from the rocks. In our hearts we know what is right. Poor children and other unfortunates are easy targets for the unkind, while the greedy rich go unpunished. We need not look down to see where the money went. The unrelenting extraction occurs far above. No perch is safe when 400 Americans own 98 percent of our wealth. They live in comfort and safety, while most of us try to make ends meet. They fail to pay their fair share, and the burden to support their fortunes has ruined our economy. Many Americans are impoverished. One out of every four of our children is hungry. In the richest nation on earth, such inequality is unforgivable. Indifference to others is wrong, but intolerant action greatly adds to the crime. The Sun is a good forum for thought, but one should use caution when the pen hits the page. For who we really are may appear in the ink. Jack Champie, San Rafael

Tempeh tantrum First of all, congratulations to Good Earth Natural Foods. After their move into their super-duper new digs [“Journey to the Center of the Earth,” Feb. 24], they must have grossed more this month than all of last year. Being a Fairfax resident, always having loved our tranquil environs, the attention the Good Earth has been getting is a bit unsettling. In particular, when entering or departing our “Alpine Village of Marin,” a clattering and shattering amount of steel and chrome is filling up all parking lots surrounding the named food-lovers’ emporium. Last night I departed after searching for a parking spot after circling 15 minutes. I guess the Fairfax Market and United are my destinations now

A spork in the road I am writing this article because I strongly feel we, as citizens of Marin County and the greater San Rafael area, need to actually consider recycling plastic utensils for eating. This way, expensive (plastic) knives, forks and spoons don’t just get tossed into the garbage containers. It bothers me to see these thrown out. I’m all for recycling as much as we can. Marie Tannyhill, San Rafael

Saints were playing rollerball? No wonder Niners beat ‘em...

James Caan, killing opposing rollerball players, and his status as an A-list leading man, in one fell swoop.

Anyone who is appalled (and should be) and surprised (but shouldn’t be) by the recent news items on excessive violence in sports—most notably football [in which the New Orleans Saints were offering cash rewards for injuring opposing players]—needs to go back and check out the Norman Jewison-directed Rollerball, a classic film made 37 years ago on this very subject. It stars James Caan as the team superstar and John Houseman as the team executive overseeing the ruthlessly violent team sport “rollerball.” I have seen this film featured in books about the history of science fiction movies when, in fact, it should more appropriately be categorized as predictive of the future. Check it out, film/sports fans. A real eye-opener. Kimberly Clark, Greenbrae

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Marin fuming over Spare the Air Wood-burning bans—smoldering resentment, or breath of fresh air? by Pe te r Se i d m an

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or three months next winter, Susan Goldsborough will leave her Woodacre home. The trigger for her temporary exile? Wood smoke. Air pollution from wood-burning in fireplaces in the valley where Goldsborough lives makes the seemingly idyllic Marin location a health hazard for her. She has lupus, and wood smoke can amplify the risks associated with the condition. Goldsborough’s daughter has asthma, and wood smoke is a recognized menace when it comes to respiratory ailments. Air quality is a concern across Marin in winter, especially in valleys. In 2008, when the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) board was deciding what measures to enact to deal with pollution from wood burning, Goldsborough was among a group of people pushing the board to move forward. Which it did. That was the first year the air district instituted its prohibition against burning wood on winter Spare the Air days. It also was the year that Goldsborough and other concerned citizens formed Families for Clean Air. She and her organization continue their work of educating people about the health dangers associated with wood burning. It’s a tough job, as can be seen in reactions to the wood-burning ban from people who consider burning wood in their fireplaces a primal right that nothing should

curtail, especially a governmental agency. Winter Spare the Air season, when inversion layers and air stagnation can trap pollutants in wood smoke and cause unhealthy air quality, lasts from November until the end of February. Although the hazards are most pronounced in the winter, the health effects from wood smoke know no seasons, and burning wood is hazardous throughout the year, says Goldsborough. Educating people about the effects of burning wood in the family fireplace is a tough task, not unlike the education effort that took so long to convince people that tobacco smoke is unhealthy. The situation is ironic in Marin, the home of health-conscious, environmentally friendly residents. Ina Gotlieb, the program director at Families for Clean Air, says, “I went to a meeting recently with a local mothers’ group. Everyone had herbal tea and homemade granola they brought from home in their glass containers. They were talking about genetically modified organisms [and the harm they may induce]. But when I started talking about wood smoke, they refused to believe the science.” Gotlieb, Goldsborough and Families for Clean Air say pollutants in wood smoke are identical to the pollutants in diesel emissions and tobacco smoke. In some cases the level of pollutants in wood smoke is higher than the levels in diesel emissions and 10 >

›› NEWSGRAMS Rancho to become ‘neighborhood school’ Rancho Elementary School—Novato’s so-called “essentialist” school that admitted students via a lottery—will revert to being a neighborhood school at the beginning of the 2013-2014 school year. The unanimous decision by the Novato School District board of trustees ended years of controversy over the centrally located school—supporters of its magnet-school status championed its high test scores; neighbors expressed frustration that their kids had to luck out in a lottery in order to attend a school within walking distance. Rancho had also been criticized for a lack of diversity, as studies have shown that school lottery systems tend to be entered into largely by upper-income families. Children already attending Rancho will remain at the school; younger siblings of current students and next year’s kindergarten class will be allowed to enroll as well. Opened in 1976, Rancho has featured an emphasis on reading, writing and math; in 2005 the state began requiring all schools to follow the same state curriculum. Along with the change to Rancho’s enrollment system, the district adjusted the enrollment boundaries of Loma Verde, Pleasant Valley and Olive elementary schools in order to keep enrollment numbers at similar levels.—Jason Walsh County, employees agree to continue bargaining All that bargaining over pension reform between the county of Marin and its public employees union has come to fruition this week, as the parties have reached a tentative agreement—to continue bargaining. The agreement to continue seeking agreement on pension reform was part of a threeyear contract extension ratified last week by the Marin Association of Public Employees— which includes 1,097 “general unit” county employees as well as 238 folks from Health and Human Services. The contract extension will go before the Board of Supervisors on March 27. The deal provides no cost-of-living raises in the first two years of the contract; in the third year employees will receive a 2 to 3 percent cost-of-living raise. Instead of permanent costof-living raises in the first two years, according to county officials,“the new agreement also includes one-time employee payments of $500 per employee to be paid in the first year, and $1,000 per employee to be paid in the second year of the contract.” Philip Thomas, president of the public employees union, said members were “disappointed” that funds weren’t available for “needed pay raises” the next two years.“But,” he said,“we’re pleased that we could reach a peaceful resolution with annual cash payments, benefit protections and a salary increase within the life of this contract in return for our union and members’ cooperation on cost-saving efficiencies.”—JW New federal report sides with park service’s oyster findings The U.S. Department of the Interior had clammed up about its recent digging into the Drakes Bay Oyster Company controversy—but that ended Monday when it released its “final report” examining the science used last year by the National Park Service. The park service concluded in its Draft Environmental Impact Statement released last fall that ceasing oyster farming in the Point Reyes National Seashore was the “preferred” outcome for the environment. Drakes Bay Oyster Company’s permit to operate in the PRNS is scheduled to expire Nov. 30, 2012—and whether the lease should be extended has made national news, with Sen.

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Supes OK funds for Novato Theater County officials are rolling out the red carpet for the Novato Theater. Last week, the Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to reel off $150,000 in community partnership funds toward the restoration of the single-screen theater that’s been shuttered since 1996. In December, the Novato City Council approved the sale of the Grant Avenue building to Novato Theater, the purchasing group headed by Lark Theater director Bernice Baeza, for 10 > $50,000. The theater’s fundraising group, Novato Screen Savers, has estimated that

1. Where in Marin County is the John T. Knox freeway? 2. Ocean water is approximately what percent salt? 3. What is the heaviest land animal in North America? 4. Looking through his telescope in 1610, Galileo was the first person to see the moons of what planet? 5. What Silicon Valley company’s headquarters are located at the address “One Infinite Loop” in Cupertino, California? 6. What music album by Michael Jackson is the best-selling of all time, with up to 110 million copies sold? 7. Pictured, right: Identify these famous firsts : 7a. He is considered the first pope 7b. America’s first national bank, established in 1797 in what city? 7c. She is the first woman to produce, direct, write and star in a major motion picture. (Name the woman and the film) 8. Which of the following flavorings was unavailable to the ancient Romans: sugar, salt, mint or mustard? 9. What U.S. state was named for the wife of King Charles I of England? 10. What two NBA players, each of whose first names begins with “K,” are the highest scoring of all time?

by Howard Rachelson

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BONUS QUESTION: When construction for the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C., was begun in 1793, who laid the cornerstone? Send your best trivia question (with your name and hometown) to howard1@triviacafe.com; if your question is used in the ‘Pacific Sun,’ we’ll give you credit!

VTamar Cohn was surprised to receive a phone call from Hilary, a woman she has never met. The observant caller found a $400 check on the sidewalk in front of the Pin Up Hair Emporium and Unique Boutique on Fourth Street in San Rafael. Hilary quickly phoned Tamar, the writer of the check, to let her know that the intended recipient was not in possession of the $400. Tamar says she’s grateful that Hilary found the check, rather than someone who might have simply thrown it away, or worse, tried to cash it. For helping Tamar avoid a bookkeeping glitch or possible fraud, we name Honest Hilary as our Hero this week.

Answers on page 31 WI’ve been nominated as a Zero—and I strongly object. In the March 9 issue, I called singles event promoter Rich Gosse a Zero for hosting the offensive Miss Cougar America Contest & Dance. According to one Gosse supporter, Barry Taranto, “Ms. Silverstein unfairly labeled the longtime San Rafael resident a ‘zero’...for actually honoring the latest craze—older women interested in men much younger than them.” Well, Barry, you are now our Zero. Let us be loud and clear. There is no craze, unless you’re referring to the emotional state of the men believing there is a bunch of older women out there waiting to be ravished by young men. You guys need to keep your fantasies to yourself. —Nikki Silverstein

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Ranchers having a cow over pasture loss Are Marin farms facing a state of emergency due to dry, windy weather? That’s what the Marin County Board of Supervisors declared Tuesday, on behalf of an emergency request by the county’ agricultural commissioner. The board adopted a resolution proclaiming an “emergency condition for Marin County agricultural operations and livestock producers due to rangeland and pasture loss.” According to the County Department of Weights and Measures, average rainfall in Marin this winter has been approximately one-third of normal.“Coupled with unseasonably warm temperatures, these conditions have led to reduced herd sizes and supplemental feedings,” says Ag Commissioner Stacy Carlsen. Declaring a local agricultural emergency will support the Department of Weights and Measures’ application to the state Office of Emergency Services for federal aid to local ranchers if such funds become available. The period in which the emergency conditions were declared runs from fall 2011 through winter 2012 and suggests the “rangeland loss” occurred due to unseasonably warm daytime temperatures that dried out forage, frost that inhibited forage growth and strong winds that reduced soil moisture and dried out grasses when they should have been growing. According to an Agricultural Commission survey,“Local ranchers have suffered an estimated 50 percent loss in livestock forage as a result of these adverse weather conditions.” “Marin County dairy and livestock operations have had to reduce herd size and provide supplemental feeding during a time when historically it is rarely done,” says Carlsen.“The additional cost of feed has substantially impacted Marin’s agricultural operations already operating on a narrow margin, and will continue to impact operations as feed must be purchased to maintain stocks as the season continues.”—JW

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Dianne Feinstein weighing in on the side of the oyster company. Some conservationists say the Point Reyes National Seashore should be allowed to return to its natural “wilderness” state; supporters of the oyster farm contend that oyster farming has a minimal impact on the environment and that at this point, after years of the Drakes Bay operation (formerly Johnson’s Oyster Farm), to shut it down would have a negative impact on the environment. After the park service’s environmental impact report was released last fall, Feinstein called for a review of that study by the National Academy of Sciences. (It’s not clear whether Monday’s peer review by the Department of the Interior will have any effect on whether the Academy also conducts a review.) The Department of the Interior report, a peer review study conducted by Atkins North America consultants, called the NPS report “well written with adequate analysis and use of available scientific information.” The reviewers included Ted Grosholz of UC Davis and Dianna Padilla of Stony Brook University, both charged with examining NPS’s findings on Drakes Bay ecology and coastal management; Charlie Wisdom, of Parametrix, who looked at NPS findings on water quality; Christopher Clark, of Cornell University, who examined soundscapes; and James Wilen of UC Davis, who reviewed NPS’s socioeconomic findings. The reviewers were charged with examining whether the NPS conclusions were “reasonable” and based on the best science available. The majority of the reviewers concluded that the NPS methods and science were sound; the most critical was Wilen, who wrote that too often the park service economic-impact conclusions were not based on peer-reviewed studies or were “vague at best, misleading at worst.” The Department of the Interior’s report summarized that “Overall, the reviewers found the [park service’s] analyses to be appropriate, and there is no fundamental flaw with the larger scientific underpinning of the [Draft Environmental Impact Statement].”—JW

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< 9 Newsgrams about $3 million is needed to renovate and restart programming at the movie house; according to a statement from county officials, the group has so far raised $550,000 for the project. County Administrator Matthew Hymel had recommended that the Supes authorize the one-time-only funds, which are available through community partnership funds on the current year’s budget. The restoration phase of the project will cost $700,000, according to Hymel. Once completed, Hymel says in his report to the board that “the historic theater will serve Marin County residents as a community cultural center to serve schools, nonprofits, regional businesses and performing artists.” The theater, which has hasn’t shown movies for over two decades, has witnessed several failed attempts at revival—most recently with a nonprofit organization that spent 10 years attempting to raise the funds required for renovation expenses.—JW

No wealth of candidates in Ross Pssst! Ross...anyone ‘round there wanna be on the Town Council? The filing period for the June 5 primary election ended March 14—the extended filing period in fact—and still no Ross residents are interested in running for any of the three open seats on the council. Even the majority of the council doesn’t want to be on the council; none of the incumbents whose seats are up—Richard Strauss, Christopher Martin and R. Scott Hunter—are running for re-election. If no one appears on the ballot, and no one qualifies to be considered as a write-in candidate, the council will have to appoint members—whether anyone will accept the appointment remains to be seen.—JW

‘Foreclose this!’ say protesters The Occupy Marin movement has been closing in on foreclosures this winter—in the hopes of calling attention to the Marin mortgage crisis by holding weekly vigils at San Rafael City Hall, where foreclosed homes are auctioned off. On the morning of March 15, Occupy staged a rally at the City Hall in order to, according to the group, “demand relief for 10 million underwater homeowners demanding adjustments to their mortgages to reflect the true value of their homes and to protect them from predatory practices by the corporate banks that robo-signed their rights away.” Occupy has been focusing on the foreclosure auctions since February. According to one report 11 >

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< 8 Marin fuming over Spare the Air tobacco smoke. California classifies diesel emissions and tobacco smoke as toxic air contaminants, but it has not put wood smoke in that category. “I think that’s a glaring issue,” says Gotlieb. “Tobacco is something we’re all familiar with. Most people in Marin, I would say, would think twice before picking up a cigarette, but they wouldn’t even think at all before throwing a log in the fireplace.” The pollutants in diesel emissions and tobacco smoke have long been documented. They include benzene, carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, dioxin, formaldehyde, lead, methane, nitrogen oxides and particulate matter. Wood smoke contains those same pollutants. Although asthma and other respiratory ailments often get the most attention in discussions about the harm caused by wood smoke, widespread peer-reviewed studies have revealed that the pollutants can cause cardiovascular disease and other serious health problems. In a 2004 statement for healthcare professionals, a group of physicians and scientists on an American Heart Association panel focused on prevention wrote, “Over the last decade, a growing body of epidemiological and clinical evidence has led to a heightened concern about the potential deleterious effects of ambient air pollution on health and its relation to heart disease and stroke.” That ambient air pollution includes wood smoke. Gotlieb worked at the BAAQMD “before I had my family.” Her duties included air quality planning, and wood smoke was one of the issues on which she focused. “We as a society have made a decision to limit our exposure to tobacco smoke. There is a lot of commonality between wood smoke and tobacco smoke, including the harmful ingredients released when they are burned. The other thing they have in common is [smoking and burning wood] are both activities that people do that affects a lot of other people around them who are unwilling to take the same kind of health risks that the people [smoking or burning wood] are willing to take.” With tobacco, the issue came to a head with bans on smoking, first in restaurants, then in bars. Although the pushback was impassioned, smoking bans in public places now are common—in stores and offices, even on some beaches. Most people now understand the hazards of secondhand smoke. The hazards associated with burning what air quality types call “solid fuel” in the fireplace are just as dangerous. The Environmental Protection Agency defines particle pollution as “a complex mixture of extremely small particles and liquid droplets. Particle pollution is made up of a number of components, including acids (such as nitrates and sulfates), organic chemicals, metals, and soil or dust particles.” The particles in wood smoke are smaller in diameter than a human hair—small enough to penetrate the homes of neighbors adjacent to the home in which residents are gathered around a seemingly innocuous fireplace

on a chilly winter night. Gotlieb knows that from personal experience. She lives in Greenbrae, and says that toward the end of the Spare the Air season “we had one of those cold weekends. It was a Sunday afternoon, and I came home, and my windows and doors had all been closed. My immediate neighbors were not even burning, but inside my children’s bedrooms I could smell wood smoke.” Particles in the smoke can even penetrate homes that have double-pane windows and weatherproofing. Basically, if you can smell smoke, you smell wood-smoke pollution. The federal Clean Air Act mandated air quality standards for the country. Some states have a single air quality agency to oversee federal and local regulations. But California views clean air standards as a local issue. Families for Clean Air is pushing for a more cohesive approach. “We are working to try to get our regulatory agencies here to step up and take a lot more action,” says Gotlieb. During Spare the Air days this winter, the BAAQMD received 863 complaints from Marin residents—the most complaints from a single county in the nine-county Bay Area. When the air district declares an air alert because its forecasters predict poor air quality, inspectors go on patrol. They also respond to complaints. When an inspector finds a residence that is burning illegally, the inspector compiles a report. A first-time violator gets a warning letter. This winter, the district sent out 51 warning letters in Marin. If an inspector finds a residence that has burned illegally twice, and the residence has already received a warning letter, the occupants of the residence get a $400 fine. The air district assessed only a few fines in Marin this winter. The air district called 15 air alerts this winter season, the highest number in five years. Even before the 2008 regulation that set in motion the prohibition against wood burning on Spare the Air days, the district had a program to convince people to voluntarily refrain from burning wood. “Over the period of five years, our modelers have seen a 15 percent reduction in [particle pollution],” says Ralph Bormann, BAAQMD spokesman. “That’s telling you it’s on the right track. It’s a very good achievement.” But burning wood in the Bay Area’s 1.4 million fireplaces still accounts for about one-third of the air pollution during the winter months. Goldsborough says it’s much higher than that in some places, like her Woodacre neighborhood. She notes that the air district’s monitors in the Bay Area are located along transportation corridors and near refineries “because that was the view of where the main sources would be of particulate pollution. It turns out they were wrong.” Wood smoke accounts for “far more” than any other source during the winter. “At one point, wood smoke accounted for as much as 80 percent of air pollution monitored one winter in Santa Rosa.” Goldsborough and her colleagues wanted to alert the air district that its monitoring “is insufficient and not giving


a really accurate picture of what’s going on.” To put some scientific muscle into the assertion, Families for Clean Air tapped Sonoma Technology Inc., which conducts air monitoring for the district, to monitor the air at some Marin locations. The company agreed to work without a fee and monitored the air in Sleepy Hollow and Woodacre last year, and Novato, Forest Knolls and Woodacre this year. Goldsborough says, “We hope to place [monitors] on neighborhood school roofs next year so that parents will know how much particulate pollution their children are exposed to each day, as many schools are near homes that burn wood during school hours. Most parents would not expose their children to cigarette smoke, yet they don’t understand that wood smoke contains many of the same toxins at much higher concentrations. As the surgeon general said last year, there is no safe level of exposure.” Similar prohibitions are included in clean air programs in the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District and the Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District. But nowhere else in the state has an outright burn ban—yet. California has an incoherent selection of rules, says Gotlieb, “a patchwork quilt collection.” Critics of the burn bans say people have been burning wood for thousands of years without noticeable health consequences, and the move to stop winter wood burning is an excessive intrusion into personal liberty. But

as Gotlieb notes, the scientific evidence has been mounting for many years—and it all points to serious consequences of exposure to wood smoke. It’s most severe inside the home with the crackling wood in the fireplace, but the pollutants radiate outward far beyond the home. Responding to the point that cultures through history have burned wood, Gotlieb says, “Life expectancy used to be 30 years.” Studies in developing nations show a correlation between wood stoves used for cooking and high rates of cancers and lung disease. “There are many things we have been doing as a society that we have discovered are bad for us,” says Gotlieb. The ban on wood burning, especially during Spare the Air days, is for the common good, says Gotlieb. Pollution from wood smoke in Marin wafts eastward and contributes to poor air quality in the East Bay and the Central Valley. That’s just one of the reasons cities and counties have enacted regulations and sometimes outright bans on fireplaces in new residential buildings. Rules also affect buildings that undergo major remodeling. But it’s still a patchwork proposition. The Bay Area Air Quality Management District gives a pass to people who burn wood because stoves or fireplaces are their only source of heat. But the number of homes in that category is very small. “Most of us burn for ambiance,” says Gotlieb. <

< 10 Newsgrams from Occupy Marin officials, at a recent vigil a woman found her home still on the auction list. “Despite presenting papers to prove there had been a postponement, the auction was set to continue. While she rushed off to fax her papers in again, Occupy Marin stood watch to make sure her home was not sold.” —JW

Marin Open Studios cleaning its brushes When the Marin Arts Council dropped its association with the Marin Open Studios last fall, questions abounded as to whether one of the county’s premier art events would take place at all. Well, the Arts Council officially dissolved earlier this month, but the Marin Open Studios is already cleaning its brushes for its 19th incarnation. Set for the first two weekends of May—May 5, 6, 12 and 13—the Marin Open Studios will feature over 250 artists from across the county, all opening their studio doors for art lovers, buyers and those interested in seeing the creative process first hand. The Marin Open Studios gallery will once again be at the Town Center Corte Madera, where it made its debut in 1994. The gallery, in the space adjacent to Crate & Barrel, will feature 250 works by participating artists. The grand opening is April 28; the gallery will remain open through May 13.—JW Marin above average (and still below average) In a mostly dry winter, the Marin Municipal Water District’s weekly rainfall and reservoir report was decidedly sunnier after the recent wet weather week in Marin. Through March 18, the MMWD Water Watch reports, the water in Marin’s seven storage reservoirs was at 94 percent (74,745 acre-feet) of capacity. Average for this date is 91 percent. In 2011, a memorably wet year, the reservoirs were at 100 percent at this same point. Rainfall at Lake Lagunitas for the rainfall year (starts July 1) through March 18 was 31.67 inches, which comes up short of the average of 43.77 inches. (Overachieving last year’s total was more than 50 inches at this date.) The previous week, ending March 11, the Lake Lagunitas rainfall total was gauged at 20.34 inches and the total reservoir storage at 76 percent, which means a week’s worth of rain (more than 11 inches) has made a significant difference. More rainy weather is in the forecast for this weekend.—Julie Vader

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REVELATION You’ll be amazed by what you find in our latest local-lit roundup... “I wish I had two paths I could follow—I’d write the ending without any sorrow” —Belle & Sebastian, “Wrapped Up in Books”

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inishing a book, Truman Capote once quipped, “is just like you took a child out in the back yard and shot it.” While it’s not the analogy we would have chosen, his point is clear: Kids can be annoying. And completing an exhaustive literature undertaking is a huge relief. There’s been a lot of “finishing” taking place since we published our last roundup of local books—with topics ranging from street pimps and ancient Toltec wisdom to proper grammar and cooking from scratch. If you’re a Marin author still dotting the i’s on your soon-to-be-published manifesto, send us a copy when it comes out—we’ll consider it for our next books issue. And remember, Truman Capote also said, “That isn’t writing at all, it’s typing.” Boy, the guy was cranky.—Jason Walsh

Requiem for a dream California Dreaming by Richard Blair. Color and Light Editions. 144 pages. $39.95. www.richardblair.com. 12 PACIFIC SUN MARCH 23 - MARCH 29, 2012

Richard Blair who, together with Kathleen Goodwin, is known for such photo books as Point Reyes Visions, Visions of Marin and California Trip, is arguably Marin’s preeminent nature photographer. His latest book, California Dreaming, is an homage to the great landscape photographers “in the f/64 tradition” such as Edward Weston and Ansel Adams who used—gasp!—darkrooms and chemical baths to produce their work. But “these wonderful darkroom skills are being lost,” writes Blair in the preface. “Digital printing is taking over, and the darkrooms are now darker than ever.” California Dreaming is Blair’s “last stand” for darkroom photography, so to speak. (Actually about 20 images in the book are digital—Blair is no demonizer of new technologies.) And it’s a noble stand. From the John Muir stomping grounds of the Yosemite Valley to the other-worldly topography of Death Valley to the spooky ruins of the Bodie ghost town, the Inverness photographer has compiled some of the finest black-and-white outdoor shots of his four-decade career. (He seems to save his finest use of light/shadows for Marin—shots in Olema, Inverness, McClures Beach, Tomales and Inverness are among the collection’s standouts.) Blair knows darkroom pho-

tography’s days are numbered, and he’s fine with that. “There was alchemy in [developing film], but actually there’s more magic in shooting a picture, and emailing it immediately,” he writes. “For me it matters little if the camera is digital or film. Light is still light. Framing, details, point of view, time— it’s all the same.” There’s nothing “the same” about Blair’s work, though. Ed and Ansel would approve.—Jason Walsh

Why the long face? StretchyHead by Ian Tuttle. Portuguese Artist Colony Books. 65 pages. $12. Deemed an emotional reference guide of Bay Area restaurants, Ian Tuttle’s StretchyHead is a collection of snappy, endearing and comical flash fiction that incites nostalgia for our own personal experiences. Fork, pint glass or Venus Flytrap in hand, Tuttle yanks the reader into the booth beside his various narrators while they obsess over lost love, witness bar fights and stand in the heat of the Napa Valley sun, waiting for burgers, entertaining thoughts of “what if?”. Tuttle, a Mill Valley native, includes Marin favorites like Mill Valley Beer Works

and the Depot Bookstore in his fictional accounts of the memories that become cataloged in association with time spent noshing, drinking, loving and despising in various food joints. The vivid and smart prose found in StretchyHead tends toward the humorous, yet ventures into the emotional territory of heartache with pieces like “Vesuvio”: I am editing my diary. With a red pen, I redact all mention of fulfillment. I erase all hints of love. Regardless of tone or emotion, Tuttle’s fantastic story-telling brings out often overlooked details for the reader, leaving us to imagine and remember the stories of our own lives and wanting and hoping to someday head out for a bite with Tuttle himself. At the least, it leaves us longing for a StretchyHead Two. —Dani Burlison

Return of the Toltec The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz. Amber-Allen Publishing. 151 pages. $19.95. www.amberallen.com. A long time ago, in a land far, far away there lived a band of spiritual “masters” who kept peace throughout their region through the use and practice of ancient wisdom. But when a handful of apprentices misused the


knowledge to gain personal power, the masters were forced into hiding— but kept the knowledge and its power alive in secrecy as they awaited the prophesied rise of a youth who would free them from their spiritual chains and restore peace once again to their world. If you’re expecting ex the names Yoda and Jar Jar to pop up in this story, you’ll be sorely disappointed disappointed. Rather, it’s the background setup to The Four F Agreements, Don Miguel Ruiz’s 1997 New-Age N classic that’s being given a 15th ann anniversary re-release by AmberAllen Publish Publishing in San Rafael. Born in rural Mexico and sschooled in modern medicine, Ruiz as an ad adult returned to his native home and came to embrace e his family lineage to the Toltec, an ancient society of shamans and philosophers that emerged in pre-colonial Mexico City w whose simple and practical life beliefs are said sai to unburden folks from unnecessary suf suffering. The book that emerged from Ruiz’s n neoshamanistic life, The Four Agreements, s ssuggests that living by a simple code of “agre “agreements”—be impeccable with your word; don’t take anything personally; don’t make assumptions; and always do your best—can help people avoid regret, selfloathing, victimhood and feeling responsible for other people’s unhappiness. AmberAllen’s edition is emblazoned with enough flowery page design and warm, muted colors that it will surely help readers find inner peace if the agreements don’t do the trick. The original book sold 4 million copies and landed the then 44-year-old author on Oprah—we’re betting the Toltec didn’t see that coming. —Jason Walsh

Starting from scratch Make the Bread, Buy the Butter: What You Should and Shouldn’t Cook from Scratch–Over 120 Recipes for the Best Homemade Foods by Jennifer Reese. New York: Free Press. 295 pages. $24. Marin author Jennifer Reese (tipsybaker. com), an enthusiastic home cook with a lot of time on her hands (after losing her job), embarked on a quest to economize and discovered that a number of commonly consumed foods can and should be made at home, while there are others that just aren’t worth the trouble, despite the lower cost. But this book is much more than a compilation of recipes. Reese recounts some of her more “interesting” endeavors quite humorously. She also explains why—or why

not—in her opinion a food is worth the bother of making at home. And each recipe includes a cost comparison of homemade versus store-bought, plus the level of difficulty—or, as Reese calls it, hassle—involved. Definitely not a back-to-the-land or Earth Mother type (her diatribe against the philosophy of the vegetarian “bible,” Laurel’s Kitchen, is refreshing), Reese is not particularly reverent about food preparation. However, she is far more adventurous than many of us—for example, raising, slaughtering and preparing poultry. From the simple—bagel chips—to the time-consuming and difficult—hot dogs— she has made each and every item. For those who like to cook “from scratch,” there’s plenty to choose from. And, though much of what Reese recommends makes sense, I don’t need someone to tell me to buy a turkey for Thanksgiving—but I did enjoy reading about how she came to that conclusion. —Carol Inkellis

Con games The Last Hustle: A True Story by Kenny Johnson. NonDuality Press. 278 Pages. $16.45. An unlikely candidate for spiritual leadership, the young Kenny Johnson was the type of kid they make “After School Specials” about. Raised in a large, poor Southern family, Johnson’s desire to overcome poverty and make a name for himself led him to a life of crime and frequent incarcerations throughout most of his adult years. Almost immediately addicted to the thrill of stealing, Johnson’s career as a thief and pimp began innocently enough in childhood with his first crime: taking a single bill from his grandmother’s wallet to buy candy at the corner store. Before long, he was an infamous character on the streets of Kansas City, Minneapolis and other cities. His name also rang through the halls of county, state and federal correctional facilities. As with many incarcerated people, Johnson’s high rate of recidivism led him to longer and longer sentences. The Last Hustle leads the reader along through Johnson’s many empty relationships, conditional friendships, repeated time behind bars and constant longing for meaning and connection to life. Finally, in his 40s his avid reading and eventual deep level of self-reflection led him away from his patterns of domestic violence, addiction and crime and into a spiritual awakening that changed his life. Not a typical story of discovering spirit in less-thandesirable circumstances—nor is it one of Christian redemption—but rather, a journey into fierce self-acceptance and gratitude for the experiences that most would wish to

forget. Johnson’s honesty, self-reflection and dedication to working with inmates through his Mill Valley-based nonprofit organization, This Sacred Space, shows us proof that anyone can change if the true desire is there. And when given an opportunity to shine, there is indeed a light in us all. —Dani Burlison

The secret lives of moms The Good Daughter: A Memoir of My Mother’s Hidden Life by Jasmin Darznik. New York: Grand Central Publishing. 324 pages. $14.99 paperback. Jasmin Darznik’s poignant memoir, a New York Times’ best-seller, came out in paperback last fall. The book actually began as her doctoral dissertation, right here in Marin. Darznik, who as a young child emigrated from Iran to Marin, took part in a Book Passage workshop where her instructor, Linda Watanabe McFerrin, told her that she was in fact writing a book. (The Marin Arts Council also provided support.) And what a book it is. Readers must remind themselves throughout that this recounting of the struggles of three generations of Iranian women is not fiction—it all happened. While helping her mother sort through things after her father died, Darznik discovered a photo of her mother as a young teen, wearing a wedding dress and veil, standing next to a man in a tuxedo who was not her father. Her mother refused to discuss it: “This has nothing to do with you.” Eventually, her mother sent her 10 cassette tapes, one at a time, revealing the family’s past, including the “good” daughter left behind in Iran. A remarkable and moving account. —Carol Inkellis

A touch of pink Bootleg Poems by Andy Plumb. Blue Rain Press. 63 pages. $16. www.bluerainpress.net. “I put my secrets back on the shelf—and drift asleep to dreams unencumbered,” Andy Plumb writes in Bootleg Poems. If this is putting one’s secrets back on the shelf, we’d love to hear a full confessional. Bootleg Poems is the longtime Marinite’s debut collection of transgender poetry and songs in which, according to the back cover, he tries to provide the reader with a “better understanding and respect for his unique world, where every day is perfor-

mance art.” Plumb mixes the autobiographical with magic realism, so one’s never quite sure if lines about being beaten by schoolyard bullies or forced by his parents to watch John Wayne movies are amalgamations of truth, or near realities. Nor should we care, because either way the message is clear: Boys should be able to wear pink if they want to. We like that he dances with multiple formats—poetry, dialogues, near-prose, songs, slams. We don’t know who the “cherry man with the clammy hands” is, nor do we want to—but Plumb’s got a certain whimsy to his performance art that we’d like to read more of. Personal favorite: “Gender Rap,” which rhymes “dysphoria” and “euphoria” with “gender either/or-ia.” —Jason Walsh

You’ll thank us for this... Living in Gratitude: A Journey That Will Change Your Life by Angeles Arrien. Sounds True, Inc. 240 pages. $22.95. “Gratitude” is one of those words of the moment, a seemingly simple concept that, once embraced, will bring happiness, wealth, health, success, love, sweeter dreams, thinner thighs—in other words, stuff you can then really be thankful for. (It’s kind of like what was being said about vitamin D not all that long ago.) But “gratitude” turns out to be a slippery, elusive beast. Is it that vague satisfaction you feel when a really good parking spot opens up? The taste of salted caramel? A child’s rote-chanted grace before dinner? A feeling that all is right with the world? A sense that you’re getting away with something? Or...? This book could help. Living in Gratitude is a do-it-yourself, step-by-step, day-by-day primer to the grateful life, heavily larded with advice from famous advice-givers and self-help tomes, from Sun Tzu to The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. It’s broken into months of the year with specific exercises and questions on specific themes. Its goal is to get the reader thinking and developing mental pathways toward a “sense of unity” and “focusing on the benefits and goodness that are all around us” and extending “generosity of the spirit to others in purehearted ways.” The Sausalito-based author, who developed the Four-Fold Way, programs designed to “increase human effectiveness and excellence,” has a lifetime experience in helping others’ personal growth in lectures and workshops, and a website that declares “Walking the mystical path with practical feet.” Arrien writes convincingly and clearly about elusive concepts and intangible ideas and those who are new to this sort of thing may indeed be grateful for the introduction. —Julie Vader 14> MARCH 23 - MARCH 29, 2012 PACIFIC SUN 13


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A bird in the hand One Bird Falling by CB Follett. Time Being Books. 107 pages. $15.95. Delicate descriptions of the natural world, the political and the personal, CB Follett’s One Bird Falling stands as a poetic collection of reflections on life. “One Day Last Week,” her haunting account of Sept. 11, brings the reader back into those bleak hours and the heartwrenching days, weeks and years that followed. But this was more than enough for now/ people tumbled together/ chefs and bankers, immigrants. And the newly bronzed youth/ like Icarus, fell from the sky, silently/ spinning down the chutes of glass. “Arroyo,” a reflection on the changing world: We stare at each other: the living flesh/ and the living rock, wondering/ how and what to understand. In “Gathering Henry,” Follett explores the sensual: Like petals falling,/ she caressed and/ traveled his entire body/ this way, slowly with/ languid recognitions Follett weaves together insight on loss, fear and the celebration of our environment with the words of a master poet. Marin County’s current poet laureate, Follett’s poems invite the reader to sit comfortably with uncomfortable questions and to absorb the beauty often found within them. —Dani Burlison

Pop goes the easel The Art Prophets: The Artists, Dealers, and Tastemakers Who Shook the World by Richard Polsky. New York: Other Press. 262 pages. $24.95. Who were the art world’s movers and shakers during the last half of the 20th century? And how did they open the doors to change and influence the way we—artists, art dealers, art collectors and the general public—view and buy art? Longtime art dealer and Sausalito resident Richard Polsky went behind the scenes to explore how the art market shifted from collecting the works of Old Masters and Impressionists to interest in much edgier and more modern art forms. He introduces the reader—the art savvy and novice alike—to the visionaries in 10 contemporary art movements: pop art, 14 PACIFIC SUN MARCH 23 - MARCH 29, 2012

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She’s the boss Seduction Redefined by Donna Oehm Sheehan and Paul Reffell. Pioneer Imprints. $19. www.seductionredefined. com. It’s been 2,400 years since Aristophanes’ famous play about how Greek wives developed a chronic case of not-tonighthoney-I’ve-got-a-headache until the men stopped their warring ways. But now authors Donna Oehm Sheehan and Paul Reffell have written something of a followup to the Greek classic—at least in concept. Seduction Redefined is the Marshall couple’s attempt to put women behind the controls of the modern mating ritual, which, as they say, has been co-opted by male-controlled culture—a control evident in such obvious influences as the titillation-obsessed film and advertising industries all the way down to the “popular convention” of casual conversation with men being dominated by sarcasm. The feminist revolution, they say, has left many men without a clearly defined role in the mating game—and so women must boldly take the lead. The book delves into new “brain science” reflecting gender differences in sexual selection, while looking back on how Darwin’s early theories—i.e., the females choose mates based on the likelihood of offspring survival—advance the authors’ general thesis that the ladies need to retake the reins of the romance cart. “There are only two problems on the planet—women and men!” is the book’s tagline. We’d like to interject a few more... but our wife says interrupting is a real turnoff. —Jason Walsh

Sign of intelligent life in the galaxy Love Letter to the Milky Way by Drew Dellinger. White Cloud Press. 61 pages. $14.95. Mill Valley’s Drew Dellinger is one of few poets who manages to translate his fierce passion for social justice and love of the natural world

to the page without inducing guilt in the reader. In his first collection of poetry, Love Letter to the Milky Way, Dellinger draws from his background in cosmology, activism and his love of hip-hop to bring his readers a collection like no other. Reflecting on our collective, modern-day detachment from ourselves and our place in the big picture, Dellinger examines his own place in the web and shares insights on everything from capitalism and our contaminated oceans to our connection to ancestors and our responsibility to our children and grandchildren. In “The Laws of Earth and Objects,” Dellinger writes: Cause these days/ kids are raised with/ television the real religion/ kids are raised/ to have Nike/ engraved on their psyche and I want to know the laws of earth and objects/ like patterns of migration/ like the boiling point of water/ like the law that holds the moon/ so/ gently. His poetry, a mixed breed of the mystical with a modern-day spoken word edge, brings the beauty of an ever-expanding consciousness and a love of all there is to new and seasoned activists alike. Love Letter to the Milky Way invites us to examine the world, find what we love and act to save it. Dellinger’s poetry is, in fact, a love letter to us all. —Dani Burlison

Spell it like it is The Bugaboo Review: A Lighthearted Guide to Exterminating Confusion about Words, Spelling, and Grammar by Sue Sommer. Novato: New World Library. 210 pages. $14. This handy compendium of basic grammar and spelling do’s and don’ts, written by local English teacher (and Golden Bell Award-winner for excellence in teaching) Sue Sommer for her students at Marin School of the Arts in Novato, is a useful guide for anyone who wants or needs to write clearly and cleanly. And (sadly) these days, that includes a number of college graduates in professional fields. In an easy-to-use format, the Corte Madera resident enumerates just about every permutation of common words that cause confusion. Listed alphabetically—and the Worst Offenders are mentioned in the beginning and the body (or thorax)—common misspellings, mixed-up meanings, such as their and there, its and it’s, advice and advise, affect and effect, etc., are all on hand, along with constructions to avoid, such as “more unique.” Compared to other more academic or scholarly reference

books on writing and grammar, Bugaboo is accessible, clear and concise. While Sommer doesn’t delve into some of the trickier points of grammar, she does cover the most common writing mistakes. This clever reference book, though written for high school students, would be valuable for college students and anyone else who can never remember the difference between cue and queue or which words are spelled with i before e or the other way ’round. —Carol Inkellis

No exit The Me I Found—A Journey by Margie Belrose. Self-published. 288 pages. $20. www.thebelrose. com. Anyone familiar with the theater scene in Marin over the last several decades knows Margie Belrose—since 1962 she’s kept the Belrose Theatre going through good times and bad, with little more than her own force of will, and an uncanny ability to please audiences (a recent production of The Lion in Winter the latest example). Belrose recently penned her memoir, The Me I Found—A Journey, written in a semi-theatrical style, with chapters titled “Act 1: Scene One,” etc., and sprinkled with lyrics to songs dedicated to the people of her life, written, of course, by Belrose. Life has been no easy song and dance for Belrose—abandoned at various times by her parents, sent to live at a pair of “orphan asylums,” widowed before age 50. Yet, as her autobiographical play Stuff Happens... And Then attests, she endured. And boy did she. The Belrose Theatre is a San Rafael icon (it began as the Trinity Lutheran Church) and Margie, now 82, went on to a theatrical career that in 1996 earned her induction into the Marin Women’s Hall of Fame and in 2010 found her being named San Rafael’s citizen of the year. Along the way her dance and theater classes have guided thousands of Marin kids and adults through the arts of jazz, ballet, tap and acting. Like many plays, the book concludes with contemplative reflection in its final act, some of it touching, some of it corny and some of it payback (the song “Walk Where I Have Been” is dedicated to “the people who have hurt me by their words, their letters, their disrespect”), but whatever it is, it’s all Margie Belrose. Our favorite, the song dedicated to the theater at 1415 Fifth Ave.: As much as I’ve looked around I gotta say I love this place and my kids I hold dear And that’s the sum of it all The sum of it all. So there. —Jason Walsh


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cabbage in the fridge from St. Paddyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s day. Yields 4-5 servings 1-1/2 pounds red potatoes, about 4 or 5, peeled and cut in chunks 2 teaspoons olive oil 1 packed cup leeks, thoroughly rinsed of sand (see note), thinly sliced crosswise â&#x20AC;&#x201D; white part and 1-inch of green part only 2 packed cups ďŹ nely shredded green cabbage, or purchased â&#x20AC;&#x153;angel hairâ&#x20AC;? cabbage 1/2 cup creme fraiche 2 tablespoons butter, cut in pieces Salt and pepper to taste

Put potatoes in a pot with water to cover. Add 2 teaspoons of salt and bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer until fork tender. While potatoes are cooking, heat olive oil in a medium saute pan. Add leeks and saute over medium-low heat until soft and golden brown. Add cabbage and stir until wilted, season with salt and pepper. When potatoes are tender, drain well and return to cooking pot. Mash with creme fraiche and butter, cut in small pieces, until mixture is lumpily smooth. Stir in cabbage mixture. Taste and season with salt and pepper to your liking. Serve hot with a large pat of butter in the middle. Note: Grit and sand gets trapped between the leaves of leeks. To get rid of this, cut the leek in half lengthwise, leaving the root end intact. Rinse between each leaf under cold running water until dirt is no longer visible. < Share your correspondence with French chefs with Brooke at brooke.d.jackson@gmail.com. KLEINER KURLOSITĂ&#x201E;TENLADEN

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while back, my editor had another one of his marginal ideas: have Rick write a column about me. No holds barred, just an honest accounting of life with me. I doubted my shy guy would be interested, but I asked. Turns out, he would actually relish the opportunity to tell all. I guess I shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have been surprised, considering Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve reported about the size of his penis, his phobia of commitment and his polite Japanese persona. As deadlines approached week after week, Rick coughed up creative excuses. Writerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s block got the best of him, because he ďŹ nally said he wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t going to do it after all. His decision worked for me. I was already dreading having lack of control over what he might write about me. The solution would be for me to interview him about me. He agreed. We scheduled the interview a million times, but something always came up on his end. Beautiful weather, repotting plants, shopping for a wallet. Eventually, he refused to participate, saying, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think this is a land mine.â&#x20AC;? For most people, his reluctance would be the end of the story. For me, it was just

beginning. I interviewed him surreptitiously over the months. An innocent question while we drove to the grocery store. A more serious inquiry while we lie in bed at night. I hid sticky notes and pens around the condo to accurately record his responses. The following questions and answers arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t in any particular order, since I forgot to date the scraps of paper: What ďŹ rst attracted you to me nine years ago? I think because you were chatty. Boy, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s taken on a different meaning over the years. Which one of my friends do you like best? Gloria. Why? Because sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a good cook and she always feeds me. I thought it would be Melissa, because sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the prettiest. I do like her best, but I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to say. (Note: Men are predictable. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d write more about this conversation, but it turned into a protracted argument.) Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s my best physical feature? Your D cups.

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Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not D. Seriously. Answer me. The Nordstrom woman said theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re Dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been telling everyone theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re Dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. Anyone with D cups, that would be their best feature. Is my butt too big? Look how cute your dog looks right now. Am I your best friend? DeďŹ ne best friend. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a label. Very conďŹ ning. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to put you in a box. You know, like writer, neurotic woman, Jewish girl. Why donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t you let people in when youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re driving? I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t let bad people in. People who zoom up, try to cut the line, donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t use their blinker. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not road rage, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s road justice. Do you wish that I were quieter? (Note: Rick was hesitant, even cautious about answering this one.) Not really. Maybe. Yes. It would be nice if you didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t keep talking when Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m working, or watching TV or in the bathroom or while weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re having sex. Then who would talk? How can you have a good relationship when no one is talking? Well, that sounds like a good relationship. Why havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t you asked me to marry you? Why do you think? Because you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t like successful, beautiful women? Yep. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s it. Is my butt too big? Isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t that Zsa Zsa Gabor over there? What would you do if you only had one day to live? Buy a BMW motorcycle, ride out to Tomales to kayak and eat oysters on the half shell and then Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d call my mother. Wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t you want to be with me? Um, yeah, maybe we could get dinner or something. Why donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t you ever listen to me? What?

Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been seriously considering adopting. Do you want to adopt a baby with me? A human baby? Yes. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not like having one on your own. You have to take a test, you know. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d have to show we could actually raise a child. You donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think we could? I think weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d raise a very special child. He could be a rocket scientist or a mass murderer. It could easily go either way. Is that a yes then? Do you hate my cellulite? You have cellulite? I never noticed. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m usually looking at your boobs. I mean your eyes. Am I the best person that youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve ever slept with? Yeah. Do you like my ďŹ gure? Yes. Do you think Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m pretty? I think youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re pretty...pretty good at ďŹ shing. What donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t you like about me? It bothers me that everything I say and do winds up in the newspaper. In the ďŹ nal analysis, I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t gain much insight into Rick. Whether itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cultural or a male thing, heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not terribly adept at expressing his feelings. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m sure people wonder why I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t give up on him. I wonder myself occasionally. Not long ago, I was going to step back from the relationship, get some distance. Then he spoiled it by bringing me dark chocolates for no reason on the very same day that I found this scrap of paper in my dresser drawer: Why donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t you ever answer my questions seriously? How would you want me to answer? Tell me what you think. I think I just want to make you happy. < Email: nikki_silverstein@yahoo.com

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stimulated by food and sex. oors singer Jim Morrison, aka the Or, as ’70s soul sensations Bloodstone Lizard King, had it right: There’s pointed out so succinctly, it’s a natural high. just something about music that adds fire to the tribal stomp. Here are five upcoming shows guaranNow science says it’s so. teed to put the hip in your hippocampus: Raul Midon: This YouTube sensation is Using magnetoencephalography (MEG), known for his soulful tenor the Neurosciences Instiand percussive guitar style, tute in La Jolla and other which deftly blends blues, leading brain researchers looking into the value of flamenco and rock in a contagious swirl of sound. music therapy are studyThis rising star of the guitar ing how brain activity “evolves over time as a world has been featured on the Late Show with David listener hears a melody, Letterman, but you still have organizes complex ina chance to say you saw him coming auditory infor‘You make me real’—well, not quite. Wild before the world caught on to mation into perceptually Child offers Doors hits Saturday night at distinct sources, or pays George’s Nightclub. this singularly talented artist. Prepare to be blown away selective attention to an Saturday, March 31, at 8pm, auditory stimulus.” at the Pt. Reyes Dance Palace, 503 B St., Pt. Translation: Dig that crazy beat. Reyes Station. $12-$24. 415/663-1075. The findings? Los Pinguos: Uplifting tribal rhythms Music isn’t something that’s “out there,” abound in the music of this Argentinian but a complex process that involves the Latin jazz fusion band. The Spanish and stimulation of the temporal lobes in both Cuban tres guitars, fat-back Rickie bass, the right and left brain regions as well as cajon box drum and tight vocal harmonies the deep primitive cerebral center known conspire to make you dance, dance, dance. as the hippocampal formation. Come early, and get a few Latin dance tips. The lizard brain. You can catch Los Pinguos at one of the In part, music leads to a release of North Bay’s best theaters Saturday, April dopamine in the same pleasure centers

Los Pinguos will be marching into the Osher Marin Jewish Community Center April 21.

21, at 8pm, at the Osher Marin Jewish Community Center, 200 N. San Pedro Rd., San Rafael. $15-$25. 415/444-8000. Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real with Revoltaire: Lukas Nelson, Willie Nelson’s son, is an L.A.-based roots rocker who stole the show in December at a 142 Throckmorton benefit concert that also featured Grateful Dead guitarist and singer Bob Weir and jazz bassist Christian McBride. Nelson’s high-voltage power-

house blues guitar playing and raw vocals fuel one of the most exciting young artists to come down that long road in quite a spell. He rides into infamy Friday, April 13, at 8pm, to Weir’s newly opened Sweetwater Music Hall, 19 Corte Madera Ave., Mill Valley. $22. 415/388-3850. The Eroica Trio: If anyone can stimulate your pleasure centers and spark a few higher brain functions in the process, it’s cellist Sara Sant’Ambrogio, pianist Erika Nickrenz and violinist Susie Park, who collectively have racked up numerous Grammy nominations. Their upcoming concert in Marin features Gaspar Cassado’s Piano Trio in C major; Shostakovich’s Piano Trio, No. 2, in E minor, Op. 67; and Ravel’s Piano Trio in A. The Mill Valley Chamber Music Society will present the Eroica Trio on Sunday, March 25, from 5-8pm, at Mt. Tamalpais United Methodist Church, 410 Sycamore Ave., in Mill Valley. $15-$30. 415/381-4453. Wild Child, a Live Re-creation of a Doors Concert: Singer Dave Brock started his life as a Jim Morrison impersonator as the lead actor in the Jim Morrison Rock Opera, produced by the late legend’s sister Anna Morrison Graham. Hey, that’s just two degrees of separation from the Lizard King himself. Wild Child reincarnates the man who once said, “I believe in long, prolonged derangement of the senses in order to obtain the unknown” on Saturday, March 24, at 8:30pm, George’s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. $20 and $25. 415/568-2726. Tell them the Lizard King sent ya. < Discuss auditory stimuli with Greg at gcahill51@gmail.com. Tune up to the Marin music scene at

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Son, we need to have a talk... ...about what you find most hilarious in people having sex by Davi d Te mp l e ton

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ind some college kids.” That’s the immediate suggestion from my son Andy, a college junior, when I mention that I’m looking for an expert on funny sex scenes in movies. I’ve become curious about the cultural significance of funny sex scenes ever since seeing Will Ferrell’s unexpectedly clever new comedy Casa de mi Padre, a strange, totally subtitled spoof of bad Mexican telenovelas, containing perhaps the funniest big-screen sex scene in years. But more on that in a minute. It’s finals week, and while checking in on Andy’s test-prep progress, I casually mention that I plan to write about some of the other funniest sex-scenes in movies. That’s when he suggests I find a college kid or two, since they apparently have plenty of experience with the kind of outrageous sexual antics presented in Casa de mi Padre. “The majority of the movies targeted to kids our age,” he explains, “have funny sex scenes in them. PG-13 movies and R-rated movies, most of them are about teenagers trying to get laid. A lot of college kids think, since they started having sex six months ago, that they are suddenly all knowledgeable about sex. It’s funny to hear freshmen and sophomores saying, ‘Oh yeah, the characters in those movies are so naive! Look at those guys, so little and inexperienced and scared. They don’t know anything!’ And that was probably what they were like just three months ago, or maybe even the night before! That’s just guys though. Girls tend to be smarter about sex. They always seem way more prepared, in thinking and talking about sex.” So, if I’m getting this correctly, in the

movies it’s the inexperienced teens that are funniest? “Yeah! Inexperienced teenagers are hilarious,” Andy affirms. “That’s why movies like Superbad are legendary, and why everyone my age can quote the scene where McLovin finally loses his virginity. That scene is legendary. It’s maybe one of the funniest sex scenes ever, and kids my age quote it now even when they haven’t actually even seen it yet. You should YouTube it. Search ‘McLovin Sex Scene’ and it should pop right up. You’ll see what I A scene from ‘Case de mi Padre,’ rendered all the funnier by these two NOT having sex. mean. It’s hilarious.” The scene Andy is referring to features a condom on is hilarious, especially when really does sound pretty crazy. The thing supremely dweeby high school kid named the woman’s teenage kids come in and is, real sex isn’t funny, unless you’re the Fogell, played by Christopher Mintz- see all the condoms on the floor. If he’d one standing out in the hall, listening to Plasse (Kick Ass), who is desperate to actually gotten laid, it wouldn’t have been it. That happens at college all the time. score some alcohol and lose his virginity that funny.” Seriously, people hear someone having at a high school graduation party. He beAndy begins listing movies with sex, and they text all their friends, and friends a couple of slacker police officers memorably funny sex scenes, including everyone comes out to listen and laugh. If (Seth Rogen and Bill Haone from the recent hit it’s girls listening, they tend to laugh and der), who are apparently Easy A, a remarkably giggle, but guys listening tend to be the convinced by his fake ID insightful film about ones hooting and hollering and making that he is 24 years old— teenage sexual attitudes sex noises in the hall. I’ve seen guys start and that his last name is that intentionally mirhumping the door. They get pretty crazy. McLovin. At the party, rors the plotline of the “But if you’re the one involved, it’s Fogell/McLovin ends up classic novel The Scarlet not funny at all,” he is careful to add. in bed with the sexuLetter. “It’s serious, it’s intense. It’s anything but ally experienced Nicola This scene in ‘From Here to Eternity’ would “It’s one of the funhumorous.” (Aviva Farber), but after have been a lot more side-splitting if Seth niest sex scenes ever,” he Perhaps, I suggest, there’s a final frononly a few seconds of ac- Rogen had been it it. says, “and no sex haptier sense to real sexual expression, along tual sex, made funny by pens at all. It’s the scene with all the dangers of STDs and pregFogel’s gleeful exuberance, the moment is where Emma Stone pretends to have sex nancy and the rest. Maybe, by making wrecked by the accidental intrusion of the with her gay friend, who’s been bullied fun of sex in the way these movies do, police officers, who’ve arrived to bust the at school. So they make all these noises it’s a way for young people to confront party. in the bedroom to convince all the other their conflicted feelings about stepping “Sex being interrupted is almost always kids they’re having sex. She punches him into adulthood. funny,” Andy points out, suggesting that in the junk to make him really yell, and “That’s true for some movies,” Andy in movies, the less actual sex that takes he starts breathing hard and hyperventisays. “But in others it’s the opposite. If place, the funnier the scene. “Like in The lating. It’s crazy! And everyone is standkids see teenagers on-screen having lots 40-Year-Old Virgin,” he says, “the scene ing out in the hall thinking his mind of action, they can jump to the concluwhere he can’t figure out how to put the has just been blown. I couldn’t breathe sion that they should be having sex, when I saw that scene the first time, I was maybe before they’re really ready to step laughing so hard. I love that scene. But into the sexual world. see what I mean? It’s funnier when sex “I think a lot of people secretly identify doesn’t actually happen.” with McLovin,” he goes on. “McLovin’s As for the scene that started me thinkterrified and intimidated. It’s nice to have ing about sex-scene comedy, there is a a character that reflects how we really moment in Casa de mi Padre—which feel. McLovin—that’s actually how most includes some of the most inspired of us really feel. But silently. No one in continuity errors in recent memory— college would really ever admit that. where Will Ferrell and Genesis Rodriguez “That’s why it’s so funny. The truth engage in a steamy lakeside tryst that is is funny. 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Movie summaries by Matthew Stafford

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 The Artist (1:40) Dazzling Oscar-winning Michel Hazanavicius silent about a Hollywood superstar, a hopeful extra and the life-changing effect the talkie revolution will have on their careers. O Being Flynn (1:42) Nick Flynn’s memoir of his loving mother and his absent, harddrinking, grandiose father hits the big screen with Robert De Niro, Julianne Moore and Paul Dano. O The Bodyguard (2:10) Pop superstar Whitney Houston hires laconic tough guy Kevin Costner to guard her body and you know what happens next. O Boy (1:27) The life of a Maori lad in 1980s New Zealand is turned upside down when his long-estranged father reappears, brimming with surprises. O Casa de Mi Padre (1:24) A down-onits-luck Mexican dynasty overloaded with family dynamics finds itself in the middle of a drug war; Will Ferrell stars. O Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (2:25) Ian Fleming’s children’s classic about an eccentric inventor and his magical automobile hits the big screen with Dick Van Dyke and…Benny Hill! O Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax (1:26) Dr. Seuss’s timeless tale of a likable old grump and his endangered ecosystem comes to the big screen with the voices of Danny DeVito, Betty White and Taylor Swift. O Friends With Kids (1:47) The last two surviving singles in a circle of breeders decide to have their cake and eat it too by raising a child AND dating other people; Jon Hamm and Megan Fox star. O The Hunger Games (2:22) In post-apocalyptic North America a teenage girl fights for her life against a squad of trained assassins on a popular government-sponsored reality show! O The Iron Lady (1:45) Oscar winner Meryl Streep stars as steely right-wing gamechanging British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher; Jim Broadbent is around as good ol’ Denis. O Jeff, Who Lives at Home (1:23) Listless slacker Jason Segel’s search for an ordained life path leads to strangeness, confusion and high comedy; Susan Sarandon costars. O Jiro Dreams of Sushi (1:21) Toothsome documentary portrait of Jiro Ono, whose 10-seat subway-stop Tokyo eatery is universally regarded as the finest sushi restaurant on the planet. O John Carter (1:34) Edgar Rice Burrough’s planet-hopping Virginian makes his umpteenth cinematic appearance with Taylor Kitsch in the starring role and a supporting cast of Martians. O Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (1:50) Donny Osmond stars in this singalong version of the beloved biblical musical, brought to you from London’s Pinewood Studios. O

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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 Kid With a Bike (1:27) French drama about an abandoned child’s complex relationship with a kindly hairdresser. O Mirror Mirror (1:46) Exiled princess Snow White joins forces with seven rebel dwarves to overthrow an evil queen, reclaim the throne and snag a princely bf for good measure. O Monumental: In Search of America’s National Treasure (2:30) Kirk Cameron presents a patriotic hootenanny of music and inspiration. O National Theatre London: She Stoops to Conquer Direct from London’s Olivier Theatre it’s Oliver Goldsmith’s classic comedy about an aristocrat posing as a barmaid and the playboy who happily seduces her. O Pina 3-D (1:43) Dazzling multidimensional plunge into the cutting-edge choreography of the legendary Pina Bausch; Wim Wenders directs. O Project X (1:28) Three anonymous high schoolers make a name for themselves when they throw a never-to-be-forgotten wingding dripping with booze, sex, drugs and naughty language. O Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (1:52) British fishery expert Ewan MGregor is ordered by the PM to bring angling to the desert at the whim of a Mideast sheik; Lasse Hallström directs. 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 A Separation (2:03) Oscar’s Best Foreign Film examines an Iranian family’s slow, steady descent into anger and hopelessness. 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 A Thousand Words (1:31) Fast-talking Eddie Murphy has to learn to shut up when a mysterious guru curses him with a lifetime stipend of only 1,000 words. 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 21 Jump Street (1:49) Ever-youthful LA cops Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum go undercover at a local high school and find those old adolescent anxieties as difficult to deal with as the drug ring they’re supposed to be investigating. O Wanderlust (1:40) Jennifer Aniston and Paul Rudd ditch their overstressed Manhattan existence for the laid-back life at a clothing-optional backwoods commune. O Wrath of the Titans (1:39) All hell breaks loose when Zeus is imprisoned by Hades and it’s up to Perseus and Andromeda to save mankind…AGAIN. <

›› MOViE TiMES 21 Jump Street (R) Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 5, 7:45, 10:25 SatSun 11:45, 2:20, 5, 7:45, 10:25 Mon-Thu 6:45, 9:25 Century Northgate 15: 11:10, 12:35, 1:50, 3:20, 4:40, 6:10, 7:30, 8:50, 10:10 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:05, 1:45, 4:25, 7:10, 9:50 Fairfax 6 Theatres: Fri-Sat 1, 4:10, 6:55, 9:40 Sun-Thu 1, 4:10, 6:55 A Separation (PG-13) +++1/2 Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 1:25, 4:20, 7:10, 10:10 Sun-Mon, Wed-Thu 1:25, 4:20, 7:10 Tue 1:25, 4:20 CinéArts at Sequoia: Fri 4:10, 7, 9:50 Sat 1:20, 4:10, 7, 9:50 Sun 1:20, 4:10, 7 Mon-Wed 4:10 Thu 4:10, 7 A Thousand Words (PG-13) Century Northgate 15: 12:30, 2:50, 5:10, 7:35, 10:05 Act of Valor (R) Century Rowland Plaza: Fri-Wed 11:30, 4:55, 10:25 Thu 11:30, 4:55 The Artist (PG-13) +++1/2 CinéArts at Marin: Fri-Sun 3:15, 7:30 (on a double bill with “The Iron Lady”) Lark Theater: Fri-Sat 8:15 Sun 6 Mon-Wed 7:30 Thu 5 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri 4:30, 7, 9:35 Sat 1:50, 4:30, 7, 9:35 Sun 1:50, 4:30, 7 Mon-Thu 4:30, 7 Being Flynn (R) ++1/2 Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 11:55, 2:30, 5:05, 7:40, 10:15 Sun, Tue-Thu 11:55, 2:30, 5:05, 7:40 Mon 11:55, 2:30, 5:05 NThe Bodyguard (R) Century Regency 6: Wed 7:30 CinéArts at Marin: Wed 7:30 CinéArts at Sequoia: Wed 7:30 Boy (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Fri 4:45, 6:45, 8:45 Sat-Sun 2:30, 4:45, 6:45, 8:45 Mon 9 Tue-Thu 6:45, 8:45 Casa de Mi Padre (R) Century Northgate 15: 12:40, 3, 5:20, 7:40, 10 CinéArts at Marin: Fri-Sat 12:30, 2:40, 4:50, 7:15, 9:45 Sun 12:30, 2:40, 4:50, 7:15 Mon-Wed 4:30, 7:35 NChitty Chitty Bang Bang (G) Lark Theater: Sun 3 Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax (PG) Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 5:15; 3D showtimes at 7:30, 9:50 SatSun 12:15, 5:15; 3D showtimes at 2:30, 7:30, 9:50 Mon-Thu 3D showtimes at 7, 9:15 Century Northgate 15: 11:05, 1:25, 3:45, 6:05, 8:25; 3D showtimes at

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12:20, 2:40, 5:05, 7:20, 9:40 Century Rowland Plaza: 12, 2:25, 4:40, 7:05, 9:20; 3D showtimes at 1:10, 3:30, 5:50, 8, 10:15 Fairfax 6 Theatres: Fri-Sat 1:40, 3:50, 6:10; 3D showtimes at 12:30, 2:40, 4:50, 7, 9:10 Sun-Thu 1:40, 3:50, 6:10; 3D showtimes at 12:30, 2:40, 4:50, 7 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri 4:45, 7:10, 9:15 Sat 12:40, 2:45, 4:45, 7:10, 9:15 Sun 12:40, 2:45, 4:45, 7:10 Mon-Thu 4:45, 7:10 Friends With Kids (R) Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 5:20, 8, 10:30 Sat-Sun 12, 2:40, 5:20, 8, 10:30 Mon-Thu 7:15, 9:45 Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 11:10, 1:50, 4:25, 7, 9:45 Sun-Tue, Thu 11:10, 1:50, 4:25, 7 Wed 11:10, 1:50, 4:25 The Hunger Games (PG-13) Century Cinema: 12:15, 3:40, 7, 10:15 Century Northgate 15: Fri, MonThu 11:15, 12, 12:45, 1:30, 2, 2:45, 3:30, 4:15, 5, 5:30, 6:15, 7, 7:45, 8:30, 9, 9:45, 10:30 Sat-Sun 10:30, 11:15, 12, 12:45, 1:30, 2, 2:45, 3:30, 4:15, 5, 5:30, 6:15, 7, 7:45, 8:30, 9, 9:45, 10:30 Century Rowland Plaza: 10:20, 11:25, 12:20, 1:35, 2:40, 3:40, 4:50, 5:55, 7, 8:05, 9:10, 10:20 CinéArts at Marin: Fri-Sat 12:40, 3:50, 7, 10:10 Sun 12:40, 3:50, 7 Mon-Thu 4:10, 7:20 Fairfax 6 Theatres: Fri-Sat 12, 2:45, 3:15, 4, 6:30, 7:15, 8:15, 9:45 Sun-Thu 12, 2:45, 3:15, 4, 6:30, 7:15, 8:15 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri 3:30, 6:40, 9:45 Sat 12:30, 3:30, 6:40, 9:45 Sun 12:30, 3:30, 6:40 Mon-Thu 3:30, 6:40 The Iron Lady (PG-13) +++1/2 CinéArts at Marin: Fri-Sat 1:05, 5:20, 9:35 (on a double bill with “The Artist”) Sun 1:05, 5:20 (on a double bill with “The Artist”) Mon-Wed 4:50 Jeff, Who Lives at Home (R) Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 1:05, 3:20, 5:35, 7:50, 10:05 Sun-Thu 1:05, 3:20, 5:35, 7:50 NJiro Dreams of Sushi (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Fri 4:15, 6:30, 8:30 Sat 2:15, 4:15, 7:30 (filmmakers David Gelb and Brandon Driscoll-Luttringer in person at 7:30 show) Sun 2:15, 4:15, 6:30, 8:30 Mon-Thu 6:30, 8:30 John Carter (PG-13) +++ Cen-

tury Larkspur Landing: Fri 10; 3D showtime at 7 Sat-Sun 4, 10; 3D showtimes at 1, 7 MonThu 9:30; 3D showtime at 6:30 Century Northgate 15: 4:10, 10:25; 3D showtimes at 1, 7:15 Century Rowland Plaza: 10:30, 4:30, 10:30; 3D showtimes at 1:30, 7:30 Fairfax 6 Theatres: Fri-Sat 12:35, 3:30, 6:40, 9:30 Sun-Thu 12:35, 3:30, 6:40 NJoseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Not Rated) Century Regency 6: Mon 8 CinéArts at Marin: Mon 8 CinéArts at Sequoia: Mon 8 Journey 2: The Mysterious Island (PG) Century Northgate 15: 11:20, 4:35, 9:50; 3D showtimes at 1:55, 7:10 NThe Kid With a Bike (PG-13) Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 12:15, 2:40, 5:15, 7:30, 9:55 Sun-Thu 12:15, 2:40, 5:15, 7:30 NMirror Mirror (PG) Century Rowland Plaza: Thu 11:59pm NMonumental: In Search of America’s National Treasure (Not Rated) Century Regency 6: Tue 8 CinéArts at Marin: Tue 8 CinéArts at Sequoia: Tue 8 NNational Theatre Live: She Stoops to Conquer (Not Rated) Lark Theater: Thu 7:30 Pina 3D (PG) Rafael Film Center: Fri 4:30, 7, 9:15 Sat-Sun 2, 4:30, 7, 9:15 Mon-Thu 7, 9:15 Project X (R) Century Northgate 15: 2:55, 7:50 Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (PG-13) Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 11:20, 1:55, 4:40, 7:20, 10 Sun-Thu 11:20, 1:55, 4:40, 7:20 CinéArts at Sequoia: Fri 5, 7:30, 10 Sat 2:30, 5, 7:30, 10 Sun 2:30, 5, 7:30 Mon-Thu 5, 7:30 The Secret World of Arrietty (G) +++1/2 Century Northgate 15: 11:35, 2:05, 4:30, 7:05, 9:35 This Means War (PG-13) Century Northgate 15: 12:15, 5:15, 10:20 Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (R) +++1/2 Lark Theater: Fri-Sat 5:30 Tue 5 Wanderlust (R) Century Rowland Plaza: 2:10, 7:40 NWrath of the Titans (PG-13) Century Northgate 15: Thu 11:59pm Century Rowland Plaza: Thu 11:59pm; 3D showtime at 11:59pm

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›› 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

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Live music 03/16: Barry ‘The Fish’ Melton Band, Kathi McDonald Original lead guitarist of Country Joe & the Fish, Melton began his career as a guitarist and singer. Kathi McDonald is a fiery soulful and passionate vocalist. 9pm. $12-15. George’s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262. www.georgesnightclub.com 03/23: Doc Kraft Dance Band Swing, Latin, country, jazz, Reggae, R&B, motown, rock, zydeco. 8:30pm-1:30am. $5. Presidio Yacht Club/ Travis Marina, Fort Baker, Sausalito. www.presidioyachtclub.org 03/23: Foreverland Electrifying 14-piece tribute to Michael Jackson with Four-piece horn section, six -piece rhythm players and lead vocal quartet. 9:30pm. $15-20. George’s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262. www.georgesnightclub.com 03/23: Hot Club of Marin Gypsy jazz. 7:3010:30pm. Free. Taste of Rome, 1000 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 215-7196. www.taste-of-rome.com 03/23: Jeb Brady’s Band R&B and blues. 8-10pm. No cover. Rancho Nicasio Restarant and Bar, 1 Old Rancheria Road, Nicasio. 662-2219. www.ranchonicasio.com 03/23: Jesse Kincaid Band Songwriter, guitar, mandolin, fiddle, along with Pat Campbell, acoustic bass appear in an evening of acoustic music, new songs and favorites. 6:30-10pm. Taste Of Rome, 1000 Bridgeway, Sausalito. www.taste-of-rome.com

03/23: La Fuerza Gigante Salsa orquesta. 8:15pm. $8. Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor, Gate 5, Sausalito. 331-2899. www.sausalitoseahorse.com 03/23: Little King Presents Ancient Mystic with special guests Herb In Movement Little King Entertainment brings you live reggae. North Bay local reggae/rap favorites. 9pm-1am. Free. Brown’s Binyerd, 1009 First St., Novato. 897-1925.

03/23: New Rising Sons with Jesse Kincaid and Adam Traum Kincaid, guitar, fiddle, mandolin; Traum, guitar; Campbell, acoustic bass. 7-10pm. Taste of Rome, 1000 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-7660. www.taste-of-rome.com

03/24: Freddy Clarke and Wobbly World Fusion of rock, jazz, flamenco and classical paired with various other ethnic elements. 8:15pm. $10. Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor, Gate 5, Sausalito. 331-2899. www.sausalitoseahorse.com 03/24: Jo D’Anna Acoustic folk singer-songwriter. 7-9pm. Free, donations welcome. Blackbird Cafe, 12781 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Inverness. 669-7195. 03/24: Revolver Plays the Beatles “Revolver”. Featuring Petty Theft’s Dan Durkin, Barry Blum, Michael Budash and friends. This is a dinner show, please call for reservations. 8:30-11pm. $12. Rancho Nicasio Restarant and Bar, 1 Old Rancheria Road, Nicasio. 662-2219. www.ranchonicasio.com 03/24: Savannah Blu Bluegrass in the morning! Join the party at the Farmer’s Market at Marin Country Mart on Saturday. 11am-2pm. Free. Marin Country Mart, Sir Francis Drake Blvd. at Lagunitas,

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Pacific Sun‘s Community Calendar Larkspur. 215-7196. www.marincountrymart.com 03/24: Wahine Moe Moe Kanikapila Wahine Moe Moe (Sleeping Lady) Kanikapila (music jam). Ukulele enthusiasts. Saturdays. 2-4pm. None. Sleeping Lady Cafe, 23 Broadway, Fairfax. www.sleepingladyfairfax.com 03/24: Wild Child Doors concert tribute. With singer Dave Brock. 8:30pm. $20-25. George’s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262. www.georgesnightclub.com 03/25: Dore Coller and Bermudagrass Rancho debut! Americana, bluegrass/reggae. Dore is a guitarist, vocalist, multi-intrumentalist singersongwriter. Join him and some of the best musicians Marin has to offer playing a unique acoustic music hybrid. 5-7pm. Free. Rancho Nicasio, Nicasio. www.ranchonicasio.com 03/25: Edgardo y Candela Better known as simply “Candela,” their trade mark is high energy level performance, featuring great vocals and tight rhythm section 3-9pm. $10 includes dance class. Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor, Gate 5, Sausalito. 331-2899. www.sausalitoseahorse.com

guitars and head bopping grooves. 8:30pm. $10-15. George’s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 2260262. www.georgesnightclub.com 03/30: The 7th Son Dance rock songs of the ‘60s80s. 8:15pm. $8. Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor, Gate 5, Sausalito. 331-2899. www.sausalitoseahorse.com 03/30: The Linda Imperial Band CD release show. With special guest David Freiberg. Please call for reservations. 8:30-11pm. $12. Rancho Nicasio Restarant and Bar, 1 Old Rancheria Road, Nicasio. 662-2219. www.ranchonicasio.com 03/30: The Mighty Groove San Rafael based funk/dance band The Mighty Groove returns to the Presidio Yacht Club - at the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge. Opening this family friendly show will be the jazz youth band The JB Jazz Ensemble. 7:3011:30pm. $5. Presidio Yacht Club, Travis Marina - Ft. Baker, Sausalito. 707-338-0815. www.presidioyachtclub.org

03/25: Erika Alstrom with Dale Alstrom’s Jazz Society Classic swing & jazz standards. No

03/23: Rodney Gehrke Organ Recital Gehrke

cover. 21 and over. 5-8pm. 19 Broadway Niteclub, 17 Broadway, Fairfax. 459-1091. www.19broadway.com 03/26: 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 Blvd., Novato. 878-4977. www.ghiringhellisnovato.com 03/27: KortUzi Danny Uzilevsky & Jonathan Korty host Bay area artists. 9:30pm.-1:30am. Free. 19 Broadway, 19 Broadway, Fairfax . 19broadway.com

03/27: Marianna August with Ron Borelli Romantic Sorrento, Parisien and latin ballads. 7-10pm. No cover, dinner encouraged Panama Hotel & Restaurant, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 457-3993. www.panamahotel.com

03/27: Sol Seed with Counter Culture Eugene, Oregon’s #1 Reggae band swings through our area on tour. 9pm-1am. Free. Brown’s Binyerd, 1009 First St., Novato. 897-1925. 03/28: Lorin Rowan Solo acoustic guitar and vocals from a local treasure. 7-10pm. No cover, dinner encouraged Panama Hotel & Restaurant, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 457-3993. panamahotel.com

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The irrepressible folks at Murphy Productions, having recently lost venue space for shows at the former Seafood Peddler (now Terrapin Crossroads), have somehow pulled, not a rabbit out of a hat, but a feat almost as amazing: accomplished multi-instrumentalist DAVID LINDLEY up to the intimate and acoustically outstanding 142 Throckmorton Theatre. Talented, skilled and quite quirky, Lindley has recorded and toured with a number of high-profile musicians, in addition to forming the well-known band El Rayo-X and introducing world music to many. Eclectic doesn’t begin to describe his repertoire—a mix of American folk, blues and bluegrass with elements from African, Arabic, Asian, Celtic, Malagasy and Turkish musical sources. With a sartorial style all his own and an irrever- Lindley—even his publicity photos are sartorial. ent and sly sense of humor, Lindley is a performer best experienced live. Bo Carper of New Monsoon and Dan (Lebo) Lebowitz of ALO open the show with their captivating mix of rootsy country blues and homespun originals. Thursday, March 29, 8pm at 142 Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton, Mill Valley. Info: 415/389-5072.—Carol Inkellis

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Argentine tango from a wide range of music influences. 8:15pm. Free. Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor, Gate 5, Sausalito. 331-2899. sausalitoseahorse.com 03/29: David Lindley Multi-instrumentalist David Lindley performs music that redefines the word eclectic. He is also well known for his many years as featured accompanist with Jackson Browne. 8pm. $25-35. 142 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 389-5072. www.murphyproductions.com 03/29: Dr. Zeuss Equally at home playing on a concert stage or on the local club scene, the Dr. serves up a mix of music full of infectious rhythm. 8:15pm. Free. Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor, Gate 5, Sausalito. 331-2899. www.sausalitoseahorse.com 03/29: Kurt Huget and Friends Singer/songwriter. Original Americana with Pat Campbell, bass;Dave Getz, drums. 7-10pm. Panama Hotel, San Rafael. 637-2496. www.panamahotel.com 03/29: Teslim With Kaila Flexer, violin; and Gari Hegedus, oud, Turkish saz, and Greek lauoto. They will perform Turkish and Sepharidic traditional music and some original music. 7pm. Civic Center Library, 3501 Civic Center Dr., Room 427, San Rafael. 473-6058. 03/30: Luvplanet, Frobeck Original alt-rock/ pop/jam band with lush harmony vocals, shredding

Concerts will perform a program of works for the Feast of the Annunciation, including settings of the Magnificat by Bach and Weckmann, and even music normally heard during the Christmas season! 8-9:30pm. $10 Adult, $5 Student St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 3 Bayview Ave., Belvedere. 4354501. www.ststephenschurch.org

03/24: College of Marin Symphony Orchestra The orchestra performs with the London-based piano duo Valeria Szervánsky and Ronald Cavaye. Music by Stravinsky, Gershwin, and Saint-Saëns will be featured. 7:30-8:30pm. Free parking and admission. College of Marin, 835 College Ave., Kentfield. 485-9460. www.marin.edu/departments/performingarts/index.htm

03/25: College of Marin Symphony Orchestra (See program above) Free admission and parking. Unity in Marin, 600 Palm Drive, Novato. 4859460. www.marin.edu/departments/performingarts/ index.htm 03/25: Eroica Trio Program includes Gaspar Cassado: Piano Trio in C Major; Shostakovich: Piano Trio No. 2 in e minor, Op. 67; Ravel: Piano Trio in A. 5pm. $15-30. Mt. Tamalpais United Methodist Church, 410 Sycamore, Mill Valley. 381-4453. www.chambermusicmillvalley.org

Dance 03/23: Kopachka Folk Dancers Ethnic dances from the Balkans and beyond. Beginning teaching 7:30-8:00, intermediate teaching 8:00-8:30, dance program 8:30-10:30 then light refreshments. Newcomers always welcome. 7:30-11pm. $7. Scout Hall, 177 E. Blithedale, Mill Valley.

03/25: English Country Dance San Rafael Think Jane Austen. Live music, refreshments. All dances taught. No partner or experience needed. Wear comfy shoes. Second and Fourth Sundays, 2-4:30pm. Beginners welcome. 2-4:30pm. $9-12. Pickleweed Community Center, 50 Canal St., San Rafael. 485-3077. 03/27, 29: 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. www.danceartsstudios.com 03/28: International Folk Dance Dances from Serbia, Turkey, Greece, Bulgaria, Rumania, Israel & MARCH 23 - MARCH 29, 2012 PACIFIC SUN 25


more taught by Carol Friedman. Great fun, great music, great company! Beginners, newcomers, drop-ins always welcome. 7-8:15pm. The Dance Palace, 503 B St., Point Reyes Station. 663-9512. www.dancepalace.org 03/30-04/01: Marin Ballet Spring Concert annual year end series of performances with Intermediate and Advanced Ballet Division students showcasing faculty and visiting artist choreography, as well as classical repertoire. It is also the final Marin Ballet performance by our graduating students. 7pm March 30-31; 1 and 4pm March 31-April 1. $20. Phyllis Phelan Theater, 100 Elm St., San Rafael. 453-6705. www.marinballet.org

Theater/Auditions 03/23-04/01:‘A Chorus Line’ With new choreography by Shannon Ainsworth and Corrin Dove. 8pm March 23-24, 30-31; 2pm March 25 and April 1. $7-15. San Marin High School, 15 San Marin Dr., Novato. 898-2121. www.brownpapertickets.com/ event/217632 www.brownpapertickets.com 03/23-04/22:‘Twentieth Century’ Screwball comedy set in art deco glory aboard the historic train the 20th Century Limited. Don’t miss Ken Ludwig’s contemporary version. Showtimes: 7:30pm. Thurs.; 8pm Fri.-Sat.; 2pm Sun. $25 adults; $20 seniors, children: $17, Thursdays The Barn, Marin Art & Garden Center, Sir Francis Drake Blvd. at Lagunitas, Ross. 456-9555. www.rossvalleyplayers.com/raw 03/24: Bay Area Playback Theatre “10th Anniversary Performance” features unique improv based on audience members’ real life stories. 7:30-9pm. $10-18. Open Secret Stage, 923 C St., San Rafael. 289-0799. www.bayareaplayback.com 03/24: Pirates of Penzance Singalong Everyone is encouraged to join Maestro Baker Peeples along with Lamplighter singers and musicians in singing any and all parts. Eleven piece orchestra and super titles for easy singalong. 8pm. $17-34. Dance Palace Community and Cultural Center, 503 B St., Point Reyes Station. 663-1075. www.dancepalace.org 03/29-04/22: Othello,The Moor of Venice Passed over for promotion, Iago seeks to ruin his superior officer, Othello, in this timeless, tragic tale of love, deceit, jealousy and murder. Presented by the Marin Theatre Company. 8-11pm. $34-55; $20 under 30; $15 rush Marin Theatre Company, 397 Miller Ave., Mill Valley. 388-5208. marintheatre.org Through 04/15:‘Cabaret’ 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 . www.cabaretsf.wordpress.com

Comedy 03/23-24: Marin Murder Mysteries Marin Murder Mysteries continues its dinner theater series at San Rafael Joe’s with another murder mystery installment. This fun, interactive, who-done-it event features a five-course dinner served up with a comical case of murder and mayhem that includes the audience as key criminal investigators. 6:30pm. $44-$68 San Rafael Joes, 931 Fourth St., San Rafael. 306-1202. www.marinmurdermysteries.com

Art 03/23-05/26: Annual Juried Exhibit Falkirk presents its popular annual juried exhibit of Marin and Bay Area artists. Juried by Richard Elliott, California College of Arts. All themes, all media. 5:307:30pm. Free. Falkirk Cultural Center, 1408 Mission Ave., San Rafael. 485-3328. 26 PACIFIC SUN MARCH 23 - MARCH 29, 2012

Through 03/26: Christine DeCamp March residency:Paintings, pottery and creating new work on site. Open noon-5pm Thurs.-Mon. Closing reception 2-5pm March 25. Free. Bolinas Gallery, 52 Wharf Road, Bolinas. 663-9646. www.bolinas-gallery.com Through 03/29:‘Fleurs’ Monthly juried exhibition. “Lightward.” Kate Dumont, multi media works. Free. O’Hanlon Center for the Arts, 616 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 388-4331. www.ohanloncenter.org

Through 03/30: 21st Annual Marin County High School Art show Under the supervision of each high school art teacher 12 entries from each school will be chosen. 11am-4pm. No charge. Marin Society of Artists Gallery, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Ross. shetuff@sbcglobal.net Through 03/31:‘Art in the Gallery’ Marin native Kirk McCabe focuses on the biological diversity in the hills, forests and waters of Marin county. The images in this exhibition are a glimpse into some of these habitats. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com

Through 04/01: Eric Engstrom Retrospective, Myong-Ah Rawitscher: Far From Home,The Book of Remembrance and Vickisa Gallery open daily, 11am-5pm. Closed Tues. 11am-5pm. Free. Gallery Route One , 11101 Highway One , Point Reyes Station. 663-1347. www.galleryrouteone.org Through 04/06: Kathleen Lack Paintings. Oils and pastels, specializing in the portrait and the figure. 8am-7 pm. Free. Marin Cancer Institute, 1350 So. Eliseo Dr., Greenbrae. 461-9000.

Through 04/15:‘Indexical Makers: Three Bay Area Contemporary Craft Artists’ Features the work of emerging artists Modesto Covarrubias, Ali Naschke-Messing and Angie Wilson. Free. Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, 500 Palm Dr., Novato. 506-0137. www.marinmoca.org Through 04/17: Gallery 305 With fine art photography by Jean Schurtz and a Marin MOCA group show with artists Donna Solin and Colleen Johnson. Gallery is open Mon-Fri. 11am-4pm. Closed holidays. 11am-4pm. Free. TCSD Office , 305 Bell Lane, Mill Valley. 388-6393. www.tcsd.us

Through 04/20:‘Spring and Summer Solistice’ Allegra Printz, new paintings. Also on view; William Leidenthal’s “Natural Phenomena” series. Free. Cassandra Kersting gallery, 1201-C Bridgeway, Sausalito . 332-0200. www.cassandrakerstinggallery.com

Through 04/25: Allen Wynn: New Sculptures Also: “Group Painting Exhibition.” Featuring new works by Gallery Artists. 11am-4pm. Free. Gallery Bergelli, 483 Magnolia Avenue, Larkspur. 945-9454. www.bergelli.com Through 04/26: Sylvia Gonzalez Pastel on mono print. No charge. Rock Hill Gallery , 145 Rock Hill Drive, Tiburon. 435-9108. www.ccctiburon.org Through 04/27:‘The Elements’ Juried by SFMOMA Artists Gallery director Maria Medua. Featuring a variety of mediums, art inspired by 4 elements: fire, water, wind, water. 10am-5pm. Free. Art Works Downtown, 1337 Fourth St., San Rafael. 451-8119. www.artworksdowntown.org Through 04/28:‘Optical Delusions’ Crome Architecture is proud to present the work of Bay Area painter Georgette Osserman who creates vibrant paintings that explore elements of visual movement, color and psychological relationships. Free. Crome Architecture, 905 Fourth St., San Rafael. 453-0700. www.sites.google.com/site/artatcrome/

Through 05/01: Artists Invited to Apply to Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival Applications for the 56th annual Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival held Sept. 15 and 16, are available now through May 1 on www.zappilcation.org. Show your work under the redwoods. $35. 381-8090. www.mvfaf.org Through 05/31:‘Muslim Eyes’ Exhibit of

secular and religious art by Muslim artists from the Bay Area and beyond. Includes photos, paintings and sculpture. 9am-5pm. Free. Marin Community Foundation, 5 Hamilton Landing, Suite 200, Novato. 464-2500. www.marincf.org/news/events-calendar/ muslim-eyes-exhibit

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03/29: Lincoln Shaw of Sea Shepherd Conservation Society Gripping photos from Lin-

03/23: Bonnie Bright An evening of networking (6:30-7:30) refreshments and an engaging presentation by Gary Bobroff on “Jung, Crop Circles and the Re-Emergence of the Archetypal Feminine”-Sponsored by Depth Psychology Alliance 6:30-9:30pm. $30, or $20 Budget Conscious Flourish Chiropractic Studio, 247 Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, San Anselmo. 637-3748. www.depthinsights.com

03/23: Turn Cold to Gold: Pack Your Pipeline with Real Prospects Learn why you’re not getting the referral business you think you’re should and how to double your sales revenue within one year. 7:30-10am. $35-40. McInnis Park Golf Center Restaurant, 350 Smith Ranch Road, San Rafael. 944-7459. www.bacnetwork.com 03/24: Richard Blair Photographer Richard Blair will discuss and show slides from his new book, “California Dreaming.” Sponsored by the San Anselmo Library. 3-4:15pm. Free. San Anselmo Town Hall Council Chambers, 110 Tunstead Ave., San Anselmo. 663-1616. www.townofsananselmo.org

03/25: An Evening With Former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm Jennifer Granholm, who in Jan. 2002 was the first woman ever to be sworn in as governor of Michigan, will speak with her husband, leadership expert Dan Mulhern at Dominican University. The former Michigan governor will present “A Governor’s Story: The Fight for Jobs and America’s Economic Future” as part of Dominican’s Institute for Leadership Studies’ Lecture Series. Preferred seating available with advance purchase of her book from Book Passage. 7-9pm. Free. Dominican University, San Rafael. dominican.edu

03/26: Update on MGH Psychiatric Outpatient Services Learn about psychiatric outpatient services available at Marin General Hospital. 7-8:30pm. Free. Center for Non-Profit Volunteer Leadership, 555 Northgate Dr., San Rafael. 444-0480. www.namimarin.org

evening presentation about innovative and revolutionary Farm to Pharmacy program. This dynamic herbal training is taught by David Crow and William Siff at the Goldthread Herb Farm. 7-10pm. $10. Gathering Thyme, 226 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., San Anselmo. 524-8693. www.gatheringthyme.com coln Shaw’s first person photographic account from Sea Shepherd’s Antarctic Whale Defense Campaign “81 Days at Sea.” 7-9pm. $5 donation. Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalto. 332-3871. www.spn.usace.army.mil/bmvc/

03/30: Marin Master Gardeners: Growing Great Tomatoes Do you have trouble growing great tomatoes? Marin Master Gardener and tomato expert Jean Sugiyama will discuss how to select and cultivate tomatoes successfully in Marin’s microclimates. Noon-1pm. Free. Civic Center Library, 3501 Civic Center Dr., Room 427, San Rafael. 473-6058.

Readings 03/23: Ellen Sweets Sweets discusses “Stirring It Up with Molly Ivins: A Memoir of Recipes.” We know Ivins as a writer who used her wit to excoriate political figures. But Molly was also one helluva cook. 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com 03/24: Josh Pryor Pryor talks about his novel “Fade to Black.” When a disgraced evolutionary biologist is asked to accompany a group of scientists on a fact-finding expedition to Antarctica, she’s suspicious. 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com 03/24: Nina Shapiro Dr. Nina Shapiro talks about “Take a Deep Breath: Clear the Air for the Health of Your Child,” shedding new light on the latest research in pediatric breathing issues, sleep issues and airway safety. 4pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com 03/24: Robin Zasio Dr. Zasio presents “The Hoarder in You.” According to psychologist Dr. Zasio, even though it may not regularly interfere with our everyday lives, to some degree or another, many of us hoard. 1pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com

ViDEO Apple cobbler doesn’t fall far from tree Adapted from the hit stage play by Yasmina Reza, Roman Polanski’s CARNAGE taps into the universal hubris of child-rearing: Everyone else does it just a little bit worse than we do. A nasty fight between two boys occasions a civilized chat between their sets of parents—Jodie Foster and John C. Reilly, Christoph Waltz and Kate Winslet—to see how fences can be mended. The film really slices through the crust of Fortunately, everyone is reasonable and, in the American parenting hubris. way of Brooklyn’s well off, all looks to be put away with some apple-pear cobbler and discreet charm. But before a friendly parting can be had at the elevator, other buttons will get pushed: How can the Cowans be so glib about their son knocking out two teeth with a stick? Why do the Longstreets seem so intent on turning an unlucky schoolboy mishap into Darfur? Lawyer Alan Cowan (Waltz), the skittish one of the four—a cell phone rings with updates of a developing pharma scandal—starts a mighty snowball rolling with unguarded comments about violence and the truth of the world. And as it turns out, the others, with the help of 18-year-old scotch, have notions (and alliances) of their own. A masterful production from as blue-ribbon a team as could ever be assembled—so why does it feel like a guilty pleasure?—Richard Gould


03/25: Ashley Ream Ream discusses her novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;Losing Clementine.â&#x20AC;? 1pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com 03/25: California Writers Club A Professional Writing Club. Fourth Sunday each month. Topic: Bay Area Magazine Panel. Meet the folks on the other side of the submission process, editors from Bay Area Magazines. 2-4pm. $5 members/$10 non-members per meeting Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. bookpassage.com 03/25: Clive Rosengren Rosengren talks about his novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;Murder Unscripted.â&#x20AC;? Part time actor, part time sleuth Eddie Collins gets a call from a bonding company on the hook for a film whose female lead has died. 4pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. bookpassage.com 03/25: Harlan Coben Coben presents â&#x20AC;&#x153;Stay Close.â&#x20AC;? Three people, hiding secrets that even those closest to them would never suspect, will find that the past doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t recede. 6pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com 03/26: Michael Berger Attorney Michael Berger talks about â&#x20AC;&#x153;The High Life.â&#x20AC;? Berger presents a first-person account of San Francisco of the 60s and 70s. The stories include those of his legal colleagues and their clients. 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. bookpassage.com 03/28: Jacqueline Winspear Winspear discusses â&#x20AC;&#x153;Elegy for Eddie: A Maisie Dobbs Novel.â&#x20AC;? Maisie Dobbs takes on her most personal case yet, a twisting investigation into the brutal killing of a street peddler. 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com 03/29: Memoir Writing Workshop Introductory workshop with Linda Champion, author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Conversations with My Auntie Margaret about Sporty Dog,â&#x20AC;? will provide participants with advice, tips. 6pm. $5 suggested donation. Marin History Museum, 1125 B St., San Rafael . 454-8538. www.marinhistory.org 03/29: Peter Cole In association with The Marin Poetry Center, Gan HaLev and the Jewish American Fiction Book Club. Acclaimed poet and translator Peter Cole will read from his forthcoming book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Poetry of Kabbalah.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free. Marin Osher JCC, 200 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael. 927-0960. bookpassage.com 03/29:Terry Bisson In conversation with Peter Coyote. Terry Bisson talks about his novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;Any Day Now.â&#x20AC;? Library Journal says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;This excellent novel is a poignant fictional recollection of growing up in the 1950s & 60â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com

Film Events 03/23-29: â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Jiro Dreams of Sushiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Documentary about 85-year-old Jiro Ono, considered the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s greatest sushi chef, is the proprietor of Sukiyabashi Jiro, a 10-seat, sushi-only restaurant located in a Tokyo subway station. 7pm. $10.50. Smith Rafael Film Center, 1118 Fourth St., San Rafael. 454-1222. www.cafilm.org Through 04/21: Building the Bridge: Tales from the Original Golden Gate Bridge Workers Eight minute short film was 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. 415-332-3871. http://www.spn.usace.army.mil/ bmvc/

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Community Events (Misc.) 03/23: MWPACâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Annual Elected Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Luncheon With guest speaker Katie Rice, Supervisor for Marinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2nd District and Keynote Speaker Fiona Ma, Speaker pro Tempore of the California Assembly. 11:30am-1:30pm. $40. The Club at McInnis, 350 Smith Ranch Road, San Rafael. 897-1224. www.mwpac.org 03/23: Night at the Museum Cocktails & hors dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;oeuvres. Hosted by Kirsten Walker & Ewan Macdonald 5-8pm. $10. Bolinas Museum, 48 Wharf Road, Bolinas. 868-0330. www.bolinasmuseum.org 03/24: Bridal Fair The Novato Downtown Merchantsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Bridal Fair. Guests could win a drawing for a $400 Bridal bag filled with wedding goodies donated by Continental Jewelers. First 25 guests receive a free gift! Noon-4pm. $10. Novato City Hall, 901 Sherman Ave., Novato. 897-4855.

03/24: Grand Opening Event at MoveMe Studio With free mini yoga and NIA classes beginning at 2pm along with music, snacks, chair massages, astrology readings and more. 2-7:30pm. Free. MoveMe Studio, 1320 Fourth St., San Rafael. 4195457. www.movemestudio.com 03/24: Our Changing World What are the cur-

rent discussions in regards to global warming and climate change? Is there a real threat of the earth heating up to the point of no return? Discuss what is happening. 11am-noon. Free. Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalto. 332-3871. www.spn.usace. army.mil/bmvc/ 03/25: Spin-a-Thon and Barbecue Spin hard then eat hearty at this fun-filled fundraiser for Autistry Studios, a nonprofit that teaches job and social skills to young adults with Autism. Sign up to exercise, or just come for the BBQ. 10am-3pm. $40. Body Image Personal Fitness Center, 25 Reed Blvd., Mill Valley. 454-1037. www.autistry.com

03/25: 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.

03/26: Marinitaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Don JulioTequila Dinner Includes a margarita made with the featured brand tequila and tequila flight paired with a three-course dinner. Cocktail hour 5pm. 6pm check in, meet and greet. 5-8pm. $35. Marinitaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Restaurant, 218 Sir Francis Drake Blvd San Anselmo, San Anselmo. 454-8900.

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Library, 1100 E Street, San Rafael. 485-3322. www.srpubliclibrary.org/ 03/29: 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. Free Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalto. 332-3871. www.spn.usace.army.mil/bmvc/ 03/30: Nature for Kids at Rush Creek Look for all sorts of wildlife. Lunch at the edge of a marsh and see beautiful ducks and other birds. The road is sometimes muddy. No animals, except service. Meet at Binford Road. 10am-1pm. Free. Rush Creek Preserve, Binford Road - gate is on the right, Novato. 893-9508. www.marincountyparks.org Through 03/24:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Annieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Presented by the North Bay Rep Theatre and San Rafael Community Services. 7:30pm March 23; 1 and 5pm March 17, 24; 3pm March 18. $15-20. $160 a table on Gala nights March 9 and 23.. San Rafael Community Center, 618 B St., San Rafael. 485-3333. http://eplay.livelifelocally.com

Outdoors (Hikes & Bikes) 03/24: Bothin Marsh Habitat Restoration Partner with the Richardson Bay Girl Scout troop to remove invasive plants and tend to the natives as part of our continuing effort to improve endangered species habitat. Bring water. Wear sturdy shoes. 9amnoon. Free. Bothin Marsh Preserve, Meet at end of Sycamore Avenue, Mill Valley. 473-3778. www.marincountyparks.org

03/24: The Art of Nature at Mount Burdell Early spring hike to discover flowers, insects, birds, and reptiles. Also, Craig will show participants how to hone their outdoor photography skills. Moderately steep hike - no animals. 10am-noon. Free. Mount Burdell Preserve, San Andreas Dr. Gate is near the end on the right., Novato. 473-2816. www.marincountyparks.org

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maids, Indian warrior and other spring wildflowers. Beautiful vistas of the bay, learn about the colorful and surprising history of the Peninsula. Dogs must be on leash 10am-noon. Free, parking fee waived for particapants. Paradise Beach Park, 3450 Paradise Drive, upper parking lot, Tiburon. 499-6387. www. marincountyparks.org 03/28: Cascade Canyon Carpool if possible. Adults only, no dogs. 10am-2pm. Free. Cascade Canyon Preseve, Gate at the end of Cascade Drive, Fairfax. 893-9508. www.marincountyparks.org

wisdom, this adaptation of the Grimm fairy tale by Charles Queary with music by Jef Labes entertains adults as well as children. 7:00pm Fri.-Sat.; 1pm Sunday matinee. $10-$15. Showcase Theater, Marin Center, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 499-6800. www.marincenter.org

03/24-04/07: Easter Bunny at Northgate The Easter Bunny is hopping his way over to the Macyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wing on March 24th and will be there through April 7th. Visit the Easter Bunny and take home this memory by purchasing a special photo. 11am-7pm. Northgate, 5800 Northgate Dr., San Rafael. www.shopatnorthgate.com/

03/24-31: Marin Theatre Company presents â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Anansi the Spiderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; The African folktale of Anansi comes alive on stage in a hip hop musical perfect for ages 5-11. Ana learns an important lesson when she must complete 3 seemingly impossible tasks. Also at 11AM on 3/31 2:30-3:15pm. $10 kids, $15 adults Marin Theatre Company, 397 Miller Ave., Mill Valley. 388-5208. www.marintheatre.org 03/24: Asheba Asheba returns with a rollicking, rhythmic, joyful and interactive version of your favorite kidâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s songs. 11am-noon Members $5; General $14 (includes Museum admission) Bay Area Discovery Museum, 557 McReynolds Road, Sausalito. 339-3900. www.baykidsmuseum.org

03/25: Marin Symphony Family Concert â&#x20AC;&#x153;Green Eggs and Ham & Gertrude McFuzz.â&#x20AC;? Two delightful classics by the inimitable Dr. Seuss are set to music. 3pm. Adults $15, Children $10 Marin Center, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 479-8100. www.marinsymphony.org/family_concert.htm

03/27: Baby Time! Mother Goose on the Loose Fun filled 30 minute interactive session that uses rhymes, songs, puppets, musical instruments, and more to stimulate the learning process of babies and toddlers. 10:30-11am. Free. San Rafael Public

NonproďŹ ts/Volunteers 03/25: McNears Beach Park Spring Spruceup Help clean and beautify picnic sites, landscaped areas, and pathways. Help us get ready to kickoff the busy season for this popular park. Bring water; wear sturdy shoes. Meet at the Snack Bar. 10am-noon. Free, parking fee waived for volunteers. McNears Beach Park, 201 Cantera Way, San Rafael. 473-2823. www.marincountyparks.org

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ARIES (March 20 - April 19) The spectacular Sun, excitable Uranus and the emotive Moon occupy your sign on Thursday and Friday. Whether with a group or going solo, you’re a party waiting to happen. Each year when the zodiac celebrates your sign, you have the opportunity to begin fresh. Your upcoming cycle favors progress in financial and career endeavors. Your emotional life, however, may not be quite so smooth. If single, you’re fine. If attached, try therapy...

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LEO (July 22 - August 22) Of the fire signs (Leo, Aries and Sagittarius), you are the one most likely to find an interest and stick with it. This is admirable and explains why you finish your projects, complete your schooling and remain loyal to your high school sweetheart. Nevertheless, the current planetary picture is suggesting change. Whether it is your viewpoint on life, love, politics or spirituality, your perspective is different now. Maybe you should skip the next high school reunion... VIRGO (August 23 - September 21) In spite of being one of the more intellectually gifted signs, Virgo is often curious about the mysterious elements of the psyche. This is what being a mutable sign is all about—embracing flexibility. For the next several weeks, you favor intuition over logic—without abandoning reality. Sunday is a lovely day for exploring. This is your opportunity to wander about without a plan, following your instincts instead of a schedule. Although, to ensure an easy return, bring along a portable GPS device. LIBRA (September 22 - October 22) The Sun has just moved into your relationship house. If there were ever a sign requiring NO additional focus on this aspect of life that would be Libra. Every year, however, the current state of your union (or lack of one) is illuminated as springtime begins. You may feel warmed by this or you may feel unnecessarily exposed. If the latter, put on some sunglasses and go out looking for love anyway. SCORPIO (October 23 - November 21) Although your job is highlighted on Thursday and Friday, the remainder of the weekend is all about your love life. If in a committed relationship, you are feeling affectionate, generous and agreeable. If you and your sweetie haven’t already set up a shrine for Venus, you should do it soon. If you’re still in the casual phase, you have an opportunity to take it further. If you’re single and looking, midday Monday offers possibilities. Eat lunch out. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 - December 20) While co-workers may respond positively to your continued inventiveness, your boss may not be such a fan. Being innovative is great if you’re working for Apple or Google. At a corporate law firm or the U.S. Postal Service you might find it harder to have unusual ideas accepted. Meanwhile, technically challenged retrograde Mercury occupies the home sector of your chart. When the microwave goes on the blink, just use the stove. CAPRICORN (December 21 - January 18) As mentioned previously, you are experiencing upsets in your life that are causing you to feel unsettled. The more you attempt to exert control, the more chaos you create. In what would seem to be a counterintuitive action, one solution is to indulge in escapist pleasures. Stop trying to solve your problems and simply avoid them for a day or a week or even a month. Happy now? AQUARIUS (January 19 - February 17) Those of you who do online financial transactions are advised to change your passwords and avoid public computers. The potential for fraud is increased for the next few weeks and it’s better to be safe than sorry. Meanwhile, you continue to come up with big plans for improving your home. You’re quite talented at this right now. As long as you don’t order anything on a non-secure website, you can make great progress. PISCES (February 18 - March 19) Most of you are ready for argumentative Mars to move on and stop opposing your sign. Alas, this is not going to happen very soon. Your option is to use the assertive energy of Mars to enhance your relationships. Instead of fighting, try competing. Whether physical (“let’s see who can climb up that hill the fastest”) or strategic (“let’s enter our best shots in this photography contest”), everybody wins and no one gets hurt... < Email Lynda Ray at cosmicclues@gmail.com or check out her website at www.lyndarayastrology.com 30 PACIFIC SUN MARCH 23– MARCH 29, 2012

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FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2012128755 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as RCI PARTNERS, 2089 HUCKLEBERRY RD., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: RICHARD ROI ROOSE, 2089 HUCKLEBERRY RD., 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 January 1, 2012. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on February 7, 2012. (Publication Dates: March 2, 9, 16, 23, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 128827 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as MARIN OPEN STUDIOS, 74 DIGITAL DR., NOVATO, CA 94949: DORALLEN DAVIS, 74 DIGITAL DR., NOVATO, CA 94949; KAY CARLSON, 388 VIA CASITAS, GREENBRAE, CA 94904; ALAN PLISSKIN, 67 OAKMONT AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by an unincorporated association other then a partnership. 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: March 2, 9, 16, 23, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 128880 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as MASSAGE THERAPY CENTER, 880 LAS GALLINAS AVE. #4, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: CALVIN TITLAU LOOK, 230 MUNICH ST., SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94112. 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 22, 2012. (Publication Dates: March 2, 9, 16, 23, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 128911 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as INCLINE ENVIRONMENTAL CONSULTING, 68 WILLOW AVE., FAIRFAX, CA 94930: THOMAS DALE KIMBALL, 68 WILLOW AVE., FAIRFAX, CA 94930. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on February 27, 2012. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on February 27, 2012. (Publication Dates: March 2, 9, 16, 23, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2012128949 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as SCHIRMER PSYCHOLOGY GROUP, 80 BUENA VISTA AVE., MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: TODD SCHIRMER, 80 BUENA VISTA AVE., MILL VALLEY, CA 94941. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on March 1, 2012. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on March 2, 2012. (Publication Dates: March 9, 16, 23, 30, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 128925 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as LAM’S KITCHEN CHINESE REST., 89 E BLITHEDALE AVE., MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: WOON CHUNG LAM, 219 WHEELER AVE., SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94134; JING MUI LAM, 438 PRINCETON ST., SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94134. This business is being conducted by a general partnership. 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 28, 2012. (Publication Dates: March 9, 16, 23, 30, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 128934 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as STOUT HOLDINGS INTERNATIONAL, 72 LAS CASAS DR., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: ERIC STOUT, 72 LAS CASAS DR., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901; LAWRENCE STOUT, 72 LAS CASAS DR., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by a general partnership. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on February 2, 2012. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on February 29, 2012. (Publication Dates: March 9, 16, 23, 30, 2012)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2012128944 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as STELLA COMPANY; DEMOSTELLAS, 121B OLIVA COURT, NOVATO, CA 94947: JANICE NORDIN, 121B OLIVA 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 February 25, 2012. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on March 1, 2012. (Publication Dates: March 16, 23, 30; April 6, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 128928 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as JELD-WEN-THE PERFECT FIT, 111 SHORELINE PARKWAY, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: JELD-WEN DOOR REPLACEMENT SYSTEMS INC., 3737 LAKEPORT BLVD., KLAMATH FALLS, OR 97601. This business is being conducted by a corporation. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on N/A. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on February 29, 2012. (Publication Dates: March 16, 23, 30; April 6, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 128991 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as COMMSKILLS GROUP, 24 HOOPER LANE, SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960: TERRY WARD, 24 HOOPER 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 November 1, 2006. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on March 8, 2012. (Publication Dates: March 16, 23, 30; April 6, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 129003 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as BAY AREA JUNK CAR REMOVAL, 391 MILLER AVE., MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: OSCAR T. VELAZQUEZ, 291 PLAYA DEL REY, 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 March 9, 2012. (Publication Dates: March 16, 23, 30; April 6, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2012128998 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as COOK CONSULTING; COOK ENTERPRISES; COOK COUNSELING, 380 OAK CREST ROAD, SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960: ROBERT L. COOK, 380 OAK CREST ROAD, SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960; MARY ANNE COOK, 380 OAK CREST ROAD, SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960. This business is being conducted by a general partnership. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on January 1, 1998. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on March 8, 2012. (Publication Dates: March 16, 23, 30; April 6, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2012129010 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as LUCID DRUM, 527A MISSION AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: JASON K. NORRIS, 527A MISSION AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on March 1, 2012. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on March 9, 2012. (Publication Dates: March 16, 23, 30; April 6, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 129012 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as D3 DESIGN CONCEPTS, 58 CARMELITA AVE., MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: DANA DWORIN, 58 CARMELITA AVE., MILL VALLEY, CA 94941. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on N/A. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on March 12, 2012. (Publication Dates: March 16, 23, 30; April 6, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 128811 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as POPLAR STREET STUDIO; BODIES MIND PROGRAM OF STUDY, 301 POPLAR ST. SUITE 8, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: CAROLE AMEND, 100 B MEADOW VALLEY RD., CORTE MADERA, CA 94925. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on February 13, 2012. (Publication Dates: March 16, 23, 30; April 6, 2012)


FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 129007 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as SIP BY SIPWARE, 5 HAMILTON LANDING SUITE 100, NOVATO, CA 94949: THE 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 March 9, 2012. (Publication Dates: March 16, 23, 30; April 6, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2012129054 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as FOOD SAFETY EDUCATION SERVICES, 1299 FOURTH ST. SUITE 206, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: JEFF FELDMAN, 1299 FOURTH ST. SUITE 206, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on March 15, 2012. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on March 16, 2012. (Publication Dates: March 23, 30; April 6, 13, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2012129057 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as C N D CONSTRUCTION CO., 156 OAK KNOLL AVE., SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960: KYONG H. CHO., 156 OAK KNOLL AVE., 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 16, 2012. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on March 16, 2012. (Publication Dates: March 23, 30; April 6, 13, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 129034 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as TORTAS ANACELI’S, 136 BELLAM BLVD., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: ABEL V. ONTIVEROS, 133 LAURELWOOD DR., NOVATO, CA 94949; MARIA VICTORIA ONTIVEROS, 133 LAURELWOOD DR., NOVATO, CA 94949. This business is being conducted by a husband & wife. 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 March 13, 2012. (Publication Dates: March 23, 30; April 6, 13, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2012129047 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as MONARCH STONE NORTH, 265 GATE 5 ROAD, SAUSALITO, CA 94956: DAVID ZINCHINI, 265 GATE 5 ROAD, SAUSALITO, CA 94956. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on March 1, 2012. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on March 15, 2012. (Publication Dates: March 23, 30; April 6, 13, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2012128915 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as AMERICAN FUNDRAISING ACADEMY, 101 BOXWOOD DR., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: STACIA L CULP, 101 BOXWOOD DR., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903; LAUREN HULL, 332 WASHINGTON AVE., RICHMOND, CA 94801. This business is being conducted by a genernal partnership. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on April 1, 2012. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on February 27, 2012. (Publication Dates: March 23, 30; April 6, 13, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 129051 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as SALDO CELL, 175 BELVEDERE ST. #3, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: ALONSO MORALES, 175 BELVEDERE ST. #3, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901; CONCEPCION SOLORZANO, 175 BELVEDERE ST. #3, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by a husband & wife. 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 March 15, 2012. (Publication Dates: March 23, 30; April 6, 13, 2012)

997 All Other Legals STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF USE OF FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME File No. 304356 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): MASSAGE THERAPY CENTER, 880 LAS GALLINAS

AVE. #4, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903. Filed in Marin County on: October 12, 2011. Under File No: 2011127951. Registrant’s Name(s): JIE YAN, 988 FRANKLIN ST. APT 1501, OAKLAND, CA 94607. This statement was filed with the County Clerk Recorder of Marin County on February 22, 2012. (Pacific Sun: March 2, 9, 16, 23, 2012) SUMMONS Family Law (CITACION Derecho Familiar): Case Number (Numero De Caso): FL 1200540. NOTICE TO RESPONDENT (Aviso Al Demandado): GESNER FRANCOIS: YOU ARE BEING SUED (LO ESTAN DEMANDANDO). PETITIONER’S NAME IS (Nombre Del Demandante): FLORISE SAINTVAL. You have 30 CALENDAR DAYS after this SUMMONS and PETITION are served on you to file a RESPONSE at the court and have a copy served on the petitioner. A letter or phone call will not protect you. If you do not file your RESPONSE on time, the court may make orders affecting your marriage or domestic partnership, your property, and custody of your children. You may be ordered to pay support and attorney fees and costs. If you can not pay the filing fee, ask the clerk for a fee waiver form. If you want legal advice, contact a lawyer immediately. You can get information about finding lawyers at the California Courts Online SelfHelp Center (www.courtinfo.ca.gov/selfhelp), at the California Legal Services web site (www. lawhelpcalifornia.org), or by contacting your local county bar association. Tiene 30 dð©as corridos después de haber recibido la entrega legal de esta Citacié n y Peticié n para presentar una Respuesta (formulario FL-120 é FL-123) ante la corte y efectuar la entrega legal de una copia al demandante. Una carta o llamada telefé nica no basta para protegerlo. Si no presenta su Respuesta a tiempo, la corte puede dar é rdenes que afecten su matrimonio o pareja de hecho, sus bienes y la custodia de sus hijos. La corte también le puede ordenar que pague manutencié n, y honorarios y costos legales. Si no puede pagar la cuota de presentacié n, pida al secretario un formulario de exencié n de cuotas. Si desea obtener asesoramiento legal, pé ngase en contacto de inmediato con un abogado. Puede obtener informacié n para encontrar a un abogado en el Centro de Ayuda de las Cortes de California (www.sucorte. ca.gov), en el sitio web de los Servicios Legales de California (www.lawhelpcalifornia. org) o poniéndose en contacto con el colegio de abogados de su condado. NOTICE: The restraining orders on page 2 are effective against both spouses or domestic partners until the petition is dismissed, a judgment is entered, or the court makes further orders. These orders are enforceable anywhere in California by any law enforcement officer who has received or seen a copy of them. (AVISO: Las é rdenes de restriccié n que figuran en la página 2 valen para ambos cé nyuges o pareja de hecho hasta que se despida la peticié n, se emita un fallo o la corte dé otras é rdenes. Cualquier autoridad de la ley que haya recibido o visto una copia de estas é rdenes puede hacerlas acatar en cualquier lugar de California.) NOTE: If a judgment or support order is entered, the court may order you to pay all or part of the fees and costs that the court waived for yourself or for the other party. If this happens, the party ordered to pay fees shall be given notice and an opportunity to request a hearing to set aside the order to pay waived court fees. AVISO: Si se emite un fallo u orden de manutencié n, la corte puede ordenar que usted pague parte de, o todas las cuotas y costos de la corte previamente exentas a peticié n de usted o de la otra parte. Si esto ocurre, la parte ordenada a pagar estas cuotas debe recibir aviso y la oportunidad de solicitar una audiencia para anular la orden de pagar las cuotas exentas. 1. The name and address of the court are (El nombre y direccié n de la corte son): SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF MARIN, 3501 Civic Center Drive, Post Office Box 4988, San Rafael, CA 94903. 2. The name, address, and telephone number of the petitionerâ’s attorney, or the petitioner without an attorney, are: (El nombre, direccié n y número de teléfono del abogado del demandante, o del demandante si no tiene abogado, son): FLORISE SAINTVAL, PO BOX 493, NOVATO, CA 94948, (415) 240-5838. Date (Fecha): February 3, 2012. Clerk, by (Secretario, por) Kim Turner, D. Taylor, Deputy (Asistente). NOTICE TO THE PERSON SERVED: You are served (AVISO A LA PERSONA QUE RECIBIÓ LA ENTREGA: Esta entrega se realiza)as an individual (a usted como individuo). (Pacific Sun: March 23, 30; April 6, 13, 2012) STATE OF CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board SPECIAL NOTICE OF LAWSUIT (Pursuant to Labor Code 3716 and Code of Civil Procedure Sections 412.20 and 412.30 WCAB NO. ADJ6432834 TO: DEFENDANT, ILLEGALLY UNINSURED EMPLOYER AVISO: Usted esta siendo demandado. La corte puede expedir una decision en contra

suya sin darle la oportunidad de defenderse a menos que usted actue pronto. Lea la siguiente informacion, ALEXANDER PORTER, Applicant STEPHEN SERA STUDIO, Defendant (s) NOTICES 1. A lawsuit, the Application for Adjudication of Claim, has been filed with the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board against you as the named defendant by the above-named applicant (s). You may seek the advice of an attorney in any matter connected with this lawsuit and such attorney should be consulted promptly so that your response may be filed and entered in a timely fashion. lf you do not know an attorney, you may call an attorney reference service or a legal aid office. You may also request assistance/information from an lnformation and Assistance officer of the Division of Workers’ Compensation. (See telephone directory). 2. An Answer to the Application must be filed and served within six days of the service of the Application pursuant to Appeals Board rules; therefore, your written response must be filed with the Appeals Board promptly; a letter or phone call will not protect your interests. 3. You will be served with a Notice(s) of Hearing and must appear at all hearings or conferences. After such hearing, even absent your appearance, a decision may be made and an award of compensation benefits may issue against you. The award could result in the garnishment of your wages, taking of your money or property, or other relief. lf the Appeals Board makes an award against you, your house or other dwelling or other property may be taken to satisfy that award in a non-judicial sale, with no exemptions from execution. A lien may also be imposed upon your property without further hearing and before the issuance of an award, 4. You must notify the Appeals Board of the proper address for the service of official notices and papers and notify the Appeals Board of any changes in that address. TAKE ACTION NOW TO PROTECT YOUR INTERESTS! lssued by: WORKERS’ COMPENSATION APPEALS BOARD. Name and Address of Appeals Board: WORKERS’ COMPENSATION APPEALS BOARD Name and Address of Applicant’s Attorney: Jeffrey M. Greenberg, 825 Van Ness Ave., #601, San Francisco, Ca. 94109 Form Completed By: Jeffrey Greenberg Telephone No. 415-409-9900. NOTICE TO THE PERSON SERVED! You are served: Pacific Sun: March 23, 30; April 6, 13, 2012)

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I’m a recently divorced 40-something woman, now dating again, and I’m wondering what the guidelines are on how long to wait to have sex. I’m not interested in casual sex, but I have a healthy libido. If I’m really attracted to a man, I’ll be dealing with some powerful mixed (internal) signals regarding how long to wait. Really what I want is to have sex with a man I like as soon as reasonably possible without getting labeled by him (consciously or subconsciously) as an expendable floozy.—Hotblooded

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Tempting as it can be to tear off each other’s clothes and rut like wild animals on the first date, it can be less than conducive to a desire to meet up again to ask things like “So...where’d you go to middle school?” Also, you do risk getting labeled a hussy for not keeping an aspirin clenched between your knees—Rush Limbaugh’s advice for unmarried women he isn’t popping Viagra for—while the date you drop the aspirin for gets to put another notch in his oar. As explained in previous columns, men and women are biologically and psychologically different, and the sexual double standard springs out of those differences—like how one sex gets pregnant and the other sex gets paternity uncertainty. As nice (and fair) as it would be if casual sex worked the same for women and men, there’s an old Arab saying quoted by a Lebanese-born friend of mine: “If my grandmother had testicles, we would have called her my grandfather.” Some women do wait to have sex with a man they’ve just met—like, a whole hour—and manage to make that the first hour of the rest of their lives together. Just because that’s risky doesn’t mean it’s impossible. But, sleep with a man before you know who he is and you could find yourself wearing lust goggles—convincing yourself he’s good for the long haul when he’s really just good in bed. The good news is, men in their 40s tend to be less “use ’em and lose ’em” than those in their 20s. “The third date rule”—the expectation that the third date is the sex date—is also more of a factor for 20-somethings. If you’re, say, 45, and dating guys 50 to 60, the third date rule is probably something more like “Don’t fall asleep.” When dating, remind yourself that the part of you that’s clamoring for sex is not the organ that does your best thinking, and plan your outings accordingly. Keep in mind that people who regret their behavior on dates tend to say stuff like “We got really drunk, and then we slept together,” not “We went to the museum in broad daylight and then had one too many lattes.” As for how long to wait to have sex, there’s no magic number of dates. But, since casual sex isn’t your thing, you should probably hold out until there seems to be an emotional attachment—on both sides. Maybe a good guideline is waiting until you and a man are kinda cuddly. Until that time, hint that your favorite sex position actually isn’t arms folded/legs crossed; you just like to get to know a man before you get to know how his Miller Lite chandelier looks wearing your thong.

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I’ve fallen for my new best friend, a woman I met two years ago while we were both going through similar divorces. Sometimes I think the attraction’s mutual. She recently started dating but hasn’t met anyone she’s into. I’m going crazy trying to decide whether to say something and risk losing the coolest friend I’ve met in decades.—Obsessing

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The line from Cole Porter is “Birds do it, bees do it,” not “birds and bees get a committee together to discuss it.” Telling her how you feel could be icky and embarrassing if she doesn’t share your feelings—and maybe even if she does. You’ve heard of “plausible deniability”? If you decide to go for something with her, what you need is plausible drunkability. Have drinks with her, get a little fuzzed and make a move on her. If she recoils in horror, it was the alcohol talking. If she kisses back or, better yet, is all over you like freezer burn on mysterious leftovers, follow up by asking her on a date. (Emphasize the D-word, reinforcing that your interest is more than friendzonely.) Sure, by making a move, you risk losing a friend. By doing nothing, you risk missing out on a lot more. Life is risky. You can either hide under your bed or opt for managed risk. That doesn’t mean managing risk out of existence; it means having a plan for damage control if things go badly. (“Captain Morgan, next time, you behave yourself!”) < © Amy Alkon, all rights reserved. www.advicegoddess.com. Got a problem? Email AdviceAmy@aol.com or write to Amy Alkon, 171 Pier Ave. #280, Santa Monica, CA 90405.

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FINER MEATS & SEAFOOD

DELI, CHEESE & BAKERY

ORGANIC PRODUCE

ITEMS & PRICES IN THIS AD ARE AVAILABLE FROM MARCH 24TH – APRIL 1ST All prices subject to change up or down only when our cost changes. We reserve the right to correct printed errors. No sales to dealers or institutions.

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Fresh and Local Cheese BELLWEATHER FARMS A Local Company – Sonoma, CA Family owned and operated, Bellweather Farms produces artisan, European-style fresh cheeses that are versatile ingredients available to the home chef. Crème Fraîche can be poured over fruit, whipped into soups or stirred into sauces and, it never curdles while cooking. Fromage Blanc is at its best when used as an ingredient in appetizers, main courses and even desserts.


Pacific Sun Weekly 03.23.2012 - Section 1