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›› LETTERS Calling us on the carpetbagger It would be nice if you did a little research on the Assembly race, and not just take the chiropractor [H. Christian Gunderson] and the unemployed councilman [Marc Levine] at their word. Michael Allen did not just move here to be the incumbent. It’s true redistricting put his home and Wes Chesbros’ in the same district, but 20 percent of his current district is in our new one. So he is an actual incumbent, not a carpetbagger. By contrast, Levine represents San Rafael (with four others) as a councilperson. The number of registered voters in the district from San Rafael is 18 percent. So Allen currently represents more members of the district than Levine and the others represent no one but themselves. It’s good you point out the district is not just Marin but also a Sonoma district, but Allen did not land here as an “alien from outer space” as he puts it, he truly represents a significant segment of the district already. Greg Knell, San Rafael

Editor’s note: Thanks for writing, Greg! We’ll make you a deal: We’ll start doing a “little” research on the Assembly race, if you promise to read our endorsements a “little” more carefully. We never said Mr. Allen moved to Marin to be the incumbent (his incumbency was granted by the state elections overlords months after he set up shop in the 415 area code). Yet, he did not move here because suddenly at age 64 he decided to fulfill his lifelong dream of living in downtown San Rafael. He did, however, move to Marin because he sees it as an easier district to win re-election to the state Assembly. You’re right; he has represented a portion of Sonoma County that was formerly in his Assembly district—he could have moved

there and avoided his opponents’ accusations of “carpetbagging” (a term we’ve never used, by the way). But he moved to Marin, presumably, because he thinks the Marin vote is key to winning the seat. We’d also like to point out that, though Allen’s newness to the county should be something Marinites consider, our endorsements coverage hardly made big a deal of it.

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The Pacific Sun receives a ringing endorsement from the candidate from Garberville.

Even though you guys weren’t wise enough to endorse me [“For Those About to Vote, We Salute You!” May 11], I still like your journalism. Here’s a photo I pass out at campaign events. Andy Caffrey, candidate for Congress, Garberville

We’re more interested in the ones from lunatics you DO agree with... I read the Sun today [May 11]. No letters section. This really annoys me. As with all newspapers I read, the Pacific Sun letters section is my favorite. At least there I feel like I am getting an honest expression from another person, not watered down with editorial bias. I always enjoy all the letters, especially the ones from lunatics (you know who they are) I disagree with. Joe Tate, Novato

How can I write letters to editor without a case of Stolichnaya?! Supervisor Judy Arnold doesn’t have George Lucas to “toy” with anymore; so she’s

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Marin officials ‘elated’ by Obama gay-marriage support State senator calls president’s announcement a ‘historic moment for our country’ Read the full story here posted Wednesd... Pacific Sun Endorsements: Supervisor, Districts 2 and 4 The toughest call on the ballot for a board in transition... Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, May 14, 2012,

Your soapbox is waiting at ›› pacificsun.com changed her focus to intimidating liquor store owners into removing alcopops from their shelves. It seems a few teens like drinking it; so Judy thinks she’ll be a hero by removing the temptation. Never mind that she’s trampling on MY RIGHTS to buy the drinks; and everyone else who is of drinking age; and never mind that there’s already laws on the books prohibiting the sale of alcohol to minors. Judy is full steam ahead...which means she doesn’t have enough “real work” to do to earn her keep. I’d suggest she come over to my house and help me do some spring cleaning...it will be appreciated and her bloated paycheck might actually be earned. Marcia Blackman, San Rafael

In my day, we rode our velocipedes safely to the side of the Chisholm Trail! I cop to being an old fogy but, as I recall, bicycles are meant to ride in the street, near the curb, and with the flow of traffic. As a kid down in Pasadena, we had to pass a test to get a license on our bikes—I haven’t ridden one for years, but I am constantly assaulted by them on the sidewalks of San Rafael...zooming down Fourth Street, buds in their ears...I’d be interested in how many collisions oc-

cur. I used a cane for six years; during that time I felt terrorized by the riders because I couldn’t get out of their way. Now that I can walk freely again, I want to smack them in the chops! What’s the legal status? Burt Lampert, San Rafael

Editor’s note: Last we checked, Burt, it is still illegal to “smack [kids] in the chops” with your cane. As for cycling on sidewalks, we asked the “spokes” people from the Marin County Bicycle Coalition about it. First and foremost, they suggested county residents call their town’s police and public works departments to get area-specific information. MCBC director Kim Baenisch says, “Per the law, if there is an ordinance, it must be clearly signed for users to read and understand. I don’t recall seeing such signs in San Rafael, so they might have no legal way to prohibit it right now. But busy Fourth Street is a typical location for just this kind of prohibition to keep all sidewalk users safe.” And MCBC advocacy coordinator Andy Peri adds: “Laws are specific to each town...there is no overriding state law...For me, depending on circumstances (speed of cars, space on road, perceived safety, etc.), I will jump onto a sidewalk at times or if I’m in town and going from one business to another on the same block, I’ll stay on the sidewalk (at low speed and cautious, but of course).”

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s Congress began conference work last week in an attempt to reach a consensus transportation bill, a new nationwide survey revealed overwhelming bipartisan support for maintaining or increasing federal funding for bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure. That show of support comes as Republicans have repeatedly threatened to reduce or eliminate federal funding of bicycle and pedestrian projects as frivolous and an unwise use of taxpayer dollars. But the survey shows that taxpayers across the country want their tax dollars to support these projects. Princeton Survey Research Associates International, commissioned by America Bikes—a coalition of bicycle and walking advocacy organizations—surveyed 1,003 adults across the country. Respondents were asked to answer questions to determine whether they support federal spending for bike lanes, bike paths and sidewalks. The questions were included in a larger demographic survey conducted by the company. Nonmotorized transportation advocates know most people look kindly on these projects, but the survey results surprised them. “We were hoping to find data that we could use in support of biking and walking,” says Mary Lauran Hall, communications coordinator for America Bikes. “We

didn’t think the numbers would be this strong.” A Republican strategy to hold nonmotorized transportation funding hostage to other issues, such as the gutting of environmental regulations and support for the Keystone Pipeline, have little resonance beyond Washington, she says. “The biggest message the survey results are sending is that Americans [strongly] support the federal funding that goes toward sidewalks and bike lanes, and the controversy about this issue is really an inside the Beltway fight. Americans want this type of infrastructure built.” The survey shows that most Americans are unaware of the small amount of federal transportation money that actually goes to bicycle and pedestrian projects, a level so small it makes little sense to reduce it substantively—or eliminate it, as some Republicans have proposed. Less than 2 percent of federal transportation spending goes toward sidewalks and bikeways. Bicycling and walking currently account for about 12 percent of all trips and represent 14 percent of all traffic fatalities, according to the survey. “Eliminating the tiny percentage of funding...may worsen the existing discrepancy between funding, safety and the number of trips made by foot and bike,” states the survey report. 10 > After learning that 17 percent of

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by Jason Walsh

Grand jury tickled pink over red light cameras It’s a red-letter day for red-light cameras, according to a Marin grand jury. In the wake of ongoing controversy surrounding the costs-benefits of San Rafael’s redlight cameras, a Marin County Civil Grand Jury has issued a report which says that the cameras “constitute a viable safety option for the reduction of red-light intersection accidents.” The debate over red-light cameras has been clicking since San Rafael first installed several in 2009, inspiring the grand jury to examine some “urban myths” about the cameras. “The introduction of a red-light camera in San Rafael has generated volumes of heated discourse but little in the way of clarification,” the report says.“Opponents question whether red-light cameras actually reduce intersection accidents. Even more fundamental is the prevailing doubt that intersection accident rates are serious enough to warrant this high-tech solution. The answer to both issues is ‘yes.’” The report cites San Rafael Police Department statistics that accident rates at red-light cameras went down by 12 percent in the first year of operation. Other advantages of the cameras are that they are “vigilant” 24 hours a day, every day; they “are totally impartial and color blind”; and they’ve shown to “modify driver behavior even at non-monitored intersections.” The grand jury also reports that “a national economic analysis showed that red-light cameras saved society $39,000 to $50,000 annually at each intersection where they were installed.” As to complaints that the cameras are an intrusion by Big Brother, the grand jury noted that “the Supreme Court has consistently upheld the principle that driving in open view on a public highway negates Fourth Amendment protection of an individual’s right to privacy.” Added the jury:“From the investigation, it was apparent that the two most vocal groups opposing red-light cameras are offenders themselves or lawyers who specialize in fighting red-light camera citations.” 680 Trail gets its number called Cyclists and hikers will have their heads in the clouds—or 680 feet above sea level, anyway—when the 680 Trail officially opens to the public this Saturday. The 2.9-mile trail lies within an easement deeded to the county from the San Domenico School in 2004. Once open, the trail will be a shared-use trail for hiking, mountain biking and equestrian use; it will also serve as a link between the Terra Linda/Sleepy Hollow Divide Open Space preserve and the Loma Alta Open Space Preserve. “Marin County Parks is thrilled to re-establish a public link between these preserves that has been lost for years,” says Parks Director Linda Dahl. According to the Marin County Bicycle Coalition, the trail area is home to Western bluebirds (who winter in the area), red-tailed hawks, bobcats, coyotes and badgers. Hikers and bikers will also be treated to sweeping views of Mt. Tam, San Francisco, Mt. Diablo, San Pablo Bay and Big Rock Ridge. Parks officials and volunteers will celebrate the official trail opening Saturday, May 19, at 9:30am. The MCBC, Access4Bikes and the Bicycle Works will lead a ride to the event starting from the Java Hut parking lot in Fairfax at 8:30am. MCBC’s Off-Road Director Erik Schmidt will lead the ride. A mountain bike is recommended, and be prepared to climb. Access4Bikes will be installing free engraved bike bells at the grand opening. For details, check out www. marinbike.org. Gray whale rescued off Dillon Beach Call it “Free Dilly.” It has a whale of a happy ending, but it’s not a movie—it’s the story of a gray whale youth that got

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›› TRiViA CAFÉ

by Howard Rachelson

1. California’s 6th Congressional District stretches from the San Francisco Bay, up the Pacific coast through Marin and most of Sonoma County. Who is the current U.S. representative for this district? 2. The black squares make up about 15 percent of what intellectual pursuit? 3. New York City is divided into what five boroughs? 4. In the 1993 film Groundhog Day, Bill Murray’s character awakens every morning to his clock radio playing what song, recorded by what duo? 8a 5. What character, created by what French writer in 1831, was known as the hunchback of Notre Dame? 6. What player was voted NBA MVP this year for the third time in his career? 7. A new Disney nature documentary film, which took four years to film, captures the life of what African wild animal? 8. Pictured, right: Identify these 8b famous museums: 8a. Most visited art museum in the world 8b. $1.3 billion art center, established by an oil magnate in western Los Angeles 8c. One of the most intriguing structures in the world is this museum in Bilbao, Spain 8c 9. To regulate blood sugar, what organ in the human body produces insulin? 10. In the 1999 film Girl, Interrupted, Angelina Jolie plays a character with what personality disorder? BONUS QUESTION: What is the only U.S. state that has three cities with a population of at least 1 million? (within city limits) Howard Rachelson invites you to an exciting Team Trivia Contest on Saturday, May 19, from 2-4pm in the Marin County Civic Center library. FREE, with prizes and refreshments.

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WJD of Novato wrote to us, ironically nominating another as a Zero. Here’s the gist of her story: On southbound 101, four cars were on the side of the freeway and it looked as if an accident had occurred. A lady walked along the shoulder, waving her arms. JD, a nurse, rolled down her window and asked what was happening. “There are ducks on the freeway and I have to save them!” declared the woman. Claiming traffic was tied-up for 30 minutes, JD wants the duck saver charged with obstructing traffic. “I ask you, where are the police when you need them?” JD wrote. Please see the above Hero for the answer to your question. And, JD, we like ducks, so you are our Zero this week.—Nikki Silverstein

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VKendall Schwartz lost her purse, which contained her money and the key to get into her workplace. Fortunately, she had her car key and her boyfriend had her spare set of keys. Waiting for her boyfriend to meet her at the Taste of Rome Cafe in Sausalito, Kendall chatted with two female police officers, explaining her predicament. The two women immediately offered to buy her breakfast. Though Kendall appreciated their generosity, she graciously declined. The officers soon got up to leave, and unexpectedly, one of them slipped Kendall 10 bucks. “Go buy yourself something to eat. Pay it forward.” Kendall says the officer furthers her belief in the kindness of strangers. We say Kendall is lucky that there was a cop around when she needed one.

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just overcame my porn obsession. A short-lived addiction to be sure, and likely a different sort than suffered by men, but still, I was drawn to looking at naked people having sex. I was a voyeur, watching folks I’ve never met perform intimate acts that were often ordinary, and every so often, bizarre. My sexual odyssey begins when I catch the flu. I spend a week in bed, quickly learning that daytime television is terrible. What happened to the fun game shows at which I excelled? Where is Erica? I have no recourse but to turn to the Internet for entertainment. My usual route on the World Wide Web consists of cruising home-design sites, with a stopover to play a few games of Scrabble with strangers and bots. You can look at other people’s riches and lose at Scrabble for only so long before getting bored. (FYI, I usually kick butt at Scrabble, but my head was fuzzy from cold medicine.) That’s when I hit on the pornography idea. Porn is huge. People talk about it at the dog park. A colleague complains about her boyfriend’s habit of looking at it online. My girlfriend is thrilled with her husband’s porn proclivity, because she doesn’t have to have sex with him anymore. A neighbor who’s too cheap to pay for cable wants to hang out at my place on the weekends to watch it on Showtime. It even turned up on the front page of Apartment Therapy, one of my staple style websites. My mission is to take it all in. See if it feels good or if it’s too much for me. Just a few rules. I’m not paying for it; I’m not looking at anything illegal; and it absolutely can’t involve four-legged creatures. With these boundaries, is there something left to see? Oh, indeed. A Google search for the word pornography turns up more than 60 million results. Add free to the search and you still get almost 39 million. I’d better get busy. First, I find photos of sex so explicit that I blush. I guess it could be my fever, but I don’t think so. And, contrary to what my ex-boyfriends might say, I’m not a prude. By middle school, my best friend and I regularly perused the centerfold of her brother’s stash of Penthouse. A group of high school girls gave me my first glimpse of a penis in a copy of Playgirl magazine. (In those days, the gal mag showed only flaccid penises, which accounts for my shock and horror when I later saw the real

deal in person.) Up until college, I’d only seen photos of naked bodies. My freshman year, some of my sorority sisters came across a pornographic videotape, which I believe they stole from a frat house. We studied the flick behind a locked door, intrigued by the man demonstrating his trajectory. Discovering we could watch it in the rewind mode, we howled with laughter as his emission returned from whence it came. Anyway, back in the sick bed, I’m scrolling through free photos. Soon, the still shots start feeling more routine than outrageous, so I graduate to sites that tease and then require a fee. Finally, I find the most incredible site where no money changes hands. Amateurs, exhibitionists and just plain odd folks perform in front of their webcams, uploading live feeds to the Internet site. Visitors move from room to room, watching strangers, communicating with them through the computer keyboard. Couples in every gender combination, men alone, women alone, even groups. I’m hooked by the ingenuity of the site and impressed by the novelty acts. Who thought this up? For three days, I click around with extreme interest, though often wincing at what I’m witnessing. The more I see the more deviant it becomes. Unlike my friend’s husband, I never feel titillated. Actually, quite the opposite. Many of the participants look seedy and unattractive. The ones alone in the room are sad and lonely. I begin worrying about them. What is this compulsion to beam their most private moments into homes all over the world? Why do people want to watch it? By day four, I grow weary of the lewdness. Most of what I see objectifies women and demeans both sexes. I am cured, of my porn addiction at least. I turn off the computer and spend my last few sick days watching reality TV reruns. Now I’m addicted to Storage Wars and its star, Barry Weiss. How have I become obsessed with a man I’ve never met, who my gay friends think is on their team and who is certainly old enough to be my father? This is more disturbing than porn any day of the week. Oh, God. Someone please call A&E and schedule me on Intervention. < Email: nikki_silverstein@yahoo.com

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< 8 Newsgrams caught up in crab-trap lines last weekend off Dillon Beach. The whale was first spotted in a buoyed area on Friday, May 11—when it was still there on Sunday, whale watchers guessed correctly that the 20-foot-long Eschrichtius robustus was in distress. Officials from the Marine Mammal Center, the National Marine Fisheries Service and the Coast Guard were called to the rescue, and on Monday managed to get a boat close enough to cut away a crab-pot line that caught the whale by the mouth. Gray whales are most common in the North American Pacific Ocean waters; they’d been virtually whaled out of the Atlantic by 500 AD and are endangered in the Pacific waters near Asia.

Marin officials point out county’s link to bridge As the Golden Gate Bridge celebrates 75 years as one of the most famous manmade landmarks in the world, the county Board of Supervisors is officially saying, “Hey—one end of that expanse touches down in Marin, ya know!” On May 15, the Supes adopted a resolution recognizing Marin’s conThere it is folks, certifiable proof that the Golden Gate Bridge connects to Marin. tribution to the overly ‘Frisco-associated International Orange icon. As part of the resolution,“Commending the Golden Gate Bridge on the Occasion of its 75th Anniversary,” the Board would like to point out a few Marin fun facts about the bridge. “The first Bridge tower built was on the Marin County side and Marin is proud that Nancy and Martye Kent of Kentfield represented Marin County at the ceremony marking the driving of the last rivet into the Bridge on April 27, 1937,” reads a portion of the resolution.“And that Robert Miller, a runner from Tamalpais High School, was the first to cross the Bridge from Marin County on May 27, 1937 when it first opened to pedestrians.” The commendation also applauds contemporary paeans to the bridge, including the Marin Symphony-commissioned Rob Kapilow composition,“Chrysopylae,” a sweeping orchestral work celebrating the bridge’s 75th anniversary, and the Marin County Free Library’s Anne T. Kent California Room current display of historic photographs and ephemera about the bridge in the library. And not to be further outdone by our bridge partners to the south, the Supes would like to point out that lyrics to San Francisco’s “official” Golden Gate Bridge ballad—”The Bridge: Golden Gate”—were written by Tiburon resident Noah Griffin. Griffin will be on hand at the Supes’ meeting to sing the song, which features a chorus that goes: “It’s a bridge to our tomorrows, our happiness and sorrows, it’s a bridge of fate, the Golden Gate.”

More fun in the Marin world Marin may be known for its hippie roots and great acid rock jam bands, but on May 9 it was a bastion of punk rock royalty, as X took the stage at the Sweetwater Music Hall in Mill Valley. According to Pacific Sun punk-goth reporter Black Luscious, the show was attended by none other than Jello Biafra, of Dead Kennedys fame, and Jerry Harrison, of the Talking Heads and the Modern Lovers. X—playing under the name X-35, in commemoration of 35 years since the critically acclaimed band burst upon the L.A. scene—is made up of Fairfax resident John Doe, guitarist Billy Zoom, along with singer Exene Cervenka and drummer DJ Bonebrake. The Mill Valley mosh pit was mostly courteous, reported Luscious, and the band ripped through its set in 90 minutes, finishing with a searing “Devil Doll.” 11

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< 8 Bike support careens ahead federal transportation funding goes toward public transportation and 80 percent funds road and highway projects, respondents were asked if the percentage that goes toward bicycling and walking should increase, decrease or stay about the same. The increase in nonmotorized transportation that has occurred across the country is reflected in the survey results, and in trip-generation statistics included in the survey report. According to a Federal Highway Administration report, Americans took 4 billion bicycle trips in 2009, and according to a U.S. Census Bureau 2010 American Communities survey, the number of bicycle commuters increased by 43 percent since 2000. Marin has seen its own increase in bicycling and walking, according to statistics included in the final report to Congress for the Nonmotorized Transportation Pilot Project, which received federal funding from the last transportation bill. Marin was one of four communities to receive funding, along with Minneapolis-Saint Paul; Columbus, Missouri; and Sheboygan County, Wisconsin. The pilot project was designed to determine whether investment in infrastructure would spur bicycling and walking. It did. Since 2007, bicycling trips increased 64.4 percent in Marin, walking trips 21 percent. During the same period, driving trips decreased 4.7 percent. The growing embrace of bicycling and walking as utilitarian methods of transport, as well as recreational activities, is reflected in the support for federal funding revealed in the survey. An overview of the results shows that 83 percent of all respondents supported maintaining or increasing federal funding that pays for sidewalks, bikeways and bike paths. Only 13 percent said funding should decrease. Bicycle and pedestrian advocates hope those results will help persuade Republican legislators to drop their attacks on nonmotorized transportation. When looking at the survey numbers based on party affiliation, the suggestion that Republicans should drop their nonmotorized transportation attacks gets some political teeth. According to the survey, 88 percent of Democratic respondents said Congress should maintain or increase federal funds. Although that percentage may not be surprising, the results from Republican respondents are opening some eyes: 80 percent of Republican respondents said Congress should maintain or increase bicycle and pedestrian funding. “Support for maintaining or increasing funding for sidewalks and bikeways was consistently high among all survey demographics,” according to the survey report. “Respondents reported support for biking and walking funding in all gender, age, income and racial groups. Support also was high regardless of political identification, educational background, region and community type.” The level of support for maintaining or

increasing funding was greatest among the youngest demographic group. Ninety-one percent of 18- to 29-year-olds said funding should either stay the same or increase. The lowest level of support came from the oldest demographic, respondents over 65; 79 percent supported maintaining or increasing funding. The strongest results among the youngest respondents echoes the findings in another report, “Transportation and the New Generation,” in which the Frontier Group and the U.S. PIRG Education Fund reported a marked reduction in the number of miles driven across the country. “The trend away from driving has been led by young people. From 2001 to 2009, the average annual number of vehicle miles traveled by young people (16- to 34-yearolds) decreased from 10,300 miles to 7,900 miles per capita—a drop of 23 percent.” Alternative transportation advocates want Congress to get the message: Bicycling and pedestrian infrastructure should be an intrinsic and inseparable part of the country’s transportation infrastructure and should be treated as such during debates about federal transportation funding. The New Generation report and the Princeton survey results show that demographics are on the side of the nonmotorized transportation advocates. The challenge is imparting the meaning of the data to elected representatives. Although tough opposition continues among conservative Republicans, some more moderate lawmakers are, indeed, getting the political message. Last week, America Bikes held a press conference with the Capitol building as a backdrop. Senators Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and Ben Cardin, D-Md., were present as were Congressmen Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., and Tom Petri, R-Wis. A representative of Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, also attended. All spoke of their support for funding bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure The survey results have a 3.6 margin of error and “a 95 percent level of confidence,” according to Princeton Survey Research Associates. The results give ample political cover for politicians who want to support nonmotorized transportation. “The survey is important and can help us fight to maintain” the provisions in the Senate version of the transportation bill, known as MAP-21,” says Caron Whitaker, campaign director at America Bikes. The Senate passed MAP-21 in March. Under MAP-21 in California, Caltrans would decide how half of federal transportation funds are spent. Regional entities, like the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC), would choose how the other half is spent. Among other mandates, MAP-21 would set standards to ensure that all stakeholders, including bicyclists and pedestrians, receive consideration during the design and operation of federally funded transportation projects. It also requires states to spend at least what they received in 2009 for the Recreational Trails program.

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“One of the sensations of which I never tire is the four-wheeled plunge into a fog-shrouded Golden Gate Bridge, all windshield-wipered wetness, and the sudden emergence into a sunswept Marin, with its delicious summer smells and promise of secret groves. Nowhere else in the world can the transition from concrete jungle to pastoral retreat be made so swiftly and dramatically.”—Herb Caen

“The coast mountains present an apparently continuous line, with only a single gap...this is the entrance to the great bay...to this gate I gave the name of Chrysopylae, or Golden Gate.” Nineteenth century wayfarer John C. Fremont, beholding the spectacular entrance to one of the world’s greatest natural harbors for the first time, named it wisely—not only was the setting gorgeous, it would become the primary portal for Argonauts from around he Golden Gate Bridge is the most the world in search of California gold—but beautiful bridge on earth because of its it wasn’t long before there was talk of gilding long, graceful span, its harp string-like the lily with some kind of bridge. Legendcables, the fog that drapes it or cushions it ary crackpot Emperor Norton was the first or cloaks it, its matchless setting in which booster (his plan called for a bridge from the ocean meets bay and sky meets bluff, and city “to the mountain range of Sausalito, and that unique blood-orange color, the perfect from thence to the Farallones”), but bridgecomplement to the surrounding seafoam, building technology up to the challenge of the azure and teal. Timelessly simple and delicate Golden Gate’s fierce tides didn’t exist until the in appearance, by day its vertical fluting 20th century. reflects the rising and setting sun, making The invention and popularity of the autothose slender soaring Deco lines gleam; by mobile was another incentive to bridge the night it stands silent and solitary, aglow by arc bay. By the late 1920s, with the Dumbarton, light, a seafarer’s beacon for the edge of the San Mateo and Carquinez Straits spans alcontinent. While its (slightly) older sibling the ready completed, 6 million cars and 50 milBay Bridge is as unapologetically urban as its lion humans were riding the bay’s ferryboats skyscraper-gray towers and its Oaktown-toevery year, and the Ferry Building was the SoMa expressway, the Golden Gate Bridge sets busiest transit station in the country. In 1928 off palisade, ocean and the lush national parks the coastal counties of San Francisco, Marin, that encompass it with grace and delicacy, Sonoma, Mendocino and Del Norte formed stretching from the forests of the Presidio to the Golden Gate Bridge and Highway the primal headlands of Marin. District to ensure that under-construction Highway 101 wouldn’t have an embarrassing two-mile gap at the entrance to the bay, and despite opposition from environmentalists, earthquakefearers, the War Department (which owned the land at either side of the Golden Gate), Southern Pacific and the ferryboat magnates, bridgebuilding bonds were approved by the voters in 1930 (and backed by Bank of America’s A.P. Giannini as After breaking ground in 1933, it would be four-and-a-half years before Joseph the Depression

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F E S T I VA L E X P R E S S ! “Bridges are perhaps the most invisible form of public architecture,” artist Bruce Jackson once said. He’d apparently never been to Marin. If it weren’t for the unprecedented visibility of the Golden Gate Bridge, Marin wouldn’t be the county it is.The bridge has drawn home seekers, entrepreneurs and world travelers to Marin virtually from the moment it opened on May 27, 1937, to the last time we were stuck in William T. Bagley freeway “approach to the bridge” backup, which, as of press time, was worsened). Joseph Strauss, a seasoned engineer and erstwhile poet with more than 400 bridges to his credit (including the Lefty O’Doul drawbridge at China Basin), had been itching to span the Gate since 1917, and his zeal and fortitude were the driving forces behind its construction. But his initial plan, involving two cantilever spans and an ornate southern portico a la the Arc d’ Triomphe, was clumsy-looking and far too metropolitan for the natural surroundings, so he brought in Chicago assistant Clifford E. Paine and a prickly, cutting-edge local architect named Irving F. Morrow to conceive and execute an overall look for what would have to be, given its setting, nothing less than a work of art. They came up with a very long, simple span that wouldn’t be a hazard to ship traffic, portal (rather than the traditional X) bracing for an open, airy look, and faceted steel tower panels embellished with Deco streamline spandrels as well as open railings and those gracefully arching roadway lamps that stretch from Doyle Drive to the bridge’s roadway and up the Waldo Grade. Construction began in January 1933 with Marin’s North Tower anchorage. Construction was completed just four-and-a-half years later at a cost of $35 million ($700 million in today’s money—still a bargain). In between there was the fantastically difficult underwater construction of the southern anchorage, where the Golden Gate expels seven times as much water as the Mississippi does at its mouth; the building of two 746foot towers, neither equipped with the glass elevators and observation decks promised in the March 1931 issue of Popular Science; the suspension of a 1.2-mile roadway 260 feet above high tide to allow battleships easy access to the harbor and built to swing 27 feet at mid-span in case of gale; and that sweeping, graceful 4,200-foot span, the longest in

4:45pm yesterday.Yet without the bridge and the imprint it’s made from the Marin Headlands to the Novato Narrows, we wouldn’t have so many wonderful celebrations of the summer solstice—what other 828-square-mile area dedicates parties to famous horses, eating swine and picking up beach trash? So here’s our 2012 guide to summer in Marin—grab your calendar and start making plans. It may not get red-hot in these parts, but this summer’s guaranteed to be a sweltering International Orange. —Jason Walsh the world for over two decades. On May 27, 1937, President Franklin Roosevelt pressed a telegraph key in the White House, setting off a gleeful cacophony of bells, whistles and foghorns as the Golden Gate Bridge opened to the public. Two hundred thousand pedestrians strolled, skipped, danced and galloped across the span, while beneath paraded the biggest peacetime display of naval power in a single location there ever was (or ever will be, thanks to the attack on Pearl Harbor four years hence). The opening of the bridge brought many changes to Marin. The old county of dairy farms, tucked-away villages, pristine wetlands and matchless rail service was supplemented, gradually but inevitably, with strip malls, housing tracts and bay fill. The county freeway, which began at the Sausalito ferry terminal and hugged the shores of Richardson Bay on its meandering way north, was replaced with thundering eight-lane Highway 101 and its 40 million-per-annum cars (up from 1936’s 1.5 million). The population doubled almost immediately, from 42,000 in 1930 to 86,000 in 1950. (It’s well over 200,000 now.) The passenger trains went out of business within a few years, and today’s ferry service is a shadow of its former self. But 75 years later, the bridge is as gorgeous as ever. Every vista and angle offers new and different eye candy. Its interaction with wisps, tendrils and banks of fog is by itself an everchanging spectacle. Look at it from Conzelman Road at dusk with the pastel city skyline behind it, or beneath from a tour boat in the bay where you can best appreciate Langston Hughes’ “cobwebs in the sky,” or from a Russian Hill rooftop linking the Marina’s Mediterranean confetti with headlands, hills and sleeping maiden beyond. How many places in the world offer such a transitory, meditative, graceful, utilitarian, absolutely accessible work of art?

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hough the rains came late this year, summer is finally under way for residents who are already enjoying longer, sunnier days outdoors. And for those watching the clock until school doors close and the days grow longer, don’t fret. San Rafael has plenty of opportunities for you to slip into summer with ease. From late spring through the first days of autumn, the San Rafael Farmers Market provides the senses with an abundance of summer-awakening stimuli. Fresh edibles from local farmers, vendors with scrumptious locally prepared eats and live music guide flip-flop clad Marinites through the streets of downtown San Rafael each and every Thursday from 6pm until temperatures cool at 9pm. Another great way to see downtown San Rafael is the Second Friday Art Walk. Spon-

festival raises money for and awareness of Huntington’s disease and is a free show starting at noon featuring high-energy reggaerockers Lumanation, Liquid Sun Day, Thieves of Reason, Ik Nak Fu, Jim Talley & his Jammin’ Buds and Walt the Dog. Carpooling is encouraged, as the park charges a $10 fee per car. Food and beverages will be for sale, with all proceeds donated to the foundation. No summer is complete without a trip to the county fair. And as usual, the Marin County Fair takes the cake with its spectacular performance lineup, exhibits and diverse batch of vendors. This year’s exhibition features the photography of M.B. Boissevain, who documented Marin’s agriculture industry during the first half of the 20th century. Music performers include Los Lobos, Joan Jett, Steel Pulse and Portland’s March Fourth Marching Band. This year’s festivities are set

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sored by Art Works Downtown, the monthly event features gallery openings, open studios and many local, Bay Area visual gems. For many, Memorial Day is not just a ticket to a three-day weekend, but a day to reflect and honor those from our communities who lost their lives serving in the armed forces. The Marin County United Veterans Council once again hosts its annual Memorial Day Event at the Marin Civic Center. Complete with music, flag ceremony and a wreath-laying remembrance ceremony, this event is one small way to show respect to our servicemen and women. The first weekend in June always provides Marin with a treat for home-improvement endeavors at the Marin Home and Garden Expo. And this year is a special treat: Daniel Liebermann—an apprentice of Frank Lloyd Wright—will be on hand to discuss the building of the Marin Civic Center, which was completed 50 years ago. On Sunday, June 3, the seventh annual Furb on the Green takes place at McNears Beach Park in San Rafael. This yearly outdoor

for June 30 through July 4. The Marin Art Festival is at it again this summer with a wildly eclectic lineup of art, music and performances. Along with all the handmade art to ogle (and purchase), taiko drummers, hula-hoopers, belly dancers, flamenco dancers and an array of local blues and jazz musicians will be on hand for hours of entertainment. And let us not forget the key to every summer festival’s lure: the food! Along with the usual tasty array of BBQ, salads, sandwiches, gumbo and other treats, Drakes Bay Oysters will be shucking shells of delicious local oysters for you and yours. June 16 and 17, 10am-6pm. Marinwood’s Music in the Park offers another excuse for relaxing outside for a couple of hours every Friday evening—and leaving the food prep to someone else, if desired. This popular series is a great way to transition from the workweek to the weekend. For 30 years, Canal Alliance has brought services to countless families—from economic development to immigration services, this agency does it all. To celebrate three decades

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of success, the group is throwing a party! Live music, food, vendors and information on how to give back to the community will all be a part of the festivities Sunday, June 24, 2-7pm at Alto and Belvedere streets. Heading out of town for Fourth of July and afraid you’ll miss the fun? Never fear, Marin/ Scapes is here! An annual art show and gala event that benefits Buckelew Programs, Family Service Agency and the Helen Vine Recovery Center, Marin/Scapes features Marin-themed local art all weekend. Meet the artists, bid on your favorite piece and support these local programs all in one fell swoop. The gala takes place Friday, June 29; the art exhibit, Saturday and Sunday, June 30 and July 1, noon to 6pm Love outdoor concerts but have a hard time finding a sitter for three kids under 10? The JCC’s Summer Nights Festival is for you! Saturday evenings throughout July and into early August offer a spectacular lineup of fun, gifted performers (and delicious food) to enjoy under Marin’s sweet summer skies. Hot Buttered Rum, July 7; Rupa and the April Fishes, July 14; Oliver Mtukudzi & the Black Spirits, July 21; Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys, July 28; and Orquesta La Moderna Tradicion, Aug. 4. Once again, downtown San Rafael’s streets

convert into a cycling event extraordinaire with the San Rafael Twilight Criterium on July 7. The county’s most highly attended cycling event, the Twilight Criterium ushers bike lovers from hot afternoon into the cool breezy summer evening with this nationally recognized staged bicycle race. As the sun begins to set on summer, a leisurely way to spend a sweet mid-August Saturday afternoon is by attending the San Rafael Food and Wine Festival. With live jazz, appetizers and vino from favorite local wineries, the festival offers a daytime getaway sans the long drive to Napa. Sober drivers pay $15 to nosh on edibles and wine tasters pay $25 for both food and wine. Join local leaders in sustainability, environmental education and general earth lovin’ at this year’s Eco Fair Marin. With plenty of hands-on opportunities for kiddos to create artful masterpieces out of recyclables and even more opportunities for adults to learn about keeping the Marin County ecosystem clean and protected, Eco Fair Marin rounds out San Rafael’s summer festivals Sept. 9. < • San Rafael Farmers Market Thursdays 6-9pm through Sept. 27 in downtown San Rafael, Fourth St. Info: 415/492-8007 or sanrafaelmarket.org. 14>

Marin Shakespeare Company For over two decades the Marin Shakespeare Company has brought performances, instruction, camps and educational programs to youth around Marin. And every summer, the troupe brings a delightful experience to local audiences. There are few things as magical as the Marin Shakespeare Company’s summer performances. Set outdoors at Dominican University’s Forest Meadows Amphitheatre, Shakespeare under the stars is a must for the whole family. This year, the company’s lineup includes King John, A Midsummer’s Night Dream and The Liar. Previews begin July 6 and the closing night—under a full moon—is Sept. 30. Bring a picnic, enjoy a glass of wine from the West End Cafe and pack a blanket for cool nights for this truly fantastic experience.

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OUR TRADITIONAL GREEK FESTIVAL Savor delectable Greek delicacies in the old world ambiance of our Greek village on the hill. Dance to the Music of Helios Greek Band, Enjoy Folk Dance Performances and Lessons by our Award-winning Minoan Dancers, Learn to Cook Authentic Greek Food, Take a Church Tour, Experience Byzantine Chanting, Shop at our Greek Marketplace, Fun Activities for the Kids

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A Unique Greek Dining and California Wine Tasting Experience Special Ă&#x20AC; La Carte Food and Wine Pairing Menu Dance to the Music of Mediterranean Soul Wine Tasting â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 5:30-8:30pm ~ $15 tasting fee to sample the wines of Ravenswood, Roessler Cellars, Keller Estate, Suacci Carciere, Fotinos, Small Vines, and Mahoney Vineyards Purchase advance wine tasting tickets at greekfestwinetasting.eventbrite.com www.maringreekfestival.com 14 PACIFIC SUN MAY 18 - MAY 24, 2012

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ADMISSION: $6 Adults, $5 Seniors (65+), Children 12 and Under Free

Nativity of Christ Greek Orthodox Church 1110 Highland Drive, Novato, CA 94949 415-883-1998, fax 415-883-2057

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American Indian holds its annual Heritage Dinner. Details were not available as of press time. The current exhibit, “Precious Cargo,” an interesting look at cradle baskets in California Indian culture, runs through August. The city of Novato has several summer offerings as well. An Evening of Live Big Band Music is performed at the Margaret Todd Senior Center May 22, June 26 and Sept. 25. The senior center also hosts Jazz in July Night, date yet to be determined. Check the city’s website for more information on upcoming events. <

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t may be the second largest city in the county, but Novato sure has the feel and charm of the quintessential small town. And nowhere is that more apparent than downtown Tuesday afternoons (4-8pm) at the seasonal Novato Farmers Market. Here locals gather to shop for farm-fresh produce and goods, dine on a variety of prepared dishes and gather to listen to music—enjoying the pleasant weather and camaraderie. Come Sept. 25, the market packs up, leaving residents with something to look forward to next spring. Ushering in summer over Memorial Day weekend every year, the Marin Greek Festival, offers a cultural immersion— including authentic foods, cooking demos, traditional music and dance, clothing and crafts. Friday evening features “Food of the Gods — Fruit of the Vine,” a unique Greek dining and California wine-tasting experience. And as is the custom each year, 5 percent of the proceeds are donated to

a local nonprofit. This year’s beneficiary is Senior Access, “Marin’s favorite club for folks with memory loss.” Plenty of folks from all over the county—and Bay Area—look forward to the annual Novato Festival of Art, Wine and Music, June 9-10. Peruse several blocks of artist booths—with an array of handmade items for sale to display or wear—while sipping wine or handcrafted beer and savoring food from the gourmet to the basic corn dog. This year’s celebration boasts an impressive musical lineup, including the Novato Songbirds, the Novato Milestones Wind Ensemble, Chrome Johnson, Danny Click, Victoria George and Lydia Pense & Cold Blood—comfortable dancing shoes recommended. The young’uns will enjoy an area just for them, with guided art projects, train rides, bounce houses, a petting zoo and more. Another summer favorite is the city’s Fourth of July Parade, this year’s theme honors the core of the community: “Cel-

The Novato Farmers Market—cornucopias, canopies.

ebrating Novato’s Families.” Crowds line up early for this festive pageant—among the largest in the Bay Area—which begins in Old Town at 10am. And it wouldn’t be summer celebrating families without spending time at the local swimming hole, which in this case is actually the renovated Hamilton Community Pool, run by the city of San Rafael. Swim lessons, open swim, lap swimming and a water play structure just right for the youngest family members keep everyone cool during the heat of summer. Novato is the perfect place for Nostalgia Days Rod and Kustom Car Show, a labor of love for the organizers—who hope to have 300 hundred cars on display! The Cruise, Friday night, Aug. 17, begins at the Days Inn on Redwood Blvd., and continues throughout the city. Dinner ($6, what a deal!) precedes the Cruise. The Show, Saturday, Aug. 18, features vintage autos along with music, food booths, vendors and raffle prizes. Show chairman Marv Giambastiani promises a “fun time for all.” Also in August, the Museum of the

s Novato Farmers Market Tuesdays, 4-8pm, through Sept. 25. Grant Ave. between Reichert and Machin avenues. Free. Info: agriculturalinstitute.org. s-ARIN'REEK&ESTIVAL Friday, May 25, 11:30am-2:30pm lunch, 5-10pm dinner, entertainment, wine tasting; full festival Saturday, May 26, and Sunday, May 29, 11am-10pm. Nativity of Christ Greek Orthodox Church, 1110 Highland Dr., Novato. Saturday and Sunday, park at Indian Valley College and take the free shuttle. Info: nativityofchrist.org. s.OVATO&ESTIVALOF!RT 7INE-USIC Saturday, June 9, 10-am-7pm and Sunday, June 10, 10am-6pm. Grant Ave., between Redwood Blvd. and Seventh St. Free. Info: novatochamber.com. s&OURTHOF*ULY0ARADE Wednesday, July 4, 10am, along Grant Ave. Free. Info: novatoparade.com. s(AMILTON#OMMUNITY0OOL Open through 203 El Bonito Ave. Info: 415/8837126. s.OSTALGIA$AYS2ODAND+USTOM#AR Show Friday and Saturday, Aug. 17-18. Free. Info: nostalgiadaysonline.com. s-USEUMOFTHE!MERICAN)NDIAN 2200 Novato Blvd. 415/897-4064. s#ITYOF.OVATO0ARKS 2ECREATIONAND Community Services ci.novato.ca.us.

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Though it’s been around only a few years, s Marin Summer Theater has become a hit with aspiring young actors and audiences alike. Funded by the San Marin High Music Boosters for the last three years, the program is now an independent nonprofit organization— though it still receives some support from the school. Generous theatergoers have enabled MST to offer 10 scholarships this season.The performing arts program for students ages 13 to 23—which includes singers, dancers, musicians directors, designers and crew as well as actors—presents three fully staged productions each July.This summer MST will stage the Tony Award-winning Spring Awakening, the farcical and oh-so-witty The Importance of Being Earnest and the lighthearted musical, Legally Blonde,. Forget the notion of songs sung off-key and props falling from the stage—these kids are know how to put on a show. s Marin Summer Theater Thursday-

The students put a little ‘razzle dazzle’ into their production of ‘Chicago.’ Sunday,July 5-8,at the Novato Theater Company Playhouse,484 Ignacio Blvd.; July 12-15 and 26-29 at San Marin High,15 San Marin Dr.July 12-15 and July 26-29.Info: marinsummertheater.org.

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MARIA MULDAUR and her BLUESIANA BAND plus HOUSTON JONES >> $20/$25 ELVIN BISHOP plus RON THOMPSON AND THE RESISTORS >> $20/$25

Sunday, June 17th

Father's Day with THE BLUES BROADS featuring TRACY NELSON, DOROTHY MORRISON, ANNIE SAMPSON and ANGELA STREHLI >> $20/$25

Sunday, June 24th Sunday, July 1st

PETTY THEFT >> $15/$10 for children under 10 PETER ROWAN’S 3nd Annual Bluegrass Birthday Bash featuring the THE PETER ROWAN BLUEGRASS BAND and special guests THE ROWAN BROTHERS >> $20

4TH OF JULY: Wednesday, July 4th

Our annual celebration with THE ZYDECO FLAMES >> $15/$10 for children under 10

Sunday, July 8th Sunday, July 15th

A Beatle Q with THE SUN KINGS >> $15 A Retro Honky Tonk / Rockabilly Review starring DEKE DICKERSON and the ECCOFONICS, RED MEAT and THE B STARS >> $17/$20 (doors at 2pm, music from 3pm-6:30pm)

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BUTCH WHACKS AND THE GLASS PACKS >> $22/$25 2nd Annual Cajun Fest featuring BEAUSOLEIL QUARTET AVEC MICHAEL DOUCET, TOM RIGNEY and FLAMBEAU >> $20

PAUL THORN WEEKEND: Saturday, August 4th Sunday, August 5th

THE PAUL THORN BAND in the Rancho Room 8:30 pm >> $27/$30 THE PAUL THORN BAND BBQ on the Lawn >> $27/$30

Sunday, August 12th Sunday, August 19th

An Afternoon with DAN HICKS and the HOT LICKS >> $22/$25 An Americana BBQ featuring two Rancho debuts! NEW MONSOON and DEAD WINTER CARPENTERS >> $17/$20

ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL WEEKEND: Saturday, August 25th Sunday, August 26th

ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL in the Rancho Room at 8:30 pm >> $37.50/$40 ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL BBQ on the Lawn >> $37.50/$40

LABOR DAY WEEKEND: Sunday, September 2nd: Monday, September 3rd:

CHARLIE MUSSELWHITE >> $22/$25 WILLIE K >> $22/$25

Sunday, September 9th: Sunday, September 16th:

MARCIA BALL >> $25 Final BBQ of the Year TOMMY CASTRO AND THE PAINKILLERS >> $20 

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Mill Valley, a parade waiting to happen Seventy-six trombones lead the way to an unforgettable summer by Dani Bu rlison

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children, schools and the arts. The parade begins at 10:30am at Old Mill School and wends its way from Throckmorton up Miller, ending at Tam High. Following the parade are the annual festivities, an abundance of kid-centered activities and fun for the whole community. This summer marks The Mountain Play’s 99th season—and director James Dunn’s 30th and last working with this Marin—and Bay Area—favorite. This time around, the Mountain Play brings to the 4,000-seat Cushing Memorial Amphitheatre The Music Man, May 20 through June 17. The Mill Valley Community Center is the place to be over Memorial Day weekend for the Kiddo! Family Carnival, with four days of old-fashioned fun for all—music, food, games and rides for all (even the tiny tots), including a Ferris wheel! The Mill Valley Philharmonic spices things up this year at its annual free concert series. The orchestral music of Mexico, Brazil, Cuba and Argentina will be shared with audiences for the “Music of the Americas” program. Composer Gabriel Bolanos and soloist Jack Sanders bring their talents to Mill Valley June 1 through 3. Gypsy jazz fans and enthusiasts from around the world convene for DjangoFest, a four-day festival celebrating the music of French/Belgian Gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt. A series of concerts, workshops and impromptu “djam” sessions over the course of four days in June—all conveniently located at the 142 Throckmorton Theatre downtown. Ready to get some miles in on those new runners, folks? The Dipsea Race is calling your names. For over 100 years, the 7.4-mile trail from Mill Valley to Stinson Beach has welcomed the soles of 1,500 annual racers for this most beautiful event. If running over mountains isn’t your idea of summer fun, head on over to watch on Sunday, June 10. Over in Tam Valley, Creekside Fridays offer a pleasurable way for the whole family—including the dogs—to start the weekend. Bring a chair and/or blanket and settle in to enjoy good music and food—plus face painting, a jumpee, cotton candy and more for the kids. Enchanted and Mamma Mia! will screen at Old Mill Park as part of the annual Film Night in the Park series. Grab a blanket and snacks and head on over to Old Mill Park on Friday, June 15, and Saturday, Sept. 7.

Enjoy the ‘Music of the Americas’ on a staycation this summer with the Mill Valley Philharmonic.

Often compared to the Central American festivals of Dia de Los Muertos, the traditional Japanese Obon Festival is a celebration to honor the ancestors with dance, music and a floating lantern ceremony. But no need to head overseas this summer, the Buddhist Temple of Marin hosts a celebration in Mill Valley. Complete with food, music, demonstrations and activities for children, the Obon Festival takes place this July, with the date

and time to be announced. As summer begins to wane, Mill Valley’s Summer Concerts on the Plaza liven up August evenings with music. Sponsored by the Mill Valley Art Commission, this music series hosts the best the local music scene has to offer. < • Memorial Day Parade Monday, May 28. Leaves Old Mill School at 10:30am, proceeds down Throckmorton GARY FERBER

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till a favorite destination for city dwellers needing a quick escape from clogged streets and chilly Pacific fog, Mill Valley offers a whole host of events to partake in this season. And for the fortunate residents of Marin’s nook of charm, most events are a hop, skip and jump away from home. The athletically inclined, food and wine connoisseurs, music festival die-hards and parents alike will find a diverse mix of activities to enjoy under the summer sun. Summer kicks off in Mill Valley with the annual Memorial Day Parade, which this year focuses on (and benefits)

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Mill Valley Wine & Gourmet Food Tasting Great food is worth braving crowds, as the 1,000 attendees at the annual Mill

Valley Wine & Gourmet Food Tasting event can attest. Sponsored by the Mill Valley Chamber of Commerce and Mill Valley Market, this event has offered the finest in nibbles to connoisseurs for over three decades. Bay Area wines are among the international collection of world-class vinos—wines from France, Spain, Australia, Greece and Argentina will also be avail-

able for tasting—and local craft beers will be on hand as well. Gourmet chefs will also dish up culinary delights for the crowds of hungry, thirsty foodies Sunday, June 24. And all for a good cause: Proceeds benefit local economic development and green business programs.

• Mill Valley Wine & Gourmet Food Tasting Sunday,June 24,1-4pm.Depot Plaza.$35.Info: 415/388-9700 or millvalley.org.

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Ave. to Miller Ave. and ďŹ nishes at Tamalpais High School. Post-parade celebration at the Mill Valley Community Center, 180 Camino Alto. 12-4pm. Free. Info:mviloveaparade.com. s-OUNTAIN0LAY The Music Man is performed May 20, 27 and June 3, 10,16 and 17 at 2pm at the Cushing Memorial Amphitheatre, Mt. Tamalpais. $15$40; children 3 and under are free. Info: 415/383-110 or mountainplay.org. s+IDDO&AMILY#ARNIVAL Friday through Monday, May 25-28. Mill Valley Community Center. Info: http://kiddo.

org/proďŹ le/memorial-day-weekendcelebrations. s-ILL6ALLEY0HILHARMONIC Friday, June 1, 8pm at Mt. Tamalpais United Methodist Church, 410 Sycamore Ave.; Saturday, June 2 at 1pm, Discovery Museum, 557 McReynolds Rd., Fort Baker, Sausalito; Sunday, June 3, 1pm, family concert and ice cream social at Tam Valley Community Center, 203 Marin Ave. Free. Info: millvalleyphilharmonic.org. s$JANGO&EST Thursday-Sunday, June 7-10, 142 Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave. $25-$130. Info: 415/3839600 or 142throckmortontheatre.org. s$IPSEA2ACE Sunday, June 10, 8:30am at Lytton Square. Free. Info: 415/331-3550 ordipsea.org. s#REEKSIDE&RIDAYS Fridays, June 15 through Aug. 10, 6:30-8pm at the Log Cabin, 60 Tennessee Valley Rd. Free. Info: 415/388-6393 or tcsd.us. s&ILM.IGHTINTHE0ARK Friday, June 15 and Saturday, Sept. 7, 8pm in Old Mill Park, Throckmorton Ave. and Old Mill St. Donations appreciated. Info: 415/272-2756 or ďŹ lmnight.org. s/BON&ESTIVALAND"AZAAR Date and time to be determined; Buddhist Temple of Marin, 390 Miller Ave. Free. Info: 415/3881173 or buddhisttempleofmarin.org. s3UMMER#ONCERTSONTHE0LAZA Wednesday, Aug. 8, 15, 18 and 25. Free. Check cityofmillvalley.org for information on performers.

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ART REACTOR 209 Las Galinas Ave., San Rafael, CA 94903  tUIFBSUSFBDUPSDPN Ages 11-18. Art Reactor offers after-school and summer Digital Art classes. We teach students how to be Digital Artists â&#x20AC;&#x201C; not just computer users. By learning the basic principles of art and how to create pieces with digital tools, students can produce amazing, original work! Visit our website for more information.

CONSERVATION CORPS NORTH BAY: PROJECT REGENERATION 27 Larkspur St., San Rafael, CA 94901  tDPOTFSWBUJPODPSQTOPSUICBZPSH The programâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unique combination of environmental service, education, and outdoor recreation makes it one of the North Bayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most sought-after summer youth experiences. With mentoring from CCNB staff and resource management professionals, youth work in teams to each complete approximately 65+ service hours on habitat restoration, recycling, trail maintenance and other environmental projects. For youth entering grades 6-12. Choose from two four-week sessions: June 18-July 13 and July 17-August 10, Mon-Fri, 8:30am-4pm. Free.

KATIA & COMPANY: PERFORMING ARTS & DANCE CAMPS 185 Mission Ave., San Rafael, CA 94901  tLBUJBBOEDPNQBOZDPN Performing arts, drama and dance camps for kids and teens facilitated by director Katia McHaney. Participants explore their creativity through improvisation games, build their skills in professional workshops, and get to participate in a performance at the end of the week. A great way to build confidence while having fun and making friends!

MARILYN IZDEBSKI THEATRE CAMPS 15 Cottage Ave., San Anselmo, CA 94960  tNBSJMZOJ[EFCTLJQSPEVDUJPOTDPN Marily Izdebski Productions in association with the Redwood High School Community Education Program will produce THE WIZARD OF OZ and WEST SIDE STORY as their 2012 Summer Musical-Theatre Camp Productions for young people ages 8-18 years. All rehearsals and performances will be held a the Redwood High School Little Theatre. The Camp includes rehearsal hours, production work and two dance classes each week for all participants. The workshop fee is $585. This is the twenty-eighth year Marilyn Izdebski has directed and produced this successful program. Judy Wiesen will be the Musical Director for both shows.

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ROSS ACADEMY MONTESSORI SCHOOL MINI CAMP 2012 7 Thomas Dr., Mill Valley, CA 94941 (415) 383-5777 SPTTBDBEFNZNPOUFTTPSJTDIPPMDPN The Ross Academy Montessori School Summer Mini Camp is a continuing Montessori Environment with regular staff the entire summer and lots of outdoor fun, â&#x20AC;&#x153;guest appearancesâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;special events.â&#x20AC;? Ages: Toddler Program 2-3 years. Primary Program 3-6 years. June 18-August 10. Full Day 9am-2:30pm, Half Day 9am-noon, extended day care available 7am-6:15pm. Four-, six- and eight-week programs available. Three-day programs (toddlers only), individual weeks OK.

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or those who need open air, miles of lush beachside trails, fresh oysters and sand-filled shoes to make summer official, West Marin has no shortage of destinations and events to fulfill those seasonal requirements. Point Reyes Station, Olema, Bolinas, Stinson Beach, Nicasio, Inverness and West Marin’s favorite gateway town, Fairfax, have plenty to keep folks happily entertained under the summer sun. Weekends in Nicasio offer BBQ and tunes at Rancho Nicasio’s ""1SONTHE,AWN concert series. Featuring blues, zydeco, bluegrass, Americana and good ole honky-tonk performances from folks like Zydeco Flames, Elvin Bishop, Annie Sampson, Charlie Musselwhite and many more, these Sunday afternoons are a great way to end the weekend. And sometimes, as a special treat, performers will play a Saturday night set in addition to the Sunday BBQ. Get in touch with your inner yee-haw, horse-loving, cowboy or cowgirl self by celebrating West Marin’s deep roots in ranching

and agriculture at 7ESTERN7EEKENDAND Parade in Point Reyes Station. Theevent brings together a parade, 4-H exhibit, a livestock show, music, BBQ, a silent auction and more. After the daytime festivities, be sure to head over to the Dance Palace for the Lone Star Retrobates’ honky-tonk tunes. The town may be on the edge of central Marin, but the &AIRFAX&ESTIVAL definitely has the flavor of West Marin. The festival kicks off with a parade that leads the crowd to Bolinas and Peri parks for the popular and well attended festivities. Local arts, crafts, food vendors, kids’ activities and entertainment— along with the EcoFest—greet festivalgoers on the second weekend of June. &ILM.IGHTIN THE0ARK jump-starts the festival Friday night with a showing of Rio at Rudy Contratti Field. With events in Bolinas, Inverness, Stinson and Woodacre, West Marin is a hot spot for &OURTHOF*ULY happenings. Show your Bolinas pride...or your loyalty to Stinson as the two battle it out in the two town’s annual tug-of-war contest across the narrow straits of

Far West Fest—instilling West Marin values upon the populace, July 21.

the Bolinas Lagoon. If getting a little groovier is your thing, the Far West Fest offers a daytime music festival that benefits West Marin programs at KWMR, Homebase and area youth programs. Instilling West Marin values of caring for the environment and supporting local businesses, Far West Fest is 100 percent eco-friendly and also hosts a local “oyster-off,” featuring local oyster farmers. With food, art and craft vendors and three stages of music to dance to, Far West Fest should be on everyone’s destination list this July. Yoga retreats, outdoor environmental education, wellness seminars, art workshops and even ancient living techniques taught by Paleotechnics can be found through Point Reyes Field Seminars. With one-day outings, weekend workshops and classes for

s""1SONTHE,AWNSundays, May 27Sept.16. Gates open at 3pm, music at 4pm. $10-$40. Rancho Nicasio, 1 Old Rancheria Rd., Nicasio. Info: ranchonicasio.com s0OINT2EYES&IELD3EMINARS Various times, locations throughout summer. Info: 415/663-1200 ext. 373 or ptreyes.org. s7ESTERN7EEKENDAND0ARADE Saturday and Sunday June 2-3. Barbecue, dance, music, exhibits and parade (Sunday at noon). Downtown Point Reyes Station. Info: 415/663-1075. s&AIRFAX&ESTIVALAND0ARADE Parade begins at 10am Saturday, June 9; festival 1-5pm Saturday and 11am-6pm Sunday, June 10. Bolinas Park, 78 Bolinas Rd. and Peri Park, 40 Park Dr. Info: fairfaxfestival.com. Rio screens at dusk Friday, June 8. Info: filmnight.org. s&OURTHOF*ULY events in Bolinas, Inverness,

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and lawn darts, scarf down barbecue and indulge in other such manly pursuits. Another seaworthy event is the Master Mariners Benevolent Associationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 7OOD EN"OAT3HOW fundraiser. Association members show off their lovingly restored sailboats at the lovely Corinthian Yacht Club, and thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sailboat-making for pintsize yachtspersons as well. Meanwhile, back on dry land, the 22nd annual 4IBURON4RIATHLON offers a handy if grueling overview of the whole vista-rich peninsula. The July 29 event kicks off at 7:30am with entrants swimming half-amile through bracing Belvedere Cove, then biking nine miles in a loop around the peninsula, then running two miles around Belvedere Lagoon. If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re into less proactive forms of transport, drop by June 16â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 4IBURON#LASSIC#AR3HOW, where dozens of gorgeous pre-1971 Jaguars, Bentleys, Alfas and Mustangs are displayed with the high reverence they deserve. Other dazzling works are on exhibit at the 4IBURON!RT&ESTIVAL, now in its sixth year. The weekend-long event (August 2526) features creations by 64 artists displayed along the bohemian recesses of Ark Row;

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encounters with nymphs, monsters and gods, so be prepared. Upon arrival on the island, audience members receive a survival â&#x20AC;&#x153;kit bagâ&#x20AC;? for this interactiveâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and memorableâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;journey. s 4HE/DYSSEY on Angel Island State Park, weekends through July 1. 10:30am-4pm on Angel Island. $40-$76. Reservations: 415/547-0189 or weplayers.org.

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candles, clothing, jewelry, glassware, etc.) and a stage for performers. As well as, of course, plenty of patriotic Marin foodâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;hot dogs, hamburgers and allâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;which should provide you with a few marvelous moments of your own. Of course, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no need for Twin Cities food lovers to wait for special events or even summerâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;there are delicious opportunities here every weekâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re called farmers markets. On Saturdays, 9am-2pm in Larkspur, the farmers market offers the best local produce, seafood, artisan cheeses, baked goods, pasta, confections, oils, pickles and ďŹ&#x201A;owers a local foodie could ask for. On Wednesdays, noon-5pm, the farmers market comes to Corte Madera Town Center. Both markets are open rain or shine. When youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re really more interested in the end product (food to eat now) than the healthy beginnings, the Off the Grid Food Truck Extravaganza is a mobile gourmet

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ocking smoothly upon the northwestern waters of the San Francisco Bay, Sausalito has an air of charm... history...something magical floating softly on the saltwater breeze. But don’t be fooled by the calm front Sausalito displays from hilltop views and strolls along the docks— Sausalito is jam-packed with a variety of summer events, from high-brow art festivals and wine tastings to down-home chili cook-offs and the requisite summertime egg toss. In other words, a fun something for everyone. Even pig-feed fanatics. Ushering Sausalito into the warm arms of summer is the annual Caledonia Street Festival. This year’s festival will be a toast to the 75th anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge, featuring the “Golden Gate Bridge Photo Contest—Then, Now & Today.” Hundreds descend on this non-touristy neighborhood to enjoy the live entertainment and shopping—and all the children’s activities— at this Memorial Day weekend event. Summer in Sausalito goes into full swing with the annual Jazz & Blues by the Bay, which offers free concerts on Friday nights throughout summer. Sponsored by various Sausalito-based organizations and local businesses, the summer concert series also hosts special monthly family events, Concerts for Kids, on four summer Saturday mornings. Fourth of July in Sausalito brings out more than just fireworks. First, the annual parade begins at 10am at the corner of Second and Main. It moves along Bridgeway to Caledonia Street and ends at Dunphy Park. Immediately after the parade is everyone’s

favorite town picnic, complete with food, entertainment, raffles, the annual tug-o-war and the famous, good old-fashioned egg toss. As the sun sets, picnic-goers can look above the water for a spectacular fireworks show. What better place to gather ingredients for summer picnics than outside, breathing in the fresh sea air of Sausalito at the weekly Farmers Market? Complete with live music and local vendors, it’s a great way to start off the week, now that it has moved to Sundays at Dunphy Park. And it’s now open yearround. And for those with a hankering for something a little more down-home, Smitty’s 30th Annual Pig Feed serves it up right. With all the makings of an old-school summer food fest—pork, beans, coleslaw and rolls—this annual Sausalito event is sure to fill happy bellies along the bay. And if the pig feed isn’t enough to fill your gullet, September offers the 33rd Annual Chili Cook-Off at Dunphy Park. For six decades, the Sausalito Art Festival has lured flocks of art lovers to its charming bay shore with promises of amazing visuals, lively musical performances and scrumptious food. Every Labor Day weekend carries on the tradition. With more than 20,000 pieces of original art to ogle and purchase (think: upcoming holiday season), there is no wonder that the festival attracts a whopping 30,000 people every year. Each fall, a handful of Sausalito homes fling open the doors for the Floating Homes Tour. The self-guided tour includes 15 homes and takes visitors inside

You won’t believe your eye at the Sausalito Art Festival.

some of the most colorful and unusual homes in the world. Docents will be onboard to describe the incredible waterfront lifestyle and answer questions. The event also includes live music and an art show on the Kappas Green. Grab a drink and a bite to eat and check out this unique tour on Sept. 22. < • Caledonia Street Festival Sunday, May 27, from 11am-6pm between Napa St. and San Carlos Ave. Free. Info: 415/289-4152 or ci.sausalito.ca.us. • Sausalito Farmers Market Sundays, 10am-2pm at Dunphy Park; year-round. Free. Info: ci.Sausalito.ca.us. • Jazz & Blues by the Bay Fridays, June 1-Aug. 24 from 6:30-8pm in Gabrielson Park. Free (reserved tables available at $50/night). Info: 415/289-4152 or ci.sausalito.ca.us. • Concerts for Kids Saturdays, June 2, July 14, Aug. 4 and Sept. 17 at 10:30am in Robin Sweeny Park. Free. Info: 415/2894152 or ci.sausalito.ca.us.

• Pig Feed Saturday, June 16, at 4pm. Smitty’s Bar & Grill, 214 Caledonia St. $10. Info: 415/332-2637 or smittysbar.com. • Independence Day festivities Wednesday, July 4. Parade through town begins at 10am. Picnic, games and live music from noon-5pm in Dunphy Park. Food, fireworks and music in Gabrielson Park from 6-9:30pm. Free; donations accepted. Info: 415/289-4152 or ci.sausalito. ca.us. • Sausalito Art Festival Saturday, Sept. 1, and Sunday, Sept. 3, from 10am-6pm and Monday, Sept. 4, from 10am-5pm, Marinship Way. Call 415/331-3757 or visit sausalitoartfestival.org for entertainment lineup, admission prices and further info. • Floating Homes Tour Saturday, Sept. 22, from 11am-4pm (last tour begins at 2pm). $35-$40. Info: 415/332-1916 or floatinghomes.org. • Sausalito Chili Cook-Off Sunday, Sept. 30. 11am-5pm in Dunphy Park. Info: 415/2894140 or ci.sausalito.ca.us.

Marin City Blues, Jazz & Soul Party in the Park Marin City is often overshadowed by its close neighbor, Sausalito, but don’t be fooled! This little city, once a small dairyfarm community and also the residence of notable jazz and blues musicians, hosts its own slice of summer fun. This year is the

15th Annual Marin City Blues, Jazz & Soul Party in the Park, taking place, as always, on Labor Day. This free community concert event includes music, ethnic food, arts & crafts, a classic car show, activities for kids and a raffle.

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he Chelsea Hotel, on West 23rd from the banister that Bob Dylan slid Street in Manhattan, echoes the pop down after he wrote ‘Visions of Johanna.’ culture past. Over the “It’s gotta be true, right? I years, it’s housed Bob Dylan, mean, come on, man!” Allen Ginsberg, Jack KerKirchen, 64, is on the road COMING SOON ouac, Janis Joplin, Leonard to promote Words to the Wise Bill Kirchen Cohen and Andy Warhol’s (Proper), a new duets album performs Saturday, Superstars, to name a few. that pairs him with vocalists he’s May 19, at 8pm, at It’s where Arthur C. Clarke recorded with or performed 142 Throckmorton penned 2001: A Space Odyswith over the past 40 years. The in Mill Valley. $21, sey. Musicologist Harry Smith CD—the follow-up to 2006’s $31. 415/383-9600. wrote his influential Antholacclaimed The Hammer of the ogy of American Folk Music Honky Tonk Gods—has guest there. And Sex Pistols bassist appearances by Elvis Costello, Sid Vicious allegedly stabbed to death his Nick Lowe, Paul Carrack, Commander Cody, girlfriend Nancy Spungen in one of its Kevin “Blackie” Farrell, Maria Muldaur, Dan seedy rooms. Hicks and Chris O’Connell (formerly of Now the Chelsea is lending its mojo to a Asleep at the Wheel). bowery pine Telecaster model guitar made The album is drenched in the tradeby luthier Rick Kelly and played by Bill mark twang that has made Kirchen a bona Kirchen, the undisputed dieselbilly king fide rock-guitar god. and a master of the Fender Telecaster. Kirchen grew up in Ann Arbor, Michi“Right now, I’m playing a pine Telegan, where he attended high school with caster made from 150-year-old wood Iggy Pop and Bob Seger. In the late ‘60s, harvested during the remodel of the Chel- after leading the hippie rock band the sea Hotel,” says Kirchen during a phone Seventh Seal in Ann Arbor, he helped form interview from Oklahoma City, the first Commander Cody and His Lost Planet stop on a summer tour that brings him to Airmen and relocated them to the San Mill Valley this week. “I always tell people, Francisco Bay Area in 1969. The band—a though I made it up, that the neck is made mix of rockabilly revival, Western swing

Kirchen never leaves home without his trusty Telecaster.

and cosmic-cowboy ethos—recorded seven albums before breaking up in 1975. Kirchen’s twangy guitar licks helped rocket Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen to the top of the pop charts in 1972 with the hit single “Hot Rod Lincoln.” Rolling Stone named their Live from Deep in the Heart of Texas one of the 100 best albums of all time. During the ’70s, Kirchen met Nick

Lowe, then a member of Rockpile and a pivotal figure on London’s pub-rock scene, while touring England with Commander Cody. He was later reintroduced to Lowe through Marin keyboardist Austin de Lone, then an expat playing in the seminal pub-rock band Eggs Over Easy. Kirchen soon became a regular fixture on the North Bay music scene, playing with de Lone and other Marin musicians in the Moonlighters until moving his family to Maryland in 1987. He reemerged in 1994 and has recorded nine solo albums, all critically acclaimed, and contributed his trademark Tele twang to albums by the likes of Emmylou Harris and Lowe’s smash 1994 comeback album, The Impossible Bird. The secret to the twang, he says, lies not in the gear, but in the technique. “I always say the Telecaster is the Coke bottle of the guitar world,” he explains. “It was designed in the late-’40s and has just barely changed since then. Somebody got it right early. It’s the most efficient way to get from point A, wanting to have a guitar sound, to point B, having a guitar sound. It couldn’t be simpler: It’s a slab of ash, a stick of maple, six strings, two pickups, two knobs and one switch. It’s got its own vibe and its own sound. With those single coil pickups and lower output, you have to work a little harder to get the sound out of it. “Like anything else you do, a lot of the resulting twang is in the time you put into it and in your hands. People always ask me, what’s your best advice for a guitar player? I say, do what I do—I get the Tele, get on stage, plug it in and try not to suck. “That’s the key: Try not to suck.” < Twang for Greg at gcahill51@gmail.com. MAY 18 - MAY 24, 2012 PACIFIC SUN 27

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Baked Hoisin Sauce Chicken Wings 15 chicken wings 1 tablespoon honey 4 tablespoons hoisin sauce (available in Asian section of supermarket) 3 tablespoons warm water 3/4 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon black pepper 2 garlic cloves, ďŹ nely minced 1 scallion, ďŹ nely minced 1 thick slice fresh ginger, ďŹ nely minced

Marinate chicken wings for 15 minutes in a mixture of the remaining ingredients. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Place chicken wings on a baking sheet and bake for 30 minutes, brushing occasionally with marinade. Turn oven to broil and broil wings 5 minutes, turning them halfway through broiling to avoid burning. Transfer wings to a serving platter and serve hot or at room temperature. O



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One of the most respected Asian cookbooks of the last several years is Land of Plenty by Fuschia Dunlop, an authoritative work on the cuisine of Sichuan with authentic recipes. Dunlop lived in the province and was the ďŹ rst foreigner to study full-time at the famous cooking school in Chengdu. Many of the recipes in her book are demanding for Western pantries and kitchens, but in the section on street foods I found a near-perfect addition for a Chinese picnic. She writes, â&#x20AC;&#x153;...my friends and I used to gather on the banks of the Brocade River for drinks and a lazy supper. Small tables and chairs would have been set up at dusk on the edge of the river and the sidewalk nearby...Candles burned in empty beer bottles and the occasional lantern hung from the trees.â&#x20AC;? They would order little platefuls of food, and one of her favorites was fresh soybeans served in their pods. Yes: edamame. But these are cooked quickly with ďŹ&#x201A;avoring elements so that when you eat them you will be intrigued.

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I have always been awed by a book published in 1990, Please to the Table: The Russian Cookbook by Anya von Bremzen and John Welchman. With 400 recipes and a fascinating collection of anecdotes, historical notes and personal memories, it covers the vast land mass from the Baltics to Uzbekistan. Americans are woefully ignorant of the scope of those cultures and cuisines with distinct indigenous ingredients and styles. It was fun to return to my almost battered, stained copy in search of picnic inspiration. The recipe that follows could be prepared to accompany typical dishes such as a frittata-like omelet with fresh herbs, served cold, sliced like pizza, or skewered boneless chicken marinated before grilling in yogurt, garlic, paprika, onions and fresh mint. Use lavash or dark rye bread.

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SIZZLING SUMMER SAMPLERS Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s beginning to feel a lot like summer around here. Memorial Day weekend is always the ofďŹ cial kick-off for festivals and outdoor events with good food and drink, and a bunch of those will be happening May 25-28. Biggest local happening takes place in Mill Valley with the return of the traditional four-day carnival behind the middle school (17 rides including a Ferris wheel). On May 28 local ďŹ reďŹ ghters cook an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast at the downtown station before the alwaysquirky parade through the center of town. New this year is a post-parade party on the ďŹ elds of the Community Center with live music booked by the folks from Sweetwater Music Hall and Cafe, food and drink by local vendors, and kidsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; activities. Sponsor Kiddo!, 30-year-old support organization for public schools, will beneďŹ t from this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s events. Details: http://kiddo.org/ memorial-day-weekend-celebration...One of the few authentic ethnic celebrations in the county, the Marin Greek Festival (May 25-27) has been a popular destination for more than 40 years. With all kinds of ways to enjoy home-style foods for three daysâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; takeout or sit-down lunches, dinners and snacks, and cooking demos as wellâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a full-tilt cultural experience. Live music, folk dancing and shopping for souvenirs make it seem like a visit to another country. Staged on hilltop grounds of the stark white Nativity of Christ Greek Orthodox Church in Novato, its atmosphere is unique. Details: http://nativityofchrist.org/ festival...In Point Reyes Station May 27 (11am-5pm), the annual Silent Auction & Blues BBQ will feature dancing in the streets to live local bands and outdoor foods (oysters, sausages, beer and soft drinks, noon-4pm) to raise money for

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Avenge of the nerds It takes a certain type of man to weep over the Helicarrier without shame... by Davi d Te mp l e ton

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rent Anderson is a detail person. tell Anderson, “the little kid inside me was Striding across the parking lot, very, very happy.” moments after seeing the new film “That Helicarrier was one hell of a conThe Avengers, the award-winning comic cept,” Anderson nods. “Back in the 1960s, book artist—renowned for his indelibly when we first saw it, it was pretty amazing. detailed images—begins describing a moAnd it’s definitely a big moment when it ment in the movie that made an instanlifts off in the movie, a lot like I’d always taneous impression. His memory of that imagined it. I got a definite hit of ‘Wow’ moment is spectacularly, um, clear. from that one, too!” “It was this one quick shot,” he says, “What is it,” I ask, “that affects us so “where you are suddenly inside the car, deeply, when we see something like that and there are cars outside in a movie, something the windshield, ahead of we’ve imagined for years, you, and you can see them and suddenly...there it is being flipped over and on-screen, and we have this turned, and there is debris powerful emotional reacand smoke and stuff coming tion?” toward you—like a tsunami, “I don’t know, but I almost—and then suddenly experienced the same thing the whole world shifts and several times in this movie,” tilts as if the car you are in is he says. “That chill-upturning over—and then the the-spine moment, that windshield shatters! Then Anderson, the Indiana Jones of comic moment of emotion that the image comes to a stop book artists. suddenly wells up in a and rocks for a minute, and person.” then it cuts to an exterior Allowing that there are shot of the car. those who’d question the emotional stabil“That,” he says, sighing with satisfacity of grown men getting all weepy at a sution, “was really, really cool!” perhero movie, Anderson confesses that he Anderson (X-Men, Astro City, K-Zar had a similar reaction the first time he saw the Savage) has been a professional comic the animated Pixar movie The Incredibles, book artist since the early 1980s, working about a family of superheroes. often with Marvel Comics, which pub“It’s the scene where Mrs. Incredible, lishes the Avengers series. Best known for Elastigirl, is in the plane, with the kids, and the Astro City graphic novels, in which a she’s being fired upon by the missile,” he colorful society of superheroes grapples recalls. “And the only way she can protect with everyday superhero issues, Anderher children is for them to work together. son has an encyclopedic knowledge of all But her daughter is hesitant to use her suthings Super. Though he’s never drawn a perpowers, so Elastigirl is calling ‘Mayday! full Avengers comic, he is well versed in the Mayday! I have children on board!’ It got worlds inhabited by the Avengers characme. It gave me that little ping, that weird ters: Captain America, Thor, Iron Man, feeling in the back of the jaw, emotion sudHawkeye, Nick Fury, Black Widow and The Hulk. He’s drawn several of them, over the years, for various comic book covers. “I enjoyed that,” Anderson says of the film, once we’ve settled in at a nearby restaurant for lunch. “Considering how strongly some of those images have been burned onto my mind, in the comics, the filmmakers did a good job bringing it all to life. I have to applaud them. I got a little emotional surge from time to time, seeing some of that in a live action film.” “Me too,” I admit, one nerd to another. For me, one of the best moments in the film is the first flight of Nick Fury’s immense Helicarrier, an aircraft carrier and armed fortress that soars through the clouds. “When that thing began to transform and lift off from the water,” I

denly exploding— and when the scene was over, I felt something on my face, and I reached up, and it was one tear. One single tear, running down my face. It was an unconscious reaction to something that just felt really real—even in the middle of a superhero movie.” What self-aware pop-culture aficionado doesn’t know exactly what Anderson is talking about? Sometimes, for those of us who grew up loving these Beware, fellas. If your girlfriend offers to take you to a Star Wars exhibit, she may be testkinds of books and ing to see just how much of an idiot you are. movies, the emowere saying, ‘I love you,’ and the figure of tional power they hold really does sneak up on you. I tell An- Han Solo was saying, ‘I know.’” Anderson once had a similar experience, derson of the time, 20 years ago, I attended while working at LucasArts, in San Rafael. an exhibit of props and costumes used in Granted a tour of the Lucasfilm archives, various Star Wars films. “I was walking along, following the line, he found himself face-to-face with Indiana Jones’ famous fedora from Raiders of the going, ‘Oh look, there’s the Land Speeder Lost Ark. from Star Wars!’ ‘There’s a model of Jabba “These things are emotional,” he says, the Hut from Return of the Jedi!’ and then I “because images like Han Solo in carboturned a corner...and there on the wall in front of me was Han Solo, frozen in carbo- nite, or Indiana Jones’ hat or Nick Fury’s Helicarrier—they mean something to us nite from The Empire Strikes Back! I took one look at that...and I burst into tears; my because we loved those things when we were young, when the world was full of girlfriend thought I was an idiot.” promise.” “You were having an honest emotional “They still carry a sense of that wonder reaction to something that was important and excitement,” I suggest. to you,” Anderson sympathizes. “Your tears “Absolutely! I think that’s where all that emotion comes from,” Anderson muses. “It comes from that childhood need we had, the need for heroes, for ideals, for larger-than-life moments. I modeled a lot of my ideals, growing up without a dad, on the familiar qualities of The Fantastic Four, the way Stanley and Jack Kirby depicted them back in the 1960s, when I was growing up. I wanted to be a part of a family that cared about each other. And since mine was broken up, I loved the idea that the Torch and the Thing were a family. “They lived together, they fought each other, but they never abandoned each other,” Anderson grins. “I know, I know, The Fantastic Four is fictional, it’s just a comic book—but, boy, did those guys mean a lot to me.” <

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Shirley MacLaine and Jack Black live la vida loca in ‘Bernie,’ opening at the Rafael Friday. O Battleship (2:11) Swabbies Taylor Kitsch, Brooklyn Decker and Liam Neeson are enlisted to protect the planet from marauding aliens. O Bernie (1:44) Dark comedy about the unlikely real-life romance between a morticianturned-murderer and a much-despised Texas heiress; Shirley MacLaine and Jack Black star. O The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (1:58) Maggie Smith and Judi Dench head to India for some postretirement exotica and find themselves living in a run-down yet charming old palatial hotel. O Chimpanzee (1:15) Disney True Life Adventure tracks the exploits of a fun-loving baby chimp in the lush forests of the Ivory Coast. O Dark Shadows (1:53) Big-screen sendup of the cult Gothic soap opera stars Johnny Depp as an 18th century vampire who rises from the dead smack dab in the middle of the swinging, dysfunctional 1970s; Tim Burton directs. O The Dictator Sacha Baron Cohen as a deposed North African dictator trying to recreate his former majesty in the blasé USA. O La Fille Mal Gardee (1:58) London’s Royal Ballet presents Dauberval’s timelessly frothy tale of love, bumbershoots and cranky widows. O First Position (1:34) Documentary follows six talented young ballet dancers as they compete in the grueling, prestigious Youth America Grand Prix. O Girl in Progress (1:30) A prepubescent girl with a distracted, inattentive mother decides to skip adolescence altogether and take a quick shortcut to adulthood. O Headhunters (1:38) Norwegian thriller about a corporate headhunter whose sideline (art theft) takes a nasty, violent turn for the worst. 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 Love Never Dies (2:15) Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Phantom of the Opera” sequel finds Christine performing in an elaborate

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new Phantom-penned musical production in…Coney Island?!? O Marley (2:25) Reggae legend and sociopolitical icon Bob Marley is the subject of Kevin Macdonald’s insightful, music-packed documentary. O Marvel’s The Avengers (2:20) An all-star cast of superheroes (Iron Man, The Hulk and Black Widow among them) team up to thwart a fiend bent on global domination; Joss Whedon directs Robert Downey, Jr., Mark Ruffalo and Scarlett Johansson. O Men in Black 3 (1:46) Alien-centric G-man Will Smith travels back in time to team up with a younger version of partner Tommy Lee Jones and therefore save the world from destruction, or something. O The Metropolitan Opera: Götterdämmerung (6:25) Direct from New York it’s the climactic chapter of Wagner’s Ring cycle, with star-crossed über-lovers Siegfried and Brünnhilde swooning and suffering in bigscreen high definition. O Phantom of the Opera 25th Anniversary (3:05) Sumptuous silver-anniversary production of the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical about a masked, elegant, sewerstalking crackpot. O The Pirates! Band of Misfits (1:28) Swashbuckling cartoon about three buccaneers’ quest for their profession’s highest honor: Pirate of the Year. O Shorts in Brief: Pixar (1:25) Fun-filled family-friendly program features award-winning short subjects from Pixar Animation Studios plus live entertainment from voiceover actor extraordinaire Terry McGovern. O Think Like a Man (2:02) Four women learn to manipulate their boyfriends after reading Steve Harvey’s best-selling insiderinfo love guide. O What to Expect When You’re Expecting (1:50) Ensemble comedy about five couples and how they cope with the unexpected demands of incipient parenthood; Dennis Quaid, Jenifer Lopez and Elizabeth Banks star. <

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showtimes at 12:25, 3:45, 7:05, 10:15 CinéArts at Marin: Fri 3:55; 3D showtimes at 7, 10:05 Sat 3D showtimes at 7, 10:05 Sun 12:50; 3D showtimes at 3:55, 7 Mon, Wed 4:15 Tue, Thu 4:15; 3D showtime at 7:20 Fairfax 6 Theatres: Fri-Sat 12:45, 1:45, 4, 5, 7:15, 8:15; 3D showtimes at 11:45, 3, 6:15, 9:30 Sun-Thu 12:45, 1:45, 4, 5, 7:15, 8:15; 3D showtimes at 11:45, 3, 6:15 Tiburon Playhouse 3: 4:15, 7:30 SatSun 1, 4:15, 7:30 NMen in Black 3 (PG-13) Century Northgate 15: Thu 11:59pm Century Rowland Plaza: Thu 11:59pm NThe Metropolitan Opera: Götterdämmerung (Not Rated) Century Regency 6: Sat noon CinéArts at Marin: Sat noon CinéArts at Sequoia: Sat noon NPhantom of the Opera 25th Anniversary (Not Rated) Century Regency 6: Mon 7:30 CinéArts at Marin: Mon 7:30 CinéArts at Sequoia: Mon 7:30 The Pirates! Band of Misfits (PG) +++ Century Northgate 15: 11:25, 10; 3D showtime at 4:45 Shorts in Brief: Pixar (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Sun 2 Think Like a Man (PG-13) Century Northgate 15: 1:45, 7:05 NWhat to Expect When You’re Expecting (PG-13) Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 5:20, 7:55, 10:30 Sat-Sun 11:45, 2:30, 5:20, 7:55, 10:30 Mon-Thu 6:30, 9:15 Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 11, 12:25, 1:50, 3:15, 4:40, 6:10, 7:30, 9, 10:15 Sun-Thu 11, 12:25, 1:50, 3:15, 4:40, 6:10, 7:30 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:15, 2, 4:45, 7:25, 10:05 Fairfax 6 Theatres: Fri-Sat 1:30, 4:15, 6:55, 9:25 Sun-Thu 1:30, 4:15, 6:55 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri 4:30, 7:15, 9:45 Sat 1:30, 4:30, 7:15, 9:45 Sun 1:30, 4:30,

Showtimes can change after we go to press. Please call theater to confirm schedules.

›› THEATERS CinéArts at Marin 101 Caledonia St., Sausalito • 331-0255 CinéArts at Sequoia 25 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley • 388-4862 Cinema 41 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera • 924-6505 Fairfax 9 Broadway, Fairfax • 453-5444 Lark 549 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur • 924-5111 Larkspur Landing 500 Larkspur Landing Cir., Larkspur • 461-4849 Northgate 7000 Northgate Dr., San Rafael • 800-326-3264 Playhouse 40 Main St., Tiburon • 435-1234 Rafael Film Center 1118 Fourth St., San Rafael • 454-1222 Regency 80 Smith Ranch Rd., Terra Linda • 479-5050 Rowland 44 Rowland Way, Novato • 800-326-3264

Aksel Hennie makes a mess of things in ‘Headhunters,’ at the Sequoia Friday.

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

F R I D AY M AY 1 8 — F R I D AY M AY 2 5 Pacific Sun‘s Community Calendar

Enjoy tales of Marin’s shrimping heyday, this Saturday at China Camp.

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

Live music 05/18: Big Sandy and his Fly-Rite Boys Americana/roots, western swing, rockabilly, and traditional country. 8:30-11pm. $12-15. Rancho Nicasio Restarant and Bar, 1 Old Rancheria Road, Nicasio. 662-2219. www.ranchonicasio.com

05/18: Firewheel,The Overcommitments Roots rock. 9pm. $10-15. George’s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262. www.georgesnightclub.com 05/18: Hemispheres w/ Yassir Chadly Jazz Across All Borders: Gnawan Music of Morocco. 8pm. $18-28. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley. 3839600. www.142throckmortontheatre.org 05/18: Laza Morgan Reggae 9:30 p.m. $15 19 Broadway, 17 Broadway, Fairfax. 459-1091. www.19broadway.com 05/18: Michael Pinkim Jam Jazz. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Smiley’s Schooner Saloon and Hotel, 41 Wharf Road, Bolinas. 868-1311. www.myspace/smileysschoonersaloon 05/18: Whisky Pills Fiasco Rockabilly, Surf, Americana. 9 p.m. Sweetwater Music Hall, 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley. 388-3850. www.sweetwatermusichall.com 05/19: Audrey Moira Shimkas Trio Jazz, pop and Latin standards. 7-10pm. No cover. Rickeys Restaurant & Bar, 250 Entrada, Novato, Ca. 883-9477. www.rickeysrestaurant.com 05/19: Bill Kirchen Country and rock ’n’ roll. With special guests Austin de Lone, Jack O’Dell and Maurice “Mac” Cridlin. 8pm. $21-31. 142

Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley. 383-9600. www.142throckmortontheatre.org 05/19: Cole Tate Band Blues. 9:30 p.m. The Sleeping Lady, 23 Broadway, Fairfax. 485-1182. www.sleepingladyfairfax.com

05/19: Songs for a Changing World: Jon Fromer Benefit Folksinger/songwriter Jon Fromer appears in concert with Francisco Herrera, Lichi Fuentes & the Bagwells. Chris Welch, MC. 7:3010pm. $10-35 sliding scale. Angelico Hall, Dominican University, 50 Acacia Ave., San Rafael. 388-2018. www.jonfromer.com 05/19: Stephanie Keys Rock, blues. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Smiley’s Schooner Saloon and Hotel, 41 Wharf Road, Bolinas. 868-1311. www.myspace/smileysschoonersaloon 05/19: The Sun Kings Norcal’s Premier Beatles Tribute Band who recreate an uncanny sound and spirit of the music from the Beatles early career to their breakup in 1970! 9:30 p.m. $17-20 George’s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262. www.georgesnightclub.com 05/19: Tony DeSare Trio Standards made famous by singers such as Frank Sinatra & Tony Bennett and originals. 8-10pm. $30. Osher Marin JCC, 200 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael. 444-8000. www.marinjcc.org/arts 05/19: Wahine Moe Moe Kanikapila Ukulele kanikapila. 2-4pm. None. Sleeping Lady Cafe, 23 Broadway, Fairfax. www.sleepingladyfairfax.com 05/20: Debbie Davies Blues guitarist/singer. Dinner show, please call for reservations. 7:30-10pm. $12. Rancho Nicasio Restarant and Bar, 1 Old Rancheria

BEST BET Gonna take us all to help Jon Fromer! Since his first steps marching from Selma to Montgomery for civil rights, folk musician JON FROMER has lent his voice to social justice causes around the nation. A frequent performer at benefit concerts and a leader at the annual School of the Americas protests in Fort Benning, Georgia, Fromer offers his tireless support to the activist community. Now, after decades of fighting for the cause, it’s time From us to Fromer: May 19 at Dominican. for fans to return the favor. Diagnosed with inoperable stomach cancer last year, Fromer continues intensive treatments to battle the disease. On Saturday, Social Justice Center of Marin and Transition Mill Valley will host an evening BENEFIT CONCERT at Dominican University, which will help cover his costly treatments. Fromer is joined by special guests, including Francisco Herrera. It’s gonna take us all to help this human rights advocate get back on the road to health. Saturday, May 19, 7:30pm, Dominican University’s Angelico Hall, 50 Acacia Ave., San Rafael. $10-$35/sliding scale. 415/388-2018.—Dani Burlison

Road, Nicasio. 662-2219. www.ranchonicasio.com 05/20: Lonestar Retrobates Western swing band. 3-6pm. Free. 19 Broadway, 17 Broadway, Fairfax. 516-1028. www.19broadway.com 05/20: Sunday Salsa With Mazacote featuring Louie Romero. 4pm salsa class; 5pm live music and salsa DJ. Free parking. 5-10pm. $10. Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor Dr., Sausalito. 331-2899. www. sausalitoseahorse.com 05/21: Cole Tate Band Blues. 9:30 p.m. The Sleeping Lady, 23 Broadway, Fairfax. 485-1182. www.sleepingladyfairfax.com 05/22: Fitz and Pieces Americana. 7-10pm. No cover, dinner encouraged Panama Hotel & Restaurant, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 457-3993. www.panamahotel.com 05/22: KortUzi Danny Uzilevsky & Jonathan Korty host Bay area artists. 9:30 p.m.-1:30am. Free. 19 Broadway, 19 Broadway, Fairfax . www.19broadway.com 05/22: Noel Jewkes with Kat Fitzgerald With special surprise guest singers. 7-10pm. No cover. Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor Dr., Sausalito. 786-6894. 05/23: Bigelow Tree House Acoustic, Americana. 8 p.m. Free. Iron Springs Pub, 765 Center Blvd., Fairfax. 485-1005. www.ironspringspub.com 05/23: Carlos Oliveira Classical Brazilian 7-string nylon guitar. 7-10pm. No cover, dinner encouraged. Panama Hotel & Restaurant, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 457-3993. www.panamahotel.com 05/23: Marcelo and Seth Argentine tango. Every fourth Wednesday of the month. 8-11pm. No charge. Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor Dr., Sausalito. 331-2899. www.sausalitoseahorse.com

05/24: Queen of the Boogie Woogie Wendy DeWitt with Kirk Harwood Boogie woogie. 7-10pm. No cover, dinner encouraged. Panama Hotel & Restaurant, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 457-3993. www.panamahotel.com 05/25: Johnny “Z” and Trenz Music of the ’50s-’70s and beyond. 8pm-midnight. $5. Presidio Yacht Club, Harbor and Clubhouse on Horseshoe Cove, Fort Baker, Sausalito. 332-2319. www.presidioyachtclub.org 05/25: Pierre Bensusan Fingerstyle guitar. 8 p.m. $20-25. Schoenberg Guitars, 106 Main St., Tiburon. 789-0846. www.om28.com

05/25: Seth Asarnow y su Sexteto Tipico Argentine Tango. Dance class from 7-8pm with Deb-

bie and John of Alma Del Tango, Milonga (social dance) with live music 8-10pm. Come to dance and/ or to enjoy Seth Asarnow y su Sexteto Tipico’s premiere performance in Marin. $15 Class & Milonga, $10 Milonga Only Knights of Columbus, 167 Tunstead Ave., San Anselmo. 05/25: The Cheeseballs Dance band The Cheeseballs perform an irresistible blend of ’80s pop hits, ’70s disco and funk, rock’n’ roll, hip-hop and more. 9p.m. $10-15 George’s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262. www.georgesnightclub.com 05/25: The James Moseley Band Tunes from Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye, James Brown, Aretha Franklin and many more. Please call for reservations. This is a dinner/dancing show. 8:30-11pm. $15. Rancho Nicasio Restarant and Bar, 1 Old Rancheria Road, Nicasio. 662-2219. www.ranchonicasio.com

Concerts 05/18: Musae “Beat the Drum; Dance and Sing!” Featuring music for women’s voices and drums, this program explores rhythms and dances from a variety of cultures. 8pm. $15-20. Old St. Hilary’s Landmark, 201 Esperanza, Tiburon. 435-1853. www.landmarks-society.org 05/19: Joel Andrews Sound Healing Healing harp. 8-9:15pm. $20-30. The Spiritual Healing Center, 260 E. Blithedale Ave., Mill Valley. 381-4465. www.thespiritualhealingcenter.org 05/20: Marin Music Chest “Young Artists Concert” Marin Music Chest presents this concert featuring its 2012 Young Artists performing piano, violin, clarinet, flute and vocal solo pieces. Event co-sponsored by the Mill Valley Chamber Music Society. 5pm. Free. Donations appreciated. Mt. Tamalpais United Methodist Church, 410 Sycamore Ave., Mill Valley. 381-4453. www.marinmusicchest.org

05/20: Mayflower Community Chorus Encore performance of their “From Sea to Shining Sea” program. Tickets for the Sunday concert may be purchased at Jeans to a T, 1314 2nd St. San Rafael or at the door. 3-5pm. $5-20. Church of Saint Rafael, 1104 Fifth Ave., San Rafael. 491-9110. www.mayflowerchorus.org MAY 18- MAY 24, 2012 PACIFIC SUN 35

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Marin’s combined youth choruses will present their spring concert. 3pm. $5-15. IDESST (Portuguese) Hall, 511 Caledonia St., Sausalito. 383-3712. www.singersmarin.org

into your Soul: Shechinah is known to Judaism, Christianity and Islam as the divine presence and the manifestation of joy, prophecy and creativity 7-9pm. $18. Sunrise Center, 645 Tamalpais Dr., Corte Madera. 924-7824. www.sunrise-center.org

05/22: Tito La Rosa and Guests: Sound Healing Concert Peruvian Shaman Tito La Rosa with special guests Gary Malkin & Ian Dogole. 7-9:30pm. $30. 333, upon registration, San Rafael. 707-981-8770. www.ayniprojects.com

Dance 05/18-19: SOTA Dance “30 Years of Dance!” Dance concert celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Ruth Asawa School of the the Arts and SOTA dance program. 8 p.m. $15-25. Palace of Fine Arts Theatre, 3301 Lyon St., S.F.. 695-5700. www.sfsota.org 05/18-20: Marin Ballet “Spring Showcase.” Annual year end performances of students in the Primary Ballet Division (Levels 1 through 4). Showcase performances also feature special selections from the Spring Concert, performed by Intermediate and Advanced Division students. Shows at 7 pm May 18-19; 1, 3 and 5pm May 19-20. $10. Phyllis Thelen Theater, 100 Elm St., San Rafael. 453-6705. www.marinballet.org 05/18: 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.

05/19: Dance With Sherry Spring Performance “Crazy Little Thing Called Love.” 2 and 7pm shows. $12-25. Marin Showcase Theatre, 19 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 473-6800 . www.marincenter.org

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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.

Tennessee Williams. Directed by Cris Cassell. See website for showtimes. $20-25. Ross Valley Players Barn Theatre, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Ross. 456-9555. www.rossvalleyplayers.com 05/20-06/17:‘The Music Man’ Directed by James Dunn. Musical Direction by Debra Chambliss. Choreography by Rick Wallace. 2 p.m. $15-40. Cushing Memorial Amphitheatre, Panoramic Hwy., Mill Valley. 383-1100. www.mountainplay.org

05/20:“Chanticleer and the Fox: Nun’s Priest’s Tale” A musical tale of chickens who dream and a theologizing fox. British panto keeps all on their toes and paws. 2-3:30pm. $20. Christ Presbyterian Church, 620 del Ganado Road, , San Rafael. 491-0818 or (800) 838-3006. www.chaucertheatre.org 05/24-06/17:‘God of Carnage’ When two couples meet to civilly discuss their 11-year-old sons’ playground fight, the veneer of polite society won’t hold up for long in this hilarious Tony Award-winner. See website for schedule. $20-55, senior discount available Marin Theatre Company, 397 Miller Ave., Mill Valley. 388-5208. www.marintheatre.org

05/25:‘Curtains: A Musical Murder Mystery’ Backstage murder mysteries set in 1959 Boston. Presented by Marin Youth Performers. Fridays, May 25 & June 1 at 7:30pm Saturdays, May 26 at 2pm, June 2 at 2pm & 7:30pm Sunday, May 27 at 2pm. $18-30. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley. 383-9600. www.142throckmortontheatre.org

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war in the Middle East. 7:30pm Wed./8pm Fri.Sat./6pm Sun. $15-35. Lootens, 888 4th St., San Rafael. 454-2787. www.altertheater.org Through 05/25: Directorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cut Five Improv Directors, each with their own unique theatrical vision, guide and direct a variety of improvised scenes. 8pm. $17-20. Bayfront Theater, B350 Fort Mason Center, S.F.. 474-6776. www.improv.org

Art 05/11-05/30:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Untetheredâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Greg Martin, new paintings. Reception 6-8pm May 11. 6-8pm. Free. Gallery Bergelli, 483 Magnolia Avenue , Larkspur. 945-9454. www.bergelli.com

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05/23-06/29: MSA Past Presidentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Show Marin Society of Artists â&#x20AC;&#x153;Past Presidentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Show,â&#x20AC;? 85th year celebration. corner of Palm and Magnolia, San Rafael. Opening reception 3pm Sunday, June 10. 9am-6pm. No charge. Dominican University Alameny Library , Palm and Magnolia, San Rafael . www.marinsocietyofartists.org.

Through 05/20: 22nd Annual Spring Art Show Showcases the work of about 100 artists from the San Geronimo and Nicasio valleys. Galleries open Sat and Sun Noon-6pm. 10-5pm. Free. San Geronimo Valley Community Center, 6350 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., San Geronimo. 488-8888 ext. 252. www.sgvcc.org

Through 05/26: â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Altered Book Show/ Silent Auctionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Wildly popular show returns to MarinMOCA with 150 Bay Area artists giving new life to old, discarded books. Free. Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, 500 Palm Dr., Novato. 506-0137. www.marinmmoca.org

Through 05/26: Annual Juried Exhibition Falkirk presents its popular annual exhibition of works by Marin and Bay Area artists. Juried by Richard Elliott, California College of Arts. Mixed themes and diverse media styles represented. Free. Falkirk Cultural Center, 1408 Mission Ave., San Rafael. 485-3328.

Through 05/26: Marin Society of Artists 2012 Spring Rental Show Exhibition of original artworks by MSA members which are for rent. 11 a.m.-4pm. No charge. Marin Society of Artists , 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., (Marin Art and Garden Center), Ross. 454-9561. wwwww. marinsocietyofartists.org. Through 05/30: â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Untetheredâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Greg Martin, new works. Martinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s highly detailed style puts his work within the realm of classical realism while his offbeat compositions create surreal environments. 11am-4pm. Free Admission. Gallery Bergelli, 483 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur. 945-9454. www.bergelli.com Through 05/31:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Muslim Eyesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 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

Through 05/31: Leslie Lakes â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lyrical Artist.â&#x20AC;? Sculpture, whimsical paintings and matted prints of animals on sheet music by Mill Valley artist Leslie Lakes. For adults and children alike. No charge. Larkspur Public Library, 400 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur. 927-5005. www.cityoflarkspur.org Through 06/02:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Le Triangleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Celebrates the art and artists of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The French Club.â&#x20AC;? Works by Pierre Flandreau, Jean Marc-Brugeilles, Geoff Bernstein. Refreshments/parking Free. elsewhere Gallery, 1828 Sir Francis Drake, Fairfax. 454-6484. www.elsewhere.com Through 06/11: Topofilla Japanese-style woodcut prints by Tom Killion interpret the Bay Area elements of sky, earth and sea. These prints explore the local landscape and distant mountains in California 9am-4pm. Free. Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalto. 332-3871. www.spn.usace.army.mil/bmvc Through 06/22: Surface Design Mixedmedia art exhibit curated by SF gallerist Virginia Breier. 10am-5pm. Free. Art Works Downtown, 1337 Fourth St., San Rafael. 451-8119. www.artworksdowntown.org Through 06/28: Ron Kappe Recent oil paintings. Gallery hours: M-F 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. No charge. College of Marin, 835 College Ave., Kentfield. 457-7801. www.diaroimages.com Through 07/06: Gail Van Dyke Atrium Gallery â&#x20AC;&#x153;Transitions.â&#x20AC;? Susan Hersey presents an exhibition of paper, fiber, and mixed-media works. Weekdays 8am-7pm. Closed holidays and weekends. Free. Marin Cancer Institute, 1350 South Eliseo Dr. at Bon Air, Greenbrae. 461-9000.

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05/21: Marin Interfaith Councilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Intra-Faith Education Series MIC is bringing 5 Buddhists together to talk about similarities and differences between Jodo Shinshu, Theravada, Vajrayana, Thich Nhat Hanh, and Zen Buddhism. For more information, visit marinifc.org. 7-9pm. $15 adults, $8 youths Buddhist Temple of Marin, 390 Miller Ave., Mill Valley. 456-6957. www.marinifc.org

05/22: Hazards of GMO Food Propogation Learn about GMOs into our food supply, a mutant organism that cannot be killed and the intensified suppression of scientists studying GMO effects on health and our environment. 7:30-9:30pm. Free. Sunrise Center, 645 Tamalpais Dr., Corte Madera. 924-7824. www.sunrise-center.org

05/22: Lecture Series: The Amelia Earhart Mystery Historian Kristin Tague will discuss her involvement with TIGHAR, the International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery, which claims to have solved the mystery of Earhartâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s vanishing. 7pm. $5-10. Maple Lawn at Elks Lodge, 1312 Mission Ave., San Rafael. 454-8538, ext. 2. www.marinhistory.org 05/23: World Affairs Council Dominican

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University ecologist Professor Vania Coelho offers a richly illustrated lecture titled â&#x20AC;&#x153;Will the Coral Reefs Become Extinct? A Looming Consequence of Climate Change.â&#x20AC;? Reservations required. 7:30-9pm. $6-$9; students free Creekside Room, Dominican University, 50 Acacia Ave., San Rafael. 293-4600. www.dominican.edu

is How: Proven Aid in Overcoming Shyness, Molestation, Fatness, Spinsterhood, Grief, Disease, Lushery, Decreptitude, and More.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com

05/25: Make Better Business Decisions with Hal Mooz Learn strategies to make better

San Rafael poet Yvonne Postelle reads from her new book â&#x20AC;&#x153;After Beauty.â&#x20AC;? Stephanie Mendel will co-feature reading from her new book. Refreshments. Open mic follows. 4-6 p.m. Donation. Rebound Bookstore, 1611 Fourth St., San Rafael. www.reboundbookstore.com

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business decisions and help your clients do the same by understanding why people make the choices they do. 7:30-10am. $35 in advance by cc; $40 cash/check at door as space permits McInnis Park Golf Center Restaurant, 350 Smith Ranch Road, San Rafael. 944-7459. www.bacNetwork. com

05/19: Marcia Clark Literary Luncheon Clarkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new novel, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Guilt by Degrees,â&#x20AC;? is a thrill ride through the Los Angeles courts. Clark was a prosecutor for the the O.J. Simpson case. Noon. $55 includes lunch and an autographed copy of the book. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com 05/20: John Bateson The author presents â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Final Leap. The Golden Gate Bridge,â&#x20AC;? which celebrates its 75th anniversary this year, is one of the most beautiful structures in the world. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also the most deadly. 4pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 9270960. www.bookpassage.com 05/20: Leo Litwak Former Detroiter Leo Litwak talks about â&#x20AC;&#x153;Home for Sale,â&#x20AC;? a novel set in the Motor City in the 1950s at a time when real estate is booming and fat cats are selling homes fast and furious. 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com 05/21: Julia Ross Ross discusses â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Diet Cure.â&#x20AC;? Help curb your cravings and feel better about yourself and your body. 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com 05/22: Craig Johnson Johnson reads from

Wednesdays: Marin History Museum Gallery Tour Join local legend Jeff Craemer for a gallery tour of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Marin Independent Journal: 150 Years of Inkâ&#x20AC;? exhibition. 11am-4pm. Free. Marin History Museum, 1125 B St., San Rafael. 454-8538. www.marinhistory.org

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author Mary Jo McConahay will discuss her chronicle of the Lacandon people, the Zapatista uprising in Mexico, increased drug trafficking, and the uncovering of a war crime. 7-9pm. $5. Redwoods Presbyterian Church, 110 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur . 924-3227. www.mitfamericas. org 05/18: Steve Berry Berry reads from his mystery â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Columbus Affair.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com 05/19: Augusten Burroughs Burroughs (Running With Scissors) talks about â&#x20AC;&#x153;This

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;As the Crow Flies.â&#x20AC;? In this latest Walt Longmire mystery, series, Longmire witnesses a young woman plummet to her death. 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com 05/22: Marin Poetry Traveling Show Third traveling show reading of the season hosted by Jane Green and featuring Carol Griffin, Daniel Polikoff, William Landis, Catharine ClarkSayles, Yvonne Cannon, Taman Kahn 7pm. Free. Rebound Bookstore, 1611 Fourth St., San Rafael. 889-5295. 05/22:Peter Carey Two time Booker Prizewinner Carey reads from â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Chemistry of Tears,â&#x20AC;? a story of secret grief, an automaton, a man and woman who can never meet, an affair and the fate of the world. 1pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com

05/23: Arlie Hochschild at Book Passage, Corte Madera The author discusses â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Outsourced Self: Intimate Life in Market Times.â&#x20AC;? She explores the transformation of private life in our for-profit world. 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com 05/24: Captain Sully Chesley Sullenberger talks about â&#x20AC;&#x153;Making a Difference: Stories of Visions and Courage from Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Leaders.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com 05/25: Susan Morse Morse speaks about â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Habit.â&#x20AC;? This is a sometimes searing, often hilarious account of a mother-daughter relationship stretching over the years. Her mother decides late-in-life to become a nun. 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com

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Master Gardener, Toni Gattone, will show you how to create colorful, aromatic and delicious herb and salad gardens in containers that use limited space and that you can harvest year round. Noon-1pm. Free. Civic Center Library, 3501 Civic Center Dr., Room 427, San Rafael. 473-6058. 05/19: 2012 Health Harvest Come support your local community farm and learn about local family health services. 10am-noon gardening volunteer opportunities and workshops. 12-3pm free health services, kids zone, food, live music and more. 10am-3pm. Free. Petaluma Bounty Farm, 55 Shasta Ave., Petaluma. (707) 303-3069 ext 276.

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05/19: Trivia Cafe at the Civic Center Library Howard Rachelson, Marinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s own Trivia Master, will host an afternoon of trivia fun. Bring your own team of up to 8 or let us help you join a team. Prizes and Refreshments. 2-4pm. Free. Civic Center Library, 3501 Civic Center Dr., Room 427, San Rafael. 473-6058. 05/20: Annual Community Yard Sale Many items for sale so come early for best picks. Jewelry, clothing, housewares, office items, books, gardening supplies and more. Rain date: May 27. Vendors: reserve a 10â&#x20AC;&#x2122; x 10â&#x20AC;&#x2122; space for $25. 9am-3pm. Free. Tamalpais Valley Community Center, 203 Marin Ave., Mill Valley. 388-6393. www.tcsd.us

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05/19: GirlVentures ‘Friends and Family’ Hike A fun, adventurous way to experience the natural beauty of the California coast while supporting GirlVentures’ mission to empower adolescent girls to develop and express their strengths. 8:30am-1pm. Dontation. Mount Tamalpais State Park, Santos Meadows, Mill Valley. 864-0780 x304. www.firstgiving.com 05/19: Saturday Morning Storytime Weekly program including picture books, songs and fingerplays for ages 3 and up. Free. 11-11:30am. Free. Fairfax Branch Library, 2097 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Fairfax. 453-8151. www.marinlibrary.org/ 05/19: Skate Jam Annual McInnis Park skateboard competition for all ages and abilities. Bring a board, helmet and pads. There will be good food, live music and fun for the whole family. Prizes are awarded by age group: 5-9, 10-12, 13-15 and 16+. Free. McInnis Park, 310 Smith Ranch Road, San Rafael. 499-6387. www.marincountyparks.org

05/19: Youth Rock the Rebuild and Windhorse Foundation Proceeds benefit the Deak Kum Pa Orphanage in Laos. 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Donations. Depot Plaza, Downtown, Mill Valley. www.youthrocktherebuild.com

05/20: Marin School of the Arts Showcase Students perform. 6:30-10 p.m. The Sleeping Lady, 23 Broadway, Fairfax. 485-1182. www.sleepingladyfairfax.com 05/21: Annie’s Pizza Tour Take a photo with Bernie the bunny, see the mobile kitchen and truck farm, with a real live organic veggie garden in the bed of a truck. Sample new pizza, play trivia and win great prizes via the pizza spin wheel. 12-6 p.m. Free. Whole Foods, 340 Third St., San Rafael. www.annies.com 05/23: Fish Feeding Frenzy Help Ranger Bill feed the hungry inhabitants of our fresh and saltwater tanks. Watch the different feeding styles of rock cod, sea stars, and steelhead trout. 2-2:30pm. Free. Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalto. 332-3871. www.spn.usace.army.mil/bmvc 05/23: Nature for Kids at Stafford Lake By now the pond will be buzzing with dragonflies. There should be turtles, frogs, and lots of other wildlife that live near the water as the days get warmer. Have picnic lunch by the creek, too. 10am-1pm. Free, one day parking pass given. Marin Parks, 3549 Novato Blvd., Novato. 893-9527. www.marincountyparks.org

05/19: Free Stand Up Paddleboard Demo Day with legend Jimmy Lewis Come on down to 101 Surf Sports for Stand Up Paddleboard Demo Day. 9:30am-2:30pm. Free. 101 Surf Sports, 115 Third St., San Rafael. 524-8492. www.101surfsports.com

05/19: Habitat Restoration: Goatgrass on Azaela Hill Come save serpentine rare plants from goatgrass, an invasive annual grass and one of the few weeds that can grow in serpentine grasslands. 9amnoon. Free. Azalea Hill, Bolinas-Fairfax Rd., Fairfax. 945-1128. www.marinwater.org

05/19: Historic China Camp Tour and Nature Walk Special tour of historic China Camp, led by an historian and park specialist. Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy along the shore of Bay; refreshments and light snacks will be provided. 10am-12:30pm. $20, Museum Members:$10, Children 8 and under: Free China Camp State Park, 101 Peacock Gap Traill, San Rafael. 454-8538 ext. 2. www.marinhistory.org 05/19: Rush Creek Riders A ranger will lead this easy “tour de creek” bike ride on the fire roads of this scenic preserve. Talk about marshland ecology, the history of the preserve, offer mountain bike riding recommended. Meet at the Rush Creek preserve. 10am-noon. Free. Marin Parks, Binford Road -entrance gate on right, Novato. 499-6387. www.marincountyparks.org

05/20: Golden Gate Bridge 75th Anniversary Walk Spend the day learning about the fascinating history of our iconic bridge, as well as the natural history of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Don’t forget your camera. 10:30am1:30pm. $10 adults, $5 children Point Bonita YMCA, Marin Headlands, GGNRA, Sausalito. 331-9622. www.pointbonitaymca.org 05/20: Paradise Beach Park Broom Pull Help remove French broom and other invasive species from the upper shoreline, and several oak woodland areas of the park. The work will occur on gentle to moderate slopes. 10am-noon. Free, parking fee waived for volunteers. Marin Parks, 3450 Paradise Dr., Tiburon. 473-2823. www.marincountyparks.org

Benefits/Gala Events 05/19: Corte Madera Lions Casino Night “The Rat Pack meets Madmen.” With live music, great food and drink, dancing and casino games. Big winner prizes plus drawings and raffles all night long. Benefits the new Town Park Plaza. Great fun for all. 7pm-midnight. $45. Community Center, 498 Tamalpais Dr., Corte Madera. 891-8406.

05/23: Make a Thai Feast with Chef Rocky Explore the flavors of Thailand with Homeward Bound’s own Chef Rocky Packard, who guides this hands-on class creating a spring feast. Proceeds benefit Homeward Bound of Marin. Meal included. 7-9pm. $39. The Next Key Center, 1385 N Hamilton Parkway, Novato. 382-3363 ext 213.

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The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as DANCE WITH SHERRY STUDIO, 4140 REDWOOD HWY STE 8, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: SHARON L HINES, 46 CLAY CT., NOVATO, CA 94949. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on March 1, 1997. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on April 20, 2012. (Publication Dates: April 27; May 4, 11, 18, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 129297 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as INFINITY FLOORS DESIGN, 707 THORNHILL DR., DALY CITY, CA 94015: XANDRIA MICHELLE WILKINS, 707 THORNHILL DR., DALY CITY, CA 94015. 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 April 23, 2012. (Publication Dates: April 27; May 4, 11, 18, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 129219 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as DWIGHT FRANKLIN PRINTING, 37 GLENAIRE DR., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: ROBERT R. PULVINO, 37 GLENAIRE DR., 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 April 11, 2012. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on April 11, 2012. (Publication Dates: May 4, 11, 18, 25, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 129250 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as JA MCKERNAN & ASSOCIATES, 29 OWLSWOOD DR., LARKSPUR, CA 94939: JOHN A. MCKERNAN, 29 OWLSWOOD DR., LARKSPUR, CA 94939. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on April 1, 2012. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on April 16, 2012. (Publication Dates: May 4, 11, 18, 25, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 129314 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as CITY ELECTRIC SUPPLY, 60 GOLDEN GATE DR., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: CONSOLIDATED ELECTRICAL DISTRIBUTORS, INC., 1920 WESTRIDGE DR., IRVING, TX 75038. 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 April 25, 2012. (Publication Dates: May 4, 11, 18, 25, 2012)

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ARIES (March 20 - April 19) No matter how flush or how empty your bank account, you want to shop on Friday and Saturday. You needn’t overspend to satisfy this craving. Just avoid high-end merchants and focus on something you can afford. On Sunday, “I want to possess” becomes “I want to communicate,” meaning less interest in buying stuff and more interest in discussions on matters of the heart. Yes, Aries. You may actually LIKE paying attention to your cousin’s latest tale of romantic woe... TAURUS (April 20 - May 19) Your zodiac celebration comes to an end Sunday—only have a couple more days to occupy center stage. If you were born on the 18th or 19th, you are likely to have a powerful upcoming year where your unconscious desires are in sync with your conscious behavior. Any Taurus is blessed with an optimistic outlook and a healthy sense of humor for the next 12 months. If that’s not the BEST birthday perk, what is? GEMINI (May 20 - June 20) As the weekend begins, you’re rather spaced out and dreamy. If you’re working on a creative project, count on your imagination having a strong influence on your endeavor. For math or science projects, you should probably recheck your conclusions. The Sun and Moon both spotlight your sign on Sunday—officially the first day of your birthday cycle. A New Moon solar eclipse gives your unconscious mind a boost. If you get a hunch on Sunday or Monday, follow it. CANCER (June 21 - July 21) Once you make it through Thursday night (when negative thoughts seem to crowd out everything else), you are one happy crab for the remainder of the weekend. On Friday, you are seductively appealing; Saturday, clever and witty; on Sunday, you are generous and courageous. This raises your confidence level enough to get through Monday, no matter how many irate calls/texts/emails you receive. Argumentative Mars in your communication house, he’d rather start a war than a dialogue. LEO (July 22 - August 22) As the illustrious Sun completes his yearly journey through your reputation house, you are basking in whatever recognition has come your way in the last month. Figure out how you want to impress the world by Saturday night—change arrives Sunday, when your ruler shakes off the earthiness of Taurus in order to put on the butterfly wings of Gemini. You may lose the ability to stay grounded, but you gain the ability to glide over the flowers. Enjoy. VIRGO (August 23 - September 21) Friday and Saturday are the best days for planning your summer vacation. Make reservations now. If you have already booked, you should see what extra perks are offered without spending more money. From Sunday, your career goals start to gel. Your achievements are acknowledged and praised; your projects get noticed for their creative solutions. If you have your own business, you’re meant to shamelessly promote it. Fame—it’s a terrible thing to waste. LIBRA (September 22 - October 22) In a relatively rare turn of events, your ruler (Venus) is now moving retrograde in the fickle sign of Gemini. You are likely to be changing your mind about everything from what to wear to where to live to whom to love to when to tell your boss you’d like to take a month off. Actually, with reality-challenged Neptune in your work house, you might be tempted to ask for an entire year off. Good luck with that... SCORPIO (October 23 - November 21) Friday and Saturday are the bottom of your lunar cycle—a good time to finish up old projects, but a terrible time to begin new ones. So, if you were considering starting a punk-funk garage band or designing a new ghost-hunting app, you may want to put it off. In regard to your love life, however, satisfaction is likely (if not guaranteed) for the entire week. And, you don’t have to clear out your garage first... SAGITTARIUS (November 22 - December 20) Taking the day off to go to a baseball game on Friday? First make an appearance at work—the most likely day to be rewarded for a successful project. On Sunday, the emphasis is on your relationship (or lack of one). The Sun and Moon combine to illuminate the benefits of having a mate. If you have one, make sure you show your appreciation. If you’re solo, do something about it. You don’t want to go through the entire baseball season alone, do you? CAPRICORN (December 21 - January 18) Forget your ambitions and enjoy the simple pleasures. This weekend is the perfect time to indulge your playful side: Put on some music and dance; make chalk paintings on the sidewalk; listen to a street performer. Don’t worry. On Monday, you’ll notice that exercising the right side of your brain has provided you with creative inspiration you can use at work. Now if only you were allowed to use your sidewalk chalk on the conference table... AQUARIUS (January 19 - February 17) Venus (the goddess of art and love) moves backwards through your house of self-expression. This is a good thing. Venus will spend an extended amount of time enhancing your talents, both creatively and romantically. This provides a new perspective for your art projects as well as providing numerous love affair opportunities. If you’re already attached, you might want to ignore the latter and focus on the former. PISCES (February 18 - March 19) The weekend begins on a friendly note with a fun-loving planetary pileup in your house of interactions. Whether hanging with pals or attending a neighbor’s barbecue, you’re cracking jokes and enjoying the company. After Saturday, you are feeling sentimental, romanticizing your past; you may be tempted to call ex-lovers to reminisce. This is not likely to work out quite the way you hope. So, when the spouse of your high school sweetheart answers the phone, just hang up. < Email Lynda Ray at cosmicclues@gmail.com or check out her website at www.lyndarayastrology.com 42 PACIFIC SUN MAY 18– MAY 24, 2012

Public Notices Continued from Page 41 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 129333 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as HONEY POT, 120 BELLAM BLVD., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: SEEMA SANDHIR, 117 OLIVA COURT UNIT D, NOVATO, CA 94947. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on April 26, 2012. (Publication Dates: May 11, 18, 25; June 1, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2012129328 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as CRISPIN & CRISPINIAN LIMITED, 368 MOUNTAIN VIEW AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: CRISPIN & CRISPINIAN LTD, 368 MOUNTAIN VIEW AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by a corporation. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on January 23, 2012. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on April 26, 2012. (Publication Dates: May 11, 18, 25; June 1, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 129358 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as NATIVE JUICE CO., 38 MT. RAINIER DR., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: CAITLIN MEADE, 38 MT. RAINIER DR., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903; NICOLE FISH, 120 DEER HOLLOW 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 May 1, 2012. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on May 1, 2012. (Publication Dates: May 18, 25; June 1, 8, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2012129464 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as DRAGONHILL BOOKS, 15 STURDIVANT AVE., SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960: JO ANN RICHARDS, 15 STURDIVANT 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 May 10, 2012. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on May 15, 2012. (Publication Dates: May 18, 25; June 1, 8, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 129459 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as HEALTH GARDEN SPA, 1917 A BRIDGEWAY, SAUSALITO, CA 94965: THUC NGOC TRAN, 418A 27TH AVE., SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94121. 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 May 14, 2012. (Publication Dates: May 18, 25; June 1, 8, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 129385 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as STARBOARD TACK, 448 WELLESLEY AVE., MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: TWO REEFS LLC., 448 WELLESLEY AVE., MILL VALLEY, CA 94941. 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 May 4, 2012. (Publication Dates: May 18, 25; June 1, 8, 2012)

997 All Other Legals ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF MARIN. No. CIV 1201865. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner BINH HOA MATTHEWS filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: BINH HOA MATTHEWS to BINH HOA AU. THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter shall appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. Any person objecting to the name changes described above must file a written objection that includes the reasons for the objection at least two court days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must appear at the hearing to show cause why the petition should not be granted. If no written objection is timely filed, the court may grant the petition without a hearing. NOTICE OF HEARING: June 14, 2012, 9:00 AM, Dept. L, Room L, Superior Court of California, County of Marin, 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael, CA 94903. A copy of this ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE shall be published at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the

date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in the county of Marin: PACIFIC SUN. Date: Apirl 19, 2012 /s/ LYNN DURYEE, JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT (Pacific Sun: April 27; May 4, 11, 18, 2012) ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF MARIN. No. CIV 1201823. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner JANE CHESSON filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: ELIZABETH JANE CHESSON to ELIZA JANE CHESSON. THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter shall appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. Any person objecting to the name changes described above must file a written objection that includes the reasons for the objection at least two court days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must appear at the hearing to show cause why the petition should not be granted. If no written objection is timely filed, the court may grant the petition without a hearing. NOTICE OF HEARING: June 13, 2012, 9:00 AM, Dept. L, Room L, Superior Court of California, County of Marin, 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael, CA 94903. A copy of this ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE shall be published at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in the county of Marin: PACIFIC SUN. Date: Apirl 18, 2012 /s/ LYNN DURYEE, JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT (Pacific Sun: April 27; May 4, 11, 18, 2012) ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF MARIN. No. CIV 1201753. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner LILIYA KRAVCHENKOBANOS filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: LILIYA KRAVCHENKO-BANOS to LILIYA FOX. THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter shall appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. Any person objecting to the name changes described above must file a written objection that includes the reasons for the objection at least two court days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must appear at the hearing to show cause why the petition should not be granted. If no written objection is timely filed, the court may grant the petition without a hearing. NOTICE OF HEARING: June 18, 2012, 8:30 AM, Dept. B, Room B, Superior Court of California, County of Marin, 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael, CA 94903. A copy of this ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE shall be published at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in the county of Marin: PACIFIC SUN. Date: April 12, 2012 /s/ ROY O. CHERNUS, JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT (Pacific Sun: April 27; May 4, 11, 18, 2012) STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF USE OF FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME File No. 303363 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): SUNSHINE BODYWORKS, 1514 5TH AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. Filed in Marin County on: July 8, 2010. Under File No: 2010124452. Registrant’s Name(s): XIUMEI DONG, 3034 COLONIAL WAY APT 8, SAN JOSE, CA 95128. This statement was filed with the County Clerk Recorder of Marin County on April 23, 2012. (Pacific Sun: April 27; May 4, 11, 18, 2012) ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF MARIN. No. CIV 1201567. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner JONNAH LEE NACES ALBOS filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: JONNAH LEE NACES ALBOS to MEYANEE DAMAYO CABALES. THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter shall appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. Any person objecting to the name changes described above must file a written objection that includes the reasons for the objection at least two court days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must appear at the hearing to show cause why the petition should not be granted. If no written objection is timely filed, the court may grant the petition without a hearing. NOTICE OF HEARING: June 1, 2012, 8:30 AM, Dept. B, Room B, Superior Court of California, County of Marin, 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael, CA 94903. A copy of this

ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE shall be published at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in the county of Marin: PACIFIC SUN. Date: April 3, 2012 /s/ ROY O. CHERNUS, JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT (Pacific Sun: May 4, 11, 18, 25, 2012) ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF MARIN. No. CIV 1201923. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner MAYA LONCHAR ON BEHALF OF VALENTINA LILY QUEZADA filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: VALENTINA LILY QUEZADA to VALENTINA LILY QUEZADA LONCHAR. THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter shall appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. Any person objecting to the name changes described above must file a written objection that includes the reasons for the objection at least two court days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must appear at the hearing to show cause why the petition should not be granted. If no written objection is timely filed, the court may grant the petition without a hearing. NOTICE OF HEARING: June 19, 2012, 8:30 AM, Dept. E, Superior Court of California, County of Marin, 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael, CA 94903. A copy of this ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE shall be published at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in the county of Marin: PACIFIC SUN. Date: April 24, 2012 /s/ FAYE D’OPAL, JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT (Pacific Sun: May 11, 18, 25; June 1, 2012) SUMMONS (CITACION JUDICIAL) Case Number (Numero del Caso): DR110814 NOTICE TO DEFENDENT (AVISO AL DEMANDADO): THOMAS PATRICK KELLEY, all persons claiming by, through, or under such decedent, and all persons claiming any legal or equitable right, title, estate, lien, or interest in the property described in the complaint adverse to plaintiff’s title, or any cloud on plaintiff’s title thereto named as DOES 1 to 20, inclusive. YOU ARE BEING SUED BY PLAINTIFF: (LO ESTA DEMANDANDO EL DEMANDANTE): CHESTINE L. ANDERSON NOTICE!You haven been sued. The court may decide against you without you being heard unless you respond within 30 days. Read the information below. You have 30 CALENDAR DAYS after this Summons and legal papers are served on you to file a written response at this court and have a copy served on the plaintiff. A letter or phone call will not protect you; your written response must be in proper legal form if you want the court to hear your case. There may be a court form that you can use for your response. You can find these court forms and more information at the California Courts Online Self-help Center (www.courtinfo. ca.gov/selfhelp), your county law library, or the courthouse nearest you. If you cannot pay the filing fee, ask the court clerk for a fee waiver form. If you do not file your response on time, you may lose the case by default, and your wages, money and property may be taken without further warning from the court. There are other legal requirements. You may want to call an attorney right away. If you do not know an attorney, you may want to call an attorney referral service. If you cannot afford an attorney, you may be eligible for free legal services from a nonprofit legal services program. You can locate these nonprofit groups at the California Legal Services Web site (www.lawhelpcalifornia.org) the California Courts Online Self-help Center (www.courinfo. ca.gov/selfhelp) or by contacting your local court or county bar association. NOTE: The court has a statutory lien for waived fees and costs on any settlement or arbitration award of $10,000 or more in a civil case. The court’s lien must be paid before the court will dismiss the case. AVISO: Lo han demando. Si no responde dentro de 30 dias, la corte puede decidir en su contra sin escucher su version. Lea la informacion a continuacion. Tienne 30 DIAS CALENDARIO despues de que le entreguen esta citacion y papeles legales para presentar una respuesta por escrito en esta corte y hacer que se entregue una copia al demandante. Una carta o una llamada telefonica no lo protegen; su respuesta por escrito tiene que estar en formato legal correcto si desea que procesen su caso en la corte. Es posible que haya un formulario que usted pueda usar para su respuesta. Puede encontrar estos formularios de la corte y mas information en el Centro de Ayuda de las Cortes de California (www.sucorte.ca.gov) en la biblioteca de leyes de su condado o en la corte que le quede mas cerca. Si no puede pagar la cuota de presentacion, pida al secretario de la corte que le de un formulario de exencion de pago de cuotas. Si no presenta su respuesta a tiempo, puede perder el caso por incumplimiento, y la corte le podra quitar su sueldo, dinero y bienes sin mas advertencia. Hay otros requisitos legales. Es

recomendable que llame a un abogado immediatamente. Si no conoce a un abogado, puede llamar a un servicio de remision de abogados. Si no puede pagar a un abogado, es posible que cumpla con los resquisitos para obtener servicios legales gratuitos de un programa de servicios legales sin fines de lucro. Puede encontrar estos grupos sin fines de lucro en el sitio web de California Legal Services, (www. lawhelpcalifornia.org) en el Centro de Ayuda de las Cortes de California. (www.sucorte. ca.gov) o poniendose en contacto con la corte o el colegio de abogados locales. AVISO: Por ley, la corte tiene derecho a reclamar las cuotas y los costos exentos por imponer un gravamen sobre cualquier recuperacié n de $10,000 é más de valor recibida mediante un acuerdo o una concesié n de arbitraje en un caso de derecho civil. Tiene que pagar el gravamen de la corte antes de que la corte pueda desechar el caso. The name and address of the court is: (El nombre y direccion de las corte es): SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF HUMBOLDT, 825 5TH ST., EUREKA, CA 95501. The name, address, and telephone number of plaintiff’s attorney is: (El nombre, la direccion y el numero de telefono del abogado del demandante es): ERIC V. KIRK (Bar # 176903), Law Office of Eric V. Kirk, PO Box 129, Garberville, CA 95542. Phone No. (707) 923-2128, Fax No. (707) 923-2176. Date (Fecha): October 27, 2011. Kerri L. Keenan Clerk, by (Secretario); David V., Deputy (Adjunto) (Pacific Sun: May 11, 18, 25; June 1, 2012) NOTICE OF PETITION TO ADMINISTER ESTATE OF: GLORIANN HOPKINS. Case No. PR-1202148. To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors and persons who may otherwise be interested in the will or estate, or both, of GLORIANN HOPKINS. A PETITION FOR PROBATE has been filed by: CARON SCHMIERER in the Superior Court of California, County of MARIN. THE PETITION FOR PROBATE requests that CARON SCHMIERER be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent. THE PETITION requests the decedent’s will and codicils, if any, be admitted to probate. The will and any codicils are available for examination in the file kept by the court. THE PETITION requests authority to administer the estate under the Independent Administration of Estates Act. (This authority will allow the personal representative to take many actions without obtaining court approval. Before taking certain very important actions,

however, the personal representative will be required to give notice to interested persons unless they have waived notice or consented to the proposed action.) The independent administration authority will be granted unless an interested person files an objection to the petition and shows good cause why the court should not grant the authority. A HEARING on the petition will be held in this court as follows: June 11, 2012 at 9:00am in Dept: A, of the Superior Court of California, Marin County, located at Superior Court of California, County of Marin, 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael, CA 94913. IF YOU OBJECT to the granting of the petition, you should appear at the hearing and state your objections or file written objections with the court before the hearing. Your appearance may be in person or by your attorney. IF YOU ARE A CREDITOR or a contingent creditor of the decedent, you must file your claim with the court and mail a copy to the personal representative appointed by the court within four months from the date of first issuance of letters as provided in section 9100 of the California Probate Code. The time for filing claims will not expire before four months from the hearing date noticed above. YOU MAY EXAMINE the file kept by the court. If you are a person interested in the estate, you may file with the court a Request for Special Notice (form DE-154) of the filing of an inventory and appraisal of estate assets or of any petition or account as provided in Probate Code section 1250. A Request for Special Notice form is available from the court clerk. Attorney for Petitioner: KELLY R. MASON, BOUDETT & MASON, PO BOX 188, SAN ANSELMO, CA 94979-0188. TEL(415) 454-4020; FAX(415) 454-4029. (Publication Dates: May 18, 25; June 1, 2012) ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF MARIN. No. CIV 1202188. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner TERESA ESTELL WALLACE filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: TERESA ESTELL WALLACE to TERESA ESTELL WADE. THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter shall appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. Any person objecting to the name changes described above must file a written objection that includes the reasons for the objection at least two court days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must appear at the

hearing to show cause why the petition should not be granted. If no written objection is timely filed, the court may grant the petition without a hearing. NOTICE OF HEARING: July 5, 2012, 8:30 AM, Dept. E, Room E, Superior Court of California, County of Marin, 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael, CA 94903. A copy of this ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE shall be published at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in the county of Marin: PACIFIC SUN. Date: May 9, 2012 /s/ FAYE D’OPAL, JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT (Pacific Sun: May 18, 25; June 1, 8, 2012) NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR CHANGE IN OWNERSHIP OF ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE LICENSE. Date of Filing Application: MAY 7, 2012. To Whom It May Concern: The Name(s) of the Applicant(s) is/are: TAJ OF MARIN INDIAN CUISINE INC.. The applicants listed above are applying to the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control to sell alcoholic beverages at: 909 4TH STREET, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901-3103. Type of license(s) applied for: 41 –ON SALE BEER AND WINE – Eating Place. (Pacific Sun: May 18, 2012)

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My boyfriend of three months is 22, and so am I. He tells me he loves me but is horrible about returning texts and calls and following through with dates. (He seems to ditch me if something better comes along.) He also doesn’t treat me very well around others. Recently, he got really drunk at a party and was hitting on my friend all night, though she ignored him. I finally pulled him aside and said he was hurting my feelings, and he said I was too sensitive and I’m just jealous that people like him. He later disappeared from the party for over an hour, and when I asked him where he’d gone, he said, “What are you, my mom?” I know I don’t deserve to be treated like this, but he can be so sweet and kind when we are on my couch watching a movie or in bed snuggling. Part of me wants to leave, and part thinks he just needs to get used to being in a relationship, because this is his first “serious” one.—Loved and Unloved

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If you’re like a lot of women, you’ve dreamed about this since you were a little girl—that moment the man in your life puts his hands on your shoulders and says, “Would you mind ducking your head so I can see if that woman across the room is hot?” Men, like golden retrievers, have their flaws. They shed on the furniture, leave hairs in the soap, and hump your leg at inappropriate times. But when it’s clear that a particular man generally means well, these things are to be overlooked. Your boyfriend, on the other hand, claims to love you but ignores you, stands you up, belittles you and publicly humiliates you, making it pretty clear that he’s looking to leave hairs in other women’s soap. And sure, he’s sweet to you when you’re snuggling in bed—probably because there are no other women under your comforter for him to hit on. Like many people, you place too much importance on hearing “I love you.” You want to believe that these words mean something—and they probably do: that he needs to throw you a romantic chew-toy from time to time so you’ll stick around for all the casual cruelty. In an abusive relationship, which this is, you begin to crave the little moments of sweetness and intimacy that you use to justify staying through all the spirit-chomping parts. The big picture is, you aren’t so much this guy’s girlfriend as you are his backup girlfriend (the spare tire of girlfriendhood)—the one he keeps around in case there’s nothing or no one better to do. Part of you wants to leave? Follow that part. And turn this into a meaningful relationship after the fact—one you use to represent what you won’t put up with in the future. Sure, in the process of figuring out what you want in a man, you’ll have to “kiss a few toads,” but if you’re honest about who a guy is, you’ll see no reason to stick around for an extended makeout session.

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I’m staying at a friend’s house while on a business trip. She and I talk frequently, but since I moved away, we have not had any quality time. We’d both looked forward to hanging out and catching up, but her boyfriend of six months has been here every night. I like him well enough, but the worst, the absolute worst, is the extreme PDA. They share long, passionate kisses and lie on top of each other and make out while we’re all watching TV. I want to say something, but what?—Grossed-Out Girl

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How nice to have time to catch up with your friend—to learn how her job’s going, what’s happening with her family, the kind of faces she makes while being dry-humped. When you’re a houseguest, the things you should be expected to bring are wine and maybe a box of fancy soaps, not earplugs and a blindfold. As welcome as they’re making you feel, it must be tempting to go passive-aggressive when they’re getting it on: “Mind if I tweet this?” Or “Should I move over? I don’t want to be sitting on third base.” But, your best bet for shutting down the heavy petting zoo is evoking sympathy, not defensiveness. Do that by telling your friend that you feel bad—like you’re interrupting something—and that it’s no problem for you to stay at a motel. Sure, there may still be live sex acts there, but they’ll be separated from you by a wall and some innocuous framed print. You’ll hear everything, but in the morning, you’ll leave with the image of an adequately painted lighthouse forever burned into your brain. < © 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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