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›› LETTERS Like they say: A man’s home is his Three Castles I love reading your paper. There is always at least one article or comment to get my dander up. It does my heart good! Ms. Silverstein should be her own “zero” for giving a “hero” award to the Board of Supervisors [Hero&Zero, May 25] for one more governmental intrusion into our lives. As much as most of us abhor cigarette smoke and are annoyed by smokers, this is an issue between landlord and tenant. The board has no business telling me what I can or cannot do in my own home. I confess to not reading the ordinance. Maybe it is limited to public housing owned by the county, but the article does not suggest that. Otherwise, they should quit trying to control everything we do. Walter Dods, San Rafael

We demand ID proof that pasta was born in Arizona! I was shocked and distressed to read the panegyric in the May “Fearless Flyer” [Trader Joe’s newsletter] to whole-wheat fusilli made from “organic” wheat grown in Arizona. I know Trader Joe’s to be a retailer that is fair to both its customers and employees. So it comes as a surprise that they are singing the praises of a product that originates in Arizona. In the first place, I have about the same level of confidence in the enforcement of organic regulations by a state government headed by Jan Brewer as I have in those of the nation headed, until recently, by Kim Jong Il. Secondly, I prefer not to buy products from a state that continues to pass legislation that is anti-immigrant,

anti-women and anti-gay. If Trader Joe’s is going to persist in carrying foodstuffs from Arizona, they would be wise not to publicize the fact in the Fearless Flyer. Charlie Falk, San Rafael

Golden years losing their sheen Thanks to Joanne Williams for her feature [“The Outsourced Life,” June 8] about selling her house and moving to a senior facility. As the daughter of two parents with dementia, I want to share with you that I think making the decision to move now while you can make it yourselves is the best gift you can give your children and grandchildren. My siblings and I have been struggling with our difficult, intransigent father, rapidly deteriorating, for several years. Many falls, trips to ER, firing of caregivers, and other crises. We are now forced to move mom and dad against dad’s will to assisted living as we need to sell their house to continue paying for their care. We had to remove the car a year ago, and I fully manage their financial affairs. It’s a great burden at a time when we would prefer to be enjoying our parents’ company. Joanne, I hope you enjoy your new home, new friends you will make, and three meals a day prepared by someone else. I know my parents will find enjoyment once they settle in. I hope you are able to stay here in Marin. Anonymous, Marin

We believe he’s being ‘fecesious’ An open letter to Marin residents of a certain class: This letter is to express my appreciation and heartfelt gratitude for your continuing efforts on my behalf. As a successful Marin



Good pick up joints in Marin? Hey, it’s me again, Johnny Marin (yes, that’s my last name. ha ha.) Just moved to the county and looking for places to meet eligible women. Marin had a reputation in the 70s a... Boy I sure wish I had one of them Hummers! Everytime I see a Hummer these days, which ain’t often believe me, I chuckle and imagine the jerk inside paying $200 to fill up that tub simply because he couldn’t demonstrate...

Your soapbox is waiting at ›› resident of some renown, at least in my own mind, my overblown sense of entitlement makes it impossible—unthinkable, really—for me to clean up after myself and my dog. That is what servants are for, after all. I’m sure you can imagine the irreparable harm to my social standing that would occur should I be seen carrying a bag of dog feces. Quelle horreur! Therefore I shall continue my current practice of first checking that no one is looking, then quickly picking up Fifi’s poo in a bag, neatly tying the bag in a bow, and leaving it there by the side of the road, sidewalk, or trail so you can easily find it and dispose of it for me at the nearest, well, wherever it is that you people dispose of things. While I know you are not being paid for this act of kindness, I’m sure you feel the joy in your heart that comes from knowing that you are contributing to the well-being of someone more fortunate than yourself. Again, I thank all of you kindhearted plebes for your gracious, uncomplaining support in this endeavor. That is all. You may go. Don Root, San Anselmo

We think a good title for your story would be ‘Old Yellow’ There is a disturbingly narcissistic trend that has developed over the past few years of dog owners blithely taking their pets into any manner of commercial establishment. There are a few businesses with the temerity to tell their customers, “Are you out of your mind? What kind of a self-centered, thoughtless, inane individual are you? It’s not the proper thing to do to bring a dog into a public place.” Actually, they capture the thought with the more pithy, “No dogs allowed.” Whatever happened to dogs like Spike, like Fido, like Buster, like Rover? They could stay in the car. They could stay at home. They made do. They were dogs. They were not deprived of the utterly joyous moment of master’s return. Even Lassie was allowed to breach the commercial realm only when someone fell into an abandoned well. Is this a new breed of dog today? Perhaps from the bloodline of the Leona Helmsley kennel? I suspect it is more a new breed of owner of the Leona Helmsley bloodline. I had a dubiously regal experience recently as a carpet of liquid gold was sprayed before me as I ambled behind an oblivious middle-

aged woman walking her dog down the corridor at Montecito Plaza. I was relieved, unlike the dog, when the couple did not turn into Trader Joe’s. Now, allowing dogs into Trader Joe’s, unlike other retail establishments, And if Timmy’s family had had would bring a indoor plumbing, Lassie would unique peril. never have had to leave the Imagine a store house at all... full of canines when the bell is rung. The Pavlovian pandemonium unleashed could prove disastrous. Dogs would be salivating all over their Santorum-like sweater vests. Perhaps those today would do well to remember the story of Narcissus of Greek mythology who, while out walking his dog at the public market, peers into a puddle of urine and, seeing his reflection, falls in love with himself. His faithful companion could just as well have stayed home. J. S. Danielson, San Rafael

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So that’s why Secret Squirrel always wore the trenchcoat!

The real scandal at the Secret Service? It’s run by Secret Squirrel! Craig Whatley, San Rafael

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Anyone for a game of Agenda 21? Regional planning a sinister plot to Soviet-ize Marin, say Tea Partiers by Pe te r Se i d m an


hen two regional planning agencies earlier this year made the Bay Area rounds to hold a series of workshops about Plan Bay Area, the sustainable communities proposal, a group of virulent opponents also made the rounds. Rather than promoting rational discussions, their aggressive and strident strategy, meant to disrupt the meetings, succeeded in spreading misinformation and echoed a Tea Party conspiracy theory that has become increasingly hostile. The workshops were aimed at how the Bay Area can meet the mandates of AB 32, legislation that calls for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and a subsequent piece of legislation, SB 375, that for the first time created true regional planning, a goal long sought by serious planners. SB 375, which took effect in 2009, seeks to promote the Sustainable Communities Strategy planning paradigm. The aim is to persuade cities and counties to consider climate change and the impacts of regional planning—with a particular emphasis on reducing vehicular travel—when making planning decisions. In addition to reducing vehicle emissions, the strategy seeks to encourage smart growth, which can foster transit-oriented development and nonmotorized transportation. The Association of Bay Area Govern-

ments (ABAG) and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC), in partnership with the Bay Area Air Quality Management District and the Bay Conservation and Development Commission, are collaborating to produce the comprehensive plan that integrates land use with transportation. Shouting at the workshops prevented attendees who wanted to learn about Plan Bay Area from getting the facts. Opponents were in no mood to discuss details. They were there to disrupt. And they were organized. Opposition increased as projections of the number of jobs that will be created in the Bay Area and the number of households cities and counties will have to add for the people who take those jobs became public. A preliminary estimate was criticized in Marin and elsewhere by those who said the number of projected jobs was much too high, that the number of households Marin and its cities would be expected to accommodate was unrealistic. A review refined those preliminary projections. But critics have continued to charge that ABAG (the recipient of the most clubbing) still is foisting an unfair burden on Marin; they say the numbers speak for themselves. But a look at the percentage of the increases Plan Bay Area projects for Marin shows that the numbers do not deserve 10 >


by Jason Walsh

Anyone want a historic lumber company? The Mill Valley Lumber Co. is looking to hand over its circular saw to an eager buyer, as the Cerri family, which has owned the 120-year-old business since the late 1990s, says the mill isn’t financially cutting it. The lumber mill, located at 129 Miller Avenue near the downtown, has struggled as a business since the economy tanked in 2008. The Cerris say they’re tentatively planning to keep the saws buzzing through the end of the year, but if a buyer doesn’t step forward, they may simply have to close up shop and let the wood chips fall where they may. The lumber company had its genesis in 1889 when the Northwestern Pacific Railroad built a line from its Tam Junction stop deep into the valley at the base of Mount Tamalpais. The railroad ambled down the center of Miller Avenue and over Corte Madera Creek and terminated at what is now the downtown plaza. It was along this last stretch of track that Mill Valley pioneer and shipping magnate Robert Dollar had settled in the 1850s. In 1892, Dollar took a look at the building boom around him and promptly converted his parcel of land into a lumberyard. In 1912 it merged with Doherty’s Lumber Yard, a rival just a half block up the railroad tracks, to become the Mill Valley Lumber Company. Anyone interested in purchasing a lumber company should call 415/388-3532 or check out San Rafael unveils vision for Civic Center Station area As the SMART train project rolls ahead, those little pufferbellies are going to need somewhere to stop—which is why the Marin County Board of Supervisors this week is reviewing the Civic Center Station Area Plan—a “draft for public view” of a vision for what is expected to be one of the busier neighborhoods along the SMART line. Presented by city staff and prepared by San Francisco design groups Fehr & Peers and BMS, the plan is “a community vision for the area around the future Civic Center SMART station in North San Rafael” and builds on previous planning efforts to “set out a conceptual framework for development and circulation improvements in the area.” The plan is purely in the “conceptual” phase; environmental analysis would ostensibly take place after further details are worked out. Passenger service along the 70-mile rail corridor will extend in its initial phase from Santa Rosa to downtown San Rafael. In all, there are plans for 14 rail stations, nine in Sonoma and five in Marin. According to the draft, the Civic Center station will be located beneath Highway 101, just north of the Marin County Civic Center and fairgrounds. Weekday service will include 15 southbound and 15 northbound trains per day; four and four on the weekends. During peak commute times, two trains will operate per hour in each direction. The Civic Center station’s EIR ridership numbers by 2015 are forecast at 468 daily boardings, with about 100 occurring during the morning peak hour. The report finds that, overall, connectivity to the area is difficult due to Highway 101 and the rail corridor dividing the area, and several “large land uses” that present barriers to pedestrian movement—particularly Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Guide Dogs for the Blind, the Northgate Mall, as well as various large office complexes. “Despite the automobile-orientation of the area,” the report continues,“there are many office and residential areas within a reasonable walk of the station. The Marin County Civic Center offers the largest ridership opportunity, while Autodesk, Sutter Terra Linda Urgent Care, Northgate Mall, Kaiser Hospital and other nearby offices, banks, retail and resi10 >

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by Howard Rachelson

1. Pictured, left: What four-five streets surround Washington Square Park in San Francisco’s North Beach? 2. What breed of horse excels at sprinting short distances, especially in races of a quarter mile or less? 3. What two consecutive months each have 31 days? 4. Pictured, below: Name the only three films to have won 11 Academy Awards: 4a. 2003 Fantasy-drama 4b. 1997 Adventure on the high seas 4c. 1959 Epic religious film 5. What Silicon Valley high-tech company was named after San Francisco? 6. In 1988, who was the first first lady to make a speech at the United Nations General Assembly, and for what cause? 7. What object that grows within certain sea animals is the official birthstone for the month of June? 8. What alpine city of western Austria hosted the Winter Olympics in 1964 and 1976? 9. What race of mythological giants with a single eye was named “circle-eyed” in Greek? 10. Can you 4a write four twoword phrases, all of which describe ways to break a tie in a 4b sporting event?


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 while ago, a Novato kid VA reportedly hid a stolen Lamborghini in a storage locker. Now, we have teens allegedly stealing a Pablo Picasso lithograph from a Novato mansion, and then hiding it in plain sight. Novato resident Greg Atamaniuk, out for a morning hike last Sunday, found the artwork, valued at over $30,000, leaning on a fence at a Novato trailhead. Mr. Atamaniuk knew the Picasso lithograph was missing, and was stunned to find it at his feet. The good Samaritan called the Novato police and stayed with the treasure until they arrived. Though the Picasso’s owner, a former prime minister from Ukraine, currently resides in a California prison, we hope he appreciates the honesty and integrity of our Hero, Greg Atamaniuk.

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WAT&T recently dumped thousands of phone books on driveways throughout Marin. Each unlucky beneficiary received two books protected inside a plastic bag. (We’re sure a few folks still use the book, though many of us look up phone numbers on the web.) Merchants in unincorporated areas of Marin now charge a nickel a bag to discourage waste, yet AT&T throws archaic directories, wrapped in a plastic bag, onto our property. Adding insult to injury, AT&T printed instructions on the bags about recycling “outdated” books and ways to stop future book delivery. How about automatic opt out, unless someone requests a book? AT&T, your unconscionable consumption of paper and plastic makes you a behemoth Zero.—Nikki Silverstein

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Kvetcher in the wry Far be it from me to complain, but... by N ik k i Silve r ste in


’m usually a happy-go-lucky gal withcomplaint, but it gives me pause. So does out a worry in the world. Well, this the KKK rally last month in North Carolina, in a small town named Harmony. week I have a few complaints. I’ll list Will it never end? them in no particular order: O Jason, my editor, is making me write O Most evenings, my best friend Kate this column. I told him that I didn’t have a and I walk our dogs at Blackie’s Pasture. column in me this week, but he wouldn’t Her dogs are normal. Two nights ago, my let me out of it. He suggested that I write dog Bruno stole a meatball from picnickabout hermaphrodites. [Editor’s note: ers. Last night, he peed on me. Soaked That’s not exactly the way the conversation right through my water repellent pants, went.] sock and sneaker. I sloshed home. We can’t So, if you don’t like my kvetching, conwait for tonight. sider the alternative. O Jerry, my sweet older Jewish friend, O Rick is doing his magic act again. Onegave me a fancy shmancy TV so that I two-three, poof, disappear. This time, I fig- could get a better look at my new infatuured out how he does it. One: pick a fight ation, Barry Weiss from Storage Wars. about nothing. Two: turn the nothing on its A wonderful, generous gift, especially head to engage me in the nonsense. Three: considering that my current television blame me. Honestly, the weighs 200 pounds and dog misses him more the top fourth of the than I do. Once you screen is totally black. figure out the trick, the I’ve had my sleek, magic is gone. thin, lightweight TV for over a month now O I found a gray hair and still can’t figure in my left eyebrow and out how to hook it up. plucked it right out. What is the purpose of Apparently, I spread all those holes if one of the gray seed, because ’em isn’t for the cable the very next day, two box? Must I continue hairs grew in its place. to look at just the botThey’re like weeds, I tell tom three-quarters of you. Now, I have to use Barry’s face? dark greasepaint on my Even Weiss couldn’t control his laughter over Nikki’s brows and people have lousy week. O Remember that started confusing me hot, hot, hot Marin with Groucho Marx. County bailiff that I gawked at for days O My mother refuses to wear her hearduring my recent jury service? Why hasn’t ing aid while we’re on the phone, saying he ever called me? Crushing. I’m never she doesn’t need it. I yell a story at her for putting myself out there again. a few minutes. Complete silence for five O Can anyone take a few good photos of seconds. “What?” she yells. Then we start me? I want to join JDate, but I can’t post my all over again. profile pics looking like this. If you work O My mother who refuses to wear her with a talented makeup artist, bring her. hearing aid while we’re on the phone O Why does Starbucks ruin everything? shares long, elaborate tales about the The gargantuan competitor long ago cousins, sisters and acquaintances of the creamed the funky cafe down the street women in her Mah Jongg club. Somefrom me. Now, Starbucks is swallowing La times, I put the phone down to do a chore Boulange, which, by the way, serves delior two. When I return, she’s still blabbing cious coffee—at least for now. about Ida’s blind sister-in-law who stole OK, I’m done airing my grievances for Rhea’s boyfriend. Fortunately, my mother the day. It’s sunny and 77 degrees in Sauis unable to hear me thrashing about on salito. I’m heading out for a hike, hoping the floor, emitting moans and finally the to glimpse a few coyotes and a couple of death rattle. I wouldn’t want to hurt her terrified neighbors. Later this afternoon, feelings or anything. I’ll be at Peet’s enjoying a strong cup of O Neighbors are calling Animal Control joe while using their wireless to watch the about the coyotes, requesting that officers latest episode of Storage Wars and gaze remove the animals. We live at the edge of longingly at Barry’s entire face. < federal parkland. I’m not sure where they Email: want the coyotes to go, but I sure know where those folks should go. Offer Nikki some helpful advice on TownSquare at ›› O Anne Frank would have been 83 this year. My father’s 83. This isn’t exactly a JUNE 15 - JUNE 21, 2012 PACIFIC SUN 9

< 8 Newsgrams dences are also potential sources of transit riders. “Access between the Station and these uses will be critical to maximizing the potential ridership.” According to the demographic information in the draft, the Civic Center area has a population of 2,271 and a job count of 4,900. The plan was overseen by a 16-member Station Advisory Committee whose vision of the Civic Center Station Area was used as a basis for the draft.

Grand jury: ‘prison is no deterrent from crime’ The Marin County Civil Grand Jury is demanding justice—restorative justice, that is. In a report released this week titled “Restorative Justice—Its Time Has Come in Marin County,” the grand jury is calling upon the county criminal justice system and Marin school officials to implement “restorative” practices, which have a proven track record of lowering wrongdoer recidivism but, according to the grand jury, have been met with an underwhelming response from the Marin County sheriff’s and district attorney’s offices. Theories about restorative justice have been gaining momentum in education and public safety circles for more than a decade. In essence, the practice seeks to shift society’s “punishment” response to wrongdoing toward one of repairing the harm on a more personal level between victim and perpetrator. According to the grand jury,“retributive justice focuses on public vengeance, deterrence and punishment through an adversarial process, whether in a school principal’s office or in a courtroom.” Restorative justice, on the other hand,“emphasizes repairing the harm caused or revealed by wrongdoing or criminal behavior.” Restorative practices include face-toface encounters between wrongdoer and victim, as well as the possibility of material and financial restoration, while forcing the offender to take responsibility for his or her negative impact on the victim and the community. “In Marin County,” the report states,“restorative justice principles are currently employed at several middle schools as an alternative to suspension and expulsion.” Del Mar Middle School in Tiburon and Davidson Middle School in San Rafael currently employ restorative programs and have seen a dramatic decrease in the number of suspensions levied throughout the school year. The Marin County Youth Court and the Novato Blue Ribbon Coalition for Youth have also found success via the use of peer courts. Despite what’s been achieved in schools, continues the report,“restorative justice currently finds only limited application in the County’s Juvenile Hall and County Jail,” though the grand jury notes efforts are currently under way to expand its use.“Although the District Attorney’s Office provides mediation services and citation hearings for various civil and criminal disputes,” says the grand jury,“[the DA’s office] and the Sheriff’s Department appear to be significantly less supportive of expanded use of restorative justice techniques.” The report suggests that opposition to restorative justice may stem from the view that the process is “soft on crime.” According to the report, more than 6.7 million American adults—3.1 percent of the adult population—are either behind bars, on probation or on parole. Sixty percent of offenders are arrested for nonviolent offenses. Meanwhile, California has one the country’s highest recidivism rates—67 percent of those released in 2005 and 2006 returned to prison within three years (70 percent of those were due to parole violations rather than new offenses). “These figures suggest that using prison as a deterrent doesn’t work,” the report says. In its conclusion, the grand jury recommends that the Marin County Office of Education, local school districts, as well as the Marin County District Attorney, Sheriff and Public Defender initiate restorative justice programs—and the grand jury calls on the Board of Supervisors to fund the training and operations for such programs. “The Jury believes that a realistic examination of the features and benefits of restorative justice indicate opportunities for broadening the use of the techniques in Marin County to achieve significant tax dollar savings, reduce the extent of recidivism and deter young offenders from becoming career criminals,” concludes the jury.“Cost savings are an attractive goal but even more attractive is the opportunity to transform an offender into a responsible law-abiding member of his or her community.” Ross elects itself a council! Ross, the town without a council candidate, appears to have voted in a trio of willing decision makers. The wealthy Ross Valley town really mailed it in this election—literally. After no one filed to run for any of the three open seats on the June 5 ballot, the town was faced with the very real possibility that the remaining councilmembers would have to appoint three residents to the council. The election was changed to a less-costly mail-in ballot only. In the end, five people stepped forward as write-in candidates after the filing period closed—and the returns from the June 5 election indicate the winners are: P. Beach Kuhl, 76, a current member of the Marin County Civil Grand Jury; Elizabeth Brekhus, 42, an attorney; and 61-year-old business consultant Kathleen Hoertkorn. Woolsey endorses Huffman Calling him a “rare public servant,” retiring 2nd District Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey officially threw her weight behind San Rafael Assemblyman Jared Huffman in the November runoff election to choose her successor. 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< 8 Anyone for a game of Agenda 21? the virulent attacks on a legitimate attempt at regional planning. Plan Bay Area sets responsibilities for each of the Bay Area’s nine counties relating to growth in jobs and households that will occur out to 2040. Comparing that projected growth to the growth that occurred between 1980 and 2010 is eye opening, considering the emotional nature of the attacks and the charge that ABAG and MTC are trying to cram growth down Marin’s throat. According to the latest Sustainable Communities Strategy figures, from 1980 to 2010, the number of Marin households increased 16 percent; it projects that by 2040, the number of households will increase by just 8.5 percent. (The projected increases in Marin County households pales in comparison to the 35.6 percent increase projected in Santa Clara County by 2040.) From 1980 to 2010, Novato households increased by 31 percent; Sustainable Communities projects an increase of just 5.7 percent by 2040. San Rafael households increased by 22 percent from 1980 to 2010; projections show an increase of 16 percent by 2040. Corte Madera saw households increase by 18 percent from 1980 to 2010; an increase of just 7.4 percent is projected by 2040. To put that Corte Madera percentage in perspective, Sustainable Communities projects that the town should accommodate just 280 additional households by 2040. The Corte Madera Town Council, angry at initially higher ABAG projections, voted to give notice to the agency that the town wanted to end its membership. The town has until next year to decide whether to break the ABAG bond. Among alternatives discussed is a proposal to form a Marin council of governments that would mirror ABAG. But that, and the withdrawal from ABAG, could reduce regional planning participation and influence. The concept of regional planning depends on each county assuming its dutiful responsibility to house the residents that will work within each jurisdiction. By providing housing, public transportation and creating sustainable communities, the entire Bay Area will benefit as well as residents in each county. If a county, like Marin, refuses to assume its responsibility to create jobs and housing within its borders, pressure shifts to adjacent counties, continuing and exacerbating suburban sprawl. “No matter what we do, we will grow [slowly]. Nothing seems to suggest that people are going to stop having children or stop enjoying living in Marin,” says Marla Fields of Sustainable Novato. “We have to plan accordingly for some measure of growth that’s sustainable. That’s what this is about.” Rejecting the relatively modest rate of growth envisioned in Sustainable Communities will have negative impacts for Marin, she adds. “If we don’t build our fair share of housing here, we will continue

the pattern of having the traffic jams on our roads leading to the places where people can afford homes and live, places up in Sonoma County and the East Bay. Our children grow up and graduate and maybe want to live [in Marin] and have no options.” The type of future housing should be an essential part of the equation, says Whitney Merchant, Marin field representative for the Greenbelt Alliance. “No one is going to take anyone’s home away from them,” she says. “Neighborhoods are not going to change. But our population is skewing over 65 and under 30, and [many in] those two groups of people don’t want to or cannot afford to live in a singlefamily home. Keep your single-family homes and enjoy them. But we should be planning for the young and seniors.” A common misperception is that Plan Bay Area is aimed at promoting affordable or income-restricted housing. In reality the plan is a projection for the total housing stock in the Bay Area, the vast majority of which will be market rate. Another point of pushback here is the belief that because the county has so much open space and policies to protect it, the county and its cities essentially are built out. No more room at the inn. That should count for something when the regional agencies project housing numbers, along with the supposition that Marin should get credit for being a park that serves the greater Bay Area. But that kind of Disneyland approach belies the need to accommodate the changing demographics. It’s not enough to just look good. And the assumption that Marin has no options to accommodate any additional housing breaks faith with the planning strategy that created slow growth and the open-space policies in the county. The modern planning era in Marin started in 1966 when a resident revolt stopped a proposed east-west freeway and vast development in West Marin. In a history published in 2007 about Marin’s fight against sprawl within the county, Louise Nelson Dyble of the University of Southern California writes in the Journal of Urban History, “Marin’s innovative and powerful Countywide Plan, released publicly in 1971...provided the template for all subsequent growthcontrol efforts. It described three permanent land use zones: a City Centered Corridor in the east along Highway 101; a central Inland Rural Corridor reserved for agriculture and compatible land uses; and the western Coastal Recreation Corridor.” Later a Baylands Corridor was added. The multi-corridor plan was designed to keep as much open space as possible and guide necessary growth along the City Centered Corridor along the freeway. Ironically, that’s where the pushback comes from today, residents in the City Centered Corridor. The opposition discounts the original vision. “While goals of environmental preservation and growth control in West Marin

many Marin residents have legitimate and rational questions about the methodology that derived the planâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s household and jobs numbers, which they say should be the focus of a continuing debate, the conspiracy theorists are another breed of cat. A letter in the Independent Journal posits that Plan Bay Area and the Legislature are forcing their will on â&#x20AC;&#x153;our communities.â&#x20AC;? That line of reasoning argues that unelected ofďŹ cials are responsible for the plan, regardless of the fact that ABAG and MTC comprise elected ofďŹ cials from local communities. The letter writer, whose name will remain anonymous to protect an embarrassing misallocation of intelligence, states, â&#x20AC;&#x153;We do not need help from the Association of Bay Area Governments, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission or any other group of Soviet-style unelected overseers to tell us how our communities should be laid out.â&#x20AC;? That exhortation echoes an attack that Tea Party activists are raising across the country. They believe that smart growth, sustainable communities, calls for increased public transportation and similar sustainability goals really are an attack on property rights designed to force people into living in bleak high-density housing. The nexus of their theory is Agenda 21. In 1992, the United Nations passed a nonbinding resolution calling for nations and their cities and counties to use fewer resources and conserve open spaceâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;by

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< 10 lead the pack of 12 congressional hopefuls by a wide margin, the Petaluma Congressional veteran of nearly 20 years is finally putting her seal of approval behind the frontrunner. â&#x20AC;&#x153;(Huffman) is both a principled progressive and an effective coalition-builder; his environmental expertise and credentials are second-to-none,â&#x20AC;? Woolsey said in a statement to the press.â&#x20AC;&#x153;He has proven time and time again that he will stand with working families, women, seniors and consumers. And I believe he will continue the ongoing struggle to bring our troops home from Afghanistan.â&#x20AC;? Coming out of the June 5 election to choose two Congressional runoff candidates, Republican Dan Roberts was in second place with 15.3 percent, followed by Inverness progressive Norman Solomon with 14.2 percenâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;but tens of thousands of votes are yet to be counted, and the Solomon campaign remains hopeful the remaining ballots will help the Democrat overtake Roberts. Solomon political consultant Tom Higgins says there could be as many as 40,000 ballots still to be countedâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and those late absentee ballots, he says, tend to favor Solomon. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The distribution of these remaining ballots throughout the district coupled with the fact that these votes will perform more like polling place votes than early-return absentees did,â&#x20AC;? says Higgins,â&#x20AC;&#x153;â&#x20AC;Śis how and why Norman Solomon will overtake Dan Roberts to secure the second-place finish he has earned once all the votes are counted in this race.â&#x20AC;? Even with the second-place finisher still in question, Woolsey is steadfast. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Regardless of the final vote tally, I am proud to endorse (Huffman) in the November election,â&#x20AC;? said Woolsey.


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submit to a greater (not so) good. Their objections ignore the facts: Local communities still have ultimate control of when and where any housing gets built. They also have control over the design of that housing. Plan Bay Area continues and expands the Marin-based concept of the City Centered Corridor. Debating numbers is legitimate. Calling up John Birch Society conspiracy theories is not. Marin long ago decided to leave the hills alone. <

focusing development on already developed areas. Not unlike Marinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s original plan to steer development along the City Centered Corridor. The conspiracy theorists are popping up across the country at planning commissions and sustainability sessions, sounding an alarm at what they perceive is a One World Order assault. The obstructionist participants who traveled the Plan Bay Area workshop circuit knowingly or unknowingly tapped the Agenda 21 conspiracy theoristsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; talking points. They said Plan Bay Area is a veiled attempt to force Bay Area communities to







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verbatim and even then you’d need several ick Polito doesn’t really have a probbillion nights to get the same exact story lem being creative. He’s been twice. The math is crazy but there are 1.5 a journalist for 25 years and started writing his “That TV Guy” column in 1995. trillion permutations per story. Even if you But Polito says he hits a creative blank just count the endings, there are enough in Story Packs that you spot every time his could get a different kids say “tell me a ending every night story, Dad.” “The for more than four problem with bedmonths. That’s a lot time stories is they of endings for $1.99. happen at bedtime,” But if you count perPolito says. “That’s 10 mutations, it would hours from coffee.” take a story every So Polito developed night for twice the what he describes as age of the universe a “storytelling improv to get the same exact app” titled Shake-Nstory. When you add Tell for the iPhone the improv elethat leads storytellers ment it’s effectively through a storytelling infinite. experience. We sat down Why not just with Polito to ask read a book? him about his soluReading is vital. tion to the storyI’ve read tens of telling pitfalls of the If you can’t even come up with this much on your own, you need some serious storytelling help. thousands of pages modern world. to my kids. But tellO  O  O  O  ing a story is different. You get this incredWhat made you think a phone can ible connection you don’t get when you’re tell a better story than good ol’ Mom reading The Cat in the Hat for the 500th and Dad? time. I sometimes find myself reading on First I saw a need: my own. I had autopilot. You can’t do that with storytelltrouble pulling stories off the top of my ing. My daughter is refusing books in favor head when my son asked for “a story that’s of Shake-N-Tell now. not a storybook.” Then I started asking other parents and they said the same thing. So this is like the Beowulf of apps? Very few of them even tried. I spent $12 [Storytelling] is an essential part of the on a deck of picture cards for storytelling human experience. We’ve been telling stoand it was still hard. Give me a picture of ries around the campfire since we invented a monkey, a pig and a treasure chest and fire. It’s how we shared beliefs, culture and I might be able to tell you a story. But I’m imagination. But now it feels like we’ve probably going to reach for Goodnight consigned it to Hollywood and publishing Moon instead. houses. Professional storytellers tell me that children react so strongly to storytellWhat does Shake-N-Tell have that ing because they’re starved for it. Margaret Wise Brown doesn’t? I describe it as an improv engine. We What will it take to turn me into a give you the bones of a story in short text modern-day Hans Christian Appersen? prompts and you flesh it out with your It takes imagination for starters. You’re imagination. You pick a premise in one of creating a world and you have to describe the Story Packs and you shake through the it. What does the princess look like? What plot line to the conclusion. Shake-N-Tell kind of slime drips off the alien? The rest challenges the storyteller to embellish and of it is simple technique. Talk fast to build add descriptions but the premise and the excitement. Slow down to build suspense, plot points are already there. That makes it etc. We have a “How To Tell a Story” seca lot easier. tion in the app. < Don’t these stories very quickly start becoming “reruns”? Not unless you read the text prompts

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ortunately, the man upstairs has had a little help these past 40 years from the Environmental Forum of Marin. The year was 1972—the environmental movement was still in its infancy, and yet the little by Jaso suburb of Marin had already emerged battered but unbroken from a decade of fighting against development plans for a cross-county superhighway, a high-rise-lined city in the Headlands named Marincello, and a vacation playground for the rich and famous along Tomales Bay. Marin’s environmental community learned from an early age the importance of educating and persuading local officials and community members about the intrinsic values of open space, modest development, a clean and pure watershed and the protection of Marin’s diverse ecosystems. But Marin’s eco-visionaries also realized their victories over development did not exist in a vacuum—there would be more Marcinellos to come if the stewards of the land let down their guard. So a group of Marin’s most tenacious enviros—led by Martin Griffin, Ellen Straus, Phyllis Faber, Nona Dennis and Kathy Cuneo,

among others—established the Environmental Forum of Marin, an Audubon Canyon Ranchsupported collective founded as a breeding ground for tomorrow’s environmental advocates—an army of Mother Nature’s foot soldiers, if you will—sent forth from the Forum to defend Marin’s fauna and flora from the unchecked human ecological footprints of decades to come. As Griffin described at the 20th annivern Walsh sary celebration of the Forum in 1993: “[The purpose of the Environmental Forum was] to train a cadre of volunteers to be effective and influential workers and speakers in the field of environmental planning and quality. “This was the first experiment of its kind in the U.S,” said Griffin. “It was an idea whose time had come.” Through “masters classes” led by experienced Forum instructors, trainees spend months in a series of lectures and field trips focused on the natural world, humankind’s impact on the environment, advocacy training and completion of a stewardship project. According to the Marin County Board of Supervisors’ recent resolution declaring June 16 “Environmental Forum of Marin Day,” the program has graduated more than 1,000 environmentalists, and from their various stewardship projects has come

the Marin Agricultural Land Trust, Safe and Healthy San Rafael and the Marin Open Garden Project. Graduates have gone on to serve in the United States Senate, the Marin County Board of Supervisors, numerous city and town councils, planning commissions and on the boards of such agencies as Audubon Canyon Ranch, the Marin Agricultural Land Trust, the Marin Conservation League, the Marin Municipal Water District, WildCare and more. On June 16, Marty Griffin, Phyllis Faber, Kathy Cuneo and Nona Dennis will be honored at Audubon Canyon Ranch’s “Standing on the Shoulders of Giants,” a celebration of the Environmental Forum of Marin’s first 40 years. We asked the “Forum Four” about their decades-long work with the EFM and the future of Marin’s environmental movement. O




The Forum was in many ways launched as a recruiting ground for an infantry of Mother Nature’s foot soldiers, whose purpose was to go forth in battle against anti-environmental forces—somewhat in the mold of cause-oriented political groups of the last century. Was this concept as revolutionary as it sounds? Kathy Cuneo: I don’t believe that at the time this sounded revolutionary, not compared to the winds that were blowing through the entire country. We had had the

civil rights movement, the women’s rights movement—and the environmental movement seemed to be a natural outgrowth of the general striving to “put things right.” Marty Griffin: To be specific, the Environmental Forum of Marin was founded by Audubon Canyon Ranch, a coalition of four National Audubon Society branches, in 1972—the year that two great national parks, the Point Reyes National Seashore and Golden Gate National Recreation Area, were established in West Marin after 10 years of vigorous opposition. Both parks partly surround or border ACR, whose large heronry stopped the coastal freeway. The initial purpose of EFM was to educate passionate citizens to vigilantly support and defend these two great parks, which transformed the future of Marin County. I like the concept that EFM is Mother Nature’s foot soldiers for preventing the Los Angelization of Marin. Good work! Phyllis Faber: The Environmental Forum was founded to provide an educational program illuminating countywide issues and the agencies affecting our daily lives. It grew out of a training program designed for Audubon Canyon Ranch, whose funding source had ended. The Environmental Forum program was created to attract this same funding source and its program was designed to provide basic knowledge of the county: Marin’s natural world, its basic services such as water supply, water and garbage disposal, and county planning processes including zonJUNE 15 - JUNE 21, 2012 PACIFIC SUN 13

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Nona Dennis: One has only to review the preceding decades of untrammeled growth and environmental disasters, or near-disasters, to recognize the significance of the Forum’s founding! Certainly environmental advocacy groups already existed—Sierra Club, Marin Audubon Society, Marin Conservation League, to name a few—but the idea of a systematic training program to enable citizens to speak knowledgeably to boards and commissions so as to influence public decisions could be considered revolutionary. Unfortunately, I am not aware of any other organizations that have followed that model. We now have many advocacy organizations focusing on the environment, but they don’t offer such an educational opportunity. Has there been a cause or issue that EFM championed that wasn’t settled the way you’d have liked—a defeat that particularly sticks in your craw? MG: For many years the EFM championed the national parks; in recent years EFM has quietly tolerated the undermining of the national parks system by Oystergate, and political foes of wilderness. PRNS has been targeted by powerful corporation lobbyists as a wedge to open millions of wilderness acres of BLM lands, national forests, national parks for commercial uses, such as fracking, oil, hunting, power generation, roads. KC: A great disappointment that I remember is the construction of Warm Springs Dam by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. PF: In the early days, the Forum sometimes took positions on political matters that dismayed other members. It was decided that the goal of the Forum was to inform members, not become an advocacy organization. This position has served the organization well as board members are often new to the Forum or deeply involved with other nonprofits and their personal agenda does not necessarily serve the entire Forum well. Individuals can and do advocate for various issues but they cannot claim their opinion as representing the Forum. ND: I’m going to redirect the question and point out that over the years the Environmental Forum has experienced a tension between its educational function and its advocacy function as an organization. For many years the Forum did take positions in local environmental and land-use issues— often after heated internal debate! In the past dozen years, the focus has shifted entirely to education and away from engaging in local battles. This disappointed many “old timers” but it also has allowed the board to concen-

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trate on the considerable effort of putting on two educational programs every year. Thus, individuals are trained to be articulate advocates, but they choose their own battles! The downside is that the Forum is not as well known to boards, councils and commissions in Marin as it might be if it were more directly engaged. Marin is known for its commitment to environmentalism, yet also for its consumptive lifestyles and large ecological footprint. What do you think about this Jekyll and Hyde aspect of Marin? ND: I am constantly dismayed by the huge gap between what Marin claims to be (environmentally progressive, “green,” ecoconscious, etc.) and its ecological footprint, among the largest in the world. Affluence inevitably equates with consumption, so it is almost inevitable that the lifestyle of many Marinites, which typically includes large homes, multiple cars (even if one is a Prius), frequent flying and other advantages we take for granted, will consume resources far beyond what might be considered necessary. This is by no means true of all residents, but in the aggregate, we are poor role models for “sustainability”! PF: The Jekyll and Hyde aspect of a consumptive lifestyle in a county that has cherished its open spaces has increasingly been a focus of Forum participants in recent years and they have become effective leaders in a number of areas in order to encourage Marin residents toward leading a less-consumptive and more green lifestyle. Reducing the county’s waste stream and plastic bag usage have been major themes and programmatic successes for the Forum. Forum members commonly make significant changes in their personal and families’ lives as they learn more of the issues and facts. KC: It certainly is true that we do not live the life that we know to be best for the Earth. This is why we have to keep on talking to each other about lifestyle. We know that para-




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phrase of what (the comic strip character) Pogo said, “We has met the enemy and them is us.” Because we can afford to live very well we are the greatest threat to the planet because our affluence allows us to over-consume. MG: The two national parks and a political revolution stabilized Marin’s population growth, yet diminished the middle class, and has attracted a wealthy, well-educated population, while increasing its ecological footprint. EFM must help educate these newcomers to reduce their consumptive lifestyles, and to protect and cherish the magnificent landscapes, open spaces, ag lands, parks, bays and ridgetops handed us on a silver platter. Name a historic figure who inspired you to become a steward of the land. PF: There are a number of historic figures that have influenced and guided me. Two of the earliest were Aldo Leopold, who wrote so compellingly about a land ethic; that has been a guiding light for me since I read and reread his views 40 years ago. John Teal wrote a book, Life and Death of a Salt Marsh, in the 1960s that gave me an insight into this fascinating and critical habitat and his insights have guided a lot of my life work in salt marshes. Marty Rosen and Doug Ferguson from the Trust for Public Land have been giants in the world of land conservation, particularly urban parks.

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WHOâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S YOUR DADDY? Check these lastminute suggestions for pleasing the papas on June 17 (full details on websites). Hike vineyards and olive groves at Sonomaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s DaVero Winery and enjoy a family-style country lunch; a dad who loves vintage tiki. Cross the bridge to Trader Vicâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s on the Bay for a Fatherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day buffet in Emeryville; How about music by the Blues Broads at Rancho Nicasioâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s BBQ on the Lawn? www. a sophisticated organic picnic at Good Earth in Fairfax before heading for a day in West Marin; www.

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oysters and a photo exhibit of the Marin agricultural community by Evvy Eisen; www. A PALATE-PLEASING AFTERNOON Mill Valleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s annual Wine & Gourmet Food Tasting takes over Depot Plaza June 24, 1-4pm. Of all the countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s summer festivals, this is undoubtedly the most ambitious in terms of the qualities of varietals from Northern California, the Northwest and international vintners. Handcrafted beers, all of them regional, are also popular at the event. Participating local restaurants range from Tony Tutto Pizza to Hawkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tavern with chefs serving up signature foods. Folks can sample specialty foods from upmarket producers such as olives from McEvoy Ranch, sweets from San Rafaelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sacred Chocolate and fruit bar snacks from Mill Valleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s The One Bar. A line of Ethiopian organic fair trade coffees will be introduced by Desta Epicures Guild of San Anselmo. Tickets: $40 advance, $50 at the door ($35 for groups of six or more); AND LIBERTY FOR ALL Juneteenth celebrates the end of slavery in America, a holiday steeped in African-American history and culture. Everyone is invited to take part in Marin Cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s local observation June 23. It begins with a program at First Missionary Baptist Church (11am) featuring gospel music, praise dancing and poetry reading. At noon a street festival opens on Drake Avenue, bringing live music, dance and art exhibits to the neighborhood. Soul food rules the day: Vendors will cook up barbecue (chicken, ribs, tri-tip) and pulled pork, along with gumbo, shrimp etoufee, beignets. A MEAL...AND MORE Restaurant news includes items of more than passing interest. June 16: Food, music and family fun as Lydiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Kitchen Cafe in Fairfax bids farewell to Marin and moves to Petaluma; noon-8pm. June 18: Corralejo margaritas and a tequila ďŹ&#x201A;ight paired with a three-course dinner at Marinitas in San Anselmo, $35. Cocktails, 5pm. Reservations required: 415/454-8900... June 21: A six-course Winemaker Dinner at Brick & Bottle in Corte Madera will showcase vintages from Gundlach Bundschu; Jeff Bundschu will be in attendance. 7pm, $79 per person. Reservations: 415/924-3366...Tyler Florenceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Rotisserie & Wine, opened in Napa in 2010, has closed. The local chefâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s El Paseo House of Chops in Mill Valley and San Franciscoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Wayfare Tavern remain open. < Contact Pat at


Hail to the chefs First Lady leaks top-secret White House ‘till list’... by Pat Fu sco

Finally, a first lady who isn’t afraid to get her hands dirty.


ucky enough as a child to know exactly where my food came from—much of it raised by my grandparents in large backyard beds—I witnessed those everyday miracles of seedlings becoming the stuff that filled the platters and bowls on our table when we sat down together. The connection has never left me: earth, work, food, family. I recognize that connection as the motivation behind Michelle Obama’s first book, published last month: American Grown: The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America (Crown Books, $30). The first lady followed her instincts in a personal crusade to show us the possibilities for growing healthful foods in a country so in need of them—in places as diverse as concrete school grounds in New York to empty lots in Hawaii and the Carolinas and perhaps most surprising of all, on the formal grounds of the White House. Her dedication to making life better through nutrition for children and families and underserved populations found a focus in a 1,500-square-foot site. With help from specialists from the National Park Service and many volunteers, ground was broken in 2009. Aside: My niece Lauren Sayer worked at the White House at the time as law librarian for the Executive Library and she recalls the excitement. “An email would be sent out to everyone offering the opportunity to work in the garden on

a specific day. It was a first come-first serve situation. All sorts of people volunteered. Staff would gather early in the morning on the West Executive Drive in their best gardening clothes—jeans, work boots, etc.— and they were escorted over to the garden to work for a couple of hours … It was real garden work, not photo-op set-ups.” It must have been a pleasant atmosphere because, as she says, “There were lots of amazing bits of nature around the White House—wild parakeets hanging out with the chickadees, red-tailed hawks coming in from the Potomac to hunt the amazingly fat, lazy squirrels, ducks nesting in mulch...the odd swarm of bees.” Obama chose what to plant with expert advice from the White House chefs who would be using the harvest. Children participated from the get-go, arriving from D.C. public schools to learn what it was like to sow and weed and gather the crops. This was a realistic undertaking. It was not intended to be large enough to serve a whole school cafeteria full-time or to supply a farmers’ market. Each harvest goes into the Obamas’ family meals and is served (when possible) at state dinners as salad here, a dessert there. One-third of the produce is always donated to Miriam’s Kitchen in Washington, to feed the homeless. If there is a bumper crop, the kitchen puts up pickled vegetables in glass jars to be given as gifts to visiting dignitaries along with chamomile tea made from the

thriving herbs and honey from beehives now standing near the site. The garden is inspiration for projects where they are most needed across the land. In San Diego immigrants from many countries with many languages find a way to communicate while growing foods from their native lands—Thailand, Mexico, Africa—familiar tastes to share. In WinstonSalem, North Carolina, the Betty and Jim Holmes Food Bank Garden is a volunteer community project for the Second Harvest Food Bank. Milwaukee’s Growing Power (multigenerational and multicultural) has 20 farms and 70 programs for urban gardens, aquaponic facilities for raising fish and training centers for farmers. Through Chicago’s Fresh Moves organization a donated retired city bus is a unique way to take fresh foods to neighborhoods around the metropolis, much of it locally grown in season. People in areas without access to grocery stores climb aboard to shop in a comfortable, temperature-controlled space where prices are much lower than those in markets. White House chefs Chris Comerford, Sam Kass and Bill Yosses have been Obama’s biggest supporters and spokespersons for the kitchen garden at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Kass, especially, has become a media star through his charismatic appearances. All three contributed to the collection of recipes that end the book. Its reception has been mixed, with professional garden writers complaining that it isn’t really a how-to guide for everyone, others suggesting it is politically motivated, published in an election year. I am a fan. I can see that the color photos by Quentin Bacon showing lively interaction among children will attract the attention of kids. (There are lots of shots including rambunctious first dog Bo.) I like the bits of historic information on first family gardening from Thomas Jefferson’s agricultural experiments to Eleanor Roosevelt’s Victory Garden. It’s exciting to see coverage of the degrees to which people all over America are turning to growing and using healthful foods. Lastly, I know that every penny raised from the sale of the book is going to the National Park Foundation for its gardening and healthy eating programs—and for the care and continuation of Michelle Obama’s experiment. She writes, “It is my hope that our garden’s story—and the stories of gardens across America—will inspire families, schools, and communities to try their own hand at gardening and enjoy all the gifts of health, discovery, and connection a garden can bring...All across this great country of ours, something truly special is taking root. And that is the story I want to tell in this book: the story of how, together, in gardens large and small, we have begun to grow a healthier nation.”   


The White House kitchen recipe that follows is for a dish that is just right for this season. It would be perfect to use homegrown corn; the next best would be locally

A meal fit for a president: the official White House corn soup.

sourced from farmers markets, summer bright and super fresh.

Corn Soup with Summer Vegetables Serves 4 to 6 4 to 6 ears of fresh corn, shucked and silk removed 2 sprigs fresh thyme Juice of 1/2 lemon (about 1 tablespoon) Salt Olive oil Grilled vegetables of your choice: zucchini, summer squash, tomatoes, eggplant, peppers, mushrooms

Cut the corn off the cobs and set aside. Place the cobs in a large pot and just barely cover with water. Bring to a boil; then lower the heat and simmer for 45 minutes to 1 hour, until the stock has a rich corn flavor. Strain the stock and set aside. Reserve 3/4 cup of the corn kernels and place the remaining corn in a blender. Blend, starting on low speed and increasing the speed as the corn purees. You can add a little of the corn stock to get the corn started. Blend on high for 45 seconds to a minute. Pour the pureed corn into a medium saucepan through a fine-mesh strainer to remove the bits of skin. Add the thyme and cook over medium heat, stirring frequently. You do not want the soup to boil. As the soup heats, the natural starch will begin to thicken the soup. Once the soup has thickened, add the lemon juice and the reserved corn stock little by little until the soup reaches the desired thickness. You should have 4 to 6 cups of soup. Add salt to taste. Heat a small frying pan over medium heat; add enough olive oil to coat the bottom of the pan. When the oil begins to smoke, add the reserved corn kernels and do not stir until the corn has a nice brown color. Stir the corn and then remove it from the heat. Add the seared corn and any other grilled vegetable of your choice on top of the soup and serve. * Note: If you leave out the corn kernels and don’t thin the soup with the corn stock, this becomes a luxurious sauce for seafood like halibut, tilapia or shrimp. —Chef Sam Kass Contact Pat at Visit oure health, home grown website:


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‘Serenades’ of Future past No one conjures Asian zither-like inflections quite like Matthew Montford by G r e g Cahill


hen Marin musician Matthew Montfort, of the seminal world-music band Ancient Future, released his 2009 debut solo album Seven Serenades for Scalloped Fretboard Guitar in 2009, Guitar Player magazine raved about his ability to “conjure lovely Asian zither-like inflections.” “The idea was to focus on improvisational music for scalloped fretboard guitar,” the world-music guitar innovator says. “I wanted to make a record where there was no pre-production, and no composing in advance. I wanted to capture just those improvisational moments, to keep the music very close to its original inspiration.” Still, one of the best tracks from those sessions stayed in the can because it didn’t quite fit in with the rest of the album. “I was sad that one of my favorite improvisations didn’t sequence as well as the others, and because of the name I chose for the record [the alliterative Seven Serenades], didn’t make it on the release,”

he says, adding that he recently had the chance to rectify that situation. “I’m very happy to release that improvisation now as a mini-EP entitled Sympathetic Serenade.” Montfort began his world-music quest 35 years ago, when he studied with Indian vina master K.S. Subramanian at the Ali Akbar College of Music in San Rafael. “I was studying North Indian classical music and trying to figure out a way to perform Indian ornaments on the guitar,” he says of his musical evolution as a guitarist. “I still wanted to be able to play chords, so using a slide all the time didn’t seem to be an option. I was studying sitar and developing note-bending techniques based on pulling the strings across the frets, so a scalloped fretboard guitar seemed like a logical next step.” In 1978, Montfort hired acclaimed Oakland luthier Ervin Somogyi to carve out the wood between the frets of a prized Gibson SJ Deluxe acoustic guitar so that the pads of his fingers touch only the strings and not the fretboard,

reducing friction while bending them to produce ornaments more characteristic of the sitar. While visually subtle, the difference in sound is striking. Was he nervous about the potentially disastrous results of having someone hack and hew at his valuable axe? “I was nervous about that. But the neck on my SJ was bowing, so the fretboard needed to be replaced,” he says. “That allowed me to have Ervin experiment on the original fretboard. We tried various depths, and finally chose the depth of the scallop that allowed for pulling the strings without compromising the neck. “If my neck had not been bowing, I probably would have done a deeper scallop. But then again, I might not have had the courage to scallop it in the first place.” Montfort has performed hundreds of concerts worldwide since 1978, from New York City’s Carnegie Recital Hall to the Atlantis nightclub in Beirut, Lebanon. His music, both as a solo artist and bandleader, has gained a widespread audience. In the fall of 2010, Montfort and dan bau master Bui Huu Nhut—then participating in the eclectic Music for People and Thingamajigs Festival in San Francisco—were featured on MSNBC’s popular The Rachel Maddow Show in a segment with entertainment correspondent Kent Jones.

These days, Montfort is writing music for a new solo album of Indian classical music for guitar as well as flamenco tunes and music for fretless guitar. And he’s working on something that should excite longtime Ancient Future fans. “I’ve started work on the next Ancient Future record, The Archive of Future Ancient Recordings,” he says. “It’s a fansupported project, and there’s already almost an hour of music in the archive available to fans who support the project now. The archive consists of live recordings that were meticulously mixed, and there are three studio tracks that we have recorded basic tracks for that still need to be mixed and mastered. “As fans donate money to the project, we’re able to add new recordings to it. When we have a large amount of material recorded, we’ll select the best of it and release it to the general public. But download supporters get all of the music in the archives as it is created.” < Learn more about the archive at

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contestants confronting challenges in an elaborate high-tech home. Viewers can interact with the players while the show is on.You can actually call them out if they leave the toilet seat up. ABC. 10pm. Only marginally worse than most American tourists... Friday, 6pm.

FRIDAY, JUNE 15 An American Werewolf in London While vacationing in England, a young man is bitten by a werewolf and finds himself behaving like a beast and terrorizing the locals. How this is different from the average young American vacationing in Europe remains unclear. (1981) SyFy. 6pm. Mega-Stunts: High Wire Over Niagara If he falls, he should do it on the Canadian side. That way heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d get healthcare. ABC. 9pm. Late Show with David Letterman At her age, can Betty White actually jump the shark, or does she need to hobble over it? CBS. 11:35pm.

TUESDAY, JUNE 19 Barter Kings Maybe you can trade watching this for an hour with a book. A&E. 9pm. Bristol Palin: Lifeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a Tripp Now that Bristol has her own reality show, her mother can drop the pretense and confess that this was the plan all along. Lifetime. 10pm. WEDNESDAY, JUNE 20 So You Think You Can Dance Tonight is the Vegas callbacks episode.We thought a Vegas callback was what happened when the lab results came in at the STD clinic. Fox. 8pm. Born Schizophrenic Watch it with a friend. TLC. 8pm.

THURSDAY, JUNE 21 SATURDAY, JUNE 16 Justin Bieber: All Cars An anthropomorAround the World phic racecar suffers Cameras follow the an existential crisis in teen sensation on tour. a dusty Southwestern Watch carefully and town. (2006) ABC. 8pm. you might see his hair Woolly Mammoth: move. NBC. 8pm. Secrets from the Ice Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Out of My Scientists search for League An airport an intact woolly mamsecurity guard falls in moth carcass encased love with a woman so in ice. We hear itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lean- The Pixar ďŹ lm Camus wouldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve made... Saturday attractive she would er than beef. Discovery at 8. seem unavailable to Channel. 8pm. a man with his modBlue Lagoon: The est looks.This sort of love story never works Awakening This is a remake of the Brooke out in real life without some kind of intense Shields film. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been 32 years since the chemistry between the woman and the original; so the teens on the deserted island man, or at least between the woman and will still be dealing with the awakening of the manâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wallet. (2010) E! 9pm. their adolescent sexuality, but theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be betSnooki & JWOWW They have actual train ter prepared thanks to years of online porn wrecks on the History Channel. MTV.10pm. < downloads. (2012) Lifetime. 8pm. SUNDAY, JUNE 17 U.S. Open Golf Seriously. Six-and-a-half hours? NBC. 1pm. Sherlock Holmes This is the Robert Downey Jr. version. Sherlock still solves crimes but Watson is a rehab counselor. (2009) TNT. 6:30pm. MONDAY, JUNE 18 American Ninja Warrior Tonight we see the Mid-South finals with competitors from a region where the most physical thing people do is get out of the recliner when the batteries in the remote control are dead. NBC. 9pm. The Catalina The hotel staff prepares for Gay Pride week. Instead of mints on the pillow, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s condoms. CW. 9pm. Glass House This is a reality show with the

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The girl with the ‘big shocking moment’ ‘Prometheus’ lights a fire under ‘Alien’ fans... by Davi d Te mp l e ton

Writer David Templeton takes interesting people to interesting movies in his ongoing quest for the ultimate post-film conversation. This is not a review; rather, it’s a freewheeling, tangential discussion of life, alternative ideas and popular culture.

and warn them once or twice more, before we get to any juicy stuff.” And there is some pretty juicy stuff in Prometheus. Literally. Though perhaps “gooey” or “slimy” would be more apt than “juicy,” given that this is an couldn’t believe what the girl with Alien movie, a film series based on the glutithe dragon tattoo does in this nous reproductive habits of thickly viscous movie! Wow!” extraterrestrials. Ever since that very first faceRichard Peterson, laughing, is talking about hugging reptile attached itself to actor John the Big Shocking Moment in the new film Hurt’s face in the original film (implanting Prometheus. He’s had to stop himself sev- the seed of another creature that would burst eral times since seeing the film Friday night, out of the poor guy’s chest in the middle of because the Big Shocking Moment is just that dinner), the modern science fiction film has big and shocking. Featuring Noomi Rapace— not been the same. who played the title character in the original “It’s a very vivid memory, seeing that first Swedish Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and two film,” says Peterson, a noted film historian other Millennium Trilogy films—Prometheus with remarkably eclectic tastes in movies. “I is a grand, far-reaching science fiction epic saw the first Alien at a pre-release preview f ro m R i d l e y screening. No Scott. A preone knew what quel, of sorts, to expect. All we to Scott’s semiknew was that nal 1979 horit was a scary ror film Alien, science fiction the new film film set in space. includes sevI certainly didn’t eral outrageous expect what scenes, one in happened to p a r t i c u l a r, a happen. The scene in which scene with John Rapace... Hurt, with the Well, telling chest bursting, would spoil was an absot h e f i l m f o r John Hurt, as one of the few men to experience the pain of childbirth, lute shocker. a ny o n e w h o in ‘Alien.’ The movie was hasn’t seen it. essentially a So if you haunted house haven’t seen Prometheus, and you intend to, movie—people trapped on a spaceship with stop reading now! a monster—but what set Alien apart were the Part of the fun of watching a film like Pro- elements of body horror that kept popping metheus is analyzing the “big moments” with up.” other people afterward. And that’s what PeterLiterally. son and I are about to do. I was among the “Body horror,” for the uninitiated, is first to see the film Friday morning and, ever a sub-genre of horror fiction in which since, have been stoically monk-like in my si- the thrills and chills are derived from lence, waiting till I’d stumbled across another the graphic obliteration, invasion and film fan equally eager to discuss the film. Early dissection of the human body. Though Tuesday night, when I heard that Richard Alien was arguably the first such film to Peterson—programmer of the Christopher B. go mainstream, Peterson points out that Smith Rafael Film Center, in San Rafael—had David Lynch and David Cronenberg had also seen Prometheus...and liked it...I immedi- been exploring similar terrain for years in films like Eraserhead, Shivers, Rabid and ately called him up. “Can we really talk about this?” Peterson The Brood. “It was happening in cult movies,” says asks, early on. “Won’t people be upset if we Peterson, “but those films weren’t widely ruin the movie?” “We’ll warn them,” I reply. “I’ll tell them in distributed. Eraserhead was many people’s... the first paragraph that they should stop read- introduction to that sort of thing, but that ing immediately if they plan to see the movie. was a midnight movie. And Cronenberg, And then I’ll still wait a few more paragraphs, he was coming up with some really strange


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C’mon this can’t possibly be worse than... oh... my... god...

ideas in his early movies, but only a handful something that comes close to that origiof people had seen them in the United States. nal electric shock and awe. And I think it Alien was the first time in a mainstream does come close.” movie—though if I did some research I “I agree,” Peterson laughs. “An emergenmight think of others—that such a horrific cy C-section delivery of a monstrous alien interpretation of birth was shown to so many creature is about as close as you could get. people. The shock and awe of that movie was When Noomi takes matters into her own really something. hands to get the alien baby out of her, it “I can’t remember a film where I was more was definitely shocking! Clearly, that was scared,” he continues. “I’d never seen a film the most visceral moment, and easily the that made me more tense, imagining what most shocking moment in the film. It defiwas going to happen next. It’s really a very nitely brought back some of the gooeyness well-made movie.” of the original Alien.” Which brings us to Prometheus. “This was a very gooey film,” I agree. From the first announcement that Ridley “When the mechanical claw reaches into Scott was making a science fiction film set Noomi’s abdomen and pulls out that in space, rumors began spreadsquirming little slimy squid ing that it would be a prequel to thing, I couldn’t believe it Alien, though Scott initially decould actually hold onto it. It nied it, saying only that his new was very gooey and slippery film merely contained some of looking.” the DNA of the original film. “It was kind of outland“ Yo u’re d a m n s t r a i g h t i t ish that someone could even does!” says Peterson. “ They survive something like that,” make that very clear, and cerPeterson notes, “but maybe tainly by the end of the film, it’s painkillers in the future will be obvious that we are heading toa whole lot better than today.” ward where Alien began. I liked Wrapping up, I ask Peterson it. There were some fascinating if Prometheus is a satisfying new ideas. I just thought it was movie-going experience, coma really interesting reboot for pared to the fun of rememberthe series—though it certainly ing that original Alien experilacked the surprise element of ence. the first film.” “It was satisfying, yes,” he “That would have been hard Few things could ‘top’ one’s replies. “It was well acted, rst time seeing an alien tear to replicate,” I agree. “Once fithrough very well made, and there was a person from the you’ve seen your first alien tear- inside out, agrees Peterson. enough intellectual muscle in ing through a person from the this movie to make me want inside out, all subsequent aliens to keep thinking about it. tearing through people from the inside out “But was it the same as the first? Of are going to make less of an impact.” course not,” Peterson laughs. “Nothing can “Right,” Peterson laughs. “How are you ever quite match your first time, right?” < possibly going to top that?” Rip through David’s abdomen at Well, perhaps it’s time to talk about...the Big Shocking Moment. It’s your movie, speak up at “The moment in question,” I suggest, “is ›› clearly the filmmaker’s attempt to give us


Friday June 15 -Thursday June 21

Movie summaries by Matthew Stafford

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 Film Night in the Park presents Amy Adams in ‘Enchanted,’ playing in Mill Valley’s Old and therefore save the Mill Park Friday at dusk. Free admission; donations appreciated; candy, popcorn and world from destruction, or something. soda pop available for purchase. Info: 272-2756. O The Metropolitan O Bel Ami (1:42) Maupassant’s saucy tale Opera: Le Comte Ory of a Paris ne’er-do-well’s bedroom-hopping (2:25) Rossini’s witty, tuneful tale of love, climb up the social ladder stars Uma Thurdeceit and more love is presented direct from man, Christina Ricci and Kristin Scott New York in big-screen high definition. O Moonrise Kingdom (1:33) An island Thomas as Robert Pattinson’s primary community is turned upside down when two benafactresses. O Bernie (1:44) Dark comedy about the un12-year-olds run off into the wilderness to likely real-life romance between a mortician- make a life of their own; Bruce Willis, Bill turned-murderer and a much-despised Texas Murray and Frances McDormand are among heiress; Shirley MacLaine and Jack Black star. the clueless grownups. O Music from the Big House (1:30) DocuO The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (1:58) mentary captures Canadian blues icon Rita Maggie Smith and Judi Dench head to India Chiarelli in concert at Louisiana’s maxifor some postretirement exotica and find mum-security Angola State Prison, jamming themselves living in a run-down yet charmwith the inmates and sharing their stories. ing old palatial hotel. O Peace, Love and Misunderstanding O Brave (1:35) Disney cartoon about an (1:32) Aging pot-dealing hippie Jane Fonda impetuous princess, an eccentric witch, shakes up the lives of her conservative troublemaking triplets and an ancient curse daughter and grandchildren in Bruce Beresthat threatens their kingdom. ford’s quirky comedy. O Cool Hand Luke (2:06) Paul Newman in a O Prometheus (2:04) Ridley Scott sci-fi star-powered performance as an iconoclastic thriller follows Charlize Theron, Michael inmate on a Southern chain gang; Dennis Fassbender and company as they explore the Hopper, Harry Dean Stanton, Wayne Rogers outer reaches of the universe and save the and Strother Martin costar. human race in their spare time. O DCI 2012 Tour Premiere (2:15) Catch the O Rio the Movie (1:36) A Minnesota macaw country’s top marching bands in all their flies down to Rio to hook up with a comely wailing, thrumming glory as Drum Corps Carioca and gets mixed up with kidnappers International kicks off its summer 2012 tour. instead. O The Dictator Sacha Baron Cohen as a O Rock of Ages (2:03) Rock musical about deposed North African dictator trying to rethe romance between a city boy and a councreate his former majesty in the blasé USA. try girl in glamorous Hollywood is set to the O For Greater Glory (2:23) Andy Garcia music of Pat Benatar, Joan Jett, Twisted Sister and Peter O’Toole star in the true story of a and others. retired general who led a rebel army during O Snow White and the Huntsman (2:07) the Mexican Civil War of the 1920s. Sassy reboot of the classic fairy tale finds O Happiest Baby and Happiest Toddler evil queen Charlize Theron facing down a Live with Dr. Karp (1:30) Dr. Harvey Karp Snow White trained in the art of violence offers tip and tricks for raising happy, sweetand warfare. natured bambini. O That’s My Boy (1:52) Adam Sandler goof O Hysteria (1:35) Period sex comedy about about a straitlaced yuppie whose wedding a Victorian-era London physician whose day is turned upside down by the arrival of invention of the vibrator enchants at least his rambunctious long-lost father. one uninhibited patient; Hugh Dancy and O What to Expect When You’re Expecting Maggie Gyllenhaal star. (1:50) Ensemble comedy about five couples O Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted and how they cope with the unexpected demands of incipient parenthood; Dennis Quaid, (1:33) Manhattan expats Alex, Marty, Gloria and Melman form a traveling circus and cross Jennifer Lopez and Elizabeth Banks star. < Europe in search of the Central Park Zoo. O

›› MOViE TiMES Bel Ami (R) Rafael Film Center: Fri, Mon, Wed, Thu 4:15, 6:30, 8:45 Sat 2, 4:15, 6:30, 8:45 Sun 2, 4:15 Tue 4:15, 9 Bernie (PG-13) +++ Rafael Film Center: 4:45, 7, 9:15 Sat-Sun 2:30, 4:45, 7, 9:15 The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (PG-13) ++1/2 Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 7:30, 10:30 Sat-Sun 1:30, 4:30, 7:30, 10:30 Mon-Thu 6:30, 9:25 Century Northgate 15: 1, 4, 7:05, 10 CinéArts at Sequoia: Fri 4:15, 7:15, 10 Sat 1:15, 4:15, 7:15, 10 Sun 1:15, 4:15, 7:15 Mon 3:30 Tue 4:15, 7:15 Thu 4:15 Fairfax 6 Theatres: 12:30, 3:40, 6:30, 9:15 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri-Sat 12:50, 3:40, 6:30, 9:20 SunThu 12:50, 3:40, 6:30 NBrave (PG) Century Northgate 15: Thu 11:59; 3D showtime at 11:59 Century Rowland Plaza: Thu 11:59; 3D showtime at 11:59 NCool Hand Luke (PG) Century Regency 6: Wed 2, 7 CinéArts at Sequoia: Wed 2, 7 NDCI 2012 Tour Premiere (Not Rated) Century Regency 6: Mon 6:30 CinéArts at Marin: Mon 6:30 CinéArts at Sequoia: Mon 6:30 The Dictator (R) ++1/2 Century Northgate 15: 11:50, 5, 9:50 For Greater Glory (R) Century Northgate 15: 12:35, 3:55, 7:15, 10:25 NHappiest Baby and Happiest Toddler Live with Dr. Karp (Not Rated) Century Regency 6: Thu 7:30 CinéArts at Marin: Thu 7:30 CinéArts at Sequoia: Thu 7:30 Hysteria (R) ++ Century Northgate 15: 2:30, 7:20 Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted (PG) Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 9:35; 3D showtime at 7:05 Sat-Sun 11:45, 4:45, 9:35; 3D showtimes at 2:20, 7:05 Mon-Thu 9:35; 3D showtime at 7:05 Century Northgate 15: 11:35, 12:25, 2, 4:25, 5:25, 7, 7:55, 9:30; 3D


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showtimes at 10:45, 1:15, 2:55, 3:45, 6:15, 8:45, 10:30 Century Rowland Plaza: 10:30, 1, 3:25, 5:50, 8:15, 10:35; 3D showtimes at 11:45, 2:10, 4:35, 7, 9:25 Tue, Thu 10:30, 1, 3:25, 5:50, 8:15, 10:35; 3D showtimes at 2:10, 4:35, 7, 9:25 CinéArts at Marin: Fri-Sat 12:30, 5:10, 9:45; 3D showtimes at 2:50, 7:30 Sun 12:30, 5:10; 3D showtimes at 2:50, 7:30 Mon, Tue, Thu 4:40; 3D showtimes at 1:50, 7 Wed 3D showtime at 1:50 Fairfax 6 Theatres: 1:30, 4; 3D showtimes at 12:10, 2:30, 4:50, 7:05, 9:25 Marvel’s The Avengers (PG-13) ++++ Century Northgate 15: 10:50, 2:05, 5:30, 8:40; 3D showtimes at 12:30, 3:50, 7:10, 10:20 Men in Black 3 (PG-13) +++ Century Northgate 15: 11:30, 2:10, 4:50, 7:30, 10:10; 3D showtimes at 12:50, 3:30, 6:10, 8:50 Century Rowland Plaza: 11, 4:20, 9:40; 3D showtimes at 1:40, 7:05 CinéArts at Marin: Fri-Sat 4:25, 9:40; 3D showtimes at 1:35, 7:15 Sun 4:25; 3D showtimes at 1:35, 7:15 Mon 3D showtime at 2:15 Tue-Wed 4:50; 3D showtimes at 2:15, 7:30 Thu 4:50; 3D showtime at 2:15 The Metropolitan Opera: Le Comte Ory (Not Rated) Century Regency 6: Wed 6:30 CinéArts at Marin: Wed 6:30 CinéArts at Sequoia: Wed 6:30 Moonrise Kingdom (PG-13) +++1/2 Century Regency 6: 11:40, 1:10, 2:20, 3:45, 5, 6:20, 7:40, 9, 10:10 Wed 11:40, 1:10, 2:20, 3:45, 5, 7:40, 10:10 CinéArts at Sequoia: Fri 3:05, 5:25, 7:45, 10:05 Sat 12:45, 3:05, 5:25, 7:45, 10:05 Sun 12:45, 3:05, 5:25, 7:45 Mon, Tue, Thu 3:05, 5:25, 7:45 Wed 2, 4:10 NMusic from the Big House (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Sun 7 (blues icon Rita Chiarelli in person and in performance)

Peace, Love & Misunderstanding (R) +1/2 Rafael Film Center: 4:30, 6:45, 9 Sat-Sun 2:15, 4:30, 6:45, 9 Tue 4:30, 6:45 Prometheus (R) Century Cinema: Fri-Wed 1; 3D showtimes at 4, 7, 10 Century Regency 6: 11:45, 8:45; 3D showtimes at 1:15, 2:45, 4:15, 5:45, 7:15, 10:15 Century Rowland Plaza: 10, 8:30; 3D showtimes at 11:30, 1:05, 2:30, 4:10, 5:30, 7:10, 10 CinéArts at Marin: Fri-Sat 1:20; 3D showtimes at 4:10, 7, 9:50 Sun 1:20; 3D showtimes at 4:10, 7 MonThu 1:40; 3D showtimes at 4:30, 7:20 Fairfax 6 Theatres: 7, 9:50; 3D showtimes at 12:20, 3:10, 6:10, 9 NRio (PG) ++ Century Rowland Plaza: Tue, Thu 10am CinéArts at Marin: Tue noon NRock of Ages (PG-13) Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 5, 7:50, 10:35 Sat-Sun 1:15, 2:10, 5, 7:50, 10:35 Mon-Thu 6:45, 9:45 Century Northgate 15: 12, 1:30, 3, 4:30, 6, 7:35, 9:05, 10:30 Century Rowland Plaza: 10:25, 1:25, 4:15, 7:15, 10:10 Fairfax 6 Theatres: 1, 3:50, 6:45, 9:35 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri-Sat 1, 3:50, 6:45, 9:35 Sun-Thu 1, 3:50, 6:45 Snow White and the Huntsman (PG-13) ++1/2 Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 7:15, 10:15 Sat-Sun 1:15, 4:15, 7:15, 10:15 Mon-Thu 7:15, 10:05 Century Regency 6: 11:30, 1, 2:30, 4, 5:30, 7, 8:30, 10 Mon 11:30, 1, 2:30, 4, 5:30, 7, 10 Wed 1, 4, 7, 10 Thu 11:30, 1, 2:30, 4, 7, 10 Century Rowland Plaza: 10:05, 1:10, 4:05, 7:20, 10:20 Fairfax 6 Theatres: 1:15, 4:05, 6:55, 9:45 NThat’s My Boy (R) Century Northgate 15: 10:55, 12:20, 1:45, 3:10, 4:35, 5:55, 7:25, 8:55, 10:15 Century Rowland Plaza: 10:45, 1:45, 4:40, 7:30, 10:25 What to Expect When You’re Expecting (PG-13) Century Northgate 15: 11:40, 2:25, 5:10, 7:45, 10:30

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

Paul Newman fails to communicate in ‘Cool Hand Luke,’ playing Wednesday at the Regency and Sequoia. JUNE 15 – JUNE 21, 2012 PACIFIC SUN 31


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

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

Live music 06/15: J Stalin Rap. 9pm. $15. 19 Broadway, 17 Broadway Blvd., Fairfax. 459-1091. 06/15: Lost Dog Found Jump blues, swing, rockabilly. 8pm-midnight. $10. Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor Dr., Sausalito. 331-2898. 06/15: The Ray Charles Project The music of Ray Charles performed by an amazing lineup featuring Tony Lindsay (Santana); Glen Walters (Hoo Doo Rhythm Devils); Dwayne Pate, bass; Dave Mathews (Santana); Kenny Washington and Kevin Hayes, drums. 8pm. $18-28. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley. 383-9600. 06/15: Zydeco Flames Zydeco, roots rock. 8:3011pm. $10-15. George’s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262. 06/15:Petty Theft Rock. 9pm. $20. Sweetwater Music Hall, 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley. 3883850. 06/16-17: Live Music On Angel Island Live Music at Angel Island’s Cove Cantina And Oyster Bar Saturdays and Sundays, 2-4:30pm. Ferries available form Tiburon and S.F. Rain will cancel. 2-4:30pm. Free. Cove Cantina & Oyster Bar, Angel Island. 06/16: Brothers Calatayud Brazilian. 8pmmidnight. $10. Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor

Dr., Sausalito. 331-2898.

06/16: David Nelson Quartet/Moonalice Benefit Concert for The Cedars of Marin The Cedars of Marin, a community of adults with developmental disabilities living creative, productive, joyous lives presents a benefit concert featuring the David Nelson Quartet and Moonalice. 8pm. $35. First Presbyterian Church, 72 Kensington Road, San Anselmo. www.thecedarsofmarin. org 06/16: Jon Anderson One of the most recognizable voices in progressive rock as the lead vocalist and creative force behind Yes performs. 8pm. $40-45. Napa Valley Opera House, 1030 Main St., Napa. 226-7372.

06/16: Lavay Smith and Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers Classic jazz and blues. 4:30-6pm. Free with cost of admission $10 Lagoon Park, Civic Center Dr., San Rafael. 389-5072. 06/16: Michael Landau Improvised music. 9pm. $12. 19 Broadway, 17 Broadway Blvd., Fairfax. 459-1091.

06/16: Mike Wollenberg and Julian Smedley Julian on the violin and guitar (a co-founder of The Hot Club of San Francisco and collaborator with Paul Horn and David Grisman); and Mike, the consummate fingerstyle guitarist, best known for his live solo work and many CDs. They have played and recorded together for years, 8p.m. $20-25. Schoenberg Guitars, 106 Main St., Tiburon. 789-0846.


The Zydeco Flames will recycle their greatest roots-rock hits this Friday at George’s.

06/16: Music at the Marin Art Festival 2012 11am-noon; Del Medina and Ukulele Friends Ohana; 12:30- 2pm Rhythmtown Jive; 2:30-4pm Sycamore Slough String Band; 4:30-6pm Lavay Smith and Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers. 10am-6pm. $10, children 14 and under are free. Marin Civic Center Fairgrounds, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 388-0151. 06/16: Sycamore Slough String Band Acoustic band playing music of the Grateful Dead. With David Gans, guitar/vocals; David Thom, mandolin, guitar; Dave Muhlethaler, fiddle; Roger Sideman, bass. 2:30-4pm. Included with festival admission. Lagoon Park, Civic Center Dr., San Rafael. 389-5072. 06/16: Tia Carroll Blues vocalist, soul and R&B. 8:30-11pm. $10-15. George’s Nightclub,

842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262. 06/16: Wahine Moe Moe Kanikapila Ukulele kanikapila. 2-4pm. None. Sleeping Lady Cafe, 23 Broadway, Fairfax.

06/17: Austin and Caroline de Lone Father’s day special. Soul, blues, rock. 11amnoon. Lagoon Park, Civic Center Dr., San Rafael. 389-5072. 06/17: Jazz Roots Part of the Outdoor Summer Music Series. 2-4pm. Free. Town Center, Tamalpais Dr. exit off Hwy. 101, Corte Madera. 924-2961. 06/17: Lonestar Retrobates Western swing band. 3-6pm. Free. 19 Broadway, 17 Broadway, Fairfax. 516-1028.

A festival fit for hanging! The MARIN ART FESTIVAL is at it again this weekend 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, tango and flamenco dancers and an array of local rock, blues, world, roots and jazz musicians (Lavay Smith and Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers, Maria Muldaur, Sycamore Slough String Band, among others) will be on hand Bring your parasol, pirate-mimes—the weather should for hours of entertainment. And let us be great at the art festival this weekend! not forget the key to every summer festival’s lure: the food! Along with the usual tasty array of barbecue, 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, Marin Civic Center Lagoon, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. $10, kids free.—Dani Burlison Lavay Smith and Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers offer a musical fry up Saturday at Lagoon Park. 32 PACIFIC SUN JUNE 15 - JUNE 21, 2012

06/17: Maria Muldaur and Her Red Hot Blusiana Band Blues. 2-3:30pm. Free with cost of

Salsa with Louie Romero. 4pm salsa dance class. 4-10pm. $10. Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor Dr., Sausalito. 331-2898.

inwood Park, Miller Creek Road, San Rafael. 06/22: Muriel Anderson Guitarist/harp-guitarist is the first woman to have won the Natio_ nal Fingerstyle Guitar Championship. With Ken Miller. bass; Jeff Titus, harp guitar. 8pm. $20-30. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley. 383-9600.

06/17: Music at the Marin Art Festival 2012

06/22: Narada Michael Walden and Band

12:30-1:30pm Mariana Ingold and Kit Walker; 2-3:30pm Maria Muldaur; 4pm Moonalice. 10am-6pm. $10, children 14 and under are free. Marin Civic Center Fairgrounds, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 388-0151.

Pop, rock and soul with Grammy and EmmyAward winning music producer. 9-11:30pm. $40/$55/$65. Georgeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262. 6/16 Ned Endless and the Allniters Oldtimey rock, reggae and original music at an inmate and infamous hole-in-the-wall venue. 8:30pm.-1am. No cover. 2AM Club, 380 Miller Ave., Mill Valley. 388-6036. Fridays: Live Music @ Maxâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Rock. 8-10:30pm. Free. Maxâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cafe, 60 Madera Boulevard, Corte Madera.

admission $10 Lagoon Park, Civic Center Dr., San Rafael. 389-5072.

06/17: Mazacote featuring Louie Romero

06/18: Michael LaMacchiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Crossroad School Concert Student bands. 5:30-10:30pm. No charge. Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor Dr., Sausalito. 331-2898. 06/19: KortUzi Danny Uzilevsky & Jonathan Korty host Bay Area artists. 9:30pm.-1:30am. Free. 19 Broadway, 19 Broadway, Fairfax . 06/19: Noel Jewkes and Friends With special surprise guest singers. 7-10pm. No cover. Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor Dr., Sausalito. 786-6894. 06/19: Swing Fever â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hot Wind from the Southwest: Music of Count Basieâ&#x20AC;? 7-10pm. No cover, dinner encouraged. Panama Hotel & Restaurant, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 457-3993. 06/20: Dana Land Pop/jazz vocalist. 7-10pm. No cover, dinner encouraged. Panama Hotel & Restaurant, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 457-3993.

06/20: Dry Creek Rounders, Blue Light River Americana, bluegrass. 8pm. Free. Iron Springs Pub, 765 Center Blvd., Fairfax. 488-1490. 06/20: Rockit Science Featuring original music of Bruce Brymer and Kim Cataluna plus upbeat R&B favorites. 9pm-1am. No cover. 19 Broadway, 17 Broadway Blvd., Fairfax. 497-2448.

06/21: Lloyd Gregory and the Jazz AllStars Jazz guitar. 8-10:30pm. $12-15. Georgeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262. 06/21: Aaron Jones and Claire Man Breton, Scots and Irish tunes. With Family Lines. 8-10:30pm. $15. Studio 55 Marin, 1455 East Francisco Blvd., San Rafael. 453-3161.

06/21: An Evening with Peppino Dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Agostino and Carlos Reyes Dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Agostino has been hailed as â&#x20AC;&#x153;a guitaristâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s guitaristâ&#x20AC;? by Acoustic Guitar magazine. Carlos Reyes, recording artist, producer, engineer, harpist and violinist. 8pm. $20-30. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley. 383-9600.

06/21: Deborah Winters with Cedricke Dennis Jazz. 7-10pm. No cover, dinner encouraged. Panama Hotel & Restaurant, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 457-3993. 06/21: Julio Bravo and Salsabor Salsa. 9pm-midnight. $10. Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor Dr., Sausalito. 331-2898. 06/21: Savoir-Funk Funk. jazz, R&B dance music. 8-11pm. No charge. Sausalito Seahorse, Sausalito.

06/22: Jugtown Pirates, Dustbowl Revival Americana, bluegrass. 8-10:30pm. $15. Studio 55 Marin, 1455 East Francisco Blvd., San Rafael. 453-3161.

06/22: Marinwood Music in the Park With Mystery Lawn Artists With Allen Clapp and His Orchestra,the Hollyhocks, the Corner Laughers, William Cleere & The Marvelous Fellas and Alison Faith Levy. 6-8pm. Free. Mar-


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Theater/Auditions 06/17: S.F. Mime Troupe â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Last Electionâ&#x20AC;? preview performance. Have some fun on Fatherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day. 3:30pm. San Geronimo Valley Community Center, 6350 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., San Geronimo. 488-8888. 06/20:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;32 Pairs of Glovesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Staged reading. Written by Stanley Rutherford of the Playwrightsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Lab and directed by Hal Gelb, featuring Amy Resnick. 7:30pm. $10-$20 Sliding Scale Suggested Donation 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley. 383-9600. 06/22-07/01: Cabaret Napa Valley Broadway Playhouse opens its 2012 debut season with the Kander & Ebb masterpiece starring Broadway performer Nikki Snelson along with a strong cast of professional actors and dancers. 8pm Fri.-Sat.; 2pm Sat.-Sun showtimes. $35-40 Napa Valley Opera House, 1030 Main St., Napa. (707) 226-7372. Through 06/17:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The Music Manâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Story of fasttalking, charismatic traveling salesman Harold Hill as he cons the people of River City, Iowa, into buying musical instruments/uniforms for a marching band he knows will never come to be. Directed by James Dunn. Musical Direction by Debra Chambliss. Choreography by Rick Wallace. 2pm every Sunday. $15-40. Cushing Memorial Amphitheatre, 801 Panoramic Hwy., Mill Valley. 383-1100.

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Art 06/15-08/18: ‘Journey: Chronicles in Clay Exhibition’ Terra Linda Ceramic Artists chronicle their personal journey working in clay. Opening reception 5:30-7:30pm June 15. Noah’s Ark Teapot demo 10am-noon June 23 . Free. Falkirk Cultural Center, 1408 Mission Ave., San Rafael. or

06/16: Art Reactor’s Studio Grand Opening and Gallery Show Student artwork in a true art gallery setting. 6-9pm. Free. Art Reactor’s Studio, 402 Tamal Plaza, Corte Madera. 948-5482.

Through 05/17/2013: Wind Art Exhibition Lyman Whitaker, sculpture. Free. Marin Art & Garden Center, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Ross. 455-5260 ext. 1. Through 06/22: Surface Design Mixed media art exhibit curated by SF gallerist Virginia Breier. 10am-5pm. Free. Art Works Downtown, 1337 Fourth St., San Rafael. 451-8119.

Through 06/24: Andrew Romanoff, Patti Trimble and Dorothy Nissen “Then and Now.” Andrew Romanoff, paintings. “Vanishing California.” Patti Trimble, paintings and poems. Dorothy Nissen paintings in the Annex. 11am5pm. Free. Gallery Route One , 11101 Highway One , Point Reyes Station. 663-1347. Through 06/28: Ron Kappe Recent oil paintings. Gallery hours: M-F 9:30am to 5:30pm. No charge. College of Marin, 835 College Ave., Kentfield. 457-7801.

Through 06/29: Jackie Kirk Retrospective

Are you a fan of Antiques Roadshow? Get YOUR family heirloom evaluated by the experts! For your $100 contribution to KRCB Public Media, you will receive a pair of tickets to an Exclusive Evaluation Event presented in partnership with Clars Auction Gallery and the Osher Marin JCC on June 24 in San Rafael.

Through 06/29: MSA Past Presidents’ Show Marin Society of Artists “Past Presidents’ Show,” 85th year celebration. corner of Palm and Magnolia, San Rafael. 9am-6pm. No charge. Dominican University Alameny Library , Palm and Magnolia, San Rafael.

Support KRCB and join us and the staff of Clars Auction Gallery for wine and hors d’oeuvres at an exclusive antique evaluation event similar to the popular PBS program Antiques Roadshow. As an exclusive invitee to this event, you are welcome to bring two items per person for evaluation. Categories: Asian Art, Fine Art, Decorative Art, and Jewelry / Watches.

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Paintings, drawings, monotypes and broadsides from the 1970s to present. Including pieces from her renowned “Face of AIDS” series. 10am-5pm. Free. San Geronimo Valley Community Center, 6350Sir Francis Drake Blvd, San Geronimo. 4888888.

Through 06/30: ‘Images of The Bay Area and the World’ Alberta Brown Buller, photography. Free. Mill Valley Library, 375 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 389-4292, ext.203. Through 06/30: Herb Zettl Exhibition The Community Media Center of Marin will show recent paintings by Zettl. No charge. Community Media Center of Marin, 819 A St., San Rafael. 721-0636.

Through 06/30: Marin Society of Artists ‘Hidden Places, Fleeting Moments’ juried member exhibition. 11am-4pm. No charge. Marin Art and Garden Center, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Ross. 454-9561.

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Through 06/30: Mill Valley Employee Art Exhibition Art by Mill Valley’s employees will be at the Mill Valley Community Center during June. Free. Mill Valley Community Center, 180 Camino Alto, Mill Valley. 383-1370.

Through 07/03: Pacific Sun 2012 Photo Contest We are accepting photo contest submissions through July 3. Categories: Marin People, Pets & Animals; Marin Images and Manipu-

lated Photos$llustrations. Download entry blank and your chance for a coveted win at $5 older adults & youth / $10 everyone else Pacific Sun, San Rafael. 485-6700 . Through 07/04: Group Exhibition New works by gallery artists Bryn Craig, Ruperto Cadiz, James Leonard, Greg Martin, Greg Ragland, Daniel Tousignant and Tim Weldon. Hours: 11am to 4pm. Thursdays through Sundays. Free. Gallery Bergelli, 483 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur. 945-9454.

Through 07/06: Gail Van Dyke Atrium Gallery “Transitions.” 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.

Through 07/15: Summer National Juried Exhibition Juried by Berkeley Art Museum director Lucinda Barnes. Open Wed.-Sun. 11am4pm. 11am-4pm. Free. Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, 500 Palm Dr., Novato. 506-0137.

Through 07/17: Gallery 305 Spring Exhibit Fine art in acrylics, soft pastels and mixed media by Carol Allen, Eileen Nelson and Bernard Healey.Mon.-Fri. Closed holidays. 11am-4pm. Free. Tamalpais Community Services District, 305 Bell Lane, Mill Valley. 388-6393.

Through 08/01: Art in the Book Passage Gallery “Italia: Photographs from Rome, Venice & The Amalfi Coast.” Dana Kelly, photography. 9am-9pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960.

Through 08/02: “Silver: A State of Mind” Portraits from photographer Vicki Topaz’s recent series featuring 52 remarkable women who have let their hair grey. 10:30am-4pm. The Buck Institute on Aging, 8001 Redwood Highway, Novato. 209-2000 for appointment. Through 08/06: ‘The Outsiders’ Plein-air painting exhibition. 10am-4pm. Free. Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalto. 332-3871.

Talks/Lectures 06/15: Home Safety Program Gerontologist and home-safety specialist Lisa Brinkmann will lead a discussion of ways to increase our home safety and security, to help folks stay in their own homes as long as possible as they grow older. Homestead Valley Village wants to help raise awareness of what can be done to make your home safer - or your parents home. Join them for tea and cookies. 2-3:30pm. Free. Homestead Valley Community Center, 315 Montford Ave., Mill Avlley. 381-8298. 06/16: Marin Gray Panthers Leslie Klor from Episcopal Senior Communities has worked in Marin for over 20 years and will talk about “Affordable Housing Options in Marin” during these challenging times. Time for questions. 1:303:30pm. Free. The Activities Room at The Redwoods, 40 Camino Alto, Mill Valley. 453-1550. 06/17: Fatherhood A Mystic Journey w/ Mike Robbins on Father’s Day. 9:30am-12:15pm. Donation. Unity In Marin, 600 Palm Dr., Novato. 475-5000. 06/20: Evening Lecture: Dragonflies of Marin County This talk will delve into the lives of our local dragonflies (and damselflies) as we learn where they live, how they make a living, and how to identify the species we see near our ponds and streams. 7:30-9pm. Free. Marin Humane Society., Marin Humane Society, 171 Bel Marin Keys Blvd, Novato. 893-9508. www.

Readings 06/15: Katherine Applegate and Michael Grant Husband and wife authors Applegate (â&#x20AC;&#x153;The One and Only Ivanâ&#x20AC;?) and Grant (â&#x20AC;&#x153;BZRKâ&#x20AC;?) talk about their recent books. 7pm. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 06/16: Justin Frank Dr. Frank presents â&#x20AC;&#x153;Obama on the Couch: Inside the Mind of the President.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 06/18: Robert Moss The author discusses â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dreaming the Soul Back Home: Shamanic Dreaming for Healing and Becoming Whole.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 06/18: Terry Tempest Williams The author presents â&#x20AC;&#x153;When Women Were Birds: 54 Variations on Voice.â&#x20AC;? 5pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960.

06/19: Marin Poetry Centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Summer Traveling Show Readings by local poets throughout the Bay Area. Hosted by Calvin Ahlgren and featuring Karen Benke, Robin Lee, Judith Yamamoto, Andy Plumb, Barbara Brooks and J.L. Nichols. 7-9pm. Free. Book Depot, 87 Throckmorton , Mill Valley. 889-5295. 06/19: Robert Dugoni Dugoni reads from hisnew legal thriller â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Conviction.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 06/20: Francine Du Plessix Gray Renowned author presents her historical fiction work â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Queenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Lover.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 06/21: Andrew Blum Blum discusses â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tubes: A Journey to the Center of the Internet.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960.

06/21: Belva Davis: Book Passage Literary Luncheon Book Passage hosts literary luncheons catered by Insalataâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Restaurant of San Anselmo. Join us for lunch with Davis as she discusses her memoir â&#x20AC;&#x153;Never in My Wildest Dreams.â&#x20AC;? Noon. $55 includes lunch and an autographed copy of the book. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960.

06/21: Marin Poetry Centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Summer Traveling Show i Hosted by Yvonne Postelle and featuring Rebecca Foust, Roy Mash, Robert Sward, Budd Winston, Jane Green and True Heitz. 7-9pm. Free. Falkirk Cultural Center, 1408 Mission St., San Rafael. 889-5295. 06/22: Mark Shriver Shriver talks about â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Good Man: Rediscovering my Father, Sargent Shriver.â&#x20AC;? Sargent Shriver was the founder of the Peace Corps and architect of President Johnsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s War on Poverty. 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 06/22: Medea Benjamin Code Pink co-founder Medea Benjamin speaks about â&#x20AC;&#x153;Drone Warfare: Killing by Remote Control,â&#x20AC;? a comprehensive look at the growing menace of robotic warfare. 5:30pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960.

Film Events 06/15: Film Night in the Park â&#x20AC;&#x153;Enchantedâ&#x20AC;? Outdoor screening of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Enchanted.â&#x20AC;? After being banished to New York City a fairytale princess is forced to reconsider life and storybook romance as she struggles to survive in the modern world. 8 pm. Free. Donations appreciated. Old Mill Park , 300 block of Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley . 272-2756.

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Inspiring stories behind first-time candidates and the struggles of their underdog campaigns reveal the larger failures in our electoral process. Movies and discussion w/ filmmaker John Ennis 7-10pm. Free. Sunrise Center, 645 Tamalpais Dr., Suite A, Corte Madera. 924-7824. 06/17:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Music From The Big Houseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Concert documentary follows blues artist Rita Chiarelli as she endeavors to meet the musician inmates at Louisiana State Penitentiary, aka Angola Prison, and ultimately puts on a concert with them, working with Canadian director Bruce McDonald to film it. 7pm. $12. California Film Institute, 1118 Fourth St., San Rafael . 454-5813. 06/18: Monday Night at the Movies â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Last Emperor.â&#x20AC;? (1987) Director Bertolucciâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s film recreates an epic Ching-dynasty China in an intimate character study of one man reconciling personal responsibility with political legacy. 7:30-9pm. Free. Mill Valley Library , 375 Throckmorton, Mill Valley. 389-4292, ext 203. 06/22: MoveMe Movie Night Free viewing of the film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Breath Made Visible,â&#x20AC;? a 2009 documentary film about modern dance legend Anna Halprin, produced and directed by filmmaker Ruedi Gueber. 7:30-9:15pm. Free. MoveMe Studio, 1320 Fourth St., San Rafael. 419-5457.

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Community Events (Misc.) 06/15: 7th Annual Creekside Fridays Very popular summer family event. Bring blankets or chairs. Each week features Marinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s finest musicians playing great music. Purchase food and beverages. Kids play area with jumpee and more. 6:30-8pm. Free. The Cabin, 60 Tennessee Valley Road, Mill Valley. 388-6393. 06/16-17: Marin Art Festival 2012 The Marin Art Festival features work from over 200 artists from across the country who are eager to share their work and discuss their creative process. 10am6pm. $10, children 14 and under are free Marin Civic Center Fairgrounds, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 388-0151.

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06/16/17: 58th Annual North Beach Festival Entertainment, live music, Italian street painting, and over 150 booths offering arts, crafts, gifts, food and beer gardens. Free. North Beach, San Francisco. 06/16: Monthly Book Sale Plenty of fiction in hard cover, soft cover with great selections in many genres. Book bargains! 9am-4:30pm. Free admission. Mill Valley Library , 375 Throckmorton, Mill Valley. 389-4292, ext 203.

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06/16: The Redwoods Shop Open House and Garden Succulent Sale Features consigned antiques, collectibles, special sale items and succulents for sale with expert tips on planting and maintenance. 11am-4pm. Free. The Redwoods, 40 Camino Alto, Mill Valley. 383-2741.

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06/16: 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. 06/17: Mindfulness 101 Half-day retreat with alternating periods of sitting and walking meditation and sequential instructions in mindfulness practice. CE Credit avail. 1:30-5pm. $35 - $55 sliding scale. Spirit Rock Meditation Center, 5000 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Woodacre. 488-0164. 06/17: Sunday Morning Qi Gong Obtain powerful tools for self healing. You are also invited to stay afterwards for a positive, life-affirming service at 10am. 11:30am-12:30pm. Suggested $10 donation. Corte Madera Rec Center Patio, 498 Tamalpais Dr., Corte Madera,. 389-8707.




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06/17: West Point Inn Fatherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day Pancake Breakfast Visit the West Point Inn on Mt Tam to enjoy a pancake breakfast and spectacular views! Guests must hike or bike in. Park at Bootjack, Pan Toll, Rock Springs, East Peak or near the Mountain Home Inn. 9 am-1pm. $10 for adults. $5 for children (12 and under). West Point Inn, Mt Tamalpais, Mill Valley. 388-9955. 06/19: Strauss Family Creamery Tour Join Marin Organic on an exciting tour and discover how Albert Straus started the first organic dairy west of the Mississippi and how his operation continues to push the envelope of sustainability. See the milking process, the methane digester and the farm and pastures of beautiful Marshall. 2-4pm. $20-25. Strauss Dairy, Marshall. 663-9667. 06/20: Brainstormers Pub Trivia Join quizmaster Rick Tosh for a fun and friendly team trivia competition. 8-10pm. Free. Finneganâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Marin, 877 Grant Ave., Novato. 899-1516.

06/20: Climate Change and Possible Impacts on the SF Bay Estuary & Delta Walk through the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mountain to the Seaâ&#x20AC;? exhibit and explore the possible changes that may occur in and around the estuary and delta area with the changing times. 1:30-2:30pm. Free. Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalto. 332-3871.

06/20: Docent Training Program Orientation at Audubon Canyon Ranchâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Martin Griffin Preserve Share your love of nature with children by volunteering as a trained Naturalist Docent for Audubon Canyon Ranchâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s (ACR) Elementary School Nature Education Program. This is an information session only. 10am-noon. Free. Martin Griffin Preserve, 4900 Shoreline Highway 1, Stinson Beach. 868-9244.

06/21: Second Annual Summer Solstice Dance Celebration/Ritual/Potluck 7pm Sasa Bencina starts a dance warm up with Cerridwen Fallingstar leading a short ritual at 7:30pm. 7:45-9pm magical dance wave. Followed by potluck supper. 7-10pm. $15 drop-in. Lagunitas School Gym, 1 Lagunitas School Road., San Geronimo. 302-2605. 06/22: Growing Roses in Marin Marin Master Gardener and consulting Rosarian Frank Treadway will discuss how to get started growing roses. All facets of rose care will be covered: selection, care and pruning. Noon-1pm. Free. Civic Center Library, 3501 Civic Center Dr., Room 427, San Rafael. 4736058. Fridays: Senior Yoga with Kelly Enjoy an hour of yoga.Gain and maintain balance, strength and

flexibility of both body and mind. Previous experience not necessary. Modification poses available. Bring water and a mat if you have. 3-4pm. $3 per class. Whistlestop Active Aging Center, 930 Tamalpais Ave., San Rafael. 456-9062. Tuesday Evening Meditation Expect a miracle. Evening guided meditation. 7-9pm. Recommended donation $11 Spiritual Healing Center, 260 East Blithedale Avenue, Mill Valley. 381-4465. Tuesdays: New Moms Support Group Drop in, weigh baby, get to know other moms, relax and share experiences. Facilitated by Newborn expert Georgia Montgomery. Help with feeding, sleep and balancing your busy lives. Repeats every Tuesday. 11am-12:30pm Donations welcome. UU Marin Church, 240 Channing Way, San Rafael. 608-8308. Wednesdays: The Elderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Circle This group uses the Principals of Attitudinal Healing to face such problems as aging, relationships, loneliness, and illness. Facilitated by trained volunteers. 10-11:30am. Free, donations welcome. Whistlestop, 930 Tamalpais Ave., San Rafael. 457-1000.

Kid Stuff 06/15: Henna Body Art for Teens 12-18 Henna expert Rachel Anne Palacios will present a hands-on cultural program on the ancient art of henna painting, one of the oldest known forms of jewelry. Guys and girls alike are invited to join us as we explore the world of henna and receive a brief but intricate professional design on your hand. Advanced sign-up required. 2-4pm. Free. San Anselmo Library, 110 Tunstead Ave., San Anselmo . 258-4656.

06/15: Marine Mammal Center at McNears The Whale Bus will visit McNears Beach for handson experience with pelts and skulls and examples of marine debris to help people learn how they can help. 10am-noon. Parking is Free for this event McNears Beach Park, 201 Cantera Way, San Rafael. 473-4045.

06/15: Summer Sunsets Concert: Carribean Steel Drums with Mark Rosenthal 5:30 Meet Clifford, the big red dog. 6pm Carribbean Steel Drums with Mark Rosenthal. Reggae/calypso, jazz and pop. Try your hand at playing a pan. 4:307pm. Members: $5; General: $10 Bay Area Discovery Museum, 557 McReynolds Road, Sausalito. 339-3900.

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Fathers Day family friendly easy walk around Lake Lagunitas with Whole Foods Marketâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s light breakfast and snacks with WildCareâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s naturalists and nature stations about wild animal fathers. 9am-1pm. $20 adults; kids free Lake Lagunitas, Sky Oaks Road, Fairfax. 453-1000.

06/20: Wednesdays on Stage: Storyteller Michael Katz Award winning storyteller will capture your imagination with dynamic storytelling. 3:30-4:30pm. Free. Amphitheater, Mill Valley Public Library, 375 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 389-4292 ext. 106.

06/21: Georgia in Hawaii: Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Author Amy Novesky Novesky will read from her new picture book biography of Georgia Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Keeffe and kids will create a Hawaii-themed art project. 2:30-4pm. Free. Creekside Room, Mill Valley Public Library, 375 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 389-4292 ext. 106.

06/21: Nature for Kids: Cascade Canyon Preserve Head up one of the shaded canyons to look for butterflies and other bugs. Spot lizards and get lucky and find a few snakes too. Meet at gate end of Cascade Dr. 10am-1pm. Free, carpooling encouraged. Cascade Canyon Preserve, End of Cascade Dr., Fairfax. 893-9508.

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and purify rain from surrounding streets. Wear gloves. Must be 18 or older. Training and safety regulations on day of planting. Call, email or check website for details. 9:30am-1:30pm. Free. Plant A Tree, Hwy 101/Smith Ranch Road, San Rafael. 721-4374.

BeneďŹ ts/Gala Events 06/18:18th Annual Sunny Hills Services and Bank of Marin Golf Tournament A fabulous day of golf, cocktails, live and silent auctions, and more for a great cause. 10:30am-7pm. $295 single, $1,080 foursome. Your day will include golf at the private Meadow Club, lunch, drinks a The Meadow Club, 1001 Bolinas Ave., Fairfax. 457-3200, ext 115. 06/20: Save China Camp Fundraiser An evening of music by SF Symphony musicians, an oyster bar, dim sum, wine and beer, and a silent auction. The event will be held at the beautifully-restored SF Maritime Museum. 6-9pm. $50. SF Maritime Museum , 900 Beach St., San Francisco. 457-9018. 06/22: Summer Solstice Celebration Marin Community Clinics celebrates its 40th anniversary of providing compassionate health care to Marinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s uninsured residents. Dr. Kevin Harrington and Bobbie Wunsch will be honored. 5:30-8pm. $100 per person Marin Art & Garden Center, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Ross. 798-3109.

06/15: Cascade Canyon Birds and Flowers Explore the upper reaches of San Anselmo Creek where shaded forests and serpentine laced clearings will reward us with a variety of natural wonders. Adults only, no animals, please. 10am-2pm. Free, please carpool. Cascade Canyon Preserve, Gate at end of Cascade Drive, Fairfax. 893-9508.

06/16: Backpacking Basics on Ring Mountain Meet a ranger for a discussion and demonstration on how to prepare for an enjoyable backpacking trip. We will review topo map readings, compass and GPS use. Following the talk, hike top of Ring Mountain. 10am-noon. Free. Phyllis Ellman Trail at Ring Mountain Preserve, Paradise Dr., Corte Madera. 473-6387.

06/16: Habitat Restoration: Ridgecrest Grasslands on Mt. Tam Restore oak woodland and native grassland habitat by removing outcompeting Douglas-fir trees along Lag-Rock Fire Rd. Our shrinking pocket meadows are home to sun-loving plants and animals and are hunting grounds for birds of prey. Meet at Rock Springs parking lot at 9 AM, located on Ridgecrest Blvd. at the intersection of Pantoll Road. 9am-noon. Free. at Rock Springs parking lot , Ridgecrest Blvd and Pantoll Rd, Mill Valley. 945-1128.

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Start the morning with a slow ascent from the valley floor to the San Geronimo Ridge. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a sustained climb (elevation gain 1,000 ft), but at the top youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re rewarded with amazing views. No animals, please. 9am-2pm. Free. Gary Giacomini Preserve, Willis Evans Trailhead on Redwood Canyon Dr., Woodacre. 893-9508.

Ongoing: Mt. Tamalpais Habitat Restoration Learn about Mt. Tamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unique plant and animal life while contributing to their continued survival. This program focuses on invasive species control and native planting. Tools, training and inspiration for the outdoor work provided. Volunteers receive a free day parking pass. Meeting location varies. Call or visit website for event details. MMWD - Sky Oaks Headquarters, 49 Sky Oaks Road, Fairfax. 945-1128. Ongoing: Plant A Tree Help plant a stand of oaks that will immediatly be sequestering carbon

NonproďŹ ts/Volunteers 06/16: Trail Maintenance Day Become a Trail Maintenance Team (TMT) volunteer program member and help us take care of Marin County Parksâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; trails. Projects take place in different locations throughout the preserve system. 9am-2pm. Free. Marin County Parks, 3501 Civic Center Dr. #260, San Rafael. 473-3778.

Food and Drink Thursdays: Ross Valley Farmers Market Every Thurs. at the post office parking lot in the town of Ross. Features local farmers with organic fruits and veggies, cheeses, and bakery goods. 3-7pm. Free. Ross Farmers Market, Ross Common, Ross. 382-7846. Tuesdays: Novato Farmers Marktet Treat yourself to flavor-packed produce, a serenaded dinner, and a twilight stroll through downtown Novato. The market also features activities for children. 4-8pm. Grant Ave., Downtown, Novato. 472-6100. Tuesdays:Tam Valley Farmers Market Every Tuesday next to the Walgreenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Shopping Center off Hwy 1 towards Stinson Beach. Local farmers with fresh fruits veggie, cheeses, bakery goods and Roli Rotti rotisserie chicken. 3-7pm. Free. Hwy 1, Shoreline Hwy, Mill Valley. 382-7846.

Tuesdays:Tamalpais Valley Certified Farmers Market Local and regional farmers, bakers, and vendors showcase fresh, diverse seasonal foods, flowers and more. Bring your own bags! 3-7pm. Free. Tamalpais Valley, Tam Junction, 215 Shoreline Hwy., Mill Valley. 382-7846. Wednesdays: Fairfax Farmers Market Wear some flowers in your hair at his charming market featuring West Marin farmers, food purveyors, and artists. Bring your own bags to help keep the event green. 4-8pm. Bolinas Park, Broadway Blvd and Pacheco Ave, Fairfax. 472-6100. <

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seminars AND workshops 6/25 RELATIONSHIP CHALLENGES? Tired of endless relationship or marital challenges? Or single and sick of spending weekends and holidays alone? Join Coed Group or Women’s Group to explore what’s blocking you from fulfillment in your relationships and life. Weekly, ongoing groups or nine-week groups starting the week of June 25. Monday, Tuesday, or Thursday evening. Space limited. Also, Individual and Couples sessions. Central San Rafael. For more information, call Renee Owen, LMFT#35255 at 415/453-8117. “A COURSE IN MIRACLES” Group forming now for summer Sunday afternoon meetings in San Rafael. Since 1991, Dannean Farris, LCSW, has been offering study groups for “A Course in Miracles.” Dannean has studied the “Course” since 1978. She has facilitated study groups in Florida, Kentucky and California. Our work is supported by donations. Please call 415/497-5144 for more information.

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Week of June 14 - 20, 2012


ARIES (March 20 - April 19) Creative ideas have taken over your thoughts for the last few weeks. So much so that you have started more projects than you can finish. Enhanced mental activity comes with Tuesday’s New Moon, which is useful for beginning a study course, setting up a blog or working on the next great American novel. Fortunately, the only immediate project deadline is for Father’s Day. If you plan to write and record a song for the occasion, you better hurry...

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TAURUS (April 20 - May 19) While having money is certainly a goal for any Taurus, expending the effort to make money can often lag behind while you’re relaxing. Now that lucky Jupiter is influencing your finances, you can sit there and let the cash roll in. OK, that’s mostly an exaggeration. But, you have entered a phase of abundance and you can expect frequent opportunities to increase your net worth. So, shouldn’t you buy more than a Father’s Day card for Dad this year?

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GEMINI (May 20 - June 20) It’s the final week of your zodiac cycle and what a week it is. Your lunar high on Father’s Day lightens up the mood at family events. There’s a New Moon in your sign Tuesday, signifying a fresh start to your emotional life. Meanwhile, you feel like celebrating for another year thanks to upbeat Jupiter’s takeover of your sign. Some years are easy, some difficult. But, every 12 years, there is one that is stellar. This is it.

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CANCER (June 21 - July 21) You may want to calmly indulge your physical senses Friday and Saturday because Sunday, Monday and Tuesday you’re so mentally active that you forget how to relax. This means that Father’s Day could be a challenge. Of course, the big news occurs Wednesday when the spotlighting Sun shines on your sign and your birthday month begins. Don’t worry. Facebook will alert your friends to the occasion... LEO (July 22 - August 22) It’s time to begin trusting that your future is getting brighter. The continuation of gloomy Saturn influencing your thoughts is a melancholy experience. But, optimistic Jupiter is here to save the day, offering a glimpse of happier times ahead. In fact, a gathering on Tuesday of like-minded friends can be a launching pad for a fantastic new vision for your upcoming year. Or, it can be a fine time for eating, drinking and other forms of overindulgence. Your choice... VIRGO (August 23 - September 21) One minute you’re listening to fearless Mars giving you a big motivational speech about making a fresh start. The next, stern Saturn is telling you that times are tough and you shouldn’t risk financial insecurity by quitting your job. Meantime, expansive Jupiter has started focusing on your career and is challenging romantic Neptune to find a way to integrate love and success. Saying that you have your hands full with all these differing objectives? Definitely an understatement. LIBRA (September 22 - October 22) No matter how much education you’ve had, you can’t help but be curious about how much more there is to learn. Fortunately, you’ve just entered a one-year time frame where expanding your mind and knowledge base is easier than ever. Whether through a formal enrollment or a self-study endeavor, the goal is to broaden your views. This is your chance to personally go global... SCORPIO (October 23 - November 21) When doing sign comparisons, Scorpio and Gemini are at the top of the list of uncomfortable connections. This weekend is all about Gemini—when everyone is overly curious and you are fanatically private. The basic energy for Father’s Day is one of sharing ideas and you prefer to keep your thoughts secret. You want to pretend you’re not home until Wednesday when the Sun moves into the compatible sign of Cancer. Assuming you’re not in need of pizza delivery before then... SAGITTARIUS (November 22 - December 20) When your ruler (Jupiter) occupies your opposite sign (Gemini), you have a relatively rare (every 12 years) chance to experience the absolute best in your primary relationship. Instead of only seeing things from your personal perspective, you are open to the views of your significant other. You even (gasp!) can see the value of bringing your sweetie along on your next international trip. Bon voyage. CAPRICORN (December 21 - January 18) Many of you are in the midst of a personal transformation. Whether this is about changing your career, body, residence or relationship status, the point is “out with the old and in with the new” you. Those who have been sticking to the status quo (in spite of Pluto’s suggestions to the contrary) are advised to let go and trust that the universe has plenty of excitement in store for you. Along with a soul enhancing crisis or two... AQUARIUS (January 19 - February 17) The official start date of summer arrives this week and it couldn’t come at a better time. Upbeat Jupiter has just entered your house of playfulness, where he will remain for an entire year. That means that this summer should be one of the best in terms of enjoyment. You are lucky in gambling, creativity, entertainment and romance. Perhaps you should take Dad to the horse races Sunday and celebrate afterwards with your winnings... PISCES (February 18 - March 19) Have you noticed that your home is not feeling as large as it needs to be? Are you thinking about moving to a completely different country? Are you wondering if you should seek out that lover from your past that you were never able to completely get over? Welcome to the world of bigger-than-life Jupiter (planet of expansion and travel) in the sector of your chart ruling home, emotional satisfaction and sentimental feelings. Some of you will change your environment. Some of you will change your psyche. ALL of you will want a change of scenery. < Email Lynda Ray at or check out her website at 38 PACIFIC SUN JUNE 15– JUNE 21, 2012

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PUBLIC NOTICES 995 Fictitious Name Statement FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 129474 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as PARTNERS FOR EDUCATIONAL EXCELLENCE, 269 WOODLAND AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: PRISCILLA HOPKINS, 269 WOODLAND AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on July 1, 2012. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on May 16, 2012. (Publication Dates: May 25; June 1, 8, 15, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 129349 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as THE CHICKEN DIVA, 930 TAMALPAIS AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: RACHAEL PEARL GRIFFIN, 1385 N. HAMILTON PKWY APT 206, NOVATO, CA 94949. 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 30, 2012. (Publication Dates: May 25; June 1, 8, 15, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 129500 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as WACLA SPORTS, 354 BEL MARIN KEYS BLVD., NOVATO, CA 94949: WALTER DE LEON, 36 TRELLIS DR., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903; ANDY DE LEON, 36 TRELLIS DR., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903. This business is being conducted by a co-partners. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on June 2, 2012. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on May 21, 2012. (Publication Dates: May 25; June 1, 8, 15, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2012129509 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as SOE MOE A.F.C SUSHI, 1 CAMINO ALTO, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: BRANDON SOE MOE, 42831 PARKWOOD ST., FREMONT, CA 94538. 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 Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on May 22, 2012. (Publication Dates: May 25; June 1, 8, 15, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 129511 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as GOLDEN IVY HEALTH CENTER, 712 D ST. SUITE A, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: WAN, SOW CHENG, PO BOX 281272, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94128. 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 22, 2012. (Publication Dates: May 25; June 1, 8, 15, 2012)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 129533 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as THE SCENTED SEAGULL, 22 EL PORTAL, SAUSALITO, CA 94965: JUICED INC., 53 BARBAREE WAY, TIBURON, CA 94920. This business is being conducted by a corporation. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on May 23, 2012. (Publication Dates: June 1, 8, 15, 22, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 129311 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as CELLAIRIS.COM, 5800 NORTHGATE DR. CART NO. 08, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: MD HAMID KHAN, 119 NOVA ALBION WAY APT. 204, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903. 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 25, 2012. (Publication Dates: June 1, 8, 15, 22, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 129471 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as COMFORTING HANDS PHYSICAL THERAPY, 311 MILLER AVE. SUITE G, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941-2897: LINDA JO WOBESKYA, 134 SURREY LANE, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on N/A. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on May 15, 2012. (Publication Dates: June 1, 8, 15, 22, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2012129537 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as DIRTY WATER, 1301 NYE ST., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: ARAM K. ROUBINIAN, 1301 NYE ST., 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 May 9, 2012. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on May 24, 2012. (Publication Dates: June 1, 8, 15, 22, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2012129575 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as MARINCOGNITO; UFODESIGNSTUDIO; WESTMEDIAWORX, 1355 SIR FRANCIS DRAKE BLVD. #7, SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960: SABRINA R. WEST, 1355 SIR FRANCIS DRAKE BLVD. #7, 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 April 3, 2012. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on May 29, 2012. (Publication Dates: June 1, 8, 15, 22, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2012129563 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as DOWN & DIRTY, 2269 CHESTNUT ST. #132, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94123: JOSHUA SPERRY, 810 PANORAMIC HIGHWAY, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on May 23, 2012. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on May 29, 2012. (Publication Dates: June 8, 15, 22, 29, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 129595 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as RED CROW AUDIO, 112A BELLE AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: BERYL DANIEL CROWE, 112A BELLE AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on May 31, 2012. (Publication Dates: June 8, 15, 22, 29, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 129355 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as PARA-DIGITAL, 1 SIMMS ST. SUITE 225, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: JAMES B. BARNES, 12 RIVER VISTA CT., NOVATO, CA 94945. 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 1, 2012. (Publication Dates: June 8, 15, 22, 29, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 129532 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as HILL88 CONSULTING, 301 ENTERPRISE CONC., MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: STEFFEN BARTSCHAT, 301

ENTERPRISE CONC., 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 23, 2012. (Publication Dates: June 8, 15, 22, 29, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 129610 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as SDR CONSTRUCTION, 39 BILLOU ST., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: SAUL RAPISARDO, 39 BILLOU ST., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on June 4, 2012. (Publication Dates: June 8, 15, 22, 29, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 129517 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as MFIFTY, 251 SIR FRANCIS DRAKE BLVD., SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960: MICHAEL HINSHAW, 251 SIR FRANCIS DRAKE BLVD., SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on May 22, 2012. (Publication Dates: June 8, 15, 22, 29, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 129620 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as LE LARC, 24 SUMMIT DR., CORTE MADERA, CA 94925: LINDSAY REGAN, 24 SUMMIT DR., CORTE MADERA, CA 94925. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on June 2012. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on June 5, 2012. (Publication Dates: June 8, 15, 22, 29, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 129527 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as TONER WORLDWIDE, 980 MAGNOLIA AVE. SUITE 5, LARKSPUR, CA 94939: MTS PARTNERS INC., 980 MAGNOLIA AVE. SUITE 5, LARKSPUR, CA 94939. This business is being conducted by a corporation. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on May 23, 2012. (Publication Dates: June 8, 15, 22, 29, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2012129623 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as BLUE BARN GOURMET, 335 CORTE MADERA TOWN CENTER, CORTE MADERA, CA 94976: BLUE MARIN LLC., 2090 CHESTNUT ST., SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94123. This business is being conducted by a limited liability company. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on September 15, 2012. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on June 4, 2012. (Publication Dates: June 15, 22, 29; July 6, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2012129651 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as SERENA BEADLE CONSULTING, 8 ELMWOOD COURT, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: SERENA C. BEADLE, 8 ELMWOOD COURT, 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 May 1, 2012. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on June 8, 2012. (Publication Dates: June 15, 22, 29; July 6, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 129643 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as BUTTERWEED QUILT SHOP, 112A CLORINDA AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: LISA VANCOR, 112A CLORINDA AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on June 7, 2012. (Publication Dates: June 15, 22, 29; July 6, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 129550 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as AT THE DINNER TABLE., 1555 SOUTH NOVATO BLVD., NOVATO, CA 94947: REGINA DESCISCIO, 1000 GREENWOOD DR., NOVATO, CA 94947. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on April 16,

2001. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on May 25, 2012. (Publication Dates: June 15, 22, 29; July 6, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 129436 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as NEW EVOLUTION CARPENTRY & CONSTRUCTION, 50 TIBURON ST. SUITE 6, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: MIGUEL SOLII ANAYA, 50 TIBURON ST. SUITE 6, 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 N/A. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on May 10, 2012. (Publication Dates: June 15, 22, 29; July 6, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 129557 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as SINGER SEAPLANE, 242 REDWOOD HIGHWAY, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: SEAPLANE ADVENTURES LLC., 242 REDWOOD HIGHWAY, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941. This business is being conducted by a limited liability company. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on January 17, 2012. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on May 25, 2012. (Publication Dates: June 15, 22, 29; July 6, 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 1202327. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner RONWEN C PROUST filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: RONWEN CHARLOTTE PROUST to BRONWYN CHARLOTTE PROUST. 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 13, 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 17, 2012 /s/ FAYE D’OPAL, JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT (Pacific Sun: May 25; June 1, 8, 15, 2012) STATEMENT OF WITHDRAWAL OF GENERAL PARTNER. The undersigned hereby certifies that he/she has withdrawn on the date shown as general partner from the conduct of business under said Fictitious Business Name. File Number 201138. The information give below is at is appeared on the fictitious business statement that was filed at the County Clerk-Recorder’s Office. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME(S): ZUMA, 11265 STATE ROUTE 1, PT. REYES STATION, CA 94956. FILED IN MARIN COUNTY ON: 6/2/08; UNDER FILE NO. 117468; REGISTRANT’S NAME(S):CONSTANCE C. MORSE, 25 FORRES WAY, INVERNESS, CA 94937 This statement was filed with the County Clerk Recorder of Marin County on May 17, 2012 (Pacific Sun: May 25; June 1, 8, 15, 2012) SUMMONS (CITACION JUDICIAL) Case Number (Numero del Caso): CIV 1104901 NOTICE TO DEFENDENT (AVISO AL DEMANDADO): SCOTT RASTEGAR, CARL HOAGLAND, PAULINE HOAGLAND, NANCY MORITA, MICHAEL EMERY, THE BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA AND DOES 1 THROUGH 100 INCLUSIVE: YOU ARE BEING SUED BY PLAINTIFF: (LO ESTA DEMANDANDO EL DEMANDANTE): DAVID WARNER, SUZANNE WARNER. 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 (, 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 ( the California Courts Online Self-help Center ( 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 courtâ ™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 ( 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. en el Centro de Ayuda de las Cortes de California. (www.sucorte. 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 MARIN, 3501 CIVIC CENTER DRIVE, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903. 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):LAW OFFICES OF ALAN MAYER; ALAN M. MAYER ESQ, 1120 NYE ST. #200, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901;(415)4574082. Date (Fecha): October 3, 2011 /s/ Kim Turner, Clerk (Secretario): by, C. Lucchest, Deputy Clerk (Adjunto) (Pacific Sun: May 25; June 1, 8, 15, 2012) STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF USE OF FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME File No. 304377 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. Fictious Business name(s): GOLDEN IVY HEALTH CENTER, 712 D ST., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. Filed in Marin County on: April 27, 2011. Under File No.: 126706. Registrant’s Name(s): WENDY YE, 4888 PARTSALON WAY, ANTIOCH, CA 94531. This statement was filed with the County Clerk Recorder of Marin County on May 22, 2012. (Pacific Sun: May 25; June 1, 8, 15, 2012) NOTICE OF PETITION TO ADMINISTER ESTATE OF: PATRICK W. POLLOCK. Case No. PR-1202595. To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors and persons who may otherwise be interested in the will or estate, or both, of PATRICK W. POLLOCK. A PETITION FOR PROBATE has been filed by: BANK OF MARIN in the Superior Court of California, County of MARIN. THE PETITION FOR PROBATE requests that BANK OF MARIN 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: July 23, 2012 at 9:00a.m. 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. (415) 454-4020. (Publication Dates: June 15, 22, 29, 2012)

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I am in my 20s and, for eight months, have been seeing a girl who might very well be “the one.” The problem is she wants to meet my mother, who is beyond controlling. She plays a game with girls I date, which I call “the 20 questions of doom.” Her questions start out normal, but by question 10, she’ll ask stuff like “Have you ever seen my son in the nude, and if not, do you have plans to?” She’ll also say very negative things about me. Also, I’m a dark-skinned black person, and my girlfriend is biracial, and my mother doesn’t want me dating a light-skinned girl because she wants grandkids who resemble her. I want to keep this girl, but she is growing impatient with my not letting her meet my mom, and is beginning to think I’m ashamed of her.—Stuck


Moms say the darnedest things: “So, much do you owe in student loans and have you seen my son’s winkie?” Any girl meeting her boyfriend’s mother for the first time expects a few uncomfortable questions—but on her politics and reproductive plans, not whether she’s had the chance to probe that mole under Sonnyboy’s scrotum. People who don’t have saboteurs for parents can find it hard to understand that somebody’s mother could be their relationship’s worst enemy. You, on the other hand, are already dreading your mother’s hospitality: “Son, shall we have coffee and dessert now and push your little friend into the woodchipper later?” Talk to your girlfriend, but not about meeting the middle-aged mean girl also known as your mother. Open up to her about the painful relationship you have with your mother and how hurtful it’s been that she has tried to drive away every woman in your life. (Some animals eat their young. Some eat their young’s girlfriends.) Evoking your girlfriend’s sympathy is the first step in shrinking her hurt feelings. (For best results, avoid mentioning that Mom’ll think she’s from the wrong side of the Crayola box.) You can’t control your mother’s behavior, but you can control who she gets to meet. This would be a good time to reconsider the definition of family. Maybe family means people who act like family whether they’re blood relatives or not, and maybe you should bring your girlfriend around to meet those people—your dearest friends and maybe an aunt and uncle who are fond of you. Chances are, what ultimately matters to her is not meeting your mother but believing you think she’s important enough to introduce. Show her (and keep showing her) that you’re proud of her and that she’s loved and appreciated, and she should stop sulking. In fact, she might even start joking about what it would be like, being invited over for a nice quiet dinner of sacrificial lamb—or, as your mother might put it to her: “Let me just show my son to his chair, dear, and then I’ll show you to your spit.”


After I got a new boyfriend, a friend started making frequent passiveaggressive jabs at me. Lamenting her datelessness, she sniffed, “At least I’m not one of those people who need to jump from relationship to relationship,” knowing full well that I got into my current relationship a month after ending my previous one. There are reasons I can’t just boot her from my life, so is there a way to get her to stop? If I called her out, she’d just deny it.—Dissed


Close friends tend to leave stuff lying around in each other’s life—but stuff leading to questions like “Hey, did you forget your phone on my coffee table?” not “Hey, did you leave your knife between my T4 and T5 vertebrae?” You probably can’t change her way of seeing all you have through the prism of all she doesn’t. (Really, she couldn’t be happier for you—that is, unless you fell down the stairs.) Where you went wrong is in letting that first nasty comment wriggle past you, which was like making it a little bed out of shredded newspaper so it could give birth to a whole litter of them. Since the direct approach would likely lead to snarly denials and ill will, shut her down by consistently jabbing back, but in a jokey tone—“Oh, you mean like my relationship...”—and she should get all, that’s didn’t, blah, blah, blah. By calling her out indirectly, you two can maintain the polite fiction that she hasn’t been going all mean drunk on you and maybe get back to some semblance of friendship as it’s supposed to be: that when a friend alerts you that you have something in your teeth, it’s because she wants you to look good, not because her shoelace is caught. < © Amy Alkon, all rights reserved. Got a problem? Email or write to Amy Alkon, 171 Pier Ave. #280, Santa Monica, CA 90405.

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