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n 2008, the last time the Marin Municipal Water District looked at options to control invasive plants in its watershed, “herbicide” was the hot button. Since then, the district has collected data, held workshops and embarked on a community outreach effort, resulting in a formal Vegetation Management Plan, which outlines two alternatives to fight the plant species that threaten the biodiversity of the watershed and pose a fire danger. The first option calls for using hand and mechanical means, along with a judicious use of what are called organic herbicides to battle the plants that threaten to change the ecology of the watershed. The organic herbicides can deal with some of the invasives but not the worst of them, the broom varieties. The second option calls for an integrated approach of mechanical and hand removal along with the use of three conventional herbicides: triclopyr, clopyralid and glyphosate. That 2008 hot button hasn’t disappeared—neither have the brooms, Scotch, French and Spanish, which have infested the watershed along with other flora such as yellow starthistle and pampas grass. But it’s the brooms that pose the greatest fire threat as well as damage to the biodiversity of the district’s approximately 22,000 acres of watershed. One thing has changed: The district is losing its battle with the invasives.

The timeline that has led to the approval of an environmental report for an updated management plan stretches back to 1994, when a consultant delivered a study to the district that formed the basis for a management plan. The district moved forward with proscriptions to husband its watershed and follow the management plan for 10 years starting in 1995. Then, in 2003, spurred by a continuing increase in fire danger in the watershed, the district adopted an integrated pest management policy aimed at keeping the fuel load suppressed and at the same time maintaining the watershed’s ecology. Using a variety of conventional tools, including hand and mechanical removal and prescribed burns, the district fought the infesting flora. It also looked at some unconventional methods, including goats that might graze the invasives. That didn’t work because goats eat every native species they find before munching on invasives. The tool that caused the most controversy was the district’s use of “reduced risk” herbicides. The limited use of those chemicals (including the three chemicals currently under consideration) “in areas away from reservoirs and streams” was part of the 2003 integrated management policy. Fairfax objected, which led to the district in 2005 suspending its use of herbicides until it could assess the effectiveness of the other 8 > non-chemical measures to clear in-


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San Rafael officials ‘just say no’ to alcopops San Rafael tykes will have to have fun the old-fashioned way—at playgrounds, sports fields and rolling streams—because their alcopop days are numbered. The San Rafael City Council officially came out in support of a resolution making the town an “alcopop free zone,” joining the Board of Supervisors, which took its stand against the sweet, fruity binge-inducing refreshments last May. Within the “zones,” local alcohol retailers would be encouraged to stop marketing and selling the controversial products. Such shops as United Markets and Andy’s Local Market have already signed on in support of the campaign against underage drinking. Alcopops are pre-mixed malt-liquor beverages with high sugar, fruity flavors and colorful packaging—critics of such brands as Bacardi Breezer, Mike’s Hard Lemonade and Zima XXX say they’re deliberately marketed toward youth and are frequently consumed by underage drinkers. The resolution, brought to the board last spring at the request of Supervisors Steve Kinsey and Judy Arnold, recognizes underage drinking as an “epidemic” and defines alcopops as “youth oriented” malt beverages that are “marketed in a way that encourages underage youth to drink them.”The resolution declares that officials “support the establishment of an Alcopop-Free Zone” in Marin and asks retailers to voluntarily stop buying, stocking, selling and marketing the drinks. According to statistics compiled by county staff, about one-third of girls ages 12 to 18 and one-fifth of boys that age have tried alcopops. Film fest unveils ASCAP Music Cafe The Mill Valley Film Festival is finally getting that punk street cred it’s always sought—as X frontman John Doe is slated to headline the festival’s inaugural Mill Valley ASCAP Music Cafe. The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) and the California Film Institute announced this week a new joint venture to produce the ASCAP Music Cafe, a live performance series being billed as “the focal point” for music at the film fest, taking place this year from Oct. 4 to 14. The Music Cafe will be open Oct. 11-13 at the Sweetwater Music Hall and, according to festival officials, will feature an “exciting and dynamic assortment of composers, songwriters and artists from across the musical spectrum and around the world.” Already confirmed for the ASCAP series is Fairfax resident John Doe, a founding member of the seminal L.A. punk band X—whose albums Los Angeles and Wild Gift frequently show up on greatest-albums-of-all-time lists. Mill Valley ASCAP Music Cafe producer Sue Drew says the series will give artists a chance to “come together, network and build relationships that might not otherwise exist.” “These connections will surely segue into future collaborations on any number of projects,” predicts Drew. Sweetwater Music Hall is at 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley; performances run each day from 1 to 5pm. A complete lineup and schedule of artists and bands will be announced Sept. 12. New veterans group to host POW/MIA Recognition Day It’s gonna be a 21 gun salute—and then some—when the Marin Alliance for the American Spirit files into formation for its first big event. The spirited new group—formed this month to raise awareness about veterans’ issues and honor active-duty soldiers—is hosting POW/MIA Recognition Day on Saturday, 8 >



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1. In 1972 San Francisco had the world’s first fully automated and computer controlled what? 2. Pictured, right: What was the only ancient Wonder of the World located in Iraq? 3. What two new symbols were added to telephone touch pads in 1968? 9 4. What Academy Award-winning Best Picture from 2002 had the name of a city as its title? 5. Pictured, above: What is the highest mountain in Africa, and in what country is it located? 6. Pictured, right: In February 2011, Billy Ray Cyrus said that _____ corrupted his daughter Miley and ruined his family. Fill in the blank with two words. 7. At what 1815 battle were Napoleon’s troops crushed by a coalition of European forces, forcing him to abdicate and accept exile for the final time? 8. What movie character was named after the film-cutter’s phrase “reel two, dialogue two”? 9. Pictured, right: What is the four-word name for the highest military decoration given to a member of the U.S. armed forces? 10. Can you name five kinds of animals whose plurals do not end with S? (And a couple more with two correct endings, one with S, one without.) BONUS QUESTION: What six-letter word related to music contains five consonants and the letter Y? Howard Rachelson welcomes you to live team trivia contests, on Wednesdays at 7:30 pm at the Broken Drum in San Rafael, and invites you to send in an intriguing question with answer (including your name and home town), to; if we use your question in this column, we’ll give you credit!


▼Who berates a grandfather with his 7-year-old grandson? DB of Corte Madera was driving his grandson to an activity in Larkspur. Refusing to drive over the speed limit, DB is used to tailgaters, and this time it was a guy in a red pickup. As DB reached the busy area of Magnolia, mindful of the children at St. Patrick’s elementary, he slowed below the speed limit. All the while, his tailgater was present. A few blocks later, DB slowed to turn into the parking lot of his destination. Apparently this was just too much for the tailgater. “F---head,” he screamed out the window of his pickup. Well, driver, we’ve picked up some names for you. Hothead, Pottymouth and Zero.—Nikki Silverstein

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y friend Deirdre says when she sees crazy coming, she crosses the street. There aren’t enough crosswalks in Marin to keep me out of crazy’s way. I am a nutso magnet. This probably indicates serious issues of my own. For instance, lack of boundaries and wanting everyone to think I’m nice. Mostly, though, I’m just that gal willing to engage with the whack jobs of the world. And, they can sense it from around the corner or across the park. A stranger, a man pushing 75, approached me at the Sausalito Dog Park to share that he was exhausted after his date the previous night. Without sparing a detail, he described meeting a woman on the Internet and taking her to dinner. During the meal, she told him she baked a peach pie for dessert. He went home with her and ate her warm pie. Wanting to be polite, I discussed the pie with him. “I grew up in the South and I love fresh peach pie,” I said. “Did she top it with vanilla ice cream?” “I love it, too,” he answered. “It was so sweet, it didn’t need ice cream.” Smirking, he added that he was the only thing on top of that syrupy pie all night long. It finally dawned on me that maybe “eating peach pie” was a euphemism. At this point, most people would walk away. Not me. I wasn’t certain he was being a pig, so to appear polite, I stayed while he asked me whether it was bad to leave his dog alone for two days while he eats peach pie. “Yes, two days is too long,” I chided. “You need to bring your dog with you.” He explained that he would bring him, but his dog also likes to lick peach pie. This whacko managed to whip out senior sex and bestiality in less than five minutes. It’s not just strangers; I attract crazy friends, too. My best friend Kate is taking the cake these days. When we hike on dirt trails, it’s not unusual for her to dress entirely in white and wear platform shoes. I long ago stopped questioning her choice of outfits for our outings. However, today, her strappy sandals were semi-appropriate for our stroll around Blackie’s Pasture. With their neutral color and low wedge heel, her adorable shoes are the perfect match for my dress. Not just any dress, but my swanky dress that hugs every curve of my body in the most flattering way and has hung in my closet for two years, never worn because I can’t find the right sandals. Kate knows of this dress dilemma, having spent many an afternoon

shoe shopping with me. I ask about her sandals. She actually refuses to tell me, her best friend, where she bought them. “Just tell me the brand and I’ll look on the web,” I say. “There are no more,” she responds coyly. “I already looked.” “Did you check Piperlime, Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus Last Call, Endless, Zappos?” I ask. “Yep,” she answers. “Kate, tell me the brand.” “They’re Katesters,” Kate replies. She calls herself Katester and me Nikkster. There are no Katester shoes. She’s bonkers. After our walk, we meet our friend Abby at Swirl in Mill Valley. Kate parks in front of the yogurt shop’s door. People stop and smile at her striking pooch, who’s sticking his head out the sunroof. Kate looks on with the pride of a mother, as if her own genes made the pup so beautiful. A man walks into Swirl and looks around the small room. “Whose dog is that?” he asks. “Mine,” Kate smiles. “Such a great-looking dog. What breed?” “He’s a rescue,” Kate replies. “That’s wonderful. What breed is he?” asks the man. “He’s from Petfinder,” responds Kate. “He’s a B-----,” I answer. (I dare not reveal the breed name here, because Kate is around the bend on this subject.) “A what?” he asks. “Don’t tell him,” Kate hisses. “I don’t want to see my dog coming and going in Marin.” “Let me spell that for you,” I say. “B-----.” The man enters the name into his iPhone and thanks me. Kate sulks. “Oh, I get it,” Abby says. “Everything is Katester. Shoes, dog breeds, everything.” “You can’t own a dog breed,” I lecture. “And, those shoes were mass produced. You can’t keep those a secret either.” “Yes, I can,” Kate says. She’s right. Abby and I scour the web for the shoes. We find similar styles, but never the Katesters. Crazy surrounds me. I don’t even bother trying to cross the street. They’re with me all the time now. What the hell— at least I have something to write about. ✹ Email:

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control without using herbicides, would cost about $5,600,000 a year in a battle with the vasive species. Frank Egger, former longtime invasives. A second approach, weed control Fairfax town councilman, played a major with limited use of conventional herbicides, role in rallying his town to block herbicide will cost about $1,600,000 a year to meet the use on the watershed. In 2006, Egger ran for plan’s goals. The hard fact is that no matter the seat on the water district board vacated what the district does, it will have to spend by Jared Huffman, who moved to the state that kind of money. At the high or low end, Assembly. One of Egger’s major campaign each year the district will have to spend to planks in his unsuccessful election bid: The keep its metaphorical finger in the invasivewatershed should be a pesticide-free zone. “My thinking has not changed,” Egger says. species dike. Because the district has insufficient funds “In fact, as we learn more and more about glyphosate-type pesticides, it’s becoming so to totally eradicate the invasives, the managemuch more clear that they shouldn’t be used, ment plan lays out five zones for varying actions. Zone 1 comprises definitely not in a water87 percent of the watershed shed.” Glyphosate is the one The Marin Municipal and is the least disturbed chemical out of the three Water District will hold an acreage. It includes numerproposed for use that causes informational meeting on the ous populations of rare the most concern among an- 2012 Vegetation Management and endangered species ti-herbicide activists. It’s the Plan on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 6:30active ingredient in Round- 9:00pm, in the Kreps Conference of plants and animals. up, the subject of some seri- Room at Redwood High School, Protecting that habitat will become increasingly ously bad press over its tox- 365 Doherty Drive, Larkspur. important as the effects of icity. But the glyphosate and A section of Doherty Drive climate change take hold the surfactant the district traveling east from Magnolia Avenue to the high school in California. The managewould use have a relatively is closed for roadway ment plan calls for taking low toxicity, according to improvements. Attendees will the most widespread effort academic reports. The ap- need to access Redwood High to eradicate invasives in plication would be toxic if School via Lucky Drive. this zone, which is most it were drunk straight from removed from habitation. the bottle, to be sure, but apThe zones progress down to Zone 5, a limplying the chemical in a controlled manner reduces the danger of toxicity to nearly nil, ited action zone. According to the plan, this is according to mainstream academic scientists. about 3 percent of the watershed. “The zone is characterized by little to no maintenance Critics remain unconvinced. And they’re or operational activity. Ecosystem functions suspicious of the suggestion that the district are degraded, invasive weeds often are the might reduce the hazard of toxicity by caredominant plants in the area, and there are ful application, including possibly daubing few to no rare or otherwise significant species chemicals on the plants. “Daubing,” says present.” Because eliminating the invasives in Egger with an unmistakable disdain in his Zone 5 would be difficult or impossible and voice. “That’s silly. There’s absolutely no consume valuable budget dollars, these areas reason to use that stuff. It’s poison.” would receive the least attention. The water district board last month auPrioritizing the zones for varying levels thorized a $407,030 contract with Panorama of action will allow the district to improve Environment Inc. to compile an environthe efficiency of its fuelbreak system. It also mental impact report for the Vegetation will allow the district to “turn back the tide Management Plan. Egger says it’s a waste of [in some areas] and protect really valuable ratepayers’ money. “They should not be usresources,” says Janet Klein, natural resource ing pesticides, period.” But according to the district, unless it uses program manager at the district. Also, the management plan, “sadly, identifies areas a combination of mechanical and chemiwhere we just don’t think we have the recal methods, it cannot hope to stave off the sources to even hold it back. That’s primarily invasives. And even in the district’s most in the Deer Park and Phoenix Lake areas of optimistic scenario, some areas already are Fairfax and Ross. We don’t have the resourclost to aggressive plant species. es to make meaningful gains there to restore In addition to a risk-benefit assessment, habitat and hold back the weeds.” the issue of what methods to use to reduce Fire prevention probably is the most fire danger and protect the ecology of the important function of the management plan watershed also brings to the fore that old for the approximately 45,000 people living analytic tool, the cost-benefit analysis. The near the boundary of a watershed filled with invasives are spreading by about 30 acres a the potential fuel of invasive species. Actuyear despite the district’s current arsenal of ally, says Klein, it’s not so much where the removal tools (minus herbicide use). The species came from that’s important but what district’s budget can’t handle total eradicathey do once they get established. In the tion, even if it were possible. According to watershed, they grow faster than other spethe management plan, “the cost of full imcies, crowding them out. They also change plementation would far exceed the district’s the soil by sequestering nitrogen. That might current vegetation management budget of be good for a farmer, but it’s bad for native approximately $875,000 per year....” But by using herbicides, the district could stretch its plants adapted to soil with low enrichment. When the usurper species add nitrogen dollar and get more removal punch. to the soil they set up a vicious cycle that One approach under consideration, weed 8 PACIFIC SUN SEPTMBER 7 - SEPTEMBER 13, 2012

encourages more usurpers, better adapted to using higher nitrogen levels in soil, at the expense of native species. And the usurpers, the brooms, increase fire danger because they’re highly combustible. Some of them can virtually explode into flames, sending sparks into tree canopies, a nasty wildfire accelerant. And the watershed has had a long history of major fires. Seventeen major fires have swept across the watershed since record keeping began in 1859. In 1891, 3,295 acres burned; in 1923, 10,460 acres went up in flames; and in 1945, the worst fire of them all charred 12,120 acres. “There’s a huge danger of fire,” says David Behar, water district director who defeated Egger for a seat on the board. He points to the devastating Oakland Hills fire of 1991 as an example of what could happen in modern-day Marin. “We have a tremendous number of people bordering our watershed, and we have an obligation to make sure that we are doing everything we can to protect against the fire that we know is inevitable. We have to act.” Behar says the district has collected much information since 2008 that will help inform the decision about whether to employ a plan that includes herbicides. “We have had public workshops with very high level scientific experts from a diversity of perspectives, including those critical of herbicides. We had an elaborate process that dove into these issues very deeply in a way we never did before.” That experience resulted in quantitative new information about how best to apply conventional herbicides so they stay out of the wider environment, especially reservoirs and streams in the watershed. The district would take an extremity careful approach, Behar emphasizes. Glyphosate isn’t undeniably harmful, like DDT, he says.

The overuse of herbicides on food crops is a problem in the Central Valley and elsewhere, but their careful use just might make sense in the watershed in Marin. Still, the notion that the district might use herbicides, even judiciously, makes those philosophically opposed to their use nervous. Bill Rothman, M.D., a constant critic, has prepared a just-in-case petition for a ballot measure that calls for requiring the district to “follow U.S. national organic standards and to call in specialists in nonpesticide vegetation management, just as organic farmers do when dealing with weeds and insect pests.” Klein says she wishes that Rothman’s plan would work, but it won’t. “At the moment, I am not aware of a product that meets those labeling requirements capable of killing a re-sprouting woody species. I would welcome seeing [an organic] development in the toolbox,” she says. “Part of the plan is to be adaptive and keep our eyes on different technologies as they evolve. But right now we have to work with the tools that are available. And we can’t wait because the problem is growing.” Rothman and others critical of the district even considering herbicides, says the nonchemical methods should be part of the environmental report. He says, for instance, that chickens can eat plant seeds and their digestive action kills them. Why not, he asks, bring in chickens to deal with the problem? Klein says chickens are not included in the tools “vetted in the background reports for this study.” She also says that in her discussions with other agencies in the Western states, she has heard of no one using chickens to eradicate brooms, Scotch, French or otherwise. ✹ Contact the writer at

< 6 Newsgrams Sept. 15, at the Marin Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium in San Rafael. The program, sponsored by the Board of Supes and the Patriot Beverage Company, will include a tribute to all veterans, with speakers, music, a military flyover and a free reception. POW/MIA day has been missing in action from a lot of people’s radar—recognized by Congress in 1979, the Recognition Day was set aside to remember the nation’s prisoners of war and soldiers who are missing in action, as well as their families. Traditionally, the president each year proclaims National POW/MIA Recognition Day on the third Friday of September. According to MAAS officials, the POW/MIA flag, which pictures the silhouette of a soldier with the slogan “You Are Not Forgotten,” is flown to mark the day. The U.S. Department of Defense says that, since World War II, there have been approximately 87,000 American MIAs and 142,000 POWs. Also, according to the Department of Defense, 17,000 of the POWs died while interned. The event is from 11am to 1pm. For more information, contact MAAS President Keith Woodcock at 800/438-8988.

Circle Bank snapped up by Oregon firm Novato-based Circle Bank has been sold to Umpqua Holdings Corporation for $24.9 million, according to news released last week by the Portland-based company. When the deal is finalized later this year, Circle Bank’s six branches—in Corte Madera, Novato, Petaluma, San Francisco, San Rafael and Santa Rosa—will be changed to Umpqua Bank, and added to Umpqua Bank’s network of 193 locations in California, Oregon, Washington and Northern Nevada, according to the release. Kit M. Cole, chairman and CEO of Circle Bancorp, and Kim Kaselionis, CEO of Circle Bank, said in the release:“The combination of Umpqua and Circle Bank will offer customers expanded geographic coverage and access to the variety of products and services of a large bank delivered with the quality customer service and engagement that only a community bank can provide. All of us at Circle Bank are excited by the opportunities for our customers, our communities and our employees.”



o spring nor summer beauty hath such grace, as I have seen in one autumnal face,” wrote English poet John Donne. And Donne had never even visited Marin during the fall arts season. If he had, imagine what he’d see: some of the finest regional theater in the Bay Area; galleries of talented artists brushing up on the natural beauty that surrounds us; 11 theaters showing the finest films of the year; a vibrant music scene dedicated to every genre from baroque and blues to ska and steampunk. And let’s not forget Marin’s incredible writing community—with page after page of impressive author events and local writing workshops. With the kickoff to the fall arts season taking place next week at the Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival, Sept. 15 and 16, 10am to 5pm at Old Mill Park, here’s our annual review of the Marin arts scene, and a look ahead at what the fall has to offer.—Jason Walsh

This is the season when Marin paints its masterpieces...

Stage d’or Get a leg up on the season’s golden moments in performing arts by Dani Bu rlison


augh your way into autumn. Kicking off this fall’s performing arts season is one in a series of comedy shows here in Marin. Dana Carvey joins Mark Pitta for A Night of Comedy and Conversation. A benefit for The Maryknoll Sisters and their international human rights, social justice, environmental and economic equality efforts, the evening includes a VIP wine reception and special guests. Saturday, Sept. 8, at 6:30pm. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. $125. for tickets. Produced by Marin residents Anne and Jon Fox, the 37th Annual San Francisco Comedy Competition is a wonderful way to wind down the work week. The early stomping grounds of comedians like the great Louis C.K., this year’s 15 participants are sure to make their marks—or at least bring an excellent ab workout to their audience. Friday, Sept. 14, at 8:30pm. Showcase Theatre at Marin Center, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. $25. A great cause with a different twist, Stepping Out to Celebrate

Few have a better ‘steely eyed’ stare than Johnny Steele.

Life benefits San Francisco Bay Area nonprofit breast health programs. Featuring a fashion show teeming with breast-cancer survivors, the event also includes cocktails, fine dining, music, dancing and more—all with a fabulous 1930s theme! The fun begins at 5:30pm Friday, Sept. 29, at the Marin Center Exhibit Hall, 50 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. $225. 415/455-5882. For opera lovers tethered to the Bay Area with no chance of escaping to the East Coast this fall, the Lark Theater in Larkspur offers a fantastic treat. The theater’s Live at the Met series transmits 11 live broadcasts of New York’s Metropolitan Opera directly to audiences in Marin starting in October. The season kicks off with Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore, Oct. 13; Verdi’s Otello, Oct 27 and 31; Ades’s The Tempest, Nov. 10; and Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito, Dec. 1. Times and costs vary. The Lark also presents plays from the National Theatre of London: The Last of the Hausmanns, Oct. 11; and Timon of Athens, Nov. 1. Visit for more information. If the opera doesn’t pack enough punch for your taste, the Shaolin Warriors might just be your cup of

tea. Trained throughout life in the tradition of kung fu, these warriors bring grace and magical movement to stages across the world. A whole new meaning to shock and awe, my friends. Saturday, Oct. 13, at 8pm. Marin Veterans’ Auditorium, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. $20-$50. Election season have you stressed? Wringing your hands in anxiety? Ulcers flaring up? Never fear, An Evening of (mostly) Politically Oriented Comedy is coming your way at the Marin Osher JCC! Featuring Johnny Steele, Michael Davis, Nato Green, Alex Koll and surprise guests, this night of satire and belly laughs is sure to ease your stress—if only for one evening. Saturday, Oct. 20, at 8:30pm. Osher Marin JCC, 200 N San Pedro Road, San Rafael. $20-$40. www. The Mill Valley Philharmonic offers a taste of the far north with a free show this November. With samplings of Sibelius (Finland), Svendsen (Norway), Pärt (Estonia), Holmboe (Denmark) and violin soloist Hrabba Atladottir (Iceland), the local talent at this performance will usher in the cooler months. Sunday, Nov. 11, at 2pm. Osher Marin JCC, 200 N. San Pedro Rd., San Rafael. Free. The 60th season of the Marin Symphony kicks off with an Opening Gala Celebration immediately after the first performance, Viva Italia!, which features the music of Mendelssohn and guest performers Quartet San Francisco. The gala event, Carnival Italian, includes a locally grown organic meal, cocktails, a love auction, dessert and dancing. Gala tickets are $125-$250 and proceeds benefit Marin Symphony programs. Sunday, Oct. 28; symphony at 3pm, gala event at 5:30pm. Concert repeats on Tuesday, Oct. 30, at 7:30pm. As the brisk cool evenings of fall encompass the North Bay, there is no better way to spice things up with a little dancing heat

Ballet Folklorico de Mexico is importing some stunning dance moves to Marin Center this November.

than the Ballet Folklorico de Mexico performance in early November. A blend of brilliant costuming and traditional, stunning dance moves, this event is sure to delight. Friday, Nov. 9, 8pm. Marin Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium. $20-$65. www. Back to mix things up in the Marin music scene, the Marin Golden Gate Barbershop Chorus presents its 58th annual fall show with an added twist of comedy. The Barbershop Chorus once again harmonizes the heck out of Marin County on Sunday, Nov. 4, 2pm. Marin Civic Center, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. $7-$25. 415/473-6800. As the fall season winds down, the Marin Center brings audiences more lively performances from faraway lands. The Royal Drummers and Dancers of Burundi deliver exquisite drumming along with a peek into their ancient customs of celebration and ritual. Passed down through generations, the techniques of the Burundi drummers and dancers transport audiences into another place and time entirely. Sunday, Nov. 18, at 3pm. Marin Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. $20-$40. ✹ Dance for Dani at SEPTEMBER 7 - SEPTEMBER 13, 2012 PACIFIC SUN 9

Autumn sleeves When it comes to fall book events, Marin’s got you covered! b y Dani Bu rlison


anned Books week is almost upon us the Kitchen Sisters, author Jason Roberts, Liss and there’s no better way to celebrate Fain Dance and teen slam poet Billy Butler. than to mark our calendars with big Don’t miss this action-packed benefit for the bright colors, reminding us of the fabulous beloved library. Wednesday, Sept. 15, at 7pm. local literary events coming our way this fall. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, 142 ThrockmorWith readings and book release parties galore, ton Ave., Mill Valley. $150-$250. Tickets at there really is no better place for lovers of the written word than right here in the Bay Area. Celebrate the release of West Marin ReOnce again, Marin outdoes itself with all view in no other place but West Marin. Along things literary. with readings of issue No. 4 by featured poets Jump-start the season of lovely literature and writers, the event offers refreshments and with a beer and oyster-accompanied reading. A inspiration Sunday, Sept. 16, 2-4pm. Free, benefit for the Jack Mason anthology costs $17.95. Museum of West Marin Toby’s Feed Barn GalHistory and sponsored by lery, 11250 Highway Point Reyes Books, this One, Point Reyes Stareading and beer tasting tion. www.westmarinfeatures North Bay author Ken Weaver and his newly One of the most released Northern Caliepic, entertaining and fornia Craft Beer Guide. spectacular readings Monday, Sept. 10, 6pm. in Marin is hosted Saltwater Oyster Depot, by a gaggle of folks 12781 Sir Francis Drake called the Tuesday Blvd., Inverness. $30. For Night Writers. The tickets, visit www.ptreyesevents, held every other month, include On Wednesday, join guest authors—this LitQuake Literary Festival September features co-founder and author Holly Lynn Payne and Jane Ganahl in converMeg Pokrass—an open sation with author Paul mic and a no-host bar Hawken’s latest details the emergence of a worldHawken. This installment changing ‘movement with no name’ in response to in downtown Fairfax. ‘cascading ecological crises and human suffering.’ of the A List Series will If you’re lucky, writer focus on Hawken’s latest Chris Cole will be there book, Blessed Unrest: How the Largest Moveto show you his sweet dance moves and Glen ment in the World Came Into Being and Why David Gold will let you play with his giant No One Saw It Coming, and how we can find fuzzy dog. Tuesday, Sept. 18 and Tuesday, Nov. hope in our ever-changing world. Wednesday, 13, 6pm. Peri’s Silver Dollar Bar, 29 Broadway, Sept. 12, 7:30pm. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Fairfax. Free. 415/459-9910 142 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. $12-$15. There are few things that bring such joy in the cooler fall weather as slipping into a warm If you haven’t attended the Why There Are sweater and nestling up with a new stack of Words literary readings in Sausalito, you’re books. Offering up volumes of bound delight missing out! Don’t fret, however, as Peg Alford without the assault on pocketbooks this fall is Pursell’s wildly popular series offers monthly the Friends of Marin County Free Library events featuring an always eclectic mix of Fall Clearance Sale. Stacked in glorious established and emerging writers. Past readers numbers, used books are available for purinclude such literary greats as Peter Orner, chase starting at a mere 25 cents, with most Elissa Bassist, Stephen Elliott, Molly Giles, book prices averaging $1-$2! Collectibles and Michael David Lukas, Justin Torres, Carolyn new books are marked down to half off the Cooke, the late Kathi Kamen Goldmark and sticker prices and all of the proceeds benefit many more. Why There Are Words takes the myriad Marin County Library proplace every second Thursday of the month grams. And if one day of book fondling isn’t (the next: Sept. 13) year-round, 7-9pm. Studio enough, books will be refreshed, restocked 333, 333 Caledonia St., Sausalito. $5. www. and re-loved each day of the three-day sale. Friday, Sept. 28, 10am-7pm; Saturday, Sept. A benefit for Mill Valley’s public library, 29, 10am-4pm; Sunday, Sept. 30, 12-4pm. The Beyond the Book Bash offers a fun twist on Book Place, 1608 Grant Ave., Novato. marinlithe typical literary event. Hosted by comedian Michael Pritchard, the event includes wine As usual, Book Passage hosts some of the and eats for a good cause. Guests include Tim best authors to visit Marin. And this fall, readHockenberry, Tom Corwin and Mostly Dylan, ers and writers alike will not be disappointed. Peabody Award-winning radio storytellers First, baffle and twist your thinking cap at

Marin Center Exhibit Hall, 10 Avenue Murder in the Valley, an evening with of the Flags, San Rafael. www. four local mystery writers: Penny ner, Ann Parker, Staci McLaughlin and Can you believe it? The Point Reyes Carole Price. Sunday, Sept. 23, 4pm. National Seashore is 50 years old! Next, bask in the glory that is Michael Not only did Bay Nature dedicate a Chabon while he reads from Telegraph recent issue, Crowning Glories, to Avenue on Monday, Sept. 24, at 7pm. this glorious stretch of coastline, to And the very next night, Tuesday, Sept. celebrate, Point Reyes Books hosts 25, Book Passage hosts Salman Rushan anniversary party-slash-reading of die at Dominican University to discuss the Crowning Glories issue in honor Joseph Anton: A Memoir at 7pm ($35, includes signed book). Events at Book Passage, of the National Seashore’s half-century. Join 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera or Do- Greg Sarris, Jules Evens, Claire Peaslee, David minican University, 50 Acacia Ave., San Rafael. Rains Wallace and Judith Lowry at a wine and hors d’oeuvres reception and program Happen to be traveling around the planet on Saturday, Oct. 13, at 5pm. The Red Barn, 1 on a self-guided summertime tour of liter- Bear Valley Rd., Point Reyes Station. $25-$30. ary events and miss out on the Marin Po- Fairfax is your Marin destination for the etry Center’s Traveling Show right here in the Bay Area? Not to worry, you have one last annual 100 Thousand Poets For Change chance to see them right here in Marin before extravaganza. Founded in the North Bay last the season is over. Join host Jean Hawkins year, the day consists of nearly 700 simultaSublett with poets Rose Black, Donna Em- neous social-change-through-poetry-anderson, Janet Jennings, Rafaella Del Bourgo, music events in over 100 countries. Featuring poets Albert Flynn Gregory W. Randall and DeSilver and Luke Warm Toni L Wilkes at their final Water, the event includes reading. Tuesday, Sept. 25, readings, live music and at 7pm. Mill Valley Library, more. Saturday, Sept. 29, 375 Throckmorton, Mill 12pm-4pm at Peri Park Valley. Free. www.marinbandstand, 142 Bolinas Road, Fairfax. Free. CarlThe late G.K. Chesterton once said, “Poets have been html#home. mysteriously silent on the Thought that was all for subject of cheese.” While this poetry events in Marin? may be true, poets are often Well you thought wrong, not silent about everything dear reader. The Marin Poelse, including love, the state etry Society hosts the 2012 of the world, the beauty in Marin Poetry Society nature, the mystery of death. Anthology Read-Around Not sure what I’m talking about? Head out to the an- Robert Hass will discuss art, imagination because, well, we can never nual Marin Poetry Festival and the natural world—if not cheese— have enough poetry in our lives. Join a gaggle of poets and see and hear for yourself. at the Marin Poetry Festival. and soak it all up Thursday, Featuring local gem Robert Hass (whose latest book, What Light Can Do: Oct. 18, at 7:30pm. Falkirk Cultural Center, Essays on Art, Imagination, and the Natural 1408 Mission, San Rafael. Free. www.marinWorld, was recently released), Gillian Cono- ley and Giovanni Singleton, among others, What would you say to your teen self if the heart and mind are sure to be filled with you could go back? If you could utilize Doc all things good—maybe even some nibbles of Brown’s time travel machine from Back to cheese. Wednesday, Oct. 3, 7pm. Dominican the Future and deliver a letter to help guide University, 50 Acacia Ave., San Rafael. $10. the way? If you could send a warning, serve up some wisdom, prepare for good or bad A project of Literacyworks, the second news? Seventy authors do just that in Dear annual WordUp! A Community Learning Teen Me: Authors Write Letters To Their Fair not only brings Marin invaluable reTeen Selves. Join editor E. Kristin Anderson sources and opportunities to try and learn and contributors Marke Bieschke, Stacey new things like arts and crafts, sustainabilJay, Mike Jung, Katherine Longshore, Erika ity practices and creative writing skills, it Stalder and Mariko Tamaki and celebrate also features Michael Krasny, Jane Smiley, teens at this Book Passage reading event. Jill Tarter, Mac Barnett, Katherine Applegate Thursday, Nov. 15, at 7:30pm. Book Passage, and Michael Grant. And it all benefits chil51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. Free. dren and literacy. Sunday, Oct. 7, 11am-5pm. Read to Dani at


The big pictures Here’s what’s on the hook as this year’s Oscar bait... by M at t hew St af for d


his year’s crop of autumn releases runs the gamut from the high-toned to the lowbrow to the potentially memorable to the probably forgettable. You’ve got your oiled-muscle testosterone flicks, your film-fest indie faves, several by-the-book sequels, a lot of fantasy/sci-fi FX Gorgonzola, Daniel Day-Lewis as Abe Lincoln, Keira Knightley as Anna Karenina, urban romances and quirky comedies and the last gasp of Bella and Edward. There’s new celluloid from Paul Thomas Anderson, Ang Lee, Curtis Hanson, Tim Burton and the Wachowskis and plenty of animated mayhem for the kiddies. And did we mention Bond, James Bond? Enjoy the show, and don’t forget to make time for pumpkin carving and pie baking as well.

last heist and pay a $10 million ransom for his kidnapped daughter; Danny Huston co-stars. Sept. 21 End of Watch A day in the life of two beat cops in South Central L.A. as seen through the eyes of locals, gang members and the cops themselves. The Master Much-anticipated Paul Thomas Anderson drama about the Kane-like founder of a Scientology-ish religious sect; Philip Seymour Hoffman stars. The Perks of Being a Wallflower Stephen Chbosky’s novel about a clueless introverted freshman and his two senior-class mentors hits the big screen with Emma Watson and Logan Lerman and Chbosky himself directing. Trouble With the Curve Grizzled baseball scout Clint Eastwood, his eyesight failing, brings daughter Amy Adams along on one last scouting expedition to check out a prospect.

Sept. 7 Bachelorette Bridesmaids Kirsten Dunst, Isla Fisher and Lizzy Caplan blow off the bride-to-be’s tootame bachelorette party for a raunchy bacchanal of their own. The Cold Light of Day A family vacation in Spain turns actionpacked and v iolent when spies kidnap Pop and Junior goes on the Sept. 28 lam; Bruce Willis stars. Hotel TranFor a Good Time, sylvania Pixar Clint Eastwood stays out of politics in ‘Trouble With the Curve.’ cartoon about Call... Old enemies Ari Graynor and an exclusive Lauren Anne Miller forge a personal and monsters-only resort run by Count Dracula professional bond when they form a lucra- and the brouhaha that results when an ordinary guy crashes a party attended by Frankentive two-girl phone-sex operation. stein, the Wolfman and other spooky types. Hello I Must Be Going A listless, deLooper Convoluted sci-fi thriller about a pressed divorcee gets a new lease on life when time-traveling Mob hit man named Joe who’s she begins an affair with a teenage boy. ordered to off his former self; Bruce Willis and The Words Struggling author BradJoseph-Gordon Levitt co-star as Joe. ley Cooper tussles with his overwhelming Detropia Hard-hitting documentary ambition when that great American novel he look at the city of Detroit and how its brinkplagiarized from another man catapults him of-bankruptcy financial woes are emblematic to fame and fortune. of the country as a whole. Sept. 14 Won’t Back Down Pittsburgh moms Arbitrage Hedge-fund financial baron Viola Davis and Maggie Gyllenhaal take Richard Gere races to unload his diminishing on all comers in their fight to improve bubble of a trading firm before detective Tim their children’s collapsing school system. Roth takes him down; Susan Sarandon and Laetitia Casta co-star as wife and mistress. Oct. 4-14 Resident Evil: Retribution Milla Mill Valley Film Festival The 35th anJovovich and her form-fitting catsuit are back, nual cinematic soiree features seminars, worktaking on that pesky planet-ravaging T-virus shops, galas, in-person tributes and hundreds and lots and lots of flesh-eating zombies. of movies from around the world. Stolen Retired New Orleans cat burglar Nicolas Cage has just 24 hours to pull off one

Oct. 5 Butter The churned cream flies when a vengeful wife takes on a 12year-old prodigy for top honors at the Iowa State Fair butter-carving contest. Frankenweenie Animated Tim Burton horror comedy about a young genius who brings his beloved pooch back to life; SCTV’s Martin Short and Catherine O’Hara provide the voices. The Paperboy Journalist Matthew McConaughey investigates the conviction of a death-row inmate and falls for the con’s penpal sweetheart (Nicole Kidman). Pitch Perfect A motley group of college coeds attains perfect harmony when they enter the dog-eat-dog world of a cappella championship singing. Oct. 12 Argo Ben Affleck directs and stars in the true-life story of the Iran hostage crisis and the covert operation to rescue six American prisoners. Here Comes the Boom Wrestlerturned-middle-aged biology teacher Kevin James returns to the ring as a mixed martial arts fighter to raise money for his high school music program, much to the astonishment of school nurse Salma Hayek. Seven Psychopaths Screenwriter Sam Rockwell’s life is turned upside down when his prankster buddies kidnap a shih tzu that happens to belong to a top L.A. mobster; Christopher Walken, Tom Waits and Woody Harrelson co-star. Oct. 19 Alex Cross A serial killer pushes detective squad psychologist Tyler Perry into a personal

and professional quagmire in a skillful game of cat and mouse. Killing Them Softly New Orleans Mob enforcer Brad Pitt zeroes in on the poor sap who cleaned out his boss’s highstakes poker game. Oct. 26 The Big Wedding Long-divorced and still-angry Diane Keaton and Robert De Niro are forced to play the happily married couple during their son’s weekend-long wedding celebration; Robin Williams officiates. Chasing Mavericks Half Moon Bay’s gnarly waves provide the backdrop for Curtis Hanson’s biopic of legendary surfer dude Jay Moriarty. Cloud Atlas David Mitchell’s fabulist novel becomes a Tom Tywker-Lana and Andy Wachowski extravaganza with Susan Sarandon, Halle Berry and Tom Hanks influencing and inspiring one another across continents and centuries. Fun Size A teen’s plans for a fun and festive Halloween go out the window when her weird little brother wanders off among the jack-o’-lanterns in search of tricks and treats. The Sessions True story of poet Mark O’Brien, who was determined to lose his virginity despite his confinement to an iron lung; John Hawkes and Helen Hunt star. Nov. 2 Flight Airline pilot Denzel Washington’s heroic safe landing after a midair collision falls under scrutiny when questions arise about really happened before and during the crash. Jack and Diane A teenage girl’s budding horniness manifests itself in spooky body-altering ways; luckily, she has an 12 >

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aving gained more galleries than we lost this past year, the Marin art scene continues to thrive. Below, some fall highlights: Southern Marin Mill Valley Arts Festival: A celebration of arts and crafts galore, the annual Fall Arts Festival takes place the weekend of Sept. 15-16 in Old Mill Park behind the Mill Valley Library, 10am to 5pm both days. General admission is $10; students/seniors $5; and children under 12, free. www.mvfaf. org Paint Off: Not a graffiti remover, but a fascinating event in Mill Valley’s Depot Plaza, “Paint Off” is a competitive challenge for artists, who may paint any scene visible from the plaza, in any style or medium. Limited to 35 artists, the event takes place Saturday, Sept. 8, from 10:30am to 2:30pm. Cash prizes to the top three participants! Applications can be picked up at Mill Valley City Hall or online at Seager Gray Gallery: Donna Seager Gallery has moved from its longtime home on Fourth Street in San Rafael to a charming new space in Mill Valley, in partnership with Suzanne Gray. September’s exhibition is “Claudia Marseille: Journeys,” a collection of multi-layered works in encaustic and oil inspired by the Bay Area and by Marseille’s recent travels in Scandinavia and Argentina. Not realistic depictions, the paintings present “internal landscapes” described by the artist as “discarded objects, recycled materials, graffiti, torn flyers, rusted metal...urbanization and globalization...distinguished by history, marked by human presence.” A reception for Marseille is planned for Saturday, Sept. 8, from 6-8pm.

Seager Gray Gallery, 23 Sunnyside, Mill Valley. Open Tuesday through Saturday 11am-6pm; Sunday 12-5pm. 415/384-8288. Robert Green Fine Arts: RGFA is southern Marin’s foremost and most ardent purveyor of joyful abstract art. Currently up at the gallery is a group show including work by Charlotte Bernstrom, Mark Erickson, Sam Francis, John Grillo, Paul Jenkins, Ed Moses, Gustavo Ramos Rivera and James Shay. RGFA is the largest dealer in North America for the brightly rendered works of Jenkins, who passed away this summer at the age of 87. Robert Green Fine Arts, 154 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. Open Wednesday through Sunday 11am-5pm or by appointment. 415/381-8776. Robert Allen Fine Arts: Through Sept. 28, Robert Allen hosts a threeartist group show featuring Suzie Buchholz, Michael Moon and Aida Schneider, all abstract artists doing bold, vibrant work on canvas and/or panel. Distinctively individual, the three in combination are an installation stroke of genius. Robert Allen Fine Arts, 301 Caledonia St., Sausalito. Open Monday through Friday 10am-5pm. 415/331-2800. Studio 333: A marvelous throwback to the art scene of the 1960s and ’70s, Studio 333 is one of Marin’s most idiosyncratic galleries, featuring compelling and affordable work by many local and Bay Area artists. The big rambling building is also the site for wonderful parties, poetry readings and the second Thursday of the month “Why There Are Words” literary event.

Studio 333, 333 Caledonia St., Sausalito. Open Monday through Sunday 11am-5pm. 415/331-8272. West Marin Bolinas Museum: For the first two weeks of September, the Bolinas Museum welcomes visitors for its Art Auction Preview Show, curated by Lucy Van Sands Seeburg. Dozens of highly regarded artists are represented, including talents such as Phil Frank, David Goines, Susan Hall, Richard Lang and Judith Selby Lang. The exhibit culminates in an auction and party Sept. 15. Bolinas Museum, 48 Wharf Rd., Bolinas. Open Wednesday 4-7pm, Friday 1-5 pm, Saturday and Sunday 12-5pm. 415/868-0330. Claudia Chapline Contemporary Art: A noteworthy artist herself, Claudia Chapline has long featured quirky and compelling sculpture, painting and mixed media work in her Stinson Beach gallery. Don’t miss the outdoor sculpture garden. She also hosts a series of poetry readings and other special events, such as a group tour of the Oliver Ranch. Claudia Chapline Contemporary Art, 3445 Shoreline Hwy., Stinson Beach. Open by appointment. 415/868-2308. www. Gallery Route One: One of the Bay Area’s most fun annual art events is at GRO through Sept. 30—the Box Show, featuring mostly whimsical but sometimes serious works by 150 artists. The premise: Early in the summer, all participants receive identical pine boxes to do with as they wish. In August, the results go on display and are auctioned off in a whirlwind party on the last day of the exhibit. If you love quirky art that you can’t find anywhere else, the Box Show is your scene. Gallery Route One, 11101 Highway One, Point Reyes Station. Open Monday through Sunday 11am-5pm. 415/663-1347. North Marin Marin Museum of Contemporary Art: The Fall National Exhibition, a juried show, continues through Sept. 30 at MarinMOCA. Juried by Renny Pritikin, director of the Richard Nelson Gallery and the Fine Arts Collection at UC Davis, the exhibit includes Bay Area and California artists plus many from elsewhere in the U.S. Painting, photography, sculpture and mixed-media pieces are all in abundance, some beguiling and others challenging.

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Susan West’s ‘A Day at the Museum’ is among the featured pieces at this year’s ‘Box Show’ at Gallery Route One.

MarinMOCA, Novato Arts Center at Hamilton Field, 500 Palm Dr., Novato. Open Wednesday through Sunday, 11am-4pm. 415/506-0137. ArtRageous Gallery: A newcomer to the increasingly upscale east end of Grant Avenue, ArtRageous features affordably priced painting, photography and mixed-media from Bay Area (and elsewhere) artists in a stylish, highceilinged environment; it occasionally hosts demonstrations by visiting artists. ArtRageous Gallery, 857 Grant Ave., Novato. Open Wednesday through Saturday 11am-6pm, Sundays 11am-3pm. 415/8978444. Central Marin Art Works Downtown: Through Sept. 28, San Rafael’s art co-op features “Organic Intentions,” a group exhibit of sculpture made of natural materials by three Bay Area artists: Mari Andrews, Mary Button Durell and Patricial Lyons Stroud. A reception for the artists is planned for Friday, Sept. 14, from 5 to 8pm, the same night as the town’s monthly “art walk.” Art Works Downtown, 1337 Fourth St., San Rafael. Open Tuesday through Saturday 10am-5pm. 415/451-8119. Falkirk Cultural Center: Also on Friday, Sept. 14, Falkirk opens its Bi-Annual Juried Exhibition with a reception from 5:30 to 7:30pm. This “dynamic multi-media exhibition” features art in many kinds of media and a diverse array of genres. Juror is San Francisco City College professor of art Nancy Elliott. Falkirk Cultural Center, 1408 Mission Ave. at E St., San Rafael. Open Tuesday through Friday 1-5pm; Saturday 10am-1pm; and by appointment. 415/485-3328. Gallery Bergelli: Having just closed “Junkyard Melodies,” a one-man show by Tim Weldon, Bergelli now has open its Fall Group Show, featuring Jose Basso, a painter of intense and deceptively simple landscapes. On Oct. 20, a new exhibit will showcase painter Greg Ragland. Gallery Bergelli, 483 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur. Open Monday through Friday 10am-5pm, Saturday and Sunday 10am4pm or by appointment. 415/945-9454. ✹ SEPTEMBER 7 - SEPTEMBER 13, 2012 PACIFIC SUN 13

Marin theater, take a bow! County stage scene breaking a leg, if not breaking the bank... by Charl e s Br o u sse


t first glance, Marin’s theater scene appears to be remarkably vibrant. With apologies to any group I might have overlooked, here’s an overview of the current landscape. Tier 1 is composed of four companies (Marin Theatre, Marin Shakespeare, Mountain Play, Antenna) whose production budgets and elevated professional standards make them industry leaders. Tier 2 includes three groups (AlterTheater, Porchlight, Marin Cabaret) that have their feet planted firmly on lower rungs of the professional ladder while they look for ways to climb higher. Tier 3’s trio (Ross Valley Players, Novato Theater, Curtain) fall into the wedo-it-because-we-love-it category of community facilities. Finally, there is a multi-user venue (142 Throckmorton) and an educational institution with a strong, performance-oriented drama curriculum (College of Marin). For a suburban county of just over 255,000 (2011 estimate), that’s a pretty impressive list—one that I would guess numerically exceeds similar areas elsewhere in the country, including East Coast suburbs in New England that are noted for their tradition of cultural involvement. What this summary fails to reveal, however, is how a scarcity of financial resources has affected viewer choices, production quality and industry working conditions. Nonprofit theaters can’t survive on ticket revenue alone and in Marin a chronic shortage of outside funding by foundations, businesses and large individual donors has discouraged startups (the potential powerhouses of tomorrow) and compelled existing companies in the mid and lower tiers to cut production expenses, defer needed infrastructure improvements and pack their schedules with known crowd pleasers instead of more challenging projects. Meanwhile, unless they have outside income, everyone involved in these low-budget shows is relegated to the ranks of the working poor. Bottom line: As a theatrical ecosystem, Marin may appear to be flourishing, but it’s not particularly healthy. All of this was


supposed to change three decades ago when the Buck Trust came on the scene with a promise that, in keeping with Beryl Buck’s stated wishes, arts support would be one of the trust’s core areas of grant making, which is overseen by the Marin Community Foundation. For a few years back in the late ’80s and early ’90s, Marin was bursting with creative energy as visual and performing artists celebrated the advent of a cultural golden age that many predicted would be unmatched anywhere in the country. To illustrate its importance, all four of the theater companies that today make up Tier 1 were major beneficiaries of that original largesse. Unfortunately, the Marin Community Foundation’s commitment began to erode in the mid-’90s as its leaders and trustees increasingly directed resources to other priorities, mainly in education, aging and community development. In a recent interview, President and CEO Thomas Peters, an advocate of institutional self-reliance, confirmed the shift. “Even with all our resources,” he said, referring to arts funding, “we’re not going to be the source of ongoing support.” So much for the golden age. Now, for a theater-by-theater snapshot of what’s happening this fall: Marin Theatre Company 397 Miller Ave., Mill Valley 415/388-5208, News: Financial position, including reserve funds, remains strong and subscriber base is growing...Artistic director Jasson Minadakis says new play development is among top priorities...Sandra Weingart is interim W In just a few short m managing director, years, founding r replacing the departed member Jeannette Ryan Rilette. R Harrison has helped AlterTheater grow Fall productions: into to one of the T Topdog/Underdog more impressive ((Sept. 27-Oct.21); It’s ensembles in Marin. a Wonderful Life (Nov. 222-Dec.16) Marin Shakespeare Company Forest Meadows Amphitheatre, Dominican University 415/499-4488, News: Reports enthusiastic public reception of site improvements...Shakespeare at San Quentin is now in its10th year and going strong.

Marin Shakespeare Company continues to find new and edgy ways to keep classic theater alive for modern audiences.

Fall productions: None. 2013 summer season not yet announced. Mountain Play Cushing Memorial Amphitheater, Mt.Tamalpais 415/383-1100, News: Director of 2013 summer musical not yet announced...This will be the100th anniversary production...Annual gala benefit scheduled for Nov. 3 Fall productions: None. The Sound of Music scheduled for spring 2013. Antenna Theatre P.O. Box 73, Sausalito 415/332-8867, News: Begun in 2010, Chris Hardman’s always evolving Magic Bus tour of San Francisco is still rolling merrily along and he would like to expand to L.A. if a financial angel can be found. Fall productions: None AlterTheater 1333 Fourth St., San Rafael 415/454-2787, News: The 2013 season will feature a new play by co-founder Ann Brebner...Demise of the Marin Arts Council worsens financial challenge. Fall productions: None Porchlight Theatre P.O. Box 437, Ross 415/251-1027, News: If finances permit, the company plans a three-show season, beginning in 2013. Fall productions: None Independent Cabaret Productions Liberty Ship Way #340, Sausalito 415/272-7992, News: Hector Correa is now resident director...Company is searching for a permanent performance space. Fall productions: The Vagina Monologues (Sept. 9-Nov. 11)

Ross Valley Players Marin Art & Garden Center, Ross 415/456-9555, News: New board president Chris Cassell would like to develop a “vision statement” to guide play selection...$40,000 to be raised for theater lighting...Higher ticket prices lik ely. Fall productions: Lend Me A Tenor (Sept. 13-Oct. 14); You Can’t Take It With You (Nov. 15-Dec. 15) Novato Theater Company P.O. Box 233, Novato 415/883-4498, News: Having lost their Pacheco lease, the troupe will be performing at 3210 Kerner, San Rafael, while seeking a new home. Fall productions: Last of the Red Hot Lovers (through Sept. 23); Nunsense (Oct. 18Nov. 11); A Christmas Carol (Nov. 24-Dec.15) Curtain Theatre c/o 49 Molino Ave., Mill Valley 94941 News: 2012’s free Much Ado About Nothing in Mill Valley’s Old Mill Park closes Sept. 9. Fall productions: None 142 Throckmorton Theatre 142 Throckmorton, Mill Valley 415/383-9600, 142throckmortontheatre. org News: Now expanding youth-oriented training opportunities...Executive Director Lucy Mercer is a leader in Mill Valley’s downtown visioning...On stage, comedy remains king. Fall productions: Too numerous to list College of Marin Drama Dept. College of Marin, Kentfield Campus 415/485-9555 News: Lisa Morse is the new full-time faculty member, joining Allen Taylor...The renovated Fine Arts Theatre will open next March. Fall productions: Macbeth (Oct. 5-21); The Mouse That Roared (Nov. 30-Dec. 5) ✹ Contact Charles at

Back on tracks The Marin music turntable is spinning like crazy! by The Space Cowboy


ooking back on the past year, it’s evi- laborated with Susan Tedeschi and Derek dent the North Bay music scene is in the Trucks on the Grammy Award-winning almiddle of a musical renaissance. Having bum Revelator this past year. And who could experienced the dark days of the ’00s, when it forget watching Mill Valley’s Tim Hockenseemed that venues were closing every month, berry go to the finals of NBC’s America’s Got we now enjoy an amazing array of music Talent recently? nightly at some great new clubs. Of course the Guitarist Mark Karan was all over the newly christened Sweetwater Music Hall and scene this year with a bi-monthly jam session Phil Lesh’s Terrapin Crossroads head that list, at Sweetwater and extended stays at Terrapin but we can’t forget the remodeled George’s Crossroads playing with Phil Lesh & Friends Nightclub or, further up the 101, Sebastopol’s as well as joining a few “rambles.” Poor Man’s Hopmonk Tavern or the awesome Taproom & Whiskey added the talented guitarist Chris Beer Sanctuary at Lagunitas Brewery. Haugen to their lineup and continued to It was a great year for local musicians, with tour and pack houses across the country. Big numerous bands making a mark on the na- Brother & The Holding Co. (featuring Tom tional scene and the national charts. Texas Finch) took a jaunt across Serbia, Italy, Greece, transplant, guitarist Danny Click, saw his Austria and Canada this summer. Local hard CD Life is a Good Place (2011) near the top of rockers Orchid also took their show over the multiple Country/Americana charts and had pond for a European tour that featured an apCarlos Santana (and wife/drummer extraor- pearance at the Hammer of Doom festival in dinaire Cindy Blackman) sit in with his band Wurzburg, Germany. Drummer Dan Thompat 142 Throckmorton and The Sleeping Lady. son (Protein/Mother Truckers) continued to Point Reyes Station product Nick Giacomini, tour with the Alan Parsons Project, playing aka MC Yogi, saw his album Pilgrimage hit a massive show at Cite Medievale de CarcasNo. 1 on the iTunes world music chart while sonne, France, and then heading to Argentina he was on a national tour that culminated with to begin a South American tour this month. a phone call from Michelle Obama inviting Singer/songwriter Stefanie him to be part of a national outreach Keys headed to Nashville to program. Those funky finish up her latest album, Monophonics signed which features her talented a deal with Ubiquity brother Peter Keys of Lynyrd Records—which reSkynyrd on keyboards. Fairleased their album In fax’s Beso Negro is definiteYour Brain—went on ly the local buzz band this multiple national tours year after playing South by and saw the YouTube vidSouthwest and Outside eo of their single “Bang, Lands; and they’re hard Bang” receive over 100,000 at work on their debut hits in Greece, where they album. Check them out will soon play as part of an this Friday and Saturday upcoming European tour. at Peri’s Bar! Soul Pie is st te la is (Catch them at 19 Broadway also on the move after h w art. emcee sa this Saturday, Sept. 8!) San he Point Reyes StatioeniTunes world music ch playing some shows T th Anselmo’s Alam Khan (son float up to No. 1 on with legendary studio guiof Ali Akbar Khan), a world tarist Mike Landau. The talented five-piece renowned sarod player in his own right, col- funk-rock band is currently working on a

The Grisman siblings’ ‘Last of the Great Record Stores’ will bring Village Music to the big screen in October.

new album at drummer Ethan Turner’s Owl Mountain studio. Sixteen-year-old Mill Valley singer/songwriter Matt Jaffe’s original style caught the ear of none other than ex-Talking Heads guitarist/keyboardist Jerry Harrison, who has decided to produce Jaffe’s debut album. Bolinas’s Haile Conscious Productions continued to produce top-notch reggae shows all year long, featuring names such as Kulcha Knox, Sister Carol, Lady Passion, Messanjah Selah, Lutan Fyah and San Geronimo Valley’s own hard-working backing band, Mi Gaan. KWMR’s seventh annual Far West Fest this year was amazing, as usual, with Les Nubians, Orgone and local faves Vinyl (& Friends) and Spark & Whisper, making for a memorable day. Last week’s Fairfax benefit for injured guitarists Danny Uzilevsky and Erik Smyth, who were hit head-on by a drunken driver on the wrong side of the freeway, was quite possibly the most convincing evidence yet that we have a very unique music scene here. Within two weeks of the accident, a benefit at Peri’s Bar was organized by Darren Nelson (Honeydust) and others that featured Danny Montana Trio, Kelly Peterson Band, Andre & Friends, The Treble Makers (with guests Bonnie Hayes, Tracy Blackman, Don Bassey and Gary Vogensen), US Randy, Rusty Evans &

Ring of Fire, 35R, AZ/DZ, The Mo’fessionals (featuring Zoe Ellis and Erik Smyth himself), Beso Negro, members of Vinyl and Monophonics with guests John Varn, Cathleen Riddlely, April Grisman, Dave Burns and Jon Merker. The Sleeping Lady also featured This Old Earthquake, Acacia and Sage, while 19 Broadway hosted Elliot’s Evil Plan, featuring Cathey Cotten, Old Ironsides, Flowerbox and the SSV Trio, to name a few. It was an unprecedented outpouring of love and music highlighting the bonds that exist among musicians, bands, clubs and fans here. We anxiously await the unveiling of Monroe and Gillian Grisman’s Village Music documentary, The Last of the Great Record Stores, which will debut Oct. 5 at the Mill Valley Film Festival. And on Oct. 6, Austin de Lone’s annual benefit for the Richard de Lone Special Housing Project ( featuring Elvis Costello, Bill Kirchen, Jim Lauderdale and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band will be held at the jazz band’s new West Coast home, The Chapel at 777 Valencia Street in San Francisco. Tickets will be available online soon. My one “do-not-miss” show this month is Andre Thierry & Zydeco Magic at Sweetwater Thursday, Sept. 13... they are the real deal. Got a hot tip for THE BEAT? Email me at marinbeat@gmail. com. Rawk on!

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A SMOKINâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; GOOD TIME Travel back in time Sept. 8 when a re-creation of the Larkspur Rose Bowl brings an evening of fun to Escalle Winery on the townâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s main street. This salute to a historic Marin outdoor ballroom will feature Dick Brightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s orchestra, drinks and foodâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;all as a fundraiser for the Larkspur Association of Volunteer FireďŹ ghters, celebrating its centennial. Tickets are $75 per person, available online at www. LAVF.ORG. Those who would like to make it a full evening by dining at a downtown restaurant before dancing will be able to catch a cable car shuttle running on Magnolia Avenue for the occasion. HOMEGROWN WINE FOR THE HOMETOWN CROWD Another Marin wine bar ofďŹ cially opens Sept. 8 as Novatoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Trek Winery adds a cafe and lounge along with a private tasting room to its site at 1026 Machin, one block north of Grant Avenue. A communal table and outdoor areaâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;complete with a fountainâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;provide comfortable seating where guests can sample nine Trek varieties with a small menu of cheeses and appetizers. Novato native Andy Podshadley has been making wine for 22 years in other locations, mostly Sonoma County, but now he has a hometown facility with room for his wine bar, special event rental space and retail sales. His efforts had strong community support: Much of the basic construction was done by students learning their craft as they worked on the job. NO GMOS ALLOWED Following its successful debut last year, the National Heirloom Exposition returns to Sonoma County Fairgrounds Sept. 11-13. Referred to as â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Fair of Pure Food,â&#x20AC;? the event showcases 3,000 varieties of the ďŹ nest organic/biodynamically grown products from our area in spectacular displays. Seventy speakers who will address problems and pleasures of farming on both a small and global scale include notables such as Carlo Petrini, founder of the Slow Food Movement; activist Dr. Vandana Shiva; and William Woys Weaver, food historian. The schedule offers chef and homesteading demos, live music and livestock exhibits. There will be 250 vendors onsite. Tickets are $10 per day or $25 for three daysâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; admission (kids under 17 get in free), available at www. OUTSTANDING IN THEIR FIELDS West Marin dairies continue to expand their proďŹ les. After a long startup period, Ramini


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Mozzarella in Tomales, home to the only herd of water buffalo in this part of the country, is producing two cheeses. Though not yet available for retail purchase, tangy and creamy mozzarella di bufala can be enjoyed at Poggio in Sausalito and at Petalumaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Rosso Pizzeria and Mozzarella Bar. Owner Craig Ramini reports that he is also supplying them with aged caciotta Romana di bufula, a grating cheese...Marshallâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Straus Family Creamery took note of the publicâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s current fondness for Greek-style yogurt and now provides 100 percent organic plain regular and low-fat versions, on sale at supermarkets and independent stores throughout the county. It comes in 32-ounce containers, is non-GMO certiďŹ ed and certiďŹ ed kosher. RESTAURANT NEWS BULLETINS Sweetwater Music Hall & Cafe in Mill Valley has made staff changes, bringing in new manager Aaron Kayce (lately booking and managing at Mystic Theatre in Petaluma) and naming chef Gordon Drysdale manager of the restaurant side of the house... Seafood Peddler is in full swing at the end of Johnson Street in Sausalito, on the waterfront. Take the elevator to the second ďŹ&#x201A;oor dining room for great views and ďŹ sh dishes from both coasts or dine in the garden patio...Word of mouth has been most favorable for Mandarin Restaurant at Days Inn on Redwood Boulevard, Novato. (See the July review at http://www.paciďŹ news/show_story.php?id=4539.) This is understandable when you ďŹ nd out that owner Benson Hong had a long history at Cecilia Chiangâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s famous Mandarin Restaurant in San Francisco and he has brought in a chef from the much-missed Fountain Court on Clement Street in the city. Forget itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in a motel; go for the cuisine...September means heirloom tomato time at Yankee Pier and the Tavern at Lark Creek in Larkspur. Try special dishes throughout the month. â&#x153;š Contact Pat at

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hat a scene, man. Scalpers in the thentic thanks to hands-on ownership by parking lot...glassy-eyed Deadone of the culture bearers. heads wandering around...Phil The evening we went was a particular Lesh whispering to friends in a corner booth. spectacle. It was a Saturday night and FurNo, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not having ďŹ&#x201A;ashbacks to Eu- ther was playing a sold-out showâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rope â&#x20AC;&#x2122;72. This was our recent visit to Ter- Leshâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s post-Dead collaboration with guitarrapin Crossroads, the restaurant/music ist Bob Weir, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s about as close as one venue the former Grateful Dead bassist gets to the actual band these days. Parking opened in March, envisioning it as a â&#x20AC;&#x153;com- attendants were on hand and poncho-clad munity cultural and educational centerâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;wookiesâ&#x20AC;? roamed the lot praying to the at the old Seafood Peddler location off got-an-extra-ticket gods for a miracle (they Francisco Boulevard in San Rafael. The â&#x20AC;&#x153;need a miracle every dayâ&#x20AC;? right?). 72-year-old Ross residentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s We sat outside along the grand plans â&#x20AC;&#x153;to celebrate canal in the patio areaâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the artsâ&#x20AC;? so far have mostly really been livened up from TERRAPIN CROSSROADS celebrated the musical and the minimal outside decor 100 Yacht Club Dr., San Rafael. culinary ones. But a quick of the Peddler (and Domi415/524-2773. terrapincrosslook at the venueâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s online nicâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s before itâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;remember Open Tuesday through Sunday 5:30-9:30pm; bar open calendar also features a Dominicâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s?) with a tree- and 3-11pm; brunch Saturday and monthly trivia nightâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; birdhouse-lined perimeter, Sunday 10am-3pm. with Phil and wife, Jill, no potted plants and summery lessâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and a â&#x20AC;&#x153;storytellersâ&#x20AC;? ďŹ&#x201A;ower table centerpieces. series hosted by longtime The inside still has the heavy associates of the Grateful Dead to tell sto- wood feel, with porthole windows from its ries about, well, the Grateful Dead. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nautically themed past and mostly neutral live music in the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Grate Roomâ&#x20AC;? three or colors. There are booths, more formal tables four nights a weekâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and Lesh himself is and lounge areas where folks are invited to in the vast majority of the band lineups. hang out and relax. But mostly, the place Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got to hand it to Lesh. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not the seems tidyâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;at least for a place catering ďŹ rst older musician to open a restaurantâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; to a subset not, er, known for its tidiness. in fact, we hear Jann Wenner requires it for That begs the questionâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;is a Dead-heavy Rock and Roll Hall of Fame consideration. restaurant aimed at capturing the â&#x20AC;&#x2122;60s or at But where most of them do it as an invest- capturing people in their 60s? On our visit ment (a â&#x20AC;&#x153;shakedown street,â&#x20AC;? if you will) or there was a fascinating diversityâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;wealthy to impress their friends, Lesh seems to be Marinites and their private-school educated doing it as much for fans as anybody else. children and grandchildren sat at large tables The culture itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s celebrating may be a nar- sipping vodka gimlets, while a small army row one (so far)â&#x20AC;&#x201D;but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s refreshingly au- of bearded 20-somethings snuck onto the

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and Lesh resisted the temptation to Deaden up the menu with dish titles like â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Golden Roast [to Unlimited Deliciousness],â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hell in a Brisket, with a Touch of Gravyâ&#x20AC;? or â&#x20AC;&#x153;Friend of the Deviled Eggs.â&#x20AC;?) The bar plays up its â&#x20AC;&#x153;fresh and uniqueâ&#x20AC;? beer selectionâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; the brews are plenty local as well; Pabst Blue Ribbon is the only national-brand name we recognized. (Yeah, yeah, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cool to drink Pabst. We get it.) Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d heard rumblings that the service was slow, though it wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t on our visitâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and if the staff is on the ball the night of a Further show, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s probably ďŹ ne the rest of the week, as well. But, while we can certainly recommend the kitchen and waitstaff, most folks arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t coming for the foodâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re there for Grateful Dead stuff. And to people watch. And to be part of a â&#x20AC;&#x153;sceneâ&#x20AC;? in Marin. Or, to see if there actually can be a â&#x20AC;&#x153;sceneâ&#x20AC;? these days in Marin. There was the night we were there. Or, as one guy in a knitted pompom and alpaca sweater who space-danced past our table so eloquently observed, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dude, this is the Zone.â&#x20AC;? â&#x153;š Get crispy with Jason at jwalsh@paciďŹ Parts & Service for All Major Brands

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of fire of the Burning Bush, which burned but wasn’t consumed, could be the Human Torch from the Fantastic Four. Jewish Art Now has named Brynjegard-Bialik (www. as one of the most innovative Jewish artists working in traditional paper-cut technique today, and his always say that any movie based work is regularly on display in galleries and on a superhero comic is a fine, museums around the country. fine movie,” proclaims artist During the month of September, BrynIsaac Brynjegard-Bialik, who really does jegard-Bialik’s work can be see up close seem to love all superhero movies—even and personal at the Osher Marin Jewish those snubbed by other comic book fans. Community Center in San Rafael. Titled “I know,” he acknowledges, “that some “You Did WHAT to My Comics?,” the people complain about Ben Affleck in exhibition features several examples of his Daredevil, but the thing is, if it’s on TBS, comic book/fine art mash-ups. Each piece and it’s a Sunday afternoon, and I’ve got demonstrates Brynjegard-Bialik’s ability nothing else to do, I will sit and watch the to create art that is both insanely complex whole thing...with commercials, because... and gorgeously simple. it’s Daredevil!” The same could be said about some of the artist’s favorite comics. Now, if only the movies made from them could accomplish a similar feat. “One of the banes of superhero movies, in the past,” he remarks, speaking on the phone from his home in Los Angeles, “is that they always pile too many characters into it. That’s what ruined the original Batman movies, at a certain point. There were six of eight main characters in each movie. It was just too much.” The Avengers, the movie, combines the iconic characters of Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, Black Widow, Hawkeye and the Hulk. When it was released earlier Brynjegard-Bialik—busily either honoring or blasphemthis year, going on to make over $600 ing the Old Testament; it’s a bit of a gray area from what million, Brynjegard-Bialik was concerned we can tell. that all those superheroes would cancel Brynjegard-Bialik, of Los Angeles, has each other out. made a name for himself over the last sev“I gotta say, that movie hit it out of the eral years creating strikingly original art park,” he remarks. “I was blown away by pieces that incorporate snippets of Batman, the way that movie gave us half-a-dozen Superman and Avengers comics into elabo- characters, and allowed us to connect with rately detailed mergings of traditional and every one of them. They all have plenty of popular art. His works, screen time. They are all made up of hundreds of very charismatic. Even Loki You Did WHAT to My tiny detailed shapes cut was charismatic!” Comics? runs through into a large piece of paLoki, for those of you September at the Osher per, appear to be one large taking notes, is the bad guy Marin Jewish Commuimage from a distance— in the Thor comics, and the nity Center, 200 North San often images inspired by chief instigator of mayhem Pedro Road in San Rafael. the Old Testament—but in The Avengers, which was A free opening reception upon close inspection re-released last weekend takes place Sunday, Sept. 9, prove to include textures for a bit of end-of-summer from 4-5:30pm. and colors that are actucomic book cleanup. ally small pieces of comic The re-release also gives books. The leaves on Brynjegard-Bialik time the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and to reflect on some of the reasons comic Evil, for example, might actually be the books play such a significant role in his life green exterior of the Incredible Hulk. The and artistic pursuits. tiny flickers of flames that form the pillar “Did you see any of the deleted scenes



Deep down, aren’t we all masked vigilantes seeking an undefined justice that can never truly be achieved?

from The Avengers?” he asks. “There’s a anyone could have believed possible. scene where the Hulk just crashes into this “Those films were so anchored in realbuilding, and Harry Dean Stanton, playity,” he says. “More so than Tim Burton ing the guard, points out which direction ever tried to do with his films in the ’80s. he should go. There were originally a few Certainly more so than the silly TV show extra lines, where Mark Ruffalo (he plays in the ’60s. These movies play as a gripping the Hulk in between his car-smashing human drama, and not just a campy supertransformations) is asked by Stanton, ‘Are hero action-adventure. These heroes can you a little guy who gets big, or a big guy tell us so much about ourselves, they can who gets little?’ And Ruffalo says, ‘God, I tell us so much about humanity, about poldon’t even know anymore.’ itics, about the choices we make that define “That is such an essential idea about the us. That’s what I love about these films! Hulk!” continues Brynjegard-Bialik. “Is he “On the other hand,” he laughs, “I also Bruce Banner, scientist, who turns into the just love a good capes and tights movie, Hulk now and then, or has the Hulk be- good guys and bad guys, duking it out on come the thing he really is at his core, and the big screen!” ✹ Banner is just the shell the Hulk puts on Reveal your secret identity to David at in order to fit in? Are we defined by who we are at our worst, or by who we are at our best? These are just comic book characters, yeah, but what makes them more are those essential human struggles they all have. What makes these characters so satisfying to keep returning to, is seeing how much they are filling out as human beings.” That sense of failed, fragile humanity is what also made the latest B atman tr ilogy so successful, Brynjegard-Bialik believes. With this summer’s The Dark Night Rises, the story of Batman has now been told with more grit and that the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil from Genesis 2:9—or the Incredible raw emotion than IsHulk’s rippling biceps?

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FRIDAY, SEPT. 7 The Hills Have Eyes 2 In the sequel, the desert cannibal mutants tangle with National Guard trainees, all of whom agree â&#x20AC;&#x153;itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s better than being in Afghanistan right now.â&#x20AC;?(2007) SyFy. 6pm. Secretary A secretary submits passionately to her bossâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sadomasochistic fantasies, forging a relationship that is as sweet as it is kinky. Then he asks her to pick up his dry cleaning and she sues him. (2002) Sundance. 8pm. The Gate Kids discover that the gate to hell is in their backyard.Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not sure how you describe that in tahe real estate add. Colorful? Character? Creative landscaping? (1987) IFC. 9pm. SATURDAY, SEPT. 8 Into the West One of the characters in this new pioneer drama series is named Loved by Buffalo. Did they have middle school on the frontier? â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Cause that would have been tough. AMC. 6pm. Get Him to the Greek A record industry underling is sent to accompany a drugaddicted rock star from London to a Los Angeles concert, encountering various misadventures along the way. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s basically The Odyssey, but the sirens are strippers and the cyclops is a nightclub bouncer. (2010) Comedy Central. 9pm. Texas Car Wars Used car dealers bid on cars at auction and then resell the cars. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s like Shark Week if the sharks spent a lot of time at the DMV. Discovery Channel. 9pm.

SUNDAY, SEPT. 9 Gran Torino Clint Eastwood is an angry old man who canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t relate to the modern world. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also in this movie about a bitter suburban retiree. (2008) TNT. 7:30pm. Broadway or Bust If a reality show is on PBS, they call it â&#x20AC;&#x153;nonfiction drama.â&#x20AC;? And they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t eat bugs. And thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no Snooki. KQED. 8pm. Bar Rescue This week, Jon helps the owners of a former strip club. Mainly it involves a lot of bleach, and putting caution tape around the poles. Spike TV. 9pm.

Breaking Amish Three Amish youth and one Mennonite sample life outside their traditional religious community.They get to do wacky things like drive in cars, watch TV and wear clothes with buttons! TLC. 6pm. Go On If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re releasing an edgy comedy about a grief support group, there might be better days than Sept. 11 for the premiere. NBC. 9pm. The Week the Women Went Away The women return to the small town where the men were forced to run their households. And no, the neon Budweiser sign does not look good over the couch. Lifetime. 10:30pm.

WEDNESDAY, SEPT 12 Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure Apparently pixie dust comes from a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pixie Dust Tree.â&#x20AC;?We hear they grow a lot of those down in Bolivia. (2009) Disney Channel. 8pm. The Real World This is the season finale.The cast members leave St.Thomas to return to the real world where they have to find jobs, go back to school and get used to drinking out of glasses without little umbrellas in them. MTV. 10pm. Dreamland Camera crews attempt to capture a day in the life of California. But itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s only a one-hour show.The first 58 minutes are spent stuck in traffic. KQED. 11pm.

THURSDAY SEPT. 13 Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Got Talent The winner is announced tonight.The prize typically includes a guaranteed spot on Celebrity Rehab within five years. NBC. 8pm. Toy Hunter This week, they are looking for vintage toys in San Francisco.We recommend rubbing alcohol. Travel Channel. 8:30pm. Glee In the season premiere, new students audition.They will be evaluated on vocal talent, stage presence and maudlin subplot potential. Fox. 9pm. â&#x153;š Critique That TV Guy at letters@paciďŹ




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Jack Nicholson smells trouble in ‘Chinatown,’ playing Thursday at the Regency and the Sequoia.

2 Days in New York (1:31) Sequel to “2 Days in Paris” follows French photographer/expatriate Julie Delpy over a tumultuous weekend as she and boyfriend Chris Rock contend with an unexpected visit from her nettlesome relatives. ● 2016: Obama’s America (1:30) Right-wing psycho-doc paints a dire picture for the nation if that Obama guy gets re-elected. ● Beasts of the Southern Wild (1:33) Highly acclaimed film fest fave about life in a Louisiana bayou as seen through the eyes of a six-year-old girl. ● The Bourne Legacy (2:05) A novice secret agent with dreams of being the next Jason Bourne is forced to go on the run, spooks on his tail; Rachel Weisz and Albert Finney star. ● Brave (1:35) Disney cartoon about an impetuous princess, an eccentric witch, troublemaking triplets and an ancient curse that threatens their kingdom. ● California Forever (1:15) The often-embattled 150-year history of California’s state parks is the subject of this eye-filling documentary; Yosemite, Big Sur, Lake Tahoe and the coast redwoods costar. ● The Campaign (1:37) Political farce about the sleazy, slimy, mud-slinging congressional battle between unlikely foes Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis. ● Chinatown (2:10) Robert Towne’s detective classic about a missing heiress, a mysterious woman and the depraved and corrupt Los Angeles water system stars Jack Nicholson as shamus Jake Gittes; Roman Polanski directs. ● The Cold Light of Day (1:33) A family vacation in Spain turns action-packed and violent when spies kidnap Pop and Junior takes it on the lam; Bruce Willis stars. ● The Dark Knight Rises (2:45) Bruce (Batman) Wayne emerges from self-imposed exile to take on a ruthless terrorist as well as the fabulously feline Catwoman; Christopher Nolan directs Christian Bale and Anne Hathaway. ● Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days (1:34) Wimpy little Greg Heffley tries to navigate the shoals of summer vacation (camp, parttime jobs, public swimming pools) with the expected horrific results. ● The Expendables 2 (1:42) Sly Stallone, Bruce Willis, Jean-Claude van Damme, Chuck Norris, Dolph Lundgren, Jet Li and the Arnold…any questions? ● Finding Nemo 3D (1:40) The 2003 Disney ●


cartoon about a clown fish’s search for his son returns in three absolutely aquatic dimensions. ● Hit and Run (1:35) A college student has some tough and grisly issues to deal with when she finds a near-dead stranger impaled on her bumper. ● Hope Springs (1:40) Longtime marrieds Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones try to reignite that long-lost spark and spice at a cutting-edge couples retreat; Mimi Rogers and Steve Carrell costar. ● Ice Age: Continental Drift (1:34) Manny, Diego and company find the long trek home beset by high seas and rambunctious pirates! ● The Intouchables (1:52) True tale of the bond that developed between a disabled French aristocrat and his caretaker, a black Muslim ex-con. ● Lawless (1:55) Biopic of the three bootlegging Bondurant brothers and their bloody escapades in Prohibition-era Virginia. ● Little White Lies (2:34) The simmering tensions among a group of old friends come to a head during a seaside holiday; Marion Cotillard and Francois Cluzet star. ● 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. ● Moonrise Kingdom (1:33) An island community is turned upside down when two 12year-olds run off into the wilderness to make a life of their own; Bruce Willis, Bill Murray and Frances McDormand are among the clueless grownups. ● The Odd Life of Timothy Green (1:44) A mysterious young boy appears on a childless couple’s doorstep and changes their lives forever. ● ParaNorman (1:33) A weird little kid on speaking terms with the dearly departed is the only guy in town who can vanquish a battalion of ghosts, witches and zombies bent on destruction. ● The Possession (1:35) One of those random malevolent spirits makes mischief for yet another heretofore carefree all-American couple. ● Premium Rush (1:31) A New York bike messenger delivering a high-priority somethingor-other finds himself pedal-pushing through the mean streets with killers on his tail. ● Ruby Sparks (1:44) A novelist with writer’s block creates a character so lively and inspirational, she appears out of thin air and in the flesh. ● Sleepwalk with Me (1:30) A comedian’s anxieties about love, career and life in general are expressed, not onstage, but in mountingly dangerous and hilarious incidents of somnambulism. ● To Rome With Love (1:52) Woody Allen kaleidoscope about interconnecting lives in the Eternal City; Ornella Muti, Judy Davis, Penelope Cruz and Roberto Benigni star. ● The Words (1:36) Struggling author Bradley Cooper confronts his overwhelming ambition when that great American novel he plagiarized from another man catapults him to fame and fortune. ✹

›› MOViE TiMES 2 Days in New York (R) Rafael Film Center: Fri, Mon, Wed, Thu 6:45, 9 Sat 1:30, 6:45, 9 Sun 1:30, 9 Tue 9 2016: Obama’s America (PG) Century Northgate 15: 12:10, 2:35, 5, 7:25, 9:50 Beasts of the Southern Wild (PG-13) ★★★★ Rafael Film Center: Fri 4:45, 7, 9:15 Sat 2:30, 4:45, 7, 9:15 Sun 2:30, 4:45, 7 Mon-Thu 7, 9:15 The Bourne Legacy (PG-13) ★★ Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 7, 10 Sat-Sun 1, 4, 7, 10 Mon-Thu 6:30, 9:30 Century Northgate 15: 12:45, 4, 7:15, 10:30 Century Rowland Plaza: 12:40, 3:50, 7:05, 10:05 Fairfax 6 Theatres: 12:40, 3:50, 6:45, 9:45 Brave (PG) ★★★1/2 Century Northgate 15: 11:05, 1:40, 4:20 ❋ California Forever (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Sun 7 (filmmakers in person) The Campaign (R) ★★1/2 Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 8, 10:30 Sat-Sun 8, 10:30 Mon-Thu 9:45 Century Northgate 15: 10:50, 1, 3:10, 5:30, 7:50, 10:05 Fairfax 6 Theatres: 7, 9:15 ❋ Chinatown (R) Century Regency 6: Thu 2, 7 CinéArts at Sequoia: Thu 2, 7 ❋ The Cold Light of Day (PG-13) Century Northgate 15: 12:05, 2:40, 5:10, 7:35, 10 Century Rowland Plaza: 12:15, 2:45, 5:15, 7:45, 10:15 The Dark Knight Rises (PG-13) ★★★★ Century Northgate 15: 11:35, 3:15, 7, 10:30 Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days (PG) ★★ Century Northgate 15: 11:20, 1:55, 4:25, 6:50, 9:25 The Expendables 2 (R) Century Northgate 15: 11:50, 2:30, 5:05, 7:40, 10:20 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:35, 2:10, 4:50, 7:25, 10:10

= New Movies This Week

❋ Finding Nemo 3D (G) Century Northgate 15: Thu 11:59pm Century Rowland Plaza: Thu 11:59pm Hit and Run (R) ★★ Century Northgate 15: 10:25 Hope Springs (PG-13) ★★★ Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 5:10, 7:35, 10:10 Sat-Sun 12, 2:35, 5:10, 7:35, 10:10 Mon-Thu 7, 9:25 Century Rowland Plaza: 12, 2:25, 4:55, 7:30, 9:55 Fairfax 6 Theatres: 12:05, 2:25, 4:45, 7:05, 9:25 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri 4:50, 7:10, 9:30 Sat 12:10, 2:30, 4:50, 7:10, 9:30 Sun 12:10, 2:30, 4:50, 7:10 Mon-Thu 4:50, 7:10 Ice Age: Continental Drift (PG) Century Northgate 15: 10:45, 1:05, 3:25, 5:45, 8:05 The Intouchables (R) ★★ Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri 4, 6:40, 9:20 Sat 1, 4, 6:40, 9:20 Sun 1, 4, 6:40 Mon-Thu 4, 6:40 Lawless (R) ★★★ Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 5, 7:45, 10:25 Sat-Sun 11:30, 2:15, 5, 7:45, 10:25 Mon-Thu 6:45, 9:35 Century Northgate 15: 11:15, 12:35, 2:05, 3:20, 4:45, 6:10, 7:30, 9, 10:15 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:40, 2:20, 5, 7:40, 10:20 CinéArts at Marin: Fri 4:25, 7, 9:35 Sat 1:50, 4:25, 7, 9:35 Sun 1:50, 4:25, 7 Mon 5:10, 7:40 Fairfax 6 Theatres: 1:20, 4:05, 6:50, 9:40 Little White Lies (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Fri-Sun 3:45 Marvel’s The Avengers (PG-13) ★★★★ Century Northgate 15: 6:55, 10:15 Moonrise Kingdom (PG-13) ★★★1/2 CinéArts at Marin: Fri 5:30, 9:45 (double bill with “To Rome With Love”) Sat 1:15, 5:30, 9:45 (double bill with “To Rome With Love”) Sun 1:15, 5:30 (double bill with “To Rome With Love”) Mon-Thu

5:20 (double bill with “To Rome With Love”) Fairfax 6 Theatres: 8:15 The Odd Life of Timothy Green (PG) Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 5:25 Sat-Sun 12:15, 2:45, 5:25 Mon-Thu 7:15 Century Northgate 15: 11, 1:35, 4:15, 7:05, 9:40 Century Rowland Plaza: Fri-Wed 11:30, 2, 4:40, 7:10, 9:45 Thu 11:30, 2, 4:40, 7:10 Fairfax 6 Theatres: 1:10, 4:15 ParaNorman (PG) ★★1/2 Century Northgate 15: 11:40, 4:50, 9:45; 3D showtimes at 2:20, 7:20 Fairfax 6 Theatres: 12:15, 2:45, 5:30 The Possession (PG-13) Century Northgate 15: 12:30, 2:55, 5:20, 7:45, 10:10 Century Rowland Plaza: 12:10, 2:40, 5:10, 7:35, 10 Premium Rush (PG-13) Century Northgate 15: 11:45, 2:10, 4:40, 7:10, 9:35 Ruby Sparks (R) ★★★1/2 CinéArts at Marin: Fri 4:45, 7:15, 9:50 Sat 2:15, 4:45, 7:15, 9:50 Sun 2:15, 4:45, 7:15 Mon-Thu 5, 7:30 ❋ Sleepwalk with Me (Not Rated) ★★1/2 Rafael Film Center: Fri 4:15, 6:30, 8:45 Sat-Sun 2, 4:15, 6:30, 8:45 Mon-Thu 6:30, 8:45 To Rome With Love (R) ★★ CinéArts at Marin: Fri-Sun 3:15, 7:30 (double bill with “Moonrise Kingdom”) Mon-Thu 7:20 (double bill with “Moonrise Kingdom”) ❋ The Words (PG-13) Century Cinema: 1:40, 4:15, 7, 9:30 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:45, 2:15, 4:45, 7:15, 9:50 Fairfax 6 Theatres: 12, 2:15, 4:35, 7:15, 9:30

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

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

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Live music 09/07: American Babies With Trevor Garrod and Cochrane McMillan of Tea Leaf Green. 9pm. $15. Sweetwater Music Hall, 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley. 388-3850. 09/07: Dynamo Jones Electric jazz funk quartet. 9pm. Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor, Gate 5, Sausalito. 331-2899. 09/07: Juke Joint Memphis soul, r&b. Part of the Pacheco Plaza Summer Music series. 6-9pm. Free. Pacheco Plaza, Ignacio Blvd., Novato. 09/07: Lady ‘D’ Accompanied by Alex Markels,guitar; Jack Prendergast,bass. 6:30-9:30pm. No cover. Steakhouse Grill & Bar at Deer Park, 367 Bolinas, Fairfax. 497-2462. 09/07: Michael Aragon Quartet Jazz. 9pm. No cover. No Name Bar, 757 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-1392. 09/07: Stephanie Teel Band Rock, r&b, pop. 8-11pm. $15. George’s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262. 09/07: Terrapin All Stars Featuring Phil, Grahame and Brian Lesh, Stu Allen, Ross James and Scott Padden. 8:30pm. $25. Terrapin Crossroads, 100 Yacht Club Dr., San Rafael. 524-2773.

09/07: The Blackout Cowboys Country rock. 9:30pm. Peri’s Bar, 29 Broadway, Fairfax. 259-5597. 09/07: The Grouch Hip hop. WIth Sol Doc, Soundproof Intl’ and Bigga Happiness Sound. 10pm. $20-25. 19 Broadway, 17 Broadway, Fairfax. 4591091. 09/07: Todd Wolfe Blues. 8:30pm. $10-12. Rancho Nicasio Restarant and Bar, 1 Old Rancheria Road, Nicasio. 662-2219.

09/08-09: Live Local Music on Angel Island Saturdays and Sundays, 2-4:30pm. Ferries available from Tiburon and S.F. Rain will cancel. 2-4:30pm. Free. Cove Cantina & Oyster Bar, Angel Island. 09/08: American Babies Rock. Shows at noon and 8:30pm. Terrapin Crossroads, 100 Yacht Club Dr., San Rafael. 524-2773. 09/08: Hot Buttered Rum Progressive, original bluegrass. 9pm. $20. Sweetwater Music Hall, 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley. 388-3850.

09/08: Mystery Dance with Bonnie Hayes, Tim Eschliman Dance. Also with Sean Allen and John Hanes. 8:30-11:30pm. $20 for dinner 8pm, $10 later arrival, no dinner Sausalito Cruising Club, 300 Napa St., Sausalito. 877-456-2301. 09/08: Sinatra Saturdays With Brad Bann. 6:30pm. Deer Park Villa Steakhouse, 367 Bolinas

ViDEO Cult of personalities Elizabeth Olsen is winning raves for her first feature performance in MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE, a Sundance debut film that’s as beautiful to look at as it is drenched in paranoia. Olsen plays Martha, aka Marcy May, a fugitive from an upstate New York cult that’s held under sway by the creepily mag- The film’s already garnered a cult following... netic Patrick (John Hawkes). Now safe from harm—and there was plenty—in her sister’s Connecticut lakehouse, Martha is left the time and space to collect herself, even as Lucy and her husband grow impatient with her secrecy and extreme heedlessness of personal boundaries. But after all she saw up there nothing is quite real; the lake and trees and clapboard walls seem to speak to her with their own language, while family remains at the far end of a telescope. Flashing back at times to life among the faithful, we begin to see the world as Martha sees it, one where the past is always in danger of breaking through to the present—and who knows, maybe it might. Be sure not to miss director Sean Durkin’s companion short on bonus track after watching this marvelous film. Shot for $500 as an exercise before making the feature, it’s even scarier.—Richard Gould


The difference makers Once in a while a community organization comes along and makes huge differences against the odds. Our neighbors at CANAL ALLIANCE are a perfect example. Celebrating 30 years this fall, the organization has spent the last three decades working to make a better future for Marin’s low-income and Spanish-speaking residents, including both families and individuals. No challenges can be met alone, however—Canal Alliance partners with over 30 community organizations to improve the lives of thousands each year. To continue giving back to the community, the 30th anniversary celebration includes an awards ceremony. Canal Alliance will recognize the hard work of other individuals and organizations that make a difference: Gail and Larry Siegel of ForWords, St. Mark’s School and Rosa Felix. Join Canal Alliance for dinner, drinks, a silent auction, awards ceremony and dancing Thursday, Sept. 13, at 5:30pm. Osher Marin JCC, 200 N. San Pedro Rd., San Rafael. $75. for tickets.—Dani Burlison

Road, Fairfax. 456-8084. 09/08: The Doc Kraft Dance Band Swing, latin, country, jazz, reggae, rock. 8:30pm-1:30am. $5 at the door. Fort Baker Presidio Yacht Club, Sommerville Road, Sausalito. 601-7858. 09/08: The Monophonics Funk, soul. The Ironsides open. 10pm. $15-18. 19 Broadway, 17 Broadway, Fairfax. 459-1091. 09/08: The Tickets Band “Moose and Squirre” tour. Rock, blues. 9pm-midnight. $10. The Sausalito Seahorse Restaurant, 305 Harbor Dr., Sausalito. 3312899. 09/08: Wahine Moe Moe Kanikapila Ukulele kanikapila. 2-4pm. Free. Sleeping Lady Cafe, 23 Broadway, Fairfax. 09/09: Buddy Owen Blues. With Owen, guitar and vocals; Ernest “Boom” Carter, drums and vocals; Phil Marshall, bass; Ian Lamson, guitar; Richie Smith, keyboards. 9pm. No cover. 19 Broadway, 17 Broadway, Fairfax. 459-1091. 09/09: Jonathan Wilson Singer, songwriter. 8pm. $17. Sweetwater Music Hall, 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley. 388-3850. 09/09: Marcia Ball Barbecue on the Lawn show. 4pm. $25. Rancho Nicasio, 1 Old Rancheria Road, Nicasio. 662-2219. 09/09: Michael Bartle,The Pretender Part of the Outdoor Summer Music Series. 2-4pm. Free. Town Center, Tamalpais Dr. exit off Hwy. 101, Corte Madera. 924-2961. 09/09: Setchko and Meese With special guests Joyus and Ian Dogole. 6:30-10pm. No cover. The Sleeping Lady, 23 Broadway, Fairfax. 485-1182. 09/11: Amanda Addleman Jazz vocalist. 8-10pm. The Sleeping Lady, 23 Broadway, Fairfax. 485-1182. 09/11: James Moseley Quartet Jazz, blues, r&b. 7-10pm. No cover, dinner encouraged. Panama Hotel & Restaurant, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 4573993. 09/11: Liquid Sun Day Rock. 9:30pm. Peri’s Bar, 29 Broadway, Fairfax. 259-5597. 09/11: Noel Jewkes and Friends With special surprise guest singers. 7-10pm. No cover. Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor Dr., Sausalito. 786-6894.

09/12: Fingerstyle Guitar Showcase Acoustic. 9pm. The Sleeping Lady, 23 Broadway, Fairfax. 4851182. 09/12: Primavera Latin Jazz Quartet Latin jazz. 7-10pm. No cover, dinner encouraged. Panama Hotel & Restaurant, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 4573993. 09/12: Rockit Science Rock. 8pm. No cover. 19 Broadway, 17 Broadway, Fairfax. 459-1091. 09/12: The Machiavelvets Psychedelic jazz. 8pm. No cover. Iron Springs Pub, 765 Center Blvd., Fairfax. 485-1005. 09/12: TracyShaun Guitar, fingerstyle, rock. 8:30pm. No Name Bar, 757 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-1392.

09/13: Andre Thierry and Zydeco Magic Zydeco, blues, jazz, rock. 9pm. $17. Sweetwater Music Hall, 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley. 388-3850. 09/13: Danny Click Texas Blues Night Blues. 9pm. The Sleeping Lady, 23 Broadway, Fairfax. 4851182. 09/13: Heart Strings Bridge Vocal jazz. 6:30pm. Deer Park Villa Steakhouse, 367 Bolinas Road, Fairfax. 456-8084.

09/13: MAGC Summer Concert Series: Grandpa Banana Bluegrass. The Marin Art & Garden Center summer concert series. Every Thursday. 5:30-7:30pm. $10, kids free. Marin Art & Garden Center, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Ross. 455-5260. 09/13: Roberta Donnay Blues, funk. 7pm. Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor, Gate 5, Sausalito. 3312899.

09/13: Spark and Whisper, Misner and Smith Modern folk, Americana. 8-10pm. $18. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley,. 09/13: Wanda Stafford Jazz diva. 7-10pm. No cover, dinner encouraged. Panama Hotel and Restaurant, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 457-3993. 09/14: Big Wide Grin Theatrical trio. 8-10:30pm. $13-15. George’s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 453-3161. 09/14: Candye Cane Red Hot Blues Women series. With Laura Chavez, guitar. 8:30pm. $12-15.

Rancho Nicasio, 1 Old Rancheria Road, Nicasio. 6622219.

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09/14: Fenton Coolfoot and the Right Time

duction of this dream like tale in Hawaii. Picnics welcome. Visit the website for specific performance dates, days and times and info on special ticket options. $20-35. Forest Meadows Amphitheatre, 890 Belle Ave., Dominican University of California, San Rafael. 499-4488 .

Roots rock, funk, reggae. 9:30pm. The Sleeping Lady, 23 Broadway, Fairfax. 485-1182. 09/14: J. Diggs Rap. 9pm. $15. 19 Broadway, 17 Broadway, Fairfax. 459-1091. 09/14: Marco Benevento Rock piano. Tiger Face CD release performance. 7:30pm. $15, Terrapin Crossroads, 100 Yacht Club Dr., San Rafael. 524-2773. 09/14: RonKat Spearmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Katadelic High energy funk rock originals. 9pm. $12. Sweetwater Music Hall, 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley. 3883850. 09/14: The Detectives Elvis Costello tribute. And Bubbaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Taxi. 9:30pm. Periâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bar, 29 Broadway, Fairfax. 259-5597. 09/14: Wonderbread 5 Hits from the 70s-90s. 9:30pm-midnight. $20. Georgeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262.



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09/08: Marin Baroque Soiree Featuring

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solos and duets by members of Marin Baroque at a beautiful home in Tiburon, fine wine and hors dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;oeuvres Call for venue details and tickets. 5-8pm. $50. 92 Via Los Altos, Tiburon. 497-6634. 09/09: Eric Kjorlien Renaissance lute. 6:30pm. Pelican Inn, 10 Pacific Way, Muir Beach. 383-6000.

Dance 09/13: Dance at Sweat Your Prayers Dance to Ecstatic World Music on beautiful sprung wood dance floor. Join the tribe and let go of stress, worry and tension as you express your most creative self. Beginners welcome. 7-9pm. $15. San Geronimo Community Gym, 1 Lagunitas School Road, , San Geronimo.

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Through 09/08:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Our Countryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Goodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Porchlight Theatre Company presents this outdoor production. A British officer in 1780s organizes a stage play with a cast of misfit and illiterate prisoners. Picnics welcome. 7:30pm. $15-30. Redwood Amphitheatre, Marin Art & Garden Center, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Ross. 251-1027. Through 09/08:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The Mousetrapâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; College of Marin Drama Club presents this student designed/ produced/directed/performed classic thriller. Proceeds benefit the COM Drama Club. Tickets at door only. 8-10pm. $10 students/$15 general College of Marin Studio Theatre, Corner of Sir Francis Drake Blvd. and Laurel Ave., Kentfield. 485-9555. Through 09/23:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The Liarâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Marin Shakespeare Company presents the West Coast premiere of a new comedy set in the flamboyant cavalier period about a charming man whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a pathological liar. Picnics welcome. 8pm. $20-35. Forest Meadows Amphitheatre, 890 Belle Ave., Dominican University of California, San Rafael. 499-4488 .

known for his work in The New Yorker. This exhibition focuses on his love for baseball and jazz. Reception 6-8pm Sept 7. Frame Crafters Gallery, 320 Bon Air Center, Greenbrae. 461-7688. 09/08: Paint Off Artists paint any scene visible from the Plaza using any style or medium. Painting takes place 10:30am-2:30pm. Applications available at or at City hall. Cash prize awards. 10am-2:30pm. Depot Plaza, Throckmorton & Miller Aves, Mill Valley. 721-1856.


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09/12-29:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The Bigger Picture: 7 Artists Paint Large in Support of Coastal Clean Upâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Seven Northern California artists join forces with the S.F. chapter of the Surfrider Foundation in support of our oceans by creating large scale waterscapes. 9am-4pm. Free. Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalto. 332-3871.

09/14-10/27: Falkirk Bi-Annual Art Exhibition Opening on Friday, September 14 with a reception from 5:30-7:30pm, Falkirk presents an exhibition of mixed media works by Marin and Bay Area artists. 5:30-7:30pm. Free. Falkirk Cultural Center, 1408 Mission Ave., San Rafael. 485-3328.

09/14: Blue Collar Part B Art Walk Reception Dramatic Images from artist Larry Bryson that relate to his other careers in the taxi, park maintenance, fire fighting, and nonprofit coordinator. 6-8pm. Free. Community Media Center of Marin, 819 A Street, San Rafael. 898-7730.

Through 09/13: Pacific Sun Photo Contest Winners Exhibition View the winning entries for our 2012 Photography Contest. Photos will be on display in the back dining room. 11:30am-9pm. Cafe Arrivederci, 11 G St., San Rafael. 4856700 ext. 306.






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Through 09/15:‘Kings of Imagination’ Jack Carter, Bill Dempster & Stonefox, sculpture, illustration, mixed media works. Free. elsewhere Gallery, 1828 Sir Francis Drake , Fairfax. 747-8696. Through 09/26: BayWood Artists Celebrate Point Reyes The Baywood Artists present an exhibition to mark the 50th anniversary of the national park with proceeds to benefit the Point Reyes National Seashore Association. Call or check web for hours. Free. The Red Barn, 1 Bear Valley Road, Point Reyes Station. 663-1200 x303. Through 09/27:‘Presence in the Wild’ Wild Carrots group show by artists from a workshop founded by Toni Littlejohn. Reception 3-5pm Sept. 15. 10am-5pm. Free. San Geronimo Valley Community Center, 6350 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., San Geronimo. 488-8888 (#)252.

Through 09/30:‘2 Here: Gardner + O’Banion’ Special collaborative space in the book room, centered around an artist book project with Nance O’Banion and Casey Gardner. Mill Valley Artwalk participant, Sept. 4, 6-8pm. Free. Seager Gray Gallery, 23 Sunnyside Ave., Mill Valley. 384-8288.

Through 09/30:‘Fall National Juried Exhibition’ Fall National features work from across the U.S. selected by Juror Renny Pritikin, Director of the UC Davis Nelson Gallery. 11am-4pm. Free. Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, 500 Palm Dr., Novato. 506-0137.

Through 09/30: 14th Annual Box Show Closing party/live auction 3-6pm Sept. 30. 11am5pm. Free. Gallery Route One , 11101 Highway One , Point Reyes Station. 663-1347. Through 09/30: Barbara Crow Street parking only. (Church open to public Sundays 10-noon) Sausalito Presbyterian Church, 112 Bulkley Ave., Sausalito. 308-6204. Through 09/30: Marseille Exhibition Features multi-layered works in encaustic inspired by the Bay Area and recent travels in Scandinavia and Argentina. Reception 6-8pm Sept. 8. Catalog available. 11-6pm. Free. Seager Gray Gallery, 23 Sunnyside Ave., Mill Valley. 384-8288.

Through 10/05:‘Puzzled:Image, Art, & Metaphor by Brain Injury Survivors’ Presented by the Brain Injury Network. Gallery is open weekdays. Closed weekends and holidays. The Gail Van Dyke Atrium Gallery 8am-7pm. Free. Marin Cancer Institute, 1350 South Eliseo Dr. at Bon Air, Greenbrae. 461-9000. Through 10/27:‘Alive 1965’ Solo exhibition of new paintings by Bay Area artist Laura Lengyel. Artist’s reception 4-7pm Sept. 8. Hours: 11am-5pm Wed., Thurs., Fri; 11am-4pm. Sat. Free. Linda Penzur Gallery, 71 Redhill Ave., San Anselmo. 457-4097.

Through 12/10:‘Marin Society of Artists: 85 years’ Non-juried member group exhibition. First and Third floors. 9am-5pm. no charge Marin Civic Center Building Galleries, 3501 Civic Center Dr., San Rafael.

Talks/Lectures 09/07: The Will to Live and Other Mysteries Rachel Naomi Remen, MD teaches people that the practice of medicine is essentially an act of love. Join her for stories of 50 years of experience. 7:15-9:30pm. $25 at the door. Unity In Marin, 600 Palm Dr., Novato. 475-5000. 09/07: First Friday: Jeanne Woodford “From Warden to Advocate.” The former warden at San Quentin State Prison will talk about her career in the criminal justice system and why she is an ardent supporter of Prop 34. 7-9pm. Free. Mill Valley Public Library, 375 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 3894292, ext. 203.


09/08: Guided Tour of St Patrick’s Larkspur Tour of the historic Larkspur Church. Learn the history back to the late 1890s. 4-5pm. Free. St Patrick’s Church, 114 King St., Larkspur. 09/11: Marcia Stein The award-winning textile artist will present and speak about her pictorial quilts based on photographs at the Mt. Tam Quilt Guild meeting. 8-9pm. $5. Aldersgate Church, 1 Wellbrock Heights, San Rafael. 419-6862.

09/12: Paul Hawken and the Road to Hope An A List conversation with Jane Ganahl. 7:30pm. $12-15. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Downtown, Mill Valley. 383-9600.

09/13: Author Spotlight: Jack Gibson The author will present his pictorial history of our beautifully preserved 22,000 acre watershed. A former teacher, he is an avid historian and longtime member of the MMWD. 6:30pm. Free, suggested donation $5-10. Marin History Museum, 1125 B. St., San Rafael. 454-8538.

09/13: Kentfield and Greenbrae: A History Historian Richard Torney will give an illustrated talk on the history of Kentfield and Greenbrae in advance of their 2014 centennial celebration. 7-8pm. Free. Corte Madera Library, 707 Meadowsweet Dr., Corte Madera. 924-6444. 09/13: Nourishing Our Children DVD presentation with tips for radiant health and wholeness. 7-9:30pm. Free. Gathering Thyme, 226 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, San Anselmo. 524-8693.

simple yet sumptuous meals, creative encounters, horse tales, moonlit escapades and enchanted revelations. 3pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 09/11: An Evening with Granta The new Granta 120: Medicine is a collection of new fiction, poetry, memoir and art, on subjects ranging from autism to aging. 7pm. Free. Book Passage at the Ferry Building, 1 Ferry Building, San Francisco. 927-0960. 09/11: Sylvie Simmons The author talks about “I’m Your Man: The Life of Leonard Cohen,” a biography of one of the most influential and elusive musical artists of the past 50 years. 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 09/12: Phil Cousineau Cousineau discusses “The Painted Word.” 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 09/13: Tony Broadbent Broadbent presents “Shadows in the Smoke.” 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960.

09/13: Why There Are Words Literary Reading Series “Ignored.” Readings by David Booth, Traci Chee, Lindsey Crittenden, Erich Origen, Caroline Paul, Sarah Stone, Rebecca Wilson. 7-9pm. $5. Studio 333, 333 Caledonia St., Sausalito. 331-8272.

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Thursdays: Toastmasters Talk of the Town

09/07: Film Night in the Park:‘Mamma Mia’

Guests invited free of charge. Members speak and evaluate the goal of improving lecture and presentation skills in a fun and informative setting. Free of charge for guests. Falkirk Cultural Center, 1408 Mission St. , San Rafael. 377-1224.

Film adaptation of the musical featuring the songs of successful musical pop group ABBA. 8pm. Free. Donations appreciated. Old Mill Park, 300th block of Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley . 272-2756.


09/09: Special Screening of ‘California Forever’ in Support of Angel Island State Park “California Forever: The History of Calif

09/07: Laurie R. King King reads from “Garment of Shadows,” her latest suspense novel featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes. 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 09/08: Clint Wilder Wilder discusses “Clean Tech Nation: How the U.S. Can Lead in the New Global Economy.” 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 09/08: Geoffrey Nunberg Nunberg discusses “Ascent of the A-Word: Assholism, the First Sixty Years.” Nunberg, a linguist, is a professor at the UC Berkeley School of Information. 1pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 9270960. 09/08: Jerry Parrick Left Coast Writers launch. The author discusses “Beyond Animal, Ego and Time: The Human Odyssey” 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960.

09/08: Jonathan and Margaret Kathrein Jonathan and Margaret talk about “Surviving the Shark: How a Brutal Great White Attack Turned a Surfer into a Dedicated Defender of Sharks.” 4pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 09/09: Dennis Bernstein Investigative journalist Bernstein reads from his first book of poems “Special Ed: Voices From a Hidden Classroom.” Noon. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 09/09: Phyllis Stowell The author reads from her new book of poems “Sundered.” 4pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 9270960. 09/09: Sherri Dobay Dobay presents “Daily Decadence,” a sexy adventure full of romantic escapes,

State Parks” highlights the discovery and creation of California’s state parks system and individuals who made them possible. 7-8pm. General admission: $12, California Film Institute members: $9 Smith Rafael Film Center, 1118 4th St., San Rafael. 435-3972. 09/10:‘Analyze This’ (1999). Godfather Paul Vitti (Robert De Niro) is suffering anxiety attacks and seeks help from shrink Ben Sobol (Billy Crystal). 7:30-9pm. Free. Mill Valley Library , 375 Throckmorton, Mill Valley. 389-4292, ext 203. 09/11:‘Delta - Oil’s Dirty Business’ Part of the Tiburon International Film Festival. The documentary portrays the image of “development” at the Delta of the Niger River in Nigeria, where a vast proportion of the planet’s oil is excavated by giant multinational petroleum companies. 6-7pm. Free. Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalto. 332-3871. bmvc/ 09/14: Film Night:‘Back to the Future’ Join Strawberry Recreation District for a night under the stars. Bring blankets, family and friends and enjoy the show. 7:30pm. $3 per person/$10 per family Strawberry Recreation District, 118 E. Strawberry Dr., Mill Valley. 383-6494.

Community Events (Misc.) 09/07: Mill Valley Block Party End of Summer Party with inflatable games, obstacle course, dunk tank, food trucks, local food vendors and live music with Cheap Therapy, Tam Jam and other local bands to kick off the school year, and CYO. 4-9pm. $5.00 per person $20 per family Downtown Mill Valley

- Mount Carmel , 3 Oakdale Ave., Mill Valley. 4536500.

09/08-09: Succulent Container Gardening Workshop Learn all about these drought tolerant plants and make and take home a potted arrangement. Pre-registration required. 10-11:30am. $15 plus cost of plants and pots. The Potting Shed, 55a Bolinas Road, Fairfax. 4559459.

09/08: Aloha Marin Paddleboard Race Already a classic in Marin County’s stand-up paddleboard scene, this popular event returns, bigger and better than ever. Visit www.marincountyparks. org and click events calendar for more event details. 8-11am. $20 Registration fee for racers McNears Beach Park, 201 Cantera Way, San Rafael. 446-4423.

09/08: Day of Healing for Women of African Descent A day of deep healing, sanctuary and ritual with Konda Mason and Dr. Zenju Earthlyn Manuel. With drumming, movement, sacred ritual, nature walking and silent meditation. 9:30am-5pm. $25-$55, sliding scale, plus a donation to the teachers. Spirit Rock Meditation Center, 5000 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Woodacre. 488-0164. 09/08: Dining with Democrats Join Dining with Democrats with former Obama adviser, author and founder of Rebuild the Dream, Van Jones. Silent auction. 5:30-9pm. $65. San Rafael Community Center, 618 B. St., San Rafael.

09/08: Saints and Sinners Summer Soiree Ladies of Elks Lodge #1108 Fundraiser to benefit community charities and Lodge improvement. With live music, dancing, food , cocktails, raffle and silent auction. Pleaase wear black and white attire 5-9pm. $ 20. Magnolia Terrace, Mission at C St., San Rafael. 295-LADY.

09/08: Trail Crew: Pumpkin Ridge and Madrone Trails Join MMWD to improve tread and drainage plus trim vegetation along shady Pumpkin Ridge and Madrone Trails. Meet at lower Pumpkin Ridge trail head. 9am-noon. Free. This walk is for adults. Lake Lagunitas parking lot, end of Sky Oaks Road, Fairfax. 945-1128. 09/09: Big Rock Ridge East A moderately strenuous six mile hike through some of the most pristine open space in the eastern portion of the county. Drive to the bottom of the Chicken Shack Fire Road and make your way up to the ridge for a fabulous view. Visit website for details. 9am-3pm. Free. This walk is for adults. Open Space Preserve, Take Miller Creek Road to Queenstone Ct., San Rafael. 893-9508. 09/09: EcoFair Marin Explore over 80 exhibitors and DIY demonstrations to discover practical, ecoliving habits, plus ways to build healthy, sustainable communities while enjoying inspiring speakers like author Van Jones. 10am-6pm. $5 general admission, under 17 free. Marin County Fairgrounds , Lagoon Park, San Rafael. 519-5565. 09/09: Kabbalah Dating Workshops Enhancing your natural positive dynamic personality traits, hidden in Kabbalah’s Tree of Life, improves dating and relating. Kabbalah-Dating helps with relationship issues and finding your soulmate. 1-2:30pm. $10-18. Open Secret, 923 C St., San Rafael. 655-1650. 09/10: MWPAC Candidates’ Night The Marin Women’s Political Action Committee is holding a candidates’ night meeting. Hear candidates for congress, assembly, healthcare district and Sausalito CC. Public invited. 7pm. Free. San Rafael City Council Chambers, 1400 Fifth Ave., San Rafael. 383-0337. 09/11: Brainstormers Pub Trivia Join quizmaster Rick Tosh for a fun and friendly team trivia competition. 8-10:30pm. Free. Finnegan’s Marin, 877 Grant Ave., Novato. 899-1516.

09/11: Tuesdays to Your Health â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sleep Tight, All Night - An Integrative Approach to Better Sleep,â&#x20AC;? with integrative medicine specialist Bradly Jacobs MD MPH. Discover simple tips and new treatments to improve your sleep. 5:30-6:30pm. Free. Cavallo Point Healing Arts Center & Spa, 601 Murray Circle, Fort Baker, Sausalito. 339-2692. 09/12: Progressives and the Election Recent congressional candidate in the June primary, co-chair of the national Healthcare Not Warfare campaign and author of numerous books, including â&#x20AC;&#x153;War Made Easy: How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death,â&#x20AC;? Norman Solomon, will speak about the future for progressives. 7-9 m. Free. Redwoods Auditorium, 40 Camino Alto, Mill Valley. 4889037. 09/12: Team Trivia Cafe Team trivia contest, hosted by Howard Rachelson, Marinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Master of Trivia, featuring great questions, music and visuals, and cash prizes. 7:30-9:30pm. $4 entry/player (goes to prizes for winners) Broken Drum, 1132 Fourth St., San Rafael. 09/14-16: San Rafael Gem Faire Quality jewelry, gems, beads, crystals, silver, rocks and fossils at low prices. Fri. Noon-6pm; Sat. 10am-6pm; Sun. 10am-

5pm. $7 weekend pass Marin Center, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 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. 4571000.

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09/07: Afternoon Storytime Children ages four years old and up are invited to join a 45-minute story time featuring engaging picture books for the older child. 3:30-4:15pm. Free. Larkspur Library, 400 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur. 9275005. 09/07: End of Summer Party Celebrate the end of summer reading with friends and library staff under the redwood trees. Enjoy a bubble show with Bubble Man Mike Miller, crafts, live music, ice cream, hula hooping and more. 2:30-4pm. Free. Mill Valley Public Library, 375 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 389-4292 ext. 4741. 09/09: Grandparents Day Featuring storytime with children’s book author Jackie Broad, a musical performance by Radio Disney AM 1310 Road Crew as well as an art activity in the studios. 10am-5pm. Bay Area Discovery Museum, 557 McReynolds Road, Sausalito. 339-3900. 09/09: Kid’s Fair Free fun park with jump house and super slide, petting zoo, mini horse, burro, ducks, bunnies and raffle. 11am-3pm. Free. Peace Lutheran Church, 205 Tennessee Valley Road, Mill Valley. 3882065.

09/09: Sunday Special: The Bubble Lady Enjoy the Bubble Lady’s amazing bubble show. 11am-noon. Free. Mill Valley Public Library, 375 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 389-4292 ext. 106. 09/10: Mo Willems Event for families. Willems presents “Goldilocks & The Three Dinosaurs,” the once-upon-a-time story of three hungry Dinosaurs. 7pm. One ticket per family of four: Buy a book and the ticket is included. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960.

09/11: Baby and Toddler Storytime 30-minute storytime for infants and toddlers up to 36 months and their caregivers. Join for a lively mix of nursery rhymes, fingerplays, short books and songs, just right for this age group. 9:30-10am. Free. Larkspur Library, 400 Magnolia Ave, Larkspur. 9275005. 09/11: Miss Kitty Kids can sing and dance along while parents eat dinner. 5:30pm. Deer Park Villa Steakhouse, 367 Bolinas Road, Fairfax. 456-8084. 09/12: Ellen Hopkins Special for teens. Hopkins reads from her riveting new YA novel with three interconnected stories, “Tilt.” 6pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960.

Monday and Saturday:Children’s Level 1 Ballet For ages 5-8 yrs old, based on the American Ballet Theatre National Training Curriculum. Classes every Monday at 3:30pm and Saturday at 1:30pm $14. Studio C, 10 Liberty Ship Way, Sausalito. 6152246.

Outdoors (Hikes & Bikes) 09/08: Save Our Ocean, Save Our Bay Boat Trip Explore a proposed SF Bay Marine Protected Area on the charter boat “Salty Lady” with David McGuire, Lori Grace, Bill Keener, Ed Ellsworth. See firsthand the critical areas needing protection. 3-8pm. $60. Sunrise Center, 645 Tamalpais Drive Suite A, Corte Madera. 924-7824.

09/09: West Point Inn Pancake Breakfast Visit the West Point Inn on Mt Tam for a pancake breakfast with amazing views. Guests must hike or bike in. Park at Bootjack, Pan Toll, Rock Springs, East Peak or near the Mountain Home Inn. 9am-1pm. $10 for adults/$5 for children, 12 and under West Point Inn, Mt Tamalpais, Mill Valley. 388-9955. www. 09/11: Spiders at Roy’s Redwoods Late summer is the best time to look for many of our local spiders. See website for details. 10am-1pm. Free. This walk is for adults. Roy’s Redwood, Nicasio 28 PACIFIC SUN SEPTEMBER 7 - SEPTEMBER 13, 2012

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Ongoing: Mt.Tamalpais Habitat Restoration Learn about Mt. Tam’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 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.


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›› STARSTREAM by Ly nda Ray

Week of September 6 – 12, 2012

ARIES (March 20 - April 19) Don’t shoot the messenger, but you are not exactly fun to be around this week. You insist that you are providing useful advice, but instead you’re accused of being picky and critical. You can overcome these tendencies if you get some exercise. Your activities don’t have to be high risk—they only have to use up lots of energy. But hey, if sword fighting really appeals to you, go right ahead... TAURUS (April 20 - May 19) Certain weeks require hiding away and avoiding those who are capable of pushing your anger buttons. Please know that this is one of those weeks. Of course, life being what it is, you may not have the luxury of escaping your button pushers. If so, you have my sympathy. You’re less sensitive by Wednesday when aloof Uranus helps you cope with annoying, arrogant and argumentative people. How? By ignoring them completely... GEMINI (May 20 - June 20) As a sign that is often described as “lighthearted,” you’re a bit out of character this week. You’re inclined to be cynical, critical and somewhat caustic. A coworker may be significantly more talented at being nasty (since, as mentioned, you usually aren’t), so beware of competition on the job. As for the weekend, the intuitive Moon clues you in on what makes you happy. Fortunately, ubeat Jupiter in your sign is glad to help out... CANCER (June 21 - July 21) So, just when you think you’ve got your spending back under control, hedonistic Venus takes over your money house. The temptation to pamper yourself is hard to resist. Besides shopping for lovely possessions, you are drawn to services that beautify your appearance and soothe your spirit. Massage, expensive haircuts, spa treatments—well, you get the picture. You may squander a few bucks, but you’ll sure look and feel good afterwards. LEO (July 22 - Aug. 22) You know what they say about curiosity and the cat, right? Your ruler (the Sun in the detail-obsessed sign of Virgo) falls under the influence of inquisitive Mercury this week, bringing a tendency to accumulate knowledge via blatant prying. This is fine if you work for a tabloid or as an interviewer for the E! network. Otherwise, not so much. On Wednesday, love-at-first-sight is a possibility. If you meet an attractive stranger, try to skip the third degree... VIRGO (Aug. 23 - Sept. 21) Having magical Neptunian energy in your relationship house while kinky Uranus occupies the house that governs sex, secrets and psychic powers is certainly interesting. The danger is that Neptune, in a quest to acquire divine perfection, often paints things to be much rosier than they are. While Uranus, in a quest to be shocking, tends to attract the occasional weirdo. So, before taking your new romance public, you might want to run a background check... LIBRA (Sept. 22 - Oct. 22) Here’s the key to figuring out the air signs (Gemini, Libra, Aquarius): You believe yourselves to be totally logical at all times. That’s why, despite evidence to the contrary, you think that there is still hope for cooperative governing. A lovely dream that probably has no basis in reality. However, you have great ability to charm society for the next few weeks. Perhaps it’s not too late to announce your candidacy. SCORPIO (Oct. 23 - Nov. 21) Feisty Mars wants you to be energetically sexy and creative. If romance is not on your priority list, you are likely to feel restless and impatient for physical activity. In any event, it is time for a little more adventure and a little less work in your life. That’s the fun of having daring Mars in your personality house. You feel as if life is one big action movie and you’re the star. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22 - Dec. 20) There’s big activity in your house of the unconscious. This is likely to bring strange imaginings during your waking hours as well as action-filled dreams at night. An active dreamer with flailing legs and arms can be quite a challenging bedmate. Don’t be surprised if you awaken to tangled sheets, bunched-up pillows and your sweetie wisely sleeping on the sofa. CAPRICORN (Dec. 21 - Jan. 18) No more procrastination on starting a new fitness regime. The Moon links up with sporty Jupiter on Saturday inspiring you to revamp your diet and your exercise routine. One warning: With compulsive Pluto in your sign, you may be tempted to go overboard. This is not an “all or nothing” sort of endeavor. It’s simply an opportunity to improve your health. You’re not expected to enter a triathlon. Not this week, anyway. AQUARIUS (Jan. 19 - Feb. 17) You and your partner are experiencing a pleasant phase of peaceful understanding. Whether business or personal, your relationship is pleasurable. If looking for a mate, you may have a lovely connection to a Libra. A great choice since they rarely yell or fight—not even when you forget to pick up dinner, leave them waiting at the airport or casually mention you’re off to do volunteer work in New Orleans for the next six months... PISCES (Feb. 18 - March 19) Yes, expansive Jupiter has big plans for your residence. You need lots of space right now. Fortunately, you’ve got the creativity to remodel or redecorate in order to increase the livable space of your environment. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a large hot tub, two studios (one for art and one for music) and a 100-gallon saltwater aquarium? If you knock down a few walls and take over the apartment next door, you’ll be all set. ✹ Email Lynda Ray at or check out her website at 30 PACIFIC SUN SEPTEMBER 7 - SEPTEMBER 13, 2012

PUBLIC NOTICES 995 Fictitious Name Statement FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 130105 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as SAN DOMENICO SWIMMING, 20 LOCUST AVE., KENTFIELD, CA 94904: MARIN SWIM LLC., 20 LOCUST AVE., KENTFIELD, CA 94904. This business is being conducted by a limited liability company. 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 August 7, 2012. (Publication Dates: August 17, 24, 31; September 7, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2012130114 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as REMAX PROS, 10 SOUTH KNOLL RD. #4, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: REAL PROPERTIES INC., 6250 STATE FARM DR., ROHNERT PARK, CA 94928. This business is being conducted by a corporation. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on September 3, 2012. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on August 7, 2012. (Publication Dates: August 17, 24, 31; September 7, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 129950 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as ZIP CAR COVERS, 81 FOREST LANE, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: RICHARD P. STAVRO, 81 FOREST 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 August 1, 2012. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on July 17, 2012. (Publication Dates: August 17, 24, 31; September 7, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 130098 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as MLS PLUS, 11 CRESCENT LANE, FAIRFAX, CA 94930: SOPHIA ROSE PRIOLO, 11 CRESCENT LANE, FAIRFAX, CA 94930. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on August 8, 2012. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on August 6, 2012. (Publication Dates: August 17, 24, 31; September 7, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 130192 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as ABIGSYS RESEARCH; AR*CLINICAL PUBLICATIONS, 44 DOCKSIDE CIRCLE, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: NANCY A. MARTIN, 44 DOCKSIDE CIRCLE, 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 August 17, 2012. (Publication Dates: August 24, 31; September 7, 14, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 130043 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as ALMA DEL TANGO, 26 RUTHERFORD AVE., SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960: SOCIAL DANCE CULTURES 501c 3, 26 RUTHERFORD AVE., SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960. 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 July 30, 2012. (Publication Dates: August 24, 31; September 7, 14, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 130168 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as FOUNTAIN SPA, 817 B 4TH ST., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: DANNY NGUYEN, 600 ELLIS ST., SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94109. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on August 2012. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on August 15, 2012. (Publication Dates: August 24, 31; September 7, 14, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2012130171 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as CHADM CAPITAL ADVISORS, 253 TULANE DR., LARKSPUR, CA 94939: DARREN PACHECO, 253 TULANE DR., LARKSPUR, CA 94939. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on August 15,

2012. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on August 15, 2012. (Publication Dates: August 24, 31; September 7, 14, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2012130211 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as MATEMUSE, 21 PROSPECT DR., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: MARGARET COTHERMAN, 21 PROSPECT DR., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on September 24, 2012. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on August 20, 2012. (Publication Dates: August 24, 31; September 7, 14, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 129890 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as BAYAREA TROPIC SUN, 10 SKYLARK DR. #45, LARKSPUR, CA 94939: SHAMILA AGHAJANLOU, 10 SKYLARK DR. #45, LARKSPUR, CA 94939. 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 July 9, 2012. (Publication Dates: August 24, 31; September 7, 14, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2012130177 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as BELLA CASA, 9 MONTEGO KEY, NOVATO, CA 94949: STACEY AYRES TEMPLETON, 9 MONTEGO KEY, NOVATO, CA 94949. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on September 1, 2012. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on August 16, 2012. (Publication Dates: August 31; September 7, 14, 21, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2012130242 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as PICTUREYOURPURPOSE.COM, 105 BAYPOINT DR., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: LINDA MARIE, 105 BAYPOINT DR., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on August 24, 2012. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on August 24, 2012. (Publication Dates: August 31; September 7, 14, 21, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2012130053 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as SUGAR PIE BAKING COMPANY, 1545 4TH ST., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: JENNIFER HIRT, 342 4TH AVE., SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94118. 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 August 1, 2012. (Publication Dates: September 7, 14, 21, 28, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 130250 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as CONICHO’S FOOD, 17 SKYLARK DR. #17, LARKSPUR, CA 94939: HECTOR C. TORRES, 17 SKYLARK DR. #17, LARKSPUR, CA 94939; MERCEDES A SAZO TORRES, 17 SKYLARK DR. #17, LARKSPUR, CA 94939. This business is being conducted by a husband & wife. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on N/A. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on August 27, 2012. (Publication Dates: August 31; September 7, 14, 21, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 130253 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as LONDON SALON, 170 E. BLITHEDALE AVE., MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: KIM NGUYEN NGO, 1 VIA SAN FERNANDO, TIBURON, CA 94920; DAVID D. NGO, 1 VIA SAN FERNANDO, TIBURON, CA 94920. This business is being conducted by a husband & wife. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on August 27, 2012. (Publication Dates: August 31; September 7, 14, 21, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2012130155 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as BURNS & KAPLAN FLOWERS, 1414 4TH ST., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: KRISTA LINKOGLE-KAPLAN, 119 MARINER GREEN CT., 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 August 15, 2012. This statement was filed with

the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on August 13, 2012. (Publication Dates: August 31; September 7, 14, 21, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2012130188 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as FITUWEAR, 338 PALOMA AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: SUSANNE D. BROWN, 338 PALOMA 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 June 1, 2012. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on August 17, 2012. (Publication Dates: September 7, 14, 21, 28, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2012130263 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as DIGITALCIGGZ.COM, 1560 FOURTH ST. SUITE C, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: DIGITAL M.W.M LLC., 1017 WATERBROOK CT., SANTA ROSA, CA 95401. This business is being conducted by a limited liability company. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on August 28, 2012. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on August 28, 2012. (Publication Dates: September 7, 14, 21, 28, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 130274 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as DINNA DAVIS SEARCH & ASSOCIATES, 1525 CASA BUENA DR. SUITE A, CORTE MADERA, CA 94925: DINNA DAVIS, 1525 CASA BUENA DR. SUITE A, CORTE MADERA, CA 94925. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on August 30, 2012. (Publication Dates: September 7, 14, 21, 28, 2012)

997 All Other Legals NOTICE TO CREDITORS: No. PR 1203277 In the Matter of: The Gerald G. Hoytt Revocable Trust, dated July 26, 1993, Gerald G. Hoytt, Decedent. Notice is hereby given to the creditors and contingent creditors of the above-named decedent, who died on June 19, 2012, that all persons having claims against the decedent are required to file them with the Superior Court, at P.O. Box 4988, San Rafael, California 94913-4988, and mail a copy to LEE HOYTT, as Successor Trustee of the Gerald G. Hoytt Revocable Trust dated July 26, 1993, of which the decedent was the settlor, c/o Zuckerman & McQuiller, One Embarcadero Center, Suite 2480, San Francisco, California 94111, within the later of four (4) months after the date of the first publication of notice to creditors or, if notice is mailed or personally delivered to you, sixty (60) days after the date this notice is mailed or personally delivered to you. A claim form may be obtained from the court clerk. For your protection, you are encouraged to file your claim by certified mail, with return receipt request. Lee Hoytt, c/o Zuckerman & McQuiller, One Embarcadero Center, Suite 2480, San Francisco, California 94111. Tel (415) 392-1980, Fax (415) 392-4016. (Pacific Sun/ Publication Dates: July 17, 24, 31; September 7, 2011) ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF MARIN. No. CIV 1203652. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner MICHELLE SIMOTAS filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: DYLAN EVERSON TROEN to DYLAN TROEN SIMOTAS. 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: October 12, 2012, 8:30 AM, Dept. B, Room B, Superior Court of California, County of Marin, 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael, CA 94903. A copy of this ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE shall be published at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in the county of Marin: PACIFIC SUN. Date: August 8, 2012 /s/ ROY CHERNUS, JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT (Pacific Sun: August 17, 24, 31; September 7, 2012) ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF MARIN. No. CIV 1203411. TO ALL

INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner BUUNGOC TRAN DANG filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: BUU-NGOC TRAN DANG to JADE BUUNGOC TRAN DANG. 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: September 20, 2012, 9:00AM, Dept. L, Room L, Superior Court of California, County of Marin, 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael, CA 94903. A copy of this ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE shall be published at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in the county of Marin: PACIFIC SUN. Date: July 26, 2012 /s/ LYNN DURYEE, JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT. (Pacific Sun: August 24, 31; September 7, 14, 2012) STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF USE OF FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME File No. 304386 The following person(s) has/have abandoned the use of a fictitious business

name(s). The information given below is as it appeared on the fictitious business statement that was filed at the Marin County Clerk-Recorder’s Office. Fictitious Business name(s): UNIQUE PRODUCTS, 10 SKYLARK DR. #45, LARKSPUR, CA 94939. Filed in Marin County on: August 24, 2011. Under File No: 127620. Registrant’s Name(s):SHAMILA AGHAJANLOU_MOHAMAD PAHLAVAN, 10 SKYLARK DR. #45, LARKSPUR, CA 94939. This statement was filed with the County Clerk Recorder of Marin County on July 9, 2012. (Pacific Sun: August 24, 31; September 7, 14, 2012) STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF USE OF FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME File No. 304395 The following person(s) has/have abandoned the use of a fictitious business name(s). The information given below is as it appeared on the fictitious business statement that was filed at the Marin County Clerk-Recorder’s Office. Fictitious Business name(s): FOUNTAIN SPA, 817 B 4TH ST., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. Filed in Marin County on: August 15, 2012. Under File No: 130168. Registrant’s Name(s): DANNY NGUYEN, 600 ELLIS ST., SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94109. This statement was filed with the County Clerk Recorder of Marin County on August 31, 2012.(Publication Dates: September 7, 14, 21, 28, 2012) NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE: ALL OVER MARIN MINI STORAGE, SAN ANSELMO. In accordance to the provisions of the California Business and Professional Code, there being

due an unpaid storage charge for which the Mini Storage is entitled to a lien on the goods hereinafter described, and due notice in the time specified in such notice for payment having expired, NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that these goods will be sold at a public auction at the MINI STORAGE IN SAN ANSELMO, 208 GREENFIELD AVE., SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960, at 11:00am WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2012. The public is invited to attend. Should it be impossible to sell all of the lots on the above date, the sale will be continued to another date as announced by the auctioneer, Duane M. Hines, Bond No. RED 1016142. The property to be sold consists of household goods and personal effects belonging to the occupant(s) identified below. Name of owner is followed by lot number: ANNA STEVENSON: UNIT #323; ERIC WHITE: UNIT #035 & #045; LOTUS FARMER: UNIT #120; TYE WILLIAM: UNIT #228; FALASHA GAINES: UNIT #332; STEPHEN ROCKWELL: UNIT #251; ALBERT DE FUENTEZ: UNIT #285. Pacific Sun: (September 7, 14, 2012) NOTICE OF LAND PATENT, PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, Lawful owners Frank DeRaffele have brought forward the Land Patent and occupy the land (the tract or parcel of land and fixture), commonly located at 265 Adobestone Court - San Rafael California [94903]; all contents of public electronic notice, is available for viewing at:, LP#201228082, for more information please contact Frank DeRaffele 415-260-1321.

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My boyfriend of two years is best friends with his ex. During their 14-year relationship, he says they had a codependency, becoming each other’s social world. They were still roommates when we started dating, and she refused to even let me into their house. He says he’d like us to become casual friends and includes us both in group events like a recent hike. On it, I tried to be friendly, but she pretty much ignored me. Afterward, I told him it was awkward spending the day with someone who has issues with me. He became angry, saying I should be more understanding, that it was much more difficult for her. (She seems to require a level of coddling and emotional support that I don’t.) He’ll also go to events and not invite me because she’ll be there. I’m positive they’re done romantically, but he’s abnormally protective of her, always defending her feelings over mine. When I try to discuss this, he blows up. (Our relationship is otherwise good and loving.)—Excluded There’s that old Eddie Money song that goes, “I’ve got two tickets to paradise. Won’t you pack your bags; we’ll leave tonight.” And then there’s your boyfriend’s version: “I’ve got two tickets to paradise. We’ll call you from the beach.” When two become as three, it isn’t so much a relationship as it is the beginnings of a parade. Assuming you aren’t members of a polygamous religious cult or regular guests at parties where everyone throws their keys into a big bowl, a relationship is generally understood to mean two people prioritizing each other over all others. If one of these people wants more creative terms, he needs to arrange for them by mutual agreement and not just stick them on his girlfriend and hope she doesn’t notice, or at least doesn’t complain. In favoring the ex-girlfriend with the perpetually broken wing, your boyfriend isn’t just being unfair to you; he’s creating what therapist B. Janet Hibbs, Ph.D., calls “a chronic climate of unfairness.” Hibbs feels fairness violations are at the root of most relationship problems, noting in Try To See It My Way that you can’t trust your partner if you don’t expect to be fairly treated. Unfairnesses left unrepaired lead partners to “withhold care, love, affection, and finally, themselves.” Your boyfriend talks like he wants you girls to sit around braiding each other’s hair—yet foments conflict by making clear that you come second, and to a woman who treated you like a poo-covered dog she didn’t want in her house: “Just tie her to a tree and come inside!” His being so codependently cozy with his needy ex is far less risky than going all in and being interdependent with you. So, of course he blows up when you broach the subject; evading all discussion of it allows him to keep her as his human binky. Write him a note explaining that you two need to talk in a calm way about something that’s bothering you. (It’s impossible to have a relationship with somebody who goes all sixth-grade science project volcano whenever there’s a discussion he’d rather not have.) Tell him that you understand his friendship with his ex means a lot to him but that you find it painful to always come second. If he wants to remain your boyfriend, he needs to get his loyalties in order—meaning, even in the event his ex suffers some tragedy (A hangnail! A hangover!), he’ll treat you more like his girlfriend than some woman in line behind him at 7-Eleven. (Listen to Hibbs talk about fairness: amyalkon/2012/08/20/advice-goddess-radio-amy-alkon) In arguments with my boyfriend, I’ll ignite—yelling, name-calling, threatening to break up. He isn’t deserving of those names, and I don’t want to break up, but I fear I’m sending us down that path.—Mean Girlfriend You’ve decided to jazz things up with a little role-playing, but forget pirate/ slave girl or housewife/UPS guy. You’re into animal magnetism—like the jackal on the downed cow. Apparently, you misunderstood; the saying isn’t “If you don’t have anything nice to say, scream it at the top of your lungs.” Every time you do, you claw a chunk out of his love and goodwill for you, weakening your relationship. Start exploring why you do this, and tell him you’re working on it (so he’ll know you’re trying, even if you aren’t instantly Gandhi). In the meantime, set up ground rules: If you start arguing ugly, the discussion’s over. Write down your points, and talk when you can remain civil. If you fail again, postpone again. Bottom line: You aren’t allowed to treat him like you forgot you love him—which is like re-enacting that romantic moment on the bow in Titanic, except that you scream obscenities at him and shove him off the ship. ✹


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