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Cervanek’s illustrations for ‘The Serial’ are known throughout the world—this one features Leonard and Kate drinking Wallbangers on the deck of Sam’s in Tiburon.

Are you being Cervenak? I am a publisher in the United Kingdom who is trying to trace Tom Cervenak, the Pacific Sun’s art director from long ago who did the wonderful illustrations for Cyra McFadden’s bestselling book, The Serial, in 1977. If anyone knows how to reach him, please contact me at martyn@ Many thanks. Martyn Forrester, UK

Maybe he’s worried you’ll look him up... Jared Huffman has the wrong info on his yard signs. They should have his address and contact info in D.C. ... Jonathan Frieman, San Rafael

The Sun disappoints in its coverage of the touchy subject of U.S. empire. Jacob Shafer writes [“No God But God,” Aug. 31] that John Walker Lindh’s “story is as odd as it is polarizing,” mentioning that the “infamous” former San Anselmo resident converted to Islam and fought with the Taliban against the Northern Alliance and that, other than his father who is “proud” of him, Walker Lindh “doesn’t have many allies.” Odd, indeed, that sons of empire should switch sides to oppose the U.S.-backed (first covertly, then openly and massively) warlords of Afghanistan. Odd, too, that a number of (little-mentioned) American soldiers in Vietnam took their guns and switched sides to fight against the U.S. invasion of that country. Odd that there were sons of France who fought on behalf of the colonized Algerians. Stretch your imaginations and think why Walker Lindh’s father and others might justly be proud of him. Roger Stoll, San Rafael

Editor’s note: Thanks for writing, Roger! We love nothing more than when a reader’s response leads us to pause, reconsider, and broaden our narrow world view. This, however, is not one of those times. Look, we’re with you to an extent. The Bush administration in 2002 was looking for heroes and villains—and a “Marin hot-tubber,” as H.W. so eloquently put it, made for a picture-perfect Benedict Ahmed. Lindh was certainly scapegoated to a degree; he was over there fighting for a different cause when the American invasion went down. And, yes, we understand that occupied people

will struggle to overthrow occupiers. But, as Mom used to say, you’re judged by the company you keep. And Lindh hung with the Taliban—a scurrilous bunch known for massacring women and children, systemic and brutal subjugation of women and human sex trafficking. Comparing those bullies to Algerians fighting off French colonial rule is beyond any “stretch of our imaginations.”

Our ‘innate intelligence’ is telling us something else entirely...

A few months ago, Pacific Sun reporter Jacob Shafer wrote a story about the people who complain about chemtrails [“Sprayed and Confused,” Jan. 20]. “What in the World are They Spraying?” is a groundbreaking documentary about the phenomenon by political activist Michael J. Murphy. Here’s a blurb about the film: “By now everyone has seen crisscrossing streaks of white clouds trailing behind jet aircraft, stretching from horizon to horizon, eventually turning the sky into a murky haze. Our innate intelligence tells us these are not mere vapor trails from jet engines, but no one yet has probed the questions: who is doing this and why. With the release of this video, all of that has changed. Here is the story of a rapidly developing industry called geoengineering, driven by scientists, corporations, and governments intent on changing global climate, controlling the weather, and altering the chemical composition of soil and water—all supposedly for the betterment of mankind. Although officials insist that these programs are only in the discussion phase, evidence is abundant that they have been under way since about 1990—and the effect has been devastating to crops, wildlife, and human health. We are being sprayed with toxic substances without our consent and, to add insult to injury, they are lying to us about it. Do not watch this documentary if you have high blood pressure.” Richard Kiiski, Mill Valley

That would make it a double-double suicide... Seems that In-N-Out Burger might as well shoot themselves in the head (it’s less painful) than face the politicians in Novato who said “they’d welcome them; but they have to make some changes to their plans.” I’m sure the same thing was said to George Lucas; and after six long

years of “changing plans to get approval” he realized he should have shot himself in the head first. We’ll see how many hoops and how many years pass before we get an In-N-Out Burger at the shopping center in Novato. Marcia Blackman, San Rafae

The velorution will not be motorized It is possible for motorists to pass cyclists safely without crossing the double yellow line, even on windy, West Marin roads. Your readers driving “over the hill” need not dawdle behind cyclists riding as slower, legal vehicles. Bicyclists can serve to remind motorists to drive these roads more safely by obeying the speed limit, not passing on blind curves, practicing patience and paying attention. However, even a wide vehicle can pass cyclists with 3 feet of space in a traffic lane without crossing dividing lines. This is far safer than speeding by in the other lane on a blind curve as some motorists have been observed doing. Showing both motorists and cyclists how to share the road safely was my intent when I designed the first Share the Road sign Simac’s helpful signage. in 1981, then updated it in 2006. I’ve offered their use for educational purposes to transportation agencies and cyclist organizations, since they’re a “velorutionary” improvement over the disembodied bike crossing traffic icon. Like most velorutionaries, mostly ignored. When motorists, cyclists and pedestrians learn to share the roads more safely and predictably, the “transportation” system will actually benefit more users as a public good. It’s been a hazardous, toxic, trillion-dollar infrastructure almost entirely built to allow greater speed by motor vehicles. Very little sharing was offered until recently, but cyclists and pedestrians have been taking to the streets and sidewalks in daily direct actions since the beginning. Stephen Simac, Stinson Beach

Oops! In our recent Marin 10 edition story on congressional candidate Jared Huffman [“Not Your Average Classic Politician,” Aug. 31], we gave the San Rafael resident a better primary result than the voters did. It was, in fact, Tiburon candidate Dan Roberts who carried Trinity and Del Norte counties in California’s District 2. Put your stamp on the letters to the editor at SEPTEMBER 28 - OCTOBER 4, 2012 PACIFIC SUN 7


Exiled on main street Fairfax calls for statewide Homeless Bill of Rights by Pe te r Se i d m an


he Fairfax Town Council’s unanimous approval of a resolution that calls on the California Legislature to adopt a “California Homeless Bill of Rights” seems at first glance to be a nobrainer for all social activists. But that first glance would be wrong. In the staff report that accompanied the information packet at the meeting on Sept. 5, during which council members voted to approve the resolution, town staff wrote an eloquent supporting presentation: “The homeless often suffer and incur discrimination, hardships, burdens and deprivation of constitutionally protected rights solely because of their status as being without a permanent home. It is long past due for this separate and unequal treatment to be replaced with compassion, respect, and the recognition that [for] those in our Fairfax community, Marin County and state who are blessed with great providence comes the moral obligation to care for those less fortunate than ourselves. It is for these reasons that a ‘California Homeless Bill of Rights’ should be formally added to the California Fair Employment and Housing Act.” Mayor Pam Hartwell-Herrero and Councilman David Weinsoff brought the resolution to the council. They had been working on homeless issues in Fairfax and meeting with people in the com-

munity, says Weinsoff. Hartwell-Herrero heard about the governor of Rhode Island signing the nation’s first homeless bill of rights. She asked Weisnoff what he thought about that legislation, which codifies constitutional rights for homeless people in Rhode Island. Weinsoff said he would work to prepare a Fairfax resolution modeled after the Rhode Island legislation. “I looked at the legislation, and then I took a hard look at our fair housing law in California and figured how best to proceed.” He decided “it would be presumptuous for a small town like Fairfax to write an amendment to the state’s fair housing law.” He used the language in the Rhode Island bill, “which had really been well-crafted,” and put it in a format that advocates could then present to California legislators. “The real goal here,” says Weinsoff, “was to have a memorandum with a model statute that could be exhibited to other towns and cities in the county and to the county itself to see if we could get the ball rolling.” At least so far, the ball hasn’t moved much beyond Fairfax. But the reaction in town has been positive; negative responses have been absent, says Weinsoff. “If I had my dream, I would like to see [homeless bills of rights] rolled out nationally.” The Rhode Island legislation made national news in large part because it runs counter to a trend across the 10 >


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Huffman hopes to ‘restore public trust’ in state parks The governor and state legislators are putting the first—in what will likely be a series of many— bandages on the wounds stemming from this summer’s state parks scandal—in which $53 million in hidden funds were discovered in a state parks department that had allegedly been flat broke since 2010. The first bandage signed into law by Gov. Brown this week is Assembly Bill 1589, Marin Assemblyman Jared Huffman’s bill requiring the Department of Parks and Recreation to “develop a prioritized action plan” for generating revenue and collecting unpaid user fees at the parks—and, perhaps more importantly, calls for accurate and transparent accounting of the state park funds. “Since news of the state parks scandal broke this summer, I have been working with legislative leaders and the Brown administration on the changes needed to restore public trust and confidence in California State Parks’ management and operations,” said Huffman. AB 1589 also allows taxpayers to redirect portions of their tax refunds to the California State Parks Protection Fund in exchange for an annual state park day-use access pass. Gov. Brown this week also signed AB 1478, coauthored by Huffman, which mandates a two-year moratorium on future state park closures, matching funds for park donors and local operating agreements, and additional funding toward audits and investigations of the management crisis at California State Parks. Though pleased with the passage of his bills, Huffman says,“We have a lot more work to do to restore public trust and confidence” in the state parks system. ‘Sound of Music’ to climb every Mountain Play in 2013 The hills are going to be alive indeed next May—as the Mountain Play has named The Sound of Music as its 100th anniversary production. Filling the big shoes left by longtime Mountain Play director James Dunn, the 2013 show will be helmed by Bay Area theater veteran Jay Manley, whose stint as artistic director at Foothill Mountain College in Los Altos has led to several Bay Area Theater Critics Circle awards, including best direction. With music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II and story by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse, The Sound of Music has become one of the most famous plays of the 20th century. Based on the memoir of Maria von Trapp, the original Broadway production opened in 1959 starring Mary Martin and made standards out of such songs as “Do, Re, Mi,” “My Favorite Things,”“Edelweiss” and the title song. The 1965 film version featured Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer and earned five Oscars. More opportunity for Marin to order drinks! Marin’s restaurant scene got some intoxicating news this week when Gov. Brown signed a bill allowing for additional liquor licenses to be issued each year. Assembly Bill 1320 will pave the way for the approval of up to 15 more liquor licenses at full-service restaurants, which seat 50 or more, over the next three years. The bill was authored by Napa Assemblyman Michael Allen—because of redistricting, Allen has chosen to run for re-election in Marin this November—who says local restaurateurs have struggled to expand or open a new business due to the difficulty in obtaining a liquor license. The current formula used by the state Alcohol and Beverage Control agency to determine the number of licenses to approve is based on population. But Marin’s rather 10 steady population numbers don’t result in the number of liquor licenses necessary



Diamonds aren’t forever Former Giant Jesse Foppert takes a swing at life after baseball... by Jacob Shafe r


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1. What two bays of water lie along the west coast of Marin County? 2. What percent of the American population did Mitt Romney recently refer to as dependent, entitled victims who don’t pay income taxes? 3. Dorothy, in The Wizard of Oz, wore what colored slippers? 4. What is the predominant religion of each of these countries: 6a 4a. Argentina 4b. Indonesia 4c. Japan 5. What is the primary ingredient in tofu? 6. Pictured, right; All these have twoletter names: 6a. Longest river in Italy 6b. A song title in this movie has three of them 6c. Ancient Chinese game 6b 7. How many times have the San Francisco Giants played in the World Series? How many times have they won? 8. Plastic as we know it, made of purely synthetic materials, was invented in what year: 1909, 1919 or 1929? 9. What foreign cities lie just across the border from each of these U.S. cities? 9a. San Diego 9b. Detroit, Mich. 6c 9c. El Paso, Texas 10. If the price of the shares of a stock rises 20 percent one year and drops 20 percent the next year, what is the percentage change in value over those two years? BONUS: This bitter substance scraped from the bark of cinchona trees in the Andes was the first effective treatment for malaria. Today, some adults drink it as a tonic mixed with gin. What is it? 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!

VDavid McConnell of Novato was touched by a story his wife, Marilyn, shared with him. Marilyn works for HomeCARES in Marin, a nonprofit agency that collects donations of gently used medical equipment and redistributes the items free of charge. Recently, HomeCARES learned about a local couple. The husband has ALS and is unable to work; his wife quit her job to care for him. HomeCares connected the couple with a man in Tiburon and his sister in Petaluma who no longer needed the wheelchair-accessible van and motorized wheelchair used by their father. The generous siblings provided the expensive equipment to the couple at no charge. There are plenty of heroes in this story and we honor each of them.

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ee if this sounds tional League West, familiar: a hottheir second division shot San Frantitle in three years. cisco Giants’ pitching And, of course, in p ro s p e c t ro c ke t s 2010, the same year through the organizaFoppert was cut loose tion, expectations by the Marlins, the trailing him like the Giants won their first tail of a comet. He World Series in San lands in the big leagues Francisco. “Mostly and has an immediate I was happy for the impact, helping his guys, especially the team reach the postones I came up with,” season. The only queshe says, citing fellow tion seems to be: how hurlers Matt Cain far can this kid go? and Brian Wilson. “I ‘Baseball America’ magazine ranked Foppert as the No. 1 Tim Lincecum, can’t say I don’t wish pitching prospect of 2003. right? Matt Cain? I had a ring on my Madison Bumgarfinger, though.” ner? Nope. Jesse Foppert. Asked if he considers himself officially Today his name is familiar only to dieretired from pro ball, Foppert hedges a hards, but in the early 2000s Foppert, who bit. “I don’t like to say it’s over,” he begins. grew up in Marin, was the Giants’ young Then he pauses, and adds, “But it would arm du jour. After starring at San Rafael be really hard after taking this much time High as a middle infielder, Foppert conoff to come back and try to do it again.” verted to pitching during his junior year Foppert’s brief time in the majors coinat the University of San Francisco. In 2001 cided with the steroid era and specifically he was drafted by the Giants in the second the BALCO scandal, when Bonds and othround and two years later he made his ers were accused of using performancemajor league debut on a team that would enhancing drugs. Baseball has since moved go on to win the division. to clean up its act with increased testing Foppert describes that season as “amazand harsher penalties, but just this year ing,” but it was also bittersweet: as the another Giants slugger, left fielder Melky Giants marched to the postseason led by Cabrera, was suspended 50 games after a Barry Bonds and a cast of veterans, Foppositive PED test. pert underwent so-called Tommy John Foppert says steroids were never openly surgery to repair his damaged elbow. He talked about in the clubhouse during his came back to pitch the final game of the playing days, though he does remember 2004 season against the Dodgers, strikseeing guys suddenly bulk up and “quesing out two in a scoreless inning. But his tioning their offseason plan.” Now, he says, arm, and career, would never recover. In the kids he works with consider using 2005 he was traded to the Seattle Mariners steroids “ridiculous.” and spent the next five seasons bouncing “It’ll take a while to get it out of the between various minor league clubs. After game completely, but hopefully these failing to make the Florida Marlins roster young players coming up will change the out of spring training in 2010, Foppert culture,” he says. went home to regroup. Though most of the players Foppert “It was disappointing, obviously,” he re- coaches won’t make it to the next level, calls. “Things ended sooner than I wanted some will. Does he encourage them to them to—but I just wasn’t getting it done.” attend college, as he did, even if they have Foppert was 30 years old at the time—an a chance to go pro right away? “It’s tough age where most professional athletes have for a first-rounder to turn down three either made it or not. million dollars,” he acknowledges. “But it’s Like many ballplayers whose dreams get also hard for a high-school kid, based on derailed, Foppert turned to coaching. He maturity level, to transition directly into started the Jesse Foppert Pitching Acadthe minor leagues. And an education lasts emy, which offers personalized training for a lot longer than baseball.” all ages and skill levels, and is also the head If anyone understands that truism, it’s coach at Marin Catholic. “I love working Jesse Foppert. < with kids, and I feel I have a lot to offer Got a local story you’d like to see uncovered? E-mail them,” he says. Last week, the Giants clinched the Na-




WKira, a Bolinas resident, finished shopping at Trader Joe’s in Greenbrae and returned to her car. Within seconds, she heard honking, which persisted while she buckled up. She glanced back, realizing that the man waiting for her space was causing the ruckus. The impatient driver threw his arms into the air and began yelling. Kira pulled out and asked him what was wrong. He approached her car. “Shut up. Shut your mouth, honey. Your husband is a really lucky guy, so just shut your mouth and get out of here.” Hey, Zero, Kira is unmarried, works hard as an RN in a cancer unit and you made her cry. We love Trader Joe’s too, and somehow we manage to maintain our civility in their busy parking lot. —Nikki Silverstein

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< 8 Exiled on main street country to narrow the rights of homeless people, a situation the Interagency Council on Homelessness noted in a report released in April. The agency was authorized as part of the Stewart B. McKinney Homeless Assistance Act, which became law in 1987. The council works to create, coordinate and maintain programs that cross jurisdictions in a coordinated effort to maximize the potential of programs for the homeless.

Underscoring the council’s concern about moves to criminalize “acts of living” in communities across the country, San Francisco last year began cracking down with its sit/lie law that enforces a ban on sitting and lying on city sidewalks between 7am and 11pm. Violators face a $500 fine. The city passed the law to put teeth in its effort to prevent obstruction of sidewalks, public rights of way, especially in front of retail businesses. That’s an understandable reaction to proliferation of homeless

< 8 Newsgrams for restaurants to serve the many out-of-towners who travel to Marin each day. Robert Eyler, interim CEO of the Marin Economic Forum, says the added licenses are sorely needed in the always-tough food-service business.“The inability to gain an alcohol license can be a deal breaker for many restaurants and eating establishments,” Eyler wrote in a letter of support for the bill.“The profit margin on alcohol sales allows restaurants to spend more on food quality and service paid for by alcohol sales.” Allen adds that the current difficulty in obtaining a new liquor license created a kind of “black market” for licenses in the county. “Businesses that are no longer using theirs may sell them through a liquor license broker for upwards of $150,000, representing another significant barrier to people wishing to expand or create full service eating establishments in Marin,” says Allen.“The cost of an original eating place liquor license is less than $14,000.”

Marin public health lab to close Marin public health officials are known for “testing the waters”—but this week’s test was all about how the Board of Supervisors would react to their recommendation that Marin close its county health lab in San Rafael and consolidate services with one in Solano County. The supes unanimously agreed. On Tuesday, the Marin County Board of Supes approved the county Department of Health and Human Services’ recommendation to “move forward with the implementation of a shared-services model to provide public-health laboratory services with the NapaSolano-Yolo County Public Health Laboratory.” Stemming from state law dating back to the early 20th century, all counties must have either a public health lab or be affiliated with one. These labs perform tests that diagnose and track communicable diseases in the environment and in persons who are sick during outbreaks. Flu, mumps and measles are just a few of the illnesses the labs track. They perform tests for hepatitis, sexually transmitted diseases and tuberculosis. The labs also test for food- and water-related illness, tick-transmitted illness as well as environmental conditions such as chemical and biological contamination. Critics of the proposal, which has been on the table since last spring, argue that a loss of local control over Marin’s health lab work isn’t worth the $327,000 per year savings estimated by county health director Larry Meredith. But Meredith and other health officials say Marin’s use of the lab simply isn’t worth the expense, as the number of tests at the Marin lab has declined precipitously. The total number of clinical tests and water tests performed in fiscal year 2010-11 was 40 percent less than the previous fiscal year. Estimated test volumes for fiscal year 2011-12 are 25 percent less than 2010-11. The sharp decline resulted in large part from the closure of the county’s OB/GYN practice, which shifted responsibility to Marin Community Clinics. Although that saved the county health dollars, it also undercut the need for a dedicated local testing lab. The health lab will officially turn off its Bunsen burners effective March 1, 2013. Officials name several Marin ‘tsunami hazard zones’ A handful of new safety signs in Marin’s coastal areas are sure to make waves—as they declare “tsunami hazard zones” from San Rafael to Dillon Beach. The collection of five dozen or so tsunami signs was inspired by the county Office of Emergency Services’ endeavor to raise awareness of the possibility of tsunamis in the event of an offshore earthquake. Emergency Services officials presented their sign proposal before the Board of Supervisors last week and have already begun posting the warnings in Dillon Beach. According to county officials,“The State has worked extensively via the California Tsunami Program to provide training, brochures, and support materials to those communities that want to have signage.” Communities such as Stinson Beach and Bolinas will be the target of the sign program, but other bayfront areas like San Rafael, Tiburon, Belvedere and Sausalito have also expressed interest in the signs. The signs show, in exciting detail, that in the event of a tsunami, a person should flee toward higher ground. 10 PACIFIC SUN SEPTMBER 28 - OCTOBER 4, 2012

people on the streets, but advocates for the homeless say other ways to deal with issue can achieve similar results while providing assistance to those on the streets. Berkeley has proposed an anti-sitting law similar to the one in San Francisco, possibly joining other communities trying to prevent the homeless from loitering on sidewalks. Cities across the country, including Dallas, Philadelphia and New York, have moved to make it harder for charities to distribute food the homeless. Although that’s not the case in Marin, the homeless here still face tough challenges. The Fairfax resolution is an attempt to urge the state to recognize that the homeless in California have the same constitutional rights as any citizen. “The long road of justice arcs in our time to prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, religious creed, color, national origin, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, sex, age, and—in still incomplete fashion—sexual orientation,” the Fairfax staff report states. “Today we need to enact legislation to specifically identify homeless persons as having rights equal to those of us fortunate enough to live under a secure roof in a safe home.” The civil rights issues that rise to the surface in discussions about homelessness are similar across the country. In a civil rights case brought in 2003 after Pittsburgh police confiscated property in a homeless sweep, the city of Pittsburgh settled out of court to end the case. “It was a taking,” says Linda Tashbook, “in contravention of the Constitution.” She’s the foreign, international and comparative law librarian at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. She serves as a homeless advocate, for which she received the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Attorney Pro Bono Award in 2011. She is also the author of the Homeless Law Blog. Sometimes departments of public works conduct sweep to clear an area before a public event at a stadium, an understandable action. “But sometimes,” says Tashbook, “they’re done by the police, and incidentally, the police may find incriminating evidence of something.” And that can result in a “search and seizure violation because they have just gone and taken stuff.” As a defense, she adds, police will say the homeless “can’t have a reasonable expectation of privacy.” But homeless advocates, Tashbook continues, ask why the homeless can’t expect privacy “in the inside of their containers, whether they be a box, a tent or whatever space they claim because they can’t afford to live indoors.” She says no court cases have provided a “satisfying answer” to that issue. In the out of court settlement in Pittsburgh, the city public works department agreed to first post notices one week in advance of a sweep, allowing people to remove their own belongings. But, says Tashbook, the city has reneged on its promise. “Those steps are no longer being observed.” The bill of rights in Rhode Island lays the

legal groundwork for advocates to approach state and municipal governments and the departments within them and make note that they must respect the constitutional rights of the homeless. That covers much more than police issues. The bill of rights also ensures equal treatment for, among other things, jobs, health care, identification, driving licenses, voter registration. Tashbook wrote a piece about the Rhode Island law for Jurist, a web-based news and research service specializing in legal issues. While she was researching her article, she ran across an objection to the Rhode Island bill that echoed in Fairfax: Does codifying the constitutional rights of the homeless elevate that group of people to a protected class? That’s a denigrating term in some circles. Fairfax and Rhode Island both maintain that their intentions are aimed at underscoring current rights for the homeless—not granting any new protections. The Rhode Island Bill and the bill that would result from the Fairfax resolution “would require the government to do its part in making government services accessible to the homeless,” says Tashbook. The charge that bills of rights grant extra-legal privileges to the homeless puts “a taint” on bills of rights. “In order to care for its poor, any community needs to have the government provide what it can,” says Tashbook. “But it’s also incumbent on the population through organizations” to provide services. “A homeless bill of rights merely reminds the government” that there are instances in which societal rules and legal strictures “can have discriminatory effect on people who don’t have an address or who are facing poverty.” Fairfax Town Councilman Larry Bragman says he reluctantly supported the resolution “because it ignores the underlying issue of homelessness. To me, [the resolution] is a gesture that ignores the real issue, which is the utter abdication of responsibility by HUD and other agencies that have given up on their responsibility to facilitate and sponsor housing for people.” The need for more affordable housing has been a longstanding issue in Marin. Every two years, counties take a one-day snapshot-in-time count of their homeless populations. According to the Marin Homelessness Planning Guide, updated in April 2012, the last Marin count in 2011 revealed that about 1,220 children and adults were homeless, although service providers say the number is higher because of uncounted residents. Another population includes people just one missed paycheck away from losing the roof over their heads, a medical problem away from the streets. According to the one-day count, 4,179 precariously housed people lived in Marin. Despite the many programs the county and service agencies offer to help the homeless, despite new federal initiatives such as the Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing (HEARTH) Act of 2009, homelessness still

persists to a disturbing degree. Shelters in Marin consistently have waiting lists, and despite adding some affordable housing to the countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s stock, the need still far exceeds the demand. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Anything that keeps the homeless issue in the public eye is beneďŹ cial,â&#x20AC;? says Bragman. His ofďŹ ce is across from the Ritter Center, a service provider in San Rafael. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an area frequented by homeless residents. Tashhook says homeless individuals may choose to locate in retail areas such as downtown San Rafael because the public location offers them some safety from personal attack. She says if businesses and cities want to help the homelessâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and themselvesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;they could provide safe areas away from retail centers that police could patrol. That would allow homeless people to get a sense of safety without staying on the sidewalks. It would be a municipally acceptable area for the homeless. Increased shelter accommodations wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t hurt, either. Bragman says Fairfax has been working on speciďŹ c projects to help the homeless in town, such as implementing new workforce housing and granting amnesty for illegal second units. The town also co-sponsored a â&#x20AC;&#x153;very active food pantry program.â&#x20AC;? Other towns across the county are engaged in similar projects. Yet the need persists. The issue of whether homeless people have a right to sleepâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;to liveâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;in their vehicles has been part of the discussion surrounding homelessness for years across the country. Talking about whether Fairfax should instruct its police to leave people sleeping in their vehicles alone could be a touchy subject, as it could be in any community. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a homeless issue that challenges peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s comfort level,â&#x20AC;? says Bragman. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s very easy to make a statement, and I think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a good statement, that we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to discriminate based on housing status. But the more meaningful discussion is when we talk about things that really affect us in our own community that may challenge some of our more self-righteous feelings.â&#x20AC;? Things like people being able to sleep in their vehicles. The potential downside of bills of rights is that that they can deďŹ ne a group as a class, â&#x20AC;&#x153;as an other,â&#x20AC;? says Bragman. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They are not an other. They are us. I see folks on the street who I knew when they were living in houses; theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re the same people. They are homeless now, but theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re part of the community.â&#x20AC;? Tashbook says negative connotations associates with bills of rights may play a role in slowing any efforts to replicate the Rhode Island model. Political fortitude also may be lacking for broad-brush protection a la Rhode Island. But, she adds, targeted legislation that protects the rights of the homeless could be road worth traveling.< Contact the writer at

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CORAL HISTORY Thirty-fifth anniversary of MVFF is one for the ages... by M al Karm an

Maggie Smith will give Marin audiences something to cheer in ‘The Quartet,’ festival honoree Dustin Hoffman’s directorial debut.


arlier this year, Smithsonian magazine named Mill Valley the fourth-best small town in America and the writer of a piece about it in the San Francisco Chronicle claimed “Mill Valley hasn’t received such attention since the song of the same name, recorded by third-graders and their teacher in 1970. . .” Uh. Where has this guy been for the last 35 years? Has he not heard that, increasingly, over three-and-a-half decades, the Mill Valley Film Festival has put Marin’s magical movie hamlet on the honor roll of international 12 PACIFIC SUN SEPTEMBER 28 - OCTOBER 4, 2012

prestige showcases? Is he unaware this cinematic celebration has drawn to its houses the likes of Alan Arkin, Karen Black, Helen Mirren, Milos Forman, Robin Williams, Donald Sutherland, Mike Leigh, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Gena Rowlands, Tim Robbins, Uma Thurman, Clive Owen, Woody Harrelson, Annette Bening, Glenn Close, Michelle Yeoh, Edward Norton and a stampede of others from virtually everywhere on the planet? Does he know 40,000 viewers will be here this year, that 6,500 kids will connect via the Outreach program, that even

honchos at Cannes talk about Mill Valley? For those of us who aren’t in a coma, this year’s coral anniversary highlights the remarkable Dustin Hoffman, along with directors Mira Nair and Ang Lee, actor John Hawkes, actor-directors Ben Affleck and Billy Bob Thornton, and documentary wizard Ken Burns. The big-gun tribute to Hoffman on Oct. 9 at 7pm includes an on-stage discussion, clips from his amazing roles, and a screening of his directorial debut The Quartet, with Maggie Smith portraying a famous opera singer

who moves into an English countryside retirement home for musicians after realizing her talent has waned. But getting under the same roof with superstar Hoffman, who once cost me a mere $4 to sit in the front row at one of his first acting gigs, will set you back $85—or $250 if you care to chow down afterward at co-sponsor (with Christopher B. and Jeannie Meg Smith) Frantoio Ristorante. A similar tribute is planned for 7pm the following evening for Indian director Nair with an on-stage discussion and a screening of her latest, not-yet-released The Reluctant




Fundamentalist. Tickets are $35, or $80 with political when it comes to film. As we prepare a reception following, hosted by sponsor to count our hanging chads, we couldn’t Nourish at Harbor Point. help but notice two entries in the festival Festival “spotlights” (quieter than klieg program—one from Iran, the other from lights, brighter than flashbulbs) are in the Israel—juxtaposed next to one another and works for Hawkes, who sent chills down our sharing the spine of the festival program spines as a vicious cult booklet. That may be leader in last year’s as close in our lifetime Martha Marcy May as these two adversaries Marlene, and Thorncome. Ironically, the ton, who is probably films share not only the best remembered for same screening dates, his equally unnerving but a theme of warped role in Sling Blade. In morality. From Iran an on-stage interview, comes The Sinners accompanied by direc(Oct. 11, 9:30pm and tor Ben Lewin and coOct. 12, 12:15pm); and star William H. Macy, from Israel, The Slut Hawkes will talk about (Oct. 11, 9:15pm and The fest shines a ‘spotlight’ on the career of John Hawkes, endlessly lying on his who receives a bit of sexual healing from sex-surrogate Oct. 12, 9:30pm). Both back for his current Helen Hunt in ‘The Sessions.’ have fiercely indepenrole in The Sessions dent female protago(Oct. 6, 7pm) in which he portrays a polio nists unfairly judged and subjected to the victim relegated to an iron lung (sure hope shame-and-blame game foisted on them by he did some exercise between takes). Co-star an emotionally violent, disapproving society. Helen Hunt, who will be asked to plant the While we’re in Iran, Ben Affleck turns to Mill Valley Award in his arms, plays a sex sur- directing himself, John Goodman and Alan rogate hired to de-flower him. Thornton is Arkin in Argo (Oct. 5, 7pm and Oct. 12, also slated to chat with moviegoers about 9:15pm) as they struggle to free a handful his acting-directing gig in Jayne Mansfield’s of U.S. embassy workers during the hostage Car (Oct. 7, 6:30pm), the story of a South- crisis of 1979-81. Affleck plays real-life CIA ern family clashing with its distant relatives agent Tony Mendez and will juggle audience from England. questions following the Oct. 5 screening. On opening night the festival rolls out In The Attack (Oct. 10, 6:45pm and Oct. its usual twin offerings, this time with 13, 1:15pm), another Middle East story Brazilian director Walter (Motorcycle Diaries) that could have been ripped out of today’s Salles’ adaptation of headlines, a PalestinJack Kerouac’s quintian-Israeli physician’s essential American relatively comfy life in novel On the Road Tel Aviv is splattered (Oct. 4, 6:30 and like body parts when 6:45pm) and director an investigation sugDavid O. Russell’s Silgests his wife may have ver Linings Playbook been a suicide bomber. (Oct. 4, 7 and 7:15pm). Fortunately for most In Road, Sam Riley is of us who take our Kerouac’s alter ego, Sal survival for granted, Paradise, and Garthere are a few who rett Hedlund plays Ben Affleck gets serious—hence, the beard—in the don’t, and actually do Dean Moriarty, the Iranian hostage crisis drama ‘Argo.’ something about it. steamroller who Don’t look now, but threatens to flatten everyone he engages. chances are you’re living alongside an activist, In Playbook, a bipolar man institutionalized a filmmaker, a journalist, or any combo of the for assault moves back with mom and dad above. In a Sausalito houseboat, you’ll find the only to have his newfound stability shaken by Mill Valley Film Group’s John Antonelli, Tom an emotionally corrugated woman. Bradley Dusenbery and Will Parrinello, who traveled Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence and Robert De- to Kenya, the Arctic Circle, China and Russia Niro head the cast. to document the latest ecological headaches That’s just for warm-ups, folks. So forge on! in those countries for their Emmy-winning It’s a political year, though every year is series The New Environmentalists (Oct. 6,



11:30am and Oct. 12, 2pm). Want to see a But when Richard Nixon landed in office, Russian blonde take on Vladimir Putin, who battles resumed as his mantra quickly became “Even if Congress appropriates the money for decided to run a highway through her forest? the parkland, they’re not going to get it.” Evgenia Chirikova organized 5,000 demYou gotta love a guy like that—especially onstrators in Moscow and, in return, faced when he shows up again in another program, trumped-up charges she was starving her Long Distance Revolutionary, and is quoted children. The government backed down, at thusly: “The whole problem is really with least temporarily, causing one admirer to call the blacks. The key is to devise a system that her “our Joan of Arc.” But given that descriprecognizes this while not appearing to.” tion, we might hope for a better fate for her. Co-producer-director Stephen Vittoria Another local spreading his “gotcha” net is Marin’s Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee, founder of calls the film he created with San Francisco the Global Oneness Project, whose Elemental co-producer Noelle Hanrahan “the definitive (Oct. 9, 6:45pm and Oct. 13, 6:30pm) takes us documentary on the life and times (of Mumia from a gargantuan tar sands extraction zone Abu-Jamal) as a revolutionary journalist, (larger than England and Wales combined) author and public intellectual from Pennsylin Alberta, Canada, to India’s Ganges River, vania’s death row over the past 30 years.” Abuwhich nearly everyone uses as a dump, a toi- Jamal’s inspirational talks were first heard on let, or cesspool for acid, chromium and lead. radio in July 1992 when Hanrahan, a private To see one underdog activist test the water and investigator and founder of Prison Radio, rethen sadly mumble, “We are all dead,” may corded him at Huntington State Prison. Long Distance Revolutionary break your heart. A screens Oct. 6 at noon third chapter in the and Oct. 8 at 4:45pm. film, however, offers There are plenty of a note of hope in an peanut-size “revolutionAustralian inventor’s aries” at the troubled conviction that we Marina Middle School can reduce energy in San Francisco, but use and the need for all of them were better chemicals by using described as delinquents, nature’s blueprint for dropouts, troublemakers living organisms. and bullies stuffed into Meanwhile, Billy Bob Thornton guides viewers through one heckuva overcrowded classVaughan-Lee, who culture clash in ‘Jayne Mansfield’s Car.’ rooms. Enter Berkeley is 32 and lives in mindfulness trainer Point Reyes Station, Megan Cowan whose job, according to San probably has no idea how close he (and the rest of us) came to being born into a high-rise Francisco activist-producer-director Russell horror on Inverness Ridge, the Headlands and Long, was to overcome defiance and contempt for authority by employing techniques other now-protected open space in Marin. In “to enable students to foster a deeper contheir Rebels With a Cause (Oct. 6, 6:15pm nection with themselves and others through and Oct. 9, 4pm), Greenbrae husband-andinner reflection and awareness.” wife team Nancy Kelly and Kenji Yamamoto Cowan hoped to “increase the space introduce us to planners as far back as the between stimulus and reaction” (meaning ’50s, who were greedily licking their chops the space between you push me, I pummel over a proposed Vegas-style strip of big budyou) but that is often easier said than done. get hotels overlooking Point Reyes. Long’s documentary Room to Breathe (Oct. Kelly induced the late Stuart Udall, secretary of the interior under presidents Kennedy 10, 9:45pm and Oct. 11, 4:15pm) follows four “lost cause” students in this local Stand and and Johnson, to talk about the struggle to Deliver-type story that he believes underscores save the seashore. But the county was also in “the need for social and emotional programs danger elsewhere, particularly the Headlands, to help rebalance the U.S. educational system.” which, Kelly says, “was (to be) a city of 30,000 Berkeley’s Lisa Fruchtman and her brother (called Marincello) that Gulf Oil and develRob’s Sweet Dreams (Oct. 7, 3:30pm and oper Thomas Frouge planned on building, Oct. 9, 7:30pm), which Russell Long also complete with multiple high rises on the tops executive produced, zeros in on the women of of hills and a mall a mile long.”In the early ’60s, Congressman Clem Miller, who was later Rwanda emerging from a history of civil war and genocide (resulting in 800,000 deaths) to killed in a plane crash, spearheaded the drive create a future of optimism by formto stop developers and found an ally in JFK. 14> SEPTEMBER 28 - OCTOBER 4, 2012 PACIFIC SUN 13






< 13 CORAL HISTORY surrender of army troops in American hismeeting you on these pages.) I dunno, maybe tory, survived the Bataan Death March, and the ancient Mayans have seen all 93 features ing the only female drum troupe—once died as a Japanese prisoner of war.” and 63 shorts, but as we all know, they could thought to be illegal—in the nation’s history. That’s quite a lineup in the festival’s Valley not have seen them in HD with Dolby sound. “Rwanda is a country of both darkness and of the Docs—and one of the foremost pracSan Franciscan Eric Black’s Heart of Sky, light,” Lisa says. “We filmed extraordinary and titioners of the art, Ken Burns, will bring us Heart of Earth (Oct. 7, 6:15pm and Oct. 8, joyful drumming, the humor of building an Central Park Five (Oct. 6, 3:30pm and Oct. 8, 8pm) employs mysterious imagery and the ice cream business in a country where most 3:15pm) about five black youths wrongly con- oft-devastating realities of our battered world people have never tasted it, and the deep grief victed and imprisoned to maybe scare the pants off us and let us in during the national for years for the rape on what contemporary Mayans think about month of mourning. and beating in 1989 of the impending doomsday. The women opened a white female jogger Perhaps not surprisingly then, the fest oftheir lives to us, and in New York’s Cenfers one film called The Last Man on Earth, for this we are gratetral Park, a stunning another about the last woman on Earth, one ful.” miscarriage of justice about a man who wakes up knowing instincIf mindfulness can in an era in which tively that it’s his last day on Earth and, finally, help rescue youths at racism was supposed one about a man who initially wishes it was school, and drums to be a grim thing of his last day on Earth. and ice cream can the past. On the day of In The Last Man (Oct. 9, 9:30pm and Oct. help heal a nation, the fi rst screening of 11, 7:15pm), aliens landing in Tuscany obvicertainly the circus A certain ‘space western’ from the ‘70s is screening Oct. 8. the fi lm, at 11am, the ously know where to vacation and they may can help save some kids in a slum. Berkeley grad Kelly Rich- director—whose credits include Baseball, The keep Luca, a Bingo attendant, from getting lonely, even while creating chaos, desperation ardson fully expected to blossom as an acrobat War, Brooklyn Bridge, The National Parks and and a spiritual reckoning. Meanwhile, director The Civil War, (which received more than 40 or trapeze artist when she moved to Brazil Julian Roman’s last person on the planet is on major fi lm and television awards)—will host to join up with a circus. The one she found holiday in Alpine country when she becomes had a free training program for youths living a master class conversation on filmmaking. Oh, by the way, did we mention MVFF is trapped inexplicably behind a transparent in poverty and headed for lives as druggies. “I had never considered being a filmmaker prior 35 years old? To put that in perspective, if we wall. Martina Gedick of The Lives of Others to that time,” she says, “but meeting people in scroll back in time to when the festival’s mar- has the formidable task of dealing with the the project and hearing their stories made me quees first powered up in 1978, you might wilderness, her guts and her inner guides as think that someone should make a film about note that Angelina Jolie’s dad, Jon Voight, took tools for survival. The Wall screens Oct. 8 at those stories!” Richardson landed a Fulbright home the Oscar for best actor and a film called 1:45pm and Oct. 9 at 9:30pm. In director Alain Gomis’ Tey, a young for production funding but didn’t know how Star Wars by Marin’s George Lucas was rakto make a movie. “(In one year) I took a lot ing in a gazillion bucks at the box office. Co- man in Senegal awakens one morn somehow knowing he only of classes and worked on other film sets and incidentally sharing its 35th anniversary with has hours left to live. did several short student films, specifically in the festival, Star Wars Well, what do you do preparation to make Without a Net (Oct. 6, will explode on Cenwith that? Make love 1pm and Oct. 7, 6pm).” tury Cinema’s monster to your lover? Call Oakland’s Melissa Howden was also screen in Corte Madera mom to say goodbye? initially unprepared to make Be Home Soon: Oct. 8 at 6pm. Show Strangle your doctor? Letters From My Grandfather (Oct. 13, Find out Oct. 6 at 6:45pm and Oct. 14, 2:30pm). “I did not think up an hour early with your light sabers and 3:30pm or Oct. 8 at this was a film, but my friends did. As a way your Princess Leias and 6:45pm. of organizing my thoughts, I filled out the Rob Nilsson returns with more direct-action cinema in you can join a costume When an architect in application to the Pacific Pioneer Fund. Then ‘Maelstrom,’ a take on Orestes-Electra myth. parade and get photoMexico is kidnapped they gave me a large chunk of money and, at graphed with Darth Vader. and held captive in a minuscule room, he can that point, I thought, ‘Oh crap, now I have to Now if you think of where you were only think of giving up and dying. Based on make something.’” in 1978 (that is, if you were around at all) a true story, Richness of Internal Space (Oct. 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or most in the Western world, it is quite difficult to imagine living a life in hiding, as Salman Rushdie was forced to do for a dozen years. It is harder still to imagine emerging from 12 years of fear with any shred of creativity, hope or humor intact. But Rushdie, now a decade out of what he refers to as the darkest period of his life and touring the nation with his new book, has done just that. In his latest literary work, Joseph Anton: A Memoir, Rushdie shares his gripping account of 12 years in hiding after the late Iranian leader Ayatollah Khomeini issued a fatwa against him for publishing The Satanic Verses in 1989—and in this case Khomeini intended the fatwa as a death sentence to be carried out by Muslim assassins. First banned in Singapore and India, the novel—a fictionalized account of the Indian immigrants’ story in Britain—was accused of being anti-Islam. Two pertinent facets of the controversy are that Rushdie considers himself an atheist and that many of the leaders who banned The Satanic Verses had never so much as thumbed through its pages. “Religion was never at the heart of my interest,” says Rushdie at Dominican University last Tuesday at an event co-sponsored by Book Passage. “But I turned into a religious writer against my will.” Soon after discovering the threat against his life was not purely rhetoric, as he first suspected, Rushdie’s life morphed into what he compares to something like a spy novel and an unintended comedy filled with James Bond-like characters. “I found myself stuck inside exactly the type of novel I didn’t enjoy reading,” he said, and laughed. After confirming that there was a Level 2 threat against him with a 100-day deadline to have him killed by a team of assassins, Rushdie, his wife and their 9-year-old son, soon found themselves hiding and in the constant company of what he calls “four men with high velocity weaponry.” His life-turnedspy-novel even included wearing a wig as a disguise, but only for one day. The pseudonym Joseph Anton was created to protect his identity. “The police needed a name to use while in the vicinity of the undisclosed location I was sharing with Dick Cheney,” he said to laughter from the audience. He chose derivatives of two of his most beloved authors: Joseph Conrad and Anton Chekhov. Though the threat was dire, Rushdie speaks openly about the circumstances under which he lived during those years. He even recounts a few humorous tales, including one of his 18 PACIFIC SUN SEPTEMBER 28 - OCTOBER 4, 2012

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To heirloom is human... taste, divine—at the National Heirloom Expo, that is! by Br o o ke Jac k son


n event dubbed the “World’s Fair of the heirloom and local food movement” took place last week in Santa Rosa. The National Heirloom Exposition was a combination of speakers, workshops, movies, exhibits, tastings, demonstrations and trade show held at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds, to the delight of attendees. Gardeners, chefs, school groups, farmers and activists gathered to learn, shop and exchange ideas and seeds. I went on the first day to hear Dr. Vandana Shiva, a leading voice in the movement against genetically modified agriculture. Originally slated to be there in person, she was in Japan receiving the prestigious Fukuoka Asian Culture Prize—so she spoke to the group in a recorded presentation with the same captivating wisdom which has won her acclaim. Her message was peppered with criticisms of big agriculture and corporate greed and pushed listeners to cherish and protect their right to save seeds. Dr. Shiva also reminded us to vote for Prop. 37, the label GMO initiative on the ballot this November.

Outside the lecture hall, a friend and I strolled in the bright autumn sun by booths of vibrant heirloom produce, palatial chicken coops, natural skincare and organic seed companies. I got filled up in the tasting hall on samples of roasted garlic/ dark chocolate truffles; GMO-free, wheat-free granola, grass-fed beef and fermented veggies. A veritable mountain of perfectly placed pumpkins, squash and gourds of every shape, size and color greeted fairgoers in the Hall of Flowers. Supposedly, more than 4,000 varieties of heirloom vegetables and fruits were on display here, causing oohs and aahs from viewers. Towers of watermelons, some looking to weigh in the neighborhood of 20 pounds were alongside piles of multi-colored tomatoes with multi-colored stripes. An exhibit of gourds included one that was six feet long and taped to a board for stability, while a display of unusual cucumbers growing on vines looked like something from under the sea with pingpong-sized balls covered in prickly thorns. The California Rare Fruit Society was handing out samples of

Trail of Tears beans were brought from Tennessee in 1839 by Cherokee tribespeople force-marched to Oklahoma by the U.S. government on the infamous Trail of Tears. 20 PACIFIC SUN SEPTEMBER 28 - OCTOBER 4, 2012

Heirloom seed varieties are becoming increasingly important as ‘big ag’ comes to dominate the world’s food production.

heritage and heirloom varieties. I tasted delicious grapes, sumptuous pears and many types of apples. Finally it was time to get some grub. The duck tacos from the Green Grocer out of Windsor were incredible. Shredded confit crisped up on the flat top was tucked into corn tortillas, which were folded in half and given a further press on the griddle. Then mashed giant blackberries, goat cheese and slices of avocado were tucked inside next to the duck, making for a scrumptious lunch. The exposition is hosted by the Baker Creek Seed Company folks, who own the Petaluma Seed Bank and are one of the largest purveyors of heirloom seeds in the U.S. I got some of their seeds for my garden this year and had modest success with a couple types of shelling beans: Bolitas (a type of cranberry bean) and Cherokee Trail of Tears. The Cherokees were royal purple pods bursting with shiny, midnight-colored black beans. My yield was about one pound, just enough for a couple pots of chili or soup; I was excited to try this heritage bean. After an overnight soak, I combined the beans with onion, garlic, a dried ancho chile pod and water. In about 45 minutes the beans were done, and a quick whir with the immersion blender created a creamy soup. I added a few toppings for contrast and flavor, but mostly the taste of the homegrown antique beans came shining through. An heirloom vegetable or fruit is one that was grown earlier in history but is now hard to find. This produce is considered rare and sometimes called “heritage,” as in the case when the seed has been grown and passed down through generations and also at some point was part of our collective heritage as humans. The movement to bring these varieties back is

gaining steam, as witnessed at the National Heirloom Exposition. OOOO

Trail of Tears Bean Soup You can get different varieties of heirloom black beans from Rancho Gordo, which would all work well in this soup. 1 cup dried heirloom black beans 1 large clove garlic, peeled and smashed with the side of a chef’s knife 1/4 cup diced onion 1 dried Ancho chile pod 2 teaspoons salt, or to taste 2 teaspoons chipotles in adobo, pureed (or to taste) 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin Toppings: Tortilla Crisps - see recipe below 2 tablespoons creme fraiche 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro 1/2 an avocado, diced

Mix the beans, garlic, onion and chile in a 4 qt. saucepan. Cover with water by 1 inch. Bring to a boil then lower heat to a simmer and partially cover pan. Cook, stirring occasionally, until beans are soft and creamy. Keep an eye on the water level and add more if ingredients start to peek through the surface of the soup. Once cooked, roughly puree with a blender or immersion blender. Taste and add salt, chipotles and cumin. Stir over low heat until flavors blend and soup is heated through, about 5-10 minutes. Serve in bowls with different toppings alongside so diners can choose what they would like on top.

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Going Green Fifteen years and $120 million later, North Bay music center opens at Sonoma State by G r e g Cahill


litz and glitter will be on display this weekend when the Donald and Maureen Green Music Center, on the bucolic campus of Sonoma State University in Rohnert Park, opens its doors in grand style with a star-studded series that features everything from a champagne toast and performances by music’s elite to a $200 barbecue and a sunrise choral concert. Chinese classical pianist Lang Lang kicks off the proceedings with a recital at the center’s Joan and Sanford Weill Hall on Saturday, Sept. 29, at 7pm. At press time, tickets were still available for outdoor lawn seating. At the crack of dawn on Sunday morning, at 7am, audiences can watch the sun rise through the windows of Weill Hall as local choral ensembles and soloists perform. The Santa Rosa Symphony will take the stage of its new home at the center at 2pm, at a program of Beethoven, Copland and Ravel, as well as a world premiere of a work by Petaluma composer Nolan Gassser, led by current conductor Bruno

Ferrandis and former SRS music directors Jeffrey Kahane and Corrick Brown. Then, on Sunday night, at 7:30pm, 27-time Grammy-winning fiddler and vocalist Alison Krause and Union Station, featuring Jerry Douglas, will brings their celebrated bluegrass to Weill Hall (also viewable from the lawn and adjacent commons). The Green Music Center opens 15 years and $120 million after its groundbreaking. It was first conceived by North Bay technology magnate and amateur vocalist Donald Green as a recital hall for singers. Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, violin virtuoso Anne-Sophie Mutter, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, soprano Barbara Cooke, the San Francisco Symphony, Irish mezzo-soprano Tara Erraught, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (under the direction of Kahane), Latin-jazz legend Chuchu Valdez, and singer Lila Downs are among the other acts newly announced to appear. The center will house several education programs, including a residency with classical concert violinist and USC Thornton School

of Music educator Midori Goto, and an unprecedented partnership with New York’s Carnegie Hall that will offer yearlong fellowships with the Academy, a The Green Music Center has been controversial since its inception—critics have framed prestigious musicthe vast entertainment space as a vanity project for SSU president Rubin Arminana, education program whose wife served on the board of directors of the Santa Rosa Symphony. that is a joint venture of Carnegie Hall, the 250-seat Schroeder Hall, sponsored by Jean Juilliard School, the Weill Music Institute and Schulz, a Santa Rosa resident and widow of New York public schools. Peanuts cartoonist Charles M. Schulz.< This is the first time that Academy The Green Music Center is located on the campus of Sonoma State alumni have created a residency with a pubUniversity, 1801 East Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park. (866) 955-6040. lic university. Charm Greg yourself at The venue, fashioned after the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s summer home at Tanglewood in western Massachusetts, will be SPiN OF THE WEEK the new home to the Santa Rosa Symphony. The back wall of the shoebox-shaped center Johnny Colla: can be opened so performers can face out to I Hear Voices the terraced lawn area. ( The center also includes the smaller You may know Johnny


Colla as a founding member of Huey Lewis and the News, one of the biggest bands to emerge from Marin, for which he held down guitar and sax duties. But Colla, a Fairfax resident, is a solid singer, songwriter, arranger and producer. This is his second solo album (the follow-up to 2003’s Lucky Devil) and it’s a swinging, swaying sonic love letter to the soulful R&B that drew Colla to music as a kid and shaped his career as a member of a hit pop act that gained fame by going against the grain of ‘80s electronic dance pop. The album kicks off with a gorgeous cover of the Beach Boys’ wordless a cappella tune “Our Prayer,” with Colla and his wife, Christie, singing all the parts. There are strong covers of the Tymes’ 1963 hit “So Much in Love,” Curtis Mayfield’s “Um Um Um Um Um Um” and Bobby Day’s “Little Bitty Pretty One,” among others. There’s also an R&B rendition of Colla’s1986 News hit “Naturally.”The songs, supported by a strong cast of Bay Area players (including News guitarist Chris Hayes, pianist Steve Lucky, keyboardist Mike Duke, 10 gifted gospel singers and a four-piece string section), are sparsely arranged and convey all the sweetness of the originals. Prepare to be charmed. —G.C.


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Enter sand man “Lawrence of Arabia” blows into Marin in epic 3-hour, 47-minute glory by M at t hew St af for d


he first time I saw Lawrence of Arabia was 1920s, and over the years there was talk of at the Saturday Night Movie, a weekly an Alexander Korda production with Leslie home-baked-cookie/call-and-response Howard, a Howard Hawks biopic starring cinematic experience at the Oddfellows Hall in Ronald Colman and (most fascinatingly) a downtown Mill Valley. This Lawrence was the Laurence Olivier version directed by Michael truncated three-hour 1970 version, the print Powell, the master of vivid, overripe Techwas a splotchy 16mm, the chairs were hard nicolor sensuality. Happily, producer Sam and folding and I couldn’t wait for the damned Spiegel and director David Lean didn’t make it thing to be over with. My happen until the early 1960s, next experience was conduring an especially fecund siderably more satisfying: era of edgy international COMING SOON the 1988 restoration in gorfilmmaking, when attitudes Lawrence of Arabia geous 65mm Technicolor. It were shifting, censorship was 50th Anniversary was nearly an hour longer falling apart and a talented, Event than the version I’d suffered itchy filmmaker could make Thursday, Oct. 4, Regency, through a decade earlier— a big-budget adventure flick San Rafael at 2pm and and I went back and watched about a conflicted, mercurial Cinearts Marin, it again three days later. It’s exhibitionist with elements of Sausalito, at 7pm. an epic work of sweep and masochism, homosexuality substance that needs its 3 and sociopolitical insight. hours and 47 minutes. The film’s ironic subtext I’ve seen Lawrence of Arabia comes from its two screenwriters, ex-Marine perhaps half-a-dozen times since then, once, and onetime Communist Party member idiotically, on TV, otherwise at the Castro in Michael Wilson, a victim of the Hollywood San Francisco, one of a handful of theaters blacklist, and activist playwright Robert Bolt, in the United States still capable of screening who did jail time during Lawrence’s produc70mm movies. (One of the times I dragged tion for participating in a London nuclear disalong a friend who’d only seen the film on her armament rally. Their villains aren’t the Turks iPhone.) Each time I’ve watched it I’ve been who fought the Arabs during World War I but dazzled by its imagery and enveloping size, the British who wanted to expand their emsure, but also by its storytelling, its insights pire to the Middle East at war’s end—a subject into the human condition, its snarky attitude as vital today as it was in 1919 and 1962. toward heroism, colonialism and the seductive Director Lean spent two years turning this nature of violence, and that transformative witty, intelligent script into a strikingly visual, post-film sense of elation and near-exhausmarvelously acted, propulsively cinematic tion usually associated with grand opera, a work brimming with iconic moments: the Dead concert or Matt Cain’s perfect game. eye-blink splice from a lit matchstick to the A movie about the exploits of T.E. Lawburning desert, inspired by Jean-Luc Godard’s rence, author, aesthete and glamorous desert then-revolutionary jump cuts; Omar Sharif’s warrior, had been in discussion since the emergence from the desert’s heat waves, shot with a specially crafted 482mm ‘We can cross Arabia while Johnny Turk is still Panavision lens, turning round, and smash his railways... In 13 one of the greatest weeks, I can have Arabia in chaos’ entrances in movie —Peter O’Toole, as Lawrence. history; Lawrence’s triumphant backlit sun-god stride atop a captured train; Peter O’Toole’s entire astonishing performance as the most complex, screwed-up action hero of them all. Despite Gone With the Wind producer David O. Selznick’s openingnight advice to Lean (“Don’t let

San Rafael filmmaker Jonathan Parker’s underrated 2001 film, Bartleby, was based on Herman Melville’s story Bartleby, the Scrivener, a 19th-century parable about the dehumanizing effects of bureaucracy and modern society. This driver’seye-view from the film will be familiar to anyone who traverses Highway 101 through San Rafael with any regularity. Crispin Glover, as the mentally disintegrating title character, strikes a dramatic pose on the pedestrian overpass just north of the Central San Rafael exit. Given the character’s position (both in the Melville story and the film) as an out-of-place pawn in an increasingly industrialized world, it should come as no surprise that Bartleby doesn’t drive a car.—Jason Walsh


Thank you for talkin’ to me Africa...

The Central African Republic doesn’t top any list of international hellholes, but it’s hard to match for unadulterated awfulness, squalor and corruption. So it’s fitting that the most insanely brilliant film about the country since Werner Herzog’s Echoes From a Somber Empire should be made by Herzog’s heir apparent, Mads Brugger, in THE AMBASSADOR. A Danish journalMads Brugger, seeking blood diamonds in the rough in ist and merry prankster par excel- ‘The Ambassador.’ lence, Brugger bribes his way into a diplomatic passport (hidden camera always at his side) and an ambassadorship: Liberian Honorary Consul at Large—to show just how easy it is to set up in the sub-Saharan blood diamond trade. But there’s controversy over this film: Not content to wring his hands over forced labor, child armies and government terror, Brugger decks out in the height of colonialist fashion, with jodhpurs, jackboots, Lennon smoke-glasses and ivory cigarette holder, complete with umbrella man. As he taxis from ministry to ministry passing out “envelopes of happiness” and winning top-level meetings, Brugger makes us acutely aware of the ones really being screwed—in this case, a tribe of Pygmies just outside the capital with hopes of starting a matchstick factory. And, by extension, the rest of the country. Rent it tonight on iTunes. —Richard Gould

them cut it”), Lawrence of Arabia dwindled in running time and dramatic intelligence over the years until movie-restoration expert Robert A. Harris took on the job of returning the film to its original stature in the mid-1980s. Working with Lean, original editor Anne Coates and four tons of archival material (including 450 cans of film), Harris and his team painstakingly restored the negative, redubbed dialogue with original cast members in scenes with missing soundtrack, and, in short, made Lawrence great again. And on Oct. 4 a newly

restored Lawrence of Arabia, digitally scanned, graded and remastered from the original 65mm negative, will have itself a 50th anniversary screening at the Marin in Sausalito and the Regency in San Rafael, complete with 15-minute intermission, a filmed introduction from Martin Scorsese, an interview with Omar Sharif and newsreel footage of the 1962 New York premiere. It’s a splendid opportunity to see the film Steven Spielberg calls “a miracle.”< Splice Matt up at SEPTEMBER 28– OCTOBER 4, 2012 PACIFIC SUN 23


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Movie summaries by Matthew Stafford

Ingrid Bergman is dreamy in the Salvador Dali-Alfred Hitchcock thriller ‘Spellbound,’ playing Friday at dusk in San Anselmo’s Creek Park. Donations appreciated; candy, popcorn and soda pop available for purchase. Info: 2722756 or O Arbitrage (1:40) Hedge-fund financial baron Richard Gere races to unload his diminishing bubble of a trading firm before detective Tim Roth takes him down; Susan Sarandon and Laetitia Casta costar as wife and mistress. O 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. O 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. O Detropia (1:25) Hard-hitting documentary look at the city of Detroit and how its brink-of-bankruptcy financial woes are emblematic of the country as a whole. O Dredd (1:36) An über-cop patrolling the crime-ridden, irradiated megalopolis of the future takes on a ruthless madam/drug lord (lady?)/master criminal with delusions of empire. O End of Watch (1:49) A day in the life of two beat cops in South Central LA as seen through the eyes of locals, gang members and the cops themselves. O E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (2:15) Spielberg fable about three suburban kids and their new playmate, a winsome alien yearning for home. O Finding Nemo 3D (1:40) The 2003 Disney cartoon about a clown fish’s search for his son returns in three absolutely aquatic dimensions. O 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. O Hotel Transylvania (1:31) Pixar cartoon about an exclusive monsters-only resort run by Count Dracula and the brouhaha that results when an ordinary guy crashes a party attended by Frankenstein, the Wolfman and other spooky types.


O House at the End of the Street (1:41) Wouldn’t you know it, Elizabeth Shue’s suburban dream house is right next door to a creepy old joint crawling with evil spirits! O Lawrence of Arabia (4:20) Dazzling David Lean epic chronicles the exploits of the mercurial British desert warrior with wit and substance; Peter O’Toole is remarkable in the title role. O Looper (1:58) Convoluted sci-fi thriller about a time-traveling Mob hit man named Joe who’s ordered to off his former self; Bruce Willis and Joseph-Gordon Levitt costar as Joe. O Maloof Cup World Skateboarding Championship Event (1:45) The world’s top skateboarders wheelie, pivot, slalom and ollie their way to global glory. O The Master (2:17) Much-anticipated Paul Thomas Anderson drama about the Kanelike founder of a Scientology-ish religious sect; Philip Seymour Hoffman stars. O Mill Valley Film Festival The 35th annual cinematic soiree features seminars, workshops, galas, in-person tributes and hundreds of movies from around the world. O The Odd Life of Timothy Green (1:44) A mysterious young boy appears on a childless couple’s doorstep and changes their lives forever. O 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. O The Perks of Being a Wallflower (1:43) Stephen Chbosky’s novel about a clueless introverted freshman and his two seniorclass mentors hits the big screen with Emma Watson and Logan Lerman and Chbosky himself directing. O Pitch Perfect (1:52) A motley group of college coeds attain perfect harmony when they enter the dog-eat-dog world of a cappella championship singing. O Resident Evil: Retribution (1:35) Milla Jovovich and her form-fitting catsuit are back, taking on that pesky planet-ravaging T-virus and lots and lots of flesh-eating zombies. O Robot & Frank (1:30) Retired cat burglar Frank Langella faces his golden years with lots of help from a robotic personal trainer. O Salomy Jane (1:27) Long-lost 1914 Bret Harte melodrama (filmed in Marin!) is back and better than ever; Beatriz Michelena stars. O 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. O Trouble with the Curve (1:51) Grizzled baseball scout Clint Eastwood, his eyesight failing, brings daughter Amy Adams along on one last scouting expedition to check out a prospect. O Won’t Back Down (1:55) Pittsburgh moms Viola Davis and Maggie Gyllenhaal take on all comers in their fight to improve their children’s collapsing school system.<

›› MOViE TiMES Arbitrage (R) +++ Rafael Film Center: Fri 4:30, 6:45, 9 Sat-Sun 2:15, 4:30, 6:45, 9 Mon-Wed 6:45, 9 Beasts of the Southern Wild (PG-13) ++++ Rafael Film Center: Fri-Sat 4:15, 6:30 Sun 4:15 Mon-Wed 6:30 The Bourne Legacy (PG-13) ++ Century Northgate 15: 6:55, 10:05 NDetropia (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Fri 4:45, 7, 9:30 Sat 2:30, 4:45, 7 (filmmakers Rachel Grady and Craig Atkinson in person), 9:30 Sun 2:30, 4:45, 7, 9:15 Mon-Wed 7, 9:15 Dredd (R) Century Northgate 15: noon; 3D showtimes at 2:35, 5:10, 7:45, 10:15 Century Rowland Plaza: Fri-Wed 11:35; 3D showtimes at 2, 4:35, 7, 9:40 NE.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (PG) ++++ Century Regency 6: Wed 2, 7 CinéArts at Marin: Wed 7 CinéArts at Sequoia: Wed 7 End of Watch (R) ++1/2 Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 5:15, 8, 10:35 Sat-Sun 11:55, 2:30, 5:15, 8, 10:35 Mon-Thu 7:15, 9:50 Century Northgate 15: 11:30, 2:10, 5, 7:40, 10:20 Century Rowland Plaza: Fri-Wed 11:45, 2:25, 5:05, 7:50, 10:25 Fairfax 6 Theatres: Fri-Sat 1:30, 4:10, 6:55, 9:40 Sun-Thu 1:30, 4:10, 6:55 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri 4:30, 7, 9:35 Sat 1:30, 4:30, 7, 9:35 Sun 1:30, 4:30, 7 MonThu 4:30, 7 Finding Nemo 3D (G) Century Northgate 15: 10:45, 1:30, 4:15, 7:05, 9:50; 3D showtimes at 12:10, 2:55, 5:45, 8:30 Century Rowland Plaza: Fri-Wed 11:25; 3D showtimes 2:20, 4:55, 7:35, 10:15 Fairfax 6 Theatres: Fri-Sat 12, 2:20, 4:40, 7, 9:20 Sun-Thu 12, 2:20, 4:40, 7 Hope Springs (PG-13) +++ Century Northgate 15: 11:10, 1:45, 4:20 Lark Theater: Fri-Sat 8 Sun-Thu 7 NHotel Transylvania (PG) Century Northgate 15: 12:40, 3:10, 5:40, 8:10, 10:30; 3D showtimes at 11:25, 1:55, 4:30, 7, 9:30


New Movies This Week

Century Rowland Plaza: Fri-Wed 12:10; 3D showtimes at 2:30, 4:50, 7:15, 9:35 Fairfax 6 Theatres: Fri-Sat 12:10, 2:25, 4:40, 6:50; 3D showtime at 9 SunThu 12:10, 2:25, 4:40, 6:50 House at the End of the Street (PG13) Century Northgate 15: 12:05, 2:40, 5:15, 7:50, 10:25 Century Rowland Plaza: Fri-Wed 12:15, 2:45, 5:20, 7:55, 10:20 NLawrence of Arabia (Not Rated) Century Regency 6: Thu 2, 7 CinéArts at Marin: Thu 7 NLooper (R) Century Cinema: 1:10, 4:05, 7, 9:55 Century Northgate 15: 10:50, 12:25, 1:45, 3:20, 4:40, 6:15, 7:35, 9:10, 10:30 Century Rowland Plaza: Fri-Wed 11:30, 2:15, 5, 7:45, 10:30 CinéArts at Marin: Fri-Sat 2, 4:45, 7:30, 10:05 Sun 2, 4:45, 7:30 Mon-Thu 4:45, 7:30 Fairfax 6 Theatres: Fri-Sat 1, 3:50, 6:40, 9:35 Sun-Thu 1, 3:50, 6:40 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri 4, 6:40, 9:20 Sat 1:15, 4, 6:40, 9:20 Sun 1:15, 4, 6:40 Mon-Thu 4, 6:40 NMaloof Cup World Skateboarding Championship Event (PG-13) Century Regency 6: Tue 7:30 CinéArts at Marin: Tue 7:30 CinéArts at Sequoia: Tue 7:30 The Master (R) +++1/2 Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 7:15, 10:20 Sat-Sun 1, 4:10, 7:15, 10:20 Mon-Thu 6:30, 9:30 Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 11:05, 12:40, 2:20, 3:50, 5:25, 7, 8:35, 10:15 Sun-Mon 11:05, 12:40, 2:20, 3:50, 5:25, 7 Tue, Thu 11:05, 12:40, 2:20, 3:50, 5:25 Wed 11:05, 2:20, 5:25 CinéArts at Sequoia: Fri 4, 7:05, 10:10 Sat 12:55, 4, 7:05, 10:10 Sun 12:55, 4, 7:05 Mon-Wed 4, 7:05 Fairfax 6 Theatres: Fri-Sat 12:30, 3:30, 6:30, 9:30 SunThu 12:30, 3:30, 6:30 NMill Valley Film Festival () CinéArts at Sequoia: Runs October 4-14; visit for schedule Rafael Film Center: Runs October 4-14; visit mvff. com for schedule The Odd Life of Timothy Green (PG) Century Northgate 15: 11:05, 1:45, 4:25, 7:10, 9:45 Lark Theater: Fri-Sat 5:30 Sun-Thu 4:30

ParaNorman (PG) ++1/2 Century Northgate 15: 11:50, 4:55, 9:40; 3D showtimes at 2:20, 7:15 NThe Perks of Being a Wallflower (PG-13) Century Regency 6: FriSat 11:30, 12:50, 2:15, 3:30, 4:50, 6:15, 7:30, 8:50, 10:10 Sun-Thu 11:30, 12:50, 2:15, 3:30, 4:50, 6:15, 7:30 NPitch Perfect (PG-13) Century Northgate 15: 11:15, 12:30, 2, 3:15, 4:45, 6, 7:30, 8:45, 10:10 Resident Evil: Retribution (R) Century Northgate 15: 11:40; 3D showtimes at 2:15, 4:50, 7:20, 9:55 Robot & Frank (PG-13) +++ CinéArts at Sequoia: Fri 5:40, 7:55, 10:10 Sat 1:10, 3:25, 5:40, 7:55, 10:10 Sun 1:10, 3:25, 5:40, 7:55 Mon 5:40, 7:55 Tue 5 Wed 4:30 NSalomy Jane (Not Rated) ++++ Rafael Film Center: Sun 7 (local historians David Kiehn and Laurie Thompson in person) Sleepwalk with Me (Not Rated) ++1/2 Rafael Film Center: Fri, Mon-Wed 8:30 Sat 2, 8:30 Sun 2 Trouble with the Curve (PG-13) ++ Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 5, 7:45, 10:25 Sat-Sun 11:45, 2:20, 5, 7:45, 10:25 Mon-Thu 7, 9:45 Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 11:10, 1:50, 4:35, 7:20, 10:05 Sun-Wed 11:10, 1:50, 4:35, 7:20 Thu 11:10, 7:20 Century Rowland Plaza: Fri-Wed 11:30, 2:10, 4:50, 7:30, 10:10 CinéArts at Marin: Fri-Sat 1:45, 4:30, 7:15, 9:50 Sun 1:45, 4:30, 7:15 Mon 4:45, 7:40 Tue 4:45 Fairfax 6 Theatres: Fri-Sat 1:15, 4, 6:45, 9:15 Sun-Thu 1:15, 4, 6:45 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri 4:15, 6:50, 9:30 Sat 1, 4:15, 6:50, 9:30 Sun 1, 4:15, 6:50 Mon-Thu 4:15, 6:50 NWon’t Back Down (PG) Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 7:30, 10:30 Sat-Sun 1:30, 4:30, 7:30, 10:30 Mon-Thu 6:45, 9:40 Century Regency 6: 11, 1:55, 4:55, 7:50 Century Rowland Plaza: Fri-Wed 1, 4, 7:05, 10 CinéArts at Marin: Fri-Sat 1:30, 4:15, 7, 9:45 Sun 1:30, 4:15, 7 Mon-Thu 4:35, 7:20

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

Sam Riley and Garrett Hedlund in Walter Salles’ big-screen version of Jack Kerouac’s ‘On the Road,’ playing Thursday at the Rafael on opening night of the 35th annual Mill Valley Film Festival.


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Live music 09/28: Georges Lammam Violin and Belly Dancing. 9pm-midnight. $10. Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor Dr., Sausalito. 331-2899. 09/28: Johnny Allair, The Windshield Cowboys Boogie-woogie, rock ‘n’ roll. 9-11:30pm. $10-15. George’s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262. 09/28: Paul McKenna Band, Comas Folk, Celtic. Traditional Irish. 8-10:30pm. $18-20. Studio 55 Marin, 1455-Suite A East Francisco Blvd., San Rafael. 453-3161. 09/28: Swamp Thang Jam rock, vintage eclectic. 9:30pm. Peri’s Bar, 29 Broadway, Fairfax. 259-5597. 09/28: Tommy Igoe Big Band Musicians from Santana, The Doobie Brothers, Boz Scaggs and Bay-Area legends Tower of Power are all featured, as well as music from Brazil, Cuba, Argentina, Spain. 8pm. $28-38. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 383-9600. 09/28: Trainwreck Rock. With special guests. 9:30pm. $8. 19 Broadway, 17 Broadway, Fairfax. 459-1091.

09/28: Zigaboo Modeliste New Orleans drumming legend. 9pm. $16. Sweetwater Music Hall, 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley. 388-3850. 09/29-30: 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.

09/29: Loretta Lynch, The Muddy Roses Americana Noir. 8-10:30pm. Studio 55 Marin, 1455-Suite A East Francisco Blvd., San Rafael. 4533161. 09/29: The Tickets Band Rock, originals, dance. 8:30-11:30pm. $5. The Presidio Yacht Club, Travis Marina, Fort Baker, Sausalito. 332-2319.

09/29: Tom Rigney and Flambeau Cajun and zydeco two-steps, low-down blues, funky New Orleans grooves. 8pm. $25-35. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley. 383-9600. 09/29: Wahine Moe Moe Kanikapila Ukulele kanikapila. 2-4pm. Free. Sleeping Lady Cafe, 23 Broadway, Fairfax. 09/30: Mistura Fina With Ray Obiedo. 6:3010pm. The Sleeping Lady, 23 Broadway, Fairfax. 485-1182.

BEST BET Read any cheap books lately? There are few things that bring such joy in the cooler fall weather as slipping into a warm sweater and nestling up with a new stack of books. Offering up volumes of bound delight without the assault on pocketbooks this fall is the FRIENDS OF MARIN COUNTY LIBRARY FREE LIBRARY FALL CLEARANCE SALE (or, as we like to call it, the FMCFLFCS). This weekend at Novato’s the Book Place, used books are available for purchase starting at a mere 25 cents, with most book prices averaging $1 to Kids, this is what they had before Kindle... $2! Collectibles and new books are marked down to half off the sticker price and all of the proceeds benefit the myriad county library programs. And if one day of book fondling isn’t enough, books will be refreshed, restocked and re-loved each day of the three-day sale. Friday, Sept. 28, 10am-7pm; Saturday, Sept. 29, 10am-4pm; Sunday, Sept. 30, 12-4pm. The Book Place, 1608 Grant Ave., —Dani Burlison

Zigaboo lays down his zigabeats this weekend at the Sweetwater.

09/30: Wooster Rock, soul, reggae. Part of the San Anselmo Country Fair Day and Parade 2012. 1-4pm. Free . Creek Park, San Anselmo Ave., San Anselmo . 258-4600. 10/01: Bluegrass Open Mic/Jam Advanced and intermediate players are invited to participate. 7:30-10pm. Free. Seahorse Restaurant, 305 Harbor Dr., Sausalito. 331-2899. 10/01: Noel Jewkes and Friends With special surprise guest singers. 7-10pm. No cover. Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor Dr., Sausalito. 786-6894. 10/01: The Outlaws Southern rock. 8pm. $42. Sweetwater Music Hall, 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley. 388-3850. 10/02: Swing Fever “Hit That Jive Lois Jordan, Cab Calloway and King Cole Trio.” 7-10pm. No cover, dinner encouraged. Panama Hotel & Restaurant, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 457-3993.

10/03: Marianna August with Ron Borelli Jazz. 7-10pm. No cover, dinner encouraged. Panama Hotel & Restaurant, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 457-3993. 10/03: Septeto Nacional de Cuba Considered by many the flagship of Cuban traditional music, the septet was founded in 1927 by Ignacio Piñeiro Martíne. 8pm. $20-25. Napa Valley Opera House, 1030 Main St., Napa. (707) 226-7372. 10/03:Tracorum Rock, soul, blues. 9pm. $12. Sweetwater Music Hall, 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley. 388-3850. 10/04: Jacques Stotzem Acoustic fingerstyle guitar. 8pm. $18-28. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 383-9600. 10/04: Les Claypool’s Duo de Twang Acoustic duo featuring Les Claypool and Mirv. 7pm. Terrapin Crossroads, 100 Yacht Club Dr., San Rafael. 524-2773. 10/04: Machiavelvets Space jazz. 7-10pm. No cover, dinner encouraged. Panama Hotel & Restaurant, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 457-3993.

10/05:‘Village Music: Last of the Great Record Stores’ Premier After Party Feat. The Village Music All Stars A special live music show celebrating John Goddard and the film “Village Music: Last of the Great Record Stores.” 9pm. $62. Sweetwater Music Hall, 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley. 388-3850. www.

10/05: Brown Chicken Brown Cow String Band With the Littlest Birds. 8pm. $15. Studio 55, 1455-A E. Francisco Blvd., San Rafael. 4533161. 10/05: Capleton Reggae. 10pm. $35. 19 Broadway, 17 Broadway, Fairfax. 459-1091. 10/05: Chris Robinson Brotherhood Jam rock. 7:30pm. $35. Terrapin Crossroads, 100 Yacht Club Dr., San Rafael. 524-2773.

10/05: S.F. Music Club, Lumination,Thrive “Love & Freedom”CD release party. With Lorin Rowan and Jimmy Dillon. 8-11:30pm. $15-20. George’s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262. Fridays: Live Music @ Max’s Rock. 8-10:30pm. Free. Max’s Cafe, 60 Madera Boulevard, Corte Madera.

Concerts 09/30: Corte Madera Town Band Part of the Outdoor Summer Music Series. 2-4pm. Free. Town Center, Tamalpais Dr. exit off Hwy. 101, Corte Madera. 924-2961. 09/30: Left Coast Chamber Ensemble 20th anniversary season opener “Portraits in Sound.” With Kurt Rohde’s new work, “Artifacts.” 7pm. $15-30. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley. 383-9600. 09/30: Lift Every Voice and Sing Festival of the Arts at Marin Lutheran presents an inspired and joyful vocal music concert featuring three choruses: Sing We Enchanted, Marin Harmony and the Marin Girls Chorus. 4pm. Adults, $15; Children, $5 Marin Lutheran Church, 649 Meadowsweet Dr., Corte Madera. 924-3782. SEPTEMBER 28 - OCTOBER 4, 2012 PACIFIC SUN 25

10/02: Les Petits Chanteurs Western choral and chamber music works alongside Haitian folk music. Proceeds will benefit the rebuilding of the Holy Trinity Music School in Port-au-Prince. 7-8:30pm. Free. St. Columba’s Episcopal Church, 12835 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Inverness. 869-7812.

Reyes National Seashore Association. Free. Bay Wood Gallery, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 457-5292.

Through 05/17/2013: Wind Art Exhibition Lyman Whitaker, sculpture. Free. Marin Art & Garden Center, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Ross. 455-5260 ext. 1.


Through 09/29:‘The Bigger Picture: 7 Artists Paint Large in Support of Coastal Clean Up’ Seven Northern California artists join forces

10/05-14: Smuin Ballet Shows 8pm Oct.5-6, Oct. 11-13. 2pm on Oct. 13-14. $25-65. Palace of Fine Arts Theatre, 3301 Lyon St., S.F.. 912-1899.

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.

Theater/Auditions 10/04-21:‘Macbeth’ Shakespeare presented by the College of Marin Drama Department. W. Allen Taylor, director. Showtimes at 8pm Oct. 4-6, 12-13, 19-20; 2pm Oct. 14 and 21. In the Studio Theatre. $20 general;$15 senior; $10 student College of marin Studio Theatre, corner of Sir Francis Drake & Laurel Ave, Kentfield. 485-9385.

Through 09/30:‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ Marin Shakespeare resets its outdoor production 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 . Through 10/14:‘Lend Me a Tenor’ Comedic musical theater. By Ken Ludwig.Kris Neely, director. See website for performance details. $20-26. Ross Valley Players, Barn Theatre, Marin Art & Garden Center, Ross. 456-9555.

Through 10/14:‘The Vagina Monologues’ By Eve Ensler. Directed by Hector Correa. 7:30pm shows Sept. 29, 30, Oct. 6, 7, 13 and 14. 7:30-9:30pm. $16-25. Stage Dor Dance Studio, 10 Liberty Ship Way, Sausalito. 272-7992.

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. 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. 11am-5pm. 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. Catalog available. 11-6pm. Free. Seager Gray Gallery, 23 Sunnyside Ave., Mill Valley. 384-8288.

Through 10/21: ‘Topdog/Underdog’

Through 10/05:‘Puzzled:Image, Art, & Metaphor by Brain Injury Survivors’ Presented by

Suzan-Lori Parks’ Pulitzer Prize-winner about Lincoln and Booth, two black brothers who are locked in a mesmerizing and dangerous game of deception $36-57; $20 under 30; $15 rush Marin Theatre Company, 397 Miller Ave., Mill Valley. 388-5208.

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.

Comedy 09/29: Geoff Hoyle Physical comedy in a series of hilarious and sometimes wistful ruminations. 8pm. $12-26. Dance Palace Community Center, 503 B St., Point Reyes. 663-1075.

Art 10/02: Mill Valley First Tuesday Art Walk Mill Valley art galleries, City Hall, and many downtown stores are all hosting Art exhibitions. Stroll from exhibit to exhibit enjoying libations and fine art. 6-8pm. Free. Downtown, Mill Valley. 721-1856. 10/05-02/05:‘Works on Water’ Group exhibition. Reception 4:30-6:30pm Nov. 15. Free. Marin Community Foundation, 5 Hamilton Landing, Suite 200, Novato.

10/05-11/11: Zea Morvitz and Tim Graveson “Duality.” Also artists of The West Marin Review and Will Thoms in the Annex. Opening reception 3-5pm Oct. 7 11am-5pm. Free. Gallery Route One , 11101 Highway One, Pt. Reyes Station. 663-1347.

10/05-27: BayWood Artists Celebrate Point Reyes Exhibition to mark the 50th anniversary of the national park, with proceeds to benefit the Point 26 PACIFIC SUN SEPTEMBER 28 - OCTOBER 4, 2012

Through 10/06: Marin Society of Artists ‘Fall Rental Show’ Exhibition of original artworks by MSA members which are available for rent. 11am4pm. Free. MSA Fall Rental Show, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Ross. 454-9561 .

Through 10/17: Gallery Bergelli Fall Group Show New works by gallery artists Alexandra Eldridge, Allen Wynn, Daniel Tousignant, Deva Graf, Dona Blakely, James Leonard, Jane Smaldone, Jose Basso, Lorenzo Moya. 11am-4pm. Free. Gallery Bergelli, 483 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur. 945-9454. Through 10/27:‘Alive 1965’ Solo exhibition of new paintings by Bay Area artist Laura Lengyel. Hours: 11am-5pm Wed., Thurs., Fri; 11am-4pm. Sat. Free. Linda Penzur Gallery, 71 Redhill Ave., San Anselmo. 457-4097.

Through 10/27: Falkirk Bi-Annual Art Exhibition 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.

Through 10/30: First Fridays at Frame Crafters Gallery Robert Frank, oil paintings of the lush landscapes around Marin and Sonoma. Opening reception 6-8pm on Oct. 5. 6-8pm. Frame Crafters Gallery, 320 Bon Air Center, Greenbrae. 461-7688.

Harry chooses the wrong oral surgeon, in ‘Deathly Hallows 2’ showing Saturday at Creek Park.

Through 11/30: ‘You Did What to my Comics!?’ Isaac Brynjegard-Bialik takes cut-

10/01: S.F. Marin Opera Guild Previews Moby-Dick Librettist Gene Scheer previews new

up pieces of comics and biblical text to visually retell familiar stories in his papercuts. Free. Osher Marin JCC, 200 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael. 444-8000.

S.F. Opera production in illuminated lecture. Program includes musical excerpts and background information. Complimentary refreshments begin at 7:30pm. 7:30-9:30pm. $12. Villa Marin, 100 Thorndale Dr., San Rafael. 457-1118.

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 09/28: Beyond the Memory of Water: Latest Scientific Discoveries Going beyond the concept of the passive memory of water, Dr. Rubik will present some of the latest findings about water’s extraordinary properties to actively sense, store, and transmit information. 7pm. $20. Academy of Intuition Medicine (r), 2400 Bridgeway, Suite 290, Sausalito. 381-1010.

09/28: Marin Conservation League’s Business-Environment Breakfast Dr. Whendee Silver discusses The Marin Carbon Project Carbon sequestration in annual grasslands: climate change mitigation potential for Marin County and beyond. 7:30-9am. $25 for MCL members and $30 for non-members. Students should contact MCL for reduced rates. Embassy Suites, 101 McInnis Parkway, San Rafael. 485-6257. 09/29: Divorce Options Workshop Workshop is designed to help individuals understand the legal, financial, psychological and emotional aspects of divorce. 9am-1pm. $45, no one is turned away due to lack of funds.. Family Services Agency, 555 Northgate Dr., San Rafael. 295-5665.

09/30: Author John Hart discusses legacy of Pt. Reyes In conversation with Martin Rosen, award winning author John Hart will present his new book, “An Island in Time: 50 Years of Point Reyes National Seashore.” 1:30-3pm. Free. Toby’s Feed Barn, Hwy 1. Pt Reyes Station, Pt Reyes Station. 302-2462.

10/03: The William S. Paley Collection: A Taste for Modernism Docent Rita Dunlay will give an illustrated talk on a selection of Paley’s collection hosted by the de Young Museum. The works selected for the exhibition focus on artists who redefined modernism. 1-2pm. Free. San Rafael City Council Chamber, 1400 Fifth Ave., San Rafael. 485-3321. 10/05: Stop Looking, Start Seeing Dr. Jacob Liberman is a pioneer in the fields of light, vision, and consciousness, and author of “Light: Medicine of the Future”, “Take Off Your Glasses and See”, and “Wisdom From an Empty Mind”. 7pm. $20. Academy of Intuition Medicine (r), 2400 Bridgeway, Suite 290, Sausalito. 381-1010.

Thursdays: Toastmasters Talk of the Town 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.

Readings 09/28: Marta Acosta Acosta reads from “Dark Companion.” 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 09/29: Jacob Needleman The author presents “An Unknown World: Notes on the Meaning of Earth.” 4pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera. 927-0960. 09/29: Ty Burr The author discusses “Gods Like Us: On Movie Stardom and Modern Fame.” 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera. 927-0960. 10/03: Marin Poetry Festival 2012 Join Robert Hass, Gillian Conoley and Giovanni Singleton in a reading to support Poetry Flash. 7-10pm. $10 donation, no one turned away Angelico Hall, 50 Acacia, San Rafael. 382-8022.


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Through 10/14: Marin Humane Society Dog Training Class Small Dog 1: Sundays 09/9, 16, 23, 10/7 & 10/14. For small dogs 35lb. or less and at least 4 months of age. Beginning class. Contact The Marin Humane Society for more information. 9:30-10:30am. $135 for 5 classes Tamalpais Valley Community Center, 203, Mill Valley. 506-6280. Wednesdays: The Elders’ Circle This group uses the Principals of Attitudinal Healing to face such problems as aging, relationships, loneliness, and illness. Facilitated by trained volunteers. 10-11:30am. Free, donations welcome. Whistlestop, 930 Tamalpais Ave., San Rafael. 457-1000.

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09/29: Fire in Mill Valley: Emergency Preparedness Class Two-hour class on how to prepare your family and home for a fire disaster. Includes the Fire Department’s “Ready, Set, Go” program; fireresistant landscaping tips and evacuation readiness. 10am-noon. Free. Mill Valley Community Center, 180 Camino Alto, Mill Valley. 269-6836. 09/29:Trekking the Model Join a guided tour of the Bay Model, a 1.5 acre hydraulic model of San Francisco Bay and Delta. Discover the stories of the two major operations that took place at this location between 1942 - 2000 1:30-3pm. Free. Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalto. 332-3871. 09/30: McNears Chili Cook Off Marin County Parks invites you to compete in our First Annual Chili Cook-off. Participants will have the opportunity to taste and vote for their favorite chili. 7am-3pm. Park entrance fee waived for participants. McNears Beach Park, 201 Cantera Way, San Rafael. 473-6387. 09/30: Sukkot Harvest Festival Dance, swim, explore, decorate, learn and celebrate the joyful holiday of Sukkot. Fun for adults and kids, Jewish and non-Jewish. Includes a Zumba dance party, adult workshops, arts & crafts, tot activities, a farm stand, food to purchase, compost and bee exhibits, and more. Bring friends and family and experience the Osher Marin JCC center and pool for free all day. 10:30am.-2:30pm. Free. Donations appreciated. Osher Marin JCC, 200 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael. 444-8000.

09/30: Sunday Morning Meditative Hike Easy walk around Lake Lagunitas. Meet at the Fairfax Community Church at 8am for carpooling or at 8:20am in the Lake Lagunitas parking lot at the animal postings board. 8-10am. Free. Fairfax Community Church, 2398 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Fairfax.

09/30:The Original Mill Valley Community Block Party What started in 1998 as the Grand Opening Party for Larry the Hat’s Famous4 Clothing Store has become a landmark event. The Block Party is back for the 14th time with live music, beer garden and more. 1-5pm. Free. Throckmorton Ave. between Bernard and Corte Madera, 96 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 388-2550. 28 PACIFIC SUN SEPTEMBER 28 - OCTOBER 4, 2012

10/02: 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. 10/02: Navigating Territory of Older Age Discussion group regarding growing older in Marin includes housing, transportation issues, health, meaning and enjoyment in the second half of life. Led by LMFT’s Nan Heflin and Nancy Rhine. 6-7:30pm. $35 each Tues. Interfaith Counseling Center, 15 Austin Ave., San Anselmo. 378-6577. 10/03: Team Trivia Cafe Team trivia contest, hosted by Howard Rachelson, Marin’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. 10/05-07: Redwood Empire Stamp Fair 19th annual WINEPEX show features 18 one frame collector exhibits, twelve dealers from around the country, plus free stamps for kids and a daily door prize drawing. 10am-5pm Oct.5-6. 10am-3pm Oct. 7. Free. Marin Veterans Exhibit Hall, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 472-4190. www.marincenter. org

10/05: 40th Anniversary Block Party at Marinwood Spend a fun-filled evening with Marin County Park Rangers and their partners, the Marin Humane Society, Project Coyote and Wildcare. Live music with The Sorentinos, kids zone, food, fun. 4:30-7:30pm. Free. Marinwood Park, 775 Miller Creek Road, San Rafael. 473-4045. 10/05: All Aboard Fundraiser for Cass Gidley Marina’s Sausalito Community Boating Center. With a silent auction, appetizers and deserts from local vendors, no host bar and waterfront/on the water access for all. 6:30-11pm. $25 advance/ $40 door Studio 333, 333 Caledonia St., Sausalito.

Through 10/13: Civic Center Library 50th Anniversary The Civic Center Library will be 50 on Oct 13 and they would like to make a display of photos of the Library through the years. If you have photos you’d like to share please contact the Library

09/28: 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. 927-5005. 09/29: HeadsUp Summerfest Carnival Fun filled event features games, jumpies, pony rides, face painting, art booths, a petting zoo, dunk tank, barbecue, cake walk, photo booth, street painting, live music. 11am-5pm. Free. Donations appreciated. San Rafael High School, 185 Mission Ave., San Rafael. 717-7410. 09/29: Nature for Kids: Mount Burdell Learn about the ways in which plants and animals around us survive during the hot dry months. 10am-1pm. Free. Mount Burdell Preserve, San Andreas Dr., Novato. 893-9508. 10/02: 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. Film Night in the Park: Harry Potter Deathly Hallows Part II Harry and Voldemort square off bringing the wildly successful series to it’s close in the eighth and final film of the Harry Potter series. 8pm. Free. Donations appreciated. Creek Park, 451 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, San Anselmo. 272-2756.

Outdoors (Hikes & Bikes) 09/29: Habitat Restoration: National Public Lands Day with REI and MMWD Restore oak woodland and native grassland habitat by removing outcompeting Douglas fir trees. Meet at Rock Spring parking lot. REI raffle for participants. 9amnoon. Free. Rock Springs parking lot, Ridgecrest Blvd. (intersection of Pantoll Road), Mill Valley. 945-1128. 10/02: Birding at McInnis Park Explore hill above the park and then walk out onto the levee that runs between the water treatment ponds and the tidal marsh. 10am-1pm. Free, adults only. No animals please. McInnis Park, 310 Smith Ranch Road, San Rafael. 893-9508 .

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.

Benefits/Gala Events 09/29: Stepping Out To Celebrate Life To Celebrate Life Breast Cancer Foundation’s largest annual fundraiser features a fashion show and gala with models who are all breast cancer survivors. 5:30pm-midnight. $225 . Marin Center Exhibit Hall, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 455-5882.

09/29: Sustainable Fairfax Benefit Party Sustainable Fairfax is celebrating 11 years of environmental advocacy and community building. Come out for an evening of live music, dancing, silent auction, beer and wine. 7-11pm. $15 in advance, $20 at door Fairfax-San Anselmo Children’s Center at Deer Park, 199 Porteous Ave., Fairfax. 408-6008.

09/30: 14th Annual Box Show Benefit Auction “Box Show” closing benefit reception with a party and live auction Proceeds benefit the nonprofit artist-run gallery. 3-5pm. Free, donations accepted. Gallery Route One , 11101 Highway One, Point Reyes Station. 663-1347.

09/30: Beekeeping and Honey Spinning Workshop and Benefit for Homeward Bound Introduction to Backyard Beekeeping and Honey Spinning. 10am-3pm. $25 for one section and $40 for two. Homeward Bound of Marin, The Next Key Center, 1385 N. Hamilton Pkwy., Novato. 235-8959.

Home and Garden 10/07: Marin Bee Co. and Whole Foods present Free Year-Long Beekeeping Series The Basics of Backyard Beekeepin series beginning Sept. 22 and reoccurring on the first Sat. of the month at 11am. 10-11am. Free. Whole Foods Market, 790 De Long Ave., Novato. 235-8959.

Saturdays Through 10/27: Marin Open Garden Project Community Veggie Exchange Bring the excess from your garden to exchange with other gardeners every Saturday in San Rafael! 9:30-10:30am. Free. Sun Valley Park, K & Solano St., San Rafael. 419-4941.

Saturdays Through 10/27: Marin Open Garden Project Community Veggie Exchange .. 9-10am. Free. San Anselmo Town Hall Lawn, 525 San Anselmo Ave., San Anselmo. 4194941.

Saturdays Through 10/27: Marin Open Garden Project Community Veggie Exchange .. 10-11am. Free. Volunteer Park, Evergreen & Melrose, Mill Valley. 419-4941.

Saturdays Through 10/27: Marin Open Garden Project Community Veggie Exchange .. 9:30-10:30am. Free. Boyle Park, 11 East Drive, Mill Valley. 419-4941.

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Thursdays: Ross Valley Farmers Market Every Thurs. at the post office parking lot in the town of Ross. Features local farmers with organic fruits and veggies, cheeses, and bakery goods. 3-7pm. Free. Ross Farmers Market, Ross Common, Ross. 382-7846.


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ARIES (March 20 - April 19) It’s a dynamic weekend for the spirited ram. The insightful full moon and Uranus combo occupies your sign in fierce opposition to the rational Libra sun. This likely results in a battle between intuitive instinct and logical intellect—and possibly a wild time with your significant other. After the weekend, your attention shifts to how to enjoy luxury without paying a fortune. Hmm. If you don’t want to join an online discount club, you may have to marry a hotel mogul...


TAURUS (April 20 - May 19) You might be taking things too personally right now. Because pushy Mars is in your opposite sign of Scorpio, you are super sensitive to any forces working against you. At times you feel like even your partner is on the wrong side. In fact, you may be right. The seventh house rules relationships and open enemies, allowing your sweetie to occasionally play both roles. Maybe it really is personal...


GEMINI (May 20 - June 20) Pluto (ruling crises, destruction and rebirth) is proving that he should never have been demoted. His placement in your chart brings an internal experience of his power. Fortunately, you can embrace change without damaging your own sense of who you are. As upbeat Jupiter remains in your sign, he suggests defusing Pluto’s intensity with humor. So, Gem. When all else fails, tell a joke.

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CANCER (June 21 - July 21) Should you spend more time pursuing professional success or personal happiness? This question has top priority as the full moon lights up your career house. After the weekend, powerful Pluto reminds you that having a mate may sometimes be painful, but ultimately is necessary for soul growth. Relax. The moon in tranquil Taurus on Monday and Tuesday provides a calm atmosphere to ponder your love life—or the lack thereof. LEO (July 22 - August 22) Now that your ruler, the expressive sun, has moved into the diplomatic sign of Libra, you are able to help others see things from a rational and fair-minded viewpoint. In this time of strong reactions, there is often misdirected anger toward innocent persons. You must do your best to prevent this. You are zodiac royalty, so people do listen to you. It’s that confident, regal bearing you display when entering a room. Or, maybe it’s the gold crown on your head. Whichever. VIRGO (August 23 - September 21) OK. You’re right. It’s not exactly a time of big raises and promotions. Once you’ve accepted the “reality” of a shrinking economy, you can look at the potential benefits of parting ways with a dead-end job. You encounter many creative opportunities in the next 10 years. Switch your mental gears from worrying about failure to envisioning success. You don’t know which future is ahead, but you may as well plan for the one you want. LIBRA (September 22 - October 22) Although your zodiac celebration may be somewhat overshadowed by the upcoming presidential election, the glamorous sun gives you an appealing glow. Whether arriving by bicycle or limousine, you can count on being welcomed as the star. As for your recent splurge of impulsive spending, it is coming to an end after this week. Hopefully, friends and family will pick up the slack with generous birthday gifts... SCORPIO (October 23 - November 21) Are you spoiling for a fight? The warrior planet Mars in your sign has been bringing out the aggressor in you. Hence your pal’s reluctance to be your martial-arts sparring partner and your sweetie’s extended visits to the spa. Fortunately, charming Venus moves into your friendship house on Tuesday. If your pal is still unhappy with being thrown to the ground during your last karate session, now is your chance to make amends. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 - December 20) Want to impress your sweetie? Take a long distance journey together. Your understanding of world geography encompasses far more than the typical American. Most Sagittarians know the names and locations of countries and continents, whereas the rest of us puzzle over where Canada ends and Alaska begins. As long as you go before next June, benevolent Jupiter (your ruler) bestows your love life with lucky travel experiences. Time to cash in those frequent flyer miles... CAPRICORN (December 21 - January 18) Common sense seems to be in short demand right now, which causes Capricorns to experience stress. You need to find ways of relieving this tension. Try dancing. The combination of music and movement is good for your brain and your body. You can’t dance and you’re easily embarrassed? Pull down the blinds and turn up the music. No one said you have to boogie in public. AQUARIUS (January 19 - February 17) Everyone has an opinion—although not necessarily the same opinion as you. Your independent ideas could be trouble if expressed too strongly. It’s great to be idealistic, forthright and broad-minded in your views. But being tactless and blunt may not increase your popularity. Oh, well. If you had cared about being popular, you would’ve been born a Leo instead of an Aquarius, right? PISCES (February 18 - March 19) Your cash flow can be erratic during the long transit of changeable Uranus in your finance house. This week emphasizes these fluctuations, meaning you seem to be rolling in dough one minute and wondering how you’re going to pay the rent the next. Fortunately, you have always been there for anyone else who was in crisis and now you’re owed big. So, if you hit a fiscal bump in the road, call your favorite millionaire. < Email Lynda Ray at or check out her website at 30 PACIFIC SUN SEPTEMBER 21 - SEPTEMBER 27, 2012

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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 September 11, 2012. (Publication Dates: September 21, 28; October 5, 12, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2012130299 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as WINE COUNTRY MODERN REAL ESTATE; SAN FRANCISCO MODERN REAL ESTATE, 2144 FOURTH ST., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: MARIN MODERN REAL ESTATE INC., 2144 FOURTH ST., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by a corporation. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on September 5, 2012. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on September 4, 2012. (Publication Dates: September 21, 28; October 5, 12, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 130275 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as FARMERS FUTURE, 122 RED HILL CIRCLE, TIBURON, CA 94920: ELKE FORNACIARI, 122 RED HILL CIRCLE, TIBURON, CA 94920; RANDY FORNACIARI, 122 RED HILL CIRCLE, TIBURON, CA 94920. This business is being conducted by a general partnership. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on August 30, 2012. (Publication Dates: September 21, 28; October 5, 12, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 130384 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as ALTERACIONES Y MANUALIDADES ANGELICA, 88 BELVEDERE ST OF “211”, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: MARIA GUADALUPE MORALES TENORIO, 60 FAIRFAX ST. APT 11, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on September 17, 2012. (Publication Dates: September 21, 28; October 5, 12, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 130377 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as MARIN BAIL BONDS, 81 PASEO WAY, GREENBRAE, CA 94904: HEATHER C. WELLS, 81 PASEO WAY, GREENBRAE, CA 94904. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on September 14, 2012. (Publication Dates: September 21, 28; October 5, 12, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2012130370 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as DOLCE VIOLINS, 1567 4TH ST., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: MOSES SEDLER, 14 BRYN MAWR 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 1, 2012. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on September 13, 2012. (Publication Dates: September 21, 28; October 5, 12, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 130358 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as PHASES HEALING PRACTICE, 1010 LOOTENS PLACE #18, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: DAWN ANGEL AVERITT, 1342 RUSSELL ST., BERKELEY, CA 94702. 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 September 12, 2012. (Publication Dates: September 21, 28; October 5, 12, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 130314 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as EDIT ORGANIZING, 16 LOCKSLY LANE, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: SARAH ROSS GANT, 16 LOCKSLY LANE, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on September 5, 2012. (Publication Dates: September 28; October 5, 12, 19, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 130427 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as TAQUERIA MI FAMILIA, 580

REDHILL AVE., SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960: JUAN MANUEL ROCHA, 10 CARMEL CT., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94960. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on September 20, 2012. (Publication Dates: September 28; October 5, 12, 19, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 130432 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as BUNKER & COMPANY, 4340 REDWOOD HWY #117, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: JOSEPH C. BUNKER, 75 FERNWOOD DR., SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on October 1, 2007. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on September 21, 2012. (Publication Dates: September 28; October 5, 12, 19, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 129954 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as ONICA NAILS, 707 B ST., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: HANH MY THILE, 4808 E 15TH ST., OAKLAND, CA 94606. 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 July 18, 2012. (Publication Dates: September 28; October 5, 12, 19, 2012)

997 All Other Legals 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) ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME SUPERIOR COURT OF THE

STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF MARIN. No. CIV 1204083. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner ELYSSA ASHLEY filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: ELYSSA ASHLEY to ELYSSA ASHLEY MOSES. 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: November 5, 2012, 9:00AM, Dept. L, Room L, Superior Court of California, County of Marin, 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael, CA 94913. 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: September 7, 2012 /s/ LYNN DURYEE, JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT (Pacific Sun: September 14, 21, 28; October 5, 2012) STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF USE OF FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME File No. 304398 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): LONDON, 170 E BLITHEDALE AVE., MILL VALLEY, CA 94941. Filed in Marin County on: June 11, 2009. Under File No: 121050. Registrant’s Name(s): CAROLINE CLARK, 170 E BLITHEDALE AVE., MILL VALLEY, CA 94941. This statement was filed with the County Clerk Recorder of Marin County on September 10, 2012. (Publication Dates: September 21, 28; October 5, 12, 2012) STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF USE OF FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME File No. 304399 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): RUBY’S DAY SPA, 1102 2ND ST., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. Filed in Marin County on: April 10, 2012. Under File No: 129216. Registrant’s Name(s): PING GUAN, 30 PONCETTA DR. APT 212, DALY CITY, CA 94015. This statement was filed with the County Clerk Recorder of Marin County on September 11, 2012. (Publication Dates: September 21, 28; October 5, 12, 2012)

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For years, a group of us girls has gone camping, to dinner, to concerts, etc. Our husbands do their own thing together while we hang out. When they bring a new guy into their circle, they seem to think we should automatically accept his female partner. We normally do because we’re nice like that. The problem is, there’s a gal who invites herself to everything she catches wind of from her husband. She consistently creates incredible upheaval, agitation and hurt feelings with her callous remarks and abrasive personality. Triple that when she drinks. Her bad qi is ruining the nurturing dynamic of our loving and supportive group. Help soon, as she’s trying to get in on a camping trip. We’d be stuck with her for five negativity-filled days. —The Women Imagine if Hillary Clinton, as secretary of state, communicated like so many other women tend to. Forget the direct approach. She’d roll her eyes behind some prime minister’s back, burn sage after he leaves, and make the joint chiefs hold hands and chant, “Shine white light on our borders and restore our protective womb of national security!” Men and women approach conflict in very different ways. Men have an easier time being direct because they evolved to be the competitors of the species and see trying to top one another as a normal part of life. If the guys were bugged by a guy in their group, one of them would probably just blurt out, “You’re being a dick. Be less of a dick.” Women, on the other hand, evolved to be the cooperators, nurturers and empathizers of the species, prizing group bondedness and keeping the peace. This sounds so much nicer than how the menfolk do things but actually leads to ugly indirect aggression like dirty looks, spiteful gossip and shunning. Though it’s best not to go around breaking one another’s noses over who has the cutest shoes, women often end up festering with nastiness, while guys can sometimes sock each other and then go off and have a beer. Assuming you lack the Bewitched skill set—the power to twitch your nose and transform or relocate people and objects—wishing things were different is merely a way to kill time while in line at the supermarket. One of you needs to take this woman aside, gently explain the group culture, and give her a couple examples of things she’s said that don’t quite mesh with it. She also needs to be told that it’s kind of a problem when she gets likkered up. The direct approach is tough in the moment but ultimately less hurtful than the silent one, and it gives her a chance to mend her ways. If she keeps on harshing, it should be no surprise to her when she’s invited not to come, having been given fair warning that your group is more “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Qi” than “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pabst.”



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Section 1 of the September 28, 2012 edition of the Pacific Sun Weekly