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Attention Pacific Sun Readers! What was your best holiday gift Perhaps it was that new BMX from grandma when you were 10. Or was it that clay-baked coffee mug little Chelsea once made at school? We know, it was the “I’m With Stupid� T-shirt your husband so judiciously delivered in ’92. Whatever it was, we’ve all got one—a holiday gift that’s simply unforgettable. Whether Santa delighted you years ago with a hard-to-get Tickle Me Elmo, or if the Zot Hanukkah of ’88 is etched in the memory banks because of poorly disguised sweater re-gifting from Uncle Jake—Pacific Sun wants to know about it. Send us the story of your most unforgettable holiday gift—good or bad. We’ll compile the entries and run them in the December 14 edition. Keep the word count to between 150 and 200, and remember—unabashed sentimentality and/or hearty guffaws are highly encouraged.

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Just for the halibut Nothing funny last week at all. Cancer’s not funny [“Finding Chemo,” Sept. 21]. Homelessness is not funny [“Exiled on Main Street,” Sept. 28]. Oh, wait—the IJ had a story on fish. OK, they had to go fishing for a story. Uh, let’s see, it’s pretty fishy they counted 2,580 steelhead. Um, what gets me into the Pac Sun? A fishy story? OK, I’m taking my barracuda into the shop cuz it blew a seal, and then floundering over to the Sand Bar cuz I know the owner, Gil, who played for the Marlins. I’m sure some crabby guy, covered in mussels, will poach me after saying, “Listen, shrimp!” Abalone, at least I won’t get a case of the clams. Jonathan Frieman, San Rafael

Folks who drink Berries GoMega don’t need all 12 Am I the only one to notice the Odwalla beverage delivery trucks display a clock on their flanks which only shows 11 hours on its dial? Check it out. Craig Whatley, San Rafael

In their defense, they do toss gold coins to serfs as they pass... Here’s an experiment in economics for you: Stand on a busy corner in Mill Valley, Tiburon or the Ross Valley and count the number of new Range Rovers, particularly black ones, that go by in the course of a few minutes. You’ll be surprised. The economy

surely must be improving. It’s reassuring to see that Marin’s 1 percenters are able to indulge in lock-step conspicuous consumption to drive the latest status-symbol automobile. Kurt Huget, San Rafael

Home on the Range, Marin style.

The only seed Monsanto should grow is a seed of integrity... Consumers have the right to know what’s in our food, so we can make educated choices [“The ‘Uh-Oh’ in GMOs,” Oct. 5]. But Monsanto (maker of deadly Agent Orange) and its fellow GMO seed corporations are now flooding our airwaves with distortion-filled ads, hoping to confuse and scare Californians into rejecting GMO food labeling. We can help make sure their greedy, cynical effort doesn’t succeed. Please share the following facts with all your California acquaintances (via email, Facebook, Twitter, etc.) and ask them to do the same: For 25 years, successive U.S. governments have shamefully prioritized GMO industry profits ahead of public health. But careful independent (non-GMO-company-financed) scientific studies have consistently found health dangers from ongoing GMO exposure. One very recent well-designed study showed

that the toxins produced by GMOs in food have destructive effects on human cells. Other new research shows that GMO seed use has significantly increased toxic pesticide exposure for pollinating insects, our pets, and humans. It also has increased unsustainable fossil fuel use and monoculture cultivation and sped the evolution of destructive “superweeds” and “superbugs.” Introducing GMO crops into developing countries has created conditions leading to large-scale increases in bankruptcy and even suicide by subsistence farmers. And frequent contamination of non-GMO crops by GMOs has economically harmed farmers everywhere else. For example, in Hawaii, contamination of non-GMO papayas has hurt the state’s agricultural economy, and even taro—the traditional Hawaiian staple food for centuries— is being contaminated. A top European Union official, responsible for enforcing Europe’s mandatory GMO labeling, recently stated that labeling there has had no impact on the cost of food products. And, despite Monsanto’s fraudulent claims, labeling here will actually give a competitive advantage to California farmers who shift to using non-GMO seeds. Vote “Yes” on Prop. 37, to label GMO foods.

Endorsement ‘Cheat Sheet’ Now in new ‘wallet-size’— perfect for taking to the polls! President: Barack Obama Senate: Dianne Feinstein House of Representatives: Jared Huffman State Assembly: Michael Allen Sausalito City Council: Vicki Nichols, Ray Withy and Thomas Theodores Marin Healthcare District Board: Hank Simmonds and Ann Sparkman

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Oops! In last week’s edition, our third annual salute to Marin’s longstanding businesses [“Cornerstones,” Oct. 12], we inadvertently gave a lucrative job promotion to Luke Boncore from Keaton’s Mortuary. Luke is in fact the manager of the 92-year-old San Rafael business.

Anonymous vassal, left, and his overlords.

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When the levy breaks Marin United Taxpayers turn the ax against themselves... by Pe te r Se i d m an

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hen Marin United Taxpayers formed in 1977, Fielding Greaves sent a message to the art department of every high school in Marin. He asked students to submit ideas for a logo and catchphrase for the new organization. Students who submitted the best three suggestions would receive a savings bond. The contest included some “set rules,” says Greaves. The logo had to include a picture of an ax and the phrase Axe the Tax. “And they could not decorate their ideas with flourishes of any kind. No muscular ax men. No people at all in the drawings.” Greaves received just three submissions, and all three artists who participated included an ax man and “were very artistically done, not plainly done,” says Greaves. He sat down on the floor of his living room with a drawing board and created the original MUTA Axe the Tax logo the organization has used for decades, and he retained ownership of the logo. “I wanted to keep that for myself.” For the first few decades of its life, MUTA was a focused government watchdog, anti-tax organization with a decidedly conservative bent. But in recent years, members of the Axe the Tax group have been wielding political weapons on each other in a succession of power struggles within the organization.

Evidence of the latest battle came when election officials received two separate arguments against this election’s Measure A, the quarter-cent sales tax hike proposed to fund county parks and open space. The two arguments came from two separate factions that claimed to represent MUTA. After decades of working in a cohesive and singular manner to oppose just about any tax proposed in Marin, MUTA actually splintered into three factions since Greaves relinquished his leadership role due to health issues. The organization has faced power struggles on its board before, but charges of bigotry and intolerance tinge the latest battle that resulted in the ouster of three board members who had been trying to diversify the organization. Greaves and attorney Nancy McCarthy represent one faction—call it the traditional MUTA wing. In February 2010, McCarthy wrote an op-ed piece along with Basia Crane and other MUTA members extolling the work the organization was engaged in to hold down taxes, oppose the presence of Sutter Health in Marin and stop the Marin Municipal Water District from proceeding with plans to build a desalination project. A few months later, civil war erupted. Crane had been elected president of the MUTA board in 2009 during a sparse- 10 >

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by Jason Walsh

Heroes of Marin awards With all due respect to Tina Turner—we do need another hero. And with that in mind, the Pacific Sun, in partnership with Circle Bank, is presenting our second annual Heroes of Marin awards—a salute to the community members whose dedication to bettering the lives of county residents has helped make Marin the special place it is today. After fielding more than 100 nominations from Pacific Sun readers, our panel of “hero” judges bestowed awards in eight separate categories. Recipients will be honored in the Pacific Sun later this autumn through feature stories highlighting their good works. Additionally, the honorees will receive a hero’s welcome Nov. 15 at a dinner reception at Homeward Bound’s Fresh Starts Key Room in Novato. Tickets are $50—everyone’s invited (but seats are limited); call Linda Black at 415/485-6700 ext. 306. This year’s honorees, by category: ARTS AND CULTURE: Independent filmmaker John Korty COMMUNITY SPIRIT: Film Night in the Park founder Tom Boss COURAGE: Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP: San Rafael Clean champion Andree Jansheski INNOVATION: Marin Sanitary Service ROLE MODEL: Performing Stars of Marin founder Felecia Gaston RISING STAR: San Marin High School student Ana Camara-Flores LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT: Longtime San Rafael Mayor Al Boro

Pricey houses in Belvedere?! What do the cities of Belvedere and Sagaponack have in common? Basically, that most of us won’t be living there anytime soon—at least according to Forbes magazine, which released its annual list of the priciest places to live in the United States. Belvedere came in at number 11, all told, where the median home is going for $3.9 million. An Upper East Side neighborhood of Manhattan topped the list at $6.5 million per house. Alpine, New Jersey, and Greenwich Village also made the top 10; closer to home, the Bay Area cities of Atherton and Hillsborough finished third and fifth, respectively. The makeup of Belvedere, according to Forbes, is a prime example of the towns that make the list—an “island” with great views and a very low inventory of houses. Forbes based its results by tracking ZIP codes using Altos Research, the California-based company that monitors housing data. Lots of favorites at the Mill Valley Film Festival The results of the Mill Valley Film Festival’s “audience awards” have been tallied and director Ang Lee’s Life of Pi earned the big prize as the Audience Favorite. While the festival doesn’t bestow juried awards, a la Cannes, it does ask filmgoers to name their favorite selections in a variety of categories. And with more than 50,000 attendees at this year’s 11-day event, according to festival officials, that’s a lot of votes. Which is good, because there are a lot of audience awards. Joining Life of Pi: The Reluctant Fundamentalist won the Audience Favorite World Cinema Award; Silver Linings Playbook earned the U.S. Cinema Award; The Sessions garnered the Active Cinema Award; while Rebels with a Cause won the Active Cinema Award — Documentary; and Village Music: Last of the Great Record Stores won the Documentary Award. Other winners include Richness of Internal Space, which was voted the Audience Favorite Independent World Cinema Award; 10 > 8 PACIFIC SUN 0CT0BER 19 - OCTOBER 25, 2012

Barack and a hard place Should disappointed Marin progressives go Green? by Jacob Shafer

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f you weren’t swept up by Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign, you may not have a heart; if you weren’t somewhat disillusioned by the reality of his first term, you may not have a brain. That seems to be the sentiment among most liberals, in Marin and nationwide. So what to do? If Obama was a disappointment to die-hard progressives, Mitt Romney would be an unmitigated disaster. Yet “hold your nose and vote against the other guy” isn’t quite as catchy as “hope and change.” Seems folks on the left are stuck between a Barack and a hard place. Norman Solomon, an Inverness activist and author who recently lost a bid to represent Marin in the U.S. House of Representatives, agrees. His list of Obama’s first-term sins is as long as it is disheartening: drone strikes; watereddown financial regulation; prosecuting whistleblowers; support for nuclear power and so-called “clean coal”; a lack of action on climate change; medical marijuana raids.

Most of this, Solomon argues, is a result of the Democratic Party’s deference to corporate and military interests. “In Marin and nationwide, the average Democratic voter is significantly more progressive than the party leadership,” he says. “Nobody’s giving power away. If progressives want to gain power for our values of social justice, strong environmental protection, civil liberties and peace, we’re going to need to struggle for that power.” What does that struggle look like? One option is supporting a third-party candi-

date like Green Party nominee Jill Stein, a Harvard-educated physician who this week was arrested outside the presidential debate at Hofstra University, an event she dubbed “a mockery of democracy.” Solomon calls Stein’s candidacy “admirable,” and acknowledges that voting for her in a deep-blue state like California has “no downside.” However, he cautions, “We have a responsibility to defeat the worst and most dangerous candidate. That would be Mitt Romney.” Solomon says he recently spoke at an event in Madison, Wisconsin, where he implored the assembled crowd to get behind Obama. Also in attendance: Jill Stein. “I was appalled that she was campaigning in a state where Romney has a chance to win the electoral votes,” Solomon recalls. “My unequivocal advice to voters in swing states: Vote for Obama.” So what about Marinites? Other than a possible Stein protest vote, is there anything local lefties can do to move the political needle? “Given the structural realities of the electoral system, when it comes to races for Congress and president, the pathway for progressives is through the Democratic Party,” says Solomon. “This is distinct from nonpartisan races for local offices, for instance in places like Fairfax, where the elected Green Party leadership is excellent.” Still, he adds, that doesn’t mean surrender at the national level. “Progressives’ failures have involved undue deference to the Democratic Party’s leadership and unwillingness to make concerted demands for change,” he says. “You believe in something, then fight for it.” < Got an idea for Marin Uncovered? Email Jacob at jacobsjottings@gmail.com.

by Howard Rachelson

1. Our beloved Marin County Civic Center is currently celebrating what major anniversary? 2. What actor played what former director of the FBI, in what 2011 movie? 3. What three departments in the president’s cabinet begin with the letter H? 4. In October 2010, the world breathed a sigh of relief when 33 miners were rescued after being trapped 69 days deep underground, in what country? 5. On Oct. 1, 1982, in Japan, Billy Joel’s 52nd Street was the first music album released in what new form of technology? 6. Pictured, right: Name these cities that begin with the letter S: 6a. In the United States 6b. In South America 6c. In Europe 7a. It once happened that a World Series game was interrupted by an earthquake, on what month, date, year and time? 7b. Who was playing? 7c. In what stadium? 8. What 1928 novel by D.H. Lawrence contains some “love” in the title? 9. Known as the father of microbiology, 17th-century Dutch scientist Antonie van Leeuwenhoek was the first scientist to observe tiny organisms, like bacteria, known by what collective name? 10. Identify these four-letter words that start with F: 10a. Caramel custard dessert 10b. The Roman God Janus has more than one 10c. Wealthy people in cold countries wear them

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BONUS QUESTION: About 2,000 years ago, the world’s first two cities with a population of a million were located in two separate Mediterranean countries. What cities? Howard Rachelson welcomes you a Science Trivia contest, Thursday, Oct. 25, 7pm, at the Civic Center Library, plus general Team Trivia contests every Wednesday at 7:30 pm at the Broken Drum in San Rafael. Send your best question to howard1@triviacafe. com; if we use your question in this column, we’ll give you credit!

 VNicknamed Captain Philanthropist, John Lavin is a hero with a huge heart and plenty of fans. As the owner of Mount Tam Mixed Martial Arts in San Rafael, John contributes his time to work with at-risk youth. Adults battling the tough economy often train for little or no money at his academy. John is a true community leader, donating to numerous school auctions and sponsoring youth sports teams. An inspiration to his students, he recently won several state and national martial arts tournaments, including the California State Grappling championship. Anthony Shemaria, a student, says, “All the parents, the guys he coaches and the women fighters he trains feel he deserves a moment in the spotlight.” Coach John Lavin, thanks for being a hero to so many.

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Solomon: ‘We have a responsibility to defeat the worst and most dangerous candidate.’

If you’re in a swing-state progressive considering a protest vote for Green Party candidate Jill Stein, Solomon has a word of advice: No!

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WML’s son was in his first cross country race last week, which started at Blackie’s Pasture. Knowing it would be crowded, ML arrived early and found the last available parking spot. Only this space had a woman standing in it, texting. ML rolled the window down and politely asked her to move. The texter refused and said she was holding it for someone. ML suggested they call the police to decide who shall park there. Though there were two 7-year-old girls in the car, the texter had no qualms about calling ML “a f---ing a--hole.” Strike one for holding the spot, strike two for texting while holding the spot and strike three for the potty mouth. Three strikes and you’re a Zero. —Nikki Silverstein

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< 8 When the levy breaks ly attended meeting. That low attendance has become a problem for MUTA, which at one time managed to engage a vibrant membership. Greaves and McCarthy were reported to have charged Crane with breaking the organization’s bylaws when Crane signed a ballot argument against Measure F in Novato. That measure was a referendum on a plan to contract with Veolia Water to run a new sewer plant. A no vote would have blocked the contract (which went forward). MUTA took a position that jibed with Crane’s, but the organization didn’t approve Crane’s formal action to sign a ballot argument without first going through the MUTA board. In May 2010, Crane was booted off the board. The chain of events is one that’s become familiar at MUTA, with different players in different roles, but the power struggle that broke out in 2010 went further. In December 2011, Alex Easton-Brown was on the board and had a chance to serve as its president. “I said sure,” says Easton-Brown, who ran unsuccessfully to represent Marin in the state Assembly. Easton-Brown wanted to diversify MUTA, politically and demographically. “I brought in Placido [Salazar] and his wife [Roberta Salazar].” They had worked on the Kucinich campaign, which might give an inkling of the kind of diversity Easton-Brown had in mind for the traditionally conservative MUTA. He also brought “a gay friend” into the organization. Easton-Brown says he would prefer not to name the friend. Easton-Brown was elected president, Basia Crane vice president and Placido Salazar treasurer. “We were all asked to identity ourselves at the first meeting of the new board,” says Easton-Brown. “Everything was fine until [Roberta] Salazar, who is Hispanic, introduced herself.” One of the members at the meeting “interrupted her introduction and asked her how she felt about illegal immigration.” Her family, she said, has been in this country for “a couple of hundred years,” says Easton-Brown. It shouldn’t be an issue. “All of a sudden, the culture wars just flashed.” Members, says Easton-Brown, “began browbeating Salazar.” As president, Easton-Brown moved the meeting forward, but the effect of the attack on immigration had taken a toll. Placido Salazar, Roberta’s husband, wrote a letter to the board decrying what Easton-Brown calls “a lot of coded racist remarks.” In his letter, Salazar stated that his wife was “verbally attacked...in a vile and hateful manner. ...For the board to allow this, and just sit there in silence, or maybe for some to even encourage and support such rhetoric...should not be allowed by this board. Such backward, ignorant, racist and bigoted comments have no place anywhere much less a MUTA meeting. Maybe that is one of the reasons why we have such a hard time recruiting new members. I hear members...speak 10 PACIFIC SUN 0CT0BER 19 - OCTOBER 25, 2012

strongly against ballparks, SMART trains and other issues yet sit in silence as such hatred was spat out...” Members charged that Salazar was calling them racists. Salazar says what he was did was call the rhetoric racist, not the people themselves. Members demanded an apology from Salazar, but it was not forthcoming. Easton-Brown, Salazar and Regina Carey remained set on diversifying MUTA, both demographically and politically. They represent a splinter group, broken off from the Greaves and McCarthy wing. The group of MUTA members who forced a confrontation at the meeting in December represents a third faction. Key players in the third group, opposing Easton-Brown, Placido Salazar and Carey, are Angelika Randolph and her husband, David, according to Easton-Brown, who says they were the main force behind insisting that Placido Salazar offer an apology. The issue was complicated when Salazar, who had been elected treasurer, couldn’t locate all the funds supposedly deposited in MUTA’s bank accounts, which EastonBrown says weren’t huge amounts. A big split between the Randolph and Easton-Brown factions came to a climax when Salazar and Carey attended the Democratic convention and Easton-Brown had to attend to family business. A meeting had been scheduled, but because of the absence of the three board members, Easton-Brown called for a postponement. “We agreed that holding the meeting the following week would be better. I sent out a notice. Angelika Randolph took advantage of the situation and started sending around an email saying the meeting had not been changed and people could come. They met and voted me off because I refused to demand the apology from [Salazar] that they wanted.” (Requests for information from Angelika Randolph and also from Nancy McCarthy were not answered.) In the coup, Salazar was voted out of his office as treasurer. He and Easton-Brown and Carey still remain on the board but not as officers. Salazar says he “was removed as treasurer because I would not sign bank cards because they would not tell us where the accounts were and how much were in the accounts. It was a real mess.” Because he couldn’t get the information about the MUTA accounts, Salazar says, he never actively took over duties as treasurer. Salazar says he saw documentation on just one of the three MUTA accounts. “I said I am not putting my name down at any bank until I know where all three accounts are and how much is in them—if they actually exist.” Salazar and Easton-Brown say the move to block Salazar from getting financial information was an attempt to strip him of his power as treasurer. Salazar says that at the meeting during which the three members were kicked off the board, he asked for information about the accounts.

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to see the federal government step up and fund some things [locally] so we don’t have to fund them ourselves.” The winning faction, he adds, is taking the more traditional MUTA stance: “anti-tax, antieverything.” Salazar says there’s a more productive route. “I kept saying we need to be for something. Not against everything.” Easton-Brown says the coalition that triggered his ouster “chose to unleash the culture wars. I have nothing in common with these folks who did this coup on the board. Except that everyone at MUTA, current and former board members, all oppose Measure A.” Nancy McCarthy submitted a ballot

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Former San Quentin warden Jeanne Woodford says Californians should flip the switch on the death penalty ‘It never made sense to me that you kill someone to prove that it’s wrong to kill someone.’

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ho could be better qualified to address what’s wrong with the death penalty than the warden who oversaw all executions in the state of California from 1999-2004? Jeanne Woodford, who left her job as San Quentin warden to head the state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation for three years, now campaigns to end the death penalty once and for all. Woodford has undergone no sudden moral or religious conversion. As she puts it, the idea of killing someone “to prove it’s wrong to kill someone” never made any sense to her, even as she took her first job as a correctional officer at San Quentin fresh out of college, not many years after leaving the West Marin sheep ranch where she grew up. And among death row wardens in other states, she’s not alone in her opposition to capital punishment. The death penalty is dying out. It’s just too expensive. If Proposition 34 passes in November, California will become the 18th state to ban executions, and the ultimate punishment will become life without the possibility of parole. Taking over last year as executive director of the nonprofit Death Penalty Focus, Woodford is one of the leading voices behind the Yes on 34 campaign. The walls of her office, in a stately old building off San Francisco’s Market Street, display pictures and histories of men who spent years on death row before proving their innocence. I first met her at San Quentin, a 12 PACIFIC SUN OCTOBER 19 - OCTOBER 25, 2012

year or so after she became warden. She’s changed little over the years. Still attractive, still wearing her auburn hair short, with bangs. Same straightforward, no-nonsense style and ready smile. This is a woman who, at age 24, could talk down a drunken, combative felon and send him back to his cell like a contrite little boy.

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eral appeals process it takes about 12 years to find an attorney to take the case. So in the long run would doing this save money? Well, they never talk about saving money. It’s really about spending more money. When you have the death penalty involved, there’s no way for justice to be cheap. And other states find that too. The state of Texas has also concluded that the

And it’s also the first time that, instead of making an argument for morality, you’re talking about how much it costs. This is an argument about the facts. We now have a couple of reports that talk about the cost of the death penalty in California. In the report from the Commission on the Fair Administration of Justice, they concluded that we would have to spend at least $90 million more per year just to fix what is so broken about the death penalty. They made a number of recommendations and none of them have gone anywhere. Partly because there just isn’t the money to spend on it. What are you going to cut to fund this? Another report came from federal court Judge Arthur Alarcon, who believes in the death penalty, and Paula Mitchell, a Loyola Law School professor who does not believe in the death penalty. Their report concluded that since 1978 we’ve carried out 13 executions and spent $4 billion doing it. If we continue with the death penalty we will spend over $7 billion by 2030. And by replacing the death penalty we could save $184 million a year. Tell me about this $90 million a year to fix the death penalty. What is meant by “fixing” it? Well, that’s a curious thing, too, because they concluded that instead of it taking 25 or more years from conviction to execution, fixing it would take us to about 15 years from conviction to execution. So it still is an incredible amount of time. And here they’re talking about the appeals process, the habeas corpus process? All of that. It would require more lawyers, and lawyers are expensive. It would require more courtrooms, more judges. It would require moving the appeals process from the California Supreme Court down to the appellate review, with the California Supreme Court only taking the cases that they would deem appropriate, as opposed to now where it’s mandatory to go to the California Supreme Court. And it takes about five years to find an attorney to take a case to the state Supreme Court. And then to get to the fed-

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Since the death penalty was reinstated here in California, there have been a few ballot measures attempting to end it. Did any of them call for replacing it with life without the possibility of parole? No, this is the first time voters will have the option of replacing the death penalty with life without the possibility of parole.

death penalty is more expen expensive than life in prison without parole. While there are still executions in Texas, those are older cases. They’re actually reducing their use of the death penalty with newer cases because it is so expensive. And Texas is the poster child for executions. From a distance it looks that way. But in Texas they have found a number of people who were innocent on death row and it’s believed that two innocent people were executed. Across the country, we have over 100 death row inmates who have been exonerated. It looks like the financial argument against the death penalty is persuading more voters. But I saw a recent poll that showed that even though people say they would prefer life without the possibility of parole over the death penalty, the majority say they would vote against Prop. 34. It’s close. But it’s within the statistical margin of error—42 percent say they’ll vote for it, 45 percent say they’ll vote against it. And there’s a huge percent—13 percent— still undecided. But when they have the facts, the facts speak for themselves. To me, this is about public safety. We have a limited amount of public-safety dollars. And when we’re taking police off the street, when we still have crime labs across the state that can’t process rape kits, when we have homicides that are going unsolved—in California, on average, 46 percent of homicides and 56 percent of reported rapes go unsolved each year—and when you have those kinds of

statistics, you have to look at how we can do what really makes us safer. And what makes us safe is solving crimes. I really was concerned to read that in August, L.A.— which puts more people on death row than any other county in the state—L.A. said they didn’t have enough money to process fingerprints in all cases. So they were going to have to prioritize which fingerprints to process. Do you know h what happens when you stop solving crime? It solvin goes u up. So we have to make intell intelligent decis decisions about publ public-safety doll And, dollars. in tthis state, the death penalty really is equ equivalent to life without the th possibility of parole, b because th these cases ssit on death rrow forever or die of natural causes. We haven’t had an execution executi in over six years years, we’ve only had 13 execu executions with 729 people on death row. We’ve had nearly 100 death row inmates die by natural causes or suicide. We’ve had nearly 100 more, after years of appeals and retrials and costly litigation, end up with their sentences reduced to life without the possibility of parole or even life. It makes no sense to spend one more dime on the death penalty when that money can be put to something that can improve public safety for everyone in California. It seems to me that the reason it’s so hard to get the death penalty overturned is that there is a gut feeling that you’re fighting against. When people hear about horrific crimes, they want to see the monster punished. It’s a natural reaction. But we’ve talked to many victims in putting this proposition on the ballot. In fact in our own organization we have over 700 family members—most of them murder victim family members— who are opposed to the death penalty. And they’re opposed to the death penalty for a variety of reasons. Some had initially asked for the death penalty but after years of going through court retrials, reading about the case over and over again in the newspaper, they came to understand the burden on them. Others are opposed to the death penalty because the person who killed their loved one has not been found and they want the resources used to provide answers—to make California safer—not on the illusion of a death penalty. And still others have come to realize that the death penalty is really letting people off the hook too easily. We have a mother who lives in Sonoma County, her son was a police officer who was killed, and

she says she wants [the killer] to live to be 100 in that 4-by-9 cell and that putting a needle in his arm is just way too easy. One of the concerns I’ve heard from people who oppose Prop. 34 is that there’s no way to ensure that someone who has committed some horrific crime would not someday be released. Life without the possibility of parole is a very real punishment. We’ve had life without the possibility of parole as a punishment in this state since 1978 and everyone who has received that punishment still is in prison or has died in prison, except for one prisoner who was exonerated. There’s just no way that someone serving life without the possibility of parole can get out—unless they prove themselves innocent as Obie Anthony did. After serving 17 years, he was able to prove that he did not commit that murder. If he had gotten the death penalty he may not have had the opportunity to do that. The only way that life without the possibility of parole could get overturned is if the voters decided to do that, and I just don’t see that happening. Another argument I’ve heard opposing Prop. 34 is that it would eliminate the incentive for criminals to agree to plea bargains, to confess and to help the police find where the bodies are. Well, first of all, I’ve debated a number of DAs and they will all tell you that it is unethical to use the death penalty as a bargaining chip. I just recently debated a DA who said, “We absolutely do not do that in our county and I don’t know any DA who does.” So when you hear people say that, you have to wonder where they’re getting that information. Also, we have 17 states that do not have the death penalty and they don’t find that their ability to solve crimes is lessened at all, or that their court costs go up. Or that crime goes up? No, in fact, most of those states have lower crime rates than states that actually execute people. I saw a story in the San Francisco Chronicle that said that most condemned inmates have been opposing Prop. 34 because they don’t want to lose state funding for their habeas corpus appeals. And that made me wonder, is it possible that most condemned inmates actually believe they’ve been wrongly convicted? Or do they just feel that life on death row is cushier than it would be in the prison general population? I really don’t know what they think but I can just tell you from my own experience as the warden at San Quentin that if you are on death row you have a legal team for life, you have a single cell... [interrupting]...which I assume would be more appealing than sharing one... For many inmates, that’s much more 14> appealing. With life without the posOCTOBER 19 - OCTOBER 25, 2012 PACIFIC SUN 13

 

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You have said that the whole time you were serving as warden at San Quentin you were opposed to the death penalty. Did you have the same opinion before you got that position, when you worked as a correctional ofďŹ cer? Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve always been morally opposed to the death penalty. It never made sense to me that you kill someone to prove that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wrong to kill someone. I just donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t see how that can make anyone feel better about losing a loved one. But what makes me passionate about it is my absolute commitment to having the right public policy that utilizes our resources in the most effective way possible. I want to be sure that weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re doing the kinds of things in this state that reduce victimization and improve public safety. So what was it like to preside over executions when you always felt this way? When youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re working in Corrections, and certainly as warden, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re thinking about leading your staff through a process that is in compliance with the law of the state of California. And you teach yourself not to judge these laws. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re there to carry out the law. But it was your choice to take that job. Absolutely, it was my choice. I have talked to wardens around the country, most of whom do not believe in the death penalty, particularly wardens who have been involved in the execution process, and they all say the same thing: Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re there to carry out the law. Would you really want a warden who wants to kill people? [laughing] I see your point. If Prop. 34 passes... [interrupting] When Prop. 34 passes... ...what would be your next step? What would you do then? Well, in this state, one of our opponents could come back with another ballot measure, so we will be defending our win. In the last ďŹ ve years, one state each year has replaced the death penalty. California would be the 18th state to do so. And we are a national organization, so we will continue to work to replace the death penalty nationally. < Email Jill at jill-kramer@comcast.net.

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more soul to save. Namely, mine. According to Hayley, cheerleading is a God-given talent. Cheering for your school provides a foundation and fellowship for young girls, but it’s not about being popular and fitting in. The true purpose of cheerleading is becoming Christ’s disciple and bringing his word to others. Jeez. My high school had it all messed up. When I was a cheerleader, it was about dating football players, being the center of attention and jumping up high to show the world your panties. With Hayley’s peachesand-cream complexion, perfect smile and big blue eyes, she could have the quarterback, but she seems content with Christ. For more than five hours, I politely listened to why I wouldn’t go to heaven. Finally, I explained that Jews believe all former cheerleaders are going to heaven and assured her that if we were wrong, I had a back-up plan involving the Chosen People. By the time we landed, Hayley promised to pray for me and said she would ask her pastor about chosen Jews. As we hugged goodbye, I reminded her that in addition to referring to her cheerleading manual, she should occasionally take a gander at the Old Testament. With that ordeal finished, I now faced the most difficult one of my life. My brother and his wife picked me up at the tiny airport and drove me to the hospital. My strong, fit, brilliant father with an everpresent twinkle in his eye wasn’t there. Instead, a pale, frail man peered out from the sheets. From falling down just two stairs, my father became quadriplegic and confused. The doctor said that he suffered both a spinal cord and head injury. There is no way of knowing how much movement he would regain or what cognitive skills would return. I stayed with my dad until he fell asleep. The next morning, a perturbed charge nurse called. In the middle of the night, a nurse responded to alarms going off in my father’s room. There was Sol, leaning against his bed, wearing not a stitch of clothing, pulling out tubes and needles attached to his body. My brother and I high fived as the nurse sternly informed us that my father was being moved out of his private room and into a room in front of the attendant station. My father did a naked dance. I felt like doing one too. Sol can move. <

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ired of all the over-the-top commercialism of Halloween (what happened to that child-oriented happy holiday?), I sat in my house on the first rainy day of autumn thinking about other ways to experience the change from glorious October to chill November. Around the Northern Hemisphere people spend days and nights in search of an easy passage. Many countries have festivals with dramatic fires against dark skies: Japan’s Kurama Fire Festival in late October when people bear pine torches in the streets and illuminate the outsides of their homes; Punky Night in Britain where children, carrying lanterns made from hollowed pumpkins, walk from house to house, singing; France’s Fete des Sorcieres in Limoges on Oct. 31, which attracts as many as 30,000 people to a candle-lit costume parade. Religious holidays focus on the spirits of the dead by involving the living in rituals and traditions, from Day of the Dead throughout the Hispanic countries to Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights symbolizing the renewal of life. In Italy, November begins with two holy observances, Tutti Santi Ognissanti—All Saints Day—Nov. 1, and I Morti, All Souls Day, Nov. 2. Preparations for I Morti are made during the week preceding the holy times. Cemeteries are crowded with those who come to clean the tombs—sweeping, weeding, placing candles in glass holders at family gravesites. Flowers, almost inevitably chrysanthemums, are purchased along with potted plants, reminders of the vital world. The transition begins Oct. 31 when families gather for meals of autumn foods like roasted chestnuts, pumpkin ravioli, new-made wine. After dinner children are sent to bed and their parents hide gifts around the house to be discovered in the morning, supposedly brought to them by generous family spirits. Dining tables are left as is, food and all, in case returning ancestors are peckish; in Piemonte people place small bowls of minestrone made with ceci (chickpeas) on windowsills overnight as a welcoming gesture. Superstitions still remain. All Saints Day’s special services bring throngs to the churches. In Italy it is a national holiday and businesses are closed. While it’s a religious time, it isn’t somber. This is when sagre (food fairs) offer newly harvested foods like forest mushrooms and truffles and wild boar from hunters. There’s a bustle in the streets. On All Souls Day visits to cemeteries are part of the schedule as prayers are

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Many of the foods served during the octave (eight-day period) of All Souls have ancient associations, both pagan and Christian. Hardly any is as familiar as the dried bean that appears in soups, stews, side dishes and in shapes chosen for cookies and confections. The fava bean has been especially favored for ages; it’s a hearty plant that grows almost anywhere, bears in early spring, dries well and keeps well. Its physical traits inspire the imagination, too: the hollow stems that farmers thought conducted life force from earth to plant, the almost-black dots of color on the white blossom’s petals, so like bloodstains. Fave were the food of the poor; they were so plentiful they were even used as ballots in elections in Rome. They became associated with All Souls when monks in every cloister in Venice chose that day to set out cauldrons of cooked beans in their courtyards for anyone who chose to come fill their bowls. As Venice prospered the rich disdained the common beans but clever bakers devised beautiful little colored cakes made in their shape, including a hollow version that was used as a gift box. (It’s still customary to give such fave dolci to one’s girlfriend, with or without jewels inside.) There are countless variations on fava-shaped cookies: spiced, plain, soft, crunchy—but all of them have the characteristic form that looks like a large lima bean, sometimes with a slight pressed indentation (made with the baker’s thumb). Carol Field’s version from her brilliant work Celebrating Italy is a simple, delicious example.

Fave Dolci Makes 42 cookies 1 cup unpeeled almonds 1/2 cup sugar Grated zest of 1/2 lemon 1 egg 1 tablespoon rum 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves 1/2 cup unbleached all-purpose flour

Grind the almonds to a coarse powder in a nut grinder and pestle them with the sugar, or grind them with 2 or 3 tablespoons of the sugar in a food processor fitted with the steel blade. Add the remaining sugar and process to a very fine powder. Transfer to a large bowl and mix

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in the lemon zest, egg and rum; mix until blended. Add the spices and flour and stir until the dough is well blended. Divide the dough into four pieces. Flour a work surface very lightly and roll each piece into a log the width of a finger. Cut into 1-1/2-inch pieces and flatten them slightly. Place 1 inch apart on oiled or parchment-lined baking sheets. Baking: Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Bake just until barely browned, 16 to 18 minutes O



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Another ubiquitous sweet during All Souls-All Saints is a creation called ossa dei morti, bones of the dead. These macabresounding cookies are made from almonds, egg whites and sugar (with varied ingredients as well) and are shaped like skeletons or finger bones or tibia. They, too, come in countless variations and textures. The ones I prefer are really dense and crunchy and are delicious dipped into a glass of sweet wine (or even an espresso).

Ossa dei Morti 1-1/4 cup flour Pinch each ground cinnamon, ground cloves 2 cups brown sugar Juice of 1/2 medium lemon 2 egg whites, beaten 1/2 cup whole hazelnuts 1/2 cup coarsely ground almonds

In a big mixing bowl combine flour, spices, sugar, lemon juice and egg. Work in the nuts and spices with your hands and keep kneading until your dough is fairly firm. Roll the ball of dough into a rope slightly larger than your finger. Cut it into 2-inch sections. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter a cookie sheet, dust with flour and lay the cookies on it, not too close to one another. Bake for about 20 minutes. Allow cookies

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Here’s a chickpea-vegetable soup, Florentine style, vegetarian. Its colors are just right for fall, and it has plenty of earthy flavors. If you make it in advance, be sure to add water when reheating; add the cheese just before serving. Don’t even think of leaving it on the windowsill!

Minestrone alla Fiorentina Serves 6-9 1/4 cup olive oil 2 medium onions, thinly sliced 1-1/2 drained canned (seeded) plum tomatoes 1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh thyme or 1/2 teaspoon dried 8 cups water 2 medium carrots, peeled, thinly sliced 2 medium ribs celery (with leaves), thinly sliced 2 large potatoes, peeled, in 1/2-inch cubes 2 cups thinly sliced red cabbage 1 can (15-1/2 ounces) chickpeas, rinsed and drained 1/4 cup finely chopped flat-leaf parsley Salt and freshly-ground black pepper to taste 3/4 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese

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FROM EDUCATIONAL TO INSPIRATIONAL Hop on the fall food train, everybody, there’s pleasure ahead! Menus filled with autumn ingredients are showing up at stations all over, so take advantage of them. Oct. 24, 6:30-8:30pm: From Marin County to the White House is the theme of an evening of discussion and dining at Servino Ristorante in Tiburon. A solution-oriented talk centered on the evolution of the organic food movement will take place between Warren Weber, founder of Star Route Farms, and Helge Hellberg, host of Marin Organic’s Organic Conversation Series. The five-course dinner will be made from local foods. Cost is $85 per person (includes tax, gratuity and wine pairing); a portion of the proceeds benefits Marin Organic. Make reservations at the restaurant, 415/435-2676... Oct. 25, 7-8:30pm: The saucy sommelier and media personality known as Ziggy the Wine Gal will star at a Fresh Starts Chef Event at Novato’s Next Key Center. Under her guidance guests will taste a different wine with each of six small plates of food, learning about the nuances and complementary aspects of the selected vintages. The cost is $45 per person, which covers all the wines, the food and a special dessert. Tickets are available at http://bit. ly/FSCScooks, or 415/382-3363, ext. 213... Throughout the month of October: The Tavern at Lark Creek in Larkspur hosts its Pinot Noir and Wild Mushroom Festival, saluting emblematic fall flavors. Mushrooms of all shapes and sizes from huge cepes to tiny candy caps (so sweet they’re used in desserts) appear in dishes like New York steak with a forest mushroom sauce, oven-roasted flatbread covered in mushrooms, and rich warming bisque. Special bottles of the red wine make perfect accompaniments (also available by the glass). Reservations: 415/94-7766...Nov. 1, all day: Follow the sidewalk chalk art and bright marigolds into Sausalito’s Copita for a Day of the Dead celebration. Sous chef and head gardener for the restaurant Dilsa Lugo will make her mother’s pan de morto, a traditional bread, to place on the altar created for the day. She and owner Joanne Weir have created a Mexican menu for Dia de los Muertos with foods associated with the holiday—posole with chicken, beans and cheese in banana-leaf tamales, spit-roasted turkey with San Juan mole in tacos; 415/331-7400. A GRATIFYING DIY PROJECT This is the right time of year to take up indoor pursuits and what could be more reward18 PACIFIC SUN OCTOBER 19 - OCTOBER 25, 2012

›› THAT TV GUY

by Rick Polito

FRIDAY, OCT. 19 Major League Baseball The Giants are in St. Louis for Game 5 of the National League championship against the Cardinals.The series could end tonight. Adjust your beer budget accordingly. Fox.4:30pm. Paranormal Paparazzi Examining reports of a UFO spotted off the Jersey Shore.This was New Jersey so it had rust spots on the fenders and it was blasting Springsteen. Travel Channel. 7pm. Saw II A thoughtful sequel attempts to answer some of the existential questions left hanging at the end of the first film. (2005) IFC. 7:45pm. The Lost Boys Corey Feldman and Corey Haim battle New Wave vampires in a movie that went down in film history of as one of just two“two Corey”films. (1987) VH1.10pm.

Marky Mark and George Clooney realize they’ll forever be associated with a tiresome cliché, Sunday at 10. Gal syrah syrah: Ziggy’s pouring next week in Novato.

ing than making your own beer? With the proper equipment, helpful guidance and four to six weeks of waiting, you can have your very own homebrewed masterpiece. The place to go for the goods is J&M Brewing Supplies in Novato, which opened in the spring. Owners Joe Capone (whose day work is in the biotechnology field) and Grammy-winning sound engineer Marty Wall can set you up with all you need at their establishment, which has become a hangout for like-minded home brewers. They have recently introduced supplies for home cheesemaking, as well. Located at 101 Roblar Drive, Suite C; 451/883-7300. OUT OF THE ORDINARY POURS Perfectly suited for ghostly celebrations, two fun wines are available for pairing with party foods. Dearly Beloved Wines of Ukiah brought out its Forever Red last year and is following it up this season with I Thee Red, a 2011Central Coast blend. The label screen-printed directly on the bottle is blood red (what else?), a Mexican folk-art skull that covers most of the front. If your party is a bit more sophisticated, Michael David Winery of Lodi offers Incognito, an award-winning white blend (Best of Class at the California State Fair and the 2012 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition). Its bottle is decorated with a simple white Venetian-like eye-mask, pretty flirty. < Contact Pat at patfusco@sonic.net.

SATURDAY, OCT. 20 Eat Pray Love A divorcee travels to India, Italy and Bali, exploring her consciousness, her identity, her life and the credit limit on her AmEx. (2010) USA Network. 8pm A Nanny’s Revenge A young woman wrangles a job as a nanny to the family of a wealthy man she believes was responsible for the deaths of her parents.We don’t know what form her revenge takes but we can imagine sugar before bedtime and buying the entire Justin Bieber collection. (2012) Lifetime.8pm I Married Who? A bride in Las Vegas for her bachelorette party wakes up after a wild night married to a movie star. This complicates plans with her original fiance. The movie star’s agent insists holding auditions for the second little man on the wedding cake. (2012) Hallmark Channel. 10pm. SUNDAY, OCT. 21 Finding

threatened by a ubiquitous cliche. (2000) Sundance Channel. 10pm. U n d e r e m p l oye d This drama follows the lives of a group of recent college graduates who set out to take on the world, or at least the part of the world that is in their parents’spare room. MTV.11pm.

MONDAY, OCT. 22 Hannibal If you’ve been keeping count, there are at least six Hannibal Lecter films.We’re still waiting for the animated Fox sitcom. (2001) SyFy.5:30pm. Presidential Debate The third and final debate focuses on foreign affairs and will touch on at least a few countries Mitt Romney hasn’t hidden money in. A bunch of channels. 6pm. Halloween 4:The Return of Michael Myers At this point you’d think they’d install a proper lock on his cell door. (1988) AMC.8pm.

TUESDAY, OCT. 23 Cities of the Underworld Exploring an underground complex Adolf Hitler had built under Prague with shag carpet, wood paneling and a foosball table with little mustaches on the players. History Channel.7pm. The Manchurian Candidate A Gulf War veteran suspects a fellow veteran running for vice president was brainwashed.This is different from the Paul Ryan bio-pic,“The Munster-ian Candidate.”(2004) Sundance Channel.9pm. WEDNESDAY, OCT. 24 Animal Practice The clinic stages a pet costume contest. Keep in mind, these are Hollywood pets and they had to get approval from their personal stylist. NBC. 8pm. Money from Strangers In this show, the host offers people on the street $1,000 to pull pranks on other unsuspecting people in public. So at least now we know the going rate for personal dignity. MTV. 7:30pm. Sausage Paradise You can make up your own joke here as long as it doesn’t include the words“that’s what she said.”Travel Channel.10pm. THURSDAY, OCT. 25 The

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Bigfoot: Further Evidence Cryptozoologists examine reports of a baby bigfoot in New York. Raising a baby bigfoot in New York is expensive and it makes the private school application process that much more complicated. Animal Planet.6pm. I Was Mummified A scientist performs the mummification process on a man who donated his body to the project while terminally ill. His only request:“Do something about my love handles while you’re at it.”Discovery Channel.9pm. The Perfect Storm The crewmembers of a fishing boat face perilous conditions, their lives

million if they can survive a night in a spooky abandoned insane asylum. As we recall, the theaters were offering free popcorn if you made it through the second reel. (1999) AMC.6pm. Bride of Chucky The devil doll from Child’s Play is back and this time he’s got a wife. But he’s disappointed when he finds out“DD” refers to her batteries. (1998) USA Network. 9pm. What’s the Earth Worth? It’s really a“fixerupper”at this point. History Channel.9pm. < Critique That TV Guy at letters@pacificsun.com.

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utside, the klieg lights were lit. Inside, champagne corks popped at a pre-show reception and former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown warmed up an overďŹ&#x201A;ow crowd of celebrities, local press, donors, actors, stage directors, designers, techies, company administrators and the unconnected curious with his trademark banter. Everyone was in a celebratory mood last weekend for an event that until a few months ago few could have imagined was possible. Thanks to a major gift from the estate of Walter Casper Teufel Jr. (whose name now graces the auditorium), tiny, family-run SF Playhouse capped its remarkable 10-year rise from total obscurity into one of the Bay Areaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most popular small theaters by moving from ultra-cramped quarters on Sutter Street Historians say Jackson really rocked out after signing the to a comfortable, mid-size (250-500 seats, depending on need) facility in the Elks Build- Indian Removal Act. ing at 450 Post, just around the corner from Bloody Andrew Jackson. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a sprawling, rowUnion Square. If all goes well, its presence in the downtown theater district should provide dy musical in a style that has been dubbed â&#x20AC;&#x153;emo rock,â&#x20AC;? a mix of satire, irony, punk, a welcome boost to the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cultural scene. For this inaugural production, Playhouse farce, outrageous humor, sex and idealized founders Bill English and Susi Damilano se- emotion that, in its boundless contradictions, lected a vehicle that simultaneously reďŹ&#x201A;ects the mirrors the qualities of its central character. companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mission of bringing people togeth- For 90 minutes without intermission, pauser to develop a sense of community and shows ing only for an occasional song, director Jon off their capacious new space. On both scores, Tracyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s high-energy young cast leaps and Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, a rock mu- dances under and upon designer Nina Ballâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sical that was warmly received when it played impressive arched scaffold set. I must admit to not being overly fond of New Yorkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Public Theater in 2009 and went on to a brief Broadway run the following year, the emo rock format. Too loud, too frenetic, is a good choice. Of course, there will be some too little room for real character developwho ďŹ nd its political messageâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;an indictment ment. In the title role, for example, Ashkon of Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s European settlersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; reliance on Davaran has very few quiet momentsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; the doctrine of Manifest Destiny to justify mostly with his wife, sensitively played by Angel Burgessâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;to ďŹ&#x201A;esh out what amounts to genocide who the real Jackson was, of the native populationâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; so we only get what may offensive, but they will likely NOW PLAYING well be a caricature. It seems be lonesome souls here in Bloody Bloody Andrew to me that its emotional liberal Northern CaliJackson runs through impact (from which the fornia. Nov. 24 at the San Francisco Playhouse, 450 Post St., S.F. genre derives its name) is This countryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s presidents Information: 415/677-9596 undercut by all the distracthave had their sex and ďŹ or sfplayhouse.org. ing activity and musical nancial scandals, but was numbers are lost in the din there ever an occupant of of ampliďŹ ed percussion. the White House who deOn the other hand, new ďŹ ed customary decorum so openly in both his personal and public life? generations breed new aesthetics and it will Born and nurtured on what was then the be interesting to see whether rock musicals, western frontier in Tennessee, Jackson devel- which made an auspicious entrance with the oped a festering anger toward members of the â&#x20AC;&#x2122;60s Hair, can ��Ź nd a form that retains vitality Eastern Establishment who scorned his rustic- without sacriďŹ cing genuine human sentiity. To overcome them he became the peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ment. Meanwhile, Bloody Bloody Andrew tribune, ďŹ ercely loyal to friends and family, vi- Jackson remains an imperfect, but artful excious toward an enemies list (including nearly periment and an excellent showpiece for the San Francisco Playhouseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s welcome addition all Indians) that dwarfed Richard Nixonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. to Bay Area theater. < It is this rich biographical material that Contact Charles Brousse at cbrousse@juno.com composer/lyricist Michael Friedman and playwright Alex Timbers explore in Bloody

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›› MUSiC

A feis start Fairfax hosts an Irish feast of music—and that ain’t no blarney! by G r e g Cahill

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usic is woven into the brightly hued ic-rock pioneer Roky Erickson. tapestry of Fairfax, which boasts In the ’80s, after the punks took over the three bustling music venues in its Sleeping Lady, the Velvet Underground’s John small downtown and a vibrant cultural hisCale took the stage there, as did the Violent tory. Femmes, Green on Red and a host of other In the mid-’60s, the Grateful Dead and Jef- influential punk and indie-rock bands. ferson Airplane faced off at a legendary ball Last year, the town was transformed into game in the town’s Central Field—the same an Irish village with the debut of the Fairfax site where, during the Prohibition Era, San Feis (pronounced “fesh”), a two-day festival Francisco families and day-trippers (some devoted to Irish music and dance celebrated lubricated on locally bootlegged libations) at the Fairfax Pavilion and in a half-dozen gathered on weekends to picnic and listen to local bars, cafes and restaurants. concerts. “Last year was kind of an experiment,” A decade later, jazz piano great Vince says Irish musician, Feis co-founder and San Guaraldi used to stroll down from his hillside Anselmo resident Cormac Gannon, his soft pad to play unannounced at the original brogue belying his roots in County Mayo in Sleeping Lady Cafe, the cue for the Sunday western Ireland. “But the whole idea of using morning cooks to start the town of Fairfax and puthis breakfast. ting different Irish bands in COMING SOON Around that same those great musical venues The second annual Fairfax time, Neil Young and and in the Pavilion went Feis will be held Oct. 19-21. Crazy Horse test-drove really well. Ticket prices range from a $10 a road show at the long“The town definitely single-day multi-venue pass to defunct Fairfax nightclub fi lled up at night.” a $45 weekend pass. Complete River City—the Jerry It went so well, in fact, schedule and ticket information Garcia Band played there that Gannon—who hosts is available at FairfaxFeis.com. as well, as did psychedela weekly Irish jam session

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at the revived Sleeping Lady—and his partner, David Smadbeck—an owner of the cafe and co-president of the Fairfax Chamber of Commerce—have decided to expand the festival to three days. This weekend’s events, from Oct. 19-21, will be held at the Fairfax Pavilion, the Sleeping Lady, 19 Broadway, Nave’s Bar, Iron Springs Brew Pub, Fairfax Coffee Roastery, Sorella Cafe and Revolution 9. The Feis is loosely based on the Fleadh Cheoils (literally “a feast of music”), a series of local and regional festivals and competitions held each year throughout Ireland and culminating in a final round of musicians and dancers competing for an all-Ireland title. “We’re not doing the competition side, just the festival aspect,” Gannon says. The lineup draws from top Irish artists, as well as the vibrant Irish and Irish-American community that resides in the Bay Area. The co-headliners include Irish folk singer Sean Tyrrell, who describes himself as hailing from the “slower moving West of Ireland” and who grew up immersed in the music of his native Galway; Irish singer and con-

Cormac Gannon, second from left in the back, and his band the Gas Men bring their traditional Irish sounds to this weekend’s Feis.

certina player Anne Kirrane; and flute and whistle virtuoso Laurence Nugent. Also featured are Dublin singer Ken O’Malley, now based in Los Angeles; and Todd Denman, a San Francisco uilleann pipe player who seldom performs in concert. In a much-anticipated pairing, Denman will join fiddler and singer Lucia Comnes. Other highlights include mandolin ace Marla Fibish and guitarist Bruce Victor, Culann’s Hounds and the award-winning Comhaltas Set Dancers. Local acts include Gannon’s own band, The Gas Men, guitarist John Pedersen (owner of the local Amazing Grace music store), the Sleeping Lady Session Players, and the new Marin-based group the Pure Drops, among others. “The amazing thing about the North Bay and the Bay Area in general is that there are so many great groups here you almost don’t need to go any further,” Gannon says. “We have 10 or 12 Bay Area groups.” The San Francisco Irish Pipers Band will parade through town Saturday at 10:30am, starting from the parking lot of Good Earth Natural Foods, at the corner of Center Boulevard and Pastori Avenue, and walking along Broadway Avenue to the Fairfax Pavilion. “You can hear them half-a-mile away,” Gannon laughs. What does he hope audiences—Irish and non-Irish alike—will take away from the Feis? “The community aspect of it,” he says thoughtfully. “The thing about Irish music, and I suppose jazz is somewhat similar, is that you can actually sit in at a jam session and play. So if you come to the Sleeping Lady on a Sunday and you know a jig or a reel then you can sit in and play it with the other musicians. “It’s a community affair.” <

›› CiNEMARiN Movies in the county that Hollywood couldn’t tame…

›› MADE IN MARiN a l o o k a t t h e m o v i e s M a r i n m a d e f a m o u s

A ‘Colonel’ of truth ‘Blimp’ a masterpiece—though it first went over like a lead zeppelin by M at t hew St af for d

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t its simplest level The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943) is the story of an old man and how he got that way, but like any great work of creative expression its underlying themes are abundant, rich and potent. Britain’s Ministry of Information, which tried to suppress it, thought the film contained a “dangerous over-complication of ideas.” Winston Churchill himself called it “a foolish production” and “propaganda detrimental to the morale,” probably because in taking on the overarching question of what England was fighting for during World War II—and having the goofy courage to ask it in the middle of the war itself—the film refuses to offer easy answers and is therefore blissfully, or infuriatingly, open to interpretation. Even C.A. Lejeune, England’s top contemporary film critic, wondered in the pages of The Observer, “What is it really about?” It’s about 40 years in the life of Clive Wynne-Candy, a British Army officer whose career stretches from the Boer War of the early 20th century to the Nazi blitzkrieg of the 1940s. The writing-producing-directing team of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger said that the film was based on a line of dialogue cut from a previous film in which an aging man says to a younger one, “You don’t know what it’s like to be old.” But the film’s official inspiration was Col. Blimp, a cartoon character drawn by satirist David Low: a caricature of the pompous, xenophobic, reactionary Englishman. Powell and Pressburger upend the caricature, though, by guiding us through Candy’s meandering, bittersweet life, letting us appreciate his affable, self-effacing, old-school qualities and damning the bloody new century that has betrayed him. Powell and Pressburger, who made 24 films together (most of them for their own

‘I hope he’s tender’ –Clive Candy, responding to news that he’s having the Bishop for lunch

production company, The Archers), were often dismissed as the juicy, overripe, occasionally vulgar inferiors of more restrained Brit contemporaries like Carol Reed and David Lean; but if you like the color and magic and sheer theatrics of Lautrec and Minnelli and Baz Luhrmann you’ll love The Archers’ 1940s masterpieces. Generally Pressburger, an erudite Jewish Hungarian emigre who arrived in England via Romania, Germany and France, fashioned the screenplays, handled the production details and oversaw the editing while Powell, the brash, naughty, vaguely eccentric Englishman, took on the bulk of the directing. Together they made movies (e.g., I Know Where I’m Going!, A Matter of Life and Death, Black Narcissus and The Red Shoes) that are still supple and vibrant and as dark, challenging, complex and ambivalent as life itself. Their fruitful relationship is reflected in the friendship between the brisk, convivial Clive Candy and Theo Kretschmar-Schuldorff, a wry, cultivated German military man; they meet for the first time in a school gymnasium just before they are to duel one another in a scene rife with tension, wit and proto-nationalist satire. (David Mamet called the sequence—the film’s unquestioned centerpiece—“my idea of perfection.”) The two men forge a bond in which Theo’s melancholy wisdom and empathy are a perfect counterpart to Clive’s childlike bonhomie, a bond that endures across four decades as Clive is shunted about by the vagaries of life, fate, old age and his inflexible code of honor and the Nazis despoil Theo’s homeland and brainwash his sons. Roger Livesey’s performance as Clive Candy brims with charm, naivete, warmth and sadness; this was the apex of his halfcentury acting career. (The Archers’ first

Is that Ethan Hawke arriving for jury duty at the Civic Center? No, it’s a scene from Gattaca, the 1997 sci-fi movie set in the not-too-distant future, which follows Vincent (Hawke), a space-program maintenance worker who dreams of being an astronaut. A mandatory reading of Vincent’s genetic code at birth revealed a weakened heart that rendered him ineligible for the space program. But in defiance of societal constructs, he assumes the identity of an “ideal” physical specimen (Jude Law) who was recently crippled in an accident in order to infiltrate the program and be chosen for space flight. Director Andrew Niccol used Frank Lloyd Wright’s mid-20th century modernist architecture to convey a sense of efficiency and perfection in the film’s futuristic setting. A major theme in Gattaca is the question as to whether perfection—in buildings like the Civic Center, or people like the supposedly “flawed” Vincent—can ever truly be predetermined.—Jason Walsh

choice, that showoffy Laurence Olivier, would’ve upended the film’s delicate structure.) Theo is played by the magnetic Anton Walbrook with all the melancholy elegance at his command, and the Ministry of Information couldn’t have been happy that the wisest, most empathetic character in the film is a German. The other lead character, Edith, the woman Clive loves and loses to Theo and then to death, is played by the luminous young Deborah Kerr in three recurring manifestations; as Clive ages, she remains distressingly young and vibrant. The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp is one of the more grown-up films you’re likely to come across because, as with Grand Illusion and a few other masterpieces, it recognizes that people aren’t absolutely good or absolutely bad but are a compendium of facets, prejudices and experiences: the obverse of the good guys/bad guys comic-book mentality that’s dominated moviemaking since the late 1970s. After the film’s original 163minute running time was cut for its (long delayed, thanks to Churchill) American release, it was cut again for television and even shown in black-and-white instead of in its dazzling and evocative three-strip Technicolor, which is a little like watching Casablanca with the sound turned off. Happily, one of the film’s great champions, Martin Scorsese,

spearheaded a recent digital restoration of the original negative (Oscar-winning editor Thelma Schoonmaker, Powell’s widow, was a supervising consultant), and this sweeping, challenging two-hour-and-43-minute banquet of a movie will be shown at the Rafael on Oct. 19, 21 and 23. What it’s really about is up to you. < Tell Matt what it’s about at mstafford@pacificsun.com.

Powell, left, and Pressburger made 24 films together from 1939 to 1972. OCTOBER 19– OCTOBER 25, 2012 PACIFIC SUN 21

›› TALKiNG PiCTURES

Steele this movie To comedian Johnny Steele, a good political film is no laughing matter by Davi d Te mp l e ton

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like political movies,” says humorHe immediately mentions Fail-Safe, ist Johnny Steele, citing classic Henry Fonda’s 1964 thriller about an favorites like All the President’s American president who faces an array Men, The Manchurian Candidate and Dr. of unhappy decisions after accidentally Strangelove. “But then, I really like scary bombing the USSR. movies, too. Of course, these days most “Any way you look at it,” he laughs, political movies are scary movies, because “that movie is scary. This guy has to politics has become absolutely terrifying.” bomb New York City to save the country Steele will be appearing this Saturday from annihilation. It’s brutal.” night at the Osher Marin Jewish CommuBrutal...but entertaining? nity Center in an event plainly and clearly “Oh yeah,” he laughs, “Fail-Safe is titled “An Evening of ‘Mostly’ Political great!” Comedy.” Presented by the Kanbar Center “Have you seen Argo yet?” I ask, menfor the Performing Arts and the Other tioning Ben Affleck’s sensational new Cafe Comedy Showcase, thriller about the 1979 the show features comeIranian hostage crisis. In COMING SOON dian-juggler Michael Dathe film, Affleck plays a An Evening of vis, SNL and The Onion CIA agent who concocts “Mostly” Political Comedy contributing writer Mike a loopy cover story— Saturday, Oct. 20, at Drucker, comic (and awardconvincing the Iranians 8:30pm, at the Osher winning air guitarist) Alex that he is in the country Marin Jewish Community Koll, political satirist Scott scouting locations for a Center, 200 N. San Pedro Blakeman and, of course, science fiction film—in Rd., San Rafael. Call the box Steele, who will be bringorder to smuggle out six office at 415/444-8000 or ing his agreeably gruff and diplomats who escaped visit marinjcc.org. playfully discontented dethe American Embassy meanor to the stage as the when angry students took master of ceremonies. over the complex, hold“There’s going to be ing 52 Americans for 444 days. some stand-up comedy, some political Steele hasn’t seen it. humor—most of it leaning a bit to the “I’m kind of ADD,” he says. “I keep left—and beyond that, it’s hard to describe meaning to do things, but then I get what’s going to happen because, honestly, distracted. I’m very easily sidetracked. anything could happen. Some of these You may have noticed from the way this comics are pretty irreverent, some are old and classy, some are young and ballsy. But conversation has been going. I have a when you’ve got guys like Mitt Romney lot of thoughts, all at once, and I have a and Paul Ryan running for president, lot of ideas and make a lot of plans, but there is no end to the material you can then...I get sidetracked. make jokes out of. It’s going to be a very “Um. What were we talking about?” important election, but there’s no reason he asks. “Oh, right. Movies! I end up we can’t have a little fun with it.” watching most of my movies at home, Given Steele’s position as ringmaster to this circus of political comedy, I called him because it’s just easier.” “Do you prefer political movies? up to talk about some of the most memoComedies? Horror movies?” rable political movies of all time.

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The ‘easily sidetracked’ comic.

“I avoid comedies,” he says, “because as a the most amiable, likable, kindhearted comedian, I can’t relax with a comedy. I feel guy who ever lived,” Steele recalls, “and like I’m still working, analyzing the jokes, et- then suddenly I’m watching A Face in the cetera. I do like smart horror films, though I Crowd, and there’s Opie’s dad, good old miss the old days when the monster turned Andy Griffith, playing a politician who’s out to be some old guy in a suit scaring people the most deceitful, manipulative son-of-aaway so he can find the buried treasure. Nowa- bitch in America—and it instantly became days, in horror movies, the monsters are real my favorite movie. It was so incredible, and everybody dies. That’s kind of depressing. this guy who was successfully presenting Of course, thenhimself as a man there are the nonof the people, horror movies but he secretly that have a lot of thought the horror elements people were all in them, like... fools and idiots Easy Rider! Two and rubes. fun-loving hip“What’s scary pies, looking for is how topiAmerica on their cal that movie motorcycles, and still is,” he says. suddenly, for no “What’s scary reason, somebody is, we have a shoots them both Seeing Opie’s dad play ‘the most deceitful son-of-a-bitch in America’ candidate who’s dead. That’s kind ranks among the highlights of Steele’s life. got a real shot at of horrifying. the White House, “And then there’s Midnight Cowboy,” he who’s changed his position 180 degrees on adds. “I love that movie, but then Ratso dozens and dozens of issues, telling people Rizzo dies on the bus. He doesn’t even whatever they want to hear. Obviously, make it to Florida. It’s very sad, the futility that’s what he’s doing. Just like what Andy of life. But then, I kind of identify with Griffith was doing in A Face in the Crowd that movie because my career died as soon however many years ago. The minute the as I got to Florida. The fast-talking comic microphone goes off, Andy’s badmouthing from San Francisco didn’t do so well at the idiots he knows he’s fooling—and it’s Coconut Grove Improv—but them’s the happening in this election! And it’s workbreaks. ing! That’s scary!” “What were we talking about?” “Not particularly funny, but...” I point Back to political movies, one of Steele’s out. favorite politically themed movies of all “It’s not funny,” Steele agrees. “And that’s time is Elia Kazan’s 1957 drama A Face in what’s so funny about it.” < the Crowd, starring Andy Griffith, Walter Satirize David at talkpix@earthlink.net. Matthau and Patricia Neal. “I grew up watching The Andy Griffith It’s your movie, speak up at ›› pacificsun.com Show, a show where Andy Griffith played

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are considered fairly sophisticated, but they turned on their bygone juices when Nicks stepped from her limo onto the red carpet in front of the Rafael Film Center. For those of you soooo young you think Fleetwood Mac is a Cadillac with a computer, the onetime Menlo-Atherton High School and San Jose State University student has collectively produced more than 40 Top 50 hits, sold more than 140 million albums, and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998. Chatting openly and at a mile-a-minute with strangers after the film, she talked about recently losing her mother, whom she still “calls on” for advice, about leading (by choice) a rather cloistered life, and about her battles to overcome cocaine addiction and dependency on tranquilizers. She confessed to having “the best time in rehab—because it’s real” and said it is a lot more challenging to get up in front of 10,000 people when you’re sober. Yeah. We can identify with that... High Noon: During a noontime screening of The Sinners, co-producer/screenwriter Sam Gharibian quickly dispelled the notion that his film, a cop thriller from Iran no less, signaled a loosening up of hard-screws censorship associated with his government. “It’s actually worse than ever,” he said. “Maybe the theater owner doesn’t like the ending. Or Hezbollah doesn’t like the way the women are dressed. I can show somebody using drugs, but we can’t show (a lock of) a woman’s hair. We submitted the script and the censorship office didn’t like the final scene. So I literally wrote something in two minutes right there and they approved it. After we finished shooting, they told us to take out the final scene.” The film has yet to be shown in Iran (and will it ever?) but is on its way from Mill Valley to the fest in the Windy City...John Hawkes tells us that to prepare for his role in The Sessions, in which he plays Mark O’Brien, the late Berkeley poet who spent most of his life in an iron lung, he did more than 100 hours of research (including reading O’Brien’s poetry and his book, How I Became a Human Being, viewing Jessica Yu’s documentary Breathing Lessons and learning how to type with a mouth stick). By contrast, for his

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part as a terrifying cult leader in Martha Marcy May Marlene, he did practically no research. Oh... Many years ago, in a galaxy far far away, we were mesmerized by a performance by an unknown actor in an off-off-off Broadway play called The Journey of the Fifth Horse and had the good fortune to talk with him after the show. His name was (and still is) Dustin Hoffman and he seemed very much at this festival as he was back then—unassuming, self-deprecating and strikingly charismatic. Asked what it feels like now to be a magna-star, he replied, “It’s always a disquieting feeling for me to be thought of that way because I feel separate from celebrity and I just want to do good work.” To an enthralled audience at the tribute screening of his first directorial effort, The Quartet, he reminisced a bit about those early days when he, Robert Duvall and Gene Hackman hung out together in Manhattan. “We were all struggling,” he said, “and we were all studying with extraordinary teachers—Stella Adler, Sandy Meisner and Lee Strasberg. And we would fight among us about who was the best [Hoffman studied with Strasberg].” But on a night celebrating his tremendous success, Hoffman talked a lot about failure. “There is a narrow distance between success and failure,” he explained. “After shooting The Graduate I was back in New York collecting unemployment. [Director] Mike Nichols had screenings of it and people told him, ‘You would’ve had a great film if you didn’t miscast the lead.’ They wanted Robert Redford. I think Nichols cast me because he was casting himself in the part. The more original you are, the less chance you have of getting hired. Directors want to play it safe, [do] something they’ve seen before. But we had such an arrogance and a derisiveness against being derivative. I’m reminded of a line by

Samuel Beckett: “Fail. Fail. Fail. And then fail better!” Meanwhile, David O. Russell, who wrote the screenplay for his don’tmiss-it opening night film Silver Linings Playbook, reminded us that the original material for his story came from a novel that was given to him by the late Sydney Pollack, who directed Hoffman in Tootsie and played his perplexed agent in one of the movie’s funniest scenes. As for Playbook male lead Bradley Cooper’s reaction to Russell’s writing: “I read a very scary script and thought I was totally wrong for the role,” he said. And that, folks, is what the movies are all about... Well, get some sleep. It’s only 11 months until the box office opens again. < Hoffman’s been failing better and better since 1969.

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ntroduced at the 35th Mill Valley Film Festival as “arguably the most watched filmmaker in the history of motion pictures,” multi-award-winning documentary director Ken Burns noted that the city of New York is among his most ardent “watchers,” having “subpoenaed all our notes, papers and outtakes for Central Park Five,” his film about the city’s rush to judgment to arrest and condemn five black youths for the rape and brutal beating of a white female jogger. Burns, whose docs include the 11-hour Civil War, the 15-hour The War (about World War II) and the 18-hour Baseball, says, “I love the fact that I do really, really long films and people write me every day to tell me what I left out. ‘You will rot in hell for not including more on (’60s Minnesota Twins slugger) Harmon Killebrew or the ’40s (St. Louis) Cardinals.’ Honestly, that’s what I get.” Isn’t it heartwarming to know those who have no idea what it takes to make a film can be so appreciative? Senior Squeals: If you think 64-year-old mystical songstress Stevie Nicks has seen better days, you weren’t at the full house for her documentary In Your Dreams, during which viewers—many of whom we’re guessing have grandchildren—were bouncing out of their seats and shrieking the way they did for Elvis decades ago. MVFF audiences

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Matt O’Leary and Jacob Wysocki rock the house in ‘Fat Kid Rules the World,’ opening Friday at the Rafael. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (2:07) Classic Disney version of the Jules Verne novel stars James Mason as Captain Nemo, a mad scientist with a fantastic subaquatic pad; Kirk Douglas brings the macho. O Alex Cross (1:42) A serial killer pushes detective squad psychologist Tyler Perry into a personal and professional quagmire in a skillful game of cat and mouse. O Argo (2:00) Ben Affleck directs and stars in the true-life story of the Iran hostage crisis and an unbelievable covert operation to rescue six American prisoners. O Atlas Shrugged: Part 2 (1:52) Ayn Rand libertarian epic about a society gone mad, a powerful motor that could save the globe and a mysterious fella named John Galt. O The Bride of Frankenstein (1:15) James Whale’s darkly comic “Frankenstein” sequel is even better than the original, with Elsa Lanchester as Karloff ’s laboratory-crafted girlfriend; Ernest Thesiger steals the show as Dr. Pretorius. O Creature from the Black Lagoon 3D (1:20) The grade-B horror thriller about an Amazon Basin gill man is back and digitally restored to its original three-dimensional splendor; music by Henry Mancini! 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 Fat Kid Rules the World (1:38) Bittersweet teenage dramedy about the unlikely friendship between a morose fat kid and a cool rocker dropout. O Frankenstein (1:11) James Whale’s oddly poetic 1931 horror classic about a scientist who brings a corpse to life; Boris Karloff gives an unexpectedly poignant performance as the monster. O Frankenweenie (1:27) Animated Tim Burton horror comedy about a young genius who brings his beloved pooch back to life; SCTV’s Martin Short and Catherine O’Hara provide the voices. O Halloween (1:41) John Carpenter cult horror flick about a deranged killer on the loose costars Jamie Lee Curtis as a plucky babysitter. O Here Comes the Boom (1:45) Wrestlerturned-middle-aged biology teacher Kevin James returns to the ring as a mixed martial arts fighter to raise money for his high school music program, much to the astonishment of school nurse Salma Hayek. O Hotel Transylvania (1:31) Brouhaha results when an ordinary guy crashes a party attended by Frankenstein, the Wolfman and other spooky types at a monsters-only resort run by Dracula himself. O The Levi Effect: The Story of Levi Leipheimer (2:10) The pro cyclist (and alleged O

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juicer) discusses his racing career and his philanthropic causes and activities. O The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (2:43) Complex, richly satisfying Powell-Pressburger epic about the life and times of a British military man (the great Roger Livesey). 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 The Master (2:17) Much-anticipated Paul Thomas Anderson drama about the Kane-like founder of a Scientology-ish religious sect; Philip Seymour Hoffman stars. O The Paperboy (1:17) Journalist Matthew McConaughey investigates the conviction of a Death Row inmate and falls for the con’s penpal sweetheart (Nicole Kidman). O Paranormal Activity 4 (1:24) The suburbs get even spookier when one of those single moms moves into the neighborhood. 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 Presidential Debate (1:30) Live from Boca Raton it’s Barack Obama and Mitt Romney grappling with issues of U.S. foreign policy; Bob Schieffer provides the gravitas. O RiffTrax Live: Birdemic (2:00) The wiseacres of Mystery Science Theater 3000 are back, pitching the snark at a ridiculously bad 2010 horror flick. O Searching for Sugar Man (1:26) Acclaimed documentary chronicles the life and times of Rodriguez, a phenomenally talented, virtually unknown Detroit soul singer who became an underground icon in apartheid South Africa. O Seven Psychopaths (1:49) Screenwriter Sam Rockwell’s life is turned upside down when his prankster buddies kidnap a shih tzu that happens to belong to a top LA mobster; Christopher Walken, Tom Waits and Woody Harrelson costar. O Simon and the Oaks (2:02) Epic Swedish coming-of-age story about the relationship between a budding intellectual and a wealthy Jewish youngster on the eve of World War II. O Sinister (1:50) A carton of really disturbing home movies wreaks supernatural havoc on a writer and his hapless family. O Smashed (1:31) “Days of Wine and Roses” remake stars Elizabeth Winstead and Aaron Paul as a young couple whose happy marriage is built on a mutual love of booze. O Taken 2 (1:33) Ex-CIA spook Liam Neeson is back and more badass than ever as he takes on a gang of kidnappers with considerable help from Famke Janssen and Maggie Grace. O The Waiting Room (1:22) Prize-winning documentary covers 24 hours in the life of Oakland’s Highland Hospital, where overworked nurses and doctors man one of the country’s busiest ERs. O Who Bombed Judi Bari? (1:33) Involving documentary about the 1990 attack on Earth First! nonviolent activists Judi Bari and Darryl Cherney and their subsequent lawsuit against the Oakland Police Department and the FBI; Cherney directs. 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. <

N20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954) (G) Century Regency 6: Thu 2, 7 CinéArts at Sequoia: Thu 2, 7 NAlex Cross (PG-13) Century Northgate 15: 11:20, 2, 4:45, 7:20, 9:55 Century Rowland Plaza: 12:05, 2:40, 5:10, 7:40, 10:10 Argo (R) +++1/2 Century Cinema: 1:10, 4:05, 7, 9:50 Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 11:40, 12:55, 2:35, 4, 5:30, 7, 8:30, 10 Sun-Wed 11:40, 12:55, 2:35, 4, 5:30, 7 Thu 11:40, 12:55, 2:35, 4, 7 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:30, 2:15, 5, 7:45, 10:30 CinéArts at Marin: Fri 4:30, 7:20, 10:05 Sat 1:45, 4:30, 7:20, 10:05 Sun 1:45, 4:30, 7:20 Mon-Thu 4:45, 7:30 Fairfax 6 Theatres: FriSat 1:15, 4, 7, 9:40 Sun-Thu 1:15, 4, 7 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri 4, 6:50, 9:40 Sat 1:15, 4, 6:50, 9:40 Sun 1:15, 4, 6:50 Mon-Thu 4, 6:50 Atlas Shrugged: Part II (PG-13) Century Northgate 15: 10:55, 1:30, 4:05, 6:50, 9:35 NThe Bride of Frankenstein (1935) (Not Rated) Century Regency 6: Wed Shown on a double bill with Frankenstein at 2, 7 CinéArts at Marin: Wed Shown on a double bill with Frankenstein at 7 CinéArts at Sequoia: Wed Shown on a double bill with Frankenstein at 2, 7 NCreature from the Black Lagoon 3D (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Sat 3, 6:15, 8:30 Mon, Wed 6:15, 8:30 End of Watch (R) ++1/2 Century Northgate 15: 11:35, 2:25, 5:05, 7:50, 10:25 NFat Kid Rules the World (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Fri 4:15, 6:30 (Skype interview with director Matthew Lillard), 8:45 Sat-Sun 2, 4:15, 6:30, 8:45 Mon-Thu 6:30, 8:45 NFrankenstein (1931) (Not Rated) Century Regency 6: Wed Shown on a double bill with Bride of Frankenstein at 2, 7 CinéArts at Marin: Wed Shown on a double bill with Bride of Frankenstein at 7 CinéArts at Sequoia: Wed Shown on a double bill with Bride of Frankenstein at 2, 7 Frankenweenie (PG) +++ Century Northgate 15: 2:10, 6:55; 3D showtimes at 11:45, 4:30, 9:15 Fairfax 6 Theatres: Fri-Sat 12:45, 3, 5:10, 7:20, 9:30 Sun-Thu 12:45, 3, 5:10, 7:20

NHalloween (1978) (R) Century Regency 6: Thu 7, 9:30 CinéArts at Sequoia: Thu 7, 9:30 Here Comes the Boom (PG) Century Northgate 15: 11, 12:20, 1:40, 3, 4:20, 5:40, 7:05, 8:20, 9:40 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:40, 2:10, 4:45, 7:20, 9:50 CinéArts at Marin: Fri 4:40, 7:10, 9:40 Sat 2, 4:40, 7:10, 9:40 Sun 2, 4:40, 7:10 Mon 4:35, 7:20 Tue-Thu 4:35 Hotel Transylvania (PG) Century Northgate 15: 10:45, 1:15, 3:45, 6:15, 8:45; 3D showtimes at 11:55, 2:30, 5, 7:30, 9:50 Century Rowland Plaza: 12:10; 3D showtimes at 2:30, 4:55, 7:15, 9:35 Fairfax 6 Theatres: Fri-Sat 12:10, 2:25, 4:40, 6:50, 9 Sun-Thu 12:10, 2:25, 4:40, 6:50 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri 4:30, 6:40, 9 Sat 1:45, 4:30, 6:40, 9 Sun 1:45, 4:30, 6:40 Mon-Thu 4:30, 6:40 NThe Levi Effect: The Story of Levi Leipheimer (PG-13) Century Regency 6: Tue 7:30 CinéArts at Marin: Tue 7:30 CinéArts at Sequoia: Tue 7:30 NThe Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943) (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Fri, Tue 7 Sun 2:30 Looper (R) +++1/2 Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 7:20, 10:20 Sat-Sun 1:20, 4:20, 7:20, 10:20 Mon-Thu 6:30, 9:15 Century Northgate 15: 11:05, 1:50, 4:35, 7:35, 10:20 Fairfax 6 Theatres: Fri-Sat 1, 3:50, 6:40, 9:35 Sun-Thu 1, 3:50, 6:40 The Master (R) +++1/2 Century Northgate 15: 12:50, 4, 7:10, 10:10 CinéArts at Sequoia: Fri 4, 7:05, 10 Sat 12:55, 4, 7:05, 10 Sun 12:55, 4, 7:05 Mon 4, 7:05 The Paperboy (R) ++ Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 11:25, 2:10, 4:55, 7:35, 10:15 Sun-Mon 11:25, 2:10, 4:55, 7:35 Tue 11:25, 2:10, 4:55 Paranormal Activity 4 (R) Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 5:20, 7:40, 10:10 Sat-Sun 12:15, 2:45, 5:20, 7:40, 10:10 Mon-Thu 7:15, 9:35 Century Northgate 15: 10:50, 12, 1:10, 2:20, 3:30, 4:40, 5:50, 7, 8:10, 9:20, 10:30 Century Rowland Plaza: 12:40, 3:05, 5:30, 7:55, 10:20 CinéArts at Marin: Fri 4:50, 7, 9:30 Sat 2:15, 4:50, 7, 9:30 Sun 2:15, 4:50, 7 Mon-Thu 4:55, 7:40 Fairfax 6 Theatres: Fri-Sat 12:20, 2:40, 5, 7:10, 9:20 Sun-Thu 12:20, 2:40, 5, 7:10

The Perks of Being a Wallflower (PG-13) +++ Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 11:30, 2:15, 4:50, 7:30, 10:05 Sun-Thu 11:30, 2:15, 4:50, 7:30 Pitch Perfect (PG-13) +++ Century Northgate 15: 10:45, 1:35, 4:25, 7:15, 10:05 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:35, 2:25, 5:05, 7:50, 10:30 Fairfax 6 Theatres: Fri-Sat 1:05, 4:15, 7, 9:35 Sun-Thu 1:05, 4:15, 7 Presidential Debate (Not Rated) Lark Theater: Mon 6 NRiffTrax Live: BIRDEMIC (PG-13) Century Regency 6: Thu 8 CinéArts at Marin: Thu 8 Searching for Sugar Man (PG-13) CinéArts at Sequoia: Fri 4:45, 7:15, 9:45 Sat 12:15, 2:30, 4:45, 7:15, 9:30 Sun 12:15, 2:30, 4:45, 7:15 Mon 4:45, 7:15 Seven Psychopaths (R) +++ Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 5:10, 7:55, 10:30 Sat-Sun 11:45, 2:25, 5:10, 7:55, 10:30 Mon-Thu 6:45, 9:25 Century Northgate 15: 11:40, 2:15, 4:55, 7:40, 10:15 NSimon and the Oaks (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Fri 4, 6:45, 9:15 Sat-Sun 1:30, 4, 6:45, 9:15 MonThu 6:45, 9:15 Sinister (R) Century Northgate 15: 11:25, 2:05, 4:50, 7:25, 10 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:55, 2:35, 5:15, 7:55, 10:35 NSmashed (R) Century Regency 6: FriSat 12:50, 3:10, 5:35, 7:50, 10:10 Sun-Thu 12:50, 3:10, 5:35, 7:50 Taken 2 (PG-13) +1/2 Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 5, 7:30, 10 Sat-Sun 12, 2:35, 5, 7:30, 10 Mon-Thu 7, 9:20 Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 11:45, 2:20, 4:45, 7:15, 9:45 Sun-Wed 11:45, 2:20, 4:45, 7:15 Thu 11:45, 2:20, 4:45 Century Rowland Plaza: 12, 2:20, 4:40, 7, 9:20 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri 4:15, 7, 9:20 Sat 1:30, 4:15, 7, 9:20 Sun 1:30, 4:15, 7 Mon-Thu 4:15, 7 NThe Waiting Room (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Thu 7 (filmmaker Peter Nicks in person) NWho Bombed Judi Bari? (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Sun 7 (filmmaker Darryl Cherney in person) Won’t Back Down (PG) Lark Theater: Fri, Wed, Thu 5:15, 8 Sat 3:30 Sun 3:30, 6 Mon 8 Tue 6

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

Elsa Lanchester glams the gloom in ‘The Bride of Frankenstein,’ playing Wednesday at the Marin, Regency and Sequoia.

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

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

Live music 10/19-21: Harvest Hoe Down With Phil Lesh, Grahame Lesh, Brian Lesh, Ross James, Jon Graboff, Tony Leone, Boo Reiners. Dinner at 6pm. Show at 8pm. $25, show only. $50 includes dinner. Terrapin Crossroads, 100 Yacht Club Dr., San Rafael. 524-2773. www.terrapincrossroads.net

10/19-21: Second Annual Fairfax Feis : Festival of Irish Music and Dance See website for performance details. www.fairfaxfeis.com 7-6pm. $15-45. Venues on Broadway and Bolinas Road, Broadway and Bolinas Road in Fairfax, California Marin County, Fairfax. 637-5079. 10/19: Acacia Collective Cali rock. 9:30pm Peri’s Bar, 29 Broadway, Fairfax. 259-5597. www.perisbar.com

10/19: Donna Spitzer and the Full Tilt Band Jazz and blues. 8-10:30pm. No cover. Max’s of Corte Madera, 60 Madera Blvd., Corte Madera. 924-6297. www.maxsworld.com

10/19: Fishtank Ensemble World music with gypsy flair. 8pm. $10 Seahorse Supper Club, 305 Harbor Dr., Sausalito. 331-2899. www.sausalitoseahorse.com 10/19: Jamie Clark Band Country/pop vocalist. 8pm No cover. Rancho Nicasio, 1 Old Rancheria Road, Nicasio. 662-2219. www.ranchonicasio.com 10/19: Jorma Kaukonen American roots rock legend. 8pm $25-30. Napa Valley Opera House, 1030 Main St., Napa. (707) 226-7372. www.nvoh.org

10/19: Kathy Kallick Band, Sycamore Slough String Band Grammy-winning bluegrass singer/songwriter Kathy Kallick & her band make a rare Marin appearance! Sharing the stage is SSSB an Acoustic Band Playing the Music of the Grateful Dead. 8-10:30pm. $13-15. Studio 55 Marin, 1455Suite A East Francisco Blvd., San Rafael. 453-3161. www.studio55marin.com 10/19: Los Pinguos Latin, world. 8pm. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 383-9600. www.142throckmortontheatre.org

BEST BET The bio on Bioneers

For the past two decades, Kenny Ausubel and Nina Simons have drawn together grassroots organizations focusing on sustainability for their annual BIONEERS CONFERENCE. In recent years, the weekend conference has hosted leaders in ecological stewardship, diversity awareness and conservation, while drawing such speakers as Jane Goodall, Gloria Steinem Did Earth First activists Darryl Cherney and Judi Bari and Leonardo DiCaprio. bomb themselves, as the FBI charged? This year, the Bioneers folks have brought together another incredible lineup including Bill McKibben, Brian Swimme, Greg Sarris, Lynne Twist, Monika Bauerlein, Paul Hawken, Peggy O’Mara,Walter Whitewater and dozens more. Especially of note are the breakaway workshops and this year’s Bioneers Moving Image Festival. Who Bombed Judi Bari? producer and longtime Northern California activist Darryl Cherney will be on hand for questions about this film based on the harrowing and high-profile case. In addition to the Bioneers pre- and post-conference workshop events—Feminomics,Traditional Ecological Knowledge and others—this year debuts a celebratory self-sufficiency event: Permaculture, Poetry and Pizza. Held at the Commonweal Garden in Bolinas, this full day features the teachings of permaculture expert Penny Livingston with poetry from local activist and cosmologist Drew Dellinger. Michael Presley, M. Kalani Souza,Trathen Heckman and Afia Walking Tree will also be on hand for what is sure to be a fabulous day of learning, sharing and noshing in the garden on Oct. 22. The Bioneers Conference takes place Friday, Oct. 19, through Sunday, Oct. 21, at Marin Center, 50 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael.Visit www.bioneers.org for the complete schedule.—Dani Burlison

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10/19: The Con-Feis-Sionals Part of the Fairfax Irish Feis. 9:30pm The Sleeping Lady, 23 Broadway, Fairfax. 485-1182. www.sleepingladyfairfax.com 10/19: The Mooncussers: A Benefit for Wounded Veterans With special guest performers Sammy Hagar and Bob Weir. Project of CNBC Senior Economics Reporter Steve Liesman and some of his talented friends. The band plays a mix of classic rock covers as well as original tunes. 9pm. $75-200. Sweetwater Music Hall, 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley. 388-3850. www.sweetwatermusichall.com 10/20: Bill Kwan Jazz vocalist. 4-7pm. No charge. Seahorse Supper Club, 305 Harbor Dr., Sausalito. 331-2899. www.sausalitoseahorse.com 10/20: Droptones Funk rock, jazz/blues. 9:30pm Peri’s Bar, 29 Broadway, Fairfax. 259-5597. www. perisbar.com 10/20: Fely Tchaco World fusion, Afro-pop, West African traditional dance. With special guest Freddy Clark. 9pm-midnight. $10. Seahorse Supper Club, 305 Harbor Dr., Sausalito. 331-2899. www.sausalitoseahorse.com 10/20: Jamie Clark Band Acoustic rock and originals. 8-11pm. No cover. Max’s of Corte Madera, 60 Madera Blvd., Corte Madera. 924-6297. www.maxsworld.com 10/20: Kyle Alden, Susan Spurlock Also Ann Kirrane with Jerry Hanley and Friends. 8:30pm-12am The Sleeping Lady, 23 Broadway, Fairfax. 485-1182. www.sleepingladyfairfax.com

10/20: Lucia Comnes,Todd Denman,The Gasmen Part of the Fairfax Irish Feis. 8pm $7. 19 Broadway, 17 Broadway, Fairfax. 459-1091. www.19broadway.com

10/20: Mitch Woods and His Rocket 88s Blues, rock. 8:30pm. $15. Rancho Nicasio, 1 Old Rancheria Road, Nicasio. 662-2219. www.ranchonicasio.com 10/20: Swingset Dinner jazz. 7pm Rickey’s at Inn Marin, 250 Entrada Drive, Novato. 883-5952. www. rickeysrestaurant.com 10/20: The Mermen Live music and screenings as part of the Mill Valley Surf Film Festival. Band performs at 10pm 12pm $25-$65. Sweetwater Music Hall, 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley. 388-3850. www.sweetwatermusichall.com 10/20: Wahine Moe Moe Kanikapila Ukulele kanikapila. 2-4pm. Free. Sleeping Lady Cafe, 23 Broadway, Fairfax. www.sleepingladyfairfax.com 10/21: Best of the Fairfax Feis Irish music. 6:30-10pm The Sleeping Lady, 23 Broadway, Fairfax. 485-1182. www.sleepingladyfairfax.com 10/21: Joan Getz Duo Vocalist Joan Getz and pianist Chris Huson track down obscure American Songbook ballads, favorite Brazilian gems and blues. 7:30-10:30pm. No cover. Osteria Divino, 37 Caledonia, Sausalito. www.osteriadivino.com

10/21: Phillip Percy William and Judy Hall LGBT Social Mixer Jazz, swing. Every Sunday mixer for LGBT community and friends. Featuring live music, drink and dinner specials. 6-9pm. No cover. Max’s of Corte madera, 60 Madera Blvd., Corte Madera. 924-6297. www.maxsworld.com 10/21: Pure Cane Funky dance music. 9pm Free. 19 Broadway, 17 Broadway, Fairfax. 459-1091. www.19broadway.com

10/21: Rory McNamara’s Ring of Truth Trio Part of the Fairfax Irish Feis. 21 and older show. 3pm Free. 19 Broadway, 17 Broadway, Fairfax. 4591091. www.19broadway.com 10/21: Sunday Salsa with Mazacote Featuring Louie Romero. Salsa dance class at 4pm. Free parking. 5-10pm. $10. Seahorse Supper Club, 305 Harbor Dr., Sausalito. 331-2899. www.sausalitoseahorse.com

10/21:WTJ2 Jazz. With Wendy Fitz. 5pm No cover. Rancho Nicasio, 1 Old Rancheria Road, Nicasio. 662-2219. www.ranchonicasio.com 10/23: Houston Jones Bay Area based high octane Americana quintet performing a mostly original repertoire that ranges from bluegrass and folk to blues and gospel. 8pm. $10 adv, $12 door Sweetwater Music Hall, 19 Corte Madera Avenue, Mill Valley. 388-1100. www.houstonjones.com 10/23: Lorin Rowan Solo acoustic guitar and vocals. 7pm-midnight. No cover, dinner encouraged. Panama Hotel & Restaurant, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 457-3993. www.panamahotel.com

10/23: Marcelo Puig and Seth Asarnow Tango. 8-10pm. Seahorse Supper Club, 305 Harbor Dr., Sausalito. 331-2899. www.sausalitoseahorse.com 10/23: Noel Jewkes and Friends With special surprise guest singers. 7-10pm. No cover. Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor Dr., Sausalito. 786-6894. www.sausalitoseahorse.com

10/24: Audrey Moira Shimkas Duo with Jef Labes Jazz Standards, funky pop/rock, Brazilian. 6:30-9:30pm. No cover, reservations suggested. Il Davide Restaurant, 901 A St., San Rafael. 847-8331. www.ildavide.net 10/24: Joan Getz Quartet Jazz, pop. 7pm-midnight. No cover, dinner encouraged. Panama Hotel & Restaurant, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 457-3993. www.panamahotel.com 10/24: Judy Hall Jazz piano. 9pm The Sleeping Lady, 23 Broadway, Fairfax. 485-1182. www.sleepingladyfairfax.com

10/24: Ray Brock Experience, Gail Muldrow and the Rockin’ Blues Band Rock blues. 8pm Free. 19 Broadway, 17 Broadway, Fairfax. 459-1091. www.19broadway.com 10/24:The Earthtones Roots, rock, soul. 8pm No cover. Iron Springs Pub, 765 Center Blvd., Fairfax. 485-1005. www.ironspringspub.com 10/25: C-JAM with Connie Ducey Saucy Jazz and blues. 7-10pm. Panama Hotel & Restaurant, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 457-3993. www.panamahotel.com 10/25: Glen Matlock of the Sex Pistols Rock. 9pm $10-12. 19 Broadway, 17 Broadway, Fairfax. 459-1091. www.19broadway.com 10/25: Sam Andrew Band Psychedelic rock and blues, featuring the founding member of Big Brother & The Holding Company. With Tom Finch, Kurt Huget, Stefanie Keys, and Marc Carmi Smith. 9:3011pm. $15. Sweetwater Music Hall, 19 Corte Madera Ave., Mill Valley. 388-1100.. www.sweetwatermusichall.com 10/25:Tao Jones and the Drones Blues and Americana. 8-10pm. No charge. Seahorse Supper Club, 305 Harbor Dr., Sausalito. 331-2899. www.sausalitoseahorse.com 10/26: Bill Kirchen American roots. Guitar. With Austin DeLone and Heidi Clare. 8pm $20-30. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Downtown, Mill Valley. 383-9600. www.142ThrockmortonTheatre.com

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10/26 and 28: Golden Gate Opera Presents â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Hansel and Gretelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Engelbert Humperdinkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s version of the classic fairy tale, Hansel and Gretel. Featuring an adorable Gingerbread Choir with members of SingersMarin Youth Choruses. Sunday Oct. 28 performance at 2 pm with a costume parade at 1pm. 7:30-9:30pm $15-35. Marin Showcase Theatre, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 473-6300. www.goldengateopera.org

Dance 10/20: Chicago Style Steppin Dance Workshop Be active and have fun while learning a partner social dance that originated in the 1930s as the Jitterbug. By the 1960â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s it was known as the Bop, which evolved into a unique style of dance captivating people throughout the United States. 6-10pm. $25. Signatures, 1914 Bridegway, Sausalito. 332-3044. www.sausalitosignatures.com

Theater/Auditions 10/19-21: RAW Festival Four plays looking at alternative realities written by local playwrights. 8pm. $15. The Barn, Sir Francis Drake Blvd. at Lagunitas, Ross. 456-9555, ext. 1. www.rossvalleyplayers.com Through 10/21:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Macbethâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Shakespeare presented by the College of Marin Drama Department. W. Allen Taylor, director. Showtimes at 8pm Oct. 19-20; 2pm Oct. 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. www.marin.edu Through 10/21:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Topdog/Underdogâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; SuzanLori 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. www.marintheatre.org Through 11/11:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Nunsense The Musicalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Presented by the Novato Theater Company. Shows 8pm Thurs.-Sat.; 3pm Sun. 8-10pm. $25 General; $22 Seniors and Students; First Thursday Preview $15. 32Ten Studios, 3210 Kerner Blvd., San Rafael. 883-4498. www.novatotheatercompany.org

Comedy 10/20: An Evening of â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Mostlyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Political Comedy An Evening of Comedy about elections, negative ads, society, relationships and other things we should probably talk about. All are invited. 7:4510pm. $19.50-39.50. Osher Marin JCC, 200 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael. 444-8000. www.marinjcc.org/arts 10/22: Mort Sahl Political satire. 8pm $18-20. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Downtown, Mill Valley. 383-9600. www.142ThrockmortonTheatre.com

Art Through 11/30:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;You Did What to my Comics!?â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Isaac Brynjegard-Bialik takes cut-up pieces of comics and biblical text to visually retell familiar stories in his papercuts. Opening reception 4-7pm Sept 9. 4-7pm. Free. Osher Marin JCC, 200 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael. 444-8000. www.marinjcc.org

10/20-21: Greg Ragland Solo Exhibition Gallery Bergelli is pleased to present â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Moment in Flightâ&#x20AC;?, an exhibition of new paintings by Greg Ragland. Opening reception 4-6pm October 20. 11am4pm. No admission. Gallery Bergelli, 483 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur. 945-9454. www.gallerybergelli.com

10/20:-21: Rileystreet Art Supply 5th Anniversary Sale and lots of hands on demonstrations of art materials and techniques. Sat. 10-6pm, Sun.114pm. Free. Rileystreet Art Supply, 1138 Fourth St., San Rafael. 457-2787. www.rileystreet.com

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;Quiltedâ&#x20AC;? images made of found materials and abstract works by Marin County Poet Laureate CB Follett. Reception 5-8pm Oct. 20. 5-8pm. Free event. Rebound Bookstore, 1611 Fourth St., San Rafael. 482-0550. www.reboundbookstore.com Through 10/27:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Alive 1965â&#x20AC;&#x2122; 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. www.lauralengyel.com

Experience the power of the entities from the healing center of John of God in Brazil. Bring your requests for healing to this meditation. 2-3:30pm. No charge. St. Luke Presbyterian Church , 10 Bayview Dr., San Rafael. 457-3474.

Through 10/27: BayWood Artists Celebrate Point Reyes â&#x20AC;&#x153;50 Years of Beauty.â&#x20AC;? Exhibition to mark the 50th anniversary of the national park, with proceeds to benefit the Point Reyes National Seashore Association. Free. Bay Wood Gallery, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 457-5292. www.baywoodartists.org

Through 10/27: Falkirk Bi-Annual Art Exhibition Falkirk presents an exhibition of mixed media works by Marin and Bay Area artists. 5:307:30pm. Free. Falkirk Cultural Center, 1408 Mission Ave., San Rafael. 485-3328. www.falkirkculturalcenter.org

Through 10/29:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Pressing Matters III: Printmakers Group Showâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; The third annual show highlights fifteen local print artistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s etching, woodcuts, linocuts, collogrpahs, serigraphs and monotypes. Also featuring work by the San Quentin Blockprinters. 10am-5pm. Free. Sa n Geronimo Valley Community Center, 6350 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., San Geronimo. 488-8888 ext. 252. www.sgvcc.org

Through 10/30: First Fridays at Frame Crafters Gallery Robert Frank, oil paintings of the lush landscapes around Marin and Sonoma. Frame Crafters Gallery, 320 Bon Air Center, Greenbrae. 4617688. www.framecraftersgallery.com

Talks/Lectures 10/19-21: Bioneers 23rd Annual Conference Now in its 23rd year, the Bioneers Conferencehas served as a perennial wellspring of cutting edge content and dynamic, diverse voices. $170-500. Marin Center Exhibit Hall and Fairgrounds, Ave. of the Flags, San Rafael. www.marincenter.org

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bring messages through from loved ones, discuss how to recognize the signs that your loved one is trying to communicate. 6:30-10pm. $10-$25 slilding scale Novato Oaks Inn, 215 Alameda Del Prado, Novato. www.rahmgroup.org 10/24: Wage and Hour Law Seminar Marin Co. Employer Advisory Council presents â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cost Avoidance- Know Your Wage & Hour Lawâ&#x20AC;? with Ron Garrity, Attorney at Four Points Sheraton San Rafael. 7:30-11:30am. $85. Four Point Sheraton, 1010 Northgate Dr., San Rafael. www.marin.ceac.org 10/24: World Affairs Council Former National Intelligence Officer, South Asia, Neil Joeck will talk on US-Pakistan Relations: Pulling Together or Falling Apart? Reservations Required. 7:30-9pm. $6-$9; students free Creekside Room, Dominican University, San Rafael. 293-4601. www.dominican.edu

10/25: Jeff Pantukhoff presents â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Whaleman Foundationâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Save the Whales Again!â&#x20AC;? Join SF Bay ACS for award winning marine life photographer, filmmaker, & whale researcher, Jeff Pantukhoffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s discussion on his organization â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Whaleman Foundationâ&#x20AC;?, campaign, videos and films. 7-9pm. $5 suggested donation Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 8285743. www.acs-sfbay.org

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Ground: Tracking Time Through Alaska’s National Petroleum Reserve,” which shows the National Petroleum Reserve Alaska is a place of rare, natural history. 1pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com 10/20: Tracie McMillan The author talks about “The American Way of Eating: Undercover at Walmart, Applebee’s, Farm Fields and the Dinner Table.” 4pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com 10/21: Greta Berlin The author presents “Freedom Sailors.” 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 10/22: Will Schwalbe Schwalbe presents “The End of Your Life Book Club.” 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com 10/23: Don Lattin Lattin discusses the compelling stories of three men--Aldous Huxley, Gerald Heard, and Bill Wilson--who transformed the landscape of Western religion and spirituality in the twentieth century. 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com

from California breweries! Food, live music and beer tasting. Ticket includes 8 tastings and a tasting glass. Buy add’l tastes. Noon-4pm. $20 advance; $25 at door Marinwood Park, 775 Miller Creek Road, San Rafael. 479-0775. www.marinwood.org 10/20: Trekking the Model Ranger 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. www.spn.usace.army.mil/bmvc/ 10/21: Sunday Morning Qi Gong Obtain powerful tools for self healing. You are also invited to stay afterwards for a positive, life-affirming service at 10am. 11:30am-12:30pm. Suggested $10 donation. Corte Madera Rec Center Patio, 498 Tamalpais Dr., Corte Madera,. 389-8707. www.danceofqigong.com

10/24: Huston Smith and Phil Cousineau Smith and Cousineau talk about “And Live Rejoicing: Chapters from a Charmed Life.” 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 9270960. www.bookpassage.com 10/25: Author Meet and Greet Kathryn Hall, author of “Plant Whatever Brings You Joy: Blessed Wisdom from the Garden” meets to discuss her book and gardening blog. 1-3pm. Free. Depot Bookstore and Cafe, 87 Throckmorton, Mill Valley. 383-2665. www.depotbookstore.com 10/25: Marc Allen Allen presents “The Magical Path: Creating the Life of Your Dreams and a World That Works for All.” 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com 10/26: Charity Shumway “Ten Girls to Watch.” 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com

Film Events 10/19: Film Night:‘Goonies’ Join Strawberry Recreation District for a fun night. Bring blankets, family and friends. 7:30pm. $3 per person/$10 per family Strawberry Recreation District, 118 E. Strawberry Dr., Mill Valley. 383-6494. www.strawberry.marin.org/events.html

10/20: 2012 Marin Italian Film Festival Six new, award-winning Italian feature films. 5:309:15pm. $14 single film, $78 all six Showcase Theatre, Marin Center, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 473-6800. www.italianfilm.com 10/22:‘Radio Days’ The Friends of the Mill Valley Library present this Woody Allen film. 7:30-9:30pm. Free. Mill Valley Public Library, 375 Throckmorton, Mill Valley. www.millvalleylibrary.org

10/23:‘Hope in a Changing Climate: Global Large-Scale Ecological Restoration’ Film and Lecture by John D. Liu providing compelling evidence of large-scale ecological restoration in China, Rwanda and Uganda 7-9pm. Free. Guzman Lecture Hall at Dominican University of California, 50 Acacia Ave., San Rafael. 669-1472. www.dominican.edu 10/25:‘Genetic Roulette’ A film by Jeffrey M. Smith the leading spokesperson on the dangers of GMOs. This seminal documentary provides compelling evidence and offers a recipe for protecting ourselves and or future. 7-9pm. Free. Fairfax Women’s Club, 46 Park Road, Fairfax.

Community Events (Misc.) 10/20: Library Book Sale The Friends of the Mill Valley Library present their book sale with a special section of children’s books for Halloween. 9am4:30pm. Free. Mill Valley Public Library, 375 Throckmorton, Mill Valley. www.millvalleylibrary.org 28 PACIFIC SUN OCTOBER 19 - OCTOBER 25, 2012

10/22: Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan Goodman of “Democracy Now” and co-author Denis Moynihan will discuss their new book after the final televised Presidential debate. 6-9pm. $15. Osher Marin JCC, 200 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael. 444-8000. www.marinjcc.org/arts

10/22: The Lark Theater Presents: The Third Presidential Debate Live Broadcast Join friends and neighbors for a live broadcast of the Presidential Debate between incumbent President Barack Obama and Republication candidate Mitt Romney. 6pm. $20 general / $18 members. Includes a soft drink, popcorn, and pizza or hot dog $10. Lark Theater, 549 Magnolia , Larkspur. 924-5111. www.larktheater.net

10/24: Marin Senior Information Fair ‘Flights of Fancy’ Jan Wahl emcees an event featuring 140 booths, lifestyle and health tests, live entertainment, fitness activities, photo show, free Skype calls, dancing, flu shots awards, prizes and more. 9am-3pm. Free admission. Marin Exhibit Hall, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael, . 456-FAIR. www.marinseniorinformationfair.org

10/25: Save the Whales Again: Speaker Series Marine life photographer, filmmaker, and whale researcher, Jeff Pantukhoff will discuss his organization “The Whaleman Foundation” and the “Save the Whales Again!” Campaign. 7-9pm. $5 Suggested Donation Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalto. 332-3871. www.spn.usace.army.mil/bmvc/ 10/25: Science Month Trivia Event Join Marin’s Master of Trivia, Howard Rachelson, for an evening of fun. Bring your own team of up to eight players or come alone and we’ll help you join a team. Prizes and refreshments. 7-8:30pm. Free. Civic Center Library, 3501 Civic Center Dr., Room 427, San Rafael. 473-6058. www.marinlibrary.org Wednesdays: The Elder’s Circle This group uses the Principals of Attitudinal Healing to face such problems as aging, relationships, loneliness, and illness. Facilitated by trained volunteers. 10-11:30am. Free, donations welcome. Whistlestop, 930 Tamalpais Ave., San Rafael. 457-1000. www.CAH-NorthBay.com

Kid Stuff 10/19: Afternoon Storytime Children ages 4 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. www.larkspurlibrary.org

10/19: Junior Ranger #3: Earth Science and Watersheds at Indian Valley Preserve Join the new Junior Ranger program, created to teach youth about outdoor skills, natural history and environmental stewardship. 4:30-6:30pm. Free. Indian Valley Preserve, Indian Valley Road, Novato. 473-2816. www.marincountyparks.org 10/20: Fish Feeding Frenzy Help Ranger Bill feed the hungry inhabitants of our fresh and saltwater tanks. Watch the different feeding styles of rock

ViDEO Rollin’ on a river The London Daily Telegraph reports a surge of tourist interest in SALMON FISHING IN THE YEMEN following the romantic comedy’s indie success last spring. Alas, the Yemen Tourism Promotion Board confirms there’s none to be had, and the film’s production crew itself heeded Foreign Office warnings about the country and shot in Morocco. But ‘Salmon Fishing in the Yemen’ was lauded for its attenthis sleeper starring Ewan McGregor and tion to accuracy; the fact that there are no salmon in Emily Blunt garners its quirky interest by Yemen is but a minor detail. joining the chemistry of its two leads to the romance of an Arab sheik’s lunatic idea. McGregor is Fred Jones, Britain’s leading salmon fisheries expert and a very small fry for 10 Downing.When the PM’s press secretary enlists him to do a feasibility study for a Yemeni noble—Sheikh Muhammed wants to introduce salmon fly fishing to a particularly scenic gorge in his moonscape country—Fred gives the proposal a rude bureaucratic guffaw. But Her Majesty’s government desperately needs an upbeat news story from the Middle East and won’t hear no. Fred is whisked off to Scotland for a meeting, along with the sheik’s beautiful, razor-sharp foreign liaison Harriet Chetwode-Talbot (Blunt). Optimistic without curdling its charms, Salmon Fishing will win you over with its oblique take on the big theme of our day: East meets West, waist-deep in a river.—Richard Gould

cod, sea stars, and steelhead trout. 2-2:30pm Free Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalto. 332-3871. www.spn.usace.army.mil/bmvc/ 10/20: Halloween Carnival Non-scary annual Halloween carnival features face painting, carnival games, a cake walk, raffle, jumpy houses, bake sale, pumpkin patch, more. 10am-2pm Free admission. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Downtown, Mill Valley. 383-9600. www.142ThrockmortonTheatre.com 10/21: TIm Cain at the Pumpkin Patch With pumpkin picking, hay rides, farm animals, jumpy houses, farm stand, barbecue. 10am Nicasio Valley Farms Pumpkin Patch, 5300 Nicasio Valley Road, Nicasio. 662-9100.. 10/23: Dav Pilkey Captain Underpants is back. Pilkey takes readers back in time to the carefree days of kindergarten, when the worst thing George and Harold had to face was a sixth-grade bully named Kipper Krupp. 6pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com

10/24: Preschool Storytime with Miss Kitty For ages 3 and older. 3:30pm Free. Civic Center Library, 3501 Civic Center Dr., San Rafael. 507-4048.

10/24: Twlight Tales for the Whole Family Relax and enjoy traditional story favorites, bedtime tales, songs and folktales from around the world. Pajamas and Teddy Bears optional. 6:30pm Free. San Anselmo Library, 525 San Anselmo Ave., San Anselmo. 258-4600. www.sananselmolibrary.org

10/24: Wee History Story Circle and Songs Drop in to the Marin History Museum for a history inspired story circle and songs for kids 5 and under. San Rafae 11am Free. Marin History Museum, 1125 B. St., San Rafael. 454-8538. www.marinhistory.org

10/26-28: Zombie Wasteland Haunted House 2:30-4:30pm for not scary; 5-6:30pm for semi-scary; 7:30-9pm Totally horrifying. $3-5. Tamalpais Valley Community Center, 203 Marin Ave., Mill Valley. 388-6393. www.tcsd.us

10/26: Halloween Music and Magic with The Hipwaders 4 and 6:30pm shows. The Hipwaders will perform their quirky jangle-pop for kids & families. www.hipwaders.net 4-7:30pm. $8 general admission, with children 3 and under free. Mill Valley Golf Course Clubhouse, 267 Buena Vista Ave., Mill Valley. www.cityofmillvalley.org

10/26: Nature for Kids: Stafford Lake Visit a pond, a permanent creek and a marsh then talk about the animals that live in these wet habitats. 10am-1pm. Park entrance fee waived for participants. Stafford Lake Park, 3549 Novato Blvd., Novato. 893-9508. www.marincountyparks.org

Outdoors (Hikes & Bikes) 10/20: Mt Tamalpais Habitat Restoration Restore oak woodland and native grassland habitat by removing outcompeting Douglas-fir trees along Pilot Knob Trail. Meet at Lake Lagunitas parking lot at 9AM. 9am-noon. Free. Lake Lagunitas parking lot, end of Sky Oaks Road, fairfax. 945-1128. www.marinwater.org

10/20: Mt.Tam History with MMWD Ranger Join MMWD Park Ranger Matt Cerkel for as easy 1-1.5 hour hike around Lake Lagunitas. Family friendly look at the history and natural beauty of the mountain. 12:30-2pm. Free. Lake Lagunitas parking lot, end of Sky Oaks Road, Fairfax. 945-1128. www.marinwater.org

10/20: Walk into History: Celebrating the Saving of Bahia Special 40th anniversary event salutes their success and continued effort to restore the adjacent wetlands. 10am-1pm. Free. Rush Creek Open Space Preserve, Meet at the end of Bahia Drive, Novato. 893-9508. www.marincountyparks.org 10/25: Cascade Canyon Visit this gorgeous valley and hike up the creek to see the waterfall. Meet at the gate on Cascade Drive. Carpool please. 10am1pm. Free - Adults only, no animals Cascade Canyon Open Space, Cascade Dr., Fairfax. 893-9508. www.marincountyparks.org

Benefits/Gala Events 10/25: Tasting for the Holidays with Ziggy the Wine Gal Join Ziggy to learn about the nuances in every bottle and how to choose delicious wines for holiday meals. Enjoy perfectly paired appetizers with each glass. All proceeds benefit Homeward of Marin. 7-8:30pm. $45. Fresh Starts Cooking School at Homeward Bound of Marin, 1385 N Hamilton Parkway, Novato. 382-3363 x213. http://bit.ly/FSCScooks

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GEMINI (May 20 - June 20) Admittedly, there are a few glitches in the way the planets are running your chart right now. Fuzzy Neptune makes it difficult for you to know just which career path to pursue, while warlike Mars emphasizes the differences between you and your sweetie. Fortunately, upbeat Jupiter in your sign is a constant reminder that as long as you keep your sense of humor, you can make lemonade out of lemons. Adding that splash of vodka to the glass? That’s Neptune’s idea... CANCER (June 21 - July 21) A weekend with the moon in your opposite sign of Capricorn is challenging unless you find a harmonious way to balance your personal and professional lives. It is tempting to throw all your energy into working, but ultimately this deprives you of emotional satisfaction. Meanwhile, the big, bold, confident sun challenges judgmental Saturn in your romance house beginning Monday. Insecurity doesn’t have a chance... 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Be careful what you wish for. The way things are going, it shouldn’t be long before you come down to the breakfast table and walk in on your husband cutting up egg sandwiches and playfully popping them in Dax’s mouth. In fact, it seems your cabana boy needs a sign-up sheet. When he isn’t busy removing his shirt in your backyard and letting sweat glisten on his taut pecs and drip down to his tight abs, he’s got tease-offs with your husband. Then, it’s off to the mall for a little shoe shopping with your daughter—before sitting down for the family dinner. An aspiring two-timing wife just can’t get a sex rendezvous in edgewise! So, your husband is “ill-tempered” and “domineering”—and apparently has been for 22 years. By all means, do nothing about that. (If only snubbing your problems would make them hang their little heads and slink away.) Of course, getting naked in the tool shed with a sexalicious lawnboy is loads more fun than getting emotionally naked with your husband and some disapproving therapist. The thing is, fair play in a marriage involves sticking to that boring “forsake all others” business until you’ve notified your spouse that you want out of your contract. And no, letting him catch you in bed with your lawn intern doesn’t count as notification. It isn’t too late to take the step you should’ve when you first started feeling miserable in your marriage—do that adult thing and use your words. Tell your husband how unhappy you are—in a way that motivates him to take action and makes him feel that he may lose you if he doesn’t change. Think of this as triggering a positive crisis—positive in that it gives you a shot at turning a despot into a husband and a dictatorship into a partnership. You may ultimately decide to end your marriage, but at least you’ll do it in a way that doesn’t leave your kids with a sordid story of how Mom left Dad for the lawn guy and then the lawn guy left Mom for a hot 22-year-old with crabgrass.

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I do some volunteer work, and I’ve fallen hard for this guy who volunteers with me, and he seems to be into me, too. The thing is, I’m a vegetarian, and he appears to mainly subsist on cheeseburgers. He seems to be a great guy, but is this doomed before it starts? —Veggie Girl

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