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ma Village, the Homeward Bound of Marin housing development for homeless families, aims to reinvent the look and feel of affordable housing in the county. The reinvention should pique the interest of architecture enthusiasts as well as affordable-housing advocates. The design premise: There’s no reason why affordable housing for the homeless can’t meet the same high design standards as market-rate housing offers in the middle-class market in California. A key step in meeting Homeward Bound’s goal is the choice of Blu Homes to build the 14 one- and two-bedroom homes that will be Oma Village in Novato. Blu Homes, which started business in 2008, specializes in modular homes built off-site at its 250,000-square-foot factory in Vallejo. Not to be confused with old-style prefab housing, these homes are examples of the smaller-and-better real estate trend. “Blu Homes was founded with the mission of making architect-designed, green homes accessible to all types of Americans,” says co-founder and CEO Bill Haney in a press release. The concept is reminiscent of the philosophy behind Eichler homes, many of which are spread across Marin and California. They were designed and built
to allow middle-class families to enjoy the indoor-outdoor California aesthetic. They gained notice as a downscale Frank Lloyd Wright. But downscale in cost rather than aesthetic. Eichlers might have less attention to detail than a Wright-designed home, but the look and feel are similar. Eichlers were the thing in the 1950s. Now there’s a new trend in California— reducing consumption as the way to a happier life. Selling off a McMansion and buying a smaller home can yield psychic beneﬁts, say proponents of the smaller-is-better gestalt. That distinction is important: Downsizing doesn’t mean compromising on design. Building smaller can increase the quality of the ﬁnished product, say proponents. Mary Kay Sweeney, executive director at Homeward Bound, learned about Blu Homes through Dwell magazine. “We have been watching [Blu Homes] for a long time.” The company, which had been headquartered in Massachusetts, moved its factory to Vallejo last autumn. It now has corporate ofﬁces in San Francisco. “When they moved out here, we thought that was perfect because they also would be providing jobs in this neck of the woods,” says Sweeney. But those jobs, about 150, have come with some controversy. Blu Homes 7 >
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‘Pacific Sun’: Yes on Measure A While our endorsements edition was three weeks ago, we feel the need to re-emphasize the Pacific Sun’s support for Measure A—the proposed quarter-cent countywide sales tax that would bring in an estimated $10 million annually that would go toward county parks, city parks and the purchase of agricultural easements. Why repeat ourselves? Because someone’s been inserting “No on A” fliers in the windows of several of our racks in downtown San Rafael. Not only is such an action against the law, but it’s infringing upon our right to free expression and creating an obstacle for our readers to get the paper. It’s also testament to a lack of integrity in these particular anti-A campaigners who, we must assume, are of the same crowd who oppose EVERY tax initiative put forward, regardless of the individual merits. One such flier littering our racks has the audacity to say its No on A argument is a stance “for parks and open space.”They’ve got a funny way of showing it. Again, here’s what we wrote in endorsement of the measure on Oct. 5: Part of what defines Marin is its extraordinary and abundant open space, agricultural heritage and parkland—protecting and preserving those lands have been a priority for county officials, community leaders, environmentalists—and, yes, the Pacific Sun—for nearly half-acentury. As technology changes the way we communicate, travel, work, educate and entertain ourselves and our kids—beaches, bike paths, hidden lakes, old barns and snowy egret sightings grow in importance every day. We recommend a YES on Measure A. Novato charter application earns a ‘complete’ A proposal for a new K-8 charter school in Novato finally passed its first big test this week, after the North Bay Educational Foundation’s application for a 544-student school was declared “complete” by Novato Unified School District officials. Foundation members had filed an earlier application that met the required number of parent signatures—half the proposed enrollment, or 272—but, according to the district, that version lacked the necessary admissions and enrollment forms and health and safety information. Next up will be a public hearing about the proposed North Bay Academy, to be held sometime before mid-November. According to the district, its approval of the charter will depend on such considerations as the level of support for the new school, not only by petition signees, but by district teachers and staff members, as well. Novato Sanitary closes lid on lawsuit The Novato Sanitary District is wading out of the murk this week, after announcing a settlement with the San Francisco Regional Water Quality Control Board to the tune of $344,000. The settlement covers fines for nearly 30 various spills and overflows that occurred during heavy storms and flooding in 2008. More than $140,000 of the fine will be applied to wetlands habitat restoration projects in the Bahia and Simmons Slough areas of Novato intended to remove non-native vegetation, plant native species and improve potential habitat for rare or endangered species such as the red-legged frog. Novato Sanitary officials are hoping the settlement brings to a close a sullied era for the district. The FBI raided district offices in the spring of 2009 after the EPA received an anonymous tip about alleged illegal NSD sewage spills into the San Pablo Bay dating back to 2007. Federal agents seized copies of hard drives and several boxes of paper printouts in the raid— but offered few specifics as to what they were searching for; district officials and staff were left in limbo following the raid, and everybody lawyered up. In September 2010, the U.S. Department of Justice, working on behalf of the EPA, announced it was abandoning its investigation into any alleged environmental violations by the district; further investigation was turned over to the state. 8
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1. Last week, the U.S. Department of the Interior officially recognized a cove on the Point Reyes Peninsula as the site where, in 1579, what happened? 2. In baseball there are how many outs in an inning? 3. The air we breathe is composed 99 percent of what two chemical elements? 4. What is the most populous U.S. state that does not have a major league team in baseball, football, basketball, hockey or soccer? Hint: It’s located on the eastern side of the country. 5. What two cities are the capital and the seat of government of the Netherlands? 6. 1n 1882, the Procter & Gamble Co. came up with a great advertising slogan, when they described Ivory soap as being what percent pure? 7. Pictured below: Identify these people named William
8. The name of what 3-foot tall bird, extinct since the 17th century, is spelled with alternating vowels and consonants? 9. Jack Nicholson played a 1930s Hollywood detective in what 1974 movie? 10. French author Jules Verne is best known for what two 1870s novels with numbers in the title?
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VEl Hogar de Los Niños, a San Rafael nonproﬁt agency, has served impoverished children in Nicaragua since 2001. Donating more than $300,000 over the years, the organization is solely responsible for the education of more than 200 students who live in a barrio dubbed by many as the worst in Managua. On Saturday, Nov. 3, El Hogar de Los Niños holds its annual A Taste of Nicaragua event at Unity in Marin Hall in Hamilton. Guests will enjoy an authentic Nicaraguan dinner, including slow simmered pork over yucca with shredded cabbage. There will also be a silent auction, rafﬂe, music and dancing. Support the children by purchasing your tickets to the event. For more information, contact board member Julie Keener at 415/883-2148.
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Paul Fordham, deputy director at Homeward Bound. “We have seen that $500 or $600 is a realistic amount they can afford when they take their ﬁrst steps back to full employment.” In addition to the 14 houses on the site, Oma Village will include a community space and an outdoor kitchen. The design will cluster the buildings around a courtyard in a kind of inward-looking model. Residents can stroll down the courtyard, which is reminiscent of a central mall. Creating that sense of community is one of the attractions Sweeney and Fordham noticed when they researched Blu Homes. And the Blu Homes philosophy of building smaller to a higher standard intrigued Sweeney and Fordham, who made a strong impression on the company and on Maura McCarthy, co-founder and vice president of strategic development. A group from Homeward Bound, including board members, visited the Blu Homes factory. “I was just bowled over by their enthusiasm,” says McCarthy. “To be perfectly honest, I initially was worried that they wanted to do a super-inexpensive affordable-housing project, and I was concerned that the Blu Homes concept of high-quality and elegant design might not appeal to them.” McCarthy wondered if Homeward Bound would look for a “lower common denominator product.” She needn’t have worried. “They are totally not, which is so refreshing. I was excited to see that they are deeply committed to really high-quality housing.” This is the ﬁrst affordable-home project for Blu Homes. The modular building process allows Blu Homes to construct a complete home at its factory. That drastically reduces the noise and inconvenience that neighbors suffer during a conventional building project. The company uses green materials in the building process and in the ﬁnished homes. After construction at the factory, the walls of the modules fold in on themselves for truck transport to the project site. Because the walls fold for transport, Blu Homes can construct modules up to 20 feet long with ceilings up to 15 feet. Traditional modular construction restricts buildings to lengths of about 12 to 14 feet. “I describe it like it’s a Transformer,” says McCarthy. “Some people call it origami, but to me it’s like a Transformer because everything you need in the house is built in.” Like all Blu Home buildings, McCarthy adds, the homes in Oma Village will be constructed on a steel frame and will have efﬁcient insulation. “We are not cutting corners at Oma Village. The houses will have the same speciﬁcations that a normal [market-rate] buyer gets.” Blu Homes is contributing to Homeward Bound’s construction budget. McCarthy declined to give exact ﬁgures but said the company is giving Homeward Bound a kind of baker’s dozen deal that amounts to a “substantial reduction” in the ﬁnished development. 8 >
< 6 A patch of Blu is wrangling with Carpenters Union Local 180, which has accused the company of unfair labor practices. The union ﬁled 29 complaints with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), including a serious charge that the company intimidated and ﬁred employees who wanted union representation. The NLRB has closed most of the cases, stating that the board found no evidence to support the union’s claim. But ﬁve cases remain open. The company says it doesn’t oppose formation of a union but wants to ensure that a vote to create one is conducted in a fair manner. The ﬁght with the union seems uncharacteristic of co-founder Haney, who has made a reputation as a progressive who supports unions. He made a documentary, The Price of Sugar, that supports unionization for workers in the Dominican Republic. In another ﬁlm, The Last Mountain, he roundly criticizes Massey Ferguson, the energy company, for wrecking the miners’ union. Although Blu Homes and the union still have their respective beefs, and those ﬁve cases still are pending, they don’t diminish the innovative design concept that could create a model for affordable housing in Marin, a model that could be replicated elsewhere in the county and country. In January 2011, Betty Pagett and Sweeney met to discuss Pagett’s idea for a new type of nongovernmental program that would provide permanent housing for low-income Marin families. It was an ambitious commitment to create Oma Village. In June 2012, Homeward Bound announced the purchase of three-quarters of an acre at 5394 Nave Drive, formerly owned by Ohlhoff Recovery Programs, which had operated a 30-bed residential program for people in substance abuse recovery. The purchase price was $790,000. The Marin Community Foundation contributed a $300,000 grant to buy the land. The county kicked in $250,000 from its general fund and the Dominican Sisters of San Rafael gave $85,000. In addition, several substantial private donations completed the fundraising for the property purchase. The whole idea behind Oma Village centers on creating a stable environment for families to move along a continuum that takes them out of homelessness. A particularly tough part of moving on that continuum is the high price and low availability of rental housing in Marin. After a homeless family is stabilized they often have nowhere to go after temporary housing ends. The 14 one- and two-bedroom Oma Village homes will feature stabilized rent—between $500 and $600 a month. “We set that amount because the people we see come in and get employment, but they need some stability while they develop job skills to move up and earn more than a lower-wage service job,” says
WSamuel Cutrufelli is a huge Zero with lotsa chutzpah. You may recall that Cutrufelli, 31, allegedly broke into 90-year-old Jay Leone’s home in Greenbrae earlier this year and allegedly shot the elderly gentleman in the head. Leone shot back, hitting Cutrufelli, who then ﬂed. Twin Cities police found the suspect bleeding in his car, not far from Leone’s home. Both men were hospitalized and recovered. It gets stranger. Cutrufelli, currently on trial for attempted murder, just ﬁled a lawsuit against Leone for bodily injury and ﬁnancial damages, even claiming Leone caused him to lose his home and wife. Talk about adding insult to injury. Mr. Leone, we sincerely wish you the best. Cutrufelli, we wish you the best you can do, which probably amounts to zero.—Nikki Silverstein
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< 7 A patch of Blu To put the cost in context, the companyâ€™s smallest model, the Origin, comes in its smallest permutation at 18 feet by 25 feet. Starting price in California is $145,000. Origin starting models go up to 18 feet by 48 feet. Sunset magazine highlighted another Blu Homes model, the Breezehouse, as its 2012 Idea House. It features the â€œharmonious connection between beautiful indoor living and the natural world,â€? according to the companyâ€™s website. The Breezehouse model starts at 56 feet by 54 feet, with the possibility of additional â€œpodsâ€? or modules. The starting price is $585,000 in California. Blu Home uses CATIA (computer aided three-dimensional interactive application) modeling software to design its homes. The 3-D imaging software allows modiďŹ cation of layout and adornment to suit clients. The software also allows Blu Homes to keep tight control of the design process and its layout and cost consequences. The same design quality, the same thought to materials, form and function will go into the Oma Village homes that go into other Blu Homes models, says McCarthy, who adds that the companyâ€™s move to California is symbolic of the smaller-isbetter philosophy taking hold in the state. â€œCalifornians culturally understand [our] product. They understand this concept of small is beautiful and kitchen gardens and indoor-outdoor living in a way that connects well with our brand.â€? All those features will be in evidence at Oma Village. That, combined with the green building practices, the high-end design and other attributes of the Blu Homes construction plans contributed to the Marin Community Foundationâ€™s funding participation in Oma Village. Affordable housing is one of the foundationâ€™s primary interests, and Oma Village ďŹ ts right in. â€œI think [the Blu Homes concept] could really open up the potentialâ€? for affordable housing, says Thomas Peters, president and CEO of the foundation. â€œIt opens up possibilities for other potential properties in Marinâ€”and elsewhere.â€? The attractiveness of the design and the intention
to create a community feel could make introducing affordable projects less onerous, especially with Homeward Boundâ€™s participation in ongoing maintenance of the buildings and help for tenants. Homeward Bound will pick the tenants for the 14 homes in Oma Village from the roster of families who have gone through Homeward Bound programs. They can remain in Oma Village as long as they have children. When the children leave, the tenants also will move on, making room for new families. Fordham and Sweeney say they hope the families will improve their circumstances enough while in Oma Village and using Homeward Boundâ€™s supportive services to move on to new surroundings before itâ€™s required. From the start, Betty Pagett thought creating affordable housing could happen by using a model separate from the monolithic governmental development thatâ€™s so off-putting to many in Marin. She wanted to engage a family-to-family community. Thatâ€™s Oma Village, where the focus will be on its children. Already, says Fordham, a local church has expressed interest in hosting a homework club for Oma Village kids. And that community room will feature speakers and events aimed at engaging residents of all ages. McCarthy says triangular sail-like awnings will extend from the homes over connected patio areas and walkways to provide shade on hot summer days. Itâ€™s a feature found in the highestend Blu Homes models. Could Homeward Bound replicate Oma Village elsewhere using the same upfront funding that negates the need for mortgages, keeps rents low and at the same time exhibits innovative design? Sweeney says itâ€™s possible. Homeward Bound â€œis putting the model out there, and hopefully there will be takers to do this elsewhere in the county.â€? Fordham and Sweeney say Oma Village is a good place to start creating a new affordable-housing paradigm for families because developers and organizations that build affordable housing have become relatively dormant during the last few years. < Contact the writer at email@example.com.
< 6 Newsgrams In announcing the settlement, district officials this week stressed that the spills occurred while the districtâ€™s â€œoldâ€? wastewater treatment plant was still in operation; the districtâ€™s new $90 million treatment system has been on the job for about two years now. â€œAmong the issues in the global settlement was an accusation that in 2007 wastewater was discharged incorrectly from the old treatment plant,â€? district officials said this week in a statement to the press.â€œState authorities conducted an investigation. ...The investigation categorically determined that there was no merit in the accusations, there was no discharge of untreated sewage, and the old treatment plant upset was properly reported.â€?
MALT director to retire After nearly three decades of helping protect Marinâ€™s family farms and ranches, the Marin Agricultural Land Trustâ€™s longtime director Bob Berner is heading off to pastureâ€”heâ€™ll officially retire at the end of the year, according to MALT officials. Berner joined MALT, the Point Reyes Station-based agency that helps protect family farms from subdivision, in 1984â€”four years after its founding by dairywoman Ellen Straus and biologist Phyllis Faber.â€œHe translated their vision of a farmland trust, for which there was no precedent, into a national model,â€? said MALT officials in a press statement about the retirement. Berner describes his 27 years serving MALT as an â€œextraordinary privilege.â€? â€œIt has been especially rewarding to work with the ranching and farming families who have been taking care of the land for generations and who have helped make Marin such a unique and extraordinary place,â€? says Berner. MALTâ€™s mission is to eliminate â€œdevelopment potentialâ€? on farmland through the acquisition of conservation easements in voluntary transactions with landownersâ€”it essentially raises funds to meet the purchase price of sellable ag land to keep developers at bay, and families on their farms. Under Bernerâ€™s leadership, according to MALT, the organization has protected 68 family farms totaling 44,100 acres of farmlandâ€”nearly half of Marinâ€™s privately owned farmland. â€œNo one believed when MALT was founded nearly 32 years ago that it could protect half of the farmland in Marin,â€? says MALT chairwoman Sue Conley.â€œBobâ€™s steadfast leadership and vision made this success possible.â€? Arrest warrant issued for owner of MarinScope newspapers Trouble was brewing last week for beer baron Vijay Mallya, the Indian-born owner of Kingfisher and the MarinScope newspaper chain, when a warrant for his arrest was issued back in his homeland over unpaid bills connected with his Kingfisher Airlines. The warrant, which was subsequently withdrawn, had to do with bounced checks worth $1.9 million issued to Hyderabad International Airport. Kingfisher has promised to pay the airport charges, according to reports from the Indian and British media. Mallya, a billionaire with a residence in Sausalito, owns the MarinScope chain, a collection of free weekly newspapers with publications in Novato, the Ross Valley, Sausalito, San Rafael and Mill Valley. The papers share much of their content, but are nevertheless distributed under different names. Mallya also serves as chairman of the Indian brewing company that produces Kingfisher beer. Kingfisher Airlines has been beleaguered by financial problems for years; this summer the British press reported on a staff strike over unpaid wages that resulted in the cancellation of 40 flights.
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Dead Reckoning ‘I thought it would serve to remind people that they must die... Why should one always make people happy? It might not be a bad idea to scare them a little once in a while.’ — an artist, explaining why he’s painting a picture of “death” personiﬁed, dancing off with his latest recruits, in Ingmar Bergman’s The Seventh Seal
alloween was born centuries ago as the Gaelic celebration Samhain, a harvest festival held in honor of those who’d passed in the previous year, and a ﬁnal blowout for those who may not make it through to the next. The Irish brought some of those old harvest customs to America in the 19th century but, as the event morphed into Halloween, the festival’s once prominent specter of mortality was gradually re-marketed over the decades into a cutesy kiddy celebration of princess costumes, yellow Milk Duds boxes and party games involving saliva-ﬁlled buckets of apples. Well, we don’t like them apples. Which is why we’re presenting our seventh annual Death issue—our attempt to bring Halloween back to its roots—those six feet under—and offer another round of our award-winning reﬂection upon life, death, and all the joy and sorrow in between. —Jason Walsh
Deathstyles of the rich and famous Marin’s ‘celebrity’ graves are groundbreaking in more ways than one...
rama!” said Marcie Miller of the historic cemeteries in West Marin, and San Marin History Museum. “There’s a Rafael is home to Mount Olivet and Mt. Talot of drama with these ﬁrst people malpais Cemetery, where the History Museum who settled in Marin.” Last week Miller led a plans to conduct a guided tour sometime this lively and highly entertaining tour of Mount fall. Of course, the highlights of any cemetery Olivet Catholic Cemetery in San Rafael, pointmay not be the ﬂashiest tombs or fanciest ing out the graves of the founding families of markers but the ﬁnal resting places of people Marin—all those Pachecos, Millers, Freitases, who led famous or infamous lives. Marin’s two Lucases, Murphys, etc.—who intermarried and biggest cemeteries boast their share of celebrity bought land and occasionally sued each other. dead; here is a sampling of some prominent (And seemed to have a penchant and oh-so-permanent Marin residents. for falling off horses—“What’s Superb Athletes S with all the falling off horses?” October is a perfect time to pay Miller asked.) She recommends by b y homage to ﬁve-time World Series h touring cemeteries when travelJJulie ulie cchamp Vernon “Lefty” Gomez, ing; it’s an excellent way to get hall of fame pitcher for the New Vader V a d e r a feel for the history of a place. York Yankees in the 1930s and “I’m not big on feeling cemeter’40s. He won more than 20 ies are creepy,” Miller said. games a season four 10> There are marvelous small
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Screen Stars and Sweethearts Although Marin graveyards can’t compete with Southern California for star power, we do have some cinematic romantics. Howard Hickman played John Wilkes, the patriarch of Twelve Oaks plantation, in Gone With the Wind— one of 270 movies he acted in. He also directed 19 features and wrote two more. When he died, on New Year’s Eve in 1949, at age 69, in Kentﬁeld, he was interred in a “book” urn in the chapel at Mt. Tamalpais. Fifteen years later his wife, Bessie Barriscale, a silent screen star and producer in her own right, joined him on 10 PACIFIC SUN OCTOBER 26 - NOVEMBER 1, 2012
Hollywood ﬁlmmakers and pizza deliverymen treated ‘Bloody Babs’ with a lot more respect than the press ever did.
the shelf in her own urn when she died at age 80.
times and won the pitchers’ “triple crown” (leading in wins, ERA and strikeouts) twice. Even more impressive than his statistics—he was a quick wit, what sportswriters call a quote machine. “When Neil Armstrong ﬁrst set foot on the moon, he and all the space scientists were puzzled by an unidentiﬁable white object,” he said. “I knew immediately what it was. That was a home run ball hit off me in 1933 by Jimmie Foxx.” Alas, Gomez, who died at age 80 in 1989, doesn’t have a snappy epitaph on his grave marker at Mt. Tamalpais Cemetery, but it does have an etched image of him and his wife, Lois, in their Yankee glory days. Still, it’s a fancier marker than that of Ernie Nevers, who has a simple niche nearby. Nevers, who died in 1976 at 72 years of age, was not only a major league baseball player—he played pro basketball and football as well. He still holds the record for scoring all 40 points—touchdowns and kicked points-after—in a 1929 NFL game for the Chicago Cardinals. No less than Pop Warner called him the best player he ever coached, high praise considering Warner had also coached Jim Thorpe. It seems likely the world will never see as well-rounded an athlete as Nevers ever again.
‘I’d rather be lucky than good’—Lefty Gomez
Notorious Women Because Mount Olivet accepted any Catholic for burial whether they could pay or not, several San Quentin inmates lie here in unmarked graves, including Juanita Spinelli, who was executed in 1941 at age 52, the ﬁrst woman to be gassed to death at San Quentin. She was called “the Duchess,” the leader of a gang convicted of drugging a 19-year-old fellow gang member, Robert Sherrard, and then throwing his body off a bridge and attempting to make it look like a suicide. The warden who presided over her execution, Clinton Duffy, later wrote she was: “The coldest, hardest character, male or female, I have ever known...a homely, scrawny, nearsighted, sharp-featured scarecrow...The Duchess was a hag, evil as a witch, horrible to look at, impossible to like...” which may be the all-time most extreme example of adding insult to injury. On the other side of Mt. Olivet lies Barbara Graham, the third woman executed in San Quentin’s gas chamber. Dubbed “Bloody Babs” by the press, she received far more sympathetic treatment after her 1955 death at age 31. Susan Hayward won an Academy Award for her portrayal of Graham in 1958’s I Want to Live!—the movie implies Graham wasn’t even present at the murder and robbery of 64-year-old Burbank widow Mabel Monohan, the crime for which she was convicted. And Graham is one of few people who was arguably more striking than the glamorous Hollywood actress who portrayed her on ﬁlm. She was certainly younger—Graham was born ﬁve years after Hayward. Graham’s grave was unmarked until the 1980s when a San Francisco pizza delivery man, after seeing the movie, scraped together $300 for a simple marker, which
The Nevers ending story.
last week was also sporting some faded artiﬁcial ﬂowers. She’s not buried in a prime location in Mt. Olivet, but her gravesite does have a view of the Terra Linda Michael’s arts and crafts store.
Musicians with Drug Issues Chester W. Powers has two “aka” names also on his Mt. Tamalpais headstone: Jesse Oris Farrow and Dino Valenti. One of the founding members of the Quicksilver Messenger Service in 1965, Valenti was imprisoned on drug charges and sold the rights to his best known composition, “Get Together,” to help pay for his defense. He died suddenly at age 57 in Santa Rosa in 1994. June Pointer, the youngest of the Pointer Sisters, also battled drug addiction most of her career, to the point where her
sisters threw her out of the band as a form of “tough love.” When she had a stroke doctors discovered cancer had spread throughout her body, and she died at age 52 in 2006. She shares a burial site with her sister Anita’s daughter, Jada, who died of cancer in 2003. The marker’s epitaph is “Someday we’ll be together” and there’s room for more names to be engraved. Two of the most famous musicians with drug issues are “resting”—sort of— in Marin. Some of Jerry Garcia’s ashes were scattered in San Francisco Bay and Janis Joplin’s “cremains” were scattered from a plane over Stinson Beach. So there is a reason that Marinites may always feel surrounded by a sweet, soulful and subtle it’s-all-gone-too-soon vibe. < Bury Julie at jvader@paciﬁcsun.com.
Triumph of the wills From Janis Joplin to Beryl Buck, when it comes to great wills—a few have truly passed the testament... by M at t hew St af for d
last will and testament is a handy way to let your friends and family know how you feel about them after you’ve safely escaped into the great beyond, out of reach of both fawning gratitude and a punch in the nose. Where there’s a will there’s a way to express devotion, register disenchantment, apply the hotfoot, let out a little long-latent hostility and make one ﬁnal statement about who you are and what you believe in, all from the safety of a sealed envelope and six feet under. It’s the ultimate, richly anticipated, often surprising farewell broadside. There’s nothing especially complicated about writing a will, particularly for the majority of the population who don’t have a lot to bequeath anyway. No lawyer is required. All you have to do is write out, in your own hand, how and to whom you want to distribute your worldly goods. Mention somewhere that you’re of sound mind and old enough to know better, then sign it and date it. Make sure not to add anything below the signature, or to try and disinherit your spouse—nothing doing in a community property state—or to require your potential heirs to commit naughty or otherwise illegal acts to earn their inheritance. Oh, and no photocopies, please. A last will and testament isn’t absolutely necessary, of course; if you die without having written one (aka “intestate”), your stuff will be divided among your heirs, or if there aren’t any heirs your estate will be liquidated and deposited in the state
Larkspur resident Janis Joplin bequeathed dough for a raging party for all her friends—sadly, the chanteuse could attend in spirit only.
coffers for, hopefully, the public good. The other, more satisfying option is to spend everything you have before you kick the bucket, but if you absolutely insist on leaving some- W.C. Fields couldn’t leave this mortal coil without one ﬁnal parting The Beryl Buck legacy lives on today through the Buck Institute, above, as well as the thing behind, shot at the institution of marriage. philanthropy of the Marin Community Foundation. here are a few examples of massive private oil reserves. The foundalive ﬁsh, all wearing white scarves in honor afterlife bequests, requests and manifestos tion tried to break the trust’s Marin-only of the man who perished rather than eat his from history ancient and modern. requirement, with some success, and fellow-creatures.” (Shaw also directed that The oldest known will is carved on the when the dust settled the Buck Institute the bulk of his $1,028,252 estate be used tomb of Nek’ure, the son of an Egyptian for Research on Aging, the country’s ﬁrst to develop a British alphabet of 40, rather pharaoh. Upon his death in 2601 B.C., independent biomedical research center than 26, letters.) W.C. Fields, meanwhile, the prince, having pondered his bequests devoted exclusively to age-related diseases, left $10,000 to his wife, $25,000 to his et “while living upon his two feet was safely housed in a snappy mistress and a variety of carefully chosen and not ailing in any respect,” I. Pei-designed setting up in I.M. possessions (including “two ﬂy catchers”) left 14 towns and two estates N Novato. to assorted cronies. to his wife, three children and Another Marinite, Janis Just plain folk can cook up fairly goofy by b y a woman whose relationship J Joplin (“resident of the city of last wills and testaments too. NineteenthMatthew M at t hew to the deceased is lost in the Larkspur, California”), knew century British philosopher Jeremy BenStafford St a f f o r d sands of time. Other bequests how to spread her postmortham left his entire estate to London Hospihave been more public-spirittem dough around too. In tal with the proviso that his remains preside ed. In 1829 James Smithson, a her will (updated three days over future board meetings. Bentham’s ﬂesh British chemist with a bulgbefore she died of a heroin and organs were duly removed, his skeleton ing inheritance of his own, overdose in October 1970), was reassembled and dressed in his garleft half-a-million dollars to the U.S. she left $2,500 for a party “so my ments, a wax life mask was placed over his government to create “an establishment for friends can have a ball after I’m gone.” skull, and he was seated in an armchair in a the increase and diffusion of knowledge The all-night wake at the Lion’s Share in glass and mahogany case where he presided among men”—known to us today as the San Anselmo, with 200 guests and music for...92 years. One John Bowman, a great great and good Smithsonian Institution. by Creedence, Big Brother, the Airplane believer in reincarnation, created a trust In his 1896 will Alfred Nobel, the guilt- and the Dead, as well as white wine, hash fund to pay servants to maintain his 21ridden inventor of dynamite, directed brownies and bad behavior, was by all acroom mansion and prepare dinner every that his fortune be invested in income- counts a splendid sendoff. evening until he and his deceased wife and producing securities that would subsidize Other famous folk have settled their daughters, um, returned. (His wishes were the ﬁve annual monetary prizes (in phys- affairs in equally distinctive fashion. Peter carried out for 59 years.) More prosaically, ics, medicine, chemistry, literature and the Great’s will included a detailed plan for Quaker State heiress Eleanor Ritchey left peace) that bear his name to this day. And the conquest of Europe. Napoleon directed $14 million to her 150 stray dogs. in 1945, a little-known stage actor named that his head be shaved and the hair divided The last word, though, has to go to Conrad Cantzen bequeathed $226,608.34 among his friends. Texas statesman-icon Margaret Nothe, a Philadelphia houseto Actors Equity in New York to establish Sam Houston wrote that he would like “my wife, whose cogent, concise last will and a Shoe Fund for struggling players in need sons taught early an utter contempt for testament, tucked into her handwritten of footwear—a program that’s still going novels and light reading.” Charles Dickens collection of recipes under “Chili Sauce,” strong. asked the mourners at his funeral to “wear was found legally binding: “4 quarts of Marin County’s most famous last will no scarf, cloak, black bow, long hatband, ripe tomatoes, 4 small onions, 4 green and testament was philanthropic as well. or other such revolting absurdity,” while peppers, 2 teacups of sugar, 2 quarts of Beryl Buck bequeathed most of what was Mormon leader Brigham Young’s will carecider vinegar, 2 ounces ground allspice, thought to be a $12 million estate to the fully divided his $2.5 million estate among 2 ounces cloves, 2 ounces cinnamon, 12 San Francisco Foundation when she died 17 wives and 48 children. Devout vegetarteaspoons salt. Chop tomatoes, onions and in 1975, stipulating that it be used to fund ian George Bernard Shaw’s will contained peppers ﬁne, add the rest mixed together Marin-based charitable causes. But when “directions for my funeral, which will be and bottle cold. Measure tomatoes when probate closed four years later the estate followed not by mourning coaches, but peeled. In case I die before my husband I was worth an awe-inspiring $262 million, by herds of oxen, sheep, swine, ﬂocks of leave everything to him.” Amen. < thanks to the sale of Belridge Oil and its poultry, and a small traveling aquarium of Bequeath to Matthew at mstafford@paciﬁcsun.com. OCTOBER 26 - NOVEMBER 1, 2012 PACIFIC SUN 11
Perfect circle Talking to kids about death is no day at the movies...
y kids, Jenna and Andy, now 27 and and confusing realities—and death is a near 25, were 8 and 7 years old when impossible concept to explain to someone their mother died. Gladys and I had whose views of the world are so fragile. been divorced for a few years when she was O O O O diagnosed with lung cancer and lymHospice By The Bay, with ofﬁces in Marin, phoma. She noticed a lump in her neck on San Francisco, San Mateo and Sonoma Easter Day 1994, and died seven months County, has worked with countless children later, just a few days before Thanksgiving. in various stages of grief. In the booklet It was a difﬁcult time, to say the least. As a weekend father, my role had largely “Children’s Grief,” marriage and family counselor Alissa Hirshﬁeld-Flores been the Fun Guy. Though I was describes the need for simple, de a daily presence in their lives, honest answers to children’s h it was on weekends that they questions about death. Often, q came to stay with me, and I beby b y she writes, adults attempt to ssh came associated with playtime. D David av i d sspare children pain by softenOur weekends together were ing their explanations to the T Templeton empleton full of games, trips to the park, point of meaninglessness. adventures and movies. The When children are not given Lion King, a particular favorite, full explanations, they will was still in theaters, the soundﬁll in the gaps with their own track a constant presence in my imagination, sometimes to car, on the day I got the call that devastating effect. Gladys had passed away. Telling children that their loved one has The kids were with me that day. merely “gone away” opens up immense Recognizing that the end was near, I’d feelings of abandonment. Telling a child brought them to my place for a few days. that his mother or father or grandparent My girlfriend, Susan—we got married a has “gone to sleep” often causes fear of year or so later—was home that morning, bedtime, imagining that he himself might too. Telling my children that their mother never wake up again. Even the comforting had just died is easily the hardest thing suggestion that the loved one was taken I’ve ever had to do in my life. They knew away by God because she was so good he she was sick, but in a clumsy attempt to needed her in Heaven can result in conprotect them, she’d repeatedly promised fused feelings, believing that only in being that, one way or another, she was going to bad will the child be safe from a God that get better. kills good people. It was a promise made of love, and of Experts tend to agree that the best one optimism and hope. can do for children asking about death But it was a big mistake. is to give real comfort, to answer quesI still remember their faces, tears running down their cheeks, their little mouths tions about sickness as honestly as possible, avoiding ambiguous language. Most chewing, chewing, chewing. For some important, children need to know that reason, I decided to give them chocolate everything they are feeling is normal. That trufﬂes as I broke the news. Jenna, the it’s OK to cry. And it’s OK to be happy, too. 8-year-old, couldn’t stop crying. She imIt’s OK to want their loved one to return, mediately ran to tell our cat, Buddy, the and it’s OK to be angry that that isn’t going news. From the bathroom, where Buddy to happen. liked to hang out, I could hear her sobPrimarily, a grieving child needs to feel bing, holding Buddy in her arms. In the loved and protected. living room, Andy, 7, had cried for maybe 30 seconds. That was it. Then he became O O O O angry, his little ﬁsts slowly clenching in In my case, I stumbled through the best I childlike rage. could. “She said she wasn’t going to die! She It was with mixed feelings that I took the promised!” kids to the showing of the body the night The rest of the day was a wild ride of emobefore their mother’s funeral. I didn’t want tions, each new wave punctuated by questhat to be their last memory of her, but tions. “Where is she now? Where will we live? Gladys’s mother was adamant. Since they Why did she die?” had not been given a chance to really say That last one, that was the toughest. goodbye—how could they, when they’d been Death is a mystery to even the most promised she was going to recover?—I gave cognizant and experienced of us. But for them each a blank cassette tape, and encourchildren, especially at their age, the world is aged them to record a message to leave in the still forming, a blend of imaginative fantasy 12 PACIFIC SUN OCTOBER 26 - NOVEMBER 1, 2012
cofﬁn. I still don’t know what they said. Jenna recorded her message in the bathroom with Buddy, behind closed doors. Andy waited till the last minute, while we were eating dinner at a Burger King down the street from the funeral home. There was one of those indoor playgrounds at the restaurant, with a slide and a ball crawl. Andy took the recorder into the little pit of plastic balls, wiggled down under, and said his goodbyes from beneath the covering of brightly colored balls. After the viewing, where the cassettes were gently placed inside the cofﬁn with Gladys’s body, I still felt Andy and Jenna’s questions weighing down on me. I felt a responsibility to try and explain, to make some sense of what was happening—but I couldn’t imagine how. Susan drove my parents back to their hotel, and I seat-belted the kids into my car and headed for home. On the sound system was The Lion King. No one was in the mood to sing “Hakunah Matata,” so I went to turn it off. Then I had an idea. I switched to track number one. “The Circle of Life.” “From the day we arrive on the planet/ And blinking, step into the sun/ There’s more to see than can ever be seen/ More to do than can ever be done.” And then the chorus. “It’s the Circle of Life/ And it moves us all/ Through despair and hope/ Through faith and love/ Till we ﬁnd our place/ On the path unwinding/ In the Circle, the Circle of Life.” We all knew those words by heart. I turned the car around, and headed back. Not to the funeral home, but to the hospital where both of the kids were born.
And tomorrow will be another day.
We stopped for ice cream on the way. “I don’t know why your mom died,” I told Andy and Jenna, as we crossed the parking lot and then stepped into the hospital elevator and hit the button for the third ﬂoor. “But I know that everything has a beginning and an ending, and some endings come earlier than others. But there’s always a new beginning after that. That’s the circle of life.” The elevator opened onto the balcony outside the maternity ward and, ice cream cones still in their hands, I led Jenna and Andy over to the window. Inside were rows and rows of cribs, four of them occupied with newborn babies. “You just saw your mom for that last time, at the funeral place,” I told them, kneeling down between them. “Now I want to show you where you saw her for the ﬁrst time.” Nothing much happened. The babies slept. We peered through the window. We ﬁnished our ice cream. Then we went home. I don’t know that my little improvised ﬁeld trip, or my awkward explanation about circles, beginnings and endings offered any comfort. My children carry the pain of their mother’s death to this day. But strangely, they felt that one of their questions had been answered. Their mother died because sometimes mothers die, and lion kings pass on, and new lions are born to take their place. Death sucks, and sometimes adults don’t give kids a chance to say their goodbyes, and nobody knows what to say when hard questions are asked. But in the circle of life, it’s not bad. It’s not good, either. It’s just what happens. < Email David at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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few years back, I journeyed CaliforThis isnâ€™t the ďŹ rst niaâ€™s vast and sweltering Interstate time I imagined my 5 from Los Angeles back to the Bay funeral. Throughout Area. It is a sojourn I have made often over my life, serious and the last several decades but this particular not-so-serious nearmid-July trip was rather psychically transdeath experiences led formative. me to vivid images First, I should admit that I was a bit hung of friends and famover. The evening prior to my return home ily streaming out was spent sucking down tequila with some the door of comold high school friends and smoking cigamunity centers, rettes outside oneâ€™s West Hollywood apartweeping for their ment. The morning found me dehydrated, loss. In fact, I ďŹ rst hazy and mildly bruised. began imagining Next, anyone who has ever found herself my demise and subsein the unfortunate location of the Central quent funeral service as a young child Valley during the summer months knows who passed by a vicious Australian cattle dog that July doesnâ€™t exactly offer a refreshing on my daily walks to the bus stop. This horriďŹ c experience. Especially while driving an old mutt, T.S. (which was short for â€œTough Shitâ€?), clunky 1990 Volvo with no A/C. Though growled, pounced and nipped at my heels evequipped with a large Whole Foods bag of ery school day for nearly 10 years, resulting in coconut water, kombucha and smoothies a decade of obsessing over what kind of music for the drive, the combination of the heat, would be played at my service after ďŹ nally sucthe tequila seeping out of my post-binge cumbing to this nasty creatureâ€™s blood-thirsty pores and nostalgia for my youth brought fangs. Luckily, I survived those early years with on what can only be described as a mobile T.S., and my loved ones escaped the fate of revision quest. membering me every time they heard songs As the 110 degree heat continued to like â€œSunrise, Sunset,â€? â€œWe Are the World,â€? or soarâ€”reaching a temperature of what I re- Bon Joviâ€™s â€œLivinâ€™ on a Prayer.â€? fer to as â€œpersonal hellâ€?â€”I was convinced As I grew older and had more serious that I would meet my maker out there on near-death experiencesâ€”like the time my the side of the freeway, and over the next teen boyfriend and I totaled his parentsâ€™ several hours in my sweat lodge on wheels, new Volvo while blasting Metallicaâ€™s â€œRide I imagined my own funeral. And for some the Lightningâ€?â€”my musical taste had reason it involved my friend Gabe narratexpanded from Casey Kasemâ€™s Sunday ing a slide show of my life. My existence morning Top 40 countdown of my preslowly clicked away before my eyes like an teen years. I soon found myself recording old Kodak projector; Gabeâ€™s voice echoing eclectic mixed-tapes in which the unlikely through the vast array of songs I combination of the Smiths, Hall imagined would accompany and Oates, the Violent Femmes, my photographs at the memoElton John, Led Zeppelin, the rial service. Pixies, Bob Dylan, Prince and by I know this seems morose. Black Sabbath would provide Dani But really, who hasnâ€™t enterthe soundtrack to my teen tained these dramatic projecself â€™s tragic and untimely Burlison tions? death.
D`o\[d\jjX^\j On the off-chance that the entire staff at the PaciďŹ c Sun perishes in a freak apocalyptic pterodactyl attack, Iâ€™ve asked them to be prepared, too. Hereâ€™s what our staff funeral mix tape would sound like: â€œWhen The Saints Go Marching In,â€?traditional â€”Missy Reynolds, art director â€œGasolineâ€? by the Silent Comedy;â€œWomanâ€? by Wolfmother â€”Stephenny Godfrey, trafďŹ c coordinator â€œScatterlings of Africaâ€? by Johnny Clegg & Savuka â€”Tracey Milne, sales
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In my 20s, the idea of dying suddenly became more of a possibility as I began losing people I loved and was asked to contribute songs for memorial mixed tapes. â€œAmazing Graceâ€? doesnâ€™t always cut it. There have been heavy metal songs, hip-hop remixes and, of course, the excruciatingly painful experience of my children choosing Iz Kamakawiwoâ€™oleâ€™s version of â€œSomewhere Over the Rainbow / What a Wonderful Worldâ€? for their fatherâ€™s funeral. These days, my own list continues to morph in order to accommodate new songs and the new memories they help form. And though my dear friend Gabe may ďŹ nd my Untimely Death Mixed Tape not up to par with his music standards, Iâ€™m still hoping he can add some narration and tasteful stories of my life if and when the occasion arises. For future reference, my Untimely Death Mixed Tape is, in no particular order, as follows: Leonard Cohen â€œBird on a Wireâ€? s Tom Waits â€œShiver Me Timbersâ€? s Amy Winehouse â€œHe Can Only Hold Herâ€? s John Prine â€œAngel From Montgomeryâ€? s Okkervil River â€œSong About a Starâ€? s Neutral Milk Hotel â€œHolland, 1945â€? s Andrew Bird â€œHappy Dayâ€? s The Beatles â€œAcross the Universeâ€? s Alison Krauss & Gillian Welch â€œIâ€™ll Fly Awayâ€? s The Smiths â€œReel Around the Fountainâ€? s Paul Simon â€œMother and Child Reunionâ€? s The Cure â€œClose to Meâ€? s Bjork â€œAll Is Full of Loveâ€? s Wilco/Billy Bragg â€œCalifornia Starsâ€? s Flaming Lips â€œDo You Realize?â€? s Neil Young â€œUnknown Legendâ€? s Ice Cube â€œIt Was a Good Dayâ€? s Brothers Comatoseâ€™s cover of the Rolling Stonesâ€™ â€œDead Flowersâ€? s Otis Redding â€œAmenâ€? s Frank Sinatra â€œIâ€™ll Be Seeing Youâ€? s Bob Dylan â€œGirl from North Countryâ€? s Heavy D â€œNow That We Found Loveâ€? s David Bowie with Arcade Fire â€œWake Up.â€? Rewind with Dani at dburlison@paciďŹ csun.com.
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here’s no two ways about it: Autumn is here. The days are shorter, the leaves are falling and market bins, from Novato to Sausalito, are brimming with peppers of every kind. Farmers markets and grocers are stocked with an abundance of colorful varieties, from spicy hot serranos and jalapenos to tasty padrons and sweet Corno di Toros. Two of my favorites this year are the Purple Beauty bell and the NuMex Big Jim. We’ve had moderate success growing the gorgeous purple peppers in our garden this year, and although they are slightly smaller than a regular bell pepper, their ﬂavor and, of course, their color, make them a wonder to cook with. The plant is a robust, leafy bush with copious lavender fruits pulling it this way and that. Generally, the striking amethyst color fades when the peppers are cooked but the mild, sweet ﬂavor makes them a winner. The NuMex Big Jims are a type developed at New Mexico State University—home of the Chile Pepper Institute. It is a cross between a milder Peruvian chile and a New Mexico variety. The resulting fruits are long, straight green chiles that taper to perfect points. About 6 to 8 inches long, they are perfect for chile rellenos and their spicy kick makes them a great addition to pots of autumnal stews and soups. Fall here in Marin often means that the hot days of Indian summer are mixed in with cold, crisp nights and periods when the gloomy fog comes creeping back in. For such changeable weather a couple of good recipes always come in handy. The two I’ve included highlight the bounty of peppers available right now. Fajitas are an easy, quick weeknight dinner and this recipe makes use of the grill, so when it’s hot outside, you won’t need to turn on the stove. Choose a mix of peppers with different colors and heat levels and feel free to substitute skirt steak, shrimp, ﬁrm ﬁsh ﬁllets or even ﬁrm tofu for the chicken. The stuffed peppers were inspired by a recipe from Michael Chiarello and would be a good way to use some Purple Beauties, if you can ﬁnd them. The ingredients mix up quickly; however, be sure to leave a good hour for cooking time in the oven. This is a good dish for some of those cold nights ahead. Peppers and autumn go hand in hand. Just like the passing of the seasons, peppers won’t be around much longer, so go out and get your ﬁx soon. O
Quick Grilled Fajitas Serves 4-6 4 medium peppers—a mix of colors and heat levels, cored, seeded and sliced 1/2-inch thick 1 large red onion, halved and thinly sliced 2 small zucchini, halved lengthwise and sliced on diagonal into 1/2-inch pieces 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, sliced 1/2-inch thick on the diagonal Olive oil Salt and pepper Juice of one lime 1 tablespoon pure chile powder 1/2 teaspoon each cumin and oregano Flour and/or corn tortillas, approximately 8 total Your favorite salsa and guacamole Sour cream
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ow many years must the cannon balls ďŹ‚y, before they are forever banned?â€? Bob Dylan posed the question back in 1963 as the nation began to confront the tragic consequences of American intervention in Vietnam. His cryptic response was that the answer is â€œblowinâ€™ in the wind.â€? Audiences attending Berkeley Repertory Theatreâ€™s just opened An Iliad may ďŹ nd themselves coming to the same ambiguous conclusion even as they rise in unison at the curtain to acknowledge the mesmerizing performance of Henry Woronicz in this dramatized fragment of Homerâ€™s famous epic poem. Basing their work loosely on the original eighth-century B.C. text, An Iliadâ€™s creative team of translator Robert Fagles, director Lisa Peterson and playwright Denis Oâ€™Hare distilled Homerâ€™s multi-volume original into a 100-minute (without intermission) monoHenry Woronicz casts a giant shadow in â€˜An Iliad.â€™ logue by limiting its scope to the climactic encounter between attacking Athenian forces with him) to her husband, Mycenaeâ€™s King led by the renowned warrior-hero Achilles, Menelaus. After 10 years of bloody ďŹ ghting and Troyâ€™s stubborn defenders, commanded that saw Troy leveled to the ground, the rescue by the charismatic Hector, a man of equal was ďŹ nally accomplished. The exultant Greeks, military reputation. their honor restored, stopped raping and pilFollowing an opening blast of electronic laging, sang patriotic songs and sailed home. sound that shakes BRTâ€™s Thrust theater with Was any of this historically true? Did the force of a sonic boom, Woronicz appears someone named Homer actually write it? We on an empty stage dressed in clothes, includ- simply donâ€™t know, but, fact or myth, the IIiad ing a drab, ill-ďŹ tting gray overcoat, that suggest is one of the greatest antiwar parables of all he might go directly from time and Woroniczâ€™s brilthe show to make his bed liant performance brings a somewhere on Berkeleyâ€™s key section of it vividly alive. NOW PLAYING streets. His demeanor mixes Yet, as he shambles offstage An Iliad runs through weariness and frustration at the end we are left to Nov. 18 at the Berkeley as he utters the textâ€™s initial Repertory Theatreâ€™s Thrust wonder with Dylan, â€œHow lines in classic Greek and Stage, 2035 Addison St., many years must the cannon then, switching to English, Berkeley. Information: balls ďŹ‚y...?â€? outlines the tragic events he 510/647-2949 or OOOO berkeleyrep.org is about to describe. Itâ€™s as if he knows his listeners in the Tip of the week: The Strindberg Cycle plays darkened auditorium may through Nov. 18 at the enterprising Cutting Ball not want to hear what he has EXIT, 277 Taylor St., SF. Theater is presenting a to say, but heâ€™s determined Information: 415/525-1205 cycle of all ďŹ ve of August or cuttingball.com. to speak anyway in the hope Strindbergâ€™s rarely perthat his words may someformed chamber plays in how break the worldâ€™s chain the companyâ€™s EXIT on of man-made catastrophes Taylor (San Francisco) venue. Artistic director Assisted by Petersonâ€™s simple but effec- Rob Melrose (who once taught theater at tive staging, which mercifully spares us from Marin Academy) has assembled a formidable the clumsy special effects often found in such cast that includes Bay Area favorites James epic projects, Woronicz uses his skill as a story- Carpenter and Robert Parsons. Although teller to fuel our imagination with the rich de- this is a wonderful opportunity to become tails of one of historyâ€™s most celebrated battles. acquainted with the work of Ibsenâ€™s lesser We learn how the ancient Greeks, spurred on known contemporary, potential attendees by their mischievous gods, dispatched a great should be warned that Strindberg, an emoarmada across the Aegean to lay siege to the tionally tortured 19th-century predecessor of city of Troy. Their mission was to return beau- the 20thâ€™s absurdist playwrights, is not always tiful Helen (who allegedly had been abducted a comfortable theatrical companion. < by Trojan Prince Paris, but may have run away Contact Charles Brousse at firstname.lastname@example.org
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