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››LETTERS Sweetwater needs irrigating In regards to Bob Weir walking off stage due to loud barflies at Sweetwater [“Weir ‘Had It’ With Jabbering Fans,” March 6]. Having designed many night clubs and music venues over the years, I can fairly say there is a serious problem with the way the Sweetwater bar is at an elevated space with enough room for lots of people mingling around the bar stools. The crucial element is the space between the bar stool and the railing. If this was altered, it wouldn’t be as convenient for people to congregate and talk. Being that I’m an ol’ Mill Valley gal, I would love to see this problem solved, because I don’t think I’m the only person who doesn’t like to spend my money and not hear the music. Barflies will always hang... but making it difficult to cluster is not a hard thing to fix. Also, upholstering the lower level walls, opposite the stage, would help too.

chickens to the same fate. Obviously, we have established special relationships with horses and dogs as our companions, protectors, and sports protagonists, rather than as food. But where is the ethical and logical distinction, given that all these animals are endowed by individuality, sentience, and an ability to experience the same feelings of joy, affection, sadness, and fear that we do? Fortunately, our health food industry has spared us from having to choose which animals to pet and which ones to eat. Their delicious soy- and grain-based meat alternatives are available in every supermarket. Patrick Sullivan, Mill Valley

Carolyn Robbins, San Rafael

New spin on ‘filly’ cheese steak sandwich... Last week, food safety officials in United Kingdom, France, and Sweden found traces of horse meat in ground beef sold across Europe. Massive recalls and lawsuits are ensuing. Can it happen here? Horse slaughter for human consumption was banned in the U.S. between 2007 and 2011. But now, a New Mexico slaughterhouse is getting approval from U.S. authorities to slaughter horses for human consumption, and a Philadelphia restaurant has already announced plans to serve horse meat. I marvel at our hypocrisy of rejecting the notion of horse or dog meat on our dinner plates, while condemning cows, pigs and

We’ve noticed that Marinites won’t eat animals that have starred in their own TV series.

Rights of passage The idea of designating Lucas Valley Road a “scenic highway” [“Scenic Road Warriors,” Feb. 15] led to some thought. While nearly every Marin city/town/burg, etc., uses the word “scenic” to name one of its streets, no artery in the county has been blessed

with the “Scenic Highway” designation. Does anyone wonder which, if any, Marin ribbon of asphalt might be worthy of this esteemed honor? On the outset U.S. Rte. 1 would be a contender. After all it is a “highway,” and in Marin it extends from the Golden Gate Bridge all the way to the Sonoma County border and no one would argue but every inch is scenic. But since it also runs from Mexico to Canada, perhaps “National Scenic Highway” would be an apt designation. Marin also has Sir Francis Drake Boulevard winding its way from San Quentin through a dozen towns over breathtaking hillsides and farmlands, even through a state park then into national parklands and historic ranches all the way to the Pacific Ocean. Not to forget Fairfax-Bolinas Road which climbs past lakes Lagunitas and Bon Tempe, around Alpine Lake and through the hills and dales of Mt. Tamalpias. Or, Nicasio Valley Road passing Lagunitas Reservoir. And even though they encompass two counties Pt. Reyes-Marshall-TomalesPetaluma roads. There are so many stunning vistas to enjoy in Marin County. Lucas Valley Road a “scenic highway”? Suddenly when compared to the above, there seems to be a certain ring to Lucas Valley Alley. M. E. Hunt, Woodacre

Something to spout-off about! Wonderful story [“The Porpoise-Driven Life,” Feb. 22]! I kayak and see dolphins and porpoises in Sausalito near Yellow Bluff and Cavallo Point. Even in Raccoon Strait en route to Tiburon. Five years sounds right. It is so exciting. Must be a lot of bait fish and cleaner waters. Maybe the bay has warmed up by a degree. Did you hear the program on KQED Christmas 2011 when they interviewed people about the return of dolphins to S.F. Bay? One man was a teenager in the 1950s and he said when you drove over the Golden Gate Bridge it just stunk of pollution and filth. Now it is a gem in paradise. And the porpoises have returned. Nice story in the Pacific Sun!

schools. From the quantitative results overview: “CKLA students literacy gains were more than double the gains of students at demographically similar comparison schools.” Lucy Calkins, the academic responsible for the balanced literacy program, objected that these test were biased to favor a particular curriculum; the tests given were WoodcockJohnson lll and TerraNova. To the question posed to teachers: Core Knowledge Language Arts engages students and sparks enthusiasm for reading; 69 percent strongly or somewhat agreed. George Schifini, New York

That moat will require an EIR, ma’am... I love reading letters from people kvetching [“So Much for ‘Omne Trium Perfectum,” March 1] about me having so many of my letters published (only because they don’t agree with my positions). I am a follower of Ayn Rand, not Jesus. I’m a Libertarian, not a Liberal DemoCRAP. Even God says she’d help those who help themselves. I’ve lived in Marin over 40 years; long enough to see our county morph from a “mellow” place to live where the worst crime of the week was a stolen now when we have bank holdups a few times a week and violent crime all the time. Thanks to all of the scumbags who came here to prey on everyone else. If we didn’t build it, they wouldn’t come. Free Everything, and now a free cell phone so you can order home delivery of pizza (probably can pay for it with food stamps). I’m watching Marin disintegrate into another crime-ridden area like Oakland and Richmond. Time to buy me an AK-47, put bars on my windows and a moat around my home. Marcia Blackman, San Rafael

Constanza Perry, San Rafael

To the Core and back! The Core Knowledge curriculum [“Just the Facts, Ma’am...” March 8] has been in use for at least 20 years in hundreds of schools across the United States. Research has backed up its claims for literacy efficacy. In March 2012 the New York City Department of Education released its Early Literacy Pilot 3 Year Report evaluating the Core Knowledge English Language Arts program. The central concept behind the curriculum is that “broad background knowledge is essential to reading comprehension.” The CKLA program was compared to an unspecified (most likely balanced literacy) reading program in demographically similar

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Well folks, he’s finally cracked... This may be the most important thing I have ever sent to Pacific Sun letters: Humpty Dumpty was pushed! Craig Whatley, San Rafael

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hether federal law allows a railroad to sidestep the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA)and its environmental protections is at the heart of a legal battle that will decide whether the North Coast Railroad Authority and the Northwest Pacific Railroad Company should be allowed to proceed with a plan to move forward with a freight line. The NCRA and NWP want to run freight from Samoa, near Arcata in the north part of the state, down through Marin and Novato and on to Schellville, where the line connects with the national freight rail system. The North Coast Railroad Authority, a state agency that owns the rail right of way, cut a deal with Northwest Pacific in 2006 to lease the right of way to the rail company. The deal irks critics who say the NCRA gave away too much of the store to NWP. The railroad authority agreed to a 25-year lease that allows NWP to renew for up to 100 years, without what critics say is meaningful oversight. But proponents say that when the lease deal was on the table, it was the best that could be secured, from NWP or any other rail company. The lease deal, however, is not the center of the legal battle that the NCRA and NWP have been engaged in since 2011. Friends of the Eel River and Californians for Alterna-

tives to Toxics filed separate lawsuits claiming an environmental impact report for the freight project is inadequate and the project should be halted until questions are answered—and mitigations solve problems that could be critical to the Russian River and the Eel River environments. The railroad authority and NWP say they don’t need to follow CEQA law because the project is exempt. Northwest Pacific already runs trains on the southern segment of the line. They started rolling in July of 2011. As of late last year, the railroad ran locomotives that sometimes pull seven or eight cars, sometimes as many as 15 or 16. The cars carry grain and building materials, including ties and track for use on SMART, the commuter rail line under construction that will run between Marin and Sonoma counties. The trains run south loaded and return empty. NWP was looking to extend its freight service north to Healdsburg and Geyserville, maybe Cloverdale. Running those freight trains through Novato didn’t come without pushback. In 2007, the city sued the North Coast Railroad Authority for failing to meet CEQA mandates regarding environmental impacts of running trains through the city. At the time, speculation swirled that NWP might run as many as 32 trains pulling as many as 60 cars. The suit claimed NCRA underestimated potential impacts. In 2008, the railroad 8 > Poll Results The county and towns of Marin are struggling to afford so many former employees’ pensions. What should be done? Nothing with current employees and retirees— a deal is a deal; don’t offer lucrative packages in the future ..................................................... 32.3% Play hardball and lower or cut packages across the board; even a lawsuit would be cheaper than paying the pensions ............................... 35.5% Negotiate in good faith and complete honesty— wiser heads will prevail with a compromise we can all live with ...................................... 19.4% Before I answer, tell me: are there any full-time job opportunities for me with the County? No? then cut the pensions! ............................. 3.2% Dunno. Lemme ask all those public works guys standing on the corner; they don’t seem busy ..... 9.7% What are Marin’s hopes for the new pope? Weigh in with our latest poll at 6 PACIFIC SUN MARCH 15 - MARCH 21, 2013

››NEWSGRAMS WildCare to spread its wings at Silveira property Those recuperating WildCare critters will have bit more room to stretch their legs and wings soon—as the San Rafael animal rescue center is set to move to bigger digs. WildCare has for some time been seeking to expand from its current 4,100-square-foot confines near Albert Park in San Rafael. After a deal fell through two years ago to secure a swath of land in Santa Venetia, WildCare officials announced this week they’ve signed a longterm lease to relocate to a site on the Silveira Ranch property in San Rafael. The Silveira family approached WildCare last year after realizing the under-utilized “Honor Farm” site on their land might be a perfect fit with the organization’s needs, according to WildCare officials. The Honor Farm rests along the north side of Smith Ranch Road; originally built as a military barracks in the late 1950s, the buildings on the 4.5-acre site had also housed inmates of the county jail. WildCare still needs to secure the necessary permits, as well as raise funds for renovations, but a 2014 move-in date is the current goal. WildCare officials say the expanded space will allow them to add classrooms and exhibit space, larger enclosures for the “non-releasable” animals that live at the rescue center, and allow for on-site rehabilitation of larger animals such as fawns, coyotes and raptors. Supes consider education-equality resolution Marin officials are taking a stand in support of pencils, books and teachers’ kindly looks this week, as the Board of Supes considers a resolution “recognizing the importance of education” and advocating for a “sustainable” early childhood, K-12 and higher education system. Throwing support behind schooling kids may seem as about as audacious as coming out in favor of puppies, moms and apple pie—but with President Obama’s State of the Union call for universal preschool receiving such low grades from his critics, the issue is anything but black-and-white. Although in a socioeconomic way, it is just that. As Gov. Brown recently said, “Equal treatment for children in unequal situations is not justice,” and the Marin Board of Supes is primarily focused on that idea in its proposed resolution—that economically disadvantaged minorities are not getting a fair shake of the chalkboard eraser, even in Marin. There are 52,000 children in Marin and, according to analysis by child-advocate watchdog group MarinKids, the playing field isn’t level. According to MarinKids: While 91 percent of white 3- to 4-year-olds attend preschool, only 32 percent of Latino children attend; While 64 percent of white and 76 percent of Asian middle and high school students scored proficient in algebra, only 23 percent of African-American and 26 percent of Latino kids did; And 100 percent of Asian and 94.7 percent of white students graduate high school in Marin, compared with 80.3 and 77.3 percent for Latino and African-American students, respectively. The resolution was requested by Supervisors Judy Arnold and Susan Adams who say the Marin Countywide Plan calls for such direction in “dealing with scholastic weaknesses,” in particular those “addressing educational inequalities based on income, geography and race.” The resolution’s stated goals include universal preschool for all 4-year-olds; providing academic assistance programs in each school; offering college-prep classes for every student; and supporting healthy food and summer enrichment programs. Bridge toll takers receive layoff notices The biggest toll of the Golden Gate Bridge going all-electronic later this month will no doubt be on toll takers—as nine full-time collec8> tors were handed pink slips last week by the bridge district.

Unhappy as a clam High toxin levels have health department steaming over mollusks... by Jacob Shafe r


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1. America’s longest-running musical revue, still going strong at the Club Fugazi in San Francisco, continuously since 1974, is called what? 2. One of Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign slogans was “Change We Can...” what? (fill in the phrase with two missing words). 3. St. Paddy’s Day is coming: 3a. What three-leafed clover is the symbol of Ireland? 3b. St. Patrick used this plant’s three leaves to explain to the pagan Irish what Christian philosophy? 7b 4. The name for what naval rank comes from the Latin, meaning to hold in high regard? 5. What popular TV series is named after a medical textbook written in 1858, and reprinted at least 40 times since? 6. Many scientists trace the earliest domestication of grapes to what country of western Asia? 7c 7. Pictured, right: These all have “colorful” names: 8. Utah, Nevada, Missouri and Oklahoma are the states whose capital cities have what in common? 9. In 1982, what comedian-actor (and SNL alum) died of a drug overdose at the Chateau Marmont Hotel in Los Angeles? 10. One apple and one banana cost 90¢, an apple and a cucumber cost 80¢, and a banana and a cucumber cost 84¢. What does each edible item cost individually?


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VJonny, a Mill Valley resident, was at Walgreens in San Rafael last Tuesday night when he overheard a tall, handsome, welldressed man speaking with the pharmacist. The man explained that he is a police detective and a woman was waiting in his car. She had just been released from the ER, where she was treated for a knife wound—her face had been slashed. Rather than have the victim wait at the hospital for someone to pick her up, the detective was driving her home and stopped at the pharmacy to fill her prescription. According to Jonny S., the policeman also paid for the medication. Detective, you went above and beyond the call of duty. We’re glad you’re on the streets of Marin. Many thanks.

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WMarijuana fanatics, mellow out. March must be the month for wild weed stories with women. On March 8, Mollie Blumberg, 21, of San Rafael, pleaded guilty to armed burglary of a Novato home. She donned a fairy costume to commit the crime, during which the resident was hit on the head with a variety of items. One of Blumberg’s alleged accomplices told police they planned to steal marijuana. An eerily similar incident occurred March 11, when Kelsey Winterkorn, 27, allegedly beat her roommate over the head  with a baseball bat. Police arrived at their Inverness home and found about 800 pot plants growing inside. Ladies, it’s Marin, not Mexico. Stop behaving like drug lords feuding over territory.—Nikki Silverstein


ive in Marin and enjoy prying your own mussels and clams off the rocks? Take heed: The state Department of Health warned last week that “dangerous levels” of toxins that can cause illness and, occasionally, death in humans have been detected in local shellfish. The toxins, known collectively as PSP, have also been detected on California’s far north coast; a moratorium has been in place since October in Humboldt and Del Norte counties. PSP toxins can’t be cooked away, though commercial shellfish, which are frequently tested, can be safely consumed, according to officials. In case any amateur shellfish hunters remain unconvinced, here’s the DOH Whacky weather has lead to an uptick in algae toxins— description of what eating a tainted clam which clams love to store and pass along to unwitting might do: “PSP toxins affect the central predators. nervous system, producing a tingling reports, including one from the National around the mouth and fingertips within Oceanic and Atmospheric Administraa few minutes to a few hours after eating tion, draw a clear connection between toxic shellfish. These symptoms are typithe current and projected effects of cally followed by loss of balance, lack of climate change—warming oceans, spikmuscular coordination, slurred speech ing CO2, shifting cloud-cover—and and difficulty swallowing. In severe poisonings, complete muscular paralysis and increased HAB. “Recent data shows that unusual or death from asphyxiation can occur.” unprecedented algal blooms have been So what causes PSP toxins to accumulinked to climate anomalies,” the report late? A variety of factors, but one major states. “Coastal and marine ecosystems, contributor is harmful algal blooms including local economies, are already (HAB). Certain types of algae release toxins; shellfish filter and store those tox- vulnerable to the impact of HABs, so it is important to understand how future ins, and pass them on to unwitting—and changes to climate may influence HAB unlucky—predators. For this reason, DOH and other monitor- occurrence and severity.” Taking a few ing agencies conshellfish off the sider PSP toxins menu may seem “naturally occurlike small potaring.” But that toes compared doesn’t necessarto the more ily mean humans dire impacts of are off the hook. climate change, While HAB are but an uptick in indeed a natural HAB, combined phenomenon, rewith other search indicates factors such as they could beocean acidificome more comcation, could mon, and severe, spell doom for due to climate a wide array of change. aquatic life— Of course, no ’and, indeed, single event—be Not only is climate change melting the ice caps, it’s now poisoning the entire mait a massive hur- your seafood jambalaya? rine ecosystem. ricane, raging If so, the wildfire or bout canary in the coal mine might turn out to of tainted mollusks—can be pinned on be a mussel in a tide pool. < climate change. Climate scientists are the first to point this out. But multiple Email Jacob at




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< 6 Unproven ‘track’ record authority reached a settlement with the city that called for NCRA to create “quiet zones” at 13 rail crossings. It also called for NCRA to use low-emission locomotives as well as other methods to minimize environmental impacts in the city. Bounce back to 2007, and the NCRA is issuing what are called “initial studies,” which would be a prelude to creating an environmental impact report for the “Russian River Division Freight Rail Project.” That’s a segment of the proposed freight line that would run between Lombard and Willits. In 2009, the NCRA released a draft of its environmental report for the project, which included that the railroad authority was “proposing to resume rail service.” That “resumption” description is important. In 2011, Friends of the Eel River filed suit, claiming that the environmental report dealt only with a segment of the rail line and not its whole run north, a move that violates CEQA. Opponents have been deeply suspicious that rail backers intend to tie into rock and mineral reserves to the north, which would require a cost-effective way to transport material south to the national rail system. Proponents say they have no immediate intentions of running into the Eel River Canyon, but environmental activists remain skeptical. While Friends of the Eel filed suit over segmentation, Californians for Toxic Alternatives’ suit claims the environmental report fails to address the issue of toxicity that will result from repairing the rail line, which needs a good bit of work before freight trains can roll. “The EIR does not address the toxic nature of the railroad infrastructure,” says Patty Clary of Californians for Toxic Alternatives. “There are tens of thousands of cross ties they have to pull out of the ground. Many of those railroad ties are splintered and contain toxic chemicals. And the soil around them also is toxic. When they come out and pull these things up and move the dirt around, this stuff can get into the streams. There are 121 stream crossings,” she says. A substantial amount of the wood in the structures that cross streams and sensitive wetlands also are contaminated, she adds, and the environmental impact report fails to address how to deal with the problem of contamination when removing the structures. Mitch Stogner, executive director at the North Coast Railroad Authority, says NWP and the NCRA do keep environmental impacts on the front burner. “The frustrating thing for me,” says Stogner, “is that all of the repairs to the line so we could run a train [on the southern segment] were all methodically made under the California Environmental Quality Act.” But then he adds a kicker that riles critics: The repairs were made “under exemptions to the environmental quality act for maintenance to an existing railroad, in-kind maintenance within the existing right of way.” Stogner says Northwest Pacific and the North Coast Railroad Authority fulfilled 8 PACIFIC SUN MARCH 15 - MARCH 21, 2013

their obligations. “The only contract we had with the state of California for funding repairs was that we have appropriate environmental clearance. And we did have appropriate environmental clearance: an exemption from the California Environmental Quality Act.” He also says the railroad authority “made a commitment” to compile an environmental impact report on “rail operations” that it wasn’t required to compile to receive state funds. Opponents say that by taking state money, the railroad entered into a bargain it failed to uphold. They also say shenanigans tainted the whole funding plan, citing a 2001 Associated Press story that recounts how Gray Davis was governor when the state funneled $60 million to reopen the NWP line. Shortly after the state decided to pour money into the effort, shippers, who stood the most to gain, contributed more than $60,000 to Davis’ campaign fund. That money—and more—established an obligation to follow the CEQA rules, say rail opponents. “Friends of the Eel River and Californians for Alternatives to Toxics say we committed to compiling an EIR and it’s insufficient,” says Stogner as he reiterates that he believes an EIR wasn’t actually required to receive state funding. It’s not surprising that Clary and Scott Greacen, executive director at Friends of the Eel River, disagree. The lawsuit has bounced from Marin Superior Court to federal court to state court and back to Marin Superior Court. The latest wrinkle came recently when a court of appeals said it refused to hear an appeal of a Marin Superior Court decision that ruled the rail project was bound to follow CEQA requirements. The decision, or lack of one, leaves the issue of CEQA compliance in legal limbo, or at least as an outstanding issue on the legal table. Rail opponents view the refusal to hear the appeal as an affirmation of their contention that the railroad authority and Northwest Pacific must abide by CEQA. But results are in the eye of the beholder. Stogner also sees the refusal to hear the appeal, filed on behalf of the NCRA and NWP, as a positive for his side. “It was good news for the NCRA,” he says. “The judge agreed with the concept of preemption and that this is an operating railroad under the jurisdiction of federal rules and the Interstate Commerce Act and therefore any questions related to state law are preempted by federal law.” Clary and Greacen disagree. They applaud the Marin Superior Court ruling that the appeals court failed to overturn. The Marin court agreed that the feds have the power to supersede state CEQA regulations but ruled that the railroad authority and Northwest Pacific stumbled on a technicality and were required to comply with CEQA. The ruling held that because the rail interests had already taken public money and had already compiled an environmental document (for the southern segment), they cannot now claim a CEQA exemption. Opponents have expressed concern that Northwest Pacific wants to seek private fi-

nancing and open up the northern segment of the rail line to tap natural resources there. And if exemptions from CEQA are upheld because federal railroad law supersedes state regulations, opponents say, an environmental crisis could follow, because getting private money moves a rail project even further away from state environmental law. Stogner says CEQA is unnecessary to ensure environmental protection. He reiterates that the railroad authority and NWP have no immediate intentions to push freight farther north into the Eel River Canyon. But in discussing the issue, Stogner says, “As soon as funds are available and we can make the requisite repairs, we will do so.” That has no soothing effect on opponents who worry about environmental damage. Stogner reiterates that repairs to the existing right of way are exempt from CEQA. But he adds that other rules and regulations ensure environmental protection without CEQA. “There’s a stormwater pollution prevention plan, there are permits,” regulations that provide environmental protections. “In doing the work that was challenged by the city of Novato, we had 14 agencies we had to get permits from.” The contention that CEQA has outlived its usefulness—because other rules and regulations have been enacted that serve the same function as an overarching CEQA—is on the table at the governor’s office. It’s also a topic du jour among business interests around the state, including those trying to influence legislators. Proponents of protecting CEQA are working just as hard to influence Sacramento. On a microcosmic level, that divide is key to the debate over whether the rail interests need CEQA approbation. Stogner

says, “CEQA has been used to stop projects, and this is a poster child for that. What the Friends of the Eel River [and Californians for Alternatives to Toxics] are doing is a push to stop train service, and they’re using CEQA to do it.” Greacen has said Friends of the Eel would drop its lawsuit if the NCRA and NWP sign a legally binding document stating there’s no intention to encroach on the Eel River Canyon for the next 20 or 30 years. Clary at Californians for Alternatives to Toxics has an opposite view from Stogner about CEQA manipulation tactics. She says the NCRA and NWP, instead of arguing the environmental review, have tied up the case in legal maneuvers in local superior court, state court and federal court. “It’s very expensive. What they are trying to do, I believe, is bankrupt us. This is what we are seeing. We’re seeing a full-on assault of the California Environmental Quality Act, and this is an example.” In a case of situational awareness, Greacen bursts out in a belly laugh when he hears that Stogner says opponents are trying to stall using CEQA compliance as a tactic. Stogner laughs just as loud upon hearing that Clary says it’s not the opponents but the NCRA and NWP using CEQA-related stalling maneuvers. “The operations of railroads are preempted by federal law, plain and simple,” says Stogner. After years of bouncing around jurisdictions, the lawsuit charging that the NCRA and NWP have an inadequate environmental report goes to court—finally—on May 8. < Contact the writer at

< 6 Newsgrams The layoffs were no surprise, as plans to transition to all-electronic toll taking have been in the works since the beginning of 2011, when there were as many as 28 full-time collectors. Over the past two years all but nine had either transitioned to new jobs for the Golden Gate Bridge Highway and Transportation District or retired, according to district officials. Another 29 part-time or temporary toll collectors were also given notice earlier last week. The move to all-electronic is one step in the bridge district’s efforts to climb out of a $66 million budget shortfall; by eliminating the toll takers’ salaries—which are roughly $48,000 to $54,000 a year for full-time employees—the district will save about $16 million over eight years. The bridge is set to begin its all-electronic tolling March 27. As of that morning, there will no longer be any “FasTrak only” lanes. The second southbound lane from the right will be the designated “carpool only” lane where vehicles with three persons or more, on weekdays from 5 to 9am and 4 to 6pm, can slide through for a cool $3. Once the toll plaza converts entirely to electronics, drivers will have three options to pay: through FasTrak, by a “license plate account” or via a one-time payment.

Marin tops in spare-the-air complaints—again! “Smoke ‘em if you’ve got ‘em” is the attitude of many Marin fireplace owners—even on winter “spare the air” days. Once again our county north o’ the Gate led the Bay Area in the number of complaints filed on winter spare-the-air days when fireplace burning is banned. In fact, Marin has led the Bay Area in complaints every year since the fireplace prohibitions first took place in 2008. This year the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, which monitors “spare the air” days, received 467 complaints from Marin chimney watchdogs, resulting in 32 confirmed violations. Sonoma County led all Bay Area counties in confirmed violations, at 45. Winter Spare the Air season, when inversion layers and air stagnation can trap pollutants in wood smoke and cause unhealthy air quality, lasts from November until the end of February. This year BAAQM called for 10 spare-the-air days. When a complaint is filed, the Air Quality district sends out an inspector to investigate—a confirmed violation receives a $100 citation; a second offense could cost fire lovers as much as $500.

A boy and his dogma

“My body is in prison but my mind is not incarcerated. Prayer is like breathing to me.”—John Walker Lindh

From American teenager to ‘American Taliban’— the John Walker Lindh story, as told by his father...

Child is father to the man In 2001, in the opening throes of the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan, the nation learned that one of its own had been captured as an Afghan fighter—an American Taliban—and that his formative years had been spent in safe confines of San Anselmo. Decried by none other than George H.W. Bush as a defining example of what one expects from“Marin County hottubbers,”20-year-old John Walker Lindh became, to some, a


merican Taliban” screamed across the headlines when John Walker Lindh, a young man from San Anselmo, was discovered in a dank basement in a remote area of Afghanistan in 2001. The media storm started then but John Lindh’s journey to Afghanistan had its roots many years before. “John’s interest in Islam started when he was 12 and became acquainted with the history of Malcom X, the African-American Black Muslim leader,” his father, Frank Lindh, said. At age 16 he became a Muslim and adopted the djellaba, the traditional men’s floor-length garment. Picture a dark-haired 16-year-old as he rode his bicycle from San Anselmo each week to a mosque in Mill Valley, where he studied and converted to the Muslim faith, leaving his Catholic upbringing behind. He yearned to learn Arabic in order to read the Koran in its original language, an imperative of all Muslim scholars. Frank Lindh, an attorney with the state Public Utilities Commission, drew the largest crowd ever at a Seniors for Peace meeting at

told me ‘I need to learn the Muslim faith, I need to read the Koran in Arabic,’” and so from 1998 to 2000 he went to Sana’a, Yemen, to study Arabic and the next year to a madrassa (Islamic school) in Pakistan to memorize the Koran in Arabic. “He loved the culture, he went native,” Lindh said. ““He was full of youthful idealism, not terrorism.” n Frank Lindh and John’s mother, Marilyn Walker, were in contact M with John through email until he went to w Takhar in remote Afghanistan to join the TaliT ban, where he was given two hand grenades b and a rifle, regular issue to Taliban fighters, national symbol of anti-Americanism and a progeny of Marin’s to fight the Northern Alliance. The Russianmoral relativity and entitled liberalism. While to others he’s been seen as a convenient scapegoat for a Bush administration backed warlords were notorious for human desperate to create a war narrative replete with heroes, villains rights violations through the 1990s—and by and traitors. But to his father, John is a beloved son whose the turn of the century the Taliban’s reputayouthful choices, wise or unwise, have taken him on a journey tion wasn’t much better. By 2001, the Taliban no parent wishes for his or her children. Here’s the real story, government maintained control over the rest according to Frank Lindh.—Jason Walsh, editor of the country with a harsh version of Islamic law. “People ask us if John had our permission to go to Afghanistan. He did not. We the Redwoods retirement community in Mill knew nothing about his intention to join the Valley earlier this month, with a moving account of how his now 32-year-old son landed Taliban,” Lindh said. Ironically, in April 2001 the U.S. granted in a special wing at a medium security federal $43 million to the Taliban government for prison in Terra Haute, Indiana, for the past 10 opium eradication. This aid was, according years, with at least six more to go. A tall, serious man with a trimmed beard, a to The New York Times, a “first cautious step toward reducing the isolation of the Taliban” poised demeanor and kind eyes, Frank Lindh by the Bush administration. That year John used PowerPoint to explain John’s metamorenrolled in an Afghan army infantry training phosis that took him to Yemen at age 20 to camp. He met Osama bin Laden, who helped study Arabic and then to Pakistan for a few fund the training camp, but Al Qaeda terrorist months. Later John made the journey over training and planning were conducted sepathe Khyber Pass to Afghanistan as an armed rately and were highly secretive. John told his fighter. He believed he was helping the Afghanistan people against the Northern Al- parents he knew nothing about the terrorist liance, led by a brutal Afghan warlord named training camps. In September 2001, as America reeled in Abdul Rashid Dostum whose militias were the wake of the 9/11 attacks, John Lindh arterrorizing villagers and extorting money rived at the front line in Takhar. Meanwhile, from them. It was Afghan against Afghan Pentagon officials were drawing plans for in tribal warfare that goes back genOperation Enduring Freedom—the erations, and was fed by the failed invasion of Afghanistan intended Soviet invasion. to destroy Osama bin Laden’s by “John was a peaceful young terrorist organization and man. He was named after John Joanne Lennon and John Marshall, the W I L L I A M S remove the Al Qaeda-friendly Taliban from power. outstanding chief justice of the On Oct. 7, the U.S. aerial Supreme Court,” Lindh said. “John

bombing started and the fighters retreated to Kunduz, where Gen. Dostum, emboldened by U.S. support for the Northern Alliance, offered “safe passage” of Taliban prisoners in return for $200,000 in cash. But Dostum was a shape-shifter, imprisoning and slaughtering the prisoners held at the ancient Qala-i-Jhangi fortress in the desert as they sat with their elbows tied together. O




ON A SUNDAY morning in late November 2001, while in the custody of Gen. Dostum’s troops, John Lindh was interrogated at Qalai-Jhangi by two American secret CIA agents, Mike Spann and David Tyson. “John didn’t know they were American or CIA,” Lindh said, “and he was afraid to say anything.” Minutes after the agents left the former Redwood High School student, Taliban prisoners rioted. According to reports, the agents were swarmed. In the ensuing melee, hundreds of Afghans from both sides were killed in what was to become known as the Battle of Qala-i-Jhangi. Among the dead was Spann—the first American killed in the invasion of Afghanistan. Among the 86 Taliban survivors discovered days later in the basement of the fortress, known as the “Pink House,” was John Walker Lindh, who lay wounded after a brutal attack by Dostum’s forces. “John was among the few who survived a vicious assault on the basement prisoners, many of whom died either by hand grenades thrown down on them, a purposely flooded floor, where the wounded drowned, and an oil-induced fire.” Other Taliban prisoners asphyxiated in locked shipping containers. “John was declared a terrorist and sent to [the U.S. base] Camp Rhino in Afghanistan where he was held naked and untreated for a gunshot wound for two days in an unheated shipping container,” his father said. Denied Red Cross access or contact with his family, John refused to talk about his experience, afraid he would be shot. Back in the U.S., John was tried on charges of terrorism and at 20 years old was sentenced to 20 years. “He had no legal counsel for 54 days,” Lindh said, “and MARCH 15 - MARCH 21, 2013 PACIFIC SUN 9

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was denied his Fifth Amendment rights his amazing spirit.â&#x20AC;? He didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to agree against self-incrimination.â&#x20AC;? to the plea deal because he had never waged According to Lindh, throughout this periwar against Americans or provide services to od, in public announcements in the press, no Al Qaeda. ofďŹ cialâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;including President Bush, Donald John, his father and mother can speak on Rumsfeld, Sen. John McCain, Colin Powell, the phone once a week. All personal mail is John Ashcroft and then-Sen. Clintonâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;demonitored. Because of a court decree he is fended John Walker Lindh; in fact they made allowed to engage in contact sports, play cards prejudicial remarks against him, declaring and watch movies and television, including him a terrorist because he made â&#x20AC;&#x153;attacks on Muslim videos in the Arabic language. He Americans.â&#x20AC;? lives alone in a one-person cell with a bed and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fortunately we were able to ďŹ nd a heroic toilet/sink unit. attorney to represent Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;James Brosnahan â&#x20AC;&#x153;John was a serious kid, but he also of Morrison and Foerster in San Francisco,â&#x20AC;? had a wonderful sense of humor,â&#x20AC;? his Lindh said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;His defense was founded on father recalled. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He was playful and smart, the facts that John went to Afghanistan well good with languages and music. He was before 9/11, with the sole intent of helping a wonderful brother to his sister and civilians. He never fought against America, older brother. Today he remains a deeply he had no involvement whatsoever with terspiritual person with tremendous physical rorism and the governmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s case was built courage. The government created a myth on torture, innuendo and highly prejudicial and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hard to get out of it.â&#x20AC;? pretrial statements and media coverage.â&#x20AC;? Responding to questions from the audiDeputy Assistant Attorney General John ence, Lindh said Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s siblings, Connell, Yoo remarked, in a memo of Dec. 21, 2001, 34, and Naomi, 24, have never suffered â&#x20AC;&#x153;We emphasize that our information as to Mr. any negative repercussions or hostility at Walkerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s (sic) activities is very sketchy.â&#x20AC;? Elseschool or work as a consequence of their where, a Department of Justice ethics lawyer brotherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s notoriety. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nor, for that matter, wrote, â&#x20AC;&#x153;At present we have no knowledge that have Marilyn or I ever had any difďŹ culhe did anything other than join the Taliban.â&#x20AC;? ties in our daily lives with hostility from In a plea agreement in July 2002, John adordinary people. mitted to one substantive charge only, serving â&#x20AC;&#x153;Of course, having John incarcerated is a as a soldier in the Taliban army, a â&#x20AC;&#x153;violation hardship and a heartbreak for all of us. But of U.S. trade sanctions.â&#x20AC;? He the fact he maintains such admitted to carrying arms high spirits despite everything and as part of the agreement is a great source of comfort, Lindh a hand he had to waive any claims of and makes all the difference If you are sympathetic to the torture. â&#x20AC;&#x153;John still has scars in the world for us. John fate of John Walker Lindh you may from torture,â&#x20AC;? his father said. himself has never shown any write to Sen. Dianne Feinstein and Still, he was given a 20-year sign of post-traumatic stress President Barack Obama asking for prison term and is in isolaor depression, even after long clemency and a pardon for him. tion in a federal prison where periods of solitary conďŹ neHis projected release is in 2019. there are some 45 other prisment. He is quite remarkable oners, most of them Muslim. in this respect.â&#x20AC;? Although Frank Lindhâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s O  O  O  O audience of some 200 men and women RECENTLY JOHN SUCCESSFULLY sued was respectful, an anonymous caller a few for the right to pray ďŹ ve times a day. As an days before expressed disgust about this adherent of the Hanbali school of Islam he program. As a precaution the Redwoods believes that congregation with fellow Musmanagement asked the Mill Valley police lims for all ďŹ ve daily Salat prayers is mandato- to make a round or two during the event. ry. (The U.S. government ďŹ led no appeal and All remained quiet. A spokesman for group prayer was set to begin March 13.) â&#x20AC;&#x153;We Seniors for Peace thanked Frank Lindh, can visit him only through a glass partition because â&#x20AC;&#x153;you spoke to us of justice, courand a telephone,â&#x20AC;? Lindh said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;but he retains age and honesty.â&#x20AC;? <

Where would John fall on the religious spectrum between moderate and fundamentalist? I would not describe John as a â&#x20AC;&#x153;fundamentalistâ&#x20AC;? at all, because it suggests a kind of closed-mindedness. He remains (and has always been) an intellectually curious and open-minded person. So, the term â&#x20AC;&#x153;fundamentalistâ&#x20AC;? definitely is not descriptive of John. By the same token, however, he is what I would characterize as very

traditional in his adherence to the Islamic faith and its various doctrines. If John were to marry would he ask his wife to wear the hijab or other Muslim dress? I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know how John would answer that question about his future wife. I do know he certainly hopes to be happily married some day, after regaining his freedom. How do you handle your differences of opinion regarding faith? John and I talk about religion a lot during our visits. I still adhere to my Roman Catholic faith, and John to his adopted religion, but we find a lot of common ground despite the differences. He has never attempted to â&#x20AC;&#x153;convertâ&#x20AC;? me or his mother or brother or sister to his adopted faith.


Roads to nowhere Affordable housing? Scenic highways? That’s nothing compared to the development battles of yesteryear... by Ke lly O ’M ara


advertise developments like the infamous Marincello, a 25,000-person development project planned between the Golden Gate Bridge and Fort Cronkhite. But, much of that development depended on a highway connecting to West Marin. A 1966 report from the California Division of Highways (the predecessor to Caltrans) outlined the need for Highway 17 to West Marin. The idea had gained local support in the early 1960s over concern about traffic congestion on surface streets—an issue most locals will acknowledge was never resolved. Inherent in the state’s recommendations was the assumption that traffic would only get worse as growth and development came to Marin. The proposed Highway 17 was treated as a necessity that would expand to meet growing demands. “Traffic predictions indicate that a sixlane facility will be needed in the Southern and Central corridors with probable development to eight-lane sometime by 1990,” says the 1966 state report on the proposed Highway 17. An eight-lane highway out to West Marin would have drastically changed the county from what it is today. “You can imagine what would have happened,” said Arrigoni. The state proposed four routes for the needed highway: along Miracle Mile in San Rafael, through San Anselmo and Fairfax, and over White’s Hill; along Sir Francis

Drake Boulevard from Highway 101 and through the Hub in San Anselmo to continue over White’s Hill; along the ridge in Terra Linda and Sleepy Hollow, bypassing the main parts of San Rafael, Fairfax and San Anselmo, and continuing to Nicaso; or along Lucas Valley Road to Nicasio. In addition, transfer routes were proposed, such as an interchange that connected the central route to the ridge route or the ridge route to the Lucas Valley route, and variations on each route were considered—including right past San Domenico School. While the Board of Supervisors had already approved moving forward with conceptual design of the freeway, it was still left to determine what the best route would be. As each of the town councils came out in opposition to a freeway through the center of their towns, the Sleepy Hollow option, situated in unincorporated county land, became heavily favored, says Berto. “It would have gone across the roof of the house we now live in,” adds Berto, a half-block north of Van Winkle Drive in Sleepy Hollow. As the community fought the state’s recommendations, former Fairfax Mayor Arrigoni was overwhelmingly elected in 1968 to the Board of Supervisors and became the key swing vote on the board. Voters appeared to agree with Arrigoni’s

The brainchild of East Coast developer Thomas Frouge, the Marincello community would have put hundreds of homes, 50 apartment towers and a high-rise hotel smack dab in the middle of the Marin Headlands.

arguments that incumbent Kettenhofen, who had connections to developers and had supported a second deck on the Golden Gate Bridge, would usher in an era of unfettered expansion in Marin. “I think we have had enough of freeway-created development and population explosions,” wrote Arrigoni in a 1968 op-ed, arguing that Marin didn’t want to follow the examples of cities outside Los Angeles or in other parts of the Bay Area. In the next election two more likeminded supervisors joined the board. The freeway was stopped and eventually removed from the state’s plans. And, in 1971, the supervisors repealed the original West Marin General Plan that prepared for extensive growth, approving in 1973 a new plan that helped preserve agricultural and coastal land. Today, over 80 percent of Marin is protected open space or sheltered from development by zoning restrictions. The subdivisions and projects envisioned in the 1960s never took root and now they would be nearly impossible to build in Marin. “You can stop progress. It doesn’t have to happen,” says Berto. < BRINDL MARKLE

ith all the furor over a planned affordable housing development in Lucas Valley and the debate over whether a proposal to name Lucas Valley Road a “scenic highway” is a sneaky attempt to subvert the project—it might help to put the matter into context. Not so long ago, plans were in the works for an eight-lane freeway running through San Anselmo, cutting across open space and out to large subdivisions at Tomales and Drakes bays. It sounds like a bizarro version of our tranquil county, but it was very nearly a reality. “It would have utterly destroyed the Ross Valley,” says former county Supervisor Pete Arrigoni, 80, who ran for his seat in the 1960s on a platform opposing just such a proposed scenario. “It would have decimated Fairfax.” Arrigoni’s 1968 election to the Board of Supervisors over incumbent Ernest Kettenhofen helped shift the balance on the board and change the direction of development in the county. Highway 17, approved to run from Highway 101 to Point Reyes Station, and an extended Highway 37, which would have continued from Novato to Nicasio, were stopped and remain unbuilt. Five large planned developments extending from the Headlands out to Tomales, which would have housed 240,000 people, were also stopped in their tracks. “Instead of the freeway we’ve got a bike path,” said Sleepy Hollow resident Frank Berto. The bike and pedestrian path that connects Frietas Parkway in Terra Linda to Fawn Drive in Sleepy Hollow follows one of the proposed freeway routes. Berto helped organize Sleepy Hollow opposition to Highway 17, which he credits with putting Marin on the path toward land preservation. “This is when the page turned,” he said. The county’s original proposed West Marin General Plan in 1964 anticipated a need for more housing and transportation infrastructure, with a projected population of 125,000 in what is now, instead, agricultural land. Estimates predicted the need for three high schools, including one in Stinson Beach, and suggested plans like damming Walker Creek to create a recreation area and developing a large city at the head of Tomales Bay. Projects were so imminent that four or five spec houses had already been built at the proposed development on Drakes Estero, said Arrigoni, which were later torn down after the federal establishment of the Point Reyes National Seashore in the late 1960s. Miniature models were created to

The proposed highway through the heart of Marin was needed to usher jet setters to the hotels and resorts envisioned along Tomales Bay.


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4 cups flour 2 tablespoons sugar 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon baking soda 4 tablespoons butter 1 cup raisins or currants 1 egg, beaten lightly 2 cups buttermilk

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Sift together flour, sugar, salt and baking soda into a large mixing bowl. Using a pastry cutter or two knives, work butter into flour mixture until it resembles coarse meal, then stir in raisins. Make a well in the center of the mixture. Add beaten egg and buttermilk to well and mix it with a

wooden spoon until dough is very stiff. Dust hands with a little flour and gently knead dough in the bowl just long enough to form a rough ball. Transfer to a lightly floured surface and shape into a round loaf. Transfer loaf to a large, lightly greased cast-iron skillet or a baking sheet. Use a serrated knife to score top of loaf about 1/2-inch deep in an X-shape. Transfer to oven and bake until bread is golden and bottom sounds hollow when tapped with a knife (about 40 minutes). Transfer bread to a rack to cool briefly. Serve warm, at room temperature or sliced and toasted. A Feast for All Persians March 21 is the date of Nowruz, literally “new day,” when the vernal equinox is observed by Persians. This holiday is neither religious nor ethnic; it is a country’s ancient creation—a time set aside to welcome the return of life to the earth after the winter, to begin a new growing cycle. Rich with customs, its trappings are dramatic: huge cloths laid with symbolic foods and objects like mirrors, bowls of clear water holding goldfish or golden oranges, candles, coins and fragrant flowering plants, little pots of growing, sprouted beans or grains. Some of the customs feel a bit familiar, such as intricately decorated dyed eggs and a Halloween-like play where costumed children go from house to house beating bowls with spoons, to be given sweets. Others are more specific, like a bonfire—where people leap over the flames—that serves as a signal to the spirits of ancestors to return. The menu for Nowruz demands the newest vegetables and herbs, along with elaborate rice dishes to go with fish (itself a symbol of abundance), soups aswirl with noodles that represent the tangles and knots of life, omelets filled with green leaves. Sweets are made from rice and honey; a fancy one is white “mulberries” formed from fondant. Vegetable dips and salads to eat with soft pliant breads or pita chips are almost always found on the Persian table and are especially in demand around Nowruz. The recipe that follows is a lovely, bright-colored example.

Borani-e-Labu Serves 4

Extra virgin olive oil 2 medium beets, peeled, cut in 1/8-inch slices 2 cups thick Greek yogurt (or labneh, from a Middle Eastern market) 2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint Sea salt for seasoning

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a roasting pan with foil, add beets (overlapping is all right), brush generously with oil and roast them for about 35 minutes. (Check after 25 minutes for tenderness.) Allow them to cool in the pan 10-15 minutes.

On four plates, spread yogurt in a circular pattern and arrange beets on top. Sprinkle with the mint and lightly season with salt. Drizzle olive oil on top and serve with lavash or crusty bread. Passover and Easter This year two important religious spring holidays arrive in the same month. Passover, celebrating the Jews’ deliverance from slavery, begins at sundown March 25, ending April 2. Easter is on March 31. In each faith’s observance foods take on a meaningful role. Among Jews, that role is dictated by the ritual of the Seder, a ceremonial dinner that involves sacred readings. A special plate holds symbolic elements like a hard-cooked egg, a roasted bone, bitter herbs, salted water. Dishes to be eaten depend on the ethnic background of each family but there are givens—new vegetables, generous meaty main courses and unleavened bread in the form of matzo. Wine is sipped throughout the Seder. Easter traditions have no rules. Found everywhere are sweets like breads and cakes rich with plentiful spring butter, such as Russian kulich and colomba di Pasqua, an Italian dove-shaped loaf. Eggs are much beloved, both real (hard-boiled, dyed) and candy ones, and chocolate bunnies. In America ham became a popular entree because meat that was cured and stored in the fall was ready to enjoy by March; spring lamb is another favored choice and new green vegetables are expected additions to the spread. Nowadays, brunch is Easter’s signature meal. In search of a nondenominational recipe for everyone, I chose the following dish. It would work beautifully for either Passover or Easter and it shows off some of our local produce at its best.

Artichokes with Lemon Dressing Makes 8 servings

8 small artichokes 2 tablespoons strained fresh lemon juice Salt and pepper 6 tablespoons olive oil 2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley

Break off stem of each artichoke. With scissors, cut off points of each leaf. Add artichoke to a large saucepan of boiling salted water, cover with a slightly smaller lid to keep them submerged, and cook over medium heat about 45 minutes, or until a leaf can be pulled out easily. Remove them and drain thoroughly, upside down. For dressing, whisk lemon juice with salt and pepper. Whisk in oil and thyme and taste for seasoning. Whisk dressing again before using and add parsley. —from Faye Levy’s International Jewish Cookbook (Warner Books,1991) Contact Pat at

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Sales From what we can tell, this is the training program for Hoarders. HGTV. 8pm. My Own Private Idaho A narcoleptic gay street hustler and his rebellious, substanceabusing, trust-fund pal hit the road. It’s a classic buddy flick, like Road to Morocco if Bob Hope and Bing Crosby had access to better drugs. (1991) Sundance Channel. 8:15pm. The World According to Dick Cheney It’s Dick Cheney’s world. We’re just cowering under a chair in it. Showtime. 9pm. Jackass: The Movie It’s been 11 years. Johnny Knoxville was still on his first collarbone. (2002) MTV. 10pm.

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Boston. It’s basically The Jersey Shore, but with a totally different annoying accent. VH1. 11pm.

MONDAY, MARCH 18 The Biggest Loser The winners are revealed in the finale. This was filmed weeks ago. They’ve already gained the weight back. NBC. 8pm. Dancing with the Stars Wynonna Judd is not the Judd you were hoping for. ABC. 8pm. Bates Motel A new dramatic series introduces us to the teenage Norman Bates. His mother is still alive. He hasn’t taken up killing yet and the shower drain still works in Room #1. A&E. 10pm.

SATURDAY, MARCH 16 King Kong The modern, CGI King Kong is more TUESDAY, expressive and MARCH 19 emotional. He still World’s Worst climbs the Empire Tenants It turns out State Building but that bong water he approaches it as spill is on your a performance artist permanent record. making a statement Spike. 7pm. about the dehuPreachers’ Daughmanizing milieu of ters It’s only the 20th-century indussecond episode and trialism. (2005) TNT. We can rebuild her! Sunday at 7. there’s already a 5pm. paternity test! This is Dual Survival Tonight, they are forced even better than we thought. to survive in the mountains of Northern Lifetime. 10pm. California where they must watch out for violent marijuana farmers, Bigfoot and WEDNESDAY, MARCH 20 Camp Rock bad tie-dye color combinations. Discovery A talented singer works in the kitchen at Channel. 6pm. a music summer camp and strives to hide Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 1 & 2 her down-market status from the rich kids We’re just hoping they stop before the in a film designed as musical methadone stars hit middle age in “The Sisterhood of for your tween while she waits for “High the Traveling Sweatpants.” ABC Family. 7pm. School Musical: The Next Generation.” Hostel Part II You’d think after the first (2008) ABC. 8pm. movie, the reviews on the slaughterhouse Inside March Madness The only “madhostel would have made it into Lonely ness” is wasting a buck on that office pool Planet. (2007) IFC. 7pm. that you’re so never going to win. TruTV. 8:30pm. SUNDAY, MARCH 17 Golden Girls Red Bull: Crashed Ice Hockey players Marathon Watch all 16 episodes and you downhill ice-skating through an “urban” automatically get a senior discount at the obstacle course. Now that sounds more Olive Garden. TV Land. like “madness.” NBC 3pm. Sports. 9pm. Leprechaun A horrific leprechaun goes on a THURSDAY, MARCH 21 gruesome killing spree Game Change Julianne to retrieve a coveted Moore stars as Sarah pot of gold. But that’s Palin in the story of how not the scary part. You John McCain decided also get to see Jennifer to stage a reality show Anniston’s pre-Friends instead of a presidential nose. (1992) SyFy. 7pm. Stranger than fiction... Thursday, 9:05pm. campaign. (2012) HBO. Scooby Doo At some 9:05pm. point you’d think Sexy Baby This provocative documentary they’d start avoiding theme parks. (2002) examines how Internet porn is reshapNickelodeon. 8:30pm. ing sexuality in modern society. Now sex Vikings Ragnar and his band raid a moned effectively includes waxing, a pizza astery. If we were in the pillaging business, delivery man, a riding crop and a naughty we’d think of somewhere a little more fun nurse. (2012) Showtime. 9:30pm. < to raid, like a sorority, or a water park. History Channel. 10pm. Critique That TV Guy at Wicked Single This reality show is set in

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Weezy’s Grass Fed Shed, 621 Del Ganado, San Rafael 415/479-7433 I don’t typically use the words adorable and cute when I describe a burger joint, but Weezy’s (the name comes from owner Louise Clow-Birkenseer’s childhood nickname Breezy Weezy) is just that. Situated on a patch of parking lot shared with Scotty’s Market, the mini building sports posts that jut out of aluminum pails with tufts of grass and seems a perfect fit for the family-centric locale. A grass-covered bench has been added to the outdoor dining options and the whole place appears to have sprouted organically right out of the ground. A retro graphic of a chick sporting a sweater and a bubble that reads “Eat more beef” is Weezy’s logo. The effect is 1950s Americana—recognizable to adults and cute to kids. “I wanted it to have a throw-back quality—a little bit sinister and sarcastic at the same time,” says Clow-Birkenseer. She sources all of her grass-fed, antibiotic-free beef from Prather Ranch, which is known for its certified organic and natural beef production. Much like the shed itself, the menu is small: four burger options including a White Trash Burger with Thousand Island dressing, Mmmmm Burger, B-Rad with bacon or the Contiki that includes pineapple and teriyaki sauce; two vegetarian selections, a Moo-Less Burger and Burger in a Buttercup, round out the options. Prices are low but burgers are small—think sliders here. Recently, I opted for the Mmmmm Burger—just a beef patty on a bun. I added Tillamook cheddar cheese for 25 cents. Juicy and delicious—I gobbled it up. I have also tried the White Trash version that was kitschy, but unremarkable. I preferred the straightforward burger on a bun. The Moo-Less (veggie) had the expected consistency and flavor, but I would stick with the meat versions. Both the Contiki with pineapple and the B-Rad with bacon are sumptuous, fresh and tasty. Portion sizes of the burgers here are smart, but I had less control maintaining a reasonable serving size of the truly addictive sweet potato fries. Whenever I find myself in the Northgate area, I skip the fast-food options and head to Weezy’s for a couple of sliders I can enjoy perched on a sunny outdoor bench— and of course, I always order the sweet potato fries. —Tanya Henry



Jennie Low’s Chinese Cuisine, 120 Vintage Way, Novato. 415/892-8838 Amid the concrete jungle and big-box stores of Vintage Oaks in Novato sits one of the warmest eateries in the county: Jennie Low’s Chinese Cuisine. As you walk in the bright dining room, aromas of garlic and ginger beckon from the kitchen and make tummies grumble. Each day there are several specials featuring local, seasonal ingredients such as asparagus prawns or spicy green beans with shredded pork. The chicken pot stickers have a big following for their authentic flavor and healthy filling. In fact, Jennie Low’s prides itself on being health conscious by using local produce, cooking only with canola oil and never adding MSG. One section of the menu is called “Light Creations”—dishes that are steamed or stir-fried in the wok without oil (they use broth), with sauces served on the side. Servers are sensitive to diners’ dietary restrictions and are willing to modify dishes if necessary. I’m partial to the Cantonese noodles with spicy sauce, an addictive concoction of curly ramen noodles with a kick. I always get a bowl of the hot and sour soup, keeping a pile of tissues nearby as my sinuses react to the healing heat in the steaming broth. The menu veers into Sino-Cal fusion with great success with its use of West Coast produce. Take the basil prawns with pea shoots and chayote squash all married in a tangy basil sauce or the popular mango chicken that contains traditional Asian veggies complemented by slices of sweet mango. These unusual dishes keep Jennie Low’s a cut above the competition while maintaining the light, healthy cooking style—all served with a smile—that is their trademark. —Brooke Jackson

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Primus cuts His name may be mud, but Les Claypool is spotless entertainment... by G re g Cahill


ou may know about bassist Les Claypool’s passion for mixing his hard-core punk-funk sound with edgy animation (after all, he did provide the riotous theme song to the TV show South Park). His latest project is the animated music video for the new single “Lee Van Cleef,” a surreal gunfighter ballad that features a zombified, broken version of the legendary spaghetti Western actor of the same name. But these days, Claypool, the head weirdo behind Primus, also is taking his experiments in sight and sound to a whole new level. With the recent release of Primus’s album Green Naugahyde, produced and engineered by Claypool at his North Bay studio at his Rancho Relaxo estate, the band hits the road this month on a coast-to-coast tour that features a 3-D-enhanced live musical performance and two sets per evening. Primus teamed with the Burbank-based firm 3D Live to create original three-dimensional content for the tour. Audience members will be given 3-D glasses in order to fully experience the cutting-edge visual and audio performance. The groundbreaking tour, which is being billed as “a one-of-a-kind psychedelic experi-

ence,” will be further enhanced by the use of Quad Surround Sound. The tour rolls into the North Bay on May 9 as part of the mammoth BottleRock festival in Napa, a four-day Bonnaroo-scale music fest featuring the Black Keys, Furthur, the Kings of Leon, the Zac Brown Band, Jane’s Addiction, the Flaming Lips, Alabama Shakes and many other acts. That festival is being booked by Sheila Groves, who used to book New George’s during its heyday in the ’80s, before moving on to the Mystic Theatre in Petaluma and, more recently, the Uptown Theatre in Napa. Many of those in need of a quicker fix of Col. Claypool’s special brand of eccentricity already know that he is teaming up with guitarist Mirv (aka Marc Haggard) when they bring Duo De Twang to Terrapin Crossroads in San Rafael on Wednesday, March 20. The show is sold out. Random Notes: Rolling Stones’ bassist Darryl Jones (whose credits include stints with Miles Davis, Sting and Madonna, among others) dishes a bass clinic on Thursday, March 14, at Bananas at Large in San

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Rafael...Reggae artists Fantan Mojah and Al Pancho burn it up Friday, March 15, at 19 Broadway in Fairfax...Mississippiborn blues singer and guitarist Johnny Rawls, an acclaimed soloist who directed the bands of Johnny Taylor and O.V. Wright, brings his soul-drenched blues to Hopmonk Tavern in Novato on March 21...Folk singer and songwriter Janis Ian, known for her five-time Grammywinning single “Seventeen,” comes to the Point Reyes Dance Palace in West Marin

on March 30...British folk-rocker Billy Bragg, who collaborated with Wilco on two albums of Woody Guthrie’s lost songs, takes the stage March 30 at the Mystic Theatre in Petaluma...The Grammy-winning Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band stokes the Americana flame April 6 at the Osher Marin JCC in San Rafael. < Mix it up with Greg at ›› SPiN of the Week Boz Scaggs: Memphis (429 Records) On the follow-up to 2008’s major-label jazz album Speak Low, San Francisco hitmaker Boz Scaggs (Silk Degrees) taps his inner Al Green on a set of strong, blue-eyed soul. The album of mostly covers (there are just two originals) was produced by Steve Jordan and features an ace band that includes Jordan (drums), Ray Parker Jr. (guitars) and Willie Weeks (bass). The Al Green influence is no fluke; Scaggs cut the album at Willie Mitchell’s Royal Recordings studio in Memphis, where Green recorded his best stuff. Guests include Charlie Musselwhite (harmonica), Keb’ Mo’ (slide Dobro) and Spooner Oldham (piano). There are slow, simmering Southern-soul covers of Tony Joe White’s wistful “Rainy Night in Georgia” and the Moments’ 1968 soul ballad “Love on a Two Way Street.” Scaggs adds a swampy hue to Mink DeVille’s strutting “Cadillac Walk” and dishes a snarling take on “Dry Spell” by Jack “Applejack” Walroth (a denizen of the Saloon on Grant Street in San Francisco, where Scaggs used to hold court under the pseudonym Dallas Slim and Chicago Blues Power). Overall, this is a strictly oldschool soul affair—one that makes it easy to fall in love with Scaggs’ special brand of traditional R&B.—GC MARCH 15- MARCH 21, 2013 PACIFIC SUN 15


The deadly chaise Audiences still swiveling over Ionesco’s ‘The Chairs’... by Charles Brousse


o provide diversity and healthy innovation, every large theatrical community needs at least one company that specializes in projects that run against the common grain. In the Bay Area, we’re fortunate to have several, and one of the most important has local roots in the drama department at Marin Academy, where the group (as full- and part-time faculty) originally gathered. In 1999, that core gave birth to Cutting Ball Theater, whose mission is to develop high-quality productions of non-naturalistic

“experimental new plays and re-envisioned classics.” That’s pretty racy stuff for people who—even if only temporarily—hailed from the land of hot tubs, cozy suburban towns and mountain bikes. Cutting Ball’s most recent effort, Eugene Ionesco’s The Chairs, offered in a new English translation by artistic director Rob Melrose, exemplifies the company’s vision. Although it had its Paris premiere in 1952, the play still has the feeling of being avantgarde. Perhaps, with the exception of Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot, this is because









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American audiences rarely are exposed to the style and content of what became known as “Theater of the Absurd.” Perhaps it’s because we have optimism, religiosity and a preference for realistic story-telling embedded in our DNA, causing us to reject the pessimism and atheism that swept Europe after WWII. Whatever the reason, works like The Chairs can feel strange, even threatening. Like Beckett in Godot, which coincidently had its first production (also in Paris) at about the same time, Ionesco’s theme is waiting for death. An Old Man of 95 and an Old Woman one year his junior have invited the world to their residence in a building overlooking the sea. The occaThe Old Woman and the Old Man chat with a nonexistent sion is to listen to a noted Orator extol the former’s insights about how to improve the person in an empty chair in a scene foreshadowing the bleak isolation of senescence, and the 2012 Republican human condition—this, even though the National Convention. Old Man has been a failure at everything he has attempted, except possibly his work O  O  O O in property maintenance. To accommodate On the stage of its ornate theater on a crowd that includes the Emperor and Geary Street, ACT’s Dead Metaphor also other high dignitaries and to pass the time involves tragic farce, but this time it’s of while awaiting the Orator’s arrival, the Old the American variety as seen through Woman continually adds chairs with a the eyes of popular Canadian playwright flurry of maniacal activity that resembles George F. Walker. When likable boy-nextDukas’s musical portrait of The Sorceror’s door Dean Trusk (George Hampe) returns Apprentice. At last, everything is in place, the Orator appears and the long anticipated home from fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan, his job search stalls when employers moment of triumph is at hand. Except learn his main skill is as a deadeye sniper. it encapsulates the play’s essence, I After finally landing a position assisting an think it best not to reveal what follows. Performing under Annie Elias’ direction, ambitious right-leaning politician (Rene Augesen), he has to deal David Sinaiko and Tamar with dysfunctional parents Cohn are splendid in their NOW PLAYING (Sharon Lockwood, Tom unusually demanding roles The Chairs runs Bloom), a pregnant wife as the ancient couple. Dethrough March 31 at (Rebekah Brockman) signers Michael Locher (set), the Exit Theater, 277 who continually pressures Heather Basarab (lighting), Taylor St., S.F. Informahim to bring home more Sarah Roland (costumes) tion:415/525-1205 or money, and an intrusive and Theodore J.H. Hulsker employment counselor (sound) make important Dead Metaphor plays (Anthony Fusco). In the contributions. One final note: through March 24 at the end, it seems the only way American Conservatory To walk past the sidewalk out is to pick up a gun Theater, 415 Geary St., sleepers and assorted deronce again but, contrary S.F. Information: 415/749elicts to see The Chairs per2228 or to what is happening to formed in the San Francisco many vets, he won’t use it Tenderloin’s tiny Exit Theagainst himself. Directed ater reminds that Ionesco’s “tragic farce” is not so far from reality after by Irene Lewis and fluidly performed on a all. For us, if not for them, it’s a sobering turntable stage. < Contact Charles at conclusion. FROM


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O Life of Pi (2:05) Ang Lee’s adaptation of the Yann Martel novel about an Indian teenager’s challenging odyssey: navigating across the Pacific in a life raft with a hyena, an orangutan and a Bengal tiger. O The Metropolitan Opera: Francesca da Rimini (4:00) Live from New York it’s

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(2:45) Quentin Tarantino über-Western about a slave-turned-bounty hunter (Jamie Foxx), his stillO Oz: The Great and Powerenslaved wife (Kerry Washful (2:07) Fantastical Sam ington) and the plantation Raimi prequel about the owner (Leo DiCaprio) who young wizard’s arrival in Oz stands in their way. O Emperor (1:38) Historical stars Michelle Williams as Rachel Mwanza in the film fest favorite drama about the U.S. Ar- ‘War Witch,’ opening Friday at the Lark. Glinda and James Franco in my’s postwar occupation of the title role. O Quartet (1:38) The cozy Japan and the looming fate of Emperor Hirohito; Tommy Lee Jones stars elegance of a retired musicians’ home is torn asunder when an ex-wife/diva arrives to as Douglas MacArthur. O Escape from Planet Earth (1:29) Cartoon open old wounds; Dustin Hoffman directs comedy about a dashing extraterrestrial astro- Maggie Smith, Tom Courtenay and Michael naut, his nerdy brother and their dangerous Gambon. mission to violent, crazy faraway planet Earth. O Side Effects (1:45) Steven Soderbergh O A Fierce Green Fire (1:50) Sweeping thriller follows the unraveling life of a sucdocumentary looks at the last 50 years of the cessful Manhattan couple after they partake environmental movement, from Greenpeace of a new anti-anxiety wonder drug; Cathand the Sierra Club to climate change and erine Zeta-Jones and Jude Law star. O Silver Linings Playbook (2:02) David O. the Love Canal; Robert Redford, Meryl Russell comedy about a down-and-outer’s atStreep and Ashley Judd narrate. O The Gatekeepers (1:36) Thought-provoktempts to rebuild his life after losing his wife ing documentary features six former heads and his job and moving in with his parents; Bradley Cooper, Robert De Niro and Jenof the Israeli Secret Service discussing their nifer Lawrence star. mixed feelings about the agency’s often conO Snitch (1:35) Angry dad Dwayne Johnson troversial counterterrorism methods. O Happy People: A Year in the Taiga (1:34) tracks down and turns in a top-shelf drug Documentarians Dmitry Vasyukov and dealer to reduce his recreationally mellow teenage son’s three-strikes 10-year prison sentence. Werner Herzog examine a year in the life O Stand Up Guys (1:35) Alan Arkin, Chrisof an inaccessible Siberian village practitopher Walken and Al Pacino as very old cally untouched by the modern (post-18th buddies trying to recapture their glory days century) world. O Identity Thief (1:51) Denver ad exec Jason of sex, drugs and criminal malfeasance. O Stoker (1:38) Chan-Wook Park thriller Bateman’s savings and self spiral out of conabout the twisted family dynamic between a trol when Miami grifter Melissa McCarthy lonely girl, her widowed mother and a mystaps into his virtual-plastic soul. O The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (1:41) terious, alluring uncle; Nicole Kidman stars. O 21 and Over (1:33) A hapless honors Vegas flash-and-glitter illusionists Steve student’s 21st birthday goes gonzo thanks to Carell and Steve Buscemi face stiff competition from flashy street magician Jim Carrey. two fun-loving friends and a night of drugs, O Jack the Giant Slayer (1:55) Turns out booze and graphic nudity. O War Witch (1:30) Best Foreign Film Oscar there’s an entire race of giants at the top of nominee about an African adolescent whose the beanstalk, all of them mean, ugly and childhood is brutally upended when she’s absolutely ravenous. O Lawrence of Arabia (3:36) Dazzling David abducted for training in guerilla warfare. O Zero Dark Thirty (2:37) Kathryn Bigelow’s Lean epic chronicles the exploits of the mercurial British desert warrior with wit and brutal docudrama about an elite team of ops and agents and their decade-long hunt for substance; Peter O’Toole is remarkable in Osama bin Laden. < the title role.

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Regency: Fri, Sun-Tue, Thu 12:40, 7 Sequoia: Fri 5, 7:30, 10 Sat 2:30, 5, 7:30, 10 Sun 12, 2:30, 5, 7:30 Mon-Tue, Thu 5, 7:30 NThe Call (R) Northgate: 11:05, 1:30, 4:05, 6:35, 9:05 Rowland: 12:15, 2:45, 5:15, 7:55, 10:20 Dead Man Down (R) Larkspur Landing: Fri 7:20, 10:10 Sat-Sun 11:20, 2, 4:40, 7:20, 10:10 Mon-Thu 6:30, 9:15 Regency: Fri, Sun-Tue, Thu 11, 1:50, 4:50, 7:50 Rowland: 11:15, 2, 4:45, 7:30, 10:15 Django Unchained (R) Regency: Fri, Sun-Tue, Thu 11:50, 3:40, 7:20 Emperor (PG-13) Sequoia: Fri 4:45, 7:15, 9:45 Sat 11:45, 2:15, 4:45, 7:15, 9:45 Sun 11:45, 2:15, 4:45, 7:15 Mon-Tue, Thu 4:45, 7:15 Wed 3 Escape from Planet Earth (PG) Northgate: 1:10, 5:40, 10:05; 3D showtimes at 10:55, 3:25, 7:55 NA Fierce Green Fire (Not Rated) Rafael: Fri, Mon-Thu 6:45 Sat 2, 6:45 Sun 2, 7 (director Mark Kitchell in person at 7pm show) The Gatekeepers (PG-13) Regency: Fri 11:20, 1:55, 4:35, 7:10, 9:45 Sun-Tue, Thu 11:20, 1:55, 4:35, 7:10 Happy People: A Year in the Taiga (Not Rated) Rafael: Fri-Sun 4:15, 9:15 Mon-Thu 9:15 Identity Thief (R) Northgate: 11:40, 2:20, 5, 7:40, 10:15 NThe Incredible Burt Wonderstone (PG-13 Fairfax: Fri-Sat 1:40, 4:30, 7, 9:35 Sun-Thu 1:40, 4:30, 7 Larkspur Landing: Fri 5, 7:30, 10:20 Sat-Sun 11:50, 2:20, 5, 7:30, 10:20 MonThu 7, 9:30 Northgate: 11:15, 12:40, 1:55, 3:20, 4:30, 5:55, 7:15, 8:35, 9:45 Rowland: 11:50, 2:20, 4:50, 7:20, 9:50 Jack the Giant Slayer (PG-13) Fairfax: 1:30, 7:15 Northgate: 11, 1:50, 4:40, 7:25, 10:10; 3D showtimes at 12:25, 3:10, 6, 8:50 Rowland: 11:20, 4:55; 3D showtimes at 2:10, 7:35, 10:25 NLawrence of Arabia (PG) Regency: Wed 2, 7 Sequoia: Wed 2, 7 Life of Pi (PG) Fairfax: Fri-Sat 3D showtimes at 1, 3:50, 6:40, 9:20 Sun-Thu 3D showtimes at 1, 3:50, 6:40 Northgate: 10:45, 4:35, 10:25; 3D showtimes at 1:40, 7:30 NThe Metropolitan Opera: Francesca Lark: Sat 9am Marin: Sat 9am Regency: Sat 9am Sequoia: Sat 9am da Rimini (Not Rated) The Metropolitan Opera: Parsifal (Not Rated) Marin: Wed 6:30 Regency: Wed 6:30 Sequoia: Wed 6:30 NNational Theatre London: People (Not Rated) Lark: Thu 7:30 No (R) Rafael: Fri 3:45, 6:30, 9 Sat-Sun 1:15, 3:45, 6:30, 9 Mon-Thu 6:30, 9 Oz: The Great and Powerful (PG-13) Cinema: Fri-Wed 3:45, 10:10; 3D showtimes at 12:40, 7 Fairfax: Fri-Sat 1:10, 4, 6:50, 9:40; 3D showtimes at 12:30, 3:20, 6:10, 9 Sun-Thu 1:10, 4, 6:50; 3D showtimes at 12:30, 3:20, 6:10 Marin: Fri 4:05, 9:55; 3D showtime at 7 Sat 10:15, 4:05, 9:55; 3D showtimes at 1:10, 7 Sun 4:05; 3D showtimes at 1:10, 7 Mon-Tue, Thu 4:30; 3D showtime at 7:25 Northgate: 10:45, 12:15, 1:45, 3:15, 4:45, 6:15, 7:45, 9:15; 3D showtimes at 11:30, 1, 2:30, 4, 5:30, 7, 8:30, 10 Playhouse: Fri 3:50, 6:45, 9:35 Sat 1, 3:50, 6:45, 9:35 Sun 1, 3:50, 6:45 Mon-Thu 3:50, 6:45 Rowland: 11:25, 2:30, 5:30, 8:30; 3D showtimes at 1, 4, 7, 10 Quartet (PG-13) Marin: Fri 4:35, 7:30, 9:50 Sat 11, 1:25, 4:35, 7:30, 9:50 Sun 1:25, 4:35, 7:30 Mon-Tue, Thu 5, 7:35 Playhouse: Fri 4:15, 7:10, 9:40 Sat 1:30, 4:15, 7:10, 9:40 Sun 1:30, 4:15, 7:10 Mon-Thu 4:15, 7:10 Rafael: Fri 4, 6:15, 8:30 Sat-Sun 1:45, 4, 6:15, 8:30 Mon-Thu 6:15, 8:30 Side Effects (R) Fairfax: Fri-Sat 4:40, 9:45 Sun-Thu 4:40 Larkspur Landing: Fri 5:15, 7:55, 10:25 Sat-Sun 12, 2:30, 5:15, 7:55, 10:25 Mon-Thu 6:45, 9:20 Silver Linings Playbook (R) Fairfax: Fri-Sat 1:20, 4, 6:45, 9:30 Sun-Thu 1:20, 4, 6:45 Marin: Fri 4:20, 7:15, 10 Sat 1:40, 4:20, 7:15, 10 Sun 1:40, 4:20, 7:15 Mon-Tue, Thu 4:45, 7:40 Northgate: 10:50, 1:35, 4:20, 7:05, 9:50 Rowland: 11:30, 2:15, 5, 7:45, 10:30 Snitch (PG-13) Northgate: 2:10, 7:10 Rowland: 11:35, 2:25, 5:10, 7:50, 10:30 Stand Up Guys (R) Regency: Fri 12:10, 2:40, 5:10, 7:40, 10:05 Sun-Tue, Thu 12:10, 2:40, 5:10, 7:40 NStoker (R) Larkspur Landing: Fri 5:20, 7:45, 10:15 Sat-Sun 12:15, 2:45, 5:20, 7:45, 10:15 Mon-Thu 7:15, 9:35 Regency: Fri 12:05, 2:30, 4:55, 7:30, 10:10 Sun-Tue, Thu 12:05, 2:30, 4:55, 7:30 21 and Over (R) Northgate: 11:50, 4:50, 9:55 NWar Witch (Not Rated) Lark: Fri 6, 8:15 Sat 3:45, 6, 8:15 Sun 2:45, 5, 7:15 Mon, Thu 5 Tue 4:30 Wed 5, 7:15 Zero Dark Thirty (R) Regency: Fri 3:35, 9:55 Sun-Tue, Thu 3:35

Showtimes can change after we go to press. Please call theater to confirm schedules. 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 MARCH 15 – MARCH 21, 2013 PACIFIC SUN 17


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Live music 03/15: Fantan Mojah and Al Pancho with Live Band Reggae.10pm. $20-25. 19 Broadway, 17 Broadway, Fairfax. 459-1091.

03/15: The Good Luck Thrift Store Outfit and Danny Barnes with Matt Sircely 9pm. $17. Sweetwater Music Hall, 19 Corte Madera, Mill Valley. 388-3850. 03/15: Los Pinguos Latin rhythms, reggae, rumba, flamenca and rock. 8pm. $21. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 383-9600.

03/15: James Nash and the Nomads with Ernest‘Boom’ Carter and Special Guests 9pm.

03/16: Lonesome Locomotive Bluegrass, folk, rock. 8pm. $8. Hopmonk, 224 Vintage Way, Novato. 892-6200. 03/16: Revolver Special Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young tribute show. 8pm. $15. Fenix, 919 Fourth St., San Rafael. 813-5600.

03/16: Rolando Morales and Carlos Reyes Latin jazz. 9pm. $10. Sausalito Seahorse Supper Club, 305 Harbor Dr., Sausalito. 331-2899. 03/16: The Tickets Band “Sure We’re Irish” tour. 8:25pm. $5. Presidio Yacht Club, Travis Marina, Fort Baker, Sausalito. 332-6858.

03/17: Amber Morris and Talking Book Stevie Wonder tribute. 8pm. $10-15. George’s, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262.

Free. The Sleeping Lady, 23 Broadway, Fairfax. 485-1182. 03/15: Michael Aragon Quartet Jazz. 9pm. No Name Bar, 757 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-1392. 03/15: Prairie Prince, Moonalice Jam ,rock. 6pm. $15. George’s, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262. 03/15: Staggerwing and the Incubators 8pm $10. Rancho Nicasio, 1 Old Rancheria Road, Nicasio. 662-2219.

songs, music hall and historical ballads, songs from Irish, English and Scottish traditions,With Bryan Seet, piano; Myra Joy, cello and Bobbi Nikles, fiddle. 7:30pm. $18. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 383-9600.

03/15: St. Patrick’s Weekend Special Irish Show: Wake the Dead Celtic all-star Grateful

03/17: Lucia Comnes and her Rockin’ Irish Band 6:30-10pm. $10. The Sleeping Lady,

Dead jam band. $18-20. Studio 55 Marin, 1455-Suite A, E. Francisco Blvd., San Rafael. 453-3161.

23 Broadway, Fairfax. 485-1182.

03/15: St. Patty’s Party with the Restless Natives RandB, funk, ’70s-’90s hits. 7pm. Ghiringhelli Pizzeria Grill and Bar, 1535 South Novato Blvd., Novato. 858-8062. 03/15 Swoop Unit Funk, rock. 9:30pm. Peri’s Silver Dollar, 29 Broadway Blvd., Fairfax. 464-7420. 03/15: Terrie Odabi Vocal jazz. 8pm. $10. Fenix, 919 Fourth St., San Rafael. 813-5600.

03/15: The Final Touch featuring Michael Skinner Blues rock. 9pm. $10. Sausalito Seahorse Supper Club, 305 Harbor Dr., Sausalito. 331-2899.

03/15-17: Unbroken Chain Benefit with Phil Lesh, Jackie Green, Tony Leone, Stu Allen and Jeff Chimenti 7pm. $65. Terrapin Crossroads, 100 Yacht Club Dr., San Rafael. 524-2773. 03/16: Chris Saunders Quartet Jazz. 9pm. No Name Bar, 757 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-1392. 03/16 Culann’s Hounds Irish/Celtic rock. 9:30pm. Peri’s Silver Dollar, 29 Broadway Blvd., Fairfax. 464-7420. 03/16: Em Kay Jazz. 6pm. No cover. Ghiringhelli Pizzeria Grill and Bar, 1535 South Novato Blvd, Novato. 415-858-8062. 03/16: Evolution Journey tribute band. 9:30pm. $10-15. George’s, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262. 03/16: The Gasmen 9:30pm. Free. The Sleeping Lady, 23 Broadway, Fairfax. 485-1182.

03/16: Keak da Sneak, Mac Mall, Alias John Brown Hip hop, rap. 9pm. $15-25. 19 Broadway, 17 Broadway, Fairfax. 459-1091. 18 PACIFIC SUN MARCH 15 - MARCH 21, 2013

03/17: Black Brothers Band St. Patrick’s Day Musical Celebration Old Dublin street

03/17: The Mad Hannanas with the Jerry Hannan Band 6pm $12-15. Rancho Nicasio, 1 Old Rancheria Road, Nicasio. 662-2219. 03/17: Moonalice Jam rock. 2pm. No cover. Sweetwater Music Hall , 19 Corte Madera, Mill Valley. 388-3850. 03/17: Snail Trail, the Mynx St. Patrick’s day show/party. 9:30pm. Peri’s Silver Dollar, 29 Broadway Blvd., Fairfax. 464-7420.

03/17: St. Patty’s Day with Jay Bonet, Critical Measure, The Deadlies Rock.Noon-11pm. No cover. 19 Broadway, 17 Broadway, Fairfax. 459-1091. 03/17: The 7th Sons Dance Party Rock. 7pm. Free. Smitty’s Bar, 214 Caledonia St., Sausalito. 847-2670. 03/19: Dirty Cello 8-11pm. The Sleeping Lady, 23 Broadway, Fairfax. 485-1182. 03/19: Fighting Smokey Joe Rock, blues. 8pm. $12. Sweetwater Music Hall , 19 Corte Madera, Mill Valley. 388-3850.

03/19: Kingsborough, Grace in the Woods Alt. pop, rock. 9pm. No cover. 19 Broadway, 17 Broadway, Fairfax. 459-1091. 03/19: Swing Fever Nat King Cole Birthday show. 7pm. No cover, dinner encouraged. Panama Hotel and Restaurant, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 457-3993. 03/20: The Elvis Johnson Soul Review 9:30pm. Peri’s Silver Dollar, 29 Broadway Blvd., Fairfax. 464-7420. 03/20: J Kevin Durkin Jazz vocalist. 7pm. No cover, dinner encouraged. Panama Hotel and Restaurant, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 457-3993.

The road less traveled Essayist Paul Fussell has pointed up the strong reactionary element attached to all travel, and he’s not talking about Republicans in Bermudas touring Sydney harbor. It’s the adventure-travel set that feels its own loftiness most strongly: Bright, compassionate and attractive young people looking to fall off the map in desperately remote locales, perhaps Backpacking in the wilds of a former Soviet republic— what could go wrong? most typified by the Lonely Planet guidebooks in their packs. Director Julia Loktev gets the yearning right down to her bones, and her filmfest-winning THE LONELIEST PLANET is about as haunting a little film as could be made about it. Minimalist in construction and breathtaking in its visual grandeur—the Caucasus landscapes look like nothing I’ve ever seen—the film deposits us with Nica and Alex (Gael Garcia Bernal and the stunning Hani Furstenberg) as they make their way past the outmost fringes of populated Georgia for the high country, a local guide in tow and still in the full flush of love and impending marriage. But as seasoned travelers know, the scenery looks back into you, and a split second can decide when your deepest character is revealed and your fate cast. Bidzina Gujabidze co-stars as Dato, the guide with his own story to tell—a nonactor in the mold of Jean Reno and in real life, “Georgia’s greatest mountain climber.”Wrenching emotion and suspense to be had here.—Richard Gould 03/20: Jeffrey Halford and the Healers

03/21: Mindy Canter and Fluteus Maximus

Americana, guitarist-singer-songwriter. Chris Donohoe opens. 8pm. $15. Sweetwater Music Hall, 19 Corte Madera Ave., Mill Valley. 388-3850. 03/20: Jesse Brewster 9pm. $10. The Sleeping Lady, 23 Broadway, Fairfax. 485-1182. 03/20: Les Claypool’s Duo de Twang Reformed Whores open. 7:30pm. $35. Terrapin Crossroads, 100 Yacht Club Dr., San Rafael. 524-2773. 03/20: Pep Love Rap. 9pm. $15. 19 Broadway, 17 Broadway, Fairfax. 459-1091.

High energy jazz, blues flute. 8pm. $10. Fenix, 919 Fourth St., San Rafael. 388-8059.

03/21: Deborah Winters with Cedricke Dennis Contemporary jazz. 7pm. No cover, dinner encouraged. Panama Hotel and Restaurant, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 457-3993. 03/21: Dogpatch Junction Rock, blues. 9pm. No cover. 19 Broadway, 17 Broadway, Fairfax. 459-1091. 03/21: Jazz with Daria Jazz vocalist. 8pm. 0. sausalito Seahorse Supper Club, 305 Harbor Dr., Sausalito. 331-2899. 03/21: Johnny Rawls Blues. 7pm. $5. Hopmonk, 224 Vintage Way, Novato. 892-6200. 03/21: Kelly Peterson 9pm. $10. The Sleeping Lady, 23 Broadway, Fairfax. 485-1182.

03/21: Loafer’s Glory, Keystone Crossing Bluegrass and old-time. 8pm. $13-15. Studio 55, 1455-Suite A, E. Francisco Blvd., San Rafael. 453-3161. 03/21: Michael Chapdelaine 8pm. $15-20. Schoenberg Guitars, 106 Main St., Tiburon.

Comedy 03/16: My Son, the Waiter - A Jewish Tragedy One man show featuring Brad Zimmerman, 8pm. $20.142 Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 383-9600. 03/19: Mark Pitta and Friends Standup. 8pm. $16-26. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 383-9600.

Theater 03/16-17: Fairfax Pocket Theatre Company Audition Fairfax Theatre Co. presents a world premier of “Bottom’s Play and Puck’s Ploy: An Homage Written in the Style of the Bard.” By Sam M. Parry. This will be a cold read and/or 1-2 minute prepared monologue (Shakespeare). Performances will be over three weekends from June 21- July 6. Auditions are at 2pm March 16; 11am March 17. Free. FTC Pocket Theatre, 2096 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Fairfax. 3020659. Through 04/14: ‘Enchanted April’ Romantic comedy written by Matthew Barber, based on the novel by Elizabeth von Arnim. 7:30pm Thurs.; 8pm Fri.-Sat.; 2pm Sun. matinees. Buzz at the Barn, a pre-show cocktail hour with hors d’oeuvres and wine, will take place at 7pm March 16. $22-26. The Barn Theatre, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Ross. 456-9555, ext. 1.

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MARILYN IZDEBSKI THEATRE CAMPS 15 Cottage Ave., San Anselmo, CA 94960 453-0199 • Marilyn Izdebski Productions in association with the Redwood High School Community Education Program will produce ONCE UPON A MATTRESS and EVITA as their 2013 Summer Musical-Theatre Camp Productions for young people ages 8-18 years. All rehearsals and performances will be held a the Redwood High School Little Theatre. The Camp includes rehearsal hours, production work and two dance classes each week for all participants. The workshop fee is $590. This is the twenty-ninth year Marilyn Izdebski has directed and produced this successful program. Judy Wiesen will be the Musical Director for both shows. MARIN SHAKSPEARE P. O. Box 4053, San Rafael, CA 94913 499-4487 • Marin Shakespeare Summer Camps; Ross, San Rafael, and Novato. We make Shakespeare fun! Twoand three-week camps for ages 5 to 7, 8 to 12, and teenagers including the popular Tennis/Drama camp. OSHER MARIN JCC: CAMP KEHILLAH 200 North San Pedro Rd., San Rafael, CA 94903 444-8055 • Camps available for Pre-K through 10th Grade! Buy four weeks and get one more FREE! Buy 7 weeks and get two more FREE! Two-week camps include field trips, overnights, swimming, sports, music, nature, dress-up days, PJ parties, astro jumps, and beach days! One-week Specialty camps include Lego Jedi Master Engineering, Inventors Academy, Filmmaking, Animation, Sports Olympics and more! One-week Adventure Travel camps to Tahoe, Santa Cruz, and Whitewater Rafting on the Sacramento River! Make this a summer to remember! PRACTICAL MARTIAL ARTS: NINJA CAMP 5768 Paradise Dr., #F, Corte Madera, CA 94925 927-0899 • Freestyle + Friends + Fitness = Fun. Summer Ninja Camps at Practical Martial Arts – Marin Karate Kids are like a cross-training fitness camp for kids. Ninjas train in Freestyle Martial Arts learning boxing, kickboxing, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and self-defense as well as plenty of age-appropriate fitness regimes. Rest time includes games in the park and copious amounts of Legos. New and continuing students welcome! ROSS ACADEMY MONTESSORI SCHOOL MINI CAMP 2013 7 Thomas Dr., Mill Valley, CA 94941 383-5777 The Ross Academy Montessori School Summer Mini Camp is a continuing Montessori Environment with regular staff the entire summer and lots of outdoor-functioning, “guest appearances” and “special events.” Ages: Toddler Program 2-3 years. Primary Program 3-6 years. June 17-August 9. Full Day 9am-2:30pm, Half Day 9am-noon, extended 20 PACIFIC SUN MARCH 15 - MARCH 21, 2013


BAY AREA DISCOVERY MUSEUM DISCOVERY CAMPS; FORT BAKER 557 McReynolds Rd., Sausalito, CA 94965 339-3900 • From shipwrecks to super heroes, messy art to fort building, campers ages 3 to 8 get creative in a stunning location under the Golden Gate Bridge, with expert facilitation from our professional and caring Museum educators. Over a dozen weekly themes offer fun for all, indoors and outdoors, June 3 to August 23.

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Concerts 03/16: Golden Bough Pan-Celtic repertoire on instruments and voice. 8pm. $12-24. Dance Palace Community Center, 503 B St., Pt. Reyes Station. 663-1075.

03/18: Fath Chamber Players, Phil and Josepha Fath and Colleagues Chamber works by Weber, Mendelssohn, Bartok, Frank Josepha Fath, violin; Philip Fath, clarinet;Victoria Ehrlich, cello and Roxanne Michaelian, piano. 7:30pm. $20. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 383-9600.

Dance 03/21: In the Mood Theatrical swing dance revue. 3pm. $25-50. Marin Center Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium, 10 Ave., of the Flags, San Rafael.

Art 03/15-19: BayWood Artists Exhibition Exhibition of works by BayWood Artists, dedicated to painting and preserving Marin’s natural landscape. Half of the proceeds from artwork sales goes to environmental groups involved with preserving these lands, shores and waterways. Free. Falkirk Cultural Center, 1408 Mission Ave. at E St., San Rafael. 485-3328. 03/08-15: ‘Cardboard & Wax’ Dale Bach, sculpture. Judith Williams, mixed-media paintings, installation. 9am. Free. Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-3871. Through 03/17: Diana Marto, an Inventory of Al-Mutanabbi St.: Artist Books and Broadsides, Igor Sazevich Salon/artists talk 4-5 pm March 17. Gallery Route One, 11101 Highway One, Point Reyes Station. 663-1347.

Through 03/19: BayWood Artists Exhibition Exhibition of works by BayWood Artists, dedicated to painting and preserving Marin’s natural landscape. Half of the proceeds from artwork sales goes to environmental groups involved with preserving wetlands and waterways. Free. Falkirk Cultural Center, 1408 Mission Ave., San Rafael. 485-3328. Through 03/22:‘Shadows’ Bay Area artists Kay Russell, Patricia Ancona and Claudia Tarantino explore their pasts through art. Free. Art Works Downtown, 1337 Fourth St., San Rafael. 451-8119.

Through 03/28: ‘Commitment to Creativity’ National League of American Pen Women-Marin artists branch present a mixed medium group exhibition. 9am. Free. Tiburon Town Hall, 1505 Tiburon Blvd.., Tiburon, upstairs level, 9m-5pm Mon.-Thurs. 1505 Tiburon Blvd., Tiburon. 435-7373.

Through 03/30: Marin Society of Artists “Spring Rental Show” Exhibition of original artworks by MSA members which are for rent. 11am. Free. Marin Society of Artists Gallery, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Ross. 454-9561. Through 03/31: Leslie Lakes Mixed-media paintings. Marin Humane Society, 171 Bel Marin Keys Blvd., Novato. 883-4621.

Through 04/05: Carol Allen, New Works “Dressed In White: My Journey Through Breast Cancer.” Hours: 8am-7pm weekdays. Closed holidays. Free. Gail Van Dyke Atrium Gallery, Marin Cancer Institute, 1350 South Eliseo Dr., Greenbrae. 461-9000.

Through 04/17:‘New Voices New Visions’ Exhibition Group exhibition featuring new work by Bay Area artists Eliza Bui, Teymur Guseynov,

Ivy Jacobsen, Li Ma, Jeff Snell and Marie Van Elder. Reception 4-6pm March 23 with a Best of Show Award presentation at 5pm. 11am. Free. Gallery Bergelli, 483 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur. 945-9454.

Through 04/20: 17th Anual Marin Art Festival: Call to Artists Calling artists to apply to the festival which takes place June 15-16 at the Civic Center Lagoon Park in San Rafael. Early Bird discounts until end of March. Event limited to 250 artists. $25.

Kids Events 03/16: Rebecah Freeling Storytime puppet show. 11am. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 924-4661. 03/17: Learn to Ride a Skateboard Rangers will offer tips and techniques for beginners and ways to attack features that build confidence and skill. Geared towards the newbie and those looking to cross over from other board sports. Bring your board, helmet and pads. 11am. Free. McInnis Skate Park, 310 Smith Ranch Road, San Rafael. 446-4423. Through 03/17: Peter Pan Presented by the Performing Arts Academy of Marin. 7pm March 15. 2pm March 17. $14-18. Showcase Theater, Marin Center, 10 Ave. of the Flags, San Rafael. 473-6800.

Film 03/17: Green Fire Screening and Discussion Screening of documentary about Aldo Leopold, and discussion with filmmaker Steve Dunsky and Leopold biographer Curt Meine. Presented by Dominican University in partnership with Environmental Action Committe of West Marin. 7pm. Free. Dominican University, Angelico Hall, 50 Acacia Ave., San Rafael.

Outdoors 03/16: Steep Ravine Hike The Mt. Tamalpais Interpretive Hike Association will lead a special expedition in honor of the exhibition Dorothea Lange: At Steep Ravine currently on display at the Marin History Museum’s History Center. Bring a picnic lunch, water bottle, sun hat and good hiking shoes. This is a steep hike; round-trip 5 miles.Start at Whitegate Ranch Trailhead. For detailed info and to make a reservation email 10am. $10-15. Reservations encouraged. Mt. Tamalpais State Park, 801 Panoramic Highway, Mill Valley. 454-8538. 03/17: Birds of Bolinas with David Wimpfheimer At this time of year the species diversity here should be fantastic. Waterfowl and shorebirds arejoined by others that are on their way north. This walk is for adults. No animals (except service animals) please. Heavy rain may cancel. Call 893-9527. 9:30am. Free. Stinson Beach School, 3805 California 1, Stinson Beach. 893-9520.

03/19: Marin Organic Glean Team Training Learn to lead Marin Organic glean team which harvests extra food for donation to local schools and food banks. A community potluck follows the event. 4pm. Free. Indian Valley Organic Farm, College of Marin, 1800 Ignaico Blvd, Novato. 663-9667. 03/21: Birds at Cascade Canyon Focus will be birding by ear; finding and identifying birds based on their vocalizations. This walk is for adults. No animals (except service animals) please. Heavy rain may cancel. Call 893-9527. Parking is limited. 9am. Free. Cascade Canyon Preserve, Cascade Dr., Fairfax. 893-9502.

Readings 03/15: Scott Smith “When Someone Dies: The Practical Guide to the Logistics of Death.” 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera. 927-0960.

03/16: Georgia Kelly, Ben Boyce and Julianne Maurseth Editor Georgia Kelly presents “Uncivil Liberties.” 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera. 927-0960. 03/16: Pamela Olson The author discusses “Fast Times in Palestine: A Love Affair with a Homeless Homeland.” 1pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera. 927-0960. 03/17: Beverly D’Onofrio “Astonished: A Story of Evil, Blessings, Grace and Solace .” 1pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera. 9270960. 03/17: Catherine Wolff “Not Less Than Everything: Catholic Writers on Heroes of Conscience.” 4pm. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera. 927-0960. 03/18: Christa Parravani“In Her.” 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera. 927-0960. 03/19: John Elder Robison “Raising Cubby: A Father and Son’s Adventures with Asperger’s, Trains, Tractors, and High Explosives .” 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera. 927-0960.

03/19: Literary Lunch: Chitra Divikaruni Divakaruni presents “Oleander Girl.” Noon. $55, includes lunch and a signed book. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera. 927-0960. 03/20: Terry Brooks The latest installment of The Dark Legacy of Shannar trilogy, “Bloodfire Quest .” 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera. 927-0960.

Community Events (Misc.) 03/16: 18th Annual Fairfax Brewfest Beer, live music, bikes, fun. 1-5pm. $25-30. The Pavilion, 142 Bolinas Road, Fairfax. 453-1584. 03/16: Harmonic Dowsing Joachim Wippich will share tips for improving the accuracy of your dowsing, for maintaining a state of harmony with our planet earth and for restoring a harmony system to the harmony/disharmony intelligence vibration frequency. This is a hands-on, self-healing harmony affirmation belief system presentation. Please bring your dowsing devise. 1:30pm. $5-7 suggested donation. Town Center Shopping, 770 Tamalpias Dr., Adm. Bldg. Community Room 201 , Corte Madera. 564-6419. 03/16: History of Marinship Join Ranger Bill as he facilitates an in-depth discussion on the history of the Marinship Shipyard at the Bay Model. 2pm. Free. Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-3871. 03/16: Sausalito City Wide Yard Sale More than 90 different booths with clothing, tools, nautical/maritime gear, CDs/DVDs/VHS, books and more for sale. The Sausalito Dog Park will be selling hot food items to raise money for the park. 9am. MLK Parking Lot, 610 Coloma St., Sausalito. www. 03/16: Spring 2013 OLLI Open House The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Dominican will stage its Spring 2013 Open House. Refreshments will be provided. 10am-noon. Free. Angelico Hall, 50 Acacia Ave., San Rafael. 458-3763. 03/16: Trail Maintenance Team Become a member of our Trail Maintenance Team (TMT) volunteer program and help maintain our trail system. 9am. Free. Marin County Field Office, 18 Jeannette Prandi Way, San Rafael. 473-3778.

03/18: Girl with a Pearl Earring: Dutch Paintings from the Mauritshuis Docent Maureen O’Brien from the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco will be on hand to give a preview of the exhibition ‚ “Girl with a Pearl Earring: Dutch Paintings from the Mauritshuis, The Hague,” on view at the de Young through June 2. Sponsored by the Friends of the Sausalito Library 7pm. Free. Sausalito City Hall, Council Chambers, 420 Litho St., Sausalito. 289-4121.

03/19: Dollars and Sense: How Unconscious Beliefs Influence Financial Behavior Interactive workshop on how we make financial decisions. Presented by FirstCal Mortgage and Stoffer Wealth Advisors. 11:30am. Free. San Rafael Corporate Center, Tam Conference Room, 750 Lindaro St., San Rafael. 706-7800.



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03/19: Free Talk: What Do My Dreams Mean? Talk on dreamwork presented by certified hypnotherapist and dreamwork practitioner Susan Audrey. Seating is limited; please RSVP. 7pm. Free. Gathering Thyme, 226 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., San Anselmo.

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03/19: Marin Organic Volunteer Training for Farm Field Studies First of two-day training. Learn to assist with K-12 school groups on farm field studies trips connecting local schools with their local farmers. 2pm. Free. Indian Valley Organic Farm, College of Marin, 1800 Ignaico Blvd., Novato. 663-9667. 03/20: Design Your Edible Landscaping This talk will help you to grow edible plants where they will be both decorative and accessible. With Master Gardener Gael Perrin Noon. Free. Civic Center Library, Room 427, 3501 Civic Center Dr., San Rafael. 473-6058. 03/20: Free SAT workshop Discover strategies to improve performance and reduce stress on your SAT exams. Instructors Maggy Hughes and Dale Steinmann will help you improve your scores. 4pm. Free. Civic Center Library, 3501 Civic Center Dr., San Rafael. 377-1541. 03/20: Hiking the John Muir Trail The 211-mile John Muir Trail, from Yosemite Valley to Mt. Whitney, winds through some of the most spectacular wilderness in the lower 48. Learn about gear, permits, food drops, food preparation and more. 7pm. Free. Corte Madera Town Center Community Room, 770 Tamalpais Dr. Ste. 201, Corte Madera. 927-1938. 03/20: PeaceNovato Birthday Vigil Tenth anniversary vigil. 5:30pm. Free. Novato City Hall, 901 Sherman Ave., Novato. 419-7323.

03/21: Book Talk to Benefit People with Disabilities Celebrate the first day of spring at a Book Talk Benefit for Casa Allegra Community Services and people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. With wine, cheese and a special presentation. 5pm. $25. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista, Corte Madera. 499-1116.

03/21: Eric Gower Presents the Art of Cooking with Tea Marin’s own Eric Gower, aka The Breakaway Cook, offers an event devoted to cooking with tea. 6:30pm. $55, includes dinner.. Homeward Bound of Marin, 1385 N Hamilton Parkway, Novato. 382-3363 ext. 243. 03/21: Food Allergies and Sensitivities An in-depth seminar on understanding the science of the immune system, how it gets confused, what symptoms get missed, how and what to test and how to create a path back to health. Offered on March 21 and 26. 7pm. $46. Gathering Thyme, 226 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, San Anselmo. 813-6183.

03/21: San Anselmo Town Presentation San Anselmo Town Departments will address planning department, building department and policing San Anselmo. Presentations by Sean Condry, Public Works Director; Keith Angerman, Building Official; Diane Henderson, Interim Planning Director and Town Permit Process; Todd Cusimano, Central Marin Police Authority Chief and Business Security. Complimentary breakfast hosted by Chase Bank. 8am. Free. Chase Bank, 894 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., San Anselmo. 454-2510. <

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FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 131432 The following individuals is doing business as MGA LANDSCAPING, 1725 MARION AVE., NOVATO, CA 94945: MARTIN G ASCENCIO, 1725 MARION AVE. M2, NOVATO, CA 94945. This business is being conducted by AN INDIVIDUAL. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on FEBRUARY 11, 2013. (Publication Dates: FEBRUARY 22; MARCH 1, 8, 15, 2013)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2013131534 The following individuals are doing business as R L & M MANAGEMENT; CROSSFIRE ENTERPRISES, 85 HILLSIDE DR., FAIRFAX, CA 94930: WILLIAM SHAW, 85 HILLSIDE DR., FAIRFAX, CA 94930; KIMBERLY SHAW, 85 HILLSIDE DR., FAIRFAX, CA 94930. This business is being conducted by A GENERAL PARTNERSHIP. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on FEBRUARY 21, 2013. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on FEBRUARY 25, 2013. (Publication Dates: MARCH 1, 8, 15, 22, 2013)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2013131285 The following individuals is doing business as TAMALPAIS HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 1963, 800-D SIR FRANCIS DRAKE BLVD., SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960: CHARLES R KELLY, 800-D SIR FRANCIS DRAKE BLVD., SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960. This business is being conducted by AN INDIVIDUAL. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on JANUARY 25, 2013. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on JANUARY 25, 2013. (Publication Dates: FEBRUARY 22; MARCH 1, 8, 15, 2013) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2013131473 The following individuals are doing business as INTEL COMPUTER CLUBHOUSE, 1115 THIRD ST., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: NEW MEDIA LEARNING, 1115 THIRD ST., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by A CORPORATION. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on JANUARY 1, 2007. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on FEBRUARY 15, 2013. (Publication Dates: MARCH 1, 8, 15, 22, 2013) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 131491 The following individual is doing business as QUIROZ LANDSCAPING, 145 JEWELL ST. #4, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: INES PEDRO QUIROZ SALINAS, 145 JEWELL ST. #4, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by AN INDIVIDUAL. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on FEBRUARY 20, 2013. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on FEBRUARY 20, 2013. (Publication Dates: MARCH 1, 8, 15, 22, 2013) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 131309 The following individual is doing business as SKYWARD COACHING, 80 WOODSIDE DR., SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960: MARK VOORSANGER, 80 WOODSIDE DR., SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960. This business is being conducted by AN INDIVIDUAL. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on JANUARY 28, 2013. (Publication Dates: MARCH 1, 8, 15, 22, 2013) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 131484 The following individual is doing business as LARKSPUR NAIL SPA, 554 MAGNOLIA, LARKSPUR, CA 94939: TIEN TRUONG, 45 ISLA VISTA LN, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by AN INDIVIDUAL. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on FEBRUARY 19, 2013. (Publication Dates: MARCH 1, 8, 15, 22, 2013) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 131259 The following individual is doing business as MD'S MAGIC SNAKES, 28 DOMINICAN DR., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: MATTHEW DAVIS, 28 DOMINICAN DR., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by AN INDIVIDUAL. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 131536 The following individual is doing business as ARCHETYPE DESIGN BUILD, 37 ALTA VISTA WAY, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: KEITH ALLEN DUNLOP, 37 ALTA VISTA WAY, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by AN INDIVIDUAL. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on FEBRUARY 25, 2013. (Publication Dates: MARCH 1, 8, 15, 22, 2013) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 131543 The following individual is doing business as MEDWAY SPA, 26 MEDWAY RD. #16, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: XIAO YAN WANG, 823 27TH AVE., SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94121.This business is being conducted by AN INDIVIDUAL. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on FEBRUARY 26, 2013. (Publication Dates: MARCH 1, 8, 15, 22, 2013) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2013131578 The following individuals are doing business as COLLIE AUTOWORKS, 585 IRWIN ST., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: D&D COLLIE INC., 585 IRWIN ST., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by A CORPORATION. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on JANUARY 1, 2006. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on MARCH 1, 2013. (Publication Dates: MARCH 8, 15, 22, 29, 2013) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 131495 The following individuals are doing business as GLENISTER PROPERTIES, 139 BAYVIEW DR., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: CHRISTOPHER L. GLENISTER, 139 BAYVIEW DR., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901; JULIA A. GLENISTER, 139 BAYVIEW DR., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by A MARRIED COUPLE. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on FEBRUARY 20, 2013. (Publication Dates: MARCH 8, 15, 22, 29, 2013) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 131521 The following individual is doing business as THE CYNTHIA COLLECTION, 115 UNDERHILL RD., MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: CYNTHIA G. BIGONY, 115 UNDERHILL RD., MILL VALLEY, CA 94941. This business is being conducted by AN INDIVIDUAL. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on FEBRUARY 21, 2013. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on FEBRUARY 22, 2013. (Publication Dates: MARCH 8, 15, 22, 29, 2013) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2013131548 The following individual is doing business as DD&L TRUCKING, 35 PARK CIRCLE, MARIN CITY, CA 94965: CHARLESETTA SMITH, 35 PARK CIRCLE, MARIN CITY, CA 94965. This business is being conducted

by AN INDIVIDUAL. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on 1971. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on FEBRUARY 26, 2013. (Publication Dates: MARCH 8, 15, 22, 29, 2013) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 131574 The following individual is doing business as CAD DADDY, 509 THE ALAMEDA, SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960: JAMES LEVIEUX, 509 THE ALAMEDA, SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960. This business is being conducted by AN INDIVIDUAL. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on FEBRUARY 28, 2013. (Publication Dates: MARCH 8, 15, 22, 29, 2013) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2013131558 The following individuals are doing business as FLO WINE, 1682 NOVATO BLVD. SUITE 151, NOVATO, CA 94947: AWDIRECT INC., 1682 NOVATO BLVD. SUITE 151, NOVATO, CA 94947. This business is being conducted by A CORPORATION. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on FEBRUARY 26, 2013. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on FEBRUARY 27, 2013. (Publication Dates: MARCH 8, 15, 22, 29, 2013) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 131630 The following individual is doing business as CLAIRITY, 100 PROFESSIONAL CENTER DR. SUITE 112, NOVATO, CA 94947: CLAIRE A. NIEMISTE, 33 MARTIN DR., NOVATO, CA 94949. This business is being conducted by AN INDIVIDUAL. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name listed herein on MARCH 7, 2013. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on MARCH 7, 2013. (Publication Dates: MARCH 15, 22, 29; APRIL 5, 2013) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2013131647 The following individuals are doing business as SARA FILMS, 100 EBBTIDE AVE. SUITE 210, SAUSALITO, CA 94965: STEPHEN R SARA, 100 EBBTIDE AVE. SUITE 210, SAUSALITO, CA 94965; LAWRENCE A SARA, 100 EBBTIDE AVE. SUITE 210, SAUSALITO, CA 94965. This business is being conducted by CO-PARTNERS. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name listed herein on JANUARY 1, 2009. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on MARCH 11, 2013. (Publication Dates: MARCH 15, 22, 29; APRIL 5, 2013) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2013131624 The following individuals (are doing business as LIFEFORCE FAMILY CHIROPRACTIC, 412 REDHILL AVE. SUITE 11, SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960: HEIDI KELLER CHIROPRACTIC INC., 167 OAK MANOR DR., FAIRFAX, CA 94960; JAMES S LENIHAN, 80 EAST CRESCENT DR., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by A CORPORATION . Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name listed herein on FEBRUARY 15, 2001. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on MARCH 7, 2013. (Publication Dates: MARCH 15, 22, 29; APRIL 5, 2013) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 131614 The following individuals are doing business as LUMINOX WATCH COMPANY, 2301 KERBER BLVD. SUITE A, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: LUMUNDI INC., 2301 KERBER BLVD. SUITE A, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by A CORPORATION . Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name listed herein on MARCH 15, 2006. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on MARCH 6, 2013. (Publication Dates: MARCH 15, 22, 29; APRIL 5, 2013)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 131540 The following individuals are doing business as GOLDEN COUNTY CLOTHING, 201 UPPER TOYING DR., KENTFIELD, CA 94904: LUCIAN A. HAYES, PO BOX 150526, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94915; CHAD B. PETERSON, 201 UPPER TOYING DR., KENTFIELD, CA 94904. This business is being conducted by A GENERAL PARTNERSHIP. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name listed herein on FEBRUARY 25, 2013. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on FEBRUARY 25, 2013. (Publication Dates: MARCH 15, 22, 29; APRIL 5, 2013) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 131583 The following individual is doing business as ON-SITE COMPUTER CONSULTING, 149 CLARK ST., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: KYLE PRODROMOU SCHIEN, 149 CLARK ST., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by AN INDIVIDUAL. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on MARCH 1, 2013. (Publication Dates: MARCH 15, 22, 29; APRIL 5, 2013) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2013131552 The following individuals are doing business as FOUR POINTS BY SHERATON SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: EMPIRE USA LLC, 915 17TH, MODESTO, CA 95354. This business is being conducted by A LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name listed herein on FEBRUARY 28, 2013. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on FEBRUARY 27, 2013. (Publication Dates: MARCH 15, 22, 29; APRIL 5, 2013) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2013131626 The following individual is doing business as TREASURES BY AUNT LOIS, 48 PARKVIEW CIRCLE, CORTE MADERA, CA 94925: LOIS LERMAN, 48 PARKVIEW CIRCLE, CORTE MADERA, CA 94925. This business is being conducted by AN INDIVIDUAL. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name listed herein on JANUARY 1, 2013. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on MARCH 7, 2013. (Publication Dates: MARCH 15, 22, 29; APRIL 5, 2013) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 131627 The following individual is doing business as MISS PAULA'S PLACE, 8 ELAINE WAY #2, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: PAULA D. LONDOW, 8 ELAINE WAY #2, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by AN INDIVIDUAL. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on MARCH 7, 2013. (Publication Dates: MARCH 15, 22, 29; APRIL 5, 2013) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 131597 The following individual is doing business as GARCIA BROTHER'S LANDSCAPING, 343 IRWIN ST., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: ELISEO GARCIA, 343 IRWIN ST., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by

AN INDIVIDUAL. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on MARCH 4, 2013. (Publication Dates: MARCH 15, 22, 29; APRIL 5, 2013) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 131658 The following individual is doing business as SECOND CHANCE GREETINGS, 1 SIMMS ST. SUITE 225, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: JAMES BRUCE BARNES, 1 SIMMS ST. SUITE 225, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by AN INDIVIDUAL. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on MARCH 12, 2013. (Publication Dates: MARCH 15, 22, 29; APRIL 5, 2013)

OTHER NOTICES AMENDED NOTICE TO CREDITORS: No. PR 1300422 Notice is hereby given to the creditors and contingent creditors of the abovenamed decedent that all persons having claims against the decedent are required to file them with the Superior Court, at 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael, CA 94903, and mail or deliver a copy to Linda P. Murphy, as trustee of the trust dated August 23, 1993, of which the Decedent was the settlor, at 270 Bahr Rd., Ben Lomond, CA 95005, within the later of 4 months after March 8, 2013 (the date of the first publication of notice to creditors) or, if notice is mailed or personally delivered to you, 60 days after the date this notice is mailed or personally delivered to you, or you must petition to file a late claim as provided in Probate Code §19103. For your protection, you are encouraged to file your claim by certified mail, with return receipt requested. Date: February 21, 2013; Lucille Des Jardins, Esq. State Bar No. 70626, 555 Soquel Avenue, Suite 290, Santa Cruz, CA 95062, (831) 425-5828 / (831) 458-2012 fax (Publication Dates: MARCH 8, 15, 22, 2013) ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF MARIN. No. CIV 1300782. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner DARYL WILLIAM COMBS filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: DARYL WILLIAM COMBS to LEONE SOLURSON. THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter shall appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. Any person objecting to the name changes described above must file a written objection that includes the reasons for the objection at least two court days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must appear at the hearing to show cause why the petition should not be granted. If no written objection is timely filed, the court may grant the petition without a hearing. NOTICE OF HEARING: APRIL 19, 2013 9:00 AM, Dept. E, Superior Court of California, County of Marin, 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael, CA 94903. A copy of this ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE shall be published at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following news-


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paper of general circulation, printed in the county of Marin: PACIFIC SUN. Date: FEBRUARY 22, 2013 /s/ PAUL M. HAAKENSON, JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT (Publication Dates: MARCH 8, 15, 22, 29, 2013) NOTICE OF APPLICATION TO SELL ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES. Date of Filing Application: FEBRUARY 22, 2013. To Whom It May Concern: The Name(s) of Applicant(s) is/are: LUCILA GUILLEN, CARLOS SOLIS ALMANZA. The applicants listed above are applying to the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control to sell alcoholic beverages at: 916 B ST., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901-3005. Type of license(s) Applied for: 41 – ON SALE BEER AND WINE – Eating Place. (Pacific Sun: MARCH 8, 15, 22, 2013) ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF MARIN. No. CIV 1300980. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner HARPER BELLE SULLIVAN filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: HARPER BELLE SULLIVAN to TYCHO BELLE LISITZA; LIA KAI ERNST TO LIA KAI LISITZA. THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter shall appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. Any person objecting to the name changes described above must file a written objection that includes the reasons for the objection at least two court days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must appear at the hearing to show cause why the petition should not be granted. If no written objection is timely filed, the court may grant the petition without a hearing. NOTICE OF HEARING: MAY 3, 2013 9:00 AM, Dept. E, Room E, Superior Court of California, County of Marin, 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael, CA 94903. A copy of this ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE shall be published at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in the county of Marin: PACIFIC SUN. Date: MARCH 5, 2013 /s/ PAUL M. HAAKENSON, JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT (Publication Dates: MARCH 15, 22, 29; APRIL 5, 2013)

›› TRiViA CAFÉ ANSWERS From page 7

1. Beach Blanket Babylon 2. “Change We Can Believe In” 3a. Shamrock 3b. The Holy Trinity 4. Admiral 5. Grey’s Anatomy TV series, named after Gray’s Anatomy medical textbook (note the spelling difference) 6. Turkey, Anatolia; 5,000 varieties of grapes derived from here 7a. Singer Cee Lo Green, who recorded “Forget You” 7b. Brown University 7c. Yellowstone National Park 8. They all end with City 9. John Belushi 10. Apple = 43 cents, banana = 47 cents, cucumber = 37 cents) BONUS ANSWER: Four times; it was eventually privately funded by prominent S.F. business leaders.

››ADViCE GODDESS® by Amy Alkon


I’ve been with my boyfriend for a year. We were best friends and talked about everything—what our kids would be like, projects we’d do together, magical worlds and even other people we found attractive. Then, on his computer, I accidentally clicked on what I thought was just some porn video, but I recognized his blanket and realized it was he and his ex-girlfriend having sex (when they were dating). I had a very hard time seeing him with someone else and have become very sensitive and jealous, and this has set our relationship on edge. We don’t talk as we used to. So many areas have become off-limits (even just whom he had lunch with) because he’s so afraid that anything he says will upset or hurt me. I want to communicate as we used to when I was his “cool girlfriend.”—Shut Out


Katharine Hepburn could have made a sex tape without anyone ever knowing, because after the 8 mm film got transferred to video, her image would have been hard to discern from that of Ernest Borgnine, Sasquatch or Yogi Bear. Thanks to technological advances, whenever some dermatologist in Idaho clicks up Kim Kardashian’s sex tape, her agent probably gets a call telling him she’s got some 2 mm birthmark that needs looking at. As distressing as it is that you could probably pick your boyfriend’s ex out of a lineup—one from the waist down—it’s not like you found footage of him clubbing squirrels. You just got unfortunate visual confirmation of what you already knew: He had a girlfriend before you. They did more than spoon. Jealousy is a good thing when it rears its little green head to warn of an actual threat to the relationship: “Eeek! He’s having sex with another woman...” But jealousy needs a slap in the mouth from reason when there is no real threat: “...and it happened a year before we’d even met.” To help yourself think rationally, don’t be nebulously hysterical (“I’m afraaaaid!”). Verbalize exactly what you’re actually afraid of—probably that he’d leave you, maybe for his ex. Next, consider what would happen if he actually did. The world would not end. Your head would not fall off, roll under the bed and become a cat toy. You’d probably sob into your pillow for a few months, but you’d eventually get over him and get on with your life. To get back the relationship you had, start acting as if you’d never lost it—meaning, when your boyfriend asks you the time, you just tell him; you don’t shriek that all you can see is that clock on the nightstand in his sex video. There’s a good deal of research, laid out by psychologist Dr. Richard Wiseman in The As If Principle, that suggests that changing how you behave is actually the fastest, most effective way to change how you feel. Let your boyfriend know that you know your fears aren’t rational, that you’re going to stop acting like they are and that he, in turn, needs to stop treating you like a bomb that could be triggered by “pass the salt.” Before long, you should be his cool girlfriend again—faster, probably, if that blanket from the video finds its way to some homeless man. Ideally, he should be one who isn’t in your neighborhood, lest your response to “Spare change?” be “You whore!”


Women always say they like a man with a good sense of humor. What exactly does that mean? I think I’m funny. Do I have to bust right out with a bunch of hilarity on the first date?—A Guy


If a woman agrees to go out with you, it isn’t so she can finally find out why the chicken crossed the road. She either wants a free dinner or wants to figure out whether you’re worth seeing again. You’re unlikely to score a second date by pelting her with jokes and one-liners, which suggests you prepared for the evening by memorizing the joke book on the back of the toilet. What impresses a woman are shows of wit—spontaneous expressions of humor in response to something she says or something around you. Wit reflects intelligence while communicating your worldview—telling her who you are far more interestingly than droning on about your major and your dream to someday get your boss to assign you a better parking space. That said, don’t get so caught up in making her laugh that you forget that connecting with her is the point. Make her feel like a onewoman audience for your “act” and she’ll figure out for herself why the chicken crossed the road. (Because it would rather be hit by a car than listen to another one of your jokes.) < © Amy Alkon, all rights reserved. Got a problem? Email or write to Amy Alkon, 171 Pier Ave. #280, Santa Monica, CA 90405.

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