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Since Bill Graham is tragically no longer with us to speak for himself, I feel compelled to respond to Peter Anderson’s recent letter [“And We Thought Lincoln-Douglas Was Intense,” Nov. 15]. To use the words of a good friend: “Peter Anderson? Who the f-ck are you? I’ll f-ing f--- you, you f-ing f-ety f--k! F--k you!” Five bucks for three bands at Winterland. Free apples at the Fillmore. Free breakfast for all the DeadHeads every New Year’s. SNACK (benefit for Students Need Athletics, Culture and Kicks). The Last Waltz. Live-Aid. On and on. How much are concert tickets these days? What have you done for music or musicians or those who love them, Peter Anderson? Music fans of the Bay Area were very lucky to have Bill Graham. No one has come close to filling his shoes. Rest in peace, Bill. I love you, man.

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In my transfer of domestic domicile from San Rafael to Shasta County early in 2014, it is interesting to note that my mere presence in the great northern region will nearly double the number of registered Democrats. In addition, after living around here since 1956, with time out for radical underground activities at Berkeley, there are some things I will grow to miss: 1. The pure sport of dodging SUVehicles operated by less than mindful [soccer moms] while crossing the streets of downtown San Rafael.

2. Conversations overheard in various coffee emporiums, Whole Foods, and Good Earth in which the words “workshop,” “sharing,” “vision,” and “sensitivity” so often appear. 3. Late model foreign-made automobiles parked so that they take up two slots, and 4. The fun traffic camera at the corner of Irwin and Third, which cost me at least $540. Other than those, I think I’m gonna make it after all. Skip Corsini, San Rafael

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If I was a politician I would propose an idea that the Federal government would establish programs across the country to provide vouchers for health care. The vouchers would be funded by the government for citizens who have no health care benefits. I also hope that President Obama will focus the next three years on [solving] problems in the United States. Margreet Winkler, San Rafael

Yelp not wanted

In September 2013, anyone looking me up on Yelp would have only found my name and an invitation to write a review. At the bottom of the page, in tiny type, was written “16 reviews” but they could only be accessed by copying some letters although about 75 percent of them were extremely positive. Then in September and October, I received at least eight calls from a man at Yelp’s business office trying to sell me an ad, which I ignored. In early November, I found that my Yelp site had been altered—and it must have been by Yelp staff because no one else had access. Now, an old negative review, nearly a year old, had been prominently posted and I was given an overall rating of one star. Right above my name was an ad for another therapist who had five stars and the distance from my office to hers was given. At the bottom, the filtered reviews now carried the qualification “16 reviews which are not recommended.” Clearly, this is punishment by Yelp for not spending hundreds of dollars a months on business advertising with them and I am horrified and outraged at their conduct. It did not help that a potential patient, who did not show up for the appointment she made, posted a negative review after I refused to give her a second appointment time. Which is like me rating the food in a restaurant when I never kept my reservation and had never eaten there. Two of my patients kindly offered to write supporting reviews but told me that they were not posted. So I did a test and sent in statements that clearly stated they were a test of Yelp’s filters and not an actual review. One was given one star and the other five stars. The statement marked with the one star was posted to my site and the statement with the five stars was not. On the San Francisco Better Business Bureau website, they record nearly 1,200 complaints about Yelp over the past three years. Despite this, they give Yelp an A+ rating which throws doubt on their judgment also. The Internet brings up numerous examples of Yelp trying to destroy small business owners by removing positive reviews, nearly always because these owners do not advertise on Yelp. I thought that blackmail and extortion were illegal. How come Yelp has not been shut down by the Federal Trade Commission or the Attorney General? Yelp cannot be allowed to continue to persecute business owners.

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By showing us the duplicity and dysfunction of our government, Edward Snowden has done us a great service. There are no Democrats or Republicans in Washington, only Opportunists who feed on the taxpayer and do very little in return. Our bloated and wasteful military and spy agencies eat up half of our federal budget. Where’s the beef? To what good purposes does any of that money go? NSA’s former Technology Director, Bill Binney, who developed the “Thread” program which spies on our e-mails and phone calls, said last week that Sen. Dianne Feinstein, her

Senate Intelligence Committee and Obama himself should be impeached for destroying our Fourth Amendment privacy protections. Feinstein calls Snowden a traitor, when it is really the other way around. She even bailed on Obamacare to protect her chairmanship, the source of her power. Swaddled in wealth all her life, she has no idea of what it takes to pay the rent or find money to fix the kid’s teeth. The Moneyocracy which governs Washington is killing our country for all except the 10 percent or so at the top.

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Thanks loads for the article on hate groups [“Enmity of the State,” Nov. 8]. I hate that it’s so timely. Since no hate groups are based in Marin, I’m going to start several which will be based right here in San Rafael. The first will be called The Weathermen, and we will actively recruit people to hate bad weather. Following that, the second group will be The Whethermen. This group will attempt to abolish all conditional situations, whether or not they actually exist. The third group will be called Revive, and it will hate death. We will regularly go to cemeteries, line up and stand in front and lock arms so as to prevent dead people from getting out. The fourth group will be called Hate Group Central, and its purpose will be to hate hate groups. Those it hates will be called Hades. Jonathan Frieman, San Rafael

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Behind the Section 8 ball Need an affordable housing voucher? Get in line ... a very long line ... by Ke lly O ’M ara


f you happen to lose your job this month or slip below the poverty line, you might have to turn to government support programs to help pay the rent and make ends meet. But, if you need Section 8 assistance—also known as the Housing Choice Voucher program—you’d be out of luck. The Marin County Section 8 waiting list is nearly 8,000 people long, according to Paul Cummins, the program manager for Section 8 housing at the Marin Housing Authority. And that list isn’t shrinking any time soon. Because of federal budget cuts and sequestration, no one has been accepted into the Section 8 program via the waiting list in months. “We had to stop issuing new tenant-based vouchers,” said Cummins. That means that if you needed Section 8 assistance right now, you wouldn’t even be able to get on the 8,000-person waiting list. It’s closed and it won’t be re-opened until the list is much closer to running out. When the waiting list was last opened in fall of 2008, there were 12,000 applicants. “We don’t know when it will open again,” said Cummins. Section 8 is, ideally, a voucher that pays a portion of rent in order keep the resident’s portion of rent at 30-40 percent of their income—the definition of affordable housing. In order to qualify for the Section 8 program, applicants have to be below income limits that are determined based on county salaries and housing prices. In Marin, a low-income

family of four must make below $84,400 and a low-income individual makes below $59,100. However, 75 percent of the county’s Section 8 recipients, said Cummins, have to qualify as very low-income or extremely low-income, which is set at $36,950 and $22,200 for an individual, respectively. As opposed to other programs, such as public housing where housing is directly provided for residents, the goal with Section 8 is for people to be able to live where they want and be an integrated part of the community. But, it doesn’t always work out. Once a resident actually gets off the waitlist, they have an initial 60 days to find an apartment that will accept them and the voucher. That can be harder than it seems. One Marin resident said that after her mentally ill son’s Section 8 lease was cancelled because he was smoking in the complex, it was impossible for them to find a new apartment. “The minute you mention Section 8, they say ‘oh, no,’” she said. Contrary to popular belief, landlords in California are allowed to reject Section 8 tenants. In 2010, the California Court of Appeals ruled that it was permissible for a landlord to refuse to accept Section 8 payments. Although state law forbids discrimination based on “source of income,” the court ruled that Section 8 did not fall within that guideline. 8>



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Oyster debate takes another shelling by vandals Someone left a “gift” at the Point Reyes Station office of the Environmental Action Committee of West Marin this weekend—according to the EAC, signage for the Drakes Bay Oyster Company was glued with rubber cement on the office door and on a wooden EAC sign in front of the building. The Environmental Action Committee has been at the forefront of the opposition to renew the oyster farm’s lease at Drake’s Estuary in the Point Reyes National Seashore—as part of the federal plan to revert National Parks lands to “wilderness” status. Environmental Action Committee Executive Director A8my Trainer says she discovered the signs when she returned to work after the holiday weekend. It’s the second “pearl” of vandalism reported by the Environmental Action Committee this year. Last February, according to EAC officials, someone dumped a toilet and sink with an angry note at the EAC office. Vandalism among oyster watchdogs has come from both sides of the mariculture debate. In October, a 13-foot-tall mural at the old Readimix Quarry building on Point Reyes-Petaluma Road—which championed the Drakes Bay Oyster Company—was painted over under the dark of night. Both Drakes Bay Oysters and the EAC have condemned the actions of the overzealous vandals. Marin wins grant to study sea-level rise Marin’s effort to stave off sea-level rise just got a $200,000 wave of support, as a state committee has named C-SMART among several recipients of climate-change grant funds. The California Ocean Protection Council will divide $1.3 million between seven local governments. The Sea-Level: Marin Adaptation Response Team, or C-SMART, was selected for its goals in reducing risks from storms, erosion and sea-level rise. C-SMART will evaluate the potential risks to homes, businesses and public facilities—including Highway 1—as well as coastal resources such as shoreline wetlands, beaches and recreational areas that could be subject to inundation and damage from extreme storm events, according to the Marin County Community Development Agency, which oversees the program. In the grant application, County Planning Manager Jack Liebster called Marin’s coast a “perfect testing laboratory” for sea-level-rise issues. 8>

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‘Downton’ in the Valley ‘Mrs. Patmore’ a diamond in the rough at Marin jewelry store...

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1. What body part did Anthony Dominick Benedetto allow to remain in San Francisco? 2. How many hundred dollar bills make up one $1 billion?

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3. Who are the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge?


4. There are how many minutes of playing time in each of these sporting contests? 4a. Soccer 4b. NFL game 4c. Olympic water polo 5. Barack Obama was chosen as Democratic candidate for president at his party’s 2008 National Convention, held in what city?


6. Which country declared war on Britain and France on June 10, 1940? 7. In the 15th century, she was captured by the Burgundians, sold to the English, put on trial on charges of insubordination and heresy, and burned at the stake.

Asked about reports that Mike Tyson is a big fan of the period drama and wanted a Downton Abbey role, Nicol looked surprised. She hadn’t heard that, but, then again, it wasn’t unusual for others to express an interest in the series—Harrison Ford had offered his services. (We then tried to picture Indiana Jones and Mike Tyson pulling up to Downton in a vintage car, but somehow it just didn’t seem to work.) Nicol will have to start growing her eyebrows back soon. It was recently announced that Downton Abbey will film a fifth series, with production to begin in February and last until August. The Murr family from Mill Valley came in the store to meet Mrs. Patmore. “There she is!” Jennifer Murr pointed out the actress to daughters Adrienne, 10, and Madeleine, 13. “We love her, she’s so great,” Jennifer said. They told Nicol they had binge-watched the series on recordings and were just catching up. “We’re very upset about Matthew’s death,” Jennifer said, and Nicol made sympathetic sounds. That character’s sudden demise is the ending to season three of the series; season four, which starts out about six months after Matthew’s accident, starts to air on PBS in the U.S. Jan. 5. The series is already showing in the United Kingdom, so it wouldn’t necessarily be talking out of school if Nicol let us know something of what happens to the Crawley family and their staff. But Nicol refuses to speak of it, and for good reason. “I can’t tell you,” she said. “People would be mad. They would. They really don’t want to know before they watch it.” Y Share your ‘Downton’ predictions with Julie at


9. What 2004 American Idol alum won an Academy Award in 2007, for her role in what movie? 10. The only wild monkeys in Europe, which migrated from the Atlas Mountains of Morocco and Algeria to Gibraltar and Spain, are best known by what two-word name?


BONUS QUESTION: The first time that Time magazine’s Person of the Year was nonhuman was in 1982, when what was selected? Want more trivia? Howard invites you to upcoming free team trivia contests, at the Terrapin Crossroads in San Rafael on Tuesday, Dec. 10, and at the Sweetwater in Mill Valley on Tuesday, Dec. 17, both 6:30 pm. Have a great question? Send it in and if we use it, we’ll give you credit!

▲ Those San Rafael police officers are very busy. Last week, we praised Officer Mark Wilkinson for saving an infant’s life. Now, we recognize Officer Kevin MacDougald for preventing accidents waiting to happen. In the wee hours of Thanksgiving morning, he arrested his 100th DUI suspect of 2013. Considering MacDougald is responsible for more than one-third of the total DUI arrests in San Rafael this year, we’d say this officer is a force to be reckoned with. A 35year veteran of the department, he plans to continue his DUI enforcement. “It is one of the things that I know can save lives and prevents injuries,” said MacDougald. Goodness knows we need his dedicated efforts. Drunk and drugged driving remains the numberone killer on California’s roadways.


Lesley Nicol won’t reveal any plot points to the coming ‘Downton’ season; we’re hoping Mrs. Patmore gets a dog.

8. What bandleader was Jerry Seinfeld’s first choice to play the role of George Costanza in the TV series Seinfeld before the part was given to Jason Alexander?

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▼ Gentlemen, keep it in your pants. You may be deluding yourself into believing prostitution is a victimless crime; however, it’s not. Two women were cited for prostitution last weekend in Marin, and a minor was released to the custody of her parents. The 17-year-old girl was brought from the East Bay to San Rafael by her alleged pimp to exchange sex for money. The poor teen should be studying or at the mall with her girlfriends. Instead, she was exploited in our community. Why? Apparently, there’s a demand for the product. Guys, find a nice woman to date or bring your wife flowers. You’ll help run the pimps out of town and perhaps a young, vulnerable girl will have a chance at a better life. — Nikki Silverstein


h my god, that’s so cool!” A couple passing by had spotted the perfect wedding anniversary ring in the window last Saturday and went into downtown Mill Valley’s Sofia Jewelry shop to give it a further look. And there, steps away, was none other than Downton Abbey’s head cook, Mrs. Patmore, which prompted the reaction. (Although the ring was impressive, too.) Lesley Nicol, who plays Mrs. Patmore on the highbrow British PBS series Downton Abbey, and Susan Priolo, who owns Sofia Jewelry with her husband, Carl, are friends from way back. They met almost 40 years ago as actors in London and have remained chums across the decades and continents. When Nicol, who recently moved to Los Angeles, came up for Thanksgiving, it seemed a good idea to throw a tea party on Small Business Saturday and let Marinites meet the actress in the Priolos’ gleaming jewel box (literally) of a store. The sign out front announcing the tea had two pictures of Nicol, one in character as the down-toearth, kind-hearted, no-nonsense cook, and one as she is “in real life,” which was a good idea because she’s not instantly recognizable. Nicol looks about 15 years younger than Mrs. Patmore, testament to the power of a good hairstyle and a pair of tweezers. And perhaps with an assist from the sparkly gray-diamond necklace and earrings she was wearing (from Sofia Jewelry, natch). In any event, over and over again, customers reacted with surprise when they saw her. “You’re gorgeous!” a woman said. “You don’t look like anybody’s cook,” another exclaimed. Mrs. Patmore is all about the early 20th century natural look so, during production, “You aren’t allowed to pluck your eyebrows,” Nicol told a fan. The actress chatted with Jennifer Coslett MacCready, president of the Mill Valley Film Festival, about how she signed onto the series—Nicol was deemed too young for a part she initially tried for, but then she was the only one who was considered to play Mrs. Patmore. Even to a clunky American ear, her voice is much softer and accent less broad than when she’s speaking in character. At her “tea” (actually, sparkling wine was served) Nicol was relentlessly charming, greeting everyone enthusiastically, answering the same questions about the series cheerfully, posing for pictures and telling those who asked that, no, she doesn’t cook in real life, that’s her husband’s job. She showed off the beautiful ring that Carl Priolo had designed for her.

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< 6 Behind the Section 8 ball “Some landlords don’t like to deal with bureaucracy,” said Cummins. “Or, if they had a bad experience, they take that and extrapolate.” Cummins also points out, though, that while there can be a stigmatization of people on Section 8, bad behavior from tenants is certainly not limited to low-income residents. “Most of the folks acting out [in rentals] are not on Section 8,” he said. It just takes a quick perusal of rentals on Craigslist to see that plenty of landlords and renters in Marin want nothing to do with Section 8—and that’s just the people willing to say so in their ad. One apartment complex in San Rafael even directs doubting Section 8 applicants to call Cummins at Marin Housing to confirm that they can refuse the vouchers. This can be particularly challenging for severely mentally ill residents, who often fall below the income cut-offs because they struggle to hold down a job. Typically, said Rick Roose, the vice president of the National Association for the Mentally Ill’s Marin chapter, mentally ill residents are stigmatized. Regular housing can also be hard for them, because they need support in the form of a case manager or daily assistance. “Section 8 doesn’t really work that well [for the mentally ill],” said Roose. But, the other options in Marin are limited. Many hope to get into Buck-

elew’s programs or find another provider, but Roose said the last he heard there was a six- to nine-months wait for supported housing. To that end, people are trying to fill in the holes. The Marin Community Foundation supports a number of largescale affordable housing projects and the Marin Housing Authority runs other programs besides Section 8, including a Shelter Plus Care program for mentally ill homeless. That, too, has a long waitlist. “The need outstrips the resource at this point,” said Cummins. With budget cuts, the staff at the housing authority has been reduced and the economic recovery has hurt the number of housing listings they have available. Still, the Section 8 program is supporting nearly 2,000 families right now in Marin and pays out $2.3 million each month in rental assistance, said Cummins. If the federal government makes more cuts, those people and the other programs could find themselves in jeopardy too—and, unfortunately, it seems like that may happen. “It’s a slow, but steady tsunami heading here from the East Coast,” said Dr. Thomas Peters, the president of the Marin Community Foundation, which has been working on affordable housing issues. “Absent some miracle in Washington, we’ll have another wave of reductions.” Y


< 6 Newsgrams “Its diverse biological resources, varied topography and highly susceptible human habitation present challenges that will need to be faced all along the California coast,” wrote Liebster. “By starting now, we will have a better understanding of our options and more time to prepare in a well thought out and less costly way.” For more information on C-SMART, email Raining cats and kittens at Humane Society The Marin Humane Society is up to its adorable little ears in felines—so, county cat lovers, it’s time to stand up and say, “meow”—and open your home to a Felis catus or two. The MHS in Novato is rarely without a supply of highly adoptable fur-balls but, thanks to an early Christmas delivery by an anonymous litter litterer, the fluff is reaching a tipping point. Early Nov. 25—”in the cold hours before dawn,” reports the MHS—a silver SUV crept up, on “little cat feet” no doubt, to the humane society’s night kennel and dropped off several cardboard boxes. Lo and behold, say MHS officials, “When our Animal Services Officer on duty discovered the boxes, he heard a chorus of meows.” Inside the boxes were 21 cats—the 12 adults and nine kittens were brought inside, where they were given food, water and clean kennels with fresh bedding and blankets. They’ll each receive the customary medical care, behavior evaluations, socialization, spay or neuter surgery—but what they need most is a home. MHS says it’s currently caring for 150 cats and kittens, and that’s near capacity. To encourage adoption, the humane society is waiving adoption fees for cats ages five months or older until the end of the year. The Marin Humane Society is located at 171 Bel Marin Keys Blvd. in Novato. Call 415/883-4621.

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fter nearly hitting “rock” bottom remain a constant in the submarine genre. with its ill-fated music exhibit, the And like in those movies, the Marin Marin History Museum is ready to History Museum is blowing its ballast tanks make repairs and return to the surface. in an attempt to reach the surface after a In every movie about submarines, there disastrous mission—Marin Rocks. comes a scene that follows the same course: Marin Rocks was the museum’s attempt At the start of the film, officers and crew to create a project that would celebrate explain the dangers and righteous nature of Marin’s long and exciting history and their mission. Then, as the patrol continues, contribution to the modern music scene. the officers and crew are filled with What was supposed to be called excitement and anticipation. A “Marin Rocks” ended up bleeding critical time approaches, and the the History Museum financially sub encounters danger. by and splitting supporters. The Inevitably, the sub sustains ill-fated effort also resulted in p e te r catastrophic damage and the an intramural struggle over SEiDMAN crew cannot hold it on the surthe future of a project to celface—the sub enters an unconebrate Marin’s musical history, trolled dive. Close-ups on faces a tussle that continues. depict fear. The initial exuberance of The History Museum is holdthe crew gets replaced with an understanding a fundraising event Sunday, Dec. 8, ing that the mission, the sub and its crew at George’s Nightclub in San Rafael called are in peril. “From the Archives: Marin Unveiled.” The After mounting a seemingly superhuman event, although it won’t settle the intraengineering effort to “blow the ballast tanks mural rock-history tussle, will bring the with that last ounce of air,” the sub rises to organization back to the surface after a the surface. What happens after that varies, steep financial and public relations dive. but the events that lead up to the surfacing That’s the hope of supporters. 10 Pacific Sun december 6 - december 12, 2013

Many county residents remain unaware of the stories the History Museum is capable of telling and the wide-ranging artifacts it protects to illustrate those stories. The history of the History Museum goes

back to 1910, when Congressman William Kent, an ardent conservationist, expressed interest in conserving the history of Marin County. He was a major force behind the move to create the Muir Woods National

The Marin Rocks space on Fourth Street in San Rafael sat empty for nearly two years, as funds dried up. It’s now home to Copperfield’s Books.

Mill Valley was legendary. The 2AM Club was featured on the Huey Lewis and the News album Sports. The Youngbloods were just over the ridge, and on and on. The idea of creating a history project dedicated to the Marin music scene began in earnest, Zerrudo says, when in late 2007 and 2008 “people started dropping off really cool artifacts.” The curator at the time suggested mounting an exhibition at the Boyd Gate House. The museum decided to have a fundraising gala event and tapped Zerrudo to help the effort. From 1992 to 1995, Zerrudo had a jazz club on Fourth Street The organization was located in San called Jazzed. She Rafael because it was the county hub, but also had a record label people from the rest of Marin wanted to called Live at Jazzed. Tapping her to help mark the history of their bailiwicks, not just mount the music gala was a no-brainer. San Rafael. “What ended up was the Marin It eventually turned into a Marin Makes County Historical Society has branched out Music fundraiser at the Mill Valley Comin to 17 historical organizations throughout munity Center. Volunteer musicians the county,” according to Zerrudo. That performed. The audience was enthusiastic. kind of collaboration is the kind of coopIn the audience, Zerrudo later learned, was erative string that got pulled apart as Marin someone who belonged to the Masonic Rocks sank to the financial bottom. Lodge in San Rafael who suggested that the The organization has exhibit space in the History Museum could use a 1,100-squareBoyd Gate House, a Victorian gothic revival foot space in San Rafael free for 24 months. building, at 1125 B St. in San Rafael that’s “We thought it was a great opportunity open Tuesdays through Saturdays from for little risk because we would have free 11am to 4pm. The History Museum now rent,” says Zerrudo. The budget to mount rents its space from the city, which accounts a Marin music project in the space was for part of the History Museum’s monthly $800,000, which the History Museum could nut of between $20,000 and $25,000. In handle. addition to the gatehouse, the History Mu“But then things happened,” says Zerseum has a collection and research facility rudo. The response to mounting the project in Novato that’s open from 10am to 3pm, proved overwhelmingly popular, as were Tuesdays and Wednesdays and by appointthe numbers of artifacts people were bringment at 415/382-0770. ing in to be part of the project. “Everyone That $25,000 is a bare-bones budget, ac- had great ideas,” says Zerrudo. Creative cording to Karin Hern, a History Museum ideas flew like a chain reaction of mousetraps. “It became board member more interactive who volunteers COMING SOON and expanded” as the organizaTickets for From the Archives: Marin Unveiled to the point tion’s legal counare available at that the projsel. Insurance For more information contact the History ect no longer premiums eat a Museum 415/454-8538 or would fit in the hefty amount, 1,100-squaresays Hern. There foot space. was a time, only At about a few years ago, when the History Museum’s account was that time, Metallica expressed interest in much larger, as were the plans and visions performing at another fundraiser for the that supporters thought would transform music project. The adrenalin was pumping into what they saw as a definitive project to among planners. The concert took place in September 2009. The History Museum celebrate Marin’s musical history. planned to move the project to a larger In the 1960s and 1970s it wasn’t unusual space. “We pulled out all the stops,” says to drive around the county on a warm Zerrudo. “It was magical.” summer afternoon and hear the sounds of The idea for an expanded venue wasn’t what’s now called classic rock echoing from without merit. The History Museum’s rosa schoolyard or a parking lot. Impromptu ter of 20,000 artifacts and 200,000 photos performances proliferated, offered by musicians dedicated to a lifestyle that made is impressive. But, as Zerrudo says, “Marin history is great; rock history is cool.” BringMarin something special. Sweetwater in Monument. The Kent family left a lasting legacy—Kent Woodlands and Kentfield got their names from the family. Then, in 1935, a group formed and founded an organization called the Marin County Historical Society and started collecting, preserving and exhibiting artifacts and histories that illustrate the Marin experience through the decades. “There was a core of about four or five people,” says Jean Zerrudo, current interim director of the History Museum. (That original Historical Society morphed into the History Museum.)

ing the county’s rock history to center stage would be a great way to introduce people, especially younger generations, to the wider historical picture. It also would offer opportunities to monetize a rock history collection whose worth had become impressive, to the tune of about $1.5 million. By the time the visions of an expanded rock project floated back to Earth, the History Museum was looking at a price tag of about $4.7 million to produce the project, up from that original $800,000. Then the bottom dropped out of the financial markets. It turns out many of the people who had pledged funds to the project, “withdrew and backed quietly away,” after the market downturn, says Zerrudo. They were the people who had the portfolios, the philanthropic piggy banks. They also were the people hit hard by the market collapse. The History Museum had been working on the assumption that the pledges would result in real dollars. Reality shattered the dream. Hern says that when she came on the board in 2010, the bleak picture “became clear when we sat down and tried to get away from the emotional high of wanting to do this. We looked at our books and saw that we had spent most of our money that we had for developing this project, and no further money was coming in and it still was going to cost more.” That year, Hern continues, the History Museum faced facts and recognized that the possibilities of “moving

Stepping into Bill Graham territory with ‘The Marin History Museum Presents Metallica’ in 2009. (Poster by Dave Hunter.)

forward were zilch.” The organization put the project on hold. That still left the History Museum without the $2.5 million it had plowed into the project. Hern and Zerrudo point out that the organization never over-extended, it never spent pledge money that had not become reality. It never incurred debt. Nevertheless, the collapse of the project after such high hopes and rampant energy took a toll.



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Older supporters at the History Museum wanted the organization to return to its roots as a collector of artifacts and an exhibitor of the history of Marin’s families and businesses. That’s what the History Museum is doing—without entirely abandoning the Marin Rocks concept. Divergent ideas about the fate of a music project also are evident in the emergence of a new group that wants to proceed with its own vision of a music project. Kim Kaselionis, former Circle Bank CEO, heads a group that wanted to use the Marin Rocks moniker, and thought it had permission from a former head of the History Museum board. But the History Museum is adamant that it cannot give away intellectual property. The current History Museum organization says if anyone wants to use the Marin Rocks name, it comes with a price tag. Marin Rocks, the name, logos and a collection of intellectual and physical property are the History Museum’s legacy of the rock project and not available for free, say Zerrudo and Hern. The organization, says Hern, has a fiduciary responsibility to protect donated assets and cannot simply give them to Kaselionis or anyone else. Kaselionis says her group will pass on the possibility of purchasing the rights to the Marin Rocks name and intends to use a name of its own, the Marin Music Project, to create a “community-based” music project. But she also says her group is more than willing to talk with the History Museum about the possibility of collaborating on projects, “If anyone calls me and says, ‘Let’s get together,’ I would welcome that opportunity.” Zerrudo and Hern say essentially the same thing, with one caveat: Releasing any property, intellectual or otherwise, without adequate compensation is a nonstarter. The event at George’s is kind of resurfacing for the History Museum, a chance to look toward the future. The $50 per person event is tax deductible and gets guests into what the History Museum calls “a rare look and interactive experience into the museum’s vast collection.” Funds collected at the event, which runs from 5 to 10pm, will go toward ongoing funding for the museum. The event will feature looks into the history of the Dipsea Race, featuring author Barry Spitz, author of Dipsea: the Greatest Race; “the long ago luxury destination Hotel Rafael, lost to arson in 1928, that will feature a chat with a Marin resident who will recount her dining experience at the hotel at the time of the fire”; a glimpse at film in Marin, including a look at the 1912 founding and operation of the California Motion Picture Company; and “a professionally curated photo essay of some of Marin’s renowned founding families.” Y

Editor’s note: Marin Rocks—should I stay or should I go? If Marin wants a viable music-history center, it needs to define its legacy... by Jaso n Wals h

“Everyone was so preoccupied with whether or not they could, they didn’t stop to think if they should.” —Jeff Goldblum questions the necessity of a controversial history exhibit in ‘Jurassic Park.’ Like a lot of the long-in-the-tooth bands it’s lionizing—Marin Rocks isn’t calling it quits, it’s taking a hiatus. The Marin History Museum is licking its wounds from an aborted three-year effort to bring to fruition a permanent exhibit paying homage to the many talented musicians who have called Marin home at certain points in their careers. After going $2.5 million in the hole before the project officially unplugged, the museum still has a slew of donated items and other exhibit paraphernalia on its shelves to perhaps one-day stage a less-ambitious exhibition than the one envisioned as a tourist mecca for rock ’n’ roll fans across the Bay Area and beyond. That ambition, meanwhile, has been taken up by a new group under the working title “Marin Music Project” that’s taking a more businesslike approach to the project than perhaps did the museum’s well-meaning collection of staff, volunteers and local-history fuddyduddies.

that changed country music with the Bakersfield sound. Seattle grunge, swingin’ London, San Francisco psychedelia—these define a time and a place from a sociocultural POV, and practically beg to be put in a historical context. But does Marin have this? A quick look at a few of the more well-known musicians who’ve made Marin their base is pretty varied—almost to the point of randomness. The Grateful Dead, Bonnie Raitt, Santana, Sammy Hagar, Huey Lewis and the News, Metallica—to put it mildly, there’s not a lot of unity of sound in that bunch. The “local” scene had a viable heyday in the 1980s, but whether its workingband reputation stretched beyond the county lines is dubious. If there’s no “Marin sound,” does that mean there shouldn’t be a Marin music project/museum/center, or however is best to refer to it (there was much discussion on that during the media-advisory committee meeting)? Not necessarily. And next week, I’ll unveil a concept that could define Marin’s place in the rock pantheon—the hook, if you will, that could send a Marin music-history project to the top of the charts. Y Email Jason at

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I sat in on a “media advisory committee” for the new project last spring and listened to various ideas and strategies about how to make it happen. Part of the Music Project’s prep is to learn from the MHM experience and “not make the same mistakes”—whether it be more solid fundraising, or enlisting better support from the local music community, or drafting up a detailed business plan (how un-rock ’n’ roll is that?). But there might be one all-important mistake that IS being repeated—and that’s to do with a question that we haven’t heard yet asked: What is Marin’s music legacy and does it truly warrant its own history center? The genesis of Marin Rocks first stirred in a column a few years ago by my former IJ colleague Paul Liberatore, who raised the idea of having a Marin music hall of fame—mostly because he’d noticed that, wow ... Marin’s had a lot of famous musicians cross through over the years. But that’s a far cry from having a geographically distinct music “scene” or a culturally influential “movement” that culminates in a legacy warranting study or analysis. Think the Greenwich Village of Dylan, Farina and the Baez sisters that laid the seeds of the early ’60s folk explosion, or the CBGB crowd that defined New York punk, or the honky-tonk bar bands

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Dietrich Stroeh: Environmental Stewardship

Those Marin residents who recall the drought years of 1976 to 78—when water rationing was as common as a brick in your toilet—should raise their water glasses to Dietrich Stroeh, the Marin Municipal Water District manager who kept the faucets flowing through years of scant rainfall and half-capacity reservoirs. Though his days at the MMWD began in the early 1960s, it was his guiding hand on the water tap in the mid ’70s that led former Pacific Sun staff writer Michael McCarthy to pen The Man Who Made It Rain, a book about Stroeh and his ambitious and untested plan to construct a pipeline across the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge to flow 11 billion gallons of water from the East Bay into drought-plagued Marin. Not only did Stroeh and his staff complete the project in time for the summer heat, an even greater triumph was ahead for the native of Novato: Diet was named the Pacific Sun’s “Marinite of the Year” for 1978. With his environmental advocacy never waning, and his water knowledge still overspilling today, Diet is more than a Marinite of the Year—he’s a genuine Hero.

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p to 60 percent of the human body is water. About 70 percent of the earth’s surface is covered by water. If there’s one thing that is hard to do without in this world—it’s water. But Marin faced just that scenario in the winter of 1976 when the amount of rainfall and runoff into the reservoirs was nearly 60 percent down for the year—throwing us into one of the worst droughts Marin has ever seen and putting us on a track to, at late-’70s consumption rates, be out of water by July 1977. But with things at their bleakest, Dietrich “Diet” Stroeh, general manager at the Marin Municipal Water District, preferred to see the glass half full. Born and raised in Novato, Stroeh’s upbringing catered to his water-watchdog career with practices of early environmentalism. His family grew all its own vegetables, raised chickens and pigs and made compost. Despite his early foundation in conserving, Stroeh’s educational path led him elsewhere, to the University of Nevada where he majored in civil engineering. After graduating, Stroeh found himself back in his hometown and county working as a junior engineer at the MMWD. Stroeh would spend 20 years of his career at the MMWD, six as the general manager and one dry year in particular, 1977, struggling to find the necessary water to keep Marin County hydrated. “I think it was the first time in my life that I ever felt fear—that if I didn’t make this happen, people would run out of water,” recalls Stroeh. In the mid-’70s, Marin required about 30 billion gallons of water from its combined seven reservoirs for urban water use, irrigation and industrial water use. In late 1976, Stroeh and his team were looking at a total of 12 billion gallons of water left in the reservoirs for Marin’s 170,000 inhabitants. Luckily for Stroeh, he had a friend in Ron Robie, director of the California Department of Water Resources. Stroeh and Robie set up a meeting in Sacramento with multiple water agency officials and organizations, including the Metropolitan Water District in southern California. They negotiated a “memo of understanding” that stated that some of southern California’s water from the delta would be released for Marin’s use. But, even though Marin had found a resource for more 18 Pacific Sun DecEMBER 6 - december 12, 2013

water, larger issues continued to manifest: How would the MMWD get the water from the delta to Marin County? A meeting was set up with East Bay water agencies to shop an untested, and highly expensive, idea—flow the water via pipeline from southern California to Alameda County (with the consent and help of the East Bay Municipal Utility District), and then over the Richmond Bridge to Marin. Stroeh worked out a deal with Caltrans to take over one lane of the Richmond Bridge with a 6.5-mile long, A hard rains a-gonna fall ... and if it’s not, you’d want Diet Stroeh managing your water district. 24-inch diameter pipeline that would pump the water over to Marin’s residents went over the allotment, monspecialty is in none other than the design county lines. etary increases were charged based on the and management of water and sanitary “Sometimes I look back on it and I think number of overused cubic feet. sewer distribution systems. His engineering god I can’t remember how the hell [this hapWhile it may have been his nerves of firm is involved in multiple environmental pened],” Stroeh explains. “Maybe I was just steel during the drought that led the Pacific projects that take “engineering solutions to naive and just figured I could make it hapSun to name him “person of the year” in the next step,” including creek restoration, pen, it’s just unheard of building a pipeline 1978, but Stroeh’s legacy stretches beyond erosion control and geothermal heating— that long in 3.5 months.” a Richmond Bridge pipe. In his time at the they recently worked on a project with But they got it done. The pipeline was MMWD, Stroeh implemented a compreCollege of Marin. completed and the “tap” began flowing hensive water management plan—one of Today, Stroeh continues to live in a on June 7, 1977, but Stroeh’s work wasn’t the first to stress water conservation. He house he built in Novato. He considers done—the MMWD needed to pay for all also assisted in the passing of significant himself semi-retired, making it into his this. He reached out to Arnold Baptiste, water conservation legislature that required office about three days a week. As for the the president of the Marin County Board all new buildings to include low-flush MMWD, he says, “I’m still involved one of Supervisors—who, Stroeh notes, was a showers, toilets and include water-efficient way or another with different things.” personal friend of President Jimmy Carter. plumbing. “I’ve been lucky very, very lucky to have And off to Washington, D.C., he went with In 1980, Stroeh left MMWD to pursue the life that I’ve had,” Stroeh looks back. Congressman John Burton and Supervisor one of his original passions—engineering. “People ask me if I’d do it all over again and Gary Giacomini to lobby for federal drought He is a founding partner of CSW, StuberI say, ‘You better believe it.’” Y aid. A meeting was arranged with Carter’s Stroeh Engineering Group, where his people and Stroeh delivered a proposal to a room full of “heavy hitters,” overcoming the objections that a rich county like Marin could raise the money itself by taxing its community. Stroeh explained the drought passed away from pancreatic H Former Pacific Sun reporter was a regional issue that could affect mulcancer. Michael McCarthy wrote a book, tiple western states. Four days and many The Man Who Made It Rain, about H Stroeh continues to grow his own millions of dollars in drought aid later, a Stroeh’s experiences at the water vegetables and fruits and has a bill was enacted by Congress and signed by district during the drought. compost pile. President Carter. H Stroeh received a runt pig as a H Stroeh is an honorary advisor to With adequate funding and the construcbirthday present and his daughthe engineering department at tion of the pipeline complete, MMWD conters named it Wilbur. It grew to be the University of Nevada. tinued to ensure Marin made conservation a 250 pounds. H Stroeh admits to drinking only priority. MMWD allotted families 46 gallons H In 2012, Stroeh wrote Three four (of the advised) eight glasses per person per day, a Months: A Caregiving Journey from of water a day, and that he also staggering drop from the Heartbreak to Healing. The focus enjoys drinking scotch. normal 120 gallons per of the book was his late wife, who person per day that Marin residents were used to. If

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n 1971, John Reynolds’ resume showed that he could shoot a gun. Two years as an infantryman in Vietnam didn’t translate easily to prospective employers: Sure, you’ve got discipline and team orientation and mission focus and adaptability, but did you kill, and now you’re broken? “The ‘Vietnam syndrome’ was a popular belief that if you served in Vietnam, not only did you make a bad choice by going there, but you compounded that by perhaps doing some things and getting permanently damaged in way that would be detrimental to our business,” Reynolds says on a bench in the Strawberry Village strip mall in Mill Valley. “It was pervasive.” It’s the day after Veterans Day, and Reynolds is explaining the journey that led him to be dubbed a hero. Back then, Reynolds was 21 and his last two years of work experience were “war.” He found a job at a Safeway ringing up groceries and stocking bread during lulls. After eight months, he saved enough to move to Ohio to go to college under the GI bill. While enrolled at Ohio State University, Reynolds worked in construction, as a cab driver and, one summer, as a commercial salmon-fisherman in Alaska. Now, Reynolds works full-time helping veterans find jobs with his almost six-year-old nonprofit organization, Veterans2Work. He says that the roiling animosity of the early ’70s is just an undercurrent now. “The thing that’s changed is, whether you like the Iraq or Afghanistan Wars, we’ve learned not to confuse the people who carry out those policies with the people who send the veterans there,” Reynolds says. According to the Pew Research Center’s 2011 report “War and Sacrifice in the Post-9/11 Era,” nearly half of veterans who served after Sept. 11, 2001, said adjusting to civilian life has been difficult. “With veterans, there’s too much emphasis on what they did in the service, as opposed to what they can do after service,” Reynolds says. “In the service, you’re 20 Pacific Sun DecEMBER 6 - december 12, 2013

given an assignment and, generally, you do it well because you have to. But the civilian world is about what you want to do and what’s going to fulfill you and what’s going to make you successful in your postmilitary career. That often doesn’t have anything to do whatsoever with what you did in the military.” For Reynolds, the decades between Vietnam and Veterans2Work included getting an MBA from Stanford and working as a businessman—man‘With veterans, there’s too much emphasis on what they did in the service, as opposed to what they can do after service’, Reynolds says. agement consulting, call centers—but Reynolds says the latter had left him cravIn fact, employers can get thousands who have not. Fewer than 1 percent of ing something more. Americans have been on active military of dollars in tax breaks for hiring veterEnter Veterans2Work, Reynolds’ ans, up to $9,600 for certain qualifying duty at any time in the past decade of brainchild for pairing employers with vets, Reynolds says. A portion of such warfare, according to the Pew report. vets from across the country trained for credits goes to Veterans2Work, which “The military’s split off from civilian their open positions. Much of the work Reynolds plans to keep growing. He’s society,” Reynolds says. “And most hirincludes staffing companies’ call cendeveloping a post-service standardized ing managers have no clue what it’s like ters, where vets can work from home— test to help employers see vets’ aptitude to be in the military.” easing the shift from military service for various careers—instead of relying Veterans2Work aims to translate. to civilian employ. Reynolds says that on resumes, which Reynolds calls “hir“There are companies that say that taking such calls at home lets a vet who they want to hire veterans, but when ing in the rear-view mirror.” gets brain trauma-induced migraines, push comes to shove, they say, well, we “We say, ‘Look, we have 4,000 vetfor instance, sign off when one strikes; can’t find any qualified veterans. What erans in our talent pool right now,’” another Veterans2Work vet will then be that really tells me is that they’re just Reynolds says. “We want to get that to available and ready to work. not willing to look, because they’re out 100,000, so if you’re looking for a blue“It troubled me that there were so there. So we kind of do that for them. eyed tree surgeon who’s a veteran, he’s many veterans struggling, and that We take that excuse away from them.” in there!” Y they didn’t have to struggle,” Reynolds says. “There ought to be a way to help them make that transition. I had a background in call centers, so it got its start from doing a virtual call center for veterans, and eventually it H Growing up, Reynolds didn’t know H Reynolds wears two rubber braceevolved into any veteran that could that his dad worked for the CIA. lets he says he’ll keep on until they use our help should be able to have The family moved around South fall off—one he picked up at the VA 14> access to it.” America while Reynolds was a to remind him of his mission with The unemployment rates for kid: “We carried diplomatic passVeterans2Work; the other in supvets and civilians are quite close, acports. As far as I was concerned, port of Lou Gehrig’s disease cording to the Bureau of Labor Statishe worked at the embassy, and he H About four years ago, Reynolds tics, at a respective 6.9 and 7 percent didn’t encourage me to ask.” was diagnosed with PTSD related in October. H When he was 19, Reynolds was to combat in Vietnam. He laughs at Underemployment is what redrafted to fight in Vietnam. the irony that “the injury I’m being ally plagues veterans, Reynolds says; compensated for is an invisible that, and the chasm H Reynolds and his wife have lived in one,” when he has back problems between how many Marin since 1992—first Greenbrae, from getting hit with a grenade Americans have then San Anselmo, now Mill Valley. served in the past 10 that didn’t detonate. years and the majority

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< 21 ‘Honey’, we blew up the planet change for more than 25 years. In the summer of 2011 he cuffed himself to the White House fence with a zip tie. He and some 1,000 demonstrators were arrested after peacefully protesting against the Keystone XL pipeline. “Depending on your militancy level, we said we were either putting Obama under house arrest, or giving him an O-shaped hug,” says McKibben. The author gives the reader a backstage pass to the turbulent years of touring, organizing, speaking out and campaigning to bring the fight for a sustainable planet to the forefront. Yet, all along, the poor guy yearns to go back to being a writer and to watching honeybees. “Real politicians, I’ve noticed, love to work a crowd, drawing energy from everyone they met,” he writes. “I’m a writer; left to my own devices, I’ll retreat to my room and type. I wasn’t cut out to be a leader.” Now some good news. We can reduce the carbon level to below 350ppm but we have to drastically cut down on the constant barrage of greenhouse gases spewed into the air from burning coal and oil. We need to develop alternate and cleaner energy sources. Countries like China and India will also have to get on board, but since the U.S. produces more CO2 than any other country, and leads the industrialized world in per capita emissions, we need to get the cleanup party started.

Other good news is that McKibben’s “Fossil Fuels Divestment Campaign” is gathering momentum at American universities. The goal? Bankrupt the fossil-fuel industry. (If not financially, then at least tarnish their reputation.) On college campuses, in the 1980s, activism protesting apartheid successfully forced the divestment from companies doing business with South Africa. McKibben hopes to do the same with big oil. “The fossil-fuel industry has five times as much carbon in its reserves of coal, oil and natural gas as we can safely burn. These are now rogue industries committed to burning more carbon than any government on earth thinks would be safe to burn,” says McKibben. To date there are 19 active divestment campaigns across the UK and more sprouting up in Australia and New Zealand. “If you could see the drought and famine in Africa, you would understand why,” said Archbishop Desmond Tutu, asking for others to join the divestment campaign. “All I ever wanted to see was a movement of people to stop climate change, and now I’ve seen it, “said McKibben, as he greeted the crowd of approximately 50,000 last year at the National Mall in Washington. “You are the antibodies kicking in, as the planet tries to fight its fever.” Y To read more about “350 Science”, visit: science; to send Annie a life vest and hard liquor, visit:

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he only thing worse than being cranky and tired after a day in the crazy holiday rush is being hungry. This is a cue to stop, take a breather, and go to a nearby restaurant to restore your equilibrium. It need not be a huge splurge (ill-advised when you’re whipping out the plastic all over the place), especially if you know where to find weekly bargains and specials from friendly establishments. Here’s a sampling across Marin to make life easier. Monday night is Burger Bash at Brick & Bottle in Corte Madera, where $15 gets you a substantial high-quality burger, and a choice of salad or fries and beer or wine (or go for the Thursday home-style fried chicken dinner at $19); 55 Tamal Vista Blvd., 415/924-3366 ... Tuesday-Friday at Whipper Snapper Restaurant and Sangria Bar (1613 Fourth St., San Rafael), you can create an early meal during happy hour from $3 food items and sangria specials, 3-6pm, ... Twilight Tuesdays at Sausalito’s Osteria Divino (37 Caledonia St., 415/331-9355) star small bites ($2) and $5 beer or selected wine, 6-9pm ... Also in Sausalito, landmark Trident Restaurant serves up a prime rib dinner on Wednesday nights for $25, with water views and music included, 558 Bridgeway, 415/3313232 ... Seek out some sophisticated calm at 23 Ross Common, where Marche Aux Fleurs each Thursday night offers a $16.96 grass-fed beef burger with hand-cut fries—so popular it’s recommended that you pre-order by calling 415/925-9200 ... For rock-bottom prices, it’s hard to beat San Rafael’s West End Bar (1131 Fourth St., 415/454-1424), where they say “it’s always happy hour.” With a $3 minimum drink purchase, you can get a $1 taco, $2 burger, or $3 Polish sausage!


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hat does the employee break room in a big box Boise, Idaho, hobby supply store have in common with a rundown refugee camp on the Lebanon/ Israel border? Answer: They’re the unusual settings for Bay Area premieres of a pair of interesting, similarly themed new plays by promising young New York-based writers Samuel D. Hunter and Mona Mansour. Hunter’s A Bright New Boise is making its local debut at Berkeley’s Aurora Theatre in a nicely staged production by artistic director Tom Ross. It opens with the dramatic view of a very tall, very thin Robert Parsons standing alone in a pool of light, looking skyward with arms raised as if in urgent, almost desperate supplication. There is something ominous about Hey, if the rapture is going to come, it may as well start in a this that should not be forgotten as the play hobby store parking lot. starts benignly and then proceeds down an sity lecturer in English, came back to the increasingly rocky path. It seems that Will, Parsons’character, has Middle East following the 1967 war to join left his job at an Albertson’s supermarket in other members of the family who hoped to Coeur d’Alene and driven to Boise with the in- re-establish their lives in what had become tention of reuniting with his son Alex (Daniel occupied territory. As we know, it didn’t work out—for them or for thousands of Petzold), who was given up to others who fled into Lebaadoption as an infant. Aware NOW PLaYING non to escape the advancing that Alex works at a branch of a Bright New Boise runs Israeli army. Instead, they craft store Hobby Lobby, he through Sunday, Dec. 8 at the applies for a job there and is Aurora Theatre, 2081 Addison St., found themselves in a kind of limbo, confined to crowded quickly hired by the efficiency Berkeley. Info: 510/843-4822, or “temporary” huts as they cling conscious manager (Gwen to the dwindling hope of a Urge for Going runs through Loeb), whose main requirepeace process that will include ments are that he accept the Sunday, Dec. 8 at Z Below, the right of return. $7.25 minimum wage and 470 Florida St., San Francisco. Info: 415/626-4061, or While this interminable agree not to cause any dis- waiting takes its toll on ruptions in her smooth runeveryone, it especially weighs ning operation. She’s also concerned about his previous involvement in on Jamila, whose frustration with their living an evangelical cult of rapture believers—the conditions, thwarted youthful ambition and New Life Fellowship—who recently received yearning to see the world are given fulsome media attention because of the mysterious expression by Camila Betancourt Ascencio. death of a young acolyte, but is relieved when Her constant prodding to do something— he assures her that he has left the group and no anything—that will improve the status quo longer shares their apocalyptic view. The ques- irritates her parents and other relatives who tionable truth of that assertion is at the play’s find it easier to curse their misfortune than to core as Will enters into a series of problematic take positive steps to end it. relationships with his emotionally conflicted Director Evren Odcikin provides a warm, son, and other Hobby Lobby employees that but realistic portrait of life in the camps. His include Alex’s volatile step brother Leroy (Pat- talented cast includes Terry Lamb and Tara rick Russell), and an impressionable young Blau as Jamila’s parents, Julian Lopez-Morillas sales assistant named Anna (Megan Trout). It as her crusty Uncle Hamzi and Munaf Alsafi all leads to an explosive conclusion that may, as her cousin Ghassan. Wiley Naman Strasor may not, reinforce your beliefs about where ser is particularly effective as her mentally our troubled world is headed. handicapped brother, injured when he was beaten after foolishly throwing a soda can at * * * * * an Israeli guard. Like Will in A Bright New Boise, Jamila, Two plays, two theatrical musings on the Mona Mansour’s teenage protagonist in importance of changing one’s place to open Golden Thread Productions’ Urge for Going, has an urgent reason for wanting to move on. new possibilities. Neither is perfect, both are worthy. Y Born after her Palestinian parents, who lived in London where her father was a univerCharles can be reached at

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Old crank Woody Grant thinks he won a sweepstakes in ‘Nebraska,’ but it was Dern himself who won big this year at Cannes.


K! We just have a very short time here,” announces Mark Fishkin, executive director of the California Film Institute. It’s opening night of last month’s Mill Valley Film Festival, and a dozen local journalists are crammed into a tiny room at the Outdoor Art Club, in downtown Mill Valley. Outside, a VIP reception is raging, but inside, a short press conference is about to begin, featuring the stars of the festival’s opening film, Nebraska, 77-year-old legend Bruce Dern, and the much-younger Will Forte, of Saturday Night Live. On cue, Dern enters the room and scoots his way into place behind an enormous table. “Hi folks,” says Dern, giving the assembled reporters a warm smile and a quick, slightly-shy wave. Before the conference, I admitted to the young woman sitting next to me that I have always been a fan of Bruce Dern, and hoped to get to tell him so—something I rarely allow myself to do at such functions—and she admitted that she really didn’t have any idea who Bruce Dern was. She was there for Will Forte. I run down Dern’s filmography. He killed John Wayne in The Cowboys, saved the environment in the sci-fi thriller Silent Running, killed himself tragically in Coming Home, held the Super Bowl hostage in Black Sunday and, more recently, played an evil bastard/slave-owner in Django Unchained. But Nebraska, directed by Alexander Payne, has brought Dern his best role in years, for which he was awarded the prize for best actor at this year’s Cannes Film festival. Suddenly, the famously crusty and unpredictable Dern is being noticed by young audiences. Billed as a “black22 Pacific Sun november 29 - December 5, 2013

and-white road trip,” the film stars Dern as a cranky Montana father who’s convinced he’s won a million-dollar magazine sweepstakes; Forte plays the son who grudgingly agrees to drive him to Nebraska to claim his winnings. Nebraska opened in Marin last week. Once Forte arrives, the conference begins. “It’s a pleasure to welcome Bruce Dern and Will Forte to the Mill Valley Film Festival, for the premiere of Nebraska,” says Fishkin. “We are happy to welcome Bruce back to Mill Valley, where he filmed the movie On the Edge a couple of decades ago.” On the Edge, a drama based loosely on the local Dipsea footrace, was directed by Bay Area filmmaker Rob Nilsson. It’s one of the reasons Dern is a personal favorite of mine. “So,” says Fishkin, “shall we open it up for questions?” “Mr. Dern,” calls out a woman with a tape recorder. “I’m wondering, what this sudden flash of success and awards means to you, means to you at this point in your career. And ... do you think it might mean something different than it would have 20 years ago, 30 years ago? I mean, you’ve been in the business a long time!” “Fifty-five years,” Dern smiles, pausing for a moment before admitting, “You know, I don’t hear too well, so ... “pointing at Fishkin, “he’ll have to tell me what you just said.” Fishkin is quick on the mark. “The question was ... how do you feel, with this great success you’ve had, winning the Grand Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, after being in the business for so long?”

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“Oh, any time you are rewarded anything, by any conglomeration of people in the business, it’s thrilling,” Dern says. “At Cannes, I was both thrilled and shocked! He goes on to say that he’s never gotten the star treatment he’s been getting with Nebraska, doing film festivals and press conferences, doing endless interviews. “Have you been in Mill Valley before?” asks someone in the back. “Yes I have!” Dern replies. I was here in ... when was that?” He turns to Fishkin, who reminds everyone that Dern was in Mill Valley in 1985, making the aforementioned On the Edge. “We did shoot that here,” Dern agrees. “We shot that in every area around here you can name. That is quite a wonderful film. Unfortunately, it’s about runners, and runners are the cheapest pricks in the world, so they wouldn’t pay to go see a movie.” After a few more questions, I raise my hand. “Mr. Dern, I want to tell you that I became interested in the environment because of Silent Running, and I became a runner because of On the Edge, so I just want to thank you for that.” “Attaboy,” Dern grins. Thinking, “Bruce Dern just said ‘Attaboy!’ to me!” I maintain a professional demeanor and ask my question, which is actually for Will Forte.

“I’m just curious,” I ask, “what’s your favorite Bruce Dern movie?” “Oh god! What’s my favorite Bruce Dern movie?” Forte muses. “Probably Black Sunday, before Nebraska, of course. It’s probably Black Sunday. But I have to say, making this movie, I got the best seat in the house to watch Bruce Dern. I got to watch him give the performance of a lifetime. It’s the most special experience of my life, getting to be a part of this.” “That’s very sweet,” Dern says. “When you see the film,” adds Dern, “you will see that it’s Will’s performance that makes Nebraska work. Because he was willing to not go for the quick, easy joke, not to go for the Saturday Night Live repertoire. After doing stuff like MacGruber, after playing a voice in the Meatball movie, he had to face an entire crew of 70 people, who were all waiting for him to be funny. And he had the instinct not to do that. That wasn’t easy. “Here’s the thing about Alexander Payne,” Dern continues, as Fishkin gives the signal to bring the conference to a close. “When you do a movie with him, he gives you the best teammates you could ever want. I can’t say Will is the best teammate I’ve ever had,” he says with a chuckle, “but I will say I’d give him a tie for first with Jack Nicholson in King of Marvin Gardens. How’s that?” Y Fawn all over David at

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F R I D AY D ecember 6 — T H U R S D AY D ecember 1 2 Movie summaries by M at t hew St af fo r d l Black Nativity (1:32) Langston Hughes’ Yuleide musical about a streetwise young man’s spiritual journey stars Angela Bassett and Forest Whitaker. l Blue Is the Warmest Colo r (2:59) Controversial Cannes-winner about the brief yet intoxicating lesbian love affair between a 15-year-old girl and a worldly art student. l The Book Thief (2:11) A German girl endures the horrors of WWII by losing herself in books she steals and shares with others, including a Jewish refugee hiding under her parents’ staircase. l

A Century Ago: The Films of 1913

(2:00) Enjoy an evening of hundred-yearold one-reelers (including Lois Weber’s “Suspicion” and Lillian Gish in D.W. Griffith’s “The Mothering Heart”) presented on a vintage 1909 hand-cranked projector with musical accompaniment by Michael Mortilla. l Dallas Buyers Club (1:57) Biopic of Ron Woodroof, the HIV-positive Texas cowboy who established a clearing house for legal and illegal alternative AIDS treatments from around the world. l Delivery Man (1:43) Vince Vaughn stars as a consistent underachiever whose greatest life achievement is fathering over 500 children through anonymous donations to a fertility clinic. l Ender’s Game (1:54) A geeky Earthling takes on an invading force of aliens with a little help from mentor Ben Kingsley; Harrison Ford costars. l Free Birds (1:31) Two terrified turkeys travel back in time to change the course of history and banish their fellow fowl from the holiday table forever. l Frozen (1:42) The kingdom of Arendelle is trapped in an eternal winter, so Anna sets off to find her sister Elsa, who has isolated herself to protect her family and kingdom from her frosty powers; Kristen Bell and Josh Gad vocalize. l Gravity (1:31) Venice Film Fest phenom about two astronauts who struggle to survive after they’re cast adrift in outer space; George Clooney and Sandra Bullock star. l The Great Beauty (2:22) Felliniesque satirical dramedy about an aging writer’s bittersweet adventures in beautiful, bizarre Rome. l

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

(2:41) Bilbo Baggins is back, joining 13 dwarves and a wizard in their quest to reclaim a lost kingdom; Ian McKellen, Christopher Lee and Orlando Bloom star. l The Hobbit Double Feature (5:26) Catch “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” and “The Hobbit: The Desolation

of Smaug”, cop a free Hobbit poster and chow down on discounted snacks and soda pop, all for $18. l Hollywood Home Movies (2:00) Enjoy rare and revealing glimpses of movie folk at play (Bogie, Marlene, Hitch, Lucy and many others) in home movies culled from the Academy Film Archives; live piano accompaniment by Michael Mortilla. 28 Pacific Sun december 6- december 12, 2013

l Homefront (1:40) Suspense thriller finds ex-DEA agent Jason Statham taking on the not-so-neighborly inhabitants of a seemingly bucolic little town. l

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

(2:26) Jennifer Lawrence is back as Games top dawg Katniss Everdeen, whose victory lap is met with angry, violent rebellion; Lenny Kravitz costars. l Last Vegas (1:45) When dedicated bachelor Michael Douglas finally gets hitched, pals Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman and Kevin Kline whisk him to Vegas for one last wingding…but whither the Rat Pack days of yore? l National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1:37) All-American doofus Chevy

Chase tries to craft the perfect family Christmas, but Randy Quaid, Doris Roberts, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Juliette Lewis have other ideas.

l National Theatre London: 50 Years On Stage Join Britain’s greatest thespians

(Judi Dench, Ralph Fiennes, Michael Gambon, Derek Jacobi, Helen Mirren, Maggie Smith and 94 others) at a 50th birthday party for the acclaimed National Theatre, featuring excerpts from “Antony and Cleopatra,” “Guys and Dolls” and everything in between. l Nebraska (1:54) Alexander Payne dramedy follows a cantankerous old coot and his estranged son on a Midwestern road trip to claim a million-dollar grand prize; Bruce Dern and Will Forte star. l Oldboy (1:45) Spike Lee remakes Park Chan-wook’s cult actioner about a kidnapped stockbroker who goes into ultraviolent vengeance mode after 20 years as a hostage; Josh Brolin stars. l Out of the Furnace (1:56) Steelworker Christian Bale takes on crime boss Woody Harrelson after brother Casey Aff leck goes missing; Sam Shepard costars. l Philomena (1:37) Stephen Frears docudrama about an unwed mother’s attempts to track down her long-lost son; Judi Dench stars. l Richard II (3:00) Direct from StratfordUpon-Avon it’s the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of the Bard’s incisive look at the vain, bloodthirsty monarch. l Sweet Dreams (1:24) Inspiring documentary follows Ingoma Nshya, Rwanda’s first all-female drumming troupe, as they open the country’s first ice cream parlor. l Thor: The Dark World (1:51) When Natalie Portman discovers an ancient Norse god weapon, it’s up to Chris Hemsworth to prevent an evil elf from using it to destroy Earth, or something. l 12 Years a Slave (2:14) Steve McQueen directs the true story of Solomon Northup, a free black New Yorker who was abducted and sold into slavery in the preCivil War South; Chiwetel Ejiofor stars. l Walking the Camino (1:24) Award-winning documentary follows six pilgrims as they trek Spain’s ancient 500-mile Camino de Santago Trail in search of spiritual awakening.

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Black Nativity (PG)

Northgate: Fri-Wed 12, 2:35, 5:05, 7:30, 9:55 Rowland: 12:25, 2:50, 5:15, 7:45, 10:05 Blue Is the Warmest Color (NC-17) Rafael: Fri, Sun 4:30, 8 Sat 1, 4:30, 8 Tue 7:15 The Book Thief (PG-13) Fairfax: Fri-Sat 1:10, 4, 6:45, 9:30 Sun-Thu 1:10, 4, 6:45 Marin: Fri-Sat 1:15, 4:15, 7:30, 10:25 Sun 1:15, 4:15, 7:30 Mon-Thu 4:15, 7:30 Regency: Fri-Sat 12:50, 4, 7:10, 10:15 Sun-Thu 12:50, 4, 7:10 * A Century Ago: The Films of 1913 (NR) Rafael: Thu 7 Dallas Buyers Club (R) Fairfax: Fri-Sat 12:50, 3:50, 6:50, 9:40 Sun-Wed 12:50, 3:50, 6:50 Thu 12:50, 3:50 Regency: Fri-Sat 1:15, 4:15, 7:20, 10:10 Sun-Thu 1:15, 4:15, 7:20 Sequoia: Fri 4:15, 7, 9:55 Sat 7, 9:55, 1:30am, 4:15am Mon, Tue, Thu 4:15, 7 Wed 1:50, 4:15 Delivery Man (PG-13) Northgate: Fri-Wed 11:50, 2:30, 5, 7:35, 10:15 Rowland: 12:10, 2:45, 5:20, 7:55, 10:25 Ender’s Game (PG-13) Northgate: Fri-Wed 10:45, 1:30, 4:15, 6:55, 9:30 Free Birds (PG) Northgate: Fri-Wed 11:30, 4:40, 9:45; 3D showtimes at 2:10, 7:25 Frozen (PG) Fairfax: Fri-Sat 12:10, 1:30, 2:45, 5:20, 7, 8, 9:35; 3D showtime at 4:15 Sun-Thu 12:10, 1:30, 2:45, 5:20, 7, 8; 3D showtime at 4:15 Larkspur Landing: Fri 5, 10:15; 3D showtime at 7:40 Sat-Sun 11:30, 5, 10:15; 3D showtimes at 2:15, 7:40 Mon-Thu 9:30; 3D showtime at 6:45 Northgate: Fri-Wed 11, 1:40, 4:20, 7, 9:35; 3D showtimes at 12:25, 3, 5:40, 8:15 Playhouse: Fri 3:10, 5:35, 8:10 Sat-Sun 12, 12:45, 2:30, 3:10, 5:35, 8:10 Mon-Thu 3:10, 5:35, 8:10 Rowland: 11:10, 4:30, 7; 3D showtimes at 1:40, 9:40 Gravity (PG-13) Larkspur Landing: Fri 5:25; 3D showtimes at 7:45, 10:10 Sat-Sun 12:40; 3D showtimes at 3, 5:25, 7:45, 10:10 Mon-Thu 7:15; 3D showtime at 9:35 Northgate: Fri-Wed 11:35, 4:50, 9:50 The Great Beauty (NR) Rafael: Fri 4:15, 7:30 Sat 1:15, 4:15, 7:30 Sun 1:15, 3:15, 8:30 Mon-Thu 7:30 * The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Fairfax: Thu 11:59pm Marin: Thu 11:59pm Northgate: Thu 11:59pm; 3D (PG-13) showtime at midnight Rowland: Thu 11:59pm; 3D showtime at midnight * The Hobbit Double Feature (PG-13) Cinema: Thu 9 Fairfax: Thu 8:45 Northgate: Thu 9 * Hollywood Home Movies (NR) Rafael: Wed 7 (the Academy Film Archive’s Randy Haberkamp and Lynne Kirste in person) Northgate: Fri-Wed 11:25, 2:20, 4:55, 7:40, 10:10 Rowland: 11:50, 2:25, 5, Homefront (R) 7:40, 10:10 The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (PG-13) Cinema: Fri-Wed 12, 3:30, 7, 10:20 Fairfax: Fri-Sat 12, 1, 3:15, 4:15, 6:30, 7:30, 9:45 Sun-Thu 12, 1, 3:15, 4:15, 6:30, 7:30 Marin: Fri-Sat 12:30, 3:45, 7, 10:15 Sun 12:30, 3:45, 7 Mon-Thu 3:45, 7 Northgate: Fri-Sun 10:55, 11:45, 12:35, 1:25, 2:15, 3:05, 3:55, 4:45, 5:35, 6:25, 7:15, 8, 8:55, 9:40, 10:30 Mon-Wed 10:55, 11:45, 12:35, 1:25, 2:15, 3:05, 3:55, 4:45, 5:35, 6:25, 7:15, 8, 8:55, 9:40 Playhouse: Fri 3:45, 4:55, 7, 8 Sat-Sun 12:30, 3:45, 4:55, 7, 8 Mon-Thu 3:45, 4:55, 7, 8 Rowland: 11:05, 12:45, 2:20, 4, 5:35, 7:15, 8:50, 10:30 Northgate: Fri-Wed 12:10, 2:45, 5:20, 7:50, 10:20 Rowland: Fri-Wed 11:25, Last Vegas (PG-13) 1:55, 4:40, 7:20, 9:55; Thu 11:25, 1:55, 4:40, 7:20 * National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (PG-13) Regency: Sun 2 Wed 2, 7 Sequoia: Sun 2 Wed 2, 7 * National Theatre London: 50 Years On Stage (NR) Lark: Thu 1 Nebraska (R) Regency: Fri-Sat 11:55, 1:10, 2:45, 4:10, 5:35, 7, 8:25, 9:50 Sun 11:55, 2:45, 5:35, 7 Mon, Tue, Thu 11:55, 1:10, 2:45, 4:10, 5:35, 7 Wed 1:10, 4:10, 7 Sequoia: Fri 4:35, 7:20, 10:05 Sat 1:55, 4:35, 7:20, 10:05 Sun 1:55, 4:35, 7:20 Mon-Thu 4:35, 7:20 * Oldboy (R) Northgate: Fri-Wed 2, 7:10 * Out of the Furnace (R) Larkspur Landing: Fri 7, 10 Sat-Sun 1:25, 4:10, 7, 10 Mon-Thu 6:30, 9:15 Regency: Fri-Sat 1:40, 4:35, 7:30, 10:20 Sun-Thu 1:40, 4:35, 7:30 Rowland: 11:15, 2, 4:45, 7:30, 10:15 Philomena (PG-13) Larkspur Landing: Fri 5:40, 8, 10:20 Sat-Sun 12:30, 2:55, 5:40, 8, 10:20 Mon-Thu 7, 9:20 Regency: Fri-Sat 12, 2:40, 5:10, 7:40, 10:05 Sun-Thu 12, 2:40, 5:10, 7:40 Richard II (NR) Rafael: Sun 1 * Sweet Dreams (NR) Rafael: Sun 7 (filmmakers Lisa and Rob Fruchtman, Mickey Hart and members of the Ingoma Nshya drumming troupe in person) Thor: The Dark World (PG-13) Northgate: Fri-Wed 11:05, 4:35, 10; 3D showtimes at 1:50, 7:20 12 Years a Slave (R) Northgate: Fri-Wed 1, 4, 7:05, 10:05 * Walking the Camino (NR) Rafael: Fri 4, 7 (filmmakers in person), 9:30 Sat 1:30, 4, 6:30, 8:45 Sun 1:30, 6:30 Mon-Thu 6:30, 8:45

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

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

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Live music 12/06: Buffalo Wedding Original rock, dance. With Andy Padlo, Stephen Ehret and guest performances. 9pm. $10. Sausalito Seahorse Supper Club, 305 Harbor Dr., Sausalito. 331-2899.

12/06-07: Danny Click and the Hell Yeahs Blues rock. 9:30pm. The Sleeping Lady, 23 Broadway Blvd., Fairfax. 464-7420.

12/06: Deborah Winters with the Peter Welker All Star Band Welker, fluglehorn/trumpet; Doug Morton, trumpet; Mel Martin, alto sax; Chris Amberger, bass; Leon Joyce, drums; Randy Vincent, guitar; Rob Roth, tenor saxophone, Doug Rowan, baritone saxophone. 8pm. $28-45. Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 383-9600. 12/06: Friday Night Jazz Holiday jazz by the Vibraphone Ensemble with Piro Patton. 5:30-8pm. No cover. Marin Country Mart, 2257 Larkspur Landing Circle, Larkspur. 346-7300. 12/06: The Over Commitments Soul, funk, rock hits. 9pm. $10-15. George’s Night Club, 842 4th Street, San Rafael. 497-8690. 12/06-07: Phil Lesh and Friends With Warren Haynes, Jimmy Herring, John Molo, Jeff Chimenti and Neal Casal. These shows are currently sold out, but perhaps you can score a magic ticket. 8pm. $79. Terrapin Crossroads, 100 Yacht Club Dr., San Rafael. 524-2773.

12/06: Shed Sessions Vol. 2 Sponsored by MONO 7:30pm Caroline Sky; 8:15pm Brindl;

9pm Stephen Christofferson Band; 10pm Stacks; 11pm Ann Halen. All ages welcome. $10. Hopmonk Tavern Novato, 224 Vintage Way, Novato. 892-6200. 12/06: Thrust 9:30pm. $8. Peri’s Silver Dollar, 29 Broadway Blvd, Fairfax. 464-7420.

12/06: Two Gallants with the Once and Future Band Adam Stephens and Tyson Vogel.

9pm. $20-22. Sweetwater Music Hall , 19 Corte Madera, Mill Valley. 388-3850.

12/07: Audrey Moira Shimkas Jazz Duo

Jazz vocalist. Ben Flint, keyboard. The Trident Restaurant, 558 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 331-3232. 12/07: Blame Sally 8 and 10pm shows. $27-32. Sweetwater Music Hall, 19 Corte Madera, Mill Valley. 388-3850. 12/07: Danny Click Rock, blues, Americana. 9:30pm. Free. The Sleeping Lady, 23 Broadway Blvd., Fairfax. 464-7420.

12/07: Holiday Party: Wobbly World with Freddy Clarke 9pm. $12. Sausalito Seahorse Sup-

per Club, 305 Harbor Dr., Sausalito. 331-2899. 12/07: Jai Uttal and Friends Sarode. Often performing with his “Pagan Love Orchestra,” Jai’s music is influenced by r&b roots and traditional Indian music. 8pm. $25-30. Open Secret Bookstore, 923 C St., San Rafael. 457-4191.

12/07: James Moseley Band 9pm. $10. Sausalito Seahorse Supper Club, 305 Harbor Dr., Sausalito. 331-2899. 12/07: Rita Coolidge “A Rita Coolidge Christmas.” 8pm. $32-46. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 383-9600. 12/07: The House Jacks A capella rock. Local teen group ’Til Dawn opens. 8pm. $20-25. The Osher Marin JCC, 200 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael. 444-8000. 12/07: Johnny Vegas and the High Rollers Holiday Show Swing, rock. 8:30pm. $20. Hop-

monk Tavern Novato, 224 Vintage Way, Novato. 892-6200. 12/07: Swoop Unit Rock. 9:30pm. $8. Peri’s Silver Dollar, 29 Broadway Blvd, Fairfax. 464-7420. 12/08: Danny Uzilevsky 6:30pm. No cover. The Sleeping Lady, 23 Broadway, Fairfax. 485-1182. 12/08: The Rusty Spring Express Americana, jazz. No cover, dinner encouraged. 6pm. Free. Panama Hotel and Restaurant, 4 Bayview st, San Rafael. 495-3993. 12/08: Sexy Sunday Women’s music showcase. 9:30am. Peri’s Silver Dollar, 29 Broadway Blvd, Fairfax. 464-7420. 12/08: Tom Bowers Blues Band 7pm. No cover. 19 Broadway, 17 Broadway, Fairfax. 459-1091.

The girl who knew too much The stunt appeal of Scott McGehee and David Siegel’s film adaptation of the Henry James novel WHAT MAISIE KNEW quickly recedes to background as you become absorbed in this thoroughly contemporary story of a Maisie decides if she’d rather spend time with her mom or local bartender young girl caught in the and future step-father played by Alexander Skarsgard. swirling eddies of her parents’ disintegrating relationship. Six-year-old Maisie Elizabeth Beale (Onata Aprile) is daughter to affluent Manhattan parents Beale (Steve Coogan), an art dealer, and rock-star mother Susanna (Julianne Moore). Powering away from each other in their separate careers while victim to an over familiarity that seems to poison every conversation, Susanna and Beale are self-aware enough to try their damnedest to protect their daughter from the tragedy happening around her. But as Maisie’s guileless face makes clear, all of this is seen at kid’s-eye level in crystal clarity. Soon shuttled between her separated parents—hugging her tighter and holding their faces closer—and their new lovers (who offer their own surprises), Maisie’s world remains transactional in the extreme: Who will hold her hand when she leaves school, can she have a turtle, a kite stuck in the phone wires, should she disturb her smiley-face breakfast—the minutiae proxies for where she can put her affection and trust. Heart wrenching without ever being preachy, Maisie does arrive at a strange and powerful message: Sometimes the cold hard reality is around you every day, and it’s the outside world that shines down the warm glow of benevolence. In this respect, don’t miss the deleted scenes.—Richard Gould

12/08: Will Hoge with Red Wanting Blue

8pm. $12-14. Sweetwater Music Hall, 19 Corte Madera, Mill Valley. 388-3850. 12/09: College of Marin Big Band 7-10pm. Free. Sausalito Seahorse Supper Club, 305 Harbor Dr., Sausalito. 331-2899.

12/09: Jay Farrar of Son Volt, James Nash and Bobby Vega Utley Foundation and S.F.

SPCA benefit performance. 8pm. $58-95. Sweetwater Music Hall, 19 Corte Madera, Mill Valley. 388-3850.

12/09: Open Mic with Austin DeLone

7:30pm. All ages. No cover. Sweetwater Music Hall , 19 Corte Madera, Mill Valley. 388-3850. 12/09: Open Mic with Billy D 9:30pm. No cover. Peri’s, 29 Broadway, Fairfax. 459-1091. 12/09: Open Mic with Derek Smith 9pm. No cover. 19 Broadway, 17 Broadway, Fairfax. 459-1091.

12/09: Opens Mic with Simon Costa

9:30pm, sign up begins at 8pm. All ages. No cover. The Sleeping Lady, 23 Broadway, Fairfax. 485-1182. 12/10: James Mosley Quartet Jazz, blues, r&b. No cover, dinner encouraged. 7pm. Free. Panama Hotel and Restaurant, 4 Bayview st, San Rafael. 457-3993. 12/10: Noel Jewkes and Friends Jazz saxophone. 7-10pm. Sausalito Seahorse Supper Club, 305 Harbor Dr., Sausalito. 331-2899.

12/11: Acoustic Guitar Showcase 9pm. No cover. The Sleeping Lady, 23 Broadway, Fairfax. 485-1182. 12/11: Harley White Sr. Jazz. No cover, dinner encouraged 7pm. Free. Panama Hotel and Restaurant, 4 Bayview St., San rafael. 457-3993. 12/11: Rusty Evans and His Ring of Fire

Johnny Cash tribute. 8pm. No cover. Iron Springs Pub, 765 Center Blvd., Fairfax. 485-1005. 12/11: Sticky’s Backyard Rock. 9:30pm. Free. Peri’s Silver Dollar, 29 Broadway Blvd, Fairfax. 464-7420.

12/11: Suzanna Ciani and Paul McCandless

Pianist, composer and electronic music pioneer. Paul McCandless, multi-reed instrumentalist. 7:30pm. $21-35. Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 383-9600. 12/12: Ameranouche Gypsy jazz. 8-11pm.Free. Sausalito Seahorse Supper Club, 305 Harbor Dr., Sausalito. 331-2899. 12/12: Bill Hansell’s Guitar Pull 9pm. No cover. The Sleeping Lady, 23 Broadway, Fairfax. 4851182. 12/12: Burnsy’s Sugar Shack Local jam night, blues/soul/motown. 9:30pm. No cover. Peri’s Silver Dollar, 29 Broadway Blvd, Fairfax. 464-7420.

12/12-15: Steve Kimmock and Friends With Bobby Vega, Bill Vitt, Jeff Chimenti and Dan Lebowitz. 8pm. Sweetwater Music Hall, 19 Corte Madera, Mill Valley. 388-3850. 12/12: Wanda Stafford Jazz vocalist. No cover, dinner encouraged. 7pm. Free. Panama Hotel and Restaurant, 4 Bayview St, San Rafael. 457-3993. 12/06-12/13: Michael Aragon Quartet Jazz. 9pm. No Name Bar, 757 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-1392.

12/13: Beso Negro and This Old Earthquake

Rock. 8pm. $12-15. Rancho Nicasio, 1 Old Rancheria Road, Nicasio. 662-2219.

12/13: Bryan Kehoe and Black Cat Grave 9pm. $10. 19 Broadway, 17 Broadway, Fairfax. 459-1091.

12/13: Cathey Cotton and the Atomic Beat Society The Hoovers open. 9pm. $10-15. George’s Night Club, 842 4th Street, San Rafael. 497-8690. 12/13: Eugene Huggins Blues. 9pm. $10. Sausalito Seahorse Supper Club, 305 Harbor Dr., Sausalito. 331-2899. 12/13: Friday Night Jazz Redwood Tango Ensemble. 5:30-8:30pm. No cover. Marin Country Mart, 2257 Larkspur Landing Circle, Larkspur. 346-7300. 12/13: The Phillip Percy Pack Jazz. 7pm. Rickey’s Restaurant , 250 Entrada drive, Novato. 244-2665. december 6 - december 12, 2013 Pacific Sun 29

12/13: Rhythm Addicts African inspired rock. 9:30pm. $8. The Sleeping Lady, 23 Broadway, Fairfax. 485-1182. 12/13: Sabbath Lives Rock. 9:30pm. $8. Peri’s Silver Dollar, 29 Broadway Blvd, Fairfax. 464-7420. 12/13: Willie Nelson and Family 8pm. $46-86. Person Theater, Wells Fargo Center for Performing Arts, 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa. 707/546-3600.

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12/07-09: Artists in Motion Dance “The Nutcracker.” 6pm Dec.7; 2pm Dec. 8; 10:30am Dec.9. $25-45. Palace of Fine Arts Theatre, 3301 Lyon St., S.F. (650) 757-1244.

12/07: George Lopez 8pm. $56-70. Wells Fargo Center for Performing Arts, 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa. 707/546-3600. 12/10: Mark Pitta and Friends Standup. 8pm. $16-26. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 383-9600. trations and looming doom of the Baby Boom Generation. 8pm. $18-30. Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 383-9600.

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12/07: Performing Arts Academy of Marin

“Holiday Spectacular.” 7pm. $14-18. Showcase Theatre, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 473-6800. or 12/07-08: Stapleton Ballet “The Nutcracker.” 1 and 5pm. $20-32. Marin Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 473-6800. or 12/14-15: Marin Ballet “The Nutcracker.” 1 and 5pm on both dates. $25-40. Marin Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 499-6800.



12/06: ICB Artists’ Winter Open Studios: Factory 45: Artists Exposed Preview party for

12/06-14: The Holidays in Harmony Novato

the ICB winter open studios with over 80 visual artists opening their studios to the public. In celebration the collective of artists is inspired by Warhol’s screen tests. Get a visual of the artists by visiting Gallery 111 on the ground level where screenings will be projected on the wall. Totally cool. 6pm. Free. Industrial Center Building, 480 Gate 5 Road, Sausalito. 264-7640. 12/07: 6th Annual Art by the Inch The Marin Museum of Contemporary Art will offer its interactive fundraiser for the 6th year. Preview Dec. 6. Opening reception on Dec. 7. All proceeds support MarinMOCA exhibitions, events and programs. 5-8pm. Free admission. Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, 500 Palm Dr., Novato. 506-0137. 12/13: Artisans: Group Exhibition Artisans is a collective group founded in Mill Valley in 1977. Hosted by Falkirk Cultural Center, this exhibit showcases the work sixteen members working in oil, gouache, pastel, ink, charcoal, watercolor, photography, mixed media, sculpture and textiles. 5pm. Free. Falkirk Cultural Center, 1408 Mission Ave., San Rafael. 847-8272. falkirkculturalcenter.orrg.

Music Association Chorus, directed by Mr. Cary Cedarblade, presents their annual holiday concert. 8pm Dec. 6; 2pm Dec. 7 and 14; 4pm Dec. 8. $5-18, under 12 free. St. Vincent’s Chapel, 1 St. Vincent Dr., San Rafael. 516-7373.

12/06-07: Lessons and Carols: My Heart Shall Sing Singing and worship in Advent prepa-

ration for Christmas. Cookie reception will follow the service. 7pm Dec. 6-7. Free. Stewart Chapel, S.F. Theological Seminary, 105 Seminary Road., San Anselmo. 451-2805. 12/07-08: Marin Symphony “Concerts by Candlelight.” With the Marin Symphony Chamber Chorus, Marin Girls Chorus and the Golden Gate Brass Quintet. 7:30pm. Dec.7; 4pm Dec. 8. $25-30. Church of St. Rafael, 1104 Fifth Ave., San Rafael. 479-8100.

12/08: Isn’t it Romantic: The Songs of Richard Rodgers College of Marin’s Advanced Voice Class

presents. 3pm. Free. Tamalpais Retirement Community, 501 Via Casitas, Greenbrae. 485-9460.

12/08: Kitka Women’s Vocal Ensemble: Wintersongs “Wintersongs”showcases material

ranging from rousing Slavic folk carols to lush, meditative Eastern Orthodox sacred choral works. From mesmerizing pre-Christian incantations for the longest nights of the year to Hebrew chants for Chanukah to original new pieces inspired by the beauty and 30 Pacific Sun december 6 - december 12, 2013

12/11: Wednesday Noon Concert Series: Allegra Champan Piano. Works by Beethoven,

Schubert, Schumann. Noon. Free. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 383-9600. 12/13: Musae “Comfort and Joy.” The women of Musae present a program of holiday favorites, ranging from medieval times to today, and from Eastern Europe to the United States. 8pm. $15-20. Old St. Hilary’s Landmark, 201 Esperanza, Tiburon. 435-1853. 12/13-14: Mayflower Chorus “Jazz Hot and Cool.” 8pm. $5-18. Marin Center Showcase Theatre, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 473-6800.


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mystery of wintertime. 3pm. $15-55. Fort Ross State Historic Park, 19001 Coast Highway 1, Jenner. 510444-0323. 12/08: Left Coast Chamber Ensemble “Left Coast String Bands.” 7pm. $15-30. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 383-9600.

Through Dec. 2014: Tom Killion: In the Gallery Opening reception 4:30-6:30pm Dec. 7. Year long exhibition of original prints and hand crafted books. 4:30pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960.

Kids Events 12/06: Polar Express Storytime 7-8pm. Free. Barnes and Noble, 313 Corte Madera Town Center, Corte Madera. 927-9016. 12/07: Mr G: ABC Fiesta Bilingual kids music and dance. 11am. $5-15. Bay Area Discovery Museum, 557 McReynolds Road, Sausalito. 339-3900. 12/07: Pixie Park Bake Sale and Santa Photos 10am-4pm. Livermore Room, Marin Art

and Garden Center, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd.. Ross. 12/07: Wreath Making Workshop Bring the beauty of nature to your front door with a festive, homemade wreath. Join rangers at Paradise Park for a day of sipping hot chocolate, listening to holiday tunes, and creating your own natural wreath to take home. Fresh greenery, pinecones and other natural materials will be provided. Bring gloves and pruners if you have them. For ages 7 and up. 10am. Free. Paradise Beach Park, 3450 Paradise Drive, Tiburon. 435-9212. 12/11: Holiday Ornament Making 3-6pm. Free. Poppy Store, Marin Country Mart, 2257 Larkspur Landing Circle, Larkspur. 346-7300.

12/11: Punch and Judy Puppet Show

bring water. Please bring gloves (if you have them). Snacks provided. 9am. Free. Tiburon Peninsula Club parking lot, 1600 Mar West St., Tiburon. 473-3778. 12/07: Trail Crew: Miller Trail Join MMWD’s trail crew to help with vegetation, tread, rock and drainage maintenance along Miller Trail. Meet in Mt Tam State Park’s East Peak parking lot at 9am. Free day parking pass provided. Suitable for ages 13 and older. Wear closed toe shoes and long pants and bring a reusable water bottle. Breakfast snacks, water, tools and inspiration provided. 9am-2pm. Free. Sky Oaks Watershed Headquarters Marin Municipal Water District. 945-1128.

12/08: 2013 Jingle Bell Run/Walk Marin

Be part of the largest holiday 5K race series aimed to fight arthritis. Wear a holiday themed costume. Tie jingle bells to your shoelaces. Raise funds to fight arthritis, the nation’s leading cause of disability. Run or walk a 5 kilometer route with your team members. 7:30am. Downtown San Rafael. 356-5480. faf/home/default.asp?ievent=1069057. 12/08: Birds at Las Gallinas Walk is for ages 15 and up. No pets (except service animals) please. Heavy rain may cancel. 10am. Free. Las Gallinas Sanitary District water treatment ponds, 310 Smith Ranch Road, San Rafael. 893-9520.

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12/08: ‘Hollywood Home Movies’ Presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in association with the California Film Institute. Hosted by Randy Haberkamp and Lynne Kirste. Live piano accompaniment by Michael Mortilla. Evening of unique, rarely screened footage culled by the Academy Film Archive from the private collections of Hollywood stars and directors. 7pm. $12. Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center, 1118 Fourth St., San Rafael. 12/08: ‘Sweet Dreams’ In person with filmmakers Lisa and Rob Fruchtman. Live drum performance by members of Ingoma Nshya. Inspiring documentary from Bay Area filmmakers focuses on a group of Rwandan women who form the country’s first all female drumming troupe and open the country’s first ice cream shop. 7pm. $12. Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center, 1118 Fourth St., San Rafael.

12/06-12: ‘Walking the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago’ What is it about Spain’s ancient

Camino de Santiago trail that lures hundreds of thousands of people from around the world to spend weeks, even months, walking 500 miles? 7pm. Rafael Theater, 1118 Fourth St., San Rafael.

Outdoors 12/07: Creekside Restoration with Save The Bay Join Marin County Parks and Save The Bay staff to learn about the history of S.F. Bay and creekside marsh before helping to plant native plants, pull weeds and spread mulch. Suitable for all ages. Pre-registration required. 9am. Free. Hal Brown Park at Creekside, Bon Air Road, Greenbrae. 473-3778. 12/07: Old St. Hilary’s Broom Bust Help to restore rare serpentine grasslands and the creek on this unique preserve. Naturalist David Herlocker will talk about the plants and animals that benefit from our habitat restoration work. Lunch served at noon. Dress in layers and a hat. Wear sturdy shoes and

Days in November” tells the stories behind iconic images of the infamous, tragic days surrounding JFK’s assassination. 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960.

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12/06: Malinda Lo “Inheritance.” Teen science fiction thriller. 6:30pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 12/06: Rick Steves: Iran Travel Journal Join the travel writer and public television host for a lecture on modern Iran. A guide which offers insight to help understanding the 70 million people who call Iran home. 1pm. $12, free admission with the purchase of a Rick Steves item from Book Passage. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 12/07: Amy Tan “The Valley of Amazement.” 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 12/07: David Sowerby “Intuition and Dreams.” 1pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 12/07: Ed Rosenthal “Protect Your Garden: EcoFriendly Solutions for Healthy Plants.” 1pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 12/08: Debra Bloomfield Forest photography in “Wilderness.”4pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 12/08: Doris Ober “The Alzheimer’s Years: A Mother and Daughter Reunion.” 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 12/08: Tosha Silver “Make Me Your Own: Poems to the Divine Beloved.”1pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 12/09: Monte Schulz “Naughty.” Based on the true story of Iva Kroeger and her husband Ralph, who were indicted for the murders of Mildred and Jay Arneson in 1962. 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 12/10: Byron Williams “1963: The Year of Hope and Hostility.” 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 12/10: J. Tony Serra Serra has spent his life defending society’s marginalized citizens in the courtroom. His recent stay in Lompoc Federal Prison Camp led to “Walking the Circle: Prison Chronicles.” 6pm. Free. Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F. 927-0960.

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way for healing, rejuvenation, prolonging life and transforming life. 7pm. Free. Open Secret Bookstore, 923 C Street, San Rafael. 457-4191. 12/11: Chris Rainier “Cultures on the Edge.”Former assistant to Ansel Adams, his stunning images have been featured in Life, Time, and Adventure. 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 12/12: Ken Goldstein In “This Is Rage.” Goldstein translates his expertise into the Silicon Valley novel to a dark comic crime thriller. 6pm. Free. Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, San Francisco. 927-0960.

Community Events (Misc.) 12/06: First Friday: Eco-Buddhism and Mindfulness Green economy/climate change expert and award-winning educator Dr. Antwi Akom will discuss how social justice influences environmental issues and how we can achieve a sustainable, socially just and spiritually fulfilling world. Preregistration strongly recommended. 7pm. Free. Mill Valley Public Library, 375 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 389-4292, ext. 3. 32 Pacific Sun december 6 - december 12, 2013

12/06-07: Club Mud Holiday Pottery Sale

College pottery students and instructors have created items for many purposes and budgets. All proceeds go to benefit the ceramics program. 10am. Free. College of Marin, Ceramics Studio, Fine Arts room 131, 835 College Ave., Kentfield. 485-9471.

12/06-08: West California Pottery Annual Holiday Sale Annual studio sale of functional and

decorative ceramics. Longtime Mill Valley cooperative studio with eleven artists in a variety of styles. Gifts, art, refreshments. 10am. Free admission. West California Pottery, 1115 W.California Ave, Mill Valley. 380-8477. 12/07: Harvest Your Treasures Sale Jewelry, scarves, plants, baked goods and more. Tea and cookies will be served. To support Sufi Women Organization, a non-profit organization affiliated with the UN to advocate for women’s rights. 3:30pm. Free. Institute for Sufi Studies, 14 Commercial Blvd. #101, Novato. 382-7834. 12/07: Holiday Craft Fair Unique holiday shopping: features more than 55 artists selling fine handmade arts and crafts; strolling vocals by “Girls Night Out,” baked goodies and food by Mill Valley Seniors’ Club. 10am. Free. Mill Valley Community Center, 180 Camino Alto, Mill Valley. 383-1370.

12/07-08: Marin Indoor Antique Market Christmas Show 10am-6pm Dec. 7; 10am-5pm

Dec. 8. $6. Marin Center Exhibit Hall, 10 Ave. of the Flags, San Rafael. 473-6800. 12/07: McNears Family Fun Mile Gorgeous views during an easygoing, mile long, hike/run with the family. Meet others in the community and relieve some holiday stress. Participants will receive a raffle ticket for a chance to win an annual pass, day pass or a pool pass. Dress in layers and wear sturdy shoes. Water, snacks and hot chocolate will be provided. No pets (except service animals) please. Heavy rain will cancel this event. 10am. Free. McNears Beach Park, 201 Cantera Way, San Rafael. 446-4424.



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Time Share available at Planet Holllywood Dec 13th through Dec 20th. Planet Hollywood Las Vegas Deluxe 2 BD Lockout unit: 2Ba Sleeps 4 $1800, adjoining Studio Sleeps 2 $1200. available Dec 13 - 20. call 575-779-3901. eNGLISH HOUSeSITTer Will love your pets, pamper your plants, ease your mind, while you’re out of town. Rates negotiable. References available upon request. Pls call Jill @ 415-927-1454

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Traffic coordinator Position Available

Join the Pacific Sun–Marin’s Best newsweekly and website–and assist our multi-media offerings Pacific Sun,, and PS TODaY shine! Part-time and/or full-time positions are available serving the Production and Sales Departments. The traffic coordinator position provides administrative support to the retail sales department. Our office is faced-paced, which requires a person to gracefully handle multiple deadlines and tasks. Duties include but are not limited to: • Handling the mechanics of getting the publication, website & any special sections together for the week. • Creating Excel spreadsheet to track the ads that will appear in the publication each week • Handling special issue listings (i.e. dining guide data) • Checks size and posts digital ads to our daily email product and website • Manages inventory of email product and website • Proofing pages on deadline days and enforcing deadlines • Trafficking ads between production, proofing and the sales reps each week • Dummying the publication weekly (and special features as they arise) • Keeping lines of communication open between production staff, editorial and sales • Coordinating with Ad Director & production on special flyers, ordering media kit info and keeping it stocked. • Liaison between printer & production on weekly inserts; orders print jobs • Handles phone and e-mail requests from advertisers • Assists reps when they call from the field necessary attributes: Pro-active, self-starter, positive outlook, detail-oriented, organized, time-management skills, and ability to get along with wide range of personalities, ability to handle weekly deadlines, helpful and diplomatic but firm in enforcing deadlines. Skills: Proficient in or willing to learn Excel, Microsoft Word, account databases. Hours are flexible. Part-time could range from 10 to 20 hours. Please send resume or links to Bob Heinen, Or call 415-485-6700 x315

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ARIES (March 21 - April 19) It may be the last month of the year, but it’s never too late to use your planner! The month started out with a burst of energy with the new moon in fellow fire sign Sagittarius. Your most productive moment is on Dec. 10, when Uranus goes direct in Aries. A sign of your progress will manifest: watch your email, text messages and doorstep. TAURUS (April 20 - May 20) Negotiate now, Taurus! Opportunity is nearly knocking down your door. Mars enters your workday on Dec. 7 and your workload increases tenfold. You’re sure to stay busy and happy with a new slew of worthwhile clients or assignments. With your finances at the forefront, now’s the time to negotiate benefits—health insurance, vacation days and bonuses—trust the stars, your company can afford it! GEMINI (May 21 - June 20) Mercury, your ruling planet, is going out on a limb for you and it’s all because of love. Dec. 8 brings with it a meeting with Mars that is sure to add sugar to your love life. This surge in love is quickly followed by a rare alignment on Dec. 12 with Jupiter and Saturn. The usual duo arrives with a surprise in your work sector. Speak up for an increased salary, then buy your sweetie a great gift. CANCER (June 21 - July 22) No pressure Cancer, but this is the week for you! Dec. 9 opens up with an undeniable day full of romance with a big commitment when the moon, Jupiter and Saturn form a golden triangle. Jupiter and Saturn continue the love fest on Dec. 12, urging you to make an expensive purchase for your loved one—engagement rings anyone? LEO (July 23 - Aug. 22) Slow down, Leo! You’ve been on the go, frenzied by housing, family and career concerns lately. While these are all require deserved attention, you won’t find a solution if you’re out of gas. Mars has entered into Libra, allowing for some financial catch-up. Use the extra cash to spoil yourself with a massage or yoga retreat. Dec. 10 brings a revolutionary surprise. VIRGO (Aug. 23 - Sept. 22) Earth to Virgo! Mercury, your ruling planet, is screaming your name on Dec. 10. Mercury teamed up with Uranus, the planet of unexpected news, to provide you with sudden excitement for the day. Spend the day brainstorming, writing or traveling. The news may have to do with your home or parents, so give them a call. LIBRA (Sept. 23 - Oct. 22) Get ready for six months aboard the Love Train Express, Libra! Mars enters Libra on Dec. 7 and oh how you’ve missed it for the last two years! Prepare now because everyone will want a piece of you. In addition to your revitalized mating call, you will find yourself surging with determination and drive to get beloved projects completed. You’re leading the way, nothing is off limits! SCORPIO (Oct. 23 - Nov. 21) Good luck is on its way! The new moon’s phase in Sagittarius prepares you for a lucky culmination as it grows fuller. Dec. 12 will be an overtly providential day for you—buy a lottery scratch-off ticket. If you’re working toward a new goal or on a project, continue to keep details close to your heart. Continuing mapping out phase one before the big reveal. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22 - Dec. 21) Your birthday present arrived with the new moon in Sagittarius! Pick a project, goal or dream and with the right amount of energy—the outcome will be astonishing. You have the moon on your side! Dec. 9 is the day to schedule (or stalk) the VIP of that company when Mercury, which rules your career path, receives unexpected backup from Uranus. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22 - Jan. 19) You’re never surprised by success, Capricorn, but this week is jam packed with a little help from your friends. Your career may hold your focus the majority of this month, but take the time to hang out with friends on Dec. 9—they miss you. By Dec. 12 you’ll be focusing on work matters again. Saturn, your ruler, makes sure you get a little extra surprise. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20 - Feb. 18) You’re in high demand—you might need to hire a PR team this month! Your presence is required at countless holiday functions and you’re making new friends left and right. You’re on the move this month, plans oscillate between your career and friend time. Recharge and take a break Dec. 11 for a stellar surprise in the love department. PISCES (Feb. 19 - March 20) Are you expecting a baby? Well, surprise! Dec. 12 brings a serious discussion in your private life and it may manifest as a brand new bundle of joy. If you’re not ready for such a commitment, don’t stress—this is a day about planning. If you’re not ready to make a mini-you, maybe just settle on getting engaged—after all, luck and happiness is stationed in your marriage sector. Y december 6 - december 12, 2013 Pacific Sun 33




RELATIONSHIP CHALLENGES? Tired of endless relationship or marital challenges? Or single and sick of spending weekends and holidays alone? Join coed Intimacy Group, Single's Group or Women's Group to explore what’s blocking you from fulfillment in your relationships and life. Weekly, ongoing groups or 9-week groups starting the week of December 17, 2013. Mon, Tues, or Thurs evening. Space limited. Also, Individual and Couples sessions. Central San Rafael. For more information, call Renee Owen, LMFT#35255 at 415/453-8117.

A safe, successful GROUP for FORMER MEMBERS OF HIGH-DEMAND GROUPS (Religious, New Age, Eastern, Philosophical, Large Group Awareness Programs, etc.) is held every other Saturday in Marin, now in its 10th year. Participants include those born and/or raised in such groups espousing a “good”/ “bad”ideology with a leader(s) who encourages greater degrees of dependency and conformity at the price of individual personal rights, goals, and development. Participants address relevant issues in their lives, receive acknowledgement, gain insights, pursue individual goals, learn how others have negotiated challenging situations, with opportunities to heal from loss and trauma. Individual, Couple, and Family Sessions also available. Facilitated by Colleen Russell, LMFT (MFC29249) Certified Group Psychotherapist (41715) . Contact: or 415-785-3513 HypnoBirthing® Childbirth Classes A rewarding, relaxing and stress free method for birthing your baby. Experience the joy of birthing your baby in an easier and more comfortable manner. You will learn how to achieve a safer, easier and more comfortable birth. Five- 2-1/2 hour classes in which you learn how, through the power of your own mind, to create your body’s own natural relaxant and, with your birth companion, create a calm, serene and joyful birthing environment, whether at home, birth center or hospital. You CAN be relaxed during your labor and birth and give the gift of a gentle birth to your baby. NEW CLASSES STARTING SOON. Go to HypnoBirthing and then Class Registration & Information. THESE CLASSES MAKE A GREAT HOLIDAY OR BABY SHOWER GIFT. To include your seminar or workshop, call 415/485-6700 x 303.



Fictitious Name Statement

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2013-133448 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business ALLEN & COMPANY CPA, 75 CORTE PATENCIO, GREENBRAE, CA 94904: DWIGHT ALLEN, 75 CORTE PATENCIO, GREENBRAE, CA 94904. This business is being conducted by AN INDIVIDUAL Registrant is filing a renewal with changes. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on November 5, 2013. (Publication Dates: NOVEMBER 15, 22, 29; December 6, 2013) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2013133431 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as BIG OAK FIREARMS, 5227 RED HILL ROAD, PETALUMA, CA 94952: RONALD L. POMI and MARK L. POMI, 5227 RED HILL ROAD, PETALUMA, CA 94952. This business is being conducted by CO-PARTNERS. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on October 24, 2013. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on November 5, 2013. (Publication Dates NOVEMBER 15, 22, 29; December 6, 2013) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 133276 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as ARMA ARCHITECTURAL SERVICES, 72 SURREY LANE, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: JACEK MACHNOWSKI W., 72 SURREY LANE, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903. This business is being conducted by AN INDIVIDUAL. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on November 30, 1992 and the fictitious business name has expired more than 40 days ago. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on October 11, 2013. (Publication Dates NOVEMBER 15, 22, 29; December 6, 2013) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 133277 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as SOL-SPANISH, SOL-SPANISH. COM, SOL SPANISH, 925 SIR FRANCIS DRAKE BLVD, KENTFIELD, CA 94904: SOLVEIG MARIA FLORES and JACEK

MACHNOWSKI W., 72 SURREY LANE, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903. This business is being conducted by A MARRIED COUPLE. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on January 09, 2009 and is filing a renewal with changes. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on October 11, 2013. (Publication Dates NOVEMBER 15, 22, 29; December 6, 2013) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2013133470 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as ACADEMIA EDUCATION, 200 MCNEAR DRIVE, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: LORI MORITZ, 200 MCNEAR DRIVE, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by AN INDIVIDUAL. Registrant has not yet begun transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on November 08, 2013. (Publication Dates NOVEMBER 15, 22, 29; December 6, 2013)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 133455 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as BIOPHILIA BOTANICALS, 683 DEL GANADO ROAD, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: ALICE DUVERNELL, 683 DEL GANADO ROAD, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903. This business is being conducted by AN INDIVIDUAL. Registrant has not yet begun transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on November 6, 2013. (Publication Dates NOVEMBER 15, 22, 29; December 6, 2013) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 133426 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as 4 LESS SMOG CHECK, 630 BLITHEDALE AVE, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: EVANGELINE RUALO, 7713 SOUTH COVE DRIVE, SACRAMENTO, CA 95831. This business is being conducted by AN INDIVIDUAL. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on November 4, 2013. This statement was filed with the

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County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on November 4, 2013. (Publication Dates NOVEMBER 15, 22, 29; December 6, 2013)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 133429 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as EROTIC ART EVENTS, 660 SUNSET PARKWAY, NOVATO, CA 94947: PETER KERESZTURY, 660 SUNSET PARKWAY, NOVATO, CA 94947. This business is being conducted by AN INDIVIDUAL. Registrant has not yet begun transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on November 4, 2013. (Publication Dates NOVEMBER 15, 22, 29; December 6, 2013) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 133414 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as ON PAR CONSULTING, 45 ALAMEDA DE LA LOMA, NOVATO, CA 94949: PHOEBE AMANDA ROSS, 45 ALAMEDA DE LA LOMA, NOVATO, CA 94949. This business is being conducted by AN INDIVIDUAL. Registrant has not yet begun transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on November 1, 2013. (Publication Dates NOVEMBER 15, 22, 29; December 6, 2013) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 133452 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as MARIN FIREWOOD, 6690 SIR FRANCIS DRAKE BLVD, FOREST KNOLLS, CA 94933: RUSSEL MICHAEL WAGNER, 6690 SIR FRANCIS DRAKE BLVD, FOREST KNOLLS, CA 94933. This business is being conducted by AN INDIVIDUAL. Registrant has not yet begun transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on November 6, 2013. (Publication Dates NOVEMBER 15, 22, 29; December 6, 2013) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 133401 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as WEST BAY URGENT CARE

ASSOCIATES, 4000 CIVIC CENTER DRIVE, SUITE 206, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: WEST BAY URGENT CARE ASSOCIATES, INC, 4000 CIVIC CENTER DRIVE, SUITE 206, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903. This business is being conducted by A CORPORATION. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on August 20, 2013. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on October 31, 2013. (Publication Dates NOVEMBER 15, 22, 29; December 6, 2013) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2013133472 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as LJW DIVINE SIGHT, 1716 5TH AVE, UNIT A, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: LISA J. WINSTON, 1716 5TH AVE, UNIT A, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by AN INDIVIDUAL. Registrant has not yet begun transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on November 08, 2013. (Publication Dates NOVEMBER 15, 22, 29; December 6, 2013) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2013-133482 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business NGUYEN’S HAULING, 9 CHARLOTTE DRIVE #1, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: HAI THANH NGUYEN, 9 CHARLOTTE DRIVE #1, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by AN INDIVIDUAL. Registrant has not yet begun transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on November 12, 2013. (Publication Dates: NOVEMBER 22, 29; December 6, 13, 2013) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 133466 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business WASABIANCA WEB DEVELOPMENT AND DESIGN, 302 STARLING ROAD, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: JANIS A. OBERMAN, 302 STARLING ROAD, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941. This business is being conducted by AN INDIVIDUAL. Registrant has not yet begun transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on November 7, 2013. (Publication Dates: NOVEMBER 22, 29; December 6, 13, 2013) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2013133510 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business BEAUPRE COACHING, 800 VIA ESCONDIDA, NOVATO, CA 94949: PAT BEAUPRE BECKER, 800 VIA ESCONDIDA, NOVATO, CA 94949. This business is being conducted by AN INDIVIDUAL. Registrant has not yet begun transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on November 14, 2013. (Publication Dates: NOVEMBER 22, 29; December 6, 13, 2013) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2013133380 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business COURSE PUBLISHING, 1220 SIR FRANCIS DRAKE BLVD, SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960: NICHOLAS R KANE, 1220 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 October 28, 2013. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on October 28, 2013. (Publication Dates: November 29; December 6, 13, 20, 2013) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 133480 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business ERROR! NOT FOUND, 605 SUNSET PARKWAY, NOVATO, CA 94949: EVAN TOGNOTTI, 605 SUNSET PARKWAY, NOVATO, CA 94949. This business is being conducted by AN INDIVIDUAL. Registrant has not yet begun transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on November 8, 2013 (Publication Dates: November 29; December 6, 13, 20, 2013)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 133553 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business STILLWATER CONSTRUCTION, 1314 YUKON WAY, NOVATO, CA 94947: LUKE CHAMBERS1314 YUKON WAY, NOVATO, CA 94947. This business is being conducted by AN INDIVIDUAL. Registrant has not yet begun transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein and is filing a renewal with changes. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on November 21, 2013 (Publication Dates: November 29; December 6, 13, 20, 2013) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 133386 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business MAXILLO FACIAL IMAGING ASSOC, 666 THIRD STREET #222, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: LOUIS T. KIRKOS DDS., PHD., D.I.P.O.M.F.E.R., 824 PT SAN PEDRO RD, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901 and SIMBARASHE JGRAVAYA, 6101 SILVER OAK CIRCLE, STOCKTON, CA 95219. This business is being conducted by A GENERAL PARTNERSHIP. Registrant has not yet begun transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein and is filing a renewal with changes. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on October 28, 2013 (Publication Dates: November 29; December 6, 13, 20, 2013) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 133517 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business 330 CANAL STREET APARTMENTS, 330 CANAL STREET, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: GOLDEN GATE EQUIPMENT CORPORATION GP OF 330 CANAL STREET LP, 51 FEDERAL STREET #202, SAN FRANCISCO CA, 94407. This business is being conducted by A LIMITED PARTNERSHIP. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on July 1, 1974 and is filing a renewal with changes. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on November 15, 2013 (Publication Dates: November 29; December 6, 13, 20, 2013) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 133554 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business ROSS VALLEY COMPOUNDING PHARMACY, 1525 EAST FRANCISCO BLVD #1, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: MARIN APOTHECARIES INC, 1525 EAST FRANCISCO BLVD #1, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by A CORPORATION. Registrant has not yet begun transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein and is filing a renewal with changes. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on November 21, 2013 (Publication Dates: November 29; December 6, 13, 20, 2013) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2013133548 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business SCUDO, 804 SPRING STREET, UNIT A, SAUSALITO, CA 94965: PATRICIA A HUEBNER, 804 SPRING STREET, UNIT A, SAUSALITO, CA 94965. This business is being conducted by AN INDIVIDUAL. Registrant has not yet begun transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on November 20, 2013 (Publication Dates: November 29; December 6, 13, 20, 2013) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2013133543 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business IMPERIAL DESIGN WORKS, 100 SYCAMORE AVE, APT. 21, SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960: STEFAN S. MEHOLICK, 100 SYCAMORE AVE, APT. 21, 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 November 1, 2013. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on November 19, 2013 (Publication Dates: November 29; December 6, 13, 20, 2013) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 133575 The following individual(s) is (are) doing

business AVALON NAILS, 530 THIRD STREET, SUITE D, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: HOAI NHI THI LE, 1028 MINERVA STREET, SAN LEANDRO, CA 94577. This business is being conducted by AN INDIVIDUAL. Registrant has not yet begun transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on November 26, 2013. (Publication Dates: December 6, 13, 20, 27, 2013) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 133568 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business THE BEST BIRTH, 87 ETHEL AVE #5, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: SARAH MCMOYLER, 87 ETHEL AVE #5, 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 November 25, 2013. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on November 25, 2013. (Publication Dates: December 6, 13, 20, 27, 2013) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 133558 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business EMBODIED TOUCH MASSAGE AND BODYWORK, 260 CASCADE DRIVE, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: MACKENZIE WILMOTT MURPHY, 260 CASCADE DRIVE, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941. This business is being conducted by AN INDIVIDUAL. Registrant has not yet begun transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on November 21, 2013. (Publication Dates: December 6, 13, 20, 27, 2013) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 133551 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business THE TAVERN ON FOURTH, 711 FOURTH STREET, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: BARCORP, ONE SIMMS STREET, SUITE 100, SAN RAFAEL, CA, 94901. This business is being conducted by A CORPORATION. Registrant not open for business but business start date 7/1/2013. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on November 20, 2013. (Publication Dates: December 6, 13, 20, 27, 2013) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 133550 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business BARTENDERS UNLIMITED, MARIN TRUCK RENTAL, ONE SIMMS STREET, SUITE 100, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: BARCORP, ONE SIMMS STREET, SUITE 100, SAN RAFAEL, CA, 94901. This business is being conducted by A CORPORATION. Registrant has not yet begun transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on November 20, 2013. (Publication Dates: December 6, 13, 20, 27, 2013) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 133586 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business NEIGHBORHOOD SPA AND NAILS, 46 RAQUET CLUB DRIVE, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: HAROLD DANG, 46 RAQUET CLUB DRIVE, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by A MARRIED COUPLE. Registrant has not yet begun transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein and is filing a renewal with changes. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on November 26, 2013. (Publication Dates: December 6, 13, 20, 27, 2013)

Other Notices STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF USE OF FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME File No. 304516 The following person(s) has/have abandoned the use of a fictitious business name(s). The information given below is as it appeared on the fictitious business statement that was filed at the Marin County Clerk-Recorder's Office. Fictitious Business name(s): NGUYEN’S RECYCLING, 9 CHARLOTTE DRIVE #1, SAN

RAFAEL, CA 94901. Filed in Marin County on: AUGUST 08, 2013. Under File No: 2013132806. Registrant’s Name(s): HAI THANH NGUYEN & PHA THI KIM NGUYEN, 9 CHARLOTTE DRIVE #1, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This statement was filed with the County Clerk Recorder of Marin County on November 12, 2013. (Publication Dates: NOVEMBER 22, 29; December 6, 13, 2013) SUMMONS Family Law (CITACION Derecho Familiar): Case Number (Numero De Caso): FL 1304230. NOTICE TO RESPONDENT (Aviso Al Demandado): PIERRETTE WELLS: YOU ARE BEING SUED (LO ESTAN DEMANDANDO). PETITIONER’S NAME IS (Nombre Del Demandante): VICTOR WELLS. You have 30 CALENDAR DAYS after this SUMMONS and PETITION are served on you to file a RESPONSE (FL-120 OR FL-123) at the court and have a copy served on the petitioner. A letter or phone call will not protect you. If you do not file your RESPONSE on time, the court may make orders affecting your marriage or domestic partnership, your property, and custody of your children. You may be ordered to pay support and attorney fees and costs. If you cannot pay the filing fee, ask the clerk for a fee waiver form. If you want legal advice, contact a lawyer immediately. You can get information about finding lawyers at the California Courts Online Self-Help Center (, at the California Legal Services web site (, or by contacting your local county bar association. Tiene 30 días corridos después de haber recibido la entrega legal de esta Citación y Petición para presentar una Respuesta (formulario FL-120 ó FL-123) ante la corte y efectuar la entrega legal de una copia al demandante. Una carta o llamada telefónica no basta para protegerlo. Si no presenta su Respuesta a tiempo, la corte puede dar órdenes que afecten su matrimonio o pareja de hecho, sus bienes y la custodia de sus hijos. La corte también le puede ordenar que pague manutención, y honorarios y costos legales. Si no puede pagar la cuota de presentación, pida al secretario un formulario de exención de cuotas. Si desea obtener asesoramiento legal, póngase en contacto de inmediato con un abogado. Puede obtener información para encontrar a un abogado en el Centro de Ayuda de las Cortes de California (www.sucorte., en el sitio web de los Servicios Legales de California ( o poniéndose en contacto con el colegio de abogados de su condado. NOTICE: The restraining orders on page 2 are effective against both spouses or domestic partners until the petition is dismissed, a judgment is entered, or the court makes further orders. These orders are enforceable anywhere in California by any law enforcement officer who has

received or seen a copy of them. (AVISO: Las órdenes de restricción que figuran en la página 2 valen para ambos cónyuges o pareja de hecho hasta que se despida la petición, se emita un fallo o la corte dé otras órdenes. Cualquier autoridad de la ley que haya recibido o visto una copia de estas órdenes puede hacerlas acatar en cualquier lugar de California.) NOTE: If a judgment or support order is entered, the court may order you to pay all or part of the fees and costs that the court waived for yourself or for the other party. If this happens, the party ordered to pay fees shall be given notice and an opportunity to request a hearing to set aside the order to pay waived court fees. AVISO: Si se emite un fallo u orden de manutención, la corte puede ordenar que usted pague parte de, o todas las cuotas y costos de la corte previamente exentas a petición de usted o de la otra parte. Si esto ocurre, la parte ordenada a pagar estas cuotas debe recibir aviso y la oportunidad de solicitar una audiencia para anular la orden de pagar las cuotas exentas. 1. The name and address of the court are (El nombre y dirección de la corte son): SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF MARIN, 3501 Civic Center Drive, Post Office Box 4988, San Rafael, CA 94903. 2. The name, address, and telephone number of the petitioner’s attorney, or the petitioner without an attorney, are: (El nombre, dirección y número de teléfono del abogado del demandante, o del demandante si no tiene abogado, son): VICTOR WELLS, 55 MITCHELL BLVD, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903, (224) 628-3109. Date (Fecha): OCTOBER 15, 2013. Clerk, by (Secretario, por) Kim Turner, E. CHAIS Deputy (Asistente). NOTICE TO THE PERSON SERVED: You are served (AVISO A LA PERSONA QUE RECIBIÓ LA ENTREGA: Esta entrega se realiza) as an individual (a usted como individuo). (Pacific Sun: NOVEMBER 22, 29; DECEMBER 6, 13, 2013) NOTICE OF PETITION TO ADMINISTER ESTATE OF: ALBERT C. LOCATI. Case No. PR- 1304752. To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors, and persons who may otherwise be interested in the will or estate, or both, of ALBERT C. LOCATI. A PETITION FOR PROBATE has been filed by: MARILEE ROGERS in the Superior Court of California, County of MARIN. THE PETITION FOR PROBATE requests that MARILEE ROGERS be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent. THE PETITION requests authority to administer the estate under the Independent Administration of Estates Act. (This authority will allow the personal representative to take many actions without obtaining court approval. Before taking certain very important actions, however, the personal representative will be required to give notice

to interested persons unless they have waived notice or consented to the proposed action.) The independent administration authority will be granted unless an interested person files an objection to the petition and shows good cause why the court should not grant the authority. A HEARING on the petition will be held in this court as follows: January 2, 2014 at 9:00 AM in Dept. C, Room C, of the Superior Court of California, Marin County, located at Superior Court of California, County of Marin, 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael, CA 94903. IF YOU OBJECT to the granting of the petition, you should appear at the hearing and state your objections or file written objections with the court before the hearing. Your appearance may be in person or by your attorney. IF YOU ARE A CREDITOR or a contingent creditor of the decedent, you must file your claim with the court and mail a copy to the personal representative appointed by the court within the later of either (1) four months from the date of first issuance of letters to a general personal representative, as defined in section 58(b) of the California Probate Code, or (2) 60 days from the date of mailing or personal delivery to you of the notice under section 9052 of the California Probate Code. Other California statutes and legal authority may affect your rights as a creditor. You may want to consult with an attorney knowledgeable in California law. YOU MAY EXAMINE the file kept by the court. If you are a person interested in the estate, you may file with the court a Request for Special Notice (form DE- 154) of the filing of an inventory and appraisal of estate assets or of any petition or account as provided in Probate Code section 1250. A Request for Special Notice form is available from the court clerk. Attorney for petitioner: JOHN L. BOUDETT, 368 SAN ANSELMO AVE, SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960. (415) 454- 4020. (Publication Dates: November 29: December 6, 13, 20, 2013) STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF USE OF FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME File No. 304519 The following person(s) has/have abandoned the use of a fictitious business name(s). The information given below is as it appeared on the fictitious business statement that was filed at the Marin County Clerk-Recorder's Office. Fictitious Business name(s): AVALON NAILS, 530 THIRD STREET, SUITE D, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. Filed in Marin County on: November 26, 2013. Under File No: 130813. Registrant’s Name(s): HUY CAN M. NGUYEN, 1446 SEMINARY AVE, OAKLAND, CA 94621. This statement was filed with the County Clerk Recorder of Marin County on November 26, 2013. (Publication Dates: December 6, 13, 20, 27, 2013)

››Advice goddess®

by Amy Alkon


Why do “helpless” women have men constantly doting on them, while women like me are deemed “too strong”? I was raised by a 1970s feminist and single mother. (“A woman needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle!”) At 21, I became a widowed single mother. I put myself through school and own a home and a business. I now have a boyfriend who feels I don’t “need” him enough. He says I need to drop some of the balls I’m juggling so he can pick them up. “Just take them!” I say. We recently had a yard sale, and I did everything and was resentful and exhausted. I threw a little fit and walked away. My man then put forth a superhuman effort and cleaned everything up. But, as usual, he didn’t handle things until I was unable to. —Superwoman


The modern damsel doesn’t have to be in distress, but it helps if she at least has a few items not yet crossed off her to-do list. Otherwise, what is there for Superman to do but smoke a bowl and make YouTube videos of the cat riding the Roomba? No sooner did you find a man who says he wants to help than you immediately raised the bar. It isn’t enough that he’s willing to take out the trash from under the sink. You expect him to sense that you want him to and then wrestle you for the bag. What’s with this? Did you get comfy with the belief that women don’t need men and are you now intent on confirming that? Could it be that having him help conflicts with your self-image as the suburban Joan of Arc—if not burning at the stake, cooking up the steak while burning with rage about how you have to do it all? You can have the martyrdom merit badge or a relationship; pick any one. Consider that maybe being a strong woman means being strong enough to admit that you need a man for something besides yelling at when he gives the wrong answer to “Do I look fat in this?” You will have to ask for help, which may be easier if you think of this as sending your boyfriend on little “quests” to make him feel needed. Though you probably don’t need a Holy Grail, you could ask him to wield power tools or run up to Rite Aid to get your kid some cold meds. While he’s gone, here’s a suggestion: Write out that dumb fish/bicycle quote. Burn it. Scatter the ashes. And replace it in your head with an update on a classic: “It’s the squeaky wheel that gets the grease—that is, if it doesn’t run off and grease itself before anybody else can get up out of his chair to go look for the can.”


Although I regularly tell my boyfriend how much I appreciate him, he repeatedly reminds me of how well he treats me, often saying “You sure have a great boyfriend” or “Your boyfriend’s so good to you”—even when I’ve just done something super-nice for him! I’m not sure why he does this, but he often tells me he’s “very confident,” which screams insecurity to me. He also loves telling stories about people complimenting him and every day tells me about someone seeing him and saying, “Hi, Chris.” —Annoyed


Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish for compliments and you annoy the crap out of everyone who knows or encounters him. Of course, if your boyfriend didn’t feel like a skin tag among men, he wouldn’t be marching around putting out mini-manifestos on his greatness. You can probably get him to cut back on the incessant self-congratulation simply by telling him it grates on you and makes you feel unappreciated. (A woman likes a man who’s quick with a compliment, but especially when at least a few of the compliments are for her.) The question is, do you even know the man you’re with? Chances are, he hides his real feelings out of fear that you’ll leave him if you get a glimpse of what he probably sees as his shamefully loserish true self. Unfortunately, somebody chasing inner security all around town is never going to find it, and if your boyfriend’s happy in your relationship, he’s unlikely to feel motivated to get into the grubby business of digging inward. Relationships involve tradeoffs, and maybe being with him is worth it to you. But you may ultimately find it too hard to respect a guy who does stuff like bragging when people say, “Hi, Chris.” Yes, it’s the highest achievement of the human spirit: “Wow, people know me, and they don’t shun me!” Y © 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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Section 1 of the December 6, 2013 edition of the Pacific Sun Weekly