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Cups of ‘kindness’ not exactly what springs to mind ... I am surprised and saddened by the cover picture on the New Year’s issue of the Pacific Sun [“Take a Cup O’ Kindness, Marin ...” Dec. 27]. Having a young woman in a seductive pose, with her boobs popping out of her “shirt,” and showing her garter belt is hardly “Christmas-y,” and passes as pornography directed at men. Just because she is in the “pinup” style does not somehow change this fact. It would be nice, especially during the family-oriented holiday season, to have a cover which is more inclusive of everyone, not just directed at men in this shallow way. Women are more than mere sex objects, and your unrealistic cover The offending image. picture is sending a damaging message to young women and men alike. Is this really what we want Marin County to be about? That picture most definitely does not offer me “a cup o’ kindness,” as the cover reads. Thank you for considering my feedback, which is echoed by many.

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The Pacific Sun is a newspaper which I enjoy reading each week and will continue reading for many years. Your recent cover of Dec. 27 is quite disturbing to this 70-year-old lady. Since you are ultimately responsible for content, I felt compelled to express how disappointed I am that you chose to display a fantasy cover of a Photoshopped child whose body image neither your mother in her early years, daughter, sister nor girlfriend will ever achieve. This type of cover page is a disservice to all women. Had you chosen to display a young boy in such a similar and unrealistic image I would express the same sentiment. We need to teach our children, young women and young men that they are good enough, worth loving and can be shown on a cover celebrating a new year just as they are, not as a few clicks in a computer program says they should be. Please be more considerate with future issues. Best wishes for a happy, healthy 2014.

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I would like to make a complaint to the editor about the front page photos that the Pacific Sun has been printing. About a month or so ago your front page photo was of a young boy swimming 4 Pacific Sun January 24 -January 30, 2014

Spencer Elden, aka ‘the Nirvana baby,’ is now 22 and lives in Pasadena. This 2011 recreation of the cover, featuring the adult Elden in a tasteful bathing suit, was taken by British photographer John Chapple

completely naked with no censor covering his private parts [“Readers Name Their Favorite Albums of All Time,” Nov. 29]. I understand that he was a young child but this doesn’t change the fact that it was inappropriate to have on the front page! Not to mention that you are exploiting a child’s body. Now to this week’s issue with the picture of an extremely racy pinup girl. I don’t know why you are putting a picture like this on the cover of a community newspaper. I work at one of the local assisted-living facilities and our residents love your paper, however, I think it is highly inappropriate to have pictures of naked children and slutty pinup girls on the front. We have had several of our residents’ family members comment on the inappropriateness of this. I understand you have a right to print what you will (thank you freedom of press); however, I ask that you consider printing less racy photos or pictures on this community paper. I know I am not the only one who thinks this and I hope there are others who are voicing their opinions as well. Thank you for your time and I really do enjoy your paper.

Ms. A. Ferris, Marin

Editor’s note: Thanks to all who wrote in about whether the ‘Sun’ should feature “pictures of naked children and slutty pinup girls” on the cover. When you put it like that, it does sound like we’d been enjoying a few too many Ramos fizzes when contemplating cover images during the holidays. But let me point out something about the Nov. 29 image. That “young boy swimming completely naked,” as Ms. Ferris describes it, was a baby, not yet 1 year old—a pretty big distinction, if you ask us. But, more importantly, the picture is one of the most iconic photos of the last quarter century—it’s the cover image of Nirvana’s Nevermind album, often named the best album of the 1990s, which we used for our issue featuring readers’ choices of favorite albums. It’s like saying the Galleria dell’Accademia, Florence should never put Michelangelo’s David on the cover of its monthly newsletter because he’s wearing nothing more than a cocky smirk. And as for the pinup girl ... eh. It’s neither “pornography,” a “child” nor Photoshopped Put your stamp on the letters to the editor at pacificsun.com


(it’s a painting). And we won’t even touch the idea of referring to any woman as a “slut.” Is it sexy? Yeah. Is it inappropriate for an alternative newspaper? Perhaps more readers would like to weigh in ...

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It’s the uniform diversity you practice Driving Land Rovers over windy mountain roads to the soccer camp for 3-year-olds with fair trade coffee prepared by Mexican guys who live five to a house in Marin City.

I’m writing regarding Annie Spiegelman’s article about Novato school district’s Food and Nutritional Services Director Miguel Villarreal [“The Villarreal Deal,” Jan. 3] Mr. Villarreal is so proud of himself for his in role in having food trucks banned from parking near schools. Let this be a lesson kids, when an individual takes away your civil liberties, your freedom, your choices, they will always pretend it is your best interest. What they fail to teach you is that once they take one right, they take all your rights. What is to stop Mr. Villarreal from deciding that grocery stores cannot be located near schools, or gas stations that sell junk food? Maybe Mr. Villarreal thinks that ice cream and candy should be banned from Novato? No kids, the lesson is when small-minded people think they are smarter than you they inevitably try to take our nation’s most valuable resource, your choice. If this idiot (who is paid with our tax dollars) has so much free time on his hands that he can spend his days deciding where we buy food, maybe he could stand by the door and search every kid’s lunch for those foods he finds offensive.

Paul Walker, Novato

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standard when deciding how to manage its land. That elevation sometimes conflicts with historic use patterns that residents have engaged in for decades. The Open Space District formed in 1972 after a grassroots initiative and vote of county residents. Marin’s 34 preserves encompass a wide ecological variety, from marshlands and forests to creeks and rolling hills. Many of the preserves separate towns and serve as buffers, helping to create the open feeling county residents have come to cherish. But it’s possible to cherish an environmental asset so much that devotees endanger the very qualities they hold in such high regard. The road and trail plan grew out of a longstanding tension between user groups on open-space trails. Mountain bikers became the bad boys of the trails, a reputation built on a minority of users who tore through parks and open space with little regard for hikers and equestrians. In 2010, when the county Board of Supervisors, acting as the board of the Open Space District, held a meeting to begin a review of management practices in the district, about 47.5 miles of “nonsystem” trails criss-crossed the patchwork of preserves. Mountain bikers could use 24 percent of the single-track trails and shared-use trails. Hikers and equestrians objected to any suggestion of expanding access to mountain bikers. The battle lines drawn then were similar

to the battle lines drawn in 2005, when a study of the county’s open space policies revealed that most Marin residents favored the status quo when it came to bike access. But the numbers of bikers had been increasing ever since Joe Breeze and his cohorts started riding their fat-tire bikes down the slopes of Mt. Tam in the 1960s. The district now oversees use on about 250 miles of trails and roads, including fire roads. So-called “social trails” also exist, presenting the district with an additional challenge of how to manage trails that exist because people have traditionally used them, much in the same way that an animal trail becomes a route for game.

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The conflict between bikers and other users came to a head last June, when two equestrians on a single-track, no-bikes trail in the Indian Tree Preserve in Novato said two boys on bikes came flying around a blind curve and spooked their horses. One of the riders was thrown and suffered spinal fractures. The horse she was riding bolted and wasn’t recovered until 24 hours later. Although the boys reportedly were only 10 or 12 years old, an age when reckless behavior is not unheard of, the incident renewed calls for mountain bike management on county trails. Rather than just continue to keep a lid on a simmering conflict, Parks and 8> by

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Water District calls for rationing Turn off the sprinklers and shorten the showers, Marin! That’s what the Marin Municipal Water District is saying—as the MMWD board unanimously passed a resolution Tuesday calling for an immediate 25-percent voluntary reduction in water use by district customers. The move coincides with Gov. Jerry Brown’s Jan. 17 announcement of a state “drought emergency”; Brown also called for a 20 percent voluntary reduction in water use. While the current rationing is voluntary, if water reserves are under the 40,000 acre-foot level as of April 1, the 25 percent rationing will become mandatory. Like other areas of the state, Marin is experiencing record-low rainfall. According to MMWD, the district received just 10.68 inches of rain in 2013, the lowest calendar year rainfall in the district’s history, much lower than the prior record of 19 inches in 1929 and substantially lower than the annual average of 52 inches. As a result, the district’s reservoirs contained 43,600 acre-feet of water on Jan. 16, which is 55 percent of capacity and 30 percent lower than average for that date. For water rationing, MMWD offers these tips: n Check for leaks and repair them immediately. n Turn off automatic sprinkler systems and water plants only as needed. n Check water pressure and install pressure-compensating faucet aerators and showerheads. n Check your water meter and learn to read it and spot unusual usage and leaks. n Participate in the District’s free conservation programs; for example, call 945-1523 and request a conservation assistance program audit of water usage in your home. n Install high-efficiency WaterSense-labeled toilets. n Install a high-efficiency clothes washer. n Install a WaterSense labeled smart irrigation controller. n Add compost and mulch to gardens. n Make consumer gardens water-smart. Parks weeding through Measure A funds Marin’s parks are starting to picnic on Measure A tax funds—$982,289 is being disbursed this month as part of the measure passed by voters in 2012, which raised sales tax by a quarter cent to support county parks, open space and farmland. The funds were allocated Jan. 6; they’ll go toward maintaining and renovating parks and recreational facilities, the possible purchase of new land and park construction, and vegetation management. Marin cities, towns and special districts will receive similar disbursements every six months over the next nine years. Each municipality can submit work plans to the parks department to address specific needs. San Rafael, for instance, plans to replace field turf, repair basketball and tennis courts and refurbish playground equipment. Bolinas officials, meanwhile, want to spruce up a kids’ baseball field and a playground by the Firehouse Community Park Agency. In the Strawberry Recreation District, the money will cover part of the cost of an ultraviolet disinfection system in a swimming pool and spa. Marin County Parks Director Linda Dahl says she’s “pleased” that the funding flow is underway. “It fulfills our promise to voters that every community in Marin will reap the benefits of Measure A,” says Dahl. According to county officials, the majority of Measure A funds—65 percent—will be used by Marin County Parks to “restore natural resources, maintain County parks and open space preserves, restore and improve public access, and protect natural lands.” Another 20 percent of funds will be dedicated to saving family farms and ranches through the purchase of agricultural conservation easements in voluntary transactions with landowners.

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4. The elements most beneficial to the growth of plants have chemical symbols: N, P and K. What are they? 5. Among the countries of Asia, which one has the lowest life expectancy at birth, only around 50 years? 6. Identify these two singers/actresses, whose first names begin with the same two letters, who were the main stars of the popular 2010 film Burlesque. 7. The early Egyptians used a mixture of powdered pumice stone and wine vinegar, while the first-century Romans used human urine, to perform what personal grooming habit? 8. Which country of the world has the largest number of universities, over 8,400 of them?

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9. More species of fish swim in this river than in the entire Atlantic Ocean. 10. Ultraviolet rays from the sun cause your skin cells to manufacture what essential vitamin? BONUS QUESTION: The world’s most searched-for person on Google in 2013 was related to politics and human relationships, while the most searched-for in the U.S. was (as you might expect) an entertainer. Name these two people. Howard Rachelson invites you to an exciting team trivia Fundraiser sponsored by the Women of Rodef Sholom on Saturday, Jan. 25, at 7:00pm at the Rodef Sholom Congregation on North San Pedro Rd. in San Rafael. For more information about this event, or to submit a great question, contact howard1@triviacafe.com. ▲ Sue Dunlap of Sausalito had a lovely stroll around Strawberry Point, but upon returning to her car, she found that she wasn’t going anywhere. Her steering wheel had locked and wouldn’t budge, which also meant that her car wouldn’t start. Feeling flustered, she flagged down a passing car. For 15 minutes, an obliging woman attempted to unlock Sue’s steering wheel. No luck. The next person to stop was in a hurry, but he took the time to help a damsel in distress. Within a minute, he unlocked the steering wheel and started the engine. Through the kindness of strangers, Sue was soon on her merry way. She asked us to thank both of her good Samaritans, who were “unrewarded, but much recognized and appreciated.”

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▼ Seems like lots of stuff is locked up around here. Even the temporary fence on the Marin side of the Golden Gate Bridge is full of locks—padlocks to be exact. It all stems from a European fad that has reached the U.S., in which a pair of tourists express their enduring love for each other by placing a lock on a bridge and tossing the key over the side. They’re known as “love locks,” but we call it littering and vandalism. — Nikki Silverstein

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The man has made it to 85 and that’s all he’s got for me. I didn’t even know there was smut on YouTube. Sol was a doll at the bash. Not only did he pick up the gargantuan tab, he made a nice toast to my mother, the woman who may or may not be his wife, depending upon who you ask. Rhea, my mother’s cousin, and her husband, Jake, proudly announced to the gathering that they’ve been married 65 years. Everyone applauded. Later, I overheard my mother tell one of her friends that she and my father have been married for 60 years. I asked Sol about it. “Sure. If we hadn’t gotten a divorce, we would be,” he said. Rick didn’t go to my mother’s party. She invited him. “Please come,” she said. “It’s a nice restaurant and you’re such a good eater.” The highest compliment given by a Jewish mother. Clearly, she’s gotten over the fact that I’m dating a Japanese man with “dark skin.” All I wanted to do during my stay in Florida was go to the beach. I love the white sand and aqua, see-down-to-thebottom water. The day after the party, we had brunch at a place across from the ocean. I hurried onto the beach, took off my shoes, rolled up my pants and waded into the warm water. Not two minutes had passed before my mother sent my cousin Dale to find me. She was worried about me. “You’re too thin and need to eat,” Mimi said. Auschwitz was mentioned, as in, I look like I just got out. A week of my mom’s observations goes a long way and I was ready to board the westbound plane. Once we took off, I grew sad. Mimi makes me crazy, but I miss her as soon as I leave. I’m back in Marin now, sporting my newly acquired lesbian look and wondering why no woman has hit on me yet. I ask my gay friend Hannah and she laughs. “Look at yourself. You have a black eye, a deformed finger and your hair is standing straight up. It���s going to be a while before anyone of any gender tries to pick you up.” It’s great to be home surrounded by supportive friends. Attempting to garner sympathy, I call my mother and share Hannah’s words. “I told you so,” Mimi said triumphantly. “No one likes your short hair. Don’t worry, dahling. It will grow.” Thanks, Mom. You always know what to say to make me feel better. Y

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hank you to all the readers that were concerned about the absence of Single in the Suburbs during the holidays. I needed time to unwind. This is not an official diagnosis; however, Rick, my on-again/off-again beau of 10 years, thinks I was experiencing existential angst brought on by visiting my mother for a week. I’m surprised Rick’s still around. It’s been a bad month. First, I had my hair cut short. Too short. I look like a dyke. Of course, I’m a soft, feminine, adorable dyke. Then, the dog tangled his leash around my ring finger and my delicate digit turned into a fat sausage. Next, a door walked into me and gave me a black eye. First shiner ever. First broken bone, too, for that matter. Now, I look like a tough lesbian who likes to fight and apparently always loses. Rick takes it all in stride. He says he expects such things to happen to me, because I so actively pursue idiocy. Too bad we can’t all be Zenful like Rick. Luckily, my beauty enhancements happened after I returned home from my mother’s 80th birthday celebration in Florida. People flew in from all over the country for the party, which I think cost my dad one million dollars. Mimi selected the most expensive restaurant in Boca Raton. I must admit the dinner was amazing, although the highlight of the evening was the entertainment—time spent with my relatives. My mother looked lovely and was at her most gracious. Before we left for the restaurant, she declared that my sister’s shirt was all wrong for her outfit and my hair was too short. Mind you, this was before the dyke cut. She gave my sister a blouse to wear and instructed her to change. I asked for hair extensions and she said no. Probably because she spent all of my father’s money on her party and we can’t afford new ’dos. My mom’s cousin, 96-year-old Seymour, brought his 92-year-old girlfriend. She’s 4 feet 5 inches. Swear. I thought no adult was shorter than my 4 feet10 inches. I used to be almost 5 feet, until I started shrinking. One day, I’ll just disappear. Poof. Gone. I hope everyone will wonder where I went. Uncle Jack, the porn viewer I’ve written about previously, sat next to me during the cocktail hour. I asked him to give me one piece of wisdom to help me make it through life. “YouTube is your friend,” he said.

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< 6 The road not taken tion still exist, the temperature of the disOpen Space chief Linda Dahl and her cussions in those groups, as well as among department took a new approach. The hikers and the environmental contingent, road and trail plan is the result. “It started with user conflicts,” says Dahl. “That’s why have reduced to at least a low simmer. Low enough to conduct rational discussions. we went into it. But in order to [proceed] The survey of open space and parkland, you need evidence. We collected a lot of the meetings and workshops, led to the data for the first time and asked ourselves draft version of the road and trail plan, whether we were seeing things that would which was released in October. warrant a change. We did.” Shortly after the plan went public, the Until Dahl’s department took a comprehensive tally of the roads and trails within debate over Marin’s open space reignited, district boundaries, no one really knew what this time with a notable twist. A flood of actually existed. The district conducted emails and letters inundated county offivisitor surveys and focus-group interviews. cials. While some residents applauded the The district also held 10 public workshops plan’s strategy of protecting open-space ecology and to allow peobalancing user ple to express “We’re not going to have rangers jumping their opinions. out of the trees because people are stepping activities with protection “Then we got of flora and a lot of data on off the trail,” says Dahl. fauna, many the natural resources,” says Dahl. “We put all that togeth- of the letters and emails strongly objected er.” During the public meetings, Dahl adds, to a tightening of rules and regulations participants to a large extent “came to the regarding using roads and trails for hiking conclusion that we all need to modify our and biking and equestrian use. Special behavior a little bit. The people who partici- objections were reserved for what critpated were willing to make those changes.” ics perceived as an unfair move to keep people on roads and trails and discourage Those who thought peace would them from venturing cross-country. come to the Mideast before Marin saw a The county has been working to curtail ceasefire among user groups on county traffic in and out of Muir Woods because open-space roads and trails were in for a of a perception that visitors there cause an surprise. Mountain bikers and equestrians excessive burden on Marin roads. Marin started talking with each other instead of residents understand the full environmenat each other. Although bones of conten-

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tal implications of increased use there, and they support a curtailment of visitors. Marin residents also understand the consequences of over-use in a national park such as Yosemite, where park officials must sometimes restrict the number of visitors to the valley. And walking through many national and regional parks, visitors often see signs reminding to stay on trails and the consequences of harming endangered and protected species that thrive along the trail system. But many Marin residents seemingly have no such understanding when it comes to the parks and open space in their own county. One reason for the difference in perception is a perceived sense of propriety. Also involved is a consequence of having lax rules along roads and trails for decades. “This is an evolution,” says Dahl. “There are a lot of people in Marin who have been here for a very long time, including people on my own staff. They tell me about their childhood, when they rode their bikes on the ranches. A lot of things were allowed [including riding dirt bikes] that nobody really thought through, and nobody really projected that [the county’s open space and trails] were going to become natural areas that were really dear to people.” As the population that used open space roads and trails increased, the human footprint on the environment grew heavier. It’s a familiar story. As familiar, Dahl says, as the wider society coming to grips with the consequences of dumping pollutants into streams and into the air. The consequences of an increasing number of people hiking off the roads and trails have an undeniable impact. “We are trying to appeal to people’s understanding of what each footfall means,” says Dahl. “We have to be more aware of how our actions affect the things that we love and are important to us.” Like open space. The vigorous pushback at the suggestion that users in the county open space stay on trails led the district to revise its draft management plan. After the comment period, the district took a look at its offtrail policy and wrote a clarification that appeals to sensibility rather than emotion: According to the district, “Policies have been revised to make it clear that pedestrians may walk off roads and trails but will be encouraged to stay on roads and trails to protect plants and wildlife. Pedestrians

with dogs may not walk off roads and trails, and equestrians and bicyclists may not ride off roads and trails.” That clarification is meant to mollify critics who charged that the district was overstepping its bounds by forbidding people from walking off of the trails in what they perceive as their own backyard open space. That sense of propriety is underscored by the geography of the district’s land holdings. There are about 3,500 backyards that abut the district’s parks and open space. The residents in the homes there consider the nearby open space to be part of their neighborhoods. The question of geography becomes even clearer when considering there are about 300 ways to access open space at the ends of roads. “This is a trail system that is a neighborhood and community system,” says Dahl. In addition to clarifying the rules about walking off of the trails (which is allowed but discouraged), the revisions to the road and trail plan clarify what will and will not be allowed in three basic zones, which range from sensitive resource areas, to already highly impacted areas. Where users can hike (and have a picnic and sit down to read a book under a tree) has triggered the strongest pushback, which is sometimes fueled by misinformation. While some of the discussions have been reasonable and rational, some have been visceral and unduly combative. “We’re not going to have rangers jumping out of the trees because people are stepping off the trail,” says Dahl. “We’re just trying to emphasis that when you step off of the trail, you kill the plants.” Dahl says dogs are one of her biggest concerns. Dog owners can be a problem, too. She says that at public meetings people said the biggest joy their dogs have is running off leash through the brush. They expressed a sense of propriety about the open space and couldn’t envision that the dogs could be harming sensitive habitat. Dahl spoke to a woman at a wetlands area who had a Portuguese water dog that was hunting during nesting season. Dahl asked the woman if she knew it was nesting time. The woman said hunting was her dog’s joy in life. The district has hired nine additional rangers. And while the district plans to use a program of education to try to impress on Marin residents the importance of respecting the environment, if that fails, those rangers will be capable of issuing tickets and fines. In the next phase of the management plan process, the district will look at each of the 34 preserves and develop rules and procedures for each one. “If everyone goes off-trail cross-country,” says Dahl, “then all the wildflowers are gone and all that’s left is dirt.” Y Contact the writer at peter@pseidman.com


“You better get some sleep tonight—all you gotta do is close your eyes”—Rolling Stones, ‘Sleep Tonight’ If only it were that easy. According to the National Sleep Foundation, 20 percent of Americans say they get less than six hours of sleep a night—and the number of those who get the recommended eight hours is rapidly decreasing. The Better Sleep Council describes our snooze deficit as nothing short of an epidemic. Heart disease, diabetes, depression, all-around grumpiness—when it comes to curbing one of the 21st century’s most alarming trends, Americans have been, er, asleep at the wheel. And in Marin— where job stress, high alcohol rates and wakeful lifestyles reign—our lack of sleep is truly eye opening. In this issue, we’ll look at sleep from a variety of angles—from food and fashion to parenthood, mobile apps and more—in an effort to put this national nightmare (or lack thereof) to bed. —Jason Walsh, editor

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or many Marinites, our days go like a J-curve and we each hustle for our something like this: get up, get American dreams—may be in our nights, dressed, get coffee, go to work, get with our sleep. lunch, chug a can of Monster or a vial of “You want to respect nature,” says Dr. 5-Hour Energy, get back to work, go home, Mehrdad Razavi, medical director of the do home-life stuff. Marin Memory and Sleep Center in LarkAnd our nights? Eat dinner, watch spur. “Not in a moral way, but you want to or read something, pop an Ambien or respect the rhythms.” an-over-the-counter sleep aid, conk out. Sleep is ancient, closely aligned with the Or, stare at the iPad, lids drooping, earth’s rotation, with sunlight and darktomorrow’s to-dos lingering, ness and our daily routines, and we flick through emails, put down might be able to unlock the joys by the iPad, then lay and wait for of living, or deepen them, with a M a c k e n z i e habit of good nights’ sleep. People sleep. Mount Week after week, repeat. always tell Razavi they wish they’d This poor-sleep, caffeineseen him sooner, he says. If only crutched system has become they’d known how good they could life as we know it, even a badge of feel, they say, they would have come hardworking honor. The National Institute years ago. of Health says that, “The widespread pracRazavi says most of his patients did tice of ‘burning the candle at both ends’ in not even realize how little they were able Western industrialized societies has created to concentrate during the day until they regularly got a good night’s sleep. so much sleep deprivation that what is re“It’s just an opportunity to help you in so ally abnormal sleepiness is now almost the many ways,” Razavi says about getting the norm.” right amount of quality sleep. He ticks off Yet the cornerstone of happiness in this a few of good sleep’s known effects. “Your modern life—as global change zips up

metabolism gets better ... you can prevent a heart attack ... improve mental health ... improve life expectancy, can add five to 10 years ... Not all of it will improve in every person, but some of it will.” Dr. Moshe Zutler, who works as a sleep therapist at Redwood Pulmonary Medical Associates in Greenbrae and Redwood City, says his field lets him directly see patients get better. “It really makes it feel impactful,” Dr. Zutler says of treating poor sleep, “because you can take patients who are really struggling in their life—they’re having daytime fatigue, they’re irritable, their mood is off, depression, all these things that are linked to chronic sleep issues—and really turn around the quality of life. We don’t always get to see that in medicine.” While sleep is still largely a mystery—expert opinions vary on exactly how much to sleep, what all happens during sleep, and what sleep is really for—anecdotally, it seems like it might be the crux for a happy life. Still, we struggle to get it right. According to the report “Social Jetlag 11> January 24 - january 30, 2014 Pacific Sun 9


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f course there’s an app for it—search the application store for "sleep" and at least 2,200 smartphone programs pop up, all promising to make that mysterious one-third of our lives even better. But is sleeping with a smartphone all that smart? There are four basic functions of sleep apps: n Monitoring sleep and recording "light" and "deep" sleep as well as time spent sleeping. n Playing sounds to help you fall asleep and sounds to help you wake up. n Recording the sounds you make during the night. n Sounding alarms during the night when snoring is detected so that the snorer wakes up and is, supposedly, eventually "trained" to roll over and be quiet. Neither of us felt we needed or wanted to try that last category, but here's a sampling of some of the applications we did "test sleep." Sleep Cycle ($1.99) This app "senses" your sleep patterns by using the phone's "accelerometer" to record movement. There are instructions on how to place the phone, face down, near the corner of the mattress. Then, during the night, according to the instructions, "you move differently in bed during the different sleep states." The alarm goes off when it senses you are in a "light" sleep phase up to 30 minutes before your designated wake-up time, and you can choose from 15 different alarm sounds (from "Warm breeze" to "Metro mind") or music already on your phone. Clearly this is not a real scientific instrument. One night I was wide awake but kept very still—my phone recorded this as a "deep sleep" phase. It's also unclear what the charts really mean; after five nights it gives you a "sleep quality" number, as a percent, but a percent of what? Are there people who get 100 percent? Are they dead? It also uses the phone's camera to record your heart rate upon awakening (the app warns that this "is not an actual medical device"). And for only $9.99 a year all your sleep information can be uploaded to a secure server so you'll never lose it, which seems something like saving fingernail clippings in a bank vault. Still, it was amusing to see my sleep charts every morning and this app did make me a more mindful sleeper, if that's not an oxymoron. Plus it was a far more pleasant way to wake up than the usual routine: with KCBS clicking on and announcing that 101 south is jammed from Rowland Boulevard to Central San Rafael.— JV 10 Pacific Sun January 24 - january 30, 2014

Sleep Time (Free): I was suspicious about Sleep Time. A giant analog clock that looked awfully like the clock already provided in my iPhone stared back. What will this alarm clock do for me? I set an alarm, put the phone face down under my pillow and drifted off. The next morning I woke to the soft sound of a xylophone slowly approaching (if xylophones had legs). I looked at the clock. It was 6:45—an entire 15 minutes before my alarm needed to go off. Normally I'd be disgruntled and feel bamboozled out of a well-deserved 15 minutes of extra sleep. But whether it was the xylophone, the fact that I charted 9 hours and 35 minutes of sleep or perhaps because I woke up at the most fitting time, my shift of consciousness seemed a bit easier. A quick click of the button over to the "Sleep Lab"— it broke my sleep down into percentages and three categories: light sleep, deep sleep and awake. The app and charts included did not help me gain sleep or guide me into it, but it created a burning interest in my sleeping patterns—and it was straightforward enough to operate while I was still a little groggy.—SP 24/7 Motion X (99 cents) This app does all of the standard alarm and monitoring sleep functions, but it also records "sleeping sounds" for you to listen to when you wake up. According to 24/7: "It's fun, and very helpful." Or horrifying. In several nights I heard mostly covers rustling and one brief stint of demure snoring. But there were also some very unladylike sounds (blame the vegetarian chili), and one stint of hard-core snoring (blame the dog?). The app encourages one to tweet or Facebook results (yeah, right). And 24/7 is also well named. In addition, during the day, it monitors step counts, calories burned, and tells you when the sun sets and rises. If you're "not active" for an hour it tells you to get up and move. During a walk it will tell you how long you've gone and how fast. I fully expect future upgrades will remind you to call your mother and save more for retirement. It's all too much and very draining, on the psyche as well as on the phone's battery.—JV SleepBot (Free): SleepBot analyzed everything I'd never contemplated about my sleep and myself. I set an alarm and woke during a light sleep phase—the best time to wake according to the app. The sound of the gradual alarm was soothing compared to the banging of bongos I normally use as my iPhone alarm setting. It even gave me the option to rate my own sleep and share my motion, nighttime noises and sleeping charts with my Facebook friends. (I de-

clined.) If you're a numbers type of person, this is an app with no shortage of charts from stem plots to bar graphs. I must admit I've never been interested in the sounds I make while I sleep, but on the second night I let it record sound. When I woke, I was excited and somewhat frightened to hear the results. Rather than hearing bumps in the night or snoring, all I heard was the rustling of blankets. This portion of the app proved to be incredibly useless for me, however, if you want to prove that your partner snores, this is the app for you.—SP Relax and Sleep Well with Glenn Harrold (Free) Self-improvement recordings have been around as long as there have been recordings. Glenn Harrold, who touts himself as "the UK's best selling self-help audio author," has a mini-empire on the app store, selling 58 separate audio recordings to help you lose weight, gain inner wisdom, be happy, experience spiritual healing and, of course, to get to sleep. The free version (the pay version is $6.99) is touted as a "high-quality hypnosis recording," and the first time I listened to it the biggest barrier to sleep was to stop giggling. He never says "You are getting sleepy" but he comes damn close many times. It also took a while to figure out the accent—it's British, but not posh. More like Eliza Dolittle's father talking through basic breathing and relaxation techniques with echo effects. The first night I fell asleep pretty fast, but woke up feeling tired. Same on night two. The third night I stayed awake to listen to the whole 27 minute tape and was surprised to hear that at the end he brings the listener "out of trance" and declares that one is now fully awake. Huh? Now I have to get another smartphone to track if I wake up or not, and, if so, what I'm doing. Singing and dancing to "Get Me to the Church on Time?"—JV Sleep Pillow (Free): I'm not one to count sheep and I like falling asleep to the sound of absolutely nothing. The forced croak of a toad in a creek or the forecast fakery that is an occasional bolt of thunder in a gentle "rain storm," isn't for me. Regardless, I decided to see what Sleep Pillow had to offer. Blending the best assets of social media, it lets you "like" your favorite sounds with a slideshow of Instagram-inspired pictures. You find your favorites from a buffet of sounds—it's the Fresh Choice of sleep apps. I decided to go with the singing humpback whales and tinder gently burning in a fire. The two opposite elements blended rather nicely, and after I muffled the deep whale calls with a pillow, the subtle mixture served

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its purpose and I drifted off. If you're looking for an app that will tune out snoring, kids or animals, Sleep Pillow has you covered. However, I think with or without the metaphorical whales and burning embers, I somehow would have found myself asleep just as easily.—SP Y Hit the snooze button with Julie and Stephanie at letters@ pacificsun.com.

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hh ... eyelids heavy, you’re lulling off into a slow, warm slumber beneath the cloudlike softness of a down-filled duvet—the only thing between the waking world and the land of nod are the six rapidly closing inches between the side of your face and that cool white pillow slip ... zzz ... “Whaaaaaaaa!! Whaaaaaa!! WHAAAAAA!!” Hello parenthood. Goodbye sleep. Ask any new parent. The initial thrills of that bundle of joy are pretty quickly offset by a few of the bundle’s other thrills—diapers, bawling and the drippy liquids that seem to stream from every orifice of those darling little tax deductions. But nothing shatters the illusion of bouncy baby bliss quite like the slowly dawning realization that, to put it bluntly, you may never sleep again. My wife and I have added three hungry mouths to this increasingly resource-depleted planet and, quite frankly, none of them have been even remotely good sleepers as babies. What’s worse we, for some brilliant reason, spaced out our progeny by about four years each, which means that, with Jack now 11 and 3-year-old Evie still not making it from dusk to dawn in her crib with any regularity—we haven’t had a decent night’s sleep since the autumn of 2002. It’s no wonder that when my mom shows us photos from holidays and birthdays—recent ones, like two or three years ago—she invariably points out to Joanne and me “how much younger you two looked” back then. Thanks, Mom. While it’s true none of our babies have been good sleepers, my wife and I have become “experts” on ways of getting babies to sleep. Or, at least we know all the tricks by heart: Sleep begets sleep; co-sleep; let ’em cry; pat them to sleep; don’t pat them to sleep; have a routine; give them a bath; swaddle them tightly. We’ve tried it all. Unfortunately, our babies failed to read What to Expect the First Year and were unaware these methods are supposed to make them, in the words of prostrated author-dad Adam Mansbach, “go the f**k to sleep.” It was in the waning days of the Bush administration—during a desperate pre-dawn stroll down San Marin Drive while singing “Daydream Believer” to screaming middlechild Sam—that it came to me: sleep-deprived parenthood is subject to the same “five stages of grief” as conceived by On Death and Dying author Elisabeth Kubler-Ross. Only, in this case, your life isn’t going to end—only life as you knew it. The first stage in the Kubler-Ross model is

the dawn breaks and night is clearly over. Even if you could hit the sheets—it’s simply too late. You’ve got to get ready for work, your older kids have to get up for school, and that pot of black coffee isn’t going to make itself. This is sometimes referred to as the “ironic stage,” as well, since, invariably, this is when the little monster finally drifts off into the arms of Morpheus and silence, glorious silence, descends upon the house. Over the years, some studies have called into question the validity of Kubler-Ross’ “stages” theory—often suggesting that “resil-

ience” is more common than grief. It’s probably true of sleep-deprived parents, as well. We do face the next day and muddle through; our bodies kick into gear and we get things done—all in time for another round of baby beddy-bye later that evening. Besides, “this can’t possibly go on much longer, right? She’s got to be ready to sleep through the night soon, like all the other babies ... there, there, she’s just... about ... aslee...” “Whaaaaa!!” Y Swaddle Jason at jwalsh@pacificsun.com.

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denial. And for parents whose infants enjoy an active nightlife, it manifests in the form of, “This can’t possibly go on much longer, right? It’s midnight, for crissakes—she must be exhausted! There, she’s just ... about ... asleep. I’ll just gently put you down ...” “Whaaaaaa!!!!” (The denial stage is also useful when other parents talk about how their 3-week-old already sleeps through the night—deny their claims and assume they’re all insidious liars. Which they are.) The next stage is anger. Now, it would be completely unfair and irresponsible to express that anger toward the child, the innocent ear-curdling bystander in this whole situation. Fortunately, you’ve got your spouse or partner to shoulder the blame, not to mention your passive-aggressive comments/accusations. There are your standard classics, like, “It’s YOUR turn to stay up with the baby for once!” and “YOU’RE the one who said let’s have another kid; I wanted a dog!” But if you want to mix a little guilt into the anger cocktail try, “No, YOU go ahead and stay in bed—at least one of us will get a good night’s sleep!” Bargaining is when things start getting desperate—typically around 2am or so. “If he just goes to sleep now, I’ll still have four hours in bed before I have to get up for work. That’s not bad ... a lot of people only sleep four hours, by choice! Yeah, I’ll be good on four ... oh geez, it’s 2:30. Three-and-a-half hours until I get up ... but that’s OK. That’ll be OK ...” Bargaining can only last so long, however, before it leads to the grim fourth stage: depression. There are few things more dispiriting than a wailing baby at 4am. And, at this point, you’re grappling with some pretty harsh realities—you feel terrible, you’re going to be completely useless at work (you probably have a presentation to make before your board of directors), and you’d give your firstborn child (quite happily in fact) just for a 20 minute nap. But it’s not going to happen, and there’s nothing you can do about it. Finally, comes acceptance. It begins after

and Obesity” published in the journal Current Biology in 2012, “The circadian clock controls processes—from gene expression to sleep—to occur at distinct times over the course of a 24-hour day. Despite this circadian control, humans often use alarm clocks and/or medication to align their sleep and wake times with social obligations (e.g., work and school schedules or other social events).” The report’s authors call this overriding of the body’s instinctive sleep and wake times “social jetlag,” adding that it often remains “chronic throughtout a working career.” Basically, our daily setpoint becomes a perma-tired, dulled operating state. If our schedule allows, Razavi recommends trying to sleep like humans have for millenia—“the more in tune you get with nature, the better”—so rest when night falls, ideally before midnight. “Going from 1 to 9am isn’t as good as going from 11pm to 7am or 10pm to 6am,” Razavi says. We don’t always fit tidily into that sleep window, though. Zutler points out that people’s circadian rhthms vary throughout their lives. Many teenagers and early 20-somethings have a natural bedtime of closer to 2am, he says. As our sleep cycle advances with age, “You get the typical 80-year-old grandmother who goes to bed at 7pm and wakes up at 4am, raring to go for the day.” No matter when we get our sleep, both doctors advise catching some sunlight in the morning, to trigger melatonin, which Zutler says is “the body’s natural chemical that orients one to the circadian ryhthm with light.” At the very least, Razavi says that just hitting six to nine hours—“the sweet spot is seven hours”—will suffice. While each person’s sweet spot varies, sleeping too much may indicate a sleep disorder or other ailment. Despite an estimated 50 to 70 million Americans suffering from chronic sleep disorders, according to a 2006 report called “Sleep Disorders and Sleep Deprivation: An Unmet Public Health Problem” from The National Acadmies Institue of Medicine, Zutler says that sleep disorders are probably underrecognized and underdiagnosed. To determine if you might have a problem beyond just constantly scrimping on sleep, Razavi suggests practicing good sleep

“hygiene” for about a month. Zutler explains: “Typical healthy sleep habits would be trying to maintain a similar wake-up time on a daily basis, as much as you can maintain ... Trying to avoid bright light exposure late at night, trying to avoid as best you can things like TVs, computers, cell phones, things that can both provide light therapy that can confuse the body’s circadian rhythm but that also mentally rev up things.” In ideal sleep, Razavi says, you fall asleep within about 20 minutes of lying down, sleep through the night (maybe waking once to use the bathroom), and don’t feel tired when you wake up. Zutler points out that putting sleep first is hard, but crucial. “Healthy sleeping is one of the most important things we can do to promote our health. I think it’s just an issue of recognizing that and prioritizing that, which I recognize is very difficult in today’s modern age.” But, Razavi says, we have the power to slow down and do it. “It’s unhealthy to run your own show, run your own rhythm so to speak,” he says. “Everything is a behavior. Our life is a behavior. Our attitude, our approach. If you have the right healthy behaviors toward anything, you will succeed.” Y Track Mackenzie’s circadian cycle at mmount@pacificsun.com.

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ver the holidays I spent time with my extended family in Wisconsin. Although I missed the “polar vortex,” the nights were still colder than I was prepared for. Hence (and much to the chagrin of my husband) I resorted to wearing my down parka to bed. I would like to say this was my first dalliance with inappropri-

ate sleeping attire but, alas, I cannot. In fact I wear all sorts of “nontraditional” garments to bed with the hopes of staying warm throughout the night, even here in temperate San Anselmo. These items typically include a range of polar fleeces and cashmere sweater sets. While this dressing method sends me to sleep, it also awakens me at

night. The night I wore the parka to bed, I got so overheated I awoke as if I were suffering from an acute menopausal hot flash. With the new year I decided to make a sleepwear change for the sake of my style expert cred (style never sleeps, my friends), my marriage and my circadian rhythm. To that end, I have gone in search of sleepwear

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from local Marin shops that is stylish, feminine and cozy. Here’s what fits the bill from luxury to budget. Y Katie Rice Jones is the Pacific Sun’s Lifestyle Editor-at-large and a Marin-based style consultant. Check her out at katiericejones. com or follow her @katiericejones.

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Eat, sleep and be merry! These foods will help take the bite out of insomnia ... by B ro o ke Jac k son

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good night’s sleep is worth its weight in gold, but for many Americans this is an elusive goal. According to the National Sleep Foundation, six out of 10 people in this country report having insomnia at least a few nights a week. After hours of tossing and turning, followed by a day feeling exhausted, most are willing to try almost anything—and diet is a good place to start. Many foods have been found to promote sleep, while others are known to discourage it, and that information taken in concert with the timing of consumption, is important to consider if the sandman hasn’t been visiting lately. Melatonin, a hormone that controls the cycles of sleeping and waking, is widely regarded as a slumber enhancer. It is naturally produced in the body and is also available in synthetic form as a supplement. There are several foods that

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phan, as well as boost the body’s producelk meat and tion of melatonin natuspirulina. rally. Bananas, pineapple Chow and oranges were found by that contains researchers in Thailand to calcium is increase melatonin levels. another building Other foods that contribblock to getting a good ute to natural levels of this night’s sleep. Some rehormone are rice, oats, search has shown that deficiency barley, tomatoes, walnuts, in calcium causes difficulty corn and tart cherry juice. falling and staying asleep. The mineral Bananas are a double stabilizes nerves and helps reduce stress win for snooze seekers beas well, clearing the way for rest and cause they contain potassirelaxation. It also aids the brain in using um and magnesium, both tryptophan to manufacture melatonin. natural muscle relaxants. Dairy products, leafy greens, sardines, Other potassium-rich food fortified cereals and soybeans are just sources are sweet potatoes, a few of the foods that contain high potatoes baked in their amounts of calcium. jackets, lima beans and paVitamin B6 has been linked with paya. Besides magnesium’s enhancing sleep in research studies. The muscle easing properties, body uses this vital vitamin to make, a study published in the -you guessed it, - melatonin, so conJournal of Orthomolecular suming fare high in B6 helps normalize Medicine found that low sleep cycles. Fish such as tuna, halibut levels of this mineral make and salmon contain a good dose, as do it harder to stay asleep. chickpeas, pistachios and raw garlic. Snacking on almonds, Complex carbohydrates help raise cashews or peanuts are a the ratio of tryptophan which, in turn, natural magnesium boost assists in making more melatonin. Some for the body; spinach, soyvictuals that fit in the complex carbomilk and black beans also hydrate category are rice (especially jascontain high levels of this mine), oats and breakfast cereal, snack important mineral. foods like pretzels and whole grain Tryptophan, an amino bread or crackers. acid essential to the huSo let’s say you need a long, refreshing man diet, has long been thought of as night of sleep so you make a dinner of a sleep aid. For years turkey was hailed sea lion kidneys, spinas the leader ach, bananas and sweet in tryptophan potatoes and finish with volume but that some frozen yogurt. The Tryptophan is important simply isn’t true. National Sleep FoundaThe food (and because it helps the body tion recommends finI use that term manufacture serotonin— ishing your meal two or loosely here) three hours before you which balances mood—and with the highin so your body est amount is that all important sleep-trig- turn has plenty of time to sea lion kidney, gering hormone melatonin. digest all that goodness. which has 2,850 However, experts advise mg, compared to not go to bed hungry with turkey, in order to avoid being which has a paltry 300 mg. Tryptophan awakened by low blood sugar; have a is important because it helps the body small snack of protein and a complex manufacture serotonin—which balcarb such as cheese and crackers or ances mood—and that all important yogurt and granola or cereal and milk. sleep-triggering hormone melatonin. Include in your menu choices foods that Other types of poultry, fish, eggs, dairy are high in: melatonin, potassium, magproducts and spinach all contain trypto-

Turkey may be delicious, but it’s not as loaded with tryptophan as some people think—if you really want that sleep-inducing amino acid, try sea lion kidney.

nesium, tryptophan, calcium and Vitamin B6. While “what to eat and when” provides guidelines for hitting the hay, there are plenty of rules about what not to do to avoid insomnia. One of the most common pieces of advice is to avoid alcohol. Drinking can help you fall asleep but will cause more disruptive slumber in the second half of the night. It also has been shown to reduce REM sleep, which is when people dream and is thought to be very restorative. Experts recommend avoiding spicy, fatty foods that are harder to digest and more likely to cause sleeprobbing acid reflux. Caffeine is another substance to stay away from if siesta time has been nada so be sure to consume all coffee, tea, soda or chocolate no later than 3 or 4pm. I’ve included a recipe for a comforting, fortifying snack to have before bed. It’s an oatmeal concoction with bananas and toasted almonds that will fill your belly just enough to get you snoozing through the night. Here’s to the sandman returning for good.

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Combine the oatmeal with water and the rest of the ingredients, except the almonds. Stir to combine then cook per the package instructions. Pour into a bowl and top with almonds and a splash of milk if you like. Y Email Brooke at brooke.d.jackson@gmail.com.


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The late, late shows Just what insomniacs need—movies about people who won’t sleep ... by David Te mp l e ton

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or a movie fan, nothing is juicier than lying in bed at night, afraid to fall asleep because you just watched a movie about people who were afraid to fall asleep. For me, my first encounter with this phenomenon was the original Invasion of the Body Snatchers, directed by Don Siegel. Appropriately enough, this 1956 classic about alien seedpods replicating human beings in their sleep was almost titled Sleep No More by the studio, since the film’s protagonists, Miles and Becky—played with indelible black-and-white earnestness by Kevin McCarthy and Dana Wynter—spend much of the film trying to stay awake. Spoiler alert—Becky doesn’t make it. On the run and terrified, she finally snoozes in Miles’s arms, and is instantly replaced by an alien duplicate. This leads to one of the film’s best bits of narration: “I’ve been afraid a lot of times in my life, but I didn’t know the real meaning of fear until ... until I kissed Becky.” Fear, as it turns out, is a major theme in the very best sleep-themed movies. In Dustin Hoffman’s 1976 thriller Marathon Man—directed with manic intensity by John Schlesinger—a grad student named Babe (Hoffman) gets mixed up in a plot by a sadistic Nazi (Lawrence Olivier), who plans to sell diamonds stolen from the victims of Auschwitz. An avid marathon runner, Babe spends much the film (literally) one step ahead of the bad guys, too afraid to slow down, let alone to stop and sleep. Famously, after filming a scene in which Babe has not slept for three days—made more authentic since the “method” championing Hoffman had stayed up all night (partying, according to Hoffman)—Olivier jokingly suggested that he should “try acting, dear boy.” Acting wasn’t the attraction with Wes Craven’s game-changing horror movie A

Nightmare on Elm Street. In the classic 1984 B-movie, the spirit of murderous Freddy Krueger starts killing off the teenage kids of the neighborhood lynch mob who once killed him. Since he only exists in nightmares, he has to wait till his victims fall asleep. In one of the film’s most audacious scenes, a young Johnny Depp decides the best way to stay awake is to listen to some tunes on his headphones while lying on his bed. Since the stupid kids always get killed in movies like this, you know that poor pre-Pirates Johnny is going to get it—and he does. He finally falls asleep, and before he’s hit his second snore, monstrous hands reach up out of the bed and pull him inside, headphones, stereo and all. Seconds later ... well, it’s too grisly to report what happens, but it involves what sounds like an enormous Cuisinart, and that’s the end of Johnny. At least, all in one piece. In all of those films, people are trying to stay awake, but in Christopher Nolan’s 2002 suspense film Insomnia, Al Pacino just wants to go to sleep. An L.A. cop hunting a serial killer (Robin Williams) in a northern Alaskan town, Pacino can’t deal with the whole midnight sun thing, and unable to catch any quality shut-eye, his mind starts to play tricks on him. For one thing, he keeps thinking he’s in a movie where Williams is giving a really good performance (which, these days, seems to only happen in our dreams). So Pacino basically goes nuts. The queen of all sleep-themed movies, of course, is Disney’s Sleeping Beauty. Artfully crafted, the old-fashioned animation is so captivating we never bother to ask the most important question: “How does Sleeping Beauty go to the bathroom?” Y

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School of rock It’s not ‘only rock ’n’ roll’ at College of Marin ... by G re g Cahill

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id you know that Nanker Phelge was a pseudonym used by the Rolling Stones, between 1963 and 1965, to collectively attribute compositions to the band’s five members? Or that, despite the Beatles vs. Stones media trope, the songwriting team of Lennon/ McCartney inked the Stones’ first single? Or that the drummer at the Stones’ first gig was Mick Avory of the Kinks? If you’re rusty on your Stones-ology, the College of Marin’s community-education programs can help. Ritchie Unterberger—an author of several critically acclaimed books on rock history, contributor to Mojo and other music rags and former editor at the nowdefunct Option magazine, one of the best chroniclers of ’90s indie-rock—will teach a seven-week non-credit communityeducation course on the Rolling Stones, from Jan. 28 to March 11, on Tuesday nights, from 7-9pm, at the College of Marin campus in Kentfield.

Unterberger plans to use both “common and rare recordings and video clips” to trace the band’s evolution from the dawn of their career in the early 1960s through to their “creative explosion” during the 1970s. The development of the numerous styles the band pioneered and mastered will be explored in detail, Unterberger notes, from the relatively basic American blues interpretations of their first recordings (including two classic LPs recorded at Chess Studios in All hands are on the Rolling Stones next month at College of Marin. Chicago) through the bluesrock, hard rock, glam rock, and other styles the Stones delved into bloods’ hit “Get Together” to pay off the in the 1960s and 1970s. cost of a drug bust? Or that the irreverWant more? ent folk-rock group the Fugs were the Did you know that Dino Valenti first act to record a long multipart song reportedly sold the rights to the Youngon a rock album? Or that the little-

known Giorgio Gomelsky was one of the leading nonmusical figures in 1960s and ’70s rock? You’d know these things, and more, if you’d read Unterberger’s 2000 book Urban Spacemen and Wayfaring Strangers: Overlooked Innovators and Eccentirc Visionaries of '60s Rock (Miller Freeman). Indeed, that ode to oddities may be required reading for Unterberger’s second rock-history course at COM. From Jan. 30 to May 15, Unterberger will teach a two-part, 14-week noncredit community-education course on the first 25 years of rock on the Kentfield campus. Classes will be held Thursday nights from 7-9pm. That course will cover the evolution of rock music from 1955 to 1980, from its roots in rhythm & blues and country and moving through the explosion of soul music, the British Invasion, folk-rock, and psychedelia of the 1960s, as well as the progressive rock, hard rock, funk, punk, and new wave of the 1970s. Unterberger plans to chart “the rapid development of rock’s key styles throughout its first quarter century” and adds that the music “will be brought to life and explored in depth.” The course also will detail how rock’s phenomenal growth was sparked by economic and cultural changes in American and British society, and how rock, in turn, changed society. Registration for both courses is available through the College of Marin website. Y Get no satisfaction from Greg at gcahill51@yahoo.com.

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‘Journey’ to the dark side Nothing quiet on the western front in RVP’s latest ... by Charl e s Br ou sse

struggle being waged. For the audience seated only a few feet away, it’s about as close to being there in person as you would care to be. As exemplary as this is— and even with the addition of Michael A. Berg’s spot-on period uniforms—the success of Journey’s End ultimately depends on having exactly the right director and cast. In both regards, RVP does not disappoint. James Dunn once again demonstrates that Captain Hardy and Lieutenant Osborne wait out the Huns in R.C. Sherriff’s he can be as effective directing anti-war classic. drama on the small stage as he has been with musicals in the vast amphithes the saying goes, “War is hell.” It ater on Mt. Tam, particularly if the play has a destroys, it maims, it kills—and in military or similar masculine theme. And he insidious ways it poisons the spirit of nearly everyone involved, no matter how just knows what to look for in actors to fill these roles. their cause may have originally seemed. In a uniformly excellent all-male cast, The truth of this description is powerfully David Yen stands out as Captain Stanhope, rendered by the Ross Valley Players’ curthe unit commander, who has rent production of British NOW PLaYING turned to alcohol to relieve dramatist R.C. Sherriff’s the stress of accumulated Journey’s End, a mostly Journey’s end runs through battle fatigue. While careful realistic account (the author Sunday, Feb. 16, at the Barn to maintain the appearance was himself a veteran of the Theatre, Marin Art & Garden fighting) of a typical episode Center, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., of stiff-upper-lip British selfRoss. Info: 415/456-9555, or discipline, every so often the in the trench warfare that rossvalleyplayers.com. surface cracks, permitting us took place on World War I’s a glimpse into the troubled Western Front. Stalemated spirit that lies beneath. In after the Germans’ drive to those moments, he leans on his second in take Paris was halted, for three long years command Lt. Osborne, a former schoolmasBritish and French troops faced the invaders ter (played with dignity and warmth by Tom along a jagged line of trenches, separated by Hudgens), whose death in a useless suicide barbed-wire-laced no man’s land that was mission is a crippling blow. Steve Price is often no wider than a football field. Frustrated with the lack of progress and appalling an imposing presence as the Colonel, who conditions, both sides periodically attempted unquestioningly relays the often disastrous orders from distant generals even though he to break through, but were repulsed with knows they are ignorant of local conditions. huge losses in dead and wounded. In the midst of the mounting tension Sean While RVP’s low proscenium Barn Gunnell supplies welcome humor as Private Theatre stage has always been a challenge, Mason, who runs the officers’ mess with this time around its unfriendly dimensions surprising ingenuity. actually offered scenic designer Ron KremThese are just a few of the highlights of petz an unusual opportunity to re-create RVP’s exceptionally well produced producthe claustrophobic atmosphere of life in the tion of an ensemble-driven play that is crowded underground officers’ bunker of a distinctly Chekhovian in tone. While the British infantry company. Crude timbered latter’s characters fantasize about exchanging walls, spare furnishings, dirt floor and ceiltheir useless existence on crumbling country ing speak of the hardships these men have estates for happy, productive lives in Moscow, endured living, some for years at a time, like Sherriff’s reluctant warriors dream of returnhuman moles. Up the stairs of a single exit ing to the idyllic England of their youth after passage, the flashes, booms and rata-tat-tat “the war to end all wars” finally puts a stop to of small arms fire supplied by light designer such nonsense. Any bets? Y Ellen Brooks and sound designer Steven Dietz are a constant reminder of the deadly Charles can be reached at cbrousse@att.net

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k New Movies This Week kThe Act of Killing (Not Rated)

American Hustle (R)

F R I D AY jan u ary 2 4 — T H U R S D AY jan u ary 3 0 M ovie summaries by M at t hew St af fo r d The Act of Killing (2:02) Chilling documentary in which members of Indonesia’s 1960s death squads proudly reenact their murders in the style of old Hollywood movies. l American Hustle (2:18) Docudramatic look at the Abscam scandal of the seventies stars Amy Adams and Christian Bale as grifters blackmailed by the FBI into taking down a New Jersey politico; Louis C.K. and Robert De Niro costar. l Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2:00) Ron Burgundy is back and as fatuous as ever as he heads to New York and stardom on the country’s first 24-hour news channel; Will Ferrell stars, of course. l August: Osage County (1:59) Dysfunctional family shenanigans as acid-tongued, newly widowed cancer patient Meryl Streep takes on daughter Julia Roberts and sundry other wellmeaning types. 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 Devil’s Due (1:29) Rosemary’s Baby redux as a newlywed finds herself impregnated by an evil force (not her husband) on her wedding night. l Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1:38) John Hughes’ ode to slacker disobedience stars Matthew Broderick as a high school senior who cuts class, swipes a Ferrari and turns Chicago into his personal playground. 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 from her frosty powers. l Gimme Shelter (1:40) Streetwise pregnant teen Vanessa Hudgens escapes her parents’ clutches and finds a Father figure in the Rev. James Earl Jones. l The Girls in the Band (1:27) Ear-filling documentary about the rich yet neglected history of female jazz instrumentalists features insights from Marian McPartland, Toshiko Akiyoshi and other giants. 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 Her (1:59) Lonesome social-network nerd Joaquin Phoenix falls truly, madly, deeply for his new computer operating system; Spike Jonze directs Amy Adams, Rooney Mara and Scarlett Johansson as Samantha the robot. 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 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 I, Frankenstein (1:32) Everyone’s favorite monster—still lurking after all these years—becomes the pawn in a power struggle between modernday demons and gargoyles. l

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Inside Llewyn Davis (1:44) Joel and Ethan Coen’s dark dramedy about a Dylan-era Greenwich Village folksinger hustling his way up the show biz ladder; Carey Mulligan, John Goodman and Oscar Isaac star. l The Invisible Woman (1:51) Ralph Fiennes directs and stars in the story of Charles Dickens’ lifelong muse and mistress, Nelly Wharton Robinson (Felicity Jones). l Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (1:47) Prequel to Tom Clancy’s CIA thrillers stars Chris Pine as Ryan in his pre-spook days; Kenneth Branagh directs! l The Legend of Hercules (1:38) The son of Zeus endures slavery, bloodshed and gladiator school as he muscles his way to glory. l Lone Survivor (2:01) Four Navy SEALs head to Afghanistan to take out Taliban leader Ahmad Shah and find themselves outmanned and outgunned; Mark Wahlberg stars. l Nebraska (1:54) Alexander Payne dramedy follows a cantankerous old coot and his estranged son on a Midwestern road trip to claim a milliondollar grand prize; Bruce Dern and Will Forte star. l The Nut Job (1:26) Cartoon caper comedy about two rascally rodents and their plan to heist a nut store; Liam Neeson and Brendan Fraser vocalize. l The Past (2:10) Acclaimed Iranian drama about the looming divorce between a French woman and her estranged Iranian husband. l Philomena (1:37) Stephen Frears docudrama about an unwed mother’s attempts to track down her long-lost son; Judi Dench stars. l Ride Along Action comedy follows two cops on an unexpectedly wild night cruising the mean streets of Atlanta; Ice Cube stars. l Royal Ballet: Giselle (2:30) London’s Royal Ballet presents Adolphe Adam’s timeless terpsichorean tale of love and betrayal. l Saving Mr. Banks (2:05) Behind-the-scenes look at Mary Poppins’ long and tumultuous journey from page to screen; Tom Hanks stars as Walt Disney, Emma Thompson as curmudgeonly adversary P.L. Travers. l The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (1:54) James Thurber’s timeless tale of a nebbish everyman with a penchant for chronic daydreaming stars Ben Stiller, Kristen Wiig, Shirley MacLaine and Sean Penn. l Sing-Along Wizard of Oz (1:41) Make beautiful music as Judy and the gang ease on down the road to Harold Arlen and Yip Harburg’s fabulous score. 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 pre-Civil 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. l The Wolf of Wall Street (2:45) Leo DiCaprio stars as Jordan Belfort, the securities-fraud king of the 1990s; Martin Scorsese directs Matthew McConaughey, Spike Jonze, Rob Reiner and Fran Lebowitz. l

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (PG-13)

Rafael: Wed 6:30 (director Joshua Oppenheimer in person) Cinema: Fri-Wed 12:30, 3:40, 7, 10:05 Fairfax: Fri-Sat 12:20, 3:25, 6:40, 9:55 Sun-Thu 12:20, 3:25, 6:40 Marin: Fri-Sat 12:45, 3:55, 7, 10:05 Sun 12:45, 3:55, 7 Mon-Thu 3:55, 7 Northgate: 12:45, 3:50, 7:15, 10:25 Playhouse: Fri 3:45, 6:45, 9:30 Sat 12:45, 3:45, 6:45, 9:30 Sun 12:45, 3:45, 6:45 Mon-Thu 3:45, 6:45 Northgate: 11:05, 1:55, 5, 8

August: Osage County (R)

Fairfax: 12:30, 3:40, 6:45, 9:35 Sun-Thu 12:30, 3:40, 6:45 Marin: Fri-Sat 1:15, 4:30, 7:30, 10:15 Sun 1:15, 4:30, 7:30 Mon-Thu 4:30, 7:30 Regency: Fri-Sat 11, 1:50, 4:40, 7:30, 10:20 Sun-Thu 11, 1:50, 4:40, 7:30 Rowland: Fri-Wed 11:10, 1:55, 4:45, 7:35, 10:25 The Dallas Buyer’s Club (R) Northgate: 10:45, 1:35, 4:35, 7:20, 10:10 Devil’s Due (R) Northgate: 12:30, 2:55, 5:25, 7:50, 10:25 Rowland: Fri-Wed 12:40, 3, 5:20, 7:40, 10:05 kFerris Bueller’s Day Off (PG-13) Regency: Sun 2 Wed 2, 7 Frozen (PG) Lark: Fri, Sun 5:30 Sat 2:45 Northgate: 2:15, 7:30; 3D showtimes at 11:25, 4:45, 10:10 Playhouse: Fri, Mon-Thu 4:15 Sat-Sun 1:40, 4:15 Rowland: FriWed 11:15, 1:50, 4:35, 7:10, 9:50 kGimme Shelter (PG-13) Regency: Fri-Sat 11:40, 2:15, 4:45, 7:20, 9:55 Sun-Thu 11:40, 2:15, 4:45, 7:20 The Girls in the Band (Not Rated) Rafael: Fri-Sun 4:15, 8:15 Mon, Tue, Thu 8:15 Gravity (PG-13) Northgate: 11:40, 2:20, 4:40, 7:10, 9:35 The Great Beauty (Not Rated) Rafael: Fri 4:30, 7:30 Sat-Sun 1:30, 4:30, 7:30 Mon-Thu 7:30 Her (R) Fairfax Fri-Sat 12, 3:30, 7, 9:45 Sun-Thu 12, 3:30, 7 Regency: Fri-Sat 1, 4, 7, 10 Sun-Thu 1, 4, 7 The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Northgate: 6:50; 3D showtimes at 3:20, 10:15 (PG-13) The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (PG-13)

Northgate: 12, 3:25, 6:55

kI, Frankenstein (PG-13)

Northgate: 12:15; 3D showtimes at 2:40, 5:15, 7:40, 10:30 Rowland: FriWed 2:30; 3D showtimes at 11:55, 5, 7:30, 10 Regency: Fri-Sat 11:30, 2:10, 4:50, 7:35, 10:10 Sun 11:20, 4:30, 7:35 Mon 11:30, 2:10 Tue, Thu 11:30, 2:10, 4:50, 7:35 Wed 11:20 Marin: Fri-Sat 1, 4:15, 7:15, 9:45 Sun 1, 4:15, 7:15 Mon-Thu 4:15, 7:15 Fairfax Fri-Sat 1:10, 4, 6:50, 9:50 Sun-Thu 1:10, 4, 6:50 Northgate: 11:55, 2:35, 5:20, 7:55, 10:30 Rowland: Fri-Wed 11:05, 1:40, 4:20, 7, 9:40 Northgate: 10:15pm Larkspur Landing: 7:10, 10:05 Regency: Fri-Sat 1:15, 4:15, 7:10, 10:05 SunThu 1:15, 4:15, 7:10 Rowland: Fri-Wed 11, 1:45, 4:30, 7:20, 10:10 Sequoia: Fri 4:15, 7:15, 10:05 Sat 1:15, 4:15, 7:15, 10:05 Sun 1:15, 4:15, 7:15 Mon-Thu 4:15, 7:15 Lark: Fri, Sun 8:15 Sat 5:30, 8:15 Mon-Thu 4:45, 7:30 Northgate: 10:40, 1:20, 4:10, 7, 9:50 Fairfax Fri-Sat 12:20, 2:40, 4:55, 7, 9:10 Sun-Thu 12:20, 2:40, 4:55, 7 Northgate: 2:45, 5:05, 7:25; 3D showtimes at 12:20, 9:40 Rowland: Fri-Wed 11, 3:25, 5:40; 3D showtimes at 1:10, 7:55, 10:15 Rafael: Fri 3:45, 6:30, 9:10 Sat-Sun 1, 3:45, 6:30, 9:10 Mon-Thu 6:30, 9:10 Northgate: 12:05, 2:30, 4:55, 7:35, 9:55 Playhouse: Fri 4:30, 7, 9:20 Sat 12:30, 4:30, 7, 9:20 Sun 12:30, 4:30, 7 Mon-Thu 4:30, 7 Northgate: 11:50, 2:25, 5:10, 7:45, 10:20 Rowland: Fri-Wed 12:15, 2:45, 5:15, 7:50, 10:20 Regency: Mon 7 Larkspur Landing: Fri, Mon-Thu 7, 9:50 Sat-Sun 1:15, 4:10, 7, 9:50 Northgate: 11:45am Larkspur Landing: Fri, Mon-Thu 7:20, 10 Sat-Sun 11, 1:40, 4:30, 7:20, 10 Lark: Sun 12, 3 Northgate: 12:40, 3:55, 7:05, 10:05 Playhouse: Fri-Sat 6:45, 9:30 Sun-Thu 6:45 Rafael: Fri, Mon, Tue, Thu 6:15 Sat-Sun 2:15 (filmmaker in person), 6:15 Fairfax: 12:10, 3:55, 7:35 Larkspur Landing: Fri, Mon-Thu 8 Sat-Sun 12, 4,

Inside Llewyn Davis (R) The Invisible Woman (R) Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (PG-13) The Legend of Hercules (PG-13) Lone Survivor (R)

Nebraska (R) The Nut Job (PG)

The Past (Not Rated) Philomena (PG-13) Ride Along (PG-13) kRoyal Ballet: Giselle (PG)

Saving Mr. Banks (PG-13) The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (PG) kSing-Along Wizard of Oz (G)

12 Years a Slave (R) Walking the Camino (Not Rated) The Wolf of Wall Street (R)

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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Live music 01/24: Buck Nickels and Loose Change New country. 8pm. $10-12. Rancho Nicasio, 1 Old Rancheria Road, Nicasio. 662-2219. ranchonicasio.com. 01/24: Cisum Rock. 9pm. $5. George’s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 578-2707. georgesnightclub.com. 01/24: Juke Joint Classic soul and R&B. 9pm. $10. Sausalito Seahorse Supper Club, 305 Harbor Dr., Sausalito. 331-2899. sausalitoseahorse.com. 01/24: New Monsoon With Bo Carper, acoustic guitar and banjo; Jeff Miller, electric guitar; Phil Ferlino, keys. 9pm. $15-20. 19 Broadway Night Club, 17 Broadway, Fairfax. 19broadway.com. 01/24: Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers The Rainbow Girls open. 8pm. $30. Terrapin Crossroads, 100 Yacht Club Dr., San Rafael. 524-2773. terrapincrossroads.net. 01/24: Nicolas Bearde Jazz vocalist. 8pm. $15. Fenix, 919 Fourth St., San Rafael . 813.5600. fenixlive.com. 01/24: The Optomystics Hip-hop/reggae 9:30pm. No cover. The Sleeping Lady, 23 Broadway Blvd, Fairfax. 485-1182. sleepingladyfairfax.com/. 01/24: Pop Rocks Pop, jam, dance. 9pm. $12-15. HopMonk Novato, 224 Vintage Way, Novato. 892-6200. hopmonk.com/novato.

01/24: Rusty Evans and the Ring of Fire: Tribute to the Music of Johnny Cash 8pm-

1am. $8. San Rafael Elks Lodge, 1312 Mission Ave., San Rafael. 721-7661. 01/24: Slim Jenkins Swing and jazz. 9:30pm. $8. Peri’s Silver Dollar, 29, Fairfax. 464-7420. perisbar.com. 01/24: Swoop Unit 9pm-1am. Smileys Saloon, 41 Wharf Road, Bolinas. 868-1311. smileyssaloon.com 01/24: Tim Flannery Americana. 9pm. $22-24. Sweetwater, 19 Corte Madera, Mill Valley. 388-3850. swmh.com. 01/24: Tom Rigney and Flambeau 8pm. $20-35. Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 383-9600. 142throckmortontheatre.org. 01/24: The 7th Sons Rock Rock and blues 60s70s. 7:30pm. No cover. Taste of Rome, 1000 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 847-2670. The7thSons.com. 01/25: Audrey Moira Shimkas American and Brazilian jazz standards vocalist. 6:30pm. No cover. The Trident Restaurant, 558 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 847-8331. AudreyShimkas.com. 01/25: Beso Negro Indie, gypsy alt. rock. 9pm. $15. HopMonk Novato, 224 Vintage Way, Novato. 892-6200. hopmonk.com/novato.

01/25: Fenton Coolfoot and the Right Time Hiphop/Reggae. 9:30pm. The Sleeping Lady, 23 Broadway Blvd, Fairfax. 464-7420. sleepingladyfairfax.com.

01/25: Just Friends 9pm-1am. Smileys Saloon, 41 Wharf Road, Bolinas. 868-1311. smileyssaloon.com 01/25: Los Pinguos Latin rhythms. 8pm. $20-35.Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 383-9600. 142throckmortontheatre.org. 01/25: Lady D Jazz and soul classics accompanied by Alex Markels, guitar, Jack Prendergast, bass. 6:30pm. No cover. Rickey’s Restaurant, 250 Entrada, Novato. 497-2462. ladydandthetramps.com. 01/25: Lone Star Retrobates Roadhouse Western swing. 8pm. $12. Rancho Nicasio, 1 Old Rancheria Road, Nicasio. 662-2219. ranchonicasio.com. 01/25: Rolando Morales and Carlos Reyes

Cuban grooves, rock, funk. 9pm. $10. Sausalito Seahorse Supper Club, 305 Harbor Dr., Sausalito. 331-2899. sausalitoseahorse.com. 01/25: Ronkat and Katdelic 9pm. $15-20. 19 Broadway Night Club, 17 Broadway, Fairfax. 19broadway.com. 01/25: Rusty Evans’ Ring of Fire Johnny Cash tribute, rockabilly, rock. 9:30pm. $8. Peri’s Silver Dollar, 29 Broadway Blvd, Fairfax. 464-7420. perisbar.com.

01/25: The Unauthorized Rolling Stones

Rolling Stones tribute band. 8pm. $20. Fenix, 919 Fourth St. , San Rafael. 813-5600. fenixlive.com. 01/26: 17 Strings Jazz. Alex Markels and James Moseley, guitars; Jack Prendergast, bass. 5:30pm. No cover. Rickey’s Restaurant, 250 Entrada Dr, Novato. 497-2462. 13stringsjazz.com. 01/26: Amanda Addleman Jazz piano and vocals. 6pm. No cover. Panama Hotel and Restaurant, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 457-3993. panamahotel.com.

01/26: Danny Montana, Steve Abramson and Friends 5-11pm. No cover. 19 Broadway

Night Club, 17 Broadway, Fairfax. 19broadway.com. 01/26: Midnight North 8pm. Terrapin Crossroads, 100 Yacht Club Dr., San Rafael. 524-2773. terrapincrossroads.net. 01/26: Namely Us Jazz. 7:30pm. No cover. The Sleeping Lady, 23 Broadway Blvd, Fairfax. 485-1182. sleepingladyfairfax.com. 01/26: Peter Walsh and Friends 4pm. $15. Sweetwater, 19 Corte Madera, Mill Valley. 388.3850. swmh.com. 01/26: Todos Santos with Wendy Fitz 4pm. No cover. Rancho Nicasio, 1 Old Rancheria Road, Nicasio. 662-2219. ranchonicasio.com.

01/27: Open Mic with Austin DeLone

7:30pm. All ages. No cover. Sweetwater Music Hall, 19 Corte Madera, Mill Valley. 388-3850. swmh.com. 01/27: Open Mic with Derek Smith 8:30pm. Free. 19 Broadway Night Club, 17 Broadway, Fairfax. 250-9756. 19broadway.com.

The dark side of the moon ... Sebastián Cordero’s eerie and suspenseful EUROPA REPORT takes science fiction where it should have gone the moment scientists pegged this moon of Jupiter as a contender for off-world life in our solar system. Told in the recovered-footage style of The Blair Witch Project and While you’re busy worrying about a drought, the crew of Europa One is Paranormal Activities, with worried about shifting ice sheets and aliens. kaleidoscopic split-frames and flashbacks that lend a strong dose of realism to things, Report puts us with an international crew of six on its half-billion-mile mission to Europa’s icy surface. Do those fabled oceans exist beneath and, if so, are wee beasties swimming in them? The massive and privately funded Europa One is equipped for any possibility. At best, a hostile and unforgiving world awaits—savage winds and temperatures, gales of radiation from the planet above and ice sheets that might shift beneath their feet. And then there’s the human factor: Twenty months in, it’s hard to tell if the lights you see out your window are real or only cabin fever. Michael “Dragon Tattoo” Nykvist costars. This low-budget indie was brought off with the enthusiastic participation of JPL, using glorious rust-and-white images of the Jovian moon rolling beneath the ship’s orbit; and it amazes me that the filmic equivalent of garage bands are overturning a genre that only a decade ago had a hundred million dollar buy-in.—Richard Gould 01/27: Open Mic with Simon Costa 8:30pm. Free. The Sleeping Lady, 23 Broadway Blvd, Fairfax. 485-1182. sleepingladyfairfax.com. 01/27: Peri’s Open Mic with Billy D Electric open mic. 9pm. No cover. Peri’s Silver Dollar, 29 Broadway Blvd, Fairfax. 464-7420. perisbar.com.

01/28: Best of L.A. Indie with The Janks, King Washington, The Lucky Lonely 8pm. $5.

Sweetwater, 19 Corte Madera, Mill Valley. 388-3850. swmh.com.

01/28: Jazz at George’s with The Phillip Percy Pack Jazz and R&B. 6pm. No cover.

George’s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 244-2665. Georgesnightclub.com. 01/28: John Hoy Jazz. 7pm. No cover. Panama Hotel and Restaurant, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 457-3993. panamahotel.com. 01/28: Judy Hall, Darin Schaff Jazz. 7 and 9pm. No cover. The Sleeping Lady, 23 Broadway Blvd, Fairfax. 485-1182. sleepingladyfairfax.com.

01/28: Piano Bluesday wth Fredrick Nighthawk Boogie woogie piano. 8pm. No cover.

19 Broadway Night Club, 17 Broadway, Fairfax. 19broadway.com. 01/28: American Jubilee 8:30pm. Terrapin Crossroads, 100 Yacht Club Dr., San Rafael. 524-2773. terrapincrossroads.net. 01/29: (W+T)J2 Folk and rock. 9pm. No cover. Peri’s Silver Dollar, 29 Broadway Blvd, Fairfax. 464-7420. perisbar.com.

01/29: Dore Coller and Bermudagrass Guitar, vocals, multi-instrumentalist, singer/songwriter. 8pm. $12. Sweetwater, 19 Corte Madera, Mill Valley. 388.3850. swmh.com. 01/29: Eldon Brown Band Jazz, blues, gospel, r&b. 7pm. No cover. Panama Hotel and Restaurant, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 457-3993. panamahotel.com. 01/29: Jon Korty and Friends 9:30pm. No cover. 19 Broadway Night Club, 17 Broadway, Fairfax. 19broadway.com. 01/29: Midnight on the Water 9:30pm-1am. Smileys Saloon, 41 Wharf Road, Bolinas. 868-1311. smileyssaloon.com

01/29: Playin’ in the Band: Live Band Karaoke with the Terrapin Family Band 8:30pm.

Terrapin Crossroads, 100 Yacht Club Dr., San Rafael. 524-2773. terrapincrossroads.net. 01/29: Steep Ravine Acoustic string band, bluegrass. 8pm. No cover. Iron Springs Pub and Brewery, 765 Center Blvd., Fairfax. 485-1005. ironspringspub.com.

01/29: Wednesday Night Local: Dore Coller and Bermudagrass with Matt Lax and Nearly Beloved Acoustic Americana. 7:30pm.

$10-12. The Sweetwater Music Hall, 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley. swmh.com. 01/29: Youth Music Showcase Young musicians, bands and songwriters. 7pm. No cover. The Sleeping Lady, 23 broadway Blvd, Fairfax. 485-1182. sleepingladyfairfax.com. January 24 - January 30, 2014 Pacific Sun 21


01/30: C-Jam with Connie Ducey Eclectic song mix with a fresh jazzy punch. 7pm. No Cover. Panama Hotel and Restaurant, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 457-3993. panamahotel.com. 01/30: Dirty Bomb Records Showcase 9pm. No cover. 19 Broadway Night Club, 17 Broadway, Fairfax. 19broadway.com.

01/31: Meet Me at the Diner with Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks Featuring songs primarily

Through 01/26: ‘Return of the Forbidden Planet’ Curtain theater and Marin Onstage pre-

about food consumption. 8pm. $25-40. Throckmorton Theatre,142 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 383-9600. 142throckmortontheatre.org.

sent. 8pm Thurs.-Sat.; 3pm Sun. $15-25. Novato Theater Company, 5420 Nave Dr., Novato. 226-9353. novatotheatercompany.org Through 02/16: ‘Journey’s End’ 7:30pm Thurs.; 8pm Fri.-Sat.; 2pm Sun. The Barn Theatre, Marin Art and Garden Center, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Ross. 456-9555. www.rossvalleyplayers.com.

01/31: Peter Rowan Band with Melody Walker and Jacob Groopman From his early

01/30: Geronimo featuring Judy Hall

years playing with bluegrass legend Bill Monroe and following his stint with Old and In the Way Grammy award-winner Rowan is a bluegrass singer/songwriter with a career spanning over five decades. Ken Owe, drums; Paul Knight, bass; Blaine Sprouse, fiddle; Peter Rowan,vocals/guitars. 9pm. $22-28. Sweetwater, 19 Corte Madera, Mill Valley. 388-3850. swmh.com. 01/31: Tom Finch Group Celebrate Chinese New Year. 8pm. No cover. Rancho Nicasio, 1 Old Rancheria Road, Nicasio. 662-2219. ranchonicasio.com. 01/31: Walking Spanish and Friends 8:30pm. Terrapin Crossroads, 100 Yacht Club Dr., San Rafael. 524-2773. terrapincrossroads.net. 01/31: Zydeco Flames Zydeco, blues rock. 9pm. $10. HopMonk Novato, 224 Vintage Way, Novato. 892-6200. hopmonk.com/novato.

Jazz. 8pm. No cover. Sausalito Seahorse Supper Club, 305 harbor Drive, Sausalito. 331-2899. sausalitoseahorse.com. 01/30: Highway Poets Americana, rock. 9pm. No cover. Peri’s Silver Dollar, 29 Broadway Blvd, Fairfax. 464-7420. perisbar.com. 01/30: Leslie Greer 9pm-midnight. Smileys Saloon, 41 Wharf Road, Bolinas. 868-1311. smileyssaloon.com 01/30: Liz Stires’ Student Showcase Local songwriters. 9pm. The Sleeping Lady, 23 Broadway Blvd, Fairfax. 485-1182. sleepingladyfairfax.com. 01/30: Mike Dowling American roots, fingerstyle guitar. 8-11pm. $25-30. Schoenberg Guitars, Main St., Tiburon. 789-0846. om28.com 01/30: Ramblin’ Jack Elliott One of the last true links to the great folk traditions of this country, with over 40 albums under his belt, Elliott is considered one of the country’s legendary foundations of folk music. 8pm. $15-30. Sweetwater, 19 Corte Madera Ave., Mill Valley. 388-3850 . swmh.com. 01/30: Tiny Television 8:30pm. Terrapin Crossroads, 100 Yacht Club Dr., San Rafael. 524-2773. terrapincrossroads.net. 01/31: Biambu’s Slow Burn Soul, jazz and rock 9:30pm. $8. Peri’s Silver Dollar, 29 Broadway Blvd, Fairfax. 464-7420. perisbar.com. 01/31: Danny Click Giovanna benefit show. Americana, blues and rock. 9:30pm. $10. The Sleeping Lady, 23 Broadway Blvd, Fairfax. 485-1182. sleepingladyfairfax.com/.

Comedy 01/28: Tuesday Night Comedy with Mark Pitta and Friends Established headliners and up and coming comics drop by and work on new material. $16-26. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 383-9600. throckmortontheatre.org. 01/29: Larry the Cable Guy Standup. 7 and 10pm. $60. Wells Fargo Center for the Arts, 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa. 707/5463600. wellsfargocenterarts.org. 01/31: Scott Capurro Standup. 9pm. $20. George’s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 578-2707. georgesnightclub.com.

01/31: Fenton Coolfoot and the Right Time

9pm-1am. Smileys Saloon, 41 Wharf Road, Bolinas. 868-1311. smileyssaloon.com

01/31: Kelly Peterson Band, Jerry Hannan with This Old Earthquake 9pm. $10.

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19 Broadway Night Club, 17 Broadway, Fairfax. 19broadway.com. 01/31: Lumanation Ska, dub and upbeat reggae, rock. 9pm. $10. Sausalito Seahorse Supper Club, 305 Harbor Dr., Sausalito. 331-2899. sausalitoseahorse.com.

Through 02/02: ‘Driving Miss Daisy’ 7:30pm Thurs.; 8pm Fri.-Sat.; 2pm Sat.-Sun. $37. Marin Theatre Company, 397 Miller Ave., Mill Valley. 388-5208.marintheatre.org.

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01/26: Emilio Colon and Sarkis Baltaian Concert Presented by the Mill Valley Chamber Music Society. With Emilio Colon, cello; Sarkis Baltaian, piano. Featuring works by Schumann, Debussy, Astor Piazzolla, Franck, de Falla/Colon. 5pm. $15-30. Mt. Tamalpais United Methodist Church, 410 Sycamore Ave., Mill Valley. 381-4453. chambermusicmillvalley.org.

01/27: Throckmorton Community Chorus Auditions 6:30pm. Free. Throckmorton Theatre,

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01/29: Noontime Concert Series: Natalie Parker, Jonah Kim and Joe Bloom Clarinet; cello; piano. Works by Brahms, Schumann. Noon. Free. Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 383-9600. 142throckmortontheatre.org.

01/30: Left Coast Chamber Ensemble

“Some Serious Fun.” Works by Mozart, Foumai, Scott Lindroth, Steve Horowitz, Kurtag, Moritz Eggert and Laura Schwendinger. 8pm. $30 General Admission - $ 15 Students. Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Avenue, Mill Valley. 383-9600. 142throckmortontheatre.org.

Dance 01/25: Ballet Folklorico Mexicano de Carlos Moreno 11am. $7-18. Bay Area Discover Museum, 557 McReynolds Road, Sausalito. 339-3900. badm.org. 01/25-26: RoCo Dance On Stage 7pm Sat.; 6pm Sun. $20. Marin Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium,10 Ave. of the Flags, San Rafael. 473-6800. rocodance.com 01/31: Celtic Nights “Celtic Nights: The Emigrants Bridge.” Some of Ireland’s most accomplished singers, dancers and musicians tell the story of Irish emigration across the Atlantic and trace the Celtic roots of N. American music such as Appalachian folk and bluegrass. 8pm. $20-40. Marin Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium,10 Ave. of the Flags, San Rafael. 473-6800. marincenter.org

Art 01/25-03/16: Bean Finneran: Spectra Sculpture/ installation. “The Further Adventures of Diamond Jim and Lily of the West.” Alan Finneran, set deisgn works, paintings. “Curves and Space.” Mardi Wood, porcelain works. Bolinas Museum, 48 Wharf Road, Bolinas. 868-0330. bolinasmuseum.org.

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01/26: Sacred Words: Finding Common Ground Interfaith Art Exhibit This exhibition

showcases over 30 artists from multiple faith traditions, each piece features sacred words in many languages as a means to transcend our differences and inspire interfaith dialogue and understanding. 4pm. Free. Osher Marin JCC, 200 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael. 444-8000. marinjcc.org/sacredwords.

01/27: Art Lecture: Between the Curb and the Front Door: Garry Winogrand and Street Photographers Presentation explores Winogrand’s work in the context of the many photographers who took to the streets to capture the American culture at mid 20th century and beyond. Featured in the presentation are images by his contemporaries including Robert Frank, Diane Arbus and Lee Friedlander. 7pm. Free. Mill Valley Public Library, 375 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 389-4292, ext. 3. millvalleylibrary.org. Through 02/28: Jeremy Morgan Mixed media paintings with photographic and collage elements. ArtWorks Downtown, 1337 Fourth St., San Rafael. 451-8119. artworksdowntown.org.

Through 03/08: Artisans: Group Exhibition Artisans is a collective group founded in Mill Valley in 1977. Hosted by Falkirk Cultural Center, this exhibition showcases works in oil, gouache, pastel, ink, charcoal, watercolor, photography, mixed media, sculpture and textiles. Free. Falkirk Cultural Center, 1408 Mission Ave., San Rafael. 847-8272. falkirkculturalcenter.org.

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

Kids Events 01/24: Spaghetti Bingo Fridays Ticket includes nine bingo cards and a three course spaghetti dinner and dessert. Prizes for winners. Children must be accompanied by an adult. 6:15pm. $8. Tamalpais Valley Community Center, 203 Marin Ave., . Tamalpais Community Services District. 388-6393. tcsd.us.

01/25: Cascade Canyon School Open House An intentionally small, independent and

progressive K-8 non-profit school will host an open house. Families are invited to visit the campus, meet with teachers. 10am-noon. Free. Cascade Canyon School, 2626 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Fairfax. 448-5125. cascadecanyon.org.

01/25: History of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Join Ranger Bill to learn about the the

diverse missions, goals and objectives of the USACE in 1775. 2pm. Free. Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-3871. spn.usace.army.mil/ missions/recreation/baymodelvisitorcenter.adspx. 01/25: The Delta: The Way it Was Prior to 1850 the Sacramento/San Joaquin Delta looked dramatically different than it does today. Imagine what it would have looked like with hundreds of meandering rivers, millions of migratory birds, tributaries clogged with salmon, riparian forests and large herds of tule elk. Find out more from Ranger Linda. 1:30pm. Free. Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-3871. spn.usace.army.mil/ missions/recreation/baymodelvisitorcenter.aspx. 01/25: Trekking the Model Join a ranger guided tour of the Bay Model, a 1.5 acre hydraulic model of San Francisco Bay and Delta. Discover the stories of the two major operations that took place at this location between 1942-2000. 11am. Free. Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-3871. spn.usace.army.mil/missions/recreation/ baymodelvisitorcenter.aspx. 01/25: Waterbird Festival Includes naturalist led bird walks and beach explorations, bird scope stations to gain a closer look at the waterbirds visiting our Bay and interactive educational activities. 10:30am-5pm. Free. 388-2524. richardsonbay. audubon.org/events/birds-herring-festival.


01/26: Magician Jay Alexander 2 and 5pm. $20. Showcase Theater, 10 Ave. of the Flags, San Rafael. 473-6800. marincenter.org

01/27: Bandworks School of Rock Concert Kids rock bands. 6pm. $5. HopMonk

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Film 01/27: Potluck Dinner and Film Documentary Followed by Lecture Dicussion Marin Peace and Justice Coalition will host a potluck dinner. Dinner at 6:30pm followed by the screening of a portion of “Jekyll Island: The Truth Behind the Federal Reserve.” According to the documentary’s director, Bill Still, former journalist and publisher, economic instability always favors the banks and financial speculators. With guest speaker Laura Wells. 6:30pm. Free. First United Methodist Church, 9 Ross Valley Dr. at Fourth St., San Rafael. 250-6539. mpjc.org.

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Marla Fibish and Bruce Victor are Noctambule. They take their name from one of the songs on their acclaimed CD “Travel in the Shadows,” their setting of a Robert Service poem about a nocturnal ramble through the streets and less savory back alleys of Paris. 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. bookpasage.com. 01/25: Adrienne Amundsen “Reclaiming the Apple: Poems from Afghanistan.” 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 01/25: Terry Shames “The Last Death of Jack Harbin.” 1pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. bookpassage.com. 01/26: Alan C. Fox “People Tools: 54 Strategies for Building Relationships, Creating Joy, and Embracing Prosperity.” 1pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. bookpassage.com.

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01/31: California King Tides Initiative: Photographing the Rising Tide How will sea level rise impact Heart’s Desire beach? Find out by observing the year’s highest tides called. Photos taken during king tide events document impacts to private property, public infrastructure and wildlife habitat. Bring your camera. 11am. Free. Tomales Bay State Park, 1208 Pierce Point Road, Inverness. 898-4362 ext. 204. californiakingtides.org.

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01/29: Diane Johnson “Flyover Lives” A memoir. 7pm. Free. Book Passage Bookstore, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera. 927-0960 ext 238. 01/31: Sue Monk Kidd “The Invention of Wings.” Inspired by the historical figure of Sarah Grimke, Kidd’s latest novel looks at a devastating wound in American history. 7pm. $30. $50, includes signed book. Book Passage Bookstore, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera. 927-0960 ext 238. bookpassage.com.

Community Events (Misc.) 01/24-26: Gem Faire Take advantage of the prices for quality jewelry. Over 70 importers, exporters and manufacturers will be on hand to exhibit and sell a glittering selection of gems, jewelry, beads, crystals, minerals, findings and more. Finished and unfinished jewelry, rare gemstones and jewelrymaking tools will also be available. Noon-6pm Jan.24; 10am-6pm Jan.25; 10am-5pm Jan.26. Free admission. Exhibit Hall, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. marincenter.org or gemfaire.com 01/24: Gurmukh: Workshop with Queen of Kundalini Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa and Gurushabd

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01/24: Seventh Annual Avanti Awards Dinner and Artist Showcase Dinner and performances/presentations by newly selected members of the Avanti Award. 5:30pm. $130. Mill Valley Community Center, 180 Camino Alto, Mill Valley. 419-5338. avantiaward.com. 01/25: 2nd Annual Crab Feed All you can eat crab, pasta, green salad, beer and dessert. Reservations required. Limited seating. 6:30pm. $40-45. Tamalpais Valley Community Center, 203 Marin Ave., Mill Valley. 388-6393. tcsd.us.

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01/27: Laura Wells Speaks on the Economy Potluck dinner, followed by screening of a portion of the documentary “Jekyll Island: The Truth Behind the Federal Reserve.” 6:30pm. Free. First United Methodist Church, 9 Ross Valley Dr., San Rafael. 287-4271. mpjc.org.

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ARIES (March 21 - April 19) Surprise! The stars have big plans for you on Jan. 28; if you get an invite to a party—go! Uranus, the planet of unexpected happenings, is settled in Aries and ready to keep you on your toes. Expect the unexpected in the love department—perhaps your partner finally caved and bought you tickets to go see Britney in Vegas. TAURUS (April 20 - May 20) Taurus, are your ears burning? VIPs have been throwing your name around left and right! Whether you’re looking for recognition or not, Jan. 29 it’s coming your way. And with Venus retrograde in compatible Capricorn, make sure to screen any unfamiliar phone numbers—it’s your ex. If your interest is piqued, now is the time for a reconciliation. GEMINI (May 21 - June 20) Take a trip! The new moon on Jan. 30 wants you to get out of town. Your eager for something new and a faraway place with unfamiliar sights will settle your craving. You’re also hankering for new academic stimulation. Sign up for a class or seminar in a subject of great interest after the full moon for a rewarding surprise. CANCER (June 21 - July 22) Your bank account’s got back! It’s looking fuller then ever thanks to the sun ruling your second house of earned income. A bonus, commission or tax refund is headed your way on Jan. 27. Keep up the good work and don’t be hasty to spend right away—Venus is retrograde, so buy your favorite shoes and get your highlights after it goes direct on Jan 31. LEO (July 23 - Aug. 22) Feeling flirty, Leo? With the sun in Aquarius and in your house of one-on-one partnerships you’re feeling free and innovative. You could go for some change, if you’re coupled up—are you moving in the right direction? Sign up for a tango class to add some zest to your relationship—otherwise, if single, this is the week to court and grab attention. VIRGO (Aug. 23 - Sept. 22) Tell your friends to tweet you if they want to get ahold of you. As of Jan. 25 you find yourself not completely out of the office per say, but out in the digital world. A work project manifests in the social media realm and will have you working endlessly until you’re satisfied. So don’t feel guilty if you see more of your friends on their Instagram than in real life. LIBRA (Sept. 23 - Oct. 22) Libra, you’re not going to die alone! In fact, the new moon in Aquarius on Jan. 30 will make sure of that. Cupid’s got his eye and bow on you, so sign up for Groupons and attend meet-ups—a likeminded soul is waiting for you to reach out. If you haven’t bought a planner for the new year, now’s the time—your social schedule will fill up fast! SCORPIO (Oct. 23 - Nov. 21) A new job offer will knock on your door Jan. 29. Your house of awards and achievement is ready for some wellearned recognition. You’ve been working hard with little praise. An interview scheduled near the new moon on Jan. 30 will go well with the right intentions set in place. Go buy a new pair of slacks on Jan. 25. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22 - Dec. 21) Travel and romance go hand-inhand, and the new moon guarantees both for you this week. Plan a trip— near or far, it’s much needed. Whether coupled or crushing, bring a flame along to ensure your time is well-spent. It’s time to delve deeper and let your guard down. Reveal your biggest secret on Jan. 26, your partnership is sure to profit. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22 - Jan. 19) You’re getting a raise! Money is coming easy to you this month Capricorn, just the way you like it! Once a year you get a new moon in your income sector and now is your time. If you can make an appearance on a game show, Jan. 28 is the day to do so. You’ll fare so well, you will be asking your friends, “Who wants to be a millionaire?” AQUARIUS (Jan. 20 - Feb. 18) It’s the Age of Aquarius ... sorry, but it is. With the sun in your sign, your birthday wishes will come true sooner than you would have expected. If you have a particular goal for this year, make sure you take the first step on Jan. 27 and set your intention. It doesn’t matter if your stride is large or small, as long as it’s in the right direction. PISCES (Feb. 19 - March 20) Pisces, you’re approved for a better mortgage rate! Well, something along those lines, expect to pocket some extra cash. Dive into a new creative project on Jan. 28—your creative twelfth house is on your side. Now’s the time to make that avant-garde exhibit out of toilets or write that screenplay about pirate cats. Y


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FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 133703 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business WILDLIFE DETECTIVES, 1368 LINCOLN AVE #208, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: DAVID MARTINS, 2500 DEER VALLEY RD. #1232, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903. This business is being conducted by AN INDIVIDUAL. Registrant will begin transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on February 2, 2014. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on December 19, 2013. (Publication Dates: January 3, 10, 17, 24, 2014) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 133725 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business. KOJIMA COMPANY, 1005 A STREET SUITE #202, SAN RAFEL, CA 94901; SARAH CANIZZARO, 1005 A STREET SUITE #202, SAN RAFEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by AN INDIVIDUAL. Registrant has not yet begun transacting under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on December 24, 2013. (Publication Dates: January 3, 10, 17, 24, 2014) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2013133742 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business. HELPING SURVIVORS MANAGE, 416 SHERWOOD DRIVE #103, SAUSALITO, CA 94965; KATHLEEN REED, 416 SHERWOOD DRIVE #103, SAUSALITO, CA 94965. This business is being conducted by AN INDIVIDUAL. Registrant has been transacting under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein since December 10, 2013. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on December 27, 2013. (Publication Dates: January 3, 10, 17, 24, 2014) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 133734 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business. SIGNATURE APPLIANCE, 64 DURAN DR., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903; MARCO PALOMBI, 64 DURAN DR., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903. This business is being conducted by AN INDIVIDUAL. Registrant has not yet begun transacting under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on December 26, 2013. (Publication Dates: January 3, 10, 17, 24, 2014)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2013133750 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business. MUSE & ASSOCIATES, 108 CALEDONIA ST. SUITE B, SAUSALITO, CA 94965: VANDA MARLOW, 1763 BRIDGEWAY, SASALITO, CA 94965. This business is being conducted by AN INDIVIDUAL. Registrant began transacting under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on December 1, 2013. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on December 27, 2013. (Publication Dates: January 10, 17, 24, 31, 2014)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 133673 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business, MARIN SURGICAL CONSULTING, 4 SAN MARCOS CT, NOVATO CA 94945; STEPHANIE ZEITER, 5 SAN MARCOS CT. NOVATO, CA 94945. This business is being conducted by AN INDIVIDUAL. Registrant has begun transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein since 11/15/2013. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on DECEMBER 16, 2013. (Publication Dates: January 10, 17, 24 & 31 2014) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2014133772 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business WHITECAPS MARINE OUTFITTERS, 240 LOWER VIA CASITAS, GREENBRAE, CA 94904: WHITECAPS FOUL WEATHER GEAR LLC, 240 LOWER VIA CASITAS, GREENBRAE, CA 94904. This business is being conducted by A LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on November 8, 2013. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on January 2, 2014. (Publication Dates: January 17, 24, 31; February 7, 2014) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2014133845 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business. DELTA PACKS, 26 OLIVE AVE, LARKSPUR, CA 94939: IAIN C. BURNETT, 26 OLIVE AVE, LARKSPUR, CA 94939. This business is being conducted by AN INDIVIDUAL. Registrant began transacting under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on January 6, 2014. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on January 10, 2014. (Publication Dates: January 17, 24, 31; February 7, 2014)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 133735 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business. GRACE, AEGIS LIVING 5555 PARADISE DRIVE, CORTE MADERA, CA 94925; PARI GOLCHEHREH, 847 BANCROFT AVE, SAN LEANDRO, CA 94577. This business is being conducted by AN INDIVIDUAL. Registrant began transacting under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on January 1, 2014. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on December 26, 2013. (Publication Dates: January 3, 10, 17, 24, 2014)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 133809 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business. OUR TOWN AMERICA OF SAN FRANCISCO NORTH BAY, 369 THIRD STREET UNIT B # 653, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: SUZANNE DUPRIES, 369 THIRD STREET UNIT B # 653, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by AN INDIVIDUAL. Registrant has not yet begun transacting under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on January 7, 2014. (Publication Dates: January 17, 24, 31; February 7, 2014)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2013133668 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business MOLINAMARKET.COM, 123 HIGHLAND LANE, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: ANDREW F. KOUTSOUKOS, 123 HIGHLAND LANE, 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 December 10, 2013. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on December 13, 2013. (Publication Dates: January 10, 17, 24, 31, 2014)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 133818 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business. MORETTI FAMILY DAIRY, STEMPLE VIEW FARMS, 3000 WHITAKER BLUFF ROAD, PETALUMA, CA 94952: DAWN MONIQUE MORETTI & MICHAEL LAWRENCE MORETTI, 3000 WHITAKER BLUFF ROAD, PETALUMA, CA 94952. This business is being conducted by A GENERAL PARTNERSHIP. Registrant has not yet begun transacting under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on January

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FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2014133817 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business. CRABBY UNCLE LAV-Y’S FUNTIME JAMBOREE AND PURVEYORS OF THE FINEST MMA, LAVIN MMA, LAVIN MIXED MARTIAL ARTS, 655 DEL GANADO ROAD, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: JOHN LAVIN 655 DEL GANADO ROAD, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903. This business is being conducted by AN INDIVIDUAL. Registrant will began transacting under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on February 1, 2014. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on January 9, 2014. (Publication Dates: January 17, 24, 31; February 7, 2014) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 133830 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business. DASHING DESI, 4 MIWOK WAY, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: HAMZA HASHIM SALEHBHAI, 4 MIWOK WAY, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941. This business is being conducted by AN INDIVIDUAL. Registrant has not yet begun transacting under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on January 9, 2014. (Publication Dates: January 17, 24, 31; February 7, 2014) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2014133829 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business. MCC SKIN, 216 MARIN AVE, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: MARIA C. ASK-HED, 216 MARIN AVE, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941. This business is being conducted by AN INDIVIDUAL. Registrant began transacting under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on January 15, 2014. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on January 9, 2014. (Publication Dates: January 17, 24, 31; February 7, 2014)

Other Notices ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF MARIN. No. CV 1400081. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioners ROBERTO FELICI & CHRISTIE KIM GENTRY filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: JORDAN ALEXANDER FELICI to JORI ALEXANDER FELICI. THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter shall appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. Any person objecting to the name changes described above must file a written objection that includes the reasons for the objection at least two court days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must appear at the hearing to show cause why the petition should not be granted. If no written objection is timely filed, the court may grant the petition without a hearing. NOTICE OF HEARING: FEBUARY 25, 2014 8:30 AM, ROOM B, Superior Court of California, County of Marin, 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael, CA 94903. A copy of this ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE shall be published at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in the county of Marin: PACIFIC SUN. Date: JANUARY 9, 2014 /s/ ROY O. CHERNUS, JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT. (Publication Dates: JANUARY 17, 24, 31; FEBUARY 2, 2014) STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF USE OF FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME File No. 304522


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): LYNNE ALLEN PR, 32 JEWELL STREET, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. Filed in Marin County on: JANUARY 18, 2012. Under File No: 2012128590. Registrant’s Name(s): JENNIFER PLAA, 32 JEWELL STREET, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. FLAA CONSULTING, 32 JEWELL STREET, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This statement was filed with the County Clerk Recorder of Marin County on DECEMBER 23, 2013. (Publication Dates: JANUARY 17, 24, 31; FEBUARY 7, 2014) NOTICE OF PETITION TO ADMINISTER ESTATE OF: FLORENCE GENEVIEVE O’BRIEN. Case No. PR-1400126. To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors and persons who may otherwise be interested in the will or estate, or both, of FLORENCE GENEVIEVE O’BRIEN, SISTER MARY THADDEUS, GENEVIEVE O’BRIEN. A PETITION FOR PROBATE has been filed by: ELAINE BARBARA O’BRIEN in the Superior Court of California, County of MARIN. THE PETITION FOR PROBATE requests that ELAINE BARBARA O’BRIEN be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent. THE PETITION requests the decedent's will and codicils, if any, be admitted to probate. The will and any codicils are available for examination in the file kept by the court. 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: FEBUARY 10, 2014 at 8:30AM. in Dept: H, Room: H, of the Superior Court of California, Marin County, located at Superior Court of California, County of Marin, 3501 Civic Center Drive Room 113, 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 four months from the date of first issuance of letters as provided in section 9100 of the California Probate Code. The time for filing claims will not expire before four months from the hearing date noticed above. 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. Petitioner: ELAINE BARBARA O’BRIEN, 72 LAKE FOREST COURT, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94131. (415) 362-9134. (Publication Dates: JANUARY 17, 24, 31) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 133869 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business. CARNIVAL OF STARS OR GHAWAZEE.COM, 439 SHERWOOD DRIVE #207, SAUSALITO, CA 94965: MELINDA CESPEDES, 439 SHERWOOD DRIVE #207, SAUSALITO, CA 94965, LINDA KOZEL, 1115 BANCROFT WAY,

BERKLEY, CA 94702. This business is being conducted by CO-PARTNERS. 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 January 14, 2014. (Publication Dates: January 24, 31; February 7, 14 2014) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 133788 The following individual(s) is (are) R O D A S doing business. MAINTENANCE SERVICES, 865 LAS GALLINAS AVENUE APARTMENT #1, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: MARDEY S. RODAS ALVAREZ, 865 LAS GALLINAS AVENUE APARTMENT #1. This business is being conducted by AN INDIVIDUAL. Registrant has not yet begun transacting under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on January 6, 2014. (Publication Dates: January 24, 31; February 7, 14, 2014) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 133876 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business. LITTLE HEAVEN DAYCARE, 100 HARBOR DRIVE, CORTE MADERA, CA 94925: ALINE SOUZA SANTIAGO, 100 HARBOR DRIVE, CORTE MADERA, CA 94925. This business is being conducted by AN INDIVIDUAL. Registrant has been doing business transacting under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on January 15, 2014. (Publication Dates: January 24, 31; February 7, 14, 2014) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2013133091 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business. GREEN DOOR DESIGN, 231 FLAMINGO ROAD, SUITE A, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: MELINDA S. TURNER, 405 PINE STREET, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941. This business is being conducted by AN INDIVIDUAL. Registrant began transacting under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on November 1, 2007. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on September 16, 2013. (Publication Dates: January 24, 31; February 7, 14, 2014) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2014133889 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business. 15 MARIPOSA ROAD APARTMENTS, 15 MARIPOSA ROAD, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: REED B. MCCLINTOCK, 487 MAGNOLIA, LARKSPUR, CA 94939. This business is being conducted by AN INDIVIDUAL. Registrant will begin transacting under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on January 27, 2014. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on January 17, 2014. (Publication Dates: January 24, 31; February 7, 14, 2014) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 133882 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business. SPOTLESS CLEANERS, 619 STRAWBERRY VILLAGE, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: LADAN RASOOLI, 25 CORTE ORIENTAL #4, GREENBRAE, CA 94904. This business is being conducted by AN INDIVIDUAL. Registrant has been in business transacting under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on January 15, 2014. (Publication Dates: January 24, 31; February 7, 14, 2014) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 133874 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business. YOVANI LANDSCAPING, 65 CANAL STREET #24, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: FILIPE YOVANI MALDONADO, 65 CANAL STREET #24, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by AN INDIVIDUAL. Registrant has not yet begun transacting under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the

County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on January 14, 2014. (Publication Dates: January 24, 31; February 7, 14, 2014) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2014-133906 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business. TECHEVATE LABS, 265 SUMMIT AVE, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: TECHEVATE LLC, 265 SUMMIT AVE, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by A LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. Registrant will begin transacting under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on January 1, 2014. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on January 21, 2014. (Publication Dates: January 24, 31; February 7, 14, 2014) ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF MARIN. No. CIV 1400222. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner BRADLEY NEIL KRIEGER filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: BRADLEY NEIL KRIEGER to AMANDA SIMONE KRIEGER. THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter shall appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. Any person objecting to the name changes described above must file a written objection that includes the reasons for the objection at least two court days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must appear at the hearing to show cause why the petition should not be granted. If no written objection is timely filed, the court may grant the petition without a hearing. NOTICE OF HEARING: MARCH 12, 2014 8:30 AM, Dept. B, Room B, Superior Court of California, County of Marin, 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael, CA 94903. A copy of this ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE shall be published at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in the county of Marin: PACIFIC SUN. Date: JANUARY 21, 2014 /s/ ROY O CHERNUS, JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT (Publication Dates: January 24, 31; February 2, 14, 2014)

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I am a bridesmaid in a wedding in four months and haven’t been able to think of a guy to be my date. I recently met a guy at a party. He is the friend of a friend and is cute and funny and seemed really nice. He lives two hours away, so it isn’t easy to meet for coffee or something, but I thought I could ask him to be my date for this wedding and see where things go from there. —Single Bridesmaid

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Taking a guy to a wedding on the first date is like taking a cow sightseeing at a slaughterhouse. On a first date, the only person asking “So, are you two next?” should be a counterperson at Starbucks. The commitment-ganza first date also goes against the three things I always say first dates should be: cheap, short and local. That way, even if you and a guy hit it off like the Israelis and the Palestinians, you can probably stick it out for a polite 59 minutes of happy-hour drinks and then bail—in a way you can’t if you’ve signed up for a wedding ceremony, a four-course sit-down dinner, and people you don’t know crying on your sleeve and throwing up on your shoes. Beyond this being the wrong venue for a first date, inviting a near stranger four months in advance has to come off weird and desperate. This far ahead, a guy has to wonder why there isn’t another male soul in your life you could ask—and wonder who’s next on your list if he says no, the wino living under the bus shelter? (On a positive note, that guy would especially appreciate the open bar.) Also consider that there’s a reason this guy hasn’t asked you out, and it’s probably that he isn’t interested or isn’t interested enough to date a woman he has to travel two hours to see. (A guy who’d date the 7 who lives around the block would probably need her to be a sexually gifted 11.5 to make up for the two-hour drive.) But there is an upside in the rubble of all these downsides. If you can accept that you won’t have a date for the wedding, you might find a date at the wedding by turning it into an opportunity to strike up conversations with interesting and possibly handsome strangers. Who knows, you might even meet a really great guy for you—one who gets that glimmer in his eye, realizing there’s no better woman to invite on a first date to either his nephew’s circumcision or his grandma’s funeral.

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My boyfriend and I are attending a wedding next month, and he wants to buy the bride and groom a gift from their registry. However, I recently got into handmade pottery and thought it would be much more special to make a personalized gift—something totally unique, like a ceramic honey pot. Besides displaying our creativity more, it’d be cheaper, and there would be no shipping charges. —Crafty

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A handmade ceramic honey pot seems like the obvious best gift—if the happy couple are Martha Stewart and Winnie-the-Pooh. I, too, used to turn my nose up at gift registries, which I thought were a tool for the lazy and uncreative. It does seem that being a truly caring friend means putting real effort into gift giving, like by spending six months crocheting a couple an afghan out of cat hair rather than just rolling out of bed and mouse-clicking on something they’ve registered for at Bed Bath & Be-yawned. But two business school professors, Francesca Gino and Francis Flynn, did a series of experiments to find out whether this is true. Lo and behold, they learned that gift recipients actually preferred the gifts they’d registered for, appreciating them more and finding them more thoughtful and even more personal. (Gift-givers assumed the opposite to be true.) The gift-givers’ mistaken assumption seems to stem from what another researcher, Adam Grant, describes in his terrific book, Give and Take, as a “perspective gap.” We tend to interpret what another person would want by asking “What would I want?” rather than what would get us to the right answer: “What would THEY want?” In other words, though your pottery efforts may far surpass the artfulness of my macaroni assemblages, your boyfriend is probably on the right track in sticking with the registry. So keep on potting, but get them that monogrammed garlic press they say they want instead of what you want them to want: for you to save money on a gift and not have to pay for shipping. Y © Amy Alkon, all rights reserved. www.advicegoddess.com. Got a problem? Email AdviceAmy@aol.com or write to Amy Alkon, 171 Pier Ave. #280, Santa Monica, CA 90405.

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