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In Kelly O’Mara’s story about mountain lions [“Walk On the Wild Side,” June 6], it is written: “Interactions between people and all kinds of wildlife are on the rise as human development encroaches on wilderness and animal territory.” This is an example of THE BIG LIE. Mt. Tam has been settled and covered with trails, campgrounds and hikers for close to 150 years. What we’re really seeing here is that wildlife sightings are on the rise because protected animals are returning to human territory. These arguments are always cast so that we humans are the interlopers, as if we belonged nowhere. On the other hand, if these ladies are worried about coming into contact with wild animals, why would they ever go camping? Do they think this is Disneyland? I’ve slept in my back yard and had skunks climb over my feet. They’ve probably had mountain lions prowling their back yards at night, trying to get a bite of little Fluffy. To paraphrase: “Lions and wild pigs and bears, oh my!” Learn to love the thrill of it. Mike Van Horn, San Rafael
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My mountain lion story [“A Walk on the Wild Side,” May 30]: A week before the Mt. Vision fire, in 1995, I hiked alone on a Pt. Reyes trail at the end of a warm September afternoon. I wore no jacket or hat and didn’t even have a backpack since I intended to do a quick four-mile round trip. My plans were scratched abruptly when only about a quarter of a mile in, and up over a rise, I crossed paths with a mountain lion. He was only about 25 yards ahead and I could see his features clearly, including the fact that his tail was twitching. I tried all the techniques I had learned—shouting, holding my ground, not bending down, not turning back. Nothing seemed to work. I could feel the fear beginning to emerge and I knew that I could not let it take over since I was sure he would sense it (smell it). So I spent the next agonizingly long seconds working on minimizing my fear
through some techniques I’d been taught and much to my relief, I was able to shift my response from fight/flight to a calmer and more focused perspective. And with that clarity, I began to appreciate the beauty of the animal and realize that I had been carrying a red baseball cap belonging to my son and marked with gold lettering “49ers.” I put it on my head and with that motion, the lion moved away and off the trail. I can now say, he was not a Niners fan! There’s more to the story than this space allows but I must tell you that friends encouraged me to send my story to Herb Caen because of the obvious local color angle. I titled my report, “Niners One; Lions Zero,” particularly fitting since the 49ers had lost to the Detroit Lions the weekend before. Herb published it and I lived to tell the tale. I’ll end by saying that I was lucky to survive and I was also fortunate to be able to encounter a truly magnificent animal in his own habitat. Jude Cassel Williams, Sonoma
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I often read the Sun for the local events, and some of the articles. I am not a writer so I am not sure how well I can articulate how offended I was and still am about Nikki Silverstein’s attempt at humor at the expense of Jewish people [“You’ve Got Mail,” May 16]. The woman who wrote in and pointed out that Nikki would probably be fired if she wrote the same thing about other religions or races is quite correct. Nikki’s humor is sophomoric (or is it juvenile?). It makes me think about how out of touch she may be similar to Paula Deen. My husband, my son, my brother, my male cousins are all Jewish and are good looking. I take offense that she wrote that they may only be good looking to people of their own religion or race. My opinion is if she is to remain as a writer that she be obliged to take some diversity training to get her up to speed this century. And I think she should apologize for her offensive remarks. Is she some fictional character that can be so offensive? Or is she a Sun writer just getting away with it? Myra Drotman, San Anselmo
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There are numerous reasons why we are choking on traffic, one of them being that there is a great service and construction economy in Marin, bringing thousands of people to work here. Another reason, most parents drive their kids to and from school every day, adding thousands of cars to the roads at the same time that people are driving to work—Mill Valley and Tiburon are particularly horrendous for this. The main reason for this horrendous traffic situation, of course, is the complete lack of a reliable, comprehensive public transport that we find in Europe. The situation we have in Marin, where there is one bus every 30 minutes with no connections to the neighborhoods, is not going to encourage people to use public transport. Everyone knows they should drive less, but don’t because it’s impossible for their schedules.
Building high density housing here would increase the amount of local traffic and is not the solution to the real problem, a lack of public transport. Mick Griffin, Mill Valley
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The village people The Marin Villages offers community for aging Marin residents by Pe te r Se id m an
s Marin’s population continues to skew older, the challenges the county faces will require innovative strategies beyond reliance on government programs and government funding. One of those strategies exists today. Marin Villages is building a new community in which neighbors connect with neighbors. The Marin Villages organization is based on a national model. A Village to Village network seeks to provide support for local Villages organizations springing up across the country. The goal of the network focuses on fostering an atmosphere for an intergenerational model of living. The catch phrase “it takes a village” caught on a while ago to describe a paradigm of child rearing in which members of a community accept responsibility for raising young people in a society. That same paradigm is at the heart of the Villages movement. But there’s a twist: The local Villages in the movement are focused on creating a community for older adults. The challenges of aging in Marin are in some ways the same as in many other counties in California and the rest of the country. But unique circumstances in Marin make the introduction of the Villages model especially beneficial. Call it neighbors connecting with neighbors. But it’s more than that. The model actually seeks to create a new sense of community. And the need for that creation is clear, according to demographic projections that continue to predict that Marin’s percentage of older adults will expand. According to a report the Marin Community Foundation released in January 2013, one of the biggest changes in Marin demographics is the increasing number of older adults in the county. Between 2000 and 2010, the number of Marin residents 60 years old and older increased from 44,000 to 61,000, according to federal census figures. The Marin County Health and Human Services Department estimates that in 2010 the number of adults 60 and older represented 24.3 percent of the county’s population. And that percentage will continue to increase in the next decades as the Baby Boom generation reaches its 60s and beyond. Although the number of people in their 60s is expected to begin declining in 2030, the number of even older adults will increase. The county offers a panoply of services for its older residents, but the increase in numbers demands a new way of looking at providing services and maintaining the 6 PACIFIC SUN JUNE 20 - JUNE 26, 2014
mental and physical health of older Marin residents. It’s a challenge that will take a village. The recognition that a new paradigm of community is needed began in Boston in 2002, when the Beacon Hill Village formed. It was the start of the Villages movement. The idea was simple: reach beyond reliance on government programs to provide a full life and rich experiences for aging adults. A network of volunteers moved beyond working on single solutions, such as housing and medical care, to create a broad community in which members took care of themselves rather than rely on agencies that would take care of them. The Beacon Hill Village would decide what needs should be met and how its volunteers and staff could provide them. That’s not to say the Villages movement completely eschews government support. But reliance on government isn’t a central tenant of the movement. The central tenant is community. In some ways, the Villages movement is a more sophisticated version of the neighbor-toneighbor paradigm that has been lost to a large extent in modern suburbia. Lisa Brinkmann is a Marin resident who took a rather circuitous route to becoming executive director of Marin Villages, a local version of the organizational structure that sprung up in Boston. Brinkmann, who received a master’s degree from the prestigious Thunderbird School of Global Management in Arizona, worked at Autodesk, where she ended up as global director for new product introduction. But after a reorganization at Autodesk, Brinkmann couldn’t find a good fit and decided to return to school. She attended the University of Southern California, where she received a master’s degree in gerontology. Brinkmann, who says she’s “going to be 55,” was drawn to the specialty because, as she says, she likes older people. A close relationship with her grandmother helped. The first paper Brinkmann wrote at USC was about the Villages movement, it’s financial viability and sustainability. Marin Villages incorporated (as a nonprofit) in May 2009. There are now five villages—Ross Valley, Mill Valley, Tiburon Peninsula, Homestead Valley and Northern San Rafael—under the Marin Villages umbrella in a kind of hub-and-spoke organizational configuration. A separate Villages group in Sausalito also offers local services and connections. All the villages are designed to help seniors “age in place,”
Wildfire burns through Samuel P. Taylor State Park It’s not the best time to stroll through some of the redwood groves of Samuel P. Taylor State Park. On Thursday, June 12, Marin County fire faced the first significant wildfire of the season as a long and narrow blaze burned 35 acres between the Madrone Campground and Mt. Barnabe. The fire—first called in at 4:47am—required assistance from crews stationed in Woodacre, Hicks Valley and Point Reyes Station. According to a press release, Marin County Fire had about 40 personnel attending to the fire and about 150 from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL Fire). In the late morning, four air drops were made by fixed-wing aircraft, and a helicopter made bucket drops with water from Kent Lake. “Things are looking pretty good now as the weather works in the firefighters’ favor,” reported Marin County Fire Department Battalion Chief Mike Giannini in the late afternoon on June 12. “I’m optimistic that crews will be able to strengthen the containment line.” The source of the fire is not yet known, but no injuries were reported and no structures were threatened, according to Giannini. The park remains open, but trails near the charred brush and grass are closed.—Molly Oleson Marin heats up again with second fire this week Tis the season for summer and Marin is heating up! A second fire scorched about five acres of Marin Sunday morning between Marinwood and Novato. No evacuations were necessary, but the blaze did approach two neighborhoods—one in Novato and the other in Marinwood—and sent smoke signals sky-high throughout northern Marin. The blistering scene caused a traffic jam on southbound Highway 101 in between the Alameda Del Prado and Marinwood exits. According to Audrea Abocchi, a supervising ranger from Marin County Parks, the fire started around 11am. Abocchi adds that the cause of the fire is currently under investigation—no further information is available at this time. California Highway Patrol and Marin County Fire Department were among the first responders. Cal Fire responded aerially with a helicopter—as did two water tankers, which flew over the blaze dropping water and fire retardant.—Stephanie Powell Mt. Tam hiking deaths a coincidence, says Sheriff The deaths of two female Mt. Tamalpais hikers within a week of each other in April was a tragic coincidence, says the Marin County Sheriff’s Office. The Sheriff’s Investigations Division and Coroner Division this week concluded their investigations into the deaths of Magdalena Glinkowski, a 33-year-old software developer who was found dead April 12 near a drainage ditch off the Panoramic Highway, and Marie Sanner, 50, whose body was found April 17, within a few hundred yards from where Glinkowski’s body was discovered. According to Sheriff’s authorities, there was no connection between the two deaths, nor is foul play suspected. Glinkowski died of hypothermia, according to Coroner Division investigators. No significant physical injuries or drugs or alcohol were detected during the investigation. Sheriff’s authorities believe Glinkowski, of Menlo Park, was “unfamiliar with the area and unprepared for a prolonged or individual hike.” Sanner, a Mill Valley resident, died of accidental head injuries, according to the Coroner Division, likely from an “off-trail fall.” “The investigation revealed a combination of factors, such as a lack of ambient light, her unfamiliarity with the trail, lack of lighting for night hiking and the presence of alcohol,” reported the coroner. Sanner had a blood-alcohol level of .12, reported investigators.—Jason Walsh San Rafael Police Department launches pedestrian safety program San Rafael wants you to walk in between the lines! The San Rafael Police Department takes the safety of the city’s residents and visitors seriously. To prove it, they’re rolling out a pedestrian and motorist safety program called STRIDE (Stopping Traffic-Related Injuries and Deaths through Enforcement). STRIDE, which aims to increase the public’s awareness of the importance of motorist and pedestrian safety, will include instruction and application. Placing special emphasis on intersections where vehicle and pedestrian traffic is high, police officers will issue citations to motorists who fail to yield to pedestrians in crosswalks, and to pedestrians who jaywalk and cross against regulatory signals. STRIDE is an effort to proactively address safety concerns relating to automobiles, pedestrians, and bicycles sharing our roadways,” San Rafael Police Chief Diana Bishop said in a press release. “Our goal is to dramatically reduce the number of accidents involving automobiles and pedestrians/bicycles through enforcement and education.” The traffic enforcement campaign is a response to the recent high number of motor vehiclerelated injuries and fatalities in San Rafael. According to the SRPD press release, 209 people were injured and two people were killed in motor vehicle collisions in 2013. Of those injured, 41 were pedestrians, and the two fatalities were also pedestrians. And so far this year, 71 people—12 of whom were pedestrians—have been injured in motor vehicle collisions. Three fatalities—two of which were pedestrians—have also been reported. In addition to the introduction of STRIDE, the city has aimed to increase pedestrian safety by changing crossing signs to a bright green lime color and adding countdown signals to numerous downtown intersections.—MO
a strategy experts recognize as one of the best ways to maintain a healthy mental and emotional status. The challenges to aging in place—staying in a home in which an older adult has lived, rather than enter a facility—presents unique challenges in Marin. Many older adults in the county are well above the meager federal poverty line. According to the county health department, the federal poverty line in 2010 was $10,830 for a single adult. But when the costs of living in Marin are taken into account, another way of looking at the situation reveals a stark picture: For an elder renter, for example, an annual income of $27,334 is the minimum amount to reach what’s called an Elder Index, a figure that means the individual can make ends meet. According to the health department, those 9,000 older adults in Marin were at risk of being below the index in 2010. The county has many services and programs aimed at helping older residents who are at or below the poverty level, but many Marin elders have sufficient assets to land above the poverty level and thus do not qualify for public assistance. Marin Villages is aimed at reaching that group. Many older Marin residents “do not want to move out of their homes,” says Brinkmann, “because they’ve lived there for 40 or 50 years and love Marin. Many cannot afford to move out of their home” because assisted living facilities are too expensive. “Many would have to move out of the county if they left their homes.” That’s where aging in place and Marin Villages come into the picture. Marin Villages offers memberships for $32 a month for individuals and $39 a month for households. (Sausalito offers memberships for a flat $200 a year. The Sausalito organization offers reduced or free memberships for people who cannot afford the full fare.) The split between the Marin Villages organization and Sausalito occurred when Marin Villages raised its
membership fee from $200 per year to the higher monthly rate. That was necessary because Marin Villages has the equivalent of 1.5 full-time staff. Sausalito remained all-volunteer. There are 23 Villages in the Bay Area, Brinkmann says. The five Marin Villages count as one because they are part of a single hub-and-spoke alignment. That’s a unique configuration, according to Brinkmann. The arrangement means that Marin Villages can consolidate administrative duties for each local group. It also means that a central Marin Villages organization can go after grant money and conduct other business and avoid having each local group compete against the others. It’s the first hub-and-spoke alignment in the country, and Brinkmann says it has attracted attention from others who want to consider it for their own organizations. Marin Villages has about 400 members. About 150 active volunteers provide a variety of services and interaction for the older adults who are members. One member in the Tiburon Marin Villages is 96. She lives in her own house and, as Brinkmann says, “is sharp as a tack.” She needs help with a little gardening and managing her medical equipment. She likes to play bridge twice a week. “Our services help her maintain her lifestyle,” Brinkmann says. Marin Villages volunteers handle handyman-type chores. Brinkmann says the organization is working to compile a network of service providers. That would mean that if a person needed a house painter or a plumber, a call to the Marin Villages office could result in a referral of a vetted provider. That’s the way the hub-and-spoke system works. A member in one of the villages can call the central number and request a service. A staff member in the office then matches the request with a volunteer who has expressed an interest in providing the type of service requested. A volunteer in Tiburon, for example, could provide a 9 >
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1. What are Marin County’s three largest high schools, according to number of students?
2. The first official U.S. flag contained how many stars?
3b. It was set on what fictional planet?
6. Give the first name of these composers: 6a. Mozart 6b. Beethoven 6c. Chopin 6d. Verdi
7. Some of the current World Cup games are being played in what hot and humid city, capital of the state of Amazonas?
8. This short book written in French in 1943 is perhaps the best-selling novel of all time, with over 200 million copies sold. Identify the title and author. 9. Some soldiers returning from active duty in a battle zone might suffer a serious kind of extreme shell shock or battle fatigue known as “PTSD,” an abbreviation for what?
10. Words with “she” in the middle, for example: someone who works in a theater (uSHEr) 10a. Fiery remains 10b. Dog-sled racer 10c. Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson
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▲ Michael Miller of Novato smelled smoke, ran from his home to investigate and found the yard of a nearby house on fire earlier this week. Disregarding his own safety, Michael doused the flames with a hose and large coolers of water. The blaze was extinguished before the fire trucks arrived. Novato Battalion Chief and Fire Marshall Bill Tyler reported that the fire may have been caused by sunlight reflected off a window in the home, which then concentrated heat to the ignition point. Though very unusual, the phenomenon is sometimes caused by a decorative prism in front of a window. No matter how the fire started, we know how it ended. “Whew!” said neighbor Shirlee Newman. “Close call. Michael is a great neighbor and hero.”
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▼ A 16.5-acre fire in Terra Linda erupted from several starting points last Friday and triggered the evacuation of approximately 50 homes, as well as property damage to three homes. “We believe that it was human-caused,” said San Rafael Battalion Chief Jeff Rowan. The fact that the fire began in multiple locations indicates that arson, rather than an accident, was the likely culprit. Why does someone set a fire? “That’s the age-old question,” said Chief Rowan. Our conclusion: the firebug is a Zero who put at risk the lives of more than 100 firefighters. The brave responders from San Rafael, Marin County, Novato and Cal Fire battled and contained the blaze within hours. The investigation continues, which doesn’t bode well for Zero fire-starters.—Nikki Silverstein
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5. Delivered at the Republican National Convention at the Cow Palace in San Francisco on July 16, 1964, what Presidential nominee’s acceptance speech contained the phrase: “Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice”?
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More than 1,000 Marinites voted for the “birther” queen, thousands more didn’t vote at all. Which is worse?
e’re now a couple of weeks removed from the June 3 primary election, which means all the big stories have been covered. You know that Judy Arnold will retain her seat on the Board of Supervisors, but Susan Adams will not; that Mike McGuire will join Marc Levine in Sacramento; that Rep. Jared Huffman will face Humboldt grocery store cashier Dale Mensing in November rather than Humboldt marijuana activist Andy Caffrey; and, most of all, you know that nearly 60 percent of eligible Marin voters didn’t vote. Statistically speaking, you’re one of them. Here’s a little nugget you may not know about. When I say “nugget,” I don’t mean in the panning-for-gold sense, or even the cough-cough Andy Caffrey sense. I mean Orly Taitz may be wearing blue, but she’s far from a like the thing that won’t go down the toilet democrat ... bowl. Meet the floater, Orly Taitz. If that company has developed a deadly bird flu name rings no bells, congratulations: You vaccine, or that (now deceased) Venezuaren’t one of the 1,420 county residents elan President Hugo Chavez controls U.S. who checked her box for state Attorney voting machines, or that Rep. Alcee HastGeneral. Or the 125,731 Californians who ings of Florida (another black Democrat, did the same. coincidentally) is plotting to build forced Let’s review Taitz’s career, labor camps, possibly in consuch as it is: a Soviet-born imjunction with FEMA. Or ... migrant who arrived in the OK, I’ll stop. United States via Israel, TaPartly it was So she’s a wacko. Everyitz’s campaign bio lists her as one from FOX’s Bill O’Reilly coded racism. a dentist/lawyer/former real to MSNBC’s Lawrence estate agent. She made her Mostly it was O’Donnell has dismissed her name, though, as queen regent unvarnished as such, and those two don’t of the “birther” movement. agree on much. Why waste crazy. You remember the birthers, more words on her behalf? that lovable band of mixed Well, again: 125,731 votes, nuts who insisted President 1,420 of them right here in Obama was not, in fact, born our progressive, well-educated backyard. in Honolulu as he and his family and the That’s a lot, especially in a mid-term Republican Governor of Hawaii and basically everyone else claimed, but rather in primary. Some of it could be simple name Kenya. Or maybe on one of the moons of recognition; people stared at their ballots, Jupiter. Point was, he wasn’t an American. vaguely recalled hearing something about her and filled in the bubble. That’s trouWasn’t one of us. bling by itself. But not nearly as troubling Partly it was coded racism. Mostly it as the folks who voted for Taitz on purpose, was unvarnished crazy. By the time Donwho followed her exploits and said, yep, ald Trump jumped on board the joke had she’s our gal. run its course, though the birthers did get Whether you know it or not, you have the president to sigh and release a copy of interacted with these people. They are your his long-form birth certificate, when surely neighbors, possibly even your friends. And he had better things to do. Like pardoning they voted. Question is, statistically speakanother turkey. ing, why didn’t you? Y Since the end of her birther activism, Taitz has kept busy with other causes. Like Check Jacob’s birth certificate at email@example.com. claiming that a private Illinois health care
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demographics. social events, parties, group activities, and “We are building communities,” educational classes. They also offer opBrinkmann says. “We’re creating relaportunities for civic engagement through tionships that have not existed and are member-to-member volunteering.” growing. We’re not just a ride service.” To The authors note that the Villages underscore that point, Brinkmann says an movement is young, and its longevity essential part of Marin Village volunteer has yet to be tested. Marin Villages has work is aimed at providing the kind of a budget of about $200,000 a year. That’s neighborly warmth that comes from just well above many of the Villages across the knowing that people who live close by are country. About one third of the Marin there to make sure Villages revenue comes an elderly resident Marin Villages is planning to expand to from membership dues, is OK, to provide a Central San Rafael and Novato. An infor- according to Brinkmann. mational meeting is scheduled in Novato Another third comes connection. “We’re getting more requests on Monday, July 21, at the Margaret Todd from donations, and a Senior Center. For more information, call for companionship,” third comes from grants. Marin Villages at 457-4633. Brinkmann says. The county, the Marin The most forwardCommunity Foundation thinking experts in and Marin Transit all gerontology acknowledge the intangible have, at one time, awarded grants to Marin benefits of connections to community. Villages. But the organization doesn’t In a report about the Villages model, two want to rely too much on continued grant authors from the University of Califorfunding. Brinkmann says Marin Villages nia and one from the Pacific Institute for is aiming to generate about 60 percent of Research and Evaluation, note that “there its income from memberships to reach a is substantial evidence that social engagestable financial plateau. ment and active community participation Most of the volunteers in Marin Vilpromote a number of salutary outcomes, lages are retired, Brinkmann says. People including better health and well-being, receiving services generally range from enhanced recovery from illness, and aging their 50s to their 90s. Brinkmann says it’s in place.” possible that an outreach to schools and Carrie L. Graham and Andrew E. student volunteers may be in the works. Scharlach of UC Berkeley and Jennifer As the Villages model matures, its organiPrice Wolf of the Pacific Institute recogzational structure may change, Brinkmann nize the role the Villages movement can says, but one thing is for sure, especially have in positive outcomes: “Villages aim to for Marin: “The concept and the needs are assist older adults to remain in their own not going to go away.” Y homes, which is consistent with the wishes Contact the writer at firstname.lastname@example.org. of most American seniors ... Villages promote social engagement by organizing
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It’s pamper time for Maddie, 16, who’s sitting down for a manicure right now, but not before telling her 2,000 Twitter followers. “Spa day,” the teen taps out, her long blonde hair clipped up in a sloppy bun as she streams updates throughout the day. “I love when my nails are freshly painted,” she alerts soon after, presumably when the polish is dry. (Color: charcoal grey.) The bubbly varsity team swimmer is a mini-celeb in her circle, with 1,200 Facebook friends and arguably more Twitter followers than anyone at her diverse suburban high 10 PACIFIC SUN JUNE 20 - JUNE 26, 2014 10 PACIFIC SUN JUNE 20 - JUNE 26, 2014
school of 2,000 just west of Boston. And to act out fantasies of becoming just like the stars they idolize. Or stars might even follow complete strangers around the world see them. her tweets, too, signing on to her feed after Maddie’s desire for attention and her heartthrob Niall Horan, of the boy band One questionable narcissism are not out of the Direction, began following her. Yes, he of the spike-gelled mop-top. ordinary in Marin and in other parts of the “He has 13 million followers and only country. Michelle Wayland, a longtime San follows a couple thousand,” says Maddie, Anselmo resident and mother to a Sir Francis Drake highschooler, has noticed the celebrity who doesn’t at all mind telling the story of fueled-fame obsession and growing disconhow that happened (more on that later). “People are like, ‘that’s crazy.’” In another nect among her son’s peer group. tweet, Maddie wonders why Miley Cyrus, “They’re constantly on their phones,” Wayher one-time role model and the ex-star of land says. “They text each other while they’re next to each other—it’s ridiculous.” Disney’s Hannah Montana sitcom, has gone Wayland’s 12-year-old niece in New York, punked out and potty-mouthed. “Miley, baby, what happened?” That informajust shy of self-identifying as an official teenager, isn’t immune to its tion may seem like a trashy tabloid tidbit, but the theory about what’s reach either. Her niece is friends by with a young celebrity—who Wayailing today’s youth centers on the Jessica land prefers to keep anonymous popular TV show. Call it the HanSeigel nah Montana Hypothesis. but shares that she stars in her own television show—and often Researchers are warning that today’s youth are more obsessed with appears in pictures with the young starlet, which in turn has given her becoming famous than ever before, and rank fame as the most important thing in niece a taste of the limelight. “It’s interesting because now my niece is life. These psychologists believe that narcissism has been increasing from one generation famous, too,” Wayland says. “Because [followto the next, with today’s youth reaching a new ers of the actress] see that my niece is friends with her—they want to follow my niece in level of vanity and idle dreams of grandeur. hopes of getting in contact with [the actress].” With 24/7 retweeting, liking and following, every teen has a potential world audience Her niece’s following seems to have
evolved overnight; as her aunt, Wayland is a bit wary of it. “It’s so weird, they’re like ‘follow me please!’ and ‘oh you’re so beautiful!’ It’s creepy,” Wayland says. “But I think [my niece and her peers] are excited about the followers—they have different goals: reaching 1,000 followers, etc. They love that. “A lot of these kids are open on Instagram—they’re not private—they want to reach a certain number and it’s scary to see these girls gaining so many followers when they don’t even know these people. It’s like a new age type of stalker.” Wayland’s niece and Maddie—broadcasting throughout the day about anything from their hair, skin, school, friends, swimming and fave celebs—are living in a world in which they feel socially elevated by all of the attention. The caption under Maddie’s Instagram “selfie” photo, taken by pointing her iPhone down her legs in mid-pedicure, seems to say it all: “The Princess Life.” “I post for the likes,” she explains. “I post all the time.” But her generation’s princess—and prince— problem may be far more controversial than it seems. On a quick look, the scientific evidence is clear. “Popular TV shows teach children fame is the most important value,” stated the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
press announcement of the study by psychol- size of just two TV programs every decade ogy professor Patricia Greenfield and her is “ridiculously small,” if not completely Ph.D. student, Yalda Uhls. Titled “The Rise arbitrary, he pointed out, emphasizing the of Fame: An Historical Content Analysis,” importance of representative samplings. “I the study evaluated the two most popular would not generalize from this data to say tween TV shows of every decade for the last there is a trend over time.” 50 years. Recruited online, 60 reviewers rated A content analysis, he explained, must the programs based on 16 moral values in- evaluate content. Like film, television involves corporating traits from cutting-edge research visuals, sound, and tone, such as jokes or investigating what makes people desire fame. sarcasm that communicate implicit versus They ranked community feeling and benevo- explicit meanings. In traditional methods, a lence as the most important moral concepts in small group of raters is trained, then tested Andy Griffith and The Lucy Show, which aired on reliability and consistency in analyzing in 1967; Laverne & Shirley and Happy Days, content—a labor-intensive process. So at best, which aired in 1977; Growing Pains and Alf, Krippendorff concluded, this study could be which aired in 1987; and Sabrina the Teenage seen as a survey of perceptions of past and Witch and Boy Meets World, which aired in current TV shows. 1997. In those decades, fame and achievement Uhls and Greenfield responded to the hovered at the bottom of the list. But in 2007, criticism by explaining that using untrained the moral values flipped—fame and achieve- reviewers was, in fact, their research innovament skyrocketed in American Idol (the tal- tion. “The goal was not “accurate coding,” ent competition) and Hannah Montana, in but learning what impression each series was which high school student Miley Stewart making on its audience,” they wrote in an (played by Miley Cyrus) leads a double life as a email. “In sum, the point was not to assess pop star. At the same ‘actual’ content, but time, community feel‘perceived’ content.” ing and benevolence Yet their paper, subplummeted. titled “A Content “The rise of fame in Analysis,” only preteen television may mentions audience be one influence in the perception in passdocumented rise of ing and repeatedly narcissism in our culexpounds on TV ture,” Greenfield said show values, as do in that press release, the study’s abstract echoing the battle cry and implications of a much-quoted sections, the UCLA group of psychologists press release, and claiming that today’s their comments to youth are more selfish, reporters. vain and conceited If anything, the Because how else would you know that we had glutenthan past generafindings reveal what free, non-allergenic wheat noodles with a nut-free sauce tions. “At an age when blended with natural oils and garlic from Gilroy, Calif., grown-ups think of for lunch? children are craving children’s TV, since popularity, they’re cravthe average rater was ing fame, but without understanding it should 39 years old, with only seven participants unbe tied to hard work or skill,” says Uhls, a forder 25. Adult disapproval, in fact, is why Uhls mer film executive and a regional director of began her research—after noticing that when Common Sense Media, a nonprofit advocacy her daughter was 9 years old, her favorite group promoting educational programming shows seemed to involve an unusual numand policy for kids. The results? Deflation. ber of fame-focused settings, ranging from Disappointment. Slacking off. “Some kids Hannah Montana to Nickolodeon’s iCarly could drop out of school because they see it (2007-2012) which was about a fictional teenas so easy,” Uhls said in a follow-up telephone age web mogul. interview. National media including USA When researchers like Krippendorff tackle Today, CNN and Time covered the study content analysis, they typically use trained with little skepticism, pinning the blame on raters. But that would involve many hours multimedia for saturating tweens with fameof actual TV-watching—and substantial hyping messages. resources. Luckily, Maddie has already logged But it’s not so clear cut. It turns out that many hours of actual TV-watching and is neither the researchers nor their reviewers available—when not working part-time at actually watched the programs in their study. University Pizza. Instead, the 60 participants evaluated sum“I LOVE Hannah Montana,” Maddie says, maries of the shows written by anonymous excited by the idea of giving her own content contributors to tv.com. That methodology is analysis. She even singled out the tone, techjust one of many deep flaws in the research, nically known as the implicit message. “It’s according to Klaus Krippendorff, communilighthearted and funny and some people say cations professor at the Annenberg School for the acting is really bad, but I think it’s goofy Communication at the University of Pennand stupid in a funny way,” she said. One sylvania, who wrote the textbook, Content of the funniest, goofiest things is that rock Analysis, now in its third edition. star Billy Ray Cyrus plays the fictional dad “I wouldn’t touch these conclusions with a of Miley Stewart (Miley Cyrus) in Hannah 10-foot pole,” Krippendorff said. A sampling Montana—and he’s also her dad in real 13>
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not cause narcissism, but rather attracts it. (Otherwise, the longer a person spent in the limelight, the higher he or she would score.) Reality TV, they concluded, lets people with “limited abilities believe that they can succeed in the entertainment industry.” The study’s point is not that individuals with narrow thespian skills like Kim Kardashian and Honey Boo Boo do succeed, but rather that selfish, self-aggrandizing, vain people, aka narcissists, are over-represented on TV and The duck face: a widespread term used to describe the face one makes social media—because they love while pushing his or her lips together in a combination of a pout/pucker, drama, perform well in public which offers the illusion of larger lips and well-defined cheekbones. Otherwise known as: the world’s most pathetic selfie. and obsessively groom their image. <11 A vanity affair Such personalities have been dubbed life. “You laugh at, like, that he’s trying to act “super-spreaders” and are said to transmit and stuff,” Maddie explained. “But actually, he narcissism like a virus. That is the theory of really can’t act very well!” To young people, the academic camp led by Jean M. Twenge, the interplay between the real and fictional psychology professor at San Diego State Uniset-up is hilarious. versity and co-author of Generation Me: Why The show, she explained, doesn’t promote Today’s Young Americans Are More Confident, fame at all—but the opposite. “It related Assertive, Entitled—and More Miserable Than Hannah Montana the celebrity to being a Ever Before and The Narcissism Epidemic: Livreal teenager,” Maddie continued, citing the ing in the Age of Entitlement. movie version when Hannah Montana finally Twenge and co-author Keith Campbell reveals her identity as a secret star who’s recompare celebrities to Typhoid Marys who ally just a normal teenager. Maddie says the infect the masses with the sickness of vainmessage brings down to earth the celebrities glory just like the notorious 1900s cook. But that she already adores and sees promoted ev- they don’t detail how celebs poison others erywhere, especially in magazines. “The show with narcissism, except through a generalwas really based on friendship—keeping your ized copycat principle—see it, wannabe it—a friends and family really close,” Maddie says. theory Lasch also supported. “When you watch it, you appreciate your On the contrary, they theorize that today’s family and friends even more.” youth are the most infected of all age groups YYYYY with mimetic dreams of tinsel laurels because Fears about the cult of celebrity-run-amok they’re malleable “like clay.” As evidence, aren’t new. Historian and social critic Christo- Twenge and Campbell point to a rise in colpher Lasch wrote about it in his 1979 bestsell- lege students’ NPI scores in the last 20 years— er, The Culture of Narcissism: American Life although Twenge concedes that no good lonin An Age of Diminishing Expectations. Back gitudinal research on adult NPI scores exists then, a new global media—TV—was being as a comparison. To draw conclusions over blamed for spreading fast fame in days when time, a comparison control group is required, only three major TV networks existed. Today but none exists. Thousands of college students with our access to thousands of TV channels, take the NPI in basic psychology courses, but millions of YouTube videos, and 1.73 billion no adults do. Yet, Twenge believes her team social media users, the debate is more heated overcame that obstacle. “We were able to find than ever: Does easier access to fame spread enough data to say the pieces of the puzzle narcissism like germs—especially to the come together,” she says. And with the puzzle young—or simply enable pre-existing narcissupposedly assembled, Twenge and her sists to draw more attention? camp seem to have gained the cultural upper A few years ago, S. Mark Young, a commu- hand on the popular view that today’s youth nications and business professor at the Uniare spoiled trophy-grabbers, with celebrity versity of Southern California, Los Angeles, culture, social media, lax parenting and the and Drew Pinsky, doctor and TV personality, self-esteem movement to blame. teamed up to tackle the question. They used Briefed on the controversy over her generthe Narcissistic Personality Inventory (NPI)— ation, Maddie scoffed at the notion that adora 40-point questionnaire developed by two ing the Disney sitcom and a celebrity Twitter University of California, Berkeley professors follower make her narcissistic. While it might to assess traits attributed to narcissism such seem biased to ask her to evaluate herself, as exhibitionism, exploitativeness, superiority the NPI scores are self-rated. So here’s hers: and vanity—to measure 200 celebrities from “I don’t mind not being famous. I wouldn’t Pinsky’s radio show, Loveline. Reality TV stars want to give up my sense of privacy,” says scored highest, followed by comedians, actors Maddie, the daughter of a graduate school and musicians, in that order—all clocking in administrative assistant/tap dance instructor higher than the average person. and wine and spirit sales director. “Celebrities Young and Pinsky found that the length of get expensive things and expensive tastes and years in the limelight did not correlate with they’re not as appreciative of the things they score. They theorized that being famous does have.”
Then she tells how much she appreciates her parents and friends, just like her Instagram tribute to her best buddy since sixth grade, Hayley: “I am so lucky to be able to go to you with anything. You’re the sweetest person ever and so pretty! You’re also weird, but that’s alright, but happy sixteenth.” But what about her self-absorbed Twitter feed? “I’m a high school kid,” she responds. “I tweet about things teenagers think about, like our feelings—and food.” High school stress. Books, too. And teen crushes. That brings us to one early morning at 5:30, when Maddie and three BFFs ventured to the mall to meet members of One Direction, only to find about a hundred girls with sleeping bags already in line. Somehow, Maddie managed to pass a
card to the band’s manager for Niall confessing her devotion and asking the 19-year-old Irish singer to follow her on Twitter. Months later, he did. Despite her brush with fame, Maddie likes sciences and ponders a future in photography, not showbiz. She is also developing her own theories about how social media affects people, and she worries about it, too. “I know little kids who have Instagram and Twitter and stuff, and they’re like 8 years old,” she says of the girls she babysits. “The generation below us—all the technology is making them grow up quicker. Some parents have no idea. That’s the scary part.” Y Ask Jessica about her NPI at email@example.com.
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the week or $80 per day. For more information call 331-8766. GET CHEESY FOR A GOOD CAUSE Peggy Smith and Sue Conley, founders of Cowgirl Creamery will be participating in a special guided tasting of their own cheeses along with other favorite selections from other respected cheese-makers. Rustic Bakery crackers, Sean Thackrey wines, A crew from Small Shed Flatbreads at last year’s Mill Valley Market Wine, Beer & McEvoy Ranch olive oils Gourmet Food Tasting. and Beth’s Community Kitchen cookies will also be ith myriad of summer camps to included in the spread. The unique event choose from, here is something unites two local pioneering enterprises: that promises not only fun, but Cowgirl Creamery and Commonweal. important skill-building, too. Whether Commonweal, a nonprofit in Bolinas, aims your kid is obsessed with cooking shows, to advance health, the environment, justice or can barely make his own breakfast, and education locally, nationally and globthis cooking camp offers a fun, joyful ally. Copies of Cowgirl Creamery Cooks— introduction to cooking. In the Kitchen Cowgirl’s first cookbook, will be available (ITK) Culinary is back for its 5th year of for sale, with a signing afterwards. Tickets summer camps, where kids get to cook to the event are $100 each; only 90 seats are different meals every day. Chef instructors available. Sunday, June 22, at 2pm, at the lead classes through 5-6 recipes daily based Outdoor Art Club in Mill Valley. To attend on a theme of the week. The first week, or for questions contact Shelia Opperman June 23-26, has a “kids movies” theme at firstname.lastname@example.org. and includes meals designed around films THE ONE-HOUR RUN Book Passage such as: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Cafe in Corte Madera will be hosting a Frozen and Monsters, Inc. ITK Culinary, one-hour demonstration and tasting with 300 Turney St., Sausalito. Cost is $300 for Claudia Lucero on Sunday, July 13, at 2pm.
Lucero will be discussing her book: One Hour Cheese: Ricotta, Mozzarella, Chevre, Paneer—Even Burrata. Fresh and Simple Cheeses You Can Make in an Hour or Less! Lucero teaches readers how—through photos and step-by-step instructions—to make 16 cheeses, each with easy-to-find ingredients, simple instructions and quick prep time. She suggests starting with favorites like Ricotta and Chevre before tackling Paneer and Burrata, and customizes recipes with things like nutmeg and lemon juice. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. For info, visit www. bookpassage.com or call 927-0960. GO GOURMET Mark your calendar for this weekend’s 33rd annual Mill Valley Market Wine, Beer & Gourmet Food Tasting on Sunday, June 22, from 1-4pm. The 2014 edition will feature as many as 10 restaurants, more than 60 wineries, 15 craft breweries and more than 30 food producers. Tickets ($50 advance/$60 at the door) are currently available online at Brown Paper Tickets (service fees apply) and are available for purchase at the familyowned Mill Valley Market wine and spirits department. Look for vintners this year that include Angel Camp Vineyards and Mill Valley’s Brooks Note Winery, along with Heidrun Meadery offering sparkling meads from Point Reyes Station. Ten artisan breweries will be pouring, including Anderson Valley Brewing, Devoto Orchards Cider, Headlands Brewing Company, Lagunitas Brewing Company, Iron Springs Pub & Brewery, Moylan’s Brewery & Restaurant and Trumer Brauerei. Some of the participating restaurants include: Balboa Cafe, Beerworks, Bungalow 44, Molina, O Baby Bar and Tony Tutto Pizza. Look for specialty foods from Cici’s Italian Butterhorns, Rancho Llano Seco, Red Barn Walnuts, Equator Coffees & Teas, Orthodox Chews, Mamies Pies, Marin French Cheese Co., Spring Hill Cheese Company, Honeymoon Ice Cream and more. Note:
Because of legal, health and safety reasons, attendees must be at least 21 years old to be admitted. Bicycles, strollers and dogs are not allowed in the event. For more info. visit: www.millvalley.org. FROM SEA TO DINING SEA I can’t think of a better staycation option than Nick’s Cove & Cottages right on Tomales Bay. The Marshall-based restaurant just unveiled The Croft, its very own on-site farm and garden. In addition to providing most of the herbs, eggs, honey and vegetables for the restaurant and cottages, there are also two bocce ball courts, winding paths and picnic tables that look out over Tomales Bay. Chef Austin Perkins is already creating inventive dishes using The Croft’s fresh eggs and veggies, including a croft chard salad with duck confit, wild arugula cakes and a warm cauliflower salad. Nick’s Cove is located at 23240 Highway One, Marshall. For more information call 663-1033 or visit www.nickscove.com. DAY TRIPPING Now that summer is here, why not treat yourself to this foodfilled getaway. On Saturday, June 28, from 3-8pm Fallon Hills Ranch’s Kevin Maloney and chefs Francis Hogan and Sean Canavan will host a unique summer ranch tour and al fresco dining experience on the 300-acre family-run ranch in Petaluma. The afternoon will kick off with a reception and passed appetizers, followed by a ranch tour led by Kevin Maloney. The evening will culminate in a seated four-course collaborative meal set against the backdrop of the rolling hills of Petaluma. A few items from the adventurous menu include: crispy pig’s head croquette with cherry mustard, rabbit meatballs succotash of corn, favas, cherry tomato and basil pistou, and a lamb trio: braised shoulder, mergues sausages, crispy belly with ratatouille and couscous salad. Tickets: $125; Limited quantities available for purchase.Y Share your hunger pains with Tanya at email@example.com.
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More than a power-pop legend Singer/songwriter Peter Case makes rare North Bay appearance by G re g Cahill
ou can never have too much of a tive, I only wish I had thought of those argood thing. rangements myself,” Case told me last week, When producer Jeff Campbell during a video shoot for Acoustic Guitar set out to record a benefit album for his magazine. Washington D.C.-based charity Hungry for Case—who gives a rare North Bay Music, using the songs of Bay Area singer/ performance next week at the HopMonk songwriter Peter Case, he had no problem Tavern in Novato—is a gifted storyteller finding great material. who ranks among the best to emerge from But trimming the playlist did prove a the singer/songwriter scene that blossomed problem. in the 90s. The result was 2006’s But his roots go much stellar A Case for Case: deeper. NOW PLAYING A Tribute to the Songs of Born and raised in Peter Case performs with Jerry Peter Case, a hefty threeBuffalo, N.Y., the nowHannan on Sunday, June 22, disc, 48-song collec60-year-old Case’s first at 5pm, at an outdoor cookout tion that featured such band, the Breakaways, concert at the HopMonk Tavern, folk, Americana, coundidn’t make much of a Vintage Oaks Shopping Center, Novato. $10. 892-6200. try, blues and undersplash on the national ground rock acts as John scene (their nascent Prine, Dave Alvin, Steve recordings wouldn’t be Wynn, Joe Ely, James Mcreleased until 2009), but Murtry, Chuck Prophet, Chris Smither, the band did mark the beginning of a longand Victoria Williams, among others. time association with Paul Collins, later of “Some of those covers were so imaginathe Beat.
Case and Collins would go on to perform together in the short-lived proto-power pop band The Nerves before forming the now-legendary power-pop band The Plimsouls, which blended American soul, British Invasion and garage rock with post-punk sensibilities. The band’s best-known song, the Case-composed “A Million Miles Away,” landed on the Peter Case first arrived in 1973 in San Francisco, where he initially performed Valley Girl soundtrack and as a street musician. firmed up the Plimsouls’ iconic status. rockabilly rhythm section,” the magazine After that band’s 1983 dissolution, Case opined. “Everything sounds like it was became a solo act, spinning a series of criti- recorded by Alan Lomax in a Louisiana cally acclaimed albums that started with prison cell—and presumably this was the his eponymous 1986 solo debut and, most intended effect.” recently, included 2010’s fabulous Wig! Capturing that air of authenticity is a (Yep Roc), inspired by Case’s insurancetool that Case keeps handy in his kitbag: less open-heart surgery the previous year. in 2007, he garnered a Grammy nominaBlessed with the ability to make music that tion for the stunning acoustic album Let Us sounds fresh, but familiar, Case gave the Now Praise Sleepy John, an ode to bluesman album a rootsy sound that evokes, what “Sleepy” John Estes. That CD served as a American Songwriter characterized as, companion to the Case-produced 2001 “dirt-covered backroads.” disc Avalon Blues: A Tribute to the Music of “Case’s filigree-free gutbucket approach Mississippi John Hurt, featuring Marin blues works just fine on Wig!, with the songs’ diva Maria Muldaur (with her ex-husband arrangements stripped down to barest bare Geoff and children Clare and Jenni), Gilessentials: “snaky guitar leads, chitlin’lian Welch, Bruce Cockburn, Lucinda Wilcircuit harmonica, and simple piano parts liams, Ben Harper and Taj Mahal, among occasionally surface over the filthy cheapothers. Y tone electric guitars and skeleton-crew Get on Greg's case at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Love’s a hard game to play MTC’s ‘Failure: A Love Story’ explores the ups and down of love by Charl e s Br ou sse
f you admire the Dalai Lama’s un- hands of daughters Nelly, Jenny June, and shakeable cheerfulness and agree with Gertrude, with moral support from an the message of a popular author that adopted foundling son named John, who it’s better not to “sweat the small stuff ”— delights in his pets (a puppet parrot, dog a term that includes just about everything and giant python) and wants to become a nasty that life has to throw at us—you’ll veterinarian. probably feel right at home watching Philip Among the sisters, only Gertrude has Dawkins’ Failure: A Love Story. Billed as any interest in running the business and “whimsical” and “enshe could use help. NOW PLAYING chanting,” it’s the final Enter wealthy investor Failure: A Love Story runs through production of Marin Mortimer Mortimer. Sunday, June 29, at the Marin Theatre Theatre Company’s Embarked on a search Company, 397 Miller Ave., Mill Valley: 2013-14 season and for his heart’s desire, he Information: 388-5200, or boxoffice@ from the opening is initially attracted to marintheatre.org. seconds to the final vivacious young Nelly. blackout, Dawkins’ However, when she protagonist Mortimer Mortimer (no mis- dies in a freak accident, instead of mournprint) has his earnest efforts to find lasting ing the loss he instantly transfers his affeclove blocked by cruel fate. But does that tion to Jenny June, who reciprocates the make him lose heart or wallow in self pity? honor by drowning during a long distance Not our Mortimer! A true believer in living swim across Lake Michigan. Now it’s Gerin the moment, he just sucks up his grief trude’s turn. Mortimer rejoices that true and moves on. love finally seems within reach ... only to In traditional storyteller style that has discover that this most genuine and pracMTC’s actors passing parts of the narratical member of the Fail clan is about to tion from one to another, Dawkins uses succumb to tuberculosis! What is the poor the play’s opening minutes to provide con- man to do? That I won’t reveal, except to text and a remarkably detailed description say that this extraordinary cycle of disasof what we are about to witness. It’s Chiters is not yet complete and it all happens cago, 1928, the end of the Jazz Age. Some within the space of a single calendar year. years earlier, Mom and Pop Fail, European Probably anticipating that some among immigrants who simplified their original his audience will have difficulty appreciatname upon arrival at Ellis Island near ing a nearly two hour intermission-less the turn of the century, perished when tale of such concentrated woe, Dawkins they drove their new DeSoto car into tacks on a super sentimental ending that the Chicago River on a stormy evening. spells out his underlying message: The That left the family’s clock shop in the experience of being in love is worthwhile in
Kathryn Zdan, Megan Smith and Liz Sklar in ‘Failure: A Love Story.’ Well, if they fail at love, at least they can play instruments!
and of itself, irrespective of the truism that nothing in life endures forever. To raise the entertainment level, future producers are encouraged to stage the show as a kind of black humor vaudeville, mitigating the tragic elements with comic “bits” and music of their choosing. Performing on designer Nina Ball’s confusingly cluttered clock shop set, MTC director Jasson Minadakis and his perpetually smiling five member cast—Kathryn Zdan (Nelly), Liz Sklar (Jenny June), Megan Smith (Gertrude), Patrick Kelly Jones (John) and Brian Herndon (Mortimer)— give it the old college try, but with limited success. While the sweet vocal harmonies
in period standards like “I Can’t Give You Anything But Love” are easy on the ear, their rather simplistic instrumental ensemble reminds us that these are actors pretending to be musicians, not the other way around. Similarly, the manipulation of the animal puppets, a craft that usually requires considerable training, is noticeably clumsy. In sum, Failure: A Love Story feels fragmented, more like a work-in-progress than a fully realized comedy, black or otherwise. It will be interesting to see where— if anywhere—it leads. Y Charles can be reached at email@example.com.
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k New Movies This Week
Belle (PG) Casablanca (PG) Chef (R)
M ovie summaries by M at t hew St af fo r d Belle (1:45) Sumptuous biopic of Dido Elizabeth Belle, a mixed-race aristocrat of pre-abolition 18th century England. l Casablanca (1:42) World-weary saloonkeeper Humphrey Bogart is thrust into global intrigue when ex-gf Ingrid Bergman reenters his life, nasty Nazis at hand; Claude Rains steals the show. l Chef (1:55) Superstar chef Jon Favreau gives up his luxe LA eatery to launch a Miami food truck. l The Croods (1:31) The story of a prehistoric family emerging from their cave to behold the wide world; Emma Stone and Nic Cage vocalize. l Edge of Tomorrow (1:53) War of the Worlds meets Groundhog Day as a space-time vortex forces Tom Cruise to fight the same battle against invading aliens over and over again. l The Fault in Our Stars (2:06) John Green’s bestseller hits the big screen with Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort as two teens who meet and fall in love at a cancer support group. l Finding Vivian Maier (1:23) Documentary looks at the life of a secretive New York nanny whose recently unearthed snapshots reveal her as one of the 20th century’s greatest photographers. l Frozen Sing-Along (1:50) Make beautiful music with Kristen Bell, Santino Fontana and the rest of the gang to the Oscar-nominated score. l The Godfather (2:55) Mafia don Marlon Brando passes the reins of power to reluctant son Al Pacino in Coppola’s epic, family saga; Jimmy Caan costars. l The Godfather, Part II (3:20) The sequel continues the Corleone saga, paralleling Vito’s rise to power in turn-of-the-century New York. l Godzilla (2:00) The big green lizard is back and badder than ever; Bryan Cranston, Juliette Binoche and David Strathairn star. l Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia (1:29) Bio-documentary of the witty, irascible writer, critic and historian features interviews with friends Mikhail Gorbachev and Christopher Hitchens and priceless footage. l The Grand Budapest Hotel (1:40) Wes Anderson directs a star-studded cinemazation of Stefan Zweig’s stories about a palatial European hotel between the wars. l Henry IV, Part I (3:30) The Bard’s epic tale of a beleaguered king, his wastrel son and the one and only Sir John Falstaff. l How to Train Your Dragon 2 (1:45) Wannabe Viking Hiccup and his pet dragon Toothless are protecting their village from uncouth invaders. l Ida (1:20) Polish drama about a teenage nun-tobe who discovers that she’s the daughter of Jewish parents killed by the Nazis. l The Immigrant (1:57) Ellis Island period piece about the adventures and tribulations of a Polish émigré in Jazz Age Manhattan; Marion Cotillard and Joaquin Phoenix star. l Ivory Tower (1:30) Andrew Rossi’s documentary looks at the costs of higher education and how some colleges still offer an affordable, scholarly experience. l Jersey Boys (2:14) Director Clint Eastwood brings the Tony-winning musical bio of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons to the silver screen. l
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l Maleficent (1:38) Angelina Jolie stars in the untold story of Sleeping Beauty’s wicked nemesis. l Manakamana (1:58) Inventive, acclaimed documentary filmed entirely inside a cable car carrying pilgrims to a mountaintop temple high above the Nepalese jungle. l The Metropolitan Opera: Rigoletto (3:35) Verdi’s tragedy gets a ring-a-ding-ding update to Rat Pack-era Vegas in the Met’s production. l The Metropolitan Opera: La Rondine (2:00) Catch Puccini’s racy tale of a kept woman and a younger man in big-screen high definition. l Million Dollar Arm (2:04) Jon Hamm and cantankerous baseball scout Alan Arkin try to turn two Indian cricket players into MLB phenoms. l A Million Ways to Die in the West (1:56) Sergio Leone sendup about a cowardly sheepman, a mysterious stranger and a notorious outlaw; Seth MacFarlane, Charlize Theron and Liam Neeson star. l The Nance (2:30) Nathan Lane’s acclaimed performance as a closeted gay man in the raucous world of 1930s burlesque. l National Theatre London: A Small Family Business (3:30) Riotous comedy of greed, corruption and dysfunctional family politics. l Obvious Child (1:23) An aspiring twentysomething comedian faces unemployment, pregnancy and adulthood in Robespierre’s poignant comedy. l Only Lovers Left Alive (2:02) Jim Jarmusch takes on the vampire genre with a rambling hipster romance about the centuries-old love affair. l Palo Alto (1:38) James Franco’s dovetailing stories of four disaffected teens reaches the big screen under the guidance of writer-director Gia Coppola. l The Railway Man (1:48) True story of a former POW who finds and confronts the Japanese soldier who tortured him decades earlier. l Redwood Highway (1:30) Shirley Knight throws off the comfortable shackles of her Oregon retirement community and goes on an 80-mile walkabout to the Pacific Ocean she loves. l The Rover (1:42) Aussie loner Guy Pearce searches a lawless Outback for the thieves who stole his most treasured possession: his car. l The Signal (1:37) Sundance fave about three road-trippers who stumble upon a nerd genius in the desert and live to regret it. l Think Like a Man Too (1:45) Steve Harvey’s self-helping couples reunite for a weekend in Vegas with predictably disastrous results. l Transformers: Age of Extinction (2:35) Everyone’s favorite Autobots are back and taking on yet another Earth-threatening evildoer. l 22 Jump Street (1:52) Baby-faced undercover cops Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill graduate to college-level espionage. 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 Words and Pictures (1:51) Boozing English teacher Clive Owen and abstract painter Juliette Binoche spark in Schepisi’s romantic comedy. l X-Men: Days of Future (2:10) The original X-Men join forces with their younger selves in a time-altering mission to save Earth.
kThe Croods (PG) Edge of Tomorrow (PG-13)
The Fault in Our Stars (PG-13)
Finding Vivian Maier (Not Rated) Frozen Sing-Along (PG) kThe Godfather (R) kThe Godfather, Part II (R) Godzilla (PG-13) Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia (NR) The Grand Budapest Hotel (R) Henry IV, Part I (Not Rated) How to Train Your Dragon 2 (PG)
Rafael: Fri, Mon-Thu 4, 6:30 Sat-Sun 1:45, 4, 6:30 Lark: Sun 3:30 Fairfax: 1:30, 4:30, 7:15, 9:55 Playhouse: 1, 4, 7, 9:45 Regency: Fri-Mon, Thu 10:50, 1:50, 4:40, 7:40, 10:25 Tue 10:50, 1:50, 10:25 Wed 10:50am Sequoia: Fri 4:15, 7:15, 10 Sat 1:15, 4:15, 7:15, 10 Sun 1:15, 4:15, 7:15 Mon-Wed 4:15, 7:15 Rowland: Tue, Thu 10am Fairfax: 12:45, 3:50, 6:55, 9:30 Larkspur Landing: Fri 7; 3D showtime at 9:40 Sat-Sun 1:40, 7; 3D showtimes at 11, 4:20, 9:40 Mon-Wed 9:25; 3D showtime at 6:45 Northgate: Fri-Wed 11:05, 1:50, 4:40, 7:35, 10:25; 3D showtimes at 12:30, 3:20, 6:10, 9 Rowland: Fri-Mon, Wed 2:15, 7:45; 3D showtimes at 11:25, 4:50, 10:30 Tue 2:15, 7:45; 3D showtimes at 4:50, 10:30 Thu 1:45, 7:05; 3D showtime at 4:20 Fairfax: 1, 4:15, 7:10, 9:50 Regency: Fri-Sat, Mon-Tue, Thu 10:30, 1:25, 4:20, 7:20, 10:15 Sun 10:30am Wed 10:30, 1:25, 10:15 Rowland: 10:25, 1:20, 4:20, 7:10, 10:05 Sequoia: Fri 4, 7, 9:55 Sat 1, 4, 7, 9:55 Sun 1, 4, 7 MonTue 4, 7 Wed 4 Lark: Sat 3:50 Mon 4 Lark: Sat 1:15 Regency: Sun, Wed 2 Regency: Sun, Wed 7 Northgate: Fri-Wed 10:50, 1:45, 4:35, 7:25, 10:15 Rafael: 8:45 daily
Lark: Sat 6 Rafael: Sun 1 Fairfax: 12, 2:25, 4:50, 7:15, 9:35 Larkspur Landing: Fri 5, 7:30; 3D showtime at 10 Sat-Sun 11:30, 5, 7:30; 3D showtimes at 2:15, 10 Mon-Wed 7; 3D showtime at 9:40 Northgate: Fri-Wed 11:50, 12:45, 2:30, 5:10, 6:05, 7:50, 10:30; 3D showtimes at 11, 1:40, 3:25, 4:15, 7, 8:45, 9:40 Playhouse: 12, 2:25, 4:50, 7:15, 9:35 Rowland: 11:30, 2, 4:30, 7, 9:30; 3D showtimes at 10:15, 12:45, 3:15, 5:45, 8:15 Ida (PG-13) Rafael: Fri, Mon-Thu 4:15, 6:15, 8:15 Sat 2:15, 4:15, 6:15, 8:15 Sun 6:15, 8:15 The Immigrant (R) Marin: Fri-Sat 1:20, 4:15, 7:15, 10:05 Sun-Thu 1:20, 4:15, 7:15 kIvory Tower (Not Rated) Rafael: Fri, Mon-Thu 4:45, 6:45, 9 Sat-Sun 2:45, 4:45, 6:45, 9 kJersey Boys (R) Fairfax: 12:30, 3:30, 6:40, 9:35 Larkspur Landing: Fri 6:45, 9:50 Sat-Sun 12:35, 3:40, 6:45, 9:50 Mon-Wed 6:30, 9:30 Marin: Fri-Sat 1, 4, 7, 10 SunThu 1, 4, 7 Playhouse: 12:30, 3:30, 6:30, 9:25 Regency: 11:05, 12:50, 2:15, 4, 5:25, 7:10, 8:35, 10:20 Rowland: 10:05, 1:10, 4:15, 7:20, 10:25 Maleficent (PG) Fairfax: Fri-Wed 12:05, 2:30, 4:55, 7:20, 9:40 Thu 12:05, 2:30, 4:55 Larkspur Landing: Fri 5:15, 7:40, 10:05 Sat-Sun 12:15, 2:45, 5:15, 7:40, 10:05 MonWed 7:15, 9:45 Northgate: Fri-Wed 10:55, 12:10, 1:25, 2:40, 3:55, 5:15, 6:25, 7:40, 8:55, 10:10 Rowland: Fri-Wed 12, 2:30, 4:55, 7:30, 10 Thu 11, 1:30, 3:55, 6:30 kManakamana (Not Rated) Lark: Fri 3:30 Sun 6 The Metropolitan Opera: Rigoletto (PG) Lark: Sat 10am kThe Metropolitan Opera: La Rondine (PG) Regency: Wed 7 Sequoia: Wed 7 Million Dollar Arm (PG) Northgate: Fri-Wed 10:40, 1:30, 4:20, 7:10, 10 A Million Ways to Die in the West (R) Northgate: Fri-Wed 11:30, 2:15, 5, 7:45, 10:30 kThe Nance (Not Rated) Regency: Tue 7 Lark: Thu 7:30 National Theatre London: A Small Family Business (NR) kObvious Child (R) Regency: 12:55, 3:15, 5:35, 7:50, 10:05 Only Lovers Left Alive (R) Lark: Sat, Mon, Wed 8:30 Palo Alto (R) Lark: Sun, Tue 8:30 The Railway Man (R) Lark: Fri 1 Mon, Tue 1:30 Wed 6 Thu 4:40 Redwood Highway (PG-13) Lark: Fri, Mon 6:15 Tue 4 Wed 1:30 Thu 2:15 kThe Rover (R) Regency: 11:10, 1:45, 4:25, 7, 9:45 The Signal (PG-13) Northgate: Fri-Wed 2, 7:20, 9:50 kThink Like a Man Too (PG-13) Northgate: Fri-Wed 11:20, 1:55, 4:30, 7:15, 9:55 Rowland: 11:50, 2:25, 5, 7:40, 10:15 kTransformers: Age of Extinction (PG-13) Fairfax: Thu 9 Northgate: Thu 10pm; 3D showtime at 9pm Rowland: Thu 10pm, midnight; 3D showtimes at 9pm, midnight 22 Jump Street (R) Cinema: Fri-Sun, Tue-Wed 11, 1:40, 4:20, 7:10, 9:50 Mon 4:20, 7:10, 9:50 Marin: Fri-Sat 1:40, 4:30, 7:30, 10:10 Sun-Thu 1:40, 4:30, 7:30 Northgate: Fri-Wed 11:10, 12:35, 2:05, 3:15, 4:45, 6, 7:30, 8:50, 10:20 Rowland: 11:35, 2:20, 5:05, 7:50, 10:35 Walking the Camino (Not Rated) Lark: Fri 8:30 Sun 1:15 Tue 6:15 Wed 3:45 Words and Pictures (PG-13) Northgate: Fri-Wed 11:15, 4:25 X-Men: Days of Future Past (PG-13) Northgate: Fri-Wed 1:05, 4:05, 7:05, 10:05
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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A complex courtship ‘The Fault in Our Stars,’ tackles life, death and what’s beyond by Davi d Te mp l e ton
ezi Gallegos had never heard of ability to transform fully into various realThe Fault in Our Stars till I called life characters, Gallegos (and his show) up and invited him to go see it. eventually gained the attention of Varon, This makes Gallegos the only young becoming one of the youngest writerAmerican under the age of 20 who was not performers to be given a full run of a show at least aware of the movie, and the bestat The Marsh. selling book by John Green that inspired “What I liked about The Fault in Our it. Stars is the fact that it even exists,” Gal“I enjoyed it,” says Gallegos, after the legos remarks. “A story about teenagers— film, “but I didn’t love it. The concept really smart, articulate, fully aware people—who interests me—death, canare facing the fact that they cer, oblivion, the meaning have this terrible disease, NOW PLAYING of life—because it’s someand the fact that they very Dezi Gallegos’ God Fights thing I’ve thought about a likely will not survive past the Plague runs Saturdays lot. It’s a story I’ve always their 18th birthday—that’s at 8:30pm and Sundays wanted to write, actually— pretty intense stuff for a at 7pm through Sunday, the story of kids diagnosed movie. At the time I was Aug. 10, at The Marsh, 1062 with cancer, and how they first writing God Fights the Valencia St., San Francisco. deal with it. I’d have done Plague, having just been For more info. visit www. it differently, in places, but diagnosed with my own themarsh.org. Box office: basically, I really apprecidisease, my mom fighting 282-3055. ated what they were trying cancer, my brother being to do.” on the autism spectrum, I Gallegos is the author was becoming pretty aware and performer of God Fights the Plague, that life is full of random, irrational, seema philosophical one-man-show, directed ingly meaningless occurrences. by solo-show-virtuoso Charlie Varon, and “I knew that there were people in those currently running at The Marsh in San situations who turn to God to comfort Francisco. In the piece, which Gallegos be- them, and I didn’t have that. So I launched gan developing while still in high school, my own search for meaning by asking he describes being diagnosed with Lyme people who’d found their own answers, to disease just as his mother battles breast see if any of those answers resonated with cancer, and the search for answers that me. So I kind of love the central question takes him through a series of interviews in The Fault in Our Stars, which is, ‘Can I with ministers, rabbis, scientists, believhandle living in a world that is completely ers and non-believers. Acclaimed for his irrational? What do we do in a world
The title of the book/movie was adapted from William Shakespeare’s ‘Julius Caesar’: “The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves ...”
like that when something terrible happens?’ I think the message in the movie is, even though life brings loss and pain and randomness, what makes it all make sense is just to love someone. That’s what being human is all about. It’s our ability to keep loving other people, even when horrible things are happening all around us.” The Fault in Our Stars, after all, is a love story. Extremely faithful to the book it’s based on, the movie introduces us to the sweetlyacerbic, guardedly cynical 16-year-old Hazel (Shailene Woodley), who meets an overtly optimist, one-legged, 18-year-old cancer survivor name Augustus (Ansel Elgort) at a cancer support group for teens. They bond quickly, swapping favorite books, but Hazel resists falling for Augustus, believing her cancer to be a ticking time bomb that will eventually destroy her parents—and break Augustus’ heart if she lets him in too deeply. “In the movie,” notes Gallegos, “there’s the counselor at the support group. He had
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Live music 06/20: The Doc Kraft Band 8:30pm. $10. Seahorse Bar, 305 Harbor Dr. Gate 5, Sausalito. 601-7858. dockraft.com.
06/20: Hot for Teacher Liza 2.0 Benefit: Van Halen Experience with David Lauser 9pm.
$25-30. Sweetwater Music Hall, 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley. 388-1100. swmh.com. 06/20: Jazzitude Jazz. 9:30pm. Free. The Sleeping Lady, 23 Broadway Blvd, Fairfax. sleepingladyfairfax.com. 06/20: Jay Bonet Rock. 9:30pm. $8. Peri’s Silver Dollar, 29 Broadway Blvd, Fairfax. 459-9910. perisbar.com. 06/20: Kelly Peterson Band on the Patio Folk rock. 5pm. No cover. Peri’s Silver Dollar, 29 Broadway Blvd, Fairfax. 459-9910. perisbar.com. 06/20: The Mother Hips 8pm. $20. Terrapin Crossroads, 100 Yacht Club Dr., San Rafael. 524-2773. terrapincrossroads.net.
06/20: S.F. Music Club: Northgate Concerts Under the Oak With Jimmy Dillon and Lorin Rowan 6-8pm. Free. Northgate Mall, Oak
Plaza, 5800 Northgate Mall, San Rafael. 479-5956. shopatnorthgate.com. 06/20: Tony McManus Celtic guitar. 8pm. $2025. Schoenberg Guitars, 106 Main St., Tiburon. 789-0846. om28.com 06/20: We the Folk 8pm. $10. HopMonk Novato, 224 Vintage Way, Novato. 892-6200. hopmonk.com/novato. 06/20: Wonder Bread 5 Dance party. 9pm. $15. 19 Broadway, 17 Broadway, Fairfax. 459-1091. 19broadway.com.
06/20: Friday Night Jazz: Dick Fregulia Trio
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One of the great actresses of Hollywood’s golden age, Ava Gardner was also one of its most beautiful, with a combustible on-screen presence that proved as fatal to the average male libido as it was to real-life marriages such as Sinatra’s. MGM’s cornpone sense of wholesomeness and glamour found a solution to her sexuality in exiling her, literally, to a series of exotic locales that had her igniting passions in faraway time zones, sometimes under cover of foreign nationality or forbidden race—which was an unlike- Gardener married three times: Mickey Rooney (1942ly career path for a North Carolinian 1943), Artie Shaw (1945-1946) and Frank Sinatra (1951-1957). who had struggled mightily to lose her backwoods accent. A surefire formula for campiness loomed large—and to be sure it’s sometimes there—if Gardner’s ferocious talent weren’t always escaping through the corners. Cases in point: THE BAREFOOT CONTESSA, where Spanish club dancer Maria Vargas rises to the top of Tinseltown and new life among the idle rich of the Riviera. But the lure of her peasant roots (given heft and poetry by writer/director Joseph L. Mankiewicz) is always drawing her back, and finds Vargas most thrillingly alive dancing in wayside gypsy camps. And BHOWANI JUNCTION, where she plays the Anglo-Indian Army enlistee Victoria Jones, uncertain where her fate will lie after removal of the British and inevitable partition. Gardner, at the peak of her mature beauty and selfpossession, seems to bring all of nascent India’s passions in tow.—Richard Gould
06/21: Crossroads Music School Recital
10:30am. No cover. Sweetwater Music Hall, 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley. 388-1100. swmh.com.
06/21: The 7th Sons Rock Rock and blues 60s-
Acoustic guitar duo. 8pm. No cover. True North Craft Beer, Pizza and Music, 638 San Anselmo Ave., San Anselmo. 453-1238. truenorthpizza.com.
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06/21: Greg Johnson and Glass Brick Boulevard Funk, rock, jazz. 8pm. $15. Fenix, 919 Fourth St., San Rafael. 813-5600. fenixlive.com. 06/21: Helm Middle eastern/gypsy. 9:30pm. $7. The Sleeping Lady, 23 Broadway Blvd, Fairfax. sleepingladyfairfax.com. 06/21: Audrey Moira Shimkas Trio Jazz, rock. 6pm. No cover. Tiburon Tavern, 1651 Tiburon Blvd, Tiburon. 847-8331. audreyshimkas.com. 06/21: Leon Bristow Acoustic folk. 4pm. No cover. Peri’s Silver Dollar, 29 Broadway Blvd, Fairfax. perisbar.com. 06/21: Marshall House Project Funk, soul. 9pm. No cover. HopMonk Novato, 224 Vintage Way, Novato. 892-6200. hopmonk.com/novato. 06/21: Rusty Evans’ Ring of Fire Rockabilly. 9:30pm. $8. Peri’s Silver Dollar, 29 Broadway Blvd, Fairfax. perisbar.com. 06/21: Sambada Samba/funk. 9pm. $12-15. 19 Broadway, 17 Broadway, Fairfax. 459-1091. 19broadway.com.
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ter Music Hall, 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley. 388-1100. swmh.com. 06/22: Amy Hogan Singer/songwriter, folk. 1:30am. No cover. Fenix Supper Club, 919 Fourth Street, San Rafael. 813-5600. fenixlive.com/music.
06/22: Denise Perrier: the Voice with a Heart Jazz vocalist. 6:30pm. $15. Fenix, 919 Fourth St., San Rafael. 813-5600. fenixlive.com/index.
06/22: Folkish Festival: Jimmy Dillon and Generation Next 12:30-2:30pm. No cover. Marin Country Mart, 2257 Larkspur Landing Circle, Larkspur. marincountrymart.com.
06/22: The Great Spirit Band: Live Music Brunch11am-2pm. No cover. Sweetwater Music Hall, 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley. 388-1100. swmh.com.
06/22: Matthew Schoening Electric cello. Include an optional tea ceremony before the concert. 8pm. $12.50-$55. Studio 55 Marin, 1455 Francisco Blvd. E., San Rafael. events.brightstarevents. net/featured/matthew-schoening-2014-us-concerttour?loc=94901. 06/22: Namely Us Jazz. With Connie Ducey, vocals; Dick Bay, keyboard, vocal; Levi Hooks, drums; Brian Jones, bass. Guest musicians likely to join the fun. 6:30pm. No cover. The Sleeping lady, 23 Broadway, Fairfax. 485-1182. sleepingladyfairfax.com. 06/22: Otis Scarecroe Folk/rock. 4-7pm on the patio. No cover. Peri’s Silver Dollar, 29 Broadway Blvd, Fairfax. perisbar.com. 06/22: Remi and Chloe 7pm. $15. Sweetwater Music Hall, 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley. 388-1100. swmh.com.
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06/22: Sunday Cookout Concert with Jerry Hannan and Peter Case Original acoustic.
5pm. $10-25. HopMonk Novato, 224 Vintage Way, Novato. 892-6200. hopmonk.com/novato.
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06/23: Open Mic with Derek Smith 8:30pm. Free. 19 Broadway Night Club, 17 Broadway, Fairfax. 459-1091. 19broadway.com. 06/23: Open Mic with Simon Costa 8:30pm. Free. The Sleeping Lady, 23 Broadway Blvd, Fairfax. 485-1182. sleepingladyfairfax.com. 06/23: Peri’s Open Mic with Billy D Electric open mic. 9pm. No cover. Peri’s Silver Dollar, 29 Broadway Blvd, Fairfax. 459-9910. perisbar.com. 06/24: Bear’s Belly Folk, Americana. 9pm. No cover. The Sleeping lady, 23 Broadway, Fairfax. 485-1182. sleepingladyfairfax.com. 06/24: Charlie Hickox Soul blues, r&b. 8pm. No cover. 19 Broadway Night Club, 17 Broadway, Fairfax. 459-1091. 19broadway.com. 06/24: Lorin Rowan Solo acoustic guitar and vocals. 7pm. No cover. Panama Hotel, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. panamahotel.com. 06/24: Ray Bonneville with Mike Beck 8pm. $17-20. Sweetwater Music Hall, 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley. 388-1100. swmh.com. 06/25: Open Mic with Dennis Haneda 7pm. No cover. All ages. HopMonk Novato, 224 Vintage Way, Novato. 892-6200. hopmonk.com/novato. 06/25: Paper Birds with the Americans 8pm. $10-12. Sweetwater Music Hall, 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley. 388-1100. swmh.com. 06/25: Salsa Night With Latido Dance lesson at 8pm; music at 9pm. $10. 19 Broadway Night Club, 17 Broadway, Fairfax. 459-1091. 19broadway.com. 06/25: Spark and Whisper Acoustic folk. 9pm. No cover. The Sleeping lady, 23 Broadway, Fairfax. 485-1182. sleepingladyfairfax.com. 06/25: Sticky’s Backyard Rock. 9:30pm. No cover. Peri’s Silver Dollar, 29 Broadway Blvd, Fairfax. perisbar.com.
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ful musician and daughter of the legendary Levon Helms makes a rare intimate venue appeareance. 8pm. $25. Terrapin Crossroads, 100 Yacht Club Dr., San Rafael. 524-2773. terrapincrossroads.net. 06/26: C-Jam Quartet Jazz. Connie Ducey, vocals; Jay Stapleton, guitar; Andy Dudnick, bass; Mike MacKenzie, drums. 7pm. No cover. The Panama Hotel and Restaurant, 4 Bayview St, San Rafael. 457-3993. panamahotel.com. 06/26: Jonathan Laurence “My Nature” CD release. 9pm. No cover. The Sleeping lady, 23 Broadway, Fairfax. 485-1182. sleepingladyfairfax.com.
06/26: Spanish Gold, Clear Plastic Masks 9pm. $12-15. Sweetwater Music Hall, 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley. 388-1100. swmh.com.
06/27: Albert Lee with the Dagwood Blondies 9pm. $25-30. Sweetwater Music Hall, 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley. 388-1100. swmh.com. 06/27: The Bangles 8pm. $55-65. City Winery at Napa Valley Opera House, 130 Main St., Napa. 707/260-1600. citywinery.com. 06/27: Black Water Gold Afro beat. Lucia Comnes duo opens. 9pm. $10. 19 Broadway, 17 Broadway, Fairfax. 459-1091. 19broadway.com.
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Comedy 06/24: 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. 06/25: Comedy in the Plaza Master of ceremonies Mark Pitta will introduce comedians Kevin Pollak, Michael Pace and Dhaya Lakshinarayanan. Bring a picnic, lawnchair. 6:30pm. Free. Depot Plaza, Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 383-1370. cityofmillvalley.org. 06/26: Mort Sahl: Social Satire Provocative humor and engaging conversation. 7pm. Free. Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 383-9600. 142throckmortontheatre.org.
Theater Through 06/29: ‘Failure: A Love Story’ West
coast premiere. By Philip Dawkins. Directed by Jasson Minadakis. With live musical accompaniment. 8pm Thurs.-Sat.; 2 and 7pm Sun.; 7:30pm Wed. Marin Theatre Company, 397 Miller Ave., Mill Valley. 388-5208. marintheatre.org.
Concerts 06/22: S.F. Institute of Music Student Performance 4pm. $10-25. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 383-9600. throckmortontheatre.org.
06/20-21: Marin Baroque: Venus and Adonis Early English opera by John Blow.
Chamber Choir and period instrument Orchestra. Music Director Daniel Canosa.With the San Francisco Renaissance Dancers. 8pm. Free. First Presbyterian Church, 72 Kensington Road, San Anselmo. 497-6634. marinbaroque.org.
06/20-06/27: Contemporary Opera Marin: Maria of Buenos Aries One act tango opera.
Astor Piazzolla. 7:30pm June 20 and 27; 3pm June 22 and 25. Free. James Dunn Theatre, College of Marin, 835 College Ave., Kentfield. 485-9460. marin.edu/performingarts. 06/21: Tamalpais String Quartet With Paul Smith, piano. Works by Aulis Sallinen, Beethoven and Saint-Saens. 7:30pm. Free. James Dunn Theatre, College of Marin, 835 College Ave., Kentfield. 485-9460. marin.edu. 06/22: Spirit of ChantWave Celebrate with songs from Michael Stillwater’s ChantWave. 5:30 potluck dinner before the main event. Community Singing 7-9:30pm. Community Congregational Church, 145 Rock Hill Dr., Tiburon.
06/22: Steep Ravine: Corte Madera Community Foundation Summer Concert Series 5pm. Free. Menke Park, Redwood and
Corte Madera Avenues, Corte Madera. 302-1160. cortemaderacommunityfoundation.org.
06/25: Noontime Concerts: Marin Music Chest Competition Winners With Katarina Lee and Matthew Lee. Program will include works by Bach, Chopin and Liszt. Noon. Free. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 383-9600. throckmortontheatre.org.
Dance 06/21: Recalling Hawaii Hula theatre. Lynn Roth, artistic director. 6:45pm. $25. Dominican University of California, 50 Acacia Ave., San Rafael. 302-6009. recallinghawaii.com. 06/21: Sacred Music Sacred Dance with the Tibetan Monks of Drepung Loseling Monestary A limited number of private or small
group consultations with an English speaking head Lama (Rinpoche) are available prior to the event, call 572-8562 for information. 7pm. $25. Mt. Tam Church, 410 Sycamore Ave., Mill Valley. 847-4757. tibetanculturehouse.net.
06/21: Odissi Classical Indian Dance: Yoga in Dance 7pm. $20. San Anselmo Playhouse, 27 Kensington Road, San Anselmo. 456-2799. playhousesananselmo.org
06/25: Swing Dance Lessons No partner
needed. Drop-ins welcome. 7pm Wednesdays. $13-15. 7pm. Sausalito Parks and Recreation Exercise Room, 420 Litho St., Sausalito. sausalitoparksandrecreation.com.
Art 06/22: Reception for Spotlight on Chuck Eckart 1pm June 22. Free. Art by the Bay Weekend Gallery, 18856 Highway One, Marshall. 663-1006. artbythebayweekendgallery.com.
06/26: MarinScapes Opening Night Gala with al Fresco Dinner Exclusively featuring
landscapes and scenes of Marin by 30 artists. With an al fresco dinner at Escalle Winery surrounded by wooded hills near downtown Larkspur. MarinScapes is a benefit for Buckelew Programs. Meet the artists reception on 5:30pm June 27; exhibit and sale June 28-29. Historic Escalle Winery, 771 Magnolia Ave., Larkpsur. 893-1780. buckelew.org/marinscapes. 06/27: Michael Schwab Art Show Graphic art. Reception 7pm June 27. Free. diPietro Todd SalonMill Valley, 250 Camino Alto, Mill Valley. 693-5546.
Through 06/26: Sanjay Vora—Memories of Dreams Exhibition of new paintings by Bay Area artist Sanjay Vora. Free. Gallery Bergelli, 483 Magnolia Avenue, Larkspur. 945-9454. bergelli.com/exhibitions.htm.
Through 06/30: Gallery Route One’s Artists in the Schools: For the Birds West Marin
School students in partnership with Jane Ingram Allen, the Institute for Bird Populations and the Lucid Art Foundation studied migration hazards, painted a Pacific Flyway Migration Mural felted 16 songbirds that migrate between California and Mexico, made paper nests and feathers, experienced plein air automatic drawings, created bird-totem self portraits and made kites with an in-the-air poem. Gallery Route Ones, Artists in the Schools annual installation. Mon.-Sat. 9am-5pm; Sun. 10am-5pm. Student poetry reading and AIS teachers’ sharing 5:30-7:30pm June 26. Toby’s Gallery, 11250 Highway One, Point Reyes Station 3pm. Free. Toby’s Gallery, 11250 Highway One, Point Reyes Station. 663-1347. galleryrouteone.org.
Through 08/15: Terra Linda Ceramic Artists: Reflections Group exhibition. With clay
as their medium, this diverse group of artists explores a range of themes and techniques to create a highly inventive body of work. Opening reception 5:30-7:30pm June 13. Free. Falkirk Cultural Center, 1408 Mission Ave., San Rafael. 328-6598. terralindaceramics.com.
Through 08/17: Wireless Giants of the Pacific: 100 Years of Marconi & RCA Maritime Radio History Free. Bolinas Museum, 48 Wharf Road, Bolinas. 868-0330. bolinasmuseum.org.
Kids Events 06/21: Kids Love to Cook Hands-on Cooking Demonstration Learn how to make a local
and organic fruit salad with cashew whipped cream. Demonstration is hands-on and includes tasting. There will be two 30 minute sessions, the first from 10:30-11am and the second from 11-11:30am. Free. Marin Country Mart Farmers’ Market, 2257 Larkspur Landing Circle, Larkspur. marincountrymart.com. 06/21: Olompali Summer Bird Walk Celebrate summer with the birds of Olompali. View Olompali’s diverse avian residents with leaders Rich Cimino and Janet Bodle. Families are welcome. $8 per car for parking. 8:30am. Free. Olompali State Historic Park, 8901 Redwood Hwy, Novato. 898-4362 x 204. parks.ca.gov/olompali.
06/22: Marine Science Sundays at the Marine Mammal Center Interactive program
for all ages. Activities include Marine Science Sun-
day presentation at noon and 2pm; docent led tours departing at 11am, 1 and 3pm. June’s theme is “Celebrating Our Oceans: The Big, the Small, and the Weird.” 10am. Free. Marine Mammal Center, 2000 Bunker Road, Fort Cronkhite, Sausalito. 289-7356. marinemammalcenter.org. 06/22: Octopalooza Join naturalists from the Aquarium of the Bay to learn about the cephalopod gang. From saucy squids to ostentatious octopuses, find out what’s armed and what’s tentacled through hands-on activities. Squid Dissections at Noon, 1 and 2pm. 11:30am. Free. Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-3871. spn.usace.army.mil/Missions/Recreation/ BayModelVisitorCenter.aspx.
06/22: Teen Improv Workshop with Laura Derry For incoming 6-12th graders. Laugh and
be spontaneous while learning some beginning improv activities and fun performance games. Space is limited, signup recommended. 1pm. Free. Corte Madera Library, 707 Measdowsweet Dr., Corte Madera. 924-6444. marinlibrary.org.
06/25: Doug Hofkins the Surfing Magician 3:30pm. Free. Marin City Library, 164 Donahue St., Sausalito. 332-6159. marinlibrary.org. 06/25: Magician Dan Chan 3:30pm. Free. Mill Valley Public Library, 375 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 389-4292 x4741. millvalleylibrary.org. 06/26: Nature for Kids at Indian Valley Start the day looking for bugs and lizards then head into the forest. Bring your lunch. No pets (except service animals) please. High fire danger may cancel. Parking fee is $3. 10am. Free. Indian Valley Campus, 1800 Ignacio Blvd., Novato. 893-9508. marincountyparks.org.
Film 06/21: Dinner and a Movie Free boatrides, live music, info booths, food and beverages for sale. Screening at 8:30pm: “Maidentrip,” a documentary about teen Laura Dekker’s record breaking solo circumnavigation 6pm. Free. Dunphy Park, , Sausalito. cassgidley.org/sausalito-summer-sailstice/.
Outdoors 06/21: Habitat Resporation: Salmon Habitat Enhancement Join AmeriCorps Watershed Stewards Project for a day of restoration along a San Geronimo Creek tributary. Work to improve habitat building sediment traps, removing invasives and planting native shrubs. Free picnic lunch will be provided at 12:30pm. Please RSVP for lunch. This project is in partnership with MMWD, Marin Open Space and SPAWN. Meet at 9am at the Forest Knolls post office parking lot. Volunteers catch a shuttle up to the work site 9am. Free. Forest Knolls Post Office Parking Lot, Castro, Forest Knolls. 945-1418. marinwater.org.
06/21: New Year’s Resolution Keeper Hike
Join Ranger Felicity Hartnett to enjoy the pleasant scenery of Loma Alta for a moderate 5.5 mile morning hike. Dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes, and bring water and snacks. High fire danger may cancel. Park in the big gravel pullout on the right side, below the crest of the hill. 9:30am. Free. Loma Alta Open Space, meet at roadside parking area near top of White Hill Grade, Fairfax. 473-7191. marincountyparks.org.
06/21: Ranch Tour at Stemple Creek Ranch
Walking tour at Stemple Creek Family Ranch; BBQ snacks. This event is FREE but requires RSVP. Directions and details are given when you RSVP. 11am-1pm. Stemple Creek Ranch, Tomales. 883-8253. stemplecreek.com 06/22: Indian Tree Ascend through a series of cool forests to the top of the ridge where redwoods catch the summer fog. Distance: 6.5 miles; eleva-
tion gain: 1,300 feet. This walk is for ages 15 and up. No pets (except service animals) please. High fire danger may cancel. 9am. Free. Indian Tree Preserve, Vineyard Dr., meet at the trailhead, Novato. 893-9508. marincountyparks.org.
06/26: Bay Trail at Hamilton Field Opening CelebrationThe Marin Community Founda-
tion, Association of Bay Area Governments and the Coastal Conservancy invite you to celebrate the grand opening of the the most recent addition to the Bay Trail at Hamilton Field. The opening of this 2.7 mile section means that 338 miles of the proposed 500 mile Bay Loop have been completed. Emcee for the event is TV journalist and Marin local, Doug McConnell. He will lead a guided walk using the new Bay Trail smart phone audio tour. Funded by the Coastal Conservancy. 4pm. Free. Marin Community Foundation, 5 Hamilton Landing , Novato. baytrail.org.
Readings 06/21: Arlene Goldbard “The Culture of Possibility: Art, Artists & The Future and The Wave.” 4pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. bookpassage.com. 06/21: Deborah Rodriguez “Margarita Wednesdays.” 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. bookpassage.com. 06/21: Jerry Downs “Why You Were Born.” 1pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. bookpassage.com. 06/21: Ridley Pearson “The Red Room.” 1pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. bookpassage.com. 06/22: California Writers Club Marin branch of the California Writers Club celebrates 14 years with Book Passage. With poet Roy Mash. 2pm. $5-10. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. bookpassage.com.
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06/22: Sandra Hunter and Ruth Thompson “Losing Touch.” 4pm. Free. Book Passage,
51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. bookpassage.com. 06/22: Tai Moses“ Zooburbia: Meditations on the Wild Animals Among Us.” 1pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. bookpassage.com. 06/23: Lily King “Euphoria.” 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. bookpassage.com. 06/24: Laurel Braitman “Animal Madness: How Anxious Dogs, Compulsive Parrots and Elephants in Recovery Help Us Understand Ourselves.” 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. bookpassage.com. 06/25: Christina Henriquez “The Book of Unknown Americans.” 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. bookpassage.com. 06/25: Neely Tucker “The Ways of the Dead.” 6pm. Free. Copperfield’s Books, 850 Fourth Street, San Rafael. copperfieldsbooks.com. 06/26: Books and Bites: Steven Raichlen The guru of barbeque is back in town. Raichlen will be on hand to do a cooking demo and share some of his newest culinary techniques. “Man Made Meals: The Essential Cookbook for Guys.” Seats are limited. 6:30pm. $125, includes copy of the book. Cavallo Point Cooking School, 601 Murray Circle, Sausalito. 927-0960. bookpassage.com. 06/26: Damien Echols and Lorri Davis “Yours for Eternity: A Love Story on Death Row.” 7pm. Free. Copperfield’s Books, 850 Fourth St., San Rafael. copperfieldsbooks.com.
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06/20: Satsang and Guided Meditation with Yolande Duran-Serrano 8pm. $20-25.
Open Secret Bookstore, 923 C St., San Rafael. 457-4191. opensecretbookstore.com/events. 06/20: Spiritual Campfire Celebrate the Summer Solstice and immerse yourself into light. Sound and vibration are the most powerful forces in the universe. Harmonious music, sweet words chanted repeatedly through song and dance use the force of vibration for soul awakening, healing and boundless joy. With Jai Josefs, guitar and vocals; Denise Ruelas, piano and vocals; Kris Bowman, vocals; Steve Listug, percussion; Stephen Sullivan, guitar synth, loops and vocals. Please bring food and drink to share during intermission outdoors. 7:30pm. Free will donation.Unity In Marin, 600 Palm Dr., Novato. 747-0960. unityinmarin.org.
06/21: Conserving Water in the Garden
Water and irrigation are increasingly the key factors in garden design. Conserving water is the goal. Discuss strategies and techniques for using less water in our gardens, including plant selection and placement, working with soil and contours, looking at water conserving irrigation practices and devices. 1pm. Free. Marin City Library, 164 Donahue St., Sausalito. 332-6159. .
06/22: The 33rd Annual Mill Valley Market Wine, Beer and Gourmet Food Tasting Epic tasting event with wines, hard to find treats, handcrafted beers, Bay Area chef samplings, gourmet treats made by local producers. 1pm. $50-60. Mill Valley Depot Plaza, 85 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 388-9700. millvalley.org.
06/24: SF Bay ACS presents: “Physical-Biological Interactions of Harbor Porpoises in SF Bay” by Laura Duffy Harbor Porpoises
inhabit multiple areas along the Pacific Coast. Golden Gate Cetacean Research began observing these animals up close in San Francisco Bay in 2008, studying their behavior and identifying individuals. Laura will investigate how porpoises use chemical and physical aspects of their surroundings in relation to tide flux in San Francisco Bay Estuary. The goal is to produce a fine scale habitat model, to make biological predictions based on field observations and physical patterns. 7pm. $5 donation goes toward Student Research Grants. Saylor’s Restaurant and Bar, 2009 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 937-0641. acs-sfbay.org. 06/25: Intimate Impressionism Rita Dunlay, Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco docent, will discuss the current “Intimate Impressionism” exhibit on display at the Legion of Honor through August 3. Noon. Free. Civic Center Library, 3501 Civic Center Drive, Room 427, San Rafael. 473-6058.
06/25: Marin Community Clinics’ Summer Solstice Celebration: Joie de Vivre Celebrate
the solstice with friends of Marin Community Clinics at the historic Marin Art and Garden Center in Ross. Honor 2014 community health champions Judie Shaw, Albert Varner, MD and youth community champions—Keila Itzun and Jocelyn Lezama. Funds raised will help provide medical and dental care for Marin’s under and uninsured. 5:30pm. $100. Marin Art and Garden Center, 30 Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, Ross. 526-8527. marinclinics.org.
06/25: Renaissance Marin 2nd Anniversary Appreciation Celebration With food, live
music, raffles, chair massage and acknowledgments to all who’ve been key to their successes. 5:30pm. Free.Renaissance Marin, 1115 Third St. , San Rafael. 755-1115, ext. 1029. rencentermarin.org. ✹
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Squeeky 7 Year Old Domestic Long Hair Squeeky is a handsome tuxedo boy in the prime of his life. This affectionate lap cat will be a wonderful companion in an adult only home or in a family with respectful, older children 10+. His new family needs to be committed to regular grooming sessions to keep his beautiful, "cottony" coat tangle free. Once he is settled in his new home, don't be surprised if you find him on your lap or next to your computer while you’re working. If you're looking for a mellow love bug to share your life for years to come, look no further than our boy Squeeky! Meet Squeeky at the Marin Humane Society or call the Adoption Department at 415.506.6225
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RELATIONSHIP CHALLENGES? Tired of endless relationship or marital challenges? Or single and sick of spending weekends and holidays alone? Join coed Intimacy Group, Single's Group or Women's Group to explore what’s blocking you from fulfillment in your relationships and life. Weekly, ongoing groups or 9-week groups starting the week of June 23, 2014 - Mon, Tues, or Thurs evening. Space limited. Also, Individual and Couples sessions. Central San Rafael. For more information, call Renee Owen, LMFT#35255 at 415/453-8117. A Safe, successful MOTHERLESS DAUGHTERS SUPPORT GROUP meets every other Tuesday evening in San Anselmo for women who have lost their mothers in childhood, adolescence or adulthood through death, separation, illness, or estrangement. In a supportive environment, women address and explore relevant issues in their lives, current and past, including the many consequence of mother loss. The group provides opportunities for healing and integrating the loss, gaining self-empowerment, and learning successful coping strategies. Facilitated & developed since 1997 by Colleen Russell, LMFT (MFC29249), CGP (41715), whose mother’s death in adolescence was a pivotal event in her life. Individual, Couple, and Family Sessions also available. Contact Colleen:firstname.lastname@example.org or 415-785-3513. June 28, Saturday, 10a-4p - Harnessing the Healing Power of the Horse - designed for anyone interested in horses - Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy - and the amazing connection between horses and humans!! offered at Willow Tree Stable, Novato. This hands-on experiential workshop is a wonderful introduction to the profound healing nature of horses and the varied ways they communicate. Each participant will be offered the opportunity of connecting with our horses for their own personal growth process. No riding experience necessary. 6 CEU's provided for licensed professionals. This workshop is presented by Equine Insight and Judy Weston-Thompson, MFT, CEIP-MH (license #MFC23268). Judy has been using Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy in her psychotherapy practice since 2006. For more information see our website - www.equineinsight.net or email us at email@example.com
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FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 134878 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business. CUSTOM T’S, 1053 5TH STREET, NOVATO, CA 94945: ENRIQUE GOMEZ PEREZ, 1053 5TH STREET, NOVATO 94945. This business is being conducted by AN INDIVIDUAL. Registrant has not yet begun transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on May 27, 2014. (Publication Dates: May 30; June 6, 13, 20, 2014) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2014134847 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business. WSW ASSOCIATES, 155 ALLYN AVE, SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960: WENDY W SULLIVAN, 155 ALLYN AVE, SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960 . This business is being conducted by AN INDIVIDUAL. Registrant will begin transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein starting June 2, 2014. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on May 21, 2014. (Publication Dates: May 30; June 6, 13, 20, 2014) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2014134850 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business. KAITLYN’S NAIL SPA, 530 3RD STREET SUITE D, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: THU T TRAN, 143 DONEGAL DRIVE, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94589. KEITH T NGUYEN, 143 DONEGAL DRIVE, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94589. This business is being conducted by A MARRIED COUPLE. Registrant has been transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein since May 15, 2014. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on May 21, 2014. (Publication Dates: May 30; June 6, 13, 20, 2014) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 134840 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business. CREATIVE LEGAL FUNDING, 1544 EUREKA ROAD, SUITE 210, SACRAMENTO, CA 95561: CREATIVE FUNDING SERVICES LLC, 1544 EUREKA ROAD, SUITE 210, SACRAMENTO, CA 95561. This business is being conducted by A LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. Registrant has been transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein since March 30, 2009. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on May 20, 2014. (Publication Dates: May 30; June 6, 13, 20, 2014) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 134841 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business. WC CONSULTING, 1544 EUREKA ROAD, SUITE 210, SACRAMENTO, CA 95561: WELL CONNECTED BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT AND CONSULTING SVC LLC, 1544 EUREKA ROAD, SUITE 210, SACRAMENTO, CA 95561. This business is being conducted by A LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. Registrant has been transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein since January 25, 2010. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on May 20, 2014. (Publication Dates: May 30; June 6, 13, 20, 2014) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 134880 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business. BLOSSOM CHILDCARE CENTER, 109 SECOND STREET, SAUSALITO, CA 94965: SOLUNA HEALTH INC., 109 SECOND STREET, SAUSALITO, CA 94965. This business is being con-
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ducted by A CORPORATION. Registrant has been transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein since April 1, 2014. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on May 27, 2014. (Publication Dates: June 6, 13, 20, 27, 2014)
being conducted by A CORPORATION. Registrant has been transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on JUNE 3, 2014. (Publication Dates: June 13, 20, 27; July 4, 2014)
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 134886 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business. DENIQUE AFFECTUS, 1360 YUKON WAY, APT #54, NOVATO, CA 94947: DANIEL KILBY, 1360 YUKON WAY, APT #54, NOVATO, CA 94947. This business is being conducted by AN INDIVIDUAL. Registrant has not yet begun transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on May 27, 2014. (Publication Dates: June 6, 13, 20, 27, 2014)
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 134956 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business: ROYAL COURT MARTIAL ARTS, 543 MAGNOLIA AVE, LARKSPUR, CA 94939: GUSTON MCGOVERT, 1495 CASA BUENA DR, #104 CORTE MADERA, CA 94925.This business is being conducted by AN INDIVIDUAL. Registrant has been transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on JUNE 6, 2014. (Publication Dates: June 13, 20, 27; July 4, 2014)
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 134748 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business. GOLDEN GATE VOLLEYBALL, 18 SOUTH 40 DOCK, SAUSALITO, CA 94965: DANCER STYLES, 18 SOUTH 40 DOCK, SAUSALITO, CA 94965. This business is being conducted by AN INDIVIDUAL. Registrant has not yet begun transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on May 9, 2014. (Publication Dates: June 6, 13, 20, 27, 2014)
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 134862 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business: TNT HAIR STYLE, 909 B STREET, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: THI U NGUYEN, 51 TINKER WAY, NOVATO, CA 94949. This business is being conducted by AN INDIVIDUAL. Registrant has been transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on MAY 22, 2014. (Publication Dates: June 13, 20, 27; July 4, 2014)
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 134846 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business. MI GENTE MULTIPLE PROFESSIONAL SERVICES, 126 ALTO STREET, SUITE A, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: CRYSTAL C. RAMIREZ, 641 41ST STREET, RICHMOND, CA 94805. This business is being conducted by AN INDIVIDUAL. Registrant has not yet begun transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on May 21, 2014. (Publication Dates: June 6, 13, 20, 27, 2014) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 134929 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business. BAY THAI CUISINE, 809 FOURTH STREET, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: MANIVONE VONGSOUTHI, 5 WARNER COURT, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by AN INDIVIDUAL. Registrant is renewing with changes, transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on June 2, 2014. (Publication Dates: June 6, 13, 20, 27, 2014) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 134871 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business. BLUE MOON INSPIRED, 465 SAN MARIN DRIVE, NOVATO, CA 94945: LEONA HANAFIN, 465 SAN MARIN DRIVE, NOVATO, CA 94945. This business is being conducted by AN INDIVIDUAL. Registrant has not yet begun transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on May 23, 2014. (Publication Dates: June 6, 13, 20, 27, 2014) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 134935 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business: PACIFICONTRACT, 9 JORDAN ST, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: PACON INTERIORS INC,. 9 JORDAN ST., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901.This business is
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 134964 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business: BELLA WAXING, 140 E. BLITHDALE AVE, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: LIANA KATHRYN BELLI, 10 FRANCES AVE, APT #3, LARKSPUR, CA 94939. This business is being conducted by AN INDIVIDUAL. Registrant has been transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on JUNE 10, 2014. (Publication Dates: June 13, 20, 27; July 4, 2014) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2014134959 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business: AM CONSTRUCTION, 10 WOLFE GRADE, KENTFIELD, CA 94904: MARIA MARTIN, 10 WOLFE GRADE, KENTFIELD, CA 94904.This business is being conducted by AN INDIVIDUAL. Registrant has not yet begun transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on JUNE 6, 2014. (Publication Dates: June 20, 27; July 4, 11, 2014) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 135005 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business: HONEY GIRL WAX SHOP, 140 E. BLITHEDALE AVE., MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: LIANA BELLI, 10 FRANCES AVE., APT. 3, LARKSPUR, CA 94939. This business is being conducted by AN INDIVIDUAL. Registrant has not yet begun transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on JUNE 16, 2014. (Publication Dates: June 20, 27; July 4, 11, 2014) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2014134800 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business: SUGAR COOKIE KATE, 249 KNIGHT DRIVE, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: KATE A PLASKON, 249 KNIGHT DRIVE, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901.This business is being conducted by AN INDIVIDUAL. Registrant has not yet begun transact-
ing business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on MAY 15, 2014. (Publication Dates: June 20, 27; July 4, 11, 2014) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 134980 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business: R&D FOOD CONSULTING FIRM, 77 MOUNTAIN VIEW AVE., SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960: STEVEN J MORENO, 77 MOUNTAIN VIEW AVE., SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960.This business is being conducted by AN INDIVIDUAL. Registrant has been transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on JUNE 11, 2014. (Publication Dates: June 20, 27; July 4, 11, 2014) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2014134983 The following corporation is doing business: DUSE, CRISPIN & CRISPINIAN, LTD., AND DUSE, INC., 368 MOUNTAIN AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: CRISPIN & CRISPINIAN, LTD., 368 MOUNTAIN VIEW, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901.This business is being conducted by A CORPORATION. Registrant has not yet begun transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on JUNE 11, 2014. (Publication Dates: June 20, 27; July 4, 11, 2014)
Other Notices SUMMONS (CITACION Derecho Case Number Familiar): (Numero De Caso): CIV1303196. NOTICE TO DEFENDENTS (Aviso Al Demandado): Leslie Claire Roberts, AKA Leslie Claire Galiano, and Does 1 through 50, inclusive. YOU ARE BEING SUED (LO ESTAN DEMANDANDO EL DEMANDANTE) BY PLAINTIFF: Provident Credit Union. NOTICE! You have been sued. The court may decide against you without your being heard unless you respond within 30 days. Read the information below. You have 30 CALENDAR DAYS after this SUMMONS and legal papers are served on you to file a written response at this court and have a copy served on the plaintiff. A letter or phone call will not protect you. Your written response must be in proper legal form if you want the court to hear your case. There may be a court form that you can use for your response. You can find these court forms and more information at the California Courts Online Self-Help Center (www.courtinfo.ca.gov/selfhelp), your county law library, or the courthouse nearest you. If you cannot pay the filing fee, ask the court clerk for
a fee waiver form. If you do not file your response on time, you may lose the case by default, and your wages, money, and property may be taken without further warning from the court. There are other legal requirements. You may want to call an attorney right away. If you do not know an attorney, you may want to call an attorney referral service. If you cannot afford an attorney, you may be eligible for free legal services from a nonprofit legal service program. You can locate these nonprofit groups at the California Legal Service Web site (www.lawhelpcalifornia.org), the California Courts Online Self-Help Center (www.courtinfo.ca.gov/selfhelp), or by vontacting your local court or county bar association. NOTE: The court has a statutory lien for waived fees and costs on any settlement or arbitration award of 10, 000 or more in a civil case. The court’s Lien must be paid before the court will dismiss the case. !AVISO! Lo han demandado. Si no responde dentro de 30 dias, la corte puede decider en su contra sin escuchar su version. Lea la informacion a continuacion. Tiene 30 DIAS DE CALENDARIO despues de que le entreguen esta citacion y papeles legales para presenter una respuesta por escrito en esta corte y hacer que se entregue una copia al demandante. Una carta o una llamada telefonica no lo protegen. Su respuesta por escrito tiene que estar en format legal correcto se desea que procesen se caso en la corte. Es possible que haya un formulario que usted pueda usar para su respuesta. Puede encontrar estos formularios de la corte y mas informacion en el Centro de Ayuda de las Cortes de California (www.sucorte. ca.gov), en la biblioteca da leyes de su condado o en la corte que le quede mas cerca. Si no puede pagar la cuota de presentacion, pida al secretario de la corteque le de un formulario de exencion de pago de cuotas. Si no presenta su respuesta a tiempo, puede perder el caso por incumplimiento y la corte le podra quitar su sueldo, dinero y bienes sin mas advertencia. Hay otros requisites legales. Es recommendable que llama a un abogado inmediatamente. Si no conoce a un abogado, puede llamar a un servicio de remission a abogados. Si no puede pagar a un abogado, es possible que cumpla con los requisites para obtener servicios legales gratuitos de un programa de servicios legales sin fines de lucro. Puede encontrar estos grupos sin fines de lucro en el sitio web de California Legal Services, (www. lawhelpcalifornia.org), en el Centro de Ayuda de las Cortes de California, (www. sucorte.ca.gov) o poniendoes en contacto con la corte o el colegio de abogados locales. AVISO: Por ley, la corte tiene derecho a reclamar las cuotas y los cos-
tos exentos por imponer un gravamen sobre cualquier recuperacion de 10,000 o mas de valor recibida mediante un acuerdo o una concesion de arbitraje en un caso de derecho civil. Tiene que pagar el gravamen de la corte entes de que la corte pueda desechar el caso. 1. The name and address of the court are (El nombre y dirección de la corte son): SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF MARIN, 3501 Civic Center Drive, Post Office Box 4988, Room 113, San Rafael, CA 94903. 2. The name, address, and telephone number of the petitioner’s attorney, or the petitioner without an attorney, are: (El nombre, dirección y número de teléfono del abogado del demandante, o del demandante que no tiene abogado,es):Reily D. Wilkinson(Bar# 250086), Scheer Law Group, LLP 155 N.Redwood Drive, Suite 100, San Rafael, CA 94903. Date (Fecha): July 30, 2013. Clerk, by (Secretario, por) J. CHEN, KIM TURNER Deputy (Asistente). NOTICE TO THE PERSON SERVED: You are served (AVISO A LA PERSONA QUE RECIBIÓ LA ENTREGA: Esta entrega se realiza). ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF MARIN. No. CIV 1401981. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner JACQUELINE TESS BOBROWICZ filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: JACQUELINE TESS BOBROWICZ to JACQUELINE TESS WEGMAN. 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: JULY 14, 2014 9:00 AM, Room L, 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: MAY 27, 2014 /s/ JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT (Publication Dates: June 6, 13, 20, 27, 2014)
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I’m going to a friend’s bachelor party in Vegas, which includes a strip club visit. My girlfriend said I have to sit that out. She believes going could lead me to cheat on her. I assured her that I have no intention of cheating—ever—and strippers have no interest in me anyway. Well, she’s adamant. I caved, agreeing to skip the strip club, but my friends’ teasing will be merciless. What if I just go and fib to my girlfriend to keep everyone happy?—Restricted
Unless your girlfriend’s name is Moses and she’s just come back from a mountaintop chat with God, she doesn’t get to hand down commandments: “You look at some other woman’s woohoobies and I’ll ask The Big Guy to smite you.” Regarding your caving to her demand, you should un-cave; go to that club with your friends. Not secretly. Openly. In other words, tell her you’re doing it. Because an adult shouldn’t get to control another adult’s behavior, and being in a relationship doesn’t change that. Also, allowing her to give you orders sets a really bad precedent. (What will she object you out of doing next? And how soon before she fits you for a leash and a bark collar?) A bachelor party is a male friendship ritual. While women tend to share their feelings Oprah’s couch-style, men often bond through drinking, ribbing, and humiliation, like forcing their soon-to-be-married buddy to get onstage on his hands and knees to be spanked by the stripper. Your girlfriend seems to have given no thought to the social repercussions of your telling the guys your governess is making you stay back in your hotel room and watch a movie. (Would Fried Green Tomatoes work for her or would she prefer you watch something on the Lifetime channel?) And sure, sex for pay is easily findable in Vegas. However, a typical bachelor party visit to a Vegas strip club takes place not at some seedy, out-of-the way joint where anything goes but at a ginormous corporate warehouse of stripping where some 6’8” genetic experiment of a man makes sure no male paws wander anywhere on the dancer they aren’t supposed to. The strippers at these places can make 100K a year just dancing, and they aren’t looking to the crowd for sex or boyfriends. (Their primary job isn’t even dancing but stripping men of their money.) You could have reassured her about all of this if you each hadn’t taken the emotionally easy way out. Instead of talking about her fears, she went all ayatollah on you, and instead of standing up for yourself, you figured you’d just lie to her. Problem-avoiding—rather than laying out your feelings and problem-solving—tends to bode poorly for a relationship’s survival. Backtrack and try a little adult conversation. You just might convince her that looking isn’t the gateway drug to cheating—much like ogling a Porsche doesn’t lead to grand theft auto. And when you leave for the weekend, she might be more likely to say, “Bye, have a ball” than “Bye, I have your balls.”
My fiancee and I are getting married in Hawaii. She planned to have photos shot of us afterward, kissing in the ocean in our formalwear. I’m fine with this, but her dad is absolutely irate. We don’t want kids, so there won’t be any daughter to pass her dress to. Then again, her dad paid almost $3,000 for it, so I get where he’s coming from. —Middleman
There’s her father growling, “Why not just flush my money down the toilet?” (Best that she not answer that with, “I actually had my heart set on taking it out to the ocean and drowning it.”) Your fiancee is looking to get in on a trend called “trash the dress,” in which the bride gets photographed, post-wedding, destroying her dress while running through muddy woods, playing paintball, frolicking in the city dump or throwing herself in the ocean. In concept, I love the “elegance goes for a muddy stroll” photos. However, I think this trend is pretty horrible, even when the bride—rather than the National Bank of Dad—has paid for her dress and is thus entitled to do whatever she wants with it. Maybe a far more wonderful final photo in your wedding album would be one of another bride—one who can’t afford a dress or much of a dress—walking down the aisle in your wife-to-be’s $3,000 gown. You’d be kicking off your marriage with an act of kindness, and she could still do the shot in the ocean—say, in a $35 sundress—or perhaps on the beach, dancing around the fire you light to burn all of your wedding gifts. Y ©Amy Alkon, all rights reserved. Got a problem? Write Amy Alkon, 171 Pier Ave, #280, Santa Monica, CA 90405, or e-mail AdviceAmy@ aol.com (www.advicegoddess.com). Amy Alkon’s Advice Goddess Radio—listen live every Sunday—http://www.blogtalkradio.com/ amyalkon/—7-8pm, or listen or download at the link at iTunes or on Stitcher. And watch for her new book: “Good Manners for Nice People Who Sometimes Say F*ck.”
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