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and county of Napa for many decades, I want to voice my horror and outrage at the cowardly monstrous act of Muslim extremists in Paris, who shot and killed a dozen unarmed people (including eight journalists) and the editor of the weekly French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo. If Hell exists, they have truly won themselves a place there. When will the insanity end? When will we all recognize that we are all part of one infinite source of spiritual energy? That what we do to others, we do to ourselves?

Deflategate has nothing on West Marin softball ...

Yesterday I heard Jerry Rice interviewed. Asked if he ever heard of anything like Deflategate before. He said, “No.” Neither had I until I remembered: Thirty-three years ago we formed the West Marin Slow-Pitch Softball League. The home team was required to provide two, new-in-the box softballs per game. The umpires were required to monitor their use. As you can imagine, in practice, new-in the-box became new-out-of the-box to best available, subject to visiting managers’ approval. In time, compliance slacked, but as both a team manager and league umpire— no potential conflict-of-interest there—I was hyper-vigilant. One game I umpired, the manager of The-Home-Team-Most-Likely tried to slip in a Restricted-Flight Softball when the visitors, a team of heavy hitters, were up, then replace it with the non-restricted model after his team retired the side. He got away with it for the first inning, but suspecting something was wrong, I called him on his “mistake” and checked the ball before he could do it in the second. For the rest of the game I required him to have me approve the ball before he tried to enter it in the game. As I recall he made Belichick and Brady seem contrite and cooperative.

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It is hard to miss that this widely proclaimed French phrase includes an “I” or it would spell Jesus, much to the chagrin of third-world terrorists. Apparently my own patriotic feelings have engendered similar concern at the completion of my 25th year in writing my monthly newsletter, “Syzygy.” The recent December issue included my heartfelt poem, “The Great Resolve of NineEleven,” which I had presented at our Glen Ellen Church during a nationwide spiritual outpouring that followed the Twin Towers attack in 2001. Last month I received word that my poem had been accepted for the 2015 publication, “Who’s Who in American Poetry.” Evidently, my patriotic poem produced an expression of current hatred, as just last week, I was sent an email with a death threat, which notified me directly: “Criticize Islam, you die.”

I surmise that he objected to the purpose of my 2001 poem as expressed in the final verse: “To honor thousands who were killed, because some evil minds so willed, we’ll end this reign of hate and show, indeed, our God is great.” Despite the consequences for this 84-yearold American... “Je suis Charlie”!

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A recent letter to the editor in the Pacific Sun urges readers to stop buying beef or dairy, claiming that they are leading causes of global warming. Although the author did not specify what aspect of raising either was responsible, he was apparently not aware that one of our best hopes for reducing global warming, already proven, is making our grasslands more productive. Large swaths of grass hold promise as one of our most efficient, effective ways of reducing CO2 in the atmosphere, a strategy now recognized in Sacramento ... see As a biodynamic gardener trained at Green Gulch Farm, I have recently been enjoying seeding native perennial grasses: Bromus carinatus, or California Brome and Elymus glaucus, or Blue Wildrye from Larner Seeds. According to owner, Judith Larner, the bunchgrasses native to California, “serve many useful purposes for the home

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gardener. They are excellent bank holders, and with their deep fibrous root systems, are an important part of the wildflower meadow. Many of them lend themselves to purely ornamental purposes as well. We hope that these grasses, once an integral part of the ecology of the West, will again be grown and appreciated.” I am somewhat enchanted, taken in with the discovery of learning from these very elemental plants, whose foundation, whose very nature seems to be to “knit up” the soil, convert sunlight to food and provide forage for a variety of animals, from insects to elk. Here in West Marin, there is a renewed focus on livestock with Rebecca Burgess and Nicolette Hahn Niman both leading the way in developing locally sourced, ecologically sound grass-based economies. Burgess’ focus is on sheep and wool, and the working of wool into yarn, citing an ecologically sound wool mill locally, while Niman’s is on grassfed beef. Although my gardening background is in French Intensive Biodynamic Horticulture as taught by Alan Chadwick, the “father of organic farming in California,” and in particular growing cut flowers for the altars of the Zen Center and the downtown San Francisco markets, I am much taken with the presence and nature of grasses, learning how they grow, what they respond to, in what ways their use can be promoted, in a home garden project or elsewhere. The more time I spend with them, the more I sense ways in which they are a domain unto themselves, as they tend to “knit up the soil” and create grassland, the primal connection between earth and sky, air and sunlight. The conversion of grass, through herbivory, to usable products, is fundamental to the evolution of human ecology. Managed well, grazing sustains soil productivity and creates more soil by increasing the rate at which the grass plant uses sunlight to draw carbon from the air to manufacture its sugars and more complex carbohydrates. While industrial agriculture, divorced from natural solar-driven cycles of photosynthesis and decay, is unquestionably contributing to climate change, holistic agricultural approaches, including livestock agriculture, working within those cycles, can play a powerful role in reversing global warming by enhancing the rate at which CO2 is removed from the atmosphere.

show a pattern regarding questions raised by the letters to the editor a few weeks back. The latest UN report covers trends worldwide and includes the biggest markets for which ethnicity. Of all the people who are trafficked in the world, one out of three will be a child ... while most regions traffic people that are within their own region or nearby, check out the countries that are some of the biggest consumers of enslaved people. Those most vulnerable to human trafficking are those who are struggling economically and live in areas of violence. Women and girls from racial minorities in the U.S. are disproportionately recruited by sex traffickers in the U.S. Some human traffickers even recruit handicapped young girls, such as those suffering from Down syndrome, into the sex industry. Regarding Marin: Emily Sims responded that currently her stats don’t show obvious trends over who is exploited or who the exploiters/purchasers are. She also said that as 2015 progresses and more data analysis is done, she would be better able to answer stat-related questions. Further, 72 percent of victims identified by the U.S. task force were born in the U.S., and 16 percent of victims identified were born in foreign countries. For a complete report, see documents/data-and-analysis/glotip/GLOTIP_2014_full_report.pdf.

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Partly Kottke, with a slight chance of strain Mr. Cahill states in his article [“Finger Pickin’ Good,” Jan. 23] that Leo Kottke, in his liner notes on his 1969 album (with the armadillo on the front), likened his playing to “geese farts on a muggy day”?On my copy of that album, it is his voice that is compared with geese farts, not his playing. I’ve heard Mr. Kottke’s voice. The weather is not so muggy.

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A walking virus and a dancing fool Has our favorite single spinster finally found a rockin’ match? by N ik k i Silve r ste in


’ve been sick for 40 move, but Trudy and Jim NOW PLAYING days and 40 nights. invited us to their party. See Danny Click and the My kvetching is comThe crowd went wild Hell Yeahs on Saturday, Feb. pletely justified this time. when Danny and his fine 28 at HopMonk Tavern in First I had surgery. Then I musicians started their Novato. (Editor’s note: Nikki’s had a shingles outbreak on gig. Soon most of the doctor pronounced her virusmy forehead. Let me say audience was standing in free, so she’ll be there with her that this is quite painful, front of the stage dancing dancing shoes on.) especially when you’re told and singing. Not mindthat it typically strikes old lessly spinning in a Deadpeople. Well, old people, be induced daze (well, there sure to get the vaccine for this hideous ailment, was that one guy in the corner), but rocking because it hurts. Next, I suffered from a blad- to the original tunes and covers with a Hell der infection. On the heels of that delightful Yeah twist. experience, I came down with a sore throat, Through the sea of dancers, I started ear ache, fever and chills. The grand finale is recognizing friends, neighbors, and, whoa, conjunctivitis in both eyes. There’s no way to the best therapist I ever had. I almost didn’t pretty that up. I have pink eye. recognize Grace, the caring woman who had Totally disgusting, right? Still, the men line listened attentively each week as I droned on up at my door. It’s crazy. about my bounty of neuroses. Who knew she I met the nicest man awhile back. We’ve had the body of a model and the moves of a seen each other a few times. Don’t breathe a flash dancer? Nadine, one of the gals on my sigh of relief for your favorite single spinhill, was right in front of me bopping to the ster, because this glorious guy belongs to a beat. My old roommate (and I do mean old wonderful woman. Danny Click is his name. in every sense of the word), John Prince, was Of Danny Click and the Hell Yeahs, a local there, too. southern rock band playing intimate venues Nadine pulled Kate and me to our feet right here in Marin, while their hits are climb- and we danced the night away with folks old ing the nation’s country, pop and American enough to be my parents and young enough charts. to be my kids. Straight, gay, tranny. On that How did I meet this celebrated Marinite? floor, we were all part of the same joyful, It started with my story about Seth, the man carefree group. who courted me hard, cancelled a couple of Kate and I took breaks to watch Danny dates and discarded me in an unceremonious twang his guitar. Adrienne Biggs mesmerized fashion with incoherent explanations. The us by playing the heck out of her fiddle. And, last time Seth bailed, our plan was dinner, to I couldn’t stop looking at that handsome Don be followed by a Danny Click performance Bassey on bass. at the Sleeping Lady in Fairfax. I wrote about The house lights came up to signal the end my hurt and disappointment. Danny read the of our groovy night. As some of the crowd filed article, and mensch that he is, he emailed: out the exit, I stayed behind to thank Danny. I Hi Nikki, waited a long time, because he chatted casually Just read your column and wanted to say with his fans, who I think are like friends to that guy was probably a dingbat. That said, him. Finally, it was my turn. When I introplease come out to a show! There are tons of duced myself, I received the warmest hug. great folks that make up what they call the ‘Hell Danny sent me home with all of his CDs, Yeah’ family. You’ll feel at home with or without which are getting worn with continual play. a date. It’s always a pleasure to see new faces Though I can’t hit a note, I belt out “Baptize in the crowd and I can guarantee you a great Me Over Elvis Presley’s Grave” while I’m in night of music and dancing. I would love for the shower, much to the annoyance of my you to be my guest at our next show. Let me mutt’s sensitive ears. I wear my Danny Click know if you can make it. Nice to meet you and and the Hell Yeahs T-shirt proudly. Hell yeah, thanks. :) I’m a groupie. DC It took the kindness of a stranger to cajole I dabbed my tears dry, grabbed my BFF me from my been-kicked-to-the-curb-again Kate, and headed to the Throckmorton blues. Thank you, Danny Click. For reaching Theatre. We arrived early and sat at an empty out. For your generosity. For your music. And, table, front and center of the stage. A few min- for sticking around Marin when you should utes later, we were joined by charter members be playing the big stages in every major city of the Hell Yeah family, Trudy and Jim, who across the country. You rock and now I do, were hosting a bash to celebrate Jim’s birthday. too. Y Not ones to be crashers, we attempted to Share your dance moves with Nikki at 6 PACIFIC SUN JANUARY 30 - FEBRUARY 5, 2015

››THAT TV GUY FRIDAY, JAN. 30 Sons of Liberty Samuel Adams commits acts of terrorism in hopes of overthrowing the government in 18th century Boston. History Channel. 6pm. Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax A grumpy malcontent stands in the way of an enterprising job creator. FX. 8pm. Love, Lust or Run In yet another makeover show, a stylist attempts to help women tone down their flashy style. We like the part where she raids their homes with a SWAT team and confiscates all the blue eye shadow. The Learning Channel. 9pm.

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room surrounded by empty champagne bottles, as is normally the case in these situations. Bravo. 10pm.


Point Break A note to surfing crime rings: If a guy shows up and says his name is “Johnny Utah,” you’re either being set up by the cops or you’re in a really bad Keanu Reeves movie. (1991) Starz. 6:50pm. The Avengers Apparently you need tights, a cape or a ridiculous SATURDAY, name to save JAN. 31 NFL the world Honors Of from other course, this people in year it’s been tights and more NFL Summer loving happened so fast, we barely had time to learn these capes. (2012) arraignments. dance moves. FX. 7pm. NBC. 9pm. Child Genius This is basically Dance Moms MythBusters Jaimie and Adam test whether concepts in video games could happen in with pocket protectors. Lifetime. 10pm. the real world. They also bust the myth that WEDNESDAY, FEB. 4 Casino Royale hardcore gamers can actually meet women Daniel Craig breathes new life into the Bond and go on dates. Discovery Channel. 9pm. franchise, for the first time portraying the secret agent as somebody who doesn’t bill SUNDAY, FEB. 1 Super Bowl Pre-Game her Majesty’s Secret Service for hair gel and It will take careful editing and focus to manicures. (2006) American Movie Classics. adequately cover the subject in a mere five 8pm. hours. NBC. 10am. Captain America: Winter Soldier And, Super Bowl XXXCQLLV Corporations apparently, your other tights-and-cape spend $4 million a minute to objectify women and insult your intelligence. Oh, and friends don’t always answer your phone calls. Was Iron Man getting his suit fixed? there’s a football game. NBC. 3pm. Where was The Hulk? (2014) Starz. 10pm. How to Train Your Dragon First, buy a litter box the size of a THURSDAY, swimming pool. (2010) FX. 8pm. FEB. 5 Grease Olivia NewtonJohn and John MONDAY, FEB. Travolta celebrate 2 Scorpion The the styles of the team investigates ‘50s and a simthe death of a pler era, when music blogger, all you needed but first they was slicked-back must determine if Metallica sucks Remember the good old days, when people met their romantic hair, a fast car and partners without the help of technology? We don’t either. white parents. or if Metallica (1978) ABC Famtotally rules. CBS. ily. 8:30pm. 9pm. Her A man begins to fall in love with his The Eye A blind woman receives a double computer’s operating system, forcing him cornea transplant and begins seeing terto buy a second computer for watching rifying visions of death and destruction. But porn. (2014) HBO. 8:55pm. that’s just the health insurance company. Allegiance A young CIA analyst discovers She also sees dead people, and the future. that his parents are Russian spies. It’s like (2008) Syfy. 9pm. finding photos of your parents from the Friends to Lovers This reality show follows disco years, only not as traumatizing. NBC. pairs of friends who attempt to become romantic partners. To make it more interest- 10pm. ing, they are not allowed to get totally drunk Critique That TV Guy at at a wedding and wake up naked in a hotel


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1. The names of what three islands in the San Francisco Bay begin with the letter “A”? 2. The graphic symbol for advanced ski slope has what geometric shape? 3. What is the modern word for what was, for many centuries, known as the “Pythagorean diet”? 4. What city is the “Capital of Silicon Valley”? 5. What actor, in what currently popular film, plays the role of what theoretical physicist afflicted with ALS? 6. The Oxford Dictionary’s word of the year is what fourletter verb, related to smoking?


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Unwind with a little uncorking From delicious literary events to tasting vino varietals by Tanya H e nr y


here always seems to be something happening out West—like in Inverness. On Tuesday, Feb. 17 at 6pm, Bolinas resident, environmental lawyer and vegetarian-turned-cattle-rancher Nicolette Hahn Niman will speak about her new book, Defending Beef: The Case for Sustainable Meat Production. The Point Reyes Books-supported discussion and Q&A, along with a multi-course dinner featuring BN Ranch grass-fed beef, will take place at Saltwater Oyster Depot in Inverness. Tickets are $75 (includes one dinner and one book; does not include wine or gratuity). Learn more at http://bit. ly/1CcZQdy. TASTING THE GAP Wine lovers and grape growers—hear ye, hear ye! There is a movement afoot to designate a new wine region—in Petaluma. The American Viticultural Area, or AVA, would be coined Petaluma Gap. To learn more, join a dedicated group of folks for their Wind to Wine event at the Healdsburg Public

Library on Friday, Jan. 30, from 6-8pm. The evening will include a tasting of wines from this area, light hors d’oeuvres and a chance to talk about the Petaluma Gap. General admission tickets are $35. For more information, visit SAVORY AND SWEET There is always room for chocolate! The Left Bank Brasserie in Larkspur will host their annual Festival du Chocolat from Tuesday, Feb. 10 through Friday, Feb. 13 by showcasing a selection of savory and sweet chocolate-y dishes. Look for items like chocolate and chipotle-glazed chicken wings, ganachestuffed beignets and gluten-free triple chocolate chip cookies. The restaurant’s regular menus will also be served. 507 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur. 415/927-3331. A SLICE FOR SUPPORT I have a soft spot for Ghiringhelli’s Pizzeria in Fairfax. Whether my son and I were stopping in for a slice, or his entire baseball team with parents and kids were filling up the one-

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room parlor—we always received great, friendly service and tasty pizza. They are celebrating their 30-year anniversary all year long by offering special deals. I, for one, will be dropping in to show my support for the kind of place that a very small town would be lucky to have. Check them out at 45 Broadway Blvd., Fairfax. 415/453-7472, or visit MINI MASTER IN MARIN Finally, here is a fun national story that has homegrown roots right here in Marin. I’ve been told repeatedly by friends that I really should be watching Fox’s MasterChef Junior, but I never got around to it. If I had, I would have learned that a local sixth grader, Sam

Stromberg from Greenbrae won second place in the final MasterChef Junior competition. Over the course of the show he built a following of fans throughout his hometown and Marin. A food technology business was one of them. The food home delivery service 180Eats approached the young chef and now plans are underway for Stromberg to recreate his winning dish (seared Arctic Char) and have it delivered to homes throughout the county. Place an order on Friday, Feb. 6 and see for yourself if it measures up to all the hype. Nicely done, chef! Learn more here, at Y Share your hunger pains with Tanya at


More than a one-night stand KEVIN BERNE

A.C.T.’s ‘Indian Ink’ redefines the standing ovation by Charl e s B rou sse


n the Bay Area, standing ovations are definitely “in.” After many years of frequenting opening nights at local theaters, I’ve observed the growing tendency of local audiences to leap to their feet to register appreciation, even when the show is of average quality (or in some cases even less). And yet, as occasionally happens, if circumstances compel me to attend on a later date, such demonstrations of unearned enthusiasm are comparatively rare. So, what’s going on? The quality is presumably the same—or close to it—but the response is quite different. The answer may be that opening nights bring out the friends, relatives, board members, patrons and other supporters who are anxious to give the production a sendoff that will raise performers’ morale and impress the critics. In a small community like ours, it can easily become a tradition. Also, many first-nighters are non-paying guests of management; standing, whistling and cheering gives them a chance to repay their hosts. Ticket-buyers at subsequent performances are more circumspect. Not

Flora Crewe (Brenda Meaney) reflects on a work of art by having a personal attachment, they have to be Nirad Das (Firdous Bamji) in A.C.T.’s Indian Ink’. convinced that the experience was worth the not inconsequential price of admission. There probably are other reasons. I Always one to move back and forth in mention the ovation phenomenon because time and space, Stoppard tells two stories— it explains why I distrust opening night one inside the other. The first is really only celebrations and why the spontaneous burst a framing device. It’s 1987 of genuine enthusiasm and the Tories are in power. that followed A.C.T.’s NOW PLAYING A fussy American literary performance of Tom StopIndian Ink runs through Sunpard’s Indian Ink, when I day, Feb. 8 at the A.C.T., 415 Geary historian named Eldon Pike (A.C.T. regular Anthony St., San Francisco. Information: attended two days after its 415/749-2228, or Fusco) pays a visit to the run began, made such a suburban London home vivid impression. of Eleanor Swan (Roberta What has been described Maxwell). His mission: Having had little as a “romantic fantasy” about the final days of success with his publication of the collected the British Raj in India debuted in Guildford, poems of Swan’s sister, Flora Crewe, and England, in 1995, had its American premiere aware that the latter was reputed to have at A.C.T. in 1999 under the direction of Carey been one of the least inhibited (especially Perloff, and finally made it to New York (offon sexual matters) of the famous BloomsBroadway, again under Perloff) last fall. Now, bury Group, he now hopes to spice up a A.C.T.’s artistic director—a close friend and proposed biography with material from booster of the author’s work—has brought it letters that describe her exploits while living back to the Geary Street theater with a brilin India for most of 1930. liant new cast and an impeccable production.

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While that narrative thread continues throughout the play, Stoppard’s primary focus is on Flora, the fictional, free-spirited poetess brought to vibrant life by Brenda Meaney. From the time she arrives at the railway station in the provincial capital of Jummapur, whose versatile Indian design is beautifully captured by Neil Patel’s set, Flora is a force to be reckoned with. She explores the culture, Hinduism, art and customs. Most of all, she explores the men she meets—Indian and British—in a series of sexual dalliances that don’t add up to much. In fact, her most profound and illuminating relationship is with the painter Anish Das (a masterful performance from Pej Vahdat), who maintains a discrete distance as he guides her through the labyrinth of Indian life during their portrait session. These scenes, filled with unspoken and unfulfilled erotic tension, are the true romantic heart of Stoppard’s play. Indian Ink is not a particularly popular part of the Stoppard canon. It has been criticized for its length (almost three hours), too many issues, confusing time shifts, an overly gentle treatment of colonial racism and the indigenous caste structure. To some degree these complaints have merit. And yet, the spectators (I among them) who rose without urging at play’s end knew we had just witnessed something rare in the theater—a union of an ambitious script and performances of the highest order. That’s what standing ovations are for. Y Charles can be reached at #EXPLOREMARIN

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ate last year, members of the AmeriCorps NCCC (National Civilian Community Corps) spent six weeks planting native plants as part of the wetlands restoration effort at Hamilton, the former airfield in Novato. The team, comprised of a dozen 18- to 24-year-olds from across the country, planted 11,000 plants. Everyone on the team knew they were helping to create a large and functional seasonal wetland. Restoring the wetlands at Hamilton is part of a larger plan to restore wetlands around San Francisco and San Pablo bays. Wetlands can provide one of the first lines of defense for shoreline communities facing the challenge of sea-level rise. Restoring wetlands accomplishes a multi-part benefit: It improves the natural environment; it improves the visual impact of the wetlands and shoreline; it keeps tidal surge at bay, to an extent. And in the case of San Francisco and San Pablo bays, the wetlands restoration project serves as part of the foundation for completing the Bay Trail, which will encircle San Francisco and San Pablo bays with pathways and routes for pedestrians and bicyclists. A segment of the Bay Trail includes a two-mile portion at Hamilton. The segment, which officially opened in the summer, offers Bay Trail travelers a look at the former airfield as well as the wetlands restoration and San Pablo Bay. The Hamilton segment also provides a look back in history to a time when the Bay Area—and Marin—played a role in protecting the safety of the nation. Maureen Gaffney is a Bay Trail planner at the Association of Bay Area Govern10 PACIFIC SUN JANUARY 30 - FEBRUARY 5, 2015

ments (ABAG). Here are her impressions four parts of the trail: Richmond, Alviso, of the trail at Hamilton, along with inforAmerican Canyon and two segments at mation about a new audio tour that can be Hamilton. heard on iPhones and Android devices: The two segments of the Hamilton “The first time I heard the pitch for the walking tour give Bay Trail travelers a smartphone app that talks while you walk, chance to take in the natural environment I was skeptical. In fact I believe the notion as well as the historical significance of was greeted with a small snort and an eye- Hamilton. roll. Who wants to be squinting into their About the Hamilton walk, Gaffney phone on a blissful Bay Trail stroll? The writes, “This former Army Airfield and San Francisco Bay Trail is an ambitious Air Force base has been transformed plan—a 500-mile walking and cycling path radically over the past decade. McConnell around the entire San weaves the fasciFrancisco Bay, running nating story of the through nine counties efforts to restore these The Recovery Plan is and 47 cities. With 340 648 acres of thick miles in place, the trail concrete runways and the second largest tidal was rightly described abandoned strucmarsh restoration and in the San Francisco tures into something protection effort in the Chronicle as “an unofapproximating their ficial national park— original status as country, second only to right in the midst of the marsh and wetlands, the restoration of the nation’s fifth-biggest supporting hundreds urban area.” of species of fish, fowl Florida Everglades. “Point” by Canogle and wildlife. Though is a new smartphone the levee separating app enabled by GPS San Francisco Bay that seamlessly profrom this former vides narrated content as you make your airfield was only recently breached, fleets way down the trail. “It’s like having your of white pelicans, sandpipers, avocets and own pocket storyteller!” says Doug Mca pair of mute swans now grace the landConnell of Bay Area Backroads fame. Bay scape. As I took this in, my pocket tour Area Backroads was the small-town-feel guide [wove] a tale for me. During the and much-beloved television show that Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962, ‘the flight ran from 1993 to 2009, leading viewers crews at Hamilton Field and the Nike to many hidden gems in the Bay Area. Missiles in the hills of Marin County were McConnell is now the welcoming voice of on the highest stages of alert ... for several the Bay Trail smartphone app. With grant perilous weeks.’ As I watched a thousand funds from the California State Coastal birds wheel through the sky in front of me, Conservancy, the San Francisco Bay Trail I pictured young airmen sitting in their Project has created curated content for jets on the tarmac, engines running, ready

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to take to the skies for a much different purpose.” The San Francisco Bay Trail Project, which is administered by the ABAG, will be a 500-mile circular route when all connections are complete, but as Gaffney says, it’s never really complete—at least for a while. A large part of the work-in-progress status comes because planners continually seek to realign the trail for a better experience. And as roads and the built environment change (as well as environmental restoration in some areas), the route of the trail accommodates. But the overall concept remains the same: A trail that follows the circumference of San Francisco and San Pablo bays, providing a rim around the Bay Area. Spoke paths, trails and routes get added to the rim as they become possible, creating a transportation infrastructure for walkers and bike-riders who can enter the system from communities around the bays and then travel along the shoreline. The Bay Trail is not a mere recreational add-on to the Bay Area’s playful nature and connection to the environment. It’s also meant to be a utilitarian route that can serve as a safe path for children and adults on bikes and on foot. The rules of the path, says Gaffney, are up to the individual communities the path traverses. That has played a role when a bicyclist struck a child on the Mill Valley-Sausalito multi-use segment and talk started about reducing the speed limit from 15 miles per hour to 10 miles per hour. In addition to providing a recreational outlet for exercise and a utilitarian path to connect travelers to schools and work and transit, the Bay Trail also serves as a




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link connecting neighborhoods, points of interest and destinations such as beaches, fishing piers, boat launches and more than 130 parks and wildlife preserves totaling 57,000 acres of open space. Completion of the Bay Trail has come a long way since the project started. It celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2014 with major accomplishments, such as the Hamilton segments, and also some sobering realizations that much still needs to be accomplished. As of 2013, the state had contributed about $20 million in state bond funding for Bay Trail projects. Bay Trail planners and administrators used that money as leverage—more than $64 million since 1999. The funds generated went toward creating more than 60 miles of new trail construction and what planners call “project specific” planning for more than 130

miles of trail. In Marin in 2013, dozens of gaps still existed and continue to exist. The gaps include what will one day become 43 more miles of trail, which are estimated to cost about $36 million. The Bay Trail became inextricably linked, at least in concept and intention, with the Recovery Plan for Tidal Marsh Ecosystems of Northern and Central California. The plan envisions a recovery effort that will last 50 years. That might seem like a long time, but the shorelines of San Francisco and San Pablo bays have a long way to go to recover from development and environmental pressure that stretches back about 150 years. Only about 8 percent (16,000 acres) remain of ancient marshland that totaled about 190,000 acres along the bay. But when count14 >



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are critical habitats in the Pacific Flyway. The recovery plan is the second largest tidal marsh restoration and protection effort in the country, second only to the restoration of the Florida Everglades. Many programs and projects are folded into the recovery plan. The state Coastal Conservancy, for example, worked on the major project at Hamilton. That project also incudes an area at Bel Marin Keys. In the South Bay, a massive project to reclaim salt ponds is underway, and restoration of tidal marsh at Crissy Field has achieved success. Those individual projects and many others that ring San Francisco, San Pablo and Suisun bays all represent key links in a chain. The ultimate goal of the South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project is a contiguous strip of tidal marsh along the entire shoreline in the Bay Area. That’s also a central goal for other segments of the restoration project. In some areas there’s development right up to the bay, but it’s part of the plan to have as much of a strip of tidal marsh as possible. The Bay Trail can sometimes act as a non-motorizedvehicle and pedestrian buffer between restored wetlands and the automated communities inland. That’s important because unless species can roam in a marsh environment, they become isolated in what amounts to an

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isolated ecological zoo. SB 100, authored by then-Senator Bill Lockyer directed that ABAG should create a “ring around the bay.” The bill passed in 1987. Two years later, ABAG adopted a set of policies and alignments for the first incarnation of the Bay Trail. The first policy in the document states, “In developing the trail alignment, attention was focused on providing a realistic route for trail development, consistent with the need to balance the constraints posed by the different natural and built environments around the bay. Use of the spine and spur trail system provides the means to accomplish this goal.” On the Bay Trail website, a number of benefits that the Bay Area bestows are listed. The last benefit on the list: “Finally, by linking all nine Bay Area counties and 47 cities, the Bay Trail reminds us of our shared connection to San Francisco Bay and reinforces the Bay Area’s growing sense of regionalism.” That may inflame those who reject





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e don’t always get what we want in life,” muses Billie Cox, “and our lives are never perfectly shaped. But wishes come true in movies. True love happens on the stage. That’s where we get to see people meet each other and recognize their soul mates. And that lets us imagine we are like those people.” Those people. Their names are legend. Rhett and Scarlett. Romeo and Juliet. Wesley and Buttercup. Porgy and Bess. Johnny and Baby. Jack and Ennis. Han Solo and Princess Leia. Lady and the Tramp. However you might define the phrases “love story” or “true love,” the stage and screen are full of examples. It’s an endless string of love-struck and star-crossed paramours whose rocky roads to Amour have made us all sit teary-eyed, a lump in our throats, hoping in our hearts to someday, somehow experience a similar world-altering, sun-exploding, life-changing love. Billie Cox is an award-winning director, playwright, composer, lyricist and designer, working for years at numerous theaters around the Bay Area. Her own original play A Bearded Lady was awarded best play at the 2009 San Francisco Fringe Festival. Her latest project is a production of Michael Jacobs’ 2009 play Impression-

ism, running through Sunday, Feb.15 (that’s Valentine’s Day weekend) at Ross Valley Players, in Ross. And yes, it’s a love story. Steeped in witty observations about life, art and the need for human connection, Impressionism follows the relationship between an emotionally wounded art gallery owner who hides from the world amongst her paintings, and her similarly haunted, one-time photojournalist assistant. These are the kind of characters who spend much of the play unaware that they have something vital to offer each other. Do they find it? Maybe yes. Maybe no. “It all leads to a scene at the end,” Cox says, “where frankly, and I’m not blowing smoke at you, I tear up every time I see it. It’s just a gorgeous love story.” For Cox, a good love story is one where the love grows slowly, and the audience watches it progress in fits and starts, growing naturally from conversation and casual banter—because that’s almost always how love actually does develop. “Love isn’t always linear,” she says. “It doesn’t happen without a few bumps along the way.” “As anyone who’s ever experienced love, or seen When Harry Met Sally knows very well,” I remark. “Oh my goodness, yes. That’s one of the

Grey disliked Swayze so much during the filming of ‘Red Dawn,’ that Swayze had to convince her to sign onto ‘Dirty Dancing.’ How’s that for chemistry?

good ones,” Cox says with a laugh. “One nice thing about a movie like that—and this happens in our play—is that the audience really does see it before the characters do, and they want the love to happen. And we can’t understand why the characters don’t see it. That’s the tension that drives a really good love story.” “What was the last really good, really surprising love story you saw?” I ask. “Well, the last one I saw, and it’s one I really liked a lot—and this is a perfect Valentine’s Day kind of movie—is a French film called Amelie. It’s such a delight, just very, very magical, and like most good love stories, it’s not about people who have everything figured out. It’s about outsiders. That appeals to me. Think of Woody Allen films like Annie Hall, where the characters are a little on the fringe, and they find each other, and then they’re not so alone. I think that’s really moving. If the football hero and the prom queen fall in love, big deal, right? They were the perfect ones to begin with. It’s when the loners and the losers in the back of the hall find love with each other that our hearts really melt.” Other love stories Cox recommends include the 2009 South Korean drama Castaways on the Moon. In that one, a lonely man trapped on a tiny island beneath the bridge he attempted suicide by jumping from, falls in love with an agoraphobic woman who communicates with him by dropping messages in bottles, and using her camera to receive the responses he writes in the sand of his island. On the more mainstream end of the Netflix queue, Cox also likes Sleepless in Seattle, Roxanne, Slumdog Millionaire and Dirty Dancing, the latter a personal favorite of mine. “Talk about outsiders,” I remark. “Patrick Swayze was even in the movie The Outsiders! And in Dirty Dancing, he’s like

that character grown up a little, the classic boy-from-the-wrong-side-of-the-tracks. But Baby sees the beauty under his badboy, cha-cha-cha-dancing exterior. Her love redeems him.” “Exactly! And sometimes love is what you end up having to fight for,” Cox says. “That’s a great part of what makes these stories so powerful. He almost walks away from love, but then he comes back and fights for it.” “Nobody puts Baby in a corner!” “Exactly!” Cox says with a laugh. “Another love story I liked was a little movie called Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, starring Steve Carell and Keira Knightley.” “You liked that?” “Very much so!” she says. “It’s a given at the beginning of the film that the world is coming to an end. There’s a comet coming and no one knows exactly how much time they have, but it’s not long. So these two people—these loners, total outsiders— they find each other, and they decide to stick it out together as everything is falling apart, and it develops into a truly beautiful love story. “I think it’s a wise writer who crafts movies or plays that allow the audience in a little, that lets the audience be a step or two ahead of the characters. That allows us to be invested in them, wanting to push them, to silently shouting, ‘Hey! The one you need is right there in front of you! Open your eyes!’ Those are the love stories that really appeal to me. “Life isn’t always perfect,” she continues. “Movies and plays and songs and poems are the places where we can make right what is wrong, what isn’t perfect, in real life. “Unless,” Cox says with a laugh, “we are very, very lucky.” Y Put David in a corner at

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he fireworks don’t get much brighter in the rock world. The four surviving members of the Grateful Dead—Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann—announced last week that they will reunite for three shows between July 3-5 to celebrate the Marinbased band’s 50th anniversary. Phish guitarist Trey Anastasio will stand in for the late Jerry Garcia. The concerts will take place at Soldier Field in Chicago, the setting for the band’s last performance with Garcia. According to Rolling Stone, the original Grateful Dead Ticketing Service will have first crack at tickets for the three con-

certs, with a general public on sale through Ticketmaster starting Saturday, Feb. 14. And the Marinbased band that rose to celebrity in the 1960s is celebrating several anniversaries in 2015. “Jerry Garcia was a great American master and the Grateful Dead are not just a genuine piece of musical history, but also an important part of American history,” Anastasio told Rolling Stone. “This is a band, born right at the beginning of electric rock, that took the American tradition and moved it forward. They really embodied the American concept of freedom, rolling around the country with a ginormous gang of people and the mindset that ‘you can come if you want, you can leave if you want. We don’t know what’s going to happen. All we know is we’re not looking back.’ “What could be more American?” The band also will be joined by pianist Bruce Hornsby (who toured with the Dead in 1992) and keyboardist Jeff Chimenti, Rolling Stone reported. “It is with respect and gratitude that we reconvene the Dead one last time to celebrate—


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This year also brings the 20th anniversary of the death of Dead guitarist, singer and songwriter Jerry Garcia at age 53 of a heart attack at a rehab clinic in Forest Knolls. Bob Dylan, who toured and recorded with the band, attended his funeral at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church. His death signaled the official end of the Dead as a performing band. “Lookin’ forward to this one, oh boy, you bet,” commented Weir, who owns the Sweetwater Music Hall in Mill Valley and operates TRI Studios in San Rafael. “Let’s see just how much fun we can have this Fourth of July.” Y Knock Greg dead at

SPINS OF THE WEEK The audiophile label Mobile Fidelity has just reissued two of the Dead’s classic acousticoriented albums: Workingman’s Dead and American Beauty, both from 1970. Both are now available as original master recordings on the hi-def hybrid CD/SACD format as well as a pair of glorious-sounding four-LP 45 RPM vinyl sets. The recordings are milestones in the band’s history—after four albums of exploratory psychedelia, they tapped their inner Buck Owens, dipping into their folk, country and bluegrass roots for albums that remain among their best. Driven by high-lonesome vocal harmonies, mandolins, banjos and Jerry Garcia’s newfound love affair with the pedal-steel guitar—the albums signaled the increasing influence of songwriter Robert Hunter. And the consecutively released LPs would bring the Marinbased band into the musical mainstream. Such songs as “Uncle John’s Band” and “Casey Jones,” from Workingman’s Dead, and “Truckin’” and “Ripple,” from American Beauty, garnered extensive radio airplay and pushed album sales into platinum territory. “Ripple” remains a bluegrass standard, widely recorded and performed on front porches around the world. The albums proved to be a high-water mark for the band. “Never again would [the Dead] be so musically focused or so emotionally direct,” reviewer Jason Ankeny has noted in his All Music Guide review.—G.C.


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not merely the band’s legacy, but also the community that we’ve been playing to, and with, for 50 years,” Lesh wrote in a statement. “Wave that flag, wave it wide and high ...” Lesh and his wife, Jill, own and operate Terrapin Crossroads, a popular restaurant and nightclub in San Rafael. This year also marks other key milestones in the band’s history. May 5 is the 50th anniversary of the inaugural public performance by the Dead’s predecessor Mother McCree’s Uptown Jug Champions at Magee’s Pizza in Menlo Park; on Dec. 4, 1965, the band, renamed the Grateful Dead, played one of Ken Kesey’s first Acid Tests.

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F R I D AY J A N U A R Y 3 0 — T H U R S D AY F E B R U A R Y 5 Movie summaries by M at t hew St af fo r d l American Sniper (2:12) Bradley Cooper stars as Chris Kyle, the Navy SEAL sniper who became a feared legend in war-torn Iraq; Clint Eastwood directs. l Awake: The Life of Yogananda (1:27) Biodoc of Paramahansa Yogananda, the Indian yogi who brought meditation and yoga to the West in the 1920s; Krishna Das and Deepak Chopra share insights. l Beartrek (2:00) Author/ecologist Chris Morgan presents an evening of fascinating footage from his bear-watching expeditions to Borneo, Peru, Alaska and the Arctic. l Birdman (1:59) Offbeat comedy from “21 Grams” director Alejandro González Iñárritu about a one-time movie superhero (Michael Keaton) trying to get himself some thespian cred by starring in a Broadway play. l Black or White (2:01) True tale of the eyeopening custody battle between a white grandpa and a black grandma; Octavia Spencer and Kevin Costner star. l Black Sea (1:55) Kevin Macdonald suspense thriller about a troupe of misfits who swipe a submarine and plunge into the Black Sea in search of sunken treasure; Jude Law stars. l Boyhood (2:44) Richard Linklater’s intimate epic, filmed with the same cast over the course of 12 years, focuses on one boy’s evolving life from age 6 to 18; Ellar Coltrane, Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette star. l The Boy Next Door (1:31) Psychological thriller examines the dangerous attraction between two ripe-to-bursting suburban neighbors; Jennifer Lopez stars. l Cake (1:32) Character study of an acerbic, grieving woman in a chronic-pain support group; Jennifer Aniston stars. l Funny Girl (2:31) William Wyler directs the Oscar-winning musical biopic of Ziegfeld Follies legend Fanny Brice; Barbra Streisand stars and sings Jule Styne’s memorable score. l Hermitage Revealed (1:23) Take an eye-filling tour through the 250-year-old St. Petersburg museum and its priceless collection of everything from prehistoric artifacts to Old Masters to Catherine the Great’s private jewels. l The Humbling (1:52) Philip Roth’s acerbic novel hits the big screen with Al Pacino as an aging actor whose affair with sprightly lesbian Greta Gerwig upends his life; Barry Levinson directs. l The Imitation Game (1:53) Benedict Cumberbatch as ace cryptologist Alan Turing, leader of Britain’s top code-breakers, who raced against time to crack the Nazis’ Enigma Code during World War II. l Into the Woods (2:05) Stephen Sondheim’s twisted musical fairy tale gets the Disney treatment; Rob Marshall directs Meryl Streep, Johnny Depp and Chris Pine. l The Loft (1:43) Five dudes rent a smokin’ penthouse where they can indulge in their fratboy fantasies; trouble is, the place comes with an inconvenient corpse. l The Metropolitan Opera: Les Contes d’Hoffman (3:50) Catch Offenbach’s operatic bio of the amorous yet tormented German scribe, live from New York in all its high-def big-screen glory. l Mr. Turner (2:29) Mike Leigh biopic stars Timothy Spall in a prize-winning performance as the great yet eccentric 19th century British painter J.M.W. Turner. l Mommy (2:20) Canadian drama about the

twisted relationship between a partying single mom, her hyperactive teenage son and their odd next-door neighbor. l Mortdecai (1:47) Madcap spy spoof follows international rogue Johnny Depp around the globe in search of a stolen masterwork; Gwyneth Paltrow and Jeff Goldblum co-star. l A Most Violent Year (2:05) Critically acclaimed drama about a young entrepreneur’s pursuit of the American Dream and the crime and corruption that stand in his way. l Oscar-Nominated Animated Shorts Catch five cartoons from around the world up for this year’s Academy Awards. l Oscar-Nominated Documentary Shorts Program of five minimalist documentaries on a wide range of subjects with one thing in common: a shot at Academy bling. l Oscar-Nominated Live-Action Shorts The Academy’s picks for the year’s top five live-action short subjects screen at the Rafael this week. l Paddington (1:29) Michael Bond’s lovable little bear hits the big screen, wandering London in search of a home; Sally Hawkins and Hugh Bonneville oblige him. l Project Almanac (1:46) A group of nerdy teens discover the blueprints for a dangerous, mysterious ultra-gizmo. l Selma (2:08) Biopic recounts the events leading up to Martin Luther King, Jr.’s 1965 march from Selma to Montgomery and the passage of the Voting Rights Act; David Oyelowo stars. l Song of the Sea (1:34) Eye-filling hand-drawn cartoon about the last of the selkies (seals-turnedIrish lassies) who runs away to the seashore to be with her people. l Spare Parts (1:40) True tale of four Hispanic high schoolers/robotics nerds who took on the champion robotics geekazoids of MIT. l Still Alice (1:41) Drama stars Julianne Moore in an acclaimed performance as a college professor grappling with early-onset Alzheimer’s Disease. l Strange Magic (1:39) Lucasfilm musical cartoon based on “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” features a forest-full of elves, imps, goblins and fairies. l Taken 3 (1:49) Liam Neeson is back as chronically beleaguered ex-spook Bryan Mills; this time he’s taking on the cops, the FBI and the CIA in pursuit of justice. l The Theory of Everything (2:03) Biopic focuses on the young-yet-degenerating Stephen Hawking (Eddie Redmayne) as he woos and wins his future wife (Felicity Jones) and breaks new ground in physics and medicine. l Two Days, One Night (1:35) Belgian Cannes-winner stars Marion Cotillard as a single mother whose coworkers have voted to lay off in exchange for fat salary bonuses. l UFC 183: Silva vs. Diaz (3:00) Catch all the raucous action as middleweight “Spider” Silva takes on welterweight Nick Diaz live from the MGM Grand in Vegas. l The Wedding Ringer (1:41) Clueless groomto-be Josh Gad hires Kevin Hart to pose as his suave, confident best man; hilarity ensues. Whiplash (1:46) Indie sleeper about the edgy, ferocious mentor-pupil relationship between a gifted young jazz drummer and his exacting taskmaster. l Wild (1:55) True tale of a spiraling young woman’s thousand-mile trek along the Pacific Crest Trail in search of strength and healing; Reese Witherspoon stars.

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Cinema: Fri-Wed 12:45, 3:50, 7, 10:10 Fairfax: Fri-Sat 1:10, 4:05, 7, 9:15, 9:55; Sun-Thu 1:10, 4:05, 7 Northgate: 11:35, 1:15, 2:40, 4:15, 5:40, 7:15, 8:45, 10:15 Playhouse: Fri 3:45, 6:45, 9:45; Sat 12:45, 3:45, 6:45, 9:45; Sun 12:45, 3:45, 6:45; Mon-Thu 3:45, 6:45 Rowland: Fri-Tue 11, 2, 5, 8 Sequoia: Fri 5:30, 8:30; Sat-Sun 11, 2:30, 5:30, 8:30; Mon-Wed 5, 8 Awake: The Life of Yogananda (Not Rated) Lark: Sun 3:10; Tue 8:30 k Beartrek (Not Rated) Rafael: Mon 2 Birdman (R) Fairfax: 12:45, 6:45 Lark: Fri 2:50; Sat, Thu 8:30; Sun 5:20; Mon 12:20; Tue 3 Marin: Fri 4:30, 7:15, 9:55; Sat 11, 1:40, 4:30, 7:15, 9:55; Sun 1:40, 4:30, 7:15; Mon-Thu 4:30, 7:15 Northgate: 10:50, 1:35, 4:20, 7:05, 9:50 Rowland: Fri-Tue 1, 7:05 k Black or White (PG-13) Northgate: 10:45, 1:40, 4:30, 7:20, 10:10 Rowland: Fri-Tue 1:15, 4:15, 7:10, 10:05 k Black Sea (R) Northgate: 11, 1:50, 4:40, 7:30, 10:15 Boyhood (R) Rafael: Sat-Sun 1 The Boy Next Door (R) Larkspur Landing: Fri, Mon-Wed 7:15, 9:35; Sat-Sun 12:10, 2:30, 4:50, 7:15, 9:35 Northgate: 10:45, 1:05, 3:25, 5:45, 8:05, 10:30 Rowland: Fri-Tue 12:10, 2:35, 4:55, 7:20, 9:50 Cake (R) Northgate: 12:40, 3, 5:25, 7:40, 10 k Funny Girl (G) Regency: Sun 2; Wed 2, 7 Hermitage Revealed (Not Rated) Lark: Sun 1 The Humbling (R) Lark: Fri 12:15; Mon 8:30; Wed 3:35; Thu 12:30 The Imitation Game (PG-13) Fairfax: Fri-Sat 1:15, 4:10, 7:15, 9:45; Sun-Thu 1:15, 4:10, 7:15 Larkspur Landing: Fri 7:20, 10; Sat-Sun 11:15, 1:55, 4:35, 7:20, 10; Mon-Wed 6:45, 9:25 Regency: Fri-Sat 10:40, 1:30, 4:15, 7:10, 10:05; Sun-Thu 10:40, 1:30, 4:15, 7:10 Sequoia: Fri 4:45, 7:35, 10:15; Sat 2, 4:45, 7:35, 10:15; Sun 11:15, 2, 4:45, 7:35; Mon-Tue 4:45, 7:35; Thu 3:45 Into the Woods (PG) Lark: Fri, Tue 5:40; Sat 2:45; Mon, Thu 3; Wed 12:45 k The Loft (R) Northgate: 11:50, 2:30, 5:15, 7:50, 10:20 k The Metropolitan Opera: Les Contes d’Hoffmann (Not Rated) Lark: Sat 9:55am; Wed 6:30 Marin: Sat 9:55am; Wed 6:30 Regency: Sat 9:55am; Wed 6:30 Sequoia: Sat 9:55am; Wed 6:30 Mr. Turner (R) Rafael: Fri-Sun 4:15, 7:15; Mon-Thu 7:15 Mommy (R) Rafael: Fri 4:30, 7:30; Sat-Sun 1:30, 4:30, 7:30; Tue-Thu 7:30 Mortdecai (R) Larkspur Landing: Fri, Mon-Wed 7, 9:40; Sat-Sun 11, 1:40, 4:20, 7, 9:40 Northgate: 11:15, 4:45, 10:05 Rowland: Fri-Tue 2:30, 7:50, 10:25 A Most Violent Year (R) Regency: Fri-Sat 10:30, 1:25, 4:30, 7:30, 10:25; Sun-Thu 10:30, 1:25, 4:30, 7:30 k Oscar-Nominated Animated Shorts (Not Rated) Rafael: Fri-Sun 4, 6; Mon-Thu 6 k Oscar-Nominated Documentary Shorts (Not Rated) Rafael: Sat-Sun 12:45 k Oscar-Nominated Live-Action Shorts (Not Rated) Rafael: 8 daily Paddington (PG) Fairfax: Fri-Sat 12, 2:15, 4:35, 6:55, 9:15; Sun-Thu 12, 2:15, 4:35, 6:55 Northgate: 11:30, 2, 4:25, 7, 9:30 Playhouse: Fri 5, 7:15, 9:25; Sat 12:40, 2:50, 5, 7:15, 9:25; Sun 12:40, 2:50, 5, 7:15; MonThu 5, 7:15 Rowland: Fri-Tue 11:15, 1:45, 4:25, 7, 9:25 k Project Almanac (PG-13) Northgate: 11:45, 2:25, 5, 7:45, 10:25 Rowland: Fri-Tue 11:30, 2:10, 4:45, 7:40, 10:20 Selma (PG-13) Fairfax: Fri-Sat 1, 4, 7:05, 9:50; Sun-Thu 1, 4, 7:05 Larkspur Landing: Fri, Mon-Wed 6:30, 9:30; Sat-Sun 12:30, 3:30, 6:30, 9:30 Marin: Fri 4, 6:50, 9:40; Sat 10:20, 1:10, 4, 6:50, 9:40; Sun 1:10, 4, 6:50; Mon, Tue, Thu 4, 6:50 Regency: Fri 10:25, 1:20, 4:25, 7:25, 10:30; Sat 4:25, 7:25, 10:30; Sun-Tue, Thu 10:25, 1:20, 4:25, 7:25; Wed 4:25, 7:25 Rowland: Fri-Tue 4, 10 k Song of the Sea (PG) Regency: Fri-Sat 12, 2:30, 5, 7:40, 10:10; Sun-Thu 12, 2:30, 5, 7:40 Spare Parts (PG-13) Northgate: 1:55, 7:25 Still Alice (PG-13) Regency: Fri-Sat 10:35, 1:10, 4:05, 7, 9:45; Sun-Thu 10:35, 1:10, 4:05, 7 Strange Magic (G) Fairfax: Fri-Sat 12:10, 2:25, 4:40, 7 Northgate: 11:40, 2:10, 4:35, 7:10, 9:40 Rowland: Fri-Tue 12, 5:15 Taken 3 (PG-13) Northgate: 2:45, 7:55, 10:30 The Theory of Everything (PG-13) Fairfax: Fri-Sat 3:45, 9:30; Sun-Thu 3:45 Marin: Fri-Sat 4:15, 7, 9:45; Sun 1:25, 4:15, 7; Mon-Thu 4:15, 7 Northgate: 11:25, 2:20, 5:10, 8 Playhouse: Fri 4, 7, 9:35; Sat 1, 4, 7, 9:35; Sun 1, 4, 7; Mon-Thu 4, 7 Two Days, One Night (PG-13) Regency: Fri 12:10, 2:40, 5:10, 7:50, 10:25; Sat 2:40; Sun 12:10, 5:10, 7:50; Mon-Tue, Thu 12:10, 2:40, 5:10, 7:50; Wed 11:30 k UFC 183: Silva vs. Diaz (PG-13) Regency: Sat 7 The Wedding Ringer (R) Northgate: 12:05, 2:35, 5:05, 7:35, 10:05 Rowland: Fri-Tue 11:45, 2:20, 4:50, 7:30, 10:10 Whiplash (R) Northgate: 12:10, 5:20 Wild (R) Lark: Fri 8:30; Sat 5:45; Sun 8:10; Mon, Thu 5:50; Tue 12:20

Showtimes can change after we go to press. Please call theater to confirm schedules. CinéArts at Marin 101 Caledonia St., Sausalito • 331-0255 | CinéArts at Sequoia 25 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley • 388-4862 | Cinema 41 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera • 924-6505 | Fairfax 9 Broadway, Fairfax • 453-5444 | Lark 549 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur • 924-5111 | Larkspur Landing 500 Larkspur Landing Cir., Larkspur • 461-4849 | Northgate 7000 Northgate Dr., San Rafael • 800-326-3264 | Playhouse 40 Main St., Tiburon • 435-1234 | Rafael Film Center 1118 Fourth St., San Rafael • 454-1222 | Regency 80 Smith Ranch Rd., Terra Linda • 479-5050 Rowland 44 Rowland Way, Novato • 800-326-3264



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Live music 01/30: Chuck Prophet and The Mission Express with Kevin Kinney 8pm. $20-30. Napa Valley Opera House, 1030 Main St., Napa. 707/2601600.

01/30: Fenton Coolfoot and the Right Time 9pm. No cover. 19 Broadway Night Club, 17 Broadway, Fairfax. 459-1091.

01/30-02/01: Golden Gate Wingmen 9pm. $27-32. Sweetwater Music Hall, 19 Corte Madera Ave., Mill Valley. 388-1100.

01/30: Jeremy D’Antonio, Darren Nelso and Friends 8pm. No cover. Rancho Nicasio, 1 Old Rancheria Road, Nicasio. 662-2219. 01/30: King and Ace With Madeleine King, guitar, vocals; Rick Meissner, guitar; Michael Stocker, bass; Peter Lacques, harmonica; Claire Theusen, vocals; Bill O’Callaghan, drums. 9:30pm. The Sleeping Lady, 23 Broadway Blvd., Fairfax. 485-1182.

01/30: Lazyman 9pm. No cover. Terrapin Crossroads, 100 Yacht Club Dr., San Rafael. 524-2773. 01/30: The Sam Chase 9pm. $10. Smiley’s Saloon, 41 Wharf Road, Bolinas. 868-1311. smileyssaloon. com 01/30: Slim Jenkins Blues swing, R&B. 9:30pm. $8. Peri’s Silver Dollar, 29 Broadway Blvd., Fairfax. 459-9910. 01/30: Terrapin Flyer Jam rock. 9pm. $20. Hopmonk, 224 Vintage Way, Novato. 892-6200. 01/31: Albert Lee Folk, rock, Americana. 8pm. $35. Hopmonk, 224 Vintage Way, Novato. 892-6200. 01/31: April Verch Band 8pm. $15-18. Studio 55, 1455 East Francisco Blvd., San Rafael. 453-3161. 01/31: Communion with Phil Lesh 8pm. Grate Room, Terrapin Crossroads, 100 Yacht Club Dr., San Rafael. 524-2773. 01/31: Dogon Lights, Rhythm Addicts 9pm. $10. 19 Broadway Night Club, 17 Broadway, Fairfax. 459-1091.

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THE TRIP TO ITALY premiered at Sundance last January as the sequel to Michael Winterbottom’s The Trip, a BBC TV series-turned-theatrical release that featured Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon as their “real-life” characters on a northEngland restaurant tour and became a cult favorite. This latest installment squeezes the pair into a Mini Cooper and heads them down the Amalfi coast on assignment for an Observer photo Linen pants: check! Fedora: check! What else do you essay—Rossellini’s Journey to Italy et. really need while traveling the Italian coast? al. come in for quote—and the effect, when you’re not laughing through tears at their coruscating banter and improv, is enchantment. Tasked by the paper to follow in the footsteps of Byron and Shelley as they sample the very best food and lodging the country has to offer, the two chat about age, romance and mortality and life’s other Big Things—peppering the soul-search with exceedingly smallminded impersonations of Michael Caine and Connery, Pacino and Bane through a mask, in a style that will have you howling. Maybe newbies can see what longtime fans can’t: A literary greatness of sorts sneaks up in this film. Talk of gnawing Mo Farah’s legs off, when set against the escarpment-hugging towns, restaurants and villas of the most beautiful place on earth, gives a powerful sense of perspective. Certain to spawn a thousand TripAdvisor searches and dinner reservations, the DVD also contains 20 side-splitting minutes of deleted scenes.—Richard Gould

01/31: Go By Ocean 9pm. No cover. Terrapin Crossroads, 100 Yacht Club Dr., San Rafael. 524-2773. 01/31: Josh McIntosh and Rattlesnakes in the Garden Americana. 9:30pm. $8. Peri’s

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Silver Dollar, 29 Broadway Blvd., Fairfax. 459-9910. 01/31: Petty Theft 8pm. $20. Rancho Nicasio, 1 Old Rancheria Road, Nicasio. 6622219. 01/31: Pilar Vocalist. 8pm. $18-20. Fenix, 919 Fourth St., San Rafael. 813-5600. 01/31: The Pine Needles 9pm. $10. Smiley’s Saloon, 41 Wharf Road, Bolinas. 868-1311. 01/31: The 7th Sons Classic rock from the ’60s-’70s. 7pm. Free. A Taste of Rome, 1000

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02/01: Fairfax Blues Jam 9pm-midnight.

No cover. 19 Broadway Night Club, 17 Broadway, Fairfax. 459-1091. 02/01: Midnight North 7:30pm. No cover. Terrapin Crossroads, 100 Yacht Club Dr., San Rafael. 524-2773. 02/01: Tracy Blackman and Friends Blues, pop, jazz vocals. With Dewayne Pate, Erik Schramm, Kudison Kai and Kevin Hayes. 9:30pm. The Sleeping Lady, 23 Broadway Blvd., Fairfax. 485-1182.

02/02: Phil Lesh and Friends with Nicki Bluhm, Jackie Greene, Scott Law, Jason Crosby and Alex Koford: Groundhog Day House PartyMidnight North and Ross James’

Radio Galaxy open. 5pm. $79, includes pizza, wings and munchies. Terrapin Crossroads, 100 Yacht Club Dr., San Rafael. 524-2773. 02/02: Open Mic Night Hosted by Marty Atkinson. 7pm. No cover. Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor Dr., Sausalito.

02/02: Open Mic with Austin DeLone

7:30pm. No cover. Sweetwater Music Hall, 19 Corte Madera Ave., Mill Valley. 388-1100. 02/02: Open Mic with Derek Smith 8:30pm. Free. 19 Broadway Night Club, 17 Broadway, Fairfax. 459-1091. 02/02: Open Mic with Simon Costa 8:30pm. Free. The Sleeping Lady, 23 Broadway Blvd., Fairfax. 485-1182.

02/02: Open Mic with Dennis Haneda: Ricky Deezo 7pm. No cover. All ages. Hopmonk,

224 Vintage Way, Novato. 892-6200. novato. 02/02: Willie Nelson and Friends 8pm. $4585. Person Theater, Wells Fargo Center, 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa. 707-546-3600. 02/03: Jamie Clark Band Pop, Americana. 9pm. No cover. 19 Broadway Night Club, 17 Broadway, Fairfax. 459-1091. 02/03: Noel Jewkes Jazz 7-10pm. No cover. Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor Dr., Sausalito.

02/03: San Domeico Student Showcase

You will have to hear it to believe the amazing talent that this event will feature. 7:30pm. The Sleeping Lady, 23 Broadway Blvd., Fairfax. 485-1182.

02/03: Stu Allen and Friends with Scott Law

8pm. No cover. Terrapin Crossroads, 100 Yacht Club Dr., San Rafael. 524-2773. 02/03: Tommy Odetto and Tim Baker Blues rock. 9pm. No cover. Peri’s Silver Dollar, 29 Broadway Blvd., Fairfax. 459-9910.

02/04: The Known Unkown with David Gans, Phil Savell, Zach Partain and Neil Hampton Acoustic improvisation. 8pm. Free. Iron

Springs Pub and Brewery, 765 Center Blvd, Fairfax. 02/04: Myrtle Lane Local harmony made by local musicians. 9pm. The Sleeping Lady, 23 Broadway Blvd., Fairfax. 485-1182. 02/04: Todd Snider Reed Foehl opens. 8pm. $2742. Sweetwater Music Hall, 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley. 388-1100. 02/04: The Weissmen Rock. 9:30pm. No cover. Peri’s Silver Dollar, 29 Broadway Blvd., Fairfax. 4599910.

02/05: 4:20 Happy Hour with Alex Koford and Scott Law 4:20pm. No cover. Terrapin

Crossroads, 100 Yacht Club Dr., San Rafael. 524-2773. 02/05: Burnsy’s Sugar Shack Rock. 9pm. No cover. Peri’s Silver Dollar, 29 Broadway Blvd., Fairfax. 459-9910. 02/05: Domestic Harmony 7:30pm. $6. Hopmonk, 224 Vintage Way, Novato. 892-6200. 02/05: Luciano, Admiral Tibet Reggae Angels and I-Kronik open. 9pm. $20-25. 19 Broadway Night Club, 17 Broadway, Fairfax. 459-1091.


02/05: Muriel Anderson 8pm. $15-18. Studio 55, 1455 East Francisco Blvd., San Rafael. 453-3161. 02/05: Soul Mechanix 8pm. $10. Fenix, 919 Fourth St., San Rafael. 813-5600. 02/05: Tito With Steve Wolf, Mason Holcomb and Ben Tedder. 9pm. Free. The Sleeping Lady, 23 Broadway Blvd., Fairfax. 485-1182. 02/06: The 415s 8pm. $12-15. Fenix, 919 Fourth St., San Rafael. 813-5600. 02/06: Brothers Gadjo Gypsy Americana. 9pm. $5. Smiley’s Saloon, 41 Wharf Road, Bolinas. 8681311.

02/06: David Jacobs-Strain with Bob BEach and Chris Ayer 8pm. $17-20. Studio 55,

1455 East Francisco Blvd., San Rafael. 453-3161. 02/06: Eli and Javier Gypsy Jazz Night With Steve Wolf, Mason Holcomb and Ben Tedder Eli Carlton-Pearson and Javi Jimenez. 9:30pm. The Sleeping Lady, 23 Broadway Blvd, Fairfax. 485-1182. 02/06: James Moseley Band 8:30pm. $15-20. Hopmonk, 224 Vintage Way, Novato. 892-6200. 02/06: Lucinda Williams 8pm. $50. Uptown Theatre,1350 Third St., Napa. 707/259-0123. 02/06: Stompy Jones Swing. 8pm. $1215. Rancho Nicasio, 1 Old Rancheria Road, Nicasio. 662-2219.

02/06: Phil Lesh and Friends Celebrate 1969 You’ll need a magic ticket for this one. 8pm.

Grate Room, Terrapin Crossroads, 100 Yacht Club Dr., San Rafael. 524-2773. 02/06: The Velvet Bones Rock. 9:30pm. Peri’s Silver Dollar, 29 Broadway Blvd., Fairfax. 459-9910. 02/07: The Crux Rock. 9:30pm. $8. Peri’s Silver Dollar, 29 Broadway Blvd., Fairfax. 459-9910. 02/07: Makuru Mali/Senegal African pop. With Ousseynou Kouyate. 9:30pm. The Sleeping Lady, 23 Broadway Blvd., Fairfax. 485-1182. 02/07: New Monsoon Local jam rock Americana originals. 9pm. $15-20. 19 Broadway Night Club, 17 Broadway, Fairfax. 459-1091.

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02/07: Phil Lesh and Friends Celebrate 1970 You’ll need a magic ticket for this one as well. 8pm. Terrapin Crossroads, 100 Yacht Club Dr., San Rafael. 524-2773.

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02/08: Jay Alexander Magic and Comedy Show 2 and 5pm. $20. Marin Center, Showcase

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Loya. 2-4pm. Free. Council Chambers, 110 San Anselmo Ave., San Anselmo. 258-4656.

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557 McReynolds Road, Sausalito. 339-3900. 02/06: Into the Woods Presented by the Montessori de Terra Linda upper elementary class. 7pm. $10-12. Marin Center, Showcase Theater, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 473-6800. 02/07: Learn to Saltwater Fish Spend the morning learning the basics of saltwater fishing at Paradise Beach Park. A limited amount of poles will be available on a first come, first served basis. Ideal for all ages and skill levels. Dress in layers and wear sturdy shoes. Bring a fishing pole. No pets (except service animals) are allowed at this park. Rain does not cancel the event. 9am. Free. Paradise Beach Park, 3450 Paradise Dr., Tiburon. 02/07: Lunchtime for the Fish Watch ranger Ondrej feed the hungry inhabitants of fresh and salt water tanks. Learn about the different feeding styles of rock cod, sea stars and rainbow trout. 1pm. Free. Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-3871. BayModelVisitorCenter.aspx. 02/07: Trekking the Model Join a Ranger guided tour of the Bay Model, a 1.5-acre hydraulic model of S.F. Bay and Delta. 11am. Free. Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 3323871. BayModelVisitorCenter.aspx.



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friendly community event includes naturalist led bird walks, bird scope stations for a closer look at waterbirds, interactive educational activities, native plant walk, storytelling at 10am and noon with Ane Carla Rovetta, expert speaker sessions. 8am-4pm. Free. Richardson Bay Audubon Center, 376 Greenwood Beach Road, Tiburon. 388-2524.

01/31: Herring Run Sail: Fishing and Ecology of the S.F. Bay Come aboard the

schooner Freda B and enjoy the wild, natural annual herring run. Board in downtown Sausalito to sail Richardson Bay and beyond for an exploration of wildlife and ecology. Learn about local fishing history, contemporary commerce and wildlife in our bay. 9:30am checkin; 10am departure; 1pm return. $75. Schooner Freda B, Slip 907, Sausalito Boat Harbor,100 Bay St., Sausalito. 331-0444.

01/31: Ring Mountain Grassland Restoration Project Monthly drop-in volunteer

workday focused on grassland restoration. Ring Mountain is home to numerous rare and endangered plants, but this habitat is being threatened by invasive species. Volunteer work may include invasive species removal, seed collecting, planting native plants and other restoration activities. Educational components are included as we discuss the plants and animals that inhabit this unique place and explain how volunteer activities are having a positive impact. Drop-in days are held on the last Saturday of every month.Work is mildly strenuous and involves bending, pulling and kneeling, and usually requires a short hike to the site. Dress in layers you can get dirty, wear sturdy shoes, and bring water. Please bring gloves if you have them. Snacks and extra water will be provided. 10am. Free. Taylor Road, Tiburon. 473-5058. 02/01: Birds at Rush Creek Tidal wetlands at the edge of San Pablo Bay are a fantastic place to appreciate our winter birds. Ducks, shorebirds, raptors and many types of land birds should be hanging out. The road is sometimes muddy, so wear/ bring appropriate footwear. This walk is for ages 15 and up. No pets (except service animals) please. Rain may cancel. If questionable weather call 8939527 after 8am on the morning of the event. 10am. Free. Rush Creek Open Space, Meet at Pinheiro Fire Rd.non Binford Road, Novato. 893-9520. 02/03: Big Rock Ridge Slowly ascend the eastern flank of this rugged preserve to enjoy sweeping views of the Bay Area and look for early wildflowers and signs of spring along the way. With naturalist David Herlocker. This is a moderately strenuous hike (distance: 6.5 miles; elevation gain: 1,200 feet). Car shuttle, please be on time. Remember to bring water and food. Walk is for ages 15 and older. No pets (except service animals) please. Rain may cancel. 9am. Free. Meet at the gate at the end of Queenstone

02/07: Aramburu Island Enhancement

Richardson Bay Audubon Center have worked tirelessly to convert this 17-acre island from an eroding, unproductive, bay dredge dumpsite into prime shore bird and wildlife habitat. Join us as we team up with friends at Audubon to help them in this enhancement process. Transportation to the island from the meeting place requires a 10 minute boat ride. Volunteer work is mildly strenuous and involves bending, pulling, and kneeling. Work is recommended for ages 12 and up. Under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a supervising adult. Dress in layers you can get dirty, wear sturdy shoes and bring water. RSVP required. Space is limited. 9am. Free. Richardson Bay Audubon Center, 376 Greenwood Beach Road, Tiburon. 473-5082. marincountyparks. org or 02/07: Yoga in the Park Get active while giving to a wonderful park, and giving to yourself. Begin with service projects focused on beach clean-up, landscape maintenance and habitat restoration. At noon switch gears and enjoy a 45-minute yoga class on a flat grassy area beside the bay. Class will be led by professional yoga teacher Daniel Rauck and will be suitable for all ages and ability levels. Free lunch provided by Whole Foods Market. Dress in layers you can get dirty and wear sturdy shoes for the service work. Bring comfortable clothes and a mat or towel for yoga. We will provide water, snacks, tools. No pets (except service animals) are allowed at this park. If interested, shuttle service will be provided from Pickleweed Park at 9:30am, otherwise meet at the snack bar in the Park.

10am. Free. McNears Beach Park, 201 Cantera Way, San Rafael. 473-2977.

Community Events (Misc.) 01/30-31: Free Massage and Healing Arts Day 30 minute consultation and massage, sound or

energy treatment. Trauma massage sessions offered here, are often paid for by auto insurance after an accident. 9am. Free. Natural Arts Wellness and Massage Center, 256 Shoreline Hwy., Mill Valley. 8468181. 01/30: Paul Nave Boxing Event 7pm. $30-200. Marin Center Exhibits Hall, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 473-6800. 02/03: North Bay Nerd Night 7:30pm. $5. Hopmonk, 224 Vintage Way, Novato. 892-6200.

02/05: The Art of Photographing People: Lecture with Catherine Karnow National

Geographic photographer Catherine Karnow will present a free lecture. 7pm. Free. The Image Flow, 401 Miller Ave. Suite A, Mill Valley. 388-3569.

02/07: 19th Annual Marin Valentine’s Ball

Elegant and romantic evening event celebrating our community and a commitment to our safety net of services for the vulnerable among us. All proceeds benefit the North Bay Children’s Center, Sunny Hills Services and the Godmothers of St. Timothy Murphy School. 5:30pm. Marin Civic Center Hall, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 686-3516. ✹






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A safe, successful MOTHERLESS DAUGHTERS GROUP for women who have lost their mothers through death, separation, illness, or estrangement in childhood, adolescence, or adulthood meets every other Tuesday, 6:30 – 8:00 PM in San Anselmo. In a supportive environment, women address and explore relevant issues in their lives, current and past, including relationships, self-identity, the many consequences of mother loss, other loss, and trauma. The group provides opportunities for healing and growth, deepening self-empowerment, gaining acknowledgement for “normal” responses, and support for pursuing individual goals. Facilitated and developed since 1997 by Colleen Russell, LMFT (MFC29249), CGP (41715) with over 20 years experience, whose mother’s death at 15 was a pivotal event in her life. Individual, couple, and family sessions also available. Phone: 415-785-3513.Email: Website: . OVER 55 WITH AN EMPTY NEST? STAY OR MOVE? Please join our panel of experts for a discussion of living options in The Bay Area and beyond. Topics to include: Staying in your home, downsizing to a smaller home, and a easy to understand description of the five types of senior communities, including their costs and qualifications. There is no“one size fits all,”so come find out what works best for you or your loved ones.

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ARIES (March 21 - April 19) Are you wearing your feelings on your sleeve, Aries? If your dolled-up face and crisp work blazer are any indication, we’d have to say yes. Confidence is your middle name on Feb. 3—the new moon in fellow sun sign, Leo, will brighten up your day for some bold lovin’. TAURUS (April 20 - May 20) Did someone say “daddy issues,” Taurus? Don’t take it personally. The stars are here to strike up a conversation with some speed bumps from your past. Mercury in retrograde typically stirs up issues from the past, and this time it might have something to do with D-A-D, or a father figure. Do your best to handle emotionally exhausting situations with tact. GEMINI (May 21 - June 20) Talk it out, Gemini! You’ve got a lot to say and it’s time to get it off of your chest. The full moon in Leo on Feb. 3 is going to help you emotionally vomit with the help of carefree reassurance from the stars. There’s no time to wonder; don’t give it a second thought—talk before you think! CANCER (June 21 - July 22) You’re turning green, Cancer. Nope, it’s not the stomach flu—you’re full to the brim with jealousy. Mercury in retrograde might be causing a few hiccups with you and your dearest darling. Do your best to let past quarrels stay in the past and don’t let a past lover come between you and your flame—that’s just what he or she would want. LEO (July 23 - Aug. 22) Get ready for your close-up, Leo! The full moon is in your sign on Feb. 3—marking the calendar with a cheat day while Mercury is in retrograde. Communication has been off, but the full moon will help you air all of your grievances and future award-winning ideas all the same. VIRGO (Aug. 23 - Sept. 22) Shot through the heart, Virgo! And Neptune’s to blame—this Feb. 1, love’s gettin’ a bad name. You’ll be blinded by love all day, which is all fuzzy and sweet to a certain extent, but it might have you making googly-eyes at an incompatible match. Mr. or Miss Wrong might saunter his or her way into your life, thanks to Neptune’s mysteriously illusive power. Keep a strong game face! LIBRA (Sept. 23 - Oct. 22) Sticks and stones may break bones, but your words are even more awful, Libra! Think before you speak—people have feelings! You might be used to brushing off a few backhanded compliments, but on Jan. 31 you’ll be dishing some out. A few so riddled with passive-aggressive disses, your friends might avoid you for a few weeks. So think before you tell your friend how you really feel about his or her podcast. SCORPIO (Oct. 23 - Nov. 21) Who keeps ringing your doorbell and running away, Scorpio? A secret admirer—duh. With Valentine’s Day around the corner and Venus teaming up with Mars in Pisces, your allure is at an all-time high. You could walk out of the house with toilet paper stuck to a pair of Teva sandals and, remarkably, you’d still have a handful of love interests. Take advantage—swipe right! SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22 - Dec. 21) Check yourself before you wreck yourself, Sagittarius! Your brain is teeming with a slew of latest ideas and you can’t wait to share with anyone who will listen. Unfortunately, the clerk at CVS doesn’t care that you’ve decided to go for an M.F.A. instead of an M.B.A. Props for making some life-altering decisions, but don’t sign any papers until Mercury is out of retrograde! CAPRICORN (Dec. 22 - Jan. 19) Dust off your knee pads—you’re proposing, Capricorn! The full moon on Feb. 3 is going to make it a little harder to maintain your ever-so-cool practical air and will channel your outspoken side. You won’t be able to let things slip on by—if you’ve got a loved one, you’re putting a ring on it! AQUARIUS (Jan. 20 - Feb. 18) Check your notifications, Aquarius! Did you just become Facebook official? The Feb. 3 full moon in your seventh house of partnerships is taking things to the next level with your beloved. If you’re not accepting a relationship request, you might be moving in together. Nothing is too soon with this full moon that is sure to make you swoon. Love is in the air, after all. PISCES (Feb. 19 - March 20) Don’t answer the door, Pisces! A toxic expartner will be a-knockin’ come Feb. 5. It’s likely that he or she will not get the memo or leave quietly. Power in numbers—it might be best to stay glued to your BFF’s hip during the few days before and after Feb. 5. Blocking him or her on Facebook and deleting his or her cell number might be your only option. 22 PACIFIC SUN JANUARY 30 - FEBRUARY 5, 2015




FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 136217 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business: KRPR PUBLISHING AND RELATIONSHIPS/NATURAL MEDICINE RESOURCE, 825 DIABLO AVE, NOVATO, CA 94947: KIMROSE LUNDBERG, 825 DIABLO AVE, NOVATO, CA 94947.The business is being conducted by AN INDIVIDUAL. Registrant will begin transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on Dec 12,2014.(Publication Dates: Jan 9,16,23,30 of 2015) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 136328 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business: 1)SOGGY WAFFLES 2) TOPIARY 4 U, 5204 MAPLE RD, VACAVILLE, CA 95687: 1) ELLEN LLOYD ADAMS,5204 MAPLE RD, VACAVILLE, CA 95687, 2) DANIEL GEORGE ADAMS, 5204 MAPLE ROAD,VACAVILLE, CA 95687.The business is being conducted by A GENERAL PARTNERSHIP.Registrant is renewing filing with changes and is transacting business, under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on Dec 31,2014.(Publication Dates: Jan 9,16,23,30 of 2015) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 136337 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business: BEING WITH CONSCIOUS DYING, 311 MILLER AVENUE, SUITE H, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: TRAVIS SMITH, 311 MILLER AVENUE, SUITE H, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941. The business is being conducted by AN INDIVIDUAL. Registrant will begin transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on Jan 02,2015.(Publication Dates: Jan 9,16,23,30 of 2015) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2015-136345 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business: THE EPICURIUM, 11100 STATE ROUTE 1, Pt. REYES STATION, CA 94956: 1) RAINE HOWE, 440 MEADOW WAY, SAN GERONIMO, CA 94963, 2) JED DAVIDSON, 11100 STATE ROUTE 1, Pt. REYES STATION, CA 94956.The business is being conducted by A GENERAL PARTNERSHIP. Registrant will begin transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on Jan 05,2015. (Publication Dates: Jan 9,16,23,30 of 2015) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 136338 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business: CREATIVE GOOSE, 454 LAS GALLINAS # 337, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: DAVID FARROW, 84- B SCENIC AVE, RICHMOND, CA 94801.The business is being conducted by AN INDIVIDUAL. Registrant will begin transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on Jan 02,2015. (Publication Dates: Jan 9,16,23,30 of 2015) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 136284 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business: ELLEN DECK DESIGN, 115 ELINOR AVE, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: ELLEN CLAIRE DECK, 115 ELINOR AVE, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941.The business is being conducted by AN INDIVIDUAL.Registrant is renewing filing with no changes and is transacting business, under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on Dec 23,2014.(Publication Dates: Jan 16,23,30, Feb 6 of 2015)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 136270 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business: MARIN TOWN & COUNTRY CLUB, 60 PASTORI AVE, FAIRFAX, CA 94930: MT & CC LLC, 60 PASTORI AVE, FAIRFAX, CA 94930. The business is being conducted by A LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY.Registrant is renewing filing with changes and is transacting business, under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on Dec 19,2014.(Publication Dates: Jan 16,23,30, Feb 6 of 2015)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 136283 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business: ANDES PROJECT MANAGEMENT ( A.P.M), 1034 LAS PAVADAS AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: LEONARDO TORRES OBREQUE, 1034 LAS PAVADAS AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903. The business is being conducted by AN INDIVIDUAL.Registrant will begin transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on Dec 23,2014.(Publication Dates: Jan 16,23,30, Feb 6 of 2015) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 136261 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business: MCC PHARMACY. 3110 KERNER BLVD, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: CLINIC PHARMACIES LLC, 106 E.SIXTH STREET, SUITE 900, AUSTIN, TX 78701.The business is being conducted by A LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY.Registrant will begin transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on Dec 19,2014.(Publication Dates: Jan 16,23,30, Feb 6 of 2015) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2015136417 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business: SKY TYRANNOSAUR, 101 MARTENS BLVD., UNIT A, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: MUIR FREELAND, 101 MARTENS BLVD., UNIT A, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. The business is being conducted by AN INDIVIDUAL.Registrant will begin transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on Jan 12,2015.(Publication Dates: Jan 16,23,30, Feb 6 of 2015) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2014136243 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business: 1) FITBLISS, 2) FITBLISS MARIN, 944 SIR FRANCIS DRAKE BLVD,# 5, KENTFIELD, CA 94904: EMILY DORRIEN, 944 SIR FRANCIS DRAKE BLVD ,# 5, KENTFIELD, CA 94904. The business is being conducted by AN INDIVIDUAL. Registrant will begin transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on Dec 16,2014.(Publication Dates: Jan 16,23,30, Feb 6 of 2015) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 136436 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business: LA GUATEMALTECA EXPRESS, 26 MEDWAY RD, #7, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: JOHN F CAPRIEL, 84 WOODLAND AVE # 9, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901.The business is being conducted by AN INDIVIDUAL. Registrant will begin transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on Jan 13,2015.(Publication Dates: Jan 16,23,30, Feb 6 of 2015) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2015136443 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business: SHADES OF MARIN, 2070 4TH STREET,SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: ERIC G WIDERGREN, 2070 4TH STREET, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901.The business is being

conducted by AN INDIVIDUAL. Registrant will begin transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on Jan 14,2015. (Publication Dates: Jan 23,30, Feb 6,13 of 2015) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 136483 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business: MIA’S MASSAGE THERAPY, 7 Mt. LASSEN DR, # C -134, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: MYONGHEE AUSTIN, 151 LUCAS PARK DR, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903.The business is being conducted by AN INDIVIDUAL. Registrant will begin transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on Jan 20,2015. (Publication Dates: Jan 23,30, Feb 6,13 of 2015) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2015136394 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business: REDWOODS STUDIO, 331 MADRONE AVENUE, LARKSPUR, CA 94939: ROBIN L LA BELLE, 331 MADRONE AVENUE, LARKSPUR, CA 94939.The business is being conducted by AN INDIVIDUAL. Registrant will begin transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on Jan 08,2015. (Publication Dates: Jan 23,30, Feb 6,13 of 2015) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME File No. 136498 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business: ISLAND TIMES BBQ, 242 SAN RAFAEL AV, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: BENITO NAWAQAVOU, 242 SAN RAFAEL AV, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901.The business is being conducted by AN INDIVIDUAL.Registrant will begin transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on Jan 21 ,2015. (Publication Dates: Jan 30, Feb 6,13,20 of 2015) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 136484 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business: ALICIA’S BEAUTY SALON, 5420 NAVE DR, SUITE “A”, NOVATO, CA 94949: ALICIA M. REID, 311 FIRST ST, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901.The business is being conducted by AN INDIVIDUAL.Registrant will begin transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on Jan 20 ,2015. (Publication Dates: Jan 30, Feb 6,13,20 of 2015) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 136503 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business: BUZZ PHOTO BOOTHS, 637 LINDARO ST, SUITE 201, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: RAPPORT REAL ESTATE, LLC, 637 LINDARO ST, SUITE 201, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901.The business is being conducted by A LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY.Registrant will begin transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on Jan 21 ,2015. (Publication Dates: Jan 30, Feb 6,13,20 of 2015 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 136502 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business: 1) MACRO BLOOM 2) ERIC BELLUCHE PHOTOGRAPHY, 11 FOREST AVE, SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960: ERIC F. BELLUCHE, 11 FOREST AVE, SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960.The business is being conducted by AN INDIVIDUAL. Registrant will begin transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on Jan 21 ,2015. (Publication Dates: Jan 30, Feb 6,13,20 of 2015

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 136481 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business: WOOLLY EGG RANCH, 503 TENNESSEE VALLEY RD, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: 1)KENNETH E. KIRKLAND, 503 TENNESSEE VALLEY ROAD, 2) JUDITH A. KIRKLAND, 503 TENNESSEE VALLEY RD, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941.The business is being conducted by A MARRIED COUPLE. Registrant is renewing filing with changes and is transacting business, under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on Jan 20 ,2015. (Publication Dates: Jan 30, Feb 6,13,20 of 2015 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 136513 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business: ORGANIZE FOR JOY, 1491 LINCOLN AVENUE # 3, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: BELINDA A. BEEBE, 1491 LINCOLN AVENUE, # 3, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. The business is being conducted by AN INDIVIDUAL.Registrant is renewing filing with changes and is transacting business, under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on Jan 22 ,2015. (Publication Dates: Jan 30, Feb 6,13,20 of 2015

OTHER NOTICES ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF MARIN. No. CIV 1404771. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner MOLLIE TOVAR and MIGUEL TOVAR filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: CHARLOTTE CARTER HAUTAU TO CHARLOTTE CARTER TOVAR. 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: 02/13/2015 AT 09:00 AM, ROOM L, DEPT 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 OF FILING: DEC 19, 2014, (Publication Dates: Jan 2,9,16,23 of 2015.) SUMMONS (CITACION JUDICIAL) NOTICE TO DEFENDANT: (AVISO AL DEMANDADO): NISSIM LANYADOO; and Does 1-100, inclusive YOU ARE BEING SUED BY PLAINTIFF: (LO ESTÁ DEMANDANDO EL DEMANDANTE): ACMIS FIFTEEN, LLC.CASE NUMBER: (Numero del Caso): CIV-1403496. 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 (, 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 services program. You can locate these nonprofit groups at the California Legal Services Web site (www.lawhelpcalifornia. org), the California Courts Online Self-Help Center (, or by contacting 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 decidir en su contra sin escuchar su version. Lea la informacion a continuacion. Tiene 30 DÍAS DE CALENDARIO despues de que le entreguen esta citacion y papeles legales para presentar 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 formato legal correcto si desea que procesen su caso en la corte. Es posible 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., en la biblioteca de leyes de su condado o en la corte que le quede mas cerca. Si no puede pagar la cuota de presentacion, pidel secretario de la corte que 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 requisitos legales. Es recomendable que llame a un abogado inmediatamente. Si no conoce a un abogado, puede llamar a un servicio de remision a abogados. Si no puede pagar a un abogado, es posible que cumpla con los requisitos 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, ( o ponidrindose en contacto con la corte o el colegio de abogados locales. AVISO: Por ley, la corte tiene derecho a reclamar las cuotas y los costos 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 antes de que la corte pueda desechar el caso.The name and address of the court are (El nombre y direccion de la corte son): SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF MARIN, 3501 CIVIC CENTER DRIVE, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903 The name, address, and telephone number of plaintiff’s attorney, or plaintiff without an attorney, is: (El nombre, la direccion y el numero de tele fono del abogado del demandante, o del demandante que no tiene abogado, es): JONATHAN SEIGEL (Bar # 168224), SCHEER LAW GROUP LLP, 155 N. REDWOOD DRIVE, SUITE 100, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903,FAX: (415) 491-8910 PHONE: (415) 491-8900 DATE (Fecha): DEC 15, 2014. Publiction Dates: Jan 9,16,23,30 of 2015.

ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF MARIN. No. CIV 1404836. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner MARCY JANET WILLIAMS filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: MARCY JANET WILLIAMS to MARCY WILLIAMS. 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: 02/25/2015 AT 09:00 AM, ROOM L, DEPT 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 OF FILING: Jan 8, 2015 (Publication Dates: Jan 16,23,30, Feb 6 of 2015.) ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF MARIN. No. CIV 1500102. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner JEANNE MANN filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: JEANNE SUSAN MANN to JEANNE CEZANNE MANN.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: 02/19/2015 AT 08:30 AM, ROOM B, DEPT B, Superior Court of California, County of Marin, 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael, CA 94903. A copy of this ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE shall be published at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in the county of Marin: PACIFIC SUN. Date OF FILING: Jan 9, 2015 (Publication Dates: Jan 16,23,30, Feb 6 of 2015.)

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I like this woman I’ve been seeing, but she’s really in love with me. I’ve been clear that I’m not ready to get more serious and that I’m really never going to be up for that with her. She’s chosen to stick around, but her best friend called me crying, saying I’m breaking her heart. (Yikes!) Is it wrong to stay with somebody whose feelings are much stronger than yours?—Troubled


She sees the two of you getting old together. You see the two of you getting together for sex on Friday. The French make this sort of mismatch sound sexy and fabulous, calling what she’s feeling “la douleur exquise”—the “exquisite pain” of wanting somebody you can’t have. But look under the hood and you’ll see an ugly stew of hormones and the psychological gotchas called cognitive biases—unconscious errors in reasoning—leading to an acute case of adult-onset puppy love. Some would argue that this woman is worshipping at your altar of her own free will (laying if not crops and a goat at your feet, then undying love, Doritos, and beer). The truth is, a cognitive bias called the “sunk cost fallacy” probably has a good bit to do with her sticking around. This describes our tendency to be irrational “investors”—deciding whether we’ll continue putting time, energy, and/or money into something based on what we’ve already put in. This is dumb, because our initial investment is gone, and throwing in more whatever won’t change that. The rational approach would be basing our decision on what kind of payoff we’re likely to see down the road. Unfortunately, though we humans have a reasoning department built into our brain, cognitive biases can keep it a plastic-wrapped no-go zone, much like my late grandma’s living room couch. Love is not always 50/50, but it also shouldn’t be, oh, 90/10. Eventually, if you have a conscience, taking advantage of her futile hopes will prey on you (if it hasn’t already). And sooner or later, she’s likely to resent and maybe even hate you for sticking around to never give her what she wants—instead providing the dating version of, “Hey, we don’t sell what you need at this store, but please hang out here till we go out of business.”


I have a wonderful new boyfriend, but I’ve been avoiding sleeping over at his place because I snore. Not cute ladylike snores but loud, bed-shaking ones. I’m not overweight. (In fact, I’m in really great shape from CrossFit.) I don’t have sleep apnea. And snore strips and bite guards are useless. (This is something I’ll eventually need surgery for.) I’m afraid my boyfriend won’t be so attracted to me once he hears my “night noises.”—Stressing


A guy will generally appreciate a woman who’s kind of a wild thing in bed—just not when he jolts awake to call Animal Control to show up with nets and a tranquilizer gun. Luckily, it doesn’t have to get to that point—if you and he can think a little differently about doing your sleeping in separate beds, which is supposedly the province of couples who last had sex when FDR was in office. It’s actually that of couples looking to wake up rested instead of exhausted. Though romantic partners insisted to sleep researcher James Horne that they sleep best when they share a bed, the squiggly line of his sleep-monitoring gizmo said otherwise, suggesting that separate beds make for a far less interrupted night’s rest. (This is especially true for anyone with a partner who cage-fights in her dreams, wakes up frequently to sleep-drive to Home Depot, or snores like an asthmatic wolverine.) Because that which does not kill us can still scare us awake—and because big scary facts tend to shrink to a more manageable size when revealed in advance—you should tell the guy about your snoring instead of letting him find out. And because we judge things by comparison, let him think the worst—if only for a moment. Say, “There’s something I have to tell you ...” He’ll wonder, “Oh, no ... do I need to go to the clinic?” He should be relieved when you reveal that you “breathe loudly” in your sleep—that is, in a way that announces you’re still alive ... to neighbors two doors down. Next, present the solution: doing the fun stuff together in the same bed but slumbering separately. If the guy’s got any smarts, he’ll put this in perspective. The good news: You have an ass like a 22-year-old stripper. The bad news: You snore like a drunken hobo on a bench. (Can’t win ’em all!) Y

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ARIES (March 21 - April 19) Pluto is going direct on Sept. 22, Aries—you’re welcome! That transformation you’ve been waiting for is about to lap you if you don’t open your eyes! It’s time for a change in the career department—it’s easy to see why you’ve grown tired of clocking in, setting up shop in your cubicle and binge-watching House of Cards. You need a cup of motivation, and Pluto’s here to guarantee that! TAURUS (April 20 - May 20) Did you just get ding-dong ditched, Taurus? Don’t blame the neighbor’s kid—it was just a way to alert you that your inheritance check has arrived! Expect a big surprise on Sept. 25; it may arrive in the form of cash or a package delivered to the wrong address. Cross your fingers for a Restoration Hardware delivery—it’s time for some home renovations anyways! GEMINI (May 21 - June 20) You might want to consider purchasing a planner, Gemini—your social schedule is about to fill up. The new moon on Sept. 24 will bring out your best sides and make you even more magnetic than usual. Love will take center stage—whether single or attached—so be sure to follow your instinct and pursue anyone who catches your eye. CANCER (June 21 - July 22) Are you tired of playing hot and cold, Cancer? There’s only so much back and forth your heartstrings can take. On Sept. 23, prepare for clarity: Is your partner a complimentary match, or does he or she make you feel more like a hamster in a hamster wheel? No decision is easy to make, but follow your heart and instincts. There’s a reason humans don’t use hamster wheels. LEO (July 23 - Aug. 22) Big surprises are headed your way, Leo! On Sept. 25, Uranus offers you a fresh start! Tired of grappling with the same old expense reports? Get a new job! Sick of your significant other putting dirty dishes in the clean dishwasher? Get a new partner! Whatever part of your life needs a reboot, now’s the time! VIRGO (Aug. 23 - Sept. 22) Think fast, Virgo! The new moon on Sept. 24 is here to help—but you must move hastily! Were you caught off guard by those parking tickets you received last month? No one enjoys extra expenses, but consider the moon here to help with your bank account. Get ahold of your finances and set up a meeting with the big boss—it’s time for a raise. LIBRA (Sept. 23 - Oct. 22) Consider investing in the Clapper, Libra! It’s time for some rest and relaxation—no more need to get out of bed to turn the lights off and on. You’ve been on the go with work and family and it’s time to catch up on some shut-eye. Take a vacation day on Sept. 23—you’ve earned it. SCORPIO (Oct. 23 - Nov. 21) It’s time to quit smoking, Scorpio! The new moon is here to be your celestial Nicotine patch on Sept. 24. Your health will be the main event in the weeks to come—so whether you’re a smoker or a nailbiter, it’s time to re-evaluate your health and your habits. Quitting “cold-turkey” can work—especially with the new moon’s effect! SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22 - Dec. 21) Remember that woman at the grocery store who beat you to the last stuffed-crust DiGiorno cheese pizza, Sagittarius? Well let’s just say it’s a good thing you didn’t lose your mind and you kept your cool—she’s going to be your boss! Yes, you’re meeting VIPs around every corner this week. So remember, sharing is caring. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22 - Jan. 19) Your career is calling, Capricorn! And your cardinal sign is in sync with Libra’s new moon. What does this mean exactly? You are catapulting in a new direction: starting the blog you always talked about, opening up a restaurant or selling all of your belongings and moving to Africa. Whatever your ambitious change might be, just know that the stars are on your side. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20 - Feb. 18) Adventure is calling your name, Aquarius! Your ninth house of adventure and travel is tempting you to buy a one-way ticket to Amsterdam. Well maybe not Amsterdam, but somewhere with its fair share of adventure and intrigue. Plan on heading to a new part of town on Sept. 20 to get a breath of fresh air and a new view. PISCES (Feb. 19 - March 20) Your refinanced mortgage went through, Pisces! If the only home you own right now is your two-speed bicycle and a sleeping bag, then no need to fret—you’re saving money in another way on Sept. 21. Your finances take priority and it’s for the best. The new moon will give you more access to monetary funds.


I like to offer “Don’t have sex!” as a form of practical advice—usually just as I’m getting into my flying car. Yes, abstaining from sex will help a person avoid producing offspring, getting STDs or breaking a leg after somebody cheaps out on the home dungeon installation. But there’s a reason they call it a sex drive, not a sex parked in the garage. Also, the advice “Just don’t have sex!” is especially impractical for guys in their hornitoadinous early 20s like the guy who wrote that letter. Sure, he’ll just sit his 800-pound libido down for a little chat and then politely decline any opportunity to have sex as if he’d just been offered some questionable hors d’oeuvre. As for where I got the idea about (some) women “conniving to get a bun in the oven without informing their partner,” well, in email I’ve received from dismayed men paying child support to these women and from research by therapist Dr. Melinda Spohn. Spohn found that more than a third of the 400 women she surveyed at two community colleges had risked pregnancy—surreptitiously going without birth control or sporadically using it when they had sex with men with desirable qualities (like an apparent willingness to commit and good financial prospects). On a positive note, it isn’t only men who are appalled by this behavior. A female reader who wanted a second child but whose husband wasn’t up for it wrote, “I can’t even remember how many people heard this and said, ‘well, accidents happen,’ followed by a *wink wink.* Seriously, it’s disgusting! Even our family doctor said this! I’ve always been sure to make those people feel about two inches tall by saying that I would NEVER do that to my husband (and honestly, who wants a child this way?!).” This woman’s ethics are the single best guarantee a man has that birth control will be used instead of dropped behind the bed. Meanwhile, many people will tell you they value ethics and then just cross their fingers and hope their partner has them. The thing to do is to make ethics a requirement, meaning looking for a partner to be OMG ethical!!! the way you look for them to be OMG hot!!! In other words, yes, a man who doesn’t want a child should practice abstinence—the practical, doable kind: abstaining from getting into bed with any woman until he’s observed that he has reason to trust her. (If he wants something loud, sticky, and expensive in his life, he can buy a Ferrari and drive it over chewed gum.)


My girlfriend bought me a digital camera for my birthday. Unfortunately, the one she got me lacked some features I wanted, so I returned it to the store, got the camera I wanted, and paid the difference. When I told her this, I think she was offended. Did I screw up? —Photo-Bombed


When people say about gift-giving, “it’s the thought that counts,” they don’t mean the recipient’s thought, “Did you find this in the trash?” Yes, you screwed up—not by ultimately getting the camera you need but by making the one she gave you disappear like a witness about to testify against a drug lord. Turning the gift your partner gave you into the gift you want should be a three-step process. First, there’s the effusing—no matter how uneffusive you feel: “Wow, bat excrement!” Then there’s the waiting. One day, maybe two days. And finally ... “I just love my camera, honey. But there’s another one that has this feature I really need—this camera-nerd thing you couldn’t have known about. Would you come with me to check it out?” By keeping her involved, the camera you upgrade to becomes, essentially, Son of Camera that she gave you. By the way, that’s how you should start talking about your new camera, and fast, before you find yourself using it to take a series of forlorn all-by-myselfies to post on your soon-to-be-live Tinder profile. Y

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omedy, it has been said, is hard. It’s harder than drama, harder than math, harder, even, than dying. Austin Tichenor, of the Reduced Shakespeare Company (RSC), knows this all too well. “Yes,” he says with a laugh, “comedy is so hard it actually broke my toe.” While in Scotland this past summer, performing The Complete History of Comedy (abridged) at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, he began to feel that he’d done something to his foot, probably during the intensely physical rehearsal process leading up to the show’s daily three-week-long run. “I was limping through the streets of Edinburgh,” he recalls, “and my son thought I was being a whiner. Then, when I discovered I’d been performing that show every single day ... with a broken toe ... he decided I was actually a badass.” No kidding. After Edinburgh, with his foot in a protective brace, the Reduced Shakespeare Company moved on to do five more shows in West Virginia, during which Tichenor discovered that he’d now fully dislocated the broken toe, requiring surgery to install a pin in his foot. The pin was finally just removed last week. “I’m still limping,” Tichenor says. “But I’m a hell of a lot better than I was, and with a little luck from the comedy gods, I should be in fine shape by the time we open The Complete History of Comedy (abridged) in Mill Valley.


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Long, who joined the company that first year, helped Winfield and Singer write The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged), which has gone on to become one of the most popular shows in America, staged by schools and community theater companies almost nonstop since the script was published and made available. That show, in which three hapless actors attempt to stage all 36 of Shakespeare’s plays and make hash of them all, had its world premier, it so happens, at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. There, in 1987, the RSC coalesced into an actual full-fledged comedy institution. In due course, after Tichenor (an author and classically trained actor) joined the troupe along with former Ringling Bros. circus clown

Unless, of course, something else happens—which would be hilarious.” Like the man said. Comedy is hard. But it’s almost always worth it. Now 33 years old and counting, the beloved and apparently unstoppable Reduced Shakespeare Company is returning to Marin County. The internationally popular comedy troupe got its start in Novato in 1981, as a bawdywacky hat-passing act at the Renaissance Pleasure Faire, at Black Point. The original founding members of the RSC—Jess Winfield, Daniel Singer, Michael Fleming and Barbara Reinertson—who scored huge comedy points with their 25-minute consolidation of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, have all since departed the troupe. Adam


Reed Martin (the pair replaced the outgoing Singer and Winfield), the company began adding to its arsenal, penning other popular shows, including The Complete History of America (abridged) and The Bible: The Complete Word of God (abridged). Those shows, which soon joined the Shakespeare show as staples on the vast American Shakespeare festival circuit, were co-written by Tichenor, Martin and Long, the latter having departed the group several years ago. Now, over three decades after the company formed as a bit of a lark, nine different “reduced” shows have been created, covering world literature, sports, Western civilization (that one was a musical), the history of Hollywood, and one show devoted to Christmas ... from the Nativity to the present. Astonishingly, the RSC—managed by Martin and Tichenor—operates up to three different touring troupes performing all over the world (they just recently played in China), has received glowing reviews from scores of unsuspecting critics, has enjoyed its own hit radio show in England, and has become a semi-regular addition to NPR, where the company often appears to “reduce” complicated stories, such as the entire meandering plot of television’s Lost. The RSC’s ninth show—the aforementioned and fairly self-explanatory Complete History of Comedy (abridged), written by Martin and Tichenor—will be performed by the authors, along with longtime member

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us into the kitchens of her two beloved San Anselmo restaurants. French Roots: Two Cooks, Two Countries, & the Beautiful Food Along the Way is more of a love story between an early Chez Panisse chef, his wife and their lives they divide between Healdsburg and Bordeaux. The third selection is an ode to an American favorite: More Than Meatballs: From Arancini to Zucchini Fritters and Everything in Between, which comes from Sebastopol-based food writer Michele Anna Jordan. After reading each book, and preparing several of the recipes, I was reminded how much more a cookbook is than simply a listing of recipes. For me, a successful one takes me by the hand and leads me on a journey. Along the way, I sample a chef’s soup of the day, droplets of freshly harvested honey linger on my lips, and I discover that a Turkish kofte tastes a bit like the savory kibbe my own Lebanese grandmother prepared for me. Yes, these recipes will nourish us, but so will the stories, tips and encouragement all so generously served up here by people who have made eating, entertaining and feeding others a lifelong celebration. I happen to have the good fortune of living in San Anselmo, where Heidi Krahling opened her first restaurant, Insalata’s (Krahling’s maiden name), 18 years ago. When she published her first book, Insalata’s Mediterranean Table (2009), her loyal customers were thrilled. Finally the fattoush salad so many of us dreamed about could now be added to our own home meals. With the opening of her second restaurant five years ago, Krahling brought us inventive Latin-infused dishes to pine over, including her signature Marinitas salad, a trio of ceviches and layered vegetarian enchiladas.

With her newest release, Insalata’s and Marinitas: The Story of Two Restaurants, we can now prepare these favorites at home. Divided by stations in her kitchens, Krahling guides us through her workdays and lovingly salutes her staff. She dedicates this book to her restaurant family, and when she is on the premises, they affectionately refer to her as, “Mama’s in the Kitchen.” This sense of warmth and camaraderie is felt throughout the pages, but mostly, it’s Krahling’s enthusiastic voice that we hear— whether she is describing how she seasons her food progressively and is always tasting, or the necessity of roasting nuts in the oven instead of sautéing, as the centers will be raw, her tone is never scolding; it’s instructional and encouraging. Krahling is a consummate professional who seamlessly weaves her vast restaurant acumen together with a warm, accessible tone that makes us want to sit at her table. Her business partner Pat Coss said it best—she “brings it” 100 percent of the time. This book is no exception. “Nearly every day of our more than 33 years of married life, Jean-Pierre and I have sat down together to eat lunch,” begins the introduction of French Roots, written by husband-and-wife team Jean-Pierre Moullé and Denise Lurton Moullé. Initially this book made me feel nothing but guilt over the countless lunches I have inhaled in front of my computer, or the balancing acts I have mastered while driving and eating simultaneously. But within minutes, I fell into the rhythm and ease with which this lovely quasi-memoir begins to unfold. The couple takes turns offering a taste of their early French heritage through their recipes, childhood stories and vivid descriptions of the meals they savored along the way. The book moves chronologically through to their present-day life, where they divide their time between a farm in Peynaud and a property in Healdsburg. Throughout the 272 pages, Jean-Pierre, whose celebrated career included many years as executive chef at Chez Panisse, offers most of the recipes, while Denise lends valuable wine knowledge and keen observations on how they navigate and manage to live and eat simply-but-well between the two countries. Beginning with dishes from old-world France, including a cassoulet Southwest-style and monkfish in spicy tomato sauce, the book moves

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on to include Chez Panisse favorites like marinated king salmon with herbs and sauvignon blanc. The book ends with a chapter entitled, “Aperitifs and Toasts” that includes recipes for an onion tart with anchovies, olives and thyme and armagnac with preserved prunes. Of course there is much in between and though the book straddles both countries, its understated aesthetic is more French than Californian. More akin to a stately bordeaux than a big, oaky chardonnay, its gifts are revealed deliberately at a pace much more in sync with Europe than the Golden State. I couldn’t help but smile when I received a review copy of Michele Anna Jordan’s More Than Meatballs: From Arancini to Zucchini Fritters and Everything in Between. Of course “On Top of Spaghetti” (sung to the tune of “On Top of Old Smokey”), and the classic frat boy movie with Bill Murray immediately came to mind. But more than anything meatballs are fun—they are a familiar childhood food untouched by a single iota of pretense. As Jordan—a longtime food writer based in Sebastopol—shows us, meatballs come in more flavors, shapes and sizes than we could have ever imagined. The author of more than 15 books has seemingly scoured the earth to bring us more than 50 recipes that celebrate the versatility of the meatball in every conceivable form. She begins with a Meatball Primer impressing upon us the importance of using good ingredients—namely the meat. A four-page photo spread illustrates encasing meatballs in caul fat in order to impart a rich, succulent dimension to the balls. Traditional recipes including Sicilian, Greek and Mexican Albondigas versions are offered up in the first chapter, and another section is dedicated to “Going Meatless” and includes arancini-stuffed risotto balls, carrot fritters and Spanish croquettes. By far the most interesting chapter is titled, “Context is Everything” and features a chicken soup with walnut balls and spaghetti squash, potato salad with fresh herb meatballs and meatball tacos. A sense of adventurous fun permeates this book and makes we want to get in the kitchen and start cooking up these rounds of deliciousness. Who knew that the humble meatball had such global appeal, and was even included in an ancient

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eing a die-hard hortiholic myself, I would be thrilled to receive any of these garden gifts for the winter holidays. So get shopping! Most of these you can find at your local garden nursery here in Marin. 1. Garden Mosaic Hoopla Berkeley filmmaker and designer, Catherine Ryan, has created stunning mosaic hooplas that will make your garden light up with magic. “No water necessary for great color and sparkle in the garden,” she promises. I saw them hanging at the Green Jeans nursery and fell madly in love. You can also find them at Illumigarden in Mill Valley or on Ryan’s website, www.lunaproductions. com. These stunning mosaic hooplas are created from recycled barrel hoops, cut glass, mirrors and ceramic and glass tile. “I am such a mosaic maniac that I get very excited when they go out into the world and create space for me to make more!” Let’s help feed her craving to create more beauty. Price: $85-$150. 2. V-neck Women’s T-shirt from Point Reyes Compost Co. Point Reyes Compost Company creates my favorite compost: “Double Doody,” a blend of horse and cow manure created from animals spoiled rotten in the hills of Point Reyes at Giacomini Ranch. This is the compost I use at the school gardens I coordinate and it makes the ornamental and edible plants sing with joy. This makes my team of high school students and me, look like pros! We take all the credit for the prolific harvests, but it’s the powerful organic, locally-made and aged soil amendment that is really doing all the work. With the tagline, “Purveyors of premium poop. Don’t let anyone else give you crap,” how can you resist? Visit to order or locally at Toby’s Feed Barn, 11250 California 1, Point Reyes Station. Price: $26. 3. FarmHer Black Mesh Cap Iowa-based photographer, Marji GuylerAlaniz, has worked in agriculture for the past 11 years. She felt that images of farmwomen were long overdue. She is on a mission to bring women in agriculture to the forefront. Heck yeah! Sisters are doing for themselves! Through her project FarmHer, she began documenting the amazingly important role that women play in our agricultural system;

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few years ago, Ross Valley Players’ stage version (by Jon Jory) of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, was a huge success, both artistically and at the box office. Probably hoping for a repeat of that experience, the company just NOW PLAYING opened a recent ad- Persuasion runs through Sunday, Dec. 14, at aptation by Marin the Ross Valley Players’ Barn Theatre, Marin native Jennifer LeB- Art & Garden Center, 30 Sir Francis Drake lanc of the 19th cen- Blvd., Ross. Information: 415/456-9555, or tury English author’s visit final romantically themed novel, Persuasion. While RVP’s current production boasts some strong performances and is intermittently entertaining, it also exposes the perils that such “page to stage” projects encounter. Fiction and plays are both storytelling platforms, but they do it in very dif

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ashion designer, Donna Karan once said something to the effect of, if you spend more than 10 minutes staring into your closet for something to wear; there isn’t something wrong with your clothes, but rather something wrong with you. Her voice rings in my head each time I am confounded by my closet (and its contents). I am not proud to admit, for a variety of reasons, that most Saturdays and Sundays I spend more than the prescribed amount of time noodling over what to wear. To me, a casual weekend look has always proven more elusive than that of a buttoned-up weekday one. To squelch my closet confusion, sure, I could just throw on something from Lululemon. However, choosing to wear black easy-on, pull-up athletic pants with no plans to sweat at best feels disingenuous and at worst, like a fashion copout. This fall I endeavor to beat the “Karan Clock”. If I can incorporate some of this fall’s most wearable trends into my wardrobe, I just might have a chance of getting dressed in under 10 minutes. Since time is of the essence I decided to shop the one place for slick weekend wear: J.Crew. Here are just a few of its clock-beating pieces. To my mind, owning chic, easy pieces (as those to the right) are key to beating the “Karan Clock” and starting your weekend off right. Y

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he legendary Hal Holbrook, 89, 1901 North American Review and Bernard brings the legendary Samuel DeVoto’s 1932 Mark Twain’s America. Langhorne Clemens—aka Mark Holbrook speculates that Twain was Twain—to the Marin Veterans’ Memorial “restrained by his conscience or sense of Auditorium on Nov. 22. And there the obligation from letting all the material out “Twain” shall meet. to the public.” He loved his wife so much It’s hard to know and she didn’t where Mark Twain want him coming NOW PLAYING leaves off and Hal out looking bad to Mark Twain Tonight with Hal Holbrook Holbrook begins. people, Holbrook Saturday, Nov. 22, at 8pm. Marin Veterans’ That’s easy to unexplains. “Worried Memorial Auditorium, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. Tickets $25-$65. Call derstand. Holbrook he was going too 415/473-6800 or visit has been portraying far, she held him the author and huback. He knew morist on stage for Teddy Roosevelt 60 years. and Henry Rogers of Standard Oil, who In a phone interview from Los Angeles, had saved all of his [Twain’s] copyrights, Holbrook’s warm, engaged and impasand he didn’t want to dump on them.” sioned discourse complement his enerHolbrook saves his most heightened getic intellect, undiminished by his age. animation for underscoring how Twain “Every man is guilty for the good he spoke to his generation and to ours on the does not do,” quotes Holbrook from subject of race. French philosopher Voltaire. Ninety-nine In the actor’s view, purging The Advenpercent of us, Holbrook says, do not tures of Huckleberry Finn of the “N-word” understand that we, too, are guilty about would be a “travesty.” what’s going on in the world. “This is a lot “[The N-word] is used 200 times of the message Mark Twain was delivering to point the finger at you, the reader,” to us,” he says. Holbrook says. “Our racism. The last two Within the last year Holbrook has chapters are atrocious. Brilliant.” added a Twain piece on religion and the Holbrook says that he’s heard people Bible to his act. His research indicates talk using the n-word every other word. that much of Twain’s views on the subject “We don’t have enough understanding were shaped by his wife Livy’s strong faith. in our society,” he says. “The book is a Twain was more oblique with his satire literary achievement in this country and but, like Lincoln, never told a story for the all around the world.” He adds that Huck sake of humor, but rather to make a point Finn shouldn’t be taught in class if it can’t and to stir thought. be done intelligently. “[The N-word] is a “One of the funniest things in the world flashpoint today,” he says. “It is the most is to tell the truth,” Holbrook says. “And in powerful word in Huck Finn because it so doing make people think about what is characterizes our own racism.” happening today.” He then slips in a line Holbrook goes on to connect the past from his act: “I wonder if God created with the present. “We’ve got a black presiman because he was disappointed in the dent. He has been put through the wringer monkey.” Unlike many who study history and no one wants to say why,” he says. and draw parallels, Holbrook compares “The one thing we should have in comTwain to Voltaire—not to humorist Will mon is the truth. If we can’t tell the truth Rogers, as one might guess. to one another, we’re in trouble.” Much of the unvarnished Twain was The actor candidly admits that his own embargoed until 100 years after his death thoughts are often expressed through in 1910. I ask Holbrook if his on-stage Twain. “You can’t change people’s minds, Twain has been altered by the recent but you can make them think a bit,” he release of the unexpurgated Twain by UC says. Y Berkeley’s Bancroft Library. “No,” replies Holbrook. “Some had Contact the writer at been previously published.” He cites the

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