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1. What community-based nonprofit theater near 16th and Valencia in San Francisco is the longest-running independent cinema in America, active since 1909?

2. What gas forms the fizzy bubbles in most soft drinks?

3. Can you name three countries on the mainland of North or South America named after well-known historical people?

4. One of the top movies of 2003 was what Pixar film starring sea animals?

5. President Harry Truman liked to say, “If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the …” what?

6. What three European countries have five-letter names?

7. Some questions about Chanukah, celebrated for eight days and nights:

7a. What’s the name of the candelabra that is candle-lit each night?

7b. What four-sided spinning top with a Hebrew letter on each side is played as a children’s game?

7c. What kinds of foods are eaten during this holiday?

8. Some questions about Christmas:

8a. What Charles Dickens novel includes the word

8b. The tradition of decorating an evergreen tree at
Christmas time began in the 16th century, in what country?

8c. What Christmas season icon was introduced 75 years ago at the Montgomery Ward department store in Chicago?

9. Until 1859, the arbiters in what sport were seated in padded chairs?

  1. Think of two different six-letter words that start with “AL”: one word refers to those close to you, the other, just the opposite.

BONUS QUESTION: Throughout history, this region along the Mediterranean has been ruled by the Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Romans, Vandals, Visigoths, Moors and Spanish,
but today by the British. What is it?



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1. Roxie Theater, 3117 16th Street,
San Francisco

2. Carbon Dioxide: CO2

3. Bolivia, after Simon Bolivar; Columbia, for Christopher Columbus; the United States of America after Amerigo Vespucci— the Italian explorer who might have arrived in the new world around 1499-1500.

4. Finding Nemo

5. “… kitchen.”

6. Italy, Spain, Malta

7a. Menorah, or Hanukiah

7b. Dreidel, or Sevivon

7c. Foods cooked in oil, such as potato latkes or doughnuts, to celebrate the miracle of the light

  1. A Christmas Carol

8b. Germany

8c. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

9. Baseball umpires sat behind home plate

  1. Allies, aliens


That TV Guy Pacific Sun
Friday, Dec. 19Master Chef: Junior Edition In the finale, one junior chef goes home the winner with a cash prize and college scholarship. The others go home with the sting of defeat and enough ramen to get them through college. Fox. 8pm.

Caught on Camera with Nick Cannon Apparently an NBC executive heard about this “wacky viral video thing” from his teenage granddaughter. The dramatic chipmunk has already been offered a morning anchor slot. NBC. 8pm.

Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol A myopic 1-percenter learns the true meaning of Christmas. Of course, this is the Dickens story. In the real world, 1-percenters know that the true meaning of Christmas is the year-end bonus. And looking down on the little people. CW. 8pm.

Fight Club A nice little preview of next week’s visit with your family. (1999) HBO. 9:10pm.

Saturday, Dec. 20Kourtney and Khloe Take the Hamptons The wildlife is best observed in its native habitat. E! 6pm.

I Want a Dog For Christmas Charlie Brown With most kids it’s, “I want to promise I will take care of a dog for Christmas but will quickly lose interest.” ABC. 8pm.

Sunday, Dec. 21Sound of Music Sing-Along If you turn the TV up loud enough and shut the curtains, you might get through this without permanent embarrassment. ABC. 7pm.

Pot Barons of Colorado The legalization of recreational marijuana in Colorado has created a whole new class of entrepreneurs, or it will, if they can remember where they put their keys and stop watching YouTube long enough to fill out the business license. MSNBC. 7pm.

Tales from the Royal Bedchamber A look at the public’s fascination with the private lives of royalty. Why do we care? What do we care about? And do you really want to think of the words “Prince Charles” and “Bedchamber” in the same moment? KQED. 8pm.

Monday, Dec. 22Toy Story That Time Forgot This is a Christmas special. It’s not that Holocaust scene from Toy Story 3 that we call “The Toy Story We’re Trying to Forget.” ABC Family. 8pm.

Gotham Gordon is on the trail of a vigilante who is using weather balloons to kill criminals. We don’t know if he wants to arrest him or give him an award for creativity. Fox. 8pm.

Antiques Roadshow In a special “Boomer Years” episode, appraised items include such rarities as a knitted “I Like Ike” sweater, an Eames chair, a living wage and a pension. KQED. 8pm.

Tuesday, Dec. 23Shrek the Halls An ogre at Christmas? That’s why we stopped spiking the eggnog when our brother-in-law visits. ABC. 8pm.

The Polar Express Scores of children are abducted on Christmas Eve and whisked out of state for a ritual involving a charismatic cult leader and his army of diminutive mutants. (2004) ABC Family. 9pm.

The Year 2014 People died. Wars were fought. Oh, and there was a new iPhone. ABC. 9pm.

Wednesday, Dec. 24A Christmas Story We’re only two or three school shootings away from this not being funny anymore. (1983) TNT. 7pm.

Bad Santa Perhaps the only Christmas movie ever made designed to pair well with cheap bourbon. MTV. 8pm.

Barmageddon In this new reality show, two bar owners agree to spend a week running the other’s business. It’s like Wife Swap if the wives could be forced to work for tips in demeaning outfits. TruTV. 10pm.

Thursday, Dec. 25Disney Parks Frozen Christmas Celebration Do you really want to wake up with a hangover and face that song?ABC. 9am.

Barbara Walters—The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2014 We don’t think a facelift makes anybody particularly fascinating, but we wouldn’t mind hearing Barbara Walters try to say “Zelwegger” a few times. TV Land. 6pm.

Snowmageddon A family receives a mysterious snow globe that has the power to cause disastrous blizzards around the world, unlike normal snow globes, which have the power to disappoint everybody who was expecting something nicer. SyFy. 7pm.


Critique That TV Guy at letters@pacificsun.com.

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Sausalito man arraigned for alleged murder

A heated argument, a crowbar and heavy rain set the scene for a murder in Sausalito last week. The body of David Richard Morgan, 57, was found slain at his home at 601 Nevada Street on Thursday, after officers responded to a medical call for help at around 12:30pm.

Conrad Justin Smith, a tenant of Morgan’s, is accused of killing his landlord with a crowbar, following an argument the day before. Smith, 51, who locked himself in the garage of the residence after Morgan’s body was discovered, engaged in a long standoff with police before surrendering at around 8pm. Smith—scheduled to be arraigned on Dec. 16—was arrested on suspicion of murder, and booked in Marin County Jail.

Morgan’s cause of death is pending, but head trauma was detected. Morgan was the proprietor of Golden Gate Bike Shuttle, “a quicker, easier, and more affordable way to get you and your bike to Sausalito and San Francisco,” according to the company’s website.

A police investigation is ongoing.—Molly Oleson

Bay Area film critics honor ‘Boyhood’ Richard Linklater’s 12-years-in-the-making Boyhood grew on the San Francisco Film Critics Circle (SFFCC) this year.

Meeting at the Variety Club Preview Room on Market Street in San Francisco, the group of 35 Bay Area film critics discussed the merits of the year’s films and performances. With writers from the Pacific Sun, San Francisco Chronicle and other Bay Area media in the discussion, a consensus was reached that Boyhood was the best picture of 2014, and Richard Linklater the best director. Patricia Arquette, as Boyhood’s enduring mother, earned best supporting actress honors, and Sandra Adair took the best editing prize for crafting the narrative’s years-long progression.

Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu’s screwball existentialist picture Birdman also took wing, in the categories of best actor (Michael Keaton, regarding himself in a funhouse mirror as a manically put-upon former superstar), best supporting actor (Edward Norton as Keaton’s foil, an egomaniacal thespian), and screenplay (Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu; Nicolas Giacobone; Alexander Dinelaris; and Armando Bo).

Best actress went to Julianne Moore for mining the mental, physical and psychic toll of early-onset Alzheimer’s in Still Alice, while Paul Thomas Anderson—as the first to bring novelist Thomas Pynchon to the screen—scored the best adapted screenplay honor for Inherent Vice. The group also gave laurels to best documentary, Citizenfour, best foreign language picture, Ida (Poland), and best animated picture, The Lego Movie.

The SFFCC also honored Ida’s Ryszard Lenczewski and Lukasz Zal for best cinematography, and The Grand Budapest Hotel’s Adam Stockhausen for best production design, while singling out Charlie McDowell’s indie head-trip The One I Love for a Special Citation. The group’s Marlon Riggs Award for courage and innovation in the Bay Area film community went to Joel Shepard, programmer of the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco.

www.sffcc.org.—Jason Walsh

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Tuneful holiday gift ideas on a budget of $25 and less

Cheer on the cheap Pacific Sun
by Greg Cahill

Last week, I offered a list of big-ticket items—big box sets and pricey coffee-table books—that might make great gifts. But there’s no reason to break the bank if you’re looking for suitable gifts. Here are a few items that cost $25 or less.

Classic Rock Remasters: The Beatles, Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin catalogs have been reissued recently. For under $20, you can give someone a gorgeously remastered mono version of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club or the White Album, both of which are significantly different than their stereo counterparts and, until recently, were highly sought-after, pricey eBay collector’s items. If you’re looking for something mellower, consider the acoustic-oriented Rubber Soul, arguably the best-sounding Beatles reissue. Or trip out to Zep’s hippie epic III.ast week, I offered a list of big-ticket items—big box sets and pricey coffee-table books—that might make great gifts. But there’s no reason to break the bank if you’re looking for suitable gifts. Here are a few items that cost $25 or less.

Rap Redux: Send in the Bomb Squad. It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back/Fear of a Black Planet delivers two of Public Enemy’s best and most influential albums. The brilliant Fear of a Black Planet gave the pop-music world the anthemic “Fight the Power,” which still rings true in a world where even members of the U.S. Congress are gathering on the steps of the Capitol to stage protests against alleged police brutality. It’s one of rap’s finest moments. “A remarkable piece of modern art,” the All Music Guide has noted, “a record that ushered in the ’90s in a hail of multiculturalism and kaleidoscopic confusion.”

Shoe Gazing at Its Finest: Looking to fill a stocking for a fan of 1990’s indie rock? The 1994 album Painful from indie-rockers Yo La Tengo, with its Velvet Underground-influenced wash of sound, has been reissued as the newly remastered 30th anniversary deluxe edition (that promises on the cover to be “extra painful”). It includes the grinding ballad “From a Motel 6” and the buzz-saw guitar anthem “Big Day Coming.” Rob Sheffield of Spin opined, “The album that keeps every promise Yo La Tengo ever made, full of ravishing, wraithlink melodies around scruffy guitars that clang around your head like sneakers in the dryer … when a bunch of weird sounds add up to a masterpiece as casually majestic as Painful, well, ‘genius’ isn’t even the word, is it?”

Country Cousins: You can find the two-CD set Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys, Riding Your Way: The Lost Transcriptions for Tiffany Music, 1946-1947 on Amazon for less than $25, if you’re lucky. These superb radio transcriptions, recorded while the Texas music legend was living in Oakland, rank with the finest Western-swing recordings around, bar none!

Jazz Masters: There are lots of excellent jazz reissues that have come to the market this year, including a select number of Blue Note titles and John Coltrane’s oft-bootlegged Offering: Live at Temple University. But Bay Area jazz fans should appreciate the Red Garland Trio, Swingin’ on the Korner, featuring the always tasteful pianist Garland with the ace rhythm section of bassist Leroy Vinnegar and drummer Philly Joe Jones. Recorded live in 1977 at the long-gone Keystone Korner in San Francisco, this two-CD set is a dazzling showcase for Garland’s fleet-fingered gymnastics (“Love for Sale”) and his deep sense of lyricism (“On Green Dolphin Street”).

Gift Cards: Why not encourage your friends, family members or loved ones to go out and make some music of their own? For just $4.99, iTunes offers the Garageband app, which can turn any iOS device—Mac desktop, laptop, iPad or iPhone—into a high-grade portable recording studio with several sampled instruments and the capacity for upgrades. A $25 gift card adds another 15-20 song downloads.

Send Greg a gift at gvahill51@gmail.com.

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The great depression by Pacific Sun

How to avoid depression during the holidays

by Joanne Williams

A half-sunny Sunday morning along the Mill Valley marsh path: A young woman leaned her bicycle against a tree, stepped up on a nearby bench and let out a loud scream of laughter, waving her arms in the air. Chasing the winter doldrums?

“Exercising in the fresh air is one of the best ways to chase away the holiday blues and all the guilt and ‘shoulds’ that pop up so much at this time of the year,” said Nancy Rhine, a marriage and family therapist and gerontologist.

“It’s easy to feel manipulated and overwhelmed during the holidays, when you’re pummeled by advertising and expectations that everyone else belongs to an idealized Norman Rockwell family,” said Rhine, who advises people to pause and get perspective on what’s really important to them during these sometimes superficially cheerful days and nights.

“There have always been human fears in this darkest time of the year,” Rhine said. “In ancient times people held spiritual celebrations, lit bonfires on hilltops, and danced to alter their mood and to remind them that the sun would return. Nowadays there is the most focus on the mundane, with a tendency to slip into overspending and overdrinking, and then depression.”

It’s no wonder we develop myths like Santa Claus. Some decorate a tree with twinkly lights, and others celebrate Hanukkah, also a festival of lights. When I asked around to find out solutions to the depression many experience at this time of year, I heard many ideas.

“I used to get depressed every December first,” said Mary C., a grandmother of nine. “There were so many expectations and no resources. Today I don’t shop,” she said. “I don’t believe in it.”

“I go to San Francisco to the theater, spend the night in the city and have breakfast with a friend,” a single man said. “And I stay away from parties where people drink too much.”

“I don’t read the news,” said another. “I watch sitcoms.”

“I put on lively music and go to funny movies,” Rhine says of herself. “Do what makes you feel good. Listen to upbeat music, watch comedies or other favorite movies, nurture yourself. Volunteer—helping others helps you as well as others. Give a gift of time. Teenagers who drive could offer to take seniors on a drive to see Christmas lights, or just visit them to bring cheer.”

“Also, remember that asking for and accepting help, if you need it, makes the giver feel good too—it’s a two-way street.” Exercise is a terrific way to chase the blues, “especially outdoors, in nature, and in sunshine if we have any,” Rhine has found. “I never understood bird-watching, but as I’ve gotten older, now I love it—science has shown that that activity lowers blood pressure and it just cheers you up!”

And if you get sick, which seems to happen when you need your energy most, rest and “let go” of demands—shift and adjust. There’s no shame in taking time for yourself—having to just “be” for a while and not “do” doesn’t negate your value as a human being.

“Meditation or prayer can help, too—it can give people a sense of purpose,” Rhine advises. “Talk to a pastor, a rabbi, a priest or a friend. One of the things we often learn as we grow older, after we’ve crashed and burned for over-doing for a few decades, is learning the value of pacing ourselves. And, listen to your ‘loving inner mother;’ sometimes the best answers come from within.”

Ask Joanne how she overcomes the holiday blues at letters@pacificsun.com.


Whistlestop930 Tamalpais Ave., San Rafael.
415/454-0964. www.whistlestop.org.

Marin Community Food Bank75 Digital Dr., Novato.
415/883-1302. www.sfmfoodbank.org.

Salvation Army Services Center351 Mission Ave., San Rafael.
415/459-4520.  www.salvationarmyusa.org.

Ritter Center16 Ritter St., San Rafael.
415/457-8182.  www.rittercenter.org.

Homeward Bound of Marin830 B St., San Rafael.
415/459-5843.  www.hbofm.org.

St. Vincent de Paul820 B St., San Rafael.
415/454-3303. www.vinnies.org.

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Most of us were safe in our cozy homes last week as we prepared for the massive storm headed our way. One woman wasn’t so fortunate. Monday evening, San Rafael police responded to a report of someone living in their car on Paloma Avenue. Cathy Bonner, 54, and her 11-year-old Chihuahua Yaya, were indeed living in her car. Corporals Justin Graham and Mike Mathis learned that she had been evicted from her apartment after her partner of 38 years died; she was also recently diagnosed with cancer and unemployed. For the officers, the call changed from enforcing the ordinance against sleeping in a vehicle to trying to help. As they discussed the limited options due to the late hour, their dispatcher interrupted with a temporary solution. A neighbor, who insisted on remaining anonymous, had overheard the conversation, phoned the station, and offered to pay for two nights at a hotel. SRPD helped her register at the hotel and promised to monitor her situation. The following morning, Lieutenant Dan Fink contacted the Ritter Center. Cathy now has three weeks at a local hotel. “Without the Ritter Center from day three on, Cathy would have been homeless,” Lt. Fink said. The goal is to find permanent housing, especially while she undergoes chemotherapy at Marin General. And her little dog? “Yaya will stay with Sergeant Wanda Spaletta during Cathy’s treatments,” Lt. Fink said. A host of heroes stepped forward to assist Cathy, but more are needed. To help, contact the Ritter Center at 415/457-8182.—Nikki Silverstein



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