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Sausalito Public Library
Adult Programs for Winter 2016
For more information about Sausalito Library programs, please call (415) 289-4121. 

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 Misfit Special Event
Jan Wahl Presents "Oscars: Who Should Have Won"
Friday, February 12
7:00 p.m. inside the Library

Join Sausalito's inimitable Jan Wahl for a cinematic tour of the movies and people who should have won Oscars, featuring clips from such films as The Misfits, A Star is Born, and The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. Jan has worn many hats as San Francisco's favorite movie reviewer and film historian. You can find her on television at KRON and on the radio at KCBS and All News 740-AM. Jan also teaches at Dominican University, makes regular speaking appearances, and emcees at local events. The 88th Academy Awards will be held in late February.

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Read to Me Story Hour for Adults
Keep Your Head! Tales of Imperturbability
Thursday, February 18
7 p.m. in the Council Chambers

Listen to local actors and readers narrate the best in classic and contemporary short fiction for adults at the monthly Read to Me! Story Hour for Adults, hosted by Morgan and Diane Barker.  February's theme is "Keep Your Head! Tales of Imperturbability." Stories presented will be "To Build a Fire" by Jack London, read by Phil Sheridan, and "Lamb to Slaughter" by Roald Dahl, read by Deanna Dozier.

 Cuba
Special Film Presentation
Cuba, Libre? (56 minutes, 2016)
Friday, February 19
7 p.m. inside the Library

Cuba, Libre? is a new documentary tracing the history of American travel to Cuba from the early decades of the 20th century until the present day. Produced by Dick Jordan, the film begins with a look at the early decades of the 20th century when Cuba was a glamorous destination for American tourists. It then recounts the Castro-led revolution of the late 1950s, the subsequent severing of diplomatic ties between the U.S. and Cuba, and the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis. In the second half of the film, five travel writers tell their journeys of discovery to Cuba beginning in the 1990s and continuing through mid-2015, just months after President Obama eased restrictions on travel in December 2014. Dick Jordan and Sausalito-based travel writer Lee Daley, who appears in the film, will be on hand to answer questions. More on Dick Jordan and his travels can be found at Tales Told from the Road.

 Manon
Met Opera Preview
Manon Lescaut by Puccini
Tuesday, March 1
7:00 p.m. in the Edgewater Room

Join Tom Wilhite for a preview of the upcoming Metropolitan Opera performance of Puccini's Manon Lescaut, including background information about the composer and the opera and a selection of audio and video clips from past performances. Tom's preview takes place on the Tuesday before the Saturday morning Live in HD simulcast from the Met.

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New Program!
Coloring Class for Adults
Tuesday, March 15
4:00 p.m. in the Edgewater Room

Join us in an afternoon of adults-only, stress-relieving, analog art pursuits. Discover your primal artistic instincts as you color and doodle your cares away. Participants will enjoy a guided experience based on an evocative theme and receive a free coloring book to take home. Supplies and light refreshments provided. RSVP Rebecca at: rburgan@ci.sausalito.ca.us. Class size limited to 10.

 Patrick
Read to Me Story Hour for Adults
Irish Stories
Sunday, March 20
7 p.m. in the Council Chambers

Listen to local actors and readers narrate the best in classic and contemporary short fiction for adults at the monthly Read to Me! Story Hour for Adults, hosted by Morgan and Diane Barker.

 Lawrence
Speaker Series
David Lean Revisited: from Brief Encounter to Lawrence of Arabia
Thursday, March 24
7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers

From editing black and white movies in the 1930s, to directing the great landscape historical epics of Lawrence of Arabia, Bridge on the River Kwai and Doctor Zhivago, David Lean was a master storyteller. NPR movie critic Peter Robinson returns to the Sausalito Library to explore how David Lean spun a tale and blended exotic backgrounds and dramatic settings into award-winning movies. Join us for an insider's view of what makes a great epic.

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Docent Series
Oscar de la Renta Retrospective
Tuesday, March 29
2:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers

This world premiere of Oscar de la Renta’s work celebrates the life and career of one of fashion’s most influential designers. The exhibition will include more than 100 ensembles produced over fifty years, and is presented in collaboration with the House of de la Renta and the designer’s family. Thematic sections will trace his upbringing in the Dominican Republic, the rise of his career in Spain, his formative years spent in the world’s most iconic fashion houses, and his eventual role as the designer for many of the most influential and celebrated personalities of the 20th century. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Library and coincides with de Young exhibit, March 5, 2016-May 30, 2016.

 Madama Butterfly
Met Opera Preview
Madama Butterfly by Puccini
Tuesday, March 29
7:00 p.m. in the Edgewater Room

Join Tom Wilhite for a preview of the upcoming Metropolitan Opera performance of Puccini's Madama Butterfly, including background information about the composer and the opera and a selection of audio and video clips from past performances. Tom';s preview takes place on the Tuesday before the Saturday morning Live in HD simulcast from the Met..

 Caledonia
Sausalito People
The History of Caledonia Street: Golfers, Gangsters and Garages
Friday, April 1
7:00 p.m. inside the Library
Co-sponsored by the Sausalito Historical Society

Join Sausalito resident Mike Moyle for a historical tour down Caledonia Street from the time of the Miwoks. Using historical photos, Mike will highlight some of the major changes to the street and its buildings over the years, as well as some of the characters who have lived and worked there. Remember the Eight Ball Bowling Alley, the NWP Freight Depot, Budworth's Store, Jewett's Blacksmith Shop and Gatsby's? Those are just a few of the establishments that dotted the street over the years. Each will make an appearance during Mike's talk. This presentation will be in conjunction with a walking tour of Caledonia Street the following day, organized by the Sausalito Historical Society.

 CSPS
Special Event
The California State Poetry Society Presents Bay Area Poets
Thursday, April 7
7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers

Join us for an evening of poetry by Bay Area poets who have published recently in the California Quarterly, the poetry journal of the California State Poetry Society (CSPS). Poets who will read include Pearl Karrer, Jeanne Wagner, Maura Harvey, Nancy Dougherty and Brian Kirven. Poets and guests are invited to enjoy a light snack at 7:00 p.m. in the room adjoining the Council Chambers. After the reading, there will be more time for socializing and refreshments. The event is free and open to all interested. Established in 1971, CSPS is the official state organization representing California to the National Federation of State Poetry Societies. For information, please contact maura@mauraharvey.com

 Craig
Sausalito People
Ship Traffic on the Bay
Friday, April 8
7:00 p.m. inside the Library

Have you ever wondered about the different types of commercial ships that ply the waters of the San Francisco Bay? In his fascinating photo presentation, Captain Craig Thomas will be our field guide to the freighters, tankers, tugs, car carriers and container ships that pass through Sausalito's "backyard." The presentation will discuss commercial ship layout and construction, international trade routes, shipping regulations, local shipping terminals, tidal considerations in the Bay, and shipping careers ashore and afloat. We’ll also follow a typical voyage of a tanker and container ship into and out of the Bay. Captain Thomas has over thirty-seven years of experience since graduating from the State University of New York Maritime College. His seagoing career covered positions from Third Officer to Master before coming ashore to work in various capacities for Hess Oil, Mobil, Seabulk Offshore, and Bunkers Gibraltar Ltd. Today he is the president and founder of Sausalito-based Agile Marine.

 Roberto
Met Opera Preview
Roberto Devereux by Donizetti
Tuesday, April 12
7:00 p.m. in the Edgewater Room

Join Tom Wilhite for a preview of the upcoming Metropolitan Opera performance of Donizetti's Roberto Devereux, including background information about the composer and the opera and a selection of audio and video clips from past performances. Tom's preview takes place on the Tuesday before the Saturday morning Live in HD simulcast from the Met.

 Connell
Sausalito People
Remembering Evan Connell
Friday, April 15
7:00 p.m. inside the Library
Co-sponsored by the Sausalito Historical Society

Join us for a special program dedicated to Sausalito-based author and editor Evan Connell, perhaps best known for two novels considered among the finest of twentieth century American literature, Mrs. Bridge and Mr. Bridge. As a contributor and later co-editor of Contact Magazine, Connell was a member of the local "Algonquin Circle" of writers and editors who met regularly from the late '50s through the early ’60s at Sausalito's No Name Bar. Sitting at the table reserved for the group by No Name owner Neil Davis, Evan was a commanding though often silent figure in the company of habitual talkers. The program will feature readings from Connell’s works and reminiscences from his friends, including Bill Kirsch, Rick Seymour and Neil Davis.

 SWC Poetry
Special Event
An Evening of Poetry at the Sausalito Woman’s Club
Wednesday, April 20
7:00 - 9:00 p.m. at the Sausalito Woman's Club, 120 Central Avenue

This year, the Sausalito Library is co-sponsoring the annual night of poetry readings at the Sausalito Woman’s Club. The event will feature a guest appearance from award-winning slam poets from around the Bay Area. Parking and a free shuttle will be available at the Christ Episcopal Church in Sausalito, 70 Santa Rosa Avenue. Snacks and a no-host bar will be available beginning at 6:30 p.m.

 Maligrad
Sausalito People
Maligrad Contemporary Dance Company
Saturday, April 23
7:00 p.m. inside the Library

Join us for a special dance performance by Maligrad Contemporary Dance Company, directed by Sausalito resident Molly Fletcher Lynch. As far as we know, this is the first ever professional dance performance inside the Sausalito Library! Maligrad’s unique aesthetic tends toward the highly physical while delicately stringing together a conceptual framework, delivered through a carefully articulated movement vocabulary. Molly Fletcher Lynch holds an MA in contemporary dance from the London Contemporary Dance School and her work has toured through California, England, Spain, Italy, Greece and Croatia. Please RSVP to Abbot Chambers at achambers@ci.sausalito.ca.us to help us gauge attendance. A second show will be added on the evening of Sunday, April 24, if there is sufficient demand. More on Molly and Maligrad may be found at mollyfletcherlynch.com and maligrad.org.

 Elektra
Met Opera Preview
Elektra by Strauss
Tuesday, April 26
7:00 p.m. in the Edgewater Room

Join Tom Wilhite for a preview of the upcoming Metropolitan Opera performance of Strauss's Elektra, including background information about the composer and the opera and a selection of audio and video clips from past performances. Tom's preview takes place on the Tuesday before the Saturday morning Live in HD simulcast from the Met.

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Sausalito People
Behind the Bark: What Sea Lions Have to Tell Us about the State of our Coastal Waters
Friday, April 29
7:00 p.m. inside the Library

What can sea lions teach us about the state of coastal California fisheries? It won’t surprise you that they can teach us plenty. But, what do they have to tell us about cancer? Disturbingly, there’s a tale to tell there as well. Dr. Jeff Boehm, veterinarian and Executive Director of The Marine Mammal Center, will describe the work of this non-profit hospital for seals and sea lions, located in the Marin Headlands, and explain the connection between its patients and our understanding of the health of our oceans.

 Jodie
Special Event
Poetry Reading by Jodie Hollander
Thursday, May 5
7:00 p.m. in the Edgewater Room

Join Varda poet-in-residence Jodie Hollander for a reading from her collection The Humane Society. Hollander’s collection has been described as, "Romantic, surreal and tender, it paints a family portrait that is a mixture of memoir, ghost story and artistic obsession, as well as being an elegy for an older, more mannered, world." Her work has appeared in journals such as The Poetry Review, The Dark Horse, The Rialto, Verse Daily and Australia’s Best Poems of 2015. She has been awarded a Fulbright Fellowship and a MacDowell Colony fellowship, and is currently the poetry editor for GARO. More on Jodie may be found at jodiehollander.com

 Tortoise
Special Event
We View Them, They View Us: a Visit from the Animals of Wildcare
Friday, May 13
5:30 to 7:00 p.m. inside the Library

Join us for a special visit from the animals of the Wildcare wildlife rehabilitation center in San Rafael, including Mohave the tortoise and Sequoia the spotted owl. The animals will be at the Library in honor of the opening of a new exhibit by photographer and Wildcare volunteer Robert Timineri, "Portraits of Sentient Beings: We View Them, They View Us," which will be on display in the Library through June 19. At the opening reception, volunteers from WildCare's Ambassador Program will present five live animals whose portraits we'll be viewing on the walls around us: quite literally, "we view them, they view us." This is Robert's third event with the Library. His 2013 program on crows set an attendance record. In 2015 he presented a multimedia show about elephants as part of the Library's Sausalito People program series. This special event welcomes adults and children of all ages. Refreshments will be served!

 Vida
Special Event
Community Author Event: Vendela Vida
Wednesday, May 25
7:00 p.m. at the Sausalito Woman's Club, 120 Central Avenue

Join best-selling author Vendela Vida for a lively discussion of her latest novel, The Diver’s Clothes Lie Empty, presented in partnership with the Sausalito Woman’s Club. Vida is the author of five novels, including And Now You Can Go and The Lovers. The Diver’s Clothes Lie Empty is a literary thriller set in Casablanca, Morocco. The New York Times calls it, "[Vida’s] finest book...With its echoes of Hitchcock and Highsmith, this novel is full of darting pleasures." Vanity Fair. says, "Unequivocally a thriller, but more movingly, a meditation on identity." Doors open at 6:30 p.m. If you are planning to attend, please help us predict attendance by contacting Susan Watson at 331-6810 or sa.watson@comcast.net.

 

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