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Sausalito Public Library
Adult Programs for Spring and Summer 2015
For more information about Sausalito Library programs please call (415) 289-4121. 

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 Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana and Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci Met Opera Preview
Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana and Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci
Tuesday, April 21
7:00pm in the Edgewater Room

Join Tom Wilhite for a preview of the Metropolitan Opera’s upcoming performances of Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana and Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci, including background information on the operas 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 — screened locally at Sausalito’s CinéArts theater. All are welcome!

 unbroken web
Sausalito Library Speaker Series
Unbroken Web: The Art of Navajo Textiles
Thursday, April 23
7:00pm in the Council Chambers

Join us for a unique opportunity to hear author and collector Gary Beaudoin discuss and display hand-woven textiles created by renowned traditional Navajo weavers Lucy and Ellen Begay. The Begays' artistry takes diverse design elements and places them into balance. “The designs play with negative-positive space, where foreground becomes background and vice-versa,” says Beaudoin. During the presentation, he will display eight (4’x6’) textiles and talk about the influences on each piece.

 Jason Winfield Sausalito People
Jason Winfield: An Evening with Alan Watts
Friday, April 24
7pm inside the Library

Jason Winfield will perform a reimagining of philosopher Alan Watts' iconic lecture Myth of Myself, based verbatim on an audio recording of the event. Watts originally delivered the lecture to students and faculty at Southern Methodist University in 1965. Fifty years later, Jason and director Jenn Dees have devised an ingenious and playful show that highlights Watts' prescient ideas about nature and consciousness and carries on his legacy of philosophical entertainment. After the show, guests are welcome to stay for a dialogue about the lecture with the performer and director.

 Photo by Ellen Rosenstein Art Reception
Cuba: One Chapter -- Photographs by Ellen Rosenstein
Saturday, April 25
5:30 to 7:00pm inside the Library

Please join us for a reception to celebrate a new Library exhibit of color photographs by Sausalito resident Ellen Rosenstein. The exhibit, "Cuba: One Chapter," will be on display between April 25 and June 6, 2015. Of her work, Rosenstein writes, "Cuba, like a novel, takes you to a different time and place. Just poised for change, Cuba is an island/nation frozen in time. These recent images work to capture the everyday life in Cuba -- how people live and work, the classic cars, the way the light illuminates the crumbling buildings of Havana. While I often photograph in black and white, it seems only fitting to present the color of Cuba." If you plan to attend, please RSVP to

 death with dignity
Sausalito Library Speaker Series
Death with Dignity
Thursday, April 30
7:00pm in the Council Chambers

Organizer Jacie Rowe will discuss the death-with-dignity campaign recently launched in California by the nonprofit organization Compassion & Choices. The goal of the campaign is to make aid in dying available to all Californians through the passage of Senate Bill 128, the End-of-Life Option Act. A 2006 Field Poll found that 70% of Californians support death with dignity, i.e. the ability of a mentally competent, terminally ill adult to choose a peaceful death.

 Shel Silverstein Sausalito People
Remembering Shel Silverstein
Friday, May 1
7pm inside the Library
Co-Sponsored by the Sausalito Historical Society

Best known today for his children's books, former Sausalito resident Shel Silverstein was a multi-talented musician, songwriter, playwright, poet, and cartoonist. For this special program, program host Bill Kirsch will present a new hour-long video featuring a dialogue about Shel's feelings for the Gate 5 area, an animated version of The Giving Tree, Shel and Johnny Cash singing “A Boy Named Sue,” and Meryl Streep’s rendition of a Silverstein song that was nominated for an Academy Award. Following the video, we’ll hear stories and reminiscences from photographer Larry Moyer, a longtime friend and colleague who now lives on Shel’s former houseboat, the “Evil Eye.” At the conclusion of the program everyone will be invited upstairs to a new exhibit of Shel’s work at the Sausalito Historical Society.

 Captain's Wheel Read to Me! Story Hour for Adults
Sea Stories
Sunday, May 3
5:30 to 6:30pm inside the Library

Join your neighbors and relive the childhood delight of being read to, as local readers narrate the best in classic and contemporary short fiction for adults. In May we’ll feature a selection of sea stories. If you’re interested in becoming a future reader please email A.T. Lynne at

 DVD cover Sausalito Green Series
Screening of Monumental: David Brower’s Fight for Wild America
Thursday, May 7
7:00pm in the Council Chambers

The story of a true American legend, Monumental documents the life of this outdoorsman, filmmaker and environmental crusader, whose fiery dedication and activism not only saved the Grand Canyon (among other accomplishments) but also transformed the Sierra Club into a powerful national political force, giving birth to the modern environmental movement.

Funded by the Friends of the Sausalito Library and sponsored by the Sausalito Library, Sausalito Green Team and the Sustainability Commission

 Stephen Wiig Sausalito People
Steven Wiig Presents Dead Metaphors
Friday, May 8
7pm inside the Library

Steven Wiig is an actor best known for his roles in Sean Penn's Into the Wild and Gus Van Sant's Milk. As a member of the Screen Actors Guild, he has worked with directors such as Paul Thomas Anderson, Tim Burton, and Woody Allen, as well as on recent blockbusters like Godzilla and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Upcoming projects include James Franco's childhood-inspired Yosemite, the 1970s Bay Area dramatic feature America Is Still the Place and the gritty black and white short Dead Metaphors, where he plays the lead role of a self-destructive novelist. For this special program, Steven will provide an exclusive sneak preview of the film — which features songs by Tom Waits — followed by discussion.

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Don't Waste Your Food!
Thursday, May 14
2:00pm in the Council Chambers

Join Grier Matthews from Zero Waste Marin and Greg Christie from Bay Cities Refuse as they provide valuable tips on more efficient food preparation and storage, as well as disposal. As a bonus feature for those interested in backyard composting, opera buff and veteran composter Tom Wilhite will provide an overview of the process and share approaches for getting started.

Sponsored by the Sausalito Library, Sausalito Green Team and the Sustainability Commission

 leaf boat Sausalito Green Series
Clean Boating Seminar
Thursday, May 21
2:00pm in the Council Chambers

This is a two part program on clean and green boating practices and sewage solutions. The California State Parks Division of Boating and Waterways (DBW) and the California Coastal Commission’s Boating Clean and Green Program will review some simple environmentally-sound boating practices you can implement related to oil, fuel, trash and marine debris. Seminar participants will receive a free boater kit including an oil absorbent pillow, information about environmental boating laws, the 2015 Tidebooks, a West Marine discount coupon, the ABCs of Boating laws and the San Francisco Bay Clean Boating Map.

The San Francisco Estuary Partnership (DBW Clean Vessel Act Program) will also be providing information on how to dispose of your sewage properly. Seminar participants will receive free copies of the San Francisco Bay and Delta Pumpout Guide and Maps for Boaters.

Sponsored by the Sausalito Library, Sausalito Green Team and the Sustainability Commission

 author Sausalito Green Series
Time Management for Gardeners:
Making the Most of Your Garden When You're Short on Time

Thursday, May 28
7:00pm in the Council Chambers

Join gardening enthusiast Claire Splan as she provides helpful tips for those with a green thumb and a busy schedule. Claire is the author of California Fruit & Vegetable Gardening: Plant, Grow, and Eat the Best Edibles for California Gardens and newly published California Month-by-Month Gardening: What to Do Each Month to Have a Beautiful Garden All Year.

Funded by the Friends of the Sausalito Library and sponsored by the Sausalito Library, Sausalito Green Team and the Sustainability Commission

 painting of girl Sausalito Library Museum Docent Series
Our Second Skin: Clothing as a Social Language in Art
Tuesday, June 9
2:00pm in the Council Chambers

Join Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco docent Victoria Kirby for a provocative exploration of self-expression. Western artists have used clothing and drapery to reveal information about a wearer’s social position, wealth, religion, political leanings, nationality, marital status, and fashion sense. Clothing can also provide fascinating information about society and its attitudes, tell a story, and define a person’s psychological state.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Sausalito Library

Sausalito Library Speaker Series
Advice for Success from The Top Tier
Thursday, June 11
7:00pm in the Council Chambers

How far do you have to go to get out of your own way to reach success? For most of us, the person who holds us back - is ourselves. Join Kat Forsythe, personal coach and author as she guides us through her “escape hatch” - 6 essential ingredients to leap over personal roadblocks and get started on a fresh path to success – whatever your destination goal may be. Her recipe comes from the wisdom of her most outstanding sales-coaching clients - highly successful senior executives on Wall Street - at the top of their game. She adds expertise from her years as a therapist and communication expert, and tops it off with her own tumultuous life experience.

 Jean Varda
Special Event
The Art and Life of Jean Varda
Friday, June 19
7:00pm inside the Library

Join us for a look back at the life and works of artist and one-time Sausalito resident Jean Varda (1893-1971), on the occasion of the publication of Sausalito author Betsy Stroman’s new book, The Art and Life of Jean Varda. Varda was a visionary artist who lived large in Europe, then in California, before slipping through the cracks of historical memory. This special program will feature a reading by Stroman accompanied by slides, short videos, and an exhibit of Varda’s collages on the walls of the Library. Several old acquaintances of Varda will also be on hand to share their memories of Varda from his time living on the ferryboat Vallejo with philosopher Alan Watts. A preview of The Art and Life of Jean Varda (Purple Cottage Press, 2015) may be found at

 boat painting
Sausalito Library Museum Docent Series

J. M. W. Turner: Painting Set Free
Tuesday, July 14
2:00pm in the Council Chambers

Join Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco docent Maureen O’Brien for a fascinating look at Joseph Mallord William Turner, one of the greatest British artists of the nineteenth century. His paintings are revered for their spectacular effects of light and color, and have influenced generations of artists. His late work, created between 1835 and 1850, articulated a radical vision, exploring such themes as the rise and fall of civilizations, the natural and industrial worlds, and religious and cultural mythology.

To coincide with de Young Museum exhibit • June 20 – September 20, 2015

Sponsored by the Friends of the Sausalito Library
 cupid painting
Sausalito Library Museum Docent Series

Flirting with Art: Love, Lust and the Pursuit of Happiness
Tuesday, August 11
2:00pm in the Council Chambers

Join Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco docent Marsha Holm for this spirited discussion about what drives the creative heart. If love doesn't make the world go round, then lust must! Gods and goddesses cavorted through the ancient world and mankind followed suit soon after. Artists have portrayed flirtations and seductions, coquettes and courtesans, lechers and losers, all in the name of lust, love and the pursuit of happiness.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Sausalito Library


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