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New York Times columnist Verlyn Klinkenborg on writing and rural life

10/17/2013
Verlyn Klinkenborg, a columnist for The New York Times , a member of that newspaper’s editorial board and a teacher of the writer’s craft, will speak and sign copies of his new book, More Scenes from the Rural Life , at 7 p.m. on Friday, October 25 at the Point...

In loving memory of Esther Silver, among others

10/17/2013
In its heyday, the consciousness of Inverness didn’t merely exist: it was on unapologetic, if low-key, parade. As an East Coast refugee arriving in 1971, I was astounded. Who were these people, dancing like loons around fires at Drake’s Bay—men and women, old-timers and newcomers, gray-haired elders with grandchildren riding...

Danny Vitali crosses genres and mixes players

10/17/2013
A girl sporting a gold sash and glittery red shoes, a woman sitting quietly in a cowboy hat while tapping her cowboy boots, a young couple jetéing, a man blowing kisses to—one hopes—a happy recipient. It was a welcome assortment for Danny Vitali, who played last Friday in the Dance...

Art Rogers Family Album, October 17, 2013

10/17/2013
IN MEMORY OF DAVID BUNNETT — JULY 2, 1948 - OCTOBER 13, 2013 “Thoughts and memories of David Bunnett eclipse my daily rounds. I know the community is full of friends with the same reverie, hearts exposed and sweetly sad against the beauty of these days. He gave us so...

Art Rogers Family Album, October 17, 2013

10/17/2013
IN MEMORY OF DAVID BUNNETT — JULY 2, 1948 - OCTOBER 13, 2013 “Thoughts and memories of David Bunnett eclipse my daily rounds. I know the community is full of friends with the same reverie, hearts exposed and sweetly sad against the beauty of these days. He gave us so...

Art Rogers Family Album, October 10, 2013

10/10/2013
Great Moments in West Marin History BUILDING KULE LOKLO, THE MIWOK VILLAGE AT BEAR VALLEY, with VOLUNTEERS AND STAFF OF THE POINT REYES NATIONAL SEASHORE — SEPTEMBER 1976

Nancy Griffith, 1934 — 2013

10/10/2013
Nancy Griffith, a one-time West Marin resident and industrious sailor who circumnavigated the globe three times, passed away on Sept. 23. She was 79. Nancy lived in Inverness on and off in the late 1960’s and early 70’s, between sailing expeditions with her husband, Robert Griffith, who worked as a...

Sim Van der Ryn and the architecture of empathy

10/03/2013
Throughout his life, Sim Van der Ryn has been at the forefront of architectural design that incorporates natural systems into people’s lives and habitats. His new book, Design for an Empathic World , is a welcome addition to the discussion. In its pages, Mr. Van der Ryn turns inward to...

Art Rogers Family Album, October 3, 2013

10/03/2013
HARPER JANE COLBERT — BORN AUGUST 13, 2012 Daughter of Jillian and Adam Colbert. Granddaughter of Sheelah and Toby Jr. Giacomini and the late Betty Jane and Steven Colbert of Los Angeles

Renegade artist Jason McLean exhibits outside the box

09/26/2013
Jason McLean doesn’t listen to classical music while he works. He listens to mash up, a musical genre in which Johnny Cash vocals might be laid over the beats of rapper Eazy-E, or Lady Gaga’s lyrics massaged into Journey’s instrumentation. It pulses and booms, gleefully overwhelming. The music is a reflection of what he does: repurposing parts from disparate items to meld them into a new art form. His “bicycle shredder,” as just one example, is made from a knuckleboom crane, a PG&E telephone grabber, the frame of a Ford F60, the front steering column of a Toyota truck, a winch, a mower and flamethrowers. But the mash-up music also mirrors Mr. McLean’s efforts to provide artists with a non-traditional venue for their work, a place outside the stifling atmosphere and pretentious personalities he so often finds in galleries...

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