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Art Rogers Family Album, December 15, 2016

12/15/2016
Great Moments in West Marin History NORMAN MASONSON DIRECTS THE NINTH ANNUAL MESSIAH SING-ALONG, NOW IN ITS 38TH YEAR, AT THE DANCE PALACE IN THE OLD EMPORIUM BUILDING — DECEMBER 1987 “The Messiah Sing-Along is one of my favorite holiday events. I have sung in each one since it began...

Russell Chatham: In defense of difficulty

12/15/2016
When I met him for this interview, Russell Chatham—painter, printmaker, author, fisherman and restauranteur—gave me a short piece he wrote titled, “Advice for a Young Artist,” which recommends that aspiring artists reject institutions, especially those that claim to teach or promote art. It also urges artists to remember “that you...

La Libertà delves into biography through melody

12/15/2016
By the time the music began inside Yoga Toes Studio, there wasn’t a spare cushion left on the floor. All the chairs and seats were directed toward the four women gathered in the middle of the long, wood-lined room, and the band cast a spell of calm that swayed through...

Marty Knapp: Through a looking glass lightly

12/15/2016
When he was very young, Marty Knapp cooled off on hot Connecticut summer nights by lying in his yard and gazing at the sky through toy binoculars. Six decades later, the photographer is at it again, this time looking through a viewfinder to capture striking black and white photographs that...

Laura Watt on the Point Reyes National Seashore, its creation and controversies

12/08/2016
Laura Watt had a troubling experience after graduating with a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of California, Berkeley. She was working for a friend’s firm that was drafting an environmental review of a proposed golf course. The land needed to be surveyed for the San Francisco garter snake,...

Nature Notebook, December 8, 2016

12/08/2016
As I came down the hill on the Stage last week, westward bound, the thin arc of a waning moon glowed against the sunset, joined by the bright spark of Venus in the winter sky. The Geminids meteor shower will be visible after dark between Dec. 7 and Dec. 17,...

Hathaway Barry: A woman listening to men and boys

12/01/2016
Longtime Point Reyes Station resident Hathaway Barry set out eight years ago with a burning question. Bringing her past experience as a mediator, an educator and a poet, she asked: What happens to boys as they grow up? Her new book, “Boy: A Woman Listening to Boys and Men,” threads together first-person accounts from over 85 interviews she conducted with boys and men of all ages, ethnicities, sexual identities and backgrounds...

Celebrating a library’s grassroots origin

12/01/2016
The Inverness branch of the Marin County Free Library opened on Sept. 11, 1942 at a time when gasoline shortages stemming from the war made it difficult for residents to drive even to Point Reyes Station for books. Volunteers were active from the beginning in staffing and maintaining the library,...

Tim Weed’s continuing colloquium

12/01/2016
Tim Weed’s banjo playing awed the audience at the Lucid Art Foundation’s annual concert, “Mystical Night of Music and Poetry” last month. The nimbleness with which he fingered his banjo mesmerized the audience, but it was equaled or exceeded by the originality of his captivating score. Tim, who also co-founded...

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