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Attention West Marin Arts Community

Please Note: We Are Rescheduling the showing of The Line King: The Al Hirschfeld Story

Thursday, September 29, 2016 6pm FREE

Artist Film Series

The childhood, adolescence, and incredible adult years of Al Hirshfeld, celebrated creator of thousands of line drawings of famous people - many in the entertainment industry - over a span of more than sixty years. He was still drawing in his nineties. His interesting domestic life, political, and cultural views are highlights. In addition, he talks about himself a bit - seriously and lightly. (At one point he claims that his only form of exercise has been to live in his Manhattan townhouse: stairs). He drives his car around Manhattan - an adventure in itself. Brief interviews with, and reminiscences of many friends and associates.

Al Hirschfeld’s drawings stand as one of the most innovative efforts in establishing the visual language of modern art through caricature in the 20th century. A self-described “characterist,” his signature work, defined by a linear calligraphic style, appeared in virtually every major publication of the last nine decades (including a 75 year relationship with The New York Times) as well as numerous book and record covers and 15 postage stamps.

In January 2003, he learned he was to be awarded the Medal of Arts from the National Endowment of the Arts and inducted into the Academy of Arts and Letters. The winner of two Tony Awards, he was given the ultimate Broadway accolade on what would have been his 100th birthday in June 2003. The Martin Beck Theater was renamed the Al Hirschfeld Theater.

Documentary followed by a group dialogue.

Host: Debra Amerson & Larry Rippee

San Geronimo Valley Community Center 6350 Sir Francis Drake Blvd.

Arts & Lectures Series

San Geronimo Valley Community Center Presents:

Kids (and adults) for Cheetahs

A Fundraiser for the Cheetah Conservation Fund

Sunday, October 16, 2016, Noon to 3pm

Nine-year-old Paloma Russ is a 4th grader at San Geronimo Elementary School in West Marin. She has been passionate and concerned about cheetahs since age 3. Paloma states, “Cheetahs are an endangered species. There are less than 10,000 cheetahs left in the world and if we don’t do something to help save them NOW, they will be extinct in 20 years. This makes me very sad, especially since they are my favorite animal.”

Paloma has been very active in cheetah conservation efforts and raising public awareness even in her young lifetime. She has participated in Earth Day events: she has done presentations at her school and has proudly earned a gold star for her “Help Save Cheetahs” presentation in her 4-H program. She was even awarded a blue ribbon for her “Cheetah Conservation Scrapbook” in the Marin County Fair. Since one of Paloma’s favorite pastimes is drawing cheetahs, she also came up with her own line of greeting cards and sells them at various events and fairs. All the proceeds from her cards go to the Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF), headquartered in Namibia, the world’s largest international non-profit organization dedicated to saving cheetahs.

On October 16th, 2016, Paloma will hold a fundraiser called “Kids (and adults) for Cheetahs”. It will be at the San Geronimo Valley Community Center from 12-3 pm. There will be kids activities and crafts, bake sale, silent auction, raffle, and an educational presentation. As if this is not already plenty of excitement, Paloma has amazingly arranged for the very special guest appearance of a real live cheetah named “Themba”, an ambassador cat from Wild Cat Education and Conservation Fund. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity not to be missed!

Come see, learn and support Paloma’s dedicated conservation effort!


Saturday, October 29, 8:00 pm

A unique acoustic jazz experience. Performing a suite in four parts: Love’s Sacred Body by Schawkie Roth (set I) plus: A Love Supreme by John Coltrane (set II)

Schawkie Roth, tenor saxophone and musical director, Max Perkoff, piano, Spike Klein, drums, Jack Sayers, bass.

Tickets $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Send checks to Schawkie Roth, P.O. Box 58, Woodacre, CA 94973

Days of the Dead Book Launch

Sunday, October 30, 4:00 pm

San Rafael novelist James A. Jacobs will discuss and read from his historical thriller, Days of the Dead, Sunday, October 30, at 4 p.m. In Mexico, 1968, the year of the Olympics, activist students launch a summer-long protest aimed at reforming a ruthless, authoritarian government. Ten days before the games begin, army troops surround and ambush protesters and their supporters. Known as the Tlatelolco Massacre, hundreds are murdered and disappeared. Daniel Mendoza, a 28-year-old American journalist, violates his professional code by inserting himself into the conflict to avoid a “final solution.” Instead, the crisis deepens, which threatens his life and the lives of those dearest to him.

Dirty Cello

Saturday, November 12, 8:00 pm

Doors open at 7:30, $15

From China to Italy, and all over the U.S., Dirty Cello brings the world a high energy and unique spin on blues and bluegrass. Led by vivacious cross-over cellist, Rebecca Roudman, Dirty Cello is cello like you’ve never heard before. From down home blues with a wailing cello to virtuosic stompin’ bluegrass, Dirty Cello is a band that gets your heart thumping and your toes tapping!

“Dirty Cello’s music is all over the map: funky, carnival, romantic, sexy, tangled, electric, fiercely rhythmic, and textured, and only occasionally classical.” Lou Fancher, Oakland Magazine.

“The band plays every style imaginable, and does some fantastic covers. (Their rendition of “Purple Haze” is incredible.) But what is most spectacular about them is hearing the depth of soul in Roudman’s playing—it goes beyond what most people would expect from the instrument. She plays it with so much heart, you’ll wonder why more bands don’t have a cellist.” Good Times Santa Cruz

Alive with the Dead/A Fly On the Wall with a Camera

Sunday, December 11th, 4:00 pm

Susana Millman was a West Marin resident in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s, and many of you may recall her clothing emporium (with partner Zuni Picarelli), What’s In Store. In the middle 1980s she switched careers to photography, which coincidentally was about the time that she a) became a serious Dead Head and b) was marched down the aisle by Jerry Garcia at her marriage to the Dead’s publicist . . . .

The end result of all this is a wonderful book called Alive with the Dead/A Fly On the Wall with a Camera, which she is publishing in October. It’s a deluxe coffee table book, 9” by 12,”, with 256 mostly color pages in a slip cover with very fancy foil stamping. It’s unique among G.D. books in that most of the pictures are not of the band on stage but offstage and backstage, doing special projects and such.

After a slideshow/talk presentation on the book, Susana will sign copies while everyone enjoys the music of Dead Again, Petaluma’s finest Dead cover band. A splendid time is guaranteed for all.

Michael McQuilkin Family Music Hour XII

Saturday, December 17th, 7 pm and Sunday, December 18th, 3 pm

Lagunitas School Multipurpose Room, 1 Lagunitas Road, San Geronimo (around the corner from SGVCC)

$10 suggested donation

Join us for a special evening and afternoon of music featuring some of the Valley’s greatest musical talent! Hear the Chavez family singers, James Tolbert, Tealy Gapinski, Kira Thelin, Andrew Giacomini, the Purkeys, Josh Witt, Alexa Davidson, Alexander McQuilkin,and other featured performers with the Valley All-Star band, Tim Cain and the Lagunitas Horns.

Come find out why this event has been packed every time – it’s so much fun! Bring the whole family – it’s a great reunion for the returning college students and everyone else.

KIDS WELCOME! “Music brings families together!”