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Friday Evening Programs at the Sausalito Library

Post Date:01/04/2019 2:15 PM

City Hall was once Sausalito's Central School, and the Sausalito Library is located inside the old school auditorium. To recapture its auditorium days, the library hosts special Friday evening programs in the fall and winter. To make room for a big audience, we move aside the shelves and tables in the central area and set up rows of chairs. Attendance at past programs has been as high as 175 people.

The winter 2019 program series gets underway on Friday, January 18. This year's winter series features works by three local filmmakers, a presentation on Sausalito history co-sponsored by the Sausalito Historical Society, and return visits from Jan Wahl and Peter Robinson. Programs begin at 7:00 p.m. and admission is free, with no RSVP necessary. Please arrive early, as seating is limited.
  • Friday, January 18
    Gatsby Revisited: Flappers and Philosophers
    Join KALW movie critic Peter Robinson as he explores the story behind The Great Gatsby. In this program, we'll delve into the life and romance of F. Scott Fitzgerald with clips from three Gatsby movies, music from the Jazz Age, readings from Scott's letters to Zelda, and notes from critics and scholars. This is Peter Robinson's tenth program at the Sausalito Library. Previous programs include "We'll Always Have Paris" and "Memorable Tunes from the Movies."
  • Friday, January 25
    The Waldo Grade: Highway Through the Hills
    The construction of the Golden Gate Bridge wouldn't have made any sense without an equally bold construction project in the hills above Sausalito. The creation of the 3.6-mile Waldo Grade required the excavation of millions of cubic yards of material. After the opening of the original undivided four-lane roadway in 1937, additional projects were undertaken to widen the highway. Along the way, serious proposals were made to build alternative roadways that would have required either new tunnels under Sausalito or a viaduct along the Sausalito shoreline. Join Sausalito resident Mike Moyle to explore this fascinating aspect of our local history. The program will be followed by a reception in the Exhibit Room of the Sausalito Historical Society.
  • Friday, February 1
    Scandals and Mysteries in Hollywood History
    Sausalito's own Jan Wahl returns to the Sausalito Library to share juicy stories about some of Hollywood's greatest stars, including Clark Gable, Joan Crawford, Judy Garland, Marilyn Monroe, and Rock Hudson. Each story will be accompanied by a clip of the star in a famous role. Jan Wahl is San Francisco's favorite movie reviewer and film historian. You can find her 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. 
  • Friday, February 8
    Vanishing Coral (2018)
    Coral reef populations worldwide are declining at a rapid pace. Though they make up less than 1% of the oceans, reefs are home to 25% of fish and other marine life. This special program will present the new documentary Vanishing Coral (2018, 27 minutes), followed by a live discussion via video conference with marine ecologist Dr. Phil Dustan, who is featured in the film. Vanishing Coral was directed and produced by Stephen Olsson of Sausalito-based CEM Productions. Stephen will also be on hand to answer questions after the screening. The film was edited by Patsy Northcutt, with executive producers Juan Devis and Kim Spencer for KCETLink. 
  • Friday, February 15
    Women at the Helm (2018)
    Women at the Helm (2018, 47 minutes) is a new documentary about five salty senior women in the Bay Area and Washington state who were pioneering mariners. The women profiled include a cargo ship captain, a tall ship captain, a commercial fisher, a sail maker, and one intrepid adventurer who skippered her own boat to places around the world, sometimes single-handedly. Filmmaker and Sausalito resident Helen Vandeman, herself a three-time live-aboard owner of classic boats, will be on hand to answer questions after the screening. 
  • Friday, March 1
    Sausalito and Experimental Film
    In this program, San Francisco-based filmmaker Dominic Angerame will use the experimental film Sausalito (1948) by Frank Stauffacher as a jumping off point for his own film explorations of urban landscapes. Stauffacher's Sausalito is a surreal 11-minute excursion through Sausalito as it appeared in the late 1940s. Angerame will discuss Stauffacher's influence on his own work and that of other experimental filmmakers, followed by a screening of his short films Premonition (1995) and Revelations (2018).
Any questions about programs at the Sausalito Library may be directed to City Librarian Abbot Chambers at (415) 289-4123 or

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