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February 2020

Word for Word presents: RETABLOS By Octavio Solis

February 19 @ 7:00 pm - March 15 @ 9:00 pm
Z Space, 450 Florida Street
San Francisco, CA 94110 United States
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$20 – $63
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Featuring the Chapters Retablos, The Way Over, Consuelo, El Judío, La Migra, La Llorona, Nothing Happens, The Quince, Mexican Apology, El Segundo, Neto, My Right Foot, and Jeep in the Water February 19 - March 15 Directed by Sheila Balter and Jim Cave Word for Word’s latest full production is from author & playwright Octavio Solis. Retablos is a coming of age memoir; each chapter a memory tale, verging on fable, which paints a dreamlike picture of life in El Paso…

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Contemporary Writers Series: Aria Aber

February 25 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Mills Hall Living Room, Mills College, 5000 MacArthur Blvd
Oakland , CA 94613 United States
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Aria Aber was raised in Germany, where she was born to Afghan refugees. Her debut book, Hard Damage, won the Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Poetry and was published in 2019. Aber’s poems are forthcoming or have appeared in the New Yorker, New Republic, Kenyon Review, Yale Review, Poem-A-Day, Narrative, Muzzle Magazine, Wasafiri, and others. She holds awards and fellowships from Kundiman and Dickinson House and was the 2018–19 Ron Wallace Poetry Fellow at the Wisconsin Institute of Creative Writing. Aber is the spring 2020 Li Shen Visiting Writer…

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Megan Fernandes with Sam Sax

February 25 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave
San Francisco , CA 94133 United States
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Megan Fernandes reads from her new collection of poetry Good Boys published by Tin House Books In an era of rising nationalism and geopolitical instability, Megan Fernandes's Good Boys offers a complex portrait of messy feminist rage, negotiations with race and travel, and existential dread in the Anthropocene. The collection follows a restless, nervy, cosmically abandoned speaker failing at the aspirational markers of adulthood as she flips from city to city, from enchantment to disgust, always reemerging—just barely—on the trains and bridges…

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John Sayles: Yellow Earth

February 25 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Moe’s Books, 2476 Telegraph Avenue
BERKELEY, 94704-2322
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John Sayles works as a fiction writer, screenwriter, actor and feature film director. His novel Union Dues (1978) was nominated for the National Book Award and the National Critics’ Circle Award. He has written over a hundred screenplays and was twice nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. He has directed 18 feature films, with another, I Passed This Way, currently in progress. His films Matewan and Lone Star, as well as his previous novel A Moment in…

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Apogee Press at Lone Glen

February 25 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
The Bindery, 1727 Haight St
San Francisco , 94117 United States
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$5 – $10
Apogee Press at Lone Glen

Please join us at 7 pm on Tuesday, February 25th for a night of poetry revelry at The Bindery in San Francisco. The Lone Glen series will celebrate the beginning of its ninth year with Apogee Press, featuring poets Elizabeth Robinson, Barbara Tomash, Laura Walker, and Edward Smallfield, who is also launching his latest book, to whom it may concern. Whereas Smallfield explores the “lyric meditation, eros and erasure alternately fuse and efface until erasure becomes manifestation . . .”, Walker assures us…

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JoAnne Silver Jones, Headstrong at Bookshop Santa Cruz

February 25 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Bookshop Santa Cruz, 1520 Pacific Ave
Santa Cruz , CA 95060 United States
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Bookshop Santa Cruz welcomes JoAnne Silver Jones for a discussion and signing of her new book, Headstrong. After a sudden assault by a stranger left Jones with severe traumatic brain injury (TBI), fractured hands, and PTSD, she learned—with the help of a community that gave her the foundations of hope—to live with TBI in a society bursting with violence. She didn't see the hammer. For a fraction of a second JoAnne Jones saw a young black face, framed by a black hoodie, and then…

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Emily Nemens: The Cactus League

February 25 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Green Apple Books on the Park, 1231 9th Ave
San Francisco , CA 94122 United States
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Emily Nemens discusses her new novel The Cactus League. Praise for The Cactus League “Emily Nemens's magnificent debut is a masterwork of great empathy and detail, uncovering the realms of incredible pain and beauty enmeshed within every level of America's pastime. If you love baseball, you won't put it down, and if you don't love baseball, you might by the end.” —J. Ryan Stradal, author of The Lager Queen of Minnesota and Kitchens of the Great Midwest “A debut? You’ve got to be kidding.The Cactus…

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The Evolving Universe with Brian Greene in conversation with Gina Pell

February 25 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Nourse Theatre, 275 Hayes Street
San Francisco, CA 94117 United States
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$29 – $45
Brian Greene

Brian Greene is widely recognized for his groundbreaking discoveries in the field of superstring theory.  Greene is co-founder and director of Columbia’s Institute for Strings, Cosmology, and Astroparticle Physics, and his many books include The Elegant Universe, The Fabric of the Cosmos, and The Hidden Reality. His newest, Until the End of Time: Mind, Matter, and Our Search for Meaning in an Evolving Universe, explores how life and mind emerged from the initial chaos, and how our minds, in coming to understand their own impermanence, seek…

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Lit Flicks: Steven Soderbergh’s “Out of Sight”

February 25 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, 2550 Mission Street
San Francisco , CA 94110 United States
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$16
Lit Flicks- Steven Soderbergh's Out of Sight

Lit Flicks is a new monthly collaboration between Litquake and Alamo Drafthouse, presenting the best films adapted from written works, and introduced by special guests. Lit Flicks bookstore, operated by Borderlands Books, will be open at all screenings. Special guest speaker: Eddie Muller (Noir City, TCM's Noir Alley).  Talk at 7:30 pm, screening at 7:50 pm.  $16 George Clooney. Handsome, classy, and undeniably the most suave man in Hollywood. His grin alone can melt every woman's heart in a hundred…

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The MFA in Writing Program presents Cristina García in conversation with Omar. F. Miranda

February 25 @ 7:45 pm - 9:30 pm
McLaren Complex – MC252, USF, 2130 Fulton Street
San Francisco, CA 94118 United States
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Cristina García is the author of seven novels, including: Dreaming in Cuban, The Agüero Sisters, Monkey Hunting, A Handbook to Luck, The Lady Matador’s Hotel, King of Cuba, and, most recently, Here in Berlin; two Latinx anthologies: Cubanísimo: The Vintage Book of Contemporary Cuban Literature and Bordering Fires: The Vintage Book of Contemporary Mexican and Chicano/a Literature; and a collection of poetry, The Lesser Tragedy of Death. García’s work has been nominated for a National Book Award and translated into fourteen languages. She’s the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Whiting Writers’…

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the system must be tried

February 26 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Readers Bookstore, Fort Mason Center, Building C
San Francisco, CA 94123 United States
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SF writer Kevin Simmonds reads from the system must be tried, sponsored by the San Francisco Arts Commission.

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Building Hope and Opportunity for Women Around the World

February 26 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
World Affaris Auditorium, 312 Sutter Street, Suite 200
San Francisco, CA 94108 United States
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This year marks the 25th anniversary of the UN Conference of Women in Beijing, but what kind of progress has really been made? One billion girls and women still lack the skills, education, and rights needed to participate in the labor market. Eighty percent of human trafficking victims are girls. Early marriage is still prevalent in many African countries and women's economic participation rates are now on the decline globally. One woman who has spent her life working to improve…

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Author visit and discussion with Anna Wiener, author of UNCANNY VALLEY

February 26 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
The Ruby, 23rd and bryant street
san francisco, 94110
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oin us for a visit and discussion with local author Anna Wiener, author of UNCANNY VALLEY. Anna Wiener is a contributing writer to The New Yorker online, where she writes about Silicon Valley, startup culture, and technology. Her work has appeared in The Atlantic, New York, The New Republic, and n+1, as well as in Best American Nonrequired Reading 2017. Anna will be in discussion with Ruby member Natalie So. Thanks to the publisher, we have 10 copies available to…

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Dean A. Strang in conversation with Lara Bazelon

February 26 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
The Booksmith, 1644 Haight St
San Francisco , CA 94117 United States
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Booksmith hosts Dean A. Strang for his new book, Keep the Wretches in Order: America’s Biggest Mass Trial, the Rise of the Justice Department, and the Fall of the IWW. He'll be in conversation with Lara Bazelon (Rectify: The Power of Restorative Justice After Wrongful Conviction). Before World War I, the government reaction to labor dissent had been local, ad hoc, and quasi-military. Sheriffs, mayors, or governors would elevate strikebreakers to deputies or call out the state militia, usually at the bidding of employers. At the…

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The Golden Arches in Black America

February 26 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
JCCSF, 3200 California St
San Francisco, CA 94117 United States
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$20
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Marcia Chatelain In Conversation with Allyson Hobbs Hear the untold history of how fast food became one of the greatest generators of black wealth in America. Often blamed for the rising rates of obesity and diabetes among black Americans, fast food restaurants like McDonald's have long symbolized capitalism's villainous effects on our nation's most vulnerable communities. But how did fast food restaurants so thoroughly saturate black neighborhoods in the first place? In her new book, Franchise, acclaimed historian Marcia Chatelain…

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Creative Writing Reading Series with Chris Feliciano Arnold

February 26 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Soda Center, Claeys Lounge SMC, 1928 Saint Mary's Road
Moraga, CA 94575 United States
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DATE & TIME: Wednesday, February 26, 2020 - 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. LOCATION: Soda Activity Center: Claeys Lounge, 1928 Saint Mary's Road, Moraga, CA 94575 View a map and get directions. DESCRIPTION: Chris Feliciano Arnold has written essays for The Atlantic, Harper's, Outside, Vice News, The New York Times, and more. His fiction has been published by Playboy, The Kenyon Review, Ecotone and other magazines. His work has been noted in The Best American Sports Writing and The Best American Short Stories. He has recieved fellowships and scholarships from the National…

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Poetry Flash presents a book launch for The Collected Poetry and Prose of Lawrence Fixel

February 27 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Moe’s Books, 2476 Telegraph Ave
Berkeley, 94704
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A book launch celebration for The Collected Poetry and Prose of Lawrence Fixel, by San Francisco poet Lawrence Fixel, who passed in 2003 at the age of 86. This long awaited new collection has been edited with an introduction by poet Gerald Fleming. Also appearing and presenting on the work of Lawrence Fixel at this evening will be poets Jack Marshall, Edward Mycue, Jo-Anne Rosen, and poet-painter Patti Trimble, painter Stephanie Sanchez, photographer Mark Citret, psychotherapist Robert Cantor, and teacher…

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Karen Sherman – Brick By Brick

February 27 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111 United States
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Karen Sherman, author of Brick By Brick: Building Hope and Opportunity for Women Survivors Everywhere moved her family from Bethesda, Maryland to Kigali for a year in 2012 after a 25-year career working on women’s issues in developing countries and embattled parts of the world. More than a memoir of that year, the book is a tribute to the women she met, and how their stories profoundly impacted her own life. “In many ways, our time in Rwanda surprised me.” says Sherman, “It…

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Dodie Bellamy and Anthony Huberman in conversation

February 27 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave
San Francisco , CA 94133 United States
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celebrating the release of Dodie Bellamy Is on Our Mind Edited by Jeanne Gerrity and Anthony Huberman published by Semiotext(e) Books, distributed by The MIT Press Examining the genre-bending writing of Dodie Bellamy, whose work has focused on sexuality, politics, feminism, narrative experimentation, and all things queer. Dodie Bellamy Is on Our Mind is the first major publication to address Bellamy's prolific career as a genre-bending writer. Megan Milks made several trips to San Francisco in order to spend time with Bellamy and craft a…

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Suzanne Stein and Anne Lesley Selcer, reading and in conversation

February 27 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Poetry Center, San Francisco State University, 1600 Holloway Ave
San Francisco , CA 94132 United States
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Join us for this reading and conversation with two poet/performers who each have worked and written extensively in relation to contemporary art practices. This event, supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, is free and open to the public. Suzanne Stein’s poetry publications and performance documents include New Sutras, The Kim Game, TOUT VA BIEN, and Passenger Ship. With the poet Steve Benson, she is the author of DO YOUR OWN DAMN LAUNDRY, which documents the 36 improvisational dialogues they performed together between 2011…

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Jamel Brinkley

February 27 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
SJSU MLK Library, 150 E San Fernando St
San Jose, CA 95112 United States
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Jamel Brinkley

The Center for Literary Arts is excited to welcome author of A Lucky Man and finalist for the National Book Award, Jamel Brinkley in conversation with SJSU’s new fiction professor, Keenan Norris on Thursday, February 27, 2020 in MLK Library Room 225/229 at 7PM. This event is free and open to the public. A debut that Entertainment Weekly saw “creating waves within the literary sphere,” A Lucky Man explores the charged, complex ties between men whose mistakes threaten their relationships with friends, lovers, and family members.…

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Beau Beausoleil: A Glyphic House at Alley Cat Books

February 27 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Free

Join us for a reading from Beau Beausoleil’s latest publication, A Glyphic House. This Day On The Calendar On this day we are trying to gather the lives and moments that need illuminating We need to remember the women who put their work down on the factory floor and walked out to strike We need to remember the children who were shot in their classrooms along with their teachers These two contradictory things are part of remembering on this calendar…

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FREE OFFSITE EVENT: Amitav Ghosh, “Unmuting the Brutes”

February 27 @ 7:00 pm
Bookshop Santa Cruz, 1520 Pacific Ave
Santa Cruz , CA 95060 United States
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The Humanities Institute at UC Santa Cruz and the Center for Creative Ecologies present Beyond the End of the World Lecture Series, featuring Amitav Ghosh: “Unmuting the Brutes: Human and Non-human After the Collapse of ‘Civilization.'" Amitav Ghosh will speak at the UC Santa Cruz Music Recital Hall Thursday, February 27th at 7:00 pm. This event is free and open to the public with registration. Please register here. Books by Amitav Ghosh will be available for sale at this event, provided by Bookshop…

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Lit Starts: Signing+Writing Workshop with Author Constance Hale

February 27 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
A Great Good Place for Books, 6120 La Salle Ave.
Oakland, California 94611
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Lit Starts: Signing+Writing Workshop with Author Constance Hale

Please Join Us on Thursday, February 27 at 7 PM for a Practicing the Craft: Write Character, Dialogue and Action with Constance Hale The Writers Grotto has launched a light-hearted, smart series on the writing craft, called Lit Starts. Each of the books deepens your mastery of the writing craft through fun exercises and lively prompts that will change the way you approach the page. The popular writing coach Constance Hale, a veteran member of the Writers Grotto and author…

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EVES AT THE BEAT: WOMXN READING AT THE BEAT MUSEUM

February 27 @ 7:00 pm
The Beat Museum, 540 Broadway
San Francisco , CA 94133 United States
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During Women’s History month a constellation of events brought together a group of fabulous womxn+ writers. The meeting of these hearts and minds exploded into something powerful and a new monthly reading series concept was born, “Eves at the Beat”. This month's Eves at the Beat is curated by Lauren Ito. Readers for this event: RAINA J. LEÓN GREER NAKADEGAWA-LEE AMANDA MUNIZ FERNANDEZ SKYE CABRERA E.K. KEITH “Eves at the Beat” is a monthly first Thursday reading series at The…

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You’re Going to Die: Poetry, Prose & Everything Goes – The Healthcare Edition

February 27 @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
The Lost Church, 65 Capp Street
San Francisco, CA 94103 United States
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$10
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You're Going to Die: Poetry, Prose & Everything Goes... - the Healthcare Edition an Open Mic at The Lost Church - San Francisco w/Ned Buskirk WHILE THIS SPECIAL OPEN MIC IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, THE PARTICULAR CONVERSATION IS SPECIFIC TO THOSE INTERESTED & INVOLVED IN THE HEALTHCARE FIELD... Open Mic sharing from where mortality meets the medical perspective & experience will be strongly encouraged! You're Going to Die: Poetry, Prose & Everything Goes... - the Healthcare Edition is an…

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Elizabeth Tallent: Scratched

February 27 @ 7:30 pm
Mrs. Dalloway’s Bookstore, 2904 College Ave
Berkeley, CA 94705 United States
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Elizabeth Tallent launches Scratched: A Memoir of Perfectionism, her bold and brilliant exploration of the ferocious desire for perfection which has shaped her writing life as well as her rich, dramatic, and constantly surprising personal life.  "One of the finest explorations I know of what it means to be a woman and an artist."--Sigrid Nunez To reserve your seat, please purchase a copy of Scratched by speaking to a bookseller or clicking on the cover below. Thursday, February 27, 2020 -…

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E. J. Dionne: Code Red: How Progressives & Moderates Can Unite to Save Our Country

February 27 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar St
Berkeley, CA 94709 United States
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$12 – $15
Code Red

Presented by KPFA Radio 94.1 FM Hosted by Kris Welch advance tickets: $12: T: 800-838-3006  or Marcus Books, Pegasus Books (3 sites), Books Inc (Berkeley), Moe's, Walden Pond Bookstore, East Bay Books, Mrs.Dalloway's Books $15 door, benefits KPFA Radio 94.1FM  info: kpfa.org/events New York Times bestselling author and Washington Post columnist E. J. Dionne sounds the alarm in Code Red, calling for an alliance between progressives and moderates to seize the moment and restore hope to America's future for the…

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Undocumented Black Poetics: Book Launch & Reading

February 28 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Museum of the African Diaspora, 685 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94105 United States
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$5 – $10
Undocumented Black Poetics: Book Launch & Reading

(Un)documented Black Poetics: Book Launch & Reading with Immigrant Poets Former poet-in-residence, Alan Pelaez Lopez, will celebrate their debut book, Intergalactic Travels: poems from a fugitive alien, at the Museum of the African Diaspora. Kemi Bello and Danyeli Rodriguez Del Orbe, both key figures in the immigrant rights movement and the immigrant poetry community will read alongside Alan. Afterward, the poets will share words about what it means to create art and prioritize care for one another in the midst…

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After Hours: Super Tuesday with Mark DiCamillo

February 28 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Mill Valley Public Library, 375 Throckmorton Ave
Mill Valley , CA 94941 United States
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Wine reception at 6:30pm for registered guests. Longtime pollster Mark DiCamillo will discuss the California primary election and provide an overview of other elections taking place across the country on Super Tuesday. Currently Director of the UC Berkeley IGS Poll, DiCamillo last spoke here before the 2016 Presidential election. Registration recommended. Registration opens February 10th.

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