Friday, August 15, 2014

Everything in Pen Sings of Books


Wednesday, August 27, 2014, 7:00-8:30 p.m.

This program features acoustic artist Everything in Pen (Elizabeth Hubbard) and her favorite song topic—books.  Combining the pop sensibility of Big Star and the off-beat narrative observations of Jonathan Richman, Everything in Pen’s songs cover a vast array of topics and authors---war criminals, sexism, post office closures, Dave Eggers, Richard Yates, Barbara Kingsolver and Robert McNamara--through her unique lens as an obsessive reader.  She sings the things you won’t say aloud, of the foolishness, the hopefulness and the almost unbearable humanness of us all.  This show will include a brief explanation about each song’s connection to the book and time at the end to answer questions about songwriting.  When not surrounded by books and a guitar, Elizabeth is navigating her complicated relationship with little dogs and plotting the demise of lined paper.   Hear more at .

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

All-Ages Clothing Swap

Saturday, August 16th from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Out with the old and in with the new!  Join us for a clothing swap where you can refresh your wardrobe in a free and eco-friendly way.  Bring gently used clothing to exchange with your neighbors.  The swap will run from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon, so feel free to drop in anytime!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Starring San Francisco: Bay Area Film Locations in Hollywood Movies

Wednesday, June 11 at 7:00 p.m.

Merced Arts & Culture Salon / Summer Reading Program

San Francisco has appeared in hundreds of movies and television series, some famous, others obscure, from Eric von Stroheim's 1924 Greed to Dirty Harry to Zodiac. Jim Van Buskirk, co-author of Celluloid San Francisco (and former SFPL librarian), uses film stills and clips to demonstrate the Bay Area's rich cinematic history. Among the many familiar (or not-so-familiar scenes) are the Alta Plaza Park steps being chipped in What's Up, Doc?, the futuristic skyline in Towering Inferno and Bicentennial Man and the geographically inconsistent chase sequence in Bullitt.