View From Marin

OUR FEATURES THIS month begin with a story by Somer Tejwani about everything you need to know to plan your next holiday party. We’ve got tips from chefs, recipes, even expert suggestions for compiling a playlist. So start working on that guest list — party season is here.

We continue with an important piece by Mill Valley’s Sukey Forbes. The mother and writer, who lost a daughter in 2004, shares what she learned about grief and grieving after exploring how other cultures handle this uniquely human experience.

In a series of profiles, Laura Hilgers talks with Marin’s new breed of edgy urban artists. This talented group is enjoying a lot of success in all kinds of venues, including the tech world, but finds a remarkably hospitable work environment here in peaceful Marin. And a section on this county’s legal landscape has attorney profiles and features about a just-settled landmark case, how to handle a DUI stop, and the good work the Marin County Bar Association is doing.

Up front, we learn about the life cycle of the mysterious fig, local car-charging stations and a tall ship on an educational mission. You’ll also meet a stellar volunteer, a clothing maker and local residents doing big things for vulnerable animals. In Destinations we visit winter beach getaways you’ll want to start booking now and reveal what to expect on an Irish whiskey-tasting tour.

It’s a big, colorful issue designed to help you get the holiday season off to the best possible start. So get out there and enjoy all the parties and year-end celebrations. Just try to leave a little something behind for us on that cheese plate.

On Location

When editorial assistant Kasia Pawlowska agreed to join Tim Porter on a late-night photo shoot at Rocha Art, a gallery opened by Marin artist Ian Ross and his wife in San Francisco’s SoMa district, she got more than she bargained for. As usually happens in a Porter shoot, she soon found herself the subject as the photographer conducted lighting tests. We got the great shots you’ll see in the “On the Edge” feature, and Pawlowska got an image fit for an album cover.