Extraterrestrial possibilities, trans fan fiction, sittin’ on the dock of the bay and a wildflower hike.|

Phone Home

Are we alone in the universe, or is something else out there? Either possibility, as Sir Arthur Clarke famously observed, is equally scary. Consider the options with “The Fermi Paradox,” presented as part of Robert Ferguson Observatory’s speaker series. Docent Sam Cena will present a measured analysis of our extraterrestrial odds, present any evidence of distant company, and defend the current scientific consensus.

Friday, March 12, 6 to 7:30 p.m, “Astronomy Speaker Series” on Zoom, rfo.simpletix.com, free.

Straight Talk

How about some queer fan fiction made by unemployed theater people who had too little to do during the pandemic? “Lego Harry Potter and the Transgender Witch” introduces Quincy Blueberger and his pet owl, Pudge, as they disrupt Hogwarts by being their authentic selves. It’s 10 minutes and 54 seconds of weirdly compelling stop-motion Lego drama that might help kids broach a difficult topic with their parents, or the other way around.

“Lego Harry Potter and the Transgender Witch” on YouTube, youtube.com/watch?v=qvTkpF40q80, free.

On the Waterfront

At the end of a long pier jutting into Tomales Bay is an old fishing cabin warmed by a potbellied stove. There’s an old piano inside, and a few tables and chairs. Order up from Nick’s Cove Restaurant and Oyster Bar from the landline in the corner, and dig in for a meal in a truly memorable setting. Whether you post the whole thing on Insta or keep it to yourself, there’s no finer place for a weekend nosh.

Daily, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Nick’s Cove, 23240 Highway 1, Marshall, 866-53-NICKS, $-$$$

Hut Two

Recent rains are a boon to spring vegetation, and wildflowers are profuse now at Jack London State Historic Park. Join a small cohort of other trekkers for a 4 to 5 mile hike that keys on what’s blooming across hill and dale there. The weather is expected to be clear and cool, and the views should make the effort well worth it. Bring a camera or binoculars, hiking poles and good shoes, and a heart ready to be moved by the grandeur of spring.

Saturday, March 13, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., “Wildflowers and Trillium Hike” at 2400 London Ranch Road, jacklondonpark.com, $10.

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