The play, which has drawn rave reviews, tells the story of Elvis impersonator Casey, who performs his act for an audience of zero in a Panama City, Florida dive bar. After encountering a seasoned drag queen, he trades in his sequin jumpsuit for a sequin dress and achieves stardom in Matthew Lopez’s fierce, fabulous and heel-toting comedy. Marin Theatre Company, 397 Miller Ave., Tix. $10-$60. MORE INFO.
Marin Theatre Company Unveils 'Pay What You Can' Performance of 'The Legend of Georgia McBride' – July 4
The Marin Theatre Company's production of The Legend of Georgia McBride has been a smash hit, and now the Miller Ave. theater company is reciprocating the love, unveiling a "pay what you can" performance set for July 4.
The play, which has drawn rave reviews, tells the story of Elvis impersonator Casey, who performs his act for an audience of zero in a Panama City, Florida dive bar. After encountering a seasoned drag queen, he trades in his sequin jumpsuit for a sequin dress and achieves stardom in Matthew Lopez’s fierce, fabulous and heel-toting comedy. Marin Theatre Company, 397 Miller Ave., Tix. $10-$60. MORE INFO.
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As the Mill Valley Philharmonic embarked on its first-ever MVP Local Parks Tour nearly a month ago, a fee, all-American concert program tour of three of most gorgeous destinations in the Bay Area, the organization had two primary goals: deliver great free orchestral performances, and find a way to pay for them via crowdfunding.
Organizers say they aced both of those tests, achieving something that few orchestras attempt with showcases at Golden Gate Park, Angel Island, and Fort Mason. The organization exceeded its $20,000 fundraising goal and garnered acclaim from the Association of California Symphony Orchestras (ACSO), which featured MVP as a crowdfunding model for other California orchestras.
The tour kicked off May 31 with a free kickoff concert at the Mt. Tamalpais United Methodist Church in Mill Valley, allowing neighbors and friends to be the first to hear the bang of timpani and the calls of trumpets in Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man.
The second stop was San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park Band Shell on June 3, allowing visitors to the DeYoung Museum to hear the playful bounce of Florence Price’s Juba, a dance-movement from her 3rd symphony, or the shouts of French horns asserting the beginning of Edward MacDowell’s Indian Suite No. 2.
One day later, MVP headed to Angel Island, loading the ferry with timpani, xylophone, instruments and musicians and performing in front of Angel Island’s Visitor’s Center. MVP is the first orchestra to have performed on Angel Island in its 62-year existence as a State Park. Audience donations in the violin case amounted to over $500, all of which was donated back to the Angel Island Conservancy. An enthusiastic standing ovation from Angel Islanders and calls for an “encore” was happily fulfilled by the sea-voyaging philharmonic.
The final stop for the group was on June 11 at Fort Mason's Gallery 308 with Samuel Barber’s Overture from the School for Scandal and Copland’s Rodeo serving as the soundtrack for Fort Mason’s weekly farmer’s market, the Western Crafts Fair and Escape from Alcatraz triathlon.
After 17 years at the helm, MVP founding artistic director Laurie Cohen announced her plans to retire in May 2018, and she'll celebrate the occasion with a performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 (with Dominican University Chorus and Throckmorton Chorus) at the 18th Season finale.
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By Mill Valley Little League Staff
All-Star season is off and running, and Mill Valley’s 12-year-olds, 11-year-olds and 10-year-olds are engaged in District 3 pool play before the playoff round begins next week. District 3 pool play continues this week, with games at various sites around the county. Check millvalleyll.org for the latest in scores and game times and locations.
Twin Cities 7, Mill Valley 2 — Mill Valley fell to 2-2 in pool play on June 28 at Joe Wagner Field as Twin Cities plated five runs in the first inning.
Tiburon 5, Mill Valley 2 — A tight game between two of District 3’s best went Tiburon’s way when Chad Goodman hit a tie-breaking grand slam in the 5th inning on June 26 at Boyle Park. Mill Valley received fine pitching from Thomas Harrison and Caden Maas, while Emmet George homered and Carson Frame tripled for MV. Brad Burnes homered for Tiburon and pitched 5 and 2/3 innings.
Mill Valley 10, San Rafael 0 — At Glenwood Field in San Rafael on June 25, the 12s notched their second win in less than 24 hours, a four-inning mercy rule win fueled by home runs from Colin Lam, Grant Selig and a walk-off dinger from Will Bennett. Shane Patel was tidy on the mound, allowing only one hit in 3 and 2/3 innings.
Mill Valley 12, West Marin 1 — At Boyle Park on June 24, the 12s jumped out with eight runs in the first two innings, and cruised to a five-inning win. Nick Ferraro smashed two home runs and drove in four runs for Mill Valley, while pitchers Grant Selig and Thomas Harrison combined for for five innings on the mound. Selig also hit a home run. Jack Fierstein had a key three-run hit in Mill Valley's first inning. For West Marin, Anton Delle Valle notched two hits.
Mill Valley 13, West Marin 3 — Miles Gensler doubled, tripled and drove in four runs, while Brendan King threw three shutout innings on the mound and Mill Valley improved to 3-0 in pool play on June 29 in Fairfax. Ryan Burns doubled and drove in three runs.
Mill Valley 5, Ross Valley 4 — Bryn Kramlich capped a thriller at Boyle Park on June 27 with a walk-off single in the bottom of the 6th for Mill Valley. Mill Valley rallied for two runs in the 5th inning to tie, setting up Kramlich’s game-winner.
Mill Valley 10, San Francisco National 0 – Mill Valley scored 10 runs in the first inning at Boyle Park, fueled by two hits in the same inning from both Miles Gensler and Tyler Buxton, including Buxton smacking a two-run home run. Kaiden Dossa struck out six in two innings of work, and Buxton threw two scoreless innings as well.
San Francisco National 11, Mill Valley 8 — Ryan Simon smashed a grand slam at Boyle Buena Vista on June 29, part of a three-hit, six RBI day, but Mill Valley dropped its first game of pool play.
Mill Valley 7, Ross Valley 4 — Elliot Dasovich threw 5 innings of one run baseball to help Mill Valley overcome Ross Valley on June 27 at Bacich Elementary in Kentfield. Hugo Barberie got Mill Valley on the board first with a soaring two-run triple in a four-run first inning, and Tito Fierstein drove in the go ahead run in the fourth on single up the middle in the fourth. Mill Valley added two more runs in the fifth. Cam Tarkenton and Mo Jacoby had two hits each for Ross Valley.
Mill Valley 6, San Francisco American 4 (7 innings) — At Treasure Island on June 25, Mill Valley squeezed out two runs in the extra frame to improve to 2-0 in District 3 pool play. Ryan Simon led Mill Valley with three hits, and Jackson Van Til closed it out with a scoreless inning in the 7th. For San Francisco, Amelia Thomas was a standout defensively and on the mound.
Mill Valley 10, Dixie-Terra Linda 0 -- Bennett Dammann threw four scoreless innings at Boyle Park, and added two RBIs at the plate for Mill Valley. Henry Stoll had three hits and two RBIs for the winners. For Dixie-TL, Luca Benassini tossed three solid innings on the mound.
Novato South 6, Mill Valley 5 (7 innings) — A thriller at Glenwood Park on June 19 went to Novato South when Novato’s Matt Baldino stole home to close out a District 3 semifinal. The final score belied a terrific outing from Mill Valley pitcher Henry Pearson, who struck out five and walked only one in 4 and 1/3 innings. Gus Grumet capped an outstanding All-Star campaign with three hits, including a double, and two RBIs while Pearson added two hits and two RBIs, and Declan Murphy smacked a double. Cooper Mitchell fanned three in 1 and 2/3 innings of fine relief work. Devin Perkins scored two runs, and Hank Murray reached base three times for Mill Valley. For Novato South, Baldino had three hits.
With a Storied Career and Deep Mill Valley Roots, Richard Habib and His Alexander's Artisan Rugs Come Full Circle
It’s 1981, and after spending several years in Southern California under the tutelage of the likes of John Iloulian and co-owning a small chain of high-end custom flooring shops, Richard Habib moved to the Bay Area and eyed his next opportunity.
Habib, who ran his own consulting business for estate sales and auctions, identifying and certifying the attributes of high-end rugs and carpets, got a frantic call from an importer whose truck had been hijacked and recovered by the San Carlos Police Department. The man needed someone to accompany his firm’s vice president to match the recovered contraband with the inventory list of dozens and dozens of rugs.
“I called every single rug correctly – even those that were misidentified on the inventory list,” Habib says. “I have a gift when it comes to the structures, designs, colors, origins and histories of rugs.”
That home run, and the fast-rising reputation that came from it, landed Habib a gig running a studio at the San Francisco Design Center and laid the foundation for Alexander’s Artisan Rugs, the business he’s owned for 26 years and recently brought back to Mill Valley – along the landmark brick walkway at 1 El Paseo Lane.
Although Habib has remained deeply connected to the 94941 in a variety of ways – regularly running the Dipsea Race, fundraising for the new Mill Valley Community Center in the early 2000s, serving as an auctioneer at events for the likes of of the Rex Foundation, the Mountain Play and Blue Star Music Schools and DJing at benefits and events all over town – relocating his business back to the heart of Mill Valley brings him full circle.
“It has been amazing to re-open our doors here in Mill Valley,” Habib says of the town where he and his wife Sheila have lived for decades. “I always loved this space, and I’d walk by and fantasize about being here – just gorgeous architecturally with great ambiance. I wouldn’t have opened again in Mill Valley if it was a plain vanilla box.”
The journey of Alexander’s Artisan Rugs back to Mill Valley has been a circuitous one, and serves as yet another example of perseverance and flexibility in an ever-turbulent retail industry dealing with the disruption of the Internet and an increasingly fickle customer landscape.
That turbulence began in 2006, when Habib started feeling like he was “trying to outrun a huge wave – very rough financial waters.” He closed his famed local shop at 383 Miller Avenue, a space he completely remodeled and transformed into a community gathering spot that hosted Mill Valley Film Festival events. Habib steadied his overall business, consolidated his focus on his San Francisco space took steps to sell assets, occupy smaller retail spaces and reduce risk.
“I’ve gone from a severe drought in my last year at the Design Center to a steady light rain here – but I am grateful,” Habib says. “But in a world of information overload, I know there’s still great value in my approach. I’m not a traditional salesperson. I’m a consultant, and an educator, and I approach rugs in the context of the customer’s overall design.”
Looking around his cozy space lined with an array of rugs sourced from all over the world, Habib adds, “This is not just some inventory. This is my collection, distilled down from thousands of carpets. My goal is always to listen to the client, educate them and help them identify what is best for them.”
That process is vastly different than it was in past decades, with customers regularly browsing before dashing online to comparison shop on sites like Amazon, Habib says. “I do in a month what I used to do in a day,” he says. “But I have far more managed overhead now.”
Born and raised in Canarsie, Brooklyn, Habib relocated with his family to the Miami area, where graduated high school. He later moved to the Laguna Beach/Dana Point area in southern California, running Thai Teak Flooring & Rugs before moving to the Bay Area in 1981.
The aforementioned encounter with the San Carlos Police landed Habib at the Design Center, where he remained, first as a studio manager and later with his Alexander’s Decorative Rugs business, for decades. He’s also the founder of both rug manufacturer Artisan Looms rug care concierge service RugWerks, and often hosts industry workshops and educational events.
“I’m committed to academia and scholarship in carpets,” he says. “I feel like I have a responsibility to continue to inform people’s consciousness when it comes to carpets.”
He met his wife Sheila, a surgical nurse at Marin General Hospital, at a party in Berkeley, and they’ve been married for 27 years. “She’s just an amazing human being, with me every step of the way,” he says.
Getting his start in southern California before moving to Marin allowed Habib to rub elbows and collaborate with everyone from Hollywood stars and filmmakers to the North Bay’s cadre of rock stars and tech entrepreneurs.
Whether it’s his expertise in the rug world or his seemingly ubiquitous presence at fundraisers and community events as an auctioneer or DJ – he serves on the board of Sara Wasserman’s Music Heals International and says “Music is just in my DNA” – Habib’s roots run deep in Mill Valley. He’s also hard to forget, draped in dapper threads that he accessorizes with hats and scarves.
“I’ve been dressing like this since I was a teenager,” he says with a laugh.
Habib’s shop was named Mill Valley Business of the Year by the Mill Valley Chamber of Commerce in 2000, and he often spearheaded local events and promotional campaigns. “I’m really excited to get back to that,” says Habib, who is hosting, along with his neighbors at El Paseo, The Makery Mill Valley and Bossa Nova Clothing, the Chamber’s September 21st Mixer, and event that will serve as the local business kickoff for the 40th Mill Valley Film Festival, set for Oct. 5-15.
“I’m thrilled to be in this space and have an opportunity to continue to give back to my community,” he says.
The 411: Richard Habib’s Alexander’s Artisan Rugs is at 1 El Paseo Lane. MORE INFO.
Music Impresario Daniel Patrick Shows 'Reflections: The Wonder of Stinson Beach' Photos at MV Chamber in July
From music producer and promoter to arts facilitator and musician, Daniel Patrick wears many hats, both literally and figuratively, in Mill Valley and all over the Bay Area.
The longtime music impresario has added another hat to his repertoire in recent years – that of a landscape photographer. Along with his life and Murphy Productions partner Erma Murphy, Patrick moved from Mill Valley to Stinson Beach a few years ago, and he was immediately taken by the beauty of Stinson, so much so that he began taking photos on his iPhone, often stunned by the gorgeous results.
A collection of those photos, under the moniker "Reflections: The Wonder of Stinson Beach," will be on display at the Mill Valley Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center (85 Throckmorton Ave.), throughout July, with a wine reception set for the Mill Valley Arts Commission’s First Tuesday Artwalk on July 11, 6-8pm.
Mill Valley's monthly celebration of local art features a host of venues, including the O’Hanlon Center for the Arts, Seager Gray Gallery, the Mill Valley Public Library, Dolls and Dandy Nail Lounge, Terrestra, the Depot Bookstore & Café, City Hall, Famous4, the Mill Valley Community Center and the Throckmorton Theatre. (GO HERE for a full list of artists and venues).
"I was struck by the natural beauty and the contemplative nature of Stinson," Patrick says. "As I walked the beach, I took special notice of how the reflections of sand, water and sky combined to celebrate the natural beauty and wonder of this magical place. These photos are a small glimpse into this remarkable region."
"The iPhone has provided everyone with the ability to become photographers," Patrick adds. "It can fit in your pocket and be taken anywhere. It also has great opportunities to modify photos in unique and beautiful ways. Some of the photos here are modified taking the image to a new place, while others are not."
The 411: Daniel Patrick showcases his "Reflections: The Wonder of Stinson Beach" paintings at the Mill Valley Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center (85 Throckmorton Ave.), throughout July, with a wine reception set for the Mill Valley Arts Commission’s First Tuesday Artwalk on July 11, 6-8pm.
Fresh off a blockbuster 60th Anniversary Celebration in 2016, organizers of the 61st Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival are laying the groundwork for the next edition of the landmark local arts event, hunting for dedicated volunteers that are critical to the event's success. The 61st MVFAF is set for the event, set for Sept. 16-17 in Old Mill Park.
"Just as we need air to breathe, the Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival needs volunteers to make this milestone event a huge success," says Erma Murphy, the festival artist liaison. "The long and rich history of this event is a tribute to the fabulous community of people who are resolved to squeeze every last drop of pleasure and enjoyment out of life in and around this extraordinary place we all call home. This event is all about community and continuity and we hope very much you share our pride in this festival."
Prospective volunteers can visit Volunteer Local to review the positions available, select the date, time and area that interests you.
Festival organizers say that approximately 90 percent of the slots are filled by repeat volunteers, so new volunteers should sign up soon. If you have any questions about the Festival or the process of volunteering, please call Phil Garratt, Volunteer Coordinator, at 415-505-6564 or e-mail him at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
On the hunt for just the right blue paint for "The Wall," her Resist-themed upside-down Stars & Stripes painting, Tiburon artist Diane Green stopped by Louise Dockstader's Once Around arts and crafts hub at 75 Throckmorton Avenue, and the women kept the conversation going beyond the checkout stand.
The result is a July 11th event at which Green will unveil "The Wall" at Once Around, meeting attendees to discuss the painting during the Mill Valley Arts Commisson's First Tuesday Artwalk (6-7:30pm). The painting will be unveiled in Once Around's window gallery on July 4th.
In addition, the local group of "pink pussy hat" knitters that regularly meets at Once Around is creating a huge version of the hat to cover the electric box outside the store. Attendees are invited to wear their pink hats contribute to the group "knit-in" on July 11.
"My canvases were pretty-to-look-at Mediterranean seascapes and still lives " Green says. "I grew into doing larger abstract pieces that were more intuitive and color driven. Then the presidential election happened. When you paint, what’s in your head comes out on the canvas ... hence The Wall. I grew up in Texas. Trump’s campaign promise to build a wall feels personal to me and decidedly crazy. The Wall is message art clear and simple; it evokes the absurdity and violence of trying to physically divide our country and Mexico. What a dark place we reach when fear and hatred reign. In time, The Wall may live in some attic—akin to the Confederate statues removed from their pedestals in New Orleans. Those sculptures will be replaced by American flags. The inverted flag in my painting stands for a government in distress, memorials to a time in our country’s history that must never be forgotten. My hope is that my painting will become an image that causes a lot of head-shaking and reminiscing over thememory of NOW. If our country can right itself, and we—as a nation—can collectively return to our better natures...let us rejoice as patriots (maybe I’ll go back to aesthetically pleasing artwork). But for now, I want this canvas to shout loudly for a not-so-happy Independence Day!"
Sound Summit '17 Unveils Lineup: Phil Lesh & Friends w/ Bob Weir, Jim James, Jenny Lewis, Preservation Hall Jazz Band & Vetiver – Sept. 9
In curating the lineup for the 2017 edition of Sound Summit: A Benefit for The Mountain, a day-long music festival to benefit Mount Tamalpais State Park, producer and Mill Valley resident Michael Nash sought to strike a balance between two overarching goals: celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love and the landmark Fantasy Fair and Magic Mountain Music Festival that took place at Tam's Mountain Theater, and bring in younger artists who innovate on the creativity of those sonic pioneers.
It's safe to say that Nash did just that, knocking it out of the proverbial park with a lineup that features two of the biggest names from the Summer of Love – Grateful Dead legends and Marin residents Phil Lesh and Bob Weir – but mixing them in with solo sets from My Morning Jacket's Jim James and former Rilo Kiley front woman Jenny Lewis, as well as the ever-evolving Preservation Hall Jazz Band and Bay Area rock band Vetiver. KNBR radio personalities Murph & Mac (aka Brian Murphy and Paul McCaffrey) return as the day’s dynamic Masters of Ceremonies.
Sound Summit – Nash's double entendre moniker for the festival – is set for Saturday, Sept. 9 (11am–7pm) in the 3,750-seat Cushing Memorial Amphitheater, home to the Mountain Play.
“Sound Summit continues to fulfill what we’d envisioned – a spirited community gathering in a stellar location with a great soundtrack,” Nash says. “It’s also throwback to a more grassroots, time-out-of-mind experience. There’s a certain synergy in the amphitheater between the artists and the audience, an intimate gathering amidst an expansive landscape.”
Produced as an annual celebration of and fundraiser for Mount Tamalpais State Park by Roots & Branches Conservancy, the one-day festival has raised $100,000 for Mount Tam in just its first two years.
Previous acts have included Wilco, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Los Lobos, Dr. John & The Night Trippers, Bill Frisell, The Mother Hips, and many more. Fans variously make the journey up to the mountain venue by foot, bike, car, and bus.
“Getting there and back is a spirited adventure in its own right,” adds Nash. “An ascent of winding roads and wooded trails with incredible vistas. There’s a tangible sense of getting away from it all for a day and getting back to nature, distinctly different from a down-on-the-ground event.”
Here's more info on Sound Summit’s lineup:
Phil Lesh & Friends
Phil Lesh is in his 19th year of playing with a rotating mix of Friends, both old and new. Phil began playing under the moniker Phil Lesh and Friends in 1998, after he’d returned to performing following the death of his friend and bandmate Jerry Garcia in 1995. With a varied mixture of some of the best performing musicians in the live music universe, Phil has kept his musical journey fresh by constantly and consistently putting together bands featuring dynamic, exciting musicians and singers working together toward keeping the music of the Grateful Dead moving forward into the future.
Bob Weir is one of the founding members of the legendary Grateful Dead, which received a GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007. The band has also appeared on Forbes’ list of top-grossing entertainers and in the early ‘90s were the highest-grossing concert attraction in the U.S. Since establishing the band in 1965, Weir has become one of rock’s finest and most distinctive rhythm guitarists. Earlier this year he received the inaugural Les Paul Spirit Award. Weir is currently a member of Dead & Company and has also performed with many other acts including The Other Ones, Kingfish, Bob Weir Band, Bobby and the Midnites, Scaring the Children, Ratdog and Furthur, co-led by former Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh. His first solo album, Ace, was released in 1972.
Jim James (Solo)
Jim James has spent the better part of almost two decades as the lead singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist of My Morning Jacket. Through seven studio albums, My Morning Jacket has grown into one of the most acclaimed rock and roll bands in the world. The New York Times heralded the band as, “…the new kings of expand-your-mind, religious-experience rock…” Their last three albums, received Grammy nominations for Best Alternative Album -- the latter debuting at number 5 on the Billboard 200 chart. Alongside the band's recording and touring, James has maintained a steady, bordering on voracious, flow of work.
One of the most celebrated and respected performers of her generation, Jenny Lewis got her start as the dynamic frontwoman of influential LA group Rilo Kiley in 1998. She has since released three albums under her name, most recently 2014's The Voyager. Lewis has collaborated with Beck, Elvis Costello, Ryan Adams and M. Ward, among others. She has also written music for films.
Preservation Hall Jazz Band
Preservation Hall Jazz Band has held the torch of New Orleans music aloft for more than 50 years, all the while carrying it enthusiastically forward as a reminder that the history they were founded to preserve is a vibrantly living history.
Vetiver is the long running stage and recording name of San Francisco's Andy Cabic, who since 2003 has released over 6 albums and toured around the world supporting artists such as Wilco, The Shins, Fleet Foxes and Beach House. Vetiver craft nuanced, understated songs that reward careful listening, building a rich duality; a space where sunshine is only a chord away from melancholy, an introspective lyric underlies an extroverted chorus and subtlety tries to be outgoing in an effort to connect the dots of life’s ellipsis.
About Roots & Branches Conservancy
Roots & Branches Conservancy is a San Francisco Bay Area-based non-profit organization dedicated to the conservation of natural resources, both physical and cultural. The broad arc of its efforts ranges from regional environmental and educational work to the preservation and evolution of artistic and cultural traditions – musical, narrative, and beyond. Wherever possible, the organization aims to create intersections between the environment and the arts to their mutual benefit.
The 411: Tickets for Sound Summit go on sale on June 21. Adults are $110, children 12 and younger are $55 and kids under 2 are free. More info.
Series from the Mill Valley Chamber, Mill Valley Recreation and the California Film Institute expands to four FREE screenings in Old Mill Park this year, starting with a 30th anniversary screening of the Rob Reiner classic.
When the Mill Valley Chamber of Commerce, Mill Valley Recreation and the California Film Institute launched the free Movies in the Park series in 2014, it did so with one thing in mind: gather the community to celebrate film in one of the most gorgeous settings in the Bay Area: the redwood grove of Old Mill Park.
The response has been fantastic, with hundreds turning out in 2016 for a mix of new hits like "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" and classics like “Willie Wonka & the Chocolate Factory.” So the 2017 edition of Movies in the Park is building on that success, expanding to four free films, starting on July 7 with a 30th anniversary screening of “The Princess Bride,” Rob Reiner’s hilarious film about the quest of farmhand Westley, accompanied by newly befriended companions along the way, to rescue his true love Princess Buttercup from the odious Prince Humperdinck.
The series continues on August 4 with the Pixar’s Oscar-winning “Inside Out,” which was just named one of the 25 best films of the 21st century by the New York Times. The story takes place inside the mind of a young girl whose five personified emotions lead her through life.
On September 8, the series takes on “Beauty & the Beast,” this year’s blockbuster tale of Belle, a young woman from a small village, and the Beast, a young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress.
Movies in the Park closes its 2017 season on October 6 with Disney's “Moana,” the tale of a strong-willed Polynesian girl chosen by the ocean to reunite a mystical relic with a goddess. She seeks out the legendary demigod Maui. The "Moana" screening will be part of the late of the 40th Mill Valley Film Festival, which runs Oct. 5-15.
The free film screenings are set in the redwood grove adjacent to the playground in Old Mill Park. Seating is general admission, and attendees are encouraged to bring a blanket and/or low beach chair. The main feature begins at sunset.
Don't miss this chance to see three amazing films in the beautiful Old Mill Park – FOR FREE! Old Mill Park is at the corner of Throckmorton Avenue and Cascade Drive.
Heather Ferguson’s nearly two decades in the food and hospitality industry might not seem like a typical precursor to running a cemetery.
But Fernwood Cemetery in Tam Valley is anything but a typical cemetery.
Ferguson has been leading Fernwood for two years, and says that although it was founded in the early 1890s as a resting place for lumbermen and Portuguese dairy farmers, few in Mill Valley, Marin and beyond know anything more about it than its pioneering role as an environmentally conscious green cemetery over the past few decades.
“Quite a lot of people in the community know about Fernwood as a funeral home and cemetery but just don’t know how beautiful the property is,” Ferguson says. “There is often a stigma or fear that people have about going to a cemetery unless one of their loved one is there. But Fernwood is far more than a cemetery.”
How so, you ask?
It starts with the grounds, a gorgeous, sprawling, 32-acre property that blends very much into the neighboring lands of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. “We’re a certified wildlife habitat and we encourage the community to use this as an open space for hiking, biking and meditation,” says Ferguson, who connected via her brother-in-law, who is also in the funeral business. “Fernwood is very sacred and magical.”
And lest you shiver at the possibility of walking amidst row after row of tombstones in a typical cemetery, Fernwood’s green burial grounds use boulders instead of headstones, making the cemetery seem much more like the open space that surrounds much of Mill Valley and Marin.
Then there’s the physical structure. Fernwood turns the staid, morbid stereotype of a funeral home on its head, with a modern look and an overarching tone of tranquillity. The building was designed by Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill, a renowned architectural firm whose portfolio features some of the most striking buildings in the world, including the world’s tallest building, the 7-year-old Burj Khalifa in Dubai, as well as One World Trade Center, which opened in 2014, as well as Chicago’s John Hancock Center, which was the second tallest in the world when it was built in 1969, and the Willis Tower, which was built in 1973 and was the tallest in the world for more than 20 years.
The interior spaces, particularly the onsite crematory, were modeled after modern European and Japanese crematories, allowing for ceremonies and small services to take place in a variety of flexible gathering spaces with catered receptions and memorials.
“The public has also used the gathering room for educational conferences, yoga classes, retirement parties, and “Death Café” gatherings,” Ferguson says.
It’s also critical to understand what Fernwood is not. Fernwood is owned by TYO LLC, a partnership between Yogu Kanthiah and Tyler Cassity, whose properties also include the Hollywood Forever cemetery in Los Angeles. The pair bought the two cemeteries from Forever Enterprises in 2009. But the Hollywood property stands in stark contrast to Fernwood, as it is regarded as “one of the world’s most fascinating landmarks,” where “visitors come from all over the world to pay respects to Johnny Ramone, Cecil B. DeMille, Jayne Mansfield, Rudolph Valentino, Douglas Fairbanks, and hundreds more of Hollywood’s greatest stars.”
“This place is very much about tranquillity and being surrounded by nature,” Ferguson says.
Finally, and most importantly, Fernwood’s services have long been regarded as forward-thinking, and quite distinctive, including green burials where graves are hand-dug and caskets are optional but must be biodegradable if used. “Our services are more ‘spiritual’ than religious, especially the natural burials,” Ferguson says. “Services often consist of friends and family forming a circle around the burial site and sharing memories and then helping to close the grave.”
Those services include the relatively new Gan Yarok (meaning green garden), America’s first Jewish green cemetery, built around the principles established by the founding rabbis of the cemetery, representing all streams of modern Judaism.
“At Fernwood, in many ways, funeral and burial traditions have come full circle, embracing simplicity and natural beauty,” Ferguson says.
The 411: Fernwood Cemetery is at 301 Tennessee Valley Road. MORE INFO.
Celebrate this Father's Day with a unique gift from a local business! Come explore the Miller Avenue area businesses to find that perfect gift.
Happy Father's Day from The Image Flow!
Whether you're picking up the camera for the first time or exploring the endless possibilities of Photoshop and Lightroom, The Image Flow is here to help. We offer inspiration, knowledge, expression, and growth in photography through our photography classes, workshops, and lectures-for adults and kids!
Mention this offer for 20% off one print order in the month of May.
The Image Flow is located at 401 Miller Ave, Suite A
Phone: (415) 388-3569. Website
The museum store without a museum!
Come in for great gift ideas, creative solutions for entertaining, and attentive personal service. Elegant handcrafted ceramics, glass, wood, leather & jewelry by local and international artists. Beautiful free gift wrapping, shipping anywhere, convenient gift cards, and much more.
Terrestra is located at 30 Miller Avenue
Phone: (415) 384-8330
Mill Valley Music
Whether dad is an audiophile or just wants to grab that elusive CD that reminds him of when he had long hair (or any hair), Gary Scheuenstuhl at our very own independent record shop has everything you need, and the encyclopedic knowledge to help you figure exactly what that is.
And if all that is too much work, Gary's got gift certificates for every budget. Also, his Mill Valley Music All-Stars are playing a tribute to The Band's The Last Waltz on June 17 at the Throckmorton - tickets on sale now.
Mama's Royal Cafe
As we reported earlier this month, the delightful Mama's Royal Cafe aka The Land of 1,000 Stories, has reopened after a hiatus due to water damage. Two months of dealing with water damage they didn't cause on top of an 18-month construction project is TOO MUCH. Treat Dad to brunch snd support Mama's! Read the story here.
Mama's Royal Cafe is located at 387 Miller Avenue
Phone: (415) 388-3261
Whole Foods Market
Stock up on everything you need to celebrate the Dad in your life!
Whole Foods Market is located at 414 Miller Avenue
Phone: (415) 381-1200
All Wrapped Up
All Wrapped Up is a Unique Gift Source & Shipping Center located in downtown Mill Valley & established in 1988. We have a huge selection of fine Father's Day gifts! Find your gift, choose a beautiful card, get it gift wrapped and you're all set. Open seven days a week. Plenty of on-site parking!
Free gift wrapping.
All Wrapped Up is located at 38 Miller Ave
Phone: (415) 381-9727
Upcoming Event: AIASF Tour Starts @ Henrybuilt
High-end kitchen system maker Henrybuilt on Miller Avenue will serve as the launchpad for American Institute of Architects San Francisco's June 17th guided "Made in Marin: Reed House + Mill Valley Design District" tour of an innovative Homestead home that features a groundbreaking prefabricated bamboo panel structural wall system that eliminates traditional wood framing. Henrybuilt, right in the heart of the Miller Avenue Design District, serves as the tour hub, where attendees can pick up tickets, socialize, and hear a quick teaser about the featured home.
Learn more here.
Henrybuilt is located at 356 Miller Avenue
Phone: (415) 360-2915
MillerUp Business in the Enjoy Mill Valley Summer Guide
Since June 2016, the owners, managers and employees of Miller Ave.-area businesses have displayed a number of attributes in spades: Patience. Creativity. Brilliance. Resilience. (Did we mention patience?).
The 18-month Miller Avenue Streetscape construction project promises a more vibrant, sustainable, community-oriented street that will be safer for everyone. In the meantime, the people that make the Miller Ave. community thrive have worked extremely hard to persist. Through our MillerUP campaign, we’ve asked you in a variety of ways to support those businesses. To those of you who have done just that, thank you!
We thought it would be fun to connect faces – and cinematic, culinary and musical tastes and more – to the names behind some of your
favorite restaurants, shops and businesses in the Miller area.
It’s only a partial list – we urge you to support any and every Miller Ave. business you can. Below is a list of a few folks who are keeping MillerUP, and their answers to 5 Questions:
1. What’s your guiltiest food pleasure? 2. What’s your secret talent? 3. Favorite band and/or film? 4. What the first thing you’ll do when you’re president? 5. What’s your favorite place (of any kind) to go in Mill Valley? GO HERE FOR ANSWERS!
Gift Cards - The Perfect Gift For Dad!
Having a hard time deciding what to get the Dad in your life? Why not a Gift Card? Click here to check out the many shops on Miller Ave, and click through to their website to find their Gift Card options.
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Traffic & Parking: Info from the City of Mill Valley
Where can I park? Click here for the Miller Avenue Online Parking Map - A map of alternative parking spaces during the Miller Avenue Streetscape Project.
For how long? Most spots in the Main Street area are 2-hour parking spots. If you can't find street parking, you can park in the City lot (411 Miller) or across the street in the front section of the Whole Foods parking lot.
Also, many Miller Avenue businesses have their own private lots and welcome customers to park there. If you are not sure, call ahead and get their recommendation on where to park.
What if I need more time? Additional unrestricted parking is also available near Reed Street.
Isn't the construction making traffic terrible?
We have had some slow-downs here and there, but by all accounts, traffic on Miller Avenue has been fine. Please drive slowly through the construction zones and be sure to watch out for pedestrians.
Longtime fashion designer Sara Kirsner Stith's Doie Lounge is built around a line of glamorous-yet-comfortable robes that serve as the perfect gift for a bride to give to her maids.
Now in its seventh year, Doie has expanded its lines to include a "Destination Collection," a series of robes inspired by Sayulita, Mexico, Palm Spring and Kyoto, respectively, that also serves as a Spring/Summer collection with light colors and whimsical prints. The lightweight robes are each made from super-soft modal fabric with cotton trim. They are:
Doie is named after Kirsner Stith's grandmother, “who even in her 90s was always impeccably dressed, glamorous, and had an enviable confidence – a true style icon,” Kirsner Stith says. Kirsner Stith grew up in Mill Valley, largely in the Scott Valley and Northridge neighborhoods, and attended Park School, Marin Country Day and Redwood High.
In 2016, Kirsner Stith got married in 2016 to Mill Valley-based OXB Studio Architects Partner Chad Stith, and they moved from San Francisco to Mill Valley. Kirsner Stith is already connecting with a variety of like-minded businesses, and while Doie sells its products direct to the consumer from its website, she has her collection on display at the Dolls and Dandy Nail Lounge in downtown Mill Valley.
The 411: Doie Lounge sells its products direct to the consumer from its website, and it has its collection on display at the Dolls and Dandy Nail Lounge in downtown Mill Valley. MORE INFO.
Expect Delays, Detours & Driveway Access Closures as Miller Ave. Project Enters Its Most Disruptive Phase – Through July 21
The Miller Avenue Streetscape Project is wrapping up its work on new concrete sidewalks, curbs and gutters, and is entering its most disruptive phase: a complete repaving of the road, including a "full depth reclamation (FDR)," grinding of the asphalt in the Main Street portion of Miller between Willow Street and Reed Street/Valley Circle and in the Parkway section between Millwood Street to Willow Street. The FDR work will result in a roadway that is gravel and dirt at times (see photo, at left).
As the City previously announced, the bulk of the paving will occur at night, but there will be daytime impacts as well. The outbound section of Miller will be closed – both directions of traffic will be moved to the two lanes on the inbound side – from approximately July 9 to July 14. The inbound section of Miller will be closed – both directions of traffic will move to the two lanes on the outbound side – from July 16 to July 21. BUSINESS OWNERS SHOULD READ BELOW TO LEARN HOW THIS WILL DIRECTLY IMPACT THEIR ACCESS AND PARKING.
NOTE: Although the City has developed the schedule below for the upcoming work, the dates below are subject to change. City officials say the conditions on the ground – quite literally – will dictate the exact schedule.
Mainstreet (Willow - Valley Circle/Reed)
Beginning Monday, June 19, construction crews will grind existing asphalt and remove old buried concrete in the Mainstreet area. The grinding and concrete removal will be completed on weekdays between 7:00 am and 5:00 pm. Work will begin in the "inbound" direction (toward downtown). The City will send updates via email will follow, as construction progresses. Sign up here.
The concrete removal requires traffic to be shifted to one side of Miller Avenue while the opposite side of the street is being worked on. The concrete removal is expected to take 3 weeks to complete, 3-4 days Inbound and 10-12 days Outbound. Pedestrian access will continue to be accommodated during the work.
City to Add Median Parking for Employees & Commuters At Miller Median Just South of Reed Street/Valley Circle
While construction and paving activity continues in the Parkway and Mainstreet sections of Miller Avenue, the City has created approximately 40 new temporary parking spaces on Miller Avenue. The temporary parking will be located along the median of the Gateway section of Miller Avenue, just south of Reed/Valley Circle intersection. Employees and commuters are encouraged to use these new temporary parking spaces, so as to leave the parking lot spaces available for customers.
The temporary parking is scheduled to be available from June 19 to July 21 and will have no time limits.
The temporary configuration reduces the Gateway section of Miller Avenue to one travel lane in each direction. Please obey all signs, cones, posted speed limits and proceed with caution through the work area.
Thank you for your patience and cooperation. Sign up for our weekly updates and learn more here.
MV Little League Wraps Blockbuster 'Super Saturday' – Here Are the Results, Champions, All-Stars & Photos
By MVLL Staff/Week of June 5-11
Whew! What a Super Saturday it was at Boyle Park on June 10, as three City Champions were crowned, All-Star hats were handed out and O’Dogg honorees were recognized — just in time to launch an All-Star season for the summer.
As has been characteristic for decades at Boyle, the City Championships create magical environments for players and fans alike, many of whom hang on the fences in the outfield to create a “packed house” feel to the day.
The Majors Yankees won a 5-4 thriller over the Braves to grab the title as the 8-seed in the playoffs; the Minors Giants held off the Cardinals, 8-6, at the Thalia diamond; and in Minors AAA, the A’s beat the Rangers, 7-4, to capture the Swirl Cup. To the action:
Yankees 5, Braves 4 — It wasn’t over until Yankees pitcher Kaiden Dossa fanned the final hitter with the bases loaded to preserve victory, a true good-to-the-last-out City Championship.
The Yankees’ magical run through the playoffs — knocking off the No. 1 seed Giants and the tough Cubs — was not to be denied. The Lam brothers, Colin and Hudson, led the way at the plate and on the base paths, Colin Lam scoring the game’s first run on a passed ball, and later when a Hudson Lam double scored Colin.
The Braves would not go quietly. In the third inning, they struck for three when Thomas Harrison knocked an RBI single and Charlie Horowitz chimed in with an RBI double. The Braves led, 3-1, after three.
Dylan Murphy took the bulk of the work on the mound for the Yanks, hurling four innings of seven-strikeout ball. He allowed three unearned runs, and left with a 4-3 lead, after the Pinstripes received a clutch two-run double from Dossa.The Yankees extended it to 5-3 when Colin Lam again took advantage of a passed ball to score, baserunning aggression rewarded.
That led the climactic finish, with the tying run stranded 60 feet from home plate. The Yankees would celebrate with the trophy, while the Braves head into summer knowing a game effort was just shy.
Giants 8, Cardinals 6 — In a battle of the 1-seed versus the 2-seed, the top-seed Giants closed the deal when closer Tito Fierstein fanned the final hitter, who represented the potential tying run. The final out snuffed out a three-run rally by the Cards in the final inning, the last gasp in a battle of Minors heavyweights.
The Giants had too much for the Cards; too much pitching, too much hitting. The bats answered an early two-run home run by the Cardinals’ Will Richardson, plating five in the second and three more in the third. The second inning rally was fueled by Hayden Thill’s two-run double, and capped by Mikah Moutafian’s big home run over the left-center field fence.
On the mound, Giants starter Jake Son only allowed two runs in three solid innings, while Tristan Diecks only allowed a solo home run by Cormac Erving in the fourth and fifth innings to enter the final frame ahead, 8-3.
At that point, Michael Rueter’s home run — the fourth of the game by both teams, and third by the Cards — tightened the atmosphere, and Fierstein entered. Cormac Erving made it even more intense with a two-out, two-run double to make it 8-6.
But Fierstein closed the door, and the Giants celebrated with the “Billy,” the Minors City trophy named for outgoing league president and 26-year Mill Valley Little League volunteer mainstay Bill Johnston.
A’s 7, Rangers 4 — Lars Jackson threw three shutout innings and had a big day at the plate, and Cole Kramlich closed it out with three innings on the mound as the A’s hoisted the Swirl Cup in triumph. The victory by the green-and-gold capped only the second year of Minors AAA, which is allowing 9-year-olds to compete against each other and better prepare for Minors ball.
9-YEAR-OLD ALL STARS
Mill Valley 9, San Rafael 4 — Scott Olinger, Will Gensler and Henry Pearson combined for six innings of five-hit ball as the Mill Valley 9s opened a four-team tournament with a win at Babe Silva Field in Novato on June 11. Gensler added an RBI ground-rule double, following a key two-run double by Hank Murray to pace Mill Valley’s four-run fourth inning. Lars Jackson broke open a scoreless tie with an RBI single in the third, and Gus Grumet followed with an RBI triple for Mill Valley, which hosts Novato North at Boyle Park on June 14.
ALL-STAR HAT RECIPIENTS
After the City Championships, recipients of the prestigious “O’Dogg” Awards, which honor players who exhibit the most courage, sportsmanship and heart, were named at a ceremony, followed by the “Hat Ceremony,” honoring All-Stars. The following players were named:
12 YEAR OLDS
Will Bennett, Charlie Blau, Joshua Clark-Hexter, Owen Dasovich, Colin Day, Nicholas Ferraro, Jack Fierstein, Carson Frame, Emmet George, Cole Harrison, Thomas Harrison, Colin Lam, Hudson Lam, Caden Maas, Nate McNeal, Jack Mollner, Shane Patel, Grant Selig, Christian Son, Lukas Stoker.
11 YEAR OLDS
William Basnight, James Bonneau, Thomas Boyle, Ryan Burns, Tyler Buxton, Kaiden Dossa, Miles Gensler, Jack Hanna, Zane Kiger, Brendan King, Bryn Kramlich, Kolby Lieman, Ronan Mackay, Gage McKay, Niall Shiels-Donegan, Henry Simpson, Owen Swenson, Wesley Wihlborg, Mercer Yee, Braden Young.
10 YEAR OLDS
Hugo Barberie, Bennett Dammann, Elliot Dasovich, Max Fiek, Teddy Fierstein, Finley Goulet, Reed Hanna, Cooper Hatch, Farhan Khaliq, Cooper Kift, Cole Maxson, Shade Murray, Ivan Pudelka, Ryan Simon, Eli Solem, Andrew Sternfels, Henry Stoll, Jackson Van Til.
The 10s/11s/12s start All-Star play on June 24. Stay tuned here for regular updates as the All-Star squads progress.
The 3.8-mile Mill Valley-Sausalito Multiuse Path, stretching from Mike’s Bikes in Sausalito north to East Blithedale Ave. in Mill Valley with views of Bothin Marsh Preserve and Richardson Bay in between, was built 35 years ago. Since its debut in 1981, it has become one of the most popular paths in the entire Bay Area, with more than a half-million people using it between March and November each year, according to the annual WalkBikeMarin Path Counts.
Despite its age and heavy use, the path hasn't been repaved since its inception, save for a few minor touch-ups. After several years of delays, that's changing starting June 19, as the County of Marin has federal grant money in hand and plans to lay a fresh coat of smooth asphalt and make accessibility improvements on almost a mile of the pathway. The path will receive approximately $565,000 of improvements in a coordinated effort between Marin County Parks and Marin County Department of Public Works, county officials said this week. The work will address approximately 1.6 miles – a bit less than half – of the path.
The project breaks down into two phases. The first phases focuses on the less-used, 0.7-mile section of the path between East Blithedale Avenue and Vasco Court near Edna Maguire Elementary School. That construction begins June 19 and is expected to finish by mid-July. Work crews will widen the path to meet statewide bicycle standards, making it 10 feet wide with two-foot shoulders on each side to increase pedestrian and cyclist safety. The project has a price tag of $224,775 and is funded through a State Transportation Development Act grant and Parks Measure A funding.
To accommodate the construction, county officials are closing that section of the path to all traffic starting June 19. The closure is being timed in conjunction with a pump station replacement project by the Sewerage Agency of Southern Marin, located near the path at Lomita Drive and Ashford Avenue. DPW, Parks, SASM and the City of Mill Valley have been coordinating for months to minimize detour impacts. Signage will be displayed along the path to define the detour and guide the public.
The second phase will address the heavily used, approximately 4,900-foot (0.9-mile) stretch from East Blithedale Avenue to Almonte Boulevard. Though this stretch meets state standards, the pavement and shoulders are in need of repair. County officials said the "rehabilitation of the pathway will improve several sections of rough, uneven and damaged paving, thereby increasing the overall user experience of scenic path."
The estimated cost of the Phase 2 rehabilitation work is $340,000, which is funded by a Federal Priority Conservation Area grant and matching Measure A funds. The work is anticipated to start in early September and finish in November. A September start date is the earliest that construction can begin to ensure that it does not impact the nesting season of the Ridgway’s Rail. The endangered bird was formerly abundant throughout San Francisco Bay and coastal estuaries, but is now restricted mainly to isolated marsh fragments in the urbanized San Francisco Bay Area.
County officials said the environmental preservation of Bothin Marsh, which is home to a vital and biologically diverse ecosystem ranging from rare plants to peregrine falcons, has played a crucial role in the project’s planning. DPW and Parks have been working closely with specialists to take every possible precaution to ensure that the marshland and wildlife are not impacted by the project. Building on this process, Parks soon will initiate work with the community to develop a plan for Bothin Marsh that will address sections of the path and marsh south of the current paving project. This vision would work to safeguard both the wildlife habitat and pathway and enable them to adapt to expected sea-level rise in the region.
“We all look forward to the long-awaited repaving of these two segments of the Mill Valley-Sausalito Multiuse Pathway, our county’s most heavily visited park facility,” said Marin County District 3 Supervisor Kate Sears. “All users – students, older adults from the Redwoods, cyclists, dog walkers and people out for a scenic stroll – will note changes, especially in heavily trafficked areas, that will help everyone enjoy the path safely.”