2016-17 Winter Guide

2016-17 ENJOY MILL VALLEY WINTER GUIDE

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Photo by Kirke Wrench.
​Snow globe illustration by Jim Welte. 

Events

From live music at the Sweetwater Music Hall to theatrical productions and community events throughout the 94941, we’ve got you covered with fantastic events through February 2017!

Features

Nearly Three Decades On, Happy Feet Dance School Is Blossoming
Singers Marin Turns 30: ‘We’ll Never Turn Down a Voice That Wants to Sing’

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November

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Lost and Found – Nov. 18-Dec. 31
The Seager Gray Gallery hosts Lost and Found, an exhibition whose title references both the materials used and the life journey of the artist, Cathy Rose. Her figurative sculptures combine objects bearing the patina of time with the compelling hand-formed porcelain faces, hands and feet that give them new life, expressing themes of hope, perseverance and rebirth. Seager Gray Gallery, 108 Throckmorton Ave., 11am-5:30pm. MORE INFO.

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Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley – Nov. 25-Dec. 18
A continuation of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, this Marin Theatre Company production tells the story of Mary Bennet, a bookworm who’s never felt more like the odd sister out than when she spends the Christmas holiday with her prettier and wittier sisters, Jane and Elizabeth. When the shy, bookworm Arthur de Bourgh turns up unexpectedly, Mary finds a kindred spirit, but she’s hardly his only suitor. MTC, 397 Miller Ave. Tix $25-60. MORE INFO.


December

Art of the Spirit – Dec. 1-22
How does the “spirit” move one to create? How does the non-tangible world communicate through art? A group of artists will address the spiritual life including spiritual ecology, ritual, mysticism and other spiritual expression. A Sunday Salon on Dec. 11 will incorporate other artistic expressions on the theme, including dance and music. O’Hanlon Center for the Arts, 616 Throckmorton Ave. Tue.-Fri. 11am-3pm, Sat. 10am-2pm. MORE INFO.
Holiday Craft Fair – Dec. 3
More than 55 new and returning artists showcase their fine handmade arts and crafts, including woodwork, jewelry, glasswork, ceramics, decorations, knitwear, fiber arts and much more at the 12th annual event. The free event, sponsored by Mill Valley Recreation and the Mill Valley Seniors’ Club, also features holiday music, baked goodies and plenty of parking. Community Center, 180 Camino Alto. 10am-5pm. Free. MORE INFO.
Justin Townes Earle – Dec. 2
A forefather of Contemporary Americana, Earle continues to tour behind his companion albums, Single Mothers and Absent Fathers, which find him dealing with past struggles and anger with more ease than ever before. Earle takes listeners on a journey through some of his most personal stories yet on authentic country records. North Bay native Victoria George opens. Sweetwater Music Hall, 19 Corte Madera Ave. Tix $30. MORE INFO.
Peter Murphy “Stripped”– Dec. 3
(((folkYEAH!))) presents a rare opportunity to see British rock singer Peter Murphy, best known as the former frontman for Bauhaus, performing semi-acoustic versions of his music from throughout his illustrious career. Murphy has released a number of solo albums, such as Deep, Love Hysteria and his most recent work, Lion. Sweetwater Music Hall, 19 Corte Madera Ave. 9pm. 21+. Tix $48.50. MORE INFO.
PAAM Holiday Spectacular – Dec. 3-4
Celebrate the holidays with the Performing Arts Academy of Marin! Featuring performers ages 4-17, this festive event will put you in the spirit of the season with classic melodies, dynamic choreography and a reimagined presentation of PAAM’s original production: A Scarf in Union Square. PAAM offers programs to nurture the young performing artist, from dance and musical theater to acro and a cappella. Marin Center Showcase Theater, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 12/3 @ 7pm, 12/4 @ 2pm. Tix $20. MORE INFO.
Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams – Dec. 4
When multi-instrumentalist Larry Campbell met singer-guitarist Teresa Williams at New York’s famed Bottom Line club in the mid 80s – Williams singing country music, Campbell playing pedal steel guitar –  it was love at first chord. The couple’s musical partnership catapulted in 2005, when Levon Helm, the famed drummer of The Band, asked them to join his soon-to-be legendary Midnight Rambles at his barn-studio in Woodstock, New York. Sweetwater Music Hall, 19 Corte Madera Ave. 8pm. Tix $22. MORE INFO.
Mill Valley School District Winter Performances
Dec. 6
Mill Valley School District 5th Grade Chorus Concert
Middle School Gym, 425 Sycamore Ave., 7pm

Dec. 7
Middle School Winter Choral Concert
Middle School Gym, 7pm

Dec. 12
Tam Valley 3rd/4th Grade Chorus
Tam Valley School, 350 Bell Ln., 1:30pm

Dec. 12
Middle School Orchestra Concert

Middle School Gym, 425 Sycamore Ave., 7pm

Dec. 13
Old Mill School Chorus
Old Mill School Auditorium, 352 Throckmorton Ave., 8:30am

Dec. 15
Park School Chorus
Auditorium, 360 East Blithedale Ave., 8:30am

​Dec. 15
Strawberry Point School Chorus
Auditorium, 117 East Strawberry Dr., 12:50pm

Dec. 19
Middle School Guitar Concert 6pm
Middle School Band Concert 7:30pm
Mt. Tam Methodist Church, 410 Sycamore Ave., $5 donation.

Dec. 20
Edna Maguire Chorus
Room, 80 Lomita Dr., 1pm

First Tuesday Artwalk – Dec. 6, Jan. 3, Feb. 7
The Arts Commission’s monthly celebration of local art spans a host of venues, including the O’Hanlon Center for the Arts, Seager Gray Gallery, Public Library, Terrestra, Depot Café, City Hall, Fitwise Pilates, Famous4, Community Center, and the shops of the the Mill Valley Design District around Miller and Locust avenues. Don’t miss Bibby Gignilliat’s “Motion” show (above) at the Mill Valley Chamber & Visitor Center in December. 6-8pm. MORE INFO.
Michelle Schmitt’s Annual Holiday Concert – Dec. 8
Produced like the vintage holiday television specials that got us all in the mood for the season, Michelle Schmitt’s 8th Annual Holiday Concert will get you ready for the holidays with some great rock & roll, smooth ballads, some Schmitt originals. Most importantly, the show is a fundraiser for ExtraFood.org, an organization that is working hard to end hunger and waste in Marin. Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave. 8pm. Tix. $25. MORE INFO.
Winter Magic – Dec. 10
Tam Valley’s winter celebration kicks off with Breakfast with Santa featuring a pancake breakfast, crafts, holiday cookie decoration, jumpees and a visit with the jolly fellow himself. Snowfall arrives for family and friends to come and sled and play, as well as game booths, music, and food at this wonderful winter wonderland adventure. Tam Valley Community Center, 203 Marin Ave. Breakfast $15 at 10 & 11:30am, sledding $8/person, 10am-3pm. MORE INFO.
Patterson Hood – Dec. 11
​Fresh off the release his band Drive-By Truckers’ latest album American Band, and a lengthy tour in support of it, Patterson Hood is heading back out on the road in December for a series of solo shows. The Muscle Shoals, Alabama native described his most recent solo album, 2012’s Heat Lightning Rumbles In The Distance, as “the most intimate and personal record of my career.” Sweetwater Music Hall, 19 Corte Madera Ave., 8pm. Tix $25. MORE INFO.
Throckmorton Chorus Concert – Dec. 14
The 2016 Throckmorton Chorus Concert is a celebratory evening of choral music and talent featuring the Throckmorton Chorus, with special guests the teen a cappella group Throckappella. Throckmorton Chorus is directed by Richard McKinley, with pianist Allegra Chapman and leaders Jonah Hopton, Britt La Gatta, Tim Silva and Katarina Zosseder. A champagne reception follows. Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave. 8pm. MORE INFO.
Singers Marin’s Holiday Concert – Dec. 18
A Bay Area holiday tradition for more than 20 years, this concert is an uplifting way to celebrate the season with family and friends. Join Singers Marin founder Jan Pedersen Schiff and the artistic staff of Singers Marin as the seven youth and adult choral ensembles fill you with the holiday spirit, spanning the traditions of Christmas, Hanukkah, and songs of peace. Marin Center Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium, 4pm. Tix $25-$40. MORE INFO.
Christmas Jug Band – Dec. 19-20
A small group of pals living in Mill Valley in the 1970s with a penchant for Kentucky bourbon started weekly Appalachian-style jug jams. More than 30 years later, “a momentary lapse of sanity” continues to be a local holiday tradition from the “stalwart purveyors of the jugabilly mystique.” Don’t miss this inimitable musical event! Sweetwater Music Hall, 19 Corte Madera Ave. All ages. Tix $17-27. MORE INFO HERE & HERE.
Steve Kimock & Friends – Dec. 30-31
Once touted by Jerry Garcia as his “favorite unknown guitar player,” Steve Kimock brings his latest cast a cast of acclaimed musicians to the Sweetwater for a pair of nights to close out 2016. The co-founder of the pioneering band Zero and guitarist for post-­Grateful Dead ensembles like The Other Ones and Phil Lesh & Friends promises two nights of fantastic music. Sweetwater Music Hall, 19 Corte Madera Ave., 9pm. Tix $40-$60. MORE INFO.

January-March

Health & Wellness Fair & Family Fun Run – 1/14
Mill Valley Recreation’s 5th annual celebration of health, wellness and fun gives attendees a chance to jump-start those New Year’s resolutions. The event kicks off at 8:30am with the competitive 3-mile race on the Multi-Use Path and a family fun run, while the Health & Wellness Fair begins at 10am with an array of healthy businesses and organizations. Don’t miss the toddler obstacle course. Community Center, 180 Camino Alto. 9am-2pm. Free. MORE INFO.
Native Son – Jan. 19-Feb. 12
Marin Theatre Company brings Nambi Kelley’s heart-stopping, urgent and expressionistic adaptation of Richard Wright’s groundbreaking novel to the West Coast. Directed by Seret Scott, Native Son tells the story of Bigger Thomas, who dares to want more out of life in 1930s Southside Chicago. A new job leads to a fateful accident that sends him down a violent and inescapable path. Marin Theatre Company, 397 Miller Ave. Tix $37-60. MORE INFO.
Crab Feed – Jan. 21
Join friends and neighbors for a fun fundraiser that is guaranteed to be another Tam Valley classic. Your ticket price includes all the crab you can eat, beer, macaroni, green salad, bread, coffee and dessert. Only 100 spaces are available. Tam Valley Community Center, 203 Marin Ave. 6:30pm-9pm. Tix $55, $50 for seniors 65+. MORE INFO.
Daedalus Quartet – Feb. 26
The Mill Valley Chamber Music Society presents the Daedalus Quartet, a group that has established itself as a leader among the new generation of string ensembles and was praised by The New Yorker as “a fresh and vital young participant in what is a golden age of American string quartets.” Mt. Tam Methodist Church, 410 Sycamore Ave. 5pm. Tix $35. MORE INFO.
Hare & Tortoise – Feb. 25-March 5
Young, excitable Hare wants nothing more in this world than to race his friend – the older, slower Tortoise. And while Hare speeds through daily life and does everything he can to make the time pass faster, Tortoise slows down and takes her time. Written by Brendan Murray, Hare and Tortoise is a fun, fast (and slow) show for 4 to 8 year olds about friendship and the excitement of growing up. Ages 4+. Marin Theatre Company, 397 Miller Ave. Tix $18-$22. MORE INFO.
MVMS Cabaret’s Annie – March 3-5
After Charlie & the Chocolate Factory in 2015 and the Sound of Music in 2016, the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical Annie is the latest classic tale to get the attention of the Mill Valley Middle School’s Cabaret. The musical, based on the popular Harold Gray comic strip Little Orphan Annie, boasts two hugely popular songs in “Tomorrow” and “Hard Knock Life.” Middle School Gym, 425 Sycamore Ave. Tix $10-$20. MORE INFO.
A number of Mill Valley arts and culture businesses and organizations host events throughout the winter, including concerts, exhibits, workshops and classes. Here are a few (click logos for more info):

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