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Installation by Andy Goldsworthy, one of over 20 artists represented at the Hess Art Museum Tastings,
40 Fall Fermentation
Give your health a boost this season with fermented food.
48 Teton Territory
A dreamy mountain-modern sanctuary in Jackson Hole.
54 An Elevated Experience
A characterless 1960s ranch is transformed into a forest retreat for a Mill Valley couple.
65 Mill Valley Film Festival Guide
The festival kicks off with a schedule of in-person theater screenings and events, as well as virtual offerings.
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A look at a few outgoing mayors, cannabis products and news, a long-running block party and more.
38 Conversation: Sandra Bird
The local interior design legend has been transforming kitchens for more than 40 years, and she has no intention of retiring anytime soon.
82 Wine Tasting Rooms
Unique sipping spots in Napa Valley and Sonoma County.
OUT & ABOUT
A roundup of what to do in Marin and beyond.
An insider’s guide to dining and food in the Bay Area.
100 On the Scene
Snapshots from events around the county.
On a steep ravine in San Rafael overlooking Mt. Tam, a couple builds a fireresistant, energy-efficient dream home to age in place.
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EUSTRESS, WE STRESS
the positive side of stress!
It’s officially fall, and kids (and adults) are contemplating Halloween costumes as baseball and football are gracing our screens. October is usually a month to chill for me after a hectic summer before gearing up for the holidays. Hectic summer? We had a lot going on here at 270 Media. At the conclusion of one particularly overwhelming, but productive meeting, my mom, Nikki, stated, “Well, this is a great example of eustress.” Have you heard the term eustress?
According to Merriam-Webster, it is a positive form of stress having a beneficial effect on health, motivation, performance, and emotional well-being.
COOLEST THING I LEARNED THIS MONTH
“I had no idea that Marin was where legendary films like The Godfather, Indiana Jones, Star Trek IV and Scream were all filmed!”
— Nicole Peyton, Account Manager
This indeed was a year full of eustress. Here at Marin Magazine we are celebrating our one year anniversary of getting Marin Magazine back under our 270 Media umbrella. If you’ve ever lost control of something you created and loved then got it back again, I’m sure you can appreciate how good it feels to get it back and then make it better than ever. In this issue, we celebrate home design in SPACES, and this month, it’s also about the home, where your heart is.
We hope you enjoy some of the changes we’ve made. This past January, art designer Lisa Hilgers and founder Nikki Wood put their heads together to bring back the clean, “more white space” look to our pages, including a refresh to Dine, Calendar and our regular departments. Due to popular demand we brought back Jim Wood’s Looking Back page, a perennial favorite, which inspired a book of historical Marin treasures. On the digital side, Jess Gliddon, with a little input from Kasia Pawlowska and me, zhuzhed up our most visited website pages including Where to Eat (in each town), Summer Camps and Home Resources, while Leah Bronson, Lesley Cesare and Sharon Coleman weighed in on how to best represent our partners throughout our
pages online and in print. Despite breaking her leg the week we celebrated our homecoming, Alex French has kept us on track and deadline since day one. Nikki C. brought her awesome energy and experience to our Best of the County party, which was our biggest ever and included more than 750 local businesses. She also got together with Kevin Blum of Marin Dish to create our first ever Mill Valley Restaurant Rally, an event that brings diners from all over Marin and beyond to try the town’s best restaurants via seasonal tasting menus created just for that week. Grace Towle, our Oahu correspondent, stepped in to not only write articles, but to upload content and bring her Virgo sensibilities to managing our awesome summer interns. And because of these changes, Maeve, our longtime controller, has been happily bringing checks to the bank. We have some new team members, Nicole Peyton and Holly Smith —plus our trusty department editors — Lotus Abrams, Christina Mueller and Donna Berry Glass — have all found their groove helping us get to the printer on time each month. None of this would have been possible if Susan Noyes, who purchased it in the fall of 2017, hadn’t been gracious enough to let us buy the magazine back, so it’s a full circle of gratitude.
Thank you for reading through what might be considered a brag rag, but it’s such an honor to be part of this team and I wanted to highlight just a small part of what our team does each month.
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Have No Fear of A.I.
If that’s the best Editor’s Letter that Chat GPT can write (“To A.I. or Not to A.I.,” September, 2023), my fear of A.I. has been greatly (and thankfully) reduced. While reading Chat GPT’s version, I fell asleep. Why? Because it had no specifics. Chat GPT, the writer, broke the cardinal rule of good writing: It told us not showed us. Good writers don’t generalize, they specify; they give examples. It’s not Marin’s rugged coastal landscape, it’s “the chalky cliffs of Drakes’ Bay”; it’s not a bustling city center, it’s “San Rafael’s vibrant Fourth Street” and you don’t, as Chat GPT did, merely say, talented writers and photographers, you call out specific names: “Nina Schuyler, Lili Weigert and Bryan McDonald” as talented writers and photographers.
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The Marine Mammal Center is advising owners to keep dogs away as infected animals come ashore.
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Recently, six sea lions infected by leptospirosis turned up on beaches around Bodega Bay — a disease that can be fatal to both the sea lions and dogs. As a result, The Marine Mammal Center is alerting owners to keep their pets a safe distance from sea lions. The animals with leptospirosis will appear lethargic and have their flippers tucked close to their bodies. However, if a dog gets infected, there is usually a one- to two-week delay before symptoms appear. Symptoms for dogs can include fever and kidney and liver failure, but if your dog is around water often, a vaccine for leptospirosis is available. marinemammalcenter.org
MARIN'S OUTGOING MAYORAL LEGACY
Learn about what three mayors achieved this past year. Go online for full responses and interviews.
BY EVA KNOWLES AND EMMA ROBERTSON
JIM WICKHAM, Mill Valley
What’s an interesting historical fact about Mill Valley?
The trains brought a lot of people over from the city to hike Mount Tam. The railroad itself was unique as it was considered “the Crookedest Railroad in the World” and brought thousands of people into town. We have this surprisingly great Steps, Lanes and Paths system that highlights the transition from train, walking and horses to the automobile. But we’ve maintained those SLPs, and it’s now enhanced our mobility, evacuation and encouraging people to be outside.
MELISSA BLAUSTEIN, Sausalito
Something you didn’t know until becoming involved with local government?
I always considered myself an educated volunteer who did a lot to give back and be engaged in the community. But once you’re in the seat of mayor, you really see how much these organizations are the pillars of the community. I am just consistently inspired by the engagement of all of our organizations, like Sausalito Beautiful, the Sausalito Historical Society and Call of the Sea to name a few, and I just feel like without these major nonprofits we wouldn’t be able to function the way we do.
CHANCE CUTRANO, Fairfax
What motivated you to run for City Council and ultimately serve as mayor?
I stepped up in 2020, which was a real difficult year for so many communities, but it came on the heels of the planned, or rather unplanned, safety power shutoff events. The power shutoff in Fairfax resulted in nearly a week of no power. It was so unusual that the cell tower backup batteries ran out of juice, so people couldn’t call or check in on how other folks were doing. It demonstrated that there were vulnerabilities in terms of emergency preparedness.
24 OCTOBER 2023 | MARIN CONNER JAY WITH PATHOS PHOTO (SEA LIONS) CURRENTS
Louis M. Martini Winery is a cornerstone of Napa Valley, offering an internationally acclaimed portfolio of Cabernet Sauvignon. Since 1933, the Martini family has played an integral role in establishing Napa Valley as one of the world’s premier wine regions, with each successive generation helping to set new standards in the vineyard and cellar. Take a peek into the history of Martini with the new exclusive Underground Cellar Experience. Descend into a beautifully adornded 85-year-old barrel cellar that pays tribute to the Martini family’s old-world heritage and learn about the history of the winery. Featuring revered small-lot releases and library winees paired with inspired culinary creations f rom Chef Aaron Meneghelli.
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The Jetsons era is officially upon us, because an all-electric flying water taxi is something that exists now. Navier, an American startup led by a team of MIT engineers, recently debuted the N30 Transformer in San Francisco Bay. The country’s first all electric e-foiling craft and the world’s longest range electric boat features a smooth, quiet ride akin to a jet plane experience and notable investors, such as Google founder Sergey Brin and Android co-founder Rich Miner. Available in three variants — open, hardtop and cadbin — the N30 is currently sold out through early 2024, but will be opening new reservation slots soon. navierboat.com
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The scoop on Bay Area events you’ll want to attend
BLUES & BREWS MARIN
REACH FOR THE STARS
WHEN WHERE WHY YOU SHOULD GO COST FIND OUT MORE
Nov. 4, 2023, 5–11 p.m
Mill Valley Community Center
Side By Side’s Reach for the Stars Gala will feature a night of jazz, signature cocktails, supper-club style dining, a live auction MC’ed by California Senator Mike McGuire, dancing, and much more. The Gala raises critical funds needed to continue behavioral and mental health services for nearly 2,500 Bay Area youth and their families.
WHEN WHERE WHY YOU SHOULD GO COST FIND OUT MORE
October 6, 2023, 6 p.m. and October 7, 2023, 5 p.m.
Pacheco Ranch Winery, 235 Alameda del Prado, Novato
Choose from an exclusive cocktail party on Friday night or a delicious sit down dinner on Saturday night — there’s something for everyone at Blues & Brews Marin. Your attendance at this memorable night will help truly change the way foster kids live in Marin County. Don’t miss out!
Friday: $150/ticket; $1,000 table of 6, Saturday: $250/ticket; $3,000 table of 10 marinfostercare.org
CELEBRATION OF DIA DE LOS MUERTOS
WHEN WHERE WHY YOU SHOULD GO COST FIND OUT MORE
Oct. 28, 2023, 6 p.m. 750 Bridgeway, Sausalito
Don’t miss this special evening as SCA is transformed into a vibrate celebration of Dia de los Muertos! Honor past loved ones and make new friends while experiencing incredible art and enjoying delicious Mexican food and drinks — including a special tequila tasting from Santos Tequila. Music and special performances to entertain will all be part of this festive holiday tradition.
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You can turn a day spent in solitude into a day spent in laughter, learning, and companionship.
The Vivalon Healthy Aging Campus in downtown San Rafael at 999 Third Avenue caters to seniors’ essential needs: connections, affordable meals, and housing. It offers learning, activities, nutritious food, and 66 affordable homes, along with a medical clinic, all dedicated to Marin’s seniors.
We are deeply grateful to the following supporters for contributing to the matching fund: Dennis and Susan Gilardi, Marin Community Foundation, The Nancy P. and Richard K. Robbins Family Foundation, Rosenberger Family Fund, Muriel Harris, Jerry Cahill and Kathy King, The Kenneth and Joan Gosliner Foundation, Douglas Reilly and Rose Estrada, J. Patrick and Frankie Hunt, Destino Fund, Tom and Darby Bonomi, Charles and Barbara Goodman, Bill and Linda Tichy, Allan and Sydne Bortel, Grace Hughes and Family, and Dennis Fisco and Pam Polite.
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Bay Area events you’ll want to attend
PNOC FOUNDATION GRATITUDE GALA
WHEN WHERE WHY YOU SHOULD GO
Nov. 11, 2023, 6–10:30 p.m
Letterman Digital Arts Center, San Francisco
Join PNOC Foundation as we celebrate 10 years of PNOC’s groundbreaking, globally collaborative work towards pediatric brain cancer breakthroughs!
Enjoy food, wine, entertainment and dancing, and help us raise funds towards a future where we lose no child to brain cancer. This exciting and inspiring evening will raise critically needed dollars for PNOC’s innovative research and clinical trials.
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Fleet Week Blue Angels
October in the Bay Area means Fleet Week and the booming sounds of the longest-running flight demonstration squadron in the country, The Blue Angels. The big question every year remains unchanged — what’s the best place to watch it all? Here are some of the top spots to take in the action taking place from October 6–8.
It may seem obvious — and you’ll have to arrive early as it’s so popular — but a spot here guarantees planes flying directly overhead (if you’re into that kind of thing!).
No need to cross the bridge! Experience incredible sights and smaller crowds from popular spots on Slacker Hill and Battery Spencer.
Far enough east of the air show that you'll be able to see most of the flying formations, PIER 39 has the added benefit of dozens of dining options steps away. pier39.com
Want to make it a year you’ll never forget? Companies like Live it Up Charter offer a unique perspective in a luxe setting for you and your friends and all of the fixings you could imagine. liveitupcharter.com
Top of the Mark
Experience the Angels at eye level at the iconic restaurant and bar. Located on the top floor of the InterContinental Mark Hopkins Hotel on Nob Hill, it’s hard to get closer. sfmarkhopkins.com/top-of-the-mark
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The Cashmere Sale’s social shopping event of the year is coming mid October! For a limited time only come shop luxury cashmere at irresistible prices! Providing high-quality, high-fashion cashmere pieces for men and women directly to you! Free shipping code: MARIN2023 (online orders only)
THE CASHMERE SALE
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EAT & DRINK
Baja Bar by Taco Jane’s Enjoy a Baja margarita or a red sangria among other south of the border beverages from the handcrafted mobile tiki bar from San Anselmo’s Taco Jane’s restaurant. The free-wheeling spirit of Baja and tiki cocktails is planning future appearances for Day of the Dead and can be rented for corporate events and pool parties. Taco Jane’s owner, Matteo Moussina, is planning a ceviche and taco menu, too. 21 Tamalpais Ave, San Anselmo; 415.454.6562; tacojanes.com
Lodge at Marconi It was the middle of World War I when Guglielmo Marconi, the inventor of the radio, constructed a radio receiving station, hotel and cottages on a plot of land overlooking Marshall, and more than 40 years since the property’s lodge and guest rooms were designed by renowned architect Ellis Kaplan. Fast-forward to Covid Times when two of the co-owners of Marconi Hospitality, Adam Mendelson and Rodney Fong, began renovations, reimagining the buildings as a coastal retreat and event destination within 62 acres of Marconi State Historic Park. With 45 hotel rooms, three meeting spaces, two wedding suites and three outdoor event/activity meadows scheduled to reopen in September, access to the bounty of west county is more available than ever. 18500 CA-1, Marshall; 415.663.9020; lodgeatmarconi.com
Sustainable Exchange The business that got its start in Novato in 2018 found a more spacious home in downtown San Rafael. Founder/Owner/Operator Dan Maher kept the focus on facilitating sustainable living and offers local artisan, store-made and near-zero-waste products, as well as eco-friendly, fair-trade products from around the world. In addition to superfood mushroom mycelium and tablet toothpaste, a bulk refillery allows customers to bring containers to fill it with hand soap, dish soap, laundry detergent and more. 1406 4th St, San Rafael; sustainablexchange.com
Main Street Mercantile After closing her Koze and Koze Beginnings stores during the pandemic’s earliest days, founder Darla Fisher reopened in the same adjoining downtown Tiburon storefronts as Main Street Mercantile. In August, the business expanded across the street, adding weekend casual menswear to the mix. Soft shirting, sweaters and outerwear, vintage Levi’s, Retro Brand graphic tees, AG denim, leather goods, barware and small batch gift items are also available. 21A Main St, Tiburon; 415.435.1916; mainstmercantile.com
Mad Dandy A wish by co-founder Marty Friedman to stop drinking five quadruple espressos a day lead Friedman, along with fellow Marinites Josh Denberg and Eric Toizeran, through a maze of tinkering before launching a buzzy, on-trend coffee alternative in June. Made with dandelion root, reishi, turmeric, peanut butter protein and other good stuff, the beverage contains a quarter the caffeine of coffee and plentiful antioxidants, anti-inflammatories and adaptogens. Available to taste every other Saturday at the Marin Country Mart’s farmers’ market and online (without tasting) for now. maddandy.com
Fiorla After a successful pop-up for her ready-to-wear line in San Francisco, owner Robyn Shore planted her business in downtown Tiburon, opening a retail store in July. Known for loungewear using luxury fabrics, especially silk and other natural fiber fabrics, a full range of cashmere styles, lighter silk/cashmere and cotton/cashmere blends make their way into dresses, cardigans, jogger sets, pants and tops. Though her store carries several other complementary brands, the long-time Marin resident makes all of her brand’s silk, linen and blended fabric styles in the USA. 80 Main St, Tiburon; fiorla.com
32 OCTOBER 2023 | MARIN COURTESY OF TACO JANE'S CURRENTS NEW IN TOWN
NEW IN TOWN
Two new retail shops in Tiburon, a West Marin hotel and more openings.
Enjoythe best of Monterey on Cannery Row
Natural wonders abound in Monterey, and there simply is no better place to experience it all than with a stay on Cannery Row. Known for its picturesque charm and colorful history, guests to this fabled street can enjoy a unique combination of luxurious waterfront hotels, enticing restaurants and captivating boutiques. Come, slow down and enjoy the best of Monterey on Cannery Row.
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The High Life
Edibles, patches and other must-have items.
BY KASIA PAWLOWSKA
The KellyGreen Pouch No.1, $248 Chic, discreet and odor-proof, this pouch is hand-blocked by renowned textile designer Michelle Pereira in her studio overlooking Sonoma Mountain. Features brass zippers, a wipeable interior and an Italian handmade tassel. Available for delivery via ONA.life. ona.life
SELFiES ice cream cake 2 pack, $10 This strain is reported by medical marijuana patients and consumers to have calming effects that help with pain, sleep and anxiety. Ideal for falling asleep in front of the television before bed. Available for delivery via Moonflower. moonflowerdelivery.com
Researchers from Germany’s Institute of Pharmacy in Jena studied the anti-inflammatory effects of cannabinoids — particularly focusing on cannabidiol (CBD) — and found that CBD activates an enzyme leading to inflammation resolution. It’s believed that these findings could result in new treatments for inflammatory diseases.
Papa & Barkley CBD-Rich Releaf patch, $15 Designed to provide slow release relief over 12 hours, these patches can be cut in half or pieces for less
Tanjun pipe in milky pink,
Nice Guys blackberry and cherry gummies, $15 Infused with high-quality live resin, these are tasty indica gummies infused with CBN to help with sleep. Available for delivery via Nice Guys Delivery. niceguysdelivery.com
35 YEARS AGO An administrative ruling issued on September 6, 1988 by DEA Judge Francis Young In the Matter of Marijuana Rescheduling determined: “Marijuana, in its natural form, is one of the safest therapeutically active substances known to man. By any measure of rational analysis marijuana can be safely used within a supervised routine of medical care.”
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Decades of Mill Valley Fun
BY KASIA PAWLOWSKA
INYOU R TOWN
An enduring tradition since its inception in 1998, the annual Mill Valley Block Party serves as a testament to the tight-knit community's commitment to art education. With proceeds dedicated to supporting Kiddo! and local school art education programs, this celebration has thrived for over two decades.
Live music echoes through the streets, infusing the air with energy, while vibrant fashion shows add a touch of glamour to the festivities.
"Mill Valley is my home," says event organizer Larry "the Hat" Lautzker. "I've been blessed to live an incredible
It’s the freedom to move without pain.
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Explore the Green Spectrum with a Diverse Palette Composting Materials
BY EMMA ROBERTSON
Want to live a more eco-friendly lifestyle? Compostable or biodegradable alternatives for products are becoming increasingly invented and offered for purchase. Those that are commercially compostable need to be taken to special facilities to be processed, but others can be composted in your own backyard. Here are five products you can purchase today to make a difference.
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A Recipe for Success
Local interior design legend Sandra Bird has been transforming kitchens for more than 40 years, and she has no intention of retiring anytime soon.
BY LOTUS ABRAMS
Sought-after Kentfield interior designer Sandra Bird has been bringing homeowners dream kitchens — and more — to life for over four decades. During that time, kitchen design has changed a lot, reflecting peoples’ evolving lifestyles and preferences, as well as the introduction of innovations intended to elevate home cooking and entertaining, and Bird has remained at the forefront of the industry every step of the way. Here, the prolific 85-year-old interior designer, who also has a general contractor’s license and has completed more than 500 projects, reflects on her successful career working in Marin County and beyond.
Tell us a little bit about the interior design work that you’re known for. I’ve done everything from houseboats to a 8,000 square-foot villa. I really enjoy working on houses that have a lot of character. The spaces I enjoy designing most though are small ones that I have to fit a lot into. Almost 80% of my projects would be considered smaller spaces. That’s because in Marin, most of the kitchens are small. The homes were often built as summer houses for city people, so the kitchens were minimal, and they were cut off from the main entertainment area.
Design Through the Decades
Bird looks back at how kitchen design has evolved during her more than four-decade career.
1970s When I first started, kitchen design was influenced by old home economics books. At that time, women were supposed to feed the children first and then switch to a nice dress or at least a fancy apron and have a meal waiting for their husbands.
1980s Everything in the kitchen was a medium oak with white 6-by-6 inch tile
I think of myself as an interior architect. I’m changing the way the house functions.
Where did you grow up? I spent the first six years of my life, from 1937 to 1943, living north of Seattle on 40 acres of farmland. The only indoor plumbing we had was the pump at the kitchen sink. We had an outhouse, no electricity and only a wood stove to heat the house. Then we moved to the city, to Everett, Washington. I went to the University of Oregon for two years and then to the Portland State University, where I graduated with a degree in political science. At the time, an architectural degree would have been seven years in school plus a seven-year apprenticeship.
What brought you to the Bay Area? I came here because it was a big city, and it was fascinating. I first lived in the Richmond area, and it was always so cold. Then I’d cross the bridge to come to work in Marin, and it was so sunny, so I moved to Kentfield in 1980.
How did you get into interior design? I love to cook, and I felt most kitchens were not designed for cooks. I went into Fairfax
countertops with a 3/8inch grout joint. The kitchen was much more cut off.
1990s Around this time, people started getting really tired of using a toothbrush to clean the grout on the tile countertops, and we started to use more natural stone. I know one woman who, when it came time to tear out the white grouted tile, asked for a sledgehammer so she could do it herself. In the 1990s, we often did tile in part of the
kitchen and then used natural stone or butcher block on the island so it would be easier to maintain.
We were also opening up the kitchen to the dining room or a great room. In many cases, we were actually abandoning the dining room altogether because people weren’t using it. Living in California, people were either entertaining outside or much more informally. Close to the end of the decade, we started seeing even more of connection to the outdoors, with many kitchens opening directly onto outdoor eating spaces.
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Lumber & Hardware one day in 1977 and said I wanted to design kitchens for them, and they hired me.
I went out on my own about two and a half years later. I married Barney Bird, and we submitted a design for the SF Decorator Showcase, which must have been 1978 or ’79, and we got the main kitchen. I think we got 35 leads from that showcase, and it was published immediately in Better Homes & Gardens. Then we got five more showcases, including one in Napa. In 1979, I opened my shop beside Lark Creek Inn and was there for 37 years. The rest was history.
Tell us about a few of your most memorable projects. One that I’m particularly proud of is the House Beautiful kitchen of the month article in 2007. The part of that project that I liked best was that I was able to design a circular pizza oven, which was with a lot of fun.
I also love one of the houseboat projects we did in Sausalito. The clients had a collection of tansu chests, and we designed the whole kitchen to resemble tansu chests.
Some people have had some interesting requests along the way. Jennie Low, a well-known local chef, asked for a purple kitchen. We did a burgundy, purple and jade kitchen for her, and it came out great. Then there was one we did in Ross that was featured in the movie Jack, an old, three-story Victorian that was so much fun to work on. The whole house was part of the movie.
2000s This is when combination microwave and convection ovens were introduced, and that made a big change in the way people cooked. They were built in to free up counter space. Before that, microwaves sat on the counter.
Kitchen sinks with pull-out sprayers made cleaning up so much easier. I don’t think I even do any kitchens anymore without a pull-out sprayer.
2010 to today In terms of equipment, we’ve gone from electric to gas — and now we’re going to induction. There used
Have you faced any major challenges in your career? We’ve always been a very detailed design company, and when we started, the builders weren’t accustomed to that level of detail. For example, one put the crown molding up on the wall flat, so it looked like icing on a cake — awful. At that time, my husband said to me, “You’re much younger than I am; go get your contractor’s license.” Because I had remodeled five houses in the city before, all I needed to do was just take the test, and I did. Now I hold one of the older licenses in the county.
The biggest challenge then was being a female contractor. At that time, having a woman on the job site even asking questions was definitely not done.
I think the classic story is when I went to pull a permit in Ross and the inspector was very tough. I walked in wearing my 3-inch heels and turned in the plans, and he looked at me and said, “Fine, bring in your contractor.” And I said, “I am the contractor.” And then he said, “OK, bring in your engineer.” After I did my first project with him though, and he saw the quality of what we built, I could walk in and get a demo permit and not even have my working drawings.
Are you thinking about retiring anytime soon? I’m slowing down, but I don’t think I’ll ever retire. When somebody hands me a floor plan that doesn’t work, it’s like The New York Times crossword puzzle for me.
to be just one oven in the kitchen, but now we have several ovens. We have a speed oven that’s usually a combination microwave and convection oven and, in cases like the one from Miele, it’s a broiler as well. We’ve also added combination steam and convection ovens that are great for refreshing bread and heating up leftovers — plus, they’re fantastic baking ovens, and they also dehydrate.
There’s been a change in how kitchens are used, so now I often design them based on two triangles. One is for the main cook, and then there’s a separate fast food and cleanup area with a second dishwasher, microwave and beverage refrigerator where the kids can make snacks. A second dishwasher makes cleanup so easy if you entertain a lot.
We also put a USB port or two in every island, because that’s where kids do their homework. People want to congregate in the kitchen these days. It’s where everything happens.
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It’s said that an apple a day will keep the doctor away. You should consider adding fermented foods to your daily diet, too.
Fermentation is an ancient method of food preservation. The process of fermentation occurs when a sugar or starch is converted into an acid or alcohol by yeast, bacteria or mold. This process creates an environment that allows probiotics, which are friendly bacteria, to thrive and multiply. Probiotics have many health benefits that keep your body healthy and working well. They maintain and nourish the microbiome in the gut, support the immune system and make certain nu trients easier to absorb. This helps to improve digestion and heart health, reduce inflammation, control cholesterol and aid in cancer prevention.
Give your health a boost this season with fermented food.
By Lynda Balsev
As wonky as this may sound, fermented foods are regularly found in our diet. Common foods include yogurt, kefir, kimchi, sauerkraut, miso, and vinegar; even cheese and charcute rie are fermented products. Fermented foods are not only healthy, they are delicious on their own or as a flavor enhanc ing ingredient. So, grab that apple and, while you’re at it, add some fermented food to your daily diet. Your gut and immune system will thank you.
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Miso Glazed Halibut
Miso is a paste made from soybeans that are fermented with salt and a koji starter. Miso is a complete source of protein and is rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Its fermentation process promotes the growth of probiotics. Miso has a unique savory salty-sweet quality, known as umami, which is a powerful flavor enhancer in food. Miso is also very salty, so moderate the salt you may include in a recipe with miso.
3 tablespoons white miso
2 tablespoons mirin
1 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce
1 tablespoon unseasoned rice vinegar
1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
4 center-cut halibut filets, each about 6 ounces Chopped scallions for garnish Toasted sesame seeds for sprinkling
1 Whisk the marinade ingredients in a small bowl. Arrange the fish in one layer in a glass container. Pour the marinade over and turn the fish to coat. Let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes (or refrigerate for up to 2 hours).
2 Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil. Wipe off all but a thin layer of marinade from the fish. Arrange the fish, skin-side down, on a baking sheet lined with foil. Broil no closer than 6 inches under the broiler element, until the top is deep golden brown, and the fish is cooked through, 6 to 8 minutes, depending on thickness of the fish. Keep an eye on the fish, as the sugars in the glaze may begin to burn. If this happens, transfer the baking sheet to a lower rack in the oven.
3 Serve garnished with the chopped scallions and toasted sesame seeds.
Brussels Sprouts Kimchi
Kimchi is a traditional Korean condiment made with salted fermented vegetables. It often includes cabbage, and seasonings include salt, sugar, ginger, garlic and chiles. Kimchi is rich in nutrients and probiotics. Gojuchang is a funky, sweet, and spicy Korean paste made with fermented soybeans, chiles, and glutinous rice.
2 tablespoons Gochujang
2 tablespoons unseasoned rice wine vinegar
2 teaspoons runny honey
1 teaspoon fresh, peeled and finely-grated ginger
1/2 teaspoon fish sauce
2 pounds medium Brussels sprouts, ends trimmed, halved lengthwise
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 cup drained shredded or chopped kimchi
Whisk the sauce ingredients in a
Preheat the oven with a large cast-iron skillet in the oven to 425°F.
Toss the Brussels sprouts, oil, and salt in a bowl. Remove the skillet from the oven and carefully spread the Brussels sprouts in the pre-heated skillet. Return the skillet to the oven and roast until the Brussels sprouts are charred and tender, 13 to 15 minutes, depending on their size.
Transfer the Brussels sprouts to a serving bowl. Add the sauce and toss to coat, then add the kimchi and gently toss. Serve warm.
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Fermented foods are not only healthy, they are delicious on their own or as a flavor enhancing ingredient.
Makes about 2 cups
4 cups whole milk plain yogurt
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
Mix the yogurt and the salt in a bowl. Line a sieve with cheesecloth and place over a bowl, with space between the bottom of the sieve and the bowl to separate any drained liquid. Place the yogurt in the cheesecloth. Cover the bowl and refrigerate for 2-4 hours. Remove the labneh from the cheesecloth and transfer to a glass container. Store in the refrigerator for up to one week.
Roasted Delicata Squash with Labneh
Labneh is a soft cheese made from strained cultured dairy products. It’s a tangy, creamy Middle Eastern staple, used as a dip and spread, and it’s packed with probiotics and nutrients such as calcium and vitamin A.
2 medium delicata squash, sliced crosswise 1/2-inch-thick, seeds removed
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 cup prepared labneh (recipe below)
1/2 preserved lemon, pulp removed, skin finely diced, divided 1 small garlic clove, minced or pushed
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
Chopped fresh mint, chopped pistachios, finely grated lemon zest
Heat the oven to 400°F.
Place the squash in a bowl. Drizzle with the oil and toss to coat. Sprinkle the cumin, coriander, salt, and black pepper over the squash and toss again to evenly coat.
3 Spread the squash in one layer on a rimmed baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Roast until tender and charred in spots, about 25 minutes, flipping the squash once.
4 While the squash roasts, add half of the preserved lemon skin, garlic, lemon juice, and za’atar and to the labneh and stir to combine.
5 Smear labneh on a serving platter or individual plates. Arrange squash over the labneh. Garnish with the remaining lemon skin, chopped mint, pistachios and lemon zest.
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MAKES ABOUT 11/4 CUPS
Orange, Cardamom, and Rosemary Shrub
Shrubs are a cleansing refreshment as well as a flavorful syrup for cocktails. A shrub is composed of fermented fruit, vinegar and often sugar. Also known as drinking vinegar, shrubs are an old-fashioned method for preserving fruit, by mixing soft, ripe fruit with vinegar and sugar, then letting the mixture sit for a few days to macerate before straining out the solids. Vinegar is fermented from the liquid of fruit, rice and grains, and contains acetic acid which is good for the gut, and polyphenols which are strong antioxidants.
1/2 cup sugar
3 cardamom pods, crushed
1 (2-inch) cinnamon stick
1/2 teaspoon coriander seeds
2 large navel oranges, peel and pith removed, chopped
1 (2-inch) sprig fresh rosemary
1/2 cup organic, unfiltered apple cider vinegar
1 Combine the sugar, water, cardamom, cinnamon, and coriander in a medium saucepan. Bring to a simmer over medium heat stirring until the sugar dissolves.
2 Add the oranges with any collected juices and the rosemary sprig to the saucepan. Continue to simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the vinegar. Cool to room temperature.
3 Strain the liquid through a clean finemesh sieve into a clean glass jar, pressing down on the solids to extract the juices. Discard the solids. Store the syrup in the refrigerator for up to one month.
4 To use, add 3 to 4 tablespoons to a 6 to 8-ounce glass with ice cubes. Top with sparkling water.
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Fermentation helps to improve digestion and heart health, reduce inflammation, control cholesterol and aid in cancer prevention
Bircher Muesli with Kefir
The Swiss were onto something when their version of overnight oats was devised as a fortifying snack. Bircher muesli is comprised of oats soaked in milk and yogurt with fruit. In this recipe, kefir replaces the yogurt and milk. Kefir is made from fermented cow’s or goat’s milk and is rich in protein, nutrients and pro biotics. To make kefir, a starter culture of kefir grains, which are colonies of yeast and lactic acid bacteria, is added to milk. The lactic acid bacteria in the grains turns the milk’s lactose into lactic acid, resulting in kefir, which has a creamy and thin yogurt consistency.
Bircher Muesli with Kefir
1 1/2 cups kefir
1 cup old fashioned oats
2 crisp apples, such as Granny Smith and/or Honeycrisp
1/4 cup golden raisins
1 tablespoon runny honey or maple syrup, or more to taste
Pinch of kosher salt
Fresh blueberries, raspberries and chopped, raw almonds
1 Combine the kefir and oats in a glass bowl or container. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
2 Coarsely grate one apple with the skin. Finely dice half of the second apple, and thinly slice the remaining half.
3 When ready to serve, stir in the grated and diced apples, the honey and salt.
4 Divide the bircher muesli between bowls. Fan the remaining apple slices over each bowl. Top with the blueberries, raspberries and almonds. Drizzle with additional honey if desired.
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TWO DREAMY HOMES IN JACKSON HOLE AND MILL VALLEY EMBRACE THEIR NATURAL SURROUNDINGS.
A Mill Valley couple’s Jackson Hole retreat offers stunning views of the Tetons and forest.
CREATIVE MILL VALLEY COUPLE TIFFANIE DEBARTOLO AND SCOTT SCHUMAKER’S DREAMY MOUNTAIN-MODERN JACKSON HOLE SANCTUARY REFLECTS THEIR ARTISTIC AESTHETIC, AS WELL AS A SENSE OF PLACE.
BY LOTUS ABRAMS | PHOTOGRAPHY BY DOUGLAS FRIEDMAN
The great room features a stunning concrete fireplace surround embellished with a bold geometric relief pattern inspired by one of the client’s tattoos, along with sweeping views of the Tetons.
DRIVING DOWN A BUMPY DIRT ROAD NEAR JACKSON
HOLE, Wyoming, several years ago with their realtor, Mill Valley residents Tiffanie DeBartolo and Scott Schumaker knew immediately that they’d found the ideal location to build the mountain retreat of their dreams the moment they set foot on the property. The couple, who are cofounders of independent record label Bright Antenna, as well as professional writers, came to love the area after visiting every summer for the past 15 years as faculty members of the Jackson Hole Writers Conference. Their new home, affectionately dubbed “ShineMaker” (a mash-up of DeBartolo’s nickname, “Shine,” and Scott’s last name, “Schumaker”), is nestled in a meadow at the foot of the Tetons, surrounded by a grove of aspens and conifers on a 37-acre property where elk, moose, deer, foxes and grizzly bears also make their home.
“We drove to the end of the road, got out of the car, and Scott and I both got goosebumps,” DeBartolo recalls. “It’s safe to say the land really spoke to us. It felt pretty magical, and it still does.”
To bring their vision to life, DeBartolo and Schumaker engaged Jackson Hole architecture firm CLB and San
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Left: In the lounge, an oversized custom mural features the flora and fauna of the region, and a “secret” door leads to a powder room. Right: The primary bedroom invites the outside in while evoking a sense of rustic luxury. Far right: The kitchen incorporates bleached Atlantic cedar, blackened steel and Orobico marble.
Francisco-based HSH Interiors, the interior design firm they’d worked with when building their home in Mill Valley several years earlier. CLB’s first task was to determine where to locate the three structures on the property — the primary residence, guest house and writer’s studio — to complement the natural surroundings rather than compete with them.
The 6,000 square-foot main house, composed of simple, boxlike volumes
with an undulating roofline, resides at the edge of the meadow, bridging a low point where a seasonal creek runs though the property. “The building appears to emerge from the landscape in a graceful, unobtrusive way,” says CLB Partner Eric Logan. “It’s meant to blend in with the contours of the landscape.” The other two buildings sit at the edge of the aspen grove on the western boundary of the site. Clad in two contrasting finishes of wood — dark,
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exterior-facing shou sugi ban (charred cedar) and light, interior-facing Atlantic cedar, which continues inside — the main house incorporates overhangs, openings and walls of glass that frame sweeping views of the Tetons, forest and meadow.
Inside the home, DeBartolo and Schumaker sought to achieve a vibe that was unmistakably modern, yet also artistic, warm and inviting, as well as grounded in a sense of place. “We were able accomplish that by bringing a lot of wood into the space,” says Holly Hollenbeck, principal and CEO of HSH Interiors. “The flooring, which has some knots and rusticity to it; the Atlantic cedar on the ceilings; and millwork on many of the walls give the home a bit of a mountain-modern feeling and keep it from looking too dark.”
The bright, spacious great room, which incorporates the kitchen, living room and dining area, features a 12½-foot high
ceiling and walls of glass on two sides that reveal stunning views of the surrounding landscape. “The view of the Tetons from this room is breathtaking, and the openness of the space is really conducive to entertaining,” DeBartolo says.
The focal point of the great room is the commanding concrete fireplace surround, which extends from the floor to the ceiling and is embellished with a bold geometric relief pattern inspired by one of Schumaker’s tattoos. “We gave our initial concept and all of our drawings to Scott’s tattoo artist, and then he designed it, and we refined it,” Hollenbeck explains. “Then it was poured into molds by a concrete artist in Utah and assembled in pieces.”
Opposite the fireplace and living room, the kitchen is set against the dramatic backdrop of bleached Atlantic cedar cabinetry, a range hood surround and upper cabinets crafted from blackened steel, and
an Orobico marble backsplash. The countertops are made from blackened concrete. “It’s a nice play on contrast, which you see throughout the house,” Hollenbeck says.
Adjacent to the main living space, and a few steps below it, is a bar and lounge area where DeBartolo and Schumaker enjoy listening to records, cocktails in hand. The space provides an intimate counterpoint to the expansive great room. Spanning two walls, a whimsical hand-painted wallpaper mural by Aqualille depicts the Tetons, Snake River, and animals like mountain lions and buffalo that are native to the area — a twist on the classic oil landscape paintings found in many of Jackson Hole’s local galleries. A furry, cherry red sofa designed by the Campana Brothers; a large, custom-made, multicolored plexiglass pendant light by Johanna Grawunder; and vintage barrel-back swivel chairs reupholstered in a mustard yellow hue add color and texture in the room. Adding to the lounge’s mystique, a “secret” door behind the bar pushes open to access a hidden powder room.
In the primary suite, rich emerald
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Like the main house, the guest house features a rustic-modern aesthetic.
A two-story writer’s studio on the property features a breakfast bar, bathroom and upstairs loft area.
velvet tufted cushions adorn the wood and steel bed, which sits atop a curly goat hair rug, while a twisted hemp rope pendant chandelier, a Windy Chien and Brightbound collaboration, hangs overhead — all evoking a sense of modern, rustic luxury. Moving into the primary bath, the eye is immediately drawn to the striking floor-to-ceiling wall of travertine behind double oval mirrors and a floating dark wood vanity. Otherwise, finishes were kept simple by intent: The floor, countertop and bathtub were all fabricated out of limestone, and the wall and shower surface were created using a traditional Moroccan shower plaster technique called tadelakt. “It was really an exercise in restraint, other than the wild travertine,” Hollenbeck says. “We used only a few materials, and it all just melds together. It almost feels like an architectural or geologic remnant.”
The rustic-modern aesthetic and attention to design details extends to the three-bedroom guesthouse, as well. In the living room, a distinctive antler chair draped with Icelandic sheepskin is paired with a retro-modern freestanding gas
fireplace from Norwegian manufacturer Jøtul, a modular leather sectional and a shaggy Moroccan wool rug. Pink Clé tile adds a pop of color in the guest house kitchen and inside a shower.
On the edge of the aspen grove, the two-story writer’s studio features a breakfast bar, bathroom and upstairs loft area. The writer’s desk is optimally positioned near two walls of windows — an ideal place to witness the seasons change, Logan says. “In the winter, the forest produces abstract light and shadows; in the summer, you get the color
of the leaves and the sound of the leaves moving with the breeze; and in the fall, the whole forest turns orange, and the color appears to enter the structure,” he says.
Achieving that connection with nature is precisely the objective that DeBartolo and Schumaker had in mind when they embarked on the project. “We wanted to build a place that represented our spirits, in communion with the spirit of the land and landscape,” DeBartolo says. “I think we accomplished that, even beyond our expectations.”
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The desk in the writer’s studio offers a front row seat to the changing seasons.
AN ELEVATED EXPERIENCE
SET AMONGST TOWERING REDWOODS, A CHARACTERLESS 1960S RANCH IS TRANSFORMED INTO A FOREST RETREAT FOR A COUPLE IN MILL VALLEY.
BY LOTUS ABRAMS | PHOTOGRAPHY BY ADAM POTTS
A towering fireplace clad in Heath Ceramics tile and wood slats provides a dramatic impact focal point in the open living, diving and kitchen area.
AFTER LIVING IN SAN FRANCISCO FOR MANY YEARS, a couple decided it was time to trade busy city life for a more relaxing setting living among the trees in Mill Valley. Although they already owned a home in Mill Valley a few minutes from downtown that had been rented out, the 1960s-era ranch wasn’t yet the serene abode they longed for. It was dark and oddly configured, with boxy rooms and a bulky brick fireplace breaking up the flow of the common areas. The primary
bedroom and bathroom felt cramped and unappealing. And, despite the home’s beautiful setting among a stand of redwoods at the base of Mt. Tam, the backyard, which the couple had recently redesigned as a Japanese garden, was only accessible by a patio door tucked away off the corner of the kitchen.
To transform the house, the couple sought the expertise of Kentfield-based architecture and landscape firm Holder | Parlette. While the property’s hilly, forested setting limited the
possibilities to expand the predominantly one-story house, Chris Parlette, the principal architect on the project, took a thoughtful approach to overcoming the challenges. “The site was very constrained,” Parlette says. “The backyard was so tight with a huge redwood right outside the kitchen window and a steeply sloping hill. In the front yard by the entry door, there are also some massive redwoods. There was no room to push anything out, so we tried to get as much volume and space as possible just going vertically.”
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An elevated walkway from the primary bath leads to a meditative garden.
A two-story wall of glass overlooks the leafy backyard.
Working within the existing framework of the house, Parlette and contractor K&L Construction reconfigured the space downstairs and then expanded the upstairs space in the back — all with the goal of improving light, flow and access to the outdoors. The team first removed the walls on the lower floor between the kitchen and living room and relocated the kitchen. The fireplace remained in the same location but got a makeover with a three-sided, glass-encased gas insert, Heath Ceramics tile surround and towering wood-slatted chimney, providing a striking visual divider between the great room and dining area. Behind the dining
table, a two-story expanse of glass looks onto the backyard, with sliding glass doors that open the space to the outdoors.
“Now when you enter the house, you get this big wow factor of seeing the fireplace,” Parlette says. “Then the whole wall at the rear the house just lifts up into the air, and you’re really in touch with the backyard. The two-story volume of glass that rises above the dining area became the heart of the whole project.”
The three existing bedrooms and bathroom on the lower level also received a full makeover, with some walls rearranged to make better use of the space. The couple now uses one bedroom as an office space.
Upstairs, the primary bedroom was refreshed, and at the back of the house, an expansion gave the primary bath a major upgrade, creating a combination bathroom, study and closet area that overlooks the dining room and is filled with light. An elevated walkway from the primary bath leads to a meditative garden set above the backyard. The resulting configuration of this space is the culmination of detailed collaboration between Parlette and his clients. “I think we ended up having 15 different versions of the master bath before we landed on the final one,” he says. “It was really an exercise in exploring the possibilities. The clients are very
The minimalist kitchen features European SieMatic cabinetry and a back-painted glass backsplash.
methodical, and we wanted to take the time to get it right.”
With guidance from Jeff Swanson, founder and partner at Boston firm Charles Street Design, the couple selected interior finishes that fit their lifestyle and complemented the wooded landscape visible through the walls of glass in their home. The aesthetic is warm, earthy and contemporary while celebrating nature. “The clients are admittedly not fans of clutter,” Swanson says. “Clean, simple, minimalistic: Their focus is on the benefits of the calming nature surrounding them.”
The team incorporated walnut and white oak accents throughout the home due to their warm tone and minimal graining. “The two woods kept one from overwhelming the other,” Swanson says. “We also incorporated glass, high-lacquer and polished stone to allow the light to bounce around the spaces, but kept it restrained so as not to create too much ‘bling’ against all the woods.” Carlisle wide-plank flooring in a light walnut and matte finish was used throughout the home to connect the spaces, providing a counterpoint to the glass and lacquer. In the primary bathroom, the green glass tile installed vertically on the vanity wall is reminiscent of bamboo.
The modern kitchen design is by German firm SieMatic, known for blending warm, high-lacquer tones with refined woods — an ideal fit for the couple’s taste. The back-painted glass backsplash on the range wall provides a sleek, minimalist alternative to tile with no grout lines.
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The festival kicks off with an exciting schedule of in-person theater screenings and events, as well as virtual offerings. Get the inside scoop here.
MVFF Marin Magazine’s Ultimate Guide to the 46th
BY BERNARD BOO
There’s a great, big elephant standing in Mill Valley Film Festival Executive Director Mark Fishkin’s office as he, Director of Programming Zoe Elton, and the team at the California Film Institute work tirelessly to put together the schedule for the festival in its 46th year.
“The elephant in the room…is the actors’ strike,” Fishkin says with a laugh and a semi-frazzled sigh. While the strike has seriously impacted the film industry and, in turn, the planning process for this year’s festival as actors will generally not be attending this year, Fishkin’s confidence in his team’s ability to put together a spectacular, world-class, eleven-day event has not wavered one bit.
“We’re still going to have a number of Academy Award contenders, as we always do,” Fishkin says. “Filmmakers will be in attendance, and it’s going to be an exciting festival featuring great talent. [The strike] has forced us to really get creative and look back on our roots.”
While MVFF’s “Big Nights” and red carpets always garner a lot of attention, the backbone of the festival is and always has been the championing of diverse films from across the world, in every genre, whether they be Oscar contenders, international documentaries, or features from local filmmakers. In this respect, this year’s lineup looks to be as strong as ever, with films from accomplished auteurs like Todd Haynes (May December) and Francois Ozon (The Crime Is Mine), groundbreaking international features and eye-opening documentaries (Invisible Nation, Another Body).
One of the festival’s films is Alexander Payne’s The Holdovers, starring Paul Giamatti as a surly teacher at a New
England academy in the ’70s who is forced to stay on campus over winter break with all of the students with no place to spend the holidays. Payne’s directorial debut, 1999’s Election, was the first film shown at CFI’s Smith Rafael Film Center, a shining example of just how strong MVFF’s roots are.
But that’s not to say this year’s festival is all about getting back to basics and looking to the past. It’s about building toward the future, too. MVFF’s Mind the Gap initiative spotlights women and marginalized filmmakers via screenings, panels, masterclasses, and more. One of the latest additions to the slate is the Mind the Gap Creation Prize of $10,000, awarded to an early-career, female filmmaker. “As much as we’re getting back to our roots, we’re also building on our original commitments in new ways,” Elton explains. “The Mind the Gap Creation Prize is essentially our roots growing branches.”
One filmmaker destined for greatness is English filmmaker Emerald Fennell, who will be presented with a Mind the Gap
Award. Her film Saltburn will be featured as an MVFF Spotlight. “It’s astonishing. I don’t even want to talk about it,” Elton says of the movie with a mischievous smile. “It’s funny, it’s sexy, it’s subversive. Emerald has put a stake in the ground of cinema history.”
The MVFF programming team works for months to curate the best films possible, and Elton believes the festival’s slate of 90-plus films is truly all killer, no filler. “Our team of programmers is so amazing that you could put the festival schedule up on the wall, throw a dart, and find a gem of a film,” she beams. She’s only half joking: For her and Fishkin, being blown away by a film you had zero knowledge of before walking into the theater is an essential MVFF experience that everyone should seek out.
“Vary from the way you usually approach attending a festival,” Fishkin advises MVFF audience members. “Take a chance! Just walk in and see a film you don’t know anything about. It could be a film that changes your life.”
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From Ang Lee, to David O. Russell, to Damien Chazelle, many of the industry’s top filmmakers had their movies featured at MVFF long before they became household names. Taking a chance on a smaller film by an up-and-coming director at the festival could very well be a chance to glimpse the next great filmmaker to take Hollywood by storm.
“One time I saw a young filmmaker being followed by forty people out of a matinee screening of his first feature,” Fishkin recalls. “Sometimes it’s that
first-time director who no one’s ever heard of who becomes the darling of the festival, which is always exciting to see.”
Whether you come to the Mill Valley Film Festival to see some of the biggest films starring the biggest talent before they blow up at the Oscars, or some of the extraordinary indie films you may never have an opportunity to see again, the important thing is that the films are seen in the way they were intended — in a theater as a shared experience.
“There’s nothing like the experience
of cinema,” Elton says. “To be in a dark room with a group of people and open yourself up to a film is a commitment you make that is unlike any commitment you could make at home.”
“We’ve all developed certain habits over the past few years,” Fishkin adds. “But if there was ever a good reason to go out and have a good time with people, it’s the 46th Mill Valley Film Festival. We look forward to welcoming you all.”
Fingernails dir. Christos Nikou
Suspecting her relationship with her partner may not be the real thing, Anna (Jessie Buckley) starts working at an institute designed to determine whether love between struggling romantic partners is genuine.
“Nikou creates these films that deal with serious subjects like loss and sorrow, and they’re kind of ambiguous. But he comes at it from a different angle, and it’s so refreshing. I told him he was the future of independent filmmaking. The film is so unusual, but it gives you such a different perspective on love. I’m really excited about that film.”
Zone of Interest dir. Jonathan Glazer
In this period war drama, Commandant of Auschwitz Rudolf Höss (Christian Freidel) and his wife Hedwig (Sandra Hüller) strive to create a beautiful home and life in a house built next to a concentration camp.
“It deals with the Holocaust and people’s individual responsibility — or lack thereof — in a totally different way.”
Skin of Glass dir. Denise Zmekhol
Director Denise Zmekhol tells the story of a 24-story glass skyscraper in Sao Paulo, Brazil, built in the ’60s by her father, Roger Zmekhol. Initially erected as a modernist symbol of progress and prosperity, the original vision for the building was ultimately abandoned, with the structure ultimately becoming a decaying favela for the homeless.
“The film really deals with the culture in Brazil and what’s happening in that country today.”
Another Body dir. Sophie Compton & Reuben Hamlyn
A chilling documentary following a college student who discovers her face has been deepfaked onto porn videos across the internet and searches for justice as a victim of new-age identity theft.
“One of the big topics of the year is AI, which is at the root of both the writers’ strike and the actors’ strike going on now. This first feature a terrifying, fascinating story that touches on the issues surrounding AI.” — Zoe
Fallen Leaves dir. Aki Kaurismäki
Lonely grocery store clerk Ansa (Alma Pöysti) meets a fellow lost soul, Holappa (Jussi Vatanen), and the two try to fall in love against all odds.
“Kaurismaki never fails to amaze me and fill me with wonder. Go to world cinema films like this and see how the rest of the world is thinking.” — Zoe
La Chimera dir. Alice Rohrwacher
Set in the ’80s, this period romantic drama follows a young, British archaeologist who gets involved in an international network of stolen Etruscan artifacts.
“Rohrwacher is simply one of the most interesting filmmakers in the world.”
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Catching Up With Lynn Hershman
be quite accessible and relatable to a new generation of young feminists who are technologically fluent and not as fearful of computers as previous generations. When asked how it feels for her work to finally be resonating with people after all these years, Hershman Leeson is all smiles.
“I’ve been told that my work has influenced a lot of young women,” she says. “I’m glad it’s happening. It didn’t really matter when it happened…at least it’s having an effect now.”
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yet again, employing a GPT-3 Chatbot to write the film’s script and perform as an animated character. AI is one of the most charged and divisive topics of conversation in the world at the moment, but Hershman Leeson approaches the subject fearlessly, as she’s likened to do.
Lynn Hershman Leeson has been pushing the boundaries of digital media since before the term “digital media” was a part of our social lexicon. Her innovative work explores the complex, ever-evolving relationship between humans and technology in fascinating ways that have garnered her countless awards and recognitions. But by her own admission, her art has gone largely overlooked by mainstream media over the course of her 50-plus year career.
“I just think the work was too early,” she says. “At the time, people couldn’t connect with it because there was no language for it, no history, no precedent.”
With groundbreaking films like 2002’s Teknolust, starring Tilda Swinton as a bio-geneticist who breeds cyborg clones of herself, Hershman Leeson engages in conversations about identity and feminism that film studios were not willing to support at the time.
“They wouldn’t distribute it,” she recalls. “I think in my case it was because I was female. I just wasn’t taken seriously. I think if other people brought up these issues, they would have been taken more seriously.”
While Hershman Leeson seemed destined to be perpetually far ahead of her time, her body of work seems to finally be catching on with today’s youth, with Teknolust and her other works proving to
At this year’s Mill Valley Film Festival, audiences will have the unique opportunity to see Hershman Leeson’s Cyborgian Rhapsody, a series of four provocative short films: Seduction of a Cyborg (1994), Shadow Stalker (2018), Logic Paralyzes the Heart (2022), and Cyborgian Rhapsody: Immortality.
From the dark implications of biotech, to the urban horror of “predictive policing,” to the ethical quandaries of AI, the series examines humanity’s complex relationship with advanced technology in a way that feels decidedly poetic and humanistic.
With the series’ latest installment, Cyborgian Rhapsody: Immortality, Hershman Leeson pushes the envelope
“I think people are always afraid of anything they don’t know,” she says. “I think people have to question why they’re afraid of something and how we can collaborate with it and work together. That’s really what it’s all about.”
In addition to screening Cyborgian Rhapsody in its entirety for the first time, the Mill Valley Film Festival will be presenting Hershman Leeson with the Mind the Gap Award in honor of her visionary work in film and video art. The presentation will be accompanied by an on-stage conversation about her trailblazing career. After all these years, it seems Hershman Leeson has finally found the audience she deserved all along.
“It’s very pleasing,” she says of receiving the prestigious award. “The Mill Valley Film Festival has a record of really amazing people having received the award, so I’m honored to get it.”
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BY BERNARD BOO
Some of the very best films that play at the Mill Valley Film Festival can be found in the festival’s shorts programs. Here’s a breakdown of just one of several shorts programs at MVFF, the family-friendly “Monsters, Movies, & the Moon,” designed for viewers ages 9+.
The Lake Merritt Monster A teenage boy and his friends hunt for the mythical monster who dragged his mother into the depths of Lake Merritt in this hilarious, rollicking adventure set in Oakland. With stunning visual effects and a heartfelt message at its core, this slick production is a must-watch for fans of Spider-Man and Stranger Things.
Weirdos This eye-popping blend of stopmotion animation and visual effects follows a group of inventive science students who have an explosive run-in with a Minotaur in the woods. This
adorable nugget of sci-fi fantasy with ’90s Nickelodeon flair is sure to be a howling good time for the whole family.
Operacion Frankenstein Three siblings bring a plastic companion cobbled together with mannequin parts to life in this cinematic storybook. The handillustrated art is crackling with style, and the filmmakers’ riff on the Mary Shelley classic goes in a delightfully unexpected direction.
A Life in Technicolor A girl stuck in her apartment during the Covid-19 pandemic turns to classic movies as a means of escape, only to find her world becoming consumed — quite literally — by the films she obsesses over. The creativity on display by writer-director Alex Ramirez is breathtaking, and star Josey Porras’ silent performance is simply enchanting.
BY BERNARD BOO
Giving a platform to storytellers from underrepresented communities and cultures has always been a core tenet of MVFF, and this year’s festival reflects that commitment with a wide selection of films from filmmakers of all backgrounds. The three films below are just a small sampling of the diversity to be found at MVFF.
Fancy Dance The magnificent Lily Gladstone stars as hustler Jax, who with her niece Roki (Isabel Deroy-Olson) searches for her missing sister in hopes of bringing
her back home in time for the community’s upcoming pow-wow. This Native family drama explores the struggles of Indigenous communities in the most artful way, with filmmaker Erica Tremblay exhibiting the directorial assuredness of a storyteller far beyond her years.
Öte A black woman named Lela embarks on an enlightening journey through Turkey where she meets eccentric locals she finds herself unexpectedly drawn to. The picturesque landscapes and
Gugu naGogo Young aspiring astronomer
Gugu yearns to reconnect with her Gogo (grandmother) who lives half the world away in Zimbabwe while she and her mother struggle to get on the same page at home. A fantastical family story with rich imagery and heart-melting performances, this modern fable could be the feel-good film of the festival.
New Moon The great Colman Domingo provides a delectable filmic slice of his autobiographical solo play A Boy and His Soul in this show-stopping animated short that provides a glimpse into the actor and playwright’s childhood with his mother in West Philadelphia. Fueled by iconic tunes like “Shining Star” by Earth, Wind & Fire and “Daydreaming” by Aretha Franklin, this soulful micro-memoir is precisely the kind of unique, in-theater experience you can only get at MVFF.
spontaneity of the storytelling make this soul-searching, touristic drama feel truly one-of-a-kind.
National Anthem First-time writerdirector Luke Gifford tells a poignant tale of a day laborer in the Southwest who finds community and chosen family in a group of queer ranchers and rodeo performers. Cinematically rich and brilliantly acted, the film announces a vital new voice in the world of queer cinema.
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Bay Area lore is brimming with so many extraordinary, stranger-than-fiction characters and stories that many of our local legends don’t get the exposure and recognition they deserve. Thankfully, our vibrant local community of filmmakers do a phenomenal job preserving the legacies of some of our most incredible hometown heroes via the wonderful art form that is cinema. These films shine a spotlight on three unsung Bay Area revolutionaries who deserve icon status.
Carol Doda Topless at the Condor Buried deep in the history of a city full of tech companies striving to change the world with apps and smart devices lies the legend of one woman who sparked a revolution by simply being her unapologetic self. Carol Doda redefined what female empowerment looked like when she became the first dancer in the country to go topless in 1964. Her residency at the Condor Club in San Francisco’s North Beach became the most popular act in the city, garnering excitement and controversy in equal measure as she spearheaded a movement to destigmatize nudity and adult entertainment, turning heads and dropping jaws in her game-changing topless swimsuit, dubbed the “mono-kini.”
Carol Doda Topless at the Condor is a transportive, raucous documentary that recounts Doda’s life, legacy, and sexcapades, painting a vivid picture of ’60s North Beach and the gritty, glamorous personalities that helped define the era. From archival footage of Doda speaking freely about sex with shaky male TV
hosts, to news clips of her descending from the Condor’s ceiling on the infamous white piano that would become a piece San Francisco lore in its own right, the film is an unflinchingly honest portrait of a Bay Area icon whose influence is felt to this day.
“Carol Doda occupies a unique place in the history of American culture,” says co-director Jonathan Parker. “[She’s at] the nexus of a number of social change movements — free speech, freedom of expression, the sexual revolution, the women’s movement, and what it meant to be a subversive San Franciscan.”
The 9 Lives of Barbara Dane Few people have lived a life as full,
purposeful and musical as the great Barbara Dane. A jazz/folk/blues singer who crossed paths with some of the most famous and influential figures of the 20th century. Whether it be Bob Dylan or Bonnie Raitt, Louis Armstrong or Lenny Bruce, Barbara’s list of collaborators and admirers loved and respected both her immense musicianship and her commitment to activism.
Directed by Maureen Gosling, The 9 Lives of Barbara Dane tells Dane’s life story over the course of nine decades, weaving stunning archival material with concert footage from a recent live tour. “She is a trailblazer, as a blues and jazz singer, as a feminist and as a political activist,” Gosling says. “She’s been
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overlooked in American history and we hope the film will help fill in that story.”
The number of incredible moments Dane experienced and created throughout her life is staggering, and Gosling presents them in a ravishing cascade of imagery and music, Dane’s soulful, velvety voice floating above it all. We see her protesting on top of patrol cars, posing as the first white person in Ebony magazine, opening a blues club in North Beach, joining (and getting kicked out of) the Communist Party…this woman has done it all.
“She’s inspiring to others because she always stood up for her beliefs, no matter the consequences,” Gosling says. “And even when it meant she got knocked down, she always managed to pick herself up and keep going — re-inventing herself along the way. Hence, the 9 lives.”
Avenue of the Giants
For 60 years, Herbert Heller hid a secret from everyone he knew, including his family: As a teenager, he survived the Holocaust and escaped Auschwitz. He
went on to run Herbert’s for Children in San Rafael for 53 years and became an icon of Marin County, ultimately deciding to share his life story with not just his family, but students across the Bay Area, serving as a beacon of empathy and inspiration.
Avenue of the Giants
Stephen Lang play Heller in the twilight of his life, diagnosed with a terminal illness and still reluctant to reveal his buried trauma to the world. When he meets a troubled young student named Abbey (Elsie Fisher, Eighth Grade), the two form a bond by sharing their stories with one another, and for the first time, Herbert sees how opening himself up can help change the lives of others in desperate need of affirmation and healing.
Soulful, nuanced performances by Lang, Fisher, and the always-exceptional Robin Weigert make the present-day sections of the film seriously poignant and heartwarming. As for the flashbacks to Heller’s dark past, director Finn Taylor doesn’t shy away from the sheer horror of the atrocities on display. But at the same time, he highlights the beauty of the victims’ lives and their monumental love for one another through the darkest of times.
Herbert Heller passed away in 2021, but his kindness and compassion can still be felt throughout Marin County and the Bay Area, where he touched so many lives with his work. And with Avenue of the Giants, his message will now reach people all across the world.
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Wine Country Tasting Rooms
With more than 800 wineries and tasting rooms in Napa Valley and Sonoma County, deciding where to sip and swirl can be overwhelming. It’s hard to go wrong, but we’ve pulled together a list of some of our favorite spots, organized by locations to make planning even easier. So, get a date on the calendar and enjoy!
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Compline Wine Shop
Founded by the sommelier team behind Michelin-recognized Compline Restaurant, this shop boasts 600+ bottles ranging from local favorites to budgetfriendly labels, to rare vintages from around the globe. Educational workshops and other wine-centric activities are also offered. complinewine.com
Take a private tour of The Hess Art Collection on Mount Veeder — composed of nearly 100 works by artists — then enjoy a wine tasting paired with a three-course tasting menu. Or embark on their ATV tour and tasting, which includes ride around the estate. hessperssonestates.com
So many flights, so little time. Here, the Taste of Cornerstone features five current
releases, while the Reserve Flight is solely limitedproduction Cabernet Sauvignon. The Pairings Flight matches small bites with single vineyard wines. Dogs are welcome on the patio. cornerstonecellars.com
Silver Trident Winery
Enjoy two of our favorite things — potato chips and wine during Silver Trident’s Potato Chip Extravaganza. It pairs five wines with five different artisanal potato chips. There’s even a Puppy Pairing featuring an assortment of doggie treats and a winery branded water bowl to take home. silvertridentwinery.com
Clif Family Winery
A visit here is about sipping and eating well. Wine and food experiences range from wine paired with brunch-inspired
bites to a street food showcase alongside a flight of wine. The Bruschetteria Food Truck, typically parked alongside the tasting room Wednesday through Sunday, is a favorite of locals and those in the know. cliffamily.com
Louis M. Martini
A family-run vineyard since 1933, Louis M. Martini started with the goal of making the best Cabernet Sauvignon possible. Today, you can visit the newly-restored winery for a variety of world-class tasting flights and culinary experiences. louismartini.com
Owner, winemaker, and French native, Claire Ducrocq Weinkauf crafts wines with grapes from both Napa Valley and the Sonoma Coast. And thanks to a partnership with a French family, she also boasts a Champagne. Along with a tasting room, Picayune offers a colorful mercantile. picayunecellars.com
Tank Garage Winery
Wine tasting in a vintage gas station and garage — it’s a fun outing you didn’t know you needed. Tank’s tasting menu is always changing; but expect limitededition wines ranging from red, white, and orange, to sparkling pét-nat, rosé, and natural wine. Visitors can also sip by the glass. tankgaragewinery.com
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Compline Wine Shop
Originally opened in 1919 as a bank, owners Brook and Morgania Moore have transformed the space, blending historic elements like antique teller cages with handmade, modern furnishings. A steel vault now serves as the entrance to a charming back patio. The tasting room also does double duty as an art gallery. bannisterwines.com
Silver Oak Alexander Valley
Upon arrival, guests are welcomed into a modern barn-inspired tasting room adjacent to the iconic Silver Oak water tower 10 miles east of downtown Healdsburg. Designed to “frame the vineyard,” the winery features panoramic views of the Alexander Valley bench, surrounding 113 acre estate and 75 acres of prime Cabernet Sauvignon vineyard. silveroak.com
Steps off Healdsburg Plaza, Marine Layer specializes in cool-climate Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from the Sonoma Coast. Designed by Hommeboys interior design studio in Sonoma, the space is eye catching, but with a low-key vibe that makes you want to sip slowly so you can linger longer. marinelayerwines.com
Convene by Dan Kosta
The latest endeavor by Sonoma County native Dan Kosta, co-founder of cult sensation Kosta Browne. A rarity in wine country, Convene offers a complimentary flight of three tastings to all guests. Located in Bacchus Landing, home to more than a half-dozen tasting rooms, your next tasting is steps away at Smith Story Wine Cellars. convenewine.com
Smith Story Wine Cellars
Owned and operated by wife and husband team Alison and Eric Story, (and Goldendoodles named Soup and Sandwich) Smith Story specializes in
small-lot wines from family-farmed vineyards in Sonoma and Mendocino County. The tasting room also features a small sundries shop with a selection of vintage decor. smithstorywinecellars.com
J Vineyards & Winery
J has been producing sparkling wines using traditional methods since 1986. Today, lead winemaker Nicole Hitchcock highlights the distinct expressions from each estate vineyard through their diverse array of specialty wines . jwine.com
St. Francis Winery
Visitors to the mission-style tasting room can enjoy an array of experiences showcasing St. Francis’ portfolio of Sonoma County-centric varietals and estate vineyard blends. Sip wine with a view from the top of their tower, or ride their pedalpowered tasting trolley on a tour of the eco-friendly vineyard. stfranciswinery.com
Dedicated to crafting premium Rhônestyle blends, from sustainably-farmed vineyards to an intimate tasting room,
every visit here delights. Whether you’re a connoisseur or just getting started on your journey, the helpful staff will guide you through a new flights. anabawines.com
Built in 1842 by Salvador Vallejo, brother of General Mariano Vallejo — the man who founded Sonoma — the sunny patio here is ideal for tastings. Want to indulge? A seasonal wine and caviar pairing is offered. threesticks.com
Sister label to HALL Napa Valley, Walt is vintner Kathryn Hall’s maiden name — her parents grew wine grapes in Mendocino County in the 1970s. A short and easy walk from Sonoma Plaza, we recommend the Wine & Chocolate Tasting. waltwines.com
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The 46th Annual Mill Valley Film Festival, the inaugural Sausalito Boat Show, a centennial celebration at the California Academy of Sciences and more excellent events.
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5–15 Mill Valley Film Festival
Celebrating 46 years, this film festival from the heart of Marin offers a wide selection of movies from both local filmmakers as well as global award winning films — gaining international recognition along the way for its commitment to showcasing exceptional films, supporting emerging talent, and fostering creative dialogue. A number of films premiering at the festival have gone one to secure Academy Award nominations and wins.
The festival offers nearly two weeks of screenings in Mill Valley, San Rafael, Larkspur, Berkeley, San Francisco and online while continuing the tradition of celebrating the best in American independent and world cinema. mvff.com
Gugu naGogo, playing at the Mill Valley Film Festival
ARTS & LECTURES
OCT 6 BigPicture Step into a world of awe-inspiring wildlife photography. Now in its 10th year, the BigPicture photo competition draws in the best-of-the-best nature photographers in the world, whose winning images are a visual symphony about life on Earth in all its strife and its glory. calacademy.org
OCTOBER 6–15 If I Give You My Sorrows
As an apparatus-based dance performance with an accompanying exhibition of visual art, If I Give You My Sorrows explores the experiences of people impacted by incarceration. Presented in partnership with Empowerment Avenue and the Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD). flyawayproductions.com
OCT 14 Daniel Lanois Abstract
Photography Legendary Grammy Awardwinning music producer Daniel Lanois (U2, Neil Young, Bob Dylan and others) opens his first U.S. visual art exhibit at Solstice Gallery in Mill Valley. Curiously, all of Lanois' art, inspired by his decadeslong musical career, was created and digitally mastered on his personal iPhone. solsticegallery.com
THROUGH OCT 7 The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs There have been plenty of movies, TV shows and books about the founder of Apple, but this is a first: an opera about the man’s life. The synopsis: facing his own mortality, the iconic Jobs looks back at the triumphs and trials that shaped his life as a man, husband and founder of one of the world’s greatest tech companies. sfopera.com
THROUGH JAN 7, 2024 The de Young Open Building on the success of its inaugural The de Young Open in 2020, the second triennial of this juried community art exhibition contains submissions by artists from the nine Bay Area counties. Artworks will be hung “salon style,” and artists will offer their works for sale and retain the proceeds. famsf.org
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THROUGH MARCH 2024 JoeSam This is the first Bay Area museum exhibition for JoeSam, an 84-year-old, self-taught mixed media painter and installation artist. Guest curator Erin Jenoa Gilbert has selected 20 mixed media paintings by JoeSam which draw attention to his experiments in text and abstraction, his activism, and his enduring love for the Bay Area in his work and life. moadsf.org
THROUGH OCT 1 Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Another stellar lineup of artists (70 in all) is set to take the stage in Golden Gate Park at one of the finest free music festivals in the U.S. Some of this year’s heavy hitters include Rufus Wainwright, Beth Orton, Rickie Lee Jones, The Travelin’ McCourys and Carrie Rodriguez, with more to be announced closer to the opening date. hardlystrictlybluegrass.com
OCT 7 Harmony Sweepstakes A Cappella Festival Channel your inner Glee-k at the national finals of this premier American showcase for vocal harmony music. Eight finalist a cappella groups from around the country will sing their hearts out in front of celebrity judges and a house full of enthusiastic a cappella fans at the Marin Center for the chance to take home the national crown. harmony-sweepstakes.com
OCT 8 The Fabulous Thunderbirds
For more than 30 years, the Fabulous Thunderbirds’ distinctive and powerful sound influenced by a diversity of musical styles has manifested itself into a unique musical hybrid. Catchy songs like “Tuff Enuff” and “Wrap It Up” keep fans coming back for more. ranchonicasio.com
OCT 8 Ilya Yakushev As the first performer in Chamber Music Marin’s new season, Russian pianist and World Piano Competition winner Ilya Yakushev will present an ambitious
program ranging from Mozart through Beethoven’s “Appassionata” Sonata to Gershwin via Liszt, Scriabin and Rachmaninoff. chambermusicmarin.org
OCT 28 Russell Peters Named as one of Rolling Stone’s 50 Best Comics of All Time, the funnyman who has had specials on Showtime and Comedy Central brings his “Act Your Age World Tour” show to San Francisco. thewarfieldtheatre.com
OCT 31 Ghostly, Ghastly Get It? Game Show
An alternative for those wishing to avoid the Halloween trick-or-treaters: a quirky, competitive game show that tests how well they understand a stand-upcomic’s set in real time. cobbscomedy.com
OCT 6–8 International Festival of Short Films For 18 years, SF Shorts has explored a wide range of genres and cultures without dividing them into niches. The juried set of short films are screened at the Roxie in San Francisco over the course of two days. sfshorts.com
THROUGH OCT 15 Dance Film Festival
This showcase features international and locally produced dance films in various San Francisco theaters and streamed online. From October 5–8, the festival will be co-presented with ODC with all films presented at the ODC Theater during that time. sfdancefilmfest.org
OCT 1 Speaking of Steinhart California Academy of Sciences’ celebrated Steinhart Aquarium turns 100 years old in 2023. Tune in for a live-streamed talk with Academy experts as they share insights and anecdotes from the aquarium’s
storied history and dive into the aquarium’s role in regenerating the natural world. calacademy.org
OCT 2–10 San Francisco Fleet Week
Once again, all eyes turn to the skies during Fleet Week, a long-standing tradition with multi-day celebrations involving local and national emergency responders and several branches of the U.S. armed forces. There’s plenty of action both on land, sea and in the air, including the world-famous Blue Angels who show off their prowess by performing death-defying air stunts and ear-splitting flyovers over the Bay and the city. fleetweeksf.org
OCT 6 Bay Area Now 9 As part of its 30th anniversary, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts opens its multidisciplinary exhibit featuring 30 artists from throughout the Bay Area’s nine counties. The exhibit covers a broad range of creative fields including visual art, dance, performance, music, film, sound, new media, technology, fashion, poetry and social practice. ybca.org
Inaugural Sausalito Boat
Show From nautical novices to serious sailors, the Sausalito Boat Show is the place for people to immerse themselves in the boating lifestyle, check out new boats, get on the water, attend educational
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seminars and more. Beyond boats, there’s a number of local food vendors offering seafood specialties and classic California cuisine, live music and activities for the kids. sausalitoboatshow.com
OCT 14 Biketoberfest Enjoy delicious brews while conversing with like minded bike enthusiasts and dozens of bike exhibitors at this annual mashup event held at the Marin Museum of Bicycling in Fairfax. marinbike.org
OCT 15 Edible Garden An enchanting evening at the Marin Art and Garden Center offers an array of culinary creations from local restaurants and wineries, plus botanical cocktails made from ingredients grown in the center’s edible garden. The evening includes a seated dinner, live music, sweet treats and more. maringarden.org
OCT 21 Toast to Sausalito This free event pays homage to the Caledonia Street Faire and Taste of Sausalito with an afternoon of tastings, several art competitions, musical acts, wares by local merchants and an interactive stage.
OCT 28 Sandcastle Classic San Francisco’s Ocean Beach is once again taken over by architecture, design, technology, engineering and construction companies in partnership with students from local schools to build what they can while raising funds for arts and architecture education at Bay Area public schools. leapsandcastleclassic.org
OCT 28–29 Marin Endurance Festival
Now in its 15th year, this event for sporty types offers the option of doing a triathlon, half marathon, 10K or 5K. All events begin at McNears
Beach with race courses that promise picturesque views of the San Francisco Bay and Marin. marinendurancefest.com
THROUGH OCT 31 Nicasio Pumpkin
Patch Spend time amidst West Marin’s famous seasonal delight that includes a large hay maze, farm animals, and oodles of pumpkins to take home and carve later.
THROUGH OCT 31 Unhinged Halloween and haunted houses go together, and this one might be the mother of them all. Winchester Mystery House’s immersive haunted house features an eerie garden party, multiple haunt routes, an outdoor scare zone and other spooky surprises. winchestermysteryhouse.com
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The Quiet Middle Child
Is butternut squash the poster child of October eating? The quintessential squash leads a rather charmed life, neither screaming from the rooftops like summer’s tomatoes nor daring to show its face like spring’s artichokes, a thrill after winter’s rains. Reliable, steady and un-show-off-y like its cousin Cinderella, butternut sails through the season, there when you need it, delicious when you roast it. If it had a name, it would be “Martha.” In cooking, it adds a subtle sweetness that defines the season.
Creekside Bakery, Grilled Cheese
Marinated with fresh rosemary and thyme, then roasted until soft, slices of the orangefleshed squash make their way between two slices of levain along with Marin French Cheese Co. brie and Point Reyes Toma cheeses. Grilled with butter until toasty, the sandwich has a savory sweetness that tastes distinctly of Marin. Chef Dan Jordan changes the menu often, so this week’s butternut toast may give way to Gravenstein or other local veg the next. Get it while it’s hot. 1719 Grant Avenue, Novato; 415.892.7655; creeksidebakery.com
Coast Cafe, Local Halibut
Roasted butternut squash pureed with sweet plantains forms a flavorful foundation for sauteed scallops or catch of the
day at downtown Bolinas’s long-running cafe. Each plate, dotted with a reduction of balsamic vinegar and a swirl of peach salsa, pops with added color from roasted peppers, purple cauliflower and broccoli. It is a visual feast that tastes as much of home as of the season. 46 Wharf Road, Bolinas; 415.868.2298; coastcafebolinas.com
Le Comptoir, Pan-roasted Rock Cod Proprietors Stephen Bouillez and Susannah Dempsey get ready for the change of season with dishes like panroasted rock cod reimagined for days warm or chilly. Paired with roasted butternut squash and butternut squash purée, then topped with smoked herb oil, toasted capers and butternut squash seeds, the fish transitions October’s fickle weather with grace. “It’s the perfect
balance of filling, but not heavy,” says Dempsey. 1301 4th Street, San Rafael; 415.455.5454; lecomptoirsr.com
Monk’s Kettle, Fried Chicken
The restaurant beloved for its fried chicken sandwich and burgers knows its way around vegetables, too. This soup, crafted by chef Raiden Brenner, is technically a side dish but is hearty enough to stand alone. First roasted with a sofrito of onion, garlic, ginger, warm spices, the squash is boosted with flavor from makrut lime leaf, fresh turmeric and coconut milk. And that’s before toppings of cashew crème fraiche and spicy toasted pepita crumble are added. It’s a vegan and gluten-free creamy-spicy-savory delight. 655 Del Ganado, San Rafael; monkskettle.com
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Though the menu remains largely the same (that tea leaf salad! Those bao!) at the new location down the street from the original, the addition of a grill boosts the menu with dishes like kalbi ribs or smoked salmon collars. A long bar on one side of the room serves wine and beer and the front windows slide open for easy access to a large patio. 18 Tamalpais Ave, 415.985.5060; burmatown.com
With an emphasis on regional Mexican dishes and flavors sourced from family recipes, the menu is based on California seasonality and revolves around gluten-free masa. The daily-made tortillas are a highlight. 301 Corte Madera Town Center, 415.500.5145; floressf.com
Marin Joe’s Italian
A mainstay for over 50 years for a reason: the menu calls to you with garlic bread, a calamari sandwich and mesquite-grilled prime rib. Sautéed classics of the ItalianAmerican canon as well as oysters doré and pastas have withstood the test of time. 1585 Casa Buena Dr, 415.924.2081; marinjoesrestaurant. com
Zinz Wine Bar
Locals pop by the petite wine bar for its cozy atmosphere and an eclectic array of boutique wines
and craft beer, all available for takeout. A short menu of prosciutto-wrapped dates, charcuterie and cheese boards is perfect for enjoying during a Friday night tasting event. 207 Corte Madera Ave, 415.927.9466; zinzwinebar.com
American Chef Tony Senehi’s all-day cafe is known for California-inspired dishes made from local, organic ingredients. Pear almond pancakes and eggs Benedict (ask for “the Brady” to get lox) are popular at breakfast, while a BBQ pulled pork sandwich is a hot seller at lunch. 1900 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, 415.460.2160; barefootcafe.com
Sorella Caffe Italian
Run by sisters Sonia and Soyara, Sorella serves fresh Italian with a northern influence. Favorites include the cioppino, butternut squash ravioli, pollo alla Sorella and the garlic bread. 107 Bolinas Rd, 415.258.4520; sorellacaffe.com
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Stillwater Californian Fairfax native Margaret Ruiz and her life and business partner, David, bring the bounty of the county to the table. Appetizers and salads feature local cheeses, oysters, and produce while the cheeseburger with Stemple Creek beef and the miso-glazed black cod have dedicated fol -
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Jared Rogers, the former executive chef of Picco, heads up the kitchen, partnering with restaurateur Dustin Sullivan on this 110-seat space. Look for wellexecuted California cuisine with weekly specials like Prime Rib on Mondays and fried chicken on Sundays.
850 College Ave, Kentfield, 415.419.5101; guesthousemarin.com
Half Day Cafe
Tucked away in a setting of intertwining ivy and large open windows, this cafe is the quintessential breakfast nook and is also open for brunch and lunch, including coffee drinks, pastries and much more. Enjoy a casual daytime meal inside or out on the patio.
848 College Ave, Kentfield, 415.459.0291; halfdaycafe.net
Left Bank Restaurant
This Parisian-style brasserie by Chef Roland Passot has been serving the community for more than two decades. Whether on the patio, bar or in the elegant main dining room with a huge fireplace, it’s a fun experience. The menu features authentic French cuisine utilizing seasonal, local and
507 Magnolia Ave, 415.927.3331; leftbank.com
Perry’s on Magnolia has the same classic American cuisine, bustling bar and warm service and personality the San Francisco original has always been famous for. Plentiful outdoor dining options. It’s bar is a perennial best of the county winner.
234 Magnolia Ave, 415.927.1877; perryssf.com
Pizzeria Picco Pizza
This family-friendly parlor next door to Picco offers Californiainfluenced Neapolitan pizzas cooked in a wood-burning oven. Fresh mozzarella is pulled in-house and the menu also features organic salads, antipasti and Straus Dairy soft-serve ice cream. Heated outdoor seating is available.
316 Magnolia Ave, 415.945.8900; pizzeriapicco.com $
R’noh Thai Thai
This cozy place with a patio by the Corte Madera Creek has a reputation for fresh flavors. It’s all here, from curries and Thai barbecue to noodle dishes and the classic tom kha (coconut lemongrass soup). For an indulgent treat, try the fried sweet potato appetizer. 1000 Magnolia Ave, 415.925.0599; rnohthai.com $
The Marin-grown bakery is known and
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loved the world over: Pope Francis famously requested Rustic Bakery flatbread and crostini when he visited the U.S. in 2015. Organic bread and pastries baked fresh each morning and salads, sandwiches, and soups make this a staple. 2017 Larkspur Landing Circle, 415.461.9900 and
44 E Blithedale Ave, 415.381.2500; bungalow44.com
Chef partner David Kornell celebrates the California coast with a seafood-forward menu that leans into global flavors with pierogi and kedgeree, crab noodles and Coho salmon
Tall Reuben. The Patio features multiple fire pits. 152 Shoreline Hwy, 415.843.4545; floodwatermv.com
1139 Magnolia Ave; 415.925.1556; rusticbakery.com
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donburi. The wine list tilts American; the cocktails are even better when enjoyed at the small bar. 106 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley; 415.888.2265; cohomv.com
The bustling bar is ideal for savoring a seasonal cocktail or an order of the house’s famous kickin’ fried chicken. The one-dollar happy hour oyster program still operates from 5–6 p.m., Monday–Thursday and the heated outdoor patio is a town hot spot.
Order a handcrafted “Gold Rush” (Old Forester bourbon, local honey, lemon) at the long 20 seat bar and watch the game on five huge 4K TVs while noshing on pork belly steamed buns, or dive into Shorty’s
With ingredients suited to reflect modern tastes, American classics like grilled chicken Waldorf salad with pickled grapes, lobster roll with toasted challah and veggie slaw, and a land and sea pasta with house-made egg pasta, pork belly and crab, may have also been familiar fare for passengers of the Mt. Tam gravity car for which this saloon was named. 38 Miller Ave, 415.888.2108; gravitytavern.com
A warm, inviting place to enjoy classical and innovative Cantonese fare with the house specialty, hand crafted dim
sum. Local favorites include savory Peking duck with steamed tea buns, juicy Shanghai dumplings and unique bites like minced lamb with radicchio cups. The famous signature beef is a definite must. 401 Strawberry Village, 415.381.5300; harmonyrestaurant group.com
Hook Fish Co Seafood
The wood-ceilinged dining room feels like a boat’s galley and the spot’s popular outdoor beer garden adjacent to Mill Valley’s Proof Lab at Tam Junction has 13 taps, but the draw at this counter-service joint is the seafood. The transparent supply chain means you can enjoy the poke, fish and chips or fish tacos knowing where and on what boat your meal came from. 254 Shoreline Hwy; hookfishco.com
Piatti Ristorante and Bar Italian
A fireplace lounge and open format concept invites lingering over refreshed menu items such as house made ravioli with lemon cream and citrus gremolata, roasted mushroom pizza with taleggio fonduta and black truffle oil or roasted salmon with artichokes and Calabrian chili. 625 Redwood Hwy, 415.380.2525; piatti.com
With views of Mt. Tam from the covered, heated patio, this spot known for its local sourcing
also features two fireplaces and a full bar serving craft cocktails, wine and beer. The difference is in the dough, small batch, housemade and gluten-free. 477 Miller Ave, 415.388.7437; tamalpiepizzeria.com
Gather ’round the fire pit in front of the restaurant at the Lumber Yard or hang out at the long bar for a pre-dinner glass of wine before sampling one of the many dishes curated to reflect the bounty of Marin. The Stemple Creek Ranch burger and fresh pastas are matched with a bevy of simply prepared, easy to share dishes.
129 Miller Ave, 415.888.2406; watershed.com
The Speakeasy American
There’s nothing like the comfort of a solid burger and beer when you’re kicking back and watching the game. In addition to the 10 beers on tap, cocktails range from the 1920s to the 2020s. A shareable, tapas-style menu includes grilled maitake mushrooms, escargot and mini street tacos. 504 Alameda del Prado, 415.883.7793; thespeakeasynovato. com HH $
With outdoor dining and spacious inside seating at Hamilton Marketplace, large parties, families and
everyone else dives in on comfort food favorites like corned beef hash, buttermilk pancakes and at dinner, chicken schnitzel and shrimp scampi.5800 Nave Dr, 415.382.1144; toastnovato.com
Order breakfast, shareable snacks, paninis, salads, and Equator coffee drinks at the counter before grabbing a seat on the all-day café’s shaded patio. The baked goat cheese is a standout and pairs with the 10 local beers and two wines available on tap or from the craft can program. 127 San Marin Dr, 415.493.6902; trailheadnovato.com
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The Baan Thai Cuisine Thai
Known for its mango sticky rice, crispy corn cakes and The Baan Thai salad, new menu items like fresh spring rolls and steamed dumplings and old favorites such as the tom kha soup entice with fresh flavors and just the right amount of sweet heat. 726 San Anselmo Ave, 415.457.9470; baanthaimarin.com
Comforts Cafe American
Established in 1986, Comforts has a cozy sit-down cafe, serving breakfast, lunch and weekend brunch. Besides the famous Chinese chicken salad, other winners are the
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French toast, chicken Okasan (nicknamed “Crack Chicken” by fans), Korean BBQ flank steak and Wor Won Ton soup. 335 San Anselmo Ave, 415.454.9840; comfortscafe.com
Creekside Pizza & Tap Room American
A perennial Best of the County winner known for their artisan pizzas, hearty sandwiches, flavorful pastas and fresh salads, Creekside offers plentiful gluten-free and vegan options too. Their copper bar with a 40-handle selection of craft beer (including gluten-free beer), plus wine and kombucha on tap. 638 San Anselmo Ave, 415.785.4450; creeksidesa.com
Cucina sa Italian
Open for lunch, weekend brunch, and dinner six nights a week, come by for homemade pastas, seasonal salads, and wood-fired pizzas that strike a balance between southern Italy and Northern California. Don't skip the happy hour from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. from Tuesday to Friday, either!
Customer favorites include oatmeal chocolate chip cookies, decadent cinnamon rolls, flourless hazelnut brownies, and the bakery’s signature granola. 702 San Anselmo Ave, 415.453.3100; flourcraftbakery.com
Chef Ron Siegel’s contemporary art-filled space is known for its urban edge. The vegetable-centric menu, available as a tasting menu, incorporates seafood and Japanese techniques in colorful dishes like trout with baby bok choy, purple daikon and dashi that are bold, balanced and bright. The restaurant earned a Michelin one-star rating in 2019 and again in 2021 and 2022. 198 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, San Anselmo, 415.453.9898; madcapmarin.com
510 San Anselmo Ave, 415.454.2942; cucina-sa.com
Along with artisan gluten-free and an assortment of vegan pastries, breads, and special-occasion cakes, this petite cafe serves a lunch menu of so-called fancy toast and big green salads with seasonal flair.
Into the former Marche aux Fleurs space comes Marché from owners Darren and Alicia Banks. Their focus on seasonal ingredients in plates of avocado toast with Urfa chile, shishito peppers with togarashi, house made gnocchi with shiitakes, and corn and duck confit with green lentils is Californian all the way. 23 Ross Common, Ross; 415.925.9200; marchemarin.com
This sister restaurant of Insalata’s continues to flourish as a bastion of creative Mexican and Central and South American cuisine. Not
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your typical south-ofthe-border spot, they serve up top-notch margaritas and Latin lusciousness. 218 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, 415.454.8900; marinitas.com
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The full bar features plentiful tequila and mezcal selections and its regional Mexican cuisine includes Oaxacan mole, fish tacos and vegetarian options. Black Gold salsa arrives with complimentary chips and is created from charred blackened tomatoes and roasted chilis. Enclosed patio seating is available year round. 21 Tamalpais Ave, 415.454.6562; tacojanes.com
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Valenti & Co.
The bright yet cozy indoor space and warmly lit back patio are ideal environments for authentic Italian dishes made with local ingredients. The menu changes daily but look for the carpaccio of beef, the pan-seared Pekin duck and chef Valenti’s famous tower of triple chocolate love at dessert. 337 San Anselmo Ave, 415.454.7800; valentico.com
expansive dining room, full bar, garden patio and private rooms for parties and events. 11 G St, 415.453.6427; cafearrivederci.com
Cafe del Soul
Healthy options become addictive at this eatery that now has locations in Tam Junction and San Rafael. Once you stop in for the deliciously fresh quinoa wrap, you’ll want to return to try the chipotle rice bowl. 1408 Fourth St, 415.457.5400; cafedelsoul.net
Red Rooster Brick
Oven American Roasted in the brick oven, then brushed with sweet and spicy garlic sauce, Red Rooster wings are a must-order at an allday Italian American restaurant with a sprinkling of Asian flavors. A thin crust pizza pulled from the brick oven is available at breakfast, too (glutenfree crust is available), and a changing menu of daily offerings. The buttermilk-fried chicken sandwich with house made chipotle aioli has a dedicated following and the Boston clam chowder might just convince a few new Englanders to relocate. 901 B St., 415.234.8414; redroosterbrick oven.com
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Italian Cafe Arrivederci has been located in the heart of San Rafael for the past 27 years. Chef Tito is proud to serve fresh homemade pastas and dishes from all over Italy. Visit the
Vin Antico American Vin Antico, “where passion meets the plate,” serves seasonal marketinspired cuisine like stone-oven-baked flatbreads, handmade pastas and organic
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Cucina sa is open for lunch and dinner 6 days a week! Lunch is served Tuesday through Friday 11:30AM to 3 PM, brunch is served Saturday and Sunday from 10:30AM to 3 PM, and dinner is Tuesday through Sunday from 5PM to 9 PM. Outside dining on our bridge and parklet. Hope that you can join us soon! Please call for larger parties or special requests.
CUCINA SA 510 San Anselmo Ave, San Anselmo, CA 415.454.2942 cucina-sa.com
Celebrating 25 years Taco Jane’s is well known for their seafood tacos with Yucatan influenced cuisine and award winning margaritas along with their fine selection of mezcal and tequilas. Featuring live music all year long. Where everyday is a vacation.
TACO JANE’S 21 Tamalpais Ave, San Anselmo, CA 415.454.6562 tacojanes.com
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The holidays are fast-approaching! From breakfast and lunch in our cafe,
salads, all innovatively prepared. Black sesamecrusted tuna is classic, even better with an Il Capo negroni.
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Multiple generations of the Arcona family create an authentic Italian eatery with handmade pastas and seasonal antipasti that has showcased the cuisine of the Campania region for more than 20 years. 621 Bridgeway, 415.331.5225; angelino restaurant.com
It has been said that this restaurant and fish market launched the sustainable seafood movement, making it the ultimate place for freshly caught, unobjectionable fare. Order any of the day’s offerings — the menu changes — aily but usually has a variation of fish tacos, ceviche and grilled fish. 350 Harbor Dr, 415.331.3474; 331fish.com
Vitello sliced excruciatingly thin and topped with lemon and tonnato sauce is a singular dish in the hands of executive chef Benjamin Balesteri who creates Northern Italian fare using local and Italian ingredients.
boasts epic views and a menu of seasonal California fare executed by chef Harrison Chernick. The upstairs lounge boasts late-night service (until 12 a.m.), a billiards table, a gaspowered fireplace, and a live DJ on weekends.
5 Main St, 415.366.4088; bungalowkitchen.com
The Caprice Californian
classics. A notable wine list, artisan craft cocktail menu, and spirit-free beverages round out the lively experience.
1696 Tiburon Blvd, 415.910.1010; petiteleftbank tiburon.com
Salt & Pepper
oysters, grass-fed burgers, and an “everything fresh, local and homegrown” ethos. Dining in the garden is as popular on weekdays as on the weekends.
1118 Highway 1, Point Reyes Station, 415.663.1515; stationhousecafe.com
777 Bridgeway, 415.332.7771; poggiotrattoria.com
The Spinnaker Seafood
Chef Phil Collins excels at preparing seafood, and it shows in the beautifully plated presentations like a classic shrimp Louie salad or linguini with clams. Set right on the water with sweeping views of San Francisco.
100 Spinnaker Dr, 415.332.1500; spinnakersa sausalito.us
The Bungalow Kitchen Californian
A lively social lounge and restaurant from chef Michael Mina and Brent Bolthouse
Expansive bay views from every seat are just one of many charms after an extensive remodel. The revamped menu of well-crafted comfort food from land (bone-in filet mignon, Colorado lamb chops) and sea (gnocchi with crab, abalone dore). 2000 Paradise Dr, 415.435.3400; thecaprice.com
Executive chef Renzo Azzarello serves Sicilian seafood and homemade pastas with a Californian touch. The seasonal menu incorporates fresh and organic produce, local naturally grown meat and poultry from small farms. The restaurant complies with Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch, so all the seafood is sustainable. 35 Main St, 415.789.5844; lunablurestaurant.com
Petite Left Bank
A smaller version of the Larkspur original features an all-day menu of French bistro
A locals favorite for classic American fare. From morning’s Bloody Mary and eggs Benedict through lunch’s clams bouillabaisse and hamburger to dinner’s crab cakes with jalapeño dipping sauce and skirt steak tacos. 38 Main St, 415.435.3594; saltandpepper tiburon.com
Food service at the Lodge at Tiburon is in the hands of Luna Blu’s Renzo and Crystal Azzarello who run the Tiburon Tavern bar, restaurant and other on-site eating opportunities. Executive chef Selvin Vicente is on board to handle the flow from breakfast and brunch through dinner. 1651 Tiburon Blvd, 415.435.3133; lodgeattiburon.com
Station House Cafe
Known for their house made popovers which chef Aaron Wright makes available at every meal, this cozy cafe in downtown Point Reyes Station is also recognized for fresh
Tony’s Seafood Seafood
The crowds come on sunny weekends for the barbecue oysters and amazing views, but the restaurant’s purchase by the Hog Island Oyster Co team meant a refresh of the interior and a spiffed-up menu of seafood pulled from the bay’s waters. Michelin noticed and awarded Tony’s a Bib Gourmand in 2021.
18863 Shoreline Hwy, Marshall, 415.663.1107; tonysseafood restaurant.com
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The Richmond/ Ermet Aid Foundation (REAF) presented its gala benefit concert, Help Is on the Way XXVII: Broadway & Beyond, on July 16, followed by a VIP afterparty at the Beacon Grand. The star-studded main affair at the Marines’ Memorial Theatre featured most of the touring cast of the Tony Award-winning show Les Miserablés, plus other Broadway and notable performers including Lisa Vroman, David Burnham, Leanne Borghesi, Marta Sanders and Ava Nicole Francis. Recording artist Debby Holiday’s tribute to the late Tina Turner topping off the evening, which raised $50,000 to benefit Project Open Hand and REAF's Small Emergency Grants Program.
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Library Chat with Royal Wedding Cake Chef On July 25, Marin Magazine’s own Senior Writer Christina Mueller led a talk with London-based pastry chef and author Claire Ptak in front of a packed house at the Mill Valley Public Library. Ptak, a Chez Panisse alum who grew up in Point Reyes, took the world stage when she was tapped by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to create their now-famous lemon elderflower wedding cake. She shared stories as well as insights from her latest book, Love is a Pink Cake
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Savoring the Summer Solstice with Marin Community Clinics Marin Community Clinics, which provides medical, dental, and behavioral health services to Marin’s underserved population, hosted its annual Summer Solstice Celebration on June 21st at Inn Marin and Suites. Elected officials, community health ambassadors, and hundreds of engaged supporters of equitable health care in Marin joined together to recognize honorees Grace Hughes and Shirin Vakharia plus raise $185,000 to benefit the organization’s mission.
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1 Bank of Marin; 2 Sydne Bortel, Suzie Pollack and Allen Bortel; 3 MCF team; 4 Laurel Feigenbaum, Ann Murphy, Grace Hughes and Peggy Harrington; 5 California State Senator Mike McGuire; 6 Shirin Vakharia, Grace Hughes and Leigha Andrews.
Town of San Anselmo Receives
New Art Installation Well-wishers gathered in downtown San Anselmo on August 4 along with San Anselmo mayor Steve Burdo for the unveiling of the town’s newest beautification gift — a large-scale mosaic installation with the theme “Choose Kindness.” As a collaboration between Cedars artists, local artists and the San Anselmo Arts Commission, the colorful installation is composed of 32 panels and features the town’s icon, Sugarfoot the deer.
Ritter Center Hands Out Backpacks to Students
On August 9, 170 Marin students received backpacks filled with essential school supplies along with a $100 gift card for new school apparel courtesy of Ritter Center, which assists with homelessness and people living in poverty in Marin County. Families expressed gratitude for the gifts, given the rising cost of school supplies along with skyrocketing rent and food prices.
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On a steep ravine in San Rafael overlooking Mt. Tam, a couple builds a fire-resistant, energy-efficient dream home to age in place.
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The house’s design makes optimal use of the sloping, V-shaped lot.
Sometimes, the most challenging scenarios can generate the most creative solutions. That’s exactly what happened when Tom Lumsden and Nasrin Assadi decided to build their dream home on a vacant lot in San Rafael. “We tried to find an existing house that suited our aesthetic and needs, but after about searching for about a year, we decided to buy land and build our own,” Lumsden says.
Offering gorgeous views of Mt. Tam, the vacant lot the couple purchased was undeniably appealing. Its configuration, however — a V-shaped sloping lot encompassing a natural drainage swale that divided the land in half — made the site extremely difficult to build on. Undaunted, Lumsden and Assadi assembled a team to help them bring their vision to life,
including architect David Marlatt of Sausalito-based DNM Architecture, builder SinglePoint Design Build and Dolan Construction & Design, as well as structural and civil engineers.
The team’s task: Design and build a modern, energy-efficient, fire-resistant home with a pool designed to capture the panoramic views and allow for indooroutdoor entertaining. Having experience with construction, Lumsden was eager to apply the latest building science to the project for seismic and fire safety, durability and energy conservation, while Assadi sought a contemporary design with clean, orthogonal lines. Also important, the couple wanted to ensure the home would continue to meet their needs as they age. “We married later in life and wished to have a home that would serve our blended
lives and families — a home that would also be our last and enable aging in place,” Assadi says.
To make the best use of the site, Marlatt considered several options for the house’s orientation before landing on a solution that relies on the concept of procession and discovery, a hallmark of DNM Architecture’s projects. “We wanted visitors to end on the wow factor of the framed view of Mt. Tam for the finale,” Marlatt says. Marlatt’s design also minimized grading on the site for both economic and ecological reasons, and channels movement through the house in a determined way.
With Assadi and Lumsden’s house, the “procession” begins at the low point of the site, where a freestanding garage and ADU are placed on the opposite side of the swale, preserving the natural flow of rainwater through the site. A driveway leads to the entrance of the home, where visitors are
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The great room offers a panoramic view of Mt. Tam and access to the outdoor terrace.
guided to the front door through a trelliscovered walkway into the home’s foyer, which opens into the great room, with its dramatic 14-foot, plywood-clad ceiling and large 9-by-16 foot window showcasing Mt. Tam, or the “discovery.” From the great room, two large glass pocket doors adjacent to the fireplace open to the outdoor terrace and pool. “Here in California, we’re always trying to tear down those barriers between inside and outside,” Marlatt says.
The main living area, essentially the second floor of the home, also encompasses the kitchen, which is open to the great room; the primary ensuite bedroom; and a pantry/laundry room. “There are a lot of subtle things we did to support aging in place,” Marlatt says. “You could live completely upstairs in this house should the need arise and have access to everything including the view and the pool with no compromise to your life.”
The downstairs portion of the house includes a guest room with an ensuite bathroom, media room, office, exercise room and another bathroom. An outdoor staircase leads up to the pool deck on the main level.
Contributing to the 3,500 square-foot home’s durability and fire resistance, the structure is built utilizing structural steel modular framing and sheathed in stucco and fiber cement siding. It’s also energy efficient. The house is all electric; highly
insulated; incorporates overhangs to mitigate heat gain; features a linear design to promote cross ventilation for natural cooling; and utilizes a high-efficiency mini-split heat pump for HVAC and hybrid electric heater for hot water. “In all, the home exceeds California’s Title 24 Building Energy Efficiency Standards by more than 25 percent,” Marlatt says.
Best of all, Lumsden and Assadi now have a home that truly fits their lifestyle. “We love living in the comfort of a wellinsulated, quiet home that can be opened to enjoy the Marin climate,” Assadi says. “The design and floor plan really serve our needs, and the house fits well into the challenging shape of the lot.”
Left: The outdoor terrace offers views of Mt. Tam.
Above: A steel-frame staircase with custom white oak treadsdescends to the downstairs portion of the house, which encompasses an ensuite guest room, media room, office, exercise room and bathroom.
The kitchen provides ample storage space and seating for four at the bar.
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Stylish and Renovated with Sweeping Views Across the Bay
104 Golden Gate Ave, Belvedere
4 BD | 5.5 BA | 3910 (+/-) sqft | 1/2 (+/-) acre lot
Designed by renowned architect Charles Warren Callister, this mid-century view residence showcases chic and modern refinement, offering stunning panoramic views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Richardson Bay, Sausalito, inspiring peaks of Mount Tamalpais, and surrounding vistas. This artfully designed residence showcases exquisite woodwork, detailed craftsmanship, and striking architectural elements throughout. The floor plan is an entertainer’s dream, with light-flooded large-scale public spaces, west-facing views, and an abundance of skylights.
(Co-Listed with Carey Hagglund Condy Team, Compass)
Modern Luxury Home
5 Trestle Glen Circle, Tiburon $10,777,000
5 BD | 6.5 BA | 6880 (+/-) sqft | 4.4 (+/-) acre lot
Grand scale in design with an incredible layout for every lifestyle. Stylish and modern finishes throughout showcasing meticulous craftsmanship and unsurpassed attention to detail. Phenomenal open concept chef’s kitchen with large adjacent family room opening to the ‘turf` lawn, sunny pool, and the stunning views of Mount Tamalpais and the hills of Ring Mountain open space. A stately enterance with circular driveway and 3 car attached garage
Resort Style Living on the Edge of the Bay with a Private Boat Dock
5070 Paradise Drive, Tiburon
4 BD | 3 Full & 3 Half BA | 5415 (+/-) sqft | 2.25 (+/-) acre lot
This custom and gated waterfront residence with a great Santa Barbara/Montecito vibe; an entertainer’s dream with incredible outdoor living spaces, including a turf putting green, lush gardens, resort-like pool and spa, a boat dock with lounge area and boat lift, firepit, full outdoor kitchen with a TV and a half bathroom. The heart of the residence is the exceptional state-of-the-art chef’s kitchen, family room, and casual dining area all opening to the inviting entertainment terrace, ideal for dining ‘al fresco’, and overlooking the sweeping bay views.
Picturesque Water Views
Old Town Tiburon
2400 Paradise Drive, Tiburon
4 BD | 5 BA | 4635 (+/-) sqft | 12,540 (+/-) sqft lot
This custom built residence is situated in the heart of Old Town Tiburon. Picturesque views of the Bay, Angel Island, and the East Bay; truly a vacation at home only minutes to the waterfront and downtown Tiburon. The landscaping and entertainment areas were designed for easy indoor/ outdoor living with a sprawling astroturf lawn, sparkling swimming pool, covered terrace, and vegetable garden, providing a perfect setting for ‘al fresco’ dining and entertaining family and friends.
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3820 Paradise Drive Lot #3, Tiburon
Unlimited possibilities await on this special residential lot with sweeping views of the bay, the San Rafael Bridge, and the East Bay. A rare opportunity to build your dream estate and your own private resort on the Tiburon Peninsula; this special location is often referred to as the “Gold Coast’’ along the bayside of Paradise Drive. Offering an easy site for a grand scale design with tremendous upside potential, ideally located on a sunny, mostly level building site.
Stunning Renovation in Kent Woodlands
309 Crown Road, Kentfield
6 BD | 5 BA | 5642 (+/-) sqft | .89 (+/-) acre lot
This tastefully renovated residence is set among majestic redwoods in a picturesque setting, offering the utmost in privacy and serenity. Upon entering through the gated front yard, you be captivated by the lush level lawn and beautiful landscaping. The sophisticated and comfortable living room/dining room combination features a wall of windows with panoramic views, vaulted ceilings, recessed lighting, skylights, hardwood flooring, a gas fireplace, and opens to the entertainment deck. Incredible location with the best hiking and biking trails only moments from the front door.
Compass is the brand name used for services provided by one or more of the Compass group of subsidiary companies. Compass is a real estate broker licensed by the State of California and abides by Equal Housing Opportunity laws. License Number 01866771. All material presented herein is intended for informational purposes only and is compiled from sources deemed reliable but has not been verified. Changes in price, condition, sale or withdrawal may be made without notice. No statement is made as to accuracy of any description. All measurements and square footage are approximate.
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THE EXTRAORDINARY AND CAPTIVATING 'ART HOUSE'
83 Mount Tiburon Road, Tiburon | $8,277,000 | 6 BD | 5.5 BA | 8170 (+/-) sqft | .94 (+/-) acre
Experience the luxury of modern living in this timeless contemporary marvel known as the ‘Art House’ offering an exceptional blend of art and architecture. This private estate is sited in one of the most coveted locations in Marin County, ‘Mount Tiburon’, overlooking the Tiburon - Belvedere Peninsula, the Golden Gate Bridge, and across to Sausalito.
Design concepts curated by well known interior designer Gary Hutton, boasting stunning gallery walls. The dramatic entryway with spiral staircase leads to the gallery like residence with soaring ceilings allowing natural light to flood the interior of the home. The stately living room features floor to ceiling windows, wood paneling, two gathering areas, a gas fireplace, and access to the private outdoors; located up a spiral staircase is the loft that overlooks the living room and opens to the lushly landscaped grounds. The library/media room is surrounded by beautiful floor-to-ceiling wood paneling with built-in bookshelves, cabinetry, recessed lighting, a built-in game lounge with a glass table, and two large french doors opening to the backyard. The ground level of the residence features the service entrance with elevator, recreation/ media room complete with projection screens, fitness room, full bathroom with a steam shower, wine cellar, large storage room with built-in closets, and access to the 3-car garage. The outdoor living spaces tie in the natural landscape with meandering walkways, an expansive entertainment terrace with multiple seating areas, a commercial grade stainless steel built-in bbq station, and the perfect pool site. Designed to encompass a balance of quality and contemporary elegance, this residence offers dramatic and artistic living spaces ideal for entertaining and experiencing the essence of luxury living.
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Compass is the brand name used for services provided by one or more of the Compass group of subsidiary companies. Compass is a real estate broker licensed by the State of California and abides by Equal Housing Opportunity laws. License Number 01866771. All material presented herein is intended for informational purposes only and is compiled from sources deemed reliable but has not been verified. Changes in price, condition, sale or withdrawal may be made without notice. No statement is made as to accuracy of any description. All measurements and square footage are approximate.
In Marin, It’s June of 1930 — Where Are You?
BY JIM WOOD
1. Nowadays, tens of thousands of people drive this route to work or play daily; it’s called Highway 101.
2. Those buildings on the right include Avila’s Richfield Gas Station, the Ruth Court Motel and Wilkins’ Dairy Farm.
3. Tiburon, Mill Valley, Strawberry and Tam Junction are involved in locating this photo. It was taken on June 6, 1930.
Answer: The camera taking this photo was facing south on today’s Highway 101. Note the small sign at lower right saying turn right for San Francisco. Essentially, that means you’d be traveling west on today’s East Blithedale Avenue (if you turn left, you’d be on today’s Tiburon Boulevard in Strawberry). Why? Because in 1930, not only was there no Golden Gate Bridge, there was also no Richardson Bay Bridge. So, to catch a Sausalito-San Francisco ferry from central and northern Marin County, you’d turn right on today’s E. Blithedale, then left
on Camino Alto through Tam Junction before reaching Sausalito’s ferry terminal. Now look closely and in the middle of the photo you’ll see Highway 101 coming through a pass under construction. That’s because the original Richardson Bay Bridge was completed in 1931 making possible this more direct version of Highway 101. Then the Golden Gate Bridge opened in May of 1937. If you’re still having trouble locating this photo, the white buildings on the right include today’s Arco gas station, Public Storage and Goodman Building Supply.
122 OCTOBER 2023 | MARIN BELVEDERE TIBURON LANDMARKS SOCIETY
Can you pinpoint the location of this photograph?
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I n a career that spanned seven decades, Ed Moses is known for his restless intensity and ever evolving style and considered one of the foremost postwar abstract expressionist painters.
“Sky Paintings” Exhibition September/October
Large, powerful, gestural works on canvas - The very essence of Abstract Expressionism
Rober t Green Fine Ar ts, established 1969, exhibits primarily painterly, abstract expressive work by painters that thoroughly take advantage of the sensually evocative nature of color and form.
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