This Weekend in Mill Valley: 9/3 - 9/6

Fall arts season kicks into high gear with a range of theatrical performances, a live music bonanza in Homestead Valley and a host of other events.

School is back in session and this weekend officially marks the end of summer, but we know better. Our Indian Summer is upon us, which means beautiful weather and a kick-off to a loaded arts season, which stretches well into the fall but starts strong.

If you haven't checked out Into the Woods at 142 Throckmorton Theatre yet, you haven't yet missed your chance at seeing some of the most talented young actors and actresses in the Bay Area, along with a youth-laden orchestra and production crew. The acclaimed Stephen Sondheim musical gets a treatment from the Marin Youth Performers, the Throckmorton's youth division. Director Joan Deamer helms a production that features many of her former pupils with shows Friday and Saturday at 7:30pm and Sunday at 2pm. Go here for the full story, here for more info and here to see an excerpt from a preview show in August.

If you're more into outdoor theater, Curtain Theatre continues its performance of "As You Like It," the Shakespeare play it performed in its first year as part of Mill Valley's millennium celebration in 2000. As always, the Curtain's shows are free and under the redwoods in the Old Mill amphitheater. Shows are Saturday, Sunday and Monday at 2pm, and on weekends at 2pm through Sept. 19. Go here for more info.

If shaking what your mama gave you is more your style, the Homestead Valley Music Festival is the place to be on Sunday. Hometown heroes Vinyl will headline an excellent bill that also features Baba Ken and the Nigerian Brothers, Maverick and the Jazz Mavericks and the youth a cappella group Til Dawn. The free event starts at 11am and run until 5:30pm. Check out the festival's Web site for more info.

The weekend also features Family Storytime at the library Saturday at 11am and the Marin Open Garden Project's produce exchange at Boyle Park Saturday at 9am. India Palace restaurant closes out the long weekend with Masala Music Mondays, its weekly live Indian classical music event.

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