142 Throckmorton Theatre is a live performing arts theatre in downtown Mill Valley. Established in 2004, the 142 Throckmorton has become a cherished and exciting venue for live music, theatrical plays, stand-up comedy, special guest lecturers and much more.
Eyes feast on views of the San Francisco skyline from Servino's waterfront dining room and patio; though the restaurant’s staff strives to capture the vibrant spirit of a place a bit farther away. Inspired by the rustic cuisine and cozy hospitality of southern Italy, Servino embraces the homestyle warmth of Mediterranean culture while incorporating as many local ingredients as possible. Light from a wood-burning brick oven flickers in one corner of the kitchen, roasting pizzas topped with combinations such as crimini mushrooms and white truffle oil or buffalo mozzarella and green garlic. Homemade pasta dishes and hearty seafood entrees round out the menu of trans-Atlantic comfort foods. With intimate, bistro-style tables spread across earthenware tile floors, the downstairs dining area evokes the spirit of an Italian trattoria. A shaded patio section allows diners to enjoy their meals while keeping an eye on the bay's gliding sailboats and hitchhiking mermaids. In addition to accolades for its cuisine, Servino received recognition from the California Green Business Program, which honored the eatery for its commitment to eco-friendly practices and energy-conservation efforts.
With it's classic checkered tablecloths, Night Light provides a casual atmosphere in which to enjoy its selection of fine wines and craft beers. Chef complements the drink selection with wild boar salami charcuterie, fresh-baked flatbread pizzas, and lobster mac and cheese with highly appropriate seashell pasta. The real star of the menu, though, is the wine list.
The owners have plenty of practice curating a selection of fine wines, garnered at their other establishment, Wellington's Wine Bar. They offer almost two-dozen varietals of wine by glass, with vintages from France, Napa Valley, Argentina, and Italy. They expand the collection with some premium bottle-only wines, such as Chat-en-oeuf's dry yet fruity 2010 Rhone Blend, or the black currant-enriched Nickel & Nickel 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon.
Cuisine Type: California
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Number of Tables: 11–25
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular offering: Flatbreads
Alcohol: Beer and wine only
Delivery / Take-out Available: Takeout Only
Outdoor Seating: No
At Bay West Ballroom, students learn how to tango alongside their identical twin, whether they were actually born with one or not. The studio's eastern wall of mirrors stretches for 60 feet, ensuring that students’ reflections are always visible as they spin on the sprung beech-wood floor. On the opposite side, windows admit sunlight and scenic views of the hills, creating an ethereal space where seasoned instructors demonstrate ballroom, Latin, and swing dance styles. Drawing from a diverse curriculum, these instructors cover a broad spectrum of disciplines that range from the cha-cha to the country two-step, encouraging practice in both the classroom and social settings. For example, lessons on popular salsa steps prepare pupils to spin at nightclubs, and wedding courses customize choreography to match a chosen song at elegant receptions.
Directors Mark and Andrea Nelson-Novak have both earned championship titles, and Andrea draws on a degree in biology to better inform her protégés on anatomy, movement, and the location of the body’s rhythm glands. The pair enlists other experts—including US Country and Swing Champion Tony Gutsch and Grand National Latin Finalists Dima and Olga Sukachov—to helm specialized and regular classes. The team also hosts holiday parties each year.
At Marin Murder Mysteries, dinner mates may ask you to pass the rolls just before they begin chipping away at your alibi. That’s because guests are both suspects and sleuths during the theater troupe’s interactive performances, attempting to tally the clues and pinpoint the culprit's motive. Each year, the cast and crew serve up three to four different shows that inject generous portions of slapstick into the familiar detective genre. The writers and directors have a particular fondness for the noir-soaked era of the 1950s, with such past plays as Remains to be Seen, Murder Me, Always, and Death of a Doornail. During the show, guests have the option to dine on a gourmet dinner or sip cocktails from a cash bar.
Building on an idea that first fruited in the Burgundy and Bordeaux regions of France, Mountain View Winery became one of California's first négociant wineries in 1978, its winemakers concocting vintages by curating, blending, and aging a harvest of grapes from rigorously vetted vineyards. Owner Angelo Pera strives to deliver a compelling product by partnering with organic growers and packaging companies and indoctrinates new or interested customers during spirit-sampling symposiums. Throughout tastings, visitors glean each grape's origin, method of production, and propensity for carpet staining.