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.
Born in Melbourne in 1978, Circus Oz is an animal-free circus troupe that performs all the death-defying stunts and astounding feats of Cirque de Soleil while undercutting its spectacle with a refreshing dose of irreverent Australian humor. The motley band of tumblers, tightrope-walkers, foot-jugglers, magicians, and acrobats favor leather pants, Viking helmets, and wild facial hair over spangly Lycra unitards—giving the circus a wondrously raw feel, like a steampunk Victorian circus comprised of Mad Max extras. Over the course of two hours, voluptuous ringleader Sarah Ward will unfold a cheeky phantasmagoria of star-crossed trapeze artists, roller discos, bicycles overflowing with 11 riders, two men balanced atop the shoulders of a single woman, and a mysterious event known only as “the senior citizens’ hour of power.” An off-kilter brass band (complete with a tiny tricycle organ) replaces the typical cirque’s New Age mood music with joyous rock and roll.
Taking its name from a Sean O'Casey play, The Plough and the Stars wears its Hibernian heritage on its sleeve as it captivates visitors with an atmosphere of Irish whiskeys, heady beers, and live music. The owners and most of the staff hail from the Emerald Isle, charming their guests with authentic accents and a mastery of pouring Guinness the Irish way—easing the black ambrosia into a glass as they recite On Raglan Road while drinking a cup of water. Patrons sip perfectly mixed irish coffees as they watch Celtic set dancing on Thursdays or raise their glasses of draft Kilkenny and Smithwick's to live bluegrass, blues, and traditional Irish tunes almost every day of the week.
Housed in a venue that was constructed in 1919, Broadway Studios augments special events with an extensive offering of amenities, services, and staffing options. A grand ballroom with two bars sits beneath towering 30-foot ceilings, with professional sound equipment, concert-style seating capacity, and large wooden dance floors lit entirely from the power generated by troupes of performers doing the Electric Slide. Neoclassical décor adds a touch of the past to performance spaces that have played host to famous entertainers such as Dave Chappelle and Dead Kennedys, along with providing the setting for numerous television and film tapings.
The self-proclaimed second-funniest magician in the Bay Area, Ash K. the Pretty Good entertains audiences of all ages with magic shows ranging from house parties to corporate events. In 2010, he was voted the Best Arts and Entertainment/Theatre performer on the San Francisco Chronicle's Baylist, which he celebrated by turning every section in the newspaper into the funnies. His more popular routines include sleight-of-hand magic, a 10-minute comedic tour of San Francisco?s major landmarks, and kid-friendly tricks at birthday parties that include take-home gifts for guests. Click here to see a video of Ash in action.
He also offers music education, specializing in orchestral music and jazz classes for kids. The magician's business partner, a former Education Director of the Berkeley Symphony Orchestra, provides programming services such as script-writing and set design for orchestras, chamber groups, and retired Chipmunk trios.
Buttery riffs and heartfelt wails emanate from the stage as two legends team up to bring the bluesy sounds of the Bayou to Nob Hill. B.B. King and Buddy Guy continue their decades-long campaign to frustrate dictionary writers across the world, defining and redefining the blues with each successive record. Fresh off recording One Kind Favor, a retrospective set that pays homage to the influences of his youth, B.B. King straps on his signature Lucille guitar and dons a sapphire crown for a performance worthy of his royal name. A living link to the electric blues that lit up Chicago’s West Side in the 1950s, Buddy Guy churns out more warm licks than a golden-retriever puppy in a set that draws on his newest album, Living Proof. At 74 years old, Buddy sounds ready for another lifetime of innovation as his spry fingers hammer on chords and massage the fret board of his trusted Stratocaster.