5 Best Things to Do This Week: September 30 – October 6

Asian Art Museum

Asian Art Museum Free Admission Day

The Asian Art Museum is one of the largest museums in the Western world devoted exclusively to Asian Art, with a collection of over 18,000 artworks spanning 6,000 years of history — and that kind of sheer volume makes for lots of exploring. Visit the museum for free this Sunday and check out its latest exhibit, Changing and Unchanging Things: Noguchi and Hasegawa in Postwar Japan, which considers the consequential friendship of two artists, one Japanese American but drawn to Japan, the other Japanese but influenced by the West, both in search of a new direction for modern art in the aftermath of the Second World War.

Snoop MVFF

Mill Valley Film Festival Music

Ok, so it is called the Mill Valley Film Festival, but don’t be mistaken — this fete is no one trick pony. While Mark Fishkin’s brainchild has been going strong since 1977, growing from three days to the whopping eleven it’s at now, music is a more recent addition but it has been given as much thought and consideration as its film counterpart. This year offers eight evenings of live music — all conveniently held at the Sweetwater Music Hall in downtown Mill Valley. Acts include everyone from local San Francisco act Ace of Cups to world renowned performer Snoop Dogg, think of them as fine wine pairings for your fancy dinner.

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass

Are you a bluegrass fan? Great. Does bluegrass not even register on your radar? Still fine. The free annual festival has been attracting acts across genres in the years it’s been around, featuring everyone from the Mother Hips to Gogol Bordello on their stages. This year, The Budos Band, Kurt Vile, Emmylou Harris, Chuck Prophet and many more are among the additions to the full lineup. Anyone who’s attended the festival over the years can attest to the fun that’s had and surprises in store, so it’s hard to imagine that this year will be different. Bring a blanket, food, drinks, friends, and settle in for a memorable weekend.

Italian Film Festival

Italian Film Festival

Originally an informal, one-time only presentation of Italian movies in a college lecture hall, the Italian Film Festival of Marin County has grown over its 43 years into a favorite. This year’s line-up features recent comedies, one romantic drama — with the three young Italian tenors known as “Il Volo” in a cameo role — and two dramas. This Saturday’s film will be Let me Introduce you to Sofia. Gabriele, a former rock guitarist and now owner of a music store, is the divorced father of 10-year old Sofia, whom he incessantly talks about, even when out on dates arranged by his friends. One day he runs into the very beautiful Mara, and during their first date, Mara reveals that she hates children and hates being around them. To keep the romance going Gabriele decides to hide the existence of Sofia, and goes to unbelievable lengths to maintain the charade.

Mountain Bike Festival

Fall Family Mountain Bike Festival

Come out and celebrate National Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day featuring youth mountain bike skills courses, bike-themed games, and beginner trail rides. There will be a gear raffle, snacks, refreshments, and fun for all ages. Bring friends and family for a great time at Miwok Meadows in China Camp State Park.


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