Illustration by Greg Palena


There was a man who stopped eating. Not because of his health or weight or spirituality. He was saving his appetite for a big feast that was one week away.

Why am I telling you this?

Starting Thursday night, Marin County hosts the 37th annual Mill Valley Film Festival. The event has grown from a small regional affair into a destination event with international prestige. It’s screened five out of the last six Academy Award winners for Best Picture, but also showcases many local independent filmmakers. This year there’s an especially strong showing by local documentarians – more than half of the 24 documentaries on offer have some kind of Bay Area connection.

This year’s film program also includes a special tribute to Robin Williams, a longtime friend and attendee of the festival. One of the documentaries features three performers that came of comic age alongside the iconic star in San Francisco’s fertile stand-up scene in the 80s.

Funny Songs this Sat. 3 pm

Jun 27, 2013

"Folk Music & Beyond" tickles your funny bone this Saturday (6/29) 3 pm with humorous and satirical songs by  Loudon Wainwright III, the Austin Lounge Lizards, the Bobs, Richard Thompson, Two Nice Girls, Greg Brown, and the Chicken Chokers.   The great Bobster himself will make a cameo appearance.

"I went to this meditation class recently…and I meet this woman and she's like, 'My name is Jennifer, but I prefer if you call me by my Sanskrit name, "Shavasana,'" opens comedian Dhaya Lakshminarayanan during one of her comedy sets. "Okay Jennifer, maybe you didn't know this, but Shavasana in yoga class just means lie flat on your back. Did your boyfriend give you that name?"

Lakshminarayanan performs with Samson Koletkar. Koletkar's stage name is Mahatma Moses, claiming he is "the only living Jewish Indian comedian in the world."