JIM WELTE. Writer. Editor.

Ben Stiller Closes Out Mill Valley Film Festival With Journey-Laden ‘Secret Life of Walter Mitty’

Over 11 days this month, the 36th Mill Valley Film Festival took movie lovers on a journey that spanned a wide-eyed German book lover during the World War II to the brutality of slavery with a 30th anniversary look back at George Lucas’ Return of the Jedi. The festival closed Sunday night with a film that took the audience of a […]

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October 29, 2013 Film, Patch

Robin Williams Rips Through Comic Tour de Force at 142 Throckmorton

Originally published on October 7, 2010 | The Mill Valley Patch | written by Jim Welte Rare is the laughter that exhausts you. To see local legend Robin Williams perform live, as he did at the 142 Throckmorton Theatre twice this week, is to sit in a chair and laugh incessantly with 300 other people for nearly […]

Goodbye and Good Wishes, Patch

This was one awesomely weird summer. We moved our family to the 94941 in May, leaving our San Francisco apartment of 17 years and allowing me to actually sleep where I’d been spending nearly every waking hour over the previous three years as the founder of Mill Valley Patch. The move was a great shot […]

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October 16, 2013 News, Patch

Plan to Repave Mill Valley Bike-Ped Path Slowed by Safety, Regulatory Concerns

Nearly three years after the Marin County Board of Supervisors voted to accept a $320,000 state grant to repave the heavily used Mill Valley-Sausalito multi-use path – and three weeks since theTransportation Authority of Marin backed another $320,000 of federal money for the path rehab – county officials say the project is at least two years from coming […]

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October 15, 2013 News, Patch

Steve McQueen’s Brilliant, Brutal “12 Years a Slave” Leaves Audience Gasping at MVFF36

In the weeks leading up to the 36th Mill Valley Film Festival, organizers proudly touted the fact that each of the past five Academy Award winners for Best Picture screened at the 11-day festival. They might be able to make it six. 12 Years a Slave, the new film from acclaimed director Steve McQueen, screened at […]

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October 14, 2013 Film, Patch

Thomas Dolby to Unveil ‘Invisible Lighthouse’ Transmedia Show at MVFF36

The phrase “one-of-a-kind performance” gets bandied about in excess, but an Oct. 10 event at the 142 Throckmorton Theatre as part of the 36th Mill Valley Film Festival might boast enough rarities to qualify. Thomas Dolby, the British musician and technology pioneer whose song “She Blinded Me With Science” became a hit in 1982, is debuting a live show in […]

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October 1, 2013 Features, Film, Music, Patch, Q & A

Bloody Teen on LSD Had ‘Superhuman’ Strength, Emergency Responders Said

Three teens were taken to Marin General Hospital and subsequently arrested Sunday morning after a party involving LSD and a host of other drugs spiraled out of control, with paramedics and law enforcement officers having to fight off teens covered in blood in order to treat a boy who was reportedly having a drug-induced seizure, […]

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September 30, 2013 News, Patch

Bob Weir’s TRI Studios Hosts Slightly Stoopid Webcast

The sheer breadth of legendary Mill Valley musician Bob Weir’s career was palpable Monday afternoon as he described the then and now bookends of his nearly 50 years in music. At the SF MusicTech Summit in San Francisco, Weir spoke of performing with Jerry Garcia and Ron “Pigpen” McKernan as Mother McCree’s Uptown Jug Champions […]

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September 13, 2011 Features, Patch, Q & A