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September 2015
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Friday
Special Event at DIESEL -- Kids' Pajama Party with Mike Wu
6:00pm - 7:00pm

At DIESEL:  Kids' Pajama Party with Mike Wu

Diesel welcomes Mike Wu as the guest bedtime book author on Friday, September 4 at 6 pm

Pull on your PJs and bring your teddy bear to the bookstore! Author and illustrator Mike Wu will be here to read you a bedtime story. Get cozy in front of the fireplace, listen to a story or two, have some milk and cookies, get your books signed, and then head home for bed.

The zoo is closing! Ellie and her friends want to save their home, but Ellie's just a baby elephant, and she doesn't know what she can do to help. While the other animals are busy working, Ellie finds a brush and some paints, and gives the zoo a big splash of color! Will her bright new talent be enough to keep the zoo's gates open for good?

Mike Wu is an animator at Pixar, where he has worked on The Incredibles, Ratatouille, Up, and Toy Story 3, among other movies. He has a BFA in Character Animation from the California Institute of the Arts, and he is the creator of children's clothing and gift line Tiny Teru. Mike lives in the Bay Area with his family. This is his first book.

Our Kids' Pajama Party Series is held on the first Friday of every month.


Friday Night Jazz -- George Cole Trio
6:00pm - 9:00pm

Come enjoy Friday Night Jazz, featuring the George Cole Trio -- "Cole Sings Cole"

Enjoy the sound and style of the original Nat King Cole Trio recreated. Cole Sings Cole is a vibrant and engaging show performed by the George Cole Trio with George Cole on guitar and vocals, Larry Dunlap on piano, and Jim Kerwin on the upright bass.Songs from the original Nat King Cole Trio and Nat’s solo career (such as Unforgettable, Straighten Up and Fly Right, More, Walking My Baby) and selected fan favorites from George Cole’s catalog, Cole Porter, with a George and Ira Gershwin song for good measure. All songs have a heaping helping of impeccably executed guitar, piano, and bass. The show highlights some of Nat’s big hits of the forties, fifties, sixties, and Great American Songbook compositions.
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Saturday
Farmers' Market - Saturday 9:00-1:00
9:00am - 2:00pm

Enjoy the best local and organic produce, flowers, pastured meats, seafood, organic cheeses, yogurt and milk, breads, baked goods, nuts, confections, olive oil, jams and knife sharpening!! The brunch and lunch options are enough to make you a regular, and include the best grilled cheese, organic sausages & hot dogs from Belcampo Meat Co., sweet & savory crepes, and more! This is a rain or shine market, operating year round on Saturdays from 9:00 am - 2:00pm.

Market Entertainment - Saturday, September 5th

Children's Entertainment, 9:30-10:30

Arts & Crafts by SCRAP, 10:30-1:30

Pony Rides & Petting Zoo, 10:30-2:00

Face Painting, 9:00-2:00

Live Music, 12:00-2:00


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Sunday
Off The Grid Food Trucks
11:00am - 3:00pm

Every Sunday from 11 am-3 pm, Rain or Shine

Come enjoy Off the Grid’s delicious mobile gourmet food market on Sundays. Eat your way through the largest gathering of mobile food trucks in Marin, listen to live music, and take in great views of the bay and Mt. Tam.


Special Event -- George hosts a pet adoption event
11:00am - 3:00pm

READY TO WELCOME A NEW PET?

On Sunday, September 6, from 11 am - 3 pm, George hosts a pet adoption event for the Milo Foundation, featuring cats and dogs seeking a good home. If you're considering a new pet, come see the animals!

The Milo Foundation is an established 501(c)(3) nonprofit, no-kill organization providing an alternative for homeless pets throughout Northern California, through education, adoption services, and providing sanctuary for animals until permanent homes can be found. Founded in 1994, the Milo Foundation is located on 283 acres in Mendocino County - offering lots of room for the animals to run and play. Milo houses cats, dogs, puppies and kittens; occasionally farm animals and other domestic creatures find their way to the sanctuary.
 
The mission of the Milo Foundation is to rescue adoptable at-risk animals, match them to homes best suited to provide lifetime care, rehabilitate those who need it, offer sanctuary to those who are not placed, and educate the public about responsible pet guardianship, including spay/neuter.

Folkish Festival -- Fergheart
12:30pm - 2:30pm

Enjoy the folkish sounds of Fergheart

Fergheart represents the musician's version of the American Dream. The Oregon countryside and his dad’s old Yamaha guitar have morphed into the twenty-four-seven bustle of Los Angeles and a well-loved 1956 Gibson L-50. It's this tension between the easygoing country and hectic urban landscape that is the driving force behind Fergheart's music. He takes ideas from the city and pits them against the typical middle-American mindset. And while he notes Nick Lowe, Ryan Adams, and John Prine as main influences, he's added his own brand of lyrical sensibility to a stripped-down folk sound to travel back in time in order to slow down.

His new single "My Retro Weekend" displays this perfectly. Amongst the laid-back banjo shuffle, he calls for a more simple life that eschews "the latest trends" and embraces "books, photograms, [and] forties events." At some points, a gentle blues groove drives the song, and it truly feels like a car ride throughout Fergheart's Oregon country. Fergheart has a classical ear for melody, as the refrain of "My Retro Weekend" proves. For a guy who started singing out of necessity for gigs, he possesses a controlled range that rolls smoothly and fits right at home with the music.

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Thursday
Special Event at Farmshop -- True Grass Farms + Three Sticks Wine Dinner
6:30pm

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Friday
Friday Night Jazz -- Erik Jekabson Quartet
6:00pm - 9:00pm

Come enjoy Friday Night Jazz, featuring the Erik Jacobsen Quartet

The Erik Jekabson Trio combines aspects of the technically demanding New York modern scene with a more laid-back, West Coast attitude. Trumpeter/composer Erik Jekabson is a versatile performer with formidable jazz improvisation skills who has moved deftly between the worlds of creative improvisation, funk, and pop. Jekabson’s time in New Orleans and New York City show up beautifully in his compositions.

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Sunday
Off The Grid Food Trucks
11:00am - 3:00pm

Every Sunday from 11 am-3 pm, Rain or Shine

Come enjoy Off the Grid’s delicious mobile gourmet food market on Sundays. Eat your way through the largest gathering of mobile food trucks in Marin, listen to live music, and take in great views of the bay and Mt. Tam.


Folkish Festival -- Moonlight Rodeo
12:30pm - 2:30pm

Enjoy the folkish sounds of Moonlight Rodeo

Moonlight Rodeo has been performing its unique brand of American originals and select covers for over 20 years around the Bay Area. They have appeared at numerous clubs, festivals, on TV and radio, and have released several CD’s. The band consists of Kurt Huget (guitar, vocals), Pat Campbell (bass, vocals), and Eric Morris (drums).


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Tuesday
Special Event -- At DIESEL, Daniel J. Levitin discusses & signs "The Organized Mind"
6:30pm - 7:30pm

DIESEL welcomes Daniel J. Levitin to discuss and sign The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload

Tuesday, September 15 at 6:30 pm

Readers of Daniel J. Levitin's two previous New York Times bestsellers have come to know and trust his unique ability to translate cutting edge neuroscience into an informative and entertaining narrative. Now Levitin turns his attention to an issue that affects everyone in the digital age: organization. It's the reason that some people are more adept than others at managing today's hyper flow of data. The Organized Mind explains the science behind their success and, with chapters targeted specifically to business readers, shows how all of us can make small but crucial changes to regain mastery over our lives.

Daniel J. Levitin is the James McGill Professor of Psychology and Behavioral Neuroscience at McGill University and is dean of the College of Arts and Humanities at the Minerva Schools at KGI. He is the author of the bestselling books, This is Your Brain on Music and The World in Six Songs. He splits his time between Montreal, Quebec, and the San Francisco Bay area.

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Wednesday
Special Event at DIESEL -- The Larkspur Book Club Pioneers discuss 'I Am Malala"
7:00pm - 8:00pm

At DIESEL, Join the Discussion of the Larkspur Book Club Pioneers

On Wednesday, September 16, at 7 pm, the Larkspur Book Club Pioneers meet to discuss I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai. The event is free and all are welcome to attend!

"I come from a country that was created at midnight. When I almost died it was just after midday." When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley in Pakistan, one girl spoke out. Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education. On Tuesday, October 9, 2012, when she was 15, she almost paid the ultimate price. She was shot in the head at point-blank range while riding the bus home from school, and few expected her to survive. Instead, Malala's miraculous recovery has taken her on an extraordinary journey from a remote valley in northern Pakistan to the halls of the United Nations in New York. At 16, she became a global symbol of peaceful protest. She is the youngest recipient ever of the Nobel Peace Prize. 

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Friday
Friday Night Jazz -- Lee Waterman & Jazz Caliente
6:00pm - 9:00pm

Come enjoy Friday Night Jazz, featuring Lee Waterman & Jazz Caliente

Guitarist and composer Lee Waterman's Latin jazz ensemble, Jazz Caliente, percolates with infectious Afro-Cuban and Brazilian rhythms. Lee founded the band in 1989 as a vehicle for his original compositions and his unique arrangements of songs by the great jazz and Latin masters, including Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, Tito Puente and Sergio Mendes.

Lee Waterman • Accoustic & Electric Guitars

Melecio Magdaluyo • Tenor and Soprano Saxophones, Flute, Clarinet, and Congas

Tommy Kesecker • Vibraphone and Crotales

Michael Wilcox • Electric Bass

Bill Belasco • Drums

Michaelle Goerlitz • Percussion

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Saturday
5th Annual Pie Baking Competition
10:00am - 2:00pm

Calling all hobby bakers! Do friends and family say you make the best pie ever? If so, come show off your Americana baking skills and enter the 5th Annual Pie Baking Contest at the Marin Country Mart Farmers’ Market on Saturday, September 19th.  The blue ribbon winner will receive a $200 cash prize and eternal bragging rights! This year we’re also including a new youth category, for entrants under age 14. 

To enter the competition, bring your best pie to the BIG farmers' market tent at the Marin Country Mart by 10 a.m. the morning of Saturday, September 19th. Pie entries should be prepared in a disposable 9" pie tin, and must be accompanied by the title of the pie, the bakers name, phone number, and the pie recipe. Ingredients must be all natural (natural does not contain any artificial ingredients, coloring, or chemical preservatives), and only one entry is allowed per person. Pies will be judged on appearance, filling, crust, and overall taste. Roll up your sleeves, roll out the dough, and show us how you roll!

Interested in learning to make pie from the best bakers in town? Then stop by the Apple Pie Making Demonstration by Three Babes Bakeshop, taking place from 10:30-11:30 am. Also, Three Babes Bakeshop will be selling slices of pie all day long, with over six types to choose from!

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Sunday
Off The Grid Food Trucks
11:00am - 3:00pm

Every Sunday from 11 am-3 pm, Rain or Shine

Come enjoy Off the Grid’s delicious mobile gourmet food market on Sundays. Eat your way through the largest gathering of mobile food trucks in Marin, listen to live music, and take in great views of the bay and Mt. Tam.


Special Event -- George Hosts a Pet Adoption Event for PAW Fund
11:00am - 3:00pm

HAVE LOVE TO SHARE?

On Sunday, September 20, from 11 am - 3 pm, George hosts a pet adoption event for PAW Fund, featuring cats and dogs seeking a good home. If you're considering a new pet, come see the animals!

PAW Fund ( www.pawfund.org ) is an organization that helps people care for their pets. They offer free monthly vaccine and health clinics in Berkeley. Although their primary focus is not pet adoptions, they help re-home dogs and cats whenever they can.


Folkish Festival -- The Bluegrass Angel Band
12:30pm - 2:30pm

Enjoy the folkish sounds of the Bluegrass Angel Band

The Bluegrass Angel Band is a group of talented Bay Area pickers led by multi-instrumentalist Joshua Smith. With a rotating lineup that includes some of the best in the area, their repertoire is culled from traditional Bluegrass favorites and old-time fiddle tunes. Join us for this exciting collection of skilled players, who bring their expertise and love of making good music to the stage. This is a concert to be enjoyed by acoustic music lovers of all ages.


Special Event at DIESEL -- Party Like a Rock Star with Sammy Haggar
3:00pm

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Friday
Friday Night Jazz -- Michel Michelis & Gypsy Jazz
6:00pm - 9:00pm

Come enjoy Friday Night Jazz, featuring Michel Michelis & Gypsy Jazz

Rue Manouche is a Gypsy Jazz group founded in San Francisco in 2009 by guitarist Vic Wong and singer Michel “Saga” Michelis. The band was described by critic Jim Burek as "one of the most original Gypsy Jazz & Musette bands in San Francisco." This evening, their most acclaimed lineup features Michel Michelis, vocalist; Jeff Magidson, lead guitar and concertina; Evan Price, violin; and Isabelle Fontaine, rhythmic guitar and washboard, who fills out the ensemble's sound. 

Rue Manouche plays music in the style of  Gypsy Jazz or Gypsy Swing made famous by Jean "Django" Reinhardt in the 1930s. Because its origins are largely in France, it is often called by the French name, "Jazz Manouche". Django was foremost among a group of Gypsy guitarists working in and around Paris in the 1930s through the 1950s. Many of the musicians in this style worked in Paris in various popular Musette ensembles.

Rue Manouche and its lead vocal singer give a French wink to the show!
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Sunday
Off The Grid Food Trucks
11:00am - 3:00pm

Every Sunday from 11 am-3 pm, Rain or Shine

Come enjoy Off the Grid’s delicious mobile gourmet food market on Sundays. Eat your way through the largest gathering of mobile food trucks in Marin, listen to live music, and take in great views of the bay and Mt. Tam.


Folkish Festival -- Alazara & Brother Spellbinder
12:30pm - 2:30pm

Enjoy the folkish sounds of Alzara & Brother Spellbinder

Alzara & Brother Spellbinder is an acoustic trio that includes ukulele, flute/harmonica, guitar and vocals. They play original music with yearning melodies that could be described as cabaret folk-rock, as well as lively & whimsical covers.


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Friday
Friday Night Jazz -- Charged Particles
6:00pm - 9:00pm

Come enjoy Friday Night Jazz, featuring Charged Particles

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Sunday
Off The Grid Food Trucks
11:00am - 3:00pm

Every Sunday from 11 am-3 pm, Rain or Shine

Come enjoy Off the Grid’s delicious mobile gourmet food market on Sundays. Eat your way through the largest gathering of mobile food trucks in Marin, listen to live music, and take in great views of the bay and Mt. Tam.


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Friday
Friday Night Jazz -- Five Play Jazz
6:00pm - 9:00pm

Come enjoy Friday Night Jazz, featuring Five Play Jazz

A Bay Area-based band of long-time musical compatriots, Five Play Jazz performs original music that nourishes both mind and heart. It's melodic, creative modern jazz to be enjoyed by everyone, whether you’re an experienced jazz listener or you’re hearing jazz for the first time. Come hear Tony Corman on guitar, Laura Klein on piano, Dave Tidball on reeds, Alan Hail on drums and Paul Smith on bass.

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Sunday
Off The Grid Food Trucks
11:00am - 3:00pm

Every Sunday from 11 am-3 pm, Rain or Shine

Come enjoy Off the Grid’s delicious mobile gourmet food market on Sundays. Eat your way through the largest gathering of mobile food trucks in Marin, listen to live music, and take in great views of the bay and Mt. Tam.


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Thursday
Special Event at DIESEL -- Gene Lueng Yang discusses & signs 'Secret Coders'
5:00pm - 6:00pm

DIESEL welcomes Gene Lueng Yang to discuss & sign his new children's series book, Secret Coders

Thursday, October 15 at 5 pm

  

Welcome to Stately Academy, a school which is just crawling with mysteries to be solved! The founder of the school left many clues and puzzles to challenge his enterprising students. Using their wits and their growing prowess with coding, Hopper and her friend Eni are going to solve the mystery of Stately Academy no matter what!

From graphic novel superstar (and high school computer programming teacher) Gene Luen Yang comes a wildly entertaining new series that combines logic puzzles and basic programming instruction with a page-turning mystery plot!

Gene Luen Yang has written and drawn many comics, including the hit Avatar: The Last Airbenderseries. American Born Chinese was a National Book Award finalist, as well as the winner of the Printz Award and an Eisner Award. He also won the LA Times Book Prize for Boxers & Saints. Yang lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Friday
Special Event from DIESEL -- Literary Luncheon with Amatav Ghosh, at Farmshop
12:00pm - 2:00pm
DIESEL is excited to present a Literary Luncheon with author Amatav Ghosh to celebrate the final novel in his trilogy, Flood of Fire
 
Friday, October 16 at Farmshop at 12 pm
 
Please Note: Tickets for this event are $75, including a signed copy of Flood of Fire and lunch with Amitav Ghosh. To purchase a ticket, call DIESEL at 415-785-8177. For every ticket purchased, you can enter to win a contest to bring a companion along to the luncheon.
 
   
 
With all the verve of the first two novels in the trilogy, Flood of Fire completes Ghosh's unprecedented reenvisioning of the nineteenth-century war on drugs. With remarkable historic vision and a vibrant cast of characters, Ghosh brings the Opium Wars to bear on the contemporary moment with the storytelling that has charmed readers around the world.
 
Amitav Ghosh was born in Calcutta in 1956. He grew up in Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and India. Ghosh studied at the Universities of Delhi and Oxford and published the first of his eight novels, The Circle of Reason, in 1986. He divides his time between Kolkata and Goa, India, and Brooklyn. The first novel in the Ibis Trilogy, Sea of Poppies, was short-listed for the Man Booker Prize, and Ghosh was a finalist for the 2015 Man Booker International Prize.

Friday Night Jazz -- Michael La Macchia Trio
6:00pm - 9:00pm

Come enjoy Friday Night Jazz, featuring the Michael La Macchia Trio

A gifted guitarist and prolific composer, there is always a buzz in Michael’s music with a feeling of freshness and passion. Bridging musical worlds together, Michael creates a sound that is personal and unique, drawing from experiences of jazz, Brazilian, African, Latin, classical and pop.

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Sunday
Off The Grid Food Trucks
11:00am - 3:00pm

Every Sunday from 11 am-3 pm, Rain or Shine

Come enjoy Off the Grid’s delicious mobile gourmet food market on Sundays. Eat your way through the largest gathering of mobile food trucks in Marin, listen to live music, and take in great views of the bay and Mt. Tam.


Special Event at DIESEL -- Shannon & Dean Hale and LeUyen Pham Welcome You to a Perfect Princess Party
1:00pm - 3:00pm
DIESELwelcomes Shannon and Dean Hale with LeUyen Pham to discuss & sign their new book, The Princess in Black and the Perfect Princess Party
 
Sunday, October 18 at 2 pm
 
You are invited to a Perfect Princess Party (just be ready to battle some monsters!). Our Perfect Princess Party starts at 1 pm with face-painting and monster maker crafts. Then at 2 pm, our special guests arrive to read from their new book and draw us some pictures. Feel free to dress as a princess, ninja or a monster to really get the party started!
 
Please Note: This is a ticketed event. Call DIESEL at 415-785-8177 to pre-order your copy of The Princess in Black and the Perfect Princess Party.
 
  
 
Shannon and Dean Hale are the award-winning husband-and-wife team behind The Princess in Black, illustrated by LeUyen Pham. Shannon Hale is also the author of the Newbery Honor novel Princess Academy as well as the New York Times best-selling series Ever After High. Shannon and Dean Hale live in Salt Lake City, Utah.
 
LeUyen Pham is the author and illustrator of A Piece of Cake, All the Things I Love About You, and Big Sister, Little Sister. She has illustrated many other picture books, including the New York Times bestsellers Grace for President by Kelly DiPucchio and Freckleface Strawberry by Julianne Moore. LeUyen lives with her husband and sons in California.
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Friday
Friday Night Jazz -- Tammy Hall Trio
6:00pm - 9:00pm

Come enjoy Friday Night Jazz, featuring the Tammy Hall Trio

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Sunday
Off The Grid Food Trucks
11:00am - 3:00pm

Every Sunday from 11 am-3 pm, Rain or Shine

Come enjoy Off the Grid’s delicious mobile gourmet food market on Sundays. Eat your way through the largest gathering of mobile food trucks in Marin, listen to live music, and take in great views of the bay and Mt. Tam.