Our own Liam Mayclem selects the best the Bay has to offer this weekend, Sept. 29-Oct. 2. From Hardly Strictly to gourmet galas, Liam’s got the scoop.

Movies: Machine Gun Preacher
Now Playing
Bay Area TheatresA modern-day Sean Connery (and his fellow Scotsman) Gerard Butler stars in this new high–octane dramatic movie. Based on a true story, the film follows the tale of Sam Childers, a biker who finds God and then embarks on a mission to do good in African Sudan.
Kids are saved, bad guys are blown up. A must see if you love your “shoot ‘em up” flicks.
Machine Gun Preacher

Photo by Tommy Lau (c) 2010.

Hot Ticket: Mill Valley Film Festival
From Thursday October 6th
Various Marin county Theaters

Save the date! The 34th Mill Valley Film Festival kicks off October 6th. Settle in for a full 10 days featuring dozens of fantastic films. Among the many festival attendees, you won’t want to miss Oscar nominated actress Glenn Close.
Mill Valley Film Festival

Food Event: Savor the Central Coast
Thursday September 29th – Sunday October 2nd
Wine Awards Dinner
Pismo Beach PierJoin me and the Central Coast’s top winemakers and chefs for Savor Central Coast, a weekend of food and wine. I am your emcee for the Gala Wine Dinner on Friday at 6pm. Celebrity Chef Cat Cora will also be on hand for cooking demos and a Q&A.
See you there!
Savor the Central Coast

Free: Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival
Friday September 29th – Sunday October 2nd
Speedway Meadow
Golden Gate Park
San FranciscoGolden Gate Park is the place to be to soak up the Blues this weekend. Six stages and sixty-seven bands make this one of the biggest FREE music festivals in the country.
Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival

Music: Gavin DeGraw, “Sweeter”
Now Available
Bay Area storesLike an aged wine, the prison guard’s son Gavin DeGraw matures with the days. “Sweeter,” his new CD, is ten tracks of sonic perfection. I highly recommend it. See Gavin in concert when he next visits the Bay Area: October 20th at the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts in Santa Rosa.
Gavin DeGraw