Two Sonoma County movie theaters plan special events this month. The Rialto Cinemas in Sebastopol opens the new monthly New York Film Critics Series next week, featuring screenings of new films before their national release, plus high-definition simulcasts of question-and-answer sessions with the stars and filmmakers. The first film in the series is “American Hustle,” starring Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, and Jennifer Lawrence. The movie was named best picture of 2013 this week by the New… Read More »
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Dan Taylor on the fine arts scene.
Santa Rosa stage, television and film actress Marjorie Mann appears in the new movie, I’m in Love With a Church Girl, opening in major cities nationwide Friday, Oct. 18, and Oct. 25 at the Roxy Stadium 14 in downtown Santa Rosa. In the film, Mann plays Julia Montego, the mother of a reformed drug dealer named Miles Montego, played by the film’s star: rapper and actor Ja Rule. The film follows Miles’ romance with a very religious young woman, played… Read More »
A benefit concert will be held for longtime Sonoma County musician Christopher Marvin, who is battling cancer, from noon to 8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6, at Sally Tomatoes 1100 Valley House Drive, Rohnert Park. Marvin, son of film actor Lee Marvin, has lived and worked in the county for the past 30 years. A professional drummer, Marvin has recorded with singer-songwriter Tom Waits, playing on the “Mule Variations” album at the Prairie Sun recording studio in Cotati in 1998. More… Read More »
The 48 Hour Film Project, a global filmmaking competition, comes to Santa Rosa this month. At the kickoff for the two-day event on Aug. 16, registered teams will convene from 6 to 7 p.m. at Depot Park in Santa Rosa’s Railroad Square. Each team will receive a movie genre, a character, a prop and a line of dialogue, which must be included in the final film. Then the teams will scatter to make their movies, and must deliver a finished… Read More »
“Hey Bartender,” a documentary profiling top cocktail “mixologists” in New York City, opens Friday, July 26, at the Raven Film Center. The movie had its world premiere last March at the SXSW (South By Southwest) Film Festival in Austin, Texas, and opened June 7 in New York. The film, directed by Douglas Tirola, will run through Thursday, Aug. 1, at the theater, 415 Centre St. Healdsburg. Information: 522-0330, www.facebook.com/ravenfilmcenter.
“Alice in Wonderland,” a ballet based on Lewis Carroll’s classic story and performed by the Royal Ballet of London, will be screened at 1 p.m. Sunday (June 30) and 6:30 p.m. Tuesday (July 2) at the Summerfield Cinemas, 551 Summerfield Road, Santa Rosa. The production, adapted by internationally known choreographer Christopher Wheeldon, runs 190 minutes, with two intermissions. Admission: $14-$18. Information: 522-0719, summerfieldcinemas.com.
Coming up at Sonoma County’s art cinema houses: — “The Magic Flute,” the film version of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s classic two-act opera, will screen twice at Summerfield Cinemas in Santa Rosa. The 134-minute film, directed by Kenneth Branagh, will be show at 1 p.m. Sunday (June 9) and 6 p.m. Tuesday (June 11) at the theater, 551 Summerfield Road, Santa Rosa. $16-$20. 539-6773, summerfieldcinemas.com. — The Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival and Community Cinemas will present a free screening of “Love… Read More »
Director Don Gibble will present two screen actors in his production of A.R. Gurney’s play, “Love Letters,” at the Spreckels Performing Arts Center, 5409 Snyder Lane, Rohnert Park. Kevin Dobson and Joan Van Ark of the “Knots Landing” TV series will perform in the show at 8 p.m. June 7 and 2 p.m. June 8. The husband-and-wife team of comedians Will and Debi Durst will appear at 8 p.m. June 8 and 2 p.m. June 9. Eric Roberts was scheduled… Read More »
Fred MacMurray is remembered as a successful screen actor, from his dark portrayal of a desperate man in the 1944 crime drama “Double Indemnity” to the title role of Disney’s “Absent-Minded Professor” in 1961. Above all, he was the ultimate father figure, whether he was playing the exasperated dad in the original “Shaggy Dog” film in 1959, or the wiser, calmer patriarch in 12 seasons of TV’s “My Three Sons,” from 1960 to 1972. In the Healdsburg area, MacMurray and… Read More »
The “Save the Rio Campaign,” raising money to convert the Rio Theater movie house in Monte Rio to digital projection, continues Sunday, April 28, with an “Afternoon Social,” followed by the “Ramble at the Rio” concert. The social and barbecue begins at 1 p.m. on the lawn at the theater, 20396 Bohemian Highway. Admission is free, with food and drinks for sale. The concert begins at 3 p.m., featuring live music by Mountaindawg, CPR, the Mighty Chiplings, David Luning and… Read More »