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Dan Taylor on the fine arts scene.

‘Bodega Bay’ play onstage this week in New York

It’s been a busy time for Alfred Hitchcock fans, with the release late last year of the film “Hitchcock,” starring Anthony Hopkins. And this year marks the 50th anniversary of  Hitchcock’s 1963 thriller, “The Birds,” filmed in Bodega and Bodega Bay. And now there’s a play called “Bodega Bay,” by Elisabeth Karlin, running at the Abingdon Theater in New York. The show got a searing review in the New York Times. “Not that Hitchcock can be held responsible for the… Read More »

‘The Ghost and the Whale’ filming on Sonoma Coast

Filming is under way on the Sonoma County coast during February for the independent feature film “Ghost and the Whale.” The film project revisits the locales of Bodega and Bodega Bay during 50th anniversary year of Alfred Hitchcock’s 1963 film, “The Birds,” which was filmed in the area. See other movies that were filmed in Sonoma County here The film’ s web site gives this synopsis: “‘The Ghost and the Whale’  tells the story of Joseph Hawthorne, a man who… Read More »

Short film fest moves from Bodega Bay to Healdsburg

Some film festivals thrive, some fade and others change, expand and adapt. The Bodega Bay International Short Film Festival, which drew more than 900 movie buffs to its debut event last year, is moving to a new town and has adopted a new name. Renamed the Healdsburg International Short Film Festival, the event will be held Sept. 21-23 this year at several Healdsburg venues. For more information: healdsburgfilmfest.org.

Ren Brown’s 20th anniversary art show

In early 1990, Ren Brown and Robert DeVee moved from Berkeley and opened the doors to their new gallery, the Ren Brown Collection, in Bodega Bay. For 20 years, the gallery has been one of the few in the United States specializing in contemporary Japanese prints. The gallery’s first group show exhibited the work of some of Japan’s most renown printmakers, including Mayumi Oda, who was then living in California. On Thursday, March 11, the Ren Brown Collection will open… Read More »