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Dan Taylor on the fine arts scene.

‘Dancing Across Borders’ at Rialto

See a good movie and help support Elsie Allen High School’s drama department, when the Rialto Cinemas presents “Dancing Across Borders,” a feature-length documentary about a young Cambodian dancer, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 29. A reception will be held at 7 p.m.  Before the film, classical Cambodian dancer and choreographer Charya Burt will perform, accompanied by San Francisco Opera cellist Ruth Lane. Tickets cost $20,  and are available at the Rialto Box office, at www.brownpapertickets.com and from Kathy Korlin… Read More »

‘Winter’s Bone’ set to open June 25 at Rialto

Readers have been calling and emailing for the past few days, asking where they can see the well-reviewed new movie, “Winter’s Bone.” It opens this Friday, June 25, at the Rialto Cinemas Lakeside, 551 Summerfield Road, Santa Rosa. The film follows Ree Dolly, a teenage girl in the Missouri Ozarks trying to find her drug-dealing father, who put up the family’s house for his bail bond and then disappeared. Since her catatonic mother is in no shape to help, Ree… Read More »

‘See What I’m Saying’ in Santa Rosa

“See What I’m Saying,” a new documentary film that chronicles a year in the lives of deaf performers, screens Thursday, at 7:15  p.m. June 17, at the Rialto Cinemas in Santa Rosa. The performers profiled include comic C.J. Jones, actor Robert DeMayo, singer T.L. Forsberg and drummer Bob Hiltermann of the rock band Beethoven’s Nightmare. The movie’s dialog and narration are mostly in American Sign Language, but the film will be captioned for the “signing-impaired.” A question and answer period… Read More »

Disney documentary producer at Rialto

From 1985 to 2001, Los Angeles film executive Peter Schneider worked at the Walt Disney studios. When he arrived there, the company had been struggling creatively since founder Walt Disney’s death in 1966. “I got there just as they were releasing ‘The Black Cauldron,’ arguably the worst movie in the Disney canon,” Schneider said by phone from L.A. recently. But soon, things improved drastically at Disney, with a new string of animated hits: “The Little Mermaid,” “Beauty and the Beast,”… Read More »

Rialto screens documentary on grocery baggers

If you’ve never thought of bagging groceries as a contemporary American art form, or a competitive sport, here’s a chance to change your mind. Rialto Cinemas Lakeside in Santa Rosa will screen “Ready, Set, Bag!” — an  award-winning documentary about the National Grocery Bagging Competition in Las Vegas — is screening at 7:15 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 2. To see a trailer for the film, as well as additional material, go to http://www.readysetbag.com The screening is a fund-raiser for the Redwood… Read More »