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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Jan. 7: 'Santiago Is Santiago' screens at the Bay Model Visitor Center

Posted By on Tue, Dec 31, 2013 at 3:11 PM

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Naturally, the stellar music drove the narrative of the award-winning documentary Buena Vista Social Club. But just as important and eye-opening were the many scenes of street life in and around Havana—the cars, dancing, street peddlers, artists and overall culture of the country that’s grown independently for 50 years. Filmmaker Warren Haack became entranced by this culture, and has released a film capturing life in the clubs, bars and streets of Cuba. ‘Santiago Is Santiago’ explores this Afro-Cuban intermingling; it screens on Tuesday, Jan. 7, at the Bay Model Visitor Center. 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 6pm. Free. 415.332.3871.

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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Dec. 11: Hollywood Home Movies at the Rafael Film Center

Posted By on Tue, Dec 3, 2013 at 10:11 PM

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The home-movie craze of the 1920s and 1930s spread across America, extending to Hollywood stars and directors, who captured private moments in their homes with friends and families and even behind the scenes on set. ‘Hollywood Home Movies’ taps from the private collections of Lucille Ball, Shirley Temple, Humphrey Bogart, Walt Disney and Alfred Hitchcock, compiled to create an entertaining evening of rarely screened footage. The collection of silent home movies is accompanied by pianist Michael Mortilla’s improvised score on Wednesday, Dec. 11, at the Rafael Film Center. 1118 Fourth St., San Rafael. 7pm. $12. 415.454.1222.

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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Nov. 29: 'Village Music' screens at Sweetwater Music Hall

Posted By on Wed, Nov 27, 2013 at 12:18 PM

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In an age of disposable downloads, you can now hear kids asking, “Mommy, what’s a record store?” ‘Village Music: The Last of The Great Record Stores’ tells the story of Mill Valley’s own—John Goddard’s Village Music. Chronicling the final nine months of the store’s existence, the film documents Goddard through the evolution of American music and his building of a musical community. Featuring interviews and performances with Elvis Costello, Bonnie Raitt, Ry Cooder, Sammy Hagar, Bob Weir and Jerry Garcia, the film screens Friday, Nov. 29, at Sweetwater Music Hall. 19 Corte Madera Ave., Mill Valley. 2pm. Free.

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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Nov. 24: 'The Singularity' at Rafael Film Center

Posted By on Tue, Nov 19, 2013 at 8:05 PM

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Nano-robots. In less than 50 years, these tiny machines could change our world to a place where “the concept of one mind, one body will be obsolete.” Humans will live in a virtual world with control over aging, health and physical characteristics. Scientific evidence shows that ‘The Singularity’ has already begun: the point at which technology and its creator are no longer mutually exclusive. Bay Area filmmaker Doug Wolens presents his new film on Sunday, Nov. 24, at Rafael Film Center. 1118 Fourth St., San Rafael. 7pm. $10.75. 415.454.1222.

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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Nov. 12: 'The State of Arizona' at the Rialto Cinemas

Posted By on Wed, Nov 6, 2013 at 8:19 PM

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While the United States prepares to overhaul its immigration policies, some states have created controversial laws—in particular, Arizona’s “papers please” law, SB 1070. ‘The State of Arizona’ chronicles personal realities and explosive emotions surrounding SB 1070, and examines the social and political circumstances that gave rise to the law—and the human consequences. The documentary screens Tuesday, Nov. 12, at Rialto Cinemas. 6868 McKinley St., Sebastopol. 7pm. Free. 707.525.4840.

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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Oct. 26: 'The Right Stuff' Q&A and showing with director Philip Kaufman

Posted By on Wed, Oct 23, 2013 at 2:53 PM

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If you thought Gravity kept you on the edge of your seat, try ‘The Right Stuff,’ Philip Kaufman’s film about Project Mercury, America’s first attempt at manned spaceflight. The film follows the journey of seven men who have the fearless character required to cross into the unknown threshold of space, from the launch of Sputnik to the successful Earth orbit by John Glenn. Packed with action, romance and comedy, the film won four Oscars. This week, to celebrate the film’s 30th anniversary, writer-director Kaufman presents his film in-person followed by a Q&A on Saturday, Oct. 26, at the Rafael Film Center. 1118 Fourth St., San Rafael. 7pm. $15 (CFI members $12). 415.454.1222.

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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Oct. 19: 'The Phantom Carriage' at the Jarvis Conservatory

Posted By on Wed, Oct 16, 2013 at 2:56 PM

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It sounds like a slow, moody interlude of an epic post-rock group like Explosions in the Sky or Not to Reason Why, but no—it’s the soundtrack to a 1921 silent film called ‘The Phantom Carriage,’ composed by 2013 Vintage High School grad Raja Orr. The film will screen with a live performance of this new composition from the pit orchestra, comprised of members of the Napa Valley Youth Symphony and conducted by Orr himself, on Saturday, Oct. 19, at the Jarvis Conservatory. 1711 Main St., Napa. 7pm. $15. 707.255.5445.

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Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Oct. 8: 'This Ain't No Mouse Music' at the Sweetwater Music Hall

Posted By on Wed, Oct 2, 2013 at 3:46 PM

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Chris Strachwitz of Arhoolie Records doesn’t “produce” music for his label—he captures it as it is. A collector, preserver and seller of authentic music, Strachwitz’s label offers a catalogue of blues, Cajun, wild hillbilly country, Tex-Mex and New Orleans R&B—and that ain’t no mouse music. (mouse music (n): from Mickey Mouse; jazz term in the 1930s for schmaltz and pop.) In ‘This Ain’t No Mouse Music,’ filmmakers Chris Simon and Maureen Gosling explore the musical cultures from New Orleans to Appalachia, falling right into the lap of Arhoolie Records. With live performances by Los Cenzontles, Eric and Suzy Thompson and Creole Belles, the film screens on Tuesday, Oct. 8, at Sweetwater Music Hall. 19 Corte Madera Ave, Mill Valley. 8:30pm. $32. 415.388.3850.

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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Sept. 26: The Last Waltz at Summerfield Cinemas

Posted By on Tue, Sep 24, 2013 at 10:18 PM

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It starts with an electrical failure. The lighting buzzes, there’s a couple flashes, and then the camera finally opens on the Winterland stage. It’s The Last Waltz, the star-studded, Scorsese-directed documentary of the Band’s “last show” that would go on to cause short-circuits among band members while appearing on lists of the Greatest Rock Concert Films of All Time. Backstage, arguments ensued and cocaine was plentiful (a bit of the white stuff on Neil Young’s nostril was famously edited out), but the music remains incredible. In a partnership with KRCB and the Last Record Store, Summerfield Cinemas screens the film on Thursday, Sept. 26, at Summerfield Cinemas. 551 Summerfield Road, Santa Rosa. 7pm. $7—$10. 707.522.0719.

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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Aug. 15: 'That Certain Something' at the Arlene Francis Center

Posted By on Tue, Aug 13, 2013 at 8:40 PM

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One could say that Arlene Francis dabbled in show business, but that person would simply be an idiot. Francis has a résumé that would put many others’ to shame, at least those in the business. You see, Francis was one-of-a-kind and she stayed committed to her career, with her most memorable ones including her years on Broadway, where she starred in All That Glitters and appeared with Orson Welles in a production of Danton’s Death. In the 1940s, Francis looked toward radio as her next goal and played in as many as five radio serials a day.

It was a different medium, however, that soon put Francis’ name on the map. She became one of the highest-paid women in TV when she became a permanent panelist on CBS’ What’s My Line? from 1950 through 1967. She then continued as a panelist in a syndicated version until 1975, thus staying with the show for its entire 25-year run. In 1960, she starred in a daily interview show in New York called The Arlene Francis Show, which ran for 23 years. Her commitment to her career as well as her charming personality, wit and fashion made her a fan favorite and icon at the same time. After her final show’s run, Francis retired from show business and spent her last years living in San Francisco, where she died from cancer in 2001 at age 93.

With the Arlene Francis Center named in her honor by her son and center owner Peter Gabel, the late actress is now being remembered in a different way: through film. Arlene Francis: That Certain Something, a documentary by independent filmmaker Jackie Sanders, is a film on the life and legacy of Arlene Francis that will screen at the center this week. To begin the event is a dinner, followed by music from national touring jazz group Bordeaux Blues and a screening of the film. All proceeds support Jackie Sanders.

Come view the life and inspiration of the amazing Arlene Francis on Thursday, Aug. 15, at the Arlene Francis Center. 99 Sixth St., Santa Rosa. $10 suggested donation. 6pm. 707.528.3009.

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