Wednesday, July 10, 2013

July 17: 'Yellow Submarine' at West County Herb Company

Posted By on Wed, Jul 10, 2013 at 1:55 PM

“We all live in a yellow submarine, a yellow submarine, a yellow submarine. . . .” Yes! Nailed those lyrics! I was never sure what the other lyrics were, but if you’re like me, you still love the Beatles regardless of this silly song and its corresponding movie, aptly titled ‘Yellow Submarine,’ celebrating its 45th anniversary this week. In a benefit for KOWS community radio, a special showing of the film in restored condition along with extra features plays this week. The 1968 film is a visual feast of colorful animation, Blue Meanies, and, of course, Beatles songs. It’s perfectly psychedelic and fun, full of throwback tunes; singing along is encouraged on Wednesday, July 17, at West County Herb Company. 3641 Main St., Occidental. 6:30pm. $1—$5. 707.495.4860.

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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

June 18: Angela Davis film 'Free Angela Davis and All Political Prisoners' at Summerfield Cinemas

Posted By on Wed, Jun 12, 2013 at 1:11 PM

Angela Davis is best known as an educator and activist for civil rights who, in 1970, became involved with a group of prison inmates called the Soledad Brothers. When the men were accused of murder, Davis also found herself being accused for her alleged role in the event. Her name even made it on the FBI’s 10 Most Wanted list. After being freed from jail and acquitted in 1972, Davis became an author, writing books on gender equality and other social issues, such as Women, Race and Class and Are Prisons Obsolete? She now teaches at UC Santa Cruz. ‘Free Angela and All Political Prisoners’ is a documentary of Davis’ experiences with activism, discrimination and accusation during a time when equality and rationality were hard to come by. See it on Tuesday, June 18, at Summerfield Cinemas. 551 Summerfield Road, Santa Rosa. $12. 7:30pm. 707.528.4222.

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Wednesday, May 1, 2013

May 4: Film Fest Petaluma at the Mystic Theatre

Posted By on Wed, May 1, 2013 at 11:05 AM

Here’s a fun way to spend a Saturday: load up on coffee in the morning, and then, mid-afternoon, plunk down $25 and park your keister for nine hours of independent film shorts ranging in length from two to 21 minutes at Film Fest Petaluma. There’s truly too much good stuff on offer here: a film about handcrafted bikes; a man who builds a Viking ship; a woman (Judi Dench) who tries to find love via social networking; a stranded astronaut; a post-apocalyptic marriage; the spoils of an affair; sexual dysfunction, and more. Local filmmakers Jackson Rosenfeld, Max Prickey, Miles Pepper and others join the lineup, too. It all goes down Saturday, May 4, at the Mystic Theatre. 21 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma. Blocks of films at 2:30pm, 7:30pm and 10:30pm. $10—$15 per block; $25 for all. 707.765.2121.

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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

April 20: 'Rocky Horror Picture Show' at the Phoenix Theater

Posted By on Wed, Apr 17, 2013 at 3:32 PM

There are generally two types of people who’ve seen ‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show’: those who roll their eyes whenever they think of Tim Curry singing “Sweet Transvestite” and those who love the movie and can’t shut up about it. Those in the latter camp will enjoy knowing that the cult classic screens yet again this week with the Barely Legal cast acting out the film live onstage, just as they have been doing since 1995. The audience is encouraged to let their freak flags fly by dressing as their favorite characters, not limited to Rocky Horror—how badass would it be to see Petaluma Batman put his hands on his hips and do the pelvic thrust? See the red lipstick and golden Speedos in person on Saturday, April 20, at the Phoenix Theater. 201 E. Washington St., Petaluma. $10. Midnight. 707.762.3565.

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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

March 5: 'The Wrecking Crew' at the Napa Valley Opera House

Posted By on Wed, Feb 27, 2013 at 11:17 AM

Denny Tedesco, director of ‘The Wrecking Crew,’ provides a behind-the-scenes look at the uncredited Los Angeles studio musicians responsible for playing on hundreds of hit songs by the Beach Boys, Frank Sinatra, Sonny and Cher, the Monkees and many more. Led by drummer Hal Blaine and featuring pioneering female bassist Carol Kaye, the group is truly the Funk Brothers of Los Angeles; this is their Standing in the Shadows of Motown. See the film on Tuesday, March 5, at the Napa Valley Opera House. 1030 Main St., Napa. 7pm. $10. 707.266.7372.

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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Feb. 1: Tahoe Adventure Film Festival at the Mystic Theatre

Posted By on Wed, Jan 30, 2013 at 10:37 AM

If you can't get up to Tahoe, you can always live vicariously through the Tahoe Adventure Film Festival. Now with POV footage from GoPro-style cameras, skiing and snowboarding videos are more amazing to watch than ever. But it’s not just winter sports highlighted here. Kayaking, rock climbing, surfing, skating and mountain biking films are included, as well as BASE jumping—you know, when people put on a wingsuit and fly at high speeds like a squirrel through the air. Or, if you don’t know, be sure to see the Tahoe Adventure Film Festival on Friday, Feb. 1, at the Mystic Theatre. 23 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma. 7:30pm. $15. 707.765.2121.

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Thursday, January 3, 2013

Jan 8: 'Soul Food Junkies' at the Rialto Cinemas Community Cinema Film Series

Posted By on Thu, Jan 3, 2013 at 11:15 AM

Barbecued ribs, black-eyed peas, sweet potato pie, macaroni and cheese, collard greens, fried chicken—the incredible variety of delicious soul food dishes only begins here. We’re talking serious comfort food, and a menu that lies at the heart of African-American cultural identity. But the Southern-based diet, called a “slave diet” by the Nation of Islam, has also been blamed for the high rates of heart disease and stroke among African Americans in the United States due to unhealthy ingredients and a deep, abiding love for the power of the frying pan. ‘Soul Food Junkies,’ a new documentary by Byron Hurt, addresses the health effects of the soul food diet and the way it connects to the socioeconomics of the modern American diet. The program is part of the Rialto Cinemas’ free Community Cinema film series; a discussion panel follows the film, featuring Evelyn Cheatham of Worth Our Weight, James Cason of the SRJC Culinary Institute and Nancy Rogers of the Red Rose Cafe. Upcoming films in the series include The Powerbroker, a film about National Urban League leader Whitney M. Young Jr. (Feb. 12), Wonder Woman! The Untold Story of American Superheroines, which explores how pop culture’s representations of powerful women reflect societal anxieties about women’s liberation (March 12). Soul Food Junkies screens Tuesday, Jan. 8, at Rialto Cinemas. 6868 McKinley St., Sebastopol. 7pm. Free. 707.525.4840.

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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Nov. 25: The Third Man screens at the Rafael Film Center

Posted By on Wed, Nov 21, 2012 at 12:08 PM

I’d like to cut you in, old man. There’s nobody in Marin County that I can really trust, and we’ve always done things together. When you make up your mind, I’ll send you a message, any place, any time. And when we do meet, old man, it’s you I want to see, not the police. Maybe we could meet up on a Ferris wheel in Vienna, old man, where’ll I’ll complain of indigestion, before opening up the door in a mildly threatening manner high above the dots—you know them as people—talking of Anna, false death and the futility of human existence. For I’m Harry Lime, old man, and one thing I know for sure is that the great Orson Welles film ‘The Third Man’ screens on Sunday, Nov. 25, at the Rafael Film Center. 1118 Fourth St., San Rafael. $10.50. 7pm. 415.454.1222.

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Thursday, November 8, 2012

Nov. 8 and 11: Johnny Legend's 'TV in Acidland' at the Rafael Film Center

Posted By on Thu, Nov 8, 2012 at 5:03 PM

Johnny Legend is a man of many roles—he's a self-proclaimed rockabilly bastard, being a musician since the hippie days, a wrestling promoter, and an archiver of the weirdest and the rarest bits of film debris. Legend is an expert in psychotronia recognized by QT and Eli Roth alike. TV in Acidland is Legend's hand-made montage of the most shudderingly strange and awesomely revealing moments early television could offer—a stream-of-consciousness look back at chimera like Pinky Lee, Spike Jones and other unfortunately less remembered performers. Legend's musical career pays off here: the stuff he assembled really gets under the skin of your ears. See Groucho Marx transcends the lens flares of the cruel cathode tube, while well-known movie stars such as Marilyn Monroe and Humphrey Bogart mortgage their integrity in embarrassing skits. The damnedest thing you ever saw. TV in Acidland screens Thursday, Nov. 8 (7pm) and Sunday, Nov. 11 (2pm) at the Rafael Film Center. 1118 Fourth Street, San Rafael. $10.50. 415.454.1222.

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Nov. 8: Sonoma County Jewish Film Festival at the Rialto

Posted By on Thu, Nov 8, 2012 at 11:44 AM

Films showing through November at the Sonoma County Jewish Film Festival include Nicky’s Family, Reuniting the Rubins and A.K.A. Doc Pomus, a documentary about the legendary rock-and-roll songwriter that got rave reviews from Greil Marcus in the latest issue of The Believer. Nicky’s Family tells the true story of Nicholas Winton, a British stockbroker who organized the rescue and transport of 669 children fleeing Hitler’s Army in 1938. Nicknamed the “British Schindler,” Winton didn’t gain recognition for his actions for more than 50 years, when his wife discovered the story while searching through the attic. The Jewish Film Festival runs through Tuesday, Dec. 4, with Nicky’s Family screening Thursday, Nov. 8, at Rialto Cinemas. 6868 McKinley St., Sebastopol. 1pm and 7:30pm. $10. 707.528.4222.

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