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Spring Film and Theater Previews

Apr 1, 2017
by Don Gibble

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Going in Style stars Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine and Alan Arkin.Opening April 7: “Going in Style” which is a remake of the George Burns movie from the ‘70s. This one stars the awesome Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine and Alan Arkin.

April 14th: “The Fate of the Furious” with Vin Diesel and The Rock. Even though I don’t like sequels I like this franchise.

April 21: “Unforgettable” starring Rosario Dawson, Katherine Heigl, Geoff Stults and everyone’s favoriteCharlie’s Angel,Cheryl Ladd. Also opening April 21st is“Born in China”, Disney’s annual Nature film. This time we follow three families of animals in China.

April 28: “The Circle” starring the very busy Tom Hanks and Emma Watson. Opening April 28th is “Sleight” starring Jacob Latimore as a young street magician left to care for his little sister after their parents’ passing and turns to illegal activities to keep a roof over their heads.

The Sonoma Film Festival opens March 29th and ends April 2nd. Christian Bale fans will want to go opening night to see “The Promise” at the Sebastiani at 7pm. “India in a Day” sounds amazing and the director, Richie Mehta, will be at the screening Saturday, April 1st. No fooling! Closing night will be “Cook Up A Storm” 6pm Sunday, April 2nd. Buy a pass so you don’t wait in line. The Cinema Pass is good for all films and access to the backlot during the day. The Soiree Pass is good for all films and access to the backlot VIP area all day.

The 60th San Francisco Film Festival opens April 5th and ends April 19th. Jenny Slate fans will want to go opening night to see “Landline” at the Castro Theater at 7pm. It also stars Jay Duplass. The opening night party will be at the Regency Center. Ethan Hawke fans will want to go to his tribute Sunday, April 8th. His new film “Maudie” will screen after at the Yerba Buena Center. Get there early because I know this event will sell out. Go to sffilm.org for prices and more information.

Live Theater

The BirdsIf you only go to one play a year then I have the play for you.“The Sugar Bean Sisters” is a must see! Directed by the very talentedDenise Elia-Yen and starring a very talented cast includingMollie Boice, Mary Gannon Graham, Lydia Revelos, Sharon Griffith andLarry Williams. When you read the program you will be stunned to see that this is Sharon Griffith’s first play. She is amazing as the Reptile Woman. The play is very original and the set design by Eddy Hansen andElizabeth Bazzano is so good you will think you’re in New York! It’s at Spreckels in Rohnert Park and you have until April 9th to see this amazing play. Go to the Spreckels website for more information.

6th Street Playhouse presents “Ghostbusters: Live! A New Musical Parody!” Conceived and composed by Justin Pyne, this show runs from April 7th to April 9th. Call 707 523-4185 for tickets and more information.

The Shelton Theater in San Francisco presents “Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead”. Charlie Brown and Snoopy fans will love this show. It opens April 28th and closes May 20th. The Shelton Theater is located at 533 Sutter St. San Francisco. Call 415 577-7633 for more information.

Finally, Main Stage West opens “The Birds” on April 7th and closes April 23rd. It’s directed by Elizabeth Craven. Call 707 823-0177 for more information.

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