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Cloverdale Comments - June 2015


Cloverdale Comments - June 2015

by Carol Russell

“Creativity is a gift each one of us is born with, irrespective of our backgrounds and entitlement of culture. The challenge is to hold onto this gift as we go through life. To nurture it. To encourage it.” —Ali Mansoor

Tapping Into Our Local Creativity!

Alexander Valley Film Society (AVFS) is a quintessential example of nurturing creativity in our community. Kathryn Hecht, founder of AVFS, is creating a network that fosters cultural enrichment through film pairings with the chefs, artists, theaters, and other groups within three local communities as Cloverdale, Geyserville, and Healdsburg come together to enjoy film and celebrate community--a win/win for all!--over the weekend of October 23rd at the first annual Alexander Valley Film Festival.

Complementing and utilizing these cultural aspects, AVFS has established an educational program that is bringing the shared experience of film making to the students in our communities. Workshops in animation, documentary filmmaking, and film production are opportunities being developed in local public schools, enabling students to acquire the skills needed to produce short films. School districts are working together to accredit these classes. In addition, a local couple making a feature film is creating internships to provide actual experience for students. Kathryn’s goal is to have enough short films made by students to exhibit prior to each full-length feature at the upcoming Film Festival.

Throughout the summer, middle-school aged children will be able to see movies on the big screen at The Clover or The Raven theatres. Afterwards, the AVFS will facilitate a forum prompting a critical thinking discussion.

While much is still aspirational, it’s clear the excitement is being matched by commitment. The AVFS has the support of the San Francisco Film Society, whose festival was recently attended by Kathryn and future filmmakers. 

Join AVFS the weekend of October 23rd and see the emergence of the students’ work within a new example of communities working together, sharing their talents.

To become a member of the Alexander Valley Film Society or to find out more check or contact Kathryn Hecht at

Creativity Continues to Blossom

Yave Guzman, the Artistic Director of Cloverdale Performing Arts Center, has expanded the popular “Friday Night Open Mic” series. A graduate of our local middle and high schools, Yave’s a true Cloverdalian who also holds a Theatre Arts degree from UC Santa Cruz. 

Open Mic is the newest element in the fabulous Friday night experience waiting for you in our blossoming downtown and the response to it is terrific! As Yave explains: “Many people (are) coming to the theatre for the first time... Performers love our beautiful facility... and the full attention of the audience... so different from restaurants or coffee houses”.   

Open Mic adds nicely to the summer’s eclectic mix of shows at CPAC, the Farmers Market and Friday Night Live. Dates for Friday Night Open Mic are: June 5th; July 10th, 17th, and 24th; August 21st and 28th; September 4th. Sign up to perform by 5pm on Thursday before each show! For more information call Yave at 508-8339.

Space to Share the Creativity of Our “Summer of Soul”! 

Sometimes the talent lies not in the creation but in creating the space to share the creation and, during Friday Night Live, our downtown Plaza becomes that special space.

 Missed Tommy Castro and the Painkillers’ “incendiary…rocking rhythm and blues” May 29th kick-off to FNL’s 13th season? Take heart! On June 5th, Eric Lindell & Co. brings their glorious “blue eyed soul…glazed with a taste of country” to the happy, multi-generational community party and free concert series Cloverdale holds each summer thanks to our amazing Arts Alliance. 

 Right through September 4th you’ll enjoy friendly, small town Friday evenings filled with the Bay Area’s best live music. Join the dancing and discover delicious, surprisingly affordable food at the Farmers Market and local restaurants plus wines, arts, crafts and fun kids’ activities. (Too bad we’re both too tall--and, yes, too old--for the cool Jumpy Castle thingy. Not to mention the rock climb.) Market opens 5:30 p.m. FNL starts 7 p.m. This season’s musical styles range from Western Swing to R & B Gospel to Afro-Mexican to Rock ‘n Roll and more! For details: