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THEATER, Performing Arts, Film, TV - BACKUP 9-19-15


Creativity thrives on Stage & Screen.
Whether your participate or observe, there's something here for you.

by Vesta Copestakes

This Performing & Film Arts Calendar is the same as we publish in our print edition. If you have additons you would like us to make throughout the month, please send them via e-mail. For details on each of these listings, please visit our CALENDAR where events are listed by Day - Week - Month. Please send additions and corrections to


Please send LIVE THEATER listings to

Off the Page Readers Theater Accepting Submissions ~ Turning Points: These are the inevitable, often unexpected twists in the road of our life journeys. They may change us forever, or just provide a new take on a situation. Whether comic, tragic, or profound, turning points keep life interesting, don't they? Our performance dates will be January 22-23-29-30, 2016, in Sebastopol and Cotati. We will also be auditioning actors [1 man and 1 woman] in August, so if you or your acting friends are interested, please email me:

(1st Wed) ~ Westside Stories ~ Stories only survive when they are told and West Side Stories is where you can tell them, or just come and enjoy other people's. 7p at Sonoma Valley Portworks. (613 Second St. Petaluma). INFO and TICKETS: 707-477-4416

Staged Reading Series ~ In keeping with our Coming Home theme, this year's staged readings feature Families: Then and Now. 6p at 6th Street Playhouse Studio Theater, 52 W 6th St, Santa Rosa. FREE

Sept 17-20; 25-27 ~ Lend Me a Tenor ~Raven Theater, Healdsburg; A side-splitting farce featuring mistaken identity, plot twists, and a singing bellhop! Proceeds from Sep 20 will be donated through Redwood Credit Union to the Lake County Fire Relief; Buy Tickets Now

thru Sep 21 ~ Wizard of OzAfter a tornado whisks her away to the magical land of OZ, young Dorothy Gale teams up with a Scarecrow, a Tin Woodsman and a Cowardly Lion to find the mighty Wizard of Oz who can send her home. Along the way, they must avoid the clutches of the Wicked Witch of the West, who is trying to steal the mysterious magic slippers that once belonged to her evil sister but are now on Dorothy's feet. Dorothy eventually learns just how magical friendship can be and how wonderful it can feel to go home again. 6th Street Playhouse, G.K. Hardt Theatre, 52 W. 6th Street
Santa Rosa INFO: (707) 523-4185

thru Sep 27 ~ 4000 Miles ~ A comic family drama Amy Herzog (NorCal Premiere). After suffering a major loss while he was on a cross-country bike trip, 21 year-old Leo seeks solace from his feisty 91 year-old grandmother Vera in her West Village apartment. Over the course of a single month, these unlikely roommates infuriate, bewilder, and ultimately reach each other. 4000 MILES looks at how two outsiders find their way in today’s world. Thursday, Friday, Saturday @ 8pm; Sundays @ 5pm *Thursday 9/17 - private performance hosted by Willow Creek Wealth Management* General $27 – Senior (+62) $22 – Student $15 Main Stage West, 104 N Main St, Sebastopol

thru Sep 20 ~ City of Angels Winner of six Tony Awards, Coleman’s masterpiece is loaded with swinging jazz tunes music and side splitting comedy. Set in the glamorous, seductive Hollywood of the ’40s, a world of flamboyant egos, casting couches and flimsy negligees, the show chronicles the hilarious misadventures of Stine, a young novelist attempting a screenplay for movie mogul Buddy Fidler (who’s read a synopsis of every book he’s ever written) while sparring with a character of his own creation, a hard-boiled gumshoe named Stone.  $9  for junior-high and high-school students (Sep 4 only) $25  for youth 21 and under $35  for adults Seniors:  subscribe for a huge discount! 3333 Petaluma Blvd North
Petaluma INFO: 707-763-8920

thru Sep 27 ~ The Other Place ~ Just as Juliana Smithton's research leads to a potential breakthrough, her life takes a disorienting turn. During a lecture to colleagues at an exclusive beach resort, she glimpses an enigmatic young woman in a yellow bikini amidst the crowd of business suits. One step at a time, a mystery unravels as contradictory evidence, blurred truth and fragmented memories collide in a cottage on the windswept shores of Cape Cod. 6th Street Playouse, 52 W. 6th St, Santa Rosa. Tickets at

Sep 18 - Oct 3 ~ The Taming of the Shrew ~ The newly founded Petaluma Shakespeare Festival, a program of Petaluma Readers Theater, presents a full length production "The Taming of the Shrew" of Shakespeare's comic love story of two extreme personalities who deserve each other. Sept 18 @ 6pm, Sept 19 @ 1pm & 6pm, Sept 20 @ 1pm, Sept 25 @ 6pm, Sept 26 @ 1pm & 6pm, Sept 27 @ 1pm, Oct 2 @ 6pm, Oct 3 @ 1pm & 6pm. Foundry Wharf Green, 1st & H St, Petaluma. 

Sep 18 - Oct 4 ~ Treasure Island ~ Featuring a host of legendary scallywags, Ken Ludwig's stage adaptation captures Robert Louis Stevenson's "Treasure Island," the legendary pirate tale of treachery, mayhem and the quest for gold and treasure. Spreckels Performing Arts Center, Bette Condiotti Theatre, 5409 Snyder Lane, Rohnert Park. Tickets & info at

Sep 24 - Oct 11 ~ Stories for Children (not really) ~ Three original short pieces inspired by Russian absurdist short story writer Daniil Kharms. Puppets, animated landscapes, and live actors bring three small, intricately crafted, worlds to life. These are children’s stories for adults, not really for children. 8p at 461 Sebastopol Ave, Santa Rosa INFO:, (707) 528-7554

Sept 25 - Oct 4 ~ Almost, Main ~ presented by SRJC Theatre Arts, directed by John shillington. This quirky romantic comedy is made possible by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc. and is recommended for ages 10 and above; contains adult themes. TICKETS; (707) 527-4307

Oct 2 - 18 ~ Leading Ladies ~ presented by North Bay Stage Company; Don't miss this fast-paced comedy by Ken Ludwig, directed by John Vissman. 100% of the Proceeds for Opening Night (Oct 2, 8p) will be donated to the Fire Victims in Lake County. Tickets: Tickets Online

Oct 7 ~ FIRE Performance ~  Bread and Puppet Theater will be performing its original play FIRE, which catapulted the company to international acclaim 50 years ago. FREE! followed by a Bread Reception at Sebastopol Garage. 6000 Sebastopol Ave, Hwy 12, Sebastopol, 7pm.  Tickets are $20 or donation.  (No one will be turned away due to lack of funds.)

Oct 9 - 25 ~ Spreckels Theatre Company presents "The Light in the Plazza" ~ Soprano Jennifer Mitchell of Woodside, who received critical acclaim for her portrayal as Julie in the 2015 Spreckels Theatre Company production of "Carousel," returns to Spreckels starring as Clara in the Tony Award winning musical; This show contains adult themes and ideas and is recommended for ages 13 and older. 8p Fridayds and 2p Sundays; Tickets $16-26; Tickets & info at

Oct 30 - Nov 15 ~ The War of the Worlds: The 1038 Radio Script ~ by Howard E. Koch, Presented by Pegasus Theater Company; based on the novel by H.G. Wells; Graton Community Club, 8996 Graton Road in downtown Graton;  Saturdays and Sundays the show starts at 8 p.m., and Sunday matinees are at 2 p.m. General admission is $15, and October 30, Halloween night, is pay-what-you-can. On Halloween, come in your best 1930’s attire or as your favorite Martian! For reservations or more information, go to or call the Box Office at (707) 583-2343

Nov 20 - Dec 6 ~ Mary Poppins ~ presented by SRJC Theatre Arts, directed by Laura Downing-Lee. This theatrical adaptation of this classic novel and film is recommended for ages six and above. TICKETS; (707) 527-4307

SONOMA ARTS LIVE ~ Sonoma Theatre Alliance, the consortium of North Bay based theater companies, has announced a new name, new direction and new team for its theatrical and entertainment presentations at the recently remodeled Rotary Stage at Andrews Hall, located at the Sonoma Community Center in downtown Sonoma. Season tickets are available for $99 per person for all six productions. Individual ticket prices are $12 to $26 per person, depending on play or musical and seating availability. For tickets or more information call 707-974-1932 or visit  8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays
Sep 17 to Oct 4 ~ “ASSASSINS” - Sondheim daringly examines success, failure, and a questionable drive for power and fame in America through the stories of political assassins and would-be assassins. "Dark, demented humor, as horrifying as it is hilarious... thought-provoking and brilliant.” - Michael Kuchwara, Associated Press

Oct 8 - 18 ~ The Mill Valley Film Festival returns for its 38th Year
Celebrating the Best in Independent and World Cinema. The California Film Institute is pleased to announce a Spotlight on Sarah Silverman at the 38th Mill Valley Film Festival. The evening will feature a screening of her latest film I Smile Back and will be followed by a live on-stage conversation and presentation of the MVFF Award. at the CinéArts@Sequoia (25 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley), Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center (1118 Fourth Street, San Rafael), and other venues throughout the Bay Area. With a reputation for launching new films and creating awards season buzz, MVFF has earned a reputation as a “filmmakers’ festival” by celebrating the best in American independent and world cinema, alongside high profile and prestigious award contenders. MVFF welcomes more than 200 filmmakers representing more than 50 countries. Advance tickets packages are available now:

Oct 15 ~ “PINOCCHIO” to be performed October 15, 17, 18 and 23, 24, 25.  Produced by ACTORS’ THEATER FOR CHILDREN, Santa Rosa, bringing live theater for young audiences and families since 1971. Person Senior Wing, Finley Recreation Complex, 2060 West College Ave., Santa Rosa 

Oct 16 - Nov 1 ~ The Creaturecomes alive at Cinnabar when award-winning playwright Trevor Allen breathes new life into the Frankenstein myth. Based on Mary Shelley’s electrifying novel, this eloquent script became a giant hit in San Francisco. Forget the green skin and neck bolts. This isn’t a horror movie – it’s the poignant tale of a lost child, a monster who knows all too well what it means to be human. In this riveting North Bay premiere, rediscover the original story of a scientist seeking the secrets of life and the sympathetic creature he creates. $9  for junior-high and high-school students (Sep 4 only) $25  for youth 21 and under $35  for adults Seniors:  subscribe for a huge discount! 3333 Petaluma Blvd North
Petaluma INFO: 707-763-8920

Oct 17 ~ OUTwatch Offers Free Film Event for LGBTQI Young People ~ Sonoma County youth are getting together this month for their very own Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning and Intersex Film Festival, youthQUAKE! This collection of films, curated by the producers of OUTwatch, Wine Country’s LGBTQI Film Festival, includes fantastic short films about fitting in and finding out. For LGBTQI youth to age 22 and their friends and family will play at the Arlene Francis Center in Santa Rosa on October 17th. It’s free and there’s pizza, soft drinks, and sweet treats, too! It all happens 2-4p at 99 6th Street near Railroad Square.  

Oct 18 - Nov 8~ Circle Moirror Transformation A play by 2014 Pulitzer Prize recipient, Annie Baker In an artsy small town, an unlikely collection of strangers sign up for Marty’s “Adult Creative Drama” class: a recently divorced carpenter, a high school junior, a former actress, and Marty’s husband. Unfolding like a charmingly funny indie film, the group plays Marty’s imaginative (and sometimes awkward) theatre games. But as their relationships develop over the course of the summer, the seemingly silly games generate some real-life drama. This delightful comedy from new playwright Annie Baker landed on Top Ten lists of The New York Times and The New Yorker for 2010. Thursday, Friday, Saturday @ 8pm; Sundays @ 5pm. General $27 – Senior (+62) $22 – Student $15. Main Stage West, 104 N Main St, Sebastopol

The Sonoma State University Department of Theatre Arts & Dance 2015-16 Season ~ Admission prices from $10 to $17. Contact the box office at 707-664-4246 or email 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park. Evert B. Person Theatre and Ives Hall are accessed through the main entrance to Sonoma State University.
Oct. 15 to Oct. 24 ~ "Abraham Lincoln’s Big, Gay Dance Party" ~ 
Evert B. Person Theatre. When Honest Abe is "outed" in a re-imagined grade school Christmas pageant, controversy and chaos engulf a small Illinois town. Big-city reporters and Congressional candidates descend and family secrets are exposed. "$5 Friends & Family Night" Thursday, Oct. 22. 
Nov. 5 to Nov. 15 ~ "The Hummingbird Wars" ~ Ives Hall, Studio 76. Carter Lewis’s new play captures the outrageous and harrowing extremes of life in the suburbs when a family man fights against middle-class extinction and 21st Century technology. “$5 Friends & Family Night" Thursday, Nov. 12. 
Nov. 13 to Nov. 15 ~ "7th Annual Super Mega Molten Hot Lava New Play Festival" ~ Studio 76, Ives Hall. Playwrights of tomorrow are featured with script-in-hand readings of their new short plays and longer works from the Department of Theatre Arts & Dance Playwriting Program. Tickets $6 for all performances. SSU students admitted free with ID. 
Dec. 3 to Dec. 6 ~ "Fall Dance Concert 2015 - Heart & Soul" ~ Original Student Choreography, Directed by Nichele Van Portfleet. Evert B. PersonTheatre. Fearless, new and cutting edge, SSU’s talented dance artists perform “Heart” and “Soul,” a two-part presentation of explosive dance shows guaranteed to keep audiences on the edge of their seat. Full of raw energy, movement and emotion, the Fall Dance Concert includes a broad range of dance genres - including hip-hop, jazz, lyrical, contemporary and ballet pieces. Tickets are $10 to $17. SSU students admitted free with ID. Featuring two “$5 Friends & Family Nights" on Thursday, Dec. 3 and Friday, Dec. 4.
Feb. 4 to Feb. 14 ~ “Into the Woods” ~ Evert B. Person Theatre. What begins as a lively retelling of familiar stories, becomes a moving lesson about what we teach our children. This Tony Award winning musical is a fractured fairytale revealing what happens to iconic characters after they live "happily ever after." Tickets are $10 to $17. SSU students admitted free with ID. “$5 Friends & Family Night" Thursday, Feb. 11. 
March 30 to April 7 ~ "Spring Dance Concert 2016" ~ Evert B. Person Theatre. SSU’s Dance faculty members Kristen Daley and Christine Cali present electric and inspiring new works along with Eric Handman (University of Utah) and other guest artists. This dance spectacular also features a unique US-Korean collaborative performance made possible by a grant from the GMC Academic Integration Fund. Tickets are $10 to $17. SSU students admitted free with ID. “$5 Friends & Family Night" Friday, April 1.
May 3 to May 8 ~ “Hamlet” ~ Evert B. Person Theatre. Shakespeare's tragedy tells the tale of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, bent on revenge after learning his uncle has killed his father with plans to ascend the throne. Encouraged by the ghost of his dead father, Hamlet plans to overthrow the old guard and install a new reality of the young. Tickets are $10 to $17. SSU students admitted free with ID. “$5 Friends & Family Night" Thursday, May 5. 
Cloverdale Performing Arts Center, 209 N. Cloverdale Blvd., Cloverdale. INFO: 707-894-3222

Sonoma Theatre Alliance Teens ‘N Training Program on the Rotary Stage in Andrews Hall, 276 East Napa Street, Sonoma. .8pm Wednesday-Friday, 2pm Saturday and Sunday.  Tickets are $20 for adults, $16 students/seniors and can be purchased on-line at or by calling (707) 938-4626.

Readers Theatre River Friends of the Library, 14107 Armstrong Woods Rd. Guerneville

Main Stage West Thursday, Friday, Saturday @ 8pm; Sundays @ 5pm. General $27 – Senior (+62) $22 – Student $15. 104 N Main St, Sebastopol


Please send FILM listings to

Russian River: All Rivers - The Value of an American Watershed ~ Explores the diverse forces that have come to shape one of California's relatively small but significant rivers - forces which impact rivers and watersheds throughout the world.

Sep 16 ~ Precious Knowledge ~ A report from the frontlines of one of the most contentious battles in public education in recent memory, the fight over Mexican American studies programs in Arizona public schools. A benefit screening for KBBF 89.1 F.M. and Sonoma County Latino Democratic Club. Rialto Cinemas 6868 McKinley Street, Sebastopol CA 95472
707 525-4840 INFO: (707) 545 8833 office/oficina

Sep 16 - 20  - Wine Country Film Festival ~ Join filmmakers, artists and musicians for the 29th edition in venues in Kenwood and Glen Ellen, Sonoma Valley. The program includes features, shorts and documentaries from around the world. Most films are followed by audience Q&As. Outdoors film screenings are at Deerfield Ranch Winery. Bring jackets and new this year picnics are welcome. Please no outside alcoholic beverages. Purchase Local Pass ($75) good for all films online via or buy individual film tickets ($10 - $15) at the door day of show. Schedule details

Sep 19 ~ AVFS Drive-In Movie: Jaws ~ Gates open at 6:30pm at the Cloverdale Citrus Fair. Tickets are $15 per person. Bring a lawn chair! Tickets & info at

Sonoma Film Institute ~ All screenings are in Warren Auditorium, Ives Hall on the Sonoma State University campus in Rohnert Park. Fridays at 7pm, Sundays at 4pm. Admission is $7, $6 for non-SSU students and senior citizens, $5 for SFI members and children under 12, and FREE for SSU students.There is a $5 parking fee on all Sonoma State University lots. INFO:  or call (707)664-2606.
Sep 18 & 20 ~ Still Dreaming ~ The North Bay Premiere of a documentary film about a group of elderly Broadway actors, musicians and dancers performing William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, will be presented by the Sonoma Film Institute. Stretching physical, emotional and mental limits, the residents of the Lillian Booth Actors Home just outside New York City, bravely dive into a production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and find that nothing is what it seems to be. 

Oct 2 & 4 ~ PROJECT CENSORED THE MOVIE ~ highlights the work of the veteran media democracy organization and their commitment to media literacy education as an antidote to top-down, managed news propaganda and censorship. Screenings are Friday, October 2 at 7:00 and Sunday, October 4 at 4:00 in Warren Auditorium, Ives Hall, on the Sonoma State University campus in Rohnert Park. Suggested ticket donation is $5.00. There is a $5.00 parking fee on all Sonoma State University lots.

Oct 13 - Nov 17 ~ Sonoma County Jewish Film Festival ~ The Jewish Community Center Sonoma County is proud to present its 20th annual Sonoma County Jewish Film Festival. All of the films will be shown at the Rialto Cinemas Sebastopol, 6868 McKinley Avenue. Matinees begin at l:00 pm and the evening shows begin at 7:30 pm. Our eight selected films exhibit a glimpse of Jewish life with universal human themes from countries around the world. Individual tickets, matinees - $10, evenings $13; For complete details of film schedules, please call -707-528-4244 or online at

Oct 22 - 25 ~ Alexander Valley Film Festival ~ featuring domestic and international narrative features, documentaries and special programs, winners from the Student Film Competition, community events and screenings, a thrilling Opening Night Celebration, and more!  This event is dedicated to bringing films and experiences to the region to which our community would otherwise not have access. Venues throughout Northern Sonoma County. INFO: 707.893.7150 or

Cinema Numina - Numina Center for Spirituality & the Arts 707-815-1675 - The Church of the Incarnation, 550 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa.  Rialto Cinemas: Bringing the Best Films in the World to Sonoma County. Please visit our website for current film listings. Rialto Cinemas, 6868 McKinley Street, Sebastopol.

Summerfield Cinemas: Sonoma County's home for Art, Independent and Foreign Films. Please see our website for current films, dates and times. Summerfield Cinemas, 551 Summerfield Road, Santa Rosa

The Clover Theater ~ Cloverdale's Film Center. Under new ownership, The Clover Theater offers mainstream fare, as well as art-house programming including independent films and classics. The Clover is is open 7 days a week, 365 days a year. For showtimes and ticket info please visit our website: 707.894.6347

Community Media Center of the North Bay (CMCNB TV) ~ Local television by, for, and about the people of the North Bay. Watch CMCNB TV streaming online at; on Santa Rosa Comcast Cable Channels 26, 27, 28, & 30; and throughout the North Bay on the AT&T U-Verse system Channel 99. (707)569-8785 ext. 325.



Last Weds ~ Movie Night ~ Transition Sebastopol presents films on issues of Peace, Justice, & Sustainability. By donation. 7pm, French Garden Restaurant, 8050 Bodega Ave ~

3rd Fri ~ Movie with a Meal ~ Before each movie, we will provide a simple meal for the community to share in. We'll gather at 6p for the meal; the movie will begin around 6:45. Popcorn, tea and sodas available during the movie. A suggested donation of $10 is requested to cover the cost of the movie royalty fees and refreshments. Sonoma Shambhala
 Meditation Center 255 West Napa St, Sonoma. (415) 412-8570