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Films and Theater PREview and REview by Don Gibble - April 2016

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Films and Theater PREview and REview by Don Gibble - April 2016

FILMS and Film Festivals

This weekend, March 31 through April 3, the 19th Annual Sonoma International Film Festival opens. There are always amazing films that show at this festival. There are three you should check out. “Papa Hemingway in Cuba” premieres Thursday, March 31st at the Sebastiani Theater in Sonoma at 6:30pm. “Happy 140” premieres Friday, April 1st at the Sebastiani at 8:15pm. “Sunset Song” premieres Saturday, April 2nd at the Sebastiani. For more information on these films go to

The 59th San Francisco International Film Festival returns this year April 21st. The Festival’s new geographic footprint is centered around the thriving cultural community of the Mission district, utilizing San Francisco’s newest (Alamo Drafthouse New Mission) and oldest (Roxie Theater) screens to bring the best of world cinema to Bay Area audiences.

The 9th Annual Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival just wrapped and in my opinion was the best in years thanks to the director, Randy Hall and the programmer, Jean McGlothlin. The festival was  extremely organized and the selection of films was awesome. My favorites include “Drawing the Tiger” directed by Amy Benson, Scott Squire and Ramyata Limbu. “Drawing the Tiger” is the intimate portrait of a Nepalese family’s daily struggle to survive off subsistence farming and the price that family pays for their golden opportunity to break the poverty cycle. Another film worth seeing is “A New Color: The Art of Being Edythe Boone” directed by Marlene ‘Mo’ Morris. Edythe Boone is 75 years old and is still fully engaged in bringing her art to the community. Her murals grace buildings from Berkeley to San Francisco. Finally, we have “In the Image: Palestinian Women Capture the Occupation” directed by Emmy Scharlatt and Judith Montell. This film follows a group of Palestinian women on the West Bank working with the Israeli human rights organization B’Tselem.

Movies worth seeing at your local theater are “Hello, My Name is Doris” starring Sally Field and “The Bronze”.

Live Theater PREVIEWS

Thank you for the emails regarding my preview for theater in March 2016. Some of you requested I preview shows in other cities besides Sonoma County. So this month I will preview shows in other local cities as well.

First we have the classic “Fiddler on the Roof” at Analy High School in Sebastopol. Directed by the very talented Starr Hergenrather, the musical opens Friday, April 8th at 7pm. It closes Saturday, April 16th. Tickets can be bought at General admission is $12 students/seniors is $10. Analy High School is located at 6950 Analy Ave Sebastopol.

Next we have the premiere of “Private Lives Private Lies” written and directed by Dr. Dianna L Grayer. The play explores relationship discord, addiction, discrimination and rejection in the lives of LGBTQ people. The struggles they face and the joy that comes down from being authentic and free. It is educational, therapeutic, hopeful and entertaining and pulls from every emotional realm including love and laughter. The play opens Friday, April 1st at 7pm. It closes Sunday, April 3rd at 2pm. Tickets can be bought at Admission is $20. Located at Graton Community Club 8996 Graton Rd. Graton.

The very talented Taylor Bartolucci stars as Morticia Addams in “The Addams Family” playing at the Julia Morgan Theatre in Berkeley. The hilariously morbid family is back in a brand new story. The theater is located at 2640 College Ave in Berkeley. It plays now through Sunday, April 17, 2016

Last but not least is “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”. Audience members are invited onstage to compete in the spelling bee alongside the six main contestants. The play runs through Saturday, April 2nd at the Belrose Theatre in San Rafael. The show starts at 8pm. Go online for more information.

Email me with any questions you may have of any play showing in the bay area.