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Film and Theater Review by Don Gibble - June 2016


Film and Theater Review - June 2016

Congratulations to the Summerfield Theater in Santa Rosa for showing “Hello, My Name is Doris” for over 8 weeks. The last time they showed a movie for more than 8 weeks was the amazing “Blue Jasmine”. If you haven’t had a chance to see “Hello, My Name is Doris” starring Sally Field go this weekend before it ends its run. I rarely talk about restaurants but last night I had the pleasure of going to the new Kitchen 707 in Santa Rosa. After you go to the Summerfield go to Kitchen 707 for dinner. Perfect for the whole family. They offer a kids menu which include mac n cheese pizza and buttered noodles. 6 tokens are included with every kids meal that they can use at the arcade with classic games including Ms. PacMan and Donkey Kong. Adults can enjoy the awesome salmon or pork medallions. I guarantee this will be become your favorite restaurant.

This weekend “Maggie’s Plan” opens (see above). It stars Ethan Hawke and Julianne Moore. This was my favorite film at last month’s San Francisco Film Festival. “Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping” starring Andy Samberg and Sarah Silverman opens June 3rd. “Now You See Me 2” stars Mark Ruffalo and Jesse Eisenberg who return in the sequel and new in the franchise is Daniel Radcliffe. It opens June 10th and I am very excited to see it. On June 17th the long awaited sequel to “Finding Nemo” opens. It’s called “Finding Dory” which of course is appropriate for the whole family. On June 24th Matthew McConaughey returns to theaters in “Free State of Jones”. It tells the story of a breakaway region of Civil War-era Mississippi that seceded from the Confederacy. This summer movie season is going to be hot!

Film festivals I’m excited about this month are the LA Film Festival and the Maui Film Festival. LA goes from June 1st through June 9th. Maui goes from June 15th through June 19th. For those of you thinking of going to either one the films to watch are “Lowriders” starring Eva Longoria which opens the LA Film Festival on June 1st. The closing night film is “Desierto” which stars Gael Garcia Bernal June 9th. Other interesting films include “Destined” which is about a man who navigated parallel realities: one as a hardened criminal and the other as an ambitious architect. Another is “Green is Gold” which is about a wayward teen who has nowhere to live except with his high school dropout brother, who is building a marijuana business. Reasons to go to the Maui Film Festival include tributes to 3 amazing actors: Bryan Cranston, Viola Davis and Michael B Jordan. Movies to see include “Tanna” which is based on a true story and performed for the cameras by members of the Yakel tribe. In one of the last traditional tribes in the South Pacific, a young girl, Wawa is unknowingly betrothed as part of a peace deal. Another movie to see is “Sweet Bean” which is about a lonely Japanese baker that hires a 76-year-old woman to be his assistant. He soon learns that she has a wonderful recipe for sweet red bean paste. The movie is appropriate for the whole family.

6th Street Playhouse opens “Forever Plaid” by Stuart Ross and James Raitt June 24th and closes July 17th. Once upon a time, there were four guys who shared a love for great music and got together to become their music idols. Performing four-part harmonies of beloved, nostalgic pop hits of the 1950’s. “Forever Plaid” is the perfect closer to 6th Street’s 10th anniversary season! 6Th Street is located at 52 W. 6th Street Santa Rosa Ca 95401. Call 707 523- 4185 for more information.

Transcendence Theatre Company is back this summer with “This Magic Moment”. Opening night is June 17th and goes till July 3rd.Cast includes Amy Miller and Dylan Smith both from Broadway’s “42nd Street” and Tony Gonzalez from Broadway’s “Mamma Mia”. Call 877-424-1414 for more information.

Raven Theater Healdsburg opens “Bye Bye Birdie” by Michael Stewart June 24th and closes July 10th. Before entering the Army, rock & roll star Conrad Birdie will kiss a girl from Sweet Apple, Ohio live on The Ed Sullivan Show. Appropriate for the whole family. On Sundays there will be a post show discussion where audience members can ask questions to the cast. Theater is located at 115 North Street Healdsburg. Try to see all 3 shows this month!


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