The Sebastopol Center for the Arts is proudly presenting the 13th Annual Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival. We are committed to providing films of the highest quality that provide skillfully preserved, real and compelling stories. With over 70 films from across the globe presented on 6 different screens simultaneously at Sebastopol Center for the Arts and Rialto Cinemas® Sebastopol and an anticipated attendance of 5,500-6,000, this will be our most powerful film festival yet.
SDFF was founded by passionate indie filmmakers as an arts program of Sebastopol Center for the Arts. The Festival is run by an all-volunteer Steering Committee. Each year the team produces an event that has become an internationally respected destination for documentary enthusiasts and filmmakers alike. Great stories; great movies.
The Sebastopol Center for the Arts will once again host a Favorite Poem Community Reading. Modeled on the readings initiated by former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky, and hosted locally by Jodi Hottel and Larry Robinson, this event will bring together a wide range of people and poems into one memorable event.
You are invited to submit a copy of your single favorite poem, famous or otherwise, one that is not written by you, a friend or relative, but one that you have read, perhaps many times, or learned by heart, and to which you feel a personal attachment, along with a brief statement about the poem’s significance in your life. The poem and introductory statement should take no more than 3 minutes for you to read or recite.
Please send an email to Gwynn O’Gara at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Include the subject “Favorite Poem Reading” in the subject heading. Send your name, phone # and email address, and submit your selection in either Word or a web link. Be sure to include the name of the author of the poem. There is no entry fee, and entries should be received no later than March 8.
This is our 17th annual event. The event is free, and refreshments will be served. Whether you submit a poem to share or not, we invite you to come to what is sure to be a wonderful celebration of the community’s love of language and poetry.
Impressionism emerges as the major style in American art. California artists painted the beauty of our state’s many vistas: ocean, desert, redwoods, vineyards, and eucalyptus trees. They include Guy Rose, Grandville Redmond, Joseph Raphael, and Colin Campbell Cooper, with visits from William Merritt Chase, Childe Hassam. Theodore Wores painted Chinatown. In a fight to move toward modernism we will review the Society of Six led by Selden Gile. Architect Julie Morgan designs Hearst Castle.
From her beginnings as a child singing on the streets of Paris to becoming an international star, Edith Piaf is undoubtedly the voice of French music.
Much of Piaf's music resonated with her own personal life as she specialized in Chanson and Torch Songs about love, loss, and sorrow.
Belovedly known as "The Little Sparrow" Piaf ascended beyond the skies of Paris to World-Wide fame through timeless classics such as Padam, Milord, L'Accordéoniste, and La Vie En Rose.
SonoMusette, featuring native Parisian singer Mimi Pirard, transports us back to mid-1900s Paris through the evocative songs of Edith Piaf.
This is the Paris that still lives for many of us in our memories... and in our imaginations.
Mimi Pirard's powerful and emotional interpretations of these classic songs provide a freshness and excitement that is faithful to the spirit and tradition of the original versions.
The formidable musicians of SonoMusette weave musette accordion, piano, guitar, upright bass, and drums to create a musical tapestry for these enchanting songs and melodies.
The concert will also feature a set of music made famous by other iconic French performers of the era.
Mimi Pirard - vocals
Robert Lunceford - accordion
Jan Martinelli - upright bass & piano
Isaac Vandeveer - guitar & bass
Richard Andrews - drums
Ticket Prices: Pre Sale: $20, Day of: $25, Student: $15, & 10 and under: Free
Day of the concert box office opens at 6:30pm, doors open at 7:00pm, and concert starts at 7:30pm.
America was reeling from the Crash of 1929. WPA artists painted the American scene: Maynard Dixon, Thomas Hart Benton, Diego Rivera, and photographer Dorothea Lange gave the painted voice to those struggling. The county was unsettled with over 1000 strikes. Coit Tower murals were painted during the San Francisco Maritime Strike. Another fair, the Golden Gate World Exposition celebrated two new bridges. Artists like Millard Sheets worked in new California Style. Ansel Adams advanced photography to new and exciting highs.
Artists Clyfford Still and Mark Rothko exploded onto the California scene and pushed painters out of their comfort zone. Abstract Expressionism became the norm. An association called Sanity in Art declared modern art a Communist movement. Bay Area artists rebelled. Figurative Art emerges as a Bay Area tradition. Artists will include: Hassel Smith, Sam Francis, Frank Lobdell, Elmer Bischoff, Richard Diebenkorn, and David Park.