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Top film and industry notables are converging in Sonoma for the 27th annual Sonoma International Film Festival from March 20 to 24, featuring 43 narrative features, 16 documentary features and 48 short films representing more than 25 countries. “Each year, we showcase the cinematic and culinary worlds to Sonoma over five fun-filled days, but it’s in showcasing Sonoma, and this place and our community, to the world that we really shine,” said Ginny Krieger, SIFF executive director. Highlights include the U.S. premiere of Thomas Napper’s Widow Clicquot starring Haley Bennett, Ethan Hawke’s Wildcat starring Maya Hawke as writer Flannery O’Connor and Luc Besson’s Dogman starring Caleb Landry Jones. Award-winning actor Beau Bridges will be presented the SIFF Lifetime Achievement Award. As part of the tribute to the actor and his 40-year film and television career, Bridges will participate in an on-stage conversation followed by a 35th anniversary screening of The Fabulous Baker Boys. For festival passes, tickets and more information, visit sonomafilmfest.org.

Sebastopol

Stretch Goal

Unwind with purpose at the Food For Thought Yoga Benefit Class, a unique event blending relaxation and philanthropy. Set against the picturesque backdrop of River Road Family Vineyards & Winery in Sebastopol, this session invites one to embrace the tranquility of yoga while supporting Food For Thought, a nonprofit that provides essential nutrition and support to food-insecure individuals facing serious health conditions in Sonoma County. The session goes from 5:30 to 7pm, on Tuesday, March 26, promising a serene escape with a 75-minute hatha/vinyasa yoga class designed to nourish both body and soul. For a donation of $25 to $45, attendees will partake in a rejuvenating yoga session as well as enjoy a complimentary tasting of River Road’s wines, sip selections from the Republic of Tea and procure a chance to win an exclusive raffle courtesy of Bliss Organic Day Spa, this year’s Yoga Benefit Series sponsor.

Tickets are available online at bit.ly/yoga-wine-food.

Pt. Reyes Station

Love Supreme by Vickisa

Single-monikered Marin artist Vickisa will speak at a reception hosted by Gallery Route One regarding her work inspired by music festivals, which includes paintings, drawings and aesthetically crafted fold-out accordion books created using mixed water media such as acrylics and watercolor pencil, and collage. “My passion is creating accordion books from these festivals,” says Vickisa. “My ‘Love Supreme’ is music and of course art. This is the perfect combo. At the recent Hardly Strictly Bluegrass music festival, I found myself right in front of the stage sketching the exciting activities swirling around me and taking some photographs too, which I often include on the back pages of the books. The process of sketching, collaging, finishing in studio and creating a handwritten story is all-consuming, but it is something I never tire of.” Vickisa’s ‘Love Supreme’ opens with a reception and artist talk at 3pm on Saturday, March 23 at Gallery Route One, 11101 Highway One, Ste. 1101, Point Reyes Station. For more information, visit vickisa.com or galleryrouteone.org.

Santa Rosa

Impractical Joker

Perhaps best known for the popular TV shows Impractical Jokers and The Misery Index, Joe Gatto brings his comedy styling to the Luther Burbank Center next week in a performance simply billed as “Joe Gatto’s Night of Comedy.” Gatto has toured to sold-out crowds worldwide, including Madison Square Garden in New York and the O2 Arena in London. “We’re barely a prank show, in my opinion. We don’t consider it that; we don’t call our stuff pranks. The challenges that we do are more social experiments that put each other in awkward situations,” says Gatto of his TV work. Additional bonafides include co-hosting the Two Cool Moms Podcast and appearing on podcasts, including This Past Weekend with Theo Von, What A Joke with Papa and Fortune and Life is Short with Justin Long. His debut children’s book, Where’s Bearry? hits bookstore shelves next fall. The show commences at 7pm, Saturday, March 23, at the Ruth Finley Person Theater at the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts, 50 Mark West Springs Rd., Santa Rosa. Tickets are $25 to $65.75 (with a dynamically-priced ‘Meet & Greet’ option also available). Visit bit.ly/gatto-lbc for more information.

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