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Bay Area repertory picks, Oct. 10-13

October 10, 2013


Oct. 10--Twain Harte Film Festival: Sure, it's a little off the beaten path, but you have to admire the fortitude of this young festival in Tuolumne County. The third edition of the Labor Day Weekend event was postponed because of the wildfire that burned much of Yosemite and threatened Twain Harte. The show must go on though; this weekend is the reboot. Festival director Zack Gold had to cut down the four-day fest to two (Friday and Saturday), but he was able to retain his special guest, Oscar-nominated actress Sally Kirkland. If you happen to be in the area, stop by; otherwise, think about it next Labor Day Weekend.

Arab Film Festival: The festival office is located in San Francisco, and that's where the event begins Thursday night at the Castro Theatre with "When I Saw You," about a young boy and his mother searching for freedom in 1967 Jordan. After a weekend at the Opera Plaza, the festival expands in succeeding weeks to Oakland, Berkeley, Los Angeles and San Diego.

"American Jerusalem: Jews and the Making of San Francisco: Marc Shaffer's documentary was a hit at the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival this summer, so the Vogue has booked it for a week. From Levi Strauss to Adolph Sutro, Jews with a vision could find largely discrimination-free opportunity in San Francisco more than just about anyplace else in America (S.F. once had the nation's largest percentage of Jewish population outside New York City). A must for fans of old San Francisco. Starts Friday at the Vogue Theatre, 3290 Sacramento St., S.F. (415) 346-2288.

"Mary of Nazareth": The Metreon is the site of the official U.S. premiere of an international, epic production on the life of Jesus' mother, played by German actress Alissa Jung (who appears in person). Also starring Paz Vega and directed by Giacomo Campiotti (the Sam Neill-Keira Knightley version of "Doctor Zhivago"), it was originally made for European TV. 7 p.m. Friday, AMC Metreon, 135 Fourth St., S.F.

G. Allen Johnson


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