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Jul 8, 200904:37 PMBest Of Editor Picks

Oakland Street Cinema Tonight

Jul 8, 2009 - 04:37 PM
Oakland Street Cinema Tonight

If you’re sick of the season's shallow, summer blockbuster movies, it may be time to switch venues, and watch some meaningful (and entertaining) movies, outside. The Temescal Street Cinema offers this—as well as free popcorn.

Tonight, two movies will be playing. One is a documentary: 19 Arrests, No Convictions, which is about an Italian-American who was a big-time Bay Area swimmer. In fact, he, George Farnsworth, retains the record for being the oldest man to complete the New Year’s Day Alcatraz swim. Director and producer, Judy Irving, who also directed Wild Parrots on Telegraph Hill, assembles the pieces of a man’s shady past and unwillingness to give in to old age.

The second film, Smitten, brought to you by Nancy Kelly and Kenji Yamamoto, tells a story of a man’s outstanding love for art. Rene di Rosa is a well-known Napa Valley collector, who has spent more than 50 years collecting pieces from new and unknown artists. On his feelings toward art, Rene says, “It’s my greatest pleasure. Without it, I can’t function.”

More information: The Temescal Street Cinema operates on Thursday nights until July 16th. The show begins at 8 p.m. and there is limited seating, either come early or bring a chair. Location: Bank of the West building, 49th @ Telegraph Avenue in Oakland. temescaldistrict.org/cinema.html

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