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Casablanca premieres Friday Nite Flicks at the Arts Council

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Thanks to the incredibly generous sponsorship of Ridge Schneider of Sonora Subaru, the Central Sierra Arts Council is proudly presenting the first of its Friday Nite Flicks, the immortal Casablanca, at 6:30pm on Friday, January 20th at 193 S. Washington Street, Sonora (directly opposite the Bank of America building).

Tickets are only $5.

I will be speaking briefly before the film, describing some of the surprisingly troubled production history of one of the world's greatest classics of cinema, which stars Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman and Paul Henreid.

Come join us at Rick's Cafe in Casablanca, as the seemingly cynical Rick (Bogart) becomes involved with a freedom fighter on the run (Henreid) and the woman who, years before in Paris, crushed Bogart's spirit (Bergman). The Nazis are closing in - and no one is safe in Casablanca!

Revel in the incredible mood - a mix of exotic wartime thriller and astonishing love story - and hear some of the most immortal lines ever spoken on celluloid, including, of course, "Play it, Sam" (which most remember as, "Play it again, Sam") and "Here's looking at you, kid."

Cheer the heroes - and hiss the villains!  And watch as one of the most memorable love triangles ever seen unfolds against a backdrop of real danger...and builds to one of the most unforgettable climaxes in cinema history.

This is just first in a cornucopia of movies Connie O'Connor and the Arts Council has lined up - along with delicious surprise treats and drinks - for the coming months.

Thanks again to the generous support of Ridge Schneider of Sonora Subaru for making Friday Nite Flicks possible. His commitment to the community - and to the Arts Council - is exemplary. Hopefully, Ridge will be joining us for many of the screenings.

Warmest wishes,


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