Cambrian: Arts & Events

Beautify Cambria’s Pinedorado fundraiser is for ‘The Birds’

Movie poster for “The Birds,” which will play at Cambria Center for the Arts as a fundraiser for Beautify Cambria.
Movie poster for “The Birds,” which will play at Cambria Center for the Arts as a fundraiser for Beautify Cambria.

You can see “The Birds” — Alfred Hitchcock’s 1963 thriller — and hear about some real-life seabirds, too.

Hitchcock’s classic will be shown Saturday, Sept. 3, at the Cambria Center for the Arts, 1350 Main St. Appetizers and wine will be served 5:30 p.m.

The opening reception takes place in the gallery, where Cambria’s 26th annual nontraditional art exhibition, the 927 Show, will be on display. Carolyn Skinder of the Monterey Bay National Bay National Marine Sanctuary will give a presentation on seabirds.

This is a fun opportunity to get scared in a good way. It’s a chance to enjoy great cinema and support a good cause.

Susan Chase, event organizer

Local Coast Union drama students, dressed as movie stars Tippi Hedren and Rod Taylor, will mingle with guests. Guests are encouraged to search their closets and come in 1963-era dress and will have an opportunity to win a prize for best dressed.

Randy Schwalbe, president of the Cambria Center for the Arts, will emcee the program, hosting the Movie Trivia Contest and handing out more prizes. Hint: Hitchcock always appeared in a cameo in the films he directed.

“This is a fun opportunity to get scared in a good way,” event organizer Susan Chase said. “It’s a chance to enjoy great cinema and support a good cause.”

The plot of “The Birds,” Hedren’s film debut, centers on a series of unexplained bird attacks on the residents of Bodega Bay. It’s loosely based on a 1952 story by Daphne du Maurier. The cast also features Jessica Tandy and Suzanne Pleshette.

The showing is part of Pinedorado weekend, sponsored as a fundraiser for Beautiful Cambria Association, a 501c3 nonprofit group. BCA’s goals are to achieve architectural harmony; install people-friendly sidewalks; plant and maintain more flowers and plants; create a shady, tree-lined Main Street; encourage artistic flourishes; and develop signage standards that enhance the streets.

BCA created the planter-topped trash and recycling containers that replaced Cambria’s trash cans. In May, the group welcomed the community to its first Bee Faire.

Tickets to the showing of “The Birds” are $20 per person, including appetizers and sparkling water. Wine is $5 per glass.

Tickets are available in advance from the Chamber of Commerce, at the Cambria Center for the Arts, or through the website, www.beautifycambria.org.

Cambria Film Club

Coming in September to the Cambria Film Club will be its second movie in its series, “Monsieur Lazhar,” a French Canadian 2011 Academy-nominated film.

The film is a portrait of a teacher that explores the teacher-student relationship. It is presented with English subtitles.

Showings are set for 4 and 7 p.m. Sept. 10 at the Unitarian Universalist Center, 786 Arlington St. Tickets are $10 each and available at the Joslyn Recreational Center or by calling 805-927-3364.

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