News digestCity of Pleasanton seeks next Poet Laureate
The City of Pleasanton is now accepting applications for its eighth Poet Laureate to serve as a public advocate for the appreciation and advancement of the literary arts. The deadline for applications is 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 24; postmarks will not be accepted. The person selected will hold the honorary post from November 2012-June 2014.
Pleasanton's next Poet Laureate will be called upon to provide poetry at civic events such as dedications and public ceremonies, coordinate readings and other literary events. In addition, he or she will act as a resource and liaison between the City of Pleasanton and local schools, literary and community organizations.
Pleasanton residents may contact Michele Crose, civic arts manager, at 931-5347 for more information.
Italian Film Festival returns to Las Positas College
The Las Positas College departments of Foreign Language and History will present the fourth annual Italian Film Festival on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 19 and 20.
The documentaries will begin at 6:30 p.m. on both days. The four productions in the series are:
* "The Tree of Life" - Documentary directed by Hava Volterra who tries to come to terms with his father's death by traveling to Italy to trace his family's roots.
* "19 Arrests, No Convictions" - An eight-year documentary portrait of George Farnsworth, an Italian-American bar owner with an "interesting" background who redeems himself as an open-ocean swimmer.
* "Le Ragazze di Trieste" - A documentary of post-WWII Trieste that follows "war brides" who emigrate with U.S. soldiers.
* "My American Family" - Director Jerzy Sladkowski follows an Italian-American family's history of emigration and personal challenges that lead to unexpected revelations.
The festival free to the public. All films will be presented in the college's Multi-Disciplinary Building Lecture Hall, Room 2420. For more information, contact Foreign Language Professor Catherine Su_rez at 424-1212 or firstname.lastname@example.org.