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Apr 10

See “West Side Story” tonight

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Watch the classic movie musical tonight in San Luis Obispo

“For never was a story of more woe, than this of Juliet and her Romeo.”

William Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” has inspired countless screen adaptations over the years, from the silly (“Gnomeo and Juliet”) to the sensational (“Romeo Must Die”). But few films are more beloved than “West Side Story.”

Based on the Tony Award-winning musical, “West Side Story” transports Shakespeare’s timeless romantic tale from 16th-century Italy to New York City in the 1950s.

Tony (Richard Beymar) is a member of the Jets, a white street gang led by his best friend, Riff (Russ Tamblyn). He’s in love with Puerto Rican immigrant Maria (Natalie Wood), whose brother Bernardo (George Chakiris) heads the rival Sharks.

“A boy like that could kill your brother,” warns Bernardo’s girlfriend, Anita (Rita Moreno). But Maria doesn’t want to listen.

She and Tony are willing to risk it all for true love.

The winner of 10 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, “West Side Story” features a moving story, a terrific young cast and such timeless tunes as “America,” “Maria,” “Tonight” and “I Feel Pretty.” Don’t miss it.

Watch “West Side Story” at 7:30 p.m. tonight at the Fremont movie theater, 1025 Monterey St. in San Luis Obispo. Tickets are $8 apiece.

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HopeDance magazine’s month-long environment screening series continues this week with three fresh films.

  • “YERT: Your Environmental Road Trip” — Inspired by an environmental crisis of monumental proportions, three friends set off on a year-long journey through all 50 states to promote sustainability. 7 p.m. tonight. Sukha Wellness Center, 6615 Bay Laurel Place in Avila Beach.
  • “The Greenhorns” – Filmmaker Severine von Tscharner pays tribute to the grit and entrepreneurial spirit of the determined young farmers who are reclaiming our nation’s farmland. 7 p.m. Wednesday. Dancing Deer Ranch, 2975 Vineyard Dr. in Templeton.
  • “Tipping Point: End of Oil” “Avatar” director James Cameron teams up with the native population of Fort Chipewyan in north Alberta in hopes of ending the exploitation of Canada’s tar sands. 7 p.m. Thursday. Steynberg Gallery, 1531 Monterey St. in San Luis Obispo. Reception at 6:30 p.m.

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On Friday and Saturday, the Friends of Hearst Castle are sponsoring a delightful documentary double-feature.

“Dolphins” reveals the little-known life of wild dolphins, following marine biologists from the turquoise waters and dazzling coral reefs of the Bahamas to the the wind-swept seas of Patagonia. The Academy Award-nominated documentary is narrated by Piece Brosnan and features music by Sting.

It’s followed by “The Grand Canyon: Hidden Secrets.”

Viewers will discover the history behind the remarkable landmark, including its earliest native inhabitants, the coming of the Europeans and the expedition of John Wesley Powell, who mapped the canyon and made the Colorado River rapids accessible to future generations.

The fun starts at 6:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Hearst Castle Visitor Center, 750 Hearst Castle Road in San Simeon, off Highway 1. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children age 12 and under.

For more information, contact the Friends of Hearst Castle online.

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