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Wednesday, Nov 21 2012
For its 34th annual jamboree of creative functionality (or functional creativity), the venerable Celebration of Craftswomen introduces a feisty wrinkle into the talent-laden smorgasbord of handmade pieces encompassing furniture and clothing, jewelry, handbags, ceramics, and artwork: film. It's reassuring to note that film remains a means of personal expression and an endeavor of crafts(wo)manship, even in the digital age. The popular "Lunafest" program of shorts by female filmmakers boasts top-notch short stories and real-life miniatures, from Self-Portrait with Cows Going Home and Other Works (an evocative profile of photographer Sylvia Plachy) to Lunch Date, in which a young woman gets terrible relationship news by proxy (her gutless boyfriend's adolescent brother). The evening attraction is East Bay filmmaker Kristy Guevara-Flanagan's irreverent yet serious pop-culture exegesis, Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines. A benefit for the Women's Building, this screening promises to be raucous, inspiring and, yes, celebratory. 'Tis the season, after all.
Sat., Dec. 1, 10 a.m.; Sun., Dec. 2, 10 a.m., 2012

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