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December 5, 2012
AM Alert: Movie break

VIDEO: In today's video, Dan Walters says the Legislature's seat juggling is already underway.

Now that you've recovered from the hubbub of swearing-in ceremonies and receptions, it's time to kick back and take in a movie or two. Of the political variety, of course.

Two films screening near the Capitol this evening are likely to catch the interest of Alert readers:

California State of Mind: The Legacy of Pat Brown is a documentary about Gov. Jerry Brown's father, the former governor who oversaw creation of landmark fair housing and employment laws, the expansion of California's highway system, the development of the California Aqueduct and the creation of the state's Master Plan for Higher Education. The 7 p.m. screening at the California Museum (1020 O Street) includes a panel discussion with filmmaker Sascha Rice and journalist Phil Bronstein, executive chair of the Center for Investigative Reporting. The group is sponsoring a full-day of workshops and talks related to the film. More details are here.

Knife Fight is a full-length feature film co-written by Democratic strategist Chris Lehane. The political thriller stars Rob Lowe (as a Lehane-ish political consultant), Carrie-Anne Moss, Julie Bowen and Eric McCormack. Bee columnist Dan Morain makes a cameo appearance in the film, which he wrote about in this column last year. Tonight's screening at the Crest Theater is a fundraiser for scholarships handed out by the Sacramento Press Club. A reception begins at 5:30 p.m., with the screening starting at 7 p.m. More information is here.

Both screenings follow the lighting of the Capitol Christmas tree at 5 p.m. on the West Steps. Gov. Jerry Brown is scheduled to light the 50-foot tall white fir tree with 10-year-old Christian Anderson of Costa Mesa. KFBK's Kitty O'Neal will emcee the ceremony, which includes performances by the California Army National Guard's 59th Army Band, Galena Street East, St. Paul's Baptist Church Choir and students from Brown's two charter schools, the Oakland Military Institute and Oakland School for the Arts.



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