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SMITH: A ringing high up in Weill Hall

Published: Monday, December 17, 2012 at 5:07 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, December 17, 2012 at 5:07 p.m.

It was his girlfriend's birthday, so Santa Rosa's Matt Everson bought two $10 tickets to a student-orchestra concert at the new Green Music Center.

Whoopee. But wait, he also secretly arranged with SSU's Jessica Anderson for a VIP tour for two of the splendid new performance hall.

Matt's sweetheart and business partner, Sarah Trejo, had fallen in love with Weill Hall when they stepped out onto a high-up terrace that's on the outside of the building.

It surprised Sarah to see, there on the moon-lit terrace, a table draped with white linen and set with a bouquet in a vase, a bottle of bubbly and two Champagne flutes.

“Babe! Did you do all this? Oh my God. Thank you!” she gushed.

Matt had begun to pour when he set the bottle down, dropped to a knee and pulled a small box from a pocket.

“Will you marry me?” he asked.

How do you suppose his Green Center performance ended?

SEEN ‘JERSEY BOYS'? Kathy Johnstone has, 119 times.

The 1968 Montgomery alum and retired health care professional swears that every time she sees the musical inspired by Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, she notices something new.

“The music's wonderful, but the story's even better,” Johnstone said. She saw it first in San Francisco in 2006, most recently two weeks ago in Vegas and in-between in Sacramento, L.A., Orange County, Chicago and NYC.

She has befriended cast members and fellow traveling fans, told Valli to his face that he has changed lives and chatted with founding band member Tommy DeVito.

She vows she will be there the day the production opens again in San Francisco in March, “and then some.”

IT WAS 12 YEARS that she'd served on Cotati's city council, and her departure date was 12/12/12.

So a standing-room-only crowd in the Hub City's council chambers thanked the departing Janet Orchard and sent her off with a stack of framed local, county, regional, state and federal resolutions that I assume numbered 12 and I hope no one will go back and count.

MOVIE WEDNESDAY? It's a good day to see a Christmas flick because five local theaters will show seasonal favorites for (almost) free.

All day, theaters in the Santa Rosa Entertainment Group will show a holiday film over and over in one auditorium. In lieu of a ticket, each patron must bring along a new toy or some non-perishable food.

The Santa Rosa-based theater company will donate the groceries to the Redwood Empire Food Bank, the toys to local Boys & Girls Clubs.

Also, the company will accept cash donations Wednesday and will match them up to $5,000. All the cash will go to the food bank.

What's showing?

“Elf” at the Roxy 14, “The Polar Express” at Airport Cinemas, “A Christmas Story” at Summerfield, “Christmas Vacation” at 3rd Street and “The Grinch” at the Raven Film Center.

Chris Smith is at 521-5211 and

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