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Masquerade ball with a James Bond twist to benefit media arts program

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Drinks will be shaken, not stirred at the 007 Masquerade Ball hosted by the Sonoma International Film Society. Set for Friday, Oct. 25, at Buena Vista Winery, the night of James Bond activities will benefit the media arts program at Sonoma Valley High School.

Dress as your favorite 007 character – whether that’s a sexy Bond girl or a mischievous villain. Attendees will be shuttled from the parking lot of the historic winery via golf carts, to the casino-themed club in the tasting room. Play hands of black jack, throw a game of craps or spin the roulette wheel, while festooned females sell raffle and gaming tickets. Park Avenue Caterers will provide the food, with wines from Buena Vista proprietor Jean-Charles Boisset.

DJ Trwrex will spin songs in the tasting room, while the John Brothers Piano Company Quintet tickle the ivory in the Bubble Room. Aston Martins and Audis will be on display, as the classic 007 films are screened in the courtyard. Expect fire, belly and shadow dancing throughout the night, along with other surprises.

Peter Hansen, director of the media arts program, will speak about how the students will benefit from the night of fundraising. The unique program offers students the chance to create professional grade film projects and learn everything from storytelling to editing.

“The program is graduating kids into the country’s top colleges and universities that specialize in filmmaking and upon graduation they are getting jobs in the industry,” said Kevin McNeely, executive director of the film society. Tickets are $150 and available at sonomafilmfest.org.