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Musical based on Marin vet to premiere

A new musical about a local living legend will soon premiere in a pair of local performances. “Gideon’s Dream,” based on the life of Marin resident Gideon Sorokin, will have two performances later this month.

Sorokin, 77, was born in Austria before the Holocaust and fled with his family to Palestine in 1939. There he played a role in Israel’s War of Independence, became a veterinarian and eventually relocated to the United States to run a successful practice. He wrote an autobiography, “Tales of an Unorthodox Veterinarian,” which became the basis of the new musical by lyricist Adam Sandel and composer Richard Link.

“Gideon’s Dream” will be performed in a concert version 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 27 at Dominican University’s Angelico Concert Hall, 50 Acacia Ave., San Rafael, and 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 28, at Kanbar Hall, Jewish Community Center of San Francisco, 3200 California St., S.F. Admission is free. Information: (415) 789-5305 or online at

Doc on Vietnamese Israeli to screen here

A new film by Israeli director Duki Dror is coming to the Bay Area for multiple screenings, courtesy of the Consulate General of Israel in San Francisco.

“The Journey of Vaan Nguyen” tells the story of an Israeli-born Vietnamese woman, the daughter of two “boat people” who fled their native land after the communist takeover and were taken in by Israel. The Nguyen family decides to travel back to Vietnam to reclaim their identity.

Dror will appear for after-show discussions at all Bay Area screenings.

The film will be shown Monday through Thursday, Nov. 13-16 at theaters in Sacramento, Palo Alto, San Jose, Berkeley and San Francisco. Admission is free. For more information, contact Ravit Caspi at (415) 844-7504 or visit

ALSJCC sponsoring comedy event

Peninsula-based comedy show “Chopschticks, A Tradition of Comedy and Chinese Food” will be sponsored by the Albert L. Schultz Jewish Community Center for the first time this year.

The mirthful evening will take place 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 24 at Ming’s Restaurant, 1700 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto. Tickets are $65. For information, call (650) 852-3512.