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Insider Art

“Even when youth are incarcerated, they are still teenagers,” says Brino Ism. “They should still be given aesthetics and creativity.”

This week, Ism, the program director for Youth Studios Sonoma County for the Imagine Bus Project at Los Guilicos Juvenile Justice Center, shows paintings completed by incarcerated students—the first time art from juvenile hall students has been shown in public in Sonoma County.

Ism says working with art allows the students to leave the tension of daily life in juvenile hall at the door.

“Art From the Inside” runs March 7-May 6 at the Steele Lane Community Center. Opening reception, March 9, 4-6pm. 415 Steele Lane, Santa Rosa.

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Spy Games

In a 2003 Washington Post article, Valerie Plame-Wilson was outed as a covert CIA operative. The ensuing melee revealed that key players in the Bush administration were behind the leak, including Scooter Libby, who was disbarred and convicted of a felony for doing Bush and Cheney’s dirty work.

Can you imagine Naomi Watts dramatically wending her way through these events serious-faced? Good, because that’s exactly what she does in the 2010 movie Fair Game, based on the book by Plame-Wilson of the same title.

Valerie Plame-Wilson speaks at the Marin Civic Center’s Veterans Memorial Auditorium on Thursday, March 3. 10 Avenue of Flags, San Rafael. 8pm. $44-$110. 415.499.6800.