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It's the last weekend before THE OSCARS! We have all the last minute catch-up viewing you can find on DVD, then head to your nearest Landmark Theatre to see many of the nominated films, including the live-action & animated short films at The Varsity. Elsewhere on screens around town, SIFF Cinema is taking the weekend off to recover from their NOIR CITY series but returns in full force on Monday, March 1st with $5 COVER: SEATTLE. "$5 Cover: Seattle is both a long-form rock musical and 12-part series, shot during August 2009 in the city's clubs bars, crash pads, and streets, showcasing Seattle's musical diversity. With all the musicians playing themselves in stories drawn from their actual lives, the show will emphasize the authentic intimacy of a living, breathing musical community, as a well as a sweet, deadpan sense of humor." The musicians in question range from Thee Satisfaction and Champagne Champange to Whiskey Tango and The Lights, plus Sean Nelson, The Moondoggies and our personal favorites, The Maldives. This inside look into our thriving music scene was directed by local filmmaker extraordinaire Lynn Shelton. Check out her films MY EFFORTLESS BRILLIANCE (starring the aforementioned Sean Nelson) and the SIFF & Sundance hit HUMPDAY on our shelves now. Northwest Film Fourm is showing the British crime-noir RED RIDING TRILOGY, a fictional account of the Yorkshire Ripper's murderous spree across England in the 70s and 80s, based on the novels by David Pearce. For more we encourage you to read the twice aforementioned Sean Nelson's review in The Stranger. NWFF also has the Seattle premiere of OLD PARTNER, a Korean documentary about an elderly couple and their trusty ox. They call it "a charming, heartbreaking, existential buddy tale." Two 80s classics are playing down at Central Cinema--THE BLUES BROTHERS and REPO MAN. On Thursday, March 4th, they're hosting the WAY GAY SING ALONG!, where you can unleash your inner diva and belt out classics from Cher, Wham!, Morrissey, Elton John and every other song you've enthusiastically danced and/or sang loudly to while in the car or shower. In case you needed further incentive to attend, $2 from every ticket goes to support Three Dollar Bill Cinema. Grand Illusion Cinema has the riveting end of the world documentary WAITING FOR ARMAGEDDON: "America's 50-million strong Evangelical community is convinced that the world's future is foretold in Biblical prophecy - from the rapture to the battle of Armageddon. This astonishing documentary explores their world; in their homes, at conferences, and on a wide-ranging tour of Israel." While in transit to the GI, have U2's "Until The End Of The World" and REM's "It's The End Of The World As We Know It" available on your car stereo/portable music machine. In the Late Night spot, there's one of the best and most sensationally entertaining JAWS rip offs ever: GUMS. It also has one of the best character names in cinema history: Sheriff Rooster Coxswain. Don't miss your chance to witness this absurdity while you can--it's not on DVD! Finally, the Olympics draw to a close this weekend, and if you're like me and are a bit sad you won't be able to turn on the TV and see ice skating any night of the week, visit the OLYMPIC SPORTS section up in our Sports area, where among other things you can get the 1994 highlights and relive the dramatic Nancy Kerrigan/Tonya Harding debacle. Happy viewing to all.

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