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Theater roundup for May 15

The big news in our neck of the woods this weekend is the UNIVERSITY DISTRICT STREET FAIR, which closes off the Ave from 50th to Campus Parkway on Saturday & Sunday for all sorts of music/crafts/face painting/fried food fun. If you find yourself in the vicinity of 42nd, stop by the SIFF/Scarecrow booth for information about the Seattle International Film Festival and to enter to win fabulous prizes from Scarecrow. You may also want to peruse the Street Fair section of THE STRANGER, as you'll find a coupon good for $2 OFF new DVDs. Bring it by the store and save on your way to and/or fro the fair. While you're in the neighborhood, head to GRAND ILLUSION CINEMA for CARCASSES. This film delves into the life of Jean-Paul Colmor, a man who restores old cars and other discarded objects in his home in Quebec, and the four teenagers with Down Syndrome that find solace in how he creates beauty from objects left for scrap. The 80s teen sex romp GETTING IT ON! returns for another week in the Late Night spot. At SIFF Cinema, there's the excellent series STEWART STERN, STORYTELLER , featuring 11 films by the legendary screenwriter. It begins Friday at 5pm with two of his early 50s teleplays--CRIP and THUNDER OF SILENCE, then at 7:30, Oscar winning screenwriter Christopher McQuarrie (The Usual Suspects) will interview Mr. Stern and discuss his career, followed by THE UGLY AMERICAN starring Marlon Brando. The series continues over the weekend and into the week with films like THE OUTSIDER, RACHEL, RACHEL, SYBIL and of course REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE. Mr. Stern is scheduled to introduce each of the films, but we highly encourage you to attend Friday's talk and hear him talk about his craft. Over on Capitol Hill, Northwest Film Forum is one of the venues for the TRANSLATIONS: THE SEATTLE TRANSGENDER FILM FESTIVAL. There's several films playing over the weekend there, at the Erickson Theatre and at the Capitol Hill Library. Follow the link above for the full schedule of features & shorts. NWFF also has film/song/dance "performance explosion" known as CONDO MILLENNIUM, a piece inspired by the transformation of Capitol Hill's Pike-Pine corridor. CURATOR'S DEFENSE, a film series chosen by local art & theater curators, begins Sunday with Chan-Wook Park's LADY VENGEANCE (chosen by Frye Art Museum's Robin Held) and continues into the week with Julie Taymor's TITUS, Ondi Timoner's DIG! and David Lynch's MULHOLLAND DRIVE. Elsewhere on the Hill, Central Cinema's has Alfred Hitchcock's NORTH BY NORTHWEST starring Cary Grant and an evil cropduster, then on Monday they help kick off Seattle Beer Week with STRANGE BREW. Lastly, the Ridley Scott/Russell Crowe ROBIN HOOD (are we calling it a reboot?) starts this weekend at Columbia City Cinema and other movie houses around town. Enjoy your weekend and we'll see you at Street Fair.

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