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Theater-going roundup for Oscar weekend

Happy Oscars, everyone! The big show is on Sunday, February 27th on ABC.  All-around wonderful human Tim Gunn will be on hand for the pre-show Red Carpet fashion parade starting at 4pm, and then James Franco and Anne Hathaway begin their hosting duties at 5pm. Here's a list of some Oscar viewing parties around town if you're looking for a good  spot to watch the show with fellow film fans. Former Almost Live! cast member & current star of Community Joel McHale will be hosting The  Spirit Awards (formerly known as the Independent Spirit Awards)  Saturday night on IFC if you have the fancy  cable channels. Of course, there's plenty of cinematic happenings going on outside the award show realm. Here's some of what else is going on this weekend: On Friday the 25th at SIFF Cinema is showing the complete version of John Woo's epic  RED CLIFF. This is the first time the non-hacked up for US theaters version has played on a big screen in Seattle. We suggest you read Vern's review and use his character guide for reference. On Saturday at SIFF there's the MOMMIE DEAREST Quote-A-Long, with wire hangers provided for the crucial quote-a-long scene. The National Theatre production of KING LEAR by Micheal Grandage & starring Derek Jacobi screens at SIFF on Monday the 28th.  Northwest Film Forum has Gregg Araki's "ambisexual college apocalypse thriller" KABOOM, which The Stranger's Charles Mudede says, "is vintage Araki but, unlike his work in the '90s, is actually funny and entertaining." There's also the documentary THE WOODMANS, a portrait of photographer Francesca Woodman, her artistic family, and the tragedy that forever changed their relationship.  You can hob and nob with young filmmakers at the YOUTH FILM HAPPY HOUR Saturday at 3pm, presented by the National Film Festival for Talented Youth, and on Sunday at 5pm, there's MI CHACRA, the story of a man who works as a porter on the Inca Trail, helping transport those on their way to Machu Picchu.  DR. STRANGELOVE is at  Central Cinema this weekend, along with their Oscar party on Sunday, the TEEN WITCH Pajama Party on Monday, a documentary on "sex shaman" Baba Dez  SEX MAGIC (trailer NSFW!) on Tuesday, a free screening of the women's health clinic vs. "crisis pregnancy center" documentary 12th & DELAWARE on Wednesday, and a 80s HEART THROBS Sing-A-Long on Thursday.  Our good friends at Grand Illusion Cinema welcome film historian & archivist Dennis Nyback back to their theater. He'll be presenting a week of unique shorts programs, including a collection of Oscar winning & nominated cartoons on Sunday and "Vaudeville Deluxe" on Wednesday. There's another Sprocket Society SECRET SCI-FI MATINEE on Saturday and the "gory, naked hilarity" of THE ETERNAL EVIL OF ASIA in the Late Night viewing spot. And for all your extremely last minute Oscar viewing, we recommend you head to Columbia City Cinema and/or a Landmark Theatre. Happy viewing to all, and here's to hoping we get a moment during the Oscars as genuine and moving as this one.

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