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SIFF and the rest of the week's theatrical happenings

Please read the following in a high pitched squeal: "Ohmygosheverybodyit'sfinallyfinallyhere!" I'm not talking about the sunny weather, I'm talking about the 2011 SEATTLE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL. The largest film festival in North America is on NOW at various film venues in Seatlte and the Puget Sound region. As a graduate of Lindbergh High School (Go Eagles!), I'm happy to see SIFF expanded to Renton this year along with their screenings in� Everett and Kirkland.� There's just too many films to mention here, so grab a shiny printed schedule from our Kids' section shelves, see the day by day schedule on their site, or download the iPhone SIFF app. So far we're most looking forward to all of the Midnight Adrenaline films and NORWEGIAN WOOD, the movie adaptation of the novel by Haruki Murakami. Keep an eye out for our resident SIFF expert Media Babe's reviews on this blog.�Scarecrow and SIFF will be sharing a booth this weekend at the University District Street Fair. You can get a SIFF schedule and some Crow goodies from yours truly down around 42nd and The Ave.�

Elsewhere around town, Northwest Film Forum has a week long run of one of cinema's most influential and important films, Sergei Eisenstein's BATTLESHIP POTEMKIN. Don't miss this opportunity to experience the epic massacre on the Odessa Steps in a newly restored drool-worthy 35mm print with a score by frequent Brecht collaborator Edmund Meisel.� There's also encore screening of the Jesse "Godfather of Grunge" Bernstein documentary I AM SECRETLY AN IMPORTANT MAN on Friday night.

Central Cinema leaps in to the weekend on Friday with the VHS loving folks at� THE FOUND FOOTAGE FESTIVAL. Their presentation includes a screening of the excellent rock doc HEAVY METAL PARKING LOT. (What's this? Read Kelly O's review in The Stranger). There's more Found Footage Freakouts on Saturday with a special Judgement Day edition of� Collide-O-Scope.� If the world hasn't ended by then, Saturday night there's a special DIVAS and DUDS� SING AND ASL-SIGN ALONG benefiting the Washington State Registry of Interpreters for The Deaf. Sunday brings the first of three days of Sidney Lumet's DOG DAY AFTERNOON (also playing Monday and Wednesday) and a special presentation of FOOTLOOSE as remade by 54 different filmmakers one scene at a time.� Rounding out the week at Central Cinema are a Beer Week screening of SMOKEY AND THE BANDIT on Monday (free mustaches provided!), the season finale of GLEE Sing-A-Long on Tuesday, a PRETTY AND PINK Pajama Party on Wednesday, and an 80s MOVIE ANTHEM SING-A-LONG on Thursday.�

Lastly, our friends at Grand Illusion Cinema have THE TOPP TWINS: UNTOUCHABLE GIRLS, the awesome true story of lesbian, country-singing, comedian twins from New Zealand. The GI also has a booth at the University District Street Fair. Stop by their booth near the theater at 50th and The Ave for discounts and free tickets.� Happy sunshiny viewing and SIFF-ing to all!