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Week two of SIFF & more theatrical happening for Memorial Day weekend

While the sunshine figures out when its planning on shining, a long sporadically decent weekend is a good time to catch up on your movie watching. We'll be open our regular hours all weekend and on Memorial Day for all your viewing needs. And while you're here, make sure to take advantage of our $2 OFF ALL new Criterion & Eclipse DVDs & Blu-rays. The sale is on now through the end of SIFF, which enters its second week at venues all around the region.� There's just too many fine films to mention here, but our resident SIFF expert Media Babe has some insights on several of the upcoming movies. You can pick up a schedule from our front counter or visit the day-to-day schedule on the SIFF website for the full rundown.

Over at Northwest Film Forum, there's MY PERESTROIKA, the "Russian version of Michael Apted's 42 UP" that follows the lives of five classmates who came of age during the fall of the Soviet Union and their to adjustments to a post-Communist Russia.� On� Friday night there's TO DREAM OF FALLING UPWARDS,� a film by underground filmmaker Antero Alli which, "explores corruption and hilarity behind the closed doors of an occult order." On Tuesday there's FOREIGN PARTS,� a look at the diverse citizens and economic disparities in the Queens neighborhood of Willets Point. It screens with TREES TROPIQUES, a short documentary about Brazilian deforestation. Director Alex Fatttal will be in attendance. Then on Wednesday, June 1st,� there's a party to celebrate a DVD release of films by local singer/songwriter/filmmaker Barbara Ireland . They promise wine, cheese, and surprises in addition to her fine films.

Central Cinema's weekend starts with more screenings of Sidney Lumet's DOG DAY AFTERNOON on Friday and Saturday. Browncoats should note they're also showing Joss Whedon's SERENITY all weekend, including a special Memorial Day FIREFLY/SERENITY marathon. Movie Cat Trivia returns on Tuesday and their Favorites series continues Wednesday when The Stranger's David Schmader presents CHUCK & BUCK. Central Cinema's week rounds out on Thursday with yet another chance to experience THE ROOM.�

Things will get a bit racy this week at Grand Illusion Cinema with STRIP, STRIP, HOORAY!, a week of rare vintage burlesque shorts and features--visit the GI's site for the full schedule. All will be presented in lovely 35mm prints courtesy of the locals at Something Weird Video.� On Saturday night, GI will also show REVELATIONS, the live stand-up DVD by legendary comedian Bill Hicks. Entry is free with a suggested $5 donation to the Bill Hicks Foundation for Wildlife. You can RSVP for this screening at BillHicks.org. We at Scarecrow wish you all a safe holiday weekend. Happy viewing!

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