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Theaterical happenings for August 19th & beyond

The weekend's outdoor movie options begins Friday night at Cal Anderson Park with the last of Three Dollar Bill Cinema's ROCK & ROLL FANTASY screenings. They're ending the season with FOOTLOOSE, which we'll will have to call "the original FOOTLOOSE" once Craig Brewer's remake arrives in October (yes, it's really happening) .Fremont Outdoor Movies is forgoing their usual movie screening Saturday night for the IGNITE 15 speaker event, in which a collection of experts on everything from unparenting to record collecting to Internet censorship will share their knowledge for your instructional and inspirational entertainment. If you're seeking cinematic inspiration in an outdoor setting, you can't go wrong with RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK at Seattle Center's Movies at The Mural on Saturday night. My colleague Matt and I talked about the film's periennal watchability with RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK: THE ADAPTATION's Chris Strompolos in Episode VIII of The Scarecrow Video Podcast.

Mercedes Alvarez's THE SKY TURNS makes its Seattle premiere this week at Northwest Film Forum. In this documentary, Alvarez returns to the small village in Northern Spain in which she was born to profile the 14 remaining residents of an area that has been continuously settled for thousands of years. There's also a whole week of music films, starting Saturday with the fantastic SOUL NITE! featuring rare concert footage of James Brown, Aretha Franklin, and many other greats (I recommend caution when dancing in the aisles). If you're more of a Headbangers Ball fan, Saturday also brings METALHAUS, "a designer mess-up of VHS flotsam, hipster kitsch, and remastered live shows from seminal provocateurs like David Bowie, Iggy Pop, Blondie, Roxy Music, P.I.L., The Clash, and, oh yeah, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Twisted Sister, AC/DC." On Thursday the 25th there's SECRET COUNTRY #3, featuring music by Jason Staczek and Garth Reeves and a movie starring a "certain red-headed stranger." Also this week at the NWFF, Sunday there's Michael Tully's SEPTEIN, the story of a man who returns to his family home 18 years after disappearing, and on Tuesday there's SEARCH AND RESCUE: SOUND OFF, a collection of educational documentaries from the 60s and 70s presented with a live original score.

Central Cinema kicks off the weekend with BABE (hands down the best talking animal movie ever made) and the extended international version of Luc Besson's LEON: THE PROFESSIONAL. On Monday night there's a Pajama Party chick flick night with 10 THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOU (a movie I recently watched for the first time) and MOVIE CAT TRIVIA returns on Tuesday night to test your film knowledge and possibly win prizes from our humble establishent. There's David Lynch's DUNE on Wednesday night and Thursday brings another Cartoon Happy Hour followed by CUTE NIGHT, an evening of puppies, kittens, bunnies, babies, and other adorable videos to make you SQUEE!!!

Joseph Gordon-Levitt (star of the previously mentioned 10 THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOU) returns to Seattle on Tuesday the 23rd at our newly rebranded neighbor Neptune Theater for hitRECord,"an interactive evening of original short films, live performance and collaborative RECording." Visit for more information about Gordon-Levitt's open collaborative production company.

After you've visited Scarecrow for 2 for 1 Wednesday on the 24th, head down the street to Metro Cinemas for a special showing of Eric Rohmer's MY NIGHT AT MAUD'S.

Our neighbors at Grand Illusion Cinema have a 35mm print of the 1971 surreal epic VIVA LA MUERTE, the debut film by Spanish playwright Fernando Arraba that's set during the Spanish Civil War. This weekend and next, the GI also has VIDAL SASSOON THE MOVIE, the inspirational story of the man who "changed the world with a pair of scissors."