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Cinema Happenings for the week of April 18

Here's what's going on in the vicinity of Seattle's cinematic epicenter

Hey everybody, it’s another great week for movies in the Jet City. There is a dog choking motherload of events transpiring so get on up and hit the cinemas. Maybe you want to hit up Sakura-Con (if you do stop by the Scarecrow booth and say hi!) and do some movies too. Enough of this palaver, let’s get the show on the road and start with US!

SCARECROW VIDEO SCREENING ROOM- Admission is free (but you have to be 21 or over after 3pm) and we sell snacks, beer, coffee, tea and popcorn at VHSpresso to accommodate your viewing needs.  

FRIDAY: 8pm Guinevere Turner is at SIFF so we’re showing American Psycho

SATURDAY: 8pm Saturday Night Fright Hole with Psychopath

SUNDAY: Happy 4/20 its 2pm Reefer Madness & 6pm Blood Freak

MONDAY: 7pm Kevin Clarke’s Music Mayhem This Is Spinal Tap

TUESDAY: 7pm GeeksWhoDrinkTrivia!  

WEDNESDAY: 7pm Men on a Mission with Heroes Shed No Tears

THURSDAY: 7pm Freaks

Plus don't forget 2 for 1 Wednesday Rentals.

THE GRAND ILLUSION CINEMA We’ve made it this far so it is time to talk about penises and here’s a documentary about the world’s only penis museum The Final Member. Also showing is a 35mm print of Altered States and if your mind ain’t blown yet Scarecrow Video is teaming up with the GI to bring you THIS IS YOUR VCR ON DRUGS, a far out compilation of material collected from the store’s drug section sourced purely from videotape. There is only one showing Sunday at 8:30pm and will sell out. Advance tickets are available. Finally on Thursday starts a three-day special engagement of Short Peace, a collection of short films from some of Japan’s most preeminent anime directors. Advance tickets are available. The cinema’s showtimes are complicated so click on the cinema’s link for details.

As usual there’s a bunch of cool stuff happening at NORTHWEST FILM FORUM including the opening of Pulsos Latinos a film festival of exciting new Hispanic cinema. Series passes are available. There is a bunch of great films showing so click on the link for details and showtimes. Also happening: The Unity of All Things, a new globe-trotting experimental film (the directors will be in attendance), Rene Laloux’s trippy animated film Fantastic Planet shows on 4/20 (with an after-party), Norman Jewison’s The Thomas Crown Affair shows on Monday, Red Renewal: Seattle’s Socialist Spring continues with Salt of the Earth and A Report on the Party and the Guests. Finally, the week concludes with a new quarterly showcase of music videos called VideOasis.

SIFF CINEMA alert- Guinevere Turner is in the house! Friday night it’s a special 20th Anniversary screening of Go Fish and a workshop! There’s also a weeklong fest of Big Screen Musicals with a very diverse lineup ranging from classics like Singin’ In The Rain to punchlines like Breakin’ 2 Electric Boogaloo. Click on the link for films, showtimes and other details. Also showing is the intriguing new documentary The Galapagos Affair, a special screening of Love and Air Sex with the director in person, as well as an air sex demonstration. As a bonus the proceedings are going to be moderated by Scarecrow pal Lynn Shelton. Wednesday brings about a free screening of Ade Adepitan: Journey Of My Lifetime. You read it correctly, the screening is free but you need to RSVP. The week culminates with the Wild & Scenic Film Festival Thursday night. The cinema has some other on-going films running so click on their link to learn more.

Other events include STIFF’s Red Carpet Party that celebrates the Seattle True Independent Film Festival which happens on Saturday the 19th.

There is also some pretty cool stuff showing around town on a screen or two including:

Laura at the Henry

Alan Partridge at The Varsity

Big Men at Sundance

And, lest we forget, Moviecat Trivia Night and Cartoon Happy Hour at Central Cinema

Plus don’t forget all the cool stuff you meant to see last week. And by you, I mean me. And you too! Let’s not be overwhelmed. Instead, embrace the cinematic wonder available all over town! See you at the movies!

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