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Forgot to Make Plans this Valentine's Weekend? Here You Go…You're Welcome!

February 13th, 2015 by master

All Righty Procrastinators, Here are some awesome very Local Events to Take yourself and someone you ‘Like’ to:

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Jet City Improv Loooooves You! And they have a lovely deal on tickets to some sweet comedy.

Use code “CUPID” to take $5 off tickets to any of this weekend’s shows, including . . .

The Modern Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, the final two performances!
Tickets: Thursday 8:00 // Friday 8:00

Jet City Improv, featuring games for the loved and loveless (spoiler alert: you’re beautiful).
Tickets: Friday 10:30 // Saturday 8:00 // Saturday 10:30

If you hadn’t thought about your plans for Saturday until just now, They want to take credit for helping you out!

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Forget “50 Shades of Boring” Grand Illusion Cinema has this kinky film for your viewing pleasure:

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What a better way to forget about Valentine’s Day, if you’re one of those people, than by listening to a discussion on wildlife sciences, animal welfare, geography, anthropology, literature, and political science.

SAL U LECTURES: THINKING ANIMALS – SPECIES, POWER, AND THE POLITICS OF CARE IN THE WORLD

This five-part Seattle Arts & Lectures coursewill be hosted at the Henry and features a distinguished set of speakers to explore human/animal connections in a range of global and historical contexts, including Renaissance France, contemporary Peru, and urban and rural spaces in the United States.

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URBAN BUSH WOMEN at Meany Theater

Everyone Likes a Great Dance Performance. Join Arts UW for this Inspired Show:

Celebrating 30 years as an unstoppable force in American dance, Urban Bush Women continues to make visceral, politically-charged work that is electric and inspiring. With Hep Hep Sweet Sweet, founder and choreographer Jawole Willa Jo Zollar presents an earthy and provocative new take on the music and culture fueled by the Great Migration that emerged at jazz clubs in Harlem and Zollar’s native Kansas City. The program also includes Walking with ‘Trane, a work inspired by the life of John Coltrane and his seminal jazz suite A Love Supreme, with live music by pianist George Caldwell.

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Forgot to Make Plans this Valentine’s Weekend? Here You Go…You’re Welcome!

February 13th, 2015 by master

All Righty Procrastinators, Here are some awesome very Local Events to Take yourself and someone you ‘Like’ to:

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Jet City Improv Loooooves You! And they have a lovely deal on tickets to some sweet comedy.

Use code “CUPID” to take $5 off tickets to any of this weekend’s shows, including . . .

The Modern Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, the final two performances!
Tickets: Thursday 8:00 // Friday 8:00

Jet City Improv, featuring games for the loved and loveless (spoiler alert: you’re beautiful).
Tickets: Friday 10:30 // Saturday 8:00 // Saturday 10:30

If you hadn’t thought about your plans for Saturday until just now, They want to take credit for helping you out!

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Forget “50 Shades of Boring” Grand Illusion Cinema has this kinky film for your viewing pleasure:

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What a better way to forget about Valentine’s Day, if you’re one of those people, than by listening to a discussion on wildlife sciences, animal welfare, geography, anthropology, literature, and political science.

SAL U LECTURES: THINKING ANIMALS – SPECIES, POWER, AND THE POLITICS OF CARE IN THE WORLD

This five-part Seattle Arts & Lectures coursewill be hosted at the Henry and features a distinguished set of speakers to explore human/animal connections in a range of global and historical contexts, including Renaissance France, contemporary Peru, and urban and rural spaces in the United States.

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URBAN BUSH WOMEN at Meany Theater

Everyone Likes a Great Dance Performance. Join Arts UW for this Inspired Show:

Celebrating 30 years as an unstoppable force in American dance, Urban Bush Women continues to make visceral, politically-charged work that is electric and inspiring. With Hep Hep Sweet Sweet, founder and choreographer Jawole Willa Jo Zollar presents an earthy and provocative new take on the music and culture fueled by the Great Migration that emerged at jazz clubs in Harlem and Zollar’s native Kansas City. The program also includes Walking with ‘Trane, a work inspired by the life of John Coltrane and his seminal jazz suite A Love Supreme, with live music by pianist George Caldwell.

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Help Kickstart a New Beginning for Scarecrow Video as a Non-Profit!

August 13th, 2014 by master

Scarecrow Video Is Evolving Their Business Model for the Future by Creating a Non-Profit Organization to Preserve the Past.

Calling all cinephiles! Help Scarecrow Video reach it’s goal of $100,000 on Kickstarter.

As you know, Scarecrow Video has been a valuable resource for all-things-film since 1983. As the invention of streaming has cut into the movie rental business, Scarecrow Video has been fighting to stay afloat!

Scarecrow isn’t and has never been just your average video rental place. It has been an indispensable business that prides itself on its support of the community, independent film and rare out of print titles. The staff not only has a passion for the history of film, but a powerful devotion to keeping what Scarecrow Video has become alive and thriving! With the help of their fiscal sponsor, the Grand Illusion Cinema, devoted staff have come together to create this Kickstarter campaign.

For the love of all-things-film, and our very own treasury of history, I know you will want to help support their effort!

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“It’s a Wonderful Life” at Grand Illusion

December 24th, 2010 by master

For the 40th straight year, the Grand Illusion Cinema in the U-District is showing “It’s a Wonderful Life” now through December 30. You can catch the Frank Capra classic on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day at 3:30pm, 6pm, and 8:30pm. You can find more information here.

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"It's a Wonderful Life" at Grand Illusion

December 24th, 2010 by master

For the 40th straight year, the Grand Illusion Cinema in the U-District is showing “It’s a Wonderful Life” now through December 30. You can catch the Frank Capra classic on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day at 3:30pm, 6pm, and 8:30pm. You can find more information here.

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“Secret Cinema” at the Grand Illusion

September 17th, 2010 by master

Once the Grand Illusion Cinema wraps up its big “Night of Casablanca” fundraiser event next Saturday, they have something else special planned.  It’s a four night run of secret cinema called “The Grand Illusion’s Mystery Theatre.”  A classic film will be projected in 16mm each night from Monday, September 27 through Thursday, September 30.

Passes will be available to attend all four nights at a discounted price ($25 for general admission, $20 for seniors and students, and $15 for members).   As a back to school special, the GI will offer students individual show tickets for $5 each.  Check the Grand Illusion’s website over the coming weeks for clues about the films that will be shown.

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"Secret Cinema" at the Grand Illusion

September 17th, 2010 by master

Once the Grand Illusion Cinema wraps up its big “Night of Casablanca” fundraiser event next Saturday, they have something else special planned.  It’s a four night run of secret cinema called “The Grand Illusion’s Mystery Theatre.”  A classic film will be projected in 16mm each night from Monday, September 27 through Thursday, September 30.

Passes will be available to attend all four nights at a discounted price ($25 for general admission, $20 for seniors and students, and $15 for members).   As a back to school special, the GI will offer students individual show tickets for $5 each.  Check the Grand Illusion’s website over the coming weeks for clues about the films that will be shown.

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Grand Illusion fundraiser takes you back to Casablanca

August 17th, 2010 by master

Last month, we told you how the Grand Illiusion Cinema in the U-District was going through financial hard times.  Since then, the theater says it has received a generous response.  While the GI is still hoping for an increase in memberships, it has just announced a fundraising event featuring a classic film.

A Night of Casablanca at the Grand Illusion will be held Saturday, September 25.  There will be two showings of the Bogart and Bergman movie in 35mm (one at 6:30pm and the other at 9:30pm).  Tickets are $25 and include two drink tickets to the Grand Illusion’s version of Rick’s Cafe.  For more information, visit their website.

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Landmark movie house struggling to survive

July 21st, 2010 by master

At first glance, you wouldn’t even think it’s a theater.  Tucked next to a cafe/coffee house off The Ave, there’s a place where Bogie and Bacall still have a home.  In the day of stadium seating and 3-D blockbusters, the U-District’s Grand Illusion Cinema has been offering up classic movies and independent releases since 1968.  In fact, it’s Seattle’s longest running independent cinema.  But that long run may soon come to a close.

“It was to the point where we didn’t know if we could last another month,” said manager Brian Alter of a slow time this year when ticket sales and memberships fell off.  “If we had a major cost come up it was going to be hard to figure out.”  

The Grand Illusion at the corner of NE 50th Street and University Way

Things have turned around for the better lately, but these are still desperate times.  The GI, which is an all volunteer non-profit organization, gives film lovers an intimate experience.  Inside the theater that’s decked out in red velvet and gold, you can sit back in one of 70 plush seats.  The staff tries to show movies in 35mm whenever possible mixing everything from the classics, to cult flicks, to the downright bizarre.

“It’s got an old time vibe,” said Alter.  “I’ve heard it described as everything from a funeral parlor to a private screening room.”

Inside the Grand Illusion

Simply buying a ticket to a movie at Grand Illusion can help, but the theater needs film lovers to dig much deeper to keep it alive.  Memberships start at $30 and offer discounts on tickets along with private screenings and parties.  The GI also plans to have a full blown fundraiser in September.  Alter says losing the theater would be not only a personal loss, but a loss to the entire city.

“It’s a landmark of art house cinema in Seattle.  It’s an everything goes, free thinking kind of vibe.”

To learn more about how you can help the Grand Illusion, click here.

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