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REVIEW | Comedic actors make good dramatic turns in ‘Skeleton Twins’
In Craig Johnson’s “The Skeleton Twins,” “Saturday Night Live” alumni Bill Hader and Kristin Wiig get their shot at playing dramatic roles, as Milo and Maggie, two basket-case twins that haven’t seen each other in 10 years.
REVIEW | ‘Tombstones’ has more life to it than expected
Based on the book series by Lawrence Block, Scott Frank’s “A Walk Among the Tombstones” is essentially a classic private-eye noir with a much bleaker outlook on life.
REVIEW | ‘Tusk’ is a chatty bore
Kevin Smith’s “Tusk” is a bizarre, twisted movie. There are disturbing images in it that will remain seared into one’s memory for months to come. It’s a horror comedy: a cross between an abduction/torture picture and an R-rated guy comedy.
Seattle Opera kicks off season with free event
See what’s new and exciting at Seattle Opera this Sunday, Sept. 21, as the company kicks off its 2014-15 season with a free community event from noon to 5:30 p.m. at McCaw Hall (321 Mercer St.).
REVIEW | ‘The Guest’ surprises with inventiveness
Take an old-school-style slasher and cross it with a Hitchcock thriller. Then mix in Jason Bourne and “The Terminator.” Throw in a little bit of Lifetime family drama, and you’ve got Adam Wingard’s “The Guest.”
Artist celebrates third year at St. Clouds
Willow Bader started hanging her encaustic art in the St. Clouds (1131 34th Ave.) bar three years ago. Now, the restaurant is celebration her ever-changing art with a party on Tuesday, Sept. 16, from 5:30 to 7 p.m.
REVIEW | ‘This is Where I Leave You’ doesn’t depart from formula
Shawn Levy’s “This is Where I Leave You” is yet another ensemble funeral dramedy, a subgenre that feels, overall, a little stale and overdone at this point.
REVIEW | ‘Eleanor Rigby’ a good meditation on modern relationship
Ned Benson’s somber, artfully made meditation on a modern marriage, “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby,” encompasses many things. It’s about regret, impulse decisions, second chances, fresh starts, reconnecting, uncertainty and drifting in and out of love.
Library book sale this weekend
The Friends of The Seattle Public Library will have its big fall book sale this weekend. More than 150,000 items — including of nonfiction, fiction, children’s books, CDs and DVDs — will be available for purchase.
LIQUOR | Sept. 11, 2014
A liquor license discontinuance was issued for Philadelphia Fevre Steak and Hoagie Shop on Madison.
REVIEW | Movie gets ‘The Drop’ on character development
Michael R. Roskam’s latest character-driven, neo-noir “The Drop” takes place in a cold and gloomy working-class neighborhood in New York — the kind of neighborhood where all business and justice are handled outside of the law but within the neighborhood.
Free seniors admission to Japanese Garden
The Seattle Japanese Garden (1075 Lake Washington Blvd. E.) will celebrate the Japanese holiday Respect for Elders Day on Monday, Sept. 15, by admitting seniors age 65 and older to the garden for free.
Libraries to celebrate Banned Books
In honor of national Banned Books Week, Sept. 21 through 27, the Seattle Public Library will host story times and film screenings at several library locations. The events celebrate the freedom to read and encourage discussions on why books are banned.
REVIEW | ‘Master Builder’ doesn’t create full characters
Jonathan Demme’s “A Master Builder,” based on the play by Henrik Ibsen, finds an aging Wallace Shawn playing Halvard Solness, a master architect nearing the end of his life.
REVIEW | "’Love is Strange’ finds subtlety, maturity in story
“When you live with people, you know them better than you care to.” Ben (John Lithgow) says to his husband, George (Alfred Molina), over the phone near the middle of Ira Sachs’ “Love is Strange.”
Japanese Garden to open for moon viewing
From 7 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 6, the Seattle Japanese Garden will once again light up lanterns, luminaries and floating boats to welcome the autumn full moon, in keeping with the Japanese tradition of O-tsukimi moon viewing.
Madison Park becomes ‘Julia’s Farm’ in new short film
Madison Park’s Sudeshna Sen did the unthinkable last year: She quit her job as a university professor to write her first screenplay and produce her first short, “Julia’s Farm.”
FOOD MATTERS | Waiting for brunch
When “Cider House” took itself to Los Angeles and then to Broadway, Platt teamed up with colleague Paul “Pablo” Butler, the Spanish teacher at Charles Wright, and plunged into the restaurant business.
DASSdance to premiere new show
DASSdance, which got its start in New York City, will show off its space at the MLK FAME Community Center (3201 E. Republican St.) with its new “Lights, Camera…ACTION!” show on Sept. 20 and 21.
Madison Park Art Walk starts Sept. 12
The fifth-annual Madison Park Art Walk will kick off Sept. 12 with a public reception at Starbucks (4000 E. Madison St.), from 6 to 9 p.m. The event will feature live music and refreshments.
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