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  • FOOD MATTERS | Parco goes dark; Beachhouse broiler, pho on the way
    First, the sad news: Celinda Norton has given up on Café Parco (1807 42nd Ave. E.), after three years in Madison Park. It’s not that Norton didn’t try: She cooked every meal herself, seven days a week. 
  • Book aims to keep Kurt Cobain’s legacy alive
    On April 8, 1994, electrician Gary Smith arrived at Kurt Cobain’s Denny-Blaine estate to install a security system and found the singer/songwriter/guitarist/icon lying dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. 
  • Opening the greenway
    Bicyclists of all ages were ready for the formal opening of the 4.5-block McGilvra Greenway on Sept. 21. The greenway stretches from 37th Avenue East and East Madison Street to McGilvra Elementary School (1617 38th Ave. E.). 
  • Take in the sight of maple trees ablaze in fall color at the Seattle Japanese Garden (1075 Lake Washington Blvd. E.) on Sunday, Oct. 12, when the garden hosts its annual Maple Viewing Festival. 
  • Children are invited to get creative with Lego bricks and build something super-fantastic at local libraries this fall. 
     
  • “Hector and the Search for Happiness” is an uplifting, life-affirming travel comedy in a similar vein to Ben Stiller’s “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” from last year. Both revolve around men who live tidy but unsatisfying lives and want a little more excitement.  
  • At the start of “The Equalizer,” when we see Denzel Washington pushing around sacks of concrete at a home repair store, we know something’s not quite right.  
  • The Seattle Public Library is planning a special celebration in honor of the 100th anniversary of the Douglass-Truth branch (2300 E. Yesler Way). 
  • Experience traditional Noh theater in a performance at the Seattle Japanese Garden (1075 Lake Washington Blvd. E.) on Thursday, Sept. 25, beginning at 6:30 p.m. The garden will open for twilight viewing at 5:30 p.m. 
  • There’s something refreshing about the stop-motion animation films that come out of the animation studio Laika (“Coraline” and “Paranorman”). 
  • 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. 
  • 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. 
  • 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.  
  • 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.).  
  • 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.” 
  • 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. 
  • 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. 
  • 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. 
  • 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. 
  • A liquor license discontinuance was issued for Philadelphia Fevre Steak and Hoagie Shop on Madison. 
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