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‘SOMM’ wine tastings, ‘Jaws’ and the Beatles
Seattle Times staff
To celebrate the opening of the documentary “SOMM” (see review), SIFF Cinemas will hold three wine-tasting events at Ten Mercer, 10 Mercer St., Seattle. The opening-night events, at 6 and 8 p.m. Friday, will feature Master Sommelier Chris Tanghe (an additional tasting happens at 6 p.m. Tuesday with Master Sommelier Thomas Price). Tickets are $45 for SIFF members and $50 general admission (206-324-9996 or www.siff.net).
“You’re gonna need a bigger boat.” The Admiral Theater kicks off a “Late Night Art & Film Series” with an event featuring works by local artist J. Conrad Nivens, a silent auction, live music and a screening of the 1975 blockbuster “Jaws.” Doors open at 10 p.m. Friday. 2343 California Ave., Seattle. Tickets are $10, ages 21 and older (800-838-3006 or www.brownpapertickets.com).
“Deconstructing the Beatles,” three live multimedia events celebrating the Beatles, comes to the SIFF Cinemas at the Uptown this weekend. First up, Beatles scholar Scott Freiman presents “Looking Through a Glass Onion (The White Album)” at 4:30 p.m. Saturday. Then, at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Freiman presents “Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! (The Early Beatles).” Finally, at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, it’s “Tomorrow Never Knows (Revolver).” Tickets are $10 for SIFF members, $15 general admission, per event. 511 Queen Anne Ave. N., Seattle (206-324-9996 or www.siff.net).
Michael Perlman’s documentary “Free China: The Courage to Believe,” which follows the stories of author Jennifer Zeng and businessman Dr. Charles Lee, will screen at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Guild 45th, 2115 N. 45th St., Seattle. Tickets are $12.50 (206-547-2127 or www.freechinamovie.com).
Shirley Clark’s 1967 documentary “Portrait of Jason,” about a gay African-American man, comes to the Northwest Film Forum for a week’s run starting Friday (tickets are $6-$10). The documentary series “N-E-X D-O-C-S” is also on tap at NWFF, and opens with a screening of “Just Like Being There” at 8 p.m. on Friday (director Scout Shannon is scheduled to attend). Other films in the series include: “Money for Docs,” “Les Blank Tribute,” “Death Metal Angola” on Saturday; “It’s the Earth Not the Moon” and “Winter, Go Away” on Sunday; “Tectonics” and “Trash Dance” on Monday; “People’s Park” on Tuesday; and “Public Housing” on Wednesday. Tickets are $6-$10 per film, $35-$55 for a series pass. 1515 12th Ave., Seattle (206-829-7863 or www.nwfilmforum.org).
Justin Mata and Nichole Rathburn will present and discuss their recent animated film projects at 7 p.m. Friday at Jack Straw Productions, 4261 Roosevelt Way N.E., Seattle; free (206-634-0919 or www.jackstraw.org).
An encore screening of David McVicar’s production of Verdi’s opera “Il Trovatore,” starring Sondra Radvanovsky, Dolora Zajick, Marcelo Álvarez and Dmitri Hvorostovsky, comes to several theaters on Wednesday. There will also be a screening of the art exhibit “Munch: Munch 150” at several theaters on Thursday. For showtimes and locations, go to www.fathomevents.com).
And finally (and I mean that literally), head over to the Egyptian to not only admire the duct work, but to join Sam Lowry and Harry Tuttle for Terry Gilliam’s 1985 Orwellian fantasy “Brazil.” The midnight screenings Friday and Saturday will be the last in the “Midnight Movies” series. 805 E. Pine St., Seattle. Tickets are $8.25 (206-729-4560 or www.landmarktheatres.com).
Doug Knoop: email@example.com or on Twitter @dougknoop