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Originally published Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 3:05 PM

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Pre-Valentine’s Day fare, ‘Noir City’ festival and more

Art-house and other screenings in the Seattle area include “Rusalka,” starring Renee Fleming; “Romeo and Juliet,” with Orlando Bloom and Condola Rashad; the coming-of-age drama “Pariah”; several festivals and more.

Seattle Times staff

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In preparation for Valentine’s Day, you can catch Super Bowl chanteuse Renee Fleming starring in the Metropolitan Opera’s staging of Dvorak’s “Rusalka.” It screens at several theaters on Saturday, Feb. 8, and Wednesday, Feb. 12. The Broadway revival of “Romeo and Juliet,” starring Orlando Bloom and Condola Rashad, will be shown at several theaters on Thursday, Feb. 13, Friday, Feb. 14, and Sunday, Feb. 16. For locations and ticket prices, call 800-295-8587 or go to

The Northwest Film Forum will screen a digital restoration of Charles Lane’s 1989 black-and-white comedy “Sidewalk Stories,” about the friendship between a tramp and a little girl, from Friday, Feb. 7 through Thursday, Feb. 13. Tickets are $6 for NWFF members, $8-$11 general. 1515 12th Ave., Seattle (800-838-3006 or

Dee Rees’ 2011 drama “Pariah,” a coming-of-age tale about a young African-American woman, will screen at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7, at Commencement Hall at the University of Puget Sound, 1500 N. Warner St., Tacoma. The screening is free (253-879-3100 or

The “Noir City” film festival comes to SIFF Cinema at the Uptown beginning Thursday, Feb. 13, with a double bill of 1943’s “Journey into Fear,” starring Orson Welles and Joseph Cotten, and Carol Reed’s 1949 classic “The Third Man,” set in postwar Vienna. The festival runs through Monday, Feb. 17, at 511 Queen Anne Ave. N., Seattle. Festival passes are $50 for SIFF members, $75 general admission. Tickets for the opening-night double bill are $10 for SIFF members, $15 general. Admission for all other single films is $6 for SIFF members, $11 general admission (206-324-9996 or

The Northwest African American Museum will host a screening of the 2011 documentary “Harry Belafonte: Sing Your Song” at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 13. 2300 S. Massachusetts St., Seattle. The screening is free with museum admission, $5-$7 (206-518-6000, ext. 104, or

The Seattle Asian American Film Festival runs through Sunday, Feb. 9, at the Ark Lodge Cinemas, 4816 Rainier Ave. S., Seattle. You can read a preview by going to and searching for “Seattle Asian American Film Festival.” Admission to most programs is $8-$11 (

And finally, the pre-Valentine’s Day festivities continue with a double-bill at Central Cinema. This week’s films include Cameron Crowe’s 1989 romantic comedy “Say Anything ...,” starring John Cusack and Ione Skye, and Michel Gondry’s 2004 mindbender of a comedy/drama “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,” with Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet. Tickets are $7 per film. 1411 21st Ave., Seattle (

Doug Knoop: or on Twitter @dougknoop

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