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A series of classic comedies; ‘Lady Be Good’ jazz film

Tickets are now on sale for a series of American comedy classics at SAM (July 10-Aug. 14); and the documentary “Lady Be Good,” which follows the musical contributions of American women in jazz, will show Saturday, June 28, at Rainier Valley Cultural Center.


Seattle Times staff

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Tickets are now on sale for a new series of American comedies, “For Laughing Out Loud,” coming to the Seattle Art Museum July 10-Aug. 14. It includes 1935’s “Hands Across the Table” (July 10, starring Carole Lombard); 1936’s “Theodora Goes Wild” (July 17, Irene Dunne); 1937’s “True Confession” (July 24, Lombard); 1940’s “His Girl Friday” (July 30, Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell); 1940’s “Too Many Husbands” (Aug. 7, Jean Arthur); and 1951’s “Born Yesterday” (Aug. 14, Judy Holliday). All films begin at 7:30 p.m. 1300 First Ave., Seattle. Series tickets are $42 for SIFF, NWFF, SFI, TheFilmSchool and SAM members, $45 for nonmembers (206-654-3121 or seattleartmuseum.org).

SIFF Cinema at the Film Center continues with the Royal Shakespeare Company Live and National Theatre Live series with showings of “Henry IV, Part 1” (noon Saturday, June 28) and “King Lear” (noon Sunday, June 29), respectively. Tickets are $15 for SIFF members, $20 general. The Film Center will also show “Finding Vivian Maier,” a 2013 documentary about the photographer, at 7 p.m. Monday, June 30; Wes Anderson’s funny 1999 comedy “Rushmore” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 1; and Paul Thomas Anderson’s 1997 drama “Boogie Nights” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 2. Tickets for each showing are $7 for SIFF members, $12 general. Northwest Rooms, Seattle Center (206-324-9996 or www.siff.net).

The locally made documentary “Lady Be Good,” which follows the musical contributions of American women in jazz from the early part of the 20th century, will show at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 28, followed by a conversation with filmmaker Kay D. Ray. Rainier Valley Cultural Center, 3515 S. Alaska St., Seattle. Suggested donation $5 (206-725-7517 or ).

The “Friday Night at the Meaningful Movies” series presents David France’s 2012 documentary “How to Survive a Plague,” which follows the AIDS pandemic, at 7 p.m. Friday, June 27, at Keystone Congregational United Church of Christ, 5019 Keystone Place N., Seattle; free, donations accepted (meaningfulmovies.org).

And finally, at Central Cinema, there’s John Waters’ fun 1988 original comedy “Hairspray,” starring Rikki Lake and Divine; and the 1991 documentary “Madonna: Truth or Dare,” covering the singer’s 1990 “Blond Ambition” tour. Tickets are $7 per film. 1411 21st Ave., Seattle (central-cinema.com).

Doug Knoop: dknoop@seattletimes.com or on Twitter @dougknoop



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