5 things to do in and around Seattle, including “Montage of Heck,” NFFTY, the Cherry Blossom Festival and more.
At the end of another busy-bee week in Seattle, there are lots of entertainment options to choose from. Here are just a few suggestions. Feel free to add your own ideas on the comments thread.
If somehow you managed to miss the news, there’s a new Kurt Cobain documentary opening at the Egyptian this weekend, “Montage of Heck.” It’s an intensely personal look at Cobain’s life, which generated some heated discussion at a Seattle preview screening earlier this week. Check out Charles R. Cross’ review of the movie and a director Q&A/video snippet of the discussion. The movie plays at SIFF Cinema Egyptian on Capitol Hill for a week.
If the film proves too heavy for you, we have the perfect antidote: NFFTY, the National Film Festival for Talented Youth. A launching pad for emerging filmmakers aged 24 and under, the festival draws young, creative types from around the globe. Audiences at the screenings — which continue at SIFF Cinema Uptown through the weekend — are relentlessly buoyant. Read more about it here.
Also rejuvenating: The Seattle Cherry Blossom and Japanese Cultural Festival at Seattle Center. One of the longest-lived ethnic festivals in Seattle, it offers an array of art, activities, performances and food. Seattle Times festival veteran Madeline McKenzie brings you the full story.
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And finally, note that “Lizard Boy” has been extended at Seattle Rep through May 2, due to high ticket demand. It’s an original comic-book musical by local talent Justin Huertas. Read Misha Berson’s review for more info.