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Are you ready for the SIFF? 43rd annual Seattle International Film Festival hits Seattle, Eastside this month

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t’s that time of year for film lovers of the Seattle area and Eastside to unite. The 43rd annual Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) is coming to theaters near you beginning May 18 through June 11. More than 400 films from 80 countries will be featured during the course of the festival’s 25 days. The final lineup for the 2017 SIFF will be announced on May 4, with films showing in Bellevue’s Lincoln Square Cinemas from May 19 through June 1 and at the Kirkland Performance Center June 1-4. For more information, tickets and showtimes, visit www.siff.net. Festival-goers can look forward to the opening night showing of the romantic dramedy, “The Big Sick” on May 18 at Seattle’s McCaw Hall. Produced by Judd Apatow and directed by Michael Showalter, the film stars Pakistan-born comedian Kumail Nanjiani and is based on Nanjiani’s real-life courtship of his wife. Nanjiani’s character falls in love with a nonPakistani grad student, though as their relationship progresses, the couple finds themselves dealing with cultural differences. “We’re really thrilled that he’s opening the festival with this cross-cultural love story,” said SIFF Interim Artistic Director Beth Barrett. “It’s very touching knowing that [the film] is his story. He’s starring in it and you’re watching him on screen as he’s reliving these times, some of which are tough, tough times. It’s really impressive.” With a mission of creating experiences that bring people together through film, Barrett said SIFF aims to provide a healthy representation of diverse storytelling throughout the 400 films shown at the festival. Returning for the fifth year will be the festival’s African Pictures program, which features 10 films from the north and subcontinent parts of Africa, including a Nigerian “Nollywood” romantic comedy. Also returning for its third year will be the festival’s Culinary Cinema program, which features films centered on domestic and international cuisine. “One of the big goals we have for the festival is to represent as many different communities, genres, countries, languages, topics and filmmaking styles that we can,” Barrett said. “SIFF is known around the world as one of the best audience film festivals, where filmmakers actually are really able to interact with audiences and have really meaningful discussions during our Q and A [forums].”

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Barrett said in the current political climate, festival organizers have been seeing a lot of films dealing with the refugee crisis and questions of immigration. She added that when it comes to the filmmaker Q and A discussions, the festival is expecting to be doing more Skype forums with filmmakers who may not feel welcome in the United States.


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Tony winner to perform at Kirkland Performing Arts Center

“One of the things we’ve been looking at as a festival is what it means for us to be an international film festival in a time and climate [when] borders are shifting. Sometimes they’re not firm and sometimes they’re very, very firm,” she said. “And so we’re really looking at what that means for us bringing in international film and international filmmakers.”

YEE-HAW! FOURTH ANNUAL BOOTS, BARRELS & BREWS GALLOPS INTO ISSAQUAH This year’s Boots, Barrels & Brews event will return to Pickering Barn in Issaquah on May 12. The event will feature country music band, The Honky Tonkers, and Northwest food, wine and beers. There will be dancing from 6:30-10:30 p.m. with line dance lessons with the Whiskey Girls available at 6:30 p.m. and again at 8:30 p.m. Wine will also be available to purchase and take home. Raffle tickets will be sold for a chance to win a wheelbarrow full of beer, a collection of wine or a getaway weekend away for two including accommodations and airfare. Tickets are $35 per person, available at www.bootsbarrelsandbrews.com. Tickets include a souvenir tasting glass, food and five wine or beer tasting tickets. Attendees must be 21 or older, and identification is required at the door. All proceeds from the event go to the Kiwanis Club of Issaquah to support local youth scholarships and programs. Pickering Barn is located at 1730 10th Ave. N.W. in Issaquah.

Kirkland Performance Center will present American television actress, musical theater icon and songwriter Laura Benanti. She will take the KPC stage at 8 p.m. on May 20 for a solo performance. Tickets are $55 and still available. KPC is located at 350 Kirkland Ave. in Kirkland. Benanti is Tony Award winner, with more than five Tony nominations for varying theater and television work. Her most recent nomination was for her role as Amalia Balash in the Broadway Musical “She Loves Me.” Fans may also recognize her in ABC’s series “Nashville” and the CW’s action drama “Supergirl.” In addition to television work, Benanti is known for her critically acclaimed performance as Baroness Elsa Schrader in NBC’s “The Sound of Music Live,” starring Carrie Underwood. Alongside her Tony success, she is also a reoccurring Drama League,

Laura Benanti

Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Award winner, with more than 20 nominations to her name. In addition to acting, Benanti is a performer, songwriter and guitarist with a number of solo, studio and concert recordings to date. She currently performs concerts around the country and recently performed for former President Barack Obama at both the Fords Gala and the Kennedy Center Honors in Washington, D.C. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.kpcenter.org/ event/laura-benanti.

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Woodinville Wine Country’s annual WineCraft: Spring Wine Auction will feature specialty reserve, new blends and limited-release wines and experiences from brands such as Brian Carter, Gorman Winery, JM Cellars, Long Shadows, Novelty Hill Januik, Columbia Winery, Chateau Ste. Michelle and more. The event will benefit the Woodinville Wine Association and portions of the auction directly benefit The Northshore Schools Foundation and its mission to support academic success for all students. For more information, visit tinyurl.com/mxpygpm.

WHEN: 1-4 p.m., May 21 WHERE: Columbia Winery event space, 14030 N.E. 145th St., Woodinville

LISTEN | EAT, DRINK AND BE MERRY! Master Chorus Eastside’s “Eat, Drink and Be Merry!” concert will focus on one of the great pleasures of life: food. “We will sing John Rutter’s clever Banquet Fugue, a hilarious musical celebration of rutabagas by local composer John Muehleisen, a wonderful arrangement of Huddie Ledbetter’s Bring Me Little Water, Sylvy, accompanied by body percussion, and Java Jive, sure to please the coffee-mad Northwest, as well as other tasty selections,” said artistic director Linda Gingrich. “And since it’s Mother’s Day, bring your mother and receive a discount on her ticket!” Tickets are $15-$20. For more information, visit www.masterchoruseastside.org.

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TOUR | KIRKLAND ARTIST STUDIO TOUR The Kirkland Artist Studio Tour 2017 will showcase more than 45 artists at galleries and home studios. More than a third of the artists are new to participating in this event and most are residents in King and Snohomish counties. The artists, selected by the Kirkland Arts Center, work in a variety of media including pottery, painting, metalwork, jewelry, sculpture, photography, glass, printmaking and mixed media. For more information, visit www.kirklandartscenter.org/KAST.

WHEN: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., May 13-14 WHERE: Kirkland Arts Center, 620 Market St., Kirkland

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