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Celebrate a kid-friendly New Year’s Eve at the Tacoma Public Library main branch, including harpist Leslie McMichael

Two events at the Tacoma Public Library main branch this Saturday are great for young kids wanting to celebrate New Year’s Eve at a reasonable hour. They’re First Night events but are free and don’t need the $10 button. And like other First Night shows, they’re arts-related.

At 11 a.m. kids can party in a Happy Noon Year with a concert, making festive party hats, drinking toasts and watching the ball drop at 12 noon.

At 3 p.m. the library will screen 1917 silent classic “A Little Princess,” starring the angelic Mary Pickford, with a brand-new music score composed

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UPS professor and writer Hans Ostrom sees his novel “Three To Get Ready” go to film as “Napa,” starring Rose McGowan

It sounds like every writer’s dream: Have a book published,  have a Hollywood director pick it up and turn it to film, and even get a role yourself. That’s what’s happening to Hans Ostrom, professor of African American Studies and English at the University of Puget Sound, whose 1991 murder mystery “Three to Get Ready” is about to film as “Napa,” in Napa itself, under the direction of Michael Kerr and featuring Rose McGowan. And Ostrom himself has a role.

“It’s pretty exciting – it’s the first screenplay I’ve had produced,” says Ostrom, who has been writing

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Extended “Lord of the Rings” on the big screen for three nights only in Federal Way, Seattle and elsewhere

If you’re a Tolkien fan, and you liked Academy Award-winning “The Lord of the Rings” movies, you’ll know that the grandly sweeping landscapes of Middle Earth (a.k.a. New Zealand) just don’t have the same effect on your home screen. The solution: a one-night-each nationwide screening of the extended version, including nine Puget Sound theaters, courtesy of Fathom Events and beginning next week.

Based on the famous novels by J.R.R. Tolkien, “The Lord of the Rings” tells an epic tale of men, hobbits, elves, dwarves and wizards working together on a quest to find and destroy the ring that threatens

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Asia Pacific Cultural Center presents free screening of “Vincent Who?” at University of Washington, Tacoma

The Asia Pacific Cultural Center will be presenting a free screening of the film “Vincent Who?” at the University of Washington, Tacoma at 6 p.m. May 5. The new documentary looks at the 1982 hate crime of Vincent Chin in Detroit from the perspective of both key players and recent Asian-American activists.

The murder of Vincent Chin by two white autoworkers who claimed he and other Asian workers were taking their jobs – and the decision of the judge to sentence the murderers to a mere $3,000 fine and three years probation – was an event that

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The Grand Cinema goes retro this Christmas – and evil

Tacoma’s Grand Cinema is showing two Christmas classics this weekend and one seriously sinister Santa film.

First up is “A Christmas Story” on Saturday. Part of the Click! Family Flick series, the movie will show on two screens. Consider it a gift: it’s free. Just get there at 10 a.m. The film starts at 10:30 a.m. and might fill to capacity as last year’s showing of “The Polar Express” almost did.

If you haven’t seen the movie or the musical based on it currently showing at the Fifth Avenue Theatre here’s a synopsis: Ralphie (Peter Billingsley), a young boy growing up in the 1940s, dreams of getting a Red Ryder BB gun for Christmas. But his mother says no and poor Ralphie doesn’t get any support, even from Santa himself.
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Artemesia Gentileschi on film, for free


Screening free next Thursday at University of Puget Sound is “A Woman Like That,” a new documentary by Ellen Weissbrod on the 17th-century female painter Artemisia Gentileschi. While the filmmaker is rather tiresome, the story of this defiant and brilliant artist is well-told.

Gentileschi, rediscovered last century, was a painter who created historic, religious and portrait works to rival her many male peers. Working in the chiaroscuro style of Caravaggio, her paintings such as “Judith and Holofernes” and “Susanna and the Elders” add much more that just skill – Gentileschi paints real-world women seen from a

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An all-sofa film fest

Watching short films in strangers’ houses = awkwardly awesome.

That’s the tagline for Couchfest – a decidedly casual film festival this Sunday in Seattle. The venues are private homes. An all-day ticket is $5.

This is the third year for the event that’s so laid back you can actually lay back – if you get a sofa all to yourself. The noon-6 p.m. event features several homes that will be showing 30-minute programs on rotation. The homes are located near each other allowing festival goers to walk, bike or motor between them during intermissions. Each house/program will

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“Family Affair” doc a personal exploration on abuse, betrayal and forgiveness

It takes a certain amount of fortitude and patience to make a documentary – and even more when it’s about your family and their repressed secrets. Chico Colvard’s feature-length film, “Family Affair,” is a prime example. It’s a story about him and his family – and acts of abuse, betrayal and ultimately forgiveness.

The story begins in 1978 when Colvard was 10 and accidentally shot one of his sisters in the leg. Believing she was going to die, the sister told her mother and, later, the authorities that she and her two sisters had been sexually abused by their father.

That’s just the beginning, Colvard told me in a phone call this week from Boston. Local audiences can see the rest of the story Thursday in Tacoma and Friday in Olympia. Colvard will attend both screenings.
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