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Category: Cinema


Go viral at the Grand Cinema with ’12 Monkeys’

Before Brad Pitt was fighting infected zombies in “World War Z” he was battling his own disease-creating father in “12 Monkeys.”

Viruses are the topic of discussion and entertainment when the Grand Cinema and the Tacoma Pierce County Health Department collaborate for an evening of “Science on Screen” on June 27.

A talk about dangerous viral outbreaks by emerging diseases expert Dr. James Bales and disease outbreak control public health leader Nigel Turner will be followed by a screening of the 1995 Brad Pitt/Bruce Willis film “12 Monkeys.”

The Grand Cinema received a grant from the

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Kal Penn to narrate ‘Fantastic Journey’ at the Paramount

You might know actor Kal Pann as cinematic stoner Kumar or, in real life, as an Obama adiministration director. On June 6 he takes on the role of narrator when he takes the stage at Seattle’s Paramount Theatre for the West Coast Premiere of “Icarus at the Edge of Time.”

Penn is joining the Seattle Science Festival as the narrator for the opening night’s performance of the multimedia work.

Penn is perhaps best known for playing the role of Kumar in the “Harold and Kumar” film series. He also portrayed Dr. Kutner in TV’s “House.” Penn left acting

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Broadway Center announces 2013-14 season

The Broadway Center for the Performing Arts announced its 2013-14 season today. Member tickets and multi-show packages are on sale now with single ticket sales starting July 8.

The BCPA will be celebrating its 30th anniversary season with over 40 events coming to Tacoma’s Theater District.

Here’s the 2013-14 season in chronological order:

Musical “Chicago”
(Tickets: $59, $79, $89, $109)

Travel writer Rick Steves
(Tickets: $15, $25, $75*) *$75 ticket includes post-show meet and greet with Rick Steves

The Acting Company: William Shakespeare’s “Hamlet”

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‘Chasing Ice’ returns to Tacoma

“Chasing Ice,” the documentary about Earth’s rapidly shrinking glaciers and ice sheets, is returning to Tacoma for a special showing on Monday.

The film, with stunning time lapse photography, played recently at The Grand Cinema. This showing will be at the University of Washington Tacoma.

Here’s the schedule:

5:00 – Refreshments
5:30 – Welcome by Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland
5:30 – Screening of “Chasing Ice”
7:00 – Discussion with glaciologist Matt Bachmann and UW Tacoma faculty
7:30 – Encore screening of “Chasing Ice”

It’s free and will be in Phillips Hall on the UWT

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‘Chasing Ice’ comes to the Grand with special events

“Chasing Ice” – the documentary about global warming – is getting near universal great reviews. (Ours runs Friday in GO). National Geographic photographer James Balog set up time lapse cameras over a period of years to capture astounding images of glaciers melting before the cameras’ unblinking eyes.

The film is coming to the Grand Cinema on Friday and the theater has a couple of events lined up in conjunction with the screenings.

First, after the 6:35 p.m. Friday screening Point Defiance Zoo staff will be lead a discussion. John Garner, Curator of Education; Neil Allen, Curator of Aquatics;

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Oscar shows his shorts at Grand Cinema this week

UPDATE: The Grand tells me they are going to show the Nominated Animated Shorts once per day for the entire upcoming three-day President’s Day weekend. (11:50 a.m. Saturday-Monday)

The Grand Cinema is a third of the way through screening all of this year’s Oscar-nominated shorts.

(The animated shorts were shown last week. A bout of pneumonia interrupted my journalism. Apologies.)

You can still catch live action shorts on Tuesday and Documentary shorts on Feb. 19. Here’s the schedule:

Tuesday, Feb. 12, Showtimes: 2:20 and 6:30 p.m.
Academy Award Nominated

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Catch up on Oscar-nominated films in one place

It’s become increasingly popular in recent years for theaters to show Oscar-nominated films for Best Picture just before each year’s Academy Awards ceremony. Tacoma’s Grand Cinema has made a habit of doing that.

For the past seven years national chain AMC Theatres has held a Best Picture Showcase. They are doing it again this year at their theater in Lakewood. All nine Best Picture nominees will be screened (in two groups) on Feb. 16 and 23.

I get antsy in a double feature so I’m skipping this event. But if you can sit in a theater for

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A great film and some Palestinian politics

I try to stay out of politics here on the Get Out blog but here’s an event that includes an outstanding movie. And some good food. Regarding the politics: proceed according to your own compass. I make no endorsements here.

The award-winning 2011 film “5 Broken Cameras” will be shown on Saturday at 5 p.m. as part of an evening of Palestinian Non-violent Resistance.

Iyad Burnat, the filmmaker’s brother, will be on hand to talk about his life in the West Bank under Israeli military occupation.

Here’s a description from the movie’s site:

5 Broken Cameras

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