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On the List | Restored films, shadow puppets, Gay Seattle Pageant, Slack Key Festival

Thirty_245_featureNorthwest Film Forum brings to Seattle a treasure trove of restored films for the UCLA Festival of Preservation Friday through Wednesday. Friday’s theme is forbidden love with a double feature of Gun Crazy (1950) followed by The Chase (1946). Sunday’s highlight is Thirty Day Princess, a “comedy gold”  selection, was written by Preston Sturges and stars Cary Grant. Swoon!

“The historical sweep and technical wizardry of the UCLA Film & Television Archive’s preservation projects—from early silent films and Golden Age classics, to fascinating rarities and contemporary gems—are showcased in the Archive’s biennial Festival of Preservation. The festival now heads north for its premiere Seattle engagement, featuring breathtaking new restorations of forgotten classics by Robert Altman, Thom Anderson, Shirley Clarke and many more.”

paulineWeekend highlights:

Chinese shadow puppetry is the subject of a free talk at the Seattle Asian Art Museum on Thursday, 7pm. The program includes an introduction to Chinese shadow puppets from the SAM collection, film clips of the Red Gate Shadow Theater, and a talk on Pauline Benton, who learned the art in Beijing and toured the US as a champion of the tradition. The event is free with RSVP.

The 50th Annual Mr. and Miss Gay Seattle Pageant sparkles and spangles Neighbors on Saturday evening (doors at 6pm, pageant at 7pm).  It’s not too late to enter: register at the event by 6:30. The evening culminates in reigning title holders Miss Gay Seattle Isabella Miss Gay and Mr Gay Seattle Josué Henriquez stepping down and passing their crowns to the selected 2014 royal court.

Cyril Pahinui, Alabastro Photography

Cyril Pahinui, Alabastro Photography

Aloha! The 5th Annual Seattle Slack Key Festival on Sunday at Town Hall features Hawaiian food, crafts, music and dance performances. Doors open at 12pm for food and crafts, then the program of performances–emcee’d by Jacqueline “Skylark” Rossetti and Stephen “Braddah” Gomes–runs 2pm – 6pm.

More Capitol Hill weekend events, below.

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