Thursday, February 14, 2019

Welcome to the first Weekly Update of 2019!


Yep, it's about a month late, but welcome to the first Weekly Update of 2019.  Before we start talking about all the great Horror/Sci Fi/Fantasy events coming to the Pacific Northwest this month, I want to take a moment to thank everyone who offered their well wishes and condolences when I posted the tribute to my mother.  Your responses were greatly appreciated and I thank you all once again.

Between my mother's death, traveling to Florida to help my father get the house ready to be placed on the market, and some insanely busy work days after I returned to the Northwest, it's only been in the past few days that I've found the time and energy to get back to updating the site. 

So, let's talk about the weather...

Yep, snow is back in the forecast and ready to make commuting BITE!

Forecasts continue to show the potential for snow next week, though I don't think it's at a snow-pocalypse threat level.  Still, if you plan to attend any of the events listed below, contact the venue before venturing out into dangerous weather conditions, to find out if the event was cancelled.

I hope the snow avoids the Pacific Northwest, as February has some amazing movies, stage shows and headed our way.   But if you want to see what's coming next month (oh, believe me, you do!), check the Horror/Sci Fi/Fantasy Calendar for all the latest coming in 2019!  And keep checking back for future updates!!

If you don't see your event listed on the site, email me at shadowoverportland@live.com with all the details and promotional artwork, and I'll get it on the site ASAP.  Best of all, you won't be charged for it, as listings on the site are FREE!!

From Ashland, OR, to Vancouver, BC, The Shadow Over Portland has you covered!

Now Showing

The Saturday Secret Matinees return to The Grand Illusion Cinema (1403 NE 50th St in Seattle, WA) Saturdays at 2 pm through March 30.  The series recreates the good, old-fashioned weekend matinees, with a cliffhanger episode of the serial The Mysterious Dr. Satan, followed by a secret classic feature film, all in GLORIOUS 16mm!  For more details, visit the Grand Illusion website.
February, 2019

Thursday, February 14

The Queer Horror series at The Hollywood Theatre (4122 NE Sandy Blvd in Portland, OR) continues the annual Valentine's Day + Jennifer Tilly tradition with a screening of Seed of Chucky  tonight at 9:30 pm.  Join your host, Portland's premiere drag clown Carla Rossi, for this campy killer doll flick.  For more details and advance ticket sales, visit The Hollywood Theatre website.

Friday, February 15

Friday Night Frights presents the blaxploitation classic Blacula, starring the amazing William Marshall, at 10 pm tonight at the Blue Mouse Theatre (2611 N Proctor St in Tacoma, WA).  Admission is $6 at the door.  Wear your hippest 70s threads for a shot to win some great horror prizes, or a cape if you want something extra nice.  For more details, visit the Facebook Event Page.

Saturday, February 16

The Lovecraft Bazaar of the Bizzare sale takes place at The Lovecraft Bar (421 SE Grand in Portland, OR) from 4 to 7 pm.  You must be 21 or older to attend.  For more details, visit the Facebook Event Page.

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The Rocket Sci-Fi series at the Pickford Film Center (1318 Bay St in Bellingham, WA) presents 1983's Born in Flames today at noon.  This R-rated film examines what might happen to the rights of women under a socialistic society in the US, and finds nothing has changed.  For more details and advance ticket sales, visit the Pickford Film Center website.

Tuesday, February 19

The Repressed Cinema series at The Hollywood Theatre (4122 NE Sandy Blvd in Portland, OR) pays tribute to the late Dick Miller with a screening of A Bucket of Blood, in GLORIOUS 16mm, tonight at 7:30 pm.  For more details and advance ticket sales, visit The Hollywood Theatre website.

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The Portland Horror Trivia Massacre returns once again to Home, A Bar (719 SE Morrison St in Portland, OR).  Gather a team and try to win one of two gift certificates, and see if you walk out with a sweet horror themed raffle prize.  For more details, visit the Facebook Event Page.

Saturday, February 23

Lacy Productions presents Phantom Burlesque: A Tribute to Phantom of the Opera tonight at Crush Bar (1400 SE Morrison St in Portland, OR) tonight.  Showtimes are 7 and 9:30 pm.  For more details, including a list of performers and a link to advance ticket sales, visit the Facebook Event Page.

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The Hollywood Theatre (4122 NE Sandy Blvd in Portland, OR) gives you a belated reason to celebrate the start of the year with 2019: After the Fall of New York at 7:30 pm tonight.  For more details and advance ticket sales, visit The Hollywood Theatre website.

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Get ready for a bewitching time as The Black Flame Candle: A Hocus Pocus Burlesque Story takes the stage at the Funhouse Lounge (2432 SE 11th Ave in Portland, OR).  Doors open at 6:30 pm, with the show starting at 7 pm.  For more details, including a list of performers and advance ticket sales, visit the Facebook Event Page.

Sunday, February 24

Screamvina Presents brings the first two episodes of the live radio production Scary Home Companion, featuring horror-themed audio dramas, sketches, local celebrity interviews and live Foley sound effects, to The Star Theater (13 NW 6th Ave in Portland, OR).  Doors open at 8 pm, with the show starting at 8:30 pm.  For more details, including a link to advance ticket sales, visit the Facebook Event Page.

Wednesday, February 27

Re Run Theater at The Hollywood Theatre (4122 NE Sandy Blvd in Portland, OR) celebrates Black History Month with a Star Trek: Deep Space Nine double feature.  Check out the episodes "Trials and Tribble-lations" and "Far Beyond the Stars" on the big screen starting at 7:30 pm tonight.  For more details and advance ticket sales, visit The Hollywood Theatre website.

Monday, January 14, 2019

Good bye, Mom.


My parents and I at Silver Springs in Florida.

On December 29, my mother fell in the bathroom of my parent's home in Florida.  My father called the paramedics and, on the way to the hospital, Mom started acting confused and having trouble breathing.  The medical team found she was bleeding within her brain and transported her to another hospital that specialized in neurosurgery.  Despite their efforts, the trauma to her brain was too great and she fell into a vegetative state.  On January 2, my father made the decision to take her off life support, which my two brothers and I supported.  Mom would never want to be laying in a hospital bed, unable to move or talk.

On January 10, she passed away at 6:02 pm EST.

Mom never understood my love of genre films and novels, but she never tried to change me.  Sure, she was quite restrictive concerning the movies and television shows I could watch as a kid, but she never censored what I could read.  And she made certain I had an appreciation for film and literature beyond the horror/sci fi/fantasy genres, something I will always be grateful for.  

The joke in my family was that my love of horror, sci fi and fantasy was cemented before I was born.  In 1960, my pregnant mother and father went to see the latest Alfred Hitchcock movie, a little film called Psycho.  I always claimed the chemicals released in Mom's body during the scarier moments of film affected me in the womb.  Mom would always counter that argument, saying what probably affected me was Dad leaping into her lap when Vera Miles turned Mrs. Bates around.  And Dad would sheepishly admit he did jump high enough at that moment to easily clear the armrest.

I wish I had a picture of that moment,
but I have to settle for this.

The first genre film I saw outside the womb was 1953's Invaders from Mars.  I was in my grandmother's basement alone when I was three of four, watching it on her large console black and white television.  Sure, it's kind of silly watching it now, but at the time, the film frightened me so much, I had nightmares for weeks.  Needless to say, Mom wasn't very happy, given the sleepless nights she endured consoling me.  Sorry about that, Mom.

Sure, you can see the zippers on the back of the costumes,
but it scared the hell out of me as a kid.

I grew up at a time when movies were changing.  MPAA ratings were replacing the outdated Hays Code, and films delivered more onscreen deaths and mayhem than in the 50s.  Mom felt it was best to shield my brother and I from the more violent aspects of GP rated films (and no, that's not a typo), as she was worried the affects it would have on us.  At the drive in, she wouldn't allow us to even watch the trailers to the Connery era Bond films, as they were too violent in her opinion.  Of course, we'd sneak peeks when we could.  Hey, tell a kid they cannot do something, and they'll find a way around it.

But if the film was rated G, we could watch it.  So I got to see Fantastic Voyage, Planet of the Apes and The Andromeda Strain at the local drive in, though in hindsight, the latter two films would probably be given a PG-13 rating today.  I can only imagine the discussion that came up later, after I asked what Dr. Zaius meant by "emasculation."

No wonder Taylor was so pissed off by the end of the film.

But while Mom restricted what movies I could watch, she allowed me to read whatever I wanted.  Mom felt reading was more important to my development than watching movies, and as I had a college reading and comprehension level by the time I was in the sixth grade, she allowed me full access to whatever I wanted.  So while I couldn't see The Exorcist until it was released on ABC (with all the nasty bits excised), I was allowed to read it, as well as Dune, Rosemary's Baby, the novelization of The Omen, and many other "mature" novels before I was in junior high.  It might have raised a few eyebrows at the local library, but Mom never said no to any book I wanted to read.

I was also the first of my brothers to have a small, black and white television in my bedroom.  I suspect Mom wasn't happy allowing that, as she didn't want me locked away from the rest of the family.  But they were tired of me switching to genre offerings during the commercial breaks of the sporting events everyone else watched, so she relented.  Of course, she had strict rules I had to follow, one being I could only stay in my room to watch local creature features.  I was fine with that, and was able to watch the occasional Universal Monster Movies that would come to local stations uninterrupted.

It might sound like Mom was overprotective, and that's true to a point.  But she would allow my brothers and I to watch films like The Birds (shown unedited here in Portland at the time) as long as it was a family viewing.  She also deepened my appreciation of cinema as an art form, encouraging me to watch films like Citizen Kane, Vertigo, and other classic.  Rather than locking myself in my room watching nothing more than monster movies, Mom forced me to gain an appreciation for other cinematic genres.  And I can't thank her enough for that.

And Mom, a fan of musicals, fostered my appreciation for them as well.  After watching West Side Story, she introduced me to Romeo and Juliet and other works from Shakespeare.  She took me to a Portland production of Sweeney Todd and West Side Story.  Thanks to her, I developed a love of musicals and live theater, which I carry with me to this day.

Music, murder and cannibalism.  I never thought
I'd be watching such a show with Mom.

When my parents moved to Florida about ten years ago, Mom was experiencing extreme mobility issues.  She wasn't able to walk without the aid of a cane, and later a walker, which also left her unable to dance, an activity she loved.  Her ability to paint was also affected by her systemic neuropathy, to such a degree that she had to give it up.  The spare bedroom in the house was full of brushes and paints growing old from disuse.  I can't imagine how much that aggravated her.

But it never kept her from taking me to sites I wanted to see.  We traveled 90 minutes from their house one time I visited, so I could walk the streets of Green Cove Springs and find the locations used in Zaat.  She couldn't get out of the car and walk with me.  Instead, she told me to have a great time and stayed in the car for about an hour while I wandered about.  I knew she was feeling the effects of the trip for the next two days.  But she never complained and was only worried that I had a good time.

And I did.  Thanks, Mom.

We also visited Silver Springs, where some scenes in Revenge of the Creature were filmed.  Again, she watched me board a glass bottom boat, insisting I take the full 90 minute tour against my objections, while she and Dad waited for me at the dock.  The photo at the start of the article is of us on the dock before the tour. I love that she did this for me, but I just wish she'd been there while I geeked out as we drifted above the filming location where the Gill Man once swam.

Yep, I survived a trip to the Black Lagoon!

Recently, Mom started recording genre movies she enjoyed for us to watch together during my yearly visits.  Last May, it was the thriller Dead Calm, which I'd never seen.  I was such a joy for me to watch with her, even if she dozed off once.  Just watching a genre film she wanted to share with me was wonderful.

It hit me a few days ago that Mom told me early in December that she'd recorded the Vincent Price classic House of Wax off TCM and wanted to know if I wanted to watch it with her.  My first response was to ask if she'd seen it, and she laughed, saying she'd watched it in the theaters when she was a teen.  Now, I've seen the film countless times, including in digital 3D at The Joy Cinema.  But my response was simply, "I'd love to watch it with you!"  And so our 2019 Movie Night was set.

It would have been a blast.

And now, sadly, that will not happen.

So, within the next few days, I'll be sitting on my couch with a bag of popcorn and a few bottles of Snapple (Mom's drink of choice after giving up martinis due to her neuropathy) watching House of Wax and hoping she's watching with me.

Goodbye Mom.  I love you and miss you.  Thanks for guiding me on the right path, both as a human being and a cinema fan.  I hope you're out dancing on a beach, between painting sessions.


Friday, December 28, 2018

An early Happy New Year to all Pacific Northwest Horror/Sci Fi/Fantasy Fans!


As 2019 approaches, everyone is wondering what the New Year holds in store for them.  Well, you happen to be in luck, Pacific Northwest Horror/Sci Fi/Fantasy Fans, as I can see into the future!

Because the future is where you and I will be spending
the rest of our lives!

Well, at least I can see into the future of genre events coming to the area next year.  Don't try asking me about the next lotto drawing.  If I knew the winning numbers, I'd be hiring a staff to help me in the New Year!

And I have quite a bit to share in this edition of the Weekly Update.  The Rio Theatre in Vancouver, BC, has some great films to end 2018, and some amazing choices to help with that New Year hangover on January 1.  The Darkside Cinema in Corvallis, OR, starts the New Year's Sci-Fi Extravaganza series with the camp classic Barbarella on Tuesday, and Weird Wednesday at The Joy Cinema in Tigard, OR, kicks off 2019 with Invasion of the Bee Girls.  The PDX Extreme Film Festival starts next weekend at the Mission Theater in Portland, OR, as well as Fandom PDX at the Sheraton Portland Airport Hotel.  And you'll find lots of other great conventions and movies listed below!

But my predictions for a great 2019 continue at the Horror/Sci Fi/Fantasy Calendar.  I've been adding lots of great movies, festivals, conventions and bazaars coming to the area next year.  And more are waiting to be added, so be sure to keep checking back!

If you want your event listed on the site, just email me at shadowoverportland@live.com with all the details and your promotional artwork, and I'll take care of the rest.  Best of all, the cost for having your event posted on the site will continue to be FREE in 2019! 

I see.... You saving on advertising dollars while reaching hundreds of fans across the Pacific Northwest if you post on The Shadow Over Portland!  How's that for a prediction!!

From Ashland, OR, to Vancouver, BC, The Shadow Over Portland has you covered!

Now Playing

Die Hard: The Parody Musical returns to the Funhouse Lounge (2432 SE 11th Ave in Portland, OR) to put the Ho-Ho-Ho back in the holidays!  The production runs through Saturday, December 29.  For more details, including showtimes and a link to advance ticket sales, visit the Facebook Event Page.

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The Olde World Puppet Theatre presents The Nutcracker Cracked at the Portland Puppet Museum (906 SE Umatilla St in Portland, OR) through Sunday, December 30.  This wacky send up of Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Ballet is suitable for the whole family, and features 84 new rod puppets to perform the entire ballet in just 38 minutes!  For more details, including showtimes and a link to advance ticket sales, visit the Facebook Event Page.

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Yippie-ki-yay, motherfu....  Well, you know the line.  McMenamins Mission Theater and Pub (1624 NW Glisan in Portland, OR) will screen Die Hard, the greatest Christmas movie ever filmed, through Saturday, December 29.  For more details and advance ticket sales, visit the Mission Theater website.

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The Joe Dante holiday classic Gremlins is playing at the Dragonfly Cinema (822 Bay St in Port Orchard, WA) through Tuesday, January 1.  For more details, including showtimes, visit the Facebook Event Page.

December, 2018

Friday, December 28

Frightmare on Main Street, hosted by local podcast The Horror Aisle, brings the holiday classic Silent Night, Deadly Night to The Kiggins Theatre (1011 Main St in Vancouver, WA) tonight at 9:30 pm.  For more details and advance ticket sales, visit The Kiggins Theatre website.

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The Olde World Puppet Theatre presents The Nutcracker Cracked Family Night at the Portland Puppet Museum (906 SE Umatilla St in Portland, OR) tonight only at 7:30 pm.  This wacky send up of Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Ballet is suitable for the whole family, and features 84 new rod puppets to perform the entire ballet in just 38 minutes!  And cookies and hot chocolate will be served!!  For more details, including showtimes and a link to advance ticket sales, visit the Facebook Event Page.

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The Academy Theater (7818 SE Stark St in Portland, OR) will show the anime classic, My Neighbor Totoro, through Thursday, January 3.  For more details, visit the Academy Theater website.

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The Rio Theatre (1660 East Broadway in Vancouver, BC) presents the Swedish horror film Border tonight at 7:50 pm and on Wednesday, January 2 at 9:45 pm.  For more details and a link to advance ticket sales, visit the Facebook Event Page.

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The Rio Theatre (1660 East Broadway in Vancouver, BC) presents a 40th anniversary screening of the animated version of The Lord of the Rings tonight at 10:30 pm.  For more details and a link to advance ticket sales, visit the Facebook Event Page.

Saturday, December 29

Weird Elephant at The Grand Cinema (606 S Fawcett Ave in Tacoma, WA) presents the DIRECTOR'S CUT of Lars Von Trier's The House that Jack Built tonight at 11 pm.  For more details and a link to advance ticket sales, visit the Facebook Event Page.

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The Rio Theatre (1660 East Broadway in Vancouver, BC) screens Hereditary tonight at 10:30 pm.  For more details and a link to advance ticket sales, visit the Facebook Event Page.

Sunday, December 30

The Rio Theatre (1660 East Broadway in Vancouver, BC) screens the blood soaked Nicholas Cage film Mandy tonight at 10:30 pm.  For more details and a link to advance ticket sales, visit the Facebook Event Page.

Monday, December 31

The Rio Theatre (1660 East Broadway in Vancouver, BC) presents their final film of 2018, the sci fi classic 2001: A Space Odyssey today at 2:30 pm.  For more details and a link to advance ticket sales, visit the Facebook Event Page.

January, 2019 

Tuesday, January 1

The Rio Theatre (1660 East Broadway in Vancouver, BC) screethe comedy classic Monty Python and the Holy Grail today at 2 pm.  For more details and a link to advance ticket sales, visit the Facebook Event Page.

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The Rio Theatre (1660 East Broadway in Vancouver, BC) screens the sci fi classic Blade Runner: The Final Cut today at 4:20 pm.  For more details, and a link to advance ticket sales, visit the Facebook Event Page.

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The Rio Theatre (1660 East Broadway in Vancouver, BC) screens the anime classic Akira tonight at 10 pm.  For more details, and a link to advance ticket sales, visit the Facebook Event Page.

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The Darkside Cinema (215 SW 4th St in Corvallis, OR) presents Sci-fi Extravaganza #14, the camp classic Barbarella.  Doors open at 6 pm, with vintage drive-in ads and other treats, followed by the film at 7 pm.  Admission is $5, which includes credit towards food items.  For more details, visit the Facebook Event Page.

Wednesday, January 2


Time to pick a side, or just heckle both heroes, as the Central Cinema (14111 21st Ave in Seattle, WA) presents Batman vs. Superman in Hecklevision tonight at 7 pm.  Make sure your phone is charged so you can add your wise-ass remakes to the screen!  For more details and a link to advance ticket sales, visit the Facebook Event Page.

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Weird Wednesday at The Joy Cinema and Pub (11959 SW Pacific Highway in Tigard, OR) starts the New Year with the kinda fun, kinda cheesy, and kinda sleazy film Invasion of the Bee Girls.  Yeah, the poster says it all!  Showtime is 9:15 pm and admission is FREE, but you must be 18 or older to attend.  And be sure to support The Joy's continuing efforts to keep Wednesdays WEIRD by stopping at the concession stand before the film and purchasing some tasty treats and beverages.  For more details, visit The Joy Cinema website.

Friday, January 4

Tonight's Friday Late Night Movie at the Rio Theatre (1660 East Broadway in Vancouver, BC) is the dark fantasy Labyrinth.  For more details and a link to advance ticket sales, visit the Facebook Event Page.

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The McMenamins Mission Theater and Pub (1624 NW Glisan in Portland, OR) screens the romantic fairy tale The Princess Bride at 5:30 and 9 pm tonight, and at 5:30 pm on Tuesday, January 8.  For more details and advance ticket sales, visit the Mission Theater website.

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The Olympia Film Society Fright Club presents the Tobe Hooper/Steven Spielberg haunted funhouse film Poltergeist in GLORIOUS 35mm at 9 pm tonight at the Capitol Theater (206 5th Ave SE in Olympia, WA).  The film will also be shown at 9 pm on Friday, January 9 and 6:30 pm on Friday, January 25.  For more details and a link to advance ticket sales, visit the Facebook Event Page.

Saturday, January 5

The Walker Stalker/Heroes and Villains convention returns to the Oregon Convention Center (777 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd in Portland, OR) today and tomorrow.  For tickets and more details, visit the Walker Stalker website or the Walker Stalker Facebook Event Page.  

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The PDXtreme-Portland Underground Film Fest moves to McMenamins Mission Theater (1624 NW Glisan in Portland, OR) this year for two days of great genre cinema.  For more details, check back here later in the year, or follow the fest at the Facebook Page or the PDX-treme website.

UPDATE: Tickets are now available at the Mission Theater website.  And you'll find information on the films being shown at this link.

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Fandom PDX 2019 (formerly Newcon PDX/Anime PDX) takes place this weekend at the Sheraton Portland Airport Hotel (8235 NE Airport Way in Portland, OR).  For more details and advance ticket sales, visit the Fandom PDX website or the Facebook Event Page.

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The Rio Theatre (1660 East Broadway in Vancouver, BC) presents The Lord of the Rings Trilogy Marathon today and tomorrow at noon.  This is the Extended Edition of Peter Jackson's classic trilogy, so plan on a LONG afternoon at the movies!  Come in costume, or stay comfy in your PJs and be ready for trivia, games, prizes and MORE!  For additional details and a link to advance ticket sales, visit the Facebook Event Page.

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Destiny City Film Festival presents Film Focus: Bedknobs and Broomsticks, the Disney live action/animated tale of an aspiring witch and her three grandchildren taking a wild adventure and defeating the Nazis.  Showtime is 3 pm at Tacoma Arts Live (901 Broadway in Tacoma, WA).  For more details and a link to advance ticket sales, visit the Facebook Event Page.

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The Dragonfly Cinema (822 Bay St in Port Orchard, WA) will screen The Rocky Horror Picture Show tonight.  Doors open at 9 pm, and virgin games start at 9:30 pm.  Admission is $10 and everyone gets a free prop bag.  For more details, including a link to advance ticket sales, visit the Facebook Event Page.

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Weird Elephant at The Grand Cinema (606 S Fawcett Ave in Tacoma, WA) presents the remake of Suspiria tonight at 11 pm.  For more details and a link to advance ticket sales, visit the Facebook Event Page.

Tuesday, January 8

Central Cinema (1411 21st Ave in Seattle, WA) is hosting Bowie's Birthday Bash with Labyrinth Sing Along today starting at 7 pm.  Expect Bowie bags, pre-show fun, a costume contest as well!  For more details and a link to advance ticket sales, visit the Facebook Event Page.