Two Local Film Fests, Marination Station, Regina Chang's New Vintage Furniture Shop and More Top To-do's
This year, the National Film Festival for Talented Youth (4/28 - 5/2) will showcase 200 films (culled from a record-breaking 700 submissions) from 20 countries, all directed by auteurs 22 and younger. The lineup includes work by more than 30 local filmmakers, including 14-year-old Ben Kadie, a film fanatic from Bellevue who has competed annually in NFFTY since he was 9. Roll ’em. (Times, prices and venues vary. 206.905.8400; nffty.org.) The Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center presents some 40 documentaries, narratives and shorts over nine evenings at their eighth annual African American Film Festival (4/30-5/8). Though none of this year’s films will be presented at LHPA (which is being rennovated), you can still catch national (Sundance World Cinema Audience Award winner Alrick Brown’s "Kinyarwanda," film about Rwandan genocide) and local (rewatch "Wheedle's Groove," Jennifer Maas’ ode to Seattle soul or check out “23rd & Union,” a docu-drama about the 2008 murder of Degene Berecha who owned the Central District’s “Philadelphia Cheese-Steak”). (Times, prices and venues vary. More information available at www.langstonblackfilmfest.org or by calling 206.326.1088.)
O Lovely Gloworm
Through 5/15 - Since its 2008 debut, Seattle’s New Century Theatre Company has shown itself to be fearless in the face of risky plays—a strategy that’s proven successful. It should perhaps be no surprise, then, that the troupe’s new play, O Lovely Glowworm, relays the active imagination of a stuffed goat standing atop a pile of garbage in 1918 Ireland. Originally, the goat was to be played by veteran Seattle actor Mark Chamberlin, who was killed in a bike accident in March. While the company (and Seattle’s acting community at large) was devastated by the tragic loss, the show will go on, with Michael Patten stepping in as the goat. Times and prices vary. Erickson Theatre, 1524 Harvard Ave.; 206.587.5400; newcenturytheatrecompany.org.
Marination Mobile’s New Marination Station
Good news for Marination fans: The mobile food mavens have put down roots on the corner of Pike and Broadway, just up the escalator from QFC, and opened Marination Station. They'll be serving all your favorites--the spam sliders, the kimchi fried rice--along with new menu items: Loco Moco (a Hawaiian gut-buster made by topping white rice with hamburger, egg and gravy--yum!); musubi (essentially Spam sushi), kimchi tofu soup, and miso ginger chicken bánh mì. And! There will be beer to wash it all down with and a small outdoor dining area, too, which the Marination ladies have dubbed "the beer garden." Mahalo! Marination isn't the first of the mobile trucks to go brick-and-mortar, though: Rancho Bravo took over the old KFC space a couple of years ago with great success. And they won't be the last: Pick up the Seattle Magazine May issue (on newsstands early next week) to read Alicia Vermillion's piece on the trend of mobile eateries putting down roots, taking on leases and doing sit-down service. Marination Station, Broadway and Pike (above the QFC, across from Bartell’s). marinationmobile.org
Some possess a bloodhound-like talent for sniffing out treasure buried in salvage warehouses and junk piles. Jeweler Regina Chang is one such champion. Luckily for the thrift-shopping inept, she now sells affordable, midcentury mod home décor finds at her new shop, VINTAGE GOODS. “I love the hunt,” says the Columbia City resident. “Last year, I drove to Sun Valley and back, piling my car with pieces. I had too much for myself, so I set up shop as my own effort to recycle and pay forward great finds.” Chang’s love of beautifully grained woods and natural materials permeates the charming studio, seen in the clean lines of a Hans Wegner-esque rope chair knockoff ($125) or an authentic Franco Albini woven rattan ottoman ($400) beautifully set off by colorful pottery vases ($24–$68, sold in groupings for quick, easy décor). In addition to quirky wood bookends, candlesticks and one-of-a-kind sculptural pieces, Vintage Goods is also home to Chang’s beloved jewelry line, which celebrates the same simple, natural vibe with rough-cut agates, salvaged driftwood and hammered-metal details ($38–$348). By appointment only; Columbia City, 4429 39th Ave. S; 206.931.5428; reginachang.com