International Film & Food Festival
As a former subscriber to the Movie Malingerer Movement, an organization dedicated to bringing obscure foreign films to the attention of sloths and other disorganized persons who never get to the right film festivals, the Weekly Volcano appreciates subtitles. (Sometimes we wonder why British sitcoms don't have them, since we typically got about one in every 12 of the insults that Edina and Patsy traded on episodes of "AbFab," but as usual we digress.)
Anyway, "Shinobi,â€ which opens the Tacoma Pierce County Sister Cities 6th Annual International Film & Food Festival tonight, is probably just as violent even without the Japanese subtitles. Itâ€™s the story about two Shinobi tribal villages that each send five of their great warriors to battle until death. Neat.
The International Food & Film Festival program pulls together movies from each of Tacomaâ€™s sister countries and offers nights of all things cultural that include music, dancing, talks, food and film screenings. The events run at the Blue Mouse Theatre, which seats about 220. Most, if not all, of those seats will be filled during the 12-night run of the festival. â€" Suzy Sump
[Blue Mouse Theatre, 5:45 p.m., $18, North 26th and North Proctor, Tacoma, 253.752.9500, food.org">www.tacomafilm food.org]
MORE FILM: On local screens today.
The Swing Set
Prepare to seriously crush on Eric Stern of Vagabond Opera tonight at the Dockside Bistro in Olympia. Thereâ€™s something about his decadent, chocolaty voice and his rebellious use of unusual music that makes him at least a fascinating, enigmatic character and at most a goddess, demon, virgin whore. (After youâ€™ve seen the show that last line will make a lot more sense to you.) Anyway, back to Stern, not only does he have tremendous talent and academic degrees to back up his skill, he also has this sexually ambiguous Tim Curry charisma thing going on â€" which is no small accomplishment while playing the accordion.
Stern joins guitarist/banjoist/ukulele-ist Vince Brown for another episode of Swing Set. â€" Angela Jossy
[The Dockside Bistro, 7-9 p.m., all ages, no cover, 501 Columbia St., Olympia, 360.956.1928]
MORE MUSIC: In the clubs tonight.