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How to Make DIY Special Effects

By Chris Kissel April 28, 2010



Tonight:

Joan Fitzgerald, an expert in green urbanism and author of Emerald Cities: Urban Sustainability and Economic Development, is giving a lecture tonight at Town Hall.



Fitzgerald, a professor at Northeastern University and director of the Law, Policy and Society Program, lays out her ideas for creating low-carbon cities while stimulating economic growth. In her book, she mentions Seattle as an example of efficient development.

Tonight at 7:30, at Town Hall (119 Eighth Avenue). Tickets are $5.

Tomorrow:

NFFTY (the National Film Festival for Talented Youth), an annual event put on by an arts non profit called The Talented Youth, is a four-day youth short-film festival for kids from across the country. That includes films about sitting on your front stoop waiting for your prom date to show up (A Date to Prom, Mark Dreschke, 19, California), sitting at the car wash trying to figure out the world (The Carwash, James Kicklighter, 21, Georgia), and, mostly, sitting just about anywhere and thinking about growing up.


Reflection, Blair Scott, Sheridan Koehler, 16, Washington.

There are also panel discussions and workshops re: how to be a young filmmaker, including how to find success in Hollywood, how directors should talk to actors, and how to make DIY special effects.

There's an opening night gala and film screening tomorrow night at the Cinerama at 7:30 pm, and then a party at the EMP's Sky Church. Check out the full NFFTY schedule here.

From April 29th to May 2nd at the Cinerama (2100 4th Avenue), SIFF Cinema (321 Mercer Street), the Vera Project (Warren Avenue N. & Republican Street), and the Experience Music Project (325 5th Avenue N.).

Tomorrow's Full Calendar:


The City's Business Casual is a networking event for business leaders and city officials, with a focus on helping businesses with licensing issues, funding, and hiring practices. Seattle City Council Member Sally Bagshaw is also scheduled to make remarks.

Thursday evening from 5 pm to 7 pm, at the Arctic Club Hotel (700 3rd Avenue). Free.

The University of Washington's Polish Studies program is hosting a free screening of A Trip to Nowhere, a locally-made animated movie that takes place largely in Seattle and details the WWII experiences of "a dynamic group of elderly women."

Thursday at 7:30 pm, at the University of Washington's Kane Hall, Room 210 (4326 University Way NE). Free.
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