A scene from the documentary <em>Purple </em><em>Dreams</em>, one of the Children’s Film Festival’s most acclaimed offerings. It screens on Sun., Jan. 28 at 3 p.m.

A scene from the documentary Purple Dreams, one of the Children’s Film Festival’s most acclaimed offerings. It screens on Sun., Jan. 28 at 3 p.m.

Pick List: Children’s Film Festival Seattle, International Holocaust Remembrance Day Concert, Creme Tangerine

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Music of Remembrance’s annual International Holocaust Remembrance Day Concert, commemorating the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz on January 27, 1945, promises, in its own eloquent words, “songs of biting satire and nostalgic memory from the courageous cabaret shows that Terezín’s inmates organized in the barracks, haunting Yiddish songs from the Vilna ghetto, and concert works of stunning beauty by murdered composers from across Nazi­-controlled Europe.” Benaroya Recital Hall. Free; reserve tickets at musicofremembrance.org. 5 p.m. Mon., Jan. 29.

The Royal Room celebrates two birthdays Saturday. First, Mozart, who would have been 262 today: Pianist Byron Schenkman’s curated a light afternoon of chamber music, including the Clarinet Quintet (with piano replacing the strings), plus champagne and chocolate. $10–$15. 2 p.m. Second, Django Reinhardt, who would have turned 108 on the 23rd: Two bands, Nuages and Ranger and the Re-Arrangers, carry on his legacy of Gypsy jazz. Donation. 6 p.m. theroyalroomseattle.com


This year’s Children’s Film Festival Seattle includes 168 films from 55 nations, including, docs, animation, and shorts; workshops for kids; and a pancake breakfast (Sat., Feb 3). Opening night, at the Egyptian, features Hayao Miyazaki’s 1986 classic Castle in the Sky. Other screenings, $7–$12, at Northwest Film Forum; see childrensfilmfestivalseattle.org for complete schedule, Jan. 25–Feb. 10.

“Johnny” and “Mark” from The Room are back! The 2017 comedy-noir Best F(r)iends is not a sequel, but like The Room it’s tangentially inspired by the twistedly co-dependent real-life friendship of infamous auteur Tommy Wiseau and actor Greg Sestero (for a revealing account, read his memoir The Disaster Artist; the film version is entertaining but less painfully detailed). In Sestero’s screenplay-a-clef, Wiseau’s character again lures Sestero’s into ill-advised activities—except this time it’s not the making of a legendarily terrible film, but darker dealings. Central Cinema, central-cinema.com. $10. 7 & 9:30 p.m. Tues., Jan. 30.


It lasted just 42 minutes and included nine takes of only five songs, but the Beatles’ impromptu performance on the roof of their Apple Corps building, on January 30, 1969, looms large in their legend—poignantly, since it turned out to be their last public performance. This weekend, tribute band Creme Tangerine will play atop Kirkland’s Livengood Alskog Building to mark the event’s 49th anniversary. Free. Noon, Sat., Jan 27.

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