What to See Tonight


Just a reminder of two worthwhile events from two of our contributing writers....

Jonathan Coulton writes and records sweetly melodic folk-pop tunes about brain-eating zombies and lovestruck mad scientists. His geek-powered lyrics have earned him an Internet following so dedicated that his fans have produced hours of music videos to accompany his songs. In addition to receiving big ups from the gamer community for his song "Still Alive," written for the end credits of the critically acclaimed video game Portal, Coulton's become famous for setting himself a seemingly impossible goal: Create one new song every week for a year. The project forms the bulk of his music to date, and can be found in a four CD set, Thing a Week 1-4. The Moore, 1932 Second Ave., 292-2787, www.themoore.com. $23-$25. 8 p.m. WARD RUBRECHT

I've often wondered: Once I create a few tiny, rambunctious versions of myself, how can I expose them to things I loved as a kid? More importantly, would my children even care? At the Children's Film Festival (through Feb. 1), one man may answer that question. For over 40 years, David Newell has donned grayish-blond wig, false moustache, shiny leather boots, and blue postman's uniform as Mr. McFeely, the befuddled, fast-talking sidekick on Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood. He, and his friend Fred Rogers (who died six years ago), are the subject of the documentary Speedy Delivery, and Newell will appear live in person with the film (7 p.m. Sat., 1 p.m. Sun.). Says director Paul Germain, "Virtues like patience, kindness, creativity and love aren't out of date. So why should today's children's programming be devoid of such valuable attributes?" To which I'll add: Why did many PBS stations pulled the plug on Mr. Rogers reruns last year? (But there's always the DVDs on Amazon.) The doc screens among 80-plus films at NWFF's fourth-annual event, with titles from two dozen countries. For tots who can't sit still for long, the fest also offers workshops and even a pancake breakfast. The festival begins tonight with Jump!, about competitive jump rope. Northwest Film Forum, 1515 12th Ave., 267-5380, www.childrensfilmfestivalseattle.org. $6-$9. 7 p.m. NEIL ESTEP

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