Start: 7:00 pm
Mary Pickford's penultimate silent film Sparrows is a Dickensian tale of orphans living on a baby farm run by an evil caretaker. The movie boasts highly stylized sets, including an ominous-looking swamp, and atmospheric cinematography that illustrates the growing influence of German expressionist cinema on American filmmakers in the 1920s. One of the actress's darker-themed pictures is considered by many to be her best, including her business partner and onscreen rival Charlie Chaplin. The feature is preceded by the Sparrows trailer and outtakes and a presentation and book signing by Christel Schmidt, editor of Mary Pickford: Queen of the Movies (co-published by the Library of Congress and the University Press of Kentucky). Tickets ($13/$12 Senior & Youth/$8 SIFF Members), are available at www.siff.net or call (206) 324-9996. SIFF Cinema Uptown is located at 511 Queen Anne Avenue N.
Start: 7:30 pm
Presented by SEATTLE ARTS & LECTURES. SAL's 2012-13 Literary Lecture Series brings much-loved novelist Julie Ostuka back to a Seattle that has warmly embraced her past visitsand both of her extraordinary novels. Her first novel, When the Emperor Was Divine, was one of the most memorable Seattle Reads (Washington Center for the Book at the Seattle Public Library) selections. Her most recent novel, The Buddha in the Attic (Anchor), was published in 2011. "An understated masterpiece ... that unfolds with great emotional power ... Destined to endure." - San Francisco Chronicle. For tickets/information, please see www.lectures.org or call (206) 621-2230. Elliott Bay will be on hand with pre-signed copies of Julie Otsuka's books. Benaroya Hall is at 200 University Street.