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    Seattle Weekender: Nifty youth films, songs inspired by Seuss, and a polar bear dance party

    Crosscut's guide to a culturally enriching weekend in the city. Or at least some fun.

    A shot from Da Capo, directed by 22-year-old Julien Budorovits of Germany

    A shot from Da Capo, directed by 22-year-old Julien Budorovits of Germany NFFTY

    A polar bear dances at Funk the War, a dance party protest in Washington DC

    A polar bear dances at Funk the War, a dance party protest in Washington DC photo power against empire

    Seattle Poetry Slam 2012 Grand Slam

    The war of words has been heating up the Seattle slam community every week since September, and this Saturday comes “The final verbal throwdown to determine who will comprise the 2012 Seattle National Slam Team.” This year’s finalists include the intense and vulnerable Roma Raye, unprecedented  talent and vocalist Amber Flame, regular slam host Ela Barton, and previous national team members Greg Bee and Rose McAleese. The slam also features guest poet Airea Dee Mathews, a two-time Women of the World finalist and Detroit Grand Slam Champion, who will be leading a workshop at Richard Hugo House on Saturday.

    For those who have never attended one of Re-Bar’s weekly slams, prepare to be inspired, prepare to be challenged, prepare to be soothed, and prepare to be involved. Judges are selected from the audience at random, and all observers are encouraged to throw their voices out there and influence the judges with their cries — a good slam session should be louder and more heated than a Ligue 1 football final between Olympique de Marseille and Paris Saint Germain.

    Note: That the season culminates this weekend is no accident. April is National Poetry Month and the Seattle community is celebrating it big time in the next few days with more events than this weekender can hold, so be on the lookout — c’est le Printemps des Poètes!

    If you go: Seattle Poetry Slam 2012 Grand Slam, Town Hall, Friday, April 27, 7 pm, $15, $10 if you're under 21.

    NFFTY 2012 and the Future of Film Expo

    Every year the National Film Festival for Talented Youth (NFFTY, pronounced “nifty,” because it is) brings Seattle a showcase of some of the world’s most talented up-and-coming filmmakers — all under the age of 22. This year the festival received nearly 700 entries and Artistic Director Jesse Harris declared that it is the best selection they’ve ever had. “The films of NFFTY 2012 represent the voice of this generation. The stories are heart-stopping, gut wrenching, and truly unforgettable,” writes Harris.

    Films showing at the festival’s Centerpiece Gala include It Ain’t Over, a haunting and hopeful documentary short about a doctor’s struggle with Lou Gehrig’s disease, and The End, a superpower love story in which “17-year-old Brendon McKellar is instantly shown the end of his relationship with any new person he meets — whether he wants to see it or not.” All it takes is watching the NFFTY trailer to see that filmmakers of this weekend will be the Oscar winners of next.

    This year, the four-day festival is accompanied by the first-ever “Future of Film Expo,” in partnership with the Next Fifty. The free, 2-day exhibition features hands-on workshops and panels on topics like 2D to 3D conversion, choosing music for film, and LGBT people in the film industry.

    If you go: NFFTY 2012, SIFF Cinema at the Uptown and various other venues, Thursday April 26-Sunday April 29, various times, individual tickets $10 for youth, $11 for adults.

    Seattle Globalist Launch Party

    With more than 25% of Seattle residents foreign-born, and an estimated 100% foreign-philic, the founders of the Seattle Globalist decided our global locals could use a unified internet locale. Saturday evening the site is hosting a launch party for their “daily 'hyperglobal' blog covering the connections between Seattle and the rest of the globe.” The project is co-sponsored by the Common Language Project and the University of Washington Department of Communications. Since December, Globalist writers have been covering topics ranging from bhangra dance parties to voter registration in Seattle’s Asian Pacific Islander community to Serbian Orthodox Easter Celebrations.

    The evening will feature a dance workshop from The Seattle Fandango Project, music from local blog Last Night’s Mixed Tape, with beats ranging from hip-hop to soul to electronica, and $3 beer and wine from the Georgetown brewery and Chateau Ste. Michelle, respectively. There will also be a brief talk from award-winning journalist and community organizer Naomi Ishisaka. The event sounds awesome and it’s no fundraiser — just a way to bring the community together. They only ask that you RSVP on Brown Paper Tickets “so we know how much champagne to get.”

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