SEASIDE - Northwest Performing Arts hopes to enliven and enrich the gloomy cold of a North Coast winter with a bevy of cultural events.

The Rainy Day Film Festival will be held at Cannes Cinema in Seaside at 7 p.m. Tuesdays Jan. 6 through March 2, with additional viewings in Astoria at the Columbian Theater. Admission is $3 for the public and free for Northwest Performing Arts or Arts & Ideas members. There will be additional events and speakers in conjunction with each film.

Films to be shown include:

Jan. 6 and 8: "Cinema Paradisio"

Jan. 13 and 15: "The Last Metro"

Jan. 20 and 22: " 'Round Midnight"

Jan. 27 and 29: "Sylvia"

Feb. 3 and 5: "Spellbound"

Feb. 10 and 12: "Almodovar, Talk To Her"

March 2 and 4: "Calendar Girls"

The festival is cosponsored by Clatsop Community College's English 110: Introduction to Film Studies students, (C. Knutson, instructor) and Arts & Ideas program, the Columbian Theater in Astoria, Cannes Cinema and Northwest Performing Arts in Seaside, the Clatsop County Hispanic Council and CCC's ENCORE program.

Upcoming NPA events include the Tears of Joy Puppet Theater's production of "Coyote Tales" Sunday, Jan. 18 at the Seaside Convention Center; the classically tinged gypsy folk music of Three Leg Torso Sunday, March 21; and original compositions by the Dick Weissman/David Crabtree Duo Saturday, May 8.

Northwest Performing Arts is a Seaside-based presenting organization committed to supporting the educational and cultural enrichment of the community by producing, presenting and facilitating performing arts in Seaside and neighboring communities. For information, call (503) 738-7409 or e-mail ashaffer@seasurf.net

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