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Where you might still hear this 'Echo in the Canyon' Michelle Phillips hears Jade Castrinos and Jakob Dylan cover of Mamas & Papas "Go Where You Wanna Go"

The Renaissance started in Florence; Jazz emerged in New Orleans; and in the 1960s, the California Sound was born in Laurel Canyon, Los Angeles. Andrew Slater's Echo in the Canyon provides first-hand accounts of what it was like to live among the stars of the folk-rock movement. The documentary examines how artists like The Beach Boys and The Beatles influenced one another, and how a tight-knit community of artists changed pop music forever. Echo in the Canyon also acknowledges contemporary artists who were—and continue to be—inspired by the music that came out of Laurel Canyon. Read on to see my favorite Laurel Canyon-inspired artists and songs!

To Dust: July's Science on Screen Presentation + Movie Event to dust with pig

A Hasidic jew. A community college bio professor. A stolen pig. Join us for our next Science on Screen event pairing the film To Dust with a presentation by "dead" PA Naomi Grimminck on the topic: from biopsy to resection to results. Screens only on Monday, July 22 at 6:45pm.

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June may have been Pride Month (and with good reason: this year we commemorated 50 years since the Stonewall riots, which began June 28, 1969), but here in Tacoma, we're just getting started! We're ecstatic to once again be part of Tacoma Pride programming, which begins July 9.

A Bread Factory: An Interview with Filmmaker Patrick Wang A Bread Factory still Tyne Daly Elisabeth Henry

Texas-born, Taiwanese American, supremely talented and overwhelmingly undersung. Filmmaker Patrick Wang has received endless praise by film-goers and critics alike, and though he’s been releasing films since 2011 to high praise, it’s likely his work has flown beneath your radar. 

The Grand Cinema is pleased to not only play Wang’s latest but also welcome him back to Tacoma next Tuesday, April 30. The film is called A Bread Factory, named for the bakery-turned-performance-space on which the film centers. Set in a small fictional upstate New York town, The Bread Factory is at threat of losing public funding due to newcomer performance artists.

The film is a love letter to community theater (and communities), and feels more than appropriate to play at Tacoma’s own local nonprofit art house cinema. In the following interview, Patrick and marketing manager Tanya talked this, his transition from theater to film, “talkable art,” and more!

Funny documentary Hail Satan? Isn't What You Expect hail_satan_-_publicity_-_h_2018

I don’t want to spoil it, but HAIL SATAN? drills down on the topic of the separation of church and state, and sets an amazing set of modern day tenets for this ‘religion’ that left me agreeing and wondering “by this definition, could I qualify as a Satanist”? I think by the end of the film most Grand patrons will be wondering the same.

Festive films and gifts for all at The Grand Cinema! popcorn bow

Classics. Sparkling wine. Finnish Krampus fantasy. Hans Gruber and John McClane. The holidays are here!

Cozy Up at The Grand with these Thanksgiving Films Wiz-Green Book 2018-11-14

It is no secret that Thanksgiving is the kickoff to a season of fabulous movies. Is there truly anything better than experiencing a fantastic film and getting the chance to chat about it with a bunch of your loved ones afterwards? I didn’t think so. 

Tacoma Film Festival Opening & Closing Night films announced! TF7_0090-edited-WEB

SXSW breakout sci fi film PROSPECT will open and BOOM, the new documentary about legendary band The Sonics, will close the 13th annual Tacoma Film Festival

Two new films with strong Northwest roots will bookend the South Sound’s premiere film festival

The Season for Movie Lovers spring_2018

Springtime is truly the season of the cinephile. 

Awards season has come and gone, studio blockbusters still have a month or two before they come into full swing, and instead, some truly strange and beautiful film masterpieces are released. These films tend to be unapologetic, idiosyncratic, surprising; they hold their own.

The 2017 Movie Poll Movie Poll

We want to hear from you! What were your favorite 2017 films?

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