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April 6, 2012 at 12:40 PM

Best bets for a weekend date night

This Friday, our entertainment recommendations take a romantic turn. But don’t worry if you haven’t got a sweetie close at hand — these events would be just as fun with a buddy in tow.

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Foreign films have been a staple of date night since the ’50s — the heydey of Fellini and Truffaut. “Love in the Buff,” a new romantic comedy from Hong Kong, follows two appealing young people who can’t really decide whether they are best suited to be friends or lovers. (See the review here.) It’s playing at Pacific Place.

Another surefire date-pleaser: A classic Gary Grant film. What woman, or man, for that matter, can resist Grant’s charms? An entire series devoted to the square-jawed gent is underway at the Grand Illusion in the U. District, one of the city’s coziest independent moviehouses. Now on view: “North by Northwest” — you remember, the Hitchcock film with the famous cropduster-at-the-crossroads scene, and the big finale where Grant and Eva Marie Saint hang off of Mount Rushmore by their fingertips. Don’t miss a chance to see it all on the big screen. Details here.

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Art imitates life at “First Date,” the ACT Theatre/5th Avenue Theatre co-production that’s getting great reviews right now — including one from our own Misha Berson. The creative talent behind this show is a powerful blend of Disney movie-musical composers and a successful TV writer (Austin Winsberg of “Gossip Girl”); this is a rare opportunity to see a new show before it takes off nationwide.

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Finally, if you’re looking for a casual walk-and-talk evening, the Fremont First Friday Art Walk is tonight. Details here.

Have a couple minutes to watch a video preview of the weekend, with these events and others? Here’s one, below, recorded this morning at KING 5 TV:

(Photos: “Love in the Buff” by China Lion Entertainment; “North by Northwest” by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer; “First Date” by Mark Kitaoka.)

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