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May 9, 2014 at 7:50am

5 Things To Do Today: The West, "Jodorowsky's Dune," 72 Hour Film Competition, Wishbone Ash ...

Heads will bob and hips will roll tonight at The New Frontier Lounge. Photo credit: Winter Teems

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FRIDAY, MAY 9 2014 >>>

1. The West have been working at carving their place in the still-burgeoning indie dance-rock scene since 2011, steadily working to refine their air-tight grooves. There's a jubilance lurking in the back of even their most post-punk indebted compositions that charmingly calls out to guarded hipsters and asks them to crowd the stage. Catch the band with Death By Stars, Cloud Person and Bandolier at 9 p.m. in The New Frontier Lounge.

2. Jodorowsky's Dune is the latest from director Frank Pavich. This documentary chronicles director Alejandro Jodorowsky's legendary but ultimately unsuccessful attempt to make a film adaptation of famed science fiction author and Tacoma native Frank Herbert's novel Dune in the mid-1970s. Read Jared Lovrak's full review of Jodorowsky's Dune, then catch it at 2, 6:30 and 8:45 p.m. at The Grand Cinema.

3. Susan Christian continues to show the strongest art to be seen in Olympia in her little "Project Space" at Salon Refu. Her latest show is "Thomas Johnston Palmpeset II, Paintings and Photography," which can be seen noon to 6 p.m. This is some powerful stuff - most notably "Envelop," the painting used on the posters and invitations. Read Alec Clayton's full review of "Thomas Johnston: Palmpeset II" in the Music & Culture section.

4. The Grand Cinema's 72-Hour Film Competition enters its 10th year. Its evolution over the years has seen it rise from humble, let's-put-on-a-show beginnings into a genuine behemoth. What started as 11 teams gathering at The Grand has ballooned into a totally legit happening. Every year some 25 to 30 (26 this year) teams of filmmakers collectively spill out of the woodwork to be met with the challenge of creating a five-minute film in three days. As if that weren't enough of a task, they are also required to somehow fit in a designated line of dialogue, a prop, staging, and an action: "I love it when you do that," Duct Tape, a product placement and a countdown, respectively, are this year's requirements. The films screen at 7 p.m. in the Urban Grace Church. Expect shocks, laughs, maybe even a few tears shed. And of course, without fail, one or two zombies.

5. British prog-rockers Wishbone Ash's harmony-laden dual-guitar attack predated Thin Lizzy, the group often credited with inventing it. Of course, Wishbone Ash also perfected the slow beginning/fast ending rock anthem. The band will rock Tacoma's Jazzbones at 8 p.m.

LINK: Friday, May 9 arts and entertainment events in the greater Tacoma and Olympia areas

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