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January 29, 2013 at 6:59am

5 Things To Do Today: "Chinese Take-Away," CCR tribute, "The Storms of Denali" and more

"CHINESE TAKE-AWAY": The film is a winsome Argentine comedy about a grumpy man who takes in a Chinese refugee.

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1. At its core, Chinese Take-Away is a familiar story - lonely people forced into a situation forge connections and reignite their suppressed humanity. The Argentine film riffs off of a character sketch of Roberto, an oddball hardware store-owning loner in Buenos Aires who encounters a hopelessly lost Chinese migrant while he's out planespotting. Throw in a language barrier, allusions to the Falklands War, and one death by falling cow, and off we go. Chinese Take-Away is part of The Grand Cinema's Tuesday Film Series, screening at 2:25 and 8:15 p.m.

2. The best bars are named after ex-wives. Or defunct rock bands. Or candy. Yep, candy. That's why we knew The Red Hot in Tacoma was destined to be a classic. How could a place known for its beer and hot dog selection not bring the noise? Especially on Tuesday's, when The Red Hot serves $3 pints all damn day. Yes, sir, The Red Hot is up there for sweetest joint in the area. That is until the Skittles moves into town.

3. Not much can be said about 1022 South that hasn't already been said. Everyone has sung the bar's praises. We mean, even a writer from New York called 1022, "home to some of the most fascinating apothecary cocktail work on the West Coast." And we agree. The cocktails are really, really good — and discounted from 4-8 p.m.

4. At 7 p.m. inside the Tacoma Public Library's Main Branch you can hear the titilating semi-fictional account of one mountaineer's epic journey to the summit of North America's tallest peak - 20,320-foot Mt. McKinley, aka, Denali. That man is 55-year-old Nick O'Connell, a Seattle native whose harrowing account detailed in his new novel, The Storms of Denali. The book, while technically fictional, brings in elements from O'Connell's personal life and the experiences of his peers in the climbing world.

5. Guitarist Randy Linder brings his Creedence Clearwater Revival tribute show to The Red Wind Casino at 6:30 p.m.

LINK: Tuesday, Jan. 29 arts and entertainment events in the greater Tacoma and Olympia area

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