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Originally published Thursday, April 26, 2012 at 5:30 AM

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Weekend Preview: drums, books and national parks

A lineup of entertainment options for the weekend of April 27-29, 2012. The options include the World Rhythm Festival at Seattle Center, National Parks free entrance days and the Friends of the Seattle Public Library Book Sale. Films opening Friday include "The Raven," "The Pirates! Band of Misfits" and "The Five Year Engagement."

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World Rhythm Festival: More than 100 performances and workshops with music of Africa, Asia, Cuba, Brazil, India, America, Middle East, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday, Saturday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday, Seattle Center, Seattle; free (206-684-7200 or www.swps.org).

National Parks free entrance days: National Park Week, free entrance to national parks including Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, Lewis & Clark National Historical Park, Mount Rainier National Park, Olympic National Park and the Whitman Mission National Historic Site, Friday through Sunday (www.nps.gov/findapark/feefreeparks.htm).

Friends of the Seattle Public Library Book Sale: 25,000 books, CDs and DVDs at bargain prices to benefit Seattle Public Library, everything half-price Sunday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday, Magnuson Park, 7400 Sand Point Way N.E., Seattle (206-523-4053 or www.friendsofspl.org).

At the movies

"The Raven": John Cusack plays Edgar Allan Poe, poet-turned-detective solving crimes based on his own stories in this new thriller. It previews Thursday and opens Friday at several theaters.

"The Five-Year Engagement": A new romantic comedy featuring the ups and downs of an engaged couple (Jason Segel and Emily Blunt). It previews Thursday and opens Friday at several theaters.

"Safe": This new action thriller stars Jason Statham as an ex-cage fighter protecting a young girl from the mob. It previews Thursday and opens Friday at several theaters.

"Damsels in Distress": Three girls set out to change things on a college campus in this new comedy from writer/director Whit Stillman ("The Last Days of Disco" and "Barcelona"). It opens Friday at the Harvard Exit.

"The Fairy": In this French comedy, a woman (Fiona Gordon) shows up at a hotel and announces to the night clerk that she is a fairy. It opens Friday at the Varsity.

"The Pirates! Band of Misfits": Arrrgh. It be a new stop-motion animated film from the folks at Aardman Studios that features the voices of Hugh Grant, David Tennant, Imelda Staunton and Salma Hayek. It has previews on Thursday, and opens Friday at several theaters (at many in 3D).

"Indie Game": A new documentary about independently developed video games opens Friday at the SIFF Cinema at the Film Center.

For reviews and showtimes, go to seattletimes.com/moviesor to Friday's Weekend Plus section.

For more fun this weekend, see Friday's Weekend Plus.

For advance planning, see Sunday's NW Traveler.

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