Weekend Preview: Old Mill Days, free museums
A lineup of entertainment options for the weekend of Sept. 28-30, 2012, includes Old Mill Days/Forest Festival in Port Gamble, Smithsonian Free Museum Day and Sustainable Ballard Festival. Films opening include "Looper," "Won't Back Down" and "The Perks of Being a Wallflower."
Old Mill Days/Forest Festival: Carnival, car show, lumberjack show, chain-saw carving competitions, entertainment, fireworks, beer garden, Friday-Sunday, Port Gamble (www.portgamble.com).
Smithsonian Free Museum Day: Print pass available online for free admission for two people, including Log House Museum, Seattle; KidsQuest Children's Museum, Bellevue; Hydroplane and Raceboat Museum, Kent; Children's Museum of Tacoma, Fort Nisqually Living History Museum, Tacoma; Bainbridge Island Historical Museum; Kitsap County Historical Museum, Bremerton; Historic Fort Steilacoom, Lakewood (www.smithsonianmag.com).
Sustainable Ballard Festival: Workshops, art, music, family activities, green building and transportation exhibits, food trucks, Family Bike Expo, vendors, farm animals, cider-making, solar and raingarden displays, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday, Ballard Commons Park, 5701 22nd Ave. N.W., Seattle; free (fest.sustainableballard.org).
At the movies
"Looper": Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis star in this sci-fi/action thriller. It has previews Thursday and opens Friday at several theaters.
Local Sightings Film Festival: This showcase of Northwest filmmaking opens Friday at the Northwest Film Forum.
"Won't Back Down": Oscar-nominees Viola Davis and Maggie Gyllenhaal star in this drama about two mothers who try to transform an inner-city school. It opens Friday at several theaters.
"Stars in Shorts": A program of seven short films features Colin Firth, Lily Tomlin and Julia Stiles. It opens Friday at the Varsity.
"The Perks of Being a Wallflower": Based on a young-adult novel, this '90s-set story of a high school student opens Friday at the Harvard Exit and Lincoln Square Cinemas.
"Hotel Transylvania": This animated comedy about a hotel for monsters features the voices of Adam Sandler and several other "Saturday Night Live" vets. It opens Friday at several theaters (at many in 3D).
"Pitch Perfect": This comedy about an all-girl college singing group features Anna Kendrick, Brittany Snow and Rebel Wilson. It opens Friday at several theaters.
"Little White Lies": Jean Dujardin and Marion Cotillard star in this European variation on "The Big Chill." It opens Friday at the Egyptian.
"Brooklyn Brothers Beat the Best": A road movie starring director Ryan O'Nan and Michael Weston at the SIFF Cinema at the Uptown.
"Headshot": Thai director Pen-Ek Ratanaruang's crime thriller opens Friday at the Grand Illusion.
"Solomon Kane": James Purefoy stars in this action film based on characters created by Robert E. Howard ("Conan the Barbarian"). It opens Friday at the Sundance Cinemas.
"10 Years": Channing Tatum, Justin Long and Chris Pratt star in this high-school reunion dramedy. It opens Friday at the Meridian 16.