A new MOHAI, Winter Fishtival, Gates Foundation family event | Weekend preview
Activities for the weekend of Dec. 28-30, 2012, include the Winter Fishtival at the Seattle Aquarium, the Gates Foundation Visitor Center Family Day and the Museum of History & Industry grand opening. Films opening include “Promised Land” and “Not Fade Away.”
Winter Fishtival: Activities, talks and opportunities to learn about the Aquarium’s fish, birds, tide-pool animals and marine mammals, highlighting a different sea animal each day, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. daily through Jan. 5, The Seattle Aquarium, 1483 Alaskan Way, Seattle; $13.95-$19.95, ages 3 and younger free (206-386-4300 or www.seattleaquarium.org).
Gates Foundation Visitor Center Family Day: The Give Effect: Family Day to experience the joy of giving for all ages, interactive exhibits, activities for kids, 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Saturday, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Visitor Center, 440 Fifth Ave. N., Seattle; free (206-709-3100 or www.facebook.com/events/415127141889377/).
MOHAI Grand Opening: Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI) celebrates new home at restored Naval Reserve Building, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, with ribbon cutting, 10 a.m.; performances by poet Henry Luke, opera singer Sarah Fletcher and the Chief Sealth Marching Band; activities including Salish weaving demonstration, print making; boat rides and dragon-boat racing on the lake, free admission, timed ticket available online required Saturday; paid admission with timed ticket available online required, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday; New Year’s Family Day activities, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday; free First Thursday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Jan. 3, MOHAI at Lake Union Park, 860 Terry Ave. N., Seattle; regular admission $12-$15, ages 13 and younger free with adult (206-324-1126 or www.seattlehistory.org).
At the movies
“Promised Land”: Gus Van Sant’s new film (starring Matt Damon and John Krasinski) about a salesman and an environmental activist duking it out over natural-gas rights in a small farmland town. It opens Friday at the Lincoln Square Cinemas and the Meridian 16.
“Not Fade Away”: Written and directed by David Chase (“The Sopranos”), this new film tells the fictional story of high-school boys in the early-’60s who form a band. It opens Friday at the Meridian 16.
“Les Misérables”: The long-awaited film of the Broadway musical, directed by Tom Hooper and starring Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway, Russell Crowe and Amanda Seyfried, opened Tuesday at several theaters.
“Django Unchained”: Quentin Tarantino’s anti-slavery spaghetti Western that intends to comment on the odious nature of slavery but drowns in a sea of blood. It opened Tuesday at several theaters.
“Parental Guidance”: Billy Crystal, Bette Midler and Marisa Tomei star in this comedy peppered with juvenile jokes about bodily functions that will not amuse adults and boring relationship scenes that will not amuse children. It opened Tuesday at several theaters.
For reviews and showtimes, go to seattletimes.com/movies or to Friday’s Weekend Plus section.
For more fun this weekend, see Friday’s Weekend Plus. For advance planning, see Sunday’s NW Traveler.