Tree-planting and Mochi Tsuki fest | Weekend Preview
Activities for the weekend of Jan. 4-6, 2012, include tree-planting and the Mochi Tsuki Celebration on Bainbridge Island. Films opening include “Zero Dark Thirty” and “Francine.”
New year’s Restoration Resolution: Help plant trees, 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Discovery Park, 3801 W. Government Way, Seattle; preregister (206-386-4237 or www.seattle.gov/parks).
Bainbridge Island Japanese American Mochi Tsuki Celebration: All ages event celebrating the Japanese New Year’s tradition of making and eating the sweet rice treat mochi, free tickets for each of the 3 taiko performances available 20 minutes prior on a first come, first served basis, limited to 175 seats per performance, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, IslandWood, 4450 Blakely Ave. N.E., Bainbridge Island; free; parking very limited at the site and nearby Blakley Elementary School; carpooling encouraged (www.bijac.org/).
AT THE MOVIES
“Zero Dark Thirty”: The much-talked-about new film from Oscar-winning director Kathryn Bigelow about the hunt for Osama bin Laden opens Friday at several theaters.
“Texas Chainsaw 3D”: Oh, dear. Another entry in the horror-film series about young people running from the chainsaw-wielding Leatherface. It opens Friday at several theaters (at many in 3D).
“Francine”: In this new drama, Academy award-winner Melissa Leo stars as a woman who is released from prison. It opens Friday at the Northwest Film Forum.
“The Impossible”: Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor star in this drama based on the true story of a family caught up in the 2004 tsunami in Southeast Asia. It opens Friday at several theaters.
For reviews and showtimes, go to seattletimes.com/movies or to Friday’s Weekend Plus section.