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Wine and chocolate, Tet and rain festivals | Weekend Preview
Activities for the weekend of Feb. 14-17, 2013, include Valentine’s Day Wine & Chocolate Tasting at the Volunteer Park Conservatory, Tet Festival Vietnamese Lunar New Year and the PNW Rain Festival in Bellingham. Films opening include “Beautiful Creatures.”
Valentine’s Day Wine & Chocolate Tasting at the Volunteer Park Conservatory: Four varieties of Wilridge wines matched with Theo Chocolate and Divine Chocolate will be available at tasting stations placed throughout the Conservatory; no one under 21 admitted. Entry times at 5, 6 or 7 p.m. 1400 E. Galer St., Seattle; $20-$25 (www.volunteerparkconservatory.org).
Tet Festival Vietnamese Lunar New Year: Vietnamese music and dance performances, food, martial-arts demonstrations, fashion show, children’s activities, lion dance, 10:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Sunday, Seattle Center Armory and Fisher Pavilion, Seattle (206-684-7200 or www.seattlecenter.com).
PNW Rain Festival, Bellingham: Best decorated umbrella contest, rain-themed poetry reading, Fairhaven Rain Festival Queen, her escorts and court in short event, 11:30 a.m. Sunday, Fairhaven Village Green, Bellingham (www.Fairhaven.com).
AT THE MOVIES
“Beautiful Creatures”: Richard LaGravenese’s film adaptation of the popular book by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, about a romance between a human boy and a female “Caster,” arrives at several theaters today.
“A Good Day to Die Hard”: The fifth film in the “Die Hard” franchise once again features Bruce Willis as John McClane. This time he teams up with his son (Jai Courtney) to battle evildoers in Russia. It also opens today at several theaters.
“Safe Haven”: Another film adaptation of a Nicholas Sparks novel, about the romance between two residents of a North Carolina town (Julianne Hough and Josh Duhamel). It also opens today at several theaters.
“Escape From Planet Earth”: In this new animated feature, an astronaut (voiced by Brendan Fraser) deals with life on the planet Baab. It also opens today at several theaters (at many in 3D).
“Happy People: A Year in the Taiga”: Werner Herzog’s documentary looks at a hardscrabble life in Siberia. It opens Friday at the Varsity Theatre.
“Let Fury Have the Hour”: Antonino D’Ambrosio’s documentary focuses on several artists whose works date from the punk era onward. It opens Friday at the Grand Illusion.
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.