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Japanese Garden reopens, Penn Cove MusselFest | Weekend Preview

Activities for the weekend of March 1-3, 2013, include the opening for the season of the Seattle Japanese Garden and the Penn Cove MusselFest on Whidbey Island. Films opening include “Jack the Giant Slayer” and “The Sweeney.”

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AROUND TOWN

Seattle Japanese Garden: First Viewing event 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday. Garden open 10 a.m.-5 p.m., starting Friday, March 1, Tuesdays-Sundays in March. Extra admission fee during First Viewing, $5-$10. Regular admission, including after 3 p.m. Sunday, $4-$6. 1075 Lake Washington Blvd. E., Seattle (206-684-4725 or www.seattle.gov/parks).

Penn Cove MusselFest: Chowder tasting, mussel eating competition, cooking demonstrations, mussel farm boat tours, art walk, children’s activities, music, Coupeville Recreation Hall, 901 N.W. Alexander St., Coupeville, Whidbey Island; also, Spring Art Tour at studios from Greenbank to Oak Harbor (360-678-5434 or www.thepenncovemusselfestival.com).

AT THE MOVIES

“Jack the Giant Slayer”: Nicholas Hoult, Stanley Tucci, Ian McShane and Ewan McGregor star in Bryan Singer’s big budget version of the fairy tale. It has midnight previews Thursday and opens Friday at several theaters (at many in 3D).

“The Sweeney”: Based on a ’70s British TV police series, this crime drama stars Ray Winstone as a street-level enforcer who heads up London’s Flying Squad of coppers. It opens Friday at the Pacific Place.

“A Place at the Table”: This documentary from directors Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush explores the subject of hunger in America. It opens Friday at the Varsity Theatre.

“21 & Over”: A medical student celebrates his 21st birthday in a big way in this new comedy from Jon Lucas and Scott Moore. It also has midnight previews Thursday and opens at several theaters on Friday.

“Beware of Mr. Baker”: This documentary looks at the musical career of Ginger Baker. It opens Friday at the Grand Illusion.

“Hors Satan”: Bruno Dumont’s drama about the relationship between a drifter and a young woman in a French coastal village. It opens Friday at the Northwest Film Forum.

“The Last Exorcism, Part II”: The evil spirit that possessed a young woman (Ashley Bell) in the 2010 horror film is back for this sequel. It also has midnight screenings Thursday and opens Friday at several theaters.

“Phantom”: A Cold War-era submarine thriller starring Ed Harris, William Fichtner and David Duchovny as members of a Soviet crew. It also has midnight screenings Thursday and opens Friday at several theaters.

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