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A celebration of Japanese culture, and a kids fest | Weekend Preview

Activities for the weekend of April 26-28, 2013, include the Cherry Blossom and Japanese Cultural Festival at Seattle Center, and U Village K.I.D.S. day. Films opening include “Mud” and “The Big Wedding.”

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AROUND TOWN

Cherry Blossom and Japanese Cultural Festival: Traditional and contemporary Japanese entertainment including taiko drumming and dance and music by the Nago Minori troupe from Japan, food vendors, games and kids’ activities, artist demonstrations, marketplace, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday-Sunday, Seattle Center Armory, Fisher Pavilion and Seattle Center Pavilion, Seattle Center, 305 Harrison St., Seattle (206-684-7200 or www.seattlecenter.com/festal).

U Village K.I. D. S.: Police cars and fire trucks, educational activities for kids of all ages and parents, music by Brian Vogan and his Good Buddies and The Not-Its, pet adoptions, kids’ yoga, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, University Village, 25th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 45th Street, Seattle; free (206-523-0622 or www.uvillage.com/events).

AT THE MOVIES

“Mud”: Two teenagers encounter a fugitive (Matthew McConaughey) in this drama written and directed by Jeff Nichols. It opens Friday at several theaters.

“The Big Wedding”: Robert De Niro, Diane Keaton, Katherine Heigl and Amanda Seyfried play various family members in this comedy. It has late-night previews Thursday and opens Friday at several theaters.

“Pain and Gain”: Michael Bay’s dark comedy about a crew of bodybuilder/kidnappers starring Mark Wahlberg, Anthony Mackie and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. It also has late-night previews Thursday and opens Friday at several theaters.

“Arthur Newman”: Colin Firth and Emily Blunt star in this road movie/romance. It opens Friday at several theaters.

“Sun Don’t Shine”: Writer-director Amy Seimetz’s film noir about young lovers on the run. It opens Friday at the Grand Illusion.

“Bert Stern: Original Mad Man”: A documentary that looks at a Madison Avenue photographer of the 1950s and ’60s. It opens Friday at the Harvard Exit.

“Night Across the Street”: The late Chilean director Raúl Ruiz’s final film is about an office clerk in his 60s. It opens Friday at the Northwest Film Forum.

“It’s a Disaster”: A comedy about eight people at a brunch in a Los Angeles house. It opens Friday at the SIFF Cinema at the Film Center.

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.

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