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Trains, the solstice, art | Weekend Preview

Activities for the weekend of Dec. 20-22, 2013, include a Model Train Festival, Solstice Stroll and Native Art Mart. Films opening include “Inside Llewyn Davis” and “American Hustle.”

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Model Train Festival: A variety of model-train displays, kids’ activities, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Monday with Santa visits 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 26-Jan. 1, Washington State History Museum, 1911 Pacific Ave., Tacoma; $7-$9.50 ages 5 and younger free (253-272-9747 or

Solstice Stroll: Glowing stroll through the garden to bring light to the longest night of the year on the winter solstice with warm drinks, cookies, holiday carols, glow sticks for kids, 4:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Kruckeberg Botanic Garden, 20312 15th Ave. N.W., Shoreline; free (206-546-1281 or

Native Art Mart: Native American vendors featuring handmade arts, crafts, jewelry and other items, Native dancing and singing performances, salmon lunch and Indian tacos available, portion of proceeds benefit United Indians of All Tribes Foundation Elders program, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Daybreak Star Cultural Center, 3801 W. Government Way, Discovery Park, Seattle; free (206-228-1410 or


“Anchorman 2”: In this comedy sequel, Will Ferrell again plays San Diego anchorman Ron Burgundy. It opened Wednesday at several theaters.

“Inside Llewyn Davis”: The latest film from the Coen brothers concerns a young folk singer (Oscar Isaac) in 1960s Greenwich Village. Carey Mulligan and Justin Timberlake also star. It has late-night previews Thursday at the Harvard Exit and Lincoln Square, and opens Friday at the Harvard Exit, Lincoln Square and the Sundance Cinemas.

“American Hustle”: David O. Russell’s comedy set in the 1970s stars Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams and Jennifer Lawrece. It has late-night previews Thursday and opens Friday at several theaters.

“Walking With Dinosaurs”: Based on a BBC series, this animated family film features the voices of John Leguizamo, Skylar Stone, Tiya Sircar and Justin Long. It also has late-night previews Thursday and opens Friday at several theaters (at many in 3D).

“Saving Mr. Banks”: The story of how “Mary Poppins” came to be made in prickly collaboration between author P.L. Travers (Emma Thompson) and Walt Disney (Tom Hanks) opens at more theaters starting Friday.

For reviews and showtimes, go to or to Friday’s Weekend Plus section.

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