Celebrating Norway, U District, West Seattle | Weekend Preview
Activities for the weekend of May 16-18, 2014, include the Syttende Mai Festival and Parade in Ballard, the University District Street Fair, and Alki Beach Summer Streets and West Seattle 5K run/walk. Films opening include “Godzilla” and “Million Dollar Arm.”
Syttende Mai Festival and Parade: Celebration of Norway’s Constitution Day; children’s activities, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, May 17, and Nordic Cafe, 3:30-5:30 p.m., Nordic Heritage Museum, 3014 N.W. 67th St., Seattle, free admission; entertainment, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Bergen Place, intersection of Market Street, Leary Avenue and 22nd Avenue Northwest; parade with more than 100 groups, marching bands, drill teams, Norwegian-American groups, classic cars, 6-8 p.m., on 24th Avenue Northwest from Northwest 62nd Street to Market Street, to 22nd Avenue Northwest, down Ballard Avenue, ending at Dock Street; 17th of May Dance, 8:30-11:30 p.m., Elks at Shilshole, Seattle, $10 at the door (17thofmay.org).
University District Street Fair: Arts and crafts vendors, entertainment, food vendors, beer garden, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, May 17, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, May 18, University Way Northeast from Campus Parking to North 50th Street, Seattle (udistrictstreetfair.org ).
Alki Beach Summer Streets and West Seattle 5K run/walk: Portion of Alki Avenue Southwest closed to vehicles for walking, biking, vendors, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, May 18; run/walk to benefit West Seattle High School, 9:20 a.m. Sunday, Alki Beach Park, 1702 Alki Ave. S.W., Seattle (www.seattle.gov/transportation/summer_alki.htm).
AT THE MOVIES
“Godzilla”: The tall, dark and scaly one is back in the latest big-budget version of this monster tale. It stars Ken Watanabe, Bryan Cranston and Elizabeth Olsen and has late-night previews Thursday, May 15, and opens Friday, May 16, at several theaters (at many in 3D).
“Million Dollar Arm”: Jon Hamm stars as a sports agent who recruits cricket players to play Major League Baseball in this new film. It also has late-night previews Thursday, May 15, and opens Friday, May 16, at several theaters.
“God’s Pocket”: John Slattery (“Mad Men”) co-wrote and directed this drama starring Philip Seymour Hoffman. It opens Friday, May 16, at the Varsity.
“Locke”: Tom Hardy plays the single on-screen character in this drama. It opens Friday, May 16, at the Harvard Exit.
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.