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Celebrate library, history, folk traditions | Weekend Preview

Activities for the Memorial Day weekend of May 23-26, 2014, include Memorial Day commemorations and the Northwest Folklife Festival. Films opening include “X-Men: Days of Future Past” and “Belle.”


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AROUND TOWN

Memorial Day Events: Find complete listings at seattletimes.com. Search “9 Memorial Day events in and around Seattle.”

Seattle Central Library 10th Anniversary Celebration: Ten-year anniversary celebration with music, free cupcakes, commemorative items, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday, May 23, Seattle Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Seattle (206-386-4636 or www.spl.org/central).

Crafts of the Past, Forst Nisqually: Displays and demonstrations of crafts of the 1800s, early photography, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, May 24-25, Fort Nisqually Living History Museum, 5400 N. Pearl St., Tacoma; $4-$9 (253-591-5339 or www.fortnisqually.org).

Northwest Folklife Festival: Music, dance, stories and art of the people of the Pacific Northwest, cultural focus India and Its People with Bollywood show, Indian Cinema, fashions of India; 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday, Saturday, Sunday, May 23-25, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday, May 26, Seattle Center, Seattle; suggested donation $10/person or $20/family or group (206-684-7300 or nwfolklife.org ).

AT THE MOVIES

“X-Men: Days of Future Past”: Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender (and many others) return in the latest installment of the sci-fi/action franchise. It has late-night previews Thursday, May 22, and opens Friday, May 23, at several theaters (at many in 3D).

“Belle”: A drama inspired by the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), the illegitimate mixed-race daughter of a Royal Navy Admiral, raised by her aristocratic great-uncle and his wife. It opens Friday, May 23, at several theaters.

“Chef”: Jon Favreau wrote, directed and stars in this comedy about a chef launching a food-truck business. It opens Friday, May 23, at several theaters.

“The Double”: Jesse Eisenberg stars in this drama about a man who discovers his new co-worker is his exact double. It opens Friday, May 23, at the Varsity.

“The Immigrant”: A story of survival starring Marion Cotillard and Joaquin Phoenix. It opens Friday, May 23, at several theaters.

“Blended”: Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore star in this comedy set during an African vacation. It also has late-night previews Thursday, May 22, and opens Friday, May 23, at several theaters.

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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