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Neighborhood festivals and nature | Weekend Preview

Activities for the weekend of July 11-13, 2014, include West Seattle Summer Fest, Chinatown International District Dragon Fest, Ballard SeafoodFest and tide-pool exploration. Films opening include “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” and “Half of a Yellow Sun.”


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AROUND TOWN

West Seattle Summer Fest: Street party with vendors, beer garden, Sustainability Expo, Pet Junction pet activities, health information, kids’ activities, music featuring Vaudeville Etiquette, 4 p.m. Friday, July 11; Dude York, 7 p.m. Saturday, July 12; The Moondoggies, 8 p.m. Saturday, July 12; The Helio Sequence, 9:30 p.m. Saturday, July 12; Carrie Akre, 2 p.m. Sunday, July 13; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, July 11-13, California Stage and beer garden open later; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, July 13, West Seattle Junction, California Avenue Southwest and Southwest Alaska Street, Seattle (wsjunction.org/summerfest).

Chinatown International District Dragon Fest: Pan Asian celebration with lion and dragon dances, taiko drumming, Chinese Girls Drill Team, $2 food walk, noon-8 p.m. Saturday, July 12, noon-6 p.m. Sunday, July 13, Hing Hay Park, 409 Maynard Ave. S., Seattle (seafair.com).

Ballard SeafoodFest: Music, local brews, kids’ activities, arts and crafts, food vendors, seafood. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, July 12, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday, July 13, Ballard, Market Street and Ballard Avenue, Seattle (seafoodfest.org).

Explore tide pools: Join naturalists to explore the beach at low tide, wear shoes that can get wet, for ages 6 and older, children accompanied by adult, 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, July 12, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Sunday, July 13, Discovery Park, 3801 W. Government Way, Seattle; and for all ages, children accompanied by adult, 10:30 a.m.-noon Saturday, July 12, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Sunday, July 13, Carkeek Park, 950 N.W. Carkeek Park Road, Seattle; free, preregister (206-386-4236 or www.seattle.gov/parks)

AT THE MOVIES

“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”: Matt Reeves (“Cloverfied”) directed this sequel to the 2011 reboot, starring Andy Serkis. It has late-night previews Thursday, July 10, and opens Friday, July 11, at several theaters (at many in 3D).

“Half of a Yellow Sun”: Thandie Newton and Chiwetel Ejiofor star in this drama set during the Nigerian civil war of the 1960s. It opens Friday, July 11, at the Sundance Cinemas.

“The Internet’s Own Boy”: A documentary about Web social-justice and information-access activist Aaron Swartz. It opens Friday, July 11, at the Northwest Film Forum.

“Third Person”: A new film from Paul Haggis (“Crash”) that is made up of interwoven stories, starring Liam Neeson, Adrien Brody, Maria Bello and Mila Kunis. It opens Friday at the Alderwood Mall and Meridian 16.

“Beyond the Edge”: A documentary that celebrates the 60th anniversary of Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay’s successful summit of Mount Everest. It opens Friday, July 11, at the Sundance Cinemas.

“Venus in Fur”: Roman Polanski’s film version of David Ives’ play is a modern reworking of Leopold Von Sacher-Masoch’s 1870 novel. It opens Friday, July 11, at the Varsity.

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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