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October 21, 2011 at 11:00 AM

Best entertainment bets for the weekend

It’s a drab Friday, overshadowed by Viadoom, but the weekend arts and entertainment lineup is enough to light a cozy fire in your soul:

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The big news is the homecoming of Death Cab for Cutie. The beloved NW band plays KeyArena on the final stop of its US tour, before moving on to the UK. Some folks are just as/even more excited for opener The Head and the Heart, the neo-folkie Ballard band that’s had a breakout year. The show is Saturday at the Key and when I checked this morning, tickets were still available.

Movies hardly ever earn four stars at The Seattle Times — our highest rating — but one did this week. Read John Hartl’s rave review of “Take Shelter,” pictured below, here. It’s about an Ohio man troubled by nightmares and hallucinations, which could be a sign of mental illness … or something worse. Sounds creepy, paranoid and brilliant.

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Want to pair it with a restaurant? Reviewer Providence Cicero is enamored of Bar del Corso on Beacon Avenue. Drive time from Beacon Hill to the Harvard Exit (where the movie is playing): About 10-15 minutes, depending on traffic.

City Arts Festival continues for two more days with shows by Ozomatli, Mudhoney, the Hold Steady, Shelby Lynne — how many crazy-good artists can you stuff into one Volkswagen bug of a weekend? I hear the visual arts shows associated with City Arts at FRED Wildlife Refuge on Capitol Hill are the place to be, but — true confession — I might be more inclined to join in the “Grease” singalong at SIFF.

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Want more ideas? Check out this quick weekend preview we printed Thursday, or pick up today’s paper and find hundreds of listings in the Weekend Plus section.

I’ll leave you with today’s “What’s Going On?” video, just recorded at KING 5:

(Photos: Ben Gibbard/Death Cab for Cutie by Jason Kempin; Michael Shannon in “Take Shelter” by AP Photo/Sony Pictures Classics; “Grease” by Paramount Pictures.)

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