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January 6, 2012 at 12:30 PM

3 events to brighten a Seattle weekend

The days are getting longer — supposedly.

While you’re waiting for spring to come, you might check out these three entertainment options, to bring a little light into your life:

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The Northern Lights Film Festival brings nine features and assorted shorts from Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Finland and Iceland to Seattle. The three-day festival is presented by the Nordic Heritage Museum and the colorful assortment of films — comedies, dramas, documentaries, shorts and children’s movies — will flicker across the screen at SIFF Cinema at Seattle Center. My school-age son and I, who have fallen in love with the cartoon Moomintrolls of Tove Jansson, will be first in line to see “Moomin and the Comet Chase” at noon on Saturday. Read more about this and other local film events here.

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Seattle Shakespeare Company presents one of Shakespeare’s more rarely produced plays this month: “Coriolanus.” Not a lot of poetic language in this one, says Seattle Times theater critic Misha Berson, but lots of rioting, war, revenge and mayhem — you won’t be bored. By the way: Ralph Fiennes stars in a screen version that arrives later this month. See SSC’s production at Seattle Center House this weekend and you’ll be the most well-informed moviegoer at the multiplex.

Finally, head indoors to the warmth and light of the Burke Museum on Saturday afternoon for Artifact ID Day 2012. It’s a Pacific Coast version of “Antiques Roadshow,” without the appraisals. Museum experts will be on hand to help identify any indigenous artifacts you may have from the Northwest or Pacific Rim, or any geologic or archeological items such as fossils, bones or rocks. Read about writer Rachel Solomon’s brush with the experts (carving in hand) and note: There’s a three-item limit.

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Finally: Here’s a video preview of the weekend, taped this morning at KING 5:

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(Photos: “Coriolanus” by John Ulman; Artifact ID Day 2011 by Erika Schultz/Seattle Times.)

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