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ArtsPage

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January 26, 2012 at 11:40 AM

3 entertainment picks for the weekend

Hoist the anchor and set the sails: We’re cruising into another weekend.

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This Friday’s recommendations for weekend fun begin with the Seattle Boat Show which takes place both indoors (at CenturyLink Field Event Center) and out (at South Lake Union marinas). The 10-day show sounds as big as ever, with seminars, displays, activities — and of course, a flotilla of boats for boarding. (And yes, the picture shown at right is a submersible vessel called Seabreacher — not an aquatic mammal.) Check the official website for more details.

If you’re more the land-lubbing type, gather up your little crew for the Children’s Film Festival Seattle . It’s a pretty good deal: Screenings are just $7 for kids, $10 for adults, and there are more than 100 movies to choose from. Presented annually by Northwest Film Forum, the festival includes screenings of shorts and feature-length films; animations and live-action movies; comedies, dramas and documentaries — including many award-winners from competitions worldwide. Movie critic emeritus John Hartl previews the festival here.

Our final recommendation this week is from prolific Seattle Times arts reporter Michael Upchurch, who found a lot to like in Seattle Dance Project’s current production, which continues through the weekend. He writes:

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SDP’s two premieres of unusual new works by local choreographers are both well worth checking out. For his score in ‘Departure from 5th,’ Jason Ohlberg uses recordings of startingly candid comments from the dancers on what it’s like to be body-conscious in the extreme (as every dancer has to be). Words and movements match up in a sometimes poignant, sometimes deliciously ironic way. Meanwhile, new SDP performer Gavin Larsen — a former principal dancer with Oregon Ballet Theatre — is reason alone to take a look at Penny Hutchinson’s ‘Brahms Afoot.’ Her fluid lines and lifts are so effortlessly airy, they seem a little unreal. SDP’s ‘Project 5’ continues through Jan. 29 at ACT Theatre.”

(Photo of SDP dancer Ezra Dickinson by Brian Smale.)

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