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April 13, 2012 at 2:05 PM

12 things to do this weekend

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Happy Friday the 13th! This is one of those weekends during which we’ll be reminded how lucky we are to live in the Emerald City — we’ll see the sun on the Sound, the cherry blossoms and at the ballpark. What to do?

Sports: The Mariners will play their home opener at 7:10 p.m. Friday at Safeco Field, which is now the home of some fancy ballpark eats. Emerald Downs opens its 17th season Friday night as well; post time is 6 p.m. And the Sounders Women will play at 7:30 p.m. Friday against Seattle University.

Movies: People interested in horror flick “The Cabin in the Woods” lit up seattletimes.com today, so if you plan to see the movie, get there early. Readers also like “Bully,” which, sadly, sheds light on a subject many people know all too well. Read reviews here.

Festivals: The Seattle Cherry Blossom and Japanese Cultural Festival is Friday-Sunday at Seattle Center, honoring the city’s connection with Japan and one of our favorite signs of spring. The Skagit Valley Tulip Festival continues, and if you really love daffodils, you can wave at the Daffodil Festival Grand Floral Street Parade in Pierce County on Saturday.

Dance: Australian-grown Chunky Move visits Seattle on Friday and Saturday, and the troupe is worth a look, according to Seattle Times arts writer Michael Upchurch. (Review here.) Across town at Pacific Northwest Ballet, two classics take the stage, starting Friday: Balanchine and Stravinksy’s “Apollo,” and the Kent Stowell production of “Carmina,” accompanied of course by Orff’s “Carmina Burana.” There’s a full-to-bursting orchestra pit (two pianos! Really!) and a choir in a loft and a huge wheel of fortune to get the point across.

Dining: Times reviewer Providence Cicero visited the Bellevue branch of Lunchbox Laboratory, and assures us that no one leaves the place hungry. Out West Seattle way, there’s the West Seattle Fish House, which earned a thumbs up for its chowder and wild cod.

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