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April 20, 2012 at 11:33 AM

What to do this weekend, rain or shine

This Friday’s list of entertainment suggestions includes three community celebrations (bring your umbrellas!), two indoor activities and one off-the-wall event for trivia buffs only.

Celebrations/festivals:

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No doubt you know by now that Seattle Center turns 50 this year. Saturday, the Center kicks off a months-long birthday party with speeches, performances and general folderol all day. Highlights: A skateboarding party, historic displays, walking tours and — at 4:30 p.m. — a massive “chair spectacle” arranged by choreographer Pat Graney. Look ahead to the “Next 50” while indulging in a little Northwest nostalgia as well. (Dig that photo of Gov. Albert Rosellini and friends from the Seattle Times archive.)

Seattle Center, however, is just a whippersnapper compared to the University of Washington, which turns 150 this year. The university marks the occasion with HuskyFest, featuring all kinds of free events on campus this Saturday — free entry to the Burke Museum and Henry Art Gallery, a scavenger hunt, performers on Red Square and a “digital planetarium experience” at the physics building. (Photo of sundial on UW campus, below, by Alan Berner/Seattle Times.)

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Finally, Sunday is Earth Day. This list of 23 events likely includes one in your neighborhood. If not, head to Fremont for an Earth Day Festival that sounds especially fun, with 20 bands — including The Not-Its!, Kore Ionz and Stingshark — speakers, kids activities and more, Saturday and Sunday. Organizers of this first-time fest are putting the emphasis on promoting bicycle commuting; they’re calling it a “first annual,” so they plan to be back next year.

Indoor fun:

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While you’re in that save-the-planet mood, consider dropping by the IMAX movie theater at Pacific Science Center for “To the Arctic 3D,” a documentary about wildlife at the tippy-top of the planet. Seattle Times movie critic Moira Macdonald calls it “a visual treat.” A companion book of photographs, by the way, has been published by Seattle’s Mountaineers Books; for more about that volume, look for the Pacific Northwest magazine in this Sunday’s Seattle Times. (“To the Arctic 3D” still by Barbara MacGillivray.)

Or: If you’re not up for saving the entire planet, how about saving your local record store? Saturday is Record Store Day all over the city of Seattle. Dozens of shops, small and large, have special performances planned and deals on offer. Learn more here. (Photo of Silver Platters by Alan Berner/Seattle Times.)

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One unique event:

And now, the trivial event you’ve been waiting for: The Seattle Trivia Crawl. This Sunday, the crawl snakes its way through Ballard. You visit three pubs with happy-hour specials and play five rounds of trivia. By the end, no one cares who the winner is. (Cost is $12 and you must be 21 to participate.)

Finally: Our Friday walk-off — a weekend preview video recorded this morning at KING 5 TV, below. Have a great weekend!

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