Entertainment options abound this weekend in and around Seattle, but you might want to put the “Gauguin & Polynesia” exhibition at Seattle Art Museum at the top of your list. It closes Sunday. The museum will be open late (till 9 p.m.) Friday through Sunday to accommodate last-minute visitors. Remember: This is the exhibition that Seattle Times arts writer Michael Upchurch called “near perfect” — and Upchurch is not one to gush.
If “Gauguin & Polynesia” had a soundtrack, it might sound something like the World Rhythm Festival, taking place this weekend at Seattle Center. Hundreds of drummers and dancers will converge from exotic points all over the globe, for more than 100 performances and workshops. Bring a drum, or rent one there, or just shimmy to the beat; there’s a free Saturday night dance party, too, from 8 to 10:30 in the Center House. Read more about it all here.
Of course some of you are looking for the old standby, dinner and a movie. For you, we have a roundup of six hot new restaurants by Providence Cicero; a peek at the always-lively National Film Festival for Talented Youth (or NFFTY); and fun-to-read reviews of tantalizing weekend releases such as “The Raven,” “Five-Year Engagement,” “Indie Game” and the irresistible “The Pirates! Band of Misfits.”
After all that, you’ll be ready to curl up at home with a good book on Sunday. Stop by the Friends of the Seattle Public Library’s Book Sale for some amazing deals on thousands of gently used books. Look at this list for location, open hours and so on.
(Photos: Gauguin exhibition by Alan Berner/Seattle Times; World Rhythm Festival 2010 by Greg Gilbert/Seattle Times; “The Pirates! Band of Misfits” by Aardman Animation; Friends of Seattle Public Library book sale by Alan Berner.)