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May 4, 2012 at 11:54 AM

5 super-powered things to do this weekend

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Cinco de Mayo weekend is upon us, and a rather nice weather forecast is in the offing. (Which is hard to believe, given the rain falling now outside ArtsPage HQ.) Here are some activities to lure you out:

1) We probably don’t need to remind you – who DOESN’T know? – but “The Avengers” is out in theaters. The Joss Whedon-directed, star-studded action film features Marvel’s greatest (Captain America, Iron Man, Black Widow, Thor, Hulk) banding together to to save all our unworthy little hides. Expect literal scenery chewing and Whedon’s trademark quips. Read Times movie critic Moira McDonald’s review here.

2) Seattle Yacht Club’s Opening Day of boating season casts off on Saturday, starting with a dragon boat race at 10:05 a.m., followed by the Windermere Cup crew races, a boat parade, and even an appearance by an enormous statue of Egyptian deity Anubis, helping herald the arrival of the King Tut exhibit in Seattle later this month. Learn where to watch, and more, here.

3) Rockers looking to relive the good ol’ days before Sammy came along will be flocking to the Tacoma Dome on Saturday night for Van Halen, complete with David Lee Roth. Info here.

4) Speaking of Saturday night, don’t forget you can see Seattle Opera’s HD simulcast of opening night of “Madama Butterfly” at KeyArena — for free. Thousands of priority seats have been spoken for, but there’s still room for those who haven’t preregistered; show up by 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the fountain side of the Key. People will be admitted until the arena is full. The broadcast, the first in Seattle Opera’s history, is a simulcast of the first night of the production right next door at McCaw Hall. The opera begins at 7:30 p.m.

5) Maybe the theater’s more your style? Seattle is a playgoer’s paradise these days, with “Clybourne Park,” “The Art of Racing in the Rain,” “Damn Yankees,” “The Pitmen Painters,” “Exit, Pursued by a Bear,” just to name a few, on local stages. Go here for reviews and info: seattletimes.com/entertainment.

(“Avengers” photo by MVLFFLLC)

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