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A way to keep up with Seattle theaters, concert halls, galleries, museums and other fine-arts events.

May 25, 2012 at 12:40 PM

5 things to do this weekend, far from Seattle Center

I’ll be at the Folklife Festival tomorrow — along with thousands of you who plan to visit the festival, the King Tut exhibition or the new Playway on the Seattle Center grounds.

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But for those of you who don’t like to follow the crowds, here’s a list of five weekend activities that take place miles away from the madness of Lower Queen Anne.

Hari Kondabolu plays Laughs Comedy Spot in Kirkland Friday and Saturday night. The man is funny. Trust me. (Some shows at Laughs are 18+, some 21+, so check ahead.) You can also catch him in an intimate setting, working up new material and longer-form stories, on Monday night, May 28, at Town Hall Seattle — that’s only 5 bucks, so it’s a great deal.

“Making Mends”: Also on the Eastside, this “heart-breaking and soul-soothing” exhibition at Bellevue Arts Museum closes Sunday. It’s a group show that focuses on the healing power of art. Read Gayle Clemans’ moving review here. She says it’s a show that’s not always easy to view, but strongly reminds us that beauty can emerge anywhere — even from pain.

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“First Position,” a documentary about a prestigious ballet competition, gets 3.5 stars from Seattle Times movie critic Moira Macdonald this week. It sure sounds like it’s not just for dance fans, though: “When it’s over,” she writes, “you won’t remember so much about who won and who lost. Instead, what remains is the expression on a young dancer’s face, reflected in a mirror: showing the joy of being in love with what you do.” “First Position” is now showing at the Seven Gables in the U. District.

“Bed Snake,” Washington Ensemble Theatre’s latest production, is a small Faustian comedy gaining some big attention. Writer Tom Keogh calls it “a tsunami of dancing, rap posturing, video, violence, sex and a set that looks like a forgotten, subterranean, graffiti-covered skateboard park.” Probably not a show for people who like their theater subtle or genteel, but just right for the audience WET typically draws to its Capitol Hill digs.

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Finally: Don’t forget the reason for the three-day weekend. Many Memorial Day services are planned throughout the Northwest, including an annual event in the Garden of Remembrance outside Benaroya Hall. There you’ll find fellowship, music and a ceremony honoring fallen soldiers and their families. Look for the Memorial Day offerings contained in this long list of weekend community events.

After all that, if you’re still hankering for info on Folklife, King Tut, et al, check out this video preview:

(Photos: Hari Kondabolu by Elizabeth Griffin-Allen. “First Position” by Bess Kargman. And Garden of Remembrance by Greg Gilbert/Seattle Times.)

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