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

May 31, 2012 at 11:05 AM

5 weekend activities for star-gazers and other dreamers

Anyone who’s ever stared at the stars (you know, in August, when you can actually see them) and contemplated the vastness of the universe should be intrigued by the monthlong Science Festival that starts this weekend at Pacific Science Center. The lineup of speakers looks especially enticing — including Stephen Hawking and astronaut Bonnie Dunbar.

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For another, more impressionistic take on time and space, visit Seattle Art Museum’s new exhibition of Australian Aboriginal art, “Ancestral Modern,” which runs through Sept. 2. Seattle Times arts writer Michael Upchurch calls out “works of mind-bending compositional complexity and fanatical dot-by-dot detail” in a just-published review.

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Two stellar documentaries with local interest open today: “The Manzanar Fishing Club” traces how internees of the Manzanar camp in WWII (who hailed from all over the West) risked everything to assert their freedom — sneaking beyond bounds to fish for trout. Reviewer Tom Keogh calls the film “superb” in a 3.5-star review. Meanwhile, “Joffrey: Mavericks of American Dance” traces the history of one of the country’s pre-eminent ballet companies, co-founded by Robert Joffrey — who was born Abdullah Jaffa Bey Khan in 1930 in Seattle. Seattle Times movie critic Moira Macdonald, a big dance fan, recently chatted with director Bob Hercules, and gave the movie a 3.5-star review.

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Finally, for the dreamers, who believe that music can change the world, let me point you toward Noise for the Needy — a series of nightclub shows between now and June 10 that raises funds for the Seattle Community Law Center. Music writer Gene Stout especially recommends David J’s show next Thursday at the Tractor, but there are lots of performances to choose from. Find the lineup here.

And now for our regularly scheduled weekend-preview video, recorded this morning at KING 5 TV:

(Photos: Abie Loy Kamerre’s “Bush Hen Dreaming, Sandhill Country,” from the SAM show, by iocolor; a still from “The Manzanar Fishing Club”; David J, courtesy of Circle23.)

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