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June 29, 2012 at 7:00 AM

5 things to do this weekend: The stop moping edition

As a heat wave bakes much of the country, we in the Northwest continue to bask under cloudy skies and get our vitamin D from the drugstore. Moping won’t help, campers. Let a smile be your umbrella, and head out for some fun. (The glass is always half-full at ArtsPage HQ. OK, sometimes it’s half-full of rain.)

On Friday, comedian Aziz Ansari (part of the cast of NBC’s “Parks and Recreation”) drops by for two shows at the Paramount. Details, which include Ansari’s smackdown with the president, here.

And author Chris Hedges (“Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt”) is at Town Hall, to talk about what “what unfettered, unregulated capitalism” has done to some of the country’s most desperate places. Find out more here.

On Saturday, the renovated Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center in the Central District officially celebrates its reopening with a free open house, featuring “Black Artists of the Silver Screen,” screenings of comedy, jazz and musical film shorts, plus desserts and sweet tea. Details here.

So you want more free? Here’s another: Chris and Meleah Gibson, founders of the guitar group Tuning the Air, have opened the Seattle Creative Arts Center in Ballard, and they’re having a free open house on Saturday evening with a number of Tuning the Air-connected musicians. Read more here.

Summer must be right around the corner if the Jetty Island Ferry is up and running. It begins its seasonal 7-day-a-week run on Sunday. Details here. Be sure to get to the park early, especially on sunny days (stop that eyeroll right now); the ferry excursions fill up fast.

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