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September 27, 2012 at 10:35 AM

Weekend preview: Cheap fun and pricier pleasures

There are a lot of fun activities to choose from this weekend, whether your budget has a lot of zeroes in it — or is just plain zero.

Let’s start at the bottom, shall we?


On Saturday, entry is free to a whole bunch of museums around Puget Sound, including Seattle Art Museum, Museum of Flight, Henry Art Gallery, Nordic Heritage Museum and the Museum of History and Industry. It’s courtesy of Smithsonian Magazine’s National Museum Day, and you can download your ticket here. You’ll find a full list of participating museums there, too, and there are plenty in Seattle, Tacoma and other outlying areas. Read our preview if you want to know more.

The annual Festa Italiana is free, too — unless of course you can’t resist a slice of pizza or glass of wine (and who could blame you?). Highlights are music, cooking demos and competitive grape stomping, as Madeline McKenzie notes in her preview. It takes place Saturday and Sunday at Seattle Center.



If you’ve got $10 in your pocket, you can take part in the Local Sightings Film Festival, which gets underway this weekend at Northwest Film Forum. On the lineup are shorts, documentaries and feature films — and all have some local interest or connection. Like all good film festivals, there are plenty of extracurriculars, as well, including appearances by moviemakers and parties. Read Tom Keogh’s preview to learn more about some of the movies on offer, or go to Local Sightings’ official site for ticket and scheduling info.

Amanda Palmer, a musician and performance artist, plays the Neptune Theatre at 8 p.m. Sunday, and tickets are $14. Seattle Times music critic Paul de Barros warns that her act might be a little shocking to some (think “scantily clad”), but says that her music is worthy of note. One song, “Theatre of Evil,” he writes, “echoes the Beatles’ muscular, crackling artifice, studio-based layering and epic grandeur.”



Tickets start around $50 and rise into the three digits for “Memphis,” the touring Broadway musical at the 5th Avenue Theatre. But if you’re looking for a lot of razzle-dazzle for your dollar, you won’t be disappointed. Theater critic Misha Berson calls it a “zestful, slick, tunesome tribute to 1950s rhythm & blues” that “goes all-out to entertain you.”

What’s your price point this weekend? Feel free to share ideas for other entertainments you consider affordable by commenting on this blog post.

Prefer your weekend preview via video? Here’s one recorded this morning at KING 5 TV:

(Photos: Festa Italiana by Ellen Banner/Seattle Times; “Memphis” by Paul Kolnik)



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