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November 16, 2012 at 11:42 AM

4 ways to rock your weekend

What’re you doing this weekend? If you don’t know yet, here are four ideas with a back beat. (If you do know, please share with other readers on the comments thread.)

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Mike McCready, Duff McKagan, Brandi Carlile and many other notable Northwest musicians will be at EMP Museum on Saturday night to play a kickoff concert for a new Jimi Hendrix exhibition. Focusing on a key nine-month period early in Hendrix’s career, the exhibition will remain on display into 2015. Charles R. Cross, who literally wrote the book on Hendrix (“Room Full of Mirrors,” 2005), calls it a don’t-miss experience.

While you’re at EMP, check out the museum’s display of leather jackets — many of which were once worn by musicians (Bruce Springsteen, Sid Vicious, Elvis Presley) or movie stars (Marlon Brando, Rooney Mara). The cleverly titled show, “Worn to Be Wild,” was recently written up by Seattle Times arts writer Moira Macdonald.

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Meanwhile, writer Tan Vinh reported on a unique happy hour at the Hard Rock Cafe, which is only in effect when it rains. (And you can bet it’ll be raining a LOT this weekend.) At the Hard Rock, says Vinh, Jimi Hendrix and Kurt Cobain memorabilia vie with flat screens blaring ’80s music videos.

Looking for straight-up rock in a nightclub setting? Seattle’s Minus the Bear plays material from its fifth full-length album, “Infinity Overhead,” on Saturday at Showbox at the Market.

Finally, here’s a KING 5 TV video weekend preview, which may not be exactly rockin’, but is ready to roll right now on your computer screen:

(Photos: Mitch Mitchell and Jimi Hendrix, by Alain Dister; Hard Rock Cafe happy hour by Steve Ringman/The Seattle Times.)

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