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December 28, 2012 at 9:48 AM

Weekend preview: 5 things to do before the new year

This week, we offer a chronological list of weekend activities designed to carry you right into 2013. Have your own recommendations to share with other readers? Add them to the comments thread.

FRIDAY AFTERNOON:

Hurry: An international array of short films for children screens at 2 p.m. today, Dec. 28, at Seattle Public Library. Even adults will be enchanted by the artistry and humor on display, and — bonus — the event is free.

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FRIDAY NIGHT:

Shabazz Palaces and THEESatisfaction — two of Seattle’s biggest music newsmakers of 2012 — are collaborating on a unique show at the Neptune Theatre Friday night. Read Andrew Matson’s advance interview with Shabazz’s Ishmael Butler to learn more.

SATURDAY:

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The Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI) opens at its new South Lake Union location to much fanfare Saturday. Tickets for the first day are free, but have to be reserved in advance online.

SUNDAY:

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Bellevue Arts Museum looks to have another intriguing show in “Modern Twist: Contemporary Japanese Bamboo Art.” reviewer Gayle Clemans writes that the show “reflects well on BAM’s continuing, thoughtful practice of curating or selecting art, craft, and design exhibitions that allow us to reflect on the fluid intersections of art and craft, form and function, and tradition and innovation. Or we can simply be duly impressed by marvelous objects made with remarkable skill.” It runs through Feb. 3.

MONDAY:

It’s New Year’s Eve, and you have your pick of a 21+ New Year’s event or an all-ages celebration, like New Year’s at the Needle. Need more ideas? Scroll through this very long list of family-friendly community events, including New Year’s Eve options.

Be merry, be safe, and we’ll see you next year.

(PHOTOS: Ishmael Butler by Genevieve Alvarez / The Seattle Times; MOHAI display by Greg Gilbert / The Seattle Times; Fujinuma Noboru’s “Spring Tide” basket, by Forrest Cavale.)

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