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February 22, 2013 at 10:58 AM

Weekend preview: Self-help edition

This weekend’s entertainment suggestions are high-minded and good for you.

Or not.

Read on — and don’t be afraid to chime in on the comments thread with your own weekend recommendations for other readers.

IMPROVE YOUR MIND

Marvin Hamlisch at Benaroya Hall by Greg Gilbert / The Seattle Times.

It’s not every day you get to meet a former U.S. secretary of state — especially the first female ever to hold the office, Madeline Albright. But she’ll be in town Saturday to talk about her most recent book, “Prague Winter: A Personal Story of Remembrance and War, 1937-1948.” It’s a memoir of life in Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia, based on her parents’ writing and her own recollections. Her appearance is free to the public at 2 p.m. Saturday at Town Hall.

Seattle Symphony pays tribute to the great Broadway and Hollywood composer Marvin Hamlisch — who was also the orchestra’s principal pops conductor for many seasons. Hamlisch died last year, leaving a legacy of well-loved American tunes. On the program: “The Entertainer” (from “The Sting”); “Nobody Does It Better” (“The Spy Who Loved Me”); “One” (“A Chorus Line”) and many more. Performances, previewed recently by writer Tom Keogh, continue through Sunday.

IMPROVE YOUR HOME

CenturyLink Field Event Center makes The Home Depot look like an intimate shopping experience Friday through Sunday, as the sprawling spring Home Show comes to a close. It’s got 550 home and garden displays, including model kitchens and bath vignettes; new building products and materials; landscape displays; home decorating ideas; “Meet the Experts” seminars and — believe me — more. 800 Occidental Ave. S., Seattle; $3-$12; more info on the Home Show website.

A mere 350 exhibitors, meanwhile, have sprouted at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show at the Convention Center through Sunday. Get yourself primed by reading the garden-themed edition of Pacific NW magazine before you go, and be sure to stop by booth #2154 while you’re there for some giveaways. (That’s the spot The Seattle Times is sharing with the Miller Garden.) More details are on the Garden Show website.

2013 Flower and Garden Show by Ken Lambert / The Seattle Times.

 IMPROVE YOUR … Aw, what the heck, just have fun

Taking its name from two characters in Russian author Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s “The Brothers Karamazov,” Seattle band Ivan & Alyosha performs its rousing folk-rock songs of struggle, resilience and personal triumph with infectious joie de vivre. Opening are Kris Orlowski and Smokey Brights. All ages. Doors open at 7 p.m. Saturday, Showbox at the Market, 1426 First Ave., Seattle; $12-$15.

Finally, don’t forget that Sunday is Oscar day — and is there anything more mindlessly fun that that? MOHAI has an especially good-looking Oscar party where you can watch red-carpet arrivals and the ceremony on the big screen, and compete in Oscar-themed games to win prizes. This could be a chance for you to check out the revamped MOHAI, too, if you haven’t done that yet. The festivities begins at 4 p.m.

As for us, your friends at The Seattle Times will be working Oscar night, as usual. If you decide to stay home, join us online at 4 p.m. Sunday at seattletimes.com to chat about the gowns, the styles, the frowns, the smiles … we’ll be waiting for you.

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