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March 8, 2013 at 9:42 AM

Weekend preview: Dogs, bikes and mini-golf, oh my!

You all know that “Oz the Great and Powerful” opens in theaters this weekend. Our reviewer, Moira Macdonald, says it’s pretty good if you can avoid comparing it to the  incomparable “Wizard of Oz.”

But if you’re looking for something other than a movie for amusement this weekend, we have five suggestions — all colorful and unusual enough to warrant a long walk down a yellow-brick road. Starting with …

Smash Putt by Mark Harrison / The Seattle Times.

Smash Putt by Mark Harrison / The Seattle Times.

Smash Putt. Give some gonzo industrial artists a few too many beers and ask them to design a mini-golf course and this is what results — a crazy-contraption putt-putt course with ambient music and a full bar. It’s in Sodo, it’s 21-plus and it runs Fridays-Sundays through April 28.

SAM Remix. You never know exactly what you’ll encounter at Seattle Art Museum’s quarterly after-hours party. A flash mob? A burlesque performance? Arts-and-crafts in the galleries? Dancing to DJ music? Maybe all of the above. Advance tickets for this event are already sold out, but SAM assures us there will be some tickets available at the door. And note that the first 50 people to show up wearing faux feathers will be admitted free. The fun starts at 8 p.m. Friday.

Seattle Kennel Club Dog Show. Watching pampered pooches competing for prizes would be sufficient, but the kennel club has upped the entertainment quotient of its shows with demos by dancing dogs, herding dogs, disc dogs and the F.I.D.O. drill team. It runs 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday at CenturyLink Field Event Center. Read Madeline McKenzie’s preview for details, including ticket information.

Seattle Bike Expo, 2011, by Erika Schultz / The Seattle times.

Seattle Bike Expo, 2011, by Erika Schultz / The Seattle times.

Seattle Bike Expo. Not to be outdone by the Kennel Club, Cascade Bicycle Club has gone beyond vendors to ensure that this year’s expo appeals to more than just gearheads. Oversized-tricycle races; fashion shows of cycling apparel; cycling stunts and more are on the two-day schedule (Saturday and Sunday) at Pier 91. See Richard Seven’s preview for hours, ticket info and other details.

Altar Boyz. Seattle Musical Theatre stages a rousing “we’re not in Kansas anymore” satirical musical comedy about five young Midwestern guys who bring their brand of harmonized, wholesome Christian pop to New York in hopes of breaking through to greater glory. Reviewer John Hartl wrote, “The show’s talented director and choreographer, Troy Wageman, keeps his gracefully energetic dancers spinning for 90 bouncy, intermissionless minutes.” It runs through Sunday at Seattle’s Magnuson Park.

Have other ideas for weekend fun to share with readers? Leave a comment, please.

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