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April 5, 2013 at 9:42 AM

Weekend preview: Date nights and play dates

Kids in tow? Or no? Either way, we have your weekend covered.

Here’s a list of some of the more enticing events around the Seattle area this weekend. There are hundreds more things to do, though, so feel free to add your own suggestions for other readers in the comments thread.

DATE NIGHTS

Jeff Bridges and the Abiders. The movie-star-cum-musician is on the road again with his band, playing some country, some blues, some jazz and a little Americana, too. 8 p.m. Friday at the Moore Theatre. Paul de Barros’ preview gives a taste of what’s in store.

“The Whipping Man.” Taproot Theatre presents Matthew Lopez’s drama of a Jewish Confederate soldier who returns from the war to spend a momentous Passover with two now-liberated slaves. It’s recommended for viewers 16 and up, notes theater critic Misha Berson. 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and  8 p.m. Saturday, at Taproot in Greenwood.

"Rebel Without a Cause," courtesy of Warner Bros.

“Rebel Without a Cause,” courtesy of Warner Bros.

Focus on James Dean. SIFF turns its Film Center screens over to a film icon this weekend, with “Joshua Tree, 1951: A Portrait of James Dean.” Director Matthew Mishory will be attendance Friday and Saturday. Two of Dean’s more popular films, “Rebel Without a Cause” and “East of Eden” also show. SIFF’s Film Center is at Seattle Center; read about this and other film events here.

Spring Open House at The Henry. This is the Henry Art Gallery’s version of an after-hours party — something more and more museums are undertaking to broaden their base. In addition to new exhibits, such as  “Laffoley: Premonitions of the Bauharoque,” there’ll be music, beer and activities, from 7-10 p.m. Friday on the UW Campus.

Downtown Issaquah Wine Walk. Starting at 5 p.m. Friday, you’ll encounter music, art events and wine tasting at several locations on Front Street. Bring your own glass; $20-$25 includes 10 tastes.

PLAY DATES

Whirligig: As Madeline McKenzie reports, now is the time to visit Seattle Center with kids. Among a multitude of activities is an annual event known as Whirligig — essentially a giant play space with inflatable bouncers to help kids work off all that spring break energy. One low ticket price covers as many bounces as it takes.

Whirligig 2011, by Greg Gilbert / The Seattle Times.

Whirligig 2011, by Greg Gilbert / The Seattle Times.

Spring Book Sale. The growing bookworms in your household will love the Friends of The Seattle Public Library sale, where thousands of books, CDs and DVDs are sold for $1 or $2. (Some collectibles are priced higher.) 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, North Seattle Community College; details here.

Free Children’s Concert. Seattle Men’s Chorus, Seattle Women’s Chorus, Village Theatre’s KidStage and Book-It Repertory Theater share music, theatrical pieces and workshops for toddlers to teenagers, 2 p.m. Saturday, at McCaw Hall in Seattle. It’s free, by reservation.

Kubota Garden Art Walk. Feet First walking-advocacy group hosts a tour of South Seattle’s gem of a Japanese garden at 2 p.m. Sunday, 9600 Renton Ave. S., Seattle.

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