It’s Veteran’s Day on Monday, which means a chance to honor those who serve — and for some, an extra day off to enjoy the weekend. We have some ideas, below, for both.
If you have other plans or events to recommend, we’d love to see them added to the comments thread.
1 Barsuk Records Anniversary
Through Sunday at Showbox at the Market, Neptune Theatre, Neumos and The Tractor Tavern, featuring Nada Surf, Mates of State, Sunset Valley, Say Hi, Jesse Sykes & The Sweet Hereafter and surprise guests. Tickets are $15. Full schedule available at barsuk.com.
Seattle’s “alternative alternative” record label, which broke Death Cab for Cutie back in the day, celebrates its 15th anniversary this weekend with a slate of shows in nightclubs all over town. David Bazan, The Long Winters, Nada Surf, Jesse Sykes and the Sweet Hereafter, and Say Hi are just a few of the artists represented. Read Paul de Barros’ recent story to learn more about the history of this scrappy outfit.
2 Best of the Northwest
10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Sunday, Magnuson Park, 7400 Sand Point Way N.E., Seattle; $6 (206-525-5926 or www.nwartalliance.com).
Let the arts and crafts season begin! It starts off with this show and sale of work by 100 local artists at Magnuson Park. (Note also: the Affordable Art Fair is underway at Seattle Center Exhibition Hall this weekend. It offers artworks from almost 50 galleries located around the world, priced between $100 and $10,000.)
3 Hmong New Year
11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Seattle Center Armory, Seattle; (206-684-7200 or www.seattlecenter.com).
Performances, kids’ activities, a display of Hmong artifacts and clothing and food are among the attractions at this annual cultural celebration.
4 'Thor' and more
For showtimes, see seattletimes.com/movies.
Several movies received ratings of three stars or above (out of four) from our reviewers this week: Among them, the special-effects extravaganza “Thor“; “Great Expectations,” starring Helena Bonham Carter in Dickens’ classic story; “Harry Dean Stanton,” a documentary about the character actor; “La Maison de la Radio,” a documentary about Radio France; and “Dallas Buyers Club,” a drama set in the early days of AIDS, featuring a remarkable performance by Matthew McConaughey.
5 Veteran's Day 2013
Vietnam Veterans Traveling Wall, 24 hours a day Friday-Monday, Auburn Veterans Memorial Park, 411 E Street N.E; parade, 11 a.m. Saturday, west on Main Street from E Street Southeast to A Street Northwest; field competition 1 p.m. Monday, Auburn Memorial Stadium, 801 Fourth St. N.E.; free (www.auburnwa.gov).
Many institutions and municipalities mark Veteran’s Day this weekend, but Auburn boasts the biggest celebration. The Vietnam Veterans Traveling Wall, a half-scale replica of the Washington DC Vietnam Memorial Wall, visits Auburn Veterans Memorial Park Friday-Monday. And a parade with military vehicles and marching bands rolls down Main Street on Saturday. A marching band and field competition follows on Monday at Auburn Memorial Stadium. For the full rundown, see Madeline McKenzie’s preview.