Last chance to have fun before the friends and relatives descend on you next week — or before you have to pack up, brave the travel crowds and descend on someone else. So get out there and amuse yourself.
Our list of weekend entertainment suggestions, as always, just skims the top of what the Puget Sound area has to offer. Feel free to add your weekend suggestions for fellow readers in the comments thread.
1 Movies: 'Hunger Games,' 'Nebraska'
For reviews and showtimes, go to seattletimes.com/movies.
Let’s start indoors at your local cinema. “Hunger Games” is of course the movie of the moment. With rave reviews and intense fan interest behind it, it’s poised to make a killing (!) at the box office. Two other highly anticipated releases earned middling reviews — the Vince Vaughn comedy “Delivery Man” and an adaptation of the novel “The Book Thief.” But “Nebraska,” a quirky road trip movie written by Northwest screenwriter Bob Nelson, is well worth your while, according to Seattle Times movie critic Moira Macdonald.
2 Skiing (and a ski film)
Weekend ski report: seattletimes.com/html/snowsports/2022305576_skireport22xml.html.
Stevens Pass, Crystal Mountain, Mission Ridge and other ski areas are open this weekend. What are you waiting for?
If for some reason you need prodding, you can check out the latest Warren Miller ski movie, “Ticket to Ride.” It plays at McCaw Hall Friday and Saturday and it’s sure to make you want to “go snow.”
3 'Les Miserables'
Through Jan. 5 at Francis J. Gaudette Theatre, 303 Front St. N., Issaquah (425-392-2202 or villagetheatre.org); Jan. 10-Feb. 2 at Everett Performing Arts Center, 2710 Wetmore Ave., Everett (425 257-8600 or villagetheatre.org).
Last December, people flocked to movie theaters to see Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway in the musical “Les Miserables.” This year, you can see it on stage. The Village Theatre is staging a rendition that Seattle Times theater critic Misha Berson calls, “stunning.” It’s playing in Issaquah now and moves to Everett in January.
4 Ugly Sweater Run
11 a.m. Sunday, Magnuson Park, 7400 Sand Point Way N.E., Seattle; $44, new toy donation for Toys for Tots requested (www.theuglysweaterrun.com).
Among a number of fun runs this weekend (turkey trot, anyone?) is this annual homage to the horrible holiday sweater. It’s an easy 5K route, and all kinds of entertainment are planned (holiday music; beer, cider and — for kids –hot chocolate; an ugly sweater contest). Note: There is an entry fee and you’re encouraged to bring a toy to donate to Toys for Tots.
For a reeeeeeealllly long list of runs, walks, festivals, benefits and other community events, see Madeline McKenzie’s community calendar.
5 'Elwha: A River Reborn'
10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Saturday, Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, University of Washington, Seattle; $7.50-$10 (206-543-5590 or www.burkemuseum.org).
ArtsPage heartily recommends the Burke Museum’s new exhibition, “Elwha: A River Reborn,” which chronicles the ecological and cultural restoration unfolding in the Olympic Peninsula’s Elwha River Valley. Opening day, Saturday, features stories, talks, music and dance performances from members of the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe, and an appearance by The Seattle Times’ own Lynda Mapes, whose book inspired the exhibit.