All eyes will be on the big game this weekend.
Or will they?
We know not everyone in the Northwest follows football, so this week’s entertainment suggestions have nothing to do with CenturyLink, tailgating or viewing parties. Even if you ARE a Seahawks fan, Sunday looms. So here are five ways to amuse yourself till the next game … or assuage your sorrows.
TIMBRRR! WINTER MUSIC FESTIVAL. Last summer’s inaugural Timber Music Festival in Carnation — a celebration of neo-folk music — was such a success that presenter Artist Home is producing a winter version, this time in Leavenworth, Wash. Northwest faves The Moondoggies and Hey Marseilles are headliners. Read Owen R. Smith’s preview, chain up for the drive over the pass and hit the road.
14/48. Billed as “the world’s quickest theater festival” this go-go-go event features 14 plays, conceived, written, designed, scored, rehearsed and performed in 48 hours for two weekends, beginning tonight. It’s at ACT Theatre, and details are here.
SEATTLE WEDDING SHOW. If you’re half of a happy couple planning nuptials, you may not give a fig about the game this weekend. Saturday would be the perfect time to visit the Washington State Convention Center and browse booths from hundreds of vendors, from florists, to caterers, to formalwear shops and beyond.
BALD EAGLES. America’s favorite bird is wintering over in the Skagit Valley. Viewing platforms, on-duty naturalists and special activities run from Concrete, Wash. to Marblemount on Highway 20, every weekend this month. Plan a road trip with the help of Madeline McKenzie’s preview story.
OSCAR PREP. Next Thursday, this year’s slate of Oscar nominees will be announced. At least three of the titles that will undoubtedly end up on the best picture list are still playing in and around Seattle: “12 Years a Slave,” “Gravity” (playing in 3D) and “American Hustle.” Catch them while you can. Look for Seattle Times movie critic Moira Macdonald’s Oscar-nominee predictions in this Sunday’s newspaper.
GOLDEN GLOBES. While we’re talking about movies, don’t forget that the Golden Globes — one of more entertaining awards shows — will be handed out in Hollywood on Sunday night. The great Tina Fey and Amy Poehler will host. Join me and Seattle Times movie critic Moira Macdonald for a live chat during the NBC broadcast, starting at 4:30 on Seattletimes.com.
Hawks fan or not, have a great weekend.