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May 16, 2014 at 12:52 PM

Weekend preview: 6 fun events in and around Seattle

Films, fairs and freebies are all in store for fun-seekers this weekend — from SIFF to the U. District StreetFair and beyond. Check out our list of suggestions, and be sure to add your own ideas for other readers on the comments thread.

1 SIFF

Through June 8, multiple venues in Seattle, Renton, Bellevue and Kirkland; siff.net.

One of the most sprawling film festivals in all of North America kicked off Thursday night, May 15, and continues through June 8 at multiple venues in Seattle and on the Eastside. Hundreds of films from around the world will screen, and many special guests will attend, including Laura Dern and Chiwetel Ejiofor.

Here’s a little help figuring out which movies to see: Capsule reviews of the best ones that we’ve seen so far, all of which screen again during this first week of the festival. (We’ve spared you the bad ones — you can thank us later.)

 

 

2 3-Minute Masterpieces

10 a.m. Saturday, SIFF Cinema Uptown, 511 Queen Anne Ave. N., Seattle (siff.net).

In partnership with SIFF, The Seattle Times conducts an annual digital-film contest, and the winners will be shown free to the public this Saturday morning. Funny, artful vignettes about family life, urban adventures and even a zombie attack are all part of the fun.

3 'Specatacle: The Music Video'

May 17, 2014-January 2015, EMP Museum, 325 Fifth Ave. N., Seattle, $16-$23 (206-770-2700 or empmuseum.org).

This new exhibition at EMP Museum traces the development of the music video since the dawn of MTV, from Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” to Macklemore’s “Thrift Shop.” On view are storyboards, costumes and more. Read Shirley Qiu’s advance story for more detail about what to expect.

Costumes worn by OK Go. Photo taken by Tony Walsh, Courtesy of Contemporary Art Center.

Costumes worn by OK Go. Photo taken by Tony Walsh, Courtesy of Contemporary Art Center.

4 University District StreetFair

May 17-18, 2014, on University Way from Northeast Campus Parkway to Northeast 50th Street; free (udistrictstreetfair.org).

You can smell the StreetFair from here. Photo of the 2013 fest by Bettina Hansen/The Seattle Times.

You can smell the StreetFair from here. Photo of the 2013 fest by Bettina Hansen/The Seattle Times.

As our Outdoors editor Brian Cantwell writes, the venerable U District StreetFair has become “the de facto kickoff event for our summer, with crowds of University of Washington students shedding Gore-Tex to welcome the sun god (if he shows up) and get henna tattoos. Buskers galore, fire-eaters and more.”

5 Nickel Creek

8 p.m., Moore Theatre, 1932 Second Ave., Seattle; $32.50-$42.50 (877-784-4849 or stgpresents.org)

Folk phenoms Nickel Creek fire the first salvo in an onslaught of concerts headed our way this summer. Want the full the list? Here are more than 170 shows to choose from.

6 Free museum admission

Seattle-area museums are offering eight days of reduced rates or special events beginning Friday, May 16. See www.museumweeknw.com.

The Wing is one of many museums you can visit for free this week. Photo by Bettina Hansen/The Seattle Times.

The Wing is one of many museums you can visit for free this week. Photo by Bettina Hansen/The Seattle Times.

Thanks to a meeting of museum directors from all over the country, dozens of museums are offering free admission this weekend and next week. SAM, the Henry, the Frye, BAM and many, many more art, cultural and ethnic institutions are on the list.

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