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August 1, 2014 at 11:47 AM

Weekend preview: 5 things to do nowhere near Seafair

Not into planes and hydros? Here are some things you can do with a friend, a date or the family this weekend.

1 Concerts at the Mural

Aug. 1-22, Seattle Center; see KEXP’s website for details.

Charles Bradley at a recent performance in Rotterdam. Photo by Paul Bergen.

Charles Bradley at a recent performance in Rotterdam. Photo by Paul Bergen.

A monthlong series of free concerts co-curated by KEXP and Seattle Center kicks off Friday, with a hotly anticipated appearance by Charles Bradley, the “Screaming Eagle of Soul.” Bradley’s from Brooklyn, but the series lineup is heavy on local bands as well. If you miss this week, you have three more opportunities. Shows begin at 5:30 and they’re free; bring a blanket and picnic, and enjoy.

2 Movies

See showtimes at seattletimes.com/movies.

"Mood Indigo," courtesy of SIFF.

“Mood Indigo,” courtesy of SIFF.

If you want more soul music, go see “Get On Up,” a film biography of James Brown. Seattle Times movie critic Moira Macdonald calls it “buoyant” and gives it 3.5 stars (out of a possible 4). Two other movies also get the 3.5-star treatment from our reviewers this week: “Guardians of the Galaxy” and “Mood Indigo.” And don’t forget, outdoor-movie season continues. See our mondo list of free screenings in neighborhoods all over Puget Sound.

3 Kids Day at Olympic Sculpture Park

10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at SAM’s Olympic Sculpture Park: seattleartmuseum.org/summer.

Yoga with mom at OSP. Photo by Robert Wade.

Yoga with mom at OSP. Photo by Robert Wade.

Seattle Art Museum has orchestrated a whole summer of outdoor activities at the Olympic Sculpture Park, and this Saturday, the fun is tailored to kids and families. Art-making, all-ages yoga and a public tour are on the laid-back agenda.

4 Watershed Festival

Friday-Sunday,  754 Silica Road, George, Grant County  (800-745-3000 or watershedfest.com).

Lady Antebellum at KeyArena in 2012. Photo by Erika Schultz/The Seattle Times.

Lady Antebellum at KeyArena in 2012. Photo by Erika Schultz/The Seattle Times.

If you don’t already have a ticket, you’re taking your chances, but this is one giant country lineup at the Gorge this weekend. Tim McGraw, Lady Antebellum and Jake Owen top the bill. Yeehaw.

5 Community Festivals

Click for a big list of community events this weekend.

All City Band at the Umoja Festival in 2013. Photo by Alan Berner/The Seattle Times.

All City Band at the Umoja Festival in 2013. Photo by Alan Berner/The Seattle Times.

Closer to home, but nowhere near the hydro pits, are the Magnolia Summer Festival on Friday and Saturday;  Umoja Heritage Parade and Festival at Judkins Park, Friday-Sunday; and SalmonFest and Lake City Pioneer Days Parade, also Friday-Sunday.

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