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November 14, 2014 at 1:38 PM

5 ways to warm your soul this weekend

This is not news to you: It’s cold in the great Northwest! So our weekend entertainment suggestions are designed to warm you — inside and out.

You’re invited to add your own suggestions on the comments thread. Then go out and have a great weekend!

1 See a romantic movie

"The Theory of Everything."

“The Theory of Everything.”

We can heartily recommend two love stories this week: “The Theory of Everything,” about Stephen Hawking and the love of his life, and “Beyond the Lights,” about a rising musical star and the man she falls for. Follow the links for reviews by Seattle Times movie critic Moira Macdonald.

2 Sidle up to something furry

Meet the Mammals. Photo by Alan Berner.

Meet the Mammals. Photo by Alan Berner.

See, touch and learn about hundreds of mammal specimens from the Burke Museum’s extensive collection brought out only once a year at the annual “Meet the Mammals” event Saturday. Read Madeline McKenzie’s advance story for details.

3 Sip a steaming hot bowl of ramen

Mmmm ... ramen. Photo by Erika Schultz/The Seattle Times.

Mmmm … ramen. Photo by Erika Schultz/The Seattle Times.

Nothing is quite as comforting on a cold day as a steaming bowl of noodles. Tan Vinh reveals his favorite ramen spots in Seattle and Bellevue in this yummy article.

4 Laugh a lot

Photo: Andy Gotts.

Photo: Andy Gotts.

Laughter may be as powerful as a hot meal when it comes to dissipating a chill. Enter John Cleese, whom you know from the Monty Python show and movies, and from TV’s “Fawlty Towers.” He’s in town this weekend to promote his memoir, “So, Anyway.” Read an interview conducted by book editor Mary Ann Gwinn to put you in the mood.

5 Hear some hot music

Herb Alpert, Lani Hall. Photo: Louis Oberlander.

Herb Alpert, Lani Hall. Photo: Louis Oberlander.

Herb Alpert is still playing snappy jazz at 79. He appears with his wife, singer Lani Hall, at Jazz Alley this weekend. Read Paul de Barros’ preview for the full story.

Comments | More in List, Weekend preview | Topics: Beyond the Lights, Herb Alpert, John Cleese

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