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Weekend preview: Friends of the Forest Day

By Jack Broom
The Seattle Times
A lineup of entertainment options for the weekend of April 13-15.

Around Town

Seattle Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festival: Celebration of Seattle's connections with Japan and the beauty of spring with exhibits including "Ikebana: The Japanese Art of Flower Arranging," art displays and artists' demonstrations, food, Taiko drumming, games; presenting both a modern and ancient view of Japanese culture, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Center House and Fisher Pavilion, Seattle Center (206-684-7200 or

Issaquah Alps Trails Club: Dogs welcome on 4-6 mile hike with 800-1,200-foot elevation gain, 10 a.m. Saturday; Twin Falls 4.2-mile hike with 1,000-foot elevation gain, bring Discover Pass if you have one, 9 a.m. Sunday, Issaquah Alps Trails Club clubhouse, First and Bush streets, Issaquah (

Friends of the Forest Day: Mountains to Sound Greenway and National Forest Foundation Earth Day celebration for all ages to help remove invasive plants and improve trails, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Snoqualmie Point Park, Interstate 90 at Exit 27, Snoqualmie; preregister (

At the movies

"Cabin in the Woods": The much buzzed-about horror film from Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard (TV's "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," "Angel") has previews Thursday night, and opens Friday at several theaters.

"Bully": Another much buzzed-about film is this documentary from director Lee Hirsch. It opens Friday at several theaters.

"The Three Stooges": The new comedy from the Farrelly Brothers features Sean Hayes, Will Sasso and Chris Diamantopoulos as the titular brothers. It also has previews Thursday and opens Friday at several theaters.

"This is Not a Film": Jafar Panahi's film is a critique of his native Iran while under house arrest in 2010. It opens Friday at the Northwest Film Forum.

"Free Men": This French thriller concerns a Paris mosque that helped North African Jews during World War II. It opens Friday at the SIFF Cinema at the Film Center.

"Lockout": A sci-fi action film starring Guy Pearce as a man wrongly convicted of espionage. It has previews Thursday night and opens Friday at the several theaters.

For reviews and showtimes, go to to Friday's Weekend Plus section.

For more fun this weekend, see Friday's Weekend Plus.

For advance planning, see Sunday's NW Traveler.

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