EMP’s Fantasy Exhibit, Nifty NFFTY films and Other Weekend Musts

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A Jim Henson puppet from The Dark Crystal, part of EMP’s new exhibit

MUST SEE
Black Watch

Opens Thursday (4/25–5/5) — A song-filled play about a Scottish regiment’s involvement in the Iraq War turns out to be one of the most successful ideas in recent theatrical history. Based on interviews conducted by writer Gregory Burke, this National Theatre of Scotland production has won countless critical accolades and 22 awards internationally. The story follows the Black Watch regiment to the front lines of Iraq in 2004, and the soldiers’ return to hometown bars. The Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine St.; 206.682.1414; stgpresents.org

MUST DISCOVER
NFFTY Film Festival

Thursday–Sunday (4/25–4/28) — NFFTY, the world’s largest youth film festival, brings together the many voices of 22-and-younger filmmakers worldwide. Founded by a teen filmmaker from Seattle and now in its seventh year, the four-day event features films in every genre, including a slew from young Washington filmmakers, whose subjects range from the dark side of nature (Deep Down) to emerging subcultures (My Little Brony). Attend and discover a new voice from the next generation of filmmakers. Also, check out NFFTY’s excellent trailer. SIFF Uptown, 511 Queen Anne Ave. N; 206.905.8400; nffty.org

MUST MIDDLE EARTH
Fantasy: Worlds of Myth and Magic at EMP

Opens Saturday (4/27) — Fantasy nerds, rejoice! EMP’s new permanent exhibit, Fantasy: Worlds of Myth and Magic, invites visitors of all ages to explore the fantastic worlds created for beloved movies including The Princess Bride, The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings and Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal. Artifacts, models and costumes are viewable thanks to an innovative new approach to museum displays, courtesy of Seattle art-installation duo Lead Pencil Studio. 325 Fifth Ave. N; 206.770.2702; empmuseum.org

MUST DINE
Dine Out for Life

Thursday (April 25) — This annual benefit for the Lifelong AIDS Alliance is in its 20th year of raising funds to meet the needs of patients in the area. Dining editor Ali Scheff suggests you make a day of it: eat breakfast at Wild Mountain, Le Pichet or the 14 Carrot Cafe, lunch at Serious Pie, Red Mill or Oddfellows and dinner at LloydMartin, Lark, Tutta Bella or Etta's. You’ll feel full, and philanthropic. Click here for a full list of participating restaurants.

MUST SHOP
Cuyana Trunk Show

Tuesday (April 30) — Cuyana’s owners travel the globe to discover unique, high-quality textiles and metals. Then, they work with local craftsmen to create limited-edition accessories that fuse each piece’s cultural heritage with a modern aesthetic. Fashion editor Ali Brownrigg unpacks the details of the online shop’s upcoming trunk show in Seattle. 5-8 p.m. The Black Bottle, 2600 1st Ave; 206.441.1500; cuyana.com

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