St. Patrick’s Day Parade: Mini-parade to put a green stripe down the Fourth Avenue parade route, meet at F.X. McRory’s at 6:30 p.m. Friday, March 14, to ride covered truck, all ages welcome, leaves City Hall Park at Fourth Avenue and Jefferson Street, 7 p.m. Friday, March 14, to Westlake Park for informal Irish ceili dance; parade, registration required for participating groups. Individuals can join in behind the banners representing areas of Ireland, seniors and others who can’t walk the distance can ride the Seniors Shamrock Shuttle in the parade, 12:30 p.m. Saturday, March 15, on Fourth Avenue from Jefferson Street to Westlake Park, Seattle (irishclub.org
Free Days, the Wing: Free admission for all, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, March 15, Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience, 719 S. King St., Seattle (206-623-5124 or wingluke.org
Irish Festival: Irish music, singing, dancing, workshops, lectures, cultural displays, vendors, children’s activities, genealogy and Irish language workshops, Irish Reels Film Festival, noon-6 p.m. Saturday, March 15, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, March 16, Seattle Center Armory, Seattle (206-684-7200 or www.seattlecenter.com
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AT THE MOVIES
“The Grand Budapest Hotel”: Wes Anderson’s new movie is about an art-deco creation in a fictional Eastern European country. It has late-night previews Thursday, March 13, and opens Friday, March 14, at several theaters.
“Need for Speed”: Aaron Paul stars in this action drama about a cross-country race. It also has late-night previews Thrusday, March 13, and opens Friday at several theaters (at many in 3D).
“Better Living Through Chemistry”: A dark comedy starring Sam Rockwell as a small-town married man who meets a woman (Olivia Wilde). It opens Friday, March 14, at the SIFF Cinemas at the Uptown.
“Veronica Mars”: TV’s teenage private eye (played by Kristen Bell) makes the jump to the big screen (via a famous Kickstarter campaign). Directed by Rob Thomas. It opens Friday, March 14, at several theaters.
For reviews and showtimes, go to seattletimes.com/movies or to Friday’s Weekend Plus section.
For more fun this weekend, see Friday’s Weekend Plus. For advance planning, see Sunday’s NW Traveler.