A lineup of entertainment options for the weekend of Jan. 27-29, 2012. On the list: Asian Night Market at the Othello Public Market, Lunar New Year Festival and GroundFrog Day in Snohomish. Films opening Friday include Liam Neeson's "The Grey," Glenn Close's "Albert Nobbs" and Sam Worthington's "Man on a Ledge."
Asian Night Market at the Othello Public Market: Chinese New Year family-friendly entertainment, games and contests, seasonal produce, clothing, arts and crafts, antiques and technological gadgets from dozens of multicultural vendors, family-friendly entertainment, games and contests, 5 p.m.-midnight Fridays-Saturdays through Feb. 18, Othello Public Market, 4200 S. Othello St, Seattle; $3 (206-334-2285 or publicmarket.org).
Lunar New Year Festival: Asian cultural entertainment including lion and dragon dances, taiko drumming, martial arts demonstrations, food walk with $2 menu at 20 local restaurants, children’s activities including Children’s Parade and Costume Contest, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Hing Hay Park, 409 Maynard Ave. S., Seattle (www.cidbia.org).
GroundFrog Day in Snohomish: “Frognosticator” and weather prophet Snohomish Slew predicts the arrival of spring with games, entertainment, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, downtown Snohomish, Second Street and Avenue D, Snohomish (425-344-8533 or www.groundfrogday.com).
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At the movies
“Albert Nobbs”: In this new movie (based on a short story) Glenn Close plays a 19th-century Irish woman who disguises herself as a man. It opens Friday at several theaters.
“Margaret”: Kenneth Lonergan’s new drama, starring Anna Paquin, deals with the aftermath of a bus accident. It opens Friday at the SIFF Cinemas at the Uptown.
“The Grey”: A group of plane-crash survivors are stranded in the Alaskan wilderness in this new adventure/drama that stars Liam Neeson. It has midnight previews on Thursday, and opens at several theaters on Friday.
“How the Fire Fell”: This “Northwest noir,” set in 1903 Corvallis, Ore., is the new film from Portland director Edward P. Davee. It opens Friday at the Northwest Film Forum.
“Man on a Ledge”: Sam Worthington (“Avatar”) stars in this story of an ex-cop and escaped convict trying to establish his innocence from a hotel window. Talk about pressure. It has midnight previews on Thursday, and opens at several theaters on Friday.
“One for the Money”: Former “Grey’s Anatomy” star Katherine Heigl stars in this action/comedy about a divorcee who lands a job at a bail-bond business. The film co-stars Jason O’Mara, Daniel Sunjata and John Leguizamo. It also has midnight previews Thursday, and opens at several theaters on Friday.
For reviews and showtimes, go to seattletimes.com/moviesor to Friday’s Weekend Plus section.
For more fun this weekend, see Friday’s Weekend Plus. For advance planning, see Sunday’s NW Traveler.