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Met Picks: Xavier Rudd, The Talent Show, SAM Parade

The top 10 things to see or do this weekend.

By Laura Dannen May 5, 2011

Respect a man who can play a didgeridoo: Xavier Rudd is at Showbox at the Market.

CONCERT Aussie Xavier Rudd plays his upbeat, original surf-folk with an assortment of guitars and didgeridoos at Showbox at the Market. May 5.

Scottish post-rock crew Mogwai named their new album Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will. If I didn’t already like them for their unleash-the-beast guitar solos, I’d like them now. They’re at Showbox at the Market. May 7.

ART PARTY The Henry celebrates the opening of its new multimedia exhibit, the Talent Show, with an open house and party on Friday. May 6.

It’s the last weekend to see Shadows of a Fleeting World: Pictorial Photography and Seattle Camera Club at the Henry. Thru May 8.

Also the last weekend to examine Chewbacca up close at the Star Wars exhibit at PacSci. Thru May 8.

If you leave work now, you can still join the SAM Parade, aka the March to the Center of the Earth, down First Avenue. It circles back to the museum for free soundsuit dance performances, a tour of the Nick Cave exhibit, food, drink, and music. May 5 at 5:30pm.

SPECIAL EVENT You still have your hat from the royal wedding, right? It’s perfect for the races on Saturday at Emerald Downs, or any of these local Derby Day celebrations.

CLASSICAL & MORE Soprano Emily Hindrichs makes her Seattle Opera debut as the villainous Queen of the Night in Mozart’s The Magic Flute. May 7–21.

THEATER A Manhattan couple face a heat wave, garbage strike, noisy neighbors, and unemployment in Neil Simon’s black comedy The Prisoner of Second Avenue —still relevant 41 years later. ACT Theatre, thru May 29.

SPECIAL EVENT SIFF teams up with MOHAI for the first annual History Is _ film competition and awards gala ; the evening includes a preview of select films from the 2011 Seattle International Film Festival and after-party where you can mingle with local filmmakers, famous and fledgling. May 7.

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