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Met Picks: Remix, Avatar: The Exhibition, U2 360°

The top 10 things to see or do this weekend.

By Annie Rose Favreau June 2, 2011

This could be you at the EMP’s Avatar exhibition.

VISUAL ART You have four more days to journey into Nick Cave’s Center of the Earth, but if you want to see the soundsuits in action, get down to SAM’s late-night Remix party. The first 50 guests sporting faux fur get in for free! June 3.

THEATER If empire waists are more your style, Sense and Sensibility —Book-It’s fourth Jane Austen adaptation—opens this Saturday. June 3–26.

DANCE A peasant girl, a reckless young man, and hordes of creepy ghost brides populate PNB’s world premiere of Giselle. Since the production harkens back to the show’s earliest Parisian choreography (circa 1840s), we’ve been told to expect some old-fashion pantomime. We repeat: There will be miming. June 2–12.

CONCERT Last summer, Bono canceled U2’s Emerald City concert due to emergency surgery. He’s come back to make amends and rock out in the U2 360° Tour. Bonus: Lenny Kravitz opens. June 4.

EXHIBIT Avatar: The Exhibition kicks off this weekend with a celebrity discussion panel of the film’s actors and special effects artists, including actress Michelle Rodriguez and animation supervisor Richie Baneham. Wander the exhibit to play with a full-seized Amplified Mobility Platform suit, see hand-made character models of your favorite blue cat people, and ogle at the latest in 3D technology. June 4.

COMEDY The title says it all: Excuse me, does my piano count as one carry-on? is part of the Nordic Heritage Museum’s concert series and features Swedish comedian/musician Magnus Martensson. Bring on the lutefisk humor! June 5.

FASHION Metal pipes, ceramic tiles, and industrial upholstery fabric don’t generally make for high-end couture, but at Product Runway’s 2011 garment competition every outfit must be constructed using only interior design materials. However, the raffle prize is silk: a personally tailored Jason Wu gown. June 3.

FILM FEST Have you made it to a SIFF show yet? Better get a move on: the festival’s halfway over. Celebrate the mid-point with a screening of Service Entrance, followed by cocktails, Boom Noodle nibbles, and Dilettante desserts at SIFF’s Centerpiece Gala.

SIFF 2011 recommendation: Straight off the boards of Broadway, Roundabout Theater Company’s filmed production of The Importance of Being Earnest hits Seattle screens tonight. Oh, and Lady Bracknell is played by a man. Boy, Amador, and Tornado Alley also make the cut, and we’re intrigued by the premise of the James Marsh’s (Man on Wire) documentary Project Nim: A chimpanzee is raised as a human child. SIFF runs thru June 12.

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