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The movie can be good (Me and You and Everyone We Know), so-so (Valentin), or dreadful (The Notebook), and the party is always too crowded, but we love the opening night of the Seattle International Film Festival nonetheless. This year's movie: The Illusionist. Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine St., 206-324-9996, www.seattlefilm.org. $50. 7 p.m. Thurs., May 25. LYNN JACOBSON


It's your indie-rock dream come true. Death Cab, Neko Case, the Flaming Lips, the Shins, and loads of others, spread out over three days at the Gorge Amphitheatre. Sure, it's hot and it's a long drive, but Sasquatch is as good a music festival as you'll get in the Northwest this year. Gorge Amphitheatre, 754 Silica Rd. N.W., George, 206-628-0888, www.hob.com. $55 per day. 11 a.m. Fri., May 26–Sun., May 28. BRIAN J. BARR


We couldn't even begin to describe the array of ethnic dance, music, arts, and kids' activities happening during the action-packed Northwest Folklife Festival. After snacking on, say, Lebanese food, try a Croatian dance workshop, watch taiko drumming, and groove to Peruvian or bluegrass tunes. Seattle Center, 206- 684-7300, www.nwfolklife.org. Free. 11 a.m.–11 p.m. Fri., May 26–Mon., May 29. MOLLY LORI

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