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Lots of concerts, Earth Day celebration, ‘Shrek Jr.’ and zoo photo exhibition in the neighborhood this weekend

Couth Buzzard Books, 8310 Greenwood Ave. N., presents Jim Page and Timothy Hull in concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday; Little Sara and the Night Owls in concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday; and Open Jazz Jam with Kenny Mandell from 2-4:15 p.m. Sunday (all levels welcome).
Seattle Folklore Society presents Berkely Hart at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Phinney Neighborhood Association, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., in Community Hall in the Brick Building.
Seattle ReCreative, 8408 Greenwood Ave. N., is having an Earth Day Celebration from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday with recycled art activities also happening at Chocolati across the street.
Greenwood Elementary School’s Musical Theater Club Presents “Shrek Jr.” at 5 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Monday in the school’s auditorium, 144 NW 80th St. Recommended donation of $5 per family at the door.
Woodland Park Zoo is hosting the traveling National Geographic exhibition “National Geographic Photo Ark” starting today (Friday) through Oct. 7. The National Geographic Photo Ark project, by National Geographic photographer and Fellow Joel Sartore, documents every species in zoos, aquariums and animal rescue centers. It’s included in zoo admission.

A compelling and visually powerful project, the National Geographic Photo Ark aims to photograph species before it is too late. In addition to creating an archival record for generations to come, this project is a hopeful platform for conservation and shines a light on individuals and organizations working to preserve species around the world. Learn more at NatGeoPhotoArk.org.
The National Geographic Photo Ark exhibition at Woodland Park Zoo will highlight 56 of Sartore’s more than 50 most compelling images and provide guests with the extraordinary opportunity to come face to face with animals from the National Geographic Photo Ark. The 8’ tall x 6’ wide portraits will be displayed across the zoo’s 92 botanical acres. A diversity of mammal, reptile, and bird species will be represented including animals currently living at the zoo such as Matschie’s tree kangaroo, Western pond turtle, Sumatran orangutan, snow leopard, Humboldt penguin and greater one-horned rhino (new species coming in May). Guests will learn about the project, its mission, and Woodland Park Zoo’s conservation initiatives in the Pacific Northwest and around the world.
Sartore has worked in more than 250 zoos, aquariums and animal rescue centers around the world. He estimates the completed National Geographic Photo Ark will include portraits of more than 12,000 species representing several animal classes, including birds, fish, mammals, reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates.

Looking ahead to next week, Pacific MusicWorks an “April in Paris” concert at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 24, at Naked City Brewery, 8564 Greenwood Ave. N., with baroque flautist Joshua Romatowski, baroque oboist/recorder player Curtis Foster, and harpsichordist Henry Lebedinsky. Tickets are available online for $20 general or $15 ages 21-30 and includes house beer, cider or glass of wine (concert is for ages 21 and up only).
Traffic-wise this weekend:

  • Seattle Sounders host Minnesota United FC at 1 p.m. Sunday at CenturyLink Field.
  • Washington Department of Transportation is warning of expected traffic headaches this weekend due to a lot of scheduled road work and ramp closures on I-5, which will likely create more traffic on alternate roads like Highway 99. Northbound I-5 will be reduced to two lanes from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday, from the West Seattle Bridge to Olive Way. The following ramps will be closed during the weekend construction:
  • Northbound I-5 off-ramp to the West Seattle Bridge, Spokane Street and Columbian Way
  • Columbian Way on-ramp to northbound I-5
  • Westbound I-90 on-ramp to northbound I-5
  • Eastbound I-90/Edgar Martinez Drive on-ramp to northbound I-5
  • Dearborn Street on-ramp to northbound I-5
  • University Street on-ramp to northbound I-5
  • Cherry Street on-ramp to northbound I-5