A River Runs Through It
Through 12/30 • Ryan Molenkamp’s work is instantly captivating, but not always immediately clear. His large-scale oil and graphite paintings beckon viewers to look closer. Is that a desert? Or a city? Are those buildings or boxcars? Is this a place that’s cracking open, or healing itself? In the case of his new series, The Flood, it’s essentially both. Molenkamp—known for his abstracted portraits of regional landscapes—is currently exploring floods, and in particular how they affect the Northwest terrain. “Over the last few years, I noticed that watching the local news can be like watching an apocalyptic sci-fi movie about a disastrous weather event,” he says. There is a bit of that doomsday feeling in this work, which captures floodplains, repeated river surges and lasting damage to man-made structures, all trapped within our mountainous confines. But at the same time, the paintings reveal the beauty that keeps us all here. Times vary. Free. Gallery4Culture, 101 Prefontaine Place S; 206.296.8674; 4culture.org/publicart/gallery.
Gage Academy of Art
Drawing Jam: Drawing and Sculpture
Saturday (12/4) • Two years ago, Drawing Jam, the Gage Academy's free art demonstration—complete with figure models and art supplies—was a surprise hit. Be sure to swing by this year to see what all the fuss is about while getting in touch with your inner artist. Beginners welcome! 9 a.m. - 9 pm. Capitol Hill, 1501 10th Avenue E; gageacademy.org
Urban Craft Uprising
Saturday & Sunday (12/4 & 12/5) • Seattle’s largets indie craft show is back!! With more than 120 vendors, including local designers Moxie, Steel Toe Studios and Crystalyn Kae, Urban Craft Uprsiing packs in a wealth of funky artistic variety to satisfy your crafty desires and gift-giving needs. Tip:” the first 100 to t arrive on this diy-palooza receieve a free swag back. 11a.m. - 5 p.m. Free. Seattle Center, Exhibition Hall, 304 Harrison St.; urbancraftuprising.com
Woodinville Wine Country Wine Tasting
St. Nicholas Day Open House
Saturday & Sunday (12/4 - 12/5) • Enjoy wine tasting that gives you the chance to discover new wineries, meet winemakers and learn about oresent offerings and future releases. Taste exblusive boutique wineries and special selections from Woodinville's finest participants. A great opportunity to get that special someone something and take home your favorite wines for the holidays. 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Two day pass/$50, Single day pass/$40. Woodinville, 14030 145th St NE; woodinvillewinecountry.com
Mioposto Caffé e Pizzeria
A regular stop for some who live in the neighborhood. At night, the place fills up with parents treating their kids to the chewy, wood-fired Neapolitan pizza. In the morning, muffins and lattes satisfy the takeout crowd and the stroller pushers heading to the park across the street. But sit and stay awhile and you'll get a chance to kick off the day with the sensational BACON & EGG breakfast pizza ($7.25), a beauty topped with pancetta, mozzarella, seasoned bread crumbs, a sinus-clearing chile puree and two perfect over-easy eggs that ooze their yummy yolks all over the place when you eat it. There's just one thing: The staff here takes its time. Be sure to pad your visit with an extra half-hour, or call ahead for curbside pickup (even if you're on foot). Mount Baker, 3601 S McClellan St.; 206.760.3400; seattle-eats.com/mioposto
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