SAM Gallery “Artists’ Choice” Opening
In celebration of its 40th year playing art matchmaker to its host of art lovers who, for whatever reason, just can’t seem to commit, Seattle Art Museum’s rental and sales outpost SAM Gallery is unveiling Artists Choice. The show will feature a vibrant mix of work by several up-and-coming artists. 5/9, 5-7 p.m. SAM Gallery: Art Sales and Rentals, 1220 Third Ave.; 206.343.1101; seattleartmuseum.org.
New Yorker contributor Susan Orlean, most famous for her exploration of orchid obsessives, The Orchid Thief, stops at Benaroya Hall to share the result of her latest immersive interviewing, Rin Tin Tin. The book reveals the people behind the Hollywood hound, but more than that, it reveals Orlean’s keen ear for real-life characters. 5/14, 7:30 p.m. Benaroya Hall, 200 University St.; 206.215.4747; seattlesymphony.org/benaroya.
Seattle magazine Mother’s Day Instagram Contest
OK, Instagram fans: We’re launching our first-ever Instagram photo contest in celebration of Mother’s Day 2013. Starting now through Sunday, May 12, snap an Instagram photo of you and your mom (or you and your kids) out and about at your favorite Seattle spot (think restaurant, park, shop, spa, salon, you name it) and tag it @Seattlemag #MothersDayPics to enter the contest. The top three pics win a prize.
Fabric Flower-Making Event at Clementine Shoes
Enjoy your Mother’s Day a little early and head to this fun fabric flower-making demo at West Seattle’s Clementine Shoes with local milliner Izzie Lewis. In addition to a fun frill to take home, Clementine will be offering special deals and $20 in Clementine Cash for attendees to spend in the store throughout May, that can be claimed at the store’s Facebook page. 5/11, 12-4 p.m. Clementine Shoes, 4447 California Ave. SW, 206.935.9400; clementines.com.
A Day of Online Charitable Giving
Mark your calendars for The Seattle Foundation’s GiveBig, a day-long, online charitable giving event where you can donate to more than 1,400 nonprofit organizations and in turn, the foundation will match your donation up to $25,000. On the nonprofit list -- everything from the Northwest Film Forum to the Seattle Humane Society and the Richard Hugo House. 5/15, 12 a.m.-12 a.m., seattlefoundation.org.