The Must List: Merry Mutts and Meows, Fantagraphics Turns 40 and Geekcraft Expo

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Watch artists carve ice sculptures outside Seattle Center’s Fisher Pavilion each Saturday through New Year’s Eve

Must Meow
Merry Mutts and Meows
(12/10, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.) Hosted by Pawsitive Alliance, a local nonprofit that seeks “to help end the killing of adoptable dogs and cats in Washington by increasing adoptions, supporting spay and neuter program and improving pet retention,” this free holiday adoption event at Magnuson Hangar will feature over 100 homeless dogs and cats looking for their furever home. Prospective pets will be up to date on vaccinations, spayed or neutered and those adopted go home with a goodie bag. Purrfect!

Must Party
Fantagraphics Turns 40
(12/10, 6-9 p.m.) The 40th birthday bash for Fantagraphics Books celebrates the publication of the 600-page printed oral history We Told You So: Comics as Art with live music and wild stories from or about famous artists, such as Peter Bagge, Ellen Forney, Jim Woodring, Art Spiegelman, and Gilbert and Jaime Hernandez, whose Love & Rockets was ranked number one by Rolling Stone as the greatest graphic novel of all time (excluding superhero comics). The comics art show stays up through January 11. 

Must Craft
Geekcraft Expo
(12/10–12/11, times vary) Not just a crafts show, this is a curated show of handmade creations by and for geeks: Star Wars undies, Scooby-Doo wallets, outrageous heels, Chain Saw Massacre pillows and mugs that read, “I’m just saying nobody has ever seen me and Wonder Woman at the same time.”

Must Sniff
Willy Wonka in Smell-O-Vision
(Through 1/2, times vary) Enjoy Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory in Smell-O-Vision. Sing along with such classics as “The Candy Man” and “Pure Imagination” while devouring bags of treats, and reflect on how the film might have played if it had starred Peter Sellers—whom author Roald Dahl wanted to cast—rather than Gene Wilder. SARAH MURPHY 

Must Behold

Winterfest Ice Sculpting
(Saturdays through 12/31) “Art is not eternal,” said author Ken Kesey, and that’s extremely true of sculptures by Chan Kitburi, the Marysville postman who won the 2015 World Ice Art Championship, and Janson Iwakami of Renton’s Amazing Ice Sculptures. Kitburi and Iwakami carve their visions—quickly—into specially made crystalline ice outside Seattle Center’s Fisher Pavilion each Saturday between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve, creating new designs every time. You can watch them carve from noon to 2 p.m., and then contemplate the finished sculptures, which remain on display throughout the day. JAKE LAYCOCK

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