The Weekend Guide

george nelson!

Get an eyeful.

George Nelson: Architect, Writer, Designer, Teacher

What: A retrospective of the highly influential American modernist’s industrial and architectural designs.
Why: More than 220 pieces for your viewing pleasure, including iconic items like his Coconut Chair and Bubble Lamps.
When: Sat.-Feb. 12.
Where: Bellevue Arts Museum, 510 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue (425-519-0770).

Swig Well: a Seattle Drinking Academy Launches

What: A new cocktail culture class series taught by legendary local and national bartenders, mixologists, and other industry folk.
Why: Create spirited cocktails for Halloween using molecular mixology techniques and spooky dry ice.
When: Thurs. & Sat., noon. (Classes are biweekly thereafter.)
Where: Rob Roy, 2332 Second Ave. Tickets ($75-$200) at 206-949-5904.

Oyster Frenzy

What: Flying Fish’s annual extravaganza returns with local growers Taylor Shellfish Farms, Hama Hama Oyster, Wallins Oysters and Clams, and Marinelli Shellfish at the ready.
Why: All-you-can-eat delicacies (raw, fired, or otherwise) will blow your bivalve-loving mind.
When: Sat., 1-4 p.m.
Where: 300 Westlake Ave. N. Tickets ($35 per person) at 206-728-8595.

Merce Cunningham Dance Company Legacy Tour

What: A celebration of the iconic Centralia-born choreographer’s lifetime achievements performed by the dance company he trained before his death in 2009.
Why: It’s your final opportunity to see Cunningham’s work before the tour closes in NYC on New Year’s Eve.
When: Tonight, 7:03 p.m.; Sat., 8 p.m.
Where: The Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine St. (206-682-1414). Tickets ($27-$55) at 877-784-4849 or online at stgpresents.org.

Off the Menu Dinner

What: In honor of Marissa Guggiana’s new cookbook, chef Ethan Stowell serves a family-style feast ($35 per person). Think potato gnocchi with chanterelle mushrooms and fried duck egg, and bigoli with anchovy, garlic, and chili (featured in the book).
Why: Take your copy (or buy one there for a discounted price); Guggiana and Stowell will make time for signing.
When: Sun., 6:30 p.m.
Where: Tavolàta, 2323 Second Ave. Reservations (required) to 206-838-8008.

Photo: Courtesy of Vitra Design Museum Archive

Flying Fish
300 Westlake Ave N
@ Thomas St
Seattle, WA 98109
2332 2nd Ave
@ Battery St
Seattle, WA 98121
Bellevue Arts Museum
510 Bellevue Way NE
@ 6th St
Bellevue, WA 98004
911 Pine St
@ 9th St
Seattle, WA 98101
2323 2nd Ave
@ Battery St
Seattle, WA 98121