But first, coffee.
Ballard Coffee Works
What: Sebastian Simsch (Seattle Coffee Works) opens his second sipping destination.
Why: The giant drinking man signage, the new Brew Bar, the weekend waffles. What’s not to love?
When: Mon.-Fri., 6 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sat., 7 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sun., 8 a.m.-8 p.m.
Where: 2060 NW Market St. (206-340-8867).
APRIL Literary Festival
What: Geek out (in a good way) with The Authors, Publishers and Readers of Independent Literature.
Why: Readings and storytellings punctuated with parties, booze, and live music.
When: Thru Mar. 31.
Where: Locations vary. For more information, go to aprilfestival.wordpress.com.
Gainsbourg, the Man Who Loved Women
What: Pascal Forneri’s docudrama depicts the chain-smoking, womanizing life of legendary French musician Serge Gainsbourg.
Why: The eclectic story is told through TV clips, photos, interviews, music, and archival film footage.
When: Fri.-Sun., 7 & 9 p.m.
Where: Northwest Film Forum, 1515 12th Ave. (206-329-2629). Tickets ($6-$10) online at brownpapertickets.com.
The Gerald Opens
What: The newest watering hole to debut on Ballard Avenue holds midcentury modern appeal.
Why: Classic handcrafted cocktails (sidecar, French 75) and comfort food (mac ’n’ cheese, truffle popcorn, deconstructed chicken pot pie) in a retro-inspired space.
When: Opens Fri. Tues.-Sat., 4 p.m.-2 a.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Where: 5210 Ballard Ave. NW (206-432-9280).
Photo: Courtesy of Ballard Coffee Works