What: An exhibition exploring themes of spoiled beauty with Tyler Cufley’s pop culture-inspired sculpture and Heather Hollenbeck’s loose floral renderings.
Why: A glowing hot pink life-size polyethylene dumpster, gorgeous flower paintings, and (in the backspace) a video by Carol Saft musing on the heroic banalities of suburbia.
When: Wed.-June 26. Reception, Thurs., 6-8 p.m. Wed.-Sat., noon-5 p.m.
Where: Soil Art Gallery, 112 Third Ave. S. (206-264-8061). Admission is free.
2010 Iron Vintner Challenge
What: Local winemakers duke it out during a friendly 60-minute Iron Chef-like challenge, using predetermined (and top secret) ingredients to cook an entree and an appetizer.
Why: Just $25 gets you bar snacks, a glass of wine, and a ringside seat for the first bout between Mark McNeilly of Mark Ryan Winery and Brennon Leighton of Efeste.
When: Wed., 5:30-7 p.m.
Where: Fireside Cellars at Willows Lodge, 14580 NE 145th St., Woodinville. Tickets at 425-424-3900 or online at brownpapertickets.com.
What: Ballard’s newest sweet shop offers traditional Italian gelato made fresh in-house every day using organic milk and fruit.
Why: You’d like a lick of white coffee, pistachio, or stracciatella nocciola.
When: Mon.-Thurs., noon-10 p.m.; Fri. & Sat., noon-midnight; Sun., 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
Where: 5339 Ballard Ave. NW (206-327-9175).
What: Enjoy a dog-friendly happy hour in Kirkland, hosted by Woody, the hotel’s resident Labradoodle puppy.
Why: Enjoy a cocktail on Lake Washington, a view of the Olympics, free pet treats, and a complimentary copy of CityDog magazine.
When: Every Wed., 5-7 p.m.
Where: Woodmark Hotel, 1200 Carillon Point, Kirkland (425-822-3700).
Photo: Courtesy of Tyler Cufley