Tears in (art) heaven.
Trenton Doyle Hancock’s A Better Promise
What: The Houston-based artist transforms the pavilion with his installation of colorful, painted teardrops and a 25-foot aluminum hand sculpture.
Why: Feed plastic bottle caps into color-coded receptacles and watch your refuse become part of the exhibit.
When: Opens Sat., 10 a.m. Pavilion hours, Tues.-Sun., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Artist talk, critic-led tours, and a live Truckasaurus set at the preview party, Fri., 8 p.m.-midnight.
Where: Olympic Sculpture Park, PACCAR Pavilion, 2901 Western Ave. (206-654-3100). Admission is free during the day. Evening event tickets ($15) online at seattleartmuseum.org.
BAM Biennial 2010: Clay Throwdown
What: Bellevue Arts Museum’s first juried, biennial exhibition ($10) focuses on ceramic art, including figures, vessels, and more abstract works.
Why: Northwest artist Saya Moriyasu’s chinoiserie-inspired puppies and Timea Tihanyi’s cast porcelain umbrellas with map carvings.
When: Sat.-Jan. 16. Mon.-Thurs., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fri., 11 am-8 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., noon-5 p.m.
Where: 510 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue (425-519-0770).
Chinatown-International District Night Market
What: Go on a nighttime discovery spree packed with martial arts demos, a free outdoor screening of Disney/Pixar’s Up, lion and dragon dances, and plenty of Thai and Chinese comestibles.
Why: Dress up as your favorite anime character for a chance to win the costume contest. (Sign up here.)
When: Sat. Market, 6-11 p.m.; movie, around 9 p.m.
Where: Hing Hay Park, 423 Maynard Ave. S., at S. King St. Info at 206-382-1197. Admission is free.
Mobile City and Capitol Hill Summer Sale
What: A neighborhood party with snacks (Molly Moon’s ice cream, Rancho Bravo tacos) and tunes (My Goodness and Picoso) to launch a weekend of sales at area shops (Babeland, Veridis, Pilot Books, and more).
Why: Hop on board a mobile disco and peruse a pop-up shop by CMRTYZ and Young Monster.
When: Party, Thurs., 6-10 p.m. Sales, Thurs.-Sun., during business hours.
Where: Party, Bank of America, E. Thomas St., at Tenth Ave., in the parking lot; sales happen all over the Hill.
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