T minus 27 days and counting.
Urban Craft Uprising
What: The indie craft show is an explosion of art, jewelry, clothing, gifts, toys, and food, plus hourly demos and book signings.
Why: Be one of the first 100 people through the door each day to score highly coveted schwag from area artisans.
When: Sat. & Sun., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: Seattle Center Exhibition Hall, 321 Mercer St.
What: Finally, the hotly anticipated restaurant from former Microsoftie Wassef Haroun and his wife, Racha, fills our appetite for worthy Middle Eastern fare.
Why: The mainly Lebanese menu includes dishes such as red lentil soup with fried garlic‚ coriander‚ and cumin; minced lamb and pistachio kefta; and the best hummus plate in town.
When: Tues.-Thurs. & Sun., 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri. & Sat., 11 a.m.-midnight.
Where: 1508 Melrose Ave. (206-906-9606).
What: The color-loving jewelry designer’s baubles pop up at A Mano.
Why: The latest oversize rose quartz rings, Indian ruby earrings, black onyx bracelets, and aqua chalcedony necklaces are yours for the taking (or giving).
When: Sat., 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Where: 1115 First Ave. (206-292-1767).
Like a Valentine
What: A 25-year survey of local ceramics star Jeffry Mitchell’s emotionally charged earthenware.
Why: At first glance, Mitchell’s oft childlike imagery (elephants, flowers, and fauna) seems lighthearted, but closer examination reveals complicated ideas on love, gender, politics, and religion.
When: Thru Jan. 27. Wed., Sat. & Sun., 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; Thurs. & Fri., 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
Where: Henry Art Gallery, 15th Ave. NE, at 41st St. (206-543-2280).
Photo: Courtesy of Urban Craft Uprising