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Dreamy splashes of color dominate Darren Waterston's paintings at Greg Kucera Gallery.

Darren Waterston, Cadence, 2014, watercolor on rag paper, 30 x 22 in.

Visual Art

Waking Dreams

Warning: Staring long enough at one of Darren Waterston’s rag paper watercolor paintings may lead to mentally drifting away and getting lost in vivid daydreams. The works on display at Greg Kucera Gallery touch on floral imagery, classic Japanese influence, and things you might expect to see looking at alien blood under a microscope. It’s a color-­blasted Ambien trip for the conscious. Apr 3–May 17, Greg Kucera Gallery, gregkucera.com

 

Food & Drink

Hop, Skip, and a Drunk

 Most of Seattle’s imbibing festivals focus on a narrow scope of drinks: regional wines, seasonal beers, etc. The Hop Scotch Spring Beer and Scotch Festival thinks that’s hogwash. Think of it as an ultimate popup bar featuring craft brews, aged scotch and whiskey, and wine. Free yourself from single palate conformity. Apr 18 & 19, Fremont Studios, hopscotchtasting.com


 

Concert

Checking out a new rock band always feels like a gamble as an audience member, so why shouldn’t the performers feel the same anxiety of the unknown? The annual Seattle Rock Lottery brings together performers from established bands, randomly mixes them up into five new groups, and gives them 12 hours to crank out three to five songs. Past incarnations have included songwriters like Damien Jurado, David Bazan, Reggie Watts, and Josh Tillman (aka Father John Misty), so everyone’s likely to come out a winner at this show. Apr 26, The Crocodile, thecrocodile.com


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Cobain biographer Charles R. Cross

Books & Talks 

The Day the Music Died: Part II

It’s been two decades since Kurt Cobain silenced himself in his Seattle greenhouse, but Nirvana’s primal screams still echo throughout the cultural landscape. Cobain biographer Charles R. Cross explores the singer’s legacy in his new book Here We Are Now: The Lasting Impact of Kurt Cobain, and discusses his influence at Town Hall with KEXP DJ John Richards. Apr 3, Town Hall, townhallseattle.org

 

Film

Silver Screen: Tin Anniversary

The U District’s Grand Illusion Cinema celebrates its 10th anniversary the only way it knows how—
by mixing classics, quirk, and forgotten gems. The highlight of the celebration is the screening of Orson Wells’s masterpiece Citizen Kane and his followup picture The Magnificent Ambersons, but there’s also 1930s mystery comedy The Thin Man and its sequel After the Thin Man, plus a Terminator double feature. No, not Terminator and Terminator 2; Terminator and Indonesia’s Lady Terminator. Apr 4–14, Grand Illusion Cinema, grandillusioncinema.org