Enjoy a can...or three at Seattle Beer Week.

THURSDAY, May 9

Salmon Dinner at the Corson Building
Matt Dillon's Georgetown hideaway is having a salmon dinner for $45 per person. Make reservations between 6 and 10 by calling 206-762-3330.

F-Factor Wine Tasting Event
A nonprofit organization that is dedicated to improving the lives of local foster children, F-Factor is hosting a “Wines Around the World” event from 5:30 to 9:30. For $50, receive an etched wine glass, taste wines from around the globe, watch a performance by professional tango dancers, and munch on hors d’oeuvres by Assagio Ristorante and sweets by Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory. A VIP ticket is available for $100 that gets you access to the VIP lounge with exclusive tastings and a set of wine glasses.

Beer Week
Seattle's annual proliferation of brewers nights, dinners, and other special beer events is already sporting a long list of activities that runs through May 19. Stay updated on Facebook and Twitter…and there’s an app for that.

FRIDAY, May 10

Novo Fogo Presents The Paperboys
At the Tyee Yacht Club, Novo Fogo is bringing together cachaça cocktails and Vancouver BC band The Paperboys for a festive night of dancing. Doors open at 7:30, and music starts at 9. The great Jay Kuehner will be bartending, along with the Ravish on Eastlake team, making drinks that include the sparkling caipirinha. Buy your $20 admission tickets online.

SATURDAY, May 11

Gig Harbor Beer Festival
For an excuse to get out of town, check out the Second Annual Beer Festival at the Uptown Gig Harbor Pavilion. The gathering offers a range of Northwest craft brewers, a selection of food from local restaurants, and live music. Tickets cost $20 in advance or $25 at the door.

SipFest
Issaquah’s Pickering Barn is bringing together local microbreweries, Pacific Northwest wineries, and area restaurants for an event benefitting Encompass, a nonprofit serving the needs of children and families in the Snoqualmie Valley, Issaquah, and Sammamish communities. The $50 admission fee includes a souvenir tasting glass and notes booklet, with all the tastings included.

Mushroom Maynia
For some fungi fun (yeah, that's what I said), join the Burke Museum and the Puget Sound Mycological Society to find out how mushrooms are saving the world. The day consists of a series of talks from 10:30 to 2:30, in addition to the exhibits and craft activities. The event is included with museum admission ($10) and is free for Burke members.

Pierogi Fest 2013
To celebrate Polish culture, this festival is in its eighth year serving up all-you-can-eat pierogis from 11:30 to 4. There will be music, additional Polish food options, and performances by the local Polish folk group and choir. Admission is $16, $8 for children up to 11.

Une Nuit à Monte Carlo
The French American Chamber of Commerce presents their annual gala fundraiser at the Washington Athletic Club from 7 to 11. The $180 ticket includes a five course French dinner.

MONDAY, May 13

An Evening with Michael Pollan
Michael Pollan, author of The Omnivore’s Dilemma, speaks at Benaroya Hall at 8 p.m. to discuss his new book COOKED: A Natural History of Transformation. Tickets range from $24 to $52, or get prime seating for $125.

Women in Beer
The Thirsty Sisters are well aware that beer does not just exist in a man’s world. This year’s event (part of Seattle Beer Week) takes place at Pike Brewing Company and features beer and food made by women. Men are still welcome, and some proceeds benefit Planned Parenthood. Tickets cost $35.

Monday Movies at King's Hardware: Be Prepared
King's next Monday Movie series begins today with films that prepare us for the inevitable apocalypse. First is Starship Troopers, with Aliens and Tank Girl in the weeks to follow. The movies begin at sundown on the covered and heated back patio.

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