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 It might appear earthly, but Gala Bent's hybrid artwork is not quite of this world. 

Test Site for the Voluptuous Unknown, 2016, ink, acrylic, drawing pencils, gouache and graphite on paper

Image: Gala Bent

Thru June 11
Gala Bent: Biographic
Despite its title, there’s nothing inherently personal about Gala Bent’s latest collection of hybrid drawing and painting works. Rather, Biographic taps into Bent’s biochemistry studies and the word’s roots (bio: life :: graphic : to write) to create dreamy abstract imaginations of the ethereal, unseeable, and intangible way that life writes itself. Colorful watercolor patterns mesh with cloud sketchings and other unplaceable shapes to give a feeling of something that’s both familiar and beyond our sensory perceptions. G. Gibson Gallery, Free

Mon, May 16
Louise Erdrich
National Book Award winner Louise Erdrich infuses her work with traces of Native American heritage to honor her roots and shed a light on cultural intricacies of the oft-forgotten people. Erdrich arrives at Town Hall to discuss her heritage in relation to her latest novel, LaRose, a powerful tale of a man who accidentally kills his neighbor's son and then offers to let them take his own boy to make up for the loss. Town Hall, $5

May 19–June 12
Seattle International Film Festival
The joy of the Seattle International Film Festival arises from its overwhelming heap of options to explore. For three and a half weeks, cinephiles and causal moviegoers can dart around town catching everything from future award contenders to obscure foreign films. With hundreds of films on the docket America’s largest film fest is an exercise in unbridled hope, as each screen offers a new chance to be utterly surprised. Various venues, $12–$250

Sun, May 22
Opening Night: Seattle Storm vs. Minnesota Lynx
While the team hardly matches the Mariners for local sports futility, it has been four seasons since the WNBA’s Seattle Storm finished the season with a winning record. But a youth revolution looks to change the fortunes of ageless wonder Sue Bird and co. See 2015 Rookie of the Year Jewell Loyd and this year’s overall No. 1 pick—UConn center Breanna Stewart—in action when the Storm tip off the season’s home slate against the WNBA champion Minnesota Lynx. KeyArena, $19–$155

Thru May 22
Seattle Beer Week
If you’re in the mood for a crafty brew, Seattle Beer Week has something for you. Festivities include a stoutfest, wood-aged beer night, sourfest, and even an ice cream social (beer floats, anyone?). Don’t miss this year’s official Seattle Beer Week beer, the Daily Pail by Reuben’s Brews, a session IPA led by citrus and passion fruit notes with honeydew and kiwi undertones. Various Locations, Free

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