The Must List: Seattle Scotch & Beer Fest, Norwescon 40, Free Entry to National Parks

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Wassily Kandinksy's 1924 oil on canvas, 'Tiefes Braun,' on view at Pivot Art & Culture

Must Sip
Seattle Scotch & Beer Fest
(4/14–4/15) How can you support Fremont’s community grant programs? Eat and drink at Seattle’s ultimate pop-up bar event, with bites from Asian fusion food truck Lumpia World; beers and ciders from nearly 30 breweries, including Seattle’s Two Beers and Elysian; and Scotch and whiskey flights, featuring six Scotches and six whiskeys, ranging from Jameson to vintage Aberlour. You can participate in a Scotch seminar led by a pro and featuring 10 Scotches. Times and prices vary. Fremont Studios, Fremont, 155 N 35th St.; 206.633.0422; scotchbeerfest.com

Must Make Believe
Norwescon 40: Over the Hills and Far Away
(4/13–4/16) Lose yourself in fantasy (and sci-fi) at the 40th annual convention devoted to books, anime, art, gaming and fans in outrageous outfits. Times and prices vary. DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Seattle Airport, SeaTac, 18740 International Blvd.; norwescon.org

Must Kiss 
The Ultimate Lip Party 
(4/19) Pucker up! Divalani Style hosts its weekly fashion hour with a twist this week: The Ultimate Lip Party. Certified Lipsologist Deni Luna will be reading patrons’ kisses to reveal as many as 200 personal insights. What might your pouty print hold? Personal Shopper Tannya Bernadette will dish tips on finding your perfect springtime lipstick shade, and with swag bags for the first few guests, complimentary champagne and treats, plus giveaways every half hour, it’s bound to be smooch-worthy. Free, 5-7pm, 11000 NE 10th St., Suite C, Bellevue, 425.223.5344; RSVP to tannya@divalani.style 

Must Get Out 
Free National Park Week 
(4/15-16) Weekends are free during National Park Week (4/15-23), so take full advantage. Washington has plenty to boast of, from majestic Mount Rainier National Park, home of our state's iconic glaciated peak, the tallest in the contiguous US, to the wild beauty of Olympic National Park, with over 70 miles of wild coastline, a variety of ecosystems, the craggy Olympic mountains and lush temperate rainforests. Don’t forget to take photos, use hashtag #FindYourPark and thank a park ranger for their service maintaining these precious, wild places for us all. nps.gov/findapark/national-park-week.htm 

Must View 
Color & Pattern 
(4/15-7/23) These paintings, sculpture, drawings and ceramics from the Paul G. Allen Collection explore how artists use color and pattern to capture the essence of the world around them. Featured artists include Robert Delaunay, Wassily Kandinsky, Sam Francis, Roman Opalka, Squeak Carnwath, Jasper Johns, Damien Hirst, Frank Stella, Spencer Finch, Guillermo Kuitca, Johnny Yungut Tjupurrula, Tomory Dodge, Anish Kapoor, Adam McEwen, Robert Natkin, Elmer Schooley, David Hockney, Robert Sperry, Philip Taaffe, Agnes Martin and Mark Rothko. Visitors will have the opportunity to connect with regional artists through an inclusive program of special events, tours and discussions. Tuesday–Sunday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. $5. Pivot Art + Culture, South Lake Union, 609 Westlake Ave N; 206.342.2710; pivotartandculture.org

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