Dabble Lab: This temporary workshop venue affords casual users the opportunity to take short classes on everything from "contour drawing and sock bunny making to fixing a flat bicycle tire and chicken wrangling." Available during week at lunch hour and evenings. Free.
Expo 13: This edition of the annual student show is maybe the biggest yet, featuring nigh on 100 grads and spanning two galleries. Also, food trucks at the reception. Free.
Flip: new work by Mary Iverson, whose past work featured ships and shipping containers suspended by intersecting gridlines that are anchored somewhere outside the frame, over arid, rocky landscapes and forested, mountainous landscapes. Free.
Out of the Silence: Ending Bullying for LGBTQ Youth features more than 60 pieces by 39 calligraphers from across the U.S. and Canada. Proceeds from the show go to Pizza Klatch—the funnily named organization that does seriously important work, providing anti-bullying training and free pizza to high schoolers during their lunch period. Free.
The City and the City: a collaboration between LxWxH owner Sharon Arnold and Portland artist Daniel Glendening. Free.
CO-MIX: A Retrospective of Comics, Graphics and Scraps made by Art Spiegelman, the legendary comic artist whose graphic novel, Maus, won a Pulitzer Prize in 1992. Free.
AXIS INDEX: Damien Gilley's installation of foam core and blue tape forms a blueprint within the Space that disorients by taking liberties with scale, perspective, and vanishing points Free.
Under My Skin: Artists Explore Race in the 21st Century: Race, that unstable category, must always be considered critically and with great care. In Under My Skin 26 artists confront their experiences with race and interactive elements allow visitors to confront their own. $12.95.
Sanctum: For this installation you don't even need to go indoors. Six surveillance cameras capture you as you walk by the museum. If you get within 12 feet (as you are warned by signs), you'll be profiled—sensors will scan the "landmarks" of your face, as the artists Juan Pampin and James Coupe describe them, and you'll appear on the video screens in the windows. Text taken from volunteers' Facebook posts (anyone can sign up to donate their status updates) will appear as a story on your image. You'll get a story the system thinks represents you demographically, and the voice in the speakers above modulates accordingly, too (male/female, slow/fast for older/younger). Creepy or entertaining? Free.
This monthly screening series seeks submissions of feminist and queer video from the Northwest. Contact Stranger Genius Wynne Greenwood for info. Free.
In 2010, Storefronts Seattle started matching empty commercial spaces in Belltown, Chinatown, and Pioneer Square with local artists. The project has since expanded to Bellevue, Auburn, and Mount Vernon. Storefronts Seattle starts off 2013 with new installations by Meghan Trainor, RSVR visual research, and Ryan Everson. Free.
Opening ceremony for Elizabeth Connor's rain garden/water feature with plants, Painting and Sculpting the Land, and her rows of colored concrete contour lines that indicate the depth of the original reservoir, Drawing the Land. Free.
MIRROR: International fancypants artist Doug Aitken has installed a giant permanent video projection on the facade of SAM. It plays, and continually remixes, hundreds of hours of footage shot across the Pacific Northwest. Free.