Look who’s done it again.
Staple & Fancy Mercantile
What: Ethan Stowell’s newest Italian outpost in the renovated Kolstrand Building offers a small, ever-changing menu focused on local ingredients.
Why: Chef-selected delicacies like duck tongue, fresh anchovies, and burrata.
When: Opens tonight. Daily, 5-11 p.m.
Where: 4739 Ballard Ave. NW (206-789-1200).
12th Avenue Neighborhood Festival
What: Peruse a hefty lineup of eateries (Cafe Presse, Osteria La Spiga, Lark) and small businesses (Fleurish Orchidée, Sweatbox Yoga, and the soon-to-open ballet/yoga/Pilates studio Barre3).
Why: Free musical performances (look out for Eastern European and jazz music specialists Fleenor/Owcharuk Duo) and $5 bites.
When: Sun., noon-6 p.m.
Where: 12th Ave., b/t E. Pike & Madison Sts.
What: Hefty discounts on bags, sunglasses, and jewelry.
Why: Everything you have is covered in sand and sunscreen (but any excuse is fine with us).
Where: Online at swirl.com.
Mary Roach’s Packing for Mars: the Curious Science of Life in the Void
What: The irreverent science writer learns how astronauts prep for space travel (strange NASA tests, shuttle-training toilets) by asking the hard (and often humorous) questions.
Why: What happens to your body when you can’t walk for a year? What if you vomit in your helmet during a space walk? We’re just as curious as you are.
When: Wed., 7 p.m.
Where: University of Washington, Kane Hall, 15th Ave. NE, at 41st St., rm. 210 (206-634-3400). Tickets are $5 or free with purchase of the book from University Book Store.
What: The city’s newest mobile eatery specializes in 100 percent grass-fed beef burgers.
Why: The Buns Classic (a one-third-pound patty topped with cheddar, lettuce, tomato, pickles, red onion, and house sauce) served with a side of fries.
When: Check hours and locations online at bunsonwheels.com.
Where: From downtown Bellevue to Alki Beach.