Our Picks for Where to Eat, Shop and Entertain Yourself This Week

Capito Hill's La Bete has an impressive menu with artful touches to spare.

Must Tune-in
ArtZone with Brangien Davis
1/14 & 1/16 (Friday & Sunday) -
Seattle mag arts and culture editor Brangien Davis brings her expertise to the small screen this week with an appearance on Nancy Guppy's ArtZone. Get the latest from Brangien on spring arts and catch new profiles on local hip hop sensation, Macklemore and other artists making their mark on the city's arts scene. 1/14 at 8 p.m. Seattle Channel 21. 1/16 at 11 p.m. on KCTS 9. seattlechannel.org/artZone

Must Watch
14/48: 14 Plays in 48 Hours
1/14–1/15 (Friday & Saturday) -
Do you prefer your plays piping hot and straight out of the creative oven? Cue 14/48, the world’s quickest theater festival. Esteemed local directors, playwrights and actors put their wits and abilities to the test as they struggle to write, rehearse and perform 14 original plays over the course of one weekend—and then do it all over again with new creative prompts a week later. Times vary. $20 in advance, $25 at door. Falls Theatre at ACT, 700 Union St.; 206.292.7676; 1448fest.com

Whim W’Him
1/14 - 1/16 (Friday - Sunday) -
Now in its second season, Whim W’Him (Pacific Northwest Ballet dancer Olivier Wevers’ dance project) recently announced it will be Intiman Theatre’s resident dance company. This artistic relationship kicks off with three new works: two choreographed by Wevers (“This Is Not a Raincoat” and “Monsters”) and one choreographed by European dance maven Annabelle Lopez Ochoa (“Cylindrical Shadows”). Here’s hoping the love blossoms. Times and prices vary. Intiman Theatre, 201 Mercer St.; 206.269.1900; intiman.org

Must Shop
Ketch in Ballard

Stephanie Kaldestad’s new boutique Ketch (5317 Ballard Ave. NW; 206.402.4589) blends New York chic with Old Ballard charm. A longtime Ballard resident, Kaldestad has returned to her roots following two years in New York working for the likes of Michael Kors and Gucci after attending the Parsons School of Design. Neutral, laid-back garments from trendy New York designers fill the well-edited racks, such as cozy hoodies with industrial zippers from Mike & Chris ($198–$295) and trim jumpers and bubble skirts from young designer Whitney Pozgay’s Whit ($95-$295). Check out the funky Gorjana jewelry, too ($30–$70). Ballard history permeates the loft-like space next to the Other Coast Cafe: Designer jeans are displayed in cylinders from Ballard Sheet Metal, blueprints for her grandfather’s fishing boat are plastered on the wall, and your trendy catch is rung up at a counter made from materials salvaged off an old crab boat.

Must Taste
La Bete

If you ever found your way into Chez Gaudy—down the shadowy hallway and through the small rooms decorated in college-rental fashion—you won’t believe how elegant La Bête is. Against all odds, the same Capitol Hill space that was Chez Gaudy for five years is now beautiful: The long black walnut bar is polished to a warm glow. Wrought-iron accents add elegance. And with so much space between and around the tables, diners may feel spoiled. Smart choices are apparent throughout the menu of chefs/owners Tyler Moritz and Aleks Dimitrijevic, and there are scene stealers aplenty: a warm, heavenly popover (spiked with blue cheese and onion jam) accenting a velvety kabocha squash soup ($9); sautéed chanterelles playing sidekick to a perfectly poached duck egg and raising the dish to a new level ($12). Moritz and Dimitrijevic compose their plates with artful touches, such as “blueberry” grapes that pop up around spoonably tender beef cheeks ($18). Even pork rinds ($5)—snap-crackle-popping from the fryer, with pickled shallots to tame the fat—are better than they have any right to be. I’m impressed. Brunch Sat.–Sun., dinner Tue.–Sat. Capitol Hill, 1802 Bellevue Ave.; 206.329.4047.labeteseattle.com. $$