Must List: February 4-10

From Chicago alt-rockers to an artsy Eastside jewelry bazaar, here are our top to-dos for the week

Indulge Jewelry Showcase at BAM
Friday – Sunday (2/5 - 2/7)
• Bellevue Arts Museum's three-day jewelry showcase gives accessory junkies a look at cutting-edge local and international designs--including work from local artists Stephanie Tomczak, Curtis Steiner and Lulu Smith. Swing by the launch party ($40) Friday night at 6 p.m. for champagne, chocolates and an early peek at the show. For more information on times and prices visit Bellevue Arts Museum, 510 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue. 425.637.1799. (Hailey Petway)
Ikebana Floral Classes
Sunday (2/7) • Defy the dreary weather by taking local floral design expert Yasuko Akamine’s classes in ikebana—the traditional Japanese flower arranging form that melds nature with philosophy—offered twice this month at Fleurish floral design studio on Capitol Hill. 4–6 p.m. $150 (includes materials). Fleurish, 1308 E Union St.; 425.770.5888; a   MUST COOK
How-to Prep a Romantic Meal
Wednesday (2/10)
Learn how to shuck an oyster, poach a lobster, prepare a perfectly seasoned steak and whip up a molten chocolate cake with Barking Frog chef Bobby Moore at the Willows Lodge Fireside Cellars during a How to Prepare a Romantic Meal for Your Sweetheart demonstration class. 5:30 p.m. Tasting samples included. Free. Woodinville, 14580 NE 145th St.; 425.424.3900 a   MUST HEAR
Wednesday (2/10)
• Chicago alt-rockers, Wilco, take the stage in support of their self-titled album released—to much praise—last year. Also on the bill is fellow Chicagoan band Califone. 8 p.m. Prices vary. Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine St. 877.784.4849; There's a season for everything. Be thankful in November, giving in December. Today? Give in to temptation.

Cupcake Royale's featured Valentine’s Day treat is the “deathcake”($6.65). Made with Theo Chocolate, Stumptown espresso ganache and chocolate cake, it will be available at all four locations through February 14 (Capitol Hill, Ballard, Madrona and West Seattle: You're lucky). You can also buy their V-Day-themed "Sweetheart" 4-pack or "babycake" 6-pack.

Throughout the month of February, Fonte Coffee Roaster Café and Wine Bar will offer The Lusty Latte (starting at $2.85) and the Strawberries, Lust & Chocolate pairing, which includes 2 flutes of champagne, house-made passion fruit truffles and strawberries and chocolate ($20 serves two).

High 5 Pie, available at any Fuel Coffee, will offer Heart-shaped Flipsides, specially-wrapped Valentine's Day Pie jars, boxed pairs of Cutie Pies, seven inch deep dish pies with hearts on top and Piepops, pie lollipops, wrapped in Valentine’s Day bundles.

Looking for a little less sweet and a little more savory? On Saturday, Feb. 13, stop by Marination Mobile wearing a Hawaiian shirt and Marination will give you a free Aloha Slider with a purchase of $5 or more. Limit one per customer.
285 1265723220 Loving in La Conner Not Just For the Birds Roddy Scheer When Seattlites say the weather is for the birds, they may mean it more than they know. To wit, the profusion of avian life that takes over the Skagit Valley each and every winter. The fallow farm fields leading into the shallows where river meets sea makes for a veritable all-you-can-eat buffet for both passing and resident birds. You may have seen the Snow Geese congregate in the area, but did you know it’s also a mecca for woodpeckers, songbirds, gulls and raptors?

The well-stocked town of La Conner, where the Skagit River empties into Puget Sound, is not only a great place to search for art, antiques and food, but also to serve as basecamp for area bird excursions. If you’re looking for expert guidance or just some camaraderie, join up with Libby Mills, who takes interested birders around to her favorite lookout points on behalf of the Skagit Audubon Society, the local chapter of the national group dedicated to protecting and preserving wild bird species. This coming weekend, on Sunday 2/14, Mills will lead an excursion to her favorite birding sites around the Skagit delta. Anyone is welcome; just dress for wet and muddy conditions and be at the Wiley Slough wildlife area parking lot at 8:30 a.m., rain or shine. For more info, contact Libby directly, 360.757.4139 or

And why not make a weekend of it? Couples looking to make the most of Valentine’s weekend (or any weekend) should book a room at the Wild Iris Inn, each of which comes with its own jetted double soaking tub and other romantic amenities. While the Wild Iris is more of an inn than a B&B—you won’t be subjected to grandma’s musty old stories—it does serve a killer breakfast included with a night’s stay. So go ahead and relax…you deserve it!


286 1265831640 Weekly Must List: February 11 - 17 Our top to-do's for the week Karen Johnson MUST HEAR
STG’S Defriending Cancer
Thursday (2/11) • STG is bringing together an all-start cast of national acts to help raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society tonight at The Moore. Included on the bill are comics Neil Hamburger, Tim Heidecker, Natasha Leggero, and musicians James Mercer of the Shins and Pacific Northwest native, Isaac Brock. 7:30 p.m. $28-$25.The Moore Theatre, 911 Pine St. 206.682.1414. Tickets available at

Seattle Improvised Music Festival
Thursday – Friday (2/11 – 2/14 & 2/18 - 2/20) • The world’s best musical improvisers flock to the city this month for the 25th annual Seattle Improvised Music Festival. For two consecutive weekends, performers—playing clarinet, percussion, synthesizers and more—join forces to create music right in the moment. Look, ma, no score! 7 p.m. $10–$25. Multiple venues.
Lunar New Year Celebration
Saturday (2/13) • The International District’s big celebration promises to be even bigger this year, because the colorful lion and dragon dances, pounding Japanese taiko drummers and gorgeous cultural drill teams will be augmented with the first annual Children’s Parade Contest, wherein kids outfitted in traditional costumes will traverse the neighborhood in hopes of winning the title of best dressed. Cute alert! 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Free. Hing Hay Park, 411 Maynard Ave. S; 206.382.1197;

Break a Heart
Thursday – Sunday (2/11 – 2/14) • Looking for love in all the wrong places? Perhaps you should seek it out at a modern dance show. This could be your lucky week—not one but two local venues are showcasing dance performances on Valentine’s Day. Indie mainstay On the Boards has the world premiere of Break a Heart, featuring beloved Seattle choreographers and dancers (including Wade Madsen, Crispin Spaeth and Jody Kuehner) performing a cabaret-style homage (or is it a roast?) to the pinkest of holidays. On the Boards, 2/11–2/14; $18, 8 p.m. On the Boards, 100 W Roy

View from the Hard Rock’s Rooftop Deck
Who could have guessed that a big-name restaurant and music memorabilia chain would offer Seattleites a new perspective on our downtown? Located between first and second avenues, the just opened Silver LEED certified Hard Rock Café has a killer view overlooking Pike Place Market and the Puget Sound. Hard Rock Café Seattle, 116 Pike St. Café. 206.204.2233.
Still finalizing those V-Day plans? Check out our list of local dinners, spa deals and entertainment options happening this Valentine's Day weekend.

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BAM Shoe Event
Thursday (2/18)
• Forget Blahnik and Choo and Ferragamo—one of the world’s most influential shoe designers is someone whose name most people have never heard before. Beth Levine (1914–2006) started out as a shoe model in New York City, and in the 1950s began designing footwear under her husband’s name (Herbert Levine, with whom she owned a shoe factory). In the fashion industry, Levine is considered a true visionary—attributed with popularizing high fashion mules, boots (including Nancy Sinatra’s white go-go boots from “These Boots Were Made for Walkin’”) and stilettos (thanks a lot, Beth). Herself a teensy size 4 (!), she designed shoes for Jackie O and Bette Davis, among other famous fashionistas. The Bellevue Arts Museum is the only U.S. venue to host Beth Levine: First Lady of Shoes, an extensive exhibit of her work (organized by the Dutch Leather and Shoe Museum) featuring more than 100 designs. Are you ready, boots? Start walkin’. 2/18–6/6. Times and prices vary. Bellevue Arts Museum, 510 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue; 425.519.0770

Hugo House Literary Series: Gods and Monsters Friday 2/19 -
“Gods and Monsters” is the theme for the first 2010 installment of Richard Hugo House’s insanely popular literary series (for which esteemed writers and musicians create and present brand-new work). In this edition, local author Garth Stein (The Art of Racing in the Rain), poets Linda Bierds and Terence Hayes, and Seattle’s own “literary-themed death metal band” BloodHag will grapple with gods, monsters and more. No matter which side triumphs, it’s winners all around. 7:30 p.m. $15–$25. Richard Hugo House, 1634 11th Ave.; 206.322.7030

Granite Curling Club Open House
Sunday (2/21)
• Say what you will about Canada’s beloved (and to some, baffling) sport, but not only has curling been an Olympic game since 1998, it has a huge following in Seattle—evidenced by the perennial popularity of the Granite Curling Club. Founded in 1961, Granite is a serious sweeping center. In fact, Granite teams (known as “rinks”) have won more national championships than any other U.S. club. In addition to being home to several local leagues and wider competitions (or “bonspiels”), Granite holds regular open houses—offering basic skill building and a practice game—for landlubbers hoping to get in on the icy action. So if Olympics coverage has you itching to push a heavy, polished stone down a rectangular sheet of ice, you know where to go. Open houses: 2/20 (10 a.m.–4 p.m.), 2/21 & 2/27 (11 a.m.–3 p.m.), 2/28 (9 a.m.–2:30 p.m.). $15/individuals, $40/family. Granite Curling Club, 1440 N 128th St.; 206.362.2446;

Noir City at SIFF Cinema Friday
Thursday (2/19-2/25)

289 1266512400 Fashion & Style Friday: Swinging by Clementine Spring may finally be around the corner and West Seattle's Clementine boutique will help you leave behind the umbrellas and galoshes with their spring styles. Deanna Duff Fashion If the recent glimpse of sunny weather hasn’t given you hope that spring is near then a visit to West Seattle’s always funky and fun Clementine is in order. I popped in last week and found warmer weather inspiration in their newly arriving spring inventory. The first standout item was their small but growing selection of West Seattle-based Chemical Wedding clutches and handbags—featured in our 2009 shopping issue—made from lovingly worn-in new and recycled leather ($168-$260). Also on display were several looks from Prairie Underground’s durable yet comfortable spring line. I was especially drawn to their romper ($164), a cute and comfortable spin on the 70s classic. Swing by next weekend when online boutique La Rousse brings its pop-up shop (2/25-2/28) to Clementine. Two amazing shops at once? We’ll be ready for spring in no time!

Clementine, 4447 California Ave. SW; 206.935.9400
290 1266947160 Outdoors: Get Birdy with an Audubon Master Learn from an Audubon Master at Carkeek Park Roddy Scheer

What's great about birding is that anyone can get out and enjoy it while taking in some fresh air and getting a little exercise. If you're interested in it but not sure where to start, tag along on with an Audubon Master Birder on a bird walk through Carkeek Park. The casual, friendly and informative walks happen on the fourth Saturday of every month, including this coming weekend, from 8 to 10 a.m. The walks are free (meet at the Environmental Learning Center parking lot at Carkeek Park); register by calling 206.684.0877 or emailing (provide your name, address and phone number).

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