The Must List: Special Snowmageddon Version

Seattle Mag’s Burger Brawl
Tickets are on sale now for our first-ever Burger Brawl, going down at Bell Harbor Convention Center on January 26. Many of the local restaurants featured in our Best Burgers issue, including Bravehorse Tavern and Skillet, will be cooking up their best burgers–in miniature–so you can sample all of Seattle’s Best Burgers in one place. Your ticket gets you all you can eat sliders (mini replicas of our favorite beefy burgers), two drink tickets and even includes a donation to a charitable cause.

1/26. 6 p.m. $40. Bell Harbor Convention Center, 2211 Alaskan Way, Pier 66. 

Portlandia - Season 2
Starring Fred Armisen (SNL) and Carrie Brownstein, Portlandia cleverly skewers alternative Northwest lifestyles in short, hilarious sketches. Season 1 brought you unforgettable caricatures like neurotic feminist bookstore owners and aggressive cyclists. Season 2 is upping the ante with antics like the Allergy Pride Parade. Take a snow day and get caught up (Season 1 is available on Netflix Watch Instantly); you'll melt away the stress of Snowmageddon 2012 laughing. Then join in with the rest of the world this Friday, when Season 2 continues. Fridays at 7pm (10/9central) on IFC.

Here's a fun musical preview:



7 Online Shopping Finds

For those of you “working at home,” fashion editor Kate Calamusa has a list of seven local online shops on the Seattle Scoop blog. You'll love to peruse these pretty pages while hunkered down at home waiting for the storm to pass. Take advantage of these deals on women’s fashion and home decor while you can still get away with it.

New local band Poor Moon
Sub Pop Records recently signed Seattle indie rock band Poor Moon, which just so happens to include two members from popular band Fleet Foxes. Their first album Illusion has yet to be released, but you can download the cheerful single “People in Her Mind” from Sub Pop’s website for free.

Blueprints of the Afterlife
If you can’t make it out to a local bookstore, download local author Ryan Boudinot’s latest book, Blueprints of the Afterlife, onto your Kindle. In this funny yet disturbing journey into the post-apocalypse, cures for diseases can be downloaded from the Internet and a replica of New York City is being built on Bainbridge Island. Read Brangien Davis’ profile of the author for further convincing.

If the ice melts in time, take advantage of these happenings too. But call before you go in case programs have changed due to inclement weather!

A Short-Term Solution to a Long-Term Problem
Opens Friday (1/20) – David Schmader’s new solo play opens at Hugo House this weekend. Read Brangien Davis' interview with the local author, in which he explains how he's living each day as if it's his last. 

 1/20-2/4. 8 p.m. $15–$20. Richard Hugo House 1634 11th Ave.; 206.322.7030;

Chinese Lunar New Year Celebration at Wing Luke
Saturday (1/21) – Welcome the Year of the Dragon, the Chinese Zodiac characterized by bravery passion and hot-headedness. Celebrate at the Wing Luke's annual celebration, featuring traditional lion dance, a tea ceremony and a coloring contest for kids. For history and architecture nerds: the museum's ongoing Chinatown Discovery Tours have a special Lunar New Year twist this weekend. Fun fact: Seattle's own Bruce Lee was born in a dragon year.

Wing Luke Museum. 719 South King St.; 206.623.5124;
More info on the community celebration here.

Northwest Home/AIA Open House
Sunday (1/23) – Our bimonthly sister publication Northwest Home teams up every month with the American Institute of Architects Seattle Chapter (AIA Seattle) to feature a local gem of residential architecture and design. This month, they explore a gorgeous floating home over on South Lake Union. Join the free tour and determine if your dream home should get its sea legs.

1/23; 12 p.m. Free. 2369 Fairview Ave. E, South Lake Union. Preview the house and get more info on the tour at Northwest Home's website.