Weekly Must List: February 18 - 24

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

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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

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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; curlingseattle.org

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