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 bellevuearts.org. Bellevue Arts Museum, 510 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue. 425.637.1799. (Hailey Petway)
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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; thelittleflowerstation.com
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
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; stgpresents.org
284 1265800500 Valentine's Day: Sweet Treats Give in to the temptation Amy Minor Holidays 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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. seattleimprovisedmusic.com
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; cidbia.org
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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