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The Metropolitan Opera Sale; Bowery Ballroom as a Shoe Store

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ONLINE—Beginning tomorrow at 11am, One Kings Lane will host a sale of Metropolitan Opera goodies that will include actual Opera sets, sketches, books, and light fixtures. Clutches and jewelry will also be up for grabs, as well as two original costumes from the now-retired production Don Carlo. Get a preview here. [RackedWire]

LOWER EAST SIDE—Way before it became Bowery Ballroom in the late 90s, the Delancey Street venue was actually a shoe store: the family-owned Tree-Mark Shoe Stores. Established in 1919, the affordable shoe outlet actually looked like a theater, with rows of seats, a center aisle, and a balcony. It also, apparently, "specialized in boots for women with larger than average calves." [The Bowery Boys via Gothamist]