It is a busy time of 12 months, so we get it if the very last thing you need to do across the holidays is spend a lot of time planning how you are going to entertain your out-of-town family and friends or your children on their vacation breaks. That is the place we are available. In the event you simply need the highlights, learn on to seek out out in regards to the largest occasions you should learn about in each style from now till the tip of subsequent week (after which we have a separate guide to the biggest New Year’s Eve events). We have rounded up all the pieces from the Christmas Ship Pageant’s Grand Finale to the Winter Solstice Night Market to the opening of Little Women. Yow will discover much more issues to do over the vacations on our full EverOut Things To Do calendar.
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Notice: Christmas Eve and Christmas Day might have an effect on dates for recurring occasions. Double verify to make certain.
HOLIDAY MARKETS & SHOPPING
BadWill Market – Holiday XL Edition at Rhino Room & Now or Never
Store, booze, and schmooze all Sunday lengthy on the BadWill Market, returning to Capitol Hill with tons of classic attire, handmade jewellery, magnificence and grooming merchandise, and extra gift-worthy wares from native distributors.
Solar Dec 22, The Rhino Room (Capitol Hill)
United Indians Holiday Art Market
Replenish on salmon and Indian tacos whilst you store for clever handmade wares from tribes throughout Washington State.
Dec 20-22, Dawn Star Indian Cultural Middle (Magnolia)
Winter Solstice Night Market
This version of the now-monthly Seattle Night time Market (spearheaded by South Lake Union Saturday Market’s Ryan Reiter) is held over a weekend during which the primary day of winter and the shortest day of the 12 months, winter solstice, falls. Therefore the identify. It’s additionally indoors, which makes for a cushty purchasing (and consuming) expertise, with greater than 150 cubicles, meals vehicles, and restaurant pop-ups that provide “domestically made wares and attractive fare” unfold all all through Magnuson Park’s big (20,000-square-foot) Hangar 30. Separate tickets into the Winter Solstice Beer Festival embody samples of wintry brews from upwards of 25 native and regional breweries. Oh, there’s dwell music, too. In sum, it’s a fab, beery, shoppy good time. LEILANI POLK
Dec 20-21, Magnuson Park Hangar 30 (Sand Level)
SANTA SIGHTINGS & FAMILY FESTIVALS
Holidays at the Needle
Santa will park his smooth new glass sleigh on the House Needle’s revolving glass ground, so your photographs with the jolly man will characteristic the Seattle cityscape beneath your ft.
Dec 20-24, House Needle (Seattle Middle)
Have a good time Kwanzaa with free artwork actions for all ages.
Fri Dec 27, Northwest African American Museum
Kiddos can bide their time till Christmas with Santa photographs, penguin racing, cane cane fishing, carpet skating, and crafting.
Sat Dec 21, Think about Kids’s Museum (Everett)
Yearly, downtown Bellevue turns right into a winter wonderland not only for one evening however for a complete dang month, with (pretend) falling snow, jolly dwell music, and a nightly parade full of dancers and toy drummers.
Via Dec 24, Bellevue Assortment
Swanson’s Reindeer Festival
Store a wide range of seasonal crops, bulbs, preparations, and Christmas bushes, in addition to different items like books, jewellery, and residential decor, on the decked-out nursery. Plus, go to with Santa and his real-life reindeer, take a look at mannequin trains, and revel in dwell music all through the season.
Via Dec 24, Swansons Nursery (Crown Hill)
From a winter prepare village to an ice rink, and from music and dance performances to ice sculpting, Winterfest guarantees 5 weeks of free festive cheer for all ages. This week brings performances by the Not-It is (Dec 21), Lelavision (Dec 22), Klez Kidz (Dec 23), the Dickens Carolers (Dec 26), Magic Wealthy (Dec 28), and extra.
Via Dec 31, Seattle Middle
The Chanukah Party III: #BlackHotChanukah
Have a good time Hanukkah with musician Adra Boo, comics Vanessa Daybreak and Isaac Novak, bands Shaina Shepherd, King Youngblood, and Accommodations (that includes Boo), and a dance celebration with DJs Silk Safari and Ruben Mz. and VJ Blazinspace. Plus, there will be starchy Jewish delicacies like matzo ball soup, bagels, and potato latkes and a market with items by T-Dub Customs and kemexkeme.
Solar Dec 29, Washington Corridor (Central District)
Glow in the Dark Chanukah Celebration and Menorah Lighting
Renton mayor-elect Armonoda Pavone will give greetings at this Hanukkah celebration full with a raffle, glow-in-the-dark crafts, conventional treats, and dwell music.
Solar Dec 22, the Touchdown (Renton)
Grand Menorah Lighting 2019!
Shoreline will mild up its nine-foot menorah and dole out doughnuts, latkes, and raffle prizes on the primary evening of Hanukkah.
Solar Dec 22, Shoreline Metropolis Corridor
Giant Menorah Lighting & Gelt Drop in Ballard
The primary evening of Hanukkah might be met with a menorah lighting, conventional treats like latkes, jelly doughnuts, and chocolate cash (which can rain down from an prolonged hearth ladder in a “Nice Gelt Drop”), and children’ actions.
Solar Dec 22, Bergen Place (Ballard)
Grand Menorah Lighting at Kirkland Marina Park
A human dreidel on stilts will bathe you with gelt on the primary evening of Hanukkah—cannot get extra festive than that. Additionally on the docket: a large menorah lighting and dwell music.
Solar Dec 22, Marina Park (Kirkland)
Grand Menorah Lighting at Volunteer Park
Be a part of Chabad of Capitol Hill for a menorah lighting and latkes on the primary evening of Hanukkah. All youngsters in attendance will obtain a free reward.
Solar Dec 22, Volunteer Park (Capitol Hill)
Menorah on the Green
Chabad of Bainbridge Island will host an hour of family-friendly actions to ring in Hanukkah, together with a large menorah lighting, sizzling latkes and doughnuts, and gelt galore.
Solar Dec 22, Winslow Inexperienced (Bainbridge Island)
Public Menorah Lighting and Fire Truck Coin Drop
Issaquah will host Hanukkah occasions round city all through the week, from a family-friendly coin drop and hearth truck tour at Grand Ridge Plaza (Dec 22) to a menorah lighting and dreidel mild present on Entrance Road (Dec 24).
Dec 22-28, Varied areas (Issaquah)
SnoCo Giant Menorah Lighting
Be a part of Lynnwood Metropolis Council officers and Seattle-based klezmer band Klez Katz at this eight annual menorah lighting adopted by a Hanukkah sing-along.
Solar Dec 22, Lynnwood Metropolis Corridor
U-Village Menorah Lighting
In the event you choose to spend the primary evening of Hanukkah at residence, take your loved ones to U-Village on the second evening for a klezmer-filled celebration and menorah lighting with Chabad of Seattle.
Mon Dec 23, College Village (College District)
WINTER SOLSTICE EVENTS
A Bonsai Solstice
Tour the enchanting bonsai assortment underneath vacation lights, and revel in free sizzling cocoa and occasional, dwell music, and free customized poetry. Deliver your personal flashlight.
Sat Dec 21, Pacific Bonsai Museum (Federal Means)
2019 Winter Solstice Walk
Take a luminary forest stroll, make vacation crafts, heat up with sizzling drinks, and benefit from the Americana stylings of Bryan Rust.
Sat Dec 21, Washington Park Arboretum (Montlake)
A parade of lanterns will mild up the darkest days of the 12 months at this annual winter solstice stroll. The afternoon walks are family-friendly and the night walks are boozy.
Dec 20-21, Bloedel Reserve (Bainbridge Island)
Brighten up the darkest days of the 12 months by strolling by an illuminated backyard, which might be open every day till the winter solstice passes.
Via Dec 22, Kruckeberg Botanic Backyard (Shoreline)
HOLIDAY LIGHTINGS & DISPLAYS
Candy Cane Lane Holiday Lights Festival
1920s-era Tudor properties in Ravenna have been boasting spectacular mild shows each vacation season since 1949. Stroll alongside Northeast Park Highway taking in Nutcracker-themed havens full with sleighs, reindeer, sugar plum fairies, and blow-up sweet canes galore.
Via Jan 1, Sweet Cane Lane (Ravenna)
Christmas at the Mansion
Per vacation custom, guests can marvel at Puyallup’s historic Meeker Mansion decked out in Victorian-style Christmas decorations (with 21st-century LED lights).
Via Dec 22, Meeker Mansion (Puyallup)
Christmas Lighting Festival
Vacation cheer abounds in Washington’s personal Bavarian-style village of Leavenworth, which celebrates the season with dwell Christmas music, visits from each St. Nickolaus and Santa Claus, sledding, and extra—all culminating in superb lighting ceremonies each Saturday and Sunday.
Via Dec 22, Leavenworth
Christmas Ship Festival
The Puget Sound is full of lights all through the vacation season, however no vessel can compete with Argosy Cruises’ Christmas Ship, which docks in 65 waterfront communities to serenade folks onshore and onboard with its resident choir. Those that select to board the ship will get pleasure from photographs with Santa, a studying of “‘Twas the Night time Earlier than Christmas,” and children’ actions. For a much less family-oriented choice, you may path behind in a 21+ boat with rotating themes every week. It is also free to observe from the shore. Do not miss the Grand Finale on December 23.
Via Dec 23, Varied areas (Lake Union)
Clam Lights Presented by Ivar’s Restaurants
Each evening, Ivar’s powers up the park with hundreds of Christmas lights depicting varied clammy characters. Is that this the place clams go to heaven after you eat them at Ivar’s?
Via Jan 1, Gene Coulon Memorial Seashore Park (Renton)
Enchant Christmas 2019
Following a profitable first 12 months, Enchant Christmas will rework T-Cell Park right into a winter wonderland full with a formidable mild maze, mild sculptures, a market curated by City Craft Rebellion, and extra. This 12 months’s theme is “Mischievous,” so count on to see sly little elves roaming about.
Via Dec 29, T-Cell Park (Sodo)
Whimsical natural world, birds, animals, and cascading waterfalls get the vacation mild therapy at Bellevue Botanical Backyard’s annual show. (To be clear, precise birds and animals won’t be strung with lights.) Wander the grounds and take photographs among the many “half 1,000,000” bulbs.
Via Dec 31, Bellevue Botanical Backyard
Take a look at over 200 LED-lit monkeys (Phinney’s definitive mascot) at WildLights and round neighborhood companies all through the vacation season. On opening evening, get pleasure from free refreshments and a efficiency from OK Chorale on the Phinney Neighborhood Affiliation.
Via Jan 1, Woodland Park Zoo (Phinney)
The Lights of Christmas Festival
Meet Santa, have some snacks, hear tales and music, pay a go to to Child J on the Nativity, store, and pet pleasant animals at “the most important vacation pageant within the Northwest.”
Via Dec 29, Heat Seashore Camp & Convention Middle (Stanwood)
This 12 months, Santa is enlisting the assistance of younger princes and princesses in serving to him discover six hidden presents. Along with the prize-bearing hunt, this kid-oriented indoor pageant can even have a present market (full with recent produce and seasonal treats) and a light-weight show.
Via Jan 5, Smith Cove Cruise Terminal (Interbay)
Maple Leaf Lights
Take a while to understand the lengths to which individuals have gone to light up their homes with spectacular Christmas mild shows.
Via Dec 31, Maple Leaf Lights (Maple Leaf)
Sheraton Grand Seattle Gingerbread Village
For the 27th 12 months in a row, diabetes analysis middle JDRF Northwest has invited native structure corporations to make use of their expertise for a vacation custom: crafting an elaborate gingerbread village that makes use of 1,850 kilos of gingerbread, 150,000 items of sweet, 350 kilos of fondant, and 15 gallons of egg whites, in response to press supplies. This 12 months’s theme is #ElfLife, that includes pixies, gnomes, and pucks from throughout genres.
Via Jan 1, Sheraton Lodge (Downtown)
Snow Day SLU
Denny Park’s winter mild show will present a magical, twinkly respite from darkish Seattle winter days.
Via Jan 19, Denny Park (South Lake Union)
The zoo will mild up with hundreds upon hundreds of (energy-efficient) LED lights that recreate wild scenes and creatures. You can too throw pretend snowballs at your mates, rise up shut with sure animal residents, and sip sizzling chocolate.
Via Jan 5, Woodland Park Zoo (Phinney)
Closed Dec 24-25
Vacation traditions do not get extra traditional than strolling by the zoo when it is remodeled right into a luminous wonderland of Three-D animal mild installations. Shows from earlier years have included hammerhead sharks and sea turtles, an imposing polar bear household, and a large Pacific octopus.
Via Jan 5, Level Defiance Zoo & Aquarium (Tacoma)
Closed Dec 24
MAJOR CONCERTS & FESTIVE MUSIC SHOWS
Benjamin Gibbard, Johnathan Rice
The final time I noticed Ben(jamin) carry out was at a City Corridor tribute to the late Leonard Cohen, whereby native luminaries coated people classics that made a chapel stuffed with adults rock with silent sobs for 2 straight hours. Hopefully this efficiency might be much less of a wake, however simply as trustworthy, heat, and beneficiant as Ben’s Cohen interpretations had been that evening. He’ll be joined by singer-songwriter and frequent Jenny Lewis collaborator Johnathan Rice, whose music “So Candy” appeared on 2004’s Music From The OC: Combine 2 … and no, I’m not ashamed to say that’s why I do know who he’s. KIM SELLING
Fri Dec 20, Washington Corridor (Central District)
The Black Tones
KEXP’s Audioasis DJ Eva Walker and her brother Cedric know tips on how to punkify the blues and blues-ify the punk. In the event you’ve ever witnessed their high-octane rock and roll exhibits and the dynamic of Eva’s infectious and idiosyncratic quirks matched with the band’s avalanche-like power, then you realize you may’t expertise their exhibits sufficient. Their 2019 chart-topping Cobain and Cornbread is well one of many strongest full-lengths (a debut at that!) to return out of Seattle this 12 months—to not point out one of many extra culturally salient bands to interrupt out within the rock style proper earlier than the brand new decade. ZACH FRIMMEL
Fri Dec 27, Neumos (Capitol Hill)
Blind Boys of Alabama Holiday Show
The legendary, multi-Grammy-winning Southern gospel, blues, and soul group performs 4 nights beginning proper after Christmas. Based mostly on the present’s title, the set listing will probably skew heavy on festive picks (they’ve a number of vacation albums, the final being 2014’s Talkin’ Christmas!). However the Blind Boys of Alabama have been lively occurring 80 years and have an enormous catalog, so there’s positive to be different choices, too. BBOA are at present led by sole authentic surviving member, vocalist Jimmy Carter, with heavy backup from the group’s different singers (Ricky McKinnie, Ben Moore, and Paul Beasley), guitarist and musical director Joey Williams, and a full band that features gamers on bass, drums, and keys. Be ready to be moved and uplifted. These dudes are gonna take you to church, in a great way. LEILANI POLK
Dec 26-29, Jazz Alley (Downtown)
Chromeo, the Juan Maclean
The final time I noticed the Juan Maclean spin information from the Nectar predominant stage, I commiserated that dwell music venues at all times go away DJ units feeling like an afterthought. However Nectar is doubling down on the disc jockey this pre-Xmas weekend, bringing within the latter-day funk masters behind Chromeo to hitch the Juan Maclean for a two-night-run of DJ units. (Saturday bought out so rapidly, a Sunday present was added.) Whereas I confess to some shock at Chromeo’s 15-year longevity—their 2018 launch Head Over Heels was panned as tasteless and out of contact with modern gender politics—I’m curious what sort of document assortment they’ve amassed alongside the way in which. However the true intrigue is flinty Maclean, a DFA Information staple whose techno and home machinations belie a profession that stretches again to Six Finger Satellite tv for pc, 1990s-era post-hardcore synth junkies with 4 Sub Pop releases. I promise higher tunes than your organization vacation celebration. GREGORY SCRUGGS
Dec 21-22, Nectar (Fremont)
Get sweaty on the membership with Finnish dance music artist Darude on this winter tour cease.
Fri Dec 27, Ora Nightclub (Belltown)
The Four Seasons
An exploration of coloration and sweetness, Vivaldi’s masterwork The 4 Seasons might be paired with the uptempo The 4 Seasons of Buenos Aires by famend Argentinian composer Astor Piazzolla.
Dec 28-Jan 5, Benaroya Corridor (Downtown)
Enjoyable Reality: Despite the fact that folks have fun the virgin start of Mr. Jesus with Handel’s Messiah each Christmas, librettist Charles Jennens truly conceived of the piece as an Easter opera. That is as a result of the final two-thirds of the composition cowl the life, dying, and resurrection of the Nazarene prophet. However traditions are onerous to kick, and that “Hallelujah!” refrain nonetheless guidelines, as does the Seattle Symphony Chorale, who will certainly be in uncommon type. RICH SMITH
Dec 20-22, Benaroya Corridor (Downtown)
Judy Collins Holidays & Hits
Chic jazzy people icon Judy Collins will sing vacation favorites and share tales from her life at this seasonal present set.
Dec 19-22, Jazz Alley (Downtown)
The Music of ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’
As a result of the Royal Room does the music of Charlie Brown yearly, yearly I’ve to put in writing this love poem to the core tune, “Christmas Time Is Right here (Instrumental),” this masterpiece of American tradition. It’s, I believe, one of the vital lovely items of jazz ever composed. Listening to it’s like watching the falling snow by a window. The room is heat, one thing is roasting within the oven, and outdoors, the flakes are falling faintly by the universe and upon the bushes, the hedges, the water gutters, the phone poles, and the rooftops of a thousand house buildings. That is the place you need to be perpetually. That is Vince Guaraldi’s “Christmas Time Is Right here (Instrumental).” It opens with a trembling bass, like somebody popping out of the chilly, stamping their ft, brushing the snow off their shoulders, hanging their winter coat, rubbing and blowing on numb fingers, and coming into the lounge the place there’s a window, watching the flakes falling faintly upon all of the buildings and the residing. CHARLES MUDEDE
Dec 16 & 21, the Royal Room (Columbia Metropolis)
MxPx, Amber Pacific
MxPx’s best-known minimize, “Chick Magnet,” instructed my story! No, actually! I used to be at all times sitting there, unable to even get a lady to speak to me. And the man subsequent to me scored at will, and I might by no means determine why or how. As I bought older (not essentially wiser), I met different fellows who thought MxPx had been singing their music, too. And so I discovered my story isn’t so particular. A number of years in the past, I met the Chick Magnet (my Chick Magnet) on a bus platform. I’d seen him again on the town, wasn’t positive whether or not to speak. He was divorced, he mentioned. He by no means noticed his youngsters. A number of years later, his son died. And so I discovered that even Chick Magnets dwell with what they conceal and so they muster by. A painfully human second sprung from punk-pop. ANDREW HAMLIN
Sat Dec 28, the Showbox (Downtown)
Seattle Men’s Chorus: ‘Tis The Season
In a landmark vacation occasion, the Seattle Males’s Refrain will carry out dazzling tracks of the season, like their very own revamped takes on “Rockin’ Across the Christmas Tree,” “Pageant Gloria,” “Right here We Come A-Caroling,” and plenty of extra.
Via Dec 22, Benaroya Corridor (Downtown
FOOD & DRINK EVENTS
2nd Annual Yule Ball
Deputy Headmistress Minerva McGonagall herself invitations you to don your best robes for this Harry Potter-themed yuletide affair. They will have particular treats and teas for the event, in addition to an expert photographer able to seize your cosplay.
Sat Dec 21, Friday Afternoon (Wallingford)
6th Annual Dark Beer Fest
Darkish winter days name for equally darkish beers. At this three-day occasion, Flying Lion will provide over 30 such brews, together with “cellared favorites, particular releases, and loads of restricted availability brews.”
Dec 20-22, Flying Lion Brewing (Columbia Metropolis)
Hanukkah at Dingfelder’s
Replenish on latkes, sufganiyot, and different Hanukkah favorites from the Capitol Hill deli on the primary evening of the vacation.
Solar Dec 22, Dingfelder’s Delicatessen (Capitol Hill)
Miracle on 2nd
In 2014, New York bar proprietor Greg Boehm quickly remodeled his area right into a kitschy Christmas wonderland replete with gewgaws and tchotchkes galore. Now the pop-up has expanded to greater than 100 areas everywhere in the world and might be returning to Belltown’s Rob Roy this 12 months. The specialty cocktails aren’t any extraordinary cups of cheer: Drinks are housed in tacky-tastic vessels (a consuming mug resembling Santa’s mug, for instance), bedecked with fanciful garnishes like peppers and dried pineapple, and christened with irreverent, pop-culture-referencing names just like the “Dangerous Santa,” the “Yippie Ki Yay Mom F**r,” and the “You’ll Shoot Your Rye Out.” New this 12 months: At close by Vinnie’s Raw Bar, there might be a spin-off holiday-tiki-themed pop-up known as “Sippin’ Santa,” which asks you to “think about Santa on a surfboard as an alternative of a sleigh and palm bushes as an alternative of pine.” Drinks embody the “Kris Kringle Colada” (darkish Jamaican rum, Cynar, allspice, lime and pineapple juice, and cream of coconut) and the “Christmas Eve of Destruction” (darkish overproof rum, natural liqueur, nutmeg syrup, lime juice, and Angostura bitters). JULIANNE BELL
Via Dec 24, Rob Roy (Belltown)
Zylberschtein’s Hanukkah Dinner
The North Seattle Jewish deli will get a leap on the Pageant of Lights with a conventional unfold ready by Chef Strega, full with an non-compulsory wine pairing.
Dec 20 & 27, Zylberschtein’s (North Seattle)
COMEDY & PERFORMANCES
All I Want for Christmas Is Attention
BenDeLaCreme and Jinkx Monsoon are like peanut butter and jelly. They’re two nice tastes that style nice collectively. Although they weren’t on the identical season of RuPaul’s Drag Race, they had been on back-to-back seasons, a one-two punch of excellent comedian timing, beautiful seems, and eccentric Seattle power. Final 12 months, they began a brand new custom: a joint vacation present. There might be singing. There might be dancing. There might be seems. There might be jokes and jabs and verbal jousting. There might be… okay, look, I do not know what there might be, as a result of I’ve by no means seen this present earlier than. However I can inform you it is promoting out like loopy. CHRISTOPHER FRIZZELLE
Dec 21-27, Neptune Theatre (College District)
No present Dec 23 or 25
A(n Improvised) Christmas Carol 2019
You could assume you realize the story of A Christmas Carol, however you haven’t any thought. Watch a group of improvisers re-create Dickens’s story based mostly on viewers strategies.
Via Dec 23, Sudden Productions’ Market Theater (Downtown)
Buttcracker V…the Last Thrust!
This festive and raunchy vacation present guarantees glittery skilled dance and vacation satire set to a hair-metal soundtrack…for the final time.
Via Dec 22, Erickson Theatre Off Broadway (Capitol Hill)
A Christmas Carol
ACT Theatre’s manufacturing of A Christmas Carol is a reliable, easy pleasure, with simply sufficient variation to warrant returning 12 months after 12 months. Kelly Kitchens will direct.
Via Dec 28, ACT Theatre (Downtown)
The Christmas Killings at Corgi Cliffs
Butch Alice as soon as once more stars as Becky June Beasley-Jones in Scot Rigsby Augustson’s drag-filled send-up of Agatha Christie-type whodunits, directed by Jasmine Joshua (inventive director of Reboot Theatre Firm).
Via Dec 29, Cafe Nordo (Pioneer Sq.)
In case your vacation season lacks slinky dames, growling gumshoes, and hard-boiled bosses, strive Seattle playwright Wayne Rawley’s Christmas noir, again onstage as soon as once more.
Via Dec 24, Seattle Public Theater (Inexperienced Lake)
The Dina Martina Christmas Show
Watching Seattle drag legend Dina Martina carry out is a bit like having a Christmastime flu. You’ll sit there, confused and heat, your ideas disassociating, a fever addling your mind, whereas the vacation cheer twinkles throughout you. Actually there’s no performer who’s extra like a powerful dose of Nyquil than Dina Martina. She is cozy however disorienting. You’ll snigger with out figuring out why. Take her with alcohol and double the hazard. CHASE BURNS
Via Dec 24, ACT Theatre (Downtown)
Final Day of the Pocket Theater
Say a tragic farewell to this excellent theater, which for 5 years was a improvement lab for brand spanking new fringe acts and a dependable venue for bizarre, wild exhibits. There might be toasts, duos, solo performances, the tongue-in-cheek Ding Dong Awards, a “neighborhood improv marathon,” improvised Blink-182, and extra nice acts by Pocket regulars and native improv/sketch celebrities.
Sat Dec 21, the Pocket Theater (Greenwood)
George Balanchine’s ‘The Nutcracker’
If you have not seen this Christmas traditional because you had been a child, give it a go this 12 months. In 2014, Pacific Northwest Ballet changed its beloved Maurice Sendak set with one by Ian Falconer, who did the Olivia the Pig books, and I am glad that they did. The brand new set is beautiful in a Wes Anderson-like means, and it displays the real weirdness and sweetness within the story. I imply, the final 45 minutes of this factor is a Katy Perry video starring dancing desserts and a glittery peacock that strikes like a horny damaged river. Deliver a pot lozenge. RICH SMITH
Via Dec 28, McCaw Corridor (Downtown)
Head Over Heels
Tunes by the Go-Go’s [sic] pepper this musical loosely based mostly on a 16th-century narrative poem by Sir Philip Sidney. A royal household learns of a fateful prophecy which will disrupt “the Beat” that provides the rhythm to their kingdom. Jeff Whitty (Avenue Q, Deliver It On: The Musical, the screenplay for Can You Ever Forgive Me?) wrote the e book and lyrics.
Via Dec 29, ArtsWest (West Seattle)
Hershey Felder: Beethoven
Former Stranger author Sean Nelson described Felder as an “astonishingly gifted vocalist and pianist, not merely by way of pure method, however in his capability for restraint.” On this present, he takes on the roles of each Ludwig van Beethoven and his pupil Gerhard von Breuning whereas taking part in such beloved items as Moonlight Sonata and Pathetique Sonata, in addition to excerpts from the famed Fifth and Ninth Symphonies.
Via Dec 22, Seattle Repertory Theatre (Seattle Middle)
One of many stars of the hit Broadway present The Illusionists will tour on his personal with some new legerdemain, comedy, and multimedia.
Sat Dec 21, Clearwater On line casino (Suquamish)
Jingle All the Gay!
The brand new performers are the standouts in Jingle All of the Homosexual! Kitten N’ Lou introduced in Markeith Wiley and Randy Ford, two breakout dancers/efficiency artists who’ve been having an excellent couple of years performing round Seattle. Wiley performs the mailman, an necessary determine in any vacation story, and he is bought to ship a lot of large, uh, packages. Ford performs Lil’ Fruitcake, a femme voguing fruitcake who fucks shit up in one of the simplest ways attainable. Ford and Wiley’s duets are highlights, as are the numbers from Seattle drag artist Abbey Roads, who brings strong musical theater chops and good comedian timing. Additionally on this forged: New York Metropolis’s Mr. Beautiful, serving his uniquely tall and hilarious boylesque because the Little Drummer Boy. These favorites return, together with the UK’s Reuben Kaye, plus Lola van Ella from New Orleans. CHASE BURNS
Via Dec 29, Odd Fellows West Corridor (Capitol Hill)
The Judy Garland Christmas Special
Crabgrass Productions portrays the gown rehearsal of Judy Garland’s deeply uncomfortable 1963 Christmas tv particular, with Judy overwhelmed by terrifying alcohol-induced hallucinations and wreaking havoc on sugary Christmas tunes. Troy Mink performs Judy on this imply however reportedly very humorous Christmas trainwreck.
Via Dec 22, Theatre Off Jackson (Chinatown-Worldwide District)
Land of the Sweets: The Burlesque Nutcracker
Land of the Sweets: The Burlesque Nutcracker is a lascivious vacation present expertise with sugar plum fairies, thrilling clothes-dropping occasions, and extra swanky enjoyable.
Via Dec 29, Triple Door (Downtown)
That is the world premiere of the musical Mrs. Doubtfire, a stage adaptation of the 1993 Robin Williams movie. After its run in Seattle, it goes straight to Broadway. Mrs. Doubtfire is directed by Jerry Zaks, a Broadway legend who received a Tony Award for steering the revival of Guys and Dolls in 1992, and was nominated once more for his revival of Good day, Dolly! with Bette Midler in 2017. CHRISTOPHER FRIZZELLE
Via Jan four, the fifth Avenue Theatre (Downtown)
IBT’s ‘The Nutcracker’
Bellevue’s personal ballet firm, the Worldwide Ballet Theatre, will carry out the Russian traditional, with choreography by Vera Altunina, tailored from the unique Lev Ivanov and Marius Petipa model. This 12 months’s efficiency will guest-star Kateryna Kukhar, Prima Ballerina of the Nationwide Opera of Ukraine, and Aleksandr Stoyanov, Principal Dancer of the Nationwide Opera of Ukraine.
Via Dec 23, Theatre at Meydenbauer (Bellevue)
Scott Shoemaker’s War on Christmas
Scott Shoemaker (Ms. Pak-Man) and illustrious mates like Mandy Worth, Waxie Moon, Adé Conneré, and Faggedy Randy will lead a fearless investigation into the Conflict on Christmas. Their weapons: “ALL NEW hilarious comedy, songs, dance numbers, wonderful movies and partial nudity!”
Via Dec 22, Re-bar (Downtown)
Shout, Sister, Shout!
A black queer girl named Rosetta Tharpe invented rock and roll as we all know it at present. Exuberant and stomping with an electrical guitar in hand, her choosing and singing influenced the likes of Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley, Little Richard, and the listing goes on. Born the daughter of two cotton pickers in Cotton Plant, Arkansas, Tharpe rose up by gospel, and have become internationally recognized for fusing rural and concrete types of music in licensed bangers equivalent to “Down by the Riverside” and “This Practice.” Playwright Cheryl L. West provides this dramatic therapy of Gayle F. Wald’s biography of the “Godmother of Rock and Roll” in a present that is drawn close to common reward from critics. Get pumped to observe this musical portrait of a legend. RICH SMITH
Via Dec 22, Seattle Repertory Theatre (Seattle Middle)
Sugar Plum Gary
A misanthropic disposition mixed with a powerful satanist worldview distinguishes Sugar Plum Gary from different yuletide figures. Yearly round this time, “considerably beloved storyteller and comic Emmett Montgomery” slips right into a pink onesie and takes the stage to provide viewers members utterly unsolicited recommendation on tips on how to finest navigate the season, and it is typically fairly humorous in case you’re into darkish, absurd humor. What’s his favourite vacation adorning tip? In an interview with Brett Hamil in Metropolis Arts, Sugar Plum Gary provides his reply: I prefer to “discover a darkish place and put myself in a nook and wait,” he says, with a creepy uncle grin. Merry Christmas. RICH SMITH
Via Dec 24, 18th & Union (Capitol Hill)
Taylor Mac: Holiday Sauce
MacArthur Grant–successful genius Taylor Mac is an unparalleled playwright and performer. Mac produces exhibits which can be bombastic and colourful, someplace between drag and cabaret and classical Greek tragedy, with the loudest costumes ever concocted, created by the equally genius designer Machine Dazzle. I’m betting Mac’s new music-filled present about “Christmas as calamity” would be the spotlight of Seattle’s vacation present season. CHASE BURNS
Dec 19-20, Moore Theatre (Belltown)
Uncle Mike Ruins Christmas
Mike Murphy and Jet Metropolis forged members reenact and trample over your fond Christmas recollections with gleeful vulgarity. Not for the squeamish.
Via Dec 21, Jet Metropolis Improv (College District)
A Very Die Hard Christmas
Marxiano Productions will restage final 12 months’s hit vacation musical from a script by the top-notch sketch comedy outfit the Behavior (plus Jeff Schell), which peppers the rip-roaring motion with songs, jokes, and extra.
Via Dec 29, Seattle Public Theater (Inexperienced Lake)
Kink, luxurious, and avant-garde vogue mix in Valtesse’s signature fashion at this “futuristic intercourse dream” of a cabaret. Be sure you gown in pink or black cocktail apparel.
Dec 20-31, the Ruins (Queen Anne)
Legendary screenwriter William Goldman as soon as mentioned of the movie trade, “No person is aware of something,” and that is nonetheless principally true, with one exception: If cinematographer Roger Deakins shot the film, that film is price seeing on the largest display screen attainable. Even when 1917 had been solely essentially the most spectacular work of Deakins’ outstanding profession—which it’s—I’d be recommending it. However the World Conflict I film can also be one hell of a surprising storytelling expertise from director Sam Mendes, co-writer Krysty Wilson-Cairns, and editor Lee Smith. “However wait,” you say, “isn’t the entire level of this film that there aren’t any cuts? Why did they want an editor in any respect?” 1917’s hook (or much less generously, its gimmick) is that it’s meant to unfold in a single, unbroken take. It’s one of many uncommon situations of a movie’s advertising truly benefiting the completed movie, due to the way in which this information is each paid off… after which subverted. BOBBY ROBERTS
Wed Dec 25, Varied areas
When Nicole Kidman, Charlize Theron, and Margot Robbie all hyperlink up, what have you ever bought? Effectively, a sizeable chunk of the Fox Newsroom, because it seems. On this film tailored from real-life occasions, Bombshell follows three ladies who accused late Fox founder and CEO Roger Ailes of sexual harassment, and the fallout when their accusations are made public. Kidman portrays former Fox host Gretchen Carlson, Robbie performs a fictionalized producer, and Theron seemingly totally transforms into Megyn Kelly. Introduced within the months following Ailes’s dying, the movie will discover the poisonous setting brewing over on the president’s favourite information channel. JASMYNE KEIMIG
Thurs Dec 19, Varied areas
This Christmas, give your self the reward of uncanny-valley terror as you watch A-list film stars cavort underneath layers of digitally generated fur.
Fri Dec 20, Varied areas
‘Little Women’ Opening
I cherished Greta Gerwig’s Girl Chicken a lot that I went into Little Ladies with trepidation. Making a follow-up to a film everybody cherished is difficult! And each hater on my block requested why we wanted one other Little Ladies film when the 1995 model is “completely effective” and “has Winona Ryder in it.” The reply: You don’t understand how good you may have it! You don’t understand how good Little Ladies will be, you poor fools! Gerwig’s Little Ladies is Romance-era-oil-painting beautiful, however it’s additionally life like, due to the performances of the movie’s star-studded forged of March sisters: Saoirse Ronan as Jo, Emma Watson as Meg, Florence Pugh as Amy, and Eliza Scanlen as Beth. Directing her actors to speak over one another, Gerwig turns household scenes into rampaging rivers of voices, whereas additionally ensuring nothing is misplaced within the chaos. We see the Marches as we see many households: A power bursting right into a room. Laura Dern—for the primary time in cinematic historical past—provides the women’ mom a full character. And when the women’ father turned out to be universally beloved Bob Odenkirk (!) my pal straight-up punched me within the arm as a result of she was already crying and couldn’t speak. SUZETTE SMITH
Wed Dec 25, Varied areas
‘Uncut Gems’ Opening
As Howard Ratner, an expert jeweler and asshole in Manhattan’s Diamond District, an excellent Adam Sandler not often leaves the display screen in Uncut Gems, and the plot is principally Howard and the Horrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Dangerous Day. That isn’t a shock, contemplating the movie comes from brothers/writers/administrators Josh and Benny Safdie, who party-crashed the arthouse scene with 2017’s Good Time (during which Robert Pattinson was the one taking part in an asshole having a horrible, horrible, no good, very dangerous day). Uncut Gems is bigger in scope, however like Good Time, it has an ethical vacuum at its middle—it takes place within the no-man’s-land the place society’s partitions crumble, and the place those that look out just for themselves can finest navigate the rubble. The Safdies aren’t all in favour of morality tales however amorality tales, and their tales’ no-holds-barred recklessness, at first liberating, steadily grows exhausting. Fortunately, the Safdies additionally know tips on how to shoot, minimize, and rating like no person else. There’s a twitchy, addictive power to Uncut Gems, and the Safdies’ uneven, rapid-fire cuts coalesce right into a surreal, exhilarating panorama of prismatic hues, blaring fluorescents, and sharp LEDs, all whereas the analog synth rating by Daniel Lopatin (AKA Oneohtrix Level By no means) provides to the lurid magnificence. ERIK HENRIKSEN
Tues Dec 24, Varied areas
‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ Opening
I discovered The Rise of Skywalker, the final movie within the Skywalker saga, boring. And it was not even an extended film, and I am a fan of the director’s (J.J. Abrams) work (significantly Mission: Not possible III—the very best in that franchise), and most of the visible results are spectacular—significantly the haunting enterprise of bringing the late Carrie Fisher again to life. However all collectively, the movie is burdened by an excessive amount of sentimental household stuff (you might be my granddaughter, you might be my son, you killed my dad and mom, and so forth), and its finish didn’t know tips on how to finish for a really very long time. CHARLES MUDEDE
Thurs Dec 19, Varied areas
SPORTS & RECREATION
Candy Cane Lane Run
Run a 5K or one-mile course by the LED-lit winter wonderland that’s Candy Cane Lane. The end line will bear goodies like sizzling cocoa, sweet canes, and kettle corn, plus finisher medals that mild up.
Sat Dec 21, Sweet Cane Lane (Ravenna)
Jingle Bell Run
Burn some steam and a few energy earlier than the Christmas vacation is in full swing. This three-mile run/stroll is the ultimate race of Tacoma Metro Parks’s 2019 Run the Parks sequence.
Tues Dec 24 at Wright Park (Tacoma)
Magnuson Holiday Fun Run
Run or stroll a 5, 10, or 15Okay course alongside Lake Washington for the promise of a heat cup of cider or sizzling cocoa on the end line.
Sat Dec 21 at Magnuson Park (Sand Level)
Seattle Seahawks vs. Arizona Cardinals
The Seattle Seahawks will tackle the Arizona Cardinals.
Solar Dec 22 at CenturyLink Discipline (Pioneer Sq.)
Seattle Seahawks vs. Arizona Cardinals
The Seattle Seahawks will tackle the Arizona Cardinals.
Solar Dec 22 at CenturyLink Discipline
Seattle Seahawks vs. San Francisco 49ers
One week after their Cardinals matchup, the Hawks will play one other residence sport in opposition to their West Coast rivals from the Bay. Discover a listing of locations to observe the sport here.
Solar Dec 29 at CenturyLink Discipline
OTHER NOTEWORTHY HAPPENINGS
Hello Kitty Friends Around The World Tour
Discover London, Paris, New York, Honolulu, and Tokyo by the eyes of everybody’s favourite Sanrio character, Good day Kitty, by touring to 5 interactive rooms along with your ‘passport’ in tow. You will choose up loads of treats and souvenirs alongside the way in which.
Via Dec 29, Bellevue Plaza