Compiled by Nick Ardizzone
SGN Staff Writer
ARTS & CRAFTS
Gifts & Greens Galore Sale'
12/11 and 12/12 10am-2pm. Along with a great selection of fresh-cut greens, wreaths and swags, the Arboretum Gift Shop will be offering an expanded selection of gifts, plus gift wrapping, seasonal refreshments, live music and more! Washington Park Arboretum's Graham Visitors Center, 2300 Arboretum Drive E, Seattle. 206-325-4510; www.arboretumfoundation.org. To donate fresh cut greens for the sale, visit the Arboretum Foundation website for details.
'Bastyr Holiday Bazaar'
Looking to get all of your holiday shopping done in one place? Come to Bastyr University's annual Holiday Bazaar craft fair from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on 12/1 at the Bastyr University Campus (14500 Juanita Drive N.E., Kenmore). Participating vendors will sell such items as paper-bead jewelry handcrafted in Uganda, locally crafted bead and silver jewelry, embroidered towels, locally produced honey, quilted jackets, flower essences, shawls and wraps, organic skincare, photographic art, magic tricks, and much more. Bastyr's whole foods cafeteria will be open during this time as well. A portion of the proceeds from this event go toward funding scholarships for Bastyr University students. Vendors interested in hosting a table at this event, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. http://www.bastyr.edu/news/news.asp?NewsID=2150.
'Pratt Holiday Art Sale
& Opening Night Parties'
Don't miss this chance to find unique holiday gifts for all of your friends and family. Featuring the works of local artists in glass, jewelry, painting and sculpture, you are sure to find something for everyone on your list! 12/1 Opening Night Party, 6-9pm - $50; 12/2-12/11 Holiday Sale, 10am-7pm - free admission. 155 S Main St. www.pratt.org
'South Park Arts Sixth
Annual Art Under $100 Sale'
12/4, 4-10pm. South Park's Old Fire Station, 8201 10th Ave. S. South Park artists will knock your socks off with original, edgy works not seen at a typical holiday sale. What's more, everything is affordable, with nothing priced over $100. The event will showcase a diverse array of art including painting, sculpture, neon, jewelry, clothing, photography, glass, letterpress, and more. FREE entry; art raffle every 30 minutes - raffle tickets at $2 each or 3 for $5; enjoy an ever-changing atmospheric sound-scape throughout the event; sip wine, feast on appetizers, enjoy holiday shopping. All proceeds benefit South Park Art. www.southparkarts.org.
12/4 & 12/5, 10am-5pm. This is the neighborhood's biggest holiday event! The Winter Festival features two buildings filled with 120 high quality, juried crafts booths, live entertainment on two stages, a quilt raffle, a huge bake sale and lunch items. Phinney Neighborhood Association, 6532 Phinney Ave N, Seattle. Admission is $2 for PNA members, $4 for nonmembers, plus a can of food for local food banks. Children 12 & under free. See website for list of artists & entertainment schedule. 206-783-2244; www.phinneycenter.org
for the Holidays'
Sheraton Seattle Hotel, 6th Ave & Pike St, presents their 18th Annual Gingerbread Village, a benefit for the Northwest Chapter of Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Seattle's top architectural firms will team up with Sheraton Seattle's culinary staff to design, bake and build elaborate gingerbread displays and holiday creations reflecting this year's theme. The display is free and open to the public. Donations will be accepted. These gingerbread houses are a delight to look at! On display through 1/2.
STAR LIGHTING WITH
Macy's Holiday Parade &
11/26, 8:45am parade, 5pm star lighting and fireworks program, weather permitting, with tree lighting ceremony at Downtown Macy's and Westlake Center, 4th Ave & Pine St. Considered Seattle's official kick-off for the holiday season, The Macy's Holiday Parade will feature some 20 balloon floats and inflatables, local high school marching bands, 500 costumed characters, and community drill teams. It concludes with Santa's arrival at Macy's on a balloon float under a festive confetti snowstorm. Later that day, the star lighting and fireworks program presented in concert with the Westlake Tree Lighting Ceremony will cap a day of holiday festivities and Black Friday shopping events.
PIKE PLACE MARKET
Magic in the Market
11/27, 1-5pm. Pike Place Market, 1st Ave & Pike St, becomes a winter wonderland when the Market's 20-foot holiday tree and thousands of lights on the Market's buildings are turned on at 5pm. Starting at 1pm, Santa poses by the Market's vintage farmtruck under the Market clock. Bring your camera and take a family photo! The Dickens Carolers roam the market, singing traditional holiday tunes dressed in beautiful Victorian attire. From 4-5pm, enjoy a holiday concert of classical music from the Seattle Chamber Brass Quintet on the stage set up near the Market clock.
GREAT FIGGY PUDDING
CAROLING CONTEST XXIII
The Great Figgy Pudding
12/3, 5-8:30pm. It's Seattle's most heart-warming holiday tradition, attracting nearly 10,000 people every year. Immerse yourself in the holiday spirit as 40+ caroling teams sing their hearts out on downtown Seattle street corners in and around Westlake Center, 4th Ave & Pine St, on the sidewalks along Pine St between 3rd Ave & 7th Ave, and along 5th Ave near Pine St. 5-6pm, pre-Figgy entertainment at the Figgy Main Stage by Captain Babypants and cast members from the 5th Avenue Theatre's production of The Christmas Story: The Musical! 6-7:15pm, caroling competition â¬ vote for your favorite team. 7:15-7:30pm, Seahawks Blue Thunder Drumline. 7:30-8:30pm, mainstage show & awards presentation. All donations benefit the Pike Market Senior Center and Downtown Food Bank. www.figgypuddingpmsc.org.
FREMONT LENIN LIGHTING
Fremont Lenin Lighting
and Fremont Art Walk
12/3, 5pm-9pm. Celebrate the lighting of Fremont's Lenin statue at Red Triangle, Evanston Ave N & N 36th St. Santa arrives in Fremont, free Peet's coffee and tea, Mighty-O Donuts, and live bluegrass music by Rabbit Stew String Band. Grab your friends, family, and neighbors and check out our festive annual event! Fremont First Friday Art Walk runs from 6-9pm.
PATHWAY OF LIGHT
Green Lake Pathway of Lights
12/11, 4:30-7:30pm. Join thousands of families, friends, and neighbors in this beloved Seattle tradition and travel the 2.8 mile path around the lake, taking in the warm glow of the luminaria. People are encouraged to bring their own lights and candles to add to the ambiance. Local musicians will perform at four sites around the lake: the Green Lake Community Center on the east side, the Green Lake Small Craft Center (the Aqua Theater) on the south side, the Bathhouse Theater (Seattle Public Theatre) on the north side, and The Arch on the east of side of the community center/pool. Warm drinks and treats will be available at those locations, as will donation bins for non-perishable food items for Northwest Harvest. Admission is free. http://parkways.seattle.gov/2010/10/29/green-lake-pathway-of-lights-is-december-11/
11/26-12/31. Connect to the sights, sounds and spirit of the season at Seattle Center Winterfest presented by KOMO 4 TV: five weeks of FREE and affordable fun-filled activities and entertainment. Visit Center House â¬ displaying its winter finest â¬ or explore the enchanting Winter Train and Village. The Ice Rink returns, along with music and comedy, jazz and dance, cultural celebrations, ice sculpting, fireside singing, student showcases and more. Seattle Center Winterfest is part of Holidays in the City, and is sponsored by the City of Seattle, Seattle Center Foundation, Seattle Weekly and KOMO 4 TV. With extended dates for the Winterfest Ice Rink and Classic Carousel from through 1/2. Visit www.seattlecenter.com/winterfest for complete details and schedule.
Bach and Friends
Four members of the Seattle Baroque Orchestra will present an intimate program that celebrates the musical camaraderie between J. S. Bach and his favorite contemporaries. Ingrid Matthews (violin), Byron Schenkman (harpsichord), Nathan Whittaker (cello), Jason Fisher (viola). 11/27, 8pm, at Town Hall, 1119 8th Ave. Tickets $40, $35 seniors, $25 side sections, $15 under 25. www.earlymusicguild.org.
Christmas in England:
A Ceremony of Carols
Back by popular demand, the Renaissance Singers will kick off the Christmas season with their annual Christmas program in the intimate acoustical setting of Trinity Episcopal Church (609 8th Ave.) on 11/27 at 7:30pm and 11/28 at 3pm. The program will feature various types of English Christmas carols and motets, including music by John Rutter and selections from Benjamin Britten's A Ceremony of Carols. Suggested donation $17, students and seniors $12. www.therenaissancesingers.com.
Seattle Men's Chorus Holiday Concert - 11/27 at 8pm with special guest Kelli O'Hara at the 11/27 & 11/28 concerts only. Gleeks and non-Gleeks alike will flock to Benaroya Hall for SMC's homage to Glee. The show's unofficial anthem, Don't Stop Believin', has been re-worked as a parody, with holiday-themed lyrics. Individual Chorus members will represent several of the main characters. Benaroya Hall, 3rd Ave & University St. Tickets: $25-$65. 206-388-1400; www.flyinghouse.org.
Christmas in England:
A Ceremony of Carols
(See 11/27 listing for details.) 11/28 at 3pm. Trinity Episcopal Church (609 8th Ave.). Suggested donation $17, students and seniors $12. www.therenaissancesingers.com.
Seattle Men's Chorus Holiday Concert - 11/28 at 2pm, with special guest Kelli O'Hara at the 11/27 & 11/28 concerts only. (See 11/27 listing for details.) Benaroya Hall, 3rd Ave & University St. Tickets: $25-$65. 206-388-1400; www.flyinghouse.org.
In celebration of the 400th anniversary of Monteverdi's immortal masterpiece, Early Music Guild and Seattle Baroque Orchestra will present Seattle's first period performance of the 1610 Vespers in over 30 years. Presented in partnership with St. James Cathedral, Stephen Stubbs directs Pacific Musicworks, an all-star ensemble of vocal soloists and instrumentalists, with special guests, Europe's premiere cornett and sackbut ensemble, Concerto Palatino. The vocal soloists for this performance include sopranos Terri Richter and Yulia Van Doren and tenors Ross Hauck and Jason McStoots. 12/3 and 12/4 at 8pm. Saint James Cathedral (804 9th Ave.). Tickets $40, $35 seniors, $25 side sections, $15 youth under 25. www.earlymusicguild.org.
Seattle Men's Chorus Holiday Concert - in Tacoma. 12/3 at 8pm. (See 11/27 listing for details.) Pantages Theatre, 901 Broadway, Tacoma. Tickets: $39 & $52. 253-591-5894; 800-291-7593; www.broadwaycenter.org.
A Cathedral Christmas:
Through a Child's Eyes
The Seattle Choral Company's 29th season begins with the third annual A Cathedral Christmas. The concert theme this year is Through a Child's Eyes, and is geared toward the young and the young at heart. The renowned Seattle Girls Choir will appear with us in John Rutter's Mass of the Children along with soloists Jennifer Ceresa and Jason Brittsan. Eric Whitacre's evocative snowscape, Winter, will be performed for the first time in Seattle with guest sitar soloist, Josh Feinberg. Presented this year at Bastyr University Chapel (14500 Juanita Drive, Kenmore) on 12/4 at 2pm, and at Saint Mark's Cathedral (1245 10th Ave. E.) on 12/10 and 12/11 at 8pm, and on 12/11 at 2pm. The 12/11 matinee is a Family Concert especially for families with children. At the 12/11 matinee performance, each ticket for a child 5 to 12 will be free when purchased with a general admission ticket. These tickets must be purchased in advance. Tickets $27, $22 seniors, $12 under 25, $2 off all tickets purchased in advance. www.seattlechoralcompany.org
Claudio Monteverdi: 1610 Vespers - 12/4 at 8pm. (See 12/3 listing for details.) Saint James Cathedral (804 9th Ave.). Tickets $40, $35 seniors, $25 side sections, $15 youth under 25. www.earlymusicguild.org.
Seattle Men's Chorus Holiday Concert - in Everett. 12/4 at 8pm. (See 11/27 listing for details.) Everett Civic Auditorium, 2415 Colby, Everett. Tickets: $18-$38. 206-388-1400; www.flyinghouse.org
Northwest Chamber Chorus:
Laud to the Nativity
This Christmas season, Northwest Chamber Chorus presents the radiant Laud to the Nativity by Ottorino Respighi. This cantata from 1930 features the Chorus with a chamber ensemble of woodwinds, soloists, and four-hand piano. Three outstanding soloists join: soprano Christina Kowalski, mezzo-soprano Kathryn Weld, and tenor Stephen Rumph. Other pieces on the program retell the story in the voice of composers from many ages. Music of Michael Praetorius, Gustav Holst, Benjamin Britten, and Moses Hogan are included, as well as another audience favorite â¬ the carol sing-along. 12/4 7:30pm at Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church (7500 Greenwood Ave. N.) and 12/5 3pm at Plymouth Congregational Church (1218 6th Avenue). www.northwestchamberchorus.org.
Seattle Men's Chorus Holiday Concert. 12/5 at 7:30pm. (See 11/27 listing for details.) Benaroya Hall, 3rd Ave & University St. Tickets: $25-$65. 206-388-1400; www.flyinghouse.org.
Presented by Orchestra Seattle & Seattle Chamber Singers. 12/5 at 3pm. First Free Methodist Church, 3200 3rd Ave. W. Tickets: $20 general; $18 senior; $10-student; FREE-youth (7-17 with accompanying adult). 1-800-838-3006; www.osscs.org; www.brownpapertickets.com.
Chorus: Laud to the Nativity -
12/5 at 3pm. (See 12/4 listing for full details.) Plymouth Congregational Church (1218 6th Avenue). www.northwestchamberchorus.org.
A Cathedral Christmas:
Through a Child's Eyes
12/10 at 8pm. (See 12/4 listing for details.) Saint Mark's Cathedral (1245 10th Ave. E.). Tickets $27, $22 seniors, $12 under 25, $2 off all tickets purchased in advance. www.seattlechoralcompany.org
Free Holiday Community Concert:
Breath of Aire
With its spectacular acoustics and elegance, the Bastyr University Chapel (14500 Juanita Drive, Kenmore) provides the perfect seasonal ambiance for this annual Bastyr tradition. As a gift to the community, President and Mrs. Dan Church offer this free special holiday musical celebration, welcoming friends and families of Bastyr University as well as neighbors and community guests. Breath of Aire, an inspirational Northwest regional choir led by Dr. J. Bayard DuBois, will fill the chapel with holiday and seasonal favorites appealing to families of all faiths and backgrounds. The 100-member community choir provides opportunities for individuals to sing sacred music as well as classical and lighter fare. 12/10, 7pm, free. www.bastyr.edu/news/news.asp?NewsID=1036
A Cathedral Christmas:
Through a Child's Eyes
12/11 at 2pm and 8pm. (See 12/4 listing for details.) Saint Mark's Cathedral (1245 10th Ave. E.). The 12/11 matinee is a Family Concert especially for families with children. At the 12/11 matinee performance, each ticket for a child 5 to 12 will be free when purchased with a general admission ticket. These tickets must be purchased in advance. Tickets $27, $22 seniors, $12 under 25, $2 off all tickets purchased in advance. www.seattlechoralcompany.org
Medieval Women's Choir's
Medieval music that enriched Christmas celebrations at the magnificent cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris can now be heard in Seattle's beloved Saint James Cathedral (804 9th Ave.) 12/11 at 8pm. Notre Dame is known as the birthplace of Western Polyphony, a sumptuous new sound introduced by French composers Leonin and Perotin. The cathedral square would also have been alive with dancers and carolers singing popular songs of the season, such as the foot-tapping Noel nouvelet. Baritone David Stutz performs some of Perotin's most beautiful solo songs, as well as a Cantiga set in Clairvaux, the Burgundian monastery made famous by its brilliant founder, Bernard of Clairvaux. Tickets $22, $17 seniors, $13 for those under 25. www.medievalwomenschoir.org
Annual Holiday Concert
12/11, 2-3pm. Ballard Branch, Seattle Public Library (5614 22nd Ave. NW), Seattle. Greetings! It's time for the Seattle Mandolin Orchestra's annual FREE holiday concert at the Ballard branch of the Seattle Public Library. The library's performance space is one of our favorite places to play. We'll present Christmas and Hanukkah favorites from here at home and around the world. We may even invite the audience to sing along on a few selections. Bring the kids! We look forward to seeing you there. www.seattlemandolin.org.
Seattle Men's Chorus Holiday Concert. 12/12 at 7:30 pm. (See 11/27 listing for details.) Benaroya Hall, 3rd Ave & University St. Tickets: $25-$65. 206-388-1400; www.flyinghouse.org.
Join the Rainbow City Band for a holiday celebration the whole family will enjoy, as they lift spirits and make merry with the classics from your childhood and new music sure to delight at 12/12 at 3pm at the Edmonds Center for the Arts (410 4th Ave. N., Edmonds). There'll be something for everyone as they fill ECA with such timeless works as Leroy Anderson's A Christmas Festival, and energize the hall with the contemporary sounds of Mannheim Steamroller. At the heart of the holiday concert will be a brand-new piece for the band sure to make your heart sing, Today's the Gift, a celebration of the life and work of Rosa Parks. Tickets $10-$25. www.ec4arts.org.
Seattle Pro Musica
Enjoy traditional carols, holiday favorites, and an audience sing-along for children and families in this one-hour performance. Bring the whole family! 12/18 at 3pm. Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church (7500 Greenwood Ave. N.). http://www.seattlepromusica.org/concerts-and-tickets/
The Illumni Men's Chorale will premier two new works by Edwin Wendler and Neil Anderson-Himmelspach, as well as three new arrangements of old Christmas standards by members of Illumni itself. They will once again be joined by regular guest artists resident soprano soloist Jennifer Ceresa and the Region 13 Award-winning LiveWire Quartet. They will also be joined by Cora Reuter Foster on violin, Christopher Spencer on string bass, and Tealah Hill on harp. 12/18 at 7:30pm. Emmanuel Episcopal church, 4400 86th Ave SE, Mercer Island. This year, Illumni is working on a very special project. They are giving away 8% of the tickets to both houses to injured U.S. veterans and their families. When you purchase your ticket, you can choose to sponsor a set of tickets for an injured U.S. soldier and his/her family. Tickets at http://www.illumnimenschorale.com/tickets.html
The Celtic Yuletide concerts are an enduring favorite among holiday events each year. For the 2010 Celtic Yuletide concerts, Magical Strings will be joined by the Raney Irish Dancers and the Tara Academy of Irish Dance, vocalists Mark Colleen Raney, Irish fiddler extraordinaire Dale Russ, percussionist Matt Jerrell, and more. 12/18, 7:30pm at Town Hall (1119 8th Ave.). http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/132172
Seattle Men's Chorus Holiday Concert. 12/19 at 7:30pm. (See 11/27 listing for details.) Benaroya Hall, 3rd Ave & University St. Tickets: $25-$65. 206-388-1400; www.flyinghouse.org.
Seattle Men's Chorus Holiday Concert. 12/20 at 7:30pm. (See 11/27 listing for details.) Benaroya Hall, 3rd Ave & University St. Tickets: $25-$65. 206-388-1400; www.flyinghouse.org.
by Duke Ellington
Inspired by the civil-rights movement of the 1960s, Ellington's wonderful Sacred Music is both serious and swinging, a reverent and hip body of jazz composition for jazz big band, vocal and instrumental soloists, gospel choir, and tap dancers. The 23rd annual Duke Ellington Sacred Music concert, featuring the SRJO with guest baritone vocalist Everett Green of the Count Basie Orchestra plus alto vocalist Nichol Eskridge, tap-dancer Alex Dugdale, and the Northwest Chamber Chorus presented by Earshot Jazz Sunday This concert sold out all 900 seats in 2009, so early ticket purchase is recommended! This special concert honors Ellington and what he called the most important music he'd ever written. 12/26-7:30pm. Town Hall, 1119 8th Ave. Tickets: $15-$34. www.brownpapertickets.com/event/121675; www.earshotjazz.org.
Violinists Ingrid Matthews and Tekla Cunningham, cellist Nathan Whittaker, lutenist John Lenti, and harpsichordist Byron Schenkman celebrate Vivaldi and his Venetian heritage with evocative works by Salamone Rossi, Biagio Marini, Francesco Cavalli, and of course Vivaldi himself, including the scorching Folia for two violins and continuo. Venice was the birthplace of virtuoso violin playing, and this is Venetian virtuosity at its fiery best! 1/2 at 3pm at Town Hall, 1119 8th Ave. Tickets $40, $35 seniors, $25 side sections, $15 under 25. www.earlymusicguild.org.
2010: A Space Holiday
Join Live Girls! Theater for their annual holiday fundraiser cabaret on 12/6 at 7:30pm at the Theatre Off Jackson (409 7th Ave. S.). Come out for a night of music, comedy and outta-this-world fun as we rock in the holidays, future style. Live auction includes dozens of irresistible items. Don't miss the chance to do your holiday shopping all while supporting a great cause. Presented in association with Theatre Off Jackson. Funds raised will go directly to support our mission to produce and develop new works by women. Tickets $10, $7 in advance. http://lgtheater.org/2010/11/space/
A Child's Christmas in Wales
Stone Soup Theatre presents their adaptation of Dylan Thomas' exquisite and magical memoir of his childhood Christmas. Runs 12/3-12/24. Stone Soup Theatre, 4035 Stone Way N. Tickets: $18 general; $16 per person for groups of four or more people). 206-633-1883. www.stonesouptheatre.com.
A Christmas Carol
ACT Theatre's annual presentation of Charles Dickens' classic, adapted by Gregory A. Falls. Gather your loved ones and join us for the 35th Anniversary production of a true Seattle holiday tradition: a ripping good telling of the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, the miserly businessman who requires the intervention of a few ghosts (and a bit of time-travel) to understand the true meaning of Christmas. Well over a century after its writing, Dickens' classic tale of hope and redemption continues to remind us what's really worth celebrating â¬ at the holidays, or any time. Starring Sean G. Griffin and Mark Chamberlin as Ebenezer Scrooge. Runs 11/26-12/26. ACT Theatre, 700 Union St. Tickets: $22 to $47. 206-292-7676; www.acttheatre.org
A Feast of the Senseless
Presented by the School of Acrobatics & New Circus Arts (SANCA). The tale begins with the opening of a restaurant. L'assiette Vide has all the elements necessary for a fine dining establishment - great location, excellent ambience, highly skilled staff, a fancy French name. Only one thing seems to be missing: the chef! How long can the maitre d' and wait staff keep the patrons entertained in the absence of a delectable meal? A Feast of the Senseless is a joyous celebration featuring acrobatics, tightwire, unicycle, aerial art, and juggling. 12/11 at 3 and 7pm and 12/12 at 3pm. School of Acrobatics & New Circus Acts (674 S. Orcas St.). Tickets $19, $14 for 12 and under. www.brownpapertickets.com/event/138053
A Tuna Christmas
Spend the holidays with your favorite citizens of Tuna, Texas and make some new friends while you're there. Two fabulous performers, along with some split-second costume changes, portray all 22 citizens of Texas' third-smallest town, where the Lion's Club is too liberal and Patsy Cline never dies. It's the day before Christmas and all comic hell is breaking loose as the delightfully eccentric characters attempt to cope with seasonal traumas such as a disaster prone little theater production of A Christmas Carol and a yard decorating contest that is being sabotaged by a mysterious Christmas phantom! Bring the family and join in the holiday fun! Runs 12/1-12/24. ArtsWest, 4711 California Ave. SW. Tickets $32. www.artswest.org
An Improvised Christmas Carol
Unexpected Productions takes the Charles Dickens classic and replays it based on suggestions given by the audience throughout the play. A holiday favorite for over 20 years. Runs 11/26-12/3. Market Theater, Pike Place Market, 1428 Post Alley. Tickets: $10. 206-587-2414; www.unexpectedproductions.org
Directed by Jacqueline Moscou and choreographed by Donald Byrd of Spectrum Dance Theater, Black Nativity is a celebration of faith, expressed through exuberant performances of song, story and dance, reaching audiences of all ages, backgrounds and beliefs. The first act of Black Nativity retells the Christmas story through the words of the great American poet Langston Hughes. This year's production will feature actors Earley Dean, Josephine Howell, Pastor Alphonso Meadows, and Pastor Patrinell Wright in the leading roles. The production features gospel performances by the Total Experience Gospel Choir and the Black Nativity Choir and modern and traditional choreography performed by an ensemble of dancers. Runs 12/9-12/26. Moore Theatre, 1932 2nd Ave. Tickets: $35-$55. 877-784-4849; www.stgpresents.org
The Dina Martina Christmas Show
O Come, all ye faithful! It's that time, once again, to see if the ever-girthful Dina Martina can actually raise the bar even higher than she has in past holiday extravaganzas. A tall order to fill, no doubt, but when considering the fact that Miss Martina's already talent-stuffed presence will be once again augmented by the otherworldly talents of accompanist Chris Jeffries (first-ever winner of The Stranger's Genius Award for Theater), you have quite the recipe. Recipe for what? you ask? Just ask any of Miss Martina's ardent fans, the likes of which include John Waters, Matt Stone, Jennifer Coolidge, and Margaret Cho, and you'll find that it's a recipe for a hilarious and smart evening of holiday entertainment you'll never forget. Runs 11/26-12/31. Doors open one hour before show time. Re-bar, 1114 Howell St. Tickets: $20. Must be 21 or over. 800-838-3006; http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/130957
Ham for the Holidays:
Thank You Ham
Seattle favorites Lisa Koch and Peggy Platt (aka Dos Fallopia) celebrate 20 years of comic togetherness with Ham for the Holidays: Wham Bam, Thank You Ham. Wham, the 10th incarnation of the ever-popular Ham series, is a daffy concoction of dysfunctional, screwball characters: country superstars The Spudds perform Spuddacus; the game show Deck the Pauls features Ru Paul, Rand Paul, and Paula Abdul, with host Sir Paul McCartney; choral music meets the undead in Night of the Living Glee; granola duo Mud share their eco-friendly invitation; and the tiny Sequim Gay Men's Chorus sing with Pride. Runs 11/26-12/24 with pay-what-you-can on 12/2. Theatre Off-Jackson, 409 7th Ave S. Tickets: $15 to $23. 800-838-3006; www.brownpapertickets.com.
Homo for the Holidays
An unforgettable all-star cast brings you innovative burlesque and cabaret performances to help you beat the holiday blues. Homo for the Holidays is a hearty holiday fruitcake packed with dancing reindeer, sexy sugar cookies, ghostly visitations, a Hanukkah pageant for dummies, and new ways to define coming home. It's not Christmas in July, it's Pride in December! Light your menorah, stuff your stockings, and join your chosen family in celebrating our favorite wintry holiday. Featuring local sensations: Ben DeLaCreme, Ms. Honeysuckle Hype (via satellite), Fuchsia FoXXX, ilvs strauss, Paris Original, and Cherdonna & Lou, with special guests. Runs 11/25-11/17, 12/2-12/4, and 12/24 at 8pm. Tickets: $15-advance; $20-at the door. West Hall, Odd Fellows Building, 915 E Pine St, 2nd Floor. www.brownpapertickets.com/event/90561.
Based on the beloved film, this heartwarming stage adaptation features seventeen Irving Berlin songs and a book by David Ives and Paul Blake. Veterans Bob Wallace and Phil Davis have a successful song-and-dance act after World War II. With romance in mind, the two follow a duo of beautiful singing sisters en route to their Christmas show at a Vermont lodge, which just happens to be owned by Bob and Phil's former Army commander. The dazzling score features well-known standards including Blue Skies, I Love A Piano, How Deep Is the Ocean and the perennial favorite, White Christmas. Runs 11/26-12/19. Tacoma Musical Playhouse, (7116 6th Ave.). Tickets $27, $25 senior/student/military, $20 children 12 and under. http://tmp.org/mainstage.aspx#show2
It's a Wonderful Life -
A Live Radio Play
Twelfth Night Productions presents the classic 1946 Frank Capra film comes to life as a live 1940s radio broadcast. The ensemble of characters bring the town of Bedford Falls to the stage, and George Bailey to the fateful Christmas Eve when, as he contemplates ending his life, he finally realizes what a difference he makes in the lives of others. Runs 12/3-12/12 at 7:30pm. Kenyon Hall, 7904 35th Ave. SW. http://www.twelfthnightproductions.org/
The Judy Garland
Open Circle Theater is pleased to announce the return of the hilarious holiday disaster The Judy Garland Christmas Special. It's 1963 and the producers of Judy Garland's TV show have decided she needs a nice Christmas special with the whole family; lovely Liza, cutie Lorna and little flamboyant Joey. But where the hell is Judy? When she finally shows up, can the producers keep her on the set and off the booze? Based on the actual, infamous 1963 TV special and including a special feature after the main show, Judy promises to put the fun in dysfunctional. Come make the yuletide Gay with the most hysterical comedy this Christmas. Runs 11/26-12/18, Fri-Sat at 7:30pm, Sun at 4pm. Tickets: $14, except opening night, which is FREE. Open Circle Theater, 2222 Second Ave, 2nd Fl. 382-4250; www.OCTheater.com; www.brownpapertickets.com.
the Sweets -
A spectacle of ecdysiastic pageantry, Land of the Sweets sets the Nutcracker to a swing-era soundtrack and gives the ballet a bawdy makeover. The perfect mix of singing, acrobatics, glamour and smutty jokes, featuring an all-star cast from Seattle's burlesque A-list. Runs 12/9-12/24. The Triple Door, 216 Union St. Tickets: $25-$40. 206-838-4333; www.tripledoor.com
The Pacific Northwest Ballet's Nutcracker has been dazzling the young and the young-at-heart each holiday season for 27 years. Treat your family and friends to the memories and magic of PNB's inimitable Nutcracker. Created by PNB Founding Artistic Director Kent Stowell and world-famous children's author and illustrator Maurice Sendak (Where the Wild Things Are), Nutcracker's brilliant blend of costumes, sets and choreography creates a magical storybook world enjoyed by children and adults alike. PNB's masterful holiday production is the highlight of the holidays. Runs 11/26-12/27. Marion Oliver McCaw Hall, 321 Mercer St. Tickets: Call or check website for ticket prices. 206-441-2424; www.pnb.org.; in person at the PNB Box Office, 301 Mercer St; 206-292-ARTS; www.ticketmaster.com
The Plaids are back! Forever Plaid: Plaid Tidings is the best of Forever Plaid' tied up in a nifty package with a big Christmas bow on top! Filled with Christmas standards that have been Plaid-erized, our boys are back to do their Christmas Special. A phone call from the heavenly Rosemary Clooney lets them know they're needed to put a little harmony into a discordant world. Runs 12/3-12/18. Renton Civic Theater (507 S. 3rd St., Renton). Tickets: $25, $20 for students/seniors. 425-226-5529; www.rentoncivictheater.org.
Red Ranger Came Calling
Book-It's musical holiday favorite, Red Ranger Came Calling, by Berkeley Breathed, is based on the true stoy of the author's father who, at age nine, insisted on being addressed as the Red Ranger of Mars. Christmas 1939, the Red Ranger was sent to Vashon Island to spend the holiday with Aunt Vy, where his encounter with an ancient man named Saunder CiÃ¶s left an indelible mark on the landscape still visible today. Runs 11/23-12/23. Book-It Repertory Theatre (Eve Alvord Theatre at Seattle Children's Theatre, Seattle Center). Tickets: $20-$42. 206-216-0877; www.book-it.org.
with Ishbel Dickens
and Todd Moore
This event is the Displacement Coalition's most important fundraiser, and they depend on it to make it through the year. The reading will be held on 12/12 at 8pm, with a social hour beginning at 7pm, at the Madrona home of Ishbel Dickens and Marcus Krueger (3306 E. John St.) If you cannot attend, please consider a tax-deductible donation of $25, $50, or $100. Check can be mailed to the Seattle Displacement Coalition, 5031 University Way NE, Seattle, WA, 98105. The Displacement Coalition is dedicated to providing housing opportunities to low-income and homeless people.
Sherlock Holmes and
the Case of the
The year: 1894. The date: Christmas Eve. The location: 221B Baker Street. Can three unexpected callers save Holmes and his world from a dire end? Runs 11/26-12/30. Taproot Theatre, 204 N. 85th St. Tickets: $20-$35. 781-9707; www.taproottheatre.org.
Short Stories Live:
In a holiday celebration of literature and theater, professional actors from ACT Theatre will read excerpts from Christmas classics. An afternoon of delightfully unconventional Christmas stories, poems, and musical cheer, including Grace Paley's lovely The Loudest Voice in which a Jewish girl's vocal stamina makes her the ideal narrator of the school Christmas play; Ron Carlson's hilarious and moving The H Street Sledding Record - about a father who tosses horse manure on the roof every Christmas Eve to keep the spirit of Santa alive; and Grace Paley's delirious The Seraph and the Zambesi - in which an argumentative angel visits a misbegotten colonial Christmas pageant. Featuring actors Frank Corrado, Julie Briskman, and Jean Sherrard, with special guests Paul Dorpat and steel guitar master John Owen. 12/19 only at 4pm. Town Hall, 1119 8th Ave. at Seneca St. Tickets: $13-advance general/$10-Town Hall members, seniors & students; $15/$13 at the door. 800-838-3006; www.brownpapertickets.com.