Our arts critics have already recommended 67 great things to do this week, our music critics have picked the 30 best concerts, and we’ve compiled all of the Hanukkah events, but there are still hundreds more events happening. To prevent some of the quirkier and more extraordinary ones from slipping through the cracks, we’ve compiled them here—ranging from Star Wars-themed events like Star Wars Galactic Lights at the Woodland Park Zoo and A Galaxy Far, Far Away… The Concert to the closing of ACT’s Ham for the Holidays: The Hamchurian Candidate to a Krampus-inspired Drinking, Cursing, and Cooking demonstration. For even more options this week, check out our complete Things To Do calendar.
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1. Dismantling Racism: Promised Land
For the December installment of the Dismantling Racism series, see a screening of Promised Land, a social justice documentary that follows two tribes in the Pacific Northwest (the Duwamish and the Chinook) as they fight for the restoration of treaty rights they’ve long been denied.
2. Jack Frost
If you prefer your holiday season with a side of campy gore, join El Sanchez, Kevin Clarke, and Travis Vogt for a screening of Michael Cooney’s 1997 slasher flick Jack Frost, in which a serial killer is transformed into a mutant snowman.
GEEK & GAMING
3. Galactic Lights
Woodland Park Zoo’s WildLights will go all out for the upcoming premier of Star Wars: The Last Jedi (which opens December 15) with a night of lights dedicated to a galaxy far, far away. Don’t miss nighttime lightsaber performance from Saber Guild Jet City Temple.
4. Harry Potter Trivia: The End
Show you know the Harry Potter bestiary, topography, academic roster, and complex history better than everyone else. Grab a nerdy friend—the minimum team size is two people.
5. Holiday Scoop 2017
Party with the Society of Professional Journalists and the Asian American Journalists Association at their end-of-the-year holiday party.
6. Little Miss Nasty, Gina and the Eastern Block, Casualty of God
Leather- and stiletto-clad burlesque performers Little Miss Nasty are passing through Seattle on their Good, Bad, and Nasty Tour. They’ll be joined by LA-based rock/electronic band Gina and the Eastern Block, Casualty of God, and Cryptamnesia.
READINGS & TALKS
7. Globalist Youth Apprentice Showcase
The Seattle Globalist’s six youth apprentices (Zubeyda Ahmed, Gavin Amos-Lopez, Robiel Bahta, Sumaya Dirie, Aaron Jin, and Karen Maniraho) will share their perspectives and showcase the photojournalism and stories they’ve worked on.
8. Melinda Mueller and Lori Goldston
Local poet Melinda Mueller will read from Mary’s Dust, a Seattle-published poetry book about 32 people named Mary. The book includes a download of music by cellist Lori Goldston. Mueller will also share part of her book-length novel, The After.
9. Navigating Seattle Traffic Without Losing Your Mind
Seattle Department of Transportation and TransitCenter will host a talk on how to lessen the amount of time people spend screaming in helpless immobility inside their cars. (Hint: Bus!)
10. Sam Wasson with Andrew McMasters: Improv Nation
Sam Wasson’s new book Improv Nation: How We Made A Great American Art reveals the story of how experimental theater in 1950s Chicago led to the birth of a new type of comedy, and of how the new form influenced movie and TV acting. Hear him set forth the case for improv as America’s great theater innovation.
RESISTANCE & SOLIDARITY
11. Protest Roy Moore! Refuse A Fascist Theocracy!
Donald Trump, Mike Pence, and Roy Moore (the Alabama Republican running for Senate against Democrat Doug Jones) have each been accused of sexual crimes against women. Join Refuse Fascism Seattle in protest.
12. Heidi Estey: Little Catastrophes
Heidi Estey’s show mostly features portraits of sweetly sinister, befanged black cats in old-fashioned dress.
13. Collide-O-Scope: Feel the Force
From an e-mail I received in 2007: “My name is Brian Daniels. If you are the Charles Mudede I think you are, we were childhood friends attending a small elementary school in Sharptown, MD. I remember your father, mother, and sister. I also remember the sad day you and your family moved away to Zimbabwe in 1981. I watched from my parents’ home as the VW Bug your father drove carted all of you away. I was in tears because you were one of the best friends I had at the time. I think we were huge Star Wars fans…” Because I’m still a huge Star Wars fan, I can watch almost anything related to that faraway galaxy. This is why I cannot miss Collide-O-Scope’s presentation of “special found footage” that features “the wildest, weirdest, and Wookiee-est moments inspired by George Lucas’s pop culture phenomenon Star Wars.” There will also be “classic toy commercials, musical numbers, [and] rip-offs.” All of this sounds like heaven to me. CHARLES MUDEDE
FOOD & DRINK
14. Drunk Santa Party at Linda’s Tavern
Linda’s annual Drunk Santa get-down promises to make you “have you ring-ring-ring-a-lingin’ and ding-ding-ding-a-lingin’ until you are no longer dreaming of a white house, just like the one you used to know” with boozy specials, a holiday photo booth, and a cast of characters that includes Drunk Santa, Evil Elf, and the “ball-busting” Nutcracker.
15. 2017 Hometown Holiday
Get deep into the rural side of the Seattle metro area with this country music holiday showdown, featuring live sets from big names like Dustin Lynch, Big & Rich, Chris Janson, Michael Ray, and Midland.
16. Crystal Beth & the Boom Boom Band, RGK & The Alternative Facts, Dragontail Peak
Crystal Beth & the Boom Boom Band are what happens when accomplished jazz musicians decide to take a reckless holiday in the rock realm. The Seattle group—led by the feral vocalizing and bass clarinet of Crystal Beth and featuring the flagrantly virtuosic guitar of Tristan Gianola—assay a kind of artful, deranged rock that recalls the Dirty Three and the Geraldine Fibbers at their most agitated and, alternately, at their most lugubrious. Check out the waltz-time rager of “Flesh” off Yugen 3 for evidence of the former. DAVE SEGAL
17. A Galaxy Far, Far Away… The Concert
Enjoy “A Galaxy Far, Far Away… The Concert,” a 40th anniversary celebration of “the greatest space movie of all time,” or as everyone else knows it, Star Wars. Local musicians Andy Coe, Joe Doria, and their crews will play instrumental covers and music inspired by George Lucas’ film legacy.
READINGS & TALKS
18. Battery Street, Now or Never
Join panelists Cory Mattheis (Miller Hull Partnership), Lyle Bicknell (Seattle Office of Planning and Community Development), Matt Jones (Magnusson Klemencic Associates), and Aaron Asis (Recharge the Battery) as they discuss the future of the Battery Street Tunnel.
19. Flo Groberg: 8 Seconds of Courage
Flo Groberg will give a signing of his first book, 8 Seconds of Courage, and discuss his experience as the first immigrant in 40 years to receive the Congressional Medal of Honor after he saved lives by tackling a suicide bomber in Afghanistan.
20. Rise: Morning Storytelling Series
Start your day hearing from Pramila Jayapal, Gloria Burgess, and Nick Licata at the third installment of RISE, whose proceeds benefit training programs that “prepare women, immigrants/refugees, and people of color to pursue careers that address injustice.”
SPORTS & RECREATION
21. Daybreaker: Winter Whiteout
The mornings are the chilliest time of day this time of year—warm up with a High Intensity Interval Training session with Darsenio Hunter and wild dancing with Amsterdam’s Alex Cruz.
22. Harlem Globetrotters at WildLights
The Harlem Globetrotters, a delightful exhibition basketball team that combines athleticism, theater, and comedy, are taking over WildLights for a night. Meet and take a photo with the team, learn some signature moves a quick pick-up game, and more.
23. Holiday Rawk
More than 50 hair and makeup artists, musicians, fashion show designers, and performance artists will showcase their talents at this holiday extravaganza hosted by Julie Dang.
24. Stride: A Cabaret
Cornish performers will sing works by Tracy Chapman, Pharrell Williams, Cy Coleman, and Lin Manuel Miranda, all centered on the theme of self-determination.
25. Ham for the Holidays: The Hamchurian Candidate
Lisa Koch and Peggy Platt present their annual campy, satirical holiday show, this time with a theme inspired by Richard Condon’s all-too-relevant 1959 novel. They promise favorites including “dysfunctional country duo The Spudds, the tiny Sequim Gay Men’s Chorus, and the angst-ridden Slam Poet.”
26. Sandy Hook Walk
In remembrance of those lost in the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, join community members in a one-mile lighted walk along the eastern half of Green Lake.
27. Central District Holiday Party
Central Cinema will screen some classic family holiday movies for free.
28. Holiday Movies
Bring your dogs and kids to Peddler to watch Home Alone. Bring winter clothes or blankets to donate and some bux for the food truck.
FOOD & DRINK
29. Caffe Ladro Holiday Latte Art Throwdown
Baristas will vie for prizes over the best latte art. Plus, free pizza and beer. Guests are encouraged to don ugly sweaters.
30. Latte Throwdown at Biscuit & Bean
Come watch this battle of the baristas as Seattle coffee pros compete to create the best latte art. First, Biscuit and Bean will host a traditionally judged barista competition for baristas who haven’t competed before. Next, a competition for experienced baristas with a “surprise holiday twist” will follow. Beer, food, and music will be available.
GEEK & GAMING
31. Geek Out Trivia
How much do you know about Christmas? Find out at this holiday-themed trivia night with Glenn.
32. Guilty Holiday Pleasures/Gift Market/Wreath Workshop
Celebrate the season, Capitol Hill-style! Mama Tits’s drag carolers and a Bad Santa will enliven your holiday shopping, and there will be chestnuts to eat, hot drinks to sip, and a big Christmas tree. Brita Fisher will also lead a holiday wreath workshop.
33. …And Other Stories with Sam Blackman
Not content with just presenting an open mic storytelling night—even one featuring the Seattle Moth GrandSLAM winnner Sam Blackman—the Royal Room is throwing in a karaoke session and a craft fair. There will be 12 open mic spots for stories of six minutes each. Come up with a true tale and make people feel things!
34. Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
Perhaps best known for their cameo in the movie Swingers, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy were one of the most successful bands to participate in the mid-’90s big band swing revival. Really, it’s BBVD or the Squirrel Nut Zippers, but c’mon, let’s have a little self-respect here. Their live shows are all about giving people a reason to put on a zoot suit or cocktail dress and cut the rug, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t a great band with some excellent tunes like “You & Me & the Bottle Makes 3 Tonight” and “Minnie the Moocher,” for example. JOSEPH SCHAFER
35. Winter Solstice Masquerade
Bask in the mystique of (almost) the longest night of the year at this masqued ball with music by Sarah St. Albin and Heather Edgley + The Nobodies.
READINGS & TALKS
36. The Lawn Job
Chuck Caruso, a 19th-century Americanist and Edgar Allan Poe scholar, will share his latest neo-noir novel, The Lawn Job.
37. Matthew McIntosh with Paul Constant: Themystery.Doc
Matthew McIntosh (Well) will discuss his new hybrid novel-memoir-poetry book-art piece, Themystery.Doc, which follows an amnesic author writing “a post-post-neo-modern mystery story.”
38. Transit Talks: Transportation Ideas for a New Mayor
A range of local business, grassroots organizations, artists, and transit agencies will have five minutes to share what they think Seattle’s new administration should prioritize when it comes to dealing with transportation issues.
39. Harland Williams
See a live set from Harland Williams, whom you may recognize from Dumb & Dumber, There’s Something About Mary, Half Baked, Employee of the Month, Superstar and The Whole Nine Yards.
40. The Secret and Impossible League of the NoöSphere in the Baltimore Plot
A league of old-timey superheroes, including Ada Lovelace, Nicola Tesla, and Lord Byron, harnesses their combined consciousness to save Abraham Lincoln in this steampunky play by Darian Lindle.
41. The Two Gentlemen Of Verona
Fern Shakespeare will stage a comedy from early in the Bard’s career, about cross-dressing, a love triangle, and a cantankerous dog.
42. Celtic Yuletide
Magical Strings will perform a series of Christmas concerts with Irish music, dance, storytelling, juggling, and songs.
FOOD & DRINK
43. Breakfast Club After Dark
This special holiday happy hour includes a complimentary tasting from Glass Vodka, seasonal comfort food like hush puppies and beignets, and festive specials all night.
44. Hopnificent 7 Holiday Special
Seven powerhouse breweries (Fort George Brewery, Ecliptic Brewing, Breakside Brewery, Reuben’s Brews, Pike Brewing Company, Friem Family Brewers, and Matchless Brewing) come together for a very special Charlie Brown-themed tap takeover. Peanuts character-inspired attire is encouraged, and Teku Tavern is dog-friendly, so you’re welcome to bring your own Snoopy.
45. Pioneer Square Holiday Hooky Hour
Businesses in Pioneer Square will be offering promotions and festive activities all day long. Slip away from work, stop by any participating store, and pick up a Hooky Hour “passport.” Get it stamped from at least five stores, turn it in at your last location, and get the chance to win prizes like a gift certificate for two nights at the Courtyard Marriott Pioneer Square, two tickets to a Seattle Seahawks game, and more.
46. Porchlight Xmas Formal
The recommended attire for this Christmas formal is “ties, Christmas ties, dresses, sweaters, snowmen, gingerbread, Wet Bandits, etc.” Interpret that how you will and come for the drinks, snacks, pizza, and photo booth.
47. South Lake Union Holiday Sleigh Photos
Champagne for people and biscuits for pups will be served at this holiday photo party. Get a digital and physical copy of a precious memory with your furry family member.
48. David Haney + FHTAGN: String Fury
“Spatial sound collective” FHTAGN will perform improvisational pieces in full battle stance while David Haney will present music from his last 25 albums.
49. DeadPhish Orchestra, Swindler
DeadPhish Orchestra is a tribute group dedicated to the musical legacies of the Grateful Dead and Phish. They’ll be joined by funky jammers Swindler.
Costanza holiday extravaganza Festivus will be celebrated with a non-denominational live set of DJs like DARRIUS, Meistro, Yamanaka, HYDEF, and MTBTZ. In the spirit of the season, local Burning Man camp Soular Society will be hosting the final donation event for their 2017 Winter Coat Drive, so bring new or gently used warm, winter items to donate (and receive a $5 discounted cover). Every donation will go directly to Mary’s Place.
51. HeartBeat Silent Disco: Polar Express
For this Christmas edition of HeartBeat Silent Disco, wear a (breathable) ugly sweater and hop aboard the Orient Express (which will be decked out for the holidays like the Polar Express). You’ll get dance to a plethora of tunes from several DJs, including Rob Noble, Chick Iverson, Cat Passidy, and Hanz Disco.
52. Noah Gundersen’s Cheap Date
Sip a $2 Hamm’s while you listen to the sounds of Seattle indie folk singer-songwriter Noah Gundersen.
53. Northwest A Cappella Seasonal Showcase
Join three local a cappella groups—PLUtonic, GIRL BAND, and B-Side Book Club—for the Contemporary A Cappella Musicians’ Institute’s annual holiday concert.
54. Clowns Without Borders Variety Show
If you’re a fan of physical comedy, see Clowns Without Borders-USA performers Moshe Cohen, Bill Robison, Cecelia Frye, Linda Severt, Sarah Liane Foster, and others. A brief talk about Clowns Without Borders and “humanitarian clowning” will follow the performance.
55. Sinner Saint White Elephant Strip-a-Roke Gift Exchange Show
Bring a tacky, cheap gift to this Sinner Saint Burlesque White Elephant party and strip show—as well as a “new or like-new” article for women in need at Mary’s Place. (Doing so will get you $5 off your ticket.) There will also be fundraising holiday karaoke.
56. Xmas Maximus Holiday Variety Show
Enjoy some not-so-wholesome holiday fun with Cathy Sorbo’s comedy, Octavia Sexton, Crystal Tassels, and Amara Strutt’s burlesque, and festive tunes by the Xmas Maximus Band.
READINGS & TALKS
57. Mxd kd Chapbook Release
Hear new work by Malcolm Friend in celebration of his debut chapbook, mxd kd mixtape. Joining him will be Jesse Bernstein, Julz Bolinayen, Derek Obiso Dizon, Raychelle Duazo Le’Chante’ Raiwalui, and Jasmine Schwartz.
58. The Whatsits Featuring Wendy Wahman, Elizabeth Rose Stanton, Kevan Atteberry, Jennifer K. Mann and Ben Clanton
Five children’s book author/illustrators (Ben Clanton, Elizabeth Rose Stanton, Jennifer K Mann, Kevan Atteberry, and Wendy Wahman) will gather for a reading and signing. They’ll be taking your questions about the process of making children’s books.
59. The Feminist Pervert
Join a guided discussion about “challenges women and feminists of any gender face in the kinky community, with a focus on how to make more kinky spaces safe, welcoming, equality-based environments for all people.”
60. A Christmas Spectacular
Join original RuPaul’s Drag Race winner BeBe Zahara Benet, comedian Wendy Ho, and the cast of All Star Lashes (featuring Seattle Drag Icon Ladie Chablis) for a Christmas extravaganza.
61. Out of Nowhere
FACTSF of San Francisco will dance Platform, along with soloist Petra Zanki in collaboration with Dylan Ward in a piece about “the politicization of pleasurable acts,” plus Sleep Nod in the farcical The Lesser Evils, which references “music from 1980s K-Mart” and old-school video games.
62. The Coats Annual Holiday Extraordinaire – Shine On!!
Seattle vocal band the Coats return for their annual holiday spectacular, a night of seamless a cappella arrangements of holiday classics and more contemporary favorites.
63. Buttcracker III…even more crack!
This festive and raunchy holiday show promises professional dance and holiday satire set to a hair-metal soundtrack.
64. The Christmas Carol Rag
This musical comedy take on the Dickens classic is set in the ragtime-era world of New York City, circa 1911. Ebenezer Scrooge has been recast as an embittered woman named Evelyn who runs her sweatshop with an iron fist, but slowly opens her heart when visited by a Yiddish-spouting Ghost of Christmas Past and Gospel-wailing Ghost of Christmas Present.
65. It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play
Twelfth Night Productions and playwright Joe Landry will adapt the Frank Capra film It’s a Wonderful Life into a “live radio play.” Watch George Bailey discover the value of his own life with the help of a folksy angel.
66. Art Under $100
Find affordable gifts from over 100 “crackerjack artists” offering paintings, glass, fabric art, ceramics, jewelry, and more priced under one Benjamin.
67. Robert Calafiore and Joseph Minek: Color Darkroom Innovators
These two photographers, Hartford’s Robert Calafiore and Cleveland’s Joseph Minek, still work in the darkroom, and this exhibition reveals their mastery of abstracts, nontraditional chromogenic processing, and sculpture with prints.
68. Christopher Titus
Hard-working comic Christopher Titus has recently come out with his seventh Comedy Central special. See him on his joke “presidential run” tour.
69. Being a Better Ally
This three-hour workshop led by Dr. David Campt is meant to “advance the cause of racial equity by helping white people to have conversations about race with each other.” The White Ally Toolkit project answers questions like: “What does the latest scientific research say about the keys to persuading others?” and “What are effective approaches for strategically addressing racially problematic behaviors?”
FOOD & DRINK
70. Bloody Marys + Yoga at the Columbia Tower
An hour-long vinyasa practice, topped off with a savory vodka pick-me-up to sip while you savor the view from the Columbia Tower.
71. Drinking, Cursing, and Cooking
This cooking demonstration, inspired by Krampus (the “long-haired, shaggy, goat-like monster with a serpentine tail” and “demonic punisher” of children from Austro-Bavarian folklore), is much more naughty than nice. In a boozy, profanity-laced demonstration, Chef Matt Fortner will show how to make a feast fit for Krampus himself, with such devilish fare as deviled sweetbreads bruschetta and roasted pig heads. Guests will get tastes of each dish paired with beverages.
72. Holiday Drinks That Don’t Suck
Learn how to craft non-subpar mixed drinks from Paul Clarke, editor of Imbibe magazine. The class also promises to include a dash of “bartending 101 technique” so you can brush up on your hospitality skills. This is also a great time to check out Rob Roy’s very festive Miracle on 2nd Pop-Up.
73. Laws Bourbon and Bacon Pairing
Satisfy your smoky sensibilities by tasting five bourbons and ryes paired with five cuts of house-made bacon.
74. Li’l Woody’s Pancake Feed Fundraiser
For the beginning of Las Posadas (the Mexican holiday season), Li’l Woody’s throws a Mexican pancake breakfast in partial tribute to the many charity pancake breakfast fundraisers served in their White Center space when it was the community hub the Epicure in the 1950s. 100% of proceeds will go to the White Center Community Association.
75. Oysters + Bubbly: No. 2
Sip sparkling wine and slurp oysters from Hama Hama as you enjoy live jazz from Ben Wheeler’s Jazz Hands.
76. Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides
Clickety-clack your way through the square in style with free horse-drawn carriage rides all afternoon. There will also be free crafting activities, carolers, hot cocoa, and letters to Santa.
77. Meetup Singles Holiday Mixer
If you’re single and ready to mingle in an ugly sweater, consider attending Meetup’s holiday party to enjoy festive cocktails and icebreaker games with other equally single people.
Oh boy, SantaCon. Dress up as you know who and drink some you know what. (If you don’t know: Santa; beer.) And be civil to anyone who isn’t SantaConning this year.
79. Seattle Secular Solstice
Celebrate “empathy and evidence” with your fellow non-religionists at this party full of food, singing, and more.
80. Around The World With KEXP: KEXP Mash-Up Party
Esteemed KEXP members will gather for a music mash-up party led by DJ Kid Hops, DJ Chilly, and Darek Mazzone, with electronica, world music, and Latin vibes all night long.
81. Cherry Poppin’ Daddies: World War II Christmas Canteen
Best known for their 1997 hit “Zoot Suit Riot,” Oregon-based Cherry Poppin’ Daddies will perform a special holiday show. Attendees are encouraged to dress in 1940s attire.
82. Fancy as F#ck: The Naughty List
Dance the night away with fellow naughty listers at this “slutty holiday extravaganza.” DJs Curtis B, Dot Diggler, Trinitron, and David Turner will be on the decks.
83. Kurly Somthing, Corespondents, Cantrip, Guests
Experimental electronica visualists Kurly Somthing lash their sense of neon across the stage with Corespondents, Cantrip, and additional guests.
84. Pop Punk Party
Benefit Northwest Harvest by jumping around to local pop punk acts King Lincoln, Breakneck Love, Dearheart, She Thinks I’m Alex, and College Radio.
85. Steel Panther
LA-based hair metal band Steel Panther played weekly on the Sunset Strip for 13 years. Hear them perform on their Girls In A Row tour.
86. A Very Jerry Christmas
Christmas is the time to celebrate the things you hold dearest to your heart—so Deadheads, get in the holiday spirit with this concert featuring Colin Higgins on guitar, Bob Lovelace on bass, Nate Spicer on keys, and Doug Port on drums, in a set that will celebrate the music of The Grateful Dead.
87. Warehouse Benefit for Immigration Justice
With all proceeds going to The Immigration Justice Giving Project, this warehouse benefit will be more of an experience than a show. Both visual and sound artists will perform, with live sets by experimental electronic musicians Zen Mother, Darto, Hair & Space Museum, and Dragon, and user-controlled installations by Kevin Blanques.
88. Chinese Traditional Music and Dance Performance
Enjoy traditional Chinese music from Beijing Opera, dances, martial arts performance, and a fashion show from the North American Chinese Performing Artists Group.
89. The Emerald City Burlesque Revue
Emerald City Burlesque Revue will perform classic and modern burlesque, with a cocktail party in between each session.
90. Nutcracker Sweets
ARC School of Ballet students and professional dancers will perform their version of the famous holiday ballet, advertised as “The Fastest Nutcracker in the West.”
91. Story So Far
This folk rock musical follows a working class family in the wake of a father’s death. Tonight’s workshop version will include a staged reading of the show, with minimal blocking and music. Afterward, the audience will be invited to join the cast in a discussion.
READINGS & TALKS
92. Mystic Hug Thug
Seattle public street artist and muralist Ryan Henry will be signing copies of his new book, Mystic Hug Thug.
93. Short Stories Live: A Rogue’s Christmas
This is the holiday edition of “Short Stories Live,” a performance featuring short stories, poems, and music.
94. Under Your Skin
If you’re interested in needle play but don’t know where to start, learn the basics in this seven-hour class that includes a workshop, a discussion, and practice time. They’ll cover temporary piercings, safety, needle types, and more.
95. Renegade Craft Fair
Renegade Craft Fair (“the largest independent craft fair in the world”) will return to Magnuson Park, bringing along more than 200 makers selling their wares, DIY workshops, food and drinks, and other special events.
96. An Appalachian Christmas
This holiday concert is led by multi-Grammy Award winner and Seattle native Mark O’Connor. This year, he’ll be joined by O’Connor and the O’Connor Band, who will perform an evening of Christmas classics, fiddling, and bluegrass from his album An Appalachian Christmas, as well as songs from his recent album Coming Home.
97. Christmas Carol Junior
For those too young and sensitive to deal with Christmas ghosts, this adaptation casts goofy kitties as Present, Past, and Yet to Come.
98. Art & Humanities Lecture: Sculpting Earth
Landscape architect Kathryn Gustafson, whose work can be seen at such monuments as the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. and the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain in London, will speak on her work with earth as medium.
99. Christmas Shitshow
If you crave Christmas nonsense rather than endless reiterations of carols and classic tales, try out Chris Shea’s “Shitshow,” about two people on a “peyote fueled vision quest” for the meaning of the holiday.
100. Frankie’s Friends Holiday Pajama Bowl
Put on your coziest holiday jim jams and play a few rounds of bowling. There will also be raffle prizes, a silent auction, and a holiday shop. Proceeds help provide “lifesaving emergency or specialty care for pets whose families cannot afford the full cost of treatment.”
101. Gingerbread Stomp
Gingerbread houses don’t last for long, and art is ephemeral. The winner of this gingerbread house-decorating contest will get to stomp the gingerbread village into dust.
102. Sexy Santa
Experience a less cherubic and more flirty Santa Claus by joining him for a night of seasonal cocktail specials and selfies.
103. Opera on Tap Christmas Special
In their annual holiday show, the professional singers of Opera On Tap will bring Christmas to the masses, hosted by Managing Divo Robert McPherson.
104. Seattle Men’s Chorus: A Sassy Brassy Holiday
In a landmark holiday event, the Seattle Men’s Chorus will perform tracks of the season that are the sassiest and brassiest, like their own revamped takes on “Joy to the World,” “A Super Gay Christmas,” and “Let It Snow.”
105. The Burlesque Marathong
The performers “put their best pasties forward” in front of an audience, which is then filmed and submitted to burlesque festivals.
106. Match Game: The Star Trek Holiday Special
Everyone’s talking about Star Wars these days, but if you consider yourself more of a Trekkie, there’s something for you, too: This special rendition stars Craig Trolli as Spcock’s mom, Timothy Thomas as Klingon Clause, Amanda Lanning as Spcock, Britta Lady Drew Blood as Lady Drew Trekkie, Gams Galore as Wesley Gusher, and Caitlyn Hamilton as Nelson Heston Risa and Caitdorian of the North.
READINGS & TALKS
107. Story Time for Grown-Ups
Librarian David Wright will share John Cheever’s holiday classic about a Manhattan doorman convinced that “Christmas is a sad season for the poor,” as well as Donald Westlake’s story of a sinister anti-Santa named Nackles.