The Top Things to Do in December
Miranda July contemplates life, Allen Stone headlines the Paramount, and a local puppeteer dabbles in dark magic.
Download: “Sleep,” Allen Stone
It was the year of Letterman spots and opening sets for Dave Matthews at the Gorge. The Eastern Washington “hippie with soul” has officially arrived. Dec 7 • Paramount Theatre, stgpresents.org
Download: “Enchantruss,” THEESatisfaction featuring Shabazz
Palaces’ Ish Butler
These Sub Pop label mates share everything: a love of avant-rap, fuzzy space beats, and a bill at the Neptune. Dec 28 • Neptune Theatre, stgpresents.org
Download: “Options,” Pedro the Lion
Singer-songwriter David Bazan takes a break from being himself to revisit his days as conflicted Christian rocker Pedro the Lion. Dec 15 • Neptune Theatre, stgpresents.org
Download: “Hacienda Motel,” Pickwick
Seattle’s next breakout act blends indie rock instrumentals and the soulful wailing of LA transplant Galen Disston. Dec 31 • Showbox at the Market, showboxonline.com
Introducing... Kyle Loven, age 29
Currently A next-gen Seattle puppeteer who dabbles in dark magic a la Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal or Labyrinth.
Claim to Fame Received grants from the Jim Henson Foundation and the Seattle Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs to develop Loss Machine—a world premiere at On the Boards.
What is a Loss Machine? Visual art and live performance. A “Rube Goldberg–esque set” that Loven manipulates. A city of lost things, each with its own story.
BOOKS & TALKS
“Inelegantly, and without my consent, time passed.”
—Miranda July in her 2007 short story collection, No One Belongs Here More Than You. The reigning queen of quirk (and, naturally, a former Portlandian), July condenses her life as a performance artist, writer, filmmaker, and musician into a talk entitled “My Autobiography” at Benaroya. Thankfully, she’s only in her 30s; if this were Patti Smith, the talk could last as long as a cricket match (and it would be glorious).
Dec 5 • Benaroya Hall, lectures.org
ART AS GIFTS
Ghost Gallery’s sixth annual Holiday Miniature Art Extravaganza is exactly what it sounds like: a wild assortment of tiny collages, three-inch embroidered hoops that say “Blerg,” and miniature paintings no bigger than a book cover (please don’t ask us what books are). They make great holiday gifts (hint, hint, help an artist out).
Thru Dec 31 • Ghost Gallery, ghost-gallery.com