Deep Sea Diver
After spending much of the year touring as the (now former) lead guitarist for the Shins, Jessica Dobson returns home to front Deep Sea Diver. The group's debut LP History Speaks remains one of the best Seattle releases of 2012 and its live show is a kick. Neumos, $12.
Nov 30 & Dec 1
The cultural lifeblood of Seattle pulses through the Blue Scholars' lyrics. It's helped the duo establish themselves as one of the city's top hip-hop acts. Joining them on this night's bill are up-and-coming locals Don't Talk to the Cops! and Brother from Another. Showbox at the Market, $18–$20.
KEXP Audioasis Benefit: Ravenna Woods & Kithkin
KEXP all-local show Audioasis brings together three of its indie-rocking favorites—Ravenna Woods, Kithkin, and SHiPS—to raise money for Climate Solutions. Sunset Tavern, $7–$8.
Nov 30–Dec 9
Spectrum's 2012 Fall Studio Series
Spectrum showcases three of Seattle’s innovative contemporary choreographers: The A.W.A.R.D. Show runner-up Crispin Spaeth, Whim W’Him’s Olivier Wevers, and artistic director Donald Byrd, whose world premiere is set to medieval and Renaissance instrumental music courtesy of the Early Music Guild. Spectrum Dance Theater, $20–$25.
CLASSICAL & MORE
Beyond the Score: Mahler's Fourth Symphony
Created by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, this multimedia performance gives context to the evening’s music. The show opens with Steve Reeder narrating a video history of Mahler’s Fourth with actors fleshing out the story, followed by a performance by Seattle Symphony with maestro Ludovic Morlot. Benaroya Hall, $19–$84.
Nov 30–Dec 22
Seattle Men's Chorus with Ana Gastayer: Baby, It's Cold Outside
The city’s rather fabulous male choir heats up Benaroya with holiday songs from warmer climes: south of the border, Hawaii, the tropics. Former SNL cast member Ana Gasteyer joins for opening weekend (Nov 30 & Dec 1) to show off the vocal chords she made famous as the wicked witch Elphaba in Wicked. Benaroya Hall, $27–$77.
Dec 2 & 3
12 Minutes Max
In the time it takes to hit the snooze button twice, local artists test bold new work (and works-in--progress) in dance, music, and theater. December’s showcase returns to Washington Hall, where On the Boards got its start in edgy performance art, with a program curated by Stranger art critic Jen Graves, poet Storme Webber, and writer-publicist Nilki Benitez. Washington Hall, $8.
Thru Dec 23
Six years before Christopher Guest sent up small-town theater in Waiting for Guffman (1997), Seattle Rep’s then–artistic director Daniel Sullivan set the stage with this holiday farce about an inept midwestern theater company struggling to pull off its annual production of A Christmas Carol. It’s a giddy antidote to all the earnest seasonal fare. Seattle Repertory Theatre, $22–$70.
Blur Ball for MurrayAid
Since news got out that famed barman Murray Stenson needed funds for a heart operation, events have been held from Portland to Paris. But the Blur Ball may be the biggest fundraiser yet, featuring an auction filled with foodie delights and (of course) plenty of drinks. Batch 206 Distillery, $35.
EAT & DRINK
Nov 30–Dec 2
St. Nick's Winter in Woodinville
There’s no better time to find the perfect Washington wine to accompany a holiday meal (or to stuff the stocking of a would-be sommelier) than during the St. Nick’s Winter in Woodinville weekend. Sip offerings from more than 45 wineries, but don’t go overboard. Rudolph should be the only one with a red nose this time of year. Woodinville Wine Country, $50–$77.
Thru Nov 30
Banff Mountain Film Festival
Every year people don their nicest fleece and turn out in Subarus for the Banff Mountain Film Festival, a touring showcase of the year's best outdoor and adventure films and a microbrew-infused party at the Mountaineers center. Don't write it off as a Warren Miller-athon of crazy ski stunts set to M83. Last year we saw an incredible documentary about an 11-year-old girl who's one of the best boulderers in the country, and the year before that we watched record-crushing Swiss climber Ueli Steck scale mountains in the amount of time it takes people to commute to work. The Mountaineers Program Center, sold out.