The Weekend Starts....Now.
The Top Things to Do This (Long) Weekend: Dec 20–25
Pick which event to celebrate this long weekend: Christmas (Black Nativity, etc) or the end of the world (Neumos Doomsday party, etc).
Dec 20 & 21
There’s a lot of love going around for Louis C. K.’s FX show Louie, an Emmy-winning black comedy written, produced, starring, and often edited by the balding yeoman. But peddling middle-age malaise on TV is just Louie C. K.’s other job. He’s widely considered the best stand-up comic going—and one of few people who can sell out four shows at the Paramount. Paramount Theatre, sold out.
A Festival of Lessons and Carols
Even the most hardened heart will hear angels singing when the 90-member Northwest Boychoir—made up of young gents ages six to 13—lends its voices to this annual concert of traditional carols with the Northwest Sinfonia. A holiday reading precedes each song in an evening modeled after the Christmas Eve observance at King’s College in Cambridge, England. Benaroya Hall, $22–$83.
Thru Dec 23
One of the most underrated holiday shows of the season, this rafter-raising telling of the Nativity story relies on the poetry of Langston Hughes, choreography by Brooklyn’s Jamel Gaines, and the soaring refrains of Pastor Patrinell Wright and the Total Experience Gospel Choir. Grammy-winning gospel singer BeBe Winans joins as a guest star December 21–23. Moore Theatre, $33–$73.
Owen Meany's Christmas Pageant
Book-It faithfully adapts a chapter of John Irving’s A Prayer for Owen Meany, when the child-size hero Owen plays baby Jesus in the most disastrous Nativity play his small town’s ever seen. Center House Theatre, $23–$45.
Thru Dec 30
A Christmas Carol
ACT’s terrific staging of the Dickens classic is the city’s most reliable yuletide entertainment, going strong in its 37th year. Veteran local actors rotate in as Ebenezer Scrooge and the ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future arrive via trapdoor in ever more creative ways. ACT Theatre, $22–$55.
Thru Dec 31
The Dina Martina Christmas Show
Carols crumple in the hands of actor Grady West’s alter ego, a surreally untalented chanteuse whose sole gift remains her ability to inspire convulsive laughter. Re-Bar, $20–$25.
Thru Jan 13
Bellevue Magic Season: Ice Arena
Brought to you by more local companies than we can name here, the annual outdoor ice rink offers tented cover, food and hot drinks, free lessons on select Wednesdays, two-for-one Tuesdays, and on-site skate sharpening. Bellevue Downtown Park, $10.
Thru Dec 20
The End of the World As We Know It: Apocalypse Film Festival
If the Mayans were right, this will be our last film festival, so we might as well make the most of it. SIFF concludes its apocalyptic film fest with 2012, mere hours before our demise. SIFF Cinema Uptown, $10.
Fiddler on the Roof Sing-Along
SIFF provides a little respite for families sick of the 24-hour A Christmas Story marathon. Join the audience in a round of “If I Were a Rich Man” with as much chutzpah as you can manage. Kosher Chinese food will be served before the screening. SIFF Cinema Uptown, $15.
Opens Dec 25
Quentin Tarantino sets his spaghetti western in the Confederate-era Deep South, with Jamie Foxx playing a slave who teams up with a bounty hunter (Christoph Waltz) to ruthlessly kill a boatload of Southern racists, including sadistic plantation owner Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio). Extreme violence in a Tarantino film? Why I never! Varsity Theatre, $8.
Opens Dec 25
The epic tearjerker of a stage play about a prisoner’s quest for redemption, adapted for the big screen by Academy Award–winning director Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech), starring Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway, and Russell Crowe…yeah, just go ahead and give it an Oscar now. SIFF Cinema Uptown, $7–$10.
Doomsday: The End of the World Party
If the world ends on December 21, you're going to be pretty bummed if you didn't party the night of the 20th. Make the most of our potential last night on Earth with a free show a Neumos featuring the diverse local bill of the Physics, Head Like a Kite, the New Law, and Sean Majors. Neumos, free.
On the band's new record Stoned and Alone, Seattle's The Pharmacy is a bet less frenetic than its past efforts. But that doesn't mean the group is any less interesting. Their psychedelic pop jams now just have a little more space to breathe. Chop Suey, $8.