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The Top Things to Do This Weekend: Dec 12–15
Check out Chris Hardwick's nerdy humor, Lelavision's metallic dance contraptions, and NWFF's stylish film series.
Sat & Sun, Dec 14 & 15
Lelavision's Heavy Metal Dëvices
With a massive metal boat that doubles as a reed organ when rocked and bungee-based percussion, Vashon’s Lelavision team crafts a show that’s not easy to pin down: It’s part dance, part theater, part acrobatics, part concert, and part metallurgy. Moore Theatre, $20.
Back for a second edition, Northwest Film Forum’s Screen Style series (organized by Seattle Met style editor Laura Cassidy) brings players in the local fashion scene together to share their favorite style-focused films. This go-round features Devil Is a Woman, visual artist and designer Mark Mitchell’s choice, SAM’s Chiyo Ishikawa presenting Shampoo, Baby and Co. owner Jill Donnelly’s selection of An Education, and shorts picked by award-winning designer Aykut Ozen. Northwest Film Forum, series pass $40; single ticket $11.
Fri, Dec 13
Chris Hardwick has built an empire on being gleefully nerdy. The host of the Nerdist podcast, Talking Dead, and the new Comedy Central hit pseudo game show @midnight apparently still has enough time to work on his standup act. Check out his standup set at Showbox at the Market and remember to “enjoy your burrito.” Showbox at the Market, $30.
Fri, Dec 13
Doug Love Movies Podcast Taping
Doug Benson has been handed the comedy stoner torch that once belonged to Cheech and Chong and immediately lit a joint with it. The notorious stoner (he starred in the documentary Super High Me after all) Benson has an incredibly quick wit and expansive knowledge of film. He puts those skills to use when hosting his live show/podcast Doug Loves Movies, which he’ll be taping at this Seattle show. Neptune Theatre, $19.
Thur, Dec 12
Heart and Friends: Home for the Holidays
To cap a year when their band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Wilson sisters come home for their first ever holiday show. Expect Christmas classics and Heart hits as part of a not-so-silent night. Benaroya Hall, sold out.
Land of the Sweets: The Burlesque Nutcracker
More risque than ballet, Land of the Sweets transforms The Nutcracker into a yuletide striptease with swing-band versions of Tchaikovsky’s sweet suite. In the winter cold, it’s a great way to get hot and bothered. The Triple Door, $33–$58.
Fri & Sat, Dec 13 & 14
This year finally saw the release of Pickwick’s first LP, Can’t Talk Medicine, a collection of sharply honed garage R&B bangers (the band shies away from the ubiquitous labeling of its music as soul). The group spent a good chunk of the year touring, including opening spots for Neko Case, so expect a warm hometown welcome and plenty of dancing at the Crocodile gigs. The Crocodile, sold out.
Sat, Dec 14
The Moondoggies and the Maldives
The Moondoggies’ and the Maldives’ coheadlining concerts have become such a tradition in Seattle’s music scene that the alt-country bands get the mashup celebrity-couple-name treatment: Warm up with a whiskey and some Americana tunes at the Maldoggies show. Neumos, $15.
Sat, Dec 14
SMooCH Benefit 2013
Seattle Musicians for Children's Hospital(SMooCH) hosts its second annual benefit concert at Showbox at the Market on December 14, and the lineup overflows with Northwest talent: Allen Stone, Sub Pop's the Helio Sequence, the Lonely Forest, and Shelby Earl. That's four acts worth seeing as headliners sharing the same bill. The night also features catering from Skillet and a silent auction that includes packages like sideline tickets for Seahawks training camp and insider access to New York Fashion Week. Showbox at the Market, $60–$200.
Sat, Dec 14
Bushwick Book Club Presents Original Music Inspired by David Byrne's How Music Works
While the Bushwick Book Club has been turning literature into song for years, there is one seemingly obvious topic it has yet to tackle—a book about music. That drought comes to an end when Bushwick takes inspiration from David Byrne’s How Music Works, the Talking Heads front man’s cerebral tome on music creation. Columbia City Theater, $8–$12.
Sat, Dec 14
Vivaldi's Four Seasons
The classic set of four Vivaldi violin concertos takes listeners on a journey through the four seasons, from the joyously serene spring sounds to the frightful tension of a summer thunderstorm. Benaroya Hall, $31–$112.