What does a child’s approach to wrapping paper on Christmas morning have in common with the Trans-Siberian Orchestra? There’s lot of shredding involved. The group returns for a repeat performance of its rock opera The Lost Christmas Eve. KeyArena, $45–$85.
Mannheim Steamroller Christmas
For a couple months every year, the music of Mannheim Steamroller becomes inescapable. The top-selling Christmas group brings its latest classic repertoire to the Paramount. Paramount Theatre, $34–$84.
Nov 21 & 22
Radiolab Live: Apocalyptical
The end is nigh. The end is the topic of the nigh(t). The latest stage show incarnation of Radiolab, the public radio’s popular science program, focuses on the continual endings that occur all around us in the natural world. Seattle favorite Reggie Watts joins the festivities to give the somewhat dour topic a comedic and musical boost. Paramount Theatre, $42.
Nov 21–Jan 12
James and the Giant Peach
After successful turns with Willy Wonka and The Big Friendly Giant, Seattle Children’s Theatre once again adapts a classic Roald Dahl novel for the stage. The colorful story of orphan James’s oceanic journey inside a massive peach with giant insect companions is sure to get kids of all ages dreaming big. Seattle Children's Theatre, $38.
From a disheveled PC in the Apple computer commercials to the Resident Expert and Deranged Millionaire on The Daily Show, John Hodgman has had many roles. With such experience, it’s no surprise this former literary agent has published two New York Times bestsellers on fake history (including 700 traditional hobo nicknames). Hodgman is sure to cover all areas of his expertise, which is sure to include just about everything. Neptune Theatre, $28.
Nov 21–Feb 16
A World of Paper, a World of Fashion: Isabelle de Borchgrave Meets Mariano Fortuny
With nothing but paper, Belgian artist Isabelle de Borchgrave creates gorgeous life-size period costumes—in this case, inspired by the couture of early 20th-century Spanish designer Mariano Fortuny—just by crumpling, pleating, and painting. BAM hosts the exhibit’s North American debut. Bellevue Arts Museum, $10.
Nov 22–Jan 5
Jason Hirata: Optium LH-3m
Local artist Jason Hirata brings his keen eye and technical savvy to his newest exhibit at the Frye entitled Optium LH-3m. Hirata's work highlights the intersection between nature and rapid technology booms, and presents new sculptures using his modification videos. Frye Art Museum, free.
Nov 23–Mar 9
Elwha: A River Reborn
A river finally runs through the Elwha Valley again, now that the largest dam removal project in the world is under way, and a Seattle Times duo has documented the saga and ongoing renewal of the region. Stories and images by reporter Lynda Mapes and photographer Steve Ringman are on display at the Burke. Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, $10.
Wire presents DRILL: Seattle
English rock band Wire has been kicking for almost 40 years. For the DRILL festival, Wire handpicks bands with the help of media partners like KEXP for a showcase of talent at small venues with cheap ticket prices. The lineup includes Helmet, Chastity Belt, Earth, and more. Various venues, $15–$25.