Diem Chau, creator of this carving 'A-Z: Northwest Natives' discusses the concept of artist legacy at Town Hall on Dec 10. Image courtesy of the artist.

The holidays are coming which means we also get the less desired part of the season of giving: all the spending. But this doesn’t mean you need to stop having fun. Here are some budget entertainment picks for this week so you can still go out but avoid all scroogery with your gifts this December.

Monday, Dec 9
John Shaw and Friends

Local author and musician John Shaw discusses his new book This Land That I Love:  Irving Berlin, Woody Guthrie, and the Story of Two American Anthems, as well as offering a rare chance to hear alternate versions of the American classics “This Land Is Your Land” and “God Bless America”. Backed by three other musicians, Shaw will tie music into his book’s examination of topics like blackface, minstrelsy, ragtime, and a broad look at folk culture. The Elliot Bay Book Company, Free.

Tuesday, Dec 10
Inside Art: Local Artists on How We Are Remembered

The last event in the Town Hall’s Arts and Culture subseries on visual arts in Seattle brings together three true experts on the topic for a discussion moderated by Jess Van Nostrand. Artist Diem Chau, best known for her intricate work with carved crayons, joins painters Alfredo Arreguin and Ronald Hall to examine a defining aspect of Seattle’s celebrated art scene. Town Hall, $5.

Wednesday, Dec 11
Flamenco Nuestro

What better way to shake off freezing weather than with Seattle’s newest Flamenco group? Guitarist Gustavo Alonso L’pez takes the spacious stage at The Royal Room accompanied by vocals, dance, percussion and saxophone. This traditional flamenco will have influences of classic folk as well as jazz and will certainly be a perfect midweek pickup. The Royal Room, Free.

Thursday, Dec 12
Laser Beatles

Bring a pillow and stare up at the hour-long Laser Beatles show for the Laser Dome at the Pacific Science Theater’s cheap date night. The world’s largest laser dome theater matches Beatles’ classics with a mesmerizing choreographed laser light show. You’ll want to leave enough time to get a good central seat and perhaps a few drinks beforehand. Laser Dome as Pacific Science Theater, $6.

Saturday, Dec 14
Winterfest Ice Sculpting

One thing you can generally count on being free is water, but this week it’s much more entertaining in its frozen form. See award-winning internationally known artists carving live between noon and 2pm, or swing by after to gaze on their finished products; there will likely be some time before the sun does.  Outside Fisher Pavilion, Free.

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