Hotel Gifting Part One: Tickets

Dive into images of coral, whales, and harp seals at National Geographic Live: Ocean Soul on January 30 and 31.

In our first installment of the Culture Fiend holiday gift guide, we rounded up 10 ticket ideas that should cover everyone on your gift list.

For fans of stadium rock concerts…
How’s this for a heads-up: We just got word this morning that Coldplay is coming to KeyArena on April 25 to show off its new album Mylo Xyloto; tickets go on sale December 17 at 10am ticketmaster.com.

For the sassy friend…
Hear humorist and best-selling author David Sedaris read from his diary (among other things) at Benaroya Hall. Tickets are $38–$47. Apr 29.

Portlandia visits Seattle on December 28 for an onstage SNL-styled night of sketch comedy, live music, and a sneak peak of the TV show’s new season. Tickets are $20–$30.

For the coworker dancing in her seat with her headphones on…
Fitz and the Tantrums, a steamy six-piece LA soul band, plays Showbox at the Market next month. Tickets are $20–$25. Jan 20 & 21.

For the animal lovers…
National Geographic Live: Ocean Soul Spend an evening oohing and aahing over Nat Geo photographer’s Brian Skerry’s close-ups of Antarctic whales, North Atlantic harp seals, and Pacific coral, gathered from his 10,000 hours spent underwater. Tickets are $12–$35. Jan 30 & 31.

For the cinephiles and celebrity stalkers…
A full-series pass to the Seattle International Film Festival, slated for May 19–June 12, would be a helluva stocking stuffer. Tickets are $500 to $2,850, but smaller packages are also available at siff.net. Early bird ticket prices are available now thru Jan 17.

Woody Allen and his New Orleans Jazz Band play the Paramount Theatre on December 26. Plus, we get the day off, so celebrate Boxing Day with a little neurotic clarinet. Tickets are $46–$86.

During The Matrix Live: Film in Concert, the Seattle Symphony will play the score to the first film live as Neo enters the matrix on the big screen behind the orchestra. Costumes are encouraged. Tickets are $17–$90. June 28 & 29.

For your mother…
Seattle is the only American stop for Gauguin and Polynesia, a traveling collection of the painter’s Tahitian masterpieces. Schedule a time to see the exhibit at Seattle Art Museum; passes are $9–$15. Feb 9–Apr 29.

For the little ones in your life…
Arnold Lobel’s beloved book series A Year with Frog and Toad was adapted as a Broadway musical in 2003, and now Seattle Children’s Theatre is putting its touch on it. Tickets are $25–$36. Thru Jan 15.