MOHAI Grand Opening
Celebrate the reopening of the Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI) at its new South Lake Union location with a festive day of free admission, live performances, and food trucks. 860 Terry Ave N, free.
Resolution Run 5k and Polar Bear Dive
For those brave enough to crawl out of bed before noon on New Year’s Day, Resolution Run offers a fit way to kick off 2013. Runners have the choice of a dry 5k or finishing with the polar bear dive, a chilly detour into Lake Washington 100 yards before the finish line. Magnuson Park, $30–$40.
Dec 28–Jan 17
Woody Allen in the '70s
While Woody Allen remains one of the most prolific and acclaimed filmmakers in the business today, it’s hard to argue that his early work in the 1970s wasn’t his finest. Rediscover his brilliant nebbish roots with screenings of Annie Hall (a new 35mm print), Manhattan, Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex (But Were Afraid to Ask), Bananas, and Love and Death. Grand Illusion Cinema, $5 (series pass $32).
CLASSICAL & MORE
Seattle Baroque Orchestra: A Baroque Celebration
Baroque trumpet virtuosa Kris Kwapis joins for a festive program of trumpet sonatas by Corelli and Handel; music for trumpet, harpsichord, and strings; and selections from SBO’s new Vivaldi album. Town Hall, $15–$40.
Seattle Symphony Orchestra: Beethoven's Ninth
Ludovic Morlot and the SSO spice up the annual performance of Beethoven’s Ninth with an Argentinian prelude: Piazzolla’s The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires, accompanied by tango dancers Eva Lucero and Patricio Touceda. Benaroya Hall, $28–$128.
Shabazz Palaces & THEESatisfaction
When it comes to critical acclaim, Sub Pop label mates Shabazz Palaces and THEESatisfaction are the darlings of Seattle’s hip-hop scene. Shabazz deals in dark, enigmatic avant-garde, while THEESatisfaction peddles in smooth sci-fi rhymes, delivering a formidable double header. Neptune Theatre, $20.
Dec 29 & 30
LeRoy Bell and His Only Friends
Seattle’s LeRoy Bell hit the national stage covering famous people’s songs as an X Factor contestant in 2011—but that’s actually the inverse of the norm for him. The longtime songwriter has penned hits for the likes of Elton John and Gladys Knight. Now he’s focused on trying to write hits for himself. The Triple Door, $30–$40.
Lazer Ball NYE
It's been a great year for Seattle hip-hop, so why not end the year in style? Local acts Fresh Espresso, Grynch, Keyboard Kid, and Metal Chocolates unite to rhyme all night. Neptune Theatre, $19.
It’s hard to think of a better way to ring in the New Year than by hanging out with the Seattle soul revivalists Pickwick. With a debut LP coming down the pipeline, the group looks to break out in a big way in 2013. By this time next year it might be impossible to hear Galen Disston’s golden pipes at a venue this intimate. Showbox at the Market, $22–$25.
Thru Dec 30
Fiddler on the Roof
Nearly 50 years after his Broadway debut, we still feel for lovable Tevye, the proud Jewish papa whose headstrong daughters are bent on breaking tradition in 1905 Tsarist Russia. At least he has a memorable score—“If I Were a Rich Man,” “Sunrise, Sunset”—to back him up. Village Theatre (Issaquah), $44–$63.