Thru Dec 20
Late night holiday-inspired local theater is pretty untapped niche, and local theater group Playing in Progress hopes to fill that void with SnowGlobed, a series of five productions from local playwrights that put a nontraditional spin on the seasonal theme. A $20 prix fixe meal is available before the show, with holiday cocktails available anytime. That means lots of brandy and rum. Theater Schmeater, $10–$12.
*UPDATE: SAM Lights has been rescheduled for December 18 due to weather concerns.*
Seattle Art Museum combines a night of visual art, music, food, and hands on activities, wraps it all in decorative paper, and calls it SAM Lights. Hundreds of candles light the way through a dreamy version of the Olympic Sculpture park. Decorate shadow puppets and cut paper lanterns with local artists, enjoy baklava from the food cart Bikelava, be serenaded singer-songwriter Lydia Seamons, fiddle and banjo duo Ben Hunter and Joe Seamons, and the D20 Brass Band. Olympic Sculpture Park, free.
Next Fest NW 2014: New West
Velocity Dance Center’s Next Fest NW pushes contemporary dance in visceral directions by providing spatial, technical, and promotional resources to select small dance teams so they can fully realize their varied artistic visions. This year’s theme, New West, asks dancers to react to modern culture in the western states. Velocity Dance Studio, $12–$18.
Seattleite Eric Elbogen has been crafting catchy indie rock for more than a decade as Say Hi, but his latest record, Endless Wonder (Seattle Met’s Album of the Month this past June) took him in new directions. Instead of a traditional analog instrumentation palate, he went with a low-key electronic-led mix that simultaneously sounds more mature and better for hip shaking. Barboza, $12.
Dec 12–Jan 4
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory in Smell-O-Vision
“Come with me and you’ll be / In a world of pure imagination.” Well actually, SIFF is removing one aspect of cinematic imagination for these screenings of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory: smell. There’s no need to fantasize about the odors of edible buttercups, lickable wallpaper, and Everlasting Gobstoppers when SIFF pumps in the sweet aromas. SIFF Cinema Uptown, $15.