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The touring production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch makes plenty of noise in its Seattle stop at the Paramount.

Theater

Thru Dec 18
Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Never pass up an opportunity to hit the road with Hedwig. The musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch follows the genderqueer East Berlin glam rocker as she shares her life story while on a U.S. tour. It’s a soaring exploration of identity that continues to resonate with audiences. The touring production of the Tony-winning revival features Tony nominee Euan Morton (Taboo) in the lead role. Paramount Theatre, $35–$100

Comedy

Thur, Dec 15
Tig Notaro
Tig Notaro operates as a nearly silent comedic assassin: The acclaimed standup wraps audiences around her finger with her calm and quiet deadpan delivery, only to strike with lethally precise punch lines that leave guts aching. Moore Theatre, $33

Holiday

Thru Dec 28
A Christmas Carol
Maybe this year A Christmas Carol’s Ebenezer Scrooge will outwit those darned moralizing ghosts! ACT Theatre, $54–$140

Dec 16–18
The Coats: Annual Holiday Concert

Think of the annual holiday concert by Seattle a cappella group the Coats as peak caroling. Doesn't a vocal group with nearly 30 years of experiences singing Christmas classics sound just a bit better than hearing the same tunes belted out by a ragtag hodgepodge of festive friends and their cold and snotty kids? Don't miss Benaroya Hall's recital hall fill with a cappella spirit during the weekend's performances. Benaroya Hall, $40

Dec 16–18
Handel's Messiah
Each December, Seattle Symphony and Symphony Chorale turn to Handel’s Messiah to deliver seasonal spiritualism. With a choral power bolstered by a stellar cast of guest vocalists, the ever-popular masterpiece tells the story of Jesus Christ with a sweeping majesty that still resonates (even for non-religious audiences) more than 250 years after its composition. Benaroya Hall, $26–$89

Sun, Dec 18 
David Bazan’s Christmas Miracle
Sometimes the holidays can be a massive bummer. Seattle singer-songwriter David Bazan’s new album, Dark Sacred Night, provides a soundtrack for those moments. With a mix of somber standards, covers, and original tunes, Bazan offers musical solace for the season’s lost souls. Join the chorus at the least-peppy, most therapeutic Christmas concert. Neumos, $18 

Special Events

Thur, Dec 15
SAM Lights
During the darkest month of the year, sometimes you need a bit of brightness in the form of illuminated installations. Seattle Art Museum accommodates when it hosts the third annual edition of SAM Lights at Olympic Sculpture Park (which kicks off the 10th anniversary celebration of the park). Follow the luminaria-lined pathways to check out the park’s mainstays in a (literal) new light and gaze at special installations by local artists designed specifically for SAM Lights, all while soaking in the live instrumental procession of the Filthy Femcorps marching band. If that’s not enough to warm you on this chilly winter night, duck indoors for additional exhibits, music from dj100proof, and hot beverages from Taste Café. Olympic Sculpture Park, Free 

Concerts

Thur, Dec 15 
Tacocat
Anyone unable to experience blissful glee at a Tacocat concert should seek immediate psychiatric assistance. Our city’s most fun band has spent much of 2016 on the road spreading the feminist ideals, sci-fi adventures, and pop punk precision of its latest album, Lost Time. So prepare for a homecoming party vibe when the band launches into tunes like “I Love Seattle.” The Showbox, $15

Fri, Dec 16 
The Helio Sequence
When creating their self-titled sixth album, the Portland indie rock duo the Helio Sequence had a bit of competitive fun. They participated in their friends’ ambitious “The 20-Song Game,” which challenged musicians to record 20 songs in one day. While they ended up recording over the span of a month rather than a day, the duo took the mentality to heart: make as much music in as little time as possible. Shaped by their friends’ votes of top tracks, the resulting self-titled LP boasts a free-spirited, improvisational kinetic energy that ranges from the climbing melody of “Deuces” to the percussive piano and racing drums of “Upward Mobility.” Witness the outcomes for yourself when the band travels to the Crocodile with Genders and Headwaves. The Crocodile, $15

Film

Thur, Dec 15 
Torrey Pines
A stop-motion animated feature film from the mind of local artist Clyde Peterson, Torrey Pines is a queer punk tale of growing up in California in the 1990s. Based on actual events, the paper-cut style animation tells the story of a 12-year-old Peterson being “kidnapped” by his schizophrenic, conspiracy-obsessed single mother and taken on a psychedelic cross-country road trip that forever transformed his family dynamics. After premiering at Twist: Seattle Queer Film Festival earlier this year and subsequently touring across the country, Henry Art Gallery presents a homecoming screening of Torrey Pines featuring a live score. Henry Art Gallery, $10

The Sporting Life

Thur, Dec 15
Seattle Seahawks vs. Los Angeles Rams
Sometimes the scheduling gods are kind. After a putrid showing last week in a loss to the Green Bay Packers, the Seahawks get a Thursday Night Football matchup at home against the so-bad-they-just-fired-their-head-coach Rams. Hopefully, the horrid Rams offense will help the Legion of Boom regain its swagger after looking more than a little shaky in their first game without the injured Earl Thomas in the secondary. The game also features the debut of the Seahawks' awful new Action Green (a hue that even Gatorade would reject) Color Rush jerseys. CenturyLink Field, $125–$550 (Televised on NBC)

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