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Concerts

Sun, Dec 11
Stevie Nicks
Earlier this year it dawned on Stevie Nicks: There’s no sense waiting for the next go-round with Fleetwood Mac when you can headline arenas yourself. Heck, she still hadn’t even toured behind 2014’s 24 Karat Gold. The witchy rock legend’s belated album tour will feature a slew of old favorites like “Edge of Seventeen” (she’s prepped 31 songs) and opening support from the Pretenders. KeyArena, $55–$386

Thur & Fri, Dec 8 & 9 
The Cave Singers
After years working for lauded labels Matador Records and Jagjaguwar, the Seattle alt-rock trio the Cave Singers branched out on their own to self-release 2106′s Banshee, a cooperative project that unifies familiar elements like Pete Quirk’s tranquil lyrics and Marty Lund’s soft rolling percussion. The new album soothes with lazy strolling guitar and gentle vocals (“Southern Bell”) then excites with exuberant electric guitar riffs (“Christmas Night”), yet always seems to nod to their original busker-esque sound. Ole Tinder and Acapulco Lips join the Cave Singers for two nights of good old fashioned guitar-strumming music at the Tractor. Tractor Tavern, $20

Thur & Fri, Dec 8 & 9 
Freakout Festival
While music festivals tend to cluster in the summer months for temperature-related reasons, there’s no good reason why you can’t cram in a little live music bonanza in December. Freakout Festival (formerly Psychedelic Holiday Freakout Festival) descends on Capitol Hill when the weather gets wintry to show off some of the city’s most entertaining artists on the cheap. The two-day event spreads sets by standouts (and some Freakout Records artists) like Smokey Brights, Erik Blood, Spencer Moody, Maiah Manser, Gazebos, Acid Tongue, and Cumulus across Chop Suey, Bar Sue, Pony, and LoveCityLove. It’s a lineup worth bundling up to see. Various venues, $15–$28

Theater

Thru Dec 11
House of Dinah
Generations of black drag queens and the struggles they faced (from civil rights to AIDS) come to On the Boards in Jerome A. Parker’s House of Dinah. Directed by Andrew Russell, the show centers around the music of Dinah Washington, the star 1950s jazz vocalist whose music became iconic in the black gay community, and Dani Tirrell’s vogue choreography. It’s an insightful and emotional history lesson with a little flair. On the Boards, Sold out

Thru Jan 1
Vietgone
On the surface, Vietgone tells the real story of playwright Qui Nguyen’s Vietnamese parents meeting in an Arkansas refugee camp after the fall of Saigon in 1975. But then Nguyen’s American upbringing twists the tale into a fantastical road trip filtered through the pop culture he grew up on, complete with comic book storytelling, rapping, and kung fu (the only Asian characters he grew up watching on TV were ninjas). Hop on for a wild, surreal ride. Seattle Repertory Theatre, $62–$69

Holiday

Dec 8–24
Ham for the Holidays: Jurassic Pork
What is Christmas without a bit of uncomfortable humor? Lisa Koch and Peggy Platt of Dos Fallopia return to ACT for their annual anything-but-subtle gender-fluid sketch comedy and music revue Ham for the Holidays. At this anything goes hodgepodge performance, the cult comedy duo mashes musical parody, political satire, and general mockery for an unpredictable act. Who knows which quirky characters will attend, but it’s a safe bet that the crowd favorites like the infamous mother-daughter country singers the Spudds will make their presence known. ACT Theatre, $20

Dec 9–11
Holiday Pops
Get a pure dose of musical holiday spirit when Benaroya Hall fills with carols for Holiday Pops.  The annual celebration brings together the Seattle Symphony and University of Washington Chorale—plus guest Broadway vocalists Nicole Parker and Hugh Panaro—for three evenings of pure yuletide bliss. Benaroya Hall, $41–$101

Dec 9–29
Land of Sweets: The Burlesque Nutcracker

Land of Sweets: The Burlesque Nutcracker blends dance, song, and drag to make the famed ballet risqué. Catch the artful spectacle as it returns to the Triple Door for its annual holiday run. Triple Door, $40–$65

Comedy

Fri, Dec 9
Tracy Morgan
Two years after nearly dying in a horrific car crash, Tracy Morgan is finally getting back into his comedic groove. He’s set to star in a new TBS sitcom created by Key and Peele’s Jordan Peele and has spent a good chunk of the year stretching his comedic muscles with standup dates. Check out his knack for the outrageous when his Picking Up the Pieces tour stops at Snoqualmie Casino. Snoqualmie Casino, $35–$120

Fri & Sat, Dec 9 & 10
Louis C.K.
“Self-love is a good thing, but self-awareness is more important. You need to once in a while go, ‘Oh, I’m kind of an a—hole.’ You have to have that thought...or you’re a psychopath.” —Louis C.K. The prolific comedian pushes boundaries and hones standup material with two nights in Seattle.. WaMu Theater & Paramount Theatre, Sold out

Special Events

Fri, Dec 9 
Live Wire with Luke Burbank
Since leaving Seattle for Portland to host Live Wire Radio, Luke Burbank has turned the live variety show into the fastest-growing entertainment program on public radio, with a mix of interviews, standup, storytelling, and music. Burbank returns to Seattle for a Live Wire taping featuring satirical Seattle novelist Maria Semple, Native activist and rapper Gyasi Ross, Supernatural’s Misha Collins, and music from Telekinesis. Neptune Theatre, $19–$34

Dance

Thru Dec 17
Next Fest NW
Velocity Dance Center marks its 20th anniversary with an appropriate theme for Next Fest NW 2016: PastForward. This year’s gathering of Northwest dance minds will put an emphasis on future-looking pieces that are mindful of dance history. To that end, the festival will also include the cinematic movement of Next Dance Cinema 2016 at Northwest Film Forum and Glimpse 3, a live improvised dance performance installation overseen by longtime experimental choreographer Nancy Stark Smith. Velocity Dance Center, $15–$25

The Sporting Life

Sat, Dec 10
MLS Cup Final: Seattle Sounders at Toronto FC
After sitting at the bottom of the MLS standing in July, the Sounders are one game away from the most improbable comeback season in MLS history. Behind the offensive firepower of Nicolas Lodeiro and Jordan Morris, the squad has finally reached its first MLS Cup Final. The men in rave green must travel to Toronto for the season-ending showdown with Toronto FC, a team led by 2015 MLS MVP Sebastian Giovinco and USMNT striker Jozy Altidore. It’s time to put write the final chapter of this Cinderella story. Televised on Fox

Books & Talks

Fri & Sat, Dec 9 & 10
Fantagraphics 40th Anniversary
Since its founding in 1976, Seattle’s Fantagraphics has championed comics as an important art form, publishing some of the top modern cartoonists around and becoming a go-to spot for reprinted classics. This week, the Seattle-based publishers celebrate 40 years of advocating for alternative (aka non-superhero) comics with a double whammy birthday bash with two days of bookish festivities. On Friday, join publisher and co-founder Gary Groth at Folio for a discussion on Fantagraphics’ formative journey (and their new book We Told You So: Comics as Art, An Oral History of Fantagraphics Books) with an esteemed panel featuring cartoonists Gilbert and Jaime Hernandez, Jim Woodring, Megan Kelso, and Ellen Forney. The celebration continues on Saturday when the artists travel to Fantagraphics Bookstore in Georgetown for books signings and an exhibit showcasing the imprint’s art and artifacts, followed by a party at Georgetown Stables. Folio & Fantagraphics Bookstore and Gallery, Free

Family

Thru Jan 15
Stellaluna
Janell Cannon’s classic children’s book, about a lost baby fruit bat that gets adopted by a family of birds, becomes a spectacle of cute puppets in Seattle Children’s Theatre’s adaptation of Stellaluna. As the young bat adapts to bird rules like eating bugs, sleeping at night, and not hanging upside down, kids learn about accepting differences and the bonds of family and friendship. Seattle Children's Theatre, $22–$42

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