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The Weekend Starts…Now.

Our best entertainment bets Nov 24-29.

By Laura Dannen November 24, 2009

She looks so innocent. Kelly Clarkson plays WaMu.

What are you thankful for this year?

I’ll start: I’m thankful that my boss is letting me leave today to visit family in New Jersey for Thanksgiving. Means my weekend is starting pretty early, so there’s no reason why yours shouldn’t, too.

Looking for caroling, tree lighting, and other holiday outings? Click here.

For something a little more secular…

MUSIC/CONCERTS:

Tickets are still available for tonight’s Kelly Clarkson show at WaMu Theater. There’s something about the American idol’s songs that make us want to rock hard—and hate men. Wonder if her new album, All I Ever Wanted, will have the same effect.

Catch roots-rock band The Moondoggies with folk songstress Jesse Sykes and the Sweet Hereafter in this all-local bill at Showbox at the Market on Sat, Nov 28.

Rolling Stone considers him “One of the 100 Greatest Singers of All Time.” We just like him for his song titles (especially “If You Don’t Like Me, Don’t Look at Me”). Former Smiths lead singer Morrissey brings a healthy dose of snark and talent to the Paramount on Sun, Nov 29.

JAZZ:

Back for their annual Thanksgiving show at Jazz Alley is the Taj Mahal Trio, featuring two-time Grammy winner Taj Mahal, Bill Rich on bass, and Kester Smith on drums. Before you go, check out TMT’s newest album, Maestro, which includes guest appearances by Ben Harper, Jack Johnson, Angelique Kidjo, Los Lobos, and Ziggy Marley.

FAMILY:

If you take your children to the “thea-tah,” they might ask for season tickets. If they ask for season tickets, they might ask for front-row, center. If they ask for front-row center, they might…oh, forget it. Seattle Children’s Theatre’s production of If You Give a Mouse a Cookie closes Nov 29.

SPORTS:

What better way to work off that third dessert you ate on Thursday? The Amica Insurance Seattle Marathon 2009 kicks off Sunday morning—you have until Saturday to register for the marathon and half-marathon, and until Friday to sign up for the 5k.

COMEDY:

After a month of grueling wise-cracking, the Seattle International Stand-Up Comedy Competition wraps up with a week of final performances and the “Final-Final” on Nov 29 at the Moore. Only five comedians remain from the original 32, including two locals: Rodger Lizaola and Travis Simmons. We’ve already blogged about Rodger, so to be fair, here’s a sneak peek at Travis.

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