FILM Will Ferrell takes on Manhattan in green tights and Zooey Deschanel sings one of the sweetest versions of “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” we’ve ever heard in Elf, screening at Central Cinema. Dec. 23 at 8pm.
Film fan Eric Scigliano says Henri-Georges Clouzot’s ‘Inferno’ is “a riveting mix of documentary and re-creation that goes deep into the darkness at the heart of the artistic process” of French filmmaker Clouzot. Co-directors Serge Bromberg and Ruxandra Medrea dive into “the film that never was” at Northwest Film Forum; for this screening only, NWFF offers a special Pique-Nique: classic French sandwiches (“le Jean-Paul Belmondo,” “le Brigitte Bardot”) and fixings for in-theater dégustation. Pre-order required. Dec 23, 7 & 9pm.
CONCERT It’s sacred music, but hallelujah, does it swing. Tap dancer Alex Dugdale joins the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra for its annual Duke Ellington sacred music concert. Town Hall, Dec 26.
VISUAL ART Only a few weeks left to see Pablo Picasso’s personal stash, on display at Seattle Art Museum. Starting December 26, SAM has new extended hours: 10am–9pm, with a few exceptions.
Closing Dec 24: Chris Engman’s Dust to Dust at Greg Kucera Gallery. With Eastern Washington’s deserts as a backdrop and epic novels as inspiration, Engman layers photos to create sweeping surrealist landscapes.
Closing Dec 30: Ryan Molenkamp’s Flood at Gallery4Culture. Flooding in the Skagit Valley inspired these oil-and-graphite works, scenes of the natural world overcoming human embankments.
Bonus 11th Thing to Do: If you need to slink away from the house this weekend, there are plenty of bars open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. (Jessica Voelker and Olivia Margoshes compiled a handy list over on Sauced.) Enjoy, salut, and happy holidays!
[Jack Black and Jason Segal sing “Peace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy.” Video courtesy College Humor.]