Allen Stone
Fun fact: Paramount Theatre holds 2,807 folks, more than the population of the soul singer’s Eastern Washington hometown, Chewelah. His grooves should fill every seat. (Paramount Theatre, Dec 7)

Nicole Commins 
Is anyone else worried about this graphic designer’s winning motif for the Space Needle, which camouflages the tower with evergreens? It’s all fun and games until an airline pilot thinks he’s in Portland. 

Chris Pratt
What we expected from the Lake Stevens–raised goofball: an animated Christmas flick where he plays, say, a cross-eyed reindeer. What we get: a starring role in Zero Dark Thirty, a suspense drama about killing Osama bin Laden.

Sufjan Stevens
Why did the whimsical folkster dub his holiday show “The Surfjohn Stevens Christmas Sing-A-Long Seasonal Affective Disorder Yuletide Disaster Pageant on Ice”? Probably because Zero Dark Thirty was already taken. (Neptune Theatre, Dec 8)

Mutsuko Soma
It’s considered rude not to slurp the chef’s soba at the new Miyabi 45th, home to some of the only hand-cut noodles in the city. So spilling the entire meal across your lap basically makes you Miss Manners, right?

Sam Reed 
The fall’s boldest move was when our outgoing secretary of state bequeathed some leftover campaign cash to an educational center, then took it back to make a political donation. Take that, education.

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