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Cheap Week: December 12–18

Light sculptures brighten spirits at Olympic Sculpture Park, Tacocat returns home to spread pop punk joy, and Henry Art Gallery hosts a screening of the queer coming-of-age stop-motion animation feature 'Torrey Pines.'

By Jane Kidder Edited by Seth Sommerfeld December 12, 2016

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Olympic Sculpture Park gets festively lit for SAM Lights.

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 

Thur, Dec 15 
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

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 

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 

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 

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