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Saturday, December 9, 2017


Alison Marks: One Gray Hair

11:00 AM Free Frye Art Museum

As an indigenous Tlingit artist, Alison Marks pushes back on the notion that native artists should perform their identities uniformly through what can comfor...

Andrew Wyeth: In Retrospect

Editor’s Pick 10:00 AM $24.95 Seattle Art Museum

Andrew Wyeth captured both the vastness and the ennui of the American landscape with a grace unrivaled in the twen- tieth century. Exemplified in his...

Dirty and Perfection of Happenstance

Free Winston Wächter

Winston Wächter presents dual openings of Amanda Manitach's Dirty and Dirk Staschke's Perfection of Happenstance. Dirty features a sequence of Tumblr-like ma...


Free Center on Contemporary Art

In her new exhibit Dispossessed, multimedia artist Cathy McClure channels her background in metal design to dissect and reinvent toys. McClure's dark, dystop...

Hana Hamplová: Meditations on Paper

11:00 AM Free Frye Art Museum

Influential Czech writer Bohumil Hrabal's book Too Loud A Solitude—published in 1976 by an underground press in the communist Czech Republic —directly dealt ...

Humaira Abid: Searching for Home

11:00 AM $12 Bellevue Arts Museum

The Seattle-based Pakistani’s first solo museum exhibition in the United States features woodwork and miniature paintings that dive into the plight of women ...

Manuel Álvarez Bravo: Mexico’s Poet of Light

11:00 AM Free Frye Art Museum

In the 1920s, after the Mexican Revolution ended, Manuel Alvarez Bravo picked up a camera without any formal training and began to document his homeland. Bra...

Mike Kelley: Day Is Done

11:00 AM Free Frye Art Museum

Multimedia artist Mike Kelley's feature-length musical Day Is Done showcases all the abnormalities in the folk performances and rituals considered a normal p...

Seattle on the Spot: The Photographs of Al Smith

Editor’s Pick 10:00 AM Free–$19.95 Museum of History and Industry (MoHAI)

There is perhaps no better visual documentarian of twentieth century African American life in Seattle than Al Smith. The prodigious photographer shot everyth...

Teardrops That Wound

Editor’s Pick 10:00 AM $17 Wing Luke Museum

In this sweeping and personal exhibition, six Asian Pacific American artists respond to the callous violence of war by rendering violent imagery banal. Yukiy...

The Time. The Place. Contemporary Art from the Collection

Editor’s Pick 11:00 AM Free–$10 Henry Art Gallery

For the 20th anniversary of its contemporary collection, the Henry lets it all hang out with a museumwide exhibition. Over 50 works of drawing, sculp...

Classical Music

Montrose Trio

Editor’s Pick 7:30 PM $44-$52 Meany Hall

Violinist Martin Beaver and cellist Clive Greensmith weren’t ready to put down their bows when the Tokyo String Quartet called it quits almost five years ago...


A(n Improvised) Christmas Carol

Editor’s Pick 7:00 PM $12–$15 Unexpected Productions

Tired of the same old lineup of carolers, cherubs, and gingerbread men? Fear not. Venues around the city offer decidedly alternative versions of holiday page...


George Balanchine's The Nutcracker

5:30 PM and 12:30 PM $26–$180 McCaw Hall

Unlike snow days, The Nutcracker is a winter guarantee every year in Seattle. Now in its third production, after replacing Pacific Northwest Ballet’s long-te...

Kate Wallich and the YC

8:00 PM $23–$30 On the Boards

Seattle-based choreographer and one of Dance Magazine’s 25 to Watch in 2015, Kate Wallich returns to On the Boards with her company the YC for the premiere o...


Leavenworth Christmas Lighting Festival

Editor’s Pick 11:00 AM Free Downtown Leavenworth

All year long, Washington state’s own Bavarian hamlet looks like it sprang from a storybook. But weekends in December are even more fantastical, with sleddin...

Santa’s Lane at Nordstrom

Editor’s Pick 9:00 AM Nordstrom Downtown Seattle

On Sixth and Pine, snappily dressed little ones (and more than a few adults) line up to meet the jolly guy himself in a glitzy yuletide photo op.


It’s a Wonderful Life

Editor’s Pick 6:30 PM and 4:00 PM $9 Grand Illusion Cinema

Among the canon of American holiday films, It’s a Wonderful Life is high art. The 1946 opus checks all the boxes for feel-good viewing: black-and-white nosta...

Scared to Death: The Thrill of Horror Film

Editor’s Pick 10:00 AM $26–$31 Museum of Pop Culture

Like a red carpet event for the goblins, ghouls, and monsters of cinema, MoPop's spook-tacular exhibit offers face time with some real scary faces. Over 50 p...


A Charlie Brown Christmas

$25 Taproot Theatre

Every year, the 1965 television Christmas special, based on Charles M. Schulz’s beloved Peanuts characters, reliably warms family living rooms like a hearth....

Elf the Musical

8:00 PM, 7:30 PM, 10:00 AM, and 3:00 PM $45–$100 Paramount Theatre

A modern Christmas classic, Elf the film championed ceaseless optimism and holiday cheer in a modern world stricken by cynicism. Will Ferrell might not be re...

Howl’s Moving Castle

Editor’s Pick 2:00 PM $25–$99 Book-It Repertory Theatre

Based on the 1986 novel by Diana Wynne Jones, this new musical finds young Sophie Hatter in a bit of a pickle. After crossing the Witch of the Waste, she’s t...

Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn

7:00 PM and 1:30 PM $29–$120 5th Avenue Theatre

Last year’s Broadway hit, based on the 1942 musical film starring Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire, boasts all the trappings of a feel-good holiday stage spectac...

Land of the Sweets: The Burlesque Nutcracker

Editor’s Pick 7:00 PM and 10:30 PM $45–$55 The Triple Door

This version of The Nutcracker uses holiday pageantry in ways that might make you blush. And you've never seen the Sugar Plum Fairy like this (unless you vis...

The Humans

Editor’s Pick 7:30 PM and 2:00 PM $17–$90 Seattle Repertory Theatre

Stephen Karam’s one-act play, about three generations of the Blake family convening at Thanksgiving, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and won ...

The Twilight Zone: Live!

$27 Theater Schmeater

In celebration of its 25th anniversary, the intimate theater company brings back its claim to fame: four episodes of Rod Serling's cult classic The Twilight ...