Holiday Calendar 2003

ANNUAL HOLIDAY SHOW AT BEROZKINA GALLERY

The gallery's monthlong holiday expo features paintings, glass, ceramics, and other media from artists near and far. Expect a nice assortment of local creators as well as a national and overseas contingent. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tues.-Thurs.; 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Fri.-Sat.; noon-5 p.m. Sun. Through Sun., Dec. 7. Free admission. Berozkina Gallery, 9 Lake St., 425-803-5032. KIRKLAND

CHOOSE & CUT GUIDE TO CHRISTMAS TREE FARMS

If you think one Christmas tree lot is like the next, you're living in a dream world. Luckily, the Pacific Northwest Christmas Tree Association (who knew?) has assembled a scarily authoritative list of U-Cut tree farms in our lovely state. Now you can flex some muscle and use the money you save (by cutting down your own tree) to purchase a nice wreath. Needless to say, hot chocolate is provided at many of these tree farms, but check to make sure before you go. Through Thurs., Dec. 25. Hours and prices vary. PNWCTA, www.nwtrees.com, 503-364-2942. WASHINGTON STATE

HOLIDAY ANGELS TOY DRIVE

Despite its status as the Holy Roman Empire of coffeehouse franchises, Starbucks is still in touch with the little peopleliterally, since its Holiday Angels Toy Drive benefits children with critical illnesses (through the Starlight Children's Foundation). At any Starbucks location, customers may choose "gift tags" representing toyslike books, movies, and video gamesand donate accordingly to provide hospitalized young people with a welcome distraction from the business of being sick. Also, 10 cents from every peppermint mocha purchase will help the kids. Various donation levels. Through Thurs., Dec. 25. Starbucks locations across North America, 425-861-7827 (for more information). NORTH AMERICA

A HOME 4 THE HOLIDAYS

Giving pets as presents can be risky business. Just make sure your family is ready for the responsibility of a furry compadre who may not always do what he's told. With that in mind, consider Seattle Animal Shelter's holiday adoption campaign as a possible source of canine or feline companionship. Last year "Home" sent over 20,000 animals barking or purring into the exuberant arms of petless people, and this year could be even more successful. All adoption packages include vaccinations, a free exam, and all the other basics (spaying or neutering, licensing, etc.). Open noon-6 p.m. Tues.-Sat.; noon-4 p.m. Sun. Through Wed., Dec. 31. $72-$115. Seattle Animal Shelter, 2061 15th Ave. W., 206-386-PETS. BALLARD

HOLIDAY HELPERS

Wallingford's Community Psychiatric Clinic serves the mentally ill, many of whom lack money. Donating to the CPC means enabling your underprivileged fellow citizens to enjoy at least a few of the basic comforts between Thanksgiving and Christmas, including food, warm clothing, and toiletries. Tax-deductible contributions may be sent to the clinic at its address through Wednesday, Dec. 31and beyond, of course, though the Holiday Helpers campaign focuses on the holiday season. CPC, 4319 Stone Way N., 206-545-2345. WALLINGFORD

HOLIDAY ART SHOW AT THE JEFFREY MOOSE GALLERY

With few exceptions, a gallery owner named Moose is unlikely to play by the rules. Such is the case with Jeffrey Moose, whose gallery offers a highly eclectic mélange of prints, glass, photography, jewelry, and cards "with value in mind, to reflect the realities of today's economy." When's the last time a gallery got pragmatic during the holidays? See, we told you Moose is different. 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri.; noon-5 p.m. Sat. Through January. Free admission. Jeffrey Moose Gallery, 1333 Fifth Ave., 206-467-6951. RAINIER SQUARE

A SWEET TRADITION: GINGERBREAD HOUSES

"Are you itching to do something?" the press release asks. For us, the answer is an unqualified "Yes!" South Seattle Community College's one-day culinary workshop offers step-by-step guidance in the construction of edible holiday architecture. (One adult and one child is the desired combo.) 9 a.m.-noon Sat., Nov. 22. $89 (for two). SSCC Pastry Lab, 6000 16th Ave. S.W., 206-764-5339. WEST SEATTLE

WASHINGTON MUTUAL WINTERFEST

Cross-cultural learning and figures from popular children's books will make cold, possibly snowy bedfellows at the big-time bank's celebration of all things winter. Along with "holiday traditions from Thailand to Africa," the festival will spotlight Captain Smartypants and Clifford the Big Red Dog. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sat., Nov. 22-Wed., Dec. 31. Free admission. Seattle Center, 206-684-7200. SEATTLE CENTER

ARTISTS' HOLIDAY SALE AT GALLERY 110

The artists at Gallery 110 seem to offer all the normal art artifacts: photos, etchings, ceramics, cement doorknobs, flammable and edible paintings. . . . Wait a second: cement doorknobs? Flammable and edible paintings? Though advertised as a run-of-the-mill three-day holiday sale, these unusual artworks hint at something special. Plus, there is a "holiday bash" on Saturday from 6 to 9 p.m. with food, a raffle, and live music. Sale hours: noon-6 p.m. Fri., Nov. 28-Sun., Nov. 30. Free admission. Gallery 110, 110 S. Washington St., 206-624-9336. DOWNTOWN

VOICES OF CHRISTMAS

Everyone seems to love this yearly salute to multicultural holiday cheer, so far be it from us to deride ArtsWest Playhouse's yuletide ménage à "songs, skits, and personal stories" that help make the season just a little bit brighter (or louder, at least). Now in its 20th year, Voices might well be your best bet for a quick fix of holiday cheer. 7:30 p.m. Tues.-Fri.; 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sat.-Sun. Fri., Nov. 28-Wed., Dec. 24. $10-$30. ArtsWest Playhouse and Gallery, 4711 California Ave. S.W., 206-938-0339. WEST SEATTLE

SAN JUAN ISLAND NORTHERN LIGHTS FEST

Friday Harbor takes Christmas to the extreme with a 50-foot tree of lights and their own version of the northern lights. The main events occur on Saturday nights from Nov. 29 to Dec. 20. Expect carolers, a lighted boat parade, and Santa. In addition, many Friday Harbor shops will stay open late on Friday and Saturday nights during the holidays. Sat., Nov. 29-Sat., Dec. 20. Free admission. Friday Harbor, www.fridayharborfun.com, 360-378-5240. SAN JUAN ISLAND

GARDEN D'LIGHTS

Silly name notwithstanding, Bellevue's annual Garden d'Lights display is a stunner. Who can resist "thousands of colorful mini-lights [arranged to] resemble plants and animals found in Northwest gardens"? Not us, by gosh. Not us. 5-9:30 p.m. Sat., Nov. 29-Wed., Dec. 31. Donations accepted. 12001 Main St., 425-451-3755. BELLEVUE

CHRISTMAS SHIP FESTIVAL

Every year, Argosy Cruises sends a small fleet of "Christmas ships" around Seattle and the surrounding municipalities. Then, two days before Christmas, the best-decorated ship receives a lovely prize. Each night during the festival, you can gather around an enormous bonfire on land, then board a ship, listen to caroling, and just generally feel magical. Most nights the departure-return schedule runs from 7 to 10 p.m., but call to find out when the Christmas ships are navigating your way. Mon., Dec. 1-Tues., Dec. 23. $17-$29 (less on bargain nights). Various locations, 206-623-1445. VARIOUS NEIGHBORHOODS

HOLIDAY ACTIVITIES AT IVAR'S SALMON HOUSE

The "Keep Clam" people kindly offer their popular Salmon House on Lake Union as a hot spot for holiday revelers. Dates to save include Monday, Dec. 1 (a performance by the Life Christian Academy Chamber Choir) and Tuesday, Dec. 23 (Christmas ships square off in a "best-decorated boats contest"). Various other events are scheduled throughout the month. Call for details! Mon., Dec. 1-Tues., Dec. 23. Free admission. 401 N.E. Northlake Way, 206-632-0767. FREMONT

HOLIDAY BASH AT BLUEBOTTLE ART GALLERY

Fans of lucha libre wrestling have been waiting quite a while for a holiday event to call their own. We're proud to announce that said event has finally arrived. Gallery co-owner Matthew Porter's Mexican-wrestler portraits are bound to satisfy lucha enthusiasts; those not into brawny Spanish-speaking men with masks can enjoy a selection of holiday cards and ornaments from local artists. So everybody wins . . . unlike lucha libre, where only one person can. 1-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri.; noon-6 p.m. Sat.-Sun. Mon., Dec. 1-Wed., Dec. 31. Free admission. Bluebottle Art Gallery and Store, 415 E. Pine St., 206-325-1592. CAPITOL HILL

SEATTLE PACIFIC UNIVERSITY HOLIDAY CONCERT

Eschewing the trend toward profanity, SPU's various choirs will solemnly intone "The Sacred Sounds of Christmas" in the semisacred performance space that is Benaroya Hall. 7:30 p.m. Tues., Dec. 2. $15-$18. Benaroya Hall, Third Avenue and Union Street, 206-292-ARTS. DOWNTOWN SEATTLE

O CHRISTMAS TREES CELEBRATION

Christmas-tree decorating is a vastly underappreciated career option, yet this annual celebration at the Westin is going into its 19th year, so clearly we're all behind the times. Catch up at this gala event to benefit Providence Senior and Community Services; the fiesta features "more than 25 professionally designed Christmas trees." Cocktails, dinner, and a classy auction are included in the price. Hosted by KING 5 anchorman Dennis Bounds! 5:30 p.m. Tues., Dec. 2. $200. The Westin Hotel Seattle, 1900 Fifth Ave., 206-938-2788. DOWNTOWN SEATTLE

A WELSH CHRISTMAS WITH TELYNEG

The Welsh are widely misunderstood, especially when it comes to their music. Besides Tom Jones, few tuneful Welshmen and -women have achieved renown, which is why Telyneg are important cultural ambassadors. Be sure to catch their yule-oriented blend of melodies and storytelling, led by harpist Robin Huw Bowen. 7:30 p.m. Tues., Dec. 2. $15. Museum of History and Industry, 2700 24th Ave. E., 206-524-0854. MONTLAKE

MODEL CHRISTMAS VILLAGE AT NORDIC HERITAGE MUSEUM

Germany would be a lot more accessible if it were teeny-tiny. Former school shrink Jim Forneris effectively small-sizes the land of schnapps and wurst in his Christmas villages. Forneris' miniature models of German towns and cities feature itsy-bitsy cathedrals, shops, and homes; best of all, each minuscule building is perfectly to scale. For anyone who values that which is small, checking out these models is a must. 10 a.m.-4 p.m Tues.-Sat.; noon-4 p.m. Sun. Tues., Dec. 2-Fri., Jan. 2. $4-$6. Nordic Heritage Museum, 3014 N.W. 67th St., 206-789-5707. BALLARD

SEASON OF LIGHT: HOLIDAY TRADITIONS AROUND THE WORLD

More multiculti starlight and rapture, this time from the Bellevue Chamber Chorus (under the direction of Fredrick Lokken). Program highlights to include Bach's Motet No. 2, Zigeunerlieder by Brahms, and various radio-friendly tunes by Palestrina, the Burt Bacharach of his day. 7:30 p.m. Fri., Dec. 5. $11. Meydenbauer Center, 11100 N.E. Sixth St., 425-881-0445. BELLEVUE

THE TALLIS SCHOLARS AT ST. MARK'S CATHEDRAL

The Tallis Scholars know whassup when it comes to Renaissance sacred polyphony, and after their bravura performance at beautiful St. Mark'sa performance centered around Allegri's Miserereyou, too, will be a polyphony proponent. 8 p.m. Fri., Dec. 5. $25-$35. St. Mark's Cathedral, 1245 10th Ave. E., 206-323-9415. CAPITOL HILL

UW SORORITY HOLIDAY HOUSE TOUR

Beautiful UW sorority girls go wildwildly festive, that is! Alpha Phi, Alpha Chi Omega, Alpha Delta Pi, and a healthy variety of non-Alpha houses will throw their doors open to a curious public. The sororities will be decked out in true holiday style, and all proceeds become grist for the scholarship millto ensure that the Alpha females and their pals remain as intelligent as they are charming. 1-5 p.m. Sat., Dec. 6. $10 in advance, $15 at the door. 4545 17th Ave. N.E. (and other addresses), www.geocities.com/uwhousetour/2003. UNIVERSITY DISTRICT

CHOIR OF THE SOUND HOLIDAY CONCERT

"In Praise of Lutefisk"? The Choir of the Sound is revving up for its 27th annual holiday song fest, and that long-maligned fish concoction will finally get the tuneful tribute it so richly deserves. The program also includes "Ave Maria" and carols from Russia, Spain, and Scotland. 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sat., Dec. 6-Sun., Dec. 7. $18/$16. Shorecrest High School Performing Arts Center, 15343 25th Ave. N.E., 206-528-9990. SHORELINE

VASHON ISLAND HOLIDAY ART STUDIO TOUR

Another art amalgam for the holiday rush, this Vashon tradition puts 100-plus artists from 36 studios in the same glittering venue. Jewelry, paintings, sculpture, glass, prints, textiles, and photography are just some of the artistic media that'll be on display. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat., Dec. 6-Sun., Dec. 7 and Sat., Dec. 13-Sun., Dec. 14. Free admission. Odd Fellows Building (Vashon Highway. just south of Cemetery Road), 206-463-3969. VASHON ISLAND

PRATT'S ANNUAL HOLIDAY ART SALE

The nice people at Pratt Fine Art Center think you need art in your life. Lots of it. So they've gathered 250 area artists to contribute to their dazzling yearly sale, which starts at the center's main building and moves to Annex 3 after Dec. 7. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tues.-Thurs.; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Fri.-Sun. Sat., Dec. 6-Sun., Dec. 21. Free admission. 1902 S. Main St., 206-328-2200. CENTRAL DISTRICT

SEWARD PARK CLAY STUDIO HOLIDAY SHOW

Clay, like the holiday season, can be anything you want it to be. Explore the world of malleable materials at the nonprofit studio's December show. Practical pots and decorative sculpture will both be well represented, and cider will be served. N.B. There will be a preview party from 7 to 10 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 5; a $10 donation is requested. Noon-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri.; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat.-Sun. Sat., Dec. 6-Wed., Dec. 24. Free admission. Seward Park Clay Studio, 5900 Lake Washington Blvd. S., 206-722-6342. SEWARD PARK

HOLIDAY EVENTS AT MINTER'S EARLINGTON GREENHOUSE

Poinsettias, Christmas trees, and other festive plant life are yours to explore at the nursery's open house. "Refreshments" and other forms of yuletide cheer will reportedly "abound." 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat., Dec. 6; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun., Dec. 7. Free admission. Also noteworthy: Minter's "Wreath Making 101" class aims to teach you everything there is to know about making wreaths. Bring your own shears! 6:30-9 p.m. Thurs., Dec. 11. $20. Minter's Earlington Greenhouse, 13043 Renton Ave. S., 425-255-7744. SKYWAY

KIRKLAND ARTS CENTER HOLIDAY ART SALE

KAC's tag line for its holiday sale is: "Uncle Bob has enough socks. Give art." We actually have an Uncle Boband by God, they're right. He does have enough socks. More than enough, if you ask us. Get your Uncle Bob various species of handcrafted art at this yearly show, and don't forget that Dec. 13 is "Santa Saturday." 'Nuff said. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Sat.; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun. Sat., Dec. 6-Sat., Dec. 20. Free admission. Kirkland Arts Center, 620 Market St., 425-822-7161. KIRKLAND

SCHREMPF FOUNDATION ANNUAL HOLIDAY CRUISE

A three-hour tour didn't end too well for Gilligan and crew, but since this one's for charity, you can bet they'll have you back in time for supper. Join affluent do-gooders Detlef and Mari Schrempf on Royal Argosy's fine dining ship for a nautical afternoon of food, music, and Santa. All proceeds go to Young Life Open Door, a ministry for disabled kids. 1-4 p.m. Sun., Dec. 7. $75/person, $250/family of four. 1201 Alaskan Way, 206-623-1445. SODO

HANUKKAH CONCERT WITH WHAT THE CHELM!

If bad Jewish puns are what you're after this Hanukkah, local dance troupe What the Chelm! has you covered. With graceful dances and holiday songs in Yiddish and English, the talented Chelmers will transport you to ancient Assyria, where the Chosen People emerged victorious and still had time to come up with a good latke recipe. 2 p.m. Sun., Dec. 7. Free admission. Whatcom Museum, 121 Prospect St., 360-676-6981. BELLINGHAM

A CHILD'S CHRISTMAS IN WALES

When he wasn't raging against the dying of the light, Dylan Thomas was composing poetry. "A Child's Christmas in Wales," one of his best-known poems, has become a holiday tradition for Welsh and non-Welsh alike, and with some help from the Northwest Chamber Chorus (pitching in carols like "A-Soalin" between verses), it's likely to sound better than ever. 3 p.m. Sun., Dec. 7. $14-$18. Plymouth Congregational Church, Sixth Avenue and University Street, 206-523-1196. DOWNTOWN SEATTLE

NAVIDAD! CHRISTMAS IN SPAIN AND LATIN AMERICA

Enjoy a reasonable facsimile of the yuletide season en español at this pan-Latino salute to Jesucristo and the music that celebrates his life. Highlights to include baroque villancicos, medieval cantigas, and audience sing-along on the more recognizable carols. This is likely to be beautiful, since Seattle Pro Musica is involved. So show up and make your Navidad a little more feliz. 3 p.m. Sun., Dec. 7. $10-$21. Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., 206-781-2766. DOWNTOWN SEATTLE

HAVE YOURSELF A DIVALYCIOUS CHRISTMAS!

Like Seattle Weekly, the four sassy members of local girl group Divalycious consider themselves "the perfect combination of class and camp." If you're tired of the same solemn carols, think seriously about attending their holiday show. Even if the divas' "extensive salute to Santa Songs" doesn't charm you, the run is studded with dinner-theater performances, so you can lose yourself in the food if necessary. 8 p.m. Weds.-Sat.; 5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. Sun. Sun., Dec. 7-Sun., Dec. 21. $14. The Liberty Deli, 2722 Alki Ave. S.W., 206-935-8420. WEST SEATTLE

DECK THE HALL BALL 2003

We at the Holiday Calendar have an 11-year-old nephew who enjoys the music of Linkin Park. Seattle Weekly's Andrew Bonazelli informs us that the band is "definitely nü-metal, but they're intentionally clean, so they don't swear." This is all the information you need to decide whether this KNDD-sponsored show (featuring LP and like-minded friends AFI, Rancid, and Chevelle) is right for you. Doors open at 5 p.m. Thurs., Dec. 11. $40. The Moore Theater, 1932 Second Ave., 206-467-5510. DOWNTOWN SEATTLE

¡FIESTA DE NAVIDAD! CHRISTMAS IN SPAIN AND LATIN AMERICA

Fred Coleman has done his homework. The director of the Seattle Choral Company has pored over massive tomes of Spanish and Latin American musical lore so his holiday concert can be as authentic as possible. A program including music by some of the masters (Joaquín Rodrigo and Juan Gutiérrez de Padilla among them) is sure to bewitch audience members unfamiliar with the material and bring tears to the eyes of those who know it well. 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Sat., Dec. 13. $10-$24. Meany Hall (UW campus), 206-363-1100. UNIVERSITY DISTRICT

CAPT. CHRISTMAS

If she's not wearing a red-and-green cape, demand your money back. Seriously, though, kids and the people who love them "are invited to come on down and meet Capt. Christmas," whose talents apparently include teaching children how to make toy boats from scratch, kind of like a yuletide-savvy MacGyver. 1-4 p.m. Sun., Dec. 14. $2-$5. The Center for Wooden Boats, 1010 Valley St., 206-382-2628. SOUTH LAKE UNION

MISTLETOE & HOLLYWOOD FILM FESTIVAL

One of the best things about the holidays is staying indoors and watching the snow fall (or sleet, if you're in the Northwest) and watching a classic movie. For its first holiday film fest, the Museum of History and Industry trots out Babes in Toyland, Christmas in Connecticut, and Meet Me in St. Louis (among other festive faves) between Christmas and New Year's Eve. Apparently Eight Crazy Nights is too much to expect? 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Fri., Dec. 26-Wed., Dec. 31. $7/$5. MOHAI, 2700 24th Ave. E., 206-324-1126. MONTLAKE

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