Holiday Calendar 2005

Performances

Money & Run Holiday Special

Wayne S. Rawley's long-running Theater Schmeater show tells the tale of "bums and hookers" in fictional Cudrup Country, and their special ways of celebrating the season. 1500 Summit Ave., 206-324-5801, www.schmeater.org. $12 (free for those under 18). 11 p.m. Fri.–Sat. Through Sat., Dec. 10.

Tudor Choir

New England–style shape-note music comes to sonorous life at Town Hall. Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., 206-323-9415, www.townhallseattle.org. $25 ($20 seniors, $15 students). 8 p.m. Fri., Nov. 25.

A Christmas Carol

The annual staging of the Dickens story that started the whole Victorian Christmas hoo-hah in the first place. This year, R. Hamilton Wright and Sean Griffin alternate in the role of Scrooge. ACT Theatre, 700 Union St., 206-292-7676, www.acttheatre.org. $24–$29. Days and times vary. Fri., Nov. 25–Sat., Dec. 24.

Voices of Christmas

ArtsWest's annual Christmas revue kicks into gear once again, promising to deliver "myth, merriment, music," and a generous helping of holiday cheer. 4711 California Ave. S.W., 206-938-0339, www.artswest.org. $28 ($24 seniors/students, $12 youth under 18). Days and times vary. Fri., Nov. 25–Mon., Dec. 26.

Nutcracker

Pacific Northwest Ballet's annual bonbon is back, wrapped in its Maurice Sendak–designed packaging. Pacific Northwest Ballet, McCaw Hall, Seattle Center, 206-441-2424, www.pnb.org. $18–$102. Days and times vary. Fri., Nov. 25–Wed., Dec. 28.

The Trial of Ebenezer Scrooge

Everyone's favorite holiday miser gets his courtroom comeuppance in playwright Mark Brown's new riff on A Christmas Carol. Taproot Theater, 204 N. 85th St., 206-781-9707, www.taproottheatre.org. $23–$25 Tues.–Thurs. (7:30 p.m.) and Sat. matinees (2 p.m.); $27–$30 Fri.–Sat. evenings (8 p.m.). Fri., Nov. 25–Fri., Dec. 30.

Holiday Concert with SPU Choirs

Seattle Pacific University's Concert Choir, Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Chamber Singers, Women's Choir, and Men's Choir perform The Sacred Sounds of Christmas, Advent music from the past and present. Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., 206-281-2977. $15 and $18. Visit www.ticketmaster.com or call 206-292-ARTS for tickets. 4 p.m. Sun., Nov. 27.

Magical Strings

This Celtic yuletide series is back for its 27th year with harp music, Irish dancing, and energetic songs and storytelling. Locations in Shoreline, Kent, Seattle, and Bellevue. For more information, visit www.magicalstrings.com. Sun., Nov. 27–Mon., Dec. 19.

Seattle Choral Company

Fred Coleman leads the company in nouveau carols "by America's hottest new composers," with Bethan Chattin on harp. Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., 206-363-1100, www.townhallseattle.org. $22 ($17 seniors, $10 youth). 8 p.m. Fri., Dec. 2.

The Revelations

Funk/blues vocalist Sonya Kaye and her band offer a cool alternative to classical holiday concerts. Jazz guitarist Michael Powers joins them for the Sunday performance, playing songs from his new Christmas album, Frosty's Funky Holiday. Broadway Performance Hall, 1625 Broadway Ave., 206-325-6500. $20. 8 p.m. Fri., Dec. 2–Sat., Dec. 3; 3 p.m. Sun., Dec. 4.

A Child's Christmas in Wales

Many people's favorite Christmas story springs to life at Wallingford's Stone Soup Theatre, enacted by a mix of professional and youth actors. 4035 Stone Way N., 206-325-6500, www.stonesouptheatre.com. $12 ($8 per person for families of four or more). 7:30 p.m. Fri.–Sat.; 3 p.m. matinees Sat.–Sun. Fri., Dec. 2–Sat., Dec. 17.

Celtic Holiday Concert

Some of the world's most beautiful Christmas songs come from Scotland and Ireland, and Bastyr University's gorgeous chapel is a great place to hear them. On the bill are Scottish folkies Oran nan Car, fiddler Joel Bernstein, Celtic-Balkan songwriter Stanley Greenthal, and the SRS Irish Dance Troupe. 14500 Juanita Dr. N.E. (Kirkland), 425-602-3272. $15 ($12 students/seniors). 7–9 p.m. Sat., Dec. 3.

Northwest Girlchoir

The all-female choral company invites you to sing along as they deliver a batch of festive carols. Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., 206-985-3973, www.townhallseattle.org. $12 (free for kids under 5). 1:30 p.m. Sat., Dec. 3.

Bellevue Philharmonic

The Eastside orchestra performs Handel's Messiah at Meydenbauer Center, with soloists from the Bellevue Chamber Chorus. 11100 N.E. Sixth St. (Bellevue), 425-450-3810, www.meydenbauer.com. $34 ($27.25 seniors, $12.25 students). 7 p.m. Sat., Dec. 3; 2 p.m. Sun., Dec. 4.

Northwest Chamber Chorus

Under conductor David Anderson, the Northwest Chamber Chorus celebrates Christmas with the help of Sweelinck, Bouzignac, Fux, Mendelssohn, and Brahms. Also on the program: international carols from such disparate places as Sweden and Kenya. Singing along is encouraged. 206-523-1196, www.scn.org/northwestchamberchorus. $16 ($14 seniors/students). Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church, 7500 Greenwood Ave. N. 7:30 p.m. Sat., Dec. 3. Plymouth Congregational Church, Sixth Avenue and University Street. 3 p.m. Sun., Dec. 4. St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Northeast 12th Street and 84th Avenue Northeast (Medina). 7:30 p.m. Sat., Dec. 10.

Seattle Pro Musica

The renowned choral ensemble classes up the holiday season with selections ranging from medieval chant to Poulenc's Four Christmas Motets. Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., 206-781-2766, www.townhallseattle.org. $23 ($18 seniors/students; $20/$15 in advance). 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sun., Dec. 4.

All City Sing

It's not you who'll be singing, per se, but you're welcome to spend your lunch break humming along as the SHADES All City Youth Choir and the Seattle Center Employees Choir produce joyful harmonies in the key of Christmas. City Hall, 600 Fourth Ave., 206-684-7171. Free. Noon–1 p.m. Wed., Dec. 7.

Advent Meditations

St. Mark's Cathedral organist J. Melvin Butler plays Messiaen's Suite la Nativite du Seigneur while University of Washington art historian Joanne Snow-Smith presents a slide show of renowned art pieces depicting Christ's birth. 1245 10th Ave. E., 206-325-6500. $18 ($12 students/seniors). 7:30 p.m. Fri., Dec. 9.

Northwest Boychoir

Not to be outdone by the Girlchoir (see above), the all-male choral group performs a program modeled after Christmas Eve at England's King's College, including festive readings and traditional carols. Fri., Dec. 9; Sat., Dec. 17; Sun., Dec. 18; Mon., Dec. 19; Wed., Dec. 21. (Visit www.northwestchoirs.org for locations, prices, times, and other information.)

Yulefest

Britten's A Ceremony of Carols is the centerpiece of this concert featuring the Columbia Children's Choir and the All-Region Children's Choir. Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., 206-652-4255, www.townhallseattle.org. $15 ($10 children 10 and under). 1 p.m. Sat., Dec. 10.

Soft Rains

Pacifica Children's Chorus includes more than 70 area kids; for the holidays, they're presenting seasonal folk music from the United States, England, France, Sweden, Ireland, and Israel. 2700 24th Ave. E., 206-527-9095. $15 ($9 seniors, $7 teens and under). 5 p.m. Sat., Dec. 10.

Rock 'n' Roll Christmas Pageant

Too many crèches? Try a different kind of holiday pageant, packed with surf rock (courtesy of Los Straightjackets), burlesque (performed by New York's World Famous Pontani Sisters), and the antics of emcee Kaiser George, of Scottish garage heroes the Kaisers. Tractor Tavern, 5213 Ballard Ave. N.W., 206-789-3599. $15. 9 p.m. Sat., Dec. 10.

Eastside Symphony Orchestra

A special Christmas concert featuring selections from the Nutcracker Suite (as well as "Santa Wants a Tuba for Christmas") at Redmond Senior Center. 8703 160th Ave. N.E. (Redmond), 425-566-2314. Free. 2 p.m. Sat., Dec. 11.

Short Stories Live!

Directed by Book-It Repertory Theatre's Jane Jones and Myra Platt, the holiday edition of this regular reading series includes "The Loudest Voice," Grace Paley's Portnoy-ish complaint about being Jewish at Christmas, and the Dylan Thomas classic "A Child's Christmas in Wales." Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., 206-652-4255, www.townhallseattle.org. $18 ($15 Town Hall members; $16/$14 in advance). 7:30 p.m. Mon., Dec. 12.

The Klez Katz

The local klezmer artistes come through with a righteous Hanukkah hookup, performing Jewish folk tunes in Yiddish—perhaps including genre favorites "Azoy Fayft Men a Shviger" and "Freylekhs Nokh Der Khupe." City Hall, 600 Fourth Ave., 206-684-7171. Free. Noon–1 p.m. Thurs., Dec. 15.

Medieval Women's Choir

The Medieval Women's Choir performs "The Miracles of Notre Dame," a program of 12th- and 13th-century French vocal music. Suzzallo Library, University of Washington, 206-264-4822. $17 ($10 students/seniors). 8 p.m. Fri., Dec. 16, and Sun., Dec. 18.

Lift Every Voice

Sponsored by Town Hall, this musical melting pot stars the choir of the First Samoan Congregational Church, a Balkan-American doo-wop quartet, and gospel singers from Martin Luther King Jr. Baptist Church in Renton. Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., 206-652-4255. www.townhallseattle.org. Free. 1 p.m. Sat., Dec. 17.

It's a Wonderful Life

Not the 1946 Capra classic but a radio version of the film, broadcast live on KPLU-FM, in which Evening Magazine host John Curley plays George Bailey. Museum of History and Industry, 2700 24th Ave. E., 206-324-1126, www.seattlehistory.org. $15 ($10 MOHAI members; $12.50 nonmembers in advance). 7 p.m. Sat., Dec. 17.

The Christmas Revels

Puget Sound Revels' yearly holiday festival at Tacoma's Rialto Theater includes dance, music, and drama from the Elizabethan tradition. 310 S. Ninth St. (Tacoma), 253-591-5894. $10–$24.50. 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sat., Dec. 17. 1 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Sun., Dec. 18. 7:30 p.m. Tues., Dec. 20–Wed., Dec. 21.

Seattle Girls' Choir

All six divisions of SGC present sacred and secular Christmas songs in a sing-along format. Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., 206-526-1900, www.townhallseattle.org. $15 ($10 students/seniors). 2 p.m. Sun., Dec. 18.

Baltimore Consort

In a family-friendly afternoon concert, the early-music ensemble revives French, English, and Spanish holiday tunes for lute, viola da gamba, and cittern. Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., 206-325-7066, www.townhallseattle.org. $10 ($5 students/seniors). 1 p.m. Fri., Dec. 23. Then, during its evening performance, the group focuses on Renaissance music. $15–$34 ($5 discount for Town Hall members). 8 p.m. Fri., Dec. 23.

Community Events

Teddy Bear Suite

Created by local interior decorator Kevin Bradford, the Fairmont Olympic's gathering of stuffed bears large and small will eventually be donated to Children's Hospital, as will any cash you care to give. (Also on display: 25 gaily decorated trees and a gingerbread castle.) 411 University St., 206-621-1700. Free. 11 a.m.–6 p.m. daily. Through Sun., Dec. 25.

Gingerbread Village at City Centre

1,200 pounds of dough, 500 pounds of candy, and heaven knows how many nuts take over the downtown mall, formed into structural marvels by Sheraton Hotel chefs and reps from local architecture firms. Donations for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation will be accepted daily. 1420 Fifth Ave., 206-624-8800. Free. 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Mon.–Sat.; noon–5 p.m. Sun. Through Tues., Jan. 3.

Nutcracker March

Don't do a macchiato spit-take when you see 50 "decorated nutcrackers" occupying Seattle's downtown this holiday season. The giant intruders are part of Pacific Northwest Ballet's annual promotion for Nutcracker; when 2006 arrives, they'll be auctioned off online to benefit Northwest Center, a local nonprofit that supports the disabled. Throughout downtown Seattle, from Seattle Center to Pioneer Square. Visit www.nutcrackermarch.com for more information. Through Thurs., Jan. 5.

Macy's Holiday Parade and Star Lighting

The streets of downtown fill with floats, marching bands, and other kid-friendly delights, with children's television character Dora the Explorer at the helm as grand marshal. Holiday star lighting and fireworks follow later in the day. Route begins at Seventh Avenue and Pine Street; ends at Fourth Avenue and Pine Street. Call 206-506-6000 or visit www.macys.com for more information. Free. Parade: 8:45 a.m. Fri., Nov. 25. Lights: 5 p.m. Fri., Nov. 25.

O' Christmas Trees

Santa will be in attendance at this exhibit of meticulously ornamented Christmas trees; before they're auctioned off to raise money for Providence Senior and Community Services, give them the once-over, preferably with a wide-eyed kid in tow. Westin Hotel, 1900 Fifth Ave., 206-938-2788. Free. 3–8 p.m. Mon., Nov. 28.

Issaquah Reindeer Festival

Did you know that Issaquah's Cougar Mountain Zoo has the largest Siberian reindeer herd of any U.S. zoo? Now that you do, take a trip to the Eastside to get chummy with the antlered, shaggy creatures of Christmas Eve lore. 19525 S.E. 54th St. (Issaquah), 425-391-5508, www.cougarmountainzoo.org. $9.50 ($8 seniors, $6.50 children 2 to 12). 10 a.m.–7 p.m. daily. Thurs., Dec. 1–Fri., Dec. 23.

Winter Festival and Crafts Fair

120 crafts booths, live entertainment, and holiday munchies. Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., 206-783-2244. $4 plus can of food for food bank ($2 PNA members). 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Sat., Dec. 3–Sun., Dec. 4.

RedmondLights

The Eastside suburb's monthlong holiday celebration begins with music performed by the Microsoft Orchestra, the arrival of Santa, and the lighting of Redmond's city Christmas tree. Music: Senior Center Theater, 8703 160th Ave. N.E. (Redmond), 425-556-2314. Free. 3 p.m. Tree lighting: City Hall, 15670 N.E. 85th St. (Redmond), 425-556-2900. Free. 4:40 p.m. Sun., Dec. 4.

Celebrity Chestnut Roasting

It ain't Dancing With the Stars, but the Fairmont Olympic's annual roundup of local celebs is always good fun. This year's gang includes KING-TV's Jean Enersen, KMTT ("The Mountain") DJs Fisher & West, the Sea Gals (the Seahawks cheerleading squad), and the Mariner Moose. 411 University St., 206-621-1700. $3/cone of chestnuts. 11:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m. weekdays. Mon., Dec. 5–Fri., Dec. 23.

Pathway of Lights

Admire the luminaria at Green Lake as carolers sing festively and Jack Frost nips at your nose. Seattle Public Theater (7312 W. Greenlake Dr. N.), Green Lake Community Center (7201 E. Green Lake Dr. N.), and the circumference of the lake. Call 206-684-0780 for more information. Free. 5:30–8:30 p.m. Sat., Dec. 10.

 
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