Holiday Calendar 2005

Performances

THE CHRISTMAS REVELS

The 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. 7:30 p.m. Wed., Dec. 21.

NOVI ANTIQUARII

The new early-music ensemble performs works by Biber, Merula, Strozzi, et al., to create a musical mosaic of the Christmas story. Queen Anne Christian Church, 1316 Third Ave. W., 206-725-8170. $20 ($15 seniors, $10 students). 7:30 p.m. Wed., Dec. 21.

NORTHWEST BOYCHOIR

The all-male choral group performs a program modeled after Christmas Eve at England's King's College, including festive readings and traditional carols. Wed., Dec. 21. (Visit www.northwestchoirs.org for location, price, time, and other info.)

FORBIDDEN XMAS

The snarky holiday revue takes on local celebs like Steve Pool, Dale Chihuly, and Sue Bird in a Seattle-ized production at Empty Space. 3509 Fremont Ave. N., 206-547-7500, www.emptyspace.org. $25 ($30 Friday night). 7:30 p.m. Wed., Dec. 21; 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Thurs., Dec. 22; 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Fri., Dec. 23.

NORTHWEST FILM FORUM HOLIDAY BASH

NWFF head Michael Seiwerath will provide the eggnog, local actor-playwright Jonah Von Spreecken will provide the world-premiere play (The Snowflake Factory, a Roald Dahl–esque fable in which the concept of cold has become passé), and DJ Mat and Comb Band will provide the tunes. All you need to do is show up. 1515 12th Ave., 206-329-2629, www.nwfilmforum.org. $13 ($10 NWFF members, $7 children). 7 p.m. Wed., Dec. 21–Fri., Dec. 23.

BLACK NATIVITY

The annual "gospel song play" at Intiman includes euphoric voices (belonging to local pastor Patrinell Wright, the Black Nativity Gospel Choir, et al.), a live band, and modern dance. Intiman Theatre, Seattle Center, 206-269-1900, www.intiman.org. $10–$42. See Web site for times. Through Sat., Dec. 24.

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. Through Sat., Dec. 24.

THE SANTALAND DIARIES/THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER

Seattle Public Theater's gruesome twosome returns. The former show, based on David Sedaris' hilarious long essay of the same name, dramatizes the agony and ecstasy of working as an elf in Macy's Santaland display. The latter chronicles the misadventures of the horrible Herdman family, who somehow manage to learn the meaning of Christmas even as they desecrate creches. 7312 W. Greenlake Dr. N., 206-524-1300, www.seattlepublictheater.org . $12–$20. Santaland: 9 p.m. Wed., Dec. 21–Fri., Dec. 23; 7:30 p.m. Sat., Dec. 24. Pageant: 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Wed., Dec. 21–Fri., Dec. 23; 2 p.m. Sat., Dec. 24.

SEATTLE MEN'S CHORUS

The exuberant boys of the SMC wish you and yours a "Holly Jolly Holiday" in song. Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., 206-388-1400, www.flyinghouse.org/smc. $15.50–$65. 8 p.m. Thurs., Dec. 22; 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Fri., Dec. 23.

EVERYXMASSTORYEVERTOLD

Well, maybe not every one, but certainly a lot of them. Frequent Seattle Public Theater director Carol Roscoe joins with three local actors (and Wing-It Productions) to present a fast-forwarded rendition of Christmastime's many traditional tales. Historic University Theater, 5510 University Way N.E., 206-352-8291, www.wingitpresents.org. $15 ($10 students/seniors). 8 p.m. Thurs., Dec. 22–Fri., Dec. 23; 2 p.m. Sat., Dec. 24.

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.

YIDDISH EROTIKA

Local singer Sheila Fox headlines this "Jewish burlesque show," powered by klezmer. Presumably, naughty dreidel jokes will abound. Chop Suey, 1325 E. Madison St., 206-324-8000, www.chopsuey.com. $10. 9 p.m. Sat., Dec. 24.

VOICES OF CHRISTMAS

ArtsWest's Christmas revue returns, 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. Through 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. Through 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.). Through Fri., Dec. 30.

DINA MARTINA CHRISTMAS SHOW

Seattle's own Divine Miss M. spikes your eggnog with drag whimsy and absurdist humor at a holiday reworking of her tried-and-true diva shtick. Re-bar, 1114 Howell St., 206-448-8464. www.rebarseattle.com. $18. 8 p.m. Thurs.–Sun. Through Sat., Dec. 31.

NEW YEAR'S EVE CONCERT AND GALA

God bless Americana: Gerard Schwartz leads the Seattle Symphony in a performance of Gershwin's Concerto in F and selections from Bernstein's West Side Story. Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., 206-215-4747, www.seattlesymphony.org. $65–$150 (includes dinner, cocktails, and postconcert dance). 9 p.m. Sat., Dec. 31.

Community Events

HOLIDAY HAYRIDES

Put on your mittens and hat as a horse-drawn wagon carries you over the river and through the woods (actually, through Seward Park and around part of Lake Washington). Wagons depart from the entrance to Seward Park, 5902 Lake Washington Blvd. S., 206-684-7434. $10 ($5 children 4–12). 4:30–9:30 p.m. (rides begin every 45 minutes). Wed., Dec. 21–Thurs., Dec. 22.

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. Through Fri., Dec. 23.

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 2–12). 10 a.m.–7 p.m. Through Fri., Dec. 23.

DUNSHEE HOUSE TREE LOT

Buy a fine-looking evergreen to support Capitol Hill's nonprofit HIV/AIDS support center. 303 17th Ave. E., 206-322-2437, www.dunsheehouse.org. Tree prices vary. Noon–9 p.m. Wed. Dec. 21.–Fri., Dec. 23; 9 a.m.–9 p.m. Sat. Dec. 24.

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: a gingerbread castle.) 411 University St., 206-621-1700. Free. 11 a.m.–6 p.m. Through Sun., Dec. 25.

WINTERFEST

This annual Seattle Center festival features an ice rink, a "holiday train," dozens of free performances, and, more than likely, a giant snow globe. Seattle Center, 206-684-7200, www.seattlecenter.com. 10 a.m.–7 p.m. daily (10 a.m.–4 p.m. Christmas Eve; closed on Christmas, New Year's Eve, and New Year's Day). Through Mon., Jan. 2.

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.

NEW YEAR'S EVE LABYRINTH WALK

Traditionally used for meditation, the labyrinth at St. Mark's Cathedral, 42 feet in diameter, takes about 20 minutes to navigate (by candlelight and live music, in this case) and will hopefully leave you more serene. 1245 10th Ave. E., 206-323-0300, www.saintmark.org. $5 (suggested). 7 p.m.–midnight. Sat., Dec. 31.

 
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