Renoir’s ‘Heads of Two Young Girls’ is among the work that TAM shows off in ‘Key to the Collection.’ Images courtesy Tacoma Art Museum

Renoir’s ‘Heads of Two Young Girls’ is among the work that TAM shows off in ‘Key to the Collection.’ Images courtesy Tacoma Art Museum

Pick List: BenDeLaCreme & Jinkx Monsoon, Savion Glover, ‘Dreaming of a Jewish Christmas’

The week’s best entertainment offerings.


Two Seattle drag superstars, BenDeLaCreme and Jinkx Monsoon, join forces for To Jesus, Thanks for Everything! Jinkx & DeLa, a “two-queen holiday extravaganza” of comedy and song which closes its national tour right here in the divas’ home base. The Neptune, $25–$39. 8 p.m. Fri., Dec. 21–Mon., Dec. 24 plus 3 p.m. Sat.


Tap dancers provide their own sonic accompaniment as they dance—but the sublime Savion Glover is bringing a band anyway, as well as a complement of dancers, for his latest theatrical show, All Funk’d Up, the Concert. The Moore, $37–$67. 8 p.m. Sat., Dec. 22.


In Remains of Our Refuse, Portland artist duo Sex Temples (one raised in Utah, one in New Delhi) offer work inspired by “the Khajuraho monuments in Madhya Pradesh (commonly known as the Sex Temples) … The space is styled as a place of contemplation and worship, with game stations being adorned as reliquaries … Other small kitsch devotional objects will also be displayed and a custom incense diffused.” Soil Gallery, Free. Thru Dec. 29.

Before the Tacoma Art Museum opens a new wing in January, it’s taking a moment to look back on highlights from its past. Key to the Collection showcases top works from its legacy collection (which numbers over 5,000), including impressionist work by Renoir and other European masters, centuries-old Japanese woodblock prints, modern American paintings, local textile works, and more. SETH SOMMERFELD Tacoma Art Museum, $15. Opens Sat., Dec. 22.


Masterpiece though it is, I can see how the Grand Illusion would like to program something different after its (48th) annual holiday screening of It’s a Wonderful Life. But Lars von Trier? The provocateur’s latest, The House That Jack Built, introduces us to a serial killer (Matt Dillon) recounting his favorite murders. (Btw, it’s set in Washington.) The hardy among us can drop by for Life’s closing night on the 27th, then come back the next night for some aesthetic whiplash. Grand Illusion, $5–$9. Life: Thru Dec. 27; Jack: Dec. 28–Jan. 3

As a film plays, Twisted Flicks improvisers create all-new dialogue for the characters, sound effects, and live music. Up tonight is the 1959 Mexican classic Santa Claus vs. the Devil. Kirkland Performance Center, $18–$26. 8 p.m., Sat. Dec. 22.

A sing-along Christmas Day screening of the classic musical? With a performance by Orkestyr Farfeleh beforehand and kosher Asian takeout by Leah’s Gourmet Kosher Foods? At SIFF, that means one thing: Fiddler on the Roof. It’s … TRADITIOOOOOOOON! SIFF Cinema Uptown, $20–$25. Noon Tues., Dec. 25.

Some of the best loved Christmas carols were written by Jewish songwriters, and the documentary Dreaming of a Jewish Christmas tells their story. It screens along with short film “Hannah Cohen’s Holy Communion.” Stroum Jewish Community Center, Mercer Island, $10–$25. 5 p.m. Tues., Dec. 25.

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