DEC 25, 2012


‘Fiddler on the Roof’ Sing-Along

Why: Ignore Christmas with the greatest Jewish-themed musical of all time (screw you, Yentl). Norman Jewison’s Oscar-winning film version of the smash Broadway musical follows a bunch of Russian Jews in the early 20th century as they sing about their lives and loves and TRADITION. Sure, it’s three hours long and relentlessly beige, but there’s a kosher Chinese food buffet at intermission! (And if your Christmas cinema needs demand more blood, go see the new Tarantino.) (SIFF Cinema Uptown, 511 Queen Anne Ave N, siff.net, 1 pm, $15)

DEC 26, 2012


‘Pacific Motel’ and ‘You Tharmy:)’

Why: Serrah Russell and Maggie Carson Romano are two of the more poetic souls in Seattle art, and Pacific Motel is a display of Polaroids and shells and cast sand made when they spent a weekend in a roadside motel. It’s paired with a show with an equally endearing premise: SOIL member Seth Damm and high-school student Kazel Wood collaborating “to capture the uncertain period of time before a show, before an idea coalesces… Think pre-dawn. Think uncomfortable moments of uncertainty.” (SOIL Gallery, 112 Third Ave S, soilart.org, noon–5 pm, free)

DEC 27, 2012


‘Ham for the Holidays’

Why: Lisa Koch and Peggy Platt, aka Dos Fallopia, throw out zingers like lounge-circuit pros and manically break into songs about Seattle, including a number dedicated to our city’s crappy transit system and the deep-bore tunnel. Before the shtick gets old, a new sketch begins. The tone they set is fun. The mood is joyous, energetic, and 100 percent ham, and the result is overwhelming in the best way. Physical gags—like “adventures in anti-aging with Nancy Reagan”—are layered with wordplay, one-liners, and genuinely great musical numbers. As far as holiday shows go, this one is tops. (Theater Off Jackson, 409 Seventh Ave S, theatreoffjackson.org, 7:30 pm, $17–$30, through Dec 30)

DEC 28, 2012


‘Annie Hall’

Why: The Grand Illusion kicks off its “Woody Allen in the ’70s” series with the Oscar-winning crowd-pleaser that may well be his best film: 1977’s Annie Hall, the brilliantly inventive, hilarious, bittersweet romantic comedy about a love that lasts and a relationship that doesn’t. It’s a thoroughly successful collection of one-of-a-kind cinema moments by writer/director/star Woody Allen, featuring a career-definingly great performance by Diane Keaton and a star-packed supporting cast, including Paul Simon, Carol Kane, Shelley Duvall, and Christopher Walken. (Grand Illusion, 1403 NE 50th St, grandillusioncinema.org, 7 and 9 pm, $8)


Shabazz Palaces and THEESatisfaction

Why: Shabazz Palaces and THEESatisfaction form the basis for a family of Northwest artists that includes the hiphop producer OCnotes and producer/rock musician Erik Blood. Imagining a cooler family of like-minded headz is nearly impossible. I can honestly say that Palaces and Satisfaction have reinvented a large part of hiphop and established a new direction for black politics. The Afrocentrism we hear in their music has no center and is not closed but completely open to the world of ideas and feelings. (Neptune Theater, 1303 NE 45th St, stgpresents.org, 9 pm, $21.50 adv/$25 DOS, all ages)

DEC 29, 2012


Gavin Russom

Why: Gavin Russom has built analog synths for paradigm-shifting DFA Records bands LCD Soundsystem and Black Dice, but he also knows how to generate his own distinctive sounds from them. The New Yorker’s brooding, cosmic synthesizer jams and edgy, un-gridlike dance tracks—with longtime recording partner Delia Gonzalez and in his more recent projects Black Meteoric Star and Crystal Ark—typically veer toward epic transcendence. Tonight, Russom will be DJing, but expect nothing less than a deluge of strange, trance-inducing selections. (Electric Tea Garden, 1402 E Pike St, electricteagarden.com, 9:30 pm, free until 11 pm/$10 after, 21+)

DEC 30, 2012


Brunch at Hi Spot

Why: It’s the perfect laid-back atmosphere; you don’t want anything extreme early in the day. This old-school Seattle place has an excellent breakfast menu, from omelets, brioche French toast, and corned beef hash to huevos rancheros. But what really puts it over the top are the pastries from their in-house baker: sticky cinnamon rolls, hazelnut scones, and savory biscuits. And you can gird yourself for the rest of the day with a superbly made espresso drink or hardy Bloody Mary. It’s a first-rate brunch experience. (Hi Spot Cafe, 1410 34th Ave, hispotcafe.com, 8 am–2:30 pm)

DEC 31, 2012


New Year's Eve!

Why: Choose your own NYE adventure! Want some steamy soul revival suitable for dark corner make-out sessions? Ring in 2013 with Pickwick at the Showbox at the Market. If you’re craving a noisy and chaotic punk-rock bash, Monogamy Party are headlining the Comet. For some 206 hiphop that’ll make you sweat through your cardigan, check out Fresh Espresso with Grynch and Keyboard Kid at the Neptune. And that’s just the beginning of your options! Pick your poison at thestranger.com/music, find someone cute to kiss at midnight, and start 2013 off on the right foot. (See thestranger.com/music for more info)

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