THURSDAY DEC 19


Shoegazer Cover Night

(MUSIC) It's so goddamn great to be able to use the word "shoegazer" again and not receive a snorted retort. For some of us, the genre never went away, even if we kept it alive only in the privacy of our own living rooms. For others, it's a grand new discovery of a whole bunch of bands that artfully blended feedback, fuzz, psychedelic wing-outs, and sparkling vocals that told melancholic stories behind all that lovely sonic bluster. In its honor, tonight the Crocodile hosts Feed Me with Your Kiss, a shoegazer cover night featuring local, like-minded bands such as Voyager One, the High Violets, Saturna, Black Nite Crash, and Hypatia Lake. Will I hear some Ride? One can only dream. (Crocodile, 2200 Second Ave, 441-5611, $7.) KATHLEEN WILSON


FRIDAY DEC 20


Merry Christmas, Anyway

(PAGEANT) The creative team responsible for last year's brilliant stage show Dear Diane--the Typing Explosion, director Jamie Hook, many-splendored actress Sarah Harlett, design genius Kathryn Rathke, and the Silver Bells rock 'n' roll band--has reunited to create this sure-to-be-bizarre pageant of spoken word, song, dance, and holiday acrimony. If you're looking for straight-line logic, look elsewhere. But if you're in the mood for fractured poetics, moody music, and the odd flash of underwear, Anyway oughta be right down your chimney. (Thurs Dec 19-Sun Dec 22 at 8 pm at the Little Theatre, 608 19th Ave E, 329-2629. $12/$10 members.) SEAN NELSON


SATURDAY DEC 21


Lifesavas

(HIPHOP) Portland's Lifesavas are now part of Quannum Projects, a Bay Area-based record label and collective whose core members are DJ Shadow, Blackalicious, and Latryx. The label was smart to sign and promote Lifesavas, because the band is bound to generate national recognition in the near future. Their music is full and funk-driven; their raps are dead serious and way more compelling than the steady stream of bullshit coming out of the Midwest and the Dirty South. (I-Spy, 1921 Fifth Ave, 256-9667, 5 pm, all ages, $11.) CHARLES MUDEDE


SUNDAY DEC 22


Piece of Meat Theatre's Fifth Annual Holiday Catastrophe

(THEATER) After a year of packing houses and making powerful friends in L.A., Seattle's Piece of Meat Theatre returns for a one-night-only holiday extravaganza at the Rendezvous. Now in its fifth year, Piece of Meat's Holiday Catastrophe promises to deliver plenty of that beautifully fucked-up shit for which the Meat boys are so widely beloved--including Jo Jo the Man Seal, a German television documentary on Piece of Meat's little-known performance-art pieces, and guest appearances by Santa and Stephen Hawking. (One night only at the Rendezvous, 2320 Second Ave, 441-5823, 9 pm, $10 at the door.) DAVID SCHMADER


MONDAY DEC 23


Yes Yes Y'all

(BOOK) Here is the birth of hiphop, laid bare in all its wonderful and chaotic colors. The book--edited by Jim Fricke (the Experience Music Project's senior curator) and Charlie Ahearn (the director of Wild Style), with an intro by Nelson George (a prominent New York culture critic)--is packed with the images and voices of those who, as rapper Just-Ice put it in "Going Way Back," "were there." This book and Aerosol Kingdom, which came out earlier this year, are gifts from the gods of real hiphop. (Available at Elliott Bay Book Company, 101 S Main St, 624-6600.) CHARLES MUDEDE


TUESDAY DEC 24


'It's a Wonderful Life'

(AMERICAN TRADITION) It's a fact: Christmas blows. The more you think about it, the more you want to cry. Unfortunately, it's often difficult to cry when you're so consumed with rage and disgust at the entire human race. This is why Frank Capra's eternal holiday chestnut is so important: It unleashes the waterworks, providing viewers with the emotional catharsis necessary to get through December without swallowing poison. Plus it's a great film, and the Grand Illusion is the best place to see it. Don't be such a Scrooge. (Sat Dec 21-Sun Dec 22, Tues Dec 24-Wed Dec 25 at the Grand Illusion, 1403 NE 50th St, 523-3935, $7/$4.50 members.) SEAN NELSON


WEDNESDAY DEC 25


Get Blotto

(MERRY CHRISTMAS!) A not-so-oft-documented fact is that many--if not most--bars are open on Christmas. Why? The simple answer is that most people feel a strong need to get tanked after spending their day in family/holiday hell, which makes being open a sound business choice for a bar. So go out and do a little drinking tonight. And please tip your servers well. After all, they're working on Christmas. BRADLEY STEINBACHER