Draw, sculpt, and paint all day long in the good company of artists, drag queens, and local bands at Drawing Jam on Saturday. Courtesy of Gage Academy of Art
Our arts critics have already recommended 77 great things to do this week and our music critics have picked the 36 best music shows, but there are still hundreds more events happening. To prevent some of the quirkier and more extraordinary ones from slipping through the cracks, we've compiled them here—from a A Victorian Country Christmas to a Danish Christmas Beer Fest, and from Star Wars The Drag Show, Part 2: Revenge of the Cis to the Beat the Blerch Holiday 5K. For even more options this week, check out our complete Things To Do calendar.

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1. Wong Fu Yappie College Tour
The University of Washington's Chinese Student Association presents "Yappie," a new video series from Wong Fu Productions—an Asian American filmmaking group founded by Wesley Chan, Ted Fu, and Philip Wang. Chan and Wang will be in attendance to engage with the audience in a Q&A after the screening.


2. Author Talk: Cooking with Scraps by Lindsay-Jean Hard
Learn from food writer and Cooking with Scraps author Lindsay-Jean Hard about how to stretch your kitchen scraps, from bones and potato peels to cheese rinds and stale bread, and reduce food waste.


3. Disco Bingo!
Support the Ballard Food Bank on Giving Tuesday by wearing your disco attire and answering trivia questions. 

4. Giving Tuesday Wilderness Trivia
In honor of Giving Tuesday, proceeds from this Washington State wilderness trivia night will go toward regional wildlife preservation efforts. 

5. Rock N Roll Trivia
Prove your knowledge of rock and roll history to trivia hosts Megan Cookies and Tracey Shug to win prizes.


6. Butt Club in Spaaace!
This night of space-themed variety acts by Jewel LaFarce, Curlee Q, Jay Bird, Desi Deadly, Sugar Darling, and others will support Mary's Place. For a little extra cash, you could have a Bob Ross-esque design painted on your face or butt.


7. Alex Rosenblat: How Algorithms Are Rewriting the Rules of Work
At this Town Hall event, technology ethnographer Alex Rosenblat will discuss her book How Algorithms Are Rewriting the Rules of Work, in which she critiques Uber as a startup that "promised to deliver entrepreneurship for the masses through its technology [...] but instead built a new template for employment using algorithms and internet platforms."

8. Ciders & Writers NaNowriMo Write-in with Literary Happy Hour
If you're stressing about meeting your 50,000-word National Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) deadline, join local writer Molly Thornton and a group of other NaNoWriMo participants for an encouraging workshop (where you can drink cider).

9. Former Made at Hugo House Fellows Showcase
Five alums of the Made at Hugo House program will reunite for an evening of readings. Hear from Steven Barker (Now for the Disappointing Part), Bill Carty (Huge Cloudy), Laura Da’ (Instruments of the True Measure); Sierra Golden (The Slow Art); and former Kundiman fellow Shankar Narayan (Postcards from the New World).

10. Humans and Their Leftovers
At this Humanities Washington "lecture with a twist," experts Harriet Baskas (journalist) and Virginia Ng (scientist) will talk about preserving foods, why certain foods (like fruitcakes) outlive some humans, and more.


11. Engage: The Art of Protest
Learn about the history of protest in the Pacific Northwest and find out how you can impact issues you care about, from equal rights to environmental protection.  



12. National Park Poster Show
See striking selections from the Fifty-Nine Parks Print Series that evoke America's gorgeous natural landscapes.
Closing Thursday

13. Signs of Resistance
Bonnie Siegler has gathered a collection of resistance-themed graphic design from throughout American history. Contributors include André Carrilho, the Berkeley Political Poster Workshop, Billy Apple, Bob Adelman, the Boston Women's Health Collective, and many others.
Closing Thursday



14. Spellbound
Geneva Baldauf has curated a selection of feminist pieces playing with witchy imagery and elements of paganism. The artists are Carrie Ann Baade, Marlene Seven Bremner, Yuko Ishii, and Chris Sheridan.
Closing Friday



15. Joseph Parker
This artist from Eastern Washington layers mixed media over photographs. Their goal is to "queer the world" through the power of artistic exploration. This exhibition depicts body parts in a whirl of images.
Closing Saturday

16. Rolph Scarlett and Walter Quirt: Missing Pages
The Late Canadian American painter Rolph Scarlett was at one time "the third most highly collected artist" of the Guggenheim collection. But when Solomon Guggenheim died in 1949, the Guggenheim family put most of the artist's work into storage. A similar thing happened to American painter Walter Quirt, whose work was removed from the Whitney Museum after his death by the request of his widow, Eleanor. This exhibition shows some of the artists' "missing" work.
Closing Saturday

17. Ryan "Henry" Ward: The Hiatus That Made Us
See new work by Ryan Henry Ward—you know him as Henry, and he's the muralist who has covered the walls of your city in goofy walruses and ostriches and fish and wizards.
Closing Saturday

18. Tim Lowly, David Bailin
Tim Lowly's art is based on the "mystical agency" he sees in his 33-year-old daughter Temma. David Bailin's drawings are his last collaboration with his father, who suffered from a memory disorder at the end of his life.
Closing Saturday



19. Candlelight Cat Meditation
What could be more stress-alleviating than meditating by candlelight and then cuddling with friendly cats? This guided class welcomes beginners and zen pros alike.


20. "Tarot Diva" Enchanted Kitchen Cooking Class
If you view your kitchen as a sacred space, you'll feel right at home with "Tarot Diva" Sasha Graham, host of the "Enchanted Kitchen" web series, who uses tarot cards to "infuse and elevate" the cooking experience. This introductory cooking class aims to help you be more "centered, grounded, and connected" with food as you prepare your everyday meals at home.

21. Caffe Vita Barrel Aged Coffee Launch Party at Batch 206
Batch 206 Distillery and Caffe Vita have partnered to create two new barrel-aged coffees: one aged in a bourbon barrel and another aged in a rum barrel for up to four months. Be the first to try them at this release, with coffee paired with whiskey and rum, an espresso and pour-over bar, pizza, cocktails, free samples, swag, and more.

22. The Cellar Collection Featuring Cascade Brewing!
Taste rare sour beers from Cascade Brewing, plus a "secret pour" of a Russian River Brewing sour, alongside small plates by Chef Brent Hodge. 

23. Westland Distillery's 3rd Annual Winter Market
Shop for booze and drink accoutrements for all the cocktail enthusiasts you're getting gifts for, and enjoy a seasonal cocktail and treats while you do.


24. Astronomy on Tap: Astro(biology) on Tap!
If you think Astrobiology is too complicated for the non-science-minded layperson to understand, this lecture will prove otherwise. Joshua Krissansen-Totton will talk about using billion-year-old rocks to reveal the history of the Earth and its many life forms, and Michael Kipp will discuss the "the critical ingredients to make life on alien worlds." Drink a beer while you gain new knowledge. 


25. Daybreaker SEA // Friendtastic Monochromatic
The early-morning ravers of Daybreaker will return to host a yoga session and DJ dance party with DJs Kryspin and Subset. The theme this time is "Friendtastic Monochromatic," so bring someone you love.

26. X, Elettrodomestico
It gives me no pleasure, and some pain, to concede that at least one member of the exemplary punk quartet X loves Trump, and thinks that the Sandy Hook and Isla Vista killings didn’t happen. I’ve been fond of the band for decades. I’ve savored their work, debated their work, pushed their work. But in the face of such things, I’m telling you—stick with the records, and avoid buying them new if at all possible. It pains me to say it. But these are trying times, even with November 6 on our side. We must pick a side. ANDREW HAMLIN


27. The Art of Pitching
Paulette Perhach, author of the instructive book Welcome to the Writer's Life, will impart her wisdom on the art of the pitch, so you'll be prepared the next time you're riding in an elevator with a publishing exec.

28. Going Global: How Artists’ Creative Work Goes Beyond Local to International
The second installment of the Career Up series—"discussions by and for artists"—brings a panel moderated by Elliat Graney-Saucke about how local artists are making their work relevant to (and seen by) an international audience. 

29. Hacking Elections: A Conversation with Matt Tait
Sit in on an interview with cybersecurity expert and former British intelligence officer Matt Tait to hear his thoughts on foreign interference in the midterm elections. (Tait helped detect Russian interference in the 2016 election.)

30. Kevin Emerson: Any Second
A girl with terrible anxiety and a boy held captive for five years before being forced to try to carry out a bombing are drawn together by their pasts in this novel by Kevin Emerson, which he'll read from tonight.

31. Robert Spalding
If you've ever wondered about the history of the Tlingit totem pole in Pioneer Square or Seattle's maritime and military history, you'll learn a thing or two from Robert Spalding as he shares his book Monumental Seattle: The Stories Behind the City's Statues, Memorials, and Markers

32. WordsWest #39: Bellingham Brings It to Seattle! Bruce Beasley, Carol Guess, Suzanne Paola
Three Bellingham writers will share their work at this WordsWest event—Bruce Beasley will read poetry, Suzanne Paola will read non-fiction, and Carol Guess will surprise us with her "genre acrobatics."



33. CORE Holiday Show
The gallery's annual group exhibition returns with contributions from across the artist collective.
Opening Wednesday



34. A Victorian Country Christmas
Travel back in time to an idyllic Victorian Christmas village to shop for gifts from over 500 vendors, enjoy festive food and drinks, take in theatrical performances and nativity scenes, and more. Don't miss the Extreme Christmas Tree Lighting, included with admission.



35. SEEDArts Wine Tasting & Arts Benefit
Local sommelier Kate Bond will pour four festive wines. If you like what you taste, you can purchase a bottle on site. There will also be a silent auction and a gift market.


36. Your Where
After checking out art by local "urban sketch artists," see a performance by the Collective improv troupe all about how we measure history and place.  


37. The Evergrey Turns 2!
Resourceful local newsletter and digital publication The Evergrey turns two years old this year, and they're celebrating with the launch of their Giving Guide, which showcases organizations and opportunities that support great causes. They'll also have drinks and music.


38. Capitol Hill Holiday Movie Night
Sip a hot beverage and revisit classic holiday movies like The Santa Clause, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Jingle All the Way, and Elf! every Thursday. Your first cup of coffee is on the house.


39. 12 Days of Whiskey Christmas: DJ TJ PJ Party
Lounge in your most festive pajamas while swilling Noble Oak Bourbon drinks and drink specials and hanging out with "local Noble Oak evangelist" Tom Johnson.

40. Heritage Grains: Uniting Bakers, Millers & Farmers
A panel of skilled bakers (including Grand Central Head Baker Mel Darbyshire, Hewn Hand Forged Artisan Bread owner Ellen King, and others) will discuss the availability of locally grown heritage grains, the ways in which those grains are used to add flavor and nutrition, and techniques for using them at home. King will also have autographed copies of her latest cookbook, Heritage Baking at Hewn, available for purchase.

41. Latte Art Throwdown
Whether you're a barista with an aptitude for making cool designs with hot milk or you're a coffee drinker who enjoys fanciful orders, this latte art competition is for you. Proceeds benefit Glitter Cat Barista Bootcamp, a coffee training program for marginalized communities. 


42. Seattle Kink and Fetish Night - Jaded Thursday Tutu Dance Party
Fluff up your tutu (or buy one for five bucks) to wear to this sex-positive DJ dance party. 


43. Drinking Games with La La
Play a round of "Never Have I Ever" and "Truth or Drink" with La Saveona Hunt, then shake off all the secrets you've spilled by dancing the rest of the night away with DJ Ricki Leigh.

44. The Glow Up Podcast
This live taping of the Glow Up Podcast, which hosts entrepreneurs, artists, and small business owners, will welcome special guests Marcus Lalario (owner of Fat's Chicken & Waffles, Li'l Woodys, and Possi), Rose McAleese (writer on Black Entertainment Televisions's The Quad), Darryl Crews (creator of The Night Show), and eight-year-old Cavalli Davis (Hiho Kids Try). 

45. Live Your Legend: 2019 Season Announcement Party
Meet the creative teams behind Annex Theatre's next production season, and enjoy tacos and raffle prizes.

46. Performance and a Party
In an effort to make dance performances more accessible to the general public, this event with performers Hannah Wendel, Elia Mrak, Erica Badgeley, Bri Wilson, and Maia Melene Durfee doubles as an audience dance party. The organizers add: "We want to make it lo-fi in terms of context and hi-fi in terms of artistic, physical, and entertainment value."

47. RESgiving at the Grotto
Join Red Eagle Soaring Native Youth Theatre (RES) for an evening of traditional and contemporary performing arts, alongside additional performances and a raffle. 


48. The Beat!
Rainbow Rebellion and Queerspace Magazine will bring you a queer talk show with theater artist/musician John Paul Sharp, musician Manolito Daniel, and the band Falon Sierra. Hosted by hiphop artist CarLarans.

49. Early Skiing on Snoqualmie Pass
Once upon a time, Washington's own Snoqualmie Pass was one of the most sought-after destinations for competitive skiers. In this talk, local ski historian John W. Lundin will trace the evolution of skiing in the Northwest, touching on the region's Norwegian influences. 

50. First Man Book Signing and Lecture with Author James Hansen
Meet James Hansen as he signs copies of his book about the 1969 moon landing, First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong (now a motion picture—of which Hansen was a primary consultant—starring Ryan Gosling).

51. Jackson Galaxy
Cat behaviorist and host of the (all-too-relatable) TV show My Cat from Hell will spread his love of humankind's favorite four-legged mischief-makers at this talk. He promises that you'll leave with a better foundation for your relationship with your feline child.

52. Jake Uitti: 'Unique Eats and Eateries of Seattle' and '100 Things to Do in Seattle Before You Die'
Join Stranger contributor Jake Uitti as he discusses what it's like to write books he's written about his hometown (he published 100 Things To Do In Seattle Before You Die and Unique Eats and Eateries of Seattle this year).

53. Lilah Sturges Signing
Lilah Sturges, creator of Jack of Fables and Thor: Season One, will sign copies of her new Lumberjanes graphic novel, The Infernal Compass. 

54. Michael Meade: Truth and the Living Soul
Michael Meade writes about how the human soul is affected by cultural and social upheaval in his book Awakening The Soul: A Deep Response to a Troubled World. Hear him read live.

55. Michele Bombardier with Tara Hardy: What We Do
Northwest poet Michele Bombardier, whose work has appeared in Alaska Quarterly Review and Bellevue Literary Review, among others, will read from her debut collection, What We Do, along with fellow local poet Tara Hardy.


56. DIY Ornaments
Make six new decoupage ornaments to add to your tree or Hanukkah bush (or glass bowl if you're fancy).



57. A Charlie Brown Christmas
Take a break from the incessant commercialism of the holiday season with Charlie Brown and friends in this musical theater adaptation.

58. Funhouse IV
Brian Toews will present an anthology of short theatrical pieces with an emphasis on experimentation. The playwrights for this edition are Jake Foerg, James C. Ferguson, Robin Baron, David Simpatico, Levi Friedman, Russell Nichols, Rachael Carnes, Marie Biondolillo, and Colleen O Doherty.



59. The Lights of Christmas
Watch as one million Christmas lights displayed along the 15-acre Warm Beach Camp meet their power switch.



60. Cabaret
Stranger print editor Christopher Frizzelle once wrote: "Cabaret is the best musical of all time, because Kander and Ebb were geniuses and because it neatly solves the problem inherent in musicals (why are these people breaking into song?). Its bawdy, funny, hedonistic songs aren't indulgent for indulgence's sake. What goes on inside the Kit Kat Klub, in Berlin in 1931, is ignorant bliss on amphetamines, a carnival of humanity not aware what's coming their way." This production by Pullman.vs.Paxton will benefit the Lavender Rights Project.



61. Bandit Theater Presents: The Reader
A tarot reading for a brave audience member will inspire an improv set in this "half-tarot, half-comedy" show.

62. Beer and Puppet Theater, a Puppet Slam!
Drink beer and enjoy short-form experimental puppet shows for adults by Vashon Island and Seattle artists, from Slovakian folk tales to stories about esoteric clowns.

63. The Comedy Nest Presents: The Hatchling Show II
Discover some new local comic talent from freshly minted jokester (and Comedy Nest vet) Ellen Acuario. 

64. Improvised Film Festival with Special Guest Jessica Dungan
You won't know exactly what you're seeing at this film festival, and neither will the actors. This improvised affair will be complete with film premieres, Q&As with the cast and crew, short films, and the main feature. 


65. Everything You Wanted To Know About Death, But Haven't Asked...
Grief counselor Heather Paul and alternative burial expert Katrina Spade will answer your questions about death for Good Mourning.


66. Danish Christmas Beer Fest
In the spirit of J-dag (Denmark's "Christmas brew day"), warm up with Danish Christmastime beers, ciders, and aquavit (or choose from a selection of non-alcoholic beverages) while you snack on Danish Christmas treats and play games.

67. Friday Night Po'Boy Pop-Up
Scarf New Orleans-style catfish, shrimp, and oyster po' boys with a side of homemade garlic fries and sangria while you take in live music.


68. The Braxmatics, The Fetatones, Melez Band
Get down to "steamfunk" jams from brass-heavy bands the Braxmatics, the Fetatones, and Balkan Rom/pop group Melez Band.

69. Schism — Tool Tribute
Enjoy covers of songs by '90s rock band Tool by Schism, who bill themselves as "New York City's premier Tool tribute band, the world's first tribute to Tool."

70. Tacoma Noise Rodeo
Esoteric electronic music has a place in the South Sound with Tacoma Noise Radio, wherein three artists are given 30 minutes to create a "vision of sounds," which they then perform live. The artists this time are Infideltek, Infradead, and Vereiste. 


71. 3rd Shift Dance presents Shift Sessions Volume 7
Three ensembles with 3rd Shift Dance (a contemporary jazz project started by local choreographer Xaviera Vandermay) will perform to live music by LIVt. 

72. Star Wars The Drag Show, Part 2: Revenge of the Cis
Host Irene Dubois and other intergalactic heroes will fight for the forces of queerdom in drag numbers inspired by Jedis, Sith, wookiees, and who knows, maybe ewoks. With Angel Baby Kill Kill Kill, Beau Degas, Miss Texas 1988, Siren, and Vincent Milay.


73. AU Speculative Fiction Magazine Launch
The University of Washington's quarterly literary journal AU is dedicated to fantasy, sci-fi, magical realism, and all other forms of speculative fiction. Celebrate their latest issue by hearing readings from some of its contributors.

74. Jack Straw Writers Reading
Hear new work by poets, memoirists, fiction writers, and others from this season's group of Jack Straw fellows: Kamari Bright, Jalayna Carter, Bryan Edenfield, Corbin Louis, and Dujie Tahat.

75. Jam Session! / Show & Tell! / Open Mic! / Open Studio! / Whatev!
Share your talents, whatever they may be, on stage at this "multidisciplinary jam session" and open mic. Bring non-perishables and gently used clothing to donate to Union Gospel Mission's winter drive. 

76. Literary Luncheon Series: Jonathan Lethem
Meet Jonathan Lethem over a Mediterranean lunch catered by Vios Cafe and get a hardcover copy of his new novel, The Feral Detective.


77. Witches' Night Out Market
Find a mystical gift from local vendors for the witches nearest to your heart. 


78. Holiday Show and Sale
Shop clay art and goods for your friends and families.

79. Light Up the Night: Seattle's Tallest Christmas Tree!
Hear Christmas carols, drink cocoa and coffee, and eat snacks as you wait for "Seattle's tallest Christmas tree" to light up with 9,000 bulbs.



80. Human Rights 70 Years On: A Poster Show
Visiting Zimbabwean artist and graphic designer Saki Mafundikwa and Elisabeth Patterson co-taught a Design for Social Activism class to the senior BFA graphic design class at Cornish this past semester, wherein the students designed posters to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the United Nations' Declaration of Human Rights. See some of the work at this gallery exhibition. 
Opening Friday


81. Giving Marketplace
When you purchase a holiday gift at this market, your proceeds will benefit any number of local and global charities.



82. A Country (Baroque) Christmas
Rustle up some rustic holiday cheer with a program of old-fashioned country tunes from Renaissance and Baroque Italy, France, Spain, and Latin America performed by Henry Lebedinsky and the Underground House Choir.



83. Seattle Sampling Artists' Studio Tour
Pick up gifts for your loved ones from local artists in their own studios during this self-guided tour.


84. The Trail Running Film Festival
Yes, this really is a three-day film festival dedicated to the sport and community of trail running. Cool, no? There will also be live music, food, and beer.


85. Beautiful Thing
Jonathan Harvey's play is set in a council housing (low-income) estate in South London, where a closeted gay kid struggles with his first love, a boy with an abusive father in the next apartment over. This production is directed by Gary Zinter and Rodney Shrader.

86. Ensemble Ballet Theatre presents 'The Nutcracker'
Ensemble Ballet Theater dancers will perform "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy," "Waltz of the Snowflakes," and other magical numbers in their annual production of The Nutcracker.

87. Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
One of those biblical musicals that were so popular in the '70s, written by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is about the favorite child in a big family who's sold into slavery by his jealous brothers to an Elvis-like Pharaoh.


88. Christmas Lighting Festival
The Bavarian-style village of Leavenworth transforms into the most whimsical of winter wonderlands for three weekends in December, featuring hundreds of twinkling lights, visits from St. Nickolaus and other Christmas characters, carolers, and much more.



89. Alternate Endings, Activist Risings
Once again, Visual AIDS will present their newest video projects for the Day With(out) Art, an annual event where art museums and other organizations raise awareness of AIDS, remember people who have died, and inspire positive action. There will also be showings of Alternate Endings, Activist Risings on a loop throughout the day on Saturday. 

90. Drawing Jam
Artists of all experience levels can gather for a day of drawing, sculpting, and painting. You'll have instructors across mediums at your disposal, drag queens like Betty Wetter and Cookie Couture to hang out with, and live bands like Gregory Rawlins, Lonely Mountain Lovers, and Boots to the Moon to dance to.

91. Family Grief Workshop
People of all ages are invited to express and process grief through visual art, meditation, movement, and more as part of the Good Mourning festival.

93. Yəhaw̓ Artist In Residence Panel
Celebrate the almost-closing of This Is Our Home, Where We Belong with Artists in Residence Native Kut, Roldy Aguero Ablao, and Fox Spears as they join in a panel discussion about the exhibit. 


94. Ben Palmer Comedy Presents: Hope It Helps
Comedian Ben Palmer will present his "greatest trolling hits," in which he "pretends to be corporations to act as a customer service representative, makes fake announcements posing as city governments, and causes mayhem on Facebook."

95. Beyond The Tippe: Comedy Showcase
This installment of "North Beacon Hill's only monthly open mic" will feature queer local podcaster and comic Val Nigro.

96. Botnik Live!
Botnik Studios writers and engineers, who've created a predictive text Harry Potter chapter and a computer-generated Coachella poster, among other playful things, will host a night of sketches, songs, readings, and interactive experiments.

97. Improvatron Rides Again!
Dacha Theater will bring you a "ladyprov show" of spontaneous fun. 

98. Michael Carbonaro Live!
Magician and host of The Carbonaro Effect on truTV will make his entertaining and baffling magic onstage.

99. U.P. North: Holiday Special
The comedy players of UP North will embark on a "multicultural, non-denominational quest to save good cheer" at this holiday show.


100. Peace Pole Dedication the Seattle Rotary Club
Witness the unveiling of the Duwamish Tribe's Peace Pole installation and enjoy a ceremony given in Lushootseed, Chinook Jargon, Italian, and English.

101. Welcome the Orcas Celebration
Mark the return of the Puget Sound's Southern Resident Orcas by learning about the biggest threats to their survival with Whale Tales. 


102. Ancient Iran Day
Find out how ancient Iranian cultures have influenced our present-day civilization by checking out interactive exhibits, lectures, and more all-aged activities.

103. Julefest
Dance around a holiday tree, witness a winter solstice proclamation, and hang out with some good-natured Vikings at this annual Nordic celebration.


104. Reel Rock 13
See outdoorsy films from the Reel Rock Film Festival, enter a raffle, and enjoy refreshments and beers form Georgetown Brewing at American Alpine Club - Cascade Section's annual fundraiser. 


105. 1 Year Anniversary Party With Monkish & Friends
The Masonry will commemorate a trip around the sun by releasing Fist Full of Meatballs, a DIPA made in collaboration with Monkish Brewing. Brunch will be available all morning.

106. Annual Holiday Open House
Treat yourself to caviar canapés and champagne at this holiday tasting.

107. Holiday Sour Beer Day & Free Santa Photos
Pucker up for a lineup of holiday-themed sour beers, then take a free photo with Santa for your scrapbook.

108. Pyramid's 1st Annual Keg Tree Lighting
At this family-friendly event, watch Pyramid illuminate their towering, 20-foot-tall keg tree made with 236 kegs—the tallest keg tree on the West Coast—and be the first to try their Snow Cap and Super Snow Cap beers on draft. Hot cocoa and apple cider will be available for kids.


109. Sexy Lingo Bingo
This weekly bingo night gets a dose of sexual innuendos, with lots of fun prizes.


110. Composition Studio
Composition Studio is a quarterly recital for new and innovative works by emerging composers who explore unconventional sonic possibilities. Guest musicians from the UW Modern Ensemble will act as support.

111. Noise 4 Toys 4: Toys for Tots Benefit
Now in its fourth year, Noise for Toys establishes itself as both a holiday-themed hard rock party and a toys-for-tots benefit fundraiser. For every $5 toy you bring to the show, you'll gain an entry into the evening's raffle to win prizes like band merchandise and gift certificates to local businesses.

112. SIN: 3rd Annual Angels & Demons Ball
This holiday edition of SIN, Kremwerk's fetish night, invites you to get creative for a demon/angel costume party with brand-new goth cuts to dance to from DJs Shane and Eyktan.


113. The Bee-Man of Orn
Dragons, floating hands, and cat baristas will fill the stage in this children's production of obscure folk tales.

114. Family Feud LIVE! Hosted by Betty Wetter
Local glam queen Betty Wetter will host a round of Family Feud, where you can choose to be a contestant or an audience member. A portion of proceeds will benefit Mary's Place.

115. Image/Meaning: a community discussion with Peggy Piacenza
Base co-founder Peggy Piacenza, Studio Current founder Vanessa DeWolf, and performance artist Amelia Reever will join together for a "part discussion and performance" inspired by Piacenza's latest video installation piece, which will show in Seattle in March 2019.

116. Xmas for Krampus Holiday Cabaret Extravaganza
At this holiday cabaret, Christmas isn't sweetness and twinkly lights. It's dedicated to the sinister devil-like bringer of pain, the Krampus. Watch excerpts from REBATEnsemble's 2017-2018 season, including Richard III, Night Parade, Welcome to the Moon, and As You Like It, in honor of the creature.


117. Laura Read, Maya Zeller, Elizabeth Austen
Enjoy a group reading with Laura Read (the Poetry Editor at Crab Creek Review and the author of several poetry books, including Instructions for My Mother’s Funeral), Maya Jewell Zeller (a Central Washington University professor whose poetry collections include Rust Fish), and Elizabeth Austen (a former Washington State Poet Laureate).

118. Our Bruises Kept Singing Purple: Homecoming Release
Malcolm Friend will fete his first full-length poetry collection, Our Bruises Kept Singing Purple—which earned him the 2017 Hillary Gravendyk Prize—by reading alongside fellow poets Jasmine Schwartz, Luther Hughes, Lena Khalaf Tuffaha, and Quenton Baker.

119. Saturday University: Comical Drama of Medieval Japan
Jule Iezzi will give an introduction to Kyogen, a satirical form of Japanese theater that dates back more than 600 years. 


120. Jane Elliott: The Anatomy of Prejudice
Activist and educator Jane Elliott will lead a group exploration of racism, sexism, ageism, homophobia, and ethnocentrism that exist right here in Seattle using lecture, exercises, and her Peabody Award-winning film, The Eye of the Storm.


121. Kino Artist Alley
Support local artists by shopping at this holiday market and enjoying a live performance by the geeky talents of Seattle Video Game Orchestra & Choir. 

122. Rainier Beach Arts & Crafts Market
Local artists and artisans will sell their woodwork, ceramics, jewelry, sculptures, artisanal foods, and more for all your crafty gift needs.

123. Shop-O-Rama: Local Artist Craft Fair
Welcome the newest museum-set art fair in the city, featuring Santa photos and swag to buy from local makers.


124. Beat The Blerch Holiday 5k
This run is inspired by Matthew Inman, the creator of the Oatmeal comic, who wrote about his running experiences with "the blerch." In addition to the scenic, flat 5 or 10K course through the woods, there will be cake at every station, couches along the course, an appearance from Inman himself, and costumed, Sasquatch-like blerches who will chase you. Runners are encouraged to wear their most hideous sweaters to this holiday edition. Inman will also be around to sign copies of his comics. 

125. Holiday Fun Run to benefit Mary's Place!
Run a 5K around Fremont in your Christmas-y attire in support of Mary's Place's No Child Sleeps Outside campaign.

126. Wizards 5K
For the first-ever Wizards 5K, run around Green Lake non-competitively, dressed as your favorite Harry Potter character.


127. Luminaria Walk
Stroll along a pathway illuminated by glowing luminaria displays while you sip hot cocoa. 

128. Photos with Bad Santa
An unruly Santa Claus and his mischievous elves will snap a photo with you (so long as you're wearing your ugliest ugly sweater). Knock back some Diamond Knot brews while you're there. 

129. Winterwoof 2018
Support the shelter pups at Dog Gone Seattle Rescue by bidding in silent auctions, stopping by a puppy kissing booth (!), and having more kinds of fun at this cocktail party.



130. Celebrate Art: 26th Annual Group Exhibition
The Patricia Rovzar Gallery will celebrate 26 years of existence in a group show.
Opening Saturday


131. Float
This sweet tale of lesbian romance, female friendship, a Budapest Women's Club in the Midwest, and getting through the holidays will be presented by Mistresspiece Theater.


132. 38th Annual Winter Festival & Crafts Fair
Scoop up one-of-a-kind gifts for your loved ones from over 120 makers. Don't forget to bring canned food donations for FamilyWorks Food Resource Center.

133. Wild Waves Holiday with Lights
Admire "one million twinkling lights" as you whoosh around on rollercoasters, send your kids to take pictures with Santa, and enjoy a holiday-themed family show through December.



134. MUSE Marathon 1
Nine live figure models will pose for artists at this all-day figure-sketching event. Art materials are provided (and free).

135. Night of the Outsiders (NOTO) Pop Up Art Group Show and Exhibition
Acquaint yourself with the artistic wild side with this brief showing of works by outsider artists Candace Behuniak (known for kitties painted in well-known, distinctive styles like Picasso's), Tom Davis, Georgann Gibson, and Jacquie Theilen. At the opening reception, hear music by Johnny and the Explosion and Ron Hexagon.
Opening Sunday


136. Best of the Seattle International Comedy Competition
See the best acts from the 2018 Seattle International Comedy Competition, including Mary Lou Gamba, Vanessa Dawn, Chris Mejia, and Bo Johnson. 

137. Mystery Seattle Theater: Batman Returns
Mystery Seattle Theater's Alexander Needles, Jesse Warren, Chelsea Tolle, Mike Parker, and Jesse Burt will gleefully mock the film Batman Returns while you enjoy popcorn and drinks. 


138. Fairwood Writers Workshop
Young writers will learn from Jack Straw writers to create fantasy and sci-fi works for the Write Out of This World contest, open to students from elementary to high school. 


139. Fresh In the Boat Vol. 2
Climb aboard the cheerful red Pho Bac boat and try appetizers from a variety of pop-up vendors, including Timmy Nguyen of Pho Bac Sup Shop, Miles Basbas of Yo Mama's House, Tim Chan of Wendy’s, and Andrew Nguyen of Up Dog, along with beers, cocktails, and non-alcoholic slushies.

140. The Glasswing Dyed & Dined Dinner
At this sustainable dinner created with the idea of reducing food waste, chef Eli Dahlin will create a seasonal, locally sourced five-course dinner attempting to make the most of each ingredient by using it in its entirety, with components like carrot top pesto, apple skin sorbet, and charred leek tops. Continuing on the sustainable theme, Tennessee textile artist Maggie Pate will display her textiles colored with natural food dyes made from the same ingredients.


141. Mama's Thirsty: A Queer Lady Hangout
For this installment of a series highlighting womxn- and queer-fronted music acts in Seattle, enjoy live sets by soul/R&B artist Stephanie Ann Johnson and local queen Kara Sutra, plus DJ sets by SassyBlack and Big Ugly and a "VHS peep show" with Trevor Crump. You can also support Mary's Place by donating clothing and/or buying a lap dance. 

142. Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox
In a reimagining of contemporary pop hits in the styles of jazz, ragtime, and swing classics of the '20s though the '50s, Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox busts genres with a rotating collective of musicians and vocalists who attempt to cross all musical boundaries and generations.


143. 'Measure for Measure' Reading
Greenstage invites all Shakespeare nerds to come watch a relaxed reading of the comedy Measure for Measure—bring your own script if you'd like to participate out loud.


144. The Annual DIY Holiday Fair
The Vera Project and Hollow Earth Radio will team up for their 11th annual DIY Holiday Fair, where you can shop from lo-fi record, tape, and CD labels, zine makers and small presses, crafters, and more. 

145. Ballard Library Record Sale
Nerd out over collectible rock, pop, funk, and soul records at this sale.

146. December Macabre Market
Embrace your dark side by shopping for jewelry, art, and clothing from unusual vendors.

147. Mourning Market: Seattle's Premiere Dark Themed Market
Need to make your living space a little more ghoulish? Find everything you need from local vendors, and wear your gothiest outfit while you shop.


148. Hecklevision: Seahawks vs. 49ers
Mock the sport of football by sending your snarky texts straight to the big screen as the Seattle Seahawks and the San Francisco 49ers go head to head. 


149. Grand Menorah Lighting
Celebrate the first night of Hanukkah at this annual outdoor menorah lighting. They'll have holiday treats, a Kosher food truck, face painting for kids, and live music as well.

150. Mog & Grog
Shop for the art lovers in your life at this pop-up with local artists like Ben Johnson, Carrie Grula, Erin Kantola, and Katie Dean while you enjoy holiday treats and libations. When you're done buying things, stick around for all-ages activities like holiday movie screenings and live glassblowing demos.