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HOLIDAY MARKETS & SHOPPING
Danish Sisterhood Holiday Bazaar & Nordic Sweater Exchange
Trade your winter sweaters for ones you want more, then shop for Danish and Scandinavian goods in your cozy new garment.
Saturday, Pacific Lutheran University (Tacoma)
Gobble Up Seattle 2019
Just in time for Thanksgiving (and the subsequent holidays), Urban Craft Uprising will host this specialty food show for the third year in a row, promising over 100 local vendors slinging everything from cooking equipment to homemade jam.
Saturday, Magnuson Park Hangar 30 (Downtown)
Magnolia Harvest Market
The Magnolia Farmers Market will stay open for an extra day to help you check things off your holiday gift list and your Thanksgiving shopping list. Find local meats, cheeses, vegetables, preserves, and more.
Saturday, Magnolia Farmers Market
Native Art Market
Buy authentic Native gifts—clothing, drums, art prints, and more—from a group of diverse local artists in beautiful Discovery Park.
Friday-Sunday, Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center (Magnolia)
Native Plant Sale
Get lost in a sea of locally-sourced native plants for sale, and get expert advice on selection, planting, and care.
Saturday-Sunday, Seward Park Audubon Center (Rainier Valley)
PCNW Rummage Sale
Calling all light-chasers: Pick up some books, darkroom and digital equipment, and more from the photographic center and independent vendors.
Saturday, Photographic Center Northwest (Capitol Hill)
OTHER FESTIVE HOLIDAY EVENTS
Following a successful first year, Enchant Christmas will transform T-Mobile Park into a winter wonderland complete with an impressive light maze, light sculptures, a market curated by Urban Craft Uprising, and more. This year's theme is "Mischievous," so expect to see sly little elves roaming about.
Friday-Sunday, T-Mobile Park (Sodo)
Spanaway Park will be illuminated with dazzling light displays and scattered with food trucks for your strolling pleasure.
Saturday-Sunday, Spanaway Park
Fire + Ice Festival
Winter is a time for snow people and warm fires to complement each other from a distance, and the holidays wouldn't be complete without them. For its third annual Fire and Ice festival, the Museum of Glass hosts a variety of holiday-themed performances and demonstrations.
Saturday-Sunday, Museum of Glass (Tacoma)
Holiday Express Train & Poinsettias Display
The Volunteer Park Conservatory will partake in the holiday season with their annual holiday express train and display of bright-red Poinsettias.
Friday-Sunday, Volunteer Park Conservatory (Capitol Hill)
See how Nordic countries ring in the Yuletide by tasting Scandinavian treats, seeing performances from local Nordic groups, and shopping for house-made wares.
Saturday-Sunday, Nordic Museum (Ballard)
Kirkland (Ugly Sweater) Holiday Wine Walk
Explore downtown Kirkland's galleries and boutiques while you sip wine samples from tons of Washington wineries. Wear a holiday sweater.
Friday, the Heathman Hotel (Kirkland)
Miracle on 2nd
In 2014, Greg Boehm of New York bar Boilermaker temporarily transformed the space for his bar Mace into a kitschy Christmas wonderland replete with gewgaws and tchotchkes galore. Now the pop-up has expanded to over 100 locations all over the world and will be returning to Belltown’s Rob Roy this year. The specialty cocktails are no ordinary cups of cheer: Beverages are housed in tacky-tastic vessels (a drinking mug resembling Santa’s mug, for example), bedecked with fanciful garnishes like peppers and dried pineapple, and christened with irreverent, pop-culture-referencing names like the “Bad Santa,” the “Yippie Ki Yay Mother F**r,” and the “You’ll Shoot Your Rye Out.” JULIANNE BELL
Sunday, Rob Roy (Belltown)
The Polar Express
The magical train first imagined by children's book author Chris Van Allsburg will come to life in Elbe, bringing 90 minutes of festive entertainment, hot cocoa, and cookies to kids and families as the vessel journeys to the North Pole. True to the original story, each kid will come away with a silver bell with which to remember the magic of Christmas. No word yet on whether or not Tom Hanks will serve as the conductor.
Friday-Sunday, Mt. Rainier Railroad and Logging Museum (Elbe)
Seattle Festival of Trees
The historic Fairmont Olympic hotel celebrates the winter season each year with a fancy dinner (Sat), caroling, an impressive display of decorated trees in their lobby, and a teddy bear suite.
Saturday-Sunday, Fairmont Olympic Hotel (Downtown)
Seattle Cranksgiving 2019
Hop on your bike and go on a scavenger hunt for canned food to donate to the Rainier Valley Food Bank at this pre-Thanksgiving tradition. Afterward, head to Swift Industries for an afterparty flowing with Rainier Beer.
Saturday, Pioneer Square
Sheraton Grand Seattle Gingerbread Village
For the 27th year in a row, diabetes research center JDRF Northwest has invited local architecture firms to use their skills for a holiday tradition: crafting an elaborate gingerbread village that uses 1,850 pounds of gingerbread, 150,000 pieces of candy, 350 pounds of fondant, and 15 gallons of egg whites, according to press materials. This year's theme is #ElfLife, featuring pixies, gnomes, and pucks from across genres.
Saturday-Sunday, Seattle Sheraton Hotel (Downtown)
Swanson's Reindeer Festival
Shop a variety of seasonal plants, bulbs, arrangements, and Christmas trees, as well as other gifts like books, jewelry, and home decor, at the decked-out nursery. Plus, visit with Santa and his real-life reindeer, check out model trains, and enjoy live music throughout the season.
Friday-Sunday, Swansons Nursery (Crown Hill)
How do the zoo's carnivores react to a raw, store-prepared turkey lunch? See for yourself at this annual Thanksgiving enrichment.
Saturday, Woodland Park Zoo (Phinney)
A$AP Ferg, Murda Beatz, MadeinTYO
An affiliate of the sprawling Harlem-based A$AP Mob, Darold Durard Brown Ferguson Jr. (aka A$AP Ferg) is perhaps one of the best known solo rappers of the collective (save for Rocky, of course). And for good reason. Bursting into the mainstream with his infectious ode to the Jamaican dancehall musician in “Shabba,” Ferg has consistently put out an impressive roster of trap tracks to drink and turn up to. His 2019 release Floor Seats only furthers the rapper’s slick and boastful raps over frenetic, heavy, and club-forward sounds. JASMYNE KEIMIG
Sunday, Showbox Sodo
EDM party starter Audien will take a break from the neon festival circuit for a night downtown in support of his Escapism tour.
Saturday, the Showbox (Downtown)
Big Wild, EVAN GIIA, Ark Patrol
Jackson Stell, the twentysomething who makes large-font-on-the-festival-poster EDM as Big Wild, is a member of the Odesza-founded Foreign Family Collective. It's no surprise, then, that Stell's music shares many typical headliners' hallmarks: "organic"-sounding timbres via softsynths; features for anonymous, mononymic vocalists; beats that induce head-bobbing more than dancing. Fans of Cashmere Cat, Pretty Lights, and Zedd will be equally sated. ANDREW GOSPE
Friday-Saturday, Showbox Sodo
The Black Keys, Modest Mouse, Shannon & the Clams
Back in 2002, when I lived in Cleveland, I’d catch the Black Keys in small venues like the Beachland Tavern. Nothing about the scrappy Akron, Ohio, blues-rock duo screamed out “potential rock megastars”—not even their decent cover of the Beatles’ “She Said, She Said.” To be honest, nothing still screams out “rock megastars,” but there’s no denying these rust-belt muthas worked hard to reach their rarefied heights. They may seem ultra-meat-and-potatoes-y to me, but Dan Auerbach can sing with barrel-chested, Paul Rodgers–esque soul and grind out catchy guitar riffs all damn night, and drummer Patrick Carney’s perfectly functional and unflashy. DAVE SEGAL
Saturday, Tacoma Dome
Blitzen Trapper's 2010 album, Destroyer of the Void, sounds like one of the best albums of the year—that year being 1971. But seriously... Destroyer of the Void is a fine collection of tuneful country and art rock that seems like it will grow on you over time (not that it doesn't transmit fairly immediate pleasures, but one senses that its proliferation of subtle details will become richer the more you play it). Blitzen Trapper have leveraged their sumptuous vocal arrangements and brazen song dynamics into elaborate tapestries of sound, like some unlikely Crosby Stills & Nash/Queen collaboration. (Note: "Evening Star" is, unfortunately, not a Fripp/Eno cover.) DAVE SEGAL
Friday, Crocodile (Belltown)
“World music” is a nebulous and arguably heinous genre designation that’s too broad to truly carry any meaning whatsoever. That being said, the work of Canadian guitarist Jesse Cook would perhaps be best filed under this label. Most known for his proficiency and excellence playing the flamenco guitar, Cook has also expanded his knowledge into genres and musical traditions from cultures all over the world. After studying with musicians in seven countries on three continents, Cook’s 2017 album Beyond Borders is a blend of jazz, flamenco, R&B, and electronica that attempts to create a fluid sound between the disparate genres. Borders are just in our head! JASMYNE KEIMIG
Friday, Moore Theatre (Belltown)
Los Ángeles Azules
Iztapalapa-bred Cumbia band Los Ángeles Azules (who, as you might guess from their name, now reside in LA), will come to town on their Esto Si Es Cumbia Tour.
Friday, Paramount Theatre (Downtown)
The Maine Presents The Mirror
With over a decade's experience making emo music in the desert, the Maine (who are, confusingly, from Arizona) will churn out some fresh material on this tour stop, which promises to take on an "immersive audio and visual experience unlike anything the Maine has done before." "
Friday, the Showbox (Downtown)
Orfeo ed Euridice
Recall the romantic tragedy of Orfeo and Euridice with this operatic performance of their tale of woe, as countertenor Philippe Jaroussky takes us through Orfeo's journey into the underworld to bring his lady back to life.
Friday, Benaroya Hall (Downtown)
Twenty-five years into their career, Sleater-Kinney have built a devoted fan base who would run through burning forests in gasoline suits in order to see them perform. Thanks to their strong, catchy, feminist music, Sleater-Kinney have become a Pacific Northwest rock institution. On albums such as 2005’s The Woods and 2015’s No Cities to Love, S-K blow out their songs to stadium-sized dimensions, but without sacrificing passion. However, drummer Janet Weiss left the band a month before they released this year’s St. Vincent–produced The Center Won’t Hold. Thankfully, S-K haven’t mellowed lyrically, addressing the toxic fallout following the 2016 presidential election. Musically, the new album bears surprising electronic elements, but still rocks with an anthemic panache. DAVE SEGAL
Saturday, Paramount Theatre (Downtown)
Taj Mahal Quintet
Taj Mahal has a voice that makes me feel instantly warm, comforted, and content. Sometimes it’s low, gritty, easy, set against breezy, ambling grooves with vague island vibes (“Satisfied N’ Tickled Too”), other times it’s husky and booming over bright rootsy melodies (“Queen Bee”) or low-down, harmonica-piped R&B (“Leaving Trunk”), and often, it’s plain smoky and soulful and rambling (“Corinna”). Taj has been singing, finger-picking, and instrument-slinging (guitar, dobro, steel, kora, etc.) for more than five decades, heavily infusing his loose brand of blues with elements of rock, R&B, jazz, Americana, and world music (as for that last, go listen to Mumtaz Mahal and Kulanjan for some truly transcendent beauty). He’s also just a cool dude with an impressive collection of wide-brimmed hats, and he is a pleasure to see live. You'll have many chances on this Seattle run: He’s playing 13 shows over eight days with his quintet, which includes bassist Bill Rich, Bobby Ingano (guitar, Hawaiian lap steel), and drummer Kester Smith, plus special guest Roger Glenn on vibes. LEILANI POLK
Friday-Sunday, Jazz Alley (Downtown)
Trans-Siberian Orchestra 2019 Presented By Hallmark Channel
Yes, I know, they're cheesy in the extreme and not even actually from Siberia, but Trans-Siberian Orchestra's jolly blend of electric-guitar shredding and Christmas music is like the flu: It comes around every year and it's extremely catchy. That being said, if I'm going to be afflicted with pinch-harmonic-inflected cheer, then I'm at least going to focus on the upside. Which is, TSO formed from the remains of the excellent and under-appreciated power-metal outfit Savatage, whose interpretation of Edvard Grieg's "In the Hall of the Mountain King" probably sparked the whole classical-music-meets-metal fad. Now if only they still had Alex Skolnick from Testament in the band. JOSEPH SCHAFER
Sunday, Tacoma Dome
'21 Bridges' Opening
Chasing a couple of cop-killers, an NYPD detective played by Chadwick Boseman of Black Panther discovers a vast conspiracy. Meanwhile, the authorities are closing all 21 bridges to Manhattan.
Friday-Sunday, Various locations
'A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood' Opening
It’s unusual to witness real cinematic magic these days, but the Fred Rogers biopic A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood absolutely has it. Director Marielle Heller (Diary of a Teenage Girl, Can You Ever Forgive Me?) wisely avoids the visual slickness one might expect from a Tom Hanks-centric melodrama, instead employing a lived-in style and scene transitions that consist of miniature cities harkening back to the opening of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. Hanks is totally committed to Rogers’ appearance and manner, but A Beautiful Day is more about Lloyd Vogel (Matthew Rhys) a fictional journalist profiling Rogers. (Vogel’s work is based on a 1998 Esquire profile by Tom Junod; as is the case with the film, Junrod’s piece sketches a beautiful yet enigmatic image of Rogers.) Where Heller’s film becomes transcendent is in its cinematic pressure points: The striking slowness of the narrative (it’s meant to emulate the pace of Rogers’ show, and you get used to it), the mirroring of Rogers and Vogel in their interview styles and drawn-out reaction shots, and a profound moment of silence that grips your heart like, “Did that really just happen? Why was that so intense?” SUZETTE SMITH
Friday-Sunday, Various locations
Dan Savage's HUMP! Film Festival
In the beginning... there was porn. And some of it was pretty awesome! But a lot of it, you know, wasn't. Mainstream porn can be problematic in all sorts of ways—most notably that 90 percent of dirty movies are made for white dudes by white dudes. And why is there primarily only one body type (skinny and hairless)? And are any of the actors having fun? I mean, for real? These are the kinds of porn problems that inspired beloved sex columnist Dan Savage to create the HUMP! Film Festival—an annual celebration of amateur dirty movies that are for the people, by the people! HUMP! invites folks to submit five-minute mini porn flicks written, directed, shot, and—in a lot of cases—performed by these sex-positive amateur auteurs. The filmmakers are encouraged to express themselves sexually in whatever way they see fit—so instead of seeing the same, staid heteronormative clips you'll find on the internet, HUMP! is a virtual rainbow of diverse (AND HOT) sexuality! WM. STEVEN HUMPHREY
Friday-Sunday, On the Boards (Queen Anne)
'Frozen II' Opening
It starts out with Young Elsa and Young Anna, and, I don’t know, this is just my opinion, but I didn’t think that part was very necessary, necessarily? I thought the story was good. I thought the parts were well thought out and they had some depth to them, if you know what I mean? Like some parts were really sad, and some parts could be interpreted in a lot of different ways. Also, you know how in the first Frozen, there’s like this main song that you know is the main song? In this one, there’s like three or four different songs that could be that main song. There were songs that like Elsa and Anna and Kristoff sang that could qualify for that position. I thought they were fine. SIMON HAM, AGE 12
Friday-Sunday, Various locations
'Honey Boy' Opening
Shia LaBeouf wrote and stars in this drama based on his own experiences as a child star with a difficult father (he plays the character based on his own messed-up dad, while Noah Jupe and Lucas Hedges play the son).
Friday-Sunday, AMC Pacific Place 11 (Downtown)
Seattle Turkish Film Festival
The Turkish American Cultural Association of Washington will present the sixth annual edition of their community-driven, volunteer-led festival featuring a rich panorama of new Turkish films.
Friday-Sunday, Various locations
Warren Miller's 'Timeless'
No one captured the magic of winter slopes better than the late, great ski and snowboarding filmmaker Warren Miller. Celebrate his legacy by watching pro athletes glide down mountains in this new film by Warren Miller Entertainment.
Friday-Sunday, McCaw Hall (Seattle Center)
COMEDY & PERFORMANCE
12 Minutes Max
12 Minutes Max is back! The rules are simple: Curators pick a slew of different sorts of performance artists—dancers, actors, musicians, multimedia impresarios—and give them 12 minutes and a stage to show a work-in-progress. That's good for the artist, because feedback before a premiere is hard to come by. That's good for the audience, because they get to see previews of shows everyone will be talking about in two years. For this iteration, multidisciplinary artists Fox Whitney (fresh off a well-received performance at On the Boards) and barry johnson (whose paintings I love) have selected eight performers. Among the offerings: "hybridized texts that vibrate with nontraditional witchy energy" from Wryly McCutchen, a piece about "Hmong motherhood in America" from Minna Lee, and a story from Amy Augustine about a couple who fell off a ferry. That performance involves "live music, two mini trampolines, a large swath of blue silk, and buckets of water." RICH SMITH
Sunday, Base: Experimental Arts + Space (Georgetown)
The dancers of Can Can and powerhouse singer Renee Holiday (formerly Shaprece, who "ranks among the Northwest’s most radiant, soulful vocalists and producers of torch-song-centric electronic music," per Dave Segal) collaborate on this sensuous coming-of-age story, featuring a leading performance by Holiday and new choreography.
Friday-Sunday, Can Can (Downtown)
Dice: Pride & Prejudice
Eight actors have memorized the entire script of an original adaptation of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. At this performance, presented by immersive/experimental theater company Dacha, an audience member will roll the dice and decide who will play which character. When Dacha gave Shakespeare's Twelfth Night the same treatment in 2017, former Arts Calendar Editor Julia Raban wrote: "Based on the premise, you might expect a harried and unfinished production, but this show does not follow the rules of logic. There's beautiful blocking and choreography, constant and clever improvisation."
Friday-Sunday, Seattle Gilbert and Sullivan (Crown Hill)
Felipe Esparza: The Bad Hambre Tour
The Last Comic Standing winner from 2010, Esparza (Translate This, They’re Not Gonna Laugh at You, The Eric Andre Show, the podcast What's Up Fool?) will bring some laughs.
Saturday, Neptune Theatre (University District)
The Portland Mercury's Wm. Steven Humphrey sums up Foxworthy as "the creator of the 'You know you're a redneck...' line of not-very-funny jokes, the host of Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?, and the early-'90s equivalent to Larry the Cable Guy."
Friday, Snoqualmie Casino
Kitten N’ Lou Present: Cream
A confession: I've watched Kitten N' Lou's wedding video at least 20 times. They're just so gosh darn intoxicating and lovely. (It's on their website. I didn't, like, steal it or anything.) The burlesque duo exudes a chemistry unrivaled by any other stage pair I've seen, and, luckily for Seattle, this "world's showbusiest couple" are mainstays of the Emerald City. Their show Cream brings Love Connie and the Atomic Bombshells along for a Spanksgiving feast of drag and burlesque. Go and prepare to fall in love. CHASE BURNS
Friday-Saturday, Triple Door (Downtown)
Shout, Sister, Shout!
Rejoice in the music and power of the "Godmother of Rock 'n' Roll," Rosetta Tharpe, the amazing singer and guitarist who transformed American music.
Friday-Sunday, Seattle Repertory Theatre (Seattle Center)
READINGS & TALKS
Ben Lerner: The Topeka School
Ben Lerner again walks the outer edges of prose form and perspective in his third novel, The Topeka School, a book "about family and art and memory and meaning, how it's made and unmade." The obsession humming under the well-wrought, perfectly paced, at times riveting scenes about family and art and memory, etc. is the troubling rise in power of the man-child, the Large Adult Son, and his penchant for violence and tyranny. Adam is a precocious, Ivy-bound, master debater who excels at extemporaneous speaking. His parents, Jane and Jonathan, are clinical psychologists at the "Foundation," a revolutionary school/clinic/psychiatric training facility that focuses on adolescent mental health. Despite rampant sexism in the field of psychoanalysis, Jane's work in the discipline and her general-audience feminist books about family dynamics have earned her fame. The other main character is Darren, a proto-MAGA hat. Lerner tells the story from the perspectives of all of those characters while also acknowledging through certain literary flourishes that each of those perspectives is really just him. RICH SMITH
Saturday, Elliott Bay Book Company (Capitol Hill)
Heather Havrilesky: Embracing the Imperfections of the Everyday
Heather Havrilesky, the self-improvement expert behind the acclaimed Ask Polly advice column, will share insight from her new book about embracing our imperfections.
Friday, Town Hall (First Hill)
Two dozen Pacific Northwest authors (Kathleen Alcala, Erica Bauermeister, JL Brown, Lynn Brunelle, and Deb Caletti, just to name a few) will chat with readers, read excerpts, and sign copies of their books.
Saturday, Phinney Neighborhood Association
Hugo Literary Series: Taking Liberties
Local writers and musicians Juan Felipe Herrera, Richard Chiem, Amber Flame, and others will explore the concept of "taking liberties."
Friday, Hugo House (Capitol Hill)
Nisi Shawl and K. Tempest Bradford: Writing the Other
Local sci-fi icon Nisi Shawl (best-known for the brilliant Everfair) will talk about diverse representation in fiction alongside fellow speculative fiction writer K. Tempest Bradford.
Saturday, University Book Store (University District)
Raise money for Seattle's most beloved writing center, Hugo House, at this book club series featuring special guests. The books you'll discuss this weekend are Emma (Fri), The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, (Sat) and Beloved (Sat).
Friday-Saturday, Hugo House (Capitol Hill)
Peter Sagal is the host of the nerdy NPR game show Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me! and the author of the funny memoir The Incomplete Book of Running.
Sunday, Neptune Theatre (University District)
This independently organized TED event promises fast-paced and engaging presentations with illustrious speakers like photographer and filmmaker Chris Jordan, Mercy For Animals President Leah Garcés, Nigerian American blogger Karen Okonkwo, and other guests.
Saturday, McCaw Hall (Seattle Center)
Alchemy 5: Transformation in Contemporary Enamels
This juried exhibition, traveling from the University of Oregon, pays tribute to the "alchemical" process of firing powdered glass to produce vitreous enamel, a coating that can turn glass, metal, stone, or ceramic into a shining object of deep, sheeny colors. See some of the best enamel-coated objects in the world.
Saturday-Sunday, Museum of Glass (Tacoma)
Danny Lyon: Dissenter in His Own Country
American photographer Danny Lyon has long been part of the Civil Rights movement and its successors, beginning in his student days in the 1960s. This exhibition gathers prints from three bodies of work from 1963 to 1980, offering honest and dramatic images of subjects from "bikeriders on a race track" to "children in the streets of Colombia."
Saturday-Sunday, Seattle Art Museum (Downtown)
In Plain Sight
This group show is stacked. Featuring some of the best and most interesting artists currently working nationally and internationally, In Plain Sight “addresses narratives, communities, and histories that are typically hidden or invisible in our public space (both conceptually and literally defined).” The work in this exhibition isn’t confined to one particular gallery but is spread throughout the entire museum. Particularly of note is Iraqi painter Hayv Kahraman and her work surrounding memory, gender, and diaspora; Kiwi visual artist Fiona Connor, who deals in the overlooked infrastructure we are surrounded by; and the vibrant mixed-media pieces from Jamaican artist Ebony G. Patterson. JASMYNE KEIMIG
Friday-Sunday, Henry Art Gallery (University District)
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OTHER NOTEWORTHY HAPPENINGS
Alaska Way Viaduct Demolition Event
Pick up your very own fragment of the Alaskan Way Viaduct to cherish forever before demolition is officially kaput.
Friday-Sunday, Friends of Waterfront (Downtown)
Beaujolais Nouveau Wine Festival
Go unapologetically New Seattle at the Beaujolais Nouveau Wine Festival. No LaCroix, no thrift store shopping, no posting about protests you aren’t actually going to attend. Just a party held on the 76th floor of the Columbia Center to celebrate the release of exquisite (limited) Beaujolais Nouveau wines from France. While enjoying a stunning view of both Puget Sound and Lake Washington from Seattle’s tallest building, you’ll get a chance to mingle with representatives from Fortune 500 companies, trendsetters, and members of the Seattle Francophile community. Guests who go for the full VIP package will be served special hors d’oeuvres not meant for commoners. DAVID LEWIS
Friday, Columbia Tower Club (Downtown)
Seattle Onesie Bar Crawl
Slip your arms and legs into a singular garment for this wild annual bar crawl.
Saturday, Various locations (Downtown)