Jon Stewart's Daily Show successor Trevor Noah will offer fresh slants on timely topics this Friday in Tacoma. Brad Barket
Our music critics have already chosen the 39 best music shows this week, but now it's our arts & culture critics' turn to recommend the best events in their areas of expertise. Here are their picks in every genre—from Velocity's Next Fest NW to Trevor Noah, and from the Renegade Craft Fair to Cucci Binaca's performance arts festival Cucchella. See them all below, and find even more events on our complete Things To Do calendar.
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MONDAY

FOOD & DRINK

Delancey Feast of the Seven Fishes
The Feast of the Seven Fishes is a traditional Italian American supper featuring seven kinds of fish or seafood, usually served before midnight Mass on Christmas Eve. This lavish spread from Delancey promises the freshest catches the Ballard pizzeria can procure, with albacore crudo, handmade Il Corvo pasta with lobster, Dungeness crab, Penn Cove mussels, anchovies, roasted oysters snatched from Delancey’s roaring wood-fired oven, and a steady flow of wine throughout. They’ll finish with some delightful-sounding butterscotch pots de creme for dessert.

READINGS & TALKS

César Cuauhtémoc García Hernández: Migrating to Prison
Hernández explodes the myth that the incarceration of immigrants is a time-honored and normal practice with this history of the immigration prison system, which emerged as late as the mid-1980s.

Mark Morris: Out Loud
The incredible Seattle-raised dance artist will read from his autobiography, in which he tells of his uncompromising career as a performer and choreographer.

MONDAY-TUESDAY

VISUAL ART

Naima Lowe: Aren't They All Just Love Songs Anyway?
Multimedia artist Naima Lowe poses a question with the title of her new exhibition that I have often wondered about myself. Aren’t They All Just Love Songs Anyway? will feature new music, videos, sculptures, and drawings that explore the “risks and pleasures of being Black and valuing love.” Like in her past work, Lowe will draw on Black musical traditions, tracing the relationship between Black trauma and Black joy. Lowe will also use the color pink “as a cipher to reclaim Black humanity.” JASMYNE KEIMIG
Closing Tuesday

The Stranger Presents: A Worldwide Silent Reading Party!
Every Wednesday at 6pm PST, make yourself a snack, pour yourself a drink, and read whatever you feel like reading silently
Back by popular demand with showtunes, pop, gossip & jokes! It's Gay Misérables!
With geniuses Sara Porkalob, Justin Huertas, Nicholas Bernard, Rachel Guyer-Mafune, and Danny Kam! Encore presentation 8/7
Elliot Bay Book Co., NAAM & Tasveer Present: A Talk with Isabel Wilkerson
Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents – This book shifts fundamental perspectives on how race and related matters are understood!

Zoee Xiao
Bellevue-based watercolor painter Zoee Xiao uses her traditional Chinese training combined with Western techniques in her paintings. Xiao's bio explains that "she grew up in a beautiful southern town in China which raised in her a passion for visual art and nature," and her love of colors and shapes in nature is clear.
Closing Tuesday

ALL WEEK

FOOD & DRINK

Miracle on 2nd
In 2014, New York bar owner Greg Boehm temporarily transformed his space into a kitschy Christmas wonderland replete with gewgaws and tchotchkes galore. Now the pop-up has expanded to more than 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.” New this year: At nearby Vinnie's Raw Bar, there will be a spin-off holiday-tiki-themed pop-up called "Sippin' Santa," which asks you to "imagine Santa on a surfboard instead of a sleigh and palm trees instead of pine." Drinks include the "Kris Kringle Colada" (dark Jamaican rum, Cynar, allspice, lime and pineapple juice, and cream of coconut) and the "Christmas Eve of Destruction" (dark overproof rum, herbal liqueur, nutmeg syrup, lime juice, and Angostura bitters). JULIANNE BELL

WINTER HOLIDAYS

Enchant Christmas
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.

TUESDAY

COMEDY

Jay and Silent Bob: Reboot Roadshow with Jason Mewes and Kevin Smith
Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes, podcast co-hosts and the filmmakers behind the classic slacker comedy Clerks and its sequels, will appear in support of Smith's new directorial venture, Jay and Silent Bob Reboot.

Venus Envy Holiday Reunion Show! with Laura Love, Lisa Koch, Linda Severt, Linda Schierman
This comedic quartet is made up of Seattle comedic institution Lisa Koch (co-progenitor of such classics as Ham for the Holidays), "folk-funk" songwriter Laura Love, vaudeville entertainer Linda Severt, and musician Linda Schierman.

READINGS & TALKS

Erika Lee: A History of Xenophobia in the US
Erika Lee, director of the Immigration History Research Center at the University of Minnesota, is here to explain just how long the Statue of Liberty has been an absolute joke, a monument to openhearted immigration policy in a country that has excluded the Chinese, harassed the Germans and the Irish, and corralled the Mexicans and the Japanese into concentration camps. Lee's early work focused on the Chinese Exclusion Act, but her new history, America for Americans: A History of Xenophobia in the United States, takes a broader view, examining the connections between racism and xenophobia over the last couple hundred years. RICH SMITH

Seattle Writers + Seattle Artists
Four local writers and four visual artists featured in Cascadia Magazine will be paired up for an evening of artistic genre-bending. Hear from former Seattle Civic Poet Anastacia Renée, prose writer Kristen Millares Young, fiction writer Ruth Joffre, and poet Shankar Narayan as they read alongside installations by Carol Rashawnna Williams, Sarah Samudre Salcedo, Clare Johnson, and Monyee Chau.

TUESDAY-SUNDAY

PERFORMANCE

A Christmas Carol
ACT Theatre's production of A Christmas Carol is a dependable, simple pleasure, with just enough variation to warrant returning year after year. Kelly Kitchens will direct.

The Hard Nut
The brilliant ballet choreographer Mark Morris's update of The Nutcracker, now a 28-year-old classic in itself, transports E.T.A. Hoffman's story from 19th-century Germany to 1970s America. With production design inspired by the great Fantagraphics-published comics artist Charles Burns, this Broadway staging is gonna be weird, queer, and perhaps even John Waters-esque.

Hershey Felder: Beethoven
Former Stranger writer Sean Nelson described Felder as an "astonishingly gifted vocalist and pianist, not merely in terms of pure technique, but in his capacity for restraint." In this show, he takes on the roles of both Ludwig van Beethoven and his student Gerhard von Breuning while playing such beloved pieces as Moonlight Sonata and Pathetique Sonata, as well as excerpts from the famed Fifth and Ninth Symphonies.

Mrs. Doubtfire
This is the world premiere of the musical Mrs. Doubtfire, a stage adaptation of the 1993 Robin Williams film. After its run in Seattle, it goes straight to Broadway. Mrs. Doubtfire is directed by Jerry Zaks, a Broadway legend who won a Tony Award for directing the revival of Guys and Dolls in 1992, and was nominated again for his revival of Hello, Dolly! with Bette Midler in 2017. CHRISTOPHER FRIZZELLE

A Very Die Hard Christmas
Marxiano Productions will restage last year's hit holiday musical from a script by the top-notch sketch comedy outfit the Habit (plus Jeff Schell), which peppers the rip-roaring action with songs, jokes, and more.

WEDNESDAY

PERFORMANCE

Performance Lab: Uncanny Cabaret
Matt Aguayo, also known as the drag performer Angel Baby Kill Kill Kill, has joined Performance Lab curator Charles Smith to select the lineup for this fabulous "post-binary," queer cabaret: Lesbian Death Bed, Positive Positive, Stasia Coup, L'Von and Charmaine, and Sam I'Am.

READINGS & TALKS

Karl Marlantes: Deep River
The author of the fantastically successful novel Matterhorn and the nonfiction What It Is Like to Go to War will read from Deep River, a PNW-set epic about Finnish immigrants who settle in the US in early 20th-century America. If early reviews are anything to go by, this long novel is richly detailed and fascinating, full of Finnish culture tidbits and Northwest history.

Who Needs Galleries?
Beloved local artists Brandon Vosika, Mary Anne Carter, and Leah St. Lawrence will speak on the new forms that the art scene is adopting—DIY exhibitions, fairs, social media sharing—with Gary Faigin, Gage Academy of Art director, as moderator.

Writers Under the Influence: James Baldwin
James Baldwin is the author of several masterpieces of fiction, many brilliant essays, and a couple of plays. His reputation as an artist and public intellectual grows with each passing year, especially because he channeled his perceptions of white supremacy into timeless articulations of the evil lurking beneath America’s premises. This tribute to Baldwin is a collaboration between Hugo House and the Northwest African American Museum. It will feature readings and remembrances by Anastacia-Reneé, Ebo Barton, LaNesha DeBardelaben, and Seattle civic poet Jourdan Imani Keith. CHRISTOPHER FRIZZELLE

WEDNESDAY-SUNDAY

PERFORMANCE

The Christmas Killings at Corgi Cliffs
Butch Alice once again stars as Becky June Beasley-Jones in Scot Rigsby Augustson's drag-filled send-up of Agatha Christie-type whodunits, directed by Jasmine Joshua (artistic director of Reboot Theatre Company)

The Dina Martina Christmas Show
Watching Seattle drag legend Dina Martina perform is a bit like having a Christmastime flu. You will sit there, confused and warm, your thoughts disassociating, a fever addling your brain, while the holiday cheer twinkles all around you. Truly there’s no performer who is more like a strong dose of Nyquil than Dina Martina. She is cozy but disorienting. You will laugh without knowing why. Take her with alcohol and double the danger. CHASE BURNS

Jingle All the Gay!
The new performers are the standouts in Jingle All the Gay! Kitten N' Lou brought in Markeith Wiley and Randy Ford, two breakout dancers/performance artists who have been having a great couple of years performing around Seattle. Wiley plays the mailman, an important figure in any holiday story, and he's got to deliver lots of big, uh, packages. Ford plays Lil' Fruitcake, a femme voguing fruitcake who fucks shit up in the best way possible. Ford and Wiley's duets are highlights, as are the numbers from Seattle drag artist Abbey Roads, who brings solid musical theater chops and good comic timing. Also in this cast: New York City's Mr. Gorgeous, serving his uniquely tall and hilarious boylesque as the Little Drummer Boy. These favorites return, along with the UK's Reuben Kaye, plus Lola van Ella from New Orleans. CHASE BURNS

Shout, Sister, Shout!
A black queer woman named Rosetta Tharpe invented rock and roll as we know it today. Exuberant and stomping with an electric guitar in hand, her picking and singing influenced the likes of Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley, Little Richard, and the list goes on. Born the daughter of two cotton pickers in Cotton Plant, Arkansas, Tharpe rose up through gospel, and became internationally known for fusing rural and urban styles of music in certified bangers such as "Down by the Riverside" and "This Train." Playwright Cheryl L. West offers this dramatic treatment of Gayle F. Wald’s biography of the "Godmother of Rock and Roll" in a show that's drawn near universal praise from critics. Get pumped to watch this musical portrait of a legend. RICH SMITH

Wonderland
Wonderland is divided into three short acts that make up a brisk 90-minute show. Hosted by the exceedingly charismatic JonnyBoy (Jonathan Betchtel), each act gets progressively naughtier, although the most scandalous thing an audience member sees is a jock-strapped ass and bare tits covered by pasties. The show has danger, but it's found in the cancan lines that occur mere feet from audience members' dinner salads. During the third act, two dancers perform an athletic duet that—when I saw it—nearly knocked over a birthday girl's wine glass. But it didn't. Everyone whooped. CHASE BURNS

WINTER HOLIDAYS

WildLights
The Woodland Park Zoo will light up with thousands upon thousands of (energy-efficient) LED lights that recreate wild scenes and creatures. You can also throw fake snowballs at your friends, get up close with certain animal residents, and sip hot chocolate.

THURSDAY

COMEDY

The Gateway Show
It’s an experiment in stand-up: Four comics do their sets. Then these four comics get super, duper stoned. Then they perform again while occupying this much hazier headspace. Or attempt to perform again. Will the bake bring out another dimension of their comedy, or will they bomb, one by one, in forgetful spells of heaping laughter (or awkward pauses)? This sounds like an entertaining experiment, and they do it once a month. LEILANI POLK

FILM

Nocturnal Emissions 2019
Dark-minded burlesque maven Isabella L. Price and Clinton McClung of Cinebago Events will return with their cheeky, sexy, macabre series Nocturnal Emissions, which prefaces an unusual horror classic with "phantasmagoric" burlesque performances and other fun. The final film will be the campy Vincent Price vehicle The Masque of the Red Death.

PERFORMANCE

Year in Review Live: Seattle
If you love KUOW's radio broadcast Week in Review, you may be interested in their first-ever yearly edition, with host Bill Radke and special guests delivering news, quizzes, and music.

READINGS & TALKS

Amplifying the Voices of Missing and Murdered Indigenous People
Of the cities reviewed in a new study from the Urban Indian Health Institute (UIHI), Seattle has the highest number of missing and murdered indigenous women in the country. Abigail Echo-Hawk, director of the institute and one of the study's researchers, will explain why that's the case and offer some solutions for how to stop the horrific and largely unregistered violence perpetuated against Native women. Echo-Hawk will also cover other health and social issues, including the results of another study released earlier this year by UIHI showing that 94 percent of Native women have reported being raped at some point in their lives. Some major challenges Echo-Hawk and the other speakers are likely to mention during this conversation include poor record-keeping protocols on the part of police and institutional racism in the media. If law enforcement and media do not account for the violence happening in the first place, then we can't figure out why it's happening. If we can't figure out why it's happening, then we can't stop it. And if we can't stop it, then more women will continue to be murdered and go missing. RICH SMITH

Michael Cunningham: The Problem Is Never the Plot
The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Hours will contend that profoundly human characters, not plot, should be a writer's focus in this Word Works: Writers on Writing lecture.

VISUAL ART

Capitol Hill Art Walk
Every second Thursday, rain or shine, the streets of Capitol Hill are filled with tipsy art lovers checking out galleries and special events. Check out our critics' picks for this month here.

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
Curator tour on Saturday

THURSDAY-FRIDAY

PERFORMANCE

Britain's Baking Challenge
See the inherently silly drama of The Great British Baking Show recreated by four improvisers who really bake onstage and present the results to two "remarkably placid judges."

THURSDAY-SATURDAY

COMEDY

Wilfred Padua, David Tveite
Dave Segal has described Wilfred Padua as "Seattle's funniest middle-school teacher by some distance." But let's not damn with faint praise (no disrespect to middle-school teachers): Padua has also had a lot of success in the POC-centered showcase Minority Retort and has performed previously at Bumbershoot, Bridgetown, Boring Time, and other festivals. DC comedian and podcast host David Tveite will open.

THURSDAY-SUNDAY

PERFORMANCE

Donald Byrd's 'The Harlem Nutcracker'
Acclaimed local choreographer Donald Byrd developed this adaptation of the cherished Christmas ballet for black American culture. This will be the performance of "phase one," which will include Act 1, "Party Scene" and Act 2, "Club Sweets."

George Balanchine's 'The Nutcracker'
If you haven't seen this Christmas classic since you were a kid, give it a go this year. In 2014, Pacific Northwest Ballet replaced its beloved Maurice Sendak set with one by Ian Falconer, who did the Olivia the Pig books, and I'm glad that they did. The new set is gorgeous in a Wes Anderson-like way, and it reflects the genuine weirdness and beauty in the story. I mean, the last 45 minutes of this thing is a Katy Perry video starring dancing desserts and a glittery peacock that moves like a sexy broken river. Bring a pot lozenge. RICH SMITH

Head Over Heels
Tunes by the Go-Go's [sic] pepper this musical loosely based on a 16th-century narrative poem by Sir Philip Sidney. A royal family learns of a fateful prophecy that may disrupt "the Beat" that supplies the rhythm to their kingdom. Jeff Whitty (Avenue Q, Bring It On: The Musical, the screenplay for Can You Ever Forgive Me?) wrote the book and lyrics.

Land of the Sweets: The Burlesque Nutcracker
Land of the Sweets: The Burlesque Nutcracker is a lascivious holiday show experience with sugar plum fairies, exciting clothes-dropping times, and more swanky fun.

Next Fest NW 2019
Velocity's annual Next Fest NW spotlights exciting new choreographers coming up in the Seattle dance scene. Lucie Baker, Shane Donohue, Marco Farroni, Vladimir Kremenović, and Hannah Rae will present pieces that play to this year's theme—"Ritual and Rebellion"—covering subjects such as "brutalist architecture, corporate sponsorship, queer coming of age, and Slavic mythology." Last year, Donohue put on a transcendently good display of weird-ass bravado during his solo performance in Kim Lusk's fabulous A Dance for Dark Horses, so I'm hoping he brings a similar energy to THIS SPACE FOR RENT, which sounds like a welcome send-up of the unholy alliance between capitalism and the arts. According to a preview in Broadway World, Farroni's (papi) will draw from the dancer's personal experiences, revealing "performance practice as a method to understand displacement, adaptation, love, memory, and trauma." Baker's Singing Over the Bones, inspired by "figures from Eastern European folklore alleged to be the restless spirits of women who have died unjust or untimely deaths," sounds eminently unmissable, too. RICH SMITH

Scott Shoemaker's War on Christmas
Scott Shoemaker (Ms. Pak-Man) and illustrious friends like Mandy Price, Waxie Moon, Adé Conneré, and Faggedy Randy will lead a fearless investigation into the War on Christmas. Their weapons: "ALL NEW hilarious comedy, songs, dance numbers, amazing videos and partial nudity!"

FRIDAY

COMEDY

Amir K
Iranian American comic/actor Amir K is a wildly electric onstage and on-screen presence who has earned roles on MadTV and the MTV prank show Jerks with Cameras, aided partially by his vast repertoire of accents. While writing this blurb, I disturbed the peace in the office with obnoxiously loud guffaws, thanks to bits about delineating the behavior of various ethnic groups in traffic court, messing with racists on a plane after being regarded as a terrorist, dealing with a frustrating Time Warner Cable representative in India (incredibly relatable), interacting with his father (who doesn’t understand his comedy at all), and the stigmas attached to people of Middle Eastern descent in the United States. DAVE SEGAL

Trevor Noah: Loud and Clear
Blessing: South African comedian Trevor Noah has control of the bully pulpit of Comedy Central's The Daily Show. Curse: He had to follow Jon Stewart in that slot. It's hard not to seem a tad second-rate replacing a vastly influential and beloved political-satire legend, but Noah's gamely making a go of it. He leverages his outsider status in America—how many other South African comics do you know?—to offer fresh slants on myriad social and political topics. DAVE SEGAL

FILM

BTS Stories: 'Thin Skin' with Charles Mudede
Go behind the scenes with filmmaker and Stranger philosopher-in-residence Charles Mudede as he chats about his new film Thin Skin, which stars incredibly talented siblings Ahamefule and Ijeoma Oluo and will debut in 2020.

PERFORMANCE

Crossdresser for Christ-mas
Few queens belt a Broadway hit like Ginger Minj. I once saw the RuPaul’s Drag Race star perform her Crossdresser for Christ cabaret show to a sold-out crowd of bears (the gay kind), and her brassy singing brought the crowd to tears. By the end of it, I was drunk and singing along in the balcony. I’m pretty sure it will go down as the gayest night of theater in my life. Now that she’s bringing a version of that show-tunes-filled original show to Queer Bar, maybe I can have the queerest night of theater in my life. CHASE BURNS

Red Night Light
The luxe, leather-clad Valtesse performers will pay homage to the working girls of Seattle at the underground Pioneer Square cabaret venue Underbelly. 

READINGS & TALKS

Copper Canyon Press Showcase and Holiday Book Sale
The local press will have many poetry books to buy during their annual celebration. Come for the shopping, stay for the ecological verse reading from Here: Poems for the Planet, featuring work from 125 prominent writers like Mary Oliver, Robert Hass, and Aimee Nezhukumatathil, plus a foreword by the Dalai Lama.

FRIDAY-SATURDAY

COMEDY

Sugar Plum Gary
A misanthropic disposition combined with a strong satanist worldview distinguishes Sugar Plum Gary from other yuletide figures. Every year around this time, "somewhat beloved storyteller and comedian Emmett Montgomery" slips into a red onesie and takes the stage to give audience members completely unsolicited advice on how to best navigate the season, and it's often pretty funny if you're into dark, absurd humor. What's his favorite holiday decorating tip? In an interview with Brett Hamil in City Arts, Sugar Plum Gary gives his answer: I like to "find a dark place and put myself in a corner and wait," he says, with a creepy uncle grin. Merry Christmas. RICH SMITH

Uncle Mike Ruins Christmas
Mike Murphy and Jet City cast members reenact and trample over your fond Christmas memories with gleeful vulgarity. Not for the squeamish.

FOOD & DRINK

Holiday Tea
Instead of gazing at a virtual Yule log video, take your tea beside an actual roaring, crackling hearth at Hotel Sorrento’s Fireside Room, a Mad Men–worthy old-school vision in opulent ochre mahogany paneling. You can nosh on posh teatime fare—like freshly baked butter croissants, lemon scones, and chocolate beignets; cured salmon with alfalfa sprouts and herb cream cheese; and smoked ham with pimento cheese and pickles—as you sink into a squishy high-backed leather chair and enjoy sounds played on a baby grand piano. If you’re lucky, you might even spy the ghost of Alice B. Toklas, who is said to roam the halls of the hotel.JULIANNE BELL JULIANNE BELL

FRIDAY-SUNDAY

COMEDY

The Judy Garland Christmas Special
Crabgrass Productions portrays the dress rehearsal of Judy Garland's deeply uncomfortable 1963 Christmas television special, with Judy overwhelmed by terrifying alcohol-induced hallucinations and wreaking havoc on sugary Christmas tunes. Troy Mink plays Judy in this mean but reportedly very funny Christmas trainwreck.

PERFORMANCE

Acrobatic Conundrum Presents: Unraveling
As Rich Smith has written, "Acrobatic Conundrum trades the cheeseball spectacle of circus arts for the more expressive vocabulary of modern dance without sacrificing the athletic rigor associated with the form." This live-scored production stars vertical rope artists, including former members of Cirque du Soleil and Teatro Zinzanni and alumni of the Montreal National Circus School, in a dramatization of "themes of interdependence, mortality, and love."

Buttcracker V...the Last Thrust!
This festive and raunchy holiday show promises glittery professional dance and holiday satire set to a hair-metal soundtrack...for the very last time.

WINTER HOLIDAYS

Christmas Lighting Festival
Holiday cheer abounds in Washington's own Bavarian-style village of Leavenworth, which celebrates the season with live Christmas music, visits from both St. Nickolaus and Santa Claus, sledding, and more—all culminating in glorious lighting ceremonies every Saturday and Sunday.

SATURDAY

COMEDY

Miscast
In Miscast, improvisers who've never seen a particular movie/TV show will be cast alongside scripted performers playing a character from said movie/show. It's always a goofy, unpredictable time as improvisers muddle through scenes that turn increasingly nonsensical. Tonight's show (the last-ever show at the Pocket Theater, who will be moving to another venue) is "Episode XVII: The Rise of Improviser."

FOOD & DRINK

Artisan Donuts with 9th and Hennepin
Justin Newstrum of the Tom-Waits-inspired farmers market fixture 9th and Hennepin, which fries up seasonally inspired doughnuts to order, will lead this class on how to make raised doughnuts and fritters at home and fill and glaze them with tasty fruits and flavors.

Historic Downtown Snoqualmie Holiday Cookie Crawl
Tug on a sweater and amble around downtown Snoqualmie collecting free cookies from local businesses and getting some holiday shopping done. Photo ops with Santa will also be available.

PERFORMANCE

Cucchella
Continuing to push the form forward, debauched Seattle drag entertainer Cucci Binaca is answering every queer prayer we didn’t even know we had by hosting three parties over a 13-hour span. Big Sagittarius Energy. At Cucchella—the first-ever performance arts festival within the Kremwerk/Timbre Room complex—there is sure to be fake blood, drag entertainers lip syncing to YouTube clip remixes of Christina Aguilera songs, and a fuck ton of excellent mixes and dancing. Come for the 15 different entertainers performing at Critter Barn, stay for the lip syncs at QiQi Cabaret: Cucchella Edition, and beautifully unravel to the late night and sunrise DJ and drag sets of SLIP. JASMYNE KEIMIG

Live Wire! with Luke Burbank
Luke Burbank's Live Wire is an NPR-type variety program based in Portland, Oregon, featuring artists, writers, filmmakers, and musicians in conversation. This edition will feature comedian and screwy advice columnist John Hodgman and respected journalist and author Jon Mooallem.

Neal Kosaly-Meyer: Finnegans Wake
James Joyce wrote a novel that almost no reader of English can understand. It's called Finnegans Wake. Throw open any page of the novel, let your eyes fall on the middle of the page, and your command of English, no matter how powerful it is, will be instantly dashed to pieces. People to this day are lost in or still dealing with Finnegans Wake. One such person happens to live in Seattle. His name is Neal Kosaly-Meyer. He is a composer and a pianist. And for the past seven years, he's been performing memorized chapters of the novel at galleries and music halls around the city. "I decided to learn 37 pages a year," said Kosaly-Meyer. "That would be a page a week [with some breaks]. Learning it at that rate, it would take 17 years... I was 54 at this point. This meant I'd be 71 years old when I'm done. No time to fuck around at my age." Kosaly-Meyer is now 61. He's reached the first part of the sixth chapter, which is what he will perform. CHARLES MUDEDE

VISUAL ART

Georgetown Art Attack
Once a month, the art scene of the tiny airport hamlet of Georgetown ATTACKS all passersby. In more literal terms, it's the day of art openings and street wonderment. If the westerly locations are too far, there's a free Art Ride! Check out our critics' picks for this month here.

SATURDAY-SUNDAY

FESTIVALS

Renegade Craft Fair
Shop for crafts from new and returning makers while you enjoy live DJs, food trucks, and cocktails.

SUNDAY

FESTIVALS

Northwest Thrift-Con Winter Edition
This past summer, Stranger contributor Jordan Michelman wrote, "We came, we saw, we thrifted. The scene was beyond wild at Tacoma’s first-annual Northwest Thrift-Con, a new event created by All-Star Vintage founders Richard and Desi Sjouwke. Thrift-Con was a veritable smorgasbord of vintage clothing representing nearly every imaginable style and era of 20th-century fashion, spread out across 40 vendors inside, outside, and down the hallways of the historic Court House Square. Some 1200 ticketed guests turned out for the event, according to Richard Sjouwke." Come for shopping, a panel discussion, workshops, and more.

FOOD & DRINK

Urban Homestead Brunch Feast
If you’ve been seeing chickens in people’s yards for years but have still never tasted an urban egg, now is your chance. City homesteaders are holding a brunch to raise money for Planned Parenthood, and for the price of admission ($15) plus a $75 donation to PP in Mike Pence’s name, you can enjoy a seven-course brunch of backyard foods ranging from whole roasted cauliflower with lemon tahini sauce to toffee apples to braised pasture eggs with leeks and za’atar. After the meal, you are invited to feed grubs and cracked corn to the resident hens and geese. DAVID LEWIS