Local Art News
Pearl Jam, a pot party....the fun never seems to end in Seattle, does it? But wait, there's more: concerts, swell art and ... a chance to win a $100 Starbucks gift card.
Music: Locally sourced rappers Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, who now have 7 Grammy nominations to their collective name, roll into Seattle for three sold-out shows, Tuesday-Thursday, KeyArena.
Ballet, theater: Holiday tradition-keepers "Nutcracker" at Pacific Northwest Ballet and "A Christmas Carol" at ACT Theatre are up and running full-steam. You'd never know the "Nutracker" was 30 -- it's so bright and shiny, and the crowds are as much fun to watch as the ballet. (On the night ArtsPage HQ was there, a marriage proposal took place.) Also festive: "Oliver!" at the 5th Avenue.
Art: If you've never heard Seattle Art Museum's personable, knowledgeable chief conservator, Nick Dorman, hold forth, get thee to
this: He'll lecture on Wednesday at SAM about his painstaking restoration and conservation of Jackson Pollock's painting "Sea Change," created during a period that Christie's auction house referred to as "a legendary three-year burst of creativity between 1947 and 1950 that completely revolutionized American painting and reshaped the history of twentieth century art." (Thanks, ArtDaily!) This project was watched closely by curators worldwide, and helped enhance how institutions repair and care for their treasures.
Books: Author Daniel James Brown discusses “The Boys in the Boat,” the story of the UW crew team that won gold at the 1936 Munich Olympics, at 7 p.m. Tuesday at University Book Store in Seattle. BTW, Brown's book is tops in The Seattle Times' book critics list of best books of 2013.
Holiday lights: Does your yard resemble a thousand points of light? A shining city on a hill? Glitter Gulch? Share a photo with Seattle Times readers here; we'll publish a couple of favorites and pick a winner, who will get a $100 Starbucks gift card. Deadline: Dec. 18.
If you're looking for something warmer to do, here are a few suggestions. Clue other readers into your favorite cozy spots in the comments thread.
FIREPLACE BARS: When nothing but live flame will do, head to a bar or restaurant with fireplaces, such as Bastille in Ballard or The Sorrento's Fireside Room on First Hill. For a little extra fun, the Sorrento hosts a set of vintage and tropical jazz on Friday night, featuring Hawaiian jazz vocalist Nikki Dee.
STEAM ROOM: How about a trip to the South Lake Union spa Banya 5, where $40 buys you unlimited use of the Turkish steam room, tepid and hot pools, a tea lounge and more. Afterward, stop by Venik for a hot drink.
'WINTER WARMTH': That's the title of the Northwest Chamber Chorus' holiday show, at 3 p.m. this Sunday at the Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church. The program includes old favorites and new compositions. For a long list of the season's classical concerts, look here.
'DINA MARTINA CHRISTMAS SHOW': Laughter is one sure-fire way to warm the soul, if not the body. Dina, a well-known, wacky cabaret chanteuse, returns to the Re-bar with her campy Yuletide extravaganza. (Looking for a theater show for the kids? This isn't it! Try our list of holiday shows instead.)
THE ROYAL ROOM: Warm up with vintage wine and a vintage Seattle rock band. Red Dress, Gary Minkler’s classic early indie band, appears at the cozy Columbia City neighborhood pub the Royal Room at 9 p.m. Saturday. Take off your cap and overcoat, slide into a booth and soak up the sounds.
HOLIDAY MARKET: Light the fuse on your holiday season by shopping for gifts at the Kirkland Arts Center, which will display handmade objects by 25 local artisans on Saturday. Look for entertainment as well, such as an Iron Potter contest. This is just one entry in a long list of indoor arts and crafts events this weekend.
MOVIES: Cinemas are always a haven in the Northwest's cold and/or wet weather. This weekend, you can catch two 3.5-star films with incendiary titles: "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" and "Let the Fire Burn." Both these movies have budget screenings in the next week as well; check this list for details.
have fun and stay warm!
Kirkland Arts Center Gallery is home right now to the exhibit "Gone to the Dogs." Which is fine, if you like dogs and all. KAC has decided cat lovers need a few strokes, and is hosting three screenings of CatVidFest with guest Will Braden -- he's a Garfield grad, CatVidFest winner and creator of the squee-worthy "Henri, le Chat Noir." Irresistible, no? The screenings, brought you by the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, are Jan. 3 and 4, but limited to 125 people each....right now, tix aren't available to the general public; visit here for updates. (Such a deal, too: the $25 ticket price includes light snack and beverages and a signed copy of the Henri, le Chat Noir calendar.)
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Do you deck your halls for the holidays? The Seattle Times invites you to share a photo of your home in its seasonal glory. Our editors will choose a favorite or two to publish in the paper, and our no. 1 pick will also receive a $100 Starbucks gift card.
Complete contest rules are here; please read them prior to submitting. Deadline: 5 p.m. Dec. 18.