Gift for Life Sample Sale to benefit DIFFA (Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS), now through Jan. 12, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Wed.-Sun., except closed 12/24, 12/25 & 1/1). Books, gifts, toys, home accessories, and much more, all offered at wholesale to the public. Special Section proceeds donated to DIFFA. 22824 100th Ave. W., Edmonds.
Seattle Area Support Groups & Community Center Holiday Tree & Greenery Sale Fundraiser, now thru Dec. 23, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. 303 17th Ave. E., Seattle. 206-322-2437; www.sasgcc.org.
Seward Park Clay Studio Winter Holiday Show & Sale, Dec. 6-24. Mon.-Fri., noon-7 p.m.; Sat-Sun, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. With the closing of the Northwest Craft Center in the re-do of the Seattle Center, there is now no single location for Puget Sound residents to see a representative sample of the variety of ceramics being produced in this area. That is, except during the Thanksgiving-Christmas window at the annual Winter Holiday Sale at Seward Park Clay Studio. This working studio, usually the creative home for a score of resident artists, plus 120+ students, transforms into a retail clay paradise for the holidays.
What is on view, and available for purchase, is not just the product of those professional and hobbyist potters currently associated with Seward Park Clay Studio, but also art from an additional invited two-dozen local clay artists. These range from such luminaries in the field as Carol Gouthro, Ricky Silver, Tip Toland, and Sam Scott to local favorites including Damian Grava, Pat Colyar, and Carol Ann Bauer.
Also impressive is the range of work: sculpture, majolica, functional stoneware, delicate porcelains, raku, wood-fire, wall hangings. Even if you aren’t in the market for purchasing (and prices are remarkably affordable!), just surveying the range of expression in clay is worth a trip to this event.
A fundraising opening night party, with a suggested donation at the door of $10 will be held on Friday, Dec. 6, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Attendance gets you first crack at the full shelves, plus a wide selection of finger foods and wine/beer.
Join us in celebrating the diversity of Puget Sound ceramics. Seward Park Clay Studio, 5900 Lake Washington Blvd. S., Seattle.
Argosy Cruise Christmas Ship, Nov. 29-Dec. 23. www.argosycruises.com.
18th Annual Gig Harbor Home Tour of Homes & Gift Bazaar, Dec. 14, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tickets: $20; 10 tickets $150. www.gigharborholidaytour.org.
“Pictures With Santa.” Dec. 13-14, 9 p.m.-midnight. Seattle Men in Leather hosts their annual event to celebrate the holidays and raise money for their designated charity, which this year is Chicken Soup Brigade. Get your picture taken with one of SML’s hunky Santas and enjoy the evening’s festivities. $5 suggested donation. The Cuff Complex, 1533 13th Ave., Seattle. www.seattlemeninleather.org
“The Sisters Pantry 2” Celebration, Dec. 14, 9 p.m. The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, the Abbey of St. Joan, are conducting a canned and dry foods and sundries drive for the Chicken Soup Brigade through Dec. 14. (See their ad in this week’s SGN.) Donations can be dropped off at C.C. Attle’s (1701 E. Olive Way), Changes (2103 N. 45th St.), Lifelong AIDS Alliance Thrift Store (1017 E. Union St.), Madison Pub (1315 E. Madison St.), R Place (619 E. Pine St.), and the Wildrose (1021 E. Pike St.). Celebrate with the Sisters this evening at R Place, 619 E. Pine St., Seattle. www.theabbey.org
SOSea “Holiday + Cheer Vol. 1” CD Release Party & Show, Dec. 15, 6 p.m. doors, 7-9 p.m. show. Join Social Outreach Seattle (SOSea) for their first annual holiday party and show fundraiser. $20 suggested donation. Neighbours Nightclub, 1501 Broadway, entrance in alley between Broadway and Harvard Ave., off E. Pike St., Seattle. www.socialoutreachseattle.com
“Pride Foundation Year End Celebration,” Dec. 16, 5:30 p.m. Pride Foundation invites you to attend their year-end event to celebrate what we have achieved as a community in 2013. This casual community gathering is FREE and open to the public. Pride Foundation would like to share their gratitude for your commitment to equality and the Pride Foundation. Please RSVP to Christina Rocks –firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pride Foundation, 2014 E. Madison St. Suite 300, Seattle. www.pridefoundation.org
“Quare Arts Project Bearing Witness: A Queer Youth of Color Performing Arts Showcase,” Dec. 19, doors at 6:45 p.m., show at 7 p.m. Join the Quare Arts Project for this FREE showcase featuring performances by local Queer Youth of Color sharing their stories and exploring their art, creating space and opening a door for discussion and awareness in the community. Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute, 104 17th Ave S., at E. Yesler Way, Seattle. Sponsored by the Seattle Parks Department.
Imperial Court of Seattle & Knights of Mantra Christmas Show, Dec. 21, doors 6 p.m., show 7 p.m. $5 suggested donation. R Place, 619 E. Pine St., Seattle. www.imperialcourtofseattle.com and on Facebook.
“The Dina Martina Christmas Show – The Best of the Best!” Nov. 29-Dec. 31. PAGENTRY AND PATHOS! GLAMOUR AND GIFTS! HILARITY AND HITS! This year’s Dina Martina Christmas Show will have it all, because this year’s show will be THE BEST OF THE BEST! It’s time for Miss Martina to acquiesce and appease her admirers by performing her ALL-TIME GREATEST HOLIDAY HITS – from the 14 pretty much all-new, pretty much all-unique Christmas shows she’s done in Seattle over the years. From the beloved mash-ups to the treasured abominations, this festive evening will be jam-packed with genius comedy and holiday chestnuts – and there ain’t a rotten one in the bunch! This is the first time Miss Martina, along with famed musician/composer Chris Jeffries, has performed her all-time greatest holiday hits in one show. So get your tickets now, because pretty soon they’ll be goin’ like HOTCAKES! Only they’re TICKETS! $20 advance; $25 at the door. Re-bar, 1114 Howell St., Seattle. www.brownpapertickets/com/event/451053. www.dinamartina.com
“Ham for the Holidays: Close Encounters of the Pork Rind,” Dec. 4-22 (Wednesday-Sunday). Comedians Lisa Koch and Peggy Platt (aka Dos Fallopia) bring their sketch comedy chops and a trunkful of characters to ACT this December. Directed by David Hunter Koch, the long-running cult holiday series (think Carol Burnett on steroids) has found a hammy holiday home at ACT’s Falls Theatre, in collaboration with the Central Heating Lab. With characters like mother-daughter country duo The Spudds, the tiny but proud Sequim Gay Men’s Chorus, and the angst-ridden Slam Poet, Platt and Koch create an evening full of wickedly funny social satire, musical parody, and razor-sharp zingers.
“Ham” contains a cornucopia of dysfunctional characters: Jewish lounge act Schmeck Attack is mistakenly booked at a Xmas party; Crassword puts a titillating spin on the popular game show; Northwest icons Paul Allen, Bill Gates, Dale Chihuly, and Jean Enersen band together in a supergroup, The Seatles; Country duo The Spudds present Mama’s bizarre mash-up of classic TV and holiday films with “Meet Me in Mayberry with a Vengeance.” Tickets: $15-$33. Available to ACTPass holders. ACT, Falls Theatre, 700 Union St., Seattle 206-292-7676; www.acttheatre.org.
“Homo for the Holidays,” Dec. 12-24. A seasonal spectacle guaranteed to make even the most stubborn yuletides Gay! An unforgettable all-star cast of burlesque, cabaret, dance, drag, and musical local luminaries come together in a display of glittering grandeur. A hearty holiday fruitcake packed with rollicksome reindeer, enticing elves, ghostly guests, sexy snowstorms, agile angels, musical Maccabees, and new ways to define coming home. It’s not Christmas in July, it’s Pride in December! Light your menorah, stuff your stockings, and join our chosen family in celebrating our favorite wintry holiday of all. Featuring an all-star cast of burlesque, cabaret, dance, drag, and musical local luminaries: BenDeLaCreme, Kitten LaRue, Lou Henry Hoover, Jinkx Monsoon (performing 12/12-14 & 12/23-24) (sharing a role with Scott Shoemaker performing 12/18-22), Major Scales, Cherdonna Shinatra, Faggedy Randy, ilvs strauss, and announcing their newest cast member, burlesque starlet Inga Ingenue. Tickets: $25 in advance; $30 at the door. West Hall, Odd Fellows Building, 2nd Floor, 915 E. Pine St., Seattle. www.strangertickets.com.
“Total Family Massage: The Musical.” Dec. 12-29. Queer confessional artist John Paul Sharp writes and stars in an over-the-top, hilarious musical loosely based on his real life! Enjoy a full evening of laughs and live singing with your friends.
The musical runs Thurs-Sat at 7:30 p.m. and Sun at 2 p.m. Tickets: Thurs are pay-what-you-can; Fri-Sun $12 & $15. www.brownpapertickets.com/event/469108, Use promo code: GAYCITY and $5 of your ticket price will be donated to Gay City Health Project. Presented by Copious Love Productions.
Northwest Chamber Chorus presents “Winter’s Warmth,” Dec. 14, 7:30 p.m. Come to our hearth and feel the warmth of a traditional carol sing-along and other songs of winter and the holiday season. Tickets: $22, $17 & $12. Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church, 7500 Greenwood Ave. N. 206-523-1196; www.northwestchamberchorus.org.
Seattle Men’s Chorus presents “Play It Again, Santa,” Nov. 30-Dec. 22. Borrowing from the film classic Casablanca, with Santa (not Sam!) at the piano, in an out-of-the-way bar at the North Pole, the Seattle Men’s Chorus fabulous holiday concert is underway.
With their unique blend of song, dance, and campy comedy, SMC has carved its niche as Seattle’s OTHER holiday tradition. As artistic director Dennis Coleman points out, “We try to bring three things to every holiday concert: a goosebump, a laugh, and a tear.”
Goosebumps abound in Act One with several richly harmonic a cappella selections, both traditional and non-traditional pieces. Act Two brings lots of laughs with the special “Santa Set” and there will be a good dose of emotion as SMC celebrates the “Gift of Marriage Equality in 2013.” Expect holiday favorites like “O Little Town of Bethlehem,” “We Need a Little Christmas,” “Joy to the World,” and “Santa Claus is Coming to Town.” And no SMC concert would be complete without their signature holiday piece, “Silent Night.”
For the second consecutive year, SMC is proud to partner with Lifelong AIDS Alliance for a Holiday Food Drive during the Seattle concerts at Benaroya Hall. All non-perishable goods will be accepted and will be used in Lifelong AIDS Alliance’s food program, Chicken Soup Brigade.
The Seattle Men’s Chorus “Play It Again, Santa” concerts will be held 12/15 @ 7:30 p.m., 12/16 @ 7:30 p.m., and 12/22 @ 7:30 p.m. at Benaroya Hall, 3rd Ave. & Union St., Seattle. Tickets: $28-$78. 206-388-1400; www.SeattleMensChorus.org.
The SMC’s Everett concert will be held 12/14 @ 8 p.m. at Civic Auditorium, 2415 Colby Ave., Everett. Tickets: $23-$43. 206-388-1400; www.SeattleMensChorus.org.
Cascade Symphony presents “Happy Holidays!” Dec. 16, 7:30 p.m. (pre-concert lecture at 6:30 p.m.). Rejuvenate your spirit with Christmas favorites, a Chanukah medley and some whimsical pieces such as Leroy Anderson’s “The Typewriter” and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Phantom of the Opera.” And what would the holidays be without Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus? Visit www.cascadesymphony.org for complete details. Tickets: $10-$25. Edmonds Center for the Arts, 410 4th Ave. N., Edmonds. 425-275-9595; www.edmondscenterforthearts.org.
Candlelight Concerts presents “Pleasures of Pan,” Dec. 22 at 7:30 p.m.; “Jazzin’ with the Classics by Candlelight for Christmas” Dec. 29 at 7:30 p.m. The third annual Candlelight Concerts in memory of George Shangrow continues a tradition which George initiated with candlelight evenings of chamber music and holiday favorites over many decades. Chamber music both familiar and new is performed by some of the Northwest’s prominent soloists. Tickets: $10, $15 & $20, 18 and under FREE, series pass $45. University Christian Church, 4731 15th Ave. NE. www.candlelightseattle.org
Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra presents “Duke Ellington’s Sacred Music,” 12/28, 7:30 p.m. Don’t miss this holiday performance of works drawn from Ellington’s three Sacred Concerts featuring blues, gospel, and jazz pieces that Ellington considered some of his most important works. Town Hall, 1119 8th Ave. (at Seneca St.) Tickets: $14-$36. www.srjo.org; www.brownpapertickets.com
THEATRE & FILM
“Jinkx Monsoon & Major Scales: Unwrapped,” Dec. 15, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Cornish College of the Arts welcomes back their two alums, Jerick Hoffer and Richard Andriessen (aka Jinkx Monsoon and Major Scales), following their acclaimed run in the Off-Broadway sleeper hit The Vaudevillians. They return to the Emerald City to share the holidays with their fans in two exclusive performances of “Jinkx Monsoon & Major Scales: Unwrapped” after a week of performances of “Unwrapped” at The Laurie Beechman Theatre in New York City.
“Jinkx Monsoon & Major Scales: Unwrapped” gives audiences a look at the holiday season through the jaded, sassy, somewhat boozy eyes of two bitter queens. Featuring original songs, covers, and comedy from these celebrated performers, “Unwrapped” has a little something for everyone at the most wonderful time of the year.
Tickets: $45 VIP (first three rows), $25 general admission. Cornish Playhouse at Seattle Center (formerly Intiman Theatre), 201 Mercer St., Seattle. www.cornish.edu/events; www.brownpapertickets.com/event/511213 or 800-838-3006.
A(n Improvised) Christmas Carol, Nov. 28-Dec. 28. We all know the story of Charles Dickens classic, A Christmas Carol. Or do we? In A(n Improvised) Christmas Carol, the audience decides the entire story. Where does Scrooge work? What afflicts poor Tiny Tim? YOU decide! Tickets: $12 & $15. Unexpected Production’s Market Theater, 1428 Post Alley. 206-587-2414, 800-838-3006; www.unexpectedproductions.org; www.brownpapertickets.com/event/375268.
Coney Island Christmas, Nov. 29-Dec. 22. A Jewish girl is the best choice as Jesus in the school play, but will tradition and family politics bring the curtain down early? Written by Pulitzer Prize-winner Donald Margulies, Coney island Christmas features two of the most hilariously inept holiday school pageants ever and a universal tale of what it means to be an American at the holidays. Projections from the 1930s Brooklyn, plus Christmas carols played in traditional Jewish klezmer style by the Klez Katz of Seattle, add rich texture to this delightful production. Coney Island Christmas performs Fri-Sat at 8 p.m. & Sun at 2 p.m. Tickets: $7-$20. Bring nonperishable food for local food bank and get $2 off ticket price. Burien Actors Theatre, 14501 Fourth Ave. SW, Burien. 206-242-5180; www.burienactorstheatre.org
Little Women – The Broadway Musical, Nov. 29-Dec. 29. Based on Louisa May Alcott’s enduring classic, Little Women follows the beloved stories of the March sisters as they come of age in Civil War America. This timeless, captivating story is brought to life in this glorious musical filled with personal discovery, heartache, hope, and everlasting love.
This story – based on Alcott’s own childhood – is deeply etched in the cultural and emotional landscape of our country, that it resurfaces generation after generation to capture our hearts. This holiday season, let ArtsWest bring you and your family on this journey of courage, friendship and loss – reminding us to care for what we believe in and to care deeply for those we choose to love. Tickets: $17-$36.50. ArtsWest, 4711 California Ave. SW, Seattle. 206-938-0339; www.artswest.org.
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, Dec. 5-24. For the 13th year in a row, the Herdmans are back with more holiday havoc! Chaos escalates as the kids turn the festivities upside down and ultimately challenge everyone’s traditional notions of Christmas. For young and old alike, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever has become a holiday family tradition at SPT and not to be missed. Tickets: $10-$32. Seattle Public Theater, 7312 W. Greenlake Dr. N., Seattle. 206-524-1300; www.seattlepublictheater.org.
The Santaland Diaries, Dec. 5-24. Crumpet the Elf is so over the holidays he’s reached an all-time high in humbug. Joe Montello’s adaptation of The Santaland Diaries, David Sedaris’ witty and sardonic chronicle of the holiday season, returns to SPT with its unique brand of yuletide cheer. For mature elves only. Tickets: $10-$32. Seattle Public Theater, 7312 W. Greenlake Dr. N., Seattle. 206-524-1300; www.seattlepublictheater.org.