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Your Winter ’21-’22 Arts & Culture Guide

If you’re looking for a festive arts experience to light up your winter, ArtsFund’s Cultural Partners have got you covered! Check out this diverse array of in-person, online, and hybrid offerings–including many family friendly events! Listings are in chronological order.

Current Exhibits
Wa Na Wari
In person
August 6-December 31, 2021
Wa Na Wari is proud to be a part of the Seattle Deconstructed Art Fair and to present the works of Adetola Abatan, Natalie Ball, Amber Flame, and Vanessa German,
Free

What Are You Looking At?
Museum of Glass
In person
September 20, 2021 – Fall 2022
What Are You Looking At? highlights unique experiments and prototypes pursued during artist residencies in the context of each artist’s larger artistic practice. The diversity of creative voices and the collective wonder that they generate exemplifies the objectives of the residency programs at both Pilchuck Glass School and Museum of Glass. Videos made during each residency will also be prominently featured, providing the audience a look into the artists’ intentions and clues to how they will incorporate glass into their conceptual vocabularies.
General Admission

Packaged Black: Derrick Adams and Barbara Earl Thomas
Henry Art Gallery
In person
October 2, 2021 – May 1, 2022
Packaged Black brings together the work of artists Derrick Adams (b. 1970, Baltimore, MD) and Barbara Earl Thomas (b. 1948, Seattle, WA) in a collaborative, multi-media installation developed from their shared dialogue about representation, Black identity, and practices of cultural resistance. This exhibition is a synthesis of a multi-year, intergenerational, and cross-country exchange between New York-based Adams and Seattle-based Thomas that began after the two artists exhibited work alongside each other in a group show at the Savannah College of Art and Design in 2017.
$0-20

Contact High: A Visual History of Hip-Hop
Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP)
In person
October 16, 2021 – March 2023
Contact High explores four decades of photography, from the late 1970s to today, documenting a revolution not just in music, but in politics, race relations, fashion, and culture. Through more than 170 iconic images of hip-hop’s most influential artists (Missy Elliott, Jay-Z, Queen Latifah, Tupac, and more) — including contact sheets that give us a rare glimpse into the creative process of a photo session — Contact High examines the evolution of hip-hop, connecting us with the experiences, identities, and places that have shaped the world’s most popular music genre.
General Admission

Paper Dialogues: The Dragon and Our Stories
National Nordic Museum
In person
October 28,2021 – January 31, 2022
Bit Vejle and Xiaoguang Qiao’s cross-cultural approach lent itself to an exhibition that travels the world. Hosted by the ArtHouse Jersey in the Channel Islands in 2016, the exhibition Paper Dialogues expanded to include two new artists, Layla May Arthur and Emma Reid. It is this iteration of the exhibition that will travel to the National Nordic Museum in the fall 2021, encouraging American practitioners in the art of psaligraphy to join in the conversation.
General admission

BIPOC Artist e-Happy Hour
Deaf Spotlight
Online
November 3, 2021 & December 1, 2021
Monthly BIPOC Artist E-Happy Hour is s BIPOC Deaf, DeafBlind, DeafDisabled, and Hard of Hearing space only, thank you for your understanding.
Free

Journalism Series: Jealni Cobb—In-Person & Online
Seattle Arts and Lectures
In person & online
November 3, 2021
Since 2012, Jelani Cobb has been contributing his deep knowledge of history and masterful journalism to The New Yorker, bringing nuance and clarity around issues of race, politics, history, and culture. Now, with co-editor David Remnick, he’s releasing The Matter of Black Lives, The New Yorker’s groundbreaking anthology on race in America.
$5-100

M(other)Tongues: Bodhild and Las Hermanas Iglesias
National Nordic Museum
In person
November 4,2021-January 31, 2022
M(other) Tongues: Bodhild and Las Hermanas Iglesias features the work of Bodhild Brendryen Iglesias and her daughters Janelle and Lisa Iglesias. Born to Norwegian and Dominican immigrant parents, Janelle and Lisa create project-based work under the name “Las Hermanas Iglesias” (Spanish for “The Iglesias Sisters”). Interpretation of the exhibition is offered by Bodhild’s grandson, who leads visitors on an audio-guided tour.
General admission

Cinema Italian Style 2021
SIFF
In person
November 4-11, 2021
Cinema Italian Style features some of the best in current Italian films. Now in its 13th year, the weeklong festival will take place both in person and virtually, showcasing extraordinary feature films with some of the biggest names in Italian cinema today. Join us for una settimana di straordinari film italiani!
$100

Occurrence #10
Spectrum Dance Theater
In person
November 4-7, 2021 & November 11-14, 2021
Fall of 2021 the season will open with OCCURRENCE #10. While the structure of each OCCURRENCE follows the same format, each has a different intent. This season, Donald Byrd will be welcoming new members to the Spectrum Dance Theater Company and OCCURRENCE #10 will be the first production with those new members.
$10-25

Tribes
Tacoma Arts Live
In person
November 4-21, 2021
Hearing does not mean understanding.
We inherit our first tribe, the family. Our tribe speaks their own language, both literally and emotionally. Billy was born deaf into a hearing family, but raised to fit into the hearing world. Her parents and siblings fiercely cling to their funny, quirky, and politically incorrect world-views, but, Billy has adapted brilliantly to her family’s unconventional ways. And yet they’ve never bothered to return the favor. It’s not until she meets Sylvia, a young woman on the brink of deafness, that she finally understands what it means to be understood, to be seen, to be honored. Comic twists mix with charged emotions in a play that universally speaks to all of us. Billy is played by deaf actress, Michelle Mary Schaefer. ASL interpretation is deeply integrated into each performance.
$19-39

BAM Biennial 2021: Architecture & Urban Design
Bellevue Arts Museum
In person
November 5, 2021 – April 24, 2022
The 2021 BAM Biennial kicks off this new format—marked by a gap year in the Biennial’s schedule—by inviting designers, artists, and makers of all kinds to interrogate the fields of architecture and urban design.
General Admission

Bon Appetit & A Water Bird Talk
Tacoma Opera
Online
November 5, 2021 – November 7, 2021
Enjoy a comic culinary extravaganza that taps the wit and antics of one of America’s best-loved television personalities, Julia Child. A Water Bird Talk: At a provincial club meeting in Maryland in the late 19th century, a gentleman lecturer addresses a ladies’ club on the subject of water birds. His descriptions of the birds’ peculiar habits come to act as metaphors for his own life while illustrating his talk with slides from John James Audubon’s The Birds of America. Filled with a mixture of comedy, drama and pathos, A Water Bird Talk is a fascinating psychological study of a man’s life.
$35

Служанки (“The Handmaids”)
Theatre33
In person
November 5, 2021 – November 21, 2021
On February 2, 1933, two maidservants, the Papen sisters, commit the brutal murder of their mistress. Paris is excited. The great existentialist philosophers are debating about the “rebellion of man.” It is in this atmosphere that Jean Genet’s play “The Handmaids” is born.
Note: This play is performed in Russian.
$25-35

Asia Pacific Cultural Center 25th Anniversary
Asia Pacific Cultural Center
In person
November 6, 2021
Asia Pacific Cultural Center’s 25th Anniversary Celebration commemorates APCC’s many years of service and dedication to the community. Located in Tacoma, Washington, APCC serves as a center for cultural exchange, providing programs and services that support, promote, honor, and celebrate the Asian and Pacific Islander people.
Enjoy a fabulous night of socializing, food, music, cultural performances, and a special presentation from Kunjang University, South Korea. Plus, learn about APCC’s new and exciting building project.
$150

Community Panel – Why Mentorship Matters
Earshot Jazz
Online
November 6, 2021
The cycle of mentorship has perpetuated jazz music for more than 100 years, but is in noticeable decline in Seattle. The mentorship culture is a key element to the health and vitality of any jazz community, and its decline has had a chilling effect on excellence, participation, and innovation with regards to jazz music. This panel—comprised of Ray Vega, Dawn Clement, Marc Seales, and moderated by trumpeter Thomas Marriott—will discuss the ways in which mentorship can affect musical outcomes, strengthen community, and stimulate audience growth. They will discuss all the ways in which mentorship matters and how we can make it stronger locally.
Free

SBFF Remix
LANGSTON
In person
November 6, 2021
A free event celebrating Black filmmakers and storytellers with a special screening of short films that were part of Seattle Black Film Festival 2021.
Free

Film Career Day
National Film Festival for Talented Youth (NFFTY)
In person & online
November 6, 2021
NFFTY is proud to announce the return of Film Career Day, produced in partnership with the City of Seattle Office of Economic Development and Office of Arts & Culture. You don’t have to be in a film class or media arts program to attend — anyone who is passionate about making videos can expand their understanding of career paths in the film industry, and network with industry leaders and peers to connect with opportunities. Open to antone ages 13-26.
Free

Action, Inclusion & Empowerment: Dr. King Commemoration
Northwest African American Museum (NAAM)
In person
November 6-8, 2021
2021 marks the 60th anniversary of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s 1961 visit to Seattle. Join NAAM and a team of community leaders and sponsors who are working together to commemorate this historic visit. The three-day commemoration will culminate with an evening featuring Martin Luther King, III speaking from the very same stage as his beloved father, the University of Washington’s Meany Hall, exactly 60 years later.

Hmong New Year Celebration
Seattle Center Festál
Online
November 6, 2021 & November 7, 2021
Seattle Center Festál presents Hmong New Year Celebration in partnership with Hmong Association of Washington (HAW). The festival celebrates the end of the harvest season with intricate clothing, dance, food, and more.
Free

27th Concert Season – SRJO Plays Horace Silver
Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra
In person & livestreamed
November 6, 2021 & November 7, 2021
SRJO opens the 2021-22 season with Horace Silver, who first achieved international fame as a member of the Jazz Messengers, and then went on to lead his own groups. Silver is featured on dozens of recordings for the Blue Note, Verve, Impulse and Columbia labels that have long been considered classics of jazz, and SRJO has selected the very best of them to play as exciting big band arrangements, including hits such as Song for My Father, Ecaroh, Room 608, Sister Sadie, Señor Blues and The Cape Verdean Blues, plus several of his lesser-known gems. Join us for an exciting evening of swinging standards, energetic Latin grooves, and soulful ballads. Part of 2021 Earshot Jazz Festival.
$25-50

2021 House Party
Wing Luke Museum
Online
November 7, 2021
The Wing Luke Museum’s 4th annual House Party is back online, and better than ever! With an amazing lineup of exclusive performances, interactive visuals, music, dance and more, House Party will be showcasing local contemporary Asian American and Pacific Islander QTBIPOC artists throughout a Sunday evening stream on November 7, 2021.
$20-50

Babette’s Feast
Taproot Theatre
In person
November 10, 2021 – December 30, 2021
Crossing thousands of miles in search of asylum, Babette finds safety in a tiny mountain village. But petty squabbles and personal slights render the pious villagers as frigid and unforgiving as their surroundings. On one snowy December night, in an act of radical generosity, Babette prepares a feast so lavish that it awakens and transforms the brittle hearts in the village.
$25-52

Fall Fete
Whim W’him
Online
November 10,2021
We have a big goal of $125,000 to match our big dream of supporting a world where dancers, choreographers, artists and movement lovers can continue to experience contemporary dance creations that are made by them and for them, that are easily accessible, and that celebrate our collective joy. This dream is more important than ever as we wait for the time when it’s safe for us all to create, perform and gather in person again.
Free

PORTRAITS AND IDENTITY: PHOTOGRAPHS FROM THE COLLECTION OF ROBERT E. JACKSON
Photographic Center Northwest
In person
November 11-December 9, 2021
These mostly vintage photographs collected by Seattle resident Robert E. Jackson show us portraiture and the body in many guises and spaces—as witnessed in the masked portraits and photo booths—as well as how the camera and the photographer manipulate and alter what is seen through the lens in a time before digital tools were accessible to the masses. They challenge and explore our sense of play as well as address our common humanity
Free

All Together Now!
Tacoma Musical Playhouse
In person
November 12-14, 2021
All Together Now! A Global Event Celebrating Local Theatre, in which theaters around the world are empowered to locally produce and perform an exclusive musical revue featuring songs from MTI’s beloved shows. Join us in this cavalcade of hit songs from some of the greatest musicals ever written including Disney’s Beauty and the Beast and Mary Poppins, “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.”
$20

No-No Boy: Redefining folk through Asian American History
Town Hall Seattle
In person & livestream
November 12, 2021
Through a blend of original songs, historical recordings, and archival photos, audiences encounter the stories that desperately need to be told — No-No Boy only encourages us to listen.
$10-15

Art for All Ball: reIMAGINE reCREATE
Path with Art
In person
November 13, 2021
This year, Art for All Ball: reIMAGINE reCREATE, will continue to center around a spectacular fashion runway event highlighting sustainable, recycled designs co-created by Path with Art participants and “found fashion” designers. Don’t miss one of the season’s most exciting and fashionable events!
Donation & Auction

History Café: Challenges and Successes of Documenting the Pandemic
Musuem of History and Industry (MOHAI)
Online
November 17, 2021
Historical organizations have grappled with how to document and preserve history while living through it. What is collected today shapes the way stories will be told for the future but there are unique challenges facing those who attempt to make sense of the recent past. Join heritage organizations to learn about the lessons learned from this singular moment in history.
Free

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy’s Wild & Swingin’ Holiday Party
Edmonds Center for the Arts
In person
November 18, 2021
Drawing on a rich catalogue of holiday classics and Christmas originals from the band’s two full length holiday albums, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy brings its world-renowned live show, and fun and quirky take on the holidays, to you.
$29-64

Resgiving 2021
Red Eagle Soaring
In person
November 18, 2021
A relaxing evening of fun, to raise funds for one of the nation’s only Native American youth theatres.
$10

Novel Nights: How to Raise a Feminist Son by Sonora Jha
Hugo House
Online
November 19, 2021
Join us for Novel Nights! At this event, author Sonora Jha will speak about her latest book, How to Raise a Feminist Son, with fellow writer E.J. Koh. This event will be held virtually.
$25

Peter Christenson – F40.298: Generalized Opus Foramina
Jack Straw Cultural Center
In person – email jsp@jackstraw.org for reservation and streaming on Facebook Live
Opening Reception: November 19, 7pm; Artist Talk: December 10, 7pm
Jack Straw New Media Gallery Artist and once-licensed psychotherapist Peter Christenson captures and exhibits sound and video from holes dug across WA state, seeking dialogue and prognoses with his ailing client, Earth.
Peter Christenson is a conceptual artist working across emergent and antiquated media, psycho-social sculpture, and immersive installation. As is the case with the F40.298 installation at Jack Straw, he titles his art with diagnostic codes from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, positing his practice as a longitudinal qualitative case study into identity, pathology, place, and the human condition.
Free

Indigenous Voices
Three Dollar Bill Cinema

November 19, 2021 – November 29, 2021
See website for film list and details.

Nightlight: Beaver Moon
Velocity Dance Center
In person
November 19, 2021
NIGHTLIGHT: Beaver Moon is a full moon ritual, performance and dance party. Dance artists NEVE, Markeith Wiley, Saira Barbaric and musical artists Karinyo, Rainbow Coalition Death Cult, Blunt Weapons, and DJ Arson Nicki are creating an event that offers people a chance to indulge their desire to party, transmute, manifest, and dance hard.
$10-30

Welcome Home A Holiday Concert
Village Theater
In person
November 19-December 5 (Everett); December 8-26 (Issaquah)
Celebrate the holidays at Village Theatre with a concert designed to wow audiences and kick off a return to live performance on our stages. Five show subscribers will enjoy a night of music, delight, and celebration to the stage as we begin an amazing season and return to our artistic home. Our first opportunity to welcome you to the theatre will be presented November – December, 2021.

Barbara Earl Thomas, The Geography of Innocence
Seattle Art Museum
In person
November 20, 2021 – January 2, 2022
Barbara Earl Thomas’ new body of work carries within it the sediments of history and grapples with race and the color line. At the heart of her new work is a story of life and death, hope and resilience—a child’s survival. She takes us on a journey where she gives us clues, tracks and traces—the raw elements of the armor, like the one Black parents construct for their children at birth, to help them navigate the perilous landscape that is our country’s color problem.
General Admission

Underground Holiday Market
ShoreLake Arts
In person
November 20, 2021
Join us for this unique open air Holiday Market at the Shoreline City Hall covered parking lot. Everything under one roof to find that perfect local holiday gift.
Free

An American in Paris
Tacoma Youth Symphony Association
In person
November 20, 2021
Program includes:
Aaron Copland Fanfare for the Common Man
George Gershwin An American in Paris
Howard Hanson Symphony No. 2 (The Romantic)

Youth Symphony Orchestra & Debut Symphony Orchestra
Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra
In person
November 21, 2021

$10

The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas
Book-It Repertory Theatre
Livestream & download
November 23, 2021 – July 3, 2022
This audio adaptation of the swashbuckling, buddy adventure is filled with intrigue and romance, villains and rogues, espionage and scandal. Lovingly adapted by Seattle-favorite, Lamar Legend, listeners are in for all the heart-pounding, wine-spilling excitement of a raucous good tale!
$25-30

We’ve Battled Monsters Beforea
ArtsWest
In person
November 26-December 26, 2021
When you’re the youngest sibling in a family of secret warriors who for generations have protected Seattle from monsters and demons, living up to your Lola’s expectations is, in a word, daunting. Adarna’s mistakes were cute at first, but when they begin to cost her family more than she ever imagined, she must decide what she would sacrifice to save them. Loosely adapted from the 16th century Filipino epic poem Ibong Adarna, playwright-composer-lyricist Justin Huertas returns to his Lizard Boy roots with a sweet and intimate actor-musician musical adventure.
$15-120

A Christmas Carol . . . more or less
Lakewood Playhouse
In person
November 26 – December 19, 2021
Sarah and Charlie, a married couple, run a small theatre that’s presenting A Christmas Carol — until Charlie shows up backstage to say the cast and crew are snowed out. Capitalizes on Charlie’s remarkable memory, Sarah blackmails him into doing the play with her as a duo, relying on scripts when they need to. He plays Scrooge; she plays everyomne else. As the performance proceeds, they actually manage to perform much of the play, with their personal story invading the Dickens tale, informing it with dual levels of meaning.
$27

The Nutcracker
Pacific Northwest Ballet
In person
November 26-December 28, 2021
Join us for the magic at McCaw Hall this holiday season. Are you ready to celebrate the holidays with renewed gusto? With its classic score, thrilling dance, resplendent costumes and scenery, and magical story, George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker® is the perfect centerpiece for any celebration. Gather your loved ones to come enjoy our beautifully decked hall, and let your soul have its fill of holiday cheer.
$27-189

CHRISTMASTOWN: A HOLIDAY NOIR
Seattle Public Theatre
In person
November 26 – December 24, 2021
In this film noir-inspired holiday thriller, hard-boiled detective Nick Holiday investigates some un-holiday-like shenanigans taking place in Christmastown that sends him on a search for the truth about Big Red. Add a glamorous elf, a used-Christmas-tree salesman, a muckraking reporter, and a quick-thinking cab driver, and you have what the Seattle Times calls the “best new holiday romp of the year!”
$5-50

A(n Improvised) Christmas Carol 2021
Unexpected Productions
In person
November 26-December 23, 2021
Based on your suggestions, our improvisers will weave Dickens’ tale of Ebeneezer Scrooge in all sorts of hilarious ways. At this Seattle classic, each show is different merging this literary classic with over 30 audience suggestions into this holiday improvised show. Where does Scrooge work? What ails Tiny Tim? Does Scrooge even get reformed? It’s all up to you in this wild, hilarious, holiday ride. A holiday tradition for countless locals since 1985. Each night is a new version of this old favorite, so join us at the Market Theatre in Pike Place Market and have a blast creating your own Christmas classic.
$20-25

Holiday Shindig
Khambatta Dance Company
November 30, 2021
Our annual winter Shindig is a blast for the entire dance community as we come together to celebrate dance across the city!

Rachell Ellen Wong and David Belkovski
Early Music Seattle
In person
December 2, 2021
Violinist and Seattle Baroque Orchestra Concertmaster Rachell Ellen Wong and harpsichordist David Belkovski present an evening of baroque favorites at Trinity Parish Church, one of the oldest and most beautiful churches in Seattle

It’s a Wonderful Life – A Live Radio Play
Edmonds Driftwood Players
In person
December 2-19, 2021
This beloved American holiday classic comes to captivating life as a live 1940s radio broadcast. With the help of a small ensemble that brings a few dozen characters to the stage, the story of idealistic George Bailey unfolds as he considers ending his life one fateful Christmas Eve.
$25-28

The Future is 0
On the Boards
In person
December 2-4, 2021
The Future is 0 is a satirical game show featuring artists from different disciplines competing against each other in a battle of mental, physical, & psychological challenges. Now in its seventh year, The Future is 0 has performed in a living room, Northwest Film Forum, the Neptune Theatre, a secret backyard, and at On The Boards.
$17-29

A VERY DIE HARD CHRISTMAS
Seattle Public Theatre
In person
December 2 – 30, 2021
Just what we need, a Christmas miracle, Yippie Ki Yay! Coming back this holiday season, from the comedy writers that have had Seattle in stitches for years, comes A Very Die Hard Christmas, a musical parody that is sure to blow the roof off the joint. Sketch writers from The Habit team up with Seattle Public Theater to create this holiday comedy perfect for those who like their Christmas entertainment with lots of action, 80s jokes, smooth soft rock jams, and snarky German terrorists.
$28-36

Mainstage #3: Seven Pillars
Emerald City Music
In person
December 3-4, 2021
SANDBOX PERCUSSION GIVES THE WORLD PREMIERE PERFORMANCE OF SEVEN PILLARS BY AWARD-WINNING COMPOSER, ANDY AKIHO. THIS EVENING-LENGTH WORK CONSISTS OF ELEVEN MOVEMENTS—SEVEN QUARTETS AND ONE SOLO FOR EACH MEMBER OF SANDBOX.
$55

2021 Community Showcase
Pottery Northwest
In person
Decmber 3-23, 2021
We have been in our current location at the Bressi Garage for close to 50 years, making art, building friendships, and creating memories. Before we depart, we want to celebrate YOU, our community, and the art you have made over the past five decades in our final exhibition here at 226 First Avenue North.
Free

Ring out the Old, Ring in the New
Federal Way Symphony
In person
December 4, 2021
A concert of popular symphonic works, festive holiday favorites, and special surprises! We’ll offer a collection of musical gifts that will be “unwrapped” (announced) from the stage, and irresistible music by Johann Strauss, Jr. in the tradition of Viennese New Year’s concerts. Come and celebrate the holidays and the musical joys of the season with the Federal Way Symphony.
Varies

Winter Glass Sale
Hilltop Artists
In person
December 4, 2021
We’re thrilled to welcome shoppers back to the Hilltop Heritage Middle School gym where you can find signature glass ornaments, adorable snow people, beautiful jewelry, functional art, and one-of-a-kind sculptural work for all your holiday gift giving needs.
All purchases directly support Hilltop Artists programs and show young artists that their creativity, collaboration, and hard work is celebrated by our community!
Free

An Asian American person, dressed as Santa Claus, sits in front of a decorated Christmas tree surrounded by colorfully wrapped presents.

Asian American Santa
Wing Luke Museum
In person
December 4, 2021
Asian American Santa returns! Santa was staying home safe last winter, but he’s back for in-person photos on Saturday, December 4, 2021. Get a great photo with Santa and take home prints the day of! Precautions in place

Seattle Men’s Chorus Snow Business
Seattle Men’s Chorus and Seattle Women’s Chorus
In person
December 5 – 23, 2021
There’s no business like Snow Business!
The Seattle Men’s Chorus is BACK, merrier than ever.
They’re naughty. They’re nice. And they’re singing
their way through a wonderland filled with holiday cheer.
There’s White Christmas, a rollicking, fresh arrangement
of Jingle Bells, and a brand new carol from the composer of Frozen.
$28-94

Holiday Favorites
Symphony Tacoma
In person
Decmber 5, 2021
Symphony Tacoma’s annual winter-wonderland of good cheer for kids from 1-92! Join us for an afternoon of music from your favorite holiday shows, a lighting of the menorah, a Christmas sing-along and beautiful music by your Symphony Tacoma and Symphony Tacoma Voices that will capture the themes, spirit, and “Sounds of the Season.” Don your favorite holiday garb or crazy sweaters and come early to join us in a cup of hot cocoa and enjoy our carolers—they will even take requests!
Varies

A Christmas Carol
ACT Theatre
In person
December 7-26, 2021
ACT Theatre’s holiday tradition triumphantly returns to the Allen Theatre for its 46th year! Live the magic and return to Dickens’ London this holiday season.
$20-52

SeeYouSpaceCowboy @ The Vera Project
The Vera Project
In person
December 7, 2021
SeeYouSpaceCowboy, Greyhaven, Vatican, Wristmeetrazor @ The Vera Project
$17-20

The Harlem Nutcracker (Workshop Production 3)
Spectrum Dance Theater
In person
December 9-12, 2021
The Harlem Nutcracker utilizes Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn’s “Nutcracker Suite” as a musical starting point. The original story centers around an African-American family in Harlem on Christmas Eve, and the production highlights the unique warmth and centrality of the grandmother in African-American culture – the resilience of Black American families and Harlem as a center of the African Diaspora. Spectrum will continue the restaging process with a 4-phased approach by workshopping and reworking scenes and concepts from the original production.
Varies

T.U.P.A.C. Dance in the Museum
Tacoma Art Museum
In person
December 9, 2021 (recurring)
O’Toole, along with her contemporary dance students from T.U.P.A.C., will guide participants through modern dance phrases and relate movement expression to works of art on view at TAM. Plan to stay for the whole hour and wear comfortable clothes and shoes/socks you can move in. All ages and experience levels are welcome. Children under the age of eight must be accompanied by a participating parent or guardian.

MOMMIE DEAREST Holiday Screening w/ Peaches Christ
Three Dollar Bill Cinema
In person
December 9, 2021
THREE DOLLAR BILL CINEMA proudly presents one of the most ‘go for broke’ movies ever made, the Joan Crawford opus known as MOMMIE DEAREST. We’re presenting this camp/cult classic with the hostess with the mostess – PEACHES CHRIST – and it’s an audience participation screening, so you’re encouraged to both play along and speak along with your favorite lines!

Holiday Pops
Seattle Symphony
In person & online
December 10 – 12, 2021
There’s no place like Benaroya Hall for the holidays! Join conductor Stuart Chafetz and Broadway star N’Kenge for this dazzling program full of holiday favorites, traditional carols and plenty of yuletide cheer. All of the heartwarming sounds of the season await you at this lighthearted and joyful concert.
$41-101 or free

Fiesta de Navidad
Pacific MusicWorks
In person & online
December 11 & December 12, 2021
For centuries, a treasure trove of thrilling music has slumbered in the Missions and Cathedrals of Latin America. PMW has been exploring this colorful repertoire each December for several years. This festive incarnation features an expanded instrumental ensemble alongside favorite soprano soloists Danielle Reutter-Harrah and Tess Altiveros, mezzo Laura Pudwell, acclaimed cornetto/recorder player Alexandra Opsahl, and percussionist Antonio Gomez.
$25-55

Auburn Symphony Orchestra’s Holiday Spectacular
Auburn Symphony Orchestra
In person
December 13, 2021
Celebrate the holidays with Auburn Symphony Orchestra! Bring the entire family for an evening of holiday cheer and musical delight. You’ll hear music you’ve never heard us play before as well as some old favorites including How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Mannheim Steamroller, A Christmas Carol, Sleigh Ride, and so much more!
$12-40

Cory Wells @ The Vera Project
The Vera Project
In person
December 14, 2021
Cory Wells, Born Without Bones, Demon In Me @ The Vera Project
$15-18

The Winter’s Tale
Seattle Rep
In person & livestreamed
December 16-19, 2021
Seattle Rep’s Public Works family of community and professional actors join together for a dazzling journey of reunion and redemption in a musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale. The Sicilian King Leontes suspects his wife of infidelity and seeks revenge by imprisoning her and banishing their newborn child to distant shores. Sixteen years later, in the wild woods of Bohemia, the consequences of his actions begin to unfold.

KIDSTAGE/Village Originals Collaboration – Commissioned Musical
Village Theatre
In person
Dec ember 17 – 19, 2021
This KIDSTAGE Commissioned Musical is an exciting new project with collaboration between KIDSTAGE and the Village Originals programs. Village Theatre has commissioned Writer/Composer Preston Max Allen to write a brand-new teen-centric musical with inspiration from our KIDSTAGE participants. Students will originate characters and a story that will be accessible and relevant to young theatre artists.

BARROCO IN THE BALLROOM
Northwest Sinfonietta
In person
December 18 & December 19, 2021
Travel to Spain for a little night music in Madrid with guitarists Yaniv Attar and Michael Partington and members of Northwest Sinfonietta, led by Concertmaster Denise Dillenbeck. Enjoy Baroque favorites by Corelli and Boccherini and a Corelli fantasy by Puerto Rican composer Roberto Sierra.
$40-45

The Christmas Revels
Puget Sound Revels
In person & livestream (or recorded)
December 18-22, 2021
This year we’re off to the wilderness of 18th century Canada.
Expect magical storytelling; toe-tapping tunes; high energy clogging; the rousing and poignant songs of les voyageurs; Le Temps des Fêtes (a time that includes both the solemn and beautiful songs of Christmas Eve and the boisterous, secular songs of the new year); a flying canoe and a hasty bargain with the devil that creates a tricky predicament.
$13-26

Free Family Flick: Home Alone
The Grand Cinema
In person
December 18, 2021
When bratty 8-year-old Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin) acts out the night before a family trip to Paris, his mother (Catherine O’Hara) makes him sleep in the attic. After the McCallisters mistakenly leave for the airport without Kevin, he awakens to an empty house and assumes his wish to have no family has come true. But his excitement sours when he realizes that two con men (Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern) plan to rob the McCallister residence, and that he alone must protect the family home.
Free

Longest Night: Winter Solstice Ceremony 2021
Northwest Film Forum
In person
December 21, 2021
Enter a waking dream as Northwest Film Forum’s virtual space is transformed in celebration of the longest night of 2020. Full of music performances, guided movement, wellness activities, participatory rituals, and countless inventions culled from subconscious states, LONGEST NIGHT is a communally-minded, staff-invented, season-inspired Solstice party that brings light to the liminal space of the year’s darkest day.
Sliding scale

My Fair Lady
Seattle Theatre Group
In person
December 28, 2021 – January 2, 2022
Boasting such classic songs as “I Could Have Danced All Night,” “The Rain in Spain,” “Wouldn’t It Be Loverly” and “On the Street Where You Live,” MY FAIR LADY tells the story of Eliza Doolittle, a young Cockney flower seller, and Henry Higgins, a linguistics professor who is determined to transform her into his idea of a “proper lady.” But who is really being transformed?

VCA’s New Year’s Eve Ball with DeVotchka
Vashon Center for the Arts
In person
December 31-January 1,2022
VCA’S NEW YEAR’S EVE BALL is more than just a farewell to a bumpy year, it’s a renewing, feel-good, portal of positivity into the year ahead! Your ticket includes a live show by Grammy Award-nominated band, DEVOTCHKA, and admission to an amazing pre-funk party in the VCA Atrium complete with a live DJ and no-host bar! And of course, a complimentary champagne (or sparkling cider) toast at midnight – bring someone to kiss!
Proceeds go toward reducing production expense for VCA’s Creative Partners in Residence; those on-island arts organizations that call VCA home, like Vashon Opera, Drama Dock, Kinesis Dance, Chorale, and MANY MORE!
$125-175

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast:
The Fifth Avenue Theatre
In person
January 12-February 6, 2022
Return to the magic of live theater at The 5th with unforgettable performances, spectacular costumes, and dazzling sets. Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is a joyful opportunity to bring your family together for musical theater at its best.
Varies

Song for a New World
Village Theatre
In person
January 14 – March 13, 2022
Get swept away with this moving collection of powerful songs that explore life, love, and the choices that we make. Even the most challenging events can inspire something powerful within each one of us. Songs for a New World embraces every turn, every unexpected bend, and strives to show us that renewal and survival are always within reach.
The first musical from Tony Award winner, Jason Robert Brown (Parade, Bridges of Madison County), reflects on the human condition, brings stories to life, and contemplates the ways we can feel and understand each other.
” . . . a collection of shorts, each defined by the epiphany at its heart.”- Variety (2018 London production)

Circa: Humans 2.0
Meany Center for the Performing Arts
In person
January 20-22, 2022
Circa — Australia’s contemporary next-gen circus ensemble — returns with a love letter to humanity. Created by Circa’s Artistic Director Yaron Lifschitz, with music by composer Ori Lichtik (Sharon Eyal/LEV), lighting by Paul Jackson and 10 Circa ensemble members, this new work pushes the boundaries of what circus and acrobatics can be. Intimate, joyous and searching, Humans 2.0 creates a message of hope and strength while celebrating what it means to be human as the world reels from pandemic fallout.

Disenchanted! A New Musical Comedy
Tacoma Muscial Playhouse
In person
January 21-February 13, 2022
Poisoned apples, Glass slippers, Who needs ’em?!
Not Snow White and her posse of disenchanted princesses in the hilarious hit musical that’s anything but Grimm. The original storybook heroines are none-too-happy with the way they’ve been portrayed in today’s pop culture so they’ve tossed their tiaras and have come to life to set the record straight. Forget the princesses you think you know – these royal renegades are here to comically belt out the truth. ‘Outstanding Off-Broadway Musical’ nomination (Outer Critics Circle Awards) and “Best New Off-Broadway Musical’ nomination (Off Broadway Alliance). Contains adult language and content.
$29-31

Auburn Symphony: Tchaikovsky’s Pathétique
Auburn Symphony Orchestra
In person
January 30, 2022
Musicians are often influenced by the cultures in which they grew up. Traditions are honored and transformed into new pieces of art, both nostalgic and novel. Through the imaginations of three brilliant composers and a virtuosic guest violinist we will visit music that will warm your heart on a chill winter night.
$12-40

Recent Acquisitions: Jeffry Mitchell
Frye Art museum
In person
February 1 – July 17, 2022
Describing himself as a “gay folk artist,” Jeffry Mitchell (b. 1958, Seattle; lives and works in Olympia, Washington) rejects the irony and elitism often associated with the art world. Instead, he works from a philosophy of acceptance and constructs his art in vulnerable, deeply human terms. Mitchell is primarily a ceramicist, but drawings and other works on paper are foundational to his artistic practice. Recent Acquisitions is a biannual series highlighting works that have been gifted to or purchased for the Frye Art Museum’s permanent collection.
Free

The Mystery of Irma Vep
Intiman Theatre
In person
February 8-27, 2022
In the winter, Intiman will open the doors to the Erickson Theatre for a reimagined revival of a classic production from the company’s 49-year history: THE MYSTERY OF IRMA VEP by Charles Ludlam, directed by Jasmine Joshua. This is a Penny Dreadful sci-fi romp that centers on an English estate haunted by the former mistress who has recently passed (or has she?). There are mummies, werewolves, mistaken identities, and a ton of madcap blunders. Two performers, dozens of wigs, and over forty quick-change costume changes bring an eclectic cast of six characters to life.

Blue
Seattle Opera
In person
February 26-March 12, 2022
The 2020 winner for Best New Opera (Music Critics Association) arrives at the McCaw Hall stage in February 2022. From the award-winning team of librettist Tazewell Thompson and composer Jeanine Tesori comes Blue, a portrait of contemporary African American life: of love and loss, church, sisterhood, and most importantly, family. A young couple celebrates the joy of family with the birth of their son. And, later leans on their close-knit community in the aftermath of his death at the hands of a police officer.
$35-$349

 

Header Image Courtesy of Spectrum Dance Theatre.