Happy Holidays!

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I thought I would take a break from writing about policy and issues to share with you some of my picks for local holiday entertainment.

Nancy Guppy hosts Art Zone

A good place to start is with the City’s own award-winning television station, The Seattle Channel (channel 21). Their annual Art Zone holiday program, hosted by Nancy Guppy, features an original rap by the cast of Wisemen, currently playing at ACT theatre; local foodie Julien Perry’s samples of food and drink from her favorite holiday happy hours; Reel Grrls filmmakers teaming up with Olson Kundig Architects to create a festive storefront exhibit; and fresh holiday tunes from the band Brent Amaker and The Rodeo. Click here for broadcast times

Tomorrow night only, singer/pianist Victor Janusz performs his annual Holiday Cabaret at Egan’s Ballard Jam House with special guest jazz vocalist Joanne Klein. It’ll be a night of jazzy, sizzling original Janusz tunes such as “Christmas Without You!” “Fruitcake Blues!” and “Christmas In the Bahamas.”

Matt Owen in “Elf” playing at the 5th Ave Theatre

The 5th Avenue Theatre, one of Seattle’s jewels of the Downtown Historic Theatre District, is presenting ELF – The Musical, based upon the hugely popular film starring Will Ferrell.

Seattle Repertory Theatre is mounting Inspecting Carol, a madcap comedy about a theatre group trying to stage the play A Christmas Carol.

Unexpected Productions presents An Improvised Christmas Carol at the Market Theatre in Pike Place Market, providing a comedic twist on Charles Dickens’ Christmas classic by allowing the audience to decide the entire story, wherein every performance differs from the last.

Lily Verlaine and Jasper McCann present “Land of the Sweets: The Burlesque Nutcracker”

The Triple Door hosts their seventh annual Land of the Sweets: The Burlesque Nutcracker, a spectacle of ecdysiastic pageantry. This year’s production includes new cast members formerly with Spectrum Dance Theater and Ballet Bellevue.

Owen Meany’s Christmas Pageant is playing at Book It Repertory Theatre. John Irving’s quirky boy, Owen Meany, returns to wreak havoc on the annual Christ Church Christmas Pageant. Hilarity ensues.

Seattle Center Children’s Museuminvites kids up to 10 years old to relax and listen to some magical holiday stories this Saturday. And on January 3rd, the museum presents a performance by Northwest Wushu, exploring the Chinese New Year.

Town Hall presents Short Stories Live! A Rogue’s Christmas, unconventional Christmas stories, poems, and musical cheer—an “antidotal” alternative, they say, to the usual holiday fare.

Dina! Martina!

Taking “alternative” to the next level are Theatre off Jackson’s hilarious Ham for the Holidays: Ham-ageddon!, starring Peggy Platt and Lisa Koch along with Bruce Hall and Michael Oaks, and of course Re-Bar’s indescribable Dina Martina Christmas Show presenting in all her glory an all-new holiday trainwreck.

This is just a fraction of what Seattle has to offer in holiday entertainment this year. Whatever you and your family end up seeing, I hope you have a great time. I wish you all a very happy holiday season!

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