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December 16, 2011 at 10:40 AM

3 things to do this weekend — with or without kids

The days are short and dark, and if you have kids, they’re driving you nuts. (Trust me, I know). Our recommendation: Get ’em out of the house (see #1, below) or call a babysitter and go out without them (see #2). Or you might want to choose an activity that’s good with or without little ones in tow (#3). You pick:

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1. Bundle the banshees into the car and take a tour of holiday-light displays. Here’s a mondo list, organized by neighborhood. We also ran a story recently about the Northwest’s big, public light displays in our Sunday NW Traveler section.

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2. Tony Bennett! The consummate entertainer appeals to the 20-90 demographic — in other words, just about everyone, except perhaps the little kiddies. He appears Saturday night at the Paramount; Seattle Times music writer Paul de Barros interviewed him recently about how he stays relevant after more than 50 years in show business.

3. “Black Nativity.” One of the most revered literary figures of the Harlem Renaissance, Langston Hughes, wrote this musical retelling of the nativity story in the early ’60s. It has since become a tradition in many cities around the United States. Here, the rousing production is led by pastor Pat Wright, and the cast includes 75-year-old dynamo Evelina King, who was recently interviewed by Seattle Times theater critic Misha Berson. For info on “Black Nativity” tickets, click here.

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And heeeere’s the video version of this weekend preview:

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(Photos: ZooLights by Dean Rutz/Seattle Times. Tony Bennett by Kelsey Bennett. Evelina King by Greg Gilbert/Seattle Times.)

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