Here it is, the first official weekend of the 2012 holiday season and the calendar is chock full of light displays, tree-lightings, Christmas Ships and other festive activities — many of them outdoors under soggy skies. Our giant list of holiday-event lists is here, but if you’d prefer a more pared-down list of things to do this weekend that don’t require umbrellas and rain boots, read on.
MOVIES, of course, are an obvious choice. You probably saw our glowing reviews earlier this week of “Life of Pi,” “Anna Karenina,” “Silver Linings Playbook” and “A Royal Affair,” but you could also check out a second-run movie at a discounted price — the list of bargain screenings includes “Skyfall,” “Looper” and the classic “2001: A Space Odyssey” (pictured, AP Photo). Speaking of classics, Hitchcock’s “Vertigo” is showing at the Grand Illusion; if you’ve never seen it in a proper theater, go.
CONCERTS are also indoors, right? At least this time of year. We’ve got a whole list of recommended shows for you, including Brandi Carlile and Taj Mahal (pictured, by Henry St. Claire Fredericks). Or read Nicole Brodeur’s preview of World Party at the Triple Door and see if it doesn’t strike your fancy.
COMEDY might come in handy on a dreary weekend like this. A new show by sketch comedy troupe The Habit got a rave review from Seattle Times writer Michael Upchurch this week. It’s at the Bathhouse through Dec. 2. And tonight, the Seattle International Comedy Competition finals take place this weekend in Kirkland, Bremerton and Seattle: Laughs virtually guaranteed.
ARTS AND CRAFTS shows are popping up all over. Dive into this big list, or perhaps just consider the one at the Pratt Fine Arts Center in the Central District today and tomorrow. It’s always a treasure trove of glasswork, jewelry, art and sculpture by local artists, at reasonable prices (pictured: an image by Karl Seiffert of vases from last year’s sale).
FOR KIDS and families, we recommend a tour of the Burke Museum’s Mammal Collection. What child isn’t fascinated by taxidermy? On view are many of the museum’s 55,000 mammal specimens, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. On the more holiday-spirited side, the Gingerbread Village at the Sheraton is reportedly better than ever this year (photo by Bettina Hansen/Seattle Times). Finally, if you haven’t yet seen the King Tut exhibition at Pacific Science Center, there may not be a better time. The city may be flooded this weekend, but inside the Science Center, it’s a sun-baked desert.
We’ll leave you with this weekend’s video weekend preview, recorded this morning at KING 5 TV: