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ArtsPage

A way to keep up with Seattle theaters, concert halls, galleries, museums and other fine-arts events.

November 26, 2012 at 7:00 AM

Rip-roaring movies, plus 14 other things to do this week

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(Suraj Sharma as Pi Patel in a scene from “Life of Pi.”/20th Century Fox photo)

Thanksgiving is over, which means….the holidays are just around the corner. Recharge your batteries with an epic film, a Christmas comedy or a gift fair — ideas below. Find complete listings of holiday fun in The Seattle Times’ Holiday Entertainment Guide at seattletimes.com/entertainment.

Movies

‘Life of Pi,’ ‘Silver Linings Playbook,’ ‘Anna Karenina,’ and many more are awaiting moviegoers. See reviews here.

TV

‘Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars’

It’s time to hand out the mirror-ball trophy for the all-star edition of this dance competition. The two-part finale airs 8 p.m. Monday and 9 p.m. Tuesday on ABC.

Food

Lorna Yee

You might never need Chinese take-out again. Local food author Lorna Yee (“The Everyday Wok Cookbook”) shows how versatile and inexpensive meals can be with a wok, the mainstay of all Chinese restaurants. 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesday, Book Larder, 4252 Fremont Ave. N., Seattle; free.

‘I Can Cook Too! Holiday Cookies’

Decorate gingerbread cookies and make jam thumbprint cookies with your child with PCC holiday-cookie classes. The next class is from 10-11:15 a.m. Thursday, PCC in Edmonds, 9803 Edmonds Way; $35 for members and $40 for nonmembers, price includes one adult and one child.

Festivals

Providence O’Christmas Trees

Three-day event culminates in auction of 16 designer-decorated trees, with proceeds benefiting seniors and hospice patients served by Providence Health & Services’ Senior and Community Services, Monday-Wednesday, The Westin Seattle, 1900 Fifth Ave., Seattle. Details here.

A Victorian Country Christmas

Holiday entertainment, vendors, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Dec. 2, Puyallup Fair and Events Center, 110 Ninth Ave. S.W., Puyallup; $8-$10

Pop music

Glen Campbell

Country music legend Glen Campbell brings his Goodbye Tour to Seattle, performing his final album, “Ghost on the Canvas,” 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine St., Seattle; $21.25-$61.25

Dance

‘Wevers/Spaeth/Byrd’

Spectrum Dance Theater’s Fall Studio Series presents new works by top-tier Seattle choreographers: Olivier Wevers, Crispin Spaeth and Donald Byrd. Nov. 30-Dec. 2 and Dec. 6-9. Spectrum Dance Studio Theater, 800 Lake Washington Blvd., Seattle; $5-$25.

Theater

‘The Winter Wonderettes’

In this musical packed with ’50s and ’60s tunes, the singers of the title are all set to enertain at the Harper’s Hardware holiday party, but find that Mr. Harper, who is supposed to play Santa, is nowhere to be found. Through Dec. 30, ArtsWest, 4711 California Ave. S.W., Seattle; $17-$36.50.

‘Inspecting Carol’

Take a peek at a struggling theater company’s attempts to put on a holiday show in this comedy billed as “anything but show business as usual.” Jerry Manning directs. Through Dec. 23, Seattle Repertory Theatre, 155 Mercer St., Seattle; $12-$80.

Classical music

Seattle Symphony Orchestra

Music director Ludovic Morlot leads the SSO in Mahler’s Fourth Symphony (with guest soprano Donatienne Michel-Dansac) and Berg’s Violin Concerto with guest violinist Veronika Eberle. 7:30 p.m. Thursday and 8 p.m. Saturday, Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., Seattle; $19-$112.

Pacific MusicWorks

The early-music company presents “Bach — Angels and Shepherds: Cantatas for the Holiday Season,” that also features carols arranged by Michael Praetorius and works by Johann Kuhnau and Philip Friedrich Boddeckers. 8 p.m. Saturday, St. James Cathedral, 804 Ninth Ave., Seattle; $20-$40. Details here.

Seattle Choral Company

The 75-voice ensemble celebrates the season with its fifth “Cathedral Christmas” program, which this year includes “Gaudete,” modern settings of Renaissance melodies, and Mechem’s “Seven Joys of Christmas,” comprising carols familiar and new. 2 p.m. Saturday, Bastyr University Chapel, 14500 Juanita Drive N.E., Kenmore; $10-$25.

Literary events

Andrew Solomon

Andrew Solomon, who won the National Book Award for his book on depression, “The Noonday Demon,” is back with a new book, “Far From the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity.” It focuses on how families learn to live with exceptional children (autism, deafness, and schizophrenia, among other things). 7:30 p.m. Monday, Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., Seattle; $5 advance, available at door.

Visual arts

Art Under $100

It’s time again for South Park Arts‘ annual affordable-art sale — where paintings, sculpture, neon art, jewelry, clothing, photography, glass and letterpress items are all priced at $100 or less. DJs dpauly and stack will spin; wine and appetizers will be available; and a raffle will be held every 30 minutes. 3-9 p.m. Saturday, South Park Community Center, 8319 Eighth Ave. S., Seattle; free.

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