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December 10, 2012 at 7:00 AM

A ‘Portlandia’ peek, plus 15 other things to do this week


(Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen in “Winter in Portlandia.” IFC/ Frank DiMarco)

In case you missed the “Portlandia” pair, Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein, on “The Simpsons” Sunday night, you can get another dose on Friday on “Winter in Portlandia.” The so-hipster-it-hurts series returns to IFC in January. Have a Voodoo doughnut and calm down. Other fun to while away the rainy December hours:


‘North Sea Texas’

Bavo Defurne’s passionate, entertaining Dutch-Belgian drama stars Jelle Florizoone as a lonely teenager growing up at a resort, where he falls in love with a handsome neighbor. Earlier this year, the film won the Montreal Film Festival award for Best Debut Feature. Now playing at the Harvard Exit.


‘Michael Buble: Home for the Holidays’

The Canadian crooner is back with an all-new holiday special featuring Rod Stewart, Blake Shelton and Carly Rae Jepson. 10:01 p.m. Monday on NBC.

‘Winter in Portlandia’

Before this clever comedy returns for its third season on Jan. 4, you can enjoy all the wonderfully quirky denizens of the titular series in all their winter glory in this new special. 7:30 p.m. Friday on IFC.


Lunch Break Cooking Class

As part of Book Larder’s lunch-break cooking class series, chef Rachael Coyle will prepare a meal using seasonal produce from the Neighborhood Farmer’s Market Alliance. Admission, $25, includes a two-course lunch. Noon-1 p.m. Monday, Book Larder, 4252 Fremont Ave. N. (206-397-4271 or

Holiday Boot Camp

At Willows Lodge Holiday Boot Camp, participants get in party-giving shape by learning to make hot toddies, hot buttered rum and other warm holiday drinks. 5:30-6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Fireside Cellars, inside the lodge, 14580 N.E. 145th St., Woodinville. Seating on a first come, first served basis (425-424-3900 or


Menorah Lighting

Celebrate Hanukkah with a menorah lighting, performance by KlezKids, and dreidels for children. 6 p.m. Wednesday, outside of The North Face, University Village, 25th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 45th Street, Seattle; free (206-523-0622 or

Holiday in Volunteer Park

Volunteer Park will be bustling with holiday charm thanks to musical performances, lights, luminaria and treats. Admission will be free to the Conservatory and Seattle Asian Art Museum. 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Volunteer Park, 1247 15th Ave. E., Seattle; free (


Calvin Trillin

The droll humorist and columnist for The Nation discusses his book-length poem about the recent presidential election, “Dogfight: The 2012 Presidential Campaign in Verse.” 7:30 p.m. Monday, Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., Seattle; $5 (206-652-4255 or


David Bazan

Ex-Pedro the Lion member David Bazan and his band perform the entirety of Pedro the Lion’s album “Control.” 9 p.m. Saturday at the Neptune Theatre, 1303 N.E. 45th St., Seattle.; $16-$18 (877-784-4849 or

Northwest Folklife’s Winter Celebration

Northwest Folklife celebrates the release of this year’s festival compilation with performances by Nu Klezmer Army, The Joy Mills Band, and Eleanor Murray. 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the Columbia City Theater, 4916 Rainier Ave. S., Seattle; $8 (800-838-3006 or


‘A(n Improvised) Christmas Carol’

An Unexpected Productions tradition since 1985, this improv version of the Dickens story gets a makeover with help from the audience — patrons decide every inch of the plot, from where Scrooge works to whether he learns anything from his ghostly visitors. The cast includes Tim Tracey and Randy Dixon as Scrooge, and Ross Asdourian and Nick Schell as Cratchit. Through Dec. 30, Market Theater, 1428 Post Alley, Seattle; $15 (800-838-3006 or ).

‘Ballard House Duet’

In this inaugural production in The Ensemble’s Custom Made Play Project, sisters reconnect and decide the meaning of “value” as they try to help their great-aunt, a compulsive hoarder, in Ballard. Paul Mullin is the playwright; he developed the script with and for Hana Lass and Rebecca Olson, who play the estranged pair. Through Dec. 17, The Little Theatre in Capitol Hill, 608 19th Ave. E., Seattle; $15-$25

Holiday shows

If you must have a little Scrooge (or some Wonderettes or an elf) to make the season bright, go to for reviews of what’s on local stages.


Yefim Bronfman

A real trouper, that Bronfman. A year ago, he fractured a finger performing Prokofiev’s Piano Sonata No. 8 in B-flat major, Op. 84, and not only finished it, but played encores as well. Seattle audiences will hear the injury-free version of the Prokofiev plus Haydn’s Piano Sonata in C major and Brahms’ Piano Sonata No. 3 in F minor in the pianist’s solo recital this week. 7:30 p.m. Monday, Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., Seattle; $25-$119 (206-215-4747 or

The Baltimore Consort

The early-music ensemble brings Yuletide cheer — and instruments, such as the viol, crumhorn and cittern — from a much earlier time in “Wassail, Wassail!” presented by the Early Music Guild. 8 p.m. Friday, Town Hall Seattle, 1119 Eighth Ave.; $15-$40 (206-325-7066 or

Seattle Symphony Orchestra

Handel’s masterful “Messiah” will ring out in four performances with Seattle Symphony Orchestra, the SSO Chorale, and soprano Shannon Mercer, mezzo-soprano Laura Pudwell, tenor Ross Hauck and bass-baritone Kevin Deas. Stephen Stubbs will conduct. 8 p.m. Friday, 1 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Dec. 16, Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., Seattle; $24-$91 (206-215-4747 or


Lisa Harris Gallery

“Line has always been an integral part of my work,” says Seattle artist Richard Morhaus, and lines — some concrete, some more abstract — that seem to buzz with life have stepped out of the shadows to crisscross his bright urban scenes in the new exhibition “Line Paintings.” (Look for some landscapes, too.) through Dec. 30, 1922 Pike Place, Seattle (206-443-3315 or



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