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December 24, 2012 at 7:00 AM

Blockbuster films, plus 11 other things to do this week


(Isabelle Allen and Hugh Jackman in “Les Miserables”/Universal Pictures)

Christmas dinner’s done, presents have been opened. Let’s go to the movies! That’s the cry of many of you, if response to our holiday movie coverage over the years is any indication. We’re here to help: We’ll publish reviews of the big-throated musical “Le Miserables,” Quentin Tarantino’s “Django Unchained” and the Billy Crystal-Bette Midler comedy “Parental Guidance” at on Dec. 24 and in the newspaper Dec. 25. Other, non-movie fare:


Christmas Eve programming

TBS serves up 24 hours of “A Christmas Story,” starting at 8 p.m. Monday; if that’s not your thing, you could flip over to “Disney Prep and Landing” at 8 p.m. on ABC, “It’s a Wonderful Life” at 8 p.m. on NBC or “How to Train Your Dragon” at 8 p.m. on FX.

‘The 35th Annual Kennedy Center Honors’

Caroline Kennedy hosts this annual recognition ceremony. Honorees include Buddy Guy, Dustin Hoffman, David Letterman, Natalia Makarova and Led Zeppelin. 9 p.m. Wednesday on CBS.


Gates Foundation Visitor Center Family Day

Celebrate the joy of giving with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The family day will have hands-on activities for all ages, including doll-making and online games. 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Saturday, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Visitor Center, 440 Fifth Ave. N., Seattle; free

Wondering About Wildlife Family Fun Day

Learn about wildlife through crafts, presentations and nature walks in Seattle’s protected watershed, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday, Cedar River Watershed Education Center, 19901 Cedar Falls Road S.E., North Bend; free.


Karrin Allyson

One of the finest singers in jazz, Allyson swings in several languages with her beguilingly raspy voice, recently displayed on the album, “ ’Round Midnight.” Allyson appears at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday at Jazz Alley, 2033 Sixth Ave., Seattle; $24.50.

Shabazz Palaces, THEESatisfaction

Seattle’s two most creative and progressive hip-hop groups play the same bill. Promises to be a rich night of music, with Shabazz’s mysterious electronic patina and THEESatisfaction’s offhand vocal interplay and light touch. 9 p.m. Friday at the Neptune Theatre, 1303 N.E. 45th St., Seattle; $21.50-$25


‘Elf: The Musical’

This jolly show tells of a Santa’s helper who sets off for the big city in search of his dad — and finds people who need their Christmas spirit back, stat. Through Dec. 31, 5th Avenue Theatre, 1308 Fifth Ave., Seattle; $29-$109.

‘Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Carol’

The Dickens classic is transported to 221B Baker St., where Sherlock Holmes is in need of some intervention by three Christmas spirits. Through Dec. 29. Taproot Theatre Company, 204 N. 85th St., Seattle; $22-$37.


Seattle Baroque Orchestra

Trumpeter Kris Kwapis joins the orchestra for “Baroque Celebration!,” a program of trumpet sonatas by Corelli and Handel as well as works for strings and harpsichord and selections from SBO’s new Vivaldi CD. 8 p.m. Saturday, Town Hall Seattle, 1119 Eighth Ave.; $15-$40

‘Jazzin’ with the Classics’

Jazz, classical and early music specialists — soprano Linda Tsatsanis, flutist Jeffrey Cohan, jazz flutist Martin Lund and jazz guitarist Gene Nery — join forces for this concert, which aims to “bridge contemporary improvisational jazz and the art music of Baroque and Renaissance times.” 7 p.m. Dec. 30, University Christian Church, 4731 15th Ave. N.E., Seattle; $15-$20 suggested donation.


Gallery 110

Two shows at the gallery address the humble box: “Boxism” invites artists to respond to the idea of the square container, while the other show presents a collection of pieces that are all the result of a fixed starting point; a pizza box. Noon-5 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday through Dec. 29, 110 Third Ave. S., Seattle.



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