Here at ArtsPage HQ, we are thankful for you, our readers (of the blog, and The Seattle Times as a whole). We’re also thankful that we live in such an arts-rich city, one that rewards us many times over. This weekend kicks off the “official” holiday season, so here are some events to get you out and about.
1 Holiday festivals
Nov. 29: Seattle Holiday Parade, Star Lighting, www.holidaysinseattle.com;
Nov. 29-Dec. 31 Bellevue Snowflake Lane, www.bellevuecollection.com/snowflakelane;
Nov. 30, Greet the Season @Lake Union Park, www.mohai.org
Once Thanksgiving is over, and the leftovers rotated throughout the fridge a few (dozen) times, it’s a good time to get out of the house. The annual Seattle Holiday Parade and Bellevue’s Snowflake Lane are joined by a new party: Greet the Season@Lake Union Park. MOHAI is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. that day, and there will be activities at Historic Ships Wharf and Center for Wooden Boats. That night, visitors can watch the Argosy Christmas Ship Festival launch on the lake.
2 Holiday theater
“A Christmas Carol,” Nov. 29-Dec. 29, ACT; www.acttheatre.org;
“Oliver!,” Nov. 29-Dec. 1, 5th Avenue; www.5thavenue.org;
“ThanksKilling, the Musical,” Nov. 29-Dec. 14, www.balagantheatre.org;
“Le Club Noel,” ends Dec. 28, www.taproottheatre.org
There’s no business like holiday show business, and theaters kick it up several notches with productions traditional and off-kilter. Among the offerings this year are the Paris cabaret “Le Club Noel,” at Taproot; the traditional “Christmal Carol” at ACT; and a comedy at Balagan, “ThanksKilling.” Plenty more to choose from at seattletimes.com.
3 'Hunger Games: Catching Fire'
In wide release. Soren Anderson’s 3-star review here.
“Catching Fire” is a significant improvement on the movie that launched the franchise last year, writes Seattle Times reviewer Soren Anderson. “Credit director Francis Lawrence for that. .. Lawrence brings a level of seriousness and visual elegance to ‘Catching Fire’ that makes the picture feel much more substantial than its predecessor.”
4 John Legend
8 p.m. Monday, Paramount Theatre, Seattle; stgpresents.org
New-soul singer John Legend’s “Made to Love” tour is named for the hit song from his current album, “Love in the Future.” His future looked bright early on: Born John Stephens in Ohio, the future star began singing gospel and playing piano at age 5. In 1998, he was asked to play piano on a Lauryn Hill track, and it all took off from there.
5 Robert Davidson
“Thinking Abstract” Stonington Gallery, Seattle, ends Tuesday, www.stoningtongallery.com;
“Abstract Impulse,” Seattle Art Museum, through Feb. 16, www.seattleartmuseum.org
The Northwest Coast Native carver and jeweler is also a noted printmaker. Davidson takes the traditional motifs of his Haida heritage and boils them down to their most basic lines and shapes, remaking them in vibrant colors and stark lines. His highly appreciated works are being celebrated in two venues in Seattle just now, and the catalog with his SAM show is of particular interest.