Holiday fun…some things special for a short foray away!

I am back from more than a few days away and writing up my wonderful travels to NYC-Harlem and my Connecticut Thanksgiving…in the meantime, do not miss these Holiday events…get tickets now.

I highly recommend (and, will be reviewing some of these events): Seattle Symphony’s Holiday Pops (December 9,10,11) and Handel’s Messiah (December 16,17,18), Seattle Men’s Chorus Silver and Soul (December 4-22 various dates), and again at the symphony Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons two ways – one with the tango December 28-29 and Vivaldi Untuxed in a Signature performance December 30; and, to bring in the New Year Classical Soul of Motown December 31, “…Follow the performance with a post-concert party that includes a glass of champagne, a live performance and dancing all the way to the midnight countdown and beyond!.”

This week-end: The Magnolia ChoralePeace in a Time of War…$12 dollars on-line, $15 at the door. I love their sweet concerts!

For those in the Magnolia Queen Anne, Ballard area hear the Christmas ships caroling Saturday, November 17th, Commodore Park (Magnolia side of Locks) 4:05-4:25 and through the Ballard Locks 8:10-8:30.

The Taproot Theater will do a fun Christmas play Improve in a Pear Tree at Magnolia Art Experience…Sunday December 11th, $5 for children 5 and up and $10 for adults…gingerbread cookies and hot apple cider. Tickets.

Going home for the holidays is a special sort of adventure full of road trips, family traditions, and the crazy characters we call friends and family. This year, Taproot’s Improv Team is bringing you the story of a pair of newlyweds sharing their first Christmas. Using suggestions from the audience, the actors create the characters, traditions and circumstances in, what is to be, a hilarious and unexpected holiday story you won’t forget. No two performances are the same.

For: What’s going on downtown. And, for a slew more of fun ideas here is a calendar of events. And, check Goldstar for ticket deals…I keep telling you!

Let me know in the comment section what you are doing out there to make the season merry and bright!

Mark Your Calendars – Oh, My and Holiday Events Are Here!

I’ve been down with a terrible cold…hope you don’t get it! But, things are going on around me as usual…time to catch you up. I share new exhibits and many holiday activities that I have enjoyed in the past – plus new events coming up that just sound fun! I left out the obvious stand-bys. And, I will be reviewing some of the more unusual offerings throughout the season. It is time to get tickets! Remember Goldstar offers many discounted tickets of these events. Sign up!

This season I am off to Connecticut and 3 days away in Harlem (you’ll be reading about it!), Christmas Day on the train to Portland, Oregon for one night (re-do of our great trip last year); and, then off to Campbell River to Dolphin’s Resort (ok…click this link for sneak preview…it is so darn cute!) – another 4 days away that will be coming your way…but, on that one, expect a lot of nothing but books I recommend reading, walks along the beach, foodie experiences and hot-tubbing by the sea!

Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI) has new Interesting exhibit November 19th
Edible City: A Delicious Journey


As does the Frye: To: Seattle | Subject Personal

Seattle Shakespeare Company gets you ready with free events and educational news and events in November for their next most inventive production:

Bring Down the House is a new adaptation of Shakespeare’s Henry VI parts 1, 2, and 3.  The plays tell story of the fight for the English throne between two rival families and is commonly referred to as the War of the Roses.  Seattle Shakespeare Company’s production edits and combines the plays into a two-part epic telling that will run in repertory performances at the Center Theatre January 25-March 12, 2017. Bring Down the House will feature a diverse, all-female acting company of 17 actresses.

Shakespeare’s Henry VI plays have received recent attention in the news with the acknowledgement by the Oxford University Press that Christopher Marlowe was a collaborator on the plays (  PBS will air a televised version of story in December called The Hollow Crown, The Wars of the Roses featuring Benedict Cumberbatch and Judi Dench (

The dates, times and locations for the free staged reading previews of Bring Down the House at the Seattle Public Library Branches are:

  • Thursday, November 17 from 6-7 PM –Central Branch Library, Level 4, Rm. 2 (1000 Fourth Ave.)
  • Monday, November 21 from 3-4 PM – Columbia Branch Library (4721 Rainier Ave. S.)
  • Tuesday, November 29 from 5-6 PM – Douglass-Truth Branch Library (2300 E. Yesler Way)

Tickets to the full production of Bring Down the House are on sale now and are available through the Seattle Shakespeare Company Box Office at 206-733-8222 as well as online at

BONUS: Attending cultural and fun activities throughout the season creates memories and gets you into the spirit of the Season! Activities and memberships to museums or educational centers like the Pacific Science Center, Woodland Park Zoo and The Seattle Aquarium make the best gifts ever…go with – and create memories with family and friends- no batteries needed!

Seattle Symphony has much coming up! Classical offerings and ’tis the season offerings.

Time to get those holiday tickets to the Holiday Pops, The Seattle Men’s Chorus’s Christmas Show, St James Cathedral’s festive music programs!

Magnolia Art Experience (MAX) has a Christmas Show: The Pear Tree done by the Taproot Theater…For the whole family 5 and up…improve theater with a Christmas theme…gingerbread cookies and hot apple cider! $10 adults, $5 children 5-12

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Christmas Plays

November 18 – December 24, 2016


Nov. 18-Dec. 30: The Trial of Ebenezer Scrooge and A Charlie Brown’s Christmas at the Taproot Theater

Nov. 23 –Dec. 31: The Little Mermaid at the 5th Ave Theater.

Dec 1-24: Christmastown: A Holiday Noir is an adult detective comedy at Seattle Public Theater at the Bathhouse. And:

Dec. 10-24: Unruly kids take over the church pageant in The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.

Dec. 8-24: Ham for the Holidays is wicked comedy at ACT.

Dec 4-20: Holiday of Errors is a witty Shakespeare spoof at 12th Ave Arts.

Christmas lights – Bellevue

December 1 – 31, 2016 (begins Nov. 26)

Enjoy zillions of colorful lights and displays at Garden d’Lights in Bellevue Botanical Garden from 4:30 to 9 p.m. There may be a line on free nights, which in 2016 are Nov. 28, 29, 30 and Dec. 1, 5, 6, 7, 8.

Christmas radio show

December 9, 2016 (7:45 p.m.)

Watch a live radio production of A Christmas Carol (Charles Dickens’ holiday classic about the miraculous transformation of miserly Scrooge) including a pre-show warm up and live music at Town Hall Seattle.

Christmas ships parade

December 1 – 23, 2016 (begins Nov. 25)

Lake Washington & Puget Sound

Ride onboard with the choir or listen from shore at a bonfire during Christmas Ship Festival. See schedule.

Tour artists’ studios

December 10 – 11, 2016 (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

Seattle locations

Shop from 34 artists at 9 studios who make clothing, jewelry, glass, ceramics, prints, and more on Seattle Sampling Artists’ Studio Tour.

Movie: Fiddler on the Roof

December 25, 2016 (music 11 a.m., film noon)

See a film about Jewish tradition, eat Chinese food, and hear Klezmer music at Fiddler on the Roof Sing Along, an annual tradition at SIFF Cinema Uptown. We did this last year and loved it! SIFF has a series of these holiday fun special showings!

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New Year’s Eve at Chihuly

December 31, 2016

1 mile NW

New Year’s Eve pARTy includes appetizers & dessert, live music and dancing, a tour of the exhibits, and a champagne toast with a view of the Space Needle’s fireworks through the Glasshouse ceiling at Chihuly Garden and Glass at Seattle Center for age 21+.