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!
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 (http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/25/books/shakespeare-christopher-marlowe-henry-vi.html). 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 (http://www.pbs.org/wnet/gperf/hollow-crown-wars-roses-miniseries/5109/).
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 www.seattleshakespeare.org.
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.
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
Taproot Theater Photo
November 18 – December 24, 2016
Dec. 10-24: Unruly kids take over the church pageant in The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.
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.)
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!
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+.