The Weekend Must List: Ice Skating, Beethoven's Ninth and Last-Minute Shopping

Bonsoir Liliane at Teatro ZinZanni

Runs through 1/29/2012

 Teatro ZinZanni’s newest production, Bonsoir Liliane! was directed by towering Broadway star (and nine-time Tony Award winner) Tommy Tune. But it’s flamboyant emcee Kevin Kent who steals the show, with his hilarious shenanigans and improvisational genius. Also keep an eye out for Ariana Lallone, beloved former principal dancer with Pacific Northwest Ballet who’s now making a graceful leap into other artistic styles. Times and prices vary. Teatro ZinZanni, 222 Mercer St.; 206.802.0015;

Ice Skating at Cal Anderson Park
Thursday – Saturday (12/22–12/24)
It’s your last chance to check out the holiday skating rink at Cal Anderson Park! BYO or rent skates and slice the ice  from 7–10 p.m. Thursday night is DJ night, Friday is costume night (half-price for those who dress up!) and Saturday we bid the rink fond farewell ‘til next year. Also: don’t miss our complete list of holiday happenings to make the season bright.

Beethoven’s Ninth
Wednesday – Friday (12/28–12/30) 
  Last year, Gerard Schwarz stepped down as music director of the Seattle Symphony after holding the position for 26 years. Now he’s back, making a guest appearance in his role as conductor laureate, leading the Seattle Symphony and Chorale in Beethoven’s Ninth—the last full symphony written by the musical genius and the first ever to incorporate choral voices. Sing along, if you dare. Times vary. $25–$120. Benaroya Hall, 200 University St.; 206.215.4747;

12 Days of Gift Giving 
Seattle mag shopping editor Kate Calamusa finishes off our “12 Days of Christmas” themed gift guide online this week, offering excellent last-minute ideas, from decadent beauty products and cozy scarves to easy stocking stuffers.  

Seattle’s best hot chocolate
The frosty mornings seem perfect for a cozy cup of chocolate decadence. Here are five of the richest, silkiest drinks around.

Eat here now!
Food editor Allison Austin Scheff dishes about the best restaurant in Seattle that no one’s going to.