Must MarvelChildren’s Film Festival at the Northwest Film Forum(1/23 to 2/2, times vary) — A popular event for film-o-philes of all ages, the ninth installment of Children’s Film Festival Seattle boasts its biggest program yet. This year’s event features more than 130 films from 32 countries—including Azerbaijan, Mozambique, Morocco, Indonesia and Iran—which means kids in attendance will gain instant film cred.
Must SeePhoto Center NW’s Visual Exploration of Being a Black Male(1/16 to 3/8, times vary) — “What do black men have in common?” In Question Bridge: Black Males, the new video installation at Photo Center Northwest (PCNW), African-American men pose such questions, and African-American men answer, in straight-on, close-up, fascinating video recordings.
Must Shiver & ShakeBundle Up for the Timbrrr! Winter Music Festival(1/10 to 1/11, times vary) — Featuring such excellent local bands as Hey Marseilles, Telekinesis, The Lonely Forest, The Moondoggies and Cataldo, the first-ever Timbrrr! Winter Music Festival in Leavenworth is the chillier counterpart to summertime’s Timber! Outdoor Music Festival.
MUST SEEStunning Glaciers Are Disappearing Before Our Very Eyes(Through 3/2) — Take a weekend drive to Bellingham, where the Whatcom Museum’s gorgeous Lightcatcher building hosts Vanishing Ice: Alpine and Polar Landscapes in Art 1775-2012, featuring astonishing photos and paintings of melting glaciers.
Must OgleMartin Schoeller’s Larger than Life Portraits at the EMP Museum(Through 2/16, times vary) — In Close-Up, photographer Martin Schoeller shares his stunning, large-scale, full-face shots of celebs and regular folks alike.
Must DineWhere to Dine Out During the HolidaysThe holidays are here, family is in town—celebrate at one of these special-occasion spots.
Seattle promises New Year’s Eve celebrations aplenty, everything from classy multi-coursed feasts to fireworks to sparkling parties brimming with bubbly and live music. Slip on your finest party shoes, grab a noise-maker and prep the vocal chords for a little “Auld Lang Syne,” then opt for one of these festive neighborhood NYE events.
MUST GLUGSun Liquor’s Exquisite Eggnog (Plus a Recipe to Make Your Own)Sneak out on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day (starting at 7 p.m.) to sip the delicious made-from-scratch eggnog at Capitol Hill’s Sun Liquor. Or make your own with this surefire recipe.
Must SeeStroll Down Bellevue Square’s Snowflake Lane(Through 12/31, 7 p.m.) — ‘Tis the season at Bellevue Square’s ever-popular Snowflake Lane, where live toy soldiers march to festive music, a dazzling light show brightens the dark sky and snowflakes fall nightly.
Must ShopUrban Craft Uprising(12/7 to 12/8, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.) — Shop the local, artisanal, indie offerings—including funky bags by Alchemy Goods, bodacious belts by Steel Toe Studios and lovely prints by Frida Clements—at this ultra-crafty two-day fest at the Seattle Center.
Must LaughThe Habit Comedy Show(12/1, 8 p.m.) — Seattle sketch comedy group The Habit is back with a new live show at The Bathhouse Theater at Green Lake. Bonus: Read Habit cast member John Osebold’s tips on upping your own comedic ante in our November issue.Must Kill the Mouse KingPNB’s The Nutcracker
Must Head EastIsabelle de Borchgrave Works Paper Magic(11/21 to 2/16/14, times vary) — In A World of Paper, A World of Fashion, Belgian artist Isabelle de Borchgrave crafts stunning, life-size replicas of prominent historical gowns—entirely out of paper.
Ali Brownrigg, Brangien Davis, Leslie Helm, John Levesque, Sheila Mickool, A.J. Rathbun, Allison Austin Scheff, Niki Stojnic, Lisa Wogan with Erika Brown, Naomi Craw and Molly Sinnott
Their finger prints are all over Seattle. From protecting honeybees to regulating marijuana to popping and locking, these 54 men and women (and in one case, a machine) are shaping our neighborhoods, economy, attitudes and future. In the case of our person of the year—for the first time in our nine years of compiling this list, it’s a tie!—the impact is on a global scale. We may not always like the direction they are taking us in but it’s hard to deny: these folks are taking us somewhere.