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December 2-January 1, 2017, times vary

 Playwright Qui Nguyen’s mostly fictitious story about his parents takes place in 1975 right after the fall of Saigon. They’re young, in love, and discovering America and each other. 

December 2 at 9 PM

Five years after his initial triumph with Last Smoke Before the Snowstorm, Leftwich has partnered with producer Charlie Andrew (Alt-J, Money) on a new album, written during some of the most challenging times in the artist’s life, that displays his deepening craft as a singer-songwriter. 

December 2 at 7 PM

On the 40th anniversary of The Band’s legendary concert The Last Waltz, Robertson finally tells his own spellbinding story of the band that changed music history, his extraordinary personal journey and his creative friendships with some of the greatest artists of the past half-century, presented by University Book Store. His late bandmate Levon Helm skewered him in his memoir This Wheel’s on Fire, but every story has at least two sides. 

December 2 - 24, 7:30 PM

A hardboiled gumshoe dreamed up by Seattle playwright Wayne Rawley encounters a sexy elf, a nosy reporter, a used-Christmas-tree salesman and a sharp cabbie in a show that’s as crazy as a pair of waltzing mice.

December 2 at 8 PM

John Waters owes Seattle plenty—for instance, the $455 million generated by the musical Hairspray, which he helped create at the 5th Avenue Theatre in 2002. “I didn’t make $455 million, but I did get an apartment in San Francisco out of it,” says Waters. “Seattle’s always been great to me.” To pay us back, he brings his stage show A John Waters Christmas to the Neptune Theatre, where he’ll dispense actual holiday advice and wild tales.

December 3 at 8 PM

The Village Voice calls her “the most exciting performer in New York City.” She calls herself an “alt-cabaret provocateur.” You’ve seen her in Trainwreck and on Girls, Inside Amy Schumer, Sex and The City, Netflix’s Lady Dynamite and her Comedy Central show Bridget Everett – Gynecological Wonder. 

December 3, times vary

Fascinated by Seattle Art Museum’s landmark exhibition of Yves Saint Laurent? Then visit the Museum of History & Industry and check out where Yves came from—the House of Dior, top dog of ’50s fashion—and how actual Seattle women dressed in the height of fashion. 

 

December 3 - 4, times vary

If you have any last-minute Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, or I-don’t-need-an-excuse shopping to do, you could kill your gift list with one visit. The 150 vendors under one roof display handcrafted jewelry, gifts, bags, wallets, accessories, children’s goods, toys, house wares, furniture, paper goods, candles, kits, art, food and more. 

 

December 4 - 22, times vary

In Silver & Soul, 250 melodious voices offer holiday favorites (“Sleigh Ride,” “O Come, All Ye Faithful”), a tender David Bowie tribute, a crowd-rousing karaoke sing-along, soulful gospel harmonies and a strong closer with a disco Santa finale. 

 

December 5, 12:30-1:30 PM

Since 2006 this group has been spreading its warm brand of Seattle soul, rhythm and hip-hop to Reno, Tahoe, the Northwest and Shanghai.