Must List: TEDxSeattle, 26th Annual Gingerbread Village, Short Stories Live

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(11/17) The theme for this year’s TEDxSeattle is “Tall Order.” Speakers will detail how they are taking on their own tall orders, describing demanding challenges in our world today and how they are approaching them. The event will offer 13 such stories from a diverse selection of speakers and backgrounds including local transgender activist and artist, Jono Vaughan, along with interactive activities and discounted lunch options at participating Seattle Center eateries. 8 a.m.‒4:30 p.m. Prices vary. McCaw Hall, Seattle Center, 321 Mercer St.; 206.733.9725;

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26th Annual Gingerbread Village at the Sheraton Grand Seattle
(11/20) The 26th installment of this holiday tradition takes inspiration from Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas, with some of Seattle’s top architecture firms and the Sheraton’s culinary masters coming together to create a gingerbread model of the whimsical town of Whoville. The Gingerbread Village display will be available for viewing through January 1st with donations benefitting the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Stop by and feel the holiday spirit, even if your heart is two sizes too small. Free. Times vary. Sheraton Grand Hotel, downtown, 1400 Sixth Ave.; 206.621.9000;


Short Stories Live
(11/18) This edition of Town Hall’s beloved reading series is curated by Karen Maeda Allman of Elliott Bay Books and will focus on the racial, cultural and literary history of Seattle. The performance is directed by Kaytlin McIntyre, and notable local actors will present excerpts from Horace Cayton’s Long Old Road, Betty Macdonald’s Anybody Can Do Anything, John Okada’s No No Boy and Vi Hilbert’s collection of indigenous founding stories. 6 p.m. Prices vary. Rainier Arts Center, Columbia City, 3515 S Alaska St.; 206.725.7517;

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Gobble Up
(11/17) Whether you’re a foodie, cook as a hobby or just like to eat, this food-focused version of Urban Craft Uprising’s indie-craft bazaar highlights the flavors of the Pacific Northwest. Shop for a blood-orange tonic from &Tonic, organic and recycled cloth napkins from 112 James Street, amber plum jam from Ayako & Family, kimchi from Firefly Kitchens, and even absinthe and black salt caramels from Jonboy Caramels. 10 a.m.‒6 p.m. Free. Bell Harbor Conference Center, waterfront, 2211 Alaskan Way, Pier 66; 206.441.6666; (by JASON FREEDBERG)


(11/17‒11/18) Get into the Juletide spirit with the annual Julefest, the first in the new Nordic Museum. Fill up on Nordic goodies and libations, stop by the Valhalla Beer Garden, shop for Scandinavian artican gifts and jam to Nordic tunes. Santa will be there too, along with the museum’s recently added Norwegian sleigh. Come feel the holiday hygge. Times and prices vary. Nordic Museum, Ballard, 2655 NW Market St.; 206.789.5707;

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