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Arts and entertainment highlights for the week beginning Dec. 9
Things to do in the week of Dec. 9, 2012 include, watching the holiday TV special “Michael Buble: Home for the Holidays,” a holiday boot camp and a performance by the Seattle Symphony Orchestra.
‘North Sea Texas’
Bavo Defurne’s passionate, entertaining Dutch-Belgian drama stars Jelle Florizoone as a lonely teenager growing up at a sea resort, where he falls in love with a handsome neighbor. Earlier this year, the film won the Montreal Film Festival award for Best Debut Feature. Now playing at the Harvard Exit. For showtimes, see Page H9. For John Hartl’s three-star review, go to www.seattletimes.com/movies.
‘Michael Buble: Home for the Holidays’
The Canadian crooner is back with an all-new holiday special featuring Rod Stewart, Blake Shelton and Carly Rae Jepson. 10:01 p.m. Monday on NBC.
‘Winter in Portlandia’
Before this clever comedy returns for its third season on Jan. 4, you can enjoy all the wonderfully quirky denizens of the titular series in all their winter glory in this new special. 7:30 p.m. Friday on IFC.
Lunch Break Cooking Class
As part of Book Larder’s lunch-break cooking class series, chef Rachael Coyle will prepare a meal using seasonal produce from the Neighborhood Farmer’s Market Alliance. Admission, $25, includes a two-course lunch. Noon-1 p.m. Monday, Book Larder, 4252 Fremont Ave. N. (206-397-4271 or www.booklarder.com).
Holiday Boot Camp
Willows Lodge holds a Holiday Boot Camp, where participants get in party-giving shape by learning to make hot toddies, hot buttered rum and other warm holiday drinks. 5:30-6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Fireside Cellars, inside the lodge, 14580 N.E. 145th St., Woodinville. Seating on a first come, first served basis (425-424-3900 or www.willowslodge.com).
Celebrate Hanukkah with a menorah lighting, performance by KlezKids, and dreidels for children. 6 p.m. Wednesday, outside of The North Face, University Village, 25th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 45th Street, Seattle; free (206-523-0622 or www.uvillage.com).
Holiday in Volunteer Park
Volunteer Park will be bustling with holiday charm this week, with musical performances, lights, luminaria and treats. Admission will be free to the Conservatory and Seattle Asian Art Museum. 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Volunteer Park, 1247 15th Ave. E., Seattle; free (www.volunteerparktrust.org).
LITERARY EVENTSCalvin Trillin
The droll humorist and columnist for The Nation discusses his book-length poem about the recent presidential election, “Dogfight: The 2012 Presidential Campaign in Verse.” 7:30 p.m. Monday, Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., Seattle; $5 (206-652-4255 or townhallseattle.org).
Ex-Pedro the Lion member David Bazan and his band perform the entirety of Pedro the Lion’s album “Control.” 9 p.m. Saturday at the Neptune Theatre, 1303 N.E. 45th St., Seattle.; $16-$18 (877-784-4849 or www.stgpresents.org).
Northwest Folklife’s Winter Celebration
Northwest Folklife celebrates the release of this year’s festival compilation with performances by Nu Klezmer Army, The Joy Mills Band, Brían ó hAirt and Eleanor Murray. 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the Columbia City Theater, 4916 Rainier Ave. S., Seattle; $8 (800-838-3006 or www.columbiacitytheater.com).
‘A(n Improvised) Christmas Carol’
An Unexpected Productions tradition since 1985, this improv version of the Dickens story gets a makeover with help from the audience — patrons decide every inch of the plot, from where Scrooge works to whether he learns anything from his ghostly visitors. The cast includes Tim Tracey and Randy Dixon as Scrooge, and Ross Asdourian and Nick Schell as Cratchit. Through Dec. 30, Market Theater, 1428 Post Alley, Seattle; $15 (800-838-3006 or www.brownpapertickets.com).
‘Ballard House Duet’
In this inaugural production in The Ensemble’s Custom Made Play Project, sisters reconnect and decide the meaning of “value” as they try to help their great-aunt, a compulsive hoarder, in Ballard. Paul Mullin is the playwright; he developed the script with and for Hana Lass and Rebecca Olson, who play the estranged pair. Through Dec. 17, The Little Theatre in Capitol Hill, 608 19th Ave. E., Seattle; $15-$25 (www.washingtonensemble.org).
A real trouper, that Bronfman. A year ago, he fractured a finger performing Prokofiev’s Piano Sonata No. 8 in B-flat major, Op. 84, and not only finished it, but played encores as well. Seattle audiences will hear the injury-free version of the Prokofiev plus Haydn’s Piano Sonata in C major and Brahms’ Piano Sonata No. 3 in F minor in the pianist’s solo recital this week. 7:30 p.m. Monday, Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., Seattle; $25-$119 (206-215-4747 or www.seattlesymphony.org).
The Baltimore Consort
The early-music ensemble brings Yuletide cheer — and instruments, such as the viol, crumhorn and cittern — from a much earlier time in “Wassail, Wassail!” presented by the Early Music Guild. 8 p.m. Friday, Town Hall Seattle, 1119 Eighth Ave.; $15-$40 (206-325-7066 or www.earlymusicguild.org).
Seattle Symphony Orchestra
Handel’s masterful “Messiah” will ring out in four performances with Seattle Symphony Orchestra, the SSO Chorale, and soprano Shannon Mercer, mezzo-soprano Laura Pudwell, tenor Ross Hauck and bass-baritone Kevin Deas. Stephen Stubbs will conduct. 8 p.m. Friday, 1 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Dec. 16, Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., Seattle; $24-$91 (206-215-4747 or www.seattlesymphony.org).
Lisa Harris Gallery
“Line has always been an integral part of my work,” says Seattle artist Richard Morhaus, and lines — some concrete, some more abstract — that seem to buzz with life have stepped out of the shadows to crisscross his bright urban scenes in the new exhibition “Line Paintings.” (Look for some landscapes, too.) through Dec. 30, 1922 Pike Place, Seattle (206-443-3315 or www.lisaharrisgallery.com).