Arts and entertainment highlights for the week beginning Dec. 16
Things to do in the week of Dec. 16, 2012, include catching a showing of the movie “Any Day Now,” tasting some Brazilian-based cocktails at Tavern Law and dancing to the music at 106.1 KISS FM’s Jingle Ball.
‘Any Day Now’
Alan Cumming has never been nominated for an Oscar, but director Travis Fine’s powerful movie could be his breakthrough vehicle. Cumming is in his element as a late-1970s drag queen who stubbornly raises an unwanted teenager with Down syndrome (hauntingly played by Isaac Leyva). Now screening at the Harvard Exit. For showtimes, see Page H7. For John Hartl’s 3 ½-star review, go to www.seattletimes.com/movies.
‘CMA Country Christmas’
Have you had your fill of holiday music yet? If not, you might want to head over to ABC for this special hosted by Jennifer Nettles and featuring performances by Dierks Bentley, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Martina McBride and Colbie Caillat. 9 p.m. Thursday (repeated 8 p.m. Saturday) on ABC.
‘Christmas in Washington’
For the second year Conan O’Brien hosts this holiday special from the nation’s capitol. Scheduled performers include Diana Ross, Megan Hilty, Demi Lovato and Chris Mann. 8 p.m. Friday on TNT.
Pastry tips from the Barking Frog
The pastry chef from Barking Frog restaurant in Woodinville shares recipes and tips on how to make such decadent desserts as eggnog white chocolate cremeux and Pop Rocks chocolate truffles. It’s from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Fireside Cellars inside Willows Lodge, 14580 N.E. 145th St., Woodinville (425-424-3900 or www.willowslodge.com).
Novo Fogo Cachaça at Tavern law
Tavern Law hosts a night of Novo Fogo Cachaça cocktails from 7-10 p.m. on Thursday, when patrons can knock back a cocktail made from this popular Brazil-based spirit for under $10. 1406 12th Ave. Seattle (206-322-9734 or www.tavernlaw.com).
Santa visits for Make-A-Wish
Give Santa your wish list and help the Make-A-Wish foundation make children’s dreams come true this weekend. Have your picture taken with Santa in the 35th floor Chinese Room, and a portion of the proceeds will benefit Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, Smith Tower, 506 Second Ave., Seattle; $5/children, $10/adults (206-622-4004 or go to facebook.com and search “Santa Visits Smith Tower”).
Wild Waves Holiday with Lights
Holiday-themed events at Wild Waves open this weekend, with light displays, rides, holiday shows and Toyland activities for ages 12 and younger, including Santa visits. The festivities continue through Dec. 23; 6-11 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, 6-10 p.m. Sunday through Dec. 20 and Dec. 23, 26-27, 30-31, Wild Waves and Enchanted Village, 36201 Enchanted Parkway S., Federal Way; $12.99-$14.99, parking $5-$10 (253-661-8000 or wildwaves.com).
106.1 KISS FM’s holiday bash puts the spotlight on dance and DJs, with Scottish producer Calvin Harris (who wrote Rihanna’s No. 1 song “We Found Love”), cocky British rap sensation Cher Lloyd (“Want U Back’), Owl City, 3OH!3, Afrojack, Alex Clare and Ed Sheeran. 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16 at WaMu Theater, 800 Occidental Ave. S., Seattle; $40 (800-745-3000 or www.kissfmseattle.com).
Duke Ellington Sacred Concert
Earshot Jazz’s annual celebration of the beautiful, uplifting and swinging sacred music composed by the great jazz-band leader Duke Ellington in the last years of his life. Played by the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra and the Northwest Chamber Chorus, with guest vocalists Everett Greene and Nichol Eskridge. 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., Seattle; $15-$34 (206-547-6763 or www.brownpapertickets.com).
Don Tiki’s Hot Lava Show
We’ve all got that friend who escapes to Hawaii during December, bragging all the way. Let a little tropical warmth into your own life with Honolulu-based Don Tiki and his musicians, vocalists and dancers, bringing songs like “Whatever Lola Wants,” “Jungle Jollyday” and “Xmas Bla Bla Cha Cha” to Seattle. 7:30 p.m. Monday, Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., Seattle; $19-$100 (206-215-4747 or www.seattlesymphony.org).
‘Seattle Stairway Walks’
You, too, can get fit by walking Seattle’s 507 public stairways! Hear all about it when authors Jake and Cathy Jaramillo present a slideshow of material from their new book “Seattle Stairway Walks: An Up-and-Down Guide to City Neighborhoods.” 7 p.m., Tuesday, Wide World Books & Maps, 4411 Wallingford Ave. North, Seattle; free (206-634-3453 or wideworldtravelstore.com).
This holiday comedy (by Rosenstock Productions) traces the steps of Goldberg, Frankenstein and Murray, of the Wisemen Law Firm, hired by Joseph to find Jesus’ real father. Through Saturday, ACT Theatre, 700 Union St., Seattle; 20-$25 (206-292-7676 or www.acttheatre.org).
Christmas with Choral Arts
The vocal group promises an “oasis of calm beauty” — for an hour, at least — via chant, traditional carol settings, unaccompanied choral favorites and new works, plus guitar by Bob McCaffery-Lent, 7:30 p.m. today, Trinity Episcopal Church, 609 Eighth Ave., Seattle; $18-$23 at the door, 800-838-3006 at www.choral-arts.org).
‘Wonderland: Shaking up Reality’
What if you could be the star of your own snow globe? Give it a try in the “Wonderland” installation in the Olson Kundig Architects’ Pioneer Square storefront, put on by Reel Grrls. “Wonderland” is a human-scale snow globe set that lets you climb inside and try on costumes, pick out miniature scenes and act for the camera. The installation is open select days and times through Dec. 30; times this week are 5-8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 406 Occidental Avenue S., Seattle; free (www.olsonkundigarchitects.com).
This group exhibition, Prographica’s second annual figurative show, features paintings, drawings and photographs by such artists as Marsha Burns, Jordon Wolfson, Ed Musante, Phillip Levine and Kim Frohsin. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays through Jan. 26, 3419 E. Denny Way, Seattle; (206-322-3851 or www.prographicadrawings.com).