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Arts and entertainment highlights for the week of Dec. 30
Things to do in the week of Dec. 30, 2012 focus on ringing in the new year in many different ways, from a buffet or a night at the symphony to hanging out at home enjoying the countdown shows.
Director Gus Van Sant’s drama pits a smooth-talking salesman for a vast corporation (Matt Damon) against an environmental activist (John Krasinski). The faceoff of Damon and Krasinski (who also wrote the screenplay together) is masterful: two of the most likable actors around, each capable of selling mittens to a snake. Now playing at several theaters. For showtimes, see Page H6. For Seattle Times movie reviewer Moira Macdonald’s 3 ½-star review, go to www.seattletimes.com/movies.
‘Live from Lincoln Center’
Audra McDonald hosts this annual New Year’s Eve event. This year’s concert celebrates the life of composer Marvin Hamlisch. 8 p.m. Monday on KCTS.
‘Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve 2013’
Ryan Seacrest hosts the annual countdown from New York City with performances from Taylor Swift, Carly Rae Jepsen and Neon Trees. 8 p.m. Monday on ABC.
New Year’s Eve buffet
Ravish throws a $25 all-you-can-eat-buffet on New Year’s Eve, with lots of bar nibbles to kick in the new year. Includes a glass of bubbly. Starts at 9 p.m. Monday, 2956 Eastlake Ave. E., Seattle (206 913-2497 or ravishoneastlake.com).
An Almost New Year’s Eve Party
Leave it to the beer guys to throw “An Almost New Year’s Eve Party.” American Brewing Company in Edmonds will feature all their favorite beers and bring in live entertainment, some free blues and rock ’n’ roll from 6-9 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 30, at 180 W. Dayton St. Warehouse 102, Edmonds (425 774-1717 or www.americanbrewing.com).
MOHAI grand opening events
Join the celebration of the new home for the Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI) at the restored Naval Reserve Building. Paid admission with timed ticket available online required, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Dec. 30; New Year’s Family Day activities, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Jan. 1; free First Thursday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Jan. 3, MOHAI at Lake Union Park, 860 Terry Ave. N., Seattle; regular admission $12-$14, ages 13 and younger free with adult (206-324-1126 or www.seattlehistory.org).
Winterfest New Year’s Eve Celebration
Ring in the new year at Seattle Center with winter-themed festivities. There will be a winter train and village displays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., an all ages dance 8:15-11:45 p.m., Armory; ice skating, 11 a.m.-11:30 p.m., Fisher Pavilion, $2-$7 includes skate rental, cash only; and fireworks at the Space Needle at midnight, Dec. 31, Seattle Center (206-684-7200 or www.seattlecenter.com).
Bellevue Magic Season Celebration Lane
The Bellevue Magic Season continues for one more weekend, with snowfall, live toy soldiers, winter characters, music, and a light show, 7 p.m. Dec. 30-31, downtown Bellevue (425-454-8096 or www.magicseason.com).
Pearl Django with Connie Evingson
Seattle is home to one of the premier Gypsy Jazz bands in the country, Pearl Django. For this gig, they pair up with an old friend, amiable vocalist Connie Evingson, who generally holds forth at the beautiful Dakota club in Minneapolis, Minn. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday, Jan. 2-3 and 6; 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday Jan. 4-5 at Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 Sixth Ave., Seattle; $24.50 (206-441-9729 or www.jazzalley.com).
Seattle’s rococo electro-world beat band heads a New Year’s Eve dance lineup that also features Lynx, Y La Bamba and theatrics by Circus Contraption. 8:30 p.m. Monday at the Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine St., Seattle; $36.25-$146.25 (877-784-4849 or www.stgpresents.org).
‘Ham for the Holidays: Ham-ageddon’
Got the post-holiday blues? Catch a laugh at Peggy Platt and Lisa Koch’s zany annual comedy fest. 3 p.m. today (Dec. 30), Theatre Off Jackson, 409 Seventh Ave. S., Seattle; $15-$35 (800-838-3006 or www.brownpapertickets.com).
Jet City Improv and Book-It Repertory Theatre join together to stage this unscripted nod to the stories of Jane Austen. In the spirit of improv, audience members will help suggest a “new cast of suitors, sisters, and spinsters with every performance.” And some might even be invited on stage for tea! Suitable for all ages. 8 p.m. Thursdays-Fridays Jan. 3-18 and Jan. 31-Feb. 8, Wing-It Productions, 5510 University Way N.E., Seattle; tickets, $12-$15, are available at the door 30 minutes before showtime or at www.wingitpresents.com.
‘A Doll’s House’
Seattle Shakespeare stages Henrik Ibsen’s taut drama about the massive fallout that one bored wife and one little lie can cause. Wednesday-Jan. 27, Center House Theatre, lower level, Seattle Center, 305 Harrison St., Seattle; $22-$45 (206-733-8222 or www.seattleshakespeare.org).
Seattle Symphony Orchestra
The orchestra’s annual New Year’s Eve party, led this year by music director Ludovic Morlot, has a suitably stately program: Rachmaninov’s Second Piano Concerto, with British pianist Benjamin Grosvenor, soloist; and the traditional Beethoven’s Ninth, featuring the SSO Chorale. The evening (and year) will close with a countdown to midnight and a post-concert celebration. 9 p.m. Monday, Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., Seattle; $45-$152 (206-215-4747 or www.seattlesymphony.org).
Seattle Opera Open House
Seattle Opera invites families to a free afternoon at McCaw Hall, where they can learn more about the art form and the company’s next production, opening Saturday: Rossini’s “Cinderella.” Families can learn to dance (in preparation for Cinderella’s Ball) and, because in Rossini’s version Cinderella is identified by her bracelet, participants can create their own friendship bracelets. Singers will perform selections from the opera, and open house-goers can learn some patter singing, too. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, 321 Mercer St., Seattle; free (206-389-7676 or www.seattleopera.org).
At least the artists in this show are honest: the title is “Buy One, Get Nothing Else.” See works by Seattle artists Derek Erdman, Nikki Burch, Brittany Kusa from 4 p.m.-midnight Tuesdays-Thursdays and Sundays, (closed Jan. 1) and 4 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Fridays-Saturdays through Saturday. The gallery will also be open Monday night, turning its monthly dance party into a New Year’s Eve shindig. Cover is $5. 1508 11th Ave., Seattle (206-709-9797 or www.vermillionseattle.com).
Patricia Rovzar Gallery
The gallery celebrates Seattle artist Lyle Silver’s 60 years of making art with a monthlong retrospective that includes watercolors and works in oil bar on board of Northwest scenes, and a selection of courtroom sketches. Wednesday-Feb. 4, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Sundays, 1225 Second Ave., Seattle (206-223-0273 or www.rovzargallery.com).
The Dakota club, mentioned in an item here about the band Pearl Django, is located in Minneapolis, Minn. An earlier version said the club was in St. Paul.