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Learn to make holiday treats; meet author Nicola Griffith
The week of Dec. 8-14, 2013: Satisfy your sweet tooth with holiday treats, meet “Hild” author Nicola Griffith and celebrate dance film with Velocity Dance Center.
‘The Punk Singer’
Director Sini Anderson’s documentary opens with a spoken-word performance at Evergreen State College in Olympia by Kathleen Hanna and follows her rise to feminist icon by way of her bands Bikini Kill, Le Tigre and the Julie Ruin. Now playing at SIFF Cinema at the Film Center. For showtimes, see Page H7. For Jeff Albertson’s 3.5-star review, go to seattletimes.com/movies.
‘The Great Christmas Light Fight’
A new competition series that features 20 families from across the country as they decorate for an “extreme Christmas.” 9 p.m. Monday on ABC.
‘Kelly Clarkson’s Cautionary Christmas Music Tale’
The original winner of “American Idol” sings in this holiday music special. 10 p.m. Wednesday on NBC.
Holiday Boot Camp
Barking Frog pastry chef will show how to make holiday sweets such as eggnog cake with rum-whipped ganache, and spiked hot chocolate with candy-cane macaroons. Held Wednesday at 5:30 p.m., at 14580 N.E. 145th St., Woodinville; free (425-424-3900 or willowslodge.com).
Book signing, beer tasting
Beer Junction in West Seattle hosts a Ninkasi beer tasting (five beers for $4) as part of the book-signing event for author Adem Tepedelen‘s latest, “The Brewtal Truth Guide to Extreme Beers.” 5-8 p.m. Thursday, 4511 California Ave. S.W. (206-938-2337 or thebeerjunction.com).
UW students studying Swedish will perform, music, treats, dancing around the tree, for all ages, 3 p.m. today (Dec. 8), Swedish Club, 1920 Dexter Ave. N., Seattle; $3 (206-283-1090 or swedishclubnw.org).
Holiday in Volunteer Park
Get outdoors for holiday music, singalong, treats, luminaria, 6 p.m. Thursday, Volunteer Park, 1247 15th Ave. E., Seattle (on.fb.me/H0kovh).
Florida Georgia Line
With its hard-edged reinvention of Southern rock, a platinum album, “Here’s to the Good Times,” and a Country Music Award for the single, “Cruise,” Florida Georgia Line is a front-runner of the new country. 7 p.m. Saturday at the ShoWare Center, 625 W. James St., Kent; $29.75-$39.75 (866-973-9613, or www.showarecenter.com).
The Seattle-based author is getting rave reviews for her new novel “Hild,” set in seventh-century Britain, loosely based on the life of a woman who became a saint. Griffith appears at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Seattle Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Seattle; free (206-386-4636 or spl.org).
‘Miracle on 34th Street — The Musical’
Meredith Willson based his 1963 show on the 1947 movie about Macy’s, Gimbels and Kris Kringle, and threw in his hit “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas” for good measure. Director Allison Narver and Showtunes bring this rarely seen gem to Seattle audiences, in a concert version. 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Dec. 15, Benaroya Hall, Nordstrom Recital Hall, 200 University St., $21-$46 (206-215-4747 or showtunestheatre.org).
Javanese gamelan ensemble meets 18th-century chamber quartet in this unusual concert directed by Jarrad Powell. Gamelan Pacifica is joined by Baroque music specialists Linda Tsatsanis (voice), Nathan Whittaker (cello), Janet See (flute) and Byron Schenkman (harpsichord) in a program that draws equally from J.S. Bach and the sounds of Southeast Asia. 7 p.m. today (Dec. 8), PONCHO Concert Hall, Cornish College of the Arts, 710 E. Roy St., Seattle; $5-$20 (800-838-3006 or brownpapertickets.com).
‘The Met: Live in HD — Falstaff’
This Verdi classic, broadcast live from the Metropolitan Opera in New York, stars Washington native Angela Meade as Alice Ford, and Seattle Opera regular Stephanie Blythe as Mistress Quickly. Ambrogio Maestri sings the lead and James Levine is at the podium; everything’s in order for a great afternoon, it seems. 12:55 p.m. Saturday; broadcast to area theaters including Pacific Place and Southcenter 16; for a complete list, go to metoperafamily.org.
Lake Union Civic Orchestra
Guest conductor Todd Mahaffey leads LUCO in a program of holiday favorites and a singalong. And keep your eyes peeled for a special visitor from the North Pole! 2 p.m. today (Dec. 8), Town Hall Seattle, 1119 Eighth Ave.; $13-$18 (800-838-3000 or brownpapertickets.com).
Next Dance Cinema
Velocity Dance Center kicks off “Next Fest NW” — its annual celebration of performance, dance film and more — with “Next Dance Cinema,” 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday. The highlight is Monday night’s “Falling,” in which two dancers from Balletto di Roma magically twist, tumble and embrace in a black void. “Alternator” by Seattle’s Rodrigo Valenzuela/Molly Sides (Monday), “Audition” by New York’s Celia Rowlson-Hall and “9andOne” by Seattle’s Tyler Coray (both Tuesday) are strong draws, too. Northwest Film Forum, 1515 12th Ave., Seattle; $6-$11 (800-838-3006 or brownpapertickets.com).
The self-taught Seattle artist, known for his intricate drawings — they serve as catalogs, really — of objects as diverse as flags, national park signs, crows and aphids, also finds sheet music worthy of his time and talents. He rearranges and hand-copies favorite songs from his childhood and completes the projects with new covers, in his distinctive colored-pencil-and-ink method. Greg Kucera has rounded up a collection of about 30 pieces, as well as some musical chord and scale drawings, pointing out how the building blocks of music are works of art in themselves. 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays through Dec. 21, Greg Kucera Gallery, 212 Third Ave. S., Seattle; (206-624-0770 or gregkucera.com).