‘Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away’
The new 3D movie lets you enter Cirque’s dream world without the high ticket price. You miss some of the thrill of seeing it live, but the beauty remains. The film, which has a vague narrative thread, plays at several theaters. For showtimes, see Page H7. For Seattle Times movie critic Moira Macdonald’s 3 ½-star review, go to www.seattletimes.com/movies.
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‘The 35th Annual Kennedy Center Honors’
Caroline Kennedy hosts this annual recognition ceremony. Honorees include Buddy Guy, Dustin Hoffman, David Letterman, Natalia Makarova and Led Zeppelin. 9 p.m. Wednesday on CBS.
The PBS series looks at the history of the Joffrey Ballet, featuring the work of Twyla Tharp, Laura Dean and Margo Sappington. 10 p.m. Friday on KCTS.
Gates Foundation Visitor Center Family Day
Celebrate the joy of giving with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The family day will have hands-on activities for all ages, including doll making and online games. 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Dec. 29, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Visitor Center, 440 Fifth Ave. N., Seattle; free (206-709-3100 or www.facebook.com and search Family Day: The Give Effect).
Wondering About Wildlife Family Fun Day
Learn about wildlife through crafts, presentations and nature walks in Seattle’s protected watershed, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday, Cedar River Watershed Education Center, 19901 Cedar Falls Road S.E., North Bend; free (206-733-9421 or www.seattle.gov/util/crwec).
Daybreak Star Indian Fine Arts Show/Art Mart
Celebrate Indian art and culture with arts and crafts vendors, a salmon lunch and dance performances, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Daybreak Star Cultural Center, 3801 W. Government Way, Discovery Park, Seattle; free (206-228-1410 or www.unitedindians.org).
One of the finest singers in jazz, Allyson swings in several languages with her beguilingly raspy voice, recently displayed on the album, “ ’Round Midnight.” Allyson appears at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday at Dimitriu’s Jazz Alley, 2033 Sixth Ave., Seattle; $24.50 (206-441-9729 or www.jazzalley.com).
Shabazz Palaces, THEESatisfcation
Seattle’s two most creative and progressive hip-hop groups play the same bill. Promises to be a rich night of music, with Shabazz’s mysterious electronic patina and THEESatisfaction’s offhand vocal interplay and light touch. 9 p.m. Friday at the Neptune Theatre, 1303 N.E. 45th St., Seattle; $21.50-$25 (877-784-4849 or www.stgpresents.org).
‘Elf: The Musical’
This jolly show is the tale of a Santa’s helper who sets off for the big city in search of his dad — and finds people who need their Christmas spirit back, stat. Through Dec. 31, 5th Avenue Theatre, 1308 Fifth Ave., Seattle; $29-$109 (206-625-1900 or www.5thavenue.org).
‘Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Carol’
The Dickens classic is transported to 221B Baker St., where Sherlock Holmes is in need of some intervention by three Christmas spirits. Through Dec. 29. Taproot Theatre Company, 204 N. 85th St., Seattle; $22-$37 (206-781-9708 or taproottheatre.org).
Seattle Baroque Orchestra
Trumpeter Kris Kwapis joins the orchestra for “Baroque Celebration!,” a program of trumpet sonatas by Corelli and Handel as well as works for strings and harpsichord and selections from SBO’s new Vivaldi CD. 8 p.m. Saturday, Town Hall Seattle, 1119 Eighth Ave.; $15-$40 (206-325-7066 or www.earlymusicguild.org).
‘Jazzin’ with the Classics’
Jazz, classical and early music specialists — soprano Linda Tsatsanis, flutist Jeffrey Cohan, jazz flutist Martin Lund and jazz guitarist Gene Nery — join forces for this concert, which aims to “bridge contemporary improvisational jazz and the art music of Baroque and Renaissance times.” 7 p.m. Dec. 30, University Christian Church, 4731 15th Ave. N.E., Seattle; $15-$20 suggested donation (206-522-0169 or www.candlelightseattle.org).
Two shows at the gallery address the humble box: “Boxism” invites artists to respond to the idea of the square container, while the other show presents a collection of pieces that are all the result of a fixed starting point; a pizza box. Noon-5 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday through Dec. 29, 110 Third Ave. S., Seattle (206-624-9336 or www.gallery110.com).