This week: Dolly Parton; Seattle Men's Chorus and Trans-Siberian Orchestra.
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Tonight: The utterly charming country singer, who is also among America’s finest pop songwriters, presents her lively new show. “Hello, I’m Dolly,” at 7 p.m. at the Everett Events Center, 2000 Hewitt Ave., Everett. Opening are the Grascals, a young band representing Parton’s current obsession: bluegrass; $39.50-$59.50 (1-866-EEC-TIXX, www.everetteventscenter.com).
Patrick MacDonald, music critic
Seattle Men’s Chorus
Monday: Catch a rare weekday matinee and the last two performances of this fabulous show, “Under the Mistletoe,” with laughs and tears and holiday spirit, plus a lot of great singing. Dennis Coleman conducts. 2 and 8 p.m., Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., $15.50-$50 (206-323-2992 or www.seattlemenschorus.org).
Melinda Bargreen, classical music critic
New Age music
Tuesday: The New Age superstar, based in Seattle, presents his “Solstice Concert” to benefit The Seattle Times Fund for the Needy at 7:30 p.m. in Nordstrom Recital Hall at Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., Seattle; $25-$35 (206-628-0888, www.ticketmaster.com; information, 206-215-4800, www.benaroyahall.org).
Tower of Power
Tuesday-Thursday: What’s more seasonally spiritual than soul music? The sizzling, four-horn band from the East Bay carves sonic shapes so vivid you can almost see them, even as they tickle your toes. The band plays tunes from its new album, “What Is Hip? And Other Hits,” as well as old favorites at 8 and 10:15 p.m. at Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 Sixth Ave., Seattle, sold out but you can try your luck at the door (206-441-9729 or www.jazzalley.com).
Paul de Barros, jazz critic
A sleigh full of movies
Wednesday/Saturday: This week brings the traditional onslaught of holiday releases, spread out over two days. Wednesday brings the big-screen version of “Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera,” as well as Pedro Almodóvar’s “Bad Education” and the comedy sequel “Meet the Fockers.” Four more movies arrive Christmas Day, including one with big Oscar hopes: Martin Scorsese’s Howard Hughes biopic, “The Aviator.” Also opening Saturday: Wes Anderson’s “The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou,” the Anna Paquin horror film “Darkness,” and a live-action version of the ’70s TV show “Fat Albert.” For showtimes and theaters, see daily listings.
Moira Macdonald, movie critic
Next Sunday: It’s the day after Christmas, but not too late for the Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s elaborate Christmas extravaganza, 7:30 p.m., Dec. 26, at KeyArena, Seattle Center; $29-$44 (206-628-0888, www.ticketmaster.com; information, 206-684-7200, www.seattlecenter.com, www.trans-siberian.com).