A huge rant for the family who sat behind us at today's "Nutcracker" performance and talked continuously from the first note of the overture until the end of the bows! Those who feel the...

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“Nutcracker” moments — bad and good — bookend this week’s reader letters. Contact Rant and Rave: rantandrave@seattletimes.com or 206-464-3279.
— Jessica Figueroa, newsfeatures news assistant


Noisy “Nutcracker”


A huge rant for the family who sat behind us at today’s “Nutcracker” performance and talked continuously from the first note of the overture until the end of the bows! Those who feel the need to give a “play-by-play” description of each performance should take themselves to KeyArena or Safeco Field. The family in question disturbed a whole section of patrons (most of them very well-behaved children), who should have been allowed to hear the beautiful music undisturbed!

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Hit parade


A rave for the Christmas parade the day after Thanksgiving in Seattle. This is the second year we took our two grandsons. They thoroughly enjoyed the parade. It’s fun, friendly and down-home.


Smooth moves


A rave to Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley for their customer service and personal care. I took my two daughters to see Mindi Abair a week ago. When I bought the tickets, a polite man answered the phone, took my name and said to check in at the front door when we arrived for the show.

After parking in the parking lot for free with ease, we were checked off the guest list and led to wonderful seats. We even shook Mindi’s hand and she signed a sax reed for my daughter (a new one).


Tutus for the Tuba Man


A big rave for the thoughtful soul who gave the Tuba Man (yes, that Tuba Man) a ticket to Pacific Northwest Ballet’s performance of “Nutcracker.”

I was surprised to see him inside at intermission and he told me someone had given him a ticket. He said in all the years he’s played outside, he’d never seen the show before. What a nice thing to do.