Stressed about the holidays already? Here are five things to relax you.
Thanksgiving is next week. Hanukkah starts Dec. 6. Christmas is a mere 19 days after that. Feeling in a festive mood? The forecast is for chilly weather, and these weekend activities will help warm you:
1. It’s drama time at the movies, a nice place to cool your heels. We give “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2” 3 stars; “By the Sea,” directed and graced by Angelina Jolie Pitt, gets 2 stars; “Trumbo,” starring Helen Mirren and Bryan Cranston, gets 2.5.
2. Yeah, about Thanksgiving: We can’t give you a hand in your kitchen, but our recipes can. Check out our beautiful, Northwest-oriented holiday recipe guide and get thee to the grocery store.
3. That Greenwood neighborhood, can you believe it? Comedy clubs, restaurants and now a new daily happy hour spot on Greenwood Avenue: the Shanghai Room, inside the North Star Diner. “It’s where Capitol Hill dive meets off-the-strip Vegas lounge,” writes our in-house happy hour expert, Tan Vinh.
4. The forecasters say snow is headed Seattle’s way by the middle of next week; but it’s falling now in the mountains. Mount Baker Ski Area was the first to open; if you’re headed farther afield, or you’re hankering for some other things to do besides ski, we can help: check out our snow sports guide.
5. Imagine: a feel-good musical about 9/11. It’s true; on the dreadful day when all of U.S. airspace was closed, nearly 40 flights had to land at the first point on the continent they could get to — Gander, Newfoundland. In what became known as the Day the World Came to Gander, residents opened their homes and their hearts to help the stranded passengers. The true tale is now a play, “Come from Away,” now playing at Seattle Repertory Theatre through Dec. 13. And, don’t miss your chance to pick up tickets to the big holiday shows taking stages around Seattle. Our guide to 13 of ’em is here.