This week: Dolly Parton; Seattle Men's Chorus and Trans-Siberian Orchestra.

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Dolly Parton

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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,

Patrick MacDonald, music critic


Seattle Men’s Chorus

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

Melinda Bargreen, classical music critic

New Age music

David Lanz

David Lanz

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,; information, 206-215-4800,

Patrick MacDonald


Tower of Power

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

Paul de Barros, jazz critic



Fat Albert (Kenan Thompson) discovers love in the real world, with Lauri (Dania Ramirez). The movie opens Saturday.

A sleigh full of movies

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

Christmas music

Trans-Siberian Orchestra

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,; information, 206-684-7200,,

Patrick MacDonald