Among the highlights this week: "Sugar Snow: An Aerial Performance with Circus Contraption"; Bo Diddley and The Surrealist Ball

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“Sugar Snow: An Aerial Performance with Circus Contraption”

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Wednesday and Thursday:
Look up — it’s a bird! It’s a plane! No, it’s flying fairies! As part of Seattle Center’s Winterfest celebration, the intrepid Circus Contraption offers a free display of airborne acrobatics by the troupe’s aerial artists (dressed up as “mischievous frost fairies” for the occasion), accompanied by the delightful Circus Contraption Band. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, Center House, Seattle Center (206-684-7200 or

Misha Berson, theater critic

Rock music

Bo Diddley

One of the founding fathers of rock ‘n’ roll, famous for his box guitar and his signature rhythm, plays the Showbox, 1426 First Ave., at 8 p.m. Wednesday. Opening acts to be announced; $17.50, (800-325-SEAT,; information, 206-628-3151,


Bo Diddley

Patrick MacDonald, music critic

Classical Music

Beethoven’s Ninth

Gerard Schwarz leads the Seattle Symphony Orchestra and Chorale in Beethoven’s towering masterpiece, the Ninth (“Choral”) Symphony, with some powerhouse soloists: Alessandra Marc, Gary Lakes, Sally Burgess and Clayton Brainerd. 7:30 p.m. Thursday; repeated at 2 p.m. next Sunday. Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., Seattle, $15-$85 (206-215-4747,

Melinda Bargreen, classical music critic


The Surrealist Ball

The Center on Contemporary Art throws a fund-raising New Year’s Eve bash featuring music by Quasi Nada and March Fourth Marching Band, with food, drink and dancing at the south shore of Lake Union. Topping it off will be a Glass Fashion Show, “death-defying” aerial performances and plenty of art. Put on your wildest finery and party till it’s 2005. $25 advance (at Sonic Boom Records locations), $35 at the door. 8:30 p.m. Friday, 860 Terry Ave. N., Seattle (206-675-1208 or

Sheila Farr, visual arts critic


The Heaven and Hell Ball

Consolidated Works’ annual New Year’s Eve bash features hot band United State of Electronica on the “heaven” stage and former hot band Harvey Danger on the “hell” stage. Guess it pays to be good. 8 p.m., 800 Boren Ave. N., Seattle, $30 advance, $35 at the door (206-325-6500 or