The week of Dec. 13 brings holiday-themed events.

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‘It’s a Wonderful Life’

Frank Capra’s 1946 holiday classic settles in for its annual run at the Grand Illusion, through Dec. 31. It’s a glorious tradition — now in its 45th year. 1403 N.E. 50th St., Seattle (206-523-3935 or


‘Adele Live in New York City’

Hello, Adele. Here’s a concert special filmed at Radio City Music Hall in New York. 10 p.m. Monday, Dec. 14, on NBC.

‘The Soup’

It’s the very last episode of this pop culture wrap up show, hosted by Joel McHale. 10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 18, on E!.


Parade of Boats Night

Whether you are aboard or on shore, this is the season to enjoy brightly lit boats that unite for a floating parade through Fremont Cut. 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 18, from Fishermen’s Terminal, 3919 18th Ave. W., Seattle (206-623-1445 or

Market Sasquatch Saturday

Chocolate truffles, cooking demonstrations, live music, and photographs with Bigfoot await. Noon-2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19, Pike Place March Atrium, 1433 First Ave., Seattle; free (

Unsilent Night

Caroling goes contemporary with this lovely (and free) music event in which people gather at 5 p.m. at On the Boards, download four different tracks of Phil Kline’s gorgeous electronica composition “Unsilent Night,” start it simultaneously on their various devices, then walk through the streets of Lower Queen Anne playing it en masse. Back at On the Boards afterward, there will be cocoa and snacks (including, yes, cookies). Just bring a pair of warm socks for the Teen Feed sock drive. 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19, On the Boards, 100 W. Roy St., Seattle; free (206-217-9886 or


New York Voices

Together more than a quarter century, Grammy-winning quartet New York Voices — Peter Eldridge, Darmon Meader, Kim Nazarian and Lauren Kinhan — work in the a time-honored jazz vocal tradition that runs from Lambert Hendrix and Ross to Manhattan Transfer. Their Jazz Alley will focus on the delightful holiday material their album “Let It Snow.” Effervescent, precise and deliciously blended, their vocal work will be supported by Seattle musicians Chuck Deardorf (bass), Randy Porter (piano) and Eric Doob (drums). 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Sunday, Dec. 17-20, plus 9:30 p.m. sets Friday and Saturday, Dec. 18-19, at Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 Sixth Ave., Seattle; $30.50 (206-441-9729 or


‘The Sound of Music’

The 5th Avenue Theatre stages the beloved musical tale of the Von Trapp family, with dynamic local theater regulars Kirsten deLohr Kelland as Maria and Hans Altwies as her swain, Georg Von Trapp. Through Jan. 3, 1308 Fifth Ave., Seattle; tickets from $29 (206-625-1900 or


Praetorius Christmas Vespers

What might a Vespers service have sounded like in a 17th-century Lutheran church? It certainly would have included works like those of prolific organist and composer Michael Praetorius, which David Fallis, music director of the esteemed Toronto Consort, will introduce during two concerts in the coming week. Cementing the sacred German sound will be soloists and a choir, plus strings, winds, brass, lutes and organ. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 16 at Bastyr University Chapel in Kenmore and 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 18, St. James Cathedral, Seattle; $20-$39 (206-325-7066 or

Seattle Symphony

The seasonal sounds of Handel’s “Messiah” will again fill Benaroya thanks to the SSO, the orchestra chorale, guest soloists and guest conductor Paul Agnew, joint music director of French vocal and instrumental group Les Arts Florissants. 8 p.m. Friday, 1 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday (Dec. 18-20), Benaroya Hall, Seattle; tickets from $25 (206-215-4747 or


Traver Gallery

While adjusting after a painful divorce, artist Tori Karpenko spent time among the fire-lookout towers of the North Cascades. Now he’s brought his disorienting landscape paintings — and a full-scale reconstruction of a tower hut — to Traver Gallery. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays, through Dec. 23, Traver Gallery, 110 Union St., Suite 200, Seattle (206-587-6501 or

Bellevue Arts Museum

“Camp Fires: The Queer Baroque of Léopold L. Foulem, Paul Mathieu and Richard Milette” features ceramics by three playful — and sometimes impish — ceramists from Quebec. This exhibit is not for children. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesdays-Sundays, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. first Fridays through Feb. 14. Bellevue Arts Museum, 510 Bellevue Way N.E., Bellevue; $5-$12 (425-519-0770 or