The week of Dec. 6 brings holiday spirit in the form of food, drink, music, drama, and, of course, lights.
Spike Lee’s latest picture is as current as tomorrow’s headlines as it tackles with anger and exuberance the scourge of gun violence in America, and specifically Chicago. Teyonah Parris, Nick Cannon, Wesley Snipes, John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson give fervent performances. Now playing at several theaters. For Soren Andersen’s full four-star review, go to seattletimes.com/movies.
‘The Great Christmas Light Fight’
It’s season three of this holiday lighting competition. Season premiere, 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 7, on ABC.
‘Michael Bublé’s Christmas in Hollywood’
A new music special from the Canadian crooner. 10 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 10, on NBC.
FOOD AND DRINK
Aquavit, the traditional Scandinavian botanical liquor, is all over Seattle this week with various bars and restaurants serving it, cocktails made with it and/or snacks to go with it. Meet distillers, learn more and drink up, starting with a kickoff party Sunday, Dec. 6, at Teacher’s Lounge in Greenwood and wrapping up on Saturday, Dec. 12, at Herb & Bitter on Capitol Hill. Various locations (aquavitweekseattle.com).
Green Lake Pathway of Lights
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As the name implies, the path around the lake will be filled with luminaria. There also will be music on four stages, 4:30-7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12, Green Lake, 7201 E. Green Lake Dr. N., Seattle; free, canned food bank donations suggested (206-684-0780 or seattle.gov/parks).
Native Art Mart
Clothing, jewelry, woodworking, drums, art prints by Native American artists representing many styles and tribes will be on sale. There also will also be a salmon bake, Indian tacos, and a Native American dance, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 12-13, Daybreak Star Cultural Center, 5011 Bernie Whitebear Way, Discovery Park, Seattle; free (unitedindians.org/arts-culture/indian-art-mart).
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This annual holiday rock marathon always manages to sum up the year in pop music quite nicely. If you missed area shows this year by Death Cab For Cutie, twenty one pilots, Walk The Moon, or Alabama Shakes, this is a fine time to catch them all in one gift basket. Cage The Elephant, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, X Ambassadors and others also flavor the bill. 3 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 8, at KeyArena, 305 Harrison St., Seattle; $40-$95 (800-745-3000 or ticketmaster.com).
Blind Boys of Alabama: Talkin’ Christmas
Touring behind their second holiday album, Talkin’ Christmas! (Sony Masterworks), one of America’s greatest — and, at 70-plus years old, one of the oldest — American gospel group brings birthday wishes to their savior with rocking, joyous, soulful testimony. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 9, at Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., Seattle; $30-$102 (206-215-4747 or seattlesymphony.org).
Words’ Worth Poetry Series
This city-sponsored poetry series bids farewell to its chief champion, outgoing City Council member Nick Licata. Local poets and readers will create a collaborative poem on the spot to celebrate Licata, who instituted the poetry series. 2 p.m. Wednesday Dec. 9, Seattle City Hall, 600 Fourth Ave., Seattle; free (206-684-7171 or seattle.gov/council/licata/poetword.htm).
Gallagher, widow of writer Raymond Carver, reads from Carver’s posthumously published book of poems “A New Path to the Waterfall” and stories “Beginners.” 7 p.m. Wednesday Dec. 9, Elliott Bay Book Co., 1521 10th Ave., Seattle; free (206-624-6600 or elliottbaybook.com).
‘A Christmas Carol’
ACT Theatre’s “A Christmas Carol,” in its 40th-anniversary run, is a Seattle holiday tradition. The stage adaptation by Gregory Falls is lean, but retains the substance and soul of Charles Dickens’ original story. ACT’s “Carol” has become a showcase for local actors playing Scrooge — this year, ACT’s outgoing artistic director Kurt Beattie and Seattle powerhouse Charles Leggett will trade off the role, directed by ACT’s incoming artistic director John Langs. Various times, through Dec. 30, ACT Theatre, 700 Union St., Seattle; $27-$120 (206-292-7676 or acttheatre.org).
‘Homo for the Holidays’
For roughly half a decade, Seattle comedians, dancers, burlesque stars and difficult-to-define performance artists have brought queer holiday cheer to the city in this nutty variety show starring Cherdonna Shinatra, BenDeLaCreme, Kitten LaRue and other familiar faces from local theater and barroom stages (and the TV show “RuPaul’s Drag Race”). Various times, Dec. 10-27, Oddfellows Building, 915 E Pine St., Seattle; $32 (206-324-7263 or centuryballroom.com).
The well-regarded local Baroque company presents Handel’s “Messiah” the way Handel would have done it, with soloists embedded in the choir. Expect other flourishes at 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 10, Edmonds United Methodist Church; 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11, Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Mercer Island; 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday (Dec. 12-13), Meany Hall, University of Washington; $10-$45 (206 708 6003 for Thursday-Friday performances, 206-543-4880 for Saturday-Sunday or pacificmusicworks.org).
Seattle Symphony Holiday Pops
Mix vocalists Capathia Jenkins and Tony DeSare, guest conductor Stuart Chafetz, the Seattle Seahawks’ drum line and the University of Washington Chorale with Christmas songs and an appearance by Santa, and you’ve got a recipe for a warm winter afternoon. 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13, Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., Seattle; tickets from $38 (206-215-4747 or seattlesymphony.org).
‘The Figure in Process: de Kooning to Kapoor 1955-2015’
This week, Pivot Art + Culture — Paul Allen’s new arts center in South Lake Union — opens with a collection by marquee-name artists, including Willem de Kooning, David Hockney, Alberto Giacometti, Lucien Freud, some drawn from Allen’s private collection and others borrowed from around the world. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday, through Feb. 28, 609 Westlake Ave N, Seattle; free for the first week, $5 after Dec. 15 (206-342-2077 or pivotartandculture.org).