OUT & ABOUT for week of Dec. 3

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  • Tuesday, December 2, 2008 7:56pm
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Lake Wilderness Winter Wonderland Holiday Light Show: 6-8 p.m. Dec. 3. Come see the Lodge and Arboretum decked out in holiday lights with Father Christmas and elves passing out candy and a train ride through the light display. Also includes carolers, food, crafts and Santa in the Lodge. Cost: Free; donations welcome for Maple Valley Food Bank. Lake Wilderness Lodge and Arboretum, 22520 S.E. 248th St., Maple Valley. 425-413-8800, ext. 200.

Victorian Farmhouse Christmas at Neely Mansion: 1 and 3 p.m. Dec. 6. Features decorated rooms, heirloom displays, sweet and savory buffet table and holiday music. Cost: $10; advance registration required. Neely Mansion, 12303 Auburn-Black Diamond Road. 253-833-2116.

Morford Family Carousel: Fridays-Mondays through Dec. 29. Classic 1940s Venetian-style carousel open for the holidays. Hours: 4-9 p.m. Fridays; noon-9 p.m. Saturdays; noon-5 p.m. Sundays; 4-8 p.m. Mondays. Closed Dec. 25. Cost: $1 donation. Town Square Plaza, corner of Second Avenue and Harrison Street, Kent. 253-395-1240, ext. 100.


Tudor Choir and Auburn Symphony Orchestra: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3-4. Concert includes selections from Handel’s “Messiah” and other seasonal music. Pre-concert lecture, 6:45 p.m. Cost: $20-$25. Auburn Performing Arts Center, 700 E. Main St. 253-939-8509 or www.auburnsymphony.org.

Renton City Concert Band: Dec. 4. Performance by local 70-piece band. Cost: $5-$7. IKEA Performing Arts Center, 400 S. Second St., Renton. 425-243-6700 or 425-430-6707.

Men of Worth—“Winter’s Carol”: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 5. Irish/Scottish folk duo Men of Worth are joined by harpist Maureen Brennan and Irish champion step dancer Kelsey Wilson. Part of the Live at the Ave series. Cost: $15-$17. Auburn Avenue Theater, 10 Auburn Ave. 253-931-3043 or www.auburnwa.gov/arts.

Rainier Chorale Holiday Concert: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6; 2 p.m. Dec. 7. Kent United Methodist Church, 11010 S.E. 248th St., Kent. 206-835-8888.

Sonoro—“Northwest Christmas”: 7 p.m. Dec. 6. Community choir to perform seasonal favorites. Kent Lutheran Church, 336 Second Ave. S. 253-852-2057 or www.kentlutheran.com.

Red, White and Blue Holiday Concert: 2:30 p.m. Dec. 7. Features 133rd Army Band of the Washington National Guard and 56th Army Band with The Valley Chorale. Cost: Non-perishable food items for Auburn Food Bank. Auburn Performing Arts Center, 700 E. Main St., Auburn. 235-931-3043.

Magical Strings 22nd annual Celtic Yuletide Concert: 3 p.m. Dec. 7. Pam and Philip Boulding perform with their five children, grandchildren and guests, providing an afternoon of enchanting Yuletide music. Part of Kent’s Spotlight Series. Cost: $16-$20. Kent-Meridian Performing Arts Center, 10020 S.E. 256th St., Kent. 253-856-5051 or www.kentarts.com.

Auburn Mountainview High School Winter Choral Concert: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 8. Cost: Free. Theater at Mountainview, 28900 124th Ave. S.E., Auburn. musicfog@yahoo.com.


“Oh Horrors!, It’s Murder”: 7 p.m. Dec. 4-6. Presented by Meridian Middle School. Cost: $4 general admission; $3 with ASB card. 23400 120th Ave. S.E., Kent. 253-373-7383.

“Not a Creature was Stirring”: 7 p.m. Dec. 5-6; 10 a.m. Dec. 7. Presented by Kidz 4 Christ Musical Theater. Cost: Free. Bonney Lake Baptist Church, 6221 Myers Road, Bonney Lake. Also 10 a.m. Dec. 14 at White River Presbyterian Church, 526 12th St. S.E., Auburn. 253-222-1507 or 253-222-1580.

“Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”: Dec. 5-21. Presented by Auburn Regional Theatre. Cost: $15-$20. Auburn Mountainview Theater, 28900 124th Ave. S.E., Auburn. 253-929-6680 or www.auburnregionaltheatre.org.

“Yes Virginia, There is a Santa Claus”: Dec. 5-20. Cost: $10-$22. Renton Civic Theater, 507 S. Third St. 425-226-5529.

Ensemble Ballet Theatre’s “The Nutcracker”: 2:30 and 7 p.m. Dec. 6; 1:30 p.m. Dec. 7. Cost: $10-$18. IKEA Performing Arts Center, 400 S. Second St., Renton. 877-328-8771 or www.ebtballet.org.

“The Odd Couple”: Through Dec. 7. Comedy about two best friends who, finding themselves divorced, move in together and drive each other crazy. Cost: $7-$9. Bleha Center for the Performing Arts at Green River Community College, 12401 320th St., Auburn. 253-833-9111.


Baker Street Books: 7 p.m. various Fridays and Saturdays, live jazz. Baker Street Books, 32709 Railroad Ave., Black Diamond. 360-886-2131.

Cascade Lanes, Lounge and Casino: Performers: Dec. 6, Kix; Dec. 13, Boneyard. No cover. 17034 116th Ave. S.E., Renton. 425-226-2035.

Cutters Point Coffee: Live music various evenings. Times are 6:30 p.m. unless noted. Cost: Free; tips appreciated. 16739 S.E. 272nd St., Covington. 253-639-3458.

Firecreek Grill and Raw Bar: 9 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, live music; 8 p.m. Mondays, open mic for all ages. No cover. 2019 W. Meeker St., Kent. 253-856-5170.

Gonzo’s Bar and Grill: Ongoing: 9 p.m. Wednesdays, karaoke. Open to ages 21 and older. 15423 S.E. 272nd St., Suite 101, Kent. www.gonzosbarandgrill.com.

Interchange Bar & Grill: 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, karaoke. Open to ages 21 and older. 8429 S. 228th St., Kent. 253-854-5650 or www.interchangebar-grill.com.

Kona Kai Coffee Company: Performances are 7 p.m. unless noted. 124 Fourth Ave. S., Kent. 206-931-6111.

Pat’s Bar and Grill: All performances 8 p.m.-midnight unless otherwise noted. Performers: 5:30-8:30 p.m. Dec. 3, Andy Burnett; Dec. 5, Gunshy Band; Dec. 12, Boneyard. 114 Railroad Ave. N., Kent. 253-852-7287 or www.patsbar.com.

The Royal Bear Pub and Eatery: Performers: Dec. 12, Randy Hansen. 35731 W. Valley Highway, Algona. 253-833-6686.


New Year’s Eve Eve Ball with Randy Litch: 7:30-9:30 p.m. Dec. 30. Cost: $4. Kent Senior Activity Center, 600 E. Smith St. 253-856-5164.

Ongoing dance:

Ballroom dance: 2-4 p.m. the second and fourth Sundays of the month. Federal Way Senior Center, 4016 S. 352nd St., Auburn. 253-874-4270.

Boots & Laces Square Dance classes: 6-8 p.m. Sundays. Timberlane Community Center, 29300 S.E. 267th St., Covington. 253-939-9120, 425-255-5894 or www.bootsandlaces.org.

Tuesday Evening Dances: 7:30-9:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Features music by Kings of Swing big band, Randy Litch, and Charlie and Evan Brown. Open to all ages. Cost: $4. Kent Senior Activity Center, 600 E. Smith St., Kent. 253-856-5164.

Phils and Phillies Square Dance: 7:30 p.m. the second and fourth Fridays of the month. Mainstream-level square dancing. Rounds, 7:30 p.m.; square dance, 8 p.m. Meridian Grange, 15422 S.E. 272nd St., Kent.

Pi-R Squares Square Dance Club: 7:30-10:30 p.m. the second and fourth Saturdays of the month. Round dance workshop 7:30-8 p.m.; dancing 8-10:30 p.m. Kent-Meridian Grange, 15422 S.E. 272nd St., Kent. fun-squaredancing@pi-r-squares.org or www.pi-r-squares.org.

Renton Chinese Dance School: Group or individual lessons offered in Chinese dances and ballet. Call or e-mail for details. 425-638-3812 or mwoodtt@comcast.net.

Ring ’N Swing Square Dance: 1:15-3:15 p.m. Thursdays. Cost: $3. Kent Senior Activity Center, 600 E. Smith St., Kent. 253-856-5164.

Solo Squares Square Dance and Round Dance Club: 7-9 p.m. the first and third Sundays of the month. Workshop offered at 6:30 p.m. Cedar Grange, 22531 S.E. 218th St., Maple Valley. 206-525-2189 or solosquares@hotmail.com.

Square Dance lessons: 7:30-9:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Beginning lessons. Swing and ballroom also available. Cost: Free for first three lessons. Meridian Grange, 15422 Kent-Kangley Road, Kent. 253-735-3163, mehlhomes@aol.com or www.wagonwheelssquaredance.org.

Tuesday Afternoon Dances: 1:15-2:15 p.m. Tuesdays. Free dances feature a variety of music styles with musicians Richard Dean, Randy Litch, and Evan and Charlie Brown. Kent Senior Activity Center, 600 E. Smith St., Kent. 253-856-5164.


Radio Theater of Thrills: 10:30 a.m. Thursdays. Radio drama listeners of all ages are welcome to enjoy the 24 broadcasts from “Radio’s Outstanding Theater of Thrills.” Kent Senior Activity Center, 600 E. Smith St., Kent. 253-856-5164.


Black Diamond Historical Society Museum: Hours: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursdays; noon-3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. 32627 Railroad Ave., Black Diamond. 360-886-2142, museum@blackdiamondmuseum.org or www.blackdiamondmuseum.org.

Hydroplane and Raceboat Museum: Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays; 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Thursdays; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays. Admission: $10 for adults; $5 for students and seniors; free for ages 4 and younger. 5917 S. 196th St., Kent. 206-764-9453.

Kent Historical Society Museum: Events: Noon-4 p.m. Dec. 13, Kent Historical Museum Holiday Open House. Exhibits: Through Dec. 19, “Kenjiro Nomura: An Artist’s View of the Japanese American Internment.” Hours: Noon-4 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays. Admission: $1. Bereiter House, 855 E. Smith St., Kent. 253-854-4330 or www.kenthistoricalmuseum.org.

Renton History Museum: Speaker program for families: 11 a.m. Dec. 13, Allan Hirsch on “The Real Toy Story.” Free tours: 11 a.m. the third Saturday of the month. Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays. Closed on holidays. Admission: $3 for adults; $1 for children; free for ages 7 and younger and members. 235 Mill Ave. S. 425-255-2330 or www.rentonhistory.org.

White River Valley Museum: Exhibits: Through Dec. 14, “Small Works, Big Presents” juried art show, presented with the City of Auburn. Hours: Noon-4 p.m. Wednesdays-Sundays. Admission: $1-$2; free on Wednesdays. 918 H St. S.E., Auburn. 253-288-7433 or www.wrvmuseum.org.


Auburn City Hall Gallery: Exhibits: Through Jan. 2, art by Terry DeHart and featured senior artists. Hours: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays. Admission: Free. Auburn City Hall, 25 W. Main St. 253-931-3043 or www.auburnwa.gov.

Cheryl Sallee Gallery: Exhibits: Through Jan. 2, Senior Activity Center Featured Artists exhibit. Hours: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays. Admission: Free. Auburn Senior Activity Center, 808 Ninth St. S.E. 253-931-5043 or www.auburnwa.gov/arts.

Highline Community College Library Gallery: Exhibits: Through Dec. 19, “Massification Project: The Photography of Eric Tomberlin.” Admission: Free. Call for hours. 2400 S. 240th St., Des Moines. http://flightline.highline.edu/exhibits/index.php.

Kent Centennial Center Gallery: Exhibits: Through Jan. 2, photography by Blue Earth Alliance. Hours: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays. 400 W. Gowe St., Kent. 253-856-5050, www.ci.kent.wa.us/arts.

Seahurst Art Gallery: Events: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays through December, holiday open house. Exhibits: Ongoing, rotating displays of paintings, pottery and jewelry by local artists. Hours: Noon-5 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays. 15210 10th Ave. S.W., Burien. 206-244-7844.

Seattle Events

“Seven Brides for Seven Brothers”: Dec. 3-28. Cost: $22-$81. The 5th Avenue Theatre, 1308 Fifth Ave., Seattle. 206-625-1900, 888-584-4849 or www.5thavenue.org.

The Pajama Men—“Versus vs. Versus”: 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, Dec. 4-20. Fast-paced physical comedy duo to perform. Cost: $12-$18. Annex Theatre, 1100 E. Pike St., Seattle. 800-838-3006 or www.brownpapertickets.com.

The Great Figgy Pudding Street Corner Caroling Competition XXII: 6-8:30 p.m. Dec. 5. Come hear more than 40 caroling teams competing in downtown Seattle. Pre-contest stage show by Arthur Murray Studio dancers at 5 p.m. Cost: $5 donation requested for Pike Market Senior Center and Downtown Food Bank. Westlake Plaza and Pine Street, from Third Avenue to Seventh Avenue, Seattle. www.figgypuddingpmsc.org.

“It’s a Wonderful Improvised Life”: 10:15 p.m. Dec. 5, 12 and 19. Improv show follows mainstage production of “The Christmas Foundling.” Cost: $10. Taproot Theatre, 204 N. 85th St., Seattle. 206-781-9707.

“Dan Zanes and Friends Holiday House Party”: 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Dec. 6-7. Multi-cultural musical fun for the whole family. Cost: $35. The Moore Theatre, 1932 Second Ave., Seattle. 206-292-2787 or www.themoore.com.

“So Many Words”: Through Dec. 6. What happens when the “right” woman knocks at your door, and your wife answers? Cost: $15-$18. Theater Schmeater, 1500 Summit Ave. 206-324-5801 or www.schmeater.org.

“A Northwest Christmas”: 3 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6. Features Northwest Sound Men’s Chorus with BlueStreet Jazz Voices. Cost: $10-$22. Nordstrom Recital Hall at Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., Seattle. www.nwsound.org.

Northwest Chamber Chorus—“A North Seas Christmas”: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6; 3 p.m. Dec. 14. Group to perform Christmas music from Norway, Sweden, Latvia and Great Britain. Cost: $12-$20; free for children 6-12. Locations: Dec. 6 at Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church, 7500 Greenwood Ave. N., Seattle; Dec. 14 at Plymouth Congregational Church, 1217 Sixth Ave., Seattle. 206-523-1196 or www.northwestchamberchorus.org.

Carter Family Marionettes—“Cinderella”: Dec. 6-21. Cost: $8.50-$9. Northwest Puppet Center, 9123 15th Ave. N.E., Seattle. 800-838-3006 or www.brownpapertickets.com.

“Navidad—Christmas in the New World”: 3 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7. Presented by Seattle Pro Musica. Cost: $25. Town Hall Seattle, 1119 Eighth Ave. 206-781-2766 or www.seattlepromusica.org.

Pontiac Bay Symphony Orchestra—“A Winter Wonderland”: 6-7:30 p.m. Dec. 7. Cost: $15-$17. MOHAI, 2700 24th Ave. E., Seattle. 206-364-0907 or www.pontiacbay.org.

“And the Angels Sang Sweet Lullabies”: 3 p.m. Dec. 7. Norwegian Ladies Chorus Christmas Concert and Scandinavian Dessert Buffet Reception with guest artist Geoff Wilke. Cost: $10. Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church, 2400 N.W. 85th St., Ballard.

UW World Series—The Harlem Quartet: 8 p.m. Dec. 9. Cost: $20-$33. Meany Hall at the University of Washington, 4001 University Way N.E., Seattle. 206-543-4880 or www.uwworldseries.org.

Holiday Sing-Along with Seattle Symphony Chorale: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 9. Cost: $20-$68. Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., Seattle. 206-215-4747 or www.seattlesymphony.org.

“boom”: Through Dec. 14. A nerdy marine biologist hopes to save life on earth, and get a date, before the impending apocalypse. Seattle Repertory Theatre, 305 Harrison St., Seattle. 206-443-2222, 877-900-9285 or www.seattlerep.org.

“Bluenose”: Through Dec. 14. Red-nosed pirates meet a blue-nosed girl, and learn a lesson about prejudice. Cost: $17-$34. Seattle Children’s Theatre’s Charlotte Martin Theatre, 201 Thomas St., Seattle. 206-441-3322 or www.sct.org.

“My Ántonia”: Through Dec. 21. Play depicts friendship and hardship on the Great Plains. Presented by Book-It Repertory Theatre. Call for cost. Center House Theatre, 305 Harrison St., Seattle. 206-216-0833 or www.book-it.com.

“A(n Improvised) Christmas Carol”: Thursdays-Sundays through Dec. 21. Performers take audience suggestions and use them to tell a new version of Dickens’ story. Presented by Unexpected Productions. Cost: $12. Market Theater in Pikes Place Market, 1428 Post Alley, Seattle. 206-587-2414 or www.brownpapertickets.com.

“Plaid Tidings”: Through Dec. 23. Holiday edition of the musical comedy “Forever Plaid.” Call for cost, details. ArtsWest Playhouse, 4711 California Ave. S.W., Seattle. 206-938-0339 or www.artswest.org.

“The Christmas Foundling”: Through Dec. 27. Presented by Taproot Theatre Company. Call for cost. Taproot Theatre, 204 N. 85th St., Seattle. 206-781-9707 or www.taproottheatre.org.

Christmas Carol Concert: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 27. Performance by the Tudor Choir. Cost: $20. Blessed Sacrament Church, 5041 Ninth Ave. N.E., Seattle. www.tudorchoir.org.

“A Christmas Carol”: Through Dec. 27. ACT Theatre’s 33rd annual production of Dickens’ classic tale. ACT Theatre, 700 Union St., Seattle. 206-292-7676 or www.acttheatre.org.

Pacific Northwest Ballet—Stowell/Sendak “Nutcracker”: Through Dec. 30. PNB performs Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker” ballet with choreography by Kent Stowell and costume and scenic design by Maurice Sendak. Cost: $24-$130. Marion Oliver McCaw Hall, 321 Mercer St., Seattle. 206-441-2424 or www.pnb.org.

Qwest Carousel: Through Dec. 31. Part of the KING 5 Holiday Wonderland in downtown Seattle. Cost: $2 donation. Westlake Park, 401 Pine St., Seattle.

Sheraton Seattle’s 16th annual Gingerbread Village: Through Jan. 4. Display, themed “A Superhero Holiday,” features elaborate gingerbread structures designed by top Seattle architects. Cost: Free; donations welcome for Northwest Chapter of Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Lobby of Sheraton Seattle, 1400 Sixth Ave. 206-621-9000.

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