Original art makes great gifts and the Blitz Capitol Hill Arts Walk on Thursday is a true “affordable art fair.” Four shows this month are particularly good for the gifting season: $100 and Under at Retrofit Home, petite works at Ghost Gallery, Super Smart Art Mart at True Love, and “2″ at Joe Bar. Each features a variety of artistic styles created by a long list of popular local artists and all priced affordably. Besides these group shows, there’s plenty more art shows and events, including “End of An Era” at Bauhaus Books and Coffee.
Thursday, December 13
- Have an opinion about the proposal to increase coal train traffic through Seattle? A public hearing for the Gateway Pacific Terminal project will be held at Washington State Convention Center at 4p. Prior to the hearing, the Coal-Free Seattle group is hosting a rally at 2p at Freeway Park. Registration for the hearing starts at 3p at the Convention Center; the hearing proper starts at 4p.
- Gift-wrapping party needs volunteers at Miller Community Center, 4 – 9p.
- First Annual “Holiday In Volunteer Park” Celebration, 6 – 8p. Luminarias and choirs light the path between the water tower and the Conservatory. in the conservatory are decorated trees and a Lionel train.
- Bob Gluck reads from his book You’ll Know When You Get There: Herbie Hancock and the Mwandishi Band. Elliott Bay Book Company, 7p.
- A Nightmare before Christmas art and fashion show promises photography show, music, fashion, pop up shops, and more. The Social (1715 E Olive Way). 8p – 2a.
- Christmas movies at The Bottleneck (2328 E Madison St), with a special movie-themed cocktail for each: The Grinch, Nightmare Before Christmas, and Christmas Vacation. Movies start at 8p and go ’til close.
Friday, December 14th
- Framing Pictures, a free monthly discussion with three long-time Seattle film critics (and occasional guest commentators) who have much to say on the subject of cinephilia past, present and future. Northwest Film Forum, 5p.
- Twelve Greys of Christmas: Fifty Shades of Sex Tips at Babeland (707 E Pike St), 7 – 7:30p.
- For You & Everything Alive Inside of You: readings by Copper Canyon Press poets James Arthur, Matthew Dickman, Ed Skoog, and friends. Richard Hugo House, 7p.
- Fred Won’t Move Out, a film starring stage and screen icon Elliott Gould. 7 and 9p and continuing through Thurs Dec 20th at Northwest Film Forum.
- Early Music Guild: The Baltimore Consort plays early music from the England, Scotland, France, Italy and Spain. Here’s your chance to see and hear instruments such as the crumhorn, cittern, rebec and rusticalph. We made that last one up. 8 – 10p, Town Hall.
- The Bizarre Bazaar holiday shop at Canoe Social Club offers a peek inside this creative members-only space and the things it’s members and friends of members create. Preview vendors here. Canoe Social Club (417 E Loretta Pl), 11a – 5p.
- More holiday shopping pops up in the form of The Blak Designmart, which features more than thirty designers and makers. The market continues through Sunday at Caffe Vita Bean Room (1011 E Pike St), 11a – 5p.
- Seattle Santarchy 2012 gathers at Cal Anderson Park 12 – 1p and then becomes a red velvet and fur mob of revelers. Before then, hungry and early-rising Santas are starting with brunch at Charlie’s at 9:30a. The route for the will be posted on Facebook on Friday so you can easily
- Not feeling santa-ish this year? Maybe you’d rather hit people in downtown with a pillow. The Flash Mob Sack the Holiday pillow fight gathers at Cal Anderson Park Tennis Courts at 12p to sign waivers, then heads downtown to let it loose at 1p. Our question: will the Santas at the park be sacked?
- Seattle Girls’ Choir (all six levels) perform at Town Hall, 1:30 – 3:30p
- Mesnak is the featured film for December in the monthly Indigenous Series at Northwest Film Forum. 5p.
- Naughty or Nice Customer Appreciation Party with treats, refreshments, drawings, stocking stuffers and sex tips. Babeland, 6 – 8p.
- Holiday Storytime with React Theatre, Elliott Bay Book Company, 6:30p
- Lit.mustest, an all ages reading produced by students of the Goddard College MFA in Creative Writing program. Richard Hugo House, 7 – 10p.
- Sing Love! A concert at Seattle First Baptist Church (1111 Harvard Ave), 7;30p.
- Bootie Seattle Holiday Party, “providing the soundtrack for the A.D.D. generation — and free mashup CDs given away like candy — it’s a place where everyone is welcome.” Chop Suey, 9p – 2a
- Only two more Broadway Farmers Market Sundays. 11a-3p. Broadway/Pine.
- Dog pictures with Santa at the Wildrose.
- The Annual Photo Center Northwest Rummage Sale (900 12th Ave) features photograph equipment, cameras, lenses, computers, studio equipment, and more. Early entry 12 – 2p is for students and members only (join to get early bird access!), followed by public entry 2 – 7p. Future Cindy Shermans and Yasumasa Morimuras: go.
- Short Stories Live: (Another) Rogue’s Christmas offers “unconventional holiday entertainment from some of the region’s favorite professional actors.” Town Hall, 4 – 5:30p.
- Arabica Lounge’s 1550 Supper Club hosts its end of year dinner. Fixed menu includes five courses prepared by Arabica owner Jojo Corväiá. Seating is limited to 23, so get your RSVP in. The menu looks delicious! Arabica (1550 E Olive Way) 7 – 10:30p.
- Psych night of music with So Pitted, Kingdom of the Holy Sun, and Ecstatic Cosmic Union plus psychadelic multimedia from Portable Shrines. Spacey! Vermillion, 8p