Christmas is around the corner which means many of us need either gifts or distraction. Check out how to get both on our weekly round-up of things to do on the Hill, below. If you need more options: consider spending a night with the intrepid Sugar Plum Gary, who’s closing out the year with a Christmas eve show at 18th and Union, or find more events around the neighborhood on the CHS Calendar.
WEDNESDAY, Dec. 19: “[Seattle] is afraid to be a hip-hop city. Even when it’s representing marginalized voices, deep down a lot of Seattle is afraid of losing its progressive whiteness,” said experimental hip-hop artist Guayaba in an interview with City Arts’ Jonathan Zwickel last April. The point: We know Seattle was a grunge city once. When will be ready to admit we’re a hip hop city? Along with Tacoma, Seattle’s been a hotbed for local hip hop and alternative rap talent for some time now. Taylor Elizza Beth emerged as one of the premiere talents in the past years thanks to an ever-shifting whisper-like performance and penchant for low synth-soul. Tonight, T.E.B TAKES CHOP SUEY, along with Guayaba and “fresh face of pop” PSA. Chop Suey, 8 PM
THURSDAY, Dec. 20: Did we mention Seattle’s flush with hip-hop and experimental rap talent? In case you need more proof, check out the lineup at Barboza’s DoNormaal / Remember Face / Medejin / Reverend Dollars, headlined by intrepid rapper DoNormaal, one of the most popular voices to emerge from the scene. Seattle-based producer and dj Reverend Dollars sets the tone for the evening, followed by Medejin’s 80ies “dream pop” and experimental hip-hop duo Remember Face, who masterfully blend hiphop with dubstep influences and Lynchian suspense. Barboza, 8 PM
SATURDAY, Dec. 22: If there were a Venn diagram visualizing the overlaps between Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and writer-journalist Joan Didion, it’d feature a horde of fans praying the kick-ass octogenarians will somehow magically live forever. During A Very Didion Christmas, a “highly inappropriate cabaret act,” The Stranger writer Christopher Frizzelle and performer Sarah Paul Ocampo present the thesis that “Like baby Jesus, Joan Didion is immortal.” Now that’s a gospel we’d listen to. Hugo House, 7 PM
LAST-MINUTE HOLIDAY SHOPPING, Dec. 22: Looking for that last-minute Holiday gift? Check out Shop the Hill. You can also consider buying some arts and crafts by local artists and makers. At Ghost Gallery, the “mini-art”, all sized around 10″ x 10″ and smaller, costs 300$ or less (through Feb. 10). On Saturday, check out the pottery, jewelry, arts and blown glass at the Winter Festival & Craft Sale (noon- 6 PM) at ALTspace and games, music and food trucks at Africatown’s Soul Holiday Market (noon – 8 PM). On the Hill, pay a visit to Mimosa Market (for Makers and Merch) at Vermillion (noon – 3 PM) and Chop Suey’s flea market for food, drinks and, at Chop Suey, a raffle and Santa photo-op. Various locations
I HATE X-MAS KARAOKE, Dec. 25th: Raising money for unhoused youth while belting out guilty karaoke-pleasures must be the perfect excuse to get out of the house on Christmas Day. During I Hate Xmas Karaoke: a Benefit for YouthCare at Pony, host TV will be donating all his karaoke tips to local non-profit YouthCare to help unhoused LQBTQA youth. Pony will match all funds raised. Pony, 9 PM.