PASTIES FOR PUPS: It’s the sort of name that doesn’t require embellishment: Pasties for Pups! Wherein a group of high-minded gals got together to support area shelter puppies, all by stripping to their unmentionables. Burlesque for a cause, featuring: Blithe Night, Candy Apples, Cherry Tart, EmpeROAR Fabulous, Flirty Sanchez, Ginger Snapz, Lowa DaBoomboom, Minni Bobbins, Sara Dipity, Solange Corbeau, and Lemon Chiffon, with emcee Kai Curtis (the only fake name in the bunch). All proceeds go towards the animals at PAWS, so it’s practically like you’re doing a good deed.
Friday 10:30 p.m. // The Jewelbox Theatre at the Rendezvous$12 (or $6 at the door with a donation to PAWS from their wish-list). 21+
MORE SANTAS THAN YOU CAN SHAKE A STICK AT (ALSO: DO NOT SHAKE STICKS AT SANTA): Have you ever had a strong desire to join a herd of Santas? Actually, now that we think about it, we’re pretty sure the collective noun is “sleigh”. Have you ever wanted to join a sleigh of Santas? You have? Snowfall! For this Saturday is Santarchy, where everyone is encouraged to dress up as Santa (or Elf, Reindeer, Ornament, etc.) and slowly bar crawl across the city. This year, organizers have designated two starting points: 1) outside the International District Link Station at 5th and Weller, and 2) the Seattle Center Fountain. Pick the easiest for you, and show up around noon. Alternatively, if you live in or near Capitol Hill, you could just wait until the wave of reds and furs catches up with you. If you’re thinking about participating, wear comfortable shoes and consider bringing some candy canes or something to hand out to passing kids. You might be publicly carousing, but you also represent the season.
Saturday 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m. // EVERYWHERE // FREE (21+)
CHRISTMAS IN JULY IN DECEMBER: After wandering the city in holiday garb, come join the best party to celebrate the season: the 5th Annual Christmas in July in December. We’ll be cooking a pig and a couple of turkeys, making a fish bowl of Mai Tais, and rocking out to performances by The Hidden Persuaders, The Donner Vixens, and McArthur Park. Also, possibly a marching band, an appearance by the Sugarplum Elves, and a bleeding lamb cake. It’s a party to honor the family you make for yourself by eating fresh-cooked pork, getting drunk on rum, and rocking out.
Saturday 7:00 p.m. // Contact Tyson for Location // FREE
ALL AGES: Meanwhile, over at The Vera Project, there’s an evening of music planned that might shake you loose from your Santa suit: Shenandoah Davis, Us On Roofs, Nude, last year’s EMP Sound-off winners Tomten. From introspection to exploration, it’ll be a night of melodic travel that will make you forget your beard.
Saturday 7:30 p.m. // The Vera Project // $8
LATE NIGHT BEAT: Should you, after the day we’ve suggested, still be standing, then you are a champion and should celebrate as such. Howabout dancing victoriously into the night to the sounds of two local Afro-funk master classes: the Soukous (African rumba from the French and Belgian Congo) and Reggae combinations of Cordaviva, and the graceful moves of The Polyrhythmics. The evening’s actively being billed as a late-night affair, so come work your groove for as long as you wanna.
Saturday 10:30 p.m. // Re-bar // $10 (21+)