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Congratulations to Paul Rucker!

We know we’re saying this belatedly, but we believe it’s never too late for a Congratulations. So!

We here at HONK! Fest West would like to just say a public congrats to Mr. Rucker, who is our liaison at the Seattle Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs. Or was, rather, as he recently took leave of his position after winning a Creative Capital Grant to work on a project he’s titled Recapitulation.

Huge thanks to Mr. Rucker for all his help over the years. We can’t wait to see this project in person. Congrats, sir!

Your Weekend Events

LAST DAY TO SHOP, DO IT LOCALLY: Hey everyone! There’s only one day left to finish up your holiday shopping. Sure, you can hazard the malls if you’re feeling brave and foolish, but the better bet is to head to the Century Ballroom and shop an eclectic collection of local clothing designers, artifact hunters, vintage sellers, and hagglers of all stripes. Stylized like a Parisian flea markets, there is no guarantee on what treasures you’ll find, but odds are good your family will unwrap happy.
Saturday 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. // Century Ballroom // FREE

THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER: Every Christmas Eve for the past seven years, The Blue Moon Tavern has welcomed those who haven’t a place to go alongside those who do, but would prefer to pretend they don’t. This year is no exception. The 8th Annual Blue Moon Christmas Pageant promises drink specials and the kind of special bonhomie only an evening so culturally loaded could provide. Plus music, courtesy of The Donner Vixens, The Fabulous Downey Brothers, High Divide, Dead On Xmas, and DJ Country Mike. If that wasn’t enough, Jesus and Satan will battle, the remnants of which the Rev.Darnell Jenkins will clean up with a Midnight Mass. If you like your holidays smelling like whiskey, then this place has the Pageant for you.
Saturday 8:00 p.m. // Blue Moon // $6

DANCE UNDER THE MISTLETOE: Flammable is the longest running house music night on the west coast, happening every Sunday night at Re-Bar over the last 10 years. This Sunday is no exception, Christmas be damned. So kick loose from your family and head to the dance floor for a party DJd by Karl Kamakahi, Brian Lyons, and the wonderful Riz Rollins. It’s sure to get your spirits rising.
Sunday 10:00 p.m. // Re-Bar // $10

Your Weekend Events

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+)

Your Weekend Events

HONKUPY: On Saturday, local HONK musicians will gather at Seattle Central Community College to give our local movement a beat. You are encouraged to join, as a player, a protester, a participant. Bring an instrument (acoustic and mobile, naturally) and some all-weather gear. The season is turning, and the more people show, so too will public opinion.
Saturday NOON // Seattle Central Community College // FREE

GET TANKED: Tonight, the Triple Door Musiquarium has a sweet twofer for those with strong constitutions and/or their own wetsuit. First, starting at 4:30, Vaudeville Etiquette will make a dinghy flotilla of Depression Era jazz, folk, Americana, and rock, with kazoo sails and a pedal steel rudder. You could cruise the castle ruins for hours, or until 7:30 p.m., when the band will gracefully dock and make their way to the bar. At that point, Theoretics, all fiberglass hulls and slinky profiles, will cut wakes with their jazz-flecked beats and dueling MCs. Don’t be a sucker fish, it might be free but you should bring some fins.
Today 4:30 p.m. – 1:00 a.m. // The Triple Door Musiquarium Lounge // FREE

TRAVELING MUSIC: From the Triple Door to a terrific triple bill: also tonight (yes, you will have to make some choices), The Russian Cultural Center hosts Bonaca, Orkestar Zirkonium, and Sazerac Orchestra. Each pursues Balkan and Eastern European folk music in their own fashion, which is to say: furiously, boisterously, and volcanically. Respectively.
Today 8:00 p.m. // The Russian Center // $12 admission for adults, $6 for students aged 14-20, and $20 for families of three or more. Children 13 and under get in free.

TRUST US: It’s the third Saturday of the month, and you know what that means: time to shake scalp to soul. The Baltic Room is throwing TRUST, the dance party that tells you what to do right in its name. This time around, KEXP’s Kid Hops, Suntzu Sound, and Flammable’s Brian Lyons will hold down the mix to set you loose.
Saturday 9:00 p.m. // Baltic Room // $10 (21+)