The Must List: Visqueen's Last Show, Holiday Shopping and...Skiing?

MUST SHRED...MAYBE?
Ski Season Kicks Off at Mt. Baker
Good news, snow bunnies. Mt. Baker opened last week! Healthy snow fall and freezing temps are predicted in the next few days, which means regular holiday operations from Mt. Baker’s White Salmon Base Ski Area. Of course, we can’t guarantee what the weather will be (we're smart, not clairvoyant). So check the “Snow Report” on their website before hitting the road. Need to update your winter gear before you go? Check out our favorite coveted coats, gloves and boards from local gear makers.

Check website before going. Hours and prices vary.  Mt. Baker Ski Area is about a 2.5 hour drive from Seattle. Directions are on the Ski Area FAQ page on their website:  http://www.mtbaker.us/1011/

MUST ILLUMINATE

An Urban Winter Wonderland
Embrace the twinkly hope of the holiday season at any of Seattle's myriad holiday traditions kicking off in full force this Friday (11/25). See the traditional Westlake tree lighting ceremony, the Macy’s Holiday Star Lighting, plus fireworks (weather permitting). Then hop in Santa’s Magic Sleigh (aka the Monorail) to take in Dickens Carolers, Ice Skating and other entertainment in and around the Seattle Center. If you do find yourself near Macy’s: encourage the little ones to deposit their Letters to Santa in the stores special “Santa Mail Letterboxes.” Each letter received will magically transform into a $1 donation to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Dates, times and locations vary. Explore the events calendar at downtownholidays.com for more details.



MUST SHOP LOCAL

EtsyRAIN Handmade Holiday Show
Over fifty artisans who normally sell their original wares over the webs via Etsy.com are invading the Intiman Theater again on the busiest shopping weekend of the year to bring you a truly unique shopping expo. Take care of all your holiday shopping at this eccentric - and affordable expo - all while supporting local and independent crafters. Admission is free; and the first 50 shoppers to arrive will receive a free bag of goodies made by sellers at the show. Looking for Black Friday tips? Think outside the big-box store catalogue and read style editor Kate Calamusa’s roundup of great local deals for Black Friday.

11/26-27. 11 a.m.- 5 p.m. Free ($1 suggested donation benefits Seattle area schools.) Intiman Theatre, 201 Mercer St. www.etsyrain.com

MUST SING GOODBYE
Visqueen’s Last Show
After three albums and well over a decade of performing together, local band Visqueen has decided to go on an "indefinite hiatus." To commemorate their final performance, Visqueen will perform, as will one of their favorite bands, Broadcast Oblivion, which is reuniting just for this performance. All proceeds from the show benefit Youthcare and Northwest Harvest.

11/27, 7 p.m. $11-$13. Neptune Theatre. 1303 Northeast 45th St.; 877-784-4849. stgpresents.org.

MUST TAKE SHELTON
11/28 - A Conversation with Lynn Shelton
The local filmmaker who brought you Humpday, My Effortless Brilliance and the forthcoming Your Sister’s Sister (June 2012) gives a unique presentation at Northwest Film Forum. As she plays select scenes from her last three films, Shelton will talk about her unique film-making process (most of it guided by improvisational acting).

11/28, 4 p.m. Free. Northwest Film Forum; 1515 12th Ave.; 206.829.7863; nwfilmforum.org