The Must List: MLK Day of Service, Leavenworth Bavarian IceFest, Nordic Lights Film Fest

What to do in Seattle in the days ahead
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Judy Collins will perform for four nights at Jazz Alley

Must Send in the Clowns
Judy Collins
(1/12-15, 7:30 p.m.) Seattle’s Grammy- and Oscar-nominated activist, author, filmmaker and singer/songwriter, Collins is a Renaissance woman. Also, she’s the only reason anyone ever heard of Leonard Cohen. $55. Jazz Alley, 2033 Sixth Ave., jazzalley.com

Must Chill
Leavenworth Bavarian IceFest
(1/14–15, all day) Where can you find the Great Frisbee Sweep, Ice Cube Scramble, Bavarian Mug Relay, Snowmobile Sled Pull (starring your dog) and the Smooshing Contest, where teams of four strap their eight feet onto 10-foot longboards and race through the glittering snow? Only at IceFest. $1–$5. Leavenworth, Front Street Park; leavenworth.org 

Must Watch
Nordic Lights Film Festival
(1/14-17, times vary) See three submissions for the Foreign Language Oscar; films from Denmark, Iceland, Norway and Sweden; and 2015 Golden Globe nominee The Fencer, about a Cold War hero, by Finnish four-time Oscar contender Klaus Härö, who was given the Ingmar Bergman Award by Bergman himself. SIFF Film Center, Seattle Center, 305 Harrison St., siff.net

Must Volunteer
MLK Day of Service
(1/16, all day) Why not spend Martin Luther King Jr. Day the way he spent his days: doing something good for America? Volunteer for United Way’s MLK Day of Service. Start the day at a rally on the University of Washington’s Seattle campus, then gather a team, pick a project online and live the dream. Free. University of Washington and various locations; uwkc.org/events/mlk-day-of-service

Must Listen
SAL Presents: Local Voices
(1/18, 7:30 p.m.) In a sumptuous room with a fireplace, Seattle Arts and Lectures (SAL) hosts Local Voices, during which SAL Writers in the Schools read works in progress. One of the readers, Aaron Counts, who is the lead engagement artist for 4Culture’s Creative Justice pilot program, has great stories to tell. Free. Capitol Hill, Sorrento Hotel, Fireside Room, 900 Madison St.; lectures.org

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