MUST SING ALONG
LeRoy Bell and His Only Friends
This former Tacoma postal worker-turned-songwriter for Elton John has been playing intimate live shows in Seattle for years, but since being a finalist on TV’s The X Factor last fall, he’s landed a gig at The Moore for a special New Year’s Eve concert. Expect soulful covers, chilled-out rock and LeRoy’s signature sultry, soft whisper.
12/31, 8pm. The Moore Theatre, 1932 Second Ave.; 877-784-4849; stgpresents.org
MUST COUNT DOWN
New Year’s Eve Party on First Hill
A triumvirate of parties within walking distance of each other gives “Pill Hill” a little sparkle this season. Enjoy delicious food, festive cocktails, live jazz and dancing (and no cover charge!) at Vito’s, the Sorrento Hotel and The Hideout. Reservations recommended for dinner at Vito’s (which serves plenty of delicious cocktails on and off the menu, plus greens, fish and cakes for all your edible new year’s luck).
12/31, 7:30pm-2am. Simultaneous programming at Vito's, the Sorrento Hotel and The Hideout. Bounce between all three between Madison and 9th Ave and Madison and Boren Ave.) More info on Facebook.
If you put a little too much overtime into your holiday celebration, you may be in serious need of a detox beverage. Try one of these five refreshing, locally made juice blends that will have you revived and revved up to greet the rest of the new year.
Gallery 206 at SAM (sort of)
Local artist Todd Jannausch surprised Seattle Art Museum with a gift on Christmas Eve: Gallery 206, his repurposed phone booth displaying the work of more than 200 local artists (including writing by our own Brangien Davis). It was originally installed in Occidental Square and it’s now sitting (literally) at the feet of the Hammering Man, open for all to enjoy—until SAM decides to move it. Kudos to Jannausch for this subtle (or not-so-subtle) reminder that talented local and emerging artists deserve a permanent home at our leading arts institutions.
The titular character in this Shakespearean tragedy has a whole heap o’ troubles. A Roman general turned senator, Coriolanus discovers that the Roman Senate has lethal entanglements of its own; meanwhile, his conniving mother calculates his every success. Who better than the Seattle Shakespeare Company to present this tale of plotting, betrayal and discovering the price of power? Expect sword fighting and deliciously corrupt motivations.
1/4-1/29. Times and prices vary. Center House Theater, 305 Harrison St.; 206.733.8222; seattleshakespeare.org