Must List: December

Our top to-do's for the month

By Seattle magazine staff December 10, 2010


This article originally appeared in the December 2010 issue of Seattle magazine.

Get a Whiff
1. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory in Smell-O-Vision
See the classic 1971 film the way it was meant to be experienced: in Smell-O-Vision. Courtesy of kooky film-enhancement team The Action Pack, the treats on screen leap to life in the form of goodie bags filled with aromatic, edible sweets, while an audience script encourages live sing-alongs and shout-outs (à la The Rocky Horror Picture Show). Golden ticket not required. 12/10–12/12. Times vary. $12–$14. SIFF Cinema, 321 Mercer St.; 206.324.9996;

Get a Bargain
2. Seattle on the cheap
In his new guidebook, The Cheap Bastard’s Guide to Seattle (Globe Pequot Press; $14.95), Seattle magazine contributor David Volk uncovers hundreds of ways to gain free (and legal!) entry to local plays, concerts, art shows and yoga classes. You can pester him to reveal even  more secrets at this reading. 12/6. 7 p.m. Free. University Book Store, 4326 University Way NE; 206.634.3400;

Get Gifts
3. Urban Craft Uprising
Seattle’s largest indie craft show is back! With more than 120 vendors, including local designers Moxie, Steel Toe Studios and Crystalyn Kae, Urban Craft Uprising packs in a wealth of funky artistic variety to satisfy your crafty desires and gift-giving needs. Tip: The first 100 to arrive at this DIY-paloosa receive a swag bag. 12/4–12/5. 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Free. Seattle Center Exhibition Hall;

Get Squeezed
4. Monsters of Accordion
Are you ready to rock, accordion style? The Monsters of Accordion tour is back, featuring a slew of talented musicians—boasting mad skills on the keys and a fury of traditions spanning Balkan, Gypsy, Jewish, punk, ska and Arabic—including Seattle’s own master of the squeezebox, Jason Webley, known for inciting crowds into a participatory frenzy. 12/15. 8 p.m. $10. Neumos, 925 E Pike St.; 206.709.9467;

Get Sips
5. St. Nicholas Day Open House

Kick off the holiday season with Woodinville Wine Country’s annual two-day tasting event, during which a sleigh full of wineries open their doors—notably a few that rarely offer such access, including Pomum Cellars, Sparkman Cellars and Baer Winery. 12/4–12/5. 11 a.m.–4 p.m. $40–$50. Woodinville; 425.205.4394;


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