Photo: POC Photo

NAUGHTY

By Amanda Castleman

If you don’t mind finding a lump of coal in your stocking this year, take a walk on the naughty side with these bawdy holiday happenings.

Photo: POC Photo

Photo: POC Photo

Land of the Sweets: The Burlesque Nutcracker

Sugar plum sassiness meets a ballet classic. Add a little extra sparkle to your holidays with this risqué makeover of The Nutcracker. Staged at the elegant Triple Door, December 9 through 29, this raved-about performance features original choreography from classically trained Lily Verlaine and stars top-notch dance and burlesque talent like Paris Original, Cookie Bellini, and Babette La Fave. See your favorite Nutcracker characters and meet some new ones at each rollicking show.

Image: Unexpected Productions

Image: Unexpected Productions

A(n Improvised) Christmas Carol

Dickens’s classic tale gets a screwball transformation, with comical twists and turns. Improv comedy group Unexpected Productions leaves the fate of Ebenezer Scrooge and Tiny Tim in the audience’s hands, accepting offbeat instructions to shape the holiday story into a deliciously fresh version. Will Scrooge ever learn the true meaning of Christmas? It’s up to you! The holiday hilarity runs from November 25 through December 24 at the Market Theater in Pike Place Market.

Photo: Dina Martina

Photo: Dina Martina

Dina Martina Christmas Show

Expect zero polish but plenty of superstar aplomb at this drag queen’s annual winter blowout at Capitol Hill’s Re-bar, November 25 through December 31. The tongue-in-cheek diva can’t sing, dance, or tell a tale, yet she somehow muddles it all into an evening of ludicrous fun. Joined by award-winning composer and pianist Chris Jeffries, this annual holiday show is sure to be full of unexpected laughs.

Photo: Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation

Photo: Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation

Moulin Rouge New Year’s Eve Party

High kick into 2017 with SIFF Cinema Uptown’s screening of Moulin Rouge, starring Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor. The can-can party kicks off at 9pm with a video countdown, then soars into the sultry movie about star-crossed lovers at the iconic French cabaret. Sing along to hits like “Come What May” and sip a complimentary glass of sparkling wine. The credits roll just in time to watch the fireworks shooting off the Space Needle.

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