What to Do This Week in Seattle

By Sue Gabel, Examiner.com

If you’re in the Seattle area this weekend and looking for some fun and exciting ways to spend your days and nights, you certainly won’t run out of options. This week’s highly anticipated event choices include a concert from a legendary rock band, several musical and theater shows, a murder-mystery masquerade dinner and a sizzling burlesque show. If you’re looking to switch up your weekend routine, this is the weekend to do it!

Red Hot Chili Peppers: I’m Yours World Tour 2012
When: Thursday, Nov. 15
Where: KeyArena at Seattle Center
305 Harrison St.
Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 684-0761
Price: $39.50 to $59.50

The Red Hot Chili Peppers are currently on tour promoting their latest album, “I’m With You.” This is the perfect opportunity for Seattleites to catch the band’s largest U.S. tour in more than five years. “I’m With You” is Chili Peppers’ 10th album, and this tour comes on the heels of the band’s 2011 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Be sure to visit KeyArena this weekend as Anthony Kiedis and crew bring a little Californication to The Evergreen State. 

The Murder Mystery Company Presents “Murder at the Masquerade”
When: Thursday, Nov. 15 to Sunday, Nov. 18
Where: French Creek Manor
9931 167th Ave. S.E.
Snohomish, WA 98290
(888) 643-2583
Price: $60 per person

Take part in “Murder at the Masquerade,” an award-winning event from The Murder Mystery Company. Participants will convene at the Seattle-area French Creek Manor for a three-course dinner, a masquerade ball and an investigative, theatrical murder mystery. To add a little extra class to this whodunit gala, guests must dress in masquerade-style costume and wear Venetian masks, formal dresses and suits or tuxedos. Before solving the case, enjoy a fresh salad, dinner rolls, vegetables and a surprise dessert.

Seattle Auto Show
When: Thursday, Nov. 15 to Sunday, Nov. 18
Where: CenturyLink Field Event Center
800 Occidental Ave. S.
Seattle, WA 98134
Price: $10-$12

A must-visit for car lovers, the Seattle Auto Show brings the world’s newest and most exotic vehicles to Washington this weekend. Everything from Bentleys and Buicks to hybrids and electrics to exotic supercars will be showcased at CenturyLink Field. 

Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet
When: Thursday, Nov. 15 to Saturday, Nov. 17
Meany Hall for the Performing Arts
1313 N.E. 41st St.
Seattle, WA 98105
(206) 543-4880
Price: Starting at $39

Nancy Walton Laurie, heiress to the Wal-Mart fortune, established Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet in 2003. Luckily for Seattle residents, she’s bringing the talented company to Meany Hall all the way from New York this weekend. Cedar Lake is comprised of several talented dancers, choreographers, costume designers, artistic directors, ballet masters and composers. What sets this dance company apart from its competition is its innovative and fluid routines that combine popular dance, classical ballet and acrobatic movements.

Wicked Tour Seattle
When: Thursday, Nov. 15 to Saturday, Nov. 17
Paramount Theatre
911 Pine St.
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 682-1414
Price: Starting at $106

If you haven’t seen “Wicked,” the iconic Broadway play based on the 1995 book of the same name, you won’t want to miss your chance to catch it at Seattle’s historic Paramount Theatre this weekend. The hit musical provides audiences with untold tales of The Land of Oz by the witches themselves. Show characters include Elphaba, the wicked witch, Glinda the good witch, the Wizard and Madame Morrible, the headmistress.

The Atomic Bombshells
When: Saturday, Nov. 17 
Columbia City Theater
4916 Rainier Ave. S.
Seattle, WA 98118
(206) 722-3009
Price: Starting at $22

Described as “dazzling” by Seattle Weekly, The Atomic Bombshells burlesque troupe originated in the New Orleans French Quarter and were formerly called the Shim Sham Revue. This particular burlesque group has been featured in GQ magazine and on MTV.com. Burlesque events are for adults only, but provide a highly entertaining show filled with pinup-style glamour, jaw-dropping choreography and dancing and sultry music from a variety of generations. The Atomic Bombshells can be seen every Saturday night through November 2012.

35th Annual Festival of Trees
When: Saturday, Nov. 17 to Wednesday, Nov. 28
Where: The Fairmont Olympic Hotel
411 University St. 
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 621-1700
Price: Free – all trees available for pre-purchase or bid

There’s no better way to bring in the holiday season than with heartfelt charity and beautifully decorated seasonal trees. Each year, Christmas trees are decorated with their own themes and set up for display. Every tree is dedicated to a Seattle Children’s patient and the sales from the trees raise funds to help the organization provide medical care to kids around the region whose parents are unable to pay for their care. 

20th Annual Gingerbread Village
When: Tuesday, Nov. 20 through January
Where: Sheraton Seattle Hotel
1400 6th Ave.
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 621-9000
Price: Free- donations benefit JDRF

After your turkey dinners are finished, jump right into the next holiday season by dropping by the Sheraton Hotel. Each year, local architects and members of the Sheraton’s culinary staff team up to create gingerbread works of art. This year, it’s all about fables and magic as the team showcases six “fairytale-inspired castles.” 

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