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Christmas Creep

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Who: Exhumed, Gatecreeper, more
When: 7:30pm Wed., Nov. 27
Cost: $18-$22
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Who: Wild Powwers, Prism Tats, Maneken Hand
When: 8:30pm Fri., Nov. 29
Cost: $8
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What: Structures Anniversary w/Mondo Drag, more
When: 8:30pm Sat., Nov. 30
Cost: $25

Where: Shakedown, 1212 N. State St.
Info: http://www.shakedownbellingham.com

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

I can feel it overtaking me.

It must be said that I’m not trying all that hard to resist the Christmas creep that had me considering digging out my cat’s Santa suit the other day. I’ve taken inventory of my Christmas sweaters already. I’ve watched a Hallmark holiday movie or two. It’s possible I’m watching one right now.

Thus far, however, I’ve managed to totally ignore Christmas carols and all other adjacent holiday music, despite nearly succumbing to an urge to listen to Elvis’ “Blue Christmas” that surely would’ve turned the Christmas creep into a full-on tinsel takeover.

I am no doubt winding down the clock on complete surrender to holiday happenings, but I’d like to use what could be my last gasp to highlight some of the upcoming shows the Shakedown has to offer. They could be enough to stave off the inevitable, at least for another few days. Then it’s nothing but fa la la and ho ho ho.

Ostensibly, the show happening Wed., Nov. 27 at the Shakedown is a co-headlining bill with Exhumed and Gatecreeper. I’m not here to yuck anyone’s yum, but I have a strong feeling the reason this show is going to sell out is because Exhumed’s grindcore/death metal hits Bellingham in one of its known sweet spots. Add to that the band’s on-again, off-again status, which means every Exhumed show could be the last one you’ll see, and they become like our metal boyfriend who just won’t settle into a steady relationship with us. Exhumed’s draw is undeniable, but part of the fun of this show is that all of the other bands—Necrot, Judiciary, and the aforementioned Gatecreeper—have been influenced by them, so listen for the reference points in their music. And in case you missed it when I said it above, this show will sell out, so don’t wait to buy your way in at the door.

It’s no secret that Lupe Flores, drummer for Wild Powwers, is my ride or die. She makes me tacos and gets me to drink ill-advised amounts of tequila. We have matching tattoos. I have been known to want to fight people on her behalf. But Lupe’s not just one of my besties, she’s a Bellingham treasure, one we all watched evolve into a fierce, confident, skilled drummer as part of Sugar Sugar Sugar before she moved to Seattle and on to other musical endeavors. One of those endeavors is Wild Powwers, the band that was formed when Lupe got a job at Hattie’s Hat and met fellow musicians Lara Hilgemann and Jordan Gomes. The band is most often described as being “grunge,” a label they don’t entirely embrace, explaining their music encompasses elements of punk, psychedelia and even surf. With the current resurgence of flannel, baby dresses and Doc Martens, if I were Wild Powwers, I’d take being grunge and run with it. Whatever they are, they’re having the time of their lives, and that comes through very loud and real clear at their shows. They play the Shakedown on Fri., Nov. 29 and they’re bringing Prism Tats and Maneken Hand along with them.

Most breweries commemorate their milestones by brewing a special and often limited batch of beer. It makes sense, so much so that if I owned a brewery I’d do the same. However, as everyone knows by now, I’m allergic to beer, so when a brewery decides to celebrate by booking bands and throwing a show, I am all about it. The generally low-key Structures Brewery is turning four years old, and they want to party about it. To achieve that goal, they’ve booked psych/prog/proto metal band Mondo Drag for a Sat., Nov. 30 anniversary show at the Shakedown. They’ll be joined by label mates Blackwater Holylight, as well as Year of the Cobra. Presumably Structures beer will be on tap at the event and they’ve got some cool anniversary swag for the occasion, so bring your drinking liver, your earplugs and your cash.

Depending on your preferences and proclivities, you might want to hang onto those earplugs. The Christmas carols are coming.

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10:00am|Bellingham Public Market

Deck the Old City Hall

12:00pm|Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall

Giving Tree

9:00am|Village Books

Gilded Winter Art Market

12:00pm|Lux Art Center

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Narnia the Musical

7:30pm|Claire vg Thomas Theatre

Working, A Musical

7:30pm|Performing Arts Center Mainstage

A Christmas Carol

7:30pm| Sylvia Center for the Arts

Blaine Holiday Book Sale

10:00am|Blaine Library

Pacific Arts Market

10:00am|Sunset Square

Holiday Bake and Gift Sale

10:00am|Lynden Community Center

Toys for Tots

10:00am

Holiday Used Book Sale

10:00am|Everson Library

Holiday Tea

11:00am|Willowbrook Manor

Holiday Port Festival

12:00pm|Bellingham Cruise Terminal

Winter wonderland

12:00pm|Outlet Shoppes at Burlington

Olde Fashioned Christmas

5:00pm|Pioneer Park

Holiday Art Walk

6:00pm|Downtown Anacortes

Holiday Make.Sale

6:00pm|Make.Shift Art Space

Honk! The Musical

7:00pm|Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth

Space Trek, Holiday Games

7:30pm|Upfront Theatre

Carols by Candlelight

7:30pm

Skagit Valley Academy of Dance presents The Nutcracker

7:30pm|McIntyre Hall

World Tour with the North Cascades Concert Band

7:30pm

Santa Breakfast

8:30am|Maple Hall

Festival of Trees

9:00am|Bellingham Senior Activity Center

NSEA Work Party

9:00am|Connelly Creek Nature Area

Holiday Book and Gift Sale

10:00am|Ferndale Library

Holiday Open House

10:00am|Morrison Glass Art

Holiday Harbor Lights Festival

10:00am|Blaine

Bellingham Farmers Market

10:00am|Depot Market Square

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Fairhaven Frosty

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Bow Holiday Festival

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Poetry Workshops

10:00am|Mindport Exhibits

Worry Monsters, Trouble in Mind, and Hollow Kingdom

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Family Holiday Fair

11:00am|Port of Anacortes Warehouse

Art Jingle

11:00am|Jansen Art Center

Deck the Halls

11:00am|Northwest Quilt & Fiber Arts Museum

Art Day at MONA

12:00pm|Museum of Northwest Art

Studio Open House

12:00pm

Fairhaven Winterfest

12:00pm|Historic Fairhaven

Holiday Harbor Lights Art Show

12:00pm|Blaine Pavilion

Holiday tea and music

1:00pm|Deming Library

Magic of Christmas

1:00pm|Sedro-Woolley

Fishboy Holiday Show

2:00pm|FishBoy Gallery

Constellations

2:00pm|Bellingham Theatre Guild

Bellingham Jazz

2:00pm|VFW Hall

Holiday Harmony

2:00pm|Mount Vernon Community Center

Champagne Tasting

2:00pm|Seifert & Jones Wine Merchants

Birding for Kids

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3:00pm|Gallery Syre

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5:00pm|Bellingham Sportsplex

Year in Review Reception

5:00pm|Smith & Vallee Gallery

Big Band Bash

5:00pm|Majestic

Lighted Boat Parade

5:30pm|Bellingham Bay

Lighted Christmas Parade

6:00pm|Lynden

Downtown Holiday Festival

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La Conner Lighted Boat Parade

6:00pm|Swinomish Channel

Handel's Messiah

7:00pm|Mount Baker Theatre

A Winter Gift Holiday Celtic Concert

7:00pm|Littlefield Celtic Center

Holiday History Hi-Jinks

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The Coats Holiday Concert

7:00pm|Bellingham High School

Christmas with the King

7:00pm|Firehouse Arts and Events Center

Swing Connection Big Band Holiday Concert

7:00pm|First Baptist Church

Folk Dance Party

7:30pm|Squalicum Yacht Club

Wintersong with Vox Pacifica

7:30pm|First Congregational Church

Walter Trout Band

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Circus Boost Dance Party

8:00pm|Cirque Lab

Salsa Night

9:00pm|Cafe Rumba

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10:00pm|Sylvia Center for the Arts

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10:00am|Sunset Square

Holiday Port Festival

12:00pm|Bellingham Cruise Terminal

Winter wonderland

12:00pm|Outlet Shoppes at Burlington

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5:00pm|Pioneer Park

Honk! The Musical

7:00pm|Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth

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7:30pm

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7:30pm|McIntyre Hall

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7:30pm

Family Holiday Fair

11:00am|Port of Anacortes Warehouse

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12:00pm|Blaine Pavilion

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2:30pm

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Wintersong with Vox Pacifica

7:30pm|First Congregational Church

Langar in Lynden

11:00am| Guru Nanak Gursikh Gurdwara

Silver Tea

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The Gateway Show

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