Suffering Gaels

SATURDAY: An excuse to visit Lake Forest Park, and a hot, hot slideshow.



Connect with your inner Irish while enjoying the music of Crumac, which rose from the ashes of the Suffering Gaels. Tom Creegan is a master of the uilleann pipes, Dale Russ has been recognized as one of America's top Irish fiddlers by the Boston College Irish Music Festival, and Finn MacGinty, a native of Coole, County Westmeath, who started playing traditional Irish music while living in Japan, provides guitar and vocals. Third Place Books, Lake Forest Park Towne Centre, 17171 Bothell Way N.E., Lake Forest Park, 366-3333, Free. 7:30 p.m. JOANNE GARRETT


Beethoven's Ninth

Bernstein conducted it at the site of the Berlin Wall to celebrate its fall (changing the word Freude, joy, to Freiheit, freedom, in the choral finale), while Stanley Kubrick used it to reprogram Malcolm McDowell's Alex in A Clockwork Orange. It's the immortal Ninth of Ludwig bloody Van, me droogies, and the Seattle Symphony play it in their traditional New Year's performance. Gerard Schwarz conducts; whether you admire his Beethoven or would describe his way with the composer as a bit of the old ultra- violence, you can't argue with the soloists: tenor Dan Snyder and Seattle Opera familiar faces Jane Eaglen, Nancy Maultsby, and Greer Grimsley. Bach's Cantata No. 91 opens the evening. Benaroya Hall, Third Avenue and Union Street, 215-4747, $15–$89. 7 p.m. Thurs., Dec. 28; 8 p.m. Fri., Dec. 29–Sat., Dec. 30. GAVIN BORCHERT


Magic Lanterns

Power outages tend to freak us out in modern times (and with good reason), but this holiday event at the University of Washington's Burke Museum gives us a glimpse of how 19th-century folks might have kept entertained during one. As precursors to the slide projector, images were projected from glass plates onto a screen using an oil lamp and lens. Thousands of "Magic Lantern Shows" toured the country with travelogues, stories, and mini history lessons. The magic lantern technology, as it were, became obsolete after the invention of film, but the Burke will show six sets of these rare, vintage slides. Along with hand-drawn and tinted slides of the American Civil War and its aftermath, highlights include A Lincoln Travelogue From Quebec to British Columbia in 1905 (with narration from the original traveling lecture) and a collection from Wilson A. Bentley, who captured over 5,000 delicate snowflakes during his lifetime. They'll make you wish for more chances to watch them come down, rather than watching a TV screen. Burke Museum, UW campus, Northeast 45th Street and 17th Avenue Northeast, 543-5590, $5–$8. 10 a.m.–4 p.m. RACHEL SHIMP

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