Dava Sobel, Decemberists, and Purgatorio


Her slim science best seller, Longitude, put her on the publishing map. Now Dava Sobel turns her attention from navigating by stars to The Planets (Viking, $24.95), considering how those closer orbs figure in our myths, culture, and consciousness. 7:30 p.m. Thurs., Oct. 27. $5. Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., 206-652-4255, www.townhallseattle.org. BRIAN MILLER


Who would have guessed that the deliberately archaic-minded rock of the Decemberists would reach critical mass? It's understandable with an album as relentlessly tuneful as the new Picaresque (Kill Rock Stars), though. 8 p.m. Thurs., Oct. 27–Fri., Oct. 28. $15. Showbox, 1426 First Ave., 206-628-3151, www.showboxonline.com. MICHAELANGELO MATOS


The drama of David Esbjornson's first season as artistic director at Seattle Rep continues with the premiere of Ariel Dorfman's Purgatorio. Previews begin 7:30 p.m. Sat., Oct. 29. $15–$46. Seattle Center, 206-443-2222, www.seattlerep.org. And the Chilean-born playwright/activist visits Benaroya Hall. 7:30 p.m. Tues., Nov. 1. $8–$10. 200 University St., www.nextbook.org. LYNN JACOBSON

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