Fall Arts: Calendar of Events


Through Oct. 20 Austere Beauty: The Art of Z. Vanessa Helder The Washington State native (1904–1968) evolved from watercolor landscapes to Hopperesque urban scenes during her long career. Tacoma Art Museum, tacomaartmuseum.org

Through Oct. 20 Joshua Kohl The local composer bases new work on his father’s poetry. Also on view: Mark Mitchell’s burial costumes. Frye Art Museum, fryemuseum.org

• Through Oct. 27 Patti Warashina: Wit and Wisdom The local master of ceramics receives a 50-year career retrospective. Bellevue Arts Museum, bellevuearts.org

Through Oct. 27 The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection The famed New York collectors gave away most of their trove for the initiative Fifty Works for Fifty States. SAM’s gifts include works by Stephen Antonakos, Sol LeWitt, Terry Winters, Cheryl Laemmle, Robert Mangold, and others. Seattle Art Museum, seattleartmuseum.org

Through Nov. 3 Minimal Art and Its Legacy Works by Richard Serra and others are on view. Seattle Art Museum

• Through Dec. 1 Celluloid Seattle SEE RELATED STORY. Also ongoing are permanent exhibits documenting Seattle’s houseboats and maritime history. Museum of History & Industry, mohai.org

Through Dec. 1 In a Silent Way African-American history and identity are considered in works by Roy deCarava, David Hammons, Carrie Mae Weems, Glenn Ligon, and others. Seattle Art Museum

Through Dec. 31 Sitting for History: Exploring Self-Identity Through Portraiture Over 60 paintings and photographs are on view, with artists ranging from Renoir to Chuck Close. Tacoma Art Museum

• Through Jan. 2014 Rick Araluce: The Minutes, the Hours, the Days In his first solo museum show, the Seattle artist builds immersive sculptural environments with doors, keyholes, thresholds, and other means of guiding the eye. Bellevue Arts Museum

Through April 2014 A Fuller View of China, Japan and Korea Founding director Richard Fuller is honored with selections from SAAM’s permanent collection. Seattle Asian Art Museum, seattleartmuseum.org

Through June 29, 2014 Hometown Boy Contemporary Chinese artist Liu Xiaodong is represented by three decades of painting. Also on view: Inked, a collection of satirical drawings by by Wan Qingli. Seattle Asian Art Museum


• 18 A. Scott Berg The Pulitzer winner discusses his new biography of our 28th president, Wilson. Town Hall, townhallseattle.org

• 18 Neko Case The Americana songwriter’s latest release, The Worse Things Get, the Harder I Fight, the Harder I Fight, the More I Love You, is rumored to be her best. The Paramount, stgpresents.org

18 Ivar’s Seafood Cookbook The iconic Seattle restaurants’ chefs reveal their secrets. University Book Store, bookstore.washington.edu

18 David George Gordon The bug chef explains what makes edible insects the food of the future. Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, burkemuseum.org

• 18 Thomas Keneally The author of Schindler’s List brings his new WWI novel The Daughter of Mars. Elliott Bay Book Co., elliottbaybook.com

• 18 Timothy Egan New in paperback, his Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher relates the life of Seattle photographer Edward S. Curtis. (Also: Nov. 7 at Kirkland’s Parkplace Books.) Elliott Bay Book Co.

18–Oct. 13 She’s Come Undone Book-It’s new adaptation of Wally Lamb’s novel. Center House Theatre, book-it.org

• 19 Seattle Symphony An all-Ravel program; pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet plays his two spicy concertos. Benaroya Hall, seattlesymphony.org

19 Scott Berkun The author of The Year Without Pants discusses his insights about creativity and leadership. Town Hall

19 Robert McNamara He reads from Incomplete Strangers: Poems. University Book Store

19 Sudhir Venkatesh His new Floating City journeys through New York’s underground economy. Elliott Bay Book Co.

• 19–20 The National Whether you find them delightful or boring, they’ve been called both, and two dates are scheduled for their tour in support of their sixth album, Trouble Will Find Me. Paramount

• 19–22 El Año en Que Naci Lola Arias looks back at Chile’s Pinochet era via personal memorabilia. On the Boards, ontheboards.org

20 Peter Doherty The Nobel laureate discusses Their Fate Is Our Fate and Pandemics. Town Hall

20 R. Gregory Nokes The Oregonian writer will discuss his recent Breaking Chains, which explores the history of racism in Oregon and the West. Elliott Bay Book Co.

20 Charles Johnson The retired UW professor and author reads Sri Chinmoy’s The Jewels of Happiness. University Book Store

20–21 The Dream of the Golden Clown The China National Acrobatic Troupe’s jaw-dropping acrobatic performance. McCaw Hall, pnb.org

• 20–Oct. 16 Northwest Focus Over a dozen lens artists are featured. Photo Center NW, pcnw.org

21 Family Fun Day: Mizu Sigimura Make grandpa and grandma kokeshi dolls with this local artist to celebrate the Japanese holiday Keiro no Hi (Respect for Elders). Wing Luke Museum, wingluke.org

21 Caspar Babypants His latest, Baby Beatles, proves you’re never too young to discover them. Town Hall

21 Minidoka: An American Concentration Camp Teresa Tamura shares from her book about the illegal World War II relocation of 120,000 Japanese and Japanese-Americans. Wing Luke Museum

21 Dawg Daze Comedy Show Laughs to kick off the UW academic year. Meany Hall, meany.org

21–Jan. 5 David Hartt In Stray Light, the photographer chronicles African-American history through its own media, including images and recreations of the publishing offices of Jet and Ebony magazines. (Also on view: the stark, black-and-white photographs of Ray K. Metzker.) Henry Art Gallery, henryart.org

22 Ann Fisher-Wirth The editor of The Ecopoetry Anthology reads American poetry about nature and the environment. Elliott Bay Book Co.

23 Lucy Moore & Alice Shorett Two environmental mediators share their stories. Town Hall

23 Bill Mckibben The author of Oil and Honey shares his life story as an unlikely activist. Town Hall

23 Ramez Naam His sci-fi novel Crux tells of a war between humans and post-humans. University Book Store

24 Patricia Churchland The author of Touching a Nerve shares her knowledge about our brains. Town Hall

24 George Johnson Author of The Cancer Chronicles, he discusses his own struggles with the Big C. University Book Store

24 Ivan Doig He’ll read from his newest Montana-set novel, Sweet Thunder, packed with greed and corruption (Also: Town Hall, October 24.) Seattle Central Library, spl.org

25 Hazel Rose Markus & Alana Conner The co-authors of Clash! reveal the secrets to bridge cultural conflicts. Town Hall

• 25 Twyla Tharp The iconic American choreographer discusses and rehearses her latest creation, Waiting at the Station, part of her Air Twyla week running at PNB from Sept. 27–Oct. 6. SEE RELATED STORY. McCaw Hall, pnb.org

• 25 Christopher Parker The UW professor and author of Change They Can’t Believe In discusses the political connection between the Tea Party and the 19th-century Know-Nothing Party. University Book Store

25 An Experiment in Design Production: The Enduring Birds of iittala This open-ended show features wood ducks and other creations by Finnish artist Oiva Tokkia. (Also on view: Chihuly’s Irish Cylinders, with motifs inspired by James Joyce’s Ulysses.) Museum of Glass, museumofglass.org

25 Dane Cook Love him or hate him, the popular comic will probably fill the hall. The Paramount

25–Oct. 26 Hello Darlin’s: Mom’s Got Something to Tell You! Josephine Howell’s solo show relates the life of iconic comedian “Moms” Mabley. Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute, langstoninstitute.org

• 26 Peter Bagge The famed local cartoonist has created Woman Rebel: The Margaret Sanger Story, about the founder of Planned Parenthood. Town Hall

• 26 Norman Rush The award-winning novelist will discuss his newest and highly anticipated novel Subtle Bodies. Elliott Bay Book Co.

26 L.E. Modesitt, Jr. He reads and signs his new novel The One-Eyed Man. University Book Store

26 Kristine Matthews The UW faculty member gives a talk on “Works in Space.” Henry Art Gallery

• 26 Wayne Horvitz The local jazz eminence is joined by Trio Pardalote and pianist Cristina Valdes. Cornish College of the Arts, cornish.edu

• 26–29 The Fall Kick-Off + Big Bang! Velocity is turning the usual structure on its head, opening this run with a performance-art blowout on Thursday, then presenting three nights highlighting Seattle’s contemporary-dance community. As always, the mixed bills are a chance to catch up with favorite artists and meet new talent—the party should be a great introduction to a season packed with kinetic energy. SANDRA KURTZ Velocity Dance Center, velocitydancecenter.org

26–Oct. 31 Campfire Spooky stories, improvised. Unexpected Productions Market Theater, unexpectedproductions.org

• 26–Dec. 5 Ride the Night SAM’s Annual Film Noir Series begins with Alan Ladd in This Gun for Hire. The Thursday-night retrospective continues with titles including M, Kiss Me Deadly, and The Lady From Shanghai. Seattle Art Museum

27 Robin Layton The photographer discusses Hoop: The American Dream, with images of the most revered basketball players of our time. Elliott Bay Book Co.

27 W. Thomas Porter He’ll discuss his history of UW football, Go Huskies!. University Book Store

27 Don Jon Joseph Gordon-Levitt has a porn addiction, which is hurting his chances with Scarlett Johansson. Opens wide

• 27–Oct. 3 Local Sightings Film Festival Over a dozen features from around the Northwest are screened at this annual showcase for regional cinema. Northwest Film Forum, nwfilmforum.org

27–Oct. 3 Our Nixon Home movies made inside the White House reveal a new portrait of Tricky Dick. Grand Illusion, grandillusioncinema.org

27–Oct. 3 Blue Caprice The infamous DC snipers of 2002 are dramatized in this creepy new thriller. SIFF Cinema Uptown, siff.net

• 27–Oct. 3 Local Sightings Film Festival The annual showcase for indies from the greater Pacific Northwest. Northwest Film Forum, nwfilmforum.org

• 27–Oct. 6 Air Twyla Twyla Tharp’s back as PNB’s first official artist in residence. She’s been in the studio since last winter, buffing up the repertory and crafting new works. With Waiting at the Station, she returns to American vernacular music (this time a score by New Orleans R&B artist Allen Toussaint), which has fueled some of her most interesting dances over a career full of amazing things. Famously private about rehearsals, she’ll make Waiting a surprise for everyone at its premiere, where it joins a new-to-us staging of her Brief Fling and the return of Nine Sinatra Songs. SK McCaw Hall, pnb.org

27–Oct. 20 The Servant of Two Masters Carlo Goldoni’s (1707–1793) greatest hit comedy. Seattle Repertory Theatre, seattlerep.org

27–Oct. 20 Broke-ology Seattle Public Theater prssents Nathan Louis Jackson’s family drama. Bathhouse Theater, seattlepublictheater.org

28 Maria Villafrance The visiting scholar gives a lecture on artistic practice. Wing Luke Museum

28 Belly Dance Off! A live-music belly-dance competition with real-time feedback from expert judges. Club Hollywood, clubhollywood.ee

28 John Hamilton The Ballard writer reads from his debut novel, Hell Called Ohio. Elliott Bay Book Co.

28 Orchestra Seattle/Seattle Chamber Singers Wagner, Strauss, Ravel, and more—including a new work from composer Carol Sams—marks the debut concert of music director Clinton Smith. First Free Methodist Church, osscs.org

28 The Byrd Ensemble Choral music for 40 and 60 voices: not merely that many singers, but that many separate parts. St. Joseph Parish, byrdensemble.com

29 Linda Ronstadt She recently disclosed her Parkinson’s disease, which the iconic singer addresses in her new memoir, Simple Dreams. Town Hall

29 Steve Earle & The Dukes The rousing singer/songwriter who named his son after Townes Van Zandt stops through on his Low Highway tour. Paramount

29 Club Shostakovich Trio Pardalote is slowly playing through Shostakovich’s 15 string quartets. They’re halfway through. SEE RELATED STORY. Kenyon Hall, triopardalote.com

• 30 Nicholson Baker The masterful miniaturist returns to old characters in his description-thick new novel Traveling Sprinkler. Town Hall

30 Amit Chaudhuri He shares from Calcutta: Two Years in the City. Seattle Asian Art Museum


1 Eric Schlosser Command and Control looks at loose nukes. Seattle Central Library

1 Nicholas Sparks The author of The Notebook returns with The Longest Ride. Will there be a Hollywood adaptation with Ryan Gosling? Seattle film gadfly Warren Etheredge will ask him just that question Town Hall

1–4 50 Heartbreaks (and I’m Still in Love with You-kraine) Jenna Bean Veatch and Nadia Tarnawsky’s dance/theater hybrid mixes love and history. Annex Theatre, annextheatre.org

1–31 Revealed: In Search of Bruce Lee A walking tour of the ID in search of the late kung fu icon. Hing Hay Park, wingluke.org

• 1–Nov. 17 Earshot Jazz Festival The highlight of the year’s jazz calendar, celebrating its 25th anniversary. Boldface names include Bill Frisell, Philip Glass, and John Scofield. A separate film series is also set for Northwest Film Forum (Oct. 18–24). Various venues, earshot.org.

2 Jamie McGuire reads and signs her new novel Red Hill. University Book Store

2–19 The Taming Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew is turned into a Southern-set political farce. Arts West, artwest.org

• 3 First Thursday Art Walk All the galleries in and around Pioneer Square are open late. firstthursdayseattle.com

3 Our Roots Are Showing: Voices of Black Men Short plays and other texts are read. Northwest African-American Museum, naamnw.org

3 Das Oboe Trio Self-explanatory (we assume). They’ll premiere several works for this unusual combo. Chapel Performance Space

• 3 Martin Short From his early days on SCTV, creating the indelible characters Ed Grimley and Jackie Rogers Jr., this veteran funnyman has a genius for spoofing the business we call show, affectionately laughing at the foibles on both sides of the footlights. The Paramount

• 3–5 Axis Dance Company The work that Judith Smith and her crew of mixed-ability movement artists present is the opposite of what critic Arlene Croce has called ??victim art.” The goal is to make compelling choreography for the variety of performers in the ensemble, whatever their skills and limitations. Here, a wheelchair is as important for its aesthetic potential as for its basic function—extending possibilities for the artist in it, no matter who they are. SK Meany Hall, uwworldseries.org

3–18 Black Cloud The Crucible meets improv. Jet City Improv, jetcityimprov.com

3–31 Robin Crookall The local photographer makes tableaux with taxidermy in Wear the Fox Hat. Gallery4Culture, 4culture.org

3–Nov. 2 Izzie Klingels She’ll show new work in Playing Games and create art in-situ on the gallery walls. M.I.A Gallery, m-i-a-gallery.com

3–Nov. 16 Deborah Butterfield She creates large sculptures of horses and other natural forms. Greg Kucera Gallery, gregkucera.com

4 Margaret Atwood She finishes a trilogy with MaddAddam. Town Hall

• 4 Laura Veirs The quintessential Pacific Northwest singer/songwriter recently released Warp and Weft. Tractor, tractortavern.com

• 4 Gravity Everyone is excited to see Sandra Bullock lost in space with George Clooney. Alfonso Cuarón’s new 3-D film has great festival buzz. Opens wide

4 Jacqueline Carey Her new novel is Autumn Bones. University Book Store

4–6 I’M/MIGRATION Playwrights Yussef El Guindi and Chad Goller, among others, explore issues of movement, identity, belonging, and home. Youth Theatre Northwest, youththeatre.org

4–10 Parkland Zac Efron and others get caught up in the assassination of JFK. Sundance Cinemas, sundancecinemas.com

4–13 Seattle South Asian Film Festival Among a dozen-plus features and docs, the director Mira Nair is hoped to attend for her The Reluctant Fundamentalist. SIFF Film Center and other venues, tasveer.org

• 4–20 Spectrum Dance Theater Donald Byrd starts his second decade at the company with his same usual intensity. Spectrum opens its fall season with his take on George Balanchine’s Prodigal Son. But the real excitement might be the revival of his controversial 1991 The Minstrel Show (in a Nov. 8 workshop before a February run). This radical work placed Byrd in the critical spotlight when he examined this discredited old theatrical idiom. You’ll see why. Madrona Dance Center, spectrumdance.org

4–26 Cannibal! The Musical! Written by those South Park guys, the comedy revue is a fun Halloween season choice. Unexpected Productions

4–26 Mirror Images The premiere of Scott Timmons’ mother/daughter drama. Downstage Theatre, playwrights-theatre.org

4–Nov. 3 Sugar Daddies Alan Ayckbourn’s 2003 black comedy has its U.S. premiere. ACT Theatre, acttheatre.org

5 Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra To open their season, favorites from past concerts. Benaroya Hall, srjo.org

5 Music Northwest Bartok, Beethoven, Stravinsky, and more on this chamber series. Olympic Recital Hall, musicnorthwest.org

5 Choral Arts Music in praise of the Virgin. Various venues, choralarts.org

5–6 Clarinettissimo Sean Osborn’s annual minifestival, with recitals, vendors, and master classes. Seattle Pacific University, osbornmusic.com

6 Speakeasy Series: The Engendering Project Join a roundtable discussion among various artists about gender fluidity and creative arts. Velocity Dance Center

6 Gayle Forman She reads from her new novel Just One Year. University Book Store

6 Father John Misty Formerly known as J. Tillman, drummer of the Fleet Foxes, he performs new music. The Moore

• 6 Norman Rush The veteran novelist scores again with Subtle Bodies. Eagle Harbor Book Co., eagleharborbooks.com

• 6 Byron Schenkman and Friends The expert keyboardist, a longtime Seattle favorite, explores his favorite chamber music in this new series, launching with Beethoven. Benaroya Recital Hall, byronschenkman.com

7 Matthew J. Kirby The Lost Kingdom is his new adventure/mystery novel. University Book Store

• 7 Salman Rushdie The reviews weren’t kind for his fictionalized memoir Joseph Anton: A Memoir (new in paperback), but he’s an erudite and witty speaker on any subject, including his own eventful life. Town Hall

8 Mark Lanegan The former Screaming Trees frontman’s latest is Imitations. The Neptune

8 Theron Humphrey The photographer captured his experiences on a cross-country trip and chronicled them in his book Maddie on Things: A Super Serious Project About Dogs and Physics. University Book Store

9 Jesmyn Ward The author of Salvage the Bones recounts the losses of five men in her life in rural Mississippi. Town Hall

9–13 The Wizard of Oz With all the old songs by Arlen and Harburg and new ones by Rice and Lloyd Webber. The Paramount

10 Donald Levering discusses and signs his new book Algonquins Planted Salmon. University Book Store

10 Speakeasy Series: Boom Pow! Comics, Gender + Movement Discussions of comic superheroes and gender stereotypes. Velocity Dance Center

• 10 & 12 Seattle Symphony After a self-financed debut recording that came out of nowhere to stun critics, and a recent thoroughly successful collaboration with roots singer Tift Merritt, pianist Simone Dinnerstein arrives to play Mozart’s limpid Piano Concerto no. 23. Benaroya Hall, seattlesymphony.org

10–13 Heather Kravas Her dance piece the quartet is “a cult, an essence, a machine, a snowflake, a Utopia, and a quotation mark.” On the Boards

10–13 Social Justice Film Festival Over 60 titles will be screened, mostly documentaries, plus a visit from Sister Helen Prejean, played by Sudan Sarandon in Dead Man Walking. Cinerama and other venues, socialjusticefilmfestival.org

• 10–13 Chamber Dance Company As elsewhere in our culture, gender has been a topic of animated conversation in the dance world. Hannah Wiley’s programming for In-Gender lays out a variety of positions on the subject. During the early part of the last century, modernist choreographer Doris Humphrey gave us the ideal female in Air for the G String and a history lesson in Shakers. By the end of that millennium, choreographers like Zvi Gotheiner (Brazilian Duets) and Doug Varone (Possession) have a much more slippery relationship with boys and girls. In between is Twyla Tharp, striding forward as always, as she breaks down our expectations of what men and women want in The Fugue. SK Meany Hall, meany.org

• 10–20 Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival Parties, music, and even stage performances attend this celebration of queer cinema, this year including documentary tributes to Divine and Moms Mabley. Multiple venues, threedollarbillcinema.org

11 Machete Kills You don’t need more than the title to sell this bloody sequel, again pairing director Robert Rodriguez with Danny Trejo, the Charles Bronson of our fallen times. Opens wide

• 11 Malcolm Gladwell Seattle Arts & Lectures presents the prolific New Yorker journalist and author of the new David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants. Town Hall, lectures.org

• 11 Captain Phillips Tom Hanks stars as the captain of a cargo ship seized by Somali pirates. It’s a true story, directed by Paul Greengrass (of all the Bourne movies), so it gets our vote. Opens wide

• 11 Andre Dubus III & Nicole Hardy Dubus (House of Sand and Fog) and Hardy (Confessions of a Latter-Day Virgin) will talk about their books with former SW scribe Claire Dederer (of the memoir Poser). SEE RELATED STORY. Town Hall

11 Overseas is the name of Pedro the Lion’s David Bazan’s side project with Will Johnson and Matt and Bubba Kadane. Neumos

• 11 Andras Schiff This acclaimed pianist is challenging Glenn Gould’s ownership of Bach’s Goldberg Variations. Benaroya Hall, seattlesymphony.org

11–12 Seattle Sings 27 choirs from near and far in this inaugural festival. St. Mark’s Cathedral, seattlesings.org

11–17 Escape From Tomorrow A family vacation goes eerily awry at Disney World, where the story was covertly filmed without permission, which makes us like it all the more. Sundance Cinemas

11–Nov. 2. Philip Govedare He presents new landscape paintings in Distant Places. Francine Seders Gallery, sedersgallery.com

• 11–Nov. 24 Cafe Nordo Reprising their inaugural innovative dinner-plus-theater show, “The Modern American Chicken.” Washington Hall, cafenordo.com

12 Seattle Baroque Orchestra Opening the Early Music Guild’s season with virtuoso sonatas from both sides of the Alps. Town Hall, earlymusicguild.org

12–13 Auburn Symphony Beethoven and Tchaikovsky with pianist Mark Salman. Auburn Performing Arts Center, auburnsymphony.org

12–Nov. 2 The Bacchae GreenStage’s “Hard Bard” series (classics with the gore turned up to 11) goes Greek with Euripdes’ tragedy. Stage One Theatre at North Seattle Community College, greenstage.org

• 13 Richard Dawkins The ardent skeptic and scientist has written an autobiography, An Appetite for Wonder. Town Hall

13 Greg Brown The folky singer/songwriter returns on the heels of his wife, Iris DeMent, who performed here in March. Triple Door, thetripledoor.net

13 Don McLean You know you know all the words. Sing along to “American Pie” with the rest of the crowd. Snoqualmie Casino, snocasino.com

14 Tom Standage The author of Writing on the Wall shares his insights on modern social media and historical ways of sharing information. Town Hall

14 Alexis Ohanian The Reddit.com co-founder and author of Without Their Permission shares his ideas about using the Internet to do great business. Town Hall

14 Graeme Simsion reads and signs his novel The Rosie Project. University Book Store

14 Robert K. Elder The Chicago film critic discusses his The Best Film You’ve Never Seen, featuring left-field picks from the likes of Danny Boyle and Peter Bogdanovich. Grand Illusion

• 15 Emerson String Quartet Paul Watkins is the group’s new cellist; on this annual visit, they’re joined by UW pianist Craig Sheppard for Shostakovich. Meany Hall, uwworldseries.org

15–Nov. 3 Anything Goes This production of Cole Porter’s classic won a Tony for Best Musical Revival. 5th Avenue Theatre, 5thavenue.org

• 16 King Khan & the Shrines The German-based psych garage band recently released Idle No More. Neumos

16 Arielle and Joann Eckstut These interior designers discuss The Secret of Color. University Book Store

16 Stephen Dunn The Pulitzer-winning poet reads new verse. Presented by Seattle Arts & Lectures. ACT Theatre

16 Martin Schoeller He takes huge color portraits of subjects including Barack Obama, Angelina Jolie, and George Clooney in Close Up. Over 50 images will be on view. End date pending. EMP Museum, empmuseum.org

16–27 The Real Inspector Hound The UW School of Drama presents Tom Stoppard’s murder-mystery parody. Jones Playhouse, depts.washington.edu/uwdrama

17 Edwidge Danticat The best-selling author of Brother returns with her new Claire of the Sea Light. Town Hall

17 Gordon Orians The UW professor emeritus of biology discusses and signs his North Pacific Temperate Rainforests. University Book Store

• 17–Jan. 5 Peru: Kingdoms of the Sun and the Moon SAM exhibits sculpture, metalwork, painting, and textiles from 3,000 years extending from pre-Columbian times into the 20th century. Seattle Art Museum

18 The Avett Brothers The tireless tour hounds return to Seattle after last year’s Rick Rubin-produced The Carpenter. Key Arena

18 Brenda Cooper reads and signs The Diamond Deep. University Book Store

• 18 All Is Lost Robert Redford goes sailing, then sinks and tries to survive in this new one-man drama from J.C. Chandor (Margin Call). Opens wide

18 Affect & Audience in the Digital Age A seminar that explores the arts of digital meditation in contemporary poetry. Henry Art Gallery

• 18 Seattle Symphony The [untitled] series, late-night new-music concerts (the best idea the SSO’s had in years), opens with music by John Zorn and more. Benaroya Hall

18 Carrie Yes, it’s a remake of the 1976 Carrie, based on Stephen King’s novel, this time with Chloë Grace Moretz (Kick Ass) as the teen with supernatural powers and Julianne Moore as her horrid, resentful mother. Opens wide

• 18–19 Cornish Opera Theater The greatest French baroque playwright and composer, Molière and Lully, collaborated on the satirical Le bourgeois gentilhomme. Cornish Playhouse at Seattle Center, cornish.edu

18–26 Seattle Women’s Chorus On their Halloween concert, music from Bach and Wicked. St. Mark’s Cathedral, flyinghouse.org

19–Nov. 2 Night of the Living Dead One of the creepiest movies ever made becomes children’s theater. Edgy! Youth Theatre Northwest, youththeatre.org.

18–Nov. 17 Bo-Nita Elizabeth Heffron explores Midwest working-class life with a touch of magical realism SEE RELATED STORY. Seattle Repertory theatre, seattlerep.org

19 Poetry Reading Work by visiting poets Matthew Zapruder, Matthew Dickman, and Dorothea Lasky. Henry Art Gallery

19 Welladay! Welladay! New songs from the exquisite and off-kilter mind of composer Byron AuYong. Chapel Performance Space

19–Nov. 2 Seattle Opera Donizetti’s comedy The Daughter of the Regiment is a fave vehicle for an acrobatic tenor, here Lawrence Brownlee. McCaw Hall, seattleopera.org

19–Dec. 15 Tambourine Submarine Recess Monkey stars in Teatro ZinZanni’s all-new family music/circus show. Teatro ZinZanni, dreams.zinzanni.org

19–Jan. 26 Jason Dodge For his show What We Have Done, the sculptor employs ordinary household material like copper pipe and pillows. Also on view: A large sculptural installation made of Venetian blinds by the Korean-born artist Haegue Yang (through Feb. 9). Henry Art Gallery

20 Onyx Chamber Ensemble Music for piano and strings, including a brief piece by a very young Mahler. First Church Seattle, onyxchamberplayers.com

• 20 Adam Carolla The reliable funnyman will be taping one of his typically discursive and grouchy podcasts. The Neptune

20–21 12 Minutes Max OTB’s periodic showcase of new short works. On the Boards

21 Sara Farizan reads and signs her new book If You Could Be Mine. University Book Store

22 Stephen Jimenez The award-winning journalist and writer signs The Book of Matt, which reveals the hidden truths about the murder of Matthew Shepard. University Book Store

22 Garth Knox Updating the repertory for the baroque viola d’amore. Meany Hall, music.washington.edu

22 Robin Kimmerer signs and reads her new book Braiding Sweetgrass. Burke Museum

23 Jo Baker In Longbourn, she reimagines Pride and Prejudice from the downstairs point of view. University Book Store

23–27 French Cinema Now Crime, adultery, and generous dollops of nudity can be expected. SIFF Cinema Uptown

23–Nov. 24 Red Light Winter & 25 Saints Two plays running in repertory from theater troupe Azeotrope. ACT Theatre, azotheatre.org

24 UW Symphony Beethoven’s Seventh, plus a Hindemith ballet. Meany Hall, music.washington.edu

24 Mark Helprin His sweeping new novel is In Sunlight and in Shadow. Town Hall

24–27 Gregory Vuyani Maqoma In Exit/Exist, performed by his Vuyani Dance Theatre, live music from South African vocal ensemble Complete helps tell the tale of a 19th-century Xhosa chief. On the Boards

24–Dec. 15 Holly Andres The Portland photographer creates eerie, staged domestic scenes in The Homecoming. Photo Center NW

25 Fall Open House Celebrate Henry Art Gallery’s current exhibitions with live music, drinks, and art. Henry Art Gallery

25 Mariza The Portuguese fado superstar performs. Meany Hall, uwworldseries.org

25 Lake Union Chamber Orchestra Favorites by Britten: his Four Sea Interludes and Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra. Town Hall, luco.org

25 Northwest Symphony Guess who else is playing the Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra tonight? Highline Performing Arts Center, Burien, northwestsymphonyorchestra.org

25 Pacific MusicWorks English vocal music from Dowland to Britten. First Baptist Church, pacificmusicworks.org

25–31 Tiger Eyes OMG! It’s the Judy Blume-approved movie adaptation of her novel! Northwest Film Forum

26 Seattle Philharmonic Music for Halloween, including Bernard Herrmann’s Concerto Macabre, written for the 1945 film melodrama Hangover Square, in which Laird Cregar, playing crazed composer George Harvey Bone, becomes obsessed with Linda Darnell . . . oh, never mind. Cool piece, though. Benaroya Hall, seattlephil.org

26 Tudor Choir English church music from across the centuries. Blessed Sacrament Church, tudorchoir.org

26 Seattle Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra Opening its season with some ravishing Berlioz and spiky Stravinsky. Chapel Performance Space, seattlemetropolitanchamberorchestra.com

• 26 & 30 The Met: Live in HD Another season of broadcasts from NYC features Shostakovich’s surreally irreverent The Nose. Various venues, metopera.org

27 McCaw Hall Day of Celebration Has it been 10 years already? McCaw Hall, mccawhall.com

28–Nov. 7 The Best of National Theatre Live Hamlet, Othello, and a Kenneth Branagh Macbeth will be presented. SIFF Cnema Uptown

• 29 William Todd Schultz He talks with handsome SW editor-in-chief Mark Baumgarten about Torment Saint, his new biography of rock star Elliott Smith. Town Hall

30 Darrin McMahon The historian (Divine Fury) shares his insights on the concept of genius. Town Hall

• 30 Simon Winchester The erudite Brit, who lives in the U.S., talks about his The Men Who United the States: America’s Explorers, Inventors, Eccentrics and Mavericks, at the Creation of One Nation, Indivisible. Seattle Central Library

30–31 Seattle Symphony: Psycho A screening of Hitchcock’s thriller with the Bernard Herrmann score played live. Everybody sing along: REET! REET!! REET!!! Benaroya Hall

30–Nov. 3 Peter and the Starcatcher A Peter Pan prequel. The Moore, stgpresents.org.

31–Nov. 2 MOMIX Botanica is this dance-illusionist troupe’s paean to the wonders of nature. Meany Hall, uwworldseries.org


• 1 Garfunkel & Oates Music and comedy from actresses Kate Micucci and Riki Lindhome. The Neptune

1 Luis Gutierrez reads from Still Dreaming: My Journey from the Barrio to Capitol Hill. Town Hall

1–2 Seattle Symphony Aside from “The Stars and Stripes Forever,” when does a piccolo player ever get the spotlight? Tonight, the SSO’s Zartouhi Dombourian-Eby plays a Vivaldi concerto. Benaroya Hall

2 Mike Doughty is a singer/songwriter/guitar player/poet/author/playwright/photographer. The Neptune

2 Gallery Concerts Meg Brennand, Page Smith, and Nathan Whittaker tag-team on all six Bach cello suites, plus some Boccherini. Queen Anne Christian Church, galleryconcerts.org

2–Feb. 2 Franz von Stuck Over 150 works are promised, both on loan and from the museum’s considerable collection of the German painter (1863–1928). Frye Art Museum

3 Buddy Guy The award-winning bluesman supports his latest release, Rhythm & Blues. Snoqualmie Casino

3 Circuit Training With Lacy Draper Part museum tour, part boot camp. Enjoy an active session that will exercise your body and mind. Henry Art Gallery

3 Día de los Muertos Celebrate the cycle of life with art-making, performances, and exhibitions. Tacoma Art Museum

3 Short Stories Live Tales of horror and mystery by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Town Hall

3 & 9 Cornish Dance Theater Choreography by Salthorse in these site-specific performances. Various venues, cornish.edu

3–March 2 Vanishing Ice: Alpine and Polar Landscapes in Art 1775–2012 Over 70 intenational artists are represented with landscape paintings and photos, including Frank Hurley, who documented the ill-fated Shackleton expedition to Antarctica. Whatcom Museum, whatcommuseum.org

4 Samba Dance Class It’s Carnival in November: Learn samba, samba-reggae, marcatu, and more. Fremont Abbey Arts Center, fremontabbey.org

4 Iron and Wine With special guest Laura Mvula. The Paramount

• 5 Billy Collins The charismatic and ever-popular poet reads his verse. Town Hall

5 Jason Vanhee He reads from Engines of the Broken World. University Book Store

• 5 Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell The acclaimed singer and songwriter, respectively, perform with another luminary, guitarist Richard Thompson. Benaroya Hall

5 Garland Jeffreys & Lincoln Barr of Red Jacket Mine The New York–based singer/songwriter and friend of Lou Reed will perform cuts from his latest release, The King of In Between. Triple Door, thetripledoor.net

• 5 Craig Sheppard His ongoing series of Brahms’ piano music winds down with . . . Schumann. Meany Hall, music.washington.edu

5–6 Steve Smith and Vital Information The Pacific Jazz Institute welcomes the return of drummer Steve Smith and his band. Jazz Alley, jazzalley.com

6 Of Montreal The Georgia-based band plays with local all-girl band La Luz. Neumos, neumos.com

• 6 Enso String Quartet Verdi tossed off his tasty but neglected string quartet as a lark during rehearsals for Aida. Town Hall

6 Garfield High School Jazz Band Award-winning director Clarence Acox leads this acclaimed group. Triple Door

• 6 Garrison Keillor The radio staple and creator of Lake Wobegon brings his droll delivery. Elliott Bay Book Co.

6 Llyn De Danaan She reads from her Katie Gale: A Coast Salish Woman’s Life on Oyster Bay. University Book Store

6–10 Neverwhere A stage adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s novel about the dark world beneath the city of London. Cornish Playhouse at Seattle Center

7 The Moth StorySlam The nonprofit dedicated to the art of storytelling comes to Seattle. Bring a five-minute story to share. Fremont Abbey Arts Center, fremontabbey.org

• 7 First Thursday Art Walk All the galleries in and around Pioneer Square await your visit. firstthursdayseattle.com

7 André Watts Scarlatti, Ligeti, and Beethoven’s “Appassionata” from this pianist. Meany Hall, uwworldseries.org

7 In the Land of Rain and Salmon Book-It takes you into the lives of early Jewish pioneers in Washington state. Nordic Heritage Museum, nordicmuseum.org

7 Alexa Hampton This top designer shares the development process of eight amazing homes in her book Decorating in Detail. Seattle Design Center, seattledesigncenter.com

• 7–9 Seattle Symphony Mahler’s symphonies were a Gerard Schwarz specialty, so Ludovic Morlot’s backed off from them a bit—but here’s the tragic Sixth, preluded by Boulez’s knotty Notations. Benaroya Hall

• 7–10 Barsuk 15 Barsuk Records celebrates 15 years with Menomena, Maps & Atlases, Yellow Ostrich, and Cymbals Eat Guitars at venues around town. Various locations, barsuk.com

7–27 John Feodorov His Emergence is a multimedia consideration of the Navajo creation myth. Gallery4Culture

7–30 Naturama and Le Petite Singerie New works by Marco Mazzoni and Lindsey Carr. Roq La Rue Gallery, roqlarue.com

• 7–Dec. 14 Sofie Knijff In Translations, the photographer juxtaposes international images of children posing as the heroes they hope to be. M.I.A. Gallery

7–Jan. 5 Les Misérables Village Theatre dreams a dream of making a fortune over the holidays. Village Theatre

• 8 Hausu (House) This 1977 Japanese fairy tale/horror movie has become a cult classic. It’s like Douglas Sirk on acid. Henry Art Gallery

8 Global Dance Party Contemporary dance from many cultures from DANCE this. The Moore

8 Stefan Sagmeister A lecture by the Austrian-born designer and typographer. Seattle Central Library

8 Mateo Messina This Seattle-born film composer annually packs the house for his homecoming fundraiser concert for Children’s Hospital. Benaroya Hall, symphonyguild.org

8 Thor: The Dark World The big Nordic comic-book lug (Chris Hemsworth) with the big hammer returns. Natalie Portman is among his less-muscled co-stars. Opens wide

8–9 Leroy Bell & His Only Friends Introducing his sixth CD, Bell embraces soul, R&B, blues, rock, and folk. Triple Door

8–9 185 Buddhas Walk Into a Bar Amanda Rountree’s improv solo show. Unexpected Productions

8–10 Best of Northwest The annual arts-and-craft show features dozens upon dozens of local artisans. Expect lots of beads. Magnuson Park, nwartalliance.com

8–14 Harry Dean Stanton The iconic character actor is the subject of a new documentary. Northwest Film Forum

9 NWDC Presents: Lynn Di Nino Workshop: Birdhouses as Sculptures Make a quirky birdhouse from household objects. Bellevue Arts Museum

9 Poets West Readings by local writers Scott Galasso, David Mathews, and Athenia Nation. Green Lake Branch Library, spl.org

9 Seattle Rock Orchestra performs Pink Floyd Dark Side of the Moon complete, and much more. The Moore

9 Hmong New Year Celebrate the Hmong arts and culture at this festive cultural celebration. Seattle Center, seattlecenter.org

9 Peter and Zoltan Katona The Seattle Classic Guitar Society presents this duo. Benaroya Recital Hall

9 Caution! Fragile. Irish Glass: Tradition in Transition This open-ended show features work by Róisín de Buitléar and her peers. Museum of Glass

• 9–17 Kylian + Pite PNB shows a progressive side to its dance programming with new works from modernist choreographers Jiri Kylian and Crystal Pite. McCaw Hall, pnb.org

10 Music of Remembrance Branching into dance as Betty Olivero’s suite for the 1920 silent film The Golem is choreographed by Pat Hon. Benaroya Hall, musicofremembrance.org

10 Island of Hope Living Voices uses theater, video, and live interaction to tell the story of a family escaping oppression in Russia at the turn of the 20th century. Nordic Heritage Museum

10 Vanessa Carlton Return to the early aughts with hits like “A Thousand Miles” and “Ordinary Day.” Triple Door

• 10 Octava Chamber Orchestra Equally devoted to music of the 18th and 21st centuries, they’ll play Bach and a new clarinet concerto by SW’s Gavin Borchert. Maple Park Church, Lynnwood, octavachamberorchestra.com

10 Jesse Sykes & The Sweet Hereafter will play its pivotal debut album, Reckless Burning, in its entirety as part of Barsuk Records 15th-anniversary celebration. Tractor Tavern

11 Atlas Genius This Australian band combines flawless musicality with a yearning spirit. The Neptune

11 David Sedaris Should we believe that any of the anecdotes in Let’s Explore Diabetes With Owls are true? Never mind, he tells them well. Benaroya Hall

• 12 Daniel Alarcón He reads from his novel At Night We Walk in Circles. Elliott Bay Book Co.

12 Toro y Moi Performing with Classixx. Showbox at the Market, showboxpresents.com

12–17 Priscilla, Queen of the Desert The film about three flamboyant friends on a road trip through the Outback is now a musical. The Paramount

13 Deni Béchard In Empty Hands, Open Arms, he recounts the efforts of the Bonobo Conservation Initiative to save the species in their natural habitat of the Congo. Burke Museum

13 Diane Setterfield She reads from her Bellman & Black: A Ghost Story. University Book Store

13–16 The Atomic Bombshells: Lost in Space! Seattle’s premiere burlesque troupe’s latest show. Triple Door

13–24 The Fifth of July Lanford Wilson’s dramedy explores the legacy of the Vietnam War. Meany Studio Theater, depts.washington.edu/uwdrama

• 14 Joe Sacco The Great War is his illustrated new account of World War I’s horrible Battle of the Somme. Town Hall

• 14–17 Cédric Andrieux Jérôme Bel seems to like thinking about dance as much as dancing itself. His works often draw on literary theory and postmodern aesthetics as much as on sheer kinetic impulse. Like a rap artist, he borrows movements from other choreographers, selecting and assembling them into mashups. The results are governed by the logic of the ideas as well as the motion itself. For Cédric Andrieux, danced by Cédric Andrieux, Bel has created a kind of art memoir, combining spoken biography with excerpts from Andrieux’s own repertoire (including work with Merce Cunningham and Trisha Brown). As he revisits his own history, we see a slice of what life is like for a dancer at the beginning of the new century. Bel has put a frame around Andrieux himself, making the artist into the artwork. SK On the Boards

14–21 Cinema Italian Style SIFF presents a fresh crop of new titles from the boot of Europe. SIFF Cinema Uptown

15 Switchfoot The alternative rock band is touring in advance of 2014’s Fading West. The Moore

15 The Wolf of Wall Street Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio are back together again, this time plumbing a true-crime tale of financial fraud in the ’90s (like it ever ended). Opens wide

15 Gramatik This electronica artist performs with heRobust and Exmag. Showbox at the Market, showboxpresents.com

15 Northwest Sinfonietta Britten’s bittersweet Serenade for tenor, horn, and orchestra marks the British composer’s 100th. Benaroya Hall, nwsinfonietta.com

• 15 & 17 Simple Measures Bach and more from intrepid cellist Matt Haimovitz. Various venues, simplemeasures.org

15–20 Nostalghia We can never get enough of Andrei Tarkovsky, and neither can you. Northwest Film Forum

15–Dec. 15 The Hound of the Baskervilles David Pichette and R. Hamilton Wright adapted this classic Sherlock Holmes tale. Seattle Repertory Theatre

16 The Daneshvar Ensemble Traditional music from Iran. Seattle Art Museum

• 16 Margaret Cho Taking on a touchy subject in her new stand-up show Mother, Mother. The Moore

• 16 Kronos Quartet The world-famous new-music ensemble returns to the city of its birth to celebrate 40 (!!!) years, and collaborates with the Degenerate Art Ensemble. The Neptune, stgpresents.org

16 R. Andrew Lee This pianist plays Dennis Johnson’s five-hour November (1959), which the Chapel’s Steve Peters describes as “a nearly-lost masterpiece of early minimalism.” Chapel Performance Space

16–Feb. 16 Robert Davidson: Abstract Impulse The prolific Native American artist is represented by over 40 works created since 2005. Seattle Art Museum

17 2Cellos Croatian cellists Luka Sulic and Stjepan Hauser “break boundaries” by playing rock—and visit Seattle one day after the Kronos Quartet celebrates 40 years of doing just that. The Moore

17 Seattle Youth Symphony There’s a little Romeo and Juliet–inspired music on each of their three concerts this season; first up, Berlioz’s take. Benaroya Hall, syso.org

17 Thalia Symphony Michael Miropolsky conducts Berlioz, Saint-Saens, and Shostakovich. Town Hall, thaliasymphony.org

17 McCabe-Larionoff Duo Pianist Robin and violinist Maria, respectively, play Beethoven sonatas, respectfully. Brechemin Auditorium, music. washington.edu

17 Michael Kaeshammer This singer/songwriter/pianist blends jazz, soul, pop, and R&B. Triple Door

19 Madhur Jaffrey Curry Nation is her latest cookbook. Presented by Seattle Arts & Lectures. Town Hall

19 So You Think You Can Dance A tour of headliners from the reality/competition show. The Paramount

19 Kevin Sampsell A release party for his new novel This Is Between Us. Richard Hugo House, hugohouse.org

19 Local Artists on Imagery & Art Brangien Davis moderates this discussion. Town Hall

19 Rokia Traore The Malian singer/songwriter/guitarist’s latest album is Beautiful Africa, produced by John Parish (PJ Harvey, Eels, Sparklehorse). Triple Door

19 Modigliani Quartet Their program includes a string quartet by Juan Arriaga, who died 10 days before he turned 20. Meany Hall, uwworldseries.org

• 20 Bill Callahan The former frontman of Smog supports his fifth solo outing, Dream River. Neumos

20 Steve Aoki The DJ/producer/electronic musician welcomes special guests Waka Flocka Flame and Borgore. The Paramount

20 James Blake This 24-year old broke through with his new album Overgrown. Showbox SoDo, showboxpresents.com

20–Dec. 31 Festival of Ornaments Various local craftspeople are featured. Columbia City Gallery, columbiacitygallery.com

• 21 Scrape Music by Jim Knapp from this new-music string orchestra. Cornish College of the Arts

21 Dorothea Lasky Poetry Is Not a Project is among her verse collections. Presented by Seattle Arts & Lectures. ACT Theatre

• 21–24 Seattle Symphony As one wag called it, Verdi’s lapel-grabbing Requiem feels like “an opera in church vestments.” Benaroya Hall

21–Dec. 21 Miles Cleveland Goodwin He shows new figurative paintings. Greg Kucera Gallery

• 22 Inverted Space UW’s new-music ensemble plays Boulez, Varese, and Holliger. Jones Playhouse, music.washington.edu

22 The Dusty 45s The swinging Seattle rockabilly troupe returns to a favorite venue. Triple Door

22 Nebraska Alexander Payne helps usher us into Oscar season with this road-trip drama starring Bruce Dern and Will Forte as an estranged father and son. Opens wide

• 22 Seattle Modern Orchestra Julia Tai and Jeremy Jolley’s uncompromising group premieres a piece by Tom Baker. Chapel Performance Space, seattlemodernorchestra.org

22–24 The Pervert’s Guide to Ideology Everyone loves to hear from cranky Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Žižek. SIFF Cinema Uptown

• 22–24 & Dec. 6–8 The Esoterics Benjamin Britten’s complete choral works in two weekends: secular now, sacred in December. Various venues, theesoterics.org

23 Polica Performing their original beats classified as electro-r&b goth-pop, Polica blends passionate vocals with intense rhythms. Showbox at the Market

23–March 9 Elwha: A River Reborn Now that the dams are mostly gone from the once-salmon-rich river on the Olympic Peninsula, this exhibit chronicles its steady revival. The show is based on the Seattle Times reporting of Linda Mapes and photography of Steve Ringman. Burke Museum

24 Philharmonia Northwest San Francisco bassist/composer David Arend wrote his Three Sheets to the Wind, premiered here, for himself and Seattle saxophonist Michael Brockman. St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, philharmonianw.org

27 The Buckaroos A “Thanksgiving Eve Special” from this Chippendales sendup. Triple Door

29–30 The Paperboys’ Seventh Annual Thanksgiving Weekend Meltdown This unique band combines folk, Celtic, bluegrass, pop, and rock. Triple Door

• 29–Dec. 29 A Christmas Carol The Dickens holiday perennial has been packing in full houses since 1976. And every year brings a talented new waif to the role of Tiny Tim. ACT Theatre

29–Dec. 29 Little Women Jason Howland’s musical version of the classic story. Arts West, artswest.org

29–Dec. 31 Oliver The popular Broadway adaptation of Dickens’ Oliver Twist features a mob of singing child actors. 5th Avenue Theatre

30–Dec. 22 Seattle Men’s Chorus For many, the holidays would be bleak and sere without this annual sparklefest. Various venues, flyinghouse.org

• 30–Dec. 29 Nutcracker Seattle Center will swarm with legions of little girls in their holiday dresses for this seasonal favorite. And the morning after the show, all will demand dance lessons. McCaw Hall, pnb.org

30–Jan. 5 Seattle Center Winterfest Six weeks of festive, fun, indoor skating, and FREE entertainment, with a timeless Winter Train & Village, warm roasted nuts and other fine edibles, and sparkling lights to put you in the Christmas spirit. Seattle Center


1 Irish Ceili Music & Dance Gathering Live music from local Irish musicians and a family-style potluck. Doric Lodge, fremont.com

1–29 A(n Improvised) Christmas Carol Improv comedians make an amusing hash of Charles Dickens. Unexpected Productions

5 Collection in Focus: Prints and Photographs of Meiji Japan In conjunction with Camera Nipponica: Photographs from Japan 1880–1930, co-curator Catherine Roche discusses the connection between prints and photographs during the Meiji era. Henry Art Gallery

• 5 A John Waters Christmas The archly funny director of Hairspray and Pink Flamingos will have his naughty way with Santa. With Kimya Dawson. The Neptune

• 5 First Thursday Art Walk Pioneer Square galleries are open late for your perusal. firstthursdayseattle.com

5 David Bomberg This blues singer has played with everyone and toured everywhere. Triple Door

5–9 The Penelopiad Margaret Atwood responds to The Odyssey. Cornish College 9th Avenue Studios, cornish.edu

5–22 Ham for the Holidays Peggy Platt and Lisa Koch bring back the Spudds, the Sequim Gay Men’s Chorus, and more in their annual musical sketch show. ACT Theatre, acttheatre.org

5–24 Laura Castellanos She shows big handmade dolls in Borrowed Tribe. Gallery4Culture

5–Jan. 4 John Brophy He paints pseudo-historical portraiture. Roq La Rue Gallery

6–7 New Moves Concert Cornish dance students present their choreography. Broadway Performance Hall, cornish.edu

6–7 Paul Reiser Yes, he’s still doing stand-up, and he’s still funny. The Parlor, parlorlive.com

6 & 8 UW Opera Theater Scenes from operas by Massenet, Mozart, Wagner, and more. Jones Playhouse, music.washington.edu

6–8 Seattle Sampling 2013 36 of Seattle’s award-winning artists will be featured throughout nine locations in the Seattle area. Various venues, seattlesampling.com

6–22 Scrooge! Leslie Bricusse’s! musical adaptation! of—guess what novella! Magnuson Park Community Center Building, seattlemusicaltheatre.org

7 The Dismemberment Plan With special guests Telekinesis. The Neptune

7 The Black Crowes Battered and abused, yet remarkably durable, the Robinson brothers just keep plugging away. The Paramount

7 Winterfest: Ice Sculpting Award-winning artist Jason Iwakami carves seasonal sculptures. Seattle Center

7–8 PNA Winter Festival and Crafts Fair 115 artists and craft vendors, live entertainment, and a bake sale. Phinney Neighborhood Center, phinneycenter.org

7 & 14 Seattle Pro Musica A Ceremony of Carols and other choral works by Benjamin Britten. Various venues, seattlepromusica.org

• 8 Jeff Tweedy Leader of Wilco and co-founder of Uncle Tupelo, he continues to pour his heart into the sheer effort of being Jeff Tweedy. The Moore

• 8 Bach-Gamel Gamelan Pacifica and members of Cornish’s early-music faculty collaborate. Cornish College of the Arts

9–10 Next Fest NW & Next Dance Cinema Since 2006, Velocity has presented this local film festival featuring the best local and international dance on screen. Velocity Dance Center

10 Rhett Miller The Old 97’s frontman’s latest is The Dreamer. Triple Door

• 10–12 Macklemore & Ryan Lewis The homecoming stop on their world tour. Expect total gridlock in Lower Queen Anne. KeyArena, showboxpresents.com

12 Jackie Evancho The little girl with the big soprano. (She and Downton Abbey are keeping PBS alive.) The Paramount

13 The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Part II of Peter Jackson’s epic stretching of Tolkien’s single book, which will be completed a year from now, after hundreds of millions of dollars are amassed. Opens wide

12–13 The Thrill of the Hunt: The Unicorn Tapestries They once adorned the walls of affluent aristocrats. Frye Art Museum, fryemuseum.org

13–14 Seattle Symphony It’s about f***ing time—the SSO hasn’t played Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons” since March! Violinist Emma McGrath solos and conducts. Benaroya Hall

• 14 Neal Kosaly-Meyer Another installment of his Gradus: for Fux, Tesla, and Milo the Wrestler, a long-term performance project in which the composer is exploring the piano’s possibilities one key at a time. Chapel Performance Space

• 14 & 18 The Met: Live in HD Conductor James Levine, not seen in the Met pit for health reasons since spring 2011, returns with a new production of Verdi’s Falstaff. Various venues, metopera.org

15 PTSA Reflections Exhibit Seattle visual-art students present “Believe, Dream, Inspire.” Seattle Center

18 The Monuments Men George Clooney sets out to save the treasures of European art from the Nazis during the waning days of World War II. Did we happen to mention that Clooney hates Nazis? He hates them. Opens wide

20 Anchorman 2 Stay classy, Atlanta? Ron Burgundy and company grapple with the strange new invention of cable TV. And the 1980s. Opens wide

• 20 Inside Llewyn Davis The Coen brothers’ latest, about the pre-Dylan folk scene in early ’60s New York, has wowed everyone on the festival circuit. This could be another Oscar shot for the pair. Opens wide

20–22 Cirque Dreams Holidaze Seasonal circus from a cast of 30. The Paramount

• 20–31 It’s a Wonderful Life The dates may change, but this is the GI’s 42nd-annual screening of Frank Capra’s 1946 holiday classic, starring James Stewart. Grand Illusion Cinema, grandillusioncinema.org

21 Cafe Racer’s Crafts & Curiosities Show Local craft and swap-meet people bring you eclectic items in a cafe setting. Cafe Racer, seattleartists.com

• 25 American Hustle David O. Russell follows Silver Linings Playbook with a news-inspired story (about corrupt politicians and bribery) set in the polyester-fabulous late ’70s. Better still, his cast includes Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, and Robert De Niro. The trailer kicks ass. Get in line early. Opens wide

25 The Secret Life of Walter Mitty Ben Stiller is betting big, as both director and star, in this expensive take on the James Thurber story. Danny Kaye went there before in 1947 as the schmuck with an overactive imagination. The Thurber story was published in 1939. What new CGI twist does Stiller hope to add? Opens wide

• 27 12 Years a Slave Though the release date may bump to January, the latest film from Steve McQueen (Hunger, Shame) stars Chiwetel Ejiofor as a free New Yorker forced into servitude before the Civil War. Michael Fassbender and Brad Pitt co-star. There is big festival and Oscar buzz behind this one, which is based on the memoirs of Solomon Northup. Opens wide

27–28 Built to Spill Doug Martsch and crew will perform their instrumental brand of indie rock. Neumos

28–29 Seattle Symphony The traditional year-end Beethoven’s Ninth. Benaroya Hall

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