Join Third Place Books and the Transnational Literature Series at Brookline Booksmith to celebrate the release of "Three Novels" by Yuri Herrera, translated by Lisa Dillman. They will be joined in conversation by Betina González, author of "American Delirium" (translated by Heather Cleary). This virtual event will be hosted on the Transnational Literature Series's Zoom webinar platform.
Third Place Books, Elliott Bay Book Company and Village Books are proud to celebrate the release of "The Book of Form and Emptiness" by Ruth Ozeki. She will be joined in conversation by Karen Joy Fowler, author of "We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves" and the forthcoming novel "Booth." Tickets are required for this event. All tickets include a copy of "The Book of Form and Emptiness," shipped to the address you provide. Please note: Third Place Books cannot offer international shipping at this time.
$35 (book-included ticket)
Author Conversation: "What Strange Paradise" by Omar El Akkad
Sept. 23, 6-7 p.m.
Join Folio librarian Lillian Dabney for a conversation with author and journalist Omar El Akkad about his new book, "What Strange Paradise." From the widely acclaimed, best-selling author of "American War," a new novel that looks at the global refugee crisis through the eyes of a child. "What Strange Paradise" is the story of two children finding their way through a hostile world. But it is also a story of empathy and indifference, of hope and despair — and about the way each of those things can blind us to reality.
Billie Jean King
Sept. 23, 7:30 p.m.
The impact and indomitable spirit of Billie Jean King — trailblazing feminist, champion of equality and world-class athlete — transcends her spectacular sports achievements. Her new memoir "All In" chronicles King’s journey to find her true self, from her humble beginnings to her brilliant tennis career, her activism and her unwavering commitment to fairness and social justice.
Sept. 28, 7:30 p.m.
In the Pulitzer Prize winning "All the Light We Cannot See," Anthony Doerr crafted one of the most beloved novels of our time. A writer of immense imagination and compassion, Doerr has returned with and will be discussing "Cloud Cuckoo Land," a soaring novel about children on the cusp of adulthood searching for hope in a broken world. "Cloud Cuckoo Land" is a hauntingly beautiful and redemptive novel about stewardship — of the book, of the Earth, of the human heart.
Anne Liu Kellor and Kristen Millares Young discuss "Heart Radical"
Sept. 28, 7 p.m.
Third Place Books is honored to host Anne Liu Kellor for the release of her debut memoir "Heart Radical: A Search for Language, Love, and Belonging." She will be joined in conversation by Kristen Millares Young, author of the critically acclaimed novel "Subduction."
Third Place Books is proud to host Craig Johnson to celebrate the latest in his bestselling Longmire series, "Daughter of the Morning Star." All tickets include a copy of the book shipped to the address you provide.
$35 (book-included ticket)
Graphic Novelists Tamiko Nimura and Kiku Hughes in Conversation with Bruce Rutledge
Sept. 30, 5:30-9 p.m.
Co-presented with Folio, HistoryLink and Chin Music Press, join authors Kiku Hughes and Tamiko Nimura for an evening of conversation and reflection on the Japanese American internment camp experience, as illustrated in their graphic novels "Displacement" and "We Hereby Refuse." Kiku and Tamiko will be joined by Chin Music Press founder, Bruce Rutledge.
Join Seattle Public Library for the launch of a collection of essays, edited by Seattle writer and Lambda Literary Award winner Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore, that examine the ongoing impact of the HIV/AIDS crisis in queer lives. Contributors include E.J. Colen, Laura LeMoon, Patrick Milian and Eddie Walker. Presented in partnership with Elliott Bay Book Company, the AIDS Memorial Project and Gay City.
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Miriam Toews Discusses Her New Novel "Fight Night"
Oct. 6, 7 p.m.
Third Place Books welcomes Miriam Toews, author of "All My Puny Sorrows" and "Women Talking," for the virtual release of her latest novel "Fight Night."
Jonathan Franzen and Maria Semple discuss "Crossroads"
Oct. 12, 6 p.m.
Third Place Books, Powell's Books, Elliott Bay Book Company, Roundabout Books, Village Books and Auntie's Bookstore are thrilled to celebrate the release of "Crossroads," the new novel by Jonathan Franzen and the first volume in his "A Key to All Mythologies" trilogy. He will be joined in conversation by Maria Semple, author of "Where'd You Go Bernadette" and "Today Will be Different." All tickets include a copy of "Crossroads" shipped to the address you provide.
$35 (book-included ticket)
Local artist Molly Hashimoto presents her new book of art, "Mount Rainier National Park: An Artist's Tour."
National Book Award finalist Joshua Ferris presents his latest novel, "A Calling for Charlie Barnes." He will be joined in conversation by Aimee Bender, author of "The Butterfly Lampshade," amongst others.
"It's About Time" reading with Jack Straw Writers 2021
Oct. 14, 6 p.m.
Five Jack Straw Writers 2021 read from their new works.
Oct. 15, 7:30 p.m.
Join Seattle Arts & Lectures for a Q&A with Lena Khalaf Tuffaha. How does one recover from addiction without destroying the self-as-addict? "Pilgrim Bell," Kaveh Akbar’s newest collection of poems, meditates on this question, taking readers on a spiritual journey through disavowal, divinity and belonging. With formal virtuosity and ruthless precision, Akbar’s brilliant poems unfold in the empty space where song lives, teasing the sacred out of silence and stillness.
Jess Walter discusses "The Cold Millions"
Oct. 15, 7 p.m.
Third Place Books and Jess Walter celebrate the paperback edition of Walter's bestselling novel, "The Cold Millions."
Oct. 17, 7:30 p.m.
The author of six books of fiction, Lauren Groff has been described as brilliant and hard-working, "a woman of intellect and integrity, generous and warm and hard to keep up with." The same could be said of her stunning, glimmering prose. The two-time National Book Award finalist and the New York Times bestselling author will discuss her exhilarating new novel "Matrix," her first since the groundbreaking "Fates and Furies." In this tale of historical fiction, Groff follows the real-life figure of Marie de France into a violent, sensual world of religious ecstasy and consuming passion — a world that refuses to reconcile itself with Marie’s bold heart and crusading existence.
Informed by her experience of being homeless and many years providing primary health care to homeless people, Seattle nurse practitioner and professor Josephine Ensign wrote a book that looks at the historical roots of poverty and homelessness, digging through layers of Seattle history to reveal the stories of overlooked and long-silenced people who live on the margins of society.
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Margaret Owen presents "Little Thieves"
Oct. 21, 7 p.m.
Third Place Books is pleased to welcome Maragaret Owen for the launch of her latest novel, "Little Thieves."
Patrisse Cullors in Conversation with Ijeoma Oluo
Oct. 27, 6 p.m.
Social activist Patrisse Cullors is The New York Times bestselling author of "When They Call You A Terrorist" and the co-founder of the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation. Cullors will be in conversation with Our Existence Beyond Trauma Series curator Ijeoma Oluo for this online-only event, which is co-presented by Langston Seattle. Since she began the Black Lives Matter movement in 2013, it has expanded into a Nobel Peace Prize-nominated global foundation, supporting Black-led movements in the U.S., U.K. and Canada. Now, in her new book, "An Abolitionist’s Handbook," Cullors charts a framework for how everyday activists can effectively fight for an abolitionist present and future. Filled with relatable pedagogy on the history of abolition, a reimagining of what reparations look like for Black lives and real-life anecdotes from Cullors, "An Abolitionist’s Handbook" offers a bold, innovative and humanistic approach to how to be a modern-day abolitionist.
Author Conversation: "The Oedipus Project" by Bryan Doerries
Nov. 3, 5-6 p.m.
Join Folio librarian Lillian Dabney for a conversation with writer, director and translator Bryan Doerries about his innovative new digital initiative by Theater of War Productions, "The Oedipus Project."
Nov. 3, 7:30 p.m.
Since 2012, Jelani Cobb has been contributing his deep knowledge of history and masterful journalism to The New Yorker, bringing nuance and clarity around issues of race, politics, history and culture. Cobb is the Ira A. Lipman Professor of Journalism at Columbia University, specializing in post-Civil War African American history, 20th century American politics and the history of the Cold War. Now, with co-editor David Remnick, he’s releasing "The Matter of Black Lives," The New Yorker’s groundbreaking anthology on race in America — including work by James Baldwin, Toni Morrison, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Hilton Als, Zadie Smith and more — with a foreword by Cobb.
Sherwin Bitsui & Kenzie Allen
Nov. 5, 7:30 p.m.
The inaugural James Welch Prize reading, celebrating two Indigenous poets from the U.S., will be presented in partnership with Hugo House and Poetry Northwest, featuring judge Sherwin Bitsui and winner Kenzie Allen.
An Evening with David Sedaris
Nov. 7, 7 p.m.
After a two-year COVID-19 pause, David Sedaris returns to Seattle to celebrate the publication of "A Carnival of Snackery: Diaries 2003-2020" and his 2020 book "The Best of Me," featuring 42 previously published stories and essays. With sardonic wit and incisive social critiques, he will once again delight an audience with twists of humor and intelligence from both published stories and works-in-progress.
Nov. 10, 6 p.m.
The National Book Award-winning author of 17 novels, Louise Erdrich’s fiction reflects aspects of her mixed heritage: German through her father and French and Ojibwa through her mother. In her powerful and timely new novel "The Sentence," Erdrich explores how the burdens of history, and especially identity, appropriation, exploitation and violence done to human beings in the name of justice manifest in ordinary lives today.
Peter Wohlleben in Conversation with Deborah Madison
Nov. 16, 6 p.m.
Around the time scientists discovered a vast underground network of fungi connecting trees of different species — an arboreal Internet or "wood wide web" — renowned forester and New York Times bestselling author Peter Wohlleben began to notice bizarre root shapes and strange growth patterns in the forests he tended in Western Germany. In "The Hidden Life of Trees," Wohlleben describes what he learned by listening to trees; in his newest work "The Heartbeat of Trees," he delves deeper, drawing on research and new scientific discoveries to show how humans are deeply connected to the natural world.
Kyle Lucia Wu discusses her new novel "Win Me Something"
Nov. 18, 7 p.m.
Third Place Books welcomes Kyle Lucia Wu for a discussion of her debut novel from Tin House Books, "Win Me Something."
R. Schumann "Symphony No. 3"
Sept. 23 and 25-26, 7:30 p.m. (Sept. 23), 8 p.m. (Sept. 25), 2 p.m. (Sept. 26)
In an intriguing triptych of composers exploring space and place, Natalie Dietterich's aeolian dust hovers in the atmosphere, coalesces and then dissipates. Three places dear to Charles Ives are captured in music at turns haunting, rousing and heartfelt. And Robert Schumann lays out a truly majestic portrayal of life on the Rhine in his Third Symphony. This concert will also be streamed online at live.seattlesymphony.org.
Rachmaninov Symphonic Dances
Oct. 7 and 9, 7:30 p.m. (Oct. 7), 8 p.m. (Oct. 9)
Music Director Thomas Dausgaard and the Seattle Symphony shine in Rachmaninov’s "Symphonic Dances," evoking church bells and Russian Orthodox chants — the composer reminiscing about his homeland. Francisco Coll composed his "Violin Concerto" as a portrait of its charismatic soloist, the fabulous Patricia Kopatchinskaja. This concert will also be streamed online at live.seattlesymphony.org.
Federal Way Symphony - "The Magic of Sound" Tchaikovsky's Third
Oct.10, 2:30 p.m.
Tchaikovsky’s least-known symphony, "No. 3," is a treasure-trove of the composer’s beloved musical thumbprints — soaring melodies, colorful orchestration and full-blooded Russian romanticism. The Federal Way Symphony launches its 2021-22 season with this rarely encountered masterpiece, as well as Beethoven’s most lyrical piano concerto, "No. 4," featuring the effervescent pianist Clare Longendyke.
Dausgaard Conducts Stravinsky
Oct. 14 and 16, 7:30 p.m. (Oct. 14), 8 p.m. (Oct. 16)
To memorialize friends who died in World War I, Ravel took refuge in the airy, graceful forms of the French Baroque on "Le Tombeau de Couperin." In "Pulcinella," Stravinsky melded Classical poise with modern rhythms and harmonies. And in "Carlo," Brett Dean elaborates on music of love, death and guilt by the notorious madrigalist (and murderer!), Carlo Gesualdo.
Oct. 16-30, 7:40 p.m. (Sunday matinee at 2 p.m.)
A timeless story of love and loss. An audience favorite for over a century, this tale of four young Parisians who dedicate their lives to art and love is guaranteed to touch hearts. Puccini’s lush, romantic score perfectly captures the simple joys and heartbreaking sorrows of the idealistic young. Their camaraderie, conviction and passions, masterfully conveyed by an iconic score, make "La bohème" easy to love and impossible to forget.
Baroque Opera "Coronation of Poppea"
Oct. 16, 7 p.m.
A performance of an Italian opera by Claudio Monteverdi. It was Monteverdi's last opera, with a libretto by Giovanni Francesco Busenello and was first performed at the Teatro Santi Giovanni e Paolo in Venice during the 1643 carnival season. One of the first operas to use historical events and people, it describes how Poppaea, mistress of the Roman emperor Nero, is able to achieve her ambition and be crowned empress.
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From Bach to Rameau
Oct. 22-23, 8 p.m.
The most compelling interpreters of Baroque music take the Benaroya Hall stage to play and conduct in the popular Baroque & Wine Series. For this first program, acclaimed harpsichordist Jory Vinikour explores the masters of the Baroque era, beginning with selections from two masterpieces for the operatic stage. Then it’s on to J.S. Bach with two showy works for harpsichord and solo instruments — his first "Keyboard Concerto" and the irrepressible "Fifth Brandenburg Concerto." This concert will also be streamed online at live.seattlesymphony.org.
Oct. 23, 7:30 p.m.
Charlie Albright returns to headline the season opener that features works by Shostakovich and Tchaikovsky. Patrice Rushen’s "Color Express" is dedicated to those who suffered hardship and loss due to COVID-19. Shostakovich’s "Piano Concerto No. 2" deviates from the traditional Russian angst of his previous works with a freeing, whimsical charm.
Complete Beethoven "Cello Sonatas"
Nov. 2, 7:30 p.m.
Hear the talented musicians of The Seattle Symphony take center stage to perform an exquisite assortment of chamber works. In the first program in the three-concert Chamber Series, Symphony cellists perform the complete Beethoven "Cello Sonatas" cycle — a delightful odyssey through his composing life. The classical influence of Mozart and Haydn reverberates through the early sonatas. The third sonata marks a turning point, as cello and piano achieve musical equality and dialogue. The late sonatas defy tradition and launch us toward new horizons.
Ray Chen Tchaikovsky "Violin Concerto"
Nov. 4, 6-7, 7:30 p.m. (Nov. 4), 8 p.m. (Nov. 6), 2 p.m. (Nov. 7)
Ray Chen makes his Seattle Symphony debut with Tchaikovsky’s enchanting "Violin Concerto," one of the most beloved works for the violin. Brimming with irresistible melodies, the concerto dazzles from its gorgeous opening to its pyrotechnic finale. Shostakovich’s "Eleventh Symphony" marks the events of the brutally crushed 1905 Russian Revolution — protest and defiance against oppression rendered in thrilling music. This concert will also be streamed online at live.seattlesymphony.org.
Northwest Sinfonietta's "Attuned"
Nov. 4, 6-7:30 p.m.
Northwest Sinfonietta’s "Attuned" is a live concert featuring African American composers throughout history with special dance choreography performed and created by the Tacoma Urban Performing Arts Center, also known as T.U.P.A.C.
Dausgaard Conducts Brahms
Nov, 11, 13, 7:30 p.m. (Nov. 11), 8 p.m. (Nov. 13)
Brahms’ First Symphony was decades in the making. His loyal public waited years to hear it and were rewarded with a towering masterpiece of emotion — noble, tender and heroic emotions clothed in orchestral garments. Simon Steen-Andersen’s intriguing Piano Concerto with film explores the inexorable force of gravity in music.
Quartet in Spotlight: The Castalian String Quartet
Nov. 12-13, 8 and 10 p.m. (Nov. 12), 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. (Nov. 13)
For this season's "Quartet in Spotlight," Emerald City Music introduces The Castalian String Quartet all the way from the U.K. The quartet will make its debut in Seattle with a program of Mozart's "Prussian Quartet" and the "Opus 80 String Quartet" by Felix Mendelssohn.
Nov. 12, 7 p.m.
Come as you are and enjoy the best of classical music in the Untuxed series, with engaging insights from music director Thomas Dausgaard. These short, no-intermission concerts are the perfect kick-off to your weekend. Brahms "Untuxed" features Brahms’ First Symphony, which was decades in the making. His loyal public waited years to hear it and were rewarded with a towering masterpiece of emotion.
Beach "Gaelic Symphony"
Nov. 18, 20, 7:30 p.m. (Nov. 18), 8 p.m. (Nov. 20)
Bursting with vitality and character, Amy Beach’s “Gaelic Symphony" is among the great American symphonies, full of lush harmonies and sweeping melodies. Music director Thomas Dausgaard conducts this powerhouse program, including a rare double harp concerto by American composer Hannah Lash.
Nov. 20, 7:30 p.m.
Strings and woodwinds are spotlighted in this collection of European classics. A contemporary of Mozart, Bologne is known as the first classical composer of African descent. Principal Flute Mary Jensen takes center stage for Mozart’s "Andante & Rondo for Flute & Orchestra" and Fauré’s "Fantasie for Flute & Chamber Orchestra." Ravel’s "Le Tombeau de Couperin" is a memorial to the composer’s friends who had passed during World War I.
Pacific Northwest Ballet 2021-2022 Season
Sept. 24-June 12, Time varies
Pacific Northwest Ballet welcomes visitors back to McCaw Hall this September for the 2021-22 season. PNB's 49th season includes "Singularly Cerrudo," "Beyond Ballet" and more in-person at McCaw Hall. A digital season subscription is also available.
Oct. 1, 8 p.m.
An evening of extravagant style that spotlights all the gorgeousness of QTPOC (Queer and Trans People of Color) communities. Take in performances, DJs and a legendary public runway.
Chamber Dance Company: 30th Anniversary Season
Oct. 21-24, 7:30 p.m. (Oct. 21-23), 2 p.m. (Oct. 24)
The Chamber Dance Company celebrates its 30th anniversary in October. This year’s concert investigates the empathy, intimacy and confusion that comprise human relationships. The program includes choreography by Camille A. Brown (2010), Joe Goode (2004), Zvi Gotheiner (1992), Shapiro & Smith (1999) and Doug Varone (1988).
This film is an original musical drama by Seattle-based composer and playwright Pamela Gerke of Nightingale's struggles to pursue her passion for nursing and hospital administration despite opposition from family, society, sexist mores and a lack of understanding of sanitation in the mid-19th century. Produced entirely under COVID-19 restrictions, all music and video was recorded one performer at a time under the direction of Lauren Goldman Marshall and masterfully edited by filmmaker Ben Kerns and sound designer Tom Fallat. Miranda Antoinette leads a Seattle ensemble of talented actors in this inspiring, evocative film, offered free on YouTube as a gift to nurses and health care workers who give so much.
"Khu.éex':The Magic of Noise" Preview and Performance
Sept. 29, 6:30 p.m.
Enjoy this evening featuring a film screening, music, educational discussion and Native American cultural performances. Khu.éex’ is the Tlingit word for gathering and sharing culture and we will honor that sense of community. There will be a special preview of the documentary film "Khu.éex': The Magic of Noise" with filmmakers Michael Kleven and Elke Hautala in attendance to answer questions. Khu.éex’ band members Nahaan, Preston Singletary and Sondra Segundo will share elements from their band’s live performances, discuss the deeper meaning of their songwriting and talk about the group’s focus on both indigenous rights and overcoming cultural genocide. Presented by Heartstone Studios with support from 4 Culture.
"Kiss the Ground"
Oct. 2, 7:30 p.m.
In conjunction with the Langley Chamber of Commerce and the Whidbey Island Harvest Festival, "Kiss the Ground" is a full-length documentary narrated by Woody Harrelson that sheds light on a "new-old approach" to farming called "regenerative agriculture" that has the potential to balance our climate, replenish our vast water supplies and feed the world.
UW Future Rivers Presents: A Conversation with Eddy Harris
Oct. 14, 6-9 p.m.
Join UW Future Rivers, EarthLab and the College of the Environment for a special film screening of "River to the Heart," followed by a conversation with the director Eddy Harris, author of "Mississippi Solo." The goal of this event is to initiate conversation about cultural connections to water and nature, the importance of diverse voices and values in environmental work and what it means to push our limits of physical and emotional abilities while creating space for reflection and healing.
Richard D. Moe Organ Recital Series: Dana Robinson, Organist
Sept. 19, 3 p.m.
Dr. Dana Robinson, a native of Boston, has performed on some of the most significant modern and historic organs in the United States and has presented recitals, master classes and lectures around the globe.
Auburn Symphony: A Triumphant Return
Oct. 3, 2:30-4 p.m.
In this energetic season opener, the Auburn Symphony is bringing back Anton Nel to perform Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s "Piano Concerto No. 21" during their first live concert in 595 days.
Madeiline Peyroux & Paula Cole
Oct. 8, 7:30 p.m.
Relive rock’s greatest hits with The Hit Men — the real guys who performed with legendary artists including members of Foreigner, Journey, Styx, The Hooters, Steely Dan, Cheap Trick, The Rascals, Alan Parsons, 3 Dog Night, Cream, Grand Funk Railroad and The Who.
The High Kings
Oct. 15, 8 p.m.
With chart-topping albums and sold-out world tours, it’s no surprise this charismatic quartet is known as the heir of Irish folk heritage. Get ready for some serious harmony, sing along and join on a journey through the Irish folk tradition.
Oct. 16, 8 p.m.
Former area resident Robert Cray has created a sound that rises from American roots and arrives today both fresh and familiar. In just over 40 years, Cray and his band have recorded 20 studio releases, 15 of which have been on the Billboard charts, and played bars, concert halls, festivals and arenas around the world.
The Hit Men
Oct. 24, 7:30 p.m.
Relive rock’s greatest hits with The Hit Men — the real guys who performed with legendary artists including members of Foreigner, Journey, Styx, The Hooters, Steely Dan, Cheap Trick, The Rascals, Alan Parsons, 3 Dog Night, Cream, Grand Funk and The Who.
Nancy Wilson of Heart with The Seattle Symphony
Oct. 30, 8 p.m.
Rock icon Nancy Wilson, co-founder of the band Heart, teams up with The Seattle Symphony for a highly anticipated evening of rock 'n' roll on the Benaroya Hall stage. The show will include beloved fan favorites like "Barracuda," "These Dreams" and "Crazy on You" alongside original tracks from her new solo album, "You and Me." This is Wilson's first solo album, and it gives her a new platform to nurture a distinctly different artistic voice, independent of the Heart sound that has largely defined her decades-long career. This performance is presented as part of The Essential Series, the Symphony's new cross-genre collaboration, curated by Seattle-based composer Andrew Joslyn, featuring voices from the Pacific Northwest. Every ticket order includes a digital download of "You and Me."
Ernestine Anderson – "There Will Never Be Another You"
Nov. 2, 6 p.m.
A celebration of Ernestine Anderson with a panel discussion moderated by Eugenie Jones, featuring Jim Wilke from KNKX Radio, writer and historian Paul De Barros and more who will explore historic perspective of the life and legacy of Anderson. An excerpt of Kay D. Ray’s film “There Will Never Be Another You” will be shown and questions from the audience entertained.
Uncle Bonsai's 40th Anniversary Show
Nov. 12-13, 7:30 p.m.
Uncle Bonsai celebrates 40 years with old songs, new songs and more "songs they swore they'd never play again" at a two-night event.
Nov. 12, 7:30-9:30 p.m.
Andre Feriante and Troy Chapman present a musical tour through time and place with their ever expanding personal collections of musical instruments from around the world.
Ernestine Anderson Musical Tribute
Nov. 13, 7 p.m.
Attendees are invited to celebrate Ernestine Anderson. Throughout her six-decade career, this Seattle jazz and blues treasure exemplified freedom, creativity, struggle, perseverance and triumph. She recorded more than thirty albums, received four Grammy nominations and performed on the world's most prestigious stages, including the White House, Carnegie Hall and the first Monterey Jazz Festival. This Musical Tribute will be a very special evening of music, historic reflection and entertainment.
Richard D. Moe Organ Recital Series: Wyatt Smith
Nov. 14, 3 p.m.
Dr. Wyatt Smith is associate director of music at Epiphany Parish of Seattle and teaches organ and harpsichord at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma.
"Legends of the Blues" with Curtis Salgado
Nov. 20, 7:30 p.m.
Arlington Arts Council presents an annual blues concert featuring the Blues Society's prize-winning blues musicians of the Northwest.
"HOMECOMING Performing Arts Festival"
Through Sept. 19, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
Intiman Theatre is proud to invite people to join in and celebrate the return of the live arts in a safe, outdoor setting. On the final weekend of summer, Harvard Avenue will transform into the "HOMECOMING Performing Arts Festival," featuring vendors, food trucks, artist installations, a beer garden presented with Life on Mars and over 100 artists performing on the mainstage. Performances will include children’s programming from South End Stories, live bands from Café Racer, dance from Velocity, stand up comedy curated by Emmett Montgomery, drag, burlesque, DJ sets, LGBTQ+ entertainment from BeautyBoiz and more.
Tacoma Arts Month
Oct. 1-31, All day
October is Tacoma Arts Month with 31 days of classes, workshops, performances, exhibitions and more. The month is brimming with arts and culture programs, and there is something for everyone to enjoy: music, dance and theater performances, visual art exhibits, literary readings, lectures, workshops, film screenings and cultural events.
Arts at the Armory
Oct. 16-17, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Tacoma artists working in all artistic disciplines and mediums welcome attendees to the Tacoma Armory for a unique interactive arts experience. Local Tacoma artists will be sharing their work and attendees will have an opportunity to learn about the artistic process, ask questions and even purchase one-of-a-kind creations. There will also be live music and food trucks.
"All Shook Up" (Musical)
Through Oct. 10, 2 or 7:30 p.m.
Set in the summer of 1955 in a conservative Midwestern town, "All Shook Up" is the modern rock 'n’ roll take on Shakespeare’s romantic comedy, "Twelfth Night." It follows the story of a small-town girl with big dreams, Natalie, and the charismatic, motorcycle-riding roustabout she falls for, Chad. While Natalie dreams of hitting the open road, hoping to “Follow that Dream” with Chad by her side, Mayor Matilda Hyde believes Chad is the “Devil in Disguise” and quickly looks for a way to put a stop to his rock 'n’ Roll chaos. Twenty-four classic Elvis hits drive the exhilarating musical comedy, including "Heartbreak Hotel," "Burning Love," "Jailhouse Rock," "Blue Suede Shoes," "It’s Now or Never," "Don’t Be Cruel," "Hound Dog," "Can’t Help Falling In Love" and "Fools Rush In."
"Abraham’s Land" Livestream
Sept. 20-Oct. 31, 24/7
An original musical set in Israel and Palestine is presented in this edited livestream of a July 2021 production by Theater of Possibility. The musical was written by Seattle playwright Lauren Goldman Marshall and composed by Roger Ames, with additional music by David Nafissian and Paul Linnes. It was directed by David Grabarkewitz, featuring Michael Strauss, Netanel Bellaishe, María Habeeb, David Studwell, Bobbi Kotul, Danya El-Kurd and Paul Shapiro with a multicultural ensemble.
"Jesus Christ Superstar"
Oct. 5-10, 7:30 p.m. (Oct. 5-7), 8 p.m. (Oct. 8), 2 p.m. (Oct. 9), 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. (Oct. 10)
"Jesus Christ Superstar" is an iconic musical phenomenon with a worldwide fan base. In celebration of its 50th Anniversary, a new mesmerizing production comes to North America. Originally staged by London’s Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre and helmed by the acclaimed director Timothy Sheader and award-winning choreographer Drew McOnie, this production won the 2017 Olivier Award for Best Musical Revival garnering unprecedented reviews and accolades. Appealing to both theater audiences and concert music fans, this production pays tribute to the historic 1971 Billboard Album of the Year while creating a modern, theatrical world that is uniquely fresh and inspiring.
Oct. 8-10, 15-17, 22, 23, 7:30 p.m. (Oct. 8-9, 15-16, 22-23), 2 p.m. (Oct. 10, 17)
Four women lose their heads in this irreverent, girl-powered comedy set during the French Revolution. Playwright Olympe de Gouges, assassin Charlotte Corday, former queen (and fan of ribbons) Marie Antoinette and Haitian rebel Marianne Angelle hang out, murder Marat and try to beat back the extremist insanity in 1793 Paris. This grand, dream-tweaked comedy is about art and activism, feminism and terrorism, and compatriots and chosen sisters.
Oct. 14, 7:30 p.m.
Premiere of new play by Duane Kelly about fathers and sons.
17 Minute Stories
Oct. 15, 8 p.m.
"17 Minute Stories" is a series of solo shows written and peformed by women.This fall features four new storytellers: Pearl Lam on Sept. 17, Jasmine Lomax on Oct, 15, Valerie Curtis-Newton on Oct. 29 and Alyssa Keene on Nov. 12. The project excels in highlighting the diverse, compelling nature of storytelling, and each story centers around the theme, "How did I get here?"
"What We Were"
Oct. 15, 7:30 p.m.
Inspired by true events and weaving back and forth through the decades,"What We Were" is a story of sisterhood, survival and healing. Tessa disappeared 17 years ago from the small east Texas town where she grew up. When Tessa turns up in Seattle all these years later, her sisters, Nell and Carlin, try to uncover the truth of where she’s been, who she’s been and what happened in their past. How much of their dark family secret are the sisters willing to face in order to save her? Pony World Theatre’s presents the West Coast premiere of a play that has been heralded as “daring” and “searing” and is sure to inspire curiosity as it touches hearts.
"Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story"
Oct. 17, 3 and 7:30 p.m.
Buddy tells the story of Buddy Holly through his short yet spectacular career and features the classic songs, "That’ll Be The Day," "Not Fade Away," "Oh Boy," "Ritchie Valens’ La Bamba," "The Big Bopper’s Chantilly Lace" and many more!
"Bernadette Etc. Live: NOT at Carnegie Hall"
Oct. 19, 8 p.m.
On Oct. 19, 1997, Joey Manley turned 16 years old as Bernadette Peters took the stage in Oklahoma City to re-enact her Grammy-nominated "Sondheim Etc.: Live at Carnegie Hall." Now turning 40, Manley will channel his inner Peters to recreate that iconic concert in "Bernadette Etc. Live: NOT at Carnegie Hall." The evening will feature many of Peters' most notable roles, from "Into The Woods" and "Sunday In The Park With George," along with a few aspiring parts of both Manley and Peters. Join us at 8 p.m. Oct. 19 at Broadway Performance Hall for Manley's Seattle solo debut and return to the stage. Seating is limited and unassigned.
Making Waves Fall Arts Festival
Oct. 21-Nov. 13, 7 p.m. (Thursday-Sunday)
Sound Theatre Company is returning to the stage this fall. Through the Making Waves program, artists across multiple disciplines will be celebrated, providing space, developmental and technical support for artists to dip their toes back into the pool of theatrical possibility. Experience a variety show of artists and acts spanning from dancers, comedians, solo artists, play and poetry readings, musicians and more.
The Laramie Project
Oct. 28-30, 7:30 p.m.
A breathtaking theatrical collage about the tragic assault of gay college student Matthew Shepard, exploring the depths to which humanity can sink and the heights of compassion to which it can rise.
"Put a Spell on You"
Oct. 30, 7:30-9:30 p.m.
The Atomic Bombshells, a Seattle professional burlesque troupe, seamlessly integrate the worlds of burlesque, drag, dance and theater with good humor and classic style.
"Resiliency!" A 24-Hour Asian American Play Festival
Nov. 13, 7 p.m.
Through COVID-19 and an ever-mounting tide of anti-Asian hate, Asian Americans have gone through a lot in the past two years. They're striking back through visual art, touching on topics about representation and creating seven new plays in 24 hours with the top Asian American theater talent in the Puget Sound.
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Nov. 16-21, 7:30 p.m. (Nov. 16-18), 8 p.m. (Nov. 19), 2 p.m. (Nov. 20), 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. (Nov. 21)
"Mean Girls" is a ferociously funny new musical from an award-winning creative team, including director Casey Nicholaw ("Aladdin," "The Book of Mormon"), composer Jeff Richmond ("30 Rock," "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt"), lyricist Nell Benjamin ("Legally Blonde") and book writer Tina Fey ("30 Rock," "Bossypants").
Edmonds Art Studio Tour
Through Sept. 19, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
The free self-guided Edmonds Art Studio Tour is offered once a year as an opportunity to visit the private studios of local artists in the Edmonds area. It is held on the third weekend in September and is run by an all-volunteer committee of local artists. This fun community event offers an opportunity to purchase handmade work, see new art being created or just visit and ask questions of the artists.
Whidbey Art Trail
Ongoing, 9 a.m.
The Whidbey Art Trail has reopened for the 2021-22 season and now offers an even broader variety of participants. There are 24 stops (of all kinds) Island-wide, from sculpture parks, gallery spaces and large studios to personal art-making spaces off the beaten track. Studio visits are encouraged and every Whidbey Art Trail member is following COVID-19 safety guidelines. Information about when studios are open and an easy-to-use map with directions are available online at whidbeyarttrail.com and in print at all participating locations and on Washington State Ferries.
Great Annual NW Art Exhibition 2021
Through Oct. 2 (available online until Oct. 3), 11 a.m.
Art exhibition featuring a juried show and awards selected by nationally regarded and multi-award-winning artists, judges, educators and gallery owner, Elizabeth Pollie.
"Alice Finds a Roadmap"
Through Oct. 2, 5 p.m.
An art show of original paintings from the artbook "Alice Finds a Roadmap."
"Monet at Éretat"
Through Oct. 17, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (Wednesday-Sunday)
Meet Monet at a pivotal moment in his pursuit of impressions in "Monet at Étretat." This focused exhibition places Seattle Art Museum’s Monet painting "Fishing Boats at Étretat" within the larger landscape of this important painter’s artistic development. In 10 paintings created by Monet and 12 works by other artists of his era, this exhibition sheds light on an oft-overlooked period of growth in Monet’s life that created the myth of a man Guy De Maupassant described as "no longer a painter but truly a hunter ... in pursuit of impressions."
The Kinsey African American Art & History Collection
Through Nov. 28, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (Wednesday and Sunday), 10 a.m.- 8 p.m. (Thursday-Saturday)
The Kinsey African American Art & History Collection celebrates the achievements and contributions of Black Americans from 1595 to present. Considered one of the most comprehensive surveys of African American history and culture outside the Smithsonian Institution, the exhibition of the same name features the shared treasures amassed by Shirley and Bernard Kinsey during their five decades of marriage. The collection includes masterful paintings and sculpture, photographs, rare books, letters, manuscripts and more that offer a well-rounded look at the African American experience and provide new perspectives on the nation’s history and culture.
"State of Emergency"
Through Nov. 30, By appointment only
A new solo exhibition entitled "State of Emergency" by Frankfurt-based German American artist James Gregory Atkinson opens at Goethe Pop Up Seattle in Capitol Hill’s Chophouse Row. This newly commissioned work centers the history of the iconic Peacock Chair to interrogate contemporary social contexts and historical concepts of identities.
"Da Vinci — Inventions" Exhibition
Sept. 19-Jan. 3, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily
Created by Grande Experiences, "Da Vinci — Inventions" brings to life the genius of Leonardo as an inventor, artist, scientist, anatomist, engineer, architect and more. The exhibition, now open through Jan. 3, features carefully crafted interactive and life-size machine inventions of da Vinci’s work, offering visitors a look at the creativity of the ultimate Renaissance man who laid the groundwork for some of the modern world’s most impactful inventions, such as the helicopter, airplane, automobile, submarine, parachute and bicycle. Suitable for all ages, this exhibition provides fascinating insight into not only the mind of a genius, but also into the fundamental scientific and artistic principles that he explored.
George Tsutakawa Smartphone Tour
Sept. 19-Dec. 31, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily
Walk down many streets in Seattle and you are likely to discover a George Tsutakawa fountain sculpture. An internationally renowned Japanese American sculptor, Tsutakawa drew from his nature observations to create the bronze masterpieces that are integral to our urban landscape. Available through Dec. 31, embark on this online neighborhood tour, curated by Mayumi Tsutakawa, and learn about the art, the artist and the Tsutakawa family legacy.
$10/general public; free/MOHAI members
Woodinville Arts Alliance Art Studio Tour
Sept. 19, 9 a.m.
The Woodinville Arts Alliance Art Studio Tour is a self-guided tour around Woodinville involving nine studios and 18 artists. From recycled art, paintings, pottery, mixed media, jewelry and 2D glass, attendees are sure to find something to take home or gift. Nine local artists have opened their studios, normally not open to the public, for the weekend. Get the behind-the-scenes look at their work space and chat with each artist about what inspires them.
Rhythm of Light Exhibit
Sept. 22, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. (daily)
Quilting, sewing, embroidery, applique and weaving and such contemporary techniques as fabric dyeing, painting, printing, collage, beading and felting are seen in the 58 pieces by 24 members of the Surface Design Association’s North Peninsula chapter.
"Let ‘im Move You" by jumatatu m. poe & Jermone Donte Beacham
Sept. 24-25, 7-9:30 p.m.
This is the final work in jumatatu m. poe and Jermone Donte Beacham’s "Let ‘im Move You" series of performance and visual works informed by Black queer and Black femme innovations, centered around the artists’ explorations with the J-Sette Form.
"What Are You Looking At?" An Eccentric Chorus of Artists Working in Glass
Sept. 26, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Explore the unique experiments and prototypes pursued during 20 years of joint artist residencies at Pilchuck Glass School and Museum of Glass.
"In the Spirit of da Vinci: Innovations from the Northwest"
Sept. 29, 7 p.m.
Join Leonard Garfield, Museum of History & Industry executive director, for a close look at some of the most transformative innovations that have emerged from the Northwest. Explore the intersections of technology, nature and civic life as reflected in the region’s most significant inventions. Detailed information on how to participate will be provided via email following your registration. Space is limited, so register soon! Real-time, automated captioning is available during the program.
Artist Reception and Opening: Rebecca Welti & Casey Curan
Oct. 1 (galleries through Oct. 31), 5 p.m.
Openings for sculpture show "Plankton" by Rebecca Welti and installation "Parable of Gravity" by Casey Curan. Welti's carvings are inspired by plankton, as seen under a microscope, with a deep awareness of our shared beginnings in the primeval oceanic soup. She utilized art and marine science to reveal the fascinating nature and personality of plankton. Despite their extremely small size and short lives, plankton are vital to our own survival. In "Parable of Gravity," the Seattle-based Curran combines elements of mythology, science and religion to foster a conversation around humanity’s goals and visions for the future on Earth. The installation consists of several large sculptural elements, a rectilinear formation of 20 scaffolded wooden towers and an otherworldly kinetic garden that appears to be taking over and growing out of the work. This exhibition is a parable of a landscape in transition. It is a display of both decay and growth, referencing the unstoppable momentum of significant human innovations that are capable of shifting our cultural paradigm.
Hear from the Kinseys | Harlem Renaissance
Oct. 3 and Nov. 14, 2-3:30 p.m.
Join the Tacoma Art Museum for an exclusive conversation with the Kinseys as they discuss the Harlem Renaissance, its place in the The Kinsey African American Art & History Collection and how the spirit of community and collaboration continues to shape Black art into the present day.
"Behind the Seams: Put on your party clothes!"
Oct. 5, 11 a.m.
Sequins, beading, shocking necklines and hem, party clothes from every era are meant for celebration … and maybe a little mischief. Join Clara Berg, curator of collections, for an intimate one-hour session to view a range of garments from the Museum of History & Industry collection that inspire a sense of celebration and fun.
"Come on In" by Faye Driscoll
Oct. 8-Nov. 6, 3-7 p.m. (Thursday and Friday), 1-6 p.m. (Saturday)
Faye Driscoll’s experiential exhibition "Come on In" invites visitors to reconceive the body and its limits. In Faye Driscoll’s form-reimagining work, reframing her acclaimed trilogy, "Thank You for Coming," audiences will encounter and engage choreography as an activated exhibition.
"Frisson: The Richard E. Lang and Jane Lang Davis Collection"
Oct. 15-Nov. 27, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (Wednesday-Sunday)
This exhibition celebrates the landmark gift of the Friday Foundation in honor of Richard E. Lang and Jane Lang Davis. The 19 works from the extraordinary Lang Collection, assembled in little more than a decade, represent one of the most significant holdings of Abstract Expressionist paintings and sculptures, as well as works by two towering artists of post-war Europe.
"RECONSTRUCTION" - An Art Exhibition
Oct. 16, 6 p.m.
An art exhibition for breast cancer awareness in partnership with Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.
"Kenjiro Nomura, American Modernist: An Issei Artist's Journey"
Oct. 21-Feb. 20, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
"Kenjiro Nomura, American Modernist: An Issei Artist's Journey" is the first solo art exhibition of the work of Kenjiro Nomura (1896-1956) in over 60 years. Immigrating from Japan to the Northwest in 1907, Nomura's art evolved through his lifetime from urban and rural landscapes of Seattle to depicting his forced incarceration during World War II, and finally to abstraction and expressionism. He first gained attention as an artist in the 1920s through the Northwest Annuals of the Seattle Fine Arts Society followed by recognition in prominent national and international venues. This exhibition along with the accompanying publication secures the reputation of one of Washington state's greatest artists.
Northwest Watercolor Society's 81st International Open Exhibition
Oct. 22-Jan. 4, 6 p.m.
Thomas Schaller, international award-winning artist and juror for the 81st International Open Exhibition, kicks off this online show with the awards presented to the winners of the exhibition. Watermedia art from around the world will be on virtual display until Jan. 4.
Juan Alonso-Rodríguez: UW Libraries and UW Alumni Association Present 2021 Artist Images
Oct. 28, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Join this virtual discussion facilitated by Seattle Arts Commissioner Vivian Phillips to explore the artist’s influences past and present, COVID-19 era impacts and future perspectives. Juan Alonso-Rodríguez, former Seattle Arts Commissioner, is a Cuban-born, self-taught and award-winning artist whose transition from music to visual arts coincided with his move to Seattle in 1982. His work has been exhibited throughout the U.S., Canada and Latin America and is included in the permanent collections of museums and public installations throughout the Northwest.
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Día de los Muertos
Oct. 29, 10 a.m.
Visit the tapete by artist Fulgencio Lazo, enjoy art projects to take away and attend a virtual panel with the artist and a curator in conversation.
"M(other) Tongues" Bodhild and Las Hermanas Iglesias
Nov. 4-Jan. 31, Noon
"M(other) Tongues: Bodhild and Las Hermanas Iglesias" features the work of Bodhild Brendryen Iglesias and her daughters Janelle and Lisa Iglesias. Born to Norwegian and Dominican immigrant parents, Janelle and Lisa create project-based work under the name “Las Hermanas Iglesias” (Spanish for “The Iglesias Sisters”). The works in "M(other) Tongues" communicate a dialogic call and response between the family members, a back-and-forth visual conversation where abstract motifs are translated from one medium into another. The exhibition features an installation of hand-knit and woven works inspired by familial traditions — Bodhild’s mother’s rag rugs (matte) and the drawings and weavings of Anni Albers — who many consider the mother of modern textiles.
Winter Show of Miniatures and Small Works
Nov. 4-Dec. 31, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Parklane Gallery's Winter Show of Miniatures and Small Works features hundreds of pieces of original artwork created by artists from all over the U.S. Artwork can be viewed both in the gallery and online at parklanegallery.org/store.
Nov. 5-8, reception Nov. 5, 5–8 p.m. (Nov. 5), 10 a.m.–5 p.m. (Nov. 6-8), reception 5-8 p.m. (Nov. 5)
In this 36th year, the Art’s Alive! Invitational and Open Art Show will be celebrating "Legacy in Light," featuring designs and sharing the legacy of Doug Bison, artist and owner of Blackfish Gallery. You can also view the show online at artsalivelaconner.com.
Artist Reception and Opening: Brian Dempsey & Bill Dilley
Nov. 5 (galleries through Nov. 28), 5 p.m.
Gallery show opening of exhibitions by Brian Dempsey and Bill Dilley. Brian's new work continues to explore the three "C’s" of painting: composition, color and content. Compositionally, he dedicates time initially on drawing, hopefully creating something visually compelling beyond the subject matter. With color, he enjoys pushing the limits of the pigment, using a lot of strong color. Content is influenced by nature, dream and the unconscious. Bill Dilley, an established Northwest artist, continuously explores his conscious and unconscious life through multiple media. His work spans from oils and canvas to bronze and cherry wood, from huge totems to easily accessible paintings. His inspiration is found in nature, family and dreams. This exhibition is a collection of his bronze and stone sculptures.
"Imogen Cunningham: A Retrospective"
Nov. 18-Feb. 6, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (Wednesday-Sunday)
Imogen Cunningham (1883–1976) was a seminal photographer with a far-ranging vision, creating a diverse and innovative range of work over her seven-decade career. The first major retrospective in the U.S. in more than 35 years, this exhibition brings together nearly 200 of her insightful portraits, elegant flower and plant studies, poignant street pictures and groundbreaking nudes in a visual celebration of Cunningham's immense contribution to the history of 20th century photography.