Fri, Sept 5
Oddball Comedy and Curiosity Festival
Louis C.K. has a standup bit about how we misuse hyperbolic words like hilarious. “Do you know what hilarious means? Hilarious means so funny that you almost went insane. It’s just so funny that it almost ruined your life.” And of course nothing is that funny...except maybe this year’s Oddball Comedy and Curiosity Festival. In addition to Louis C.K., the lineup features A-list comedians like Sarah Silverman, Aziz Ansari, Chris Hardwick, Demetri Martin, Hannibal Buress, Jeff Ross, and Whitney Cummings. White River Amphitheatre, $47–$97.
Velocity Fall Kick-Off
The 2014-15 Seattle dance season officially begins with a jam-packed weekend featuring the Northwest's top talent. The centerpiece of this year's celebration is the world premiere of Portland choreographer Tahni Holt's Duet Love, which attempts to push the boundaries of accepted romance. Expect local luminaries Zoe | Juniper, Kate Wallich, and Amy O'Neal. Velocity Dance Center, $20.
Thru Sept 28
A Chorus Line
Often in the theatrical world, the drama offstage can trump what's actually happening onstage. The meta musical A Chorus Line blends both worlds. The Broadway hit about dancers auditioning for a Broadway show opens 5th Avenue Theatre's 2014-15 season with self-referential flair. 5th Avenue Theatre, $29–$110.
Waiting for Godot
The tragicomedy of the absurdist landmark Waiting for Godot arises from the nihilism of the characters' titular wit. So what sort of perverse existentialists does that make us for waiting for Waiting for Godot? Seattle Shakespeare Company ventures away from its namesake with a production of Samuel Beckett's best-known work as part of the citywide Seattle Beckett Festival. ACT Theatre, $25–$48.
Seattle Design Festival
Despite lofty hopes, Seattle still isn’t quite on the cutting edge of urban and architectural design envi- sioned back at the 1962 World’s Fair (still waiting on that fully realized monorail). Seattle Design Festival moves us in the right direction, gathering the city’s top creative minds for a community exploration of everything from parks in parking spaces to airline interior design. Various locations, prices vary (many events free).
Washington State Fair
In terms of concerts per fans, country music lovers are underserved in Seattle. The state fair helps make up for the imbalance with a linhttp://www.seattlemet.com/admin/articles/neweup that includes Keith Urban, Florida Georgia Line, Clay Walker, and Colt Ford. For the nontwang audience, there’s Fall Out Boy, Chicago, Pentatonix...and don’t forget the fair. Washington State Fairgrounds, Puyallup, gate admission $8–$10; concerts $20–$100.
BOOKS & TALKS
Thur, Sept 4
Seattle cartoonist Jim Woodring created an influential alt-comic without even using words. His Frank series explores the bucktoothed mouselike title character's surreal (sometimes nihilistic), dialogue-free journeys through a dreamscape. Woodring gets more personal with the release of Jim, a collection of his best non-Frank works, including the long-running "autojournalistic" comic series of the same name. University Book Store, free.
Thur, Sept 4
Whether he's collaborating with David Byrne, practicing as part of an art exhibit at the Frye, or singing while playing ukulele or bass, modern composer Jherek Bischoff always keeping active and garnering national acclaim from spots like The New Yorker. He'll show off his diverse musical palate when he returns to the Moore Theatre's stage. Moore Theatre, $23.
Thur, Sept 4
NFL Kickoff Concert: Soundgarden and Pharrell Williams
To celebrate the start of the season, the National Football League and Xbox are hosting 2014 NFL Kickoff, a free pregame concert featuring Seattle rock titians Soundgarden and "Happy" and "Get Lucky" hitmaker Pharrell Williams, to treat Seattle's championship fans. The musical festivities will occur at CenturyLink Field's North Plaza at 4:30 (one hour prior to Seahawks game time). Century Link Field (North Plaza), free.
FOOD & DRINK
Fri & Sat, Sept 5 & 6
Cider Summit Seattle
If an apple a day keeps the doctor away, a day spent at Cider Summit Seattle might get you medically set for the entire winter. Sample over 100 different ciders from around the globe in convenient four-ounce tastes. Pair the fruity refreshments with food from Whole Foods, Capitol Cider (hopefully its superb fries), and chocolates from Smitten Truffles. South Lake Union Discovery Center, $25–$30.
Sun, Sept 7
The Big Melt
We all know the makings of a classic grilled cheese: a humble but satisfying combination of gooey melted cheese between two slices of crispy grilled bread. This September, amateur cooks and professional chefs alike bring their own elements to the age-old lunchtime staple at Fork's inaugural Big Melt. While one will win bragging rights for the best sandwich in town, the real winners are the attendees who get to sample the culinary creations. Hangar 30 at Magnuson Park, $29.
THE SPORTING LIFE
Thur, Sept 4
Seahawks vs. Green Bay Packers
To say the Packers want revenge after their last trip to CenturyLink Field would be an understatement. Thanks to a blown call by the replacement refs on that last-second, Russell Wilson–to–Golden Tate touchdown strike, the Seahawks stole the infamous “Fail Mary” game on national television in week three of the 2012 season. Even without the added motivation, taking down All-Pro QB Aaron Rodgers in the season opener will not be an easy task. CenturyLink Field, sold out. Televised on NBC.