CLASSICAL & MORE
SSO Opening Concert and Gala
Seattle Symphony celebrates American composers in its introduction to the 2012–13 season with Ludovic Morlot conducting Gershwin, Bernstein, and Copland, and featured violin virtuoso Joshua Bell on Bernstein’s Serenade. Benaroya Hall, $64–$170.
As arts editor Laura Dannen has said, "I once listened to Champagne Champagne and THEESatisfaction rap ‘Magnetic Blackness’ on repeat for about 20 minutes straight." Can you blame her? Addictive Seattle hip-hop duo Champagne(squared) celebrates the release of new EP Private Party at Barboza. Buy in advance; the presale is nearly sold out. With Kung Foo Grip, Metal Chocolates, and DJ Radjaw. Barboza, $10.
Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros with Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
Mixing a folksy hippie aesthetic and a neopsychedelic sound has earned Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros a devoted following. But the band doesn’t follow the antiestablishment hippie archetype. Its hit “Home” has been licensed for everything from Gossip Girl to commercials for the NFL. Marymoor Park, $35.
The Head and the Heart
Since forming in 2009 the Seattle indie folk collective has gone from playing Conor Byrne’s open-mic night to opening for the likes of Death Cab for Cutie and Dave Matthews Band. This fall the band embarks on a national headlining tour, capping off its meteoric rise. Paramount Theatre; this event is sold out.
Velocity Fall Kickoff and Big Bang! Remix Party
On Friday and Sunday Velocity relives highlights from 2012 performances and previews the upcoming season, but Saturday’s Remix Party is the best ticket, featuring more than 30 artists spread out across the center, engaging in all kinds of video, dance, and music mayhem. Velocity Dance Center, $10–$50.
Sept 14 & 15
Christian Rizzo and Sophie Laly: Néo-Fiction
Punk rocker-fashion designer-choreographer Christian Rizzo and filmmaker Sophie Laly spent the summer touring Washington state with a video camera in hand. They'll bring the great outdoors into On the Board's intimate theater with a video installation/theater piece featuring a live score by Seattle cellist Lori Goldston. On the Boards, free.
To fete the Pacific Northwest Ballet turning 40 and the 50th anniversary of the Seattle World's Fair (i.e. the birth of the Seattle Center, home to McCaw Hall and all our ballerinas), they're going cosmic with a sci-fi dance program that includes footage of the Mars rover landing and a guest appearance by NASA's reluctant heartthrob Bobak Ferdowsi, aka Mohawk Guy. McCaw Hall, $25–$115.
The Second Annual Local Celebrity Spelling Bee
Local authors, rockers, and comedians test their spelling mettle in a fundraiser for Hugo House. Going head to head: Visqueen's Rachel Flotard, cartoonist Ellen Forney, writer-filmmaker Charles Mudede, The Art of Racing in the Rain's Garth Stein, Washington state poet laureate Kathleen Flenniken, Seattle Times columnist Nicole Brodeur, comedian Emmett Montgomery, and Suzanne Morrison, aka Yoga Bitch. Richard Hugo House, $20–$35.
Third Annual You Dirty Beach Cleanup
Join JACK-FM and Alaskan Brewing Company at Duke's Chowder House on Alki Beach in West Seattle to help clean up our local coastline. The first 50 people to register and return a bag of trash will receive a pair of tickets to the Jason Mraz show on September 22 at the Gorge. Registration starts at 10am, and all are invited to the after party at Duke's for steel drums and free tote bags. Alki Beach, free.
BOOKS & TALKS
Sept 15 & 16
The reviews for his new novel Lionel Asbo: State of England have been (way) less than friendly, but the British novelist is still something of a show. Consider what the Wall Street Journal says: "He reads like a university don telling dirty jokes to astonish the groundlings while never letting them forget how well he knows his Milton." Seattle Public Library and University Book Store, free.