Ira Glass: Reinventing Radio
The host of This American Life returns to Seattle for the first time in two years with Reinventing Radio, an updated stage show featuring the man behind the mic in a conversation about the making of his radio program. He will also take audience questions (cue the arms in the air), made all that more interesting following the now-infamous "Mr. Daisey and the Apple Factory" episode—aka the “retraction episode"—of TAL. Benaroya Hall, $25–$47.
BOOKS & TALKS
While Molly Ringwald will forever be known as the star of '80s teen staples The Breakfast Club, Pretty in Pink, and Sixteen Candles, her creative bent didn't evaporate when her partnership with director John Hughes ended. Her first novel When It Happens to You consists of eight stories about the complex relationships that exist amongst family and friends in modern Los Angeles. Elliott Bay Book Company, free.
In a May Rolling Stone article, Against Me! front man Tom Gabel came out as transgender; she’ll now go by Laura Jane Grace. While the news made headlines, don’t let it completely overshadow the fact that AM! is still one of the best punk bands out there. El Corazón, $18.
Alt-rockers Sloan are set to perform their 1994 album Twice Removed in its entirety. While that might not sound like a big deal to us Yanks, the album was twice named the best Canadian album of all-time in readers’ polls conducted by Canadian music mag Chart. Tractor Tavern, $15.
Blondie and Devo
Two new wave icons come together for a night of pure nostalgic bliss. And while Blondie certainly racked up more hits (who can argue with “Heart of Glass”?), Devo—with its messages of modernity and mankind’s de-evolution—almost seems prophetic in retrospect. Chateau Ste. Michelle, $50–$95.
My Morning Jacket and Shabazz Palaces
People who are into My Morning Jacket’s Southern psychedelic rock are really into it. Heck, there’s an entire episode of American Dad featuring the band. But it’s the fact that MMJ handpicked Seattle’s acclaimed but enigmatic hip-hip group Shabazz Palaces as an opener that has us excited. Marymoor Park, $40.
Béla Fleck and the Marcus Roberts Trio
After informally jamming together at the 2009 Savannah Music Festival, 14-time Grammy winner and banjo virtuoso Béla Fleck teamed up with jazz pianist Marcus Roberts to release Across the Imaginary Divide, a collection of all-new material that blends bluegrass licks with a traditional jazz trio of piano, bass, and drums. Dimitriou's Jazz Alley, $30–$35.
Sept 6–Oct 6
On the centennial of Woody Guthrie’s birth, Strawshop artistic director Greg Carter stages his adaptation of the music, drawing, and writing of America’s best-known folk singer, with handsome hand-carved wooden puppets sharing the stage with the actors. Erickson Theater Off Broadway, $15–$30.
Sept 7–Oct 7
Uncle Ho to Uncle Sam
In this world-premiere drama, rising actor-playwright Trieu Tran (The Newsroom, Tropic Thunder) tells his own emotional refugee story of leaving fallen Saigon as a boy and coming of age amid the “snow, hip-hop, urban gangs, and clashing cultures” of America. ACT Theatre, $15–$55.
Sept 7–Oct 20
I'm Thinking How Happy I Am
Time's up. Western Bridge's expiration date has arrived, and after this final exhibit, our favorite SoDo warehouse-turned-contemporary art gallery will shut its doors for good. To celebrate eight years of art parties and oversized installations and indoor mountains, the gallery brings back LA-based artist Euan Macdonald (the man behind the mountain) alongside multimedia artist Lutz Bacher (recently the subject of a Whitney retrospective) and photographer Walead Beshty.