Oct 26–Dec 2
The Glass Menagerie
Braden Abraham, one of our 15 Artists to Watch in 2013, directs Tennessee Williams’s classic in the more intimate Leo K theater at Seattle Rep. Star of the cast is veteran Seattle actress Suzanne Bouchard as the aging Southern belle and overbearing mother to Laura, who seeks solace in her glass figurines. Seattle Repertory Theatre, $30–$70.
Americana singer-songwriter Sera Cahoone's latest album Deer Creek Canyon may have been released in late September, but this homecoming show at the Neptune is officially acting as the album's release show. Neptune Theatre, $13–$15.
Cue the rebel yell. After two years of hounding Billy Idol to play his birthday party, Seattle’s Michael Henrichsen will get his wish as he turns 26. The bleached-blond pop icon sent a video RSVP to a giddy Henrichsen in August, announcing that the Showbox SoDo concert “is sure to be one of the most memorable birthday parties your city has ever known.” Showbox SoDo, sold out.
Despite only being 26 years old, Canadian alternative hip-hop star Cadence Weapon has already had two of his three albums shortlisted for the Polaris Music Prize and served two years as Edmonton's Poet Laureate. Barboza, $10.
CLASSICAL & MORE
An Evening with Philip Glass and Foday Musa Suso
A pioneer of minimalism and prolific composer, Glass reunites with Seattle resident and African kora virtuoso Foday Musa Suso, with whom he co-scored the 1988 film Powaqqatsi, for an evening of modern classical music. Percussionist Adam Rudolph joins. Kirkland Performance Center, $65–$350.
Following the success of its 2011 debut, SSO’s Sonic Evolution program returns with three world premieres by young composers inspired by Seattle’s rock and hip-hop legacy: Alice in Chains, Blue Scholars, and Yes. Seattle rockers Star Anna and the Laughing Dogs also join for a second-half concert with the orchestra. Benaroya Hall, $31–$51.
Thru Oct 31
All Monsters Attack
Grand Illusion Cinema’s yearly monster mash runs the gamut of horror films. They’ve got the classic (John Carpenter’s The Thing), the cult (Evil Dead), the camp (Scarecrow Video’s “The VCR That Dripped Blood” night), and even the kid friendly (Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit). Grand Illusion Cinema, $8–$12.
Spectrum Dance: The Theater of Needless Talents
Choreographer Donald Byrd restages his dramatic 2008 dance-theater piece honoring artists who were victims of the Holocaust, inspired by the chamber music of Erwin Schulhoff, a Czech-Jewish composer who died at Wülzburg concentration camp. Cellist Wendy Sutter, pianist Judith Cohen, and violinist James Garlick accompany. Spectrum Dance Theater, $20–$50.
Oct 27–Jan 27
Like a Valentine: The Art of Jeffry Mitchell
Growing up gay and Catholic inspired the Seattle artist, and for 25 years his tender ceramic sculptures have inspired us. His gooey glazed earthenware often comes adorned with flowers, dogs, and bears—a tangled pile of exuberance tempered by a subversive sense of humor about sex, gender, and Christianity. Henry Art Gallery, $6–$10. Open house with live music, beer, food trucks, and cupcakes at the Henry, Oct 26, 7–10pm.
Oct 26–Dec 15
Social Order: Women Photographers from Iran, India, and Afghanistan
Five contemporary female artists examine the role of women in the modern Middle East, with an eye trained to religion and censorship. Of note are Iranian photographer Shadi Ghadirian’s studio portraits inspired by early images from the Qajar dynasty (1794–1925); she juxtaposes the past with the present: a modern woman in traditional hijab hoisting a boombox over her shoulder. Photo Center Northwest, free.
Steamcon IV: Victorian Monsters
This year's steampunk convention is, per a release, "a weekend-long Halloween party featuring all the classic monsters of the Victorian era: Frankenstein’s Monster, Dracula, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Spring Heeled Jack, the Invisible Man, Jack the Ripper and many more were born in the foggy streets of Victorian London. With participants dressing as monsters and monster-hunters"—and set to compete in the Saturday afternoon costume competition—this cosplay outing couldn't come at a better time. Hyatt Regency Bellevue, $40–$45.