Thru Sept 23
Seattle Fringe Festival
It’s been nine years since the last Seattle Fringe Festival—which bowed out by filing for bankruptcy—and we’re ready to welcome it back. But what counts as “fringe” in 2012? Android arias, "a cabaret of ghosts," and $10 tickets. Capitol Hill, various venues, single ticket $10.
Thru Oct 7
The 5th Ave plays proud mama to this Broadway musical, which got its start in Seattle in 2009—with Roosevelt High grad Chad Kimball as the white 1950s radio DJ with a forbidden love of “colored music”—and comes home a Tony winner. The rock-and-R&B score by Bon Jovi keyboardist David Bryan is the true star. 5th Avenue Theatre, $29–$109.
Thru Oct 20
Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson
President Jackson is coming and he's wearing some tight, tight pants. The Off-Broadway rock musical Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson reimagines our seventh President as an emo rock star; all crotch-first swagger, petulance, and eyeliner. ArtsWest, $17–$36.
Thru Oct 28
Hotel on the Coner of Bitter and Sweet
Book-It adapts Jamie Ford’s best-selling novel, a book-club mainstay about young love complicated by war and xenophobia. Henry Lee, a 12-year-old Chinese boy, falls for Keiko, his Japanese classmate, in an otherwise all-white Seattle school, on the eve of World War II and Japanese internment. Center House Theatre, $23–$45.
Jamcentric roots rockers Dispatch originally broke up in 2004, but it’s clear fans wanted more. When the band decided to get back together for a Zimbabwean benefit show in 2007, it sold out Madison Square Garden. Three nights in a row. Dispatch just released its first full-length studio album in 12 years, Circles Around the Sun. Moore Theatre, $41.
Father John Misty
Former Fleet Foxes drummer and Seattleite Josh Tillman ran away to L.A. and made one of the best rock records of the year, Fear Fun, as Father John Misty. After entertaining crowds at this year's Capitol Hill Block Party, the charismatic frontman returns for another round of dancing, howling, and witty banter. Neumos, $16.
Long before Seattle became a grunge town, it was a city of funk and soul. The era comes alive in the 2009 documentary Wheedle’s Groove, and its stars are still making sweet music. Relive the glory of the ’60s and ’70s with much of the original band back onstage; the show also celebrates the one-year anniversary of the revitalized Neptune. Neptune Theatre; $19.
The Shins have rotated through more members than American Idol has judges, but lead singer James Mercer has always been the constant. (We hear the band was initially forged from one of his ribs.) After a five-year hiatus, the indie rockers returned in March with a new album, Port of Morrow, and a new look. The Albuquerque-to-Portland band now has some Seattle blood: Deep Sea Diver’s Jessica Dobson (lead guitar), Crystal Skulls’ Yuuki Matthews (bass), and Modest Mouse’s Joe Plummer (drums). It’s practically a local act—for today, at least. Paramount Theatre, sold out.
BOOKS & TALKS
Sept 22 & 23
Nearly 100 Northwest authors gather in Kirkland for a weekend of readings, workshops, and panels. Events range from puppet shows for the kids to wine-infused literary discussions. Peter Kirk Park, Kirkland, free.
Sept 21 & 22
Keith Hennessey/Circo Zero: Turbulence
After making its world premiere at Portland’s TBA festival this month, Hennessy’s Turbulence travels north. Each city’s performance features new dancers and uses improvisation and “unstable structures” to explore an economy in crisis. Velocity Dance Center, $12–$20.
Seattle Design Festival
Seattle design firm Killer Infographics has mastered the art of epic face-offs. (See also: “Men vs. Women.” “Ninja vs. Zombie.” “Geek vs. Nerd.”) But more importantly, they’re leading the charge in infographics, a relatively new way to say a lot with a little. See the latest designs at FYI Is a Poster Show, a block party and poster exhibit that’s part of the second annual Seattle Design Festival. Visit website for locations and ticket prices.
It's that stein-filling time of the year again. Head to Fremont and sample some great local brews including the High Pockety Pale Ale and Lovequaff Golden Ale from Seattle Brewing Company, Georgetown Brewing's Tomberfest, the Lazy Boy Oktoberfest, and Elysian's Night Owl Pumpkin Ale. Phinney Ave N & N 35th St, $15–$35.