New York's cutting-edge Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet makes its Seattle debut.

DANCE

Nov 15–17
Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet
Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, an exhilarating New York troupe that cameoed in thriller The Adjustment Bureau, makes its Seattle debut with a high-velocity program of Pite, Shecter, and Ekman works. Meany Hall, $20–$43.

COMEDY

Nov 16–Dec 2
The Habit
Seattle’s sketch comedy resurgence continues with the return of the Habit, a troupe of scary-talented former UW students (John Osebold, Mark Siano, and Jeff Schell among them) who ruled the local comedy scene in the 1990s. They reunited last year for a string of shows at the Bathhouse that busted guts; God might still be a little sore about the performance review he received, but that’s what he gets for taking the seventh day off. Bathhouse Theater, $17.

THEATER

Nov 16–Dec 15
Avenue Q

Streetwise Sesame Street–style puppets offer a recent college grad named Princeton some life lessons a la New York City (like: “Everybody’s a Little Bit Racist” or “The Internet Is for Porn”). With rising young director Eric Ankrim at the helm, Balagan Theatre’s take on the Broadway musical features local actors, newly trained as puppeteers, wrangling the feisty felt stars. Recommended for ages 14 and up. Erickson Theatre Off Broadway, $25.

CLASSICAL & MORE

Nov 15, 17, & 18
Emanuel Ax Plays Brahms' Piano Concerto No. 2

The virtuosic pianist returns for his second SSO appearance this calendar year; Ax solos on Brahms’s second piano concerto, which the composer completed 20 years after his first. Benaroya Hall, $19–$112.

CONCERTS

Nov 15
Kris Orlowski
British singer-songwriter Benjamin Francis Leftwich had to cancel his date at Tractor Tavern, but thankfully local troubador Kris Orlowski has stepped in to fill the headlining void; fresh off the release of his EP Pieces We Are. Tractor Tavern, $10.

Nov 16 & 17
Ben Gibbard
Ben Gibbard takes a break from fronting Death Cab for Cutie to release his first solo album, Former Lives, a record he says spans “eight years, three relationships, living in two different places, drinking then not drinking.” In other words, our 20s. Showbox at the Market/Washington Hall, sold out.

Nov 16–25
Taj Mahal Trio
Calling Taj Mahal a “bluesman” risks pigeonholing the Grammy winner, whose guitar-picking has long been influenced by music from around the world: African roots, calypso, zydeco. His trio’s in town for a monster eight-night, 13-show stand. Dimitriou's Jazz Alley, $34.

Nov 17
Hear My Train a Comin': The Concert
EMP celebrates the grand opening of Hear My Train a Comin’: Hendrix Hits London and Hendrix’s 70th birthday with a tribute show. The night’s de facto guest of honor is bassist Billy Cox, the lone surviving member of the Jimi Hendrix Experience and Band of Gypsys. He’ll be joined by a slew artists (mostly locals) including Brandi Carlile, Duff McKagan, Mike McCready, Brad Whitford (Aerosmith), Ernie Isley (Isley Brothers), and more. It’ll be one big Hendrix jam fest. EMP, $30.

Nov 17
Minus the Bear
After a brief detour to electrofunk city on Omni, the Seattle stalwart Minus the Bear is back to its rocking ways on its latest record, Infinity Overhead. David Knudson’s guitar shredding and Erin Tate’s expert drumming inspire. Showbox at the Market, $25.

BOOKS & TALKS

Nov 16
Ya Gotta Believe!
A holy trinity of talented regional writers—novelist Ryan Boudinot, poet Emily Kendal Frey, and memoirist/journalist Claire Dederer—join The Maldives' Jason Dodson to share new work on the well-worn topic of faith: losing it, having it, and figuring out what’s worth believing in. Hugo House, $25.

SPORTS

Nov 18
Sounders v. Galaxy
The Sounders have reached the Western Conference Finals, but after a tough 3-0 loss in the series opener in L.A., the club needs a blowout win to keep its quest for the MLS title alive. CenturyLink Field, $25–$130.