Oct 18–Nov 23
We all like to mentally escape to our own little worlds. Lori Nix just happens to (literally) create her little worlds in exquisitely detailed dioramas. In The City, her new book of diorama photography, the artist crafts a chilling world of decayed buildings and nature’s reclamation. G. Gibson Gallery displays the photographs and hosts a book signing on October 26. G. Gibson Gallery, free.
Oct 17–Nov 23
Ross Sawyers: This Is the Place
Ross Sawyers’s art, per Platform, is influenced by “the experience of living in increasingly smaller spaces,” closer and closer to our neighbors as density increases and the walls close in. As suffocating as that sounds, his photographs shine with beams of light escaping through cracks in the walls, freeing our notion of personal space. Platform Gallery, free.
Oct 17–Jan 5
Peru: Kingdoms of the Sun and the Moon
This traveling exhibition of Peruvian art spans 3,000 years and multiple cultures (Mochica, Chimú, and Inca), including archeological finds—sculptures, textiles, gilded masks—that were only recently discovered and make their first U.S. visit now. Seattle Art Museum, $20.
Little Big Show 7: The Joy Formidable
Fundraising concert series Little Big Show doubles down on the music for its seventh edition by not only offering a great concert by Welsh rock trio the Joy Formidable, but also giving all the money from ticket sales to Seattle Music Partners. The Joy Formidable closed out Bumbershoot 2013 with an energetic set that was partially marred by a mid-set delay for technical difficulties, but earlier that day, the band played flawlessly in front of a more intimate audience for a KEXP live session in Seattle Children’s Theatre. We’re expecting more of the latter than the former at the Little Big Show. Neptune Theatre, $15.
The Avett Brothers
The homespun folk of North Carolina’s the Avett Brothers sounds much more natural than their more pop-driven peers like Mumford and Sons and the Lumineers. Here’s hoping the intimate songs (including tunes from the group’s latest album, Magpie and the Dandelion) aren’t swallowed up by KeyArena's cavernous, unforgiving acoustics. KeyArena, $31–$45.
The Moody Blues
As flag bearers for the progressive rock movement of the 1970s and ’80s, the Moody Blues’ output perfectly fit the album-oriented rock FM radio of the time with lush, psychedelic songs that branched into experimental territory without getting too weird. The band’s melodic and symphonic sensibility still sounds pure almost 50 years after the Moody Blues’ formation. Paramount Theatre, $36–$96.
Kanye West keeps busy. The past few years he's been Watch(ing) the Throne with Jay-Z, avoiding the tabloids (with limited success) with Kim Kardashian, siring a daughter (the actually named North West), and releasing a new album, Yeezus, earlier in 2013. But there's one thing that he hasn't been doing – touring. That's about to change. West starts his Yeezus Tour–his first solo tour in five years–at KeyArena on Oct 19. In addition to ubiquitous hits like "Gold Digger" and "Jesus Walks," expect plenty of material from the ferocious horror punk-toned Yeezus. Oakland rapper Kendrick Lamar, who played to a packed KeyArena crowd as an afternoon headliner at Bumbershoot 2013, joins West as the opening act. KeyArena, $35–$171.
Chris Cornell possesses the vocal power to cut through any hard rock backing. He proved he can still rock with the best of them at Soundgarden's sold out Paramount gigs in February, and now he's giving fans a chance to experience his music in a softer setting where his voice can soar without obstruction at this acoustic show. Benaroya Hall, sold out.
BOOKS & TALKS
Hugo Literary Series: People Will Talk
Pssssssst. Don't tell anyone, but Hugo House's 2013-14 Literary Series kicks off with writers talking about our culture's obsession with gossip. I hear that visiting authors Richard Bausch and Roxane Gay, Hugo writer-in-residence Kary Wayson, and musician and The Stranger Genius Award winner John Osebold will all be there. But if anyone asks, you didn't hear about it from me. Richard Hugo House, $25.
Jonah Ray and Kumail Nanjiani
Meltdown Comics has become the epicenter of alternative and nerdy comedy in Los Angeles. It's most popular stand-up showcase The Meltdown heads to air this fall on Comedy Central with cohosts Kumail Nanjiani and Jonah Ray of the Nerdist network. Catch the duo in an unusual comedy venue as Meltdown heads to punk club El Corazón. El Corazón, $15–$18.
FOOD & DRINK
Arcade Lights at Pike Place Market
Release your inner kid at Arcade Lights in the historic arcade of Pike Place Market. Nibble on bites from over 60 local artisan food and drink purveyors including Beecher’s Handmade Cheese, Ellenos Real Greek Yogurt, and American Brewing Company. Tickets include 10 redeemable tokens and a keepsake glass. Pike Place Market, $28–$35.
From Red Delicious to Gala, Washington has earned a reputation for growing amazing apples. Neighborhood Farmers Markets celebrates the state’s prized crop in the U District with AppleLooza, a day of apple tasting, cider drinking, and sweet treats that gets to the delicious core of the state’s favorite fruit. University District Farmers Market, free.