Neil deGrasse Tyson

The astrophysicist and host of Cosmos lands in Seattle to discuss wormholes, dwarf galaxies, and the birth of the universe. Oh Neil, talk nerdy to us. (Paramount Theatre, Sept 14 & 15)

Lykke Li

Like Abba and Ace of Base, Li is from Sweden. Unlike them, her music is…kinda sad (sample song titles: “Never Gonna Love Again,” “Sleeping Alone”) but still really good! (Paramount Theatre, Sept 17)

Tim Harris

Twenty years ago this month, Seattle’s biggest homeless advocate founded Real Change. Say what you will about the death of newspapers, but Harris is still giving a voice to the voiceless.

Ellen Walker

Pacific Northwest Ballet launches its 2014–15 season—the last for its beloved take on Nutcracker—in September with Walker as its new executive director. Call her the sugarplum fairy godmother.

Chris Petersen

College football’s head coaching carousel spins on as Boise State’s Petersen takes over at UW for Steve Sarkisian, who went to USC. By the way, Tyrone Willingham is still jobless. 

Holly Houser

Pronto!, Seattle’s new bikeshare program, rolls out this month with executive director Houser at the helm of the 500-cycle fleet. Save the applause and pop a wheelie in her name instead.

 

This feature appeared in the September 2014 issue of Seattle Met.