Brandon Whitehead faces the dunces. (photo courtesy Adam Smith)

THEATER
Book-It’s very promising new season—which includes Emma and a remount of their classic Cider House Rules adaptation— begins with a staging of John Kennedy Toole’s Pulitzer winner A Confederacy of Dunces. Deft comic actor Brandon Whitehead should be perfect as Ignatius J. Reilly.

Village Theatre, which has reason to be proud of its original musicals, debuts another one, Chasing Nicolette.

Passionate about football but not yet sold on theater? Former Houston Oilers safety Bo Eason hopes you’ll try tackling stage fare with his Runt of the Litter.

DANCE
The year’s best video—and most delicious club anthem— inspires a Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It) Dance-Off. I hope Kanye West shows up to say a word or two.

CONCERTS
House of Thee Unholy #3 gets down and dirty with Led Zeppelin. One of Seattle’s finest performers leads on vocals.

Arctic Monkeys pack Showbox at the Market on Saturday. Humbug, their latest album, is strange fun, with shades of everything from Bowie to Madness. “My Propeller” would be perfect for a James Bond theme song.

Pet Shop Boys will bring boys (and “West End Girls”) to the Moore on Sunday.

FILM
Bridging Wounds inaugurates Northwest Film Forum’s multimedia Live at the Film Forum performance series with a piece about “a girl, an airport and the accidents and intersections that happen while waiting.”

VISUAL ART
The Chinatown ID Art Walk opens the doors of over a dozen venues on Saturday.

SPORTS
Seattle Sounders FC play Chivas USA, the Los Angeles team that doesn’t have Beckham, at Qwest Field.

SPECIAL EVENTS
The Simpsons, our greatest TV show, celebrates its 20th anniversary at Fremont Oktoberfest. You know how Homer likes his beer.

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