Sza brings the soul the Red Bull Sound Select at Chop Suey.

Mon, Oct 6
Monday Night Football: The Throwdown
Are you ready for some spirited debate? The National Football League has come under a lot of scrutiny as of late, so this discussion between three sports-minded authors is particularly relevant. Following the Seahawks' Monday Night Football game, short-story writer and essayist Steve Almond will read from his forthcoming book Against Football: One Fan's Reluctant Manifesto. He will be joined by prodigious Seattle nonfiction writer David Shields (author of Black Planet: Facing Race During an NBA season), as well as novelist and avid sports fan Whitney Otto. Regardless of your stance on the NFL, this is sure to play out as an intelligent and engaging talk. Hugo House, $7.

Wed, Oct 8
Red Bull Sound Select: SZA and Magic Fades
Red Bull Sound Select comes to town this Wednesday, and they are bringing friends. Neo soul starlet Solana Rowe (known as SZA) takes the stage at Chop Suey to belt her molten hybrid of melody, hip-hop, and cloud rap. Portland's Magic Fades acts as the local under card, with a dreamy, electronic sound that serves as a perfect compliment to the headliner. Chop Suey, $3.

Opening Thur, Oct 9
Pop Departures
Pop art was always a response to the cultural norm. The genre’s artists took what was commonplace in modernity and subverted it, fetishized it, and spat it back out for further public consumption. Seattle Art Museum’s Pop Departures exhibit takes an in-depth look at the art inspired by the initial 1960s pop art boom and the way it subsequently shaped our contemporary viewpoint. Seattle Art Museum, $20.

Sat, Oct 11
Cuong Vu Trio
As a virtuoso trumpeter and UW chair for jazz studies Cuong Vu is both creating Seattle’s jazz present and shaping its future (he made our 2013 list of the 50 Most Influential People in Seattle). The acclaimed Cuong Vu Trio takes the home campus stage as a (rare) local part of the UW World Series. Meany Hall, $20.

Sun, Oct 12
Seattle Children's Festival
Seattle Center and Northwest Folklife host the inaugural Seattle Children’s Festival. The free multicultural celebration includes live animals, kiddie music from Recess Monkey and Caspar Babypants, world dance from India, Africa, and Brazil, and more. Seattle Center, free.

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