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Feel like a natural woman by checking out the touring production of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical at the Paramount.

THEATER

Thru Oct 30
Beautiful: The Carole King Musical
It’s easy to long for the early ’70s when a talent like Carole King could write an album like Tapestry and become a superstar without any semblance of glitz or manufactured image. Her story—from a her early days as part of a hit pop songwriting team with her husband to the tumultuous times that pushed her out on her own—come to life on stage in the Tony-winning jukebox biomusical Beautiful: The Carole King MusicalParamount Theatre, $30–$115

VISUAL ART

Thru Jan 8
Yves Saint Laurent: The Perfection of Style
Few fashion designers reach artistic visionary status. Yves Saint Laurent was undoubtedly one of them. During his 44-year career, the Frenchman created sophisticated haute couture dresses and runway-worthy ready-to-wear outfits. He pushed for practicality in women’s style, making sleek pantsuits and adding pockets to dresses. The Perfection of Style features 100 garments, plus photo-graphs, drawings, and films that illustrate the master’s process. Seattle Art Museum, $25

DANCE

Oct 20–22
Zoe | Juniper: Clear and Sweet

The sense of style that Zoe | Juniper brings to each new performance outpaces everything else in the local dance scene. The focus on maximizing visual impact makes each new work feel like a piece of fine art. Clear and Sweet mixes the angular movements of dancers in the round, elegant videography, and the American folk tradition of communal shape-note singers. On the Boards, $25

FOOD & DRINK

Sun, Oct 23
Mario Batali in Conversation with Tom Douglas
While the rest of the Batali family keeps Seattle fed at Salumi, Mario Batali’s celebrity chef status means he’s got a whole nation to feed. He tackles the problem with his new Big American Cookbook, featuring 250 regionally specific recipes from coast to coast, like gulf gumbos and Pacific Northwest berry pies. Batali travels to UW to chat about the culinary tome with Tom Douglas. University Temple United Methodist Church, $40 (Admits two and includes a copy of the book)

THE SPORTING LIFE

Sun, Oct 23
Seattle Sounders vs. Real Salt Lake
It’s Decision Day for the Seattle Sounders. After early season struggles, the squad controls its own playoff destiny headed into the season finale home clash against Real Salt Lake. With a win, the Sounders will clinch a playoff spot and the #4 seed in the MLS Western Conference playoffs. But if Seattle drops its final game and the Portland Timbers and Sporting Kansas City notch wins, the men in rave green will be sitting at home when the knockout round begins. Expect high drama at CenturyLink Field. CenturyLink Field, $25–$69

SPECIAL EVENTS

Sat, Oct 22
KEXP Record Fair
KEXP’s new Seattle center home transforms into the city’s coolest record store for a day when it hosts the first KEXP Record Fair. The event brings together a host of terrific record labels (Sub Pop, Numero Group, Hardly Art, Light in the Attic), top local record stores (Easy Street, Sonic Boom, Silver Platters, etc.), and private dealers for an all-day vinyl overload. While digging through crates to find that perfect gem for their turntable, patrons can also hear KEXP DJs spinning their own personal collections. (Fair warning: This free event will probably be packed to chaotic levels during peak hours.) KEXP, Free

Sat, Oct 22
Rainier Beer Day
It’s a real thing otherwise known as R Day, which Governor Jay Inslee and Mayor Ed Murray has officially decreed to be October 22. Hear, hear! To celebrate, Rainier Beer is hosting an R Day party with KEXP from 5 to 11 at the Old Rainier Brewery—big neon R at the top, you can’t miss it. There will of course be beer flowing, including the recently re-introduced pale mountain ale. Beyond brews, there will be games and live music from Thunderpussy and Hobosexual. Old Rainier Brewery, Free

CONCERTS

Sat, Oct 22
Flock of Dimes
When Jenn Wasner needs a break from fronting Wye Oak, she slips into the alternative guise of her solo project, Flock of Dimes. Her latest album, If You See Me, Say Yes, sports a collection of self-reflective tracks where Wasner trades in the folksy guitar melodies and breezy vocals of early Wye Oak for ’80s alt-pop undertones heavy with analog synths. Soak in said synths when Flock of Dimes migrates to Barboza. Barboza, $13

Sat, Oct 22
Seattle Rock Orchestra: David Bowie
As long as we keep celebrating David Bowie’s music, he’ll never truly die. Seattle Rock Orchestra’s crew of area musicians and local vocalists travels to Kirkland to tackle the catalog of the fearless rock risk taker. Here’s to a space oddity that never ends. Kirkland Performance Center, $40

COMEDY

Oct 20–Oct 22
Brown Derby Series: A Nightmare on Elm Street 2

When it comes to Seattle’s Brown Derby comedy series, rehearsal is overrated and impossibility is merely an intriguing challenge. Since its start in 1999, director Ian Bell along with an eccentric cast of local actors and comedians has recreated a myriad of classic films each with a campy, haphazard reinterpretation. At local watering hole Re-bar, movie buffs and a dedicated cult following marvel at how the actors recreate pivotal scenes with only cardboard, duct tape, and silly string at their disposal. Witness the hilarity when the Ian Bell troupe reenacts an October-appropriate feature: A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge. Re-bar, $20

Fri, Oct 21
Whose Live Anyway?
Bellingham native Ryan Stiles brings cast members (Greg Proops, Joel Murray, Jeff B. Davis) of the televised improv comedy hit Whose Line Is It Anyway? back to Seattle for another rousing edition of Whose Live Anyway?. The improv extravaganza features many of the familiar games from the series, resulting in plenty of laughs at the crew’s delightfully made-up shenanigans. Moore Theatre, $35–$65

BOOKS & TALKS

Thur, Oct 20
The Tobolowsky Files
Best for his role in Groundhog Day as Ned Ryerson—the high school acquaintance you dread bumping into—character actor Stephen Tobolowsky also happens to be a talented storyteller. His podcast The Tobolowsky Files has become a success based on his knack for sharing short tales from his life anchored by themes of love, humor, and life in the entertainment biz. They’re funny, engaging, and sometimes even profound. See the man in action when he heads to Town Hall for a live episode of The Tobolowsky Files. Town Hall, $5

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