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Hilary Hahn graces Benaroya Hall with a program of Bach, Mozart, and more.

CLASSICAL & MORE

Sun, Oct 30
Hilary Hahn
Few have made a smoother transition from child prodigy to star performer than virtuoso violinist Hilary Hahn. The international renowned performer started playing with major orchestras at age 11, and has since put out 16 albums. She has never stopped honing her classical repertoire, but also champions contemporary composers and engages in looser, more accessible cross-genre musical collaborations. Hahn visits Benaroya Hall to play a program of works by Bach, Mozart, Schubert, and more. Benaroya Hall, $35–$138

BOOKS & TALKS

Thur, Oct 27 
Lit Crawl Seattle
A bar crawl, with books. Seattle’s iteration of Lit Crawl has again run with this simple premise to create the year’s most Seattle-wide celebration of Seattle writers. For one night, dozens of readers take to the stage—or the back corner booth, or the loft—of bars and venues across the Capitol Hill and First Hill to read their works and imbibe.  For its fifth anniversary, the Crawl promises an expanded schedule, with five hour-long phases instead of four (6—9:45), followed by a raucous after party!  The ample lineup of readers and performers includes Washington State Book Award winner Peter Mountford, poet and songwriter Hollis Wong-Wear, and Seattle’s civic poet, Claudia Castro Luna. It’s not possible to see everyone, so check out the schedule and plan your route. Various venues, Free–$5

Fri, Oct 28
Nick Offerman
“You know, even working actors can end up having a lot of spare time. And you can either go sit at the Starbucks and wait for your agent to call you or you can go learn how to build a Shaker blanket chest with hand-cut dovetails.” –Nick Offerman. Having played America’s manliest man, Ron Swanson, on Parks and Recreation, the real Offerman fulfills his alpha male desires through his handiwork in the Offerman Woodshop. He heads to Seattle with his latest book, Good Clean Fun, which serves as both a collection of humorous wood shop stories and an honest-to-goodness how-to book for aspiring woodworkers. Benaroya Hall, Sold out

Sat, Oct 29
Joel McHale: Thanks for the Money Reading and Book Signing
Did you really expect Joel McHale to just write a traditional memoir? The title of his new book is a clear giveaway: Thanks for the Money: How to Use My Life Story to Become the Best Joel McHale You Can Be. In the tome, the Mercer Island native and star of The Soup, Community, and the new CBS sitcom The Great Indoors dishes out absurd self-help tips and even dedicates a full page to diagramming the sexual positions his parents might have used to conceive him and his two brothers. Soak in the comedic madness when McHale brings Thanks for the Money to UW for a book reading. University Temple United Methodist Church, $31 (Admits two and includes a copy of the book)

COMEDY

Thur, Oct 27
John Cleese and Eric Idle: Together Again at Last... for the Very First Time

Monty Python shaped generations of comedic sensibilities, and it’s damn delightful that the British troupe’s members still get a kick out of delighting audiences. Experience the legendary dry wit of John Cleese and Eric Idle when the duo team up for Together Again at Last…for the Very First Time, two nights of scripted and improvised bits, musical numbers, and plenty of uproarious storytelling. Moore Theatre, $60

THE SPORTING LIFE

Thur, Oct 27
MLS Playoffs: Seattle Sounders vs. Sporting Kansas City
After stumbling to the worst start to a season in team history, the 2016 Seattle Sounders battled their way into the playoffs for the eighth consecutive season thanks to strong contributions from key players like Nicolas Lodeiro and Jordan Morris. If you were one of the many doubters who gave up on the team early, that’s alright. They’ll forgive you if you’re rooting loud in the CenturyLink Field stands during their playoff game against Sporting Kansas City. CenturyLink Field, $30–$107 (Televised on FS1)

FILM

Thur, Oct 27
Election Cavalcade: Democracy on 16mm, 1932–1977
If you have election blues, regain a bit of patriotic vigor with this special Northwest Film Forum screening of 16mm political shorts. Through cartoons, propaganda films, satire, and short documentaries, Election Cavalcade explores the failures and triumphs of American democracy over a 45 year period from 1932–1977. Highlights include archival presidential footage, an award winning mini documentary on women’s suffrage, and a satirical musical comedy about a tap dancing president played by seven-year-old Sammy Davis Jr. If even that’s not enough, perhaps watching a campaign run by Bugs Bunny might just restore your faith in the American democratic system. Northwest Film Forum, $11

Fri, Oct 28 
Haunted Happy Hour: B-Movie Bingo
Campy clichés, interactive movie watching, live comedy, and high-stakes competition? Bingo! Before attending the EMP’s Haunted Happy Hour: B-Movie Bingo, be sure to bone up on your B-movie clichés such as fencing with wordplay, awesome silhouettes, the cops just won’t believe the protagonist, and three mustaches on screen at one time. Portland comedy group Wolf Choir hosts the Halloween edition of not-your-grandma’s bingo night and screens the laughably bad slasher flick, Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason takes Manhattan. EMP Museum, $7

Fri, Oct 28 
Campout Cinema: Carrie
While there will be plenty of frights to be had over Halloween weekend, none can top the sheer size of watching Carrie on EMP’s massive Sky Church screen. Brian De Palma’s vision of Stephen King’s debut novel still resonates with the same timeless message: If you’re a fan of being alive, maybe don’t torment the shy girl with telekinetic powers. EMP Museum, $12

PERFORMANCE

Thru Oct 31
This Is Halloween
Inspired by Nightmare Before Christmas, the Can Can’s cabaret This Is Halloween mixes live music and burlesque starring Jack Skellington and his singing and dancing crew from Halloween Town. Now in its 10th year, it’s frightfully festive fun for the mildly salacious nostalgic sect. The Triple Door, $27–$47

CONCERTS

Fri, Oct 28
The Sonics
Northwest garage rock pioneer the Sonics simply won’t quit. The band has outlasted generations of groups inspired by the band’s aggressive, horn-infused sound. Formed in Tacoma in 1960, the Sonics still boasts four of its five founding members, and just last year released a new album, This Is the Sonics. The iconic local act heads to the Neptune to rock out with Tom Price Desert Classic and Ayron Jones. Neptune Theatre, $35–$39

Sat, Oct 29 
Come As You Aren’t

Don’t be alarmed if you see Led Zeppelin’s John Bonham or Pink Floyd’s Syd Barrett mysteriously risen from the dead at the Skylark’s spooky battle of the bands. Using a bit of black magic, the West Seattle outpost’s 10th annual Come As You Aren’t Halloween party revives classic bands for a rocking night of cover acts. Witness local bands do their best impressions of Nine Inch Nails, the Kinks, Pink Floyd, Tom Petty, Led Zeppelin, Bob Seger, the White Stripes, and Death from Above 1979 in order to compete for a coveted prize, the golden cowbell (and prize money). Hopefully there won’t be any booing from the audience. Skylark Cafe, $10

Sat, Oct 29
Sum 41
Canadian pop punk heroes Sum 41 hit a low in 2014 when singer Deryck Whibley nearly died due to server liver and kidney problems brought on by his alcoholism. But the old adage about things being darkest before the light, seems to hold true. Last year founding lead guitarist Dave Baksh rejoined the band after a nine year absence and the group just released its sixth album, 13 Voices. Sum 41′s Don’t Call It a Sum-Back Tour makes a sold out stop at Neptune Theatre with opening support from Senses Fail and As It Is. Neptune Theatre, Sold out

THEATER

Thru Nov 15 
Dangerous Liaisons
Exposing the monstrous ways of the one-percent is nothing new or intrinsically American. In Christopher Hampton’s Les Liaisons Dangereuse (based on Pierre Choderlos de Laclos’s 1782 novel), France’s 18th century aristocracy reveals its seedier underbelly. Set in the foreground of the French revolution, the play centers on Marquise de Merteuil and the Vicomte de Valmont, two members of the Parisian elite, who engage in games of sexual manipulation in a twisted tale of love, revenge, and seduction. What will happen when their rival schemes tailspin out of control? ACT Theatre, $20-$68

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