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Concert

The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses

Sept 22 The eight-bit soundtrack to the original Legend of Zelda is one of the most iconic pieces of music in video game history. Thirty years and dozens games later, the Zelda franchise remains among Nintendo’s most beloved. And the thoughtful use of music—from the lo-fi 1987 version to the cinematic scores in newer installments—is an invaluable and influential contribution to the industry. In Symphony of the Goddesses, Zelda receives a soaring orchestral survey of the series’s music alongside gameplay footage from the medieval-inspired mythical land of Hyrule. Paramount Theatre, stgpresents.org

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Visual Art

Zaria Forman: Antarctica

Sept 9–Nov 4 After four weeks aboard an Antarctic expedition on the National Geographic Explorer, Zaria Forman had ice on the brain. She imbues her large photorealistic drawings of the massive and incongruous frozen architecture with a profound sense of scale—but also impermanence. Forman observes a landscape under widespread threat at the hands of climate change, recasting these ancient stalwarts born from a largely inhospitable environment into something more precious, vital, and endangered. Winston Wächter, winstonwachter.com

 
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Classical & More

Seattle Symphony Opening Night Concert

Sept 16 Heralded soprano Renée Fleming helps kick off Seattle Symphony’s 2017–18 season with music director Ludovic Morlot, featuring works by composers Samuel Barber, Giuseppe Verdi, and…wait for it... Björk. Plus, the music is just a prelude to the real party: dinner, drinks, and dancing at nearby Sheraton. Benaroya Hall, seattlesymphony.org 

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Theater

Pride and Prejudice

Sept 29–Oct 29 Playwright Kate Hamill knows a thing or two about adapting Jane Austen to stage…with a twist. The New York Times called her version of Sense and Sensibility “pumped full of helium,” a lively romp “for those who don’t usually like Jane Austen.” Expect the same for the West Coast premiere of Hamill’s Pride and Prejudice. The stately decorum and period attire remain, but expect the fraught love story between Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy to take a more progressive swing. Seattle Rep, seattlerep.org

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Concerts

Gorillaz

Sept 30 Since their self-titled 2001 debut record, Gorillaz have maintained a sense of mystery. For one, they aren’t real…technically. The four cartoon band members are a front for the work of dozens of musicians, led by the group’s cocreator Damon Albarn. In the early aughts, Albarn and company really explored the lore-building potential of music videos and early social media. Now with a new album, Humanz, and a world tour (with real human musicians), Gorillaz adds to their own mythology. KeyArena, keyarena.com

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Comedy

Chris Rock

“Whole Foods does not say, ‘No Blacks Allowed.’ But a $7 orange does.”

Sept 16 & 17 At one time, Chris Rock was the biggest comic in the world. But he’s stayed relatively quiet on the stand-up circuit since his last comedy special in 2009. Times have certainly changed since Obama’s first year in office, and now Rock returns with the Total Blackout Tour—perhaps when we need him more than ever. Paramount Theatre, stgpresents.org

Food & Drink

NW Tequila Fest 

Sept 9 The largest tequila (and mescal) tasting in the Northwest returns. It’s an abundance of agave in Renton, with over 170 spirits to sample, food from local businesses like Frelard Tamales, a cocktail competition, live music, and industry speakers. Every summer should be the summer of tequila. Renton Pavilion, nwtequilafest.com

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