Mon, Sept 25
Dr. Halee Fischer-Wright: 'Back To Balance: The Art, Science, and Business of Medicine'
As a successful physician and industry leader for the last 30 years, Dr. Halee Fischer-Wright drops her well-informed two-cents regarding the pending disaster that is the healthcare industry in her new book Back To Balance: The Art, Science, and Business of Medicine. Through personal experience, pop culture narratives, and logic, Fischer-Wright claims that the perfect remedy for the business-dominated medical industry is to solidify the relationship between patient and practitioner, and to reinstate the compassionate and creative "art" of medicine. Pigott Auditorium at Seattle University, $5
Mon, Sept 25
Holcombe Waller: 'Notes from the Riverkeepers'
The Columbia River Gorge, famous for its stunning views and natural life, also hosts a history of oil-by-rail transportation—including the devastating Mosier train derailment and explosion in 2016. Informed by Holcombe Waller's three-month artist residency with Columbia Riverkeeper, an organization devoted to preserving the environmental health of the River, Notes from the Riverkeepers explores the history of oil by rail, legal support for oil drilling, its environmental impact, and activism. In a medley of folk, blues, and soul-inspired sound, Waller fuses the arts with environmental issues through storytelling, song, and sermon. Glenn Hughes Penthouse Theatre at the University of Washington, $16
Tue, Sept 26
Italian Opera's Golden Century: How to Distinguish Rossini from Bellini from Donizetti
Part of the Seattle Opera Lecture Series at Seattle University, Seattle Opera's pre-performance lecturer and dramaturge Jonathan Dean maps out the biggest names of the 19th century of Italian opera. A period known for the prolific production and quality, Dean gives insight into the era's masters of bel canto, including the graceful classical composer Rossini, the catchy lyricist Donizetti, and the unmistakable Bellini. Seattle University: Pigott Auditorium, Free
Thu, Sept 28
Each year the Paramount Theatre lobby bar transforms into an art gallery. In an effort to redefine historic cultural space, the Re:definition series showcases artists who make work inspired by social justice issues. Curated by 2016 Stranger Genius Tracy Rector, the 2017 theme centers around indigenous artists' experiences. The newest artist on display, Joe (wahalatsu?) Seymour Jr., reclaims the Eurocentric narrative of indigenous people by creating woven, photographed, and printed pieces inspired by Native American tradition and art. Paramount Theatre, Free
Thu, Sept 28
In 2012, the band Pussy Riot made international news as an icon of dissent when—in the spirit of punk rock—they wrote songs criticizing Vladimir Putin and corruption within the Russian government—an act that landed them in jail. A few years after her release from behind bars, band member Maria Alyokhina teams up with Belarus Free Theatre—a theater company made up of refugees based in the UK—to tell a story of life under dictatorship, the passionate fight against censorship, and the power of freedom. On The Boards, $23–$30
Thu, Sept 26
Frances McCue: 'Timber Curtain'
The forthcoming documentary Where The House Was, tells the story of Hugo House cofounder and poet Frances McCue, the community that the literary nonprofit fostered, and the old funeral home that supported its growth. In McCue's new collection of poetry Timber Curtain, she reconstructs the narrative script of the documentary into a poetic account of the end of an era and a period of renewal. McCue explores the way a space can define and frame a community in her witty, image-driven verse. Hugo House, Free
Fri, Sept 27
Yrsa Daley-Ward: 'bone'
Known for her viral spoken word performances and TEDx talk, Yrsa Daley-Ward releases a new book of autobiographical poetry, bone. A deeply visceral and personal work, bone is the artistic product of clashing forces within Daley-Ward's life: the tension between identifying as a first generation Brit in a Jamaican and Nigerian family, an ideological conflict between her Seventh Day Adventist upbringing and desire, and experiences with depression, grief, dependency, and abuse. Northwest African American Museum, Free