BART SMITH


Lakewood photographer walks over 17,000 miles to cover all of the National Scenic Trails for his coffee-table books. Proceeds benefit his podiatrist.

BILLY JOEL


Sing us a song—you’re the piano man. And bring Elton John with you. He can tell everybody this is his song. (KeyArena, Nov 4 & 7)

MAURICE SENDAK


The beloved author and illustrator knows Where the Wild Things Are—in Seattle, thanks to his fantastic Nutcracker designs. (McCaw Hall, Nov 27–Dec 30)

CHRISTOPHER DELAURENTI


His installation collects live audio of the WTO protests. But he can’t shake that “Single Ladies” tune out of his head, either. (Henry Art Gallery, thru Jan 31)

TAMARA MURPHY


Brasa ’s owner begins building out her new Terra Plata restaurant on Capitol Hill. We’d love a taste of things to come.

TOBY CECCHINI


The New York bartender who popularized the cosmopolitan cocktail teaches Drinking Lessons here. If you don’t pass out, you fail. (Sorrento Hotel, Nov 24)

LT. EHREN WATADA

He resisted the war in Iraq and finally received an army discharge. He deserves a seat after standing up for what he believes.

CARYL TURNER


Strictly for the birds, in a good way: She and husband Ralph’s Precious Life Animal Sanctuary provided a home for the wild turkeys overrunning La Conner.

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