Some might scoff at the words “affordable” and “ballet” in the same sentence. It’s like saying “cheap china” or “sale at Prada.” But trust us: this deal is legit.

The Pacific Northwest Ballet (PNB) has discounted its tickets for the much-anticipated Director’s Choice
program, featuring the West Side Story Suite, Mopey, The Seasons, and Petite Mort, which Steve Wiecking highlighted as a Met Pick in our fall arts preview.

Anyone 25 and under can buy one ticket for $15 and two for $25 for the Thursday (Nov 5) performance and Friday (Nov 6 & 13) performances. Call PNB’s box office (206-441-2424) or go to the ticket window at 301 Mercer Street. Some notes from PNB: Subject to availability. Not valid on previously purchased tickets. Each attendee must present valid ID upon ticket retrieval.

FREE SHOW @ Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley
Sachal Vasandani
Nov 10 & 11

The Pacific Jazz Institute at Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley offers up jazz/pop vocalist Sachal Vasandani for two “complimentary shows” next Tuesday and Wednesday, 7.30pm. We think complimentary just means FREE, and we’ll tell you if we hear otherwise. Important note: Reservations are required, so go to or call 206-441-9729 to book tickets.

The 30-year-old Vasandani tours behind his sophomore album, We Move, with band members Jeb Patton (piano), David Wong (bass) and Justin Brown (drums). He’s caused quite a stir in NYC with a regular gig at the Zinc Bar; The New York Times even honored him with a “Critic’s Choice” this fall for his latest effort.

Here’s a track from his first album, Eyes Wide Open. Your eyes might be wide open after it, too — the video features a lady-in-bikini who becomes a lady-in-bathtub. Don’t worry, it’s work-appropriate.

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