CONCERTS Pint-size Brooklyn powerhouse Sharon Jones has the swagger of James Brown, and her explosive eight-piece band the Dap-Kings sets the standard for unapologetically retro soul. Time to dance your face off at Showbox at the Market. Nov 10.
Wild Flag, a perfect storm of punk femmes fronted by Sleater-Kinney’s (and Portlandia’s) Carrie Brownstein, plays Neumos. Nov 11.
Seattle prog rockers Minus the Bear wrap their 10-year-anniversary tour with a performance of their debut album Highly Refined Pirates (in its entirety) at Showbox at the Market. Nov 11.
It may sound like the blues, but Sub Pop’s newest guitar hero plays the music of his native Mali, using a 1,000-year-old ancestor of the banjo called the ngoni. Catch Bassekou Kouyate and Ngoni Ba at Meany Hall. Nov 12.
CLASSICAL Seattle Symphony plays Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini and Sibelius’s Second Symphony as part of its Masterworks series; the orchestra is joined by Seattle Symphony Chorale for Poulenc’s Gloria. Nov 10–13.
SPECIAL EVENT Back for its second year, all-day TED event TedX Rainier brings in over 25 speakers, everyone from travel guru Rick Steves to aviator Erik Lindbergh (grandson of Charles), to give the presentation of their lives in 18 minutes or less. It’s invite only, but you can submit a request online. Nov 12.
BOOKS & TALKS New small press festival Short Run launches this Saturday at Vera Project; the all-day event showcases the best in locally made books, literary magazines, zines, comics, and graphic novels, with an after-party at Fantagraphics Books. Nov 12.
VISUAL ART The former Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) building has been remodeled as Inscape, a new art enclave that houses over 100 artists and their studios. Wander the corridors and check out the latest local projects this Saturday during the all-day open house. Nov 12, 11–7.
FAMILY It’s now a rite of passage for indie bands like the Shins to guest star on the Nick Jr. show alongside the dancing monsters of Yo Gabba Gabba. The live show’s no different: Expect to beat box with ’80s rapper Biz Markie and do the Razzle Dazzle Dancey Dance with Leslie Hall at the Paramount. Nov 12 & 13.
THEATER Now in previews: Seattle Rep reprises Sylvia, a fan favorite about a newly adopted pooch (played here by Linda K. Morris) that comes between a married couple. Be forewarned: November 13 is “bring your dog to the theater” night, with 100 pooches expected to attend. Tickets are still available for the human-only balcony seats. Nov 11–Dec 11.