“Authors should have styles of writing, like kung fu. Gillian Flynn would be Praying Mantis. Nicholas Sparks would be Nuzzling Koala.”

—Jamie Ford via Twitter (@JamieFord). The Seattle author of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, who shall now be referred to as Tender Dragon, debuts his long-awaited second novel, Songs of Willow Frost.
Sept 10 Town Hall,

Kid ’N The Hood
Life will never be the same once Pippi Longstocking moves in next door. Seattle Children’s Theatre stages a musical based on the adventures of the spirited young redhead. Even her hair has a mind of its own. 
Sept 26–Nov 3 Seattle Children’s Theatre,


QUIZ: Tigers are...

A. Buddhists
B. Agnostics
C. Atheists
D. Hungry

Answer: C. Atheists (with a lot of D), according to Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, a witty meaning-of-life story told by a tiger haunting Baghdad. Rajiv Joseph’s 2010 Pulitzer-finalist play premieres regionally at Washington Ensemble Theatre.
Sept 13–Oct 7 WET,

Spin Cycle
For 30 dizzying minutes, dancer and choreographer Daniel Linehan spins, whirls, staggers, and turns while chanting lines like: “This is not about endurance.” “This is not about therapy.” “This is not about everything.” What it is, though, is the Olympia native’s homecoming after nearly a decade away. 
Sept 6–14 (open forum), Sept 12–14 (performances), Velocity Dance Center,

Decibel Festival Turns 10
As the electronic music and art festival enters a new decade, don’t miss Sub Pop label and tour mates Shabazz Palaces and The Helio Sequence in concert. One plays jazzy, ethereal hip-hop, the other ambient electro-rock, but these like-minded musicians are brothers from another mother.
Sept 26 Showbox at the Market,,

I’ll Take You There
To celebrate the Moore’s face-lift—1,800 new seats, a fresh coat of paint—the divine Mavis Staples rechristens the 106-year-old historic theater with music from her latest album, One True Vine, produced by Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy. 
Sept 27 Moore Theatre,


Listen to Mavis Staples’ new album One True Vine in its entirety.

Published: September 2013

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