Oct 31–Nov 2
Blooming floral tutus. Convulsing glow-in-the-dark limbs. Dancing triceratops fossils. Captivating visuals drive dance company Momix’s interpretations of nature in Botanica. With the aid of production designer Michael Curry, who cocreated the puppets for Broadway’s The Lion King, the dance illusionists bring their imaginative works to the UW World Series. Meany Hall, $44–$56.
Thru Oct 31
Seattle Symphony Performs Psycho
The essence of classic cinematic suspense derives from a film’s score. The brooding rumble before the scare builds tension and the high-pitched crescendo makes viewers jump out of their seats. SSO aims to prove this when it checks into the Bates Motel and plays the score along with Hitchcock’s Psycho for a dose of Halloween horror. Benaroya Hall, $31–$112.
Thru Oct 31
All Monsters Attack
Grand Illusion wraps up their month-long celebration of blood-soaked B-movies with the weird and grotesque silent film Witchcraft Through the Ages. Grand Illusion Cinema, $8.
Oct 31–Nov 2
National Theatre Live: Frankenstein
If the bad special effects aren’t your thing, catch Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller taking turns playing Dr. Frankenstein and his monstrous creation in two versions of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. SIFF Cinema Uptown, $20.
Thru Nov 2
KUBE 93 Haunted House
If you ever wondered which of your friends would make it out of a horror movie alive, KUBE 93 FM’s annual haunted house “Flashlight Nights” sends brave souls into the pitch-black darkness at the old Georgetown morgue. Enter if you dare. 5000 E Marginal Way S, $13–$40.
Thru Nov 3
Peter and the Starcatcher
The origin story of Peter Pan hits the stage with madcap musical comedy in the Tony Award-winning Peter and the Starcatcher. From high seas adventure to swashbuckling on Neverland, see the classic character come to life in a production fit for the whole family. Moore Theatre, $23–$58.
BOOKS & TALKS
Nov 2 & 3
While there’s plenty of literary goodness at the two-day Northwest Bookfest in Kirkland, the Wine and Words event (Nov 2, multiple locations) may be the highlight. A few words come to mind: simple, saucy, sniff, swirl, best of Northwest authors, poetry, readings, more wine please. Visit website for venues, Kirkland, free–$99.
San Francisco experimental filmmaker and poet James Broughton created midcentury counterculture without disdain. The documentary Big Joy captures Broughton’s unique artistic perspective and lust for life. The film took home the Reel NW Award, which honors independent films with a Northwest connection, at the 2013 Seattle International Film Festival. Northwest Film Forum, $11.
CLASSICAL & MORE
Vienna Boys Choir
There’s longevity and then there’s the Vienna Boys Choir. For over 500 years, the world-famous choir has been entertaining audiences with the voices of angels. The meticulously trained young altos and trebles bring their choral harmonies to warm Seattle hearts. Benaroya Hall, $31–$91.