Kylián and Pite
Three works by Czech choreographer Jiří Kylián—including Pacific Northwest Ballet favorite Petite Mort and a PNB premiere of Forgotten Land with scenery inspired by Edvard Munch and a Benjamin Britten score—appear on a bill with Emergence, a thrilling, spooky work by Canadian choreographer Crystal Pite. Emergence, a piece for 38 dancers, is set to pulsing electronic music and riffs on cultural critic Steven Johnson’s book by the same title. McCaw Hall, $28–$174.
Music of Remembrance: Until When?
For the Music of Remembrance fall concert, Cornish College choreographer Pat Hon sets dances to a suite from Betty Olivero’s score for the 1920 silent film The Golem, actor Kurt Beattie reads translations of poetry by Hungarian Holocaust survivor Yaakov Barzilai, and award-winning violinist Takumi Taguchi performs Ernest Bloch’s 1923 work Nigun. Benaroya Hall, $40.
Barsuk Records' 15th Anniversary
Seattle’s other hugely influential label is having a birthday party too. In many ways, Barsuk was to the indie rock boom of the early 2000s what Sub Pop was to the grunge movement of the ’90s, launching Death Cab for Cutie and others. The label celebrates with four nights of shows around town featuring the Long Winters, Phantogram, Nada Surf, Ra Ra Riot, Jesse Sykes and the Sweet Hereafter, and more. Various venues, sold out.
Minus the Bear
Minus the Bear garnered its audience thanks in large part to David Knudson's electric guitar wizardry; from the math rock tapping of Highly Refined Pirates to the grandiose atmospheric shredding on Planet of Ice. But the Seattle rock mainstay can still function without being plugged in, as it shows on its new collection of acoustic rerecordings Acoustics II. Showbox at the Market, $23–$25.
The Lonely Forest and Cumulus
Compatriots on Chris Walla’s Trans-Records, the Lonely Forest and Cumulus both arrive at the Neptune with new releases. The Lonely Forest continues to polish its rock sound to a high sheen on Adding Up the Wasted Hours, and Cumulus’s debut full-length, I Never Meant it to be Like This, showcases the band’s blend of dreamy surf pop and heady indie rock. Neptune Theatre, $17–$18.
Nov 9–Jan 25
Shimmering Tree: A Projection by Jennifer Steinkamp
Deft use of space can transform art’s impact. Acclaimed projection artist Jennifer Steinkamp enlarges her work Mike Kelley to engulf an entire gallery wall with the image of a tree that shimmers in digital breezes, a larger-than-life sensory exploration of the beautiful fragility of life. Tacoma Art Museum, $10.
Thru Nov 10
Affordable Art Fair
High art doesn’t need a high price tag to match. The Affordable Art Fair offers an accessible entry point for those seeking to start a collection without the luxury of a trust fund. With pieces ranging from $100 to $10,000, the majority under $5,000, the five-day showcase makes the art world seem more inclusive than ever. Seattle Center, $10.
Thru Dec 1
Seattle International Comedy Competition
Attending the Seattle International Comedy Competition is part reality show contest, part night at the comedy club. For the month of November, 33 comedians from around the globe convene in Western Washington for 22 shows at venues from Bellingham to Tacoma. The pressure is on as standups offer short sets of their best material in the hopes of making it to the finals. Visit website for venues and prices.
buildOn Seattle Dinner 2013
Join Seattle Met at the buildOn's annual dinner at Chateau Ste. Michelle. This year’s event will go towards funding for the construction of two schools in Senegal and the travel costs for Seattle Public School students and teachers to break ground on a school. Students will spend seven days working side-by-side in partnership with local villagers. Chateau Ste. Michelle, $150–$10,000.
Party for the Health of It
Join Seattle Met at Party for the Health of It, where we’ll be moonwalking the red carpet and squeezing into the photo booth with 1,000 of our closest friends. School yourself in what Seattle’s doing to make water cleaner and lives healthier around the world. Zip into that sparkly cocktail dress, borrow your grandad’s tie, raise a glass, get lost dancing and do it all for a good cause: clean water in Tanzania. Seattle Aquarium, $45–$250.