Blood Squad stirs up some Friday night frights with a double header of improv featuring Dickens-era murders and scifi horror.

Wed, Oct 15
James McBride
After beginning his career as a journalist, James McBride burst onto the literary scene with his memoir, The Color of Water, an instant classic about growing up biracial with a white mother in New York City. He’s yet to miss the mark since. His most recent novel, The Good Lord Bird, took home the National Book Award for its surprisingly comedic portrayal of a slave who becomes entangled with famed abolitionist John Brown. Town Hall, $15.

Oct 15–19
Gearheads rejoice! It's once again time for the Seattle Auto Show. The annual event showcases the newest cars, trucks, supercars, and more. All of the latest and greatest models from the world's most famous automakers will be present. If you like cars—and not just the matchbox variety—it's a can't miss event. CenturyLink Field, $14.

Oct 16–18
Ron Funches
“I kind of treat (my parents) like a Walmart… I really don’t like going to them for any reason, I’d prefer it if they stayed out of my town, but I get a strange satisfaction from stealing from them.” - Ron Funches. The Undateable actor and @Midnight favorite brings his soft-spoken standup delivery and his disarmingly adorable Japanese schoolgirl laugh to Tacoma for three nights of shows. Tacoma Comedy Club, $10-15. 

Fri, Oct 17
Blood Squad: Victorian Ripper Slasher and Deep Space Terror
For the first time ever, horror/comedy improv group Blood Squad joins up with the Annex Theatre to bring a night of gore, chills, and laughs. Their double feature will inlude two performances of horror that span totally different genres: Dickens-era murder tales and spooky science fiction. While Blood Squad is known to shoot for the silly over the truly terrifying, viewer digression is strongly advised. Annex Theatre, $17.

Sat, Oct 18
Merge Records’ Ex Hex delivers its first burst of throwback edgy ’70s rock with the October release of their record Rips. But the band already has a pedigree (including Wild Flag’s Mary Timony). Meanwhile, opener Speedy Ortiz makes sharp angular rock with a Pavementesque apathy. The band’s intricately haphazard instrumentals are bolstered by Sadie Dupuis’s heady lyrics. Barboza, $15.
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