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The Top Things to See or Do in Seattle: October 2014

A Tony-winning play, a Newbery-winning book, and Macklemore’s pals release competing albums.

Edited by Seth Sommerfeld October 1, 2014 Published in the October 2014 issue of Seattle Met

Images: Brantley Gutierrez; Autumn De Wilde

Battle of the MackleFriends

Fences and Mary Lambert, two of Macklemore’s Seattleite pals and the singers behind “Otherside Remix” and “Same Love,” each release a new album on October 14. So, naturally, we’ve pitted them head to head.

Oct 14

Fences ARTIST Mary Lambert
Lesser Oceans Album TItle Heart on my Sleve
Fences Debut LP Heart on My Sleeve
"Arrows" Lead Single "Secrets"
"Arrows land, we're falling
Arrows were fallen
Single's Chorus "I don't care if the world knows what my secrets are, So what?"
Yes, on "Arrows" Macklemore Appears on Record? No

Chekhov in a Blender 

What do you get when you mash playwright Anton Chekhov’s masterworks like The Seagull and Three Sisters with a modernity that includes Entourage and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs? Apparently, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, 2013’s Tony winner for Best Play. Vanya and Sonia’s unemployed life full of Chekhovian misery receives a jolt of drama when their sister Masha returns to the family home with her much younger lover Spike and things take a turn for the absurd. 

Oct 17–Nov 16   ACT Theatre,

Pages to Soothe the Savage Beast

Animals have always had a knack for tugging on the heartstrings in children’s literature. The latest entrant in that pantheon is Ivan the lonely captive gorilla from Katherine Applegate’s The One and Only Ivan. Based on a real gorilla that spent 27 years as a Tacoma mall attraction, the story of Ivan bonding with a baby elephant taken from the wild earned the Newbery Medal in 2013. Now Applegate tells the nonfiction account in Ivan: The Remarkable True Story of the Shopping Mall Gorilla

Oct 7    University Book Store,


"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. 

Oct 16–18   Tacoma Comedy Club,



Bows and Merlots

Seattle Symphony loosens its collar once again and steps out into Benaroya Hall’s grand lobby for the first installment of the 2014–15 Baroque and Wine series. Patrons can pair their evening drinks ($10 for four pours) with three classic concertos by Bach, a sinfonia by his son Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, and a suite by Telemann. Just make sure not to imbibe to Beethovian levels.

Oct 24 & 25  Benaroya Hall,

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