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The Top Things to See or Do in Seattle: September 2015

Jonathan Franzen searches for Purity in the Internet age, and Seattle Symphony and Pacific Northwest Ballet begin their new seasons in style

By Seth Sommerfeld August 31, 2015 Published in the September 2015 issue of Seattle Met

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Beat Connection

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Beat Connection

With its groove-filled electropop tunes, Beat Connection has brought a sophisticated cool to the Seattle rock scene since 2010. Expect a dance floor packed with swooning college kids and scenesters as the band delivers more lush synth-rock tunes at the album release show for Product 3.
Sept 19 Neptune Theatre,

La Mélancolie des dragons

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Photo: Pierre Grosbois

Absurdity rules the day at On the Boards when a slovenly band of metalheads attempts to create a hard-rock amusement park in the French comedy (with English subtitles) La mélancolie des dragons (The melancholy of dragons). When the headbangers’ car breaks down in the middle of nowhere, they set about manipulating their reality, capturing a nihilistic sense of fantasy and wonder.
Sept 10–13 On the Boards,

A Trio of Treasures

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Photo: Angela Sterling

If you missed Christopher Wheeldon’s Tide Harmonic when the Pacific Northwest Ballet premiered it in 2013, now’s the time to atone. The 18-minute no-frills, oceanic symphony of movement showcases ballet at its most breathtaking. PNB opens its 2015–16 season with See the Music, a program featuring Tide Harmonic, Balanchine’s Prodigal Son, and Jerome Robbins’s The Concert (Or, the Perils of Everybody).
Sept 25–Oct 4 McCaw Hall,

Seattle Symphony's Opening Night

Ludovic Morlot begins his fifth season at the helm of Seattle Symphony with an opening-night gala that features American classics from Copland and Bernstein. The highlight of the evening comes when pianist and new artist in residence Jean-Yves Thibaudet (pictured) showcases his dazzling dexterity while performing two of Saint-Saëns’s most popular works.
Sept 19 Benaroya Hall,

Jonathan Franzen

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Photo: David Shankbone

“It’s doubtful that anyone with an Internet connection at his workplace is writing good fiction.” —Jonathan Franzen

The National Book Award winning author behind The Corrections and Freedom turns his luddite gaze on the digital world for his fifth novel, Purity. The story explores gender politics and the omni-present Internet as it follows a girl who becomes entangled with German peace activists while searching for her origins.
Sept 9 Town Hall,

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