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We won't judge if you sing-along under your breath when Annie comes to the Paramount.


Sept 20–26
Everyone's favorite ginger orphan returns with her eternal optimism and the full spectacle of a Broadway production. Always remember, while it may be a hard knock life, the sun will come out tomorrow (though Seattle autumn weather is beginning to set in, so maybe that's not entirely true...). Paramount Theatre, $34–$114


Sept 19–May 1
The Legacy of Seattle Hip-Hop
While Seattle may always be known as the grunge town, the city's hip-hop history runs deep. No, it's not just Macklemore and Sir Mix-a-Lot. MOHAI presents an in-depth look at the city's rich hip-hop subculture and musical legacy—from rappers to DJs to graffiti to breakdancing—via recordings, artifacts, photos, art and more. Museum of History and Industry, $17


Fri, Sept 18
Seattle Symphony Piano Competition Finals
The Seattle Symphony’s 2015–16 season unofficially starts a bit early this year with the inaugural Seattle Symphony Piano Competition. Pianists from around the world compete for a grand prize that includes $10,000 and a spot performing at the Seattle Symphony Opening Night Gala Concert. The finalists will put their fingers to the test by performing American and French piano concertos accompanied by the Seattle Symphony. Benaroya Hall, $15

Sat, Sept 19
Seattle Symphony Opening Night Gala Concert
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 showcases his dazzling dexterity while performing two of Saint-Saëns’s most popular works. Benaroya Hall, Sold Out


Sept 17–24
SIFF Women in Cinema
SIFF’s annual celebration female filmmakers returns with highlights both new and old from around the globe. From American features from Emily Tiny and Catherine Hardwicke to Peruvian and Chinese documentaries, the movies on display showcase the diverse and compelling storytelling being produced by women directors. Penelope Spheeris will also be on hand to screen two disparate cinematic touchstones from her directing filmography: the punk documentary The Decline of Western Civilization and the smash comedy hit Wayne’s WorldSIFF Cinema Uptown, $12–$25; Festival pass $60


Fri, Sept 18
Little Big Show: Neon Indian
Indie synthpop act Neon Indian heads to Seattle to perform songs from his new album Vega Intl. Night School and to raise money for local urban youth tap dance nonprofit Northwest Tap Connection at the latest Little Big Show. Make sure to arrive early to hear Aqueduct open the show with emotional ditties from Seattle Met Album of the Month honoree Wild Knights. Neptune Theatre, $15

Sat, Sept 19
Beat Connection: Product 3 Release Show
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 3Neptune Theatre, $19


Sun, Sept 20
Seattle Seahawks at Green Bay Packers
The Seahawks don't have anytime to mope after their disheartening Week 1 loss, as Aaron Rodgers leads a Packers team that perpetually seeks revenge for crushing losses to Seattle. Between the famed Fail Mary and last year's epic playoff collapse, the Packers always seem to end up pulling defeat out of victory when facing the Hawks. Let's see if the Seahawks can work their magic one more time. Televised on NBC


Thur, Sept 17
Brian Posehn
While comedian Brian Posehn long used employed his towering size and awkward demeanor to land bit parts on sitcoms, he's finally found a proper outlet for his hilarious nerd rage writing Deadpool for Marvel Comics and hosting the Nerd Poker podcast—where he and his comedy friends play Dungeons and Dragons—when he's not hitting the road to keep his standup sharp. Neptune Theatre, $19


Thru Sept 20
Sweet Week
The second annual Sweet Week hits the streets with unique treats created specifically for the occasion. Shops around town are offering $5 treats like ice cream cookie sandwiches (Hello Robin), mini pies (Pie), and vegan cinnamon rolls (Flying Apron).  Various locations, $5

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