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Christopher Wheeldon’s stunning Tide Harmonic highlights Pacific Northwest Ballet's season opener, See the Music.


Sept 25–Oct 4
See the Music
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). McCaw Hall, $30–$187


Sept 24–Oct 3
Local Sightings Film Festival
Suffering from a case of blockbuster burnout? Tired of keeping track of every superhero in the Marvel universe? Far from the glimmer of Hollywood, North- west filmmakers are creating smaller, more personal films on modest budgets, and the Local Sightings Film Festival proves it’s their time to shine. It’s not about finding the next big thing, but rather discovering a movie you can connect with right now. Northwest Film Forum, $11–$20; Festival pass $190


Sept 26–Jan 10
Genius: 21 Century Seattle
There are visual art exhibits with a finely honed thematic focus, and then there’s Genius: 21 Century Seattle. The group show brings together Stranger Genius Award-winning local artists, writers, musicians, dancers, and filmmakers for a free-form look at our city’s artistic climate and social issues through new commissions, multidisciplinary performances, readings, public forums, and more.. Frye Art Museum, Free


Sun, Sept 27
Seattle Seahawks vs. Chicago Bears
They say waiting only makes the heart grow fonder, but the 12th Man can’t be pleased that they have to hold on until Week 3 of the NFL season to see the Seahawks at home (especially after an 0-2 start). That said, the Legion of Boom (Kam Chancellor is back!) will be licking its collective chops in anticipation of getting a shot at Bears quarterback Jimmy Clausen, who's subbing in for the injured and much-maligned Jay Cutler. CenturyLink Field, $169–$708 (Televised on Fox)


Thurs & Sat, Sept 24 & 26
Materworks: Beethoven and Mahler
Everyone digs Beethoven, but Ludovic Morlot and the Seattle Symphony are truly showing their love with an impressive new undertaking. Over the next two seasons, Seattle Symphony will perform all of Beethoven nine symphonies and five piano concertos. The musical journey begins with his Fourth Symphony (paired with Mahler’s Symphony No. 1). Benaroya Hall, $21–$121


Sat, Sept 26
Star Wars: The Party Strikes Back
EMP celebrates the end of Star Wars and the Power of Costumes (closes October 4) with a party befitting the Mos Eisley Cantina. Check out the exhibit for one last time while also enjoying the sounds of the Star Wars String Quartet, the dueling of Jet City Light Saber Guild, Star Wars trivia, airbrush tattooing, and more. EMP, $30


Thur, Sept 24
Saul Williams
Since making a name for himself as a slam poet in the mid-’90s, Saul Williams has championed the intersec- tion of poetry and hip-hop through his writing. In the new US(a.), his first full-length poetry collection since 2006, he takes a probing look at the American psyche and what it means to be American in this modern era of race issues, class divisions, television, superheroes, and social media. Town Hall, $10


Thru Oct 11
The Comedy of Errors
While William Shakespeare’s wordplay provides amusing moments throughout the show, this Seattle Shakespeare rendition of The Comedy of Errors really serves as a masterclass in the art of physical comedy. The tale of mistaken identity hits absurd highs as two sets of long-separated twin brothers continually get confused for each other leading to mass confusion that includes business deals gone wrongs, fights, arrests, romance, and countless follies. Seattle Repertory Theatre, $31–$45

Sept 25–Oct 12
99 Ways to Fuck a Swan
As the name implies, this play, written by Kim Rosenstock, centers around a troublesome sexual act—the Greek myth of Leda and the Swan, with its ripple effect through the ages, from Michelangelo to modern day Dave—and the particulars of sexual obsession. 99 Ways features a set covered in industrial sheets of paper, drawn and painted on throughout the play, then refreshed for every new performance. 12th Avenue Arts, $25


Thru Sept 27
Decibel Festival
Seattle once again becomes a paradise for electronic music fans as Decibel Festival returns for its 12th edition. With national headliners (Dan Deacon, Thievery Corporation), local favorites (Shaprece, Vox Mod, Manatee Commune, Briana Marela), EDM boat parties, and even a free event in the park, there’s plenty of lineup diversity for both hardcore fans and electro-newbies wanting to dip their toes in Decibel’s sonic waters. Various venues, Free–$50; Festival pass $250

Sat, Sept 26
Ukraine’s DakhaBrakha dwells on its own chaotic musical plane of existence. The group combines the folklore of its homeland with African beats, Indian and Arabic instrumentation, Australian droning, and a theatrical stage show for a blast of world music that can’t be pigeonholed. Neptune Theatre, $35

Sat, Sept 26
Benjamin Verdoes: ‘The One and the Other’ Release Show
After moving to New York City, Benjamin Verdoes (Iska Dhaaf, Mt. St. Helen’s Vietnam Band) returns home to unveil his second solo record. The EP The One and the Other finds Verdoes employing hushed vocal and dark electronic sounds to propel a lyrics that explore the complexity of love set against a city night. The Lo-Fi, $7

Sun, Sept 27
Decibel Festival: DB in the Park
Electronic music is best experienced indoors at night, but that doesn’t mean you should pass up the chance to lounge around Volunteer Park and listen to the sounds of DB in the Park. Decibel Festival’s lone free event brings together four DJs—J.Phlip, Christian Martin, Michael Manhan, and Sean Majors—for an afternoon that should delight EDM fans and confuse people causally strolling through the park. Volunteer Park, Free

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