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

Impressionist marvels come to SAM, China exports a music festival, and the U.S. World Cup champs take the field.

By Seth Sommerfeld September 30, 2015 Published in the October 2015 issue of Seattle Met

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Visual Art

'Intimite Impressionism' @ SAM

The east wing of the National Gallery of Art is undergoing construction. Lucky us. As a result, the wing’s extraordinary collection of works by the great French impressionists goes on its first-ever tour. Don’t miss your chance to see these breathtaking paintings by masters like Monet, Renoir, Manet, and Van Gogh without having to take a trip to DC.
Oct 1–Jan 10 Seattle Art Museum,


The 20th Seattle Lesbian and Gay Film Festival

It’s celebration time for Three Dollar Bill Cinema, as the nonprofit’s Seattle Lesbian and Gay Film Festival marks its 20th anniversary of providing an outlet for queer cinematic voices. This edition’s highlights include Julianne Moore and Ellen Page in Freeheld, a drama about the battle for domestic partnership rights, and the documentary about Seattle drag superstar Jinkx Monsoon, Drag Becomes Him
Oct 8–18 Various venues,

The Sporting Life

USWNT v. Brazil

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This is America: Win and we’ll love ya. When the U.S. Women’s National Team took home the World Cup in July, TV ratings for the final surpassed traditional sports juggernauts like the NBA Finals. Don’t miss their victory lap when Hope Solo, Megan Rapinoe, Alex Morgan, Carli Lloyd, and the rest of the World Cup–winning squad take the Century-Link Field pitch for a showdown against fellow world power Brazil.
Oct 21 CenturyLink Field,


Modern Sky Music Festival

The latest import from China? Music festivals. (Like we don’t already make enough of those ourselves.) Making its first Seattle stop, Modern Sky Festival differentiates itself from the pack with a lineup that crosses cultural barriers. The bill mixes Chinese pop punk (New Pants), noise pop (Hedgehog), and rock (Miserable Faith) bands with postpunk icons Gang of Four and the garage rock of Black Lips.
Oct 11 Mural Amphitheatre at Seattle Center,

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Cameron Esposito

“I am so happy with where I am with my life. Just finally [got] my look sorted out. You know, my gender reflected to you accurately. My gender being ‘fighter pilot.’ ”

The side-mulleted, vest-and-tiny-denim-jacket-festooned comedic dynamo is a loud, proud lesbian who taps into her queer worldview for humor and delivers each word with boisterous swagger.
Oct 17 Neptune Theatre,


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