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Jean-Michel Basquiat / Courtesy of the Rubell Family Collection

Visual Art

30 Americans

After centuries of underrepresentation in art museums, exhibits like 30 Americans that showcase great painting and sculpture by African Americans may finally start pushing the art world to a place where race doesn’t always need to be the central theme. Drawing from art collectors Mera and Donald Rubell, the exhibit showcases 31 prominent African American artists—like Jean-Michel Basquiat, Mickalene Thomas, and Kehinde Wiley—who have contributed to and shaped the modern art world.  Sept 24–Jan 15 Tacoma Art Museum, tacomaartmuseum.org


Hey Hey We're the Monkees

After 50 years as a band, who would’ve guessed the Monkees could make a new critically adored album (Good Times!) in 2016? In fairness, the pop rockers had some help via an all-star roster of songwriters, including Ben Gibbard, Carole King, Noel Gallagher, and Rivers Cuomo, to name a few. Let the good times roll at the band’s stop in Seattle. Sept 25, Moore Theatre, stgpresents.org


Bridge Over Mud

Part installation, part concert, part performance, Norwegian hybrid art collective Verdensteatret transforms On the Boards into a surreal and otherworldly mechanical dream realm for this show. Sept 22–25, On the Boards, ontheboards.org

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Courtesy Pari Dukovic

Classical & More

Opening Night with Joyce DiDonato

To kick off its 2016–17 season, the Seattle Symphony brings in a singer capable of matching its collective musical power: mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato, whom The New York Times has called “the perfect twenty-first-century diva.” Together they tackle the work of Handel, Sondheim, and more for an evening of soaring vocal-symphonic style. Sept 17, Benaroya Hall, seattlesymphony.org


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Courtesy Gad Elmaleh


Gad Elmaleh

“We didn’t know what to get you guys… They have everything; they’re Americans. And then we were trying to come up with ideas. Health care? Nah, they won’t like it. What about free education? No. Oh! A big statue! They’re gonna love it.”

While the Moroccan French comedian can sell out arenas in his native tongue, he’s decided to challenge himself by trying to also become a standup star in English. Sept 7, Benaroya Hall, gadelmaleh.com

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