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Add some French flavor to your artistic intake as Pacific Northwest Ballet performs Tricolore.

DANCE

Sept 23–Oct 2
Tricolore
Benjamin Millepied is an unstoppable choreographing machine. He founded the L.A. Dance Project (where Pacific Northwest Ballet’s beloved Carla Körbes now acts as associate artistic director) and serves as Paris Opera Ballet’s director. In Tricolore, PNB begins its new season with the frenetic but flowing metropolitan style of Millepied’s 3 Movements. The French-themed program’s counterbalance comes in the form of Balanchine’s elegant, traditionalist classic, Symphony in C. McCaw Hall, $30–$187

Sept 23–25
Velocity Fall Kick-Off
As Seattle’s premiere contemporary dance institution, Velocity Dance Center always buzzes with kinetic excitement. Never is that energy more palpable than at Velocity’s season-opening Fall Kick-Off. Bringing together the city’s most innovative choreographers, the three-night event features highlights from the previous season’s lineup (Kate Wallich, Alice Gosti, KT Niehoff, Petra Zanki, ect.) and previews of what’s coming to Seattle stages this year from Mary Sheldon Scott, Ezra Dickinson, Spectrum Dance Theatre, Zoe | Juniper, and more. Velocity Dance Center, $20-$25

THEATER

Sept 22–24
Bridge Over Mud
30 micro motors. 11 motorized tracks. 195 feet rail tracks. 60 speakers. Part installation, part concert, part performance, Norwegian hybrid art collective Verdensteatret transforms On the Boards into a surreal and otherworldly mechanical dream realm for Bridge Over Mud. On the Boards, $25

FILM

Sept 22–Oct 1
Local Sightings Film Festival 
As a premier spotlight for Northwest moviemaking, Local Sightings can’t be thematically pigeonholed. The 2016 edition features documentaries about climate change’s effect on Alaskan island natives (Kivalina), geeky mockumentaries about LARP (The Village of Middlevale) and Christians against role-playing games (Attacking the Darkness), and more indie movie goodness to see and support. Northwest Film Forum, $11-$15

COMEDY

Fri, Sept 23
Quincy Jones
On August 6, 2015, Quincy Jones was given his death sentence: stage 4 mesothelioma, a rare cancer in the lining of the lungs and abdomen that has no known cure. He was told he had less than a year to live. On June 2, 2016, the comedian’s first hour long standup special, Burning the Light, premiered on HBO. To say the Seattle native has been through an physical, emotional, and career whirlwind over the past year would be an understatement of epic proportions. After the diagnosis, his comedian friend Nicole Blaine set up a Kickstarter to raise funds for Jones to record his first standup special, and the campaign became a massive viral success, boosted by Jones appearing on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Now he makes his triumphant homecoming with a headlining gig at the Neptune Theatre. Neptune Theatre, $19–$24

CONCERTS

Thur & Fri, Sept 22 & 23
Moondoggies 10th Birthday Party
Longevity isn’t the most rock ‘n’ roll trait, but bands that just keep on truckin’ deserve a round of applause and a whisky toast. The Moondoggies has now been delighting Seattle crowds for a entire decade with its folk-tinged rock jams, so it decided to throw a lively birthday party to mark the occasion. But the band’s two-night shindig at the Tractor isn’t only about its age. The Moondoggies will also celebrate the vinyl release of its 2008 Hardly Art debut LP, Don’t Be A Stranger. Crack open a brew or two and watch the band share the stage with Lonely Mountain Lovers, Pampa, Jackalope Saints, and Great Spiders. Tractor Tavern, $15 

Sun, Sept 25
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. Moore Theatre, $43–$73

VISUAL ART

Sat, Sept 24 
Pratt Fall Open House
Are you an aspiring artist trying to enter the Seattle art scene? You’re in luck. Pratt Fine Arts Center—perhaps the Pacific Northwest’s most welcoming art school—hosts its biannual open house this Saturday. Come solo or bring the kids for an evening of hands-on crafts, artist demos, instructor chats, food trucks, and more. Maybe you’ll even find a Pratt class that’s right for you. Pratt Fine Arts Center, Free

Sept 24–Jan 15
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. Tacoma Art Museum, $15

THE SPORTING LIFE

Sun, Sept 25
Seattle Seahawks vs. San Francisco 49ers
Coming off a dreadful loss to the Rams, the Seahawks look to rebound against the rival 49ers. While the Seahawks defense remains fearsome and should give shakey Niners QB Blaine Gabbert fits, unless the Seahawks offensive line magically gels into an NFL caliber unit capable of protecting Russell Wilson and opening up some running lanes in a hurry, it could be a loooooooooooong season. Someone send John Schneider a memo saying that it’s probably not a good idea in the future to ignore the weakest part of your team during the offseason. CenturyLink Field, $180–$645

BOOKS & TALKS

Thur, Sept 22
Neil deGrasse Tyson: An Astrophysicist Goes to the Movies
When Neil deGrasse Tyson isn’t busy hosting StarTalk or Cosmos, heading the Hayden Planetarium, or giving lectures, he transforms into his diabolical alter ego—Hollywood’s Wet Blanket. The famed astrophysicist has become the premiere scientific fact checker for major motion pictures like Gravity and Star Wars. No films about space are safe. That passion becomes a live lecture when he presents An Astrophysicist Goes to the Movies. Paramount Theatre, Sold out

SPECIAL EVENTS

Thru Sept 25
Bellevue Fashion Week
For 11 years, Bellevue Fashion Week has been upending the idea that Seattle lacks any chic fashion sense. Premier events like Vogue’s Front RowFashion Runway Show or the Northwest- sourced Independent Designer Runway Show feature some of the hottest looks around. Additional free events ranging from collections debuted on the catwalk at Bellevue Square to image consulting sessions always help make Seattle a little more stylish. Bellevue Square, Free–$175

FOOD & DRINKS

Sat, Sept 24
Washington Artisan Cheesemakers Festival
Dairy queens rejoice—Saturday brings 24 cheesemakers from across the state with over 90 cheeses and lactose-based goods in tow. Dig into locally made gruyeres, chevres, butters, yogurts, and everybody’s favorite milky treat, ice cream. And while you may be very tolerant of lactose, know that there will also be honey and jams to pair with cheeses, bread, as well as beer, wine, and cider. Seattle Design Center, $35

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