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The Huskies take the field against Stanford on Friday for the program's biggest game in a decade and a half.

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THE SPORTING LIFE

Fri, Sept 30
University of Washington Huskies vs. Stanford Cardinal
This is only the most important game for UW football since its Rose Bowl win on January 1, 2001. No big deal or anything. The #6 Stanford Cardinal travel to Seattle to take on 9th-ranked Huskies in a game where the winner won’t only establish a clear path to the Pac-12 title, but also claim a spot as one of the favorites to reach the national championship playoff. After squeaking out an overtime win against Arizona, UW will have its hands full trying to stop Stanford’s Heisman Trophy favorite running back Christian McCaffrey. Husky Stadium, $72–$249

Sept 29–Oct 2
Seattle Mariners vs. Oakland Athletics
Despite an up and down season, the Mariners enter the final series of the season with an outside shot at the playoffs. They're going to have to get some help from other teams to win a wild card spot, but it's in play if they take care of business against the Oakland Athletics. With King Felix set to pitch the final game on Sunday, the possibility for real, meaningful drama is at a high.. Safeco Field, $15–$500

CONCERTS

Sept 28–Oct 2
Chance of Rain Festival
Rising from the ashes of the electronic oasis that was the Decibel Festival (RIP), Chance of Rain Festival (organized by old Decibel volunteers) looks to fill the void on a slightly smaller scale with a packed and diverse week of shows. The lineup includes Midwest techno scene legends like Derrick May and Michael Serafini, a daytime electronic showcase outdoors, a pop up art and fashion show at Artifact Gallery (Ame), a boat concert on Lake Union, and even the return of Decibel founder Sean Horton (playing as Nordic Soul). Various venues, $10–$20; Festival pass $125

Sept 30–Oct 2
Macefield Music Festival
Truly local music festivals rule. They provide Seattlites with a (relatively affordable) chance to discover the great local music that’s right under their noses without having to go out to small venues night after night. It’s binge concertgoing. Now in it’s fourth year, Ballard’s Macefield Music Festival provides the perfect opportunity to wander from stage to stage and listen to some of the city’s finest acts like Mommy Long Legs, Erik Blood, Wimps, DoNormaal, Gazebos, Bryan John Appleby, and Shelby Earl. Ballard, $35–$45; Festival pass $55

Sat, Oct 1
Manatee Commune: Manatee Commune Release Show

Join Manatee Commune (aka Grant Eadie) on a reflective aural electronic promenade through the forests of the Pacific Northwest. That’s exactly what listening to his new self-titled LP feels like. From his precipitating percussion to the soothing melodies of nearby birds, his music combines the sounds and textures of his native Bellingham. The classically-influenced one-man EDM band plays drums, guitar, and synths, stacking evermore complex layers to evoke a soothing soundscape. Cop the new record when Manatee Commune heads to Neumos with Maiah Manser, Jamie Blake, and Dream Journal. Neumos, $12

Sat & Sun, Oct 1 & 2
Bassie Bash: New York, 1937
Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra’s annual tribute to Count Basie takes a trip to the Big Apple in order to focus on the hits from the Count Basie Orchestra’s early New York era. Swing along as SRJO recaptures the musical magic of “One O’Clock Jump,” “Roseland Shuffle,” “Oh Lady Be Good,” and more. Benaroya Hall and Kirkland Performance Center, $49

VISUAL ART

Thru Sept 2017
Into the Deep
In its molten state, glass shares many properties with water. The Museum of Glass takes this idea to the next level with Into the Deep. The 55-piece exhibit (including 15 items created in the museum’s Glass Hot Shop) features works focusing on underwater realms and the aesthetics of marine life. Museum of Glass, $15

Oct 1–Jan 8
To: Seattle | Subject: Personal

In her seven-year tenure as director of the Frye Art Museum, Jo-Anne Birnie Danzker has taken a uniquely hands-on approach to curating and emphasizing contemporary Seattle art with rich group shows like Moment Magnitude and Genius / 21 Century / Seattle. Before she steps down from her post, Birnie Danzker oversees one final exhibit with To: Seattle | Subject Personal, which showcases new commissions and significant medium-crossing modern works acquired by the museum during her tenure. Frye Art Museum, Free

CLASSICAL & MORE

Sept 29–Oct 1
Elgar Cello
Outside of visits from Yo-Yo Ma, the cello rarely serves as the central focus at Benaroya Hall. That changes when Seattle Symphony welcomes French cellist Xavier Phillips to perform Edward Elgar’s Cello Concerto in E Minor, op. 85, an essential staple of the cello repertoire, thanks to the gorgeous and brooding sorrow the English composer elegantly conveyed in the wake of World War I. Benaroya Hall, $22-$122

COMEDY

Thru Nov 12
Cotton Gin
Puppets need to unwind after a hard day’s work too. So they head to their local dive, the Cotton Gin. Unexpected Productions new improvised show combines Sesame Street and off-color humor to reveal the secret lives of these wayward puppets, the ones who happen to enjoy a stiff drink and a blue joke. You might just discover that these whimsical characters—whether sock puppet or marionette—are not as modest as they seem. Market Theater, $15

Sat, Oct 1
Bruce Campbell: Last Fan Standing
No one does horror comedy like Bruce Campbell. His iconic role as Ash Williams in the Evil Dead movies (and currently in Showtime’s series Ash vs. Evil Dead) earned him lifetime comic-convention rock-star status. Heck, he even got nerds to watch Burn Notice. He’ll show off his comedic charisma live when he hosts his traveling geek trivia road show, Last Fan Standing. Moore Theatre, $27–$97

SPECIAL EVENTS

Sat & Sun, Oct 1 & 2
BrickCon 2016 
Brick by brick, this annual gathering of Lego fanatics has built a foundation in Seattle. At BrickCon, childhood fancies blossom into ingenious feats of hobbyist-built, small-scale architecture with thousands of Lego models on display. Feeling inspired? Try creating your own in the Building Zone. And for the avid collectors, the Brick Bazaar offers a fitting place to search for rare treasures. Seattle Center Exhibition Hall, $10–$12

FOOD & DRINKS

Fri, Sept 30
New Orleans Food and Funk Festival
If you can’t go to NOLA, let NOLA–inspired food and soul music come to you, or rather to Wamu Theater this Friday. Matt Lewis (Restaurant Roux, Where Ya At Matt) has curated creole noshes from local restaurants for the food and funk festival like shrimp sausage and boudin from Dot’s Butcher and Deli, chicken and andouille gumbo, of course, from Sazarac. Other bites include fried alligator, beignets, crawfish boils, and a raw oyster bar. And it’s not a New Orleans event without booze: here this means local beer and wine, boozy slushies, and oh yes, hurricane cocktails. As for the funk portion of this event, both Northwest- and New Orleans–based musicians will grace the stage. WaMu Theatre, $30

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