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Comic creator Charles Burns returns to Seattle to present Last Look.

Mon, Oct 10
Charles Burns: Last Look
As the author of the classic graphic novel Black Hole, cartoonist Charles Burns long ago cemented his place in comics lore. The innovative artist with a knack for exposing humanity’s darker sides returns to town with Last Look, which combines three books (X’ed OutThe Hive, and Sugar Skull) in a surreal trilogy about a performance artist struggling with love, heartbreak, and attempts at self-realization. Town Hall, $5 

Oct 13–23
Twist: Seattle Queer Film Festival
After operating for 20 years as the Seattle Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, the city’s premier showcase of alternative cinema rebrands itself as Twist. But it’s just a change in name. The festival still features the same inventive moviemaking by and about the LGBTQ community—from local DIY stop animation features (Torry Pines) to a documentary about Madonna's backup dancers (Strike a Pose)—that won’t be showing up at a multiplex anytime soon. Various venues, $5–$33; Festival pass $85–$240

Sat, Oct 15
Reykjavik Calling
In conjunction with Seattle’s annual Taste of Iceland Festival, KEXP once again presents the free Reykjavik Calling concert, which combines musicians from Seattle with those from its Icelandic sister city. It's a cross-continental collaborative project. Representing Iceland is acclaimed electronic-spiked alt-rock group Fufanu and emotive folksy singer-songwriter JFDR (aka Jófríður Ákadóttir). The pair joins forces with dynamic Seattle veteran rock band Kinski at Neumos for what’s sure to be an eclectic aural experience. Neumos, Free 

Sat & Sun, Oct 15 & 16
Grab a kabob, dance the Halay, and get a taste of Middle Eastern culture when Seattle Center hosts its annual TurkFest. Commemorating the 1923 founding of the Republic of Turkey, this festival celebrates Turkish culture through a variety of traditional and contemporary performances, arts, textile exhibitions, vendors, films, and food (including an on-site Turkish tea house). Seattle Center Armory, Free

Sat & Sun, Oct 15 & 16
Maple Viewing Festival
Fall is upon us, and what better way to greet the season than with a scenic walk through a grove of chromatic maple trees? Seattle Japanese Garden’s Maple Viewing Festival weaves botanical bliss with Japanese culture, featuring complimentary tours, taiko drum performances, nature-inspired crafts with UW Botanic Gardens, samurai sword demonstrations, and the photography exhibit Impressions of Fall. If you’re feeling peckish, food truck Tokyo Dog will be on hand offering up its delectable creations. Make it a family outing, a romantic promenade, or a self-reflective experience, but be sure to bring your camera to capture the vibrant colors of the season. Seattle Japanese Garden, $6

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