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Kathleen Hanna and her cohorts in the Julie Ruin can still create a musical riot.

Mon, Oct 3
An Evening with Patti Smith
Artist/poet/singer-songwriter Patti Smith, known fondly by many as "the punk poet laureate,” exposes another, perhaps more ordinary side to herself in her latest book, M Train. Told through both photos and words, this multihued memoir discloses Smith’s heartbreaking tale of unforeseen loss and her efforts to cope by memorializing her once tangible realities through art. Though revealing of her conventional existence, the book is not devoid of the more unconventional exploits one might expect from the life of a radical artist, such as a visit to Sylvia Plath’s grave and a volatile encounter with famous chess player Bobby Fischer. Smith travels to UW for a reading and discussion to mark M Train’s paperback release. University Temple United Methodist Church, $18 

Thru Oct 6
French Cinema Now
All things French manifest at SIFF’s annual showcase of the best in Francophone cinema. This something-for-everyone mini festival offers a mélange of features–from A Kid—a heart wrenching story of a young Frenchman who meets the family he never knew, only to face rejection—to Eva & Leon, an uplifting tale of serendipitous friendship between a 35-year-old, childless Eva and an 11-year-old Leon in search of his parents. French culture expert Virginie Paradis helps provide further context and meaning to the films with presentations before select movies. Allons-y! SIFF Cinema Uptown, $12; Festival pass $75

Sat, Oct 8
Cathedrals XIII: Jeremy Enigk, Laura Gibson, and Tomo Nakayama
There's a magical, breathless quality to the concerts held in St. Mark's Cathedral as part of Abbey Arts' Cathedrals series, and the non-profit plans to make the most of this fact by hosting four concerts in the grand venue over the next three months. While later installments feature Damien Jurado, Lemolo, and Noah Gundersen, the first show on the slate consists of three superb singer-songwriters: Sunny Day Real Estate's unwitting emo pioneer Jeremy Enigk, Portland's Laura Gibson, and Seattle Cathedrals veteran Tomo Nakayama. The Passenger String Quartet also joins the fray to give the esteemed trio of troubadours an even more majestically moving soundscape to work with. St. Mark's Cathedral, $15–$18

Sat, Oct 8
The Julie Ruin
Kathleen Hanna has been a musical, political, and style trendsetter since she began howling at Olympia house shows in the early ’90s with Bikini Kill. Hit Reset—the bouncy and emotion-ally charged latest album from Hanna’s current rock band, the Julie Ruin, and its first on Hardly Art—proves that the original riot grrrl hasn’t lost any of her ferocity. The Showbox, $20–$25

Sat, Oct 8
Rocky Votolato: Makers 10 Year Anniversary Tour 
It’s easy for Seattle singer-songwriters to drift toward a gloomy path. But on his 2006 Barsuk Records release, Makers, Rocky Votolato managed to tap into a majestic Northwest beauty and childish innocence while pairing light folky roots with serene melodies. The album remains Votolato’s beloved calling card, and he shares it in full with fans in celebration of its 10th anniversary. As a bonus, fellow local Barsuk troubadour Chris Staples opens the show. Tractor Tavern, $17 

Sun, Oct 9
Seattle Children's Festival
Prepare for an ankle-biter invasion as Seattle Center hosts the third annual Seattle Children’s Festival. Kids can grab event passports that guide them through the various areas packed with fun-filled activities: children’s rock bands, a Discovery Zone of hands-on learning, cultural dance performances, arts and craft creation stations (glitter!), and more. It might even be enough to tire them out for a proper nap. Seattle Center, $10 (Suggested donation)

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