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Hannibal Buress, one of the best standup comics on the planet, heads to the Paramount.


Sat, Oct 15
Hannibal Buress
If you haven't seen Hannibal Buress perform standup live, now's the time to change that. While the prolific comedian might be best recognized from his TV roles in Broad City and The Eric Andrew Show, he's at his best when on stage. Whether riffing about relationships, pickle juice, the magic of hiring a second line in New Orleans, or Tim Duncan dying on the basketball court, or the absurdity of White River Amphitheater's remote location, he pretty much always kills it and leaves audiences in stitches. Paramount Theatre, $25–$35


Thru Oct 30
Man of La Mancha
Say what you will about his mental state, but Don Quixote thirsts for glorious adventure, and damn if he doesn’t go out to find it. The musical Man of La Mancha tells the tale of his madness, darkness, and undeniable spirit, carried by the soaring Broadway standard “The Impossible Dream.” 5th Anvenue Theatre, $29–$136

Oct 15–30
Hansel and Gretel
Trouble getting your kids into opera? Perhaps a familiar fairy tale can serve as an entry point. Seattle Opera’s colorful production of Hansel and Gretel tells the classic story of the siblings who must deny their sweet-tooth urges to outwit a witch. While children are unlikely to pick up on the German lyrics, the English subtitles offer extra reading practice. McCaw Hall, $25–$230


Fri, Oct 14
Hugo Literary Series: Theft
This year's Hugo Literary Series gets underway in its temporary new home at the Fred Wildlife Refuge. The season has simplified the prompts to simple one-word muses, and first on the docket is "Theft." The lineup for the night includes Téa Obreht (The Tiger's Wife, National Book Foundation’s "5 Under 35"), Eduardo C. Corral (the first Latino winner of Yale Younger Poets Prize), Seattle poet Quenton Baker, and musician Ings. Fred Wildlife Refuge, $25

Sun, Oct 16
Bryan Cranston
Bryan Cranston isn’t only the one who knocks, he’s also the one who writes. Leave the blue meth at home as the star of Breaking Bad, Trumbo, and All the Way travels to Seattle to discuss his new memoir, A Life in Parts, with Sherman Alexie. Benaroya Hall, $45–$70


Oct 13–Dec 11
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

Some childhood adventures never age, like the story of four children in the English countryside during World War II who find a portal to a magical world in some old furniture. Escape to the fantasy world of Narnia when Seattle Children’s Theatre stages The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. Seattle Children's Theatre, $18–$45


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
Seattle Polish Film Festival: Planet Single
The year's biggest box office hit in Poland comes from an unlikely source: Seattle screenwriting couple Sam Akina and Jules Jones. The romantic comedy centers on a chauvinistic pretty boy talk show host and a reserved music teacher who meet up through an internet dating site. They soon turn her journeys through the world of internet dates into a sketch segment on his show. But just when it seems their chemistry is blossoming between the pair, she meets a potential Mr. Right on one of her dates. SIFF Cinema Uptown, $10


Thur, Oct 13
Jazz at Lincoln Center with Wynton Marsalis
They say jazz is about the notes you don’t play, but we imagine that if Wynton Marsalis is bringing the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra to the Paramount, it won’t just sit on the stage in silence. As one of the world’s top big bands, the group aces early jazz standards, works by Ellington and Coltrane, Marsalis’s own compositions, or whatever else happens to be on the nightly program. Paramount Theatre, $45–$125

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


Oct 15–Jan 8
The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes
Not only are they literary lore, the scientific observation methods employed by Sherlock Holmes actually changed the way police investigate crimes. The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes dives deep into the world created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle with original manuscripts, film and TV props, period-appropriate artifacts that Holmes would’ve theoretically used, and interactive displays that allow junior sleuths the chance to crack a case. Pacific Science Center, $29


Sun, Oct 16
Seattle Seahawks vs. Atlanta Falcons
It's looking like the Seahawks and Falcons will end up being two of the NFC's top teams this season, so this early season tilt may loom large when it comes to playoff seeding. The Falcons bring the league's best offense into CenturyLink Field a week after handing the defending Super Bowl champion Denver Broncos their first loss of the season. The Legion of Boom will need to be out in full force to slow down Matt Ryan and Julio Jones. CenturyLink Field, $200–$450


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

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

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