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New York's Jessica Lang Dance heads to Meany Hall to perform contemporary dance marvels like Tesseracts of Time.


Nov 10–12
Jessica Lang Dance
Sometimes the most daring move is settling down. After a decade traveling the globe as one of the world’s preeminent freelance choreographers, Jessica Lang pumped the brakes and formed the troupe Jessica Lang Dance in 2011. The acclaimed New York ballet and contemporary dance ensemble heads to UW to perform a piece that fuses the worlds of architecture and dance (Tesseracts of Time) and a Beethoven-scored tribute to those wounded in war (Thousand Yard Stare). Meany Hall, $40–$50


Thur, Nov 10
Jim Jefferies

Few comedians excel at bluntly calling America on its crap better than Jim Jefferies. The Aussie standup cuts straight to the stupidity of issues with a logical but incredulous gruffness. If you need some live comedy to help you wind down post-election (or just want a good laugh in general, because his material is far from exclusively political), catch Jefferies when he stops at the Paramount. Paramount Theatre, Sold out

Fri, Nov 11
John Hodgman

In terms of career titles, the bespectacled John Hodgman would certainly be labeled Daily Show correspondent, author, and Mac pitchman before anyone would get around to standup comedian. But take heed: His acerbic wit and storytelling knack during his 2013 visit to the Neptune resulted in one of Seattle’s most hilarious evenings of standup comedy in recent memory. Neptune Theatre, $28


Nov 11–19
As One
Conceptualized and composed by former Cornish music chair Laura Kaminsky (with a libretto by Mark Campbell and filmmaker Kimberly Reed), the opera As One tells a story of self-discovery for transwoman named Hannah. The interesting wrinkle comes from the lead (and lone) role being simultaneously split between a male baritone and a female mezzo-soprano, who are musically accompanied by a string quartet. Over the course of 15 songs, the show lets audiences emotionally experience the highs, lows, and humanity of a transwoman's journey of self-acceptance. This Seattle Opera production will reimagine some of the show's core staging to fit Washington Hall's space, and will also mark the first performances of As One featuring African American leads playing Hannah (Jorell Williams and Taylor Raven). Washington Hall, $25–$40


Nov 10–17
Cinema Italian Style
Italian film may not be revered as other foreign markets (see: France), but it has a lot to offer. SIFF Cinema Italian Style spotlights 15 of the year’s best Italian-made films. The festival starts strong with opening feature Like Crazy, a tale of blossoming friendship between two women with wildly different personalities during a cross-country road trip escape from a psychiatric clinic in Tuscany. It’s followed by a charmingly eclectic lineup that includes Solo (a witty fourth wall-breaking feminist comedy), Lost and Beautiful (a documentary that director Pietro Marcello turned into a fantasy drama about a masked man and a buffalo calf after his documentary subject unexpectedly died), and more.. SIFF Cinema Uptown, $12–$25; Festival pass $100.

Nov 11–13 
Seattle Shorts Film Festival
SIFF’s annual Seattle Shorts Film Festival is back with 48 local and international shorts to fill up an entire weekend. Surprisingly, the action kicks off with feature film: Before I Disappear. The movie is a full-length adaptation of 2012 Oscar-winning short Curfew, which follows a man and his niece as they bond on a nighttime excursion through New York City. The remainder of these short but sweet films are presented in themed blocks (Musical Cinema, Cinematic School, etc.) which pack a punch. Among the offerings, there’s an animated short about space garbage men (Trashonauts), a sci-fi comedy about robots expressing love for their co-workers (Rae), and a heartrending thriller starring James Franco as a man trying to unmask the secrets of his past (A Walk in Winter). SIFF Film Center, $12; Festival pass $45–$75

Visual Art

Nov 12–Mar 26 
Coast to Cascades: C. C. McKim’s Impressionist Vision
With an eye for our region’s majestic natural beauty and brushstrokes that conveyed a soft interpretation of light, Portland’s Charles C. McKim established himself as a paragon of Northwest impressionist painting in the 1920s. Tacoma Art Museum’s Coast to Cascades surveys McKim’s career to trace his influence on the area artists who followed. Tacoma Art Museum, $15


Thru Jan 15 
Black Bodies in Propaganda
Because of the inherent inhumanity of warfare, governments will always need to spin positive messages to inspire their citizens. Northwest African American Museum’s Black Bodies in Propaganda presents 33 vintage posters that attempted to persuade African Americans to enlist in the armed forces or contribute to the country’s war efforts (including the Spanish-American War, WWI, and especially WWII), even while they were being oppressed in the states. These images of power and patriotism help illustrate the ideological disconnect between the military battles across the ocean and the social ones at home. Northwest African American Museum, $7

Classical & More

Fri, Nov 11
Sonic Evolution with Earshot Jazz
Earshot Jazz Festival closes out its 2016 programming by teaming with Seattle Symphony for the musical fusion of the institution’s Sonic Evolution series. For the latest edition, the symphony pays tribute to Quincy Jones and jazz singer Ernestine Anderson by joining forces with the Garfield High School Jazz Band, Cuong Vu Group, and Grace Love for a soulful night at Benaroya. Benaroya Hall, $21–$30


Thur, Nov 10
Crater and Natasha Kmeto
As the year begins to wind down, reflection about 2016 highlights begins. With that in mind, Crater’s Talk To Me So I Can Fall Asleep is without a doubt one of the best Seattle records of the year. The local electronic pop rock duo created an eloquently dreamy dark soundscape that’s perfectly suited for dancing a night away in the subterranean bowels of Barboza. Catch Crater live with support from the alluring sounds of Portland electronic producer and vocalist Natasha Kmeto. Barboza, $9. 

Thur, Nov 10

Emerging from the late '70s/early '80s California hardcore scene with a barrage of ultra short, angsty, and (most importantly) catchy tunes on albums like Milo Goes to College, Descendents laid the groundwork for pop punk. It's a direct line from Descendents to Green Day, Blink-182, the Offspring, NOFX, etc. Currently on its fourth reformation, the group still can start a ruckus quicker than bands half its age. Show up early to catch the superb grungy howling of Bully and Portland's Broadway Calls. Neptune Theatre, Sold out

Fri, Nov 11
Sturgill Simpson
Despite the claims of the purists who champion him, Sturgill Simpson isn’t going to “save” country music from the shiny, cookie cutter hollowness of modern pop country. And that’s just fine (nobody’s forcing anyone to listen to that cliché riddled bro country garbage). Rather than worry about the soul of country music, simply marvel at the craftsmanship and clever earnestness of Simpson’s songwriting, which rings with the worn-soul richness that would make the departed legends of the genre proud. Paramount Theatre, Sold out

Food & Drink

Sun, Nov 13
Anthony Bourdain
There are culinary celebrities for every type of person, from sensible moms (Rachel Ray, Martha Stewart) to gastronomical nerds (Alton Brown) to everyman gluttons (Guy Fieri). But there’s only one man who’s made food cool, edgy, and slightly rebellious: Anthony Bourdain. The No Reservations host exuded sardonic charisma while traveling the world to eat, and he’ll discuss his street food journey and other adventures as part of a national tour in support of his first cookbook in over a decade, Appetites: A Cookbook. Paramount Theatre, $171–$395

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