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Seattle Rep's King Charles III explores the true power of the modern British monarchy.


Thru Dec 18
King Charles III
God save the king. Mike Bartlett’s 2015 Olivier Award–winning King Charles III imagines a near future where Prince Charles of Wales finally ascends the throne and bucks the crown’s figurehead status by refusing to sign a Parliament-passed bill restricting the press. Boasting a razor sharp script written in in blank verse, King Charles III manages cutting contemporary social commentary (some of which stings much more post-election) while paralleling Shakespeare’s classic nobility plays.. Seattle Repertory Theatre, $17–$88

Thru Nov 20
Markeith Wiley: It's Not Too Late
Seattle choreographer and performer Markeith Wiley brings a hybrid theatrical and talk show experience to On the Boards with It’s Not Too Late. Structured like a late night show filmed in front of a studio audience, Wiley (playing the program’s host, Dushawn Brown) will explore ideas of what it’s like for black artists in Seattle to create work that’s consumed primarily by white audiences. Mixing scripted elements, musical performances, and improvised interviews with local guests like founder Natasha Marin and author Imani Sims, It’s Not Too Late looks to be an entertaining platform to stir up artistic discussion. On the Boards, Sold out

Visual Art

Nov 19–May 7
Jennifer West: The Film Is Dead...
There’s beauty in the near obsolete. Los Angeles artist Jennifer West takes old 70-millimeter film and employs common items like bleach, coffee, and nail polish to paint and erode the film. For her Seattle Art Museum exhibit The Film Is Dead..., West hangs these strips from the ceiling for the entire length of a gallery while a digitized projection of the colored and distorted film screens, bridging the medium’s physical and cyber realities. Seattle Art Museum, $25

Special Events

Sat, Nov 19
Pop Culture Party
EMP Museum officially boasts a rebranded new name—Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP). To celebrate MoPOP hosts a Pop Culture Party that has it all… seriously. Live music and dance performances? Check. Video games? Check. A Star Trek-themed game of Bingo, called Klingo? Duh. Complimentary manicures? Sure, why not? There’s a selfie scavenger hunt, that involves scenes straight out of fan favorites like Star Trek, Harry Potter, Stranger Things, Game of Thrones, and more. Also here: themed food and drink specials, airbrush tattoos, museum store discounts Funko Spock figures, and screenings of past Sky Church performances. The best part? Admission is free and includes access to all MoPOP galleries, including Star Trek: Exploring New Worlds. Seriously. Everything. Museum of Pop Culture (formerly EMP Museum), Free

The Sporting Life

Sat, Nov 19
Washington Huskies vs. Arizona Sun Devils
After suffering their first loss of the season last week against USC, the 7th-ranked Huskies hope to bounce back and renew their playoff chances when they take on a medoicre Arizona State team. With one of the most daunting defenses in the country and Heisman Trophy candidate quarterback Jake Browning (second in the country with 35 touchdowns), UW still has the talent to make this season a special one. Husky Stadium, $58–$167 (Televised on Fox)

Sun, Nov 20
Seattle Seahawks vs. Philadelphia Eagles
After a thrilling Sunday Night Football win against the despised New England Patriots, the Seahawks look to continue their momentum and solidify their spot as a favorite in the NFC. The 5-4 Philadelphia Eagles might not look like the most formidable team with rookie QB Carson Wentz at the helm, but Football Outsider’s highly respect advanced statistical formula DVOA surprisingly ranks them as the #1 team in the NFL. Don’t sleep on the birds from the East. CenturyLink Field, Sold out (Televised on CBS)


Thru Nov 19
Seattle Puppetry Improv Festival
As if the prospect of creating comedy on the spot wasn’t daunting enough, the performers of the Seattle Puppetry Improv Festival increase the degree of difficulty by adding puppeteering into the comedic mix. Unexpected Productions hosts a series of shows featuring improv troupes with felt characters in the vein of Avenue Q, shadow puppets, and even a show based on a fake branch of the LAPD comprised of celebrity murder-solving stuffed animals. Market Theater, $7–$15

Books & Talks

Sat, Nov 19

In the internet age, TED Talks have become a prime way for people to share complex ideas in condensed, intellectually manageable bursts. The independently organized TEDxSeattle brings 16 speakers together in McCaw Hall of a day of thought sharing in the hopes of shaping a better world though understanding. The 2016 lineup of topics includes the science of artificial intelligence, understanding social dissonance through theater, the fragility of the North Pole, peak mobile bandwidth capacity, searching for Bigfoot, and more. McCaw Hall, $80–$250


Thur, Nov 17
Chastity Belt
Some of the best things happen by accident. This certainly holds true for the indie rock quartet Chastity Belt, which started in Walla Walla native back in 2013 as a joke at a frat party. From its humble college town beginnings, the band of jokesters has since found its niche in Seattle and flourished as serious musicians (even touring as support for Death Cab for Cutie’s 2016 European tour). On the band’s two studio LPs, No Regrets and Time To Go Home, lead singer and guitarist Julia Shapiro, bassist Annie Truscott, guitarist Lydia Lund, and drummer Gretchen Grimm have thematically explored the struggles of the young adult mind—feminism, sex, drugs, bad parties, the meaning of life (in a nihilist sense)—with a tone that can range anywhere from boorish to sweet. Soak in the mid-tempo spirit of youthful rebellion when Chastity Belt hits the Chop Suey stage with Malidont and Versing. Chop Suey, $13

Fri, Nov 18
Influencers Concert Series: Wanda Jackson
After coming up as a young country singer from Oklahoma in the late 1950s, Wanda Jackson found her calling in rockabilly music. After touring with Elvis Presley, the Queen of Rockabilly started turning out top 10 hits in the 1960s with her twangy edge, becoming a female rock pioneer who proved women could sell records. To show how her tunes still impacts modern acts, MoPOP pairs Jackson (with the backing of Seattle's premiere rockabilly band, the Dusty 45s) and local alt-country group Evening Bell for an evening of music on the Sky Church stage. Museum of Pop Culture (formerly EMP Musuem), $22

Sun & Mon, Nov 20 & 21
Temple of the Dog
Out of all the bands to emerge from Seattle’s grunge scene in the ’90s, none possess the mythic aura of the Soundgarden–Pearl Jam supergroup, Temple of the Dog. Scarcity does that. Intended as a small tribute project to Mother Love Bone front man Andrew Wood, who died of a heroin overdose in 1990, Temple of the Dog unexpectedly found commercial success despite only playing a few Seattle shows and never touring. To mark the 25th anniversary of its lone, self-titled album, the band reforms to finally give legions of hardcore fans their first chance to see “Hunger Strike” performed live. Paramount Theatre, Sold out

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