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The Top Things to Do This Weekend: November 3–6

The Head and the Heart illuminates the Paramount, Gustavo Dudamel brings the LA Philharmonic to Benaroya Hall, and Pacific Northwest Ballet has a fall 'Fling.'

By Seattle Met Staff November 3, 2016

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The Head and the Heart returns home for three nights at the Paramount in support of Signs of Light.


Nov 5–7
The Head and the Heart

Considering how far the band has come, it’s sometimes hard to remember that the Head and the Heart started out by just a making ruckus at the Conor Byrne and self-peddling copies of its debut record. The local folk heroes take a brighter, more pop-rock approach for their third album, Signs of Light. Paramount Theatre, $41

Sat, Nov 5
Bill Frisell: When You Wish Upon a Star
Seattle jazz guitar wizard Bill Frisell has become an expert reinterpreter of his own nostalgia. After re-thinking ’60s rock on his previous album, Guitar in the Space Age, he’s moved onto his cinematic child-hood with When You Wish Upon a Star. Frisell adds a nuanced layer of emotion to every note he plucks in reworked versions of numbers from Pinocchio, To Kill a Mockingbird, and Once Upon a Time in the West. Moore Theatre, $28

Sat, Nov 5
If you gave life to a glitter bomb and made it play music, it would be PWR BTTM. The New York queer rock duo crafts crushingly heartfelt pop tunes about love and confusion and has developed a magical second-home bond with its devoted Seattle fan base. See PWR BTTM’s glam flair in action when the band plays its beloved Vera Project with local pop punk princess Lisa Prank and Bellows. Vera Project, $12–$14

Sun, Nov 6
Lauryn Hill

That’s Ms. Hill to you. The former Fugee is back on the road after years of musical stops and starts. She may show up and… she may not, but unpredictability is kind of her allure? McCaw Hall, $54–$199

Classical & More

Fri, Nov 4
Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic
Conductors don’t show up as guests on The Late Show or Conan, but Gustavo Dudamel isn’t a mere conductor; he’s a classical music rock star. John Williams even tapped him to oversee music for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The acclaimed Venezuelan music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic radiates artistic energy that brings fresh life into every piece he directs. Don’t miss Dudamel’s magic when he travels with the philharmonic to perform Mahler’s Symphony no. 9. Benaroya Hall, $90–$165


Fri, Nov 4
Jerry Seinfeld

Before becoming the star and namesake of TV’s most revered sitcom ever, Jerry Seinfeld was already one of the top standup comedians in the country. He even established a lasting comedic trope that isn’t just a dumb one-liner: What’s the deal with...? In his post-Seinfeld days, he’s created the super popular web series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee and kept his comedy chops sharp on stage (this year he’s had a monthly residency at New York City’s Beacon Theatre). Paramount Theatre, Sold out


Nov 3–5
Ezra Dickinson: Psychic Radio Star

One-man Seattle dance force Ezra Dickinson has been dreaming up truly unique and personal solo performances for over a decade. His latest creation, Psychic Radio Star, serves as an out there tribute to his mother's battle with schizophrenia by blending his memories and imagined world into a dance/visual art hybrid that explores America's issues with mental health care. On the Boards, $25

Nov 3–6
Mary Sheldon Scott: The Solo(s) Project
With her visual art roots, Seattleite Mary Sheldon Scott features streamlined physicality and kinetic efficiency in her choreography. Expect that trend to hold when Velocity Dance Center’s Made in Seattle series world premieres Scott’s The Solo(s) Project, a collection of seven dances for single performers set to new compositions by Jarrad Powell. Velocity Founders Theater, $20–$25

Nov 4–13
Brief Fling
Pacific Northwest Ballet’s latest program, Brief Fling, revels in its European aesthetic. Twyla Tharp’s piece—also named Brief Fling—delivers a tartan tribute to traditional Scottish highland fling dance, set to electronic interpretations of UK folk music. The Jiří Kylián–choreographed Forgotten Land draws inspiration from the Edvard Munch painting The Scream and Benjamin Britten’s swelling Sinfonia da Requiem. Stravinsky Violin Concerto’s timeless pairing of works by Russians-turned-Americans George Balanchine and Igor Stravinsky rounds out a slate of twentieth-century dance worth falling for, head over pointe shoes. McCaw Hall, $30–$187


Thru Nov 19
The Big Meal
Food connects us. It’s a through line in our lives. New Century Theatre Company’s production of The Big Meal taps into this truth, packing five generations of a family into a tantalizing multicourse story about love, death, and all the emotional drama in between by focusing exclusively on the meals they share. 12th Avenue Arts, $25-$40

Books & Talks

Fri, Nov 4
Hugo Literary Series: Animals
While Hugo House awaits construction on its new home, its 2016–17 literary series finds asylum at Fred Wildlife Refuge. Fittingly the November edition features works based on the theme of animals. The night brings together the award-winning literary voices of Alexander Chee, Kirstin Valdez Quade, Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore, and pop duo the Royal Oui for a night that should be anything but beastly. Fred Wildlife Refuge, $25

Sat, Nov 5
Short Run Comix and Arts Festival
Take a blissful dive into Seattle's DIY literary and comics scene as Seattle Center's Fisher Pavilion host the sixth annual Short Run Comix and Arts Festival. Check out the fest's 270+ exhibitors, and stock up on creations perfect for occupying your indoor time as the Seattle weather turns. Additional onsite entertainment includes live painting, a tactile graphic novel, poet discussions, and the latest from the Seattle Experimental Animation Team. Seattle Center Fisher Pavilion, Free

Visual Art

Nov 3–Dec 23
Mark Calderon: Show of Hands
Mark Calderon’s brilliance comes from his eye for the simplicity of form, which snaps into instant focus when viewing his striking wall sculptures. Whether the delicate, interweaving mineral hands of his Manus series or the crisp, bold, dyed felt boxers of Fighter, he manages to pack a punch with mere figure outlines. Catch these stunners and other new works (like a turtle stitched together from pieces of mica) in Calderon’s latest exhibit, Show of Hands. Greg Kucera Gallery, Free

Fri, Nov 4
Henry Art Gallery Fall Open House
Henry Art Gallery always attempts to celebrate emerging and contemporary artistic movements while still giving a nod to the past, so it’s no surprise that its fall exhibitions continue the trend. The Henry Art Gallery Fall Open House features the larger-than-life, fairy tale-inspired wooden sculptures of Paul McCarthy’s White Snow, Chuck Close’s iconic photography, the hard-hitting identity art of the Museum of Transgender Hirstory and Art’s Trans Hirstory in 99 Object, and a collection of Andy Warhol polaroids. DJ Marc Muller, performance group Lion’s Main Art Collective, and a photobooth help round out the shindig. Henry Art Gallery, $15

Food & Drink

Nov 6–23
Dine Around Seattle
Ah yes, it’s that time again for prix fixe lunches and dinners at over 45 locally owned restaurants across the Seattle area. Restaurants will have lunch for $22, and dinner for $22, $33, or $44 depending on location and format: perhaps two small plates and a cocktail are called for rather than the classic three-course standard. And the feel-good bonus: For every reservation made online a donation will go to the Rainier Valley Food Bank, which serves thousands of hungry families each month. Various restaurants, $22–$44

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