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The Top Things to Do in Seattle This October

Patti Smith has a new memoir, Italian art emphasizes the body, and Nick Kroll takes the stage.

By Stefan Milne September 24, 2019 Published in the October 2019 issue of Seattle Met

Image: Johan Elbers


Donald Byrd: The America That Is to Be

Oct 12–Jan 26 Donald Byrd spent the first half of his long and lauded career elsewhere (New York, LA) before setting down in Seattle in 2002. While we know him as the artistic director and choreographer behind Spectrum Dance Theater, he also danced. This retrospective, The America That Is to Be, combines archival footage from across his four-decade career with live performances—all of it centered around Byrd’s guiding principle: working toward a truly multiracial culture. Frye Art Museum, Free



Oct 15 Kazu Makino has spent most of her musical career as the vocalist of art rock band Blonde Redhead, her voice so sheer it lets light through. Now, going only by her first name, Kazu has released her first album as a solo artist, Adult Baby. The music deploys electronics (recent Radiohead is an influence on lead single “Salty”) yet retains Redhead’s hypnotic mist. Columbia City Theater, $22

Visual Art

Flesh and Blood: Italian Masterpieces from the Capodimonte Museum

Oct 17–Jan 26 Though among the country’s largest museums, the Capodimonte in Naples doesn’t have the name recognition of the Vatican or the Uffizi. So a traveling exhibit is an awakening and a treat. Flesh and Blood: Italian Masterpieces from the Capodimonte Museum gathers 39 paintings and one sculpture, spanning from the sixteenth through eighteenth centuries. The show focuses not on a movement (Renaissance or Baroque) but on corporality, mostly the human form, along with—why not?—a couple still lifes of goats’ heads. Seattle Art Museum, $30


Nick Kroll

“[At Burning Man] I went very quickly from very skeptical ... to like within two days, I was roller skating in a baby blue romper. ”—Nick Kroll

Oct 25 The poly-hyphenate star takes his Middle-Aged Boy tour on the road. Moore Theatre, $27–$37

Books & Talks

An Evening with Patti Smith

Oct 6 Nearly a decade ago, after many poetry collections, Patti Smith’s Just Kids arrived with the force of revelation: The Godmother of Punk, we discovered, could also retrace her young life with such depth and in prose so crystalline she won the National Book Award. Now comes her third proper memoir, Year of the Monkey, a flaneur’s meditation on loss and aging, written as she wandered the country alone throughout 2016. Benaroya Hall, $42–$67

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