AUTUMN HAPPENINGS

Fall Arts Field Guide

Discover—and rediscover—Seattle’s cultural landscape.

By Sophie Grossman August 22, 2022 Published in the Fall 2022 issue of Seattle Met

As the daylight hours start to wane, the warmth of our city’s concert halls and dance floors beckons. From the icons you already know to the deeper cuts, consider this your autumnal checklist.


1. THE OLDIE

1932 Second Ave

The Moore Theatre, opened in 1907, is Seattle’s longest- standing entertainment venue. Its interior, replete with a palatial domed ceiling, brass light fixtures, and elaborate wainscoting, is a rare example of intact early-twentieth-century theater architecture, and an attraction in its own right. 

Met Rec Comedian Jimmy O. Yang, of Silicon Valley and Space Force, comes to the Moore on September 30.

2. THE GOODIE

2505 First Ave

“A destination for grunge rock pilgrims from around the country,” as the Associated Press called it in a 2007 eulogy, the Crocodile has managed to stay afloat in often choppy waters since it opened in 1991. It already went under once (hence the eulogy), and whether it would survive the pandemic was, for a time, an open question. Now, more than 30 years later and just a few blocks from its original location in Belltown, it remains one of the city’s most enduringly legit venues.

Met Rec The last Friday of every month, a small but devoted crowd of dancers descend on the Croc for the Shrine, an evening of Black and African musical traditions hosted by local trumpeter Ahamefule J. Oluo.

Town Hall's exterior could almost evoke a Rick Steves walking tour of Rome.

3. THE WORLDLY

1119 Eighth Ave

On November 10, Seattle Arts and Lectures hosts master of the guidebook himself Rick Steves at Town Hall. Perhaps most readily associated with sneaker-clad tourists on walking tours of Rome and Madrid, his work has veered more reflective in recent years. Steves’s 2009 Travel As a Political Act, a departure from his traditional Western Europe stomping grounds, takes readers to Turkey, Ethiopia, and El Salvador, examining what America stands to learn from the history and contemporary realities of other nations.

Bagels, books, brews—that's Sunday.

4. THE INDIE

5041 Wilson Ave S

Though Elliott Bay Book Company may be the sun around which our city’s literary world revolves, Third Place Books distinguishes itself with an admirable selection of tomes and, as of January, an equally stellar range of craft beers courtesy a Chuck’s Hop Shop that shares the space. Muriel’s All Day Eats, a kosher restaurant that offers bagels, deftly schmeared and topped with a generous tumble of lox, forms the final link in this blessed trifecta, making Third Place’s Seward Park location one of the best places in the city to spend a leisurely Sunday. 

5. THE CLASSIC(AL)

200 University St

The Seattle Symphony netted its 26th Grammy nomination this year, but it’s not resting on its laurels: It continues to provide inventive and refreshing takes on the classics with its masterworks series, while its family concerts offer a more accessible experience. Nature Resounds, on November 5, centers on Chinese-born com- poser Tan Dun’s Passacaglia: Secret of the Winds and Birds, an interactive piece which calls for select members of the audience to play recorded birdsong on their smartphones. 

Met Rec Opening night at Benaroya Hall is September 17; a $250 ticket includes an afterparty with drinks and dancing. 

6. THE MOVING

915 E Pine St Century

Century Ballroom is tucked away in the historic Odd Fellows building, built just a year after the Moore opened in the resplendent Beaux-Arts style. Its calendar is packed with nightly classes in salsa, waltz, swing, and more, which draw a truly intergenerational crowd to Capitol Hill in the evenings. Don’t let the “ballroom”bit intimidate you: The vibes are resolutely relaxed, with beginners and drop-ins encouraged. 

Met Rec The ballroom hosts its annual Halloween Disco Dance on October 28.

Velocity's programming continues to twist toward the avant-garde.

7. THE SHAKING

Various Locations

Velocity is making big moves in its 2022 season, after losing its executive director during the height of the pandemic and getting priced out of Capitol Hill shortly thereafter. New executive director Erin Johnson and artistic director Fox Whitney continue to steer programming in an inclusive and experimental direction, with performances like Boys!Boys! Boys!, which premieres this fall in a tangle of limbs, pop music, and plaintive cries for answers from a world that will give none.

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