Food trucks Poke to the Max and Monster Dogs have undergone an Icelandic overhaul.  Image: Courtesy Taste of Iceland Festival


SassyBlack Pens a Musical
In 2018, the Fifth Avenue Theatre introduced its First Draft: Raise Your Voice program, which issues fellowships to aspiring playwrights from historically underrepresented groups. A member of this year’s First Draft cohort, SassyBlack, Seattle’s resident psychedelic soul queen, is collaborating with Anastacia-Reneé on Emerald Jett, a funk-infused sci-fi romp with a release date to come.

This Week Only

Oct 14–17
Taste of Iceland
Seattle never wastes an opportunity to celebrate its Nordic roots, and Taste of Iceland offers a week of food trucks, cocktail classes, and sound bath meditation to just that end. The chance to win a trip to the lush hills and towering glaciers of that island nation in a daily “spin the wheel” gamble is a compelling draw. National Nordic Museum, free

Oct 14–17
Refract: the Seattle Glass Experience
Opening night of the multi-day glass art exposition brings makers and enthusiasts from all over the country to the Chihuly Garden at twilight, where the sculptures seem to glow from within. The Pilchuck Glass School celebrates its 50th anniversary with a gala and auction, while showcases and open studios proffer the opportunity to witness the act of creation. Various locations, various prices

Through Oct 17
Seattle Latino Film Festival
An elderly man who thought himself a widower discovers his wife’s death was a ruse and must overcome his bitterness to allow love to take root in the ashes of betrayal. The streets of Santiago in 2019 shudder and swell beneath the people’s discontent as protests over wealth inequality erupt all over Chile. These are just two of the stories told in this year’s Latino Film Festival, conceived in 2009 by Cuban immigrant Jorge Enrique González Pacheco. You can purchase tickets to view individual films or a festival pass. The Beacon Hill Cinema and online, various prices

Through October 17
Maple Festival 2021
The Japanese Garden invites visitors to engage in momijigari, the seasonal tradition of immersing oneself in the hushed grandeur of autumn leaves. A new garden scavenger hunt is available on Friday and Saturday. Seattle Japanese Garden, $8

Oct 19
Legent Bourbon Omakase Experience
Legent Bourbon, notable for its unification of Kentucky distilling and Japanese blending techniques, hosts a popup featuring New York–based omakase cocktail mixologist Julia Momose. Deep Dive, free to register

Oct 20
Yo La Tengo
Yo La Tengo, with a discography that sprawls across numerous decades and sounds, is a timelessly beloved cult classic. Their lyrics have a candid, barefaced quality, and their skillful generic gymnastics—from tender acoustic strumming to the explosive, fizzing crackle of feedback—have endeared them to music nerds the world over. Neptune Theater, $32

A painting from Monet at Étretat

Ongoing Events

Through Oct 17
Monet at Étretat
The seaside landscape paintings birthed by Monet’s time in the Normandy village of Étretat reflect a particularly fraught time in the artist’s life, as he struggled with his private life and the commodification of his work. The SAM’s exhibit is centered around his luminously rendered 1885 Fishing Boats at Étretat. Nine other Monets join it, along with five paintings by his contemporaries. Among the most stunning is Monet's The Cliff and the Porte d'Amont, Morning Effect, which pushes impressionism toward a breathy abstraction. Seattle Art Museum, $29

Through Dec 18
Queer/Bar: SEASONS
The slick Capitol Hill gay bar, forced to close for 15 months due to Covid, jubilantly observes its reopening with a 12-part, seasonal drag series studded with RuPaul stars. Queer/Bar, $18

Valerie Madison of Valerie Madison Jewelry will be selling her wares at Seattle Made Week.

Oct 10–Oct 17
Seattle Made Week 2021
Butchers, bakers, candlestick makers! Well, perhaps not all of these will be featured, but Seattle Made Week provides the space to celebrate artisans, craftspeople, and makers of all trades with classes, tastings, and popups. Learn how to make an apple galette with Heather Hodge of the Pastry Project or sample wares from Ladro Roasting, Rooftop Brewing, and Fast Penny Spirits. Various locations, various prices

Oct 16–Mar 6
Math bass: a picture stuck in the mirror
Held in partnership with the Feminist Art Coalition, this exhibition from Los Angeles-based artist Math Bass tackles a multitude of medias, from oil paintings to kinetic wall work, with the aim of exploring spatial relations and the way we negotiate with our environment. Henry Art Gallery

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