Burien rapper Travis Thompson playing to the crowd at Fisherman's Village Music Fest in 2019. Image: Ryan Villasanti.

Tickets and Releases

Bellevue Fashion Week
Tickets are on sale now for Bellevue Fashion Week, with shows on October 8 and 9. Showcasing fall looks from upmarket standbys like Eileen Fisher and Nordstrom, along with the luxurious Italian silks of Max Mara and the boho flow of Johnny Was, the shows can be viewed online or from one of only a few in-person seats. Masks are a la mode. Hyatt Regency Bellevue, $125

This Week Only

Thurs, Sept 9 
Ms. Pak-Man: Breakout! 
Local drag artist Scott Shoemaker stars as Ms. Pak-Man (spelled as such to sidestep a lawsuit with Nintendo), a washed-up, drug-fueled orb riding the broken wave of her 1980s video game stardom. Blending elements of drag, theater, and cabaret, the show’s raucously creative premise is just foreshadowing. Century Ballroom, $28 

Thurs, Sept 9
Curator’s Lecture: Leonardo da Vinci’s Genius Across the Centuries
MOHAI hosts Smithsonian Air and Space Museum senior curator Dr. Peter Jakab for a lecture on da Vinci and the Renaissance inventor’s lifelong preoccupation with lifting people to the skies. Online, $15

Sept 9–12
Fisherman’s Village Music Festival
In its seventh year, the Everett music festival is buoyed by an ethos of preserving local independent art and music in defiance of the gentrification and rising rent prices that have made Seattle more inhospitable to artists each year. The fest features a night market with food truck, a beer garden, and buzzy, fresh-faced local acts like Enumclaw, True Loves, and Shaina Shepherd. You can purchase a wristband for all three days, or single-day entry for Friday or Saturday. Downtown Everett, $30–85 

Sat, Sept 11
Cafe Racer Grand (Re)Opening
The venerable coffeehouse and music venue has undergone many a transformation during its long life, including an impressive Covid pivot to the “genre-fluid” Cafe Racer Radio. Now making a brick-and-mortar reappearance at its new Capitol Hill location, the iconic cafe will host local acts Velvet Q, Taylar Elizza Beth, Moroccan Dog, and others. Cafe Racer, $12

Sun, Sept 12
Good Comedy at Bad Jimmy’s, featuring Nate Jackson and Rachel Aflleje
An outdoor stand-up showcase hosted by Comedy Central’s Bo Johnson and Chris Mejia of Bumbershoot, “Good Comedy” will feature the ebullient Nate Jackson and elementary school teacher/comic Rachel Aflleje, along with many others. Bad Jimmy’s, $20

A painting from Monet at Étretat

Ongoing Events

Jul 1–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 Sept 29
Street Hues: Seattle Urban Art Tour
An intimate walking tour through the Central District and Chinatown–International District allows for contemplation of ownership and legitimacy in the context of art. The tour thumbs through Seattle’s rich history of urban community artwork, touching on everything from the vivid BLM murals that sprawl across boarded-up windows in the CID to the countless tags and graffiti pieces that form an integral part of our cityscape. Departs from Washington Hall, $50

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