Artists from Vivid Matter Collective, who are participating in Capitol Hill Art Walk, painted the iconic Black Lives Matter mural on Capitol Hill last summer. Image: Shutterstock by VDB Photo

Tickets and Releases

A masked model walks in Bellevue Fashion Week 2020.

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

Fri, Sept 24
Iliza: Back in Action Tour
Comedian Iliza Shlesinger is explosively energetic and mercilessly accurate in her self-aware lambasts of millennials and their milieu. Her recent, based-on-a-true-story comedy Good on Paper came to Netflix in June, and is worth a watch if you’re prepared to have your faith in humanity significantly eroded. Paramount Theater, $35

Sat, Sept 25
The Pancakes and Booze Art Show
We love a good self-explanatory title. The work of over 60 artists is on display alongside a free pancake bar, and viewers have the opportunity to become participants in the process of creation (read: body paint). El Corazon, $15

Sun, Sept 26
Dayglow, purveyor of airy, effervescent bedroom pop, is a true indie success story; Sloan Struble was in his second year at the University of Texas when his DIY tunes ascended a wave of viral success amid the fickle tides of the internet. Showbox, $25 

Through Sept 26
Plate of Nations
In its final week, this celebration of independently owned restaurants features barbecue, fish and chips, gyros, Ethiopian-style coffee, and a bevy of other temptations from southeast Seattle establishments. Various Locations, $20-35

Mon, Sept 27
Miguel Rivera with Claudia Castro Luna
Former Washington State poet laureate Claudia Castro Luna joins musician and translator Miguel Rivera for a reading and discussion of In the Courtyard of the Moon, a collection of poems by Humberto Ak’abal. The text has undergone a long journey of translation, as Ak’abal wrote his poetry first in his native K’iche’ before translating it into Spanish. Online, Free

Ongoing Events

Sept 16–26
Local Sightings
In its 24th year, this showcase of regional films is hosted and competitively curated by the Northwest Film Forum. Feature films include Rehab Cabin, a dark comedy about addiction, codependency, and a plot to kidnap a washed-up child star. The shorts lineup highlights the work of emerging and established filmmakers from around the Pacific Northwest, and run the gamut from comedy to experimental art films. Passes are available for online, in-person, or hybrid formats. Northwest Film Forum/Online, $90-140

Sept 24–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

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

A painting from Monet at Étretat

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

Second Thursdays
Vivid Matter Collective Gallery
The coalition of Black and indigenous artists behind the iconic Pine Street BLM mural have been running a pop-up shop for several months now, and their newest pivot is to a gallery format as part of the Capitol Hill Art Walk919 E Pine St

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