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Look Ahead: The hottest Seattle events for September 2018

Dave Grohl, left, and former Nirvana bandmate Krist Novoselic are playing Safeco Field Sept. 1. Novoselic’s band, Giants in the Trees, is opening for Grohl’s Foo Fighters. (Chris Pizzello / Invision / AP)

From Foo Fighters to Infantile Gambino and theater present openings, our Seattle Occasions arts writers dish on subsequent month’s most buzzworthy arts-and-entertainment events.

Foo Fighters, Macklemore and Infantile Gambino are among the many prime music acts taking the stage subsequent month. Additionally on deck: the start of Seattle Symphony’s final season with Ludovic Morlot on the inventive helm, a celebration of Jerome Robbins’ centennial and a number of other notable theatrical openings. Right here’s what to place in your calendar in September.



Hugo Home opening

Lengthy dedicated to offering a house for Seattle writers, the nonprofit Hugo Home is about to maneuver into a brand new house of its personal. The new Capitol Hill area might be open to the general public for a particular celebration, hosted by Maria Semple and Nancy Guppy and that includes readings from native writers, reside music and an after-party.

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5-Eight p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22; Richard Hugo Home, 1634 11th Ave., Seattle; free (RSVP requested); 206-322-7030,

Moira Macdonald


Seattle Symphony with Augustin Hadelich

Violinist Hadelich, “Musical America’s” 2018 Instrumentalist of the Yr, returns to the Seattle Symphony — with which he earlier gained a Grammy Award — to play Beethoven’s nice and solely Violin Concerto. A primary-rate artist, a beloved concerto and the added enhancement of some engaging orchestral items (“Gigue,” from Debussy’s “Images,” and Janacek’s “The Cunning Little Vixen” Suite): it’s a most promising program. Ludovic Morlot conducts.

7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20; Eight p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22; 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23; Benaroya Corridor, 200 College St., Seattle; $22-$122; 206-215-4747,

Melinda Bargreen


Jerome Robbins Pageant

This yr marks Robbins’ centennial, and Pacific Northwest Ballet (whose inventive director, Peter Boal, labored with Robbins for a few years at New York Metropolis Ballet) is celebrating with an enormous bouquet of the choreographer’s ballets, introduced in two totally different groupings. Program A is “Circus Polka,” “In the Night,” “West Side Story Suite,” “Afternoon of a Faun” and “Other Dances”; program B is “Circus Polka,” “The Concert” and “Dances at a Gathering.” For those who can see each, do; I’d be onerous pressed to decide on between such riches. If pressured to advocate one program, I’d say that Robbins’ masterpiece, “Dances at a Gathering,” is among the most delicately shifting works in PNB’s repertory — it’s virtually startlingly intimate, full of quiet tales — and that seeing it paired with the glowing comedy of “The Concert” appears an applicable tribute to Robbins, who moved all through his profession between ballet and Broadway. Both means, you’ll get an excellent night of dance. The pageant additionally consists of studio shows, a panel dialogue and a screening of the movie “Jerome Robbins: Something to Dance About.”

Sept. 21-29; Pacific Northwest Ballet; McCaw Corridor, 321 Mercer St., Seattle; $30-$189; 206-441-2424,

Moira Macdonald


Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit

This doozy of a double invoice pairs alt-country troubadour Isbell and people heroine Aimee Mann on the relaxed amphitheater within the park.

7 p.m. Sept. 6, Marymoor Park, 6046 W. Lake Sammamish Parkway N.E., Redmond; $45-55,

Michael Rietmulder


“Native Gardens”

Intiman closes out its season (on the theme “Wild Wicked Woke”) with Karen Zacarías’ 2016 play about two couples dwelling in homes subsequent to one another, and the way their lawns grow to be a proxy warfare for their differing identities: Republican vs. Democrat, white vs. Latinx, pesticides vs. no pesticides. Does this metaphorical battle middle across the correct placement of a fence between the 2 homes? You guess. Because the Minneapolis Publish described the characters: “Everyone thinks their position and perspective are right and righteous. Everyone says the wrong thing.” Directed by Arlene Martínez-Vázquez.

Sept. 6-30; Intiman Theatre at Jones Playhouse, 4045 College Means N.E., Seattle; $28-$38; 206-441-7178,

Brendan Kiley





Kim Brooks

Someday in 2011, Brooks left her Four-year-old alone within the automotive for a couple of minutes whereas she dashed right into a retailer; what occurred subsequent modified her life. She’ll talk about her new guide about that day and its aftermath, “Small Animals: Parenthood in the Age of Fear,” with native writer Claire Dederer.

7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. Four; Elliott Bay E-book Co., 1521 10th Ave., Seattle; free; 206-624-6600,

Patrick DeWitt

Northwest writer DeWitt (born in Vancouver, B.C., now dwelling in Portland) is having a second: His prizewinning 2011 novel “The Sisters Brothers” has been made right into a film in theaters this fall, and his tart new novel “French Exit,” a few rashly impecunious mom and son duo, is simply out. He’ll talk about the guide (and perhaps the film, too, in case you ask) with Maria Semple (“Where’d You Go, Bernadette?”).

7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 6; Seattle Public Library’s Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Seattle; free; 206-386-4636,

Kamala Shamsie

Shamsie’s “Home Fire,” a novel about three British siblings of Pakistani descent, gained the 2018 Ladies’s Prize for Fiction and was a finalist for the Man Booker Prize; it’s out in paperback this month.

7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 10; Third Place Books, 17171 Bothell Means N.E., Lake Forest Park; free; 206-366-3333,

Maria Dahvana Headley

You must love a author whose web site describes her as an “author, editor, playwright, screenwriter, monstermaker.” The Brooklyn-based Headley’s newest novel is getting a lot buzz this season; referred to as “The Mere Wife,” it’s a modern-day re-imagining of “Beowulf.” She’ll be interviewed by novelist Nicola Griffith (“So Lucky,” “Hild”).

7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 10; Seattle Public Library’s Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Seattle; free; 206-386-4636,

Mark Leibovich

Chief nationwide correspondent for The New York Occasions Journal, Leibovich is on the town with “Big Game: The NFL In Dangerous Times,” his new nonfiction concerning the now-troubled world of professional soccer.

7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12; Third Place Books in Seward Park, 5041 Wilson Ave. S., Seattle; free; 206-474-2200,

John Kerry

The former secretary of state and five-time senator from Massachusetts is on the town together with his new guide about his life within the army and the federal government, “Every Day Is Extra.”

7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 17; Campion Ballroom at Seattle College, 901 12th Ave., Seattle; $40 (consists of copy of guide); 206-624-6600,


The rapper/singer/essayist has a brand new e-book out, “My Own Devices: True Stories from the Road on Music, Science and Senseless Love.”

7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23; Third Place Books at Seward Park, 5041 Wilson Ave. S., Seattle; free (reserved seating out there with pre-order of e-book); 206-474-2200,

Kazu Kibuishi

An occasion for the household: Kibuishi, writer of the bestselling Amulet collection (and canopy illustrator for the 15th anniversary “Harry Potter” editions), shall be current at a launch get together for his newest Amulet e-book, “Super Nova.”

7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25; College Temple United Methodist Church, 1514 N.E. 43rd St., Seattle; $24.99 (consists of guide and admits complete household); 800-335-7323,

Amy Stewart

The writer of the favored Kopp Sisters thriller collection, set in early-20th-century New York Metropolis and New Jersey, involves city together with her newest, “Miss Kopp Just Won’t Quit.”

7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25; Third Place Books, 17171 Bothell Means N.E., Lake Forest Park; free; 206-366-3333,

Porter Fox

Fox’s new guide, “Northland: A 4,000-Mile Journey Along America’s Forgotten Border,” is drawn from three years of journey alongside the U.S.-Canada border.

7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27; Elliott Bay Guide Co., 1521 10th Ave., Seattle; free; 206-624-6600,

Jose Antonio Vargas

Vargas, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, wrote a viral New York Occasions essay in 2011 about his experiences as an undocumented immigrant (he was introduced right here from the Philippines as a toddler). His new memoir, during which he examines his life and what it means to not have a house, is titled “Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen.”

7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28; Seattle First Baptist Church, 1111 Harvard Ave., Seattle; $5; 206-652-4255,

Moira Macdonald: [email protected]



Seattle Symphony Orchestra Opening Night time

The 2018-19 Seattle Symphony season will get off to a Franco-Russian begin with this yr’s Opening Night time Live performance and Gala, when French-born pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet joins his countryman — Seattle Symphony Music Director Ludovic Morlot — for a Russian program that features Mussorgsky’s colourful Footage at an Exhibition and Khachaturian’s virtuoso Piano Concerto. Music lovers who choose for the Opening Night time Gala package deal will comply with the live performance with dinner and dancing in celebration of Morlot’s remaining season as music director, and the 20th anniversary of Benaroya Corridor.

5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, Benaroya Corridor, 200 College St., Seattle; $55-$145, 206-215-4747, (to order a Gala package deal, name 206-215-4868)

Capella Romana, Rachmaninoff’s All-Night time Vigil

Rachmaninoff’s well-known “All-Night Vigil” (additionally referred to as the “Vespers,” it doesn’t actually final all night time, however just a bit over an hour) might be led by Slavic choral professional Benedict Sheehan, from St. Tikhon’s Orthodox Seminary in Pennsylvania. The efficiency options the extremely regarded, Grammy-winning basso profundo Glenn Miller as soloist, upholding the well-known Russian custom of deep bass voices. Finishing this system: Znamenny Chants for the Holy Cross and music by Rachmaninoff’s Russian contemporaries.

Eight p.m. Friday, Sept. 21, St. James Cathedral, 804 Ninth Ave., Seattle; $32-$52,

Richard Clayderman

On the classical-pops aspect, the French pianist Richard Clayderman (the Guinness E-book of Data’ “Most successful pianist in the world”) has bought greater than 150 million recordings mixing classical and in style types. Lionized in Europe, he’ll convey his easy-listening repertoire to Seattle for a solo night in Benaroya Corridor.

Eight p.m. Friday, Sept. 28; Benaroya Corridor, 200 College St., Seattle; $61-$161;

Melinda Bargreen: [email protected]



Choreographic Shindig IV

For the previous few years, modern dance firm Whim W’Him has let dancers select which rising choreographers they’d wish to work with — typically with stellar outcomes. For this fourth iteration, the dancers selected three choreographers from almost 200 candidates from all over the world. The three are Brendan Duggan, co-founder and co-director of LoudHoundMovement, a Brooklyn-based modern dance collective; Alice Klock, Hubbard Road Dance Chicago’s 2017 choreographic fellow, who was named considered one of “25 to Watch 2018” by Dance Journal; and Omar Román De Jesús, who has acquired awards from The Dance Gallery Pageant and Reverb Dance Pageant.

Eight p.m. Sept. 7-9 and Sept. 12-15; Erickson Theatre Off Broadway, 1524 Harvard Ave., Seattle; $15-$55; 800-838-3006,

The Fall Kick-Off

For over a decade, Velocity Dance Middle has been a type of research-and-development lab for dance, encouraging native expertise (Pat Graney, Zoe Scofield/Juniper Shuey, Amy O’Neal, Kate Wallich) whereas attracting nationwide (and worldwide) expertise for Seattle audiences to observe and study from. This summer time, Tonya Lockyer — Velocity’s longtime director and longer-time champion — introduced her departure. So … what’s subsequent?  Velocity’s Fall Kick-Off will have fun the efficiency middle’s legacy and trace on the future, with “micro-performances and micro-brews.”

Eight p.m. Sept. 28-30; Velocity Dance Middle, 1621 12th Ave., Seattle; $20-$50; 206-325-8773,

Brendan Kiley: [email protected]; Janet I. Tu: [email protected]



Whereas we await the status film season (which usually will get underway later within the fall), a few native festivals are nicely value a glance:

70MM Movie Pageant

Should you haven’t seen a 70mm movie on Cinerama’s huge (and elegantly curved) display, what are you ready for? The annual 70mm Movie Pageant, beloved by native cinephiles, this yr will embrace such gems as “2001: A Space Odyssey” (in a brand new, “unrestored” print), “Vertigo,” “Lawrence of Arabia,” “The Sound of Music,” “Dunkirk,” “Wonder Woman,” “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade” and (why not?) “Howard the Duck.” Seats are reserved and going quick.

Sept. 7-20; Cinerama, 2100 Fourth Ave., Seattle; $17; 206-448-6680,

Native Sightings Movie Pageant

Now in its 21st yr, the Native Sightings pageant — the one Seattle fest of its variety — showcases new movies from Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Alaska, the Yukon and British Columbia. Among the many particular events on this yr’s version shall be a screening of  Norman Taurog’s 1963 movie “It Happened at the World’s Fair,” with stay commentary by Hari Kondabolu and Charles Mudede.

Sept. 21-29; Northwest Movie Discussion board, 1515 12th Ave., Seattle; $12 common, $9 scholar and senior, $7 NWFF member; full pageant move: $125, $110 member; 206-329-2629, 

Moira Macdonald: [email protected]



Foo Fighters

The world shall be watching as Dave Grohl leads his hard-rock juggernaut again to Seattle, at the least now that he’s tapped his Nirvana mate Krist Novoselic’s new band Giants within the Timber to open. An opportunity to see the 2 surviving members of certainly one of trendy rock’s most essential bands on stage collectively once more — within the metropolis that launched them, no much less — is just too good to overlook.

Eight p.m. Saturday, Sept. 1, Safeco Area, 1250 First Ave., Seattle; $45-$59; 800-745-3000,

Florence + The Machine

One of many coolest arena-show payments of the yr teams the anthemic pop queen with guitar-screeching, robot-dancing art-rock marvel St. Vincent and pop/rap diva Lizzo — a hard-twerking, body-positive twin menace who sings in addition to she raps. Late arrivers will remorse it.

7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 10, KeyArena, 305 Harrison St., Seattle; $35.50-$95.50; 206-684-7200,

Kali Uchlis

The thrilling younger Colombian-American pop artist already had a pair Grammy noms by this spring, when she dropped her debut studio album “Isolation,” which splashes round a shimmering pool of soul, doo-wop, reggaeton and bed room pop.

7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13, Showbox SoDo, 1700 First Ave. S., Seattle; bought out;

Ms. Lauryn Hill

It’s been 20 years because the hip-hop/R&B star’s one and solely solo album, the long-lasting “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill,” and this anniversary tour cease options a number of stars in their very own proper in Santigold, influential hip-hop trio De La Soul and Seattle’s Shabazz Palaces.

6:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, accesso ShoWare Middle, 625 W. James St., Kent; $39.50-$200; 253-856-6999,


Seattle’s pop-rap king takes his “Gemini” victory lap right down to the Washington State Truthful for a homecoming gig following a summer time trek together with his “Good Old Days” collaborator Kesha.

7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21, Washington State Truthful Events Middle, 110 Ninth Ave. S.W., Puyallup; $85-$110 (consists of truthful admission); 253-841-5045,


Like their longtime label Sub Pop, the beloved sludge-punks hit the 30-year mark this yr and present no indicators of kicking much less ass. Tonight, the Seattle staples toast their 10th studio album, “Digital Garbage.”

9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, Neptune Theatre, 1303 N.E. 45th St., Seattle; $20.50-$23.50; 206-315-8063,

Infantile Gambino

In just some brief years, Donald Glover (aka Infantile Gambino) went from a funnyman sitcom supporting actor with a critically panned rap aspect gig to certainly one of Earth’s most celebrated inventive skills (and rightfully so). Now, the red-hot multi-hyphenate can seemingly do no improper as he pulls into the Key with Mississippi duo Rae Sremmurd.

7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, KeyArena, 305 Harrison St., Seattle; bought out;

Michael Rietmulder: [email protected]




“Life’s been reckless with these people,” a physician at a homeless shelter says in Craig Lucas’ gut-clenching tragicomedy about psychological sickness, social suffocation and the way individuals pull themselves via dangerous hassle. In a assessment of a 1988 manufacturing, The New York Occasions described it as “a bittersweet Christmas fable for our times.” This manufacturing by Strawberry Theatre Workshop has a really promising forged: Ray Tagavilla, MJ Sieber, Rachel Guyer-Mafune, Marianna de Fazio and a number of other others.

Sept. 6-Oct. 6; Strawberry Theatre Workshop at 12th Avenue Arts, 1620 12th Ave., Seattle; $10-$36; 800-838-3006,

“Richard III”

Final yr, Seattle Shakespeare Firm and upstart crow collective delivered the fierce “Bring Down the House,” an adaptation of Shakespeare’s “Henry VI” trilogy, that includes an all-female forged. Actor Sarah Harlett, who performed a younger Richard in that manufacturing, returns within the position to proceed her character’s story in “Richard III,” produced by the identical two corporations and once more directed by Rosa Joshi.

Sept. 12-Oct. 7; Seattle Shakespeare Firm and upstart crow collective at Seattle Repertory Theatre’s Leo Okay. Theatre, 155 Mercer St., Seattle; $30-$55; 206-733-8222,

“Everything You Touch”

Washington Ensemble Theatre has been producing some harrowing, visceral performs. It’ll be fascinating to see what they do with Sheila Callaghan’s darkish comedy — which The New York Occasions referred to as “volatile” and “highly flammable” — a few lady on a cross-country journey to see her estranged, on-her-deathbed mom, and that explores problems with physique picture, trend and wonder.

Sept. 21-Oct. Eight; 12th Avenue Arts, 1620 12th Ave., Seattle; $15-$25;

Brendan Kiley: [email protected]; Janet I. Tu: [email protected]



“MUSE: Mickalene Thomas Photographs and tête-à-tête”

Artist Thomas is greatest recognized for her lavish, large-scale work “imbued with a groovy vibe and often inhabited by captivating, Afro-wearing women who gaze out of the images,” artwork critic Gayle Clemans wrote earlier this yr. Thomas’ course of includes first photographing her topics. This exhibition permits viewers an opportunity to see a few of these pictures, in addition to portraits of private muses together with family and friends, and an set up of labor by different photographers curated by Thomas which have impressed her.

By way of Sept. 30; Henry Artwork Gallery, College of Washington, 15th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 41st Road, Seattle; $10 basic public, $6 seniors, free for members, UW school/employees, college students and youngsters; 206-543-2280,

“Group Therapy”

Speak about your “participatory art.” This present on the Frye Artwork Museum goals to get the general public to participate in works by artists that target therapeutic and self-care. The exhibition begins with tasks specializing in social pathologies similar to racism and sexism, strikes on to problems with identification and self-narration, and eventually makes use of sensory experiences to get guests plugged into “deeper, interconnected consciousness,” the museum says. Exhibition packages embrace a sound tub and guided meditation, and workshops on subjects together with political remedy.

Sept. 15-Jan. 6, 2019; Frye Artwork Museum, 704 Terry Ave., Seattle; free; 206-622-9250,

Janet I. Tu: [email protected]