Rigoletto is one of the classics, a Verdi opera for the ages, meaning the music is as beautiful as the plot is perverse. The action includes a hunchback, an assassin, a duke, and much "ruining" of virgins. Several of the arias, duets, and quartets are famous. It's a great opera to come back to, or to begin with. Seattle Opera's production is set in... more »
Yes! Gamelan Pacifica, with Stranger Genius vocalist Jessika Kenney and four baroque music specialists, explore links between music of the baroque period in Europe (1600-1750, Bach's time) and Javanese Gamelan. This should be unusual and grand.
In two programs this fall, the Esoterics perform Britten's entire repertory for a cappella chorus, divided into earthly and sacred. This second half is for heaven.
A discussion on the subject of Lust, Performance, and the Artist's Gaze, from Anna Delacroix, Joanne della Penta, and Kathy Weissbourd, who are all psychoanalysts. Juicy. Free.
Students studying Swedish at the UW enact the lovely/hazardous St. Lucia tradition, in which the human embodiment of the saint wears a crown of lit candles. Also: live music, treats, and dancing around the tree. $3 (treats by donation).
Poco invites you to "drink wine, be merry, and rock out with some untz untz beats" and various holiday treats, plus a $20 tasting of eight local and Spanish wines (with re-tastes on demand, so you can really get your money's worth). Free-$20.
(El Corazón) Look, heshers—I know it's easy to take High on Fire for granted. They've toured relentlessly on a consistent slew of records for damn near 15 years. It's easy to think a sweaty, shirtless Matt Pike will always be around to deliver his otherworldly overtone howl and that furious barrage of weed-n-speed-fed riffs. Brothers, this is not... more » $18/$20.
(Barboza) Lee Ranaldo was always something like Sonic Youth's George Harrison: consigned to one or two songs per album, holding it down with subdued flair on guitar, going underappreciated. As leader of his own band in recent years, Ranaldo's flaws become more apparent. His voice's dullness doesn't stand up to scrutiny over an entire album, and hi... more » $15.
In 2010, a man named Clay Duke walked into a Florida school board meeting and fired a dozen rounds, hitting nobody. After being shot several times by a security guard, Duke shot himself in the head. Using this event as a starting point, local choreographer and filmmaker Dayna Hanson assembled a group of collaborators (including Sarah Rudinoff, Wade... more » $12-$20.
Tavolata's monthly Sunday Feasts always sound great—though since they're served family-style at the 26-seat communal table, you might want to bring a bunch of friends to insulate you from people who use the word "foodie." Prices vary depending on the star ingredient. Coming up: shellfish on November 3, lobster on December 8. Reservations required.
Faculty artist Dainius Vaicekonis is joined by his wife, Asta, and colleagues Donna Shin and Ron Patterson in a concert featuring legendary American composers with Lithuanian heritage (Copland, Glass, and more).
Carol sing-along and festiveness galore with the local orchestra. 652-4255.
Come see what everyone's been so busy working on in there, as the artists fling open their doors, jovially beckoning in all wandering art viewers. Free.
Falling into Place: A Memoir of Overcoming is a book by a Seattle native who also happens to be an Emmy Award-winning journalist. Free.
The Seattle Dance Project is a modern dance company that performs at various venues around the greater Seattle area, including ACT. This annual benefit gala will include an auction, cocktails, dinner and live music. $150.
The spoken-word artist reads to celebrate the release of her sixth album. It's titled Truce. $10.