by Bruce Reid THURSDAY 9/23
SEATTLE SYMPHONY -- Who else wants to play in the pool once the big kids start splashing around? Nobody, that's who; so your choices this week are pretty much limited to Schwarz & Co. doing what they do best. Shostakovich's October is a late tone poem I haven't heard; I draw no advance conclusions, since till his dying day the great Russian could compose masterpieces chock-a-block with the dullest of tossed-off banalities. Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 5 returns, with Horacio Gutiérrez soloing. Things end with the definitive 20th century symphonic show-off piece, Bartók's Concerto for Orchestra. Benaroya Hall, Taper Auditorium, Thurs at 7:30, Fri and Sat at 8, and Sun at 2, 215-4747, or www.seattlesymphony.org, $10-$67.
GREAT OPERATIC DUETS -- Of course if your love of music is second to your passion for erudition, you'll want to attend this lecture by Norm Hollingshead as well. Using recorded excerpts, the subjects of Comedy, Vengeance, Friendship, and Parent-Child Relationships (which covers those handful of operas not about lust) are explored, covering a wide range of styles. Queen Anne Library, 400 W Garfield, 386-4227, 2 pm, free.
JON ROSE -- Come to think of it, Portland's not that far away; if you're heading down try to catch this performance of The Chaotic Violin, which apparently involves all manner of highfaluting electronic bells and whistles, with the composer soloing. Hollywood Theatre, 41st and NE Sandy Blvd, Portland, (503) 242-1419, 8 pm, $13/$16.
by Erin Franzman
COLLECTIVE SOUL -- Roseland Theater, Portland, OR
CHOKE -- Croation Cultural Center, Vancouver, BC
MIKE WATT AND THE PAIR OF PLIERS -- Metropolis, Olympia
SUPER FURRY ANIMALS -- Berbati's Pan, Portland, OR
CURTIS SALGADO -- Yale Hotel Pub, Vancouver, BC
by Traci Vogel
THE SOUL FOOD CAFE -- Bring it on: R&B classics as per your request, all night, Mon-Fri. Puts you in the mooooood. KSRB 1150 AM, 7 pm-2 am.
REGGAE -- People have been waking up to Johnny Horn's mellow groove for years now, and it doesn't look like he'll be givin' it up anytime soon. KCMU 90.3 FM, 9 am-noon.
THE LIVE ROOM -- Host Abe Beeson treats you to local and national indie acts playing live sets, with some interviews. Tonight's sound is the sweet pop of Juke. KCMU 90.3 FM, 8-9 pm.
SONARCHY RADIO -- Jack Straw Productions' Doug Haire mixes it up for you, tonight featuring Alex Keller and Christopher DeLaurenti on sabotaged consumer electronics, home-brew circuits, and obsolete devices. KCMU 90.3 FM, 11 pm-midnight.
ON THE EDGE -- Edge host Paul Aleinikoff brings you music from groups like KMFDM, Ministry, and Hate Dept -- you know, edgy. C-89.5 FM, 6 pm-midnight; also real-time at www.c895fm.com.
EXPANSIONS -- Acid jazz/triphop mix, hosted by DJs Riz, Nasir, and/or Masa. KCMU 90.3 FM, 8 pm.
RADIØ1 -- Live broadcasts from RadiØ1's website feature Seattle bands and musicians every Tuesday and Thursday at 4 pm. Tune in at www.giantradio.com