If you’ve read even one David Sedaris essay and possess a funny bone in your body, you’re already a fan. But it’s one thing to enjoy the man’s work and quite another to hear him recite it. His wry, effeminate voice adds layers of understated humor and humanity to his darker essays, prompting you to laugh at new sections and dwell thoughtfully on others. The effect is like watching a circus clown deliver a classy eulogy—you can’t help but leave a Sedaris reading with a grin on your lips and a paranoid new awareness of your own mortality. (Benaroya Hall, 200 University St, seattlesymphony.org, 8 pm, $43–$52, all ages)

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