Seattle-area fall arts guide 2012
In this special section, our intrepid Seattle Times arts writers guide you through fall's multilayered terrain — classical music, visual art, books, theater, night life, comedy and dance — and point you toward some noteworthy adventures way off the beaten path.
The big Seattle theater news this fall involves the unveiling of some world-premier works generating a lot of buzz. Here are three notable ones:
• On Sept. 27 comes the debut of "Pullman Porter Blues" at Seattle Repertory Theatre.
• And on Sept. 18 at Book-It Repertory Theatre: "Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet," a dramatization of Jamie Ford's romantic-historical best-seller set in Seattle's Chinatown International District during World War II.
• And on Oct. 12, "Ramayana," ACT Theatre's long-anticipated homage to an action-packed, holy Hindu text, premieres. Read more →
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The Great Recession is shaping up very much like the Great Depression did for the entertainment industry: People might have cut back on houses and cars, but they keep buying concert tickets.
From arena pop-dance idols Madonna and Justin Bieber to boomer survivors Bob Dylan and Crosby, Stills & Nash (Neil Young is coming separately, with his band Crazy Horse), the fall music roster is bountiful.
Fans of the great singer-songwriters get not only Dylan, but Leonard Cohen, too, and, for a younger audience, Jason Mraz, Rufus Wainwright and St. Vincent (with David Byrne). Read more →
Mark Morris last created a new work for Pacific Northwest Ballet back in 1978 ... so it's high time he returned. The legendary modern-dance choreographer, a Seattle native, will premiere a new ballet set to a Paul Hindemith cello concerto in "All Premieres" (Nov. 2-11).
Also among the good-to-see-you returning faces: the Paul Taylor Dance Company, last seen here in 2009 and this time bringing the West Coast premiere of Taylor's latest work, "The Uncommitted" (Oct. 4-6, Meany Theater). Read more →
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The biggest visual-arts news in Seattle this fall has to be "Elles: Women Artists from the Centre Pompidou, Paris," opening at the downtown Seattle Art Museum on Oct. 11.
This survey of work by 75 female artists includes photography by Gisèle Freund, Diane Arbus, Lisette Model, Berenice Abbott and Cindy Sherman; paintings by Frida Kahlo, Suzanne Valadon, Natalia Gontcharova and Romaine Brooks; sculpture by Louise Bourgeois and Louise Nevelson; and installations and video by edgy, contemporary artists. Read more →
Big changes are afoot at the Seattle Symphony, where music director Ludovic Morlot starts his second season exemplifying the orchestra's new motto: "Listen boldly."
Launched by an all-American "Opening Night Concert & Gala" (featuring stellar violinist Joshua Bell with Morlot conducting) on Sept. 15, the orchestra's 2012-13 season proceeds with a colorful spectacular on Sept. 20-22 offering Respighi's "The Pines of Rome." Read more →
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"Old" is Seattle Arts & Lectures, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this fall. SAL's stellar lineup includes New York Times simple-eating guru Mark Bittman (Sept. 19), novelist T.C. Boyle (Sept. 24), poet Dean Young (Oct. 2), New Yorker staff writer and legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin (Oct. 10) and novelist Louise Erdrich (Oct. 15).
"New" is the Northwest Bookfest. The festival isn't new, but the Kirkland venue, in its second year, has achieved a respectable lineup of mostly local authors. Read more →
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