The fall arts season is in full swing and my calendar is starting to look like a teenager’s diary — lots of underlines and exclamation points. Four highlights:
Earshot Jazz Festival: Starting tonight, Seattle will be bopping for three-and-a-half weeks. More than 50 performances by local and national acts will populate 15 venues. Seattle Times jazz critic Paul de Barros walks you through the maze here.
“Carmen”: Opera newbies and devotees will both find something to love in Bizet’s colorful, passionate love triangle. It’s the Seattle debut of young Georgian opera star Anita Rachvelishvili — not to be missed. Seattle Times arts writer Misha Berson has more.
“Luminous“: I haven’t seen it yet, but after reading Gayle Clemans’ review of Seattle Art Museum’s new Asian-art show, I may just take a long lunch and head over to First Avenue. It sounds breathtaking. It just opened yesterday and runs till the first week of January.
Wild Mushroom Show: You may giggle, but this is the weekend event that has our newsroom most psyched. Mushrooms love this yucky October weather, and several staffers took the day off to hunt the little guys. Learn more about which ones are poisonous, which are edible, and how to cook the latter, at Magnuson Park this weekend. You can even bring in fungus from your very own yard and have it ID’d. Here are the details.
I’ll leave you with this morning’s “What’s Going On?” segment from KING 5, where we talked about some of the weekend’s highlights.
(Photos: Bill Charlap and Renee Rosnes, Earshot Jazz Festival, by Clay Patrick McBride. Anita Rachvelishvili, taken by Marco Brescia/Teatro alla Scala. An installation by Do Ho Suh at “Luminous,” by Erika Schultz. Lyophyllum montanum mushroom by Patrick Andrade/The New York Times)