It’s just not fall until you hurl a pumpkin and hear that satisfying “splat.” This being America, a world record has been set for a pumpkin chucking, as the practice is known. In Utah in 2010, a pneumatic cannon hurled a pumpkin 5,545.43 feet. Alrighty then! Here’s how you can take a turn, or maybe try things that aren’t quite so abusive to gourds.
1 Snohomish Pumpkin Hurl Medieval Faire
10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Alexander Farm, Everett; $7.50 (festivalofpumpkins.org).
Did they hurl gourds during the Middle Ages? If not, they should have. This modern fair promises pumpkin launches, pony rides, food trucks, wine tasting, and a medieval village with mock jousting.
2 Carrie Underwood
7:30 p.m. Friday, Washington State Fair Events Center, Puyallup, $45-$95, includes fair admission, thefair.com.
One of several top country acts playing the newly renamed Washington State Fair this year, Underwood, “American Idol’s” finest discovery, is the hottest ticket, as shown by platinum sales of her latest album, “Blown Away.”
3 James McBride
7 p.m. Wednesday, Northwest African American Museum, Seattle; free naamnw.org
Hear the author of “The Color of Water” read from his intriguing new novel, “The Good Lord Bird,” about abolitionist John Brown and his (fictional) cross-dressing sidekick.
Thursday-Oct. 20, Village Theatre, Issaquah; $30-$65 villagetheatre.org
In this chipper musical comedy, a muse rolls down from Mount Olympus to help get the world’s first roller disco up and running; if it sounds familiar, it’s because the show is based on the Olivia Newton-John/Gene Kelly film. Jessica Skerritt and Dane Stokinger star.
In wide release; rated R. For Soren Andersen’s 2-star review, go here.
Remember how cool “Pitch Black” was? And how uncool “The Chronicles of Riddick” was? Vin Diesel and writer-director David Twohy are veering toward coolness again with the latest entry in the sci-fi franchise, which again strands “Richard Riddick, the bulked-up killer/fugitive/all-around bad dude with the glow-in-the-dark, night-vision eyeballs on a desolate desert planet,” writes Seattle Times reviewer Soren Andersen.
6 Fall Arts Guide
Available Wednesday in The Seattle Times and on seattletimes.com
From the Toot Your Own Horn Dept.: On Wednesday, be sure to peruse The Seattle Times’ annual Fall Arts Guide, titled “Arts by the Numbers,” which contains 24 pages of calendars and critics picks for books, classical music, comedy, dance, pop/rock, theater and visual arts events from Sept. 11 to Thanksgiving.