Like music? Like books? This is a good week for you, then, as you’ll see by our Things to do This Week — Books and Music Edition. (Those among you who like leftover candy are probably having a pretty good time, too. Tip: Have you tried frozen Snickers?)
1 Barsuk Records' 15th anniversary concerts
Thursday-Sunday at Showbox at the Market, Neptune Theatre, Neumos and The Tractor Tavern, $15 each, barsuk.com
Say “Seattle record label” and the world answers “Sub Pop,” but in its shadow barks a little dog named Barsuk, namesake and logo for the Emerald City’s “other label,” the upstart that made Death Cab for Cutie a household name. Barsuk celebrates its 15th anniversary with four concerts this week at four venues, featuring such Barsuk bands as Nada Surf, Mates of State, Sunset Valley, Say Hi, Jesse Sykes & The Sweet Hereafter.
2 Billy Collins
7:30 p.m., Monday, Town Hall Seattle, $5, sold out; a limited number of tickets available day of the event, townhallseattle.org
“Instead of slouching in a café ignorant of the word for ice,
I will head down to the coffee shop and the waitress
known as Dot.”
Hear the two-time U.S. poet laureate discuss his new collection, “Aimless Love: New and Selected Poems, 2003-2013.”
3 Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell
7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Benaroya Hall, Seattle, $40-$200 seattlesymphony.org
A country-folk fan paradise, with the winsome, angelic-voiced Harris and longtime friend Crowell singing songs from their February album, “Yellow Moon.” Hopefully Harris will also dip into the ones she wrote for “Hard Bargain,” particularly her tribute to the late Kate McGarrigle. British singer-songwriter Richard Thompson, whose new album is titled “Electric,” is the opener.
4 Garrison Keillor
7 p.m. Wednesday, Elliott Bay Book Co., Seattle; free, elliottbaybook.com
Keillor, author, poet and NPR personality, is spending less time on the shores of Lake Wobegon and more time on the gentle swells of poetry. After editing books of others’ poetry (“Good Poems,” for one) he now writes his own; On Wednesday, he’ll discuss his latest volume of verse, “O What a Luxury: Verses Lyrical, Vulgar, Pathetic and Proud.”
5 Seattle Symphony
7:30 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. Saturday, Benaroya Hall, Seattle; tickets start at $19 seattlesymphony.org
SSO music director Ludovic Morlot will lead Mahler’s weighty, much-analyzed-but-not-often-heard Sixth Symphony, as well as Boulez’s “Notations” in this Masterworks concert.