Art, Film, Theater and Music: Previews and Performances at The Seattle Public Library in October
release date: 09/27/2019
The Seattle Public Library will host musical preview lectures, art showcases, film screenings and concerts at several locations throughout the city in October.
Ladies Musical Club Concert - Noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9 at the Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Level 1, Microsoft Auditorium, 206-386-4636. The Ladies Musical Club Opera presents a special one-hour condensed version of Engelbert Humperdinck's beloved opera "Hansel and Gretel." The opera will be presented in English with costumes, some set pieces and props.
5th Avenue Theatre Preview: Austen's Pride - 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 14 at the Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Level 4, Washington Mutual Foundation Meeting Room 1, 206-386-4636. Join us for a celebration of Jane Austen and a look behind the scenes of "Austen's Pride"—a new musical based on Austen's life and work. Through musical performances and interviews with members of the community and the "Austen's Pride" creative team, we will explore the impact that Austen's writing has had throughout history and discuss why her pioneering literary voice continues to resonate with contemporary audiences.
Seattle Opera Preview Lecture: "Cinderella" - 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15 at the Northeast Branch, 6801 35th Ave. N.E., 206-684-7539. Join Theodore Deacon for a preview lecture of Rossini’s "Cinderella." Inspired by Charles Dickens and the cheeky “panto” shows enjoyed in English music halls, director Lindy Hume sets this beloved fairy tale in and around a Victorian emporium. With stunning period costumes, elaborate multi-level sets, and delightfully unexpected twists, Hume shines a light on the gleaming potential for goodness in a dark world.
Film screening: "What We Do in the Shadows" - 6 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17 at the Greenwood Branch, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N., 206-684-4086. Come for a screening of the contemporary classic horror-comedy film, "What We Do in the Shadows," created by members of the comedy and music duo Flight of the Conchords.
Spooky Films - 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18 at the University Branch, 5009 Roosevelt Way N.E., 206-684-4063. Booktoberfest presents a screening of "House on Haunted Hill" (1959). A true classic of suspense, this spooky, campy movie tells the story of five strangers who are offered $10,000 each by an eccentric millionaire to spend the night in a haunted house. As the night develops, it becomes clear that these strangers' selection was no accident--and a few have some diabolical schemes of their own!
Film Screening of "Space Needle: A Hidden History" - 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22 at the Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Level 1, Microsoft Auditorium, 206-386-4636. Join us for a screening and panel discussion of "Space Needle: A Hidden History," a short film that traces the origin of the Space Needle's unique shape. This program is being held in conjunction with the exhibit The Space Needle: A 21st Century View at the Central Library's 8th Floor Gallery, October 7-27.
Seattle Philharmonic Preview - Noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23 at the Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Level 1, Microsoft Auditorium, 206-386-4636. Music Director Adam Stern provides a delightful preview of the Philharmonic's upcoming 75th Anniversary concert featuring Aaron Copland's "Fanfare for the Common Man," "Appalachian Spring" and "Lincoln Portrait." With piano accompaniment.
Spooky Films - 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25 at the University Branch, 5009 Roosevelt Way N.E., 206-684-4063. Booktoberfest presents a screening of "Spider Baby" (1967). Exploitation director Jack Hill’s debut film is a one-of-a-kind madcap horror-comedy. Lon Chaney, Jr. gives a heartfelt performance as Bruno, the chauffeur-turned-caretaker for the degenerate Merrye siblings who live locked up in a decrepit mansion. Their greedy relatives get caught in the Merrye web when they come to take over the estate.
Film Screening: "Honoring Licton Springs" - 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26 at the Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Level 1, Microsoft Auditorium, 206-386-4636. What happens when a group of talented Native youth learn skills to be civic leaders and budding community journalists? In early 2019, members of Clear Sky Native Youth Council began investigating the importance of sacred sites. By interviewing local Indigenous elders and learning how to do video interviews, the group lays out a compelling understanding why Licton Springs, Seattle’s last publicly known Native sacred site is a place to be honored and cared for. This screening will be accompanied by a youth discussion and mini keynote from Thomas Speer and Matt Remle. The project was made possible with a grant from The Seattle Public Library Foundation, and with production support from Indigenous Showcase.
Scarecrow Video - 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27 at the Ballard Branch, 5614 22nd Ave. N.W., 206-684-4089. Scarecrow Video presents a screening of "The Naked Kiss" (1964), an American neo-noir melodrama film about a former prostitute, who relocates to a buttoned-down suburb, determined to fit in with mainstream society, only to find that the small town is not what it seems. Directed by Samuel Fuller and starring Constance Towers, Anthony Eisley and Karen Conrad, this is the second film in our four-part "Femme Noir" movie series.
PlayBack and Earshot Jazz Present: Hound Dog Taylor's Hand and Lori Goldston - 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 28 at The Royal Room, 5000 Rainier Avenue South. Join us for an evening of out-jazz and improvisation, featuring: Hound Dog Taylor's Hand and Lori Goldston. Hound Dog Taylor’s Hand is Jeffery Taylor (guitar), Greg Kelley (trumpet), John Seman (contrabass), and Mark Ostrowski (drums). Goldston is a cellist, composer, improvisor, writer and teacher based in Seattle.
Movies at the Central Library - 2:30 p.m. to 4:20 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29 at the Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Level 4, Howard S. Wright Family & Janet W. Ketcham Meeting Room 2, 206-386-4636. Join us for a screening of "Being Frank: The Chris Sievey Story" (2018). This film tells the twisted tale of a split personality, exploring the extraordinary secret life of a songwriter, artist, comedian and wayward genius. Sievey's life was a fantastical, subversive piece of performance art. His greatest creation, the mysterious Frank Sidebottom, became a star — a manic, insane, mercurial star who obscured his own creator. Nominated for Best Documentary at the British Independent Film Awards. Official Selection at the SXSW Film Festival.
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