Sandra Bernhard, West Seattle New Dance Festival, and Seattle Symphony

Sandra Bernhard

Is it too much to hope that Bernhard has already prepared some choice words about the unpardonable political choices of California's most recent faded movie star governor? She'll be slinging her trademark, perfectly pitched wit as the keynote speaker for the Human Rights Campaign's Pacific Northwest Dinner, which will support the group's far-reaching advocacy for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered rights. What a deal: cocktails, auction, dinner, and the notorious confessions of a pretty lady. Get ready to give—and laugh—until it hurts. Westin Hotel, 1900 Fifth Ave., 800-494-TIXS or www.hrcseattle.org. Call for prices. 5:30 p.m. registration, 6 p.m. cocktails and silent auction, dinner to follow, Sat. Sept. 17. STEVE WIECKING

West Seattle New Dance Festival

The dancers for Cheronne Wong's Pollinate are dressed as beekeepers, and she's sending them outside the theater for a special, pre-show performance. Rather than seeking honey, though, their object is an audience for this modern dance festival, and they'll look for one all over the Junction in a work about organization and community. Wong—along with BetterBiscuitDance, Holly Eckert, Aiko Kinoshita, and Mark Haim—alternates nights with Pablo Cornejo, Cyrus Khambatta, and special guest from Wisconsin, Jin-Wen Yu. ArtsWest Playhouse, 4711 California Ave. S.W., 206-938-0339. $12-14, 7:30 p.m. Thur. Sept. 15-Sun. Sept. 18. SANDRA KURTZ

Seattle Symphony

Everyone from Gerard Schwarz to the players to the backstage crew to cello soloist Lynn Harrell is donating services for the Symphony's concert to benefit victims of Hurricane Katrina. The program is undecided as of press time, and it must be tricky to select music for such an event: something elegiac? Inspiring? Something popular that will pull in listeners and open pocketbooks? And what to do about the fact that the music for which the Mississippi Delta is best known is not exactly accessible to orchestras? Benaroya Hall, Third and Union, 206-215-4747. Free, donations accepted and encouraged. 8 p.m. Fri. Sept. 16. GAVIN BORCHERT

 
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