Pacific Northwest Ballet, Salman Rushdie, and Oktoberfest

THURS - DANCE

The wait is over. Pacific Northwest Ballet's new artistic director, Peter Boal, finally gets a chance to show us a glimpse of the company to come. His opening program includes works by George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins. Thurs., Sept. 22–Sun., Oct. 2. $20–$134. McCaw Hall, Seattle Center, 206-441-2424, www.pnb.org. LYNN JACOBSON

THURS - BOOKS

From personal experience, Salman Rushdie knows a thing or two about terrorism and Islamic fundamentalism. His dense new novel, Shalimar the Clown, considers how a peaceful Pakistani could become a lethal assassin. 7:30 p.m. Thurs., Sept. 22. $5 or free with book purchase at University Book Store. Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., 206-652-4255, www.townhallseattle.org. BRIAN MILLER

FRI–SUN - FESTIVAL

At Fremont's annual Oktoberfest, you can join a walk/run, see rock bands, and quaff the wares of 30 microbreweries. 5 p.m.–midnight Fri., Sept. 23; 11 a.m.–midnight Sat., Sept. 24; 11 a.m.–6 p.m. Sun., Sept. 25. Free admission; $20 ($15 advance) for microbrew garden (five tastes). North 34th Street and Fremont Avenue North, www.fremontoktoberfest.com. NEAL SCHINDLER

 
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