It Can’t Happen Here A stage adaptation of Sinclair Lewis’ novel based on the preposterous notion that an authoritarian sociopath could turn America fascist. Cornish Playhouse, Seattle Center, cornish.edu. $5–$17. Opens Oct. 26. 8 p.m.Thurs.–Sat. Ends Nov. 4.
Pacific MusicWorks Only three operas by Claudio Monteverdi survive, but they are the first three operas still regularly performed, and the first of these—the dawn of our 400-year-old repertory—is L’Orfeo, from 1607. Stephen Stubbs leadsPacific MusicWorks and the Dark Horse Consort in a concert version of the Greek myth of the musician who braved theunderworld and defied death—almost. St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral, 1245 10th Ave. E., pacificmusicworks.org. $25–$45.7:30 p.m. Sat., Oct. 28.
BOOKS & SPEAKERS
Kaepernick’s Reading List This book group for curious people interested in justice and equality launches by reading anddiscussing The Autobiography of Malcolm X. Kneel if you like, but chairs will be provided, I’m sure. Third Place Books Seward Park, 5041 Wilson Ave., thirdplacebooks.com. 7 p.m. Sun., Oct. 29.
Mary Lou Williams: The Lady Who Swings the Band Carol Bash’s 2015 doc about a pioneering pianist/composer. Co-presented with the Earshot Jazz Festival. Northwest Film Forum, 1515 12th Ave., nwfilmforum.org. $7–$12. 4 p.m. Sun.,Oct. 29.
Brad Mehldau A solo concert by Mehldau can be a sublime and transporting musical experience. He is prodigiously inventive, and equally compelling whether exploring formal structures or improvising with abandon. In solo performance, as he’s demonstrated at legendary Earshot recitals, his artistry can travel to other worlds—breathtaking and unforgettable. Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., benaroya hall.com. $18.50. 8 p.m. Wed., Oct. 25.