Nosferatu at the Symphony, Cherdonna, Dinosaur Lectures, and More of the Week’s Best Events

Your calendar for the days ahead.

October 11, Wednesday

Miss Kopp’s Midnight Confessions Reading Publishers are, understandably, hitting heavy nonfiction titles pretty hard right now. But maybe you should take a breath and read a fun mystery series for a while? Amy Stewart’s Kopp Sisters series focuses on a woman who becomes deputy sheriff in the year 1916, and she focuses on women-centric crimes. So even while you enjoy a novel, you’ll still have strong feminist women to admire. Third Place Books Ravenna, 6504 20th Ave. N.E., 525-2347, Free. All ages. 7 p.m. PAUL CONSTANT

Miscomings Keeping Seattle weird gets harder and harder as team Keep Seattle Expensive keeps winning, but Miscomings is doing its absolute damnedest to fly the freak flag high. Wielding some of the most deliciously deconstructed no-wave riffage in town and the cartoonish helium-huffing vocals to back it all up, this four-piece punk band’s songs are manic, mangled masterpieces. With Moon Human, Sleepover Club, Diced Candy. The High Dive, 513 N. 36th St., $8. 21 and over. 8 p.m. KELTON SEARS

October 12, Thursday

Noir at the Bar This Halloween edition of the ongoing mystery series features local writers including Waverly Fitzgerald, Alice Boatright, Tracy Weber, and, making her debut as a mystery novelist, longtime Seattle writer Bharti Kirschner. Get a fancy drink, take in the fancy surroundings, and let host Will “the Thrill” Viharo guide you through the evening of scary mystery. Sorrento Hotel, 900 Madison St., 622-6400, Free. 21 and over. 7 p.m. PC

Chamber Dance Company Dance is often rushing to see the next new thing, but luckily for us the Chamber Dance Ensemble based at the University of Washington keeps an eye on the past—it specializes in the best of modern dance, and its upcoming program starts at the beginning. “The Body Politic” focuses on dance works that aimed to change minds and move hearts, from Isadora Duncan to Crystal Pite. Meany Center, UW campus, 543-4880, $10–$22. 7:30 p.m. Thurs.–Sat.; also 2 p.m. Sun. SANDRA KURTZ

ARC Marie Chong’s ARC Company specializes in chamber-sized ballet works, and with “Au-tumn 47” we have a chance to see them extra-close-up in their home space. The program includes two dynamic premieres from visitors Alex Ketley and David Fernandez, as well as familiar works by local favorites Wade Madsen, Gerard Theoret, and Chong. Alongside these works will be a special reconstruction of work by the late Kabby Mitchell III, highlighting his many contributions to the dance community. ARC Dance Studio, 9250 14th Ave. N.W., 352-0799, $36–$45. 7:30 p.m. Also 8 p.m. Fri.–Sat. & 4 p.m. Sun. SK

Kissing Like Babies Experimental drag queen, performance artist, clown, and contemporary dancer Jody Kuehner will be exploring the “infantilization of the feminine” through her drag persona Cherdonna Shinatra. The piece is set to be subversive, absurd, and comedic. Highlights include adult toddlers and a marching band. On the Boards, 100 W. Roy St., $12–$23. All ages. 8 p.m. BECS RICHARDS

October 13, Friday

Word Works: Mary Reufle Poet and essayist Mary Ruefle’s new book, On Imagination, is a thoughtful examination of everything that makes it the most important human trait, gathering anecdotes about geniuses like Jane Goodall, Gertrude Stein, Steve Jobs, and Emily Dickinson. Tonight she’ll offer an original talk on imagination intended for aspiring authors. Frye Art Museum. 704 Terry Ave., 622-9250, $15. All ages. 7 p.m. PC

Who Is She? Tape Release Julia Shapiro from Chastity Belt and Bree McKenna from Tacocat already formed a supergroup once, Childbirth. And then that supergroup occasionally joined forces with Robin Edwards of Lisa Prank to form ultra-supergroup Know It All Dad. OK, stay with me—now Shapiro, McKenna, and Edwards have a new supergroup called Who Is She?, and their debut album, Seattle Gossip, is coming out tonight. It is as funny, riffy, and super as you’d expect from three members of the city’s funniest, riffiest bands and experienced supergroup pros. With Goat Reward, Secret Superpower. Everyday Music, 1520 10th Ave., Free. All ages. 6–9 p.m. KS

October 14, Saturday

City Council Candidate Debate Hosted by the Seattle Neighborhood Association and moderated by TV news analyst C.R. Douglas, this debate will give you a chance to hear from Teresa Mosqueda and Jon Grant in Position 8 and M. Lorena González and Pat Murakami in Position 9 about why they should be on your next City Council. Central Area Senior Center, 500 30th Ave .S., 726-4926. $6 (no one turned away for lack of funds). All ages. 9–11:30 a.m. CASEY JAYWORK

October 15, Sunday

The First 500 Words Seattle young-adult writer Martha Brockenbrough teaches a free class that will help writers refine the vital first 500 words of their books by minding six important points. It might sound gimmicky, but this is important stuff; those words are what will get you noticed by agents, editors, and browsers. Seattle Public Library, Broadview Branch, 12755 Greenwood Ave. N., 684-7519, Free. All ages. 2 p.m. PC

Seattle Mayor, Attorney, and Council Candidate Forum KCTS 9’s Enrique Cerna will moderate this forum for candidates for mayor (Cary Moon and Jenny Durkan), City Council (Jon Grant, Teresa Mosqueda, M. Lorena González, and Pat Murakami), and City Attorney (Pete Holmes and Scott Lindsay). Interpretation in Spanish, Somali, Vietnamese, Cantonese, Mandarin, and Korean will be provided, and the forum will be livestreamed on the Seattle Channel. Rainier Arts Center, 3515 S. Alaska St., 652-4255, Free (registration online required). All ages. 4–6 p.m. CJ

October 16, Monday

A Conversation With Armistead MaupinFrom his beloved newspaper column to his even-more beloved series of Tales of the City novels, Maupin has enjoyed a remarkable writing career; though he began it as one of the first openly gay mainstream writers in America, he’s now happily married to a man he claimed to meet on That’s a lot of history for one life. Tonight, Maupin will appear in conversation with some dickhead named Paul Constant. Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., $39–$75. All ages. 7:30 p.m. PC

Jack Horner As all students of Jurassic Park know, we first meet Dr. Alan Grant on a dig in Eastern Montana, where he’s yammering on about the similarities between dinosaurs and birds. From there he flies off to an island where real dinosaurs are roaming about, leaving the real world behind. But that early scene is based on an actual paleontologist, Jack Horner. He’s built a prestigious career by digging around in Montana and advancing his once-crazy theory that birds are descendants of T. rex. Now he comes to Town Hall to show why dinosaurs are even more birdlike than either he or Grant previously thought. Town Hall, 805 E. Pine St., $5. All ages. 7:30 p.m. DANIEL PERSON

October 17, Tuesday

BAHFest Seattle BAHFest “is a celebration of well-argued and thoroughly researched but completely incorrect scientific theory,” in which speakers present bad and wrong science to scientifically trained judges. Before this begins, BAHFest founder Zach Weinersmith will read from his new book, Soonish: Ten Emerging Technologies That’ll Improve and/or Ruin Everything. Temple De Hirsch Sinai 1441 16th Ave., $1–$30. All ages. 5 p.m. PC

Nosferatu: Symphony of Horror Even if you haven’t seen F.W. Murnau’s 1922 vampire classic Nosferatu, you’ve almost definitely seen the creepy-as-hell stills of actor Max Schreck’s gaunt, claw-handed figure creeping up a staircase. Tonight, one of the freakiest entries of the freaky era of German Expressionist film is screened to a score by pianist Rick Friend, performed live by the Seattle Symphony. Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., 215-4800, $35. All ages. 7:30 p.m. KS