Seattle Opera celebrates Halloween season with the classic ghost story, ‘The Turn of the Screw.’ Photo by Philip Newton

Seattle Opera celebrates Halloween season with the classic ghost story, ‘The Turn of the Screw.’ Photo by Philip Newton

Pick List: ‘The Turn of the Screw,’ Lit Crawl, Stas THEE Boss + Chong the Nomad

The week’s best entertainment options.

STAGE

Benjamin Britten needed just a small orchestra to conjure a world of creepiness in his 1954 The Turn of the Screw, Seattle Opera’s tale (based on a Henry James short story) of two children menaced by a ghost. GAVIN BORCHERT McCaw Hall, seattle opera.org. $25–$314. 7:30 p.m. Oct. 13, 17, 20, 24, 26, 27; 2 p.m. Oct. 14.

Idris Goodwin’s play And in This Corner: Cassius Clay at Seattle Children’s Theatre brings the story of the rise of the world’s most famous athlete to a young audience that probably have never heard of the man that would become Muhammad Ali. SETH SOMMERFELD Seattle Children’s Theatre, sct.org. $20 and up. Oct. 11–Nov. 25

MUSIC

Just cause Seattle has one of the best fem rock scenes doesn’t mean you should sleep on the ultra creative local women making hip-hop and electronic music. If you have been ignoring it, then treat Stas THEE Boss and Chong the Nomad’s split vinyl LP release (featuring their albums S’Women and Love Memo) as a crash course to make up for lost time. Black Constellation member Stats has been killing it since her days in the spacey Sub Pop hip-hop outfit THEESatisfaction, and Chong is probably the most exciting up-and-coming local EDM creator. The atmospheric ease and comfortably chill vibe of both women’s music makes for a perfect pairing. And if that wasn’t enough, DoNormaal, Seattle’s best hip-hop MC, opens the festivities. Rise up, ladies. SS Nectar Lounge, nectarlounge.com. $12–$15. 8 p.m., Thur., Oct. 11.

Car Seat Headrest, Seattle’s best rock band that most people still don’t realize is Seattle-based, returns home after spending most of the year on the road promoting Twin Fantasy. SS The Showbox, showboxpresents.com. $23–$25. 9 p.m., Fri., Oct. 12 & Sat., Oct. 13

DANCE

Karin Stevens Dance has collaborated twice with composer Kaley Lane Eaton: their disconcertingly lovely 2017 opera Lily and, now, the premiere of LUNG. GB Erickson Theatre Off Broadway, karinstevensdance.com. $20–$50. 8 p.m. Thurs., Oct. 11–Sat., Oct. 13, 2 p.m. Sun., Oct. 14.

BOOKS

Seattle’s literary scene takes over Capitol Hill once again for Lit Crawl 2018. With over 80 writers presenting at more than 35 readings (split into five time phases), it’s a choose your own adventure tale. Events include showcases of self-publishing, poetry in comics, Asian food, African American writers, and more. SS Capitol Hill venues, litquake.org/lit-crawl-seattle. Free. 6–9 p.m., Thur., Oct 11.

Chef Christopher Kimball—formerly of America’s Test Kitchen, now running multimedia cooking conglomerate Milk Street—has more ideas for you (meticulously tested, no doubt) in his new cookbook Milk Street: Tuesday Nights. GB Third Place Books Lake Forest Park, thirdplacebooks.com. 7 p.m. Wed., Oct. 17.

VISUAL ARTS

You down with O.P.P. (Other People’s Pictures)? Seattle’s Robert E. Jackson might be the world’s premiere photography collector, and he showcases some of the best instant shots in Polaroids: Personal, Private, Painterly, an exhibit that looks at what private moments we chose to capture in a pre-selfie era. SS Bellevue Arts Museum, bellevue arts.org. $15. Opens Oct. 12, ends March 24.

In the Borealis Festival of Light, the Museum of History and Industry’s facade will become a vast canvas for artists from six nations to project images upon—the centerpiece of this four-night party that’ll fill South Lake Union with live music, food trucks, and more light installations. GB Museum of History & Industry, mohai.org. Free. Thurs., Oct. 11–Sun., Oct. 14.

FILM

Two documentaries about artists who broke ground in our understanding of the human condition debut this week. Michele Westmorland’s Headhunt Revisited introduces us to the intrepid Caroline Mytinger and Margaret Warner, who in the late ’20s traveled to the Solomon Islands and Papua-New Guinea to paint and preserve their culture. Westmorland made the trip herself and, amazingly, interviewed some descendants of Mytinger’s portrait subjects. SIFF Film Center, Northwest Rooms, Seattle Center, siff.org. $12–$15. 7 p.m. Wed., Oct. 10.

Twenty years ago and closer to home, a pianist no less intrepid, Mina Miller, founded chamber-music presenters Music of Remembrance, devoted to keeping alive the works of composers lost to, or forced out of Europe by, the Holocaust. John Sharify’s film recounts the organization’s history, and some of Seattle’s most galvanizing concerts, in Hear Our Story Now. (MoR’s concert season opens Nov. 4.) GB Frye Art Museum, musicofremembrance.org. $20. 5 p.m. Sun., Oct. 14.

COMEDY

Cameron Esposito is provocative and hard-hitting even by current stand-up standards. The title of her recent show, Rape Jokes, is just one example. GB The Neptune, stgpresents.org. $28. 8 p.m. Sun., Oct. 14.

CLASSICAL

Marc-André Hamelin (aka The Guy Who Can Play Anything) puts his superhuman piano technique and artistry into music by Bach and Chopin and arrangements of songs by pop chansonnier Charles Trenet. GB Meany Center, meanycenter.org. $47–$55. 7:30 p.m. Wed., Oct. 17.

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