Eat authentic Russian food at St. Nicholas Orthodox Russian Cathedral’s “Taste of Russia.” Photo courtesy Wikimedia/Joe Mabel

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Taste Russia, the Spanish Civil War On Stage, Fright Fest, and More of the Week’s Best Events

Your calendar for the days ahead.

September 27, Wednesday

Beautiful Ruins Book Club Did you know that local organization Seattle7 Writers hosts a monthly book club at Seward Park’s Third Place Books? Tonight, novelist and sports writer Dave Boling will lead a discussion about Spokane author Jess Walter’s bestselling novel Beautiful Ruins. No purchase is necessary, and there will be Ruins-themed drink specials for sale. Third Place Books Seward Park, 5041 Wilson Ave. S., 474-2200, thirdplacebooks.com. Free. All ages. 7 p.m. PAUL CONSTANT

September 28, Thursday

Timber Curtain Reading Frances McCue is a founder of Hugo House. She’s working on a documentary about the destruction of the old Hugo House building. And tonight she’ll be reading at Hugo House’s temporary headquarters from her new book of poems about Hugo House. The future of Hugo House will likely be discussed, as well. Hugo House, 1021 Columbia St., 322-7030, hugohouse.org. Free. All ages. 7:30 p.m. PC

September 29, Friday

Playing While White Reading Subtitled Privilege and Power on and Off the Field, Playing While White is a book about the way white privilege permeates every aspect of sports culture. WSU professor David J. Leonard’s book investigates examples of whiteness in sports including Lance Armstrong’s sordid story and pretty much all of NASCAR. Elliott Bay Book Company, 1521 10th Ave., 624-6600, elliottbaybook.com. Free. All ages. 7 p.m. PC

King of Yees Up-and-coming playwright Lauren Yee’s play is a semi-autobiographical take on her relationship with her father. The story follows Yee’s exploration of San Francisco’s Chinatown as she learns more about her father’s connection to the Yee Family Association, a Chinese-American men’s club formed during the Gold Rush. Directed by Desdemona Chiang, the production (now in its closing weekend) is a reflection on parent/child relationships that drifts into surreal and magical spaces. ACT, 700 Union St., acttheatre.org. $20–$70. All ages. 8 p.m. BECS RICHARDS

Wild Waves Fright Fest Between the piss in the wave pool and the screaming toddlers, Wild Waves is already a pretty scary place. Every fall, however, those screaming toddlers get replaced with bored teens trying to get real spooked at Fright Fest, Wild Wave’s annual spooktacular. This year, there’s a regular haunted house, a 3D black-light haunted house, and a haunted trail. No matter how scared you get, please be respectful and keep your pee to yourself. Wild Waves, 36201 Enchanted Pkwy. S., Federal Way, wildwaves.com. $25–$30. All ages. Through Oct. 29. KELTON SEARS

Taste of Russia It’s hard to miss St. Nicholas Orthodox Cathedral’s towering golden onion domes if you’ve ever wandered down 13th Avenue. There might be some regular onions too at the church’s annual Taste of Russia event, featuring delicious homemade piroshki, pelmeni, borscht, and pastries. St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Cathedral, 1714 13th Ave., saintnicholascathedral.org. Through Oct. 1. KS

September 30, Saturday

Riot Days Reading Maria Alyokhina was fighting Putin years before your grandmother put on a pussy hat and started writing long Facebook rants about fighting Putin. As a member of Pussy Riot, Alyokhina spent two years in jail for her anti-Putin protests, and her memoir of her time as a Pussy Rioter will likely inspire some American women to fight a little nastier. Elliott Bay Book Company, 1521 10th Ave., 624-6600, elliottbaybook.com. Free. All ages. 7 p.m. PC

¡Ay, Carmela! The current production by The Latino Theatre Project is a fantastical yet realist historical piece by José Sanchís Sinisterra. When a company of artists accidentally finds themselves trapped behind fascist lines during the Spanish Civil War, they must improvise a show to save their lives. What will their perform-to-survive attempt result in? Theatre Off Jackson, 409 Seventh Ave. S., theatre offjackson.org. $20–$25. 13 and up. 8 p.m. BR

Lelavision’s events feature human-sized musical instruments made by Ela Lamblin, and much of choreographer Leah Mann’s movement is initiated by the action of playing these giant contraptions. For Interspecies Communication, Lamblin was inspired by animal behaviors—he combines a whale and a giant bird as the playground for Mann’s “human murmuration,” all with the goal of fostering “playful, joyful behavior.” Duwamish Waterway Park, 7900-10th Ave. S., lelavision.com. Free. 3 p.m. SANDRA KURTZ

October 1, Sunday

Billy Bragg is at once an artist responsible for preserving folk music while also reminding us of its modern vitality. The punk-turned-folkie has sung leftist ballads against everyone from Thatcher to T——, and has most recently recorded an album of songs inspired by the American railroad system. In typical fashion, Shine a Light contains both old songs at risk of disappearing and new ones for everyone to learn. The Neptune, 1303 N.E. 45th St., stgpresents.com. $40. All ages. 8 p.m. DANIEL PERSON

October 2, Monday

Booktoberfest: Librarian’s Revenge Trivia Night As part of a monthlong celebration known as Booktoberfest, Seattle Public Library employees are taking literary events into nontraditional spaces. Tonight, they turn the information desk around and ask you the questions in a no-entry-fee trivia night at one of the city’s very best bars. Are you smarter than a librarian? Find out tonight! Union Bar, 5609 Rainier Ave. S., spl.org. Free. 21 and over. 8 p.m. PC

So Pitted With their debut Sub Pop LP last year, neo, this Seattle punk trio proved it can translate the acidic carnage they spew out live on record. Still, there’s no substitute for getting your face blasted by So Pitted’s sandpaper shred in person. Just make sure to bring earplugs. With Winter, Sundae Crush, Senor Fin. Vera Project, 305 Harrison St., veraproject.com. $10. All ages. 7:30 p.m. KS

Demand Housing for All in Seattle! The newly founded Housing for All Seattle coalition largely comprises the activists who successfully pressured city leaders to pass an income tax. Join them to deliver a letter to those same leaders demanding a dramatic increase in subsidized affordable-housing production, as well as reforms of the ways evictions of unauthorized homeless encampments are conducted. Seattle City Hall, 600 Fourth Ave., HousingForAllSeattle.org. Free. All ages. 1:30–3:30 p.m. CASEY JAYWORK

October 3, Tuesday

The Name of the Wind Reading Fantasy author Patrick Rothfuss celebrates the 10th anniversary of the publication of his first novel, The Name of the Wind, with a brand-new fancy-pants deeeee-luxe edition, loaded with illustrations and a map and commentary that highlight the genius of Rothfuss’ wizards-and-research-laden fantasy series. University Temple, 1415 N.E. 43rd St., 634-3400, bookstore.washington.edu. $40. All ages. 7 p.m. PC

Mark Bowden

Last time I heard this lion of American journalism speak, he explained that he’s never been as interested in telling a story first as in telling it best. With that mission statement, he’s given us the best accounts of the death of Pablo Escobar (Killing Pablo), the disastrous American mission in Mogadishu (Black Hawk Down), and the siege of Osama bin Laden’s lair (The Finish). He is now tackling the Vietnam War with his new book, Hue 1968. Pigott Auditorium, Seattle University, 901 12th Ave., townhallseattle.org. $5. All ages. 7:30 p.m. DP

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