Diversions 10/20

The 2010 Mainstage season at ACT concludes with The Lieutenant of Inishmore by one of Ireland's most acclaimed contemporary writers, Martin McDonagh. Opening night is at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 21 and it plays through Nov. 14. For times and prices visit www.acttheatre.org.

Seattle Shakespeare Company launches 20th Anniversary Season with Hamlet, Oct. 27 through Dec. 5 at the Center House Theatre at Seattle Center. Visit www.seattleshakespeare.org for more information

Seattle Children's Theatre invites artist Robert Morgan to Seattle to present Morgan's Journey, created by Morgan and Director David S. Craig. Morgan's Journey opens in SCT's Eve Alvord Theatre on Friday,
Oct. 22, and runs through Nov. 14. Morgan's Journey is specially recommended for children ages 3-8 and their families. www.sct.org.

The Social Justice Ministry of Mount Zion Baptist Church is partnering with the Front Porch Theater of Intiman Theater to present a community reading of The Scarlet Letter at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 21 at the church at 1634 19th Ave. Visit www.mountzion.net for more information.

The God of Carnage by Yasmine Reza, which won a 2009 Tony Award for Best Play, comes to the Bagley Wright Theater through Oct. 24. Visit www.seattlerep.org for tickets and more information.

Seattle Children's Theatre presents The Borrowers through Oct. 31 at the Charlotte Martin Theatre. Based on the beloved books about "little people" by Mary Norton. Under the floorboards, Arrietty Clock lives a quiet little life with her parents. Why, they just "borrow" whatever they may need from the humans above... until the boy who lives upstairs sees Mr. Clock. Adults $22-37 and children $15-31, depending on performance day/time. For more information visit www.sct.org.

Jet City Improv and Wing-It Productions present Seattle's Best Comedy, a night of hijinks and improvisational fun with audience participation. At the Historic University Theatre, 5510 University Way N.E. 206-352-8291. Visit www.jetcityimprov.com for more show times and information.

Join Seattle Repertory Theatre the second Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m. in the Seattle Rep PONCHO Forum at 155 Mercer Street to discover groundbreaking new works. Each reading is followed by a chatback with the playwright. This reading series is co-sponsored by the Rep's New Play Program and the Northwest Playwrights Alliance. Admission is free (donations gladly accepted). No RSVP necessary-just show up!

Seattle's Recreational Music-Making Junction presents in collaboration with Queen Anne guitarist Brian Krueger: Bring Your Own Guitar - Jam Session Class Series! every Wednesday in October (10/6 - 10/27), 7 to 9 p.m. at the Fremont Abbey Arts Center (Cafe) in Fremont. Visit Register ONLINE at http://urbanmusicfarm.com/jamsessions.html for details.
Check out Bach and Friends at 8 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 27 at Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave. $40 General, $35 Senior 65+, $25 Side Sections, $15 Under 25. Tickets: Call (206) 325-7066 or visit www.EarlyMusicGuild.org.
Seattle Baroque Orchestra (SBO) kicks off its 17th concert season with an all-star celebration of Giovanni Battista Pergolesi's 300th birthday. Much-lauded soloists, soprano Yulia Van Doren and Grammy-winning countertenor Ian Howell, will join SBO's Seattle-based core of Baroque specialists, under the direction of virtuoso violinist Ingrid Matthews and harpsichordist Byron Schenkman, for a performance of Stabat Mater: Pergolesi's most sparkling, beloved work. The program will feature works by other Neapolitan greats Alessandro Scarlatti and Nicola Porpora, with Seattle's own Nathan Whittaker performing the latter's Cello Concerto in G Major. The concert is at 8 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 23 at Town Hall 1119 Eighth Ave. $40 General/$35 Senior 65+/$25 Side Sections/$15 Under 25. For tickets call 206-325-7066 or Visit www.EarlyMusicGuild.org

Landmark's Metro Cinemas is proud to announce the autumn edition of Metro Classics, a repertory film series that will run every Wednesday night through Dec. 1. At 4500 Ninth Ave. N.E. Tickets are $10 general admission, $8.25 for students with ID, and $7.50 for children and senior citizens; Landmark Discount Cards accepted! Show Times and information: (206) 781-5755.

Now playing: The Freebie, Varsity; Secretariat, Metro etc.; Breathless, Varsity; It's Kind of a Funny Story, location not set; Red, location not set; Genius Within: Inner Life of Glenn Gould, Varsity; Oct. 22: Hereafter, location not set; The Last Train Home, Varsity; Inside Job, Harvard Exit; Conviction, location not set; Oct. 29: Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Next, location not set; Douchebag, Varsity; Nov. 5: Due Date, location not set; Tamara Drewe, location not set.


Open mic at El Diablo coffee house. Poetry readers are encouraged to join the fun the second and fourth Tuesdays of every month The event is co-hosted by Margaret Roncone and Lainne Dexter. This series is getting a trial run every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month. Show up to listen or bring poetry to read at this all open mic venue that can continue if enough people want to make it happen. 8 p.m., at El Diablo coffee house 1811 Queen Anne Ave. N.
The mixer group at Queen Anne Books meets every other month, usually the last Saturday at 8 p.m. The book choices tend to be a little edgier than the traditional book club fare, and discussions are focused yet fun. After about an hour talking about the book, most head to a bar or restaurant to socialize. Attendees spend book club time talking openly and in-depth about the book. Everyone is welcome to take part in the discussion, and all are encouraged to join in on social time after. Queen Anne Avenue Books 1811 Queen Anne Ave. N. www.queenannebooks.com

The Seattle Public Library invites one and all to celebrate Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) through Oct. 27 with programs at three library locations. All programs are free and everyone is welcome. No registration is required. Free parking is available at the branches. Parking is available in the Central Library garage at the regular rates. Día de los Muertos, a popular celebration in Mexico, the United States and many parts of Central America, is celebrated from Oct. 31 to Nov. 2. Learn about Día de los Muertos and decorate a papier-mâché head with fabric, paint, yarn and wood and turn it into a Calaca (skeleton). This program is geared toward ages 5 and up and begins 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 10, at the Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Level 1, Faye G. Allen Children's Center, 206-386-4675. Visit www.spl.org for other locations and events.

Experience Music Project|Science Fiction Museum (EMP|SFM) announces its latest exhibition, Battlestar Galactica: The Exhibition. Organized by EMP|SFM and in partnership with Universal Cable Productions and Syfy, Battlestar Galactica features three, full-size prop spaceships, iconic costumes, new exhibition films, music and other props from the original and reimagined series. Battlestar Galactica opens to the public Oct. 23, and runs through March 4, 2012 at EMP|SFM in Seattle, more information at www.empsfm.org/bsg.

On your marks! Pacific Northwest Ballet has opened its box office for the 2010-2011 season ticket sales. To learn more, visit www.pnb.org.

Washington News Council is hosting the 2010 Gridiron West Dinner a Toast to Seattle Mayors. The event will celebrate Seattle's political past with a pre-dinner reception at 5:30 p.m. followed by dinner and entertainment at 7 p.m. at the Washington State Convention Center, Friday, Nov. 12. For tickets call 206-262-9793 or go to www.wanewscouncil.org.

Share the Music, featuring Caspar Babypants, Recess Monkey, The Not-Its!, The Board of Education and the Harmonica Pocket. Show starts at 12:30 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 7 at the Central Library at 1000 Fourth Ave. The Event is FREE. For more information visit www.kindiependent.com and www.spl.org.
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