The Must List: Pilobolus, Stevie Wonder and Really, Really Old Books

Part gymnastics, part pantomime and part Slinky, Pilobolus Dance Company never fails to entice viewers with its physical contortionism and brainy bravado. The Connecticut-based troupe got its start 40 years ago, using the shape of the human body to make statements about sexual politics, personal relationships and societal mores. Though it has since become a cultural institution, Pilobolus has never lost its edge. Whether in ads for Hyundai or in collaboration with Pulitzer-winning graphic artist Art Spiegelman -- or most recently the hip band OK Go -- Pilobolus continues its ongoing search for ever more outrageous ways to reinvent its physical vocabulary. 8 p.m. $48. Meany Hall, 15th Avenue NE & NE 40th Street; 206.543.4880;

Jane's Journey at Northwest Film Forum
You think you work with a bunch of monkeys? Jane Goodall spent 45 years studying wild chimpanzees in Africa. This new documentary traces her journey from animal-loving kid to iconic primatologist to globe-trotting environmental activist. Bonus: Goodall will attend the October 12 screening. Times and prices vary. Northwest Film Forum, 1515 12th Ave.; 206.829.7863;

First Geek Girl Con in Seattle!
10/8 - 10/9
Given Seattle’s historic love of nerds, it’s hard to believe this is the first annual Geek Girl Convention. This gathering of girl gamers, science wonkettes and comics minxes celebrates female participation in domains traditionally inhabited by geeky men (who we’re betting are even more excited about this event than the ladies). Want even more geek? Check out our cover story on geek varietals in Seattle from the February issue. 10/8–10/9. Times and prices vary. Seattle Center, Northwest Rooms, 305 Harrison St.;  

Seattle Antiquarian Book Fair
Even if you don’t have a spare five grand-or-so to take home a first edition copy of Aesop’s Fables or vintage photographs from Frank Meadow Sutcliffe, there’s plenty to enjoy at the Seattle Antiquarian Book Fair. You can pore over ancient typefaces and lithograph illustrations, drool over gilt spines and embroidered binding and simply breathe in all the other inspiring details preserved in these rare relics of publishing’s past. There’s also maps, artwork and allegedly lovely stationary to explore too. Dealers come from all over the country and across the pond to participate, so you’re bound to come across at least one tome worth treasuring. 10/8-10/9. Times vary. $5. Seattle Center Exhibition Hall.

Seattle Rock Orchestra: Tribute to Stevie Wonder
Everything sounds better when played by an orchestra, especially when it’s the Seattle Rock Orchestra. The all-volunteer group’s new show pays tribute to Stevie Wonder, with dramatic renditions of his greatest hits, from “For Once in My Life” to “Superstition.” As always, acclaimed local singers will take turns at the mike. 10/8. 8 p.m. Prices vary. Moore Theatre, 1932 Second Ave.; 206.682.1414;

Watch Seattle Rock Orchestra’s trailer for their Stevie Wonder concert now: