The Must List: Fresh Shellfish, Cozy Faux Fur and Hardboiled Mystery

Faux Fur Neck Muff
Stay cozy on cool fall nights with a faux rabbit fur neck muff from Seattle based scarf designer extraordinaire Rian Robison, who sells a variety of loop scarves in charming patterns via her Etsy store "Tuesday." The cowl (which can also be worn as a hood on those really chilly days) has a surprise tucked inside: a fully reversible layer of green and red poppy print. For more creative gift ideas that support local crafters, peruse this roundup of local Etsy finds.

Buy it online at $65.

Jason Webley
Here’s one last chance to see Webley, lead instigator of the eclectic Monsters of Accordion tour, whose devotion to pushing the envelope (or at least the bellows) of the accordion has led him to exploit the music-making properties of various vegetables in concert, as well as the marimba, the glockenspiel and a vodka bottle full of coins. Webley’s iconoclastic troubadour style, honed on the street corners of Seattle, has led to a worldwide following. He has announced that this show will be the beginning of a “long break” from touring.

11/11, 8 p.m. Prices vary. The Moore Theatre, 1932 Second Ave.; 206.467.5510;

Fresh Oysters
Hooray for “r” months! For those that enjoy it, there’s nothing quite like slurping back a freshly shucked oyster on the half shell, bursting with clean, salty sea water and maybe a smidgeon of lemon. And why shouldn’t you do it at home? At Taylor Shellfish, located at Melrose Market in Capitol Hill, and now open until 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, you’ll find a great selection of fresh oysters, clams, mussels and geoducks. You can even shop online, where they also offer preparation and storing guides, recipes and even wine pairing ideas. Bonus? When you shop at Taylor, your insatiable seafood habit supports a century-old family business.

1521 Melrose Ave.; 206.501.4321,

Inscape Open Studios
Meet a slew of local artists at Saturday’s all day Open Studios event at Inscape, the former INS (Immigration and Naturalization Service) building which now bills itself as Seattle’s “biggest arts and culture enclave.” Over 100 artists will open their private working studios to let you peruse finished works, works in progress, and works for sale. Tip: studio visits can be an affordable way to grow your private art collection. Inscape, by the way, is the artist studio building pioneered by Sam Farrazaino, who we named as one of Seattle’s Most Influential People in 2011. Check out the directory of resident artists on the organization’s website, which is complete with a snazzy interactive map of the building that lets you preview some of their work.

11am - 7pm. Free. Inscape 815 Seattle Blvd; 206-257-3022;


Seattle Arts & Lectures presents Dennis Lehane
Tough as nails mystery writer Dennis Lehane, known for his novels-turned-films (Mystic River, Shutter Island) discusses his latest book, Moonlight Mile, a 12-years-later sequel to Gone, Baby, Bone, the novel about Boston private investigators Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro, who helped put Lehane’s writing career on the map. Watch this book trailer, in which Lehane discusses the many influences his writing found in Dorchester, the Boston borough where he grew up, and his motivation to return to writing about the difficult subject of child abuse.

11/15, 7:30 p.m. Ticket prices vary. Benaroya Hall, 200 University St. Seattle Arts & Lectures Box Office: 206.621.2230,