See Men Dance, Meet an Epic Hero and Other Weekend Musts

Rebel Wilson and Chris Colfer star in "Struck by Lightning," the opening night film of the Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival

MUST WATCH
Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival
The 17th annual celebration of films made by and for the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered community feels especially poignant this year, given the pending outcome of Referendum 74. But the lineup of films is as diverse and intriguing as ever: see Chris Colfer (“Kurt” on Glee) in a feature about high school drama which he wrote himself; meet Uganda’s first openly gay political activist; and watch Olympia Dukakis in what you might call a fresh spin on Thelma & Louise.
10/11-10/20. Times, prices and venues vary. threedollarbillcinema.org

MUST TASTE
Kabocha Squash Soup
Lorna Yee whips up a creamy, comforting, perfect-for-fall soup using the kabocha (aka the Japanese pumpkin). Get the recipe and tips on where to find this seasonal treat.

MUST SHOP
Urban Unveiled
Join Seattle Bride magazine at Benaroya Hall tonight for a wedding expo unlike any other. Meet the top wedding professionals in our region, enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres and get an exclusive first look at Luly Yang Couture’s 2013 bridal collection.
10/11, 6pm. $40. Benaroya Hall, 200 University Street; urbanunveiled.com; Get tickets here.

MUST GET HEROIC
Ramayana
ACT takes on the ancient story of Rama, at once an action adventure, a love story, and a hefty moral exploration that wrestles with the quandary of choosing between personal happiness and responsibility to society. Read Brangien Davis’ preview of the show to learn about the bevy of local artists who collaborated to bring this epic show to life.
10/12-11/11. Times and prices vary. ACT, 700 Union St.; 206.292.7676; act.org

MUST SEE
Men in Dance
It’s a rare opportunity see all-male dance ensembles, which is a big reason Seattle dance aficionados created the biennial Men in Dance festival, now in its ninth run. This year’s choreographers include beloved locals, such as longtime modern dancer Wade Madsen, hip-hopper Markeith Wiley and top tapper Anthony Peters.
10/12-21. Times vary. $20-$25. Broadway Performance Hall; 1625 Broadway Ave.; 800-838-3006; menindance.org

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