Best of the City Arts Fest

Our must-see picks for Seattle's newest music and arts festival.

By Seattle Mag


September 16, 2011

This article originally appeared in the October 2011 issue of Seattle Magazine.

For the second year in a row, the City Arts Festival is bringing arts of all genres to venues across Seattle (10/20–10/22; times, prices and venues vary; If it all feels too gloriously overwhelming, just focus on our must-see picks below.

MUSIC: The Long Winters, Cobirds Unite, Cataldo and Campfire OK (10/20; Showbox at the Market): It’s a Northwest-band-a-ganza, featuring Seattle indie rockers established and emerging.

POETRY: The Ecstasy of Influence (10/20; Town Hall): Seattle poet Heather McHugh reads, along with other Northwest luminaries who happen to have been her students: Kary Wayson, Kate Lebo and Erika Wilder.

DANCE: Genre-Bender (10/21; The Can Can): Acclaimed Seattle dancers—including Amy O’Neal, Rainbow Fletcher and Mark Haim—pair with talented local filmmakers, poets, performance artists and cooks to create new work, and perhaps entirely new genres.

THEATER: Seateeth (10/20 & 10/22; Theater Off Jackson): Fresh from receiving a well-deserved Stranger “Genius Award,” theatrical musician John Osebold (aka Jose Bold) performs a theatrical/musical show about a man and a whale. Expect weirdness in the very best way.



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