11 Things to Do in November 2023 in Seattle

Vampires are coming 🧛

📸: Summit Entertainment | Twilight

The weather might be cooling down, but events are heating up in Seattle this November.

On Thanksgiving Day, the Seahawks will play their first home game on Thanksgiving in the franchise’s history. Meanwhile, over on Capitol Hill, SIFF Cinema Egyptian is throwing a big party around the movie Twilight, bringing its director to Seattle for a special 15th-anniversary screening. Plus, tons of beloved annual festivals, like Freakout and Short Run, are back, promising to introduce you to your new favorite bands and artists.

Seattle Seahawks vs. San Francisco 49ers @ Lumen Field

Gobble gobble 🦃

📅 Thursday, November 23rd (Thanksgiving Day!)
⏰ Kickoff @ 5:20 pm
📍 Lumen Field: 800 Occidental Ave S, Seattle

The most delicious thing this Thanksgiving won’t be a basted turkey or garlic mashed potatoes or a slice of pumpkin pie with whipped cream on top. No, it’ll be packing into Lumen Field and hanging around a bunch of strangers and cheering on the Seahawks as loud as you possibly can. Because that’s America, baby. Live and in color.

For the Hawks’ first home game on Turkey Day in the franchise’s history, they’ll be going up against the San Francisco 49ers, their NFC West division rivals. As I write this in late October, the teams hold the top two spots in the division, respectively; the Hawks are at 4-2, getting by after a bummer of a season-starting upset, while the Niners at 5-2 have been on a remarkable hot streak and have only lost two regular season games since October 23rd, 2022.

But really, there’s still plenty of season to go, and anything can happen. And that’s what makes this Thanksgiving primetime game the hottest ticket of the month. As the weather turns cold, it’s gearing up to be a great battle of the running backs, so expect big moves from Zach Charbonnet and Kenneth Walker III on our end and golden boy Christian McCaffrey keeping SF afloat.

Game starts at 5:20, so fill your belly up with good food, be blessed by your turkey’s wishbone, then put on your branded beanie and head to SoDo. MARCUS GORMAN

A Two-Way Mirror @ Museum of Glass

Contemporary glass by Black artists🪞

📸: Courtesy of the artist and Vessel Gallery, London | Photo by Duncan Price

📆 Ongoing
📍 Museum of Glass: 1801 Dock Street, Tacoma
📞 (253) 284-4750
⏰ Open Wednesday – Sunday: 10 am – 5 pm
🌙 Open late on the Third Thursday of every month with free admission from 5 – 8 pm

🎟 General admission is $20 for adults, $12 children (6-18), and free for children under 6

“It is a peculiar sensation, this double consciousness, this sense of always looking at one’s self through the eyes of others…”

This W.E.B. Du Bois quote from his essay collection on Black life, The Souls of Black Folk, is a jumping-off point for the latest exhibition at the Museum of Glass in Tacoma. Curated by Jabari Owens-Bailey, A Two-Way Mirror presents a range of glass works from 23 African diasporic artists pushing the boundaries of glass and examining their own lives and identities. Though glass art gets a reputation for mostly being a white guy-dominated field, there’s a rich history of Black artists who have used glass for self-expression. With its reflective, transparent qualities, glass is the perfect medium to explore duality and perception.  

Warren Miller’s All Time @ McCaw Hall

A new era 🎿

📸: Warren Miller Entertainment

A filmmaker in a ski outfit films on camera.

📅 Saturday, November 18th
⏰ 7:30 pm
📍 McCaw Hall: 321 Mercer St, Seattle
🎟 $23

For some, the ski season didn’t officially start until Warren Miller dropped a new ski film every year. The late filmmaker and snow sports enthusiast spent decades chronicling the world’s frigid mountain slopes and stellar snow athletes that careened down them in his bombastic, boundary-pushing documentaries. He was prolific, releasing hundreds of sports films that featured his quippy narration. “If you don’t do it this year, you will be one year older when you do,” as he’d say. 

Washington has a special place in its heart for Miller. He had a home on Orcas Island and became a local fixture during the summers and later in his life. In his 80s, Miller made his final public appearance in Seattle in 2010 at his “An Evening with Warren Miller” lecture series at Benaroya Hall, and in 2018, he passed away in his Orcas Island home. 

His company, Warren Miller Entertainment, has been on quite a journey in the past couple of decades. In 1989, Miller sold Warren Miller Entertainment to his son, Kurt, and his partner, Peter Speek. The company changed hands a few times, eventually ending up with Active Interest Media. Throughout, WME produced new yearly films, but this year signals a shift for the company, as it’ll be the first time in 74 years that the company doesn’t produce an entirely new film. It’s an interesting time to pay attention to this latest release, All Time

Narrated by and featuring skier Jonny Moseley, the film is a “love letter” to the sport and kicks off a two-year celebration of Miller’s legacy. It follows the rise of ski towns like Aspen and Sun Valley, the inventiveness of the original hotdoggers, and introduces some of the next generation of skiersAll Time primarily consists of old footage and narration, but it also weaves in new footage shot at Palisades Tahoe, California, and Park City, and stars snow athletes like Glen Plake, Michelle Parker, Seth Wescott, Lexi duPont, and more. JAS KEIMIG

Twilight 15th Anniversary Screening @ SIFF Cinema Egyptian

The director will be there 🧛

📸: Twilight | SIFF

Two vampiric looking teens stare longingly at each other on blue-green grass.

📆 Friday, November 17th + Saturday, November 18th
⏰ 7 pm

📍 SIFF Cinema Egyptian: 805 E Pine St, Seattle
🎟 $13+

Love it or hate it, love to hate it, or hate to love itTwilight is now a permanent part of Pacific Northwest artistic lore. Stephenie Meyer’s megasmash book series has led to countless jokes about sparkling vampires, thunderstorm baseball, and werewolves imprinting on babies. In other words, high camp for the whole family. As a Washington resident, I couldn’t be prouder.

For I guess the two people who don’t know anything about the first entry of the Twilight saga, it follows teenager Bella Swan, who has moved to the rainy land of Forks, Washington to live with her police chief father. Before long, she finds herself enraptured with the mysterious Edward Cullen, an ageless vampire, and soon bands with his undead family against the forces of evil.

This year marks the 15th anniversary of the first film’s release, and SIFF is giving the people exactly what they want by giving the Egyptian a hell of a pair of screenings. If you have to choose between the two nights, definitely make it to the November 17th showing, as director Catherine Hardwicke is scheduled to attend. Even if you’re not a Fanpire, Hardwicke contains multitudes, having worked as a production designer on such movies as Three Kings, Tank Girl, and subUrbia before she made her directorial debut with the scathing, masterful teen drama Thirteen. In other words, there’s plenty to talk about. MARCUS GORMAN

The Linda Lindas @ The Showbox

Kids to the front 🤘

📸: The Linda Lindas | The Showbox

The four band members of The Linda Lindas pose on a well-lit rural road.

📆 Monday, November 13th
⏰ 8 pm
📍Showbox at the Market: 1426 1st Ave, Seattle
🎟 $20+

It’s The Linda Lindas’ world, and we’re just living in it. 

The all-girl teen punk quartet—which consists of sisters Lucia and Mila de la Garza, their cousin Eloise Wong, and friend Bela Salazar—first came into the limelight in 2021 when a video of them performing their anthemic “Racist, Sexist Boy” song at the LA Public Library went viral. “We rebuild what you destroy/You are a racist, sexist boy!” screamed Wong, who co-wrote the song with Mila after a racist encounter with a schoolmate before the COVID-19 lockdown. “POSER! BLOCKHEAD! RIFF RAFF! DIRT FACE!” The kids are alright!

Initially formed as a pickup band for Kristin Kontrol’s all-covers project with inexperienced kids in 2018, The Linda Lindas took their name from the 2005 Japanese film Linda Linda Linda, which took its name from Japanese punk band Blue Hearts’ 1987 song “Linda Linda.” In the years since their formation, The Linda Lindas have gone on to claim the high punk throne with their mix of punchy lyrics and driving guitars, playing alongside legends like Alice Bag, Bikini Kill, The Dils, Best Coast, Phranc, and The Gears. 

Last year, the band released their first full-length record, Growing Up, which deals with growing up (of course), identity, anxiety, cats, and other facets of teen angst. “Oh, when I say something/I wish I had shut up/And when I try to help/I always screw things up,” Salazar sings on the album opener, “Oh!” How relatable! This fall, The Linda Lindas are taking their brand of punk on tour with Los Angeles garage rockers illuminati hotties. If you go, remember one thing — kids to the front! JAS KEIMIG

Little Women @ Seattle Rep

A radical adaptation 📚

📸: Seattle Rep

A promotional image for "Little Women" at Seattle Rep.

📅 Friday, November 10th – Sunday, December 17th
📍 Seattle Rep: 155 Mercer St, Seattle
🎟 Previews start at $20+

Novelist Louisa May Alcott’s little women are taking over the stage this fall. 

Alcott’s classic novel, Little Women, follows the lives of the March sisters during the Civil War era as they deal with marriage, ambition, class, family, and womanhood. Playwright Kate Hamill translated the beloved book for the stage, reimagining Little Women into a “radical adaptation,” Hamill wrote in the playbill. “When bringing a classic to the stage, I think we should always be asking why this story, why now – and re-examining cultural touchstones from new angles.”

In the Seattle Rep production directed by Marti Lyons, Amelio García plays Jo March, a headstrong young writer who refuses to conform to the rigid structures of being a lady and whether she even wants to be a lady. As she and her sisters Amy (Rebecca Cort), Meg (Cy Paolantonio), and Beth (Katie Peabody) deal with growing up as the country is at war with itself, Jo and her friend Laurie (Austin Winter) struggle with societal expectations and where they fit in amongst it all. Hamill’s provocative adaptation is gender and racially diverse and re-focuses the play around Jo and Laurie’s relationship. Still, it remains a definitive exploration of familial resiliency and artistic ambition. JAS KEIMIG

The Fruit Salad Show @ Seattle Public Library

A fresh family show 🥝🍓🥭

📸: Fruit Salad Show

An illustration of a fruit basket spilling over. The logo for the show "The Fruit Salad Show" at Seattle Public Library.

📆 Sunday, November 5th
⏰ 1 pm

📍 Seattle Public Library – Central Library: 1000 4th Ave, Seattle
🎟 Free

There’s a cool new family event in town—The Fruit Salad Show, produced by theatre artist and educator Tootsie Spangles.

“It’s an all-ages comedy and variety show written and performed by performers of all ages,” Spangles said in an interview with The Ticket. “It centers queer voices and gives a joyful middle finger (metaphorically, this is an all-ages show after all) to those that would rather that queer people not exist and to those that think queer adults have no business being around kids. The show is fast-paced, earnest, and weird, and I hope people leave feeling a sense of belonging.”

It’s free to attend, though donations are always welcome. This is made possible partially through a collaboration with the Seattle Public Library. “Between book bans, drag bans, and cuts to funding for arts organizations and libraries across our country, this feels like a fitting partnership.”

The Fruit Salad Show launched on October 14th and hopes to continue in perpetuity. For that first performance, Spangles explained, “some adult-aged sketch performers were initially worried if they could be funny doing ‘all-ages comedy.’ I wasn’t worried about it. I’m in a variety of classrooms and teach everything from burlesque 101 to adults, musical theatre to kindergarteners, and Shakespeare to middle schoolers. I know that there is a lot of overlap and camaraderie in what we all find funny or struggle with, dream about, care about, and there is also so much humor in the misunderstandings between generations.

All in all, “expect unexpected drag, puppets, slam poems about public transportation, dance of all genres, book recommendations, and a DJ in a rhinestone banana suit.” MARCUS GORMAN

50 Years of SIFF @ SIFF Cinema Egyptian

21 films to celebrate 🎞️

📸: Multiple Maniacs | SIFF

The movie Multiple Maniacs featuring John Waters icon Divine to the right.

📆 Friday, November 3rd – Sunday, December 3rd
📍 SIFF Cinema Egyptian: 805 E Pine St, Seattle

The Seattle International Film Festival is entering its golden year anniversary with the city of Seattle. 50 festivals, thousands of films from all over the world, and untold amounts of adventurous filmgoers. To celebrate, the nonprofit is hosting a monthlong festival of film favorites, many of which won the Golden Space Needle Audience Award. There are 21 films from a wide variety of styles, genres and generations, and I’d be remiss if I didn’t highlight a few personal picks. Full disclosure that I work seasonally for SIFF as a festival programmer, but all of my selections are from before my time.

🚓 The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum
📆 Friday, November 3rd + Saturday, November 25th
Behold the opening film of the first Seattle International Film Festival and a heck of a warning shot with Volker Schlöndorff’s controversial, gutting 1973 drama about an unsuspecting woman caught up in West Germany’s political maelstrom.

🩸 Blood Simple 
📆 Sunday, November 12th + Saturday, December 2nd
Arguably the best American filmmakers of their generation (I adore them, at least), Joel and Ethan Coen made their debut with this nasty, mordantly funny film noir that solidified their career-long obsession with the absurd folly of man.

🏃Run Lola Run 
📆 Sunday, November 12th + Monday, November 13th + Saturday, November 18th
Tom Tykwer throws everything at the wall with his hard-pounding, anarchic 1998 thriller, with breakout star Franka Potente racing through three 20-minute trials desperately trying to save her boyfriend’s life.

🗡️ Multiple Maniacs 
📆 Monday, November 20th + Saturday, December 2nd
Pope of Trash John Waters followed up his legally-cannot-be-distributed debut Mondo Trasho with this 1970 bit of glorious filth, an evisceration of American morals through the eyes of a roving band of murderous carnival freaks.

💒 The Wedding Banquet 
📆 Thursday, November 23rd + Friday, December 1st
This 1993 gem of a romantic dramedy firmly established Ang Lee’s obsession with characters that lead secret lives, as a gay immigrant landlord in Manhattan enters into a fake marriage to appease his parents back in Taiwan. MARCUS GORMAN

Short Run Comix & Arts Festival 2023 @ Seattle Center’s Fisher Pavilion

Zines galore 📚

📸: Short Run 2023

An illustration of a wizard shooting magic beams out of their hands colored in bright yellow and white. It's Short Run 2023's poster.

📅 Saturday, November 4th
⏰ 11 am – 6 pm
📍 Fisher Pavilion: 305 Harrison St, Seattle
🎟 Free to attend
🗺️ Find a table map of all the visiting artists here

This November, the Short Run Comix & Arts Festival will return for its eleventh year in Seattle! Short Run isn’t a typical comic con—it’s free and held in one giant room—but it draws impressive crowds every year, often having lines just to get in. If you’re worried about COVID risk, well… fair, but note that it’s at Fisher Pavilion, one of the best-ventilated venues in the entire city.

About 250 artists will attend this year, showing off their zines, comics, and other book-related art. Here are some artists to get excited about:

 
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Every year, Short Run gives out a “Dash Grant” that awards one artist $500 to debut a comic at the festival. Molly Colleen O’Connell received the grant this year and plans to show off a mini-comic called “Pebbles #2.” Her works are sketchy and organic, often featuring intentionally discordant colors that leave the viewer with a striking impression.  
Sociedad Anónima Reproducción Autogestiva), are notably coming all the way from Mexico, bringing their bright, vivid style along with them.
 
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They also award five “Katie Kelso Travel Grants” to make it more accessible for artists traveling to the festival. Lucia and Rodrigo, two artists from S.A.R.A.

Pro tip: You can get involved in the art-making! Paper Press Punch, a community print org, will help attendees make their own zines. They also plan to host artist interviews right outside of Fisher. If all this doesn’t sound fun enough, they’re handing out swag bags to the first 50 people through the doors! ZOE SCHURMAN

This article was written on special assignment for The Ticket through the TeenTix Press Corps, a teen arts journalism program run by TeenTix, a youth empowerment and arts access nonprofit organization.

Upper Deck Golf @ T-Mobile Park

Get a birdie at the baseball park ⛳

📸: Upper Deck Golf

A man plays golf at the top of T-Mobile Park.

 📅 Friday, November 3rd – Sunday, November 5th
📍 T-Mobile Park: 1250 1st Ave S, Seattle
🎟 $80+

A special pop-up event has been striking stadiums around the country. It’s like showing up to play hockey at a pool hall, except it’s golf in a ballpark. Upper Deck Golf lets you tee up over third base at T-Mobile Park, bringing two sports together that involve striking balls.

Last May, there was one of these pop-ups in Lumen Field. Participants got a chance to slice on the Seahawks’ turf, and now you can play on custom greens at the Mariners’ home. And if you’re a fan of GOLF+ or other VR golf games, this immersive experience doesn’t require a gaming system or a trip to a country club.

Upper Deck Golf is a nine-hole course, each hole ranging from 75 to 150 yards. And if the only time you “golf” is when you’re tipsy at the driving range, Upper Deck will provide clubs, and cocktails will be available to accompany them. The event is for all ages, but everyone must have a registered tee time. (No looky-loos.) Tee times also include complimentary golf balls. In the park’s clubhouse, golfers can partake in putting and chipping skills challenges, plus a driving challenge featuring a UDG driving simulator.

BTW: Did you know golf was a banned sport? Yep, in 1457, King James II decreed that football (soccer) and golf should be utterly condemned and stopped! Wow, talk about hating sports! PATHERESA WELLS

Freakout Festival 2023 @ Salmon Bay Eagles and Other Venues

Fall’s loudest party 🔊

📸: Freakout Festival | Pearl Charles

Pearl Charles performs at Freakout Festival with bright, technicolor lighting across her face.

 

📆 Thursday, November 2nd – Sunday, November 5th
🎟 Tickets start at $45
📍 Multiple venues, headquartered at Salmon Bay Eagles: 5216 20th Ave NW (21+)

Early November is one of my favorite times of year in Seattle—not because of the fall weather, changing tree colors, and general hygge-ness, but because the exuberant, psychedelic romp that is Freakout Festival takes over Ballard. For one raucous fall weekend, the annual fest brings in bands from around the world to melt Seattle concertgoers’ faces off at venues up and down Ballard Avenue.

Since the festival went non-profit mode earlier this year, this November’s event is more focused but aims to pack as hard of a punch as years previous. Headlining the four-day fest are L.A. garage rockers Allah-Las, Detroit-based punk trio The Gories, and two nights of The Spits‘ dirty, punky fun. Here’s what they sound like:

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Other sets to watch for: Mexico City’s Carrion Kids (a band that consistently has the most deliciously chaotic shows), psych rockers Levitation Room, and Seattle’s own riot grrl-inspired outfit Lemon Boy. Also coming back is Mad Alchemy’s Analog Liquid Light Show, a festival favorite that adds a visual layer of trippiness to the proceedings. For the full lineup, give this playlist a listen.

Run by the Seattle-based Freakout Records label, the festival is now in its 11th year of debauchery. You might not recognize many of the acts on the lineup, and that’s sort of the point. The magic of all fests, particularly Freakout, is discovering bands you might never have had the opportunity to otherwise. It’s a way to get out of your corporate streaming service algorithm rut and get into a mosh pit with other music nerds. So see bands you’ve never heard of! I know you’ll come back with a new band you love. JAS KEIMIG

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