‘The Patience Stone’
Atiq Rahimi’s powerful drama, set in war-torn Kabul, follows a young Afghan wife (played by Golshifteh Farahani) as she pours out her anger and anguish to her comatose husband, revealing how oppressed she feels by the country’s fundamentalist Muslim culture. Now playing at Sundance Cinemas. For showtimes, see Page H6. For Soren Andersen’s 3 ½-star review, go to seattletimes.com/movies.
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‘Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’
The winner of our recent TV poll, this new superhero-agency drama premieres at 8 p.m. Tuesday on ABC.
‘The Michael J. Fox Show’
Michael J. Fox returns to weekly television with this self-titled sitcom. It premieres at 8 p.m. Thursday on NBC.
‘The Big Bang Theory’
“Penny? Penny? Penny?” The phenomenally successful geek-com returns for its seventh season at 8 p.m. Thursday on CBS.
Bite of Broadview
This long-running festival, known around the neighborhood as BOB, offers food booths, a beer/wine garden, carnival rides, music garden, arts and crafts vendors, and a rummage sale. 4-10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 29; 5K fun run/walk begins 10 a.m. Saturday, $20; classic-car show is 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Christ the King Catholic School, North 117th Street and Phinney Avenue North, Seattle (
Skagit Valley Giant Pumpkin Festival
Saturday fun: Bring your best produce for the pumpkin weigh-off and veggie and sunflower exhibition — entries accepted 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; “Bats Incredible” program, pony rides, carnival games, races, 1-3 p.m.; giant-pumpkin weigh-off, 2-4 p.m.; Saturday, Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon (360-466-3821 or
Cafe Racer DVD release
Bakelite 78, The Bad Things and musicians from Cafe Racer’s weekly Racer Sessions will be on hand for this fundraising party, which marks the release of the DVD of last year’s benefit for the Cafe Racer Shooting Memorial Fund. 8 p.m.-midnight Sunday (Sept. 22), Royal Room, 5000 Rainier Ave., Seattle; free (theroyalroomseattle.com).
The Georgia-bred country star behind “Dirt Road Anthem” and “Big Green Tractor” drives his “Night Train Tour” to the Tacoma Dome at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Tickets, $37.84-$66.30; (800-745-3000 or ticketmaster.com).
Catch up with Seattle novelist Ivan Doig as he reads from his latest Montana-set novel, “Sweet Thunder.” At 7 p.m. Tuesday, Seattle Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Seattle; free (206-386-4636 or spl.org
‘She’s Come Undone’
Kelly Kitchens has adapted Wally Lamb’s best-selling novel of loss and resilience, and directs the adaptation for the stage, in Book-It Repertory Theatre’s new production. Through Oct. 13, Center Theatre at the Armory, Seattle Center; $23-$38 (206-216-0833 or book-it.org
When their father’s health declines, two sons have some tough decisions ahead — a timely topic, for sure, tackled in Nathan Louis Jackson’s “Broke-ology.” The Seattle premiere of Jackson’s play is presented by Seattle Public Theater and the Hansberry Project, and includes a post-show discussion series. Previews Thursday, runs Friday-Oct. 20, SPT at the Bathhouse, 7312 Greenlake Drive N., Seattle; $15-$30 (206-524-1300 or seattlepublictheater.org
Paul Taub/Seattle Flute Society
Flutist Paul Taub (of Seattle Chamber Players) and 10 collaborators give a free performance of Pulitzer Prize-winner Henry Brant’s “Angels and Devils,” in honor of the composer’s centenary. 12:30 p.m., Thursday, PONCHO Concert Hall, Cornish College of the Arts, 710 E. Roy St. (206-726-5030). “Angels and Devils” is also part of the lineup at Seattle Flute Society’s free Flute Celebration Day, 2-5 p.m. Sept. 29, University of Washington School of Music.
The Grammy-winning composer and musician kicks off the Seattle Classic Guitar Society’s 2013-14 season with a program of his own work as well as Bach’s Fifth Cello Suite in C minor. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nordstrom Recital Hall, Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., Seattle; $28-$38 (206-215-4747 or www.benaroyahall.org).
The vocal group opens its 10th anniversary season with “The Great Renaissance,” a program of works by White, Tallis, Byrd and Allegri, that includes Striggio’s 40-voice Ecce beatem lucem and his 60-voice Agnus Dei (II). 8 p.m. Saturday, St. Joseph Parish, 732 18th Ave. E., Seattle; $10-$20 (206-397-3627 or byrdensemble.com
Z. Vanessa Helder
Tacoma Art Museum’s “Austere Beauty: The Art of Z. Vanessa Helder,” one of the highlights of the year, is on show for one more month. Seattle/Spokane artist Helder’s heyday was the 1930s and ’40s, and she worked mostly in watercolor — although, thanks to her defiantly counterintuitive mastery of her medium, she continually startles you with her richly hued, sharply focused images (of the Grand Coulee Dam under construction, for example). 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays-Sundays, until 8 p.m. third Thursdays, through Oct. 20, Tacoma Art Museum, 1701 Pacific Ave.; $8-$10 (253-272-4258 or
Photo Center NW
A hub of local photography activity and exhibits, Photo Center NW is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. It holds a benefit auction on Oct. 18, and the items up for auction on are exhibit this month. Edward Curtis, Imogen Cunningham, Isaac Layman, Michael Kenna, Ella McBride, Robert Lyons, Jock Sturges and Burt Glinn are among the big names. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, noon-8 p.m. Fridays-Sundays, through Oct. 16, Photo Center NW, 900 12th Ave., Seattle (206-720-7222 or pcnw.org).