The week of Oct. 18 brings a Pumpkin Bash, a 'Thriller' dance, Twenty One Pilots and a 'Soup for Syria' benefit at Mamnoon.

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‘Steve Jobs’

Michael Fassbender gives a breathtakingly intense portrayal of the late Apple magnate in director Danny Boyle’s biopic. The words written by Aaron Sorkin and delivered by Fassbender define Jobs as brilliant, egomaniacal, intensely focused and cruel. And one more thing: unceasingly fascinating. Now playing at several theaters. For Soren Andersen’s full 4-star review, go to


‘Halloween Baking Championship’

The contestants in this seasonal-themed competition have to make “dangerous doughnuts” and pumpkin desserts this week. 9 p.m. Monday, Oct. 19, on the Food Network.

‘Great Performances: Billy Elliot’

PBS presents a filmed version of Elton John’s stage musical. 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23, on KCTS.


Soup for Syria at Mamnoon

Eat soup made by a half-dozen great Seattle chefs — including Tom Douglas, Renee Erickson, Tamara Murphy and Ethan Stowell — at this fundraiser for Syrian refugees, inspired by Barbara Massaad’s new fundraiser cookbook, Soup for Syria. (Massad collaborated on Mamnoon’s excellent Middle Eastern menu.) For those with more to donate, there’s a multicourse $250 dinner option, with a copy of the book included (reservations required). Also: live music. 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22, Mamnoon, 1508 Melrose Ave., Seattle; $35 all-you-can-eat soup and bread plus one beverage (206-906-9606 or


Woodland Park Zoo Pumpkin Bash

There will be pumpkins And there also will be lions, hippos, meerkats, penguins, wolves, tigers, and otters along with Halloween-themed storytelling, puppet shows and games. 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, Woodland Park Zoo, Seattle; $9.25-$13.75, free admission for ages 12 and younger in costume, one per paying adult; advance tickets available (

Seattle Thrillers

Here’s a thrill for all you Michael Jackson lovers. The annual worldwide Thriller dance event, an homage to Jackson’s seminal music video, kicks off at 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, at Occidental Park in Seattle; free ( On the same day and time, the “Thrill the World, Redmond” event is happening on the Eastside; registration for that is noon-2:30 p.m. with zombie makeup zones, costume contest, and music. The actual “Thrill” kicks off at 3 p.m. sharp, Redmond Town Center, 16495 N.E. 74th St. (

R Day

Welcome back the Rainier “R” again with a party at the Georgetown brewery. The now-annual festival features ice skating, games, live music from Beat Connection and Helio Sequence, and of course, a beer garden. 5-11 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, at Rainier Brewery, 3100 Airport Way S., Seattle; free. Parking and shuttle, also free, at Safeco Field Parking Garage (


Twenty One Pilots, with Echosmith

Twenty One Pilots — Josh Dun (drums) and Tyler Joseph (vocals, everything else but the kitchen sink) — delivered a zany, theatrical, over-the-top show that was one of the highlights of this year’s Sasquatch! Festival. But if you like fizzy, cherry-and-orange-colored pop music with a tight beat and harmonies, you may just find that adorable Los Angeles family band Echosmith (“Cool Kids”) to be the 22nd pilot in the house. 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22, the Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine St., Seattle; $25.75 (877-784-4849 or


Dave Goulson

The delightful natural history writer discusses “A Buzz in the Meadow: The Natural History of French Farm.” 7:30 p.m. Monday Oct. 19, Town Hall Seattle, 1119 Eighth Ave., Seattle; $5 (206-652-4255 or


‘Elephant & Piggie’s “We Are in a Play!” ’

Based on the popular children’s book series, this Seattle Children’s Theatre musical tells the story of best friends Gerald and Piggie and the their backup singers, the Squirrelles. Through Dec. 6, SCT, Eve Alvord Theatre, 201 Thomas St., Seattle; $22-$40 (206-441-3322 or

‘The Listening Glass’

Seattle Immersive Theatre’s latest offering lets the audience participate, with a major-crime unit, in a murder investigation. New dates added: Nov. 5 and 8. Location revealed to ticket buyers; $35 (888-377-4510 or


Jonathan Biss

Biss, one of the busiest piano soloists in the world, comes to the UW World Series with a program of Mozart, Schumann, and six small Schoenberg pieces he describes as “a sorbet.” 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20, Meany Hall, University of Washington, Seattle; $41-$46 (206-543-4880 or

Monteverdi 1610 Vespers

Pacific MusicWorks, which specializes in 17th- and 18th-century vocal music, performs the 1610 Vespers of composer, musician, and Catholic priest Claudio Monteverdi, with English tenor Charles Daniels and the UW Chamber singers. 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, St. James Cathedral, 804 Ninth Ave., Seattle; $20-$45 (206-708-6003 or


‘How Ghosts Sleep’

Artist Sam Vernon has wallpapered the Paccar Pavilion at SAM’s Olympic Sculpture Park with dense Art Deco/Afro Deco drawings that sometimes evoke ghostly figures and sometimes blur into kaleidoscopic, shadowy patterns. 6 a.m.-8 p.m. every day through March 6, 2901 Western Ave., Seattle; free (206-654-3100 or

‘The Serious Business of Children’

Artist Robert Twomey digs into the complicated relationships between people and things — he has made performances in which he caresses guns, art shows of artifacts related to an imaginary daughter, and interactive video works that reconstitute viewers’ faces. In “Children” at Gallery 4Culture, Twomey has installed machines that analyze recordings of children’s’ voices and turn them into scrawled drawings on the wall. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday through Oct. 29, 101 Prefontaine Pl. S., Seattle; free (206-263-1589 or