The week of Sept. 6 brings music, comedy, an author reading, and community and cultural celebrations.

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‘Learning to Drive’

Isabel Coixet’s movie pairs two fine actors — Patricia Clarkson, as a Brooklyn book critic whose husband has left her for another woman, and Ben Kingsley, as a cabbie whom she hires to teach her how to drive — en route to an enchanting connection. Now playing at several theaters. For showtimes, see Page H5. For Seattle Times movie critic Moira Macdonald’s 3.5-star review, go to


‘The Civil War’

PBS rebroadcasts Ken Burns 1990 film series over five nights this week, beginning with part one at 9 p.m. Monday, Sept. 7, on KCTS.

‘The Late Show with Stephen Colbert’

The former host of “The Colbert Report” takes over this late night slot beginning at 11:35 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 8, on CBS.


Washington State Fair

There’s something for everyone at the fair: concerts, carnival rides, 4-H animals, food, craft beers, even a “Star Trek” exhibition. Sept. 11-27. 9 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday, 10 a.m. 10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, Washington State Fair Events Center, Puyallup; $7.50-$12.50; special events prices vary (253-841-5045 or

Mukilteo Lighthouse Festival

This annual community celebration includes a 5k/10K run, art, music, food, and refreshments. 3 p.m.-midnight Friday, Sept. 11, 8 a.m.-midnight. Saturday, Sept. 12, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 13, Mukilteo Lighthouse Park, 609 Front St., Mukilteo. The Children’s Parade and Grand Parade will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday (

Aki Matsuri

Come peruse the Japanese cultural arts event that offers martial-arts demonstrations, performing arts, crafts, a flea market, and workshops on taiko drumming, origami and calligraphy. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12, and 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 13, Bellevue College, Bellevue (


Mark Knopfler

The brilliant, 66-year-old guitarist and sultry vocalist whose 1978 hit with Dire Straits, “Sultans of Swing,” put him on the map, has been offering a mix of old hits and new material with his band on the road, notably at London’s Royal Albert Hall earlier this year. The four-time Grammy winner — who wrote the soundtrack for “The Princess Bride” — released his eighth solo album this year, which Rolling Stone called a “moody and mournful” collection of Celtic-inflected arrangements. 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Sept. 11-12, at Chateau Ste. Michelle, Woodinville; sold out (

Kevin Hart

America’s hottest stand-up comic makes a Seattle stop on his “What Now” tour, predicted to be the highest-grossing comedy tour of all time. Noted for bombastic productions that including fire and massive video screens, the sometimes outrageous, 36-year-old, Eddie Murphy-inspired Philadelphian came up the hard way, crisscrossing the country in small rooms, eventually finding roles in popular films like “The Wedding Ringer” and “Ride Along.” A savvy mogul, Hart comes across as a regular guy, an image enhanced by his habit of scheduling 5K runs in towns where he tours. (Details for the Seattle run had not been announced at presstime.) 7 and 10:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12, shows at KeyArena, 305 Harrison St., Seattle; $45.50-$161; 7 p.m. show sold out (800-745-3000 or


Daniel James Brown

The author of “The Boys in the Boat” has just published a young readers version of the book. See him at 7 p.m. Tuesday Sept. 8, University Book Store, 4326 University Way N.E., Seattle; free (206-634-3400 or



The well-regarded Azeotrope company returns to ACT to explore the story of a deaf father and his hearing ex-wife, who clash over a cochlear implant for their daughter. The production will be performed in spoken English and American Sign Language, and all shows will have supertitles. Showtimes vary. Sept. 9-Oct. 4, 700 Union St., Seattle; $10-$30 (206-292-7676 or


Olympic Music Festival

The OMF will close its season with a celebration, with guests of honor Jeremy Kittel, a Grammy-nominated violinist, and his band: mandolinist Joshua Pinkham, cellist Nathaniel Smith and Simon Chrisman on hammered dulcimer. Kittel and Co. will play “original and traditional tunes from the folk, Celtic, bluegrass, and jazz traditions.” 2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Sept. 12-13, at 7360 Center Road, Quilcene, Jefferson County; $20-$32 (360-732-4800 or


The Neddy at Cornish

The 2015 Neddy Artist Awards Exhibition kickoff reception is a chance for this year’s winners, Matt Browning (painting) and Wynne Greenwood (open medium), to do a little preening. After all, they’ve won a $25,000 unrestricted grant, one of the state’s largest art awards. The Neddy finalists’ work will also be part of the exhibition: Paul Komada, Elise Richman and Robert Yoder, painting, and for open medium, Leo Saul Berk, Mark Mitchell and Rodrigo Valenzuela. 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 9, Cornish College’s Main Gallery, 1000 Leonora St., Seattle; RSVP required; info at

Beacon Art Walkabout

Hike up to the Beacon Hill ’hood for an art walk along Beacon Avenue, an outdoor art market, music, dance and food. Also: unveiling of the “community powered” mural, by Anjali Grant & Will Schlough, at Stevens Place Park. 1-9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12. Beacon Avenue South and 17th Avenue South, Seattle, free; info at