The week of Sept. 13 brings Sweet Week, heirloom tomatoes, big names at the Washington State Fair and Kirkland Arts Center and beer.

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‘Slow Learners’

A familiar “When Harry Met Sally”-like story about repressed love in a platonic friendship gets a fresh take in a comedy about two dorky people played by Sarah Burns and Adam Pally, who decide to try on new personalities. Now playing at Sundance Cinemas. For Tom Keogh’s three-star movie review go to /movies


‘Dancing with the Stars’

The 21st (!) edition of this dance competition is here with a two-hour season premiere, 8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 14, on ABC.

‘Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris’

This new variety show is described as an “explosion of fun,” and is hosted by the ubiquitous NPH. Series premiere, 10:01 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 15, on NBC.


Fifth annual Heirloom Tomato Festival

Local heirloom tomatoes deserve their own party, and Cedarbrook Lodge is bringing in chefs including Mike Easton and Jason Wilson to throw it. Enjoy their heirloom tomato dishes, multiple kinds of heirloom tomato Bloody Marys and lots more heirloom tomato goodness (tomato-based spa treatments not included in ticket price). Sunday, Sept. 13, 1-5 p.m., Cedarbrook Lodge, 18535 36th Ave. S., Seattle; $25/advance, $30/door (

Sweet Week

This second annual celebration of Seattle sugar is a sweet tooth’s dream, with cupcakeries, chocolatiers, ice-cream shops and more all over town selling special $5 treats and samplers. Hot Cakes, Cupcake Royale, Full Tilt, Macrina and 15 others are taking part — prepare the insulin! Monday, Sept. 14, through Sunday, Sept. 20, multiple venues (


Lake Union Boats Afloat Show

This annual event includes boats for sale and boats to ride. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sept. 16-18, and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 19-20. A giveaway of 500 kids’ life jackets will be Saturday, Sept. 19, and Sunday, Sept. 20, Lake Union Park, 860 Terry Ave. N., Seattle; $12/adults (206-748-0012 or

Fremont Oktoberfest

The tasting garden will have 100 beer varieties, German pretzels, bratwurst and other fair food, 5 p.m.-midnight Friday, Sept. 18, 11 a.m.-midnight Saturday, Sept. 19, (ages 21 and older only), 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 20, ages under 21 with adult and dogs welcome. Texas Chainsaw Pumpkin Carving, 1 p.m. Sept. 20. It’s all in Fremont; $20-$40 (


Dianne Reeves

There are only a few jazz singers who can match the range, speed and solo chops of their high-powered instrumentalist counterparts and Dianne Reeves is one of them. A big-voiced goddess who can handle it all, from ballads to barnburners, R&B to jazz, Reeves won a Grammy this year for her album “Beautiful Life.” 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 18, at the Kirkland Performance Center, 350 Kirkland Ave., Kirkland; $50 (425-893-9900 or

Keith Urban

The country singer was set to play the Washington State Fair last year but had to cancel to attend the funeral of his father-in-law, Antony Kidman. The four-time Grammy winner’s middle-of-the-road style on hits such as “But For the Grace of God,” “Days Go By” and “You Look Good in My Shirt” has earned him the affection of country fans worldwide, who have bought more than 15 million of his recordings. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19, at the Washington State Fair, Washington State Fair Concert Center 110 Ninth Ave. S.W., Puyallup, Pierce County; $40-$100, includes fair admission (888-559-3247 or


Salman Rushdie

Here’s a rare chance to see a man who has been through a lot (a fatwa) and still writes imaginative, thought-provoking books. Hear him discuss his new novel “Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights.” 7:30 p.m. Monday Sept. 14, Town Hall Seattle, 1119 Eighth Ave., Seattle; $35/one person, one book or $40/two people, one book (206-624-6600 or


‘The Comedy of Errors’

“I am an ass, I am a woman’s man, and besides myself.” Seattle Shakespeare Company opens its 2015-16 season with the Bard’s rambunctious comedy about two sets of identical twins. Directed by Jane Nichols, with a cast that includes Todd Jefferson Moore and Michael Patten. Sept. 18-Oct 11, Leo K. Theatre at Seattle Repertory Theatre, $29-$48 (206-733-8222 or


Seattle Symphony

Music director Ludovic Morlot begins his fifth season with the orchestra this fall, and he and the musicians kick things off in typical grand style with a French-American-flavored season-opening night. Pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet, the SSO’s new artist-in-residence, will perform. 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19. Benaroya Hall, Seattle; tickets for concert and concert-gala packages from $57 (206-215-4747 or

Early Music Underground: Baroque Brittania

Part of the wave of classical-in-nontraditional-space performance, EMU presents an evening of baroque music including works by Purcell, Handel and Overend, performed by baroque violinists Courtney Kuroda and Steven Creswell and harpsichordist Henry Lebedinsky. A pub quiz is reportedly on the bill, too. 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 15, Naked City Brewery and Taphouse, 8564 Greenwood Ave. N., Seattle; $20 (425-224-6283 or