Fall Arts Guide 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has thrown the entire world into a tailspin, upending a lot of what we think things should look like, including a fall arts season.

Seattle’s fall arts scene looks different this year, but events — from virtual author talks to exhibits at reopened museums — are happening, one way or another.

Here’s a snapshot of what to expect in this very unusual year.


Seattle’s art scene this fall will be unlike any that’s come before. Here’s what’s in store

(Eleanor Shakespeare/Special to The Seattle Times)

Support for the arts, large and small, will be critical to having a healthy cultural ecosystem in the future. Here’s an overview of Seattle’s current arts scene. Read the full story here.

Music venues, arts groups and musicians share how they’re doing amid the pandemic

The Crocodile is one of Seattle’s classic music venues. Adam Wakeling, managing partner, says it would take $400,000, if not more, for the venue to make it to next summer without being open. (Ken Lambert / The Seattle Times)

How are local arts groups and musicians holding up and what do they have planned this fall, despite the restrictions? Here, they tell us in their own words, offering a snapshot of how some are weathering this unprecedented time. Read the full story here.

6 months into the coronavirus stay-home order, how are Seattle-area bookstores holding up?

When Desirae Wilkerson and her husband, Eric Judy, opened Paper Boat Booksellers in West Seattle last fall, they never imagined that they’d be dealing with the economic fallout of a global pandemic in their first year of business. (Ellen M. Banner / The Seattle Times)

Your local independent bookstore may have reopened, but things are very, very different for them now in this very strange pandemic world. Read the full story here.


From gothic novel to light romance, here are the books you’ll want to read this fall

“Mexican Gothic” by Silvia Moreno-Garcia  (Penguin Random House)

In honor of fall, here are five new (or newish) novels that Seattle Times book critic Moira Macdonald curled up with. Read the full story here.

Seattle-area virtual author events that should be on your calendar for fall 2020

Yaa Gyasi, author of “Transcendent Kingdom,” speaks at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 16 at a Seattle Arts & Lectures virtual event. (Michael Lionstar)

The usual flurry of author tours isn’t happening this fall — but authors are coming to Seattle nonetheless, by way of a computer screen. Here is just a sampling of some of the highlights of the virtual literary season. Read the full story here.

Seattle theaters get inventive, finding ways to perform even during pandemic closures

(Eleanor Shakespeare / Special to The Seattle Times)

Many theaters have turned to digital programming. Now, a few Seattle theaters have announced slightly more inventive, refined and ambitious season plans: audio dramas, online choose-your-own-adventure experiments, live performance over the telephone. Read the full story here.

Seattle dance is back for fall (it’s just online)

Whim W’Him dancers Jane Cracovaner and Karl Watson rehearse a new work by Madison Olandt and Mike Tyus for Choreographic Shindig VI. (Stefano Altamura)

They’ll look a little different, but fall dance performances are happening this year, spurred on by creativity in the face of financial losses and major shifts in the world of dance. Read the full story.

When theaters reopen, will people return? Seattle moviehouse operators wrestle with the unknown

Majestic Bay Theatre closed down due to the stay-at-home order, but has an uplifting message for downtown Ballard on Wednesday, April 1, 2020. (Amanda Snyder / The Seattle Times)

Movie theaters are starting to reopen nationwide. With King County still in Phase 2, we’re a while away from the return of the silver screen, but local theater owners are trying to figure out what happens when they get the green light to open their doors. Read the full story here.

Seattle’s classical music groups get creative this fall

Seattle Symphony string players, including Concertmaster Noah Geller, rehearse for a season unlike any other. (James Holt / Seattle Symphony)

Our region’s orchestras, opera companies, chamber groups and choruses can’t perform live and in person at this time. For fall, that means online concerts with smaller forces and the tremendous exercise of imagination and hard work on the part of presenters. Read the full story here.


With galleries open and museums reopening, visual art is back for fall — in person and online

Barbara Earl Thomas’ “Color Wheel” is one of the Seattle artist’s works to be shown in the SAM exhibition “Barbara Earl Thomas: Geography of Innocence” starting Nov. 14. (Spike Mafford / Courtesy of Seattle Art Museum)

Whether you’re ready to buy a ticket or still consuming art from home, here’s a sampling of the exhibitions coming to the Seattle area’s museums, and a look into how several art galleries have rolled with the punches. With others still waiting to reopen, this is just the beginning. Read the full story here.

What’s coming to network TV this fall?

NBC dramas begin to return with new episodes in November, including “This is Us,” with Justin Hartley (left) and Sterling K. Brown. (Ron Batzdorff / NBC)

The coronavirus pandemic really threw a wrench into the production schedules of the broadcast networks. The result? You’ll likely have to wait longer for new episodes of your favorite shows. Meanwhile, embrace reality TV. Read the full story here.

Some new TV shows to look forward to this fall on PBS, cable and streaming

Jeff Daniels, left, as James Comey and Brendan Gleeson as President Donald Trump in “The Comey Rule.” (Ben Mark Holzberg / CBS)

The coronavirus pandemic messed up the broadcast networks’ production plans, but it’s had less of an effect on PBS, cable and the numerous streaming services. So if it’s scripted shows you want, that’s where you should turn this fall. Read the full story here.

Seattle musicians tell the stories of our historic year through song

Rising rapper/singer Kateel wrote his unflinching “IDGAF” after attending a Seattle protest. (LOWFIELD)

Seattle musicians have responded to this unprecedented year with songs that capture the experience of life in 2020. This small sampling of songs are stories told with love and anger, hope and despair, and even a little humor. Read the full story here.

UPDATING: Fall 2020 arts events in the Seattle area

Meany Center for the Performing Arts will stream an excerpt from “S,” a performance from Brisbane-based company Circa, on its digital stage, Meany On Screen from Oct. 16-23. (Justin Nicholas)

Over the next few months, we will update this list with arts events, virtual and otherwise, happening around the Seattle area. Read the full story here.