The Must List: November

Our Top To-Do's For November
Brandi Carlile is kickin' it with Seattle Symphony

Sway: Brandi Carlile with The Seattle Symphony
It’s a long way from busking and playing gigs at the Tractor Tavern for homegrown country-pop icon Brandi Carlile, who returns to town as front woman for the Seattle Symphony. Carlile’s latest album, Give Up the Ghost, reveals the singer at her rawest and most honest. Come and see if the symphony is any match for her big voice. (Carlile’s first performance, 11/19, sold out long ago, so get your tickets to this one before they give up the ghost.) 11/21. 8 p.m. Prices vary. Benaroya Hall, 200 University St.; 206.215.4747;

Nest: Rosanna Bowles’ Coming Home
With its foul weather and fowl focus, November calls for feathering your nest. Prep for the holidays with local dishware queen Rosanna Bowles’ new entertaining tome, Coming Home: A Seasonal Guide to Creating Family Traditions (Stewart Tabori & Chang, $27.50), a season-by-season guide to family gatherings complete with tabletop inspirations, tips for creating traditions and Bowles’ home recipes, including killer caramel pie.

Shush: Silent Reading Party at The Sorrento Hotel

If you’ve ever doubted Seattle’s status as book-nerd capital, stop by the Silent Reading Party. At this regular (fun!) event, people sit in the Fireside Room, reading books quietly, often with drinks in hand. It’s the last installment of the season, so pack in as many pages as possible. 11/3. 6–9 p.m. Free. Sorrento Hotel, 900 Madison St.; 206.622.6400;

Scat: The Science of Poop
The Seward Park Environmental and Audubon Center invites families to spend a day studying scat. A drop-in classroom session uses poop replicas to discuss how to determine the diet, species and relative health of park residents such as coyotes and birds (and visiting dogs), and includes a dubious treat known as coyote scat ice cream. Feeling hard core? A guided nature walk gets you up close with the real stuff. Ages 2 and older. 11/6. Classroom session 10 a.m.–3 p.m, free; hike noon–1:30 p.m., $3–$4. Seward Park Environmental & Audubon Center, 5902 Lake Washington Blvd. S; 206.652.2444;

/Cackle: Mother Knows Best
For its annual literary series, Richard Hugo House asks renowned writers to pen brand new work along a theme. This time a funny bunch—local cartoonist David Lasky, local author Stacey Levine and formerly local one-woman show writer Lauren Weedman—tackles the prickly topic “Mother Knows Best” with wide-ranging and wondrous skills. 11/19. 7:30 p.m. $15–$25. Richard Hugo House, 1634 11th Ave.; 206.322.7030;

Published November 2010