The Must List: Ampersand Live, 8th Annual Slack Key Festival and Knit Fit!

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Deborah Faye Lawrence. Open Carry, 2016. Fabric and paper collage on canvas

Must See
Ampersand Live
(11/10, 7:30 p.m.). Called "an interesting potpourri of speakers–and very inspirational," Ampersand Live returns featuring 13 local artists, musicians and authors at Town Hall hosted by David Schmader. Catch a book signing hosted by Elliott Bay Book Company, and nosh on Jamaican Island Cuisine. Brought to you by Forterra, a nonprofit that works to conserve the environment and build community.

Must Stitch
Knit Fit!
(11/11–11/13, times vary) The independent knitting festival returns to Seattle, offering knitters of all skill levels the chance to gather to knit, share ideas and find a community of like-minded enthusiasts. Local experts and knitwear designers will teach classes, and local vendors, including Bellatrista, Hazel Knits and Seattle Sky Dyeworks, will sell their crafts at the fiber market.

Must Fling
Brief Fling
(Through 11/13, times vary) Pacific Northwest Ballet presents Twyla Tharp’s Scottish-flavored Brief Fling, Jiří Kylián’s Edvard Munch–inspired Forgotten Land and Balanchine’s Stravinsky Violin Concerto.

Must Slack
8th Annual Seattle Slack Key Festival
(11/13, 1-6:30 p.m.) A ray of island sunshine in the fall, for eight years running Town Hall has hosted this showcase of Hawai'i's Master Slack Key Guitarists, this year featuring "an unreal lineup" of Ledward Kaapana, George Kuo, Jeff Peterson, Kunia Galdeira, Sonny Lim Darleen Ahuna and many more.


Must Collage 
Deborah Faye Lawrence 
(Through 12/1, times vary) Lawrence has long been a feminist beacon in Seattle’s art world, keeping the flame burning throughout eras of both progress and backlash. Constructing intricate works from found text and images, she satirizes the existing power structure and attempts to free us from its grip on our consciousness. On the occasion of our 58th quadrennial U.S. presidential election, she exhibits collages rendered on canvas, paper, board and recycled metal serving trays that reflect her decades-long interest in social justice.

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