The French project
Thursday-Saturday (9/16-9/18) - Seattle’s neo-French music group, The French Project, bring their live performance to the Northwest Film Forum. The Collective will combine film and music that ranges from Saint-Saens and Debussy to Francoise Hard and ZZ Top. All of this from a band of people who can barely speak French or hang on to a day job? We can’t wait. Northwest Film Forum, 1515 12th Ave.; 206.829.7863; nwfilmforum.org
Ethan Stowell’s New Italian Kitchen
With four restaurants under his belt: Anchovies and Olives (a favorite here at Seattle Magazine), Tavolata, How to Cook a Wolf, and the newly opened Staple & Fancy Mercantile, Ethan Stowell is undoubtedly one of the foremost chefs in our town. In a few days, you can cook like the chef himself thanks to Stowell’s new cookbook, Ethan Stowell’s New Italian Kitchen (Ten Speed Press, $35.00) geared toward more adventurous Pacific Northwest home cooks. His recipes include some hard-to-find ingredients such as pig’s ears, live geoduck, maloreddus pasta, and lamb’s tongue but the prep isn’t particularly difficult--most contain fewer than ten ingredients. Be forewarned: this ain’t your grandmother’s Italian. Ethan Stowell’s New Italian Kitchen. Pre-order your book online or by it in stores beginning Tuesday.
Andy Reynolds: Superfine
Wednesday-Saturday (Through–10/3) - Local photographer Andy Reynolds, who shot Spotlight Award winners Jody Kuehner, Ricki Mason and Debra Baxter for this issue (pages 124 and 127) has become known for his hyper-real, alternately funny and disturbing portraits of people caught in the act of something odd (a woman being consumed by a vacuum cleaner; a staged family portrait in which every member has donned a red bucket). Highly stylized images often risk a disconnect with the viewer, but Reynolds’ photos grab you and hang on tight. Free. Times vary. Ghost Gallery, 504 E Denny Way; ghostgallery.org
Starcrossed Cyclocross Race
Saturday (9/18) - It’s no wonder that cyclocross, a bicycle racing sport that most closely resembles BMX for grownups, is big in the bike-crazy Pacific Northwest, where riders don’t mind getting dirty in the quest for ever more challenging outdoor experiences. See the sport for yourself at Starcrossed, the 9th annual edition of the nighttime races where fans can grab a drink in the middle of the course while watching races. Races start at 2:15 p.m. The on-course Deschutes Beer Garden opens at 3 p.m. Marymoor Park in Redmond. Visit starcrossedcx.com/ for more info.