Annie Leibovitz Comes to Seattle and Other Can't Miss Events

Not that we're suggesting you miss a single event in our fall arts preview, but here is lean list of

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10/7 Marilynne Robinson
The American novelist’s first book, Housekeeping, was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, and her second, Gilead, won one. Not too shabby for a literary get-go. She’s just published a third book, Home, a companion novel to Gilead, from which she’ll read at the Seattle Public Library. Wanna bet it’s going to be good? Central Library, Microsoft Auditorium, 1000 Fourth Ave.; 206.386.4636;

11/19 Annie Leibovitz
The iconic portrait photographer comes to Seattle to discuss her book Annie Leibovitz: A Photographer’s Life, a collection of her work from 1990­ to 2005 (which includes pictures ranging from R2-D2 to Keith Richards to Nelson Mandela). Wow is an understatement. Seattle Arts & Lectures, Benaroya Hall, 200 University St.; 206.621.2230;

11/20–11/22 Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet
“Ballet” isn’t the half of it when it comes to this always captivating San Francisco–based company. Gorgeous dancers, organic choreography and global influences (in this performance, the martial arts of Shaolin monks) make this appearance a must-see. Meany Hall, U.W. campus, NE 40th Street and 15th Avenue NE; 206.543.4880;

9/23–9/24 Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
The moody Australian singer/songwriter (who made repeat appearances on the soundtracks of Wim Wenders films) has been creating his unique brand of rock since the ’70s and is still going strong—even after 20 years of heroin addiction. Seattle’s gritty (at least for the moment) SoDo is the perfect place for his signature style. Showbox SoDo, 1700 First Ave. S; 206.628.3151;

5/2–5/16/09 The Marriage of Figaro
With multiple weddings, mistaken identities, humorous plot twists and exquisite music, it’s easy to guess the composer of this popular opera. Mozart’s lighthearted spirit is front and center in this classic (and we suspect he would have loved Bugs Bunny’s cartoon homage). Seattle Opera, McCaw Hall, 321 Mercer St.; 206.389.7676;

2/26­–5/24/09 Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness: American Art 1660­–1893 from the Yale University Art Gallery
More than 275 works—including paintings, photographs and decorative arts—reveal America the beautiful, as captured during its childhood. Paul Revere, Thomas Eakins and Winslow Homer are among the many masters included in this survey of national treasures. Seattle Art Museum, 1300 First Ave.; 206.654.3100;

9/25–10/5 All Tharp
Attention, modern dance fans: World-renowned choreographer Twyla Tharp has created two new pieces specifically for the PNB. These world premieres (titles had not yet been announced at press time) will be presented along with her popular and amusing ballroom dance homage to Frank Sinatra. Pacific Northwest Ballet, McCaw Hall, 321 Mercer St.; 206.441.2424;

9/11–10/5 Eurydice
Playwright Sarah Ruhl, whose The Clean House was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2005, gives us her quirky, surrealistic take on the classic Greek tale. Directed by Seattle’s Allison Narver (former artistic director at Empty Space and Annex theaters), the