What to do This Fall: New Arts Venues

Fresh arts spaces are popping up all over

Read all of our picks for fall arts, including music, theater, film and more here.

We first heard the glorious news back in May: SIFF is taking over the lease on the Egyptian Theatre, and will renovate and reopen the historic space as a year-round movie theater. The grand opening is set for October, but don’t miss the one-night-only event on September 18: a screening of Lynn Shelton’s new movie, Laggies. siff.net

The Egyptian

THEATER: The 12th Ave Arts building—more than a decade in the making—plans to open in November, adding two new, live theater venues (one with 80 seats, one with 150) on Capitol Hill. The building also includes affordable apartments, retail space, and will serve as the new home of indie companies Washington Ensemble Theatre, Strawberry Theatre Workshop and New Century Theatre Company, as well as Three Dollar Bill Cinema (which puts on the Seattle Lesbian and Gay Film Festival). “12th Avenue Arts” on Facebook >>> Live theater is also staking a claim in Pioneer Square, as avant-garde dinner theater company Café Nordo moves into the historic space formerly known as Elliott Bay Book Company. The company will transform the old café space into Nordo’s Culinarium, all the better to concoct its daring food creations. The two floors upstairs will serve as a performance space as eclectic as the company itself. cafenordo.com

12th Avenue Arts

VISUAL ARTS: The Tacoma Art Museum (TAM) is spiffing up for fall—with a new entrance plaza and expanded galleries designed by all-star firm Olson Kundig Architects. With a grand opening on November 15 (ribbon cutting at noon), TAM’s new Haub Family Galleries wing stretches along Pacific Avenue and is designed to echo elements of Tacoma’s history, from Native American longhouses to the railroad industry. The Haub wing, which will double the museum’s exhibit space, will open with 150 works from the Haub Family Collection of American Western art, including pieces by Georgia O’Keeffe and Albert Bierstadt. tacomaartmuseum.org


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