The Must List: A Symphony Worth Rioting For and Other Things To Do This Weekend

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Beer & Cheese Pairing

Beer has found its place in the culinary world – and it’s in surprisingly gourmand company. Local taste makers are pairing beer with cheese to stimulate and satisfy complex, hops-loving palates. Check out our Beer and Cheese Pairing Guide from the October cover story this month, in which Warren Peterson, Brave Horse Tavern’s “beer czar” guides you through all the flavors you should explore at your favorite cheese counter this weekend.

Friends of the Seattle Public Library Book Sale

Thousands of Seattle’s infamous bookworms wriggle themselves into a feeding frenzy at this biannual book sale benefiting the Seattle Public Library, featuring an estimated 250,000 used books – most of which are priced at a buck or two. Wise worms will BYO boxes. Keep an eye out for the newly minted city librarian, Marcellus Turner – we want to know what he’s reading.

9/23-9/25. Times vary. Magnuson Park, Hangar/building 30; 6310 NE 74th St.; 206.386.4098;

Modern Views: A Conversation About Northwest Architecture

One of several films screening during the Seattle Design Festival, Modern Views is a must-see documentary for fans of Seattle’s seminal structures. The film reveals the forward-thinking strategies of five acclaimed Northwest modern architects whose heyday spanned 1940–1960: Arne Bystrom, Wendell Lovett, Gene Zema, Ralph Anderson and Fred Bassett. Bonus: You’ll get to experience the long-awaited SIFF Film Center.

9/25. 2 p.m. $5–$10. SIFF Film Center, 305 Harrison St.; 206.464.5830;

Seahawks Home Opener

It’s a battle of angry birds at the stadium formerly known as Qwest Field as the Hasselbeck-less and recently defeated Seahawks square off against division rivals the Arizona Cardinals. Here’s hoping the hometown bird gets the avian advantage, with intrepid second-year coach Pete Carroll leading stars like Lawyer Milloy, Marshawn Lynch – and newly recruited QB Tarvaris Jackson.

9/25. 1:15 p.m., Century Link Field, 800 Occidental Ave. S; 888.635.4925;

Seattle Symphony: Rite of Spring

French youngster Ludovic Morlot has been tapped as the new conductor of the Seattle Symphony, replacing 26-year veteran Gerard Schwarz—and what better way for him to cut his teeth than Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring, that most complex of all musical pagan rituals? The piece is said to have been met with jeering, catcalls and audience riots when it debuted in 1913, due in part to its complicated structure. Let’s hope Seattle’s notorious politeness will rule the day when we greet our new conductor.

9/29 & 10/1. Times and prices vary. Benaroya Hall, 200 University St.; 206.215.4747;