Welcome to the “Thursday” of the year! November isn’t exactly the Wednesday of the week, but it definitely isn’t Friday either. As we float towards the weekend of the year (December), the local arts scene too begins making the shift from fall to the holiday season. Various arts events of holiday spirit now coexist with cultural exhibitions that redefine the giving season, culminating in a Mariah Carey-esque thawing as the festive fun begins. So please you, enjoy yourself this November with productions of all kinds, holiday-themed or not!
Thanksgiving season is a time to reflect on our cultural identities, identifying how they will shape our futures. American Art: The Stories We Carry, an exhibit at the Seattle Art Museum, does just that, highlighting a diverse array of experiences that give new meaning to the term “American.” The exhibit opened on October 20th, and is a fun way to spark conversation with family and friends as you trudge about Seattle’s art scene in the remaining fall weather.
If you want to delve into the world of film, the Tasveer South Asian Film Festival is a perfect opportunity. Running in-person November 3 — 13 and virtually November 7 — 20, this festival brings film screenings, panel discussions, workshops, and cultural programming to spark discussion of issues that face South Asia and its diaspora. It’s a cozy way to spend the remnants of fall before we jump into jingle bell festivities.
An exhibit that explores the human condition through dreamlike artistic mediums, the Frye Museum’s Srijon Chowdhury: Same Old Song is apt for immersing yourself in uncanny depictions of family, mythological history, and existential themes. The exhibit is open until January 15, and is perfect to explore the whimsical side of this transient season.
Are you afraid of a potential robot apocalypse? Ever have nightmares of robots taking over the world? Look no further; running through January 3, Artificial Intelligence: Your Mind and the Machine at MOHAI is the first traveling museum in the United States to display the progression of AI, both in the scientific and pop culture world. As we gear up to a new future of technological advancement, this could be the perfect time to view this exhibit.
You might want to take a dip into the festive season, in which case the poignant new holiday classic Mr. Dickens and His Carol, running from November 15 — December 23, would be perfect for you. Watch as Charles Dickens struggles against his publishers’ ultimatum: to write a Christmas book within a month in this fictional take on his past, present, and future.
If you’re in the mood for some family fun shenanigans with everybody’s favorite little brown bear, perhaps you can join Paddington in Paddington Saves Christmas. Running from November 15 — December 31, join the world-renowned bear as he finds himself in a spot as his good intentions—to help the grumpy Mr. Curry prepare for the holiday season—take a turn for the unexpected.
As fall slowly packs itself away and we find ourselves caught up in the holiday hustle, now is a great time to take a stroll through the streets of Seattle. Before the snow rushes the fallen leaves away, grab your TeenTix Pass and explore all the exciting new arts events that Seattle has to offer! While we may be waiting for the weekend to arrive, Thursday is still a grand time to be alive and in love with all the spectacular current art; the Thursday of the year will one day end, but the arts scene never will.