As its name suggests, City Arts Fest covers a lot of ground artistically. The inaugural Heineken-sponsored festival Oct. 20-23 includes music, theater, dance, readings and recitals to satisfy a wide variety of tastes and sensibilities.
Landing in the middle of the very busy fall season — and on a month often dubbed “Rocktober” for its heavy load of live music — the 2010 City Arts Festival will turn Seattle into an all-you-can-eat buffet of arts and music events.
There’s just no stopping you, so dig in.
Opening night highlights include Belle & Sebastian at Benaroya Hall and Blue Scholars at the Paramount Theatre.
On Thursday, The Head and the Heart, Cat Power, The Maldives and Pat Graney’s “Faith Triptych” are featured. Friday’s schedule includes “Soliloquy: Timeless Language in the Present Tense” (Town Hall) and Dolls ‘n’ Guys (Century Ballroom), as well as James Carter and John Medeski, and The Vaselines.
Saturday’s lineup features “Poetry & Hip-hop Church: Saturday Service” (Washington Hall), as well as DJ Spooky and Joshua Roman, Big Boi, and a couple of “fireside chats” at the Sorrento Hotel’s Fireside Room.
Venues include Benaroya Hall, Paramount Theatre, 5th Avenue Theatre, Showbox at the Market, Showbox SoDo, Neumos, The Crocodile, Triple Door, McCaw Hall, Chop Suey, Century Ballroom, Town Hall, Intiman Theatre, SIFF Cinema, On the Boards, Sorrento Hotel and NW Film Forum.
Wristbands good for the entire festival are $60, but tickets to individual shows are also available at the festival Web site. Get all the details here.