ArtSEA: The Seattle monorail ride that was all a blur

No matter which artistic niche you prefer to crawl into, there’s plenty to do this weekend.

In the music realm, Seattle Opera resumes indoor programming with Puccini’s La Bohème (Oct. 16-30), the story from which sprang the musical Rent, about Parisian artists trying to hustle in an expensive city.

Down at the waterfront, outdoor concerts have resumed on the remodeled Pier 62, formerly home to Summer Nights at the Pier, where I remember seeing a particularly awesome Ben Harper show way back in 1996. This weekend, the Pier Sounds concert series will be headlined by Seattle soul singers Lady A and Tiffany Wilson (Oct. 16, 1-4 p.m., free with registration).

And at MoPOP, the new show, Contact High: A Visual History of Hip-Hop (Oct. 16-March 2022), presents iconic photos — and the unedited contact sheets from which they were selected — of musicians including Queen Latifah, Jay-Z, Missy Elliott, Tupac and a few local folks, including Sir Mix-a-lot.

If you’re feeling bookish, consider a virtual reading by wonderful Bellingham poet Jane Wong to celebrate her (extremely useful sounding) new collection, How Not to Be Afraid of Everything (Oct. 16, 6 p.m. streaming via Elliott Bay Books). Bonus: she’ll be in conversation with stellar Seattle poet Anastacia-Renee.

Seattle Arts & Lectures is hosting bestselling novelist Lauren Groff (Fates and Furies), whose new book is a tale of historical fiction about real-life religious crusader and poet Marie de France (Oct. 17, 7:30 p.m. online and in-person at Benaroya Hall).

Finally, consider the annual Lit Crawl, which this year has been reduced to a single venue, Hugo House. Less crawling is required, but the lineup of writers both emerging and established is still electric, including Rena Priest, Washington state’s first Native American poet laureate (Oct. 17, 5-9 p.m.; Priest reads at 8 p.m.).

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