After a while, there’s only so much of The Wiggles that you can take. Thankfully, our publication partner, Seattle Magazine, has compiled a Fall Arts Preview to get you jazzed about upcoming performances, readings, and exhibits. Dress up, make dinner reservations, and text the babysitter- it’s time to support your local arts Date Night style.


Part gymnastics, part pantomime and part Slinky, Pilobolus Dance Company always entices with its physical contortionism and brainy bravado. The Connecticut-based troupe got its start 40 years ago, using the shape of the human body to make statements about sexual politics, personal relationships and societal mores. Though it has since become a cultural institution, Pilobolus has never lost its edge. Whether in ads for Hyundai or in collaboration with Pulitzer-winning graphic artist Art Spiegelman, Pilobolus continues its ongoing search for ever more outrageous ways to reinvent its physical vocabulary. 10/6–10/8. 8 p.m. $48. Meany Hall, 15th Avenue NE & NE 40th Street; 206.543.4880;

Merce Cunningham Legacy Tour
Centralia’s favorite son (and former Cornish College of the Arts student) Merce Cunningham became an avant-garde powerhouse, in a career that lasted nearly 70 years and included choreography for more than 150 dances and 800 collaborative multimedia “events.” Shortly before his death in 2009, the Cunningham Dance Foundation announced the Legacy Plan, a means for preserving and continuing his work after his death. The Legacy Tour features works from different stages in Cunningham’s career and offers audiences the final chance to see these seminal pieces performed by dancers trained by Cunningham himself. 10/27 & 10/29. Times and prices vary. Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine St.; 206.682.1414;

Pacific Northwest Ballet: Love Stories
Don a tutu, develop a deranged doppelgänger and sprout unwanted epidermal plumage—“Black Swan” is taking flight, along with other besotted ballet masterpieces. PNB offers a mélange of love’s mercurial moods, including the Divertimento from Le Baiser de la Fée (by George Balanchine, with a little help from Stravinsky) and Jerome Robbins’ take on the Nijinsky classic Afternoon of a Faun (with music by Debussy). For those of you who require seduction and betrayal in your love stories, the bill will include Kent Stowell’s Marius Petipa–inspired pas de deux from Swan Lake. 11/4–11/13. Times and prices vary. McCaw Hall, 321 Mercer St.; 206.441.2424;

Want to read more? Check out the rest of the Seattle Magazine’s Fall 2011 Arts Preview including music, visual arts, theater, music, and film events by clicking here.

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