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Hurl pumpkins in Snohomish, and catch the Village Theatre’s ‘Xanadu’

The week of Sept. 8, 2013: The Snohomish Pumpkin Hurl Medieval Faire kicks off with gourd launches and knights in shining armor. Village Theatre rolls into disco with “Xanadu.” Kid Cudi and Carrie Underwood perform at the Washington State Fair.

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‘Drinking Buddies’

Joe Swanberg’s surprisingly thoughtful, low-key romantic comedy focuses on two couples, seemingly mismatched, and their overlapping roads to friendship and love. Olivia Wilde, Ron Livingston, Jake Johnson and Anna Kendrick star. Now playing at SIFF Cinema at the Uptown. For showtimes, see Page I5. For Seattle Times movie critic Moira Macdonald’s three-star review, go to


‘The Million Second Quiz’

Ryan Seacrest hosts this new trivia game show. Series premiere, 8 p.m. Monday on NBC.

‘So You Think You Can Dance’

Aaron Turner, Amy Yakima, Fik-Shun and Jasmine Harper are the finalists as this summer dance-competition series heads into its season finale. 8 p.m. Tuesday on Fox.

‘The X Factor’

Simon Cowell’s singing competition is back for a third season with Kelly Rowland and Paulina Rubio joining Demi Lovato and Cowell on the judges panel. Season premiere, 8 p.m. Wednesday on Fox.


Redhook SausageFest

Summer isn’t over yet as far as Redhook Brewery is concerned. Live bands, grilled sausage, food trucks and lawn games are all part of the party, which goes from 3-11 p.m. Saturday. $10 in advance, $15 at the door, 14300 N.E. 145th St., Woodinville; $10-$15 (

Hops & Crops Brew Festival

This fest, which benefits educational programs at the historic Mary Olson Farm, promises “cool tunes and cold brews” as well as a craft marketplace, farmers market and kids activities. Noon- 6 p.m. Saturday at the farm, 28728 Green River Road, Auburn; $7-$20 (


Seattle Greek Festival

Traditional Greek food, beer, wine, music, dancing, marketplace and culture, church tours, noon-9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, noon-7 p.m., Sunday, St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, 2100 Boyer Ave. E., Seattle (

Snohomish Pumpkin Hurl Medieval Faire

Pumpkin launches, pony rides and other kids’ activities, food trucks, wine tasting, medieval village with activities, mock battles with knights on horseback, craft vendors, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Alexander Farm, 43rd Avenue Southeast and Ebey Island Road, Everett; $7.50 (


Kid Cudi

Cleveland-bred hip hop artist Kid Cudi, best known for platinum singles “Day ‘n’ Nite” and “Pursuit of Happiness,” plays Seattle on a tour supporting his latest album, “Indicud.” He is joined by Big Sean and Logic. 7 p.m. Wednesday at WAMU Theater, 800 Occidental Ave. S., Seattle; $50 (800-745-3000 or

Carrie Underwood

One of several top country acts playing the state fair this year, American Idol’s finest discovery, Carrie Underwood, is the hottest ticket, as attested by platinum sales of “Blown Away” and her continued upward career trajectory. Underwood performs at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Washington State Fair, Washington State Fair Events Center 110 Ninth Ave S.W., Puyallup, Pierce County; $45-$95 (888-559-3247 or Ticket prices includes fair admission.


James McBride

The author of “The Color of Water” has an intriguing new novel out, “The Good Lord Bird,” about abolitionist John Brown and his (fictional) cross-dressing sidekick. Hear him read at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Northwest African American Museum, 2300 S. Massachusetts St., Seattle; free (206-518-6000 or


LG! Cupcake Fall Reading Series

Live Girls! Theater offers a menu of new-play readings, discussions with writers and yes, cupcakes. The series kicks off at 7 p.m. Thursday with “Madeline J. Small is Getting Smaller,” by Emily Feldman. All presentations at 7 p.m., Thursday-Sept. 15, Annex Theatre, 1100 E. Pike St., Seattle; $8 (


In this chipper musical comedy, a muse rolls down from Mount Olympus to help get the world’s first roller disco up and running; if it sounds familiar, it’s because the show is based on the Olivia Newton-John/Gene Kelly film. Thursday-Oct. 20, Village Theatre, 303 Front St. N., Issaquah; $30-$65 (425-392-2202 or

‘The Jill and Julia Show’

“SNL” alum Julia Sweeney and singer/songwriter Jill Sobule (“I Kissed a Girl”) team up to navigate love, family, midlife and modern life with music and humor. 8 p.m. Friday, Neptune Theatre, 1303 N.E. 45th St., Seattle; $20 (877-784-4849 or


‘The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses’

Susie Benchasil Seiter conducts the Seattle Symphony in a program featuring highlights of Zelda’s 25-year history on-screen synced to action-packed music from the game. Costumes encouraged. 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., Seattle; $19-$127 (206-215-4747 or


‘An Experience: Sculpture in the Landscape’

New things to look at in the Bloedel Reserve: works by Northwest sculptor Julie Speidel. She’s installed 12 new pieces across the 150-acre public garden, inspired by the glacial erratic rocks that pepper our region. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays-Sundays through Oct. 13, 7571 N.E. Dolphin Drive, Bainbridge Island; $5-$13 (206-842-7631 or

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