The Seattle Architecture Foundation offers its two-hour "Modern Skyscrapers: What's New?" tour (which begins at the downtown Federal Courthouse) on Oct 16 @ 10am.
The next Salon of Shame will be held on Nov 16 @ 8pm at the Theatre Off Jackson; as I understand it tickets will go on sale on Oct 24 @ 1pm, and should sell out almost immediately.
The RiffTrax folks will ad-lib the film House on Haunted Hill in a simulcast on Oct 28 @ 8pm.
Unexpected Productions offers Cannibal! The Musical (written by one of creators of the television show South Park) Fri-Sat @ 8:30pm and Sun @ 7pm over Oct 1-31.
The improv theatre troupe Wing-It Productions offers an improvised work of horror, in the style of H.P. Lovecraft but based on audience suggestions, Thu-Fri @ 8pm over Sep 30-Oct 22 and Nov 4-19 at the Historic University Theater.
Oktoberfest Northwest will be held at the Puyallup Fairgrounds over Oct 8-10 (Sunday is half-price day).
The Olympic Peninsula Wineries offer their Passport Wine Tour over Nov 13-14 from 11am-5pm, and the Washington Beer Commission offers its Winter Beer Fest over Dec 10-11 at Hale's Palladium.
The Pacific Northwest Ballet offers a "director's choice" sampler of four different choreographers and composers (including Philip Glass) over Sep 30-Oct 2 @ 7:30pm and Oct 3 @ 1pm.
New releases include The Social Network on Oct 1 (about the founder of Facebook), Inside Job on Oct 8 (about the 2008 economic crisis), Vision on Oct 13 (about medieval composer Hildegard von Bingen - see also the December concert by the Esoterics if you have further interest), Conviction on Oct 15 (based on the true story of a single mother who worked her way through law school and then successfully exonerated her brother), and Kings of Pastry on Nov 26 through Northwest Film Forum (about France's most prestigious cooking competition).
New releases include Jackass 3D on Oct 15, Paranormal Activity 2 on Oct 22, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows 1 on Nov 19, and Tron: Legacy on Dec 17: the last of those three, at least, should be presented at the Cinebarre for a more enjoyable viewing experience.
The Egyptian Theatre presents Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas at midnight on Nov 19 and 20.
A Lebowski Fest will begin at the Market Showbox on Oct 15 @ 8pm with a screening of the film, and will continue on Oct 16 @ 8pm as a bowling and costume contest at Kenmore Bowl (7638 NE Bothell Way).
The Couchfest film festival ("watching short films in strangers' houses") will be held in and around the University District on Nov 7.
The Metro Employees Historic Vehicle Association will offer tours on Dec 11 @ 7pm, on restored historic buses, of Seattle's best holiday lights.
Seattle Pro Musica, one of this region's most highly-acclaimed choirs, will present a holiday concert of music by British composers on Dec 11 @ 3pm and 7:30pm (at Bastyr University), and again on Dec 18 @ 7:30pm (at Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church): composers will include Benjamin Britten, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Gustav Holst, William Walton, and Herbert Howells.
On the Eastside, the Garden d'Lights will open on Nov 27 and continue until New Year's Day.
The date and starting location of this year's Santacon has not yet been announced, so check that link after December 1 if you'd like to attend.
Tekk Innovations is making their "Manual of Patent Examining Procedure" application (which contains the entire text of the MPEP through July 2010) available for free for a limited time.
David Krieger, founder of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, speaks on "Exploring International Law Ethics and Nuclear Weapons Policy" on Oct 1 @ 2pm in UW Gates Hall 138.
T.R. Reid, former Washington Post London bureau chief and author of The Healing of America, compares and contrasts various national health care systems at Benaroya Hall on Oct 5 @ 7:30pm.
Former labor secretary Robert Reich, author of the new book Aftershock, speaks about the causes of the 2008 economic recession at Town Hall Seattle on Oct 5 @ 7:30pm.
Richard Rhodes, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the new book The Twilight of the Bombs, speaks about the current state of nuclear weapons technology and the likelihood of nuclear terrorism at Town Hall Seattle on Oct 7 @ 7:30pm.
Ron Chernow, author of the new biography Washington: A Life, appears at Seattle's Central Library on Oct 13 @ 7pm.
Sam Harris, author of the forthcoming book The Moral Landscape, speaks about the applicability of science to moral questions at Town Hall Seattle on Oct 20 @ 7:30pm.
Antonio Damasio founder of University of Southern California's 's Brain and Creativity Institute and author of the forthcoming book Self Comes to Mind, speaks about the nature of consciousness at Town Hall Seattle on Nov 29 @ 7:30pm.
Historian Clay Jenkinson interprets J. Robert Oppenheimer at Town Hall Seattle on Dec 3 @ 7pm.
John Richardson, author of (most recently) Picasso Mosqueteros: The Late Works 1962-1972, speaks about the artist's life and work at Benaroya Hall on Dec 8 @ 7:30pm.
Richard Hugo House offers another Cheap Wine and Poetry night on Sep 30 @ 7pm: readers include Wilson Diehl, Karen Finneyfrock, Paullette Gaudet, and Margot Kahn.
Local science fiction author Cherie Priest reads from and signs her new book Dreadnought at University Bookstore on Oct 5 @ 7pm.
The Seattle Antiquarian Book Fair (the largest rare book event in the Pacific Northwest) will be held over Oct 9-10.
If you like edgy works by living composers, then you might enjoy the Seattle Percussion Collective performance at the Chapel Performance Space (4649 Sunnyside Ave N, 4th floor) on Oct 2 @ 8pm.
KING 98.1 FM (which also broadcasts in HD Radio) will simulcast the Seattle Opera performance of Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor on Oct 23 @ 7:30pm.
Pianist Murray Perahia performs at Meany Hall on Oct 27 @ 8pm; student tickets are only $20.
2010-2011 will be Gerard Schwarz's last season conducting the Seattle Symphony (he'll be succeeded by Ludovic Morlot), so if you enjoy classical music but haven't seen the Seattle Symphony perform live this might be a good time: three good picks this quarter are the program including Debussy's La Mer and Beethoven's fifth piano concerto (Nov 4 @ 7:30pm, Nov 5 @ noon, and Nov 6 @ 8pm), the program including Yo-Yo Ma's performance of Shostakovich's first cello concerto (Dec 7 @ 7:30pm), and the program including both Lieberson's Neruda Songs and selections from Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet (Dec 9 @ 7:30pm and Dec 11 @ 8pm).
The Esoterics, a Seattle choir which specializes in accompanied modern works, will present an interesting concert on Dec 11 @ 8pm (at 8398 NE 12th St) and Dec 12 @ 2pm (at 4139 42nd Ave SW) consisting of compositions by Hildegard von Bingen interspersed with modern interpretations by Frank Ferko of those same works.
Seacompression, a local event inspired by the Burning Man Festival, will be held at Sand Point Hangar 30 on Oct 23 from 7pm-2am: there will be plenty of art to enjoy in addition to the live DJ's.
The Flaming Lips perform on Sep 27 @ 8pm at The Paramount, and Arcade Fire performs at Key Arena on Sep 29 @ 7:30pm.
If you've ever wondered what it might be like to be a rock singer, the landmark Crocodile Cafe will offer karaoke with a live rock band on Oct 6 @ 8pm [Note: your other unusual karaoke option remains organ karaoke on first and third Thursdays at Vermillion].
Australian Pink Floyd Show, which attempts to recreate as accurately as possible the later Pink Floyd world tours, performs at The Moore Theatre on Oct 7 @ 8pm.
The Clumsy Lovers, a fun Celtic folk rock band from Vancouver BC, will perform at the Tractor Tavern on Nov 27 @ 9:30pm.
Seattle Laser Dome is now offering laser Bob Marley Fri-Sat @ 10:30pm.
The University of Washington men's football team plays four home games this quarter: Arizona State on Oct 9, Oregon State on Oct 16, Stanford on Oct 30, and UCLA on Nov 18.
Smash Putt (a sort of post-apocalyptic putt-putt golf game) will be held Oct 1-3, 8-10, and 15-17.
The UW Alumni Association Dawg Dash will be held on Oct 24 @ 9:30am.
The Seattle Marathon will be held on Nov 28 @ 8:15am (or 7:45am if you're walking the half-marathon).
The University of Washington's IMA hours from Sep 25-Dec 17 will be 6am-10:30pm Mon-Fri, 9am-9:30pm Sat, and 11am-8:30pm Sun, with the exception of Nov 11, 26, and 27 (11am-6:30pm) and Nov 25 (when the IMA will be closed).
Breaking the Code, a well-regarded play about the life of Alan Turing, will be presented at the Erickson Theater Off Broadway (1524 Harvard Ave) Thu-Sat @ 7:30pm through Oct 9.
Washington Ensemble Theatre presents Crandal's Bag, a new work by master puppeteer Kyle Loven, Thu-Mon over Dec 9-20.
The annual BrickCon exhibition will be held at Seattle Center over Oct 2-3 from 11am-3pm.
The Hedreen Gallery at Seattle University is hosting something very unusual on Oct 2 and Oct 9 @ 8pm: "Face Time" events where you can bring a pillow and sleeping bag and sleep overnight at the gallery (the gallery apparently provides the sleeping pads and the artist also spends the night).
The Seattle Art Museum presents an exhibition of the work of Pablo Picasso (easily the most important exhibition of his work ever hosted in the Pacific Northwest) beginning Oct 8.
Washington State's next general election is Nov 2: the standard deadline to register to vote is Oct 4, though if you're not already registered to vote in Washington State and are willing to register in person you have until Oct 25.