Silver screen magic.
What: The annual film fest showcases new work by area filmmakers emerging and established.
Why: See last year’s star, International Sign for Choking, plus other features, shorts, documentaries, comedies, and animations.
When: Fri.-Oct. 4.
Where: Northwest Film Forum, 1515 12th Ave. (206-329-2629). Tickets ($6-$100) at localsightings.nwfilmforum.org.
Fashion Week at The Bellevue Collection
What: Fashion shows, beauty events, after-parties. You know. The usual.
Why: Vogue’s Front Row runway show promises to be a sophisticated presentation of swoon-worthy fall styles.
When: Thru Sun.
Where: Various venues. For schedule, locations, and ticket info, go to bellevuecollection.com/fashionweek.
What: The multivenue festival shatters preconceived notions about electronic music.
Why: Erykah Badu, Nina Kraviz, Matthew Dear, Kimbra, and others prove it’s not just techno rave fare.
When: Thru Sun.
Where: Various venues. For locations and ticket info, go to dbfestival.com.
Voices of Strength
What: A two-evening presentation highlights the dance and theater of African women.
Why: Themes such as race, friendship, freedom, and humor are woven throughout the traditional tribal dances and iconic choreography.
When: Fri. & Sat. Doors, 7 p.m.; show, 8 p.m.
Where: The Moore Theatre, 1932 Second Ave. (877-784-4849). Tickets ($30) at stgpresents.org.
Cocktail Hour: Music of the Mad Men Era
What: Seattle Symphony kicks of its Pop series with snappy sounds of the ’50s and ’60s.
Why: A suite of songs straight off the hit show, plus other favorites, such as “You Know I’m No Good” and “The Best Is Yet to Come.”
When: Tonight, 7:30 p.m.; Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 2 & 8 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m.
Where: Benaroya Hall, 200 University St. (206-215-4747). Tickets ($19-$91) at seattlesymphony.org.
Photo: Courtesy of Northwest Film Forum