$15 or less: Kyle Loven at puppet fest. Laura Veirs at Tractor. Depressed bake sale.

Plus, Pulitzer winner Paul Harding reads, Capitol Hill walking tours and more - for ($15 or) less.
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Puppeteer Kyle Loven performs at Seattle University.

Plus, Pulitzer winner Paul Harding reads, Capitol Hill walking tours and more - for ($15 or) less.
Don’t forget that this is First Free Thursday, meaning all museums are FREE on Oct. 3. And there are lots of other not-to-be-missed events around town too:
The Douglas Paasch Puppet Playhouse
Lee Center for the Arts at Seattle University, 10/3-10/5 at 7:30 p.m, and Sun. 10/6 at 2 p.m., $10 for students and seniors
My favorite puppeteer has a new show! Friends scoff when I utter the words “my favorite puppeteer” but Kyle Loven, just one of many talented artists performing at this event, is really incredible. This festival honors Douglas Paasch, Seattle Children’s Theatre puppeteer for 16 years until his death in 2008. Seven original shows will be presented, including Loven’s latest, Moon Show 143, which was inspired by moon myths and beliefs from around the world.

Paul Harding
Central Library, Fri., 10/4 at 7 p.m., FREE
Paul Harding will be here to read from his second novel Enon, the follow-up to his 2009, Pulitzer Prize-winning Tinkers. Harding’s imagery and language create a world that is bewitching, brittle and amazingly vivid. While reading Tinkers, I at times held my breath.
Laura Veirs
Tractor Tavern, Fri., 10/4 at 9:30 p.m., $15
Folk singer-songwriter Laura Veirs is touring for her latest album Warp and Weft. Recorded while she was pregnant with her second child, the music was inspired by the fears and worry that accompany motherhood. This is her ninth (!) record and, much to everyone’s delight, features Neko Case, kd lang and, my personal favorite, the angel-voiced Jim James.

Depressed Cakeshop
Sole Repair, Sat., 10/5 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., FREE
Bake sale with a purpose: to raise awareness of mental health issues. Cakes and other confections are baked gray with brightly colored interiors, symbols of hope for people struggling with various aspects of this oft-ignored condition. All sales benefit NAMI, National Alliance of Mental Illness Greater Seattle.
Walking Tour: Harvard Belmont District
Starts at the Merrill Court Townhouses, Sat., 10/5 at 10 a.m., $15 advance
By God, it’s supposed to be partly cloudy on Saturday! Get out there and soak up every ray of that fleeting, sporadic sunshine while taking a guided tour of Capitol Hill’s Harvard Belmont District. Seattle Architecture Foundation’s guides are engaging and knowledgeable and you’ll appreciate the minute details of this Landmark district that you’ve hurried through so many times before.
Kathryn Hunt
Elliott Bay Books, Sun, 10/ 6 at 3 p.m. FREE
Writer and documentary filmmaker Kathryn Hunt reads from Long Way Through Ruin, her latest collection of poetry. Her soulful verse takes us along old roads and animal trails, all the while picking through the ruins of family, nature and love.

Broken on All Sides

Pacific Science Center, Mon., 10/7 at 7 p. m., FREE
The Pacific Science Center will host a screening of this documentary with a discussion to follow. Broken on All Sides uses the Philadelphia county jail system as a microcosm of racial inequality within the U.S. prison system. The documentary is being shown in conjunction with the traveling exhibit "RACE: Are We So Different?" (at the Pacific Science Center through January 5th) and as a warm up for the Social Justice Film Festival, which runs the 10th -13th.
What are you doing this weekend? Let us know in the comments area below. And if you hear of any interesting – under $15 - events in or around our grand city, please email editor@crosscut.com.

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