My Pandora channel has a new station : Fela! This “provocative hybrid of dance, theatre and music exploring the extravagant world of real-life Afrobeat legend Fela Kuti” comes to The Paramount Theatre in Seattle May 28th – June 2nd. Tickets are available now - use code Music20 to get 20% off tickets!
This music makes me want to get up and DANCE! I can’t wait to see the show which has such an electric soundtrack. There’s no better way, in my mind, to learn about music history than to watch the story unfold onstage! Check out the video below to get a feel of the sound.
The Paramount knows the crowds will be energized by this production and they’re working with two venues to host dance nights after a few of the performances. Barboza’s dance night will be after the performance on May 29th, while Lo-Fi’s dance night will be after the June 1st performance. If you show a ticket to Fela, you’ll get in free ($5 cover for those without ticket stubs – open to the public).
Check out the video trailer:
EMP Musuem’s Quest Fantasty Exhibit opens with a very cool event tomorrow night!
Among the many wonders you’ll experience:
» The Conquerors’ Scavenger Quest
» An archery competition
» A sword fighting presentation by Knights of Veritas
» Photo ops: Snap a picture of yourself atop the Iron Throne from HBO’s Game of Thrones
» A special appearance by the Carter Family Marionettes
» Gameplay with Card Kingdom
» Learn-to-play demos, artist signings, and R&D spellslinging with Magic: The Gathering featuring Mark Rosewater, Aaron Forsythe, Matt Cavotta, and Jeremy Jarvis
» Thirst quenchers in the form of mead or cider (21+ only) along with EMP’s particular brand of butter beer
» Spotlight talks with key figures in fantasy
Spotlight Talk Schedule:
7:30pm - Terry Brooks, New York Times bestselling author
8:15pm - Karen Falk, historian and head archivist for The Jim Henson Company
9:15pm - Mark Ordesky, executive producer of the Academy Award-winning The Lord of the Rings film trilogy
Tickets here. Hope to see you there!
More details on the Exhibition itself:
From The Hobbit, The Wizard of Oz and The Princess Bride to Harry Potter and Snow White and the Huntsman, Fantasy: Worlds of Myth and Magic invites audiences on a fantastical journey to unearth the inspiration behind this genre’s most magnificent creations.
Revel in hands-on installations that include world building and mapmaking, and legendary pop culture artifacts. See iconic costumes from TV and the silver screen including The Wizard of Oz, Xena: Warrior Princess, Labyrinth, and The Princess Bride; pet a dragon designed by Seattle Opera; sit atop the Iron Throne from HBO’s Game of Thrones; and view original hand-edited manuscript pages from J.R.R Tolkien’s The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.
I’ll be sure to come back and share a review of the exhibition after I see it. Now, what to wear to the party tomorrow?! I wonder if there’s a fantasy character with an easy to put together costume (or one with brunette hair and some cool face paint)? Geeky Hostess, any suggestions?
Note – EMP’s exhibit “The Art of Video Games” closes May 12th – so now is the perfect time to see both exhibitions! I hear the Video Game show is pretty awesome and can’t wait to take Brandon!
Flashdance The Musical comes to The Paramount Theatre in downtown Seattle this week! Click the image to find out how you can save up to 25% on tickets!
Arcade Lights returns April 19th! I’m excited to attend for the first time ever! Proceeds of this event benefit the Market Foundation which supports low income folks in our area through a variety of human service agencies.
At Arcade Lights (April 19th in Pike Place Market) you’ll be able to celebrate local artisan
food, craft beer and wine with over 60 vendors participating.
Tickets are $28 in advance and $35 day of which gets you a glass and 10 tasting tokens (you can buy more at the event to support the cause event more).
There are a BUNCH of amazing local vendors participating – some that jump off the page to me include:
Savory foods: Mt. Townsend Creamery, Pampeana Empanadas, Uli’s Famous Sausage
Sweets: Kukuruza Popcorn, Portage Bay Cafe, Sweet Iron, The Confectional, Theo Chocolate, Whidbey Island Ice Cream Company
Wineries: Cavu Cellars, Naches Heights Vineyard, Terra Blanca,
Breweries: Fremont Brewing, Odin Brewing Company, Pike Brewing Company
Drinks: The Methow Valley Ciderhouse, Tieton Cider Works
Hope to see you there!
Last December, I had the pleasure of giving away pre-screening passes to see Les Miserables before it opened in the theatres. Now this movie musical is available on DVD and I have two copies to give away to my readers!
To enter to win, first comment on the blog post here with your favorite character or song from the movie. Then visit this rafflecopter entry form to enter to win (plus you can get extra points in the drawing by liking/following me on Facebook and Twitter)!
Movie synopsis: Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, Les Misérables tells an enthralling story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption—a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit. Jackman plays ex-prisoner Jean Valjean, hunted for decades by the ruthless policeman Javert (Crowe) after he breaks parole. When Valjean agrees to care for factory worker Fantine’s (Hathaway) young daughter, Cosette, their lives change forever.
For this review, Seattle Pockets welcomes Guest Blogger, Russell Hathaway.
A Republican senator who has long opposed marriage equality recently changed his stance on the subject very publicly after his son came out. The story behind the 2010 Tony-nominated play, Next Fall, running through April 6th at ArtsWest, could also have changed had Luke (played by David Elwyn Traylor) been so open with Butch and Arlene (John Wray and Patricia Haines-Ainsworth), his conservative Southern parents. Instead, when the play opens, the sounds of screeching tires, shattering glass and crunching steel, suggest a very different process of change and a much more challenging outcome. Now Luke’s partner of four years, Adam (Christopher Zinovitch) must deal with Adam’s parents with the help of friends Holly (Kate Witt) and Brandon (Daniel Stoltenber). All the characters, from their various perspectives, struggle to be understood, accepted and respected, making for a sometimes anxious, sometimes funny, but consistently smart and thoughtful journey. And a tissue may be needed every now and then.
The characters are lovingly portrayed and sympathetic. Even the antagonist parents are relate-able and worthy of a good ol’ Southern ‘Bless your hearts’. The production is well-staged in the intimate West Seattle ARTSWEST theater space. And the story is well-written (Geoffrey Nauffts) and directed (Cindy Bradder), to be thoughtful and moving, even if it’s familiar.
Marriage equality may change a story like this as it relates to legal matters and civil rights, but the balance and struggle in relationships for understanding and honesty, love and respect, will continue to be relevant. This is true for all everyone, whether we’re Adam, Butch, Arlene, Holly, Brandon or Luke. Make an afternoon or an evening of it in West Seattle’s Alaska Junction and cap it off with Next Fall at ArtsWest. You’ll be glad you did!
I love Moisture Festival. It’s one part ridiculous, one part inspiring, one part old-timey, one part campy, one part wow-factor and all SORTS of fun!
Celebrating their 10th year, Moisture Festival brings comedy, varietè, vaudeville and burlesque performances to Seattle. But it’s only here through April 14th, so get your tickets now. Chances are, once you see a Moisture Festival show, you’ll want to go back again before the fest is over!
From their website: “Comedy/Varietè is an intriguing assortment of entertainment. It is highly skilled performance mixed with many bizarre talents, often humorous, with no limit to the imagination. Presented as a variety show, each act or artist performs his or her routine within a 3-15 minute time slot while being accompanied by a live show band. Aerialists, jugglers, comedians, dancers, rope acts, bubble acts, clowns, acrobats, can can girls, strong women, strong men, tap dancers, drill teams, musical numbers, the weird and the wonderful- all keeping the tradition of Comedy/Varietè/Vaudeville alive.”
Events will take place at Hale’s Palladium in Fremont, Broadway Performance Hall on Capitol Hill and a movie screening at SIFF on Queen Anne.
Brandon and I are going to enjoy a date night tonight at the Late Night Varietè performance tonight at Hale’s Palladium – can’t wait to see what tonight’s performers have in store for us!
Check out my 2012 review of Moisture Festival, here.
More photos coming soon.
It’s your chance to taste some of the finest fare Seattle has to offer, all while supporting your local economy.
Dine Around Seattle runs March 3-28, Sundays through Thursdays. They’re offering 3-course dinner menus of one starter, one entrée, and a dessert for just $30, with many restaurants offering a 3-course lunch menu for just $15.
Some restaurants I love made the list: Local 360, La Bête, Coastal Kitchen, Andaluca, Cutters Crabhouse. There are many restaurants participating that I haven’t had a chance to check out yet, and this is just the excuse!
Have you been to Dine Around Seattle this year yet?