5th Avenue’s dynamic production of “A Chorus Line” closes September 28th

Review from guest blogger, Jeanne Deller:

For those of you who have yet to experience “Chorus Line”  live, up close, and very personal , be sure to catch The 5th Avenue Theatre’s dynamic, often poignant, performance.

This cleverly cast and brilliantly directed production is a must see. This is your chance to catch an inside, in-depth sneak-peak into the highly-charged world of actors’ minds, hearts, and auditions – well beyond the glitz and glamour of actual performances. So true-to-life for those who dedicate their lives to the art of theatre and entertainment.

The company of A Chorus Line at The 5th Avenue Theatre.     Photo Credit Mark Kitaoka

The company of A Chorus Line at The 5th Avenue Theatre.
Photo Credit Mark Kitaoka

The 5th Avenue Theatre’s gifted orchestra complements this fabulous chorus line in every beloved musical number throughout.  Fabulous orchestration, song, and dance! Don’t miss it – you only have until September 28th to see the show.

Chryssie Whitehead, in her long time connection with "A Chorus Line," continues to shine. Photo Credit Mark Kitaoka

Chryssie Whitehead, in her long time connection with “A Chorus Line,” continues to shine.
Photo Credit Mark Kitaoka

Richard Peacock plays Richie in A Chorus Line at The 5th Avenue Theatre.   Photo Credit Mark Kitaoka

Richard Peacock plays Richie in A Chorus Line at The 5th Avenue Theatre.
Photo Credit Mark Kitaoka

Incredible story from Seattle Children’s Theatre & Children’s Theatre Company

Just take a look at the performance notes from a production of Harold & the Purple Crayon by Seattle Children’s Theatre: (UPDATE: This particular performance took place at The Children’s Theatre Company in Minneapolis, MN today, where the Seattle Children’s Theatre production of Harold and the Purple Crayon is now being performed, through February 26th).

Image: Ron Darling

This story is just one example of why theater and arts are important in our lives.  There really is nothing that compares to the magic that happens between a live performance and it’s audience.  My nieces love their special outings with me to Seattle Children’s Theatre (we are subscribers) and it really helps bring their imaginations to life.  If this story has moved you, consider donating to SCT to help them continue their work in our community and across the country. Thanks to Ron Darling for sharing this story with us on Facebook.

Up next at SCT: A Single Shard, HELP, and The Very Hungry Caterpillar.  Some of the nieces and my favorite SCT productions include A Year with Frog & Toad, Pero, Give a Mouse a Cookie and Go Dog Go.  What have been some of your favorites?

*Special thanks to Robert Dunn who added clarification to the location of this performance in the comments, below. If you are in Minnesota and interested in attending Harold & The Purple Crayon, it runs through February 26th.  More info and tickets, here. I have a personal tie to Children’s Theatre Company in MN, as I performed in the run of Madeline’s Rescue in the late ’80s! What a fun time that was.  As a kid who was introduced to theatre as a child and was encouraged to follow my passion (thanks mom and dad!), I really know first hand how important the arts are in a child’s life.  If you have influence on a kid, be it parent, aunt, friend-aunt or big sister/big brother, bring them to a play, no matter where you are.  

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Land of the Sweets: The Burlesque Nutcracker – Contest

The Land of the Sweets: The Burlesque Nutcracker is back for it’s 6th year!  This “spectacle of  ecdysiastic pageantry” opened last night at The Triple Door and plays until December 24th.  I’m excited to check it out live for the first time tomorrow night.  In a town swimming in Burlesque shows, this group of performers are some of the cream of the crop, including Lily Verlaine, Miss Indigo Blue, Kitten La Rue and Jasper McCann of The Atomic Bombshells and one of my personal favorite performers in Seattle: DanceBelt’s Waxie Moon.

Land of the Sweets is giving away a pair of tickets on their Facebook page (as well as 3 picture books from the show).  You can enter to win, here.

Now through December 24 – buy tickets here.

Carol Brunettes perform tonight at Figgy Pudding in Westlake Center

The Carol Brunettes are back for their 4th year, rewriting rock and pop songs into holiday carols, to raise money for the Pike Market Senior Center & Downtown Food Bank, as part of a holiday tradition called “The Great Figgy Pudding!”

Come see our group sing between 6:15pm and 7:15pm tonight outside of All Saints at 5th & Pine in downtown Seattle.

Want to donate to the cause? Donate here, on Carol Brunette member dL’s page (she has a donor who has pledged to match up to $5000 in donations).

A donation of $25 will feed around 40 adults~  Any donation, even just $5 matters. You are helping feed and provide other important support to the low income and homeless folks in our area. Wish you could donate more, but can’t? Share this blog post, our Facebook Event page, or the donation link via Facebook, email or Twitter and encourage your friends to join you by making a small donation as well.  If you’ve donated here or on our other fundraising page, THANK YOU!

The Carol Brunettes won “Most Creative Performance” in 2010 Figgy Pudding, for their performance of “I Love Mistletoe,” a rewrite of the classic Joan Jett song.

2011 Carol Brunettes: Alida, Carolyn, dL, Harmony, Karianne, Keridwyn, Kristi, Laura, Leah, Somer & Teela!

The event is outdoors! Stay for our set (nine songs), then wander around to listen to the 39 other caroling groups.  Pick up a People’s Choice ballot at the info/check in desk and vote for us!  But most of all, bundle up and have fun as we sing  rewritten songs from Journey, Joan Jett, Lady Gaga and more, for this important cause!

5pm Pre-Figgy Entertainment

6:15-7:15 Teams singing on the streets

7:15 Drumline procession
7:30-8:30 Sing-off on main stage (The Carol Brunettes will sing one song if we are in the top two teams nominated for Most Creative or People’s Choice)

100 Things To Do in Seattle Before You Die

I live in an amazing city – rich with unique parks, fabulous entertainment options, memorable restaurants and so much more.  When 7×7 contacted me to write a list of  “100 things to do in Seattle before you die,” I jumped at the chance, tapping into my personal experiences and asking Seattleites around me their advice of what makes our city truly special. We started a bit north and worked our way south. Here’s #1 – 20:

1. Support young writers by shopping at the Space Travel Supply Company. (Greenwood)
2.    Fly a kite at Gasworks Park. (Wallingford)
3.    Giggle at the kitsch at Archie McPhee’s. (Wallingford)
4.    Have a laugh at quirky Bizzarro Italian Cafe. (Wallingford)
5.    Find your favorite sweet treat: try a Trophy Cupcake. (Wallingford)
6.    Then head to Cupcake Royale to cast your vote in the great cupcake debate. (Ballard)
7.    Toss on those bike shorts and hit the Burke-Gilman Trail. (Ballard)
8.    Sample from the 64 beers on tap at Brouwer’s. (Ballard)
9.    Savor Eastern Mediterranean flavors at Golden Beetle. (Ballard)
10.    Dance to a rockabilly or bluegrass band at Tractor Tavern. (Ballard)
11.    Knock back an adult beverage at Cafe Mox over a board game from Card Kingdom. (Ballard)
12.    Start a bonfire during sunset at Golden Gardens. (Ballard)
13.    Take a free guided tour at the Arboretum. (U District)
14.    Kayak past houseboats in Portage Bay or paddle out to see the Seattle Skyline at Agua Verde Paddle Club. (U District)
15.    Get a uniquely flavored brain freeze at Full Tilt Ice Cream. (U District)
16.    Catch a show at a movie theatre built in the ’20s. (U District)
17.    Critique contemporary works at Henry Art Museum. (U District)
18.    Climb on the Fremont Troll under the Aurora Bridge.  (Fremont)
19.    Hunt for treasures at the Sunday Fremont Market. (Fremont)
20.    Unearth  vintage threads at Deluxe Junk. (Fremont)

21. Cash in your golden ticket and take the Theo Chocolate factory tour. (Fremont)

22. Add to your vinyl collection at Jive Time Records. (Fremont)
23. Dress up for a swanky event at Fremont Studios. (Fremont)
24. Run in the International Fountain in the shadow of the Space Needle. (Seattle Center)
25. See a show at Seattle Repertory Theater and stay for a talk-back. (Seattle Center)
26. Enjoy an Erik Carlson menu and aerial performances at Teatro Zinzanni. (Seattle Center)
27. Rock out like Hendrix at EMP Museum. (Seattle Center)
28. Witness a book go from page to stage at Book-it. (Seattle Center)
29. Walk up the stairs from lower Queen Anne to snap a postcard worthy photo from the view at Kerry Park. (Queen Anne)
30. Make date night delicious with a visit to an Ethan Stowell restaurant. (Queen Anne)
31. Spoil your sweet tooth at Top Pot Doughnuts. (Queen Anne)
32. Nosh on rotating Americana themed food at  5 Spot. (Queen Anne)
33. Nurse your hangover at Peso’s. (Queen Anne)
34. Splash land in a seaplane. (South Lake Union)
35. Steam, soak and sauna at co-ed urban spa, Banya 5. (South Lake Union)
36. Climb the pinnacle at the flagship REI store. (South Lake Union)
37. Go back for seconds at Portage Bay’s Cafe‘s brunch toppings bar. (South Lake Union)
38. Snag a slice of gourmet pizza at Serious Pie. (South Lake Union)
39. Shock your taste buds with a crazy burger from Lunchbox Laboratory. (South Lake Union)
40. Dress retro and dance to soul music at The Lo-Fi. (South Lake Union)
41. Eat an enchilada in the Elvis Room at Seattle’s oldest Mexican restaurant, Mama‘s. (Belltown)
42. Have a cocktail & bucket of popcorn delivered mid-movie at The Big Picture. (Belltown)
43. Grab a beer and dog while you drop a couple quarters in the pinball machines atShorty’s. (Belltown)
44. Get your sushi happy hour on at Umi. (Belltown)
45. Delight in goat cheese stuffed bacon wrapped dates at Pintxo. (Belltown)
46. Find a speakeasy around the corner. (Belltown)
47. Eat after the bars close at The Lucky Diner. (Belltown)
48. Marvel at the mummies, shrunken heads and other curios at Ye Old Curiosity Shop. (Waterfront)
49. Wander through the art along the Puget Sound at Olympic Sculpture Park. (Waterfront)
50. Ride a ferry to Bainbridge Island. (Waterfront)
51. Hop on the Water Taxi and dine at Salty’s. (Waterfront/West Seattle)
52. Stand under an arch of jellyfish at Seattle Aquarium. (Waterfront)
53. Dodge seagulls while snacking on fish & chips at Ivar’s. (Waterfront)
54. Find your way to a well crafted cocktail at Zig Zag. (Waterfront)
55. Munch on a salmon sandwich at Three Girls Bakery. (Pike Place Market)
56. Add a piece to the Market Theater Gum Wall on your way to an improv show. (Pike Place Market)
57. Listen to buskers perform outside the original Starbucks. (Pike Place Market)
58. Enjoy tea and crumpets. (Pike Place Market)
59. Sip some absinthe at a cabaret show at The Can Can. (Pike Place Market)
60. Catch a fish from a fishmonger. (Pike Place Market)
61. Romance a lover over Italian food and live jazz at The Pink Door. (Pike Place Market)
62. Ride up neon green escalators inside the Seattle Public Library, designed by Rem Koolhaas & Joshua Prince-Ramus. (Downtown)
63. Parkour up walls and over waterfalls at Freeway Park. (Downtown).
64. See a show from a half-moon booth at The Triple Door. (Downtown)
65. Smile when a tourist expects a second stop on the Monorail. (Downtown/Seattle Center)
66. Shop the half-yearly sales at the flagship Nordstrom. (Downtown)
67. Order an international wine flight and sweet potato fries at Purple. (Downtown)
68. Explore local shops (Rain City Meats, Calf & Kid, Taylor Shellfish) at Melrose Market. (Capitol Hill)
69. Cozy up in a curtained booth at Bleu Grotto over clever cocktails and Wasabi Grilled Cheese. (Capitol Hill)
70. “Spin The Bottle” – see some good, bad and great late night theater at Annex. (Capitol Hill)
71. Indulge in a souffle-like Chocolate Pot at B&O Espresso. (Capitol Hill)
72. Attend a literary event at  Richard Hugo House. (Capitol Hill)
73. Show your sporty side at Cal Anderson Park. (Capitol Hill)
74. Hang out with hipsters at Unicorn. (Capitol Hill)
75. Spin a partner around the dance floor at Century Ballroom. (Capitol Hill)
76. Take an adult class at the original Babeland store. (Capitol Hill)
77. Meditate on a Sunday evening with Compline Choir at St. Mark’s Cathedral. (Capitol Hill)
78. Buy an ingredient you’ve never seen before at Uwajimaya. (International District)
79. Fill up on Dim Sum at Harbor City. (International District)
80. Share hot pot with friends at Seven Stars Pepper. (International District)
81. Give a shout out to the ’90s and karaoke a grunge song. (International District)
82. Flash back to the 80s and pick up some retro video games at Pink Gorilla. (International District)
83. Get inspired at the First Thursday art walk. (Pioneer Square)
84. Witness the view from The Chinese Room in Smith Tower, Seattle’s first skyscraper. (Pioneer Square)
85. Delight you inner child at Magic Mouse Toys. (Pioneer Square)
86. Enjoy chilled tastings at Saké Nomi. (Pioneer Square)
87. Get a taste of Seattle’s debaucherous past with the underground Underworld Tour. (Pioneer Square)
88. Watch the visiting team beat the Mariners at Safeco Field. (SODO)
89. Rock out to a favorite band at Showbox SODO. (SODO)
90. Show off your scarf and spirit at a Sounders game. (SODO)
91. Geek out on comics at Fantagraphics. (Georgetown)
92. Fly through the air with the greatest of ease at SANCA. (Georgetown)
93. Raise a glass of Washington wine at Laurelhurst Cellars. (Georgetown)
94. Take the pilot’s seat in a WWII flight simulator at Museum of Flight. (South Seattle)
95. Share a quiet picnic at Kubota Gardens. (South Seattle)
96. Spot an eagle at Seward Park. (South Seattle)
97. Sit on the patio at Cactus and watch the sunset over the water. (West Seattle)
98. Get healthy with some vegan fare at Chaco Canyon. (West Seattle)
99. See the “Statue of Liberty” and breathtaking views at Alki Beach. (West Seattle)
100. What should #100 be? Tell me in the comments below!

I’d love to hear your feedback! How many have you done? Anything I missed? Which of your favorite things made the list? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

You can also check out my pal Rob Lightner’s list of 100 things to eat in Seattle before you die.

ARTcade – First event this Thursday 10/20 in South Lake Union

ARTcade’s first event will be this Thursday, October 20th from 6pm – 9pm!  Swing by South Lake Union to experience live music, spoken word, visual art, participate in a giant jenga game and mix and mingle with Seattle neighbors! ARTcade will be a monthly event (every Third Thursday) – be one of the first to be a part of this fabulous, free Seattle arts event.

I’m most excited to check out the work that Kizha Davidson curates at Visual Art Gallery, cheer on players during Giant Jenga, and see what Dumb Eyes has up their sleeves.

10/20 Lineup:

320 Westlake Avenue North / South East corner of Westlake and Harrison
Curated by Kizha Davidson of pun(c)tuation gallery
Featuring works of:
Spencer Matthews
Curtis R. Barnes
Mike Wagner
http://www.mikewagner-arti st.com/paintings/01.html
http://www.mikewagner-arti st.com/paintings/02.html
http://www.mikewagner-arti st.com/paintings/04.html

321 Terry Avenue North / Western Half of Ground Floor Lobby
Cello by John Ames of EQLateral http://eqlateral.com/_.htm l
Strings Bass by Lamar Lofton with accompanying guitarist

310 Terry Ave N, between Thomas and Harrison, near Cuoco Restaurant.
A Flame Production offers up a stage of original music, spoken word and a beat battle extraordinaire for South Lake Union’s first-ever ARTcade. Featuring Seattle superstars performing their own and others best music and poetry, don’t miss Amber Flame and the Last of the RedHot Mamas, Elaina M. Ellis, Roma Raye, and more!
6:00 – 6:30 Roma Raye
6:40 – 7:10 Heidi McAllister
7:20 – 7:50 Elaina M. Ellis
8:00 – 8:30 Last of the RedHot Mamas
8:40 – 9:00 Sarah Freeman and Najja Morris

Boren Plaza landing by Ting MoMo Restaurant & Bravehorse Tavern
http://www.notmartha.org/a rchives/2011/07/06/giant-jenga-at-the-georgetown-carnival/

corner of Harrison & Boren Avenue North. by the David Smith & Company store 
Leif Totusek w/ “The Romales”
Mario Butkovic – guitar Leif Totusek – Will Dowd -drums

Dead end alley on the south side of 333 Boren Avenue North
Enter on north side of Harrison Avenue between Boren and Terry or through Parking Garage on Boren Plaza
landing by Ting MoMo & Bravehorse Tavern
Installation by DUMB EYES http://www.dumbeyes.com/events/

The Urban Sketchers
333 Boren Avenue North, south side of the building (west window)

Frances Nelson
333 Boren Avenue North, south side of the building (east window)

On Twitter? Use hashtag #ARTcade (and tweet @keridwyn to say hi at the event!)

Taste The Season at Wing Luke Asian Museum

11+ of Seattle’s Trendiest & Tastiest restaurants will all come together for one evening to serve their favorite Comfort Food Picks!  This is going to be a fun night of cocktails, wine, sweet treats and indulgent bites from some of Seattle’s best restaurants.

 I’m most excited to check out Staple & Fancy’s gnocchi, Bastille’s mussels with hard cider and ginger (sounds like a fantastic combo for fall!), Foodz Catering’s Brie & Truffle Mac n Cheese. Thanks to all the restaurants involved! 

Not only is this going to be a delicious event, there’s also art involved: BONUS! Taste The Season is held at Wing Luke Asian Museum, so we’ll be able to check out their exhibits during the event. Their newest exhibit, From Fields to Family: Asian Pacific Americans and Food will compliment this event nicely, as it investigates the cultural traditions and cooking techniques that have changed with time and generations.  It’s been years since I’ve visited this museum, so I’m so glad to have such a wonderful excuse to go back.

Hashtag: #TasteTheSeason – On twitter and going? Tweet me at @keridwyn and let’s say hi!



Mussels with RockridgeHard Cider, Young Ginger and Fennel Pollen

Pork Cheek  Pibil with Crispy Potatoes and Pickled Fresno Chiles

Staple & Fancy 
Potato Gnocchi with Lamb Ragu, Mint and Oregano
Coterie Room Rabbit Terrine

Eggplant and Stone Fruit Caponata with Cherry Tomatoes and Toasted Pine Nuts

Corned Lamb Rueben with Sauerkraut and Green Curry Aioli 

Lamb Cassoulet 

Foodz Catering 
Brie-and-Truffle Mac and Cheese Bites and Peppadew Peppers with Feta and Pistachios

Whole Milk Ice Cream with Nitro Frozen Cereal

Pork Rib with Wild Mushroom, Harissa Jam and Foie Gras Nage

Dianne’s Delights 
Pumpkin Cake Ball with Pumpkin Pound Cake
Vanilla Bean Cake Ball
Chocolate Cake Ball

Mistral Kitchen


Golden Beetle cocktails featuring
Hendrick’s Gin
Milagro Tequila

Tavern Law cocktails featuring
The Balvenie Single Malt Scotch
Hudson Four Grain Bourbon Whiskey

Waterbrook Sauvignon Blanc
Waterbrook Melange Noir

Chocolate Shop dessert wine


Don’t Miss “The Jacket” – Nanda plays Broadway Performance Hall through Oct 23

This just in: 2 for 1 tickets 10/20 & 10/23 at 8pm! Visit Goldstar here: http://bit.ly/o9SaFJ  and search for Nanda!

Having seen Nanda perform shorts at The Moisture Festival, I was already excited about this show before the curtain went up last weekend on opening night.  

I was expecting a fun, lighthearted night of performance, but was truly blown away by this show.

They’re not perfect, but they’re awesome.  These talented guys make you transport back to the days of playing pretend as a kid.  What happens on stage is as if the brain of an active 8 year old boy, in love with martial arts movies, comes to life. Their “kung faux” fighting is electrifyed as their choreography matches over-the-top sound effects, swing near each other and throw themselves back in comic falls. The audience feels like a kid again, remembering the importance of play and imagination as it comes to life before their eyes.

Tomoki Sage brings his  talents to the stage in a delivery that will remind audiences of vaudvillian style clowning. Groucho Marx would be pleased. His facial expressions and dedication to character in the moment are filled with joy and comedic skill. I can’t wait to see Sage perform again and this particular performance is spot on.  Joined by co-stars Misha Fradin, Chen Pollina and Kiyota Sage, this handsome bunch will have you laughing one moment and dropping your jaw the next, as they make difficult acrobatic moves look easy as pie.

The video production that helps carry the story between costume changes is well produced and adds to the fun of the production.

The Jacket runs about an hour with no intermission and will leave you smiling all week long.  It’s rare I see a show that I want ALL of my friends to see, but this is one that appeals to a huge audience. The crowd jumped to its feet in standing ovation at the end of the show. Don’t miss the creative joy that is NANDA.



Broadway Performance Hall
1625 Broadway, Seattle  

October 6-23, 2011
Thursday-Sunday at 8PM

$12-$20 (Youth/Senior prices included)
$25 at the door
Online Box Office: http://ow.ly/5SLx0 

Nanda: Comedic, Acrobatic “The Jacket” opens tomorrow

Discount 10/14 & 10/15: 2 for 1 http://ht.ly/6XI85

Review posted 10/13: http://bit.ly/oaSvOh

I was first introduced to the incredibly unique, comic, acrobatic talents of NANDA at a Moisture Festival event at ACT Theatre a few years back.  This group is like no other, combining comedic moments with martial arts, dance with juggling and video projection, with pop-culture satire thrown in for good measure.  I can’t wait to see this performance Friday night at Broadway Performance Hall and wanted to let you know about it now, before I post my review after the show.

NANDA presents “The Jacket”

A Kung Faux Ninja Circus Arts Extravaganza

Broadway Performance Hall
1625 Broadway, Seattle  

October 6-23, 2011
Thursday-Sunday at 8PM

$12-$20 (Youth/Senior prices included)
$25 at the door
Online Box Office: http://ow.ly/5SLx0