Sunday, February 26, 2017

Hot Java Cool Jazz

Hot Java Cool Jazz 2017
(Starbucks/STG Presents)


As part of Starbucks’ ongoing commitment to supporting the local youth arts community, the 22nd Annual Hot Java Cool Jazz benefit concert features award-winning jazz bands from five local high schools with 100% of proceeds from ticket sales going to support each school’s music program. Seattle area high school jazz musicians take the stage in a showcase of the city’s finest young talent performing with their big bands. The bands performing in the 2017 concert will be from Bellevue, Edmonds-Woodway, Garfield, Mountlake Terrace and Roosevelt high schools. (Since 1995, Starbucks has raised more than $510,000 for local school music programs.)

The musical event happens March 17, 2017 at the Paramount Theatre located at 911 Pine St. 98101. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. with the show beginning at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $22 (not including fees) and can be purchase online or by phone by calling, (800) 745-3000. For more information, visit the STG Presents website.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Running of the Green

The F5 St. Patrick's Day Dash


The F5 St. Patrick’s Day Dash 5k has been a tradition in Seattle since 1985 where they say, “Run, Walk, Jog or Crawl! To Celebrate the Arrival of Spring and the Irish in us all!” This year’s race will be held on Sunday, March 12. Beginning from the Seattle Center, the course winds down through downtown and back. Simple right? As motivation, there will be a giant bear garden waiting for you at the end. And the event is not just for adults either. There will be a special “Leprechaun Lap” 1 K for kids age 10 and younger too.

The F5 St. Patrick’s Day Dash benefits the Detlef Schrempf Foundation in support of Northwest children’s charities. Funds are directed to local organizations which provide critical support and services to youth in our community.

“If you haven’t been to the St. Patrick’s Day Dash before, get ready for a big party where everyone is Irish for a day! You could be passed by a human pot of gold, a 6ft 10in leprechaun, a group of beer cans, or a grown man in a tutu. With all of the costumes, the Dash is like an Irish Halloween in spring. The Post Dash Bash features live music, plenty of sponsors, great giveaways, a Costume Contest, plus the biggest St. Patrick’s Day beer garden in the region,” boast the race’s website.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Get Your Geek On

Geekwire Bash will be held on March 15, 2017.


Now in its 6th year, Seattle’s Geekwire Bash is just the ticket for techies. Held at the CenturyLink Events Center, the event features video games, arcades, beer pong, ping-pong, dodgeball, sumo wrestling, cornhole and foosball tables at “Seattle’s biggest, geekiest tech party.” But its more than just fun and games, it’s a unique experience for men and women and mix and mingle with hundreds of other people just like you in the tech community.

Geekwire Bash 2017 event will be held on Wednesday, March 15 from 3:00 to 9:00 p.m. and as much as kids would love to go, this is a 21+ event. Tickets start at $69 ad can be purchased here. The CenturyLink Events Center is located at 800 Occidental Ave. S., 98134.

Monday, February 20, 2017

REVIEW: The Art of Rube Goldberg

A postage stamp featuring Rube Goldberg's art.
A postage stamp featuring Rube Goldberg's art (MoPop).


Ironically, Rube Goldberg was one of America’s most popular cartoonists, but today, many are unaware of his talent – until now. A brand new traveling exhibit, "The Art of Rube Goldberg" has recently opened at MoPop featuring over 90 pieces of art that spans more than 70 years of this man’s life. This is just a small fraction of the estimated 50,000 cartoons that he drew during his lifetime.

Even if they aren’t familiar with his name, most people are familiar with Goldberg’s style of “inventions” where a path of unrelated objects work together to create a solution to a problem we didn’t even knew we had. The most well-known example of this is the Goldberg-inspired Mousetrap Game. It was his humor and creativeness that inspired some well-known sequences in various movies and cartoons including the Wallace and Gromit shorts, Edward Scissorhands, Back to the Future and most recently, OK Go’s music video, “This Too Shall Pass.” However, this was just part of what Goldberg has been known for.

Rube Goldberg and his father
Rube Goldberg and his father.
Born on the 4th of July in 1883, Reuben Goldberg grew up wanting to be an artist, but his father wanted him to study engineering. He graduated from U. Cal Berkeley with a degree in engineering and was hired afterward by the Water and Sewer Department of San Francisco, but after six months, he quit to take a job as a sports cartoonist for the San Francisco Chronicle. He later moved to New York to work for the New York Evening Mail. By 1915, Goldberg was earning $25,000 per year and was known as “American’s most popular cartoonist.” His works includes comics titled, Mike and Ike (They Look Alike), Boob McNutt, Foolish Questions and Professor Lucifer Gorgonzola Butts who created all those crazy invention mentioned above.

In 1930, Goldberg wrote the screenplay for the film Soup to Nuts which featured the first appearance of the Three Stooges as well as one of his inventions. Goldberg was also the first president of the National Cartoonists Society.

Rube Goldberg's Professor Butts cartoon.
A Professor Butts cartoon.
Understanding some of Goldberg’s history will help you to appreciate MoPop’s new exhibit. Those who are wanting to see a bunch of Goldberg-styled inventions will be somewhat disappointed. There is one “hands on” hand-stamping invention to try out on display as well as a couple of domino stacking activity stations, but mostly, this is an art exhibit. The best part of the exhibit are the short films being featured there that include clips from Soup to Nuts, the short film, Something for Nothing where Goldberg explains his perpetual motion ideas and scenes from the 2009 documentary, Mousetrap to Mars.

"The Art of Rube Goldberg" continues through April 24, 2017. More information about the exhibit can be found here.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

REVIEW: “Room Service”

Review of Taproot's "Room Service"
Nikki Visel, Erwin Galán, Laura Lee Caudill, Christopher Morson, Eric Hampton and
Daniel Stoltenberg in Room Service. (Photos by Erik Stuhaug) 


Taproot Theatre took a risk in promoting their latest play as a “Marx Brothers comedy.” Even though the play is a farce and was turned into a movie in 1938 that starred the Marx Brothers, the end result is more sophisticated than the crazy antics found in the movie version. The plot and much of the lines are the same, from what I can tell, but the stage play doesn’t feature Groucho’s rising eyebrows or his brothers’ silly shtick. However, don’t get the wrong idea, this is still one silly play, but one that is a lot more fun to watch.

Erwin Galán leads the romp playing Gordon Miller, a producer for a new play. He and his troupe are living and practicing in a hotel while looking for a backer for the play so they can pay their bills, if not, they’ll have to skip out, something this group has done before. Miller’s cohorts include his girlfriend and actress, Christine Marlowe (Melanie Hampton), fellow actor Faker Englund (Eric Hampton), and director Harry Binion (Daniel Stoltenberg). Miller and crew are getting pressure to cough up the money from hotel manager and brother-in-law, Joseph Gribble (Mike Spee) and his boss, Gladys Wagner (Nikki Visel). Adding fuel to the fire is Leo Davis (Christopher Morson) who is the writer of the play and has left his home without a penny to his name to join the group to embark on a new career.

Review of the play "Room Service."
Daniel Stoltenberg, Erwin Galán and Eric Hampton 
Tension rises and this drama team has to come up with the money that the hotel is owned or they will all be thrown in jail. Davis pretends to be sick so that the hotel can’t through him out. Bill Johns does a brilliant job playing four different roles including Sasha Smirnoff, a Russian actor who is also an inspiring waiter. Favorite Taproot character actress, Kim Morris, plays two roles including Sylvia Jenkins who represents a mysterious backer and Laura Lee Caudill makes her Taproot Theatre debut as hotel worker Hilda Manney who crushes over Leo.

While overall a clever play with many likable characters, the play does have one drawback. Stoltenberg, who was so good in Taproot’s Christmas play, The Trial of Ebenezer Scrooge, choose to play his role in an effeminate manner which really didn’t fit and was off-putting. Harry Binion owns a moose head and says that he killed the moose himself, which is something you can’t see Stoltenberg’s version of the character doing. Other than that, the play is a delight and one that you probably haven’t seen before, so go give it a try.

Room Service continues through March 11, 2017. More info>>>

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Cookies & Cocktails Gala

Cookies and Cocktails Gala
(Girl Scouts of Western Washington)


While it sounds like an odd combination, it totally makes sense. The Cookies & Cocktails Gala is being described as the “party of the century.” Why? Because this year mark 100 years of Girl Scouts selling cookies. The gala is a night of mixing and mingling with music, an outdoor s’mores pit, a cookie photo booth, sweet and savory bites created out of Girl Scout Cookies created by local chefs, cookie-inspired cocktails and mocktails as well as beer and wine pairings.

The night is full of “girl power” with female chefs, distillers, brewers and winemakers “inspiring local women entrepreneurs who are paving the way for the next generation of business leaders!”
The cost for a general ticket is $45, which includes unlimited sweet and savory cookie bites and mini drink pairings, plus an invitation to our s'mores making party outside!

The special VIP treatment tickets for $75 includes general admission, plus a glass of wineor beer and swag bag with a package of our new Girl Scout S'mores Cookie, DRY Sparkling, Hello Robin's Mackles'mores cookie, Trophy Cupcake's s'mores cupcake, Lady Yum's s'mores macaron, Theo Chocolate's Big Daddy, s'mores goodies and priority access to our outdoor s'mores tent!

Cookies & Cocktails takes place on Thursday, March 2, 2017 at Metropolist located at 2931 1st Ave.S. 98137. Full-sized wine and beer selections will also be available for purchase. (Age 21 and up only) Click here to order tickets.