Showing posts with label 2017. Show all posts
Showing posts with label 2017. Show all posts

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

You Simply Must Go 'Into the Woods'

Review of Village Theatre's "Into the Woods."
Arika Matoba (Little Red Ridinghood) and Kevin Vortmann (The Wolf). (Photo: Mark Kitaoka)


While a cursory glance of Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods may appear to be nothing more than a musical comedy featuring a mashup of fairy tale characters, by the end, you’ll realize that there is a lot more to this story. Its messages are deceptively deep and though I knew going into it that this production had some dark undertones, I had no idea. And just because the play features Cinderella and Little Red Riding Hood doesn’t mean that this production is one for the kids. Well, maybe if you left after Act One.

Just to clarify, Into the Woods isn’t a “naughty” production but most of the humor will go over little one’s heads and there is a sharp tonal shift that comes between the first and second act that not only challenges the notion of a “happily ever after,” but also presents these characters as real, flawed people who need to take responsibility for their own actions. Themes include parents making mistakes while trying to do what is best for their children, learning how to be content with what you have rather than what you want and reaping what you sow.

Review of Village Theatre's "Into the Woods."
Allison Standley as Cinderella. (Photo: Mark Kitaoka)
This musical features multiple storylines that crossover each other. Unlike the Disney-fied and perhaps sanitized versions of the Grimm Brothers fairy tale classic stories, Into the Wood presents a more traditional view of these character warts and all. These stories include:

  • Cinderella (Allison Standley) who longs to go to ball and get away from her evil stepmother (Cheryse McLeod Lewis) and stepsisters Lucinda (Marissa Ryder) and Florinda (Arika Matoba). Instead of a fairy godmother, Cinderella visits her mother’s grave and is visited by her spirit (Corinna Munter).
  • Jack (Rafael Molina) who loves his cow, Milky White, more than anything, struggles to find a way to keep her despite his mother’s (Jayne Muirhead) pleading with him to sell her so they won’t starve. Let’s just say that there will be a beanstalk in his future.
  • Little Red Ridinghood (Arika Matoba) is challenged to either follow her mother’s advice to “not stray from the path” or listen to the Wolf’s (Kevin Vortmann) instructions on how to find beautiful flowers to give to her grandmother (Corinna Munter).
  • A baker and his wife (Trey Ellett and Christine Marie Brown) have hope of breaking a curse that prevents them from becoming parents if they are willing to do a few unsavory tasks for their next-door neighbor, the witch (Mari Nelson).
  • Rapunzel (Molli Corcoran) sings out happily though unable to leave her tower. She sings a different tune once she gets out.

Review of Village Theatre's "Into the Woods."
Marissa Ryder (Lucinda), Cheryse McLeod Lewis (Cinderella's Stepmother),
and Alexandria Henderson (Florinda). (Photo: Tracy Martin)
Each of the character’s stories lead them to go “into the woods” which is sort of a metaphor for taking risks in life and coming back a changed person, whether for good or for bad. Some of the characters do the right thing while others do not.

I have to say that while watching this production that I really liked the first act, then I found myself not liking the middle and then come back around full circle for the time the play wrapped up. The stories and pretty familiar for the first half where most of the stories we know end on “happily ever after” but Act 2 ventures beyond with a real crisis that affects all of the characters. Some choose to ignore it, others run away and others face the obstacle head on. Without giving anything away, the story does end on a positive note.


Review of Village Theatre's "Into the Woods."
Christine Marie Brown, Trey Ellett and Mari Nelson. (Photo: Mark Kitaoka)
Matthew Smucker’s sets and Melanie Taylor Burgess’ costumes for Into the Woods are some of the best I’ve ever seen and the photos do not do them justice. The revolving stage features woods that contain trees that are made out of ladders and leaves that are really pages from a story book. The woods change appearance from being warm and magical to stark and grim. Many of the character’s costumes feature a patch quilt look. As for the characters, some truly over-the-top as is the case of the prince brothers played by Kevin Vortmann and Matthew Posner. (Their song, “Agony,” about dealing with the fairer sex is spot on.) Others, like the Baker’s Wife, are more realistic where you sympathize with them one moment and then are angry with them the next. The stand out though is Arika Matoba who is able to present Red Ridinghood’s lines with dry humor and perfect comedic timing and yet still remain innocent. As for the music, don’t expect to walk away with songs stuck in your head as Sondheim’s musical numbers are more poetic than toe-tapping.

Into the Woods continues playing at the Everett Performing Arts Center through November 19, 2017. The theatre is located at 2710 Wetmore Ave., Everett, WA 98201.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

'Relativity' Presents a Thought-Provoking "What if" Story About Albert Einstein

Review of the play "Relativity" at Taproot Theatre.
Dennis Bateman & Candace Vance in Relativity at Taproot Theatre. (Photo by Erik Stuhaug)


Mark St. Germain’s play, Relativity brings a unique theatrical experience to Taproot Theatre about the life of Albert Einstein with themes of public vs. private, genius vs. eccentric and good vs. great. Though “relatively” short, this play tackles a lot of ground that is sometimes comedic, sometimes heartbreaking but wholly thought-provoking.

Based on real history events based of the life of Einstein, Relativity is actually a fictional tale of “what if.” History books share information about Einstein’s two sons and one daughter who was born in 1902. However, there is no mention of her after 1904 leaving many to speculate what happened to the girl. Did she die? Was she given up for adoption?

Relativity takes place during an interview with the professor in his home in 1949. Dennis Bateman plays Einstein wild hair and all. And quite believably too. Though famous, Einstein is rather reclusive separating his public life from his private life. His live-in maid, Miss Dukas (Pam Nolte) serves as a watchdog keeping out unwanted guests. However, she meets her match when Margaret Harding (Candace Vance) arrives home with the professor one afternoon in December. Harding is a reporter for the Jewish Daily who has been turned away from Miss Dukas twice in the past. Undeterred, Harding gets Einstein’s attention on the campus of Princeton University and follows him home. The conversation begins rather cordial but soon becomes more intense as Harding pushes for answers on whatever happened to Albert’s daughter which later turns into a debate on whether or not Einstein, considered by many to be a “great” man, could be considered a “good” man as well.

This is Bateman’s debut performance at Taproot having performed at the 5th Avenue and Village Theatre as well as many episodes of the radio drama show, Imagination Theater. He’s a fantastic addition. Vance on the other hand has performed in many Taproot productions and is a favorite of many. The two spare back and forth well. And though this is manly a two person play, Nolte does get a few choice moments as well. The play is directed by Pam’s husband and co-founder of Taproot Theatre, Scott Nolte with a set design by Mark Lund that compliments Einstein’s character very well.

Relativity plays through October 21, 2017 (but don’t be surprised if it gets held over) at Taproot Theatre’s Jewel Mainstage Theatre located at 204 N 85th St. in Seattle, 98103. Performances are held at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays, 8:00 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and special matinee performances are also presented on Saturdays at 2:00 p.m. Tickets range from $27-$47 depending on the performance and can be purchased online or by calling (206) 781-9707. Taproot offers a $5 senior/student discount off of regularly priced tickets. This play has a age recommendation of 12 and up.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Christmas Comes Early to Everett

Michael W. Smith, Amy Grant and Jordan Smith come to Everett for Christmas.


It’s time to deck the halls early when Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith roll back into town for their 2017 Christmas concet, this time held at the Xfinity Arena Everett on November 18, 2017. And before you ask, yes, Jordan Smith (winner of Season 9 of NBC’s The Voice) will join them on stage once again singing his fantastic version of “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch.”

In addition to the performance, and in support of their longstanding relationship with Compassion International, Michael and Amy are exclusively meeting with as many as 200 people who sponsor a child through the organization prior to the concert and through the website This “Compassion Meet & Greet” is an opportunity to learn more about the Compassion International’s child sponsorship experience and will include a photo opportunity with the artists. (Tickets to each concert must be purchased separately.)

Tickets range from $38-$128 and a 4-course dinner package including parking is also available starting at $110. TheXfinity Arena at Everett is located at 2000 Hewitt Ave, Everett, WA 98201. For more information call 1-866-332-8499 or visit the arena website.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

One Step Closer to a Cure

Information about the 2017 Base 2 Space event at the Space Needle.
(Seattle Needle Foundation/Fred Hutch)


The the third time in 55-year history of the Seattle Space Needle, the public is invited to climb the tower’s 832 stairs. Why would you want to when there is a perfectly good elevator available? To raise money and awareness for cancer.

Base 2 Space is open to runner and walkers at least eight years old who will climb two open-air stairways witness 360 degree views in a way that you’ve never experienced before all the way up to the Observation Deck which sits 520 feet above the ground. Then, you’ll jump! (Okay, I’m kidding about that last part.)

One hundred percent of the money raised during the Base 2 Space event will go toward Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Each participant will pay a registration of $75 and must also raise a minimum of $175 in donations. As an added incentive, the top ten fundraisers, the fastest male and female climbers, and two additional participants chosen at random will have the opportunity walk around the Space Needle’s Halo, next April. Only a handful of people have walked the Halo since the Space Needle was built in 1962. (Participants must be 18 years old or older – and maybe a little crazy - to qualify for the Halo Walk.) The big day is Sunday, October 1, 2017 so dust off the treadmill now.

In just two short years, Base 2 Space has raised nearly $1 million for Fred Hutch! For more information and to register, visit the Base 2 Space website.

Eat Your Weight in Free Guacamole

Information on the Guac Stop at the Seattle Center.
The Guac Stop is in town! (Wholly Guacamole)


I can’t believe it either, but I have just been informed that Wholly Guacamole is touring the Seattle area with a pop-up display called The Guac Stop at the Seattle Center. Here you’ll find a guac bar with different varities of the green stuff including one branded just for Seattleites: Apple Guacamole with consists of green apple, jalapeno, red onion, lime juice and salt.

In addition to chowing down, you can spend some time learning how to macrame (seriously!) or hula hooping, get an airbrush tattoos that you don’t have to feel quilty about and get a caricature drawing of yourself – and it’s all free! The Guac Stop will be around all day Wednesday, August 9 through August 13. The Seattle Center is located at 305 Harrison St., 98109. For more details, visit

Friday, July 28, 2017

Village Theatre Announces 2017-2018 Season

Village Theatre's 2017-2018 season
(Village Theatre)


From Disney to Sondheim, Village Theatre promises another great season of musical and dramatic entertainment in two venues! Some shows are classics, some are new classics, some are family-friendly and others are perfect for a date night. Village Theatre plays are presented at the Francis J. Gaudette Theatre in Issaquah and the Everett Performing Arts Center in Everett. Here is what is coming to the stage soon:

Into the Woods
Find out what happens to Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, Jack (sans beanstalk), rapunzel and others when they find out that they have been cursed by a witch and all of their happy endings will be in jeopardy in this Stephen Sondheim musical.
Issaquah: September 14 – October 22, 2017
Everett: October 27 – November 19, 2017

Disney’s Newsies the Musical
Based on the Disney orignal musical movie of the same name, Newsises is based on real events that took place during the newsboys’ strike of 1899 in New York.
Issaquah: November 9 – December 31, 2017
Everett: January 5 – 28, 2018

The Gin Game
Described as a “tragic-comedy,” The Gin Game is a two-person play that takes place at an old folks home. Old man Weller teaches Fonsia how to play a game of gin which goes great at first until Fonsia gets a taste of a winning streak.
Issaquah: January 18 – February 25, 2018
Everett: March 2-25, 2018

Village Theatre presents the world premiere of the new musical, String, which features three goddesses known as the Fates sent to live and work among human offices workers. However, falling in love with one of them was not part of the plan.
Issaquah: March 15 – April 22, 2018
Everett: April 27 – May 20, 2018

Based on the original John Waters movie of the same name, this lively musical is a toe-tapping journey back to the 1960s when both TV star-dreaming Tracy Turnblad and her hair were really big. Will she make it on Baltimore’s most popular dance show? You better believe it.
Issaquah: May 10 – July 1, 2018
Everett: July 6 – 29, 2018

For more information, visit the Village Theatre website.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

2017 Seattle Mini Maker Faire

Information about the 2017 Mini Maker Faire in Seattle.


Billed as the “Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth,” the Maker Faire is a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker Movement. It’s a place where people show what they are making, and share what they are learning. Makers range from tech enthusiasts to crafters to homesteaders to scientists to garage tinkerers of all ages and backgrounds.

Organized by MoPOP, Seattle Mini Maker Faire offers tech enthusiasts, crafters, scientists, garage tinkerers, commercial makers, and inventors of all ages and backgrounds a platform to share their passion projects. Over the course of a weekend in September, guests are invited to test the latest inventions, participate in activities and talks that blend art, engineering, science, and technology from more than 130 makers.

This year’s initial lineup includes: The Big-Brained Superheroes, Tiny Houses, Makerologist Interactive Exhibits, R2 Builders Club, Making Muggle Magic, Luminescent Grand, Mario the Maker Magician, The Lumbercade, VRMakerDome, Brainfreeze, School of Acrobatics and New Circus Arts, Elcano Self-Driving Tricycle and many more.

The Seattle Mini Maker Faire will be held September 16-17, 2017 from 10:00 am.-5:00 p.m. at the MoPOP and Seattle Center’s Next 50 Plaza. MoPOP is located at 325 5th Ave N, Seattle 98109. Discount tickets are available now trough September 1, 2017 online.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Nothing Like the Look of Fresh Paint

2017 Fresh Paint Arts Festival
(Schack Art Center)


Purchase art fresh off the easel during Everett's waterfront art festival, Fresh Paint, at the Port of Everett Marina, on August 19 and 20, 2017. Presented by the Schack Art Center, the entire length of the marina promenade will be filled with artist booths, turning the marina into a huge outdoor studio and sidewalk gallery. Over 100 artists will be painting, pottery making, glass-blowing, jewelry constructing, wood carving, rock carving and a lot more. Live music and entertainment will be featured on two stages and local restaurants and other food booths will be on hand as well.
This is a really impressive event and with the view of the water and cool breeze, this makes for an excellent afternoon event. That, and the fact that it’s free, is pretty good too.

The Fresh Paint Festival will be held from 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. on both August 19 and 20. The Port of Everett Marina is located at 1700 West Marine View Drive in Everett, 98201. For more information, visit the Schack’s website.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Washington Beer Collaboration Festival

2017 WA Beer Collarboration Festival
(Washington Beer Commission)


The Washington Beer Commission has announced that the Washington Beer Collaboration Festival will be held on August 19, 2017 at the South Lake Union Discovery Center lawn. This festival features 27 unique collaboration beers from 50 different Washington breweries.

Tickets are $30 advance or $35 at the door. Admission includes a tasting glass and 8 tasting tokens. Each taste is 4 oz. Additional tokens available to purchase for $2.00 each or three for $5.00. Separate tickets will be required for each day. Designated drivers get in for $5 which includes soda and/or water. As is expected, this event is for those age 21 or older and no dogs (other than registered service dogs) will be allowed. The event will take place at the South Lake Union Discovery Center from 12:00 noon to 6:00 p.m. The center is located at 101 Westlake Ave. N., Seattle 98109. For ticket or more information, visit the event website.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Music and Arts and Biking

Gigantic Bicycle Festival 2017


The Gigantic Bicycle Festival is a Pacific Northwest annual music and arts celebration of the bicycle. Held for three days, this mid-August festival “features a diverse, gloriously multifaceted and regionally representative mix of live music, hand-built bicycles, visual & performance art, film, comedy, guest speakers, workshops, sculpture, and interactive installation pieces” say the sponsors. The weekend features 100-mile and 50-mile road rides, cyclocross, a 12-mile family ride, and guided Sunday cycling tours of the Snoqualmie Valley." The 50 and 100-mile bike rides require a registration fee, but the clyclocross, family ride and guided tours are free for everyone who wants to participate (along with a festival pass).

Rider registration for adults is $80, and includes a weekend pass to the Gigantic Bicycle Festival. Youth under 12 register to ride for $1. The 2017 Gigantic Bicycle Festival jersey features artwork by Jeff Langevin, and is an optional $60 add-on to rider registration.

The Gigantic Race will be held August 18-20, 2017 at Centennial Fields Park in Snoqualmie. Music lineup includes: La Luz, Lemolo, Star Anna, Carrie Akre, Maiah Manser, Scarlet Parke, Kara Hesse, Sophia Duccini, Taylar Elizza Beth, The Westsiders, Sean Lane & The Bike, Betsy & The Boys and Red Tape. A film and art festival inspired by the bike will be on hand as well.

Saturday Only and Sunday Only Pass: $38.16 (fees included)
Weekend Pass: $64.71 (fees included)
Weekend Pass with Camping: $75.33 (fees included)

Centennial Fields Park is located at SE Park St., Snoqualmie, WA 98065. For more information, visit the Giant Bicycle Festival website.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Bond With Your Kids in the Mud

Information about the 2017 Kids Obstacle Challenge


The Kids Obstacle Challenge is an event that is designed for kids ages 5-16 but there parents get to jump into the fun too for free! Each course is built with 10-15 fun obstacles and lots of mud. According to event organizers, “The mission of Kids Obstacle Challenge is to inspire and challenge kids, and forge family bonds, through adventure and obstacles. We proclaim, ‘Brave Your Adventure!’ to encourage kids to courageously face the obstacles they will encounter on our adventure courses and carry that courageousness over to obstacles they will encounter in life.”

You can expect to help your kids use the rope swing into a large mud pit, army crawl through tough (but not impossible) terrain, climb cargo nets and ball pits and slide into yet another large pool of mud plus a lot more.

The Seattle event will take place at Lake Sammamish State Park on August 19, 2017. Entry fee is $46 if you register online before the event or $56 in person the day of the event. Each admission includes a custom 2017 race medal, free event photos, a goodie bag and finish line snacks. Also, if your kids can’t get enough of the run, they can do it over and over again for just $5 more.

Lake Sammamish State Park is located at 2000 NW Sammamish Rd., Issaquah, WA 98027. For more details, visit the Kids Obstacle Challenge website.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Sunset Supper is a Super Fundraiser for Pike Place Market

Sunset Supper at Pike Place Market 2017
(Pike Place Market Foundation)


The annual Sunset Supper gives guest a wonderful meal and entertainment while also giving back to the Pike Place Market. This year’s supper will include gourmet food, wine, brews and liquor along with a raffle and dancing under the stars. And space won’t be an issue as it includes the new MarketFront Plaza and Canopy offering spectacular views of Puget Sound to boot.

The 2017 Sunset Supper will be held on Friday, August 18 from 7:00-11:00 p.m. All food and drink is included with your ticket purchase. Ticket options include:

  • General Admission | $175* | 7:30 p.m. admission. Enjoy food, wine, spirits and dancing under the stars on the new waterfront.
  • Patron table (10 seats) | $2,750* | Reserve a table for 10 guests! 7:00 p.m. admission. A place for you and your friends and family to retreat to under a tent with exclusive beverage and wine service.
  • Individual Patron Seating | $275* | Reserve seats at a table for you and your guests! 7:00 p.m. admission. A place for you and your guest(s) to retreat to under a tent with exclusive beverage and wine service. You will be assigned a table.

Tickets can be purchased online. The Pike Place Market is located at 85 Pike St. in Seattle, 98101. For more information about Sunset Supper please contact Tiffany Swanson at 206-774-5233 or

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Check Out the 'Dunkirk' Prologue Experience

Information about the "Dunkirk" Prologue Experience at the Bite of Seattle.
The Dunkirk Prologue Experience coming to the Bite of Seattle. (Warner Bros.)


In honor of the 77th anniversary of the events that inspired the upcoming movie, Dunkirk, Warner Bros. is offering an immersive presentation of the film’s prologue at the Bite of Seattle, this Friday, July 21 from 11:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. Before you see the movie this weekend, see the Dunkirk Prologue Experience which will give you a unique and powerful experience.

The traveling Cinetransformer theatre features a Barco cinema projector, 15-foot screen, 87 stadium-style ButtKicker interactive seats, and 5.1 Dolby digital sound, putting audiences in the midst of one of the summer’s most anticipated films. 

The event will only take place on Friday. Look for the Cinetranformer off Harrison Street and inside the venue grounds.

Those who have served or are serving our country, all active and retired military personnel, will be granted front-of-the-line access during the special event tour.

The Seattle Center is located at 305 Harrison St, Seattle 98109. For more information about the Bite of Seattle, click here.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

REVIEW: Village Theatre Saves the Best for Last with 'Dreamgirls'

Review of Village Theatre's "Dreamgirls"
Alexandria Henderson, Lauren Du Pree and Joell Weil in Dreamgirls. (Photo by Mark Kitaoka) 


Village Theatre is wrapping up its 2016-2107 season with Dreamgirls at the Everett Performing Arts Center and if you missed the show while it was performing in Issaquah, don’t make that mistake to again. Village Theatre can always be counted on to give a good show, but this production goes over many expectations. It’s not so much that Dreamgirls is a good show. It’s the exceptional talent of the performers that pushes it over the top. It is rare to see this kind of talent in Everett.

Many people are aware of the 2006 Dreamgirls movie and some have mistaken it for being the inspiration for this musical, but in fact, it is actually the other way around. The Broadway show came first. The fictional story inspired by the girl groups of The Supremes and others, the story follows the lives of three singers as they rose from an amateur night contest to national stardom. Effie White (Angela Birchett), Deena Jones (Lauren Du Pree) and Lorrell Robinson (Alexandria Henderson) make up The Dreamettes who have traveled from Chicago with Effie’s brother, C.C. (Charles Simmons), to the Apollo Theater in Harlem, New York with stars in their eyes. There they meet Curtis Taylor Jr. (John Devereaux), a car salesman who convinces the four to let him become their manager. He then convinces the popular R&B star, James “Thunder” Early (Nathaniel Tenenbaum) and his manager Marty (Ty Willis) to let the Dreamettes become his back up singers.

Review of Village Theatre's "Dreamgirls"
Alexandria Henderson (Lorrell Robinson), Nathaniel Tenenbaum (James “Thunder” Early), 
Angela Birchett (Effie White), Lauren Du Pree (Deena Jones) (Photo by Mark Kitaoka)
Together, the group faces a number of highs and lows. Curtis romances Effie but he has eyes for Deena. James flirts with Lorrell even though he married, C.C. can’t seem to convince Curtis that his music writing is good enough and James struggles to stay current. The musical also deals with music written by black performers only to be resold and marketed with white singers and a totally different sound.

Dreamgirls never becomes sappy or too mired in the drama. It is full of outstanding musical numbers like, “Move, You’re Steppin’ on My Heart,” “And I’m Telling You I’m Not Going” and “One Night Only” that keep the story moving and your toes tapping. Visually, the show is spectacular as well. The audience is brought backstage and then to the front of the house over and over again. There are few amazing costume changes that happen right before your eyes and there are lots of lights and sparkles too.

At different times, Birchett and Tenenbaum almost steal the show. Birchett’s voice cannot be tamed and Tenebaum has the uncanny talent of performing over-the-top in character while still coming across as believable. However, Willis's portrayal of Marty does just the opposite. He frequently turns away from the characters he's talking to look straight at the audience. There are better ways of facing the audience and still stay in character. In my opinion, he is the show's only weak link.

Review of Village Theatre's "Dreamgirls"
The cast of Dreamgirls (Photo by Mark Kitaoka)


Finally, a refreshing aspect about this show is that no character is perfect as they each have their own flaws. The men aren't demons and the women saints. The story features both strong men and strong women so there really isn’t any “us vs. them” mentality that is so present in other productions and movies shown today.

Dreamgirls continues playing through July 30, 2017 at the Everett Performing Arts Center located at 2710 Wetmore Ave., Everett 98201. For more information, click on the story link below.

Related: ‘Dreamgirls’ to Finish Up Season at Village Theatre

It’s All About the Art

Information about the 2017 Seattle Art Fair.
Seattle Art Fair (Seattle Art Fair)


The Seattle Art Fair is a one-of-a-kind destination for the best in modern and contemporary art and a showcase for the vibrant arts community of the Pacific Northwest.

The 2017 Seattle Art Fair will share artwork from 88 exhibitors, from 26 cities from 9 countries! This includes 50 galleries from the Pacific Rim. The fair brings together the region’s strong collector base; local, national, and international galleries; area museums and institutions; and an array of innovative public programming.

Funded in 2015 by Paul G. Allen, this year’s fair includes these highlights:

Information about the 2017 Seattle Art Fair.
Nancy Rubins, Study: Big Edge, 2009. 
(Photo by Rob Ebeltoft) 
Nancy Rubins
Nancy Rubins, whose monumental assemblages are typically presented formally in institutions such as the Museum of Modern Art, will present a selection of studies of her large- scale sculptures at the fair. She is presenting a meta study of her work, scaled down for the viewer—in the work, 1 ½ inch equals 1 foot.

Sean Townley
Sculptor Sean Townley will install his large floor-based sculpture, 7 Diadems (2016), at the fair. Visitors will have the opportunity to interact with these boulder-size copies of partial head molds made from a monumental ancient sculpture of the Roman Juno.

Information about the 2017 Seattle Art Fair.
Sean Townley, 7 Diadems, 2016.
 (Photo by Jeff Mclane)
Erika Vogt
Erika Vogt’s Pool (2017) will transform Seattle’s historic Union Station into a multifaceted installation of sculpture, video and performance inspired by the train station itself as well as Korean spas, creating a space for rest and resistance for the public.

The Seattle Art Fair will be held at the CenturyLink Field Event Center located at 1000 Occidental Ave. S., Seattle 981034 from August 4-6. The fair will be open from 11:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 12:00 noon to 6:00 p.m. on Sunday. Admission $50 for a 3-day ticket, $20 for a 1-day ticket for adults, $5 1-day tickets for teens and those age 12 and under get in free! For more information, visit the Seattle Art Fair website.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

World Premiere Jane Austen Musical

"Persuasion" at Taproot Theatre
Cayman Ilika, Nick DeSantis & Matthew Posner in Persuasion. (Photo by Erik Stuhaug.)


Taproot Theatre Company has the honors of presenting the world premiere production of Harold Taw's and Chris Jeffries' musical, Persuasion (based on Jan Austen’s last novel of the same name) in Taproot’s Jewell Mainstage this summer.

“The beloved novel has been transformed into a breathtaking new musical filled with love, laughter and second chances,” says Taproot. The musical touches on love, longing and second chances as main character, Anne Elliot, was persuaded to abandon true love but now her past mistakes and long-lost hopes have returned. The play is recommended those age 12 and up.

Persuasion, directed by Karen Lund, will be presented from July 12 through August 19. Persuasion is a 2015 product of The 5th Avenue Theatre’s inaugural NextFest: A Festival of New Musicals. It has since been workshopped at the Texas Musical Theatre Workshop in 2016.

Performances will be held on Wednesday and Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays and Saturday at 8:00 p.m. and matinee performances will be held on Saturdays at 2:00 p.m. Post play discussions with Taproot staff and cast will be held after each Wednesday performance (after the preview), a Senior Matinee will be held on July 18 and a Pay-What-You-Can-Afford performance will be held on July 19. (No performance will be held on July 26). Tickets range from $27-$47 depending on performance date. Tickets can be purchased online, by phone by calling (206) 781-9707 or in person at the box office. Taproot Theatre is located at 204 N. 85th St., Seattle.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

An Event for Goats and their People

Goatalympics 2017
Goatalympics (New Moon Farm)
New Moon Farm Goat Rescue and Sanctuary present the 2017 Goatalympics at the Evergreen State Fairgounds on July 8. This free family event puts all of its energy into having fun with pet goats including foot races, obstacle courses beauty pageants and more. People’s Choices awards will be given to goats (and their people) who come up with the best trick, the longest beard, the most spots, etc. Lots of great prizes, food trucks will be on site and plenty of adoptable goats can be found here as well.

The Goatalympics is open to all ages and is free to spectators. Those choosing to enter their goat in a contest will pay an entry fee per class. All proceeds that come from the event will go to help the New Moon Farm Goat Rescue and Sanctuary which is dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and adoption of animals in need.

The fun begins at 10:00 a.m. at the Evergreen State Fairgrounds located at 14405 179th Ave. SE, Monroe, WA 98272. For more information, visit the Goatalympics website.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

REVIEW: The Jim Henson Exhibition: Imagination Unlimited

Jim Henson Exhibition: Imagination Unlimited
Inside "The Jim Henson Exhibition: Imagination Unlimited" (MoPOP)


Organized by the Museum of the Moving Image, the traveling exhibit, The Jim Henson Exhibition: Imagination Unlimited, has made Seattle MoPOP the first stop on its tour. It’s easy to find. Just look for the furry walls and listen for familiar tunes like "The Rainbow Connection." The exhibit is a “must-see” event for anyone who is a fan of The Muppet Show, Fraggle Rock, The Dark Crystal or Labyrinth and I mean anyone. When I visited, there wasn’t a child in sight but plenty of adults taking selfies with Kermit and friends. I got a kick watching one gray-haired lady create her own Muppet character while her friend was studying clips from Sesame Street.

The exhibition features a broad range of artifacts related to Henson’s unparalleled career, including more than 20 puppets including well-known favorites like Bert and Ernie, Professor Honeydew and Beaker and Grover. And these are not facsimiles either. These are actual Muppet puppets that were used on the shows and movies. However, as much as you’d to touch them, you can’t because they are being displayed under glass.

Jim Henson Exhibition: Imagination Unlimited
Professor Honeydew and Beaker.
The new exhibit also presents a lot of information and history of Henson’s earliest works with clips from TV commercials that aired long before the Muppets became household names. For instance, did you know that Kermit was not the first Muppet to go mainstream? The character that was is still used often today, but chances are, you’ll be surprised. Another fact that gets overlooked often is that Henson was more than just a puppeteer. He was also a film director with a passion for projects that that didn’t even include Muppets. Three of his earliest films are on display with descriptions on the meanings of the short films.

Henson’s earliest works are celebrated in grand style before taking you down memory lane, past Sesame Street, over to The Muppet Show and Fraggle Rock before finishing off with Henson’s last works of The Dark Crystal and Labyrinth. Since this is an exhibit about Henson and his work, Muppet movies and TV shows created after his death are not featured, but you’ll get a good sense on just what kind of man Henson was, how easy it was to work with him and why people still think of him fondly.

Jim Henson Exhibition: Imagination Unlimited
"Light the Lights" photo opp.
The exhibit also features sketches, storyboards, scripts, photographs, film and television clips, behind-the-scenes footage and iconic costumes that have been used over the years, but for many, it won’t be enough. There is only so many items and props that could be transported from MoMI that there will be some of your favorites left behind. That shouldn’t keep you from coming though.

In addition, the exhibit also features some interactive elements where you can record yourself in front of a camera with a real puppet and a puppet design table to see if you should consider giving up your day job. You can also get your photo taken at the “Light the Lights” display and even put on your own puppet show.

Jim Henson Exhibition: Imagination Unlimited
Design your own Muppet.
The Jim Henson exhibit continues through January 3, 2018. Tickets for the exhibit (which includes admission to all other MoPOP exhbits except for the Star Trek exhibit) are $33 for adults (18-64), $30 for Seniors (65+) and Students (with I.D.), $27 for Military (with I.D.), $24 for youth (5-17) and children age 4 and under get in free. Order online and save yourself two bucks per ticket. MoPop is open daily from 10:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. and is located at the Seattle Center at 325 5th Ave. N., Seattle 98109. For more information, visit the MoPOP website.

Friday, June 16, 2017

A Chocolate Salon? Yes Please

2017 Seattle Chocolate Salon
(Seattle Chocolate Salon)


When life gets you down you can always count on chocolate and if you love chocolate, then do we have an event for you. The Seattle International Chocolate Salon will be held on Friday, July 23, 2017 at the Artic Club Seattle.

A chocolate salon is a place where guests mingle in appreciation of the art of chocolate. Come see demonstrations, listen to lectures by chefs and authors, but most importantly – taste the chocolate! Guests will be able to savor samples from any of the show’s participants (but you must be over the age of 21 to taste any wines or spirits, if available.)


The choc-tastic event will be held from 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. in the Northern Lights Dome Room located within the Artic Club Seattle located at 700 3rd Ave. in Seattle 98104. Advanced Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for kids ages 6-12 and free for children under the age of 6 (up to two children per adult). Tickets at the door are $25. Tickets may be purchased online here.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Ride the Night

Seattle Night Ride
(Cascade Bicycle Club)


The Cascade Bicycle Club is offering the Seattle Night Ride for its third outing on Friday, July 7, 2017 and is being described as a “unique urban event for anyone who enjoys a summer night cruise by bike.”

“The 15-mile flat route begins in Ballard at Peddler Brewing Company along the Burke-Gilman Trail, and winds through Fremont, Lake Union, & Queen Anne. Riders will have the opportunity to trick out their bikes and join a rockin' bike train before heading out for the night. The midpoint will feature entertainment, snacks and more! The route ends at Peddler Brewing Company for the Night Ride after party with a food truck, local craft brews, bean bag toss and much more!”

Registration is $40 for adults ($30 for members) and $20 for kids ages 1-12 ($10 for members). Registration includes one beer ticket and a “sweet giveaway item.” (Registration helps with Cascade’s bicycle education programs.) Register information can be found here.

“Please note that, in addition to your helmet, a head light, red tail light and a red rear reflector are required for this ride. Riders need to be safe!”