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Odysseo by Cavalia

I caught the local premiere of Cavalia at Marymoor Park last night. If you see only one show this year, make it this one. In addition to the astonishing stagecraft of this show–which includes 80,000 gallons of water–the simple relationship of humans and horses is celebrated. The audience’s eyes were as flooded as the stage.

Odysseo by Cavalia is a 30-million dollar ode to horses and humans created by Normand Latourelle, …more…

Edmonds Comedy Night

Edmonds Comedy Night will return this Friday, January 31st and Saturday, February 1st. Performances, open to adult patrons, will be at the Edmonds Center for the Arts, 410 4th Ave N.

“We are thrilled to be in our seventh year,” said Megan Hicks, newcomer Xung Lam and emcee Kermet Apio.

Tickets are available through All reserved seating, $25 per ticket. For more information, visit or call (425) 775-9595.

I donned my gay holiday apparel for this afternoon’s Seattle Men’s Chorus (SMC) matinee at Benaroya Hall. These guys–all 300 of them–never cease to impress me with their originality and unity.

For their 34th season opener, the group welcomed Broadway and TV star Levi Kreis, as the guest artist for the opening weekend of their holiday offering , Play it Again, Santa. In 2005 Levi released his debut album and has …more…


Who says there’s no entertainment in Snohomish County? I just caught the latest offering from Village Theatre, the hilarious musical-on-wheels, XANADU. Through November 17, the Everett Performing Arts Center presents the “totally awesome power of love…and leg warmers.”

Real-life husband and wife Jessica Skerritt (Kira/Clio) and Dane Stokinger (Sonny Malone) perform together in the spirited tongue-in-cheek musical comedy based on the 1980 film of the same name. The musical score includes …more…

Haunted Trails

Bastyr University’s annual “Haunted Trails” event is returning for another year of spooky fun. Hosted in the forest behind Bastyr University’s Kenmore campus for two consecutive Fridays and Saturdays (Oct. 18-19 and 25-26), the event, now in its 15th year, is one of the Eastside’s longest-running and biggest fright fests. It includes enjoyable activities for teenagers and adults, as well as trick-or-treating and a carnival for younger children – and …more…

Get your Met on.

Icicle Creek Center for the Arts (ICCA), is showing live HD broadcasts from New York’s Metropolitan Opera in its new Snowy Owl Theater. Located in Washington’s scenic Bavarian-themed town, Leavenworth, the new theater will attract arts-minded visitors.

Each broadcast will feature an industry-leading high-def satellite feed and 60-channel surround sound. Single-show tickets range from $10-$25 per opera; ticket packages are also available, as well as overnight …more…

Luminasia to light up the next three weekends

Luminasia was such a hit during the Washington State Fair that it has been extended for the next three weekends, including Sept. 27-29, Oct. 4-6 and 11-13. This is a once-in-a-lifetime attraction, located on the west side of the Washington State Fair Events Center, and it shouldn’t be missed.

The traditional form of Chinese lantern-making has been modernized, taking it into the 21st Century. Two acres of outdoor space has been …more…

Mother’s Day weekend concerts

New York folk musician Martha Gallagher, dubbed the Adirondack Harper for jubilantly “plucking for peace” atop mountains in her home state, will return to the Pacific Northwest in May to collaborate with local harp players.

Seumas Gagne and Leslie McMichael will join Gallagher on Saturday, May 11 for a performance at Two Dog Yoga Studio in North Seattle, and again on Sunday, May 12 at Vashon United Methodist Church for a …more…

Richard Marx, now and forever an entertaining show

I caught Richard Marx’s show at Seattle’s Neptune Theater on Friday. A surprisingly eclectic crowd didn’t let the soggy evening dampen their enthusiasm for this magnetic performer’s solo acoustic set.

Marx’s debut single, “Don’t Mean Nothing” and self-titled debut album kicked off his career as a solo artist in 1987 and went on to sell three million copies. His 1989 follow-up CD, “Repeat Offender,” sold more than seven million copies worldwide. …more…

Amadeus Leopald

Tonight I had the difficult choice to attend a cage-fight at the casino, or to see a violinist. I chose the latter: Amadeus Leopald, formerly known as Hahn-Bin. His eccentric talent is not to be missed.



Laugh for the Future

Seattle’s innovative improv comedy company, Wing-It Productions, home of Jet City Improv, will host “Laugh for the Future”, their 20th anniversary bash this Saturday at Hotel Deca in the U-District. Featuring free beer, wine, hors d’ourves and entertainment by the Jet City player, the troupe will look at the past 20 years and look forward to the next 20.

The troupe’s social media currently features “blasts from the past” – video, …more…

Kristin Chenoweth at Paramount

Emmy and Tony Award winner Kristin Chenoweth will launch her debut world tour at the Paramount Theatre in Seattle this Wednesday, May 9th. Chenoweth will perform songs from her latest album Some Lessons Learned, as well as an array of  her most memorable songs and Broadway show tunes, including music from Wicked, Promises, Promises, and Glee.

Chenoweth won a Tony Award for her role as Sally Brown in the Broadway musical …more…

The Pitmen Painters

Great week downtown! I checked out the Belltown Pub’s sassy new edibles, which included this decadent fried mac n’ cheese with spicy marinara! Who says that the Paula Deen holds the patent on delish deep-fries?

At 6:30 pm on May Day, er, Dog Day, May 1st, the Pub will host a “Who Let the Dogs Out” canine social party to kick-off its specialty menu for dogs and their people. While the …more…

Seattle Skating Club is turning 75

Seattle Skating Club is turning 75 with an ice show; Celebrating 75 Years. This professionally choreographed show will feature performances by local talent, past and present homegrown champions, and a performance by Jozef “Jumpin’ Joe” Sabovcik, Olympic Bronze medalist, and European Champion. Seattle’s own Rosalyn Sumners (Olympic Silver Medalist) will host a Meet & Greet from 3:30-5 pm on Saturday between shows with other Olympians such as the Kauffmans (’64 …more…

The Last Days of Judas Iscariot at Ghost Light Theatricals

“The only person who needs forgiveness is the one who doesn’t deserve it.”

Opening on Good Friday at Ghost Light Theatricals in the Ballard Underground, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot examines the concepts of betrayal, regret, destiny and forgiveness through exploration of the choices and life of Christianity’s public enemy number one.

From Tony-nominated Playwright Stephen Adly Guirgis, this reality-bending courtroom drama portrays the fate of the notorious Judas Iscariot, which …more…


I just caught Redmond’s Evergreen Family Theatre’s production of the rock musical Godspell, running through March 24th. Local theater standout Dan Niven portrays Jesus, the “Chief Clown”. Composer Stephen Schwartz describes this character as “high energy, charming, funny, gentle but with strength.” ...more...

Capitol Steps

A Capitol Steps performance can proudly claim to be the only place in America where audiences will find the two candidates running for President onstage singing show tunes. Founded by Congressional staffers, the group is currently celebrating it’s 30th year of existence while having recorded 31 albums. Darlings of the NPR crowd, no political viewpoint is safe from their talented wit. Especially creative was a musical number spoofing the financial problems of Greece, performed to the music of the Broadway smash, Grease. ...more...

What Gauguin needs is more cowbell

Seattle Art Museum is the only United States stop for Gauguin and Polynesia: An Elusive Paradise, a landmark show highlighting the synergy between Paul Gauguin’s work and the art and culture of Polynesia. The exhibition, on view through April 29th, includes nearly 60 of Gauguin’s brilliantly hued paintings, sculptures and works on paper, which are displayed alongside 60 illuminating examples of Polynesian sculpture. Organized by the Art Centre Basel, the …more…

Penn Cove MusselFest 2012

Bold, briny and blue! This weekend marks the 26th anniversary of the Penn Cove MusselFest, held on Coupeville’s historic waterfront.

Historic Coupeville celebrates these delectable mollusks March 2nd through March 4th. With an art studio tour, chowder tasting, mussel eating competitions and activities for all ages, this year promises to be filled with culinary delights and local fun.

Photo by Darrell Scattergood.

Festival activities start with a stop by the MusselFest Headquarters …more…

Stars on Ice delivers an artistic smackdown

Oh, the joys of living in a big city. All the choices to make. Last night I had the offerings of Stars on Ice at Seattle Center, and the cage-match fight at the casino. While everyone loves watching a good whoopin’, skating took the gold this time. Mainly because I can’t get enough of the oh-so-tall and hot John Zimmerman. ...more...

Stars on Ice Love ‘n’ Life

Stars on Ice has again brought together Olympic, World and National Champions from all over the globe for the 2011-12 season. The show will visit 10 U.S. cities including Seattle, on Saturday for a 5:30 pm performance at Seattle Center.

Last year, Stars on Ice celebrated its 25-year legacy; this year the “Stars on Ice Love ‘n’ Life” tour will try a new direction with skater Kurt Browning, who will co-direct …more…

The Celtic Arts Foundation Annual Masters of Scottish Arts Concert

This Friday, the Celtic Arts Society will welcome one of the finest assemblages of world class Scottish performing artists to Seattle. And yes, there will be lots of men in kilts! Traditional bagpipes, borderpipes, smallpipes, fiddles, drums and dancers will all descend on Seattle’s Benaroya Hall for one night only at the highly anticipated Masters of Scottish Arts Concert. The Scottish people have a reputation for fun and celebration, and …more…

You can’t be cavalier about Cavalia

Photo by Darrell Scattergood.

I attended the premiere of Cavalia at Redmond’s Marymoor Park on Friday. Delayed for two nights due to the snowstorm blanketing the Seattle area, this treat was worth the wait.

Even if you’re one of the dozen people in this world who don’t like horses, you’ll enjoy this epic performance. The choreography, sets, music and themes are all superb.

The show, while extraordinary when it first visited the …more…

Another 48 Hours

I just returned from the latest installment of Seattle ACT Theatre’s popular theater event, 14/48: The World’s Quickest Theater Festival. The festival was staged at ACT Theatre for the fourth consecutive year as part of ACT’s Central Heating Lab, an innovative talent development program. The semi-annual theatre event, now in its 15th year, was originally planned as a one-time only fundraiser. More than 750 plays with more than 3,000 artists have followed. ...more...

Mannheim Steamroller

I caught Mannheim Steamroller’s Seattle show at the Paramount, and enjoyed it. Does this mean that I have officially entered middle age, or that the group is just that good?

Grammy Award-winner and creator of the group, Chip Davis directs and co-produces the performances annually, but due to health concerns he no longer tours. There are now two tour groups of Mannheim Steamroller to meet the seasonal demand, including six shows …more…