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Stone Soup Theater's 2009-2010 Season is in full swing. The Vagina Monologues 10th Anniversary Edition, by Eve Ensler, April 2-24; Original One-Act Play Festival, May 13-23, 2010. For tickets and more information visit www.stonesouptheatre.org

Jet City Improv and Wing-It Productions present Seattle's Best Comedy, a night of hijinks and improvisational fun with audience participation. At the Historic University Theatre, 5510 University Way N.E. 206-352-8291. Visit www.jetcityimprov.com for more show times and information.

Now playing at the Seattle Children's Theatre, Getting Near to Baby, by Y York and based on the novel by Audrey Couloumbis. In the North Carolina summer of 1967, tragedy strikes their family, so Willa Jo and Little Sister are sent to stay with their Aunt Patty and Uncle Hob while their mother tries to come to terms with their family's loss. Now, Aunt Patty has more of a way with her garden gnomes than little girls, always concerned with the order and the rightness of a thing. For those 8-years old and up. The show runs through April 18 at the Eve Alvord Theatre at 201 Thomas St. Adults $20-34 and Children $15-28, depending on performance day/time. For more information and tickets, visit www.sct.org.

The Central Heating Lab at ACT features the return of Pinter Fortnightly, free public readings of plays by late Nobel laureate Harold Pinter. The readings are through April 26, In Buster's Special Event Room at ACT Theatre, 700 Union St. Reservations are recommended. Call 206-292-7676 or visit www.acttheatre.org.

Join Seattle Repertory Theatre the second Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m. in the Seattle Rep PONCHO Forum at 155 Mercer Street to discover groundbreaking new works. Each reading is followed by a chatback with the playwright. This reading series is co-sponsored by the Rep's New Play Program and the Northwest Playwrights Alliance. Admission is free (donations gladly accepted). No RSVP necessary-just show up!

Seattle Children's Theatre closes its 2009-2010 Mainstage Season with its 103rd world premiere, a musical adaptation of the Grimm Brothers' classic The Brementown Musicians, opening April 9 and running through

May 16. The Brementown Musicians, presented in SCT's Charlotte Martin Theatre, is directed by Artistic Director Linda Hartzell, currently in her 25th season leading SCT. The Brementown Musicians will be presented in SCT's Charlotte Martin Theatre. Seattle Children's Theatre is located at 201 Thomas St., under the Space Needle at Seattle Center. Tickets for The Brementown Musicians range in price from $15 to $34 and may be purchased by calling the SCT Ticket Office at (206) 441-3322 or by visiting www.sct.org. The Brementown Musicians is recommended for ages 5 and older and Grade K and up.

Intiman Theatre opens its 2010 Season, the first under the leadership of artistic director Kate Whoriskey, with Paradise Lost, written by Clifford Odets and directed by Dámaso Rodriguez, featuring an ensemble of 14 actors from Seattle and Los Angeles. Performances will begin at Intiman Theatre, 201 Mercer St. at Seattle Center through April 25. The opening night performance is Friday, March 26 at 8 p.m. Tickets are available from www.intiman.org. or 206-269-1900. Single ticket prices range from $25 to $61 for Wednesday-Sunday performances. All adult tickets on Tuesday nights are $25. Discounts are available for groups and members of the military, and patrons age 25 and under can purchase tickets to any performance for $10.

Second Saturday at Seven Movie Series continues with a free showing of Dirt! The Movie directed and produced by Bill Benenson and Gene Rosow and narrated by Jamie Lee Curtis. "Dirt" shows at 7 p.m., Saturday, April 10, at the  Queen Anne United Methodist Church, 1606  Fifth Ave. W., the pink building next door to the Queen Anne Branch of the Seattle Public Library. Entrance is on W Garfield St. Additional information about this documentary, the Queen Anne Movie Guild, and the sponsors who are helping make this free community service possible can be found at www.queenannemovieguild.org.

Now playing: The Hot Tub Time Machine, Metro etc.; How to Train Your Dragon, Neptune; The Art of the Steal, Seven Gables; Greenberg, Guild 45th; Chloe, Metro; Sweetgrass, Varsity; The Last Song, Metro; Vincere, Harvard Exit; April 2: Clash of the Titans, Metro; The Exploding Girl, Varsity; April 9: Dancing Across borders, Varsity, The Greatest, (location not set); City Island, Seven Gables; Date Night, (location not set); April 16: The Joneses, (location not set); The Warlords, Varsity; The Eclipse, (location not set); Kick Ass, (location not set); April 22: Oceans, Metro, etc.; April 23: The Square, Varsity; Exit Through the Gift Shop, (location not set); Ajami, (location not set); Terribly Happy, Harvard Exit; Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps; The Back-Up Plan, (location not set); The Losers, (location not set); April 30: Mid-August Lunch, (location not set); No One Knows About Persian Cats, Varsity; May 7: The Secret in Their Eyes, (location not set); The Good, The Bad, The Weird, Varsity; Iron Man 2, not set; Babies, (location not set); May 14: Princess Kaiulani, (location not set); Robin Hood, (location not set); Letters to Juliet, (location not set); The Secret of Kells, (location not set); May 21: MacGruber, not set; May 28: Prince of Persia: the Sands of Time, Sex & the City 2, (location not set); Looking for Eric, (location not set); June 4: Mother and Child, (location not set); June 18: Toy Story 3 (3-D), (location not set); Please Give, (location not set); June 25: Micmacs, (location not set).

The Wing Luke presents the wild politically charged collections and paintings of Roger Shimomura. Shimomura has been devoted to issues of ethnic identity as a third-generation Japanese American. His paintings tackle socio-political issues of Asian America. Through April 18. Visit www.wingluke.org.

EXPOSED: Critical Mass 2009. This year 593 artists entered Photolucida's Critical Mass (www.photolucida.org), a program designed to expose the world's best emerging and mid-career photography to the professionals (curators, editors, gallerists, etc.) who actually use it. After an initial pre-screening stage, the work of 175 Finalists went on to be viewed, and voted on, by over 200 jurors. The Critical Mass Top 50 is the result of this democratic process. The exhibit runs through May 18 at Photo Center NW, 900 Twelfth Ave. Tickets: $6, $4 PCNW members.

Lisa Shannon, founder of "Run for Congo Women"-the Inspiration Behind a Global Effort to Support the Women of the Democratic Republic of Congo-will discuss her new book, "A Thousand Sisters," at 7 p.m., Monday, April 12 at the Intiman Theatre, an event co-presented by Intiman, the World Affairs Council and Elliott Bay Books. Intiman kicked off its International Cycle with this new partnership and a one-day sale for Lynn Nottage's "Ruined" on Saturday, March 27-World Theatre Day. The theatre is located at 201 Mercer St. For more information, visit www.intiman.org.

Open mic at El Diablo coffee house. Poetry readers are encouraged to join the fun the second and fourth Tuesdays of every month The event is co-hosted by Margaret Roncone and Lainne Dexter. This series is getting a trial run every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month. Show up to listen or bring poetry to read at this all open mic venue that can continue if enough people want to make it happen.   ... tell others about it....  always good to have more places to read and help indie business survive in these hard times.... 8 p.m., at El Diablo coffee house 1811 Queen Anne Ave. N.

The mixer group at Queen Anne Books meets every other month, usually the last Saturday at 8 p.m. The book choices tend to be a little edgier than the traditional book club fare, and discussions are focused yet fun. After about an hour talking about the book, most head to a bar or restaurant to socialize. Attendees spend book club time talking openly and in-depth about the book. Everyone is welcome to take part in the discussion, and all are encouraged to join in on social time after. Queen Anne Avenue Books 1811 Queen Anne Ave. N. www.queenannebooks.com

Novelist Howard Frank Mosher will be presenting a slide show/talk, "Transforming History into Fiction: the Story of a Born Liar," at 3 p.m., Sunday April 11, at 3 Queen Anne Books (1811 Queen Anne Ave. N.), In the talk, Mosher discusses how he wrote and researched his just-released Civil War novel, Walking to Gatlinburg, in which a 17-year-old Vermonter walks from northern New England to the Great Smokies in search of his older brother, gone missing at Gettysburg. The presentation covers subjects as diverse as the writing and revision process - Mosher revised Walking to Gatlinburg more than 50 times. The event is free and open to the public. Call Queen Anne Books at 206-283-5624 with any questions or visit www.QueenAnneBooks.com.

The Seattle Veterans Museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. every Friday and Saturday. Also open on military holidays (Memorial Day, July 4th and Veterans Day) and by appointment for groups. The museum is also looking for volunteers and board members. The museum is located at Second Avenue between Union and University streets behind the Remembrance Garden. Visit www.seattleveteransmuseum.org or call 425-821-0489 for more information.

The Tinkertoy exhibit is now on display at the Children's Museum. Build Your Imagination is a new traveling exhibit at The Children's Museum, that runs through May 23.  Giant Tinkertoy building pieces create a fantastic framework that helps children ages 3 - 10 understand how imaginative thinking, sharing and teamwork can create solutions to real-world problems.  It's a rich education experience for children and adults to enjoy!

Discovery Modelers Education Center is again offering its popular class Build Your Own Radio Control Model. The class will be held from 9:30 am to noon Saturday, April 3. The class will meet in the Discovery Modelers workshop, Room 239 on the Armory Building at Lake Union Park (860 terry Ave. N., Seattle). Well-known radio control modelers Randy and Ben Flodquist are the instructors. The class fee of $150 includes the model kit, radio controls and all instruction. To regioster or for more information, call 206-282-0985 or email discoverymodelers@yahoo.com

Brand new this spring, Taproot Theatre's Acting Studio offers Drama With Your Mama, a fun and enriching class for caregivers and their little ones. It's never too early to cultivate a child's creativity and imagination, and Drama With Your Mama will do just that. This class will encourage social and self-awareness while building confidence in 1-3 year olds. Spring quarter also includes scene study sessions for both kids and adults, classes that teach the building blocks of singing for musical theatre, plus spring break camps that correspond with both the Seattle and Shoreline school districts' schedules. Spring quarter runs through May 22, with spring break camps running March 29-April 2 (Seattle) and April 19-23 (Shoreline). Registration is open now. Classes are held at Taproot Theatre (204 N. 85th St.), Ballard Church (1460 NW 73rd St.) and Grace Fellowship Church (410 NW 62nd St.) in Seattle. Registration forms and class descriptions are available online at www.taproottheatre.org or contact Taproot's Acting Studio at 206-529-3668 or studio@taproottheatre.org.[[In-content Ad]]