Diversions 4/20


Seattle Repertory Theatre presents the plight of four friends fast approaching the end of their 30s who are testing the boundaries of their relationships in This, up-and-coming playwright Melissa James Gibson’s tart “un-romantic comedy,” which The New York Times called “the best new play to open Off-Broadway this fall.” The play—under the direction of acclaimed young director Braden Abraham and starring Seattle favorites Hans Altwies, Cheyenne Casebier, and Nick Garrison—has its West Coast premiere in Seattle Rep’s Leo K. Theatre April 8-May 15, 2011.

Tickets are available now through the Seattle Rep Box Office at 206-443-2222, as well as online at www.seattlerep.org.


Nirvana:  Taking Punk to the Masses
Organized by EMP, Nirvana:  Taking Punk to the Masses is the most extensive exhibition of memorabilia celebrating the music and history of Seattle grunge luminaries, Nirvana.  The exhibit features more than 200 rare and never-before-seen artifacts and photography from the band, their crews, and families. The show opens to the public on Saturday, April 16, 2011. Winter hours September 7, 2010 - May 30, 2011, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The museum is located at 325 5th Avenue North, Seattle, WA 98109. 206-770-2700, main line; 206-770-2702, box office; 1-877-EMP-SFM1, toll-free; www.empsfm.org <http://www.empsfm.org>



Teatro ZinZanni continues its highly popular late night varieté show series, Mezzo Lunatico, on Saturday, March 19, 2011. Featuring saucy cabaret, crazed circus, live music, dancing and drinks, Mezzo Lunatico is a 21 and older event and contains adult themes. Mezzo Lunatico (which translates as “half crazy”) is held at Teatro ZinZanni, 222 Mercer Street. Doors open at 11:00 p.m. and the show runs from 11:45 p.m. to 1:45 a.m. Tickets are $25 with a $20 food and beverage credit.

The Magnolia Theater School of Drama is presenting The Music Man, Jr. The production, which includes two casts, will run April 14 through April 16 with cast members who are in the fifth grade through the eighth grade. The second cast, comprised of school members who are in the third grade through the sixth grade, will perform May 12 through May 14. Performances will be held at the United Church of Christ, 3555 West McGraw Street in Magnolia. The Thursday, April 14, performance will be at 4 p.m., Friday and Saturday performances will be at 7 p.m. For more information, visit www.themagnoliatheater.com

Annex Theatre serves up a saucey satire of the Lifetime television genre in a new late night show WOMEN IN PERIL written by Joel Steinpreis & Craig Trolli and directed by Jason Sharp. Bad Actor Productions bring their campy nonsense and anarchic deviance to bear on the trashy world of 1990's Lifetime movies - the kind of trashy psychotic plot-defying guilty pleasure we secretly binged on with our moms! WOMEN IN PERIL runs Fri & Sat April 29th - May 20th @ 11p at Annex Theatre, 11th & E. Pike St. on Capitol Hill. Pay-What-You-Can shows Sat May 7th @ 11p and Industry Night Mon May 16th @ 8p. No show Fri May 6th. Tickets are $10 General and $5 TPS/Student/Senior and can be purchased on www.brownpapertickets.com  or at the door. Full Bar!

Timely, relevant, bittersweet, and scathingly funny, The Prisoner of Second Avenue by the prolific Neil Simon gets the all-star treatment at ACT Theatre, April 29-May 29, with director Warner Shook at the helm and a cast that reads like a Who’s Who in Seattle Theatre. In this comic portrait of urban angst spiked with Simon’s trademark zingers, Mel Edison (R. Hamilton Wright) and his wife Edna (Anne Allgood) are a middle-class, middle-aged couple trying to make ends meet in 1970s Manhattan as their world quickly turns upside down and inside out. Students/people 25 and under: $15/$20; Adults: $37.50 to $55. Pay-What-You-Will: May 1 at 7:30, May 12, 2:00. Tues-Thurs 7:30 p.m.; Fri & Sat 8:00 p.m.; Sat & Sun 2:00 p.m.; Sun preview 7:30 p.m.; Sun 7:00 p.m.
Ticket Office: (206) 292-7676  or visit www.acttheatre.org <

Filmmakers love coming to Seattle for the Langston Hughes African American Film Festival™ (LHAFF). And for this 8th Annual Festival there will be a high number of filmmakers in attendance, some new and some seasoned with recent awards and accolades. This nine day festival from April 30 – May 8 2011 features a powerful lineup of almost 40 thoughtful films that include Seattle premieres, local directors, a LGBT focus, Weekday Happy Hour Films, Ladies’ Night, Teen Fest, talkbacks and panel discussions. Each year this festival sparks memorable and provocative discussions from across the aisle and across neighborhoods. Opening Film; 4/30 – 7 p.m.: KINYARWANDA - Sundance Award Winner! Filmmaker Alrick Brown in attendance. $20; Quincy Jones Theatre, 400 23rd Ave. Seattle, Next to Garfield High School. Closing Film; 5/8 – 7 p.m.: Butterfly Rising - World Premiere! Filmmaker Tanya Wright (HBO’s True Blood) in attendance. $20; Quincy Jones Theatre, 400 23rd Ave, next to Garfield High School


ACT Theater presents the Northwest premiere of Vanities: A New Musical,featuring powerhouse performances from Cayman Ilika, Jennifer Sue Johnson, and Billie Wildrick. Produced by ACT and The 5th Avenue Theatre, this new musical will take you on a journey through the turbulent ’60s to the me centered ’80s and beyond, as three friends face life’s defining moments: growing up, getting older and getting over it! The play runs Feb. 4 through May 1. For ticket information, visit www.acttheatre.org.



Teatro ZinZanni’s educational program, the ZinZanni Institute for Circus Arts (ZICA), is set to open its all-new family show, Zirkus Fantazmo, on select Saturday and Sunday afternoons from March 5 through May 1, 2011. Tickets are $20 for children and $28 for adults with premium seating available and are on sale now by calling (206) 802-0015 or online at zinzanni.org. Pre- show carnival in the lobby begins at noon; show starts at 1:00 p.m. Snacks will be available for purchase in the lobby prior to curtain.



Taproot Theatre is presenting The Beams are Creaking, running from March 25 through April 23, with previews on March 23 and 24, plus a pay-what-you-can performance on March 30. Seniors will be on the edge of their seats as a tale of intrigue, conspiracy and high treason unfolds during the senior matinee of The Beams are Creaking at Taproot Theatre on April 6 at 2 p.m. The Beams are Creaking takes place in Germany, 1933. The Nazi party has taken power. In the face of the greatest evil of the 20th century, Dietrich Bonhoeffer battles questions of morality, political allegiance and religious conviction.  
 Tickets for the senior matinee performance on April 6 are $20, or less for groups of eight or more. For single tickets, contact Taproot Theatre’s box office at 206-781-9707. For groups of eight or more, contact Group Sales at 206-781-9708 or
groups@taproottheatre.org. Taproot Theatre also offers $3 off regular priced tickets for senior citizens for all other performance dates during its regular season, excluding previews. Wheelchair and walker accessible seating is available.


The Annex Theatre; I was a Fat Kid…I Was a Really Fat Kid, The Strange Misadventures of Patty, Patty’s Dad, Patty’s Friend Jen and a Bunch of Other People, July 29-Aug. 27; Penguins, Ep. 5, Aug. 6-26; c. 1993 (you never step in the same river twice) Oct. 21-Nov. 19; Classy Nonsense, Oct. 26-Nov. 18. For more details visit www.annextheatre.org.



Pacific Northwest Ballet's season finale Gisellemarks a major world premiere staging (by Artistic Director Peter Boal) as well as the first time an American ballet company has revived a classic based on original material. A masterpiece of the Romantic era, Giselle tells the story of a young peasant girl seduced and betrayed by a nobleman. Dying of a broken heart, Giselle joins the ranks of the supernatural Wilis, women scorned before their wedding day and doomed to take their revenge for eternity. Giselle runs from June 3 through 12 at Seattle Center’s Marion Oliver McCaw Hall. Tickets start at $27 and may be purchased by calling the PNB Box Office at 206.441.2424, in person at the PNB Box Office at 301 Mercer Street, or online at online at www.pnb.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 Symphony musicians and their guests will give a Musician Chamber series performance on Friday, April 22, at 8 p.m. The program will include Heitor Villa-Lobos’ String Trio (1945); Richard Strauss’ Violin Sonata in E-flat major, Op. 18; and Sergey Prokofiev’s Violin Sonata No. 2 in D major, Op. 94a. Now in its second year, the Musician Chamber series provides the opportunity for audiences to hear Seattle Symphony musicians perform smaller-scale works in the intimate setting of Benaroya Hall’s Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall. Tickets are available from $22 to $31.


Seattle Symphony musicians and their guests present a Musician Chamber series performance on Friday, May 6, at 8 p.m. The program will include George Enescu’s Impressions d’enfance for Violin and Piano, Op. 28; Felix Mendelssohn’s Piano Trio No. 1 in D minor, Op. 49; and two works by Béla Bartók: Contrasts for Violin, Clarinet and Piano, Sz. 111, BB 116, and Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion. Now in its second year, the Musician Chamber series provides the opportunity for audiences to hear Seattle Symphony musicians perform smaller-scale works in the intimate setting of Benaroya Hall’s Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall. Tickets are available from $22 to $31.


Seattle Pacific University’s Brass Ensemble will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, April 25, in the First Free Methodist Church, located at 3200 Third Ave West in Seattle and adjacent to the SPU campus. Concert includes 20 student soloists showcasing what they’ve learned this past year. Admission is free and wheelchair accessible. For more information, contact 206-281-2205.



Gavino Shows His Mural Work at FCS Art Gallery: Weng Gavino knew that he was an artiste a priori even before he started doodling in kindergarten.  He knew in his soul that he was meant to do art. It took him four decades to manifest his art and another two before he chose to fully pursue his obsession for the magnificent.  Well known for his massive 5’ tall and 37.5’ long mural art installation entitled “Perlas ng Silanganan Fiestas” at the Filipino Community of Seattle (FCS), Gavino begins the “autumn” of his journey in his I-M-Art exhibit under the banner of “Beyond Perlas” at the FCS Art Gallery. The FCS Art Gallery is open from Tuesday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
The Filipino Community of Seattle Kultura Arts Program’s mission is to instill pride, identity and community through art, culture, heritage and history.   It is chaired by Maria Batayola with Jessica Rubenacker as KA Arts Gallery Curator and Delia Vita as Communications Coordinator.  For more information, friend Kultura Arts at Facebook , email KulturaArts@fcseattle and/or visit us at FCSeattle.org.



Magnolia Book Club Meets monthly at 6:15 p.m. at the Magnolia Community Center, 2550 34th Ave. W. For dates or more information e-mail Kacey at kaceyk21@hotmail.com or visit readinginmagnolia.wordpress.com.

Tickets for the 2011
National Geographic Live speaker series are now on sale. Events include: Becoming Human: Our Evolutionary Journey with paleoanthropoligist Donald Johanson, 2 p.m., Sunday, April 10, 7:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, April 11-12; African Ceremonies: Documenting a Vanishing World with photographers Carol Beckwith and Angela Fisher, 7:30 p.m., Monday May 16-17; For tickets and more information call 206-215-4747 or toll-free at (866) 833-4747, or visit www.benaroyahall.org


Noah Levine will discuss his upcoming book, “The Heart of the Revolution: The Buddha’s Radical Teachings on Forgiveness, Compassion and Kindness,” from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 26 at The Seattle Public Library, Douglass-Truth Branch, 2300 E. Yesler Way.

The program is free and open to the public. Registration is not required. Street parking is available at the branch. Doors will open at 6 p.m.

“The Heart of the Revolution: The Buddha’s Radical Teachings on Forgiveness, Compassion and Kindness” is an instruction manual on how to apply Buddhist practices to daily challenges. For more information, call the branch at 206-684-4704 or Ask a Librarian


The Pacific Science Center invites you to defy gravity, manipulate robots, engineer droids, and journey into a galaxy far, far away that has captivated audiences for more than 30 years. Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination, presented by Bose Corporation, explores the futuristic technologies found in the Star Wars universe and compares them with real-world scientific progress.

See more than 80 authentic costumes, interactive displays, models and props from all six Star Wars films, including Luke Skywalker's landspeeder and Darth Vader's menacing black suit. These objects are displayed alongside modern technologies that may one day make the world of Star Wars a reality.

Through interactive displays, visitors can experiment with magnetic levitation, build a robot, and simulate the jump to lightspeed in a full-size replica of the Millennium Falcon cockpit.



Experience Music Project|Science Fiction Museum (EMP|SFM) announces its latest exhibition, Battlestar Galactica: The Exhibition. Organized by EMP|SFM and in partnership with Universal Cable Productions and Syfy, Battlestar Galactica features three, full-size prop spaceships, iconic costumes, new exhibition films, music and other props from the original and reimagined series. Battlestar Galactica runs through March 4, 2012 at EMP|SFM in Seattle, more information at www.empsfm.org/bsg.

On your marks! Pacific Northwest Ballet has opened its box office for the 2010-2011 season ticket sales. To learn more, visit www.pnb.org.

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