Diversions 5/26

Seattle Public Theater (SPT) travels to romantic Paris for the last play of the season in the West Coast premiere of Mat Smart's The 13th of Paris playing through June 13 at the historic Bathhouse Theater on Green Lake. Vincent is struggling to answer the age-old question: What is love?  So, he stands up his girlfriend at a café and travels to an apartment in Paris, carrying only a suitcase filled with the surprising love letters of his late grandparents. When Vincent begins receiving romantic advice from a dapper ghost in a pinstripe suit, he begins his real journey towards listening to his heart. Is the love we imagine possible in this crazy, modern world? For more information or to purchase tickets to The 13th of Paris call 206-524-1300, Wednesday through Saturday from 12-5 p.m., or visit www.seattlepublictheater.org
In partnership with ACT Theatre, the Fourth Annual Icicle Creek Theatre Festival (ICTF), based in Leavenworth, brings new plays by two of this country's most talented contemporary theatrical voices, along with cases and cases of extraordinary wine from Leavenworth's best wineries, to Seattle's ACT Theatre, for An Uncorked Conversation: New Play Festival and Wine Tasting, Aug. 23 and 24. Starting at 5:30 p.m., on Monday and Tuesday evenings, The Central Heating Lab at ACT hosts this first-of-its-kind event with ICTF, which allows attendees to sample more than two dozen types of wine from eight different Leavenworth wineries before moving into the theatre for an exciting new play reading by either Laura Jacqmin or Yussef El Guindi. Tickets to Seattle's An Uncorked Conversation: New Play Festival and Wine Tasting at ACT are $40 and include a commemorative wine glass, admission to the Wine Festival, and entrance to the New Play Reading. For more information about ACT, visit www.acttheatre.org.
Spin the Bottle, Annex Theatre's late night variety show starts at 11 p.m., Friday, June 4 at the corner of 11th and East Pike streets. $10 general, $5 for students and seniors. 206-728-0933 or visit www.annextheatre.org. Advance tickets available at www.brownpapertickets.com.
Seniors can get a discount to see Charley's Aunt at the Taproot Theatre on May 26. Debuting in London in 1892, Brandon Thomas' Victorian-era farce has seen numerous stage and film adaptations-including the 1941 film with Jack Benny-and is still delighting audiences over a century later. Seniors ages 62 and older can enjoy this production, directed by Karen Lund, in a convenient daytime performance just for them at Taproot's intimate theater. Charley's Aunt runs through June 12, Tickets for the senior matinee performance on May 26 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. Visit www.taproottheatre.org for more information.
The Trip to Bountiful by Horton Foote plays at the ACT Theater In 1953 Houston, the elderly Carrie Watts dreams endlessly of visiting her childhood home one last time before it is too late. But first, before she embarks on a sentimental journey home, she must find a way to escape the suffocating confinement of an over-bearing daughter-in-law and under-serving son. Both heartbreaking and uplifting, this haunting American classic is an unforgettable meditation on the idea of home and its power to sustain us. Featuring Ian Bell, Mary Kae Irvin, Charles Leggett, Jessica Martin, Marianne Owen, Wesley Rice and Paul Morgan Stetler. Through June 16. Single tickets start at $37.50 (adults) $10/$15 (students/people 25 & under) or included for ACT Basic Monthly and Charter Members. Call 206-292-7676 or visit www.acttheatre.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.
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!

The Northwest Youth Harp Ensemble will perform music from well-known movies from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, June 20 at The Seattle Public Library, Ballard Branch, 5614 22nd Ave. N.W. The program is free and open to the public. No registration is required. Free parking is available in the branch garage. The Northwest Youth Harp Ensemble is led by Ballard harpist Susi Hussong. The ensemble includes children ages 9 and older. For more information about the event, call the branch at 206-684-4089.
Bayview Retirement Community on Queen Anne Hill at 11 West Aloha Street is pleased to announce a special concert series open to the local community and neighbors of Bayview. Hear Bach's enchanting and famous piece, "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring." Dr. William Clarke's Seattle Bach Cantata Society (a host of top-level performers and artists) will do all of Cantata #147 at 8 p.m., Wednesday, May 26. Admission to this on-going concert series in Albertson Center at Bayview Retirement Community is free, however, donations in support of the society are greatly appreciated. Parking is limited. Bayview Retirement Community is at 11 West Aloha St. 206-284-7330 www.bayviewcommunity.org.
Coming to the KeyArena: Maxwell June 2; American Idols Live, Aug. 20. For more information and tickets visit www.livenation.com
Seattle Symphony Principal Pops Conductor Marvin Hamlisch returns for the final Seattle Pops series program of the season to conduct the Orchestra in a 60-minute, semi-staged production of The Music Man. Presented in partnership with The 5th Avenue Theatre, the program will feature some of Broadway's brightest stars, local young talent, Seattle Choral Company, and members of the Northwest Sound Men's Barbershop Chorus and Chief Sealth High School Marching Band performing highlights from Meredith Willson's quintessentially American musical. The two-hour program also will feature other beloved Broadway tunes, including hits from West Side Story, Mary Poppins and more. Performances will take place Thursday, June 3, at 7:30 p.m.; Friday, June 4, at 8 p.m.; Saturday, June 5, at 2 and 8 p.m.; and Sunday, June 6, at 2 p.m. in the S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium at Benaroya Hall. Tickets are available from $17 to $87. Visit www.seattlesymphony.org for more information.
The 40th Anniversary Season for Orchestra Seattle/Seattle Chamber Singers' (OSSCS) comes to a close on June 6,with a final concert titled, All That Jazz. The citywide "Seattle Celebrates Bernstein Festival," www.seattlecelebratesbernstein.org, is in full swing and OSSCS joins in the celebration with this concert that features Leonard Bernstein's 1955 Choruses from "The Lark." The program continues with Brent Edstrom's Concerto for Jazz Piano and Orchestra featuring special guest Brent Edstrom on piano. And the evening concludes with Beyer's "the Turns of a Girl" featuring soprano Jessica Robins-Milanese. The concert is held at the First Free Methodist Church; 3200 Third Ave. W. $25, $20 $10 For more information please call 206-682-5208, or visit www.osscs.org.

PNB concludes its 2009-2010 Season with George Balanchine's classic comic ballet, Coppélia. Coppélia run for nine performances only, from June 3 to 13 at Seattle Center's Marion Oliver McCaw Hall. Tickets may be purchased by calling the PNB Box Office at 206.441.2424, online at pnb.org, or in person at the PNB Box Office at 301 Mercer St. For tickets call 206-441-2424 or visit www.pnb.org

Now playing: MacGruber, Metro; June 4: 2012: Time for Change, Varsity; Killers, location not set; Get Him to the Greek, location not set; Marmaduke, location not set; Looking for Erik, location not set; June 11: The A-Team, location not set; The Karate Kid, location not set; Living in Emergency, Neptune or Varsity theatres; Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work, Harvard Exit; June 18: Micmacs, Eygptian; Ondine, location not set; Toy Story 3 (3D) location not set; Please Give, location not set; Jonah Hex, location not set; City of Your Final Destination, location not set; Agora, location not set; June 25: Grown-Ups, location not set; Knight and Day, location not set; Holy Rollers, location not set; I Am Love, location not set; June 30: Twilight Saga: Eclipse; June 30: Coco Chanel and Igor Stravinsky, location not set; July 2: The Last Airbender, location not set; Cyrus, location not set; The Killer Inside Me, location not set; July 9: The Girl Who Played with Fire, location not set; Rec 2, Varsity; July 16: Inception, location not set; Perrier's Bounty, Varsity; July 16: OSS 117: Lost in Rio, Varsity; July 23: Salt, location not set; Wild Grass, location not set; The Kids Are Alright, location not set; July 30: Stonewall Uprising, Varsity; Aug. 6: Farewell, location not set; Great Directors, Varsity; Aug. 13: Get Low, location not set.

Jennifer Frohwerk is having a solo show through May 30 at Fountainhead Gallery. Frohwerk's are narrative oil paintings, graphite drawings and watercolors of figures both alone and in urban scenes. A graduate of Indiana University in fine art and art history, Frohwerk has continued her study of oil painting in Seattle at the Gage Academy of Art and also in Florence, Italy. Fountainhead Gallery is at 625 W. McGraw St. in Queen Anne. 206-285-4467 www.fountainheadgallery.com.

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

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.
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. 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.
Starting Thursday, June 3, from 5 to 9 p.m. EMP|SFM will host Late Nights, a new program giving guests extended visiting hours, live music and drink specials in Sky Church. All exhibitions at EMP|SFM (including featured or special exhibitions) will remain open during Late Nights. Late Nights will occur the first Thursday evening of the month during the museum's summer hours schedule (June 3, July 1, August 5 and Sept. 2).[[In-content Ad]]