Diversions 9/1

UMO Ensemble is celebrating 20 years in the Northwest with a new production of El Dorado. Created in the style of 'Buffoon Theatre,' El Dorado's grotesque, fantastical, irreverent Buffoons play at humanity and mock our follies, casting knowing glances at our obsession with power. El Dorado focuses on the Spanish conquistadors' quest for the legendary "Kingdom of Gold" in the Americas. The play is recommended for ages 12 years and older, due to mature content and situations. Ticket prices for adults is $20; 25 and under, $15; and children up to 12, $10.
Seattle Children's Theater is presenting The Green Sheep, a lively and fun play that is an interactive treat for even the littlest theatergoers. Aimed at kids from 1 to 4 and adults of all ages, the audience sits in a sheep pen and is part of the play as everyone joins in the search for the elusive green sheep. Performances will be followed by a post-play workshop where we help parents find new ways to engage in creative play with their kids. Tickets are $16 for children and adults.
Bumbershoot, Seattle's biggest party of the year, is coming to Seattle Center Sept. 4 -6. This year is the 40th anniversary for the festival, which has an amazing collection of musical acts. This year's headliners include Bob Dylan, Mary J. Blige, Hole and Weezer. General tickets will offered this year for $22 advance or $30 at the gate. They allow patrons access for one day to all events on the Seattle Center grounds except the headlining mainstage shows in Memorial Stadium.
Standard tickets (for all events including mainstage shows) will be priced at $40 advance and $50 at the door. Children 10 and under are invited to attend free.
Visual Arts
The delicate sound of more than 1,000 small, cast-iron wind chimes will fill the new Theater Commons at Seattle Center, through Sept. 15. Windfall, by Seattle artists Annie Han and Daniel Mihalyo. "Windfall" invites visitors to slow down and explore Theater Commons' tree-lined pedestrian corridor, terraced seating and adjacent Donnelly Gardens. Like the gardens, the artwork honors the contributions of late civic arts leader Peter Donnelly.
Theater Commons is a sustainably landscaped entry to the center's campus located along Second Avenue North between Mercer Street and August Wilson Way. The space was created in collaboration with Seattle Repertory Theatre and Intiman Theatre.
Author and Magnolia resident Harry Connolly will read from and sign the second book in his science-fiction series, "Game of Cages: A Twenty Palaces Novel" from 1-3 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 4 at Magnolia's Bookstore at 3206 W. McGraw St. For more information, call 206-283-1062.
Open "mic" at El Diablo coffee house. Poetry readers are encouraged to join the fun the second and fourth Tuesdays of every month. 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
Other Stuff
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.[[In-content Ad]]