Diversions 9/16

The original love story

Pacific Northwest Ballet presents Romeo et Juliette, a fearless depiction of the elation and devastation of young love. The story demands such a high degree of commitment from its principals that audiences in past performances have rushed the ballet, eager to witness every moment in the evolution of a major PNB artist. From Sept. 24 through Oct. 4. Music by Sergei Prokofiev
Choreography: Jean-Christophe Maillot. For tickets and more information, visit www.pnb.org


The 5th Avenue Theatre presents Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat Oct. 10 through Nov. 1. Take a rainbow ride through biblical Egypt with Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's irresistibly hilarious sendup of the story of Joseph, his jealous brothers and one very loud garment. A colorful tale that spans musical styles from calypso to rock to disco to country, this worldwide phenomenon has been an audience favorite for more than 35 years. For tickets and more informationvisit www.5thavenue.org.

Coming to The Seattle Repertory Theatre, Alfred Hitchcock's The 39 Steps
adapted by Patrick Barlow. The story is based on an original concept by Simon Corble and Nobby Dimon, based on the book by John Buchan
and directed by Maria Aitken. It runs Sept. 25 through Oct. 18. At the Seattle Repertory Tehatre at 155 Mercer St. Learn more at www.seattlerep.org. or call (206) 443-2222 or (877) 900-9285.

Seattle Children's Theatre (SCT) opens the 2009-2010 Mainstage Season with Mysterious Gifts: Theatre of Iran by Iranian performance artist Yaser Khaseb. Mysterious Gifts opens Friday, Sept. 25, in SCT's Charlotte Martin Theatre and runs through Oct. 11. Mysterious Gifts is presented as part of Connecting Stories, a cross-cultural exchange program spearheaded by SCT Artistic Director Linda Hartzell and coordinated with theatre artists in the U.S., The Netherlands and Iran. Seattle Children's Theatre is located at 201 Thomas St., under the Space Needle at Seattle Center. Tickets are $15 to $34 and may be purchased by calling the SCT Ticket Office at (206) 441-3322 or by visiting www.sct.org.

A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
plays the Book-It Theatre Sept. 19 through Oct. 11. This cult classic and comic masterpiece of the southern literary canon is the tale of the slothful Ignatius J. Reilly, writer, cultural critic, bastion of morality, advocate for the disenfranchised and nemesis of industry, as he ventures out into the working world to support his despairing mother. A kaleidoscopic cast of Big Easy characters completes Toole's comic masterpiece. $40 
 At the Center House Theatre 
at 305 Harrison St.
Visit. www.book-it.org or call 206-216-0833 for more information.

Hailed by critics as honest, exhilarating, compassionate and unexpectedly funny, Joan Didion's The Year of Magical Thinking looks at how grief can make you crazy, and what it means to come out on the other side. At the Intiman Playhouse, 201 Mercer St., 206-269-1900 through Sept. 20. $10-$55. Visit www.intiman.org.

Taproot Theatre presents Enchanted April By Matthew Barber From the novel by Elizabeth von Arnim

Sept. 23-Oct. 24. For tickets call 206.781.9707 or visit www.taproottheatre.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.

It's hard to believe that in 79 years, and countless hours tinkering on this nation's greatest stages, Stephen Sondheim has never worked in Seattle. On Oct. 26, musical theater's living legend will make this first momentous journey to Seattle for an onstage conversation with his friend and respected New York Times columnist Frank Rich. A Life in the Theater: An Onstage Conversation with Stephen Sondheim & Frank Rich is Oct. 26 at Benaroya Hall. Tickets are $48 - $78. Call 206-215-4747 or online at www.benaroya.org.


The Earshot Jazz Festival runs Oct. 16 through Nov. 8. The festival presents more than 50 one-of-a-kind events in concert halls, clubs, and community centers all around the city. The list includes. Oct. 16: Garfield High School Jazz Band w/ special guest Miguel Zenón, 7 p.m., 9:30 p.m., at The Triple Door, $22, $11 youth; Oct. 17, Miguel Zenón Quintet at The Triple Door, 7:30 p.m., $22 general, $11 youth; Oct. 17 & 18, Tarbaby at Tula's, 8:30 p.m., $18 general, $10 students; Oct. 18, Allen Toussaint Quartet at The Triple Door, 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., $26; Oct. 18, Matt Wilson Quartet at The Seattle Art Museum (Downtown), 8 p.m., $18; Oct. 19, Matt Wilson Quartet & Roosevelt High School Jazz Band at The Triple Door, 7:30 p.m., $22 general, $11 youth; Oct. 19, 3rd Man, Chapel Performance Space, 7:30 p.m., $18; Oct. 19, McTuff Trio at Tula's, 8:30 p.m., $12; More listings to come.

The Magnolia Chorale has begun rehearsals for its 20th annual holiday concert under the direction of Jean-Marie Kent. The concert will include favorites from sacred to secular, from Britten's "...Carols" to Elvis Presley's "Blue Christmas" and as well as the Chorale's own set of traditional and "traditional-with-a-twist" carols. The concerts will be Saturday, Dec. 5, at Magnolia United Church of Christ, 3555 W. McGraw St. and Sunday, Dec. 6, at the Episcopal Church of the Ascension at 2330 Viewmont Way W.

New offerings at Seattle Opera. Young Artists in Performance Fall 2009 begins with Mozart's Così fan tutte, 8 p.m., Friday, Nov. 20, at the Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall at Benaroya Hall at 200 University St. $20. Next spring it's Richard Strauss's "Ariadne auf Naxos" April 1, 3, 9, and 11, Performed at the Theatre at Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue. Evening performances begin at 7:30 p.m.; Matinees begin at 2 p.m. Tickets: $35 for adults $15 for students. For more information visit www.seattleopera.org.

La Traviata opens at McCaw Hall on Saturday, Oct. 17, and runs for nine performances through Oct. 31. Single tickets start at $25 and are available online at www.seattleopera.org, by calling the box office at 206-389-7676 or 800-426-1619, or by mobile phone at mobile.seattleopera.org. Tickets may also be purchased at the box office: 1020 John Street (two blocks west of Fairview), Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Maestro Brian Garman will make his debut conducting Verdi's masterpiece on the opera's mainstage. Garman was appointed music director of Seattle Opera's Young Artists Program last season. He has conducted the Young Artists' productions of Puccini's Gianni Schicchi and Ravel's Enfant et les sortilèges, and Britten's Midsummer Night's Dream. Garman has conducted for such companies as New York City Opera and Wolf Trap Opera. As resident conductor at Pittsburgh Opera, he led productions of Gounod's Roméo et Juliette, Verdi's Rigoletto, Mozart's Zauberflöte, and Massenet's Werther.


Deporting Cambodians: How Immigration Policy Shapes Our Communities, will be the newest visual exhibit through Oct. 18 at the Wing Luke Asian Museum in the International District at 719 S. King St. For more information visit www.wingluke.org.

The Wing Luke Asian Museum presents Parallel Lines, 8 Contemporary Seattle Artists. The event features Tram Bui, Mark Takamichi Miller, Jason Huff, Akio Takamori, Patti Warashina, Saya Moriyasu, Thuy-Van Vu and Joseph Park. The work will be on display through Nov. 29. The museum is at 719 S. King St. in Chinatown-International District. Visit www.wingluke.org. for more information.

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.

Michael Ferguson's eclectic artwork will be on display through Oct. 4. at The Fountainhead Gallery at 625 W.McGraw St. in Queen Anne. For more information visit www.fountainheadgallery.com or call 206-285-4467.


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.

A host of readings are scheduled throughout September at Queen Anne Books:

Sept. 17 from 3 to 8 p.m.: Queen Anne Art Walk. The Upper Queen Anne Merchants Association has organized an end-of-summer art show at merchants in the neighborhood. Queen Anne Books will be featuring the artwork of local illustrator Elara Tanguy. Artists will give presentations and answer questions. Tanguy's work will be for sale, too, so collectors should take note! www.queenannebooks.com/event/queen-anne-art-walk-elara-tanguy

September 18 at 6:30 QA author Heather Davis will be reading, signing and partying with us to celebrate the publication of her debut teen fiction, "Never Cry Werewolf." (She is fantastic-- she'd give a great interview! I can put you in touch if anyone can do a story about her.)


September 23 at 6:30 Seattle author (and QA best-seller) Stephanie Kallos will do a reading, signing and reception for her latest novel's paperback release. "Sing Them Home" is a touching novel, perfect for book clubs! Kallos's debut novel, "Broken for You," was performed by Book-It Theatre.


Queen Anne Books is holding its Monthly Book Club with Telex from Cuba. Anyone and everyone is welcome to this drop-in, no-guilt book club. Meetings are 7 p.m., on the second Monday and following Wednesday of every month. So pick the day that works best for you and come by, 1811 Queen Anne Ave. N. 206-283-5624.


The Maelstrom International Fantastic Film Festival is Sept. 18-20. The festival is the premier Pacific Northwest weekend long event devoted towards independent and international genre film making. The event was created to offer exposure to films that traditionally are overlooked by the festival circuit from genres including animation, fantasy, horror, and science fiction. The festival will feature an amazing selection of fantastic cinema from around the globe - with the possibility of artists presenting the works themselves. U.S. and world premieres will play alongside global festival favorites and select retrospective titles. For more information, please visit www.mifff.org for ticket prices and showtimes. Opening night $15, Sat./Sun. $10 ($8 for students).


Events at the EMP

The EMP|SFM is hosting a series of events in September that are worth consideration:

Family Day, Saturday, Sept. 19. EMP|SFM hosts Family Days the third Saturday of every month. Make your own album cover with an interactive art activity from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. in honor of Spaced Out: The Final Frontier in Album Covers. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., 325 5th Ave. N. Free to EMP|SFM members or with paid admission. Call 206-770-2702 or 1-877-EMP-SFM1

Smithsonian's Museum Day 2009, Saturday, Sept. 26. EMP|SFM is taking part in the Smithsonian's Museum Day 2009. Free admission for guests when they fill out a voucher from the Smithsonian's Web site prior to arrival. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m325 5th Ave. N. Free to EMP|SFM members or with paid admission. Call 206-770-2702 or 1-877-EMP-SFM1.

The Seattle Home Show 2, the fall version of the nation's oldest and largest consumer home show. "Green" living will be a key theme at this year's showcase, which runs Oct. 22-25 in the Qwest Field Event. This year, a blog has been added that will highlight the latest products, trends and ideas being showcased. To visit the Seattle Home Show blog, go to www.firstbiggestbest.blogspot.com or for more information on the show visit www.seattlehomeshow.com.

The Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture presents Wondrous Cold: An Antarctic Journey from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday Oct. 3. Spend the day hearing firsthand about Antarctica from those who have conducted research there. Lecture topics include fossil collecting, sound recording, Antarctica's role in global climate change, and the geological history of the continent. Presentations include: Ice Age Archaeology, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 18; and Dinosaurs on Ice: Jurassic Dinosaurs from Antarctica, 7p.m., Thursday, Nov. 12.

The Seattle Veterans Museum is open every Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. And 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.

United Indians of All Tribes Foundations Pathways to Prosperity Program invites you to our fall kick off community celebration and feedback session 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 20. Food, family fun and the chance to win door prizes. There will also be an open forum to gather feedback on how Pathways, and all of United Indians, is serving you. At Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center inside Discovery Park. Visit www.unitedindians.org or call 206-829-2100 for more information.

Attention Star Wars fans and cosmic music enthusiasts! Hear, see and experience Star Wars from a unique multi-media perspective with Star Wars: In Concert. Slices of scenes from the six Star Wars episodes will come to life on a colossal LED screen, while Anthony Daniels (the actor who portrayed C-3PO in all six films) narrates the epic Star Wars tale, all accompanied by John William's iconic music performed on stage by a full symphony orchestra and chorus. Tickets are now on sale. 7:30 p.m., Oct. 13, KeyArena. Visit www.seattlecenter.com for more tickets and information.

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