Diversions 9/8

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.

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!


Seattle Baroque Orchestra (SBO) kicks off its 17th concert season with an all-star celebration of Giovanni Battista Pergolesi's 300th birthday. Much-lauded soloists, soprano Yulia Van Doren and Grammy-winning countertenor Ian Howell, will join SBO's Seattle-based core of Baroque specialists, under the direction of virtuoso violinist Ingrid Matthews and harpsichordist Byron Schenkman, for a performance of Stabat Mater: Pergolesi's most sparkling, beloved work. The program will feature works by other Neapolitan greats Alessandro Scarlatti and Nicola Porpora, with Seattle's own Nathan Whittaker performing the latter's Cello Concerto in G Major. The concert is at 8 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 23 at Town Hall 1119 Eighth Ave. $40 General/$35 Senior 65+/$25 Side Sections/$15 Under 25. For tickets call 206-325-7066 or Visit www.EarlyMusicGuild.org


Now playing: The American, Neptune; Cairo Time, Seven Gables; Mesrine: Public Enemy No. 1, Harvard Exit; Ran, Varsity; The Tillman Story, Varsity; Going the Distance, Metro; Machete, Metro; Sept. 10: Lebanon, Varsity; A Woman, a Gun and a Noodle Shop, Harvard Exit; Soul Kitchen, Metro; I'm Still Here, Harvard Exit; Legendary, Metro; Sept. 17: Easy A, Metro; Mademoiselle Chambon, Metro; Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist & Rebel, Varsity; The Town, location not set; The Adjustment Bureau, location not set; Sept. 24: Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, location not set; Jack Goes Boating, Harvard Exit; Heartbreaker, location not set; The Sicilian Girl, location not set; Legend of the Guardians: Owls, location not set; Bran Nue Dae, location not set; The Romantics, location not set; Oct. 1: Social Network, location not set; Waiting for Superman, Neptune; Never Let Me Go, Guild 45th; You will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger, Guild 45th; Let Me In, location not set; Buried, location not set; Cell 211, Varsity; Freakanomics, Harvard Exit; Oct. 8: The Freebie, Varsity; Secretariat, location not set; Breathless, Varsity; It's Kind of a Funny Story, location not set; Oct. 15: Red, location not set; Genius Within: Inner Life of Glenn Gould, Varsity; Oct. 22: Hereafter, location not set; The Last Train Home, Varsity; Inside Job, location not set; Conviction, location not set; Oct. 29: Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Next, location not set; Douchebag, Varsity; Nov. 5: Due Date, location not set; Tamara Drewe, location not set.

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.

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. 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
There will be whiskey tasting and fireside history lesson about the Scottish influence on America's founding principles when Linda MacDonald-Lewis reads from The Warriors and Wordsmiths of Freedom: The Birth and Growth of Democracy at 6 p.m., Sept. 19 at The Sorrento Hotel, 900 Madison St. $30 for autographed book & tasting. Tickets at Brown Paper Tickets www.brownpapertickets.com. To learn more call 425-820-6829.

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.

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 opens to the public Oct. 23, and 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. The highlight of PNB's 2010-2011 season will no doubt be the world premiere staging of the classic Giselle. This production marks the first time an American company has revived ballet's great tragedy based on original material researched by Stepanov dance notation expert, Doug Fullington, in collaboration with leading Giselle scholar Marian Smith. Since its premiere in 1841, Giselle has become one of the most popular ballets of all time and is considered a masterpiece of the Romantic era. Other season highlights include the return of Jiri Kylian's Petite Mort paired with the PNB premiere of Six Dances, both from Kylian's "Black and White" series; company premieres of works by Jerome Robbins and Alexei Ratmansky, an all-Tharp program; a world premiere by Mopey choreographer Marco Goecke; Kent Stowell's magical Cinderella; and the return of PNB's renowned production of George Balanchine's A Midsummer Night's Dream. And don't forget the holiday classic, Kent Stowell and Maurice Sendak's Nutcracker. To learn more, visit www.pnb.org
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