Raw and more than a little vulnerable, Seattle Fringe Festival returns to Capitol Hill

By Tim Kukes for CHS

“I think the Seattle Fringe Festival is really taking on the role of mentoring and offering up opportunities for the artist to learn things,” Jeffrey Robert said.

Robert, who performs as The Gay Uncle, will be part of the 2017 version of the rebooted festival featuring “more than 30 producers of Theatre, Dance, Improv, Burlesque, Musical, Opera, Drag Performance, Solo Performance, Experimental, Clown, and Performance Art” at Capitol Hill’s Eclectic Theater and the Seattle Center Armory. Tickets run between $10 and $15 per show.

Robert is one of many local artists participating in the 2017 Seattle Fringe Festival but he may have gotten a later start than most. A standup comedian turned performance artist/storyteller, Robert didn’t dive into the artist life until his fifties.

“I always wanted to attempt it, but I was afraid to,” Robert said.  “I always wanted to do artwork and sort of toyed around with it.  I studied it in college, but I never ever made a career out of it.” Continue reading

Seattle Ladies Choir Season 12 Concerts

The Seattle Ladies Choir is made up of 60+ members with varying musical experience, from shower singers to professional musicians. Their diverse tastes and talents shine through in their biannual concerts, during which the women perform songs by artists ranging from Ben Folds to The Bangles. Hear them sing in perfect harmony at their Season 12 concerts in early March!

All performances will take place at the Broadway Performance Hall

We have three exciting shows scheduled:
Friday, March 3, 2016 at 7:30pm
Saturday, March 4, 2016 at 2:00pm (matinee)
Saturday, March 4, 2016 at 7:30pm

Tickets on sale online now at seattleladieschoir.strangertickets.com
Discounts for online purchase, students, seniors/kids, and matinee performances.

Please note that tickets are only valid for the date and time specified. Doors open 30 minutes prior to concert time; tickets available at the door, subject to availability, prices may vary. The show is wheelchair accessible. See you at the concert!

Seattle Ladies Choir is a 501(c)(3) non-profit powered by Shunpike and 4Culture. Visit our website at seattleladieschoir.org for more information.

Seattle Ladies Choir Season 12

Seattle Ladies Choir Season 12 Concerts – Matinee

The Seattle Ladies Choir is made up of 60+ members with varying musical experience, from shower singers to professional musicians. Their diverse tastes and talents shine through in their biannual concerts, during which the women perform songs by artists ranging from Ben Folds to The Bangles. Hear them sing in perfect harmony at their Season 12 concerts in early March!

All performances will take place at the Broadway Performance Hall

We have three exciting shows scheduled:
Friday, March 3, 2016 at 7:30pm
Saturday, March 4, 2016 at 2:00pm (matinee)
Saturday, March 4, 2016 at 7:30pm

Tickets on sale online now at seattleladieschoir.strangertickets.com
Discounts for online purchase, students, seniors/kids, and matinee performances.

Please note that tickets are only valid for the date and time specified. Doors open 30 minutes prior to concert time; tickets available at the door, subject to availability, prices may vary. The show is wheelchair accessible. See you at the concert!

Seattle Ladies Choir is a 501(c)(3) non-profit powered by Shunpike and 4Culture. Visit our website at seattleladieschoir.org for more information.

Seattle Ladies Choir Season 12

Seattle Ladies Choir Season 12 Concerts – Final Show!

The Seattle Ladies Choir is made up of 60+ members with varying musical experience, from shower singers to professional musicians. Their diverse tastes and talents shine through in their biannual concerts, during which the women perform songs by artists ranging from Ben Folds to The Bangles. Hear them sing in perfect harmony at their Season 12 concerts in early March!

All performances will take place at the Broadway Performance Hall

We have three exciting shows scheduled:
Friday, March 3, 2016 at 7:30pm
Saturday, March 4, 2016 at 2:00pm (matinee)
Saturday, March 4, 2016 at 7:30pm

Tickets on sale online now at seattleladieschoir.strangertickets.com
Discounts for online purchase, students, seniors/kids, and matinee performances.

Please note that tickets are only valid for the date and time specified. Doors open 30 minutes prior to concert time; tickets available at the door, subject to availability, prices may vary. The show is wheelchair accessible. See you at the concert!

Seattle Ladies Choir is a 501(c)(3) non-profit powered by Shunpike and 4Culture. Visit our website at seattleladieschoir.org for more information.

Seattle Ladies Choir Season 12

YWCA King County Luncheon: Women & Girls Rising

Join YWCA for the King County Luncheon, featuring keynote speaker Angélique Kidjo (three-time Grammy Award-winning singer, activist, and humanitarian), as well as stories of survival, solidarity, and community from women served by YWCA.

Event proceeds will benefit YWCA Seattle | King | Snohomish, which has spent over 120 years advancing the quality of life for women of all ages, races, and faiths. We help more than 15,000 individuals and families a year discover their potential and take control of their future, creating a stronger community where everyone can live with dignity and respect.

Each spring, YWCA’s King County Luncheon brings together over 2,000 guests in support of women and families. Last year, this generous group raised over $1.2 million to fund YWCA programs that provide resources for sexual assault and domestic violence survivors, affordable housing, and job training. The YWCA Luncheon gathers together a community in the fight for equal opportunities for women and girls, and social justice for all.

Make a difference and leave inspired. Register for this event on YWCA’s website or call 206.490.4378.

91-year-old Capitol Hill house of worship lives on as At the Church performance space

As one old area church appears destined for demolition at 14th and Spring, a large brick church built in 1925 still sits at the corner of E Olive St. and 13th. But while the building may still look like a church, its function has changed.

The building now hosts congregations of a different sort in its new life as performance venue At The Church. The mysterious venue has been hosting events since at least 2013.

While its ownership declined to be interviewed for this story, according to its website, At the Church is “one of the most unique” venue spaces in Seattle available for live performances and other events.  Continue reading

Girl, devised by The Ensemble

Directed by Mary Hubert

TWO SHOWS A NIGHT at 7 pm and 9 pm, each show is 1 hour long

*PWYC Industry night on August 15

Think of the classic hero’s quest: a rousing call to adventure, legendary challenges and temptations, a road full of trials and perils, transformation, atonement, and an ultimate resolution. Think of Aladdin, The Princess Bride, or Star Wars. The difference here? The heroes are young women in modern-day Seattle, who must navigate a male-dominated world and fight their battles in a society that imposes constraints on their gender and generation. This devised ensemble adventure asks, what does it take to be a modern heroine?

The Ensemble:
Kiki Abba
Haley Maria Alaji’
Gabriela Marta Aleman
Erin Bednarz
Katherine Marie Bicknell
Lauren Brazell
Amy Escobar
Kayla Walker
Production Crew:
Stage Manager – Elizabeth Stasio
Production Manager – Catherine Blake Smith
Associate Director – Javonna Arriaga
Assistant Stage Manager – Laura Owens
Scenic and Lighting Designer – Ryan Dunn
Costume Designer – Amy Escobar
Sound Designer – Alex Potter
Props Designer – Jenna Ryan
Technical Director/Photographer – Chris Leher