Bechdel Test Burlesque


When the forces of white heteropatriarchal capitalism try to get you down, Bechdel Test BQ is here to lift you up with a jam-packed, star-studded evening of pop culture critique powered by thrilljoy feminism. This year, we’ve assembled an international, intersectional coalition of nerdy feminists to prove that rebellions are built on hope.

Co-hosted by Sin de la Rosa and Sailor St. Claire, this year’s Bechdel Test BQ features Seattle striptease superheros Onyx Asili, Scarlett O’Hairdye, Ms. Briq House, Mx. Pucks A’Plenty, Siren, Nox Falls, and Crystal Storm teaming up with our nerdy, naked Northern neighbors Diamond Minx, Dezi Desire, Draco Muff-boi, Faye Havoc, and Androsia Wilde for an evening of action-packed intersectional feminism.

Bechdel Test BQ has thrilled sold-out audiences in Seattle and Portland, blown the minds of impressionable college students at the University of Oregon, and will soon be performed in Vancouver, British Columbia.

But before we all move to Canada, make sure you catch the return of Bechdel Test BQ on Saturday, October 26 at 7:30 pm at Re-Bar in Seattle (1114 Howell St). Tickets start at $20 for general admission. VIP tickets, which include a seat in a reserved section closest to the stage, are $35.

Date: Saturday, October 26
Times: 7:30 PM (Doors 7:00)
Cost: $20 General Admission, $35 VIP. Place: Re-Bar (1114 Howell St.)
Accessibility: Re-Bar is wheelchair accessible. The performance will not be ASL interpreted, but the producers will provide a comp ticket to personal interpreters. The show will be presented with closed captions. The venue is not scent free.

ECHOES: A Tribute Concert Benefiting The AMP: AIDS Memorial Pathway

ECHOES is an evening of stories, performances and remembrances of the lives affected by HIV/AIDS benefitting The AMP: AIDS Memorial Pathway. The event is hosted by Micki Flowers, former health reporter for KIRO TV and long-time HIV/AIDS advocate. Like the memorial it is ushering in, ECHOES is a celebration of life and collective memories, while also standing as a call to action. It’s the next step in honoring both our past and our future.

Members of the diverse communities affected by the epidemic will be sharing personal stories and recount their experiences. Interspersed between these narratives will be musical and dance performances from outstanding local talent including Alexandria Henderson, Billie Wildrick, Nathan Young & Showtunes Theatre, Justin Huertas, Whim W’Him and The Seattle Men’s Chorus & The Seattle Women’s Chorus. Featuring stories by Bill Hall, DeAunté Damper, Pat Migliore and Steven Parsons.

Throughout the night, the audience will have opportunities to make donations toward this historic memorial. ECHOES will be a night where we can experience our history together, move towards healing and directly contribute to the creation of The AIDS Memorial Pathway.



Lowbrow Opera Collective’s inaugural production will be the West coast premiere of a new opera titled #adulting. The story follows four roommates, recently brought together via craigslist, through their first forays into adulthood. Ruth, Tony, Bucket, and Drew come across a lot of challenges – mainly their own lack of practical life skills. The show is equal parts self deprecating humor and a giant middle finger to anyone who says millennials can’t get shit done. Mostly absurd and just a little raunchy, the opera uses a variety of musical styles to portray vignettes of modern lives, from the joy of a first apartment to the horror of a stubborn, mysterious and icky stain you find on the only couch you could afford.

John Ervin Brooks, music

Natalie Stewart Elder, libretto

Stefan Melnyk, additional music and libretto

Austin Nucklos, additional music and libretto

Katie Kelley, director

Christine Oshiki, assistant director

Kat Henwood, costume and set designer

Becca Pauza, stage manager and props designer

Nic Varela, marketing director for Lowbrow Opera Collective

Dr. William Bryant, accompanist

Sam Peters, rehearsal accompanist


Jared White as Drew, Dan the Van Man

Christine Oshiki as Ruth

Eric Angus Jeffords as Tony

Krissy Terwilliger as Bucket

Nic Varela as Couch, Student Debt Monster, Stain, Postmates, Employer, Customer Support, Judge Judy, Executioner, Ghost Billy Mayes, Prospective Roomie #1

Katie Kelley as Siri, Groceries, Other Alarm Clock, Prospective Roomie #2


80 minutes

Bread Crumbs [MAP’s Night Off with Jasmine Joshua]

Bread Crumbs [MAP’s Night Off with Jasmine Joshua]

18th & Union, an arts space
1406 18th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122

Bread Crumbs is a hilarious and poignant autobiographical journey of a 34-year-old parent of twins who came out as nonbinary a year ago and is trying to figure out what the hell that even means. Just 4 performances, between March 11 – 26, written & performed by Jasmine Joshua.

Tickets to all MAP shows are Name-Your-Own-Price.



Monday, March 11 @ 8:00 PM
Monday, March 18 @ 8:00 PM
Monday, March 25 @ 8:00 PM
Tuesday, March 26 @ 8:00 PM


Performing March 8-30, MAP Theatre presents a very human story about a chimpanzee. TREVOR is a MAP-flavored tragicomedy about family, the nature of love, and the lies we tell ourselves to avoid facing sad and terrible truths. At the center of this world are Trevor, an almost-famous chimpanzee, and his owner & “mom” Sandra. Trevor’s getting older and more uncontrollable by the day, but Sandra knows Trevor would never hurt a fly . . . not on purpose, anyway. A painfully funny satire exploring how flawed communication can lead to disaster.

Tickets to all MAP shows are Name-Your-Own-Price.

New medallions mark Capitol Hill Arts District bastions of ‘art, cinema, music, books, theater’

They’re symbols, sure, but you can also think of them as good user interface design. New Capitol Hill Arts District medallions are being installed across the neighborhood to help identify the 40 or so cultural and arts spaces part of the district.

“The medallions are a low-tech complement to the Arts District website, Facebook page, and the dozens of online event calendars,” Michael Seiwerath of Capitol Hill Housing tells CHS about the new additions to the neighborhood streetscape. “On a Saturday night, Pike/Pine can attract more people than Key Arena, so it’s a good marker for the thousands of people who visit the neighborhood each week.” Continue reading

Next arts and culture space to lose its lease: Capitol Hill’s Eclectic Theater

(Image: Alex Garland)

Where do small theatre companies take the stage when their affordable performance spaces can no longer afford the rent? While many actors having long been priced out of the neighborhood, the Capitol Hill theatre community is losing another piece of its charm: affordable rents.

Rik Deskin, the founder of Eclectic Theater, has announced the end of the venue’s 11-year run on 10th Ave at the end of the month.

“We knew that we had a five year lease, and we knew the end was coming. We started exploring the possibility of renewing the lease,” Deskin said. “At the same time, we were having difficulties paying the current rent so we decided to not renew the lease. We heard from some other people who looked into it that he’s expecting $3,500 a month for the space, which is ridiculous in my opinion. With no upgrades, not that I’m aware of.”

“Capitol Hill is the densest area of arts and culture businesses and organizations in the state,” says Tonya Lockyer, executive director at the neighborhood’s globally respected Velocity Dance. “Imagine if you have this incredible natural resource — creative businesses, organizations, and people. When that is threatened, you want to preserve it.” Continue reading

Central District’s 18th & Union theater aims to be a home for solo performers

Gassner (Image: CHS)

Gassner (Image: CHS)

David Gassner, an actor, director and producer, has wanted to help solo performers present their work. His vision is becoming a reality. Gassner got the keys to the former New City Theater at 1406 18th Ave on September 1st and with a few small changes, is reopening it as 18th & Union.

Seattle has a lack of venues for solo performers to present their work, Gassner said. He wants to fill that void and provide solo and small-scale artists who create theater, poetry, music, comedy and other art with an audience.

“It’s a big deal for people who are working in this style,” he said. Continue reading

Capitol Hill’s Annex Theatre recognized for legacy as company prepares to enter 30th season

In 1986 a group of friends started the Annex Theatre to help emerging Seattle artists produce work. Their endeavor and the effort of those who have lead Annex after was honored this month when Capitol Hill’s Annex Theatre received a legacy honor at the Mayor’s Arts Awards. The theatre is celebrating its 30th season in 2017.

After receiving the award, outgoing Annex artistic director Pamala Mijatov carried it off the stage and handed it to the new AD Catherine Smith.

“I said, ‘This is yours. … I carried this for a long time, but it’s yours now,’” Mijatov told CHS. Continue reading