George and Ira Gershwin's Porgy & Bess debuted in 1935 as a groundbreaking opera starring a cast composed entirely of classically trained African-American singers performing the classical, jazz and folk music. Now, the stirring tale of African-American life in South Carolina's fictional Catfish Row comes to McCaw Hall, courtesy of Seattle Opera. The story follows the crippled Porgy as he sets out to rescue Bess from Crown, her violent and possessive lover, and Sportin' Life, a drug dealer. Featuring soaring classics like "Summertime," "I Got Plenty O' Nuttin'" and "Bess, You Is My Woman Now," this fully-staged Glimmerglass co-production of Porgy & Bess is a joyous tale of love and life.
Summer is winding down and it's time for one last bash, so come out to the 5th Annual Belltown Crush Beer & Wine Festival at Bell Street Park. This event will feature local breweries and wineries, who will have samples on hand. A number of local eateries, including Babirusa, Belltown Brewing and Mama's Cantina will also be serving up tasty eats. Live music and a grape-stomping competition round out this fun farewell to summer. Your early-access admission gets you in an hour before the crowds and includes 15 tasting tickets.
This isn't just a cruise -- it's a four-hour adventure that begins when you climb aboard an Argosy vessel, a comfortable ship featuring two cash bars. During this Tillicum Excursion, soak up the beautiful coastal scenery as the narrated jaunt takes you from Puget Sound to Blake Island State Park to explore the 475-acre island, which lies north of Vashon Island and south of Bainbridge Island. Once docked, you'll disembark and visit Tillicum Village, where you'll enjoy an appetizer of clams and nectar and a Northwest flavors-inspired buffet meal featuring traditionally prepared alder fire-roasted fish. At the end of the meal, enjoy a Northwest Native American storytelling show with live dancers. Afterward, you'll have a chance to explore the island's beaches and forest trails a bit before boarding for the return cruise.
Tuesday, Aug 21, 2018 / 11:30amWednesday, Aug 22, 2018 / 11:30amWednesday, Aug 22, 2018 / 4:30pmThursday, Aug 23, 2018 / 11:30amThursday, Aug 23, 2018 / 4:30pmSunday, Aug 26, 2018 / 11:30amTuesday, Sep 18, 2018 / 11:30am
A decidedly different type of theatrical experience, Market Ghost Stories is a ghostly adventure through the Pike Place Market. On this 75-minute excursion, your guide leads you through the Market's unusual arcades and alleys while sharing the often-overlooked darker history of Seattle. The ghost stories behind each building and landmark will cause you to see Seattle's No. 1 tourist destination in an entirely new way. Within the Market, there are the remnants of several graveyards, a former brothel that still stands with its original sign, the nation's first mortuary and stories on every corner. Led by members of Unexpected Productions Improv, Market Ghost Stories is the evolution of the original Market Ghost Tour. Who better to share these ghastly tales than an improv company that's been weaving stories for 35 years?!
Friday, Aug 24, 2018 / 5:00pmFriday, Aug 24, 2018 / 7:00pmSaturday, Aug 25, 2018 / 5:00pmSaturday, Aug 25, 2018 / 7:00pmFriday, Aug 31, 2018 / 5:00pmFriday, Aug 31, 2018 / 7:00pm
From the producers of Le Faux, Seattle's longest-running celebrity impersonation show, comes Julia's Queen of the Brunch, a fabulous, fun-filled weekly drag extravaganza. Every Sunday, your hostess-with-the-mostess Kristie Champagne will roll in the pink bus to Julia's on Broadway filled with Seattle's greatest local drag talent. With a new lineup of local performers each week and monthly themed shows, this gender-bending show promises a unique, exciting experience every time. Along with the over-the-top entertainment, you can purchase items from the full brunch menu, including pitchers of mimosas to enjoy throughout the show.
Saturday, Aug 25, 2018 / 1:00pmSunday, Aug 26, 2018 / 1:00pm
Spend a Las Vegas-style evening with Seattle's best female impersonators as they take on the personas of Cher, Lady Gaga, JLo, Celine Dion, Liza Minnelli and more. The perfect gender-bending show for celebrating any occasion -- a birthday, anniversary, bachelorette party or a night out with friends -- Le Faux is the longest-running show of its kind in the city, with exciting and outrageous performances every night and a full cast of dancers. Julia's on Broadway also offers a full bar and appetizers for purchase before and during the show, and the host will even bring your special guest on stage for a little embarrassment in front of the entire audience.
Friday, Aug 24, 2018 / 9:00pmFriday, Aug 31, 2018 / 9:00pm
There is a buzz of excitement in the air when you enter at the Gum Wall. People are lined up at the concession (where you smell the fresh buttered popcorn) and over at the bar they are serving icy, inexpensive drinks. Everyone is here to laugh. As you enter the theater, you feel the beat of the music. BAM! This is Theatresports. This is Seattle's best weekly, high-stakes, competitive improv tournament. Based on audience suggestion, two teams of improvisers rumble, competing with exciting fast-paced segments improv games, stories, scenes, and a few songs. Boo the judges as they award points to each team. At the end of the night, a team is declared a winner, the person with the best audience suggestion walks out with a prize and you walk out with new memories.
Friday, Aug 24, 2018 / 10:30pmSaturday, Aug 25, 2018 / 10:30pmFriday, Aug 31, 2018 / 10:30pmSaturday, Sep 1, 2018 / 10:30pm
Four Hearts is an improvised play that explores love and relationships and how they blossom, grow and change over time. Each night, Unexpected Productions asks you for your experiences with relationships -- good and bad, passionate and fizzled, funny and dramatic. The cast then weaves it all into an edgy, full-length improvised play right in front of your eyes, filled with emotional complexities and a few laughs. This is a rare opportunity to see some of Seattle's most experienced improv performers shine as they tug at your heartstrings.
Was that sultry burlesque performer a lady or one of Le Faux's fabulous drag stars? That's what you'll be asking yourself while taking in Magnifique, Julia's on Broadway's sassy, sexy new burlesque and variety show hosted by the incomparable Gorejess, Seattle's master of neo-burlesque with a classic twist. Inspired by the underground cabaret scenes of Paris and Berlin in the roaring '20s, Magnifique combines Seattle's most titillating burlesque performers with some of the gorgeous "ladies" from Le Faux. The result just might be the naughtiest way to spend an evening in the city.
Friday, Aug 24, 2018 / 11:00pmSaturday, Aug 25, 2018 / 11:00pmThursday, Sep 13, 2018 / 8:30pmSaturday, Sep 29, 2018 / 11:00pmThursday, Oct 11, 2018 / 8:30pmSaturday, Oct 27, 2018 / 11:00pmThursday, Nov 8, 2018 / 8:30pmSaturday, Nov 24, 2018 / 11:00pm
Blank Slate, the latest comedy extravaganza from Unexpected Productions' resident narrative troupe Improv Anonymous, offers budding directors in the crowd the chance to shape an entire narrative play. You and your fellow audience members are asked to create everything from characters to setting to scenes. And if it isn't working, the group can decide to switch things up in the middle as well. Anything goes in this sure-to-be hilarious show, with off-the-cuff content that can run from a Shakespeare-inspired romance to a Saturday Night Live-style satire, all in the same evening.
For the past decade, the Duo Comedy Showcase has been the Puget Sound's only open mic night for improv. This show is a special 10th Anniversary Improv Show featuring amazing veteran Duo performers invited from around the Sound. This show features seasoned improvisers doing what they do best: creating spontaneous scenes on the fly that are so hilarious, quick-witted and perfectly constructed, it's hard to believe they are made up on the spot. Past Duo performers have come from Seattle's thriving improv community, including Annex Theater, Blood Squad, Interrobang Improv, Jet City Improv, Pocket Theater, Seattle ComedySportz, Seattle Experimental Theater, Second Story Rep, Split Second Improv, Unexpected Productions and many others.
Mark Curry, one of the top stand-up comedians today, launched his career as the star of ABC's Hangin' With Mr. Cooper. Since then, he has appeared on The Drew Carey Show, The Jamie Foxx Show, The Secret Life of the American Teenager, and the live-action series, See Dad Run. You may have also seen him in the hit films Switchback and Armageddon. Catch him live for three laugh-filled nights at the Parlor Live Comedy Club in Bellevue.
Thursday, Aug 23, 2018 / 7:30pmFriday, Aug 24, 2018 / 7:30pmFriday, Aug 24, 2018 / 10:00pmSaturday, Aug 25, 2018 / 7:30pmSaturday, Aug 25, 2018 / 10:00pm
At Full Disclosure, some of the best improvisers from CSz Seattle come together to share true and possibly even embarrassing stories, which are then used for material to create brand new characters and scenes, making this show a unique mixture of fact and fiction that's equal parts hilarious and truthful. Things get really interesting in the show's second half, when an audience member is given the opportunity to share a story of their own, and of course the improvisers make their mark by turning the story into original, unrehearsed comedy splendor! Is truth funnier than fiction? Find out for yourself at Full Disclosure, a show that's never the same twice.
Little Bitches is inspired by teen girl movies like Mean Girls, Heathers and Clueless. In this improvised live "movie," based on your suggestions, you will find all the things we love from the teen girl film genre -- cliques, an outsider trying to fit in, goofy teachers, a parent who is striving to be "cool," dorky supportive friends and, of course, a hunky love interest. Every night you will decide what drives the main conflict. Will it be false rumors, a bet, or a gigantic misunderstanding? You never know when Seattle's Unexpected Productions brings you Little Bitches.
Seattle U women's soccer is the premier college soccer program in the PNW. Last year, the 2017 team advanced to the WAC Championship final after a season riddled by injuries. After a thrilling shootout, the Redhawks fell short of the conference title, but ended up with Stephanie Spiekerman being named SU's Female Student-Athlete of the Year and All-WAC First Team. Nine graduating seniors will be replaced by 11 freshman this year in 2018. Head Coach Julie Woodward is beginning her 22nd consecutive season at Seattle U and has the team poised to make a deep run in the playoffs once again. Seattle U soccer is the perfect place to bring your family or meet up with friends and coworkers to enjoy the perfect game with the beautiful Seattle skyline as the backdrop. Imagine that view as the sun sets behind it, the smell of the grass in the air and the sound of the ball hitting the back of the net with the roar of the crowd at Championship Field.
Sunday, Aug 26, 2018 / 2:00pm (Redhawks vs Cal State Fullerton Titans)Sunday, Sep 2, 2018 / 3:00pm (Redhawks vs Portland State Vikings)Friday, Sep 7, 2018 / 4:30pm (Redhawks vs UC Riverside Bears)Sunday, Sep 9, 2018 / 1:00pm (Redhawks vs Cal Poly Mustangs)Thursday, Sep 13, 2018 / 7:00pm (Redhawks vs Idaho Vandals)Sunday, Sep 16, 2018 / 5:00pm (Redhawks vs Washington Huskies)Friday, Sep 21, 2018 / 7:00pm (Redhawks vs Gonzaga Bulldogs)Friday, Sep 28, 2018 / 7:00pm (Redhawks vs California Baptist Lancers)
Housed in a 1909 brick building on the Seattle waterfront, Highway 99 Blues Club and Restaurant is inspired by the juke joints of the American South and the neighborhood blues clubs of Chicago. Dubbing themselves "the West Coast Home of the Blues," the venue fully embraces the culture and music. On stage, you'll see regional and national touring artists cranking out everything from zydeco to honky-tonk to roots and Americana. Meanwhile, the venue itself is studded with "old timey" touches like a 34-foot bar made from antique doors and blue velvet benches collected from an old Masonic Temple. The walls are covered with photos snapped by some of the country's best blues photographers. And to round out the juke joint experience, the kitchen pumps out Southern-style comfort food -- think jambalaya and chicken gumbo -- while the bar whips up cocktails named for blues legends like Robert Johnson and Muddy Waters.
Friday, Aug 24, 2018 / 8:00pm (Curley Taylor & Zydeco Trouble)Saturday, Aug 25, 2018 / 8:00pm (Lloyd Jones Struggle)Friday, Aug 31, 2018 / 8:00pm (Ben Smith & Friends featuring: Travis Bracht)
A lot of the time, life can be just a bunch of big "what ifs," right? If so, CSz Seattle - the home of ComedySportz, is on the same wavelength as you, and they've got quite a show in store for the eternal questioners. In Parallel Universe, the audience decides what hypothetical scenario the team will act out -- Want to see JFK fulfill his full term? Curious to know what a mosquito-less world would be like? The possibilities are endless in this parallel world opening up right before your very eyes at the Atlas Theatre in Seattle.
ComedySportz is Seattle's leading improv comedy show. Two teams battle for laughs and points as they make up scenes, games and songs on the spot, in the spirit of TV's Whose Line Is It Anyway? A referee governs the action, calling fouls and keeping the match moving at a blistering pace. The audience is always a part of this interactive, family-friendly show, and audience volunteers sometimes even wind up on stage. It's perfect for dates, a night out on the town, or even quality time with the family, since kids love it as much as grown-ups.
Delve into the deep, dark history of Pioneer Square on this adults-only jaunt under the streets of Seattle. During this intimate 60-minute walking tour, your friendly and knowledgeable tour guide will lead you through three key sections of the historic 1890s-era subterranean passageways, while cluing you in on the drinking, gambling and other illicit activities that ran rampant in the area around the turn of the century. In fact, you'll learn how Skid Road (Yesler Way) became America's very first Skid Row and much more.
Monday, Aug 20, 2018 / 6:30pmThursday, Aug 23, 2018 / 6:30pmFriday, Aug 24, 2018 / 6:30pmSaturday, Aug 25, 2018 / 6:30pmSunday, Aug 26, 2018 / 6:30pmMonday, Aug 27, 2018 / 6:30pmThursday, Aug 30, 2018 / 6:30pmSunday, Sep 2, 2018 / 6:30pm
Now entertaining amateur sleuths across the country, The Dinner Detective makes its way to the Crown Plaza Seattle Downtown to serve up a tasty whodunit along with a four-course dinner. And since this comedic murder mystery is set in the present day, you'll have no way of knowing whether someone at your table is just another guest or one of the talented cast of improvisers. In fact, everyone's a suspect -- including you. The event starts out with a reception featuring tray-passed hors d'oeuvres, followed by the meal, which includes salad, an entree and dessert. Between courses, you can expect plenty of murder, mayhem and hidden clues coming to light as you puzzle through the crime. The top sleuth even wins a prize package at the end of the evening -- not to mention serious bragging rights.
Saturday, Aug 25, 2018 / 6:00pmSaturday, Sep 15, 2018 / 6:00pmSaturday, Sep 29, 2018 / 6:00pmSaturday, Oct 13, 2018 / 6:00pmSaturday, Oct 27, 2018 / 6:00pmSaturday, Nov 10, 2018 / 6:00pmSaturday, Nov 24, 2018 / 6:00pm
Singer Shemekia Copeland was just 18 when she burst onto the music scene with her debut album Turn the Heat Up, bewitching audiences and critics with the unparalleled honesty and passion of her alternately sultry, assertive and always-recognizable voice. Dubbed the "Queen of the Blues," Copeland has won multiple Blues Music Awards and picked up three Grammy nominations over the course of her next eight albums. She's opened for the Rolling Stones, headlined at the Chicago Blues Festival and shared the stage with Buddy Guy, B.B. King, Taj Mahal and John Mayer. Now touring in support of her latest album America's Child, Copeland brings her powerful pipes to The Triple Door in Seattle.
Conceptualized by serial entrepreneur, producer, and bestselling author Randi Zuckerberg and designed by a team of tech, entertainment, and education veterans, Sue's Tech Kitchen is an edible STEM-fueled adventure for the mouth and mind that empowers kids to engage with tomorrow's tech and revolutionizes family dining in the process. Enjoy 3D printed s'mores, robots controlled by candy, edible chemistry experiments, treat-delivering drones and much more at Tacoma Armory.
Friday, Aug 24, 2018 / Various Time SlotsSaturday, Aug 25, 2018 / Various Time SlotsSunday, Aug 26, 2018 / Various Time Slots
Say, old sport -- why not set sail for an elegant and fun '20s style party aboard Seattle's premier floating venue? Gatsby's Beautiful Little Fools is an elegant party aboard the HiYu, a retired Washington State ferry that's been meticulously renovated, complete with a tiki bar! This seafaring party ushers guests back to the glamorous golden era of the 1920s -- when flapper girls ruled, gents wore suspenders and the champagne flowed all night. Step aboard for a fun-filled evening to watch the sunset, pop some bubbly, dance your butt off and be entertained by various circus troupe performers, dancers, musicians and a DJ -- not to mention a full bar with signature cocktails. What a perfect summer's eve party against the backdrop of the beautiful Seattle skyline and mountains! To get the party started, guests will be welcomed aboard Jay Gatsby's "yacht" with a glass of bubbly.
Saturday, Aug 25, 2018 / 7:00pm (Boarding Begins at 6:30pm)
Join the crew of the Enterprise as they encounter a Starfleet Admiral that has strayed from the Prime Directive in Where No Man Has Gone Before, Seattle Experimental Theater's improvised parody of a certain space-age TV series. At every performance, the cast will use suggestions from the audience to create a brand new episode, making each show a completely original adventure. Catch this unique homage to Star Trek at Theatre Off Jackson.
More than a century after her death, exotic dancer, sex symbol and spy Mata Hari lives on as the original, true-life femme fatale. During World War I, the border-hopping Dutch dancer and courtesan used her wits, cunning and sex appeal to gain access to top secret information and play entire governments against one another. Seattle's own retro-pop diva Prom Queen stars in this sizzling adaptation of Mata Hari's tale at Can Can Cabaret. Experience the orignial music and choreography of Femme Fatale while enjoying a specially curated, seasonal Pike Place Market-fresh menu, handcrafted cocktails and a complimentary glass of champagne.
Located in Pike Place Market in downtown Seattle, Can Can Culinary Cabaret is an underground vaudeville attraction reminiscent of the Paris cabarets of the early 20th century. Everything at Can Can Culinary Cabaret changes with the seasons, from the music and choreography to the decor and the selection of seasonal small plates for purchase. In their latest brunch show, Magnificent Matinee, Can Can Culinary Cabaret combines scintillating tales from Seattle's rough-and-tumble history with high kicks, comedy, music and acrobatics. The menu of hand-crafted delights features fresh ingredients from the Market's own fishmongers, cheesemakers, butchers, dairy shops and local farmers.
Experience an evening that's the best mix of historic and modern. At The Triple Door in Seattle you'll step into what was originally a 1920s vaudeville house, but has become a modern entertainment hub with plush booths, clear sight lines from every seat and the best sound system around. You can enjoy exotic cocktails and cuisine from the Wild Ginger restaurant upstairs during your show or in the Musicquarium Lounge before or after your event. The lounge features a stunning 1,900 gallon freshwater aquarium and live music most nights, making it the perfect pairing for a show. On the Main Stage you'll hear musicians from around the world and from nearly every genre, as well as a variety of other entertainment.
Wednesday, Aug 22, 2018 / 7:30pm (Malina Moye – CD Release)Friday, Aug 31, 2018 / 8:00pm (Kate Lynne Logan - Album Release with Alex Ashley)Thursday, Sep 6, 2018 / 7:30pm (Amy Helm)