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Bumbershoot 2013 picks: film, comedy, and theater

I know it's really really hard to fit in ALL of these things in addition to seeing the bands you want to see, but I urge y'all to check out the other stuff Bumbershoot 2013 has to offer! 

First off: the 1 Reel Film Festival at the SIFF Film Center, which gives you a chance to catch a lot of things you might have missed earlier this year. There are Films4Families, Music Videos, Award-Winners, Best of the Northwest … and really, SO many good programs I can't mention them all. Check out the full film schedule for more details. I'm definitely plan to make a few of these ... and here's the rest of what I'll be trying to cram in between band goodness: 

Saturday, 8/31

NERDprov
3:45pm-4:45pm
Theatre Puget Sound Stage 

What's that, you say? Improv made for people who loves shows, movies, comics, music, and games? LOOK FOR ME IN THE FRONT ROW. 

Patton Oswalt and Friends
6:30pm-7:30pm
Comedy at the Bagley

The only question you need to ask yourself about this one is, "How early do I need to line up to get in?" And the answer is: EARLY, my friends. Early. But it's totally worth it. Plus, he's performing again on Sunday and Monday, so you'll have 3 chances to laugh so hard your entire can of Bud Light Lime-A-Rita comes out of your nose. 

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Latest comment by: prencessRed: "The comedy and theater goes hand in hand. It is complementary and that should be the key. - Lindsay Rosenwald "

Recommended Show: Janeane Garofalo at The Neptune {4/11}

HOLD UP. Miss Janeane Garofalo is coming to The Neptune Thursday night and I didn't know until NOW? I am failing as a super-fan. 

I fell for Janeane in the 90s during her heyday -- loving her clever sarcasm to death right along with her blunt bangs, long dark hair, and quirky vintage style (best dance ever in Realty Bites. EVER). When Barbara Walters interviewed her, she said that Garofalo steals every movie scene she's in, and she's not lying. I own a copy of The Truth About Cats and Dogs, and I still maintain to this day that she was, is, and will always be hotter than Uma Thurman. But enough about my JG lust -- let's talk stand-up. 

This girl is funny. And I say that as someone who generally doesn't dig on stand-up. But I have a good feeling about this, you guys. Garofalo's got serious chops, and digging around on YouTube tells me she's just as awesome as ever. So I'll be blowing drinks out of my nose near the front of the stage this week. Come join me! 

{STG Presents Janeane Garofalo at The Neptune | Thursday, April 11 | Doors @ 7, Show @ 8 | All Ages, Bar w/I.D. | $22.50 adv, $25 day of} 

Recommended Show: Hedwig and the Angry Inch at The Moore Theatre {thru 1/27}


Erin Stewart as Yitzhak and Jerrik Hoffer as Hedwig!
Photo by: Christopher Nelson

Before last week, I had only ever seen Hedwig on film. Being one of the movies I love SO dearly, I was both excited and nervous about seeing it on the stage. I mean, I KNEW I'd love the story itself, because it's fantastically written, and it was performed as a stage play to begin with. But still. Would this production live up to my high expectations? Would Hoffer be able to channel Hedwig as well as John Cameron Mitchell? And most importantly, would I be able to sing along to all my favorite songs? 

The answer to (most) of these things is a resounding HELL YES. 

Jerrik Hoffer is AMAZING as Hedwig. By the second song, I was like "JohnCameronWHO?" (kidding JCM! kidding. I still love you!). But no, seriously. You guys. Hoffer rocks the shit out of this role, as does Erin Stewart as Hedwig's long-suffering love, Yitzhak -- and they are ably backed by a band composed of local guys who play their instruments and comedic back-up roles with equal skill. 

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Latest comment by: Sara: "Agree, saw it last night and it was AMAZING!! Very impressive and so much fun!"

Let us be your Sugar Daddy! We've got a pair of tickets to see Hedwig at The Moore {1/15}

Hedwig and the Angry Inch at the Moore Seattle WAYou guys! Hedwig and the Angry Inch is coming to The Moore Theatre this month, and we've got a pair of tickets to give a lucky imaginary for the 1/15 preview performance!!!

I am a HUGE fan of Hedwig (though admittedely, I've only seen it on film -- not on stage) and a HUGE fan of Director Ian Bell, who does the amazing Brown Derby series at Re-Bar. With him behind this production of Hedwig, a rock musical about an East-Berlin rock-and-roll godess who recounts her crazy life story, all while backed by her kick-ass band "The Angry Inch", I have no doubt that this will be a fantastic show. 

Trust me, you WANT this pair of tickets. For a chance to win 'em, just send an email to us at tig {at} threeimaginarygirls {dot} com with the subject line "Wicked Little Town" anytime between now and 9am on Monday, January 14. We'll choose a winner that morning, and send you an email letting you know that you (and your choice of +1) are on the list.

And if you don't win the tix, I suggest you purchase tickets anyway because THIS IS GOING TO BE AWESOME. (And if go and happen to have some blonde chick in glasses singing her heart out along with Ms. Hedwig in your audience, I apologize in advance.)

{Hedwig and the Angry Inch | The Moore Theatre | 1/15-1/27 | Presented by Seattle Theatre Group and The Balagan Theatre | $17.50 - $32.50

Latest comment by: Rachel: "Oooo la la. I hope I win. Thanks TIG. ~Rrrrrr"

A Very Imaginary Guide to Halloween-y Things in Seattle

I love fall. And I REALLY love October, because I LOVE Halloween. I’ve got two boxes full of costumes and decorations that I’m constantly adding to, my pantry is full of everything pumpkin spice, and my DVD shelf is lined with 100 or so horror flicks. And the best thing about all this is: I am not alone.

Seattle has a ton of spooky goodness happening over the next few weeks, so I wanted to highlight just a few of them.

This Is Halloween! A Live Music, Cabaret, Burlesque and Film Spectacular
{10/26-10/31 | The Triple Door | $30 adv/$35 day of | 21+ | click here for show times}

Of all the Halloween things, a Tim Burton-themed burlesque show seems the Halloween-iest! And “a spectacular smorgasbord … inspired by “The Nightmare Before Christmas” sounds like a super-fun to spend an evening. Plus, it’s at the Triple Door. I LOVE THE TRIPLE DOOR.

Scarecrow Video presents the VCR That Dripped Blood
{10/27 | Grand Illusion Cinema | 9pm | $8 GA, $5 member}

A compilation of rare horror VHS footage culled from Scarecrow’s archives, featuring blood, special F/X, nudity (!!!), general mayhem … and Alice Cooper. Of course. I can’t even express how completely awesome this is gonna be, you guys.

Can’t Look Away: The Lure of Horror Film
{EMP Museum | part of the $20 admission price | Open daily 10am-5pm}

I could spend hours in this exhibit, because I love, love, love looking at all the awesome horror movie props, and listening to Eli Roth, Roger Corman, John Landis and more talk about their favorite horror films. They just swapped out some stuff and added a BtVS spell book and the scary flying metal ball from Phantasm 2—and the Scream booth is SO MUCH FUN. If you haven’t been yet, you need to go. And this month is the perfect time to do it.

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Latest comment by: Imaginary Amie: "Yay! Thanks for sharing, Jimmy. That sounds rad too. :) "

Recommended Event: Intiman Theatre Festival

MIRACLE! at the Intiman Theatre Festival. Photo by Chris Bennion.

Intiman is turning 40 this summer, and after a series of setbacks in the last few years (which culminated in a 2011 half-season cancellation, layoffs of the theater's entire staff, and near financial collapse) it's back in a big way with a summer theater festival unlike anything I've seen during my dozen years in Seattle: four separate productions sharing a repertory company of seventeen local actors playing more than 40 roles in 80 performances. It's happening through August 26, and it's an event you really should experience at least a part of.

Because unless you completely loathe theater, there's something for you here: a new local piece (Dan Savage's Miracle!); a challenging contemporary drama (Proof author John Patrick Shanley's Dirty Story); an iconic Ibsen (Hedda Gabler); and, of course, a Shakespeare (Romeo and Juliet). Some of Seattle's best talent is involved on the boards and behind the scenes: local actor-treasures Marya Sea Kaminski and Timothy McCuen Piggee shine brightly in three plays each. And the set-design team, headed by the uber-talented Stranger Genius (and third luminary of this festival) Jennifer Zeyl, has built a versatile, visually surprising playground on the mainstage to support three of the shows, plus a completely separate mini-world (for Dirty Story) in an intimate new studio space. What a thrill.

After the jump, my thoughts on each production, listed in order of awesomeness.

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Celebrate SIFF's Grand Reopening of the Uptown with Favorite Films {10/20-10/27}

I would like to take this moment to announce that I think SIFF purchasing the Uptown Cinemas and rescuing them from languishing in certain doom is the best thing that they have ever done, ever. EVER. 

Okay, now that I have that out of the way - let's get to the good stuff. The Uptown is having its Grand Reopening this week! Starting Thursday, 10/20, there will be a serious of Sing-Alongs (Hedwig, Purple Rain, and Grease) as part of the Heineken City Arts Fest, and then they're gonna show a whole bunch of awesomeness -- officially known as Uptown Cinema Classics -- starting on 10/23.

You can view the full schedule here, but the films I'm most excited about are West Side Story, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, The Royal Tennebaums, Pee Wee's Big Adventure, LA Confidential, and The Godfather. They'll also be rounding out the week with Bob & the Monster (which we heartily recommend you get tix to!). Even better: all these films are only $5 - OR FREE with a same-day receipt from any Queen Anne area business. omg. what. 

Anyone up for drinks at The Mecca followed by a film? 

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Get lectured by Chris Estey & Lindy West and perhaps get served an audience participation snack

Trampoline Hall Seattle 2011On Monday, July 18, 2011, Seattle will get to partake in a new McSweeney’s-esque lecture series show that’s touring (and sweeping) North America entitled Trampoline Hall.

The Trampoline Hall premise is to challenge not only the (locally notable) lecturers, who are dared to speak in detail about topics of their own choosing *and* outside their area of expertise, but for the audience who get to participate in a post-lecture Q&A. The end result is a sure-fire evening of hilarity that’s filled sold-out halls in Toronto (where it began) and across the US.

The Seattle stop at Town Hall next week will feature lectures by TIG’s very own Chris Estey and the Stranger’s Lindy West and set concept by Michael Hebb. From what I know of Mr. Estey and Mz. West, there are few things they know little about and infinite ways they can use words to entertain. With those two on the mics, the evening is going to be a hoot -- even if one of them decides to chat about something from an MBA workbook.

Also noteworthy, per the Facebook page, all audience members are asked to please bring an (edible) ingredient to the show. These ingredients will be cooked together, onstage, and fed to the audience after.

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Recommended Theater: Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog @ACT {1/28-2-12}

"We do the weird stuff!"Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog in Seattle

OMG, you guys. I missed this the last time around and I am SO EXCITED that it's come back! Just to catch you up (in case you don't know what the hell Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog is), back in 2008 during the WGA writer's strike, Joss Whedon wrote an awesome musical tragicomedy web series starring the equally awesome Neil Patrick Harris, Felicia Day and Nathan Fillion.

It's so popular with Whedonphiles (AKA: Browncoats...*coughcough* that's my nerd showing) that a bunch of peeps all over decided to rework it as a play, and LUCKY US - The Balagan Theater is putting it on at ACT in Seattle from January 28-February 12!!!!

For a small taste, check out the trailer for the web series here to get ready for the play. I'm betting tickets are going to be scarce, if not sold out, soon - so grab them while you can and get ready to laugh, cry, and you know, probably sing-along.

Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog
ACT
700 Union Street

1/28-2/12 @8pm
Adults: $25 ($30 for February 11-12)
17 & Younger: $20
Students: $20
Day-of-show: $20

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GREASE is the Word: Recommended Weekend Theater {1/7-1/9}

Go Greased Lightenin' Go by Joan Marcus

{Go Greased Lightnin' Go photo by Joan Marcus}

I am bursting with excitement because the one musical that I have always been fond of is coming to The Paramount Theatre this weekend! I’ve never seen a live production of Grease, so I’m looking forward to seeing Danny, Sandy, Kenickie, Rizz (< my favorite) and the rest hit the stage to sing and dance—and duh. I’ll be singing and dancing in my seat right along with them.

In addition to this looking like a pretty slick show, the cast holds kind of a hilarious surprise: Carmine Ragusa – Eddie Mekka, AKA: The Big Ragu (!!!), Shirley’s boyfriend on Laverne & Shirley, plays DJ Vince Fontaine. I can’t lie; my L&S fangirl heart is all kinds of excited about that.

Grab your tix online now, put your hair in a ponytail, throw on your circle skirt and cardigan, and practice your “A-wop-bop-a-loo-bop A-wop-bam-boom” - and I’ll see you there!

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