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Wes Anderson Fans: Download FREE passes to The Grand Budapest Hotel!!! {3/12}

It's not like I even need to encourage all of you Wes Anderson-philes to go see his new flick, but just in case I do -- how about some FREE passes to encourage your movie night pick next week?

In case you haven't been paying attention, The Grand Budapest Hotel is a film "set in alternate-history 1920s Europe in a country called the Republic of Zubrowka, where a famed hotel concierge by the name of Gustave H. is bequeathed a painting called Boy with Apple after his one night stand, Madame D, is killed. Madame D's son, Dmitri, vows revenge on Gustave by framing him for Madame D's murder. Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy, and his love interest, Agatha, help Gustave hide Boy with Apple from Dmitri and the authorities." So, typical Wes stuff, yeah? SOUNDS AWESOME. 

The Grand Budapest Hotel opens in Seattle 3/14, but there's a preview screening next Wednesday (3/12) at SIFF Uptown, and we've got a download link just for Imaginaries! CLICK HERE to get your passes, and do it quick! I predict they'll go very, very, very fast. 

Screening Info:
Wednesday 3/12
SIFF Cinema Uptown
7:00 PM

**Seating is first come, first served, and is not guaranteed**

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Recommended show & ticket giveaway: Dancing on the Valentine 9: You Can Dance for Inspiration {2/8}

Dancing on the Valentine Feb 8 at NeumosIt's time once again for us to tell you how much we love Jenny George's annual fundraising event, Dancing on the Valentine!!

This year the theme is MADONNA! YAYYYYY! Dancing on the Valentine 9: You Can Dance for Inspiration, is on Saturday, February 8, 2014 at 8pm at Neumos!!! This awesome event will have raffle prizes from local businesses, a performance by aerialist Kelly Ward, photobooth goodness by Ben Haley, tunes spun by DJ Doc Blammer, and our own Dana as the emcee!

And of course, there's the music!!! This year features Madonna covers by:

Adra Boo from Fly Moon Royalty
The Redwood Plan
The Young Evils
Fox and the Law
XVIII Eyes
Lazer Kitty
Gibraltar the Band
Three Beats Two
The Hotels
The Swearengens
Trick Candles

In honor of survivor Jenny George, all proceeds from this event go the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, whose mission is to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease, and myeloma, as well as improve the quality of life of patients and their families. This is the BEST way to celebrate Valentine's! So good. And we've got two tickets to giveaway to this super boss event! For a chance to win them, email us at tig {at} threeimaginarygirls {dot} com with the subject line "Into the Groove" anytime between now and 9am Thursday, 2/6. We will pick a winner and email them that afternoon!

OH man. Can't wait to see all the costumes!! Any bets on who's going to writhe around on stage in a wedding dress singing "Like a Virgin?"

{Dancing on the Valentine: You Can Dance for Inspiration -- A Tribute to Madonna Benefitting the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society | Saturday, February 8 | Neumos | $15 Adv | Doors at 8pm} 

Recommended SIFF + Ticket Giveaway: I Used to Be Darker {6/4 & 6/5}

I can barely watch the trailer for I Used to Be Darker without breaking down in tears, but since I haven't had a chance to see the film yet, I can't tell you whether or not the whole thing is a devastating chronicle of depression, or whether there's some hope at the end. 

What I can tell you is that it looks like it's beautifully-shot, elegantly-acted, and packed with gorgeously-composed music by Kim Taylor and Ned Oldham (who also star as the leads), and that it's probably going to break your heart in a million good ways. And if you're like me, you enjoy sitting through an hour and a half of something raw and real -- something that lets you have a good cry, embrace what you identified with, and then leave the theater and move on to your own, happier real life.

Anyway -- we've got two tickets for EACH SHOWING to giveaway, so pack up your tissues … and maybe a flask*, if that's your thing, and email us for a chance to win 'em. The film screens on Tuesday, 6/4, 6:30pm and Wednesday, 6/5, 3:30pm at SIFF Cinema Uptown (Director Matthew Porterfield is scheduled to attend both). Shoot us an email at tig {at} threeimaginarygirls {dot} com with the subject line "heartbreak" anytime between now and 7am Tuesday, 6/4. And make sure you tell us which screening you want tickets to! We'll notify the winners shortly after we pull the names. 

*TIG is not endorsing drinking in theaters. But we're not *not* endorsing it either. Take that as you will. 

Recommended SIFF + Ticket Giveaway: The Punk Singer

I don't even feel like I need to write anything clever about Kathleen Hanna, because SHE IS KATHLEEN HANNA. Hello. HELLO.

So look. Here's the deal: We have a pair of tickets to give away to each showing of Sini Anderson's documentary The Punk Singer (obviously, about Kathleen Hanna). The film screens this Friday, 5/24, 9:30pm and again on Sunday, 5/26, 1:30pm at The Harvard Exit. Enter to win by sending an email to us at tig {at} threeimaginarygirls {dot} com with the subject line "Ramalamading dong" anytime between now and 5pm on Wednesday 5/22. And make sure you tell us WHICH screening you want tickets to! We'll notify the winners Thursday morning. 

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Recommended SIFF + Ticket Giveaway: Mistaken for Strangers

I was skeptical of Mistaken for Strangers at first, because I'm not a fan of The National (when I told my friend this the other day she looked at me like she couldn't understand the words coming out of my mouth. It was seriously AWKWARD), but this documentary is actually less about the band itself, and more about Tom Berninger, the brother of lead singer Matt, who is both the Director and subject. 

The trailer has a lot of "whoa" moments,  including my favorite: listening to Matt Berninger talk about how his brother is a metalhead, and thinks "indie rock's pretentious bullshit". HAHA. Ha. (I hope you guys are laughing with me!) And the ouchy "The only reason you ARE here is because you're my brother"

Anyway! Watch the trailer. It looks cool, and we've got two tickets to each show for a very lucky Imaginary! The film screens on Monday 5/20, 7pm and again Tuesday 5/21, 4pm at The Egyptian. For a chance to win, email us at tig {at} threeimaginarygirls {dot} com with the subject line "Indie Rock is Bullshit" anytime between now and 3pm Friday 5/17. And make sure you tell us WHICH screening you want tickets to! We'll notify the winners Friday night. 

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We've got free tickets to Dancing on the Valentine 8!!! {2/9 at Neumos}

You guys! There are only a few more weeks until Dancing on the Valentine 8: A Cure for Leukemia

In case you haven't heard of DOTV before (what!), the fabulous Ms. Jenny George, a survivor of Leukemia, decided to start this benefit 8 years ago to give back to the organization that provides support to cancer patients, and is working hard to find a cure. The benefit has grown each year to raise more money for LLS, and this year DOTV is hoping to raise at least $10,000 to beat the hell out of last year's record-breaking $7,000+

The 2013 show features local bands covering the music of The Cure at Neumos on Saturday, 2/9, with all proceeds from ticket sales and raffles going to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. The line-up is FIERCE this year, with Adra Boo, Daniel G. Harmann and The Trouble Starts, Erik Blood, Gibraltar, Head Like a Kite, Hotels, Lesli Wood (of The Redwood Plan) w/Jupe Jupe, NighTrain, Panama Gold, The Grizzeled Mighty, Vox Mod, and interludes by DJ Mike Steve. Plus! Our own Imaginary Dana will be emcee'ing, and Jenny's handsome son Attitcus will be making a special appearance on stage at the beginning of the night to sing some Robert Smith!!! 

We've got a pair of tix to giveaway to a lucky winner, so you can spend your donation dollars on raffle tickets instead. Email us at tig {at} threeimaginarygirls {dot} com with the subject line "Lovecats" anytime between now and 5pm Monday 2/4 for a chance to win 'em. We'll notify the winner Tuesday am. 

{Dancing on the Valentine presents: A Cure for Leukemia: A Tribute to The Cure benefitting the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society | Sponsored by CityArts, KEXP, and Uber Saturday, Feb 9 at Neumos | Doors at 8pm | $15 adv, 21+} 

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Recommended show + free tickets: Bands on the Big Screen {1/31}

Seattle's got talent, friends, and next Thursday {that's the 31st} you can see the art that people make out of the art that people are making -- yep, we're talking about Bands on the Big Screen. The event is a ninety-minute screening of music videos by local filmmakers at SIFF Cinema Uptown, followed by a Q&A with the directors. As if a chance to see some of your favorite artists on a screen larger than life isn't enough to send you running for your wallet, the whole thing is a benefit put on by our pals Team Up for Nonprofits for Northwest Folklife.

That fifteen bucks you spend on a ticket will go a long way towards a great cause, but if you want to roll the dice on a pair of free passes, we've got your number! Just send an email to tig {at} threeimaginarygirls {dot} com with the subject line "BandsOnTheBigScreen" between now and 5pm on Tuesday, January 29th. We'll pick a lucky winner and notify you by email that you're heading to the show on us.

For everyone else, that ticket purchase link is below. We'll see you there!

{Jon Jon Augustavo, Brad Curran, Hayley Young, Stephan Gray and Tyler Kalberg present videos made with and for Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, Pickwick, Kaylee Cole, and more. Tickets are $15.00 adv and available here.}

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

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Get judged by Imaginary Amie at EMP's Fashionably Undead Bash! {10/6}

It's no secret that October is my favorite month, because I think Halloween is the BEST THING EVER -- and also, I love horror movies. Duh. So when the fine folks at EMP asked me to be a costume contest judge at their Fashionably Undead Prom this year I totally freaked out and started screaming (with glee, not terror) about how awesome it's going to be! 

To celebrate another one of my favorite things ever, the Can't Look Away: the Lure of Horror Film exhibit, which is getting shiny new things added from Shaun of the Dead, Buffy the Vampire Slayer (eee! I'm already wow'd by the inclusion of Mr. Pointy and am super excited to see what else they add), and The Blair Witch Project, they're throwing another awesomely horrific hoedown with 80s music from "Stake it Up" (aka; All Mixed Up), DJ Severed Hans (ha!), tarot card readings, Carrie and Teen Wolf-inspired flashbacks, spiked punch (hopefully not LITERALLY, but you never know!), flashlight tours, a photo booth, hair and makeup stylings by VAIN, and a costume contest for the honor of being named Prom King and Queen!!!

We've also got two pairs of tickets to giveaway, people! Send an email to us at tig {at} threeimaginarygirls {dot} com with the subject line "You’ve got red on you" anytime between now and noon on Wednesday, October 3. We'll choose a winner Wednesday afternoon, and send you an email letting you know that you (and your choice of +1) are on the list for the Prom.

Although I can't promise that a bucket of pig's blood won't be involved, I can promise that EMP knows how to throw a party of epic proportions, and I can't wait to see all the amazing costume creations y'all come up with. And this shindig happens early enough in the month that it won't interfere with all your other spooky Halloween-y plans! There are some rules around costumes, you guys, so check 'em out before you put yours together and join me for all night dancing -- and judgement! but I mean the good kind. Totally the good kind. 

{Fashionably Undead Prom | EMP Sky Church | Saturday, October 6 | 9pm | 21+ w/Cash Bar | $20 General Public, $15 EMP Members} 

Latest comment by: Anonymous: "The bash will be an opportunity to improve. If you can manage that one, then it will be great. - Aaron Kocourek "

Recommended show + free tickets: Poor Moon at Neumos {9/20}

So far, the self-titled first full-length from Poor Moon hasn’t received as much notice as some other Fleet Foxes-related acts, but that is certainly no fault of its own: on Poor Moon, deceptively simple arrangements of lilting vocal melodies and folksy instruments float just above preciousness in a macramé hammock.

Containing sounds drawn out of every aisle of a vintage record store – from Neil Young to barefoot, school bus-dwelling hippies and long-forgotten glossier pop groups – Poor Moon unsurprisingly bears a lot of resemblance to Fleet Foxes, especially on album closer “Birds.” If we're going to generalize, for the most part, this side project is Fleet Foxes shorn of their more experimental and psychedelic elements. I could forgive you for considering Poor Moon to be Fleet Foxes declawed, but I couldn't agree. For my money, the restrained elegance of Poor Moon is exquisite.

You don’t have to take my word for it, though. Poor Moon will be playing at Neumos with Tom Eddy + Pollens on September 20. Tickets are only $12, but if you’re feeling lucky enough, you might get in for free! Just shoot us an email at tig {at} threeimaginarygirls {dot} com with the subject "SendMeToPoorMoon" anytime between now and 2pm on Monday, September 17. We'll choose a winner Monday afternoon, and send you an email letting you know that you (and your choice of +1) are on the list for Thursday's show.

Good luck!

{Neumos / 21+ / $12 adv / 8pm doors. Tickets and more info available here. Photo credit: Kyle Johnson.}