directed by Valerie Curtis-Newton
west coast premiere
The campus is abuzz with youthful goings-on at destinations like Artists at Play, International Fountain, Space Needle and Pottery Northwest featuring Student Show & Sale, April 5-26. International Children’s Friendship Festival, April 6-7, highlights the coming weekend and Movin’ Around the World: Spring the coming week, April 6-12. World Rhythm Festival fills several campus venues Saturday, April 20, and Seattle Center Festál: Seattle Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festival returns April 26-28 to Fisher Pavilion and Armory.
Here are some additional opportunities to explore fun, family-oriented activities at Seattle Center this month:
Take time over the spring break to discover innovations and inventions that help create a world where every person has the opportunity to live a healthy and productive life, immerse yourself in debates about education, health and poverty and take action on a cause you care about at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Discover Center. The Center commemorates the 19th Annual Pacific Islander heritage month in Washington State, 4 p.m., Saturday, April 20, with an elders’ welcome and blessing and a sacred tuba ceremony. The event offers Pacific Islander music and spoken word and traditional foods. Free and open to the public with RSVP.
Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP), open daily 10 a.m.–5 p.m., presents several current and traveling exhibits for music, popular culture and science fiction enthusiasts of all ages. MoPOP holds its annual Spring Scout Day, Saturday, April 27, when visitors are encouraged to bring their troop, family and friends for an activity and leave with a fun patch (while supplies last). For more information, call 206-262-3420.
Pacific Science Center offers daily exhibits and activities in its many galleries and theaters. PSC’s Laser Dome offers a packed roster of shows that feature stunning laser imagery and powerful sound. Visitors may also blast-off to the outer reaches of the universe, explore the planets in our own solar system or learn about recent discoveries in the Willard Smith Planetarium. Or learn the latest on efforts to eradicate malaria in Uganda, while lifting communities out of poverty at Eradicating Malaria: The Big Fight Against Little Mosquitos, 7 p.m.-9 p.m., Tuesday, April 9.
Kids can explore where food comes from and how it tastes, mix ingredients and create exothermic reactions and small explosions at Seattle Children’s Museum’s spring camp, Eat. Play. Learn! A special Earth Day Celebration, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday, April 21,allows participants to explore what it means to use “clean energy,” with readings by local artist and author, Casey Ailes, and recycled super heroes. Discovery Days Camps are designed to meet a child’s varied needs, in half or full-day and even full week increments. Each camp day has a theme, along with science, art and cultural programming and activities for ages 4 to 10.
Seattle Children’s Theatre presents Balloonacy, a wordless, situational comedy, in which The Old Man, who lives alone, prepares to celebrate his birthday. To his surprise, the solitary festivities are interrupted when a playful Red Balloon floats into his apartment, shaking up his normal routine, through May 5 in Eve Alvord Theatre, and The Diary of Anne Frank, a sobering true story of eight people living in hiding in Nazi occupied Holland during World War II, as seen through the eyes of 13-year-old Anne Frank, through May 19 in Charlotte Martin Theatre.
For more information on events and activities throughout the year at Seattle Center, visit: www.seattlecenter.org or call 206-684-7200.
Seattle Arts & Lectures is delighted to announce that Azura Tyabji has been invited to perform at the third annual National Youth Poet Laureate Commencement on April 4, 2019 at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. The event celebrates the five Regional Finalists, of which Azura is one, and announces the new 2019 National Youth Poet Laureate.
Born and raised in Seattle, Azura Mizan Tyabji is serving as Seattle’s 2018/19 Youth Poet Laureate. As a writer, spoken word performer, facilitator, and educator, what motivates every aspect of her artistic practice is a love for community, justice, and healing. If her words leave you feeling hopeful, empowered, or thinking deeper, she has achieved her goal as a poet. She hopes to continue challenging and expanding her craft and giving back to the city that inspires her. She is 18 years old and a graduate from Nova High School. Azura’s first book of poetry will be published this May with Poetry NW Editions. The book will debut at Northwest Folklife at a celebration which will also crown next year’s Youth Poet Laureate.
Azura is averrable for interviews. Please contact SAL with requests.
About the YPL Program: A joint program between WITS and Urban Word NYC—with support from Northwest Folklife, Poetry Northwest, and the Academy of American Poets—the Seattle Youth Poet Laureate Program aims to identify youth writers and leaders who are committed to civic and community engagement, poetry and performance, human relations, diversity, and education across Seattle. SAL, WITS, and our other partners recognize that youth voices and community engagement are vital for empowering young people to effect positive changes in their communities and beyond.
About Seattle Arts & Lectures: Founded in 1987, Seattle Arts & Lectures champions the literary arts by engaging and inspiring readers and writers of all generations in the Puget Sound region. SAL’s programs include the Literary Arts Series, Poetry Series, Women You Need to Know (WYNK), Journalism Series, SAL Presents, Hinge, Local Voices, Summer Book Bingo, the Youth Poet Laureate (YPL) program, and Writers in the Schools (WITS). For more information about SAL, visit lectures.org.
I earned an A.A. from Fresno City College, a B.A. from Fresno State and a M.S. and Ph.D. in Educational Administration from Purdue University. I retired from the Los Angeles School District with 26 years of teaching service credit.
From my humble beginnings in Hamlin, Texas to my current home in Aberdeen, Washington, I’ve journeyed far; that is meant in both the literal as well as the metaphorical sense.
I am one of the many who was wrongfully investigated, convicted, and incarcerated for crimes that I did not commit. As of today, I am still fighting to have my conviction overturned. I have faith that one day I will succeed.
Nelson Mandela said “After one has been in prison, it is the small things that one appreciates: being able to take a walk whenever one wants, going into a shop and buying a newspaper, speaking or choosing to remain silent. The simple act of being able to control one’s person.”
Fanny Marion Jackson Coppin: First Black Female Principal
Miss Forten of Philadelphia
TACOMA LITTLE THEATRE’S ‘OFF THE SHELF’ PRESENTS THE REVOLUTIONISTS
Tacoma Little Theatre’s Off the Shelf program is excited to present Lauren Gunderson’s, The Revolutionists, directed by Jennifer York and featuring a powerhouse of Tacoma actors. This production will play Thursday, March 14, 2019 at 7:30pm.
Four beautiful, badass women lose their heads in this irreverent, girl-powered comedy set during the French Revolution’s Reign of Terror. Playwright Olympe de Gouges, assassin Charlotte Corday, former queen (and fan of ribbons) Marie Antoinette, and Haitian rebel Marianne Angelle hang out, murder Marat, and try to beat back the extremist insanity in 1793 Paris. This grand and dream-tweaked comedy is about violence and legacy, art and activism, feminism and terrorism, compatriots and chosen sisters, and how we actually go about changing the world. It’s a true story. Or total fiction. Or a play about a play. Or a raucous resurrection…that ends in a song and a scaffold.
The Revolutionists features the talents of: Angela Parisotto as Olympe de Gouges, Kristen Natalia as Marianne Angelle, Cassie Jo Fastabend as Charlotte Corday, and Deya Ozburn as Marie Antoinette.
Tickets for the March 14, 2019 performance at 7:30pm are $10.00 for non TLT Members, and FREE for those who are members. Tickets may be purchased online at www.tacomalittletheatre.com, or by calling our Box Office at (253) 272-2281.
TLT’s OFF THE SHELF
We know that there is a tremendous amount of wonderful theatre that deserves to be heard but sometimes just doesn’t get an opportunity. With “Off the Shelf”, local directors and actors will be bringing some scripts to life that we hope you will find entertaining, challenging and educational to our stage. We hope that you’ll sit back and enjoy an evening of theatre. You never know, you might see one of these shows on our mainstage in the future.
Pre-sale starts Wednesday, March 6 at 10 am and ends Saturday, March 9 at 10 am.
Tickets go on sale to the general public Saturday, March 9 at 10 am.
To get the pre-sale password, subscribe to the Fair’s E-Club and select Concerts as one of your interests. You’ll automatically receive an email with the password the morning of the pre-sale.
Reserved Concert Seating – $40 – $65*
Concert tickets include Washington State Fair gate admission, a $14 value.
Ticket required for children 2 years of age and older.
*Online orders subject to standard fees. A $4.50 service fee will be added to each ticket purchased in person at the Box Office.
Some people might say that after notching ten No. 1 singles, 13 Grammy Award nominations, a New York Times best-selling memoir and ongoing sold-out, coast-to-coast arena tours, Charlie Wilson has proven his point….and he isn’t planning to slow down anytime soon.
Wilson’s latest album, In It to Win It (P Music Group/RCA, Feb. 17 2017), includes a 2019 Grammy nomination for Best Traditional R&B Performance for the track “Made For Love,” his enchanting duet with Lalah Hathaway. In 2018 Charlie was also nominated for three 2018 NAACP Image Awards, Outstanding Male Artist, Outstanding Duo, Group or Collaboration and Outstanding Album.
The set boasts two number one singles which hit two different Billboard charts in April, 2018. “Chills” was #1 on the Adult R&B Songs chart and “I’m Blessed” ft. T.I. was #1 on the Hot Gospel Songs (and stayed in the top 5 for 65 weeks). This is the first time an artist has had two different #1 songs on these charts at the same time. “I’m Blessed” was also nominated for a 2018 Billboard Top Gospel song.
World Premiere Theatrical Adaptation
of Seattle Author Tom Robbins’ Classic Novel
Don your Mardi Gras beads and indulge your senses through story, food, music, and song
Café Nordo is proud to present its first ever solo adaptation, Jitterbug Perfume at Café Nordo’s Culinarium in Seattle’s historic Pioneer Square. The show runs from March 14 – May 12, 2019. Set during New Orleans’ Mardi Gras, Jitterbug Perfume titillates the senses as it immerses you in the experience of living each day to its fullest; great food, passionate love, great sex, and passionate living.
THE ADAPTATION“This was the first time we’ve had to obtain the rights to anything,” said Café Nordo’s Artistic Director and Executive Chef Erin Brindley. “As luck would have it, a friend of mine penpals with Tom Robbins, so I asked for an introduction. I pitched the adaptation, and after a few weeks, I had a snail mailed letter from him, in his signature flowery language, he said, ‘the very audaciousness of the idea is what most appeals to me’ .”
The show is an adaptation of Jitterbug Perfume, Robbins’ 400-page novel that spans thousands of years. This daunting task was a theatrical challenge that co-adapters Stephan Robinson and Café Nordo’s co-Artistic Director Terry Podgorski were eager to accept.
The Café Nordo creative team met with Robbins at his home in La Conner, Washington, in the summer of 2018. “He answered the door with a cupcake [for Brindley’s birthday] and lit a candle,” said Brindley. “He showed us his home. We had a lovely time.” After meeting for two and a half hours, Robbins offered advice and words of wisdom as he gave the company adaptation rights to Jitterbug Perfume.
“There’s so much inspiration to pull from in Robbins’ writing, it’s a goldmine,” said composer Annastasia Workman. “Mardi Gras and New Orleans are central to the plot of the show, where I’ve drawn from Dr. John’s bluesy style piano, Terence Blanchard’s score for A Tale of God’s Will, and the bands Galactic and Michot’s Melody Makers. The music for this show is all over the space-time continuum, with other influences coming from Bollywood scores, György Ligeti, Marconi Union, and Hildegard von Bingen.”
This three-hour immersive experience is complete with an original score arranged and composed by Workman. Infused with the sounds of New Orleans jazz, Workman, along with Matt Manges and Beth Fleenor, transport audiences deep into the revelry of Mardi Gras.
THE CULINARY EXPERIENCE
Those familiar with Café Nordo’s style of integrating theater, food, and drink into a multi-sensory experience can anticipate that Jitterbug Perfume takes that adventure further than ever before. Playing off the dueling perfumiers in the story, Café Nordo’s award winning Chef Brindley uses aroma to create a theatrical culinary experience. “The obvious will not be on the menu,” said Brindley with a smile. “This epic tale gave me the opportunity to think deeply about aroma, how it enhances flavors and how it changes the experience of eating.” The menu merges New Orleans and Seattle cuisines with choose-your-own-adventure olfactory decisions that create a unique, individualized experience.
To enhance the festivities, beverages intentionally selected to pair with the food include specially selected Wine Steward, Wine Sommelier, and Cocktail Flights, or, a specially-made Jitterbug Perfume wine from Chad Stock of Minimus Wine, an avant-garde Oregon winemaker. Beverages are not included in the ticket price.
JITTERBUG PERFUME by Tom Robbins
Copyright © 1984
Available in Bantam Trade Edition
Adapted by Terry Podgorski & Stephen Robinson
For Café Nordo
Director: Erin Brindley
Chef: Erin Brindley
Actors: Priscilla – Helen Roundhill
Alobar – Brian Picheu
Kudra – Marie Bolla
Pan the Goat God – Matt Manges
Ensemble: Chris Shea, Mara Palma, Lisa Viertel, Ronnie Hill, Opal Peachey, Madison Jade Jones.
Original Music: Annastasia Workman (keyboard, accordion)
Additional Musicians: Beth Fleenor (vocals, clarinet, electronics), Matt Manges (drums)
Costume Design: Fantasia Rose and Katrina Hess
Set Design: Terry Podgorski
Lighting Design: Ryan Dunn
Properties: Robin Macartney
Sound Design: Evan Mosher
FOR CALENDAR EDITORS
Indulge all five senses as Nordo’s first in-house adaptation takes on this cult classic from beloved local writer Tom Robbins. Don your Mardi Gras beads and revel in humanity’s search for immortality as dueling perfumiers open Pan’s bottle, causing past, present, and future to collide at your table in a soaring ode to love eternal. Tickets include a four-course meal and the performance. Recommended for adults 18 years or order. The book, Jitterbug Perfume © 1984, was written by Tom Robbins. Adaptation by Terry Podgorski and Stephen Robinson for Café Nordo.
Café Nordo’s Culinarium
109 South Main Street
Seattle, WA 98104
March 14 – May 12, 2019
Wednesdays – Saturdays at 7:00 p.m.
Sundays at 6:00 p.m.
$99.00, includes the performance and a prix fixe menu. Beverage and cocktail service additional.
*suitable for audiences 18 years and older.
Online Box Office: bit.ly/JitterbugNordo
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About Café Nordo
Food, like theater – and to that end, life itself – is a communal experience. Routines are safe and comforting, predictable, and pleasant. Café Nordo was born to shake things up; it’s a seismic culinary event wrapped in an unpredictable theatrical experience. Erin Brindley and Terry Podgorski created Café Nordo in 2009 with their pop-up food show, A Modern American Chicken. They have since reinvented the concept of dinner theater with 10 years of original, immersive theatrical productions that have garnered critical praise and a loyal subscriber base.
In 2015, they moved into a permanent venue called “Nordo’s Culinarium” where the Elliot Bay Book Company once lived in historic Pioneer Square. Café Nordo’s menus are created through relationships with local farmers, ranchers, and fisherman; Café Nordo’s shows are born from the hive mind of inventive composers, actors, visual artists, and carpenters. While the address remains the same from show to show, every other element will be a complete surprise for both frequent guests and first-timers.
What happens on the waterfront after the Viaduct is gone? Friends of Waterfront Seattle invites you to imagine the future park with a special pop-up umbrella performance by Kinesis Project dance theatre at Pier 58 while the public will be strolling on the Viaduct for one last time.
WAKE, a colorful, large-scale, site-specific performance on the waterfront by Kinesis Project dance theatre accompanied by music from Filthy FemCorps, Seattle’s all-female-non-binary street band, will take place Saturday, February 2 at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. at the pier between the Great Wheel and Seattle Aquarium. Jazzy, joyful, and artful, the performance will celebrate the post Viaduct future when the city is reconnected to its central shoreline via living, dancing, powerfully beautiful art in public spaces.
Community members will line the way toward Pier 58 with breathtaking and bright umbrellas designed by Seattle artist, Celeste Cooning. The pop-up performance will have dual vantage points — waterfront visitors will be able to watch the performance from the Viaduct and the ground
Friends has been enlivening the existing waterfront since 2015 with cultural events, including live music and performances including the K-Pop Now! Festival, 206 Zulu Beat Masters hip hop beat-making competition, and site-specific dances by Kinesis Project dance theatre. Saturday’s WAKE performance is a taste of things to come with the waterfront park. To learn more about what’s coming to Seattle’s waterfront, visit www.friendsofwaterfrontseattle.org/coming_soon.
“We are thrilled to be celebrating this moment in Seattle’s history with a cultural happening representing the park’s awakening. Seattle’s future Waterfront Park will provide beautiful spaces for people to play, relax, enjoy the views, and have unforgettable experiences,” said Heidi Hughes, Executive Director of Friends of Waterfront Seattle.
Kinesis Projects dance theatre’s Artistic Director and Choreographer Melissa Riker said, “My goal is to create a vibrant and unforgettable impression of colors, music, art, and movement. WAKE will bring the energy of Seattle’s awakening Waterfront Park right before the city’s eyes.”
Friends of Waterfront Seattle is the City of Seattle’s nonprofit partner helping to build the park and ensure its lasting success. Following the public-benefit partnership model, we educate the public about the park and its benefits, raise philanthropic funds to build the park, and will partner with the City to manage and program the park long-term. Our goal is to make the central waterfront a public mixing ground where all communities can share cultural, recreational, and civic experiences in a beautiful environment. Waterfront Seattle / Friends is a founding member of the High Line Network, a movement in cities across the world to reclaim underutilized infrastructure and reimagine it as public space. Explore the future park at our project showroom, Waterfront Space, located at 1400 Western Avenue in Seattle, and open Wednesday through Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.
Kinesis Project dance theatre is a non-profit organization that creates site-specific dance performances and facilitates educational programs. The company produces large-scale, space-changing, and unexpectedly intimate dances. Kinesis Project is at the forefront of the international discussion of placemaking, art engagement with diverse communities, and the cultural imperative of art in public spaces.