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Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Death Cab for Cutie, Headline 2016 Bumbershoot Music & Arts Festival

AnnouncementThe official lineup for the 46th Annual Bumbershoot Music & Arts Festival at the Seattle Center over Labor Day weekend, Friday Sept. 2 through Sunday Sept. 4 includes  Headliners: Seattle natives and hip hop duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, alternative rock band Death Cab for Cutie, and critically acclaimed Norwegian producer KYGO, among others.

More than 140 additional artists will perform throughout the weekend on more than a dozen indoor and outdoor stages spread throughout the 74 acre festival grounds, including both Memorial Stadium and KeyArena.

To celebrate Seattle’s Festival, headliner Macklemore will throw out the first pitch at Safeco Field during “Bumbershoot Night” on April 29. Fans who purchase a ticket to the Bumbershoot section at Safeco Field will receive a Mariners Bumbershoot T-shirt.

TicketsTickets are available at a special discount using promo code “BUMBERSHOOT”

Event Pass Information and Lineup

Passes for Bumbershoot go on sale Friday, April 29 at 10 a.m. PT

3-Day Passes, starting at $180
Gold Passes, $400
Emerald VIP, $700

Bumbershoot 2016 (PRNewsFoto/Bumbershoot)Arts and Culture Programming Highlights

In addition to a diverse music lineup that includes 90 acts, from international headliners to emerging local artists, Bumbershoot programming includes comedy, film, dance, theatre, words and ideas, youth activities, and more.

Comedy: Ron Funches from NBC’s Undateable as Shelly will bring his comedic talents to Bumbershoot along with Comedians of Comedy alum Morgan Murphy, The Improvised Shakespeare Company, and Seattle native Nick Thune.

film-iconFilm: With something for every age and taste, the 1 Reel Film Festival — curated by the Seattle International Film Festival — will serve up a selection of the year’s best short films.

dance_iconDance: Returning in 2015 after a few year hiatus, Bumbershoot’s dance programming offers a strong lineup of talent in 2016 including MaximumVELOCITY, a showcase of top contemporary choreographers and dance groups and the Northwest’s premiere breaking and street dance competition, Reign Supreme, which drew huge crowds in 2015.

Theatre-Set-Theatre-masks-iconTheatre: Curated by Theatre Puget Sound, 2016 theatre performances will include Are You There God? It’s Me, Karen Carpenter, a musical that juxtaposes classic coming of age novel Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret with the music of the Carpenters and an unforgettable performance from Tattprov, which includes one member of the comedy group getting a tattoo based on a suggestion from the audience.

PoetryWords & Ideas: Words & Ideas guests include local poet, writer and filmmaker Sherman Alexi, podcast sensation Chris Allen, Seattle’s premiere political comic (according to Seattle Weekly), Brett Hamil, and the writers of Amazon series Transparent.

YOUNGERSHOOT: Returning for its 6th year the Seattle Children’s Museum presents YOUNGERSHOOT, a place for children ages 10 and younger and their guardians to enjoy the festival together with kid-focused entertainment, hands on activities, and performances.

0002_porkshankFood: Other stand out features this year include B-Eats, a new food program created in partnership with Dan Bugge of Matt’s in The Market and Radiator Whiskey to curate a diverse mix of gourmet style cuisine from local chefs.

Seattle-based nonprofit Center for Infectious Disease Research (CIDResearch) is the official non-profit partner of Bumbershoot 2016. As part of the relationship, Bumbershoot will donate a portion of each pass sold and encourage fans to donate as well, helping spread global health awareness.

Full Lineup

Musical Performances

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis // Death Cab for Cutie // KYGO // Tame Impala // G-Eazy // Pretty Lights // Halsey // DJ Snake // Porter Robinson // Zeds Dead // Bryson Tiller // Michael Franti & Spearhead // Run The Jewels // Billy Idol // ZHU // Fetty Wap // Marshmello // Father John Misty // Explosions In The Sky // Third Eye Blind // Logic // Andrew Bird // Tyler, The Creator // Melanie Martinez // Reggie Watts // Margo Price // Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals // Chevy Metal // Flatbush ZOMBiES // Maren Morris // Kamasi Washington // Jai Wolf // JoJo // Cashmere Cat // The Front Bottoms // Black Joe Lewis // The Motet // TOKiMONSTA // The Blind Boys of Alabama // St. Lucia // Hippie Sabotage // TroyBoi // Gryffin // Bob Moses // Zella Day // Atlas Genius // Bishop Briggs // Jagwar Ma // Banners // Jimi Charles Moody // Barns Courtney //The Flavr Blue // Donna Missal // Hinds // Lewis Del Mar // Joywave // Naked Giants // Manatee Commune // Shaprece // White Denim // Escondido // Lemolo // Iska Dhaaf // Radiation City // Coast Modern // Erik Blood // Rabbit Wilde // Ryan Caraveo // Secret Weapons // Grave & The Pink Slips // Chastity Belt // Dude York // Desi Valentine // Fly Moon Royalty // Stag // Low Cut High Tops // So Pitted // Strangers You Know // Treasure Fingers // Maiah Manser // Super Square // Pony Time // Snuff Redux // Lisa Prank // DoNormaal // Tracksuit Wedding // COSMOS // Zach Van Lue


Ron Funches // The Improvised Shakespeare Company // Kate Berlant // Nick Thune // Goddamn Comedy Jam // Morgan Murphy // Dan Soder // Andy Haynes // Billy Wayne Davis // Adam Ray // Tiffany Haddish // Kevin Barnes // Whitmer Thomas // Jena Friedman // Dan St. Germain // Fahim Anwar // Ashley Barnhill // Moses Storm // Rachel Walls // Seattle’s Most Wonderful // Khadija Hassan // Barbara Holm // Wilfred Padua // Queerz: We’re Hilarious // Stand-up for Yourself with Amy Miller // Natalie Holt // Levi Manis // Improv: Carskee, Jesse + Josh=Josh, CSz Seattle Presents ComedySportz, FEELINGS, The Midnight Goats

Words & Ideas

Writers of Transparent // Seattle Review of Books featuring Sherman Alexie, Robert Lashley, and EJ Koh // Seattle Files with Chris Allen // Seattle Process with Brett Hamil // Why Storytelling? Why Professional Wrestling? Why Now? // Why Tech Industry? Why Homelessness? Why Now? // Why Memes? Why Internet Dating? Why Now? With Emmett Montgomery // Hugo House Presents The Oracle // Battle of The Word Poetry Slam


Reign Supreme Breakin’ Competition // MaximumVELOCITY

Theatre (Curated by the Theatre Puget Sound)

SWING // Tattprov // DUMP: A Garbage Burlesque // Are You There God? It’s Me Karen Carpenter // Can’t Talk Right Now // Mik Kuhlman “House 30”

Visual Arts

Brent Watanabe // Seattle Experimental Animation Team // Interstitial Theatre // Seattle Center Sculpture Walk // Fine Arts Poster by Ryan Molenkamp

Additional Programming

FILM curated by Seattle International Film Festival // YOUNGERSHOOT curated by Seattle Children’s Museum


B-Eats feat. Local chefs of Matt’s In The Market, Radiator Whiskey, Garcia, New Luck Toy, Bok Bok Korean Fried Chicken, and Pike Place Fish Guys

‘The Shocking Fuzz of Your Electric Fur’

gia on the move musicWe’re mix-taping it up today with the groundbreaking band, The Veldt.

Identical twins Daniel and Danny Chavis may originally hail from Raleigh/ Chapel Hill, North Carolina, but they have been East Village residents for the past 28 years. They are also co-founders of the band who lifted their band’s name from a Ray Bradbury science fiction story.

Musically reared in the church and juke-joints of their native southern state, the twins have been performing since they were children, listening to music that included gospel, Motown and Pink Floyd. They now make music, together with bassist/programmer Hayato Nakao, returning to their roots with the release of The Shocking Fuzz of Your Electric Fur: The Drake Equation Mixtape EP.  The album releases today, April 8 and to celebrate, the band is doing a whirlwindl tour of Central Canada (see tour dates below)

The title The Shocking Fuzz of Your Electric Fur was borrowed from an E.E. Cummings poem. Its raging sound was influenced equally by the emotional soul of Marvin Gaye, free jazz warriors Sun Ra and Pharaoh Sanders, various Drake hip-hop tracks, and their own fertile electric imagination.

Although The Veldt has been signed to many major labels after leaving Mercury Records in 1995, the brothers decided to remain indie and self-released their 2008 album White Music for Black People. “”

“The major labels were always trying to get us to change our sound, our look or both, “But, we had no interest in being the next Lenny Kravitz or Tony! Toni! Toné! We weren’t trying to be rock stars, we just want to play our music and pay our rent.” ”

The Veldt will be touring central Canada and North Carolina in early to mid-April and also will be opening for The Brian Jonestown Massacre for various east coast dates during their forthcoming U.S. tour in May. East Coast peeps will have the opportunity to hear this band in Boston, Phily and New York City.

1. Sanctified
2. In a Quiet Room
3. Token
4. One Day Out of Life
5. And It’s You
03/25 New York City – Private session for Huffington Post
04/01 London, ON – CHRW 94.9 FM In-Session
04/01 London, ON – 765 Old East Bar & Grill (with The Mongrels)
04/02 London, ON – CHRW Saturday Morning with Howie Zowie
04/03 Toronto, ON – Silver Dollar Room (with MIMICO)
04/06 Peterborough, ON – Red Dog Tavern (with Stacey Green Jumps)
04/07 Montreal, QC – Barfly (with The City Gates)
04/08 Ottawa, ON – Zaphod’s Ottawa (with Everett)
04/11 Raleigh/Chapel Hill, NC – Cat’s Cradle
04/18 New York City – Mercury Lounge (with Fist of Facts)
04/28 Austin, TX – Levitation Festival / Committee To Keep Music Evil Pre-party at Barracuda
05/06 Philadelphia – Union Transfer (with Brian Jonestown Massacre)
05/07 Boston – Paradise Rock Club (with Brian Jonestown Massacre)
05/09 New York City – Webster Hall (with Brian Jonestown Massacre)

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“In Response” An Open Invite from Hollywood’s Towne Street Theatre

In Response

Towne Street Theatre, L.A.’s premiere African-American Theatre Company with Curator Connie Martin Trevino present a special “In Response” Visual Art Exhibit in response to Race Relations & Politics in America at the Stella Adler/LA Art Gallery from April 9 – 24 at Stella Adler Theatre, 6773 Hollywood Blvd. in Hollywood, CA 90028

The art exhibit has been specially curated and is meant to continue the dialogue created by the production, “In Response” which will run simultaneously with the exhibit which will be available one hour before show opening, during intermission and one hour after the show ends.

New works were created just for “In Response” and other works are conversations the artists have been working on throughout their career. Nathaniel Bellamy, Barbara Johnson Graham, Roz Myles, John David Trevino, Lamar Usher, and Connie Martin Trevino are the participating artists.  This exhibition will consist of photography, collage, painting, and drawings, and reflects the artists various backgrounds, experiences, and conversations.

“In Response,” is a multi-media, multi-author event told from a historical perspective through poetry, short plays, video and song; a “response” to systemic racism throughout American history.  It will address race relations and politics in America.  It touches on such poignant topics as interracial relationships, slavery, lynchings, the effects of race on public perceptions, job placement, freedom, and life experiences, as well as the hope and optimism for the future of race relations in America.

There will be talkbacks and a call for audience responses after every show.

Dr. Stephanie Leigh Batiste, will lead our talkback on Sunday, April 10th.  Dr. Batiste is Associate Professor in the Departments of Black Studies & English at University of California at Santa Barbara. Her book, “Darkening Mirrors: Imperial Representation in Depression Era African American Performance” (Duke University Press, 2011) is winner of the William Sanders Scarborough Prize for Research in African American Literature and Culture from the Modern Language Association and Honorable Mention for the Book Award from the Association for Theater in Higher Education.

As artists of color, the company felt it had to respond to the recent numerous police shootings and violence against unarmed black men and women, including the #BlackLivesMatter movement, and the brutality suffered by African-Americans, beginning with slavery.

As April is also National Poetry Month, Towne Street has invited a number of Spoken Word Artists to share their poetry and feelings about racism in America.

Community Response:  Towne Street Theatre would like to empower the community and engage with their audience on their responses on this topic, each week after the 8:00 p.m. Saturday shows and the 4:00 p.m. Sunday shows. The public is invited to share a poem, a spoken word piece, a letter, or a memory.  The public can submit their ideas to

Towne Street Theatre, L.A.’s Premiere African American Theatre Company, was founded in 1993 in the aftermath of the 1992 Los Angeles riots. Its mission is to create positive social impact by producing and developing original works reflective of the African American experience. Towne Street continues to be an oasis for creativity and imagination; a theatre that helps to bridge the cultural divide by bringing artists and audiences of all colors and ethnicities together. Originally, located in a downtown loft, the Towne Street Theatre has been in residence at the Stella Adler Theatre/LA in Hollywood since 2004. The 9th Annual TST Ten Minute Play Festival begins in October of 2016.

Tickets for “In Response” are only $8 for the Preview night (April 8th).  For the entire run of the production tickets are $16 General Admission and $12 for Seniors, Students and Groups of 6 or more.

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Stratford HD Kicks Off Stage-to-Screen Series April 24th

This year’s debut also coincides with the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare‘s passing and celebrates his legacy.

Jonathan Goad as Hamlet in Hamlet. Photography by David Hou.

Jonathan Goad as Hamlet in Hamlet. Photography by David Hou.


The Stratford Festival, North America’s leading classical theatre company, today announced its 2016 U.S. schedule of high-definition theater screenings of the Festival’s critically acclaimed productions of Shakespeare’s iconic works. Captured onscreen for audiences nationwide, the series kicks off on April 24 with the HD debut of Hamlet. The series continues with The Adventures of Pericles beginning May 8, and with The Taming of the Shrew beginning May 29.

Distributed this spring by SpectiCast Entertainment, the productions continue the massive initiative by the Stratford Festival’s Artistic Director, Antoni Cimolino, to capture all of Shakespeare’s plays over the next 10 years and bring them to a global audience. Noted producer and director Barry Avrich has captured the productions using 10 cameras and 128 tracks of sound to create an immersive high-definition, surround-sound experience while remaining faithful to the stage version of the productions.

Coming to theaters across the U.S. this summer:

  • Jonathan Goad. Photography by Don Dixon.

    Jonathan Goad. Photography by Don Dixon.

    Hamlet – It’s been called the greatest play in the English language and this production “the most complete, most fulfilling, most satisfying in decades of theater-going.” Jonathan Goad is witty and courageous in the title role, but also deeply human. The film excites and surprises at every turn, with a cast of some of the finest classical actors in the world bringing to life the most intense and heart-breaking relationships the stage has ever seen. Directed for the stage by Antoni Cimolino. Directed for film by Shelagh O’Brien. Produced by Barry Avrich.

  • Ben Carlson, Deborah Hay. Photography by Don Dixon.

    Ben Carlson, Deborah Hay. Photography by Don Dixon.

    The Taming of the Shrew – Shakespeare’s boisterous comedy will stir your emotions with the love story of Katherina and Petruchio, the feisty couple at the center of Shakespeare’s most pointed social commentary. Deborah Hay gives a “performance for the ages” as the Shrew, and Ben Carlson is the perfect counterpoint as her plotting suitor, creating a chemistry that sets the stage alight. Directed for the stage by Chris Abraham. Produced and directed for film by Barry Avrich.

  • Evan Buliung (centre) as Pericles with members of the company in The Adventures of Pericles. Photography by David Hou.

    Evan Buliung (centre) as Pericles with members of the company in The Adventures of Pericles. Photography by David Hou.

    The Adventures of Pericles – One storm at sea brings love into the life of Pericles, Prince of Tyre, while another snatches it away. This magical production of Shakespeare’s epic tale is “moving from beginning to end.” Evan Buliung gives a sweeping performance, portraying the dashing young prince with verve and swagger, and taking him into his elder years with sorrowful tenderness. A story rarely told, and one you won’t soon forget! Directed for the stage by Scott Wentworth. Produced and directed for film by Barry Avrich.

Additional screening locations will be updated weekly.
The Stratford Festival HD project launched in February 2015 with the release of
King Lear, King John, and Antony and Cleopatra.

For more information visit:

The Stratford Festival has been setting the standard for classical theater in North
America for more than 60 years. With the works of Shakespeare at its core, this
acclaimed repertory theater presents a seven-month season of a dozen or more
plays in four venues, along with a Forum of events to enrich the play-going
experience. Since its revolutionary first season in 1953, it has welcomed more
than 26 million theater-goers from around the world, people who flock to this small Canadian town for one reason: an unparalleled quality of performance. In 2015, under the leadership of Artistic Director Antoni Cimolino and Executive Director Anita Gaffney, the Stratford Festival embarked upon a 10-year initiative to capture the entire Shakespeare canon in spectacular HD, bringing the work of
this renowned company to audiences around the world.

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Love And Tragedy Permeate Southern Gothic “Dream Boy”

Reviewed by Marc Wheeler

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Dream Boy, the latest offering by the Celebration Theatre, is a fairly simple tale of gay teen love. Based on Jim Grimsley’s 1995 novel and adapted for the stage by Eric Rosen, Dream Boy follows two boys, Nathan and Roy, who meet when Nathan’s nomadic family moves to yet another Southern backwoods town during the 1970s.

With its source material being written two years before Annie Proulx wrote of male lovers Jack and Ennis in “Brokeback Mountain,” Dream Boy is of an era where the forbidden nature assigned same-sex love was considerably more prevalent. This often translated to works of art where “gayness” was the story, not simply an aspect of it. In this sense, Dream Boy shows signs of its time. Add in the tropes of a troubled alcoholic father, a suffocating religious upbringing and an unenlightened society and you have a recipe for a sweetly tragic gay love story.

Where Dream Boy suffers is in its curious tonal shifts, plot-veering and head-scratching ambiguity. Rather than add originality, these elements distract from what could have been a stronger through-line.

gia on the move theatre reviews marc wheelerFortunately, Michael Matthews’ direction elevates the material, giving Dream Boy a polished storybook quality, as evident in his use of hymns and choreography. In collaboration with set designer Stephen Gifford he evokes not only a sense of place by way of a dense forest lining the back of the set, he also captures rich symbolism. Themes of sexuality, secrets, and disorienting darkness haunt these backwoods, all contained in what appears to be a giant picture frame through which the actors emerge.

Kudos go to Tim Swiss for his effective lighting, summoning Southern Gothic ghostliness. And Tuffet Schmelzle scores as dialect coach, eliciting a thick drawl from the entire cast.

A strong ensemble delivers powerful work. Matthew Boehm brings a scarred sensitivity to the loveable Nathan, while Randall Ray Clute captures the good-ol-boy quality of the rugged Roy. Elizabeth Dement harnesses a frightened vulnerability as Nathan’s mother, as Jim Hanna brings turbulence to the role of his authoritarian father. Rounding the cast are Kate Connor, Billy Evans, Craig Jorczak and Erin McIntosh, all bringing to life this small town’s inhabitants, while Christopher Maikish narrates the piece with an ethereal grace.

Rebecca Eisenberg is producer of this Los Angeles premiere.

While Dream Boy lacks a clear purpose and ultimately effective story arc in bringing this coming-of-age story to life, it succeeds beautifully in nuance, mood and craftsmanship.

Now playing thru March 20, 2016
Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays – 8:00 PM
Sundays – 2:00 PM

Celebration Theatre @ The Lex
6760 Lexington Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90038

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Giddy-up Little Doggerel! Quickdraw Poetry at The Bootleg L.A.

by Tracey Paleo, Gia On The Move

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Most DEFINITELY NOT the show where you take a Xanax and sit back!

Last week’s opening of the Quickdraw Poetry Cabaret by the Melrose Poetry Bureau at the Bootleg Theater lived entirely up to it’s promise of being a risqué ‘velvet bon bon and smoking gun extravaganza’ of poetry, song, burlesque and dueling typewriters. Did they save the world in an hour — probably not.  But there was definitely more than a dash of Friday night sexy, plus a few articles of clothing removed.

As original as it gets, Emcee Brian Sonia-Wallace and company: Nayeli Adorador-Knudsen, Bobby Gordon, Ary Katz and Linda Ravenswood, slam-dunked the evening with audience participation galore.  No one escaped the cross-fire of a single poet, furiously banging at the QWERTY, being pit against one another in a series of crowd suggested versifications, Wild West shoot outs, the typewriter band or scantily clad muse Miss Erin Bridge’s sizzling strip tease charms, (The front row fan club totally didn’t mind at all!)

Be prepared to be riveted by music, sultry dance, breathy orations and defiant provocations. Its ALL about the ‘word.  The stakes are high and the hootin’ & hollerin’ brings the room to a din.  You will be energetically revived and ready for Bootleg’s other evening onslaught of music performance.

Quickdraw Poetry Cabaret by the Melrose Poetry Bureau
@ Bootleg Theater 2220 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90057
Remaining dates are: January 15 & 16 @ 7:30pm
Tickets at

Co-produced with The Bootleg Theater and followed every night by live music and the magic of a cash bar, each show in our run ends with a unique offering:

  • January 15: Brian’s Book Launch Brouhaha – get lit with the book launch event for I Sold These Poems, Now I Want Them Back, a new publication with Yak Press by Melrose Poetry Bureau managing partner Brian Sonia-Wallace.
  • January 16: Closing Party – with tears, drunkenness, dancing, and dreams.

Melrose Poetry Bureau is represented by Knudsen Productions and is a company-in-residence at The Bootleg Theater and Write Club Los Angeles.