Each month, Twisted Flicks showcases one charmingly tacky, past-its-prime film and gives it an off-the-cuff audio makeover. These 90-minute yukfests paint inventive humor across low-budget cinematic canvasses including I Was a Teenage Werewolf, Kronos, Ravager of Planets, and Zombie with a News Desk: The Larry King Story. Each unique 90-minute performance is appropriate for all ages and incorporates audience suggestions. The talented funnybone-prodders create new dialogue as well as sound effects and music, while audiences feast upon popcorn, candy, and chortle-loosening libations available at the theater's concession stand and full bar. Humor savants and armchair comedians should arrive early to contribute their creative suggestions and secure first-come, first-served seating.
The Seattle Shakespeare Company delivers bard-penned dramatics to eager theatergoers, delighting patrons with fresh takes on Shakespeare's classic plays. Following several plot threads, including the supernaturally altered infatuations of two young couples and the antics of a clownish troupe of actors, A Midsummer Night's Dream deftly mixes fantasy and sidesplitting comedy into a mélange that tickles funny bones and ousts any were-hyenas sitting in the audience. Fairies, love spells, and mistaken identities keep plots rolling merrily along before all is resolved in jubilant fashion. Shows take place at the Intiman Playhouse, with seating that puts theatergoers close enough to see every costume lace ruffle and anachronistically flawless smile.
Every evening at El Corazón is a different experience. Although the downtown venue is best known for its rock ‘n’ roll attitude, its calendar presents a genre-defying variety including comedy shows and punk, electroclash, postrock, and postman rock concerts. The majority of their shows are all ages, with a special bar area for the 21-and-up crowds.
Since 1991, The Crocodile's stage has served as the honorary home of such rockers as Nirvana, Pearl Jam, and Cheap Trick, making it a virtual incubator of the Seattle sound. U.K. artist Gold Panda transforms the hallowed neighborhood stage into an unworldly space, blending mixed vocals, found sounds, and foot-clapping beats into songs so strange and compelling that NPR dubbed his album Lucky Shiner among the best new electronic music in 2010. Joining the lineup, Natasha Kmeto fills the hall with futuristic soul, a novel fusion of experimental electronic music, hip-hop, intelligent dance music, and clones of The Commodores. Local DJ Nordic Soul warms up the stage and the dance floor with mash-ups of organic and synthetic tones and live instrumentals inspired from hip-hop and house music. After maniacal dance moves and hours stuck in conga-line traffic, patrons can refuel with a personal-size wood-fired pizza at the Crocodile Back Bar (not included in this Groupon).
Since its 1926 opening, The Triple Door has played many roles—vaudeville theater, movie house, burlesque—and in 2002 it entered its latest incarnation, as an award-winning music venue and lounge. The Musicquarium Lounge at The Triple Door boasts a 1,900-gallon freshwater aquarium, as well as a menu inspired by Asian delicacies and brought to you by the acclaimed Wild Ginger kitchen. Start your evening with some Bangkok boar satay dipped in a golden-raisin plum sauce ($5 each, two for $9), and kick your noshing into high gear with fragrant duck spiced with cinnamon and star anise and served with steamed buns, Sichuan peppercorn salt, and sweet plum sauce ($14.50 half, $23.50 whole). Sip a beer-like beverage ($3.50–$12.50 bottled, $5.50 draft), sake ($8–$15), or cider ($5.25–$15.25) as live music swims into your ear canals most evenings from the lounge stage sans cover charge. Signature cocktails such as the river taxi ($8.50)—made with Mekhong whiskey, coconut water, lemongrass, and pineapple—float on sound waves aboard rafts made of smooth, smooth bass lines.