Named Billboard's top Hot 100 artist of 2010, electropop sensation Ke$ha electrifies fans with catchy tunes, punchy lyrics, and a larger-than-life persona. With a list of chart-topping hits that includes "TiK ToK," "We R Who We R," and "Your Love is My Drug," Ke$ha charms even the most curmudgeonly, highbrow ears with irreverent lyrics and taut, shimmering beats that stick in listeners' heads like dreams covered in peanut butter. Presided over by a quirkily becostumed Ke$ha, the Get $leazy tour sucks fans into a nonstop, glitter-filled night of dancing, performance, and languor-shattering rapture. LMFAO, the tuneful twosome behind the high-energy hit "Party Rock Anthem," and electro-rapper Spank Rock complement Ke$ha's sonic spectacle with their own dulcet melodies.
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.
Known for mingling a program of symphonic classics with lesser-known musical rarities, the Seattle Philharmonic Orchestra showcases the musical talent of the Puget Sound region under the guidance of music director Adam Stern. The group brings classic works of ear-literature to life with its subtle string caresses, thunderous horn tooting, and shredding harp solos.
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.
Copenhagen-based musician Anders Trentemøller enraptures audiences with a four-piece live band that breathes life into his ambient electronic compositions. An accomplished producer who has remixed tracks for fellow Scandinavians Röyksopp and The Knife, Trentemøller garnered international acclaim as an artist with his debut LP, The Last Resort, in 2006, following a string of successful singles and an ill-fated attempt at a concert on Pluto. Onstage, Trentemøller and his band fuse elements of minimal electronica with pounding rock percussion and surf-guitar melodies, tearing through songs off Trentemøller's 2010 sophomore album, Into the Great Wide Yonder, as well as older cuts. The technologically savvy outfit headlined Roskilde Festival in Denmark in 2009, lighting up a crowd of 50,000 people and innumerable balloon animals with disposable incomes. A trio of opening acts primes audiences for the headliner with further electronic bliss, including New York pop outfit Xylos, ambient-experimental artist The Sight Below, and local techno DJ Nordic Soul.
Cover your stomach with a warm, electric blanket of food. Today's Groupon gets you $40 worth of comfort food at Shadowland, a low-lit, intimate setting for a relaxing, nourishing, and potentially low-lit, intimate evening. The Restaurant: Helpful waitstaff The Land of Shadows: Usurper king Zand the Pestilent wields Trandmor’s Staff to plunge once peaceful kingdom into darkness