A gypsy rides through the crowd while standing upon two horses. Behind him follow more members of his troupe, who do back flips off their steeds and then regale spectators with fire breathing and juggling. Performed by the seventh-generation acrobats of Cavallo Equestrian Arts, this spectacle—called Ma'Ceo—often draws standing-room-only crowds every day during the Washington Midsummer Renaissance Faire. It's these kinds of glimpses into the Elizabethan era that fulfill the mission of bringing renaissance Europe to life. Turning the Kelley Farm into the Village of Merriwick, entertainers of all types, from courtiers to peasants, engage fairgoers with a range of acts. Flanked by her entourage, Queen Elizabeth travels through the streets, perhaps on her way to watch the jousters compete for her phone number, or perhaps to watch sprightly performers such as the Celtic fiddlers or the commedia troupe. Merchants peddle wares to passersby, talking up goods such as hand-forged weapons and armor, hand-tooled leather goods, and roasted turkey legs. Camel rides and bubble-filled buckets cater to kids, and adults can duck into two alehouses where quick-witted wenches pour draft microbrews and ciders. For guests who want to spend the whole weekend immersed in the renaissance festivities, organizers reserve a section of the grounds for tent and RV camping.
The KUBE 93 Summer Jam brings together some of the biggest names in rap and hip-hop for an all-day festival of music and entertainment. With a star-studded lineup including Ludacris, Pitbull, T-Pain, B.o.B, New Boyz, Jeremih, and Big K.R.I.T., the festival exposes fans to numerous well-known acts without the scheduling hassles and food-allergy concerns of inviting them all to a dinner party. Although concessions are not included with this Groupon, two beer gardens offer refreshing tipples to guests 21 and older. The covered pavilion space helps provide shelter from the elements, keeping heads dry during rain, cool under the sun, and slime-free during showers of frogs.
Helmed by dulcet-toned Pamela Casella, the instructors at the vocal-music-performance summer camp mold fledgling songbirds into tuneful troubadours with one week of training focused on technique and performance skills. Within the pitch-perfect walls of the Federal Way High School choir room, groups of talented juvenescents explore a wide variety of vocal styles during classes, workshops, and one-on-one lessons under the wings and prosthetic beaks of experienced instructors. Parents can guide hands through the age-old routine of clapping, videotaping, and oscillating like a fan during the Saturday-morning showcase performance, where warbling whippersnappers reveal their newly polished pipes through an ebullient recital of madrigals.
Sharon and Norm Munsey founded Centerstage! Theatre in 1977 to help bring popular shows to their region. Decades later, their artistic ensemble keeps that mission in mind while staging a repertoire of new works. Family-friendly shows such as Shipwrecked!, heart-warming pieces including For All That, and tinsel-coated traditional English Christmas pantomimes take the boards at the intimate Knutzen Family Theater. That focus on feel-good entertainment has won Centerstage audiences and acclaim?several shows have proven popular enough to be transported to bigger venues such as Seattle's ACT Theatre and Tacoma's Broadway Center, and revues have been granted awards that include Best Actress, Best Director, and two acceptances of Best New Play.
Metronome Coffee's founders built their business around the idea of fresh coffee, tasty foods, and good music to sooth both cravings and consciences. They acquire their coffee through direct trade with farmers, each cup benefiting the people who did the hard work of growing it. They stock their pastry case with treats from local Corina Bakery and serve up hot pancakes made from scratch. They even squeeze their orange juice fresh. And they pair their food and drink with the tunes of local artists, helping customers discover new music.
Built in 1925, the Temple Theatre first served as a vaudeville venue, later becoming a host for road shows, burlesque, and movies. However, the theatre closed in 1965, and would be subjected to disrepair, vandalism, and skeleton xylophone recitals for more than 15 years. A 1981 restoration project returned the theatre to its former glory. Today, seated under the gilded chandelier and wooden trim, theatergoers lose themselves in the thoughtful dramas enacted upon the stage.