As the go-to source for Americana and roots music, No Depression magazine curates its own festival to showcase both well-established and up-and-coming folk acts. This year's festival is headlined by the dulcet Dublin tones of The Swell Season, consisting of Irish musician Glen Hansard and Czech singer and pianist Markéta Irglová, who starred together in the Academy Award–winning 2007 indie-musical Once. Other acts include acclaimed singer-songwriter Lucinda Williams, Seattle indie-folk rockers The Cave Singers, and Alejandro Escovedo—winner of No Depression ’s "artist of the decade" for the '90s. Tickets are general admission, so arrive when the gates open at noon to secure a close-up spot on Marymoor Park's two enormous grass lawns, ensuring that the artists can pointedly ignore your request that they play the entire score of The Muppet Christmas Carol.
Owned by a pair of married comedians, Laughs Comedy Spot draws on its owners' continent-wide comedy connections and restaurant-managing acumen to treat guests to top-rate rib ticklers and delectable food. Graciously arranged tables ensure clear views of the stage from every seat, backing up punch lines with a powerful sound system, and free, well-lit parking eases transit worries and preempts cars' fear of the dark.
Owner Steve Olson added Parlor Live to the Parlor complex in 2008 as a way to bring big city-caliber evening entertainment to suburban Bellevue. National comedians take the stage in a wide, shallow room with seating that wraps around three sides of the action as colored shapes produced by a sophisticated lighting system dance across the walls. A globally inspired menu introduces the agonizing dilemma of whether to laugh, fill one’s mouth, or mold little edible hearts to toss toward the performer with shareable dishes that include garlic-gorgonzola waffle fries and coconut prawns. The drink menu, too, aims to surprise with complex cocktails that range from a classic old-fashioned to a sparkling rosemary potion with Aperol.
Today's Groupon lets you indulge your love of audience participation in a way that doesn't get you banned from competing in the Olympics. For $5, you'll score one ticket to Jet City Improv at the Historic University Theater (a $10 value). This year's Best Live Comedy in Western Washington winner, Jet City Improv has three shows every weekend: Friday and Saturday night at 10:30 p.m. and most Saturdays at 8 p.m. Jet City's sense of humor is appropriate for all ages, so bring your entire Boy Scouts troop, unrecognized church group, or diamond-encrusted chain gang of wealthy dowagers.Follow @Groupon_Says on Twitter.
• Friday, June 24 at 7 p.m. • Friday, June 24 at 9 p.m. • Saturday, June 25 at 7 p.m. • Saturday, June 25 at 9 p.m. The Harlequin Hipsters' performance of Passion, or Death! harnesses a theatrical concoction of dance, poetry, and song to challenge humanity to break free from its daily routines and follow its passions. Each 60-minute show exposes ears and eyes to Shakespearean prose, aerial stunts, burlesque, and rectangles that call themselves squares. Originally started by two dancers, the Harlequin Hipsters playfully combines performance art and social dance to dazzle audiences with a mixture of swing, hip-hop, circus arts, poetry, and live music. The show’s mesmerizing sights and sounds tempt audience members to dance along with the modern-day jesters’ distinctive choreography or sing snippets of the original music during lengthy rides in crowded elevators.
Keep your face fresh and young, spread happy vibes, boost your immune system, and sharpen your memory smarts with today’s Groupon. For $5, you’ll get a ticket to a Seattle Theatresports show at Unexpected Productions, the city’s longest-running improv performance (a $10 value).To avoid this common improv pitfall, print out this handy list of suggestions by clicking Print, located under the File menu in most browsers.