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.
• 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.
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More than half a century ago, three partners raised a vibrant, multicolored tent on an underdeveloped industrial site and established the Westbury Music Fair. It followed its first production, The King and I, with a decade of top-name talent and Broadway musicals. Then, recognizing its place on the theater scene was permanent, it planted its roots as a fully enclosed theater-in-the-round. Expanding its repertoire to match its new digs, the theater showcased performers such as The Who, Bruce Springsteen, and Julie Andrews. Today, past a lounge blazing in purple and red lights, guests find that same circular stage hosting equally great musical acts, musical theater, and competitive musical chairs.
In Focus: Comedy Underground
Biggest past acts: Louis CK, Ellen DeGeneres, Aisha Tyler, Jerry Seinfeld
When to see the next big thing: on Monday’s open mic night
When to arrive: Doors open 30 minutes before the show starts.
Don’t bring the kids: Sunday–Thursday shows are for ages 18 and older only
What to order: anything of the Tex-Mex inspired menu, such as nachos and fish tacos
Parking: Street parking is plentiful, or opt for the paid lot across the mall.
At ComedySportz Seattle, the spontaneity of improv humor marries the competitiveness of athletics in weekly shows that churn out laughs for roughly 100 minutes each. During a match, two opposing teams of comics square off in red and blue uniforms as a referee presides. The teams launch into sketches and routines fueled by audience suggestions, much like on the TV show Whose Line Is It Anyway?. Since random, casual outbursts are so integral to the show, no two performances are the same.