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.
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.
Steps from the famous Pike Place Market, music fans can’t miss the huge sign in front of this branch of the international casual dining chain. With scads of memorabilia from Seattle’s music scene, Hard Rock Cafe diners can find Eddie Vedder’s acoustic guitar, instruments played by Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic, a 1969 Fender Stratocaster used by Jimi Hendrix, plus a handwritten poem and notes from Bob Dylan, John Lennon, and more. The menu inside the rocking space reads like a pub-food playlist, featuring various spins on classic burgers, Ben & Jerry’s milkshakes, dry-aged steaks, fish and chips with Shock Top beer batter, and salads with house-made dressings. Worth a peek is the rooftop terrace, with its comfortable seating and sleek fire pits, which looks out on the city with views of the Market and Elliott Bay.
The granddaddy of Seattle jazz clubs, Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley has showcased inimitable jazz legends and contemporary recording artists for more than 35 years. Every seat in this intimate, sophisticated venue is within 50 feet of the stage, offering great sightlines that are complemented by a state-of-the art sound system. Not that it’s entirely necessary – the intimate, hip interior holds sound well, and the blaring sounds of horns, guitars and wailing voices more than fill the room. The sexy candlelit ambience also makes Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley a popular destination for special occasions and dates, with owners John and Carla Dimitriou offering a menu of Pacific Northwest-inspired cuisine. Ticket prices vary according to the artist, and reservations are strongly advised.
The art of evolving old films into brand-new, living and breathing shows has been crafted through 12 years of extemporization experience under Jet City Improv's hilarious belt. Twisted Flicks' talented ensemble will share the rewarding laughs that come from spearing antiquated movies through the belly. You'll take part in a communal audience experience on a larger scale than the dorm-room bunny toss of college years past.