Within the century-old confines of Uptown Glassworks' warehouse, furnaces melt handfuls of kaleidoscopic frit into malleable shapes manipulated by a team of professional glass blowers. But these tradesmen don't just create works for the gallery; they also share their secrets with students in a variety of activities, from introductory courses on making beads and paperweights to advanced instruction that can be applied toward college credit or used to fix the pockmarked walls of glass houses.
During the shop's Blow-Your-Own sessions, participants apply color to clear, molten glass that has recently emerged from a 2,000-degree furnace, then blow their mixture into 1 of 20 different shapes. The next day, patrons can pick up their cooled and packaged creations, comparing their handiwork to the gallery's collection of products, which are made by more than 90 local and regional glass artists.
Onlookers gasp as the graceful figure tumbles to earth in a slow-motion plunge. Her strong legs twist and spin down a billowing swath of deep-red fabric like a spider expanding its web. It is awe rather than fear, however, that draws the crowd's gasps, as the elegant descent is performed as a demonstration by one of Emerald City Trapeze Arts’ skilled instructors during a silks class. A dedication to teaching students of all ages and abilities the skills necessary to capture both the beauty and athleticism of the circus arts is the studio's main mission, upheld by a cadre of circus-grade instructors and a friendly staff.
Below the soaring ceiling of exposed old-growth beams of Seattle’s indoor venue or amid the warm breezes of Maui’s outdoor trapeze, students leap and balance on well-maintained circus apparatuses as their instructors correct their form and ensure their safety. The staff welcomes aerial enthusiasts to experience the sky-splitting thrills of all manner of circus specialty, from the flying trapeze to acrobalance to aerial hoop performed on the top of an elephant's stiletto. Along with high-flying classes, Emerald City Trapeze Arts’ crew celebrates the circus arts via dances and parties held within the whimsical-yet-rustic Seattle venue, from merriment-packed Halloween festivities to energetic performances by staff and students.
Although there are no online previews or user reviews for A Tuna Christmas, ArtsWest's previous productions have been reviewed and featured in numerous Seattle publications including Seattle Weekly, the Seattle Times, and AOL's City Best Seattle. Eight Yelpers give ArtsWest an average of 4.5 stars.
For over a century, the Seattle Symphony has built its audience and enraged Rumpelstilskins with an ever-growing collection of accolades and golden awards. Two Emmy-winning television specials stand out among a list of credentials that also includes 12 Grammy nominations and upward of 140 recordings. The orchestra continues to live up to its esteemed reputation thanks to new principal pops conductor Jeff Tyzik who has been hailed, "Among the best pops conductors in America,” by Rochester Democrat & Chronicle. He has also been recognized as an innovative conductor through his startling arrangements, original programming, and engaging rapport with audiences of all ages. The symphony is also well known for performing classical juggernauts such as The Rite of Spring as well as more whimsical nights of jazz standards.
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Overpowering the din of farmers and fisherman slinging their fresh wares at the centenarian Pike Place Market above, performers put on a vibrant and colorful show for those lucky enough to stumble across Can Can Kitchen & Cabaret, located just below the market’s floor. Within the hidden hot spot, sultry red bulbs glow over velvet draperies, creating an old-timey look reminiscent of turn-of-the-20th-century Parisian clubs. The stage features an endless rotation of talent, including national and local dancers, comedians, and singers, as well as Can Can Kitchen & Cabaret’s own dance troupe, The Castaways. Though shows may flirt with the risqué, Tom Scanlon of the Seattle Times noted that routines, like games of strip poker in which everyone wears their entire wardrobe, are only “slightly naughty.” Scanlon explains, “The house can-can dancers often [lifted] their skirts to reveal…fishnets and frilly petticoats.” As they put on Moulin Rouge–inspired entertainment, bartenders forge handmade cocktails that feature freshly squeezed fruits and, more times than not, the house liquor of choice, absinthe. Cooks, meanwhile, craft small plates, such as crab cakes and garlic fries, or prepare a prix fixe three-course menu.