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March 17  |  By Jackson Holtz
The excitement about Pacific Northwest Ballet's innovation in dance started Friday night before the curtain went up and the dancers took the stage.

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March 7  |  By Jackson Holtz
There's an old saying about the Grateful Dead: "They're not the best at what they do, but they're the only ones doing it."

More than a decade after Jerry Garcia died, the axiom still rings true. No one has recreated the experimental, loose, jammy concert experience of a Dead show.

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March 7  |  By Theresa Goffredo
Set to open in October in Everett, Village Theatre's new 2012-2013 season has what audiences have been asking for – a lineup of powerhouse musicals, a murder mystery and something new.

Village's new season lineup is: “Big River,” “Fiddler on the Roof,” “The Mousetrap,” “Trails,” a new musical and “Chicago.”

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March 1  |  By Jackson Holtz
The outrageous Joan Rivers didn't miss a beat Wednesday night in a post-Oscar appearance at Seattle's Benaroya Hall.

The 78-year-old comic delivered a rousing set of non-stop jokes, leaving the audience in stitches, even as she cut a ruthless swath, offending nearly everyone and anyone.

"I only perform for people I want to," she said. "Unfortunately, some of you are going to have to leave."

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February 26  |  By Jackson Holtz
Seattle Opera's spare and minimal production of Gluck's transformative early opera, "Orpheus and Eurydice," is an homage to the composer's idea of "noble simplicity."

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February 24  |  By Theresa Goffredo
"Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters" brings the thrill and wonder of Zimbabwe to the stage.

As part of Village Theatre's Pied Piper series, this story brings an original heart-pumping score -- authentic African drumming helps -- and powerful choreography against the backdrop of a mystical jungle, according to a press release.

This is a Caldecott award winner, a "Cinderella" tale by John Steptoe.

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February 24  |  By Jackson Holtz
Country singer Dierks Bentley is scheduled to bring his "Country & Cold Cans Tour " to Comcast Arena Everett on April 21.

He's appearing with Eli Young Band and Will Hoge.

This is the first big-name concert to play Comcast Arena Everett since Duran Duran wowed audiences in late September.

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February 22  |  By Jackson Holtz
The Mountlake Terrace High School Jazz Band was selected to compete in this year's Essentially Ellington national competition, said Darin Foul, the school's band director.

The competition brings high school bands to New York's Jazz at Lincoln Center to perform.

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February 16  |  Theresa Goffredo
If you are scouting around for something to do this weekend, check out Lucille Ball at The Phoenix Theatre in Edmonds.

Okay. It's not the real Lucille Ball. But watching the talented and red-haired Kayti Barnett on stage, you will be reminded of America's comic sweetheart.

Barnett gives an Olympic performance as Iris in the Phoenix comedy “Thunderbolts and Dunderheads."

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February 13  |  By Jackson Holtz
Madonna will play in Seattle two nights, adding Oct. 3 to her schedule.

Tickets to see the pop star go on sale on Feb. 21 at 10 a.m. Tickets cost $45 to $355 at ticketmaster.com.

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February 8  |  By Jackson Holtz
"I feel relief, I feel well," Jeff Tweedy sang in the opening song at Tuesday's sold out Wilco concert at the Paramount in Seattle.

The verse, from "One Sunday Morning (Song for Jane Smiley's Boyfriend)," a song off the Chicago band's newest album, "Whole Love," is a good way to express how I felt listening being in the audience Tuesday night.

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February 7  |  By Jackson Holtz
Get to ready vogue.

Legendary pop star Madonna is planning to come to Seattle for an Oct. 2 performance at KeyArena.

Fresh off her hot show during the Super Bowl halftime, the 53-year-old entertainer is touring the world.

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February 5  |  By Jackson Holtz
In the opening scene of Pacific Northwest Ballet's

"Don Quixote," giant bookshelves are removed from the errant knight's study.

It's as if the dancers are acknowledging Cervantes' famous novel, but then pushing the original plot aside to make way for this whimsical ballet that is a delight to the eye.

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February 3  |  By Jackson Holtz
The line-up for the annual Memorial Day music festival,

Sasquatch, was just announced and festival passes go on sale Feb. 11.

This year's big name acts include Jack White, Beck and Bon Iver. Deeper in the long roster are local favorites, The Head & The Heart, the indie band The Shins, singer-songwriter M. Ward and Portlandia, the duo of Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein from the TV show.

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January 27  |  Theresa Goffredo
“Sing It Forward” is a benefit concert Jan. 29 to help pay for scholarships for students to attend Village Theatre's Kidstage program.

It's also the first-ever public performance in the newly renovated Village Theatre Second Stage and Youth Education Center in downtown Everett.

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January 23  |  Theresa Goffredo
An artists reception to meet the students from the Lynnwood High School Life Skills program who participated in the "We Rock" project will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 26 at Schack Art Center, 2921 Hoyt Ave., Everett.

The reception was originally held Jan. 19 but was canceled due to snow.

The Lynnwood teens drew self portraits based on rock posters from the '60s and '70s, like the one of Jimi Hendrix with crazy colors and his hair all wild.

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January 20  |  Theresa Goffredo
Yes, the show must go on.

Village Theatre's current musical "Annie Get Your Gun" continues performances this weekend at Everett Performing Arts Center despite the snow and slush.

For future updates you can also check the Village Theatre's weather update site.

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January 19  |  By Jackson Holtz
If you had plans to see tonight's concert at Jazz Alley or the dancing horses of 'Cavalia' at Marymoor Park, stay home.

Chances are if you had plans to go out at all tonight, you're better off finding something closer to home. Many area entertainment venues are cancelling due to this crappy weather.

Best bet: Call ahead before you go to a venue expecting a performance!

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January 19  |  Theresa Goffredo
The Schack Art Center, 2921 Hoyt Ave., Everett, is closed today so the H'Arts Artist Reception scheduled for this evening from 5 to 8 p.m. has been canceled, as well as all Schack Art Center classes.

Artists who would like their donation juried for the H'Arts live auction now have until 5 p.m. Jan. 22 to submit their donations. For more information go to Schack Art Center.

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January 18  |  By Jackson Holtz
Not even a fierce Seattle snowstorm can stop the King of the Huns.

Seattle Opera's production of Verdi's "Attila" scheduled for Wednesday night is on, despite the snow and cold.

In fact, Seattle Opera is offering $40 rush seats for people brave enough to make their way to the 7:30 p.m. curtain at McCaw Hall.

If you can make it, the soaring arias surely will warm your spirit.

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January 16  |  Theresa Goffredo
To celebrate great American musical theater, the 5th Avenue Theatre is giving away 2,100 free tickets starting at 8 a.m. Jan. 21 on a first-come, first-serve basis for a free performance of "Oklahoma!"

The free performance is 7 p.m. Feb. 5 at the 5th Avenue Theatre, 1308 Fifth Ave., Seattle. For more information go to The 5th Avenue Theatre.

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January 15  |  By Jackson Holtz
Seattle Opera's “Attila” is a tour-de-force of mostly wonderful singing.

The production, new to Seattle and rarely performed, was enjoyable and fresh despite some flaws.

Verdi's early opera is robust with one show-stopping aria after the next.

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January 11  |  Theresa Goffredo
This week, there are three good reasons for staying up late on a school night.

“West Side Story.”

The national Broadway tour of one of the greatest musicals of all time is playing only this week through Sunday. It's totally worth a bag or two under your eyes.

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January 10  |  Theresa Goffredo
The new Everus Theatre in Snohomish, an artistic venture started by Rustin and Yvette Klein, successfully debuted their newest play, "Deathtrap" according to rave reviews coming in from the audience.

This thriller in two acts opened Jan. 6 to much fanfare, reports Rustin Klein. The audience went through the gamut of nail-biting reactions during this edge-of-your-seat thriller by Ira Levin, Klein said.

Comments from the audience included:

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January 9  |  Theresa Goffredo
I've got two words for you if you are on the fence about seeing Village Theatre's “Annie Get Your Gun.”

Vicki Noon.

Noon plays the plucky sharpshooter, Annie Oakley. Noon's performance is worth the price of admission.

For starters, she was “absolutely darling” on stage, to quote my theater companion. She also had a set of lungs as big as Ohio. Her version of “Can't Get a Man with a Gun” gave me goose bumps.

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December 19  |  Theresa Goffredo
There are those heartwarming Christmas shows. And then there's the hilarious.

The Phoenix Theatre in Edmonds is delivering a heaping helping of the latter with its holiday comedy “Christmas Belles.”

And I'll give you a hint of how funny this show is by telling you that during parts of it, my 8-year-old son was laughing his head off, laughing so hard at one point that I was a bit concerned that we'd have to leave our seats so he could get a grip.

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December 13  |  Theresa Goffredo
I suggest you take a lively and absorbing 90-minute break from the holiday insanity and let Charles Dickens remind you of the message of Christmas.

Dickens' traditional seasonal tale “A Christmas Carol” is at Historic Everett Theatre through Dec. 18.

This barebones Adagio Players version doesn't have the bedazzle of a Seattle production but consider this a way to present Dickens' story in its purity, wholesome and satisfying, trappings not required.

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December 9  |  
As a young animator, Hal Sutherland worked at Disney Studios on such films as "Sleeping Beauty" and "Peter Pan."

After his time with Disney, Sutherland continued his career at Harmon Studios in the mid 1950's, where he would be one of the animators that worked on the prototypes for characters featured in the adventures of "Tintin".

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November 30  |  Theresa Goffredo
My friend's husband held out little hope that his kids would make it through a performance of “A Christmas Carol.”

But a swift and exciting 90 minutes later, his boys – 9 and 6 years old – were still in their seats where they had remained silent and transfixed for the whole show.

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November 22  |  Theresa Goffredo
Sam Cooke was right: Some of the best things in life are free.

On Saturday, I experienced that when a special jazz ensemble unit of the U.S. Navy Band, who are on tour from Washington, D.C., rocked the Everett Civic Auditorium with Big Band hits, blues and really exceptional original compositions.

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