The Mid-Week Beat: Happy Birthday to Elvis and Bowie!

Happy-Birthday-Elvis-Presley-David-Bowie-elvis-presley-18274375-500-311Today marks the birthdays of two major forces in modern popular music, one has sadly passed on and the other continues to create original and challenging music. I am, of course, referring to the legendary and iconic Elvis Presley and David Bowie.

Elvis Presley was born on this day in 1935 in Tupelo, Mississippi. It was in the Assembly of God church in Tupelo that Elvis first discovered his love for music. He entered a singing contest at the age of ten at the Mississippi-Alabama Fair and Dairy Show, winning fifth place, and, a few weeks later, got his first guitar for his birthday. He would take lessons over the following year and would watch and learn from other guitarists but he remained shy and nervous about performing in front of other people.

He eventually began bringing his guitar to school on a daily basis, playing and singing during his lunchtime, despite being teased for playing “hillbilly” music. He became a fan of Mississippi Slim’s radio show on the local radio station WELO, and Slim’s younger brother, who was a classmate of Presley’s, began taking him to the station. Slim begain showing the young Presley guitar chord technique and eventually scheduled him for two on-air performances. He chickened out of the first one but made it to the second.
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The Pronto Podcast — Brown Paper Tickets’ Event Guide for Seattle

BPT_buttonWelcome to The Pronto! Brown Paper Ticket’s event guide for Seattle.

Tune in every Tuesday to check out a few of our favorite events in the Emerald City! You can check back to the blog every Tuesday at 10am or hit “subscribe” on the player and get each week’s Pronto delivered right to your computer.

Have a friend that’s visiting Seattle this week? Why not share this podcast with them and give them ideas of something to do? 

This week’s podcast features puppet shows, Christmas concerts, a fashion show and more!

TONIGHT! Tuesday, December 10, check out some up and coming artists at Fremont Abbey Arts Center with Release: Performances by Emerging Teen Artists. Spoken word artists, dancers, musicians and more. This is the next generation of cool.

Wednesday, December 11, the place to be is downtown at Perkins Coie for Batteries Included. As you might suspect, this panel discussion is all about batteries and where the technology is headed in the future.

Saturday, December 7, and Sunday, December 8, head over to the Northwest Puppet Center in Maple Leaf for their Season Subscription. That’s five different puppet shows including Madeline and the Gypsies and Snowflake Man.

Friday, December 13, and Saturday, December 14, St. Mark’s Cathedral on Capitol Hill hosts Cathedral Christmas— An Irish Christmas. You’ll hear a number of classic Irish Christmas songs in this gorgeous venue. Bound to get you in the mood.

It’s the Rat City Rollergirls’ 2nd Annual Black Eyed Ball and Auction on Friday, December 13, at 1927 Events in Belltown. This holiday party is 1920’s themed. So look out for the flappers.

Saturday, December 14, head over to Neighbors on Capitol Hill for the Accessory Runway Showcase by Chance Fashion. You’ll see the latest by Genius Threads, Creatrix Headdresses, Zero Mask and more.

If Sunday, December 15, sounds like movie night, the Northwest Film Forum on Capitol Hill has a great one. An Education was nominated for several oscars but few people have seen this sweet film about a starry eyed high school student in 1961 suburban London. Flashback!


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Artist Ticket Picks: A Winter Solstice Party, Ska, Roller Derby and more!

300205-250Welcome to this week’s Artist Ticket Picks! The Artist Ticket program gives our customers a way to donate to causes that we care about.

If you’re an event producer, you can allow your ticket buyers to purchase limited-edition tickets printed with original artwork in your event settings. The ticket buyer will pay a small, additional charge of $0.25 and receive a limited edition, collectible ticket imprinted with original artwork. The current charity of our choosing will receive 100% of the additional charge. Physical tickets must be enabled on the event.

If you’re a ticket buyer, you can check to see if the limited edition ticket is available to you at the beginning of the ticket checkout process or by visiting the Artist Ticket page. You receive a small piece of collectible art and support a valuable cause just by checking the box in the Artist Ticket widget when you’re purchasing your tickets!

See a full list of events carrying the tickets on the Artist Ticket page, as well as find out more about the beneficiary for the current run of Artist Tickets.

So, without further ado, here are this week’s Artist Ticket picks:

Saturday, December 21 I The Winter Solstice Party with L’Orchestre d’IncroyableSeattle, Washington

Assembled in the gray light of a Seattle winter’s eve by the shadowy lunatic, M. Incroyable, L’Orchestre D’Incroyable exists on the premise of arcane calculus, moonlit ceremony, copious poison potions, and the occasional sacrificial slaughter. L’Orchestre lulls you into a trance, and stirs your inner demons to the point of driving the body to wild and sensual shaking. Armed with a melange of musical weaponry (homemade stringed boxes, banjo, upright bass, theremin, cello, percussion, baritone guitar and more) Incroyable’s meticulous methods of hypnosis and musical abuse are certain to render any audience slave to its sonorous tonic.

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The Pronto Podcast — Brown Paper Tickets’ Event Guide for Seattle

BPT_buttonWelcome to The Pronto! Brown Paper Ticket’s event guide for Seattle.

Tune in every Tuesday to check out a few of our favorite events in the Emerald City! You can check back to the blog every Tuesday at 10am or hit “subscribe” on the player and get each week’s Pronto delivered right to your computer.

Have a friend that’s visiting Seattle this week? Why not share this podcast with them and give them ideas of something to do? 

This week’s podcast features including a bitters class, a hayride, a beer festival and more!

Attention all authors. Today, Tuesday, December 3 is the day for an Amazon Publishing Tutorial at UW Center for Urban Horticulture. Learn how to use the tools, grow your market and understand the technology.

Today is also the day to learn to make bitters at the Barrel Thief in Fremont. In this workshop you’ll learn to mix your own bitter for cocktails, soups and all kinds of other recipes. All ingredients are included.

Head over to a class called Dr. Jen’s Stage Make-up with Inga Ingenue at Dr. Jen’s House of Beauty in the Central District on Wednesday, December 4. Accentuate your best features before you hit the stage.

Wednesday, December 4 is the big day for A Totem Pole History: The Work of Lummi Carver Joe Hillaire at the Duwamish Longhouse and Cultural Center. This free presentation supports the preservation and revitalization of this native northwest knowledge system.

Seward Park Audubon Center is all about Winter’s Eve Hayrides. So come on out on Wednesday, December 4, and take a tour around the loop at Seward Park. Bundle up!

Friday, December 6 and Saturday, December 7, Hangar 30 in Magnuson Park is the place to be for 2013 Winter Beer Festival. Lots of beer. Guaranteed.

On Friday December 6, the action is at House of Hong in the International District. The event— Top Contributors to the Asian Community. Put on by the Northwest Asian Weekly Foundation, this is a great opportunity to support the community.


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Artist Ticket Picks: Marlene Dietrich, Warren Beatty, Elvis and more!

devil_is_a_woman_xlgWelcome to this week’s Artist Ticket Picks! The Artist Ticket program gives our customers a way to donate to causes that we care about.

If you’re an event producer, you can allow your ticket buyers to purchase limited-edition tickets printed with original artwork in your event settings. The ticket buyer will pay a small, additional charge of $0.25 and receive a limited edition, collectible ticket imprinted with original artwork. The current charity of our choosing will receive 100% of the additional charge. Physical tickets must be enabled on the event.

If you’re a ticket buyer, you can check to see if the limited edition ticket is available to you at the beginning of the ticket checkout process or by visiting the Artist Ticket page. You receive a small piece of collectible art and support a valuable cause just by checking the box in the Artist Ticket widget when you’re purchasing your tickets!

See a full list of events carrying the tickets on the Artist Ticket page, as well as find out more about the beneficiary for the current run of Artist Tickets.

So, without further ado, here are this week’s Artist Ticket picks:

Friday, December 13 I The Devil Is A WomanSeattle, Washington

The Devil Is A Woman is the last and most stylized of the Von Sternberg/Dietrich films. Stunning in bright black and white, it’s the story of Concha Perez (“The most daaangerous woman aliiiive” drones Lionel Atwill as a bitter and broken-hearted cast-off, filling in quite nicely for Von Sternberg).

Concha begins as a poorly dressed cigarette-maker with curiously impeccable make-up and hair in 1890’s-ish “Spain.” Cesar Romero, handsome as a God, plays the gay, young patriot enthralled with Concha after seeing her in perhaps the most intriguing Spanish-comb/pom-pom/mantilla combination ever enshrined on film.

The Travis Banton costumes for Miss Dietrich are over-the-top stunners, and really her hair is worth mentioning again: an ever-changing kaleidoscope of lace, Spanish combs, spit-curls and carnations. There are a lot of squawking, messy, flapping birds, so if you get bored waiting for Miss Dietrich to show up while the plot advances (an adaptation by John Dos Passos, but you’d never know it) those birds will give you something to think about.

Selected by the artist Mark Mitchell.


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Artist Ticket Picks: The Royal Oui, A Tribute to Harry Smith, Burlesque, Bellydance and more!

0X8A1830-2Welcome to this week’s Artist Ticket Picks! The Artist Ticket program gives our customers a way to donate to causes that we care about.

If you’re an event producer, you can allow your ticket buyers to purchase limited-edition tickets printed with original artwork in your event settings. The ticket buyer will pay a small, additional charge of $0.25 and receive a limited edition, collectible ticket imprinted with original artwork. The current charity of our choosing will receive 100% of the additional charge. Physical tickets must be enabled on the event.

If you’re a ticket buyer, you can check to see if the limited edition ticket is available to you at the beginning of the ticket checkout process or by visiting the Artist Ticket page. You receive a small piece of collectible art and support a valuable cause just by checking the box in the Artist Ticket widget when you’re purchasing your tickets!

See a full list of events carrying the tickets on the Artist Ticket page, as well as find out more about the beneficiary for the current run of Artist Tickets.

So, without further ado, here are this week’s Artist Ticket picks:

Thursday, December 12The Royal Oui, Pretty Broken Things, and Elk and BoarSeattle, Washington

“There’s never been any shortage of music in the Adrienne PierceAri Shine household: Vancouver native Pierce has released four-albums-plus of retro-mini epics known to fans of TV’s Grey’s Anatomy, Veronica Mars and beyond; Shine’s songwriting chops have shone on his solo releases (including last year’s Songs of Solomon) and his work as a composer. The husband-and-wife duo have collaborated before, but not under a band moniker until now, when the sometimes-L.A.-based couple decided to make music (and puns) as the Royal Oui. Their first 7-inch, “When You Lose Your Mind” (b/w “Actual Size”), displays not only their quirky sensibilities but their admirable restraint. And that opening lyric is a keeper.”  – Kevin Bronson Buzzbands.LA

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The Pronto Podcast — Brown Paper Tickets’ Event Guide for Seattle

BPT_buttonWelcome to The Pronto! Brown Paper Ticket’s event guide for Seattle.

Tune in every Tuesday to check out a few of our favorite events in the Emerald City! You can check back to the blog every Tuesday at 10am or hit “subscribe” on the player and get each week’s Pronto delivered right to your computer.

Have a friend that’s visiting Seattle this week? Why not share this podcast with them and give them ideas of something to do? 

This week’s podcast features our top picks including a Harry Dean Stanton documentary, a benefit for Bike Works, Celtic harp from Patrick Ball and heavy metal burlesque.

Starting today, Tuesday, November 12, through Thursday, November 14, Northwest Film Forum on Capitol Hill features Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction. This doc explores the iconic actor’s life, music and art through interviews and clips of some of his 250 films.

Where do southern resident orcas go during the winter? And what do they eat? Find out the answers to these and other killer whale related questions today, Tuesday, November 12, at C & P Coffee in West Seattle. The event is Brad Hanson on Killer Whales in Winter— Recent Findings about Range, Diet and Behaviors.

Hit up the Royal Room in Columbia City tonight, Tuesday, November 12. You’ll find yourself at Soul Crank, a Benefit for Bike Works featuring performances by Black Stax, Darrius Willrich, Rocky Sandoval and more. Bike Works helps build sustainable communities. Good cause. Great tunes.

Tomorrow, Wednesday, November 13, at the William H. Gates Hall, Room 133, in Lower Queen Anne, Human Trafficking & Supply Chains explores the various forms of this global problem in the sex, agriculture, textiles and hospitality industries. Policy makers, scholars, advocates and students are welcome to attend this eye opening panel discussion.

Friday, November 15, through the weekend, hit up Founders Theater at Velocity Dance Center on Capitol Hill for Fire & Ice. This unique evening brings together living sculpture, original music and dance choreography by a number of amazing artists.

If you’ve ever wanted to see one of the world’s best celtic harp players, you’re in luck on Friday, November 15. Just head on down to the Greenlake United Methodist Church to hear Patrick Ball perform his show, Celtic Harp and Story.  This one is full of wit, enchantment and beautiful music.

Saturday, November 16, pick up a Brown Paper Ticket and head over to Kane Hall at UW for 2013 Green Building Slam. You’ll hear ten fast paced, mind blowing presentations about remarkable green building projects in the greater Seattle area.

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Foodie Friday: Beer Wench and Vegetarian Nonsense At Jimmy’s No. 43

shot_1379982768829This week on Foodie Friday, we have a guest blog from The Beer Wench, also known as Jena Ellenwood. Ellenwood is an Astoria, New York based actress, writer, bartender and beer geek. Jena is a graduate of The New School and is currently studying for her Cicerone License. She enjoys a good story and a good brew, and usually finds one leads to the other.

I’ve spent countless hours browsing beer events online, searching Brown Paper Tickets for some epic day-long adventure for my friends and I. The Hot Sauce Festival earlier this summer combined two of my favorite kitchen staples—hot sauce and beer—as well as a variety of awesome finger food from local restaurants. Amid the abundance of spiced snacks, however, I left still feeling hungry. Most beer events seem to center around linking beer with bacon; as a lifelong pescatarian, I’m usually the one nibbling out of the breadbasket and picking pork out of my salads. When I found out Jimmy’s No. 43 was hosting a wild yeast –beer pairing dinner that was entirely vegetarian, I just had to go, and, since it was the day before her birthday, I brought my girlfriend Angie, too.

Jimmy’s No. 43 is a cozy little underground joint on the Lower East Side. We walked past the dimly lit bar and to the back room, where there were a few small tables surrounding one long wooden communal one. The beers to be paired with our dinner were proudly displayed on the bar, which was dotted with small candles. We were a little early, so Angie grabbed us a Barrier Bumble Wheat (8%abv) while I chose our seats at the communal table.
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The Pronto Podcast — Brown Paper Tickets’ Event Guide for Seattle

BPT_buttonWelcome to The Pronto! Brown Paper Ticket’s event guide for Seattle.

Tune in every Tuesday to check out a few of our favorite events in the Emerald City! You can check back to the blog every Tuesday at 10am or hit “subscribe” on the player and get each week’s Pronto delivered right to your computer.

Have a friend that’s visiting Seattle this week? Why not share this podcast with them and give them ideas of something to do? 

This week’s podcast features our top picks including an event based around the art of macaroni and cheese, a couples workshop and a comedy show from a guy with a Ph.D.

Tomorrow, Wednesday, November 6, you know you’re gonna want to drink some beer and eat dinner.  So check out the Left Hand Beer Dinner at Burgundian. Drink up some great craft beer from the Left Hand Brewing Company and indulge in a fantastic five course meal. Yum on that.

Wednesday, November 6, is also a good day to take the Estate Planning Workshop at the Saturn Building in Fremont. It’s good information you’ll need to know some day.

Have you ever wanted to taste a bunch of different hard ciders and raise money for a good cause at the same time? Thursday, November 7, is your big chance with the 2013 Hard Cider Test Fundraiser at Little Uncle restaurant in Pioneer Square. Funds help support City Fruit’s fruit harvest.

Artist Trust helps local artists in a whole lot of ways. So head down to EMP on Friday, November 8, for the Artist Trust Awards Party. See who’s getting a grant this year and get 50% off your Artist Trust membership at the event. Support local artists!

They said you were crazy when you called your mac and cheese an art form. But it’s true. On Friday, November 8, join the fun at Chez Klozar for Melt: The Art of Macaroni and Cheese. It’s a book launch event with lots of pasta. And lots of cheese.

It’s time for Theater Schmeater’s Auction Schmauction on Saturday, November 9. That’s a gala event with wine, hors d’oeuvres, a silent auction and a performance of special scenes from favorite past productions. Good times. Good cause.

Want to step up your relationship? On Saturday, November 9, buy a Brown Paper Ticket for Hold Me Tight, at the Inn at the Market, downtown. This couples workshop will help you strengthen the bonds between you and your significant other in a number of important ways.

On Sunday, November 10, head on over to Bainbridge Island’s Heyday Farm for Sunday Supper on the Farm. That’s dinner, wine and a fabulous meal prepared by Mike Easton of Corvo. All at a gorgeous venue on the island.


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