Artist Ticket Picks: Mighty Boosh, Maurice Sendak and 80’s Cinema Go Burlesque, Bitter Poetry and more!

The_Mighty_Boosh_Wallpaper_by_JWoods07Welcome 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, January 4 I Come With us on a Journey Through Time and Space: A Mighty Boosh Burlesque TributeSeattle, Washington

The Mighty Boosh is a British comedy troupe featuring comedians Julian Barratt and Noel Fielding. Developed from three stage shows and a six-episode radio series, it has since spawned a total of 20 television episodes for BBC Three and two live tours of the UK, as well as two live shows in the United States.

In May 2004, after the success of a Boosh pilot, Steve Coogan’s company, Baby Cow Productions, produced the first television series of The Mighty Boosh for BBC Three, before it moved to BBC Two in November that same year. Though each episode invariably starts and ends in Dixon Bainbridge’s dilapidated zoo, the “Zooniverse”, the characters of Vince and Howard often depart for other locations, such as the Arctic tundra and limbo.

A second series, shown in July 2005, saw Howard and Vince sharing Naboo’s flat in Dalston with previously minor characters Naboo and his familiar, Bollo, a gorilla living at the “Zooniverse”. This series had an even looser setting as the four characters leave the confines of the flat in every episode, travelling in their van to a variety of surrealistic environments, including Naboo’s home planet “Xooberon”.

Series three started in November 2007, still set in Dalston, but this time the foursome are selling ‘Bits & Bobs’ in their shop, the Nabootique. Their adventures and outings in this series focused more on the involvement of new characters (e.g. Sammy the Crab, or Lester Corncrake etc.) rather than just the two of them.

This burlesque tribute to the cult hit will take place at Belltown’s Rendezvous/Jewelbox Theater and is lead by the board of Shaman (aka L’Orchestre D’Incroyable) and hosts Morbid Curiositease will take you through a journey of time and space featuring: La Petite Mort, Czech Mate, Dogwood, Penelope Rose, Amy Corinne Dougherty and a few surprises. Electro Boy/Girl dance party in the Grotto to follow with a DJ battle Kevin Incroyable vs Dominick J Kreep!

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The Tuesday Tease: Horrible and Hot – Halloween Burlesque Part 2!

Here it is, the final roundup of horrible and hot burlesque events happening on Halloween proper and on Friday, November 1st and Saturday, November 2nd, the period often referred to as the “Day of the Dead” in Mexican culture. The Day of the Dead (Dia De Los Muertos in Spanish), focuses on gatherings of family and friends who pray for and remember friends and family members who have died. Traditions connected with the holiday include building private altars called ofrendas, which honor the deceased using sugar skulls, marigolds, and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed and visiting graves with these as gifts. It’s nice to see this tradition honored in burlesque performances this year as I’ve always felt that the imagery associated with the holiday is so striking and dramatic.

I must say this has been the biggest burlesque Halloween that we’ve seen at Brown Paper Tickets and it’s just further proof that burlesque is growing, expanding and thriving all over the country. No need to honor the death of burlesque this Day of the Dead. This sparkly beast is showing no signs of passing away any time soon. Let’s raise a glass of tequila and suck on a sparkly sugar skull in honor of the hottest Halloween season yet!

Now get your costumes together, get your tickets and support your local spooky strippers!
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Artist Ticket Picks: A Social Justice Film Festival, Dirty Rappers and an Elvis Impersonator!

273367-250Welcome 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:

Friday, October 11 I Four Days in Chicago, with Life at Dawn and Committing the TruthSeattle, Washington   This screening is part of the Social Justice Film Festival. In Four Days in Chicago, Academy Award-winning filmmaker and lifelong activist Haskell Wexler takes a personal look at Chicago over four days in May 2012 — four days filled with politics, protest and police. In Life At Dawn, a political prisoner tells his story of how he stood up against the head of Singapore’s political party and was arrested and detained for 17 years. Committing the Truth is a documentary on the Irish Red Cross Whistle-blower Noel Wardick.

Friday, October 18 I The Bushwick Book Club Seattle presents Jim Bouton’s Ball FourSeattle, Washington   The Bushwick Book Club Seattle is jumping into their first experience with the sports world. They are happy to be taking on Jim Bouton’s tell all book about his experience with The Seattle Pilots (Seattle’s first MLB team), and the behind the scenes of the baseball world. He was ostracized from the MLB for telling the truth about what he saw. This book should bring us a wealth of original music with performances by Peter Spencer, Wes Weddell, Emily Eastridge, Mike Votava/Travis Young, Tamara Power Drutis, Levi Fuller, Don Hopwood, Brian Kinsella, Tom Rorem and Tekla Waterfield.
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Tuesday Tease: Cirque-Lesque!

 Poster with Trapeze ArtistOn this date in 1956, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus closed its very last “Big Tent” show in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, signalling the end of an era; all subsequent circus shows would be held in sports arenas. This is significant because it was the end of the golden era of the circus. Once they entered sporting arenas a lot of the magic of the circus disappeared. For those of us that grew up in the 70s and 80s, arenas are we went to see the circus but somehow, sitting on grand stands in a cement box with sticky floors was not the circus that I imagined in my boyhood fantasies and it wasn’t until I was introduced to the cirque-noir movement in the late 90s via Circus Contraption and Bindlestiff Family Cirkus did I start to experience some of the “magic” of the old circus of my boyhood dreams.

Burlesque and circus have always operated in similar universes and many modern burlesque troupes incorporate circus arts into their shows and routines. This week on the Tuesday Tease, I want to highlight shows happening this week that incorporate a little bit of circus into their shows so I’m talking clowns, acrobats, magic and sideshow acts. While the big tents may be gone, we can still re-visit the magic of the magical circus days of yore.


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Tuesday Tease: …And Then Things Got Weird.

186608-250Sometimes you want vanilla ice cream, but other times you want chocolate mint with sprinkles, gummy bears and herring ice cream! The same goes for burlesque. Sometimes you want to see a regular, classic strip tease with glitter, feathers and tassels. But then there are the times when you need something more. Sometimes you need Mickey Mouse and accordions along with your strip tease. And today, that’s what you are going to get!

Seattle, Washington

Thursday, February 21 | Al-Stravaganza!  If you love accordions, pop culture parodies, burlesque and Weird Al, then we expect to see you at the Rendezvous for a star-studded Al-Stravaganza! San Francisco producer Pickles Kintaro originally staged this show at the Hubba Hubba Revue in 2012, and it delighted audiences so much that she’s taking it on the road to certified geektopias like our own Seattle. Starring Iva Handfull, Scandal from Bohemia, Scarlett O’Hairdye, Bolt Action, Lady Satan, Pickles Kintaro, Odessa Lil, Pearl E. Gates, Lola Martinet and Mistress Marla Spanx.

Friday, February 15 to Saturday, February 23 | That’s F*cked Up!  It’s time to relieve yourself of the sickly pink residue of Hallmark holidays and drag 2013 into the gutter!  Now in its fourth year, That’s F*cked Up! bubbles back to the surface like that stain you just can’t clean. The cast froths with Seattle’s most talented and deranged performance artists to bring you prompt, dependable relief from hackneyed burlesque, drag, and cirque. See things you can’t unsee and won’t see anywhere else! Undo years of therapy in a single evening! Slap yourself and say it with us now, “That’s F*cked Up!”


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Tuesday Tease: Seattle’s Queen of Gorelesque!

Lat Petite MortThe First time I met La Petite More was backstage at a Chance Fashion show. She strutted down the catwalk in a Samurai-inspired Steampunk outfit, dragging a 3 foot pipe wrench with her and sporting a very large fauxhawk.

Backstage she showed off a pair of high heeled zombie shoes and large amount of gravitas. The reaction from the designers and photographers there was a unanimous “I want to work with her!” That was in 2009, since then I have had the opportunity to work with and for La Petite Mort on many shows and I can confidently say that everything she does is a monument to style, talent, art and a large amount of fake blood.

I recently had a chance to sit down with La Petite to find out what makes her work stand out.
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