Colin Meloy of The Decemberists Discusses “Wildwood” in Seattle Tonight!!

Tomorrow is Colin Meloy, front-man for celebrated Portland indie-rock band The Decemberists, birthday and tonight he’s discussing his new children’s book “Wildwood” along with the book’s illustrator (and romantic partner) Carson Ellis. It’s a great opportunity to see one of the Northwest’s most celebrated songwriters in a casual and intimate environment and to personally wish him an early Happy Birthday.

Any fan of the Decemberists knows that Meloy weaves intricate story lines into his songs and “Wildwood” is no exception. The book’s central character Prue McKeel enjoys a perfectly normal life until her brother is abducted by crows and taken to the “Impassable Wilderness.” So begin Prue and her friend Curtis’ adventure in a secret world of warring creatures, peaceable mystics and powerful figures with dark intentions. Their adventure begins as a rescue mission but soon finds Prue and Curtis in the middle of a struggle for the freedom of the wilderness.
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Do you love New York? Me too!

A few weekends ago, I was fortunate enough to visit the Big Apple for the New York Worlds Maker Faire. Everything about the city was exciting; from dodging people at Grand Central Station, to strolling through the neighborhoods at  midnight. I loved listening to the variety of languages being spoken on the subways and savoring different culinary flavors on every block. Being surrounded by so much energy and life was revitalizing, to say the least.
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Meet Bryan Bruner of Sorta Secret Comedy!

I grew up in the Las Vegas punk scene, and I don’t like being told what to do. My name is Bryan Bruner, and I am, among other things, a stand-up comedian. For the past year I have been producing shows with room-mates and friends everywhere we could, as long as they were nowhere near 1) a comedy club or 2) any type of bar.

Do it yourself.

When I was 17 years old I fell in love with punk rock. I bought a guitar and before I knew it, I was in a band called The Kickball Champs. We were sh**, but we had a PA, a rehearsal space and a gas generator, and that will get you booked anywhere in the Nevada desert. We were lost when it came to harmony, melody and rhythm, but we knew how to put on a show. Our gigs in drainage ditches and abandoned mine shafts drew 300-400 ragged punk-rock kids every weekend, and we had the energy and confidence to make it seem like something akin to a concert. We knew what the kids wanted. We were tapped in.
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Mt. Rainier Rhythm & Blues Festival is This Weekend!

How does sitting in the shadow of Mount Rainier while listening to some of the best blues music from around the world sound? How about doing it all for $20? Sounds pretty good huh? Well, this Saturday, September 24, at the Mineral Lake Event Center, the 5th Annual Mt. Rainier Rhythm and Blues Festival is happening and they’re offering tickets for $20 this week. That’s $10 off the original ticket price!

The festival features three bands that were finalists in this year’s International Blues Challenge in Memphis: Nick Vigarion’s Back Porch Stomp, The Randy Oxford Band and all the way from Germany, Georg Schroeter and Marc Breitfelder in their only Washington State appearance. Other bands on the bill are Northwest legends Little Bill and the Bluenotes, Deb Rhymer from Victoria B.C., The Red Hot Blues Sisters, Maia Santel and Her All-Star Blend and The Rafael Tranquilino Band who will close out the night with his hot new band. All of this adds up to 12 hours of music at one of the most beautiful places on Earth!
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Popovich Pet Theater

Ever seen a canine comedian? How about an acrobatic house cat? Well, if you live in Oceanside, California, you are in luck because Popovich Comedy Pet Theater is coming to town next week on Monday, September 26 and Tuesday, September 27 to the Star Theatre. This show is part of a tour that’s going to hit California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Utah. So even if you’re not in the Oceanside area, you can see them in Eureka on Wednesday, October 19 and Thursday, October 20 at the Eureka Theater and in Hoquiam, Washington on Thursday, November 3 at the 7th Street Theater. Tickets for these shows can be found here and information on all the other shows on the tour can be found here.
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Meet BPT Hispanic Community Manager Jaime Zamora

Hello! I am Jaime Zamora, the Brown Paper Tickets Hispanic Community Manager. My mission is to serve our Spanish speaking community by creating a strong, collaborative network of event producers, artists, performers and ticket buyers in the Hispanic community. I’ll be your person to go to for anything en español.

I invite you to like us on Facebook and to follow us on Twitter. We’re just starting to build these, so we could really use your help building these networks. As a Latino who belongs to a community who is proud of its leaders in the entertainment industry, politics, sports and so much more, I feel energized to start a stimulating conversation with everyone in the community. Let me know if you have suggestions and ideas on how to serve our Spanish-speaking populations.

Both to honor the start of National Hispanic Heritage Month and to help build the number of events posted in Spanish for our Spanish-speaking ticket buyers, we are providing free event descriptions translations from English to Spanish for the next week. You can get your event translated for free! Click here to request your translations.
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The H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival Returns to Los Angeles!

Get ready Los Angeles, Cthulhu is coming! On September 16 and 17, The H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival returns to the historic Warner Grand Theater in San Pedro for its second year. The festival celebrates the works of famed American science-fiction and horror writer H.P. Lovecraft through screenings of cinematic adaptations of his work by professional and amateur filmmakers from around the world.

H.P. Lovecraft’s work wasn’t widely read during his lifetime but his reputation has grown in the 73 years since his death. He’s now regarded as one of the most influential horror writers of the 20th century. Stephen King calls Lovecraft “the twentieth century’s greatest practitioner of the classic horror tale” and credits Lovecraft as the single biggest influence on his writing.
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Our CEO Steve Butcher on How to Succeed in Business While Treating Your Customers Right

Brown Paper Tickets’ CEO Steve Butcher was featured on 365 Days of Startups.com’s blog today describing how to treat your customers right while still succeeding in business. The video is from a talk Steve gave at Harvard University back in September of 2010. Check it out!

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