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Artist Ticket Picks: Experimental Music, An Illustrator’s Panel, A Rock Opera and more!

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

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

Thursday, October 24 Table and Chairs presents: Trip or Treat at Columbia City TheaterSeattle, Washington   Founded in 2011, Table & Chairs is an independent record label based in Seattle, Washington, collectively run by a dedicated group of active musicians and artists. In addition to promoting and releasing music, they produce concerts and organize educational outreach programs. Their purpose is to represent and unite artists and listeners who actively contribute to a forward-thinking community, wholly devoted to the advancement of New Music.

Table and Chairs is very excited to present an exciting Halloween-inspired show, which they are calling Apparitions. It will take place at Seattle’s historic Columbia City Theater  next Thursday.

Opening the show will be the brand new duo comprised of alto saxophonist Jacob Zimmerman and pianist Gus Carns. Performing all original music, the duo features a unique brand of rhythmically complex improvisations. Their music is restless yet relaxed; precise yet spacious; with chaotic musical structures navigated in a flowing, intuitive way.

Following will be the newest addition to the T&C family: Burn List, a new collaboration featuring trumpeter Cuong Vu, tenor saxophonist Greg Sinibaldi, keyboardist Aaron Otheim, and drummer Chris Icasiano. This performance will be a little sneak preview for their debut album, which will be released by T&C in the Winter of early 2014. Be on the lookout!

This fall concert will be especially fun because Table and Chairs is presenting a wonderful new Portland-based noise group Pinkish, which features Andrew Jones (Upright Bass), Ryan A. Miller (Electric Guitar, Electric 12-string Guitar), Kyle Shipp (Electric Guitar) and Grant Pierce (Drum set). Portland is pretty wonderful and has some amazing musicians, so T&C decided it would be a great opportunity to collaborate with Portland’s Creative Music Guild and have them send a band up here to throw down!

Finally, King Tears Bat Trip. Yeah. Did we mention that Ted Poor will be a special guest? Yeah.


Wednesday, October 30 I Illustration: What Does It Take…Besides Talent?Seattle, Washington   What is the state of illustration today? Can you find jobs and make money? What skills do you need? Join the Seattle Graphic Artists Guild for a stellar panel of working illustrators as they discuss what it takes to be a successful professional illustrator besides talent, that is. TheGraphicArtistsGuild

Questions posed to the panelists will be about:

The Market
Can you make money, and how do you do it?
Which specialties are in demand?
Where is the market headed?

Getting Noticed
Which portfolio sites are best?
What social media do you use?
Do you need an agent?
Is paper promotion dead?

Work Process
Which techniques and media do you use?
What are your steps in creating an illustration?

The Panel moderated by Sara Chapman
Henk Dawson
Nina Laden
Blanca Santander
Sandy Haight
Diana Fairbanks


Thursday, October 31 I All Hallows Eve at the Haunted Theater w/ Hedwig and the Angry InchSeattle, Washington   All Hallows Eve at the Haunted Theater (aka the Columbia City Theater) featuring a Hedwig and the Angry Inch fully-costumed tribute band, Talking Deads – an all-zombie Talking Heads tribute and The Dee Dees – an all-female Ramones tribute. The evening will be hosted by Dr. Frank-N-Furter and “Elvira” Mistress of the Dark.

There will also be a costume contest, ghoulish prizes and drink specials.


282552-250Starts Thursday, October 31 I The Devil Plays PokerNew Haven, Connecticut   It is, historically speaking, a modern opera – employing rock instrumentation, special effects lighting, and an upbeat ensemble. However, thematically, the story is one of the timeless struggle of humans, good at heart and well-intentioned, to resist falling for ploys and schemes that seem too good to be true. Because in the end, we all want to be successful, and must be careful by which rubric we measure success. In this cautionary play, our un-hero falls prey to just such a scam, and winds up losing everything (yes, including his soul).

Christoph Whitbeck has been writing all manner of songs since about 2002, and his passionate acoustic performances have captivated audiences, turning friends into fans and vice-versa.  He finished writing The Devil Plays Poker in 2009, but only recently began plans to put it onstage for Halloween 2013, complete with a full band, interpretive artworks, and special effects lighting.

It’s gonna be one hell of a show!


Saturday, November 2 and Sunday, November 3 I Small Joys From James BroughtonSeattle, Washington   A poet, author and filmmaker, James Broughton (christened the “great and wise master of the American avant-garde” by critic Amos Vogel) attempted to use cinema as a poetic statement. He took as his subject matter love, sex, the human body and dream imagery, rendered with a playful, whimsical and sometimes erotic touch. This program features a selection of some of Broughton’s best short work.