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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 punk rock documentary in Africa, a meditation retreat and a stripping class.

When was the last time you went to a pop-up restaurant? Well, tonight, Tuesday, November 19, you’ve got another chance at Whim in Ballard. This event features an affordable multi-course tasting menu with lots of Northwest ingredients. Show up hungry.

Friday, November 22, and through the weekend, check out The Habit 13, at the Bathhouse Theater at Greenlake. It’s fast paced sketch comedy in an intimate setting. Watch out for the foul language and adult situations.

Dana Goldberg is one of the most sought after performers in comedy. Her new show, Crossing the Line, comes to Theater Off Jackson in the ID on Saturday, November 23rd. Catch her while you can.

If you’ve ever wondered how to strip for your lover, you can find out on Saturday, November 23, on Capitol Hill, with a class called How to Strip for Your Lover. Learn the techniques of tease in this one day class.

November 23 is also the date for the Rain City Rock Camp for Girls Fall Gala and Auction at the Georgetown Ballroom. Help make a difference. Help the girls rock!

If it’s time to chill out, November 23 is the day to do it at The Seattle Mindfulness Retreat with Robert Beatty. This event will be held at Nalanda West in Wallingford. Robert’s teachings are based on the Nobel Eightfold Path of the Buddha.

Saturday, November 25, through the weekend, experience the 3rd Annual Nature Book and Gift Fair at the Seward Park Audubon Center. Field guides, outdoor adventure books, kids books and more. Proceeds benefit the educational programs at the center.

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Spit Take Saturday: Tom Shillue

shillueWelcome to Spit Take Saturday, courtesy of Brown Paper Tickets’ Comedy Doer Julie Seabaugh and her professional comedy criticism site The Spit Take. Julie’s goal with the site is to “elevate the public perception of stand-up comedy to that of a legitimate art form, and to enable comedy criticism be taken as seriously as that of theater, film, music, food, even video games. No a**-kissing. No bias. No mercy. Just honest, unfiltered, long-form reviews written by professional, knowledgeable comedy critics.” 

Every week Julie will select an entry from the site to be included on our blog and hand-pick some related events happening that week that she feels all you comedy lovers out there will appreciate.

So, without further ado, let us introduce you to this week’s Spit Take Saturday!


“Edgy” isn’t the word that jumps to mind when describing the likeable, profanity-free storyteller Tom Shillue. Thus his decision to devote one album in his “12 in 12” project to racier material seems like more of a challenge to himself than a sampling of his material. It’s a brave choice to venture outside of his comfort zone as part of this grand experiment, and his immense talent means that even though taboo-busting isn’t the best use of his storytelling skills, the album is still very funny.

“Racism,” the first of two tracks on the 29-minute “Edgy,” begins with the strongest material. His musings on white panic and whether he’s inadvertently contributing to a culture of racism are both clever and mixed with an appropriate amount of liberal guilt. But the second half of the track, about whether women should rule the world, is more a story about telling a joke than a joke in itself. Comparing the Manhattan crowd at the taping with a past, über-liberal Brooklyn audience who had rejected his pro-male defense, one assumes he hoped to re-capture a great, confrontational set but instead gets a slightly put-off but mostly just unconvinced crowd.
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