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Dina Martina returns with yuletide quirks
by Richard Kennedy - SGN A&E Writer

Dina Martina
Through December 31 - 8 PM

It's hard to believe that Dina Martina made her Seattle debut back in 1989. She was immediately heralded as brilliant, surreal and hysterically funny. Over the years, the musical chanteuse has become synonymous with Christmas, and her performances sell out every holiday season. Since drifting from her hometown of Seattle, she has gained the praise of cutting-edge heavyweights like John Waters, Margaret Cho, Whoopi Goldberg and Scott Thompson. Crossing the seas, the ingénue has made a splash in the UK by garnering a fantastic mention in Time Out London calling her "divinely funny." Martina is for those of us looking for the UN-traditional, a complete opposite to the clichéd and bland holiday fare. To call this a "drag show" is a crime; it's true performance art!

A typical performance is packed with her own reworked lyrics to favorite Christmas songs, in addition to well-known pop favorites brilliantly turned into yuletide classics. The costumes are wonderfully horrifying (camel-toe like no other) and more gifts for the audience than should be allowed. During her famous "Gift Parade" you might find yourself the happy owner of a Cheetos-flavored lip balm, or a signed photograph of Pia Zadora. I once received an autographed photo of Joyce DeWitt - except it was autographed by Martina herself. This year finds an intimate performance with the diva performing only with her accompanist Chris Jeffries.

It's always a good idea to arrive early for the best seating, and there is nothing better than taking a friend who has never seen the one and only Martina. There will be a merchandise table with all new Dina Martina posters, 3-D postcards and the first ever Dina Martina T-shirt! Check out Dina's website at www.dinamartina.com.

The show runs every night now through December 31. Doors open at 7, show starts at 8. Tickets available through Brown Paper Tickets by calling (800) 838-3006 or online at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/46945. Also look for an upcoming "Best of Dina!" show that will begin February 20. Tickets go on sale at Brown Paper Tickets on January 1 and will only run Fridays and Saturdays, so snatch those up quickly.
picture: Jimmy Lee Curtis