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posted Friday, May 6, 2011 - Volume 39 Issue 18

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Arts and Entertainment
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Pride Idol sizzles on pop music night
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Pop music is just plain fun. Whether it's Lady Gaga telling us to 'Just Dance' or Madonna asking us to 'Vogue,' the pop songs that top the charts evoke the need to dance or sing along. May 1 was Pop Music Night at Pride Idol, and the competition performed their best bubble-gum top 40 hits for us.

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Wildly talented Hal Sparks talks to SGN
by Anthony Greer - SGN Contributing Writer

Hal Sparks performed at the Nordstrom Recital Theatre on April 29. Best known for playing the role of Michael Novotny on Queer as Folk and for his commentary on VH1's pop culture hit series I Love the '80s, Sparks spoke with SGN about his career as a comedian/actor/musician and what fa
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A touch of magic : An interview with Mary Poppins' Nicolas Dromard
by Eric Andrews-Katz - SGN Contributing Writer

Mary Poppins
May 12-29
Paramount Theatre


There are countless beloved characters who have made the transition from book to film with great success. Far fewer characters attempt the move from celluloid to the live stage, and only a small percentag
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The gentleman in the jacket: An interview with Ramiro Orellana-Guzman
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

I've never quite met anyone like Ramiro Orellana-Guzman. He's talented, cute, and witty, but those are descriptors that could apply to many people. If you spend just five minutes with Ramiro, you will realize that he is nothing like other people. His talent is self-taught, his look is u
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Pinetop Perkins: A tribute to a legend
by Mercy Moosemuzzle - SGN Contributing Writer

Pinetop Perkins
Tribute

Mercy and Cuteness were knocked out by the performances at Jazz Alley's Pinetop Perkins tribute on April 26. Willie 'Big Mouth' Smith, who won a Grammy for Joined at the Hip, his collaboration with Perkins, said he was grateful to the p
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Fleet Foxes keep it simple and sublime
by Albert Rodriguez - SGN A&E Writer

Fleet Foxes
May 3
Moore Theatre


There's nothing flashy about a Fleet Foxes show. The stage backdrop is a plain black curtain, the drum set doesn't have the group's logo or name on it, and the band members dress in whatever was at the top of their suitcases t
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Seattle Symphony offers shocking program of utter genius
by Rod Parke - SGN A&E Writer

Seattle Symphony with Pietari Inkinen
April 28
Benaroya Hall


Never in my imaginary life as a conductor would I ever think to program Sibelius' 7th symphony as a concert opener! Who makes up these programs? The official answer from Seattle Symphony: 'Season plannin
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Mike Daisey puts audiences through unforgettable Agony
by Miryam Gordon - SGN A&E Writer

The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs
Seattle Repertory Theatre
Through May 22


Mike Daisey loves, loves, loves Apple and Apple products, so he went to China to find out more about where they are made. He tried normal, bureaucratic ways to visit factories l
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Guys, dolls, and gangsters and Damon Runyon
A brief history of Guys and Dolls

by Eric Andrews-Katz - SGN Contributing Writer

Guys and Dolls
May 12-June 5
5th Avenue Theatre


Before Robert Alda even created the role of Nathan Detroit on Broadway in 1950, the worlds of Sky Masterson, Harry the Horse, and Miss Sarah Brown had already been established in the pages of Damon
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Anonymous 4 underwhelms
by Rod Parke - SGN A&E Writer

Early Music Guild concert
April 30
Town Hall

You may remember a few weeks ago an article in these pages which described several non-musical elements that might affect how one hears a performance: one's mood, indigestion, musical history, etc. What I'm about to wr
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God-like Kleiber steps down a notch in DVD set
by Rod Parke - SGN A&E Writer

When one loves music of any kind, he or she tends to have some special favorites, often elevating those favorites to almost super-human status. The opera queen has his divas - in my case, soprano Zinka Milanov and Ella Fitzgerald (an unlikely pairing). My other musical gods are conductors such as
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Q-Scopes by Jack Fertig
 
MUSIC LOUNGE
kd lang to appear at Woodland Park Zoo
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MOVIE REVIEWS

SGN's 2011 Summer Movie Preview: Part I
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Fanciful Shipwrecked magical, if confusing
by Miryam Gordon - SGN A&E Writer

Shipwrecked! An Entertainment: The Amazing Adventures of Louis de Rougemont (as Told by Himself)
ArtsWest
Through May 21

Shipwrecked! An Entertainment: The Amazing Adventures of Louis de Rougemont (as Told by Himself) is a long monologue of incredible adve
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The best of the best on Meany's piano
by Rod Parke - SGN A&E Writer

Recital by Yevgeny Sudbin
April 20
Meany Hall


If I had to choose a pianist to hear, Yevgeny Sudbin would certainly be in the top five. In this program, he once again proved that, even at the tender age of 31, he is among the very best, both as a technician and
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Where It's At: The Cars shake it up again
by Albert Rodriguez - SGN A&E Writer

The Cars
May 10
The Showbox SoDo (Sold Out)


Hello, hello again. After a 23-year hiatus following the breakup of one of pop music's most successful bands, The Cars have reunited for an album and U.S. tour. And yes, this is the original lineup - Ric Ocasek,
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