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posted Friday, November 23, 2012 - Volume 40 Issue 47
It's a Dina Martina Christmas!
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It's a Dina Martina Christmas!

The legend returns to Re-bar

by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

The holiday season is upon us. I think I would take the news of Turkey Day and Christmas Day's arrival a bit harder if it weren't for one beacon of hope: Dina Martina!

That's right, Dina fans - she is back with a brand new Christmas Show (at Re-bar, of course!) complete with the ever-so-pissy but oh-so-talented Chris Jeffries on accompaniment. Dina is the Christmas present you don't have to shake in order to know what it is. She is the eggnog that you know tastes like shit but still look forward to drinking this time of year.

Simply put: It just isn't Christmas in Seattle, until the Dina Martina Christmas Show comes to town.

I tell anyone who will listen that the best way to see Dina Martina is with a Dina virgin. I absolutely love watching the look on their face when she first tromps out onstage wearing that wig, and those shoes, with that dress ... all of it ill-fitting, none of it in style, everything out of place. Except for the humor, of course! That always has its place at the comedy haus of Dina Martina. Particularly, the comedy is top-notch because Dina has been at this for quite some time. Her timing is impeccable. There is real talent in what she does. Dina is one of the only acts you will see that literally converts an entire audience into fans.

Bring a virgin to the show and you will see what I mean. Midway through the show they might say, 'I don't get it.' But make no mistake, at the end they will say, 'Thank you so much for asking me to come along.' It happens every time.

SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE
The truth is - and I think any real Dina Martina fan would agree - I don't know why I like her so much. Dina can't sing, she goes out of her way to dress badly, and she purposefully shows parts of her body that could only be described as 'ewww.' She's a little bit pre-rehab Liza mixed with some Carrie Fisher swimming in vodka and Brian Wilson in a sandbox (back when he wore tissue boxes as tennis shoes).

Dina Martina does a good Christmas show in the traditional sense, too. She doesn't mess with every song - in some of them she doesn't change a single word. So if it is Christmas songs you are after, you will get them at a Dina show ... just don't expect them to sound the same as Bing Crosby or Burl Ives.

Dina Martina Christmas Show 2012 is $20 in advance at www.brownpapertickets.com or $25 at the door. It is not uncommon for Dina to be sold out, so I would suggest buying tickets in advance. This year, the show runs Friday and Saturday nights, November 23 - December 31, doors 7 p.m. with show at 8 p.m. Also scheduled are the Bloody Marry/Mimosa Weekend Matinees, December 15, 16, 22, and 23, 1 p.m. door, 2 p.m. show. Re-bar does not accept credit cards at the bar, but they do have an ATM.

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