Posts tagged “Seattle”

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Fools Play Improv is On the Fringe (Festival)

♪ Shiny little improv with the fringe on top… ♫

♪ Shiny little improv with the fringe on top… ♫


Due to scheduling vagaries, there won’t be any Fools Play in Olympia in the month of April. Instead, there will be a show in Seattle!

That’s right, Fools Play Improv will be a part of Seattle Fringe Festival 2017.

Details:
Fools Play Presents: April Fools Day (Faced Book Event)
Saturday, April 1st, 6:15 PM
@ Theatre Puget Sound’s Studio
In the Seattle Center Armory
305 Harrison Street, Seattle, WA 98109 (map)
Rated “M” for Mature, $10 (Tickets)

Fringe Festival!

♪ Hush, you bird, my baby’s a-sleepin’!
Maybe got a dream worth a-keepin’
Whoa! you team, and just keep a-creepin’
At a slow clip-clop!
Don’t you hurry little Improv
With the Fringe (Festival) on the top! ♫

Categories: Concerts/Shows, Fools Play.

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Kris “Sonics Guy” Brannon is a “Superfan: The Documentary”

superfan

♫ He’s a Superfan! A Superfan! He’s Super-fannish! ♬

Kris Brannon, AKA “Sonics Guy” (AKA a former member of Fools Play Improv), is a pretty cool guy, and (obviously) very passionate about getting an NBA team back in Seattle after the Sonics were taken away many years ago. He shows up at events all over the region in his Sonics gear holding signs with various “Bring Back Our Sonics” messages. Everyone loves getting their photos taken with him:

Here we are WAAAAAAAAY back in 2011.

Here we are WAAAAAAAAY back in 2011.

Well, he was recently the subject of a fun little documentary about the leaving of the Sonics and the hope for their return, called Superfan. It was an official selection at the Seattle International Film Festival, the Tacoma Film Festival, the Chicago International Reel Shorts Film Festival, and was also shown on Alaska Airline’s in-flight entertainment. And you can now watch it RIGHT HERE:

At fewer than seven minutes long it’s not horribly in-depth, but it’s very well done.

Kris and filmmaker Leigh Burmesch at SIFF. Photo by Raimundo Jurado (obviously).

Kris and filmmaker Leigh Burmesch at SIFF. Photo by Raimundo Jurado (obviously).

Heck, I don’t know many people who have been the subject of documentaries, do you? And, no, I don’t really count.

Good on ya, Sonics Guy!

Categories: Fools Play, Movies, My Famous Friends.

Monday, 13 March 2017

YesYes! It’s Animated Electric NoNo!

Here's a photograph of a photographer photographing.

Here’s a photograph of a photographer photographing.

Last Friday Night my wife an I ventured (with several members of Gentlemen of Leisure) up to the Great White North of Ballard (the Sunset Tavern to be specific) to watch a rocks-and-or-rolls show featuring our friends to Cortese Brothers, who make up the band Electric NoNo.

Normally Electric NoNo consists solely of Jared Cortese on Guitar/Vocals and Dom Cortese on Drums/Backing Vocals/Every-Once-In-A-While-Keyboard. But this time they were sporadically joined by a whole bevy of additional musicians: a saxomophonist, an additional guitarist, and none other than Julia Massey on Keyboard/Backing Vocals!

As is my nature, I made some animated .gifs of the performance:

O Winged Jared!

O Winged Jared!

It's Skeletom Dom!

It’s Skeletom Dom!

Julia + Jared Sharing the Stage!?

Julia + Jared Sharing the Stage!?

The show was a record release for Electric NoNo’s new EP, Rain City Blue. GET IT GET IT GET IT!

The only thing wrong with this album is that it’s an EP, and I wants me an LP! Hop to it, Bros!

Also, expect some exciting announcements soon from Gentlemen of Leisure, as well as a joint Julia/NoNo venture called “Warren Dunes.” Stay tuned, dear reader…

Categories: Animated .GIFs, Concerts/Shows, Music.

Thursday, 9 March 2017

Did Y’all Know that Julia Massey Is Playing a Show This Saturday!?

I didn't... Until NOW!

I didn’t… Until NOW!

Yeh, it looks like Julia Massey will be joining in a songwriter showcase this Saturday, March 11th, at Phinney Center Concert Hall just a few blocks north of Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle. Surprise!

This show comes directly the day after her husband Jared’s show as half of Electric NoNo this Friday, March 10th, at Sunset Tavern in Ballard!

WOTTA WEEKEND AM I RIGHT FOLKS

Who knew this weekend would be so action-packed?

Who knew this weekend would be so action-packed?

You can find out more about the artists in this show (Reggie Garrett, Julia Massey, Lana McMullen, & Kimo Muraki) at the Seattle Folklore Society website.

Details:
Local Songwriter Showcase (Website)
Saturday, March 11th 7:30PM
@ Phinney Center Concert Hall, Brick Building
6615 Dayton Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103 (map)
All-Ages, Tickets $8-$16 (Buy tickets)

I dunno, gang, one musics show per weekend might be my limit in my elder-statesman age. But this one is all-ages and kids under 6 are free… Hmm… I wonder… Oh, well.

Categories: Concerts/Shows.

Thursday, 2 March 2017

New Official Music Video for Electric NoNo’s “Blue Planet”

YesYes

YesYes!

Electric NoNo is releasing a new EP next Friday to be entitled Rain City Blue, but today they released the first official music video from that album, for the 1-minute punk-pop gem of a song called “Blue Planet.” STOP WHAT YOU’RE DOING AND WATCH IT HERE:

Wow. Even though it’s only a minute long, director Jeff Larson and the Cortese brothers sure did pack a tonne of awesome in there. They apparently spent nearly a year animating the video!

Psychedelic YesYes

Psychedelic YesYes.

Speaking of EP release, Electric NoNo is having a release party on March 10th to celebrate these new-fangled musics they’re putting out. It’s on a Friday night, so you should go!

Details:
Electric NoNo Record Release (Faced Book Event)
Friday, March 10th 8:00PM
@ Sunset Tavern
5433 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107 (map)
$10, 21+

Oh, oh dear. NoNo, guys, NoNo.

Oh, oh dear. NoNo, guys, NoNo.

I’ll be there! SO CAN YOU!

Categories: Concerts/Shows, Music, Videos.

Thursday, 15 December 2016

Christmastime Adventure in Downtown Seattle 2016

Animated Avery!

Animated Avery!

Last Sunday we three in the fam went on a fun excursion to Downtown Seattle for the afternoon. Here’s what we did:

  • Parked beneath Pacific Place. Parking there is only $6 on Sundays!
  • Walked out through Barnes & Nobles and down 5th Ave (with quick stops in Anthropologie and Urban Outfitters) to our first stop:

The Fairmont Hotel

At the Fairmont Hotel lobby.

At the Fairmont Hotel lobby.

The Fairmont does this thing where they completely deck out a suite with Christmas stuff and metric tonnes of teddy bears. They call it the Teddy Bear Suite. Behold the cuteness:

In the Fairmont Hotel Teddy Bear Suite.

In the Fairmont Hotel Teddy Bear Suite.

In the Fairmont Hotel Teddy Bear Suite.

In the Fairmont Hotel Teddy Bear Suite.

In the Fairmont Hotel Teddy Bear Suite.

In the Fairmont Hotel Teddy Bear Suite.

In the Fairmont Hotel Teddy Bear Suite.

In the Fairmont Hotel Teddy Bear Suite.

In the Fairmont Hotel Teddy Bear Suite.

In the Fairmont Hotel Teddy Bear Suite.

In the Fairmont Hotel Teddy Bear Suite.

In the Fairmont Hotel Teddy Bear Suite.

After the Fairmont we:

  • Walked up 6th Ave towards Westlake Park, where they have:

The Downtown Carousel

At the downtown carousel.

At the downtown carousel.

After the carousel we:

  • Headed upstairs at Westlake Center and got on the:

Monorail

On the Monorail.

On the Monorail.

The Monorail took us to:

Seattle Center

Where we got lunch in the Armory and Avery watched the model train go ’round and ’round its miniature village.

At Seattle Center.

At Seattle Center.

At Seattle Center.

At Seattle Center.

At Seattle Center.

At Seattle Center.

The Spaced Needle.

The Spaced Needle.

After Seattle Center we:

  • Took the Monorail back to Westlake
  • Walked back up Pine St to:

Pacific Place

Where they had these letters that were conveniently setup in such a way that Avery would look completely adorable on them:

At Pacific Place.

At Pacific Place.

FUN DAY!

Here’s all where we went: Thanks, Gorgle Morps!

Categories: Animated .GIFs, Articles, Christmas, Life, Pictures.

Friday, 26 August 2016

Two Upcoming Fools Play Opportunities

Pure profit...

Pure profit…

Hey, there are a couple of Fools Play Improv shows coming up that y’all might wanna look into. And after looking into them, y’all might want to actually, y’know, go to them.

The first one happens this Saturday. Hey! That’s tomorrow!

A colorful cast!

A colorful cast!

Fools Play is part of a massive bill that includes two musical acts and a couple of stand-up comedians, so they’ll be doing a shortened show as just one of the acts. Bonus: Half Pint makes really excellent pizza, and you can have some whilst you watch the funtimes! Also, who can resist “Gypsy Folk Punk Clowns?” Full disclosure: I won’t be at this show ’cause I’m going camping this weekend. BUT YOU CAN (be at this show, in the audience).

Details:
Fun Police + Are They Brothers? + Fools Play
Saturday, August 27th 9:00PM
@ Half Pint Pizza & Brewery
2710 6th Ave, Tacoma 98406 (map)
All-Ages (I think) & Free (I think)

The next opportunity is in a couple of weeks, and this one is up in SEATTLE!

MUSICAL GUEST!!!!

MUSICAL GUEST!!!!

That’s right: We are doing a co-show with musical guest Julia Massey! Holy crap! That’s awexome! Plus it’s in Seattle, so all of you people who don’t come to see Fools Play because it’s way down in Tacoma and that’s too far away (you know who you are) have NO EXCUSE not to come see this show!

Details:
Fools Play Concert Conversations with Julia Massey! (Faced Book Event)
Saturday, September 10th 5:00 PM
@ The Pocket Theatre
8312 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle 98103 (map)
All-Ages, $10 (online) or $14 (at door)

COME SEE THE FUNNIES!

Categories: Concerts/Shows, Fools Play, Music, Tacoma.