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City Arts Fest: Lenny Bruce in Substance

“If I open with the same word and close with the same word every night while in between I’m doing the same bits in the same order, I’m not a comic.” Stated early on in Steve Cuiffo’s performance at the Showbox last night, this definition...
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Sketchfest 2011: Q & A with Clayton Weller and Kate Montgomery

This year's Seattle Sketchfest kicked off last night at the Theatre Off Jackson with a three-hour show that included domestic disputes, surrogate patricide, mummies, Betsy Ross, Southern-style revenge, hair gel, sharting, incredibly lifelike...
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Bumbershoot Comedy in Review

Local hero Hari Kondabolu performs on the Vera Project stage I went to Bumbershoot for all three days this year and, by the end, I'd seen precisely one (1) band. Partially, this speaks to the fact that my ability to digest new bands has atrophied...
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Comedy Bang Bang at Bumbershoot

There aren’t a lot of ways to review Scott Aukerman’s brilliant comedy podcast without it devolving into a series of obnoxious in-jokes, but I feel I should give it a shot, because I laughed until I cried during all three of the show’s...
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Surviving Seafair

If you go, go prepared. Read now in our Seattle edition.
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Surviving Seafair

If you go, go prepared. Read now in our Seattle edition.
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Surviving Seafair

If you go, go prepared For some, Seafair never ends. But in the minds of most reasonable people, the city’s annual All-American backyard bacchanal kicks off July 16 with the Pirate’s Booty milk carton boat races on Green Lake. Because nothing...
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Bridgetown Festival Diary

This weekend, almost 200 comedians from all over these United States descended on Portland for the fourth-annual Bridgetown Comedy Festival. I was one of them. Thursday I’m telling jokes in one of the first shows of the festival, a showcase held...
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Catching Up with Devo

On Tuesday night, Devo played to a devoted audience in black jeans and balding ponytails at the Moore Theater. The show kicked off with the band emerging in matching jumpsuits and space-age opera masks and launching into “Don’t Shoot (I’m a...
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Travis Vogt Talks Adventure Buddies Following Finale

On Wednesday night, the final episode of Seattle’s homegrown action-comedy series Adventure Buddies debuted at the Sunset Tavern. Adventure Buddies, the weird, Gilliamesque brain-vomit of Kevin Clarke and Travis Vogt, spans a million-year timeline...
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Joshua Roman Reflects on His State Dinner Performance

Last month former Seattle Symphony Orchestra principal cellist Joshua Roman was tapped to perform alongside his hero Yo-Yo Ma for some high-falutin' muckity-mucks at the State Department dinner in honor of Chinese President Hu Jintao. There, the...
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Storied Artist Emanuel Vardi Dies at 95

Sources close to the artist have informed City Arts that painter and musician Emanuel Vardi passed away Saturday morning in his North Bend home at the age of 95. We knew Vardi as a virtuoso violist who, throughout a career spanning seven decades,...