Confessions After Midnight
This event’s full title is worth sharing, because who wouldn’t want to check out Connie and the Precious Moments Present: Confessions After Midnight: An Erotic Thriller? Leading the way, head songstress Ms. Connie Merlot. Backing her up, pals René and Joyce, aka the Precious Moments. Together, the band brings you a sexy evening of song, poetry and affirmations in a musical homage to the wave of erotic thrillers that steamed up the ’80s and ’90s. Think Body Heat, Basic Instinct and Fatal Attraction. I don’t know what that sounds like, but I wanna find out.
Penn & Teller
With 40 years of mind-bending, laugh-inducing chicanery and thousands of sold-out shows to their credit, Penn & Teller are probably the most famous contemporary duo in stage entertainment. But are they comedians or magicians? The answer, of course, is yes. The iconic pair maintain a grasp of classic stagecraft that’s all but forgotten in the post-Hollywood era and their act—which they’ve kept improving and evolving—involves as much storytelling and pop-culture satire as sleight-of-hand and spectacle. Their 15-year residency at the The Rio in Las Vegas keeps them from touring frequently, making this Seattle stop a rare occasion.
Neil deGrasse Tyson
Yes, technically these shows are about science, but there’s a reason why Tyson is both a cultural phenomenon and a regular guest on the late-night talk show circuit: He’s hilarious and wildly entertaining, in addition to being an astrophysicist with a knack for explaining things and drawing connections within his vast array of knowledge. The first show, “Adventures in Science Literacy,” focuses on how the universe works, with commentary about science in America today; the second, “The Cosmic Perspective,” has a deeper, more emotional vibe and may or may not be enhanced by a gentle edible consumed in advance.