Arts and entertainment for the Eastside March 2012
Young artists to watch From singers to filmmakers, some of the most artistic Eastsiders are only teens
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Homegrown Soul music A Washington dude makes a whole nation listen
Burger lust Lunchbox Laboratory brings mouth-watering meals to Bellevue
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A YOUNGER Gabrielle Nomura, assistant editor of The Scene magazine.
‘But you’re just a kid’ Battling a severe case of star-struck, I sat there waiting for Allen Stone to come sit down next to me in Zoka Coffee shop. I was going to interview him. Born in Eastern Washington, now living in Seattle, Stone is a local who’s made good. The singer’s soulful riffs and runs have been praised on MTV and The New York Times. Often compared to Prince or Stevie Wonder, his songs remind me that, like music from the socially-conscious ’60s and ’70s, artists today can still make work that matters. Despite his sexy sound, Stone’s lyrics aren’t all love and romance. If you’re really listening, you’ll hear him talk about things that matter: White privilege, corporate greed, the lies of politicians and yes, even problems with the media. In my mind, I’d placed the bespectacled singer on a pedestal. And when I saw him up close, I was even more impressed. After all, he’s just a kid. Well, not really. Stone is 24 – old enough to vote and drink, but not old enough to rent a car, or show many years of wisdom, struggle or age on his face. In other words, he’s accomplished a lot in only two decades. He’s made national headlines and placed himself on music charts that might take other singers years to get on. You can read about Stone on pages 4-5. But, as you’ll also see in this issue, he’s not the only accomplished young artist. From jazz singers to professional ballet dancers, our article on Eastsiders under 21 shows that even people who may seem inexperienced in the ways of the world are making great strides in the arts. For a change of pace, our dining article tells the story of two impressive grown-ups, John Schmidt and Chef Phillip Twiss, who opened Lunchbox Laboratory restaurant in Bellevue. But, as you can see from the cover, they too, are just kids at heart.
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Music This son of a preacher man grew up singing in Eastern Washington. Now, he’s making America groove.
“Time of Your Life” by Green Day at his Eighth grade graduation ceremony. PHOTOS BY JASON TANG The pastor’s son grew up singing hymns and gospel songs in his smallThe year is 2012, not 1970, but Allen town church. At night, he stayed up Stone’s get-down-and-get funky music listening to records by Stevie Wonder could have fooled anyone. and Teddy Pendergrass. His Feb. 25 show in Spokane, just an “I had to listen to them after my hour south of his hometown of Chewelah, parents went to bed,” he said. Wash., was just one stop on a national tour. If it were up to Mom and Dad, Stone Stone’s voice spanned the honey tones would probably still be singing Chrisof R&B to Prince-like falsettos – but what tian music. remained constant was his soul style: the He had a spiritual epiphany after kind left over from a socially-conscious era turning 18 when he moved to Spokane. where brothas sang about what’s going on First, he attended community coland, unabashedly, about making love, not lege for a semester, then, following his war. father’s footsteps, he enrolled in Bible But few would have thought the next college. Marvin Gaye would come in the form of a “I had been taught that this was the bespectacled white boy who describes his Bible, this was the Word of God,” he style as “my friends give me free clothes.” said. “When I learned that it had been Pale, blonde stubble protrudes from his written by men, I felt like I had been chin, the same color as his long hair. deceived.” He often wears grandpa sweaters over He’s since walked away from the a Sonics jersey, a variety of hats, and an church. However, growing up in that eclectic collection of jewelry. Bracelets, lifestyle taught him that he doesn’t need watches, rubber bands, and a necklace to curse to get his message across, or shaped like the country of Eritrea adorn sing about “getting it on” like some of his upper body. the forefathers of his genre. “When people offer to give me stuff, I “I’m not really interested in your sex say, ‘You better put it on me or I’m going to life,” he says. lose it,” says Stone, 24. “When it finally falls While his voice alone is enough to off, I keep it off.” make listeners swoon, the lyrics in his On stage, Stone physically surrenders to romance songs are often feel-good, toehis music, sometimes swaying, other times tappers like the upbeat, “Say So.” marching. His hands dangle like a T-rex as ALLEN STONE belts out a tune at the Bumbershoot music festival in Seattle, September 2011. “If you want me to love you / all that a magnificent sound comes roaring past you must do is just say so,” he sings. the gap in his two front teeth. Then, egging on the audience memand R&B/Hip Hop Album charts, respectively. And yet, despite his unexpected appearbers, they shout, “Say so! Say so! Say so!” He blew Conan O’Brien away on national TV ance, the sensuality in Stone’s voice could make Similar to songs of the ’70s, Stone’s lyrics, too, ofwith the song, “Unaware” (“He seemed genuinely women (or men, for that matter) ache with longing. fer socially-conscious messages. pumped about it, but I think I could have done so When he sings a cover of Bob Marley’s “Is This “Well, I will never rest for immunity/’Cause I was much better,” Stone says). Love,” some audience members can’t help but think, born and raised in a Caucasian community,” he sings The musician has done it all without the support yes, Allen – it is. in the song, “Last to Speak. ” of a label, publisher or publicist. Fans across the country, plus national media outIt’s not about pushing a political agenda. While some have wondered about his overnight lets in print, TV and radio, have felt this way about “Even if I can’t change the world massively, I just success, Stone has been hustling his music for years, the singer. want to make people think,” says Stone, pointing to a having taught himself to play acoustic guitar as a In recent years, Stone has shot up the R&B/Soul quote by Yoko Ono, where she said she would rather tween. charts on iTunes, peaking at the number-two spot, have half the people walk out during the middle of The first concert he ever gave was of the song, and hittingt 29 and 62 on the Billboard Heatseekers BY GABRIELLE NOMURA |
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ALLEN STONE in concert at The Wild Buffalo in Bellingham. For more information about Stone’s music, go to www.allenstone.com. [STONE from page 4]
band, plus hiring backup musicians for various shows, is a hefty one. He doesn’t even have his own tour bus. Popular – yes. But successful, not yet, Stone says. This year will be telling of the singer’s career as he prepares to tour parts of Africa and Europe this spring, adding on to the hype he’s generated in the U.S. Wherever he goes, Stone always has the same goal for his audiences, who tend to leave sweaty and breathless. While he decided to sing ballads instead of hymns, he says he wants to make people feel fellowship with their brothers and sisters in the crowd. “I want people to feel like they’re in church,” says Stone, a man who’s spiritual, but not religious. His church is not crisp, clean and proper. As he tells it, his soul is a little bit greasy.
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noun a kind of music incorporating elements of rhythm and blues and gospel music, popularized by African-Americans. Characterized by an emphasis on vocals and an impassioned improvisatory delivery, it is associated with performers such as Marvin Gaye, Aretha Franklin, James Brown and Otis Redding – and now, Allen Stone.
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her show rather than listen to something that doesn’t resonate with them. Stone, too, wants to know he’s genuinely affecting people. “I’m not the smartest guy,” he says. “I’m only 24-years-old, but still, I’m not just going to sit around and write love songs all day.” Love, in general, can’t be a main focus in Stone’s life. He keeps a few clothes and a futon at an apartment he shares with some buddies in Seattle’s Green Lake neighborhood. But most of the year, he’s packed in a van with a suitcase, his guitar and his band. Besides, he hates talking on the phone. And he doesn’t exactly have a private life with 4,980 friends on Facebook. Such is the fate for someone like Stone, who says he is not yet a career musician. The price tag of touring with an entire
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No, this tasty treat does not come from the town a couple miles south of here. Newcastle Nut Brown Ale is the gem of the Northeast-England town by the same name. Personally, I’ve never been a fan of darker beers – pass on the Guiness for me, I say over the coarse of boos – but this selection does it for me. This beer is not only one of the greatest exports from England, but also helped coin one of the best drinking phrases known to man. How many times have you seen someone on TV tell their significant other they are planning on “walking the dog,” when instead, they just make a beeline to the pub for a drink. The phrase is so famous, that one of Newcastle’s favorite pubs is named The Dog. It’s got the strong flavor that dark-beer fans love, but it’s not a meal in and of itself like a Guinness can be. [ more BEER page 7 ]
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[ BEER from page 6 ] Mythos, Greece
Mythos Brewery is the second-largest brewery in Greece. The brewery created this hellenic lager, which many call Greece’s first authentic beer in 1997. In its very first year of after, Mythos managed to capture second place in its category and third place in overall in national beer sales, in a market that is both difficult to break into and wary of new products. Mythos is a lager characterized by its golden brown color. Don’t be surprised by Mythos’ fruity aroma. It masks the smooth taste of this Greek selection. Mythos’ brewers combine the traits found throughout countries like Germany, Ireland and Denmark. The smooth blonde flavor makes it a perfect option for the sunny days of summer.
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These are the Miller and Budweiser – but much tastier – in the coastal African nation of Ghana. Why on earth would I pick these you ask? Well, to give you a personal glimpse into my life, I spent the summer before my senior year of college in this wonderful nation, interning at their oldest newspaper (shoutout to the Statesman), and you guessed it, drinking a lot of Star and Club. With temperatures constantly in the 100s by the time we woke up at 7 a.m., and a sad shortage of treated drinking water at the time, these two beers provided much of our hydration. It also didn’t hurt our bunch of college kids who just forked over six grand for this trip, that a 24 oz bottle was a dollar pretty much everywhere. Anyway, the greatness of these two beers doesn’t lie in their price and availability, but in their taste. People love to make up buzzwords to stand out from the pack when describing things they like (my favorite being the hyperbole used to classify professional athletes. “Extraterrestrial athleticism!” Do we know if aliens are athletic?). A term that gets thrown around loosely all the time is the word drinkability. Definitely not a real word, but a perfect description of these two great beers. You can pair them with pretty much anything because their flavors neither override nor get lost with food. In my searching to again find these tasty libations, the closest I’ve come is the Ghana Cafe in Washington D.C. But I don’t think I’ll be making that weekly trip on a reporter’s salary. If anyone knows where to find these beers, I’ll happily be your new drinking buddy.
The legacy of Tsingtao, one of China’s most popular brands dates all the way back to 1903. It has been the top consumer export from the country for decades. And it has been the most popular Chinese beer in the United States since the two nations opened up trade relations in 1972. Tsingtao is present in 62 countries throughout the world, and it is sold in more than 95 percent of Chinese restaurants throughout the United States. Tsingtao Lager is an amber-colored, pilsnerstyle beer delivering a crisp, slightly malty flavor and a nutty sweet taste. Its refreshing flavor profile complements spicy or flavorful Asian cuisine. Tsingtao Lager is an authentic Asian beer that transforms any meal into a cultural experience. Tsingtao Lager exemplifies Asian cool – the fusion of traditional Chinese heritage and modern Western culture.
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KINGS The masterminds behind Lunchbox Laboratory give patrons a reason to splurge on deliciously-fried goodness BY CELESTE GRACEY | PHOTOS BY CHAD COLEMAN Seattle’s king of hamburgers has stretched its legs across Lake Washington to Bellevue’s booming restaurant scene. Lunchbox Laboratory, an unapologetic homage to America’s favorite comfort food, is now flipping patties at the Elements building on 112th. The move fills a gap in the city’s restaurant landscape, where the closest match in quality can only be found at high-end steakhouses. Lunchbox also joins a list of Seattle restaurants that have planted roots on the Eastside. “Bellevue is on fire,” says owner John Schmidt, who carried the air of a businessman. “Finding a table after 5 p.m. is difficult in this city.” The genius behind the hipster burger joint, which serves cocktails mixed with Tang and Kool-Aid, came from the late Scott Simpson. His unexpected death came last spring, a few months after he formed a partnership with Schmidt’s restaurant group. In one year, the entrepreneur turned a $400,000 Ballard business into a $2 million affair in South Lake Union. Lunchbox burgers are so tall, the first bite threatens to dislocate your jaw. Most of their Kobe beef patties are topped with six slices of honey-cured bacon. While it doesn’t taste greasy, it’s still enough fat to run a biodiesel car. The Burger of the Gods ($12.99) with candied balsamic onions and bleu cheese crumbles is perhaps the most interesting combination on the menu. It’s a favorite of Phillip Twiss, the Bellevue chef, who said it reminds him the most of its inventor, Simpson. The duck in the Dork burger ($14.99), a mix of
duck and pork, shines through its toppings. It was named among the top five burgers in the country on the TV show “America’s Best Bites.” On repeat visits, don’t let instant favorites shy you away from classics. The Hothead ($14.49), topped with a jalapeño dressing that’s guaranteed to make you cry, leaves a burn that is ideally swept away with
JOHN SCHMIDT, right, opened a Lunchbox Laboratory with Chef Phillip Twiss, left, in Bellevue in February. The burger joint does comfort food in a gourmet, sit-down restaurant. It’s the second link in an expected chain.
an orange creamsicle milkshake. The Mac Du Jour (macaroni and cheese of the day) is swimming in so much creamy cheese you don’t know whether to eat it or rub it on your thighs. As if their hand-dipped milkshakes, cold and creamy, couldn’t be any better, they offer to mix in a shot of liquor for $3.50. The sandwiches come with a
THE ‘BURGER OF GODS’ topped with candied balsamic onions and bleu cheese crumbles, is a standout on Lunchbox Laboratory’s gourmet menu. [more LUNCHBOX on page 9]
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choice of fried starches, including tater tots or sweet potato fries. The Bellevue location’s straight lines present a much cleaner theme than the original Seattle restaurant. Backlit displays illuminate vintage-style lunchboxes. Primary colors and tall windows that look out onto a patio keep the space upbeat. It’s going to be up to the wait staff to add the same edge written all over the menu. An ad on Craigslist encouraged tattooed and pierced waiters to help bring that last piece of character. With the Bellevue location open, Schmidt now has eyes on Woodinville. “We really want to go from city to city.” The trick is going to be maintaining the high-quality food while the business grows, Twiss says. Twiss, who worked closely with Simpson from the time when Laboratory opened, recalled a time when Lunchbox Laboratory: the founder of Red Robin dined at the original restaurant. Thanking 989 112th Ave. N.E., Bellevue Simpson, he said he wished the Robin 425-505-2676 could have maintained the same quality as it expanded. lunchboxlaboratory.com Simpson’s vision was simple. It @Lunchbox_Lab was to balance the art and science of American comfort food, Twiss says, Open 11 a.m.-11 p.m. daily then after a pause, “comfort food, there’s something to it.”
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to watch The Eastside’s top artists under 21
By Rachel kiely | photos by Chad coleman
Some of the most talented artists on the Eastside aren’t old enough to vote or legally drink. And yet, they are already making serious tremors in the arts and entertainment community in the Pacific Northwest and beyond. Here’s a run-down of some of the most artistic eastsiders age 21 and under. Ben Kadie, 16 Award-winning filmmaker With a computer-scientist father who keeps his son’s camera batteries fresh, and a mother with a background in theater and costume design, Kadie says he has the perfect parents. Film school is definitely in the future for this Interlake High School junior, whose nine films have brought home 30 awards, and maybe, a few walks down the red carpet. Watch his work at slugco.com. Keaton Whittaker, 15 Actress While many actresses aspire to be on Broadway, Whittaker has already been there, done that. At age 13, she performed alongside Catherine Zeta-Jones in “A Little Night Music,” (www.broadway.com/shows/ little-night-music/) and attended the Professional Performing Arts School while in New York. Suzie Bixler, programs manager at Village Theater’s KIDSTAGE program in Issaquah, has watched Whittaker’s acting evolve. “She has a powerhouse voice and is a joy to watch on stage.” Jessica Pelluer, 15 Dancer This lanky ballerina was born with natural turn-out and grace. But she’s had help from her teacher, former Pacific Northwest Ballet principal, Deborah Hadley. “She helped me find my inner passion for ballet,” Pelluer says. This passion has already taken the teen far. Stay tuned, as she will soon be moving across the country to study with the Joffrey Ballet’s prestigious trainee program in Chicago.
Jessical pelluer, 15, is a rising star in ballet and modern dance. The Eastsider will soon be moving to Chicago to study with the renown Joffrey Ballet.
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Christina Corbitt, 17 Jill-of-all-trades It’s hard to imagine how this Issaquah High School senior has time for all of her activities. While some people are merely triple-threats, Corbbitt has a few more tricks up her sleeve, including teaching. Having first performed as a 2-week-old in her family’s Christmas nativity scene, she’s now a ballroom dancer, a soprano singer and a drill team competitor. She recently performed in Eastside Lyric Theatre’s “Mikado” (www.eastsidelyrictheatre.org). As a mentor, she manages a summer drama camp from her home and teaches piano, violin and voice to elementary-aged kids. Oh yeah, and she also loves physics.
Ariel Pocock, 19 Everything Jazz With classical pianists for parents, music is in Pocock’s veins. She started playing piano and violin at age 3, and would later win Downbeat Magazine’s Outstanding Soloist for jazz piano in 2008 and the Essentially Ellington competition for jazz voice in 2011. Pocock will never forget the thrill of opening for Sheryl Crow at a Starbucks Shareholders Meeting, and she is now a recording artist herself, having signed with Verve Records. Expect “amazing things” from this young woman, says Bellevue Downtown Association marketing manager Jordan Slaymaker. who helps organize the BDA’s summer jazz festival. Watch for Pocock’s album release next year. Go to www.arielpocock.com.
Hadley Nelson, 18, is an artist who attends International School in Bellevue.
Hadley Nelson, 18 Artist At 2 a.m. Nelson can be found with canvases sprawled across her kitchen counter, paint brush in hand. She’s finished in the top four at the International School Art Show five years in a row and claimed “Best in Show” by the Bellevue School District Art Show in 2011 (See it at http://bit.ly/wt5exL). One of her pieces is currently on display in the Bellevue Arts Museum. She credits her art teacher Enid Smith Becker. “Her genuine passion and support for all her students combined with the fantastically chaotic environment has made art my favorite class for many years,” Nelson says.
Greg Cypher and Eff is H, both 19 Hip-Hop Group “Kung Foo Grip” Both of these teen rappers wrote lyrics and dropped rhymes as tweens before combining forces to create their smooth-talking duo three years ago. They credit family with their success, “I had people in my life who saw potential in me ... who encouraged me to keep rapping and expressing myself,” Cypher says. These young emcees
have had the honor of playing the Capitol Hill Block Party (capitolhillblockparty.strangertickets.com/), earning them a spot in the semi-finals in the 10th Annual Sound Off! Competition. Expect more solid lyrics in the future from this rhythmically eloquent pair, who are proud to represent the Eastside in a predominately urban hip-hop scene. Listen to their music at kungfoogripbbj.bandcamp.com. Taylor Niemeyer, 20 Actress If you saw Taylor Niemeyer in Village Theatre’s “Annie Get Your Gun,” you’d know she’s a director’s dream. From her perfect ballet split, or ponche, to her powerhouse voice, “She is dynamic on stage,” says Bixler, with KIDSTAGE in Issaquah. Follow her career on Twitter, @TaylorKayN.
Ben kadie, 16, is a junior at Interlake High School and an award-winning filmmaker.
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3-10: Bollygrooves 3-17: Sherik’s Bandalabra – A St. Patty’s Day Celebration 3-21: Free Funk Night with Trip The Light, Fortune Dwellers & Gravity More: www.nectarlounge.com
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Showbox At The Market
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3-27: Poor Moon and Lost in the Trees
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3-10: The Dudley Manlove Quartet
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3-3: PSSO – Winter Concert 3-4: Medieval Women’s Choir – The Medieval 4 Seasons
3-4: Kiss Army – Tribute to KISS
3-10: Seattle Children’s Chorus Spring Concert – There’s No Place Like Home
3-7: The Popoffs 3-16: Oncore
3-11: Simple Measures – Krishnaswami-Salman Duo’s 20th Anniversary Concert
3-16: Global Rhythms – Lo Cor de la Plana 3-24: Saturday Family Concerts – Gustafer Yellowgod with Seattle Rock Orchestra More: www. townhallseattle.org
3-18: Appetite for Deception – Tribute to Guns N’ Roses 3-21: The Popoffs 3-23: Kry 3-25: Whiskey River – Tribute to Lynyrd Skynyrd 3-30: Magic Bus 3-31: 80’s Invasion More: www.tulalipcasino.com
Village Theatre 303 Front St. N., Issaquah, 425-392-2202 3-14/31: It Shoulda Been You More: www.villagetheatre.org
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In Good Company
Fred Hutch Holiday Gala More than 700 guests attended the 36th Annual Fred Hutch Holiday Gala Dec. 3 at the Seattle Sheraton Hotel. This black-tie event is hosted by the Hutch Holiday Board of Directors and the Grace Hefferman Arnold Guild, and has become the Number One fundraising gala event in our area. A Rose Dennis whopping $6.1 million was raised this night for research and patient family programs at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. The biggest highlight of this event was “Help the Hutch”, which is their version of “Raise the Paddle.” Dr. Mark Roth from Fred Hutch’s Basic Sciences Division made “the ask” and $5.3 million was raised. Fred Hutchinson’s fundraising mission is to eliminate cancer and support Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center’s scientists, who are poised to make a profound impact on eliminating cancer and related diseases. www.fhcrc.org
Greg and Charlene Steinhauer; Carla Murray and Tom Robinson. Team Photogenic
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ZINO Society’s Cool Yule Holiday
ZINO Society ‘s Cool Yule Holiday Party took place Dec. 1 at the new Barrier Mercedes of Bellevue. ZINO Society is a community of angel investors, entrepreneurs and connectors that propels emerging businesses to success through active angel investing and mentoring. The party theme was: Unleash Your Inner Vixen (and Blitzen)! Clyde Hill resident and ZINO Founder Cathi Hatch created ZINO Society in 2006, and over the past five years they have facilitated over $20.1 million in angel funding and coached and mentored 500 companies. www.zinosociety.com
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Tall, dark and funny
NBC Last Comic Standing talent judge Alonzo Bodden BY GABRIELLE NOMURA Before ever speaking to him, Alonzo Bodden is already making me laugh. At least, his voice-mail recording makes me laugh. “And if you think AT&T service is bad in the United States, don’t even think about how bad it is outside the country,” says Bodden, who is currently traveling in the Caribbean when I give him a call in early February. Self-described as tall, dark and funny, you know Bodden from his big win on the third season of the reality-TV series, “Last Comic Standing.” However, he’s also performed on such shows as “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “Late Night with Conan O’Brien,” and “Comedy Central Presents,” and made a career out of radio, film (“The Girl Next Door”) and voice-over work (“Power Rangers Lightspeed Rescue.”) Born in Queens, New York, Bodden’s other love are his toys – which include several Ducatis.
scene: Describe your standup in one word. AB: Honest.
scene: When Boone Helm at the Parlor Live club set up this phone interview, he told me you were on a cruise. Are you taking a vacation? AB: No, I’m actually working. This is show biz, Gabrielle, no more lounging around.
scene: Pardon me. Seems like a fun place to work. AB: It is. On this cruise, there’s a dozen different jazz musicians playing every night and I do comedy shows twice a week. I love it because I’m a big fan of the music, and I get the best seats in the house from backstage. It’s a nice working vacation.
scene: Describe your character in the hit 2004 movie, “The Girl Next Door.”
AB: Well, if you can only have two scenes in the movie, it may as well be the bouncer at a porn convention.
scene: Why is standup comedy your favorite medium to work in?
AB: When it’s just me on stage improvising, it’s pure creativity. Who knows where it’s gonna go.
scene: Ever been to the Seattle area before? AB: Yes, I’ve performed at the Parlor Live club before. I’ve done the tribal casinos on the outskirts of town. I’ve also ridden your ferry, and I must say, it’s 2012 – build a bridge!
scene: Anything else you want people to know?
scene: Where do you get the inspiration for your
AB: Yes. I am nominated for an Academy Award this year, and I truly hope the Academy considers me. No, don’t print that, Gabrielle.
AB: The news, mainly. The fact that Newt Gingrich is a leading GOP candidate after publicly stating we should repeal child labor laws is hilarious. If you don’t have a sense of humor when you hear that ...
Alonzo Bodden will perform at the Parlor Live Comedy Club on March 15-17. For tickets, go to www.parlorlive.com.
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¡Caliente! Behind the scenes of the new ZinZanni show BY GABRIELLE NOMURA | PHOTOS COURTESY OF TEATRO ZINZANNI
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Teatro ZinZanni’s newest, ‘¡Caliente!’ sets itself apart from the dinner-theater’s previous shows in many ways. First of all, there’s the feisty, Latino vibe and Spanishlanguage music. And, unlike other ZinZanni shows, ‘¡Caliente!’ won’t just make audience members peal with laughter. It will also make them think. In a plot where the characters are handed pink slips RICARDO SALINAS, and forced to fight to save the day, faced with impending director of Teatro ZinZanni’s closure of dinner-theater, the audience will be reminded show ‘¡Caliente!’ of similar hard times. In fact, there may even be a few 99 percent jokes. This contrast of qualities, a whole lot of humor with a pinch of satire, is what the director, Ricardo Salinas, is known for. Before he was brought in to help direct this show, Salinas was best known for his work with the almost 30-year-old comedy trio, Culture Clash, which has performed on more than 5,000 stages across the country and was made into a series for Fox Television. Based out of San Francisco, the trio celebrates Chicano culture and American diversity in skits and plays laced with socially-conscious humor. “For example, we do a bit where Lewis and Clark are eating a burrito and suddenly proclaim, ‘From now on, this will be known as a wrap.’ That’s the kind of satire I love,” he says. The word Chicano, Salinas explains, is a word born from the ’60s in a climate where Latinos, as well as black Americans and women, were standing up for their rights. It refers to an assimilated Mexican, someone with authentic roots, but who can’t really claim the identity, he says. But, while growing up in an urban melting pot like San Francisco has given him an eye for this type of work, it hasn’t come without its own sacrifices. In the late ’80s, Salinas was shot in his own multi-ethnic neighborhood, stopping to help a man who was getting beat up. He would have died if he hadn’t been five minutes away from the local emergency room. This was a defining moment for the director. He says it’s made him appreciate his life in the ROBERT LOPEZ (A.K.A. EL VEZ) and Christine Deaver return to arts, and the moments of Seattle to create the new characters Tres and Cinco, a brother and sister pure joy a show like ‘¡Cali- team who electrify the tent with their Latin flavor in ¡Caliente! ente!’ can bring.
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This red-light district isn’t picture perfect
loud & about
Parents have a lot of rules to follow when they haul kids around town; no swearing, no singing, and for goodness sake DO NOT attempt to participate in juicy backseat discussions … those are private! Plus we have to model good behavior for future drivers by following the rules of the road and maintaining a good driving record. My record was looking good until the city of Redmond and new-fangled red-light camera technology threatened my credibility and dreams of never-ending driving lectures laced with sanctimony. On an average rainy Thursday in October, I ferried my spawn on multiple errands that culminated with a trip to Target Greatland in Redmond. I approached the intersection without hesitation HEIJA NUNN or pause to complete a perfectly legal right-hand turn at the suggestion of the illuminated green arrow above me. We all noticed an unusual smatter of flashing lights and I distinctly recall saying; “that better not be for me!” and all of the children shared my affront. To my eye and my stellar driving record, a violation was not only improbable, but impossible. Until I received a $124 ticket in the mail, complete with pictures of my car and a link to video at www.violationinfo. com. As if! I watched the video until my eyes bled, increasingly concerned I had misremembered the circumstances. It wasn’t until Sweetie-Boy used his special eyes to point out the dim and tiny green arrow that fades to black AFTER I have already entered the intersection. The fight in me resurfaced, and I scribbled and mailed in a request for a contested hearing. Like other Red Light Districts I have visited, the courtroom was poorly lit, drably decorated and its occupants immediately cast their curious eyes towards me when I accidentally threw open the doors. The smell of guilt and defiance was in the air. I made it just in time to hear the judge slaughter my name during roll call. His Honor was quite pleased to announce that it was “reverse alphabetical order day.” With a last name that puts me smack dab in the middle of the alphabet, I failed to cheer and then worried that he had noticed my non-reaction. I believe he decided to punish me immediately by rewarding the guilty. Jaded-looking lawyers in purple shirts and shiny ties stood up to request mitigation and fee reductions for their repeat offender clients, unrepentant red-light
criminals copped to their violations in exchange for mitigation of their fines, followed by questionable tales of mistaken identity. Finally it was time for us boring alphabet dwellers to make our best case for innocence before the judge. An older couple took their places at the defense table. The husband described the circumstances and explained that he has driven a car for over 40 years and had never had a violation. The attorney for the city asked the man to confirm if his testimony about the absence of flashing lights. Then the judge invited the couple to squint over his shoulder at the video screen on his desk, where he pointed out the flashing light shown in the video. Ouch. The next guy tried to use legalese and technicalities to wiggle out; no dice. The guy right before me had slightly better luck because the judge pulled out the special sheet of white copy paper he uses to as a diviner of truth, a decider, the white line between innocence
white van. What? I said mine was the innocent station wagon in front of the van. He squinted and frowned and cocked his head this way and that. Then he pulled out the dreaded white paper. After what felt like three life times of watching His Honor make minor adjustments to the paper as held it against his video screen, he asked the attorney for his opinion; “it’s close.” As I opened my mouth to offer a little encouragement towards a ruling of innocence, the judge turned to me with a smile and said “I am about to rule in your favor, I could wait if you would like to say something.” Even I know when to shut up … for a second anyways. I took a breath and waited for what seemed like an appropriate amount of time to make my innocence official. Then I started talking. I told the judge it would be impossible to reach any other conclusion because my expert witnesses had reviewed the video and were prepared to testify in my favor, but I couldn’t justify taking them out of school to appear in court. Then I asked if he could do me a teeny little favor that would help me sleep at night. Now the bailiff was in full on giggle. I explained that during my in his courtroom I was distracted and had become obsessed with the asymmetrical placement of the flags against the wall behind him. I suggested both the courtroom ambiance and his image would be greatly enhanced if he could just move it to the left about 12 inches. “Your left or my left?” “Mine” I said.” No, wait, yours.” Heija’s point was vindicated by a judge in Redmond. Perhaps as a way of saying thanks, she asked the He stood up, gathered judge to re-positioned the flags behind the bench as a way to improve the ambiance of the room. his robe and bent down to grab the base of the and a hefty fine. He glanced cynically at the defendant flagpole, “tell me when.” who widened his eyes and struck an innocent pose. “Perfect! Actually, no. Maybe 6 more inches, now Finally the judge said “you can say something, but you two more. Yes!” should know I am about to rule in your favor. Being And then we all silently admired the new vista. the last defendant sitting was starting to look like a After all, who doesn’t love a happy ending? Espegood luck charm for me. cially in the Red Light District … Court. “Mrs. Nunn?” I jumped up and walked towards the hot seat while Wanna say Hiya to Heija? Follow her on Twitter (@ explaining the correct pronunciation of my name. By Heija) Friend her on Facebook or relax, sit back, and the time I got there, the bailiff was suppressing a giggle. silently judge her life in the flickering glow of your comI tried to sit quietly as the judge pulled up the video puter screen at her blog The Worst Mother in the World of my alleged infraction. He asked if mine was the (www.Heija.com).
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Top picks in family outings, arts, activities Thursday, 3-1 to Friday, 3-2
Village Theatre’s Pied Piper presents ‘Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters’ at the Theatre at Meydenbauer Center When a great African king wants a wife, only the most perfect maidens in the land are invited to meet him. Among them are Mufaro’s pride and joy, his two beautiful daughters. This award-winning Cinderella tale includes African drumming, choreography, and original music that brings the splendor of Zimbabwe to the stage. School performances only. Call for more information. Times vary. 11100 NE Sixth St., Bellevue. 425-257-6343, www.villagepiedpiper.org
Saturday, 3-10 to Sunday, 3-11
Bellevue Chamber Chorus presents ‘Choral Journeys’ at the Theatre LIVE IRISH MUSIC on St. Patrick’s Day March 17, 2009. CHAD COLEMAN, Photo at Meydenbauer Center and Mercer Island Congregational Church This musical excursion takes listeners through the songs of China, India, Spain, Estonia, Scandinavia, Argentina, and the U.S. En route, savor Saturday, 3-24 a potpourri of sacred and secular music from classical to folk, plus, hear the regional Sing-a-long Sound of Music at the Theatre at Meydenbauer Center premiere of a new work by American composer and conductor André Thomas. Get ready to yodel in Bellevue. This is your chance to sing a long to the most successful The Saturday show is at 7:30, located at 11100 NE Sixth St., Bellevue and the Sunday movie musical of all time. This family event encourages audience participation and show is at 3 p.m., 4545 Island Crest Way, Mercer Island, brownpapertickets.com includes subtitles for all the songs. The cost is $17-$62. Groups rates are available. The sing-a-long is 7-10:30 a.m., at 11100 NE Sixth St., Bellevue. 425-450-3810, Saturday, 3-11 www.meydenbauer.com Bellevue Youth Symphony Orchestra presents Masterworks Concert II The show will include Dmitri Shostakovich’s “Symphony No. 9” and Arr. Ralph Friday, 3-23 to Sunday 3-25 Ford’s “Video Games Live” in this show of living composer’s work. It includes a KIDSTAGE presents ‘Hot Mess’ at First Stage Theatre pre-concert lecture by KING FM’s Steve Reeder. This play dives headfirst into the whirlwind world of beauty pageants. Behind the glitz 7-10 p.m., 11100 NE Sixth St., Bellevue, ww.byso.org and glamour, six girls attempt the impossible: inviting an outsider into their clique and teaching her the tricks of the trade. But will these girls be able to walk the fine line between Saturday, 3-17 courtesy and competition on this cutthroat stage? Exploring the ever-evolving world of Third Annual St. Patty’s Day Dash in Lake Hills teenage girls, “Hot Mess” is a cheeky comedy that paints an in-depth portrait of how young Bring your friends and family for a run on this 5K course, which has been mapped women communicate and behave with each other when the stage lights are off. out on the trails surrounding the Lake Hills area. New this year is a special 1K course The show is at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 23-24 and at 2 p.m., Feb. 25 at 120 Front St. N., Issaquah. for kids. Participants are encouraged to dress up and show their Irish spirit. Awards 425-392-1942 x100, www.villagetheatre.org will be given for most spirited and other fun categories. Lucky, the leprechaun, will make a surprise appearance and will be available for photos. Snacks and drinks will be provided after the race. Price: $20 - $55. Souvenir T-shirts are included in the cost and Wednesday, 3-14 to Sunday, 3-25 will be available for pick up two weeks after the event. 8-11 a.m., 15231 Lake Hills Blvd., Bellevue. 425-746-1160, www.samena.com ‘It Shoulda Been You’ a new musical comedy at Village Theatre The bride is Jewish. The groom is Catholic. Her mother is a force of nature, his mother Saturday, 3-17 to Sunday, 3-25 is a tempest in a cocktail shaker. And when the bride’s ex-boyfriend crashes the party, the Pacific Northwest Ballet school presents ‘Snow White’ at McCaw Hall perfect wedding starts to unravel faster than you can whistle “Here Comes the Bride.” Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the fairest of them all? Snow White, of course. Cast out Plots are hatched, pacts are made, secrets are exposed – and the sister of the bride is left to of her father’s home, Snow White seeks refuge with seven dwarves. Determined to derail turn a tangled mess into happily ever after. A musical comedy for anyone with parents, “It Snow White’s happiness, the evil Queen repeatedly attempts to harm the poor maiden. Shoulda Been You” is set to shine on the mainstage. The Queen thinks she’s succeeded after Snow White bites a poison apple and falls into Times vary. 303 Front St. N., Issaquah. 425-392-2202, www.villagetheatre.org a deep slumber. The Prince sees the sleeping Snow White, falls in love, wakes her, and a grand wedding is planned. Danced by the students of Pacific Northwest Ballet School, Saturday, 3-24 to Sunday, 3-25 “Snow White” is a narrated, hour-long, version of this beloved classic. Running Time: one hour with no intermission. Tickets range from $22 to $67, and lower rates are available for & Friday, 3-30 to Saturday, 3-31 children. Lyric Light Opera of the Northwest presents Times vary. 321 Mercer St., Seattle. 206-441-2424, www.pnb.org ‘South Pacific’ at Kirkland Performance Center Set in an island paradise during World War II, two parallel love stories are threatened by the dangers of prejudice and war. Nellie, a spunky nurse from Arkansas, falls in love with Tuesday, 3-20 to Sunday, 3-25 STG Presents the national tour of “Mama Mia” at Paramount Theatre a mature French planter, Emile. Nellie learns that the mother of his children was an island A mother. A daughter. Three possible dads. And a trip down the aisle you’ll never forget. native and, unable to turn her back on the prejudices with which she was raised, refuses More than 45 million people around the world have fallen in love with the characters, Emile’s proposal of marriage. Meanwhile, the strapping Lt. Joe Cable denies himself the story and ABBA music that “Mama Mia” the ultimate feel-good show. Writer Catherine fulfillment of a future with an innocent Tonkinese girl with whom he’s fallen in love out of Johnson’s funny tale unfolds on a Greek island paradise. On the eve of her wedding, a the same fears that haunt Nellie. When Emile is recruited to accompany Joe on a dangerous daughter’s quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother’s mission that claims Joe’s life, Nellie realizes that life is too short not to seize her own chance past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago. for happiness, thus confronting and conquering her prejudices. The cost is $35-$37. Times vary. 911 Pine St., Seattle. 1-877-784-4849, www.stgpresents.org Times vary. 350 Kirkland Ave., Kirkland . 425.893.9900, www.kpcenter.org
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