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Due to the anticipated chaos in downtown Seattle for May Day, I agreed to pick up Bob rather early for rehearsal, about 3:30 PM. (The usual routine is that I drive to the home Bob is sharing with Neil and Don, pick up Bob and continue to South Everett freeway station, where we board the 512 together and walk to the rehearsal space, then Bob goes in and I go off to grab dinner before returning to rehearsal.) When I arrived, Don informed me that on Friday nights, the Fireplace bar in Everett has a Bear Night which he wanted to check out. The place is normally considered a biker bar, but the owner is cool with it.

We arrived at the church about 4:30 PM, two hours early for rehearsal, so Bob suggested we enter the church through the main doors and take the elevator upstairs to the rehearsal hall as the doors at the top of the hill would be locked. That accomplished, I left through those doors and went in search of dinner. Since I needed to top up my ORCA card anyway, I walked the three blocks down the steep hill on Seneca Street to University Street Station and took care of business at the machine, then returned to Third Avenue. Since I didn't feel like climbing the hill, I walked down Third and, not seeing anything to my liking, descended to the other end of University Street Station and caught the train one stop to Westlake Center. Unfortunately, again due to the anticipated chaos, not only was the mall closed early for the day (except for Zara which has its own entrances), but also BWW where I intended to have dinner. Westlake Park was still pretty chill then, but dozens of bike cops in armor were just waiting for someone to start something.

So I decided to walk to the Pacific Place mall a couple of blocks away, reasoning that they were far enough away from the commotion that they were still functioning. In the food court on the fourth floor I selected Johnny Rockets hamburger joint, where I was served by a cute, twinkish dude with red plugs in his earlobes and a rather flirtatious manner about him, as well as a cubbier dude with a goatee behind the counter. I had a nice dinner of onion rings (served with a lion head drawn in ketchup on the bottom of a paper "monkey dish" for dipping) and a big burger. There weren't a whole lot of customers but I suppose you take what you can get under the circumstances.

Satisfied, I returned to the rehearsal space via Sixth Avenue, taking my time ascending the hill (which is longer and therefore less steep than Seneca). I suppose I could have used the escalators at the Convention Center but I didn't want to risk going out of my way and finding them closed, adding to my walk. Rehearsal went well if a bit sparsely attended. We rode home with Neil as usual.
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Our first show under the baton of Paul Caldwell, Silver and Soul is turning out to be quite amazing. I haven't been this excited about an SMC Christmas show in years! Don't miss it!

Click on the picture for links to tickets for each of the performances below.

Benaroya Hall performances:

Sunday, December 4 - 2:00 pm* ($15 red or green tickets for age 12 and under)
Sunday, December 4 - 8:00 pm*
Sunday, December 11 - 8:00 pm (certified ASL interpretation)
Sunday, December 18 - 8:00 pm*
Wednesday, December 21 - 8:00 pm*
Thursday, December 22 - 8:00 pm*

Outreach Performances:

Everett Civic Auditorium
Saturday, December 17 - 8:00 pm*

Rialto Theater, Tacoma
Saturday, December 10 - 3:00 pm & 7:30 pm*

*artistic interpretation by Kevin Gallagher
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Seattlites, this is your last opportunity to hear the Seattle Men's and Women's Choruses under the direction of legendary Artistic Director Dennis Coleman. Two evening performances only, June 24th and 25th at McCaw Hall. 35% off most seats (Friday only!) with discount code LULU. Be there. Aloha.

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Seattle Men's Chorus presents Everything Broadway, including hits from classics like Paint Your Wagon and South Pacific all the way up to modern musicals like Kinky Boots and The Book of Mormon. Don't miss it!

McCaw Hall, Seattle

Saturday, April 2, 2016 - 8:00 pm*
Sunday, April 3, 2016 - 2:00 pm^
*Artistic Interpretation by Kevin Gallagher
^Certified ASL Interpretation
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Home for the Holidays

For his final Yuletide concert, Dennis Coleman is wrapping up his naughty and nice audience favorites, just for you! We have traditional holiday favorites ranging from a cappella sacred settings, through the "What If" carols (as reimagined by some famous Broadway composers), on to a rockin' Christmas adaptation of a possibly recognizable tune.

Our guest artist for opening weekend is Tituss Burgess, star of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and 30 Rock. Don't miss out! Tickets for all shows available through Flying House Productions (except Tacoma through the Broadway Center for the Performing Arts).

Benaroya Hall, Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium
3rd Ave and University St — Seattle, WA

Saturday, November 28*, 2015 – 8:00pm
Sunday, November 29* — 2:00pm
Friday, December 4 — 8:00pm
Sunday, December 6 — 7:30pm
Sunday, December 13 — 7:30pm
Sunday, December 20 — 7:30pm
Monday, December 21 — 7:30pm

* with special guest Tituss Burgess

Pantages Theater
901 Broadway ( and 9th St ) — Tacoma, WA

Thursday, December 3 — 8:00pm

Everett Civic Auditorium
2415 Colby Ave — Everett, WA

Saturday, December 19 — 8:00pm

GST

Jun. 18th, 2015 10:39 pm
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With a fellow Bear Chorine on stage at McCaw Hall.

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Seattle Men's Chorus presents Legacy, a concert featuring two biographical song cycles: Tyler's Suite and I Am Harvey Milk.

Preview Performance:
Renton IKEA Performing Arts Center, 400 S Second Street, Renton, WA
Saturday, March 21, 2015 — 8:00 PM

Mainstage Perfomances:
McCaw Hall, 321 Mercer Street, Seattle, WA
Saturday, March 28, 2015 — 8:00pm
Sunday, March 29, 2015 — 2:00pm

Outreach Performances:
Washington Center for the Performing Arts, 512 Washington St. SE, Olympia, WA
Saturday, April 11, 2015 — 7:30 PM

Admiral Theatre, 515 Pacific Avenue, Bremerton, WA
Saturday, April 18, 2015 — 7:00 PM
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Longtime Seattle Men's Chorus director to retire

Dennis Coleman, longtime artistic director of the Seattle Men's Chorus and Seattle Women's Chorus has announced that he will retire next year.

His final Seattle-area concert will be the SMC Summer concert held in conjunction with Pride Week in June of 2016.

Coleman will take his final bow at the Gay and Lesbian Association of Choruses (GALA Choruses) Festival in Denver in 2016.


(h/t KING 5 News)

I'm happy for Dennis and excited to find out what comes next. There will be a number of committees, made up of board members, singers, and other stakeholders including audience members and donors: one tasked with planning a big send-off for Dennis including two commissioned works, one with fundraising for the organization related to the occasion, and one with the search for new artistic direction for the Choruses.
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...Our Gay Apparel

Benaroya Hall:

Saturday, November 29* — 2:00pm
Sunday, November 30* — 2:00pm
Friday, December 12 — 8:00pm
Sunday, December 14 — 2:00pm
Sunday, December 14 — 7:30pm
Sunday, December 21 — 7:30pm
Monday, December 22 — 7:30pm

* with special guest Linda Eder

Pantages Theater, 901 Broadway, Tacoma

Thursday, December 4 — 8:00pm

Everett Civic Auditorium, 2415 Colby Avenue

Saturday, December 20 — 8:00pm

Enter "Bass" (case sensitive) in the Discount Code box when ordering tickets to receive a 5% discount. (Not applicable for Tacoma.)
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Totally Wicked: Featuring The Music of Stephen Schwartz
features music from Pippin, Godspell, Children of Eden, Schwartz's Hollywood career, and of course Wicked. Joining SMC for our mainstage performances will be Bellevue native and Broadway and television star Megan Hilty for a return engagement.

Friends and Family Preview Performance
Saturday, March 22 — 8:00 PM
Renton IKEA Performing Arts Center
400 S Second Street
Renton, WA 98057

Annual Children's Concert (Free!)
Saturday, March 29 - 2 pm
McCaw Hall

Mainstage Performances with Megan Hilty
Saturday, March 29 — 8:00pm
Sunday, March 30 — 2:00pm
McCaw Hall

Outreach Performance
Saturday, April 5 - 7:00 PM
South Whidbey High School
Performing Arts Center
5675 Maxwelton Rd. — Langley, WA
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Come see me and 200 other dudes in Santa Claus suits in the Seattle Men's Chorus holiday show, "Play It Again, Santa". This coming weekend is opening weekend with special guest, Tony Award-winning Levi Kreis from Million Dollar Quartet.

Performances at Benaroya Hall, Seattle

Saturday, November 30* — 8:00pm
Sunday, December 1* — 2:00pm
Sunday, December 8 — 7:30pm
Monday, December 9 — 7:30pm
Sunday, December 15 — 2:00pm & 7:30pm
Monday, December 16 — 7:30pm
Sunday, December 22 — 7:30pm

* with special guest, Levi Kreis

Performance at Pantages Theatre, Tacoma

Thursday, December 12 - 8:00 PM (Tickets available at Broadway Center for the Performing Arts)

Performance at Everett Civic Auditorium

Saturday, December 14 - 8:00 PM

Tickets for all Seattle and Everett performances available at Flying House Productions box office.
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Baby-Its-Cold-Outside

Benaroya Hall - Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium

Friday, November 30* — 8:00pm
Saturday, December 1* — 2:00pm
Sunday, December 9 — 7:30pm
Sunday, December 16 — 7:30pm
Thursday, December 20 — 7:30pm
Friday, December 21 — 8:00pm
Saturday, December 22 — 2:00pm & 8:00pm

* with special guest, Ana Gasteyer

THU 12/13: TACOMA, WA Pantages Theater - 8:00 PM
SAT 12/15: EVERETT, WA Everett Civic Auditorium - 8:00 PM
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Tomorrow Seattle Men's Chorus will be performing at the Westlake Tree Lighting at 5 PM. Then Saturday marks the first of 11 (!) performances of Cool Yule: The Big Band Theory, 9 of them at Benaroya Hall in Seattle, one at the Pantages Theatre in Tacoma and one at Everett Civic Auditorium. Don't miss it!

Seattle Men's Chorus presents Cool Yule: The Big Band Theory
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Last night the Seattle Men's Chorus had our premiere performance of Falling In Love Again, a look at life in Germany before and during the Nazi era.

Act One features the music of Weimar Germany which inspired the musical Cabaret, including the title tune and "Wilkommen" from that musical. The Emcee from Cabaret is portrayed by Nick Garrison and I must say he's done an excellent job in the role. I get to play one of the three pigs in "Who's Afraid of the Big, Bad Wolf?"; I'm the one with the brick house. (Cue up "Brick House" -- oh wait, that isn't period. :-) Also we have the Spectrum Dance company in several numbers, and Frau Schnaub, portrayed by a simply huge young chorus member (who can't wait to start growing his beard again ;-), in the comic dance number "Fräulein, Pardon". The title tune of our concert is performed by a chorus member impersonating Marlene Dietrich and backed up by the full chorus.

Act Two is an operatic piece entitled For a Look or a Touch, originally a "chamber opera" for baritone and speaking actor, and expanded to include a small ensemble (Captain Smartypants) and a full men's chorus. The chorus represents the gay men sent to the concentration camps in Nazi Germany, with costumes and makeup to create a haunting, zombie-like effect. The actor portraying Gad Beck, an aging Holocaust survivor, is David Pichette who is a well-known Seattle actor and portrayed Voltaire in last year's production of Candide. The baritone soloist, Morgan Smith, portrays the ghost of Gad's lover, Manfred Lewin, who perished in the camps.

If you have the time I would highly recommend coming to see the show at 2:00 this afternoon at McCaw Hall.
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SMC presents Falling In Love Again, April 2-3, McCaw Hall

Seattle Men's Chorus presents Falling in Love Again, Saturday, April 2 at 8:00 pm and Sunday, April 3 at 2:00 pm, at McCaw Hall at the Seattle Center. Act One will feature music from the Weimar era in Germany, including selections from Cabaret which was inspired by that period. Act Two features a moving chamber opera entitled For a Look or a Touch about the persecution of gay men in Nazi Germany.

Also, on Saturday, April 2 at 2 PM, SMC, Seattle Women's Chorus and Village Theater KIDSTAGE present a free Children's Concert at McCaw Hall. Tickets may be requested at the Chorus web site.
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I forgot to post the schedule of performances of Holiday Glee. However, last weekend the Chorus decided to put on an additional matinee performance next Sunday, 2 PM at Benaroya Hall, because our other performances are getting full. So best seats are still available for the new performance but they are selling fast!

The remaining performances in the run are all at Benaroya Hall, on the following dates:

Sunday, December 12, 2 PM and 7:30 PM
Sunday, December 19, 7:30 PM
Monday, December 20, 7:30 PM

Check out flyinghouse.org for tickets and other useful information.
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Glitter and Be Gay
Click the picture to embiggen.

Performances:
Sunday, June 6, 7 PM, Temple B'nai Torah, Bellevue (one-hour preview)
Sunday, June 20, 3 PM, Pantages Theatre, Tacoma
Friday, June 25, 8 PM, McCaw Hall
Saturday, June 26, 8 PM, McCaw Hall

I won't be performing the Tacoma show due to a work conflict (not to mention the smaller size of the stage).

Come one, come all! ;-)
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Seattle Men's Chorus presents Ole! Ole! Ole! with Bailadores de Bronce*
(Click on the picture for more info and links for ticket sales.)

Performances:
This Saturday, March 27, 7:30 PM, Edmonds Center for the Arts
Saturday, April 10, 8 PM, McCaw Hall, Seattle Center
Sunday, April 11, 2 PM, McCaw Hall, Seattle Center
Saturday, April 17, 7 PM, Admiral Theatre, Bremerton
Saturday, May 1, 7:30 PM, Washington Center for the Performing Arts, Olympia

*Bailadores de Bronce will not be performing in Olympia.
I will have to miss the Bremerton show due to a conflict with Spring Thaw.
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My brother used to say that to my niece (whose name happens to be Erin) many St. Pat's Days ago.

Kind of an uneventful day. I'm still coming down from the weekend. I've taken on the lead producer role for the SMC's No Talent Show at retreat, and this weekend's show turned out just fabulously, despite the change in venue from a working theater to a hotel ballroom.

[livejournal.com profile] gmjambear told me I'd worked a little too hard on the show, as now I have a minor chest cold (mostly a cough triggered by postnasal sinus drainage). Still, I was able to get through a somewhat grueling dental visit and yet another SMC rehearsal before virtually collapsing Monday evening. This week I am also taking on overnight patching and upgrades once more, which means I am working split shifts again.

In honor of the occasion I decided to make Pig's Ass and Cabbage the way my mom used to (fun fact: at one point in my childhood I hated cabbage and Mom would substitute green beans; nowadays I rather enjoy the cabbage). Unfortunately, the third ingredient in the traditional boiled dinner -- potatoes -- had all sprouted or rotted in the pantry. So instead we made noodle soup of the ham and cabbage. It turned out very tasty and filling.

As my folks always say, "Top o' the morning to you!" (to which the proper response is "And the rest of the day to you!")

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