bigmacbear: Me in a leather jacket and Hockey Night in Canada ball cap, on a ferry with Puget Sound in background (closeup)


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
bigmacbear: Me in a leather jacket and Hockey Night in Canada ball cap, on a ferry with Puget Sound in background (closeup)
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
bigmacbear: Me in a leather jacket and Hockey Night in Canada ball cap, on a ferry with Puget Sound in background (closeup)
...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.)

GST

Dec. 26th, 2013 03:20 pm
bigmacbear: Me in a leather jacket and Hockey Night in Canada ball cap, on a ferry with Puget Sound in background (closeup)
With Dad at home.

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bigmacbear: Me in a leather jacket and Hockey Night in Canada ball cap, on a ferry with Puget Sound in background (Santa)


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.
bigmacbear: Me in a leather jacket and Hockey Night in Canada ball cap, on a ferry with Puget Sound in background (closeup)
Christmas was fun. [livejournal.com profile] gmjambear and I each got some video footage of the family's "Jingle Bell Rock" gift exchange (everyone stands iin a big circle and you pass packages to the right on "Jingle" and to the left on "Rock") and hopefully we'll get some more from my sister and edit them all together.

Boxing Day brought a significant snowfall, after which we went outside and played in the snow with my grand-niece Alyssa and grand-nephew Aiden; there's a big hill behind my dad's place and they had sleds already waiting for them in Dad's garage. After Alyssa's mother came by to pick her up (as she got off work early due to the weather) we headed out for chili for lunch.

Thursday we had lunch at White Castle and did some grocery shopping with Aiden in tow, and that evening Gary and I headed for downtown Cincinnati to see the Cyclones play hockey against the Elmira Jackals. As usual, lots of bears in the stands and a few on the ice. Unfortunately for the 'Clones, Elmira won 4-3. As a promotion, they had the Stanley Cup out on the concourse so we got our pictures taken with the Cup.

Friday I went to get my hair cut and beard trimmed since I was done with my Santa impersonation for another year. Later we did some photo processing on Dad's computer so he's got copies of our Christmas snaps, and then hit the YMCA on Winton Road which I'd visited last time I was in town. We were pleasantly surprised to find our ActivTrax accounts work there too, since the old FitLinxx system was specific to the facility where you signed up. Unfortunately one of my contacts washed out in the pool so I have to wear my glasses until we get back home.

Yesterday we attended my nephew Andy's wedding. A good time was had by all, even if there was a slight misunderstanding when it came time for family photos, but that was cleared up by the time the party was over.

This morning I took Dad to church, where a very nice-looking otterish/bearish fellow was the lector (reader). Afterward we had breakfast at Dad's favorite restaurant, First Watch, did a bit more shopping and came home to watch the Bengals beat the Ravens, 23-14. The late game is still in progress and I'll catch up when I finish this post.

We return to Everett tomorrow evening just in time to ring in the New Year. Wishing you and yours a happy and prosperous New Year!
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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
bigmacbear: Me in a white dinner jacket, no shirt, gold chains around my neck, in front of the RGMC (disco)
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.
bigmacbear: Me in a white dinner jacket, no shirt, gold chains around my neck, in front of the RGMC (disco)
The Seattle Channel has finished production of their hour-long version of this year's SMC holiday concert (they do not call it "Santa Baby" as the title piece was cut for time).

There is one opportunity remaining to see the entire show live, on Sunday, 12/20, 7:30 PM at Benaroya Hall. Tickets are in short supply so get yours now if you haven't already.

The show will air tonight at 9 PM on Comcast channel 21. It is also available streaming from the website.

Here is the schedule of airings of the show:
Friday, December 18, 2009 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 19, 2009 11:00 p.m.
Thursday, December 24, 2009 11:00 p.m.
Friday, December 25, 2009 10:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 26, 2009 9:00 p.m.
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It's been a really quiet Christmas this year, mostly due to the snow. I've been working from home Christmas Eve and Boxing Day to give the facilities folks time to clear the parking lots around the office (they were dismal on Tuesday when I went in to recharge my portables).

Christmas Eve [livejournal.com profile] gmjambear and I made the trek to Federal Way for our friends' traditional Christmas Eve dinner. Once we'd left Everett the roads weren't all that bad. Christmas Day we spent at home, listening to music and surfing the Net. I chatted with my folks and my sisters on the phone. We're chipping in for a new stove for Mom and Dad's place; the insulation on the old one is so deteriorated that my sister thinks it's a burn hazard if not an outright fire hazard.

Boxing Day (yesterday) after I got done with work we went out in search of a snow shovel (they have been out of stock for two weeks now and they don't know when they will have more) and looked at a few more things we'll eventually need around the house, and ended up buying some doormats and a plunger. Any excuse to get out, I suppose.

While we were out we had dinner at the Buzz Inn on Broadway in downtown Everett. The first time we drove by the place we thought it was a biker bar because of all the motorcycles parked alongside; we later learned it's the flagship of a chain of 14 restaurants all around the north Puget Sound region. The food was really good; they had 16-ounce T-bone steaks with all the trimmings on special for $14.99. As we were waiting for dinner to arrive I called up my folks to let them know we got their Christmas cards, and found the new stove had been delivered.

Today it looks like the clouds overhead can't decide whether to rain or snow, so instead we are getting fog and no precipitation to speak of. (Hence my joke post.)

Hope everyone's holidays are going well.
bigmacbear: Me in a leather jacket and Hockey Night in Canada ball cap, on a ferry with Puget Sound in background (Santa)
Back in the days of Soviet Russia, a loyal Communist with the unlikely name of Rudolph had retired to a fine dacha in the mountains with his stout Russian wife of many years.

One winter morning (being a loyal Communist he'd long since stopped calling it Christmas) he got up and looked out the bedroom window at the scenery, and called to his wife, "Ah, look at the rain coming down!"

His wife struggled to her feet and put on a robe, took one look and harrumphed, "Is snow."

He responded, "Nyet, is rain."

She came back, even louder, "Nyet, is snow!"

Exasperated, he spun his wife around by the shoulders and said ... )

;-)
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  • Flew to Cincinnati on the red-eye connecting in Houston. The first flight I ended up sitting on the aisle next to a woman with her niece's children, aged about 1 and 3 (the 1-year-old in her lap and the older child in the window seat). As the flight began the younger child was screaming, then got to sleep; the flight ended with the older child screaming.

  • My grand-niece Alyssa at three-and-a-half is really smart. She loves to play cards, preferring "crazy eights" and "war".

  • While shopping at Meijer (combination discount grocery/department store) with my folks I saw a woman drop a lot of money out of her hand (probably while trying to replace it in her pocketbook or purse) and walk on. I called her attention to the money and she collected it, all the while the man with her was giving her a dirty look.

  • I find I'm more interested in football this season, with my native home team (the Bengals) and my new hometown team (the Seahawks) both clinching their divisions and assured of a spot in the playoffs. [livejournal.com profile] gmjambear says it would be interesting if they met in the Super Bowl. My brother-in-law says that isn't going to happen, the Bengals aren't that good.

  • Former Rochester TV reporter Liz Bonis has found a new home in Cincinnati.

  • In the WOOF! department: On the return flight from Cincinnati to Houston I was seated next to a big fellow from Calgary who resembles Stacy Keach, whose wife and teenage son sat opposite. Then on the flight from Houston I sat behind a fellow with brush-cut red hair and a build like a fireplug wearing a "Kenmore Air" T-shirt. Also on that flight was a fellow with the build and beard-style of our friend Marvin from Beareoke ([livejournal.com profile] ursusnoir), but white.
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Just a quickie post from my folks' place in Cincinnati. I'm finally here, having arrived at CVG (across the river in KY) about 8:45 last night and waited until nearly midnight but my bag never made it to baggage claim. I left the folks' address with Delta baggage service so hopefully they will schlep it out here before I have to leave for the airport. Comair (the small airline that provides all Delta service to ROC) has canceled all flights nationwide today and tomorrow, because there were so many flight changes and cancellations that their poor computer keeled over and died.

Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!
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I'm off to Cincinnati way too early in the morning tomorrow, provided they don't cancel my flight due to today's snowstorm. Just wanted to wish all my LJ friends a happy holiday season, whichever your favorite holiday to celebrate. In other words, Merry Chrissolkwanzakkah!!! ;-)

Update (12:03 AM Thursday): Yup, they canceled my flight. It is taking literally hours to get someone on the phone to rebook -- hours I'd much rather be sleeping. I'm surprised they don't have some means of rebooking via the delta.com web site.
bigmacbear: Me squatting naked in the Miller River (naked)
Where: Desk at home
Wearing: Nothing
H Factor: 6
C Factor: 8

I got back in from my folks' place in Cincinnati yesterday afternoon about 2. Gary ([livejournal.com profile] gmjambear) came to meet me at the airport, which was a pleasant surprise. We went to dinner at the home of a friend from church and had a very good time.

While in Cincinnati, I got the opportunity to chat with my folks and my sisters and their families. However, there were some other relatives (mostly cousins of various degrees on my mom's side of the family) who were essentially holding their family reunion at my folks' place, which made the place crazy-busy for the weekend after Christmas and limited my opportunity to be with my immediate family to a degree.

Although I've been disappointed with the way scheduling worked out this year with respect to Gary, and I know he's been pretty down lately, I think my cousins' presence would also have made Gary and I very uncomfortable had I been able to bring him there for the holidays. I jokingly suggested to Mom that she and Dad could avoid this next year by coming to Rochester for the holidays. We shall see. ;-)

Anyway, gotta go. In case you don't hear from me before then, I wish a Happy New Year to all.
bigmacbear: Me in a leather jacket and Hockey Night in Canada ball cap, on a ferry with Puget Sound in background (Santa)
Today [livejournal.com profile] gmjambear and I got busy sending the vast majority of our Christmas cards; yes, I know it's likely many of them will be late. Fortunately, we got most of our cards off to far-flung places on Wednesday so they at least have a chance to get where they are going, and the ones I sent today went to the main post office and I handed them to the postman as he was emptying the outside boxes.

I also make a personal Christmas card for my nieces and nephews and grand-nieces (no grand-nephews as yet), and got inspired to do some work in Paint Shop (much cheaper than Photoshop) to make a Santa figure out of a picture I have of myself attending a friend's wedding. So behold -- I've turned it into another LJ userpic.

I'll be leaving Wednesday for Cincinnati so I will be hearing from some of you between now and then. For those of you who are traveling for the holidays, I wish you safe travels, and I wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season.
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I'm just about to sign off LJ for the holidays (as my folks' computer just isn't up for much surfing as yet, I probably won't have an opportunity to check E-mail or LJ while I'm there). I have to pack for a 6 AM flight and finish Christmas cards, which probably means no sleep whatever tonight.

I'll be back on Boxing Day. [livejournal.com profile] gmjambear has to work, so he'll be here.

Just want to wish you all the happiest of holidays. "Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!"

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