Creative endeavors worth checking out

I have a few posts in the pipeline, but I wanted to take a minute to direct your attention to the awesome creative work of other people first! I am lucky enough to know loads and loads of people who do amazing work, and you should check them out:

Princess BusinessPrincess Business

If you’re in the mood for some goofy, edgy humor, quirky female leads, and a funhouse look at the life of a working actress/entertainer, check out Princess Business. Written, directed, and starring a bunch of friends of mine, this is a new webseries about the trials and travails of a pair of princesses-for-hire. It’s frequently raunchy and silly, filled with pop culture references and 20-something hijinks, and showcases the developing talents of its cast and crew.

Princess Business is currently raising money for its second season, so drop over to their IndieGoGo page and help support young artist and lady-centric media!

PigPen Theatre CoPigPen Theatre Co.’s National Tour

Saturday night I had the great pleasure of seeing PigPen (a group that you may have noticed I like a lot) kick off their first national tour at the Barboza right here in Seattle, with opening act the Tragic Thrills. They’re heading to basically every part of the country over the next six weeks, including playing the SXSW Festival in Austin, TX, and sharing a ticket with Sir Mix-A-Lot in Tucson, AZ.

The PigPen boys are mad talented, and they are great fun to watch live — funny and witty, delivering a fast-moving show with many of their best songs from their albums and several new ones. Their choral harmonies are great recorded, but they’re even better live.

And last night they ended with the Band’s “The Weight,” a song that they seem to have been born to cover, and you should not miss that if it is at all within your power. Check out the schedule; if you live near a major city, it’s almost guaranteed they’re coming to a venue near you. Then you, too, can say that you saw these guys in a tiny venue before they got big (and expensive) (although given that they already won a bunch of awards off-Broadway it may be too late to say you saw them before they got big) (your mileage may vary).

Photo by Fred Burmer, Burmer Music LLC.

Photo by Fred Burmer, Burmer Music LLC.

Dante’s Inferno: The Ballet

This is a somewhat after-the-fact plug, but as many of you know, I spent the last year and a half working as a production assistant/social media supervisor/webmaster/assistant stage manager for Burmer Music’s new ballet, Dante’s Inferno, and its companion pieces Demeter and Persephone and Sacred and Profane, all produced in collaboration with Ballet Bellevue and Tice Dance Works. After two years of work on the part of the whole production team, we finally performed last weekend at the Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue.

It was an absolute pleasure to work with such incredibly talented, dedicated dancers, and to have the chance to be involved with a world premiere of such a unique project. You can get the music through CDBaby and check out production stills at the Facebook page, and hopefully soon you’ll be able to get video of the performances as well.

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