Thursday, July 24, 2014

Jet City's 'Wise Guys' - Squeaky Clean Show with F-Bombs

It seems counter-intuitive for Jet City Improv, known for family-friendly fare, to present an F-bomb riddled production, but strangely, “Wise Guys” works. This isn’t to advocate bringing children to the Soprano-esq show which is currently running on Thursday and Friday nights through August 22nd. It's just to say that the presentation is a lot less distasteful than one would expect. At least it was the night I attended.

“Wise Guys” is the latest original feature-length improv comedy show where only the theme, fight scenes and story basics are scripted. Inspired mafia movies and TV shows like “The Godfather” and “The Sopranos,” “Wise Guys” follows the rise and fall of the next infamous mob boss, from the first carnation in his lapel to his final date with destiny and the audience is in on the creation too.  “Every audience at ‘Wise Guys’ will be responsible for deciding the how the family makes their money, who’s in charge, and who can’t be trusted. From there, the improvisers will take the family through a decades-long story of outrageous hit jobs, rival gangs, love and betrayal,” says Jet City.

Video of the Day: Emoji Among Us

Perhaps the shortest documentary ever made: "Emoji Among Us." (Created by Dissolve Footage)

15 Comedic Train Wreck Legends

Not everyone will agree on what makes a cult movie, a cult movie. Often, it refers to a film that didn’t do very well in the theatres but picked up a few more fans later on. Other times, it can refer to low budget “B” movies in general and sometimes a cult movie can be one that is terrible but people love it anyway – a movie that is so bad, that it is good. Here are 15 of the best comedies.

Galaxy Quest is a cult classic
Galaxy Quest (1999)
If you consider yourself a “Trekie,” or enjoy attending Comicon, put this one on your list. This family-friendly comedy tells the tale of former TV stars who were popular years ago when their show, Galaxy Quest (similar to Star Trek), was on the air. Now, years later, the only work that they can find is making appearances at comic book conventions. However, some space aliens have confused reruns of the show for historical documents and arrive on earth to ask for the crew’s help to save their planet. The TV cast misunderstands the aliens, thinking that they have been invited to relive their roles for a private performance. Won’t they be surprised when they end up in space for real? The cast includes Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman, Tony Shalhoub and Sam Rockwell.

This Day in Pop Culture: July 24, 1998

Steven Spielberg released the movie, "Saving Private Ryan" to theaters on July 24, 1998.
“Saving Private Ryan” is Released

Director Steven Spielberg released the movie, “Saving Private Ryan” on this day in 1998 telling a story set during the invasion of Normandy during World War II. Loosely based on a true story, the film received much applause for its realistic and often gruesome portrayal of the war. The film starred Tom Hanks, Tom Sizemore, Edward Burns, Barry Pepper and Vin Diesel. Private Ryan was portrayed by Matt Damon. The movie made over $481 million worldwide and won various awards including the Oscar for Best Director.”

This Day in Pop Culture: July 23, 1903

The Ford Motor Company sold it's first car, the Model A, on July 23, 1903.
The Ford Motor Company Sells its First Car

Henry Ford was 39 years old when the Ford Motor Company was launched in a converted factory in Detroit, Michigan in 1903. The Model A was the first car produced using pairs or trios of men working on each car. The very first car was sold on this day in 1903. Between 1903 and 1904, 1,750 cars were made. The two-seater weighed 1,240 lbs. and could reach a top speed of 28 mph. Though Ford was and is known as the "most reliable machine in the world” the Model A had plenty of performance problems. Initially it was only sold in the color red.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

How to Get Involved in Seattle Theatre Community

How to volunteer with five different theatres in Seattle.
CBS Seattle
“The show must go on!” is a quote often heard when referring to live theater. This is usually in reference to many of the unexpected events that can happen to the cast and crew behind the scenes including illness, faulty equipment, wardrobe malfunctions, etc. However, it can also refer to the many volunteers who help make every great live show a success. Although just about every theatre in Seattle would gladly accept your donation as a great way to get involved, that isn’t the most practical for some folks. Lucky for you, each can use more volunteer help in the areas of ushering, concession sales, ticket sales, mailing crews, costuming assistants, etc. and the perks of doing so usually include free tickets to the show. Here are five local theaters that you could be involved with: