Sci-Fi at the Pops – get tickets if you still can!

If you ignored me and did not reserve tickets for the Seattle Symphony’s Sci-Fi at the Pops program, I am sad; BUT, you my luck out and get tickets now for tonight and tomorrow. My advice: Try! It is a wonderful evening of rich symphonic music and entertainment…any ticket in the house will do!

These scores are amazingly full of swells, swings, and tinkling sounds that have become so much a part of our American Film culture. Composer John Williams’ prolific work is the star of the show but Danny Elfman (one of my favorites) and Michael Giacchino and others add their signature sounds to this enjoyable evening. There is a salute to classical composers who influenced or whose music was used in these scores as well.

Strings, French horns and xylophone are amazing and the organ music (the organ is a beautiful imposing is instrument on the stage) is a wonderful addition. Director Jeff Tyzik narrates with fun stories about Hollywood insiders, the composers and this music. This program will have you remembering when you cried when you saw ET ( here is the music we heard last night with the movie scene), make you want to go and watch 2001: A Space Odyssey just to check out the music again (many classical pieces and orchestral music was used) and will remind you how that Star Trek ushered in a form of music that has matured with Harry Potter, Superman and culminates again this year with the return of Stars Wars. The concert provides interesting pieces from it like The Imperial March – The Darth Vader theme and of course the main theme.

This is the music that introduces character and moves along action and theme and is often hidden under those elements when you see a movie. You’ll hear it loud and clear at Benaroya Hall and in the symphony setting with a richness and subtlety not in the movies. Spoiler alert: not matter how much you stand and applaud, our audience was on its feet for 3 bows and finally gave up, there will be no encore here.

ADDED BONUS: I urge you to spend some time really exploring what’s coming at The Seattle Symphony: this summer’s American Music Festival: Tuning Up $25 tickets each for nine great concerts -$148 pass w privileges, the holidays and in the 2016-2017 coming season. The Seattle Symphony has absolutely has something for everyone at ticket prices most everyone can afford and everyone should take advantage!

More for spring: short forays and short stay ideas…

I was down with the flu…ugh! (Who gets the flu in May?!?) And, my father passed peacefully this week-end. Sad.

But, I am keeping an eye out for good ideas re: short stays or forays. It is nice to get away even for a few hours and this is the season to begin this in earnest!

What is coming across my desk lately?

Tuning Up  – two weeks of American Music Creativity with the Seattle Symphony. I love this! Great concerts a $25 ticket. The Seattle Symphony presents Tuning Up!, a two-week festival celebrating American musical creativity of the 20th and 21st century at Benaroya Hall in Seattle and Marymoor Park in Redmond from June 17 to July 2. With a tremendous breadth of music over nine concerts, Music Director Ludovic Morlot and the Symphony will explore everything from avant-garde to minimalism, jazz to Broadway, classics to Hollywood. June 17-July 2nd. Tickets or a festival pass.

Act Theater – through Goldstar offers a 3-for pass for 2016 plays

Lonely Planet (the largest travel book publisher in the world!) travel e-manuals for travel destinations $8.49…even if you are not or cannot go someplace it is fun to read these travel guides from your armchair or lounger while sitting in the sun. Or, take a short foray into their web-site and explore.

  • Lonely Planet is the world’s largest travel guide publisher with coverage of 250+ destinations
  • Robust and in-depth: Each has full-color maps, images, insider tips and reviews for all budgets
  • No need to lug a book around while traveling: Download on five devices, including e-readers
  • While the guides cover a huge range of countries across the globe, they’re also available for destinations closer to home, including New York, LA and…
  • Seattle…with visits to neighborhoods and ideas for day trips!

    The weather is perfect for neighborhood art walks – did you know the Pioneer Square Art Walk was the first in the US …and, they are all over the city. Here is a schedule and map. Free. And, wine is usually involved as well as some special events or featured artists.

    It is time for neighborhood farmers markets. Look for one near you!

    Magnolia Art Experience (MAX) is having a free Open House May 21st at Magnolia United Church of Christ. It promises to be fun and will introduce you to the new art non-profit that will have classes, sponsor events and provide support for artists. Food by Kasper’s Catering, cash bar and art activities around the group’s formation and upcoming events. Go to:

    That is it for now….in the next weeks I will be taking some short forays and day trips and writing about them: The Seattle Pops, May 20, 21,22 (I hate to be a nag BUT, if you want tickets you must get them now and go early to get easy parking!), back to Bainbridge (here’s some suggestions for there), a favorite Spring foray to Malty Café and Flower World and a new foray down to Lacey and Olympia…write and tell me about yours in the comment section!