Last Saturday night we found ourselves bored with no plans at 8pm. So we decided to hang out at the Seattle Center.
Here’s our triple threat cure for Saturday night ennui:
LAUGH: Unexpected Productions. At 8:30, a motley cast of improvisors builds an improvised musical out of audience suggestions. It’s small, totally goofy and interactive, with surprising moments of brilliance. An improvised rockabilly soul ballad. A quirky storyline about chauvinistic boy scouts and girl scouts in disguise. A little boy pulled out of the audience to accompany an improvised aria at the keyboard. Tickets are $15 (free for improv students). Stick around after Build Your Own Musical & watch UE in Seattle’s longest running improv show–Theater Sports.
NOTE: UE is conveniently squatting at the Intiman Theater (201 Mercer Street) while its regular home, the Market Theater, undergoes renovations. Also, there’s a bar in the Intiman for all you lushes 🙂
EAT: McMenamins Queen Anne (200 Roy Street ) has a happy hour 3-6 and 10-close. Their signature ales are $3.75 and you can get huge portions of snacks and burgers for $2-5. Or you can spring for their cheesy, juicy Irish Reuben sandwich, (rye bread stuffed with Swiss, corned beef, buttermilk coleslaw and a sweet/spicy mustard-$11). Oh, and the coasters are really awesome, don’t forget to steal some (free).
ROCK OUT: Ah the midnight Laser Floyd experience. At 11:59 PM, hunker down in the Pacific Science Center’s planetarium. Lie down on the ground, if you want. And wait for an explosion of light and sound. The laser show, synchronized to Pink Floyd’s The Wall sounds fun and quirky. But the immersion in laser lights and one of the greatest albums of all times is sensory overload; a little disorienting and trippy, and surprisingly moving. Highly recommended. $9.
Now go make out in Myrtle Edwards Park. 🙂
EXTRA CREDIT: Show up early and check out the Explore Music Project. (Closes at 5:00pm in the winter–tickets $12-15).