No turkeys at KPC this month, just plenty of theater to be thankful for

Auction update

KPC's anuual dinner and auction, "An Affair for the Arts," surpassed budget expectations by $12,000, and featured the theater's largest grossing silent auction.

November performances

November turns up the heat with an electrifying array of music, dance and theater for young and old. No fewer than a dozen shows will be staged, ranging from hot jazz to puppets and flamenco to stand-up.

Lulu LaFever and the Hot Tamales

LaFever's style of sizzlin' jazz, hot swing and sultry blues has earned her engagements opening for Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and Willie Nelson. LaFever has often been compared to Ella Fitzgerald, Billy Holiday, Maria Muldaur and Nina Simone. The Northwest-based, self-proclaimed "show off" will perform a smoldering mix of rhythm and rhyme, blues and ballads and pop and bop tunes sure to get you movin' and groovin'.

November 5, 8 p.m. Adults $23, seniors $18, youth $10, group $20.

Washington Wind Symphony

Comprised of more than 45 local musicians, The Washington Wind Symphony performs with the goal of preserving and presenting classic wind band literature. Having gained increasing popularity, Washington Wind Symphony will delight audiences once again with four completely new concerts featuring a beautiful range of seasonal classics to new compositions. Visit

November 6, 8 p.m. Adults $8, Seniors $8, youth $8, group $7.50.

Tears of Joy Puppet Theatre:V

Anansi the Spider

Anansi, the trickster spider of West Africa, is brought to life in two hilarious tales by Tears of Joy Puppet Theatre, a three-time winner of the prestigious Jim Henson Award for Excellence. Using oversized and life-sized puppets, the first tale, From Lion to Anansi, tells how Anansi tricked the lion out of his stories. The second tale, Anansi and the Talking Melon, begins with, "Anansi loved to eat melons, but he was much too lazy to grow them himself." And so Anansi's adventure begins. Imaginative puppets, beautiful scenery and a clever script guarantee fun for all ages.

Recommended for ages 3-9 and their families.

School matinees & in-school education programs available - please contact KPC's client services manager at 828-0422 for details.

November 6, 2 p.m. Adults $15, seniors $13.50, youth $10, group $13.50.

SRJO performs the music of Benny Golson

Co-directors: Michael Brockman and Clarence Acox.

The SRJO welcomes world renowned composer and saxophonist Benny Golson as a special guest to lead the band in his most famous and beloved works, all classics of the jazz tradition, including Whisper Not, Along Came Betty, Stablemates, I Remember Clifford, and more. Don't miss this rare performance by a jazz icon.

November 7, 3 p.m. Adults $32, seniors $27, youth $21, group $29.

Carmona Flamenco

Featuring: Marcos and Rubina Carmona. Guest Artists: Ana Montes and David Carmona.

The internationally renowned Carmona Flamenco returns with a lively mixture of traditional and contemporary Spanish Gypsy art: colorful dances, soulful songs and riveting instrumentals. For more than twenty years, this modern flamenco group has toured throughout Spain and the United States, sharing with audiences fluid form, authentic guitar and undeniable passion. More special guests to be announced.

November 12, 8 p.m. Adults $22, seniors $18, youth $10, group $20.

Gallery Concerts presents Baroque Extravagance

Music and Dance of the French Baroque, featuring the Gallery Baroque Players & Seattle Early Dance.

Visual and musical spectacle unite in this colorful performance of music and dance from French baroque operas, ballets, and chamber works. Janet See, baroque flute, Carla Moore, baroque violin, Margriet Tindemans, viola da gamba, and Jillon Stoppels Dupree, harpsichord join up with Anna Mansbridge and Seattle Early Dance for this evening of elegance, including Lully's Phaeton, Rameau's Les Indes Galantes and Deuxième Pièce de Clavecin en Concert, and Leclair's Deuxième Récréation de Musique.

Youths 14 & under attend free with each paying adult. November 13, 8:00 p.m. Adults $22, seniors $18, youth $10, group $16.

Uncle Bonsai

Masters of both the accelerated lyric and the woeful ballad, Uncle Bonsai returns by popular demand to grace the stage at KPC. With "sublimely angelic voices," Andrew Ratshin, Arni Adler and Ashley O'Keeffe deliver seamless three-part harmonies in songs on love's demise or unlikely survival, self-love, love too late, love in Iowa, the love of TV and food and fish and the self-deceptions of a guy named Doug.

Not recommended for youths under 13. November 20, 8 p.m. Adults $23, seniors $20, youth $10, group $21.

Belle Arte Concerts presents Icicle Creek Piano Quartet

Oksana Ezhokina, piano; Marcia Kaufmann, violin; Scott Hosfeld, viola; Sally Singer, cello.

Resident ensemble at the Icicle Creek Music Center in Leavenworth, Washington, providing excellence in chamber music performance and education. Works include Schumann Piano Quartet in E flat, Op.47 (1842), Turina Piano Quartet in A minor, Op.67 (1931), Fauré Piano Quartet in C minor, Op.15 (1879).

November 21, 7:30 p.m. Adults $21, seniors $21, youth $10, group $19.

The 25th Annual Stand-Up Comedy Competition

Each year, impresarios Jonathan B. Fox and Ron Reid from The Comedy Underground conduct a national talent search for outstanding comedians who come to the Northwest to participate in this prestigious event. The acts perform in preliminary and semi-final round shows, sharpening and expanding their routines before this final round performance. Aside from being hilarious, contestants are youthful, insightful and uninhibited.

Recommended for adults only. November 26, 8 p.m. Adults $20, seniors $17, youth $15, group $18.

Tingstad & Rumbel

Grammy Award-winning American Acoustic duo, Tingstad & Rumbel return to KPC for another melodic holiday concert. Tingstad & Rumbel established their legacy as the leading guitar and woodwind duo in the country after the immediate success of their debut album, The Gift. Imaginative and innovative, this magnificent duo will present an evening full of classically inspired music and holiday favorites.

November 27, 8 p.m. Adults $22, seniors $18, youth $10, group $20.

Jim French Productions: Imagination Theatre

Be part of the live audience when two original radio plays are recorded at KPC for national broadcast. This season headlines a series of adventures featuring Sherlock Holmes and Harry Nile. Imagination Theatre is complete with all the actors and sound-effects artists who make Jim French's weekly "Movies for Your Mind" so popular. Imagination Theatre is the only contemporary radio drama in America heard nationally every week and heard locally on KIXI AM 880.

November 29, 7:30 p.m. Adults $8, Seniors $8, youth $8, group $7.50.

All KPC tickets are subject to a $1.00 service fee. Senior prices apply to adults aged 62 and older and youth prices apply to anyone aged 25 and younger with valid ID. Group discounts are available to any group of 10 or more.

For more information and to review upcoming performances, go to or call the box office at 893-9900.The Kirkland Performance Center is located at 350 Kirkland Avenue in downtown Kirkland.[[In-content Ad]]