Thursday, May 26, 2005

Circus Contraption

Well, between school and life, I have been totally slammed lately--but I did finish assembling my first stained glass piece! More blogging on that this weekend, as there were some very valuable lessons in it.

In the meantime, it looks like all I have time to blog so far is plugging my friends' endeavors, but that's ok--they are definitely good causes.

My friend (and ex-research colleague, before he ran away to join the circus! :) Kevin is a composer and musician for a small circus troupe, Circus Contraption. They are performing in Seattle, and raising money for a trip to perform in New York. I recommend going to see them if you're in the Seattle area. (I should add two things here--one, there are no animals other than humans in this circus. Second, except for the shows explicitly designated as family-friendly, they all contain mature content--so this is definitely not the kind of circus you'd take kids to in order to see elephants, just fyi.)

Here's the relevant info from Kevin:

"I wrote much of the music for our most recent show, 'Circus Contraption's Grand American Traveling Dime Museum.' The show re-opens in Seattle next week, and runs June 3rd through July 30th at Sand Point Magnuson Park.

The bigger news: we are taking the show to New York City for the entire month of September! But we need help making it happen. Here are ways you can help:

- Talk! Spread the word about the shows in Seattle and New York.

- Donate! We need to raise $60,000 to finance the New York trip. If you are at all inclined to make a small donation, it *will* make a difference. Donations should be sent to: Circus Contraption, 6310 NE 74th St #107-E, Seattle, WA 98115.

- Watch! Come see the show. Tickets for Seattle are on sale now at Brown Paper Tickets. You can get them online at or by calling 1-800-838-3006.

The basic details for shows are listed below. If you need more details, check our website ( or just drop me a line."



Circus Contraption's
Grand American Traveling Dime Museum
June 3 to July 30, 2005
EXCEPT: No shows June 24-26, July 1-3
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays 8 pm/ Doors open 7:30 pm
Magnuson Community Center Auditorium, Magnuson Park,
Building 47, 7400 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle WA 98115

Tickets $20.00 each; Group Discounts available.
Opening Night show (June 3) is Pay-what-you-can!
MIDNIGHT SHOW: Saturday July 23: $15; doors 11:30 pm
CLOSING NIGHT GALA (with Champagne Reception):
Saturday July 30, 8 pm: $40-$100 sliding scale
All shows contain Mature Content



Circus Contraption's Grand American Traveling Dime Museum
September 1 - October 1, 2005
Wednesdays through Sundays
Theater for the New City
155 First Avenue (between 9th and 10th Streets), New York NY
Tickets $20.00 each; Group and Student discounts available
Opening Weekend shows (September 1-4) and all Wednesdays:
All shows contain Mature Content

Contact for show info:; (206) 442-2004
Contact for tickets:; (212) 352-0255
Contact for directions and venue info:; (212) 254-1109


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