November 29, 2011

New at 2012 Moisture Festival: David Deeble, Bindlestiff Family Cirkus, Dana Smith

Each year Moisture Festival invites artists new to the festival to join us to play. The 2012 festival welcomes into our crazy circus tent:

David Deeble's Unnatural Act is a whirlwind display of exotic skills with laugh-out-loud commentary. Dave kicks coins into his eye socket, extinguishes flaming marshmallows with his mouth and - as if that weren't enough - accompanies it all with hilarious asides: "All that talent and I'm also a notary." Best known for his grocery-sack juggling routine on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno", his other t.v. appearances include "America's Got Talent!" and "Last Comic Standing". He also appears regularly at The Comedy & Magic Club and emcees the Palace showroom at The Magic Castle in Hollywood. Dave's engaging style, audience-savvy and intelligent humor spread grease-fire laughter at world-class venues around the world. We can't wait to add Dave's razor-sharp wit and contagious goofiness to Moisture Festival 2012.

Since 1995 the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus has traveled the world, bringing its unique hybrid of Vaudeville, Circus, Wild West Shows, Burlesque, and Sideshow to theaters, clubs, colleges, and festivals. Co-founders Stephanie Monseu and Keith Nelson's personal dedication to the variety arts, circus, vaudeville, sideshow, and burlesque have made the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus famous both among audiences and within the variety performance community. This spring they stop in at Seattle's own Moisture Festival bringing thier own bit of one of the last true touring vaudeville shows in America. Their shows combine traditional circus high wire aerialists, clowns, and juggling with sideshow denizens like swords swallowers, and burlesque dancers. With these basic ingredients, The Bindlestiffs cook up an alchemical brew that promises to enthrall audiences.

Dana Smith has been entertaining the world since 1974 when he landed his first big chance and hit the road with the Royal Lichtenstein Quarter Ring Sidewalk Circus. After a year as a sidekick on that show he decided to trade his second banana status for a real shot at what he describes as the small time. After presenting thousands of urban street shows across all parts of North America he has earned a reputation as one of the most polished performers of this style. His show is a mix of circus arts stunts and interactive audience participation routines all inventively presented by this veteran showman. We are excited to welcome him to the festival!

We have many more new artists to introduce and a host of returning favorites to make 2012 an amazing Moisture Festival year, so stay tuned. We hope to see you there!

November 28, 2011

Critically Acclaimed Tiberio Simone Of La Figa Catering To Provide Moisture Festival New Year's Eve Party Cuisine

The Moisture Festival is honored to announce that La Figa Catering will be providing our New Year's Eve Party's Cuisine.

Tiberio Simone, Owner and chef of La Figa Catering, grew up cooking by the side of his mother and grandmother in Southern Italy. The memory of these wonderful times, the aroma of the divine food and the noises of sizzling oil and pots and pans has stayed with him into his current career as caterer. Many of his specialties are rooted in the cooking of his region and of his two towns, Neviano and Seattle. Simone has been widely recognized for his unique talent of mixing food with eroticism, best illustrated in his critically acclaimed cook book La Figa - Visions of Food and Form.  

Tiberio's food is simple and delicious and colorful, using the best food: fresh local produce, organic ingredients and imported food, all available here in the great Northwest. He is a former Pastry Chef of the Four Season Olympic Hotel in Seattle, and is a James Beard Award winner and award winner of Washington NARAL's Chocolate for Choice. He also donates his time and food to support local community fund-raisers like the Moisture Festival. La Figa Catering provides not just meals, but fabulous events. They believe that good energy and delicious food can contribute to creating a memorable evening.

December 31st - 8:00pm
Hale's Palladium
4301 Leary Way NW
Seattle WA
Admission: $60 Adult / $40 Youth (12 and under)
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A Unique New Year's Eve Experience - The 2012 The Moisture Festival's New Year's Eve Party And Fund Raiser

All of the proceeds for this 3rd annual fund-raising event go towards the upcoming festival. The evening begins at 8pm with music by swing trio Vic & Nic (including two members of The Bobs). We are securing varietè acts and a live dance band to launch us into 2012. There will be beautiful and always spectacular aerial by Quynbi. We will wave goodbye to 2011, treasure the memories and then champagne will be provided for a midnight toast and additional acts are being added as we write. 

As the count down begins the one and only Godfrey Daniels will throw close to 2,012 big red balloons at 12 o’clock! Joining the party this year will be Chef Tiberio Simone who will create magnificent finger foods for your delight all night. Adults $60, $40 Kids under 12 (do remember this is a significant fund-raising event for the 2012 festival so help us spread the word! We hope to sell out the evening). Prize for the best party hat created from coffee filters. Free party favors provided by Mr. Fine Favors. There will be only 200 tickets available - be sure to act fast.

December 31st - 8:00pm
Hale's Palladium
4301 Leary Way NW (in back behind the brewery)
Seattle WA
Admission: $60 Adult / $40 Youth (12 and under)
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November 19, 2011

Looking For A Unique Holiday Gift Idea? - Moisture Festival 2012 Tickets on Sale Thanksgiving Day

March 15 - April 8

You asked and we listened!
 2012 festival tickets went on sale
Thanksgiving Day, November 24, 2011 
Tickets to the Moisture Festival can make great
holiday gifts for people of all ages!
for all shows and events.

Hale's Palladium - March 15 - April 8
Georgetown Ballroom - March 30 - April 1
Broadway Performance Hall - March 23 - April 1
Moisture Festival's Libertease Burlesque (18+)
and varietè (all ages) come to this Capitol Hill
venue for the first time! 
 More yucks! Less bucks!

Buy Early And Save!
Get a 10% discount on tickets to opening week of the Moisture Festival at Hale's Palladium (March 15 - 18), if you purchase on or before February 15. This does not include the matinée benefit for Clowns Without Borders, March 17.
And that's not all!
Tickets will also be on sale for two fun-filled
community fund-raising events at Hale's Palladium:

Moisture Festival's New Year's Eve Party
A jam-packed celebration, featuring aerial, varietè, music
for dancing, Chef Tiberio Simone's New Year's Delights
and Godfrey Daniels' Big Red Balloons
when the clock strikes 2012! 
Only 200 tickets available!
$60 adults - $40 kids 12 and under

Moisture Festival Fabulous Fling
Valentine's Fundraising Dance and Auction
Featuring aerial, varietè, Romance Square Dance 
and Chef Tiberio Simone's Food for Love
Friday, Feb. 10, from 7:30 p.m. till your heart gives out!
Only 200 tickets available. All ages.
Adults $40 (approx. $10 tax-deductible).
Kids 12 and under $10.

Visit or call 1-800-838-3006
for all shows and events.

New Development Coordinator and Grant Writer Joins Moisture Festival Team

Jeremy Johnsen has joined the Moisture Festival staff in the capacity of Development Coordinator and Grant Writer.

Johnsen’s career has focused on fostering edification through the arts, mastering the management of a non-profit organization and cultivating a versatile skill-set. Through his work as the Executive Director of the Seattle Baroque Orchestra (SBO), he gained intimate knowledge of local and national grantors and government agencies dealing with arts and non-profit businesses. Johnsen also learned to adapt an organization to a down economy through austerity measures which cut costs without compromising quality, the identification and acquisition of new grants, the solicitation of business sponsorships, the formation of mutually beneficial partnerships with other non-profits, effective donor appeal campaigns, compelling marketing campaigns and the successful planning and execution of fundraising events.

Before and concurrent with his work with SBO, Johnsen was curating fine-art exhibits for Viveza Art Experience – monthly in their Belltown gallery and annually at the not-so-aptly-named Art Basel Miami.

Break a leg Jeremy!

November 17, 2011

Moisture Festival Comes to Capitol Hill!

Hey Capitol Hill! Ready or not here we come.

Moisture Festival finally makes it to Broadway! Yes it’s true. Our 2012 festival will make itself comfy in the fabulous Broadway Performance Hall for two electrifying and thrill packed weekends of burlesque and varietè shows. We couldn’t be more excited about expanding our festival into such a vibrant and energetic neighborhood.

We will be serving up eight performances of our signature Libertease Burlesque shows on March 23, 24, 30, 31 at 7:30pm and 10:30pm on each of those nights.

We will also offer two opportunities to bring the whole family and experience the whacky merriment that comprises our varietè performances on two Sundays, March 25 and April 1, at 3:00pm.

Please join us as we initiate Capitol Hill into our growing Moisture Festival family. Stay tuned for more details.

-Rhonda Sable
Director of Smooth Operations

Tickets for all Moisture Festival events including Libertease on Capitol Hill will go on sale on November 24th via Brown Paper Tickets.

November 14, 2011

'Look Out Behind You!' - Seattle's New Holiday Tradition British Panto Returns To Hales Palladium With Peter Pan

The panto has become a Northwest holiday tradition and something that both adults and kids love. British Panto by definition is: "theatrical entertainment, mainly for children, that involves music, topical jokes, and slapstick comedy and is based on a fairy tale or nursery story, usually produced around Christmas".

The Panto is brought to you by the Fremont Players and the Fremont Philharmonic Orchestra. The family friendly rip-roaringly fun performance of Peter Pan opens December 10h and 11th  and continues December 17,18 at Hales Palladium. There are also 2 weekends of performances in January  on the 7th and 8th and 14th and 15th. Get your tickets early.

November 9, 2011

Want 2012 Festival Tickets?

By popular demand Moisture Festival tickets will be available early this year! Stay tuned in the next few weeks as we ramp up to begin offering tickets for ALL our shows on November 24th. Yes, after consuming all that turkey, tofurkey, turducken, or whatever your pleasure, log onto Brown Paper Tickets and get first dibs on all 2012 Moisture Festival tickets.

Photo: Danny O'Brien
This includes our regular season running March 15th through April 8th of awe inspring and laugh inducing comedy/variete shows as well as two weekends of our tantalizing and seductive burlesque shows. While we won't have the performer's schedules posted until closer to the festival, you know if you have attended before that each show is a unique showcase of talent you can't find anywhere else.

In addition, Moisture Festival will present two special event fundraisers prior the the festival. Join us New Year's Eve to ring in 2012 with friends, Moisture family, and an extravaganza of vaudevillian proportions! Return in February for a intimate evening soiree and auction to celebrate Valentine's day and kick off the final countdown to the festival.

Stay tuned for all the details on these two special events. You won't want to miss these unique evenings!

So go out, crunch some fall leaves, and next time you open that umbrella remember that Moisture is back!