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Beer and Puppet Theater, A very Jawbone puppet slam!

Don’t miss this fun-filled night of short form adult and experimental puppetry!

Friday, February 1, 7pm, at Cafe Racer, 5828 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle.

Tickets at the door $8 (In an ongoing commitment to keep this event accessible to the community, no one turned away for lack of funds!) What a bargain!

What is a puppet slam? Puppet slams feature short-form adult puppetry and object theater. And please don’t forget a healthy dose of clowns! The Puppet Slam Network says, “Puppet Slams exist at the nexus of vaudeville, burlesque, and performance art through the intersection of experimental theater, art, music, and dance as a viable alternative to the culturally homogenous digital mass media.” The Jawbone Puppet Slam is unique in that alongside performances by our seasoned veteran puppeteers, we are taking pains to collaborate with the next generation of up and coming young puppeteers, and feature shows created and performed with kids. In this second edition of our slam, Ling Ling, Daniela, and Aitana, your favorite 11, 9 and 5-year-old puppeteers are back!

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People of all ages are welcome to enjoy the show, but be forewarned that this is not what you may have come to expect from “family friendly” entertainment. We avoid insipid cutesy pap—our shows are smarter and stranger than that. 

This, our second in an ongoing series of slams, features shows by Seattle and Vashon Island’s best puppeteers—Steven Lipke, mystic clown hermit will be there with a bizarre clown worship ritual, ventriloquism by the great Gina Wilhelm, shadow puppets and songs by Linda Comer, the Okrent-Grau Family Players present the sad sad tale of Don Gato, we have a new Ellie & Clyde sketch from the zoo pack, Manuel Alvarez with a beautiful new toy theater piece, Clown musician extraordinaire Luz Gaxiola brings us feats of derring do and accordion delight, and quirky father/son act, Jawbone Puppet Theater will amaze you with tales of giant thinking machines, robots, and a futuristic sci fi soda can dispenser, in the Adventures of Ling Ling, Boy Inventor. For the optimal puppet slam experience, we encourage you to enjoy a beer while you enjoy the show! 

Our puppet slam series give local artists and puppeteers a chance to fearlessly experiment, have fun, collaborate, and face the challenge of creating new work on a regular basis. The goal is to both create community and collaborative opportunity for local artists, and to treat local audiences to fun, new, experimental, and thought provoking performance art, created and presented locally. Come out and enjoy some warmth, light, laughter, puppets and beer in the deep dark heart of winter.

If you would like to join us, visit the Jawbone Puppet Studio in Dockton, Maury Island, or present or collaborate on a show at a future slam, please contact Adam Ende, founder and janitor of Jawbone Puppet Theater, at 347-455-5558. Stay tuned for the next installment in early April.

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