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Mezzo Lunatico with Joey Arias

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Imagine a glittering Seattle evening under the big top where performers sing and shimmy all night and the wine flows into the wee hours. This is the sort of entertainment that cabaret company Mezzo Lunatico (translating as “half crazy”) brings to the Teatro ZinZanni on a regular basis, and on Saturday March 19th, they are doing it again with a show that features the legends Joey Arias and Paula the Swedish Housewife. As a bit of icing on the cake, the 19th also happens to be the next full moon, which always makes things more interesting.

Mezzo Lunatico has had a number of great shows in the past, and this one promises to be up there with the best. Joey Arias has a performance resume longer than the lines at a Broadway show. He started in New York’s underground scene in the 1980s and has since graduated to international acclaim. Arias’s ability to channel Billie Holiday is the stuff of legends, and his show Arias with a Twist has drawn critical praise in both its live theater and film versions. He has performed in Seattle before, and his Strange Fruit show last year was a real treat.

Paula the Swedish Housewife has quite a colorful repertoire as well. A resident of our own Emerald City, she is a talented burlesque performer and singer who has produced more shows than most people can count. One cannot really consider themselves a connoisseur of Seattle Burlesque unless they’ve seen one of Paula’s Triple Door shows like House of Thee Unholy or Everything but the Kitchen Sink. Not only can the Swedish Housewife completely own the stage with her performance, but she knows how to put together a show so every element joins for a more perfect whole.

On the 19th, those lucky enough to get a seat will witness these two powerful performers in the same show, a rare privilege indeed. The doors open at 11:00pm, but be sure to get there early for a good seat. Teatro ZinZanni also serves excellent drinks, so come thirsty. Tickets are available here and by calling the box office at (206) 802-0015.

Oren Ashkenazi has written plays, short stories, comic books, television scripts, and even the occasional bio. He recently graduated from the Evergreen State College with an English degree that doubles as a fine coaster. An avid (some might say rabid) scifi/fantasy fan, Oren will watch/read/drink anything that has space ships or magic in it. Typically, the more gritty the better. Oren has a strong desire for realism in his entertainment, a desire that is currently waging a bloody war against his desire for klingons and dragons. His web comic, The Exiled, is located at www.theexiledcomic.com for any who are interested.