Cheap Date

Some theater tickets are free this week. Plus: Artist Trust grants and bad band names.

Free Theater

It may be harder and harder to sell tickets to live theater in the age of Intertainment, but it's apparently pretty easy to give them away. ACT Theatre unloaded 100 free tickets to the Thursday, Oct. 19, performance of The Underpants "in something like an hour," reports ACT's Karen Bystrom. The giveaway was part of a Free Night of Theatre promoted nationally by Theatre Communications Group and coordinated locally by Theatre Puget Sound. A limited number of free seats have been made available by a slew of theaters, including Seattle Rep, Taproot, Annex, ArtsWest, Theater Schmeater, and on and on. Many have been scooped up, but you can log on to to see what's still available. Some tickets to other shows on additional nights are also on offer through early November. The freebies are just one part of Live Theatre Week, a kind of citywide theatrical open house that includes tours, open rehearsals, readings, etc.—all designed to boost audiences at a time when theater attendance is declining nationwide. LYNN JACOBSON

$$$ for Artists

Twenty-one area artists may be a little less starving thanks to fellowships from the local organization Artist Trust. Grants of $6,000 each were awarded in the realms of visual, performing, emerging and cross-disciplinary, and traditional and folk arts. The latter two categories are fairly new, and notable among the emerging and cross-disciplinary group are Jesse Paul Miller and the team of Dan Mihalyo and Annie Han. Miller's Small Pool of Time, a massive installation of "improvisatory, spontaneous, and compulsive unframed small works"—including lots and lots of vinyl records—is on display at Capitol Hill's Wall of Sound. And Bumbershoot attendees enjoyed his sketches and ambient recordings from Southeast Asia as part of this year's "In Resonance" exhibit. Mihalyo and Han are Lead Pencil Studio, combining their skills as artists and architects in fascinating ways. Their full-scale, ghostly double of the Maryhill Museum of Art, made from scaffolding and construction materials, was on display through Oct. 1 near the original museum on the banks of the Columbia River. RACHEL SHIMP

Band Name Bonanza

The best and worst band names of all time is one of those topics that recurs at least monthly for me, either over lunch, beer, or peyote. It came up again recently at lunch, so I'm going to throw this one out there for the masses. Go to the Post Alley blog at to cast your vote. But first, a little primer. Worst names: Audioslave, Candlebox, Heart, Queensrÿche (notice a trend here?), Awesome Color. Best: Ass Ponys, Turbonegro, Tan as Fuck, Nashville Pussy, Toto, Boston. The best-worst list winner gets a free ticket to open-mike night at the Blue Moon (which is already free). Worst best-worst list winner (loser?) gets to wax Burt Reynolds' chest hair from here to eternity. MIKE SEELY

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