Party En Pointe

Straight guys go to the ballet, too, you know

The performing arts have always been used by attendees as an opportunity for socializing, but only recently have presenting organizations bothered to admit it—to make it work for them, recruiting new patrons and counteracting the steady upward creep of their median audience age. There’s a fine line, though: you want your image to be sophisticated but not elitist, glamorous without falling into those intimidating old tuxes-tiaras-and-Astors stereotypes. The Pacific Northwest Ballet’s counterpart to the Seattle Symphony’s WolfGang or Seattle Opera’s Bravo! is a group called Backstage Pass, open to dance fans 21-39. Their season kickoff party will be held at Nuvo Moda, that chi-chi boutique in the same swankily louche block on First as the Lusty Lady and a Harley-Davidson shop, and is open to new and potential members ($50 a year changes you from the latter to the former). PNB artistic director, Peter Boal, will be there to talk about the new season; noshes include crepes and wine. (What they really ought to do to drum up interest is make sure some of those babes and hunks from the PNB corps show up.)

Thu., Aug. 30, 6:30 p.m.

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