Recession Special

This week’s ways to have fun for free…or free-ish

By Laura Dannen November 4, 2009


Some might scoff at the words “affordable” and “ballet” in the same sentence. It’s like saying “cheap china” or “sale at Prada.” But trust us: this deal is legit.

The Pacific Northwest Ballet (PNB) has discounted its tickets for the much-anticipated Director’s Choice
program, featuring the West Side Story Suite, Mopey, The Seasons, and Petite Mort, which Steve Wiecking highlighted as a Met Pick in our fall arts preview.

Anyone 25 and under can buy one ticket for $15 and two for $25 for the Thursday (Nov 5) performance and Friday (Nov 6 & 13) performances. Call PNB’s box office (206-441-2424) or go to the ticket window at 301 Mercer Street. Some notes from PNB: Subject to availability. Not valid on previously purchased tickets. Each attendee must present valid ID upon ticket retrieval.

FREE SHOW @ Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley
Sachal Vasandani
Nov 10 & 11

The Pacific Jazz Institute at Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley offers up jazz/pop vocalist Sachal Vasandani for two “complimentary shows” next Tuesday and Wednesday, 7.30pm. We think complimentary just means FREE, and we’ll tell you if we hear otherwise. Important note: Reservations are required, so go to or call 206-441-9729 to book tickets.

The 30-year-old Vasandani tours behind his sophomore album, We Move, with band members Jeb Patton (piano), David Wong (bass) and Justin Brown (drums). He’s caused quite a stir in NYC with a regular gig at the Zinc Bar; The New York Times even honored him with a “Critic’s Choice” this fall for his latest effort.

Here’s a track from his first album, Eyes Wide Open. Your eyes might be wide open after it, too — the video features a lady-in-bikini who becomes a lady-in-bathtub. Don’t worry, it’s work-appropriate.

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