Fussy Cloud Puppet Slam presents “Heather Henson’s Handmade Puppet Dreams”

Fussy Cloud Puppet Slam will be presenting Heather Henson’s Handmade Puppet Dreams at the Grand Illusion Cinema on Monday, October 13th at 7pm.


Fussy Cloud Puppet Slam has been providing quality live puppet shows for Seattle adults since 2011 and is proud to team up with the Grand Illusion Cinema to present Handmade Puppet Dreams: Volume I, an evening of short puppet films curated by Heather Henson.


Handmade Puppet Dreams is an award winning collection of live-action adult puppet films- hilarious, heartwarming, profane and irreverent- in styles ranging from Muppet hand and rod to stop motion, shadows, marionettes, and underwater thingamajigs.


Included in Handmade Puppet Dreams: Volume 1 are:
“Sammy and Sofa” by Tim Lagasse
“Prelude #2” by Hoku Ichyama
“Old Mother Hubbard” by Paul Andrejco
“Ola’s Box of Clovers” by Genevieve Anderson
“Last Rites” by Paul Adrejco
“Everloving” by Steve Johnson
“Herd” by Mike Mitchell
“Mary Anning and Her Monsters” by Laurie Heit
“Popsickle” by Mike Mitchell and Dan Brown
“Graveyard Jamboree” by Seamus Walsh and Mark Caballero


Tickets at the door or in advance: $9.00 general/ $5.00 member/ $6.00 student & senior


About Fussy Cloud Puppet Slam: Herded together into a graceful flow by the troop’s resident emcee, Seattle’s Fussy Cloud Puppet Slam is a cabaret-style puppet show for grown-ups. Each short piece  — whether hilarious, heartbreaking or horrifying — is created and performed by puppeteers from the Pacific Northwest (and beyond!) From the brand spanking new to the tried-and-true, every act is guaranteed to have one important thing in common: puppets.



ECA Family Series: Hobey Ford’s Migration

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ECA Family Series: Hobey Ford’s Migration
Saturday, October 11, 2014 2:00 PM

Internationally-renowned puppeteer Hobey Ford explores the wonders of migration through the story of a Mexican girl named Beatriz and her own migration to the United States. The story of Beatriz’s journey is juxtaposed with the stories of other animals that migrate: Monarch butterflies, polar bears, the godwit bird and the sperm whale. Migration is a special co-presentation between ECA and the Black Box Theatre, and will take place at Edmonds Community College.
www.edmondscenterforthearts.org/events/hobey-fords-migration

Stories for Bad Children, Chapter 2

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VOX FABULI PUPPETS AND KENDRA & MICHAEL HAYES PRESENT

STORIES FOR BAD CHILDREN CHAPTER 2

What:  Stories for Bad Children – Chapter 2

When:  October 24, 25, 31 & Nov 1 – 8pm

Where:  Hugo House

1634 11th Avenue

Seattle, WA 98122

*Not intended for actual children. Recommended for patrons 15 years old and up.

Tickets:  $15

http://sfbc2.brownpapertickets.com

Website: http://www.voxfabuli.com

“Favorite fairy tales twisted into something new and magical” – City Arts

Once upon a time there was a child who didn’t want to go to bed. So they would ask for another glass of water, or just need to finish this one book, or even brush their teeth twice…anything to keep their parents from turning out the light. Now, their parents thought they were just being naughty, but there was more to it than that. Because the child knew that after the lights went out, that was when the nightmares came…

Vox Fabuli Puppets and Kendra & Michael Hayes team up once again to bring you Stories for Bad Children – Chapter 2, a cabaret-style show celebrating the darker paths of the fairy tale world. Stories for Bad Children – Chapter 2 plays at Hugo House, October 24 through November 1st, with a special show on Halloween.

Building on the success of 2012’s Stories for Bad Children, Chapter 2 raises the stakes on bedtime. The audience starts the show snuggled into Hugo House’s cozy cafe stage, before being yanked into the Black Box for the nightmares of Act 2. The artists bound to safe creepiness in the first act are unchained to let their dark imaginings take as large a bite as they wish, once the nightlight is on.

Dark days are upon us. Let us tuck you in for tales of gleeful wickedness told through puppets, music, and dance:

• cautionary puppet skullduggery from Vox Fabuli Puppets 

• out-of-the-box bellydance from Kendra Hayes

• puppets and physical theatre twisted into shape by Good Evening, Mr. Homunculus

• tales of darkly deranged delight from Kelleen Conway Blanchard

• get tucked into bed by our fabulous host, Amber the Wolfe

• …more surprises and special musical guests to be announced…

About the producers:

Rachel Jackson’s Vox Fabuli Puppets specializes in twisting the familiar into dark and humorous shapes. Rachel has been puppeteering on various Seattle stages since 2008, where her work has been called “mad and masterful” by The Seattle Times. The mind behind the hit puppet musical MANOS – The Hands of Felt, Rachel recently brought her talented hands to Team of Heroes: No More Heroes, Audrey & Nelson: a puppet sex musical and Whedonesque Burlesque. She also co-produces Fussy Cloud Puppet Slam.

Kendra Hayes has been carrying around the banner for dark avant-garde bellydance since 2000, having shared stages with everyone from the Crystal Method to King Tut. She’s founder of the infamous dance troupe Hands of Kali and author of the rock n roll bellydance guide “Stomping Ground” and the forthcoming novel “Kindling.” Currently, Kendra owns and operates Tin Can Studio in Seattle’s historic Old Rainier Brewery, where she commands a small army of ferocious housecats, listens to the voices in her head and occasionally choreographs a dance routine.

Michael Hayes’ sound design and original musics have appeared on gobs of local stages, plenty of internet, and even the Discovery Channel (yay royalties!) In addition, he has been known to dabble in lighting design, cinematography, and producing. Michael’s music project, the Fog People (with none other than Rachel Jackson as collaborator), is nearing completion on a new record. He recently and quietly turned down a touring gig to start Tin Can Studio with his lovely wife, and he spends a lot of time with his pug Brutus.

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Vox Fabuli Announces Fall Puppet Classes

Vox Fabuli Announces Fall Puppet Classes

What:  Basic Puppet Building – Animals 

Saturday, Sept 6th or

Saturdays, Sept 27th – Oct 11th

Beginning Stage Puppeteering 

Sundays, Sept 28th – Oct 12th

1-4pm

Cost:  $160 per class

Where:  Inscape Arts Building, Studio 230

815 Seattle Blvd South

Seattle, WA 98134

*Classes recommended for ages 15 and up

*Class sizes limited to 8

Registration links

Basic Puppet Building: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/829227
Beginning Stage Puppeteering: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/829296

Vox Fabuli Puppets introduces a brand new puppet building class as part of their Fall 2014 class line-up. “‘When are you going to teach us how to make puppets?’ is a question I get asked fairly often,” said Vox Fabuli owner Rachel Jackson. “It was a matter of creating a pattern that was appropriate for a class. This summer I finally got time to sit down and do that.”

Basic Puppet Building – Animals

~ 1-Day Class: Saturday, September 6th from 10am-5pm

~ 3-Week Class: Saturdays, Sept 27 – Oct 11 from 11am-1pm

Walk in with a sad, naked hand and walk out with a fabulous new puppet friend in this basic class. Dip your toe into the wide, weird waters of puppet construction: cutting, sewing (hand and machine) and hot gluing your way to a finished puppet. Instructor Rachel Jackson will guide you step-by-step as you create one of five animals: Dog, Cat, Bear, Bunny or Unicorn.

Beginning Stage Puppeteering

Sundays, Sept 28 – Oct 121-4pm

In this fun, dynamic class, you’ll learn the foundations of good stage puppetry – focus, physical commitment and basic puppet operation. Students learn the fundamentals of Muppet-style puppeteering through a combo of easy exercises, wicked challenges and practical scene work. Over the 3 weeks, you’ll get lots of hands-on time with professional puppets plus a simple practice puppet to take home so you can keep working on your skills. Working in the realm of visible puppeteering, we’ll explore both arm-and-rod and live hand puppets.

No puppet experience required.

~ Please dress comfortably and be ready to move.

About Vox Fabuli Puppets: 

Rachel Jackson’s Vox Fabuli Puppets specializes in twisting the familiar into dark and humorous shapes. Rachel has been puppeteering on various Seattle stages since 2008, where her work has been called “mad and masterful” by The Seattle Times. The mind behind the hit “MANOS – The Hands of Felt”, she more recently brought her talented hands to “Team of Heroes: No More Heroes”, “Whedonesque Burlesque” and “Audrey & Nelson: a puppet sex musical”.

www.VoxFabuli.com

Vancouver Regional Puppet Festival

Victoria, BC, CANADA
September, 2014
Friday 19th to Sunday the 21

http://puppetsforpeace.weebly.com/

The Pacific Northwest Region invites the Puppeteers of America and all others to join us to celebrate 2.5 days of the art of the puppet in the beautiful tourist destination of Victoria, BC, Canada. www.tourismvictoria.com

Fussy Cloud Puppet Slam Comes to Bumbershoot®

Fussy Cloud Puppet Slam
Comes to Bumbershoot®

What: Fussy Cloud Puppet Slam – Bumbershoot Edition

When: Saturday, August 30 – 6:45pm
Monday, Sept 1 – 5:15pm

Where: Center House Theatre
(The TPS Stage at Bumbershoot®)

Tickets: http://bumbershoot.org

More info: https://www.facebook.com/FussyCloudPuppetSlam

“Seattle’s quarterly Fussy Cloud Puppet Slam is also a growing forum for puppet development—including everything from muppets talking sex to shadow puppets enacting fables.” – City Arts

Fussy Cloud Puppet Slam is proud to present our special Bumbershoot edition! We’ve pulled together a selection of favorite acts and artists from our first 2 years of slams to represent us at Bumbershoot: Seattle’s Music & Arts Festival. From hilarious to heartbreaking to horrifying, both festival performances feature a variety of fascinating short works by puppeteers from the Pacific Northwest (and beyond)!

Fussy Cloud Puppet Slam will be performing twice during the festival:
– Saturday, August 30 from 6:45pm-8pm
– Monday, September 1 from 5:15pm-6:15pm

Scheduled to appear:
Gavin Cummins
Bill Holznagel and Jason Miranda
Rachel Jackson
Clay Martin
Katie McClenahan and Jen LaMastra
Jenelle Weidlich
& Improv Shadows (Reed Garber-Pearson, Rachel Jackson, Paul Velasquez & Jenelle Weidlich)

All herded together into a graceful flow by our MC, The Effervescent, Ever-Present, and Amazingly Prescient Rebecca M Davis!

About Fussy Cloud Puppet Slam:
A member of the Puppet Slam Network, Fussy Cloud Puppet Slam has been providing quality puppet shows for the fine adults of Seattle since 2011. Fussy Cloud Puppet Slam aims to promote and support the puppetry community in the Pacific Northwest through our ongoing performance series. From hilarious to heartbreaking to horrifying, every performance features a variety of fascinating short works by puppeteers from the Pacific Northwest (and beyond)!

ABOUT BUMBERSHOOT:
Bumbershoot® is produced by One Reel in Collaboration with Seattle Center. Established in 1971, Bumbershoot takes place every year over Labor Day weekend and stretches across the 74-acre Seattle Center beneath the city’s iconic Space Needle. Bumbershoot programs a diverse array of arts including live music, comedy, Words & Ideas, theatre, film, visual arts, children’s programming, and the Indie Market featuring urban crafts. Festival details are located at bumbershoot.org.

Puppetry Around Puget Sound in 2014-15 and Puppet Mural Revealed

Puppet MuralA call to puppeteers! Find out what is happening in puppetry around Puget Sound in 2014-2015, see and hear about artist Dan Cautrell’s 16’ puppet mural donated by Rob D’Arc, and see a performance of “Senor El Gato (Mr. Cat)” by Jenelle Weidlich. The event is sponsored by the Puppeteers of Puget Sound and will be held at the Thistle Theatre Studio Sept. 11, 2014 at 7:00 pm.

So far, representatives from the following groups will be present to share information:
-Aurora Valentinetti Museum Season and Exhibits
-Fussy Cloud Puppet Slam Events
-Northwest Puppetry Center Season and The Cook/Marks Collection
-Thistle Theatre Season

Information about the following puppet organization will be available:
-Pacific Northwest Puppetry Meet-up Group
-Puppeteers of America
-Puppeteers of Puget Sound
-UNIMA-USA (Union International de la Marionnette)

This is an RSVP only event. There will be additional “show and tell” with drinks and snacks provided with funds from the Puppeteers of Puget Sound. Please send RSVP by September 8, to event organizer, Jean Enticknap – jme@bigplanet.com

I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story

I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story
Through deeply personal interviews and never-before-seen home videos, this is a beautiful, accomplished, and moving portrait of Caroll Spinney, who has performed as Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch on “Sesame Street” for over 40 years.

May 25, 2014 | 1:30pm | Egyptian Theatre
May 26, 2014 | 4:30pm | Harvard Exit
May 27, 2014 | 7:00pm | AMC Pacific Place
http://www.siff.net/festival-2014/i-am-big-bird

‘Big Bird’ Caroll Spinney & Directors Dave LaMattina and Chat Walker in attendance!

You can also use the promo code DOCS2014 to get $2 off a regularly priced ticket purchased online, over the phone, or at the SIFF box office. Anyone can use this promo code, so please share it with everyone who is interested!

Fussy Cloud Puppet Slam Volume 8

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Fussy Cloud Puppet Slam Volume 8
What: Fussy Cloud Puppet Slam Volume 8

When: Saturday, May 31st at 8pm

Where: Theatre Puget Sound’s Theatre4
305 Harrison St Seattle, WA 98109

Tickets: $10

More info: http://fcps8.brownpapertickets.com

“Seattle’s quarterly Fussy Cloud Puppet Slam is also a growing forum for puppet development—including everything from muppets talking sex to shadow puppets enacting fables.” – City Arts

Spring has finally sprung and puppets are in full bloom! Come out and bask in the sunlight of a brand spankin’ new volume of the Fussy Cloud Puppet Slam. While puppet slams aren’t known to cause allergy attacks* we can’t guarantee your eyes won’t be watery from laughter and profundity.

Fussy Cloud Puppet Slam has been providing quality puppet shows for the fine adults of Seattle since 2011. From hilarious to heartbreaking to horrifying, every performance features a variety of fascinating short works by puppeteers from the Pacific Northwest (and beyond)!
Fussy Cloud Puppet Slam is a cabaret-style puppet show, where each short piece is performed by a different artist. From the brand spanking new, to the tried-and-true, every act is guaranteed to have one important thing in common: Puppets.

Featuring Puppet Artists:
Clay Martin
Kim Berman & Jonathan Grosvenor
Signal Light Theatre’s Pete & Randy
The Shenanigans Alliance
Trial and Error Productions
Good Evening, Mr. Homunculus
Annett Mateo
The Castiron Carousel Marionette Troupe
Improv Shadows

Herded together into a graceful flow by our MC, The Effervescent, Ever-Present, and Amazingly Prescient Rebecca M Davis!

*Puppet slams have not been evaluated by the FDA and have not been clinically proven to prevent or cause allergy attacks.

About Fussy Cloud Puppet Slam:
A member of the national Puppet Slam Network, Fussy Cloud Puppet Slam has been providing quality puppet shows for the fine adults of Seattle since 2011. Fussy Cloud Puppet Slam aims to promote and support the puppetry community in the Pacific Northwest through our ongoing performance series. From hilarious to heartbreaking to horrifying, every performance features a variety of fascinating short works by puppeteers from the Pacific Northwest (and beyond)!

Southeast Puppet Jamboree

Planning to attend the Southeast Puppet Jamboree this summer?

Room reservations must be made by May 31st.

Go to www.unicoilodge.com or call 706-878-2201 and enter/mention the group code puppet to get our special rate. There is also camping available for those outdoor types.

It would also be helpful if everyone can get their registration in so that we have an idea how many puppeteers are attending.

A list of performers and workshop leaders is available at www.puppetjamboree.org. But for the most current updates, like us at www.facebook.com/PofASoutheast.

We have something for everyone.

If you need any additional information, call or e-mail Susan at 828-862-8122 or vanpuppet@mtnisp.com.

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