TeenTix Blog

MADAME BUTTERFLY - a review by Henry Hossner

Puccini’s MADAME BUTTERFLY at the Seattle Opera

This past Sunday, I saw the classic Puccini opera Madame Butterfly at the Seattle Opera for the first time.

The set was a series of Japanese doors, revolving around center stage. This device was simple and effective in pulling the viewer into the scene. It was lit with many colorful lights, primarily pink, white and red, which changed to create dramatic effects for the storyline.

The orchestra, with conductor Carlo...

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ReachNow + TeenTix = New Transportation Options 4 U!

Transportation is just a tough nut to crack. 

We know transportation is a BIG part of the equation when you're planning your arts-going with your TeenTix Pass, which is why we're ALWAYS looking for new ways you can see art safely and for not a lot of dough. We also know that not everyone's transportation options are the same - so we like to work with people who can help teens get around Seattle in all sorts of different ways.


We are STOKED that our friends at ReachNow...

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#2017TeenyAwards: What To See & What To Do

New Guardians Isabel, Conor and TeenTix member showing off the voting board at the 2016 Teeny Awards

You know all about what to wear to the 2017 Teeny Awards - AND we hope you've got your Teeny Awards tickets (but if not, no worries, you can do that right here!), AND you've probably noticed that the doors open (@2:30 pm) a whole hour before the awards ceremony starts (@3:30 pm) on Sunday, September 24th.

Why's that?

So glad you asked!

HERE'S WHAT YOU CAN DO/EAT/SEE during the pre-show red carpet/cupcake hour!


WHAT TO...

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Summer Interns in the TeenTix Office!!!

How many teens and young adults volunteer for TeenTix over the summer? SO MANY!!

Pictured: a few of our staff and summer interns chatting during our staff meeting

Wouldn't you know it? Summer is a BUSY time for TeenTix - mainly because school isn't in session, so it's the best time for YOU to get out and enjoy all the arts and sunshine that our city has to offer! Which makes total sense. This city is amazing.

So, summer is like overdrive at TeenTix HQ - we're working away, making sure our calendar entries are up-to-date with all the most important information to make it as easy as...

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2017 Teeny Awards: What It Is & What To Wear

New Guardians Meg and Esme at the 2016 Teeny Awards Red Carpet

When the summer heat dies down and the yellow buses start running again, you know it’s Teeny Awards time!


WHAT IT IS

The Teeny Awards celebrate the things teens (aka Seattle’s trendsetting young taste-makers) love in our local arts & culture scene! The winners are selected by popular vote — in other words, YOU choose which shows, exhibits and organizations should receive coveted awards such as “Best Aesthetics,” “The...

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What to See: July 2017

Infinity Mirrored Room–Love Forever, 1966/94.

Happy July! I’m Katherine and I’m back with more recommendations from The New Guard. In June, we took advantage of our summer freetime and went to a TON of TeenTix events. Some of our favorites included Sweeny Todd at ArtsWestLydia at Strawberry Theatre Workshop, and Welcome to Braggsville at Book-It. We all went to the MoPOP Summer Kickoff Party and it was so cool! What did you do in June?

This month, our number one...

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Reflections on the Rep’s “perhaps overambitious” production of HERE LIES LOVE

An unsolicited review by TeenTix member Elizabeth V.F.

Going to see Here Lies Love is an experience. It is immersive and provocative and at times incredibly overwhelming. This rock musical was written by Fatboy Slim and David Byrne about Imelda Marcos, the wife of a Filipino Dictator in the years leading up to the People’s Power Revolution. 

While the Rep’s 2016/17 season revolves around power dynamics, HLL would perhaps have been more fitting in the next season, titled “We are...

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What To See: June 2017

Pictured: Ben Gonio as Sweeney Todd. Photo by John McLellan.

Happy June and Happy Summer!

I’m Katherine and I have more recommendations from TeenTix’s Arts Leadership Society, The New Guard. In May, we saw a ton of art around Seattle! We kicked it with fellow youth arts group, the Henry Teen Art Collective, at the Seattle Art Museum and explored the permanent collection. We watched as many SIFF movies as we could fit into our schedule. We also saw lots of theater; some of our...

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A Spammer Got TeenTix!

HELLO FRIENDS! During the eve of May 20th a spammer attacked the TeenTix website! Nothing seems permantely broken - no info has been stolen - and we are working RIGHT NOW to fix it. BUT we did see that 2,000 SPAM emails were sent out using the [email protected] address. That was not us- we are so sorry - and we hope to resolve everything soon! 

Please note - while we are workign to fix this we have had to TEMPORARILY stop all...

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TEENTIX SUPERSTARS: DALE & CHRISTINE BATEMAN

Dale and Christine Bateman are GiveBIG SUPERSTARS and OMG are they passionate about TeenTix!

Christine introduced Dale to TeenTix after she got to know the TeenTix Press Corps, who were out and about practicing their skills and viewing art at the Balagan Theater where she was Marketing Director. The Press Corps and The New Guard: Teen Arts Leadership Society are a big deal to Christine and Dale. They strongly believe in...

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2017 Summer Opportunities for Teens

From sword fighting to sound design, this list has it all--peruse our partners' offerings for incredible classes, workshops, programs, and more!

Milwaukee-based teaching artist Tyrone Miller works with participants to teach the mechanics of of DJing at MoPOP's Hip-Hop Residency program.

Get your hands on some art this summer and keep yourself movin' and groovin' during the hottest months of the year! There's something for everyone on this list: 

DANCE

Summer at Spectrum @ Spectrum Dance Theatre
June - August 2017
Various ages, check listings
Take a summer intensive, study with Donald Byrd, or get your dance + drama on at SDT this summer! You'll gain a deeper understanding of technique and focus on...

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What to See: May 2017

Catch Seattle Opera's The Magic Flute during their ~Teen Night~ on 5/19/17!

Hey TeenTix members! It’s Katherine and I’m bringing you more recommendations from The New Guard, TeenTix’s Arts Leadership Society.

During April, we saw a TON of different shows and went to many events. Our favorites were Here Lies Love (which is still playing!) at Seattle Rep, The Secret Garden at 5th Ave, and Ballet on Broadway at PNB. Personally, I saw The Fog Machine Play at *new partner* Copious Love Productions (which...

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GIVEBIG SUPERSTAR: ELLA MAHLER

Ella Mahler, our next GiveBig SUPERSTAR is a bit of a chameleon. She is part artist (dancer+choreographer+performer), part fundraiser and arts advocate at The Ostara Group, part keen art consumer, and part TeenTix Advisory Council member. Ella is basically living the art nerd dream.

You may see Ella in the wild at some of her favorite TeenTix partner organizations: SAM, NW Film Forum, and On the Boards to name a few.

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GIVEBIG SUPERSTAR: TUCKER CHOLVN

Do you know Tucker Cholvin?

Maybe you do – when he was 16, Tucker discovered the wonders of the TeenTix Pass. Tucker used TeenTix to see art all over Seattle – from the Pacific Northwest Ballet, to On the Boards, to the Seattle Art Museum. In his words “you name it - I went there using TeenTix.

Tucker also hung around TeenTix HQ all the time. He was on the Teen Steering Committee (the precursor to The New Guard) AND he...

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Introducing our NEWEST partners!

A visual artist paints a picture while musicians and poets do their thing during Abbey Arts' oldest and most beloved event, THE ROUND, on 2nd Tuesdays at the Fremont Abbey.

Every year, we here at TeenTix get SO MANY REQUESTS from arts-presenting organizations to join our multi-faceted roster. TeenTix staff vets them, and The New Guard decide whether they're relevant to teen arts-going wants/needs/desires.

Well, today, we're stoked to present FIVE BRAND NEW TeenTix partners! Help us welcome CHOP SHOP Contemporary Dance Festival, ComedySportz Improv, Copious Love Productions, 18th & Union, and...

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What to See: April 2017

Happy Spring! I’m Katherine and I’m back with more recommendations from The New Guard, TeenTix’s youth leadership board. During March, we saw many different plays, films, and art exhibits. Some of our personal favorites were the Moisture Festival, SIFF movies, and Dry Powder at Seattle Rep (which is still running!). What did you see in March?

This month, we have three main recommendations. Firstly, the amazing Terracotta...

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Get to the art you love faster, easier, and safer.

What if the hassle of transportation was made easy? 

​We totally get it - transportation can be hard to navigate, especially at night. So much so that it can even prevent teens from getting to see the cool stuff our city has to offer. We also know that transportation to and from the art you want to see has to be parent AND teen approved. 

SO, check this out: Uber has just launched a new Teen Account program where teens can have their own account that connects to an...

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What to See: March 2017

Each of the 60 paintings in Jacob Lawrence's Great Migration series is accompanied with a caption. "One of the largest race riots occurred in East St. Louis." Courtesy of the Museum of Modern Art.

Happy March, TeenTix members!

I’m Katherine, a member of The New Guard, TeenTix’s youth leadership board. We’re excited to bring you our recommendations for upcoming shows and TeenTix-eligible events! (Hopefully, this will become a monthly tradition.)

Last month, New Guard members went to a LOT of events. Some of our favorites were Cendrillion at Pacific Northwest Ballet, Sound Off! at MoPOP, and Well at Seattle Rep....

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“I Am Not Your Negro”: All Too Real Today

by Haley Witt, TeenTix Member & Seattle University Spectator Staff Writer

As the film opens, the voice of Samuel L. Jackson is rich and deep—almost booming. His capacity for intensity made him an arguably perfect choice to narrate this documentary. Typewriter clicks accompanied words on the screen, words from a letter written by James Baldwin to his literary agent. In the correspondence, he described the book he was writing, which would be titled “Remember This House”. After his death in 1987,...

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2017 Winter/Spring Teen Opportunities

Keep yourself warm with these opportunities, activities, classes, workshops, and more from our partner organizations! 

Looking for something to do this Spring? Wanna get your hands on some art? Our partners have got some amazing opportunities for teens that we've compiled here for your viewing pleasure. Behold the wonder of art & community! 

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UPCOMING TEEN NIGHTS

March 3, 2017: Spectrum Dance Theatre Teen Night @ Rambunctious 3.0: The Immigrants

March 17, 2017: Edmonds Center for the Arts Teen Night @ Niyaz featuring...

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