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30 best bets at Bumbershoot 2012 — plus ticket info

Bumbershoot, which runs Saturday through Monday, Sept. 1-3, 2012, offers cornucopia of the arts: musicians Tony Bennett, Jane's Addiction, Gotye, Damien Jurado, Big Sean and Skrillex; comedians Fred Armisen and Brian Posehn; choreographers Kate Wallich and Zoe Scofield; and theater ensembles Lg! Cabaret and Act's Ramayana Ensemble. Here are some of the weekend's best bets.

Festival preview


11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday-Monday, Sept. 1-3, 2012, at Seattle Center. Advance tickets are available through Aug. 31 at Single-day $40-$50; three-day $125; single-day Gold Pass (VIP perks) $125; three-day Gold Pass $300; single-day Platinum Pass (more perks) $200; three-day Platinum Pass ($475).

Day-of tickets are available at these locations beginning Saturday, Sept. 1

• Thomas Street, south of EMP

• Mercer Street, between Bagley Wright and Intiman theaters

Prices: $55 per day general; $25 seniors. Children 10 and younger do not need a ticket.

Day-of tickets will also be available online, to be printed at home, beginning Saturday. These tickets cost the same as tickets at the gate, but service fees will apply (

Entrance into Mainstage shows no longer require a separate pass. Admission is first-come, first-served. Lines for Mainstage performances will form 90 minutes before show times, and no earlier.

A limited quantity of free comedy passes is available each day at the Comedy Pass Distribution booth. One comedy pass per person/ticket, per day will be available, while supplies last.

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As always, Bumbershoot offers a cornucopia of creativity: So much to choose from in so few days! Here are some of this year's best bets at the three-day arts festival, which runs Saturday through Monday, Sept. 1-3:


11 a.m.-11 p.m. Fisher Pavilion: Christopher Martin Hoff Remembered, featuring 65 paintings commemorating the life of a beloved urban painter who died unexpectedly at the age of 36 in Seattle this spring.

3:30 p.m. SIFF Film Center: Best of SIFF: Jury Awards. The focus is on short films from the Seattle International Film Festival, including "The Extraordinary Life of Rocky" and "The Paris Quintet in Practice Makes Perfect."

Twice daily, surprise grounds locations: "7 Minutes in Heaven." In this truly improvised theater piece, eight people show up at a speed-dating event, but the actors don't know who all the characters are.


12:30 p.m. Mural Amphitheatre: Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra. This all-star big band covers the jazz waterfront, from Jelly Roll Morton to Thelonious Monk.

3:15 p.m. KeyArena: Gotye. Hear the runaway-summer hit — "Somebody That I Used to Know" — then say that about Gotye.

3:30 p.m. Leo K. Theatre: Go the F to Sleep. California Book Award-winning author Adam Mansbach reads his profane and affectionate verses about parenting.

4:30 p.m. Intiman Theatre: Fred Armisen. On "Saturday Night Live" he's funny as President Obama; on "Portlandia" he's even funnier as practically every ridiculous character type in the Northwest. (Also at 8 p.m. Sunday and 1 p.m. Monday.)

6:45 p.m. Center House Theatre: Bed Snake. Noah Benezra and Hannah Victoria Franklin mix live performance, video art and hip-hop for a romp through the spectacle of celebrity.

8 p.m. Intiman Theatre: Brian Posehn. Imagine a gigantic nerd who loves heavy metal. No, stop. That could be dangerous. Just go see Brian Posehn. (Also at 2:45 p.m. Sunday and 6:15 p.m. Monday.)

8:30 p.m. Bagley Wright Theatre: John Waters. In "This Filthy World: Filthier & Dirtier" the sachem of sleaze expounds on his obsessions with crime, fashion Catholicism, sexual deviancy and reading.

9 p.m. The Promenade: Damien Jurado. The godfather of Seattle's mild-mannered neo-folk scene offers songs from his new album "Maraqopa" and more.

9:30 p.m. KeyArena: Jane's Addiction. This dark, hard-rocking Los Angeles band, in its third iteration, has enjoyed a strong comeback since last year's "The Great Escape Artist," which reached No. 12 on the Billboard Top 200.

9:45 p.m. Fisher Green Stage: M. Ward. The Portland singer-songwriter, who has collaborated with Conor Oberst of Bright Eyes and Zooey Deschanel (in the band She and Him), has gathered a strong and well-deserved following inside and outside the Northwest.


12:15 p.m. Bagley Wright Theatre: Symphony Untuxed. An eclectic mix of works by Michel van der Aa, J.S. Bach, Georgs Pelecis and Ken Benshoof, performed by the Seattle Symphony in casual mode.

1:45 p.m. KeyArena: Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings. One of the bands that spearheaded the worldwide soul revival, best known for backing the late Amy Winehouse.

3:15 p.m. KeyArena: Tony Bennett. On his terrific new album of duets, the king of the crooners teams up with everyone from Michael Bublé to Lady Gaga — and makes them sound better.

4 p.m. Fisher Green: Yelawolf. The hyperlyrical Alabama hip-hop artist fuses blues, rap and true crime.

6:15 p.m. Exhibition Hall: The Promise Ring. The popular mid-90s emo band ("Nothing Feels Good," "Very Emergency"), reunited.

7 p.m. Center House Theatre: Lg! Cabaret. That's "Lg" as in "Live Girls," showcasing female performers in multiple disciplines, including tributes to dance movies and TV shows.

8:30 p.m. Fountain Lawn: Blitzen Trapper. This country-folk outfit from Portland is now signed to Seattle's Sub Pop label.

8:30 p.m. KeyArena: Big Sean. Can't turn on the radio without hearing salacious Detroit rapper Big Sean's "Mercy."

9:45 p.m. KeyArena: Mac Miller. What Macklemore is to Seattle, Mac Miller is to the whole country: a rapper who ignored record companies and triumphed on the Internet.


12:15 p.m. Bagley Wright Theatre: Maximum Velocity. Local choreographers' showcase, including Kate Wallich, Zoe Scofield and Markeith Wiley.

1 p.m. Mural Amphitheatre: Reignwolf. This blues-rock monster from Saskatoon, Canada, burst on the scene at Sasquatch this year and his reputation has continued to explode.

1:45 p.m. KeyArena: Best Coast. These delirious Californians have made a career out of extolling the superiority of their home state, proving it with irresistible pop harmonies and catchy New Wave beats.

2:30 p.m. Center House: Act's Ramayana Youth Ensemble. An ancient epic tale involving thousands of elephants, monkeys, soldiers, gods, men and women, performed by actors aged 14-19. Look out.

6:15 p.m. Mural Amphitheatre: Kina Grannis. The jelly-bean queen, whose absolutely charming music video, "In Your Arms," with its cartoon background fashioned from 300,000 colorful Jelly Bellys, made this SoCal singer-songwriter a star.

7 p.m. Leo K. Theatre: Trivia Night with Ken Jennings. Seattle native and "Jeopardy" ace Jennings, who won 74 consecutive games on the show, discusses his latest book, "Maphead" and hosts a live trivia context. You're invited to play!

9:30 p.m. KeyArena: Skrillex. A wizard at the switches, Skrillex is the reigning king of electronic-dance music (EDM), who fills rooms with booming bass and industrial-strength sounds — all to an infectious dance beat.

9:45 p.m. Mural Amphitheatre: Rebirth Brass Band. Reaching back to the New Orleans brass bands that incubated jazz and reaching forward to southern hip-hop, Rebirth is a marching incarnation of the American heartbeat.

Seattle Times staff

This story has been corrected. A previous version listed an incorrect capsule description of Bombino, a performer not meant for inclusion in the list.

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