December 8, 2006
Volume 34
Issue 49
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Where It's At
Dina Martina returns twisted holiday show to Re-bar; Mindy Smith brings genuine country-folk to KMTT's 'Winter Warmth'
by Albert Rodriguez and Richard Kennedy - SGN A&E Writers

Dina Martina's Christmas Show
December 8-30 - 8pm
Re-bar - $20 / www.ticketwindowonline or (206) 325-6500

Musical chanteuse Dina Martina returns to the Re-bar for an all-new holiday spectacular. Dina has become synonymous with Christmas, and her performances sell out year after year. The Seattle-based entertainer has finally spread her love across the country, becoming a hit in other Northwest cities, in addition to Provincetown and New York. We are very lucky to still have her here for a string of holiday performances that are sure to give you a night you will never forget. To call this a "drag show" is a crime; it's true performance art!

A typical Dina Martina show is packed with her own re-worked lyrics to favorite Christmas carols, as well as pop favorites that are brilliantly turned into Christmas classics. The costumes are wonderfully horrifying (camel-toe like no other) and more gifts for the audience than should be allowed. In addition, you can expect the return of her daughter Phoebe (pronounced Fo-ebby) and some special home movies from the Martina "archives".

Dina has been described as a "train wreck in high heels," "pure comedic genius" and "the best nightmare you will ever have." Get to the Re-bar early and have a cocktail with your friends while you wait for the diva to take the stage. There is nothing better than taking a friend who has never seen the one and only Dina Martina. Check out her website,

The show runs Thursdays-Sundays through December 30 (added performances on Monday 12/18, Wednesday 12/20, Tuesday 12/26 & Wednesday 12/27). Doors open at 7, show starts at 8. Tickets priced at $20 are available by phone at (206) 325-6500, online at, or in person (NO SERVICE CHARGE when purchased with cash!) at Broadway Market, Pike Place Market, Pacific Place & Meydenbauer Center. - R. Kennedy

The Mountain's (KMTT) "Winter Warmth" w/ Mindy Smith, Amos Lee
Sunday, December 10 - 7pm
Moore Theatre - $30-$42 /

Mindy Smith has a sweet, mellow voice. It's a country-folk voice that will satisfy the truest Shawn Colvin, Alison Krauss, or Emmylou Harris admirer. Smith also has a knack for writing intriguing, sensitive stories. Her songs are like openhearted diary entries, reflecting on the good, the bad, and the just plain sad. But a singing Hallmark card she is not. Smith is a well-respected musician-songwriter who has shared the stage with Dolly Parton, Mavis Staples, and Patty Griffin, and has been featured in USA Today as an artist to watch out for. Indeed, Smith's future appears quite bright.

What makes Smith a standout tunesmith is that she writes and speaks from personal experience, crafting music about the loss of her mother ("One Moment More"), a feel good relationship ("What If The World Stopped Turning"), and starting over ("Hurricane"). There's something truly special about a songwriter who sticks to the basics, penning both the smooth and bumpy rides of the day-to-day grind. On her sophomore effort, Long Island Shores, a follow-up to her impressive debut One Moment More (SGN's Top 25 Albums/CDs, 2004), Smith is everywhere spiritually and emotionally. She's lending support to a friend ("Out Loud"), telling a romantic partner she's had enough ("You Know I Love You Baby"), and wanting to clear some headspace ("Peace of Mind"). She even gets seduced and dismissed by a blue-eyed player in "Little Devil".

At the Moore Theatre on Sunday night, Smith joins Philadelphia-bred artist Amos Lee for The Mountain's (KMTT) annual "Winter Warmth" concert. The adult rock station, a favorite of the Seattle Gay News and many area Gay listeners, celebrates a glowing year with two Winter Warmth performances. The Lee-Smith show precedes last month's Barenaked Ladies-Mike Doughty Band concert. Anyone digging a great country-folk storyteller should make plans to see and hear Mindy Smith. Two years ago, she toured with Grammy winners Nickel Creek and her opening set at the Paramount Theatre brought everyone to their feet. - A. Rodriguez

Pre-concert CD recommendation:
Long Island Shores, featuring "Out Loud", "What If The World Stopped Turning", and "Little Devil".

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