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4th Moisture Festival lacks electricity of years past
4th Moisture Festival lacks electricity of years past
Promising performances scheduled throughout

by E. Joyce Glasgow - SGN A&E Writer

The Moisture Festival returns to entertain and delight audiences of all ages through April 1st at Hale's Brewery, at 4301 Leary Way N.W., in Fremont. There will also be four burlesque performances at ACT, 700 Union St., in downtown Seattle, a new venue for the festival, on March 23rd and 24th.

Audiences have come to expect an evening of laughter and eccentric surprises with lots of audience-performer interactions. Opening night: "Beware the Ides of March", on March 15th didn't quite embody the wacky mayhem and electricity of previous opening nights and the pace was a little quiet and slow. Perhaps those involved in the preparation of the festival were overwhelmed and recuperating from the giant task of bringing it all to fruition.

There are some very entertaining and lively acts scheduled throughout the festival including: the Flordigan Can Can Girls, Baby Gramps, Artis the Spoonman, Jim Page, Du Caniveaux Dancing Bears, Hacki Ginda and son, Godfrey Daniels, the Aerialistas, Zeroboy, Circus Contraption, Zebra Kings, the Fremont Philharmonic, Nanda, the Bobs, Widow Twanky and the Copper and the Fighting Instruments of Karma Marching Chamber Band/Orchestra.

The Burlesque shows at ACT will feature: Miss Indigo Blue, the Von Foxies, the Swedish Housewife, Trixie Little and the Evil Hate Monkey, Wade Madsen, Lily Verlaine, Tamara the Trapeze Lady, Berlin's Chantal and many more.

Circus Contraption took over for late night shows this past weekend, featuring a nice mix of oldies but goodies from their repertoire of past shows, accompanied by their band. One of my favorite bits of their's, where a drunk is tormented in his bed by four mischievous, acrobatic, little red devils was particularly entertaining; as were the surreal female wrestling partners coiffed in gigantic white Marie Antoinette wigs complete with pipe curls and hoopskirts. Acrophelia and Dr. Calamari performed acrobatics as black light skeletons, from their Halloween show.

My only complaint about the Moisture Festival is that while the familiarity and tradition of repeat performers every year gives the event a community feel -- if the performers don't change their acts to bring us something fresh and new each year -- some of the acts can get a little old. If you are a first time audience member, they may be entertaining. However, if the festival wants to keep a repeat audience, it would help to bring in more new acts and to encourage the repeat acts to develop new material.

Complaint aside, all in all, the Moisture Festival is an exciting, Seattle community event with a lot of heart, spirit, creativity, humor, color and a human, grassroots feel. To learn more about this month's performances visit: www.moisturefestival.com

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