Pastor Kaleb!

We’re featuring our favorite local legends each week to let you know what to do after Smash Putt leaves planet earth forever in just 7 weekends! Take heart, there are lovely friends and weirdos for you to get to know!

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Kaleb Kerr is one of our favorite performers and all around great guys. Among his decades of local amazing performances, he may be best known for Pastor Kaleb’s Sunday Service, a production that has become tradition spanning generations. Good news, friends, tickets just went up for sale for this year’s service! Put on your Sunday best and get a kick in pants! Candy for kids and Bloody Marys for the adults!

Pastor Kaleb’s Sunday Service is an unique celebration of the weirdness that brings us all together. Musical acts, sing-alongs, and variety show madness! There are few events that will fill your heart like this!

Check out the event on Facebook – Pastor Kaleb’s Sunday Service!

Photo Bomb!

Things get really crazy at Smash Putt! Check out@dnielle_pf‘s photo of some Smash Putt antics!! We love everyone who comes and plays and when we see photos like this we have to give ‘em a shirt! You could get a shirt from us too! Just tag your shit #smashputt or check in down at our venue and we might pick your your pics!

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Look at those lovely Smash Putt faces!

Hey friends! Get ready for Saint Patrick’s Day at Smash Putt!

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We’ll have drink specials all weekend for anyone wearing green! Doff your best jeff cap, clip on your sock garters and get down for a round!

Use code ‘greenballs’ for 20% this weekend’s tickets!

Go to http://smashputt.com for tickets

 

Annex Theatre

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We’re name checking some of our favorite cultural institutions and artists in Seattle before we wink out of existence. We just want to leave you with some hope for the future 🙂

Annex Theatre is one of our favorite ‘hidden in plain sight’ Seattle gems. On the corner of Pike & 11th on Capitol Hill, you can be forgiven if you haven’t been bold enough to venture three stories up their nondescript stairway, but you’re definitely missing out.

Annex Theatre presents a forum for experimentation and real risk taking. Frankly, we’ve seen many productions at Annex that are so bold and exuding of raw talent that you cannot stop talking about them. That’s the importance of Annex, it’s a space that demands of their artists to truly challenge themselves and try out new things. And frankly, we need to cherish this sort of antidote to the mundane commodified ‘culture’ that mainstream media spoon feeds us every fucking day.

Annex Theatre features two monthly shows that cannot be missed.

On the first Friday of every month Annex is host to the brilliant variety show ‘Spin the Bottle’, packed with amazing music, comedy, and chaos! And at the Annex on the first Sunday of every month, catch the Weird and Awesome Emmett Montgomery Show which is a show that we can only describe as post-post stand-up comedy.

Also, their lobby bar has some of the best cans of PBR in the city. Head over there right now! http://www.annextheatre.org/

There’s some serious fun and mischief to be had at Smash Putt! And we’re giving away t-shirts to people our favorite photos of people having a weird time at Smash Putt! Tag your images #smashputt or checkin at our venue on your favorite social rabbit hole and you might win a Smash Putt! shirt!!

Check out our winner this week!

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Now that’s some good Fooseball defense!

Our archivists unearthed an interesting chapter in the history of our historic 1122 Post Ave, illustrated with Kenyon’s continuous ghostly grip on the building into the middle of the century. It seems 1122 Post Ave was home to Coronet Toy Manufacturing, makers of horrific nightmare toys.

We unearthed what seems like a puff piece from the normally hard hitting Seattle Times in December 7th, 1947. The article is mostly human interest drivel about children visiting this den of devilish plush dolls. But we can clearly see in the photo evidence of some serious demonic infiltration.

First, of course, we must point out the dolls. Seriously, this bear is going to kill you.

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..and that’s not atypical of toys manufactured in this building, and lest you think we are leaning heavily on grainy black & white newspaper imagery to emphasize the evils, we bring you a rare color photo of a Santa doll by Coronet “Toy” Manufacturing.

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A truly satanic creature.

But that isn’t all. Clearly pictured here amongst the other children is the PNW’s most infamous domestic terrorist, who is still wanted by the FBI.

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It is clear that Kenyon’s engineering has made 1122 Post Avenue a nexus point for cryptonoir spiritual coalescence; This is a place where raw phantasmical energies run rampant. We couldn’t think of a better venue for our finale edition of Smash Putt!

Use code ‘nightmaretoys’ for 20% off this weekend!

Buy tickets now at http://smashputt.com  –  they sell quickly!

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We’re giving a shout out to some of the institutions that make Seattle a weird and wonderful place. It’s our way of passing the torch as we leave forever!

Just a stone’s throw from the drunken fracas know to Capitol Hill locals as ‘the pit’, The Eclectic Theater is a hidden gem of transportive delight! The Eclectic is a humble little black box theatre with hand-me-down furniture bedecked makeshift bar/lobby and creaky theater seats on saggy risers… in other words, exactly what we need more of in the ever simulacrum filled bar/entertainment wasteland that has come along with ever changing face of Seattle. It’s important to maintain cultural spaces where people can afford to take chances, make mistakes, and sometimes find something precious.

The Eclectic Theater hosts an ever changing selection of performing arts including experimental theater, screenplay readings, improv, sketch, and, importantly, they are platform that you can rent for your own small productions! The Eclectic is also home to one Seattle’s only monthly long form improv workshop, the Mammoth, which is simply great.

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Take a risk on some local talent, and check out their calendar today!

Photo Winner!

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This week we feature a wonderful photo by Maja! We like this image so much we’re giving Maja a t-shirt! Word to the wise, tag your photos with #smashputt or check-in here and we might pick you as your favoritest photo ever and give you some hard earned cotton to show off around town!

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Over the last week we’ve gone into high gear learning all we can about paranormal sciences. One of our new experts in the field, Ben Blankenship, has been experimenting with various means of apparition detection to build automated photo traps! It turns out there’s a lot of debate as to the best means to scientifically detect phantasms, but we’ve been having some promising tests using negative ion detection, static detection, and simple sound threshold triggers! You’ll be the first to know if we hook anything on our line!

Our research team has dug up some impressive history on the haunted Colonial Hotel that Smash Putt currently resides in, and it’s just freaky to us. Side note, is it fitting that Smash Putt will depart the world in a haunted hotel? We think so. There are three distinct periods of time that we believe may contribute to the psychic disturbances at the Colonial Hotel. We’ll look today at the earliest of these notable points in the history of this grand edifice.

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Jacob Gardner Kenyon was a traveling magician, ventriloquist, and inventor. In Spring of 1862,  with monies earned by patent of an improvement to the modern vehicle axle, he purchased the property to build his dream hotel in his adopted home city of Seattle. Throughout design and construction, Kenyon worked side by side with the architect and builders to construct a building meeting his exacting specifications… and possibly to integrate designs of magics learned from his studies of the occult.

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Kenyon, however, was fated to die mysteriously before completion of the building. It is clear that the floor upon which Smash Putt! currently resides is the among the few floors completed when Kenyon passed on, and possibly the exact floor upon which he chose to take rooms.

We are left asking of this period of time, under what circumstances did Jacob Gardner Kenyon depart this realm? Ever the inventor, did he perhaps fall victim to an experiment in the occult? Or worse yet, did one of his experiments succeed? Did Jacob Gardner Kenyon design and build the Colonial Hotel as a paranormal mechanism to concentrate psychic energies?

Sorry, we really don’t mean to scare you off. This is truly an amazing venue. Tell ya what, we’ll give you a discount to come check this out.

Use code ‘jacobgardnerkenyon’ for %20 off tickets this week! While you’re here, think of his spirit stuck between worlds and raise a toast to Mr. Kenyon!

Buy tickets at http://smashputt.com

Smash Putt! is going away forever in just a few weeks and we can’t stand leaving you all alone, so we want to use our last breath to tell you about some of the artists and institutions that we dearly love, that they might bring you comfort in the years to come!

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CoCA, Center on Contemporary Art, is a long lived artist hub started by artists for artists back in 1980. CoCA provides forums for artists and challenges us all to do amazing work. In the last two decades we’ve seen CoCA events and exhibits at several locations throughout Seattle, always these locations have presented provocative art that often pushed beyond of the mold required at other galleries. It’s wonderful to have an institution in Seattle that gives as much to artists that create hard-to-define and experimental work in mediums such as performance, sculpture, and machine/electronic art as much as they do with more traditional art forms.

CoCA currently has a gallery in Pioneer Square’s TK building and has supported artists at all stages of their creativity with an artist in residence program, CoCA Lab, since 2014.

From March 2-4 and April 6-29, CoCA will feature its members in this year’s annual Members’ Show, Make America Create Again, at their Pioneer Square gallery. March dates will highlight experimental and time based artists using sound, performance and video then the April show will feature the artist members that have work hanging on walls and sitting on pedestals.  

More info and an announcement of the selected members participating in the show will be on their website soon! CLICK HERE for details!

We cannot say enough about how the work presented by CoCA has influenced us as artists.
Please follow CoCA or get involved at http://www.cocaseattle.org/