Tuesday, April 7, 2009

He is Risible

Performance artist Kaleb Hagen-Kerr has been a presence on left-of-center Seattle stages for years, creating the endlessly entertaining Big Wheel Bingo, curating the long running burlesque variety show at the Pink Door, hosting Drunk Puppet Nite and acting in the 14-48 festival, among other appearances too numerous to count. His mimicry skills are legendary and his ever-increasing cast of unusual and well-drawn characters is impressive to the point of scariness. One almost suspects Hagen-Kerr of having a genuine personality disorder.

Every Easter, Hagen-Kerr dons a priest's frock and becomes the somewhat-holy, somewhat-ribald and somewhat-drunk Pastor Kaleb. This Sunday, April 12th, Pastor Kaleb celebrates the 10th year of his Easter Service at the Pink Door in the pike place market. As always, the service welcomes children, encourages crowd interaction and promotes liberal drinking. The service also features an all-star gospel choir directed by Sari Breznau of Circus Contraption and Orkestar Zirconium. Social to begin at 11:00 am, and the service begins at 12 noon.

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