Valentines Day! Circus Contraption Band, Can Can Cabaret, Jason Webley, DeVotchKa, Vince Mira

The Circus Contraption Band returns!
Yes, it’s true! One night only!

We know it will never be the same without Joe and Drew. But the rest of the band is BACK for Valentine’s Day, and they are honored to join a SPECTACULAR bill at Showbox at the Market.

On the bill is Devotchka The Denver-based indie rock band who powers into new territory. Long renowned for their lush sound and eclectic mix of genres, this will be a great Seattle show. Vince Mira is also on the bill. He started playing at the Pike Place Market as a teen and now has been featured on “Good Morning America”, “The Ellen Degeneres Show” and “Inside Edition” and has played the Austin City Limits Festival, Bumbershoot, the mainstage at the Sasquatch Festival and has showcased at SXSW. He is now in the process of writing and recording his 3rd album.

Also performing, local favorites Can Can Cabaret will be performing, along with the Tom Waites of the accordion, Jason Webley.

Tue Feb 14 – Showbox at the Market

Vince Mira
Circus Contraption Band
Can Can Cabaret
Jason Webley

7pm door / 8pm show
Tickets: $40 adv / $45 day-of
21 and over
1426 1st Ave, Seattle WA
Tickets onsale via Showbox tickets

Frankenocchio is back! & opens Thursday 8/12

Frankenocchio returns for its third run in Seattle at the Lee Center for the Arts, August 12th – September 4th

Prepare to be regaled, titillated, and made slightly squeamish by the earthbound stumblings of the mute boy, Frankenocchio, as he seeks to rejoin his nimble head with the rest of his body, wending his way through the dark bellows and performances of a third rate traveling circus.

This is a  story of a stringed puppet made by God, who in a fit of boredom cuts his strings.   The poor puppet plummets to earth, where his head and body pop apart. Searching for its body, Frankenocchio’s head arrives in a dark and rundown circus.   While mad barkers and accident prone clowns attempt to use  his headless body to fulfill their own dreams, Frankenocchio searches for a way to be made whole again and return to his former life as God’s favorite plaything.

Conceived and Created by Brian Kooser, with script by Stephanie Timm, and touted as a “nightmarish world that might have been dreamt by Tim Burton after listening to Tom Waits while dosed up on codeine cough syrup”, this bizarrely delightful story, set aglow with gaudily gorgeous bunraku puppets and scenery, will leave you strangely inspired.

Accompanied by the live, kaleidoscopic, musical barkings of God’s Favorite Beefcake,

Kooser and his cadre of deft puppeteers bring this sweet, nightmarish saga to life for Seattle audiences.

8pm Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays
August 12th – September 4th
Tickets $18 at the door or

Lee Center for the Arts, 901 12th Ave, on Seattle University campus:

For a sneak peak:

Please note: this puppet show is not suitable for children.

Circus Contraption: Show to End All Shows!


Circus Contraption brings back its SHOW to END ALL SHOWS at Theo’s Chocolates in Fremont until May 31st. You can get tickets through Brown Paper Tickets, and it’s worth every penny. An incredible band, acrobats, dancers and sublime talent abounds.


The SHOW to End All SHOWS debuted May 2008 at Theo Chocolate in Fremont. A departure from Circus Contraption’s usual turn-of-the-century fare, The SHOW to End All SHOWS imagines a family-owned circus with all of the glamour and glitz of the 70’s and 80’s. The time, however, is now, or even slightly in the future, and the glamour shows signs of decay.


For ten years, Circus Contraption has been at the forefront of the modern circus movement. After six years at Sand Point Magnuson Park, Circus Contraption returns to its birthplace, Fremont, to transform the old Red Hook Brewery warehouse, (the south end of Theo Chocolate), into Seattle’s own alternative big-top. And for the first time, Circus Contraption is collaborating with a team of top-flight theater professionals: director Erin Brindley (a recent New York import), scenic designer Jennifer Zeyl, lighting designer Ben Zamora, and costume designer Christine Tschirgi.


See Schmootzie the Clod, Dexter Mantooth and Acrophelia in all their circus glory!

Circus Contraption