Weird, Wild Times At The 2011 Puu Puu Party

Support Theatre Off Jackson at one of the most eclectic fundraisers of the year.

On Wednesday, Nov. 9, theater-lovers will get the chance to give back to their favorite creative medium. All Seattleites are invited to the 2011 Puu Puu Party, an annual auction event that benefits Theatre Off Jackson (TOJ), located in the International District.

TOJ opened its doors in 1987, and primarily showcased work by the Northwest Asian American Theatre (NWAAT). In 2004, the owners reorganized the business plan in order to increase ticket sales and appeal to a broader audience within the community. Since then, TOJ has earned a reputation as one of the city’s most adventurous theaters. In the past five years alone, its stage has featured plays, literary readings, gallery exhibits and puppet shows.

The catalog for Wednesday’s auction is truly impressive. Biddable items include: wine tours from Sound Spirits and Chateau Ste. Michelle; local artwork from Fiona McGuigan and Jessica Dodge; gift baskets from Stumptown Coffee Roasters and Babeland; a two-night stay at Hastings House on Vancouver Island; tickets for “Sinner Saint Burlesque”; dinner at Poppy and John Howie Steak; guitar lessons from John Ackermann of “Awesome” and The Half Brothers; and many more. A full list of auction items is available online.

Guests are encouraged to arrive at 6 p.m., just in time to munch on appetizers and mingle with fellow partygoers. During the auction, Seattle artists John Osebold and The Pulp Vixens will provide live music for the crowd. Other performers include spoken-word ensemble isangmahal arts kollective and burlesque dancer Iva Handfull. Arguably the strangest source of entertainment will be Salon of Shame – a group of Seattle writers reading what they consider to be the worst prose and poetry from their adolescence.

If you can’t attend the Puu Puu fundraiser, make a donation to TOJ the old-fashioned way and catch one of their upcoming productions. This year, you can begin a new holiday tradition by attending the local cult favorite, “Ham for the Holidays” — a sketch comedy packed with bizarre characters, tacky costumes and lots of polka — from Wednesday, Nov. 23 to the closing show on Christmas Eve. A calendar of upcoming TOJ performances and events is available online.

2011 Puu Puu Party at Theatre Off Jackson  |  Wednesday, Nov. 9 at 6 p.m.