Perfection Trifecta


Sometimes the stars align and shine their radiant light down on the world for all to bask in their celestial light.
Friends, one of these glorious moments is in fact upon us. For one delightfully elegant evening we will have six of the most celebrated chefs in the Pacific Northwest under one tent. Culinary icons Tom Douglas, Holly Smith, Ethan Stowell, John Sundstrom, and Sabrina Tinsley join our very own circus chef, Erik Carlson to present a sumptuous fall menu. Each of these masterfully crafted courses are to be expertly paired with delicious wine selections.

And it doesn’t stop there!

Special performances are to be peppered throughout the evening from:
Ann Wilson
Ariana Lallone
Frank Ferrante
Les Petits Freres
Martha Davis
Norman Durkee
Rachel DeShon
and the Circus Stars of Tomorrow (now featured in our family production Tambourine Submarine)
All emceed by Kevin Joyce!

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25 Things You Didn’t Know About Javier Ortega

Skilled fine artist, Javier Ortega, has collaborated with Teatro ZinZanni to create some breathtaking oil paintings that have been seen in “Maestro’s Menagerie” and “Hearts on Fire.” Originally from Seville, Spain, he now lives in Seattle where his work can be seen in many successful exhibitions in cafes and galleries around the city.  You can also visit his work online at Here he reveals a few fun facts about himself.

Interview by Jennifer Watkins.

1. What is your favorite kind of food?


2. Where did you learn how to paint?

I don’t know, I’m still learning. I guess I learn with each new piece.

3. What was your first job?

At 14 years old I was an ice-cream man. It was a dream come true!

4. What was the last movie you watched?

The Machinist.

5. What kind of music do you listen to?

I like music from all different parts of the world. It makes my mind travel.

6. What languages do you speak?

Spanish, English and Italian.

7. Where were you born?

I was born and raised in Seville, Spain.

8. At what age did you start painting?

My first memories are of painting in preschool.

9. Did you attend University?

No, I didn’t.

10. Do you paint with live models?

Sometimes, but not generally.

11. What are you afraid of?


12. Did you have any pets growing up?

I didn’t have any of my own, but my father lived in a house in the middle of nowhere, so there were lots of dogs, cats and many other animals. Their names were Curra, Rafaelito, Lola, Ramon…Spanish names. It was fun.

13. Where is your favorite place to travel to?

Anyplace with water.

14. Name one thing you are passionate about.


15. Have you ever broken any bones?

I’ve broken my nose and my brow bone.

16. Name a food you dislike.


17. Name a place you’ve never been to, but would like to travel to.

There are so many, I can’t really pick just one. Maybe the moon, to see the whole Earth in one glance.

18. What inspires you?

Feelings, and people who feel.

19. Describe your personality in three words.

Observant, Empathic, Intimate.

20. When you are not painting, what do you do for fun?

Anything outside. I love to run, jump and be in the sun.

21. Do you have any siblings?

I have a brother and sister.

22. Is anyone else in your family an artist?

My father used to paint, my brother is an art restorer, and my sister does everything you can imagine. She is amazing!

23. What is one thing you always bring with you when you travel?

Paper and a pencil.

24. Do you prefer tea or coffee?


25. Name something you love to cook.

I love to cook. One of my favorite dishes is a Spanish recipe: Calamares a la Riojana.

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Holiday Shopping Advice from the Good Dr. Vivian Beaumount

Listen to the ZinZanni “gifted” radio spot:

We really had a blast making this radio commercial for Teatro ZinZanni Gift Cards. The spot airs throughout November on Star 101.5, KING FM and KVI AM. As we move into the Holiday season soon, we wanted to make sure people remember what a great experience the gift of Teatro ZinZanni can be. So we thought radio would give us a little extra visibility boost – well, in this case, an audio boost.

At our brainstorming session, our good friend writer Palmer Pettersen wondered out loud if we could recreate the whole show in 60 seconds. That lead to digging out some music that Maestro Norman Durkee wrote when we first created Teatro ZinZanni in 1998. The music we selected is a piece entitled “Clown Inspection.” The character of Dr. Vivian Beaumount is inspired by a comedy sketch by Christine Deaver called “Voluptuous Panic,” where Christine plays a German spy – in this case she’s sort of an Austrian female Freudian analyst clown announcer type. Durkee’s music was already liberally punctuated with penny whistles and whoopee cushion sounds, but that didn’t stop Palmer and sound designer/audio engineer Paul Goldberg from going to town with the sound effects.

As the good doctor says, Teatro ZinZanni’s gifted gift cards are verrry available. Good anytime of year for tickets, beverages and/or shopping in our fabulous boutique, Gift Cards are available in any amount.

Special thanks to the fabulous Christine Deaver, Palmer Petersen, Maestro Norman Durkee, Paul Goldberg of Pure Audio, Jason Jones at Fisher Radio, and to the littlest diva, Rachel DeShon for suggesting the idea in the first place!

Gabby Goes Live! On KOMO TV News

Known as “the Littlest Diva,” Seattle’s own Rachel DeShon is a rising young opera singer. Currently appearing as “Gabby” in Bottega ZinZanni – All Dressed Up with Someplace to Go, she took some time today to chat live with Mary Nam on  KOMO 4 News at 4.

Here are some still shots from today’s newscast.