West of Lenin Presents UP YOUR CHIMNEY an Off-Beat Holiday Alternative

West of Lenin has pulled together some great alternatives to the traditional holiday fare. Whether you love this time of year or are looking for an escape, there is something in the Up Your Chimney line-up for you. Grab a drink at our Gallery bar and let the festivities begin!

Wednesdays, December 7, 14 and 21 @ 7P

Tickets: $5 General Admission

Off-Beat, cult and irreverent films celebrating the season!Join us for a holiday film series curated by Warren Etheredge of the Warren Report.

December 7: IRA FINKELSTEIN'S CHRISTMAS (SWITCHMAS): A Christmas obsessed Jewish boy on his way to sunny Florida figures out how to get the Christmas of his dreams by trading airline tickets and places with another boy on his way to snowy Christmastown, WA.

December 14: SHORT STOCKING STUFFERS: a collection of holiday-themed shorts that redefine the season but promise to provide unconventional cheer.

December 21: Santa Claus CONQUERS THE MARTIANS: The Martians kidnap Santa Claus because there is nobody on Mars to give their children presents. This film is widely known as one of the worst movies ever made. How can you miss that! Half price tickets offered to anyone arriving dressed as Santa, Elves or Martians!

Monday, December 12 @ 7:30P

Four American Fairy Tales (and a few American songs)

Tickets: $10 General Admission, $5 Students/Seniors

Storyteller Bret Fetzer performs four new American fairy tales with four unusual heroines: Bathwater, about a girl who escapes her desperate parents in an old wooden tub; Gifts of the Polar Bear, about a woman who crosses the Alaskan tundra to find her missing husband; President of the Prairie Dogs, about a girl who gets involved in Wyoming's subterranean politics; and The Christmas Present, about a girl whose envy of her sister leads her to plot with The Devil himself. Joining Fetzer are two of his cohorts from the Moonshine Revival Tent, Eric Padget and Christine Longé, who will sing a few songs, some traditional and some original.

Friday, December 16 @ 7:30P

Live Reading ofA Christmas Story

Tickets - $10 suggested donation

Brainchild of Warren Etheredge, join us for a live reading of this holiday classic as Ralphie

Monday, December 19 @ 7:30P

Christmas B-sides & Rarities

Jim Jewell's annual dark and bluesy yuletide treat is back! Christmas: B-Sides & Rarities celebrates the season with a dark, occasionally cynical, often funny, and decidedly musical variety show that is the perfect antidote to the overly cheery, relentlessly commercialized traditional Christmas fare.

For more information and tickets to all these offerings, go to www.westoflenin.com.


Warren Etheredge didn't speak until he was 6 years old; he's been going strong ever since, making a lively livelihood and the most out of every conversation, elevating small talk to high art, discourse to an ideal. He talks. He teaches. He finds stories.

Warren is one of the founding faculty of TheFilmSchool, helping filmmakers translate their stories for screens big and small, and The Red Badge Project, helping combat veterans work through PTSD and other issues by teaching them the art of storytelling. He has conducted over 3,000 interviews; on the page, on stage, and on screen. He hosts The High Bar, his Emmy®-nominated television series devoted to "raising the bar" through light-hearted conversation with people who care about culture that matters. He also hosts Reel NW, a showcase for the finest features, shorts and documentaries generated in the Pacific Northwest.

He is the founder of The Warren Report and the Editor-at-Large for Media Inc. (www.media-inc.com). As a producer, his credits include FUREVER (d. Amy Finkel); HUMOR ME (d. Chris Towey), EVERY BEAUTIFUL THING (d. Sonya Lea) and WAYSIDE JUNCTION (d. April Larson).

Warren is the former Curator for the 1 Reel Film Festival (at Bumbershoot) and a programmer for The Seattle International Film Festival. He is a published author, an Off-Broadway produced playwright, an acclaimed documentarian, a regular contributor to public radio and a much sought-after public speaker on myriad topics. Born and raised in Manhattan, Warren makes his home in Seattle along with his partner, Nancy, their three children, an adoring Pit Bull, and an irascible bunny rabbit.


West of Lenin is a modern 88 seat black box theatre and studio space located in Seattle's Fremont neighborhood. Owned and operated by Seattle theater entrepreneur AJ Epstein, West of Lenin is also available as a rental venue. A well-equipped and intimate space offering a wide range of programming, from in-house and guest produced plays, to musical events, readings and more, West of Lenin is a local entertainment destination. For more information, visit West of Lenin online at www.westoflenin.com.

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