TRIAL WEDDING

The Broadway-bound musical The Wedding Singer is slated to premiere at Seattle's 5th Avenue Theatre on Jan. 31, but press in New York got an early peek at the show last Friday, Jan. 6. The show stars Comedy Central's Stephen Lynch as Robbie Hart (the role Adam Sandler played in the 1998 movie). Will the musical make us want to party like it's 1985? Can't say yet. At presstime, the major New York papers (including The New York Times, which sent a reporter to the preview) had yet to weigh in. MARISA MCQUILKEN

THE LION SLEEPS

Like a lot of bands over the past couple decades, Pedro the Lion was essentially two people— singer-songwriter David Bazan and musician T.W. Walsh. Last week, though, Walsh announced that he was leaving the project, labeling the split amicable ("Dave and I are still buddies," he said in a press release) and saying he intended to work on his own music under the name the Soft Drugs. Meanwhile Bazan is playing in a quartet dubbed the Undertow Orchestra and playing solo at Neumo's on Thurs., Jan. 26. MICHAELANGELO MATOS

SADDLE UP

Seattle Opera has announced its 2006 season. On the lineup: Handel's Julius Caesar (Feb. 24–March 10, 2007), with powerhouse mezzo Ewa Podles in the title role; Der Rosenkavalier, with Carol Vaness' first essay as the Marschallin (Aug. 5–26); Rossini's proto- feminist goof The Italian Girl in Algiers (Oct. 14–28); a new production of Don Giovanni (Jan. 13–27, 2007); and literally the most popular opera ever written, La Bohème (May 5–19, 2007). If the lineup seems a tad warhorsier than usual, SO's recent budget shortfall may or may not be a cause; opera companies plan too far in advance, ye cynics, to compensate for box office downturn with last-minute programming changes. Subscription renewals begin Wed., Jan. 11, with other ticket sales to follow. For info: 206-389-7676 or www.seattleopera.org. GAVIN BORCHERT

TO BE CONTINUED

Following two news items we reported last week: Seattle Art Museum fired two guards on Jan. 4 who threatened to walk out if management could not clarify the job status of all SAM guards during the coming remodel. In a written statement, terminated guards Susan Brooks and Gabriel Dixon said they felt "they were fired for a good cause and celebrated by having dinner at Cafe Campagne with co-workers." . . . The North Lake Union neighborhood finally got wind of Mayor Greg Nickels' stealth press release about the upcoming move of One Reel's Summer Nights concert series to Gas Works Park. The Wallingford Community Council bombarded Parks and Rec superintendent Ken Bounds with complaints about parking, traffic, and lack of public process at a Jan. 4 meeting. The council now says it will work on the "proposal" to site Summer Nights at Gas Works, but One Reel says the move is still on. LYNN JACOBSON

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