The Next 15: KPC's Spring Drive

April 20, 2015

Donate today to KPC's spring fundraising drive, The Next 15! Our spring drive started on April 15th and we are raising money for the next 15 years at KPC. Just a $15 donation will help us continue to bring quality performances to the KPC stage! Whether you have purchased a ticket, donated before, or consider yourself part of the KPC family, we want you to know how much we value you. You have let KPC come into your life and we want to keep bringing you the enriching performances that you love.

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Last Twisted Flick of The Season

April 17, 2015

The last Twisted Flicks showing is "Thunderbirds" on May 1st. This is a showing you do not want to miss! “Part muscle. Part elastic. Part fire. Part invisible. Together, it's clobberin' time!”

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News 3/27/15

March 27, 2015

New West Guitar Group on New Day Northwest

February 19, 2015

New West Guitar Group played on New Day Northwest! Host Margaret Larsen: "from classics to a new spin on old pop and rock hits, New West Guitar Group tackles everything with skill and personality."

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Seattle International Comedy Competition in the Seattle Times!

November 4, 2014

Read all about the Seattle International Comedy Competition in the Seattle Times. "The contest features 33 comedians competing, and being winnowed by a panel of judges, for a chance to win $15,000 in prizes."

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Altan added

September 29, 2014

Irish band Altan has just been added to KPC's 16th Season.  Join us on Friday, March 20th for one of the most important live acts to play traditional Irish music in Ireland and on the world stage.

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Sphinx Virtuosi Orchestra

September 20, 2014

Sphinx Virtuosi Orchestra "is the only orchestra comprised solely of African-American and Latino musicians... and a guiding light promoting equality, access, and education for those who wouldn’t otherwise have the same opportunities."

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Single Tickets on Sale!

July 21, 2014

Single Tickets on Sale now. Get your tickets now to KPC's exciting new season.  Download the Season Brochure or check out the Season at a Glance page to learn more.

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Jeff Lockhart Named Permanent Executive Director of Kirkland Performance Center

July 3, 2014

Jeff Lockhart Named Permanent Executive Director of Kirkland Performance Center

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Without further ado........... KPC's 2014-2015 season is on sale!

June 24, 2014

Without further ado........... KPC's 2014-2015 season is on sale!

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Jet City back in Kirkland on September 5th!

June 6, 2014

Jet City Improv will back in Kirkland on September 5th! Buy your tickets today for Plan 9 from Outer Space.

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Save the Dates for the 2014-2015 Season!

June 5, 2014

Save the Dates for the 2014-2015 Season!  June 27: Season Announcement & Subscriptions On Sale and July 22: Individual Tickets On Sale.

You really GaveBIG!

May 7, 2014

Our donors are the best!  Thanks to you, Kirkland Performance Center raised $24,659 through the Seattle Foundation’s GiveBIG day. THANK YOU for supporting great performances and arts education on the Eastside.

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May 1, 2014

GiveBIG! on May 6th!  Kirkland Performance Center will be participating in The Seattle Foundation’s fourth annual GiveBIG online day of giving. Your gift made via the Seattle Foundation’s website will be streeeeeetched even further!

On May 6, 2014 - Give BIG to support the arts on the Eastside (and WIN BIG)!

On Tuesday, May 6, Kirkland Performance Center will be participating in The Seattle Foundation’s fourth annual GiveBIG online day of giving. Your gift made via the Seattle Foundation’s website will be streeeeeetched even further!

As an added bonus, all Kirkland Performance Center GiveBIG donors  of $25 or more will be entered into our donor raffle to win prizes donated by our generous sponsors (see below).

Ticket sales cover less than 50% of the cost of bringing great performances and K-12 arts education opportunities to the Eastside. As a nonprofit performing arts center, we rely on YOU make the magic happen!

Go to the Seattle Foundation’s website and find Kirkland Performance Center.

Here’s how it works:

Step 1. On May 6, go to KPC’s page on The Seattle Foundation website:

Step 2.  Click “DONATE NOW” 

Step 3. Feel good about bringing great performances and arts education to Kirkland and the Eastside!

Kirkland Performance Center’s GiveBIG Donor Raffle

  • A new Xbox One, four games, and special swag ($800+ value), generously donated by Microsoft/343 Studios.
  • A $150 gift certificate to the luxurious Yuan Spa (if you haven’t been to this urban oasis, you owe it to yourself to make an appointment today!)
  • Two tickets & popcorn for the movie of your choice at Kirkland Park Place Cinemas ($25 value)
  • Two tickets to a special KPC Members & guests performance with Geoffrey Castle on August 23
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Seattle International Film Festival Announces Line Up At KPC!

April 30, 2014

Seattle International Film Festival Announces 2014 Line Up - 3 Days, 11 Films at KPC! May 29th - June 1st. 


Join us for the 40th Annual Seattle Internation Film Festival! This year, SIFF will screen 440 films a 12 venues over 3 weeks: 198 features (plus 4 secret films), 60 documentaries, 14 archival films, and 168 shorts, representing 83 countries.

What to see at  KPC: Films from all over the world including Japan, the US, France, Spain, and Poland.  Films starring actors celebrated actors Ken Watanabe, Elizabeth Banks, Chloë Sevigny, Gillian Anderson, David Arquette, Josh Lucas, and Taylor Kitsch. Films about Stanley Ann Dunham, President Obama's mother, Aaron Swartz, the founder of Reddit, and a new film from Luc Jacquet, the director of March of the Penguins.

Tickets must be purchased through SIFF. Visit the SIFF Box Office site or call  206.324.9996. Single Tickets, Festival Passes, and Ticket Packages available.

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Kirkland Performance Center announces partnerships to host Olate Dogs, Twisted Flicks

April 25, 2014

Kirkland Performance Center announces partnerships to host Olate Dogs, Twisted Flicks

Kirkland Performance Center officials have announced two new community partnerships.

The KPC is partnering with the Kirkland Chamber of Commerce to present Olate Dogs at 7:30 p.m. on May 8. KPC is also partnering with Jet City Improv to present their Twisted Flicks series for the first time on the Eastside, at 8 p.m. on May 2 with Captain America (1990) and on June 6 with Godzilla (1954).

“By partnering with these organizations, we are showing our commitment to local organizations and local performances," said Interim Executive Director Jeff Lockhart. "Our patrons have told us that they want to see what professional members of our community are creating and producing. We’re adding high-value shows that Kirkland patrons don’t normally get in their own backyard.”

This is the first time Olate Dogs has ever been to the greater Seattle area, after winning America’s Got Talent in 2012. Olate Dogs is a high-energy, fast-paced theatrical act featuring rescue dogs that can jump rope, ride scooters, balance on wheels and even do back flips. They will also be performing at the Kirkland Chamber’s annual auction at 6 p.m. on May 9 at the KPC, and at a community outreach event at Kirkland’s Marina Park at 10 a.m. on May 10 where dogs are also welcome. Youth tickets $15 and adult tickets $25 for Olate Dogs.

Jet City Improv’s Twisted Flicks merges improv comedy with classic movies for a hilarious cinematic experience like none other. As the film plays, the improvisers create all new dialog for the characters, sound effects and live music - using the suggestions provided by the audience. Twisted Flicks is now in its 15th year, and this is the first time it will be brought to the Eastside. Tickets for the Twisted Flicks are $15.

Jet City Improv and Kirkland Chamber of Commerce join a long list of quality community arts partners at KPC: Studio East, Lyric Light Opera, Washington Wind Symphony, Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra, Master Chorus Eastside and The Keith Highlanders Pipe Band.

Tickets are available online at, over the phone at 425-893-9900, or at the Box Office from noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and until curtain on show days. The Box Office is located at 350 Kirkland Ave. in downtown Kirkland.

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New Free Community Event April 23rd

April 22, 2014

New Free Community Event!

Open to All

6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

KPC Lobby

Join the party for author, musician, artist and creativity coach Shahana Dattagupta's fourth book, Chickadee and the Cat, hand-illustrated and hand-lettered! A little reading, a little chatting, a little signing and a little partying for all ages!

When chirpy Chickadee, who has always lived with zeal and zest, suddenly loses trust in life, she meets Cat, the most unlikely of folks to trust! What if he eats her for dinner? Discover what happens when two creatures who are poles apart and "never meant to be friends," do become friends. This is a different kind of love story -- one of friendship and letting go -- of Chickadee and the Cat.

Copies of Shahana's other books will also be available, as will an opportunity to learn more from her and her partner Shirin Subhani about all the creativity channels available at their organization, Flying Chickadee. See

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KPC Call for 2D Artists "Northwest Life – Land | City Scapes”

April 14, 2014

Kirkland Performance Center seeks visual artists for an ArtStage exhibit entitled "Northwest Life – Land | City Scapes”.               

KPC is seeking 2D art based on the theme “Northwest Life – Land | City Scapes” showcasing the Pacific Northwest through landscapes and cityscapes. The works should celebrate the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest landscapes and the contrasting vibrancy and verve of the architectural beauty of the Pacific Northwest city life with its melting pot of various cultures and ethnicities. The exhibit will have two parallel themes – landscapes and cityscapes but with the focus being the Pacific Northwest.

The exhibit will be curated by Savita Krishnamoorthy and Deepti Shankar and will be shown June-July 2014 in the Kirkland Performance Center ArtStage Lobby Gallery.

2D art submissions will be accepted through May 2, 2014 at 5:00 pm. Email Sarah K Smith, KPC Director of Education and Outreach at, to apply and for questions.  Submissions should include jpegs of work and an image list with title, size, and medium of each work. Each artist may submit up to 10 works.

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New Free Education Event!

April 9, 2014

New Free Kirkland Performance Center and Bellevue Parks and Community Services education event!

Free Indian Tabla Workshop with Karsh Kale

When: Monday, April 14th from 10:00 am—11:00 am

Where: Crossroads Community Center, 16000 NE 10th St, Bellevue, WA (Community Room)

What: Kale will lead a lecture/demonstration focused on the tabla and perform in his distinctive style

Who: Karsh Kale is an Indian tabla player, singer, and DJ, fuses Indian classical music with electronica, rock, jazz and hip hop. President Obama called Kale a musician who "fuses the best of East and West, mixing eclectic beats with the sounds of his heritage.”

All ages. Free and open to the public. No registration necessary.

For more information visit the event page or email

Karsh Kale also performs at KPC on April 13th at 7:30 pm More information:

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4 New Shows Added! Jay Ungar and Molly Mason, Olate Dogs, and Twisted Flicks

April 7, 2014

4 New Shows Added! 

Jay Ungar and Molly Mason - April 24th - 7:30PM
Twisted Flicks: Captain America - May 2nd - 8:00PM
Olate Dogs - May 8th - 7:30PM
Twisted Flicks: Godzilla - June 6th - 8:00PM

And a New Free Community Event!

Shahana Dattagupta Book Release Party  - April 23rd - 6:30 pm


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Kirkland Performance Center Wins Kirkland CACHET Award

April 4, 2014

Kirkland Reporter: "Kirkland Performance Center honored by Mayor and Cultural Arts Commission"

Mayor Amy Walen and members of the Kirkland Cultural Arts Commission recognized eight community members and groups at the fourth annual mayor’s CACHET event last night and presented two with a special award.

The Kirkland Performance Center (KPC) was honored for its success in offering high-quality performances and programs to the community.

The recent 15th anniversary season included notable acts such as the singer-songwriter Lisa Loeb, the Georgian National Song and Dance Ensemble Iveria, and the local dance ensemble Khambhatta Dance Company.

Santos Contreras, KPC Board Member, accepted the award on behalf of KPC. Kathy Feek, Kirkland resident, was honored for her contributions to Kirkland’s artistic and cultural environment through her efforts with the Fish Frolic, Kirkland Summerfest, the art collection she curates at Evergreen Health, and many other projects she is involved in.

Both received the CACHET award, artwork created by four Peter Kirk Elementary School sixth-grade students that is presented to recipients each year.  Each student was asked to draw his or her own home and/or a notable Kirkland landmark, including many of Kirkland’s arts, culture, and heritage destinations.

Others nominated for the award include Julie Metteer for her work on the Children’s Summer Concert Series, Kirkland Arts Center, Kirkland Choral Society, Ryan James of Ryan James Fine Arts, Studio East and Susan Heale of Kirkland Music Academy.

Nominations were pre-screened by the Kirkland Collaboration of Arts, Culture, Heritage, Education, and Theatre (CACHET) committee which is made up of members of the Kirkland Cultural Arts Commission. Final award recipients were selected by the Commission and Mayor Amy Walen.

This year’s event was supported by funding from “4 Culture” King County Lodging Tax and Kirkland business, Nytec.

For more information about the Kirkland Cultural Arts Commission, go to

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KPC's 15th Anniversary Season is now on sale!

June 5, 2013

KPC's 15th Anniversary Season is now on saleClick here to see the season line-up. And, be sure to like us on Facebook to be among the first to find out when we add new shows!

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