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Sophisticated Seattle
(for the financially challenged)
Dilemma: That highly cultured life you’d love to live as a college student seems out of reach. Fear not. The Seattle Center has tons of entertaining opportunities on the cheap.

Ah, the theatre: the dim lights, the actors right in front of you, the laughter, and applause. There’s nothing quite like it, and it’s an affordable experience at the Seattle Center. The Book-It Repertory Theatre offers pay-what-you-will previews of all their plays;

The Seattle Repertory Theatre, known to locals as “The Rep,” has an amazing $10 ticket deal for those 25 and under;

And the Intiman Theatre, features the same $10 ticket deal. It’s quite a steal considering that the Intiman’s artistic director, Bartlett Sher, is a Tony-Award nominee and winner, and the theatre itself won the 2006 Tony Award for Outstanding Re-gional Theatre.

In the mood for a few arabesques and plies? Look no further than the esteemed Pacific Northwest Ballet. Where student tickets to the annual performances of “The Nutcracker,” are discounted half-off.

If the names Verdi and Wagner mean anything to you, then you’ll probably want to check out the Seattle Opera. Students with a valid ID get $20 tickets on seats starting two hours before every performance.

But if Hendrix and Han Solo are closer to your heart, visit the Experience Music Project and Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame, a locale hard-to-miss thanks to its multicolored sheet metal exterior. The EMP is one part rock n’ roll museum and one part jam session, while the SFM houses such holy relics as the original Deathstar and Klingon swords — so nerdy, yet so awesome. Tickets for students are discounted at $12 and admission is free from 5–8 p.m. on the first Thursday of every month. Free rock and roll and Star Wars memorabilia; just as it should be.
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By Allie Fraley ‘08, frugal Seattleite
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