Datebook: Burn the Floor

By Brangien Davis

December 31, 1969

Skip Dancing with the Stars and experience the real deal

This article originally appeared in the September 2010 issue of Seattle Magazine.

9/14–9/19 Skip Dancing with the Stars and experience the real deal. This explosive two-hour show of international ballroom dance consists of 10 dances—five Latin American and five traditional ballroom. The show unites top dancers from all over the globe who have spent a lifetime honing their craft. You’ll feel the heat when the cha-cha and tango are performed live (and without commercial breaks). Times and prices vary. Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine St.; 206.682.1414;


On Veterans Day, before a sold-out crowd at Seattle’s Paramount Theatre, the country-funk (funtry?) artist Sturgill Simpson abruptly had the house lights turned on. “This is sort of surreal for myself. Never woulda thunk it,” said Simpson, a native Kentuckian who lived in Everett for a short while after a stint in the Navy, and…