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Shaking up the night at Seattle's spiegeltent

Tim Gonzalez-Wiler thinks that lower Queen Anne needs a nightclub, and wants the neighborhood’s party place to be Teatro ZinZanni’s antique spiegeltent on Mercer.

Every Saturday night from now through the end of June, the company’s “Wake The Night” features performances from top local talent such as Billie Wildrick, Kate Jaeger, Tory Tiara, Eric Esteb, LauraRose Flynn, Ian Green, Hans Teuber, Arturo Rodriguez, Steve Moore, and 3J Million.

“This show is an immersive dance party with pop-up performances,” explained Gonzalez-Wiler. “It has our flare and glamor and sophistication, but with a little bit of naughtiness.”

The dinner tables are cleared away for “Wake The Night” in the speigeltent ("Mirror Tent"), the company’s century-old home. “Our lobby opens at 10:30 p.m. and you can come in and enjoy the bar. There’s some fun vintage film showing on the wall and you’ll start picking up that 1920s nightclub atmosphere. The tent opens at 11 p.m. for dancing. There’s all our red velvet, gold brocade, and gorgeous wood, and we’re back to the roots of the speigeltent, a floor meant for dancing and partying,” said Gonzalez-Wiler.

While the setting may evoke another era, the music mix is set to appeal to a younger dance crowd. “The soundtrack is more of a club mix,” he said, “and the whole feel a little younger and contemporary.”

Performers mix with the crowd and every Saturday night will be slightly different, promised Gonzalez-Wiler. “In walks our Duchess of the Dark, Kate Jaeger, and launches into our opening number. From that point forward, hold onto your hat. Performances lead into dance breaks, back and forth, all night long. It’s all about surprises.”

Unlike the full sit-down dinner show, which can run over $100 a person, this show is bargain too. A cover charge of $12 gets anyone (over the age of 21) in the door or a party can reserve seats in the booths circling the dance floor for $25 a person.

“Wake the Night” opens at 10:30 p.m. tonight (May 31) and continues Saturdays through June 28. But this won’t be the end of late entertainment at ZinZanni.

“My goal to give the lower Queen Anne neighborhood have a kick-ass nightclub year round,” said Gonzalez-Wiler. “I’m looking at DJ residencies, changing up performance moments, and having the late night performances evolve, with more and more, a whole bag of tricks.”

But right now, he’s really happy with a recent customer review of the current show. “They told me it was Circus Studio 54,” he said.

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For more information on Teatro ZinZanni and their current shows, check their website. “Wake The Night” is restricted to 21 and older.