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April Comedy at the Ave features headliner Alex Koll | Entertainment calendar

Alex Koll, star of Internet and TV, is a self-described
Alex Koll, star of Internet and TV, is a self-described 'funny man and entertainer of variable power and speed.'
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Alex Koll, star of Internet and TV whose taste for the absurd may get you hooked as well, headlines April's Comedy at the Ave.

Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 12 at the historic theater, 10 Auburn Ave.

Koll's comedy has grown organically, starting at an early age, to reflect a far-reaching creativity that has two dirty sneakers planted firmly on the ground. His act dips and weaves between what's right in front of us all and unexpected forays into the strange.

He has performed at the prestigious Montreal Just For Laughs Festival, Comedy Central's "Live At Gotham," the SXSW festival, ComedyFest Vancouver and many others. His work in film can be seen on,, with Rooftop Comedy and Revision3.

Kroll is also the two-time winner of the San Francisco Regional Air Guitar Championship.


Entertainment schedule


Auburn Avenue Theater, 10 Auburn Ave.  Call Auburn Parks, Arts & Rec  at 253-931-3043, Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m.-noon, or online at

AveKids Spring Break Theater Camp: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. April 8-12; 5:30-8 p.m. April 15-19. Featuring Disney’s “Mulan, Jr.” Camp will emphasize voice, choreography, acting, set design, costuming and more resulting in a public performance. Ages: 7 through ninth grade. Fee: $160/$200 based on Auburn residency (Early dropoff at 8 a.m. and/or late pick-up by 5 p.m. may be arranged in advance.) Register by April 5. Call 253-931-3043 to register.

April Comedy at the Ave: 7:30 p.m. April 12. Three comedians in one night. Alex Koll, star of Internet and TV whose taste for the absurd may get you hooked as well, headlines. Recommended for ages 18 and above. Tickets: $17, $15.

Brandon Cash Tribute to Johnny Cash: 7:30 p.m. April 13. Emulating a true musical legend, Brandon Cash’s performance is largely based on the early years of Johnny Cash’s career, including the Tennessee Three and the Carter family. Performing both true classics interspersed with his own original music which celebrates a true country tradition. Tickets: $20, $18.

Walk the Line (PG-13): 2 p.m. April 14. Tickets: $3

Ave Kids presents Disney’s Mulan Jr.: 7 p.m. April 19-20; 2 p.m. April 20-21. Travel back to the legendary, story-telling days of ancient China with this action-packed stage adaptation of Disney’s Mulan. Tickets: $6.

Forbidden Broadway: 7:30 p.m. April 26-27. Broadway’s favorite spoof and Tony Award winner.  Satirical vignettes of “Grease”, “Wicked”, “Phantom”, “Les Mis”, “The Producers” and “The Lion King”. Tickets: $17/$15.

Vocal Trash: 7:30 p.m. May 3. Vocal Trash continues to electrify the young and old with their tight acappella harmonies, industrial “stomp” style drumming and breakdancers. Vocal Trash Street Show is an evening of music, dance and comedy theater dotted with light hearted audience participation. Tickets: $20/$18.

Rodgers and Hammerstein Movie Series Package: 8 p.m. • May 5: “The King and I”; • May 12: “South Pacific”; • May 19: “The Sound of Music” . Ticket package: $6.

Ave Kids presents “Rapunzel”: 2 p.m. May 11. Neither long locks of hair nor large locks on towers are enough to keep a rainbowhaired maiden from trying to follow her dreams. Can our hair-oine escape from her tiny room-with-a-view, or will she be trapped in her tower forever? Join Storybook Theater as you experience this favorite story on stage. Tickets: $6.

May Comedy at the Ave: 7:30 p.m. May 17. Three comedians in one night. Recommended for ages 18 and above. Tickets: $17/$15.


APAC, 700 E. Main St. Call Auburn Parks, Arts & Rec  at 253-931-3043, Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m.-noon, or online at

Auburn Symphony Orchestra, “The Rite of Spring”: 7:30 p.m. April 27; 2:30 p.m. April 28, Auburn Performing Arts Center, 700 E. Main St. R. Strauss’ “Death and Transfiguration” and Stravinsky’s “The Right of Spring”. Free pre-concert lecture begins 45 minutes prior to performance. Tickets: $34 adults; $27 seniors (55 and older); $10 students. To order, call 253-887-7777 or visit


Jazz series:: 6-9 p.m., Saturdays, Auburn Wine and Caviar Company, 2402 A St. SE, Auburn. Saxophone and flute master Mark Lewis performs each week with a different featured guest musician – or two – from around the region. No cover. Featured guest musician schedule: • April 13: Barney McClure, piano; April 20: Rick White, 6-string bass guitar; April 27: George Radebaugh, piano. For more information, call 253-887-8530.

Poetry at The Station Bistro: 7-10 p.m., first Mondays of each month, Bistro, 110 Second St. SW, Suite 125, Auburn. Poets featured at the open mic venue. Presented by The Station Bistro, the Northwest Renaissance, Auburn Striped Water Poets. Open to poets of every age and skill level. For more information, contact

Music at The Station Bistro: 6-9 p.m., Saturdays, 110 Second St. SW, Suite 125, Auburn. Call for details and reservations at 253-735-1399. For more information, visit

Zola’s Cafe: Live music every Friday, 7-9 p.m., 402 E. Main St., Suite 120. Open mic on the last Wednesday of the month. For information, contact Sonia Kessler at the cafe at 253-333-9652.



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