The setting sun shines through the window as Seattle duo Cubay plays a rendition of “Chan Chan” by Buena Vista Social Club. Salsa dancers from near and far dance through the crowded dining room of Cafe Rumba, kicking off the first day of Rumba Northwest’s weekend-long Viva Cuba Festival.
A staccato piano score begins as the Upfront Theatre mainstage cast sings the opening chorus to “The Sexiest Fish Hatchery,” an improvised musical conceived from suggestions shouted mere moments prior. For the cast of “An Improvised Musical,” this spontaneity will be one of the few things routine about this performance.
The Apple Bin Express takes customers through rows of orchards at BelleWood Acres. Six to eight old wooden apple bins made into seats are lined up and hooked to a tractor and get pulled out to the orchard for 15 to 20 minutes. When arrived, customers have a chance to pick their own apples off BelleWood Acres apple trees.
The aromatic scents of saffron, turmeric and ginger fill the air of India Grill as patrons sip chai tea and munch on steaming plates of curry and naan. Behind the counter stands owner Santok Tambor, a stocky grey-haired man who is soft-spoken and often wears a kind smile.