On a budget? Your chance for $25 tickets to “Wicked” at Seattle’s Paramount Theatre

The popular musical Wicked is back at the Paramount Theatre in Seattle July 9 – August 2.

This three time Tony Award winning show is really delightful – my mom will be guest reviewing the show for this blog and taking my 12 year old niece.

On a budget? Wicked is offering a day-of-show lottery for $25 Wicked tickets. Arrive 2.5 hours before the performance to put your name in the barrel. A half hour later, names are drawn to purchase a tickets (2 per name drawn, cash only).

About the show: Long before that girl from Kansas arrives in Munchkinland, two girls meet in the land of Oz. One – born with emerald green skin – is smart, fiery and misunderstood. The other is beautiful, ambitious and very popular. How these two grow to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good makes for “the most complete – and completely satisfying – new musical in a long time” (USA Today).

Don’t want to play the lottery? Tickets, here.

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Photo by Joan Marcus

Chiho Aoshima, Smash Putt, Spam Musubi & Costume Parties

In May, I was able to explore Seattle and enjoy life in the following ways:

I walked up the water tower at Volunteer Park to enjoy the view (after catching my breath – so many stairs!)


Experienced the awesome Chiho Aoshima: Rebirth of the World exhibition at the Asian Art Museum. I loved this show so much and am definitely going back.

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Image: “City Glow” (detail) by Chiho Aoshima, visitsam.org/chiho.

Stopped smell the flowers at the Volunteer Park Conservatory

Introduced Morgan to my favorite dumpling place, Din Tai Fung in University Village. Their green beans are awesome.


Sang out with friends at Kate’s karaoke birthday party at Rock Box.

Hit up Smash Putt for a second time (wacky mini-golf! I think the Foosball one was my favorite)

Got a gold star from my dentist for brushing – no cavities! (If you’re looking for an awesome dentist, check out Dr. Sebek and tell her Keridwyn sent you.)

Watched “Far from the Madding Crowd” with some friends at Pacific Place. If you like Downton Abbey, you’ll probably enjoy this film.


Met Juvi’s new cat Niko. Meow.

Was unimpressed with dinner at Mamnoon – love getting mana’eesh za’atar to go at lunch but won’t be back there for dinner again. Bummer.

Enjoyed spam musubi and coconut shave ice from Marination ma kai with B, Paul and Erin after a short visit to Alki beach.


Supported Opulent Temple by attending the White Party fundraiser.

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Photo by Noelle Smithhart

Celebrated my mom and sister in law for Mother’s Day.

Saw Jasper in Deadland at The 5th Avenue Theatre. I loved so many moments of this show – it has true potential but there were a few numbers and bits I think need cutting or adjusting before it really takes off.

Modeled for a photo shoot for Goodwill and City Arts. (I’ll share when it’s out!)

Took Brandon on a surprise date to see Janeane Garofalo, who is awesome live!

janeCelebrated my friends Jon and Melissa’s wedding.

Decided bikinis shouldn’t be just for the skinny minnies and bought myself a two piece.

Created a character, “Celeste Giobadi,” at a Space themed costume party.

Was unimpressed by Serious Pie on Capitol Hill. Did they change their crust recipe? Where did the salt go?

Books I read:

Left Neglected. From the author of Still Alice. Loved it!

Big Little Lies – decent beach read

Shows I enjoyed:

The Jinx. So addicting and well done.

Seattle production of Grease at The 5th Avenue Theatre July 9 – Aug 2. GIVEAWAY

The summer before 6th grade, my friend Rhiannon and I watched the movie version of Grease nearly every single day. We loved that movie. The Pink Ladies rocked our world.  We danced in the living room to all the numbers and belted the slow songs into hair brushes.  When Rizzo sang “There are worse things I could do,” we felt her pain.

The 5th Avenue Theatre is producing their own version of Grease this summer and the Seattle based cast looks stellar. I’m especially excited to see the adorable and talented Sarah Rose Davis as Frenchie, Andi Alhadeff as Cha Cha, and Kirsten deLohr Helland as Rizzo.

The Dusty 45s will be performing as the high school rock band, which will make this show even more electric! Grease runs July  9 – August 2.

I’m thrilled to be giving away a pair of tickets to two lucky winners! Enter to win, here. Giveaway ends June 30.


Cast members from Grease. Photo by Mark Kitaoka


So cute and perfectly cast. Sarah Rose Davis as Frenchie. Photo by Mark Kitaoka


There are worse things she could do. Saxton Jay as Kenicke and Kirsten deLohr Helland as Rizzo. Photo by Mark Kitaoka

Winners will be able to choose the performance they wish to attend between July 9 and July 15.

Whole Foods #WhereYouWine + Gift Card Giveaway

Whole Foods is inviting the Pacific Northwest to enter their #WhereYouWine Instagram giveaway to enter to win weekly gift card prizes. Share your photo with hashtags #WhereYouWine and #sweepsentry and handle @WFMSeattle on Instagram for your chance to win. Full rules here (scroll down to Washington State rules). You can also enter my giveaway as well (read on for details).

Here’s my Instagram entry from yesterday:

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The folks at Whole Foods invited me to check out their Summer Top 10 Wines (chosen by their wine experts from around the country). Here are the two that appeal to me the most:

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In addition to entering their #WhereYouWine giveaway, you can also enter to win a $20 gift card from my blog!

Click here to enter my giveaway. 

Disclaimer: Whole Foods provided me with the gift cards for me and you in exchange for sharing their #WhereYouWine giveaway. As always, opinions are all my own and I only share content I like and think my readers will like. Happy summer! 

Jedis, Muggles, and a Tardis – oh my! EMP birthday bash on June 23 is free to Seattle residents

EMP is turning 15 and is celebrating by offering free admission to Seattle residents on June 23rd!

EXTERMINATE! Snap a selfie with a Tardis. Photo by Nat Seymour

EXTERMINATE! Snap a selfie with a Dalek. Photo by Nat Seymour. Dalek pictured with creator Shaylee Bell.

The all ages party will include:

  • Special appearances by EMP friends including R2D2, Darth Vader, the Dalek, and more
  • Photo ops with the Seattle Time Machine (replica of the DeLorean from Back to the Future), Command Chair (Star Trek), and the Tardis (Doctor Who)
  • Tours of the EMP
  • Live music from Sound Off! alumni bands
  • Pop culture games and activities including Nirvana and Hendrix guitar tutorials
  • Check out special exhibitions including “What’s Up, Doc? The Animation Art of Chuck Jones,” “Wild Blue Angel: Hendrix Abroad 1966 – 1970,” “Star Wars and the Power of Costume,” and more.

Too cute! Photo by Brady Harvey


I need a photo with a Tardis! Photo by Brady Harvey

A party like no other: “Night of Disguise” at Seattle Art Museum this Friday + Discount

Night of Disguise is this Friday at Seattle Art Museum and will be the talk of the town. The exhibition, “Disguise: Masks & Global African Art” is thrilling, engaging, and captivating and this late night event (live performances like you’ve never seen, tours with the artists themselves, art activities to get creative with, and much more) is going to be so inspiring and fun.

Think #SAMRemix for all ages.

It’s free for SAM members and kids 12 and under (be sure to reserve your ticket). If you’re not a member, you can use code twitterdisguise0619  to save $5 on tickets.

Let me know if you’re coming on Friday! I was excited about this event already, but after seeing the show during the press preview I’m truly giddy about it now. Did I mention there will also be dancing (music by DJ Riz)?! I can’t wait to discuss the exhibition and performances with friends afterwards. Saya Woolfalk’s space is completely enchanting, but each room holds its own magic. You won’t want to leave!

Get tickets now.

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From SAM’s website:

We’re open late to kick off SAM’s newest exhibition Disguise: Masks and Global African Art with a full night —for all ages—of live performances, music, art making, and tours featuring the dynamic artists featured in this groundbreaking exhibition.

Experience Disguise in all its forms—a mask, a costume, or just a smile—as artists and community partners transform SAM. Bring your family and friends—the whole community is invited!

Performances by:

    • Reifying Desire: Jacolby Satterwhite creates a distorted simulacrum of reality through dance, performance, drawing, and digital media.
    • Experience traditional and contemporary pan-African dance styles with Tongo-born dancer, Al’nuzan.
    • nGangulero:Alejandro Guzman’s family of sculptures catalyze creative misunderstandings and unexpected exchanges in public spaces.
    • Hear spoken word poems form local youth poets exploring themes of identity with Youth Speaks Seattle.
    • ChimaTEK Virtual Chimeric Space: Saya Woolfalk’s installation in Disguise gets activated by The Empathics.
    • The Kissing Mask:Wura-Natashi Ogunji asks, “Who are you kissing, when you kiss a mask?”

Music by DJ Riz and Brian Tang.

 "Chimera, from The Empathic Series" by Saya Woolfalk, 2013.

“Chimera, from The Empathic Series” by Saya Woolfalk, 2013.

Activities include:

    • Disguise in plain sight using cropped facial images and personal flare with artist Tariqa Waters.
    • Catch Nollywood movie trailers, the booming cinema industry in Nigeria.
    • Create a mask with artist Romson Bustillo that covers your mouth and encourages you to look and listen.
    • We all wear masks, whether literal or imaginary. On fabric, respond to Disguise with your experience of wearing a mask with artist Sandra Farmer .
    • Disguise Artists SAM Collection Audio Tour: Listen toDisguise artists discuss works in SAM’s collection. See what these contemporary artists have to say about art from other centuries and cultures.


Experience the galleries in new and unexpected ways with tours led by artists in Disguise:

      • Jakob Dwight
      • Emeka Ogboh
      • Brenden Fernandes
      • Alejandro Guzman

Tickets required. FREE for SAM members and kids under 12. Members will have access to a special members-only lounge.

Read my pal Jess Estrada’s preview post on FreshJess.com


Zappos.com pop-up shop at Westlake Center June 20 and 21 – Father’s Day Weekend

I’m a big fan of Zappos.com – great prices and totally convenient. On June 20 and 21, they’re bringing some products to their “Pop Up Pop Shop” at Westlake Center in Downtown Seattle.

Swing by 11am – 6pm both days to shop for Father’s Day inspired gifts, enjoy hot dogs from Dante’s Inferno food truck, a social photo activation, putting green (with golf-pros that can help give you tips) and the chance to win tickets to the big golf match on Sunday. Based on my score from mini-golf with friends this last weekend, I better take some notes!

Check out some Zappos.com men’s fashion on their Pinterest board.

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Pretty sure my dad would rock these shirts…especially the peach one on top! Photo via Instagram.com/zappos.

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Is your pop a pocket square guy? Photo via instagram.com/zappos.

Photo from past Zappos.com pop up store

Photo from past Zappos.com pop up store

Disclosure: Zappos.com provided me with a gift card for this post, but I only share content I think readers will enjoy! All opinions are my own.