Measure Your Life in Love: Rent at The Paramount through 2/26

Review by Katie Duke:

I first saw Rent in 1998. I was 18 and had big dreams that I’d make it on Broadway just as soon as I moved to The Big Apple. As I sat in the audience tonight singly along in my head, I was surprised at how heartbreaking Rent really is. Death, disease, drug addiction, poverty, and homelessness are big issues that fill the stage. As a 36-year- old, I have a lot more life experience and couldn’t escape feeling empathy and longing for the characters on stage. The themes that seemed so groundbreaking in 1998 certainly held up to the problems of 2017, and the message of love rang loud and true.

The ensemble of the touring cast of Rent at The Paramount in Seattle was fantastic—strong voices and good dancers supported the main characters.Tim Ehrlich as Angel rocked “Today 4 U.” “Tango Maureen” was a personal favorite— Jasmine Easier as Joanne and Danny Harris Kornfeld as Mark were a silly dancing pair. The answering machine voicemails made me laugh every time and reminded me just how much our parents must miss and love us. It made me want to call my mom! Katie LaMark’s performance of “Over the Moon” as Maureen was superb. At times, I was distracted by some cheesy choreography and lead voices which were occasionally a little flat, but for the most part the music was excellent.

“Seasons of Love” is a personal favorite and I loved the way the cast lined up together at the front of the stage. It felt powerful and raw. I was less compelled by the love story of Mimi and Roger than I was by the sweet romance of Angel and Tom Collins (played last night by Bryson Bruce). Mimi and Roger’s relationship felt forced and abusive whereas Angel and Collins reflected mutual respect, admiration, and love. All in all, I highly recommend this show, especially for anyone who didn’t see it on Broadway back in the 90s. The show ends powerfully with a strong, united cast singing powerfully about the power of friendship and love.

RENT plays The Paramount in downtown Seattle now through February 26, 2017. Tickets here.

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Photos by Carol Rosegg.

GIVEAWAY: Seattle Wine & Food Experience

February is my birthday month and one of the ways I’m celebrating is by heading to Seattle Wine & Food Experience with a friend!
This three day celebration of wine (and, you guessed it, food) is a fun social event where you’ll be able to delight your taste buds while you enjoy delicious sips and bites. Still not sure what to get your sweetie for Valentine’s Day? This is a great gift!
There are three events to choose from (or pick up a weekend pass and enjoy them all). Friday is “Pop! Bubbles & Seafood” at McCaw Hall in Seattle Center, Saturday
is “Comfort: Seattle’s Best Feel-Good Foods and Crafty Brews” at Fremont Foundry, and Sunday is The Grand Tasting at McCaw Hall.
Be sure to bring a bottle of water with you (hydration is key!) and a charged cellphone (snap photos of favorite wine labels and restaurants to remember them later).
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Here are 5 reasons to go to each event:


POP! Bubbles & Seafood: Friday, February 24, 2016 at McCaw Hall

1.     Champagne, Sparkling Wine, Cava, Cremant, and more than 40 kinds of bubbles to sample

2.     World-class seafood, including oyster bars, from 20 of Seattle’s best chefs

3.     Specialty cocktail and cider (and tunes by DJ Dubreezy)

4.     The Callebaut Belgium Chocolate Lounge featuring bites from Seattle’s top pastry chefs

5.     Dozens of Reserve Red wines from top wineries

ComfortSeattle’s Best Feel-Good Foods and Crafty Brews: Saturday, February 25, 2016 at Fremont Foundry

1.     Do-it-Yourself Bars: Hot Toddy, Bloody Mary, s’mores, fry potato bar and more

2.     Mac & cheese, burgers, fried chicken and other comfort foods

3.     More than 50 craft beers, ciders, bubbly and more to quench your thirst between tasty bites

4.     A doughnut wall!

5.     Rock out with your friends to tunes by DJ Branden Landon and take photos in the Shutterbus

The Grand Tasting: Sunday, February 26, 2016 at McCaw Exhibition Hall

1.     More than 500 wines, plus tastes from distilleries, beer and cider

2.     Fare from 25 local chefs and 25 specialty food makers

3.     The Savor Experience from San Luis Obispo County

4.     The Sweet Suite–Indulge to your hearts content

5.     Buy your favorite wine, beer, cider and spirits from the QFC product store benefitting Les Dames d’Escoffier

Tickets here.

Want to enter to win two tickets to The Seattle Wine & Food Experience Grand Tasting? Of course you do.

You can enter via Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram, here.

 

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RENT at the Paramount (Giveaway), Walla Walla Wines, my new favorite podcast & Ignite Seattle

Happy Sunday!
I have so many fun things I want to share with everyone, so here’s a miscellany of events and things I’ve enjoyed lately:
RENT
One of the most beloved musicals, RENT, is coming back to the Paramount Theatre for just a few days this month. See the musical February 21-26. You can also enter to win one of two pairs of tickets from the giveaway we are co-hosting with Swink Style Bar! Giveaway here.
About RENT: In 1996, an original rock musical by a little-known composer opened on Broadway…and forever changed the landscape of American theatre. Two decades later, Jonathan Larson’s RENT continues to speak loudly and defiantly to audiences across generations and all over the world. And now, this Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award®-winning masterpiece returns to the stage in a vibrant 20th anniversary touring production. A re-imagining of Puccini’sLa BohèmeRENT follows an unforgettable year in the lives of seven artists struggling to follow their dreams without selling out. With its inspiring message of joy and hope in the face of fear, this timeless celebration of friendship and creativity reminds us to measure our lives with the only thing that truly matters—love.
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WALLA WALLA WINE
Walla Walla has an incredibly active and delicious wine community and over 50 Walla Walla wineries are in town tomorrow (Monday) for a special tasting event. Tickets available here.
About the event: Sample a selection of wines from 50 of the finest Walla Walla Valley wineries. Mingle with principals and winemakers. Experience the energy and excitement surrounding our renowned wine region. Tickets include unlimited wine samplings and light hors d’oeuvres. February 13 5:30-8pm
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NEW PODCAST
The Hilarious World of Depression” is my favorite new podcast. “Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me” host John Moe talks with a different comedian each episode about their experiences with depression and anxiety. I love that this podcast is working to take the stigma away from this common disease and encourage frank, genuine conversation about it! He’s a great host and the comedians he has as guests are some of my favorites.
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IGNITE SEATTLE
I went to my first Ignite Seattle event last November to see my friend Jeff Hicks who was one of the speakers. As soon as I saw that Ignite Seattle will be back February 23, I bought tickets (super affordable tickets, at that). These events tend to sell out so snag yours soon.
About Ignite Seattle:
This legendary evening of short and fascinating presentations that started in Seattle 10 years ago, has a simple goal “Enlighten us, but make it quick.” 16 passionate Seattleites are given five minutes at the microphone to inspire, inform, entertain or do all at the same time. It’s a reinvention of the very idea of a lecture, offering an exciting and provocative evening of storytelling for all ages. 
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Giveaway: “Well” starring Sarah Rudinoff at Seattle Repertory Theatre

The description caught my attention:

“Lisa Kron, the multi-talented humorist, performer, playwright, and Tony Award-winning writer and lyricist behind the recent Broadway hit Fun Home takes us on a hilarious, self-referential journey that explores everything from chronic allergies, to community organizing, and most importantly, to her zany, unpredictable relationship with her mother.”

IN.

Then I learned that one of my favorite performers, Sarah Rudinoff, plays Lisa Kron in this production of “Well” at Seattle Rep?  So in.

We all need a laugh right now. One of the valuable things about live theatre is that it makes us be present and in the moment. Put your own troubles aside and step inside the Seattle Rep’s doors to see one of the best actors of today in a unique, dark comedy.

I’m not familiar with Lisa Kron (playwright) or actress Barbara Dirickson (who plays the character of Lisa’s mom), but I’m delighted that “Well” will introduce me to both of these talents with the skilled direction of Braden Abraham.

Bonus? The show is 1 hours and 30 minutes with no intermission (I’m personally not a fan of 3 hour productions, so just including this for those who share my feelings).

“Well” plays now through March 10.

Want to enter to win tickets (winner’s choice of date in the show’s first week)?

You can:

Enter to win on Facebook here.

Enter to win on Instagram here.

Follow @keridwyn on Twitter and tweet this tweet to enter via Twitter

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Giveaway ends 2/12/17 at 11:59pm.

Read more: Encore interviews actor Sarah Rudinoff here.

Giveaway: I DO Sodo on February 12

I Do Sodo” is the newest wedding show in town and here is your chance to win 2 tickets! The event’s shuttle will whisk you around SODO, touring 8 venues and 100+ vendors.

 

About the event:

“I Do Sodo, Seattle’s newest wedding show returns to give couples, their friends and families an opportunity to experience stylized venues designed by top wedding planners. On Sunday, February 12, 2017, take a tour through the historic Sodo neighborhood and experience what happens when industrial is chic and elegance has an edge.

Our eight venues all possess architectural charm and unique details. The neighborhood blends metal, concrete and wood, new and old materials and modern and vintage construction. Each venue has its own history, its own tale to tell, just as you two do. The planners will assemble their team of premier wedding professionals, including caterer, florist, musician, photographer and stationer plus many more. You’ll meet and experience a variety of industry experts at each location to find the perfect fit for you and your special day. Spend the afternoon saying I Do in Sodo!”

Read on to learn how to enter to win 2 tickets.

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You can enter to win 2 tickets on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter:

On Facebook:

  1. RSVP “Interested” or “Going” on the I Do SODO Facebook event page.
  2. Post on the event wall “I want to win 2 tickets from seattlepockets.com!”

On Twitter:

  1. Retweet this tweet and follow @keridwyn.

On Instagram:

  1. Follow @idosodo and @keridwyn
  2. Follow directions on my Instagram post here.

Giveaway ends 2/8/17 at 11:59pm Pacific Time. Winner will be contacted 2/9/17.

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Love “The Princess Bride?” Don’t miss this IMPROV show based on the movie!

If you’re a fan of “The Princess Bride,” you won’t want to miss this improv show!
Some of Seattle’s best improv comedians are bringing “As You Wish – A Twu Wuv Parody” to Theatre off Jackson for only 7 performances. The director is one of my favorite improvers of all time (Paul Levy) and I can’t wait to see this charming cast on stage.
Brandon and I are planning on bringing my parents, brother and sister in law, and our nieces (ages 10 & 14) who are big fans of the movie. I love how the movie appeals to every generation. This improv show allows kids 8 and up for their Thursday – Saturday shows and ages 12 and up for their special Valentine’s Night performance.
Seattle audiences are in need of a healthy dose of laughter and “As You Wish: A Twu Wuv Parody” offers rescue from “the pit of despair.”
Take a moment and think about your favorite Princess Bride moments. (I’ll wait.)
SO many laughs and memorable scenes! Now think about how fun great improv shows can be. (Haven’t been to an improv show yet? “Inconceivable!” It’s time to change that with this show!)
There are only SEVEN performances of this show (February 2-4, February 9-11, and February 14). I suggest going this weekend so you can support local theatre and spread the word about this unique production. Seriously, get out your calendars now and get those tickets. Don’t make this one of those shows that you say “What, it’s over already? Man, I wanted to see that one!”
Facebook event page here (RSVP and invite friends!)
“Anybody want a peanut?”
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Giveaway: J’ADORE! A Burlesque Valentine at The Triple Door

I love The Atomic Bombshells if you’ve seen one of their productions, chances are you do too. This is burlesque & drag at its best and “J’ADORE! A Burlesque Valentine” is one of their top productions. “J’ADORE!” returns to The Triple Door February 9-14 (no show 2/13). Every year they mix it up with new acts and this year is no exception. “The Bold, Bald, Badass” Mistress Victoria DeVille from MN will be the host and Seattle’s vogueing dance crew “The Purple Lemonade” also make an appearance.

Enter to win two tickets to see “J’ADORE! A Burlesque Valentine” at The Triple Door and two tickets to see “Kitten N’ Lou: Holier Than Thou” at Century Ballroom’s West Hall: http://gvwy.io/6cifohf

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Freshly reimagined each year, and featuring a parade of breathtaking brand new and classic acts, J’ADORE! is a burlesque, drag, and dance spectacular that celebrates romance with good humor, style, and a healthy dose of dazzle! Recently named “Seattle’s most venerable burlesque dancers”(The Stranger), The Atomic Bombshells are comprised of a cast of award-winning, title-holding, globe-trotting show girls and boys. More about the show on their Facebook page here. 

Tickets here.