Calling all Woody Guthrie fans! “Woody Sez” at Seattle Rep through 1/29

My mom is a big Woody Guthrie fan! Here’s her review of the new show at the Seattle Repertory Theatre in Seattle Center.

Review by Jeanne Kinley Deller:

Score! Woody Guthrie comes to life on stage at The Seattle Rep! The multi-talented quartet in “Woody Sez: The Life & Music of Woody Guthrie” gifts us with an honest and heartfelt portrayal of Woody Guthrie and his musical approach to uplifting humanity during some of the hardest times in American history. David M. Lutken, originator and principal actor of “Woody Sez” is superb in his Woody Guthrie role. In harmony with Lutken, David Finch, Darcie Deaville, and Helen Jean Russell transport the audience back to the dark days of the Dust Bowl and Great Depression.


The opening night audience was energized and enthusiastically responsive to Guthrie’s familiar songs—each accompanied by down-home instrumentation, simple staging, and heart-rendering storytelling. David Lutken not only lives and breathes life into Woody Guthrie during performances, he and other cast members generously invite audiences to join in the hootenannies following upcoming shows on January 22 and 29. It can’t get any better than this if you’re a Woody Guthrie devotee or just love folk music! Be sure to catch a thought-provoking performance of “Woody Sez: The Life & Music of Woody Guthrie” now through January 29. See you at the hootenanny!

Tickets here.


Synopsis from Seattle Rep:

The legendary Woody Guthrie defined an American era of social consciousness and political expression with songs such as “This Land is Your Land” and “The Ballad of Tom Joad.” This musical portrait, featuring Woody’s stirring ballads and joyous anthems, celebrates the colorful life and rich musical legacy of America’s great folk troubadour. Along with a multitalented cast of performers/musicians, virtuoso David Lutken reprises his award-winning role as “the original folk hero.” Approximately two hours, five minutes with one intermission.

Photo 1: Darcie Deaville, David Finch, David M. Lutken, and Helen Jean Russell in Seattle Repertory Theatre’s “Woody Sez: The Life and Music of Woody Guthrie.” Photo by Michael Doucett.

Photo 2: David M. Lutken and Helen Jean Russell in Seattle Repertory Theatre’s “Woody Sez: The Life and Music of Woody Guthrie.” Photo by Michael Doucett.

Beautiful production of “Finding Neverland” on now through Jan 15 at The Paramount

Review by Jeanne Kinley Deller

The technically glitzy, boldly creative stage production of “Finding Neverland takes the audience beyond “Peter Pan” to its inception in the life of J.M. Barrie. Barrie’s personal struggles, intertwined with the Llewelyn Davies family who served as inspiration for this 1904 hit, are portrayed minimally.

Barrie’s interaction with the Llewelyn Davies sons’ imaginative play opens doors for Barrie (flawlessly portrayed by Kevin Kern), the children, and their mother as they overcome tragedy to accept and “believe” in flight. As in Barrie’s “Peter Pan,” the children’s story transcends that of the playwright.


The Llewelyn Davies children’s rendition of “We’re All Made of Stars” was perfectly orchestrated and energetic.  Ben Krieger, Finn Faulconer, Mitchell Wray, and Jordan Cole shone in their various roles as the sons of Sylvia Llewelyn Davies and as destined inspiration for J.M. Barrie’s long-loved play and book.
Finding Neverland is playing now through January 15th at The Paramount in downtown Seattle. You can fly! Tickets here



Images via Finding Neverland tour

Giveaway: “Finding Neverland” in Seattle Jan 10-15

Finding Neverland” comes to The Paramount in downtown Seattle January 10-15. If you’re a fan of the classic Peter Pan story, you won’t want to miss the show that tells the story of how the magical world of Peter & Captain Hook came to be!

The musical—based on the award-winning movie—was created by the team that brought us “Shakespeare in Love” and one of my favorites: “Chicago.” This show has been delighting NYC audiences and now brings its magic to Seattle. Get your imagination inspired this new year with a trip to theatre. The show is appropriate for audiences ages 7+.

More about the show:

FINDING NEVERLAND is Broadway’s biggest new hit and the winner‘s Audience Choice Award for BEST MUSICAL! This breathtaking smash “captures the kid-at-heart” (Time Magazine). Vogue cheers, “it’s a must-see you’ll remember for years to come!” Directed by visionary Tony winner Diane Paulus, FINDING NEVERLAND tells the incredible story behind one of the world’s most beloved characters: Peter Pan. Playwright J.M. Barrie struggles to find inspiration until he meets four young brothers and their beautiful widowed mother. Spellbound by the boys’ enchanting make-believe adventures, he sets out to write a play that will astound London theatergoers. With a little bit of pixie dust and a lot of faith, Barrie takes this monumental leap, leaving his old world behind for Neverland where nothing is impossible and the wonder of childhood lasts forever. The magic of Barrie’s classic tale springs spectacularly to life in this heartwarming theatrical event. FINDING NEVERLAND is “far and away the best musical of the year!” (NPR).

Giveaway! Want to win 2 tickets to see the show on January 10? Enter to win tickets here.

Tickets on sale now.




My journey in decluttering & organizing for a happier and less consumerist life

Slowly over the last two years I’ve been decluttering and trying to organize the stuff in my life. I’m now diving in and making it a top priority for many reasons but here are the top two:

  1. I believe I will be happier, more content, and more at peace when I have less “stuff.” I want to choose to have only things that bring me joy and what I truly need. Creating space and order will give me peace of mind that will help me be happier in other areas of life.
  2. I want to be less of a consumer. I want to stop buying for the rush that buying something new can give us. I want to quiet the part of the mind that has been affected by marketing telling me I’ll be happier if I have this THING. I want to have more financial freedom to DO more because I buy less (and make choices that are better for the environment and my personal “environment.”)

There are a host of other reasons why I want to get rid of more and have a home for everything I own. But those are the big two. To be content, happy, and at peace and to buy less.

I’m going to document this journey on Medium as I’ll likely be posting more often than my Seattle Pockets audience would enjoy. At, I’ll share my thoughts, achievements, setbacks, and tips I learn along the way. Some of it might be quite specific but hopefully I’ll be providing value to some of you who are looking to do the same thing in your lives.

Read my first posts:

My Day One of Apartment Therapy’s “The Cure” free daily task challenge that you should participate in with me.

10 Organizational & Decluttering Tips we should all learn from.

Do you have tips, links, websites, podcasts, blogs, or books on this subject I should know about (or do you blog about your journey as well)? Share these with me in the comments below!


Giveaway: Seattle Chocolates + how you can help feed the hungry

Join Seattle Chocolate Company in the fight against hunger! Did you know purchasing Seattle Chocolates will help generate donations to local food banks? It’s true!  Purchase a Seattle Chocolate holiday bar or jcoco chocolate bar now through December 31 and Seattle Chocolates will donate a serving of fresh food to a food bank!
You can also share a photo of their chocolate on Instagram or Twitter with hashtag #chocolategives and Seattle Chocolate will donate a serving of food.  With our help, Seattle Chocolate Company hopes to donate 500,000 servings of food this holiday season.
You can find Seattle Chocolates at local retailers including QFC and (one of my favorite places for stocking stuffers) Bartell Drugs or online.
Be sure to check out their holiday flavors this year. They feature beautiful wrappers and delicious flavors, including my favorites: Holiday Cheer Egg Nog and Candy Cane Crunch.
Their jcoco flavors are fun for people who like adventurous, off the beaten path chocolate flavors, including black fig pistachio, edamame sea salt, cayenne veracruz orange, agave quinoa sesame, and more. Perfect stocking stuffers or a gift on its own.
Want to win a box of Seattle Chocolate Company holiday bars and jcoco chocolates?

Enter via Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or all three here.


Images via @seattlechoc on Instagram

GIVEAWAY: Family 4-Pack of tickets to “Sing” Movie at Pacific Place

Enter to win a family four-pack of tickets to see the new movie “Sing” at Pacific Place on Monday, December 19 at 7pm!

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Movie trailer:

About the movie:

Dapper Koala Buster Moon presides over a once-grand theater that has fallen on hard times. An eternal optimist, and a bit of a scoundrel, he loves his theater above all and will do anything to preserve it. Facing the crumbling of his life’s ambition, he takes one final chance to restore his fading jewel to its former glory by producing the world’s greatest singing competition. Five contestants emerge: a mouse, a timid elephant, a pig, a gorilla and a punk-rock porcupine. Featuring the voices of Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Seth McFarlane, Scarlett Johansson, Nick Offerman, and many more. #SINGMovie


Giveaway ends 12/16/16 at 11:59pm Pacific Time.


Land of the Sweets delights burlesque fans (now through Dec 29)

Review by Laura Fixler Mellinger:

Land of the Sweets: The Burlesque Nutcracker is well worth the price of admission! Great production value, beautiful sets and costumes, and so much talent. The first act delivered on Nutcracker classics with a twist. Our host, Charles Drosselmingus, accompanied by the sweet, salty ,and nutty Snowflakes, kept the show singing between acts. Each act was beautifully choreographed and kept the audience captivated.


The second act begins with a bang and the energy continued all the way to the finale. There was so much variety- from tap, to ballet, to aerials, it offered something for every burlesque enthusiast or newcomer. You are sure to have a fun and elegant evening at the Triple Door. I highly recommend staying late or coming early to have a drink at the Musicqarium. Plan on having dinner or at least on enjoying the fall cider sangria and cheesecakes while enjoying this fabulous show.

Land of the Sweets: The Burlesque Nutcracker plays The Triple Door now through December 29. Tickets available here.