GIVEAWAY: Fab networking with stunning views from the Space Needle!

Oh hey, friends! If you’ve been a long-time subscriber of my blog, you already know what my favorite Seattle networking event is. That’s right:

TOAST OF SEATTLE! And it’s back, this time at the Space Needle, on September 24 at 2019

Read on for your chance to get a free ticket for this wonderfully formatted networking event.

Why is Toast of Seattle so special? The format. You start by finding a table to sit at while you enjoy breakfast. Then, after some opening remarks, you network in a sort-of “speed-dating” inspired way: each person has 2 minutes to talk about their business. At the end of the round, everyone changes tables (you open up an envelope that shows you what table to go to next, no decision making required) and starts again. They guarantee you meet over 20 people in 2 hours. The structure makes networking efficient, productive, fun, and easy. It’s introduced me to some great people. In fact, I just had a lovely coffee meet-up with Jen Hope (a delightful business & executive coach) who I connected with earlier this year at a previous Toast!

Buy tickets here.

To enter to win a ticket to attend this great event:

First: 

  • Make sure you’re signed up to receive SeattlePockets.com emails. See the “Sign Up for Blog Emails” box  – on the right at seattlepockets.com on a computer or after scrolling down past this post on your mobile device. (If it says “Thanks for Following” you’ve already signed up to get emails. Just make sure they aren’t going to your spam folder.)

THEN you can do all or some of the following:

  • RSVP interested or going on the Facebook event page. and write I want to win tickets from seattlepockets.com on the event wall.
  • Tag a friend on the Instagram giveaway post at instagram.com/keridwyn. Tag multiple friends for multiple entries – one per comment
  • Comment on this blog post!

That’s it!

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Giveaway ends 9/9/19 at 11:59pm Pacific Time. All local, state, and federal rules apply.

GIVEAWAY: Wine event this Saturday 3-7pm for a GREAT cause! It’s the Belltown Crush Block Party.

By Keridwyn Deller

There’s a fun wine event in the streets of Belltown, Seattle this Saturday, August 24, 2019, complete with live music and a grape stomp, and now is your chance to enter to win 2 tickets.

The event benefits Plymouth Housing, which does great work in our community in their mission to end homelessness.

Buy tickets here.

Facebook event page here.

More about the event, in their own words:

“Support Plymouth’s mission to end homelessness during a fun Saturday afternoon with friends and neighbors at our annual beer and wine festival. We’ll have a wine and beer garden, grape stomping competition, live music, and noshes from local eateries to celebrate the final stretch of summer!

Entertainment:

3 – 4:15 p.m. The Seattle Women’s Steel Pan Project
4:30 – 5 p.m. Grape Stomping Competition
5 – 7 p.m. Café com Leite

3 – 7 p.m. DJ EPop
Chalk art by Raziah Roushan, Artist

Wine from Cascadian Outfitters, Cadence Winery, Ambassador Wines Of Washington, Basel Cellars, The Woodhouse Wine Estates, Michael Florentino Cellars, Drum Roll Wine, Abbe Vineyard and Winery, Rooted Souls Winery, The Princess & The Bear Wines, Willamette Valley Vineyards, Gard Vintners, Lawrelin Wines, Patterson Cellars, and J Bookwalter Wines.

Beer from Watts Brewing Company, Optimism Brewing Company, and Tin Dog Brewing. Cider from Pear Up Cider.”

Buy your tickets here. 

Check out their Facebook page here.

To enter to win:

First: Make sure you’re signed up to receive SeattlePockets.com emails (see the “Sign Up for Blog Emails” box on the right at seattlepockets.com – if it says “Thanks for Following” you’ve already signed up to get emails. Just make sure they aren’t going to your spam folder.)

THEN you can do all or some of the following:

Comment on the giveaway post at fb.com/seattlepockets. Tag a friend (or multiple friends – one per comment) & be sure to RSVP interested or going on the Facebook event page.

Tag a friend on the Instagram giveaway post at instagram.com/keridwyn. Tag multiple friends for multiple entries – one per comment

Comment on this blog post!

That’s it!

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That’s it! Giveaway ends at 11:59pm Pacific Time 8/22/19. All local, state & federal rules apply. Winner will be contacted before noon 8/23/19.

 

GIVEAWAY: Find your favorite ciders at Cider Summit SEA at Lake Union Park in Seattle (September 6 & 7)

Cider Summit SEA is back for its TENTH annual event. Read on to learn how you can enter to win two tickets!

This delicious event takes place over two days in Seattle. This year, the event will have beautiful views of the water at Lake Union Park (adjacent to The Museum of History & Industry). Which means, pick out shoes that work on grassy lawns!

This year, the event, presented by locally-and-woman-owned Capitol Cider, will offer tasting flights in addition to 2oz pours.

How many options will you have to choose from? Great question! Over 150 ciders, meads, and cider cocktails will be offered, including regional favorites and international classics.  The event is Friday, September 6 from 3pm – 8pm (VIP session 2-3pm) and Saturday, September 7 from noon to 5pm.  Tickets are on sale now at https://www.cidersummitnw.com/tickets.

This event is a benefit for NW Cider Association, Seattle Humane, and The Institute of Myeloma & Bone Cancer Research.

To enter to win two tickets:

1. Make sure you’re signed up to receive SeattlePockets.com emails (see the “Sign Up for Blog Emails” box on the right at seattlepockets.com)

then

2.  Enter on Facebook by RSVP’ing on the Facebook Event Page, liking fb.com/cidersummit and fb.com/seattlepockets and commenting on Seattle Pockets FB page “I want to win #CiderSummitSEA tickets.”

and/or

Enter on Instagram – details at instagram.com/keridwyn.

You can enter on Facebook or Instagram or both. You can also get an entry into the giveaway by commenting on this blog post.

That’s it! I look forward to seeing you at #CiderSummitSEA!

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Enter by 8/25/19 at 11:59pm. All local, state, and federal rules apply.

 

 

 

 

 

The Williams Project’s “Time of Your Life” is a high speed, chaotic romp (at Washington Hall now through August 25)

Review by Paul Levy

Two plays. One bar. Eight actors. The Williams Project’s “The Bar Plays” series tackles two different plays and stages them both in the same bar with the same 8 actors. It’s an ambitious project to take on two scripts for one run, but director Ryan Guzzo Purcell and the cast of adrenaline-seeking actors somehow managed to rehearse two different well-known plays at the same time. The two shows in the series are “Small Craft Warnings” and “Time of Your Life”. The night I went was the opening for the second play in the series “Time of Your Life.” You can catch both shows now through August 25th.

“Time of Your Life” is a five-act play by American playwright William Saroyan written in 1939. But don’t let the five-acts scare you. Purcell keeps the show moving at high speed, as the cast of eight actors become the 27 various characters that stumble in and out of Nick’s Waterfront Saloon. The Washington Hall venue transforms into Nick’s Saloon with bar tables and an actual bar that serves drinks throughout the show. Actors take over every nook and cranny of this space, and it’s open seating. At times some seats have you sitting very close to the actors, blurring the lines between audience an actor.

The show itself centers on a large cast of characters all holding onto the routines of their daily lives while the city around them is transforming. Much like the journey for the characters in the play, the show itself also transforms, breaking the norms of theatre by having actors randomly assigned their roles in front of the audience and not skipping a beat as they jump into the 27 different characters. A feat that requires them to keep the script close at hand to recite character lines they’ve never memorized, and likely only individually rehearsed a handful of times.

The Williams Project “Time of Your Life” is a chaotic romp that will put a smile on your face while the delightful cast performs all around you. 

The show runs until August 25th at Washington Hall in the Central District, with a range of ticket pricing including pay what you can at the door. You can find out more here.

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[You can read Tony Bohn’s review of  The Williams Project “Small Craft Warnings” on our blog here.]

More about guest blogger, Paul Levy: Paul Levy is always on the hunt for stories brought to life in immersive formats. He is the Creative Director at TPN, an agency that creates small and large live-events and experiences for fortune 500 companies, including Amazon, Microsoft, and Boeing.

Psst! “Don’t Tell Comedy” brings secret comedy shows to Seattle

By Keridwyn Deller

Secret comedians, secret locations . . . and BYOB! “Don’t Tell Comedy” offers unique stand-up comedy shows in Seattle (and Tacoma). You know the date, time, and neighborhood when you buy tickets – then you get the delight of discovering the specific location at noon the day of the show! I’m intrigued! You know I’m a fan of comedy, so I’m so excited to see what unique venues this group chooses to host comedy shows in.

Also, how cool is it that the event is BYOB? No pressure to order expensive drinks (and no pressure to drink at all, if you’re not drinking)! “At Don’t Tell Comedy, we are redefining live comedy by bringing it to your backyard, sometimes quite literally! Venues range from backyards and living rooms, to local businesses, steam ships, and yoga studios. We’re removing the expensive drinks – it’s BYOB! Crack open your own beer and enjoy the best local and touring comedians – there are no transactions at a Don’t Tell Comedy show and that’s the way we want to keep it.”

This August, Seattle shows will be in Wallingford on August 17th and in South Lake Union on August 22nd!

Check out their website and sign up for their emails to hear upcoming shows. Have a cool venue? Check out their website for details on how to apply to be a host (the before and after photos are pretty cool of venues they’ve used in the past).

I’m planning on going to the August 22 show in South Lake Union (they mention it’s a “super special location”). FB event page here.

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Drama ensues in The Williams Project fantastic production of Tennessee Williams “Small Craft Warnings” (now through August 25)

Review by Tony Bohn

I have nothing but good things to say about The Williams Project’s new production of Tennessee Williams’ classic play “Small Craft Warnings,” and highly recommend everyone checks this show out ASAP!  Directed by Ryan Guzzo Purcell at Washington Hall, “Small Craft Warnings” takes place in a dive bar on the rural coastline of Southern California sometime around the mid-1900s.  This show is an immersive experience with the entire room in Washington Hall having been transformed into a bar where audience members sit amongst all the action taking place in the play.  The show gives us a glimpse into the troubled lives of all the bar patrons whose struggles combined with alcohol provides us with laughs, lots of drama, and several poignant moments.

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The mission of The Williams Project states that it is a theatre ensemble that strives to make theatrical excellence accessible to diverse and engaged audiences while paying their artists a living wage.  Ticketing utilizes a pay-what-you-can model which allows everyone of all financial means to attend and support the production.  The diverse and talented cast very much lived up to this mission, and I can’t stress enough how refreshing and important it is to see a theater trying this social justice approach in their productions.

All eight actors were skilled at bringing their roles to life, and it was so delightful seeing this production done in a non-traditional way.  I could see a little of myself in all the characters in this show, and I felt like the show was holding up a mirror for me to do some self-examination of my own life by dropping little truth bombs throughout the play.  This production also had a surprise heart-warming ending!

Overall, through the mission of this theater, the direction of this production, and the actual play itself, I was left with a feeling of just how essential inclusivity is to society as well as an understanding and sense of empathy for just how tough it is for all of us to live on this planet sometimes.  “Small Craft Warnings” runs at Washington Hall now through August 25, 2019.   Ticket reservations and info can be found here.

Photo by Marcia Davis

Seattle Movie Giveaway: Where’d You Go, Bernadette

I enjoyed the book and am excited to see Cate Blanchett in the title role in the movie version of “Where’d You Go, Bernadette”. Want to enter to win two tickets to see the movie at Pacific Place in Downtown Seattle? I am giving away multiple pairs of tickets for a special screening of this movie.

To enter:

1 Sign up to receive emails from SeattlePockets.com (visit seattlepockets.com and submit your email in the “Follow This Blog” section on the right side).

2 Enter on Facebook at fb.com/seattlepockets and/or Instagram at instagram.com/keridwyn. You can enter on either or both. Not on either social media site? Comment on this blog post instead.

That’s it! I’ll pick the winners on Saturday. Movie is at Pacific Place on August 14, 2019 at 7pm at Pacific Place in downtown Seattle.

Synopsis: Based on the runaway bestseller, WHERE’D YOU GO, BERNADETTE is an inspiring comedy about Bernadette Fox (Academy Award winner Cate Blanchett), a loving mom who becomes compelled to reconnect with her creative passions after years of sacrificing herself for her family. Bernadette’s leap of faith takes her on an epic adventure that jump-starts her life and leads to her triumphant rediscovery. 

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Em1onUCArxs&t=7s

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Giveaway ends 8/9/19 at 11:59pm Pacific Time. No cash value, all local, state, and federal laws apply.

Synopsis: Based on the runaway bestseller, WHERE’D YOU GO, BERNADETTE is an inspiring comedy about Bernadette Fox (Academy Award winner Cate Blanchett), a loving mom who becomes compelled to reconnect with her creative passions after years of sacrificing herself for her family. Bernadette’s leap of faith takes her on an epic adventure that jump-starts her life and leads to her triumphant rediscovery. 

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Em1onUCArxs&t=7s