GIVEAWAY: Century Ballroom’s Halloween Disco Dance on Friday 10/27

If you love disco, soul, Motown & funk music, mark your calendar for Friday 10/27 for Century Ballroom’s Halloween Disco Dance! Century’s Hallie & Alison will teach special lesson before the dance–come learn to dance the Hustle! Dress in disco theme or wear whatever Halloween costume your heart desires.
Learn more about the party here and keep reading to find out how you can enter to win two tickets.
About the party, in their own words:
“Join us on Friday, October 27 for a special Halloween Disco Dance! 21+
Costumes encouraged!
8:30pm Hustle Lesson with Hallie & Alison
9:30pm-1am Disco Dance (Disco, Motown, Funk & Soul) with DJ Dana Dub (who DJ’ed the Pride Tea Dance and the Timberline Tea Dances!)

Lesson: $16
Dance: $10 (FREE with Lesson)

Plus join us in The Tin Table for a cocktail and dinner beforehand. Reservations: TheTinTable.com” 

Want to enter to win a pair of tickets? Here’s how:

1. RSVP “Interested” or “Going” to the Halloween Disco Dance Facebook event page.

2. Post a comment and tag a friend on my Facebook giveaway post.

 

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That’s it! Seattle Pockets giveaway ends Monday 10/23/17 at 11:59pm. Winner must be 21+. Full info about the event here. 

Looking for something to do on 10/31 (actual Halloween)? Century Ballroom is hosting a Halloween Tango Carnival. Details here.

 

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Can Can’s “This is Halloween” Dance Multimedia Spooktacular at The Triple Door

It’s true, Seattle Pockets should be called “Spooky Pockets” during the month of October because of all the Halloween fun I have to share! For those of you who love live music and performance, “This is Halloween” is the perfect Seattle Halloween Tradition. Performed at the gorgeous venue The Triple Door in downtown Seattle, this original production by Can Can is the adaptation of “The Nightmare Before Christmas” which is one of the best Halloween movies of all time. This show, a “Live Music & Dance Multimedia Spooktacular,” plays October 20-31, 2017 with early shows for ages 17+ and late shows for ages 21+. I haven’t had the pleasure of seeing this production before but am SO excited to step into the world of Jack, Sally, and all the characters of “Christmas Town” in this “dark fantasy musical.”
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About the show: Follow the misadventures of Jack Skellington, the pumpkin king and most-acclaimed citizen of Halloween Town in “This is Halloween,” Can Can’s original, dark fantasy musical adaptation of “The Nightmare Before Christmas.” Weary of his usual terrifying antics and no longer seeing a point in scaring people, Jack takes a walk through the forest that will change Halloween Town – and Seattle — forever! When Jack stumbles upon Christmas Town, full of beautifully decorated trees and a warm spirit, the plot thickens. Featuring live orchestral music and vocal performance, cabaret, burlesque, all new scenic design, and video projections inspired by the original Tim Burton classic,this Halloween extravaganza is choreographed by Fae Phalen (former Seahawks Seagal and Heavenly Spies), with video design by TJ Davis (Bassnectar, Decibel Festival) – prepared to be spooked!
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GIVEAWAY: Opulent Temple’s “Gothica” Halloween Party 10/28

It’s October, which means it’s time for HALLOWEEN parties!
Burning Man sound camp Opulent Temple is bringing their Halloween party “Gothica” back to Seattle on October 28! Learn more about the party here and keep reading to find out how you can enter to win two tickets.
About the party, in their own words:
“Come join us again for the lovely dark synergy of All Hallow’s Eve with our burning Opulent touches. Last year’s debut event sold out, and we’ve moved to a smaller venue that we think better fits our hope for the vibe and experience at the new [venue] Nightjar. Expect another immersive Halloween environment, killer deco, amazing costumes provided by you, plus special intimate dark corners unique to this new baroque looking interior.”
DJS include THE SCUMFROG, (from NYC), Chris Tower, Clint Williams
and Hydef. 
 

Want to enter to win a pair of tickets? Here’s how:

  1. RSVP “Interested” or “Going” to the Gothica Facebook event page

2. Post a comment and tag a friend on my Facebook giveaway post.

That’s it! Giveaway ends Thursday 10/12/17 at 11:59pm. Winner must be 21+.

Buy tickets and learn more here.

 

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(PS: If you know me, you won’t be surprised to know I’m going to not one but THREE Halloween parties this year. Keep the costuming going all month with Black Cat Bash on Saturday 10/21 and Century Ballroom’s Halloween Disco Dance on Friday 10/27).

Giveaway: Black Cat Bash costume dance party fundraiser on October 21

The Black Cat Bash returns October 21st for its fourth year! This incredibly fun event is a benefit for the Seattle Humane Society. NOW is your chance to get tickets (and early-bird priced tickets are available through Friday!) You can also enter to win a pair of tickets below. I suggest buying a pair of tickets, then if you win a pair you can gift or sell your tickets to friends! After all, it’s a great cause.

It’s the weekend before the main Halloween party weekend, so it gives all of us costume enthusiasts a great reason to get dressed up a few times during the month. Perfect way to add some fun (and good exercise on the dance floor) as the weather turns chilly and we find ourselves inside more. Plus, friends with kids will have a much easier time finding a sitter on October 21!

If you love pop & 80s/90s/00s/today guilty pleasures like I do, the music (by DJ Baby Van Beezly) will get you moving on the dance floor all night long. Kitty Valentine (my friend Kate) started these parties to help raise money for a great cause and to offer a fun dance experience for those of us looking for alternatives outside the electronic music scene. Shindig Events (my favorite Seattle party planner) is also a part of this event to help add special extra touches to the experience. This is Black Cat Bash’s 4th year and the second year at Studio Seven.

Want to enter to win a pair of tickets? Here’s how:

  1. RSVP “Interested” or “Going” to the Black Cat Bash Facebook event page.
  2. Post a comment and tag a friend on my Facebook giveaway post.

That’s it!

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Giveaway ends Monday, September 25, 2017 at 11:59pm. Winner will be notified via Facebook.

Review: Don’t miss hilarious Tony-nominated musical “Something Rotten!” now thru 10/1

Review by Jeanne Kinley Deller:

Frivolity! Foolishness! Fanfare! All the aforementioned in abundance for those 5th Avenue Theatre-goers who partake of “Something Rotten! It’s easy to understand why this outrageous play about the “world’s first musical,” directed and choreographed by Casey Nicholaw, earned 10 Tony Award Nominations, including Best Musical.

The loud, boisterous, enormously talented cast members had command of the stage and the audience from the start with  “Welcome to the Renaissance.” The most outstanding crowd pleaser, “A Musical,” delivered hilarious tidbits of song and dance from a plethora of musicals we theatre goers know and love. For those Shakespearean buffs in the audience, references to the Bard’s works, throughout, delightedly added yet another layer of insight and sophisticated humor.

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The dynamic Bottom brothers, played by Rob McClure and Josh Grisetti, delivered with tremendous strength and vocal range. Nostradamus, played by Blake Hammond, stole the show repeatedly with his wry humor and wacky predictions of all things musical to come in Renaissance theatre. Don’t miss this show, on now through October 1 at The 5th Avenue Theatre. Tickets here and check out the video on The 5th Avenue Theatre’s website.

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Photos by Jeremy Daniel

Giveaway! Burlesco DiVino: Wine in Rome

Lily Verlaine & Jasper McCann (the team that brings us the Burlesque Alice in Wonderland and Land of the Sweets: The Burlesque Nutcracker) return this month to The Triple Door with their “newest spectacle of ecdysiastic pageantry,” Burlesco DiVino: Wine In Rome, a celebration of wine, liberation, beauty, and frivolity in The Eternal City. This show features a great cast, including one of my favorite performers, The Luminous Pariah.

This show runs for five performances over three days, September 21-23, at The Triple Door. Tickets here.

Want to enter to win a pair of tickets? Here’s how:

  1. RSVP “Interested” or “Going” to the Burlesco DiVino Facebook event page.
  2. Post a comment and tag a friend on the Seattle Pockets Facebook post.

That’s it!

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More about the show:

The first and only burlesque production commissioned by The Triple Door, Burlesco DiVino takes the audience on a wild trip across Rome in 1963 with American choreographer Babs Lawson and her friend, Italian musician Lanzo Travaglio. After disappointing their widowed patron Donatella Chianti with a work of avant-garde dance, Babs and Lanzo are in over their heads. With a deadline looming and Babs’ visa on the line, they search for inspiration in the streets, at a wild party, and get a morning after they’ll never forget, thanks to a lot of wine and a little advice from feminist icon Helen Gurley Brown. Will their new show be a tragic failure, or will they be able to charm the citizens of Rome to get into the act and lift Donatella out of her grief? Inspired by the great costume epics Quo Vadis and Satyricon, and the mid-century visions of Rome La Dolce Vita and Roman Holiday, this show mixes classical music, jazz, and Italian go-go rock with the traditional music of ancient Rome. Priestesses, paparazzi, Vespa-girls, fire dancers, and fashionistas all take their turn in the spotlight as the ensemble weaves belly dance, go-go, and ballet with comedy, striptease, glamour, and song! Burlesco DiVino: Wine In Rome is the intoxicating theatrical burlesque mélange that you’ve come to expect from Verlaine, McCann, and company. Join us in the Bacchanal!

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Photos by Angela Sterling.

Giveaway ends Saturday, September 16 at 11:59pm Pacific Time. Winner will be contacted via Facebook.

Air purifier for smokey Seattle + Headspace & Elevate apps

The older I get, the more importance I put into my physical, mental, and emotional health. I wanted to share a few things that I’ve found to help improve my health and well-being!
It’s been an incredibly smoky summer in Seattle and the puget sound. I grew up with asthma as a kid and am incredibly sensitive to the smoke in the air, so have kept my windows shut during the smoky days, even during the heatwaves. I was thrilled to connect with the folks at Levoit who provided me with an incredible air purifier. Not only is their price excellent compared to other air purifiers of the same strength, the shape is easy to fit in any room and it’s lightweight enough to move from room to room. Not all air purifiers filter out smoke, but this one filters 99.97% of dust, pollen, smoke, odors, mold spores, and pet dander. It’s super quiet, easy to use, and distributes air at a cooler temperature. I’ve found it’s helped cool down our bedroom some while also cleaning our air – bonus! There’s an auto setting that will let the machine work as hard as it needs to. I’m so grateful to have this in my life!
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MEDITATE WITH HEADSPACE
Headspace is a great app & website that can help introduce you to guided meditation or just encourage you to keep your practice going on a daily basis. The app’s voice is very soothing and the program introduces you to the process of meditation and offers different styles that can help with a variety of concerns including anxiety and sleeplessness.
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CHALLENGE YOUR BRAIN
The app Elevate offers three new games a day to help challenge your brain in math, language, and beyond. These games are well designed, fun and quick to play, and the app tracks your progress of each game over time to show you how you’re improving. Not only does this help your brain, it gives you an emotional boost for doing something to improve yourself and succeeding at the games.
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How are you taking care of your body, emotions, or mind this week?