Giveaway: Through the Looking Glass: The Burlesque Alice in Wonderland

Through the Looking Glass: The Burlesque Alice in Wonderland returns to The Triple Door April 26-30.

To enter to win a pair of tickets, comment on this blog post, then fill out our giveaway form here. 

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About the show:

Now in its ninth consecutive season at The Triple Door, Through The Looking Glass: The Burlesque Alice in Wonderland follows Alice as she discovers what wonders lie beyond the velvet rope at Wonderland’s most exclusive nightclub, The Looking Glass, and tries to beat the evil Queen of Hearts to become the next ruler of Wonderland. New this year, Verlaine and McCann’s Alice boasts a fresh set design by Footlight Award-winning scenic designer Julia Welch.

“Last year, we added incredible costume pieces and this year we are taking a big leap forward in scenic design,” Lily Verlaine commented.  “As new artists take on a character, we let the artists’ strengths inform the character. For instance, Tory Peil’s stoic/manic performance of the Cheshire Cat role differs greatly from prior artists’ performances, and the Tribellas’ (Maiden Egypt, Ivy D’Vine, Juwana Heart) Flamingoes number now showcases their signature fusion belly dancing.”

The complete cast stars Lily Verlaine (Caterpillar, Red Queen); Jasper McCann (White Rabbit); Miss Indigo Blue (The Mad Hatter, Tiger Lily, The Duchess); Babette La Fave (Jabberwocky, Tweedle Dee, Cook); Dreamy Tangerine (Alice); Cookie Bellini (Alice); Tory Peil (Cheshire Cat, White Queen, MaryAnne); Paris Original (Knave of Hearts, Door Mouse); Trojan Original (March Hare, Caterpillar Cavalier, Cook); Maiden Egypt (Queen Of Hearts); Juwana Heart (Tweedle Dum); Ivy D’Vine (Flamingo, Mushroom); Isobella Bloom (Drink Me); Britt Hobson (Eat Me); Tom-Tom The Phenomenon (Paraffin the Chandelier); and from New York City, Lena Foxe (Brass the Chandelier).

Tickets here.

 

Giveaway: Holier than Thou May 4, 5 & 6

Long-time readers of my blog know how much I love the work of Kitten LaRue & Lou Henry Hoover. If you are fan of burlesque, you’ve likely seen them in Atomic Bombshell productions such as J’Adore, Cream, and Lost in Space, or in DeLouRue’s production of Homo for the Holidays. Perhaps you saw Kitten N’ Lou’s production of “Camptacular” last summer.

Well, Kitten N’ Lou are back with a blasphemous show: “Holier Than Thou.”

Enter to win a VIP table with four tickets plus a Kitten N’ Lou t-shirt and more. Click here for their giveaway

Whether you’re a huge fan already or are excited to see them for the first time, don’t miss “Holier than Thou” at Century Ballroom’s West Hall May 4-6. That’s right, there’s only 3 nights to see this show! Tickets here.

About Kitten N’ Lou: Holier Than Thou

“…the “show-stopping, costume-laden, full-out-camp, gender-bending, queer-positive retooling of the Bible you never knew you needed!” (The West Australian)


LET’S GET BIBLICAL. Fresh from a critically-acclaimed smash run at Fringe World in Australia, everyone’s favorite gay-married superduo drag darlings return home to Seattle with a brand new glitter bomb of award-winning dance, irreverent striptease, and surreal comedic magic that’s been called “BRILLIANTLY DERANGED” by Time Out NY. Expect to be converted and shouting “YAS GAWD!”  May 4th, 5th, and 6th at 8pm at West Hall (915 E. Pine St in Seattle).

Holier Than Thou features vocal characterizations by RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 6 Winner Jinkx Monsoon and her partner in crime Major Scales.

“Kitten LaRue and Lou Henry Hoover gave me life, and I wasn’t alone in my joy – this is the first Fringe show I’ve seen that elicited a unanimous standing ovation…Go see it. Revel in it.” (Xpress Magazine) 9.5/10 stars

“These two astonishing women will touch your heart and your funny bone.” (OUT in Perth 2016) ★★★★

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Photo via Kitten N’ Lou Facebook Page.

The superhumans of “Luzia: A Waking Dream of Mexico” will fill you with joy

It seems like tv shows and movies are full of superhumans. Mutants, people with special powers, folks who seem like you and me and then wow us with their stunning abilities . Well, it’s time to put down the remote, get off the couch, and see some superhumans in the flesh. These superhumans are collectively called “Cirque du Soleil” and Pacific Northwest audiences have the opportunity to see them perform “Luzia: A Waking Dream of Mexico” in Marymoor Park now through May 21.
The spirit of this particular production is very positive, bright, inspiring, and energizing. I want to stay spoiler-free here but there is something they do with the power of water and technology that made us all gasp out loud, enchanted by the artwork and clever design. We’re still talking about it, days after.
Brandon and I had the treat of bringing our 14-year-old niece to her first cirque show and this was a perfect one to start with. Luzia has the power to whisk you away from the struggles and worries of your day and hold you captivated in a land of fantasy and incredible feats. This is true escapism at its best.
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Brandon has seen many jugglers over the years and declared Luzia’s juggler to be the best one he’s ever seen. I’m still daydreaming about the hummingbird costumes and the giant horse and leopard puppets. Even the clown grew on me through the show (usually not a part of the show I enjoy)! The costuming and dreamlike montages were absolutely fabulous – probably some of the best of any cirque show I’ve seen. Luzia itself may be one of the best Cirque shows I’ve ever seen and I highly recommend you get yourself to Marymoor Park before it closes.
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Even if you’ve had the pleasure of seeing a Cirque du Soleil show before, the colors, performances, and vibe of Luzia will fill your heart, mind, and spirit with boundless joy.
(Seriously, these costumes though. How can I get one of these?!)
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Photos via Luzia Cirque du Soleil Facebook Page.

Don’t miss these Seattle events! Here Lies Love, Veg Out & more!

As I prepare to take my 14-year-old niece to her first Cirque Du Soleil show (Luzia in Marymoor Park now through May 21 – review coming soon!), I wanted to stop by the blog for a quick hello to let you know of some great events coming up soon.

GIVEAWAYS: Lady Rizo April 19 & Seattle Cheese & Meat Festival April 29
If you haven’t had a chance to enter yet, scroll back through SeattlePockets to enter giveaways for Lady Rizo at The Triple Door on April 19 and the Seattle Cheese & Meat Festival on April 29. Word is the tickets for the afternoon Cheese & Meat fest are sold out and tickets for the evening session are nearly sold out.

 

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Veg Out Seattle April 13
One of my favorite event planners, Kelli with Shindig Events, is hosting “Veg Out” – a super awesome vegetarian event on April 13. You’ll get to try some of the latest & greatest veggie foods from some of the best proprietors and chefs in Seattle and beyond. This event is at Canvas and is 21+ (stick around for the after party!) This event will donate to Whole Kids Foundation, who support schools and inspire families to improve children’s nutrition and wellness. You know when Shindig Events is involved, it’s going to be fun.

Here Lies Love April 7 – May 28
I’ve been looking forward to this production since I first heard about it! Here Lies Love plays The Seattle Repertory Theatre April 7 – May 28, with music by David Byrne and Fatboy Slim. The theatre will turn into a 360-degree immersive spectacle experience. You can choose standing tickets and be a part of the dance party or sit and watch. Brandon and I have tickets for April 21 (standing/dancing tickets of COURSE)! About the show: “Seattle Rep’s Bagley Wright Theatre transforms into a wild dance party, where techno beats spin and tell the story of the People Power Revolution that inspired the world and changed the Philippines forever. Here Lies Lovetraces the non-violent restoration of democracy in the Philippines in 1986 and follows the meteoric rise and dramatic fall of the controversial First Lady of the Philippines, Imelda Marcos. Two-time Tony-nominated director Alex Timbers helms David Byrne (Talking Heads) and Fatboy Slim’s one-of-a-kind “poperetta” about the Filipina “Steel Butterfly” and the power of the people.”
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GIVEAWAY: Lady Rizo in “Red, White & Indigo” at The Triple Door April 19

One of today’s most enchanting singer/performers is back in Seattle for a one-night-only performance at The Triple Door!

Lady Rizo’s new show, “Red, White & Indigo: My love-hate relationship with America” will take The Triple Door stage on April 19. Brandon and I will be there–join us!

About the show:

America is a very bad boyfriend but why do I still love him? If we are potentially witnessing the death of the US as we know it, Chanteuse superstar Lady Rizo delivers a deeply personal musical eulogy unpacking the feelings for the country she was born in, cut with her trademark humor, wit, and soaring voice. Backed by choice trio featuring acclaimed cellist, guitarist and composer Yair Evnine, Lady Rizo leads us to our own utopian island nation..with no walls, only velvet curtains.

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About Lady Rizo:

‘Cabaret Superstar’ (New York Magazine), comedienne, and chanteuse, Lady Rizo, won her first Grammy in 2010 on a duet with acclaimed cellist Yo-Yo Ma and also sings and records with multi-platinum recording artist Moby. Come experience the trademark titillating humor and soulful, soaring voice has created a cult fan base around the world.

“SENSATIONAL… A fierce but kindhearted fusion of comedy, burlesque, performance art and rock ‘n’ roll” – The New York Times

Tickets here.

Enter to win 2 tickets! Giveaway here. 

Video of Lady Rizo performing on ArtZone:

GIVEAWAY: Seattle Cheese & Meat Festival on April 29

Brie. Gouda. Havarti. BRING IT ON. I’m giddy with excitement for the Seattle Cheese & Meat Festival!
The Seattle Cheese and Meat Festival is in town one day only on April 29 with two times to choose from. This festival will be at McCaw Hall (I was recently there for Pop! Bubbles and Seafood—this is a great venue for tasting events!)
Proceeds from this event will go directly to Food Lifeline, which helps provide 90K meals a day to local food assistance programs and is working to create a sustainable approach to ending hunger in Western Washington.
So YES: delicious bites (and sips! What would a cheese event be without wine?!) for a great cause. Plus you can also purchase some of your favorite bites before you leave the event.
Local purveyors include: Salumi, Fancy Ass Olives, Finnriver Farm & Cidery, Odin Brewing, Pastrome, Tamer’s Beef Jerky, Masquerade Wine, Smith Brothers Farms, French Cider, Ferndale, Silver Springs Creamery, Twin Sisters Creamery, Friday Harbor House of Jerky, Mollusk, Darigold (a co-op of local dairy producers), The Farmstead, Honest Biscuits, Blue Mountain Affinage Company, Full Circle Farm, and more!
“The festival gives attendees the ability to learn about new cheeses, meats, and pairings while tasting the product itself. The vast array of food they taste gives attendees sense of that next charcuterie board build,” Festival said Dave Bain, Cheese and Meat Festival Producer. “It also allows mom and pop shops to showcase their homemade recipes.”
This event is 21+. Tickets at cheeseandmeatfestival.com/seattle.
Want to win a pair of tickets? Comment on this blog post then enter the giveaway here.
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Image via Seattle Cheese & Meat Festival Facebook. 
Disclaimer: This event provided me two tickets to attend this event, however all opinions are my own. 

Calling all ABBA fans! Mamma Mia’s Farewell tour in Seattle until April 2

Review by Jeanne Kinley Deller:

If you’re among those who hum along with ABBA tunes and have yet to experience the long-running broadway hit Mamma Mia, you’ll definitely want to get on board. This oft silly and mostly lighthearted show is in Seattle on its final farewell tour now through Sunday, April 2nd, 2017 at the Paramount Theatre.

There is no better place to while away a rainy Seattle evening than on Mamma Mia‘s Greek Island, in the company of a marvelously zany cast whose escapades keep the audience laughing, cheering, and dancing in their seats.

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Song and dance routines throughout are peppered with immensely talented costuming by designers Ron Glow and Catherine Lovejoy—dancing in wetsuits with snorkel gear and flippers, anyone?

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The longest encore ever experienced by this reviewer brought down the house—Mamma Mia’s triumphant cast was joined by the jubilant audience, singing and swaying to “Dancing Queen” in unison. This charming, warm-hearted production awaits you, now through April 2nd. Tickets here

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Photos by Kevin Thomas Garcia