Halloween Disco Dance (+ GIVEAWAY), Beautiful – The Carole King Musical & Cotton Gin Puppet Improv

Busy week, which means I’m going to have to share a handful of awesome things all in one  quick post.
Halloween Disco Dance this Friday (+ GIVEAWAY!)
Century Ballroom is hosting a Halloween Disco Dance this Friday night! Wear your favorite Disco outfit or dress up in whatever costume you want! The amazing Waxie Moon will be teaching the choreography to Thriller at 8:30, then the dance (disco, motown, and soul music) starts at 9:30pm. Two of my favorite things: costumes and disco! Tickets are just $16 for lesson and dance or $10 for the dance only.
Enter to win a pair of tickets here. Giveaway ends 10/24/16 at 11:59pm Pacific Time.
BeautifulThe Carole King Musical now through Sunday, October 30
I brought my mom to this show and we loved it! Carole King’s real life story is a simple but sweet tale of an incredibly talented songwriter’s career that started at a young age. So many fun moments in the show and the audience was so uplifted at intermission and after the curtain call. I haven’t enjoyed a new-to-me musical this much in many years! There were so many 60s songs I know and love that I had no idea King wrote (“One Fine Day,” “Locomotion” and so many more). The leads are incredibly talented singers and actors. Still humming songs from the show days later. Learn more about the show here (There are performances now through October 30).
Cotton Gin October 28 through Nov 12
Love puppets? Love improv? For six shows only, the two come together in “Cotton Gin,” directed by my favorite puppet maker, Elizabeth Westermann. Adults only.
Know of a November or December event I should consider covering on the blog? Contact me! 

GIVEAWAY: UNIONShowcase on Oct 27

Brandon and I will be attending UNIONShowcase on October 27 to check out wedding vendors and get more ideas for our Seattle wedding. The theme this year is Woodland Oasis. The event producers write, “Woodland Oasis will be transportative – you will feel like you’ve entered into a secret sanctuary of flora and fauna in tones of brown, green and orange, intermixed with the most amazing sensory displays of lighting, décor, linens, products and services, woven together by the overall collective energy of showcase partners.” More details about the event on their website and Facebook event page.
This is UNIONShowcase’s second year and participation for vendors is consciously curated by invitation only. Brandon and I are still deciding what we’re going to do for food, so we’re especially interested in trying bites from City Catering and Lisa Dupar Catering. We also look forward to meeting the folks at Choice Linens and Cort Party Rental, as we need to rent linens for our venue.
Want to win a pair of tickets to attend UNIONShowcase? To enter, tag a friend in the comments of my Facebook giveaway post or Instagram giveaway post.  Giveaway ends 11:59pm Pacific Time 10/22. Winner will be contacted 10/23.

Giveaway: Fremonster Spectacular 10/29

As someone who loves to attend costume parties year-round, it will come to no surprise that October is one of my favorite months of the year!
This year, I’ll be heading to Seattle’s quirky Fremont neighborhood for Fremonster Spectacular! Some of my favorite mashup DJs are spinning that night (Bootie Mashups’ DJ Mysterious D and DJ Maxx Destrukt), so the music is going to be awesome. A few of us are using “mashups” as our costume inspiration (I’m going as “Ewok like an Egyptian”).
I’ve never been to the venue—Fremont Foundry—but I’m excited to check it out. There will be performances from Zepto Space, my friends at Midnight Cirkus, and Pro Go-Go throughout the night. Learn more about these fabulous performers and DJs and everything the event has to offer here.
Want to enter to win a pair of tickets to Fremonster?
Tickets here. (If you buy tickets now & you win the giveaway, you can gift or sell a pair to a friend!) Fremonster is a fundraiser for artSEA (no relation to the arts community hashtag we started in 2012, but looks like a great org!)
I’ll also be attending the Black Cat Bash this Saturday, October 22 at Studio 7 and the Halloween Disco Dance at Century Ballroom on Friday, October 28, if you’re looking for more reasons to dress up!

If you’re worried about the power going out in the #SeattleStorm of 2016…

What if every Seattleite who is worried about their power going out during this weekend’s storm took a moment to donate just $10 to the homeless shelter of their choice? Can you imagine the impact we could have as a community?

Tonight, I’m grateful for the roof over my head. Because losing power (and internet! OMG!) is nothing compared to out in the cold, blustery elements.

Tonight, I’m donating $50 to DESC. Join me in donating to them (or your favorite shelter organization)!

If you have a favorite homeless shelter organization, please feel free to tell me about it in the comments. I’d love to learn who YOU support and why.




BEAUTIFUL-The Carole King Musical comes to the Paramount October 19-30

Love the music of Carole King? Follow the story of the legendary singer-songwriter’s career as you enjoy her music “BEAUTIFUL—The Carole King Musical” playing the Paramount Theatre in downtown Seattle October 19-30, 2016 (including a 1pm matinee on 10/20). I’m looking forward to taking my mom to the show for a girls’ night out. Tickets here. For discount tickets, visit Goldstar and search “Beautiful.”

I had a chance to ask Erika Olson (who plays King’s fellow writer and friend Cynthia Weil) a few questions:

Q: Tell me about one of your favorite numbers in the show? Why do you love it?

A: Having to choose a song from the incredible catalogue of music Carole King, Gerry Goffin, Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann created is almost impossible. From “Will You Love Me Tomorrow” to “Natural Woman” to “Walking in the Rain,” these four songwriters wrote the soundtrack to a generation. Frankly, I love all the numbers in the show, but my favorite would have to be “On Broadway.” This classic tune is sung beautifully by the actors portraying the Drifters. It’s a real Broadway showstopper filled with bright lights and cool—and you get to see how it was created!

Q: What words to you have to share to encourage struggling artists?

A: More than anything else, this show has taught me to keep going. Most artists have struggled in their life, look at Carole King! She defied all odds and continued to be fearless and persistent with her music—and thank goodness she did. Keep on pursuing what you love for as long as you love it.

Q: What sets BEAUTIFUL apart from other jukebox musicals?

A: What’s so great about BEAUTIFUL is that it’s a true story following real artists who wrote thousands of incredible songs, many of which are featured in the show. Everyone has strong memories of these songs, but don’t know the stories behind them, or who actually wrote them. BEAUTIFUL—The Carole King Musical seamlessly intertwines an array of classic songs that we all know and love, with a heartwarming, true story about friendship, love, and music. With this show, you get to witness Carole playing “Will You Love Me Tomorrow” for the first time, right when she discovers the lyrics her then husband wrote. It’s such an iconic moment and we always hear the same happy sigh in the audience when those first few chords are played. Getting to know the story behind the songs is really what makes BEAUTIFUL extra special.

Q: What are you looking forward to during your stay in Seattle?

A: I’m a California girl, so I am super excited for all the outdoor activities Seattle has to offer. I can’t wait to explore Discovery Park and the Bay…and of course drink some delicious coffee!



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About the show:

BEAUTIFUL – The Carole King Musical tells the Tony® and Grammy® Award-winning inspiring true story of King’s remarkable rise to stardom, from being part of a hit songwriting team with her husband Gerry Goffin, to her relationship with fellow writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history. Along the way, she made more than beautiful music, she wrote the soundtrack to a generation.

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GIVEAWAY: Seattle Bride’s Urban Unveiled is Sunday

I’m excited to check out all the wonderful vendors that will be participating in this Sunday’s Seattle Bride’s Urban Unveiled event at the Fairmont Olympic.

My pal Clea of Crimson Haze Event Lighting let me know about the event—seems like the perfect place for a bride-to-be to go! I’m excited to check out caterers, vehicle options, event rentals (linens), DJs, photo booths and much more. Brandon and I already have our venue and awesome photographer—more on her later—confirmed, but we still have so much fun things to plan.

Want to win a pair of tickets to attend? You can enter via Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter:

On Facebook? RSVP “Interested” or “Going” on the Facebook event page, then comment on the giveaway post on my Facebook page.

On Twitter? Click here to tweet about the giveaway.

On Instagram? Visit the giveaway post for instructions.


Giveaway ends 11:59pm Pacific Time, Thursday 9/29/16. Winner will be contacted on Friday.

Giveaway: Seattle Weekly’s Voracious Tasting & Awards returns October 6 and it’s going to be DELICIOUS

UPDATE: Giveaway has ended (571 entries!)—congrats to Nicole L, who was chosen using random.org. Here’s a special offer for all: use promo code pockets2016 to purchase up to 2 VIP tickets at the general admission price. Offer valid while supplies last. Hope to see you there!

Paseo. My Sweet Li’l Cakes. Rumba. Capitol Cider. Café Campagne. Shug’s Soda Fountain. Dot’s Butcher & Deli. Barrio. Ciudad. Naka. Chihuly Garden and Glass’ Collections Café. RN74. Bluebird Ice Cream. What do all these restaurants have in common? They are just some of the 35+ restaurants that will be serving up delicious bites at the Seattle Weekly’s 8th annual Voracious Tasting & Awards.


My stomach is already growling, thinking about one of my favorite food events of the year. Mark your calendar for October 6 and get your tickets now, because this event is as popular as it is tasty.

For drinks, I’m excited to try Heritage Distillery’s brown sugar bourbon and wine from Beresan Winery and Wildridge Winery. There will be craft cocktails, wine, and beer poured, but the star of this show is the food. The event is presented by the Washington State Beef Commission, so be sure to bring your carnivore friends. Love to take food photos? Enter their #SWbestbeefbite contest now to enter to win tickets to the event. (Keep reading to find out how to enter to win tickets through Seattle Pockets.)

I’m particularly fond of the fact that this year’s event benefits the Pike Place Market Foundation, which supports housing and services for low-income Seattleites. They feed the hungry, care for the sick, educate kids, and find homes for those without. But of course they can’t do it without our support and this is one way to support them, while treating yourself and a friend or date to a huge foodtastic event. This is the same organization that I raised money for in past years as part of the Carole Brunettes during their Figgy Pudding Caroling Competition. Love the work they do!

Ready to enter to win tickets?

Enter to win via Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram. Use the giveaway form here.


Images via @seattleweekly on Instagram