Inside Pocket: 3 tips for KonMari’ing shared belongings with your partner

My KonMari’ing has returned after a brief hiatus.

Two nights ago, I revisited my bags and backpack drawers and felt that good whoosh of success after completing it.

Up until now, almost all of my KonMari’ing has been on my own belongings (clothes, books, papers, accessories, miscellaneous stuff). Occasionally he’ll check out what I’m getting rid of (in case there’s a costume piece he wants to keep that I don’t), but mostly he’s just been my supportive cheerleader as I tackle my stuff on my own.

Last night, Brandon and I started our joint kitchen KonMari’ing.

There are three agreements that Brandon and I made before we got started last night. I wanted to share these in case it helps others who are “choosing what to keep” and getting organized with a partner.

1) Before diving in, we agreed that we didn’t have to do the whole kitchen and pantry area all at once, guessing we would be happier if we broke it down into shorter segments. (When we were wedding planning, we came up with the phrase “I love you and I’m at a good place to stop” when we reached a limit – we applied that concept here.) Sometimes it’s good to push to get to the end of a project, but not always. Sometimes it’s better to have a successful same-team-win feeling a few times in a row rather than hitting an exhausted level and having some communication breakdown.

2) Before we got started, Brandon suggested this GREAT idea: he proposed that we each take a section of the kitchen to go through and choose what to keep on our own. Then we look at the other’s get-rid-of pile and see if there’s anything there we want to keep. Game changer! I’m confident this saved us time and kept potential issues at bay because we weren’t looking at every tiny thing together and discussing it.

3) Keeping the “choosing what to keep” KonMari mentality in mind, I suggested we wouldn’t try to strongly persuade the other to get rid of something that they wanted to keep. We could have a soft discussion and ask questions, but that’s it. (Ok, to be clear, this is because I own a few kitchen gadgets that I never use but “I’m sure I will someday” and I really don’t want to get rid of my chopper or rice cooker.) He said sure.

It worked out great. Stage one is complete and while we could have pushed on to do more, we ended at a great stopping point, feeling empowered, happy, and on the same team. Instead of getting bogged down at looking at everything together, Brandon’s system worked really well. Thanks, love! Go team.

— Keridwyn
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GIVEAWAY: The Atomic Bombshells: Lost in Space (at The Triple Door May 8 – 11)

The Atomic Bombshells are hosting a giveaway right now for their upcoming show, “The Atomic Bombshells: LOST IN SPACE” at The Triple Door in downtown Seattle. The show plays May 8 – 11, 2019. This charming, funny, delightful, “cheeky” burlesque show is one of my favorites and I’m looking forward to making this a fun date night out!

You can enter the giveaway on Facebook here.

You can enter the giveaway on Instagram here.

About the show, in their own words: Back at the Triple Door by popular demand, the Atomic Bombshells’ Lost in Space is an out-of-this-world show by one of the world’s best-known burlesque troupes. Named “the city’s most dazzling burlesque troupe” by Seattle Weekly, these award-winning entertainers return with a revamped run of their most over-the-top show to date. These frisky gals and guys are ready to take you on a space-age voyage filled with alluring aliens, bodacious Barbarellas and planetary princesses set to an otherworldly retro-future soundtrack. Blast off with Seattle’s burlesque all-stars when their glittering sci-fi spectacle brings you an intergalactic evening of fun, hilarious and sexy musical entertainment.

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Giveaway! Seattle Scotch & Beer Fest (April 19 & 20 – benefits Seattle Humane)

Love beer, scotch & whiskey? Well, you’re in luck because April 19 & 20 the Seattle Scotch & Beer Fest is taking over Fremont Studios for a delicious event benefitting Seattle Humane.
You can get your tickets here (as of publishing, there’s a discount on their website for advance tickets!)
Want to enter a pair of tickets? Here’s how:
Comment on this blog post for one entry. Then enter on either Facebook or Instagram (or both!)
Enter on my Facebook giveaway post here.
Enter on my Instagram giveaway post here.
It’s going to be one very tasty weekend. Prize includes 2 “Beer + Cocktails + 1 Spirit Flight” tickets. 
About the event:
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Enjoy 50 craft beers and ciders on tap, hand-crafted cocktails featuring Jameson Irish Whiskey, The Glenlivet Scotch Whisky, Avion Tequila and more.  In the Spirit Room, guests will discover two flight options – the Scotch Flight and the Whiskey-Inspired Flight. The Seattle Scotch & Beer Fest Bottle Shop, sponsored by Celebrity Cruises will offer bottles of the spirits sampled will be available for purchase (tax free).

Tickets to Seattle Scotch & Beer Fest are still available. Guests can choose from three admission types and have the option to purchase admission to limited-seating Top Shelf  Seminars. But hurry because ticket prices increase at midnight on April 18! For more information and to purchase tickets, visit http://www.scotchbeerfest.com.

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The Paramount in Seattle announces their 2019/2020 Season of Musicals!

The Paramount in downtown Seattle announced their 2019/2020 season of musicals with a mix of classics and new direct-from-Broadway shows!

Share in the comments or on our Facebook post which shows YOU’RE most excited to see! I look forward to hearing from you.

Here’s the full lineup (check out below for the shows I’m personally most looking forward to and then read on for show descriptions):

CHICAGO (Season Option) September 19 – 22, 2019

MISS SAIGON October 29 – November 3, 2019

THE HARD NUT December 6 – 15, 2019

SUMMER: THE DONNA SUMMER MUSICAL December 31, 2019 – January 5, 2020

FIDDLER ON THE ROOF January 14 – 19, 2020

Disney’s FROZEN February 7 – March 1, 2020

THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG  April 21 – 26, 2020

THE BOOK OF MORMON (Season Option)* May 19 – 31, 2020

ANASTASIA June 16 – 21, 2020

MEAN GIRLS August 4 – 9, 2020

It’s probably no surprise to those who know me that the shows I’m most excited for are Disney’s Frozen and The Play That Goes Wrong! Brandon sent me a youtube clip of The Play That Goes Wrong earlier this year and we were in stitches – I look forward to seeing the full production. And Frozen was clearly written with the intention of becoming a Broadway show, so that’s just a given. Chicago is a fantastic musical too – of the shows that I’ve already seem from this list, it’s the one I’m most likely to see again.

Photo: Jeremy Daniel

The Play That Goes Wrong (Photo: Jeremy Daniel)

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Disney’s FROZEN (Photo by Deen Van Meer)

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Chicago (Photo by Jeremy Shaffer)

We are lucky to be in a city where so many Broadway tour musicals come through. Thanks, Broadway at the Paramount!

Check out the playlist the folks at the Paramount put together with clips from each production here.

Full show descriptions, in their own words:

MISS SAIGON | OCTOBER 29 – NOVEMBER 3, 2019

“A DYNAMITE BROADWAY REVIVAL.” – The New Yorker

Experience the acclaimed new production of the legendary musical MISS SAIGON, from the creators of Les Misérables. This is the story of a young Vietnamese woman named Kim who is orphaned by war and forced to work in a bar run by a notorious character known as the Engineer. There she meets and falls in love with an American G.I. named Chris, but they are torn apart by the fall of Saigon. For three years, Kim goes on an epic journey of survival to find her way back to Chris, who has no idea he’s fathered a son. Featuring stunning spectacle and a sensational cast of 42 performing the soaring score, including Broadway hits like “The Heat is On in Saigon,” “The Movie in My Mind,” “Last Night of the World” and “American Dream,” this is a theatrical event you will never forget.

THE HARD NUT | December 6 – 15, 2019

Celebrating its 28th Anniversary, THE HARD NUT is a cascade of wit and wintry beauty.  It’s a lavish, gender-bent love letter to the classic The Nutcracker. Based on E.T.A Hoffman’s The Nutcracker and the Mouse King, Mark Morris’ version takes it from the straight-laced 1890s to the swinging 70s, with raucous parties, dancing G.I. Joes, whimsical costumes, and a Waltz of the Snowflakes like no other. Based on the comic book art of Charles Burns and featuring Tchaikovsky’s complete original score, performed live by a 53-piece orchestra conducted by Colin Fowler, Morris’ lyrical, modern retelling playfully preserves the warm spirit of an essential holiday tradition.

SUMMER: THE DONNA SUMMER MUSICAL | December 31, 2019 – January 5, 2020

She was a girl from Boston with a voice from heaven, who shot through the stars from gospel choir to dance floor diva. But what the world didn’t know was how Donna Summer risked it all to break through barriers, becoming the icon of an era and the inspiration for every music diva who followed.  With a score featuring more than 20 of Summer’s classic hits including “Love to Love You Baby,” “Bad Girls” and “Hot Stuff,” this electric experience is a moving tribute to the voice of a generation.

FIDDLER ON THE ROOF | JANUARY 14 – 19, 2020

“An entirely fresh, funny, and gorgeous new production. A REASON FOR CELEBRATION!” – New York Magazine

Rich with musical hits you know and love, including “Tradition,” “Sunrise, Sunset; ” “If I Were A Rich Man, “Matchmaker, Matchmaker” and “To Life (L’Chaim!),” FIDDLER ON THE ROOF is the heartwarming story of fathers and daughters, husbands and wives, and life, love and laughter.

Tony Award®-winning director Bartlett Sher and the team behind South Pacific, The King and I and 2017 Tony-winning Best Play Oslo, bring a fresh and authentic vision to this beloved theatrical masterpiece from Tony winner Joseph Stein and Pulitzer Prize winners Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick. Featuring a talented cast, lavish orchestra and stunning movement and dance from Israeli choreographer Hofesh Shechter, based on the original staging by Jerome Robbins, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF will introduce a new generation to the uplifting celebration that raises its cup to joy! To love! To life!

 

Disney’s FROZEN | FEBRUARY 7 – MARCH 1, 2020

A mysterious secret. A family torn apart. As one sister struggles with being an outsider and harnessing her powers within, the other sets out on a thrilling adventure to bring her family together once again. Both are searching for love, but they’ll learn that to find it they’ll have to look inside themselves first.

FROZEN is melting hearts on Broadway in an all-new production created for the stage by an award-winning team. It features the songs you know and love from the original film plus an expanded score with a dozen new numbers. The creative team at its helm has won a cumulative 16 Tonys and includes Oscar Award® winner Kristen Anderson-Lopez and EGOT-winning Robert Lopez (music & lyrics), Oscar-winner Jennifer Lee (book), Tony and Olivier Award®-winner Michael Grandage (director) and Tony winner Rob Ashford (choreographer).  An unforgettable theatrical experience filled with sensational special effects, stunning sets and costumes, and powerhouse performances, FROZEN is everything you want in a musical: It’s moving. It’s spectacular. And above all, it’s pure Broadway joy.

THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG | APRIL 21 – 26, 2020

What would happen if Sherlock Holmes and Monty Python had an illegitimate Broadway baby? You’d get THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG, Broadway & London’s award-winning smash comedy! Called “A GUT-BUSTING HIT” (The New York Times) and “THE FUNNIEST PLAY BROADWAY HAS EVER SEEN” (HuffPost), this classic murder mystery is chock-full of mishaps and madcap mania delivering “A RIOTOUS EXPLOSION OF COMEDY” (Daily Beast). Welcome to opening night of The Murder at Haversham Manor where things are quickly going from bad to utterly disastrous. With an unconscious leading lady, a corpse that can’t play dead, and actors who trip over everything (including their lines), it’s “TONS OF FUN FOR ALL AGES” (HuffPost) and “COMIC GOLD” (Variety) – sure to bring down the house!

ANASTASIA | JUNE 16 – 21, 2020

Inspired by the beloved films, the romantic and adventure-filled new musical ANASTASIA is on a journey to Seattle at last!

From the Tony Award®-winning creators of the Broadway classic Ragtime, this dazzling show transports us from the twilight of the Russian Empire to the euphoria of Paris in the 1920s, as a brave young woman sets out to discover the mystery of her past. Pursued by a ruthless Soviet officer determined to silence her, Anya enlists the aid of a dashing conman and a lovable ex-aristocrat. Together, they embark on an epic adventure to help her find home, love, and family.

ANASTASIA features a book by celebrated playwright Terrence McNally, a lush new score by Stephen Flaherty (music) and Lynn Ahrens (lyrics) with direction by Tony Award® winner Darko Tresnjak.

MEAN GIRLS | AUGUST 4 – 9, 2020

Direct from Broadway, MEAN GIRLS is the hilarious hit musical from an award-winning creative team, including book writer Tina Fey (30 Rock), composer Jeff Richmond (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt), lyricist Nell Benjamin (Legally Blonde) and director Casey Nicholaw (The Book of Mormon). 

Cady Heron may have grown up on an African savanna, but nothing prepared her for the vicious ways of her strange new home: suburban Illinois. Soon, this naïve newbie falls prey to a trio of lionized frenemies led by the charming but ruthless Regina George. But when Cady devises a plan to end Regina’s reign, she learns the hard way that you can’t cross a Queen Bee without getting stung.


New York Magazine cheers, “MEAN GIRLS delivers with immense energy, a wicked sense of humor and joyful inside-jokery.” USA Today says, “We’ll let you in on a little secret, because we’re such good friends: GET YOUR TICKETS NOW!”

Plus, Season Options:

CHICAGO | SEPTEMBER 19 – 22, 2019

CHICAGO, Broadway’s razzle-dazzle smash is the recipient of six Tony Awards®, two Olivier Awards, a Grammy®, thousands of standing ovations and now is the #1 longest-running American Musical in Broadway history.

CHICAGO has everything that makes Broadway great: a universal tale of fame, fortune and all that jazz; one show-stopping song after another; and the most astonishing dancing you’ve ever seen.  It’s no surprise that CHICAGO has wowed audiences from Mexico City to Moscow, from Sao Paulo to South Africa.

Whether you’re looking for your first Broadway musical, whether you’ve seen the Academy Award®-winning film and want to experience the show live on stage or whether you’ve seen it before and want to recapture the magic, CHICAGO always delivers!

THE BOOK OF MORMON | MAY 19 – 31, 2020

The New York Times calls it “the best musical of this century.” The Washington Post says, “It is the kind of evening that restores your faith in musicals.” And Entertainment Weekly says, “Grade A: the funniest musical of all time.” Jimmy Fallon of The Tonight Show calls it “Genius. Brilliant. Phenomenal.” It’s THE BOOK OF MORMON, the nine-time Tony Award®-winning Best Musical.

This outrageous musical comedy follows the misadventures of a mismatched pair of missionaries, sent halfway across the world to spread the Good Word. Now with standing room only productions in London, on Broadway, and across North America, THE BOOK OF MORMON has truly become an international sensation. Contains explicit language.

A completed subscription purchase must be processed in order to purchase tickets for CHICAGO and THE BOOK OF MORMON. Season Options are not included in an 2019/2020 season package. Additional purchase is required.

 

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Group tickets of 10 or more are available now for all shows. Email Groups@BroadwayatTheParamount.com.

What shows are you most looking forward to in the upcoming season?

 

“Marie, Dancing Still,” with its characterization of Degas’ famous ballerina sculpture, promises yet another win for Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theatre. Now through April 14.

Review by Jeanne Kinley Deller

In its latest creative venture, The 5th Avenue Theatre has embarked upon a courageously ambitious production in “Marie, Dancing Still.” With gifted collaborators (written by Lynn Ahrens, music by Stephen Flaherty, direction and choreography by Susan Stroman) it’s very likely Seattle audiences are experiencing yet another up and coming Broadway hit.

Tiler Peck’s flawless dancing merges beautifully with her journey into the sphere of musical theatre. Mastering new artistry (beyond her New York City Ballet principal dancer role) to portray Edgar Degas’s “Little Dancer Aged Fourteen” as a spunky, impish ballerina was no simple task.

With an all-around exuberant cast, ingenious costuming, and brilliant Degas influenced backdrops, all cleverly ensconced in a frame of gold, “Marie, Dancing Still” has clearly captured a following in Seattle’s worlds of classical ballet and musical theatre.

Don’t let this production pass you by! There’s nothing quite like those 5th Avenue Theatre shows-in-the-making that take off on Broadway, and return to downtown Seattle’s beloved 5th, perfected beyond expectation.

You’ve until Sunday, April 14, 2019, to catch “Marie, Dancing Still” at Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theatre. Tickets on sale now.

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Review: Book-It’s Returning the Bones at Erickson Theatre on Capitol Hill is captivating audiences now through April 14 (and you should be one of those audience members)

Review by Keridwyn Deller:

Gin Hammond is one of the Pacific Northwest’s top vocal talents. One woman shows are hard to pull off but as soon as I saw Gin’s name attached to Book-it’s performance, I marked the date on my calendar – she is just that talented.  Gin soars as performer and author of Returning The Bones, Book-it’s current production at Erickson Theatre in Capitol Hill in Seattle, now through April 14. Get your tickets now to see this fierce, lovely, insightful, talented woman play 28 (TWENTY EIGHT!) characters in one night of theatre.

I want you to see this show. I truly enjoyed our night at the theatre and have thought of this production many times since seeing it. I loved Returning The Bones storyline, the writing, the moments of laughter, the history unveiled, the moments that help us remember how far we’ve come and how far we still have to go as a society. I’ve procrastinated writing this review because I want it to be well written, to be worth of the art that is on that stage. Gin Hammond’s “Returning the Bones” is a true gift to Seattle and I want you to see it.  If I could hit pause on my night and find the time to find more words to describe this show for you tonight, I would do it. But I can’t seem to find that pause button. And this show closes April 14 which means you only have a few shows left to see the show and this is a small theatre, friends. So I’m tossing this review up to get the word out. I recommend you get your tickets now.  (Read other reviews of the show on Book-it’s Facebook page.) Also, I want to mention this show is 90 minutes + an intermission – perfect for any night of the week. (I love shows that are under 2 hours – see earlier note about needing that pause button in life. This show is worth putting down your to-do list and taking a moment to hear Bebe’s story, eloquently told by the delightful Gin Hammond). Recommended for ages 11+.

In their own words:

“Book-It Repertory Theatre (Book-It) presents acclaimed Seattle actress Gin Hammond’s inspiring, 28-character solo play, Returning the Bones. Based on the life of Hammond’s aunt, Dr. Carolyn Beatrice Montier (aka “Bebe”), Returning the Bones brilliantly responds to one of life’s most challenging questions: How do you choose between your country, your people, and yourself? A surprisingly comical story, Returning the Bones brings us into intimate contact with the luminaries of the day including President Lyndon B. Johnson, Eleanor Roosevelt, James Baldwin, and Queen Elizabeth. Returning the Bones runs through April 14, 2019 at The Erickson Theatre on Capitol Hill.

On sharing her aunt’s remarkable life with the world, Hammond remarks, “Of all the feedback I’ve gotten for this show, my favorite is, ‘after seeing this show my husband decided he would keep fighting for something he was about to give up on.’ It’s a very different time from when I first started writing this show, but it feels more relevant than ever. I’m also excited to bring the audience on a journey to so many different countries, especially after living abroad for the past year. And, I have to confess that I’m simply looking forward to being able to spend time with the main character again; to feel her presence, her humor, her courage, and her profound ability to love.'”

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Giveaway: Enter to win tickets to “Through the Looking Glass: The Burlesque Alice in Wonderland” at The Triple Door in April!

Through the Looking Glass: The Burlesque Alice in Wonderland returns to The Triple Door in downtown Seattle April 3 – 7! Experience the magic of this story, come to life with talented dancers and burlesque performances with music from live jazz-rock band The Aces & 8s.
Enter to win two tickets to the show! You can enter
on Facebook by
1) Tagging a friend in the comments of the Seattle Pockets FB giveaway post (tag up to 5 friends – one per comment – for up to 5 entries)
then
2) RSVP interested or going to their Facebook Event Page.
About the show:
Lily Verlaine and Jasper McCann have both gone mad… mad as March Hares, that is! In their 11th annual re-imagination of Lewis Carroll’s classic tale of nonsense and fantasy, follow Alice as she discovers what wonders lie beyond the velvet rope at Wonderland’s most exclusive nightclub, The Looking Glass, and attempts to best the evil Queen of Hearts to become the next ruler of Wonderland. Through The Looking Glass features top-notch local dance talent, opulent costuming by Stephanie Seymour, original choreography from the classically-trained Lily Verlaine, and an original score by Jasper McCann, Kate Olson, and Michael Owcharuk inspired by hard-bop, psychedelia, and Indian Raga-pop recordings of the mid-60’s… played LIVE by our jazz-rock sextet, The Aces & 8’s. The superstars of Seattle’s Burlesque A-List take on the roles of Carroll’s famous characters and turn Wonderland’s topsy-turvy world into an ecdysiastic tour-de-force filled with glamour, comedy, dance, striptease, and song. Tickets here. 
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Giveaway ends 11:59pm Pacific Time 3/31/19.