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

Playing Hardball with the U.S. Economy in “Dry Powder” at the Seattle Rep

Guest blogger Berrak Sarikaya reviews “Dry Powder” at Seattle Repertory Theatre:

It’s a tale as old as time: The President of a New York capital management firm throws a lavish $1 million engagement party coinciding with massive layoffs at a national supermarket chain following his firm’s buyout.  A PR nightmare follows as protesters harass the company’s investors around the country.

We get to know the other partners in the way they handle the PR crisis: On one hand, we have Jenny, who is stereotypically tough and no-nonsense, in competition with Seth, who wants to do the right thing but lacks the courage to follow through. The fourth character in “Dry Powder” is the CEO of Landmark, the deal that unfolds before our eyes on stage over the course of the 90-minute play.

All four actors have a firm grasp of their characters and bring plenty of bite to the dialogue, which keeps it engrossing and often quite funny. I certainly laughed more than I expected to during the bitter reality unfolding before my eyes. In addition to the actors, what impressed me most was the set. Minimalistic and modern, hollow cubes and rectangular blocks serve as furniture that is accompanied by blasts of techno music to signify the change in time.

The change between the scenes moved like clockwork, without any stagehands. How did that work? Well, why would I spoil the surprise?

Dry Powder” opens a window into the high-stakes world of high finance, and it’s playing at the Seattle Repertory Theatre until April 15, 2017. Tickets here.

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Photo: Hana Lass (Jenny), Richard Nguyen Sloniker (Jeff), Shawn Belyea (Rick),
and MJ Sieber (Seth) in Seattle Repertory Theatre’s production of
“Dry Powder.” Photo by Jenny Graham.

GIVEAWAY: Seattle Met Bride & Groom’s ROCKED event April 8

Calling all brides and grooms to be AND their friends!

Seattle Met Bride & Groom is throwing an “intimate and immersive” bridal show & party! ROCKED will be held on April 8 at the Canvas Event Space.

Check out some of Seattle’s best wedding vendors in action (food, music, lighting, and beyond) and you get ideas for the big day!

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A few highlights:

Get inspired by four Seattle wedding designers that will be creating vignettes to inspire brides and grooms for their big day! Vignettes include a ceremony space, an outdoor lounge, a reception space, and a groom’s room.

This event’s fashion show will be done in a nontraditional manner: models will rotate through small stages throughout the event so that brides and grooms can get up close to see what they’re wearing and all the fun hair and makeup details

This event partners with Brides for a Cause, a nonprofit organization that collects and resells wedding dresses to support local and national women’s focused charities. This is the organization I got my wedding dress from! Drink tickets and raffle tickets will benefit them and their mission, with raffle prizes you can use on your wedding day.

Want to enter to win two tickets to Rocked? Enter via our giveaway app here: http://gvwy.io/9dey39m.

Buy tickets here.

#GetRockedSeattle

Giveaway ends 3/25/17 at 11:59pm Pacific Time.

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Love wine? Taste Washington returns for an incredible 20th year (May 23-26)

If you love wine and want to indulge in some of the best wine events in the country, this is YOUR WEEK!

This year, Taste Washington is celebrating its 20th Anniversary, and this year will prove to be its biggest and best year yet! The event brings together over 300 (!) wineries and over 70 restaurants. This truly is an incredible food event as well as a wine event that will educate and delight you.
Taste Washington isn’t just one day of fun: this experience is split into four days of diverse events with something for everyone:
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The VIP Red & White Party  – this VIP event on Thursday will be held at the swanky AQUA by El Gaucho and will feature wines you can’t experience at any other Taste event! Dress in red and white and bring a date or a friend! So fancy!

Taste on the Farm – Want to get out of the city? These curated experiences during the day on Friday in Orting and Carnation combine a farmer, a chef, and Washington winemakers. Tour the property and learn from the chef and winemakers as you enjoy lunch made from products straight from the farm, paired perfectly with Washington wines.

Taste & Savor Tours – Love a tour but want to stay in Seattle? Join the Savor Seattle Taste Washington tour in Pike Place Market on Saturday and Sunday mornings!
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The New Vintage – Friday night, discover your new favorite wine, chat with celeb chefs, and dance the night away. Wine tasting and dancing make for a great pairing. This event will take place at the Four Seasons! A great reason to dress up. Treat a friend for their (early or late) birthday gift!

For those seeking an even deeper educational experience, attend a seminar on Saturday or Sunday.

Don’t miss the BIGGEST event of them all: The Grand Tasting on Saturday and Sunday! With 235 wineries and bites from 65 restaurants, you’ll want to plan your tasting in advance of who you want to prioritize.

As you plan for your events, don’t forget:

-Charge your phone in advance (snap photos of labels of your favorites so you remember later)
-Bring a water bottle in your bag and stay hydrated!
-It’s ok to spit! You’ll want to truly enjoy the experience and pace yourself
– Take a car service there and back. These aren’t the type of events to drive to!

Enjoy Taste Washington! Tickets do tend to sell out, so snag yours now!

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Photos via Taste Washington Facebook Page

GIVEAWAY: The Weird, Wacky & Wondrous “Moisture Festival” is back!

The weird, wacky, wondrous world that is MOISTURE FESTIVAL is back!
This vibrant festival runs today through April 9, with a plethora of fun events. “Laughter is the key!”
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The Comedy/Varietè shows at Hale’s Palladium are an intriguing assortment of entertainment. Highly skilled performance mixed with many bizarre talents, often humorous, with no limit to the imagination. Presented as a variety show, each act or artist performs his or her routine within a 3-15 minute time slot while being accompanied by a live show band.
The Libertease Burlesque Caberet shows at Broadway Performance Hall provide a sexy, fun evening of adult performance, featuring a tantalizing mix of burlesque stars, live music, circus and ribald comedy/varietè acts, Seductive and delightful, these nights encourage the audience to be comfortable, loose and loud. The theme of this year’s Libertease Cabaret is 1920’s era (Prohibition, Gatsby, etc.).
Ultimately, this festival always surprises and delight me with amazing and wonderfully unique acts, again and again. Make it a date night (you’ll certainly have lots to talk about at intermission and after the show!) or a night out with a big group of friends. Buy tickets here.
Want to enter to win tickets to Moisture Festival? Enter here!
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Giveaway: ‘Build Your Own Musical’ improv show

If you want to be impressed by actors who can really think on their feet, attend an improv show. If you want to be truly wowed, check out “Build Your Own Musical“–an improv show that cleverly blends improv and musical theater for a night of entertainment and laughter.
Unexpected Productions (the theater in post alley next to the gum wall) is hosting this delightful show on Friday and Saturday nights now through April 15, 2017. Brandon and I are going to see Paul Levy and others perform on the night of March 31. Join us!
About the show:
The musical comedy pros at Unexpected Productions promise plenty of on-stage panache as you and your fellow audience members are invited to cast, choreograph, write, direct and produce a variety of scenes, ably aided by a talented and incredibly versatile cast of Seattle’s finest improvisers. Then sit back and watch as those scenes are seamlessly–and hilariously–turned into a full-length musical on stage. Each performance boasts an entirely new production made up right on the spot, complete with song, dance, and story, for an ever-changing, always-entertaining night of comedy.
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Giveaway: Mamma Mia at the Paramount

Calling all ABBA fans!

The musical “Mamma Mia” returns to the Paramount Theatre March 28 – April 2, 2017!

We’re co-hosting a giveaway with Swink Style Bar. Enter to win one of two pairs of tickets here.

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Purchase tickets here.

About the show:

A mother. A daughter. Three possible dads. And a trip down the aisle you’ll never forget! Over 45 million people all around the world have fallen in love with the characters, the story and the music that make Mamma Mia! the ultimate feel-good show! Writer Catherine Johnson’s sunny, funny tale unfolds on a Greek island paradise. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter’s quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother’s past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago. The story-telling magic of ABBA’s timeless songs propels this enchanting tale of love, laughter, and friendship, and every night everyone’s having the time of their lives!

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