Pick Pocket: Podcasts, Movies, and what to do with Seattle tourists

I’m so grateful for my diverse, interesting, fun, and thoughtful group of friends and followers on Facebook! Here’s some insight on some lighthearted questions.

Like your favorite or add a new one if it hasn’t already been mentioned:


Wide variety of favorite podcasts.

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Favorite romantic comedies.


All time favorite movies.


What’s one thing you would do and one place you would eat in Seattle with out of town guests?


And then a question for my mom: best places in the Seattle area for chile rellenos. (I couldn’t find an appetizing photo of chile rellenos, so here’s a photo of a margarita).

Photos via: Modern Love Podcast / About Time / Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind / Tim Durkan Photography / Seattle Weekly 


Idaho Uber Takeover + BIG Travel Giveaway!

UPDATE: Giveaway has ended and winner has been contacted. Thanks to all who entered.

Tomorrow is Idaho Uber Takeover Day with your chance to win a bunch of stellar prizes! Read on to find out how to enter the Idaho Uber Takeover giveaways PLUS enter to win my Seattle Pockets giveaway prize that includes airfare, a two-night stay, and more.
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Get a free uber ride + enter to win one of many prizes from Visit Idaho on Idaho Uber Takeover Day (January 20):
Idaho Tourism has partnered with Uber Seattle to help Seattleites discover the fun that awaits in Idaho. They are giving away airfare, hotel rooms, Idaho mountain resort lift tickets, Treefort festival passes, and more!
Here’s how you enter to win the Idaho Uber Takeover giveaways:
1) Tomorrow, Wednesday January 20th, request a COMPLIMENTARY ride with Uber between 8 am and 6 pm by selecting a “Vitamin ID” uber in the app
2) Get your complimentary Visit Idaho umbrella from your driver
3) Share a photo of your umbrella on FB, Twitter or Instagram with hashtag #VisitIdaho

Full details on the Uber blog. You’ll be entered to win great #VisitIdaho prizes. Meanwhile, Visit Idaho has sponsored a giveaway here on Seattle Pockets!

Here’s your chance to enter to win an INCREDIBLE Visit Idaho prize package via THIS blog:


Prize includes:
  • Two round trip tickets on Alaska Airlines (from Seatac to Spokane International Airport)!
  • A two-night stay at The Selkirk Lodge, compliments of Schweitzer Mountain Resort!
  • Four Schweitzer Mountain Resort lift tickets!
Schweitzer Mountain Resort is the largest ski resort in North Idaho, with 2,900 acres of skiable terrain, 92 runs, and three terrain parks.  Schweitzer’s Village gives you direct access to the mountain and is steps away from shopping and dining.
To enter to win:
1) Comment below & tell me what you’d like to experience in Idaho (check out Visit Idaho for inspiration).
That’s it! Check out the giveaway app for more ways to enter to win via Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

UPDATE: Giveaway has ended and winner has been contacted. Thanks to all who entered. // Disclosure: A BIG thank you to Visit Idaho for sponsoring this post and giveaway! I received compensation and the prize package that will be gifted to a reader from Visit Idaho in exchange for promoting this campaign. As always, I only promote experiences that I truly believe in. Entries will be received through 11:59pm Pacific Time on 1/22/16. Idaho Uber Takeover Day is 1/20/16. Visit giveaway app for full terms and conditions.

January Giveaways: Seattle fun + round trip tickets on Alaska Airlines!

Tomorrow, I’m appearing on New Day Northwest (King 5/NBC) to chat with Margaret Larson about five great Seattle businesses you should visit this year. In the coming weeks, I’ll be hosting some great giveaways from some of the businesses I talk about on the show. Stay tuned! You won’t want to miss these giveaways.

PLUS: I can’t reveal all the fun details yet, but later this month, I’ll be hosting a giveaway that includes two round-trip tickets on Alaska Airlines! I’m so excited to gift one of my readers with this fabulous prize.


Be one of the first to hear about these giveaways when they go live: if you’re reading this on your computer or tablet, you can sign up on the right side under “Follow This Blog” to receive emails when new blog posts are posted.

Current giveaway on now: Enter to win tickets to see “Foreverland” at Showbox in the Market.

Question: If YOU were appearing on TV this week, what Seattle businesses would you talk about? Post in the comments below or tell me on Facebook.


Images via Alaska Airlines and New Day Northwest

Free Opening Reception for “Reverb: Katie Kurkjy”

The work of one of my favorite Seattle visual artists will be on view at Urban Light Studios starting this Friday.

Katie Kurkjy’s show “Reverb” will be on display at Urban Light Studios. The opening reception is Friday, January 8 from 6–10 pm (with live music from 7–9 pm). RSVP for the free Opening Reception for this show, here.

Combining her interest in design and love of music, Katie Kurkjy creates one-of-a-kind sculptural assemblages using discarded instruments. Some of my favorite are her works with cymbals, where the golden instruments look like they’ve been thrown into the wall.

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“Taking an instrument that has been broken, discarded,
or smashed, and transforming it is the driving force behind
what I do. This challenges the brain’s perception of the object while at the same time breathing new life into something that has been cast aside.”

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View more works on the artist’s website.

The opening reception will feature live music by Wonder and Kelsey Sprague. The January 8th event will also be the closing reception for prolific Seattle artist Ryan Henry Ward. I love this anecdote Katie wrote about a recent interaction between Henry and a fan.

Artwork: “The Crash” “Dangerous Attraction” and “Double Vision” by Katie Kurkjy. Photos via KatieKurkjy.com

Upcoming: Sound of Music at The 5th and Whiteout Party at Musicquarium Lounge support the needy

Two fun events support those in need this holiday season:

First, bring the family to see The Sound of Music on Friday, November 27 at The 5th Avenue Theatre. With this link you’ll be able to purchase discounted tickets ($35+fees) and $20 of each ticket going directly to The Fund for the Needy Drive. The Fund for the Needy goes to 12 nonprofit community agencies that help children, seniors, and families.



Then, mark your calendar for December 9 to visit Musicquarium Lounge in downtown Seattle for The Whiteout Party! This free night of holiday cheer includes entertainment, a photo booth, prizes for best holiday themed attire, and a charity drive. Plan on bringing non-perishable food, clothing, and hygiene items. This event is free and 21+. RSVP here and invite friends. Hashtag: #MQwhiteout. Hope to see you there! Now to decide on my costume: Mrs Santa, an elf, a reindeer, or ?




Upcoming: Comedy, Crafts, and Lights

Three upcoming events I’m looking forward to that you might also enjoy:
This month, I’ll be back as a judge for the Seattle International Comedy Competition! While the event I’m judging is a private event at the Washington Athletic Club, you can attend the competition as an audience member on November 22nd at the Comedy Underground! There are also a few other shows coming up around the state, if you travel outside of Seattle. Details here. Excited to get my laugh on and see some incredible talent.
Alida, Erin, and I are hitting up the Urban Craft Uprising winter show at the Seattle Center. This event (Dec 5th & 6th this year) has become one of our favorite holiday traditions. I love this craft fair and have bought so many awesome things at past events. I’ve found awesome jewelry, wallets, wall art, delicious treats, and more. Great way to get shopping done for many people on your list and support independent artisans.
Get out your battery operated lights and visit Olympic Sculpture Park the night of December 17th for SAM Lights. There will be live music, art activities, and a light installation. I’m planning on lighting my outfit to be part of the fun. Facebook event page here. Oh, did I mention it’s free? Thanks, SAM!
P.S. Don’t forget “The Atomic Bombshells…Lost in Space” is Nov 19 – 21!
What events in November and December are YOU looking forward to?

$4 tickets to new musical “Waterfall” at The 5th Avenue Theatre

Special offer for RIDICULOUSLY CHEAP tickets to see new musical Waterfall at The 5th Avenue Theatre. The writers want feedback from theatre-loving audiences! Click here to claim your $4 tickets. I’ve been told this show is beautiful! If you attend, come back to this blog and share your review in the comments below!

Tickets, here. See it October 2, 3, or 4!

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About the show:

Based on the contemporary Thai novel Behind the Painting, this tempestuous romance is set in 1930s Thailand and Japan as the monarchy crumbles with Japan on the brink of war. In this turbulent time, a young Thai student and the American wife of a Thai diplomat fall into forbidden love whose dangers parallel the shifting world around them.

Also this week (on October 1):

Check out First Thursday (also opening day/night) for “Intimate Impressionism from the National Gallery of Art” at Seattle Art Museum from 10am –  9pm.


AND the happens-only-twice-a-year free South Lake Union Art Walk from 5 – 8pm.

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Image credits:  via 5th Avenue Theatre (Jim Cox) / via Seattle Art Museum “Picking Flowers” by Auguste Renoir, 1875. visitsam.org/impressionism/ South Lake Union (Jess Bruels)