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.

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

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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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GIVEAWAY: Seattle Wine & Food Experience

February is my birthday month and one of the ways I’m celebrating is by heading to Seattle Wine & Food Experience with a friend!
This three day celebration of wine (and, you guessed it, food) is a fun social event where you’ll be able to delight your taste buds while you enjoy delicious sips and bites. Still not sure what to get your sweetie for Valentine’s Day? This is a great gift!
There are three events to choose from (or pick up a weekend pass and enjoy them all). Friday is “Pop! Bubbles & Seafood” at McCaw Hall in Seattle Center, Saturday
is “Comfort: Seattle’s Best Feel-Good Foods and Crafty Brews” at Fremont Foundry, and Sunday is The Grand Tasting at McCaw Hall.
Be sure to bring a bottle of water with you (hydration is key!) and a charged cellphone (snap photos of favorite wine labels and restaurants to remember them later).
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Here are 5 reasons to go to each event:


POP! Bubbles & Seafood: Friday, February 24, 2016 at McCaw Hall

1.     Champagne, Sparkling Wine, Cava, Cremant, and more than 40 kinds of bubbles to sample

2.     World-class seafood, including oyster bars, from 20 of Seattle’s best chefs

3.     Specialty cocktail and cider (and tunes by DJ Dubreezy)

4.     The Callebaut Belgium Chocolate Lounge featuring bites from Seattle’s top pastry chefs

5.     Dozens of Reserve Red wines from top wineries

ComfortSeattle’s Best Feel-Good Foods and Crafty Brews: Saturday, February 25, 2016 at Fremont Foundry

1.     Do-it-Yourself Bars: Hot Toddy, Bloody Mary, s’mores, fry potato bar and more

2.     Mac & cheese, burgers, fried chicken and other comfort foods

3.     More than 50 craft beers, ciders, bubbly and more to quench your thirst between tasty bites

4.     A doughnut wall!

5.     Rock out with your friends to tunes by DJ Branden Landon and take photos in the Shutterbus

The Grand Tasting: Sunday, February 26, 2016 at McCaw Exhibition Hall

1.     More than 500 wines, plus tastes from distilleries, beer and cider

2.     Fare from 25 local chefs and 25 specialty food makers

3.     The Savor Experience from San Luis Obispo County

4.     The Sweet Suite–Indulge to your hearts content

5.     Buy your favorite wine, beer, cider and spirits from the QFC product store benefitting Les Dames d’Escoffier

Tickets here.

Want to enter to win two tickets to The Seattle Wine & Food Experience Grand Tasting? Of course you do.

You can enter via Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram, here.

 

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RENT at the Paramount (Giveaway), Walla Walla Wines, my new favorite podcast & Ignite Seattle

Happy Sunday!
I have so many fun things I want to share with everyone, so here’s a miscellany of events and things I’ve enjoyed lately:
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One of the most beloved musicals, RENT, is coming back to the Paramount Theatre for just a few days this month. See the musical February 21-26. You can also enter to win one of two pairs of tickets from the giveaway we are co-hosting with Swink Style Bar! Giveaway here.
About RENT: In 1996, an original rock musical by a little-known composer opened on Broadway…and forever changed the landscape of American theatre. Two decades later, Jonathan Larson’s RENT continues to speak loudly and defiantly to audiences across generations and all over the world. And now, this Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award®-winning masterpiece returns to the stage in a vibrant 20th anniversary touring production. A re-imagining of Puccini’sLa BohèmeRENT follows an unforgettable year in the lives of seven artists struggling to follow their dreams without selling out. With its inspiring message of joy and hope in the face of fear, this timeless celebration of friendship and creativity reminds us to measure our lives with the only thing that truly matters—love.
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WALLA WALLA WINE
Walla Walla has an incredibly active and delicious wine community and over 50 Walla Walla wineries are in town tomorrow (Monday) for a special tasting event. Tickets available here.
About the event: Sample a selection of wines from 50 of the finest Walla Walla Valley wineries. Mingle with principals and winemakers. Experience the energy and excitement surrounding our renowned wine region. Tickets include unlimited wine samplings and light hors d’oeuvres. February 13 5:30-8pm
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NEW PODCAST
The Hilarious World of Depression” is my favorite new podcast. “Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me” host John Moe talks with a different comedian each episode about their experiences with depression and anxiety. I love that this podcast is working to take the stigma away from this common disease and encourage frank, genuine conversation about it! He’s a great host and the comedians he has as guests are some of my favorites.
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IGNITE SEATTLE
I went to my first Ignite Seattle event last November to see my friend Jeff Hicks who was one of the speakers. As soon as I saw that Ignite Seattle will be back February 23, I bought tickets (super affordable tickets, at that). These events tend to sell out so snag yours soon.
About Ignite Seattle:
This legendary evening of short and fascinating presentations that started in Seattle 10 years ago, has a simple goal “Enlighten us, but make it quick.” 16 passionate Seattleites are given five minutes at the microphone to inspire, inform, entertain or do all at the same time. It’s a reinvention of the very idea of a lecture, offering an exciting and provocative evening of storytelling for all ages. 
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Giveaway: “Well” starring Sarah Rudinoff at Seattle Repertory Theatre

The description caught my attention:

“Lisa Kron, the multi-talented humorist, performer, playwright, and Tony Award-winning writer and lyricist behind the recent Broadway hit Fun Home takes us on a hilarious, self-referential journey that explores everything from chronic allergies, to community organizing, and most importantly, to her zany, unpredictable relationship with her mother.”

IN.

Then I learned that one of my favorite performers, Sarah Rudinoff, plays Lisa Kron in this production of “Well” at Seattle Rep?  So in.

We all need a laugh right now. One of the valuable things about live theatre is that it makes us be present and in the moment. Put your own troubles aside and step inside the Seattle Rep’s doors to see one of the best actors of today in a unique, dark comedy.

I’m not familiar with Lisa Kron (playwright) or actress Barbara Dirickson (who plays the character of Lisa’s mom), but I’m delighted that “Well” will introduce me to both of these talents with the skilled direction of Braden Abraham.

Bonus? The show is 1 hours and 30 minutes with no intermission (I’m personally not a fan of 3 hour productions, so just including this for those who share my feelings).

“Well” plays now through March 10.

Want to enter to win tickets (winner’s choice of date in the show’s first week)?

You can:

Enter to win on Facebook here.

Enter to win on Instagram here.

Follow @keridwyn on Twitter and tweet this tweet to enter via Twitter

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Giveaway ends 2/12/17 at 11:59pm.

Read more: Encore interviews actor Sarah Rudinoff here.