Affordable holiday fun: A(n Improvised) Christmas Carol at Unexpected Productions!

Looking for an awesome holiday event that doesn’t break the bank and is family-friendly? Unexpected Productions (the theatre in Pike Place Market next to the gum wall!) presents “A(n Improvised) Christmas Carol” – the improv twist on the popular classic – now through 12/23! My hubby Brandon and I are taking my family –  my parents, brother, sister-in-law, and two nieces (age 14 and 11) to see this awesome production and share many laughs together. I have a feeling this may become a new holiday tradition for us! Brandon and I saw this production a few years ago and loved it. Every show is different, as they ridiculously twist the tale in directions from audience suggestions. This production offers two casts and we will see the show when one of our favorite improv actors, Paul Levy, is performing as Scrooge.

Tickets are selling out fast for the shows! December 16 is already sold out and most of the performances (Dec 9-10, 14-15, 17-23) are more than half-sold out already.

Tickets here.

Tickets are super affordable compared to other holiday productions in town, guests ages 21+ can enjoy a nicely-priced drink from the bar. Oh, did I mention they have popcorn and other snacks at concessions? Leave room for popcorn!
Support this local theatre by helping to spread the word! RSVP “Interested” or “Going” to the Facebook event page here.
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“Based on audience suggestions, the improvisers of Unexpected Productions bend and twist Charles Dickens’ tale of Ebenezer Scrooge in all sorts of hilarious directions — and each show is different. Maybe Scrooge owns a pet store, maybe the Ghost of Christmas Past is a film noir detective, maybe Tiny Tim isn’t so tiny and maybe the ghosts show Scrooge the error of his ways, but maybe not!

Traditionally, as with other fully improved shows, every show is the different every night, based completely on audience suggestions. Audiences are encouraged to let their imagination run wild. [The cast has] to incorporate the more than 30-plus audience suggestions to recreate the plot and nuance the story.” – Unexpected Productions
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Review: 5th Avenue Theatre’s “Holiday Inn” is pure joy!

Review by Jeanne Kinley Deller:

‘Tis the Season for Irving Berlin’s “Holiday Inn” at The 5th Avenue Theatre! Chock full of classic much-loved song and dance, this timely performance takes many of us back to the fondest of childhood memories.

The story line, for those unfamiliar, transports the audience to a Connecticut farm where Jim (Eric Ankrim) has moved to escape the demands of show business and love gone wrong. Exquisite detail in farmhouse, barn, church, and country set-designs (by Anna Louizos) are deliciously inviting – the perfect setting for the spirit of Christmas as snow flurries descend.

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The high-spirited song and dance Ensemble, choreographed by James A. Rocco, is pure joy throughout the show.  Jim, Linda (Sarah Rose Davis), Ted (Matt Owen), and Ensemble, deliver difficult, outstanding tap routines with extraordinary ease.

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While the audience refrained (mostly) from singing along with well-known tunes, I was intrigued by the preteen girl next to me who softly joined in a time or two. Wouldn’t an audience sing-along be a delightful addition to this show’s ending!

Holiday Inn” plays The 5th Avenue Theatre now through December 31. Tickets here.

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Photos by Mark Kitaoka

 

Pocket Potpourri: Tattoos, Acrobats, Pike Place Market & Crisis Text Line

Another August Pocket Potpourri!
Here are a few things that have come to my attention lately that I wanted to be sure to share with you.
Got ink?
The Seattle Tattoo Expo returns August 18-20! Over 200 invite-only tattoo artists will be at Seattle Center during the expo. Enjoy live music and burlesque (including a performance by one of my favorites, Ruby Mimosa!), a beer garden, “Drawing Heads and Hands” workshop, and more. SeattleTattooExpo.com

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Circus arts in action!
 
Don’t miss SANCA (School of Acrobatic & New Circus Arts)’s Staff Show “Summer on the Cirque Riviera” August 18-20 at Broadway Performance Hall. “Catch some rays poolside with buff babes and saucy sailors, but beware of pool sharks! Or just relax and beat the heat with a glass of wine, or perhaps something stronger at Cirkuski Kafić where you may even catch a glimpse of the Green Fairy.” Tickets here.
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Enjoy the tastes of Pike Place
 
Pike Place Market celebrates their 110th anniversary this week and their popular “Sunset Supper” event is this Friday! Celebrate Pike Place Market’s 110th birthday with the party of the summer, Sunset Supper, featuring Seattle’s top chefs, artisan purveyors, breweries and Washington’s favorite wineries and distilleries. This delicious event benefits the Pike Place Market Foundation which supports the Pike Place Senior Center, Food Bank, and so much more. Tickets here.
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Crisis Text Line
 
If you are in crisis or know someone who is, text 741741 for free to talk with a Crisis Counselor 24/7. Save this number in your phone now so you can use it if you find yourself in a time of crisis or want to pass it along to someone else. Learn more.

Pocket Potpourri: Jen Kirkman, Light installations, #SAMRemix & Guacamole

Here’s an early-August edition of “Pocket Potpourri” My way of sharing a bunch of fun tidbits with you in one fun blog post.
Here are some pockets of fun you might like:
The Guac Stop August 9 – 13
What’s better than guacamole? FREE Guacamole! The folks at Wholly Guacamole are going to be at Seattle Center this Wednesday – Sunday with a pop-up “Guac Stop.”
There will be a free guac bar where you can customize your guac with mix in flavors plus some fun activities such as live music, macramé classes, hula hooping, avocado facials, and more.  The Guac Stop opens at 11am daily and ends at 7pm Wednesday & Thursday, 8pmFriday and Saturday, and 6pm on Sunday at The Next 50 Plaza in Seattle Center (between the Armory and Memorial Stadium). eatwholly.com/guac-stop
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#SAMRemix  – August 11
This late-night event happens only a few times a year—and only once a year at Olympic Sculpture Park! Advance tickets are sold out but a limited number will be available at the door. I’m excited to dance and take part in art activities led by local artists Tariqa Waters, Eve Sanford, Sensebellum, Neon Salt Water, and Lion’s Main Art Collective. visitsam.org/remix
 
Lusio: A Night to Awaken  – August 12
Walk through Volunteer Park after dark to witness fun light and sound installations during this free, family friendly event. Be sure to bring a flashlight or headlamp as the ground is uneven and wasn’t well lit last year. The art is delightful, plus you’ll be able to shop for fun LED costume pieces from locally owned Bright Costumes! facebook.com/events/291152831301300
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Comedian Jen Kirkman – September 8 
I was first introduced to Jen Kirkman through her stand up on Netflix. I was reading her book I Can Barely Take Care of Myself last week when I heard she’s back on tour this year, with all new material. Her show “All New Material, Girl” about “her year of seeing fraudulent spiritual healers, holidays without family, being accused of not being “woke” by young people, and tales of when she was a young obnoxious third party voter, and pretentious hater of pop culture” comes to the Neptune Theatre September 8. jenkirkman.com/tour-dates
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Planning on attending one or more of these events? Let me know in the comments or message me on Facebook!

Giveaway: ICE CREAM at Can Can in Pike Place Market– an “effervescent, dance-crazed spectacle!”

Seattle’s Can Can is a “Moulin Rouge-inspired cabaret hailed for creative retro entertainment” in Pike Place Market.
Tickets for their upcoming show ICE CREAM (June 9 – October 1) are on sale now. AboutICE CREAM: The infamous, historic venue will transform into a doo-wop ice cream shop — a colorful backdrop for this effervescent, dance-crazed spectacle of glitz, glitter, and above all, glutes! Inspired by all-time-favorite summer cult-classics like “Grease,” “Cry Baby,” “Hairspray,” and “Beach Party,” ICE CREAM celebrates revelry with the finest in Market fresh food, craft cocktails, and Can Can’s own unique brand of entertainment.
This show is totally up my alley and sounds like a perfect distraction from reality. See the show at 7pm Wednesdays through Sundays, 9:30pm Fridays & Saturdays. Got kids and no babysitter? This production offers family-friendly brunch showings at 12:30pm and 2:30pm every Saturday and Sunday!  “It’s high kicks, culinary delicacies, and world-class cabaret during the weekend’s Magnificent Matinees when Can Can’s award-winning dance theatre company performs a fresh version of ICE CREAM intended for audiences of all ages — kids welcome!”
Want to enter to win 2 tickets to ICE CREAM?
1) RSVP “Interested” or “Going” on the Ice Cream Facebook event page, then post on the wall:
I want to win tickets toICE CREAM via seattlepockets.com! 
2) For additional entries, tag friends in the comments of my Facebook post about the giveaway! You can tag up to five friends for five entries (one friend per comment).
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Prize includes 2 tickets to ICE CREAM at The Can Can in Pike Place Market (date subject to availability). Giveaway ends 5/13/17 at 11:59pm Pacific Time. Winner will be contacted 5/15/17. Prize can not be exchanged or returned for cash.
Photos via Can Can.

The superhumans of “Luzia: A Waking Dream of Mexico” will fill you with joy

It seems like tv shows and movies are full of superhumans. Mutants, people with special powers, folks who seem like you and me and then wow us with their stunning abilities . Well, it’s time to put down the remote, get off the couch, and see some superhumans in the flesh. These superhumans are collectively called “Cirque du Soleil” and Pacific Northwest audiences have the opportunity to see them perform “Luzia: A Waking Dream of Mexico” in Marymoor Park now through May 21.
The spirit of this particular production is very positive, bright, inspiring, and energizing. I want to stay spoiler-free here but there is something they do with the power of water and technology that made us all gasp out loud, enchanted by the artwork and clever design. We’re still talking about it, days after.
Brandon and I had the treat of bringing our 14-year-old niece to her first cirque show and this was a perfect one to start with. Luzia has the power to whisk you away from the struggles and worries of your day and hold you captivated in a land of fantasy and incredible feats. This is true escapism at its best.
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Brandon has seen many jugglers over the years and declared Luzia’s juggler to be the best one he’s ever seen. I’m still daydreaming about the hummingbird costumes and the giant horse and leopard puppets. Even the clown grew on me through the show (usually not a part of the show I enjoy)! The costuming and dreamlike montages were absolutely fabulous – probably some of the best of any cirque show I’ve seen. Luzia itself may be one of the best Cirque shows I’ve ever seen and I highly recommend you get yourself to Marymoor Park before it closes.
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Even if you’ve had the pleasure of seeing a Cirque du Soleil show before, the colors, performances, and vibe of Luzia will fill your heart, mind, and spirit with boundless joy.
(Seriously, these costumes though. How can I get one of these?!)
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Photos via Luzia Cirque du Soleil Facebook Page.

Giveaway: “Finding Neverland” in Seattle Jan 10-15

Finding Neverland” comes to The Paramount in downtown Seattle January 10-15. If you’re a fan of the classic Peter Pan story, you won’t want to miss the show that tells the story of how the magical world of Peter & Captain Hook came to be!

The musical—based on the award-winning movie—was created by the team that brought us “Shakespeare in Love” and one of my favorites: “Chicago.” This show has been delighting NYC audiences and now brings its magic to Seattle. Get your imagination inspired this new year with a trip to theatre. The show is appropriate for audiences ages 7+.

More about the show:

FINDING NEVERLAND is Broadway’s biggest new hit and the winner ofBroadway.com‘s Audience Choice Award for BEST MUSICAL! This breathtaking smash “captures the kid-at-heart” (Time Magazine). Vogue cheers, “it’s a must-see you’ll remember for years to come!” Directed by visionary Tony winner Diane Paulus, FINDING NEVERLAND tells the incredible story behind one of the world’s most beloved characters: Peter Pan. Playwright J.M. Barrie struggles to find inspiration until he meets four young brothers and their beautiful widowed mother. Spellbound by the boys’ enchanting make-believe adventures, he sets out to write a play that will astound London theatergoers. With a little bit of pixie dust and a lot of faith, Barrie takes this monumental leap, leaving his old world behind for Neverland where nothing is impossible and the wonder of childhood lasts forever. The magic of Barrie’s classic tale springs spectacularly to life in this heartwarming theatrical event. FINDING NEVERLAND is “far and away the best musical of the year!” (NPR).

Giveaway! Want to win 2 tickets to see the show on January 10? Enter to win tickets here.

Tickets on sale now.

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