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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Giveaway: Seattle Chocolates + how you can help feed the hungry

Join Seattle Chocolate Company in the fight against hunger! Did you know purchasing Seattle Chocolates will help generate donations to local food banks? It’s true!  Purchase a Seattle Chocolate holiday bar or jcoco chocolate bar now through December 31 and Seattle Chocolates will donate a serving of fresh food to a food bank!
You can also share a photo of their chocolate on Instagram or Twitter with hashtag #chocolategives and Seattle Chocolate will donate a serving of food.  With our help, Seattle Chocolate Company hopes to donate 500,000 servings of food this holiday season.
You can find Seattle Chocolates at local retailers including QFC and (one of my favorite places for stocking stuffers) Bartell Drugs or online.
Be sure to check out their holiday flavors this year. They feature beautiful wrappers and delicious flavors, including my favorites: Holiday Cheer Egg Nog and Candy Cane Crunch.
Their jcoco flavors are fun for people who like adventurous, off the beaten path chocolate flavors, including black fig pistachio, edamame sea salt, cayenne veracruz orange, agave quinoa sesame, and more. Perfect stocking stuffers or a gift on its own.
Giveaway!
Want to win a box of Seattle Chocolate Company holiday bars and jcoco chocolates?

Enter via Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or all three here.

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Images via @seattlechoc on Instagram

GIVEAWAY: Family 4-Pack of tickets to “Sing” Movie at Pacific Place

Enter to win a family four-pack of tickets to see the new movie “Sing” at Pacific Place on Monday, December 19 at 7pm!

Click here to enter on Facebook.

Click here to enter on Instagram.

Retweet this tweet to enter on Twitter.

Movie trailer:

About the movie:

Dapper Koala Buster Moon presides over a once-grand theater that has fallen on hard times. An eternal optimist, and a bit of a scoundrel, he loves his theater above all and will do anything to preserve it. Facing the crumbling of his life’s ambition, he takes one final chance to restore his fading jewel to its former glory by producing the world’s greatest singing competition. Five contestants emerge: a mouse, a timid elephant, a pig, a gorilla and a punk-rock porcupine. Featuring the voices of Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Seth McFarlane, Scarlett Johansson, Nick Offerman, and many more. #SINGMovie

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Giveaway ends 12/16/16 at 11:59pm Pacific Time.

 

Sitcom Improv, Folklife, Motown, and Dancing in the Park: Upcoming Seattle Events

As my friends know, I love planning ahead. Here are some fun events on my radar I thought you all might want to know about.

May 19 & 20: Very Special Episode at Jet City Improv

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Very Special Episode” is an incredibly clever improv show at Jet City Improv in the U District that has its closing weekend this Thursday and Friday, May 19 & 20. Inspired by 80s and 90s sitcom episodes that took a moment to provide us with “teachable moments,” the direction of this show is superb and the cast is incredibly talented. I know it seems like it takes a lot of effort to turn off Netflix and get off your couch, but the laughter you’ll enjoy is SO worth it, people. Also, they serve popcorn. Prepare yourself: you will probably leave the show with a crush on at least two actors. BONUS: Your ticket purchase goes to support some seriously incredible youth outreach programs.  (Insert “The More You Know” music).

May 27-29: Northwest Folklife Festival at Seattle Center

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This donation-only festival is one of the best in the region. Enjoy a wide variety of music and performances at the Northwest Folklife Festival at Seattle Center May 27 – 30. I love the poster artwork this year. Absolutely stunning!
May 31-June 12: Motown The Musical at The Paramount in downtown Seattle
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Motown The Musical will tour onstage The Paramount Theatre in downtown May 31–June 12! This show celebrates the stories and songs of one of my favorite times in music history. Stay tuned for a future post on this show!
June 4: Parke Diem at Volunteer Park on Capitol Hill
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Parke Diem is a free day of DJ’ed music on June 4 at Volunteer Park. Bring your hula hoops and dance in the grass.
Have a Seattle event you think Seattle Pockets readers would like? Send me details and link via my contact form!

The wonderfully weird Moisture Festival returns today through April 13!

One of my favorite festivals, the wacky, weird, and wonderfully entertaining Moisture Festival is back!
Tonight is Opening Night of the Festival and performances run through April 13, so you have no excuse to miss this fantastic comedy/variete festival. Each variete show is a little different and features 8-10 performers. Some performers are featured in many shows, while some only perform one or two nights. These are amazing acts that will make you laugh or make your jaw drop.
New this year: Moisture festival is collaborating with Nordo’s Culinarium. Enjoy french cuisine and wild cabaret acts March 18 – 20. Other venues include Hale’s Palladium (love the old-timey feel of this venue, perfect for this festival), Broadway Performance Hall, and the beautiful Teatro Zinzanni. Burlesque performances are also part of the festival, as are late-night variate performances, which have a bit more adult sass.
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Performers I’m most excited to see when I attend include clowns Aga-Boom, Armitage Shanks, The Peculiars, and Wang Hong. 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.
Will YOU be going to Moisture Festival? Who are you most excited to see perform this year?
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More about Moisture Festival:
Moisture Festival presents a high energy comedy/varietè show featuring a rapid succession of acts showcasing comedy alongside awe-inspiring physical and mental dexterity, with poignant moments of strength and delicate beauty to make audiences laugh, wonder, shake their heads in disbelief and truly appreciate how live entertainment can exhilarate and bring real joy. A live show band propels each performance. Varietè has its roots in the Music Halls of 19th century England, cabaret in Europe and vaudeville in America. Because of the talented artists currently working in this genre, it is still fresh, exciting and tremendous fun for the audience.
Photos by Michelle Bates.

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:

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Wide variety of favorite podcasts.

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Favorite romantic comedies.

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All time favorite movies.

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

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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