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
#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
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
Planning on attending one or more of these events? Let me know in the comments or message me on Facebook
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!”
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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.
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.
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.
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?!)
Photos via Luzia Cirque du Soleil Facebook Page.
“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.
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.
Want to win a box of Seattle Chocolate Company holiday bars and jcoco chocolates?
Enter via Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or all three here.
Enter to win a family four-pack of tickets to see the new movie “Sing” at Pacific Place on Monday, December 19 at 7pm!
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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
Giveaway ends 12/16/16 at 11:59pm Pacific Time.
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
“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
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
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
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